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Sick of Cold Weather?

Think it’s cold here?  It’s so cold in one village in Russia that eyelashes are freezing!!!!

 

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Dog in Space

A stuffed toy dog gets to float around on the International Space Station as a sweet reminder of home. Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov posted a photo of the critter on Twitter Wednesday: Shkaplerov’s cousin made the small poodle, which features a classic poofy-legged haircut, and modeled it after the astronaut’s family dog. The cosmonaut’s daughter asked him to take it with him into space, but he didn’t just pack it away in his luggage. It had a job

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Winter Stresses on Trees & Shrubs

Heavy snow and ice, as well as frozen soil conditions, can damage cherished trees and shrubs in residential landscapes. Even areas without major snowfall experience high winds and huge fluctuations in temperatures during winter. But homeowners can lessen the adverse effects of winter weather with preventive maintenance.

How to avoid damage to trees

“Branches of trees can break due to the excessive weight of ice or snow,” says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP* and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). “Tree strength can be improved with proper pruning to promote the formation and growth of the strongest possible branches and branch attachments. When pruning alone isn’t enough to strengthen a tree, properly installed cables and rigid braces can add support to weakened parts of a tree.”

Winter winds cause evergreens to lose moisture from their needles. Even some deciduous trees suffer from winter drying. If water is not available as moisture is drawn from living cells, permanent damage can result. The best prevention consists of planting only hardy species in areas of prolonged exposure, watering plants adequately in the fall and mulching to insulate the soil and roots from severe cold.

On sunny days in winter, a tree’s trunk and main limbs can warm to 15 degrees higher than the air temperature. As soon as the sun’s rays stop reaching the stem when the sun sets, the tree’s temperature plummets, potentially causing injury or permanent damage to the bark. The two common types of injury from winter sun and temperature changes are sun scald and frost cracking. The effects of sun scald and frost cracking can be reduced by sound arboricultural practices to maintain overall health, and by covering the trunks of young, susceptible trees with a suitable tree wrap.

Winter is a good time to prune

“Most skilled arborists prefer pruning when trees are dormant,” says Andersen. “With no leaves on the tree, the arborist is better able to evaluate its architecture and spot dead or diseased branches. In addition, since the ground is frozen, damage to the turf underneath the tree due to falling limbs and tree care activities is negligible. This is also a good time to check trees for diseases and other damage.”

Other recommendations to improve the health of your living landscape:

  • Reduce compaction around trees to help improve water and air movement in the soil. This strengthens the tree’s root system.
  • When planting, choose hardy trees available in your area as they have better chances for survival in severe weather conditions. Choosing the best location and following proper planting procedures should be your highest priorities.
  • Only fertilize after a qualified tree care provider has assessed the tree’s health, growth and site conditions.

In case of moderate storm damage, restoring the tree to its former health and beauty may take some time, but it generally can make a full recovery. Broken, hazardous limbs should be removed immediately. Pruning to remove broken stubs and restore the balance of the crown can be put off a little while, but shouldn’t be delayed more than one growing season.

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Grandmother Can’t Figure Out “Bun in the Oven” Pregnancy Announcement

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Wesley Dozier and Shantelle Dozier found out just before Christmas that, after years of infertility struggles, Shantelle was pregnant.

In order to share the goods news with Wesley Dozier’s mom, Cynthia Dozier, the Montz, Louisiana, couple put a hot dog bun in the oven.

Cynthia Dozier, a grandmother of 11, was quick to get the bun out of the oven but then had a hard time putting the clue together.

“A bun’s in the oven,” Cynthia Dozier says in a video shared by the family. “Who put a bun in the oven?”

“You put the bun in the oven?” Cynthia Dozier asks Wesley.

“Maybe not that oven,” Wesley Dozier replies.

After more than a minute of additional questioning and family laughter in the background, Cynthia Dozier puts it together and gives her son a tearful hug.

“It actually played out exactly like we thought it would,” Shantelle told ABC News. “We knew she wasn’t going to get it right away.”

Shantelle Dozier said the family frequently plays jokes on Cynthia Dozier. This time, though, the family matriarch had a very good reason not to even consider that it would be a pregnancy announcement.

