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In This Issue: October 2008

Saturday, October 25

Join us for the Last Meeting of the Year at
Rosie and Herman Michel’s
4297 Zeman Drive S.E.
Cedar Rapids, IA

Bring a salad or dessert to share.

Table service, main course & drink will be furnished by the Michels.

Dinner at 6:00pm
Speaker to follow then short meeting

Speaker: Jim Durbin " Feeding the Birds”
There will be a slide presentation

Bring your chair...and recipes for the cookbook

If buying ticket for Recognition Night, please have exact amount.

Get your tickets for Recognition Night - See details below.

Coming up “Election of Officers”

November 6


President: Enforce the By-Laws and Constitution of the E.I.P.S. Preside at all meetings, represent the E.I.P.S. in community functions, Introduces new ideas and helps stimulate open discussions, works with all committees to make sure each is carrying out it’s responsibilities

Vice President: Assume all the duties of the President on the absence or upon request by the president. Assist the President and carry out all duties assigned by the president.

Secretary: Keeps all records of meetings, preserve all records, reports and documents of the E.I.P.S. Maintain a list of unfinished business for the President at members request provide reports or document for their viewing

Treasurer: Collect and record all dues, special fees, Submit a monthly financial report to the membership. To prepare and submit all reports required by any governmental agency. Keep current membership list.

The above is only a partial list of duties………...

More detailed duties of officers available at request: contact Monica Morley

Saturday, September 13

Our regular Thursday meeting was moved to a Saturday and held at the home of Cecilla and Bob Bisenius of Hiawatha. 23 attending. President, Monica Morley, opened the meeting by announcing this week’s 50/50 drawing winner, which was Herman Michel. Well, we saw Herman holding the winning ticket, but Rosie grabbing the money and announced it was hers! Monica thanked everyone for bringing all the great food, as this was another potluck meeting. Yum, Yum.

Bob talked to us briefly about his brand new pond installation. They started with a beautiful half barrel on their deck when the “fever” struck and they just had to have “more”. Their newly installed preformed pond already is the focal point of the yard and it’s not even planted or has any fish in it yet. I’m sure they will enjoy its beauty and sound for years to come.

Jeff Garner gave us an update on the Progressive Pond Tour and Dinner to be held on the 19th. They already had 30-33 members signed up for it, so should be a great evening. He also reassured us the deck was complete and they would forgo the deck surcharge they had previously forecasted.

Members were asked to come forth with their ideas and request for areas that this year’s pond tour proceeds would be distributed to. Monica presented her proposal to donate $2000 to the Cedar Rapids Public Library. In Joe Olsen’s absence, Monica also presented his suggestion of donating money to the Vinton Parks for supplies for the kids. Both places were severely affected of the floods. Dorothy Helms talked about a water feature for her church. The church is under construction, so details were not available at this time. After much discussion on the various projects, LouAnn Jayne made the motion to donate $2000.00 to the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation and the balance of funds available ($132.78) plus the money collected from the Progressive dinner (approx. $300.00) to be donated to the Vinton Parks and Rec. Department. Maria Hamilton seconded the motion and the club vote was unanimous.

Monica talked briefly about the cost to publish the cookbooks and sent around a sample of what ours may look like. A discount is available if we can get our order in by January. So, she asked that everyone please get their recipes into her either via mail, email, or bring them to a meeting as soon as possible. Looks like it could be a great fund raiser and a way for members to get those wonderful recipes for all the yummy potluck food we’ve been eating over the past years. Oh! And then, Jeff Garner and Kerry Shaner announced they would donate $100.00 toward the printing!! How cool is that? What great members we have!!!

Monica talked about the November recognition meeting. This year it will be held Thursday, November 6th at the Hiawatha Community Center, a brand new facility. We are going to have a meal catered in, so it’s important to have a head count. For this reason, Monica requested members to pay in advance $12.00 per person. (Non-refundable) - See page 13 for menu and details. It’s also election night for officer positions open for new opportunities for any members. We encourage everyone to come so we can recognize the hard work of our members throughout the past year. And, we have a lot of those!

