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2011 PRIDE Spring Cleanup will kick off Saturday;



LAWRENCE COUNTY -- The Lawrence County PRIDE organization will have its annual Spring Clean-up at Yatesville Lake on Saturday, April 9, 2011 and the countywide cleanup is set for April 14, 15, and 16. Cleanup begins Saturday at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Friday  from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and Saturday the 16th from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

“We would like to have everyone encourage neighbors, churches, civic organizations and volunteers to come out and help in the cleanup," said Lawrence County Solid Waste Manager, Bill Richards (right) yesterday. "Our goal is to have citizens really take PRIDE in their community this year.”

Not only will churches and organizations will be active in the cleanup, but 7th and 8th graders from around the county will be pitching in to help this year, too, Richards said.

Dumpsters will be available at the City Garage, the County Garage and at Rt. 201 in Blaine so that Lawrence Countians can haul items not normally picked up by regular trash hauling such as old appliances, brush and other trash, Richards said.

“In the past, we’ve had problems with people going through the dumpsters and leaving trash everywhere so this year the dumpsters will be locked up and monitored,” Richards said. “We will accept everything with the exception of household garbage, tires and hazardous waste.“ The dumpsters will also be left in the designated areas for only three days this year because of problems with coordinating a two week dumping period last year.

“I would also like to remind everyone that we have free disposal on the last Friday and Saturday of every month.”

Free T-shirts will be given to volunteers and a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic lunch will be held at the Lawrence County Extension office at noon Saturday. Prizes and awards will be presented to organizations and volunteers.

If you are interested in participating, contact the Lawrence County Extension Office at 606-673-9495 to register.

Land stewardship, forest management courses taught free;


LOUISA -- The Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Office held the fourth part of their Gardener’s Toolbox Series Tuesday evening April 5, 2011 at the Shopping Center road headquarers of the organization.

The theme for the night's event was 'Wildlife Food Plots'.

Guest Speakers were Harley Weaver, (right) Private Lands Biologist, and Chris Wiedamann, (below left) District Service Forester.

Weaver discussed Cost Sharing Programs. These are both federal and state funded programs available and being used, he said.  Weaver also spoke about the KY Forest Stewardship Program, Habitat Improvement Program and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives, all offered by the state at little or no cost to Kentuckians.

The Forest Stewardship Program provides help to land owners in cover planting, trees and bushes, strip disking, fall herbicides, edge feathering, native deer foods, conservation cover, wildlife watering holes and forest stand improvements.

“If you want wildlife, you have to use food plots” said Weaver.

Wiedamann discussed the importance of Forest Management. He explained basics on healthy timber and water, food plots, tree and shrubbery planting, timber/forest stand improvement, how snags and cavity trees promote habitation, watering holes, and monitoring forest health. Wiedamann also spoke about insects, diseases, and invasives.

“Here in Eastern Kentucky, we are lucky to have the greatest diversity of Wildlife” said Wiedamann.

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You may contact Harley Weaver at 606-686-3642 and Chris Wiedamann at 606-478-4495.

The next class in the Gardener’s Toolbox series will be held April 18th at 6:00 PM at the LC Extension Office. The topic of discussion will be “Bees”.


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