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

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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