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8C --June 13. 1976 Sunday Gazette-Mail · ' Grow a Colorful 'Livinq Vase' t/ _/ By Anne Howard Cttrtlcn r.tlittjr Are you getting a little bored with your house plants? Do you have too many of one- kind'' Want to try something different'' T r y b r o m e l i a d s . They're easy and fun to grow. Most striking about this plant are its unusual foliage colors and exotic, showy blooms which last Sk, several months. They yjjjf.adapt well to home envi- ' ' r o n m e n t s . a s k i n g only bright light to bring out HOWARD their magnificent colors, warm daytime temperatures and cooler nights. Humidity and misting are also important. They grow happily in an east or west window. Often called "living vases." some bromeliads have leaves which form a rosette with a hollow, cuplike vase in the center. The cup should always be kept f u l l of water. When a plant is not in bloom, you may want to place a cut flower in this "living vase." Occasionally soil may require a direct drenching. Rainwater is best: otherwise substitute lap water which has stood for at least 24 hours. Nightly misting will remind this plant of its natural habitat, too. Many people don't feed their bromeliads at all. Those who do, recommend a mild feeding every two to three weeks of liquid plant food diluted with water to one-half or even one-quarter normal strength. If the plant has a cup. it should be filled: otherwise, spray the leaves. Among the many varieties available, one favorite is the Aechmea fasciate or Silver King. Its green leaves with silvery white stripes form a rosette from which a pink bract will shoot up to reveal blue flowers. The bloom will finally turn a deep rose. The very hardy Billbergia nutans produces grasslike green leaves with silvery undersides and tall, drooping spikes of chartreuse and blue flowers growing from rose-red bracts. Bright but not direct sunlight will bring these colors to their peak. The soft-leafed variety of Vriesia prefers less light and may offer rosettes as wide as two feet across. Flower spikes come in all eolors-frorn a dark, almost black red to a pale yellow. Bromeliads: Magnificent Plants To Own Unusual Leaves And Colorful Spiked Flowers There are about 2.000 varieties, including the common pineapple and Spanish moss. A bromeliad blooms but once, and then begins to die. D u r i n g this period side shoots will grow and develop roots to form new plants. When roots are strong, cut the new plant off as close to the parent plant as possible and gently loosen roots. Then pot it in a new planter one third full of pebbles. Fill with a fast-draining potting mix-perlite. fir eark, gravel and sphagnum moss will work well. Peel off the old outer leaves as these turn brown. Keep leaves vibrant by dusting them occasionally. Bromeliads attract no particular pests, hut if by some chance one of yours should be attacked by mealybugs, scale, spider mites or aphids, spray with malathion. + * * The grass-mowing season is here in full force. There's one good thing about 4he sound of the power mower (either yours or your neighbor's): it drowns out the sound of the Neighborhood Barking Dog. I could write a whole set of books on barking dogs, but w i l l r e f r a i n for the time being and concentrate on lawn mowing. Power mowers are made to cut grass, not people. All too often, though, either the person operating a mower or a bystander loses hands, toes. feet, and even life when the mower is not handled safely and carefully. Remember, first of a l l . that power mowers can be dangerous, powerful machines. For example, an 18 inch diameter rotary motor running 2500 revolutions per minute generates blade tip speed of slightly more than two miles per minute. A rock, piece of wire, wood chip, nail or other foreign material can be given an initial velocity of 120 miles if it is thrown by the blades. When you buy a mower, therefore, be sure it has a safety shield b u i l t into it which will deflect objects away from the operator. And there are other precautions for minimizing hazards and providing greater safety for the person using a mower and anyone else in the vicinity. ··Never allow children to operate or play around a power mower. -Provide self protection by wearing long, heavy pants and heavy shoes. /Wer wear shorts or go barefooted. ··Clear the area to be mowed of rocks, stones, sticks, wire and rubbish before starting to mow. This includes sweet gum balls. ·-Don't allow anyone, including pets, to stynd around while you are mowing. You are better