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Lasting trees

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaI guess everyone has a favorite Christmas memory. The hikethrough the woods to get a tree was mine.We lived on a farm in north Georgia in Jackson County. Ournearest neighbors were about a half-mile away on an adjoiningfarm. I could look in any direction and see nothing but fieldsand trees. And if I got in just the right spot I could look northand see the mountains.It was a perfect place to grow up.My dad had planted about an acre of eastern red cedars on a hillon the north side of our farm. Each Christmas, my mom and dad, mytwo sisters and I and whatever old dogs we had at the time madethe long hike through the woods and across a couple of creeks towhere the red cedars grew.Thrill of the huntJust getting there was fun. Our old dogs, always sniffing theground and chasing something, scouted our route in front of us.If they ever started barking, I just had to go see what they’dfound. Most of the time, what they found was of interest just tothem.Eventually we’d arrive at the hillside, which overlooked a small,rocky stream lined with native rhododendrons and mountain laurel,and we all split up to find the perfect tree. There was hardlyever a perfect tree. But it really didn’t matter. Just gettingthere was what was fun.Once we could all agree on the tree to cut, Dad would take asmall hatchet, which I still have, and cut down the tree.Now, getting to the hillside where the trees were planted wasfun. But getting the tree back through the woods and across thecreeks was not fun.Drudging trudgingI always got stuck carrying the cut end of the tree, which wasterribly sticky with sap. Needles, little pieces of bark, dirtand all kinds of things stuck to my hands. It was also the heavyend.And I could no longer run and see what the dogs were after.Once we got home, Dad would saw the bottom of the tree offstraight and stand the tree in a bucket of water outside until webrought it into the house.Our tree stand was the bucket. And it was always my job to keepthe cut end of the tree in water in the bucket. It was many yearsbefore we had a real, honest-to-goodness tree stand.The fresh-tree trickDad knew back then — and it’s still important today — to keepthe Christmas tree as fresh as possible. The way to do that is toalways make a fresh cut on the bottom of the tree trunk justbefore you place it in the tree stand and then never let it runout of water.If the tree stand runs out of water, the trunk bottom will beginto seal. Then the tree will take up less water or stop taking upwater at all.If the tree isn’t taking up water, it will dry out. And a drytree is a fire hazard. If something ignites it, it can be a hugetorch within seconds.A well-cared-for Christmas tree should last the entire holidayseason. And with it should come lasting memories of loved onesand family.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Speaker decides against capital gains tax increase

first_imgSpeaker decides against capital gains tax increaseDemocratic House speaker Gaye Symington disapproved any steps towards changing the current exemption from taxation that Vermont allows on the first 40 percent of taxpayers capital gains. Symington explained her decision was due to the growing uncertainty in the financial world, and asked the House Ways and Means Committee to find an extra $3 million to $5 million in state revenues without enforcing a new tax fee.Symingtons decision ended the legislative session on three proposals for using the $21.4 million that was generated by eliminating the 40 percent exemption in new state revenues, which included her own initial plan. Her suggestion involved dividing the revenue three ways: $4.2 for targeted property tax relief, $8 million for the town highway and bridge program and $7 million to repay part of the $55 million owed by the state for school construction projects.The debate over the capital gains exemption started this past January when Governor Douglas suggested eliminating it and using the new revenue to offset reductions in income tax rates for middle and upper class residents. In a released statement the governor said, Vermont is one of only a few states where a working person making $50,000 a year pays nearly 50% more tax than someone who does not work and collects investment or trust fund capital gains income in the same amount. It is wrong for our tax system to have higher rates for working Vermonters.Douglas also explained that his commonsense reforms would permanently lower the income tax burden on more than 70,000 middle income taxpayers and save the average household up to $500 per year.”The governor’s capital gains proposal was purely a tax fairness proposal,” said Tax Commissioner Tom Pelham.The administration fully supported Symington’s decision to abandon her original plan to spend the money, even though it meant the governor’s plan died, too-a decision that would increase income taxes by more than $21 million.The controversy over the exemption wasnt solely based on how the money should be used. Lawmakers from both parties were anxious over the impact of eliminating the exemption.Rep. Rick Hube, Republica-South Londonderry explained that a small number of people pay a significant percentage of the income taxes the state collects. “The last thing we can do is jeopardize those individuals staying in Vermont.”Senator Hinda Miller, Democrat-Chittenden, explains that if the exemption is eliminated “it is going to cut down the equity capital coming into this state for entrepreneurial startups. These entrepreneurial startups are our hope for job creation.”Any House proposal eliminating the capital gains exemption faced a possible opposition in the Senate, despite the wish of the Senate Transportation Committee to use the money to address the shortfall for this years road and bridge budget. House Ways and Means Chairman Michael Obuchowski, Democrat-Rockingham, said it was important to maintain and save this potential revenue source in case of a deficit next year.”We’ve seen numbers for fiscal 2010 that project as high as an $80 million deficit,” Obuchowski said. Obuchowski said the committee would begin its search immediately for the extra revenues Symington requested.One source might be a change in a calculation of capital gains that allows some filers to show negative income. That change could generate $1.5 million to $1.9 million.House Republican leaders would prefer that the Legislature write a budget without finding extra revenue.last_img read more

