By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhen it comes to manicuring your landscape plants, University of Georgia experts say there’s a big difference between pruning and giving your shrubs a haircut.”Many common yard plants, particularly boxwoods, are pruned with electric trimmers,” said Jim Crawford, the UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Jefferson County. “This method is fast and requires less labor, but it’s really shearing, not pruning.”Crawford says electric trimmers allow home landscapers to create nice shapes in their shrubs, but they’re actually giving their plants a “haircut.” Let the sunshine inThe secret to pruning your landscape shrubs without harming them is to make sure you leave openings for the sunlight to penetrate through.To properly prune, Crawford says to pick the longest shoots and trace them down into the plant. Once you find the limb’s origin, cut the limb off flush from the plant.”This takes longer, and your plant won’t have that perfect, smooth, sculptured appearance,” he said. “But the plant will look more natural, and, more important, it will live longer.” Hollies can take it, boxwoods can’tHollies can usually withstand this type of pruning, and that’s why they are popular in formal garden settings. They can be sheared into all kinds of shapes, such as the well-known Disney characters in the Disney World landscape.”On the other hand, boxwoods and other shrubs can’t take shearing,” Crawford said.”Cutting off the tip ends when you shear allows all the buds underneath to break out and grow,” he said. “If you look at the ends of small limbs that have been sheared, you’ll see several other limbs growing from just under the cut end. Over time, these small branches get trimmed and the new branches under them get trimmed and so on until all the stimulated growth forms a dense covering over the outside of the plant.”This thick, foliage “shell” will eventually shade any sunlight from the interior of the plant.”What remains is a thin layer of foliage on the very outer edge of the plant trying to feed all the wood on the inside,” Crawford said. “The plant gradually goes downhill, simply because it was pruned wrong all those years.” Cut flush or at the forkAlways prune trees and shrubs at a fork or flush with the larger limb it grows from so the wound can heal, Crawford said.”Cutting the plant anywhere else causes multiple sprouting,” he said. “You’ll soon be left with even taller, more unsightly shoots, or you’ll start your plant on the road to slow death.”For more information on proper pruning techniques and other landscape tasks, contact your local UGA Extension agent. Just call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
Roman M. Johannigman, 91, Millhousen, passed away on March 25, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.Born, March 15, 1929 in Decatur County, he was the son of Mathias and Cecilia (Thole) Johannigman.Roman graduated from Napoleon High School. He joined the Army and served his country during the Korean Conflict from 1951 until 1953. Roman worked as a farmer and owned Johannigman Excavating in Millhousen. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Knights of St. John both in Millhousen.Roman was married to Marjorie L. Scheidler on August 2, 1952 and she preceded him in death on January 13, 2005.Roman is survived by seven sons; Roman J. (Jean) Johannigman, Jr., Greensburg, John W. (Cindy) Johannigman, Millhousen, Edward M. (June) Johannigman, Millhousen, Paul J. (Marcie) Johannigman, Millhousen, James A. (Peggy) Johannigman, Millhousen, Joseph D. (Donna) Johannigman, Millhousen, William C. (Nicole) Johannigman, Millhousen, three daughters; Jane Ann (Kevin) Faulconer, Greensburg, Jean (Mike) Hooton, Osgood, Joan C. (Jimmy) Arnold, Milford, one sister; Carolyn Gallagher, Indianapolis, 28 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; Marjorie Johannigman, and two brothers; Urban Johannigman, Justin Johannigman.Due to the recent public health safety mandate of limited gatherings, a private graveside service will be held for the immediate family on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Millhousen with Rev. John Meyer officiating. A memorial Mass will occur at a later date.The family is going to pray the rosary on Friday evening at 8:30 and would like everyone at home to pray with them if possible.Memorial contributions may be made through Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home to the Immaculate Conception Cemetery Fund or Our Hospice.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 ELLSWORTH — The Trenton Acadians will open their American Legion Zone 1 baseball season on Sunday, June 22. The team is slated to play 20 more games over the next 29 days.The team, headed by general manager Patrick Maguire, head coach Tim Archambault and assistant coach A.J. Bazdanes, is made up primarily of players from Hancock and Washington counties.The roster includes Dylan Collin, Geoffrey Hanscom, Penobscot Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year Steven Hanscom, Tom Paola and Jon Phelps from Mount Desert Island; PVC Player of the Year Conor Maguire, Mitch Domagala, Nick Bagley, Sid St. Peter and Jake Maguire from Ellsworth; Cooper Smallidge, Dakota Chipman, Finn McMahon-Allwine, Garrison Looke, Hank Vinall, Anthony Bianco and Will Ricker from George Stevens Academy; Gage Feeney from Washington Academy; Joe Archambault from John Bapst; and Scott Boles from Woodland.The Acadians should have good pitching depth with Hanscom, Conor Maguire, Paola and Feeney as starters, and Ricker, Bianco, Phelps, Bagley and Looke available for relief.