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Former PTC Mayor Logsdon to try another run

Former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon has announced he will seek re-election to the office he held for one term.

And he’s running against a man he sued for libel.

Logsdon, who settled a libel suit against current Mayor Don Haddix last year, served as mayor from 2005 to 2009.

In his final year in office, the city eliminated a number of public works positions as landscaping services were cut and shifted to private landscaping companies via contract. The change was necessary at the time to provide a deep savings in the budget, Logsdon said at the time.

Logsdon will join Haddix, current council members Vanessa Fleisch and George Dienhart and businessman Ryan Jolly in the five-candidate field for mayor.

In his announcement letter, Logsdon said he has been “appalled” at the lack of leadership the city has seen over the past three and a half years.

Logsdon also touts his experience as a plus.

“You deserve a mayor who has a record of new ideas and innovative problem solving, and a mayor who can bring people together to find practical solutions,” Logsdon wrote. “You also deserve someone who can restore a sense of cooperation among city, county and state officials.”

In 2009, Logsdon declined to run for re-election, instead qualifying for a run at the state insurance and fire safety commissioner’s office. Logsdon ultimately bowed out late in that race due to health reasons.

In addition to protecting the city’s quality of life, Logsdon also wants to focus on economic development and ethics, he said.

Retired from a 36-year career at BellSouth, Logsdon also served in the Army National Guard and has been active with Boy Scouts, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion.

“I am running because you deserve a mayor who will work for you, for your family and friends, and for the city — not someone who will work for his own agenda,” Logsdon said.

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Sunrise Landscaping Offers Sustainable Gardening Ideas and Tips for Beautiful …

Victor Alva’s Sunrise Landscape, a full service landscaping and irrigation company, offers tips for arid yards and sustainable landscapes for the summer.

Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) May 20, 2013

Victor Alva’s Sunrise Landscaping company is a locally owned business that works hard to create the best environment for each of his clients. With arid conditions in the Southwest regions, many homeowners think they are limited to how they can create an oasis of plants and water features. Alva takes on this challenge happily with each of his clients.

Alva says, “Our primary goal is to find a balance between beauty and conserving resources. We constantly seek new and creative ways to help you with our services like landscaping, sprinkler irrigation, clean yards, flat stone and masonry and patios”.

For lighter water use and sustainability, Victor offers some landscaping ideas for your home or business:

  •     Select plants that are tolerant and naturally found in the local climates. Plants that already exist in the region are acclimated to the temperatures, moister levels, soil conditions and sun exposure.
  •     Use Terracotta planters. Planters hold a defined amount of soil and help conserve water instead of having the entire yard soak up the water.
  •     Cover garden beds with mulch or stones. Different types of cover will help keep the ground cooler and preserve the moister as well as provide the landscape a pleasing design effect.
  •     Adjust sprinklers and irrigation to meet the needs of specific landscapes. Many people over water their yards and plants. Also, never water in the heat of the day as much of the water is absorbed into the hot atmosphere.

Sunrise Landscaping has many more tips and idea specific to each homeowner’s needs. See some of Victor’s landscape creations and get a no cost, no obligation estimate today.

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Guest Post: Green Landscaping Ideas

It is enjoyable hearing from someone who understands both sides of he building trade. Wade Myer writes that he is a recovering contractor who has turned to writing as it is much easier on his back. He adds that he has always been drawn to the written word where he can frame sentences rather than walls. Here he provides a quick and common sense perspective concerning the landscaping side of the green building challenge.

Drought-tolerant woolly silver thyme, golden sedum, and miniature blue bellflowers are perennial low creeping groundcovers blooming together along a garden pathway. Source: Shutterstock

Drought-tolerant woolly silver thyme, golden sedum, and miniature blue bellflowers are perennial low creeping groundcovers blooming together along a garden pathway. Source: Shutterstock

Green Landscaping Ideas

As more and more people are realizing the significance of their impacts on the environment, we are seeing a rapid growth of the “green” movement. As the movement has grown it has also expanded into numerous aspects of our lives. One area where people have become especially conscious of their environmental impact is in regards to their home. For those who want to make their homes more eco-friendly, an easy place to start is outside. Here are some green landscaping ideas and techniques you can implement to make your house more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

Use Native Plants

The first thing you should consider when thinking about green landscaping is whether or not you have native plants in your garden or yard. Planting only native plants is green in a variety of ways. Native plants are accustomed to the region you are living in and will require much less care and water.

Utilizing Shade from Trees

Another green landscaping idea deals with the shade produced by the trees in your yards. Strategically placing trees so that they shade your house can save on energy. The shade from these trees protects your home from direct sunlight which keeps your house cool and reduces the stress put on your air conditioner during summer months.


