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6A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, September 13, 1990 The Joy People of many countries be- lieve crickets are bearers of good luck. Dicken's book "Cricket on tile Hearth" plays on and en- courages this belief and Walt Disney's diminy Cricket is a fine fellow loved by small children. Chinese people often make pets of crickets and keep them in small cages. When Randall and Lowell were small they also caught crickets. They would put them in old coffee jars with a handful of grass and a few bread crumbs, Because the jars were always topless they had to keep the crickets on the porch. "Pne crickets seldom tried to escape. Instead, they would settle back among the grass blades and be- gin their swan songs by rasping their back legs across each other. They paid no attention to the curious stares from the boys and me. I don't know if they ever ate or drank anything although the boys would sprinkle drops of water on the grass a couple of times a day. Only once did they produce any great excitement. I suppose one of the three crickets was a lady and the other two decided the only way to determine who won her hand was by fighting. She stayed hidden in the bottom of the jar while they rushed at each other with snapping jaws and strong kicks. After a few minutes of watching them, Ran- dall decided he didn't want such violent pets and dumped them in the flower bed. Usually, after a couple of days, the boys would lose interest and I would liberate their pets. They never seemed to be in a hurry to rush off through the grass when I shook them gently from tile jar onto the lawn. I was reminded of this a couple nights ago, when I was chasing a cricket around the liv- ing room. Maybe some folks keep pet crickets in their homes, but I have read that: crickets eat holes in clothing, paper and even get into food stuff, so I wanted wanted to get him into the folded newspaper so I could put him outside. He jumped Into the newspaper alright, but before I could get anywhere near the door he was back on the floor. Never again could I encourage him to touch the paper. He jumped to the side, he Jumped over the top, he jumped under- neath -- everywhere but onto the paper. Oh, he was a cham- pion jumper! Well, enough was enough. I'd tried to preserve his life. But, if he wanted to refuse to co6perate then I'd just exterminate him. Bang~ The paper hit the floor and there., he was a good three feet from where he'd been when I aimed the paper. Swatl Stompl And bang again --- and off" he scuttled safely under the couch. Aha I thought, as an idea bulb exploded in my brain! I'll get the vacuum clea~oer. I moved couches, chairs and tables as I vacuumed. I found one of Robert's socks that had been missing for two we~iks, a pen, a couple of Andrew's hmrbles and a magazine from last month that I'd started to read but had been j I i I Call Brier Interiors Before Winter Calls On You. Winfer is clour than you think. Act now to make it more enjoyable by putting toll quality Ruso home Poly-Tex ~t WJrMoum xho For TllemNtv~ ~ Poly.Tex M,mu~t..~ by R.~o Se~e ~ (P,e Roe~ W~ uuee ~ ~ ww~o.~ ial m kx ~w ~ m,~i il ~. ~iItlm in Ilx 152 Seneca Trail Fairlea WV. 645-1401 iii i1111 of Farmin Ella S. Galford Warner -- Elmore Steer Calf Award unable to finish because" it had disappeared. I had been certain I had lain it on the back of the couch and had even accused Robert of throwing it away. I never saw Mr Cricket. But surely with all that cleaning, I had rid myself of him. I was feel- ing self righteous and smug. Af- ter all, l'd gotten all that clean- ing done. I hopped into bed with my magazine. Soon the house was quiet with the only sound being the flipping of magazine pages and the gentle snores of Robert sleeping. Then I hear it "Crickety-chirp, chtrpty-crick." Loud and shrill, the noise echoed. I crept from the bed with murder in mind. In the hallway 1 paused. Now wait a minute --just where is he? I be- lieve he is in the bathroom, but when I get there it sounds like he is in the living room. Well, that was where l last saw him. I creep into the living room. Is he In the hall, or is he in the kitchen? No matter where I go the song seems to come from another direction. Finally, in frustration, I stomp back to bed and pull the pillow over my head to shut out the noise. I sleep. In the rush to get breakfast over and get to work the next morning I never give Mr Cricket a thought and he does nothing to remind me of his presence. That evening I have a meeting to attend and as 1 speed from stove, to table, to bedroom, I am vaguely aware of his chirping, There is no time to hunt for the little ventriloquist so I lock him in the house and leave him alone with hls lovesick serenade. Later that night, I was on the telephone when Robert picked up the paper from the coffee table. Suddenly the h(;use was a density of quiet and we realized he~ had stopped his song. Then I saw him perched on the black- covered book that was on the table. For some seconds he sat there eyeing Robert suspiciously. I though he appeared tired. His antennas drooped and his back seemed as he under the ~croc doily. Well, he had trapped himself and I wasn't about to let him es- cape. After the first minute of struggle he was docile and I handled him gently as 1 carried him outside and deposited him in the grass. Funny how harmonious, peaceful and sleep-inducing a cricket opera is when you listen to it through the bedroom win- dow. How terrible one cricket screeches when he is rasping his fiddle inside the housel Is there a moral hidden somewhere in that? "Protect your best with the best" For literature and location of the office nearest you, call