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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: October 18, 2017 – October 25, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

All Ages Programs
Pumpkin Palooza
Wednesday, October 18 @ 4:00 PM
Come see all the decorated pumpkins and enjoy simple activities, story time, & light refreshments. You do not need to have decorated a pumpkin to attend. Vote for your favorite pumpkin starting October 14 thru 4:00 October 18. This event is open to ALL ages!

Youth Programs
Family Story Times
Wednesday, October 18 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, October 18 @ 4:00 PM
All ages welcome. Family Story Time is an excellent way to strengthen your children’s literacy skills, and all stories are always followed by a simple craft you can complete with your child

Math Club
Thursday, October 19 @ 4:00 PM
We are joining Crazy 8s Math Club, which is an over-the-top after-school club that is designed to get kids fired up about math. It’s 8 sessions of math gone wild! For grades 3-5, kids 9 and under with adult supervision please.

Teen Programs
Coding Club
Tuesday, October 24 @ 4:00 PM
Learn the basics of computer coding. Each meeting will build on the previous, but you can work at your own pace. Join anytime! Ages 10-18.

Adult Programs
Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, October 18 @ 12:00 PM
Got a pattern that is “Needling” you? Looking for something new to get “Hooked” on? Join us on Wednesdays from 12-2 and let us try to “Unravel” your problem! Or come and learn how to knit or crochet.

Author Talk: Johnathon Scott Barrett
Thursday, October 19 @ 6:00 PM
Multiple author Johnathon Scott Barrett will discuss his most recent book Cook and Tell: Recipes and Stories from the Southern Kitchen. Book Sale and signing to follow. Refreshments will be served

Haunted Georgia
Monday, October 23 @ 6:00 PM
Join the Paranormal Georgia Investigator lead us on a trip down the highways of the Deep South and visit Georgia’s most haunted locations. Refreshments will be served

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:00 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Location and Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Karla’s Korner – Whose Show is it Anyway?

Community, Gilmer County Chamber

Good Grief! Karla attempts to put ‘the angry white man’ in his place as she takes over GMFTO for Karla’s Korner. She talks Apple Festival and attempts to reign in BKP before he ruins too much of FYNTV’s newest production.

 

Well Water Testing

Outdoors

Well Water Testing

By:  Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

For the most part, north Georgia did not see extreme flooding as a result of hurricane Irma as did other areas of the state, but it does bring to mind the importance of well safety. Wells that were overtopped by flood waters need to be flushed and tested for bacteria because of the potential danger of contaminants being washed into the well. UGA Extension Water Resource Management and Policy Specialist Gary Hawkins recommends pumping and flushing a minimum of 2 or 3 times the well volume to clear the system. This water should be discarded from an outside faucet and not from an inside faucet to bypass the home’s septic tank. After pumping the water, the well should be shock chlorinated then the well should be flushed again until there is no smell of chlorine bleach and, like before, the flushing step should be done through an outdoor faucet to bypass the septic system. This highly chlorinated water, if discharged to the septic tank, could cause problems with the bacterial colonies in the septic tank.

After the well is shock-chlorinated, flushed and the chlorine smell is gone (about two weeks), the well water should be tested for bacteria. Families can get their well water tested using their local county UGA Extension office.  Until the test for bacteria comes back, Hawkins strongly suggests that water for cooking or drinking be boiled before consumption. If the well contains bacteria the report will explain how to treat the well.

To calculate the volume of water that should be pumped from a well, use the following calculation.  Most of the well casings in this area are 6 inches so the factor for that size is 1.47.  That means that there are 1.47 gallons of water for every foot in depth.  Multiply the depth of water in the well by this factor to determine how much water is in the well. If your casing is not 6 inches, contact me in the Gilmer County UGA Extension office and we can get the right factor.

There are several methods to determine how much water you have flushed out, but the one that I use is to calculate how long it takes to fill a 5 gallon bucket.  Divide that time by 5 to get the output per minute.  Using this figure you can determine how many minutes you need to run the water to flush the number of gallons of water that was determined in the previous calculation. A couple of methods can be used to determine the depth of water in a well. If you can see the water in the well, lower a heavy object tied to a string down the well and measure the length of the string until you see the object touch the water. In a deep well, lower a heavy object like above until you hear the object hit the water and measure the length of string. If you cannot see the object hit the water, another way (but less accurate) is to drop a small stone into the well and count or time the seconds it takes for the stone to hit the water (you will have to listen closely for this.) Multiply the number of seconds by 32.2 and that will let you know how far the water is below the surface. Knowing the depth of the well and the depth from surface, subtract the two to get the height of the water column for calculating the volume of water in the well.

