1. O V E R T H E F E N C E
APRIL HOME WARRANTY TIP: Clean your microwave oven
and removable glass shelves regularly because the food residue
keeps reheating and can cause the glass shelves to break.
April 15th: Tax Day
April 22nd: Earth Day
April 24th: National Arbor Day
Celebrate Arbor Day—
Plant a Tree!
A visit to Nebraska today wouldn’t disclose
that the state was once a treeless plain. Yet
it was the lack of trees there that led to the
founding of Arbor Day in the 1800s.
Among pioneers moving into the Nebraska
Territory in 1854 was J. Sterling Morton. He
and his wife were lovers of nature, and the
home they established in Nebraska was
quickly planted with trees, shrubs and
Morton was a journalist and soon became
editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper –
through which he spread agricultural
information and his enthusiasm for trees to
an equally enthusiastic audience.
His fellow pioneers missed their trees. But
more importantly, trees were needed as
windbreaks to keep soil from blowing and
for fuel and building materials, as well as
shade from the hot sun. In 1872, Morton
first proposed a tree planting holiday to be
called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the
State Board of Agriculture.
It was estimated that more than one
million trees were planted in Nebraska on
the first Arbor Day.
In 1970, President Nixon
proclaimed the last Friday in
April as National Arbor Day.
Today all 50 states celebrate
Arbor Day, although the dates
vary in keeping with the local
climate. For the homeowner,
Arbor Day is an excellent
opportunity to take stock of
the trees on your property
and plan for the future.
What can you do?
l Inspect your trees. Note any broken
branches or evidence of disease or insect
l Fertilize trees and shrubs for healthy
l Think about how planting new trees
might improve the look of your property
or provide wind or heat protection.
l Take a trip to your local nursery to see
what’s available and to get new ideas.
l And, oh yes, plant a tree. Plant trees or
shrubs to shade your air conditioning unit,
but be careful not to block the airflow. A unit
operating in the shade uses less electricity.
l “April” derives from the Latin word
aperire, which means "to open".
l April’s ‘gem’ is the Diamond—for
l Daisies and Sweet Peas are often
considered April flower(s).
l Earth Day was first celebrated
internationally on April 22, 1970, to make
people aware of worldwide environmental
l April is National Humor Month.
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What is Orzo Anyway?
Orzo pasta is a type of pasta which is made
in the shape of a grain of rice. It is often
about rice-sized, as well. This pasta is very
versatile, and it can be used in a range of
recipes, with many people consuming orzo
The word orzo is Italian for “barley,” and a
reference to the size and shape of the
pasta. This pasta is very popular in Greece
especially, although it is used in other
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern nations,
and in some parts of Germany as well. The
small size can make orzo a very fun pasta
to work and cook with.
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Spring into Action for Curbside Appeal!
Consider these Helpful Tips:
l Check irrigation system for pipe leaks and proper
spray coverage to avoid wasting water or over
l Plant springtime annuals in pots for instant color.
l Check driveways and walks for winter
damage—repair broken or uneven walking
surfaces to prevent tripping or falling.
l Clean gutters and downspouts and inspect for
l Wash house exterior to remove dirt and mildew.
l Reprogram thermostat settings for warmer temperatures.
l Clean and seal wood decks and fences.
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
4 Castelvetrano olives, sliced
Cook orzo according to package directions,
omitting salt and fat; drain. Combine olive
oil, vinegar, sugar, kosher salt, and black
pepper in a large bowl, stirring with a
whisk until sugar dissolves. Add orzo,
tomato, bell pepper, onion, parsley, and
olives; stir to combine.
From Cooking Light Recipe Files
GREEK ORZO SALAD
3/4 cup orzo
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup diced seeded tomato
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red onion
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