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Public Meeting Set to Discuss U.S. 41 Tree Removal

The trees on U.S. 41 in Lutz have been saved. For now, at least.

According to Steve McGlocklin, assistant to commissioner Ken Hagan, the county won’t take any action until officials can meet with residents.

“Everything is on hold until there can be a community meeting to discuss it,” McGlocklin said in a voicemail Tuesday afternoon.

That meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Lutz Community Center, 101 First Ave. N.E., according to the Hillsborough County website.

News about the proposed median project broke late last week. Reports indicated that many of the trees planted along a seven-mile stretch of U.S. 41 medians would be removed.

When residents heard about the reported plans, there was an outcry.

“Removing ‘OUR’ Trees from Hwy. 41 is just another example of how our Government has assumed they own our County,” wrote Rod “Hot Rod” Gaudin, owner of Hot Rod’s County BBQ on the Lutz Patch Facebook page. “Our Government owns nothing! Everything they have, control, buy, sell or work is owned by the people.”

The commissioner’s office contacted those who reached out to them regarding the slated removal, McGlocklin said Tuesday, letting them know that there was information circulating about the removal wasn’t quite right.

A protest was planned at the Apex on U.S. 41, but it was called off after the clarification from the county.

The meeting will allow residents to hear the county’s plans and voice their concerns, as well share their ideas for maintaining the landscaping.

“We’re basically going to talk about where we are with this project, discuss alternatives we have and seek alternatives from the community,” Willie Puz, a county spokesman, told

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U.S. 41 Tree Removal Not Happening Yet, County Says

Protest Over U.S. 41 Trees Called Off

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GACC Home and Garden show planned for Feb.

Home and Garden Show 2012

Home and Garden Show 2012

Home and Garden Show 2012

Home and Garden Show 2012

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:33 pm

Updated: 7:18 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

GACC Home and Garden show planned for Feb.

By Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun – Delaware County Journal

Grove Area Chamber of Commerce (GACC) wants to help the Grand Lake community make their dreams come true at the 15th Annual Home and Garden Show.

This year’s event theme is “where inspiration meets reality.”

Vendors will offer how-to seminars, cooking demonstrations and nearly 100 exhibits of home-and-garden products featured throughout the weekend.

All displays will be at the Grove Civic Center. Free tote bags will be available while supplies last.

Area contractors will be on hand to answer questions, and vendors will offer the latest in home improvements, decorating ideas, landscaping and remodeling tips.

Show hours are 3-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10.

Admission is $3 per day or $5 for a weekend pass.

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Yume Japanese Gardens grand opening (photos)

Yume Japanese Gardens is the living expression of an ancient Japanese heritage. Covering three quarters of an acre in Tucson, Arizona, it comprises five traditional visions of landscape. In each, nature is balanced by the human hand to render the serene elegance and subtle spirit of an authentic Japanese garden.

On Monday I posted a story that a lovely, new Japanese garden is to open to the public this coming Saturday, January 19, at 9:30 a.m. Click here for previous article. This garden is the first Japanese garden in Tucson, and will become a new tourist attraction for Tucson.

On January 15 I was one of the lucky few invited to the V.I.P/media grand opening at the Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way, due south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens. At the opening there was a blessing by a Zen Buddhist priestess, taiko drumming by Odaiko Sonora, a tea ceremony, platters of sushi souvenir cedar cups of sake (Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice). There were even bonsai on display and a young golden koi named “Yume” was released into the koi pond.

The priestess Daien Bennape said that founder/executive director Patricia Deridder created these gardens out of her “love of beauty, nature, the invisible and visible worlds”. The garden name is “yume” meaning dream in Japanese, since it was obviously the dream/vision of Patricia’s to create this oasis in the desert. I saw this dirt lot in midtown that Patricia purchased a few years ago amazingly transform into a lovely, tranquil place of beauty.

Yume is Tucson’s “first and only public, non-profit Japanese Garden and is designed according to Japanese landscaping traditions”. Patricia Deridder lived in Japan for 15 years and became inspired to build such a lovely garden here in Tucson. Membership levels are available on their website ( for those of you who want to visit more often. All photos were taken by me at the grand opening of some of the various smaller gardens features at this attraction.

