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Contact ; sports. ffeepress. 1 I I ,i il I I il Thursday, February 18, 2010 ]00',[EIGHBOR NEWS Free Pres Page 7 GARDENING IN OUR AREA Think ca0000.=fully about where you place your house plar By LAVERLE McCANDLESS Contributor "Experience is a different teacher, giving you the test first and lesson after." Anonymous. For some reason there is the desire to move plants from place to place like some like to move furniture around for a different effect. Some plants do not like to leave the spot where they were first placed and are used to. It's usually best to find a place where the plant can be set permanently. Plants that don't like to be moved after they are placed are the Christmas Cactus and Thanksgiving Cactus, African Violet and many of the succulent plants. There is always a exception to the rule of thumb--some plants don't like to be in the first place they were set, either it is too hot, too cold, not enough light or worse yet, they don't like the neighbor plant. So this is where you get the test first and the lesson afterwards. I like to group plants together and have found the Christmas and Thanksgiving Cactus like to be together but also grow very well separated by an African Violet. This way you have different textures and flowers in one area. All the different succulents like to be together for most part but also don't mind other plants as long as they get plenty of light, they don't like shade of any type. Last week I mentioned the Cast Iron Plant. It will do quite well in most environments as long as there is some light either through the window or from artificial lights. Another plant which is great for the house or apartment and tolerates a lot of neglect plus the fact it will grow in direct sunlight (which I don't recommend because the plant could be burned) to minimum light is the Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata). This plant has sword-like leaves, sometimes in all green but the pret- tiest of all is the tricolor, green,white and cream-colored leaves. The Snake Plants like low humidity and like to dry out between waterings for best growth. Over watering Will rot tl don't kill the plant with kindness. Some plants need high humidity which can be a real in the winter while we are heating the homes drying tl high humidity loving plants don't seem to mind bei so move the plants to the bathroom, especially if you have a window. A lot of the these type of plants like ei! diffused light. Check the instructions that should corn plant. Enjoy your indoor plants. There are all types of indoor plants for every en The local library has several books on indoor plants. T; better yet, check a couple out to see what you would to have in your home. You just may have the righ! orchids! Comments and questions should be directed to La Verle a 7568 or OF CABBAGES AND KINGS ts roots so challenge e air. The ng moved happen to her low or e with the ironment. ike a look, really like place for (509) 455- Former Cheney resiaen00 Ditton and wife vote in Costa Rican election By LUELLA DOW Contributor LeRoy Ditton, son of Alvina Ditton, grew up in Cheney and still has friends and acquaintanc- es in this area. He lives in Costa Rica with his wife Clary where he volunteers for the America Legion. Costa Rica is a republic in Central America, a mere slip of a country on the western coast between Nicaragua and Panama. The capital is San Jose. Ditton wrote recently about Costa Rica's presidential elec- tion. He said, "We elected our first woman president by an ex- tremely large percentage." The new president's name is Laura Chinchilla. The Costa Rican government has two vice presidents. Mrs. Chinchilla was number one. Her platform was a promise to continue the outgoing president's free market economic policies. Ditton has dual citizenship with the United States and Costa Rica. His voting location was in a school, he said, "with...about 12-15 doors that opened into the court yard. Each of these class- room doors represented a voting district." He found his name and num- ber on a certain door and waited in line. A man checked names against a national ID card with the voter's picture on it. Ditton signed a book and was given three ballots. A white ballot listed 14 people running for president. On a blue ballot the voter selected which party he wanted to be in power for the next four years. A pink ballot he presumed was for choosing which party the voter wanted to be in charge of his city. Mrs. Ditton (Clary) had to vote at a different place. She was obliged to wait an hour for her turn to vote. Ditton said, "The whole atmosphere was truly amazing. Each voting location was like a big party. All the po- litical party flags waving, people dancing, lots of booths with souvenirs for sale. Cars