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Penn State student farm celebrates first harvest

The Penn State Student Farm, located at the intersection of Big Hollow and Fox Hollow roads, celebrated its first harvest on Monday. The Penn State Student Farm Club, which runs the farm, acquired the one-acre plot in February and started planting in May.

Home & Garden

Timing matters when picking vegetables

Looking forward to harvesting warm season crops out of the garden, it is important to pick vegetables at their peak ripeness. For maximum quality and freshness it is important to harvest each vegetable at the proper time, which is its peak maturity or as soon as it is fully ripe. This is also the time of highest food value, vitamin content and taste.

Living Columns & Blogs

Social media grief sharing can help heal

I could barely drag myself out of bed the morning after Willow died. For nearly four and a half years, she had been the main reason I got up early, dressed and went out to walk in all weather. A gray and white Siberian Husky with heaps of soft fur, deep brown eyes and a rebellious spirit, she was a challenge and a joy. That first morning, I kept thinking that just 24 hours before, she’d seemed perfectly well. Our last walk together was very much like hundreds of morning walks we’d shared before. How could I possibly walk without her?

Food & Drink

Cherries signal summer’s arrival

This column originally ran in June 2000, showcasing one of the most precious fruits of the season. Way Fruit Farm is our local source, though co-owner Jason Coopey explained that the weather did not cooperate this spring to make an abundant crop. The March warmth, followed by two weeks of Arctic cold, will keep the harvest down, so shoppers will have to be vigilant if they want to get any at all. “We have a half-way decent crop of sweet cherries,” Coopey said, “less tart cherries though. There will be no u-pick season for them this year, and we will sell them at the store.” Get ’em while you can!

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Animal Island: The best caged pets for families

Q: We promised our 10-year-old daughter that if she got good grades this year we would allow her to get some kind of pet. She is one of those kids who only watches "Nat Geo Wild" and she is crazy for animals. Well, she is finishing out the year now and it looks like she will have very good averages, so now we have to keep our part of the bargain. Our landlord will not allow dogs or cats but said we could get any pet that stays in a cage. We were thinking of a bird or rodent and wondered what you suggest. My wife and I both work so it would have to be something with low maintenance but we want her to be able to assume most of the burden so that it teaches her some responsibility and time-management skills.

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Driven to distraction

Dear Mr. Dad: This may sound dramatic, but I'm hoping you can help save my mom's life. She's constantly on her phone, talking or texting, while she's driving. I'm only 13 and I've tried telling her to stop but she says she has it under control and says I should be quiet. She's cut out some of your columns and stuck them on our refrigerator, so I know she respects your opinion. I can't get through to her. Will you help?

Family

Living with Children: Could my 8-year old have OCD?

Q: My 8-year-old daughter is having anxiety issues that seem to border on obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wants me to repeat certain things back to her and has a set routine of things I must say when I'm tucking her into bed. She's genuinely upset by all this and tells me she thinks there's something wrong with her. I'd say it was something she can't control, but she does not do this sort of thing when she's alone with my husband. I've talked to her, tried ignoring her, refused to cooperate, and even yelled - all to no avail. Could she have OCD at this age? Does she need medication? What can we do to help her?

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