Historian to present at FADL on Tuesday Sept 19
Sidebar: From high school on a friend and I long held a mutual fascination with the John Kennedy assassination. We devoured any writings we could find on the subject and pondered the possibilities surrounding the event that impacted our lives so vividly. It was my first immersion into a conspiracy theory and I recall the buzz it produced. A sense that you were somehow in on the real story while the non-believers were just being duped. The memory of being mildly obsessed with ‘what really happened’ is easy to recall, but it had been years since the event even crossed my mind.
Then I got a press release from N3 friend Stephani Gibson, the FADL person who keeps us updated on events at one of our cherished local bookatoriums. The title was...
Michael Deeb Presents the Kennedy Assassination at Fremont Library
It brought back a lot of memories. “Did Garrison have something or was he merely a publicity hound? Why was Jack Ruby allowed in the police station? Didn’t a waiter say he saw Oswald at Ruby’s night club earlier in the week? What did Dorothy Kilgallen know? Clay Shaw? Was Castro involved? The Mafia perhaps? Maybe both? And then there was the satirical play MacBird. Could it be possible that…”
Oddly enough it was like visiting an old friend.
Here’s the skinny on the event.
Live @ the Library, a series of events including author visits and informational presentations at Fremont Area District Library is thrilled to host Michael Deeb for a presentation about the Kennedy Assassination.
The FBI insisted that one man killed President John F. Kennedy. The Warren Commission agreed. But since those hurried investigations were completed, many skeptics have disagreed with both declarations. On the contrary, they contend that there had to have been multiple assassins involved in the assassinations, not just one. Credible witnesses, law enforcement officials, bystanders and medical professionals had their testimonies either ignored or falsified. So, was this actually a cover-up? Michael Deeb, historian and author of several Civil War novels, will present his research. This event will take place in the Fremont library’s Community Room on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m.
A Fall Native Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 9am – 1pm at Kropscott Farm Environmental Center, 6523 W Baseline Rd, Fremont, MI 49412. There are no pre-orders, and cash or check sales only will be accepted.
Fall is the ideal time to sow native plants for several reasons. The cooler temperatures and increased moisture during this season create optimal conditions for root growth and plant establishment. Sowing native plants in late fall also reduces competition from weeds, as most weed species are less active during this time of the year. This gives the native plants a better chance to establish and thrive without the need for excessive weed control measures.
Overall, fall installation of native plants maximizes the chances of successful establishment and growth, leading to healthier ecosystems and increased biodiversity.
The Fall Native Plant Sale will have the expertise of Ken Hoganson of Big Bluestem Farm Native Plant Nursery near Bitely. Ken can provide information for the best plants to purchase based on your soil type, and sun or shade and wet or dry conditions in your yard. He can also do a “site visit” for larger native plant installations to assure proper area preparations and subsequent planting for the best success. Attendees of the plant sale can view the Native Plant Garden in progress at Kropscott Farm as well.
The Fall Native Plant Sale is being hosted by Big Bluestem Farm and the Newaygo County Environmental Coalition (NCEC). Questions can be directed to Vicki Alcombrack at Big Bluestem Farm: 231-923-0894, email - email@example.com. Visit the NCEC Events Calendar at the website: www.nc-ec.org; or follow on Facebook @NCEC2.
Photos and article by Donna Iverson
If you have ever walked or biked on the Hart-Montague Bike Trail, you may have noticed that some of the trees are labeled. Just north of Montague, one of the first labeled trees is a magnificent Black Walnut tree (Juglans nigra).
Native to Michigan and much of North America, you can find it mostly in riparian zones. Riparian meaning along the edges of streams, rivers, lakes and vernal pools. Black Walnut is also monoecious, having both male and female reproductive florets on the same tree.
During September and October, the tree drops mature black walnuts to the ground. They are covered in a thick husk which when touched leave a greenish-brown inky substance on your hands. It is best to collect them with gloves on. After collection, the walnuts need to be dried and the husk cracked open. Stepping on them works. For more details on processing, roasting, storing and cooking black walnuts, check out: https://delishably.com/fruits/BLACK-WALNUTS-HARVESTING-STORING-AND-COOKING
Although Black Walnut makes a superior shade tree, it is a messy tree during the late summer and early fall because of these falling 2-3 inch nuts. But come October, the Black Walnut tree leaves turn bright yellow and it is one of the last trees to lose its leaves as winter approaches.
Black Walnut trees can be grown from a nut. It will, however, be 10 to 15 years before they produce fruit. They grow a deep two root which makes transplanting nearly impossible. They can live for 150 to 250 years with trunks that are 3 to 6 feet in diameter. Heights range from 80 to 120 feet. As a lumber tree, Black Walnut is very valuable. A single tree can net $3000 in wood planks which are used today for furniture and cabinets.
As edible landscapes become more popular, the Black Walnut can supply food for birds, animals and people. Songbirds that favor it include chickadees, bluebirds, wrens and nuthatches. Squirrels, raccoons, wild turkeys, and bears often seek its protection during the winter months.
Medicinally, it has been used to treat skin rashes, diarrhea and constipation. The colonists used the wood for fence posts, poles and siding. Vegetable gardeners need to beware, however. Black Walnut fruit husks, leaves and roots contain a chemical called juglone. It kills any plants nearby, especially tomatoes.