Living Magazine - April 2014
This quarterly edition of Living is the official Lifestyle and Home Magazine to Havre and the Hi-Line.
Keller Williams.................... 3 Property West..................... 4 Flynn Realty....................... 6 Ruff Real Estate LLC........ 11 Koefod Agency................. 14 Northern Land.................. 20 Havre Hi-Line Realty........ 30 Keller Williams.................. 32 Havre Realty..................... 33 REALTORS INSIDE OFFICE PUBLISHER EDITOR COPY EDITOR DESIGN ADVERTISING SALES (406) 265-6795 â€˘ 1-800-993-2459 Stacy Mantle firstname.lastname@example.org John Kelleher email@example.com Pam Burke Stacy Mantle Melanie Gilman Taylor Faulkinberry Jennifer Thompson Tanner Veis SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES Rhonda Petersen firstname.lastname@example.org FEATURES Firing up the Grill...........8-10 Teriyaki Beef Kabobs........ 13 Artitudes Gallery......... 16-18 Perinnials/Plants......... 22-23 Joseph Vernon........... 24-25 For advertising information, contact Havre Daily News 119 Second Street P.O. Box 431 Havre, MT 59501 406-265-6795 H AV R E D A I LY N E W S April 2014 LIVING MAGAZINE 3 150 75th Ave W ~ $139,000 Great 2 bedroom, 1 bath home located just 5 miles West of town on almost an acre. Private well, two outbuildings, two car garage surrounded by mature hedge and trees. New furnace plumbing, and most of the electric has been upgraded. Priced to sell fast! 1616 Juniper Dr ~ $223,000 Great home with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths located on the Southend. This home has large rooms, new carpet a fenced yard with a pergola covered patio, underground sprinklers, and shed. New furnace was installed recently with a large double garage. 1120 10th Avenue~$125,000 Well maintained 4 bedroom (2 up/2 non-conforming down), 2 bath home located close to town and amenities. House has been repainted inside and out, new sidewalks all around home. Fully finished basement offers large family room with access to covered carport. 212 Norman Ave ~ Joplin, MT $36,100 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with a two car garage. 1610 10th St W ~ $335,000 Beautiful home with a large fenced in yard on a corner lot. 3 bedrooms up and 1 down. Beautiful kitchen with granite countertops. Tile and hardwood flooring throughout upstairs. Newly remodeled basement with a large family room with wood burning fireplace, surround system, wet bar and separate hot tub room. Heated tile in basement family room and bathroom. New driveway. Very well maintained home! 511 6th Ave ~ $135,000 Perfect family home! Large 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home. 310 Centurian St ~ $170,000 Great 4 bedroom, 2 bath home in a nice neighborhood. Rec. room with fireplace, private fenced backyard, and two car attached garage. Well maintained. Seller is offering $2000 for carpet allowance. 18 Alkali Springs ~ $60,000 Love the great outdoors? Here's your chance to get a nice cabin! 2 bedroom and 1 bath cabin with a private well. This cabin is well taken care of so hurry before its gone! LOTS FOR SALE Build your dream home on this vacant lot located in a great neighborhood. Vacant lot 1.03 acres. Close to town and amenities. Owner makes no warranty on availability of water. Buyer will assume all costs associated with drilling/bring water to lot. 19th Street-Lot 9 ~ $39,900 7000 Block 2nd St NW ~ $15,000 1988 2nd St W ~ $400,000 Great Commercial Building West of town. Beautifully remodeled office space with large heated shop, break room with custom built cabinets and additional storage space upstairs. Well maintained! 4320 70th Ave W ~ $60,000 3 bedroom, 1 bath home located West of town. Definite fixer upper. Luxurious home & a piece of the country! Located on +/- 53 acres in parklike setting, approx 3 miles West of Havre. 4 bdrm, 4 bath home w/gourmet kitchen, formal dining & all the pluses. Includes pond w/ fountain, 3 wells, feed crop/pasture & Beaver Creek flowing through it. Great view, plentiful wildlife, fenced for horses & very private. Attached 3 stall garage & 44 x 48 shop/barn. 7310 County Rd 462 W $799,000 4 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 level older style home, oversized 3 stall garage, nice quonset plus shop. All on +/- 20 acres, 7 miles South of Big Sandy, MT, just off pavement. Nice trees, great view & awesome neighbors. 969 Dana Rd ~ Big Sandy $250,000 Call Janis Flynn Pyrak @ 265-7845 Call Janis Flynn Pyrak @ 265-7845 Prestigious & updated 5 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath home on 60 acres! Includes pool, garden area, barn, pasture, partial paved access to home & double garage. Good well & sprinkler system. Awesome views of Milk River Basin, Bears Paw & Badlands along the Milk River. 11135 River Rd Beautiful, 6 bedrooms, 2 bath county home with a view. 20+ acres. Fenced, perfect for horses. Reservoir. 47300 County Rd 100 S $325,000 Call Janis Flynn @ 265-9400 Call Janis Flynn @ 265-7845 30 Acres!! 3 bdrm, 2 bath Ranchette. Double garage & outbuildings, fenced for horses. Located apprx 7 miles East of Havre on Hwy 2. Needs some TLC. 39150 Hwy 2 E ~ $225,000 +/- 80 Acres-inculdes approx. 10 cultivated, 10 homesite & 60 for livestock, 4 bdrm, 2 bath home with attached garage. 1 large heated & insulated 40x50 shop, 1 large 40x80 garage/shop, 1 large 40x64 polebarn & 1 opensided 32x96 storage unit (1997). A 2 bdrm bed & breakfast cottage completes this ranchette. 4612 Judith Landing Rd Big Sandy, MT ~ $599,000 Call Janis Flynn Pyrak @ 265-7845 for more information. Call Ken Nelson @ 406-439-0595 LOTS FOR SALE Approx 5.34 acres located 3.5 miles West of Havre, MT on Hwy 2.This property is fenced, includes a well & 2 metal sheds. Zoned Commercial/Residential. Electrical also runs across this property. Vacant Land For Sale~$125,000 1236 Cleveland Ave ~ $139,900 2 bdrm, 1 3/4 bath home. 2 non-conforming bdrms in full basement, TV room & pantry/ storage. Beautiful private back yard w/ patio, shade trees, underground sprinklers & fencing. 2 carports & 3 storage sheds. Country Living Close to Havre! 4bedroom, 4 bath home on 7.31 acres with small barn & triple garage. 3233 Creek Rd ~ $399,000 Call Janis Flynn @ 265-9400 4 Acre Lot East of Torgerson Implement ~ $375,000 Call Paul Kuka @ 265-7845 Large 2, possible 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath home on 2 lots. Gas fireplace, main level pantry, premier tub, partially covered patio, metal roof & oversized double garage. 411 1st Ave E ~ Joplin, MT $75,000 Ready to build on. Corner Lot Brandon Estates ~ $42,000 Call Janis Flynn Pyrak @ 265-7845 All utilities to corner of lot. Call Derek Fraser @ 262-4603 LAND FOR SALE +/- 960 Acres available with +/- 500 Cultivated Acres. Badlands on this parcel supply hunters with elk, deer, antelope & birds from Canada. Dinosaur bones also. Located North of Inverness, MT near Canadian border. Minerals are negotiable. $575,000 3 bdrm, 1 bath home in Highland Park. New siding, new roof & new windows. Basement is plumbed in for additional bathroom. Oversized double garage. Includes 45 x 145 lot for RV's/boats/toys. 1223/1225 Cleveland Avenue $124,900 114 3rd Ave SE ~ Harlem, MT $85,000 Spacious 2 bdrm, 1 bath home. Large kitchen with open floor plan. Large lot, fenced back yard, large 24x 30 shop in good location in Harlem, MT. Call Janis Flynn Pyrak @ 265-7845 215 2nd St E ~ Joplin, MT $39,500 Call Derek Fraser @ 262-4603 Price Reduced! 