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Community wellness recreation center previous initiatives & what’s different … – Estes Park Trail

The recent release announcing that the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD) will partner with the Town of Estes Park, Estes Park School District R-3, the Estes Park Medical Center, and the Estes Valley Public Library District to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed Community Wellness Recreation Center to be located at 660 Community Drive in Estes Park.

This is not the first time the concept of a community center in the Estes Valley has been considered. EVRPD sought to obtain funding for community center projects in 1994, 2001, and 2008 bond issue elections.

On May 3, 1994, EVRPD held a bond election to build and operate a 33,650-square foot Community Recreation Center. This center proposed amenities such as a climbing wall, racquetball/handball courts, locker rooms, a weight room, vending and snack area, game room, lobby and lounge, reception and offices, a multi-purpose room, a kid room, full-size gymnasium, and two indoor tennis courts. The projected cost of the center was $4.961 million, which included building, parking, landscaping and furnishings. An additional $99,894 would be collected annually to offset maintenance and operation costs. The District requested a 4.37 mill levy increase from 2.104 to 6.474 mills. 2,700 ballots were cast, with 405 (16 %) “Yes” votes and 2,196 (84%) “No” votes.

On November 6, 2001, EVRPD held a bond election to increase the District mill levy 1.722 mills, valued at $421,938 annually. This project was a partnership with the Town of Estes Park to build and operate an Events Center on the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park property. The plan called for the Town of Estes Park to provide indoor horse events, conferences, concerts, and conventions 6 months out of the year in the center and the other 6 months EVRPD would operate an ice rink for ice skating and ice sports. The conceptual plan also called for future expansion through separate funding for gymnasium and tennis court additions. The proposed $421,938 tax collected would be distributed in a variety of means — the Town of Estes Park would receive $322,877 for annual rental payment and $90,622 to offset operational costs, and the Larimer County Treasurer would receive $8,439 annually. The proposed events center was 50,875 square feet in size. This bond question was defeated by a vote of: Yes – 1,791 (43%), No – 2,363 (57%). Total project cost was $6.124 million — the Town of Estes Park’s portion was $2.861 million (47%) paid from Community Reinvestment Funds; the District’s portion $3.263 million (53%) to be paid thru general obligation bonds.

On November 4, 2008, EVRPD held a bond election with two questions on the ballot. Question 4D would have raised $15,217,285. The election tax dollars would have allocated $12,931,248 to build a Community Center in the location of the existing primary school building, $1,106,037 for existing pool renovations; $360,000 for Lake Estes restrooms; $720,000 for a new Lake Estes Golf Course irrigation system; and $100,000 for improvements to the outdoor Common Point Gun and Archery Range. Total square footage of the Community Center would have been 58,150 that included the current aquatic center (14,992 square footage). Amenities in the floor plan of this center included an arts and crafts room, active room, general classroom, storage, youth center, youth center offices, kitchenette/lounge, gymnasium, reception area, recreation district offices, conference room, work room, concessions, IT office, restrooms near gymnasium, locker rooms, childcare space, childcare offices, splash pool play area, pool equipment room, pool slide pump room, and family locker rooms. A total of 6,679 ballots were cast, with 3,109 (47%) “Yes” votes and 3,570 (53%) “No” votes. The second question, 4C, was to raise the current mill levy by 1.200 mills and collect $473,000 annually to add funding for tree maintenance – $24,000; trails development maintenance – $175,000; Estes Park Aquatic Center maintenance and operations – $40,000; Stanley Park maintenance – $19,000; equipment replacement – $75,000; and $140,000 for Community Center operations. This bond issue question passed with 3,516 (53%) “Yes” votes to 3,180 (47%) “No” votes. In today’s economy, 1.200 mills equates to approximately $43,000 less than what it was in 2008. Although voters did not approve funding for a community center in past elections, the public polling and surveys conducted before these elections indicated that residents were in favor of building a community center.

According to feedback obtained through recent community forums; local residents, businesses, governmental agencies, and community service organizations are in support of the concept of building a community center in our great community. Given this, the question then becomes, “What needs to be done differently to make this project concept a successful reality that will benefit our entire community?”

Our preferred approach is to conduct a feasibility study that can identify the best approach to tackling the project. Feasibility studies were not conducted by a professional consultant agency for past community center proposals. A key component to the future success of this project is to partner with other community agencies and key stakeholders. And perhaps most importantly, to obtain input from the public about their ideas, needs, and priorities for a Community Wellness Recreation Center through a series of public forums and meetings.

