The Richmond Register

July 17, 2013

The season is ripe for blueberry picking

By Tim Jones
Columnist

RICHMOND — Madison County Republican Women will host the annual potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Madison County Fairgrounds on Irvine Road. Tickets at the door will be $10 for adults. Children under 12 eat for free. Club members will prepare the food.

A fundraising auction will be conducted by former state Rep. Lonnie Napier. Scheduled speakers include Rep. Andy Barr and a representative from Mitch McConnell's office. Everyone is welcome. Call Connie Hendrix at 623-5195 for more information.

Kentucky Blood Center will have a team at Union City Ruritan from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. All donors will receive a $10 Walmart card.

A hunter safety class will be conducted at the Ruritan building July 25-27. Thursday and Friday classes will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday morning class will take place at a shooting range. Time and place will be announced during class.

My wife and I thank Jane Harris for a tour of her blueberry patch Wednesday morning. From her 30-years of experience, she gave us a brief summary of blueberry culture. In addition to the right soil and water, the most critical matter is netting to keep the birds out. Without nets, birds will always find the ripe berries before she does.

Jane’s berry patch contains about 200 bushes from 5 to 7 feet tall, and they must be picked every day from early June to late July. Berries should be picked in the early morning before 9 a.m., so picking begins at 6:30 a.m. Jane says the berries are now in “jam and jelly mode.” In addition to the picking, she has been making jams and jellies. Certainly, this is a fascinating project, and it is near Union City!

Belated birthday wishes to Lola Harris, last Friday; Bonnie Russell and Richard Childers, Monday; Macie Eades, Tuesday; and Brandon Abney, Wednesday.

Happy birthday this week to Nadine Thomas, today; Lane Thomas Owen, Sunday; Brandon Kirby, Monday; and Dawn Owen and Leon Lamb, next Thursday. If you have news or announcements let me know at 623-3880 or email drtech@roadrunner.com.