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Outdoors

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Hornets and dirt daubers

        An earlier article covered wasps and yellow jackets, so here are a couple more stinging cousins.  All of these insects are in the insect family Vespidae and are called Vespid wasps.  

  • Enjoy Scott County Farmers and Crafters Market through September

        A Scott County Farmers and Craffers Market will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through September.
     

  • Outdoor Tip

        Grilling out? - Use a  meat thermometer to make sure meats are cooked thoroughly. Place cooked meat on a clean platter not back on the one that held raw meats. Wash hands, kitchen utensils and any surfaces that have been in contact with raw meats as soon as possible. Good rule: Keep HOT foods HOT and COLD foods COLD.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Wasps, a summer time caution

        Everyone knows and fears wasps or “waspers” as my family calls them. What you may not know is that the wasp family includes other stinging insects in our area, including yellow jackets, hornets and dirt daubers. They are all in the insect family vespidae and are referred to as vespid wasps.

  • Outdoor Tip
  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    News bees

        I’m sure you’ve been outside and a yellow and black bee-like critter flies up to your head and just hovers in midair, staring at you.  Growing up I was told they were “news bees” and they were trying to tell me something. Another name for news bees is hover fly, and, as the name suggests these creatures have an amazing ability to hover perfectly still like a hummingbird or helicopter.

  • Scott County Bee Association meeting set for June 20

        The Scott County Bee Association will hold its next meeting Tuesday, June 20. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville. For more information, call Larry Walker at 423-628-6455.
     

  • Outdoor Tip

        Service the AC Unit - Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    The why of wind

        We’ve had some pretty blustery weather lately, demonstrating how powerful wind and weather can be. Maybe you haven’t thought about it since 8th grade science, but it might be interesting to review why we have wind at all.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Dealing with blisters

        A blister is your body’s way of telling you to ease off on what you’re doing, whether it’s a long hike or chopping wood. They are, of course, the result of too much friction, possibly from poor fitting shoes or not wearing work gloves. There are several opinions on how to treat them.