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Fall is a good time to plant perennials

Planting perennials properly and at the right time can determine whether they bloom the first year. Fall is considered the best time to plant perennials. I advise planting in fall, since hard-freezing weather may come early.

October 05, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Let’s call him or her Wachovia

My wife is a sixth-grade teacher, and every year about this time, she has memorized the names of the dozens of children she teaches.

September 28, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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An effort for some diversion

There's been so much disturbing news lately that I thought I'd share a couple of different "bits." They both came from forwarded emails, so perhaps you have seen them, but they bear repeating.

October 01, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dealing with the weeds of life

If I am being honest, there's more times than I count that things don't go my way.

September 24, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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