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Samantha’s Salt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Samantha Krieger   

Parents of school-age kids: embrace the end

It’s that time of year when the final papers have been turned in, end-of-the-year picnics are upon us, and parents and teachers are ready for summer break.

I’ll never forget the feeling as a high schooler knowing that summer was right upon me and all I had to look forward to with summer camps and mission trips, spending time at our neighborhood pool and working without having to worry about homework.

Many parents embrace the end of a school year by just barely dragging their feet to the end. I feel it right now. I’m ready for lazier mornings and no set schedule. I’m excited for warm weather and water. Some of us are just ready for nothing-to-do-ness.

The end of a school year is an exciting time for parents and children alike. It’s a time to look back and reflect on all that our children accomplished and learned and the wonderful teachers and school staff that helped spread their wings to fly farther. We can be thankful we made sure our kids were on top of their schoolwork and tests. Just the fact that we helped them get dressed each morning and out the door is an accomplishment in and of itself.

Whether you’re working, staying home with your kids or doing a little bit of both, I think it’s important to embrace the end of the year by remembering all the good things you did to help invest in your child this past year.

Did you help your child overcome some hurdles in a new grade? Celebrate that.

Did you build your child up with words of encouragement? Keep speaking those words.

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Holyoke Enterprise May 19, 2016

Another Perspective PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lori Pankonin, The Imperial Republican   

Composting creates sentimental passion

Never would I have suspected when I started composting that I would get so excited and intrigued by the process.

Oh my gosh. The other day I went to toss a bucket of waste into the compost bin and was astounded by the time I spent watching my worms in action. I actually get a buzz moving dirt to reveal the crawling creatures.

There’s just something about witnessing an age-old process where veggie scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, newspaper shreddings, leaves, etc., naturally break down to make a rich nutrient-filled soil. And to think those very items often times end up down the garbage disposal or in the trash in many homes.

I’ll admit it seems absolutely crazy but I’ve become passionate about the process. I read that newspaper with soy ink is a good “brown” component in the necessary “brown” and “green” compost combination.

Our own Johnson Publications newspapers are printed with soy ink. What better ingredient than hometown news, shredded and stirred into the Mother Nature concoction. The coffee pot is on at the office all week while staff diligently works to produce the newspaper. Coffee grounds. Another nutritious ingredient for the mix.

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Holyoke Enterprise May 19, 2016

Kid Tested, Uncle Approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lincoln L. Hayes   

“Wizards of Wavery Place: The Movie” (2009)

Have you noticed Selena Gomez is everywhere lately? She recently was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” she had a quick cameo in the movie “The Big Short,” and she keeps popping up on my Pandora stations.

Being a 30-year-old male who doesn’t watch the Disney Channel, I found myself asking, “Who is Selena Gomez again?” Turns out, she’s not Vanessa Hudgens either. Go figure.

While looking through Netflix for something to review, I came upon this week’s movie in the “Girl Power” section and figured I’d give it a shot. I’ve never seen any of the television show of the same name (which I also confused with the other Disney show with the twins from “Big Daddy.” Basically, I’m clueless, it seems.), but knowing Disney and their formula for most shows, I figured I could pick up the backstory as I went.

We begin with the Russo family getting ready to go on vacation to Puerto Rico, where the parents first met. Alex (Gomez) is a notorious screw-up within her family, constantly overshadowed by her older brother, Justin (David Henrie, the son from “How I Met Your Mother”), who is turning out to be a pretty terrific wizard.

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Editor’s note: Lincoln L. Hayes is a former writer and columnist of The Holyoke Enterprise. He’s making another movie, so you should follow the progress on his website:

Holyoke Enterprise May 19, 2016

Extension Corner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Langelo, Golden Plains Area Extension   

Plant Select petites

In 2013, the Plant Select® Program introduced a selection of petites for the garden. These plants can be used for smaller gardens, containers, rock gardens, ground covers, borders and more. These plants go through the same trials as other Plant Select® introductions. This year there are three choices for your gardens.

Yellow Stardust Draba, Draba rigida

These have bright yellow starry flowers on the top of tight green cushion plants. Since this plant is a slow grower, keep it away from more aggressive plants. This plant would do well in a container or rock garden that has sandy, well-drained soil.

The plant will get to a height of 3 inches and a width of 10 inches. This plant will need moderate or regular watering and becomes xeric. This is not a deer resistant plant. It is great for pollinators.

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Holyoke Enterprise May 19, 2016