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Are you hearing the Cicadas?

Are you hearing the Cicadas?

Many viewers are telling us that they're hearing the cicadas.

Have you seen any of these noise-making culprits? Some viewers are telling us they are louder this week than they were when they first emerged.

Send us your photos or video to whereyoulive@13wmaz.com.

Organic… What does it really mean?

Organic… What does it really mean?

The term “Organic” has been used loosely in recent years, so I thought I would discuss what it really means and who can use it in the cosmetics, body and bath products..  First, the term organic cannot be used the same way as “All Natural” or “Natural.”

Organic is a term which is certified by the USDA National Organic Program.

The USDA-accredited organic certifying agent must certify the company before they can use the term “organic” and use of their symbol.

Go Fish: Admission Discount

Through the month of April, the Go Fish Education Center is offering a dollar off admission for all Houston County residents.

Just show your valid driver's license.

The Go Fish Education Center is open Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Made in America

Made in America

There is a new movement happening, anything handmade and local are hot items these days. You can see this happening online at Etsy.com, your local craft shows during the holidays and your local farmers markets in spring.  Who wouldn’t want something grown or made/crafted with skilled hands from a neighbor?  I know I do! 

I know you’ve seen it.  But do you understand it? The new buzz phrase… “Made in America.”  Sounds great doesn’t it….Say out loud  “Made in America.”  

Ok.. so maybe I should have said “ Buy Local”…  Or what about “Handcrafted,” “Handmade,” and “Homemade.”  I have to ask the big question?  Do you buy local? Or just grab something from the big box stores? 

PMS Students Partcipate in Day of Service, Meet Governor

Perry Middle School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) volunteers recently participated in a Day of Service.  The students joined Secretary of State Brian Kemp at the FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, Ga. to plant trees and clean up the grounds to commemorate the inauguration of Gov. Nathan Deal.

That's according to a Houston County Board of Education news release.

The Center is one of 31 sites across Georgia where volunteers participated in “With a Servant’s Heart — A Day of Service,” at Gov. Deal’s request.  Throughout the state, volunteers partnered with local charities, shelters, missions, food banks and environmental agencies.  They donated their time for a variety of causes, from building Habitat for Humanity houses to sprucing up parks.  Perry Middle volunteers pictured as they prepare to plant a tree are (from left):  Adviser Alisha Hall, Andy Emmons, TJ Gamundi, Ashley Long and Cassy Chaney.

Vegetable Gardening Class Scheduled for February

A vegetable gardening class will be offered to area homeowners who want guidance on planning and planting a spring garden.

The class, Vegetable Gardening 101, will be offered on Feb. 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The UGA Houston County Extension Office will host the class in the Extension Office Multipurpose Room, located on the top floor of the old courthouse in Perry.

The class costs $10 per person.

UGA Extension Agent Willie Chance will discuss seed propagation, soil preparation, plant selection and planting techniques.

Registrants must pre-register and prepay before 5 p.m. on Feb. 18.

Call 478-987-2028 for a registration form, or download one here.