protected than bystanders. ··Learn to disengage the clutch or stop the motor quickly in case of an emergency. And stop the motor whenever you leave it. »-Keep in step with your mower for good control. You won't be in full command of the machine if you lag behind or let it pull you. And don't ever run! ··Cut hills and banks crosswise instead of up and down so that the mower won't slide into you and you won't slip into it. ··Never attempt to remove entangled grass, weeds, paper, cloth or other debris while the motor is running. »-Set the blades at the highest cutting point when operating it in rugged, bumpy terrain to prevent excessive debris from being ejected. ··Disconnect the spark plug wire when you want to work on the under side of a mower. Tip the mower over by using the handle. ··Keep hands, feet and clothing away from the moving parts. ··Never add more gasoline to a hot mower. And for goodness sakes don't smoke when you're filling the tank! ··Clean the mower and allow it to cool before storing it. Fires can start from the accumulation of combustibles such as grass, chaff and petroleum products on hot engine surfaces. ··Teach everyone in your family to respect the powerful and lethal characteristics of these useful, but potentially dangerous machines. l/nir In \)i\n Many Cars Junked Early Due to Rust By Sidney Margollos C.onxunicr Expart for 7'Ac Sitniliiy fawtti 1 - Mnil Cars cost more than ever. Don't let yours rust away. Many cars over ten years old still give good service and show little evidence of deterioration. But thousands of others less than ten years old. says the U.S. Department of Transportation, have to be junked each year because rust has eaten away their bodies or dangerously weakened their frames. Moreover, even widely-used preventive measures, like undcrcoating, while basi- cally useful in most cases and even essential, may give car owners a false sense of security if improperly done. Some cars are more rust prone than others, the Canadian Automobile Protection Association found in a survey reported by the Canadian Association of Consumers. Some models appear to have design defects which make underrating difficult to apply thoroughly. Small ears and sub-compact's, i n c l u d i n g many of the widely- bought imports, seem especially difficult to undercoat effectively, according to Sportswear Designers (lioosr Furs for \( v \v, Casiuil Look By Angela Taylor ((".) .Yrif York Tinii'.i NEW YORK - Who brought the change in fur fashions? Credit the sportswear designers, who have shaken up the usually conservative thinking of the men who deal in pelts. As more of them collaborate with furriers, a lot of time-honored ideas are going out the window. Mink, these days, is for football, while nobody thinks anything of wrapping an evening dress in a rah-rah, oversized raccoon coat. To a roster that already includes such sports designers as Calvin Klein. Kasper. Bill Blass and Viola Sylbert. add two debuts -- that of Geoffrey Beene and Ralph Lauren. Beenc tried his hand at fur designing n few years back, dropped the Idea for a while and has now resumed under the aegis of H.B.A. furs. Scene's star is currently high on Seventh Avenue and his re-entry into fur designing is welcome. The audience's mood has wrapped up the other day when somebody in the iSc-i- man Marcus buying group (they arrive 10-strong at most shows) commented "spectacular" about a long, surprisingly narrow lynx coat with a draw-string waistline. There were a number of other spectaculars: the very best raccoon for a toggle- fastened topper, a featcrcd red fox jacket and nil unusual brown skunk one. + * * BEENE'S FAVORITE approach in the collection is wool knitting added to fur. He makes a long gray wool sweater and lines it w i t h gray lamb. He does another sweater com lined with ranch mink. Creamy knitting hems a coyote coat, more of it runs around a sable baseball jacket. Ami with a nice bit of audacity, he knits a white turtle-neck on one of those Marleno Dietrich coats of white fox. Ralph Lauren, who took the hacking jacket out of the riding stables and put it on the streets, has done his first fur collection for Teppcr this year. And naturally, n similar shaped jacket appears in dark mink and tawny, spotted calf. Another Lauren favorite -- the waist- hiph affair he calls a bombardier's jacket -- turns up in various pelts. It's most interesting in baum m a r t e n , a fur t h a t ' s been scarce in this country for some time. The marten, which differs from the more available stone marten (grayish in