In other news, Larry Thompson announced he finally caught the groundhog that was undermining his entire filter house. He loaded up his live trap with bubble gum, lettuce, peanut butter, and corn. He said the PB was gone and the lettuce nibbled on, so they may have been the winning combination. He didn’t really care, he was just happy he finally caught the destructive critter. Hugh Albrecht offered his dogs for hire to catch chipmunks. Said they were very efficient and didn’t even kill them.

We finished the meeting with door prizes. Please be sure to mail out the post cards attached to your prizes. They are thank you notes to the companies that send us these great gifts every year. Watch for the EIPS ad in the Discovery magazine, a supplement in the Gazette paper to come out Sept. 21. Elena Murillo donated its cost.

After the meeting was adjourned, a few members stayed to enjoy conversations on the deck as it was a beautiful evening. Thanks to Cecilla and Bob for their great hospitality. And Ed, for his great fajitas.

Respectfully submitted…Jackie Allsup

Click for pictures from the September 13th meeting

Saturday, September 27

Our second monthly meeting was held at the home of Deb and Bob Kontz of Cedar Rapids. It was a beautiful evening to sit outside and the Kontz’s house and pond made for the perfect back drop for 21 attending. Monica opened the meeting by drawing the 50/50 winner, which was ME! Won 10.00 I did. So, that meant 10.00 for the treasury too.

Bob talked about the construction of their pond and how it came to be. Deb has placed many action figures around their pond, making it very unique indeed. There was almost as much interest in their home as the pond. It was built in 1912 and its history is rich and so interesting. The Kontz have lived there 22 years. They recently added a “Railroad” pond to the side of their yard.

Larry Thompson introduced our guest speaker, Jamie Beyer. Most of us know Jamie. He is probably the number one requested guest speaker and expert on water gardens in the state of Iowa. Jamie talked to us about spawning fish and their care. He also spoke to the club about quarantine practices and spoke about winter prepping our ponds. He suggests that a good air stone placed in the bottom of your ponds and left running all winter is the single most valuable thing you can do to insure the health of your fish. He favors a “Luft” air pump for this use, as its air flow can be increased or decreased. He asked for and received a lot of open dialog. (I need to apologize to the group and him for possibly being anal about some verbiage. Jamie knows more and has more experience with fish and ponds than I ever hope to. ) That’s why we love to hear him talk. Anyway, his talk was informative and entertaining as usual. He told us about his many experiences over the years, which always livens up the talk.

It was dark when we finally quit asking questions. Monica reminded members that we have to pay in advance for our meal at the recognition dinner in Nov. Meeting was adjourned.

Forgot to mention Deb had some wonderful treats for us to munch on too. Some homemade sangria was also a crowded spot along the buffet line. Thanks to the Kontz for their gracious hospitality.

Respectfully submitted…Jackie Allsup

Click for pictures from the September 27th meeting

Beginning Balance, Sept 26, 2008: $5354.96
September Income: 329.91
September Expenses & Donations: ($2561.06)
Ending Balance, Sept 26, 2008: $3123.81

See Jackie Allsup if you would like a detailed report.

By Josh Spece

Hosta ‘Ginsu Knife’

I often get asked what my favorite hosta is. That is like asking a parent who their favorite child is! My standard answer is, “It depends on the day,” followed by a short list of a few of my must-have hostas. Among others, my must-have list includes ‘June’, ‘Sagae’, and ‘Liberty’ – all of which I have written about in previous Hosta of the Month articles.

Many of the plants I mention off the top of my head as must-haves are older introductions. Plants that always rise to the top, even among the flood of new hostas we see every year. One newer hosta that immediately won a place on my must-have list is Hosta ‘Ginsu Knife’. ‘Ginsu Knife’ has a unique combination of wonderful traits. The long, flowing leaves are edged with a wildly ruffled and serrated cream margin. The plant forms a graceful, upright mound that steadily grows to a medium sized hosta. To top it off, in late summer it blooms with big, pale lavender, fragrant flowers.

Josh Spece is a long time member of EIPS.

