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JOHN'S PREP ELROSA Girls' Basketball Fri., Jan. 16, 6 pm Holdingford Fri., Jan. 16, 6 pm Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa THE., JAN. 20, 6 PM ROYALTON THU., JAN. 22, 6 PM HOWARD I,K-WAV-WIN THIJ., IAN. 22, 6 PM MAPLE LAKE Sat., Jan. 24, 6 pm Albany Tue., Jan. 27, 6 pm Rockford Tue., Jan. 27, 6 pm Pierz Fri., Jan. 30, 6 pm Pierz FRI., JAN. 30, 6 PM ROCKFORD Wrestling SAT., JAN. 17, 9 AM KIMBALL DUALS Thu., y-an. 15, 6:30 pro, Howard Lk-Wavedy-Wlnsted Tue., Jan. 20, 6:30 pm Pierz Sat., Jan. 17, 10 am Kimball Duals Fri., Jan. 23, 5 pm New London-Spicer Tourn. Fri., Jan. 23, 3:30 pm New London-Spieer THII., JAN. 29, 6:30 PM HOLDINGFORD Tournament FRI., JAN. 30, 8:30 PM ST CLOUD TECH Tue., Jan. 27, 5 pm Long Prairie/Grey Eagle Ann./EVW/Litch/ML Alpine Skiing, Boys' & Girls' Thu., Jan. i5, 5 pro, MotmdWestonka at Powier Ridge Thu., Jan. 22, 4:30 pro, at Powder Ridge Payl21esville / EVW Gymnastics Thu., Jan. 15, 6 pm New London-Spicer Thu., Jan. 22, 6 pm Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tue., Jan. 27, 6 pm Sartell-St. Stephen at Paynesville Sat., Jan. 31, 11:30 am Maple Lake Invitational Third Annual Cold Spring Jaycees Soup and Chili Bowl chilis available from contestants, there will be products from Cold Spring, Brewery, Erken's Water, Jimmy s Pizza and Bernick's avail- able for purchase. This event has grown in pop- ularity and has become a "can't miss" occasion for many area foodies and community members. There is no admission charged for this event. A non-perishable food item for the local food shelf is encouraged. Think your recipe could take home first place? There is no entry fee to participant and an opportu- nity to win cash for each soup and chili category. Space is limited to 40 participants. For more information about the event or to enter your soup or chili recipe, please contact Brian Eisen- schenk at (320) 685-8592 or Greg Spanier at (320) 685-8046, or visit <www.coldspringjayeees.com>. If you are interested in learn- ing more or joining about the Cold Spring Jaycees, please contact Craig Lieser at (320) 597-429Z Enjoy an evening of taste-bud paradise and help support the Rocori Trails Project, Cold Spring area community projects and the local food shelf by attending the Third Annual Soup and Chili Bowl from 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Cold Spring Brewery Distribu- tion Center. This event is hosted by the Cold Spring Jaycees. Culinary experts, area busi- nesses and home chefs all bring to the table their treasured soup or chili recipe for the panel of local celebrity judges to evaluate and the public to sample. Some of the tasty previous contestant entries include Northern Beer Cheese Soup, Chain of Lakes Chili, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Sauerkraut Soup and White Chicken Chili. These soups and chilis paired with craft beers and local favorites from Cold Spring Brewery and the Old Time music of the Mary Nis- sell Band (5-8 p.m.) and the rock- n-roll sound of That 70s Band (8-11 p.m.), make this evening a fun- filled event for the entire family. In addition to the soups and Seven ways to save in the New Year ing your name off mailing lists. Go to <www.reduce.org> to find out how to remove your name from junk mail lists. Watch the grass grow: Let your grass grow a little longer in between mowings and save money on fuel, According to the U of M Extension Service, the typical yard of Kentucky bluegrass and fine-leaved fescue should be 2 1/2- to three-inches tall. That's a little taller than a business card. Even better, convert part of your yard to native plants, further reducing the area that needs to be mowed and the fuel needed for mowing. For ideas, try <www.dnr.state.mn.us/ gardens/nativeplants/index'htrnl>" One bulb at a time: As light bulbs burn out, replace them with energy-efficient compact fluores- cent light bulbs (CFLs). Fluores- cent light bulbs use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, and last up to 10 times lon- ger. The fluorescent bulbs may cost more, but they will save money in energy savings over the long run. For details, go to <www.pca.state. rnn.us/waste/lightbulbs.htrnl>. Pack a no-waste lunch: When packing lunches, use plastic con- tainers that can be washed and Daniel I. Vance American Sign language When Philip Yurek, of Carmel, Ind., was age one, he became sick and for several days was hospital- ized in intensive care. Two months later, his mother became deeply concerned. "It seemed as if Philip wasn't able to hear me," said mother Kim Yurek in a telephone interview. Eventually, she took her son to an audiologist, who confirmed severe hearing loss. "By then, I knew he couldn't hear. But when getting the final diagnosis, I was surprised how upset I was. The hearing loss was worse than I'd thought. For a few days, I was really sad at what he wouldn't hear, because my hus- band and I like music. It was like having a death in the family." Since then, her attitude has changed greatly. Now 10, Philip attends Indiana School for the Deaf as a day student and wears hear- ing aids to capture some sounds. He is "a very sweet, happy" boy, she said. "We (as a family) are con- tinuing to learn sign language, and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how much we don't know," she said, referring also to her husband and four other chil- dren. "Sign language is very in- depth. People who say it's not dif- ficult don't really know or have only a cursory understanding. It has many subtleties and nuances. As with any language, you can use the same sign (or word) in the same way and it can mean differ ent things depending on context. Facial expression is very impor- tant. A raised eyebrow or what you do with your tongue or lips, for instance, can change the whole meaning of a sentence." She said American Sign Lan k guage (ASL) is considerably differ- ent from signed