Tonawanda News

Opinion

May 10, 2014

Wild onions on the loose

Tonawanda News — After taking some items to Ann Marie Zon for her Nicaragua Mission Project last week, she and her friend Peggy were talking about the dearth of large rummage sales this year.

“We usually can fill a truck with what’s leftover from a large sale,” Ann Marie said. “But for some reason instead we only fill the truck half way. By this time, we would have 16 sales scheduled but this year, about half.”

The women thought the reason for fewer sales is that they are run by folks who are getting older and just can’t organize large sales anymore.

But thanks to donations from area churches, schools and individuals, the project continues to send about 16, 18-wheeler trucks filled with donations each year.

Our “junk” is truly a treasure to those who have nothing.

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In my yard (and maybe yours) wild onions have expanded their “territory” into the grass. So I asked my sister, who is a horticulturalist, if she knew what would kill them other than Roundup, which I dislike using.

“Vinegar,” she answered. “And salt.”

“I’m not making a salad, I want to kill the onions,” I replied.

 Seems spraying onions and other weeds with vinegar and sprinkling salt on the leaves, will kill them. So I sprayed the vinegar and added salt — next day, the onions had keeled over, dead.

The only thing she didn’t mention is that the vinegar/salt combination will also kill grass. I’m now using it to kill the grass in the cracks in the sidewalk.

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Because my daughter and family live in Wheatfield off Ward Road, the drive has encountered the horrible condition of the road at Payne and Ward. The potholes forced drivers to go five miles an hour or risk their car tires. Well, last week, thanks to the North Tonawanda DPW, the entire intersection has been repaved. The DPW has been inundated with complaints about potholes, and to its credit, crews are doing the best they can to take care of them. Road crews have a plan for which streets are done first, and although that doesn’t help if your street is 47th on the list, be patient and drive slower.

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