A main difference between the newly proposed Community Wellness Recreation Center and previous recreation/community center project proposals is that the Community Wellness Recreation Center is envisioned as an integral part of a larger “Community Campus” concept. A Community Campus would encompass the planned re-development of Stanley Park, the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park and the future Multi-Purpose Event Center, and the Estes Park Senior Center and Museum.

As Skyler Rorabaugh, EVRPD’s Executive Director, recently stated: “Partnering with the Town of Estes Park, the Estes Park School District R-3, the Estes Park Medical Center, and the Estes Valley Public Library District is critical as we consider this concept.” He further commented that the partnership pools collective resources for recreation, health and wellness, education, athletics, library, and social services in one facility for the benefit of residents, area employers, and visitors. Each agency will play a critical role in the operations and development of a Community Wellness Recreation Center.

The Community Wellness Recreation Center opens a door to many wellness prevention opportunities. “Wellness education programs can include instilling healthy eating habits in children attending afterschool programs, empowering families to engage in recreation activities, guiding our boomer and senior population

through safe and rejuvenating fitness and pool exercises, or adding additional years of active and healthy living at high altitude,” said Rorabaugh. The Estes Park Medical Center can offer a professional perspective in the planning of such a facility and provide expertise in sports medicine, sports therapy, physical therapy, and wellness to include medical services.

Recently, the Town of Estes Park undertook a master plan process to evaluate the future of the current senior center and museum. The original proposal identified town-owned land for the facility’s location. Based on stakeholder and community input, an additional location for the senior center was identified during the site assessment phase. That additional site is now the preferred concept for the Senior Center location, which features including the facility and its services as an integral component of a future Community Wellness Recreation Center which would potentially be located at 660 Community Drive, the site of the vacant elementary school building. The preference of placing a Senior Center within a future Community Wellness Recreation Center is monumental in the ability to provide multi-generational programming and services in one facility at one location. This type of support from our local baby boomers and seniors was not apparent in previous election attempts for a community center. One very appealing item in relation to including a senior center within a Community Wellness Recreation Center is the opportunity for outside funding. Philanthropy and grant funding is more apt to provide funding for collaborative projects and projects that include multigenerational elements. Stand-alone senior centers are simply not as attractive to funders or to the generational differences between our baby boomer generation, silent generation, and our G.I. generation.

The Estes Valley Public Library District looks forward to providing some library services at the proposed Community Wellness Recreation Center, a practice that is becoming more commonplace in community centers throughout the U.S. Including library services within the programming and services of the Community Wellness Recreation Center will benefit all generations as well as add to the extensive types of programs and services to be included in this effort.

The Estes Park School District R-3 Primary School Building was closed in 2005 for public school use. The school district believes this facility, with a footprint of over 55,000 square feet, is worthy of consideration as a potential site for the Community Wellness Recreation Center. They want to find a new purpose for this building, whether that means renovating a portion or all of the existing primary school building. Their goal would be to provide a community-driven amenity that will be well-utilized. This feasibility study will be able to answer the question of whether or not it is reasonable to renovate a portion or all of the primary school building. The study will specifically address the feasibility of new construction or renovation of the 19,000 square foot Estes Park Aquatic Center, the 4,200 square foot primary school gym, and the 2,360 square foot children’s center – all of which are in use today.

Rorabaugh noted that, “Estes Park is a forward-looking community that puts an emphasis on healthy living and recreation, and the proposed Community Wellness Recreation Center could serve as a valuable marketing and economic tool to attract new business and residents, retain our resident population while increasing their overall health, and bolster the economic outlook for our current businesses.”

In summary, our new approach to constructing a Community Wellness Recreation Center is different than previous project attempts for the following reasons: creation of a community campus through intergovernmental communication and planning; collaboration with several local public governments; medical and wellness services; library services; preference of the public and key stakeholders to include the new senior center as part of a larger facility; and conducting a feasibility study that answers the question of whether or not the old primary school building is suitable for renovation based on our community’s preferences for programming and services.

EVRPD will continue to provide more information on the proposed project and opportunities for community involvement in future news releases. Next week’s article will discuss the feasibility study scope and the proposed site location in more detail. For more details please visit evrpd.com or call 970-586-8191 to speak with Executive Director, Skyler Rorabaugh.

Article source: http://www.eptrail.com/estes-park-news/ci_23503000/community-wellness-recreation-center-previous-initiatives-whats-different

Main Street South Jersey: Absecon’s downtown grows in shadow of the pike

Within two decades of incorporating at the start of the 20th century, Absecon had a healthy and growing downtown business district on New Jersey Avenue.


