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www.LovellChronicle com November 25, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 00People in the news Get Growing with Gary Emmett Color your holidays with plants It is that time of year that we start thinking about decorating our homes with the colors and plants of the season. Whether you have purchased the plants yourself, your spouse sur- prised you with a colorful plant, or you received it as a gift from students or neigh- bors, what do you do with it to keep it alive throughout the holiday season? Let me talk you through some of the basic care for some of the common color- ful holiday plants. Poinsettias can be pur- chased almost anywhere during the holiday season. In fact, the Lovell High School Swing Choir even did a fundraiser with poin- settias this year. The poin- settia, due to the nature that it is a tender plant, needs to be protected when transported. Temperatures under 40 degrees (F) can damage the leaves of the plant, and the damage from short exposures to cold, say from the store to the car, can show up within hours. One mistake I often see is when the poinset- tia is bought in one store and left in the car while the shopping is finished in other stores. Be careful with exposure to cold tem- Byron news peratures so that you will be able to enjoy your poin- settia throughout the sea- son and possibly through- out the year. Always ask for a second bag to cover and protect the plant when tak- ing the poinsettia from the store to your car and from your car to your house. Christmas cactus, with their brilliant red, pink, yellow and orange blos- soms can bloom a couple of times of year, but usu- ally around Christmas and Easter is when we see them most often. With it being from the succulent family of plants, it can often go without water for periods of time, longer than most plants. However, once the buds have set and while it is in its bloom cycle, you don't want the soil to dry out. If the soil does dry out, the blooms will be the first to be affected and the plant will abort its flower- ing cycle. Be careful and mindful during this time but any other time of year it can tolerate abuse and neglect. Amaryllis and paper whites are often found in gift boxes ready to give as gifts. However, don't let the bulbs go unplanted until after the holidays. I would suggest that you plant them once you re- ceive them. These bulbs can be planted easily and will offer a simple yet beau- tiful gift. Once these bulbs have rooted in the potting soil provided, you will be able to see the plant leaves grow before your eyes. Pa- per whites should bloom within about four weeks, while Amaryllis might take up to eight weeks, but the wait is worth it. Amaryllis blooms are one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring flowers I have seen. Amaryl- lis bulbs can also be saved for a gift that can keep on giving over the years. No matter what kind of flowers or plants you re- ceive this holiday season, one of the most important things to remember is wa- ter. Water is important but can also be deadly to bulbs and potted plants. The decorative foil wraps that cover the plastic pots will hold water around the roots causing rot, and thus death to your plant. Poinsettias are very susceptible to root rot. Be careful when watering. If you want to keep the deco- rative foil around the pot, cut a slit in the bottom of the foil, placing the potted plant into a water saucer to allow the excess water to drain off. You do want the soil to stay moist to the touch but not soggy wet. Most holiday plants do not need to be fertilized while they are blooming. Don't worry about that. Excess fertilizer can cause burning to the flowers mak- ing them ugly and you don't want that. Room temperatures can be tricky also. Not too hot and definitely not too cold. Keep house plants and es- pecially your poinsettia away from cold, drafty win- dows or end tables that are by the outside doors. Keep your plants away from the direct air flow of ceiling fans and heat vents. Lighting is also very important. Poinsettias and other flowering plants prefer to have bright lights to help keep them bloom- ing and growing. Often we place the flowers on the dining room table, and turn the lights off until we are eating dinner. Place your plants where they can get the brightest natural light during the day. By following these sim- ple steps, your holidays can be filled with an array of living color. Rare blue moon over Byron RACHEL GEORGE 548-7170 With the advent of snow last week it's inter- esting to see the small acts of kindness demonstrated as members of ourcomnu - :rLity help each other out. :You may have noticed that the snow was cleared from many of the walks on Main Street. This is thanks to Charlie Loman, who does the job without being asked and without compensation. He is just one illustration of the many people in this community who go about quietly serving others. Jack and Sydney Hes- senthaler are enjoying a visit from their daugh- ter, Christy Ellis, and her family, who are here for the Thanksgiving holiday. Christy and her children lived with the