An example of this calculation is if you have a well that is 300 feet deep and the water level is 25 feet from the surface, subtracting 25 from 300 equals 275 which means you have 275 feet of water in the well.  Multiply 275 by 1.47 to get the gallons in the well.  That figure is 404.25 gallons.  Using a factor of 3 pints per 100 gallons, you would need to apply a little over 12 pints of chlorine bleach in the well.

If you have any questions about this process or for more information on well water testing, contact me at the Gilmer County UGA Extension office.

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: October 11, 2017 – October 18, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager


Youth Programs
Family Story Times
Wednesday, October 11 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, October 11 @ 4:00 PM
All ages welcome. Family Story Time is an excellent way to strengthen your children’s literacy skills, and all stories are always followed by a simple craft you can complete with your child

Lego+ Club
Saturday, October 14 @ 2:00 PM
The Lego Club has a different theme each month. Children can work alone or in teams to make their special creation, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s meeting. All ages, under 9 years of age with an adult please.

Teen Programs
Teen Advisory Board
Monday, October 16 @ 6:00PM
If you are between the ages of 12-18 and want to make a difference in your library, please attend our TAB meeting. Come prepared to share your ideas and enjoy some refreshments (like pizza).

Kendama Club
Tuesday, October 17 @ 4:00 PM
A Kendama is a Japanese skill toy that has become popular all over the world. Use one of our Kendamas or bring your own and share your tips and tricks with others. All levels welcome! Ages 9+, 9 and under with adult supervision

Adult Programs
Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, October 11 @ 12:00 PM
Got a pattern that is “Needling” you? Looking for something new to get “Hooked” on? Join us on Wednesdays from 12-2 and let us try to “Unravel” your problem! Or come and learn how to knit or crochet.

TechBytes – Using Libby
Wednesday, October 11 @ 2:30 PM
Learn to download free eBooks and audiobooks to your tablets and phones. Make sure you library card and PIN are active before attending. Pre-Registration Recommended.

GCGSI Monthly Program
Thursday, October 12 @ 2:00 PM
Authors Ben and Helen Davis will talk about their most recent work, Our Mark on This Land: A Guide to the Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in America’s Parks. Book signing/purchase will follow. Refreshments served at 1:30

Master Gardener’s – Pumpkin Arrangements
Saturday, October 14 @ 10:00 AM
This is no ordinary centerpiece! Join the Gilmer County Master gardeners and create living displays with the use of a unique and beautiful pumpkins and a variety of succulents. Care and propagation of succulents will be discussed. $20 to attend with all materials provided, but the class attendance is Free. Pre-Registration Required: Pick up registration form at Ellijay’s Farmer’s Market, County Extension Office, or Gilmer County Library.

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf

Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:00 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Location and Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Fall Shrub Care

Outdoors

Fall Shrub Care

By:  Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

 

It’s that time of year when we must start looking ahead and planning for the upcoming winter.  The shrubs in our landscape will benefit greatly from a little bit of tender loving care this fall.  Shrubs going into the winter that are hungry (lacking fertilizer) have a much greater chance of winter injury and poor growth the following spring if we don’t give them some attention now.

Azaleas which are rapidly turning yellow or the older leaves are yellowing and falling off indicate a lack of nitrogen going into winter.  The leaves on the red flowered selections often turn reddish-brown before the leaves fall off. Late summer and early fall is the ideal time to prevent this yellowing from occurring.  If you’re seeing these symptoms now, it’s not too late to take corrective measures.  Taking a soil sample and following the recommendations is best, but if you feel you don’t have time to take a soil test, apply a balanced slow release fertilizer that contains a small amount of nitrogen.

