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Stargazing - 05.11.11

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Regulus, the brightest star of the constellation Leo, the lion, stands to the upper right of the Moon at nightfall.

The star is 79 light-years from Earth, so the light we see from Regulus tonight actually left the star in 1932.


Clean Mirrors

If you don’t keep your car’s windshield clean, your view of what’s ahead quickly gets murky. And the same thing happens with astronomical telescopes. Without a good cleaning every once in a while, their mirrors would get too grimy to provide clear views of the heavens.

A telescope’s primary mirror is the part that gathers and focuses the light from distant objects. Like a windshield, it’s exposed to the elements for hours at a time, so it gets coated with dust, pollen, bird droppings, and insects that splat up against it.

But you can’t just pull out a bottle of Windex and some paper towels. The wrong materials could damage a mirror’s coating. And if the cleaner is too abrasive, it could even alter the mirror’s carefully figured shape, blurring the view.

So keeping a mirror clean requires some innovative solutions.

At McDonald Observatory, for example, technicians shoot a spray of dry ice at the mirror of the giant Hobby-Eberly Telescope. The small pellets of frozen carbon dioxide are abrasive enough to clear off the dirt and bugs, but not abrasive enough to scratch the mirror. And the pellets quickly vaporize, so there’s no dirty water or cleaning fluid to dispose of.

Every few years, though, a mirror gets so tarnished that it needs a fresh coating. In most cases, the mirror is vacuum-coated with a fresh layer of aluminum or other reflective material. Then it’s back to work—with a clear view of the road ahead.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 05.11.11

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The crowds listened eagerly to Philip when he proclaimed the good news of the reign of God; but his words had to be backed up by action.

Many who were paralysed or lame were cured by Philip, so there was great joy in the city.

One challenge of faith life is to achieve a balance between listening to the word of God, responding by lives of love and care—following the will of God—and then returning to praise God for being there for individuals, communities and nations however inept our fidelity to his will may be.

This overview of faith life was proclaimed by Philip as the reign of God, of God for whom all things exist.

Given this understanding, it makes sense to invite all the earth to cry out to God with joy.


Acts 8:1-8. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy—Ps 65(66):1-7. John 6:35-40.

Okey Francis Lamp, Jr.

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Okey Francis Lamp, Jr.
Age 83, of Harrisville, suddenly passed away, May 09, 2011 at Camden Clark Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born March 25, 1928 at Hebron, WV the son of the late Okey F. and Pearlie Coss Lamp.

Okey was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He graduated from Freed Hardeman University and David Lipscomb University with a Bachelor’s degree in preaching and a minor in history.

He was an evangelist for over 60 years with the last 40 years at Harrisville Church of Christ where he was the active preacher.

He was a former insurance agent for Safe Insurance Company, Harrisville and later Ritchie County Insurance Company.

He was a handyman for many families and businesses in the Harrisville area.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Catherine Patton Lamp; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Frank Barker of Smithville, and Robyn and Joe McKinney of Worthington, WV; two sisters, Juanita Knight and Lucille McCullough, both of St. Marys, WV; two grandchildren, Andrew and Paige Barker and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Darrin Lamp, and sister, Edith Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Evang. Terry Jones officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home, Wednesday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM.

Memorials are preferred to: WV School of Preaching, PO Box 785, Moundsville, WV 26041.

Frances Elizabeth “Betty” Lane

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Frances Elizabeth “Betty” Lane
Age 84, of Ireland, WV, passed away Monday, May 09, 2011 at the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV.

She was born December 27, 1926 in Ireland.

Mrs. Lane graduated from Walkersville High School in 1945 and was a member of the Shamrock CEOS Club of Ireland and the Ireland United Methodist Church.

From 1947 to 1987 she lived in Richwood, WV, where she was a member of Order of Eastern Star and was a former employee at the Rubber Fabricators.

She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth A. Wills and husband, David of Parkersburg and Patricia Richmond and husband, Alan of Craigsville, WV; six grandchildren, Ginger Wills, Nikki Lambiotte, Brandi Dillard, Michael Fidler, Whitney Richmond and Caity Richmond; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Virginia Bennett Cunningham; her husband of 55 years, Virgil L. Lane, whom she married on June 15, 1946, he passed away on May 10, 2001; two sisters, Becky Smith and Helen Cunningham; and one brother, Robert Cunningham.

