There’s Controversy With This Year’s Orange Bowl Trophy

first_imggeorgia tech players celebrate their win in the orange bowlMIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Players from Georgia Tech celebrate their victory after the Capital One Orange Bowl between Mississippi State and Georgia Tech at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Georgia Tech defeated Mississippi State 49-28. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)The Orange Bowl trophy is one of the most-iconic in college football, with the multi-leveled trophy topped with a glass bowl full of oranges.You would think that those oranges would be from the state of Florida, where the Orange Bowl is played.You might be wrong in thinking that this year, though.A controversy is brewing on social media surrounding the Orange Bowl trophy, as a box of California oranges was spotted next to it.Check it out:The trophy. pic.twitter.com/DsT67vmL2E— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) December 27, 2018Uh oh.Hopefully this is nothing more than an unfortunate coincidence and the Orange Bowl trophy will be using oranges from Miami.Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off from the Orange Bowl at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Phragmites control program expanding into Big Creek watershed

The Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance is calling on landowners in the lower Big Creek watershed for help with the Long Point region phragmites control program.Phragmites is an aggressive invasive plant that can harm local plants and animals, and impact farm crops and operations by clogging drains and blocking access to irrigation ponds.Since 2015, the alliance has implemented a management approach for controlling invasive phragmites in the Long Point. The control work has been focused in the marshes at Long Point and Turkey Point to restore biodiversity to the globally significant ecosystems.In 2019, the program is expanding into the Big Creek watershed to control scattered patches of phragmites that exist.“What we’re trying to do is engage land owners in the phase one area,” said Brett Norman, co-ordinator of the Big Creek phragmites control program. “Right now, we’re doing a door-to-door approach, but anyone interested in being part of the program can reach out to us.”Anyone within the control area can have phragmites on their property removed for free. Depending on the extent of phragmites on a property, removal could cost from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, according to the alliance.The Big Creek program currently is only available for landowners in the lower Big Creek area. In future years, the program will move up the watershed.Just one phragmite seed head can produce up to 10,000 viable seeds that are carried on the wind to new locations.Norman said it doesn’t take long for phragmites to spread.“It’s a very aggressive plant,” he said. “It grows in inches and feet per day, it spreads very rapidly. Even a small patch wouldn’t take long to dominate, say, an irrigation pond.”Interested landowners are asked to contact the alliance at bigcreekphrag@gmail.com. read more