• Webster City Middle School beginning its magazine sale.
Students at Webster City Middle School will again be selling magazine subscriptions,music and other items through next Tuesday,September 2. Both new and renewal subscriptions may be ordered through the middle school students. Each student has the opportunity to earn individual prizes while contributing to the overall sales campaign. Additionally, a percentage of each sale stays with Webster City Middle School. Monies are earned for a variety of education activities including field trips, assembly presentations and student celebrations. If you have any questions or want a middle school student to stop by your house, you may call the Webster City Middle School at 515-832-9220.
• Northeast Hamilton School Board to meet Thursday evening.
A meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be held Thursday evening at 7:00 at the elementary media center. The board will be updated on work to the bus garage, set work sessions and meeting dates. There will be the appointment of a board secretary, desginate financial depositories and legal counsel, consider a proposal for well abandonment and technology, get a professional development update and other matters.
• Emerald Ash Borer discovered in Story County
Two Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) larvae collected by a homeowner from a residential tree in Story City and have been positively identified as EAB by a federal identifier. Story County is the thirteenth confirmed infestation in the state.A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was issued on Feb. 4, 2014 and remains in place."We continue to monitor EAB closely and the Story City infestation is the 9th confirmed infestation in Iowa during 2014. The Iowa EAB Team again reminds Iowans to not move firewood as that is the quickest way to start an infestation in a new location,” said State Entomologist Robin Pruisner of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
The City of Story City has inventoried the street trees in the community and working with the Story City Tree Board will continue to monitor, assess, and address ash trees. Story City will have information available for private property owners at www.cityofstorycity.org after September 1st.The Iowa EAB Team provides EAB diagnostic assistance to landowners and includes officials from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the USDA Forest Service.The Iowa EAB Team strongly cautions Iowans not to transport firewood across county or state lines, since the movement of firewood throughout Iowa or to other states increases the risk of spreading EAB infestations. Most EAB infestations in the United States have been started by people unknowingly transporting infested firewood, nursery plants or sawmill logs. Besides being transported by vehicle, the adult beetle can also fly short distances of approximately two to five miles.
With the exception of trunk injection, the window has closed for using other preventive methods against emerald ash borer this year. Trunk injections can be done by certified pesticide applicators until September 1, 2014. Other control measures (soil injection, soil drench, and basal trunk sprays) will need to wait until mid-April to mid-May 2015. This gives people the opportunity to have landscape and tree service companies to bid on work, and for the landowner to review these bids before next spring.Please contact Iowa EAB Team members to have suspicious looking trees checked in counties not currently known to be infested. The State of Iowa will continue to track the movement of EAB on a county-by-county basis. Before a county can be officially recognized as infested, proof of a reproducing population is needed and an EAB must be collected and verified by USDA entomologists.
• Wright County GOP event draws a good crowd Friday evening.
• Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.