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Being an Ebenezer Scrooge of energy

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses ways to save on energy use.

Time to rethink some of the things we're still dragging along

Columnist Scott Daniels expresses his support for recycling.

Winter survival is truly a remarkable story

Columnist Herb Broda discusses what insects do to survive in the winter and how to make homemade birdfeeders.

Cooking is work you can do smiling

Columnist Scott Daniels expresses his excitement for Thanksgiving as well as things he is thankful for.

Grocery shopping like a well-oiled machine

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses her system for quick grocery shopping.

Wearable technology: Keep yourself safe

Better Business Bureau columnist Kim Thompson discusses ways to maximize the security on one's wearable technology.

High praise for Black Box Ensemble

Writer Scott Daniels gives a review of the Black Box Ensemble's recent production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."

I was happy it was not the current administration that filled my head while I slept

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses a dream he had about making food for the White House.

Climate change and the food on your plate

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses how warmer temperatures are affecting agriculture and how climate change may affect things in the future.

Fall is a good time to soak up all this good fortune

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses fall traditions and Oktoberfest.

Phony ads and fake breeders fool would-be pet owners

Better Business Bureau columnist Kim Thompson discusses fake breeders and scams related to phony pet sales.

Support for candidates expressed

In this letter to the editor, New Philadelphia resident Drew Silverthorn expresses support for Janna Leeper and Denver Gallentine for New Philadelphia School Board.

One should be prepared to stumble in the kitchen now and then

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his recent attempt at making a falafel.

Looking for Netflix support? Be careful whom you call

Better Business Bureau columnist Kim Thompson discusses scams related to phony Netflix support numbers.

You can help bees by creating habitats for them

SWARM columnist Rome Marinelli discusses people's perceptions of bees and the different qualities and colors various bees have.

A bumper crop of acorns

Columnist Herb Broda discusses the theory of acorn mast years being linked with an increase in Lyme disease.

Bottled water, why?

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses why she is against bottled water.

Preseasoned ingredients have no place in the kitchen

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his dislike for preseasoned ingredients.

Teach children time management

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses strategies for managing time and her view on teaching children how to manage time.

A simple, quick yeast bread you can make at home

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses bread he makes at home that can be done quickly.

How can we stop these robocalls?

The Canton Regional and Greater West Virginia Better Business Bureau offers tips and advice for consumers to avoid fraudulent practices.

Who wants a chewy, quickly dried out piece of flat bread anyway?

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses some flat bread he made after learning from an Israeli chef on TV.

Outdoor sports community sees the effects of climate instability

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses her views on climate instability and its effects on outdoor sports and economics.

Letter: Ken Harbaugh for Congress

In this letter to the editor, New Philadelphia resident Drew Silverthorn expresses support for Ken Harbaugh for Congress.

Learn more about your Latino neighbors

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his recent experience in a Latino grocery store.

Another reason to not be late

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the routine changing of pies during fall banquets.

'Love, Loss and What I Wore' to debut at TCCA

Scott Daniels reviews the Black Box Theatre Ensemble's production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” The show brilliantly ties the unfolding of the female experience to the clothes associated with each of life's key moments.

I am beginning to see how Canada maintains its fabled cheaper health care system

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the high cost of making eggs Benedict.

Faith communities working toward a sustainable future

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future and the group's statewide meeting in Dover.

Some education requires more than texts and lectures

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses hands-on skills and applying knowledge.

Making pasta on a cool September day

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses making pasta from scratch.

Holidays moved to a Monday for a longer weekend was a stroke of genius

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses Labor Day weekend and the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.

Rezoning at Mohican makes room for logging

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses rezoning to take place in Mohican Memorial State Forest.

The breeze stilled and the katydids quit buzzing

Feature writer Nancy Davis shares her experience in Dover, Tennessee, where she viewed the eclipse in totality.

The whole thing had been plotted by vacation angels

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his recent vacation in South Carolina and the food he had while there.

A long drive makes for an unforgettable solar eclipse

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses her trip to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where she viewed the recent eclipse in totality.

Breakfast cereal is hands down my favorite thing to eat

Columnist Scott Daniels confesses his love for cereal.

Musings of a crazy cat lady

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses her love for cats and her favorite cat named Midnight.

Forest bathing is not what you think

Columnist Herb Broda discusses forest bathing, which is much different than what it sounds like, and Queen Anne's Lace, his wild flower of the month.

Not knowing how the sausage is made misses the mark

Columnist Scott Daniels says you only realize how many times you have to bend, twist and lift things in the kitchen once you can't do so very easily.

A seasonal, plant-based diet is healthier for the planet

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses her belief that food choices can affect climate change.