A decade later in 1932, though, the state changed the character of the town forever by putting a major highway – the White Horse Pike – through Absecon just a short block from its main street.

Ever since, the downtown has had an uneasy relationship with the highway, which made it easier to get to Absecon but became the city’s main commercial strip. A stone’s throw from the pike, New Jersey Avenue has kept its main-street feel.

Jenny Laltrella, of Egg Harbor Township, often visits the downtown during her lunch break from work.

“All the businesses, you come in there a few times and they know you. They know what you like, they know what you eat and what you drink,” Laltrella said. “It’s a homey hometown feel. You get personalized attention here and everything you need in just a few blocks.”

Ashley Haggerty, of Absecon, said she and her neighbors often walk to the downtown and patronize the shops. Many of the residents in the small city said supporting the downtown is a part of community pride.

“You want to give back to the community and support it, so I try to support the local businesses as much as I can,” she said.

Stan Weiner, owner of Hometown Variety and Custom Framing, said the downtown relies on its local and loyal customer base.

“Our downtown is very local and very diverse,” he said. “People come in here for a lot of miscellaneous things.”

Efforts to increase patronage of the main-street district became more serious in the early 1990s, when the level of Atlantic City casino traffic prompted plans to widen and divide the White Horse Pike. The results have been mixed at best.

The city encouraged commercial growth along the highway, also known as Route 30, leading to the development of strip malls and businesses there.

At the same time, the nonprofit Absecon Business and Commercial Development Corp. was created to support the main-street district.

In 1995, the organization set a goal of attracting an anchor store to the downtown district, a famous-name specialty retailer that would draw area shoppers while keeping the district’s “small-town atmosphere.”

That plan didn’t succeed, and another was floated in 1997. City Council proposed extending Pitney Road, a regional through-street, to New Jersey Avenue as a way to steer more shoppers there.

That plan also went nowhere, but in 1998 the Absecon Business and Commercial Development Corp. started an effort that bore some fruit: creating a narrow 150-foot long plaza at the foot of New Jersey Avenue with $20,000 from the city.

The organization raised an additional $33,000 for the plaza and furnished it with an antique-replica clock.

A few years later, when work began on widening the pike and putting a divider down the middle, one fear of some main-street merchants was realized when parking spaces they had used disappeared in the project.

The nonprofit next pinned its hopes for the downtown on a senior citizen housing project on New Jersey Avenue, which would encourage professional offices to locate nearby.

The development of the Pinnacle Club stalled, though, in the real estate downturn, and Parke Bank took ownership of the failed complex in 2010.

That same year, Margate-based Boardwalk Design Development Inc. announced plans to take over the project, invest $12 million and complete it as Absecon Gardens – a 74-unit, high-end residential complex in the middle of the district.

To make the plan work, Boardwalk Design got the seniors-only designation removed by the city’s Planning Board in May 2011. That prompted a lawsuit that has stalled the development since.

Rich Krents, owner of Artistic Photo Shop in Absecon, across the street from Absecon Gardens, said its opening would be a boon to the district.

“I think it would be key to get more development and more businesses into the downtown,” he said. “I think the downtown is sitting dormant until the issues are cleared up.”

Rob Reid, the current president of the Absecon Business and Commercial Development Corp., said the New Jersey Avenue assortment of eateries, dress shops, hair and nail salons, a bank and a British tea shop has evolved by itself.

He said that at 33 acres, the district is much smaller than most commercial centers. The location has about 50 business licenses, about a third of all such properties in the city, and a few vacancies.

City Administrator Terry Dolan said the city had attempted in recent years to recruit businesses by placing advertisements in trade magazines and erecting signs on the White Horse Pike, but the moves were costly and largely unsuccessful.

In 2011, the city began a new streetscaping project with $700,000 of grant money to add new walkways, landscaping and street furniture to make the downtown more attractive. The project also connected the train station to New Jersey Avenue through a walkway.

New businesses have given the street a vote of confidence the past couple of years by relocating there.

Mary Santos moved Serenity Boutique from Smithville in Galloway Township to New Jersey Avenue in November 2011.

“When I saw this street here, I fell in love with it,” Santos said. “It looks like a little SoHo, like the Village (in New York City). This spot here is so beautiful.”

Charlie Fonte, of Somers Point, brought his Charlie’s Shoe Repair to the city in November after 40 years in Pleasantville and said it was the best thing that ever happened to him.

He discovered most of his clients were from Absecon anyway, and he quickly realized how the small town supports its business district.

