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what's on Your Ind ? By Claudia Rock To Plant, or Not to Plant? Hi Everybody! I have arcal treat for you this week. Since gardening time is almost here. I asked my good friend lot tips on planting my garden. We always buy our flowers and vegetable plants locally from our neighborhood greenhouse, because they have excel- lent products. Not only that, they know a lot about plants and pass the intor- mation on to their customers. I'm happy to share her response to my request: Dear Claudia: Sorry, it' s longer than I thought it would be. Once I started. I got on a roll and couldn't stop Here are some notable issues concerning the aver- age person's misconceptions about what is considered fresh produce, and also how they are enticed with balmy days and spring fever and are encour- aged through glitzy advertising to rush into planting their gardens before t is time. It is a fact that people equate the striped awnings or tents covering road- side produce stands, or the pickup truck loaded with fresh, sweet corn with "farm fresh - picked same day" produce. Now. if the stand or truck is in front of an actual farm where you can see the fieldhands picking that same produce, it would be crazy not to believe it. But that' s not always the case. Although the image of bushel bas- kets overflowing with colorful pro- duce screams wholesome and fresh produce, it may not even be from your area. and it might not be that fresh. It might have come from a large termi- nal market, where produce from all over the country is sold to retailers. And that is the same produce supplied to your local supermarkets! So, how do you know if it is fresh? Or locally grown? You don't!! PLEASE do not assume that road- side stands sell superior produce. You are better off finding a produce sup- plier that you can trust to tell you what you are buying and where it came from. Yes. you want fresh, sweet corn (who hasn't bitten into an ear of corn where you got a mouthful of tasteless mush?), but what is fresh? It's not as important anymore, as you would think. Modern sugary-enhanced. shrunken-gene, and high-sugar hy- brid sweet corn varieties are bred to have up to three weeks' shelf life m the refrigerator before the sugars start to convert to starch. THREE WEEKS!!!!!!! This means that you no longer have to ask. "When was this corn picked?" That question is replaced with. "What TYPE of corn is this?" Make sure the sweet corn you buy is one of the three types listed above. Older varieties of sweet corn must be eaten soon after harvest, but not these types. Just keep them cold. and you won't believe how long they can be stored. And don't worry about'what the husk looks like. The green will lade. but not the taste!!! Here are some other tricks and tips: Don't thump a watermelon. Look at the rind - it should be dull, not shiny. Make sure the curly tendril closest to the stem has dried: You don't have to smell the can- teloupes. Look at the navel (called the "slip" - the spot where it grew on the vine); if there are remnants of the stem remaining, it was picked too early. When a cantaloupe is ready, it 'slips' off the vine. hence the name; Can't eat a lot of tomato seeds? Oxheart and Abraham Lincoln win for the most meat; The biggest tomato? Not the beefs! Delicious holds the world's record at 7+ lbs.; The best-tasting tomato? Brandywine, the 1885 Amish heir- loom, judged world's best-tasting to- mato; * Need low acid? Try Mr. Stripey, German Johnson. or Golden Jubilee; Want a less-watery tomato juice or sauce? Add Paste tomatoes (half paste, half regular) when you are can- ning, and you won't see any separa- tion In your jars: Too many peppers? Throw them in your freezer WHOLE! No blanch- ing, no fuss-just thaw them and then use them for cooking - you won't be disappointed. They last a long time this way. By March 21, everyone is wres- tling with cabin fever and overcome with spring fever! We get a week or so of warm days, the spring bulbs start coming up, the Robins have returned, and the seed catalogs have been scoured over. The gardening frenzy begins! It's true that some things should already be in the garden Iy the first day of spring, Peas, for example, are planted on St. Patrick's Day. And omon setsare already going in, along with early vegetable seeds such as radishes, carrots, beets, lettuce, etc. Soon, cabbage plants can be set out. The old-timers are looking forward to Good Friday for planting potatoes. Along with the spring fever, though, come theTV commercials showcas- ing the beautiful flowers you can have in your flower beds. STOP!! Don't let the rush, rush, rush of our society push you into jumping the gun. We are so accustomed to having each holiday overshadowed by the next, due to commercialism. We barely have a chance to enjoy deco- rating for Halloween and helping our children pick out their costumes, when we see giant, animated Santa Claus laVnsnowgldbes and Christmas deco- rations being displayed in the stores. What happened to Halloween? Or