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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, April 4, 2013 Dominion Virginia Power announces $1.3 million in education grants -Program awards up to $50,000 each for exceptional higher education projects; up to $10,000 each for K-12 projects -Grades K-12 grants focus on energy, environment; higher education grants support developing workforce knowledge, sk{lls -Online applications due by May 1 School teachers and college faculty members in Virginia, including the Dominion Virginia Power service area, are eligible for,S1.3 million in educational support grants to help their stu- dents under a program sponsor- ed by the company's charitable foundation. "Technological advances in the fields of energy and pro- tection of the environment.are vital to the future of our youth," said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer. ,'These, grants will support teaching and training for the next generation." The Dominion Foundation is accepting applications for grants for programs that help students in grades kindergarten through college and post-secondary training schools. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Dom- inion Resources (NYSE:D), of which Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary. Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership grants are available in awards of up to $10,000 each. These awards help students Connecti by Karen Gent strengthen their mathematics and partnership.jsp science skills by studying energy Applications must be sub- and the environment. The mired online by May 1 for new "\ majority of the grants will range projects for the 2013-2014 from $1,000 to $5,000, with a school year. Information, the few grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for exceptional pro- jects. The program also offers mini-grants up to $1,000 for pro- jects that enhance the teaching of mathematics or science. Information is available online at application form and a listing of eligible locations are available on Dominion's website at, search: grants. Educators in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia are encouraged to check their eligibility. Dominion is one of the na-" tion's largest producers and tran- sporters of energy, with a port- folio of approximately 27,500 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmis- sion, gathering and storage pipe- line and 6,300 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's lar- gest natural gas storage system with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at ation/ rants/index.j sp. Dominion Higher Educa- tional Partnership grants are for programs in business, skilled craft, engineering, environ- mental and technical studies and for student-led conservation pro- grams in colleges, community colleges and post-secondary training schools Grants up to $50,000 each will be awarded for exceptional programs, based in part on having immediate benefits for students, the campus and the community. Information is available online at r ation/grants/higher-educational- Proper tree planting for Earth Day Don't Bury Me: A hole dug too deep is a sure way to kill a tree Earth Day and Arbor Day are coming soon - in April. Celebrate the wondrous benefits of trees and make a wise in- vestment by planting a shade tree in your yard! But before you plant, take some advice from the experts to help your new tree live a long time. "'. "Too often, consumers.waste hundreds of dollars on trebs 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 ball too deep,', she from the upper third of the root ball. 3. Container-Grown trees have the advantage of a root sys- tem that is relatively undisturbed at planting, but beware of "pot- bound" container trees. Do not buy container trees that have a large amount of roots completely 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 root spread. after planting to remove only broken, damaged, disease or dead branches. Stake and/or protect the trunk of the tree if there is a real potential for wind dam- age or lawn mower injury. Remove the guy wires (string, rope, wire or other used with supports) when the staking is no longer needed or the tree could be injured or even killed from girdling by the wire. One to three years after planting, prune to develop a good branch structure once the tree has become estab- lished in its new home. Never remove more than 25 percent of total foliage in one year. (Depending on the tree and its condition, some ar- borists advocate capping pruning at evena 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 Dig the hole just deep -with you to determine the best says. Homeowners can purchase trees 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 :overed by a moist packing me- 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. dium. Roots must be adequately Set the tree on undis- trees to plant. Contact the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), a public and profess- ional resource on trees and arboriculture since 1938. It has more than 2,000 member com- panies who recognize stringent safety and performance stand- ards and who are required to carry liability insurance. TCIA has the nation's only Accre- ditation program that helps con- sumers find tree care companies that have been inspected and accredited based on: adherence 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 turbed solid ground in the center of the hole. The tree 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 proper equipment should be the planting hole, using to industry standards for quality hired to plant large trees, water to pack or settle the and safety; maintenance of Smaller B & B trees should be soil around the root ball. Do trained, professional staff, and carried with a hand under the not tamp soil by stepping on dedication to ethics and quality ball. Carrying a B & B tree by it. in business practices. An easy the stem or branches can result Mulch the planting area way to find a tree care service in serous root damage. When with 2 to 4 inches of an provider in your area is to use planting, carefully remove the organic mulch such as wood the "Locate Your Local TCIA On March 2, 2013, the Pluggedln VA Software Quality Assurance cohort spent a cup tural day in Abingdon, Virginia. As part of the students' training in business etiquette, this field trip provided an opportunity for the students to practice many of their newly acquired profess- ional skills. It also gave them an occasion for which to wear their business attire, which had re- cently been purchased with a clothing allowance provided by the program. The day's events began with a visit to Heartwood, a facility that showcases Southwest Vir- ginia's traditional music, original crafts, and regional cuisine. After enjoying lunch at Heartwood, the students were ready to embark on the next phase of their adventure. Following the departure from Heartwood, the group / Catherine Bush, which was adopted from the flovel by North Carolina author Clyde Edgerton. The students will continue their cultural experi ence with the reading of this novel and the writing of a comparison essay. After the play, the students were treated to a delectable dinner at Rain. In preparation for the event, the students had studied table manners and table settings. During dinner, the students practiced the skills of making introductions, being good conversationalists, and using proper table manners. The day was filled with lots of smiles, laughter, and appre- ciation. These students were able to let their professional skills shine with confidence and ease as a result of the training they have received in Pluggedln VA. Doris Ho vell, one Pluggedln VA student, says of the outing, "It was what I call a delightful day. I don't have too many stress-free days, and I totally enjoyed by class's visit to Heartwood and the Barter Theatre. It was a unique exPerience for me; I hadn't been to a play since childhood. The play 'Walking Across Egypt' was absolutely amazing, and I plan to attend more plays in the future." PluggedIn VA Software Quality Assurance began October 1, 2012 and will run through May 7, 2013. The culminating event for the program will be a capstone project presentation on May 7. For more information about PluggedIn VA programs in the region, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 866-581-9935. top layer of soil down to the first chips. Do not mulch up to or Member Companies" program. structural root. 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