Local Columns

Mammograms can save lives

Did you know that the third Friday in October is National Mammogram Day? And wouldn’t you know it, today just happens to be the third Friday in October. As the month of October is focused around breast cancer awareness, I thought today’s column would be a great place to focus in on the ...

Storing your fishing stuff

For some anglers, the open water fishing season is history. If you’re one of those anglers, there are some things you should do while open water fishing is still a fresh memory. If you don’t do those things now, if you’re like me, you’ll probably forget to do them, and that could ...

Coping skills for the coming season

It’s October, folks, and this is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp mornings and mild afternoons. I appreciate the delicate fragrances of autumn ̶ the aroma of freshly harvested corn, the distant (very distant) smell of burning leaves, and the subtle scent of a freshly carved ...

Sorting through the past

I’ve been doing some a little sorting through my goods recently. Mostly it was because I was looking for a few things. I found several relics of the past that are now rather sadly out of date but that once were a basic part of my daily life. One was my Personal Word Processor. I loved ...

A busy, hectic month

First off folks, I feel I must apologize for my lack of columns these last couple of weeks. I don’t know about you, but every fall seems to get crazier and crazier. In light of my missed weeks of updating you on what is happening with me and the community, here are a few of the things I have ...

Perfect pumpkin creations for fall

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to select pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns or to personalize for fall decorations. Perk up your autumn landscape with a display of these traditional fruits of the season. From dark to light orange, white and even blue, pumpkins are available in ...

Thoughts on Columbus Day

Columbus Day always makes me think of New England. Before I lived there for just a few years, I’d never been especially tuned into fall foliage colors. At least when I was growing up in Iowa, there’s lots of other things going on at that time of year. Especially harvest. And ...

The fall of (a large) man

The Huisman boys missed very few weeks of Sunday school and we had the attendance award pins to prove it. Accordingly, I am familiar with the Genesis account of the fall of man. You know the fall I’m writing about: the devil tempts the naked lady who in turn encourages the naked man to eat ...

Fall lawn care tips

Summer has flown by all too soon. Although other gardening chores are now winding down, fall is time to focus on caring for your lawn, to help maintain healthy growth for next spring. During fall, as grass is still actively growing, it is important to continue mowing to prevent turf from ...

Cold-weather fishing

As we get farther into the autumn period, the weather gets a little cooler. It’s generally not bitterly cold this time of year, and in fact the weather can be beautiful. That’s what makes fishing such a good thing this time of year. However, there are some days when it does get pretty ...

Old school, new school

I got to see the big reveal at the refurbished South Hamilton School recently. Believe me, it is an awesome place now. Wherever I looked, everything was new and clean and sleek and up to date and very functional to address the needs of students in this 21st century. While I was there, of ...

Good cop; bad cop

I like cops. I’ve liked cops since I was a kid and wanted to be one when I grew up. During my 20s I had an opportunity to serve on a police reserve ̶ a well-trained group of guys who volunteered to assist the paid force. As much as I enjoyed the experience, I learned I wasn’t cut ...

Peony planting time

Early fall is the best time to plant garden peonies. The old adage, “If a plant blooms in the spring, plant it in the fall” holds true for herbaceous peony plants. This rule of thumb is due to that in the fall, spring blooming plants are storing food reserves for winter, rather than ...

Fall for walleyes

You’ve heard it before and I’m guessing you’ll hear it many times in the future: The autumn months are a great time to go fishing, for a wide variety of fish. However, for many anglers across the Midwest, autumn is the time to chase walleyes. Spring and summer can be very good, but ...

Just what my bike needed

As a youngster I was an enthusiastic bicyclist. Not only did I love to ride my bike, I loved to adorn it with accessories. An incident last week reminded me of my childhood penchant for bike accessories. Let me explain: After wearing out my first bike, a used 26” balloon tired model, at ...

Repainting the barn quilts

The first time I got acquainted with a barn quilt I was standing next to a big, old, weathered wooden barn as a woman painted a barn quilt directly on the faded hay mow door. A scaffold was set up so she could easily cross from side to side with her brushes and paints as she went carefully ...

Last roses of summer

With the arrival of autumn, area rose gardeners are enjoying a new flush of fall blooms. After a long, hot summer, most roses will produce a new batch of flowers in response to the less stressful environment provided by cooler days of the season. Interestingly, Irish poet Thomas Moore was ...

Aspiring to be a lifelong learner

The older I get, the more important I think learning is to being a well-rounded citizen of the world. Especially, in this day and age of “fake” or “alternative” news, one must be careful where that knowledge originates. Think about how times have changed since the 1960s or 1970s. ...

Enjoying a meal as a family

September is National Family Meals Month, I just discovered, designed to encourage families to share meals at home together. This promotion asks that families commit to eating just one more meal together each week. There is lots of research that shows the benefits of having family ...

Welcome to the Dieters’ Comedy Club

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Dieters’ Comedy Club. This is the comedy club for people who feel they need to diet but would rather just laugh about it. Boy it’s been a long, hot summer, hasn’t it? I think Climate Change is shrinking my shirts. All those ...