The 17th River City Rat Race 5K/10K was born in the year 2000 and became an instant success. With over 600 runners and walkers, and more than 100 volunteers, it was clear that this event had enormous potential. Last year’s event attracted over 1100 participants. The feature event 10K (6.2mi) race
As summer fades into fall it is time to help lawns recover from summer stress and prepare for the winter ahead.
Continue to mow your lawn as long as it continues to grow. Grow cool season grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches tall. Warm season grasses like bermudagrass
If you’ve driven by Eagle Marsh at 45 mph, you may have seen only a blur of the thousands of early-fall sunflowers. You may have thought the scene was pretty. You may have even said, “I really should take a walk there.”
You really should. Honestly, there’s really nothing quite like Eagle Marsh
Don’t let your vegetable and fall flower gardens succumb to hungry deer. Even if you’re lucky enough to be deer-free now, be vigilant and prepared to prevent damage as these beautiful creatures move into your landscape to dine. Here are five tactics to help you in the battle against these hungry
It should have been a typical walk-and-talk plant identification program when a group of like-minded plant enthusiasts gathered a few hours before dusk at Metea County Park to learn more about ferns and mosses. Turns out, nature was in no mood for our plans.
The Northeast Indiana Wildflower and Plant
Area residents and trail enthusiasts joined Fort Wayne Deputy Mayor Karl Bandemer, members of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission and the City of Fort Wayne’s Greenways and Trails staff recently to break ground for the Liberty Mills Road trail extension.
The half-mile long phase of the trail
Surprise Lily, Magic Lily, Resurrection Lily or Naked Lady, whatever you call it, it is the lily that you see in bloom at this time of the summer with all stems and no foliage. Lycoris is its genus name and is actually grown from a bulb. This lily can be planted anytime, spring, summer or fall, whenever
Maribeth Harrell, who grew up in Fort Wayne, was recently named Miss Rodeo Indiana 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. She will compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America in the national pageant November 27-December 3 in Las Vegas.
Harrell, 24, started riding horses at age 9 and has trained and competed locally
School bus drivers, oil and gas truck drivers stop for railroad crossings. I stop for turtles. I stop and when the road and traffic permits I get out, pick the turtle up, carry it across the road in the direction it was heading, then put it down, silently wishing it safe travel.
A turtle in the road
Learn about the monarch butterfly and how to help conserve the species during a “Monarch & Milkweed Workshop” on Sunday, August 21, at Ouabache State Park. Ouabache State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2975.htm) is at 4930 E. St. Rd. 201, Bluffton, 46714.
The workshop runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the
Our 1st week is in the books. First of all, Gretchen Spenn has shown over the last couple weeks that she deserves a spot on this year’s Bishop Luers golf team. Welcome to the team, Gretchen! We’ll still be choosing one more girl to complete our final 2016 roster sometime this week.
THIS WEEKS TOURNAMENT
Dollar Night Insight
Thursday, August 4, 5 – 8 pmOn the first Thursday of the month, visit the gardens for $1 per person AND enjoy a brief, interactive learning moment (instead of the usual $5 & $3). Babies and up to age 2 are still admitted free.Pick up some new ideas and skills!<br
All events sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free.
Thursday, August 118:30 to 10 a.m.Breakfast on the Marsh: Amazing ArachnidsLight breakfast and nature presentation for nature lovers 50+ at Indiana Wesleyan University Education & Conference Center, Room 102/104
With this weekend shaping up to be one of the hottest of the year, Indiana Michigan Power, an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), reminds customers of ways to save energy while beating the heat.
*Fans. Use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate air and help reduce the amount
Too much or not enough water and never when you need it seems to be a common lament of gardeners. Reduce the impact of these weather challenges while conserving water, saving money on water and sewer bills, and growing beautiful gardens with the help of rain barrels. These century old devices are
A pair of barn owls in Indiana whose nest is visible through a webcam has laid a second round of eggs after the first round failed.
This second clutch of eggs has produced five owlets.You can watch the owl family at wildlife.IN.gov/8183.htm.<br
One hundred years ago, in 1916, representatives of the United States and Great Britain signed the Migratory Bird Treaty.
Great Britain signed for Canada. The Migratory Bird Treaty was an agreement to save the birds of North America. From the time settlers from Europe had begun coming to America
The month of July is a pivotal month for pruning flowering perennials from the past and for the future. Early to mid-season blooming perennials such as peonies, coreopsis, early daisies (there are so many varieties of daisies we will simply refer to them as early or late blooming varieties), daylilies
Indiana’s state parks are happy to welcome a new group of visitors who are as interested in spotting a fictional Pikachu or Venomoth as they are in seeing a raccoon or scarlet tanager.
These visitors are players of the widely popular Pokemon Go mobile game. The game has resulted in increased traffic
If DNR plans move forward, Shriner Lake, north of Columbia City, could be stocked with 1,200 walleye fingerlings this fall.
The walleyes will measure 6-8 inches long and will be skimmed from a stocking of 6,690 walleyes at Sylvan Lake in Noble County.
If successful, the transfer could be permanent.<br
Don’t let disease-carrying mosquitoes keep you indoors this summer. Instead, employ these eight tips to protect yourself and manage these pests in your yard.
Do a bit of yard and garden clean up. Remove weeds, manage neglected gardens and keep the lawn properly mowed to reduce resting spaces for
Last week I went on vacation and some of my plants got too dry without me there to take care of them. I know that this has happened to all of us.
Almost always the damage can be repaired and with very little effort.
First, get out the pruners or your favorite scissors and trim off everything that has
When it comes to exterior paint, there’s no fountain of youth, but there are ways to add years of life to a new paint job, says Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. Here are the “secrets”:
1.Carefully prepare the surface. Before starting to paint, it’s important
Don’t be afraid to add a little spicy heat to your meals this season by growing a few hot peppers in the garden or containers. It’s easier than you think and many of the hot pepper myths floating around the garden are simply not true.
Don’t worry about your hot peppers heating up your sweet peppers
I heard a robin chirping when I stepped outside one morning earlier this month. It was a young robin, a fledgling I thought, perhaps just out of the nest.
An adult robin sang from a tree nearby. A third robin on the ground picked something up from the grass, flew the short distance to the youngster