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l 8B Wednesday, April 7, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Sunny days, blue skies mean it's time to get out in the garden short answer is they are not dramatic exaggeration. Itmethod relies on the straw telling me about a new garden going at all. I've decided to go was, however, heavier than bale becoming compost andgroup the Out and Abouters the buy it and transplant it the two of them could lift. supplying food for the plants, in Quincy formed March 11. , route this summer. The When Steve got home, he The first step is to position The Quincy Green Thumbs kitchen table has been taken, managed to drag it out of the the bale, with its bindings still plan to share ideas, learn over by quilting, back of the car. The darnintact in its permanent loca- about gardening in the area I'm not alone in getting a thing was so heavy he lion. Then soak it down with and trade plants, seeds and in- ACCIDENTAL GARDENER late start. The same folks who couldn't get it on the dolly, water. Apparently, after you formation while connecting MONA HILL ask me confess to not doing We tugged, pulled and rolled soak it down, it becomes too the community. The club's mhill@plumasnews.commuch themselves. I blame it it out of the driveway, heavy to move easily. Hmm ... first guest was master garden- I know it will still freeze on the lack of sunshine. I asked how they'd gotten it got that wrong already, er Noreen Thompson. and I know it's more thanAt present, we are working in the Car. Tersely he replied, The issue with straw baleThe QGTs will help likely to snow at least once be- to corral the chickens. Bless "Not easily." gardening is that it takes a lot Thompson refurbish the tween now and June; but the darlings; they can fly over He was relieved to learn it of water not a great use of library's garden. For more spring is here. the 5-foot fence. I'm not anx- was not for the chickens,water these days. information, call group leader After several months of ious to have them tear up let- whose pen is several hundred After two or three years,Rita Christensen at 283-9860 or gray skies, the blue, sunny tuce and peas while they feet away. He was also skepti- the bale will degrade to the Mary Jane German at 283-4805. skies are a relief. Daffodils scratch around the yard. cat about my plan to turn it point of becoming mulch. *** and crocus are beginning to *** into a planter-- fearing an- . Like everything else I do in I received an e-mail the oth- make an appearance and trees A friend of mine moved this other hare-brained schemethe garden, happenstance has er day from the California show signs of leafing out. month; she called wondering that involved more effort on once again reared its head. State Flower and Garden Show I'm a bit reluctant to re- if I wanted a bale of straw she his part than mine. Therefore, despite my reser- organizers. The fwst-ever show move the winter mulch just had hanging about the oldI mentioned straw bale gar- rations about the water, I'm is in the Pavilion Building at yet, but I guess by April it's place. I said sure and sent my dening last year in this col- going to go with it. Cat Expo from tomorrow about time. I did all my dead- husband to pick it up. umn. I considered giving it a I think pansies or petunias through Sunday, April 8 - 11. heading last fall; now, I just Pick it up turned out to be a try; I decided it was too water with some dusty miller will The show, according to the have to look around for frost- bit tricky; the bale was really intensive. Besides, I'd have to look great. I'll keep you posted, press release, will focus on killed bits. wet and, therefore, weighed at buy a straw bale. *** the state's microclimates and People are asking me how least 9,000 pounds. OK, not For readers who do not re- Rita Christensen and Marygardening diversity. Six my seedlings are going. The really, just my tendency to member the column, this Jane German have been hundred vendors, workshops, floral photography contest, farmers market, plant bazaar and more will be on tap for visitors. Speakers include Dan Bi- "fano, master rosarian, judge and garden designer for the rich and famous; Amy Stewart of HGTV's "Superscapes;" Rene Van Rems, master floral designer, author and speaker, on organic gardening, herb gardening, old roses, native landscapes and winter gardens. The show also includes "A Walk Through California," a flower show competition spon- sored by California Garden Clubs, Inc. and a "Kids Grow- ing Strong" exhibit with hands- on activities for children 3 - 10. Enter Cal Expo at the East Gate, 1600 Exposition Blvd., in Sacramento. The show opens dally at 10 a.m. Admission for adults, $15; 13 - 17 year olds, $5; 12 and under, free. For more