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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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Grasscycling leads to a healthier, stronger lawn

Recycling grass clippings has always been a hot topic of conservation within the turf care industry.

May 20, 2015 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


My belief: We have girlfriends for every stage of life

When I had a disagreement with a friend during my teen years, Mama tried comforting my hurt feelings the best she could. "Don't worry about this little squabble. Your friendship with this child won't last."

May 20, 2015 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


How to control moles

Have you started noticing mysterious raised tunnels forming seemingly overnight in your lawn or garden? If so, you probably have a mole infestation.

May 13, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The unrealistic Grey’s Anatomy effect

Let me start by warning you, there are a few spoilers in here in case you DVR'd "Grey's Anatomy" this season and haven't watched the episode from a few weeks ago yet.

May 13, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Brown patch lawn disease

May is a month eagerly awaited by many turf lovers.

May 06, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


In defense of not having a free range child

Parenting is hard work. You always feel like you are messing up and someone - usually a person who doesn't know the difference between a zygote and a pygmy goat - is always full of advice and criticism as to the quality of job you are doing.

May 06, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Rose sawfly prevention

Last year, I received several calls during this time of year about roses.

April 29, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A mid-life crisis in my clothing choices

Slowly, surely, I have been in the process of cleaning out my closet.

April 29, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Foreign pest destroys trees

I recently received a leaf sample from a homeowner whose tree had been rapidly declining for a few months.

April 22, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The young entrepreneur

My earliest job was before I even started kindergarten, with my Pop teaching me how to write so I could hand write his invoices. I was paid a whole dollar a week and I am sure the weekly trips to the store for candy were included in my wages.

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


Where does spring pollen come from?

Spring is a beautiful time of year.

April 15, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Meeting my match in one little boy

Granny cursed me once.

April 15, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H Rabies Clinic is coming up

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting the annual rabies clinic on April 25.

April 08, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some assembly may be required

IKEA, I will never darken your doors. Never, not ever.

April 08, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learning to stop focusing and settle for more in life

A friend and I were chatting one night, catching up on things and the conversation turned to our usual wistful, wishful discussion of how life was really going.

April 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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