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Page 18 THE QUODDY TIDES 23 Mar, 1 Charlotte town meeting - March 26 The annual Town Meeting for the town of Charlotte will be held at the Town Hall on Monday evening, March 26 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Thirty-two articles have been listed in the warrant section of the Town Report which will be delivered to residents some- time this week. None of the articles in this year's warrant are out of the ordin- ary except No. 27 which requests that the town raise a recommended $2,000 for the purpose of tax reaping. This year's warrant includes the school budget as presented in Articles 29 through 32. The budget remains the same as last year with the exception of an addi- tional $5,000 needed toward the purchase of a new school bus. It is requested that the town raise $67,100 of the total $125, 500 school budget. The total town budget is a recom- mended $7,600 increase over last year, however, First Selectman Ernest James, stated that he would like to cut this in- crease down a bit at the Town Meeting. Your County Extension Service WINTER HAPPENINGS WITH BEES During the winter, honey bees survive on the harvests of their earlier foraging. They do not have to worry about OPEC oil prices or an energy shortage-their fuel is honey. With sufficient honey stores and enough sisters to help every- one maintain a minimum 42F. body temperature, a winter bee colony patient- ly awaits spring with its abundant flower- ing plants. Honey bees do not hibernate over the winter months. Normal hive activities continue during the winter albeit at a re- duced level. The queen lays a smaller number of eggs; eggs are tended by nurse- age worker bees as usual. Brood cells are cleaned and food transmitted from sister to sister. The queen must be groomed and tended. When the outside tempera- ture climbs above 57F, bees may fly to void wastes, collect water and even scout for flowers. The necessary heat to keep all colony members from freezing comes from muscle activity. Honey is the carbohy- drate food to supply the muscles with the food they need. Pollen is needed to rear more young: bee bread stores are used until fresh pollen becomes available. The stored bee bread is not as nutritionally adequate as pollen so brood rearing is greatly reduced during the winter. As the colony consumes the honey stores, waste matter builds up in worker digestive tracts. Some honey sources are less ideal for wintering because they con- tribute to more rapid waste content build- up. Such wastes must be voided eventual- ly so bees will venture outside when the weather permits. Water from outside is needed to dilute honey because although bees store their nectar as honey to keep it from spoiling, they do not eat the hon- ey unless diluted. Bees can conserve body water to aid in winter food digestion to some degree. During winter, a bee colony reaches its lowest population level of the year. The members must not fall too low or there won't be enough bees to provide the necessary warmth for all. To conserve previous heat, the bees cluster together. In very cold temperaturs, a cluster is very tight and compact. The cluster con- tracts and expands with daily and month- ly temperature fluctuations. As long as there are enough stores, a bee colony should survive the winter season. Hope- fully all your colonies survive this winter to prosper next year. Arthur Gall, Exten- sion Entomologist prepared this material. If you have any further questions contact your Washington County Extension Office at 5 Cooper Street, Machias, 255-3345. CHARLOTTE GRANGE TO HOLD "TOWN MEET- ING SUPPER" Once again, on the last Monday in March, the Charlotte Grange will be sponsoring their annual Town Meeting Supper. The date will be March 26 at the Town Hall from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. when the menu will include baked beans, casser- oles, hot rolls, dessert and coffee. Prices for the supper are $3.00 for adults and $1.50 for children. The town meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. CHARLOTTE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. AUXILIARY NOTES Members of the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary met at the home of Eileen Clark for the first of their regular meetings for 1984. Under old business, there was much discussion concerning problems stemming from last fall's Christmas Craft Fair, i.e.: parking, too many raffles, crowding of tables, among others. Members will strive to eliminate these problems at the 1984 Craft Fair tentatively scheduled for November 3. Many fund raising suggestions were introduced during the course of the even- ing such as holding a field day in conjunc- tion with the summer craft and bake sale. Members are to bring in ideas at the next meeting. The group will also be sponsoring one of their famous baked bean suppers this summer with a date yet to be announced. It was suggested that the organizations in town should contribute or plan a fund raising project in order to donate money to the Calais Free Library Building Fund. The Auxiliary members voted to initiate the fund by giving $100. The money will be turned over to the library as a "Town Gift" when all organizations have con- cluded their fund-raising projects. The next meeting of the Auxiliary will be Monday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Cyrena Veader. GRANGE NOTES The Charlotte Subordinate Grange held their regular meeting February 29 with several guests including Ruby John- son, Chairman for the State Home Eco- nomics Committee; Ronald Johnson, Pomona Master; Donald Brown, Harry and Jane Knowlton-all from Perry Grange; and, Carl Rice, Frank and Vera Barnes from Pembroke Grange. Due to illness, lecturer, Doris Dwelley, was unable to present a literary program consequently, Jane Knowlton was in charge of a very interesting program with everyone participating. It was voted at this meeting to have the piano tuned. Refreshments were served following the meeting. POMONA GRANGE NOTES The Washington County Pomona Grange held their regular meeting March 6 at the Grange Hall in Charlotte when Grangers from Lubec, Pembroke, Perry, Robbinston, Cathance and Charlotte en- joyed a delicious pot luck