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On the trail of synchronous fireflies

KELLETTVILLE, Pa. - Picture a moonless June evening, shortly after midnight, deep in a northwestern Pennsylvania forest. Wild sounds echo gently. Stars glow far above through the canopy of trees. Otherwise it is dark - so very dark. But … more

Angelique: One of the prettiest tulips is also easy to grow

Angelique is soon to arrive in my garden, but only briefly. And as in years past, I'll miss her when she leaves and will look forward to her return next spring. She has proven to be one of the prettiest tulips. To describe her petals merely as … more

Every scar tells a story

He turned off the highway onto the big, wide, sandy road, looked over at me and said, "you can drive." I was 14 years old and more than ready. We changed places, and he talked me through the steps of operating a stick shift. The truck was an old … more

Ancient treasures

I rubbed the dirt off with my fingers and marveled at the markings. The design was vaguely familiar, yet different somehow. It was a negative, or reverse image, of something that I just couldn't figure out. Then it hit me - corn! It looked like … more

Child shoots her 1st turkey

The hunt is on for wild turkeys

I know the fish are biting. I see the steady stream of trucks headed to the lake every day, pulling boats. I like to fish — especially when the bream are biting. The full moon in April, and … more

Fishing with Uncle Robbie

My Daddy and all his brothers were hunters and fishermen. They grew up during the Great Depression when life on the farm was tough. Hunting and fishing helped put food on the table. There wasn't any such thing as "catch-and-release" fishing back … more

Is homegrown food safer? If you are cautious

Food safety often is cited as the primary reason why people grow their own edibles, but that's frequently an illusion. Food-borne illnesses are almost as likely to be caused by homegrown produce as by fresh foods acquired elsewhere. "The odds are … more

America's recreational boating industry preps for busy summer

CHICAGO - Data released recently by the National Marine Manufacturers Association show that unit sales of new powerboats increased 5 percent in 2017, reaching 262,000, the highest levels the U.S. recreational boating industry has seen in 10 … more

Cow calling, baby deer and gun rights

The forest here is like a cathedral, with towering hardwoods that rise into the mist of an early morning. I was sitting in the edge of the woods, at the base of a giant pine, just a few yards from the pasture fence. I could see cows scattered across … more

Mosquito-borne viruses emerge in spring as a threat to S.C. horses

COLUMBIA - A five-milligram mosquito can slay a 1,000-pound horse in a matter of days. All it needs is the right virus. But with your help, the horse can survive the attack. All you need is the right vaccine - at the right time. Now's the … more

What's in a name?

Yellow flies swarmed just outside the windows of my truck. When I stopped the truck, I sat for a moment or two until they seemed to lose interest and drifted away. They are vicious biters but are slow to react and are easily swatted … more

New size limits and dates are in place for Santee striped bass

Recent changes to state law will extend the period during which striped bass caught in the Santee River system can be kept. The law changes also include additional size/slot requirements for keeper fish. Anglers planning to fish for striped bass … more

S.C. has largest number of wintering orioles for 4th year in a row

Long known for its hospitality to visiting Northerners, South Carolina can now claim to be the state where Baltimore orioles feel most at home during the winter. For the fourth year in a row, South Carolina had the largest number of orioles … more
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