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Horticultural oils aid in insect control

As you browse the shelves of your local garden supply center, you will often see bottles and jugs of pest control products labeled "oil."

May 29, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Invoking ‘Julia’

Growing up in the '80s meant I had the fashion horrors of Reebok hightops with leggings and torn sweatshirts to make me look like Jennifer Beals in 'Flashdance.'

May 29, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Calibrate weed sprayers

I have answered many calls at the extension office in the past few weeks dealing with weed control in home lawns.

May 22, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It truly takes a village to raise a child

"I don't like change," Cole said solemnly one day. "I'm like a cat that way."

May 22, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The legend of my first cat, Callahan

"Mama, do you like cats?" Cole asked one day. This was shortly after I had brought the latest puppy home a few weeks ago.

May 15, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prevent termites

I have had several cases within the past year of people coming into my office, handing me a plastic baggy or jar filled with small, winged insects and saying: "Tell me those are flying ants!" Unfortunately, more often than not, they turn out to be termite flyers.

May 15, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes the bug

Everyone has disappointments. It's a part of life and sometimes those disappointments can offer us many learning experiences.

May 08, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama in Wonderland

One of my biggest pet peeves is someone being late. So why I am constantly late getting my child to school, I have no idea.

May 01, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


When to prune azaleas

Azaleas are a staple of traditional southern landscapes.

May 01, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What causes pollen

Spring is a beautiful time of year. Longer days, green grass and leaves reappearing on the trees really brighten up my mood.

April 24, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling moles

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

Don't worry, you are not alone. We have received many calls in the past week regarding tunneling activity.

April 17, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My manifesto of life to my darling son

Children learn a lot more by what they see us doing than what we tell them. I can tell Cole all day long the things he shouldn't do, but it's my example he's watching. I don't want him to follow my example, but to be better than I am at this game of life.

April 17, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Take pictures for diagnosis

We have all heard the saying "April showers bring May Flowers."

Rainfall in April helps replenish our plants as they gear up for another growing season. However, this precipitation also brings unwanted consequences to our landscapes - disease.

April 10, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Running with the big dogs

It had been a long time since I had a puppy and I forgot how much work they are. Middle of the night feedings and potty outings, crying incessantly. I think comparing them to a newborn would be reasonable.

I was on night five of no sleep - Angel the parking lot pup would wake me up at 1 a.m., wanting to play after sleeping all day. I was exhausted.

April 10, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H rabies clinic scheduled for April 13

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic on April 13. It will be held at several locations throughout Dawson County.

Because of strict vaccination laws, rabies outbreaks have become much less prevalent since vaccination programs began in the 1940s.

April 03, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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


Pruning in summer

Knowing when to prune different species of plants is a skill that many gardeners fail to grasp. Many plants have an optimal time or season when pruning should be done.

July 23, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I always wonder what Granny would do

It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.

July 23, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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