color), comes from France and is an attractive brown color. Except for its weight, it resembles golden sable. Lauren uses it for a second jacket, finger-length and hooded. When the designer goes full-length he doesn't skimp. His ranch mink is a cozy. bathrobe affair. Raccoon coats -- his or hers -- are voluminous. The biggest coat of all is a 50-inch Canadian lynx, equipped with a hood and a gray flannel lining. owner complaints checked by the Canadian auto group. t * * THE CENTER For Auto Safety, in Washington, D.C., also has charged that Ford Motor Co. has given "secret" warranty extensions to some customers because of rust problems on some 1969 -73 cars in a severe corrosion environment. But in many cases the ineffectiveness of undnrcoating was due to careless application, sometimes by small new firms using part-time or inexperienced help. The problem of adequate undercoating is, of course, aggravated by severe winters in Canada and northern U.S.A. But un- dcrcoating is needed in almost any area. Prevention must start the day you buy your car. The big need is to make sure the undercoating is applied properly. With a new car, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) advised, have it undercoated before you take delivery. Otherwise, even in a week or two the car will build up some dirt which makes effectiveness of undercoating less certain. Proper undercoating involves coating all sheet metal surfaces under the car such as wheel wells. But the gas tank, exhaust system and areas around the catalytic converter should not be coated. AFTER YOU take delivery, examine, or ask your own mechanic to examine, the undercoating to see if areas have been skipped. DOT also advises taking the car through a car wash to look for body or window leaks, and also spray the underside and wheel wells forcefully to try to discover any openings under the floor coverings. You can caulk any such openings. But what about used cars but buying, examine carefully for rust, including the underside (frame, cross-members). DOT advises. Be alert for signs of repainting and use of body putty to disguise rusted areas. Also check under the carpeting and trunk mat. DOT also suggests considering rust- preventive measures for body areas not protected by undercoating such as inside door cavities, light wells, quarter panels, and under hood. Be especially careful to see what the rustprpofing warranty may actually provide. Does a five or ten-year guarantee merely mean the firm will refund the original cost of rustproofing, or also pay for any rust damage? What rust areas are covered by the warranty? * * * ALSO FIND out how long the company- has been in business, and whether there have been any complaints made to the Better Business Bureau. You also can do a lot yourself to protect your car. Keep an eye on areas around body molding, and sand clean and repaint any rust spots. Bare metal caused by slight scrapes rusts rapidly. Such damage should be repainted promptly. If you can't touch up soon, use a strip of cellulose tape to protect the scratch. On chrome, use clear nail polish to protect scratches. In winter in snow areas, wash road salts off the car body. Also make sure the drain holes in the bottom of the car doors and panels are clear. Sometimes the holes get clogged with rust or dirt and hold water in the panels, thus encouraging rust. MR. STEAM HYDRO-JET CARPET CLEANING By Professionals IN YOUR HOME... Modern. Sonitary, J e t - SprayClcaning oction and Strong Vacuum Suction gets deep down dirt out, restores Carpel to new iiio and Appearance. Call to- , t f day for free estimate! ' 3^ .. W":.... LET US TREAT V^y^/y : YOUR CARPET v* .JIM ,: WITH SAFEGUARD Jf Seals Out Dirt, Helps * P r e v e n t E x c e s s i v e Wear! Ask Us About RESTORING FADED CARPET TO ORIGINAL COLOR, AS WE CLEAN! FREE ESTIMATES Out of Town? CaH Collect! 346-0519 OUR 29TH YEAR Don't Throw Your Old Wigs Away! They Are Valuable! Trade Them In Now on An Eva Gabor Capless Wig Your Old Wig $ Is Worth 5 00 Or More Regardless Of Length Of Fiber Or Condition. ANNEDIE'S 4831 MaeCORKLE AVE. S.W. SPRING HILL PHONE 768-3214 OPEN HON. 1HURS. 9 to 9 - HIES, WED, FRL, SAT. 9 to 5 BANKAMERICARD~MASTERCHARGE-IAY-A-WAY Ask About Our Charge Plan Mm Toni Ann Hintz Bride Of Michael R. \Yextfall Miss Toni Ann Hintz. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jess L. Hintz of Dunbar became the bride of Michael R. Westfall. son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Westfall. also of Dunbar. at 8 p.