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IOA The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, April 26, 1990 e By Jonathan Wright Despite his young looks, Greg Morgan has been in the plant busi- ness for years--15 to be exact. The Ronceverte native became attracted to horticulture while working at a nursery in 1975 during his summer off from college. Since then it's been his life's profession. "1 love working outside," he said. "1 enjoy the seasons and the differ- ences they bring. It's a real pleasure helping people decide on what they need for their garden and landscap- ing needs." Mr Morgan is manager of the newly relocated Greenbrier Valley Garden Center on U. S. 219, near the State Department of Highways Headquarters in Lewisburg. The business moved March 1 from its Mountain International JIM JACKSON Insurance Division Manager MOUNTAIN INTERNATIONAL. 5362000 TRUCK USERS, FORESTERS, AND FARMERS You are our NUMBER ONE customers! We have expanded our business to include COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICES through our new INSURANCE DIVISION!! We cover all Commercial Lines including VEHICLES, PROPERTY. GENERAL LIABILITY, AND EQUIPMENT INLAND MARINE, We can even offer Group Health & Life Packages for you and your employees. Call Jim Jackson for a competitive quote. LEW!SBURG i.64 & Exit 175 (304) 536-2000 original location in Ronceverte at th Greenbrier Valley Farm Center (it parent company). The garden center was move~ for easier accessibility and,.greate- traffic flow for the business, accord- ing to Mr Morgan. "We have more room here, too," he said. Mr Morgan graduated from Greenbrier East High School. While home from college in 1975, he worked at White Sulphur Springs Nursery. The work appealed to him, and he went into it full-time following college. In 1987 he left the nursery to work as garden center manager for Windy Knoll Nursery in Lewisburg. The next year he went to Greenbrier Valley Farm Center in Ronceverte as garden center manager. Mr Morgan is a member of the West Virginia Nurseryman's Asso- ciation and the American Boxwood Society. In 1988 he was named a Qualified Plant Professional by the Southern States Garden Center Program after a series of 14 tests. He is one of approximately 70 in North America with the title. The small garden complex, which surrounds Krazy Kats Restaurant on two sides, contains a shade house with an automatic irrigation system, a greenhouse with climate controls, and a variety of outdoor planting ar- eas. "We're even planning an ex- perimental garden on the grounds, where we'll show our customers various ways to plant flowers and vegetables," Mr Morgan said. "We also plan to ask the local garden clubs what types of plants and materials they want," he added. "1 feel it is important to work with them and be responsive to their needs." The main building displays a vari- ety of tools, fertilizers, insecticides, literature, and seeds. The business works closely with the adjacent Greenbrier Valley Cub Cadet shop, also owned and operated by Green- brier Valley Farm Center. It opened in early January and provides sales and service of outdoor power equip- ment. "We want the garden center and Cub Cadet service to provide a con- venient place for folks to come for all their outdoor garden and yard Greg Morgan needs," W. W. Hatcher, Jr., general manager of the farm center's main office said. Sales manager Ed Tuck- wilier and service manager Joe Gul- lette staff the shop. Mr Morgan spends much of his sings vocal arrangements at Ron- ceverte Baptist Church, where he is director of music and a deacon. He directs his church choir and the Ronceverte Community Choir. He and his wife Leta have two spare time with music. He plays the children and are expecting another piano, trombone, trumpet, and often this month. Over one hundred-fifty acres of wetlands in West Virginia's eastern panhandle were set aside as a pre- serve by The Nature Conservancy on Earth Day, April 22, through gifts of land and conservation ease- w* ments from a group of landowners including a descendant of George Washington's brother and television commentator Jim Lehrer. The wetland preserve, called AI- tona Piedmont Marsh, provides habitat for 13 rare plants, a rare spotted turtle, the northern cricket frog, and the kingrail. All 16 rarities are endangered in West Virginia. The limestone-rich wetlands found at Altona Piedmont Marsh represent North America's mot extensive marl marsh community. The West Virginia project is part of a nationwide Nature Conser- vancy effort that protected 71,000 acres of wildlife habitat across the country on Earth Day. In West Vir- ginia, The nature Conservancy has worked on the Altona Project for 14 years, according to State Director Mark Scott. "This year the timing was right, because landowners were con- cerned about encroaching develop- ment," he said. Conservation ease- ments, which give the Conservancy many use and development rights of the property, ere donated for the wetlands project by Faye and Henry Davenport, Kate and Jim Lehrer, and Walter Washington. A Page For People-Who Close To The Bluegrass Market ALDERSON Saturday April 21, 1990 409 head sold to 97 buyers. Amounting to $140,131.38 Friday April 20,1 57 head sold to Amounting to STOCKER & FEEDER STEERS Under 500# 86.00 109.00 500 --750# 60.50 92.50 Over 750# 60.25 77.00 HEIFERS Under 500# 67.00 93.00 501 --750# 65.00 84.50 Over 750# 65.00 BULL CALVES 73.50 95.00 BABY CALVES100.00 185.00 VEAL CALVES none SLAUGHTER CATTLE STEERS 55.00 HEIFERS 49.5059.00 COWS 38.5055.00 BULLS 55.5056.75 Under I000# none Over I000# 55.5056.75 COW & CALF PAIRS 360.00 740.00 COWS, BH 455.00 HOGS SLAUGHTER 40.50 SOWS 45.00 BOARS none 50.25 PIGS & SHOATS By Head 31.00 45.00 PONIES none HORSES none SHEEP &LAMBS STOCKER & STEERS Choice i 00.00 Good 90.00 Medium 78.00 Common 64.00 HEIFERS Choice 80.60 Good 70.60 Medium 55.60 Common none BULL CALVES 60.00 BABY CALVES 125.00 VEAL CALVES cow & PAIRS 525.00 COWS, BH 41 5.00 HOGS SLAUGHTER 5 I. 50 SOWS BOARS 36. I 0 PIGS & By Head 45.00 PONIES HORSES SHEEP & BLUE 57.00 BLUE 60.00 RED 53.00 none RED OTHERS 59.00 OTHERS 60.00 BABY 12.50 21.00 EWES CW+F 18.00 EWES 16.00 20.00 BUCKS BUCKS 16.00 19.50 WETHERS WETHERS none GOATS GOATS By Head 12.00 51.00 By Head 15.00 It's Ramp Time Again/ On Saturday, May 5th, the Williamsburg School the Williamsburg School in Greenbrier County will hold Annual Ramp Supper from 12:30 p.m.until 7:00 p.m. The Menu consists of : Ramps (cooked & raw) Ham Brown Beans Buttered Brown Potatoes Coleslaw Buttered cor~ Homemade Bread Homemade Corn Pone ~made Cake Coffee * Milk Buttermilk Iced Tea Prices: AdultS5.00 Children (under 121 Do you know what you're getting,in return for the big money you pay for a liquid lawn service? 92% water! With Scotts* Lawn Pro' 4-Step Annual Program, you get a lush, beautiful, weed- and insect-free lawn. No water, no hidden charges -- just an effective program that helps your lawn year-round at about half the cost of a lawn service. :+