This is a relatively new term and idea that deals with clever irrigation practices. As mentioned before, using native plants will help with this technique as it saves on water. Aspects of xeriscaping include utilizing low-flow nozzles and soil moisture sensors along with smart controllers which determine how to use water most efficiently. To go a step further, you can direct any rain spouts or gutter spouts are directing rain water to your garden or lawn.

Create an Edible Garden

This is perhaps one of the most eco-friendly things you can do in regards to green landscaping as its environmental impacts go beyond just your garden. Keeping the idea of native plants in mind, you can make your garden not only beautiful, but also functional by planting edible vegetation. Eating food that you grow in your own garden will provide you with healthy organic food and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

These are just a few of the techniques available for green landscaping practices. Ensuring that your garden and the landscape of your house are eco-friendly is a good starting point to making your house more environmentally friendly. The green movement will only continue to grow, and as it does, everyone will benefit.

Wade Myer is a recovering contractor who has turned to writing as it is much easier on his back. He has always been drawn to the written word where he can frame sentences rather than walls.  Currently he writes on behalf of Crown Point home builders Steiner Homes LTD.

Photo: Drought-tolerant woolly silver thyme, golden sedum, and miniature blue bellflowers are perennial low creeping groundcovers blooming together along a garden pathway from Shutterstock.

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Plan to expand composting near Horseshoe Lake scaled back

PLATTSMOUTH — Faced with stiff opposition from neighbors, Andy Harpenau has scaled back his plans to expand a composting operation near some of Nebraska’s top tourist attractions.

In March, Harpenau, vice president of Gretna Sanitation Inc., asked the Cass County Board for permission to expand his composting operation from five acres to as many as 20 acres and accept as much as 70,000 cubic yards of food waste annually from area school districts.

Neighbors, mostly residents of nearby Horseshoe Lake, oppose the expansion project because they fear the rotting food would create a stench and attract vermin. They also say a large composting operation would discourage tourism and future development in the scenic area along the Platte River.

Harpenau’s composting operation is adjacent to Wildlife Safari Park and not far from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park and the Strategic Air and Space Museum. Together, the three draw between one million and two million visitors annually.

On Tuesday, Harpenau submitted a compromise proposal, asking for permission to operate a pilot project for one year on his existing five acres and only accept 1,000 cubic yards of food waste, including fruits and vegetables.

“The opposition is so much against us. We want to start small and prove we can process food waste without any adverse effects,” Harpenau said in an interview.

There are about 4,500 compost operations in North America, he said, and only about a half-dozen are problematic. He said one of the keys to keeping such operations odor-free is to not accept dairy or meat waste; another is keeping the composting operations small, therefore, much more manageable.

For years, Harpenau said, Cass County has shipped its garbage to the Sarpy County landfill, which is scheduled to close next year. Waste from Cass and Sarpy counties then will be trucked to the Butler County landfill near David City. He called the practice wasteful and said his composting operation offered a more environmentally friendly solution.

“Cass County has a chance to be responsible for its own waste,” Harpenau told the County Board. “Composting is coming; landfilling is ending. … Cass County cannot afford to keep kicking the can down the road.”

About 50 people, mostly opponents wearing red stickers against a proposed zoning amendment that would allow a commercial composting operation in the area, attended the public hearing. However, after a handful testified, County Board Chairwoman Janet McCartney halted testimony because of Harpenau’s compromise proposal.

McCartney said it would serve no useful purpose to accept testimony for a proposal on a commercial operation when Harpenau plans to pursue a pilot project. Furthermore, another public hearing would have to be held on Harpenau’s amended application for a conditional use permit to allow the composting of food waste on his site.

The board tabled action on the conditional use permit until the public hearing could be scheduled within the next 90 days. Harpenau had not filed the necessary paperwork, yet.

In an interview after the vote, Jesse Jorgensen, a Horseshoe Lake resident, said he was disappointed by the County Board’s action.

Jorgensen said he favored recycling but having a composting operation in the “middle of a tourist sector” is not a good solution to the county’s waste problems.

Composting transforms yard waste and other organic materials naturally into a soil-like product that can be used on gardens and landscaping.

During his presentation, Harpenau said his existing composting site was ideal because the land, which used to be a quarry, is not good for farming. A nearby road creates a buffer zone, and there is only one private landowner abutting his property.

The County Board did approve a zoning change that would allow composting operations of five to 20 acres on agricultural land and prohibit such large operations on land zoned recreational/agricultural.

The area near Interstate 80 exit 426, where Harpenau has his composting operation, is zoned recreational/agricultural.

Harpenau said he did not see the vote as a defeat.

“We’re fine with that,” he said. “All we need is five acres to compost.”

