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Archives for November 10, 2011

Hospital unveils early ideas

The layout of the new Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital almost is
complete, and the hospital’s leaders hope to break ground on the
new building in spring 2012.

Ken Carlson, the hospital’s vice president of planning and business
development, joined an architect from the design firm Kahler-Slater
to present some of the preliminary site plans to the village of
Prairie du Sac plan commission Nov. 7.

“We came up with the idea of presenting a concept plan in part to
allow you all to give feedback, input and ask questions,” Carlson

The village of Prairie du Sac will play a larger role in moving the
hospital through the approval process than the village of Sauk City
and town of Prairie du Sac, said Mark Roffer, a planner for the
village assisting the municipalities with the hospital

According to a layout showed by Carlson, the hospital building will
be located on a parcel of land southeast of the Sauk Prairie
Airport between County Road PF and Sauk Prairie Road.

The layout showed an access road to the hospital from PF and one
from Highway 12, although Carlson said the Highway 12 entrance will
require approval from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation,
which the hospital is working to get.

Most of the land of the nearly 120 acres likely would remain
undeveloped, at least for the foreseeable future, Carlson

Prairie du Sac Village Administrator Alan Wildman said the
remainder of the land likely would be zoned for other institutional
uses like hospital buildings and schools.

Carlson said as far as landscaping, the hospital has discussed
keeping it as natural as possible so there won’t be a row of trees
all the same height, and the hospital will try to limit the use of
short grass that would require mowing.

Carlson showed a possible layout for the hospital building itself
with the ER and unloading and loading zones at the southern end of
the building, and its overnight beds at the north end where they
overlooked natural areas.

Throughout the building were enclosed gardens, and the layout
garnered praise from members of the plan commission.

Jon Sandeman said it was smart to isolate the noisier parts of the
hospital and to integrate natural areas throughout the

“I love the way it’s organized,” Sandeman said. “It’s

Carlson said the hospital is designing the schematics for the new
hospital and that phase will be completed in December.

“There’s a lot of neat features we’re putting in,” Carlson said. He
said the hospital is considering a meditation room and outdoor
seating for the cafeteria.

He didn’t present how the building’s exterior would look, but he
assured the plan commission that “it’s very Sauk Prairie

In addition to the hospital building, Carlson said there would be a
medical office building that could be three stories tall and 60,000
square feet depending on how many physicians show interest in
renting office space there.

Carlson said phase two of the building would involve adding a
wellness center to the hospital.

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The site includes ideas on ways to simplify layouts by eliminating
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Ideas of fifth-graders will be used to design Palm Springs park

By Willie Howard

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

— PALM SPRINGS — The ideas of five fifth-graders will be used to design a new park at the south end of the village.

The student park designs were submitted as part of a contest the village organized in October to engage youths in the workings of city government during Florida City Government Week.

The students’ ideas for the park site include basketball courts, benches, playground equipment, a dog park, a jogging trail, pavilions, fishing docks and landscaping.

Each of the five park-design finalists — Kate Pinder and Vanessa Medrano from C.O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary and Isabel Garcia, Colton Martinez and Tommy Dague from the St. Luke School — will be given checks for $25 and certificates of achievement by the village council Thursday night.

Some of the students submitted detailed analyses of the cost of each feature in the park — and ideas for fund-raisers to cover the cost.

They also answered questions about who will use the park and what should be done to make it inviting to the public.

“People who are polite and caring should be the people using the park,” wrote Kate from Kirklane Elementary.

Colton from St. Luke School downloaded a photo of the Blue Ridge Mountaineer swing set he wanted to include in the park along with an itemized park budget totaling $11,127.

Tommy of St. Luke School included basketball courts, a small parking lot, fishing docks and a pavilion in his design. His park budget: $185,000.

Bill Golson, the village’s leisure services director, is expected to integrate the students’ ideas into a conceptual design for presentation to the village council later this year. The village’s capital budget will likely pay for the park facilities, though the village also is pursuing grant money.

“They were very creative and very thorough in their designs,” Golson said. “It was an eye-opening experience.”

The village council agreed to buy the lot for the park at 3702 Davis Road in August.

Village Manager Karl Umberger said the schedule for building the park has not been set. He said it’s possible the park could be developed and ready to use by next fall.

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NJ APA holds green roof seminar

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – To help planners, landscape architects, and real estate and construction professionals interested in sustainable design better understand green roofs and their many benefits, the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association (NJAPA) will host an educational presentation on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack University Medical Center, 90 Second Street. 

