Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Lions Club breakfast Feb. 20

Howdy folks.

It’s time to start pruning the fruit trees while the sap is down and also the raspberries. I started to prune my berries yesterday while the weather is nice. Years ago I helped John Pringle’s dad prune fruit trees. His dad was an Orchard man and he knew how to graft trees so John had some excellent training. John told me he was setting more fruit trees. The trees that are there now sure have some age on them. If you take care of them, they will produce fruit for several years. Years ago, Roscoe Pringle had the best peaches I’ve ever seen and tasted. I would help pick the peaches using a little basket. There was a lady helping pick and John’s mother was selling the peaches. There were several baskets of peaches picked and folks came for several miles to get the peaches. They knew Roscoe Pringle had some of the best beaches you could buy.

The Grants Farm and Green Houses are busy getting the hanging baskets filled with potting soil and different kinds of flowers – the season is here. They have been planting pansies so they will have plenty of flowers for spring. They have to put some new plastic over some of the greenhouses. The last time I was over there they had tomato plants four to five inches tall for planting early so they will have ripe tomatoes in May hopefully.

I told about planting radishes and Parisian carrots in some trays here in the house. The radishes are two inches tall now – I don’t know if they will have radishes or not but I have something green here in the house. The Parisian carrots are up and growing – these carrots are round like a radish. They are so sweet. I have grown them for a couple years after I ate some of them at Lake Manor by Lake Grant on state Route 68. They have them on their salad bar.

Last Monday I put the hoops over the raised bed and will cover it with plastic so the ground can dry and warm up. I will plant onions in this bed as soon as I can. The onion bulbs I like are the early variety. I had a call about planting in a five gallon bucket. If you use one, put some rocks or chunks of wood in the bottom then put about seven inches of potting soil on top of the filler. You can plant one sweet potato or Pontiac potato in the bucket. When the potting soil gets dry, water the plant. When the potato vine dies, pull the plant up and the taters will be hanging on the vine. You can take your hands and pull the rest of the taters out. The sweet potato vine needs to be pruned so the energy can go to the potato instead of the vine. I have had some of the sweet potatoes weighing 1½ pounds – that is a fine tater. Some fine eating! You can grow other vegetables in a bucket if you don’t have a lot of space to garden.

I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop in Afton. He said the crappie are biting good. One fishermen caught a two day limit a big crappie – now there were two of them fishing. They said the crappie were between eight and 14 feet deep. Sherry’s Lake was stocking trout Thursday, Feb. 4, and will open for fishing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The charge for fishing is $17 for three trout. Now in February you can get your 2016 fishing license for the year.

The Lions Club is checking out Cincinnati for the Lions club convention for 2021. This will be a big convention. The Lions Club is the biggest service organization in the world. The Lions Club do so much for disasters, eye glasses and a bunch of other disasters. I have been a member of the Bethel Lions Club for 46 years so get involved with a local Lions Club. Mark your calendar now for the Bethel Lions club pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praising the good Lord. God bless all.

More later.

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George Rooks is retired as a park manager for East Fork. He writes on local events and can be reached at grrooks@yahoo.com.

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