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H&G griefs: Master Gardener class to start in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Washington State University Extension office is taking applications for the 2010 Master Gardeners class which begins the Jan. 26.

WSU Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteers who serve as educators in their communities.

Training will be in Walla Walla at the WSU Extension office on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Topics to be covered include plant science, soils and composting, sustainable gardening and integrated pest management.

The fee for class materials is $150.

In return for their training, new Master Gardeners are required to complete 50 hours of volunteer service to the Master Gardener Program.

For more information or to pick up an application, visit the WSU Extension office, 328 West Poplar St., Walla Walla. Or call 509-524-2685 or e-mail to meagon@wsu.edu.

OSU Master Gardener deadline extended

PENDLETON -- The deadline to apply to become an Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener has been extended to Friday.

Classes begin Feb. 3 and continue through March 24.

For more information or an information packet and application, call Mary Corp at the OSU Extension Service Pendleton office, 541-278-5403 or go to http://extension.oregonstate.edu/umatilla/mg.

Battery-powered trim

If you have heavy trimming work in the yard but don't like the noise and size of a gas-powered chain saw, a compact Black & Decker number might be just what you need.

Think of it as a high-powered trimmer.

Batteries also go with some other B&D tools. Chain saw $99.97, tool set $49.98; Lowe's home improvement.