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Thursday, October 19, 1995 - THE KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALC Page 5
KIWANIS OFFICERS - Pictured are the new officers of the Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club at the recent
installation of officers. Front row, from left, Rev. Harold Schwantes, second-vice-president; Ronnie
Hawkins, president; David Neisler, treasurer; and Lt. Gov. Doug Moon of Hendersonville, the installing
officer. Back row, Phil Bouchard, first vice-president, and Tom Potter, secretary.
‘DIRECTORS OF KIWANIS CLUB - Pictured are the newly-istalled directors of the Kings Mountain
Kiwanis Club. Front row, from left, Helen Hatch, Gene White and Dr. Jeff Mauney. Back row, Tim Miller,
Doyle Cawapbell, Jerry DePew and Lt. Governor Doug Moon of Hendersonville, the installing officer.
Open Gate Garden Club meets
Fourteen members of the Open Gate Garden Club
met at the Mauney Memorial Library October 11. Mrs.
James Crawford and Mrs. Raymond Talbert served a
delicious dessert with apple cider.
Mrs. Eugene McCarter opened the meeting and in-
troduced Mrs. Paul McGinnis who gave the program,
"Trees of the White House Grounds."
The White House grounds bloom with bits of
American History from magnolia trees planted during
Andrew Jackson's presidency to a Willow Oak, a Little
Leaf Linden and an American Elm planted by
President and Mrs. Bill Clinton.
McGinnis stated that Irvin Williams, the head gar-
dener at the White House, has 44 years of memories of
presidents and cherry blossoms on the White House
grounds. He oversees a staff of 18 and eight other gar-
deners tend a greenhouse elsewhere in the city.
Thomas Jefferson planted the first landscaping.
Now there are 400 trees and 4700 shrubs that cover
180 acres. Each year there are 100,000 spring bulbs
planted which are donated. There are 8,000 bright red
tulips. The magnolia blossoms drift softly over the
grass near the Rose Garden.
In the Jacqueline Kennedy garden on the east side of
the White House, topiary hollies frame springtime hys
acinths, pansies and tulips. B
McGinnis gave each member a map of the White
House grounds which lists the trees planted and the los
cation of each tree donated by the different Presidents.
Plans for the Woman's Club fall festival on October 18
were discussed. The club iis responsible for arranges
ments in three niches and a table. This year the ary
rangements will be judged and blue ribbons awarded. 3
Twelve members participated in the cleanup project.
Five members plan to attend the District meeting
October 24 at the Peninsula Club on Lake Norman. #
Timely tips were given by Mrs. Eugene Roberts:
Now is the time to plant poppies and separate Shasta
daisies. Get your beds ready and make plans for the
planting of spring bulbs.
A lovely flower arrangement was made by Mrs,
Crawford and Mrs. Talbert. It consisted of mixed gar
den flowers that included Dracena, holly, begonin
mock orange and caladium leaves.
Door prizes were won by Mrs. McGinnis and "t
KM Garden Club hears 'Tree-rific' program)
The Kings Mountain Garden Club held its October
meeting at the home of Mrs. Fran Sincox on Edgemont
Drive Wednesday afternoon.
Entrances to the house were decorated with yellow
mums, a friendly scarecrow and a wreath of dried fall
leaves, straw and dried flowers. The dining room table
was festive with a natural arrangement of orange and
yellow lanterns. The breakfast room and den held spe-
cial seasonal decorations that had belonged to Mrs.
Sincox's mother, including papier-mache cat lanterns,
a bright orange ceramic pumpkin and Halloween char-
Upon arrival, the 14 members were served a deli-
cious dessert plate of Italian cream cake, cheese bis-
cuits, peach yogurt and cinnamon praline coffee.
Rounding out the Halloween theme were jack-o-
lantern napkins and Halloween candy.
Mrs. Emily Suber introduced the guest speaker,
Suzanne Simmons from the Schiele Museum of
Natural History in Gastonia. Simmons, who is in-
volved with Environmental Education Studies at the
Museum, presented a delightful and timely program
for autumn entitled, "Tree-rific Adventures."
Simmons said trees are the oldest and largest living
things in nature today. Although many people take
them for granted, they provide oxygen, shelter, mois-
ture, homes for wildlife, beauty, shade and an anchor
for soil. In the N. C. Wildlife Magazine, Charles
Wooten notes that "a gnarled old oak, which may have
well over half a million leaves, can lose as much as
1,000 gallons of water a day to evaperation. That same
old oak that pleases the eye and provides nuts for
squirrels also produces the effect of more than a mil-
lion BTU's or the cooling effect equal to a hundred or
more aid conditioners.
Simmons passed around wooden items for member§
to see as she described their uses, past and presenti
While living in houses made from the rounded bark of
the tulip tree, native Americans utilized wooden bows;
spears, domestic and garden tools and toys. They alsg
used wood for fire, mortar, food and medicine. 2
Simmons said the early settlers used wood for log
houses, fences, tools, dishes, toys, furniture, looms§
spinning wheels, ornaments, charcoal, food sourcesg
medicine and other things. Today, wood is used chiefl
for homes, furniture, books, paper, rayon and food and
Arrows made by native Americans were composed
of the two woods. The shaft was made of river cane
which grows only in the southeastern US and the point
of the arrow was made of dogwood. Hickory, a very
dense, strong wood, was used to make hatchet handles.
The knots of oak trees were used for bowls and
cups, she said. Pecans are still a food source. Black
walnut was used in older sewing kits and tulip bark,
obtained in late May or early June, was used for bucks,
ets. White oak was used for baskets.
The garden clubbers enjoyed making an assortment
of wood cookies from the basket of leaves they exam-
ined with a magnifying glass, determining the age of
the wood by counting the rings. The oldest found was
cedar wood with 58 rings. y
Using the cross sections as examples, Simmons ex-
plained tht the center is called the heart wood, which is
somewhat of a misnomer, as it is actually dead but
supplies structure and support.
Trees are enjoyed this time of year for the beauty
and color of their leaves, she said. Cold nights produce
the most intense leaf colors, with yellow being the first
See Garden Club. 7-B 2
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