Volume 13, Issue 28 ~ July 14 - 20, - 2005

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Letters to the Editor

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Where to Find a Markley

Dear Bay Weekly:
In response to the letter writer looking for a Markley [Letters to the Editor: Vol. xiii, No. 27; July 7], the Markley marina where they make the boats is at 244 Nanticoke Rd., Baltimore, MD 21221. Their number is 410-867-5575. They also make just hulls so you can get other builders to finish the boat off to your own specs.

—Kenny Keen, Fisheries Service Director: Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources

Too Mulch in Albuquerque

Dear Bay Weekly:
While I was in Maryland in June, I enjoyed reading Bay Gardener Dr. Frank Gouin’s articles on mulch in Bay Weekly. I learned a lot but now wonder if my apricot tree here in Albuquerque is in danger of being improperly mulched. Last year, the company doing some landscaping put about five inches of pine bark mulch under the tree, over the drip irrigation. The mulch has compacted some since last year. Should this be changed?

—Susan Stacy, Albuquerque, N.M.

The Bay Gardener’s reply: It sounds like the tree has been in the ground for several years. If this is true, remove all but one inch of mulch. In the future mulch your tree with compost; in your area, the compost will help control brown rot. A number of studies that indicate that in dry climates, mulching with compost helps reduce the need to spray fungicides to control brown rot. However, do not apply more than one inch of compost per year.

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer

Dear Bay Weekly:
The search is on once again for those volunteers who give their time, energy and special talents to help their fellow citizens. Anne Arundel County’s Outstanding Volunteers program is looking for county residents who make a difference and demonstrate goodwill throughout the communities.

All of the county nominees will receive an Executive Citation and be honored at a reception on Wednesday, September 21.

Nominations must be returned no later than August 15, at which time a panel of judges will select Anne Arundel County’s Most Outstanding Volunteer, who will be Anne Arundel County’s representative to the state’s program, Maryland You Are Beautiful. The rules for nomination are listed on the nomination forms, which may be obtained at all Anne Arundel County library branches, from the Anne Arundel County website (www.aacounty.org) or by calling 410-222-1795.

This is our opportunity to thank those who truly make a difference.

—Janet S. Owens, Anne Arundel County Executive

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