Shortly after opening, Fonte said, other owners dropped by to say hello and residents popped in to see how the store was doing.

“People just came in and welcomed me,” he said. “This is a great neighborhood. You can do everything here on New Jersey Avenue. It’s one-stop shopping.”

Mayor John Armstrong said the city is starting to develop some new ideas for the district to attract more people and businesses.

One plan would be to develop the land near Absecon Creek and add a small park with a boardwalk so kayakers and small boats could stop there and patronize the businesses on their trip.

Other ideas include a cultural center, hosting more events on New Jersey Avenue and encouraging people to take more day trips from the train station and stop at the eateries on their way home.

“We’re trying to generate some enthusiasm and encourage other businesses to come,” he said. “It takes time to remake a downtown. We have to be in it for the long haul.”

Business Editor Kevin Post contributed to this report.

Contact Joel Landau:

609-272-7215

JLandau@pressofac.com

Follow @landaupressofac on Twitter

Places to go

The Absecon Historical Society’s Howlett Hall, which has a museum of the city’s history, at 100 New Jersey Ave. It is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

The British Connection offers an assortment of British products, including food and beverages, beauty supplies, clothing and collectible teapots. 130 New Jersey Ave.

What’s special

First National Bank of Absecon, 106 New Jersey Ave. The bank opened in 1916 and is the oldest existing business in the city.

A mural is currently being painted by local artist April Elias to show Absecon in 1904 when the city was founded. The mural can be seen near the parking lot facing the White Horse Pike.

The Absecon train station is located directly across the White Horse Pike from the district and offers transportation to Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

Where to park

Parking is free on the street, and the city has a parking lot in the middle of the New Jersey Avenue business district.

Where to eat

Black Cat Bar Grill, Friendly Deli, Joe and John’s Pizzeria, Phoenix Diner, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant, Skelly’s Hi-Point Pub, DJ’s Shopping Outlet

Services in the district

Absecon Public Library, 305 New Jersey Ave.

Absecon Fire Department, Route 9 and New Jersey Avenue

Article source: http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/top_three/main-street-south-jersey-absecon-s-downtown-grows-in-shadow/article_88b6c6e9-a6bf-5a40-933b-e1ea1f8f4c6f.html

Apple-Samsung, NCAA, IP Enforcement: Intellectual Property

Apple Inc. (AAPL) won a patent lawsuit in
Japan on June 21, when a Tokyo judge ruled that Samsung
Electronics Co. smartphones and a tablet computer infringed on
its visual effects for touch panels.

Tokyo District Court Judge Shigeru Osuga hasn’t ruled on
the amount of damage compensation and didn’t give a timeframe
for providing one, according to a statement from the court.

Samsung and Apple, the world’s two biggest smartphone
makers, have each scored victories in patent disputes fought
over four continents since the maker of the iPhone accused
Asia’s biggest electronics maker of “slavishly copying” its
devices. The companies are competing for dominance of a global
mobile-device market estimated by researcher Yankee Group at
$346 billion in 2012.

A Samsung spokesman, Nam Ki-yung, said the company would
review the ruling and then decide whether it will appeal.
Takashi Takebayashi, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Apple, didn’t
immediately return a call seeking comment on the ruling.

Samsung infringed Apple’s patent on the way an iPad or
iPhone screen seems to bounce when a user scrolls to the end of
a file, the Cupertino, California-based company said in the
lawsuit.

In August, Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji ruled against
Apple in a lawsuit that claimed Samsung smartphones and tablet
computers infringe on an invention for synchronizing music and
video data with servers.

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Chivas Regal Resists Offer Francis Ford Coppola Couldn’t Refuse

For the winery started by the director of “The
Godfather,” it was a matter of paying for protection.

Sued for patent infringement in 2012 over the laminated
boxes used for its bottles of Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs,
Francis Ford Coppola’s vintner decided quickly to settle rather
than rack up legal bills.

Other companies refused to pay royalties to Lamina
Packaging Innovations LLC, a patent-licensing entity, and now
face a possible ban on U.S. imports of their products. These
include Hasbro Inc.’s Bop It XT toy, Pernod Ricard SA’s Chivas
Regal Scotch whisky and Remy Cointreau SA (REMYF)’s Remy Martin cognac.

The case at the U.S. International Trade Commission in
Washington has become central to a broader debate over whether
to limit complaints by companies whose sole business is to
obtain patents and seek royalties on them.

“The ITC was not designed to protect the theoretical
patent rights of people who were not developing products in
commerce or moving society or civilization forward,” said
lawyer Claude Stern, who represented Francis Ford Coppola
Presents LLC in the settlement.