4 bdrm, 1 bath home on large lot. Income Properties 1206 & 1208 2nd St ~ $124,900 Nice duplex. Great fenced back yard, double garage & washer/dryer hookups. Call Janis Flynn @ 265-7845 Call Janis Flynn @ 265-7845 Call Janis Flynn Pyrak @ 265-7845 WANTED Farm or Ranch Units to List & Sell We have prequalified buyers ready to purchase. Please contact Janis Flynn Pyrak @ 406-265-7845 Ken Nelson @ 406-439-0595 Larry Martinson @ 390-1509 3 bdrms, 1 bath home on double lot with 3 stall garage (includes loft). Original hardwood flooring in living/dining areas. Built in terrarium in living room. Large back yard w/greenhouse. 928 2nd Street ~ $97,500 103 3rd St. W. ~ Inverness, MT ~ $99,900 Beautifully remodeled 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath home w/ good water & shop + outbldgs. commercial listings Oil City Saloon ~ Shelby, MT Full liquor license, full kitchen & 6 newly remodeled apartments. Call Janis Flynn Pyrak @ 265-7845 Call Jeanie Cole @ 945-0931 509 1st Street ~ Hingham, MT $59,900 2 bdrm, 1 bath spacious home with country kitchen & large living room. Fenced yard, perennial garden, mature trees, RV & equipment parking in rear & 4 stall garage/shop. 184 Lehfeldt Ave ~ Big Sandy, MT ~ $29,000 1 bdrm, 1 bath updated home. Large lot, good appliances & new furnace. Includes double garage. A large Commercial property that includes a Casino & Liquor License on 1st Street/ Hwy 2 frontage in Havre, MT Bullhook Bottoms Casino + Liquor Store ~ $650,000 Call Janis Flynn Pyrak @ 265-7845 Call Janis Flynn Pyrak @ 265-7845 Call Ken Nelson at 406-439-0595 or Larry Martinson @ 390-1509 Properties are moving quickly! List Now! BY PAM BURKE Barbecuing, whether in the backyard, at a tailgate party, on the beach or at a campsite, is firmly entrenched as a rich part of the American lifestyle. Where once the backyard chef had a choice of fire, coals or briquettes, today’s barbecue kings and queens have a wide array of barbecuers to choose from. Armed with some basic tips and a little forethought into specific barbecuing needs, buying a barbecue grill can be easy. Among the basics to consider when choosing between different barbecue grills are the materials used in construction. Whether a person is looking at a traditional briquette barbecuer or seeking out a propane or natural gas powered 8 LIVING MAGAZINE April 2014 unit, the experts recommend looking first at the materials used to make the frame and body of the barbecuer and the grates. “The biggest thing is the housing or the body where you got your burners and all that,” said T.J. Comstock, new owner of Barkus Home Center — which will be changing its name to Havre Hardware and Home. “The thicker the materials and the better the construction, it will hold heat better and, therefore, it takes less BTUs to actually hold heat than it does (with lighter materials). “And you know that’s a big misnomer with grills,” he added. “People say, ‘no, you want this grill because it has 66,000 BTUs versus this one that has 32,’ well if they’re the same size, actually the one that’s 32,000 is a better grill because it only takes half the amount of fuel to reach temperature.” The grilling grates themselves are dependent on style and weight of mate- rials, said Terry Parsons, owner of Sears of Havre. Steel grates are lighter in weight and can weaken in relatively few years, even if the grate is porcelain coated, because the porcelain will eventually chip, Parsons said. Cast iron holds up longer and helps hold heat, as well as helping to distribute the heat more evenly across the cooking surface once the cast iron is heated through. Another benefit of the cast iron grates, he added, is that they can be cleaned with a wire brush, but the porcelain grates need to be cleaned in soap and water. The cleaning factor is a consideration for another materials-choice for the grill’s body. Both Comstock and Parsons recommended the stainless steel body for longevity over the painted metal bodies, but said that the stainless continued on page 9 H AV R E D A I LY N E W S continued from page 8 steel is hard to keep clean looking. That type of metal shows fingerprints easily and the greasy prints are hard to clean off completely, while the painted models can be wiped off easily with a wet dishrag. “Stainless is a little bit harder to clean,” said Parsons, “but the painted one, which I have … basically what I do is heat it up and take a damp rag to it, and this is easier to clean than stainless.” H AV R E D A I LY N E W S Besides features related to the size of the grill, like the number of burners and the size of the base, added features to look for include a side burner, temperature gauges, storage areas, access to propane bottles, an electric rotisserie, a hot box on the side for using wood chips to add a smoked flavor, a light under the hood, searing burners and a warming rack, but other features and considerations go beyond these. If the idea of fetching and hauling propane bottles on a regular basis seems tedious, look for a model that will convert to natural gas. These can be plumbed into a home’s natural gas line. The trade-off, Parsons said, is that they can’t be moved around, but the added convenience and cost savings from the natural gas is worth this for many customers. For those people who are sticking with propane, a practical feature that can be checked with a showroom model is the portability of a grill, Parsons said. He recommended people who are shopping for grills consider their needs for portability — do they just need to wheel the grill across cement into the garage for the winter months and then back out for spring, or do they have to cross the lawn or take the barbecuer to a campsite. After they have a clear idea of what those needs are, they should try moving the floor model around to see if it will fit those needs. On a related note, people need to consider whether or not the barbecuer can fit into available storage space. For people with limited space who still want a larger grill, Parsons said, some models have fold-down or easily removed additions like the side burners and work tops. Other features to look for are those added to help hold and evenly dissipate heat. Weber brand, said Comstock, uses thick, triangular-shaped pieces of stainless steel in the bottom of their grills to help with heat distribution. These metal alloy triangles replace lava rocks from the older styles of grills. them. Weber used to have a refrigerator unit on one model of grill, but have since discontinued that feature, said Parsons, because, though it was a popular selling point, customer satisfaction was low. Customers found that it was too small to be useful for much, so no new models carry that feature, though it may be found in used grills on the market. It is also important to check with customer satisfaction and customer service figures as well, both Comstock and Parsons said. Cheaper brands and models of grills, he added, may only have a few pieces of thin metal in this area under the burners, but these don’t retain and disburse the heat well, and this makes it difficult to get meat and other grilled foods cooked properly without burning While they aren’t new on the market, combination barbecue grill/smokers are becoming more popular all the time, and though some grill models have a