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We still have more than a full week of summer ahead of us by the calendar. There is no sign of a nip in the air, but the weather is finally gearing down from summer’s heat and humidity.

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SHIAWASSEE TWP. — Due to unforeseen circumstances, we were unable to obtain information regarding the auctions for swine, beef and lamb market animals Friday afternoon and evening.

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Ignore the back-to-school advertisements and the racks of sweaters and jackets at the store. The calendar confirms we are less than two-thirds through the summer season. We have plenty of time to continue enjoying the warm weather, and we should make the most of it.

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OWOSSO — The “master” of the Downtown Owosso Farmers Market is taking her last bow this season after 11 years of continued growth.

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Daisies are a summer classic, with pristine white petals surrounding a yellow center. One of the first flowers we draw as a child, pick for our mothers, and pluck petals in a game of she-loves-me, she-loves-me-not.

The senior swine showmanship winners include, from left, first place Marc Hendzel, second place Wyatt Mazich, third place Bryce Lienau, fourth place Evan McPherson and fifth place Paul Hendzel.

The swine novice showmanship winners include, from left, fourth place Claude Sneed, second place Taylor Jacobs, fifth place Wyatt Jacobs, third place Nolyn Bristley and first place Sawyer Benn.

The swine intermediate showmanship winners include, from left, fifth place Madeline Eustace, fourth place Olivia Birchmeier, third place Dalton Birchmeier, second place Lane Mazich and first place Emma Challender.

The swine junior showmanship winners include, from left, second place Wyatt Benn, first place Drew Alward, third place Reece Eustace, fourth place Bryce Edington and fifth place Brayden Cesal.

The swine first-year showmanship (over 11 years old) winners include, from left, fifth place Hailey Strachan, fourth place Gavin Fitchett, third place Angel Litomisky, second place Brayden Bukovick and first place Megan Litomisky.

The 4-H dog program enjoyed the agility show Wednesday. Competitors from Doggie Diggers (DD), Clever Dogs (CD) and Happy Tails (HT) took part.

Ignore the back-to-school advertisements and the racks of sweaters and jackets at the store. The calendar confirms we are less than two-thirds through the summer season. We have plenty of time to continue enjoying the warm weather, and we should make the most of it.

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A youth exhibitor tries to coax a reluctant cow out of a trailer so it may be weighed in Saturday at the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds.

OWOSSO — The “master” of the Downtown Owosso Farmers Market is taking her last bow this season after 11 years of continued growth.

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Daisies are a summer classic, with pristine white petals surrounding a yellow center. One of the first flowers we draw as a child, pick for our mothers, and pluck petals in a game of she-loves-me, she-loves-me-not.

These “sailors” — Hunter Brooks, Lizzie Dettman and Leah Brooks (brother and sister, and cousin) — took advantage of the weekend’s heavy rain to get their boat out at Farmer’s Garden on Hibbard Road. The Brooks family owns Farmer’s Garden. The nearly continuous storms raised the Shiawassee R…

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Sunflowers are icons of summer, and best known for the large-flowered, stout-stemmed annuals that we are fortunate to enjoy in sweeping fields around the county. Less well-known are the perennial forms, durable, long-blooming workhorses for the garden. True sunflowers are Helianthus, which i…

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BRADY TWP. — The Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association Executive Board voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with the 47th annual Old Gas Tractor Show — slated for Aug. 19-22.

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A pair of girls pet a goat Saturday morning at the Downtown Owosso Farmers Market.

Corunna High School senior Amara Jackson was recently named FFA state president for 2021-22. Jackson is a member of symphonic band, has an independent study and is taking personal finance and agricultural science IV. She is the daughter of Amy Zdunic Jackson.

One of the first fruits of summer is strawberries. While we can enjoy fresh berries almost year-round from the grocery store, there is no substitute for the sweet, juicy flavor of home-or locally-grown.

This spring, Corunna FFA students have been taking part in the Food For America program. Through the program FFA members develop leadership skills as they reach out to young children by sharing the world of agriculture. Corunna FFA students have visited Nellie Reed Elementary and Louise Peac…

The graceful, cascading branches of my bridal wreath spirea are lined with buttons of tight green buds. A few more warm, sunny days and the shrub will burst into bloom, providing a fountain of milky white flowers.

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OWOSSO — The Downtown Owosso Farmers Market will kick off its 2021 season Saturday with more than 60 vendors selling their wares along portions of Exchange and Ball streets.

We’re just starting the exuberant display of flowering shrubs that heralds the arrival of spring in Michigan: forsythia, lilac, bridal wreath spirea, quince and viburnum are familiar favorites.

We’ve been blessed with unusually warm weather, and with the recent rains, the landscapes are bursting with life. Once the season starts rolling, there’s no stopping it, yet we longtime Michiganders know that we can expect frost any time up to Memorial Day weekend, and occasionally later than that.

SHIAWASSEE TWP. — Citing health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, Shiawassee County Fair organizers opted to cancel the 2020 fair, marking the first time the event did not take place since World War II.

Today we are left with our Easter treasures. Baskets filled with chocolate rabbits, candy eggs, and jelly beans, maybe some leftover ham, and if we’re lucky, a few pots of lilies and other spring flowers.