• Milk on trial: Class-action suit against Dean, others involves local dairies

    The news that Dean Foods delivered to the approximately 27 dairy farmers and their families gathered at the Bardstown-Nelson County Civic Center Dec. 2 was both a relief and a disappointment for many local dairies: Prices for milk in 2011 were expected to average 30 cents higher than in 2010, reported Brent Bunce, Dean Foods director of business development-producer relations.

  • NCHS FFA chapter competes at national convention

    For the 83rd time, FFA members from throughout the nation gathered for their national convention this October. Among the 54,942 attendees was the local Nelson County FFA chapter, being represented by the Agricultural Issues team and through participation in the National Agriscience Fair.

  • 4-H has Livestock Youth Investment Sale

    The 2009-2010 livestock program came to a close this year with a Livestock Youth Investment Sale. Club members selected their project and raised them to market weight. Goats, swine and beef cattle were auctioned to provide funds to youth who participated in the 4-H or FFA livestock programs. Youth will invest these funds in a variety of ways. Some will be saving for college, while others will be investing in an animal for the next program year. More than 80 sponsors contributed to the sale of 14 market animals.

  • Exotic spices add ‘seasoning’ for many holiday traditions and seasonal foods

    Considering how the quest for exotic spice fueled exploration around the world in the 15th century it is no wonder that our favorite holiday flavors herald from around the world. From Southwest India to Southeast Asia we find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace.

  • Fresh-cut, live or artificial for your Christmas tree?

    Picking out the perfect Christmas tree is serious business for me.  Some may find it a trivial chore but I want a tree that will be worth the effort of cleaning, moving furniture, hauling boxes, lights, stepladders and more.  But once the mundane is done then the fun begins.  Each ornament that adorns the tree has a story to tell about my grandparents, parents or me.  The tree is indeed important because it holds the past. And it must hold the past, in the form of many beloved ornaments, securely and with style.

  • Cranberry bogs bring in the harvest this season

    Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “craneberry?” When the colonists first learned of this berry from their American Indian hosts in the New World, they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked liked the long neck and bill of the crane. Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.

  • Travel with caution: The annual deer rut is on

    Just last week my own local paper, The Sentinel-News, had a cautionary article about deer and their movements this time of the year. It’s a dance that can cause injury to car, body, or storefront in some cases. It seems there is a story at least once in which a deer walks into a local business or busts into someone’s living room. I am here, however, to remind you that your young trees are vulnerable too; love and hormones can make for some crazy behavior and the deer rut has begun. 

  • Conservation art and essay contests deadline is Dec. 1

    The Nelson County Conservation District art and writing contests deadline for 2010Dec. 1. The subject of this year’s contests is Kentucky’s Soil – All Hands In.  The top three entries from each school, along with the Principal’s Report Form, should be delivered to the Conservation District Office, at 2001 Buchannan Blvd., Bardstown.

  • It’s back: Attack of the Asian lady beetles

    It is that time of the year again: the attack of the lady beetles. Usually they sneak their way into our homes before now but the mild weather has kept them at bay.  The chill is here so people are asking, “what do I do about all the lady bugs in my house?” Well, the short answer is seal up the house well and get out the vacuum cleaner.

  • Plant your garlic now for a 2011 summer harvest

    For most of us garlic has become a cooking staple. You can give anything flavor by adding a little garlic to the recipe and you can grow it yourself if you have a little space in the back yard. For centuries garlic has been enjoyed for its culinary, medicinal and spiritual qualities, including fending off evil spirits and vampires and acting as an anti-bacterial.  There was evidence of garlic in King Tut’s tomb when it was discovered, so obviously the ancient Egyptians were growing it as far back as 2100 B.C. That’s some serious culinary history.