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State Plans Public Meeting To
Explain Gypsy Moth Program
D I E.KJV. *. AKLSUN
The Mate will treat large areas of Brunswick
County woodlands next spring in hopes of pre
venting a new strain of tree-eating insects from
spreading throughout the southeast, an agriculture
official told county commissioners Monday.
A public meeting to explain the program will
be held Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the public assembly
building at the county government complex in
Last July, a German ship docked at the
Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point was found
to be infested with Asian gypsy months, one of
the most damaging plant pests ever brought to our
Its close relative, the European gypsy moth,
already affects more than 4.2 million acres of
forests each year. The Asian gypsy moth, now on
the loose in Brunswick County, poses an even
greater threat, according to W.A. Dickerson, plant
pest administrator for the N.C. Department of
"Comparing the European gypsy moth to the
Asian is like comparing an ox cart to a sports
car," Dickerson told the commissioners.
While the males of both moth species are able
to fly, the female European gypsy moth cannot.
She normally lays her eggs where she emerges
from her cocoon.
The female Asian gypsy moth can fly up to 20
miles after reaching adulthood, allowing this
strain to spread rapidly into new forest lands.
Neither species is native to North America.
Since its introduction into the United States in
1869, the European gypsy moth has become es
tablished in 16 northeastern states from Maine to
Michigan and south as far as Norlh Carolina.
I he Asian gypsy moth was first identified in
the U.S. late in 1991 near seaports in Washington,
Oregon and British Columbia. It was probably in
troduced by Russian ships visiting west coast
ports. The discovery of Asian moths in Bruns
wick County is the first on the East Coast.
Agriculture officials want to move quickly to
contain the spread of the new pest for several rea
sons. While the European variety moved relative
ly slowly through the northeast at a rate of about
five to 20 miles a year, an Asian gypsy moth in
festation could spread at a rate of 36 miles each
Dickerson said (he state has not finalized its
plan for controlling the spread of gypsy moths.
He expects a treatment schedule to be adopted
"before Christmas." It is likely to entail the appli
cation of pesticides across large areas of wood
land between April 15 and May 15.
That's when gypsy moth eggs normally hatch
and when the caterpillars begin feeding on tree
leaves. Once hatched, the caterpillars move to the
tops of trees, attach a silky thread to an upper
branch and are carried by the wind to other trees.
They normally feed at night. But when popu
lations are high the larval gypsy moths feed day
and night until the foliage of the host tree is
stripped. Then they crawl in search of a new food
After a week or two in a cocoon, the adult
gypsy moth emerges for the sole purpose of mat
ing and laying eggs, usually between July and
September. Adults die after the eggs are laid
While European gypsy moths favor hardwood
trees, they will also feed on pines when popula
tions are high. Asian gypsy moths are more vora
cious feeders ? causing more damage to their host
trees ? and may be more likely to feed on
Two types of insecticide are commonly used
to control gypsy moths. One is a natural bacteria
that acts as a poison on leaf-eating caterpillars
while remaining harmless to fish, reptiles, am
phibians, birds and mammals (including humans).
Known as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), it is also
harmless to beneficial insects and washes off of
foliage in a few days, leaving no lasting residues
in the ground or water.
The other insecticide, commonly sold under
the trade name Dimilin. works by weakening the
cuticle or outer skin of the gypsy moth larva. It
can likewise affect the shells of shrimp, blue crab
and other marine life and is not allowed to be
used over open bodies of water.
Dimilin has the advantage of clinging to a
plant to provide long-lasting protection, since it is
not easily washed off by rain. However, it may af
fect other insects.
For more information about gypsy moths and
the state's plan to control them, contact Milton
Coleman, Director of the N.C. Cooperative
Extension Service in Bolivia at 253-4425.
Reno Coieman of Brunswick
Electric Membership Corporation,
Shallotte, placed fourth among a
field of 21 con
tenders in the
ition Oct. 11.
who won a local
his own cooper
ative, raced COLEMAN
against the clock to complete the
simulated rescue exercise in 2 min
utes, 8.94 seconds. Coleman was al
so a finalist in 1989 and 1991.
