THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, April 5, 2012
Crafted from 100% Recycled Milk Bottles!
REAL WOOD FURNITURE CASTLES IN THE SKY
by Steve White Contributing Writer
Early America Indians learned the value of hav- ing purple martins in their village as a natural bug eliminator. Hollow gourds were hung near teepees in multiple locations to ward of the pesky insects. Euro- pean settlers copied these methods by constructing wooden houses with mul- tiple holes for maximum mosquito protection dur- ing the summer months. The clearing of farmland
and rapid urbanization in the United States eliminat- ed thousands of natural nesting sites which led to the decline in purple mar- tin populations. Fifty years ago, J.L. Wade launched a program to educate the public about the benefit of providing purple martin houses in towns and cit- ies to combat mosquitoes without the customary spraying that was stan- dard in many metropolitan areas. The Nature Society
PACSI D IMAGE BY PAUL MERRITT
was formed in Griggsville, Illinois which can now proclaim itself as the pur- ple martin capital of the world. Martin migration starts
from Brazil around late January, depending on which part of the Northern
Continent you live in. Mature male birds, known as scouts, usually are the first to reach their proven breeding grounds from the previ- ous year. Legend has it that these scouts determine the food supply and housing in an existing area and fly back to South America to guide the return of the flock. In reality, the first arrivals simply know the value of selecting the best nesting site for success- ful breeding pur- poses. Purple martins
build nests from a collection of small twigs, pine nee- dles, straw, leaves and mud. Adult females lay 5-6
eggs which usually hatch about 14 days later. Most of these babies fledge in approximately one month, quickly perfecting their famous flying and insect- catching skills. By late summer the pur- See BIRD on 20
Mon-Fri: 10-6 Sat: 9-6 Sun: 10-5
Ryan R. Made in the USA!
• Installation • Maintenance • Walls/walkways • Excavation • and more...
Landscaping Co., LLC 603-765-0941
A family owned and operated company since 2005 offering residential, commercial, and municipal landscape design, maintenance and installation.
GO GREEN WITH SOLAR POWER Now State
Commercial/Muncipal Rebate available at a Watt!
Produce all or a portion of your electricity with a Solar Photovoltaic Systeum at your home or business.
FEDERAL TAX CREDIT = 30% OF INSTALLED COST STATE REBATE = UP TO $4,500 (residential) 5 YEAR ACCELERATED DEPRECIATION ON SYSTEM COST.
1/2 to 2/3 of the cost of the system. Enjoy 7-8% return your investment & GO GREEN!
The planets most powerful solar. Financing is Available
Go to www.fraseelectric.com
for more information or call 603-284-6618
Kim Frase – NH Lic #4146
Phone – – 603-284-6343 789 Whittier Highway
South Tamworth, N.H. 03883 Email – email@example.com
Kitchen Encounters Exceptional Cabinetry for the Most Discriminating Taste
Everyone goes through a tribulation or two when doing a new kitchen. We can create a kitchen that
reflects who you are. We will go to great lengths to make everything from concept to install to installation go as smoothly as possible. Call our kitchen and bath design
professionals for an appointment today!
. O E N
C A L
TAKE 10% OFF WITH THIS AD
| Page 2
| Page 3
| Page 4
| Page 5
| Page 6
| Page 7
| Page 8
| Page 9
| Page 10
| Page 11
| Page 12
| Page 13
| Page 14
| Page 15
| Page 16
| Page 17
| Page 18
| Page 19
| Page 20
| Page 21
| Page 22
| Page 23
| Page 24
| Page 25
| Page 26
| Page 27
| Page 28
| Page 29
| Page 30
| Page 31
| Page 32