smoke box attached to the side as an option, Traeger builds one of the best grill/ smoker units for the money, the experts said. Traeger and similar brands use a food-grade wood pellet, said Comstock, and it’s important to stick with them rather than using pellets made for homeheating stoves — important for reasons well beyond the selection of flavors. Using heating pellets could negate any warranties on the grill/smoker and, more importantly, it could inadvertently expose diners to toxins, he said. Heating pellets can be made from any wood, such as recycled pallets that had been used to haul leaking antifreeze jugs, he said, but food-grade pellets are constructed from carefully controlled wood sources. The Traegers operate in much the same way as a pellet stove with a reservoir for pellets and an auger that automatically feeds pellets into the fire at a rate controlled by a temperature gauge. Because they operate at lower temperatures and cook with the heat from the smoke rather than the flame, they take some practice to get used to, but can be well worth it for the flavor, said Comstock. Another type of outdoor cooker that can take some time to get the hang of are the kamado-style grills like Big Green Egg and Kamado Joes, Comstock added. These grills, based on an ancient Japanese design, are egg-shaped ceramic cookers that are fueled with a large lump of charcoal that heats the cookers to very high heats. “They’re a neat way to cook, and there are some very unique things about continued on page 10 April 2014 LIVING MAGAZINE 9 continued from page 9 them,” he said, but “they take a different skill set. You have to learn to cook on them.” Outdoor Living Space While it’s certainly possible to enjoy barbecuing with just a grill and a lawn chair — and maybe a cooler, too — it can be easier than it might first seem to upgrade outdoor living space to increase that enjoyment. Troy Seaberg, a Havre contractor with more than 20 years experience, said that with the wide array of products available nowadays and the diversity of acceptable styles, including reusing and repurposing items, people have great opportunities to make creative and personalized backyards. Seaberg recommended searching the Internet and talking to people who have expanded their outdoor space to get ideas for what appeals to them, possibilities for design and tips on what works and what hasn’t. For the do-it-yourself types who want a little more structured guidance, Keith Smith of ProBuild in Havre said Rockwood produces a line of products that can make anyone sprucing up their outdoor space look like a pro. These products are made of cement, but look like pre-cut paver stones, and they come in complete kits for a fire pit with a cooking grate and a barbecue grill built into a stone cooking area, he said. To go with these cooking facilities, the product line also includes patio stones, a fireplace with smoke stack and fire brick, seating, lighted pillars, a table set, water falls, and different sized bar and grill areas that can include plumbed-in sinks and dishwashers, he said. Although Smith said ProBuild employees can offer advice for installation, the kits have a complete set of instructions and all the materials packaged together. But if hiring the work done sounds like a better route to take, Bob Brewster said area contractors and landscapers, like his employer Frontier Lawn and Landscaping, have experience designing and creating outdoor spaces, including built-in barbecue grills and cooking areas. Both Brewster and Seaberg said that it’s important for people to have an idea of what they want to create and how much they have to spend before getting started. “I’ve seen a lot of people turn their backyards, without a lot of work, into a nice usable area and some people go the other way and spend a lot of money … ,” Seaberg said. “Your only limit is your imagination and your money.” Part of buying the right barbecue grill is getting the one that fits one's needs. The large, decked-out grills are impressive, but if storage space is in demand, or barbecuing is generally done for five or fewer people, that over-sized grill could be a burden. Parsons said that, beyond space issues, a major problem with buying a grill that’s too big for the number of people normally being cooked for is that “you’ve got all this dead space where that heat’s going to dissipate,” so gas is wasted and hot and cold spots cause foods not to cook properly. No matter what size grill is purchased, buyers need to remember to look for quality. Though there are more expensive brands, said Parsons, those brands that the average person will look at start at the high-price end with Weber, then step lower with Kenmore, Char-Broil and then cheaper brands seen more at discount stores. Parsons also said that people need to be aware that name-brand manufacturers also carry different models and some of them can look like a more expensive model but are priced lower because the quality is lesser. It can pay to do some comparison shopping that includes an inspection of the grills and not just the price tags. Comstock recommends starting with a simple “shake test.” “Grab the grill by the handle and shake it back and forth. If you can feel it giving, then it’s a cheaply made grill that’s probably not going to hold a lot of heat because the materials are thin,” he said, but the better-made grills “are very solid, and the entire unit will move, the hood won’t rattle around.” The cheaper grills have a place because not everyone can afford high-end prices, he added, but people should study the products and buy the best quality grill they can afford because the quality of materials and construction do make a difference when cooking and with longevity of use. “At the end of the day, buy what you can afford,” he said, “because if you buy a good grill, it can last you up to 10 years. It’s a long-term investment rather than a disposable item.” 10 LIVING MAGAZINE April 2014 H AV R E D A I LY N E W S Three bedrooms, one a huge master, two bathrooms, large rec room big enough for the man room/kids haven and a double garage. Call Edward for showings. 421 Sagebrush Drive ~ $184,000 55+ Living Town Home BRAND NEW! 3 bed, 2 bath with double garage all on one level! 2235 9th Avenue Offered at $269,000 This house includes gourmet kitchen, both formal dining & breakfast nook, living room, office & non-conforming bedroom with 1/2 bath. Second level has 3 bathrooms & 3 bedrooms, one a huge master suite with master bath. Contact Ed Ruff to view this home. 1333 37th Avenue West ~ $275,000 Awesome is the only way to describe this great buy. Most of the super clean interior of this home has new carpet and new paint. The curb appeal of this home is amazing and invites you to move in. Contact Edward Ruff. 3114 8th Street East ~ $185,000 Beautiful home in a quite neighborhood with lots of upgrades. Two bathrooms and 2 bedrooms up and 3 non-conforming down. Easy to show and priced to sell right away. Don't miss out on this one. Contact Edward Ruff 817 8th Street ~ $150,000 1107 Boulevard Avenue ~ $125,000 This will make a great starter home at this price or a great investment property. A great investment for the handyman that is ready for a spring project. Contact Edward Ruff. 725 11th Street ~ $125,000 Lomain, MT - 10+/- miles to Havre, MT or 10+/- miles to Chinook, MT. 39575 US Hwy 2 ~ $310,000 Bear Paw Mountain Ranch with streams, springs, trees and waist high grass on 300+- Acres. This little bit of heaven borders Hill County's Beaver Creek Park. $1,500 per Acreage 300 Acre Bear Paw Ranch Downtown car wash, building & car wash on 2 downtown city lots. This is a nice little cash cow. Bad Lands Car Wash ~ 413 2nd Street $150,000 Over 10,000+- square foot heated building with updated remodel & addition. City water and sewer to this building and several large overhead doors. The access is great and a finished railroad spur line to this property may be available. 