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Lost: Chihuahua, black, tan, and white male, "Spy," very small, off F.M. 775, across from the Woodlands on Sept. 26, he is missed dearly. Call 830-391-5055.
Lost: Kitten, 5 months old, Jack disappeared Wed., Oct. 7 from Oak Hill Road, La Vernia, no collar, not neutered. Text/call, 210-464-2486.
Found: Ring during Elmendorf's National Night Out on Tues., Oct. 6 evening. Call Chief Pena at 210-635-8710.
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Floresville ISD is accepting applications at www.fisd.us for the position of custodian, 260 days, 5 days per week, 8 hour workday.
The 81st Judicial District Attorney’s office, which includes Frio, La Salle, Atascosa, Karnes and Wilson Counties, is accepting resumes for an Assistant District Attorney position. The selected candidate will manage a specialized caseload with a focus on criminal enterprise, human trafficking/human smuggling and other cases as needed. Responsibilities of the position include working closely with Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies, felony intake, preparation of cases for grand jury, negotiating pleas, and representation of the State of Texas in pretrial proceedings, as well as in criminal bench trials and jury trials in District Court. All applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school and licensed to practice law by the State of Texas and have a minimum of five (5) years prosecutorial experience with felony cases and extensive trial experience. Salary commensurate with experience. Resumes will be accepted through the close of business October 19, 2015. Please EMAIL resumes and cover letters to terireyes@81stda.org. DISTRICT ATTORNEY RENE PENA. C/O Teri Reyes, Office Manager, 1327 Third St., Floresville, Texas  78114, fax 830-393-2205. terireyes@81stda.org.
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Sweet blackberries starting to stink!

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Q. What will kill stinkbugs that I can spray on my blackberries? They are ruining them.

A. Stinkbugs are difficult to kill because of their size and manner of feeding. I use Sevin or malathion. Read the label closely to note that there is a waiting period required between application and use of the fruit.

Q. We had disappointing luck trying to grow loblolly pines. I understand that they require acid soil and we have alkaline soil. Are there any conifers that we can grow?

A. Yes, try deodar cedar, black Japanese pine, Italian stone pine, Arizona cypress, or Montezuma cypress.

Q. Why isn’t buffalo grass used more? It seems like that is the answer to our problem of the need for excessive water on lawns.

A. Unfort-unately, buffalo grass does not make the grade as a manicured lawn grass. The sod is not tight, so weeds move in quickly. It also does not respond well to wet periods. Buffalo grass works as a groundcover if you grow it on heavy soils with full sun, southern or western exposure, and you mow high (5 to 6 inches).

Q. We are growing Satsuma citrus for the first time. It is loaded with fruit. When will it ripen? How will we know it is ripe?

A. Satsumas ripen over a several-month period beginning in late September. Try one that is full-size and showing some orange at that time. It does not need to be completely orange to be ripe. If it suits your taste, it is ready. If you wait too long, they can dry out.

Q. Our live oak has numerous caterpillars that are eating all the new foliage. What should we spray with?

A. Most of the time we do not spray caterpillars on live oaks. There is no long-term damage as long as the tree is established and healthy. For newly planted trees, any of the Bt products or Spinosad will work.

Q. How often do we need to fertilize our tomatoes? We used one of the organic fertilizers at planting.

A. Tomatoes are heavy feeders. I apply a half-cup per plant of slow release 19-5-9 lawn fertilizer every three weeks.

Q. What flowers attract hummingbirds?

A. Use zinnias, salvias, lantana, or firebush in the sun. In the shade, use pentas.

Calvin Finch is a horticulturist and the San Antonio Water System’s director of water resources. Hear him on “Gardening South Texas” on KLUP 930 AM radio Saturdays noon to 2 p.m., and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Or, email him at reader@wcn-online.com.

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