by Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
Days are getting shorter and colder, but there is still work to be done in our gardens to get them settled in for winter. Here are just a few things that can to be done in November:
The main thing to get done before winter arrives is tidying up your garden and landscape. You will have less work to do in the spring, and more time to spend planting and doing jobs you enjoy in the garden instead of cleaning! Removing debris, leaves, old plants, decayed fruits and vegetables lessens the chance for diseases, fungus, and insect infestations.
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring."
- Elizabeth Coatsworth
Check out the info on the annual KFB Fruit Orders! You can download the .PDF document below.
We received this from a family member of Greg Meredith, a local successful hunter. Greg has harvested several trophy bucks during his many years of hunting. This particular hunting trip, as told by Greg, didn't result in a trophy buck, but it was anything but uneventful. We're still laughing...Enjoy.
by Greg Meredith
I had an incident this morning that most will find amusing. As I went to my deer stand very early as usual, I approached with caution as always. Deer were in the area and it sounded as if there was a stampede and even smaller animals scurried away in the cover of darkness. I continued to my stand, as I have may times before with the deer usually returning a short time after.
I reached my stand and unknowingly had a raccoon take refuge in the same tree. I proceeded to climb into the stand which is about 24 ft high and nestled in a cluster of three trees with the stand attached to the largest. The other two are about 8 inches in diameter. Because it was raining, I whipped out my treebrella. (Camouflaged umbrella that secures to tree just above your head).
Now this coon had climbed just a little higher than that, so I still don't know he is there. However, a short time after I had everything perfect and just waiting for daylight, I notice the most fowl odor I have ever smelled. For those of you who use coon urine for cover scent, my hat is off to you!
Now it even gets worse-- I notice my tree shaking. I am very concerned at this time because it actually feels like something is climbing up the tree. I am looking down and this coon drops a bomb on me. Coon crap bounced off my treebrella with a splat. I don't know what this coon had been eating but he must have just came from taco bell!
At this point I realize what is going on. (It takes me awhile sometimes). So I pull an arrow from my quiver and decide to poke this coon, which is about 4 feet above my head. I stand up, lean out and reach up and then it happened... Folks I have done some stupid things in my life, but never this ignorant. That coon grabbed the arrow with one hand and bit the arrow into with his teeth. Now all I have left is a carbon shaft, coon urine on my coat, and crap on my treebrella. Oh and the most important thing, A HIGHLY TICKED OFF COON.
He commenced to growling like nothing I had ever heard. He started backing down the tree towards me and I swat him with the shaft I have in my hand. Now ya'll might be able to control your children with such a device, but YOU CAN NOT REASON WITH A COON. He decides to jump on top of my treebrella. Now you know that a treebrella can not support the weight of a coon. So you guessed it! The coon is now in my lap. ALL BODILY FUNCTIONS GO OFF AT ONCE. Houston we have a problem. Not only am I covered with his bodily waste, but I have ruined my brand new hunting pants as well. This must have surprised the coon as much as me. Because he is no longer growling, but is making a chatter of some sort. I realize that with all the scent on me he thinks I am a coon. (I think I even heard banjo music).
Needless to say I vacated the stand to the adjoining tree. He, however, took his sweet time sniffing everything as he descended down the tree. I can only hope he doesn't tell his friends....
To the Residents of Oak Grove/Mohawk Community:
A recent fire in the community has brought attention to the fact that there is a need for a fire hydrant in the community. Currently, the closest hydrant is located at the Chalybeate Fire House. Unfortunately, a trip to the fire department can result in an additional 30 minutes per trip. The fire department attempted to contact the Edmonson County Water District and local Magistrate, Joe Durbin, for assistance--no assistance was available from either. The fire department was represented at Fiscal Court on October 26, 2015 to address this issue. No assistance was available from the court, either. This is the reason the fire department is seeking contributions to buy and install a fire hydrant in the community (location of which will be based on the water district's recommendation, with the fire department's consent).
The total cost is anticipated to be $2,000--this includes the purchase of the hydrant and installation from the water district.
Chalybeate Volunteer Fire Dept. is accepting any donation in order to proceed with this project. All monies received will be deposited in a bank account established for this need. To make a donation, please call the fire chief at 270-597-7350 or you can mail your donation to:
Chalybeate Volunteer Fire Department
Attn: Daniel Johnson, Fire Chief
2200 Mohawk Road
Brownsville, KY 42210
All donations are tax deductible.
Thank you in advance for your generous donation and participation with this fundraiser.
Daniel Johnson, Chalybeate Fire Chief
There will be a benefit for the Phyllis Hardin Memorial Fund to help with funeral expenses.
Check out another Hunt Auction from Realtor/Auctioneer Alan Kepple. Click on the ad below to see all the photos and to find out more about this exciting opportunity!
Contest banks on a brighter financial future
Nearly every parent wants their children to have more wealth than they do. Encouraging your children to enter the Kentucky Saves Piggy Bank Design Contest is one small way to them to start thinking creatively about savings and money.
The contest, sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and its Managing in Tough Times Initiative, is held every fall in anticipation of Kentucky Saves Week. Kentucky Saves Week encourages people to start or increase their personal savings and will be Feb. 22-27, 2016.
Any school-aged student in Kentucky can enter the contest at their county UK Cooperative Extension office. While the contest gives students the opportunity to think creatively, it also allows them to think about ways to build wealth and reduce debt.
