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The Thursday, Feb. 20, 2013 By PREPARED BY LSO STAFF The Board of Directors of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra has announced the winners of the l?th annual Young Artists Competition held recently at Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. Nathan Cottrell, playing cello, won the first-place Dorothy Allen Turner Award. Mr. Cottrell is a native of Southern California and is currently serving as co-prin- cipal cellist for the University of Memphis where he is studying cello with Leonardo Altino and con- ducting with Pu-Qi Jiang. COTTRELL began his cello studies with Richard Nail1 at the Colburn School of Performing Arts where he was asked to play in honors recitals and was featured as part of KMZT's Sunday's Live broadcast at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. HE WENT on to earn his bachelor's degree at Biola University under Marlin Owen and Andrew Shulman. Competition judges praised Mr. Cottrell's per- formance of Ernest Bloch's Schelomo as powerful, rich and passionate. AS FIRST-PLACE winner, Cottrell will receive $1,300 and perform as a featured soloist with the LaGrange Symphony during its November 2014 concert. The Max Kaplan Award for second place was won by Sophie Wang on violin. Ms. Wang attends Columbus State University where she has been studying violin per- formance since age 16 with Sergiu Schwartz at the Schwob School of Music. Wang was selected by the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2013 under the baton of Jaime Laredo. The orchestra performed in Carnegie Hall twice and was coached by Pamela Frank, Kurt Muroki, Bonnie Hampton, and others. This prize carries a $1,000 cash award. TIAN XU, violin, was the winner of the NOTE Award for third place and a $500 cash award. Ms. Xu attends Columbus State University, studying with Sergiu Schwartz at the Schwob School of Music, where she won the school's 2013-2014 concerto competition. Xu has also studied at Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York and received a double degree in Music Performance and Asian Studies in 2012. This competition was open to participants in string instruments under age 26 from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina or Tennessee. Next year's competition will be limited to participants on piano. Additional information about the LaGrange Symphony's annual Young Artists Competition is avail- able online at www.lagrangesymphony.or. Celebrating 25 years of enriching our community through music, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra helps create memorable moments of music. Nathan Cottrell Sophie Wang Tian Xu By BRIAN MADDY, County Extunion Ageng Several years ago my wife became enamored about rais- ing hostas. She selected many different cultivars and we made three beds for them. We soon discovered that hostas were to deer were like ice cream to humans. We tried various solutions to repelling them. We tried hanging bars of soap, bags of human hair and dog hair with little effect. Since then, our hosta col- lection has shrunk to just a few survivors. We also discovered how quickly buck deer can damage small trees during the rut season. They actually gir- dled one tree in one night before action could be taken. Some folks believe that Troup County is blessed with a large deer population. Others would disagree. The big question is how we keep deer out of our yards. In order to keep deer out, we need to know why they like to frequent our yards. Deer love to feast on nutrition rich plants. Since most homeowners fertilize their yards, this pro- vides a tastier proposition than the nearby woods. The newest growth also tends to be the most nutritions as well. That's why you may see the ends clipped off at the same height throughout a planting. This is called the browse layer. Be sure to iden- tify that the damage is indeed deer feeding on your plants. Now that you know that they are feeding on your land- scape, how do you keep them out? One method of control is called the HERL model. The HERL method includes a step- by-step approach to limiting damage. H stands for habitat modification or harassment; E stands for exclusion, including fencing; R is for repellant or removal; and L for leXhal con- trol. Habitat modification may be the least evasive method. Planting landscape material that deer do not like to eat is the first step. We have a long list of plant material that's available at the extension office or online that will help the homeowner make selec- tions. They call this material "deer-tolerant ornamental plants." Protecting your plantings by exclusion is the next step. This works well with gardens. Erecting an electric fence around the vegetable garden is very effective repelling deer. Some folks put peanut butter on the fence to train the deer about electricity. Tying white rags to the wire also alerts the deer to where the fence is located since deer like to feed at dawn and dusk. This prevents them from get- ling tangled up. Placing a twelve foot woven wire fence may not be economically feasible for most homeowners but you will see them around test plots at UGA and Fort Valley State University. Placing staked, chicken wire fences around young trees will effectively prevent damage during the rut- ling season. Using repellents is anoth- er option. Most home remedies as mentioned above have been found mostly ineffective. Using any product containing rotten or putrescent eggs should never be used around gardens or any food item des- tined for human consumption. Mothballs are illegal to use out- doors. Repellants containing oils like garlic and mint can be used with some success. Spray on repellents work only until the next rain. Some have to be applied weekly. One product that has been found to temporarily repel white-tailed deer in food plots is specially treated sewage sludge. It is not labeled as a deer repellant but is sold as a fertilizer in many home improvement and garden cen- ters. Before using any lethal means, first contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for guid- ance. One of the most important considerations when trying to keep deer out of the landscape is to start the repellant pro- gram as soon as damage is noticed. Never wait. The deer will form the habit Of feeding on your property. You also must be persistent. You have to keep the fence elec-" trified, spray the repellants on the correct schedule and keep the barriers