The 17-year locust: Coming this spring to a tree near
by Bob Stealey
A couple weeks ago, Joe Trupo hes a U.S. marshal,
a former state police commander and an ex-Harrison County sheriff called
me, commenting that the 17-year locust will soon be appearing over a large
part of the state.
I contacted the state Division of Forestry in Fairmont,
and received a short letter from District Forester Lowell McPherson and
some accompanying information. So I thought Id pass along some of the
information, especially to farmers and those with a number of trees on
Sherry F. Hutchinson, forest entomologist, urges
people to go easy on pruning. She pointed out that three separate species
of periodical cicadas (Magicicada septendecim, M. cassini and M. septendecula)
will appear this spring over most of the state during the scheduled Brood
V emergence the largest brood in West Virginia.
The Brood V emergency includes the Northern Panhandle,
north central West Virginia, parts of Western West Virginia, parts of Fayette,
Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, Hampshire and Mineral counties, plus the
northern portion of Mason County. The 17-year locusts are also known as
periodical cicadas. Their life cycles take 17 years to complete.
According to Ms. Hutchinson, Damage occurs when
the female cicada cuts two parallel slits in small twigs, where she lays
24-28 eggs. Sometimes a continuous slit 2-3 inches long is formed as she
slowly makes her way up a twig.
She mentioned that the slits cause flagging, or
breakage, to the tips of the branches. She urged that in order to
help reduce cicada damage, it was recommended that homeowners in the winter
take it easy when pruning ornamentals and fruit trees. By light pruning
then, the majority of damaged twigs may be pruned out next winter.
Ms. Hutchinson says the best way to prevent damage
is to cover young trees with cheesecloth, finely-woven netting or tobacco
shade cloth. This prevents female cicadas from laying eggs in the twigs,
Persons interested can obtain a publication on the
periodical cicada on request by writing the West Virginia Department of
Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston,
WV 2i6305-1091, or by calling (304) 558-2212.
At least three people have contacted me about the
photo of the baseball team that appeared last Friday in A Look Back in
Time, a feature that appears daily in the Telegram.
Braden Swaney, Howard Smith and J.V. Johnson confirmed
that the players were members of the Clarksburg Generals.
Mr. Johnson stated that it was possible the Clarksburg Generals belonged
to the Mid-Atlantic League, which consisted of teams from Wheeling, Fairmont
and Charlerois, Pa. They played their home games in Nutter Fort. Braden
H. Swaney III said his grandfather, Braden H. Doc Swaney, played on the
Mr. Smith said the photo that appeared on April
9 was probably taken after the 1930s. He said at one time the players wore
the letter C on their caps and the letter G appeared on their uniforms.
My thanks to these three folks who responded to
my challenge in the caption beneath the photo.
A reminder to members of the Washington Irving High
School Classes of 1963 and 1964: There will be a reunion planning team
meeting at Robert C. Byrd High School at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 25.
Next BobnAlong on Sunday, April 18. Have a great weekend.
services need more
When it comes to our problem-ridden emergency squad
system, it seems like a logical concept. But given the distrust and ill
feelings that apparently exist among several Harrison County squads, its
one that we wont be seeing anytime soon.
Thats too bad. Our emergency response system is pretty much a mess.
Five non-profit ambulance services operate in Harrison
County, along with three for-profit ones; the latter arent dispatched
by the 911. A recent independent report on the non-profit services termed
them as inefficient with duplication of services, poor communication
And what does this mean to the individual who may
be desperately in need of emergency transportation? Simply put, the ambulance
situated in the station nearby isnt necessarily going to be the one to
respond to that persons call for help; he or she may have to wait for
one to arrive from out-of-town.
While the Harrison County Commission recently asked
the EMS Authority to redraw several of the first-response lines to ensure
that the closest ambulance responds in a given situation, more cooperation
and coordination definitely need to come into play here.
Squad officials cite a number of reasons for not
wanting to merge. Some say theres no reason to intervene as long as the
squads are solvent. Others simply feel a sense of loyalty to their communities
and dont want to change their services. Those with the smaller squads
see more loss than gain with consolidation. And so on and so on.
We wont argue with their reasons; some of them
are undoubtedly valid. But wed like to see a little more effort and communication
among the squads as to consolidation. As individuals, paramedics and technicians
from differing squads reportedly get along well with one another. Surely
a few steps could be taken toward discussing the idea.
After all, were not talking about a restaurants
food-delivery area or a sanitation companys pick-up route; were talking
about peoples lives.
And its a problem that has the potential to affect
each and every one of us.
Todays editorial reflects the opinion of the Exponent editorial
board, which includes William J. Sedivy, John G. Miller, Julie R. Cryser,
James Logue, Kevin Courtney and CecilJarvis.
among todays youth
a welcome change
Have you heard the news? Many of todays young people are more conservative
than their parents.
An annual survey of 1998s college freshmen found
that a majority frown on casual sex, support capital punishment, and think
theres too much concern about criminals well-being.
According to the survey of college freshmen survey done by UCLAs Higher
Education Research Institute:
40 percent of 1998 freshmen said its OK for two people who like
each other to have sex, down from 42 percent in 1997 and 52 percent in
Less than 25 percent of freshmen said capital punishment should be
abolished. That compares to 56 percent who expressed strong opposition
to capital punishment in 1970.
72 percent of freshmen said there was too much concern for criminals.
In the early 1970s, only about 50 percent said concern for criminals was
The survey of college freshmen has been done annually
since 1966, so it provides a good, long-range view of the changes in young
That the children of baby-boomer parents are turning
traditional says something. It says that young people are beginning to
lose faith in the permissiveness born in the 60s and promoted since as
the way to personal happiness and societal perfection. It says theyve
looked around, seen that permissiveness hasnt fulfilled its promise
either socially or personally and decided to try a different path.
Wendy Shalit, 23-year-old author of a book titled
A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue, put it this way: Their
parents are the ones who sort of believed in this liberation through promiscuity
and experience. But many young people dont believe that anymore. Theyre
embracing the codes of conduct that their own parents rejected.
We at the Telegram believe thats good news for America.
Telegram Editorial Board member