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%_: 4i28i20 i 3 N :c Grr, aii Town Papes- 2i 7 vv Cota St Sneiton W/a 98584 Hometown Newspaper of Matthew Jordan Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 9 75 Cents Freezing February Photo by Scan C. Morgan Amid falling snow, Jeremy Orr, left, and Rick Autry of Sweet Home move fence panels Saturday, Feb. 25, at the annual Mudfest site west of Holley off Highway 228 in preparation for the 2012 event, to be held this Saturday, March 3. The Mudfest is held the first weekend in March each year It is in its third year outside of Holley. The event draws 1,500people and 500 to 600 rigs. Originally held in January, the event was held on the bed of Foster Lake and known as the Foster Mud Flat Races. After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shut down the event for environmental reasons, the event moved to Berlin Road as the Mountain Mud Festival. The&apos;Mudfest is orghnized by the Santiam Four Wheelers Association. Heading into the Mudfest, the National Weather Service is predicting showers. Photo by Scan C. Morgan Foster fourth-grader Liz Adams, left, helps fifth-grader Kate Hawken with an online math resource designed to help elementary students. Foster kids picl.< up speed with online program By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era Foster School students are getting an in- structional boost this year through two on-line programs aimed at improving their mathemat- ics skills. District Curriculum Director Tim Porter wanted a school to pilot a program using the Khan Academy program, said Title" I teacher Katie Adams. "We did some training, and we started with the fourth- and fifth-graders." The Khan Academy is a nonprofit organi- zation created in 2006 by Salman Khan, a grad- uate of MIT, to provide a high-quality educa- tion to anyone anywhere. The website provides free online instructional videos in math and a variety of other subject areas. The online instruction is supplemented by a program at ixl.com. IXL learning was found- ed in t998 to advance education through wob- See Foster, page 7 Commissioner: Over-pruning trees can be "chainsaw massacre" By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era It's about time to start prun- ing trees, and the Sweet Home Tree Commission wants to make sure that pruning is done correctly. "There's an awful lot of top- ping in this town," said Alice Smith, a Tree Commission member who also works as a botanist with the U.S. Forest Service. "Tree topping is not really pruning. It's more like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre." It makes a big mess out of the trees. Often, a resident has a big tree and is afraid a branch may drop on a neighbor's house, Smith said. He or she cuts the branch in an effort to prevent this, but the tree has a root system that corresponds to the tree's crown. That root system drives the fast growth of 10 to 20 "suckers" from the stump, Smith said. "Any time you grow wood really fast, it's weak." During the next ice storm, those branches break and fall, she said. The mid-branch cutsalso ex- pose the tree to disease and insects. "You made your tre more dan- gerous by doing this," Smith said. What tree pruners should do is cut a dangerous branch all the way back to the trunk and train their trees as they grow, Smith said, and this is the best time of year to prune - late winter or early spring. "You don't notice a good prun- ing job," Smith said. "It still looks like a healthy full crown." Branches that should be cut are those that are dead, diseased, deformed, discolored or damaged, Smith said. "If it's healthy, leave it there. You're better off not touching the tree than you are doing a poor job of pruning. That brings me to the next point, the right tree in the right place. Every tree has a right place." Smith suggests looking around and seeing what may be a problem for a tree. Look up, she said. If there's a See Trees, page 2 Photo by Scott Swanson Burglary damage repair Lonnie Fields, left, and his son Justin, of L&R Windows, replace a window pane at Sweet Home Liquor Store Friday, Feb.. 24, which had been broken during a reported burglary early Sunday, Feb. 19. A suspect was arrested later that day. Police say burglaries are continuing to occur in the area. For more details, see page 11. N!!l[00![lt!lJ!m!l