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  • Was that a hammer, a drill or a woodpecker? A few weeks ago, I was provoked at home by loud, intermittent pounding. With no immediate neighbors to blame, I wondered who would interfere with my peaceful birdsong-filled morning. I was surprised — and thrilled — to find a pileated woodpecker at one of my back bedroom windows. Pileateds (the Woody Woodpecker variety) are Indiana’s largest woodpecker.

    May 21, 2014

  • Carpenter, honey bees have different 'MOs' The Extension Office has received several calls from people reporting large bees resembling bumble bees near their homes. In some cases they have been behaving aggressively, flying at people. These are probably not bumble bees but carpenter bees, also sometimes called wood bees.

    May 21, 2014

  • Better fuel leads to better bodies It was just a regular stop at the gas station to fill up my ’99 Nissan Paid-for: I go through the steps, get the fuel flowing so I can get home to my favorites. With nothing to think about, I looked at the 87, 89, and 91 octanes and thought: “If I put premium in my car would it run better? Maybe get better gas mileage? Help it last a few more years? Not sure, but I just can’t afford to do it.”

    May 14, 2014

  • Three things I thought I would never do In honor of Mother’s Day last weekend, I thought it might be fun to hit it from the other side and talk about some of the things I have done after becoming a mom that I never would have done had it not been for my children.

    May 14, 2014

  • Taxpayers want to see value before investing in schools Ball State University economist Michael Hicks had some unwelcome news when he met with leaders of the scenic Ohio River town of Madison last summer after they asked his advice on growing their community. Despite a long list of assets, ranging from a strong manufacturing base to an abundance of recreational opportunities, he found the community had a weak link: its underperforming schools, measured by metrics and perception.

    May 14, 2014

  • Coping strategies get families through 'transition season' It’s that time of year — the transition season. Winter commitments are still going — school, band, and dance — but the summer commitments have begun — baseball and mowing. Parents and children alike may find they face more meltdowns as they stretch an already full schedule even tighter. A few coping strategies can help.

    May 14, 2014

  • From a clown to a speech impediment in 3 easy steps I saw on my news feed last week that Ronald McDonald is getting a makeover, which got me thinking about the speech impediment I had as a kid. Hang with me a minute. There is a connection between the two. It is kind of a six degrees to Kevin Bacon connection that only has three degrees, but that is how my silly brain works.

    May 7, 2014

  • Wander Woman just wants world peace in real time Apparently I'm Wander Woman. My friend, Tracy, told me some time ago I have a "wanderlust." Results from a personality test pegged me as a "searcher." I may as well admit it; it's all true.|Apparently I'm Wander Woman. My friend, Tracy, told me some time ago I have a "wanderlust." Results from a personality test pegged me as a "searcher." I may as well admit it; it's all true. I'm always wandering around searching for something: answers

    May 7, 2014

  • Be prepared for early season gardening One of the earliest producing garden plants each spring is rhubarb. You can begin to harvest stalks as soon as they are large enough to cut. It is important to use a sharp knife and make a clean cut — experienced growers can snap rhubarb just above the soil level — and remember the leaves are toxic and should not be eaten.

    May 7, 2014

  • Gardening is about more than food on the table I met Shannon today — who said she hates gardening. Maybe my group of friends is way too narrow. Not everyone I know gardens, but I don’t recall anyone telling me they “hate” to garden. Maybe they are not crazy into it as I am, but “hate” gardening? It baffled me.

    May 7, 2014

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