An amazing book published in France by Charles Estienne in 1550 assures us that “some report a marvelous strange thing of Basil, as namely it grows higher and fairer if it be sown with curses and injuries offered to it, and watered with vinegar.”
Well, you can try this, but it is very likely that modern basil is more civilized.
If you plan on having an herb garden this summer, now is a good time to start serious planning. A sunny spot near your kitchen door is ideal, or perhaps a corner of your vegetable garden.
Charlie Jernigan, chairman of the Oak Ridge Land Bank Corp. board of directors, will be the guest speaker at Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ upcoming Lunch With the League.
The meeting starts at noon May 20 in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
No reservations are necessary. Box lunches will be available for $8 on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 11:30 a.m., or those attending may bring their own meal. Coffee and tea are provided.
25 Years Ago
Oliver Springs leaders received a vote of confidence by the town’s residents, who returned the mayor and Board of Aldermen to their seats for two-year terms. They included Mayor Stanley E. Justice Jr.; Aldermen Edwin L. Kelley, J.C. “Jim” Davis, Ralph Wilson, C.D. “Chuck” Alcorn, Cebert Mitchell and Sam H. Davis; Treasurer Virginia Crisp; and Judge Joseph H. Van Hook. Justice led opposed candidates with 254 votes, and Crisp led the entire ticket with 375.
From the history of automobiles to travelogues on Alaska and Australia — from memoir writing to appreciating Appalachian music — the summer term of Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning offers a variety of courses.
May 14 is the early registration deadline for the term, which takes places from June 8 to Aug. 8.
The institute has more than 400 members who take courses in a classroom and auditorium at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus on Briarcliff Road.