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3,2003 ;er summer e nice to give rules the summer. That Under the title of Smelser is look- Saturday at Vet- Park in Sidney. and Spice Festi- istrations at 1 p.m. Smelser the event with a introduced the and Spice Festi- Council in Janu- the festival is Eckhoff Sprouted peppers Then Lovec rain one Saturday gave the pepper residents of the multi-colored and bell peppers for prizes - that's Part of the festival. in. You to enter your also be a contest includ- part of the are encouraged to by entering your jelly or jams or goodies. be at the grill, recipe of his peppers. Levee's ~' available for those some antacid festival is "to sugar and value and this event will promote Sid- the contests, the Spice Princess Photos of tn the early years Yellowstone Irri- Will also be on festival, ready for Calendars to attend Spice Festival, 6, starting at 1 to get your in starting at leave Veterans the Gun Show. there Saturday, carry over till a great begin- Serving the MonDak area since St:ta dd4_ead BY DENIECE SCHWAB service of blessing (kirkin' or Herald-Leader "churching") of the plaids New to the area, but not new began in the United States to handbell ringing is Deb Sing, about 60 years ago. U.S. Chap- wife of Steve Sing who is the lain Peter Marshall initiated the manager of Sidney Sugars. custom. Several denominations Sing, along with 25 other peo- hold this service as a way of pie from the Presbyterian honoring their Scottish her- Church in Fargo, recently came itage. The service in the Fargo back from possibly a once-in-a- church involves the choir, lifetime trip to Scotland. The orchestra, bells, bagpipers and handbell choir from the church Scottish dancers. All the people was invited to perform at the from the area, not just from the Luss and Arrochar Parish church can bring their tartans. churches in Scotland. "You place your tartan on a How did they ever get an invi- big silver tray and your clan tation to perform so many miles name is announced," Sing said. from the United States? The "Then the minister says a bless- Fargo church hag a serviceing over all the tartans. It's a every fall called the "Kirkin' o' very emotional and beautiful the Tartan." service." "I started playing bells in the H Crookston, Minn., Presbyterian church, when a man from the "I started playing church donated the bells in bells in the Crook- memory of his wife," Sing said, "We wrestled up some people ston, Minn., eresby- and started playing the bells. I terian church, when play the piano, so learning to a man from the play the bells was not too diffi- church donated the cult for me." The music director of the bells in memory of Fargo church, Gary Thrasher, his wife. We wrestled went to Scotland to research up some people and Scottish music for the service. started playing the He wanted to get in touch with a minister, hoping his research bells. I play the might be a little easier if there piano, so learning to was someone to help him. He play the bells was not was introduced to Dane Sher- tOO difficult for me." ard, the minister of the Luss and Arrochar churches, who had - Deb Sing just finished up some classes in the United States. He and his wife, Rachel, helped Thrasher Two hundred years ago, King with the research. George 111 officially banished Sherard came back to partici- tartans from Scotland, but Scots pate in the "Kirkin' o' the Tar- smuggled bits of the wool into tan" service the following year, churches so that ministers could right after the Sept. 11 attacks. bless their tartans anyway. Sherard asked if the handbell As a public ceremony, the choir would come to Scotland to SUBMITTED PHOTO First to arrive at Arrochar, Scotland, at left, Deb Sing, and daughter, Jenna. Dane Sher- ard, center, the church minister, was there at the airport to pick up his 26 guests from Fargo. perform, and thus the date was the Duke and Duchess of Denmark. The Scotland trip set for last spring. Argyll), crossing the Highlands, was scheduled so Deb and After playing at the localand then to St. Andrews, includ- Jenna could meet the Fargo churches, the choir toured many ing the castle, the golf course, group in Glasgow at the end of sites. Along their travel, con- the university (where Prince their trip to Denmark. certs were set up for St. Giles William attends college)and St. Although the trip lasted but Cathedral in Edinburg, and also Rule's Tower. one week, it was an experience at the Abbey on the Isle of Iona. The trip was scheduled for an the group will never forget. During their stay, the choir opportune time, in that Steve "We took our bells and music in also toured Stirling Castle and Deb had promised theirmany places that one could only (where some of the movie daughter, Jenna, a trip to Den- hope to visit," Sing said. "We "Brave Heart" was filmed),mark after her college gradua- actually played for the tourists Tours also included Glasgow, tion. Jenna had been a high in those places, What an awe- Inveraray Castle (the home of school exchange student insome memory." ncommon uses! Uncommon uses for common household products There's a use for almost everything in your house besides what you would normally do with the item. Here