up and in good con- dition. Evaluate your program to determine which works best with your lifestyle. One final consideration is that deer feeding is affected by how abundant forage may be. In droughty years, deer will be more desperate to feed on your irrigated landscape plants that have been fertilized well. Always read and follow the label on any deer repellants and products. CONGRATULATIONS OFFICERS - Sheriff Woodruff is proud to announce that on Friday, Feb, 7, Capt. Shane Frailey and Deputy Ben Blackburn graduated from the 40 hour Hostage Negation class taught at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. The introductory course is designed to prepare the student to conduct cri- sis negotiations in hostage, barricaded suspect, correctional, cult or terrorist situa- tions.Key topics included: Introduction to hostage negotiations; crisis intervention, opening negotiations, communication skills, negotiation dynamics, demands - time - stress, hostage negotiations teams,' intelligence, legal considerations, psychology in hostage negotiations, suicide, negotiations in correctional facilities, and negotiating equipment. Capt. Frailey and Deputy Blackburn are the first from the Troup County Sheriff's Office to attend and successfully complete this course. By RANDY DRINKARD, ing right now'to: mid-March. Seeds will germinate and Georgia CooperativeThis gives the seedlings produce their first cotyledons Extension six to eight weeks to grow (new seed leaves)under the before outdoor temperatures tray covers. Does winter weather haveare safe for planting them out- Once the first true leaves you anxious for spring? Are side in the vegetable garden, appear, remove the tray coy- you ready to start digging in Warm soil, not just warm ers and transplant the the dirt and growingtomatoes, air temperature, is crucial for seedlings to 3- or 4-inch diam- peppers, squash and other summer vegetable plant roots eterpots. warm season veggies? to begin growing. Larger pots give seedlings Even though we still have It may take longer for soil room for root expansion. chilly days ahead, seasoned temperatures to warm up to When the plants have gardeners can plan now for between 60 and 65 degreesthree or four true leaves on their spring vegetable gar- Fahrenheit, which is the opti- the stem, you can move them dens. mal planting temperature,outdoors during the day. Shop from catalogs Provide water, light and Take plants outside a few Start by reading seed cat- warmth hours each day, butbringthem alogsandorderingseveraldif- To start seeds indoors back inside at night. ferent varieties, before the temperatures The immature seedlings Try some familiar vari- warm outside, you may wish need to harden off gradually eties, but also include some to utilize a lamp system. This outside. you can't get at a local nurs- provides light in the spectrum They won't withstand cold ery. Experimenting with new that plants need for optimal temperatures or even intense and new-to-you vegetables is germination and growth, sunlight at this point, so mon- one of the advantages of start- If possible, use one coolitor the weather closely dur- ing plants from seed. fluorescent lamp paired with ing this time. Again, be sure Youcanplantseedsinpeat one warm incandescent, to bring them in at night to pellets on planting trays with This combination of lightprotect them from tempera- clear lids.Peat pellets are provides enough warmth and lure extremes. those small round discs that light to get the seedlings to Plant in the garden expand when watered, germinate within a few days. Once spring tempera- You can buy them at mostTo provide moisture, add tures are consistently above big box stores or garden cen- water to the bottom of the pel- freezing, the new plants can ters. let-filledtrays. Thewater will be moved into the garden. Read the seed package tobe soaked up from the base There is nothing more saris- determine how deeply toplant and this prevents early prob- fying than knowing you can theseedsinthepelletsforopti- lems with root rot and disease, produce a productive veg- mal germination. Seeds and seedlings need to etable garden from just some You can plant seeds start- be moist, but not wet. tiny seeds. S By JOHN KUYKENDALL timberland and more than 32 ponds. Hogansville investorCurrently, the ranch has Holland M. Ware has added a 1,675 acres of crop and pas- historic Florida ranch to his tureland and 4,898 acres in pine holdings, and hardwoods. Ware, who owns severalThere are three homes, two tracts of land in the area, has metal-sided barns and pole purchased the Shoal River barn on the property. Ranch located outside According to Ware, the Crestview, FL. property has an existing pine The 10,500-acre ranch is straw harvesting lease and a located in Okaloosa County and cellular phone tower that gen- has more than five miles of erates income. frontage along U.S. Highway 'The purchase fits in very 90 and 12 miles of front on well with our other acquisitions Interstate 10. over the last several weeks," It also has five miles of said Ware's associate Brenda frontage along CSX Railroad Thueson. lines. 'This booming area has so Jack Stack, a former oil- much promise in industry and man, who used the land for graz- we are very excited to be a part ing cattle, created the ranch, of it by acquiring such a well- The ranch has a lake system known ranch." that was created by using nat- Ware had purchased more ural springheads, than 30,000 acres across the The area, which the Florida Florida Panhandle, according Department of Economic to the release. Development listed as a"mega- Last year, the Holland M. site," has a mixture of pasture, Ware Charitable Foundation signed a letter of intent with the Port St. Joe Port Authority for the Ware organization to transport materials via the Florida port and the Apalachicola Northern Railway. The agreement hinges on the port channel being dredged and improvements to the rail- way being completed. The Ware organization could transport 1.5 million tons of rocks and sand annually via the railroad. Foundation offi- cials have expressed an inter- est in transporting rock from Georgia to Port St. Joe and then transporting sand it owns in the Port St. Joe area to concrete plants located in Atlanta The foundation's timber from north Florida might also be transportod to a wood pellet production facility to be pel- letized and then shipped from the port. Ware has given millions to cancer research and animal protection causes.