Open house this week for Carolina Thread Trail

Organizers of the Carolina Thread Trail want to hear from you. They invite you to  join them at a public Open House meeting at the Matthews Community Center (100 East McDowell Street in Matthews) from 5-7 pm so you can share your feedback and learn more about The Thread. The Thread Trail initiative is an effort to encourage 15 counties in the south-central Piedmont of North Carolina and  north-central South Carolina to create a large, interconnected trail and greenway system. 

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Myrick votes ‘no’ on energy bill

US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) released the following statement after voting against HR 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act:

“This bill was more than 1,100 pages of taxes on the American people.  Why would I vote for a bill that’s going to increase utility costs for families, increase operating costs for businesses, and undoubtedly cause jobs to go overseas?  Even in perfect economic conditions, that wouldn’t make any sense.”

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Tips for winter planting from the NC Cooperative Extension Service

In Mecklenburg County, the Cooperative Extension Service is part of Park and Recreation and offers the following tips for gardeners in January:[singlepic=520,320,240,,right]
• Fertilize broad-leaved evergreens in the winter or spring. Fertilizing in the late summer induces late-season growth that is susceptible to winter injury.
• Winter is the time to apply dormant oil sprays to kill overwintering mites, aphids, and scale on deciduous trees and shrubs. Spray oils when temperatures are above 40 F, but not within 24 hours of a freeze. Because the oil kills insects by suffocation, avoid spraying on windy days to ensure that all surfaces of the plant are covered.
• Some plants that should be pruned in later winter or early spring are hydrangea, butterfly bush, Rose-of-Sharon, hibiscus and other summer-flowering shrubs that flower on new growth.

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Movie tonight at HAWK meeting

Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, hosts tonight a local premier of the short film, “The Story of Stuff.”
“From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at[singlepic=385,320,240,,right] home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.” Continue reading

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Much needed rainfall in forecast for western NC

Meteorologists are presently forecasting some much needed rainfall for the western part of the state over the next several days.  Presently the western part of the state is experiencing drier conditions than Mecklenburg County.

The Catawba River, which contributes greatly to the water supply in our county originates in the Appalachian Mountains.  Less than adequate rainfall and snow runoff in the mountains can lead to reduced water supplies in the communities that the river passes through.

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A green Christmas tree

[singlepic=339,320,240,,center]Want to save money and help the environment at the same time? Peggy DeMaree has an answer. She grew her own Christmas tree from a seedling and keeps it in a pot. Some pruning helps keep the tree a manageable size and each Christmas she brings it inside and decorates it.

“Good soil, fertilizer, and pruning along with faithful watering will produce a strong tree, lasting forever,” she said.

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