Shantelle Dozier and her husband had nearly given up trying for a baby after many years of unsuccessful fertility treatments. They decided to try a final treatment but did not tell any family members.

After sharing their pregnancy news with Cynthia Dozier last month, Wesley and Shantelle Dozier discovered they are having twins.

“The funny thing is when [Cynthia] grabbed the bun out of the oven, it broke in half,” Shantelle Dozier said. “That was our first sign.”

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New Robot Dog

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Man’s best friend has just become more bionic.

Sony unveiled Monday the new “aibo” autonomous entertainment robot that “brings fun and joy to the entire family,” Sony President and COO Mike Fasulo told ABC News.

“We were thinking companions, we were thinking how do you take on artificial intelligence and bring emotion to people’s lives,” Fasulo said. “Look at them, they’re adorable!”

The robotic dog can form an emotional bond with members of the household while providing love and affection. No cleanup required.

Besides its adorable appearance, the robotic dog possesses a natural curiosity, vibrant movements and a responsiveness to its owner. It will even develop its own unique personality through everyday interactions as it grows closer and closer to its owners. And just like a real life dog, it may or may not respond to an owner’s request.

This robotic dog also will be able to actively seek out its owners, detect words of praise, smile and let its owner pet and scratch it, allowing the dog to learn and remember what actions make its owners happy.

The robotic companion comes with the “My aibo App,” which is designed to help owners enjoy life with their “aibo” by providing support and convenience, access to photos taken by the dog as well as a feature to play with a virtual “aibo” inside the app. The app also features a store where users can add additional tricks to their “aibo.”

Sony said the dog will require an “aibo” basic plan subscription necessary to use the dog. The plan will allow users to access information stored on the cloud, and will also allow users to be able to back up the dog’s data periodically.

This mechanical take on man’s best friend will cost roughly $1,700 and is now available for pre-order.

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700 Blocks of Cheese stolen in France

It wasn’t an armed robbery at the Ritz, but you could put it on a Ritz – and it stinks a lot more.

Local police from central France’s Auvergne region told ABC News today that around 700 blocks of Saint-Nectaire cheese were stolen Monday night in the city of Murol.

Thieves broke the door of a cellar where the cheese was located, according to police.

The owner and producer of the cheese, Caroline Borrel, told the France Bleu radio network that the losses totaled an estimated €10,000, or U.S. $12,000. Borrel said she wanted to install CCTV cameras and alarms in her cellar.

 

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Music for the Cure

Music is the Cure was started 4 years ago to help out a local musician who was battling cancer.  His fellow band members and many other musicians in the area decided to show their support by doing what they do best. Thirteen bands got together and put on a show to raise money to help cover expenses and get his family through that difficult time.

The second year, eleven bands played and the money raised was donated to another local musician’s family member who was suffering from MS and the aftermath of a horrible stroke. As the event started growing, more and more people were asking about the next year. They wanted to know who was playing, who the event would benefit, and what they could do to help.

For the third year, seven bands donated their time and the money was donated to a single mother who needed a bone marrow transplant. In the third year, we also started taking sponsors to help grow the event and provide more entertainment.

Last year we had six bands including 2 national bands. The money raised went for Nick’s Fight. Nick is a teenager in our community who had to receive chemo treatments. Portions of the proceeds also went to Adam Brey, another individual in our community who was undergoing treatment, and the TREG Foundation, a non-profit organization funded by Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group that donates to local charities throughout the year.

MITC is in its 5th year and has also taken it another step by becoming a registered non profit organization and obtained it’s 501(C)3 status. We have also taken on more sponsors and are looking to make this year the biggest event yet. We have eight local bands and it will be held at City Limits in Manitowoc on February 10th. Door will open at 3pm and the music will start at 4pm. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We look forward to an amazing event and raising more money to help out local charities and families in need!

Some of our sponsors include: Hatchet Promotions, Loud Noises Audio, Coldwell Banker TREG, Two Rivers Clothing, In Tune Guitar Pics, Razor 94.7FM, Nelson Sign, Burbey CPA and more being added.