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(Jacopo Werther photo)
Pollinators: The Forgotten Providers

From bees to hummingbirds, pollinators are an essential strand in the web of life. Many are in trouble today, due in part to human activity. Jon McGinty looks at the way they impact our lives and offers tips on helping them to survive.

(U.S. National Archive photo)
The Youngest Naval Aviator of WWII

Poplar Grove resident Chuck Downey earned his wings as a U.S. Naval pilot when he was 18 years old, and decades later discovered he was the youngest of the war, despite a claim by President George H.W. Bush.

Summer Fun at Outdoor Farmers’ Markets

More and more farmers’ markets are popping up all over our region, ofering not only wonderful produce, but also the pleaure of meeting those folks who grew it. We provide a regional list of the markets and a glimpse of what you’ll find.

Yellow Slice Calibrachoa (Proven Winners photo)
Exciting New Plants This Summer

Home gardeners aren’t the only folks anticipating the spring introductions of new annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs. Janine Pumilia asks our local greenhouse experts which ones they’re most excited about.

Veteran Jim McPherson works with Molly, a German Shepherd. (Jon McGinty photo)
Vets Helping Pets Helping Vets

Improving quality of life for U.S. veterans is the goal of Circle of Change, a program that teaches vets how to handle traumatized dogs. Jon McGinty visits some dog training sessions and learns how man and his best friend help each other to heal.