Japanese tea ceremony, with Fukumi Zapp and Saburo Sakai

Taiko drumming by Odaiko Sonora with Karen Falkenstrom and Marnie Sharp

Yume Japanese Gardens are indeed lovely yet tranquil, a true gem for visitors to enjoy nature, to reflect upon Life, and admire Japanese landscape beauty. The parting shot I took was this unique ikebana arrangement at the tea house, with its fleeting shadow.

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ABOE begins year with a garden gift and plans

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ALAMOSA A little extra green will help the Alamosa Elementary gardens grow.

On Monday, the Alamosa Board of Education awarded the Alamosa Community Gardens (ACG) $10,000 to keep the program in motion.

I am so thankful for the generosity of the school board, said outgoing ACG coordinator Meghan Ibach after the meeting. It gives me hope for the future of the community that executive members of the community believe in connecting children back to the environment and nature. That is crucial.

In November, ACG requested the funding, which is not guaranteed beyond this year.

We are willing to do what we can do, said ABOE President Bill Van Gieson. We appreciate what you do.

The funding will come from the districts general fund and it will not impact any school building budget, said Alamosa School District Superintendent Rob Alejo in an email on Tuesday.

The ACG has worked with the district for the last 14 years and in the past two years has amplified its efforts. It introduced an interactive curriculum that incorporates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) subjects that have been requested. The $10,000 will support the ongoing efforts, the ACG staff to teach sixth graders garden and nutrition science and secure other grant monies moving into the future.

Victoria Brunner, who has recently relocated to the Valley from the Boulder area, will take over as ACG coordinator later this month. She has a degree in sustainable business and experience working with school garden programs.

I think you have huge potential to have one of the most incredible school gardens, Brunner said.

AGC is also waiting to hear whether they are Clorox Education Grant winners, Ibach said. Clorox is scheduled to make its announcement this month and if ACG wins, new greenhouse plans will come to life.

Building design

Last week, the district held an onsite meeting with the athletic complex/vo ag building project affiliates and continued project design discussions.

The main topic discussion was where the vo ag building will be located, according to Alejo. Instead of attaching the building to the existing high school, the committee decided it would serve the students better if it stood alone to the south between the high school and the solar gardens.

I am excited about the location as it will lend itself to so many more educational experiences and opportunities, Alamosa High School Agriculture Education Instructor Kevin Rice said in an email on Tuesday. Hopefully, we will have a greenhouse and aquaculture lab attached to the building.

He added plans include room for outdoor learning areas; raised vegetable, garden, and flowerbeds; hands on landscaping; and possible a space for poultry.

We hope to build a facility the Alamosa School District will be proud of, Rice wrote. ABOE Official Erica Romero said if the new building was attached to the high school, it would limit future expansion possibilities and take two existing classrooms out of use.

Across the street will give us room to grow, Romero said.

ABOE Official Christine Haslett added the vo ag building budget still needs to be put in order. According to the mill levy financial breakdown, costs must come in under $1 million.

We sent them a call to make it work, Haslett said. The challenge is to find the price that fits. I think we can do it.

Other happenings

The ABOE signed a resolution naming 2013 Year of the Student. The resolution proclaims the district is calling on the members of the 69th General Assembly to create and find funding for a public education finance system that matches reforms, mandates and accountability measures with the resources necessary to make all students successful.

The ABOE approved the districts Unified Improvement Plans for the Ombudsman School of Excellence, Alamosa Elementary and the district.

District Accountability Committee (DAC) President Coleen Astalos reported the DAC is researching the benefits of block scheduling to provide teachers with more planning time; discussing student test data; is working towards prescheduling parent/teacher conferences in the high school in addition to the middle school; and recommending the monies from the school property sales are used to solve education problems.

The ABOE entered an executive session after the regular meeting to discuss property and personnel matters.

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Garden Calendar: Get soil ready for spring

GARDEN EDUCATION: North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas, offers the following free classes. Terrariums and dish gardens, 10 a.m. Thursday. Backyard chicken sale, 11 a.m. Saturday. Winter planting, 1 p.m. Saturday. Fruit trees, 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

REPOTTING FESTIVAL: Repot your houseplants during Calloway’s Repotting Festival. Free soil will be provided. Ceramic-glazed pottery will be available for purchase. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. Free.

ORGANIC LIVING: Howard Garrett is teaming up with other experts to teach money-saving natural organic living and gardening prac-tices. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Drive. Open to members of the Organic Club of America. Membership is $24.95 per year. 1-866-444-3478.