The presentation will address green roof planning, design and construction, and will provide attendees with an opportunity to tour the center’s new 4,500-square-foot green roof garden and learn about its purpose and the many benefits it provides to the hospital and its patients. The tour will be followed by a session dealing with physical design, regulatory issues, urban heat island and neighborhood impacts, storm water reduction methods and tips on roof garden planning.

Using its Eco Earth Design method of utilizing only the most eco-friendly materials and practices, Midland Park-based RS Landscaping completed the cancer center’s extensive oasis last year in two phases. With the goal of providing patients with easy access to the outdoors and a place to sit among greenery, in addition to serving as a respite for visiting families and friends to spend time while their loved ones are receiving treatment, RS installed drought-tolerant green roof modules, decorative planters, shrubs and sitting areas as well as a demonstration vegetable garden.

Speakers at the presentation will include RS Landscaping President Robert Schucker; Alex Dambach, who serves as the Northeast Area Representative for the NJAPA, and is the director of policy, planning, and development for the City of East Orange; and John McDonough, a licensed professional planner and landscape architect in the State of New Jersey.
Schucker is a Green Roofs For Healthy Cities-certified Green Roof Professional and one of New Jersey’s foremost experts on green roof design and installation. Using the proprietary Eco Earth Design method, RS Landscaping provides superior quality landscape design to property owners seeking cutting-edge approaches to sustainability. For more than 26 years, RS Landscaping has offered environmentally responsible, high-end service to residential, public and commercial properties in the areas of design/build, grounds maintenance, irrigation, lighting and plant health care.
In his role with NJAPA, Dambach helps the organization support of the needs of the state’s most urbanized areas, and he also works to establish professional development and educational opportunities for planners to improve their skills.
McDonough has been a land use consultant for more than 25 years and has been recognized as an expert in land use matters before hundreds of boards and commissions throughout the State of New Jersey and in Superior Courts. In his capacity as a private consultant, McDonough has designed or planned thousands of projects in all types of land use genres, including Yogi Berra Baseball Stadium and the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
“Green roofs offer property owners a plethora of benefits that can readily be seen at the JTCC installation,” Schucker said. “We hope this informative event will open the eyes of attendees to all of the possible applications for green roof gardens at other sites.”

Attendees should park at the Cancer Center garage, use the Second Street entrance, and advise the guard they are there for the NJAPA meeting. It will be held in Conference Room #1 and will provide CM credits.

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Stunning Volcanic Landscape Captured by Intrepid Hawaii Photographer

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Hawaii Island Volcanic Activity captured by Chuck Denny

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN – For the last four years, Hawaii Kai resident Chuck Denny has been intrepid in his effort to capture photos of Hawaii Island lava fields that almost no one else has seen.

While his photos appear as stunning as any professional ones, he told Hawaii Reporter that this is a hobby for him. However, since he often hikes for miles in remote areas to get to the lava because he wants the world to see what he can see, his hobby may be more of a calling.

Lava field on Hawaii Island in November 2011 – Photo by Chuck Denny

On November 3 and 4, Denny traveled to Hawaii island to photograph the active lava surface flow expansion field that originates from the lava tube on the east flank of the Pu’u O’o vent. That is about 1 mile long and extends 3 miles to the south east of Pu’u O’o and 1.25 miles above the Royal Gardens subdivision northern boundary.

Photo by Chuck Denny

Denny said the photos were taken along the 1 mile surface flow field during visit to Jack Thompson’s lava house in Royal Gardens. This is his seventh visit there in four years, since his initial trip on January 20, 2008.

Jack Thompson is a well known animated personality on the Big Island of Hawaii. He welcomes guests to his so called lava house, where they are sure to find solitude and beauty. But as Denny said, guests must realize that somewhere nearby flows 2,100-degree lava.

Mr. Thompson’s House in Royal Gardens – Photo by Chuck Denny

“Mr. Thompson is now the only remaining full time resident in the Royal Garden subdivision of which he has resided for 28 years and in which over 180 homes have been consumed and over taken by Madame Pele,” Denny said.

Madame Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire who is said in Hawaiian culture to rule over the volcanoes, is a force to be reckoned with.

“The photos exhibit the beautiful phenomenon of Madame Pele creating new land with streaming rivers of pahoehoe lava and the creation of extending lava tubes at lower elevations as they meander down the pali toward the ocean,” Denny said.

