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June 14, 2017 The Julian News 5 PATCHWORK PARTY with Eleanor Burns Presented by Julian Women's Club Saturday June 24, 2017 at Town Hall Show Time is 11:00. Tickets are $15.00 each, Contact Janet Bragdon 760.76%465 The Rooster Crows No More Mayhem in the Chicken coop[ There was a head--a HEAD--(a chicken head, we hasten to say, not a cat head which would have been much worse or a human head which, depending on the human, might have been...we won't go there) on the plank next to the water thingy. The body, that of Arnold our Speckled Sussex Rooster, was elsewhere, mostly eaten. Arnold was a sweetie, loved being petted. He was also Our Hope for pure bred Speckled Sussex chicks. However you cut it, this wasn't a pleasant morning surprise. This was the second chicken to be eaten by an Invader and to add insult to injury, the Invader wasn't eating the old and decrepit hens, past their best laying years, or even Donald, the big yellow rooster who could be done without. They ate one of the Buff Orpingtons and Arnold, the Speckled Sussex rooster. The SWEET Specked Sussex rooster. So we set a trap with the hope of catching the miscreant. Actually, we've set the trap several times. We have caught three hens and a cat to date. The problem, of course, is what to do when you find a cute little or even ess-cute raccoon in the trap. Shoot it? We're afraid of ricochets and buliets in the trap mesh or letting the coon out and missing it or...okay, we're a wuss about bullets in close quarters. The alternative, of course, is to drown it which we're perfectly capable of doing but i{ means then emptying out the large horse drinker. Neither of these alternatives is pleasant. The last time we wrote about drowning a Miscreant caught in the chicken coop ("This morning I drowned a possum before breakfast...") soft-hearted readers objected. One suggested we "fix the holes in the chicken coop floor." Since the floor is dirt this is difficult. There is a small separate area where we have put chicken wire under the dirt. This is used for baby chicks so they can be safe until they grow large enough to go Out with the Big Chickens but the Big Chickens enjoy quite a lot of room as chickens should. Too much to fix easily or, more to the point, in any really economical way. Drowning works better. But first we have to catch the Miscreant. Or hope that he has departed for other fields of endeavor. It's estimated that the average person will burn 100 calories in just 14 minutes of tennis, by Michele Harvey Another Fire Season Revisited I originally wrote this column in May of 2014. Three years later I like to remind us all that this could easily happen again. Let's all be vigilant and careful. May 14th will undoubtedly be remembered locally as the official opening of the 2014 fire season because 9 fires began and were battled that day in western San Diego County. Earlier in the year, minor brush fires were fought all around the county, but May 14th was a really long day for San Diego County fire fighters. Tonight, the night of May 15th, I sit here, over an houris drive from any of the fires and I smell smoke. Tonight I see lots of posts on Julian facebook pages from people who are anxiously smelling smoke, hoping it isn't from a nearby fire. In 1984, the first year I lived in Julian, a major fire broke out in Poway. Living in the townsite of Julian, higher than Main Street, we actually saw puffs of the Poway smoke heading east and drifting above Main Street Julian. Ever since then, I don't get overly worried when I smell smoke because I know its origin can be far away. However, I feel more relaxed once I find out where it's coming from, especially if it's not coming from a brush or building fire close to my home. The 2014 fires began on Wednesday and ironically, my son Thomas and I began whacking all of the grasses on our property to bare ground the day before, on Tuesday. It seems that many of our friends who live near us made the same decision. Lots of us are doing what we can to make our properties more defensible against fire, the four letter word beginning with "F". This week I trimmed extra close around tree trunks so flames will have a more difficult time laddering up our trees if fire enters our property. Our former Fire Chief Kevin Dubler once told me that fiat vegetation doesn't burn as well as tall vegetation. Today we continued to flatten a whole lot of our vegetation. Cutting down dead limbs and any tree limbs that we can reach is one great way to flatten any weeds and tall grasses that grow beneath the trees. Hoeing the weeds around trees helps to make them safer. Just 12" of bare dirt all the way around tree trunks helped save some of our trees from the rush of fire that blasted through our grove of trees during the Cedar Fire. I think I write a column at least once each year asking people to be good neighbors by keeping all possible fire fuel to a minimum. One way to do this is by cutting down all weeds and raking them into piles. I keep our piles under 3 feet in height. I'm not sure why I think this is a good height; it just works