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° ° ! / &apos; qlP Have snow, will build snow may have stayed only a few hours last week, but Mountain Park residents Sally I Sydel Knodel (ages 4 and 7) managed to build a respectable-looking snowman with a help from their Dad. Photo by Debble Brusius. The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, December 7, 1983 - Page 9 Keep your Christmas tree from drying Christmas trees that are fresh are much safer to have in your home than those which may have dried out a bit. Trees that are still full of moisture are less likely to burn. Very rarely are trees sold in our area that are not fresh. Even though many trees may have been cut four to six weeks ago, weather condi- tions during this period in western Washington will rarely cause them to dry out. However, to be absolutely certain that a tree is still in good condition, run your finger down a branch to check the needles. They should be flexible and they should hang on the branch. A fresh needle, when it is snapped, should exude pitch. Knock the base of the tree on the ground. If only the older, brownish needles from way down inside come off, then everything is OK. lf, on the other hand, a whole bunch of green ones drop off, look for another tree. When you get your trees home, locate it somewhere outdoors out of any sunlight until you're ready to set it up inside. It might be helpful to keep the butt end in a pail of water after first sawing off an inch or so of the end. Indoors, you should use a stand that holds plenty of water• Use warmish to hot water when filling the reser- voir the first time and when- ever you refill it to replace water taken up by the tree. Preservatives will not add significantly to the freshness or life of a tree as long as the water level in the stand is constantly replenished• Fire retardant chemicals are not likely to help much either• Check the water level every day and make sure the con- tainer is filled• Keep your tree away from sources of heat like fire- places, radiators, registers and even your TV set. Especially keep it away from a wood burning stove. All of these will cause your tree to dry out faster• Keep any open flames away from the tree. Paper that has been torn from presents should be removed from around the tree• Elec- tric trains and toys are prob- ably best kept from tile vicinity of the tree too. Check your electric light cords to make sure they're in good condition. Don't over- load electric circuits. Decora- tions should be fire-resistant and, if you use lights on the tree which heat up signifi- cantly, it would be best to limit the time the lights are kept on. Holly will last a good deal longer in the home if it's treated with synthetic hor- mone before it's arranged. If you don't treat it, it often begins dropping its leaves and berries a week after it's cut, even if the stems are kept in water. In order to keep it looking good the longest possible time, it should be dipped in a hormone solution which can be purchased in concentrated form from many nurseries arid garden centers -- or wherever holiday materials are being sold• It's usually available in 4 oz. bottles. All you need to do is make up a solution of the stuff ac- cording to label instructions and dip the holly in it. All stems and foliage should be dipped and then allowed to dry. Holly will last much longer if, in addition to the dip, you keep the stems in water and treat them as you would a bunch of flowers. Use warm water, keep it from any heat sources, and change the water frequently. Under such conditions it ought to last for a month or more. Ignore a weed, pay a fine If your county noxious weed control board finds noxious weeds on your pro- perty and you choose to ig- nore their order to control The Year of the Sweater in all its glory! Pendleton, Calvin Klein and others. Gilman Village 392-9190 Mon.-Fri. 10to6 Saturday 10 to 5 Sunday I to5 OPEN THURSDAYS 'TIL 9:00 P.M. i Steinbach signs them, you may be guilty of a / • | | misdemeanor which is a aTemoacn punishable by fine. State law requires land- Nutcracker croator Christian Steinbach autographs the owners to control weeds, famous toys at Gilman Village's Holiday Shoppe last week.  bou Before Its Time" On the Waterfront in Kirkland 822-9209 tir rcscrvalim 21 Central Way Kirkland. Wa. "The Eastside's Most Unique Boutique" 'Tb The $eason To Be Merry/ Fashions For Singing; Daneing And Laughing/ 8072 160th N.E., Redmond 881-3034 • J Savoy... what sophisticated /./ ladies are slipping into these nights. Soft, silky nylon is ( ," shirred to drape from unique  < ,, deco lace that lies diagqnally ' ' x. | across bodice and back to , ....  f,e- . - ˘ the hip. • . \\; ', t. ,, ,-> /' "":"k,,_ , "- ', ,.q \\; r ,-7 " -. ; "' J f- /.,'!- , \\; Pajama s17.00 Short Gown s20.00 Long Gown s23.00 \\; \\; )t; t Sportswear by the VVool People Wool Shirts & Jackets Shetland Sweaters Crewneck s25.00 V-Neck s25.00