SOIL LOVE: Learn about healthy food sources for the soil and organic growth methods. Class also will cover the features of ideal soil, how to organically develop and maintain those features, and the best time to add amendments. 10 a.m. Saturday. Coppell Fire Training Room, 133 Parkway Blvd., Coppell. Free.

COMPOSTING BASICS: This class will educate gardeners on the benefits of using materials such as yard waste and leftover food items to create rich, organic compost. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Coppell Fire Training Room, 133 Parkway Blvd., Coppell. Free.

ORCHID CARE: Learn about the different categories for orchids and how to care for the most common varieties. Participants will learn proper pruning, feeding and repotting techniques. Marshall Grain Co. 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fort Worth location, 2224 E. Lancaster Ave., 817-536-5636; 1 p.m. at the Grapevine location, 3525 William D. Tate Ave., 817-416-6600. Free.

PREPARING SOIL: Learn how to ensure healthy plants in your landscape while saving time, money and water, through proper soil preparation. 11 a.m. Saturday. Covington’s Nursery, 5518 Bush Turnpike, Rowlett. Free. 972-475-5888.

HERBS AND ROSES: Learn how to add texture and fragrance to your garden by combining herbs and roses. Taught by Marian Buchanan. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Skillman-Southwestern Library, 5707 Skillman St., Dallas. Free.

GARDEN ART: Farmers Branch Landscaping With Roses series will continue with a workshop on adding whimsy and art to the garden. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center, 14050 Heartside Place. Free. 972-247-4607.

BUTTERFLIES AND HEALING: The monthly meeting of the Grapevine Garden Club will include the presentation “Healing on Butterfly Wings.” 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Stacy Furniture Community Room, 1900 S. Main St., Grapevine. Free.

TERRIFIC TOMATOES: Learn how and when to properly start your transplants from seed, how to build healthy soil, how to use raised beds and more. Course also will cover pest and disease management and review the best tomato varieties for North Texas. 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26. North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas. $20. Advance registration required for this class taught by Leslie Finical Halleck. 214-363-5316.

SPRING VEGETABLE GARDENING: The Texas AM AgriLife Extension Service and Collin County Master Gardeners Association will help participants get their spring gardens planned. Among the topics covered will be site selection, irrigation, pest control and maintenance. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Jan. 26. Myers Park and Event Center, 7117 Country Road 166, McKinney. $15. Advance registration required. 972-548-4219.

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Tim’s Tips: Start seeds eight weeks before to garden move

January 16, 2013

Tim’s Tips: Start seeds eight weeks before to garden move

Tim’s Tips

Tim Lamprey
The Daily News of Newburyport

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:23 AM EST

This is turning out to be another odd winter. We’ve seen cold weather, warm weather, rain and snow, and now, most of the snow has melted. You know it is a strange year when it is warmer here than in Southern California!

With very little snow on the ground, you may see signs that the moles and voles have been tunneling in your lawn or in your perennial beds. The tunneling by these pests will damage the roots of your perennials.

If you remember back to last spring, many of you had major damage to your gardens from tunneling. Our best hope will be for the ground to freeze solid as this will put an end to their ability to tunnel. If the problem continues, you may want to apply a granular repellent onto the surface of your lawn and perennial beds. The repellent will drive the moles and voles out of your yard.

January is a good month to catch up on the pruning of your trees. Broken branches should be pruned out. You should also look at the overall framework of your trees. You may see that some branches are going to crisscross each other as they grow. This will eventually lead to damage of one or both of those branches.

While these branches are small, you need to prune them. If they have gotten large, it is best to cut them back in sections. The reason for this is that if you try to cut off a large branch all at once, its weight will cause the branch to tear its bark off the main part of the tree as it falls. If this project is too much, a landscaper or tree service can do the pruning for you.

As December draws to a close, the seed catalogs arrive in the mail. The colorful pictures of plants will get you in the mood to order seeds and to start some plants. We have seeds in the store too.

Keep in mind that problems will arise if you start the seeds for your tomato plants too early. This causes an issue when the plants gets too big before the weather allows you to put it outside. The general rule of thumb is that you want to start the seeds about eight weeks before you set the plants into the garden.

If you put your tomato plants into the garden around the end of May, then you will start your plants in mid-to-late March. If you want to grow some herbs, or if you want to start some pansies from seed, you can plant the seeds now. Otherwise, wait a bit before you start those plants for your gardens.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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