Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners

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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