supper before the meeting. During the business meeting, which was attended by 53 members, Mrs. Char- lotte Smith was installed as a member of Pomona Grange. Lecturer, Jane Knowlton, was in charge of the literary program, which was on the CWA projects for this year. State Chairman, Ruby Johnson, discuss- ed these projects with the members and showed some of the items on display. The most outstanding was a beautiful quilt made by Evelyn Pottle. Other items included a dress, stuffed toy, cook- ing and other craft items, which all will be included in this year's contest. The next meeting will be held in Pem- broke, Tuesday, April 3. S Tel. JUNIOR GRANGE NOTES The regular monthly meeting of the Charlotte Junior Grange was held after , school, March 8, when there were 11 members present. Instead,' of reading jokes as is usually done during the program the youngsters all took part in a beanbag game. Delicious refreshments were provided by honored guest, Leta Hatton. Juniors will be working on their merit badges this month. The next meeting will be April 12. March 17 was a special "fun day" for the children when their leader, Sally Robinson and her assistant, Sylvia Day, took them to Calais for an afternoon of roller skating. What a great time they all had, with even the adults doning skates. AROUND AND ABOUT Sympathy is extended to the family. t Clyde Featherson, who passed away llult,. week. Sympathy is also extended to Mrs.. Dorothy Hawkes on the death of her tlla brother, Darrell Gilson in Philadelphili Pa. Guests at the home of Mabel McGlml lin recently have been her son and daugtp ter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Donald McGlanf, lin, and grandchildren Donna, Warren and Susan from Poland, who enjoyed. some ice fishing while in town. Congratulations to Larry Damon aacl Wendy Brown on their recent marriage, Larry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawreage Damon of the Damon Ridge Road and Wendy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Brown of Calais. Wendy and ? Larry are making their home in Calais. __.1 . by Nancy Townsend Silin! WELCOME SPRING! It's looking like the arrival of spring in our house. The geraniums I brought in- side in the fall are showing their cheerful red blossoms after their winter's rest. There's a fragrant hyacinth in bloom, and the daffodils I potted in the fall are about to open. The shelf is suspended above the wood stove, providing the 75 to 85 bottom heat that helps seeds respond so well. Flats of seedlings dominate the win- dows, and the planting goes on .... Tomatoes can still be started, and it's not too late for an early variety of pepper. It's time to plant cabbage and broccoli for summer use. Cauliflower started now will provide those expensive, but desirable heads for August pickle making. Marigolds are easy to grow. If planted now, they'll give you cut flowers and bright rust-yellow-gold mounds in the gar- den or window boxes, from early June until the first serious frost in the fall. Covering the newly planted flats with plastic wrap or styrofoam trays helps keep the soil moist, for better seed ger- mination. Also less frequent watering is necessary. Lift the coverings if there are any signs of mold,and remove them as soon as the seedlings appear. Keeping the soil from drying out re- quires daily inspection. Don't shock the tender yoamg plants with icy tap water. Instead, pamper them with warm or room temperature water. On sunny days, flats on windowsills can dry out quickly, some times even causing the seedlings to droop. Chilly nights by the window can dam- age the plants. If the temperature on the windowsill drops to 55 , move the flats. It's more work, but think of those up coming tomatoes. Along with moisture and heat, good light is necessary for growing stocky, green plants. If they have to reach for strong light, they will grow tall and spind- ly (leggy), and will have weakened stems. Also, the leaves will be pale. There never seems to be enough win- dowsill space in the spring. This year we making temporary shelves across some of the south and west windows. Perhaps then the houseplants won't have to be pushed aside by the future edibles. Of course, it would be nice to have the aid of a florescent light to suspend over the growing plants. Setting one up involv- es making a frame, and providing some means for raising and lowe.ring the light. It should be kept about 5-6 inches above the growing foliage, and can be left on 14-I 6 hours a day. This lighting is con- venient, but it doesn't create additional heat for the plants, and there's a limited space underneath it. Some people increase the area of its effectiveness by adding re- flectors. Another way to keep the young plants growing vigorously is to give them more space. When they are 1-2 inches tall, or before they become crowded, transplant. them into individual pots, or into flats at a 2-inch spacing. This is when the advantages of planting the seeds thinly become obvious. Trying to untangle the stems and roots of crowd- ed plants is frustrating, and it damages the tender seedlings. After transplanting, keeping them out of the strong sunlight for a couple of days helps them adjust. By providing heat, moisture, light and space, you will raise Vigorous seedlings that will help assure lots of fresh vegetab- les from your garden this summer. Building up the soil's fertility and tilth is always a gardener's concern. Manure, "brown gold", can be obtained from commercial chicken and dairy farms, as well as from many other area animal owners. Seaweed, rich in minerals, can b0. gathered and composted, or spread on the garden for tilling in later. Save the wood ahses when you clean out the stove, and store them in a dry place to preserve their nutrients. Fortunately these soil builde are readily available. A look at the calendar tells us that spring has arrived. Now let's hgpe March goes out like the traditional lamb, and leaves us with spring-like days. ( c ) 1984 Nancy Townsencl Silins are going to create additional area by ,. :l l) 17. " "1 II II -" I"" 1 1" ,] f,S !1 [ n'00ld00eneralStre l DENNYSVILLE, ME. 726-4654 t . OPEN 5:30 AM --6:00 PM i Monday through Saturday i i 8:00 AM -- 12 Noon Sunday I MEATS - FRESH PRODUCE | L ,,,f