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Late-blooming plants provide colorful touch in many gardens

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As the garden was winding down last fall, I noted the plants that were performing valiantly and planned to include them again this year.

Fortunately, some had saved their show for the end of the season, indicating perhaps the best had been saved for last.

The colors of the late bloomers seemed deeper and more vibrant, as though the stressful conditions of the summer heat gave them an extra boost.

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Birth - Jade Elizabeth Green

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GIRL - Paige and Micah Green of Binger are parents of a girl, Jade Elizabeth, born July 24 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. Jade weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20.75 inches in length.

Maternal grandparents are Kim Warren and the late David Warren. Great-grandparents are Diane and Richard Birdsong and Sandra and Paul Warren.

Paternal grandparents are Becky and Don Green. Great-grandparents are William and Sue Green.

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Pastor honored for 55th ordination anniversary

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Former El Reno Pastor Earl Philipp was expecting to quietly reflect on the 55th anniversary of his ordination as a minister on July 5, but he was surprised by what happened.

A procession of 19 cars paraded past his home, located between Mustang and Yukon, honoring the man they fondly referred to as “Pastor Earl.”

Philipp was ordained July 4, 1965, in Olney, Texas.

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Local agent teams up with El Reno Fire Department to promote safety program

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The National Fire Protection Association and State Farm agent Layne Conaway are teaming up with the El Reno Fire Department to support Fire Prevention Week, an annual public awareness campaign that promotes home fire safety.

State Farm agents are delivering Fire Prevention Week tool kits to more than 100 fire departments across Oklahoma, including El Reno.

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Oklahomans should start planning fall garden efforts now

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With triple-digit heat across the state, many Oklahomans are looking forward to fall and cooler weather. Although there will be several more weeks of intense heat, gardening enthusiasts can get a jump-start on fall by planning their fall gardens now.

July through September is the optimal time to begin planting several vegetable varieties in order to have a bountiful fall harvest, said David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Extension horticulture specialist.

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Science proves talking to your plants can spur healthy growth

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The plant kingdom is highly complex and has been the subject of mystical intrigue since the beginning of time.

As with any stationary object, plants must develop an internal ability to protect themselves from all manner of assaults, be it atmospheric or predatory.

Part of their intrigue is their ability to adapt. Plants sprayed with Roundup will become resistant in five generations.

In the mid-70s, scientists were conducting studies on plants by attaching electrodes to them and measuring the plant reactions.

Underwood HCE gathers at Lake El Reno

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The Underwood Home and Community Education Association of Canadian County met recently at Lake El Reno with Ann Ricketts as hostess.

Neta Liebscher called the meeting to order and led the flag salute. Bernita Davis offered minutes from the previous meeting, with Sue Snyder giving the treasury report.

A motion was passed to place free food items in local blessing boxes.

Members discussed changes in the county fair as well as items to be entered, with some volunteering to assist with fair booths.

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Bermuda can be the saving ‘grass’ for your lawns

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This summer seems determined to rival the summer of 2011 when we had record-breaking heat, excruciating long days of humid sweltering and little rainfall, allowing thousands of grasshoppers to thrive.

This year, along with a pandemic, we can add the hazy dust from Africa to the miserable mix.

The fact that dust traveled across the entire Atlantic Ocean to our landlocked state is amazing, and besides being hazy, it has caused breathing problems and those who garden may develop crusty eyes from irritation.