well for me. Having piles that are surrounded by dirt gives a property some defensible space because dirt doesn't burn, so if the piles of grass and weeds catch on fire, the fire doesn't spread across the ground. I remember a scene in the movie Mommie Dearest where Joan Crawford bellows at her daughter, "No wire hangerst" This week I feel like bellowing, "No more firesV We didn't have to evacuate for The Pines Fire in July of 2002, though we knew plenty of people who did. We evacuated for The Cedar Fire in October of 2003 and for the Witch Fire in 2007. Evacuating our home, collecting our animals and making sure we have transportation for all of our necessaries and a place to go is so incredibly mentally exhausting. It's so good to have an evacuation plan before needing it. If you have several people evacuating that need to meet up someplace out of danger, try to decide where that will be before evacuating. Keep a supply of food and water in your vehicle at all times for the day you may need them. Getting stuck for several hours behind a temporary road closure is reason enough to have snacks and water with you. Evacuating for a true emergency is an even moreimportant reason to keep these supplies with you. We can't plan ahead when we will need to evacuate, so it's good to think about the things we need to take with us. Planning for any emergency that requires people to evacuate and drive to a possibly far away location is a good reason to keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicles. I try to keep even more than a half tank of gas in my car. When we evacuated for the Cedar Fire, we drove east through Julian, down to the desert, north to Temecula, and then west to Del Cerro. That used up a lot of gas. One thing we learned as we evacuated ahead of the Cedar Fire was to keep a copy of our electric bill in a vehicle or in a purse or wallet. When we needed to return to our house during an evacuation, we needed proof of our residence to show law enforcement. Phone bills don't necessarily have a street address on them. Since our mail is delivered to a post office box and not to a street side mail box, keeping a bill with our street address with us was critical. Our property is easily accessible for fire engines. We have a driveway that loops onto and then off of our property giving fire engines a chance to enter and exit our property without having to turn around. If you have easy access for fire equipment, put a sign at the base of your driveway, letting emergency personnel know that they will be safe if they enter your property. It's also good to put a sign at the beginning of your driveway telling sheriffs or other law enforcement that everyone on your property has gone. This saves a lot of time. I get really angry at people who don't leave when staying serves no purpose. Some people may be vital if they stay. First responders such as CERT trained individuals can assist emergency workers. Most of us however, just get in the way of those who have an important. job to do. If you have a true emergency, call 911. If you have questions about non-emergency situations like seeing smoke that may be far away from you but still scary visible, call 211. These are my thoughts "t" Local years lIT Local E erience Since 1988 * Tree Consulting and Inspection * Long Term Forest Maintenance and Planning * Hazardous Removal and Precision Felling * Ornamental Pruning and Lacing * Brush Clearing and Chipping FREE ES TIMA TES Licensed and Bonded Fully Insured for Your Protection ERIC DAUBER H: 760-765-2975 C: 760-271-9585 PO Box 254 JULIAN, CA. 92036 License #945348 WE-8690A Tips For A 100 Percent Hassle-Free Move (NAPS) - Moving can be a hassle, stressful and emotional. If you're considering a move, know you're not alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 40 million Americans moved in 2016. That's a lot of moving. "Every year, people take on the frustrating experience of moving," said Adam Doron, CEO of Unpakt, an online platform designed to eliminate stress from the moving experience. "What many don't realize is that moving doesn't have to be difficult. There are resources available.to ensure an easy, hassle-free move." According to Doron, the main challenge when moving is guaranteeing the final price of a move, as moving prices can increase on move day with no notice. Another challenge? Verifying that a mover is licensed and insured. He suggests using a reliable online service to compare guaranteed, transparent prices from prescreened moving companieS, as well as customer ; reviews. That allows people to manage and control their move from start to finish. ItC)s also beneficial to have a third party handling payments and issues. "Working with an online platform like Unpakt means you can avoid the hassle of entrusting an unknown mover with getting i your belongings to your new home," said Doron. "Unpakt enables consumers to compare verified, reputable movers and = enjoy a stress-free move." "For your next move, get' online. Visit Unpakt and instantly ' compare guaranteed prices from continued on page 15~? ..... ~ : ~, OO0 7904 Ronson Rd. San Diego, CA 92111 I I