Photo by Chuck Denny, November 2011, Hawaii island

He adds that if this current episode persists without lava stalling, the existing path is South East toward the middle of Royal Gardens where Thompson lives.

“The active terminus of lava was moving 200 yards per day and the residents of Kalapana Gardens may soon see lava high on the pali, however Madame Pele decides the direction of her ever changing landscaping project,” Denny said.

In his four years of photographing this area, he also has captured stunning active lava tubes, lava skylights along the lava tube within the Royal Gardens subdivision, surface flows that have traveled 6 miles from Pu’u O’o to the ocean, and ocean entry.


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Letter: Literally, figuratively, Rood left mark on Martin County landscape

Scott M. Fay, Hobe Sound

Letter: Literally, figuratively, Rood left mark on Martin County landscape

Roy S. Rood has left behind a legacy of strong values of faith, family, business, philanthropy and leadership. At Treasure Coast Irrigation and Landscape and Rood Landscape, we strive to continue that legacy, honoring his memory with a spirit of gratitude for the road he paved for us.

Mr. Rood was well known and respected throughout the community. He was a founding member of the Jupiter/Tequesta Kiwanis Club and American Legion, Grace Emmanuel Church, Jupiter Christian Academy, and the first bank to open its doors in Jupiter/Tequesta, just to name a few. He was very involved with the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Museum, and in 1938 he planted the ficus there that can be seen growing and prospering to this very day. He opened Rood Landscape in 1946.

A man who cared passionately for excellence, he built this company with the simple vision: “Do it right the first time.”

This vision will live on with every member of the TCI Rood family, where we share and respect his passion for the industry. Mr. Rood was a founding member of the Florida Nursery Growers Landscape Association, and received several state and national awards, including an award from First Lady Barbara Bush for landscaping the Gardens Mall.

A consistent theme to every talk given to the industry (and he gave many) was to keep learning and make this profession better than ever. He was dedicated to giving back to the community he lived and worked in, and ensured his company would continue his philanthropic efforts.

As we reflect with gratitude on the life and legacy of our founder for the strong infrastructure he built for generations to come, we look forward to carrying his memory into the future through excellence and commitment to the landscaping industry and the customers we serve.

Scott M. Fay is the CEO of TCI Rood.

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Gardening Tips, a Fry’s Complaint, and Jobs: This Week’s Tweets

Wondering what the tweet-o-sphere looks like for Campbell? We make eavesdropping easy. Take a look at this snapshot of the conversations this week.


CampbellBrewing Campbell Brewing Company beer garden… May I have your ATTENTION… our latest Seasonal is being released today….

sfbaw RT @brownbugz Just reported a hazard on State Hwy 17, Campbell, using @waze – Social GPS.

stonecollonge Smell in mens room @ #Frys #Campbell is beyond disgusting. How many people have to pee on the floor before the clean?

CampbellYards Gardening tips for November | MyHome Advice Centre Campbell Landscape

TheCoopCampbell Who is this masked super hero? She was having fun during our Halloween weekend dance party…

CampbellWomen mmmmmm…the recipes are starting to come in! Can’t wait to try some of these! Have you sent us YOURS?

Dorkenhoff Wow, dead here. Wait, were the clocks supposed to go forward or backward this morning? (@ Campbell Farmer’s Market)

dfos84 I’m at Whole Foods Market (1690 S. Bascom Ave., at Hamilton Ave., Campbell)


HRNewsJobs Technical Recruiter / Sourcer Trainee: CA-Campbell, netPolarity, Inc. is a fast growing full service contingent …

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Vegetable gardening 101 – Sun

Vegetable gardening 101

South Florida’s planting season is generally from September through March. Some hardy vegetables and herbs might make it through summer, but it’s best to let the soil rest in the hottest months to prepare for the fall. Here are seven tips to get started.

Plant in above-ground beds. Free plans for a frame are available at, or you can buy resin frame kits at building supply stores, such as Lowe’s and The Home Depot. A 4-by-4-feet kit sells for less than $50 and is big enough for a garden to feed a family of four.

Line the raised bed on a garden cloth to prevent weeds and pests from taking over. Place the bed in an area that gets 4 to 6 hours of sun per day, preferably morning sun. Or fit it with a shade cloth overhead if in full sun.

