Tom Anderson purchased the engraved Vergas Fire Department fire ring at the department’s fall silent auction fundraiser. He took the fire ring to his cabin and is creating a focal point and conversation piece with it. Photo by Barbie Porter
When Tom Anderson attended the fall Candor-Dora-Hobart Vergas Fire and Rescue fundraiser, he saw a metal fire ring shaped like an octagon. The scenes of heroic rescues captivated him and he told his friend he was going for broke.
A different type of garden. Shirley Mayfield is finishing her second set-up of a straw bale garden. It is unique, with last year’s being about one-third the size of the proposed unit for this summer. Photo by John W. Dermody
Raising straw bales? What kind of gardening is that?
Actually, “raising” them is essential to a new type of growing vegetables, meaning the bales are stacked on top of each other.