Several weeks ago an Ask Hutch reader was looking for bags of leaves for mulch. People contacted The News wanting to donate leaves to him. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an address or phone number for the avid mulcher. He sent his question via snail mail. I hope he is reading the paper today because I can direct him to a mountain of leaves. Please call me at 620-664-5600, ext. 348.

Q: Why don’t the cops give speeding tickets anymore? People are just speeding past me all the time.

I have received several speeding tickets from the Hutchinson Police Department, so I can vouch for Sgt. Brian Hirt when he says they still write them.

“I personally wrote more speeding tickets this year than last,” said Hirt, head of the traffic division.

But things have changed since 2002, when the police department had five officers just monitoring speeders and writing tickets.

However, that’s not the primary purpose of officers on patrol. Instead, Hirt said they are busy responding to 911 calls and going to disturbances, dealing with people in all sorts of situations. At the same time, he is well aware of people speeding past him.

“There are days when we can write a few tickets,” Hirt said. But other times the officers are far too busy working patrol.

Hirt encourages anyone concerned about the number of speeding drivers to talk to city council representatives, and let them know the city needs more enforcement.

“I have no argument that speeding is an issue,” Hirt said.

Q: Where is Curley’s barbecue sauce made today? It was once made in Hutchinson.

Today Curley’s is made at Garden Compliments, a food processing company in Kansas City, Missouri.

According to Jim Pirotte, CEO, they purchased Curley’s Famous Barbeque Sauces from CHS Inc. in March 2014.

“It all began in 1955 when Curley Atwood and his wife, Christa, created a tasty sauce to top off their Hickory Burger, which they served at Mrs. Atwood’s Café in Winfield. Curley’s Hickory Barbecue Sauce became so popular that they started bottling the sauce and selling it at their adjacent Curley’s Inn and in the local grocery store,"  according to information provided by Pirotte.

The sauce grew in popularity and was made in Hutchinson, by CHS, a soy protein company. The plant was located on E. 11th Avenue but announced it was closing on Friday.

However, by 2013 Garden Complements was approached by CHS because they didn’t want to produce barbecue sauce anymore. Garden Compliments also produces pasta sauce, and dressings.

“We were very interested,” Pirotte said. But it didn’t work out. They were going to sell to another company. Then in December, they called back and the deal was on.

“They worked with us and made sure the formula was exactly the same for the four flavors,” Pirotte said.

All flavors of the sauce are kosher, natural with fructose or high-fructose corn syrup. If you loved Curley's in Hutchinson, it is still the same product.

 Q: Does the White House greeting office still send out greeting cards for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.? I have requested a few, which were not acknowledged.

 I can tell from your letter you know the proper letter writing format. But I must ask, have you been addressing your letter to the White House Greetings Office? It’s important to put the full address The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.

Requests must be received within six weeks of the event. Anniversary greetings are extended only to those couples who are celebrating their 50th and subsequent wedding anniversary.

Birthday greetings will be sent only to people turning 80 or older or veterans turning 70 or older.

The White House suggests that if you write a letter, “please consider typing it on an 8 1/2 by 11-inch sheet of paper. If you hand-write your letter, please consider using pen and writing as neatly as possible.”

Hopefully, something of what I just wrote will be of use. Try again, maybe you should include a return stamped envelope with your address. Good luck.

Here is the email address to send a request

Q: I have to let my subscription stop to get a better deal from The Hutchinson News. Then I wait for someone to call to offer a better deal. Why can’t you offer good deals to people who already subscribe so they don’t have to cancel for a period of time?

“The new offers are to gain non-readers," said Debbie Deneault, with subscriber services. "We value our subscribers, but we are unable to offer deep discounts to everyone. Some newspapers no longer discount at all. We still do it to gain new subscribers.”

Q: While spending the weekend after Thanksgiving outside in shorts and a tank top, I started to wonder if I could grow palm trees in my yard. Is it possible?

It is possible, especially if you are an adventurous gardener.

First I spoke with Pam Paulsen, Reno County K-State Extension Horticulturist, and she referred me to Matt McKernan, with Sedgwick County K-State Extension. He has been growing a palm in their demonstration garden. Paulsen said they were thinking about growing one in the demonstration plot on the Hutchinson Community College campus.

Meanwhile, McKernan had two palms growing - a dwarf Palmetto and a needle palm. Both have been successful.

"Especially given the length of time they have been growing and the number of winters they have survived. We provide them very little special care, other than being planted in a semi-protected area. Though both palms are far from the mature size they would be in other parts of the world, they provide unique options for the South Central Kansas garden due to their tropical style and unique texture.

"For gardeners wanting to grow palms in Kansas, my biggest suggestions would be to try to find a protected area in the landscape when planting, even an area that potentially has partial shade. Mulching around the base of the plant in winter will also help to increase its chances of winter survival," McKernan said.