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Entertainment area could be built at Seaford seafront

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    What a park could be in Dillon

    An impending face-lift to Dillon Town Park could include the construction of a pavilion, multi-purpose athletic fields or updated playground equipment, according to the most popular wish list ideas voted on by residents.

    On Thursday, close to 50 locals attended the first of at least two community open houses at Dillon Town Hall to participate in drafting the town park master plan. The open house was led by consultants from Zehren and Associates, Inc., a design firm with offices in Avon and Santa Barbara, Calif., and Ceres Plus, Inc., which has offices in Silverthorne and Eagle.

    Also attending the meeting were Dillon elected officials and members of the local Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

    The purpose of the two-hour event was four-fold and residents were invited to comment about a variety of park topics, including existing conditions, the appropriateness of some of the proposed improvement projects, wish list projects not yet considered and concerns about some of the existing ideas.

    In addition to filling out surveys, residents were given five round stickers and asked to rank some of the proposed projects in order of highest priority. Although the data collected during the open house won’t be available until the next community meeting, tentatively scheduled for July 9, there were four projects that clearly stood out as community favorites.

    Among the top votes was the construction of a pavilion, a multi-purpose athletic field or a facility to host a variety of community events, such as yoga, outdoor movies and 5k runs. The purchase of new playground equipment also ranked high among members of the community.

    Despite the construction of a pavilion being the overwhelming favorite, Rick Giamanco, a Summit County resident for 20 years and member of the advisory committee, said he’d prefer to see more open space and joked that the park would benefit from fewer buildings in the area.

    “I’d like to see more landscaping and grass for picnics and family-friendly events,” Giamanco said. “We have plenty of natural fauna all around us, but what we need is a real park.” In fact, “we should get rid of town hall and the fire department and make that (a) park too.”

    Although the town park master plan gained traction recently, this is not the first time Dillon residents have discussed much-needed upgrades, said Dillon town manager Joe Wray. Park improvements have been a topic of conversation on at least one occasion during the last several years, but the project was tabled to address more pressing town issues.

    The project again picked up speed in May when Dillon Town Council approved hiring Ceres Plus, Inc. to serve as a consultant for the project. The council approved a fee of $30,000 for their participation.

    Dillon Town Park is located near Dillon Town Hall along the north side of Buffalo Street, between Lake Dillon Drive and LaBonte Street. The park features four public tennis courts, a playground, bocce ball courts, a baseball field, a picnic shelter with grills, restrooms, a volleyball court and walking trails.

    I’d like to see more landscaping and grass for picnics and family-friendly events,

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    AmeriCorps volunteers dress up Bisbee High

    Bisbee High School is buzzing with activity as a seven-member team from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps has agreed to devote eight weeks to sprucing up the school.

    A paint job, grounds work, laying out a commu-nity garden and other landscaping is a long-term vision for Principal Lisa Holland.

    Thanks to Darcy Tessman, with the Arizona 4-H Club youth development office in Cochise County, she now has a team ready and willing to do the work.

    “We establish projects for them to work on, whether it be to work on the garden projects or to help clean and paint the campus,” Holland said. “They will also be helping us put in a new lab as part of the Joint Technical Education District program.”

    Team members have moved the roses to a different location, set up a vegetable garden, painted breezeway poles and will paint certain classrooms, she said.

    The school’s Alumni Association has also come into the picture by donating funds for new trophy cases.

    Tessman will train the volunteers to refurbish bicycles and create picnic tables from pallets in an effort to introduce ideas for recycling.

    Once team members have the know-how, they’ll be able to teach the students, noted team leader Lindsey Pettit.

    “Tessman is coming up with a lot of new and innovative ways to keep the kids in positive and productive activities after school,” Pettit said.

    “And it helps create that spark of entrepreneurship and to take pride in their craft,” noted Jacob Atkins, from Brunswick, Maine. He took a year off from school to be a part of AmeriCorps.

    One of the best things about being in the corps is that the students come from across the country and have varying interests in career choices. However, according to Atkins and Pettit, who is from Satellite Beach, Fla., what they learn working in various communities is not only worthwhile education-wise, but personally. They get to make a difference in the lives of complete strangers.

    Pettit was pleased to bring a new face to the old school and said she hoped the students would enjoy the new gardens and fresh paint.

