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TWELVE--Wednesday, March 3, 1999--THE SENTINEL Weather limits how much [ Wrap-up of local clubs & organiza gardening can be done It is hard to write about garden- ing when the weather limits gar- den activities to brief encounters between showers and gales. The gardens have been cleaned up from the heavy winds of early Febru- Year Round Gardening By Mike Kelly ary, at least the larger fir limbs have been removed. What hap- pened to the week or so of nice weather, we usually get this time of year? The hydrangeas and the fuschias have been pruned, dead plants removed. Several rhodo- dendrons and azaleas, plus lots of winter bulbs are blooming, so there are some signs that winter may not last into summer this year. Still waiting to get out of their pots and into the ground are a couple dozen rhododendrons and azaleas purchased at American Feed and Farm, Roadside Rhodo- dendrons and from the rhododen- dron convention plant sale last October. With the new pond en- croaching on part of the kitchen garden, this garden will be redone this spring, replacing three rect- angular raised beds with one long one, and the whole kitchen garden area will be put on T-tape irriga- tion. Eventually the soil will become workable and gardening can com- mence. Perhaps most who garden seriously make changes partially so they can get in new plantings, U wel[u chanp the appearance of the garden itself. Our gladioli bed, for example is going. Lovely for several weeks or more when in bloom, the rest of the year it isn't much. So we'll spot some glads in clumps here and there and try something else that will be attrac- tive for most of the year. Winter does tend to give us time to really study how our gardens appear, and time to think about what can be done to make improvements. It just doesn't give us much decent weather to do it. Shore Acre's superintendent George Guthrie presented a mar- velous program on container gar- dening at the February meeting of our local rhododendron society. Though emphasizing rhododen- drons in containers, other plants were discussed, in an educational as well as humorous presentation. Among many interesting aspects of container garden that were cov- ered, the part on planting mixes excelled. George uses straight ground bark as a planting me- dium, nothing else. Requiring more frequent fertilization than other mixes, it provides excep- tional drainage and root environ- ment. The use of bark thus avoids the two major problems of con- tainer gardening--overwatering and clumping sodden planting mix. The smaller grade of bark is used, and if you can allow it to set out in the weather for about a year it will break down enough that it won't heat up in the container. Successfully growing in contain- ers is among the greatest chal- lenges in gardening, and next week I'll pass along more of George's expertise. City gets $5,653 The City of Coquille will get $5,653 from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission from taxes from December sales of Wine and malt beverages. Myrtle Point will receive $3,637. Grange hears about bills By LOU GRACE HEYMAN McKinley Grange #582 met Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. for our monthly delicious dinner before our meet- ing. Johann Johnson brought some pamphlets to the lecture and was our guest for dinner. Our meeting was opened and we draped the charter for Jack Jenkins. Roll Call was made. Minutes were read an approved. Treasurer report was given. Motion made and seconded to pay our bills. Dorothy gave a report on her committee. A legislative report was handed to me. Grangers feel all fuel tax and vehicle monies and interest from those monies should be re- stricted solely for county roads, highway uses, and state park use. Other worthwhile projects would then need to be funded from others services. Currently, ODOT funds go to many areas other than state roads and highways including bike trails, beautification projects, and admin- istrative support of LCDC goals in the Transportation Planning pro- cess. Another bill of interest before the legislature is HB 2409. A sum- mary of the bill follows: Allows person holding permit to tempo, rarily posess orphaned, sick or in- jured coyote for purpose of pro- viding humane care, treatment and rehabilitation. Allows coyote to be retained by person or transferred to authorized facility if it is unfit to return to the wild. Required that retained coyote be used for public education purposes to extend fea- sible. Deletes exemption allowing keeping of some coyotes. Please oppose this bill, this, is our taxpayer money going to SUl. port something stupid as this. Coy- otes are a detriment to livestock and pet owners as they kill sheep, calves, cats, etc. They also have adapted to the modem world and need no protection. Another bill that grangers need to watch and support is SB99 which establishes criteria and procedures for identifying