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.8B Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Greenville inventor praised for 're-inventi0n' of MiniFlex Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor which he ran in Grass Valley, Yuba City and Chico. Before the business sold under a different name in 2000, Donnell employed eight people, 10 subcontrac- tors and had a full-scale business and distribution operation. Donnell moved to Indian Valley after that, for a retire- ment of sorts that lasted until he brainstormed an even bet- ter microphone system in 2006---a real breakthrough for audio applications. His original design, now called the Soundhole Mic, is a single-mic system. The new design improves on feedback reduction and . sound quality with the use of twin condenser mics, placed a short distance apart. Young was particularly im- pressed with the ease of in- stallation and compatibility Acoustic musicians might just like to reexamine their thoughts about not using mi- crophones and amplifiers. A new miniature micro- phone system has just re- ceived an excellent review by Doug Young of Acoustic Gui- tar Magazine. He likes the clever, easy-to- install design, high feedback threshold and the natural sounding performance of the MiniFlex 2Mic, developed by Ken "KD" Donnell of Greenville. The 2Mic is the second miniature microphone he has designed for use in instru- ments like guitars, ukuleles and fiddles. Donnell began his original MiniFlex business in 1988, with a variety of amplifiers, tuners and other audio equip- ment, whether for live perfor- mance or recording. And besides the surprising- ly natural sound, Young liked that the battery-operal;ed sys- tem offers less restrictions in movement and more isolation between the guitar and the vo- cal mic. Those interested in his re- view and in a video may vis, it the Acoustic Guitar Maga- zine website at acgui- tar.corn, and click on Gui- tars and Gear in the Search menu. Donnell's MiniFlex 2Mic is featured under the Stage and Sound section. Meanwhile, DonneU is once again busy in his workshop, where a spherical steel d.rum sits waiting for an experimen- tal, custom installation of the 2Mic. Surrounded by tools and what is almost like a fisherman's fly-tying station, Ken "KD" Donnell builds a custom 2Mic configuration, a miniature, twin-condenser microphone system for use with a variety acoustic instruments. The audio elements of the 2Mic are tiny compared to the big sounds they produce. Photos by Alicia Knadler Things to think about while we wait foi spring ACCIDENTAL GARDENER MONA HILL "'The soil is the gift of God to the living. '" Thomas Jefferson Punxsutawney Phil was right again as usual: It ain't spring yet. Following on the January deluge, February's mild temperatures seemed to herald the approach of spring. Despite a mere two- and-a-half weeks until the of- ficial start of spring, moun- tain gardeners know better. 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I've been growing pineapple, pumpkins, sage and rose- mary in the dead of winter on my little farm. I can get a crop of raspberries in as lit- tle as 'tWO hours. Pineapple fruits every four days--all with several clicks of the mouse. How pathetic is that? My editor passed on a page from her Yoga Journal about composting. Readers with computers may access com-, gogreenon- line.corn, and for tips and tricks with this year's compost pile. The Compost Guide site has a nifty little chart about what can go into the heap and why. Under "Other Com- posting Information," click on "Composting Chart." The site also includes readers' questions and comments with the author's answers. Go Green Online is a little trickier to navigate. I had to use the site' search engine before I came up with Com- posting 101 in the Zero Waste section. It includes tips and a video on kitchen waste com- posting. The site is also a good resource for all things green. Planet Natural is an online garden store that features green products, including composting and vermicul- ture supplies and equipment. The site also runs garden advice and forum pages, as well as offering a free e-newsletter. The VegWeb page on corn- posting gives comprehensive information about compost- ing, including how-to and what to compost articles. It also has links to resources and compost demonstration sites. If composting seems like a lot of work, it doesn't have to be. We only turn our compost two or three times in the summer and fall. The bin is built from pallets and chicken wire. I've also got a long-term heap, built on branches with lawn cuttings and the occa- sional addition from the chicken coop. I've never turned that. All a compost heap re- quires is air, moisture and "something to eat." A lot of people go on and on about the heat a good pile should generate, but I've never achieved sustained heat from my pile. I still get perfectly good compost from it spring and fall. In general, garden material (lawn cuttings, pruned mate- rial, plant matter) and kitchen waste (eggshells, teabags, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps and peel- ings) go into a compost pile. If you have access to chicken, horse or steer manure, toss it in. Paper towel and toiletpa- per rolls and newspaper strips may also be added. I've even heard of aluminum foil added to the heap to create air pockets. Citrus, pet feces, treated wood and meat products should be avoided. Citrus im- pacts Soil acidity; feces can carry disease (besides the ick factor); treated wood adds po- tentially harmful chemicals; and meat will attract rats and other scavengers. Avoid adding diseased plants or pernicious weeds. That's the downsideof cool c0mposting; the temperature doesn't get high enough to kill the pathogens or the weeds' viability. Add "brown" and "green" in balance; too much of one and not enough of the other will slow decomposition. Re- member my long-term pile? Ideally, I should break up the branches into smaller pieces it would go faster. Compost heaps overwinter well; when spring and warmer temperatures arrive, the pile will come to life again. Give it a little stir to break up any compaction and it's all set. Compost aids water reten- tion in sandy soil; breaks up clay soils; and adds air and nutrients to any soil. It can be dug in; used as top dress- ing or serve as mulch. Most importantly, it's a free soil amendment created by reducing waste by 30 per- cent. That is how much gar- den and kitchen waste ends up in U.S. landfills. Home composters also know exactly what they are-adding to their soils. How. cool is that! RENO 6190 Mae Anne Ave. Suite #2 Reno, NV 89523 fax: 866.781.3! 10 CA License 0E05639 NV License 17793 At Flanigan-Leovitt we work to save you money without cuffing corners on protection. 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