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Local THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, December 23, 2010 - A3 Master Gardener Classes Offered By Stan Fimple If you are a gardener, then you know that one can never know every- thing about gardening. There is always something to learn. If you are married to a non-gardener, then you also know how much fun it is to visit with others who don't roll their eyes when you start gushing about the awesome tomato or rose you grew. Wouldn't it be great if there was a program where you could learn more about gardening while also having fun with others who share your love of green things? There is, and that program is the Payne County Master Gardener program. You may have seen or heard about the activities the Payne County Master Gardeners have been involved with this year. k Why not take your love for gardening one step fur- ther and become a Master Gardener? You will not only gain a greater under- standing of many areas of hortiq re, but you will also share your love of gardening through volun- teer activities in our local communities. The sixth Master Gardener class in Payne County will run from February 4, 2011 to April 15, 2011. Registra- tion is open until January 7, 2011. Cost is $100 for those willing to do volun- teer hours and $250 for those wanting to just take the class. So what exactly is a Master Gardener? Master Gardeners are volunteer resource people for hor- ticultural questions and issues that come in to the local Extension office in their community. Their efforts multiply the capa- bilities of county Extension educators. What does the program entail? Interested persons must first read through an information packet or schedule a personal meet- ing with the program coor- dinator. This is to ensure that the potential student knows exactly what the program is all about and the high level of commit- ment it requires. In signing up for the classes, students agree to "pay-back,' 50 vol- unteer service hours to help further horticulture in the community within one year of completing the class. Once enrolled in the class, the student takes a 4 hour class once a week for 11 weeks. The topics of the classes include subjects like plant physiology, soils and plant nutrition, woody and herbaceous plants, ento- mology, weeds, and IPM (Integrated Pest Manage- ment). Also included are topics such as plant pathol- ogy, vegetable production, turf/lawn care, fruit and nut culture, and others. Once students pass the classroom training pro- gram, they become Master Gardener Interns for one year. During this time the interns complete the service hours in various ways. These may include diagnosing plant, insect, or disease problems, giving educational programs to children in schools, answering phones in the local extension office, giving presentations to garden and civic clubs, helping disabled people garden through horticul- ture therapy, doing local beautification projects, and manning booths at fairs and home and garden shows. Once the interns have completed the required service hours for one year, they graduate and become full fledged Master Gar- deners. After graduation, Master Gardeners must continue to complete some service hours and contin- ued education to retain active status. So why should you become a Master Gar- dener? You will become knowledgeable about a wide array of gardening subjects. The practical training is designed to increase your confidence and horticultural skills. This will enable you to help the public with questions and problems involved with gardening. The vol- unteer hours will help you contribute to your commu- nity and give you the plea- sure and reward of working with others who share your interests. Before you sign up, you should ask yourself the fol- lowing questions: Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program? Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community? Do I have enough time to attend training and to serve as a volunteer? If you answered yes to these questions, the Master Gardener program could be for you. For more informa- tion call the Payne County Extension Office at 747- 8320. Registration dead- line is January 7, 2011. Vrom our and Officers m 00,You Can , ayne County Bank oW Us! Main Bank 202 S. Main, Perkins. OK Convenience Branch 417 E. Hwy 33. Perkins, OK @ (405) 547-2436 www.paynecountybank.com ,= Perkins Lions Deliver Christmas Cheer Lynn Kinder, chairman of the Perkins Lions Club Christmas Committee, shows off just some of the gifts Lions Club members delivered to 49 local families last Saturday. 'qhe community was very generous this year, "Kinder said. 'q'he dollars came in for the food boxes and people were asking for names of children in need more this year than in any year in the past. One individual donated 28 bicycles to children that didn't have one. Walmart gave the organization a $500 grant to buy bicycle helmets for the youngsters as well. Kinder expressed his thanks and gratitude to the community for their support. Journal photo by David Sasser Lincoln County Assessor reminds residents to file for exemptions The Lincoln County Asses- sors office will begin taking exemption applications and personal property assess- ments on Monday, January 3,2011, according to county assessor Randy L. Wintz. The annual exemption and assessment period will con- tinue through March 15, 2011. Wintz said that Oklahoma law requires that all per- sonal property be listed and assessed each year during the January 1 through March 15 assessment period. Among the property that must be listed and assessed are trac- tors, farm machinery, farm equipment, business inven- tories, business fixtures and business equipment. The assessor said that state law defines mobile homes located on another person's land as personal property. Those mobile homes must also be listed and assessed every year during the assess- ment period. Wintz said that any personal property not listed before the deadline must be assessed a valuation penalty as required by law. To avoid the penalty, property owners must return the assessment papers no later than March 15. New homestead exemp- tion applications, double homestead exemption appli- cations and senior valuation freeze applications must also be filed no later than March 15 to be effective for the 2011 tax year. Wintz said that all qualified Lincoln County homeowners should file for homestead exemption in order to save from $75 to $109 on their 2011 tax bill. To qualify for homestead exemption the property owner must have owned their home and been living there on January 1, 2011. Property owners that qualify for homestead exemption may also qualify for an addi- tional or double homestead exemption if their total gross household income for 2010 was $20,000 or less. The double homestead exemp- tion will save a homeowner an additional $75 to $109 per year. The assessor said that prop- erty owners at least 65 years of age with a gross household income of $49,000 or less in 2010 are eligible to apply for the Senior Valuation Freeze. This property tax limita- tion freezes the assessor's valuation on the applicant's homestead property from any increases, unless the property is improved or sold. However, Wintz said that the tax levy on the property could change which can increase or decrease the homestead property's tax amount. Wintz said that 100% dis- abled veterans that have not previously applied should apply for an exemption that will exempt all the real estate tax on their homestead prop- erty. Qualified veterans must have a letter from the Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs con- firming their eligibility. The assessor's office in the Lincoln County Courthouse is open from 8:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office will also be open Saturday, March 5, and Saturday, March 12, from" 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. STATION Continued from Page A1 includes an evaluation of the fire department, water mains and hydrants, and 911 dis- patch and paging services. The rating is based on a scale of 1 to 10, with lower ratings being the best. Perkins' current ISO rating is 5. "Lowering the ISO rating is a big deal," Barta noted. "The process is complicated and takes time and a lot of work. This is one small piece of it." Barta noted insurance rates vary between insurance com- panies. "It may only be 1-to-2 per- cent, but community-wide, it's a big deal," he said. The fire department is pleased to accept donations to help with cost of conslruction for the new station. If you have questions or concerns about the new station or any other fire department-related matter, call Chief Barta at (405) 547-2045. FIRST UNITED : i !iiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiiill 1005 E. Kirk Perkins