Use containers if a raised bed sounds like too much work. Be sure that every container has good drainage. A five-gallon bucket will hold one or two tomato or pepper plants, or two bush beans. Buckets must be cleaned with bleach and rinsed very well. Don’t reuse them from season to season.

Fill the bed or pots with soil mixed with peat and/or manure. Consider composting if you have the room to create your own material.

Visit a local nursery that specializes in plants bred for our climate (Zone 10 on the USDA Hardiness Zone map) and soil. Or research suitable seed varieties online.

Grow only what you like to eat. Stagger planting throughout the season to harvest vegetables all season long.

Accept that every garden is different. If something works for a friend across town, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get similar results. Mother Nature is fickle that way.

—Jan Norris

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Protect garden art, containers in winter

One of the biggest disappointments in the winter garden is to lose a valued piece of garden art or a beautiful container to freeze damage. If any water is able to work itself into the concrete or wood of your garden art, a freeze could cause the water to expand and crack your work of art. The same is true of terra-cotta and glazed containers. You’ll not only lose the pot when it explodes but you might also lose the plant within by exposing its roots to freezing weather.

The easiest solution when it comes to containers is to use only pots guaranteed to be frost hardy outdoors in winter and move the rest inside under cover.

If your garden art is too big to move easily, the next best alternative is to cover it with waterproof tarps. Admittedly having a bunch of blue tarps in your garden can look just a bit tacky, so if your partner won’t go along with that idea, the only viable alternative is to apply a sealant such as Thompson’s WaterSeal. Make sure you cover every nook and cranny where water could possibly penetrate.

Unfortunately, you’ll know if you failed when your artwork self-destructs.

Keep your

drains clear

In heavy fall rains, clogged storm drains can result in flooded streets, traffic problems, difficult conditions for bicyclists and walkers, and increased pollutants in streams and waterways. It could even cause costly flooding in homes. Do your part to prevent flooding by regularly sweeping up leaves and debris that accumulate along curbs.

At the same time, keep an eye on storm drains and remove leaves whenever they form a mat that could clog the drain. While you’re at it, don’t forget to rake leaves off the stairway to your basement and to keep the drain at the bottom clear of debris.

As I found out, the only thing worse than being awakened in the middle of the night by a wet paw in the face is the sudden realization that my pooch couldn’t get out the doggy door at the bottom of the stairway because water was rushing in through it!

Give tubers

a warm umbrella

I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have time to dig the gazillions of semi-hardy bulbs and tubers of dahlias, gladiolus, and colored calla lilies out of my garden for winter storage. Instead I cover the cut stems and underground root structures with evergreen fern fronds cut from our native sword fern (Polystichum munitum).

Don’t worry: Removing the fronds from these rock-tough ferns won’t hurt them. After you cut the stems of the tuberous plants as close to the ground as possible, cover the stems and the rootstocks at least 6 inches deep with the fronds.

Put a rock on top to keep the fronds from flying away. The fronds are great insulators, but even more importantly, they act as tiny umbrellas and prevent water from penetrating the cut stems or rotting the underground tubers or bulbs.

There are risks to using this strategy. Although it’s been generally successful for me over the years, I have lost some prized plants in record cold or horribly wet winters. When I think about how much time and work it saved me over the years, however, it seems worth the risk.

Ciscoe Morris:; “Gardening with Ciscoe” airs at 10 a.m. Saturdays on KING-TV.

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Composting workshop digs up gardening tips – Long Beach Press

A composting workshop will be held Saturday in Torrance to encourage reuse of green waste.

Sponsored by Los Angeles County and the city of Torrance, the workshop will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Home Garden Learning Center at Columbia Park, 190th Street and Prairie Avenue.

Composting reduces waste, saves money, conserves water and restores nutrients to the soil for a healthier garden.

Attendees will learn about ways to reduce and recycle their yard and kitchen waste by:

Composting – The natural way to replenish the soil using decomposed yard waste and kitchen scraps.

Grasscycling – Leave clippings on the lawn to add nutrients to the soil and save water.

Worm composting – Create great compost by letting worms recycle kitchen scraps.

Water-wise gardening – Reduce water use and yard trimmings by planting drought-tolerant and low-maintenance plants.

Compost bins, worms and worm bins provided by L.A. County will be available for purchase after the workshop.

For more information, call the L.A. County hotline at 888-CLEAN LA (888-253-2652), visit, call the Torrance Public Works Department at 310-781-6900 or link to

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