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Broccoli basics

Broccoli is one of the easiest of veggies to grow, but it takes a bit of finesse to finish with a cut that’s head and shoulders above the rest. Many of us gardeners have our vegetable favorites, but...

Ohio Icon: The Miamisburg Mound

Photo by Damaine Vonada Location: On a 100-foot-high bluff near the Great Miami River in Miamisburg Mound Park. Provenance: Originally measuring 68 feet or more in height, the conically shaped...

Squatcher gathering: The Ohio Bigfoot Conference

A carved Bigfoot family tries to look inconspicuous at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference. (Photo by Chip Gross) Do I believe in the existence of Bigfoot, a hair-covered, 8-foot-tall mysterious monster that...

Easy eggplant

Photo by Rick Wetherbee Years ago, I discovered that there is a lot to like about eggplant. Aesthetically captivating, the plant's gorgeous lavender flowers, followed by a glistening display of purple...

Southern flying squirrels: Swooping through the night

The most common type of squirrel in Ohio is one most of its citizens have never seen. (Photo credit: Getty Images) We're accustomed to sharing our outdoors with gray squirrels and fox squirrels, but the...

The Becks: Pedal pushers

Karen and Bruce Beck of Mount Gilead have ridden from sea to shining sea on their tandem bicycle and are preparing for a second cross-country trip later this year. Like many middle-aged married couples,...

Maple syrup time!

Gordon McDonald checks a sap bucket on his brother Gary's farm near Chardon. When billowing clouds of steam begin rising from family sugar bush operations that dot the landscape this time of year, you know...

Ohio Icon: KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid Location: The only place in the world where KitchenAid stand mixers are produced is the KitchenAid factory at 1701 KitchenAid Way in Greenville. Provenance: After...

Arc of Appalachia: Mission to preserve

Nancy Stranahan, co-founder and director of Arc of Appalachia, cultivates a statewide citizen advocacy network to support the purchase and, therefore, preservation of natural areas around the state. Ask...

Kids and cameras

Want to get your young people outdoors? Start them in outdoor photography. When I was a kid, my mother couldn't keep me indoors. I was constantly roaming the woods and fields near our home, dragging back...