Morton, IL 800/447-7436 Illinois customers call 800/426-6686 - The Warner-Ehnore steer Call was sold at the West Virginia State Fair Junior IAvestock sale. The steer calf is given each year by Vane Warner of Renick Io the Greenbrier County 4-H clubs. They, in turn, select a 4-H'er to raise the calf from weaning to market weight and show it al the State Fair Junior Show. This year's recipient was Suzanne Humphrey of the Vago Vikings 4-H Club. Ehnore's Farm and Home Supply of Ronceverte furnishes the feed for the calf while the 4- H'er raises the animal. Benny Elmore also provides assistance along with the Extension Serv- Ice, in advice and guidance to the 4-H members. Suzanne will receive a small part of the money from the sale, all of the show priz.e money, and a full scholarship to the coming year's county camp. The remain- der of the funds of the sale of the steer will be used for camp scholarships to the Greenbrier County 4-H camps. Lawson Hamilton of Lewis- burg purchased the animal. This Is one of the educational pro- grams in the county made pos- sible through the participation of individuals and business. Green- brier County 4-H clubs and members would like to thank Vane Warner, Elmore's Farm Supply, and Mr Hamilton for their help and support. Anyone interested in the pro- gram should contact the County Extension Office at 204 North Court Street in Lewisburg. A Pa ose i i ii Short Course Offered The West Virginia Shepherds Federation (WVSF) and the West Virginia University (WVU) Exten- sion Service are presenting a "Sheep Short Course" September 15, at the Bishop Hodges Pas- toral Center, Hultonsville, 24 miles south of Elkins, on Route 219. This "Short Course" is open to anyone interested in sheep. Registration will be flom 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Pre-registra- lion by mail to: WVSF, RD 1, Box 76, Glen Easton 26039. Speakers will be Dr Jer~'y Radde, DVM. with the University of Tennessee, Dr Jerry Jung, head of the USDA Pasture Lab at Penn State University, and Bill McClure, manager of the Re- search Station at Steels Tavern, Virginia for Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The topics to be covered are: "Internal Parasites of Sheep and Their Treatments," "Ram Repro- ductive Evaluation," "Brassica Rapa" (in other words -- plants of the tun~ip family and their use), and "Raising Lambs on Grass and Finishing on Concen- trates," along with an update of the research projects being con- dueled at WVU. The cost of the "Short Course" is $22 for the first family mem- ber and $10 for each additional family member except children 12 and under will be admitted free. A lamb dinner will be served. hnmediately following the close of the "Short Course, WVSF will hold it's annual meet- ing. Items on the agenda are: election of directors, election of West Virginia's Director to American Shepherds' Institute, discussion of the newsletter, and by-law changes. For reservations or further information, contact the WVSF at 845-0681. Husqv rna Products Model 22HB Blower $129.95 .......... Model 50 Regular $409.00 Now $329.95 Model 42 II I Regular $385.95 NOW $349.00 Trimmer, Model 22RL Regular $289.00 Now Only $209.00 Lawn Mowers 4 h.p. Self Propelled witb [.ear bagger Regular ;389 00 Cledrance $299,00 BB FEED SPECIALS BB @ Scratch Grains ........................ 0,0 4.80 @ Layer Crumbles ............... 5.00 @ Rabbit Maker ............................ 5o1 6.25 Hog Feed Meal ....................... oo,b Fitting Ration ............................ ,oo, 9.75 Prices Good Thurs. thru Sat.(9-13 thru 9-15,1990) "Cash & Carry Only" GREENBRIER VALLEY FARM CENTER 920 Monroe Ave., Ronceverte, WV 647-4911 or 1-800-464-1717 (WV Toll Free Line) Register to win a $25o0 Gift Certificate. 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Rugged 158-cu diesel engine Excellent tore ciency and Easy-to-read panel Optional front-wheel( cuts tillage time by percent, depending conditions Independent PTO engagement Power-assist lock operation Is as well as a Ford? A Greenbrier Tractor Rt. 219 North Lewisburg, WV 645-1711 of any size, shape, condition or access to sell to ENS of out-of-state buyers who contact our office every month! Houfnagle Rd: 4 b~~[~~n, view ....................... Neat, efficient Brick, country living, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, views ................ 20 ac. , " ~ e e , : " . ............ Victorian Style Cottage, 3 bdrm, large river lot, Reduced ................ 240 ac. Mini-Farm, 9 ac., 80% complete 1800 sq. ft. vinyl 200 Harper,, 2 bdrm MH on 1/2 ac., private, never flooded,good condition' 123 ac. Mountain Farm, pond, 2 careeks, springs, views ................. 18.53 a o ~ o o o ' : " ing ...... 20 acres near Rock Camp, 200 yr. old farmhouse, spring ............... 1700+ S o ~ o o 0 , : " . .................... 11.23 ac. near Frankford, neat 3 bdrm brick, private, views ............ 25.45 a e i I I I , .: - unty ............. 2 acres, furnished 3 bdrm home, Second Creek ................................... 17 privat , ~ i I , : .......... 45 acres near Frankford, Greenbrier River, secluded ....................... 13 acres ................ 120 acre Mountain Woodland, near Ski Resorts, Aiderson: 608~:f-'l II =11 "J = ~IHI ~' [I[HIIIE~] I~'W;~II =11 :lllfl =l:i ......... 30.84 acre. Monroe Cty, very nice, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, home, incredido MOUNTAIN HOME PRC Dave Cedarleaf: Broker 108 S. Jefferson St. Lewisburg, WV 24901 645-4110 ANYTIME Sales Associates: Marianne Ce Kay Gumm-392-6263 THE ONLY WAY WE CAN SELL YOUR PROPERTY IS IF YOU LIST WITH UNITED NATIONAL: MOUNTAIN HOME PROPERTIES. 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