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTrenton will play all of its home games at the GSA baseball field in Blue Hill.June 22 – Penquis at the Winkin Sports Complex in Bangor, 10 a.m.June 25 – Bangor Comrades at Blue Hill, 4:30 p.m.June 26 – Waldo at Belfast High School, 5:30 p.m.June 27 – Brewer at Blue Hill, 5:30 p.m.June 29 – Hampden at Hampden Academy, 12:30 p.m.June 30 – Motor City at Winkin Sports Complex in Bangor, 7:30 p.m.July 1 – Penquis at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft, 4:30 p.m.July 5 – Bangor at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, 12:30 p.m.July 6 – Waldo at Blue Hill, 12:30 p.m.July 7 – Brewer at Bucksport, 5:30 p.m.July 9 – Hampden at Blue Hill, 4:30 p.m.July 11 – Motor City at Blue Hill, 5:30 p.m.July 13 – Penquis at Blue Hill, 12:30 p.m.July 16 – Bangor at Blue Hill, 4:30 p.m.July 18 – Waldo at Belfast High School, 5:30 p.m.July 19 – Brewer at Blue Hill, 12:30 p.m.July 20 – Hampden at Hampden Academy, 12:30 p.m.July 21 – Motor City at Winkin Sports Complex in Bangor, 6:30 p.m.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017
LOWER Corentyne Secondary School were crowned the Inter-secondary school champions for the first time after a sensational all-round display carried them to a six-wicket win over West Demerara Secondary in the final yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.While it was a complete team effort for the Ancient County line-up, the Lower Corentyne spinners were the main architects of the commanding victory.They combined to reduce the West Demerara side to 107 in 44.5 overs. Kristoff Williams was the main threat, claiming 4-24. Junior Sinclair supported with 3-14, while Joshua Wilson (2-18) and Vijay Gopilall (1-17) were the other successful bowlers.Deciding to bat first on a pitch which appeared to be on the low and slower side, West Demerara openers, Daneshwar Kowlessar and Nicholas Holder, began patiently until Gopilall started the slide when he bowled Kowlessar for nine.Kelvon Anderaon collects his man-of-the-match trophy from chairman of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) junior selector Nazimul Drepaul.That dismissal triggered the collapse and the spinners took control of the game. Sinclair and Williams then claimed two wickets apiece to reduce West Demerara to 28-5.However, Kemar Ferreira joined forces with Holder and the duo added 25 for the sixth wicket before Wilson trapped the latter leg-before-wicket for a patient 21.Ferreira (16) and Mark Wong (2), fell in quick succession, but Christopher Gurdyal and Dev Seepersaud then staged a spirited fightback, adding 43 for the ninth-wicket. Gurdyal ended on 21, while Seepersaud made 18 before both were dismissed.Lower Corentyne eventually chased down the target in 29 overs with six wickets in hand. Sinclair (20) started the run chase in an attacking mood before he and fellow opener Devendra Sumra (3) went in quick succession at 28-2.It was soon 35-3 when Haresh Fernandes went without scoring, but Justin Gobin who joined Kelvon Anderaon then fashioned their victory at 107-4 when Gobin went for 21.Anderson remained unbeaten on 44 and was named man-of-the-match.
For anyone who’s ever watched the weekly videos produced by Herald Sports about the upcoming football games (which can be found on the Badger Herald YouTube channel, among plenty of other goodies), I think we can all say that being on camera really brings out the awkwardness in me quite well.Just like the days in Spanish class when I’d be called on to speak. The time I got “excito” confused with “emocionado” is a fond one in hindsight. That was awkward.So from the perspective of someone not adept at speaking in front of people or a camera with ease, I’m impressed at how enthusiastic Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema is about stepping in front of the bright lights.And from the perspective of everyone else, I’m impressed at Bielema’s enthusiasm because it seems like he’s working hard to increase the media exposure at Wisconsin.There’s been an avalanche of attention given to Wisconsin for about a year now, beginning (sourly) with criticisms of unsportsmanlike conduct against Minnesota last season and burgeoning with the defeat of a No. 1-ranked team and, later, a Rose Bowl bid.Then in the offseason, the Badgers landed a dual-threat, transfer quarterback who has become a legitimate candidate for the Heisman Trophy. And right now, the team is arguably on a better five-game start than any of UW’s past four Rose Bowl teams.The Badgers are also sitting pretty at No. 4 in the Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll, which, together, make up two-thirds of the BCS standings.National exposure is a natural byproduct of winning – specifically winning big, important matches (i.e. Ohio State, Nebraska). However, all the media access requests that come in between games are avoidable, and you don’t see Bielema trying to shelter anybody.Bielema spent the Friday of his bye week in Bristol, Conn., headquarters of ESPN, to engage with reporters and anchors for a full nine hours. SportsCenter, College Football Live, the Scott Van Pelt Show and ESPN the Magazine are just some of the ESPN incarnations he met with.This comes after Bielema allowed ESPN cameras to document the Badgers’ fall camp for a program called “Depth Chart” and, last spring, he was one of four college coaches to join the NFL Network’s broadcast of the college football draft as a guest analyst.He’s also letting others into the spotlight as well. In the week leading up to the South Dakota game, Bielema allowed Sports Illustrated to conduct an exclusive story on the offensive line while this past week, Russell Wilson also appeared on one of the best sports programs out there, Pardon the Interruption.It would be hard to match the ubiquitous nature of traditional powers like Texas, Alabama and Ohio State – teams that will make national news just by virtue of who they are – but I think Bielema wants Wisconsin to be a staple in the media. He doesn’t want to miss any opportunities of having people see and talk about the Badgers.Although the football team is well-known, Wisconsin is still behind plenty of schools in coast-to-coast prominence.It’s taken a Rose Bowl, top-5 rankings and a Heisman candidate to get Wisconsin in the major headlines. Meanwhile, you have schools like Notre Dame, where SportsCenter will occasionally check to see if the Fighting Irish are good again, only to say, “Nope, not yet. What about Michigan”?Wisconsin can benefit directly from attention similar to that. Consistent, national attention can make recruiting all the more easy when potential student-athletes from outside of Wisconsin and the Midwest grow up seeing the “motion-W” and Bielema’s face leading news outlets.Athletes always talk about the teams, coaches and players they grew up watching and reading about. It creates a connection – maybe you could even call it a “soft spot” – and the less introduction a football program needs when meeting a recruit of high value, the better.There are also no indications that Bielema is getting too caught up in the attention, either. Last Tuesday, he said ESPN came to him with the idea of going out to Bristol (not the other way around) and when Sports Illustrated came calling, he made sure the interviews were conducted in the week leading up to South Dakota, not Nebraska.Could he have been recruiting when he was in Bristol? Maybe. Last Tuesday, he detailed his coaching staff’s plans for the week, saying all of a possible nine recruiters were active, but that most of the year’s efforts were already done. According to Bielema, it’s a time of the year when high school sophomores and juniors (where there’s less urgency) start to shift into focus.Either way, it was one day he spent on the ESPN campus, not the entire bye week. And the more Bielema answers the door when ESPN and others come knocking, the better.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism. Have you noticed how much Bielema welcomes the national attention to Wisconsin? Send him an email and tell him about it at [email protected] or tweet @BHeraldSports.
Deputy Director of Prisons, Senior Superintendent Gladwin Samuels, has denied that he gave instructions forDeputy Director of Prisons, Senior Superintendent Gladwin Samuels testifying on Tuesdaythe doors to be locked at the prison cell at the March 3 riots which left 17 inmates dead. Taking the stand at Tuesday afternoon’s session of the Commission of Inquiry into the deadly Camp Street jail unrest, Samuels refuted the testimonies of many inmates stating that he in fact gave instructions to open the door after he discovered the fire in Capital A.“I went in the prison yard down the step and I instructed that the door be opened so that those persons who wish to come out can come out,” Samuels testified.Samuels also told the Commission of the instructions which he gave after ranks encountered difficulty in opening the door in Capital A block. Samuels stated that he instructed to have the door to Capital B opened so that prisoners who were in Capital A could have used the hole they created in the wall to go across to Capital B.He also told the Commission of tensions that existed between prisoners in Capital A and B.“There are several persons from Capital A who have problems with persons from Capital B… the prisoners in Capital B indicated that they were receiving threats from the prisoners in Capital A as it relates to them coming out. We left the door to Capital B open and the officers went downstairs. That was with the aim of removing any confrontation with the prisoners so that they had a free passage to come outside,” Samuels posited.Earlier in his testimony, Samuels explained that he and the Officer In charge of Camp Street Prison, Kelvin Pilgrim, heard a loud bang on the expanding mesh which was discovered to be “a large chunk of concrete” that was broken from the separation wall. He further explained that these bricks were what inmates used to pelt Joint Service members. These hostile actions had caused Firemen to exercise caution in their attempt to out the blaze. With regards to concerns over use of force, Samuels stated that the Guyana Prison Service does not use teargas smoke or tasers.The Deputy Director was then asked to demonstrate on a replica of the prison door. At this stage, Samuels denied that any plastic cork material was used to block the door.Samuels further noted that the news of the riots spread very quickly as media operatives were called even before he exited the prison.“What was quite surprising was that from the time the prisoners said to call Kaieteur News, I went to the front gate and briefed him on the matter and by the time I exited the prison, there were photographers flashing me who were attached to Kaieteur News,” Samuels recounted.The Deputy Director also told Commissioners that his life and that of his family has been affected as people have been pointing him out as being responsible for the events leading to the prisoner’s deaths.Many of the prisoners had laid the blame on Samuels, stating that he had given the instruction for the door to be locked. He was sent on leave to facilitate the Commission’s proceedings. At least 15 inmates lost their lives principally attributed the fire while the Guyana Fire Service investigation revealed that 2 of the inmates died from causes other than the fire.Samuels was of the view that many of inmates’ testimonies may be slanted due to fear of attacks from fellow prisoners. The Deputy Director of Prisons will resume his testimony at this morning session where cross-examination is slated to occur.