    Atkins, who acts as the media specialist, always wanted to come west and jumped at the chance to see Southeastern Arizona and encounter some of the cross-culture in the border area of the “wild, wild West.”

    “It’s my call of duty. I wanted to serve the communities in my own country and put my hands in different service projects,” he said. “AmeriCorps is an appetizer of many types of service programs. So it helped me solidify my own interests, which will probably fall under social work.’

    Anyone 18 to 24 years old can enter Americorps, said Pettit, a college graduate. It doesn’t matter if one has no college, some college or a degree. Two of her team-mates came right out of high school.

    Atkins learned about AmeriCorps while in high school, so it was something he kept in the back of his mind when he went to college.

    Holland, the principal, said the school has been “working … on grants to help us with our initial idea of a sustainable garden. This is a pretty big project, and it will take a number of years to come to fruition,” she said.

    “We received $4,500 from the Cochise County Foundation and then another $12,000 from the Arizona Forestry Service.

    “The forestry grant will be used to create more of a mesquite-type orchard to prevent soil erosion, provide a habitat for animals that can then be identified and studied and for our student population to enjoy the campus a little bit more.”

    The way Holland sees it, the new gardens – one for vegetables, one for pollination (flowers) and the mini-forest – will provide the students with valuable experience in science, math, construction, marketing and sales, and could point to careers not considered before.

    It also includes partnering with University of Arizona students who can show Bisbee students how research is done.

    “When we get the mesquite forest going, we’ll be gathering the bean pods and making mesquite flour, and we can also market the mesquite wood,” Holland added. “But right now we’re just in the starting phase.

    “It also makes the school more visibly appealing for our students and our stakeholders,” said Holland, who noted how much wear and tear a school takes over the years.

    Holland’s efforts and those of many others will perhaps make a student take a look around at the difference a group of strangers made and, literally, stop and smell the roses.

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    Northfield Garden Club features "Flowers & Fine Art"

    2012 Garden Tour

    2012 Garden Tour

    Don and Clare Roos’s property was featured in the 2012 Garden Tour. It features a Japanese garden. (Photo courtesy of Don Roos)

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    Northfield Garden Club features “Flowers Fine Art”

    Northfield Garden Club will sponsor their annual Garden Tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 13, and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 14. The gardens chosen blend art and nature with six resident artists using varied mediums.

    While the tour could begin at any garden, Linda and Mark Brindmore off East Jefferson Pkwy, 445 Rosewood Rd., have a new yard with landscaping created out of a bare plot of land but now filled with trees, interesting rocks and flower planters. Artists Heather Lawrenz and Gary Harrisberger will be there, the latter featuring woodworking for flying friends.

    Pat Allen at 306 Woodley features fairy gardens and much more. Her garage-studio-greenhouse built by the family houses her artist husband David’s framing studio. His work in watercolor and acrylic features small towns and nostalgia. This is also a Certified National Wildlife Garden.

    T. J. Heinricy at 1728 Archibald Circle (off West Jefferson Parkway) renames his “lawn creatures” every year. Though T. J. is our city’s parks and street supervisor, he has had time to build a Koi pond, fairy garden, and add a beautiful variety of trees in his yard. Artist David Peterson will be there with vases and bowls shaped spontaneously at his lathe from native woods.

    Lynn Vincent, just up the street at 414 Riley Dr., also has a National Wildlife certified garden which provides shelter, food, and water for animals year round. Many of her plants are family heirlooms. Emily Haskell works in whimsical ceramics, and she will be at this yard.

    There are two lovely gardens near Nerstrand found on Hwy 246. The first is on the very east edge of town surrounding a beautifully restored 1880 farmhouse, owned by Sherry and Carl Richardson, 420 Kielmeyer Ave. NE in Nerstrand. “Lawn rooms” dot the lawn along with a lovely back patio. Patsy Dew will share her photographic prints of nature and her artist book journals at this site.

    The second Nerstrand garden is that of Amy Voigt’s, 41229 Tenth Ave., just east of town. She is a landscape designer and project manager for Knecht’s Nursery. This garden is a “step back in time” with a split leaf silver maple and yet over 100 varieties of new plants. Artist Mary Felden features whimsical art of steel, rock, and stained glass.

