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Pruning neglected trees

Many people, during the purchase of a home or old farmstead, find themselves in the possession of fruit trees that have been "neglected" for some length of time.

February 11, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Children need to get outside

I am on my soapbox today.

February 11, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s been a time for bad news and good

Like the weather, the past couple of weeks have been a time of contrasts, like a pendulum swinging between bad news and good, which, fortunately, means that much of the time it is at neither extreme.

February 11, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter is a great time to plant a tree

Arbor Day will be Feb. 20, and now is an excellent time to plant trees.

February 04, 2009 | By Clark Beuss For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Frozen in the spotlight

I didn't get to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama until they replayed it on cable.

February 04, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s not bad to be a Dawson senior citizen

This column was meant to be written for last week's paper, but before that happened, I decided to go south for a few days in search of warmer weather.

January 28, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Looking through things in yet another move

As I write this, we are in the midst of moving.

January 28, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Where the grass is always greener

A few times each year I get the question of what to plant over septic leach field.

January 28, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Just stick me in the corner

When my time comes, stuff me. There are a lot of people who are troubled by the prospects of their own death.

January 21, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fighting soil compaction

One thing we have in Dawson County is hard, red clay.

January 21, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Should we label Congress?

The federal government spends a lot of time on labels.

January 14, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Follow these guidelines when purchasing, planting apple trees

The old adage of "you get what you pay for" is an important consideration when buying apple trees. Often, "bargain plants" are not healthy or may not be a variety adapted to your area. Buy only trees of recommended varieties from a reliable source.

January 14, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant blueberries now

I believe the most popular fruit bearing plant is blueberries.

January 07, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lost in the zeros

I remember going to Walt Disney World not long after it opened. There was just the Magic Kingdom and that was it.

January 07, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


No denying my electronic ignorance

I should probably add to that title, "and other evidence of looming senility."

January 07, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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


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


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