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l age 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, March 21, 2013 TOTAL LOSS...Saturday afternoon, Russell County. Central Dispatch called local fire departments, police departments and emergency care personnel to a structure fireat 2649 Burton's Ford Road, St. Paul. Ms. Thelma Blevins' (83 years old);hi)me was a total loss. No injuries were reported'and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The family would appreciate any assistance, due to Ms. Blevinsl0sing all her possessions. Photo courtesy of Jess Powers Proper tree planting for Earth Day Don't Bury Me: A hole dug from the upper third of the root too deep is a sure way to kill a ball. tree 3. Container-Grown trees Earth Day and Arbor Day are have the advantage of a root sys- coming soon,' ~i in April.tern that is relatively undisturbed Celebrate the wondrous benefits at planting, but beware of "pot- of trees and make a wise in- bound" container trees. Do not vestment by plafitin g a shade buy container trees that have a tree in your yard! But before you largeamount of roots completely plant, take some advice from the experts to help your new tree live a long time. "Too often, consumers waste hundreds of dollars on trees that will die because they were plant- ed too deep," cautions Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). "Proper planting is absolutely essential for the success of a transplanted tree," says An- dersen. "Using quality plants and following up with good tree care practices, such as watering, pruning and fertilizing, will not save a poorly planted tree. The most common mistake is plant- ing the root too deep," she says. Homeowners can purchase rees packaged in three com- mon forms: 1. Bare-Root plants may be sold with the roots tightly pack- ed in a moisture-retaining medi- um that is wrapped with paper or plastic, or with roots loosely covered by a moist packing me- dium. Roots must be adequately moistened prior to planting. Roots are spread out evenly in the hole when planting. 2. Balled and Burlapped (B & B) trees are moved with a ball of soil protecting their root system. Soil balls are heavy, so professional arborists who have proper equipment should be hired to plant' large trees. Smaller B & B itrees should be carried with a hand under the ball. Carrying a,B. & B tree by the stem or bran'ehes can result " in serous root damage. When planting, carefully remove the top layer of soil down to the first structural root., Set the root ball circling the inside of the pot. These trees will take a long time to get established after planting because the roots have difficulty growing beyond the thick ring of circling roots. Immediately be- fore planting container trees, prune any circling roots. Root pruning can cut up to 50 percent of the roots in container trees but this is still sufficient to permit plant establishment. This com- pares with pruning about 10 percent or less of the root system being transplanted with B & B trees. Always remove the container prior to planting. Andersen advises consumers to follow these planting guide- lines: * Measure the height and diameter of the root ball or Grafting workshop root spread. Dig the hole just deep enough to allow the first structural root to be at level grade. The hole's diameter should be two to three times the diameter of the root ball or root spread. Set the tree on undis- Amy Gail Fannon Osborne, Lee County Extension Agent, will conduct an apple grafting workshop on Tuesday, April 9 in the Wise area. The specific workshop location will be given borists advocate capping pruning at even a lower percentage). Fertilizing is not re- commended at the time of pruning. What can you do? A professional arborist can assess your landscape and work with you to determine the best trees to plant. Contact the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), a public and profess- " by Karen Gent only to registered participants Southwest Regional Adult technology, comfortable with' due to limited space and supplies. Education has been in the testing on computer, and even The workshop will begin at 1:30 process of preparing for theperforming better." Key data p.m, A materials fee of $18.00 will launching of the new computer- from the GEDTS's analysis is be ch arged and pry-registration is based GED test in January encouraging. The failure rate of 2014. Part of that preparation adults taking the test on required. Because of space process has been to set up computer is about half that of: limitations, registration will be computer-based testing in the' those taking the test on paper. limited to the first 20 paid region's four GED testing Adults testing on computer registrations received by the centers. In order to be approved were 59% more likely to retake Wise County Extension Office. and activated for this type of a failed test instead of giving up The materials fee should be testing, a detailed process has and dropping out of the pro- mailed or delivered to the Wise been completed in the counties gram. On average, adults who" County Extension Office, PO of Russell, Buchanan, andtested on computer completed' Box 1156, Wise VA 24293 by Dickenson. Tazewell County their exams an hour and a half Friday, March 22. Checks should will soon follow with projected faster than their paper-and- be made payable to Virginia completion sometime this year. pencil contemporaries. Cooperative Extension - Wise