Popular Mexican Spices

Oregano
Oregano
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John Sulzbach, an entrepreneur at Proper Tree and a licensed arborist in Killingworth, Connecticut, enjoys cooking. One of John Sulzbach’s favorite food styles is Mexican, which uses a variety of spices to create its unique taste.

The fresh, earthy taste in many Mexican dishes is because of oregano. While it is typically associated with Italian food, it is also common in Mexican dishes. Cumin is also popular beyond the Mediterranean. The bitter, smoky, toasty taste brings a unique flavor to Mexican dishes and ingredients, including taco seasonings.

Another one of these spices is chili powder. This mild seasoning contains a variety of spices, including cumin and oregano. It is typically used in vegetables and meats. Different kinds of chili powder have different flavors, like ancho (for a sweet, rich taste) and chipotle (which is a dried jalapeno).

Many cooks also use cilantro in their Mexican foods. They use the seeds (coriander) as well as the leaves, all of which are edible. This flavor is common in cheese, salsa, soup, beans, and rice.

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2016 International Arborists Conference from ISA

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International Arborists Conference
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John Sulzbach of Killingworth, CT, spent several years as the plant manager for Astroseal Products prior to founding his own arboriculture company, Proper Tree. As a professional arborist in Killingworth, John Sulzbach holds state certification as well as belonging to professional organizations such as the ISA.

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) will host its annual International Conference and Trade Show on August 13-17, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. Every year, this event provides professional arborists with the opportunity to attend a variety of educational sessions and network with their peers.

As the world’s top arboriculture event, the ISA International Conference and Trade Show draws on the expertise of experienced educators and researchers to offer cutting-edge learning opportunities and serve as a forum for innovative ideas. The educational sessions offer the potential for gaining as many as 16 continuing education units (CEUs). They include Tree Academy Workshops such as the Fort Worth Tree Disease Tour, taught by David Appel and a three-day workshop on Exploring Tree Anatomy, taught by Mark Hartley.

For additional information or to register for the conference, visit www.isa-arbor.com.

Pruning Helps Promote Healthy Growth in Trees

A graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, John Sulzbach is a production management professional based in Killingworth, CT. John Sulzbach obtained his arborist certification in 2013 and today focuses on developing new tree care skills.

One simple way to care for trees and promote healthy growth is through the act of pruning, which is the strategic removal of branches in order to foster growth and health in trees. If a tree branch that is dead or displays symptoms of disease is not quickly removed, it can attract harmful insects that may invade the healthy parts of the tree. It is also beneficial to monitor the density of a tree’s canopy, as a canopy that is too thick with branches prevents the tree from acquiring adequate circulation and airflow.

Additionally, when two strong limbs grow co-dominantly toward the top of a tree, the weaker among the two should be pruned in order to give the stronger limb a better chance to grow, thus creating a healthier balance among branches.

Alternate Tunings for Guitar

A Killingworth, CT, resident and licensed CT arborist, John Sulzbach owns and operates Proper Tree. In his free time at home in Killingworth, John Sulzbach enjoys practicing guitar, an instrument he played in bands throughout his high school and college years.

When tuned in standard style, a six-string guitar has E as both its lowest note and highest note. The guitar’s second-lowest string sounds an A, while the next three sound D, G, and B in order of increasing pitch. However, a guitarist has the option of tuning his or her guitar into one of dozens of alternate tunings. These fall into four categories, one common type being open tunings.

On an open-tuned guitar, all of the strings together sound a simple chord. Open C tuning, for example, has strings tuned to C, G, C, G, C, and E. One can also tune a guitar in an instrumental style, which musicians have developed based on the tunings of the banjo, the cittern, and other related musical instruments. Regular alternate tunings feature equally spaced pitches between strings, allowing players to use the same fingering for multiple chords. In addition, musicians have created a series of miscellaneous tunings known as “special” tunings, which primarily come from the imaginations of contemporary songwriters and players.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

John Sulzbach of Killingworth, CT, has spent the last decade as a production manager with Astroseal Products, a lightning protection manufacturer located just east of Killingworth, CT. Outside of work, John Sulzbach enjoys reading novels, including Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!

Swamplandia! is the debut novel by fiction writer Karen Russell. Released in 2011, the novel followed on the heels of Russell’s well-received short story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. The novel follows the trials and tribulations of the Bigtree family, operators of a Floridian, alligator-themed tourist attraction, as they deal with the death of their matriarch and the subsequent business failings.

The novel, which has been described as comic magical realism, received a glowing review from The New York Times and was later named by the magazine as one of the 10 best works of fiction of 2011. Swamplandia! was one of three finalists for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, though ultimately no award was given that year. The book also became a finalist for inaugural 2012 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Selecting Fruit Trees for Smaller Yards

Experienced in a variety of industries, John Sulzbach of Killingworth, CT, received his state arborist’s license in 2013. John Sulzbach currently serves as founding owner of the Killingworth, CT-area tree care company Proper Tree.

Home orchards are accessible to nearly anyone with a backyard, even those who do not have large open spaces or live in year-round warm climates. Fruit trees do depend on an adequate amount of sunlight, however, so it is important for the grower to find a place where the tree can receive at minimum of eight hours in direct light. Fruit trees tend to thrive away from the shadow of buildings or other trees and should be well way from power lines or any other structure that would require limiting the trees’ growth.

Orchard growers in cooler climates tend to have the most success with hardy trees, such as apples, pears, and American plums. These same growers can also do well with peaches and apricots, provided that they plant such trees in a south-facing area where the blooms are less susceptible to frost. When in doubt, the orchard owner can check his or her USDA hardiness zone to gauge what trees would grow best.

Variety is important, as a broader range of fruits will give the orchard owner a longer growing season. Growers with smaller yards can still plant several different types of fruit if they adhere to close-growing techniques, such as hedgerow and two to four trees per hole. Dwarf and semi-dwarf trees may also help the grower to maximize space, while keeping growth at a responsible level.

Protecting Planes from Lightning Strikes

Since 2005, John Sulzbach of Killingworth, CT, has served as production manager for Astroseal Products. In this role, John Sulzbach of Killingworth, CT, oversees the manufacture and sale of lightning protection products for aerospace companies.

When lightning strikes an aircraft, it travels almost immediately from entry points to exit points. Without protection, the charge naturally gravitates to denser areas such as the nose, engine cowlings, and tail tips. Because the nose cone, or radome, is particularly vulnerable in that it contains the plane’s radar, manufacturers create the structure of composite material and install metallic lightning diverters to channel the charge away from sensitive areas.

The traditional aluminum construction of aircraft channels electric charge safely from entry to exit, though modern composite aircraft require the addition of conductive fibers across the body to conduct the charge. Meanwhile, additional surge suppressors and advanced shielding techniques are required to protect electronic systems that allow the pilots to control the aircraft’s movable parts. Thicker skins around fuel tanks and conductive bonding for lights keep other sensitive structures safe. Additionally, special structures known as dissipaters also serve to concentrate an electric charge, thus also providing protection against normal static electricity.