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first_imgBy Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s strawberry crop wasn’t damaged much by the recent cold snap and snowfall that hit the state’s midsection. Strawberry blooms can withstand cold temperatures because of plant genetics and farmer action.“The plants are making new flowers right now and will continue to do so until late spring,” said Gerard Krewer, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist. “They aren’t like peaches and blueberries where the flower buds are all formed in the fall.” Protected by iceThe recent snowfall didn’t hurt the flowers. To protect strawberry plants from cold weather, farmers cover them with an ice-water mixture, creating an ice blanket of sorts, he said. Ice forms at 32 degrees, but strawberry blossoms don’t freeze until 28 degrees.“The overhead irrigation coats the plants with ice and if you keep the sprinklers running, the ice freezes and releases heat to protect the blossoms,” Krewer said. The method worked for Ron Hayes. The certified public accountant grows two acres of pick-your-own strawberries in Canon, Ga. “I only had a few blooms, and the snow just formed a blanket on them,” he said. Even if a cold snap did wipe out all the early flowers, strawberry plants continue to produce more side branches and more flowers, Krewer said. Georgia plants, which typically come in the fall from Northern states and Canada, already have a few flowers in the mother crowns when they arrive.Growers all across GeorgiaThere are roughly 65 strawberry producers in Georgia, totaling about 300 acres in production. Unlike blueberries, which are grown extensively in the southeast and south-central parts of the state, strawberry production is spread over the state. Most growers sell berries through pick-your-own operations or local sales. “It’s more profitable for our growers to focus on producing fresh vine-ripe strawberries,” said Krewer. “Our growers don’t need to compete with the 800-pound gorilla otherwise known as California.”Like tomatoes, vine-ripe is bestWhen it comes to taste, Krewer likens strawberries to tomatoes and peaches. “They will turn red if picked on the green side, but a vine-ripe strawberry is a superior product,” he said. “When you’re in the field, push back the plant’s leaves and you’ll find succulent berries tucked under the canopy.”Growers in the Savannah area are already harvesting berries. Growers in north Georgia, like Hayes, will harvest in mid-April or early May and finish in June. A trip to a u-pick farm is a great family outing, Hayes said.“It’s a good little adventure to bring your kids out to,” he said. “Whether they are four years old or 12 years old, they love it.”For a list of pick-your-own strawberry farms, see the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium Web site atwww.smallfruits.org/Strawberries/Marketing.htm. Or, go the Georgia Strawberry Growers Web site at www.gastrawberries.org.last_img read more

Former Tottenham coach Clive Allen recalls almost punching Arsene Wenger before Carlo Cudicini stepped in

first_imgAllen was insistent on a handshake from Wenger (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)‘I stuck out my hand to shake, but he just walked past me, because he’d lost. That’s the way he is. I chased after him down the tunnel,’ Allen wrote in his autobiography Up Front, published by the Evening Standard.‘“Come on Arsene!” I shouted. “Are you a man or a mouse? Shake my hand.” He wouldn’t.‘At that point, I lost it. The tunnel area was teeming with stewards, press and the players, who were beginning to make their way off the pitch. I couldn’t believe his attitude.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘“Where are you walking to? You’re a mouse!” I screamed at him. I was ready to blow. “Just because we’ve won for once!”‘I called him a few choice names. He kept looking at me, edging away. I was ready to punch him.‘Just as I went to swing for him, reserve goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini saved the day. He threw his arm over my shoulder. “Clive, what was the score?” he said, smiling. He dragged me away and into our dressing room.’ Arsene Wenger narrowly avoided an assault from Clive Allen (Picture: Getty Images)Former Tottenham coach Clive Allen has admitted that he came close to punching former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, before Carlo Cudicini intervened.Allen, a start striker for Spurs in the 1980s, says that bad blood began bubbling between him and Wenger when the Frenchman labelled Tottenham ‘cheats’ after a match in April 2006 which ended 1-1.Wenger famously reacted badly to the ball not being put out of play when two Arsenal players were injured, arguing with then Spurs manager Martin Jol on the touchline and later accusing the Tottenham coaching staff of cheating.Allen was far from impressed by this accusation and vowed to ‘shake Wenger’s hand as a winner’ as soon as possible.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhile not the next time Spurs would beat their north London rivals, Allen made the bid for the handshake, after a 2-1 win in the Premier League in October 2011, and Wenger was not interested. Former Tottenham coach Clive Allen recalls almost punching Arsene Wenger before Carlo Cudicini stepped in Wenger ignored Allen’s bid for a shake (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Allen signed for Arsenal before he moved to Spurs, but never played a league game for the Gunners despite arriving from QPR for £1.25m in 1980.The forward did not fit into the formation being used by Arsenal at the time and was moved on to Crystal Palace before turning out in the league, with Kenny Samson going the other way and going on to become a Gunners legend.MORE: Arsenal issue Alexandre Lacazette injury update ahead of Sheffield United clashMORE: Mesut Ozil insists he’ll see out Arsenal contract despite struggles under Unai Emery Metro Sport ReporterThursday 17 Oct 2019 11:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link270Sharescenter_img Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Mr. Galen M. Green

