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PAGE 8 THE FLORALA NEWS WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 III A deer's hearing is THE PAXTON DIXIE YOUTH LEAGUE Pitching Machine team placed third in the. state tournament held in Brooks- ville, FL. Team members include (front row, l-r) Hagen Hughes, Billy Locke, Kage Wibbing, William Heelan and Griffin Usher; (middle row) Ethan Burke, Tristen Petty, Lane Huckaba, Jaden Nolan, Bailey Nolan, Taylor Beck and Adam Hall; (back row) Coaches Rance Wibbing, Forrest Wibbing, Jennifer Usher and Brian Petty very acute and can pick up. a Whisper at a long distance LBW Community College administrators recently welcomed the first class of the newly-established Honors Program on the Andalusia Campus. Both traditional and non-traditional students were selected by the program committee through a rigorous application process. Pictured are, seated from left, Tori Whitehurst of Brantley; Kelsey Chestnut, McKenzie," Alma Caffy, Florala; Emily Townson, Andalusia; Jessica Williamson, Andalusia; Calista DuBose, Luverne; standing, LBWCC Dean of Instruction Peggy Linton; Honors Program Committee Chair Michelle Goosby; Ryan Waters, Luverne; Daniel Young, Andalusia; LBWCC President Dr. Herbert H.J. Riedel; Daniel Gordon, Andalusia; Tyler Grant, Luverne; Victoria Foley,Opp; and LBWCC Dean of Students Judy Hall. Not pictured are Gina Miller and Nicolas Nolen, both of Red Level, and Emily Padgett of Andalusia. TV- HOME PHONE- INTERNET Home of FREE HD and exclusive programming Home Phone service with unlimited calling in the U,S Puerto Ricoand Canada Exclusive Roe l RunnePHtgh Speed Online SW TCH TO Bdght House Networks from the satellite or phone company, may be olll blo for up to $360 credit Student orientation for W.S. Harlan Elementary School will be Tuesday, August 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Parents are encouraged to come and complete their child's student information for the coming school year. Returning students can go to their assigned classroom to complete their paper- work. New students should go to the auditorium. New students must have a copy of their Social Security Card, Birth Certificate and their original blue immuni- zation card. For further informa- tion call the school at 334-858-3294. schedules orientation .5 Paxton School has sched- uled orientation for grades 1-12 for August 5 from 9 - 11 a.m. Students may meet their teachers, get schedules, get class supply lists and accli- mate themselves to the cam- pus. They are looking for- ward to a wonderful school year. Elementary students can go directly to the build- ing of their class level and middle/high student sched- ules will be posted in the main hallway. by Phil Miller, Wildlife Biologist, Alqbama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Landowners face many problems when growing a garden, but none can be more frustrating tl an deal- ing with nuisance deer. In a single night, a: few deer tan devour a small garden that took a lot of hard work to prepare, plant and main- tain. Deer are most active af- ter dark. This makes it very difficult for landowners to catch them in the act of damaging a garden. Howev- er, methods are available to discourage deer from visit- ing and damaging gardens. Deer try to avoid humans whenever possible. Hunt- ers know that a deer's nose is its number one way of avoiding predators. The use of cologne or heavily scented soaps can fool a deer into thinking a human is near- by. Colognes can be sprayed onto old clothes and placed on wooden stakes through- out a garden. Bars of soap can be placed in hosiery and hung along the edge of the garden. These scents will have to be freshened up on occasion and over time, the fragrance also may have to be changed. This tactic has limited effectiveness at reducing deer damage, especially in areas where deer are accustomed to the sights, sounds and scents associated with living near humans. In recent years, many chemical deterrents have entered the market that claim to deter deer from feeding in gardens. Some of the products are virtu- ally useless, while others show limited effectiveness if properly, applied. Applica- tion of the deterrent should whisper at a, long distance. Placing a radio tuned to a talk radio station on an elec- tronic timer near the garden can somewhat effective at keeping deer out of a gar- ten. The timer can be set to turn the radio on and off at different intervals through- out the nigh,scarecrow can be added to the mix to compliment 'the effects of the radio. A more elaborate system uses propane cannons to scare deer away from gar- dens. Propane cannons use a regulated amount of pro- pane gas that is ignited by a spark at regular or ran- dom intervals. The propane explodes makes a loud crack similar to that of a shotgun blast. The loud ex- plosion is intended to fright- en deer away from the gar- den. Propane cannons have several drawbacks. They are expensive, ektremely loud, and can be very unpopular with neighbors. Over time, after repeated use, deer can become accustomed to the noise. A much more effective method of keeping deer out of a garden !is to use elec- tric fencing. The shock from touching an electric fence is a much stronger deterrent than an unusual or unpleas- ant smell. To make the fence even more effective, small strips of aluminum foil can be placed on the electric fence at 18- to 24-inch inter- vals. Apply a mixture of pea- nut oil and peanut butter to the strips of aluminum foil. As deer approach and lick" the peanut paste, they will receive a mild electric shock and will be less likely to en- ter the area the future. A high fence is the only 100 percent effective way of preventing deer damage High fences should be con- begin soon after the garden structed usipg net wire or is planted. Waiting until other suitable wire that will evidence of deer damage is apparent is too late. Most of these products should be applied to cloth ribbon at- tached to stakes. The cloth ribbon should completely surround the portion of the garden to be protected. Fre- quent applications often are necessary, especially during rainy periods. Dogs can be used to deter deer from visiting garden. Placing a dog, particularly one that barks and likes to chase, on a run chain sys- .tern along the garden's edge can be effective. This type of system allows the dog to run up and down the edge of the garden while its chain is at- tached to a cable that runs from one pole to another. This allows the dog to chase and bark at deer when they approach the garden, keep- ing the deer away from the garden's plants. A deer's hearing is very acute and can pick up a not allow the deer to pass through or under the fence. The height of the fence should be a't !least 10 fee to prevent the deer from jump- ing over. A high fence can be expensive but it is a one- time construction and it will eliminate the problem. When using any type of deterrent, keep in mind that i one method will not work at all times. Try mixing them up or using a combination of deterrents to be most effec- tive. TheAlal ama Department of Conservation and Natu- ral Resources .promotes wise stewardship,! management and enjoymeht of Alabama's natural reshurces through I five dxvlslons: Marine Po- lice, Marine Resources, State Land,State Parks, and Wildlifei and Freshwa- ter Fisheries. To learn more about ADCI R visit www.