Keeping cool has become a full-time effort

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the pros and cons of summer.

You're making everything taste like bottled Italian dressing

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses marinades and his belief that Italian dressing is not the way to go unless making a salad.

There can be unfortunate clashes when critters run into each other

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the noise that arises when critters outside her home take offense to one another.

Cleanliness matters in a proper kitchen

Just as it is second nature to think constantly about other drivers, traffic laws, safety measures and road conditions while you're driving, so you should be thinking about what you are doing while you cook and be mindful of how sloppy food preparation can easily make people very, very sick.

Refrigerator pickles are easy to make

Columnist Scott Daniels talks about pickles and a recent attempt he made at making his own jar of pickles.

This smoke is your life until Halloween at least

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses how he will be grilling on his kettle grill until Halloween at least.

Summer fun: Keep it simple so that it is simply fun

Columnist Karen Wilson offers simple ways to have fun with the family during summer.

I've decided the lamb's ear must go

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her difficulties with getting rid of the beautiful but highly invasive lamb's ear.

Regenerative design solves the large-scale trash problem

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses regenerative design, an idea that seeks to parallel nature and attempts to be waste free while being used to design buildings, create landscapes and manufacture consumer products.

Fresh air makes a house happy

Columnist Laura Moore discusses open windows and screen doors along with the creatures outside that like to invade a home when able.

Auto safety devices that can help seniors with older cars

Savvy Senior columnist Jim Miller discusses devices that can help seniors drive safely.

Some birds are rarely seen away from the oceans of the world

Columnist Bruce Glick discusses ocean-dwelling birds and some rare bird sightings.

The best wine is the wine you like

Ohio has a long and important history in wine-making, beginning in the 1820s along the Ohio River. Ohio was the largest producer of wine in the United States until crop failures and the Civil War brought things to a standstill.

70 times 7 until it hurts

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her perspective on freedom and giving.

Reports of rare birds come from a number of birders

Columnist Bruce Glick discusses reports of rare birds seen in the region, including Killbuck Marsh, a big place with lots of excellent habitat. Several least bitterns have been reported. These bitterns are found annually but in small numbers.

We're still not sure exactly where hot dogs come from

Columnist Scott Daniels shares the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says over the Fourth of July holiday Americans will consume enough hot dogs to stretch, end-to-end, from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles five times.

It's firefly season

Columnist Herb Broda discusses declining firefly populations and summer activities.

Visiting some old friends

Columnist Laura Moore visits a few old friends on a trip.

Include reading in your summer plans

Summer is a great opportunity to share your favorite authors from your childhood with your kids. Read together or listen to audiobooks.

Dads are a pretty precious commodity

Columnist Scott Daniels recalls his dad's disdain for any vegetable other than the potato.

Water infrastructure is a bipartisan effort

Republican Bob Gibbs represents Ohio's 7th Congressional District and is the former chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment. He writes this column to praise the president on some bipartisan reforms that passed the House nearly unanimously.

Optics Fling is a big success

Columnist Bruce Glick discusses an event he traveled home to attend called the Optics Fling.

Pushing the envelope can lead you to amazing experiences

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses some food items he has been considering to attempt to make.

Space releases statement about president's decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement

The following statement is from former Ohio Congressman Zack Space, chair of the CoalBlue Project Board of Directors:

The seasons are determined for me more by my closet than by the calendar

Columnist Herb Broda discusses summer activities to do outside.

We allow that little guilt monster to deprive us of so many good things to eat

Columnist Scott Daniels encourages readers to enjoy life and food.

Magee Marsh and the biggest week of birding

Columnist Bruce Glick discusses birding at two locations and an increase in new birders of all ages.

Strawberry jelly and blissful chaos

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her writing and a home system she describes as blissful chaos.

Flowers are never a bad idea as a gift

Columnist Randi Pokladnik recalls memories of her mother's love for trees and flowers.

Spring is much more than warmer weather

Columnist Herb Broda discusses ways to enjoy spring with all of one's senses.

'Man Who Came to Dinner' gets rave review

Writer Scott Daniels gives a review of the Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County's "The Man Who Came to Dinner."

What exactly is shortcake?

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses shortcake and a family argument at Easter dinner on the matter.

Consider adopting a new eco-consciousness

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses her view on nature and the human race.

A lesson learned from packing to move

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses a lesson learned while packing for the move to Virginia.

Grandma ate her apple pie with cheese, like regular folk

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his difficulties with apple pie.

Looks like lamb is off the Easter menu

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses Easter meals and a change on the menu this year for his family.

Coyotes have become the whipping post of several groups

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses coyotes and the way they contribute to an ecosystem.

