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Free heirloom bean seeds from Doug's collection

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog trail of tears'Cherokee Trail of Tears' pole bean seeds are one of my favorites. Photo by Doug Oster

In the late 1980's I did my first story on heirloom seeds for the Medina County Gazette. Bob Janca was my source and when we finished, he gave me a little packet of 'Cherokee Trail of Tears' bean seeds.

It's been my favorite pole bean ever since. The vines are eight feet tall producing lots of green bean pods which turn purple as they mature. The bean has a unique, nutty flavor which I love.

In this week's Digging with Doug video, I resurrected all my seeds from the basement in an effort to organize them for planting and thin the herd so to speak.

What I found was thousands of saved 'Trail of Tears' seeds. The bean has a sad history as the Cherokee were evicted from the east coast in the 1800's and then sent on a forced death march towards the west. They took their bean with them and over the years shared it with others.

If you'd like to try a few seeds send me an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll get you a packet. As we get closer to planting season, I'll have more varieties to give away.

It was wonderful to see all the old seeds I had saved, traded for and was given by other gardeners. It was also cathartic to get them organized. The seeds were removed from the 25 or so glass jars they had been stored in and separated into plastic bags. They were organized by the best time to plant them. Direct sowed vegetables, indoor sowed flowers ect.

I even found a jar of scarlet runner beans I saved with my son when he was five, he's almost 30 years old now!

The most important thing about saving seeds is to keep them dry. Once a seed gets wet and dries out again, it's usually useless. The video shows how I test old seeds to see if they are viable.

I'm looking forward to filling my unheated greenhouse with the seed treasures I've found.

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Empty Netter Assists - 02-01-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-"It obviously didn't work out for me or the team, but it is what it is. I don't know what the reasons were, but I don't hold any grudges or anything." - Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek (above) on his time with the Penguins.

-Kris Letang's illness is expected to sideline him for tonight's game against the Coyotes.

-Jussi Jokinen and Matt Niskanen are two of the most productive players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this offseason.

-"Sid, obviously, takes the brunt of the spotlight and Gino kind of flies under the radar and does his thing, but I don’t think he flies under the radar [in terms of] how skilled he is or how good a player he is. I think everybody treats him just as equally as Sid.” - James Neal on the dynamic between Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

-Eric Hartzell made 16 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 loss to the Norfolk Admirals.

-Highlights:

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Brian Dumoulin left the game in the second period due to a due to a suspected leg injury.

A shootout goal by Jack MacLellan gave the Wheeling Nailers a 3-2 win against the Kalamazoo Wings. Nick D'Agostino recorded two assists for Wheeling while Peter Mannino made 35 saves.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward Mark Recchi (right). A fourth-round pick in 1988, Recchi spent parts of seven seasons with the Penguins over three different stints. As a rookie in 1988-89, Recchi appeared in 15 games and recorded two points. He followed that up in 1989-90 by playing in 74 games and recording 67 points. In 1990-91, Recchi saw action in 78 games and led the team with 40 goals and 113 points. During that spring's postseason, Recchi played in all 24 of the team's games and scored 34 points while helping the franchise claim the Stanley Cup for the first time. After 58 games and 70 games in 1991-92, Recchi was traded to the Flyers along with Brian Benning and a draft pick in exchange for Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson, Ken Wregget and a draft pick. After several seasons with the Flyers and Canadiens, Recchi returned to the Penguins as a free agent in the 2004 offseason. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Recchi played in 63 games and scored 57 points in 2005-06 before being traded to the Hurricanes at the trade deadline in exchange for Niklas Nordgren, Krys Kolanos and a draft pick. Recchi returned to the Penguins yet again as a free agent in the 2006 offseason. In 2006-07, he played in all 82 games and scored 68 points. During the 2007 postseason, he appeared in five games and recorded four assists. After 18 games and eight points in 2007-08, Recchi was claimed off waivers by the Thrashers. In 389 regular season games with the Penguins, Recchi scored 385 points, 13th-most in franchise history. In 29 playoff games, he scored 38 points, 12th-most in franchise history.

-Happy 76th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Bob Blackburn. Claimed from the Rangers in an intra-league draft during the 1969 offseason, Blackburn spent two seasons with the Penguins. In 1969-70, he appeared in 60 games and scored 11 points. He appeared in six games that postseason and failed to record a point. During 1970-69, Blackburn saw action in 64 games and scored nine points. Just prior to 1971-72, he was traded to Vancouver of the WHL in exchange for cash. In 124 games with the Penguins, he scored 20 points.

-Happy 24th birthday to current Penguins forward Jayson Megna. A free agent signing in the 2012 offseason, Megna is currently in his rookie season. In 21 games, he has six points.

-After the Jump: Last minute goals force overtime in Detroit and Nashville while Team USA names its captain.

