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q-he Adams County Record Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Page 9 Garden Corner Chokecherries By Myrna Weikal 355-5829 - mweikal@mtecom.net Even with plenty of water, some plants are already losing their leaves in a fall-like manner due to the hot, smoky air. The Virginia creeper that provides welcome shade to my porch has shed nearly all leaves. There's nothing left but stems and berries. I'm sure it will survive this temporary situation and be fine and green again next summer, but I'm not going to get the pretty fall colors this year, sigh. Larry Anderson scolded me (nicely) in the BiMart parking lot the other day for suggesting that it is too late to do anything about puncture vine. Cut the plant off at the central stem, put it on the burn pile or in a sack, he said, and you have eliminated most of the problem. Yes, some seeds will be left behind, but not near as many as would be if you leave the plant there. If we all keep tackling puncture vine, maybe eventually we will have some control over it. And besides, there's something very satisfying about removing a huge weed in one whack. I'm getting some ripe tomatoes, at last. I know that many of you have been picking cherry and slicing tomatoes for weeks, but I just plant sauce tomatoes, and they seem to take a bit longer. I got a late start on beans, so they are only just now getting to the pickable stage. I planted three varieties: my old favorite bush bean, nickel; some scarlet runner beans; and a new bush bean called Romano purpiat, which produces purple beans. Purpiat didn't do well. The plants just sat there without blossoms for the longest time, finally flowering only sparsely. They went from small and under-ripe to tough and stringy with no just-right stage in between. Now the plants are drying out and losing their leaves, in spite of plenty of water. I planted the scarlet runner beans with, the corn, hoping they'd climb the corn stalks so I wouldn't have to put in stakes. Well, they did climb, but the corn shaded them too much so they are puny. So much for great bean ideas, but - nothing ventured, nothing gained - it's fun to test theories. The chokecherries are big and fat and sweet this year. I've always wondered how they got their name. They don't make you choke, do they? Satisfying my curiosity, I found these facts: The scientific name is Prunus Virginiana, but not because it comes from Virginia. It is actually Eurasian in origin, was imported to England in the 1600s and to North America in the 1700s. You'd think with a name beginning with Prunus it would be in the prune family. It's not. It's in the ROSE family. (About a bazillion plants are in the rose family.) The name chokecherry came from the astringent nature of the fruit. The seeds when raw are toxic, containing hydrocyanic acid, which is also in the stems and leaves. Drying or boiling the fruit will neutralize the toxin, reduce the bitterness and sweeten the taste. I find the easiest way to deal with chokecherries is to steam-juice them. The juice makes good jelly and syrup, and adding a little apple juice mellows the flavor. Chokecherry fruit is eaten by birds, rabbits, hares, rodents and bears. The early spring flowers provide an important source of nectar for butterflies, honeybees and ants. It is used extensively by deer as a browse source in the winter. Chokecherries can be a component in a screen or noise barrier planting. They seem to be- extremely drought hardy, and will spread of their own accord, aggressively if they have a water source, from rhizomes as well as seeds. It is toxic to cattle and sheep, so keep it well away from pastures. It is said to have some medicinal uses, but I'm not learned in those things. I leave that to the experts. New Meadows Senior News .en Hey, summer is going by so fast, my goodness; I hope we have an Indian summer! We haven't done anything fun this summer; it has been too hot for everyone! But things are about to change. We are going to go to the Boise Zoo and Art Museum and History Museum on September 11, leaving here at 8:00 AM. This is a day trip, and we will eat lunch and dinner. The cost is $12.00 for all 3 places. The bus is $10 (per person), then what ever cash you need for food and stuff. If you would like to go, everyone is welcome, please call me and get-your seat reserved there are only 14 seats available! I need to know by September 4th. I am trying to get a bus together on October 8th to go and see the Glen Miller Orchestra at the Nampa Civic Center The cost is $39 each and needs to be paid in advance. We want to buy our tickets by September 7th. This will be an overnight trip so there will be motel expense. I am trying to get a deal on rooms, so this is another reason I need to know in advance. Please call me to make reservations by September 7th. Again, anyone is welcome to join usl Our Big Pie Sale is just around the corner We are getting things ready, like peeling and cutting fruit, going blackberry and huckleberry picking (not getting much luck in the huckleberry department this year!). We are going to have good homemade pies this year! I hope everyone comes on over during our Meadows Valley Days to enjoy a slice of pie and ice cream! Or if you want to you can purchase a whole pie! So don't forget to support your senior centers! Everyone is welcome to come on over and eat a great meal on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30 PM for only $5 if you are 60 or older, and Looking to Looking to Sell? or By Penny Dreyer $7 for under 60. We have Pinochle every Friday at 3:00 PM. Come and join us. Our Bingo is the 1st and 3rd Wednesday's of. each month at 7:00 PM. Bring the whole family for a night of fun and prizes. Blessings to you all and have a wonderful week. M :Call Artist Connection ART SHOW Friday Night Preview, 8/24, 5 to 8pm Council Elementary Child Find The Council Elementary School offers a special education pre- school program for developmentally delayed and/or handicapped children ages 3-5 years. Parents wishing to have their child screened for this program should, contact the Elementary School office at 253-4223. This is an ongoing process. The checklist below may be helpful in determining the eligibility of your child for this Special Education Service. SPEECH OR LANGUAGE -TALKING - If a child: - is not talking in short sentences by age four. - isn't understood by people outside the family by age five. HEARING - If a child: - usually turns the same ear toward sounds he wants to hear. - doesn't respond when called from another room. MOVING - If a child: -can't walk up and down stairs by age three. -can't balance on one foot by age four -can't play ball by age five. SEEING - If a child: - often can't locate and pick up small objects within reach - frequently rubs eyes or complains. - holds head in a strained position when trying to look at an object. - tilts head to either side or thrusts head forward or backward. TIIINKING - If a child: - doesn't understand simple stories told or read by age three. - doesn't give reasonable answers about sleep or hunger by age four. - doesn't understand simple stories, directions or meanings of words: PERSONAL SOCIAL - If a child: isn't aware of differences between male and female by age three or four. - doesn't respond to social contact made by familiar ad ults by age four or five. - doesn't describe his or her feelings. - doesn t choose his or her own friends by age four or five. ADAPTIVE - If a child: - Eating- doesn't obtain a drink from a tap or other sources by age three or four. - Dressing - doesn't button or unbutton clothing by themselves by age three or four. - Personal Responsibility - doesn't complete learning task having two or more steps by age four or five. - Toileting - doesn't sleep through the night without wetting the bed.