1625 31st Avenue NE ~ $250,000 This property is the past site of the Havre Concrete Block sales and brick yard. Consisting of 6 +- Acres, office, two large truck bays with nice overhead doors and tons of inside storage. 829 6th Street North ~ $125,000 3+ Acres on Hwy 2 & Airport Road $99,000 36+ Acres in town on Water Tank Road $69,700 1+ Acre on 2nd Street West $18,500 This is a great lot at a great price. Acreage of 1.3+- acres on West 2nd Street almost right down town. 3.1 Acres m/l commercial zoned! Highway 2 frontage and This acreage is 36.7+- acres in the city. Very Airport Road access. Just down the street from Wall Mart and seldom do you find acreage inside the city limits at Kmart. With seller finance possible, Realtor owned a price to good to pass up. great Falls, MT 2.7 +/- Acre Building Lot $79,900 with a great view of the River. Plat #3997, Lot 3 Heaven View. 1 +/- Acres Building Lot $35,000 West of Havre on Paved Road by Old Cemetary. 40 +/- Acres Fenced $100,000 This has a well and is on a paved road 20 +/- miles east of Havre. Building Lot in glo-Ed $41,000 Lot 2 Block 1. The Under-$25 Club TheDailyMeal.com had some recommendations for barbecue accessories that cost less than $25, including: 1. Hot dog rollers: The less expensive ones are human powered and hot dogs are turned on the rollers by pushing the unit back and forth across the grill. More expensive models come with an electric motor to turn the rollers. 2. The Grill Daddy Pro Grill Brush: This cleaning brush uses a reservoir of water in a steel-bristle brush handle and the heat from the grill to create steam to help loosen grill grime while you scrub. 3. Cherry grilling papers: These nearly paper-thin slices of cherry wood are wetted down and put in the barbecuer to add a smoked flavor to the grilled foods. 4. Folding leg/wing racks: This rack holds chicken legs or wings suspended above the grill to help them cook evenly without charring where they have slipped through the grate or have come too close to the flame. 5. Poultry roaster: Just like with the leg/wing rack, this rack holds a whole chicken upright off the grates, and some models come with a solid tray to catch the drippings, preventing a fiery reaction to chicken grease hitting open flame. 6. Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Skewers: This product is exactly what the name says. It allows the kabobs to be wound around into open spaces on the grill. 7. Corn grilling baskets: These wire racks hold, generally, four ears of corn locked in a basket, allowing them to be easily flipped over and spun by hand in the rack. 8. Weber Charcoal Grill Tool Holder: While many larger gas grills come with hooks for hanging grilling tools, the smaller charcoal grill are more nofrills than that, but this tool holder clips right onto the grill lip and holds up to four tools. Bonus Recommendation from Terry Parsons, owner of Havre Sears: For traditionalists who still barbecue on charcoal grills, a special bucket called a chimney starter, or charcoal chimney, can help speed up the process of getting briquettes up to temperature. Just put a piece of wadded-up newspaper in the bottom, pour in the briquettes, light a fire with the paper and, when the briquettes are ready, pour them into the barbecuer. H AV R E D A I LY N E W S BY PAM BURKE Anyone stuck in a barbecue rut, wondering what more can be done with a grill and spatula, needs to look into the great, wide, wonderful world of barbecue gadgetry. Just when it looks like everything has been invented, someone proves that idea wrong by contributing a new cooking gadget, cleaning tool or flavor enhancer. Kati Purkett, manager at Northern Home Essentials, said every year manufacturers come out with new gadgets and new ways of enhancing that timeless barbecue flavor, and the best ideas stick around from one year to the next. One new item that has come out within the last year is the basting bottle brush, Purkett said. Unlike the old system of basting that required a bowl of sauce in one hand and a brush in the other — and a whole lot of dripping between bowl and food — this gadget holds the sauce in a squeeze bottle which has a removable silicone brush at one end. All the cook needs to do is invert the bottle over the food on the grill, give a little squeeze and baste away. The new grill grate oiler brush designed by chef Steven Raichlen works in the same way, she said, but it has a trigger action to release the oil and its own drip tray to catch any excess oil running off the brush when you set it down. Anyone who wants south of the border food with that barbecue flavor can look into the quesadilla grill baskets, she said. They work like a fish grilling basket, holding a quesadilla between two wire grates that lock together with a mechanism on the handle. With the quesadilla secured in the basket, it stays together while flipping the quesadill to brown it evenly. The 12 LIVING MAGAZINE April 2014 baskets come in round and half-round shapes. Purkett also recommended different types of grilling racks. Continuing the Mexican food theme, grilled stuffed-pepper racks hold jalapeno peppers upright so the cheese and other goodies melt inside these hot poppers while the pepper skins roast on the hot grill fire. But if that good ol’ new tradition of beer-can roasted chicken is your preferred cooking flavor, there’s a rack for that, too. These racks provide a wide base to stabilize the chicken and the framework to hold the beer can upright and center inside the chicken cavity. To get beyond the white meat source, the reversible rib and roast rack provides a versatility that can help beef and pork enthusiasts grill up the perfect meal. When placed one side up the rack is concave and easily holds a roast, but flip it over and the slots can hold up to six slabs of ribs. “The reversible rib and roast rack is extremely popular because you can set a roast in it and take it off the grill or you can flip it over and actually line your baby back ribs up in it, keeping them in an upright position so they’re easier to baste,” she said. Though it may sound surprising, another of America’s favorite foods is finding its way to the barbecuer: pizza. “Pizza on the barbecue has become a huge thing,” said Purkett. “We actually have a pizza grilling oven that just came available at the end of last year. It’s a miniature little barbecue — it’s actually a miniature oven, but its designed more like a barbecue — and it’s designed specifically for pizzas.” But the backyard barbecue expert doesn’t have to have a special oven continued on page 21 BY PAM BURKE I rarely make the same meal the same way each time. I consider recipes to be a starting point and then create variations on the theme. Most of the time I can serve up happy surprises, even when my answer to “what’s for supper” is “mmm, chicken something?” Yes, there are occasional flops, but my husband is a sport and he’ll dish it up saying, “Marines call it chow.” Point taken. But some recipes, no matter what, never fail. I have had 100 percent success with this teriyaki marinade recipe and many different variations of ingredients Teriyaki marinade 1/4 cup cooking oil 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup dry sherry or wine 1/8 cup brown sugar 1 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp garlic powder Mix all ingredients together in a stainless steel or porcelain bowl, or a sealable bag stood upright in a bowl. Makes enough for 2 pounds of meat. Beef kabobs Cut round steak into 1-1 ½ inch cubes, place meat in marinade and let stand for 4 to 24 hours in refrigerator. Stir occasionally, or if in a sealed bag, flip bag over occasionally. Stab meat onto skewers and barbecue, turning frequently, until meat is cooked to preferred stage. Tips: • Go ahead and use up one of your tougher cuts of meat for this, like a round steak, because the marinade will soften the meat, especially when left marinating overnight. • If you want extra flavor, baste kabobs with marinade while they cook. • To cook kabobs evenly on a small grill that is cooler at the edges, put smaller pieces of meats at each end of the skewer. • For rarer beef, make chunks of meat larger and/or pack cubes tighter together on skewer. And for more well-done beef, make cubes smaller and/or pack them looser on skewer. Variations: • Substitute pork or chicken for the beef. • Add vegetables and other “grillables” like bell peppers, jalapeño, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms to the marinade — although I recommend not marinating tomatoes overnight. Tip: Until you get the hang of grilling veggies and meats, put them on separate skewers because they don’t grill the same. I hadn’t made kabobs for a while so I separated them for this photo shoot, but the meats will pick up nice flavor from the vegetables when cooked together. • Try different types of wines or even bourbon. My particular favorites are: burgundy with beef, medium and sweet reds with pork, and light reds and whites with chicken, but I don’t hesitate to use any combination of wines and meats just to shake things up. Substituting bourbon, and adding a little bit extra brown sugar or molasses, is great for a salmon marinade. Wrap salmon in a couple layers of tinfoil with some of the marinade to barbecue. • Try different sweeteners: molasses, honey, maple syrup and white sugar all bring a different flavor to the mix. • If you prefer fresh spices, substitute 1 clove of garlic, minced, and 1 tablespoon of grated ginger. The fresh ginger, especially, will bring a whole different flavor. • And if you want a teriyaki sauce for dipping meat that wasn’t able to marinate long, or for an Asian-style teriyaki beef stir-fry, skim off most of the oil and thicken sauce in a pan with a little cornstarch. Tip: If you use olive oil, it will thicken in the fridge, and its easy to pour the marinade into a pan, leaving oil behind in the bag or bowl. H AV R E D A I LY N E W S April 2014 LIVING MAGAZINE 13 223 3rd Ave. â€˘ Havre, MT 59501 Tom Healy 406-390-6767 email@example.com Jeff Healy 406-390-1966 firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Winchell 406-390-7679 email@example.com Becky Ross 406-390-2599 firstname.lastname@example.org residential & COMMeRCIAL listings 632 14th Ave. #54 ~ $25,900 Custom built tri-level home! This one owner home has 4 bdrms, 2 baths overall. Large master bedroom with walk in closet. Open concept living, dining and kitchen with walk out deck. 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Endless possibilities with this much space close to town. 40 Acres East of Saddle Butte Please call Becky Ross 390-2599. BY PAM BURKE Created to give area artists a year-round venue for their artwork that was more artist-centric than revenue-centric like traditional art galleries, Artitudes Gallery in Havre will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Located in the upper level of the Atrium Mall, Artitudes regularly showcases the artwork of 12 to 15 member artists any given day, along with two featured artists with larger displays on a front wall. Though the featured artists are sometimes members showing a display of new work, often they are invited, nonmember guests. Artitudes Gallery, a not-for-profit artists cooperative, was the brainchild of artists Kris Shaw and Mary Nault. “We’d been talking about places to show our artwork, how many artists there are around, and we realized that we had one show a year that the (Havre) Art Association does in town,” said Shaw about the inspiration for the gallery. Shaw had described her experiences with an artist cooperative in Bozeman to Nault, and the discussions turned more serious on one fateful roadtrip. “Mary and I took a trip to Lewistown and talked about it the whole way, and she took notes — furiously took notes — and we got back and said OK, so we really should do this and give us a place to show artwork all year long. It would also give a place for people who we don’t even know that do artwork to, maybe, come in and show theirs,” she added. “We wanted to encourage younger people or new artists or whatever.” Then in 2004 the pair finally started working seriously on developing this dream, eventually ending up in the office of Craig Erickson who, at the time, worked for Bear Paw Development Corp., the economic development organization based in northcentral Montana. Though the process of working through the details and making decisions that had long-term ramificacontinued on page 17 continued from page 16 tions for the artists cooperative was a challenge, Shaw said, the results have stood the test of time. “Craig and I did a talk one time for one of the classes at the college, and he said it was the hardest co-op he ever put together because artists and business people — they don’t always think alike,” she said. Shaw said she is considering organizing a celebration in September after realizing that month marks 10 years in business. “The part I really like about (the 10 years) is that when Craig asked Havre Daily News/file Mary Nault poses for a portrait with her exhibition Tyger by the Tail at Artitudes Gallery in the Atrium Mall in 2013. Havre Daily News/file Linda Warneke poses with her collection Landscapes on the Horizon at Artitudes Gallery in the Atrium Mall in 2013. their artwork to work four four-hour shifts each month staffing the gallery, though, Shaw said, they can pay extra for their share if they can’t afford the time to work. Each month a featured artist, who is either a member showing new work or an invited guest, has work displayed ‘what does success look like to you,’ I said ‘honestly, if we’re still open in five years I would call it a success,’ and now it’s been 10, so there we are,” she said. While a few of the operational details have changed some, primarily because of location and membership number changes, Shaw said the original bylaws and articles of incorporation are still in place. Each month the co-op board members, who are elected each September, along with whichever members wish to attend meet to discuss activities and issues. A three-member committee of board members meets as needed to jury artists requesting membership or asking for a featured artist