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Penn State Master Gardeners will hold a Buzz, Blooms and Beyond Open House in the Trial Gardens at Agricultural and Natural Resources Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, celebrating the insects that pollenate our plants from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7. See what plants attra…

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A stunning deep violet clematis set off by bright, low- growing yellow, pink, and red-orange flowers greets one at the front corner of this property. Beyond the clematis, down the neatly mowed side lawn, one sees a white hydrangea against green, rounded tall grass.

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Cover crops, plants grown for the purpose of covering exposed soil and increasing soil fertility and organic matter, aren’t a new concept. They’ve been around for decades; and in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, they’re a tool to reduce nutrients and sediment that accompany stormwater runoff.

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With this column I mark five years of writing “Bird’s-Eye View” for South Mountain Audubon Society. Over these 60 months, I’ve hoped the local chapter has encouraged appreciation of the natural world around us and respect for Adams County ecosystems that birds and all nature depend upon – in…

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This year’s 99th South Mountain Fair has exhibiting opportunities for everyone. Visit the South Mountain Fair online at SouthMounatainFair.com for information about everything from entering animals to arts and crafts. Department 13 is for Vegetable entries and Department 17 is for Floral and…

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I used to wonder how a person could ever go to work in the garden to unwind. Pulling weeds just wasn’t on my list of things I particularly enjoyed. I don’t know what happened, but I repeatedly found myself ambling toward the garden during the past week after supper and breathing deeply. I felt my entire being relaxing as weeds were being removed and tomatoes staked.

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LUZERNE COUNTY — There are many fine waterfall hikes to take in northeastern Pennsylvania. Some require a high degree of skill and are difficult to reach, while others like Little Shickshinny Creek Falls are moderately challenging, yet just as rewarding, if not more so in the end.

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If you are looking for a striking perennial that requires minimal care, Baptisia fulfills that requirement. Baptisia, commonly known as false indigo, is a rugged native plant featuring tall spires of colorful vibrant blue blooms along with attractive blue-green foliage. The botanical name, B…

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(Metro) — Father’s Day presents an opportunity for people to honor the special men in their lives. These include not only dads, but father figures and other influential men who offer care and guidance to the people they love.

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Cover crops, plants grown for the purpose of covering exposed soil and increasing soil fertility and organic matter, aren’t a new concept. They’ve been around for decades; and in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, they’re a tool to reduce nutrients and sediment that accompany stormwater runoff.

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With this column I mark five years of writing “Bird’s-Eye View” for South Mountain Audubon Society. Over these 60 months, I’ve hoped the local chapter has encouraged appreciation of the natural world around us and respect for Adams County ecosystems that birds and all nature depend upon – in…

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This year’s 99th South Mountain Fair has exhibiting opportunities for everyone. Visit the South Mountain Fair online at SouthMounatainFair.com for information about everything from entering animals to arts and crafts. Department 13 is for Vegetable entries and Department 17 is for Floral and…

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I used to wonder how a person could ever go to work in the garden to unwind. Pulling weeds just wasn’t on my list of things I particularly enjoyed. I don’t know what happened, but I repeatedly found myself ambling toward the garden during the past week after supper and breathing deeply. I felt my entire being relaxing as weeds were being removed and tomatoes staked.

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LUZERNE COUNTY — There are many fine waterfall hikes to take in northeastern Pennsylvania. Some require a high degree of skill and are difficult to reach, while others like Little Shickshinny Creek Falls are moderately challenging, yet just as rewarding, if not more so in the end.

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If you are looking for a striking perennial that requires minimal care, Baptisia fulfills that requirement. Baptisia, commonly known as false indigo, is a rugged native plant featuring tall spires of colorful vibrant blue blooms along with attractive blue-green foliage. The botanical name, B…

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Homegrown fresh vegetables not only taste better; they are more nutritious. Plus, you can control what products are applied to the plants to control insect pests and disease.

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(Metro) — Father’s Day presents an opportunity for people to honor the special men in their lives. These include not only dads, but father figures and other influential men who offer care and guidance to the people they love.

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County May 20 to May 26.

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“The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows: Section 1. The firefly (Lampyridae) is hereby selected, designated and adopted as the official insect of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

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Now that it seems summer is finally coming, it is not too early to start planning for the South Mountain Fair. Our world is becoming more normal, and with that we find that this year the South Mountain Fair is back.

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Birds of the breeding season are such interesting creatures. Flying. Singing. Looking handsome. Building nests. Caring for nestlings. Teaching the young how to be their species.

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Late summer brings us lots of color in the landscape when it comes to perennials, but the planning begins now. One such plant group that provides late summer color is the plant genus Echinacea, which has become very popular among gardeners.

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County March 18 to March 24.

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County March 3 to March 17.

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Wetlands is a common word, frequently used by the media, government and conservation groups. However, it is actually a broad term; multiple types of them exist.

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County March 18 to March 24.

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“Since both of the kids are in Scouts and my husband and I are their troop leaders, we spend a lot of time outside both as a family and for Scout activities. Both kids have done Scout projects that focus on protecting our earth. Having so much protected land so close to our home makes it so …

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Motorists entering Gettysburg Borough from the west will no doubt notice the stately brick home with Victorian features that sits at the corner of Confederate Avenue and West Middle Street.

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“One day, I look forward to taking my own grandchildren out to pick cherries and apples on the farms I once did with my own children and husband. Maybe we’ll explore the beautiful trails and trek through the creek to uncover rocks and crayfish and spot fish of our own. It’s because of these …

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County March 3 to March 17.

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This time of year, as the daytime temperatures warm and the snow is but a memory, we get very excited for spring and what’s to come.

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County Feb. 25 to March 3 from:

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“Once you have grandkids, you quickly realize they’re the future. And, if you care about the future, you have an overwhelming desire to pass on all the knowledge, wisdom, and values that you can in the short amount of time you have with them. What better way than to climb a mountain? What th…

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County Feb. 18 to Feb. 24 from:

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“Once you have grandkids, you quickly realize they’re the future. And, if you care about the future, you have an overwhelming desire to pass on all the knowledge, wisdom, and values that you can in the short amount of time you have with them. What better way than to climb a mountain? What th…

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“Passing along my land-conservation values is important for protecting the food supply for generations to come while offering a healthy activity for enjoying the outdoors. Both should have resonated with everyone over this past year. As my children become more mobile, going for a walk or hik…

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This is the second part of a series exploring the anatomy of birds.