driving around, waving their respective party flags." After voting, the Dittons went to Pizza Hut for lunch. It always amazes me, and it shouldn't, that other countries have the same fast-food places America has. Costa Rican polls closed at 6 p.m. By 10 p.m. the two runners-up conceded Ditton said, "The new president, Mrs. Chinchilla, took the stage and thanked the people for support- ing her...Major elections such as this one really bring out the best in people." We may be hearing peri- odically from LeRoy Ditton on a number of topics. We'll keep you posted. Luella Dow is a Cheney-area author who can be reached at lotsaplots l LOOKING BACK C@tributed photo LeRoy and Clary Ditton have dual residency in the U.S.J and Costa Rica. / i;i i'Lt 10 Years Ago February 17, 2000 Cheney parks and recreation director Bob Hudson leaves the part of city government he Over- saw for 24 years in a state of limbo. Mayor Amy Jo Sooy said Hudson's departure will spur the review of the department to see if changes in its structure can be made. The Medical Lake Fire Depart- ment recently released statistics on fire calls and found that they had fallen 44 percent to 49 in 1999, from 87 in 1998. If Cheney voters pass a $13.9 million bond issue for moderniza- tion of three schools, students will be displaced and likely moved, temporarily at least, to other schools. The district will look at leasing portables to "house stu- dents during construction. A public tour of the newly remodeled high school will allow citizens of Medical Lake to see the result of nearly two years of saw- ing, hammering and brick laying. The event takes place on Feb. 28. Six Medical Lake wrestlers are headed to Mat Classic in Tacoma. Topping the contingent is unde- feated league MVP, 28-0, Jonny Varona (215). Other first place finishers headed to state are Andy Denson (189), Josh Cruger (152) and Aaron Gomez (125). Dustin Haynes (160) and Aron Nelson (171) were second place finishers ............ fo.4he Cadinab-who-will also make the trip. Cheney will send Blake Falor, David Courchaine, Paul Kimball and Joe Wulcyznski to state to battle for the 2A title. Ryan Gray will be an alternate. 20 Years Ago February 15, 1990 Sixth District legislators John Moyer and Duane Sommers greet- ed a standing room only crowd of some 70 people at Cheney City Hall for a mid-session visit with constituents. This was a marked difference from the previous year when the same event drew just a handful of people. Eastern Washington Univer- sity is questioning the $133,000 they are paying the city of Cheney to provide fire response. School officials hope to renegotiate the contract first signed in 1986 that is up for renewal. Medical Lake City Council- man Fred Medina announced his resignation from the seat hi order to accept a job that means a move to Santa Fe, N.M. Nearly all the members of the Medical Lake Founder's Day Association announced their resignation and indicated they will be forming a new group, the Medical Lake Float Association. Mike Carr, Jr. Sells, Sharon Hod- neland, Helen Carr, Roy Rutzer and Fred Medina all resigned teavingCathyGreeneandMyrna qeague title this week at West Danaher as the only membex'}'Yalley. remaining. : Cheney will send two wres- 30 Years Ago February 14, 1980 Little action was taken at the Cheney City Council meeting on a recommendation from city attor- ney Merritt Johnson over concerns about the legality of a meeting held on Lincoln's birthday. State law says that such meetings must be held on the day after unless a notice of a special meeting was produced. Conflicts with local political caucuses have forced the Cheney School District to move the date of their levy election from March 11 to March 18. The move also al- lowed additional time for voters to register for the election that will seek approval of $773,357 in additional funding. Three high school students from Medical Lake, Cindy Schoonover, Freddie Lee John- son and Tammi Barbley, were among some 200 from across the state who visited the state capitol in Olympia to be part of Business Week/Government Day. Both Cheney and West Valley lost games this past week and remained tied atop the boys' bas- ketbaU standings in the Frontier League. The Blackhawks, who lost to Clarkston 64-57 and Eagles, who fell to Pullman, meet for the tiers to the regional tournament, but Ty Maras (135) and Larry Robinette (109) will not have to travel far to compete as the event will be held at Cheney High School. Four Medical Lake wrestlers wiI1 represent the school at the 1A regionals at Cheney High School. Undefeated Tom Caldwell (178) and Lannie Gray (141) with an 18-2 mark each won titles at the sub regionals. Ray Algie (148) and Sam Nystrom (108) each finished second and will also compete. 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