Steve BoehmeIf you’re looking for a showy flowering tree that’s not too large but grows fast, consider the Magnolia! There are some gorgeous Magnolia hybrids that work well in clay soil, making Magnolias a better choice for most landscapes than dogwoods, which prefer well-drained soils.Magnolias are known for their immense purple-pink and white tulip-shaped blooms. A few varieties have ivory or pale yellow blooms. Right now they are at their best, providing a real show in the early spring before their leaves form.
By Tonie GarciaSocial Security District Manager in Portsmouth, OHThe World Health Organization held the first World Health Assembly in 1948, and, beginning in 1950, every year on April 7 the world comes together to observe World Health Day. Each year, World Health Day focuses on a particular subject of interest to global health.At Social Security, we focus on people’s health every day. Specifically, we provide benefits for people with disabilities. To he...
Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director, Area Agency on Aging District 7“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” This quote from Hippocrates in 400 BC is still very relevant today. Hippocrates believed the human body had an innate capacity for self-healing. Healthy eating is certainly a huge part of maintaining our overall good health. March is National Nutrition Month and a good time to be reminded of healthy eating habits and how we can provide our bo...
By Tonie GarciaSocial Security District Manager in Portsmouth, OHIf you have a spouse who does not earn an income or who earns less than you do, your spouse (including a same-sex spouse) may be entitled to Social Security spouses’ benefits based on your record.Social Security can be an important financial asset for married couples when the time comes to apply for retirement benefits. In many cases, one spouse may have earned significantly more than the o...
District 9 Weekly Travel ReportFor the week ending April 4, 2014: The following traffic advisory includes road construction and major maintenance projects requiring lane restrictions and/or closures along the state and federal highway system within ODOT District 9. For statewide information regarding road conditions affected by weather, construction, maintenance or accidents, visit ODOT on the web at www.Ohgo.comDistrictwide
Steve BoehmeRegular readers of this column already know the benefits of raised bed gardening. Less weeding, less bending over, and no more soil compaction around your plants. Perfect drainage because excess water can seep out the bottom. Healthy plants out of reach of rabbits. Boxes that sit on top of the ground, filled with fancy soil, and never mind tilling all the space between boxes.
Steve BoehmeExperienced gardeners plant two crops of potatoes, in late March and again after last frost. Potato plants can survive frost if they get a little protection, so it’s time to get ready for that first planting now. Potatoes will begin to grow as soon as the soil temperature has reached 45 degrees F. The soil should be evenly moist, but not wet or soggy. We recommend using peat moss to dry wet soil; simply till it into your potato rows before planting.
Could you or someone you know benefit from helpful hints about preventing falls? Have you or someone you know turned down a chance to go out with family and friends because of a concern about falling? Have you or someone you know become afraid of a favorite activity due to a fear of falling? If so, there is a program now offered locally that is specifically designed to help with these and other similar concerns. Thanks to a partnership with the Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. (AAA7), lo...
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