Athol-Thurman 8-14-10

Over the fence: preparing for winter

Gardens are keeping some people busy, especially those who are canning their vegetables and stocking up the pantry shelves for next winter. Others prefer freezing the food, which is easier and takes less time - but then when the power goes out for any length of time, they stand a chance of losing their hard work! Warren County Cooperative Extension has gardening experts on hand who can help with any questions, including how to plant for next year. Call them at 623-3291, Monday through Thursday. They also have brochures to send out on plants and gardening.

Animals here not shy anymore

Five deer appeared in front of my chauffeur's car at about 4:30 p.m., July 28 on Mountain Road. Three came out of the woods, then after they had crossed the woods, we started up again and two more appeared on the side of the road.

These animals are getting brave. Many of our wildlife creatures are seen in daylight hours now rather than at dusk, which is the normal time. One caller has seen families of foxes in the broad daylight.

For two weeks our Thurman column has been put under Ava Ashendorff's name and phone number. I apologized to Ava, even though it was beyond my control. I received plenty of phone calls as I'm sure she probably did too.

Every evening on TV news it seems you hear of young kids and teens getting hurt -or worse. Please, if you see something that you feel is not safe, do a good deed and call the county sheriff's hotline 761-9800, or if you feel it is an urgent matter and should be checked out immediately, you can call the sheriff's office directly at 743-2500. All calls are kept confidential. Keep our kids safe!

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