Services will be held at Noon Thursday, with the Reverend Dave Smith officiating.

Burial will follow in the McCutchan Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Wednesday at the Alkire Funeral Chapel in Ireland.

The Alkire Funeral Chapel of Ireland, WV is in charge of the arrangements.

Nila C. Osborne

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Nila C. Osborne
Age 91, of Broadmore Assisted Living, Hurricane, WV, formerly of Grantsville, WV, passed away May 09, 2011.

She was born July 30, 1919, daughter to Harold and Delia Wilson Kight.

Nila was the oldest living member of the Five Forks Community Church, Five Forks WV, where she had taught Sunday school and Bible school.

She was a former member of the Calhoun General Hospital Auxiliary and a former 4-H club leader.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy D. Gregory (the late Bill) of Bristol, TN, Doris J. Campbell (Joe) of Scott Depot, WV and Barbara L. Campbell (Michael) of Big Springs, WV; son, Carl Ray Osborne (Sandra) of Big Bend, WV; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Carl Osborne, and her eldest son, James R. Osborne.

Funeral services will be conducted 3:00 PM Friday at Stump Funeral Home chapel, Grantsville, with Reverend Alfred Hickman and Reverend Jason Poling officiating.

Interment will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, WV.

Viewing will be from 1:00 - 3:00 PM prior to the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Five Forks Community Church: Sandra Osborne, 403 Broomstick Road, Big Bend WV 26136 or to Hospice, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard, West, Charleston, WV 25312.

05.11.11

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Today - May 11, yyyy

Today is Wednesday, May 11, the 131st day of 2011. There are 234 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “We carry our nemesis within us: yesterday’s self-admiration is the legitimate father of today’s feeling of guilt.“ - Dag Hammarskjold, U-N Secretary-General (1905-1961).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On May 11, 1981, legendary reggae artist Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital at age 36.

On this date:

In 1647, Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor of New Netherland.

In 1811, conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker were born in Siam (now Thailand), giving rise to the term “Siamese twins.“

In 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state of the Union.

In 1911, actor-comedian Phil Silvers was born in New York City.

In 1946, the first CARE packages arrived in Europe, at Le Havre, France.

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman formally dedicated the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state.

In 1960, Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 1973, charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the “Pentagon Papers” case were dismissed by Judge William M. Byrne, who cited government misconduct.

In 1981, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats,“ based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,“ opened in London.

In 1996, an Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board.

Ten years ago:
•  A jury in Pittsburgh sentenced Richard Baumhammers to death for killing five people in a racially motivated shooting rampage. (Baumhammers is appealing his sentence.)
•  Miss Puerto Rico Denise Quinones August was crowned Miss Universe.
•  Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,“ died in Santa Barbara, Calif., at age 49.

Five years ago:
•  Lawmakers demanded answers after a USA Today report that the National Security Agency was secretly collecting records of millions of ordinary Americans’ phone calls; President George W. Bush sought to assure Americans their civil liberties were being “fiercely protected.“
•  A priest was convicted in Toledo, Ohio, of murdering a nun; the Rev. Gerald Robinson was immediately sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the 1980 death of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl. Former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson died in New Paltz, N.Y., at age 71.

One year ago:
•  British Prime Minister Gordon Brown resigned, ending 13 years of the Labour Party government and paving the way for Conservative David Cameron to become Britain’s next leader.
•  Italian designer Giuliana Coen Camerino, credited with making handbags a fashion item, died in Venice at age 90.

Today’s Birthdays:
Comedian Mort Sahl is 84
Rock singer Eric Burdon (The Animals; War) is 70
Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (SHOH’-reh ahg-DAHSH’-loo) is 59
Actress Frances Fisher is 59
Actor Boyd Gaines is 58
Country musician Mark Herndon (Alabama) is 56
Actress Martha Quinn is 52
Country singer-musician Tim Raybon (The Raybon Brothers) is 48
Actor Jeffrey Donovan is 43
Country musician Keith West (Heartland) is 43
Actor Coby Bell is 36
Cellist Perttu Kivilaakso (PER’-tuh KEE’-wee-lahk-soh) is 33
Actor Jonathan Jackson is 29
Actor Cory Monteith (TV: “Glee”) is 29

WV Lottery - 05.10.11

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Gilmer County to Start Project Lifesaver

Sheriff Mickey E Metz announced that the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department and the Volunteer Fire Department has completed training on Project Lifesaver.

