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Pine Wilt disease in Ponca City trees

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The City of Ponca City Parks and Recreation Department manages over 730 acres of park and passive land and in so doing also manages the urban forest on those lands. Over the last year, staff has noticed an increase in deaths among non-native pine trees, specifically Austrian, Scotch and Japanese black pines. After investigating these deaths and speaking with the Oklahoma Forestry Department, staff has concluded that the trees died from Pine Wilt Disease. The Parks and Recreation Department has communicated these findings to local tree trimming companies and is asking citizens to be diligent in looking at their pine trees.
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Social Security and You

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My wife and I have been doing a little downsizing lately. One thing we decided we can live without is the rather large collection of books we’ve accumulated over the past 46 years. We are donating most of them to our local library. But as I looked through the old books, I reread one of them, and it struck a chord with me. It’s an autobiography by former New York Times columnist Russell Baker called “Growing Up.”