April 24, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
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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…

Be picky about packaging presents

By KRISTEN NOWAK WINN Accent Editor Christmas may still be a month away, but there are only 20 shipping days left. As you start to think about how you’ll package up gifts to loved ones far away, consider the following Earth-friendly tips. o Reuse boxes for packaging. Just be sure the boxes are still sturdy, Read More…

Annual awards presented at 4-H banquet

By KORINNE CANIGLIA OSU Extension Hundreds of volunteers and sponsors deliver 4-H values to young people in Medina County. Ohio State University Extension, which coordinates the county’s 4-H program for more than 1,200 youths, recently honored the leaders at a banquet at the Medina Community Center. Last year, more than 600 volunteers and sponsors donated Read More…