The program will be up and running on June 01, 2011.

Sheriff Metz stated, we currently have a total of 16 trained Project Lifesaver personnel in the county,  All 5 members of the Sheriff’s Department and 11 members of the Volunteer Fire Department.

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(L-R) Gary Radcliff, Larry Gerwig

Chief Larry Gerwig of the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department and Gary Radcliff from the Volunteer Fire Department are both certified trainer for Project Lifesaver and will be responsible for training classes in Gilmer County.


Project Lifesaver is a program that assists families and caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and other related disabilities.

Before Project Lifesaver, the only option available to locate these individuals was to conduct an extensive, costly, and potential lengthy search that often involved hundreds of personnel from local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and rescue squads. These searches could take up to several days or even weeks.

Project Lifesaver relies on proven tracking technology, combined with specially trained search and rescue teams, to return adults and children who have wandered, to their loved ones.

Each wristband emits a unique pulse-carrier wave radio frequency tracking signal.

When a participant is reported missing, a specially trained Project Lifesaver search and rescue team responds to the wanderers’ area with the mobile locator tracking system.

In areas where this system has been used, search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes, which can mean the difference between life and death.

Project Lifesaver gives caregivers peace of mind and reassurance and saves time, manpower, money and most of all saves lives.

 

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Members of the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department and
Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department trained for Project Lifesaver

Here is a list of caregivers Frequently Asked Questions:


Cost of the Client:
There is a $10.00 monthly fee for battery and wristband replacement.

Client Eligibility:
Transmitters will be placed with clients (only) at the request of a legally responsible party. Client must have a cognitive disability, tendency to wander and a primary caregiver providing ongoing daily hands on care.

Caregiver Responsibilities:
Caregiver must check the battery everyday and record it in a log and notify the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office immediately if the battery dies or if there is a problem with the client wearing the bracelet or with the battery tester. Caregiver must notify 911 immediately if the client is missing.

Who is Responsible For Replacing the Battery?
The Project Lifesaver Administrator (Sheriff Mickey E Metz) will assign trained personnel to replace the battery on a monthly schedule. The Project Lifesaver Administrator will determine if the client is to come in each month or if someone will go to the client’s home each month. This decision will be based on the client’s ability to travel.

How Easy is it to Remove the Band?
The wristband is similar to the hospital ID band, only stronger. To remove, it must be cut off. The band can be worn on the wrist or ankle.

Will the Client Own the Equipment?
NO the equipment is the property of the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office. The caregiver will enter into a contract to utilize the equipment. The equipment must be returned to the agency when the client no longer needs it.

Will this work if the Client Leaves the Area?
Yes, if your destination has Project Lifesaver.


Please contact the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office at 304.462.7441 for more information.

It’s Official: Gilmer County BOE Names New Superintendent

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Gilmer County Schools will soon have a new superintendent.

Dr. William (Bill) K. Simmons will take over as Superintendent on July 01, 2011.

Dr. Simmons has been an educator at all levels, and administrator for many years.

Most recently, he has been with Marshall University as a graduate level professor.

Dr. Simmons thinks education is most important for our kids in the state where more money is going for the prison system than education.

He looks forward to helping the Gilmer County school system with the challenges it faces.

“There is no substitute for a good teacher”, Dr. Simmons stated.  He added that teachers should be given what they need to do their job, and it is the administrator’s job to assist them.

He said the people of Gilmer County need changes made to the education system, and he is prepared to help with that.

He gave his pledge to the Board and School System to do what it takes to help educators and students.

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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report - 05.09.11

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Judge Jack Alsop presided over his regular monthly motion day on Monday, May 09, 2011 and heard 5 juvenile reviews.

•  One was scheduled for further review on Monday, August 08, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

•  One on Monday, August 08, 2011 at 9:15 AM.

•  One on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

•  One was dismissed.