By the Pond Lady/Donna Jennings/President, Mid-Michigan Pond & Water Garden Club

Signs of autumn are springing up everywhere. Leaves are turning colors, birds are gathering for their flight south, pumpkins and apples are being harvested and the blankets are being put back onto the beds. Sunscreen is being traded for sweaters and sweatshirts. Water lilies and other vegetation in your pond are slowing their growth and fading. They are getting ready for dormancy. Fall is upon us. Time to start preparing our ponds for winter and our fish for their long winter's nap. Transplanting and dividing of your pond plants should be left until spring. Now is the time to remove all fading foliage from marginal plants. I do not trim my marginal plants down until after the first frost. In areas where the water lily beetle is prevalent, they love nothing better than the dying foliage of your marginal plants where they can hide for the winter. Do not fertilize your plants anymore. Remove and bring indoors your tropical marginal plants before the first frost. To protect your hardy water plants, lower them to the bottom of your pond.

Now is the time to install a protective net over the pond if you have a lot of falling leaves. Plastic bird netting is available at most garden centers. You can insert a stick or garden rake into a potted plant to give your net a higher point, like a tent. This will allow the leaves to be swept from the net. Do not allow the net to drape into your pond. Fish and frogs can become entangled in the net. Remove the leaves regularly from both pond and net. Keep them picked up from your yard so that the wind does not blow them in the pond. Repair any damages and leaks before winter. Reseed your biofilters with bacteria. This will help maintain good water quality during fall. I use a product by Microbe-lift called Autumn Prep. This is for winterization of your pond and works in water temperature under 55°F. It will help to decompose the leaves, scum, sediment, and other organic matter during fall and winter. It is also all natural, nontoxic and nonpathogenic and contains psychrophilic which is a cold weather bacteria. You can purchase this at almost any nursery that sells pond supplies. There are other products out there but I have never used them. Remove all dead leaves and such from your pond. If you have a skimmer you will want to clean it at least once a day to prevent blockage.

Start feeding your fish food that is higher in carbohydrates and lower in protein. Carbohydrates will fatten your fish up for the long winter. Your fish do not hibernate during the winter. Their metabolism slows down as the water-cools down. If we fatten them up before we quit feeding them they will have enough to live on through the cold winter months. Start feeding your fish only once a day until the water temperature stabilizes below 55°. DO NOT FEED THEM AGAIN UNTIL SPRING WHEN THE WATER TEMPERATURE WARMS UP ABOVE THAT POINT. Even if we have some warm days during winter, do not feed. Several new pond owners lost their fish this past winter because they could not resist the temptation to feed their fish. Now your fish do not have the cover of the plants to hide from predators. Keep an eye open. The herons can still get to your fish through a net.

We want your recipes for our club cookbook. We would like to receive at least 2 recipes from every member. Our goal is to publish 150 recipes. You can get a recipe form at the Oct 25th meeting or just a plain sheet of paper and follow the instructions below. Turn in your recipes by Nov 30 to Monica Morley or Maria Hamilton via mail, email or at a meeting.

Thanks to Pat Beuter. She is the first member to submit her recipes.

You don’t want to miss being a part of this project. What a great way to raise funds for the club.

  • Type or print clearly in ink, not pencil, and place only one recipe per form.
  • If more room is needed, use another sheet of the same size and staple together.
  • List all ingredients in order of use in ingredients list and directions.
  • Include container sizes, e.g., 16-oz pkg., 24-oz can.
  • Keep directions in paragraph form - not in steps.
  • Use names of ingredients in the directions, e.g., "Combine flour and sugar." DO NOT use statements like, "Combine first three ingredients."
  • Include temperatures and cooking, chilling, baking, and/or freezing times.
  • Anything not part of the recipe (ingredients, directions, contributor name, serving size, or recipe title) will not be included unless you select Recipe Notes for an extra charge.
  • Be consistent with the spelling of your name for each recipe you contribute.

Your recipes should fit into the following categories:

Appetizers & Beverages
Breads & Rolls
Soups & Salads
Vegetables & Side Dishes
Main Dishes
Cookies & Candy
This & That

Chairman, Monica Morley, Maria Hamiltion Committee: Jeff Garner, Kerry Shaner, LouAnn Jayne, Erma Thompson, Kathie Albrecht, Cecilia Bisenius, Chic Unkel

10% Discounts

see April’s Newsletter or the Commercial Supporters page.