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Vermont’s Jasper Hill wins ‘Tastie’ cheese award

first_imgThe October issue of Cooking Light (www.CookingLight.com(link is external)) features the brand’s first-ever Taste Test Awards ‘ “The Tasties.” The editors tested 200 food products and came up with the best-tasting winners in 32 categories. Twenty-six of the categories feature grocery store products while six showcase artisanal standouts. The issue hits newsstands September 17th. Vermont’s Cellars at Jasper Hill Cabot Clothbound Cheddar won in the artisanal cheese category.To qualify in the grocery categories, foods had to be available in major markets nationwide. Cooking Light vetted products against nutrition standards, eliminating those that contained artificial trans fats, too much salt, or artificial sugars. The panel of editors tasted finalists “blind:” the tasters did not know which brands they were sampling. Not all products are low fat. Some higher fat items are on the list because of their superior quality and taste. Used moderately, these products have a place in a healthy lifestyle. In each category, one Grand Prize Winner (GPW) is selected as well as one or more Taste Test Award Winners (TTA).”Our staff spent most of the last year tasting American grocery and artisanal foods for our awards,” says Editor Scott Mowbray. “We ate our way through bread, cereal, and hummus to find products that we felt deserved recognition. We added the artisanal categories because there is so much exciting action in the world of handmade food right now.”The 2010 Taste Test Award Grocery Winners:BEANS, Cannellini:GPW: ProgressoTTA: GoyaBUTTER, Salted Gourmet:GPW: Organic ValleyTTA: LurpakTTA: ChimayBREAD, 100% Whole Wheat:GPW: Rudi’s Organic BakeryTTA: Whole Foods OrganicBUTTER, Unsalted Everyday:GPW: Target Market PantryTTA: BordenTTA: Whole Foods 365 OrganicTTA: Wal-Mart Great ValueCEREAL, Raisin Bran:GPW: Kellogg’s Raisin BranTTA: Fiber One Raisin Bran ClustersGRANOLA, Oat and Honey:GPW: Cascadian Farms OrganicTTA: Whole Foods 365 OrganicTTA: Quaker NaturalHUMMUS:GPW: Tribe ClassicTTA: Athenos OriginalICE CREAM, Light Vanilla:GPW: Turkey Hill Vanilla BeanTTA: Edy’s Slow-ChurnedMAYONNAISE, Canola:GPW: Hellmann’sTTA: Whole Foods 365PIZZA, Frozen Margherita:GPW: Tandoor Chef Naan PizzaTTA: Amy’s KitchenPOPCORN, Light Microwave:GPW: Newman’s Own 94% Fat FreeTTA: Smart Balance Light ButterTTA: Act II 94% Fat Free ButterRICE, Long-Grain Brown:GPW: Lundberg Family FarmsTTA: Arrowhead Mills OrganicRICE, Boil-in-Bag Brown:GPW: Uncle Ben’sTTA: SuccessSALSA, Mild Tomato:GPW: Green Mountain GringoTTA: FronteraTTA: OrganicvilleSAUSAGE, Chicken and Apple:GPW: Lou’s FamousTTA: Al Fresco Sweet AppleSPAGHETTI, Whole Wheat:GPW: Gia RussaTTA: RaccontoTTA: Target Archer FarmsSOUP, Reduced-Sodium Chicken Noodle:GPW: ProgressoTTA: Campbell’s Select HarvestSOUR CREAM, Light:GPW: DaisyTTA: Organic ValleyTTA: Target Market PantrySOY MILK, Plain, Light:GPW: Target Archer FarmsTTA: SilkSOY SAUCE, Lower-Sodium:GPW: KikkomanTTA: Target Market PantryTOFU, Firm:GPW: Melissa’s OrganicTTA: Nasoya OrganicTTA: Tree of LifeTOMATOES, Diced, No-Salt-Added:GPW: Del MonteTTA: Whole Foods 365 OrganicTORTILLA CHIPS, 100% Yellow Corn:GPW: Target Archer Farms OrganicTTA: Tostitos NaturalTUNA, Albacore Packed in Water:GPW: Whole Foods 365TTA: