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Voodoos, voo-don’ts

I'm not as up to speed as I should be on voodoo.

October 26, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plan now for winter

I know winter is not officially here; however, it is time to prepare our landscape for the winter months ahead.

October 19, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall is in the air

One of my colleagues asked this week, in a sort of rhetorical way, why people make the annual pilgrimage to the mountains to look at leaves.

October 19, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant fescue now for a healthy spring lawn

Fall is the best time to plant a fescue lawn. The establishment process fescue can be divided into three areas. The first, soil preparation; the second involves proper seeding; and the third includes care and maintenance.

October 12, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lending support to United Way is important

Bad economic times is not the most promising season for a significant fundraising pledge drive, but it is the scheduled time for our United Way campaign. And I was asked by the United Way board to serve as honorary chairman.

October 12, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Blossoming before my eyes

This is another one of those Tevye the Milkman weeks for me.

October 12, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Moving is up to stuff

I've moved a few times in my life and, quite frankly, I despise it.

October 05, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall is a good time to plant perennials

Planting perennials properly and at the right time can determine whether they bloom the first year. Fall is considered the best time to plant perennials. I advise planting in fall, since hard-freezing weather may come early.

October 05, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Let’s call him or her Wachovia

My wife is a sixth-grade teacher, and every year about this time, she has memorized the names of the dozens of children she teaches.

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


Recent rains increase mosquitoes

The rain Dawson County received three weeks ago was a blessing to our lawns and gardens. However, standing water from rain makes a wonderful breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes not only interfere with chores and spoil leisure time, some species are able to transmit diseases.

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


Produce market ends, fall gardening continues

Despite dry weather, this year's Dawson County Produce Market was a great success.

September 21, 2008 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What does their future hold?

Her name is Emma Grace Blackwood and she weighs all of 9 pounds. She has a head full of dark hair and she looks just like her mama.

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


Carpenter ants are a common pest

Carpenter ants, which are large and black, are very common pests in our area!. Dr. Daniel Suiter and Dr. Brian Forschler, who are both with the University of Georgia Department of Entomology, developed an excellent leaflet on carpenter ants. This article contains advice from those entomologists.

September 14, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lead kids down the right path

The Optimist Club in Forsyth County invited me over this week to be their speaker. I knew it was a group of optimists, because of the sign and the fact that they meet at 7 in the morning. You have to be an optimist to be willing to listen to someone speak that early in the morning.

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


Sucker for Bigfoot

The great P.T. Barnum is often credited with saying "There's a sucker born every minute." Yes, there is a world full of gullible people.

September 07, 2008 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Relax, trust and swim with the flow

I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.

July 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling vines in the landscape

Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.

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


Growing up takes a while to accomplish

My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.

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


Old age is not for sissies

Unlike the masses who started prepping for swimsuit season shortly after the last Cadbury egg or Peep was eaten, I have decided to start integrating an exercise routine.

July 02, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Carpenter ant control

Carpenter ants are the largest species of pest ants found in Georgia. They get the name from their habit of chewing wood to create nesting sites. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they simply excavate cavities in trees and wood products for nesting galleries. These ants can be a nuisance in and around the home because of their large size and sheer numbers.

July 02, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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