Alan Grooms of French Broad
Electric Membership Corporation,
Marshall, took first-place honors
and the $500 grand prize with a time
of 2 minutes, 2.91 seconds.
All the contestants earned an op
portunity to compete in the state
wide elimination by winning a local
contest at co-ops throughout the
state. Each of the state's 28 co-ops
participated in the program.
In each competition, participants
were required to radio an emergency
call from a bucket truck, put on
climbing gear and a tool belt, climb
a 35-foot pole, lower a 105-pound
dummy to safety and perform life
saving procedures. Judges selected
the winners on the basis of their
speed and adherence to safety rules.
A Troll Book Fair will be held in
the Union Elementary School li
brary the week of Oct. 25-29.
Hours will be 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
During those hours students, teach
ers and parents are welcome to
browse and to make book purchases.
More information is available
from the school.
Stop That Clock
STAFF PHOTO BY SUSAN USHER
Alice Hill (center) raises her arms to stop the clock as barehanded competitor Dorothy Hill (left) con
tinues opening oysters Saturday in the N.C. Oyster Shucking Championship. Looking on at right is
Karen McNeil , later named the new state champion.
OIB Proposal Would Relax
Height Limit By Four Feet
BY LYNN CARLSON
Ocean Isle Beach citizens can tell
the town commissioners Nov. 9
whether they favor a proposal to re
lax residential building height re
strictions so that new two-story
homes built in the V-zone, or flood
hazard areas, can conform to both
town and federal regulations.
The hearing is scheduled for 8:30
a.m. in the town hall, prior to the
regular November commissioners'
meeting at 9.
The proposal, submitted to the
commissioners Oct. 12 by Planning
Board Chairman DeCarol William
son, will let V-zone homebuilders
exceed the current 36-foot heigh!
limitation by no more than four feet
to allow them "two eight-foot-high
ceilings on two living area floors so
long as the lowest living floor is
constructed within one foot, two
inches of the required flood plain or
dinance base flood elevation."
Williamson said the proposal will
allow homebuilders to meet federal
regulations requiring them to build
on high pilings in the flood hazard
zone without forcing them to have
"real flat roofs," which he said sus
tain more damage in storms than
The proposal will keep property
owners from constructing "funny
looking buildings" in order to con
form to local and federal rules while
trying to maximize use of their land.
"Everyone (building) on the
beach should be able to have two
living floors and a X; pitch on their
roof," Williamson said.
Building Inspector Druied Rob
erson said the latest V-zones, estab
lished by the Federal Emergency
Management Administration (FE
MA) include an area at the corner of
Second and Raeford streets. He
added that he has been approached
by officials in other Brunswick
County towns about the possibility
of conducting an independent flood
elevation study, adding that FEMA's
maps appear illogical in some areas.
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Fits To A T
Showing off the T-shirts commemorating this year *s N.C. Oyster
Festival is Lisa Anglin, staff accountant for the South Brunswick
Islands Chamber of Commerce.
BEGINS AT 7 PM
Forum Set Oct. 28
At Seasisde Church
Sunset Beach Taxpayers Asso
ciation will sponsor a candidates'
forum Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.
at Seaside United Methodist Church.
The event is open to all Sunset
Beach candidates and residents, said
SBTA President Clete Waldmiller.
Serving as moderator for the
event will be Lynn Carlson, manag
ing editor of The Brunswick Beacon.
Yolanda Jones, staff writer for the
Myrtle Beach Sun-News will ques
tion ihe candidates.
Each candidate will be given two
! minutes to present a prepared state
ment of views, after which questions
I will be asked by Jones.
At Sunset Beach, incumbent
Mayor Mason Barber is being chal
lenged by former councilmember
Councilmembers D.G. "Bud"
Scrantom, Edward Gore Sr. and
Julia Thomas are being challenged
by Paul E. (Ed) Hughes, Therese
Regan and Herb Klinker. Three will
be chosen from the six.
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