The fancy cankerworm traps done by professionals are catching the wingless moths that crawl into the trees and lay cankerworm eggs.
If you don't have fancy traps already, drag out something sticky -- holiday packing tape, duct tape, whatever -- and please wrap your trees. There's still time to catch more of these lovely bugs.
The moths are climbing wild cherry trees in addition to willow oaks. No sign of them climbing dogwoods or a maple. How about your trees? And has anyone heard official counts of the number of bugs this year compared to prior years?
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Try this new toy for local information here . It was featured in the new Time issue about the person of the year being you.
I think it still has some issues, beyond bugs. Mainly, any aggregator is only as good as the information it aggregates, and Charlotte's bloggers haven't reached critical mass yet when it comes to information. You can get plenty of opinions everywhere, but actual news and information are hard to come by, except from charlotte.com
And if the Observer doesn't cover it, did it really happen? Of course it did, but only if someone reports it, and someone "tags" it so it can be found. And will people really do that well, for free?
Posted by Andria at 12/23/2006 11:53:00 AM
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Merry Oaks residents on their Google group are sharing sitings of blue herons and even a deer!
Two people spotted a deer with antlers near the 2600 block of Arnold Drive the morning of Dec. 13.
From Tom Poston: "It skittered across Arnold down to the wild area along
the tributary running into the country club and off into the woods.
In fifteen years of living here I've never seen a deer in the
neighborhood, although I could see how one or more could survive in
the woods along the edge of the school and in the country club
The heron or herons are visiting Briar Creek Greenway and Covington Oaks. One was hunting in my front yard about a month ago.
Drive, walk or bike with eyes wide open. Tell your neighbors -- even those in Country Club, Plaza Midwood and Commonwealth Park -- to do the same.
Photo credits: little blue heron courtesy of William Klos via Flickr.com with Creative Commons licensing.
deer courtesy of Aileen via Flickr.com with Creative Commons licensing.
Posted by Andria at 12/14/2006 08:00:00 AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
If you just don't have enough to do this season, check out this site for information and shopping "inside the four."
Route 4 is Charlotte's old "inner belt," including Eastway, Wendover and I think Woodlawn on the south side, though I'm a bit fuzzy on that. The website has links to neighborhood information and blogs about events and shopping in the center city. Save gas, plan your trips, or just make virtual connections with Charlotte's best neighborhoods.
Posted by Andria at 12/09/2006 11:44:00 AM
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Reminder: band your trees to fight cankerworms. Advice varies whether you should do trees other than willow oaks. This picture shows what the worms can do to a dogwood, though, if the worms manage to reproduce on your oaks and then move to other food sources.
Posted by Andria at 12/07/2006 07:43:00 AM
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
I'm by no means an expert on this, but here are the headlines and those interested can dig deeper. In my neighborhood, Tom Poston's the expert on stuff involving streetcars:
"Citizens are encouraged to share their opinions on the future of all of the remaining rapid transit projects during the public hearing that will be held on Wednesday, November 15 at 5 pm in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte). If you would like to address the Metropolitan Transit Commission during the public hearing, please call 704-432-0490."
Here's a link to the CATS web site, to find the agenda for the meeting.
And for more information, visit here or call 704.336.RIDE.
Posted by Andria at 11/13/2006 07:38:00 PM
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
What future voters care about, from KidsVoting, 2006 early results:
Questions for Grades 6-12
If your vote could direct excess funding to one national priority, what would it be?
Medical Research 30%
Homeland Security 4%
Political issues within which of the following will be most important to your future?
Israel and Lebanon 15%
North Korea 10%
United States 48%
Which of the following would most benefit the Charlotte regional economy?
Light rail system 50%
Urban baseball stadium 5%
Center City arts 30%
NASCAR Museum 15%
Posted by Andria at 11/08/2006 09:31:00 AM
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Posted by Andria at 11/04/2006 06:20:00 PM
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Lots of news about a possible streetcar in my 'hood in Charlotte.
For more details, read here (warning: registration required) and here (go to the posting called "Streetcar Meeting" and view comments).
The map shown here is just a piece of it. Map credit goes to the folks at CATS. For more details and a .pdf of the full map, go here.
The charlotte.com story by Rich Rubin confuses me when it talks about lefthand turns at Clement and Central, and the map doesn't clarify the confusion for me. Maybe further meetings and other people will clear that up.
Posted by Andria at 7/16/2006 07:11:00 PM
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Friday, June 30, 2006
Observations from a vsit to Washington, D.C. during the big rains:
1. Mass transit should be built with emergency service in mind. If a community is subject to floods, earthquakes, whatever, designers of light rail and trains should take that into account. Don't put electrical junctions and switches and light rail stations too low, where they may flood. If they do flood, always have backup systems. Sending every available bus and bus driver to saturate an area will clog roads more. Count on quality private-enterprise cab drivers as backup too. Where ARE all the good cab drivers in my town?
2. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is above ground and does not flood. Ditto the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. Why are we storing our National Archives in a building that floods? ("Sorry, folks, the Declaration of Independence got washed away in the last big rain...")
3. Alexandria is a jewel as beautiful as Charleston. M Street in Georgetown is like going to SouthPark mall in Charlotte, but with decent restaurants. Get off the main roads if you want to see unique stuff. That "Blue Highways" book was right.
4. My daughter and I walked the same halls at Georgetown University where researchers developed the HPV vaccine. That's inspiring.
5. Public transportation must be accessible to the handicapped and elderly, including those temporarily handicapped. Those folks often depend on it.
6. If you plug in to your Ipod while on the Metro, you miss all the interesting conversations everyone else is having on their cellphones. They do manage to talk on their cellphones, despite the tunnels.
7. One cab driver said they were changing the White House into an Ark, but they weren't going to allow any donkeys in.
8. World Cup soccer breaks the ice with any cab driver.
9. My hometown newspaper stacks up well against "The Washington Post" in providing useful information quickly, especially in emergency situations.
10. It's good to be home, and dry.
Posted by Andria at 6/30/2006 10:45:00 PM
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Happy solstice. Walk in the sun.
Search for a sun image here. Or use Flickr. If I'm going to walk, I've no time to play on the computer. Go find your own sun.
If you MUST stay staring at the screen, read what Charlotte area residents are saying about cars versus public transportation here.
Then read how it feels to age out of the mainstream media's target demographic here.
But really, you should go walk in the sun.
Posted by Andria at 6/21/2006 08:11:00 PM
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Always Google before you post, or when you think you have an original idea.
Horribly disappointing and scary to find many people have the same original idea.
So Spamku is taken. The word is even trademarked, as a movie.
One Spamku site
And the movie, reviewed
Posted by Andria at 6/18/2006 02:28:00 PM
what if we had a new poetry form using the words in subject fields in spam?
And a pale, long face
Get lower rates
Your last chance!
Posted by Andria at 6/18/2006 02:06:00 PM
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Don't let the green days of high summer fool you.
Remember how our neighborhood and surrounding hoods looked in late spring, when canker worms had eaten our willow oaks and dogwood flowers.
This picture is of a dogwood tree in my front yard in May, after the worms were gone and new leaves sprouted. You can still see the damage done to the old leaves.
Resolve now to start saving money to band your trees -- and your neighbor's trees if they don't have the money to do so.
It's for the next generation in Charlotte and for our property values.
Posted by Andria at 6/17/2006 12:02:00 PM