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Frustration grows in budget talks

Little more than a week from the end of Pennsylvania's fiscal year, Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican legislative leaders expressed frustrations Monday about the lack of progress in talks on the state budget and related issues.

The top two legislative officers, House SPeaker Mike Turzai, R-Marshall, and Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati,...

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Attack of the cabbage worms! How to win the battle

Written by Doug Oster on .

cabbage worms eatingThese cabbage worms are feasting on this broccoli plant, but I know just what to do. Photo by Doug Oster

It only took a couple of days for the cabbage worms to decimate this broccoli plant. I walked out into the garden this morning to see the horror, but it's really my fault, I'll explain later. The pests will chew on anything from the cole crop family including cabbage, broccoli, kale, collards and everything in between.

At this point, I'm hand picking. It will put a huge dent in the population. Can you see the little worm in the lower part of the picture?

If you don't have the heart (or stomach) to crush them, just knock them into a jar of soapy water.

The easiest control for cabbage worms is to cover plants with a floating row cover the day they are planted. It's a spun bound, translucent fabric. The cover prevents the cabbage looper butterfly from laying its eggs on the plant. That ship though has sailed.

Most of my plants were covered the same day they were planted, but I forgot about a couple of those broccoli plants and now I'm paying the price.

There are two other organic controls which will stop the worms in their tracks.

BT stands for bacillus thuringiensis, the worms eat it and they are done for. It only effects the caterpillars, no other insects, it's safe for us and the rest of the environment.

Captain Jack's Dead Bug Brew uses an active ingredient called spinosad. It's sprayed on the plant, just like the BT, the worms ingest it and will die. It's another safe, organic product.

Both are available at good garden centers.

This is also the time to start thinking about starting another crop of cole crops for fall harvest. Seeds sown now will produce by the end of the season. If you start from plants, find a nursery with new stock. You don't want to plant seedlings which have been sitting there since April.

The garden is always filled with challenges, but that's the fun of it...right?

 

 

 

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Perry on Politics: It's not a flag problem, it's a gun problem

A Glock 9 mm pistol. (Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

The Chinese invented gunpowder (sulfur, charcoal, and saltpeter) in the 9th Century. That led to fireworks and in no time at all to fire lances and hand cannons.

And now, the Congressional Research Service estimated in 2009, we have 310 million firearms in the U.S., a little more than one for...

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Empty Netter Assists - Shopping for wingers - 06-22-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is still looking for a top-six winger.

 

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Paul Stanton (right). An eighth-round pick in 1985, Stanton spent three seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 1990-91 and appeared in 75 games while scoring 23 points. He appeared in 22 playoff games that season and contributed three points as the Penguins won their first Stanley Cup title. In 1991-92, Stanton was limited to 54 games and 10 points, but appeared in all 21 of the team's postseason games and netted eight points as the franchise successfully defended its Stanley Cup title. Stanton rebounded during the team's historic 1992-93 campaign by playing in 77 games for the Presidents' Trophy champions and scoring 16 points. In the 1993 offseason, Stanton was traded to the Bruins in exchange for a draft pick. In 206 regular season games with the Penguins, Stanton recorded 49 points. In 44 postseason games, he scored 12 points.

 

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward Steve Gatzos. A second-round pick in 1981, Gatzos spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie, Gatzos scored 14 points in 16 games in 1981-82. Gatzos appeared in 44 games in 1982-83 but only scored 13 points. Gatzos' totals continued to fall in 1983-84 as he only played in 23 games and recorded six points. In his final NHL season, Gatzos appreared in six games and recorded two assists in 1985-86. The following offseason, Gatzos joined the Tilburg Trappers in Holland. In 89 games with the Penguins, Gatzos scored 35 points.

 

 

Central Division

-"It's a reflection of our staff, a reflection of our players and how we played the game and the season that we had. I truly believe that, so for me, it's more of an acknowledgment that our team found some sort of success this year." - Predators coach Peter Laviolette on being a finalists for the Jack Adams Award.

-Some members of the Blackhawks celebrated with the Stanley Cup with the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field yesterday:

-Blackhawks defenseman and former Penguin Michal Rozsival was part of the fun:

Patrick Division

-Former Thrashers/Jets forward Carl Klingberg has joined Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Jon Durr/Getty Images, Matt Marton/Associated Press and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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Gift Ban

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Harrisburg is considering long overdue gift ban legislation. That would be a gift to taxpayers. 

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