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Parking Lot Rain Garden Landscaping Protects Our Water

MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA–(Marketwired – May 14, 2013) – Yes, there are solutions to the water pollution created by parking lot runoff that winds its way through drainage systems, rivers, lakes, canals, and, at some point, into our water glasses. Water contamination has to be tackled at the source – in the parking lots themselves – and one of the answers to the problem can be with the addition of rain gardens and self-sustaining landscaping.

A TV short aired by the Knowledge Network in April 2013 described the problem and its management very well: our waterways are becoming increasingly polluted with oil, gas, anti-freeze, toxic cleaners, paint, and other chemicals that accumulate in parking lots, construction sites, and streets; as well as with fertilizers and pesticides used to enhance landscaping.

The TV cameras zeroed in on concerned citizens who had learned about the benefits of rain gardens to help control water pollution and were introducing the concept in the Seattle, Washington, community of North Ridge, with the goal of constructing 12,000 such gardens. Many other communities across the country are becoming involved in similar programs as citizens learn that rain gardens help manage storm water runoff and can protect our water sources.

“We offer our clients rain garden landscaping in an effort to help them reduce water pollution from parking lot runoff and to help absorb overflow after a storm,” said Gina Vella, President, Universal Site Services. “I think it’s wonderful that so many people are becoming involved in the management of storm water runoff.”

Rain gardens are shallow depressions about 12 or more inches deep filled with compost that will collect and filter storm water and parking lot runoff so that the water is cleaned naturally. As well, the rain gardens are landscaped with attractive vegetation, which grows well in the composted-enhanced, nutrient-rich soil.

“We calculate the size and number of rain gardens needed to support the runoff from parking lot surfaces and the best location for them,” Mrs. Vella added, “and our company specializes in providing self-sustaining, native vegetation to reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides so that we don’t add to the pollution problem.

Plant species native to an area are self-sustaining because they have a natural protection against local weather conditions and insect infestations. Exotic, non-native plants usually require the protection of herbicides and fertilizers for survival.

Companies that landscape their parking lots with well-placed rain gardens covered with native plants provide three-way protection for the community: the rain gardens filter toxins from runoff, diminish overflow after heavy storms, and reduce the amount of herbicides and fertilizers that are washed into our water.

It’s one of the easier solutions to the problem of parking lot runoff.

About Universal Site Services

Universal Site Services is a full service property maintenance and site services company serving clients in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1958, Universal is one of the largest family-owned, full-service outdoor maintenance companies on the West Coast. Universal was one of the inventors of the regenerative air parking lot sweeper. Services include parking lot sweeping pressure washing, day porter, landscaping, property maintenance and graffiti removal. For more information about Universal, please visit or call: 800-647-9337.

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Art gallery, gardening boutique and landscaping business opens in Dexter

Traven Pelletier, owner of Bloom! And Elemental Design, took ownership of the 3.5-acre property in January, according to the story.

According to Concentrate, Bloom! carries locally grown flowers, trees and shrubs. They will also have a booth from White Lotus Farms, which will sell fresh goat cheese, breads and produce.

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Bay Village Green Team garden show offers tips for green living

The Bay Village Green Team hosted its Spring Green Garden Show at the Bay Village Community Garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18.

The garden is at the corner of Wolf and Forestview roads.

A steady stream of attendees arrived on foot, bicycle and car throughout the day.

“It’s great,” organizer Warren Remein said of the turnout. “This is far beyond our wildest dreams. I hope to do this again.”

Various community organizations had booths and displays. Members of the Community Garden and the Bay Village Green Team were available to talk about their organizations. The Lake Erie Nature Science Center brought out animals for viewing. Refreshments were available, and various participants offered ideas to make gardens and homes more environmentally friendly.

Educational presentations were held throughout the day. Topics included small plot gardening, backyard composting, urban beekeeping and “green” landscaping.

Craft specialists provided crafts and games for children and adults, including information about making crafts from recycled materials.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health, which is participating in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, discussed the importance of soil and water conservation.

A silent auction offered a chance to go home with various “green” products and services. Proceeds benefited the Bay Village Green Team.

Volunteers with the Village Project, which provides meals to local cancer patients and their families, offered information on the group’s services and sold hand-painted vases made from old jars and filled with flowers as a fundraiser. It already distributes the vases with meals to its clients, garden coordinator Sherri Reilly said. The Village Project grows some of its own vegetables and flowers in the Community Garden.

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5 Tips for Easy Gardens

By | May 21st, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Easy Gardening Tips and Story

This post is sponsored by Disney Story. To find out more about this brand-new story-creation app – and how it puts the power of storytelling in your hands – click here.

I love my garden, but I’m not the most enthusiastic gardener. I just don’t have the time these days to devote to the type of garden I’d love to have. I have fantasies of myself someday as an old lady puttering around a half acre garden, big brimmed hat on my head, pruning shears clipping away, grandchildren playing around me.

