PICAYUNE — By the time you read this, Crosby Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camp will be in full swing. We’ve had fun planning for this exciting week, one that will be jam-packed with activities that will explore the wonders of nature. Some campers’ parents choose to spend part or all of the time experiencing camp alongside their children. Others send groups of siblings, perhaps with a family friend in tow. Whatever the arrangement, by the end of the week, the campers are guaranteed to leave with a new appreciation for nature. Joining us again this year are Deanna and Breanna Lyle, twin sisters from Aberdeen, Mississippi. For several summers in a row, the sisters attended Mississippi State University’s nationally renowned “bug camp”, fueling their passion for horticulture and entomology, and leading them to pursue these fields of study at MSU. In addition to Summer Nature Camp, the twins have also assisted with other Arboretum events such as Spider Day, and September’s two-day Bugfest celebration. Deanna is enamored by butterflies, floral arranging, and horticulture. She enjoys teaching children about the secret lives of pitcher plants and all things plant-related. Breanna has cured many of their arachnophobia by introducing them to her tarantulas, who just might tag along with her again this year. She will be presenting her research on spiders this year at the Entomological Society of America’s national meeting. We have two interns this summer at the Arboretum who will be participating in nature camp. Conner Ryan, from Diamondhead, is a student at Auburn University. He will be with us until August. He is currently developing an illustrated “What’s in Bloom” guide of species that visitors can see flowering each month in our Exhibits. Conner is also inventorying a collection of herbarium specimens donated to the Crosby Arboretum by former University of South Mississippi professor Dr. Richard Moore. Many of these specimens were collected locally in nearby Harrison County. For the summer camp, Conner will give a “show and tell” using some of Dr. Moore’s specimens and talk about his project, and the importance and purpose of herbaria. Campers will take a field walk through the exhibits to collect plant material. They will be using plant presses to preserve and flatten the plants, and will use them to create their very own “herbarium specimens.” You might have seen such specimens framed and used in interior design magazines or catalogs. So, this is not only a fun summer project to do with your family, but a source of “art work” to decorate your home for a fraction of the catalog price. Frames may be obtained inexpensively at thrift stores and painted. Purchase oversized heavy stock paper and glue to fit the frames. Sites on the Web contain detailed instructions for building your own plant press. Plant presses do not need to be cumbersome, fancy or expensive. Deanna Lyle had one of the most petite and portable handmade presses I’d ever seen, quite easy to tuck into a pocket or backpack. A simple press can be made from materials you have at home, such as cardboard, copy paper, and rubber bands. Linda Bouffard is a fifth grade science teacher who is with us for two weeks through the Hancock County School District’s Summer Internship for Educators program. Linda has been busy brainstorming activities for the campers, and there is no end to her creativity. She brought in a container of “owl pellets” that will make a great “rainy day” project. Master Gardener Cindy Murchison will also be spending several days assisting at the summer camp. We are excited for the campers to be in the hands of such capable and experienced educators. Crystie Baker, an outreach educator from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, will present a fun-filled day on wildlife. On Friday, Mississippi State University urban horticulturalist Dr. Christine Coker will involve the children in activities centering on edible plants. Amy LeMien is our talented Arboretum volunteer who reigns over the greenhouse, propagation, and Children’s Garden. She is planning to do a plant activity with the nature campers. Perhaps it will also involve butterflies, one of her favorite subjects. A fun summer family activity is making plaster casts of animal tracks. Take a walk in an area with soft mud such a stream bank. Our Swamp Forest Exhibit contains a stream channel where we often find animal tracks. We’ve seen raccoon, opossum, deer, and fox tracks along the stream. Find some plaster, a strip of cardboard, and a clothespin, and you can easily make casts of the tracks. Only a short time remains for the chance to participate in our survey seeking to determine the possible causes affecting visitation to the Arboretum. The survey is being conducted by Senior Curator Richelle Stafne. We are close to our goal for survey responses, so please consider visiting our website’s homepage and filling out the five question survey form.You could win a 2014 Arboretum membership! The link will be available until mid-June. Mark your calendar for our Aquatic Plant Sale on Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Choose from a selection of non-invasive water plants for your garden, including hardy water lilies, native hibiscus, spider lilies, lizard’s tail and more. Many of these plants are divisions propagated from the Arboretum’s exhibits. Bring your family and enjoy this day when site admission is free. Teachers and homeschool educators will have great fun at our Project Wild workshop, “Wild About Black Bears and Endangered Species” on July 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will be facilitated by Mississippi Museum of Natural Science educational outreach biologist Crystie Baker. The workshop is free for teachers who live or working in Pearl River County and Hancock County. For more information or to sign up for a workshop or program, visit www.crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu or call 601-799-2311.The Crosby Arboretum is located in Picayune, I-59 Exit 4, at 370 Ridge Road (south of Walmart and adjacent to I-59). For further exploration: Search your library or the web for instructions on how to make a flower press, or how to take plaster castings of animal tracks. What is an “owl pellet”?
