moe. made their mark on Summer Camp Music Festival last night, welcoming out the legendary punk/funk band Fishbone for an amazing rendition of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Fishbone delivered a madcap set of songs earlier in the day, but they stayed around to help the festival hosts pay tribute to the fallen musical icon. Fishbone front man Angelo Moore, AKA Dr. Madd Vibe, not only nailed the vocals but added a stellar sax solo, while moe. guitarist Al Schnier gave his all on Prince’s signature guitar solo. Our own Rex Thomson was on hand to film the tribute and share it with the world, and you can watch the footage below.
Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 4 Annual weeds sprout, grow to maturity, go to seed and die out in one year. They’re relatively easy to pull up and don’t leave persistent roots behind. But they get even by scattering seeds for future plants.Many bothersome weeds were introduced to North America as food sources. It’s possible to add young tender dandelions, chickweed, pepper cress or shepherd’s purse to salads.Eating them, while interesting, doesn’t provide a reliable way to control weeds. Munching on them does have psychological and ecological value. It reminds us that every plant we eat or use was developed from a wild plant.All naturalNo scientist has ever created a food plant in a lab. But many have worked to enhance the edible and useful characteristics of thousands of wild plants. We owe our lives to weeds.Of course, that fact may not be very comforting when you’re looking at an overgrown garden.Two problems confront gardeners when controlling annual weeds. The seeds persist for a long time in soil, and they come up at irregular intervals. Both traits make them hard to control.Annual weeds grow seeds in prodigious quantities. Then the wind, birds and animals and the plant’s own ability to expel and propel the seeds distributes them everywhere. The scattered seeds will germinate and new plants grow from them whenever the soil is dug or disturbed.Many gardeners have been frustrated by the flush of green across a newly-raked garden. Clean it off, turn the soil over, and within a week, hundreds of weed seeds will germinate.Persistence and method together, though, will help control annual weeds.Meet the enemy face-to-faceThe main enemy is the seed production — that’s the annual weed’s primary weapon. If you can keep it from producing seeds, by some method of weed birth control, you can reduce, if not eliminate, this continuing problem.No, you’ll never really eliminate weeds. But all weeds, no matter what their life cycles, are easier to control as small, immature plants.The first key is mechanical scuffling of the soil to kill newly-emerged plants. To control weeds by some form of hoeing, you need to keep watch and hoe as often as needed to keep the emerging weeds down before they go to seed.A weekly “weed walk” through the garden with a scuffling tool in hand can reduce time and effort later. The old saying, “One year’s seeds, seven years’ weeds,” reflects the persistence of weed seeds.Annual weeds — all weeds — tend to hide out under plants or disguise themselves as garden ornamentals. Lift plant edges and look closely for sneaky seedlings.Besides hoeing, another way to control weeds is to smother them. This removes chances for the hidden seeds to get to light and germinate.Using ground-cover plants in a garden is a good way to reduce weed problems. A well-established stand of low perennial plants will shade out weeds.But ground covers must be weeded as they fill in, and it may take three years of persistent care before their branches offer substantial weed protection.Covering the ground with 2 to 3 inches of any organic mulch, such as compost, leaves, aged sawdust or commercial compost, will help keep thousands of annual weed seedlings from coming up.It’s possible, too, to use one of the weed-prevention geotextiles made of a woven, synthetic fiber. These allow water and air to penetrate but won’t allow light to the weeds.Put mulch on top of these textiles for best appearance. They last for years if not torn by careless digging.These textiles work more to the advantage of ornamental plants than solid black plastic does. Black plastic doesn’t allow air or water to penetrate. This can damage the plant roots’ health. By Wayne McLaurin University of Georgia
Rush County, In. — Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation say crews from Rieth-Riley Construction will begin bridge work on State Road 44 in Homer, west of Rushville, on or after April 2.The bridge is located on SR 44 over Mud Creek between County Roads 715 and 725, about 7.5 miles west of Rushville.The bridge will be closed for up to 120 days. Crews will be placing clearing and advance warning signs up next week. During construction, traffic will be detoured via I-74, SR 9, and U.S. 52. SR 44 should be reopened to traffic in August 2018, weather permitting.
City Councilman Phi Reyes helped locate a foundry in Dalian, China, that cast the statue. He and Myer visited the foundry twice to inspect the statue. Residents got their first look at the statue Sept. 16 during the annual Route 66 Parade down Huntington Drive. Initially, the statue was to be erected at the intersection of Mt. Olive and Huntington drives. Officials soon realized the site was too small, and the intersection too busy for safe viewing of the 12-foot high statue. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The land encompassed what are now the cities of Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park and Irwindale. City, state and federal officials will also be on hand to attend the event, which also will kick off Duarte’s 50th anniversary. Richard Myer of Glendora, who created the statue, will be present along with mariachis and folklorico dancers. The Duarte in Bronze Committee, an offshoot of the Duarte Historical Society, began campaigning a few years ago to raise money for the statue of the city’s namesake. The committee raised about $21,000. Last March that amount was supplemented with $109,000 from the Duarte Redevelopment Agency, which made the project possible. DUARTE – Descendants of Andres Avelino Duarte will be in attendance when his equestrian statue is dedicated at 1 p.m. Saturday. Chris Ramos, the four-times great-grandson of Duarte, will speak at the dedication on behalf of the family, while Phyllis Ramos of Monrovia, a three-time great-granddaughter of Duarte, is organizing a family reunion. Dedication of the bronze statue, which stands 12 feet high and weighs 2.5 tons, will take place at the unfinished Plaza Duarte across the street from Duarte City Hall at 1600 Huntington Drive. Duarte (1805-1863) was a Spanish rancher and soldier who guarded local Spanish missions. In 1841, he received a grant for 7,000 acres of land from Gov. Juan B. Alvarado. He maintained ownership of the ranch until 1862.