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"Better your own land's weeds, than other men's wheat." - Uzbek saying

The Woody Creek

EARWIG Volume 2, Issue 3

the voice of Woody Creek

March 2014

Woody Creek and its yesterdays

Snow Coyote. Photo by Margaret Reckling.

The Mojo Gardener Laying down cardboard kills the weeds, and provides an appealing breeding ground for worms. Lay the cardboard at the bottom of the bed to block out weeds and fill your beds with organic soil that has been blessed for gardens. Organic soil is expensive, and there is compost at the dump but I would ask about how well it is screened. When the soil is workable you can start with arugula, lettuce, spinach, kale, radishes, and onions before the last frost. Naturally potatoes thrive here as well, but you should plant these just before the last frost. These crops are bulletproof in this climate. The key to remaining motivated is to know what works in this climate and what takes more experience. I grew enormous pumpkins on my compost heaps last year and a small melon. You can branch out after our frost date (June 20th where I live) into beans, squash and cucumbers. I keep my tomatoes in pots on the patio, along with peppers. With appropriate row covers, it is easy to extend the climate with a simple hoop structure and fabric to protect tender plants. I used willow for my hoops, but they are not as sturdy as plastic piping and they often sprout. But I like the way they look and there is always somebody who needs his or her willow pruned. Elliot Coleman has long written about climate lengthening strategies, and his books are available at the library. Here is a good you tube video if you can’t make it to the big city, called “How to Make a Hoop House or Green House for Cheap,” by BuddyClubGardening: watch?v=efQYpzNJOiE Here are some good online seed resources: Johnny’s Garden seeds, Seed Savers, Baker’s Heirloom Seeds

by Isa Catto Shaw Recently a friend asked my husband, Daniel, if I was holed up in the studio taking advantage of the winter climate. His reply: “She was, until the seed catalogues started to arrive.” It’s true. This is the time of year that I start daydreaming about new heirloom varieties, new plans for the flower gardens, and about expanding my gardening empire around the house. I have always loved to garden, and when I moved here from New York City (and yes I had a tiny terrace garden outside our loft), I couldn’t wait to dig in I mentioned my dreams of a vegetable garden to one long time resident and she shrugged and replied: “Why bother, with this short climate?” Unfortunately, she is not alone. You can bother—it just takes a little trepidation— and the rewards are great. If you are getting started, start small. For the novice, I recommend raised beds because most of the earth is alkaline and rock ridden. If you are lucky enough to have a lovely loam straight in your soil, then you are blessed, but for this article, I will focus on raised beds. Find a space that gets 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. You can grow lettuce in cooler climate vegetables in a bed that only gets 6 hours a day. A raised bed heats up more in the summer and will require more irrigation. Regardless, prepare your area(s) by saving your untreated cardboard and laying it over your projected garden space. Ideally this is a fall maneuver, but you can wait until the snow melts and lay your cardboard down in the spring until your beds are ready to install. Here is a good youtube video link, called “Raised Bed Gardening” by UKFor-  estry to help you with the details: http://

