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People & Places Sunday, March 13

Salisbury Woman’s Club 

At the March meeting of the Salisbury Woman’s Club, Katy Temple, Special Victims Program Manager Family Crisis Council, presented information about human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault programs. She gave statistics and screened a video to illustrate effects on individuals. Ms. Temple encouraged members to volunteer for Family Crisis Council.

Ann Bingham, chaplain, presented thoughts on person to person relations in time of need based on the life of Rev. Buckner of San Antonio, Texas.

Angelia Bates, president, presided at the business session where plans were made for future projects.

Linda Jones, hostess, used colorful spring decor on the luncheon tables.

Trinity Oaks catered the seasonal luncheon.

 

The Kneeling Gardeners 

The Kneeling Gardeners met February 22 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Kannapolis for the monthly meeting. Vice President Jean Kadela presided over the meeting. Thoughts from the chaplain were from Janelle Murray entitled “An Attitude of Humility.”

Our guest speaker for the evening was Thomas Joyner from Southern Roots Garden Center in Belmont. He has worked in California after graduating from college and at Walt Disney in horticulture. His garden center specializes in hard to find trees and the latest and greatest plants and scrubs. Now is the time to treat our lawns, February through the first week of April, with pre-emergent to battle the weeds of Spring. He gave us instructions on pruning crepe myrtles to keep them blooming in canopy and not becoming a scrub. Get out the step ladder and prune the top while on the ladder. Most of us make the mistake of pruning from the ground and it causes the tree to begin to look like a scrub. Never top a tree. Remove whole limbs if needed. Topping a tree will kill it. As for pampas grass, leave at least a foot of grass when pruning it back. Liriope, leave 3 inches. In general, prune perennials 3-5 inches to ward off the cold of winter. Pansies are our blooms now but should be dug by the end of March. We all want to leave them since they are blooming and most beautiful as the weather warms. It is imperative that we dig them up by the second week of April. Summer annuals need to go into the ground allow them to get established before the heat of summer for their longest blooming season. Stay away from screening plants such as Leland Cypress use Green Arbor Arborvitae instead. Stay away from hawthorns. Water lawns as needed but not at night since it encourages fungus. Use organic fertilizer for trees and scrubs, and miracle grow when planting annuals to make them perform quickly and constantly. Many of us have fire ants. Treat the mound early in the day when the queen is closer to the top of the mound with a product containing acephate. Thomas educated us on mulch usage, mushroom compost, the importance of lime and soil mixture for our clay based soil. It was a really educational program.

Refreshments were provided by Earl and Shirley Gray and Larry and Ann Doyle. Anyone interest in gardening is invited to attend our March 28th meeting. Josh Moose, a missionary from Africa will have the program “God’s Way of Gardening”.

 

‘Into Germany — the GermanWestwall and the Battle for the Hurtgen Forest’

MOCKSVILLE — Davie County Public Library, 371 N. Main St., presents a program on WWII at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21.

Bill Cosgrove,  WWII lecturer, will be exploring the life of young Tom Cash from his entry into combat at St. Lo, France, to his final battle in the bloody Hurtgen forest near Aachen, Germany.

Cash was a 19-year-old replacement combat infantryman. In two weeks, his 22nd Infantry Regiment suffered almost 500 killed in action and 1,600 wounded. Cosgrove will visit the location of Cash’s last battle among the foreboding fir trees and remaining fox holes in Hurtgen Forest. No prior knowledge of WWII is required for a full appreciation of the presentation, and you will leave with a renewed spirit of gratitude.

Cosgrove is a published author and also works with the Witness to War Foundation, inverviewing WWII veterans, preserving firsthand testimonies of the War. His website is www.timeontarget.us

Call the library at 336-753-6030 for details.

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