Originally created 06/14/05

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TODAY

EVENINGS IN THE APPLEBY GARDEN: Evening in the Appleby Garden continues at 8 p.m. with 19th century salon and concert music. The free concert will be at the Appleby Branch Library, 2260 Walton Way at Johns Road. Guests are urged to bring chairs or a blanket. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the library. For more information, call 736-6244.

WEDNESDAY

FIRST AID AND SAFETY CLASSES: The Augusta Red Cross will offer a community first aid and safety class from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and Wednesday and Thursday, June 22-23, at the Augusta Red Cross office, 1322 Ellis St. The cost is $55 for adult, child and infant CPR and first aid; and $45 for adult, child and infant CPR only. For more information, call 724-8481.

THURSDAY

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Music in the Park will be at 7 p.m. at Maude Edenfield Park, beside the North Augusta Community Center. The featured group is quietSTORM. The concert is free. For more information, call 442-7588.

DRAGONFLIES PROGRAM: The Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will hold a Family Discovery Series on dragonflies at 7 p.m., at the swamp, on Lock and Dam Road, near Augusta Regional Airport. The program will be presented by Giff Beaton. The cost is $3 for member families and $5 for nonmember families. For more information, call 828-2109.

Contract and policies committee meeting: The Contract and Policies Committee will meet at 10 a.m. , in the conference room inside the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center Administrative Office, 601 Seventh St. The purpose of the meeting is to come up with a policy and procedure for contracting the Coliseum Authority Attorney.

Back in time

Today in regional history:

JUNE 14, 1960

A gas fire at the Valley Fuel Oil and Butane Gas Co. in Burnettown sent one man to a doctor with first-degree burns and caused another man to injure himself while he tried to get out of the way. The fire broke out while Bill Steelman, an employee at the firm's supply depot in Burnettown, was filling a small butane tank belonging to Belton Andrews. Mr. Steelman was treated at a Langley doctor's office for first-degree burns, then released. Mr. Andrews was taken to the Aiken County Hospital for observation after he ran into several oil drums while trying to get away from the fire.

Dealing with poison ivy

Q. Will spraying Roundup on a poison ivy vine growing up a tree hurt the tree, or does the bark protect it? The trees I'm dealing with are older and well-established.

A. Roundup is a nonselective herbicide that kills by absorption and transmission to the heart of the plant. It breaks down in the soil into neutral components. Although organic gardeners consider it unacceptable, Roundup is used by many gardeners who are concerned about more toxic chemicals.

Older trees with thick woody bark, such as tulip poplars and certain oaks, will probably not suffer from a light spraying of Roundup, but why risk it? Thin-barked trees such as birch and cherry are vulnerable.

Before poison ivy has developed much foliage, cut the vine near the ground, making sure you get all the stems. The vine above the cut will die and can be left in place. You can immediately apply the herbicide to the cut - the top of the stump, so to speak - using a small paintbrush. Or wait until the vine sprouts from the base and spray the young foliage. In each case, place plastic or foil between the vine and the tree. Watch out for drips.

- The Philadelphia Inquirer