Thanksgiving? No. we can't enjoy anything anymore without being rushed into the next season prema- turely. Same goes for springtime and our gardens. Why is it that we are coaxed into buying plants before the ground is warm enough to support Vadis them? Why are we told by the mega- stores that it is SPRING PLANTING TIME when we will still have killing frosts coming - some as late as May 20??? Do we want to go through all the time and expense of buying and planting these beautiful flowers and healthy vegetable plants, only to have to worry about losing them all to frost because we couldn't wait? Our seniors, those wonderful people who have gardened for many, many years, know that it is better to wait. Why? Because besides the possibil- ity of being killed by frost, certain seeds and plants simply won't grow (and might succumb to rot, disease and/or blight) if planted too early. There are people who plant toma- toes and peppers in April, thinking they'll get a jump on their neighbors. Hogwash!!! Those plants will just sit and wait for the rains to cease and the ground to warm up before they will grow to any size (if they survive). The neighbor who waits until mid- May to put his garden in will put his plants into the nice, warm soil. where they can start growing IMMEDI- ATELY. Actually, they might s.ur- pass th0se planted earlier. Same goes for beans. And corn. Only the cab- bage and cold plants (broccoli, cauli- flower, Brussels, etc.) can tolerate cool weather. Tomatoes and peppers absolutely need WARM FEET. Nothing is more frustrating than watching the news or listening to the scanner and hearing about an upcom- ing frost/freeze warning. Oops! Those folks who already put in their flowers and vegetable plants had bet- ter run outside with the sheets or what- ever they want to use to cover their plants. Or they'd better wake qp very early to hose the frost off the plants before the sun hits. Just plain dumb. Better to wait until mid-May, and even then, the low-lying areas and deep hollers might get hit. Sowhere's the rush? Why not enjoy planning and laying out your garden? Enjoy the warm days by getting outside. preparing the beds, tilling and rak- ing. Life is fast-paced enough, with- out having more pressure put upon us. Just take your time, find a green- house with knowledgeable people who will tell you the truth about their plants, who take the time to explain what would be best for your garden, and who can help you with all the how-to's. TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE FLOWERS BEFORE YOU RUSH INTO PLANTING THEM ! ! ! ! We just have to be patient this time of the year, Folks. Seeing all the Daf- fodils blooming makes me want to get my hands into the soil, though. I guess I'll start some seeds inside--maybe that will bring planting time closer, If anyone wants to contact me, email me at Special_Kiss @ webtv, net or call 269-5187. I look forward to hearing from you. Bye for now. Peace. Claudia Maria Gunnoe Wins Goldman Environmental Prize, Second Former Southern WV Waitress to Win Maria Gunnoe, an organizer with the Huntington-based Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), has been awarded the 2009 Goldman En- vironmental Prize for North America, the world's most prestigious environ- mental award. On Mon., Apr. 20, Gunnoe accepted the award at the San Francisco Opera House before an audience of 3,000. Mistress of Ceremonies, CNN's Chris- tian Amanpour, and San Francisco philanthropist. Richard Goldman, pre- sented Gunnoe the award, referred to as the Nobel Prize of the environ- ment. Former vice-president A1 Gore con- gratulated Gunnoe and six other 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize win- ners. He asked the audience to de- mand that Congress act this year to stave off catastrophic climate change. Robert Redford narrated a short film highlighting Gunnoe's efforts to protect West Virginia's mountains and commumties from mountaintop-re- moval coal mining. Singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman serenaded the award winners and audience with two social justice and environment-themed songs. "This is really everyone's victory. We will not continue to sacrifice our cluture, our people and future for en- ergy," said Gunnoe, who has worked three and a half years from OVEC's Boone County office. "We are asking the Obama administration to give back some of what has been taken away from the people of the coal-bearing regions of Appalachia. It's time to ban mountaintop-removal coal min- ing and give Appalachia good-pay- ing, renewable energy jobs with a real future. Gunnoe is the second woman from southern West Virginia - both former waitresses - to win the Goldman Prize for working to end mountaintop re- moval. Julia "Judy" Bonds won the award in 2003. The two women live in tiny towns just 16 miles apart, as the crow flies. To take a Google Earth virtual flyover of the mountains and mountaintop-removal operation be- tween the women's homes, see inter- est/maria gunnoe.html. Both Gunnoe, who lives in