But today? Yeah, that’s not happening.

Alli Alli, you may be asking, how does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row? Nope.

My garden is low maintenance. It grows and thrives even as I sit here with my laptop and cup of coffee. How do I do it? Glad you asked!

Select plants that are hardy. In my climate, blueberries are hardy, healthy, and easy to grow. Find what works in your area and go with it!

Plant where the planting is good.  You don’t need to have some fancy raised bed with drip irrigation and pest screens. Is there a little spot next to your front stoop? Voila! Great for a grape vine!

Indoor herb garden. That kitchen windowsill is a nice place for an herb garden; basil and parsley can be right on hand for recipes. It can make your kitchen smell wonderful, too.

Perennials are your friend. Those pretty purple irises? They grow back every year. It’s like a friend coming back to visit each spring. Welcome, irises! You were missed!

Containers containers containers! You don’t need to put shovel to earth to have a garden. Potted plants on patios, balconies, and porches are magnificent ways to do gardening easily. Just make sure you keep them watered; they need more watering than plants that are in the ground.

Don’t let time constraints, lack of a “proper” garden space, or the belief you don’t have a green thumb prevent you from digging in the earth a bit. Go forth and plant!

And while you’re at it? Grab that Story app and grow a story as well!

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How to make your garden wildlife-friendly

The news that UK wildlife is in trouble, with one in three species halving in number in the past half century, should galvanise us all to make our own patch of green as welcoming as possible to wildlife. It may seem like a drop in the ocean, but the 15m gardens in the UK cover 270,000 hectares, covering more space than all the National Nature Reserves in the UK. Here’s what to do to make your garden more wildlife-friendly:

A hibernating hedgehog
Leaving garden debris in place helps creatures like hedgehogs find a place to hibernate. Photograph: Arterra Picture Library/Alamy

Don’t be a neat freak
Garden debris – dead leaves, plant stems and the like – provide all sorts of benefits for wildlife, from the lacewings and ladybirds that overwinter in hollow stems to the birds who gather this material for their nests and the hedgehogs who hibernate in dead leaves at the bottom of a hedge. One great way to incorporate dead material into your garden is what’s known as a “dead hedge”. Here’s how.

Frog in garden pond
Get a pond, and your garden will be full of life. Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Corbis

Build a pond
A stretch of water – even a puddle a few centimetres deep made from an upturned dustbin lid – will entice plenty of wildlife into your garden, from dragonflies and bats to frogs and newts. But don’t add goldfish – they eat smaller animals and encourage algal blooms. There’s an excellent guide to making a wildlife pond on the Pond Conservation website.

A bee arrives at of a flowering crocus in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
A bee arrives at of a flowering crocus in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Choose plants for pollinators
Many plants bred in the past few years have done pollinating insects no favours: the fashion for elaborate double flowers that don’t allow bees access to pollen and nectar is a real blow to our falling pollinator population. But a resurgence in pollinator-friendly blooms is well under way. Try to buy plants from the RHS Plants for Pollinators list and concentrate on providing a long and uninterrupted season of flowers, from crocuses, single-flowered snowdrops and hellebores in winter, through to asters and anemones in autumn.

Country Diary : Blue Tit emerging from nest box
A blue tit emerging from nest box. Photograph: Peter Grimmett/Alamy

Give birds a place to stay
It’s easy to buy (or build) nest boxes suitable for almost every garden bird imaginable, from owls to robins and sparrows to housemartins. Take in the BTO’s advice on positioning boxes and remember it may take a while before you get any residents – one of my boxes has blue tits raising their brood it for the first time after a three-year wait.

Dawn Isaac's wildlife stack
A wildlife stack doesn’t have to be ugly. Photograph: Dawn Isaac

And don’t forget the insects
They’re aren’t as photogenic as birds, but without insects none of your fruit trees will be pollinated and the birds will have nothing to feed on. Insect hotels have become a popular purchase at the garden centre in the past few years, but often their impact is limited by their small size. If you have room, think about creating a wildlife stack instead, using old wooden pallets, roof tiles, scavenged bricks, bamboo canes and stones. You can make a surprisingly attractive garden feature this way – see garden designer’s Dawn Isaac’s guide to making wildlife stacks for more advice. And if you want to keep the insect population healthy, garden organically, avoiding the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and weedkillers which have been linked to pollinator decline.

Find out more
The tips above are just the start: there are hundreds of things you can do in your garden that will have a positive impact on wildlife. There is a wealth of information online and in print on wildlife gardening, but there’s no substitute for joining your local Wildlife Trusts group and learning from experts in your area. One of the best books is Wildlife Gardening for Everyone and the newly-published book by Kate Bradbury, The Wildlife Gardener.

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Blooming brilliant news for local garden designer

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