Lifestyle

Wed
09
Jan

This is a good time to prune trees

By Dan Gill

Get It Growing

Virtually all trees in our landscapes will need to be pruned during their lives — particularly in the first two decades after planting. Sometimes a tree may need to be pruned in some way to help it, such as dealing with storm damage, reducing limb weight, removing dead limbs and stopping the spread of disease.

Trees are also pruned to adapt them to our urban environment, including keeping limbs from coming in contact with power lines, rubbing against the home, hanging too low or obstructing views. Pruning may also be done to make trees more attractive and useful in the home landscape.

When pruning, you must have a clear idea of what you are trying to accomplish. Ask yourself why you feel the tree needs to be pruned, and then carefully consider which branches need to be cut to achieve your goal.

Wed
26
Dec

LaSalle Students of the Year . . .

Students of the year 2018-19 from each school in LaSalle Parish met at the LaSalle Parish School Board office on Monday of last week for interviews to determine the LaSalle Parish Student of the Year. Students included: in front, from left, Delaney Richerson, 8th grade, Nebo Elementary School; Kennady McDaniel, 5th grade, Nebo Elementary School; Andrew Paul, 5th grade, Fellowship Elementary School; and Peyton Todd, 8th grade, Jena Junior High School; in middle, Lexi Jo Lasiter, 5th grade, Olla Elementary School; and Alyssa Howard, senior, Jena High School; in back, Mallory Courtney, 5th grade, Good Pine Middle School; Anna Clark, senior, LaSalle High School; and Nick Fryar, 8th grade, LaSalle Junior High School. Students of the year for LaSalle Parish will be introduced at the January 7th meeting of the LaSalle School Board.

 

Wed
26
Dec

Plant indoors now for fragrant in New Year

Plant away the stress of the of the holidays and add some fragrance to the new year by growing paperwhites.  Just plant the bulbs, no cold treatment needed, and watch them grow into their blooming beauty.

Purchase firm healthy bulbs from your local garden center or an online bulb nursery. Ziva is the most common paperwhite variety sold for forcing but there are newer varieties with less intense fragrance, larger blooms and sturdier stems. You may have to wait until next year and order early from specialty bulb companies to find the more unique varieties. So, make a note to do so next year.

For now, plant the paperwhite bulbs available to purchase. You can plant them in gravel or a welldrained potting mix. Both methods yield great results.

Wed
12
Dec

Town and Country Garden Club notes

Members of the Town and Country Garden Club held their annual Christmas celebration during a meeting held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Those present included Lisa McCann, Cynthia Bradford, Donna Justiss, Sis Welch, Kelly Thompson, Magdalyn Drewett, Rosie McCoy, Nora Martin, Rae Sandifer, Nelda Tarver, Pam Davis, Mica King, Audrey Maxwell, Beth Zoller, Judy Baker, Katherine Stagg and Jenna Fae Justiss.

Hostesses for the celebration, which was held at the Whitehall Plantation, were Donna Justiss and Nelda Tarver. The rooms were decorated festively for the holidays. Just to mention a few, there were large pinecone baskets with poinsettia and ornaments on a flocked Christmas tree.

 

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Wed
12
Dec

GOLDEN ANIVERSARY

Dale and Joyce Willis of Jena will be celebrating their golden (50th) wedding anniversary on Friday, December 14, 2018. They were married in 1968 at Pritchard Baptist Church in the Old River Community. Their children, Chance and Crystal and Chase and Lindsay, along with their grandchildren, Cale, Casen, Camilynn, Cayda, Coben and Corynn, honored them with a reception at Pritchard Baptist Church last Saturday, Dec. 8th.

 

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Wed
05
Dec

Amaryllis: houseplant, then garden plant

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Few flowering bulbs can surpass the stately beauty of the amaryllis. Typically blooming in April, this popular bulb is a star performer in the spring garden. Dormant bulbs are readily available now, and with proper care, they can become a long-lasting part of your landscape.

Amaryllis plants belong to the genus Hippeastrum, and those we grow today are mostly hybrids of several species. We really are fortunate to be able to grow these natives of South America and South Africa in garden beds. In colder regions, amaryllis must be grown in containers because they would freeze during winter if planted in the ground.

 

 

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Wed
05
Dec

LEDD hears sawmill update

The new plant manager of the LaSalle Lumber Company in Urania was the special speaker for the LEDD’s (LaSalle Economic Development District) monthly meeting, held at the Dixie Center in Olla Tuesday night, November 27.

Nick Landi, a native of North Carolina but hired over the summer as the plant manager for the estimated $115-million, state-of-the-art La-Salle Lumber Company, spoke to some 30 people present for the meeting last week providing updates about the plant’s progress and answering questions.

“We should be operational by the end of December with the first logs rolling into our facility by mid-December,” Landi said. “At least the sawmill will be operational and the dry kiln is experiencing a little delay but it should be operational by the end of January or early February.”

 

 

Wed
28
Nov

Elliott Riggs Tant

“For this child I have prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.” – I Samuel 1:27

Andrew and Kelli Tant are pleased to announce the birth of Elliott Riggs Tant.

Elliott was born at 4:08 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe. He weighed 6-pounds 15-ounces and was 20-inches long. 

 

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Wed
28
Nov

You can grow delicious fall vegetables

By Dan Gill

Get It Growing

Cooler mornings in the fall make it a joy to get out and work in the home vegetable garden. A number of delicious and nutritious vegetables will thrive in the coming cool season. Indeed, some of our favorite vegetables can only be grown in Louisiana from October through April.

Wed
21
Nov

Poole-Spinks vows slated

Sydney Erin Poole and Samuel Dewayne Spinks are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Amy and Jimbo Pardue of Jena and the late Ronald Ray Poole. She is the granddaughter of Bill and Juanice Poole of Summerville, Lillian Moore of Aimwell and the late Oliver “Obb” Jackson, and Nell Pardue of Jonesville.

Sydney Erin is a 2015 graduate of Jena High School, a member of Christ Temple Pentecostal Church in Jena and employed as a teller at Southern Heritage Bank in Jena.

 

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