Bob White in Boone County, and Bonds, from Rock Creek in Raleigh County, are daughters of coal miners. Both worked as waitresses when mountaintop removal operations closed in on their communities and forever altered their lives. As they educate themselves and others about the ecological and cultural toll of mountaintop removal, both women face intimidation and even death threats. Nonetheless, they have helped to build a national movement calling for an end to the destruction of the Central Appalachian Mountains. Di- rector/producer David Novack's docu- mentary,Burning the Future, features Gunnoe's work, and Writer Michael Shnayerson's book, Coal River, fo- cuses on Bonds' work. Bonds is co- director of the Whitesville-based Coal River Mountain Watch. "Mountaintop removal is a crime against humanity and nature and should be treated as a crime." said Bonds. "This second award illus- trates the severity of the crime, and Maria's hard work has exposed the harsh realities faced by people living near mountaintop removal." Gas Prices Fall Almost A Penny in WV The average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded, gasoline in West Virginia dropped nearly a penny re- cently, ringing in at $2.064. According to the AAA Fuel Gauge, two significant reports from energy watching agencies contributed to a slight decline in oil prices in the mar- ket today as investors see little change in the global or domestic demand for petroleum-based products. Oil prices fell yesterday to close at just above $50 per barrel. On the international front, an Inter- national Energy Agency (IEA) report suggested that in 2009 the global de- mand for oil may fall to its lowest level in about five years, due almost entirely to the global recession. The tEA, which is based in Paris, fore- casted a drop in the global demand for oil of 2.4 million barrels per day to just about 83 million barrels. A drop of this magnitude would mark a nearly three percent fall in the global de- mand for oil compared to last year. In the United States, a report on the petroleum industry from the Depart- ment of Energy (DOE) also reflected the impact the down economy has had, and will yet have, on oil and gasoline prices. According to DOE, the typical spring gasoline price spike - generally caused by increased de- mand for gasoline as summer ap- proaches- is likely to be minimal this year. There are many factors that may be contributing to the relative stability of oil and gasoline prices. Continued unease over the direction of the global economy, weak consumer spending, significant oil and gasoline stockpiles and many other factors are working together to keep prices stable. Addi- tionally, U.S. motorists continue to drive less than they have in previous years, which may also help account for the absence of a spring spike in retail gasoline prices. The continued relative stability of retail gasoline prices is good news for consumers. Recently, the average price of self serve regular was about $2.05 per gallon. Recent average prices: West Vir- ginia Average ...... $2..064 Average price during the week of April 7, 2009 .......... $2.073 Average price during the week of April 15, 2008 .......... $3.417 Thursday, May 7, 2009 The Glenville Democrat Page 9A REALTOR" Town Countql AGENCY INC. #800-415 KANAWHA ST.- Nice 3 BR home with LR- DR. kitchen and bath. Basement has FR. room with 1/2 bath used as office or BR. canning kitchen area. laundry area and plenty of storage. Home has FA & CA. One car detached garage. Bargain priced at $134,900.00 #1800- STEWARTS CREEK - Older country home has been completely remodeled. Home has LR. Parlor or BR DR-Kitchen. 2 BRs and bath. House is completely furnished with antiques that are included in the sale. Property contains 67 1/4 acres, has 2/5 minerals, free gas being used. There is a cellar & cellar house and a barn. 3 miles from town. Priced at $170,000 #803- 28 VANHORN DRIVE- Brick home with LR. DR. Kitchen. 3 BR's. 2 Baths. full basement has FR. 2 rooms could be BR's. canning kitchen, wood stove in basement. 2 ca garage, single car garage. Approx. 1 acre of land. $195,000. #1970- 220 Beallview Dr.- 3 BR brick home has LR- DR area. kitchen and 1 1/2 baths. Hardwood floord xcept for kitchen and baths. Detached one car garage. House is in good condition and has new roof. Conveniently located to college and downtown. Price $98,500 #101-CEDARVILLE- 2 story house and three lots. House has great room with living room, dining room, and kitchen. Upstairs has 3 BR's and bath. Price $45,000.00 #0200 - BURNSVILLE: Metal building, 50 x 120 with 1.28 acres. One - half of interior is finished, presently being used for a bar. Possible uses for this property are unlimited. Call for more details. Price $340,000 #0201 - BURNSVILLE: 2 story brick building (46 x 52) is presently being used as a business with two rental units upstairs. Could have 4 apartments with some remodeling. Price $95,000 #301- S. LEWIS ST.