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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


Don’t blame Rudolf

Christmas is a time when children want to see deer, especially if they are pulling a sled full of toys.

January 04, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Bring back the fine china

Christmas was always one of those days we used the good china. We also ate in the dining room.

January 04, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The only constant is change

As the New Year begins, it's a good time to reflect on changes that occurred in the past year.

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


With a tough past year, it’s about time for 2009

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its ...

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


Governors gone bad

As a son of the South, I'm the first to admit we've had some governors who didn't make us look too good in the eyes of the rest of the nation and, for that matter, the world.

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


Follow these tips to take care of holiday plants

Flowering and foliage plants make welcome gifts.

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


Grab Christmas spirit before 2009 slips in

The cartoonist was right: the one who showed Santa's sleigh overtaking and de-feathering the Thanksgiving turkey.

December 28, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Cold protection for the landscape

Fall is a time when most plants go dormant and a very good time for the homeowner to help protect plants from the cold days ahead.

December 21, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A good man, a tragic end

If there was ever a picture of a nice guy, it was Frank Harris. He was short, fairly thin and one of those people who always looked neat. His black hair, with a sprinkling of gray, was always in place and his clothes looked like they had just been ironed.

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


Take time with cards this season

Christmas cards date back to the mid 1800s. Like me, they are quickly becoming dinosaurs.

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


Test soil for pH levels

Most gardeners understand the importance of adding fertilizer to the vegetable garden. However, the use of lime and the need for proper pH may not be common knowledge.

December 14, 2008 | By Clark Beusse 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


Beware of ‘winterizer’ fertilizer

If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott. He informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.

October 22, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


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