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Snow dusted the meadow white and songbirds found our feeders, gathering on the ground and perched on limbs in the forsythia by the back windows. I wonder how much we’ll get before the rain starts overnight.

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Monday would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday, had she not passed away on the last day of 2021. It seems that lots of people enjoyed Betty’s talent as an entertainer and appreciated her down-to-earth personality.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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I borrowed a box of .243 rifle cartridges from Bobby because manufacturers are reluctant to build new capacity into their factories and other calibers such as .223 and 5.56 suitable for use in military-style rifles are selling like hotcakes. These same manufacturers would rather build their …

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I like the Christmas tree. Like, really like it. The branches are wide enough that my paws fit perfectly and thankfully, I’m small enough to slide right up the trunk. I can’t really make it all the way up because things get a little less sturdy the higher I go, but I’m just about at eye-leve…

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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Ever since the feline joined the family, we’ve had to adjust our Christmas decorating.

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I guess we were chasing ghosts, but Todd and I hunted some higher elevations over in Fulton County before the season ended for 2021. The dogs, Ollie, Todd’s little English field cocker spaniel, and Ruffles, my Springer spaniel, worked thick covers looking for even a sign of a ruffed grouse.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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We moved to our little farm in 1985 after spending a lot of time rebuilding and adding a bathroom and kitchen. We lived in a home with a woodstove and a fireplace, and decided we would live without either and rely on electric baseboard heat and several kerosine heaters.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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John stopped Sunday morning while I was getting a few things out of the barn. He told me Gail saw four deer run across my hay field a few minutes ago. His son, Evan, walked out the door Wednesday evening just before 5 and spooked two, maybe three deer out of the raspberry patch.

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NOTE: This is a very old rerun, having appeared in The News-Chronicle a few decades ago, before online shopping. But the subject is a familiar one, with last week’s column touching on this year’s incarnation of the same topic.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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Don’t know if it’s the holiday season, the extended hours of darkness or a combination, but my thoughts are being clouded by a few things I can’t understand. Or maybe I don’t want to understand.

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I drove over the mountain to camp around 10 Saturday morning. I tucked the old 30-06 customized A3-03 rifle that was standard issue for World War I, but someone spent some time and money on it before I bought it 50 years ago.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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The week after Thanksgiving is probably the hardest for me to write; besides, it’s deer season and I’ll be at camp with no electricity and no running, which makes it kind of difficult to write a column much less send it. Without killing a deer, what would I write about?

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean. This particular column is the second in a series focusing on the area’s geology. The first part in the …

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I guess most of us were raised with a Thanksgiving story about Indians sharing their corn, wild turkey and deer with the Plymouth colonists. The Indians wore buckskins while the colonists wore funny tall hats and brass buckle shoes. They all sat at picnic tables to eat and drink apple cider.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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We filled our bird feeders last week, and already I’ve had to refill some of them probably because the blue jays have found two of the feeders. We don’t feed during the summer months because we live near the south mountains, and bears wander through from time-to-time.

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I suppose, if you want to be really particular when it comes to wild birds, a hunter must travel to remote parts of China or Mongolia. All the pheasants were imported from those parts of the world, and some adapted to parts of the United States where the habitat favored them.

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If you’ve been conscious for the past few years, you’ve noticed that one of the more popular home décor trends has been signs.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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We have friends who won’t spend the money to hunt them, and, fortunately, I am grandfathered in for a pheasant stamp on my lifetime license, but I would probably spend the $25 to hunt the Game Commission’s stocked pheasants anyway.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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He looked like a grouse hunter standing next to his pickup truck. He wore an orange vest and an orange ball cap, but when I asked him if he’d seen any birds, he said he wasn’t hunting grouse, but instead was hunting bear during the early black powder season.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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I’ve been meaning to build a fire in the fireplace, but it’s been too warm. Today, although the cold front made it feel like it’s finally autumn, I built a fire using last year’s cherry cord wood that’s been waiting on the front porch since last spring.