The apple orchard has been picked clean, some are stowed in the refrigerator, some are applesauce, some frozen and the rest are dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (we are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten!). The bumper crop of Kieffer pears is e…

An opossum, is a fat, furry animal about the size of a pet cat. The fur on a possum’s body is gray, on its face its white. Its nose is long and pointed and its head is white. Its legs are short, its tail is long and hairless. It has five toes on each foot. More often than not an opossum is c…

All in all, we have had a decent summer with reasonable temperatures and adequate rainfall. I think the marker for the summer of 2021 can go to the weeds! So, as you address some fall weeding chores you may also want to do a little preening to give some of your annuals and perennials a facel…

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My daughter had seen a snake a couple days ago. She had been driving on a country road and there t was in the road ahead of her. She told me about it when she got home. She said she had stopped to keep from running it over, then watched as it crossed the road in front of her.

It looks like we are in a cool weather pattern which got me thinking about some of my orchids and holiday cacti. When attempting to grow tropical plants we are met with the challenge of mimicking their native habitat which is difficult inside our homes; we can allow Mother Nature to take car…

We were cruisin’, my older daughter and I, my daughter driving, on back roads, country roads, watching the fields we passed, noting how the scenery has changed in just the few weeks. Many of the leaves on the trees have changed from green to yellow and red and brown. Many leaves have fallen.…

It seems that once again we, meaning the collective gardening public, have disregarded the imperative known as diversity…it applies to more than the plant world too!

I stood in the yard early one morning recently, watching our dogs, waiting for them to relieve themselves. The sky was dark and I thought the air felt like rain would start soon. I was watching the dogs and I was considering different subjects for my next newspaper article.

Kisses to the 13 U.S. service members who lost their lives in Afghanistan on Thursday, August 26. Our sincerest gratitude to Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas; Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, Calif.; Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover…

There were no reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our May 13 edition. That week’s question was: In what ways can the City and the community work together to keep local parks clean, safe and fun to use?

KISSES to Kylan Higgs and the Plain Dealer & Sun from Rob and Sue Ann Hooker of North Vernon. Thank you for being the new editor of the Plain Dealer! You are a breath of fresh spring air!!! The look of the paper & the articles are soooo much better.

KISSES to retired Chief of Police James Webster. The following are comments in response to James’s retirement party announcement on Page A11 of last week’s Plain Dealer & Sun:

The following are reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our May 6 edition. That week’s question was: This week’s front page of the Plain Dealer & Sun revealed that Jennings County is to be awarded $1 million for roads and bridges. What other…

The following are reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our April 29 edition. That week’s question was: The location of the North Vernon Fireworks Display for the Fourth of July was discussed at Monday’s City Council meeting. Besides the City Pa…

KISS from Tom Taylor, North Vernon, to the Plain Dealer & Sun for including the information on the U.S. Yard Sale.

The following are reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our April 22 edition. That week’s question was: Would readers rather keep Sodoku and Word Cross on the TV pages or have larger comics?

KISSES: Kisses to North Vernon City Police Officer, Adam Driver, for his graduation from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Kisses to Former North Vernon City Police Chief James Webster upon his retirement. Kisses to our new North Vernon City Police Chief Keith Messer. Good luck to you in …

There were no reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our April 1 edition. That week’s question was: What is your favorite activity to do in Jennings County during springtime?

The following are reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our March 25 edition. That week’s question was: What community events (ex: Railroad Days) from years past would you like to see resurrected and why?

The following are reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our March 11 edition. That week’s question was: What kind of businesses need to be added in Jennings County to fulfill all your hometown shopping needs?

Readers, you’ve told us you want an opinion page. Some of you feel your voice has been taken out of the newspaper and that the most important part of the community newspaper — the community — is gone. We do value our community’s voices and want to include you.

HISSES from Marie Perry to the woman who took my car on Thanksgiving.

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Kisses from the Jennings County Health Department to Pat York for donating pizzas for volunteers and health department staff at the COVID vaccination clinic on Monday.