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Emerald Ash Borer -Ash Tree Threat

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a very serious problem that threatens all ash trees in the Midwest. As of     8/5/2008 it has been found in Wisconsin and is extensive in northern Illinois. The million dollar question seems to be, “When should I start treatment if I want to protect an ash tree?”      

Unfortunately, there are differing opinions on this question and the actual facts are not fully conclusive.

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Top 10 Summer Job Scam Tip-Offs!

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The end of the school year is here and -- whether they're from high school or college -- there’s a lot of new graduates looking for jobs. Unfortunately, these job seekers can be vulnerable to bogus job offers.

Students are in a unique position where they may not have a lot of work experience, but they feel the pressure of upcoming bills to get a job quickly. Consequently, applying for a job that requires no work experience but offers a high salary often sounds very enticing. But the reality is these job offers are closer to pyramid schemes rather than legitimate work opportunities. Beware of ads that claim “sum­mer job, make $300 a day!” or “last year our employ­ees made $10,000 over the sum­mer.”

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Are animals emotional beings?

Wisconsin Humane Society Speaker Series
Marc Bekoff - Expanding our Compassion Footprint 
Thursday, August 2, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Mayfair

 

The latest and greatest scientific research clearly shows that animals are smart, emotional, and moral beings. And there are many "surprises." Birds make and use more sophisticated tools than chimpanzees, mice and chickens display empathy, and ravens and other animals show they know what's right and wrong in various social situations. Animals care very much about what happens to them and to their friends and we must too. We need to be very careful when we intrude into their lives and redecorate nature. Rewilding our hearts and expanding our compassion footprint provide avenues for fostering more respect for nonhuman beings and for peaceful coexistence with our animal friends.
 
Marc Bekoff, noted author, will discuss these and other topics at a seminar on Thursday, August 2 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Radisson. 
 
 
 

"Lousy Cooks" Label..How Sad?

When I read the “Food Section” of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel dated June 6, 2012, I was saddened and surprised to see what “Lousy Cooks: Class of 2012” were quoted as saying.

Here are some quotes followed by my own reaction (shown within parenthesis).  

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IMPACT 2-1-1 and Hunger Task Force team up to feed kids this summer

Summer, 2-1-1 @ IMPACT, IMPACT

IMPACT 2-1-1 is performing the important role of connecting kids to nutritious meals now that the school year is coming to an end. Coordinated by the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, the summer meals program ensures that local children have access to free food at over 150 supervised schools and parks. Our 24-hour state-of-the-art call center and online service center is the central access point for information about the meal sites, including dates and hours of operation.

While supplemental nutrition programs are readily available throughout the school year, once classes end many parents struggle to provide healthy meals for their children. According to the USDA, over 16 million children live in households that lack a consistent and dependable supply of healthy food.

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Elms Need Protection Against Dutch Elm Disease

When people talk about trees, many have a story of a great yard elm or an elm lined street that was cut down. Ask those same people if they are aware we can now save elms and they get a look of sorrow, anger, bewilderment or even disbelief. Amazing the affect trees have on us.

You can save susceptible elms by protecting them from getting DED (Dutch elm disease). To do this the elm should not already have DED. It is helpful if the tree is in good health and the root zone must be isolated from other unprotected elms. Ask a Wachtel Certified Arborist to qualify elm for protection.

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How to Hire a Lawn Care Service

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It’s a truism of customer service that you can’t give someone what they want…if they don’t know what it is. Lawn care businesses offer many services. Are you looking for someone to mow only? Does your grass need aeration or seeding? Are you in need of landscaping, fertilization or tree care? What about pest control?

As summer revs up, here are some tips to consider:

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Water Water Water

Water Water Water

Water has been found to be the most limiting factor for plant growth and stress reduction.  How much water does a tree use or need? Generally, 1 inch of water per 10 day period is needed to reduce stress on trees.  This can be provided by Mother Nature, or you.  Use a rain gauge to monitor rainfall and supplement with watering when necessary. It is strongly suggested to use your finger to check the soil for moisture. If the soil is damp wait a few days and check again. Avoid overhead watering or light frequent watering which can be problematic. Pines and spruces with fungal diseases are best not watered on the foliage. Supplemental watering when dry in June, July, August and September is critical.

The Beetle Battle

Mention Japanese beetles to your gardening friends or fellow tree lovers and you are sure to get a reaction. Relatively new to the state, Japanese beetles have been in Wisconsin 10-15 years now. Isolated at first, they are becoming more widespread. 2011 has been an especially bad year with high populations in many areas.

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Don't Get Burned by an AC Repair Company

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BBB tips for finding a trustworthy air conditioning repairman

There’s no worse time for your air conditioner to go on the fritz than when temperatures are in the 100s. Before hiring a contractor to make repairs, Better Business Bureau advises you to carefully research contractors for a cool experience.

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