Congress, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and President
Barack Obama have proposed to curb litigation by companies known
as non-practicing entities or by the pejorative “trolls.” One
proposal would restrict cases such companies could pursue at the
agency, which defends U.S. markets from unfair competition.

After Lamina filed claims against 15 companies in February,
the ITC ordered an expedited hearing on whether Lamina met its
requirement that patent owners who file complaints prove the
existence of a domestic industry. Lamina, instead of citing a
manufacturing plant or products, argues its settlements are that
proof.

Lamina, which told the ITC it has two employees and five
consultants, shares a Longview, Texas, office building with a
church, radio station, debt-collection agency and landscaping
company.

It was created in 2010 by Medici Portfolio Acquisition LLC,
a licensing company based in a Washington suburb that acquired
the patents of a Wisconsin businessman who, according to
Lamina’s ITC complaint, was “unable to make significant
progress in commercialization” because of rampant copying of
his ideas.

Michael Connelly, Medici’s chief executive officer, had no
immediate comment for this story. Lamina’s lawyer, Gregory Love
of Stevens Love in Longview, didn’t return a message seeking
comment.

In May, ITC Judge Theodore Essex heard testimony from both
sides on whether Lamina meets the standard for a domestic
market. His findings are due July 5. A ruling against Lamina
could end the case. Otherwise, a trial on the patents will be
held in December.

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Copyright

NCAA Lawyer Claims Student Athletes Can’t Sue Over Broadcasts

The rights of student athletes aren’t infringed by game
broadcasts, lawyers for the National Collegiate Athletic
Association told a judge last week. The arguments were made at a
hearing over whether a class comprised of student athletes could
be certified.

The NCAA doesn’t make student athletes give up the rights
to their names, likenesses or images and, just like cheerleaders
or mascots at broadcast sporting events, the student players
have consented to be filmed and can’t sell their images, said
Greg Curtner, an attorney for the association at the June 20
hearing.

“If you go out in public you are fair game to be put on
TV, you are consenting to be broadcast,” Curtner said at a
hearing June 20 in federal court in Oakland, California. “There
is no right of publicity for appearing in a live unscripted
event.”

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken is presiding over a
four-year-old lawsuit by ex-student basketball and football
players against the NCAA and video-game maker Electronic Arts
Inc (EA)
. The judge is considering whether to expand the lawsuit into
a class action, or group case, allowing current and former NCAA
basketball and football players to seek damages from the NCAA,
its licensing arm and Redwood City, California-based Electronic
Arts.

The athletes allege a conspiracy to prevent them from being
paid for the use of their images in broadcasts and games.

“There is no question that absent any pro-competitive
justification, the restraints imposed by these bylaws and
policies that foreclose athletes from participating in the
marketplace” are a violation of antitrust laws, said Michael Hausfeld, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

“Do professionals not convey their rights?” Hausfeld
said. The NCAA’s position is that student athletes “retain
their rights but they can’t exercise them.”

The case is Keller v. Electronic Arts Inc., 09-cv-01967,
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Oakland).

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Enforcement Efforts

IP Enforcer Issues Strategic Plan for Piracy, Trade Secrets

The U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for
the Obama administration, Victoria A. Espinel, last week
published a blueprint for the government’s continuing efforts to
combat infringement and piracy.

The “Joint Strategic Plan for Intellectual Property
Enforcement,” introduced June 20, suggests focusing on online
piracy, trade secrets and economic espionage.

“We need to be thoughtful and forceful,” Espinel, said at
a press conference announcing the release of the 88-page
document.

The plan lists a number of concerns, including abusive
patent litigation tactics, particularly by so-called patent
trolls. Another concern is the tactic of foreign governments
that “condition market access or the ability to do business on
the transfer of trade secrets or proprietary information.”

The plan also cited “new challenges and opportunities”
present in new technologies, especially mobile computing and 3D
printing. Mobile apps may be counterfeited and other apps “will
be used to distribute infringing digital goods,” according to
the plan.

The administration’s efforts are still in formation. In a
blog post Espinel wrote that the government is seeking public
contributions in two areas.

“First, we want to make sure that enforcement of patents
at the border is as efficient and transparent possible so we are
seeking views on how to improve that process,” she wrote.
“Also, we want to know if the voluntary initiatives we have
encouraged to reduce online infringement are working well and
having a positive impact.”

