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2008-09-19 15:00:42

By Clinton Thomas Summer is approaching and the desire to be outside and enjoy the farm ponds comes right along with it. Excessive surface plant growth takes away the beauty of the ponds and can also destroy the natural balance of the pond. Managing the plant growth effectively will sustain ponds for longer periods of time. Aquatic plant growth is a necessity in any pond. Without plants, many other aquatic organisms would die. The additional oxygen and food that plants provide ensure...

2008-09-15 15:00:17

PREPARE YOUR POND FOR WINTER Watching your pond turn from blue water and green plants to snow- covered water and brown plants can be sad. Ease the transition for yourself and the pond by following these easy steps. * Begin feeding your fish a special high-carb, low-protein diet. Once the water temperature dips below 50 degrees, don't feed them at all. Your fish are entering hibernation and the food may not digest properly. Even if your fish come to the surface on a warmer winter day,...

2008-08-20 18:00:00

By JOEL ELLIOTT Biologists and lake-association members want volunteers to join their campaign to eradicate an aggressive invasive plant species from Salmon Lake. They hope to survey both Salmon Lake and McGrath Pond within the next two weeks to determine the extent of the infestation of Eurasian water milfoil, a species discovered Aug. 1 in Salmon Lake. At least 50 lake residents met Thursday evening to listen to the plan from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to control...

2008-08-19 15:00:50

By M. Dirk Langeveld PARIS - Several proposed restrictions for Hall's Pond will be up for a public hearing Wednesday. The hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Paris Town Office. While the 50-acre pond is used for recreational activities, it is also a source of drinking water in Paris and Hebron. There are 35 to 38 hookups in the two towns for water use. The Hebron Water Co. has an easement on the pond, located in Paris, from Hebron Academy. "What we're really trying to do is...

2008-07-28 12:00:42

Long Pond, the city's water supply, has been off limits for more than 50 years. As early as 1951, when polio was not a memory but a reality that killed and crippled people every summer, the lake was found to be contaminated by people who scaled the barbwire-topped fence. The pond, which is also known as Penacook Lake, was drained and refilled before it was again used to supply Concord's drinking water. The city has continued to go to great lengths to protect its water supply. It purchased...

2008-07-13 06:00:15

By Michael Pearce, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Jul. 13--Ranging from desolate stock ponds to sculpted sand pits winding between seven-figure homes, Kansas' 100,000-plus private waters offer some good fishing. But they could be giving us much more. "I doubt we get 25 percent of the potential out of our ponds," said Leonard Jirak, a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist. "They can be managed and improved like anything else." Though he manages some huge reservoirs,...

2008-07-08 12:00:39

By Michael Farrell, Gloucester Daily Times, Mass. Jul. 8--ROCKPORT -- A grassroots effort to restore the Millbrook Dam and the neighboring park and waterways is underway but it may cost more than $700,000. Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., a group of concerned citizens will gather in the meeting room at the police station to discuss the issue in the hopes of developing a report that will go before the next meeting of the Department of Public Works Commissioners. "As residents we feel that...

2008-07-07 21:00:14

By Art Holden Sixty years ago, when the Central Ohio Coal Company was tearing up southeastern Ohio, few could envision what the future would hold for the depressed and distressed area. Farming wasn't profitable, but below the pastures and hillsides were rich deposits of coal. Central Ohio Coal, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, surface mined the three-county area, stripping it of not only its beauty, but of its trees and grasses, as well as its wildlife. AEP had a plan, though,...

2008-06-25 15:02:34

By Margo Sullivan, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Jun. 25--KINGSTON -- A fish count in Powwow Pond showed this winter's toll on bass was worse than originally feared, according to Ben Nugent, fisheries biologist with the state Fish and Game Department. He conducted an electro-fishing survey Sunday night and found only 10 bass in the pond. "I was pretty surprised," Nugent said. He estimated the survey should have turned up 60 bass "at a minimum." He said his next step will be...

2008-06-14 15:00:13

By Fraser Sherman, Destin Log, Fla. Jun. 14--Even parks can be made more eco-friendly, Julie Terrell of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance says. Last month, a contractor working for the alliance began excavating a stormwater retention pond at Destin's Clement Taylor Park. Terrell told The Log that when the pond and other drainage upgrades are finished, water running from the park into Choctawhatchee Bay will be cleaner of trash and pollutants. Terrell said that up until now, drainage...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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