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There’s an abundance of ticks this summer

For some reason 2009 has been a good year for ticks. Since ticks are common during the summer and may carry diseases such as Lyme disease it is important to be knowledgeable of ticks and their control.

July 29, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Too old to sell

For far too long, I have been delaying the inevitable project of getting rid of some stuff. We have talked about a yard sale for a long time, but have not quite put it together.

July 29, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It's a see-saw kind of week

Many people recognize the statement "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times," even if they don't remember these words as the opening lines of Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities.

July 29, 2009 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Avoid garden pest problems

A common question I hear is: "What can I do to control insects and diseases without pesticides?"

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


Where are all the heroes?

I grew up in the era when astronauts were both heroes and celebrities. We knew the names of people like Alan Shepherd, John Glenn, Gus Grissom and others.

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


Do dogs really need a last name?

There is a little dog that lives at our house. Her name is Buttons and in human terms, she is a senior citizen. When I came into her life, she was well into middle age and, like most who reach that point, was set in her ways.

July 15, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


On this side of a birthday

Originally, this column was inspired by one written by Ted Oglesby in The (Gainesville) Times.

July 15, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protect honeybees from pesticides

Most people understand the importance of honeybees, but every year there are unintentional kill or damage of honeybee colonies resulting from insecticide usage.

July 15, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Farewell to four faves

There was a record store on Broad Street in Monroe called the Music and Camera Shop. It was owned by Edward Peters and he carried all the latest 45s and plenty of albums.

July 08, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood 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. Listed below are just a few gardening tips for mid summer.

July 08, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pesticides can be deadly

The symptoms of pesticide poisoning are quite variable and, unfortunately, may mimic other types of illness.

July 01, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Technology takes away Kodachrome

In the past few days, the Eastman Kodak company announced that its Kodachrome film would be no more.

July 01, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Be sure to mow lawn at the correct height

Mowing is the most frequent and therefore, generally, the most expensive turf management practice used. It can also affect turf quality as much as any other cultural practice.

June 24, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Whatever you call them, they’re yours to keep

This is my 19th Father's Day. That is, if you count the one where we were anticipating an arrival in September of 1990.

June 24, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The other boys of summer

There is a connection between summer and cars that remains in my mind.

June 17, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Fire Blight control tips

Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home.

January 28, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Introverts of the world unite

If you had asked me 25 years ago if I was an extravert or an introvert, I would have whole-heartedly responded with the former.

January 28, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


The time to prune vines approaching

Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.

January 21, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The next best thing

Being raised an only child meant I spent a lot of time reading and pretending.

January 21, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter care for horses

All livestock require more energy during the cold winter temperatures to keep warm.

January 14, 2015 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


My job description is not always popular

Someone asked me recently how many children I have and what their ages were.

January 14, 2015 | Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Test your well water to ensure healthy quality

The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health.

January 07, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The dearest friends I have never met

When I was single, a friend suggested I sign up for an online dating service.

January 07, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My year-end wrap up: Times are fast changing

It's hard to believe that 2014 is well, over.

December 31, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Chinese pistache named 2014 Gold Medal winner

I am often asked for recommendations regarding plant material in home landscapes. This can sometimes be a difficult task due to homeowners' personal opinions on plant styles, as well as the vast amount of plants available to the modern gardener. One tool that helps with the decision-making process is the annual Georgia Gold Medal Plant list.

December 24, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What Mary knew - and would she change a thing?

A teacher told me once she had never met a more inquisitive, curious child as mine. "He is just full of questions." I am not sure if her implications meant that to be a good thing or not.

December 24, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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