FEBRUARY 19, 2019

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We get it taken when we go to the doctor, we hear about it all of the time.

What does it mean? Is the top number more important than the bottom? What should it be?

Your blood pressure is measured using two numbers. The first (systolic) number represents the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats. The second (diastolic) number represents the pressure in your vessels when your heart rests between beats.

 If the measurement reads 120 systolic and 80 diastolic, you would say “120 over 80” or write “120/80 mmHg.”

High blood pressure is a common and dangerous condition. Having high blood pressure means the pressure of the blood in your blood vessels is higher than it should be. But you can take steps to control your blood pressure and lower your risk.

High blood pressure often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don’t know they have it. That’s why it’s important to check your blood pressure regularly.

The good news is that you can take steps to prevent high blood pressure or to control it if your blood pressure is already high. Simple steps can help you prevent high blood pressure:

• Eating a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight
• Be physically active
• Don’t smoke
 • Limit alcohol use
• Check your blood pressure regularly

If you have concerns, consult your physician for more information.

Fall River Elementary School and Their Supporters Filled the Bus
The students at Fall River Elementary helped the Fall River Valley Food Pantry by collecting enough canned food items to fill all the seats of an entire school bus. In total the school collected 1,487 lbs of non-perishable food items. The senior school class winner was Mrs. Spain and the junior school class winner was Mrs. Booker. The two classes alone collected 588 lbs of food. Thanks Fall River Elementary students for helping the Food Pantry restock it’s shelves so we can assist our friends and neighbors in times of need.

Looking to Control Fire Blight in McArthur in 2019?
3by D.B. Marcum,
Farm Advisor Emeritus

In 2018, fire blight was widespread in McArthur apples and pear trees.

Landowners saw numerous blackened “strikes” where bacteria moved from flowers into stems.

If not controlled by pruning, the bacteria passively moves downward in stems and can eventually kill the entire tree.

Fire blight bacteria in 2018 strikes not removed will appear in the nectar of 2019 flowers.

Because McArthur is only one square mile, bees can easily visit both uninfected and infected flowers to spread the bacteria throughout the town.

Control of fire blight requires a two-fold approach; prune out strikes when first seen and spray the flowers at bloom with a product to control the bacteria in the flower nectar.

The most important next step this spring, for control of fire blight, is pruning apple and pear trees in February and March.

Pruning eliminates strikes as a source of the bacteria for the coming season and also brings the size of apple and pear trees down to a height where spraying and fruit harvest are both easy.

The next step is pruning. Numerous volunteers are needed to help prune apple and pear fire blight strikes in McArthur.

 Learn how to prune your own tree and help others at our next workshop.

The workshop, made up of young adults and possibly FFA members with coaches for instruction, will be scheduled in March to help prune trees around town. At the round table workshop held February 9th at the 4H building on the fair grounds, the  tips were presented from the local garden experts.