Crown Prince NaturalTUNA, Gourmet, Packed in Oil:GPW: Ortiz Bonito del NorteTTA: CentoYOGURT, Plain, Nonfat Greek:GPW: FageTTA: ChobaniTTA: Voskos OrganicThe 2010 Taste Test Award Artisanal Winners:CHEESELeelanau Cheese Company Raclette, MichiganCellars at Jasper Hill Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, VermontBeecher’s 4-Year Aged Flagship Cheddar, WashingtonMeadow Creek Dairy Appalachian Semi-Soft Raw Cow’s Milk, VirginiaSweetwoods Aged Goat Cheese, New MexicoCONDIMENTSLattin Farms Cantaloupe Jam, NevadaSticky Finger Bakeries Orange Curd, WashingtonBreezie Maples Farm Maple Syrup, New YorkFarmer’s Daughter Hyderabadi Tomato Chutney, North CarolinaHay River Pumpkin Seed Oil, WisconsinLa Nogalera Walnut Oil, CaliforniaMEATTurner Ham House Country Ham, VirginiaTall Grass Buffalo Jerky, South DakotaPork on a Fork Cottage Shoulder Cut Bacon, ArizonaBoccalone Nduja, CaliforniaSalumeria Biellese Wild Boar Sopressata, New YorkSPIRITS AND BEERSCorsair Artisan Gin, TennesseeBlue Corn Brewery Transcendental Tripel, New MexicoStranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, ColoradoDeath’s Door Gin, WisconsinSWEETSSalem Baking Co’s Ginger Spice Moravian Cookies, North CarolinaEffie’s Homemade Corncakes, MassachusettsSweet Margy Tofikomin, IllinoisAlma Chocolate Icons, OregonChocolat Handmade Chocolates, UtahTHE BEST OF THE RESTBrooklyn Brine Co. Fennel Beets, New YorkMcClure’s Spicy Bloody Mary Mix, MichiganFreddy Guys Dry Roasted Hazelnuts, OregonEarly Bird Aloha Recipe Granola, New YorkChimay Red Chile Powder, New MexicoJeni’s Cherry Lambic Sorbet, OhioThe Bamboo Ladies Bamboo Pickles, North CarolinaBelle Chevre Belle and The Bees Breakfast Cheese, AlabamaCajun Grain Brown Jasmine Rice, LouisianaMassa Organics Crunchy Almond Butter, CaliforniaAbout Cooking LightCooking Light is the nation’s number one epicurean brand with the largest audience, most epicurean editorial and the most recipes. Founded in 1987, Cooking Light makes healthy food taste great. Each month, nearly 12 million readers turn to Cooking Light and cookinglight.com for innovative recipes; nutrition advice and food and fitness tips. Cooking Light is published by a subsidiary of Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Progress Corporation.SOURCE Cooking Light. NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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Hicksville Crash Leaves Bicyclist Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 43-year-old woman was killed and her father was injured when they were struck by an SUV, which then hit a house and car, while the pair was bicycling in the victim’s hometown of Hicksville.Nassau County police said Cari Widmyer and her 72-year-old father were riding bicycles northbound on the side of New South Road when they were hit by a southbound Ford Explorer, which then struck a northbound Nissan Altima and a house at 2:40 pm Wednesday.Widmyer was pronounced dead at the scene. Her father was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for a knee injury and released.The driver and passenger in the SUV were treated for contusions. The other driver was not injured. The house incurred extensive damage.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the SUV and are continuing the investigation but the SUV driver was not charged.last_img read more