are a few suggestions for eggs and furniture polish. It's amazing what different household chores you can use them for. Just take a gander at these tidbits: Eggshells Feed your ferns: Some plants just love eggs. Indulge them. A few days in advance, crush some calcium-rich eggshells into the water you plan to give your ferns or blooming perennials. Let the solution stand for a couple of days, shake well, then water as usual and watch your garden grow. "Egg"cellent way to start seedlings: Save your eggshells that are cracked in half, but still intact. When it's time to plant seedlings indoors, fill each half with soil and seeds. Set the egg halves back into an empty egg carton, and grow them as usual. When they're ready to transplant, simply make a few cracks in the egg, and plant the whole thing in your garden. Clean stains off glassware: Do you have stains on your glass- ware or even your china? Try soaking them in a solution of vine- gar and eggshells. They should come out squeaky clean. Brew a better cup: Add some crushed eggshells to your coffee grounds. It takes away the bitterness. Mineral-rich water: After hardboiling eggs, hang on to the water. It's rich in minerals. After it has cooled for awhile, use it to feed and water your houseplants at the same time. Make a disposable funnel: In a jam without a funnel? Grab an eggshell, poke a small hole in the bottom and pour away. Best of all, it's disposable, so use it for those messy or chemi- cal jobs. Furniture polish Help shower doors stay cleaner: Spraying your glass shower doors with furniture polish or lemon oil will help keep them clean longer. Get dust off your dustpan: If you want to get dust and dirt into your dustpan .without them permanently sticking there, try this. First, wash and dry your dustpan thoroughly, and then spray it with furniture polish and buff lightly. Next time you use it, the dirt should slide right out and into the trash. Smooth sailing in the classroom: Rub a bit of furniture polish onto the metal rings in your notebook and your pages will turn smoothly. BY FRED BARKLEY Richland County Agent Several weeks ago, I wrote an article on drought conditions, and since then, things have only become worse. If you don't believe it, just take some time and look around. Unless Mother Nature helps out, water levels in the soil profile remain extremely low and need to be replenished, either by rainfall or the end of your garden hose. To sum it up, plant materials in the area are in a crisis mode. Very soon now, cooler temperatures, shorter days and dry weather will all play a role in help- ing plants to "harden" off and gradually go dor- mant for the winter. But to avoid irijury and pos- sible death from winter drought, plant materials are going to need a helping hand this year. Normally at this time of year the water your lawn receives is adequate to sustain trees and shrubs until they go dormant. Lawn grasses will use excesses of water and plant food, which in turn helps induce trees and shrubs into dormancy. And we generally recommend a thorough, deep watering after plants have matured or hardened off so they have adequate moisture reserves for the winter. In normal years, this can be done the latter part of October and even into early Novem- ber. But this year is different. Some plant materials are stressed so badly from lack of moisture leaves are shriveling up and dropping off prematurely. They are literally being burned up. Therefore, we are recommending a change in tactics. If possible, deeply water trees and shrubs in the next week to 10 days to help build up soil mois- ture to adequate levels. Then, water as you nor- mally would until leaf fall is complete. Then in late October, once again deep water all trees and shrubs. This is eslaecially true in the case of evergreens, which retain their needles throughout the winter. They continuously transpire during the winter months, more so during warm sunny periods. If adequate moisture is not available at this time, injury can take place. Evergreens can further be protected through the use of transpiration minimizers (anti-desiccants). They need to be applied in late October or early November to help reduce moisture loss. Products such as "Wilt-proof' go on milky and clear and form a wax covering that stays flexible and retains a natural look. If we get a January or February thaw, reapplication might be considered to further protect plants. It's under these circum- stances that drying out is most likely to take place because plants cannot absorb moisture through their root systems in frozen soil. These types of products can be used when tem- peratures are above 40 degrees for just a few hours, which allows for adequate application and sufficient drying time. Of all the information we have shared this growing season, today's column might just be the most important of all. It is going to take some extra planning and work to enable your leafy lovelies to survive and provide shade and beauty again next spring. The growing season is rapidly coming to an end, but if you have a problem and need help, remember to stop by or give us a call at 433-1206. [M #p. and Stop in today! 310 2nd Ave NE * 482-2403 E-mail- sherald @ Web Site-