In the Country Garden & Gifts
Iowa City Landscaping & Garden Center
Earl May, NE side only
Home & Garden Metal Art by A.J.

What do frogs like to drink on cold days?














Hot Croako

October Birthdays

Maria Hamilton - 17th
Karen Frieden - 18th

If you would like your birthday printed in the newsletter, email us at mespringcove@aol.com or sign in with the Hospitality Committee: Elena Murillo or Gil Morley.

From KHA Training Program

Click to read Cold Water Ecology and Magic Numbers

What a beautiful night to be under the stars with your friends, eating, drinking, and sharing stories. A big “Thank You” goes out to Jeff Garner who arranged “Under the Stars Dinner”. Special thanks to our hosts for the evening, Erma & Larry Thompson and Stephanie & Bob Geers. We started out the night at Erma and Larry’s and what a way to start out. The appetizers were a wide assortment that nobody left with an empty stomach. We continued to Jeff & Kerry’s place, and yes, the new deck looked WONDERFUL!!!!! Their backyard was twinkling with all the lighting throughout the yard. We had a filling dinner of 3 different pastas, salad, and breadsticks. After dinner we enjoyed sitting under the stars and listening to the music that Jeff picked out especially for the evening.. Gil and I couldn’t resist one dance under the stars. Our final stop was at Stephanie and Bob’s for, of course, our desert, of “ice cream, chocolate and strawberries”. Everybody had their ponds lit up beautifully.

Thumbs up to Jeff and Kerry for suggesting the proceeds from the dinner go to the flood relief.

Click for pictures from the Under the Stars Dinner

From KHA Training Program

Click to read Cold Koi

65°+ Feed color enhancing & high protein food.

65°– Feed wheat germ food (spring, fall, and winter)

Click to see water temperature guide

From Taro Kodama

Taro Kodama, President of Kodama Koi Farm, hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for Koi! He laughs, and says “We handle 1000’s and 1000’s of Koi, and it’s like having Christmas every day! The Koi never cease to amaze me with their beautiful developing colors, and delight me with their antics. Every so often, one brazen baby Koi will surf into the feeding fray, and steal food from a large Koi’s mouth! The older Koi seem to tolerate the babies, and babies just get bolder!

Life isn’t all fun and games at a Koi Farm, even though everyone on the staff seems to enjoy their jobs. When you look at the huge facility in Hawaii, it’s hard to image the amount of work and persistence that it took to get there. Taro first opened Japan Koi Online (JKO) in September, 2000 in California. His idea was to try to introduce really high-quality Japanese Koi to the American market at a fraction of traditional dealer costs by using an auction. Customers could bid on gorgeous Koi and win them more reasonably, so that many more hobbyists would get to enjoy high-quality Koi.

Everything was going well. Unfortunately, the farm accepted a return Koi in December of 2001, and it was infected with KHV. Taro ended up euthanizing his entire stock of 2000 Koi under veterinarian supervision. He bleached the facility, and started over. His willingness to share his experience and to learn from it says a lot. JKO used their misfortune as the base for a better protocol to ship disease-free Koi. They whole staff doubled their efforts to recover from the setback, and soon, they had established JKO as a major source for healthy Koi. As the business grew, the CA location was not large enough, and in 2006, Taro moved the farm to Hawaii because of the excellent weather, water quality and the ease of transporting fish from Japan to the states.

Taro learned a lot from his experience. Kodama Koi Farm never allows any Koi that has left the property to return. The water in every tank is kept at a temperature that will allow KHV to emerge, if it exists. The high water temperature also allows parasites and bacteria to multiply, so that they can be removed before the Koi are sold. The farm only buys Koi from their trusted breeders. They buy over 100,000 babies each September, and raise them in Hawaii until they are ready to be sold. All Koi leaving Japan are tested for SVC by the Japanese government and receive a health certificate. All Koi to be sold are separated into special quarantine tanks for 30 days at the correct water temperature, and each group is tested for KHV by a State of Hawaii veterinarian. No Koi is sold until the farm receives a negative KHV report from the authorized laboratory.

