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"Cabin Kits" start in the Low $40,000 Free Shade Trees Still Available Through San Diego Regional Energy Office Program The Cool Communities Shade Tree Program is a $1.8 million program managed by the non- profit San Diego Regional Energy Office and is designed to plant 17,000 trees at single- family residences, K-12 schools, and condo and apartment buildings in the SDGE service territory (all of San Diego County and southern Orange County). The trees are free to single- :family detached homeowners, ' condo associations, and i apartment 'building owners ',the only requii'ement is that i homeowners/landlords attend ia short training session, held in :the neighborhood, focused on :maintaining the trees. There is no limit to the number of trees 'that schools can receive, I still have more than $1.2 million left and 13i600 trees to plant between now and March 2006, specifically [more than 3,300 trees to plant at schools. Applicants~ to the program can choose among 20 different kinds of trees and can get up to five trees at planted at their homes. The organization People For ;Trees, our~subcontractor, will deliver treesI to homes as well as ~plant them. i The purpose of the program is to reduce homeowners' and SchoolS' eleCtric bills by shading hOmes with trees and reducing their air conditioning costs. The program is Paid for by a surcharge on SDGE electric bills. The link to the program website is below: http://trees.sdenergy.org Free tree eligibility is as follows: 1) Owners or renters of single- family detached houses. If ygu rent your home, the owner mqst provide his/her permission Jto receive trees. Single-family detached homes can receive UP to five free trees each; i 2) There are three ways condominium owners can apply for trees: 1) through one application from their Homeowner's Association (HOA); 2) through one appl!cation from their complex manager/ landscaper/arborist; or 3)by applying individually. Please ensure that the trees you sel$ct are in accordance with your HOA guidelines. Condominium complexes can receive up to 2 trees per unit; 3) Residents of apartment ,buildings can either apply for trees individually as long as the building owner provides his/her permission, or the owner may fill out one application for the entire complex. Apartment buildings can receive up to 2 trees per unit; 4) K-12 schools can receive an unlimited number of trees. If you are a parent, teacher, or district administrator, please contact People For Trees directly for more information on applying to receive trees for your school. The Julian News Clinton Powell Naturalist Glow Worms That Radiate Like, The Milky Way Each summer, starting in early June, or when nighttime temperatures are 50 to 55 degrees we are treated with a remarkable show on dry hillsides. A small, faint but astounding glow is one of the primary reasons to take a casual evening walk. This summer treat is created by two species of glow worms. In San Diego County, the pink glow worm, (Microphotos angustus) and the California Phengodid, (Zarhipis integripennis) are commonly found. The females are remarkable because they are larviform, they stay in their larvae form, are bigger than the males, and have two rows of luminescent spots. These 'hot flashers' attract males with pheromones. Pheromones are very similar to what occurs at the junior-senior dance: chemicals are secreted -by you know who-that influence the behavior or development of another of the same species. In other words the females say, 'let's get going'. The males of this species, like most of us in high school, wander around, wondering anyway, that's beyond this article. The Pink Glow worm is 10-15mm long ( " to5/8"), has a flattened shape, pinkish in color with luminance with a bright green light. The champion Julian glow worm man is Dennis Winship. He holds the record for one night: twenty-six pink glow worms in June of 1995. Not bad for one casual walk. Where did he see them? You might as well ask him his favorite fishing spot and lure. 'He can't be bought. Winship, although not an entomologist, is a true sportsman. Raised as a student of radiance, he does not disturb these glowing gems; he admires them, notes them, and continues his nightly walk. The California Phengodid is larger (30-80 mm) (1 1/4" to 3") than the Pink Glow worm. It is amber or buff colored with black markings on the back. They are active the same time of year as the pink Glow worm, but my only reference is from Palomar Mountain in August of 1995. In the eastern United States lives several species of spectacular fireflies. Why do we have glow worms in the west and the east its fireflies? I don't know. We just have to be content with glowing bugs rather than flying bugs. I contacted the Sigma Firefly Scientists Club in Missouri, and they sent me a small fact sheet. "The lantern of the firefly is a fascinating study. These amazing beetles turn electricity into visible light with an efficiency of nearly 100% (an ordinary light bulb has an efficiency of about 10%). The secret lies in two chemicals: a compound called luciferin, from Latin meaning, "light bearing", and an enzyme called luciferase. These two chemicals alone produce no light. But, in the presence of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and oxygen, light is emitted, How is this important to the scientific world? First, you must know that ATP is present in every living cell. Cancerous cells contain lower levels of ATP. Through a sensitive luciferin-luciferase light producing system, levels of ATP can be determined. The more light emitted, the greater the level of ATP. Researchers can test for very small amounts of bacteria in milk or water. In fact, this light producing system is so sensitive it would enable a technician to detect a single drop of contaminated water in a swimming pool. This very versati!e testing method can be used for a wide range of scientific assays from analysis for the presence of cancerous cells, to the detection of life on other planets." Glow worms are a tremendous source of income in the southern hemisphere. At the Springbrook National Park in south-east Queensland, Australia, a rocky overhang known as 'Natural Bridge' attracts over 300 summer tourists a night. This accounts for over six million dollars for the Australian Park." Bugs are big bucks." as one park ranger claimed. Bumper stickers, tee shirts, coffee mugs, and the biggest seller, 'glowing boxer shorts" radiate throughout Australia and of course, throughout the world. Research is now feverishly directed to create 'glowing bras and bikini underwear." Life is alive and well in the southern hemisphere. According to Australian PhD student Chris Baker, the species of worms (Arachnocampa flava) and (AI richardsae) are commercially attractive because the glow worms bioluminescence does not fade in repeated washing, except With heavy bleach. Sales figures were not disclosed, but the income is staggering, according to a park official. One biologist referred to the underwear as 'Shining like the Milky Way!" Can you imagine? Professor Elwood Oaks claims the bioluminescence of glow worms in North America fades faster than a dollars worth of gas in a Ferrari. Enjoy an evening walk anywhere in our mountains. Don't shine a light on them and above all, don't collect them or step on these bugs! Enjoy our glowworms and leave them alone. Perhaps you will find the soul of light right here in your own hometown. And, I'm sure after seeing our native glow worms; your mind is ablaze with the thought of traveling to the southern hemisphere. t Propane Service Chipper~Tree & Brush HAVE CHIPPER-- WILL TRAVEL BRUSH CUTTING - CHIPPING TREE TRIMMING - REMOVAL LOT CLEARING Retired Fire Captain with 26 years' experience rural fire fighting, offering service at reasonable rates. Quality Work Fully Insured & Brenda Massey 765-3706 Kitchen Cabinets I"'i " . tet [ 'save Y0u I i Time &Money ! !,IRgim o. YourCabinetry I ii i Over 100 Door i i s~ I !1 smc,eoR,m.aoo i Lynnea's Designs-Juhan 765 1211 fax 2240 i visit;w Ww inets, om w .Arist om Solar Electric 7 ! We build strong kids, strong families, At( Classes heald at the Hillside Community Church Sport Walk meets in front of the church. Dress Editor's note: From the website of Ohio State's Education Projects - If you live in the United States, west of about the middle of Kansas, you are not apt to have the flashing type of fireflies in your area. Although some isolated sightings of luminous fireflies have been reported from time to time from regions of the western U.S fireflies that glow are typically not found west of Kansas. The reason for this phenomenon is not known. "You can be discouraged by fail- ure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that's where you'll find success - on the far side of failure." - Thomas J Watson Ken Dower of the Tyndall with her Ramona Rotary Club presenting Heather scholarship award from the club. y , . . .