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December 13, 2017


Finding peak poinsettias
It is time to start decorating for the holidays, which for many includes the poinsettia.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Thrill of seeing red-shouldered hawk
Arthur Cleveland Bent, in "Live Histories of North American Birds of Prey," published in 1937, described the red-shouldered hawk as perhaps the most well-known and common hawk of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. Wherever there was old-growth forest, there were red-shouldered hawks. Their range extended west through Michigan and into southern Minnesota and parts of eastern and northern Iowa.

Monday, December 11, 2017

New Bethel News
Pastor Connie Barr's Dec. 3 message title was "Mary Lived by Faith, Not Sight," and the scripture base was II Corinthians 5:7. Pastor Connie asked "If you were flying blind, how much faith do you have?"
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

25 Years Ago & Longer
Ministerial Association Wants Homeless Shelter
The Jennings County Ministerial Association has announced that it will endorse the efforts to establish a homeless shelter for families in Jennings County.
"There is a very large need for this type of facility in the county," said the Rev. Bart Smith, pastor at Tea Creek Baptist Church in Lovett Township. "I am a country pastor, and since I came here three years ago I have received eight calls from people needing housing assistance."

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Nebraska News
Otter Creek Baptist Church had a dinner after church services Sunday. Afterwards, the church was decorated for the Christmas season.
We enjoyed a surprise visit form Fran Nolker of North Vernon Wednesday. We also enjoyed a visit with Molly Cruser.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Enjoying Christmas
It is hard to believe the hustle and bustle of Christmas is already here again.
The stores are already busy and the lights are beginning to turn on one house at a time. Our schedules are filling up and there is hardly a spare minute left on our calendars.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

From ginkgo problems to a mysterious plant, answers are here
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Live or fresh cut Christmas tree?
So which type of tree reflects your holiday style? Do you get a fresh cut, artificial or balled and burlapped? Or do you just go out-of-town and let someone else do the decorating?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Owl hoots his presence known at farm
I heard an owl one morning a few days ago. It was after the time of sunrise but the sky was uniformly gray, the sun was hidden. I had taken our dogs out and was standing in the back yard, waiting for the dogs to do their business, when I heard the owl. It called, just once, five hoots, whoo who-who whoo whoo. The dogs heard it too and the three of us looked to the trees in the direction the call came from but I didn't see it, though it had sounded near.

Monday, December 4, 2017

'All is calm ...'
All is calm. Or is it?
We just completed one of my favorite holidays: Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a relaxed holiday.
I know the meal preparers and cooks will roll their eyes on the premise of that day being relaxed.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


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