Third annual Christmas on the Rails and Shopping by Candlelight
The Third Annual “Christmas on the Rails” is from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Picayune Main Street’s Shop by Candlelight and Art Works sponsored by Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC). Art Works and Shop by Candlelight go on until 9 p.m. Sometime during the evening, the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Best Decorated Store Front contest.
CWC Pilgrimage: A second time around
D.L. and Sandra Barker Bolton invite you to join them for the “second time around” as they open their home for the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Both of them were on the first tour of homes when Civic Woman’s Club started the Pilgrimage in 1986. D.L. and his late wife, Wanda, had a Renaissance Christmas, and Sandra and her late husband, Larry, had a Victorian Christmas.
Business withstands test of time
McDonald Funeral Home, now owned and operated by Steve and Ann
McDonald, is a 96-year-old family run business with several long time
employees and was the recent recipient of the 2013 Excellence in
Business Award from the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vocability: Did Black Friday make you blue?
The holiday shopping season has begun and in its honor this week’s
column relates to retail terminology.
Anyone who has either had a part-time job or has been known as a
frequent shopper has most likely encountered several of these terms.
Match the ones you know and learn the others because it will give you
a whole perspective on your shopping experience.
As always, the answers are at the bottom of the column.
Partners delivers Presents for Pearl River County
“Our vision was to coordinate with all three county school districts and have students anonymously adopted like the programs used with ‘Angel Tree’ and such,” said Herndon, who is Children's Minister at First Baptist Church in Picayune. “We have two locations for trees that will have ornaments representing children in need. One is at Coast Electric in Picayune and the other is at the Poplarville Courthouse.”
Coast Electric is located at 6375 U.S. 11, in Picayune. The Poplarville Courthouse is located at 200 Highway 26 E, in Poplarville. The trees are conveniently located for access when the facilities are closed.
Toys for Tots registration and drive
Boxes are available in Picayune, Poplarville, Crossroads, Millard, McNeill and Carriere.
In Picayune, a few of the many locations to find them are: Crosby Library, Highland Community Hospital, Picayune Police Department and SPCA. In Poplarville, a few of the many locations to find them are: Jacob’s Well, Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Bank. In Crossroads, a box is located at Crossroad Seafood and Grill. In McNeill, a box is located at McNeill Travel Plaza. In Carriere, boxes can be found at Hide-A-Way Lake and PRC School ROTC.
To sign up, go to WORC from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. through noon. Those needing further information can call 769-926-1333.
Fred Cruse Foundation again giving away bicycles
All donations can be either dropped off or mailed to Fred’s Westside Pharmacy located at 207 Kirkwood St., Picayune, MS 39466. For more information call Diane Cruse at 601-798-8888.
Angel Tree for children
Trees with angel ornaments to adopt can be found at Wal-Mart and Highland Community Hospital. Those who would like to sponsor a child through Angel Tree, or find out more about it, may call the church at 601-798-6301 or visit the Internet site at www.angeltree.org.
Senior Snowflake project
Snowflake trees will be found at:
— Highland Community Hospital;
— Ford Realty located at 1004 Memorial Boulevard, open from 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday;
— Stewart Insurance Agency, 114 East Canal Street in Picayune open
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
CWC Pilgrimage: Formby home
It’s Christmas time in Picayune and you will be hard pressed to find more holiday spirit anywhere other than this Main Street home in the heart of old Picayune.
The renovated home of Mark and Rita Formby sits on four city lots across from a grove of live oaks that are draped in Spanish moss. The sprawling oaks are scenic year round and slightly buffer the rumble of Norfolk Southern trains that roll by.
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