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10:44 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: December 27, 2011 - January 2, 2012

Oak Leaf Hydrangea in January
Flickr Creative Commons user MGShelton

Poor Will's Almanack for the Transition Week to Deep Winter.

It is New Year's week, and before January begins, I always take an inventory of what is happening around the yard and in my life.

I check the oak leaf hydrangea by the back porch. It often keeps half its leaves, even when the days stay below freezing. I stand and look at the wood pile for a while, trying to estimate how much wood is left.

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Business & Technology
8:07 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Gas Drilling Boom Good News for Ohio Sand Firms

The boom in drilling for natural gas trapped in layers of shale has been good news for a handful of Ohio companies that supply the type of sand needed for such drilling.

Rob Sidley's family-owned company in northeast Ohio processes sand that is perfect for the drilling process because it's nearly 100 percent quartz as well as round, hard and water resistant.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported Monday that companies like Sidley's have a valuable commodity since 6,000 to 8,000 tons of sand are needed to drill one well.

Statewide News
8:05 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Nearly $439K Spent on Ohio Governor's Mansion

Ohio Gov. John Kasich doesn't live at the state's official governor's residence, but taxpayers paid to fix the mansion's roof and to keep cable running at the home this year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that more than $438,000 was spent in 2011 to staff, maintain and repair the mansion in Bexley, just outside of Columbus.

Kasich and his family have chosen to stay at their home in nearby Westerville. The state provides security for that home at an undisclosed cost.

The family has used the official governor's residence for occasional stays and meetings.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

Conrad's Corner: December 26, 2011

Conrad Balliet read his poem, "The Night After Christmas"

Business
8:05 am
Mon December 26, 2011

New Ohio Law Could Boost Craft Beer Breweries

Ohio craft brewers hope a new state law will help boost beer tourism by bringing breweries more in line with winery tasting rooms.

The law allows production breweries to open tasting rooms and sell beer by the glass without buying a second, costly permit.

Ohio wineries have not had to pay that charge and have flourished by marketing themselves as tourist destinations. 

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