English. American Sign Language has unique gram- mar rules along with the facial earl F. Hoffman U of M Extension horticulturist What about snow on trees? For the first time in recent win- ters, our conifer trees are droop- ing with snow. The ample snowfall has caused a wonderland of trees heavily laden with snow. Although we enjoy the scenic beauty, our thoughts may turn to concern over the effect of the heavy snow on the branches of the trees. This may prompt homeowners to rush out to shake the snow from the trees, but is this a good practice? Are all trees susceptible to snow and ice damage? The answer is yes, with some trees being more susceptible than others. Heavy snow or ice on any tree with weak branches can result in breakage. Weak-wooded trees like Siberian elm, green ash and silver maple are all very susceptible to winter breakage. Multiple leader or clump trees, such as birch, are also highly susceptible to snow and ice dam- age. Conifers, particularly upright species such as arborvitae and juniper are probably the most sus- ceptible to snow damage but tend to be more resistant to ice damage than many deciduous trees. Pines tend to be moderately susceptible to snow and ice damage, depend- ing on location and size, while spruce and fir are more resistant. Of course, the actual amount of damage to trees that can occur is dependent on additional factors, particularly wind. A combination of wind and ice can cause major damage to even the healthiest and strongest of trees. Recommendations for manag- ing snow and ice accumulations on trees are dependent upon tem- perature. Avoid shaking or brush- ing the branches of a tree or shrub when they are frozen and brittle. Attempts to remove snow or ice will result in breakage and physio- logical damage, such as the loss of buds, providing an avenue of entry for canker-causing organisms and needle loss. Wait until the temperatures warm up and then gently shake the snow from covered branches, or carefully brush off the snow with a broom using an upright motion. Downward strokes with a broom will only put greater stress on the branches. If ice-covered branches are severely bent on small trees and shrubs, prop them up with boards to prevent breakage. Whatever used repeatedly. The containers will cost less in the long run than disposable plastic bags. Also, stu- dents can use silverware from the hot lunch line instead of plas- tic silverware, saving parents a lit- tle money and the environment a little trash. For more ideas, see <www.reduce.org/school/index. html>. Stay close to home: If a vaca- tion will strain your budget in 2009, consider a day trip or week- end excursion close to home. Min- nesota offers more than 100,000 acres of camping in 66 state parks and private campgrounds, along with more than 700 miles of paved trails, which is more than any other state. For ideas, go to <www. explorerninnesota.com>. For more tips, sign up to receive the Living Green 365 e-newsletter at < www. livinggreen.org>, expressions. "I've found that (deaf) people here (in Indiana) are very open and accepting because we sign and do our best learning to sign," she said. "We are open to their cul- ture and therefore they are wel- coming and very patient. How- ever, if I wanted my son to be in the hearing culture instead; which they would call 'denying his deaf- ness,' they probably wouldn't have much regard for me because, in their eyes, I wasn't showing much regard for their culture." She had praise for ASL itself, using words including "fascinat- ing," "beautiful," and "linguisti- cally interesting" to describe it. "It's like art," she said. "The whole body is involved." Contact: <danieljvance.com> (Blue Valley Sod and Palmer Bus Service made this column possi- ble.) you do, don't beat the tree or shrub with a broom or rake in an attempt to remove the ice. Do not attempt to prop up branches on large, ice- covered trees. Homeowners can be injured or killed if a large, ice- laden branch or tree were to break while the homeowner was under- neath it. There really is nothing that can be done to prevent ice damage to large trees. Careful pruning to reduce the amount of snow and ice they will collect will minimize snow and ice damage to deciduous trees and shrubs in the future. Remove weak branches and those that have nar- row or acute angles. Branches with wide angles to the main stem are structurally stronger and can sup- port more ice and snow. Upright arborvitae normally have muki- ple stems, which should be loosely tied together with nylon cord or strips of burlap to prevent them from bending over when covered with snow. As for that beautiful snow that is now adorning our conifer trees ... let it be and enjoy its beauty. Any attempts at its removal may result in permanent damage to the trees. Calcet's Saving money will be a New Year's resolution for many Minne- sotans, but reducing costs can also reduce the impact on the environ- ment, saving the state additional money and resources on fewer cleanup projects. Here are seven ways that Minnesotans can save in 2009. Put the car in park: Save fuel and money by leaving your vehi- cle at home. Try carpooling or tak- ing the bus to work just one day a week. To find the lowest gas prices, tips on saving gas and your car's energy impact, go to <www.fuele- conomy.gov>. Walking and bicy- cling are even cheaper and health- ier options. Save rain water: Rain water, also called stormwater, carries pollutants such as soil into storm sewers that empty into lakes and streams. By using rain barrels to collect water for your lawn or gar- den, you can save money on your water bill while protecting lakes and streams. More information is available at <www.extension.urnn. edu/iunfo-u/environment/BD459. html>. Junk the junk mail:Eliminate tempting offers and reduce your recycling or garbage load by tak- STOP LEG CRAMPS BEFORE THEY STOP YOU. The 2008 Year In Review will continue next week