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It’s the time of year when lady bugs begin to swarm

It's becoming as common as falling leaves in the fall and flowers in the spring. What I am referring to is homes invaded by lady beetles. In recent years, I have had countless phone calls from homeowners with thousands of lady beetles on the outside walls and in many cases inside the house.

October 13, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


From Deusy to, ‘Watch that first step, it’s a doozy’

Like some of you, I grew up in the era when tests at school were prepared on mimeograph machines that utilized a lovely-smelling purple ink.

October 13, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A place familiar to us all

I was barely three months old when the first episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" premiered on CBS, so I probably slept through the first one.

October 06, 2010 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


October: The busiest month in the landscape

October is the busiest month of the year in the landscape. It signals the ideal time for planting and transplanting woody ornamentals and herbaceous perennials. It's also time to plant fescue turfgrass, winter ryegrass, bulbs and pansies and to apply pre-emergence herbicides for winter weed control.

October 06, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Harvesting and curing pumpkins, winter squash

About this time every year I receive questions related to when and how to harvest pumpkins and winter squash.

September 29, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Battery operated overated

As a teenager, I attempted from time to time to perform assorted mechanical functions on my own car.

September 28, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Crisp air, perfect weather

In the next few weeks there will be a morning that is my favorite every year.

September 22, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Watch out for poison ivy

A few days ago I visited a homeowner who was clearing by hand brush, vines and under growth on their small farm. The person was surprised when I pointed out the vines were poison ivy. The pile of brush they had planned to burn also contained poison ivy. The smoke from burning poison ivy can cause health problems.

September 22, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Test soil in the fall

Many times county agents hear gardeners say: "I used to grow a beautiful garden in this spot, but for the last few years it has gotten progressively worse.

September 15, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Watch out for perils of modern medicine

I watch more television than I should. I guess that is better than some things I could be doing.

September 15, 2010 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Being kind to others for generations to come

I answered the phone and she said the magic words, "Hey, Dad," which just melts me into this big tub of goo.

September 08, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The rewards of our work

We know that landscaping adds beauty and gardening can provide great vegetables. However, the work you do with your landscape and garden can be much more rewarding.

September 08, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Are you overmulching?

You can over mulch. Over-mulching is a serious problem responsible for the decline and death of many shallow rooted shrubs as well as large coniferous and deciduous trees.

September 01, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Powdery mildew on plants won’t cause serious damage

Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease of numerous ornamental plants including dogwood, rose, phlox and many bedding plants.

August 25, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Gratis is truly my home

On both sides of my family there is a story of a hardscrabble upbringing.

August 25, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Surviving childhood - despite my best efforts

Cole is fascinated by war stories.

December 17, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Enjoy holiday house plants

The cold winter months can often be a depressing time for gardeners. The lush greenery and colorful blooms have long since faded. However, bitter weather shouldn't keep you from getting your gardening fix. There are plenty of indoor plants associated with Christmas that will bring warmth and color to your home during the holidays.

December 10, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The Doodles and don’ts of raising kids and pets

I admit, I make a big fuss over these pups. These sassy, spoiled girls are pretty special to me and I do tend to love on them constantly.

December 10, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Destructive insect infests firewood

Recent spells of cold weather have caused many people to start up their fireplaces. While fireplaces are a great way to efficiently heat your home, you need to be careful where you source your firewood. You could be inadvertently spreading invasive insects into our local forest land.

December 03, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes, you can’t get home again

Dear old Thomas Wolfe may have been right when he wrote, "You can't go home again" back in the 1940s.

December 03, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Household squirrel control

Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.

November 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A very thankful Thanksgiving indeed

Cole was worried.

November 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pine needle drop

Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping form deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?

November 19, 2014 | Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


The story of Piglandia will live forever

"Once upon a time, in a small cabin nestled in the woods, on the side of a tiny mountain, was a wondrous and magical place, called Piglandia.

November 19, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Invasion of the ladybugs

We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.

November 12, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering who my grandfather was before

He was just a simple man, my grandfather. All rough-hewn leather and tar from years of roofing. He just loved God, his family and his Bulldogs. Not much else mattered.

November 12, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If Mama can’t find it...

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people's stuff.

November 05, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Grow giant pumpkins

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall? If you're like most people, chances are you think of turning leaves and pumpkins. From carving Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, to harvest-themed displays, to lattes, pumpkins are an integral part of autumn in America.

October 29, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s OK for family to have different interests

I woke up one Saturday with the desperate urge to get my hair done. It had only been six months - I am terrible about not scheduling regular hair appointments, especially when most of the time, my hair is pulled up in a ponytail on top of my head.

October 29, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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