A little light pruning in the fall can also do miracles in shaping up shrubs for the winter season.  Evergreen hollies and magnolias can be saved until you want to cut foliage for winter decorations.  Light pruning in the fall is used to remove long branches and any dead, damaged or diseased branches.  Remove those branches that interfere with the driveway, mowing the lawn or the walkway.  The pruning cuts should be made back into the interior of the plant at a point where the branch is attached to a larger stem. Sheering evergreens in fall is not recommended since they will produce another flush of growth that is too tender to survive the winter. Too much pruning in the fall makes plants much more susceptible to winter damage and death.  Also, pruning in the fall will remove flowers from next year’s spring blooming shrubs so fall pruning should be done lightly and only to shape the plants and remove dead and diseased limbs.

If you have time to take a soil sample, its $9 a bag and one sample covers about 15 acres. We have the bags and testing instructions in the office but generally, just dig down about 3 or 4 inches in 6 different areas, mix it altogether in a small bucket, pour it in a pint size plastic baggie and bring it by the office. We can transfer it to the soil sample bag and send it to the soil, plant and water lab for testing at the University of Georgia. We collect soil samples all week and send them to Athens on Friday mornings. It takes about a week to get the results and recommendations.

For more information about fall pruning and soil testing, contact me at the Gilmer County UGA Extension office.

 

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: October 4, 2017 – October 11, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

All Ages Programs

Bingo for Books
Tuesday, October 10 @ 6:00 PM
BINGO! Multiple ways to win and you pick out your prize from our collection of all ages books and puzzles. Light refreshments served.


Youth Programs

Family Story Times
Wednesday, October 4 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, October 4 @ 4:00 PM
All ages welcome. Family Story Time is an excellent way to strengthen your children’s literacy skills, and all stories are always followed by a simple craft you can complete with your child


Adult Programs

Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, October 4 @ 12:00 PM
Got a pattern that is “Needling” you? Looking for something new to get “Hooked” on? Join us on Wednesdays from 12-2 and let us try to “Unravel” your problem! Or come and learn how to knit or crochet.

Nuisance Wildlife – Walter Reeves
Thursday, October 5 @ 1:00 PM
Gilmer County Master Gardeners present an afternoon with Walter Reeves, The Georgia Gardener. Mr. Reeves is a regular columnist with the AJC, radio talk show host, author of 9 books, former television host, and considered the garden guru of the Southeast. Books for signing will be available and refreshments will be served.

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:00 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Location and Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Safety Maintenance Work Begins on HWY 515 in Gilmer County

Community

Safety Maintenance Work Begins

on Highway 515 in Gilmer County

ELLIJAY, Ga. – A Georgia DOT Maintenance crew will begin today to replace the obliterated and damaged reflective raised pavement markers on State Route (SR) 515 in Gilmer County.  Work will proceed daily Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. This maintenance operation and the lane closures it necessitates are weather permitting and subject to change.

Georgia DOT maintains over 2000 lane-miles in Northwest Georgia. Relatively harsh winter and snowplows used to clear the region’s interstates and state routes from snow and ice present a challenge to the DOT crews who are charged with maintaining lane markers on the roads.   These crews follow Federal Highway Administration standards for markings and do their best to keep up. They also work almost continuously restriping faded markers and replacing missing reflective raised pavement markers. Still, the volume of traffic on the highways, snow removal in the winter and sunny summer all weigh heavily on the durability of the lane markers.

Georgia Department of Transportation plans, constructs and maintains Georgia’s state and federal highways. We’re involved in bridge, waterway, public transit, rail, general aviation, bike and pedestrian programs. And we help local governments maintain their roads. Georgia DOT is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to its citizens and its environment. For information on the Department of Transportation, visit http://www.dot.ga.gov.  You also may like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GDOTNW) and follow us on Twitter(https://twitter.com/GDOTNW).

Check It Out @ Gilmer Library

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: September 27, 2017 – October 4, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

Youth Programs
None

Adult Programs
Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, September 27 @ 12:00 PM
Got a pattern that is “Needling” you? Looking for something new to get “Hooked” on? Join us on Wednesdays from 12-2 and let us try to “Unravel” your problem! Or come and learn how to knit or crochet.

Morning Creatives
Friday, September 29 @ 9:00 AM
Join us for creativity and conversation. This month build your creative toolkit with mixed media altered tins. All materials provided.

GCGSI: Genealogy Meets DNA
Saturday, September 30 @ 2:00 PM
Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., noted genealogist and columnist for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution’s Living Section, will explain the tools to find links to your ancestors using DNA. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 PM.

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:00 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Location and Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

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