Straw bale planting is a method of growing plants that makes gardening easier and more accessible. Montcalm Area Career Center agriscience students are currently growing several fruits and vegetables in straw bales that have had soil and fertilizer added. From left is Laura Main and Megan Hansen, dead leafing a pea plant. (Daily News | Stacie Smith)

50-PLUS and FABULOUS: Making manageable gardens

Spring has sprung and now it’s time to break out the rototiller or perhaps the team of oxen to get the lawn and garden ready. Wait, not so fast. There are smarter and less...


CANCER AWARENESS: Listening goes a long way

If you’re on the receiving end — either personally or as a family — of a cancer diagnosis, life turns upside down for a while. And for friends and acquaintances on the outside looking...

Terri Legg, at left, with her father, Tim Wenzlick, salmon fishing in Traverse City.

WOODS and WATER: Salmon fishing with family

With the water as still as glass, a slight breeze brushing my face making it feel as though fall is fast approaching, I sit in the Daydreamer Charter boat with much anticipation waiting for...

Uncle A.J. (Emma Skogseth) and Aunt Birdie (Lauren Stadtveit) perform “Chains and Studs,” a fast-moving rap-style tune to Mamma, Papa and the four fledgling storks during “The Storks,” this year’s Danish Festival play.

Legend of storks is story-telling play for Danish Festival

Danish folk lore says if a stork builds a nest on your roof, you shall have good luck, peace and happiness.

REALITY CHECK: Congress must address this egregious injustice!

I rarely mention political topics in this column. This is, in large part, because I don’t really give a hoot about politics. I know there are those who consider this attitude the height of...

REALITY CHECK: My addiction’s costing me, one dollar at a time

I think I’m becoming an addict. I’m not sure how it happened and it’s embarrassing to make this confession, but maybe it’s for the best. Maybe there’s a support group somewhere I could join....

Adam Young of Owl City (photo by Pamela Littky)

Owl City’s Adam Young performing with Neon Trees and Maroon 5 in Grand Rapids Feb. 25

GRAND RAPIDS — Owl City musician Adam Young is looking forward to touring with Maroon 5 and Neon Trees while performing at their sold-out show in Grand Rapids. On Feb. 25, the three groups...

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HOME: Hot color combos for fall

When the seasons change in West Michigan, so do our moods. After a lovely summer spent outdoors, even the most die-hard vacation goers find comfort in winding down and getting cozy at home. Fall...

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HOME: Create a butterfly haven in your yard

The cooler nights and frost that will soon begin to creep into the late nights and early days signals the end of the butterfly season. Though butterflies won’t reappear until spring, fall is a...

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HOME: Make your own sign

  My husband and I bought our first home a year ago in December. We purchased an old farm house we have been remodeling. Being a “trash-to-treasure” addict, Pinterest has been my new best...

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