Two winners are chosen by each of the state’s seven extension districts based on originality, creativity, artistic design and attractiveness. Winning designs will be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort during February. Winners will receive a certificate. In addition the Edmonson County winner will receive a $25 certificate from Bank of Edmonson County.
Entry forms and more information are available at the Edmonson County office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service, or you can download the form at the end of this article. You may contact us at 270-597-3628. All Edmonson County Piggy Banks are due to the Edmonson County Extension Office by November 20th.
For more information about Kentucky Saves, visit http://www.kentuckysaves.org/.
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.
The Kentucky Career Center and the BRADD’s Youth Program are seeking individuals ages 18 to 24. We will be coming to the Edmonson County Library the 3rd Tuesday of every month beginning in November from 9am to 11am. We encourage anyone between the ages of 18 to 24 to come and meet with a Career Counselor to discuss employment placement opportunities and/or tuition assistance.
WIOA is an equal opportunity employer with equal opportunity programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
JT Vincent, 15, of Chalybeate, was drawn in the July Elk Hunt Draw Lottery by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. He was chosen to hunt a bull elk with a firearm during the second firearm season, which was October 10-16.
On Sunday, October 11th, he shot a 4 x 4 elk at 248 yards with a 7mm Magnum. JT's guide said that in his several years of guiding he has only had one other hunter take an elk at a farther distance. JT was with his dad, hunting on public land in Bell county called "Elk Forest wildlife management area."
JT is a sophomore at ECHS and is the son of Tom and Laura Grace Vincent of Chalybeate.
by Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
Perennials grow fuller and more beautiful with each passing year. Some multiply more rapidly than others and eventually they outgrow their allotted space. They begin to become overcrowded can cause a decline in the plant. This is the reason we need to divide and separate to allow sufficient growth and for the plant to prosper in our gardens.
Perennials should be cut to within a half-inch to an inch of the ground, the bed raked of all debris, and then to cover them with mulch to be protected during the winter. If crowding is visible in your perennials use that old rule-of-thumb: lift and divide. Most gardeners are hesitant to divide because they think “more is better” which is far from the truth. Crowding equates to smaller and smaller plants and flowers. On average it’s best to divide every three years, but for the more rapid growing perennials, it can be done sooner. It is best to be done on a case by case basis when you start noticing a plant's decline. Watch for less blooms and spindly stems.
Some perennials don’t do well when they are divided. These include: Baptisia,Bleeding heart (Dicentra), Butterfly weed (Asclepias), Christmas rose (Helleborus), Gas plant (Dictamnus), Lavender (Lavandula),Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale).
Tall grasses may also be cut back now or, if you wish and want to provide a habitat and food for wildlife, left until spring; just make sure to cut them back in the spring before any new growth has started, otherwise you’ll be cutting off new green growth in the process and no one want square tips on their grasses.
Remember when you are dividing your perennials and replanting them, don’t forget to “pass along” your divisions to friends, or swap them for other plants.
October's the month
When the smallest breeze
Gives us a shower
Of autumn leaves.
Bonfires and pumpkins,
Leaves sailing down --
October is red
And golden and brown.
Below is the official form for Little League Basketball sign ups. You can either print this page or you can download the form in of the formats below.
The family of Tammy Jaggers-Duncan is having a balloon release at Sweeden Church on Sunday, October 11th, at 4 pm.
Tammy passed away on October 12, 2014. The family would like to invite anyone who knew and loved Tammy to join them in remembering her.
The Edmonson County 5/6 Center Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair October 12-16. Muffins with Moms will be Monday, October 12 from 7:30AM until 8:00AM. Donuts with Dads will be Wednesday, October 14 from 7:30AM until 8:00AM. The breakfast events are free, all parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.
Have you heard about the Veteran's Memorial Wall to be erected on the courthouse lawn in Brownsville?
Alford's Pharmacy & Drive-Thru, in conjunction with our patients and EdmonsonVoice.com, wish to honor our veterans by supporting this patriotic tribute.
This memorial wall will be constructed with bricks that are available for purchase to honor all veterans, living or deceased. The cost for each brick is $35.00.
To show our appreciation and support, Alford's Pharmacy & Drive-Thru will pay 1/2 the cost of each brick purchased by any veteran or family of a veteran who are patients of ours. This means a family would pay only $17.50 for each brick.
This is our way of giving back to families that have supported us. Hopefully this will enable more families and veterans to honor loved ones who have served us and our great country!
**Certain restrictions apply, please see Alford's Pharmacy & Drive-Thru Staff for more details.
Local 4th Graders Attend 20th Annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®
Bowling Green, KY – On Thursday, September 24, South Edmonson Elementary 4th graders joined Warren and Allen County 4th graders at the 20th annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®.
The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® is an annual event put on by the KY Partnership for Farm Family Health and Safety, Inc. in partnership with South Central KY AHEC and WKU Institute for Rural Health.
During the day long field trip, students traveled to 9 different safety stations covering topics such as internet safety, sun safety, fire safety, grain bin safety, disability awareness, and ATV safety. The students also watched a tractor rollover demonstration and tried on a firefighter’s uniform. At lunch students watched a special presentation about electrical safety put on by Warren Rural Electric Cooperative (RECC).
Nationwide, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation has educated more than 1.3 million children since it began Agriculture Safety Days® in 1995. The KY Partnership’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® has impacted roughly 6000 local students over the past twenty years.
To learn more about the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program visit http://www.progressiveag.org/.