Create a space that makes you happy and ready to create great dishes

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the trends in present-day kitchens.

Even short doses of outdoor time can provide benefits

Columnist Herb Broda shares his view on drive-thrus and getting outside for exercise.

Personally I’d like to have a much more diverse local population

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his view on immigration and his desire to learn foreign recipes.

Put things to use instead of dropping them in the trash

Columnist Karen Wilson shares how she reuses items in her household to save money and help the planet.

‘Once’ is like nothing you’ve seen before

Writer Scott Daniels gives a review of "Once," the musical, which will come to the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center.

Irish immigration to America was to our great gain

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses St. Patrick's Day and the history of Irish immigration to America.

Bluebird of happiness

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses bird conservation efforts with bald eagles and bluebirds.

Incomplete recipes must be the reason

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his belief that incomplete recipes must be the reason why some dishes do not turn out like the original.

Like birds in coal mines, their deaths warn us of our own fragility

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses two female scientists and writers who had an impact on her life.

You are really never as good as you’d like to think you are

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his belief in staying motivated to keep cooking and improving even when others seem far better in the dishes they make.

Pork doesn’t have to taste like a leather coaster

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses pork and whether or not it has to be cooked well-done.

Plastic bags are bad for more than just the environment

"Better Days" columnist Teri Stein discusses an unfortunate event about losing a wedding ring diamond while grocery shopping.

Learning is a lifelong thing

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses her view on learning as a lifelong process.

Fondue lends itself to good conversation

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses fondue and the various ways to prepare it.

Assault of the Ohio River: Waste dump or drinking water?

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses the Ohio River and her view on industrial waste from fracking.

Romantic notions about Valentine’s Day can be squashed like the February stink bugs if you look too closely

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses notions about Valentine's Day and gives the history of the holiday.

Community thanked for their generosity

In this letter to the editor Christy Bloom thanks the community for its support of Operation Christmas Child.

Annual campaign still seeks community support

Guest columnist Robin Waltz discusses the campaign for United Way of Tuscarawas County and requests aid to finish strong.

The nuclear option: Is it really the right option?

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses nuclear energy and alternative energy sources.

Somehow I feel cheated by what adulthood turned out to be

Columnist Scott Daniels recalls a restaurant from his past and discusses how his expectations of adulthood have been betrayed.

Wood-boring beetle devastates ash trees in region

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses invasive species and how they affect trees and forests.

Sometimes a change of pace rekindles your enthusiasm

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses strategies for setting goals and meeting them.

My December impulse purchase is staring me down in January

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses ways to use leftover candy canes after the holidays.

Wood-boring beetle devastates ash trees in region

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses invasive species and how they affect trees and forests.

Broadway's '42nd Street' sets up at the Performing Arts Center

Freelance writer and columnist Scott Daniels gives a review of "42nd Street," which is coming to the Kent State University Performing Arts Center in New Philadelphia.

Spicy shrimp from a copycat recipe

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses copycat recipes and an attempt he made at a copycat shrimp recipe.

You never really know if you’re doing them right unless you taste the real thing

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses some recipes associated with New Orleans and Mardi Gras.

The millennials have put their culinary foot down on tradition

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the tradition of pork and sauerkraut on New Year's.

Make a resolution for the planet

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses astronauts and how their view of our planet from space affected their beliefs.

A Very Electric Christmas by Lightwire Theater gets positive review

Teri Stein gives a review of a recent show at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas.

Winter is no reason to stay indoors

Columnist Herb Broda discusses outdoor activities that are available in the winter.

Cookies are still a Christmas tradition in my family

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses a family tradition of making cookies.

The paradox of Christmas should be our inspiration

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses his belief in helping others, especially during the Christmas season.

Mannheim Steamroller: Perfect except for one thing

Teri Stein gives a review of the Mannheim Steamroller performance on Dec. 15 at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia.

Don’t make Christmas a shopping frenzy

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses her belief on materialism and Christmas.

The holidays will naturally have a different flavor each year

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses Christmas habits.

Fruitcakes: The stuff of legends

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses fruit cake and plumb pudding.

I lost sight of the caveat about being careful

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses safety in the kitchen.

Life’s river flows in you and me

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh shares a tale of inter-related events that led him to a home with a girl playing piano.

Sugar is wreaking havoc on our health

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses sugar and its effects on health.

A raw oyster is an absolute culinary delight

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses ways to prepare and eat oysters.

A day of birding along Lake Erie from Toledo to Huron

Columnist Bruce Glick discusses some birding he did around Lake Erie.

Not all recipes should include peanuts

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his thoughts on peanuts in recipes.

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