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January 3, 2011 Agriculture Column


Well, here we are with another New Year come and gone.  I know this means only one thing and that is I am now just about another year older.  Time really flies when you are having fun.  We had a very uneventful New Year’s Eve.  As we get older, we enjoy the time together rather than hitting the nightlife and wondering what we did the next day.  We also enjoying watching the grandkids and until the bad weather moved in thought we were in for a few tornados hitting our home.   It really does not matter as we really enjoy watching and are very proud to have each and every one of the grandkids stay.  You have been hearing a lot lately about snow packs on your roofs.  This is a very real problem and should be handled with care.  It does not take long to drive around the neighborhood and see who had real good attic insulation and who does not as those buildings without insulation have very long icicle’s hanging from the eves, while others have many inches of snow left on the roof if not removed.  I also see many homes have already been cleared of roof snow.  Please be very careful in the process as the rood is very slippery and we do not want anyone getting seriously hurt.  The other needing mentioning is sewer vents.  Have you checked yours lately?  I know of homes that been blocked and the remedy is quite easy.  A gallon of hot water does the trick very easily but like cleaning a roof so does the precaution of climbing on the roof for this process.  Please be very careful.

Lake Region Extension Roundup is also here and some will get this column in time as a reminder and others will be receiving this after the fact but whichever is the case for you I HOPE you will be able to attend or have attended Roundup.  This is a great event to learn something new and visit with your neighbor or even with someone you may have never met.  See you at Lake Region Extension Roundup.  


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