Questions of the Week — Readers ask about internet project area, political deadlines and peanuts

The following questions were asked recently by inquiring readers:

 

Q: I was interested this week, hearing how a company will be installing new fiber to bring high speed internet to a rural area near McCool Junction. My question is do they really not have any internet service now?

A: Company representatives, while speaking with the county commissioners, said these residences are “unserved” at this point.

 

Q: During the county board meeting this week, a short report was made regarding noxious weeds in the county last year. That had me remembering when Woody Ziegler became a county commissioner and he asked for more information about what weeds are considered noxious in Nebraska. So my question is if you can list for us the different types of weeds that have been classified as noxious in Nebraska.

A: The noxious weed list in Nebraska includes: Canada Thistle, Leafy Spurge, Saltcedar, Sericea Lespedeza, Plumeless Thistle, Musk Thistle, Japanese Knotwood, Salt Cedar, Diffuse Knapweed, Purple Loosestrife, Phragmites and Cutleaf Tea, according to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

 

Q: My kids walk to the bus stop every morning and there are still some sidewalks that aren’t cleared off, which makes it hard for little ones to walk. Isn’t everyone supposed to clean off their sidewalks, according to city regulations?

A: City ordinances say all property owners are responsible for clearing off the snow from the sidewalks on their properties.

If someone is unable to clear off the snow themselves, there are various private companies in the York area who provide snow removal services.

 

Q: Will there be a specific time for a presentation regarding interstate area development planning when the city has that special meeting next Wednesday?

A: No. This will be an open house format – not a special meeting – and people can come and go as they want. The open house will last from 4:30-6 p.m. This will be a chance for the public to give their input into what they would like to see at the interchange as the pedestrian bridge is built, the trail system is extended and further development takes place in that area.

 

Q: A few weeks ago, I sent in questions about the school’s possible growth plans for the future but they haven’t been answered yet. Will you be doing that?

A: Yes, all of that will be featured next week at JMW.com.

 

Q: I’m not much of a seafood person myself so when I see on the Food Network they are making sea scallops, I’m always curious as to what on earth are sea scallops.

A: They are a type of mollusk – meaning the interior muscle surrounded by two shells, similar to an oyster or a clam.

 

Q: When I was a kid, I think one summer we had a special 4-H project in that we grew peanuts. Am I remembering that correctly, that peanuts can be grown in the Midwest?

A: Yes, they can be a fun addition to the home garden even in the Midwest, although they are commercially grown in the southeastern United States.

This writer also remembers growing peanuts as a special 4-H project as a kid – although she can’t remember how successful the endeavor was.

The University of Iowa says peanuts grow best in loose, well-drained soils. Avoid wet, poorly drained sites and clay soils. Plant peanuts after the danger of frost is past. Peanuts require a soil temperature of 65 degrees for germination. Sow peanut seeds one to 1 ½ inches deep and six to eight inches apart. Rows should be spaced 24 to 36 inches apart.

For home gardens in the Midwest, the varieties that are suggested include Spanish, Early Spanish, Virginia Improved and Jumbo Virginia.

Peanuts are harvested in late summer or early fall. After they have been dug up, they have to be cured in a warm, dry shed or garage. After the plants have dried for one or two weeks, pull the pods from the plants and dry the peanuts for an additional one or two weeks. Once dried, place the pods in mesh bags and store them in a cool, well-ventilated place until they are roasted.

 

Q: What is the new deadline for people to apply for the county board seat for District 2?

A: It’s today, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m.

 

Q: When do local incumbents have to file to run for office again?

A: Incumbents have to file for Primary races by Feb. 15. Non-incumbents have to file by March 1.

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