Facebook – a growing marketplace for local entrepreneurs When kids know best Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend

Time to plant more trees

Are you concerned about climate change? According to a recent EcoBeneficial article, the efforts of nations are critical to stemming climate change, but so are individual actions. Why not help trap carbon emissions, clean the air, cool the environment and decrease the impact of flooding in your own landscape. It’s easy-plant more plants, especially plants with extensive root systems, like trees.

Here are some of the ways in which trees improve environmental health: 1) Trees absorb carbon dioxide as well as other noxious gasses. Fifteen mature trees can offset the emissions from a family car driven 10,000 miles at 20 miles per gallon. 2) Trees clean the air. One mature tree can provide four people with a day’s worth of oxygen. 3) Trees are Mother Nature’s air conditioners. In a single summer day, the evaporation from one tree can equal the cooling effect of eight room-sized air conditioners. 4) Trees intercept rainfall, slow storm water runoff, help prevent soil erosion, and recharge groundwater. A single tree can store as much as 100 gallons of water.

As I walk round our property I am always scheming about how to get more trees planted. As I watched a small herd of deer walk through the Norway spruce trees today, I also know that if I plant small trees I will have to find a way to protect them. It’s time to get out my list of native plants and shrubs and start prioritizing. If you aren’t sure about what to plant, be sure to visit the ohioline website (www.ohioline.osu.edu) for a complete list of native plants and shrubs.

Another great website to refer to is the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program (http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu). If you are looking for a great read about native plants, then pick up “Bringing Nature Home” by Douglas W. Tallamy. It provides an appendix of native plants with wildlife value and desirable landscaping attributes.

Have you ordered your seeds for the garden? I am getting overwhelmed by all the catalogs that are arriving.

If you are itching to talk about digging in the dirt, plan to attend the garden seminar on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. (room 107) at the Mt. Orab campus of Southern State Community College. This seminar is sponsored by the OSUE Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers and is free and open to the public. Susan Barber will be talking about designing and starting your garden. This seminar will be for beginners as well as “seasoned” gardeners. In case of bad weather, be sure to check Southern State College’s website (www.sscc.edu) in case of an early closing. If the facility is closed, the seminar will be cancelled.

Get out your garden journal this week and start planning! The countdown to spring is on!

Pawpaw Bloom
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By Faye Mahaffey

OSUE Master Gardener Volunteer

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