AEP Pole & Line Placement
American Electric Power (AEP) released it's pole and line placement for Gumwood Road. Nitin Timble of Ken Herzeg & Associates has been communicating design plans and answering questions that pertain to Quail Ridge, and he shares this segment of the AEP layout.
Growing in Knowledge-October 2011
The October 2011 issue of Growing in Knowledge opens with some important news for anyone whose trees have been affected by Imprelis. The broadleaf herbicide, applied to lawns, apparently has had the side effect of damaging softwood trees. Tom Carter, General Manager of Knollwood Country Club, announced in early September that Knollwood has had 228 trees affected, with eight trees having died as of August 2011. The State of Indiana was expecting to investigate the DuPont product locally, as reported in a July QRHA article Weed Killer Investigated for Tree Damage.
Phil Sutton, Purdue Extension Educator-ANR, writes, "If you suspect Imprelis injury to trees and/or ornamentals on your property, contact your lawn care professional to see if this herbicide was applied to your lawn...DuPont has initiated a claims process to compensate homeowners for damaged trees" with a claims deadline of November 30, 2011.
Meanwhile, are you alarmed by all of the needles falling off your evergreen tree? In most cases, that's part of the natural process, Sutton explains. Different trees have different life spans for the needles, ranging from two to ten years. More details in the October issue. First frost dates are coming soon, as indicated on a state map. Hints for ripening green tomatoes include harvesting before the first frost and wrapping them in newspaper. Who knew? Oh, yeah, the Purdue Extension, of course.
Other tips at the end of the harvest range from vegetable storage to soil maintenance. To wind down the season, follow six rules for storing your pesticide safely. Once the work in the garden is done, you will be ready to try the included recipe for Sweet Potato and Squash Soup. Yum. For next year, get ready with Lizzano tomatoes.
Granger Paths Yielding Results
Granger Paths seeks to create a community where residents can safely walk, ride bikes or run to destinations within Granger boundaries and to our neighboring communities of South Bend and Mishawaka. To accomplish these goals the Friends of Granger Paths has been advocating and working for five years with local government officials to define a vision for Granger that includes the installation and upkeep of multi-use paths and greenways. Our advocacy and work has led to:
- Sidewalks being installed in downtown Granger along State Road 23
- Multi-use path/greenway are being included in the Gumwood Road expansion
- Elm Road has a multi-use pathway connecting our local library to Adams Road
- Adams Road from SR 23 to Gumwood is included in Michiana Area Council of Government’s 2035 Transportation plan to have multiuse paths/greenway
- Granger Paths being awarded a matching grant from the Federal government allowing us to begin the first phase of the Adams Road Multi-use Path from Mary Frank and Northpoint schools to Elm Road and the multi-use pathway – CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN IN APRIL 2012
- The raising of more than $120,000 through our annual 5K Run/Walk, individual, organizational and corporate solicitations and our buy-a-brick program.
This first phase will connect Mary Frank and Northpoint Elementary schools to the library.
How can you help?
If you have ever thought about volunteering,
this is the time, this is the place.
Our organization improves with each addition to our team.
Buy a brick to support our cause.
The bricks will be embedded in the pathway at the corner of Cherry and Adams Roads.
Bricks can be purchased engraved with sponsor level and name, in memory of a loved one, or a commemorative event. 4x8 bricks may be purchased at the $100, $200 and $300 levels. 8x8 bricks may be purchased at the $500 and $1,000 sponsor level. Bricks for the first phase can be purchased through December 31, 2011. Visit our website for more information, or download form for Sponsorship Level Brick or for Memorial or Commemorative Brick.
Growing in Knowledge-August 2011
The August 2011 issue of Growing in Knowledge offers timely advise by listing monthly tasks for the gardener and homeowner, targeting plants, trees, and lawns. Feature articles address the dangers of German yellowjackets and how to rid your home of them, and an overview of pH considerations. Fall bulbs guide, osage orange clarification, pickled beets recipe, and a plant nutrients word search round out the newsletter from Phil Sutton, Purdue University Extension Educator-ANR.
Weed Killer Investigated for Tree Damage
A neighboring subdivision has reported damage to pine and spruce trees, with one suspect being an herbicide intended to control broadleaf weeds in surrounding lawns. Manufactured by DuPont, the product has recently come under scrutiny by the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC), which has "become aware of a possible issue concerning the application of Imprelis herbicide." State officials have been visiting Granger this week and will return next week to conduct a scientific investigation.
