• Time Will Tell 7/27/14: On pins and needles

    Gypsy’s Two Cents: Sometimes I wake up scared, grumpy or both. So I now apologize to anyone who walked in and received a growl instead of a wag. I realize my growl is most intimidating and can frighten the bravest of humans. I do get corrected for this behavior and my only current reason is not enough ice cream.

  • Arbor Culture 7/27/14: Preparing your trees for hurricane season

    With the peak months of hurricane season upon us, it is advisable for homeowners to be sure their trees are properly pruned to minimize both tree and property damage due to falling limbs or total tree failure. However, there is a considerable amount of misinformation out there, creating confusion for homeowners. Letters from insurance companies or knocks on the door from roving tree service companies often create doubt and fear, causing tree owners to make hasty or uneducated decisions resulting in improper or unneeded pruning of trees.

  • Sikorski's Attic 7/27/14: Beautiful sculpture likely European, made of alabaster

    Dear John: Attached is a photo of a sculpture of Rose of Sharon. The artist’s mark appears faded somewhat. I hope the pictures are helpful regarding the maker and period of the piece. The coins have letters upon them. The detail and craftsmanship in this close-up picture may be helpful as well.

    I look forward to any information you could provide on value, the maker, and period of the piece. — D.S., Internet 

  • Jane's Garden 7/27/14: Flag Pawpaw attracts Zebra Swallowtail butterflies

    Flag Pawpaw, Asimina obovata, is a native deciduous shrub in the Custard Apple family, Annonaceae. There are eight pawpaw species native to Florida, but only three available from nurseries. Flag Pawpaw likes full sun to highly filtered partial shade and sandy, well-drained soil in Zones 8 to 10. It ranges from the south part of the Florida peninsula north to the Georgia border and west through the Panhandle in sandhill and scrub habitats. It is endemic to Florida alone. Other pawpaws prefer mesic woodlands and/or coastal dunes.

  • Wantology 101

    Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun, something new comes along.

    There's a new field of psychology called "wantology." It's an actual field of expertise where "wantologists" help people discern or define their wants and desires and then help them work out a plan to achieve them.

    That's what I want — a wantologist!

  • A primer on primaries

    By the League of Women Voters of Citrus County

    Primary elections are an integral part of our voting system by which voters select one candidate from many who are running for a particular office to represent their party in the general election.

  • Saving our name, one generation at a time

    By Fred Brannen

    Noah, Liam, Jacob, Mason, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, Jayden and Daniel: Based on the report from the Social Security Administration, these are the 10 most popular names for male babies born in 2013.

    Do you remember back during the ’60s, when the television series “Peyton Place” was so very popular? There was a pretty good chance that a little boy could find himself saddled with the name “Kevin” or “Rodney.”

  • Campaign contributions will fuel voters' anger

    How angry are the people of Citrus County? 

    We will see next month, when primary elections are held to select members of the county commission.

    There are some angry candidates running for office this year who proclaim that those in public office are corrupt, stupid or incompetent. Take your choice; the challengers want the incumbents out of office.

  • Top ten reasons to vote

    I am pleased to share an experience that happened during our July Fourth Honor America Celebration in Tallahassee, where I was working as a Kiwanis Club volunteer.

    As part of the festivities, 18 of our neighbors took an oath to become naturalized United States citizens. It was such an emotional event, with tears of joy and hugs of accomplishment from family members, friends and complete strangers. 

  • Putting Crystal River's parks in perspective

    By Jim Farley

    The city of Crystal River offers a wide variety of water-based recreational activities for residents and visitors alike, including swimming, fishing, snorkeling, diving and paddle sports.