Hessenthal- ers for a time when her hus- band Tony, was deployed to Iraq a few years ago. It's al- ways good to have them re- turn to Byron for a visit. Many of you may not be aware of an informal book club in town that meets regularly on the first Mon- day of every month. Mem- bers meet together at vari- ous homes, and rather than read one specific book, they discuss what different ma- terials they've read recent- ly. If you are interested in more information you can contact Hazel Doerr. The Rocky Mountain Elementary hosted a lunch this week for area senior citizens. A number of peo- ple from Byron attended. The fifth-grade class greet- ed them at the door and escorted them to the gym where they were treated to singing by all of the stu- dents. Following the mu- sic the fifth-graders served them a traditional Thanks- giving lunch. The Byron Rec had a pumpkin pie social on Sat- urday. Several kids had a great time eating pie and playing games together. The former Hallman home, now owned by Cur- tis and Jennifer Abraham, has new renters. Jacob Hooper and Thomas Prath- er are living in Byron while they work in the oil fields. Both young men most re- cently came from Mary- land. We welcome them to Byron, and hope they enjoy small-town life. We have had quite a few new people move here in the last several months. I hope this column will be a way of helping us become bet- ter acquainted with these families. Dean Bjornestad from Olympia, Wash., is visiting with his parents, Orville and Pat Bjornestad. Pat is still in the care center in Powell recovering from a broken leg. Dean reports that his mother just had her cast removed, but still has a long recovery ahead. Sunday evening we had an uncommon blue moon over Byron. Although a thin cloud cover obscured the moon itself, its light still reflected off the snow and lit up the night. A blue moon can refer to the third full moon in a season with four full moons or the sec- ond full moon of a calen- dar month. The blue moon we had on Nov. 21 was the third full moon of this fall season. concert kicks Off the holiday concert s The annual Trombone Christmas concert will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the Hinckley Library on the North- west College campus at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 2, in Greybull at the Greybull High School auditorium, also at 7:30 p.m. Selections of the Christmas season will be pre- sented. Traditional Christmas music will be performed, along with other selections. Featured selections will include "Jingle Bells," "Almand," "Adeste Fideles," "Salvation is Created" and "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer." Other seasonal selections will be included in the performance. An annual event, Trombone Christmas features the combined Northwest College Trombones and the Big Horn Trombone Ensemble, assisted by several high school stu- dents from the area. Groups are under the direction of Rick Parmer, low brass instructor at Northwest College. The magical sounds of trombones have become an an- nual event in the Powell area and introduces the Christ- mas season. Don't pass up the opportunity to hear the sounds of unaccompanied trombones celebrating the mu- sic of the season. Performers include: Jack Nauman of Basin, Mike Masterson of Powell, Hayden Woods of Manhattan, Mont., Mike Conner of Greybull, Ethan Gunther of Cody, Wade French of Cody, Christian Allthin of Cody, Jim Andrus of Cody, John Henderson of Greybull, Willy Parmer of Lovell, Ron Hunt of Powell, Nicole Emmett of Lovell and Bob Wellwood of Cody. From our files Give seat [00elts a try 75 YEARS AGO NOVEMBER 28, 1935 The Lovell Chronicle: The Bulldog's Tale Do you know that a cer- tain boy in our school is so anxious to obtain an educa- tion that he walks 12 miles every morning to get to school? He gets up at 3:00 o'clock every morning and begins his journey at 3:30 in order to get here by 8:00 o'clock. Bus facilities are not available to him, yet his desire for an education is so bar-b-q grill as daughter Penny waits to warm the pie and son Kim just waits to sample the results. The staff of the Lovell Chroni- cle wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving. 25 YEARS AGO NOVEMBER 27, 1985 The Lovell Chronicle This week is the "All- American Buckle-Up," a seat belt awareness cam- paign sponsored by the Wyoming Highway De- great that walking 24 miles partment and the Nation- a day is not too high a price al Highway Safety Admin- for him to pay. 50 YEARS AGO NOVEMBER 24, 1960 The Lovell Chronicle (Photo) Not quite like the pilgrims did it, but the results are about the same as we come to the Thanksgiving season. Re- tha Hubbs gets ready to put the symbol of Thanks- giving, the turkey, into her istration. Throughout the week, everyone in Wyo- ming is being encouraged to give seat belts a try. The campaign coincides with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend which tradition- ally is a busy time for high- way travel. The hope is that some of those who start wearing seat belts during the week will continue to do so in the future. 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