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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


Matthew Sisk: Surgery causes concern for Lemmy

Lemmy returns to the office for his post-surgery recheck.

March 13, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Somalia hampered by civil war, severe drought

Somalia is in the news again, this time in connection with a U.S. strike on rebel forces. Largely unnoticed, though, is the plight of the civilian population. Hunger and starvation have been a constant occurrence there for decades.

March 12, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Many reasons and ways to celebrate the month of March

Wow! It's March already and spring is on the way. And we have daffodils blooming in our yard for goodness sake.

March 08, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Intestinal blockage requires surgery on young dog

Lemmy has a blockage in his gastrointestinal tract, and it necessitates surgery.

March 06, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Routine checkup is a relief for me and Lemmy

Lemmy is coming in today.

July 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Imagination plays a key role in hope and faith

When I was a kid, some of my older relatives would always tell me, "You have a big imagination."

July 24, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protect children, pets from hot car dangers

Installing an aftermarket digital thermometer in my old Chevy van provided a lot of insight recently. This $15 instrument displays inside and outside temperature, as ...

July 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Learn about nurturing the natural world

Having just returned from a hiatus in coastal Georgia, I was reminded of the beauty of the natural world.

July 21, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Bucket list can include new foods and restaurants to try

There comes a time in everyone's life when you begin to think about your mortality.

July 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Snake bite hospitalizes Lemmy

My day starts out in a sadly typical manner.

July 17, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Soak up every moment as the seasons change

August in Hall County is an amazing time of the year.

July 17, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Overland floods dangerous in Chinese region

Parts of Anhui Province in China resemble South Georgia. Two-hundred and fifty miles west of Shanghai, the Yangtze River cuts through a flat landscape of ...

July 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy is too cool, and on the mend

Lemmy is cooler than me. Not as far as thermoregulation goes. Normal canine body temperature is almost 3 degrees higher than is human temperature.

July 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Reduction of coal ash a vital step by Ga. Power

Dec. 22, 2008, was filled with anticipation of Christmas in Roane County, Tenn., 85 miles northeast of Chattanooga.

July 10, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: No reason found for dog's almost lethal illness

I have a love-hate relationship with my fax machine.

July 03, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | 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


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