showing. Shaw said the jurying is more to deH AV R E D A I LY N E W S cide if the artist’s work meets the gallery members' guidelines for artwork than a judgment of the quality of the work. For example, one of the original rules prohibits the showing of jewelry because that work is considered a craft under their guidelines, Shaw said. One of the original artists, Ginnie Streeper — who spoke of watercolors as her “first love” — said that the committee members take their jurying role seriously because the quality of artwork is what keeps people coming in. Though the membership number fluctuates, the gallery currently has about 20 members who are shareholders in the cooperative. Most of those members are actively displaying art in the gallery. Another criteria for membership requires artists displaying The part I really like about (the 10 years) is that when Craig asked ‘what does success look like to you,’ I said ‘honestly, if we’re still open in five years I would call it a success,’ and now it’s been 10 so there we are. Kris Shaw Local Artist continued on page 18 April 2014 LIVING MAGAZINE 17 continued from page 17 prominently on a wall at the front of the store. The gallery holds an artist reception, with refreshments, live music and the opportunity for attendees to speak with the artist, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second It's nice to have somewhere to bring our stuff. We have lots of people who come through here, tourists too. Linda Warneke, Local artist Friday of each month — the first month of the featured artist's two-month show. “If people aren’t really sure they want to be one of the members,” Shaw said, “they can come in and take the wall for a two-month show. Craig Edwards, who is in there right now, is not a member, but we invited him, asked him if he would do a show. It brings more people in to see it, and more people see Havre Daily News/file photos Far right: Kris Martens poses with her Postcards from Havre exhibit during a Friday evening in 2013 at the Artitudes Gallery. Right: A mug displays a print of one of Kris Martens' Postcards from Havre. his stuff from here because he’s from Big Sandy.” The receptions are seeing increasing attendance with many regular patrons, Shaw said, adding that she attributes this to the gallery's conscientious effort to get in new artists, the board’s increased efforts at promotion and sheer persistence. Streeper also sees it as a sign of recovery from the recession which, she said, hit the artist community hard as people pulled back from buying nonessentials. Linda Warneke, a long-time artist who was working a shift at the gallery, said that before Artitudes was formed, local artists traveled to area shows and displayed artwork in local offices. “It’s nice to have somewhere to bring our stuff. We have a lot of people who come through here, tourists too,” she said. April’s featured artist, she added, Havre Daily News/Stacy Mantle A wall of art displayed by Craig Edwards in the Artitudes Gallery in the Atrium Mall. will be Tom Marinkovich, who teaches art at Box Elder Public Schools and is widely known for his work in diverse mediums — some of them unusual, like glass blowing. People can see his work in April and May, but also meet him Friday, April 11, at his artist reception at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. 18 LIVING MAGAZINE April 2014 H AV R E D A I LY N E W S JIM ANDERSON...........799-2253 TONI BRANDT.............945-1675 DIANE GETTEN............945-0954 RUSS GETTEN..............262-3007 CINDY SCHUBERT........265-0949 ROBIN TONER.............945-2323 437 FIRST STREET (Corner of 5th Ave & 1st St) • HAVRE, MT 59501 • PH. 265-2253 • FAX. 265-2255 email@example.com • www.havremontanarealestate.com LAND LISTINGS 8.5 Acres North of Havre Frontage on Highway 232 & River Road, older shop building & garage, lots of possibilities! 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Time to prepare the vegetable garden NEWSPAPER TOOLBOX The warm weather has finally arrived. The snow has disappeared and it is time to prepare your vegetable garden. Once the vegetable plot has been delineated (preferably with untreated wood sides, if you’re building a raised bed), it is very important to prepare the earth properly before sowing seeds or putting in seedlings. This will ensure the bountiful harvest all gardeners dream about. First of all, remove any weeds—adding newspaper or mulch between your planted rows will help to reduce weeding over the summer. Then the soil should be turned over to loosen it. Add fertilizer and compost at the same time, and rake it all to remove any stones and lumps. Organic fertilizers are a good choice. Now it is time to choose your seeds and plants. Plant only those that interest you, and extend the harvest by staggering planting times. In other words, you could plant a third of your vegetables of choice one week, a third the next week, and the last a few days later. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your harvest for much longer. Gadget-mania continued from page 12 to make pizza on the grill. People can use regular pizza stones in their barbecuers, she said, but if they want to try other cookware, some items are available. “They make (pizza stones) that are porcelain glazed so that they’re easier to clean. They’re doing cast iron, too, just making things easier for people so they can pick what they prefer to cook on,” she said. One new gadget in particular is a simple answer to a perplexing barbecue problem: How does one keep food H AV R E D A I LY N E W S on skewers from always rotating as the heavy end of each chunk of food yields to the pull of gravity. The simple answer is: flat skewers. Purkett said they generally come in stainless steel and bamboo. “Anything to do with barbecue people just love,” said Purkett. “When we get brides and grooms coming in and registering,” she said, “this is something that all of the guys seem to register for. They choose barbecue things just because its a big deal — anything from tailgating, cooking, barbecuing, at-home parties. It’s extremely versatile. “The neat thing is that all this stuff doesn’t just have to be used just on the barbecue. Most of it you can use in your oven. There’s no reason you can’t use your chili pepper grill rack in your oven,” she added. “Barbecuing is actually something that you can really do year-round. More and more people are doing that so even when it’s cool out you can still go out and barbecue and make amazing food.” April 2014 LIVING MAGAZINE 21 PERENNIALS BY PAM BURKE While annual flowers can brighten up a yard all summer long, perennials give a measure of structure and maturity to the landscape and, in the right combinations, add their own brightness throughout the year. With essentially the shortest growing season in the contiguous 48 Perennials come in many forms from shrubs to vining, flowering and fruit-bearing plants, as well as ornamental grasses. Experts at local greenhouses said they bring in and propagate perennials specifically suited for the areaâ€™s growing conditions, and once the plants are established they become a pretty lowmaintenance way of dressing up the yard. One of the obvious advantages of perennials, said Lorrie Hanson, owner of Downtown Gardens in Havre, is that they donâ€™t have to be replanted every year, and once they get established over the first season they