Phil Sutton, Purdue Extension Educator- ANR, encourages Quail Ridge homeowners to work through their lawn care provider and to report to George Saxton, Compliance Officer with the OISC. Saxon's phone number is 765.494.1582.
Sutton writes, "We truly don't know the full ramifications of this injury at this point. For affected trees, I would just suggest 'chicken soup'; fertilizer if not already applied to the lawn and watering to avoid stress."
A recommended report from the Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory states known symptoms "can include...
Harvest Hayride Rolls On
'Twas a bucolic scene on a beautiful day as the horse-drawn hay wagon ambled along Durham Way. With a load of children and parents attempting to sing B-I-N-G-O and other kid songs, the one float parade turned heads and attracted passers-by to the outdoor Quail Ridge Harvest Hayride celebration. Cider, cookies, games, pumpkin crafts, beads, corn hole, and face painting kept the little people active as they waited their turn on the hay wagon. Meanwhile, families and neighbors caught up on each others news and rehashed the previous day's football game(s).
Thanks to Sandy Duffield and Cindy Basil for coordinating the event on behalf of the Quail Ridge Homeowners Association. And thanks to the neighbors on Windridge Ct. who relinquished their cul de sac for a few hours to the rest of the neighborhood. If you have ideas for future events, please consider sharing your thoughts with the QRHA Board, or throw your hat into the ring and become a Board Member.
Traffic Count Underway
The Michiana Area Council of Government (MACOG) Traffic Count Program has set up multiple traffic counting devices around the Quail Ridge neighborhood. According to its website, MACOG "coordinates the collection of intra-/inter-jurisdictional traffic-count data, and as-needed traffic-count data....Annually the MACOG develops a Traffic Count Report which includes the regions 'functionally classified roads'. The MACOG region has more than 2,600 traffic count sites on a three-year count cycle--each site is counted once every three years. These sites include state roads and local roads. All counts are conducted for a forty-eight hour duration. The traffic-count reports generated provide the annual average daily traffic (AADT) amount, which is identified by the year the count was taken."
"The MACOG traffic-count data is capable of providing vehicle classification, speed, and weather conditions. Such data are classified by time of day and day of week, and such classifications can be used to formulate peak-hour data. Special traffic-counts may also be included in the report. The traffic counts are adjusted to compensate for the seasonal changes in traffic. Traffic counts are based on a 24-hour average for both directions since the counts are taken over a 48 hour period."
Growing in Knowledge-September 2011
The September 2011 issue of Growing in Knowledge lists weekly events for the gardener and homeowner as summer segues into fall. Seasonal advise targets plants, trees, lawns, flowers, vegetables, and fruits. Feature articles address apple scab and how to prevent it next year; tar spot on maple trees; a warning about reusing certain jars for canning; major canning mistakes that are potentially deadly; storing leftover garden seed; a simple basil chicken recipe; and a list of 24 ways to kill a tree.
The Growing in Knowledge newsletter is provided by Phil Sutton, Purdue University Extension Educator-ANR.
Pool Party Creates Fun in the Sun
Quail Ridge neighbors gathered on a beautiful summer day to enjoy the pool, food, and good company at Knollwood Country Club. Though originally postponed by bad weather, the Neighborhood Splash saw ideal conditions on August 8, 2011. Dozens of families mingled poolside during swim breaks to savor food from the grill and to meet new neighbors. Newborns provided entertainment by their mere presence.
County Flags Properties Along Gumwood
As many of you have noticed, St. Joseph County has flagged our neighborhood for the Gumwood Road Improvement Project. St. Joseph County Engineer Jessica Clark has stated the County has finalized the appraisals for the Brendon Hills homeowners. All of the offers should be out within the next week, ending June 10. Clark states the majority of the property owners' parcels in Phase I are secured or are finishing up the offers. The County is scheduled to start Phase I in November, 2011, meaning actual road work will begin Spring 2012. Minor work and utility relocation will begin this Fall 2011.
Quail Ridge is in the Phase II section and work will probably begin in Spring 2013 once Phase I is complete (anticipate completion late Fall 2012). If you have flags in your yard or are wanting more information, contact County Project Engineer Chip Porter at 574-235-9626. He will walk your property and answer questions regarding easements and construction.