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by Tony Vagneur The early generations in Woody Creek turned over gently, with subtlety, like the dark, fertile earth beneath a horse-drawn plow. Men and women of the earth, they died where they lived, no hospitals or assisted living facilities for them. By the late 1880’s, Woody Creek and the surrounding area was occupied by people from Aosta, the capital of Valle d’Aosta, Italy. The Matterhorn is within view of the old home place, and Mont Blanc is just over the hill near Le Chamonix, France. Back in the old days, Napoleon did some trading around of countries and Aosta, originally in France, ended up in Italy, a situation neither country was particularly pleased with. Refusing to speak each other’s language, people in northern Italy developed their own version of both, called a patois. The surnames of those coming from Aosta are almost all of French extraction, names like Cerise, Gerbaz, Letey, Vagneur, Arlian, Natal, Montover, Arbaney. Woody Creek ranchers, all. My great-grandfather, Jeremie Vagneur, came down with something like pneumonia one day, and died the next, at his home on what is now called Aspen Valley Ranch. It wasn’t a big deal to get to the hospital for treatment – that just wasn’t done in those days. If one was fortunate, a doctor might help out, but a serious illness generally meant it was time to “pay the piper,” to get ready to cross the great divide. Jeremie’s five sons, all ranchers in their own right by then, had little concern about tax attorneys or estate planners. Jeremie, like most proud ranchers in those days, was the king of his agrarian empire and bequeathed it to whomever he wished without fear of retribution from the government. Victor Natal owned the last ranch up Woody Creek, now called the Circle R. He was an unforgettable presence in my life, a man with an old-country accent and a bushy, white mustache. (Sometimes I wonder how those old Italians kept themselves straight – they all seemed to have bushy, white mustaches.) My dad and I stopped there one day on business and I remember there were apologies all around for his absence in the living room. I could hear the poor man coughing wretchedly in an upstairs bedroom and it scared me. Not more than five years old, I remember my dad saying as we rode home that afternoon, “We will never see Mr. Natal again.” Like freshly turned earth, the next generation grew the ranching legacy in Woody Creek. Tony Vagneur grew up in Woody Creek, or at least he gave it his best shot, and still hangs out there, somewhat like an old raven with tousled feathers and a loud opinion.

Woody Creek Caucus Meeting Minutes February 27, 2014

Moderators: Phil Holstein, Jim Collins Caucus Members present: Daniel Delano, Carol Donnelly, Don Donnelly, Jean-Marie Hamel, Gail Holstein, Gayle Lyman, Bill MacKenzie, Michael Owsley, Heather Rydell, Greg Rydell, Jan Schoeberlein, Marty Schlumberger, Robert L Stevenson, Emily Taylor, Anita Thompson, Howard Vagneur, Linda Waag The meeting was called to order at 6:30 P.M.

Sensible Medicine: When a Cold Hits

by Peg O'Brien, P.T. Rest and fluids, then more rest and more fluids - these are the best treatments for a cold. The body needs rest from physical, mental and emotional exertion. Drinking lots of fluids rinses the upper respiratory system – the sinuses, throat, and lungs – back to health after a bacterial or viral invasion. When a cold hits between the eyes and drips pain and suffering down the throat, stay home; not only to provide ample time for rest and fluids necessary to recover, but also to avoid spreading the bug. Call in sick to work and cancel all appointments. Wave-off all hugs. Draw back from all handshakes. Be clear with others right off the bat: “I have a fresh cold and don’t want to spread it.” All will be grateful. Because colds are most contagious during the first 48 hours, call off contact with others right away. Medical appointments included. There is no reason to keep a physical therapy appointment, for instance, if a cold has sprung up. Infection anywhere in the body increases inflammation everywhere in the body, confounding therapy interventions anyway. Avoid bodywork too, which would risk spreading the infection through the body. It has been said that exercise warms up the immune system and is good for getting rid of a cold. That is true if you are trying to shake an old cold, and the exercise is light, just enough to warm up the body and not enough to tire it. For a fresh cold with a blurry head and tired body, the remedy is still rest and fluids, rest and fluids. Beyond staying home with rest and fluids to shorten a cold, a few other remedies found to be helpful include: frequent hand washing, a drop of a natural antimicrobial under the tongue (a local favorite is “Oreganol”, wild oregano essential oil in olive oil), an Epsom salt bath (~1 cup in a tub of warm water) with a few drops of an aromatic immuneboosting essential oil (eucalyptus, camphor, tea tree, pine, spruce, or any evergreen – not oregano oil, that would burn), herbal tea (with of dash of whiskey to quiet a cough if indicated and advisable), eucalyptus salve over chest and under nose, and stretching (to open up and drain sinuses). Be good to yourself and good to your neighbors. When a cold hits: Have lots of rest and fluids, and keep yourself to yourself.

