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Roof cleaning 101 by W.T

Roof cleaning 101 by W.T Harris Have you ever wondered what that black stuff is on all the roofs in this area? The answer to this question is Gloeocapsa Magma, but roof alga is much easier to say. That’s right it is an organic plant growing on the roof. How you may ask can a plant be growing on the roof when it gets as hot and dry as it does here in the summer. Roof algae has had millions of years to figure this out and has become very predominate in this region on asphalt shingles. This form of algae lives off of the crushed limestone rock used as the grit on asphalt shingles. That’s right; it is living off the minerals in the limestone. Now that we know what it is, the question is can it be removed safely and the answer is of course it can. It is after all a living plant that can be killed, but not by normal means or normal methods. First the alga on the roof has be killed safely and without killing the landscape you worked so hard to establish around your home or business. In addition to this it has to be killed without damaging your expensive asphalt shingles. This is the part that most people don’t understand, but I will attempt to help with this, it is simple. Never let anyone clean your roof with any type of pressure washer!! There are plenty of applications that a pressure washer is handy for, but on your roof is not one of those. To better explain let us revisit the crushed limestone used as the grit on the shingle for a moment. This grit has a purpose and that it to actually break the surface tension of raindrops. As a rain drop falls it become flat at the bottom and during hard rains this repeated pounding of rain would weaken asphalt shingles to the point of premature failure. Think of the grit as a pin and the raindrop as a water balloon. Therefore any pressure on your asphalt shingles will dislodge the grit and reduce the amount of protection. Revisit in the future for more information on soft wash roof cleaning or visit my website at, Phone # : 727-560-2791 WHITE BAKERS RACK W/ WINE BOTTLE HOLDERS $35 CAMDEN Business Home Auto Boat Renters Workers Comp. (252) 338-3322 (252) 482-2101 (252) 441-0810 (252) 793-5121 10 Albemarle Tradewinds June 2015

Dear Dr. Crime: I see our politicians are closing some of our NC prisons!! What is going on?? If the crooks are out we are at greater risk of being a victim, right? Upset Voter Dear Upset: The laws responding to crimes have traditionally been based on the assumption that crooks have to be locked up to protect the good folks. That is true in some cases, but not in all. North Carolina houses approximately 38,000 inmates in many state prison facilities. The General Assembly has taken the position that a change in correctional policy involving less use of prisons and more use of community corrections can translate into savings for the tax payer. Consider that the costsi of prison for one inmate is over $29,000 a year and the cost of community corrections for one inmate is over $2,000 a year. We should focus on public safety (less victims) and as low a cost as possible. If we pick the offenders least likely to recidivate and use the proper supervision tools with them, we can achieve those goalsii. That is not just my ideas, that is result findings talking. So, politicians and scared voters listen: Follow the research and we will save money, have less re-offenses, and avoid much harmful effects on family and society. Dear Dr. Crime: What is “elder abuse” and is it a problem? Young 60 year old Dear 60: Our 2010 Censusi showed we have the greatest number ( & %) of people age 65 and older in all our census history: 40.3 million, or 13% of the total population. By 2050, us old guys will be 20% of the total U.S. population and the fastest growing segment of American’s population are those 85 and up.2 It is projected that there will be 19 million people aged 85 or older by 2050. Research in not clear about the amount of physical abuse, as much is not reported. Most of the offenders hurting the old folks are family members. Abused old folks have a 300% higher risk of death than nonabused ones, and the cost is in the billions of dollars. So, young fellow, yes this is an issue. Dear Dr. Crime: Do the religion based programs from criminals do any good or is it a waste of money? Church Member Dear Member: We need more research on religion based programs as current research studies are few. What we do have is encouraging. A recent reviewi of that research found that “deepening personal spiritual commitment” with parolees reduced recidivism by over 44% and reduced use of drugs and alcohol by over 11%. I suggest you discuss your question at your church and generate more support for such programs. Dr. Crime is a pseudonym for a social scientist that holds a Ph.D. degree in sociology and in criminology. He has worked in all major parts of the criminal justice system. Drop him a note in care of this paper if you wish or email him at if you child is in “trouble”. Albemarle Tradewinds June 2015 11