Debbie Bergtholdt, Virginia's "Last year's results demon- County. GED Administrator, states strate how the new benefits help Each participant in thethat there are now 46 sites in test-takers succeed," said Trask. grafting workshop may order any Virginia that offer computer- "This new offer is meant to amount of rootstock they wish based GED testing, encourage more adults to enter However, only 7 will be grafted To get 2013 off to a great the GED testing system and during the class. Additional start, the GED Testing Service earn a GED credential, which rootstock can be taken home and (GEDTS) reports that it just is the stepping stone to career grafted. If you just want to completed a first-year analysis and college programs." purchase rootstock and do not for the computer-based testing The GED test has opened need any supplies such as tape or system, and there is good news doors to better jobs and college labels and do not attend class, the for prospective test-takers, test- programs for more than 18 cost per rootstock will be $1.00 ing professionals, and adult million graduates since 1942. each. Rootstock can be picked up educators. With . more than Last year, nearly 800,000 adults just before the class begins. For 40,000 subject tests delivered sat for the GED test, which is those attending class and wanting across more than 35 states, the accepted by virtually all U.S. to purchase additional rootstock, data show that adults who take colleges and employers. As the after planting to remove only the cost will be $18.00 for the the GED test on computer are creator of the one official broken, damaged, disease or first 7 and $1.00 for each addi- passing at higher rates, fin- GED test, GEDTS has a dead branches, tional rootstock, ishing faster, and retesting at responsibility to ensure that the For more information contact significantly higher numbers, program continues to be a Stake and/or protect the the Wise County ExtensionThe GEDTS introduced thereliable and valuable pathway trunk of the tree if there is a real potential for wind dam- Office at 276/328-6194. new computer-based delivery to a better life for the millions age or lawn mower injury, h Hal system in 2012 to help more of adults without a high school Remove the guy wires Lays sc e e adults earnaGEDcredential diploma. (string, rope, wire or other and to prepare for the launching If you didn't complete high used with supports) when the Coming up at Lays Hardwareof the new GED test in 2014. school, contact Southwest staking is no longer needed Center for the Arts located at "We've been hearing forRegional Adult Education at or the tree could be injured 409 Front Street in downtown months that testing on computer 866-581-9935 to fred out how or even killed from girdling Coeburn: is simpler and less stressful for you can prepare to take the by the wire. Every Thursday night, Jam test-takers," says Randy Trask, GED tests. GED is a One to three years after Sessions _ 6:30-10:30 (doors President of GEDTS. "Ourregistered trademark of the planting, prune to develop a -open- at 6:00)- N-ocharg or first year results show that American Council on Edu- good branch structure once admission. Open to musicians GED test-takers are ready for cation. Used under license. the tree has become estab- and spectators. Wise County Adult Ed grads to lished in its new home. Every _Frid_ _ ni h ghL Liye Never remove more than 25 bluegrass, 7:00 pm, $5/adults, percent oftotalfoliageinone $1/children 6-12, under 6 ad- receive MECC schol year. (Depending on the tree mitred free. and its condition, some ar- -March 22: Hollow Ground The Regional Adult Educa- deeply grateful to the MECC March 29: Bluegrass Circle Dante Community Center meetings The Dante Community Center will have meetings every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call 495-1247. Wise Co. Sheriff's ional resource on trees and office offers arboriculture since 1938. It has more than 2,000 member com- "Good Morning panics who recognize stringent turbed solid ground in the safety and performance stand- Wise County center of the hole. The tree ards and who are required to should be planted so that the root flare, the base of the tree trunk where the roots begin to "flare-out," is visible and above grade. Backfill with soil from the planting hole, using water to pack or settle the soil around the root ball. Do not tamp soil by stepping on carry liability insurance. TCIA The Wise County Sheriff's has the nation's only Accre- Office offers a free service to dilation program that helps con- all seniors of Wise County and sumers find tree care companies the City of Norton. The Good that have been inspected and Morning Wise County program accredited based on: adherence provides a volunteer to call and to industry standards for quality check on the welfare of all and safety; maintenance of participants, to determine if trained, professional staff, and they have food, heat in winter, dedication to ethics and quality and cooling in the summer. in business practices. An easy They also want to make sure way to find a tree care service participants in the program are provider in your area is to use not being abused, mistreated, the "Locate Your Local TCIA or neglected. Member Companies" program. All eligible seniors are en- You can use this service by couraged to sign up and use lion Program of Lee, Scott, Wise and the City of Norton an- nounced that Callie Ison of Norton and Billy Cline of