first_imgMr. Galen M. Green, age 81, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on September 23, 1938 in Switzerland County, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Andrew Peter and Sadie Mae (Peters) Green. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana where he was a 1956 graduate of the Vevay High School. Galen was inducted into the United States Army on April 11, 1957 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He served in the Korean War and Vietnam War and rose to the rate of Specialist 5th Class and was honorably discharged on March 31, 1963. On September 4, 1959 Galen was united in marriage at the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church, to his wife of over 60 years, Billie Jo Reese. This happy union was blessed with two sons, Joe and Jamie and three daughters, Cindy, Vickie and Michelle. Galen was employed for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for several years. He was also employed for Arvin Sango in Madison, Indiana, for nine years and received the perfect attendance award and 5+ years without a recordable injury award. He was also employed for Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Galen held membership in the Plum Creek Baptist Church where he was currently a trustee. Galen’s passion in life was farming and instilling his work ethic into his children and grandchildren. Galen enjoyed playing euchre and pinochle, hunting, trapping, fishing and watching TV especially sports. Most of all, Galen enjoyed spending time with his loving family. Galen passed away at 6:45 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Galen will be missed by his loving wife, Billie Jo (Reese) Green of Vevay, IN; his sons, Joe Green and his wife, Kaulene of Vevay, IN and Jamie Green and his wife, Karoline of Vevay, IN; his daughters, Cindy Jo Turner of Vevay, IN, Vickie Green of Rising Sun, IN and Michelle White and her husband, Randy of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren, Leslie Rich, Brenna Pietrykowski, Kyle Green, Samuel White, Jackson White, Joshua Mitchell, Noel Gray, Joei Gray, April Konkle, Kimber Green and Kelsea Green; his great-grandchildren, Gavin Rich, Andrew Pietrykowski, Corbin Pietrykowski, Emmett Pietrykowski, McKayla Oeffinger, Kristina Oeffinger, Kyla Fieler, Axel Gray, Jaxson Gray, Kaiden Konkle, Kenley Konkle and Colton Konkle; his sisters, Alberta Reed of Waldron, IN, Linda Poling of Patriot, Indiana, Lucille Phillips and her husband, Cherry of Vevay, IN and Mary Catherine McManus of Vevay, IN; his brother, Ivan Green and his wife, Dollie of Patriot, IN and his numerous nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Peter Green, died December 28, 1946 and Sadie Mae (Peters) Green, died July 21, 1985; his son-in-law, Fred Abraham “Freddie” Turner, died July 2, 2019; his sisters, Dorothy Mae Scott, died June 1, 1960 and Meredith Scudder, died April 26, 2010; his brothers, Marvin Green, died November 27, 1967, Arthur “Buddy” Green, died August 23, 2011, Charles Green, died October 19, 2015 and Alan Green, died May 15, 1986.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Pastor Casey Banta at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to Switzerland County Animal Shelter, Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o CFSCI, American Legion Post #185 Relief Fund or Switzerland County Emergency Response. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

UW fired up to play in-state rival Milwaukee

first_imgIn response to the tough conference loss to Michigan last Sunday, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team is preparing to fight harder and dig even deeper Wednesday when they take on in-state rival UW-Milwaukee.The matchup will be one of the most evenly-matched competitions of the season, as both teams have garnered success despite a few bumps along the way. The Panthers (10-2-1) currently occupy third place in the Horizon League, while the Badgers (9-3-1) have earned impressive wins including defeating Indiana, last year’s NCAA champion. The two teams have played some of the same names and saw similar outcomes for many. Both UW and Milwaukee defeated DePaul, Marquette, Western Illinois and Western Michigan in 2013.But while it remains unclear who has the upper hand in Wednesday’s meeting, one thing is certain: Both teams want the win and want it badly.“I know these guys were disappointed in the results [Sunday],” head coach John Trask said.  “I like to think they’re going to come out with 110 percent effort, and it’s going to take that to get the win against Milwaukee.”As the regular season is beginning to wrap up, with only five games remaining for Wisconsin, the countdown to playoffs makes every point in each game count that much more. Adding to the hype is the tension between the two Wisconsin schools that comes around every year.“[Wednesday] will be a heated rivalry game,” Trask said. “We know their players, and they know our players. It’s going to be a classic battle.”And for junior defender AJ Cochran, looking back at last year’s matchup makes it more than your average in-state rivalry.“Last year we played a very good game against them and they beat us 1-0,” Cochran said.  “That’s still burning inside us, and it’s going to be a fire we have with us on Wednesday.”For Wisconsin, their advantage will continue to be what has helped them progress all season long.“[On] our team, [the advantage] is our experience and maturity,” Cochran said.  “We have a lot of seniors, we’ve played [Milwaukee] a lot, played at their field a lot too, which helps for an away game. We know what their atmosphere is like and know their players.”Wisconsin’s roster this year consists of 13 seniors, most of whom have been playing together for the entirety of their college careers.The Badgers are also very familiar with junior Panther Luke Goodnetter, who spent his freshman year at Wisconsin before transferring to Green Bay and finally ending up in Milwaukee.  This season is Goodnetter’s first year on the field with the Panthers, and he has started most games for Milwaukee as a midfielder, proving himself a key player on the team.Going head-to-head with a former teammate may give Wisconsin a little extra incentive come Wednesday, but if there’s one thing the Badgers pride themselves on, it’s the fight they have shown in each game, regardless of the opponent.“We believe that we are a good team, and the whole season we’ve had a mentality that we’re going to make teams beat us,” Senior Nick Janus said.  “We bring the fight we know we have in us and that we’ll need to beat a team like Milwaukee.”last_img read more