Bow tie project honors student

Shirley and Delaney Ward, Adams Center, look over a collection of bow ties for the graduating class of South Jefferson Central School, in memory of Parker J. Leikam, also of Adams Center. Parker, who lost his life in a two-vehicle crash March 23, would’ve graduated this year. The bow ties were created by Shirley Ward’s cousin, Ken J. Weatherup, now of New Orleans. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Shirley and Delaney Ward, Adams Center, look over a collection of bow ties for the graduating class of South Jefferson Central School, in memory of Parker J. Leikam, also of Adams Center. Parker, who lost his life in a two-vehicle crash March 23, would’ve graduated this year. The bow ties were created by Shirley Ward’s cousin, Ken J. Weatherup, now of New Orleans. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

When Shirley Ward began looking ahead recently to her own daughter’s high school graduation, she knew there will be one special part of the festivities missing — a young man named Parker J. Leikam. [Read more…]

Spring 2016: Today’s Gardner

Start a family garden and watch kids’ excitement grow

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Brian Hallett

There is an affinity and almost magnetic attraction between children and the earth, whether it’s making mud or discovering the emergence of a germinating seed. Children and nature seem to go hand in hand. They just love getting their hands into dirt, digging and planting. Whether you are an accomplished gardener or a novice, gardening is a chance to partner with nature to make magic. [Read more…]

Watertown Lyric Theater staging “Company” April 13-16

Scott Taylor, as Robert, performs a scene during dress rehearsal for Watertown Lyric Theater’s production of ‘Company.’ Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Scott Taylor, as Robert, performs a scene during dress rehearsal for Watertown Lyric Theater’s production of ‘Company.’ Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Dulles State Office Building will get some “Company” next week when Watertown Lyric Theater presents the musical comedy that won seven Tony Awards, including best musical, in 1971. [Read more…]

Local farmer, wife see his recovery from accident as miracle

The Porter family, from left, Darcy L. M., holding Harrison G., David P., holding Sloane H., Gregory G., Lisa P., Jamison C., and Casey S., stand in front of the Porterdale Farm buildings at their family home on Sulphur Springs Road.

The Porter family, from left, Darcy L. M., holding Harrison G., David P., holding Sloane H., Gregory G., Lisa P., Jamison C., and Casey S., stand in front of the Porterdale Farm buildings at their family home on Sulphur Springs Road. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — Two and a half years after her husband was severely injured in a farm accident, Lisa P. Porter still can’t believe he survived. [Read more…]

Holiday 2015: Today’s Gardener

Create a fresh holiday scene: Decorate with natural elements

WEB0510_biz_Halletts2A recurring theme for the holidays this year seems to be simplifying and focusing on what is important. I am following this path, and I have tried to the last several years as well. I thought I would share a few simple and beautiful adornments for your home this holiday season. [Read more…]

Summer 2015: Today’s Gardner

A few tried and true tips to grow healthy tomatoes

Columnist Brian Hallett

Columnist Brian Hallett

Few of us plant vegetable gardens out of need any longer, unless you count the need for a sun-warmed tomato. You can grow tomatoes in a pot on the patio or a half-acre vegetable patch. Either way, the rewards are great. All the clichés about tomatoes warm from the sun from grandmother’s garden can’t take away from the fact that no tomato tastes quite as good as one fresh from the vine, eaten with your feet still standing on the soil covering the roots. Here are some tips for coaxing the best out of your tomato plants. [Read more…]

Spring 2015: Today’s Gardener

Divide and conquer with your perennials this spring

Columnist Brian Hallett

Columnist Brian Hallett

One of the most rewarding aspects of perennial gardening is the fact that most plants actually increase in size over the years. After a time, some of your perennials are going to benefit from being divided, and in most cases spring is a terrific time to go about this task. [Read more…]