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Why are Vidalia onions sweet?

Every year about this time I have someone ask me why they can't grow sweet onions that have the same mild, sweet flavor as the Vidalia onion.

June 03, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Jon and Kate plus everyone

We have more than one television in our house. In fact, there are about as many televisions as there are people.

June 03, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


More about reading, other thoughts

I was surprised and delighted by the number of reactions to my column discussing the book about Greg Martenson's schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan - from a few who had read it and others who want to.

June 03, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


This may be a good year for gardeners

With recent rains, 2009 may be an excellent year for local vegetable gardens.

May 27, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pass me a tissue

The people who make tissues will get some of my money this weekend. I'm going to try not to cry, but I know I will.

May 27, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Answers to questions you may have wanted to ask

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. A few questions you may have thought about, but never got around to asking are as follows:

May 20, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Old pans take you back

We have a pretty kitchen at our house. We've got a big stove that has a convection oven. We haven't learned how to convect, but when we do, we supposedly have an oven that will do it.

May 20, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Contrasts may enliven thought processes

It's a foregone conclusion; contrasts attract attention. It's also a possibility, though not necessarily so, that they engender new ways of looking at things.

May 20, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Clematis is a vine of outstanding flowers

Among flowering vines, few have flowers as spectacular as the clematis. It has been more than 150 years since this vine was first hybridized to improve flower size and color, and improvements continue to be made.

May 13, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If I had just five minutes

I think most people who have ever lost a loved one have thought or dreamed of having them back for just five minutes to catch up on your life and theirs.

May 13, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Maintenance key to healthy fescue lawn

Fescue is the most popular and widely used lawn grass in Dawson County. This is for good reason. Fescue is a cool season grass and loves the average temperatures of this region. Fescue grows rapidly in spring and fall but little during periods of extreme heat or cold.

May 06, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Big Daddy giving them the 411

Depending on when you were born, you've likely heard parents, grandparents or other relatives talk about the challenges of their era.

May 06, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to get your pet vaccinated for rabies

In recent months, cases of rabies have been confirmed in surrounding counties.

April 22, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Imaginations of children should soar

The beautiful spring weather has made me reflect on the springtimes of my childhood.

April 22, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s more than nostalgia, it’s history

When I talked with Dr. Herbert Robinson about his upcoming visit to speak for the historical society, he was aware that many of his audience will want to hear some tales about earlier years in Dawson County; after all, he is past 90 and has a prodigious memory.

April 22, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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


Along came a spider, and another, and another

I hate spiders. I know they play their role in the food chain, eating mosquitoes. That is all they are good for. I hate them.

October 22, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Trees for shady locations

Many homeowners ask me about recommendations for certain plants that will fit their landscape. Since many of us have wooded lots, a question I often get is what to plant in shadier spots of the yard. Here are a few suggested species for trees that can tolerate partial shade.

October 15, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t ‘shoulda’ all on yourself

I have a bad habit of 'shoulda'-ing on everything. I've done it for quite a while, unfortunately, and just now realized it.

October 15, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control invasive plants

Autumn olive, mimosa, English ivy, Lespedeza, Chinese privet, Japanese honeysuckle, kudzu, Japanese stiltgrass, princesstree, Chinese wisteria, multiflora rose and bamboo. What do all of these plants have in common?

October 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to celebrate Hallogivingmas

"Mama, why do they have Christmas stuff out already?"

October 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I love you more

"I love you more" has been an ongoing thing between my son and me.

October 01, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dooley’s legacy should be honored

Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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