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Grateful for good neighbors

February 27, 2014 Good neighbors are worth a lot. Looking back, I think every place we have lived we have had some good neighbors. more »»

Explaining the benefits of the Farm Bill

February 20, 2014 It should be called the “Consumer Bill” rather than the Farm Bill that it is usually called. Why? Because it benefits all consumers as much, and in some ways more, than it benefits farmers. more »»

Recalling the good old days

February 7, 2014 Recently, I received an email from a friend who grew up in North Bloomfield not many years after I did. Tim Rodgers had read my recent column, and his email was titled “Random Rural Ruminations. more »»

Breakfasts feature pancakes, syrup and farm education

January 23, 2014 Want to enjoy a good pancake and sausage breakfast, great fellowship and an excellent program? Plan to attend the Trumbull County Food and Agriculture Committee (FAC) breakfast at 8 a.m. Feb. more »»

Landline feels homey

January 17, 2014 At Christmastime, a couple of our family members got so-called smartphones for a gift. To me, it is truly amazing what all these phones will do. But I confess that they give me an inferiority complex. more »»

Holidays about being together

December 27, 2013 Christmas is a time when families like to get together, if possible. Yes, there are those who may not have much family but still enjoy being with others this time of the year. more »»

Celebrating Christmas on the farm

December 26, 2013 ’Twas the night before Christmas, And down on the farm, The cows were in the barn all safe from harm. They had been milked and fed, And were now ready for bed. more »»

Ghosts of Christmas past

December 6, 2013 We don’t need to be reminded that Christmas is fast approaching. With this season go all the activities and gatherings that are tradition in our familie. more »»

Be thankful for family farmers

November 28, 2013 Today is the day we celebrate Thanksgiving. You probably don’t need to be reminded of that because many families have been busy getting ready for this day. more »»

Make a plan for winter

November 15, 2013 With winter beginning to settle in, are you ready for whatever the weather deals us this year? Are you one of those who like to trundle down to Florida or points southwest? Or will you do your best... more »»

Make a plan for winter

November 15, 2013 With winter beginning to settle in, are you ready for whatever the weather deals us this year? Are you one of those who like to trundle down to Florida or points southwest? Or will you do your best... more »»

Dairy exports important to economy

November 14, 2013 We are fortunate in this country. Our local farmers as well as those across these United States produce an abundance, and sometimes, a surplus of food for u. more »»

Mud and rain hampers the harvest

October 31, 2013 One local farmer said recently that “if you have grain to harvest in northeastern Ohio, expect to harvest in some mud.” It seems like that is the situation again this fall. more »»

A general store education

October 4, 2013 Thinking back many years ago now, I spent a couple of summers and weekends working in Elmer’s grocery in North Bloomfield. Elmer came to my father one day and asked him if it was OK to offer me a job. more »»

A general store education

October 4, 2013 Thinking back many years ago now, I spent a couple of summers and weekends working in Elmer’s grocery in North Bloomfield. Elmer came to my father one day and asked him if it was OK to offer me a job. more »»

Farmers wait on weather as grains near harvest

October 3, 2013 Right now it’s kind of a wait-and-see situation for area grain farmers. Their corn and soybean crops, while widely variable around the area, are out there in the fields waiting to be harvested. more »»

Making your own ice cream

September 20, 2013 Last week’s very hot weather, for some reason, made me think of making homemade ice cream in one of those old, hand-cranked ice cream freezers. more »»

Summer is no vacation on the farm

September 5, 2013 Most farmers don’t know what a summer vacation would be like. From early spring through summer and into late fall, there are what seems like a dozen and one things to do on the farm. more »»

Self-guided walk set for cemetery

September 5, 2013 ASSOCIATION TO HOLD CEMETERY TOUR: The Newton Township Cemetery Association will hold a self-guided cemetery walk from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Newton Township East Cemetery on North Canal Stree. more »»

The buzz in the bedroom

August 30, 2013 Let me tell you my recent experience with a nest of yellow jackets. Or maybe I should call this, as one of my friends suggested, the “buzz in the bedroom. more »»

 
 

 

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