Recent Updates

  1. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Pears

    The pear is a fruit that has been cultivated for centuries. Though there are thousands of varieties of pears, only about ten are grown and sold commercially. For information on pear varieties, contact your local OSU Extension office.
  2. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Strawberries

    June is when Ohio strawberries are in abundance. Enjoy them in simple preparations to savor their sweet flavor.
  3. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Tomatoes

    Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Tomatoes are cultivated and used as a vegetable. Botanically, they are a fruit, being fleshy and containing many seeds that are not stones. Regardless of how you classify them, they remain an Ohio favorite because of their versatility and flavor.
  4. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Apples

    Summer and fall are perfect times to try the many varieties of Ohio apples. This year why not experiment with some specialty varieties? Ohio produces around 40 different varieties, some Ohio originals. Each of the Ohio apples possesses its own appearance, flavor, and texture characteristics. Select the variety according to its intended use.
  5. Helping Adolescents Cope with Grief

    Because they are often unexpected and traumatic, adolescent deaths profoundly impact communities. With the increase in school shootings and youth violence, there is a growing need for communities to develop and implement a response plan when traumatic deaths occur. Yet, often times school personnel, such as teachers, counselors, and nurses are rarely reported by survivors as being supportive. Below are ways in which schools, community professionals, and youth leaders can ease the trauma during future crises.
  6. Fathering Your Adolescent: Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship

    Adolescence can be a difficult time for both teens and their parents. In fact, research on parents of adolescents, especially fathers, report the lowest levels of well-being. Coupled with the adolescent's physical, social, and emotional growth are complementary changes for the parent. Parents must adapt to developmental concerns that overlap with those of their adolescents. For example, while teens are just entering a period of rapid physical growth, parents have increasing concerns about their own bodies.
  7. Gender Issues: Communication Differences in Interpersonal Relationships

    A lot of media attention has been devoted to the idea that women and men communicate very differently—in fact, it is sometimes stated that women and men communicate so differently from one another that they must come from different planets! Although at times differences in women's and men's communication styles seem to be constant and overwhelming, they are really quite minor. For example, both women and men can be nurturing, aggressive, task-focused, or sentimental.
  8. Gender Issues: Preparing Children for a Lifetime of Success

    For many years, people believed that girls and boys were born vastly different from one another—so different, in fact, that women had no business attempting to do "men's jobs" and men had no need to participate in "women's work." During the 1960s, however, this notion about women and men changed dramatically. In fact, during that era, many people began to argue that women and men are far more similar than they are different, and that no jobs or chores should be exclusively assigned to one sex or the other.
  9. White Pine Blister Rust on Currants and Gooseberries

    White pine blister rust is not a serious disease of currants and gooseberries; however, it is a very serious disease of white pines (Pinus strobus). Currants and gooseberries serve as an alternate host for the rust fungus that causes white pine blister rust. Therefore, planting currants and gooseberries in areas where white pines are present can lead to serious losses of white pines. North American white pine species, including bristlecone, limber, sugar, eastern white, southwestern white, western white, and whitebark, are highly susceptible.
  10. Township Zoning Enforcement Officer: Role, Responsibilities, and Tools to Succeed

    In 1947, the Ohio General Assembly passed enabling legislation that allowed townships to establish zoning. While the procedures and methods to create zoning are established by the Ohio General Assembly, the content of the local zoning regulation is at the discretion of township residents. Ohio law is designed to involve the public in the decision-making process. Township trustees are charged with hiring a zoning enforcement officer.