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Houssem Aouar refuses to address future as Arsenal prepare new offer for Lyon midfielder

first_imgHoussem Aouar refuses to address future as Arsenal prepare new offer for Lyon midfielder Advertisement Comment Houssem Aouar refused to discuss a potential move to Arsenal after Lyon’s draw on Sunday (Canal Plus)Houssem Aouar has refused to address his future at Lyon as Arsenal prepare a new bid for the midfielder.Lyon have already rejected a £35 million offer from Arsenal for the 22-year-old and the French club are understood to be holding out for a fee closer to £55m.Aouar is reportedly Mikel Arteta’s priority target with the Arsenal manager keen to strengthen his midfield before the transfer window closes on October 5.Aouar is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League, while reports in France have claimed this week that the Gunners have already agreed personal terms with the midfielder.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, speaking after Lyon’s 1-1 draw with Lorient on Sunday, Aouar agreed to a post-match interview on the condition that he was not asked about his future.But when asked if the transfer rumours are disturbing the team Aouar, who had just made his 100th league appearance for Lyon, told Canal Plus: ‘No, not at all, it does not disturb anything.‘It’s on the pitch where we have to improve these things. You have to stop hiding behind that.’ Advertisement Houssem Aouar made his 100th league appearance as Lyon were held to a draw by Lorient (AFP via Getty)The draw against Lorient has left Lyon with just six points from their opening five Ligue 1 games.And Aouar admits he has been frustrated by the start his side have made to the new season.‘We had the ambition to get the three points,’ said the midfielder.‘We came across a very compact block. As very often, it is difficult to find the loophole against this kind of team. ‘This is what must be worked on and changed as quickly as possible. The start of the season is not up to what Lyon should do. Six points in five games is not enough.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMeanwhile, Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has said this weekend that Arsenal are not close to signing Aouar following their latest offer.‘Arsenal are too far away from Houssem’s value,’ Aulas said.‘We are counting on him to put in a great display away to Lorient and lead Olympique Lyonnais into the Champions League next year.’Arsenal also offered Matteo Guendouzi in their bid for Aouar earlier this summer but Lyon are not interested in signing the midfielder.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Sep 2020 6:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.3kShareslast_img read more

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Twisters Get Win Over Pacers On The Diamond

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters beat The Switzerland County Pacers 5-3 in Baseball action.SC 001 110 0 3 6 6OA 002 201 x 5 6 1OA Hitting:  Nick Bischoff 1-2, 2 runs, double, hbp, sb; Corey Schuman 0-3, sac fly rbi; Josh Kinker 2-4, rbi; Aaron Huber run; Drew Kloepfer 0-3, run, bb, reached by error twice; Matty Hurm 1-3, rbi; Tanner Alley 1-3, rbi; Tyler Hesselbrock 1-2, bb; and Bryce Ahaus 0-2, run, bb, sb.OA Pitching:  Josh Kinker 7 IP, 3 earned runs, 6 hits, 5 k, 2 bb WinOA Varsity record: 6-3Next game: April 28th vs. Rising Sun.Submitted by OA Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img

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Dyar Miller

first_imgDyar Miller is now the Houston Astros pitching coordinator.  Dyar was born in Batesville in the mid 40’s and grew up in the New Point area.  He played with several national league teams during his 9-year major league career.Dyar’s main responsibility with the Houston organization is the development of young pitchers in their minor league system.  This is his second year in this position after spending several years doing the same task in the St. Louis Cardinal system.  He has a total of 29 years as a pitching instructor of some variety.When this year is completed, it will mark his 47th year in baseball.  Besides his 9-year major league career, he also spent 8 years in the minor leagues.  Dyar started as a catcher, and after trouble hitting, he switched to pitching.  This is what got him to the major leagues.last_img read more

