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Michael Wheeler: 12 tips to follow before playing in the dirt

Can you feel it? It's springtime in North Georgia.

April 07, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: Basic tools of the trade to become a wine connoisseur

OK, so I've finally convinced you not to cower and snivel when somebody asks, "Hey, you got any wine here?" "Here," of course, being your own abode.

April 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy loves his human baby brother

The next time I see Lemmy, he saunters into the waiting room as a full-on adult dog.

April 03, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: New appliances can conserve a sea of water

Even if we don't get a replay of the serious droughts that North Georgia experienced this century, it makes sense to conserve water.

April 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Dee Ridley, Master Gardeners kick off spring planting in Victory Garden

On a very cold day in March 2012, members of the Hall County Master Gardener Class of 2012 assumed stewardship of the Victory Garden under the leadership of Toby Blackwell. Since then, it has come a long way thanks to the members' loving regard and dedicated maintenance.

April 01, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Andrew Akers: ‘Seven Brides’ put a spring in your step

Lauded for its Oscar-winning musical score, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is a comedy filled with singing and dance numbers to celebrate the rebirth of spring with its warm, pollen-filled days. It makes the mostly lighthearted musical romp perfect to watch indoors when it's raining or night falls.

April 01, 2016 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Don't use only iceberg lettuce in salads; switch up ingredients

I was probably grown before I ever tried a tossed salad with a main ingredient of something other than iceberg lettuce.

March 30, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Drink tap water and skip the bottles

Traveling to foreign countries can be an education about the value of fresh, potable water.

March 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ground or digger bees: Are they good or bad?

As trees and flowers start to bloom, the buzzing sound from bees will begin to be heard. But did you know not all bees live in hive?

March 24, 2016 | BY WILLIE CHANCE For The Times | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy maintains his weight, health

My continuing relationship with Lemmy over the next seven months consists of regular phone calls with his owners.

March 20, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: How to prepare your dog for a baby

This week's column isn't about examining Lemmy or treating him directly.

March 20, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Best way to manage turf grasses under shaded conditions

In most landscapes, turf grasses are grown with trees, shrubs or buildings.

March 20, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Earth Sense: Rain forest being depleted in Brazil

It's impossible not to learn some Spanish in Gainesville, even from just glancing at billboards.

March 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Exercise improves energy, health and overall attitude

I'm not a morning person, but I managed to push myself to get up early recently and exercise.

March 15, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Parrish Myers: Leaving a lasting message of love

A little more than 10 years ago, I wrote my first "Eyes of the Father" column.

March 13, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Medical emergency worries veterinarian

It's a whirlwind.

June 26, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care of car now, then go electric

Modern electric cars have changed from fairly unattractive designs to very nice automobiles.

June 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Worms are gone, but enlarged spleen causes concern

The whipworms are gone. Well, the adult whipworms are gone.

June 19, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Now’s the time to check your air conditioner

Summer starts officially Monday afternoon. As always, we'll have hot days ahead, but it won't be like the heat wave that southeastern Asia ...

June 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Keep azaleas in tiptop condition by keeping pests away

When azaleas have blossomed into a big green bush but have lost their spring brilliance, it is easy to forget they are there.

June 16, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Start exercise, physical activity routines this summer

Are you enjoying a more flexible schedule right now? Summertime can really open up spaces or time slots on a calendar and "doing nothing" can ...

June 14, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Behavioral change in dog caused by whipworms

It happens. Despite millions of dollars in research, and detailed testing beforehand, sometimes it happens. Sometimes a side effect occurs when we use a drug ...

June 12, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Senior dog suffers from old-age ailments

Lemmy comes in for his first "senior" visit, with no problems to report.

June 05, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Randall Murray: Sip some rosy wines during the summertime

Summer is a mere 20 days away. Time to start thinking about hot-weather quaffing.

May 31, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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