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England: Needle shedding makes ‘evergreen’ moniker a misnomer

Question: I bought a white pine Christmas tree and did not notice until I got it home that it has a lot of brown needles between the outside and the trunk. Did I get a bad tree?

March 20, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Thompson: Special IV can pump life back into your tree

I recently pointed out how you need to keep your live Christmas tree well watered. If the tree's water reservoir goes dry, the bottom of the tree will close up and it won't accept any more water. If this happens, your tree will start losing its needles and will become a fire hazard. OK, let's say that hypothetically your husband forgets to water the tree for several days and the bottom of the tree closes up. What can you do besides remove the decorated Christmas tree from the stand and re-cut the bottom of it? I've ...

March 20, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Slow cooked dinners can be easy, nutritious

Many consumers prefer the convenience of a slow cooker for preparing soups, stews and other favorites. These appliances cook foods slowly at a low temperature, so vitamins and minerals are retained. Also, less expensive cuts of meat are tenderized and meats shrink less. Best of all, the slow cooker can do all this while you're away from home.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Try a trial run before freezing your pies

As filled pies are higher in moisture content and take longer to cool/heat/reheat than many baked goods, pies can be trickier to freeze than many foods. The best advice: Do a trial run with freezing a favorite pie BEFORE you freeze it for a special event. Here are an assortment of tips that may help you decide how to most successfully freeze your favorite pies.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Winter chores abound in winter

Often the cooler weather gives us the feeling that we should be working inside instead of tending to our landscape. On the coldest days, this certainly makes sense, but there are a number of things that can and should be done now in our landscape to get them ready for the spring flush.

March 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Substitutes for ‘classic’ holly can still bear traditional-looking berries

Question: I want to plant a holly tree that has lots of long-lasting berries. What can you suggest?

March 20, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Holiday weight gain can come in form of drinks, not just food

During the holiday season, many people expect that they will gain weight. What they may not know is that what they are drinking is affecting those added pounds.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Stranger’s kindness is repaid over time

Christmas never comes to me without a childhood memory that, in turn, throws its arms around another memory and brings it tagging along.

March 20, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: The spirit of giving can last for a lifetime

At a Thanksgiving luncheon, I was holding my 18-month-old nephew, Tripp, as I visited tables to speak to folks. I stopped and greeted a friend, patting him on his back. Tripp watched quietly then leaned down, stretching out his little arm and patted Billy, too, in that awkward, uncoordinated way that babies have.

I chuckled, realizing that Tripp had simply emulated what he had seen me do. See, children are like that. They, more often than not, simply grow up imitating those they watch. Good or bad.

March 20, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Parental leadership is lacking these days

If, in a 50-employee workplace, several employees are misbehaving, one can reasonably assume that the problem lies with the employees. On the other hand, if half of the employees are misbehaving, the only conclusion to draw is that the problem lies with management.

March 20, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Lunch guys: Subway’s new Feast starts meat scuffle

We Lunch Guys can only imagine Jared choking on his 6-inch veggie sub when he saw the commercial for Subway's new Feast behemoth. It's a sandwich loaded up with roast beef, turkey, ham, salami and pepperoni, plus cheese and all the usual toppings. Does a great name and great concept equal a great sandwich?

March 20, 2008 | | Columnists


England: Orchids don’t require much maintenance

Question: I recently purchased an orchid on impulse, but I know nothing about houseplants. Can you give me some advice on how to take care of it (the label says Phalaenopsis) and perhaps get it to bloom again next year?

March 18, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Pesticides aren’t the only line of defense

The recent warm days have resulted in an outbreak of "spring fever" - the undeniable urge to prune, plant, weed and fertilize.

March 18, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Look to grapes to find key to wine’s differences

"Now, just what is 'merlot' anyway?"

March 16, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Lunch guys: Fried ‘steak’ from Sonic blends best of worlds

Sonic has one of the wildest menus in the lunch universe, yet this drive-in chain is still able to top itself with special "limited-time-only" specials.

March 16, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


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Interested in becoming a Georgia Master Gardener?

Around this time of year, I begin sending out applications to individuals interested in taking our Georgia Master Gardener classes at the Hall County Extension office.

August 22, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Bacall, Bogart's chemistry ignites

Last week was a sad one in Hollywood. One day after comedian Robin Williams was found dead, legendary actress Lauren Bacall died.

August 21, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


From the film archives: Parallels between Williams, role of "Patch Adams"

Last week, we lost a comedic icon. The death of Robin Williams is a bitter ending to a man who delighted millions through entertainment.

August 21, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Simple meal on school nights

I admit it. I was different than most of the other kids.

August 20, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Earth Sense: Extension cords can lead to shocks, wiring-induced fires

The word "fire" strikes fear in homeowners. Rightfully so: Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 1,513 people in the U.S. died in house fires, including 57 Georgia residents (www.usfa.fema.gov).

August 17, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Blessings flow upon those who obey God

Chloe is at a stage right now where she won't listen to anything I tell her to do.

August 17, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Animals need care of veterinarian

The following is a true story. Names have been omitted to protect the innocent, as well as the less-than-innocent.

August 17, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Resolving pest problems

One man or woman's cute and cuddly critter is another person's pest. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it eats your prize-winning roses or caused $1,000 in damage to the garage or attic.

August 15, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Senior shenanigans at 'Ridgemont High'

It's that time again. The school year has officially begun, which means early, hurried mornings, school supply lists and dents in your wallet for lunch money. Oh joy!

August 14, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: It’s grill time; devour red meats with red wine

Gentlemen, masochists that we are, we struggle out into the North Georgia summer heat and humidity to battle with that masculine dragon - the grill.

August 13, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Research breeds before buying dog

The time is nigh and fantasy football approaches!

August 10, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Colors result from surfaces reflecting available light

Colors change with the light. This was an issue recently when a friend was having a vintage Porsche repainted, and the shade of ivory just didn't look right.

August 10, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Cut fat, calories in dips

Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.

July 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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