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Home from the Forest


Beloved Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot penned the words to “Home from the Forest” in the 1960’s. In this song, an old man nearing the end of his life looks back on the wrong turns he has taken and longs for an old house on a hillside when the wildflowers did bloom in, and the river runs down from, the forest. This spring, even if you don’t have an old house, wildflowers, or a river, if you are so inclined, you too can plant trees and come home from your very own forest.

Mom was right!


“Winter won’t last forever,” my mother used to say—usually about midway through the season.

Take a (forestry) hike


On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Preble Soil and Water Conservation District urges you to get out and take a hike. A Winter Forestry Hike, that is. Savannah Ballweg, currently employed by Miami University and formerly employed as District Educator at Preble SWCD, will be leading the way. The hike will begin at 10 a.m. at the Preble County Historical Society Farm and will end sometime before noon.

February a short but active month


(Again, this review only covers 90 years because the bound edition of the1924 Brookville Star is too delicate to tolerate handling.)

Dangerous logs and midwinter thaws


“Thank goodness for this January Thaw!” the senior sharing the hardware store’s aisle proclaimed. “Don’t think I could have taken much more of that dang cold!”

BBB offers tips for choosing a gym


MIAMI VALLEY — A new year can mean a fresh start for many. In fact, about 38.5 percent of US adults set New Year’s resolutions annually according to Insideout Mastery. Among those resolutions, one of the most popular is health/fitness. According to Forbes, 48 percent of people say improving fitness is a top priority in 2024. If you’re considering fitness as a new year resolution, make sure you choose the right gym for you.

Turning the dream of homeownership into a reality


In traveling across the Buckeye State, the topic of housing continues to be top of mind for our fellow Ohioans.

Mid-winter blues


On a recent morning, I glanced out my deskside window and did a startled double-take.

By BJ PricePC Soil & Water Conservation District


One nice thing about Preble County is that there’s not another one. Doug Kramer of Winnerline Road gets the credit for this phrase. Sure, you can find other Wayne or Union Counties or Richmonds or Lewisburgs. But scour your road atlas, Google it, take a poll, or just ask your next-door neighbor. There’s not another Preble County to be found anywhere.

What’s a plat book?


What’s a Plat Book? I’ve come across this question a few times and that’s when I realize that I’ve been surrounded by books of a technical nature for all of my working life and most of my natural life. We sold Plat Books some 25 years ago while I was in FFA, so it should come as no surprise that all these years later I’m still dealing in Plat Books.


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