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Recent rains increase mosquitoes

The rain Dawson County received three weeks ago was a blessing to our lawns and gardens. However, standing water from rain makes a wonderful breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes not only interfere with chores and spoil leisure time, some species are able to transmit diseases.

September 28, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Produce market ends, fall gardening continues

Despite dry weather, this year's Dawson County Produce Market was a great success.

September 21, 2008 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What does their future hold?

Her name is Emma Grace Blackwood and she weighs all of 9 pounds. She has a head full of dark hair and she looks just like her mama.

September 21, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Carpenter ants are a common pest

Carpenter ants, which are large and black, are very common pests in our area!. Dr. Daniel Suiter and Dr. Brian Forschler, who are both with the University of Georgia Department of Entomology, developed an excellent leaflet on carpenter ants. This article contains advice from those entomologists.

September 14, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lead kids down the right path

The Optimist Club in Forsyth County invited me over this week to be their speaker. I knew it was a group of optimists, because of the sign and the fact that they meet at 7 in the morning. You have to be an optimist to be willing to listen to someone speak that early in the morning.

September 14, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sucker for Bigfoot

The great P.T. Barnum is often credited with saying "There's a sucker born every minute." Yes, there is a world full of gullible people.

September 07, 2008 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Everything really is connected to everything else

It's one of Dr. Eugene Odum's (the late UGA environmental guru) laws of ecology: Everything is connected to everything else. It's also the basis of a healthy lifestyle. There is probably nothing in this column that you don't already know, but perhaps repetition will reinforce these truths enough to cause you to say, "Yes, of course," as I did - and act upon them.

September 07, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The rewards of work show in landscaping

People enjoy gardening for different reasons.

September 07, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pack pews, not heat in church

Dear God,

August 31, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Now’s the time for soil samples

Now is an excellent time to soil test your lawn, garden or pasture.

August 31, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for saving garden seed

During the summer, many gardeners begin to think about saving seed from some of their garden vegetables for planting next year.

August 24, 2008 | Dawson County Extension Coordinator | Lifestyle Columnists


A voice not soon to be forgotten

In 1983, my mother fell off a ladder and broke her hip. In time, it healed and because of the break she was sensitive to changes in the weather.

August 24, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Enlightenment can reveal both bad, good

Last week I attended a Family Connection open "networking meeting" for the first time in several years.

August 24, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fit to be president

Cathy Cox wanted to be governor, but ended up as president.

August 17, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Extension offers local produce market, more

If you have not gone by this year's Dawson County Produce Market, you are missing a great opportunity to buy excellent locally grown produce.

August 17, 2008 | By Clark Beusse Dawson County Extension Coordinator | Lifestyle Columnists


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Cover crops for home gardens

It seems like summer is slowly beginning to turn to fall. Some vegetable gardens may still be producing well, but others are beginning to wind down for the season. For those of us whose gardens have given up, consider planting a cover crop this fall to improve your vegetable garden next summer.

September 17, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Actively looking forward

September is not only the full-fledged beginning of the new school year, it is also start-up time for organization activities that have filled many planning hours during the "dormant" days of July and August.

September 17, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Finding a common musical ground

According to Mama, I am not a grown up yet. I do not have a full appreciation of country music and until I do, I cannot be deemed a grown up.

September 17, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


The Children’s Rights Movement has begun

I am not sure what started the discussion but I was in trouble - big, big trouble.

September 10, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t let anyone make you believe the lies

Part of the joys of homeschooling is seeing my child's face light up during our discussions, the animated way he gets excited and can sit and talk about certain subjects for 45 minutes - which he said he didn't have the opportunity to do before. The heartbreak is hearing my child's fears of failure.

September 04, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Star Wars for president

In college statistics, I realized the Evan Esar's quote that "statistics is the science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures" was true. They taught my class how to go to extremes with the science of figures. The point was to understand that everything has a counter point.

September 03, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


My dogs are more spoiled than others

When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.

August 27, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Education is anything but elementary

I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.

August 20, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cream still often rises to the top

Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.

August 20, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Being in the former wives club

Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.

August 13, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall webworms crawl out

Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.

August 13, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes a little white lie can save the day

"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.

August 06, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


There is no such thing as perfect

Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.

July 30, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Memories of Russian radishes

About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.

July 30, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of new fruit fly

Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.

July 30, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


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