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In the not-too-distant future department stores may disappear in this country due, in part to online shopping. However, in some countries large department stores have never been particularly popular. In France and probably other European countries, boutiques have for many years been much mor…

If you have observed damage happening in your trees or shrubs and see that the leaves have been eaten or are turning brown, there’s a good possibility you’re dealing with bagworms. They are commonly found on juniper and arborvitae species, which seems to be some of their favorite plants, tho…

The early years of my life were spent on Park Drive. Our neighbors were Aubry and Merle Rennison. They had two daughters, Charlene and Martha, whom everyone called Marty.

For the past several years, fly populations on cattle have been significant beginning in late April then increasing to peak populations in August or September. This year is slightly different with the cool temperatures from April through May that slowed the fly populations down.  However, wi…

Osteoporosis is a very common and dangerous condition which is characterized by the body having too much bone loss or making too little bone, or both. About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis, and studies show that one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a …

One of the most popular garden plants is the tomato. There’s nothing quite like a healthy tomato plant laden with ripening fruit. For many gardeners, now is the time they experience peak production.

Payne County rare bird listings for the week were all observed last Sunday and include the American Avocet at Boomer Lake, and Stilt Sandpiper and Yellow-headed Blackbird at Meridian Tech. Rain tends to bring bonanzas, especially during this time of year and during periods of strong, unsettl…

My wife, First Cowgirl Ann, and I have been truly blessed to serve Oklahoma State University. This has been the most rewarding times of our careers. We will miss the incredible energy of our campus.

Payne County rare birds for the week include several early migrant western Willets observed at Lake Carl Blackwell. When migrants are located this early heading south, it is generally due to failed breeding, just a little too late for the birds to find new mates and to try again, or they arr…

Payne County rare bird of the week is … the Cedar Waxwing. Seriously. I know it has been two weeks that we’ve been touting this fact, but it’s the species. YOU refuse a waxwing and you’ll suffer the consequences. They normally will not leave until they take every mulberry in the south before…

This Father’s Day, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), encourages fathers to take the first step towards a healthier life for themselves and their families by quitting tobacco. The Helpline’s FREE resources are proven to increase your ch…

Frankly, I’ve never been good at looking at the clues and solving a puzzle. I’m hopeless at the game Mastermind. Maybe it’s because I do not have a logical brain cell in my head.

Having a proper diet is something that many people let fall by the wayside. The foods we eat play a huge role in our overall health. Our weight, mood, energy levels, heart health, and much more can be affected by our diet. 

One of my favorite Christmas movies is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” There is a great lesson for all of us in that flick. How could George Bailey’s life be characterized as “wonderful” when it was replete with disappointments, failures, and unfulfilled dreams and goals?

Certainly, the Monarch butterfly is easily recognizable, but sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between butterflies and moths as they fly through the garden. Knowing some of their physical and behavior traits will help you be able to tell them apart.

Payne County rare birds over the past week include Ruddy Duck, Wood Thrush, Black-headed Grosbeak, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Caspian Tern, Redhead, Hermit Thrush, and a possible Tri-colored Blackbird. We’re still awaiting the photo confirmation on the latter.

I was fortunate to have spent 30 years working at our local newspaper where I was given the opportunity to write this column and, in time, also for special sections.

Although a big part of gardening is planting the plants and keeping them watered, there are several other factors that must be considered in order to have a successful garden.

Occasionally, while surfing social media on the internet, I check out one of my favorite topics, "I Remember Stillwater When". This site certainly allows my mind's eye to drift back to yesteryear, growing up in Our Town in the 1950's and 60's.

Payne County rare birds for the past week include the Ovenbird, Blackburnian, Orange-crowned, and Chestnut-sided Warblers, Wood and Hermit Thrushes, Harris’s Sparrow, American Avocet, Solitary and Upland Sandpipers, and Purple Finch. Congratulations to all that located these wonderful birds!

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After a year of shutdowns and operating under capacity limitations due to COVID-19, the restaurant industry is poised for a comeback as people take advantage of being vaccinated to get out and about. But lack of staffing is creating issues for businesses in Stillwater and across the nation.

Did you know that there is a national holiday for libraries? National Library Week is observed every year in early April. As you can imagine, it is always something we celebrate here at the Stillwater Public Library. Reflecting on this year’s celebration brought to mind all of the great thin…

A couple months ago the Kameoka Corner article was titled “Where are They Now” and was about young people from Japan who had come to Stillwater in some capacity other than OSU students, such as Rotary Exchange Students at Stillwater High School or who came here on some government grant program. 

The younger grandkids have lots of questions. They’re capable of asking “what’s that” or “why” more times in an hour than I have answers for. Scientists say our brains learn the most from birth to the age of three. I’m fairly certain, for every piece of information they gain, I lose twice as much. 

Often, by the time a cattle producer recognizes they have a “trich” problem, significant economic loss has already occurred. The first signs of an issue are often discovered during pregnancy checking when there is an increased and unexpected number of short bred or open females. The most eff…

Our shelter is still the primary place to bring a pet found in the city limits of Stillwater; however, you must call before bringing a pet to the shelter. Please call us if you have lost your pet or found a pet.

Sometimes we choose our lifelong friend. Sometimes he or she chooses us. Always, it’s a bond of the heart that brings great joy that goes both ways. This is Elsa, a beautiful calico female; she’s searching for her forever home. Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue has just the right furry friend for you,…

It wasn’t as if a decade has passed – more like it had been only a few months since we had seen each other. That’s the definition of good friends.

When people think about summer, those visions often include a trip to the local swimming pool, catching lightning bugs and putting them in a jar or planning a vacation. For others, however, slicing that first vine-ripened tomato is a sure sign summer has arrived. No matter how you pronounce …

We recently had the unpleasant experience of having a raccoon in our attic. It gained access by simply pushing down rather heavy screen wire on a recently installed vent. It was not easy to get rid of it and its new litter of kits. After unsuccessful efforts for a couple weeks I called a pro…

Our shelter is still the primary place to bring a pet found in the city limits of Stillwater; however, you must call before bringing a pet to the shelter. Please call us if you have lost your pet or found a pet.

The Stillwater History Museum’s newest exhibit features “COVID: a Year in Review.” Viewing this display, visitors wil be able to get a big picture of the pandemic from local, state, national, and global headlines, captions, and images. A unique collage highlights mask wearing, social distanc…

“Where are they now?” This question is usually posed regarding child stars, lesser-known characters from television shows long canceled, or bands no longer in the spotlight, but have you ever seen an iconic photo of people who aren’t famous and thought, “I wonder what those guys are up to?” …

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