UNOE January General Meeting

UNOE January General Meeting

C.K. Newsome Community Center

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Guest Speaker:

Zach Heronemus, Evansville 3rd Ward City Councilor and Executive Director of Aurora

View the full agenda.

Join us via Zoom!

Meeting ID: 930 5302 4970

Passcode: unoe

Caplan’s Advice on Preparing for Wintery weather

Prepare for Wintery Weather

Salt-laden snow plowed into landscape.

Forecasters are calling for our first batch of winter weather this week.  It’s almost impossible to say at this point whether the Evansville area will get any significant snowfall or ice, but it’s best to be prepared.

First off, if you do need to shovel snow/ice off of walkways and driveways, please do NOT dump it on your shrubs! This will cause limb breakage from the weight of the ice. Also, any salt in the snow will cause chemical burning to the stems, foliage (if evergreen), and roots. It would be safer to shovel or blow the snow into the lawn, as turfgrass is a bit more forgiving than woody plants.

When using ice-melting salts, be aware that these products can be toxic to plants in large quantities. Some of these products work at colder temperatures than others. Even the splashing of salty slush can be harmful to some plants, especially evergreens. The best advice is to try to shovel the snow off the walkways and driveways while it is still soft and fluffy, before vehicles and pedestrians have packed it down. Use the ice-melting products on the slick patches that are left, instead of trying to treat the entire walkway.

Traditional rock salt (sodium chloride) is very inexpensive, but is probably the most toxic to plants. Some of the other ice-melting chemicals are a bit safer, but more costly. The safest product that I’m aware of is calcium magnesium acetate (CMA), which is very low toxicity to plants, but pretty pricey.  

More information on ice-melting products and techniques can be found here:

More Winter Weather Prep

Bush covered in snow.

Ice and snow can become quite heavy as it collects on plants.  Evergreens are especially vulnerable, and often bend and droop out of shape.  Fortunately, most of these evergreens are very flexible, and will recover once the snow and ice melts.  

However, a large amount of snow and ice can cause limb breakage.  These branches will not recover, and will need to be pruned off.  I would recommend waiting until the end of winter before pruning out ice-damaged branches (rather do the job once, instead of several times).  However, if you have large shade trees that lose major limbs from the ice, especially if these large limbs are hanging over the house or sidewalk, I’d recommend contacting a tree pruning company immediately, to protect yourself and the public.  Contact me for some recommendations.

If you are worried about your evergreens bending in the snow, you can gently brush the snow off with a broom.  Avoid vigorous motions that causes the limbs to shake or bounce as the weight of the movement can cause the limbs to break. Brushing only works with powdery snow. It is best to wait for ice or frozen snow that has adhered to the limbs to melt. Brushing or knocking off the ice will break the branches and pulls off the needles causing more damage.

I’m Here to Help!

If you have questions or wish to have me visit your property, please contact me!
Phone and Text Messages:  812-449-7067

Crime Prevention Unit – 2022 Schedule

The Evansville Crime Prevention Unit has released their Meeting Schedule for 2022 as well as their weather policy for the meetings.

More information on the CPU can be found at

All meetings will be held at the CK Newsome Center in the EPD Foundation Room at 6:00pm

January – Sector Meetings
South – January 13th
East – January 18th
West – January 20th

March – Partnership Meeting
March 2nd

May – Sector Meetings
South – May 12th
East – May 17th
West – May 19th

July – Partnership Meeting
July 6th

National Night Out – August 2nd at CK Newsome Center

September – Sector Meetings
South – September 8th
West – September 15th
East – September 20th

November – Partnership Meeting
November 2nd

If any meeting is cancelled there will not be a make-up date

Evansville Parks Department Events

Below are a list of events in January hosted by the Evansville Parks Department. Keep active in this cold month with the following events:


Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri – 8:30 – 11:30am

Tuesday Nights – 5:30 – 8:30pm

NEW – Saturdays 8:30 – 11:30am starting January 15th

For more information call 812-435-6162 or email

Chi Chi Fit with Chelsea – Dance Exercise

January 15th, 22nd, 29th – 10:30am

Cost – $10 at the door, first class is FREE

Cornhole, Table Tennis, and Shuffleboard

Join the Club!

Wednesday 3:00 – 6:00pm and Thursday 8:30 – 11:30am

All equipment provided

Cost – $2 per play or $10 monthly

Call Holly Schneider for information 812-435-6162

Events located at CK Newsome Community Center unless otherwise stated.

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