    The cost of the tour is $10, and tickets (in the form of a small poster with marked directions) are available at Knecht’s Landscaping and Eco Gardens, across from Econo Foods. Tickets are also available at each home on the days of the tour.

    For more information, please contact Elizabeth Olson, tour chairperson, at 507-301-3396 or visit the Northfield Garden Club website:

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    Monday, June 10, 2013 11:45 am.

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    Daylily stunners get their day in the sun – The Virginian

    Lissa Cash switched her focus from critical-care nursing to daylilies five years ago, and you can tell that her lilies are now the beneficiaries of her skilled and loving attention.

    Today, Cash nurses along 550 different registered daylilies in her Bennetts Creek Landing yard in Suffolk.

    You, too, can benefit from Cash’s green thumb. She’ll open her garden for free tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at her home at 111 Seabreeze Lane.

    Daylilies are at the forefront this week and next in Hampton Roads. Cash’s tour is sponsored by the Tidewater Daylily Society in conjunction with its American Hemerocallis Society Show and Plant Sale today at Norfolk Botanical Garden. The plant sale is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the design show is from noon to 4 p.m., and the daylily exhibit is from 1 to 4 p.m.

    Saturday’s tour of Cash’s garden also coincides with the annual Flower Festival and Sale, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Smithfield Gardens and Landscaping, just down the road from Cash’s home. Members of the daylily society will be at Smithfield Gardens to answer questions, too.

    Cash hopes that folks from all over Hampton Roads will kill two birds with one stone by heading out to the flower festival and also stopping off for a tour of her garden.

    You won’t be disappointed. Cash’s garden has grown in five years from about 10 daylily plants to the 550 varieties there now.

    “It’s a little addicting,” she acknowledged.

    But daylilies are not all you will see. They are tucked in among an equal number of other flowers of all descriptions in her garden where rock-edged beds, surrounded by green grass, curve down the hillside. A dry riverbed of stone helps with the hillside drainage.

    A giant 200-year-old southern red oak, 15 feet in circumference, sits on the edge of the yard that was once part of a soybean field along Bennetts Creek.

    Among many species of flowers in bloom, don’t miss the blood-red sweet William, called Heart Attack, that Cash purchased because of her nursing background. She also purchased several daylilies purely because she loved their names, like Johnny Cash, which she got for her husband, a fan of the late singer, and “Free Bird” and “Stairway to Heaven,” for her son, a fan of rock.

    Cash will exhibit a lily or more in the show today, but she will wait as late as early this morning to make up her mind which blooms to take. Two years ago, she won best in show with Desperado Love, a yellow lily with a purple edge.

    She also will divide at least two lilies and pot them up for the sale today: Pedro Orsino, a bright-red lily, and Beautiful Edgings, a pale-yellow lily with pink edging.

    If you shop today, know that daylilies like full sun, regular watering (about 1 inch a week) and good drainage. Cash gives her whole garden a feeding in spring that is a combination of organic fertilizer and horse manure.

    This nurse’s attention to detail makes her gardens a delight for visitors because every plant is labeled.

    “I have learned to label everything,” she said.

    She has a printer that prints on laminated tape so the labels hold up. As an extra precaution, every daylily has a piece of plastic tagging tape under its roots with its name written on it with a Sharpie, so if something happens to the metal marker, “you can dig the plant up and find out what it is. If you are serious about daylilies, you have to know what they are,” she said.

    Even the most astute nurse could not keep the names of 550 different lilies in her head.

    Mary Reid Barrow, Follow Mary Reid Barrow’s blog at



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    2nd annual Riverfest offered river rides and home gardening tips


    Nearly everyone who discovers an oil leak under their car will try to get the problem rectified as quickly as possible.

    But what happens if the oil is left on the driveway or in the parking lot? Phillip Boran can tell you.

    “The smaller things we don’t think about affects our lives,” said Boran, a Youngstown State University chemistry major. “Hopefully kids can see this as a good opportunity for what they can do to prevent more pollution.”

    Boran was referring to a three-dimensional model depicting hypothetical farmland, urban and rural settings onto which he applied food coloring and sprayed water to show how motor oil and other products can mix with runoff water. The result?: Pollutants deposited in lakes, streams and rivers.