1. David Franscomb, White River National Forest, Acting District Ranger, Aspen-Sopris District, reported on the Lenado settlement re snowmobile parking at Lenado. 2. Gayle Lyman, Compliance Director at the Elam Vagneur Gravel Pit, reported on his annual review for 2013 Elam Construction Activities, which was submitted to the County. 3. Phil Holstein reviewed recent developments re marijuana and green houses. 4. Motion made by Janet Schoeberlein, seconded by Anita Thompson, to suspend proxy voting for 3 months, until the June Caucus meeting. 18 voted in favor, 2 votes against. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

JOIN US in the current effort TO UPDATE THE

WOODY CREEK MASTER PLAN We need the input of all of the clans of Woody Creek, all the neighborhoods, all renters and owners. Topics will include but are not limited to: Agriculture, Airport, Commercial & Public, Housing & Growth, Open Space, Public Supported Housing, Transportation & Roads Meetings will start with the planning commission on Mondays at 4:30 at WC3. Updates to the whole caucus will be monthly on the last Thursday. Each committee will have flexibility to meet when the members have time to do the work. EMAIL YOUR INTEREST TO:


In lieu of “Ranch Roundup” this month, The Earwig features a new section, with a birth announcement! Cash Kingston Burtard was born at 8:14pm on February 14th, 2014, at 7lbs, 14 oz, and measured 21.5 inches long. We also wish Bunny Harrison a very happy birthday, on March 15th!

Thank you, Peg O’Brien, P.T. (currently quietly swamping a cold with quarts of fresh-lemon & honey tea in the comfort of a Woody Creek trailer surrounded by a temporary imaginary moat.) by Emily Taylor, 2014 The Woody Creek EARWIG Page 2

Dog Days of Winter—Community Photo

Recipe of the month: Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Oat Cookies recipe provided by Christina Miller, M.D.

2 cups rolled oats (not instant) 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce (use more as needed for moisture) ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut ¼ cup raisins or other dried fruit ¼ cup chopped walnuts 2 large, ripe bananas, mashed 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Tony Vagneur and Lucy make snow angels after the dump in February.

Joke of the Month: Q: What do snowmen eat for lunch in Woody Creek ? A: Icebergers from the Tavern!

Poem of the Month: Shovel Snow! Shovel Snow! Shovel Snow!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well-combined. Form into about 2-3 inch balls and flatten gently with your fingers (or can leave as balls). Makes about 16-20 cookies. Cook for 18 minutes, or until slightly brown on top and appears done. Can also press into 8x8 inch pan and make bars. Cook bars for 30 minutes, cool on rack, cut into squares, and serve. Refrigerate extras. Can easily double recipe. Great for breakfast, on-the-go snack, or dessert.

Journal entry Missy Prudden

by Rich Reitz, 2/18/14 Oh, the weather outside is frightful, And this storm is not delightful. I'm stuck, and my car won't go. Shovel snow, shovel snow, shovel snow It doesn't show signs of stopping, And the temperature is dropping. It's just about five below. Shovel snow, shovel snow, shovel snow! Outside, everything now is white, And I hate going out in the storm. But as long as I bundle tight, Shoveling will keep me warm. This shoveling is a bummer. How I wish that it was summer. That Groundhog has got to go! Shovel Snow! Shovel Snow! Shovel Snow! Missy Prudden is a watercolor artist living in Woody Creek, CO.