•  One was reset for Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

Gilmer County Board of Education: Employment, Postings, and Report - 05.09.11

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Resignations
•  Approved resignation for Retirement – Freddie Helmick , effective June 20, 2011


Employment:

•  Ricky Roberts - Custodian for Energy Express Summer Program 2011

•  Tonya Talbert - Custodian III, Gilmer County High School (Night shift )

•  Tammy Smith - Extended School Year Sp. Ed. Aide, GCHS


Substitute Teachers for the Remainder of the 2010-11 School Year

•  Tracy Arnold - Elementary Education

•  Kelly Bell - RESA Certified – Regents Degree in English, Math, Music

•  Brian Large - RESA Certified – Microbiology and Chemistry

•  Brittany Conrad - English and Math

•  Lawrence Lauderman - Social Studies

•  Stacey Butler - Elementary Education and Social Studies

•  Richard Burkowski - Social Studies

•  Allison Drane - English

•  Megan Murphy - Elementary Education and Early Education

•  Brianna Lowther - Elementary Education and Early Education

•  Rebecca Chesser - Elementary Education, English, and Social Studies

•  Angela King - Elementary Education and Early Education

•  Joseph Evans - Business Education


•  Dr. William K. Simmons - Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools effective July 01, 2011
Two year term with salary of $80,000.00 for year-1, and $82,500.00 for year-2.


Postings:

•  Federal Programs Director

•  Executive Secretary, Special Education and Federal Programs


Superintendent’s Report:

•  OEPA Visit : Last Monday, the Gilmer County Schools had a surprise visit by Donna Davis with ten other people from the State Department for an audit.
Superintendent said they usually give a five day notice, but this was a surprise.
He also said they had concerns about the facilities and the leadership in the county school system.
The auditors are to come back with the results of the audit.
The audit lasted three days.

•  Years of Service Request – Barbara Runyon: Since Superintendent Bennett had not completed his findings, he promised he will have an answer next board meeting.

•  OEPA was concerned about the facilities and lack of CEFP plan which the board has been asking for.
Superintendent said a plan is in the works for the board to review.
He promised the plan will be taken care of by the end of June.


Miscellaneous Business:

•  Approved Budget Transfers in the amount of $16,026.47

•  Approved Budget Supplements in the amount of $202,345.00

•  Approved Invoices in the amount of $90,488.49

•  Appointment of Misty Pritt, Board President and John Bennett, Superintendent to Exploratory Committee to meet with a similar group from Lewis County to meet with Dr. Mark Manchin, SBA and other appropriate parties to seek funds for a regional elementary school.
Note: There is a property available with half in Gilmer County and half in Lewis County. Using this property the school will be in both counties.


•  Approved the annual memorandum of understanding for the budget of extension service for the $25,000 given to them by the Board.


•  Approved the Gilmer County High School out of state trip to Marietta funded by GearUp.


•  Approved Summer Hours for Maintenance - Superintendent Bennett recommended a 4-day, 35 hour work week for Jess McVaney.


Upcoming Meeting:

•  Regular Meeting – Monday, May 23, 2011, GCHS Library, 7:00 PM.

WV Special Gubernatorial Primary Election: The End Is Near

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Just a handful of days remain before the Special Gubernatorial Primary Election in West Virginia.

And Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, one of the six Democrat candidates, says she likes where she’s sitting.  “I feel really good about my campaign because the messages are resonating with folks,“ Tennant said on Monday’s MetroNews Talkline.

She says she is keeping her campaign strategy simple in the final days.

“It becomes a field game.  It becomes the ground work and, depending on the turnout, you get the folks out who are supporting you and that’s how I’m going to win this,“ Tennant said.  “I go all over the state and I talk with folks and we talk about the issues.“

Recent poll numbers put Governor Earl Ray Tomblin well in the lead for the Democrat nomination ahead of Primary Election Day.  In an independent poll from Public Policy Polling last month, the Democrat candidates stacked up in the following order:

Governor Tomblin, state Treasurer John Perdue, Tennant, House Speaker Rick Thompson, Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler and Kanawha County Resident Arne Moltis.

On the Republican side, former Secretary of State Betty Ireland is at the top of the list of the eight Republican candidates followed by Morgantown Businessman Bill Maloney, Randolph County State Senator Clark Barnes, Jackson County Delegate Mitch Carmichael, Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia, former Delegate Larry Faircloth, Professor Bill Clark and former Westover Mayor Cliff Ellis.

Early voting runs through Wednesday throughout West Virginia.

Gilmer County Family Court Report - 05.06.11

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On Friday, May 06, 2011 Family Court Judge Larry Whited presided over a 2 page docket in Gilmer County.


