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Downtown Gaylord seeking ‘Main Street’ designation – Petoskey News

GAYLORD — The Downtown Development Authority will participate in the Michigan Main Street program for 2013. The Gaylord City Council approved the proposal at its Monday meeting.

“This is our second year in the program,” City Manager Joe Duff said. “Our hope is that we can continue to work with the organization and move the DDA board to the Michigan Main Street program and their Four-Point Approach.”

The program provides technical assistance and resources to help communities develop main street districts and commercial neighborhoods, attract new businesses and residents, promote investment and spur economic growth.

Downtown activities and events like the farmers market, concerts under the Pavilion on Court and the Moonlight Madness sale are driven by the DDA, currently led by Duff.

The program is different in that it places the emphasis on involvement from community volunteers.

Duff believes the program is beneficial to downtown Gaylord because it offers “a proven concept for accomplishing our goals of having a vibrant downtown. The Four-Point Approach seems to work.”

The Four-Point Approach includes:

• Design focusing on historic preservation, building renovation, design, window displays, landscaping and general aesthetics.

• Economic Restructuring for business retention, expansion, diversification and recruitment.

• Promotion for marketing, advertising, special event planning and encouraging activity in a downtown area.

• Organization in getting the volunteer-based Main Street Program under the direction of a governing board, standing committees and a paid program director.

Currently, Gaylord is one of 18 Michigan communities at the Associate level of the program. At that level, representatives are required to take part in training sessions throughout the year and demonstrate that new ideas are being brought back to the community. Last year, DDA staff members and several downtown business owners traveled to Lansing to attend training sessions covering the basics and the implementation of the program. However, Duff said anyone who is interested may attend.

“Once we are able to work through the Associate level, we can apply for the Selected level, and eventually continue onto a Master level,” Duff said.

He added that the Michigan Main Street designation “opens up a wealth of different opportunities,” including technical assistance, marketing plans and eligibility for grant application at no cost to the city.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program or attending training sessions can call the DDA office at 732-4060.

“I am very excited about it,” Duff said. “It’s a great economic development program.”

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Timberline Landscaping wins state award

Tim Emick, owner of Timberline Landscaping, received the Bob Cannon Award at the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado Excellence in Landscape Awards banquet in Denver. Timberline has been in business in Colorado Springs for 35 years.

The Bob Cannon award is ALCC’s version of the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” It honors individuals who have given loyal, dedicated service to the landscape industry, contributed ideas, programs and other endeavors to benefit other ALCC members and improved the professional image of the landscape industry.

Memorial’s new doctors named on list among the best in America

Seven physicians who joined Memorial Hospital in recent months were named to the Best Doctors in America List for 2013 — an honor shared by only 5 percent of doctors in America.

The Best Doctors list, which is decided by impartial peer review, includes an additional 30 doctors who have privileges to practice at Memorial.

The list results from polling more than 45,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors cannot pay to be included in the database, nor are they paid to provide their input.

The Memorial doctors, employed by Colorado Health Medical Group, are: Dr. Martin L. Beggs, thoracic surgery; Dr. Matthew Garret Blum, thoracic surgery; Dr. Kimberly Dulaney, cardiovascular disease; Dr. Nita Harris, cardiovascular disease; Dr. John H. McVicker, neurological surgery; Dr. David Rosenbaum, cardiovascular disease; and Dr. Todd P. Thompson, neurological surgery.

Grant transforms learning for history students at PPCC and UCCS

A grant from the Colorado Community College System will allow students studying history at Pikes Peak Community College and University of Colorado Colorado Springs to learn about history by assuming the roles of historic figures with no script or set outcome.

This immersive learning approach, called “Reacting to the Past,” helps students gain a deeper understanding of history and how it relates to other fields of study, while also increasing student retention. Glenn Rohlfing, PPCC assistant professor of history, in collaboration with Roger Martinez, UCCS assistant professor of history, were recently awarded the Rocky Mountain Collaboration: A Reacting to the Past Project Grant from the Community College System. The grant allows PPCC and UCCS to develop curriculum using the “Reacting to the Past” model and to conduct a faculty training conference.