    Boran’s demonstration was part of Saturday’s Friends of the Mahoning River’s second annual Mahoning Riverfest gathering at the BO Station Banquet Hall, 530 Mahoning Ave., downtown.

    The four-hour event was to showcase the Mahoning River and promote more environmentally friendly and green practices, organizers said. Its main sponsor was Vallourec Star (formerly VM Star).

    Many people who don’t remember the vibrant steel mills that once lined the Mahoning River received visual reminders, thanks to Nancy Brundage, the Audubon Society of the Mahoning Valley’s vice president.

    Brundage found collages of photographs showing the river during the 19th and 20th centuries. Several taken in the 1950s and 1960s show a network of smokestacks and mills paralleling the river.

    She also had on hand tips for attracting bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators to people’s gardens.

    Another part of the festivities was a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the restoration a few weeks ago of a ramp and 52-foot dock, which will be used for kayaks and canoes on the Mahoning River.

    To read more on the event and see photos, see Sunday’s Vindicator or

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    Get gardening tips from expert

    Get gardening tips from expert

    GARDENS in Abbotsbury will open to the public as part of an annual event.

    Abbotsbury Open Gardens is taking place this year on Sunday June 16 between 2pm and 5.30pm.

    The Friends of St Nicholas Church are inviting people to wander around the beautiful gardens of the old Gate House. Other gardens include the Old Manor House, Abbey House and several cottage gardens.

    Built in the early 14th century, the Gate House was part of the abbey which has stood in Abbotsbury from 1044 until it was destroyed under Henry VIII’s rule in 1540.

    As a special treat this year Steve Griffiths, curator of Abbotsbury Subtropical gardens, will be on hand at to give expert advice on gardening problems.

    Plants and produce will be on sale at the venues as well as refreshments at 1 West Street and Fleet Cottage. Tickets cost £3 for adults and can be purchased from Tricia Houlberg on 01305 871085. Visit for more information.

    All the profits will go to the Friends of St Nicholas, members of the community who raise funds for the upkeep of the ancient Grade 1 listed building of St Nicholas Church.

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    Spring garden maintenance tips from Chalet Nursery and Garden Center

    Tony Fulmer

    Summer Flowering Tropicals
    June 13, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    June 14,10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Chalet Landscape, Nursery Garden Center
    3132 Lake Ave.

    Tony’s Tips:

    Now’s the time to remove spent flowers from bulbs that bloomed earlier this year. Keep the foliage and fertilize to ensure even better blooms next year.

    Got slugs? Apply earth-friendly baits to stop slug damage on Hostas and other plants.

    If you’re having problems with Pachysandras, it could be damage from last year’s drought. Fertilize lightly and make sure they’re getting enough water now.

    Many gardeners are finding that their flowers and plants were damaged from this season’s cold temperatures. If it’s severe enough, plants should be replaced now.

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    Green-Thumbed Locals Share Tips on Gardening, Eating

    It’s fruit and vegetable time, and there’s nothing better than a lunch picked straight from the garden. 

    It’s also a very healthy choice. Blogger Julie Schwartz wrote recently that Americans have been advised for years that fruit contains too much sugar — and yet we find excuses to splurge on cake and ice cream! Now is the time to make the change to healthy — and delicious — habits. Read the rest of her blog here.

    Now you know what you should be doing, but if you have a family you know that encouraging kids to make healthy choices can be challenging. Blogger Jada Edwards shared a few tricks recently on getting the whole family on the same page. According to Edwards, getting kids involved in growing the food instantly creates the desire to eat it! Read the rest of her blog here.

    If you struggle with pests in your yard or garden, did you know that cornmeal will actually get rid of ants? Amazing, right? Blogger Kasey Hurst has a few tips on being ant-free in the great outdoors. 

    If you’re looking for some recipes that incorporate fresh fruits and veggies, try these:

    • Veggie Grits Casserole with Mesquite Smoked Spicy Pork Chops
    • Soft Serve Strawberry and Pistachio Ice Cream

    Finally, if you don’t have a garden of your own or a bed in a community garden, stop by Washington Farms for some fresh-from-the-farm strawberries! Read more here from food blogger Melissa Crane. 

    If you have tips, recipes or anything else garden-related you would like to share, start your own blog! It’s quick and easy

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