July 31, 2015

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Fulton family prepares Guilford Twp. farm for maple syrup season

The Fulton family includes fourth- and fifth-generation farmers. The family includes, from left, Heather, Clayton, 3, Andrew, Steve, Beth and Corey Fulton. Heather and Andrew are expecting their second son in April. In the center is a tree on the family-owned Maple Valley Farm in Guilford Township with a tap collecting sap to make maple syrup. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

After the cold winter pushed it back, maple syrup season officially is under way in Ohio. The sap is flowing quickly from the trees in the woods at Maple Valley Farm. This weekend, steam will rise from the farm’s sugarhouse on Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township as maple syrup production begins. The farm will Read More…

This year’s drive-yourself Fall Foliage Tour scheduled for Oct. 11, 12

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The splendor of autumn in Medina County is never more apparent than during the Medina County Fall Foliage Tour, a county tradition since 1968. Scheduled this year for Oct. 11 and 12 from noon until 6 p.m. each day, this year’s drive-yourself tour will take visitors through the county’s southwest townships — Lafayette, Chatham, Spencer, Read More…

Smucker’s product linked to salmonella scare

Officials have told school lunch programs across the country to check to see whether they have any Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwiches that might contain peanut butter made by a New Mexico company that is being recalled because of potential salmonella contamination. The J.M. Smucker Co., based in Orrville in Wayne County, used peanut butter that was Read More…

He’s a rose — painting his way to an early spring

LITCHFIELD TWP. — Never mind winter, tulips are springing up all along Richman Road. Sure, they are painted on the snow by John Rose, 46, but for those looking forward to spring, it’s a step in the right direction. “I love winter, but it’s so white out here, I need to brighten it up,” Rose Read More…

Santa goes green

By KRISTEN NOWAK WINN Accent Editor In this year’s Christmas story contest, we gave readers the challenge of saving Christmas by somehow conserving energy at the North Pole. Entries piled in like presents under the tree, and the creative solutions stunned us. Here are a few excerpts from some of our favorites: “Mrs. Claus can Read More…

OSU’s OARDC researchers discover aphid-resistent soybean plants in Ohio

By MIKE MILLER OSU Extension Medina County A soybean plant introduction has been found to show resistance to soybean aphid in Ohio, paving the way to control this serious insect through new resistant cultivars. The soybean PI, labeled PI 243540, contains a single dominant gene allowing the plant to resist soybean aphid feeding and aphid Read More…

Don’t get burned — know Ohio fire laws

By MIKE MILLER OSU Extension Medina County Ohio regulations allow open burning with written permission from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, or if the fire is for certain limited uses, like cooking fires, campfires, warmth, ceremonial or recreational purposes. Fires must use clean, seasoned firewood or clean- burning fuel, be less than 3 feet in Read More…

Digging into earthworms’ capabilities

By MIKE MILLER OSU Extension Medina County Earthworms can change the chemical nature of the carbon in forest litter and soils, potentially affecting the amount of carbon stored in forests. Purdue University scientists, along with collaborators from the Smithsonian Institution and Johns Hopkins University, study the habits of earthworms originally brought to North America from Read More…

Green Scene: Wild grapes

By LORRAINE BARNETT Special to The Gazette Plant: Wild grapes Latin name: Vitis species Description: Growing in Ohio, wild grapes can be found in and among other wild plants. Vines grow tall and attach themselves to trees or bushes in parks, wooded areas, river banks and nature preserves. Much like cultivated garden grapes, the leaves Read More…

Answers to burning questions about firewood

By MIKE MILLER OSU Extension Medina County Now that cold temperatures are here, cost-conscious Ohioans will be looking to save money on heating bills. For many, the solution is burning firewood. Officials at the Ohio Department of Agriculture who are responsible for enforcing Ohio’s firewood laws remind Ohioans to follow some basic tips when purchasing Read More…