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Gardening Season’s Coming, Prep Now

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by Angela Hatton

This week on The Front Page, host Todd Hatton interviews Trace Stevens with the Paducah Parks Service about the city’s new community garden. A few years back, I started growing my own herbs to save on the cost of buying fresh herbs, and last year I participated in a local Community Supported Agriculture program.

I know we’re all tired of hearing this phrase, but in economic times like these, growing your own food, even if it’s a small amount, can result in big savings. Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. Most require sunny patch of land and little watering. Plant perennials like rosemary and thyme and you’ll have fresh flavoring year-round (not to mention pretty landscaping around the house, as both plants tend to grow large).

Tomatoes and peppers are another easy option for the would-be gardener. Last year, my CSA farmers introduced me to a variety of heirloom tomatoes. If you haven’t eaten anything other than the bland pale red things restaurants scatter over house salads, you must try an heirloom tomato. My favorite is the Cherokee Purple. Heirloom seeds are widely available on the Internet. Some nurseries may also carry these seeds.

If you know a friend who gardens, you can always ask him/her about starting your own. And, again, the web has a seemingly boundless supply of resources. A Google search for “gardening” returns nearly 45 million hits. I recommend going the organic route, especially on a small-scale. If you have to spray, use an organic spray that won’t add unnecessary chemicals to your food. The site www.organicgardening.com offers a free newsletter with tips and information.  For a comprehensive and accessible guide to setting up a garden, check out this article from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture. Apartment-dwellers: look for the section on container gardening.

If you can’t grow your own, consider joining a CSA or going to your local farmer’s market. Veg tastes best when it’s grown and bought locally.

Written by Angela Hatton

February 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm

morning cram (drop in on the dropout edition)

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KY~ First Lady Jane and Education Commissioner Holliday confront high school dropouts @ MSU summit, while Paducah-area  high schoolers have their graduations pushed back.  Fulton County arrests an (alleged) jailhouse drug dealer. Courthouse arsonist gets 12 years / $2.4m in fines. The Dunlap trial hits its sentencing phase. House budget targets universities for cuts and passes blow-to-drive bill.

TN~ 6 Henry County felons are arrested for voting. Senate passes phone scam prevention bill and clarifies a gun law.

SPORTS~ Women’s = APSU > JSU, MSU > SEMO; Men’s = APSU > TTU, UTM > EIU.

Written by Chris Taylor

February 19, 2010 at 10:02 am

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Todd’s Good Read – “Manhunt: The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer”

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Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer

James L. Swanson

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Product Description:
The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness. James L. Swanson’s Manhunt is a fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as you’ve never read it before.

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“I picked this book up in the bookstore that’s tucked into a corner of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. I was looking for a good historical non-fiction read while I was in town, and I found it. Swanson translates his encyclopedic knowledge of the Lincoln Assassination and its players, both major and minor, into a story that reads like a good thriller. It’s a thorough account (some 392 pages) that neither bogs the reader down nor engages in stereotypes; I finished Manhunt in a mere three days. An absolute must for Lincoln enthusiasts, history buffs, and even lovers of a good mystery.” – Todd Hatton

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Written by Matt Markgraf

February 19, 2010 at 10:00 am