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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE LIFE FALiE 15~ Wednesda~ April 18, 2018 Lawn tips from a By EMILY WELLS Applying too much is a waste of your Special to the Spirit time and money, as it doesn't result in fast- er or better grass growth. While the best time to fertilize a lawn is in the fall, spring It's been one of those crazy springs applications are OK. But be pafient! Wait- where you almost forget what tempera- ing until May will yield better results. tures above 50 degrees feel like. Maybe If you need to add some seed to your Mother Nature is done playing tricks on lawn, purchase a seed from a reputable us and spring is finally arriving. And with dealer and be sure to read the label to know warmer weather comes the typical spring what species of grasses you' re getting. chore of yard work. Whfte a cheap seed may have a good If you're looking to establish greener price tag, it can mean undesirable grass grasses by using fertilizer, the first thing species that wiU soon take over the lawn, or to do is get a soft test. Soil testing is free a low chance of the seeds sprouting. You'll through West Virginia University's lab, the be spending more time than you desire dm only cost to you is postage. If you've nev- ing lawn care throughout the summer! er done a soil test before, the process is not You may be surprised by the number of difficult. Give me a call at the extension of- different types of grasses you can find in rice and I will walk you through the pro- a lawn seed - some grow better in shade, cess. some in sun. Don't be fooled by terms like Soil testing uses a few samples from cool season versus warm season grasses, your lawn, pasture or garden to find out as warm season refers to location, not the what nutrients are there, so you can de- summer season. Cool-season grasses like cide if you need to add anything else for fescue, ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass good plant growth. It is a simple way to are favorable for our West V'u'gim'a eli- find out how much fertilizer your lawn re- mate. ally needs, rather than applying the same Once seeds are planted, keep the soil amount year after year. moist until the seeds have germinated. Cut- ring existing grass to a short height will al- low sunlight to reach the seeds. After the seedlings sprout and grow to the same height, mowing height can be raised. The general rule of thumb when mow- ing your lawn is to only remove one-third of the grass blade with each cut. And are you one of the many homeowners that bags grass clippings after each mow? If you don't need your clippings for a com- post pfte, leave them in the yard! Decomposing lawn clippings are a natu- ral source of nitrogen for your soft, leading to lusher grass in the long term, all while saving you from more yard work. - Emily Wells is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent for Jefferson County WVU Extension Service. She can be reached at Emily. or 304- 728- 7413. For more information on WVU Extension Service or our local programs, visit Jefferson The City of Charles Town's i SPRING will run from April 23rd through April 27th. Separate yard waste from all other materials (furniture, metals, etc.) and place at your curb. Yard waste will be collected City-wide. Leaves, grass, etc. must be in biodegradable bags. All other trash will be collected on your regular trash day. NO air condi- tioners, electronics, TVs, refrigerators, tires, concrete, hazardous materials, paint or construction debris will be accepted. Phone: 304-725-2311 101 E. Washington St./P0 Box 14 Chades Town, WV 25414-0014 Saturday's bake sale will help Sydnie Knafla help kids SEE WHAT AU mE ABOUT By LIZ COOK Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - Syd- nie Knafla has found her pur- pose. At 17, the Washington High School junior has taken on Charles Town Kiwanis. Jenni- leadership roles at her school, fer, along with husband Chad, in her district and even with- created JJ Bags last year after in Key Club International, all their sons, Jordan and Julian, while bringing awareness of came to them from foster care. the needs of young people in When foster children are foster care. moved place to place, they are Sydnie hasn't had the easi- typically given trash bags to est of roads, but you wouldn't carry their belongings . What lit- know it upon meeting her. She fie these children have- books, is beautiful, confident, deter- shoes, clothes - goes into a mined, and inspiring. For a trash bag as they are shuffled time, Sydnie was in foster care, along in hopes of finding their spending three years in be- forever family. tween homes until she came Jen and Chad started collect- to live with extended family in ing fabric bags and comfort Jefferson County. items. On Jan. 1, they gathered A main focus for her now is friends and stuffed 99 bags for helping Jennifer Patoray and the Children's Home Society. the initiative she created, JJ Now, they are looking to ex- Bags. The two met through the pand to assisting more foster Sydnle Knafla (center), Washington Hlgh's Key Club Secretary and newly appointed geutenant Governor for Dlstdct 5, stands with Alex Patoray, Wright Denny K-Kids president, and