To contact the reporter on this story:
Ellen Rosen in New York at
erosen14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Michael Hytha at
mhytha@bloomberg.net

Article source: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-06-24/apple-samsung-ncaa-ip-enforcement-intellectual-property

Garden club event showcase nine gardens

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• Theresa Sneath at 31325 Barton.

“As with any work of art, you start with a blank canvas,” she said. “From day one, after the purchase of my home, I would definitely say my backyard was blank. Thirteen years ago, the transformation began with battling the removal of a stubborn grapevine that entwined itself around the old chain link fence. From there it has taken many years of adding different shrubs, flowering bushes and many perennials to finish my beautiful ‘Garden Portrait.’ ”

She added that gardeners are never truly finished.

“There is always an open hole or empty space,” she said.

• Joi Matney at 31330 Hennepin.

Matney is Garden City Garden Club President Stacy Karafotis’ neighbor and is new to Garden City. She bought a brick ranch and fixed up everything inside and out.

“She had several tress cut down, a new fence put up, added a deck and has started the yard from a blank canvas,”Karafotis said. “She has planted flowers, shrubs and trees and it all looks wonderful. That’s why I asked her to be in the garden walk.”

Matney had a few words to say about her garden.

“I just moved to Garden City in 2012,” Matney said. “New county, new city, new neighbors, new life, new home, new garden. Come watch it evolve”

• Nancy and Sonny Rowles at 202 Lathers.

“In 1964 we moved to Garden City and found an overgrown, barely passable backyard,” they said.

Their effort is ongoing, and men tend to enjoy yard as it honors all branches of the Armed Forces with 18 flags and five emblems.

“You will experience sun and shade areas, annuals and perennials, a pond and a fun space to share with family and friends,” they said. “Come and see this year’s colors and textures.”

It is wheelchair accessible.

• Bobby Summerville at 27923 Maplewood.

“I have lived here since 1981 and raised three great sons through Garden City Schools,” he said. “My wife’s and my passion has always been keep your yard neat, clean and beautiful.”

Unfortunately, in 2008, he lost her to diabetes.

“Her memory has always inspired me to do more planting, pruning and enjoying our yard,” he said. “I might not know some of what I have, but I do have my wife’s inspiration.”

Article source: http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20130623/NEWS08/306230028/Garden-club-event-showcase-nine-gardens

Summer survival tips for the frugal gardener

While it’s easy to spend a fortune on plants, fertilizers, pots and a well-manicured lawn, your gardens shouldn’t be a sink hole for your hard-earned cash. Follow these tips to get beautiful results that won’t bury you in debt.

Join a horticultural society

Fran Dennett, a volunteer with Master Gardeners in Ottawa, says joining a horticultural society can help you save big on plants. Not only can you score plants at a fraction of the store cost at society sales, Dennett says you also receive the benefit of getting a mature plant that has been grown in your area, meaning it will be quicker to take to the soil. Also, because they’ve been cared for by members of a horticultural society, they’re often in better shape than store-bought plants.

Plant from seeds

Plants increase in price the larger they are. Starting from scratch can save you a bundle at the plant store. A package of 40 seeds costs between $1.50 and $3.

Recycle egg cartons and yogurt containers rather than buying expensive starter pots and focus on seeds that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Dennett recommends looking for annuals that have long blooming periods such as alyssum, calendula, cosmos and nasturtiums. Nasturtiums make great cut flowers and typically last into the early fall.

Nasturtiums are also edible. Dennett puts them in her salads to add a peppery flavour and unlike other annuals, you can collect their seeds to plant the following year.

“Place them in a paper envelope, then the following year, soak them for 24 hours and plant them in moist soil,� she says.

Reduce your water bill

Adding mulch to flower beds and vegetable gardens can help reduce water consumption, says Neill Ritchie, owner of Ontario agriculture and garden supply firm Ritchie Feed and Seed. “(Mulch) helps the soil to not dry out so fast, so you don’t have to water it as much,� says Ritchie.

Cedar mulch is a good option for flower gardens while plastic, corn-starch-based mulch sheets can be used in a vegetable garden. “It holds the moisture in longer and keeps the weeds out,� says Ritchie.

Installing a rain barrel under the eaves is another way to save on your water bill.

Don’t play brand favourites

Name-brand fertilizers may use cutting-edge technology, but Ritchie says house brands are just as effective and can make a big difference in your gardening budget. “If you steer away from any brand names, you’re going to save between 15 to 30 per cent (by buying) store-branded fertilizer,� he says.