•  One divorce was granted:

Lisa Ullom (55) of Cox’s Mills Divorced Kim Ullom (56) of Glenville on 05.06.11


•  A temporary relief hearing was scheduled, but neither defendant nor his counsel appeared.


•  Temporary orders were entered in 9 cases with final orders to be entered at a later date.

Blennerhassett Island to Open Today

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High water kept one West Virginia State Park from opening on time.  However, the 2011 Spring and Summer Season will begin Tuesday at Blennerhassett Island.

Park Superintendent Donna Smith says Mother Nature just hasn’t been cooperating.  “The [Ohio] River’s been high most of February, March and April and into May, so it’s nice to see the river coming down,“ she said.

The park was supposed to open on May 1st.  However, Smith says the water was too swift for even her maintenance crew to boat over until late last week.

“The first day we were able to run our barge and tug boat was last Friday. We were going to start running them on Thursday and the river was so high, we went to Plan B.  We used our pontoon boat to get all the gift shop and concessionaire stuff in.“

By Friday, the water was down enough they were able to load the horses they house on the Island and the wagons onto the barge and move them over to the Island.

Smith says her crew worked all weekend.

“We had a lot of flooding on the Island, lot of debris that had to be cut up and put away.  Mother Nature just held us up for ten days this year.“

The park did lose out financially because of the bad weather.  Between May 1st and the second week of June, hundreds of school children visit Blennerhassett Island for field trips.

“I believe there might have been three schools that could not reschedule. The rest of the ones that were scheduled for the first 10 days rescheduled. So it could have been worse than what it is.“

Smith is hoping for a sunny and slow moving river this summer to pick up some of the tourist traffic they lost out on last week.

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Gilmer County: Local Emergency Planning Meeting - 05.12.11

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The LEPC will meet on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 5:30 PM.

The meeting will be held at the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 in Glenville.

Refreshments will be served.

Gilmer Gadabouts Meeting – 05.12.11

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The Gilmer Gadabouts will hold their May meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at C.J. Maggies in Buckhannon at 12:00 Noon and Shopping as well.

Carpools will depart at 11:00 AM from Glenville Foodland.

Gilmer County FRN Meeting – Wednesday, 05.11.11

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The Gilmer County Family Resource Network will hold their regularly scheduled monthly meeting at the Gilmer County FRN office at 113 E. Main Street in Glenville on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information call: 304.462.7545.

WV Asks EPA to OK Insecticide for Orchards

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has added its voice to that of Virginia Tech University scientists and experts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approve the use of Dinetefuran in orchards in the mid-Atlantic region of the country.

The insect it would target is the brown marmorated stinkbug (BMSB), a variety of stinkbug that was first identified in Allentown, PA in 2001, and has quickly become a major pest to farmers and homeowners in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle and in neighboring states.

Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass said BMSB is one of the worst pests he has ever seen.

“Like most invasive species, this variety of stinkbug has no natural predators,” Commissioner Douglass said. “Some fruit growers reported as much as an 80 percent loss on their crop last year, and there’s no reason to believe that this year will be much different unless we can find some effective means to control this insect.”

EPA currently allows the use of dinetefuran on vegetables, grapes and cotton and it is sprayed on orchards in Japan. However, it has not yet been approved for orchard use in the United States.

BMSB also becomes a major headache for homeowners in the fall when the insects move indoors in huge numbers to seek protection from the cold weather. True to its name, BMSB emits a strong odor, especially when alarmed.

Research is ongoing at universities in the region and at the USDA Agricultural Research Center in Bardane and at the WVU Extension Service Tree Fruit Research Center in Kearneysville, both in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle.

However, most experts believe the new use for an existing chemical could be a strong tool for dealing with BMSB.

“We’re hoping that we can get approval by mid-August when the fruits are larger and more of the damage occurs,” said Grant Bishop, who manages WVDA’s pesticide regulatory program.

BMSB feeds on peaches, apples, blackberries, sweet corn, field corn and soybeans – along with approximately 300 other host-plant species. BMSB pierces the skin of fruit and sucks the juice from inside, causing dimpling and rot.

Fruit damaged by the Asian stinkbug typically is not destroyed, but it must be diverted to the processing market, yielding growers about one-tenth the income they would have received on the fresh-fruit market.

A fruit industry group estimates apple losses reached $37 million in 2010 from BMSB for mid-Atlantic apple growers.

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