information, visit CalStateGardenShow.com or call (877) 696-6668, ext. 4. HAVE YOU RECENTLY LOST ' ........... ...... -YOUR CONSTRUCTION JOB (i OR CLOSED YOUR , CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS? Plums Well[ Connection now has it limited umber of schoini'Jiips ovailidile for the upcoming Green Building Retraining Program designed for those with prior coustrncilu experience. Participants will learn: * Green Building Technology and Practices * Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Systems * Green Building & LIB (Leadership in Energy ud Envirolmienlld Design) Principles. Gr luales will receive a "Green ilulldint Prolerstouhi" certificate thai will qullQ then as leaden in green bhildinj practices for residential ud onmercihi projects. For application information please till or stop by Plains WOrk Connectiont w m< 1953 East Main Street Quincy, CA 95971 {530} 283-1606 This training is funded by:. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 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These loans include nal Revenue Service sends numerous fees and can carry the taxpayer's full refund to triple-digit annual interest the bank. rates. According to NCLC and According to the National CFA, loan fees can range from Consumer Law Center and $34 to $130, and other add-one the Consumer Federation of alternately referred to as ap- America, refund-anticipation plication, administrative, e- loans cost 8.4 million Ameri- filing, service bureau, trans- can taxpayers more than $800 mission or processing fees million in 2008. can range from $25 to several "As tax season begins, hundred dollars. hardworking Californians Tax refunds are available at should avoid tax-refund-antic- no charge from the IRS. Tax- ipation loans and any tax pre- payers who file electronically parer who advertises these and have their refund directly loans as early tax refunds," deposited by the IRS into Brown said. "These loans car- their bank accounts will usu- ry steep interest rates and ally have their refunds in push taxpayers to borrow eight to 15 days. their own money instead of According to the IRS, re- collecting their full refunds." fund-anticipation lenders of- ..... A refund:anticipation ten target low-income taxpay- is a short-term loan secured ers, especially :those who re- by a taxpayer's anticipated in- ceive the Earned Income Tax come-tax refund. To obtain a Credit. tax-refund loan, taxpayers file Over the last year, Brown has taken strong action to .stop tax preparers from engag- ing in deceptive marketIng of refund-anticipation loans: In June 2009, Brown won a $1.3 million lawsuit against Liberty Tax Service that bars the company from using false or misleading advertising to sell tax-refund loans. In January 2009, Brown secured a $4.85 million set- tlement with H&R Block that prohibits the company from marketing refund-an- ticipation loans as early tax refunds. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free tax help to low- to moder- ate-income people and mem- bers of the armed services. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program provides free tax help to people, age 60 and older. More information on these programs is available at irs.gov/individuals/article/O, , id= 107626,00,html. Taxpayers can also locate the nearest free tax service by calling the IRS at (800) 829-1040. Quincy Rotary's 9thAnnual Saturday, May 1, 2010 Plumas Pines Golf Course, Graeagle Times' Registration 10 am Shotgun Start 11 am Following Golf. Hors d'oeuvres Prize Raffle, Awards Presentation THREE ~SjO00 " Hole #11 Sponsored by Plumes Bank S51000-.Hole #15 Sponsored by Steven King of Edward Jones Investing and Flanigan Leavitt Insurance Polaris ATV Hole #3 Sponsored by DuPont Power Tools and Pizza Factory - Quincy $400 Cash Clay Dyrr Memorial Cash Prize Players-only Bonus Your registration automatically makes you eligible to win one of four $400 I $100 cash prizes to be drawn after tournament play!Cash I Sponsored by John &' Kathy Fehrman and Mike & Keri Taborskl i $100 per person - 4-person scramble Includes golf, cart, lunch & hors d'oeuvres Entry deadline April 23, 2010, or the first 144 players Individuals, pairs and teams are all welcome. Please include.addresses of aft golfers for our mailing list. Golfer #1:. Phone #: Mailing address: City: Zip: Golfer #2: Phone #: Mailing address: City: Zip: Golfer #3: Phone #: Mailing address: City: Zip: Golfer #4: Phone #: Mailing address: City: Zip: [] Yes, I would like to be a tee/hole sponsor. I understand my $50 donation will help our local children who benefit from Rotary's projects and scholarships funded by this tournament Information on tee/hole sign J MAIL CHECKTO: Quincy Rotary Club, 546 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971 J I'