Jane Beathard

Annual fox-hunting ritual: Blessing of the Hounds, and a whole lot more

I attended a hunting ritual last week that is literally “as old as the hills.” It was the annual Blessing of the Hounds at Rocky Fork Headley Hunt Club near Columbus. An Episcopal priest conducted the frosty-morning ceremony that marks the start of the club’s formal fox hunting season. She blessed the club’s gaggle of fox hounds and well-groomed horses and…

Ohio doctor summits Everest

London, Ohio — There are outdoor enthusiasts, and then there are OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS. Madison County physician Mitch Spahn falls into the latter category. This spring, the 56-year-old obstetrician tackled Mt. Everest, climbing 17,600 feet to the South Base Camp on the world’s highest mountain – then another 900 feet to the top of Kala Patthar, a sister peak. The ascent…

Short walleyes exciting to anglers on Lake Erie

Port Clinton, Ohio – Fishing was excellent at the 37th Governor’s Fish Ohio Day on July 12. But, it was the walleyes tossed back and not the “keepers” that excited the 100 anglers and their captains. Fish Ohio Day is sponsored annually by Lake Erie Shores and Islands, the Ohio DNR, and Lake Erie Charter Boat Association to bolster North…