Plan ahead

Buying plants just because they look nice in the store is akin to buying a wedding dress without trying it on. Adding plants that will grow in the light conditions of your yard will save time and energy. While it may cost around $300 to have a plan created by a professional, Dennett says “it’s money well spent.�

Article source: http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Summer+survival+tips+frugal+gardener/8555780/story.html

Urban designer Jeff Speck comes to Boise

Who is Jeff Speck?

He’s a city planner, architect and advocate for smart growth and sustainable urban design. He served as director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2007, where he ran the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps governors fight sprawl. He’s the author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.”

Why is he coming to Boise?

Speck spoke at the Chamber of Commerce’s leadership conference in Sun Valley earlier this year. He was so engaging and insightful that the Capitol City Development Corporation board, the chamber and city of Boise invited him to town to consult about Downtown’s urban environment and current initiatives by the Ada County Highway District and the mayor’s office. Topics include a new conventional center, a multiuse stadium and the city’s walkability and traffic issues. CCDC is Downtown’s redevelopment agency, charged with revitalizing Downtown and its neighborhoods.

What will he do here?

Speck will give a free public talk at 4 p.m. Monday at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, followed by a QA and book-signing. His book will be on sale in the lobby. Over the next few days, he’ll meet with Mayor Bieter, ACHD directors, area developers and other Downtown stakeholders.

Article source: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/06/23/2627846/planning-boises-future-urban-designer.html

The Dieline Package Design Awards 2013: Home, Garden, & Pet, 2nd Place …

 

The packaging concept for DAYs scented line is a part of the design program and communicative platform for DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, where brand book, labels, symbols, design, packaging and graphic manual has been included. DAY´s scented line, the competition entry, is part of the HOME collection and should to carry the brand.

 

 

The design celebrates diversity and is based on storytelling. DAY is the luxurious bohemian that collect experiences and have an aesthetic eye for detail and clear understanding of design. The idea are that the parts together form an exciting ensemble with a lot to discover. The names and illustrations is a way to build a story that triggers the imagination. Care in detail, mystery and discovery are key ingredients. The packaging sides is different to build a variety without a large series of products.

Different pages on the packaging can create still lifes with exciting visual variety and endless opportunities for promotions campaigns and communications. The packaging is both a product and an interior design element.

DAY Birger et Mikkelsen is a Danish fashion company with collections for women, men and home interior. They are represented in over 1,000 stores in 25 different countries.

Art Direction, Design, Original Art work: Erik Dolk
Photographer: Fabian Björnstjerna
Client Manager: Marianne Brandi
Copywriter: Marie Wollbeck
Creative Director: Marie Wollbeck

 

Designed by BAS

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Placement: 2nd Place

Category: Home, Garden, Pet

    

 

Special Thanks to inwork and MWV

Article source: http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2013/6/23/the-dieline-package-design-awards-2013-home-garden-pet-2nd-p.html

WAY BACK WHEN IN ONTARIO COUNTY: Glenwood has garden design

2nd Chance Dog Rescue

Email: secondchance002@yahoo.com

Website: www.2ndchancedogrescue.com

American Red Cross

Phone: (585) 241-4491

Website: www.redcross.org/ny/rochester/

Arc of Yates

Phone: Terry Freeman, 536-7447

Email: tfreeman@arcofyates.org

Website: www.arcofyates.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Phone: Jen Arelline, (585) 442-2250

Email: jarelline@bbbsr.org

Website: www.bbbsr.org

Camp Good Days and Special Times

Phone: Laura Osborn, 585-624-5555 ext. 315

Email: losborn@campgooddays.org

Website: www.campgooddays.org

Cobblestone Arts Center

Phone: Sue Benson or Collette Welch, (585) 398-0220

Email: cobblestoneartscenter@gmail.com

Compassionate Care

Phone: Mary Brady, (585) 394-0660

Email: bradymar@gmail.com

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County

Master Forest Owner/Gardener Programs

Phone: 536-5123

Email: ejn22@cornell.edu

4-H Youth Development Program

Phone: 536-5123

Email: jls233@cornell.edu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/4-H-Yates-County-New-York/222282994503465?ref=hl

 

Family Counseling of the Finger Lakes

Phone: Becky Emerson or Pam Raeman, 789-2613

Email: bemerson@fcsfl.org

Website: www.fcsfl.org

Finger Lakes Health

Phone: Christen Smith, 787-4065

Email: christen.smith@flhealth.org

Friendship House

Phone: (585) 554-6095

Email: friendshiphouse@frontier.com

Geneva Center of Concern/Geneva Food Pantry

Phone: Cheryl Toor, 789-1117

Email: genevacoc@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Geneva-Center-of-Concern/239266049466239