PPCC professor Wayne Artis calls the grant “a milestone in developing an innovative teaching method which engages students actively in their learning across the curriculum and cements partnerships between community colleges and universities, specifically the Colorado Springs campus of the University of Colorado.”

PPCC sweeps 2013 ADDY Awards

Pikes Peak Community College swept the 2013 American Advertising Federation Colorado Springs ADDY Awards with its marketing department winning 14 ADDY Awards — three gold and 11 silver. PPCC students won 12 Student ADDY Awards. Of the awards won by the college, the most prestigious was the Best in Show-Broadcasting for the college’s “Scary Movie” theatre spot.

Gold ADDY Awards: Best of Show-Broadcasting: Scary Movie Television Spot; Television 30-Second Spot: Scary Movie Television Spot; Television In-Theater Commercials or Slides: Scary Movie Theater Spot.

Silver ADDY Awards: Collateral Campaign Material: PPCC Fran Folsom Dinner Campaign; Collateral Brochure Material Four Color: PPCC Strategic Plan; Newspaper Campaign: PPCC Big Arts Night Newspaper Campaign; Television Campaign: PPCC Television Campaign; Theater Campaign: PPCC Theater Campaign; Television In-Theater Commercials or Slides: PPCC Car Chase Theater Spot, PPCC Love Story Theater Spot, PPCC The Spy Who Loved Us Theater Spot; Television 60 Seconds or more: PPCC Car Chase Television Spot, PPCC Love Story Television Spot, PPCC The Spy Who Loved Us Television Spot.

PPCC Student Awards: AJ Virgil, Silver ADDY for Promotional Poster; Bob Gardner, Silver ADDY for Promotional Poster, Silver ADDY for Photography Manipulation; Duane Dinverno, Gold ADDY for Illustration, Silver ADDY for Elements of Visual Advertising; Matt Radcliffe, Gold ADDY for Logo Design; Tammy Oliver, Gold ADDY for Product Packaging Design, Silver ADDY for Poster Campaign, Silver ADDY for Promotional Poster; Tanya Shaw, Gold ADDY for Logo Design, Silver ADDY for Elements of Advertising Brochure, Silver ADDY for Elements of Advertising Stationery.

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Permaculture the topic at Edible Garden group meeting

March 15, 2013

Permaculture the topic at Edible Garden group meeting


Newburyport Daily News
The Daily News of Newburyport

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 03:00 AM EDT

NEWBURYPORT — The March meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden group will feature Debbie Richards and Lillabeth Wies, who will present a description of permaculture and its approach to a sustainable future. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at 27 Cherry St.

They will cover topics, such as:

1. What is progress?

2. What is a natural garden, and why does it work so well?

3. Why do our landscapes need so many outside inputs and take so much human labor? Because most of our landscapes do not feed into the natural cycles.

4. Let’s see how we can work within natural systems in our landscapes so that they support themselves and us with less work from us, provide us beauty, serenity and a harvest; and at the same time protect and purify the air, water and regenerate the soil.

5. Bringing our soil back to life: Follow nature’s lead

6. Bringing our gardens to Life: Follow nature’s lead

Richards is a local organic gardener with 35 years of developing an outstanding Family Food Farm.

Wies is the owner and operator of Landscapes by Lillabeth, LLC, an organic permaculture landscaping company. She has an master’s in ornamental horticulture and 34 years experience in landscaping and gardening.

The Edible Garden group was formed by community members who are interested in getting together to learn and share information about sustainable food growing — veggies, fruits, nuts. The meetings are focused on building community resilience through increasing the availability of safe, nutritious, sustainably-grown local food. For more information contact Deb Carey at or 978-388-5629.

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Where art meets garden

16 O'Brien Rd, Coatesville. Photo / Ted Baghurst

Transforming a basic rural property into a lovely family home and art gallery within beautifully landscaped grounds takes the right people. Like Shelley Chignell, a former landscape-design writer with a passion for art, and her husband Ed, who has outdoor machinery on tap as chief executive of arboricultural company Treescape.

Shelley says, “This has been a wicked family home. And outside the work has all been done – decks, landscaping, pool, paths, plants and mature trees. The gardens are in a really good stage to just enjoy.”

