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  • Ms. Lucy Hall will celebrate her 104th birthday with a potluck dinner to be held at 7 p.m., Friday, at the Owen County Extension Office, located at 265 Ellis Hwy., Owenton. Please bring a dish and help the family celebrate this special birthday with Lucy.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

    You can prevent hay bale or barn fires if you bale hay at appropriate moisture levels and monitor the temperature of recently baled hay.

    Generally, hay will begin a heating phase within one to two days after baling. During this time, you should monitor hay to make sure it does not reach temperatures that can damage the hay or lead to spontaneous combustion.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    We cannot control the weather but we can control what our tomatoes eat, so to speak. At planting time we prepare the soil with composted hen manure and a little organic fertilizer. We also mulch around the plants immediately in order to moderate soil moisture and to prevent the spread of soil-borne diseases. This year our work at building healthy soil has paid off because the tomatoes are thriving. Some folks have not been as lucky as the rain poured down earlier in the season!

  • BY ASHLEY CRAIGMYLE
    Owen County Summer Intern for 4-H Youth Development

    Four girls represented Owen County during the 4-H State Fashion Revue on Wednesday, June 14. Carlee Rohling, Laura Duke, and MaKinnon McAnally placed in the top 5.

  • The public is invited to attend the annual free Founders’ Day Pipe Organ Concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the historic Dry Ridge Presbyterian Church.  This year’s organist, Leah Giannattasio, will perform familiar and lively pieces on the circa 1850s single manual Hook and Hastings hand pumped pipe organ, the only pipe organ in Grant County. Jessica Graff, violinist, will join Leah at the performance.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen Extension Agent for Ag. and Natural Resources

    Squash vine borer is active, with several reports from commercial producers and home gardeners. This pest often goes unnoticed until their larvae have done considerable damage to vines of summer squash, winter squash, and pumpkins. While UK Entomology is not trapping for this pest this year, previous studies have shown that the adults are active from mid-June until the end of the summer.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    We harvested some fantastic looking potatoes and garlic over the weekend; I am so excited about the garden this year because it is performing so well! We need to wait a few more weeks on the onions as we wait for their “tops to flop” which allows them to store better. We have enjoyed some fresh green onion and bulbs but for the bulk of the crop we to want harvest and cure them properly so they will store well.

  • OWENTON, Ky. – A group of Owen County ladies who call themselves “Friends of Hospice,” held a Derby Brunch at the Owen County Extension Office and raised nearly $7,000 to benefit Hospice patients and their families in Owen County. Since the event began three years ago, these volunteers have raised nearly $14,000.

  • By JOAN GODERWIS AND KATHLEEN MARTIN
    Leadership Owen County

    Owen County Leadership spent a great day in early June discovering some of the many privately owned businesses here in our county. In this day and age of big box stores and chain franchises, it’s really nice to see successful, home-owned businesses thriving like the good ol’ days.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    This year the hydrangea display is proving to be spectacular. It’s the big-leafed, or French hydrangea, which elicits the most attention because of the volume and size of the blooms. Hydrangea macrophylla got its common moniker because they were predominately cultivated in France starting in the early 20th century. Hydrangea macrophylla prefer cool, moist and shady conditions and the temperate climate in France proved favorable to the native Japanese species that was brought to the West.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen County Extension Agent for Agriculute and Natural Resources

    Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky. Harvest time for blueberries, which are native to North America, is from early June through early August. Blackberry harvest is from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer several health benefits, and they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.

  • Ninth Grade Honor Roll

    Esmeralda Aldama, Devenee Bolen, Peyton Burton, Robert Caldwell, Caitlyn Cox, Marissa Craig, Shane Dawson, Courtne Dempsey, Adam Dunavent, Michael Goderwis, Jessica Herrmann, Hannah Johnson, Cameron Lesuer, Ravin McMillian, Dalton Miley, Hannah O’Connor, Elijah Patterson, Destiny Pickett, Emmaleigh Richardson, Lexie Robinson, Stevee Rohling, Ethan Searcy, Tori Smith, Colton Stedam, Caylin Trenary, Dillon Vinal, Brian Wallace, Brooke Woodyard and Baileigh Young.

    Ninth Grade Super Honor Roll

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads, it likes humid and dry weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing and treatment before it takes hold.

  • The summer camping program at the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys & Girls Ranch officially opened to campers for its 41st season on Sunday, June 12. The camp runs throughout June and July, serving both boys and girls alternating weeks, throughout the camp season.

  • By ASHLEY CRAIGMYLE
    Owen County Summer Intern for 4-H Youth Development

    We are only a few weeks away from the 2016 Owen County Fair.

    With the fair fast approaching, I would like to challenge you to not miss out on seeing all the 4-H and FFA exhibits that will be a part of the fair. For the first time we are adding to the annual 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale this year.