Geneva Community Lunch Program

Phone: Connie Sullivan, 521-6684

Email: csullivan@dor.org

Website: www.dor.org

Geneva Exchange TimeBanks

Website: http://geneva.timebanks.org/

Geneva Public Library

Phone: Theresa Osborne, 789-5303

Email: tosborne@pls-net.org

Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County

Phone: Dale Reed, (585) 396-3600

Website: www.hfhoc.org

House of John in Clifton Springs

Phone: Carole or Danese, 462-5646

Email: house@houseofjohn.org

Website: www.houseofjohn.org

Humane Society of Yates County

Phone: 536-6094

Website: www.yateshumane.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php? id=100003229426981ref=ts#!/pages/Humane-Society-of-Yates-County/58871338860

Keuka Comfort Care Home

Phone: Anne Kiefer, 536-1690

Website: keukacomfortcarehome.org

Literacy Volunteers of Cayuga County

Phone: Elisa Hunt, 253-5241

Website: www.human-services.org/program_detail.php?id=127

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Literacy-Volunteers-of-Cayuga-County/171764249516283

Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County

Phone: Boyd Kimball, 946-5333

Email: lvwaynebl@rochester.rr.com

Website: www.lvwayne.org

Meals on Wheels

Northern Seneca County

Phone: Sarah Rowe, 568-9436

Email: Sarah.Rowe@redcross.org

Wayne County

Phone: Sue Buckley, 946-5623

Email: SBuckley@co.wayne.ny.us

Newark-Wayne Community Hospital DeMay Living Center

Phone: Marie Burnham, 332-2273

Email: marie.burnham@rochestergeneral.org

Website: www.rochestergeneral.org/about-us/newark-wayne-community-hospital/volunteering/

Ontario County Office for the Aging Meal Delivery

Phone: Tarah Shedenhelm, 781-1321 or (585) 396-4040

Website: www.co.ontario.ny.us/Aging

Ontario ARC

Phone: Donna Auria, (585) 919-2191

Email: dauria@ontarioarc.org

Website: www.ontarioarc.org/volunteer

Ontario-Yates Hospice

Phone: Max Bishop, 789-9821, ext. 3030, or (800) 253-4439

Phelps Arts Center

Phone: Edward Phillips, 548-2095

Email: pac@phelpsny.com

Website: www.phelpsartscenter.com

Phelps Community Historical Society

Phone: 548-4940

ProAction Yates Office for the Aging

Phone: Stephanie Bates, 536-5515

Email: BatesS@proactioninc.org

Website: www.proactioninc.org/

Real Christmas

Phone: Charlotte Carroll, 539-8242; Bonnie Hosford, 539-9240

Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes Inc.

Phone: Jill Koczent, 536-9654

Email: jill_k@safeharborsfl.org

Website: www.safeharborsfl.org

Seneca County Chamber of Commerce

Phone: Miranda Polmanteer, 568-2906

Email: mpolmanteer@senecachamber.com

Seneca County House of Concern

Phone: Diane Draheim, 568-2433

Email: hocseneca@gmail.com

Website: www.houseofconcern.org

Seneca County Workforce Development

Phone: LeeAnn Haust, 539-1884

Email: lhaust@co.seneca.ny.us

Website: www.co.seneca.ny.us/workforceyouth bureau.php

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Seneca-County-Workforce-Development-Youth-Bureau/2473961 65290206

Smith Opera House

Phone: Jessica Allen, 781-5483

Email: jallen@thesmith.org

Soldiers Sailors Memorial Hospital

Phone: Loree MacKerchar, 531-2053

Email: loree.mackerchar@flhealth.org

Sonnenberg Gardens Mansion State Historic Park

Phone: Pamela Gangloff, (585) 394-4922

Email: volunteers@sonnenberg.org

Website: www.sonnenberg.org

Wayne CAP Foster Grandparent Program

Phone: Laurie Ten Eyck, 665-0131, ext. 190

Email: laurie.teneyck@waynecap.org

Wayne CAP Retired Senior Volunteer Program

Phone: Kim Bumpus, 665-0131, ext. 170

Email: kimberly.bumpus@waynecap.org

Website: www.waynecap.org

Yates County Habitat for Humanity

Phone: John Keenan, 536-9159

Website: www.yateshabitat.org/

 

Contact the individual organizations to find out about specific volunteer needs.

Article source: http://www.fltimes.com/arts_and_entertainment/article_bdf4d554-d9d3-11e2-916e-0019bb2963f4.html