Ed was in his late 20s when he bought this Coatesville property in 1987, before he met Shelley, who now works in arts and publishing.

She was editor of More magazine under her maiden name “Clement”, wrote about landscape design for Next and later retrained in arts management.

Shelley has fond childhood memories of big gardens. So she and Ed relocated to this property, which had been rented out, when they were living in Onehunga and expecting their first child.

Back then, it was just a simple cottage, a few mature trees, a sheep paddock and a barn, later replaced by Shelley’s art gallery business.

After a decade, with children Rory (now 18) and Grace (nearly 16), they outgrew the cottage. At first they planned to extend it, but instead replaced it with a new home designed by George Clarke Architects.

“It was on the same footprint, because I said to my husband, ‘I’ve already done 10 years of landscaping here and we’re not wrecking that!”‘

Fortunately, their 2003 tradespeople anticipated future regulation changes, building a solid plaster home with large eaves, equipped with full flashing and a cavity system before those features were mandatory.

There’s a separate driveway and parking for the Flametree Art Garden and Gallery, Shelley’s outdoor art business.

This light-filled exhibition studio with covered front courtyard, rear toilet and storage, could continue as a gallery, become a gym, or be used for another home business.

A driveway leads to the two-storey home, near the gallery’s namesake flame tree. Shelley studied Japanese garden design, which is the influence behind floating platforms prefacing the house and gallery that encourage people to “pause and think before you enter a dwelling”.

The house relates cleverly to the garden, with views from every window and a pavilion effect when opened up. But it’s mainly a functional family home, with loads of room and attractive materials, such as ground-level jarrah floors.

The main open-plan kitchen, dining and family space looks out over a big, level front lawn.

The dual-oven kitchen has cool drinks in an extra fridge, ready to take out to two north-facing decks or the rear in-ground pool and spa.

A sunny extra lounge has recently been a “teenage boy pit”, for watching TV, playing computer games and cranking up pool-side music. This level’s two bedrooms, family bathroom and big laundry are rounded out by upstairs’ third bedroom with en suite and master suite. As well as an en suite and walk-in wardrobe, it offers a quiet parents’ retreat – a lounge/study with balcony.

“We have fantastic views,” says Shelley.

“And because we’re part of a corridor of bush, we have a really big resident population of tui and wood-pigeons.”

The established grounds have hosted garden tours, but Shelley’s proven the upkeep is manageable – “a day each month or a few hours each fortnight”.

Some outdoor art stays with the property. Garden highlights include a fountain courtyard, an outdoor room with chiminea fire, a sunken garden and a vege-flower garden with chook-house.

The double garage incorporates another office and storage.

Now the children are entering university years and Ed’s often travelling for Treescapes, the Chignells are moving on.

By Sandra Goodwin

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Finalists announced for the Landscaping Giveaway from Busch Gardens …

Earlier this month, Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced they would be giving one winner a landscaped yard done completely by their team of landscapers in their “Landscaping Giveaway“. Entires from the Mid-Atlantic region poured in through Facebook. After Busch Gardens reviewed hundreds of submissions, they have narrowed it down to just 20 finalists.

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Busch Gardens needs your help to select the winner. Now through Saturday, March 16th at noon, you can visit the Busch Gardens Facebook page and vote for a finalist. The winner will be notified on Monday, March 18th.

Click here to vote!

Busch Gardens will be open tomorrow for Passholders only, and then will officially open for the season on Sunday, March 17th.

For more information about Busch Gardens Williamsburg, visit the official website by clicking here.

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Gardening | Care for azaleas with these tips

Azaleas are a signature plant in southern spring and also in southern gardens.

Interestingly, North American native azaleas are all deciduous species. Most of the azaleas in our yards, however, are evergreen, with their ancient roots in Asia. The result is more than 10,000 registered or named varieties from hundreds of years of breeding.

As southern gardeners we are particularly aware of azaleas during the spring. Consequently it is a good time to look at caring for them.

Here are 18 things to know and do so our azaleas will thrive:

• Plant azaleas in early spring or fall; new roots need time to develop before summer heat and drought.

• Keep transplanted azaleas well watered, but not water-logged, until they are established.

