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Page 16 Hells Canyon Journal May 13, 1998 G Spot St. Elizabeth Red Cross Offering Classes all'de Health Services The Eastern Oregon Chapter ofthe American Red Cross is now registering for the following classes: Announces CPR for the Professional Rescuer, fee $25, begins May 14; Lifeguard Training, fee $50; class begins May 30; Health Fair Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, fee $50, begins May 29. St~ Elizabeth Health Ser- Enrollment is limited and will be served on a first come, vices 14th Annual Health first served basis. All three classes will be held in La Fair will be held on Satur- Grande. For more information, call 962-3036. Stop Topping Trees day, May 16, 1998, from 8 Tree topping disfigures and kills trees. Unfortunately, the death is slow and therefore may be blamed on some factor other than tree topping. Topping is the haphaz- ard removal of a tree's canopy, leaving a few stubbed-off branches on the trunk, or even leaving only the trunk. When a tree is topped, it has lost its natural form and beauty. These drastic cuts provide easy access for insects and disease organisms to invade trees. Proper pruning sel- dom creates a disease or insect problem. The excess removal of limbs and leaves reduces the ability of trees to produce food. The tree is weakened and overall tree growth is reduced, including root growth. Topped trees are more vulnerable to weather stresses of drought, frosts, and extremes in temperatures, which con- tribute to their early decline. When the canopy of a tree is missing, previously shaded portions of the tree are exposed directly to the sun. Neighboring trees, shrubs, and lawn abruptly ex- posed to the sun may suffer scald damage. Regrowth following topping is always weakly attached and subject to breakage from wind, as well as snow and ice. It is impossible for a topped tree to develop a strong limb framework of re- growth. " Often, regrowth occurs in great profusion in dense tufts of twigs or extremely long branches, defeating the original purpose for topping the tree, which is to control height and spread. How to Avoid Tree Topping Consider the mature height of a tree before planting it. For example, plant trees that do not exceed 25 feet in h ight under power lines. Before someone prunes your trees, look at their previous work. Use "Target Pruning," a pruning method de- vised by Dr. Alex Shigo, a plant pathologist, as a guide. "Target Pruning" recommends removal of limbs at their bases just outside the branch bark ridge and branch collar. This method of pruning leaves the first barrier of defense against diseases intact. If the limb is not flush to the trunk, this barrier is lost and disease can enter freely and rapidly. At the other extreme, stub cuts leave stubs that die back and harbor pests. A cut should not be long and sloping, but should expose the least amount of limb interior as possible. Trees may be headed back, trimmed out and shaped as needed. Limbs to be removed are those that are broken, crossing, dead and unsound, dis- eased and sometimes, insect-infested limbs. Most shade trees need very little pruning if shaped properly during their first years and al- lowed to develop their natural form. Never drastically alter the natural shape of a tree by pruning. A topped tree begins to decline immediately and its life is shortened. Source: Wayne Johnson, State Horticulture Spe- cialist, University of Nevada Cooperative Exten- sion. ~n a.m. to 2 p.m. Various health screening tests and related information will be offered for free at the Fair. These include blood pres- sure checks, colorectal can- cer tests, pulmonary func- tion tests and cardiac rhythm strips. For those who had a blood draw in April, results will be avail- able. There will be special activities for kids which will include child photo and fingerprint i.d. station and Ambulance and Fire Truck (subject to availability). Early detection and pre- vention of possible prob- lems are key to maintain- ing good health. Please consider attending the Annual St. Elizabeth Health Fair on Saturday, May 16, 1998. A Funeral Home with Familiar Faces Here Today fa" Tomorrow Cow.s-STaom/Ea-MosaoE Fmw . MD 1960~ CRY. OIm~N 9"/814 (541) ~ ~ TOU. - 118$,523-430~ Delo. The name on the label is your assurance of quality. Because Chevron stands behind the Delo line of lubricants bumper protection of the Warranty Plus program. with the bumper-to- That means every time you buy Chevron Delo 400 Heavy Duty Motor Oils, Delo Grease EP and Delo Gear Lubricants, you'll automatically be protected under a single warranty. Which means you've got Chevron's guarantee -- in writing-- that if under normal service and maintenance any damage to your equip- ment is directly caused by Delo lubricants, Chevron will pick up the tab. That's a promise --- and you've -_-got our name on it. Delo is a registered trademark of Chevron Corporation. ID 1997 Chevron Corporation. All rights reserved Richland bulk plant Lubricants 541-893-6090 or 541-742-2736