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8A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, July 5, 1990 Joy of Farmin Ella S. Galford One Sunday evening Robert and I were looking at the cattle in the back forty when we saw a red fox appear on a knoll beyond us. She sat and sniffed the wind. As we were down wind of her she pa~d us no attention. She walked a little dis- tance -- first to our left and then to our right. Each time she sat down and surveyed the landscape. Sud- denly she headed back to the edge of the woods and reappeared al- most immediately in an easy lope and crossed the field. We quietly made our way to the woods and were rewarded by see- ing three romping red fox pups. They observed us for a few seconds before our scent spelled danger to them and sent them scrambling into the woods, i wonder if their mother almost had a heart attack when they related their story to her? Big Laurel Creek waters our pas- tures, separates our house from the sheep barn, and gurgles hapl~ity through our wood lot before it leaves our property. Sitting on a log near the creek in the woodlot is a good place to meet some of the animals that call our farm home. Here I have watched the beavers working and playing. They are very curious. If I am very near the creek they swim closer and closer and often splash me with water as they slap it with their tail before diving under the wa- ter. If I do not move, they keep re- peating their performance and will come right to the edge of the creek trying to determine why I don't go away. Once I watched a mink swimming with a beaver. Each time the mink would get close the beaver would smack the water with his tail. The mink would dart to the side of the creek and again commence gradu- ally drawing closer to the beaver. As they rounded a curve in the creek the mink spotted me and disap- peared ~nto a hole m the bank that looked to be half its size. Muskrats enjoy the small beaver pond and I have watched the moth- ers give their young piggy back rides as th~t-~im, A blue heron of- ten fish~'S'fbr the chubs and min- nows that live there. However, he is very wary and I seldom see him when he ~s not in flight. I came upon a raccoon w~th her two young ones getting a dnnk She gave me a look filled with pure des perahon She knew I was too close to her for her to be able to escape. I spoke to her and asked about the health of her children In a few sec onds she turned and they quickly left me Flying squnrels are nocturnal creatures 1 felt quite privileged as I observed a mother flying squirrel moving her babies m daylight. I first saw her as she sailed from a tree to a tall rhododendron bush I could see she had something ~n her mouth but she scampered so quickly through the rhododendron that 1 couldn't see what it was in a few minutes she returned and sped up a nearby oak tree to disappear into a hole about twenty feet over my head. She reappeared with a baby ,, in her mouth and ran about half way down the tree before scampering out on a limb and again sailing onto the rhododendron. Twice more I watched her make this trip. She was in a hurry and not a movement was wasted. I wonder what plagued her so that she had to move her family. I hoped she found a safe home for her babies. It was about 4 p.m. when t saw the gray fox. He came for a drink of water, he smelled around the bank of the tracks of some of the other animals before he drank, he looked directly at me but dismissed me as just part of the scenery. Slowly he made his way up the bank and melted into the woods. Chipmunks, red squirrels, and groundhogs are found everywhere and we have our share of these as well as a few rab- bits. From the trophies me cats have presented tT me. I know weasels. shrews and kangaroo mice as well as the common field m~ce, moles and rats think our farm is their home. Robert sometimes tells folks we lust keep a few tame ammals on a wild game farm. The only thing is we don't harvest the game. Day.to,day livm9 is filled with many "its" Fmanc=aJ planning through Farm Fatty can l~P,e son~ or the "ds" out of your hfe, Ron Brothers Farm Let me I'~tp you wah ~r plans today ................. _ . HI 3 Box Lu/~ t:~ecKley wv Loou~ l-amily ' 2 1 "i" '-=='="'~-~. Office 253-0681 1-800-92 - 269 Inventory Clearance i ALL UNt'rS MUST Over 50 New Nissan & Honda Automobiles To Choose From & More On The Way 1990 NISSAN SENTRA STD. 2 DR. Cloth Seats, Manual Trans- , , Rear Def0gger, 4 cyl. fuel inj. s7302" 1990 NISSAN HARDBODY 2 WD PICKUP Best Quality & Resale At Lowest Prices $7379. 