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Today's Opinions

  • Uninvited passenger

    Imagine yourself out in the middle of the water in a boat, nothing but the scenery around you, a paddle in your hand, gliding along the water smooth as glass as a chorus of cicadas dies down giving way to the evening music of frogs and crickets.

    This is my happy place. It’s been a while since the last time we went on a canoe trip. It’s been long enough that the youngest two boys don’t really remember it.

  • Just Ask: What's with all these helicopters?

    Question

    I noticed helicopters spraying corn fields. What has changed in corn production where helicopters are used now instead of spray buggies?

    Sincerely,

    Diane Ronkainen

    Answer from Daniel Carpenter, LaRue County Extension Agent for Ag & Natural Resources Education

  • Some things about school aged kids

    There are a few truths about being a parent of school age children I’ve learned in the past few years.

  • Food Safety at the Grill

    Grilling can be a healthy way of cooking, many choose to grill year round. Follow the tips below to help prevent foodborne illness and keep your family healthy.    

  • The memory jar
  • Constantly at war

    My wife and I have been at war with a force to be reckoned with. This force has kept me up at night, given me nightmares and is making it hard for me to focus on my normal day-to-day activaties. This force is an army of groundhogs.

    We have been infested with groundhogs on our property for several weeks now. This war did not start out as a war. We have a grown-up fence row in our backyard and one spring afternoon in May, I noticed this brown creature running in and out of the fence row while I was mowing the yard and the creature was later identified as a groundhog.

  • Lack of tech is the mother of good times

    Summer is officially here: Picnics, grilling, camping, swimming and relaxing in the shade under the trees in the yard with a glass of spearmint sun tea as children splash in the kiddie pool. It’s all like a lazy afternoon dream and passes just as quickly. Looking back at some of my childhood summer memories, the ones that stand out the most are a little peculiar. My parents were, hands down, the best at improvisation. I’m not talking the comedy improvisation (although there was plenty of that); they were the best at making great things happen with just what they had.

  • Tips for making jelly and jam

    For proper texture, jellies and jams require the correct combination of fruit, pectin, acid, and sugar. The fruit supplies the water to dissolve the rest of the necessary ingredients and furnishes some or all of the pectin and acid.