Wednesday, March 26, 2008
On March 18 at 7 p.m. a meeting was held at the grange hall to determine what we can do as a community to control the grasshopper situation. Six men came to Glenwood to inform us of the options. The men were Larry Skillestad, Steve Miller, and George Bruno, all from Spokane, Mark Batshelar from Wenatchee, and Jordan Krug and Dan O'Conner, both from Ellensburg. All the men work for USDA-APHIS-PQQ (United States Department of Agriculture-Annimal Plant Health Inspection Service-Plant Protection and Quarantine. Susan Kerr from the county extension office was also at the meeting.
The grasshopper species in Glenwood is the "clearing grasshopper." At the meeting, we learned what they eat, where and how they lay their eggs, and how to get rid of them.
I am sure there are a lot of people in the community as sick of these grasshoppers as I am. It is going to take a community effort to get rid of them.
The grasshoppers need to be sprayed or baited in order to rid them of eating pasture lands, crops, lawns, flowers, etc.
Anyone who owns land around the area should deeply consider doing something about this problem. The more of us who get involved and spray or bait them, the sooner we can see our beautiful fields, lawns, gardens, etc. Because the grasshoppers love it here, they don't want to leave on their own.
Look around right now, the grasshoppers are not here. Everything is not getting ruined yet. But in a couple of months, the grasshoppers will be back, attacking everything. Wouldn't it be nice not to have everything brown and destroyed. Please consider helping with this problem.
If you are going to spray or bait, do it wisely and cautiously. Make sure you know what you're doing first.
If you want to learn more about the sprays or baits call Susan Kerr at the extension office.
We would like to extend our condolences to the Maxine Trout Warner family.
Maxine Warner's funeral is Saturday, March 29, at 2:30 p.m. The funeral will be held at the Glisan Street Baptist Church, 10401 NE Glisan, Portland. If you need any other information call (503) 252-2648.
On March 29, there was a meeting about the Columbaria at the grange hall. John Webber from Hillsboro, Ore., came to explain what a Columbaria is and how much one costs. There were about 30 people at the meeting.
If you have any news for the month of March call Chris Kuhnhausen at 364-3627.