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Thankful for farmers

As you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, please be thankful for the American farmer. Give thanks to the American farmer for growing most of the food we eat and many of the clothes we wear.

December 07, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hold the mac ‘n’ cheese

I don't understand the whole fascination with macaroni and cheese.

December 07, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall the time to test soil

Many times county agents hear gardeners say, "I used to grow a beautiful garden in this spot, but for the last few years it has gotten progressively worse. This has happened in spite of the fact that I fertilize heavier, water more and use better varieties. I don't know what to do next."

November 30, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What were they thinking?

Sometimes, you just have to wonder what people are thinking when they do really stupid stuff.

November 30, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some pertinent and seasonal thoughts

There is no doubt about it: fall is firmly established and winter is sending unmistakable signals.

November 30, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tree protection is the key

Construction and landscape activities can have a negative impact on existing trees, but the damage is often not visible for several years.

November 23, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The power of gray

We have a new president and I make it a point not to delve into politics in this space.

November 23, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lichen not harmful to plants

I am often asked about a gray-green leafy or crusty growth found on some plants. Many times the homeowner believes the growth in question is killing the plant. These growths are called lichens and in no way responsible for the poor health of any tree or shrub. As a matter of fact, lichens are common on old wooden fence posts.

November 16, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Coming too soon, gone too early

How much Santa time do we need? I got a notice this week from a big mall that Santa has arrived. I think the reason Santa arrives so early is for snooty little mamas to go and look at him and compare him with Santa at another mall to decide which one is the best looking Santa.

November 16, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Clap your hands, beauty surrounds you

By the time you're reading this, we should be finished with the election. I won't make any comments about that now, except to say, "Thank goodness." Most of us are tired of hearing the same ads and talking points and receiving robocalls.

November 16, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to plant pansies

Before a few years ago, winter landscapes had little or no color. Pansies became popular during the 1980s. Pansies have remarkable durability and add a rainbow of color to the winter landscape.

November 09, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Halloween an occasion to dress up as rain

I haven't been to a Halloween party in years and this year is no exception.

November 09, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Survivors among us

Someone decided a few years ago that October was the month we focus on cancer, primarily breast cancer.

November 04, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lawn, garden jobs for October

Fall can be a busy time for homeowners; however, don't forget a few outside jobs, which can make for a better lawn or garden next year. A few more lawn and garden tips for the fall are as follows:

November 02, 2008 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A possible surprise and a few back-pats

Perhaps you have already decided exactly how you will mark the Nov. 4 ballot and have turned attention to things other than political. But wait - if so, you might be surprised that you also need to vote on three amendments to the Georgia State Constitution and on a referendum concerning ad valorem taxes.

October 26, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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


Along came a spider, and another, and another

I hate spiders. I know they play their role in the food chain, eating mosquitoes. That is all they are good for. I hate them.

October 22, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Trees for shady locations

Many homeowners ask me about recommendations for certain plants that will fit their landscape. Since many of us have wooded lots, a question I often get is what to plant in shadier spots of the yard. Here are a few suggested species for trees that can tolerate partial shade.

October 15, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t ‘shoulda’ all on yourself

I have a bad habit of 'shoulda'-ing on everything. I've done it for quite a while, unfortunately, and just now realized it.

October 15, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control invasive plants

Autumn olive, mimosa, English ivy, Lespedeza, Chinese privet, Japanese honeysuckle, kudzu, Japanese stiltgrass, princesstree, Chinese wisteria, multiflora rose and bamboo. What do all of these plants have in common?

October 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to celebrate Hallogivingmas

"Mama, why do they have Christmas stuff out already?"

October 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I love you more

"I love you more" has been an ongoing thing between my son and me.

October 01, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dooley’s legacy should be honored

Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


Cover crops for home gardens

It seems like summer is slowly beginning to turn to fall. Some vegetable gardens may still be producing well, but others are beginning to wind down for the season. For those of us whose gardens have given up, consider planting a cover crop this fall to improve your vegetable garden next summer.

September 17, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Actively looking forward

September is not only the full-fledged beginning of the new school year, it is also start-up time for organization activities that have filled many planning hours during the "dormant" days of July and August.

September 17, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Finding a common musical ground

According to Mama, I am not a grown up yet. I do not have a full appreciation of country music and until I do, I cannot be deemed a grown up.

September 17, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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