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Wrestling State Finals Friday Night Results

first_imgThe Indiana High School Wrestling State Finals got underway Friday Night (2-20) at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.Two area wrestlers representing The WRBI Area gad their opening round matches.In the 106 # Weight Division, Cainen Schaefer of South Dearborn lost his match against Tanner DeMien of Northwood by a pin fall at 5:15 to wrap up the season at 45-3.In the 182 # Weight Class, Mason Paris of Lawrenceburg won his first match with an 18-5 decision over Jake Kleimola of Lake Central.  Mason advances on to The State Quarterfinals on Saturday (2-21)  against Kyle Shaffer of South Putnam.  Mason remains unbeaten this season at 52-0.Congrats to Cainen Schaefer on his outstanding season and Mason Paris on his awesone season and continued good lucklast_img

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Myhill braced for Foster return

first_img When that time does come, Myhill, although happy with the form he has been showing, knows there is every chance he might be dropped, with Foster going straight back into the side. Speaking ahead of West Brom’s Monday night league clash at home against midlands rivals Aston Villa – the club at which the 31-year-old began his career – Myhill said: “Ben has proved himself to be a top keeper all the time he’s been here and I have no illusions – I’ll be up against it. “Your best is always good enough as a player, and if the manager chooses Ben that’s his decision. I just want to do as well as I can while he’s not fit.” Asked if he felt capable of keeping a fit Foster out, Wales international Myhill said: “You’d have to ask the manager that, I don’t pick the team. “I’d like to play in the team, I’m trying my best at the minute and I think everybody’s happy with the way I’m playing. “The manager is paid to pick the team. He’s doing a good job of it and we’ll just keep fighting to get in the team all over the pitch.” Clarke has given little away on the matter, describing Myhill as a “joint number one”. Clarke said: “It’s been great for me, great for the club and great for Boaz because he’s waited a long time to get in the team. Boaz Myhill has emphasised he is under no illusions about the battle he will face for first-team football when his fellow West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster returns to fitness. “The job of number two goalkeeper at any club is a difficult one but he’s proved this season that he’s more than a number two, he’s a joint number one – when he’s had to come in and do the job for us he’s been great. “To lose Ben Foster when we lost him at the start of the season could have been very difficult for the club and for the team going forward. “But we knew we had another international goalkeeper who could come in and do the job and the way the team has defended tells you the back four are comfortable with Boaz and he is comfortable with them. “It’s been an almost seamless transition.” Myhill has played in Albion’s last nine Barclays Premier League games after Foster, who has been the club’s established number one, sustained a stress fracture of a bone in his right foot in a 0-0 draw at Everton on August 24. Foster was initially ruled out for 12 weeks, and while he has returned to light training, Baggies boss Steve Clarke on Friday refused to give a timescale in terms of when the England international might be available for first-team selection again. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Zardini leads Tour of Britain

first_imgItaly’s Edoardo Zardini emerged triumphant from the gruelling climb of The Tumble to claim victory in stage three of the Tour of Britain on Tuesday and the overall leader’s yellow jersey. Press Association Dylan Teuns of Belgium (BMC Racing Team) was fourth, while defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was fifth, 14 seconds back. The Briton has now moved from 10 to 24 seconds off the top in the general classification, which sees Zardini 13 seconds clear of second-placed Kwiatkowski. Roche, who has been linked with a move to Team Sky, is third overall, 17 seconds back. As the riders started to approach The Tumble on the outskirts of Abergavenny, a three-man breakaway of Britons Michael Cuming (Rapha Condor) and Tom Stewart (Madison Genesis) and Italian Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff Saxo) struck out. Boaro then went it alone, with the other two being swallowed by the peloton, but he was subsequently swept up himself as the bottom of the climb got near. New Zealander Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) instigated an early attack on the summit, but he could not sustain his momentum and it was Roche and Zardini who then put a gap between them and the rest before the latter finally crossed the line to seal the win in four hours, 35 minutes and two seconds. There are five days of the race to go, with Wednesday’s 184.6km stage taking the riders from Worcester to Bristol. center_img Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) had moved ahead of Zardini (Bardiani-CSF) as the pair battled at the front on the summit finish, but the Irishman was subsequently overtaken by his rival, who exhibited perfect timing as he broke clear to win by nine seconds. Roche eventually came in third, 11 seconds back, with Pole Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) taking second place. last_img read more

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