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Herb growing basics

Herbs are great for the novice gardener. They grow quickly, and most can tolerate a range of soil conditions. Plus, many are naturally pest-resistant.

August 19, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s served its purpose

Recently, I received notice that my dock permit expires in September. That is somewhat ironic because the dock has been on dry land for several years, and even now the little cove on whose shores it sits is mostly a "marshland." So I am certainly not paying to renew that permit.

August 12, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plenty of unions here

Some people tout our state because it is largely non-union.

August 12, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


August not a good time to plant trees

Normally, I write articles with suggestions on what gardeners should do, but this article is dedicated to what not to do in August.

August 12, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for gardening in August

August can be a slow time for lawn and garden work. Most summer vegetable gardens have passed their peak and dry weather has reduced the growth of grass. There are, however, a number of tips that may be helpful to lawns and gardens during August. They are as follows:

August 05, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Catching up with old friends

It's been 31 years and I have not made it back to a high school reunion.

August 05, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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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


Household squirrel control

Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.

November 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A very thankful Thanksgiving indeed

Cole was worried.

November 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pine needle drop

Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping form deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?

November 19, 2014 | Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


The story of Piglandia will live forever

"Once upon a time, in a small cabin nestled in the woods, on the side of a tiny mountain, was a wondrous and magical place, called Piglandia.

November 19, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Invasion of the ladybugs

We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.

November 12, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering who my grandfather was before

He was just a simple man, my grandfather. All rough-hewn leather and tar from years of roofing. He just loved God, his family and his Bulldogs. Not much else mattered.

November 12, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If Mama can’t find it...

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people's stuff.

November 05, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Grow giant pumpkins

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall? If you're like most people, chances are you think of turning leaves and pumpkins. From carving Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, to harvest-themed displays, to lattes, pumpkins are an integral part of autumn in America.

October 29, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s OK for family to have different interests

I woke up one Saturday with the desperate urge to get my hair done. It had only been six months - I am terrible about not scheduling regular hair appointments, especially when most of the time, my hair is pulled up in a ponytail on top of my head.

October 29, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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