- House with 6 apartments- 4- 2 BR 1- 1 BR and I efficiency. Large lot. Price $60,000 #0400 -. MIxLLS.Brihhe l i vin room wa|tp];trri:lla, :; be, rooms, 2- llqll'ltH,][i]il[ [b!lll[tar g rag Cellar, ap[[]tllq/htg' on 3pp, site side of road.-l'TrgNa,lllfl Nice big yard. ,$120,000 make a reasonable offer. #800 - 697 CEDAR CREEK RD.- 2002 Astro double wide home has 3 BR with walk-in closets. LR. with fireplace, DR-kitchen. laundry and 2 baths. Foundation ts piers with block underpinning. 2 porches and concrete patio. Several outbuildings. City water, aeration septic and 2 wells. Short drive to town. Call for an appointment to view. Price $125,000.00 #1105 - EAST MAIN STREET: Two story house has apartment in upstairs. Main floor has been used as a busi- ness. Lot fronts on E Main and Morris Streets. Lots oI possibilities. REDUCED $134,900 #1201- SAND FORK- House and 2 mobile homes on 13 lots. House has LR - DR. Kitchen. bath and laundry area, Upstairs has 3 BR's and sitting room or could be office on BR. Partial basement, 2 car garage, FA-CA, 2 rental trailers: Each has 2 BR's. LR-Kitchen and bath. Good income. Lots of yard space or garden areas. Fruit trees. Nice location off main road. City utilities. $150,000.00 #1202 - SAND FORK ROAD - 1352 Sand Fork RD.- One story home has LR. DR- Kitchen, 3 BR's. and bath. Full basement has BR, 2 other rooms, commode and shower. FA has. heat. new septic, drilled well and city water. 3/4 acre lot. Garage in basement. $69,500.00 #1204- 109 PARK ST.- Nice 3 BR home has LR, DR, kitchen and bath. House was remodeled four years ago. (New kitchen, windows, vinyl siding, insulation, revired with 200 amp. service. Large deck. 54 Ft. long is very nice. FA/CA, off street parking for 2 cars. Price: $79,900.00 #1300 - KANAWHA DRIVE HEIGHTS: On Rt. 5 West 32 building lots from one - half acre to over one acre. Gas, electric and water available. PRICES VARY FROM $10.000 to $20,000 #1309 - BUSINESS PROPERTY AND BUILDING: Good location with thriving business and two rental units. All included in the sale. Price $175,000 #1310- 141 - FOURTH STREET, in Burnsville. Very nice home has LR. DR. Kitchen, 2BR, den, and bath. Base- ment is completely finished. It has LR, DR, Kitchen, BR, bath with laundry. Back porch, out building, cellar, nice, private backyard. Price $80,000.00 #1604 - NEWBERNE : Two lots has almost 1 acre. Old cellar and dug well filled with stone. Fronts on Newberne Rd. $9,000. #1969 CEDARVILLE.- 3 BR home has LR, DR, kitchen and bath. Full basement has FR. BR. kitchen, bath and cellar. Above ground pool. one outbuilding and 2 car attached garage. Property has eleven lots. apple trees and blueberry bushes. New metal roof is being installed. Cal for more details. $150.000 REDUCED TO $145,000 #1606 - 10 E. MAIN ST.: Two story brick building. First floor s presently being used as a restaurant and has a full kitchen, bar area and dining room. The upstairs has 4 apts, There are three 2 BR's and one 1BR. Good rental property. Price: $95,000.00 #1600- VANHORN DRIVE- 3 Br home has LR, DR- kitchen, and 1 1/2 baths. Full basement with shower. Nice big back porch. Lot goes to the river. Very well maintained. Very race area! $129,000 REDUCED $122,500 #1967 - 208 WHITING AVE - Lovely home with over 2,000 sq, ft. of living space. Home has large LR. formal DR. kitchen with dining nook. FR with FP. 4BR's, 1 1/2 baths large utility, large carport, nice front porch. FA & CA. brick exterior, plastered walls. Well maintained. Large yard. Lo- cated on a corner lot. Nice residential neighborhood. Must be seen to be appreciated. JUST REDUCED TO $149,500.00 #1605- 154 BURNS ST., BURNSVILLE- A frame style home has LR-DR area, kitchen. BR and bath on main Upstairs has BR with bath. Basement has FR with wood burn fireplace. BR that needs a little work and laundry with bath. Large patio out of basement. Price $80,000.00 #412- COR- NER E. MAIN & COLLEGE STS: 2 story home has LR. DR. Kitchen, sunroom, FR. and bath on first floor. 2 nd floor has 3 BR. room for storage or could be BR. sunroom (small) large closet and bath. Pull down steps to attic. Basement. large yard, nice front porch, 2 off street parking spaces, FA heat and entral air. Price $75.000 REDUCED TO $59,000 #700-RT. 5 WEST AT SINKING CREEK.- 1 1/2 story home with three (3) apartments. Two t 2) apts., have LR. DR- Kitvhen. 2 BR. and bath with washer-dryer in basement. One ( 1 ) apt., has LR. DR-Kitchen. I BR. and bath with laundry area. Basement is shared by tenants. Land contains 2.64 acres. 2 stall detached garage. $97,500.00 #2308 - WALNUT / SPRING STREETS: This house on the correreet has three bedrooms, li|l]lg' I)])]h] nll[]r[l/iINtlen and bath. Nice, large yaY[ Ldlqdd i[llt,tg,a'are two other homes. They each fiZaX,' MaY(W'lYe"dFboms. living room. Kitchen. family room and a bath. All three priced at $90,000 WE NEED NEW LISTINGS.  CALL MARY LEE TO LIST YOUR PROPERTY Mary Lee McPherson Broker 462-7039 110 E. Main Street Glenville, WV 26351 Sherry Bailey 304-462-7039 Office Agent 349-4265 Jack Heater Agent 462-5528 O;T Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday By Appointment