Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary

The Ohio Heritage Garden

Ohio’s official botanical garden of native plants, the Heritage Garden, showcases Ohio’s natural history in a series of gardens representing Ohio’s five major physiographic regions that include the Till Plains, Bluegrass Section, Allegheny Plateaus, Huron-Erie Lake Plains and the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau. The Ohio Governor’s residence, located in Bexley, is the location of the Ohio Heritage Garden.

After completing my Master Gardener training in 2006 I was contacted by a good friend that happened to be the Horticulturalist at the Ohio Governor’s residence. He knew that I needed to complete 50 hours of volunteer work in order to become an official OSUE Master Gardener and he hoped I would come to the Heritage Garden to help organize lists of donated plants, etc. I have to admit I was pretty excited to meet then First Lady Hope Taft and see what was happening in the Heritage Garden. In November of 2006 Pam Bennett, State Coordinator of the OSUE Master Gardener Volunteers, developed the Heritage Garden Ambassador Programs to assist with the promotion of Ohio’s first garden, as well as the use of native plants. I was lucky enough to be nominated as the Ambassador to represent Brown County.

A new group of OSUE Master Gardener Volunteers have recently started training and Dale Dyer, OSUE Brown County Master Gardener Volunteer, will be ready in January of 2016 to present a program about the Ohio Heritage Garden and its newest additions. You can contact Dale by phone at 937-515-4030 or by email at mddyer@frontier.com.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the growing season a group of volunteers help to plant, weed and work on other projects in the Ohio Heritage Garden. We call ourselves the “Governor’s Gardeners” and enjoy working together in the different parts of the Heritage garden and learning about all the different plants and trees. This past week we started putting the gardens to “bed” for the season. Some gardeners look for work in the shade, some love to prune, others enjoy working with the roses, and some of us love to venture into a new area of the garden to learn more about the plants growing there. Last year volunteers traveled from 14 counties to donate more than 1,900 hours of their time.

Tours of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden are on Tuesday and are free. To schedule your group tour, please visit the website at www.friendsohio.org.

I spent several days in my own flower beds this past week attacking the growing population of Canada Goldenrod. Then I had fun and planted some native plants in the “bone dry” ground. We really need some rain.

Hope to see you at the fair!

Pictured here are Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers, from left, Faye Mahaffey, Dale Dyer, and Doug Dyer, who volunteer at the Heritage Garden.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Gardener.jpgPictured here are Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers, from left, Faye Mahaffey, Dale Dyer, and Doug Dyer, who volunteer at the Heritage Garden. Submitted photo

By Faye Mahaffey

OSUE Brown County Master Gardener Volunteer

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