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6B Wednesday, July 24, 2013 The Montmorency County Tribune reasons to Compilmlfromvodoussourmsbylhe ingsoilerosionfromwater of 13 pounds/tree/year. Monlmomnq Conservolion Disldd and wind. The spreading Plantingtreescanpayyour We may complain about canopies of trees deflect "carbon debt". Approxi- the high cost of utilities the pounding rain and mately thirty trees will ab- andothercommodities, be slow the wind, reducing sorbtheamountofcarbon concerned about pollu- the impact on soils. Tree dioxide that is generated tion, worry about global andshrubrootshelp stabi- intheproductionofenergy warming, etc. But often we lize the soil, slowing the for the average American don't do anything, be- rainwater runoff. Forests lifestyle each year. cause we don't know provide natural flood con- To read the complete ar- where to start. Here is a trol by acting as natural ticle, please visit our simple suggestion that reservoirs, and they pro- website at anyonecando.Plantatree,tectwatersheds, providing www.montmorencycd.org. 1. Trees produce neces- clean water for cities, bay Other Announcements: sary fiber and food. Prod- and rivers. Aug. 13 - 17: Mont- ucts from trees are used all 3. Trees help cleanse the morency County 4-H Fair. around us; our homes, our air by intercepting air- Come visit our booth. clothes, our cars, where we borne particles, reducing Look for an upcoming work. We eat fruits, nuts, heat, and absorbing such Notice for Board Elections berries and maple syrup pollutants as carbonmon- fortheMontmorencyCon- which all come from trees, oxide, sulfur dioxide, and servation District The uses of, and the de- nitrogen dioxide. Trees re- If you are interested in mand for, this versatile re- move this air pollution by our Fall Tree Sale, please newable resource contin- lowering air temperature, send your information to ues to grow. Planting trees through respiration, and cathy.abraham@macd.org provides a future source of by retaining particulates, to be added to our mailing firewood, timber, Christ- 4. Trees act as carbonlist. mas trees, pulpwood, "sinks." To produce its QDMA Event: Friday, food, etc. food, a tree absorbs and Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 2. Trees fight soil erosion, locks awaycarbon dioxide, 17. "Habitat and Food Plot conserve rainwater, and a global warming suspect. Weekend." Contact Perry reduce water runoff and An acre of new forest will Wood on (989) 657-4572 sediment deposit after sequester about 2.5 tons of for reservations. storms. Stands of trees are carbon annually. Trees very effective at minimiz- can absorb CO2 at the rate by Yv0nM Suger The Secret Garden Staff reporter Walk, sponsored by the Lewiston Garden Club, featured six groomed and brilliant gardens on a sunny July 20th. The garden walk event takes place every other year. The gardens featured this year belonged to Barry and Ursula Owens, Rik Cryderman "and Gary Bock, Donna Robillard, Wanda and Dave Whiting, Pat and Bob Neff, and Debbie and Harry Pa- gan. Pat Neff said she and her husband moved from downtown Lewiston to their current location on Gamble Road about eight years ago. The location in town was sandy, she said, and she onlyhad one bed. In the past eight years, however, she has been able to develop her grounds with an impressive array of displays. She joined the Lewiston Garden Club about three years ago, and Neffsaid she is still playing around with which plants do better in shade or sun. The backyard paradise of Debbie and Harry Pagan was added to this year's lineup as a bonus. The couple lives on M- 32, where layered beds surround the front of their home and the color spills into the backyard that features paths through beds of exhilarating contrast and classic d cor. Debbie Pagan said she and her husband have been working on developing their vision since 2002. "There was nothing here when we bought the house," she said. "It's ever- changing and a never-ending journey." The garden club supports Mont- morency 4-H, Lewiston's historical mu- seum, chamber and library, scholarships, Riverhouse Shelter, Community Sharing, Century Reading Club and are beautifica- tion projects. N!i : SNOW TOM HENDERSON A VARIETY OF FLOWERING jewels surround Donna Robillard. a lounging chair in the garden created by considerino reducino m.ileaoe pay to mile for who dehver home Yvonne Swager AnnaRogers, directorof Hillman, said discussion on whether to Staff repofler the Montmorency reinstate the service is continuing. County Commission on Aging, is consid- In other business: ering cutting the mileage pay for those Regular board meetings will not take delivering meals to the homes of clients, place in October or December. The board At the regular MCCOA board meeting, voted in favor of scheduling meetings ev- July 18, Rogers said some employees ery other month for a trial period. make more in mileage than wages. Congregate meals nowconsmne about The drivers are currently paid 56.5 cents 40 percent of the food service budget, and per mile, but Rogers said she is consider- home-delivered meals eat up about 60 ingdroppingthatrate to 50 cents permile, percent. Last October, the budget for the She reported the overall expenditures in two programs was split closer to 50/50. the budget are in line with where they The revenue for the fiscal year is al- need to be, but said the cost of the home- ready at 90 percent of the budget because delivered meal program has skyrocketed of funds received that were not incorpo- because of an increase in clients,rated into the budget. "Maybe we need to re-examine how we A pancake breakfast will take place at do the home-delivered meal program," theLewistoncenteronAug.3from8a.m.- Rogers said. 12 p.m. If someone were to donate a vehicle to William Houston, board chair, re- the organization, she said MCCOA would ported the ice machine at theAflanta cen- be able to just pay for the fuel and upkeep ter is unreliable and uses a lot of electric- ofthevehicleinsteadofpayingmileageto ity. Rogers suggested upgrading to a an employee. _ newer model for increased efficien cy. Mary Lou Foster, board member, sug- ' A motion passed in favor of paying an gested directing volunteers to deliver additional $3 per hour to an employee of meals within their local areas, but Rogers the Otsego County Commission onAging said it would be difficult to find depend- who has been helping at MCCOA. able volunteers. She said the finance corn- The recent luau event in HiUman ended mittee would be reviewing the matter, at a $600 loss. Keep the Wheels Rolling, Also discussed at the meeting was however, exceeded last year's revenues. whether the Hillman Senior Center will * Rogers said she was disappointed with reinstate Internet service for visitors to the quality of food provided through the the center. Internet service was made mobile food pantry, and she is exploring available at the centers at a cost to the other options for providing service to cli- centers of $28 per month, ents. According to Rogers, when the Hillman Approval was given for the process for center received its first invoice, represen- recording timesheets electronically. tatives of the center decided it was too A nominating committee is still seek- much for the center to afford. The Internet ing at-large board members from Hillman capabilityforthepublicwasdisabled, and and Lewiston. Bert LaFleche, board member from WHITE PICKETS define the boundaries of this Robillard. striking hidden garden owned by Donna