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church at Dunbar. The Rev. George Pauley officiated and music was provided by Miss Teresa Herndon and Miss Kathy Collins. The bride was escorted by her father. Mrs. Debi Brown of Atlanta, Ga.. was matron of honor and Miss Terri Westfall, sister of the bridegroom, was bridesmaid. Carol Haley of Sistersville and Johnny Lovejoy of Nitro, cousins of the bride, were flowergirl and ringbearer. Ken Brown of Atlanta was best man. Bill Thornton was usher and altar boys \vere Jay Hintz and Kevin Westfall. the couple's brothers. Following a reception at the church, the couple left fora wedding trip to Kentucky. They will live at 50916th St., Dunbar. Mrs. Westfall is a graduate of Dunbar High School and was a member of DECA at Benjamin Franklin Career Center. She is employed by Sloan's Department Store in Dunbar. MRS. M. R. WESTFALL ...former Tuni Hint: Her husband also is a graduate of DHS and is employed by Heating and Cooling. Inc. Betrothals Announced Back-Dolun SOUTHGATE, Mich. - Mr. and Mrs. Orb Back of Southgate are announcing the forthcoming marriage of their daughter. Sherylene, to Andrew Marion Dolan, son of Dr. and Mrs. K. M. Dolan of Madison. W. Va. The open-church wedding will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 in the United Methodist Church of Madison. Miss Back, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cornell of Madison, is a sludent at West Virginia Institute of Technology. Her fiance has a A.A. degree from Morris Harvey College, where he presently is a political science major. Saul-Hamilton YAWKEY - Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Gil- lenwaler of Yawkey are announcing the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sheree Lee Saul, to John Marion Hamilton Jr.. son of South Charleston. The open- church wedding will take place on July 2 in the Beech Grove Baptist Church. Miss Saul is a graduate of Morris Harvey College and is employed by CAMC, General Division. Her fiance is a student at United Electronics Institute and is employed by Wright's Amoco. Ratledpp-Duff WOODLEAF. N.C. - Mr. and Mrs. Ward Ratledge of Woodleaf have announced the forthcoming marriage of their daughter. Patricia, to Wayne Hale Duff, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Duff of Charleston, W.Va.. and the late Mr. Oscar A. Duff. The Aug. 1 ceremony will be held at the Christ Episcopal Church in Cleveland. The bride-elect is employed by High Point School, having received a degree in elementary education from Pfeifer College. Her fiance has a master's degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University and is employed by Celanese Fibers Marketing Co. in Charlotte. Oowdor-Franklin Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth H. Crowder of St. Albans are announcing the engagement of their daughter. Margie L. Crowder, to Jerry L. Franklin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. p'ranklin of Gauley Bridge. Wedding plans are incomplete. Miss Crowder is a student at Marshall University, where she recevied an A. S. degree in retailing. Her fiance is a graduate of M. U. and is working toward a master's degree in sports medicine at Slippery Rock State College in Slippery Rock. Pa., where he has a two year graduate assistantship in athletic training. Gibson-Minskor Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Miss Kathy Jean Gibson, daughter of Mrs. Sybil Davisson and Robert L. Gibson, both of Charleston, to \Villiam W. Minsker. son of Mrs. Lucille Minsker of St. Albans and Walter Minsker of Charleston. The open-church wedding will take place at 7:30 p.m. July 31 in the First United Methodist Church of Dunbar. Miss Gibson is a graduate of Dunbar High School and Charleston Beauty Academy. She is employed by Filbeth Enterprises. Inc. Her fiance attended West Virginia Institute of Technology and Western Carolina University. He is employed by Royal Oldsmobile. be mod- iitidniolhc The Above Styles Are Also Available As Mounting. r , d , Kfllr 241 CAPITOL ST. Sbtillt? ' . . . · · . - · · "1 - n\n 2_1_Ln P -S 1 fashion specialists /^s. |fT**sT } in sizes and16'/;to32 1 /: TWO-PART SHIRT DRESSING AT A STAND-OUT PRICE SPECIAL SIZES 16'/i to 24!'i The prettiest, softest dress you'll ever see. Two-piece silky polyester with easy pull-on skirt and soft overhlousc. Black sparked with vivid multi-color abstract print. f Ataii orders p/eose odd 75c postage plus 5HDPPE 959 Ouibar Village Plaza. Dunbar, W.Va. OKNDailylO-5:00-Thurs.lO-g:30 Phone 768-7329

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