are pretty hardy The important thing to remember, she said, is that most of them need to be cut back, or trimmed, and they need to be fertilized regularly until about mid-summer. The fruit-bearing annuals like strawberries, horseradish, rhubarb, raspberries and the many berry bushes like chokecherry, currant and jostaberry bushes not only dress up the yard, they also provide a source of home-grown foods. She said she carries a perennial vine that produces grapes which work well in processed foods like jam or wine, and people in the area have had good luck growing them. Along with regular perennials, she said, this year growers will see some new varieties, including newly developed colors of columbine and lilacs that bloom twice each year rather than once. Bob Doney, owner of Bobâ€™s Greenhouse in Havre, said that growing-zone tolerance is the primary thing to pay attention to when choosing perennials, but if people are careful to get varieties suitable for zones 3 and 4, then about Plants with the power to last states, harsh winters and generally clay-based soils that are not conducive to growing lush plants, northcentral Montana can be a tricky place to exercise a green thumb, but established perennials can help cut through many gardening complications. three-fourths of the perennials will be pretty hardy and low-maintenance once they get a good start. Another critical aspect to consider when choosing perennials is to know how much shade and sun the plants will be getting throughout the day, Doney said. People can adapt the soil to the plant, to a certain extent by putting in a deep layer of good soil, drainage and mulch, but they can't change the direction of the sun. While it can take time to make pure north-central gumbo into a soil that's rich, loose and airy enough for growing good plants, people can speed that up by mixing in a good measure of compost at planting time, so the plant can get established well at the start. He also recommends working with perennials early in the spring before much, if any, new growth has started, trimming back old growth on plants and breaking apart mature bulbs that have started to clump. Doney said that one of the new plants he is adding to his perennials greenhouse this year is actually a tree. After getting several requests for them, he will have a variety of apple tree that originally came out of Canada and was cultivated in the Corvallis, Ore., area. Both Hanson and Doney said that they, and most area greenhouse and landscaping businesses, are happy to help give people ideas about what plants will work best in their yards and how to enhance the look of their outdoor living space. With careful thought into choosing the perfect plants and a little sweat equity in the beginning stages, to ensure proper planting and survival in the first season, perennials can provide years of beauty to any yard. Raspberry Chokecherry Strawberry Native plant or conquering weed? Be smart when transplanting perennials from the wild BY PAM BURKE Native and wild-growing flowers, shrubs and trees are an attractive and interesting choice for decorating a yard, but transferring plants found in the wild to a home garden is not without challenges and possible pitfalls. "The first step that I would recommend would be to always be sure to know what you are planting," she said. "There are numerous noxious or difficult-to-control weeds that have an attractive flower that might look appealing to a gardener; however, some of these perennials can become very aggressive and difficult to control once they become established." Some examples of plants found growing wild in Montana, that might seem attractive but shouldn’t be transplanted to the home, include noxious weeds like field bindweed, oxeye daisy and St. Johnswort. Field bindweed is a flowering vine with white to pink flowers shaped like a wide bell, or funnel, and leaves like arrowheads or pointy hearts. This noxious weed can be mistaken for ornamental morning glory. However, this dense-growing vine can climb up or spread across the ground, creating a leafy mat that quickly takes over an area, choking out other plants. It can take years of concerted effort to get rid of field bindweed. Another noxious weed that looks like an ornamental flower, the oxeye daisy has long, leafy stems and a white-petaled flower surrounding a yellow center, making it look like the Shasta daisy which was developed for home landscaping. The Shasta has larger leaves and flower heads, said the Montana Weed Control Association’s website at MTWeed.org, and is easier to contain. The oxeye can grow abundantly in many types of soil, spread via roots and seeds, and take over an area easily. St. Johnswort, with red stems and clumps of yellow flowers, is used as a medicinal plant and is grown commercially for that purpose, but in Montana it is listed as a noxious weed with an aggressive root system. It is toxic to animals, said MWCA. Also, a common tree seen along river banks and once used to create shelter belts, Russian olives are now considered a problem plant because they are aggressive in the wild where steps are being tak- It is important for anyone thinking of planting native or wild-growing flowers, shrubs and trees to become familiar with the Montana noxious weed list, said Nicole Gray, Montana State University Extension Agent for Hill County. The first step that I would recommend would be to always be sure to know what you are planting. Nicole Gray, Montana State University Extension Agent Hill County Field Bindweed Oxeye Daisy St. Johnswort en by state officials to control their presence, said an information chart provided by Gray. For the gardener who can identify wild-growing plants as safe, Gray suggests looking at the growing conditions of the plants to make sure they can stay healthy in the area they will be transferred to. This includes analyzing content of the soil — like rock, clay, loam and sand mixtures and acidity/alkalinity — as well as other conditions the plant grows in — like shade/sunlight, moisture and even elevation. People should also be aware of the health of the plant, she said, because transplanting increases the risk of introducing a new disease or parasite into a home garden. This education about native plants and noxious weeds can help when ordering plants and seeds as well, Gray added. Smart gardeners will check plant types and seed mixes listed as native for potential conflicts with state weed control efforts. “If there is any questions regarding identifying any plants, (people) can get them identified for free at the Extension Office,” Gray said, especially “if there is any question in regards to a weed compared to a flower.” For more information, contact any Montana State University Extension agent, or Gray specifically at 265-5481, ext. 233, or go online to plants.usda.gov/ or www. mtweed.org/weed-identification/. BY JOHN PAUL SCHMIDT Joseph Vernon has been making a splash at Montana State UniversityNorthern with his work as the sustainability coordinator of the university’s student senate. As the sustainability coordinator, part of Vernon’s duties is to work with the community’s local recycling initiatives and represent the university. Keeping up with this duty, Vernon attends all Recycle Hi-Line’s meetings. At Recycle Hi-Line’s meeting Feb. 19, Vernon reported he and his team kept 2,500 pounds of cardboard, 5,420 pounds