secondary lands. Specifies that the Department of Lands Conservation and Develop- ment to initiate inventory of sec- ondary lands. Specifies that the Department must contact with pri- vate party to conduct inventory. Declares emergency, effective pas- sage. Grange policy calls for idenfitication of secondary lands. This will allow the state to protect our prime farmland, by allowing development to shift to secondary lands. Grange is also interested in work to get our salmon and trout problems solved so we will have more fish. Write to support or write against the bills you oppose. Address to Oregon State Grange, 643 Union St. NE, Salem, OR. 97301. The McKinley Grange sale of "Slightly Used or New to You" will be April 10 from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. and April 11 form 1 to 4 p.m. All donations will be appreciated. For pickup call 572-02463 or 572- 3982 or 573-2275. Conference met recently The Coos County Conference recently met at Myrtle Grange. It was well attended with six granges represented. Opening the meeting was Jean Calafiore Beaver, Coos County Chair. The speaker Mrs. Rosella Tooker, State GWA Director, was escorted to the head table by county deputy Joe Snider as the Oregon state song was played by Ellen Endicott. Dora Ford Coos Pomona Chap- lain led the prayer. Introductions were made of all attending. Lou Grace Heyman led the song, "The More We Work Together." County Deputy escorted six new GWA chair to the head table and was installed by Jean Calafiore Beaver. Each chair was presented the 1999 GWA packet. Certifi- cates of appreciation and GWA pins were given to each one. Margaret Southmayd a past chair for 35 years pinned corsages on the new GWA chairs and offic- ers officiating. Jim BeaverMaster of McKinley Grange presented boutonnieres to the brothers. All the granges had a fantastic display of projects they had worked on, quilts, knitting, tatting, wood- work and glass. Each Grange dem- onstrated their craft etc. The Conference ended at noon with lunch hosted by Myrtle Grange GWA. New program is introduced Myrtle Grange #289 met on February 20 at 7 PM with Master Joe Snider presiding and 20 mem- bers in attendance. Officers ab- sent were Overseer Joe Stiennon, Chaplain Millie Cress, Lecturer Verna Day, Executive Commit- tee Joe Cress, and Membership Chair Debbie .Smith. Sitting pro- tern were Linda Markham, Mar- garet Southmayd, and Callie Bow- man. Secretary Leila Rochek read minutes from the last meeting and they were approved. Master Snider reported on the meeting of the Coos County Granges held at the Myrtle Grange on February 15 with quest speaker State Grange Special Deputy Leo Bergeron from Medford. He in- troduced a new plan ian Program tor the existing granges to their local Insurance A Markhamre under dations to increase the i policy to update cost ment items with the ers and will get on what they Helen Kegg on wheels "on John and Francis deliver on the 24 and turns helping to mealsite will be Billie Callie Bowman, and Jean Cromer. Brother Bill Stur attention some of the der consideration of Point City Council. your Council meetings towns to be aware of going on and make heard. Meeting and potluck served. Next meeting March 6 at 7 PM. This short meeting so those at 8 PM may do so. The next GWA held on March 4 at 1 your quilt blocks to show ! We also have to finish for the $2.00 grange ner on the 20th of March. The Myrtle GWA also be having a craft bazaar on April 23. tables for rent for anyone ! to join us with their crafts. Please contact Southmayd at 572-2865' Cromer at 572-4003 fommtioa. .lean Cromer Publicity Chairman St. Catherine's Alzheimer's Center. It's different here. "I know most people dread the thought of Alzheimer's disease, but there's nowhere I'd rather work than St. Catherine's Alzheimer's Center. There's always a little surprise to liven the routine, and I'm showered with love from residents like Doris every single day." -- Pat Michener From the moment she greets you at the door of St. Catherine's lovely Alzheimer's Center, it's obvious Pat Pat Michener, and her friend, Doris. Michener's role as manager of this beautifial new complex is more than a job.., it's her calling. Whether she's dancing around the piano, or caring for someone who's not feeling well, Pat is always there to ease the worry and lighten the hearts of those she serves. And with 25 years of experience in caring for people with memory loss, it's no wonder St. Catherine's Alzheimer's Center is in Pat's capable and loving hands. For a personal tour, or more information about any of our senior services, call us at 756-4151 or toll-free at 1-888- 494-4438.14 share a mission to heal, a promise to care. Alzheimer's Center Medical Center Evergreen Court Independent Living Catered Living Suites CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIV[$ St. Catherine's Ahhe/mer Center 955 Kentucky Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420