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When I was a little girl, I constantly bugged my mom to plant things. I remember one time seeing the seed display at the store and begging for a packet of seeds. She let my sister and I each pick a pack and I chose Giant Zinnias. I looked at the pictures of the huge colorful flowers adoringl…

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Old Man Winter made his first appearance of 2022 in a big way. On Jan. 6, Waterville residents awoke to snow hiding their vehicles, stairs, and anything left outside. With a forecast of at least a foot of snow, the overnight storm overdelivered, shutting down our town as well the surrounding towns.

Raw pineapple - which contains bromelain - is too much for my mouth nowadays, but roasted, baked, or cooked into something is fine. As a child, I never liked canned pineapple, including that "pineapple puree goop" they used as a banana split topping. But when my maternal grandmother brought …

I can still remember watching my mother make fry bread empanadas. I was just tall enough to stand beside her and see all of her steps on the path to making a delicious family treat. It all started with that frozen bread you can buy at the store. The ‘60s were the age of convenience, so if yo…

I grew up in Southern California, where taco shells are crispy and fried in lard. The toasted corn tortillas and signature taste of lard add much to the flavor as well as the texture. Make plenty because one is just not enough.

Winter snow is beautiful as it covers the earth. Taking a walk in it can be invigorating and exciting, especially if you capture snowflakes and actually look at them. If you're lucky, you may see a perfect six-sided specimen called a snow crystal. We actually see a lot of them here in Waterville.

Back in the late ‘90s when I went to Ohio to visit my Aunt Lucille, she taught me some of her recipes. She originally made this Tuna Melt in the oven on hamburger buns with Miracle Whip and boiled eggs. She toasted it well, then added the top half of the bun before serving. This is tuna sala…

We have a wireless thermometer in our hoophouse with an indoor digital readout. It’s surprising how warm it stays at night, even when the outdoor temps get down in the 20s. It’s also amazing how hot it gets during the daytime, even on a below-freezing (32°) day. If the sun is shining, it can…

During the Nov. 15 Waterville Town Council meeting, there were multiple conversations about possible grant opportunities for the upcoming new year. One possibility that town officials have asked for feedback about is for town parks.

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Mayor Jill Thompson announced the winner of the 2022 budget cover contest during the Nov. 15 Town Council meeting. This year’s winner is second grader Austyn O’Brien. Otto Jones was recognized as having the second place entry. Mayor Thompson also visited the elementary school this past Thurs…

FCCD will hold a long-term planning meeting, followed by a regular Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Last autumn, I planted, if you could call it that, store-bought cloves of garlic. I actually just repurposed the rows of furrow gardening I had used for my pumpkins, and just dropped cloves of garlic wherever they landed and sprinkled the shallow trenches with a few bags of potting soil. It …

South Douglas Conservation District and Foster Creek Conservation District Supervisors will meet Oct. 28 at the Waterville Fire Station to discuss the current Memorandum of Agreement and current projects. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. For more information call 509-745-9160.

Douglas County is encouraging citizens who reside in the county and are interested in being considered by the Douglas County Republican Central Committee as a nominee for appointment by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners to fill the remaining term as the Douglas County Treasurer, to c…

I grew 1500-year-old cave beans in both my home garden and at the community garden as a part of the three sisters’ companion planting method. The beans really needed a 10-foot teepee support system, but out of a total of four plants, we yielded two shopping bags full of green beans. Only a f…

South Douglas Conservation District will meet Monday, Oct. 4, at the Waterville Fire Station. Due to Covid-19 concerns, we will be limiting the number of people in person. Conference call will be available. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. For more information call 509-745-9160.

Ahhh, corn! Versatile, filling and delicious. And now, colorful. It was truly a joy growing corn this year. Painted Mountain corn was very easy to grow and is tasty as well. I started my seeds in the house, which I needn't have done. It loves the cold - being cold-resistant - and is also dro…

“Steadfast” sounds like “The Little Engine That Could,” and that's what the shiitake is all about. Shiitake is one of the easiest and most productive fungi to grow, producing more flushes of fresh mushrooms for you - up to five on average - when grown in sawdust or grain. When grown on logs,…

What an amazing year for World's Best! This competition has never been as competitive as it was for 2021! The community known competition saw more than 13,000 nominations in round 1 which made up more than 2,300 businesses, people, and places across our community.

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