Volunteers lauded

first_imgCelebrating by continuing to giveAcross the state, Master Gardeners will conduct special programs to celebrate the day, he said. In keeping with their mission, Master Gardeners in Gwinnett, DeKalb, Cobb, Forsyth, Cherokee, Hall and Clarke counties will be giving their expertise at plant clinics in area Home Depot and Lowe’s stores. To see if your county offers the Master Gardener program, call the UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. To learn more about the program, visit www.georgiamastergardener.com. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaMaster Gardeners across the state donate their time to help fellow gardeners in their areas. That time is considered priceless by the University of Georgia county agents who rely on them, but you can put a dollar value on it, says the program’s coordinator.Master Gardeners are a corps of volunteers, each trained by experts with UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to help other gardeners and answer their questions as needed year-round.”The training component is essential as the volunteers use their new expertise to help with a variety of gardening-related projects,” said Marco Fonseca, a UGA horticulturist and coordinator of the program. “Without the training, they wouldn’t be prepared to answer questions from gardeners who either call or come into their county agent’s office.”More than $3 million donated last yearLast year, 2,644 Georgia Master Gardeners donated 192,854 hours of their time to help UGA Extension agents help gardeners in their counties. “The federal government estimates volunteer hours to be worth $17.60 per hour,” said Fonseca. “Using this figure, the Master Gardeners’ time is valued at $3.4 million. When you figure in the value of their time and travel, Georgia Master Gardeners donated nearly $4 million last year.”To honor their service to the state, Gov. Sonny Perdue declared March 15 Master Gardener Day in Georgia.”Our Master Gardeners do everything from presenting plant clinics to speaking to garden clubs and writing newspaper articles,” said Fonseca. “Master Gardener volunteerism creates a far reaching ripple effect across our state, and once a year we stop to give them a special day of recognition.”last_img read more

Lawrence “Larry ” Starker

first_imgLawrence R. “Larry” Starker 79, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday October 7, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born January 28, 1939 in Milan, IN, son of the late Gerald L Starker and Mildred (McCoy) Starker.He worked as a First Mate for the Ohio River Company, and then the McGuiness Towing Company with over 40 years combined service.Larry attended the Aurora First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Aurora Moose and Eagles, the Eastern Star and former member of the Scottish Rite.Larry worked on barges, he was a First Mate, and he also had his Captains License. Boating was Larry’s passion, he loved cars and boats. Larry loved his animals, and has had several dogs, the latest two were Tinker Bell & Zoey. He enjoyed time with his brother Gary, and he will be greatly missed.Larry is survived by his brother, Gary Starker of Aurora, IN; .He was preceded in death by parents, and his wife, Linda L. Starker.Friends will be received Thursday, October 11, 2018, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home at 7:00 pm with Pastor Ellaine Hussung officiating.Contributions may be made to the Aurora First United Methodist Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more