• Azaleas grow best in dappled or part shade. Deep shade produces spindly plants with fewer blooms. Too much sun results in shorter bloom time.

• Plants require acidic soil with a pH of 4.5-6.0.

•  Soil should be loose, well drained and contain plenty of organic material.

• Plant the root ball higher than ground level.

• Azaleas have a shallow root system that spreads within the top 12 inches of soil. Protect roots with organic mulch beyond the drip line, but leave bare two inches around the stem.

• Fertilizer is usually not necessary. It can burn shallow roots. Azaleas get adequate nutrition as mulch and compost slowly decompose.

• Chlorosis (yellowing leaves with green veins) and stunted growth are likely indicators of nutrient deficiency. If a soil test shows a nutrient deficiency apply a scant amount of slow release fertilizer for acid loving plants.

• Too much water, too little water, or too much fertilizer can cause brown leaf tips and leaf drop.

•  Prune azaleas when they have finished flowering, and before mid June. If you prune after that you reduce next year’s blooms.

• Cut leggy stems back to the place where they meet a larger branch.

• A cool damp spring can lead to petal blight, an airborne fungus. Flowers appear spotted and turn brown. They look mushy and water logged, sticking to the leaves. The fungus over winters on the fallen blossoms. Remove and destroy dead blossoms from your plants and the ground around them.

• Leaf gall is a fleshy fungal growth that begins shiny green. White spores cover then cover the mass which dries brown. Pick off, bag and throw out the growths, ideally before the spores are released to become new galls next spring.

• Azalea lace bugs can be a problem – their population continues to increase if they are untreated. Look for small black specs on the underside of leaves. Their sucking sap causes a stippled effect on the surface of leaves turning them from green to grayish. Lace bugs overwinter on plants as eggs. Spray plants thoroughly with horticultural or control lace bugs chemically with Sevin, malathion, cyfluthrin and imidacloprid products. Follow label instructions.

• Red spider mites start on the underside of leaves. They look like tiny specs. As the population increases they move to leaf surfaces. Look for fine webbing on leaves to help identify the pests. Horticultural oil will help control the numbers, but a chemical miticide will be more effective. Always follow label instructions.

• Azalea caterpillars are small. They grow from about 1/2-inch to 2 inches long beginning brownish black with yellow and white stripes. They mature black with yellow and white stripes and a red head. Typically they feed in groups and devour leaves quickly. Look for the caterpillars during August and September. Use Bacillus thuringiensis, horticultural oil, malathion, Sevin, or cyfluthrin products to control them. As usual follow label instructions.

• Check the bark on plants, especially crotch areas, for azalea bark scale. Scale insects are damaging because they suck the sap out of plants. Scrape off scale insects as possible. Use horticultural oil to kill adults and eggs. (Insecticidal sprays kill only the crawler stage of scale.) Follow label instructions. Be aware that you will need to spray multiple times to control the pest.

Azaleas are beautiful and easy to grow. Just give them the right conditions and know how to trouble shoot a few problems.

Reach DEBBIE MENCHEK, a Clemson Master Gardener, at

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Gardening Tips: Pruning Crape Myrtles

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 2:03 pm

Gardening Tips: Pruning Crape Myrtles

By Matthew Stevens

RR Daily Herald


For the past two years, I have been taking classes at N.C. State in the Agriculture and Extension Education Department.

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Gardening column: Farmer’s Almanac offers helpful tips as we prepare for … You also can read her What’s Bloomin’ blog at This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.

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March garden tips from Butte County Master Gardeners – Enterprise

  • Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries with slow-release fertilizer when spring growth begins.

  • Pull weeds.

  • Fertilize citrus and deciduous fruit trees.

  • Check roses for aphids; control with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

  • Spray apricots with a fungicide as flowers open to prevent brown rot.

  • Cut back, divide and fertilize herbs.

  • Prepare beds for planting by spading in compost.

  • Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs and trees after bloom.

  • Fertilize cool-season lawn grasses (bent, blue, rye, and fescue).

  • Fertilize camellias at the end of bloom. Try using composted or well-aged manure.

  • Check irrigation system and perform maintenance.

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