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12 The Julian News Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear Earth Talk: What are some cool apps that work with a mobile phone that can help me get in better touch with the environment? -- Mitchell Brown, Troy, MI Not surpl'isingly, there are thousands of "green" apps out there that make it easier for people to find and Share information to help us all become better stewards of the natural environment. The American Lung Association's State of the Air app shows live color-coded air quality maps for any U.S. location and includes both ozone and particulate pollution counts. The app also provides air quality alerts, short-term forecasts and opportunities to learn more about air quality risks and to contact lawmakers to push for more stringent pollution regulations. Another way to find out who's emitting what nearby is via aMobileFuture's Pollution, a free app that compiles information from various pollution databases around the world and then shows users which big polluters are emitting what near them. Coverage includes 1,380 cities, mostly in Europe and the U.S. Ethical shoppers will appreciate the GoodGuide, a free app that shows how any of 120,000 food, personal care and household products stack up in terms of sustainability, fair wages and even health risks. Users just snap a picture of an item's bar code to get the low-down on whether or not it's a "good" buy. And the free JouleBug app turns living greener into a game, taking specific sustainability-oriented steps such as reducing energy use, recycling more or buying local and translating these small acts into positive "units of impact." Embedded videos demonstrate ways once can green up daily life. Adair Systems' 99 cents GasHog app makes it easy to track a car's fuel efficiency. Enter the odometer reading and amount of fuel added each time you refill the tank and the app calculates the fuel economy of the previous tank and compares it to'historical averages. The app also offers tips for improving fuel economy. And Avego's free CarmaCarpooling app matches nearby drivers with riders to share the commute and the expense. At the end of the trip, the rider can send a payment through the system to the driver to cover a share of gas and wear- and-tear. PaperKarma is a free app to help reduce junk mail. Users input their address information once and then snap a picture through the app of any unwanted junk mail. Behind the scenes, PaperKarma's automated system notifies the publisher to take the user's name and address off their list. Another popular app is Light Bulb Finder, a free app designed to help ease the transition from older incandescent bulbs to more energy efficient replacements. Users enter in their zip code-- the app automatically inputs average regional electricity rates accordingly--and then choose which type of fixture, size/shape and wattage bulb(s) they are looking to replace. The app then suggests options that use less energy and shows how much money the user Can expect to save with the newer bulb(s). It's nice to know that the little screens we've become increasingly dependent upon-- and which otherwise tend to distract us from nature and the outdoors--can also be used for the betterment of the environment. CONTACTS: State of the Air App, www.lung.org/healthy-air/ outdoor/state-of-the-air/app.html; JouleBug, www.joulebug.com; GasHog, www.adairsystems.com/ gashog; CarmaCarpooling, www. carmacarpool.com; Light Bulb Finder, www.lightbulbfinder.net; GoodGuide, www.goodguide.com. EarthTalkฎ is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www. emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Thousands of "green" apps now that make it easy for people to find and share information to help us all become better stewards of the natural environment. Pictured." A GoodGuide app evaluates a household product. Credit." GoodGuide More Trash On The Roads Bill Fink likes to walk Manzanita Drive into town a couple days a week. On a recent trip he decided to pick up trash along the road on his way. Much to his astonishment he arrived at the Julian News office with a bag full of mini-booze bottles, close to 100, and almost all the same. April 2, 2014 Exploring Genealogy I As The Acorn Fallsl by Sherry Wilson Lutes email.'genealogyfirst@gmail, corn Letters. continued from page 2 Remember when you had to go to the library to read a book, or if you wanted to research a subject? I'm not telling you to stop doing that but there is much on the internet now-a-days. I'm sharing a sampling of what is available with many being FREE (love that word). There are many that are new to me, so I will be checking them out also. If you don't have a computer remember to go to the library and use their computers. We are at week 13 what have you done on your 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy? Books