Breezy Reeeler, who Is an officer with Chadee Town Middle School's Builders. One of Sydnie's goals is to create an even stronger bond between the three clubs. agencies throughout West Vir- more foster children through- ginia, out the state, and she is asking When Sydnie heard file mis- for help from the community. sion of JJ Bags, it spoke to her Sydnie, along with the WHS heart. She'd also carried her Key Club, will be hosting a personal belongings in a trash bake and art sale at the Charles bag. Now she wants to raise Town Library from 8 a.m. to money to help JJ Bags serve noon on Saturday. & Crafts Show ~ril 21st FREE ADMISSION! Come see OVER 70 VENDORS with endless items and ideas to beautify your home and garden! Located at the Clarke County Parks & Recreation Center For more information please call S40-gSS-S140 225 AI Smith Circle --~ Berryville, VA 22611 Out FROM PAGE B4 Poetry of Danske Dandridge I April 27 to 29 Singer Ardyth Gilbertson brings to life the work of Danske Dandridge, the Shep- herdstown poet bum in Denmark in 1854 in "The Spirit of Shepherdstown: Danske Dandridge In Her Own Words" Three performances are set at the Black Box Arts Center at 113 S. Princess St. in Shepherdstown- at 8 pan. on April 27 and April 28 followed by a 2 pan. matinee on April 29. Event organizer Jim Surkamp says pro- ceeds from the performances will be split evenly between the theater and the West Virginia Recovery Coach Academy, a non- profit effort to train caring people to serve as mentors to local residents exiting rehab. Tickets cost $15 (or $25 per couple) with discounts for Shepherd University students with ID and those in the Recovery Coach program. The box office opens an hour be- fore the show and parking is available in the after-hours Jefferson Security Bank parking lot and along Washington Street. Find out more about the academy by emailing John Unger, the nonprofit's presi- dent, at WVRecoveryCoachAssociation@ Art show I Through April 30 South Jefferson Public Library's latest exhibit, "Young Perspectives" continues at the library at 49 Church St. in Summit Point. The display features a variety of artwork from South Jefferson Elementary students ranging from kindergarteners to fifth-grad- ers. The library's regular hours are 10 aan. to 7 pan.Monday through Thursday; 10 aan. to 5 pan. Saturday and 1 to 5 pan. Sunday. lo's Fire Baroque Orchestra who has per- formed throughout the word; and Stanley Yates, one of the leading 20th century ex- ponents of music for the guitar. The first concert, set for 7:30 pan. May 5, happens in the upstairs auditorium at Charles Washington Hall at the comer of Washington and George streets. The second performance begins at 2 pan. May 6 at historic Happy Retreat, the home of Charles Town founder Charles Wash- ington. Tickets for the Saturday performance HFI WEALTH MANAGEMENT 304-876-2619 I United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC provides advice and makes recommendations based on the specific needs and cimumstances of each client. Investing in securities involves dsK please contact your financial adviser w~ questions about your specific needs and circumstances. Honest Conversaitons is a registered trademark of United Caplital Financial Advisers, LLC The library is closed Fridays. cost $20 general admission (or just $10 for students, teachers, seniors and active duty Chamber music mintary) while tickets for Sunday s perfor-" Home & Auto Boat I May 5 and 6 mance are $50. Tickets may be purchased Farms ! Motorcycle The Charles Washington Chamber Mu- at Businessowners Life Contractors Health Insurance sic Society's concert series continues May Museum I Ongoing Horse Risk Disability Income 5 and 6 with performances at two histor- ic venues in the city - Charles Washing- The Museum of the Shenandoah Val- " Umbrella Liability Annuities ton Hall downtown and Happy Retreat on ley in Winchester, Va tells the story of art, Mordington Avenue. history and culture in the valley, including The program will feauture music by counties in Vh'ginia as well as Jefferson )4-725-60! classical and contemporary composer in- and Berkeley counties in West Virginia s 118 N. Charles Street eluding Bach, Debussy, V'flla-Lobos, Be- Eastern Panhandle. Charles Town, WV rio, Rak and Duchiffre. The museum, located at 901 Amherst St Three of the outstanding musicians who is open from 10 aan. to 4 pan. Tuesday to performed at the first concert series in Feb- Sunday. Admission to the museum is free ruary will return - internationally recog- to those 12 and younger, $8 for seniors and nized flutist Angela Collier-Reynolds; those ages 13 to 18, or $10 for adults. For Rene Schiffer, principal cellist of Apol- more information, go to JE ERSON SECURITY BANK PR( UDLY PRE: ENTS Professional Quality Service Done Right The First Time! NO NEED TO RUN TO THE BIG CITY Drive Less Than A Half Hour Come To Winchester: I 3985 Valley Pike I iii iiiiiii!!i 2934 Valley Avenue | FOR QUICK LUBE & OIL CHANGES I 3985 Valley Pike 28TM ANNUAL SHEPHERDSTOWN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT / JOHN D. LOWE, JR. MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC Thursday, May 10, 2018 CRESS CREEK GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB I