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Matthew Sisk: Puppies can learn tricks at early age

For his third and final puppy visit, Lemmy arrives walking on his leash like a gentleman. His tendency to pull the leash when excited has been curbed with gentle reinforcement and a treat-reward system.

January 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unexpected Hurricane Alex makes quick appearance, exit

Even experienced meteorologists were surprised when Hurricane Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 14. Unusually warm waters helped produce the storm.

January 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Cement your tree’s roots by planting now

Throughout the year, people will call wanting planting advice.

January 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Hailey Van Parys hunts for the best hot chocolate in Gainesville

Hot chocolate and I go way back.

January 19, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Potentially diagnosing parvo in pup

In our practice, we typically call the owner two days after an appointment to check up on the patient.

January 17, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: Faith without good works is useless

We were at a restaurant when I saw a mother pulling her baby out of a high chair. The baby had some food on the back of her leg, but the mother hadn't noticed.

January 17, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: El Niño doesn’t affect Peru shortages much

El Niño is here. Named a long time ago by Peruvian fishermen, the phenomenon represents unusually warm waters in the Pacific Ocean.

January 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: It's time for your pup's 3-week check-up

Lemmy bounds into the waiting room, his owners trailing behind a taut leash. That's not the worst habit a puppy can have, but it is something to work on going forward.

January 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Siberia a bracing destination in winter

Many people like a quick winter break in Florida's warm weather. Others want something more bracing. The hardiest people take a winter tour through Siberia.

January 10, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tips for combatting soil compaction in garden

If you call the office to discuss a problem with your landscape, one of the first things I am going to ask you about is soil testing.

January 07, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: Find an Austrian wine in Buford and try Emilio Moro Malleolus 2011

What better way to start off 2016 than by answering questions from readers?

January 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Puppy’s first vet visit in a lifetime of health care

This is the fictionalized story of Lemmy.

January 03, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Prepare for cold during warm stretch

If you were dreaming of a warm Christmas this season instead of a white one, you got your wish. The week surrounding Dec. 25 was one of the warmest on record in North Georgia.

January 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Jeff Marker: Best of the bunch from 2015

Editor's note: Movie review Jeff Marker selected his top 10 films for the year.

December 31, 2015 | Jeff Marker | Columnists


Andrew Akers: Bill Murray gets 'Scrooged'

In an effort to avoid all things serious, I'm continuing my holiday laughs with the rarely serious, often irreverent "Scrooged."

December 30, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


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Articles by Section - Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Now is time for calibrating your lawn spreader

This is the time of year many homeowners are probably thinking about fertilizing or renovating their lawns.

September 23, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Stringer: Empty Bowl Lunch supports Georgia Mountain Food Bank

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is set for Tuesday.

September 21, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Tom Smiley: Encouragement key in sports, life

I love sports. I love athletics. And as long as I can remember, I've been involved in some facet of sporting competition.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Bacterial infection clears but hearing problem arises

Lemmy returns for his recheck following a bout with Leptospirosis.

September 18, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Keep mindful of fires, keep extinguisher close

Single homes in Hall County often come with a built-in garage and a "bonus room" on top of it. If you're thinking about making ...

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wanda Cannon: Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville hosts classes

With the fall season officially beginning next week, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville will open its doors and offer five ...

September 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Rare subtype of bacteria causes infection in dog

Lemmy has been hospitalized for two days when I learn the reason for his illness. I had suspected, but with confirmatory blood work, I now ...

September 11, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Lee Koontz: Simple sermons can change lives

My first sermon wasn't very remarkable or memorable.

September 11, 2016 | Rev. Lee Koontz lkoontz@fpcga.org | Columnists


Earth Sense: Fresh filters boost gas mileage, keep air cleaner

If you've ever been stuck on a hilly North Georgia road behind a car blowing clouds of dark smoke, you may have wondered what ...

September 11, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Sudden illness takes toll on older dog

Seventeen is old for most dogs. And although Lemmy is not like most dogs, 17 is old for him, too.

September 04, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Follow-up care critical for pets

Three weeks after Lemmy was examined and diagnosed with a nasty urinary tract infection, he returns for a recheck. This is intended to confirm the ...

August 28, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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