1990 HONDA ACCORD At Unbelievable Price! II[]l P DX 5 Spd- 4 Cyl. Fuel Injected L0tsOfStandardOpti0ns '11,301. "[his is Just A Few O1' The (;odd Deals, Everything Must Go - AT LOW-LOW PRICES. Just Come In And Make Us A Deal and We will Sell You A Vehicle Selection - Sales - Service NISSAN Tomato Seeds Grown By West 'Robin McQuain (left), Shawnda Osborne and Sally Lane oegm rnua~- uring tomato plants started from space-exposed seed as a part of Shawnda's "'shadowing" activities at Westvaco's Rupert Research greenhouse. ~, The Partnership in Education be- tween Greenbrier West High School and Westvaco Corporation contin- ues to develop as students from the Advanced Chemistry Class experi- ment wittl"tomato seeds from space. The seeds, planted by the students, are in the greenhouse of the Westvaco Rupert Research facility. Lab Technician Robin McQuain cares for the plants and the students visit weekly to monitor their growth. The seeds were exposed to the environment of space for nearly six years. They were subjected to cos- mm radiation, temperature ex- tremes, weightlessness, and the vacuum of space. Students will be looking for possible mutahons to the tomato plants, such as changes m fruit s~ze and color growth rate. and leaf. stem. and stalk shapes and sizes. The pink grapefruit is a muta- tion resulting from nuclear ~rradiation of white grapefruit seed. Results will be gathered by the students and for- warded to National Aeronautics and Space Admm~strabon for a final re- port The Space Exposed Experiment Developed for Students (SEEDS) was one of 57 expenments housed on the recently recovered l 1-ton Long Durahon Exposure Facility sat- ellite. After a nearly 6-year voyage ,.q space the 12.5 million tomato seeds were recovered by the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia January 12 SEEDS is a cooperahve project between NASA and Park Seed Company. offenng students a one- of-a-kind, hands-on experiment to study the effects of long-term space exposure on living tissue. SEEDS has the potenhal to involve four mil* t~on students and 40,000 educators. Ir~ March. NASA distributed t80.000 SEEDS kits contmmng spaceexposed seeds and equal number of Earth-based seeds to teachers from the uppe~ elementary school to the umvers~ty level for ex- periments and study. On Apnl 3, students planted the seeds ~n flats using commercial pot- ting mix. No specific planting instruc- tions were given by NASA , how "~ ever, the report does ask what types of soil were used. ]hey fertilized the plants with 20-20-20, standard greenhouse fertilizer. Instructions were to transplant the plants when they had gotten their third or fourth leaf. '~ One strange thing the group no- ticed was that the plants from NASA had very few roots when trans- planted as opposed to some local seed tomato plants in the green- house possibly due to the six-year storage. The space plants, as com- pared to the earth plants, are basi- cally the same. all about 7-8" tall and leafing ~n much the same color and shape. NASA instructions indi- cated that the plants should begin bearing fruit within 72 days, how- ever, these plants have not flow- ered Ms McQuain said she was sur- prised that they have not lost any plants even during the transplanting stage of the experiment. Each week the students measure the leaf w=dth and hetght of the plants. The germ=- nation rates were measured and the space tomatoes germinated at 58- 59 per cent as opposed to the earth tomatoes at 72 per cem Students participating n tt~e Droj ect are: Car Wallace. Cindy Tuck- wilier. John Lewis and Bryan Osborne. all graduahng sen~ors at West Shawnda Osborne ~s also a parhc~pant of the WestvacoWest Partnershio Shadow Program Shawnda recently spent the day "shadowing" Robin McQuain and measured the plants for the project group. School was out for semors May 31 and West Forestry Club members will monitor the project for the remaining hme period. Pots of tomatoes are on a~sDiay at me Westvaco offices and some stu- dents will take plants home to watch over the summer Anyone ~nterestea =n more ~nfor mahon on the experiment ts encour- aged to contact Robin McQuam at the Research facd~ty n Rupert at 392-6334. Bluegrass Market Saturday June30, 1990 357head sold to 65 buyers. Amountin to $71.044.61 STOCKER & FEEDER STEERS Under 500# 60.00 500 --- 750# 82.00 Over 750# 67.50 HEIFERS Under 500# 74,00 501 --750# 78.50 Over 750# 51 50 BULL CALVES 64.00 BABY CALVES 65,00 VEAL CALVES 91 PC 99.00 95.50 77.00 HOGS SLAUGHTER 55.00 SOWS 38.00 BOARS 86.00 PIGS & SHOATS 83.00 By Head 29.00 64.00 93.00 PONIES 150 00 1,10. 