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L~ WednesdayMayl6,2018 NEWS and FARMER'S ADVOCATE ltl /CHRISTINE SNYDER l ditor@spiritofjefferson.com glICHARLESTON - West Virgin- know to be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly, the colorful 'vasive Asian pest that's tied to old growth that can kill plants and itrees, but state agriculture officials .say there have been no sightings re- 'ported here yet. = "We feel like the word's gotten i,t and that it's on people's radar," 5,id Berry Crutchfield, the arthro- }od specialist with the West Virgin- Department of Agriculture's plant ustdes division. "Fortunately, is an insect that's unusual look- - it's not easy to miss." ,It's been more than two months The spotted lanternfly, shown In this image from Penn State Extension, has been discovered in Frederick County, hce officials from the West Vir- Va. In March, agriculture officials in West Virginia began alerting state residents about the new pest, inia Department of Agriculture lerted farmers, orchardists and oth- ary. A news release from the Virgin- products from the eastern Pennsyl- The spotted lanternfly has been crs to be on the lookout for the spot- ia Department of Agriculture and vania business and Virginia ag of- found in 13 Pennsylvania counties lantemfly. If they spot the pest, Consumer Services says both spot- ficials had been monitoring the site and spread to parts of New York and y're asked to email the location ted lanternfly eggs and dead adults since 2015. The insect was discov- Delaware last year. here the creature was found and were found at a stonecutting facil- ered on an ailanthus tree or tree of Officials say that while the lan- even snapshots if possible to the ity. heaven, ternflies can hop and fly short dis- WVDA's new Bugbusters hotline, The pest was initially detected in Spotted lanternflies appear to be tances, they've spread across four bugbusters@wvda.us or to call the the United States in the fall of 2014. easily controlled with pesticides, states as humans unknowingly department's plant industries divi- It's believed the spotted lanternfly but growers need to know the threat move firewood, boards, logs with sion at 304-558-2212. arrived in eastern Pennsylvania as exists and prepare to keep the insect smooth surfaces, trailers, lawnmow- The state's alert went out in ear- an egg mass attached to a shipment at bay. Officials say early detection ers and lawn furniture that have an ly March after the insect was dis- of stone from Asia. is vital for the management of any egg mass attached. covered in Winchester, Va in Janu- The Winchester site accepted newly introduced plant pest. The spotted lanternfly could mean trouble for the Eastern Panhandle's orchards. Officials with the Penn- sylvania Department of Agricul- ture in August reported seeing adult spotted lanternflies swarm into or- chards, feeding on the trunks and branches of apple, peach and nec- tarine trees. They were also seen feeding on grape vines. The spotted lanternfly doesn't eat grapes or orchard fruit, but does suck sap from trunks, limbs, leaves and vines. The loss of fluids can duce photosynthesis and weaken the plants, eventually hastening death. As they eat, the spotted lantern- flies also excrete a fluid called hon- eydew onto the host's limbs and branches, fostering mold growtl and attracting other insects. Ag ex- perts in Pennsylvania say birds don't seem interested in eating the spotted lanternfly and so far they haven't seen other insects ingesting the pest either. PSD FROU PAQE At $1.51, 75-cent payments to Charles Town Utility Board for meter readings and the costs of spring water and Keurig coffee pods for the PSD office at 340 'Edmond Road in Keameysville. But rather than wait until land said in an interview. "He hasn't changed the name of the Facebook page despite a formal request from his PSD colleague Tara Ashley and despite all the points that I thought Josh [Compton] made very well, he's right back into all the minutiae he got into last Monday." Compton had not respond- the PSD's regularly sched- ed to an email request for uled June meeting, Forshee c0 ent by press time. has called a special meeting Another complication for to run from noon until 2 this today's meeting: David Ham- afternoon, with the top agen- mer, who had been serving da item listed as: "Discuss the as the PSD's legal counsel, employee and management won a seat as a circuit court concerns raised at the regu- judge May 8 and will no lon- larly scheduled meeting." ger continue in that role. He For Jefferson County Corn- told the Spirit he wouldn't at- missioner Patsy Noland, who tend today's session. attended last week's PSD meet- "To hold a special meeting ing to urge Forshee to address without legal counsel, that has public outcry over a Face- me concerned," Noland said. book page he created that en- Another item on today's (10rsed candidates in the May agenda concerns the PSD's 8 county election uses the efforts to find a routine audi- , SD's logo and address, all tor. The PSD in December al- signs point to the PSD board lowed its contract with Cox- chairman ignoring the advice Hollida, an accounting firm her, Compton and others,in Martinsburg, to expire. The , "I think it's clear that it Jefferson CountyCommission d dn't have any effect," No- had agreed to spend $15,000 April Shultz Patsy Noland to have an Ohio accounting fir to reaudit the PSD - though that review confirmed Cox- Hollida's findings of no sig- nificant issues. For months, the PSD tried without luck to find an ac- counting firm willing to step may be scuttled after PSD offi- cials learned such an ad would cost $3,200 to run once. The West Virginia Pub- lic Service C ssion re- quires that crunt sewer util- |ties be audited:annually, and that annual financial reports into the role. On May3, Cox- be submitted to the PSC by Hollida submitted a bid for Sept. 30. the work, but the PSD board PSD board members earn declined to consider it at the, $150 for each regular month- May 7 meeting, ly meeting and another $125 Instead, the PSD board vot- for a special meeting. ed to to run an advertise- All three PSD members are ment in The Washington Post relatively new. By a split vote, for a proposal from art out-of- the JCC named For hee, a state auditor. That now resident of Breckenridge Es- tates, to the District's board tion of Richard Weese, who last year following the death declined to continue serving of Peter Appignani. The after the JCC failed to reap- JCC, again by a split vote, point Strider. appointed Todd Milliron in All three of the new board December to replace long- members were approved by time PSD member Bill Strid- the commission's new Re- er. That same month, Tara publican majority of Comp- Ashley was appointed to the ton, Peter Onoszko and Ca, PSD following the resigna- leb Hudson. BELOW:Jefferson County Public Service District board chair- man Roger Forshee created a PSD Facebook page in April where he posted messages of support for Peter Onoszko and Jack Hafestay, Republicans seeking seats on the Jefferson County Commission. He later renamed the page. Jefferson County Public Service District Ap it 14 at lO:20am Remember when you vote that Peter Onoszko for Jefferson County Commission supports a more efficient government by approving consolidation. Like Comment Sham Unofficial- Jefferson County Public Service District Yesterday at 5:50am " Remember when you vote that Peter Onoszko for Jefferson County Commission, FJ Jack Hefestay Jr. {FJ Jack Hefestay Jr.), Lance and Lorenzetti have publicly announced their support for the PSD consolidation. consolidation of the local sewer/water systems are also by the Public Service District Board Members, elected Officials in Charles Town, Ranson and the Jefferson County Commission. Home & Auto Farms Businessowners Contractors Horse Risk Umbrella Liability 304-725-4325 www.JaneTabb.com Focebook.com/ JoneTobbCountyCommission The Bennett Agency Boat Motorcycle - Life Health Insurance Disability Income Annuities 118 N. Charles Street Charles Town, WV HFI WEALTH MANAGEMENT A DIVISION OF UNITED CAPITAL FINANCIAL ADVISERS 304-876-2619 I www.unitedcp.com/wvl United Capital Rnancial Advisers, LLC provides advice and makes recommendations based on ~e specific needs and circumstances of each client. 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