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Neb. extension experts offer garden tips for fall

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Now that fall has arrived and cooler temperatures are becoming the norm, it’s time for Nebraska gardeners to determine what to harvest and when.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office says some crops will need to be harvested before a frost, while others can withstand colder temperatures.

Warm weather crops that do not tolerate frost and low temperatures include tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, cucumbers and summer squash. Watermelon, pumpkin and corn also are sensitive to cool temperatures and can result in plant damage or death.

Crops that withstand a light frost between down to 30 degrees include beets, mustard, Chinese cabbage, radishes, collards, spinach, potatoes, Swiss chard, Bibb lettuce, green onions and leaf lettuce.

Crops that can withstand several freezes include cabbage, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, rutabagas, Brussels sprouts, and kale.

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Garden Tips For Fall

Now that fall has arrived and cooler temperatures are becoming the norm, it’s time for Nebraska gardeners to determine what to harvest and when.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office says some crops will need to be harvested before a frost, while others can withstand colder temperatures.

Warm weather crops that do not tolerate frost and low temperatures include tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, cucumbers and summer squash. Watermelon, pumpkin and corn also are sensitive to cool temperatures and can result in plant damage or death.

Crops that withstand a light frost between down to 30 degrees include beets, mustard, Chinese cabbage, radishes, collards, spinach, potatoes, Swiss chard, Bibb lettuce, green onions and leaf lettuce.

Crops that can withstand several freezes include cabbage, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, rutabagas, Brussels sprouts, and kale.

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National China Garden Engages Architecture/Engineering Team

WASHINGTON–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Marking a first step in the transition from concept to creation, the
National China Garden Foundation announced today the selection of an
architectural design and engineering team. Led by the architectural
firm, Page Southerland Page (PSP), the team, assumes responsibility for
site plan development, civil engineering, infrastructure design and
more. The selection comes following a competitive bidding process
directed by the National China Garden Foundation’s Board of Directors.

“We have utmost confidence in their
ability to complement the Joint Design Team and cooperatively construct
a classical Chinese Garden”

Page Southerland Page and its colleagues will support a Joint Design
Team comprised of Chinese and American representatives already working
collaboratively to bring to fruition the vision of a classical Chinese
garden and center for cultural study. The garden is slated for
construction at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. It is
intended as a permanent testament in the nation’s capital to the
strength and importance of U.S./China relations. Project funding is to
be raised through a $60 million capital campaign focused on private
resources needed not only for design and construction, but also
long-term maintenance and operation.

Page Southerland Page leads a comprehensive team comprised of engineers,
landscape architects, and mechanical contractors working together to
realize a plan originally created by a Chinese design team at the
conceptual stage of the project. PSP team members include:

  • Rhodeside Harwell with Peter Liu – Landscape Architecture
  • Dewberry – Civil/Structural/Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineering
  • Schnabel Engineering – Geotechnical Engineering
  • Rolf Jensen Associates – Code and Security Consulting
  • Wells Associates – Traffic and Transportation Engineering
  • Harmony Ponds – Koi Pond and Water Feature Design
  • Belstar, Inc. – Construction Cost/Project Management
  • C.M. Kling + Associates – Lighting Design
  • Lynch Associates – Irrigation Planning and Consulting
  • URS Burlington – Archaeological and Historic Documentation and

“Our selection committee was especially impressed that Page Southerland
Page assembled such a diverse pool of expertise for this important
project,” said Bob Stallman, chairman of the National China Garden
Foundation board of Directors. “We have utmost confidence in their
ability to complement the Joint Design Team and cooperatively construct
a classical Chinese Garden,” Stallman concluded.

Collaboration, continuity and compatibility are hallmarks of the design
concept for the National China Garden. From the outset, a collaborative
effort between the Chinese and American governments helped bring the
original vision to life. That vision arose from a 2004 agreement between
the China’s Ministry of Forestry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
to build a Chinese Garden in Washington, D.C. A formal agreement to
construct the garden at the Arboretum was signed by both governments and
extended with a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011 by Secretary
of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and China’s Ambassador to the United States
Zhang Yesui. The MOU calls for a 12-acre facility on an undeveloped
parcel at the Arboretum donated by the US Congress for the project and
managed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

While there are other examples of classical Chinese gardens in the
United States (California; Missouri; New York) the National China
Garden at the Arboretum is expected to be the finest demonstration of a
harmonious balance of man-made structures, plants, water and rockeries.
More than just a beautiful garden for the public to visit and enjoy, the
project is envisioned to be a venue for visitors from around the world
to learn, enjoy and gain an appreciation for the profound influence of
China’s history of horticulture and garden design.

“Page Southerland Page is delighted to have the opportunity to
contribute to the cultural landscape of our nation’s capital,” said
Thomas McCarthy, AIA, LEED AP and Principal with Page Southerland Page.
“The National China Garden will offer an exceptional location for
experiencing the sensual delights of a classical Chinese Scholar’s
Garden as the backdrop to exhibits, events and classes. Designed to be a
beautiful destination during every season, the Garden will be
particularly poignant when hosting programs and events to celebrate our
evolving relationship with China,” Thomas concluded.

Once completed, the U.S. National Arboretum will own the China Garden.
In addition to the garden itself, the venue will feature some 22
structures, art and furnishings provided by the People’s Republic of
China. It will serve as the location for meetings, conferences, special
events in addition to public tours and year-round cultural and
educational activities.

The national China Garden at the U.S. Arboretum is expected to become an
important tourist destination and cultural center in the nation’s

About the National China Garden Foundation:

The National China Garden Foundation (NCGF) was formed in 2011 with a
mission to create the premier classical Chinese garden and center for
cultural study and practices in the nation’s capital with the high-level
cooperation of the US and Chinese governments, and in particular the US
Department of Agriculture under that Department’s authorities, and with
the Government of the People’s Republic of China, and in particular, the
State Forestry Administration, under that Administration’s applicable
authorities. For more information go to

About Page Southerland Page:

With roots extending back to a two-person partnership formed in 1898 in
Austin, Texas, Page Southerland Page is one of the most prolific and
enduring architectural and engineering design practices. This
partnership—one of the very first to offer integrated architectural and
building engineering services— has evolved into a widely diversified
planner and designer of the built environment. A staff of over 425
architects, engineers, interior designers, strategic analysts, planners
and technical specialists provides Page Southerland Page with the
resources and the network of professional affiliations to responsibly
handle projects of all scales and schedules anywhere in the world. The
firm’s international portfolio includes projects in the
government, healthcare, academic, science and technology, corporate and
urban housing sectors, located throughout the United States and in over
50 countries worldwide. Learn more about the firm at

About Rhodeside Harwell:

Rhodeside Harwell has provided landscape architectural services for
projects from New York to California, as well as many sites overseas.
The firm’s design philosophy and processes encourage creativity,
contextual sensitivity, and a disciplined sense of respect for
environmental considerations, cost parameters, and most of all, client
objectives. Our portfolio reflects decades of experience working within
both the public and private sectors. Rhodeside Harwell offers a
diverse set of skills—from feasibility studies and site analysis through
community outreach and final design and construction administration. The
firm’s projects have frequently earned awards for design excellence and
have been published in many prominent magazines and other publications.

About Peter Liu:

Peter H. Liu, ASLA, is the founding principal of Peter Liu Associates,
Inc. Mr. Liu is a landscape architect with over 30 years of experience
in landscape architecture and planning. Prior to the founding of his own
firm in 2002 he worked at the renowned firms of Skidmore, Owings
Merrill (SOM) and EDAW (now AECOM) through the late 1970s and early
1980s. He was a founding principal of Lee Liu Associates, Inc. in
Washington, D.C. from 1987 to 2002. As a member of the D.C. Mayor’s
advisory Chinatown Steering Committee, Mr. Liu routinely reviews the
design of all new development projects and new signage in the Chinatown
District and constantly coordinates the approval process with the D.C.
Government’s Office of Planning, Historic Preservation Review Board,
Department of Transportation, and Department of Consumer and Regulatory

Among Mr. Liu’s many notable projects are his work on the new Chinese
Embassy at Van Ness Center and installation supervision of the Penjing
pavilion at the US National Arboretum.

About Dewberry:

Dewberry is a leading professional services firm with a proven history
of providing architecture, engineering, and management and consulting
services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients.
Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with
deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’
most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established
in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than
40 locations and 1,800+ professionals nationwide.