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This is the time when the clock springs forward, and we sense the end of winter. How nice, how refreshing! This spring, beginning with the vernal equinox on 3/20, is the time in our yearly cycle where the seeds that lay dormant in the winter can start to germinate and bring new refreshing aspects to our lives. And yet we are not out of the hot water of this past winter and all the reflection and difficulties that ensued. There are four planets changing direction this first weekend in March. Mercury is going direct on 2/28, so all those plans and business arrangements or ideas that are germinating can come forward without snags. And if you had snags while it was retrograde they most likely will smooth out and flow better. Mars is going retrograde in Libra on 3/1, meaning we all still have things to rethink when it comes to our relationships and fairness. Maybe giving to ourselves more during this time and recoup our own process and not focus on the other. Believe me, taking care of ourselves is the most healing, And the gift is that people see that, and thus modeling this behavior shows others how to do it for themselves. Jupiter is going direct 3/6, YEAH, and all this worry of money or being supported can be lifted and we can all move into the positive aspect of Jupiter in Cancer. Great time to fix up the home, plan a trip or expect guests coming to town. Re-evaluate finances. And last but not least, Saturn turns direct 3/2. Another planet that teaches us about limitations, boundaries and maturing, and this happens in Scorpio. So if there has been any drag in your creativity or drive expect that flow to shift in the most mystical way. And don't forget, since the last post, Venus went direct in Capricorn. Yes, finally Venus will be leaving Capricorn after a long, long stay there. It usually takes Venus six weeks to travel through a sign yet this year it entered Capricorn at Thanksgiving and stayed till 3/6. Talk about setting boundaries or finding the limitations when it comes to love and feeling secure. Go back and reflect on those happenings in your life. And expect when Venus enters Aquarius on 3/5 love takes a new look. So change is abound. This New Moon we just had on 3/1 was the seed point to this spring. Make a move to start something you've been dreaming of and remember it take six months for these New Moon seed wishes to take form. And we are not out of the hot water yet. Prepare yourself for April. It could be tough. It could be hard. It is going to be a collective shift and if you're paying attention to the current events, something is building and brewing as these countries and the common man are revolting and taking a stand and speaking out. It could also have an effect to our own financial system. Follow your hunches. Batten down the hatches. At least here in Aspen we usually have the wettest month (powder) and these long days ahead (another blessing) and finally warmth. Enjoy this busy month.

Upcoming Community Events: Please email your events, news, or information about things you have to sell or barter to—We’ll include them in the next issue! Classifieds welcome! Upcoming Events at the Community Center:

March 2014

For more personal understanding of t h e s e a s p e c t s , D A V I D B E R K S O N d a v i d b e r k s o n (847) 777-9138

Special Events: 3/15 OPEN DOCTORS HOURS 9:00-11:00am 3/18 THUNDERCLAW CONCERT | Every other Tuesday | 7:009:30pm 3/20 WORKSHOP: Make your own body butter | 6:00-7:30pm This workshop is $5 for members, $7 for non-members. RSVP to 3/22 KIDS MOVIE NIGHT & POTLUCK: DESPICABLE ME | 6:00pm 3/24 WORKSHOP: Find Your Ayurvedic Dosha 5-7pm 3/25 THE CROWLIN FERLIES | Every other Tuesday | 7:009:30pm 3/27 WOODY CREEK CAUCUS MEETING | 6:30pm 3/28 DOCUMENTARY | Resonance: Beings of Frequency 5pm 3/29 FREE Mini Health Fair | 8-11am

Weekly Events: MONDAYS | TOTS & CRAFTS and HEBREW & ME | 10:0011:00am TUESDAYS | Live Music | 7:00-9:30pm WEDNESDAYS | KUNDALINI YOGA WITH JESSICA LEVY | 6:007:15pm WEDNESDAYS | SILENT MEDITATION AND DHARMA READING | Time Varies! Check online or on the WC3 chalkboard.

EDITORS PICK: SIGN & DINE SERIES | Learn American Sign Language at Brunch | 3/7/14, 3/14/14, 3/21/14, 3/28/14 | Fridays in March 10:00-11:30am Pricing: WC3 Members: $8/class or $30/series, Non-members $10/class or $35/series. RSVP to BRUNCH INCLUDED!

your direct effects of c h e c k i n : A S T R O L O G Y @ m e . c o m

CLASSIFIEDS! Looking for somewhere to rent? Trying to rent out your place? Have an itch to sell that old motorcycle? THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! Submit your classified (at no cost) to We’ll post it for you! We also accept barter announcements/ads!


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The Earwig March 2014  

The Earwig is a monthly neighborhood publication for Woody Creek, CO. It serves as a vehicle to distribute the minutes of monthly Woody Cree...

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