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Keep animal conventions to a minimum

This may be the year of the wildlife revolt.

August 11, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


August garden tips

With the heat the past two weeks, many summer vegetable gardens have passed their peak. There are however a number of tips that may be helpful to lawns and gardens during August.

August 04, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Offer someone a little sunshine

I was walking through the grocery store late one afternoon in the spring picking up some flowers for the birthday celebration of one of our daughters. I grabbed up a pretty bouquet and was heading for the checkout when I saw a lady I knew from church.

August 04, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Avoid certain landscape during month of August

Normally, I write articles with suggestions on what gardeners should do, but this article is dedicated to what not to do in August.

July 28, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Picture perfect quality

The words "video" and "audio" were not a part of the everyday vocabulary when I was growing up. In that time, TV stations relied on a network of lines provided by the phone company to get their network signal.

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


You have to grow up sometime

There comes a point in your life when you grow up.

July 21, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Readers ask questions

Each month I receive hundreds of calls from gardeners with questions ranging from how to keep deer out of a garden to disease control in a home lawn.

July 21, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Gardening tips for July

July continues to be a busy time for gardeners. With grass to cut and weeds on the increase there are always outside jobs in the summer.

July 14, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Calvin will be missed

Bill Coates is a friend of mine, who is also my pastor. About 10 years ago, he invited me to a get-together at his home.

July 14, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


iWon’t be waiting in line

Waiting in line has never been one of my strengths.

July 07, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protect yourself from ticks

It is important to know about ticks for several reasons. They can carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and may cause further infection if their mouthparts break off when the ticks are removed.

July 07, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Keep snakes away from home

Every year the extension office receives a large number of calls from people with snake problems. Most calls are from people wanting to know if there are poisonous species of snakes in Georgia and how to control snakes in and around their home.

June 30, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Jimmy Dean’s song is the best

Jimmy Dean, the singer who became a sausage salesman, died recently.

June 30, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for dealing with a common tomato problem

In recent days, I have received a number of calls about tomatoes with rot on the bottom of the fruit.

June 23, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Living my days to the fullest

This is the last column I will write as a columnist in my 40s.

June 23, 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


Beware of ‘winterizer’ fertilizer

If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott. He informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.

October 22, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


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