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OFFBEAT: Not such sweet industry news from Bake-Off

OFFBEAT: Not such sweet industry news from Bake-Off

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Poison Ivy 2

Poison Ivy 2

Beware of Poison Ivy. Know how to spot it, and what to do if you come in contact with it.

July 18, 2013 2:30 pm
Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Walk away -- Poison Ivy is easy to spot once you learn to recognize its characteristic three leaves with notched edges. The plant usually grows as a ground cover or vine. Wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves and shoes that cover your feet when gardening. Summer is prime poison plant season,…

July 18, 2013 2:30 pm

Cargill plant giving off rotten egg smell

Strong odors have been wafting from the Cargill plant in Hammond as the result of an issue with the facility's wastewater treatment plant.

July 14, 2013 12:30 am
Gary is showing proof of new day for city

Gary is showing proof of new day for city

Gary/Chicago International Airport is spending about $26.5 million to rebuild a rail line from north of the airport to this sugar plant. It will also build a new rail connection and spur to the plant.

February 17, 2013 12:00 am
Impatient? Tips for a quicker vegetable harvest

Impatient? Tips for a quicker vegetable harvest

Vegetable gardening is an exercise in patience. Sweet potatoes can take more than 100 days to ripen; some tomato and watermelon varieties require five months.

February 05, 2013 12:00 am
Please prune the shrubs, deer

Please prune the shrubs, deer

Although unconcerned with promoting plant health or aesthetics, in at least one situation deer can actually help us prune well.

February 05, 2013 12:00 am
Impatient? Tips for a quicker vegetable harvest

Impatient? Tips for a quicker vegetable harvest

Vegetable gardening is an exercise in patience. Sweet potatoes can take more than 100 days to ripen; some tomato and watermelon varieties require five months.

January 31, 2013 12:00 am
Please prune the shrubs, deer

Please prune the shrubs, deer

Although unconcerned with promoting plant health or aesthetics, in at least one situation deer can actually help us prune well.

January 31, 2013 12:00 am
Grafted veggies are next season's celebrity seeds

Grafted veggies are next season's celebrity seeds

In many of the seed catalogs arriving soon in mailboxes, the headliners will be grafted vegetables, in which one or more different varieties grow from a single rootstock. Tomatoes seem to be the grafted transplants most frequently offered, providing greater disease tolerance, bigger harvests…

December 20, 2012 12:00 am
New rail line to sugar plant

New rail line to sugar plant

This rail line crossing Virginia Street will be replaced by a new spur and rehabilitated rail line that travels from north of Gary/Chicago Airport to the Indiana Sugars plant seen in the background. The airport will pay $26.5 million for the rail project as part of its $166 million expansion plan.

December 12, 2012 2:24 pm
New flower varieties excel at overwintering

New flower varieties excel at overwintering

"Overwintering" plants usually means deadheading, dividing, pruning, mulching or bringing them indoors to protect them from the cold. Increasingly, though, varieties are being introduced that flower into winter and rebound in spring. They need no special care and deliver more blooms for the buck.

November 22, 2012 9:00 am
Minor bulbs should get more attention

Minor bulbs should get more attention

Fall planting is in full swing. As you nestle tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses into the soil, don't neglect to also plant some minor bulbs — "minor" only because they aren't well known, not because they lack quality.

November 15, 2012 12:00 am
Quinn extends Enterprise Zone program

Quinn extends Enterprise Zone program

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to Ford plant workers after signing a bill Tuesday advancing job creation and business investment in Illinois.

August 07, 2012 12:10 pm
Quinn extends Enterprise Zone program

Quinn extends Enterprise Zone program

Using 20 pens, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs a bill advancing job creation and business investment Tuesday. He signed the bill at the Chicago Ford plant in Hegewisch.

August 07, 2012 12:12 pm
"Little Shop of Horrors" Stage Musical at Theatre at the Center in Munster

"Little Shop of Horrors" Stage Musical at Theatre at the Center in Munster

Theatre at the Center in Munster is presenting a new production of Broadway hit "Little Shop of Horrors" now through Aug. 19.

July 13, 2012 12:00 am
Theatre at the Center in full bloom with new production of 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Theatre at the Center in full bloom with new production of 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Director and choreographer Stacey Flaster says there's a reason the hit musical "Little Shop of Horrors" isn't produced and offered to audiences as often as other works.

July 13, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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"Little Shop of Horrors" Stage Musical at Theatre at the Center in Munster

"Little Shop of Horrors" Stage Musical at Theatre at the Center in Munster

Theatre at the Center in Munster is presenting a new production of "Little Shop of Horrors" July 12 to Aug. 19.

June 17, 2012 12:00 am
Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

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May 24, 2012 9:52 am
South Haven students learn nutrition from the ground up

South Haven students learn nutrition from the ground up

Master gardener Vince Fischer talks Wednesday about the plants in the new teaching garden at South Haven Elementary School.

May 16, 2012 12:10 pm
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