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It’s really nice to be able to say ‘Hi’

"You must know half the people in Dawson County," friends have often remarked. "Every where we go, you are greeting someone."

June 17, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Grow grass, kill kudzu

They haven't asked me to write a gardening column for the paper, because my true gardening knowledge could be placed in a thimble with room to spare.

June 10, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Clean landscape to keep snakes out of your yard

Over the past years, I have received many calls from people who have found snakes and/or snake skins around their home. I once had a lady try to sell me her house because she had found a snake skin in a hall closet.

June 10, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Why are Vidalia onions sweet?

Every year about this time I have someone ask me why they can't grow sweet onions that have the same mild, sweet flavor as the Vidalia onion.

June 03, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Jon and Kate plus everyone

We have more than one television in our house. In fact, there are about as many televisions as there are people.

June 03, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


More about reading, other thoughts

I was surprised and delighted by the number of reactions to my column discussing the book about Greg Martenson's schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan - from a few who had read it and others who want to.

June 03, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


This may be a good year for gardeners

With recent rains, 2009 may be an excellent year for local vegetable gardens.

May 27, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pass me a tissue

The people who make tissues will get some of my money this weekend. I'm going to try not to cry, but I know I will.

May 27, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Answers to questions you may have wanted to ask

Each month I receive hundreds of calls from gardeners with questions ranging from how to keep deer out of a garden to disease control in a home lawn. A few questions you may have thought about, but never got around to asking are as follows:

May 20, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Old pans take you back

We have a pretty kitchen at our house. We've got a big stove that has a convection oven. We haven't learned how to convect, but when we do, we supposedly have an oven that will do it.

May 20, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Contrasts may enliven thought processes

It's a foregone conclusion; contrasts attract attention. It's also a possibility, though not necessarily so, that they engender new ways of looking at things.

May 20, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Clematis is a vine of outstanding flowers

Among flowering vines, few have flowers as spectacular as the clematis. It has been more than 150 years since this vine was first hybridized to improve flower size and color, and improvements continue to be made.

May 13, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If I had just five minutes

I think most people who have ever lost a loved one have thought or dreamed of having them back for just five minutes to catch up on your life and theirs.

May 13, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Maintenance key to healthy fescue lawn

Fescue is the most popular and widely used lawn grass in Dawson County. This is for good reason. Fescue is a cool season grass and loves the average temperatures of this region. Fescue grows rapidly in spring and fall but little during periods of extreme heat or cold.

May 06, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Big Daddy giving them the 411

Depending on when you were born, you've likely heard parents, grandparents or other relatives talk about the challenges of their era.

May 06, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Grasscycling leads to a healthier, stronger lawn

Recycling grass clippings has always been a hot topic of conservation within the turf care industry.

May 20, 2015 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


My belief: We have girlfriends for every stage of life

When I had a disagreement with a friend during my teen years, Mama tried comforting my hurt feelings the best she could. "Don't worry about this little squabble. Your friendship with this child won't last."

May 20, 2015 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


How to control moles

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

May 13, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The unrealistic Grey’s Anatomy effect

Let me start by warning you, there are a few spoilers in here in case you DVR'd "Grey's Anatomy" this season and haven't watched the episode from a few weeks ago yet.

May 13, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Brown patch lawn disease

May is a month eagerly awaited by many turf lovers.

May 06, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


In defense of not having a free range child

Parenting is hard work. You always feel like you are messing up and someone - usually a person who doesn't know the difference between a zygote and a pygmy goat - is always full of advice and criticism as to the quality of job you are doing.

May 06, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Rose sawfly prevention

Last year, I received several calls during this time of year about roses.

April 29, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A mid-life crisis in my clothing choices

Slowly, surely, I have been in the process of cleaning out my closet.

April 29, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Foreign pest destroys trees

I recently received a leaf sample from a homeowner whose tree had been rapidly declining for a few months.

April 22, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The young entrepreneur

My earliest job was before I even started kindergarten, with my Pop teaching me how to write so I could hand write his invoices. I was paid a whole dollar a week and I am sure the weekly trips to the store for candy were included in my wages.

April 21, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Where does spring pollen come from?

Spring is a beautiful time of year.

April 15, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Meeting my match in one little boy

Granny cursed me once.

April 15, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H Rabies Clinic is coming up

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting the annual rabies clinic on April 25.

April 08, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some assembly may be required

IKEA, I will never darken your doors. Never, not ever.

April 08, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learning to stop focusing and settle for more in life

A friend and I were chatting one night, catching up on things and the conversation turned to our usual wistful, wishful discussion of how life was really going.

April 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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