THOUGHTS of vacations, leisure-time activities in warm weather and just relaxing outdoors all are associated with summer, but they aren't the only things.
There's also a lot of hard work, especially on area farms. The products of those farms, however, bring good responses as evidenced by the growing number of farmers' markets.
Granted, farming methods have changed over the years, but it all boils down to work whether a farmer is behind a plow or driving a tractor.
THE APHID might be described as a little black bug, but they’re also green, brown, red, pink or other colors. Regardless of the hue, a gardener doesn’t want them on any plant.
THE 150th anniversary of the Civil War is being celebrated this year and in the coming years, but another anniversary was celebrated in 1976. That’s when the nation’s bicentennial was observed, and a flag was painted on the bottom of Martins Ferry’s Olympic-sized swimming pool.
FARMING methods have changed since 1917 when John McElwain was pictured with a young calf and his team, Cap and Charlie. The McElwain farm no longer is there as that land now is under Piedmont Lake. This photo was submitted by Marietta Martin for The Times Leader’s pictorial book, “Belmont County Bicentennial.”
On the pleasant side, a vacation might involve several days of traveling to see the sights or it could be a weekend trip. A weekend trip to a site related to history not only is interesting but educational, and Ohio and the nearby states of West Virginia and Pennsylvania have quite an array of possibilities to visit.
There also is an increase in activities because of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, not only locally but elsewhere.
In addition, there are fairs, festivals and other community activities galore throughout the area. Some of these also will be under way in autumn before the cold winds of winter blow.
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