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r THE TIMES, JANUARY 9, 2014, PAGE 4 -- Like us at Facebook.com/theponchatoulatimes Heartfelt thanks announces Times Report Two major art exhibits, both featuring the works of Ponchatoula's Kim Howes Zabbia, have been scheduled so far in 2014. The first exhibit is at Ario- dante Gallery, 535 Julia Street, New Orleans which opens with a reception 6-9 p.m. March 8, the Saturday after Mardi Gras. As Featured Artist, Kim Zab- bia's new paintings will be on exhibit March 8-31and avail- able for sale through the gallery for six months. To review details online, go to: http ://www.ariodantegallery. com/Show_Schedule.html The second major exhibit of her work will take place Octo- ber 17-November 29 at the Pen- sacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL with a reception and slide pre- sentation at a date and time to be announced. "]?entatively titled '90 to Now,' the exhibit encompasses the highlights of my career from 1990 Alzheimer's paintings through No Fear Watercolors & Clay to my current Grid series," the artist told The Times, add- Subscription $25 a year CALL 386-2877 Kim Zabbia (Photo by Johnny Chauvin) ing: "There is about 230 linear feet for about 35 works, many of which I will have to borrow from their owners." For further information, go online at: http://www.pensaco- lamuseum.org! Vandals have their wa FROM AGE 3 to those who helped the poor Dear Editor, I'm writing to thank so many local and area residents, groups, and businesses who participat- ed in the recent 9th annual Se- renity House Toys Giveaway. I wish I could list every sin- gle individual who donated toys or monetary contributions to make sure less fortunate boys and girls had something under the tree. So many of you gave and continued to surprise and delight me with your generos- ity all season long. Friends and their teenagers showed up to help collect and organize the toys. Organizations and church- es joined in; the excitement was contagious! The actual event was mi- raculous! Donated side dishes, desserts, turkey and ham for the holiday meal accompanied the toys and bicycles! Your gra- clots warm hearts and gen- erosity put smiles on many kids' faces! God bless you all. Executive Director Francis Seymore joins me in appreciat- ing everyone who participated in the giveaway, and helps the only shelter in Tangipahoa Par- ish survive and thrive through- out the year! Please join Ms. Francis at the 11th Anniversary Celebra- tion on January 18, at 1 p.m., at the shelter, 247 N. 12th St in Ponchatoula. Refreshments will be served and recognition awards handed out. Nancy Lowentritt chatoula Police Department• tact Chief of Police Bry Layris- That said, if you or your son at 985/386-6548. Or, you children have any informa- feel more comfortable, call this tion that could help authorities newspaper at 386-2877. solve these crimes, please con- Party at Cathy's Antique shop owner C.J. Seandurro (above) and Chamber Secretary Paula Gauthreaux (below) are pic- tured enjoying Cathy Allen's New Years Eve party. (Times Photo) ant ice resistant trees Winter storms that coat everything in layers of luminous ice leave a very beautiful but dangerous calling card. We know ice covered trees are susceptible to breakage from the added weight. But if you take a look around your yard, how do you know which of your trees are more likely to give in to the devastation of ice layers? "There are a number of growth features that increase a tree species' susceptibility to breakage in ice storms," says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP and staff arborist with the Tree Care In- dustry Association. "Among them are: included bark, decaying or dead branches, increased surface area of lateral (side) branches, broad crowns or imbalanced crowns, and fine branch size." Included bark results from in-grown bark in branch junctions. This is a weak connection and increases the likelihood of branch breakage under ice-loading conditions. "As an example," says Andersen, "Bradford pear branches are known to break during ice storms; this is because they commonly have included bark in branch junctions. In contrast, the Aristocrat pear has few branches with included bark and sustains less damage during ice storms. Decaying or dead branches are already weakened and have a high probability of breaking when loaded with ice. The surface area of lateral branches increases as the number of branches and the broadness of the crown increase. With an increased surface area, more ice can accumulate on lateral branches; the greater ice load results in greater branch failure. Many broad-leafed tree species, when grown in the open, form broad crowns (decurrent branching), increasing their suscepti- bility to ice storms. Examples include Siberian elm, American elm, hackberry, green ash, and honey locust. Trees with imbal- anced crowns are also more susceptible to ice damage. Generally, though, susceptibility can vary greatly depending on the time of year, geographic location and overall health of the tree. Ice storm damage management and prevention: Plan, then plant Think about your future. When planting a new tree in your yard, you should have a clear understanding of the size that tree is expected to grow. Is it too close to the house? The overhead wires? The sidewalk? Proper tree placement, away from struc- tures, will reduce property damage• Trees should not be planted in locations where growth will interfere with above-ground utilities - branches that grow into power lines and fail during ice storms create power outages and safety hazards• Trees pruned regularly from a young age should be more resistant to ice storms as a result of removal of structurally weak branches, decreased surface area of lateral branches, and de- creased wind resistance. Professional arborists can install cables and braces to increase a tree's tolerance to ice accumulation in situations where individual trees must be stabilized to prevent THE TANGIPAHOA MAGNET PROGRAM PROMOTES ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND OFFERS STUDENTS AN ARRAY OF EDUCATIONAL CHOICES WITH A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS. Starting as early as pre-k and kindergarten, give your chi[d a jump start on an education that wi[[ carry on for a lifetime. Tangipahoa Magnet Programs Visit www.tangischools.org/magnet for Open House dates and contact information for Private Tours at the school of your choice! A PPLICATION, ACCEPTED 16TH- Reap the benefits of giving more students more choices/ 3RD HAMMOND COLUMBIA THEATRE 220 East Thomas Street - Hammond Soturdoy, donuory 11th 10 om - I pm EMAIL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR --- editor@ )onchatoula.com SUBSCRIBE ONLINE -- www. )onchatoula.com/ptimes