online Family History Books (familysearch.org>search>books) is a collection of more than 100,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. The valuable resources included in Family History Books come from the following partner institutions: - Allen County Public Library; Brigham Young University Idaho David O. McKay Library; Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library; Church History Library; Family History Library; Houston Public Library - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research; Mid-Continent Public Library - Midwest Genealogy Center; Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library. Google also has a section for books - Search the latest index of the world's books. Find millions of great books you can preview or read for free. I shared cyndislist.com before but go back and check out the category on books http://www.cyndislist.com/books/ebooks/ The Internet Archive's Digital Books Collections - https://archive. org/details/texts The Internet Archive and Open Library offers over 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks. This includes a special modern collection of over 500,000 eBooks for users with print disabilities, and a very interesting curated, modern collection for the world at large. You can browse, read and borrow fascinating contemporary materials at OpenLibrary.org. OpenLibrary is a free, digital lending library with millions of eBooks that can be read in a browser or downloaded for reading offline. Originally developed to support the Print Disabled community, OpenLibrary now contains public domain and contemporary eBooks. Get a free OpenLibrary card and borrow an eBook today! Next column" Newspapers 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy (Each week I will be giving you a prompt that will invite you to record memories and insights about your own life for future descendants (52 weeks of Personal Genealogy). Write down your memories on your computer, in your journal or start a new journal.) Week 13: Sweets. What was your favorite childhood candy or dessert? Have your tastes changed since •then? What satisfies your sweet tooth today? Last week - Week 12: Movies. Did (or do you still) see many movies? Describe your favorites. Where did you see these films? Is the theater still there, or is there something else in its place? Taken from "52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and Family History" by Amy Coffin. Amy's blog is located at http:#wetree.blogpost.com each week • Social Media Director: (1) Twitter, Face Book, etc. • Cooking Demo Coordinator: (i) Arrange one cooking demo per week with our backcountry restaurants and cafes. • Safety/Risk Management: (1) Assist with market/customer related situations and an emergency plan • EBT Program Manager: (1) Have knowledge and familiarity with California's Fresh Food Program • Maintenance: (2) Assist with set up and take down David and Trevor - Thank you! I would also like to encourage our Future Farmers of America, in all the backcountry schools to please participate in the market as well (no vendor fee). I truly believe in supporting and our local businesses would appreciate your recommendations for the following: • Local Children's Face painter(s); • Local company that rents the big jumpy for children who can deliver, set up and take down; and • Local Graphic Designer for banners and marketing items; I am excited and very anxious to get our Farmers' Market started on June 22nd and welcome your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and most importantly your participation! With your help - we can all make it happen! If you would like to become a vendor or would like to volunteer please e-mail ksjohnston72651@ gmail.com and I will be happy to forward the documents you will need. I look forward to hearing from YOU! Karen Johnston OLD STEM Planting dahlia tubers After danger of frost is past, select some ground that gets full sun, is protected from strong winds, and has rich, well- drained, slightly acidic soil. Smaller-flowering types should be spaced 1 to 2 feet apart; taller, larger- flowered dahlias should be 3 feet apart. Plant the dahlia ~ S oiltevel._ _ tubers whole, with the eyes, crown, stems and buds directed TUSiR. i::i.. upward. Do not over-water! I'~---'- " ROOTS ~'.~T.."~'. www.ipm.iastate.edu ฉ 2014 b, Features Syndicate, Inc. World r reserved. • GRAD NG • PA NT NG • REMODELING • SEPTIC SY,';TEMS • TILE WORK • WATER SYSTEMS • WELL DRILL NG • General Contractor I "1 LARRY NOBLE CONSTRUCTION INC, General Contractor New Construction . Room Additions Decks . , Remodels Over 35 Years Experience 760• 765• 2363 Lawrence Noble, Owner PO Box 1342 Julian Resident for 27 years 8tare Lic.602654 JULIAN, CA 92036 Bull Dozer Services Clearing, Grading, Roads, Pads All General Engineering No Move In $OO/. 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