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Zachary Quinto reportedly signed to 'Agent 47' with Rupert Friend

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

Deadline.com reports that Zachary Quinto, star of stage ("The Glass Menagerie) and screen ("Star Trek's" Spock 2.0) will by in the "Hitman" sequel "Agent 47," with Rupert Friend ("Homeland"). Paul Walker had been cast in the lead and his death in a car crash postponed filming for director Aleksander Bach. The project will now go before the cameras in March, Deadline said.

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Jokinen, Niskanen among NHL's most productive UFAs - 01-31-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Jussi Jokinen (above) played a large role in the Penguins 4-1 win at Los Angeles Thursday. Playing primarily with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal on the team's second line, he recorded three points. This season, he has been one of the team's most productive players with 39 points, fourth most on the Penguins.

He's also scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Along with defenseman Matt Niskanen, the Penguins have two of the league's top 15 scorers who are scheduled hit become unrestricted free agent this offseason:

Note: These totals do not include Friday's games:

Player, position Team Age Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
Current
Salary Cap Hit
Thomas Vanek, LW Islanders 30 53 19-28-47 $7,142,857
Jaromir Jagr, RW Devils 41 55 16-30-46 $4 million
Paul Stastny, C Avalanche 28 49 16-23-39 $6.6 million
Jussi Jokinen, LW Penguins 30 54 16-23-39 $3 million-*
David Legwand, C Predators 33 55 9-28-37 $4.5 million
Jarome Iginla, RW Bruins 36 53 15-21-36 $6 million
Radim Vrbata LW Coyotes 32 52 12-24-36 $3 million
Matt Moulson, LW Sabres 30 51 15-18-31 $3,133,333
Mason Raymond, LW Maple Leafs 28 56 14-19-33 $1 million
Mikhail Grabovski, C Capitals 30 49 12-21-33 $3 million
Daniel Alfredsson, RW Red Wings 41 41 12-20-32 $5.5 million
Matt Niskanen, D Penguins 27 54 7-25-32 $2.3 million
Olli Jokinen, C Jets 35 55 13-18-31 $4.5 million
Derek Roy, C Blues 30 50 8-23-31 $4 million
Marek Zidlicky, D Devils 36 54 8-21-29 $4 million

*-The Penguins are only responsible for $2.1 million of Jokinen's salary cap hit.

-Salary cap figures are courtesy CapGeek.com.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Ten Super Bowl commercials to look forward to this year

Written by Nicole Martin on .

The Steelers will not be playing in the Super Bowl this year, but Pittsburgh will have a reason to tune in for the big game on Sunday because this will not be just about the Broncos and the Seahawks. It's about which company will come up with the most amusing ad so that we consider buying its product.

So much for betting on the teams, I've got my money on capitalism!

Here are the best ads to keep an eye out for this coming Sunday.

 

1. Dannon Oikos — Spill

In a teasing teaser, John Stamos is doing what he does best, making women swoon... until he takes his pants off.

2. Budweiser Puppy Love

When I think of beer I always think of heartwarming moments and sappy love songs, don't you? Adorable puppies and horses and how they become friends, that's what Budweiser is all about, obviously.

3. 2015 Hyundai Genesis Dad’s Sixth Sense

It's sentimental, OK? The super dads preventing disasters... still wondering whether featuring supermoms and calling it Mom's Sixth Sense would be closer to reality.

4. Jaguar British Villains ‘Rendezvous’

"Have you ever noticed in Hollywood films that all the villains are played by Brits?" Well, Jaguar has, and they want you to know --“It’s good to be bad.” I would have to agree.

5. Bud Light Arnold Schwarzenegger Ping-Pong

Anything involving Schwarzenegger is a must see. He is not quite a Terminator in this one though, a bad rug, stilted moves and not a very attractive pair of legs. Is that what Bud Light does to you?

 

6. Cheerios And a puppy..

OK, so this is basically an ad selling you cardboard rings for breakfast, almost as terrible as rice cakes. (But seriously though, who actually likes rice cakes?) This kid is pretty darn clever though.

 

7. New Castle Anna Kendrick non-commercial

Well done, New Castle. This clever satire on a “cancelled” Super Bowl commercial is very well played. You can decide whether Anna Kendrick is just hot or beer-commercial hot?

 

8. Ford Rob Riggle

The teaser for this James Franco commercial is enough to intrigue. I just hope it’s not another copycat Old Spice commercial theme.

9. Doritos Finger Cleaner

This will be just one of the many Doritos commercials that air during the big game. But this one is a Yikes.... makes me cringe.

10. SodaStream 'Sorry, Coke and Pepsi’

This commercial may or may not be airing during the Super Bowl, but it is definitely worth mentioning. This controversial ad has rumored to be banned due to the line, ‘Sorry, Coke and Pepsi.’ The network seems to be a little scared of the consequences of calling out two of their biggest sponsors. You may see a censored version of the ad, but here is the better version.

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