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Will 2010 growing season be on the shorter side?

February is definitely here and just a few weeks ago, Punxsutawney Phil gave his prediction as to the duration of the winter. Although it was reported that most local groundhogs did not see their shadows, Phil did see his, which predicted six more weeks of winter. Interestingly, the Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a cool, wet weather late into the spring.

The wooly worm, which sported a light middle and dark ends in the fall, is in agreement with a cool spring. The usual growing season for Northwest Ohio ranges from 130 to 200 days and, if all predictors are correct, it could be on the shorter side this year.

If it is shorter this year, gardeners may want to consider starting seeds indoors this year. February is the ideal time to start seeds inside. Starting garden plants from seeds will allow you to grow things that may not be available in garden centers in the spring. It will also enable gardeners to grow a lot of plants and at very low cost. Vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins can be easily grown from seeds and then can be transplanted into the garden as soon as all danger of frost is past in the spring. In Northwest Ohio, this is usually in mid-May.


In Pemberville
Exhibits, special events planned For the Love of Art

“For the Love of Art,” a student art exhibit, will be presented Feb. 13 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House, located on Front Street in Pemberville.

The community is invited to come and see the eclectic collection of artwork created by the area’s talented young adults. More than 28 area high schools & their graduates have been invited to participate. Admission is free.

In addition, Pemberville’s businesses are lending their window and floor space for area artists to display and sell their creations.

Those attending are invited to stop in for a hot drink and homemade baked goods at the Gallery Coffee Shop set up inside The Medicine Shoppe. Pemberville Library will host a display of artwork created by area elementary and preschool students.  

For more information, call Beeker’s General Store at 419-287-3274.

“Wait Until Dark”
Oregon Community Theatre will present “Wait Until Dark,” co-directed by Reed Steele and Jeff Smith, at 8 p.m. Feb. 19-20 and Feb. 26-27, and at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors, are available at the door or in advance by calling 419-691-1398. More information is available at


Timing is everything, as the popular saying goes, but as most parents of babies


Like a good little soldier, Makenna Katherine Wilson
(held by her mother Kayte) seemed to make her debut
on cue, just as her daddy, Steve, returned home on
leave from Iraq, where he is serving with the 1483rd
Transportation Company, based in Walbridge.

will attest, little ones generally operate on their own timetables.

However, Little Makenna Katherine Wilson seems to have taken a cue from her mother as to the timing of her much-awaited arrival.

Makenna’s father Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Steve Wilson is with the 1483rd Transportation Company out of Walbridge, which was deployed to Iraq in August. As with any deployment, it was difficult saying goodbye to loved ones and friends, but this time, Wilson was facing the possibility of missing the birth of his first child, due Oct. 25.

“It wasn’t ideal, but he had been deployed to Kosovo during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004-05 and to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and we knew we’d get through it,” Steve’s wife Kayte said.

“I am lucky to have lots of family and friends for support,” she said. “And we hoped that there’d be a good chance that Steve might be able to get a leave around the baby’s due date, being that they had just gotten to Iraq and not many people would want to take their leave so soon.”

Steve was able to plan a leave that would allow him to return to northwest Ohio on Oct. 18. “I was scheduled to be induced Oct. 20, which would give us a couple of days to get ready after he got home,” Kayte said. “Or so we thought.”


Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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