of paper, 100 pounds of aluminum, 180 pounds of #1 and #2 plastics and 95 pounds of #5 plastics from going into the tri-county landfill. Vernon, originally from North Carolina, moved to Havre from Portland, Ore., where he lived from 2010 to 2013. But from 2003 to 2007, he was a United States Marine working as a motor transport mechanic stationed in Cherry Point, N.C., and was sent on two tours to Iraq. He began his college education at Portland Community College after retiring from the military, then transferred to Montana State University-Northern in 2013 to pursue a double major in diesel technology with equipment management and field maintenance options. Vernon said it might seem odd at first that a “diesel guy” would be the head of the recycling effort at MSU-N, but it is not really odd at all. “With today’s emission technology, it kind of makes sense,” Vernon said. He said becoming the sustainability coordinator of MSU-N’s Student Senate was not his idea. He was approached by the president Annie Kling and vice president Ronnie Kling to take the position. “It was pretty much because I’m from Portland,” Vernon said, and laughed. As the sustainability coordinator, Vernon has made his mark at MSU-N and has revitalized the university’s recycling program. Vernon has been getting some recognition for the work he does for the university. He said people have been recognizing him at the monthly recycle drives in town as the “university recycling guy.” “Another awesome thing is to see the impact you have on the community,” Vernon said. He and his team of two other MSUN students go out once a week for a few hours to pick up the recycling from all the bins across the campus. Friday mornings are one of the few times all the team is free from school or other obligations. Recycling bins are stationed in every building on campus except for Pershing Vernon Hall, Vernon said. Last semester, he ordered more bins for the campus. Though most of the buildings have bins, he said, they are not as accessible as he would like because there are just too few. The biggest problem with the fairly simple idea of placing recycling bins in campus buildings is the amount of legal work Vernon has to go through with the university administration before he can place his bins. The bins must be located in very specific areas to avoid any violations, such as a fire safety violation. Vernon’s current project is his biggest to-date. Student Senate voted to allow him to conduct a one-year pilot program for recycling #5 plastics. Because Montana has no place to recycle #5 plastics, Vernon said, he plans to ship the plastic to a New York-based company called Preserve Gimme 5 who will recycle it for the university. Companies like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Markets accept #5 plastics and send them off in a similar fashion. In fact, they use the same company as Vernon plans to use. Plastics like yogurt containers and ketchup, syrup and medicine bottles are generally #5 plastics. These types of plastics can be recycled into brooms, bins, pallets, signal lights, ice scrapers, bicycle racks and other items. The sure-fire way to tell what kind Photo courtesy of Jim Potter Joseph Vernon, front, and his crew, Jedrick Schatz, left, and Eric Neal collect recycling at MSU-Northern each Friday morning and have amassed an impressive amount since the beginning of the school year. continued on page 25 24 LIVING MAGAZINE April 2014 H AV R E D A I LY N E W S continued from page 24 of plastic the container is is to look on the bottom of the container. Look for a triangle made of arrows with a number printed in the center. If it has a 5, it is a #5 plastic. #1 and #2 plastics are the most popularly recycled plastics, but more and more places are beginning to accept #5s. Vernon said part of his project is to Every recycle drive, everything’s getting smoother, faster and easier for us. People are excited to learn. It’s very exciting to see people taking part. Joseph Vernon Sustainability Coordinator MSU-N Student Senate educate people on things like looking for the numbers, rinsing out containers and removing caps of bottles. Many people are still uninformed about the basics of recycling, but it is getting better every day, Vernon said. “Every recycle drive, everything’s getting smoother, faster and easier for us,” Vernon said. “People are excited to learn. It’s very exciting to see people taking part.” Vernon and his team still have to separate the plastics themselves until they receive bins for #5s. He said he will do some mild cleaning of the plastics, but anything with mold, tobacco spit or anything else unsavory, he will toss. The biggest issue for the #5 plastic project is the number of man-hours it takes to separate the plastics, package them and ship them off. There is no shredder or compactor on campus for his team to use, so they are stacking the containers as best they can in boxes. Vernon said he is always looking for more people to join his team at the university. He said anyone interested in helping out may contact him at joseph. firstname.lastname@example.org. Sustainability team members do get Havre Daily News/file Joseph Vernon plots his design for the painting of the Hello Walk at Montana State University-Northern in September. paid, but there is an emphasis on volunteerism at events like the recycle drives. On the other hand, many classes at MSU-N require community service hours, which volunteering with the sustainability club would fulfill. Otherwise, it looks great on a resume. Vernon said he plans to start giving presentations at the high school and the university to educate people about recycling. He plans on keeping his position as sustainability coordinator at MSU-N until he graduates in the spring semester of 2016. His ultimate goal is to take what he has done for the recycling program at MSU-N and streamline it so whoever takes over will be able to maintain it at the level it has attained. Vernon said some possible future projects he is considering is creating a community garden or a compost at the university. When asked what advice he would give to those who do not recycle, but are considering it, Vernon suggested experiencing the recycling movement firsthand and educating themselves about the issue. “Anybody who wants to learn more, come to a recycle drive and see how big a deal it is,” Vernon said. At his presentations, Vernon gives examples of what the lack of recycling and littering has done to the ecosystem. “Learn about the negative effects on the planet,” Vernon said. “If that doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what could.” H AV R E D A I LY N E W S April 2014 LIVING MAGAZINE 25 NEWSPAPER TOOLBOX Are you itching to start work in the yard? If so, you’re not the only one! Keep an eye on your lawn, because as soon as the ground has dried out you can start the big spring cleanup. While you wait you could start your gardening season by checking the state of your tools. Are your spades, rakes, secateurs, hoes, weeders, hand tools, and other indispensable devices in need of repair or replacement? Don’t forget about gardening gloves; a pair made of rubber is practical for working in wet soil and another pair made of a heavy fabric is always useful for big jobs. Perhaps you’ve already sowed some of your flower seeds inside. 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