00 HORSES 42.00 39. O0 SLAUGHTER CATTLE STEERS none HEIFERS none COWS 47.00 55.75 BULLS 58.75 66.25 Under 1OOO# Over I000# 58.75 66.75 SHEEP & LAMBS BLUE 5 I. 00 RED 47,00 OTHERS 14.00 EWES 1 I. 00 WETHERS 51,00 GOATS GOATS,BH 21.00 54.00 COW & CALF PAIRS 590. PC COWS, BH 980.00 MULE MULES 290.00 1990 National Farm U.S Representahve Harley Stag- gers, said the House Agriculture Committee has completed its work on the bill that will guide federal farm and food programs for the next five years A semor member of the commit- tee, Mr Staggers said he began working on the 1990 Farm Bill two years ago 'For two years now, I have been meeting with many groups m West V=rginia wt~o have a vested ~nterest in federal food and farm policies, and that includes consumers who want affordable food and. farmers who want to earn a living. I believe the commlttee by and large has put together a bilt that addresses the needs of consumers and farmers," said Me Staggers ]-he Second District congress- man said he won approval of ~ame of amendment that could help We~tricker Bt Virginia farmers capture new rn~arried a kets. He said the Farm Bill co#l~rank, bul also help young people stay on t~ave their farm or go into farming ,~esses. "In the future, we are either goi~ Pearl to have large corporate farms a~)usband's what amounts to a monopoly of t~ame she market, or we are going to keep~l man by l diverse agriculture industry Keepi~ Sydens' young people m falmtng is the be~reenbrie chance we .... have to ensure we haV~st belov a diverse agr~cuiturat economy ~SUalty w{ the future." .}assed th The Staggers Amendment to t~elonginc 1990 Farm Bill would provide r~ernie Sa~ search and extension grants to he, dined M small farmers develop markets ~assmate metropolitan areas. ~rades or The Farm Bill will now be consi6~rick sche ered by the full House ~ now kn ~ue and I ~1 ~}nd Pierc Westvaco Wins Top Awara : wast n. Mrs e ver Westvaco Corporation has been honored with two of the paper mdustry's most prestigious environ- mental and energy awards. Westvaco ~s a manufacturer of pa- per, packaging, and chemicals. For advances in water pollution control, Westvaco was recognized for its research and application to reduce the formation and discharge of both dioxin and chloroform in the manufacture of bleached pulp at its mills in Luke, Maryland, Covington, Virginia and Wickliffe, Kentucky. In addition, the Energy management Award was presented to Westvaco for Its sludge dewatering and proc- ess development which enables its Charleston. South Carolina kraft mill to use 100 percent of its sludge as a new fuel source. This is the ninth time Westvaco has been honored for ts contributions since the award orogram's ncept~on ~n 1973. "In 1989. Westvaco was the first company ~n ~ts industry to publicly announce a voluntary $30 million capital ~nvestmem program de- signed to reduce the quanbties of d~oxm that were found m the pulp bleaching process currently prac- ticed in the industry. Westvaco ,h~s{girls w tevotio reduced the quant~he~ - of d,oxin . ~llv_ foiling^,,, more than 96 per cent. In additi0~,~ned over the last two years, Westva~s to c~-~Po~ has committed approximately $[a dr,, t t~ me ~v. million from its research budge ~atton LL studies of how dioxin is formed a~dumphrie the most effective ways to preve'~everend its generation " according to John ~ould rea Luke, president of the company. "Westvaco has also shown mined diligence as a result of a S~ew ries of programs initiated over past several years, including a million effort announced in 1989,' achieve substantial reductions formation of chloroform which is unwanted byproduct from the tional use of hypochtorite in t~e bleaching process. Once the gram is complete, the company pects to achieve a total reductior approximately 90 per cent, though its facilities are and been in full compliance with environmental regulations. As benchmark of Westvaco's by the end of 1989, our Covir . mill had reached a 76 per cent r~ duction and the Maryland mill h~ achieved an 81 per cent reductiOf~ Mr Luke said. Lemon Chess Pie 1 2/3 cups Sugar 1 Tbs Flour 1 Tbs Cornmeal 4 eggs, unbeaten 4 Tbs melted Butter 4 Tbs. Milk 4 Tbs. Lemon Juice 1 grated Lemon Rind 1 unbaked 9" pie shell Combine sugar, flour, cornmeal; toss lightly with a fork. Add 5 ngredients: beat with rotary or electric mixer until smooth and blended. Pour into pie shell. Bake.a! 375degrees F. for 35 minutes or until top is golden brown Cut while warm or chill. By Addle Childs Williamsburg, WV Send your favorite recipe to Mountain Messenger 122 N Court St. Lewisburg, W. Va24901 The Mountain Messenger is now THURSDAY t~ m I m l= w t m E L~ "Protect your best with the best" For literature and location of the off,ce nearest you call Morton IL 800/447-7436 Ilhno,s customers call 800/426-6686 Take out a subscription to the Mountain Subscription In State: $14.84 In State Senior $13.78 In State Students $11.13 (9 mos.) 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