Appal- achia have been awarded scho: larships at Mountain Empire Community College in conjun- ction with GED and Career Pathways Awareness Week. Adult Ed graduates Ison and Cline will each receive a $250 award to assist with their unmet student financial needs. The awards are made to out- standing GED graduates from the region who either are en- rolled in classes at Mountain Empire Community College or who plan to enroll for the com- ing semester. The funds are in support of post secondary goals for GED graduates, helping them move up the next rung on the education or jobs training ladder. "This is the fifth consecutive year the Mountain Empire Com- munity College Foundation Board has made these awards in recognition of GED and Career Pathways Awareness Week," stated Rebecca Scott, Adult Ed Foundation Board and to Dom- inion Resources for providing the scholarships. Through their generosity, students are provided much needed assistance, and lives are changes for the better." Scholarship recipient Billy Cline added, "The cost ofju 'enting my textbooks this semester was more than $300. This award wilt help cover that cost, and I really appreciate the help." Donna Stanley, Vice Presi- dent of Institutional Advance- ment at Mountain Empire Com- munity College, added, "We congratulate these students on their success. The MECC Fou2 ndation thanks the funder fol; these scholarships, Dominioll Resources, and our educational partner, Regional Adult Educag tion, for helping these studen prepare to pursue their educag tional goals at MECC." ', Free Adult Education classe[ are now open across the region, and four GED@ Testing Centers are available for those ready to test. For information on classes or testing, call 877.722.3243 or visit the Program website at it. Mulch the planting area with 2 to 4 inches of an organic mulch such as wood chips. Do not mulch up to or against the trunk. Start the in the hole, position the tree, mulch 6 inches away from calling 1-800-733-2622 or by this free service. To sign up Program Manager. "We are then remove twine and nails,the tree trunk, doing a Zip Code search on call Wilma at 276-328-7114 Remove or foldback burlap Trees should be pruned, and leave your name and i[[ - ':= ,,, phone number. ... 11 AgricultUre Secretary Vilsack to appoint voting Oakes,Yu ormaYa alSOmemberCall Sheriffof his Sto for any schOOl bus Ioaaing [i member to FSA county committees to ensure yournlyStaff' informatiOnname,at 276-328-3756.address,requiredphoneTheis : ' or un!oading children! .i! fair representation number, and a contact person ,; :IT S THE LAWI [ in case of emergency. . .................. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that he will appoint voting members from socially disadvantaged (SDA) communities to serve on county committees in county jurisdict- ions that lack fair SDA repre- sentation under the authority granted in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), Appointments will be made beginning next week. The final rule that will be published in the March 4, 2013, Federal Register afftrrns , the interim rule from.June 4, 2012. "For decades, county com- mittees have played a critical role in delivering important fed- eral farm programs to citizens of rural communities across our nation," said Vilsack. "By stren- gthening county committees so that they fully represent the ethnic, racial and gender seg- ments within the counties they serve, we are helping to ensure that these governing bodies play a vital and relevant role well into the future." Secretary Vilsack;will use _.. the authority granted in the 2002 Farm Bill to appoint SDA committee members with voting privileges. The appointed SDA committee members do not re- place voting members who were elected but will supplement the existing election process. Cur- rently there are 7,700 elected county committee members re- presenting 2,244 county juris- dictions. Individuals who serve as non-voting minority advisors were encouraged to submit a nomination form indicating their willingness to serve. Nomination forms also have been accepted from community-based organi- zations representing SDA pro- ducers. The Secretary will ap- point SDA voting members from the nominations received. FSA will continue outreach efforts to increase SDA voter participation 9nd SDA represent- ation on county committees through the regular election process. Additionally, each year, USDA will conduct a fresh statistical analysis, and appoint- ments with voting authority will continue to occur in areas identified as under-representing the diversity of area producers. County committees were formed in the 1930s to oversee federal farm programs, a tool for grassroots engagement whereby locally elected committees give farmers effective self-govern- ment authority. That authority continues today, making farmers primary stewards of farm pro- -grams passed by Congress, in- cluding administration and out- reach to all farmers and ranchers in their area. The Obama Administration, with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack's leadership has worked tirelessly'to strengthen rural Am- erica, maintain a strong farm safety net, and create opport- unities for America's farmers and ranchers. U.S. agriculture is currently experiencing one of its most productive periods in American history thanks to the productivity, resiliency, and resourcefulness of our pro- ducers. 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