Taro says that the problem is that diseases can be associated with birds, human transmission and even rain! No matter how careful he is, diseases may still be transmitted. Some Koi recover from KHV, and they are known to be carriers of the virus. Carriers show no symptoms, but can infect the rest of a pond. Whenever hobbyists buy Koi – no matter where they get them from – Taro suggests the following:

  1. Have a quarantine tank that is isolated from your pond.
  2. Put a Koi from your pond in that tank along with the newly purchased Koi.
  3. Keep the water temperature between 70-80 degrees for 30 days.
  4. If the Koi from the pond gets sick, have it tested for KHV.
  5. If it is not KHV, then all the Koi are safe to release in your pond.

“Luckily, finding KHV is pretty simple,” says Taro. He continues; “All it takes is 30 days at about 75 degrees. Our farm will be participating in the Best Health Practices (BHP) program, which is being sponsored by Project KHV to reduce the spread of KHV in America. We want our farm to be an example for Best Health Practices, and we hope all Koi dealers will follow the BHP protocols. Now that we have this wonderful Farm with an exceptional selection of beautiful Koi, we want everyone to enjoy high-quality Koi from Japan!”

To accomplish that, Taro is looking to hire several Koi Kichi hobbyists to work for him as Koi Ambassadors. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Koi Ambassador for Kodama Koi Farm, call 808-623-2998, and leave your name and phone number, and a representative will return your call.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Many thanks go out to Erma and Larry Thompson. Larry has gone above and beyond volunteering. his time to quarantine and give great care under his watchful eye. Erma was Larry’s right hand person catching the koi. Helpers included Hugh Albrecht, Kerry Garner, and myself Monica Morley.

And to Maria Hamilton, Elena Murillo,Gil Morley taking care of the tickets, drawing, and collecting the shipping fee.

Click to see pictures

Click to see Larry Thompson spoon feeding Bekko McPea

August 30, 2008

What a great night we had. The weather was perfect as we friends gather to visit and share some of the best tasting food. We listened to the sound of the ducks talking to each other along with the background sound of them landing into the pond. What a great backdrop for ponders.

Monica brought in some nice door prizes she received from vendors she has bought pond products from. Dennis Sindelar was nice enough to make sure everyone was given a ticket as they arrived. He yelled out the winning ticket numbers. Winners, Carl Unkel, Larry Thompson, Dorothy Helms, Jamie Beyer, Carol Sindelar, Donovan Burke (President of the Waterloo Club). Jamie followed with a very enlightening talk on "The Fish and Wildlife of Water Gardens" as 36 attendees listen.

Special thanks go out to Maria Hamilton, Erma Thompson, Elena Murillo and Kathi Albrecht for serving on the picnic committee and to Lavonne Isard, Cecilia Bisenius and LouAnn Jayne for setting up the food. The Club supplied the plates and forks.

Thanks, everyone, for making the 1st of many picnics to come enjoyable……..

Click to see pictures

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Hiawatha Community Center
101 Emmons St.
Hiawatha, Iowa

6:00 PM Social
6:30 Dinner
$12.00 per person (non-refundable) by October 25th

Payment in advance required. Pay Monica Morley at a meeting or by mail
6702 Spring Cove CT NE
Cedar Rapids IA 52402

You will receive a ticket for your admission and entry in a drawing.

Garlic Chicken & Roast Beef
County Gratin Potatoes
Amaretto Carrots
Coffee, Tea, Water

The recognition committee plans to make this a special evening for us…..
Elena Murillo, Kathi Albrecht, Erma Thompson, Cecilia & Bob Bisenius, Maria Hamilton, Monica & Gil Morley

Eastern Iowa Pond Society Membership Application

All locations and topics are subject to change. Read your monthly newsletter for details and updates.

Times determined by the Host/Hostess

Programs will be updated as available along with the times of the meetings.

October 25th - Herman & Rosie Michel
Jim Durbin/ Bird Feeding

November 6th - Recognition Night
Hiawatha Community Center

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