About Schnabel Engineering:

Schnabel Engineering’s experience dates back more than half a century to
1956, when founder Jim Schnabel established one of the first firms in
the Mid-Atlantic to offer services in soil mechanics engineering. Today
Schnabel Engineering is an energetic and dynamic company offering
professional services within the United States and abroad from 18
offices throughout the continental United States. Schnabel Engineering
offers highly specialized services in geotechnical engineering;
geostructural design; dam engineering; tunnel and underground
engineering; environmental, geophysical and geosciences; construction
monitoring; and resident engineering from locations throughout the
United States.

About Rolf Jensen Associates:

Rolf Jensen Associates, Inc. (“RJA”) is a leading consulting firm
providing a range of professional services involving life safety, fire
protection, security and mass notification on commercial, institutional
and industrial projects for clients worldwide. Founded in 1969, RJA is
headquartered in Chicago with 21 offices located in major U.S. cities,
China, the Middle East and the Western Pacific. To date, RJA has
participated in more than 50,000 projects worldwide. These projects
include government facilities ranging from military installations and
embassies to courthouses and the headquarters for the FBI; landmark
high-rise buildings in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East;
major gaming complexes from Las Vegas to Macau; biomedical, applied
science and laboratory facilities on the campuses of leading colleges
and universities; world-renowned hospitals; hotels owned and operated by
the leading names in the hospitality industry; manufacturing plants; and
large venue assembly and convention centers around the world.

About Wells Associates:

Wells + Associates is a nationally recognized transportation and traffic
engineering firm delivering traffic engineering services to private real
estate developers, public agencies, corporations, and institutions. In
the past 20 years, Wells has worked in 34 states, the District of
Columbia, and four foreign countries. The principals of the firm each
have 15 to 35 years of individual experience in the fields of
transportation planning, traffic engineering, parking management,
traffic signal design, traffic control plans, travel demand management,
transit planning, and transportation master plans.

About Harmony Ponds:

Harmony Ponds is an award-winning design/build firm with over 18 years
of experience in the design, construction, and maintenance of ponds,
fountains, splash parks, waterfalls, streams, storm water management
ponds, and related systems for commercial and residential clients.
Harmony Ponds specializes in the technical design and installation of
water features; water handling systems for fountains and water features
including ornamental and koi ponds, utilizing the latest technology in
biological filtration, ultra-violet sterilization, and energy-efficient
pump systems; water quality management for large ornamental and storm
water management ponds using floating fountains and laminar flow
aeration systems; and consulting on habitat design, aeration, and

Belstar, Inc.:

Established in 1985, Belstar, Inc., is a construction cost/project
management company providing comprehensive services related to the
design, pre-construction, procurement, construction, and
post-construction phases of building and infrastructure development.
With four home offices in Virginia and Maryland, Belstar offers a highly
experienced team of experts, fully automated technical resources, and
the flexibility to perform the entire scope of cost/project management
services from the concept phase to the post-construction phase, either
in-house or on-site, as may be required. Belstar clients include a
multitude of public and private sector organizations, including
architectural/engineering companies, general contractors, commercial
developers, municipalities, state and federal agencies, military
agencies, and educational and religious organizations.

C.M. Kling + Associates:

Since its establishment in 1980, C.M. Kling Lighting Design, later C.M.
Kling Associates, Inc. has collaborated on and designed the lighting
for over 2,500 projects worldwide, with such diverse scope and scale as
convention centers, hotels, religious institutions, corporate campuses
and headquarters, office complexes, and theaters. Kling’s staff is
trained in various fields, including architecture, engineering, and
design, providing a wide perspective and skills that aid in all aspects
of project development. Kling lighting designers understand that
lighting is only a component part in the establishment of the
experienced environment, whether in architecture, landscape, or
cityscape; through the collaboration and integration with each other
design component, successful projects are created.

Lynch Associates:

Lynch Associates was originally founded in 1988 by Brendan Lynch as
Eastern Irrigation Consultants, Inc., with offices in Boston and
Washington. Since 1992 the firm has been known as Lynch Associates,
Ltd., Irrigation Consultants, consisting of the Washington (now
Annapolis) office. Lynch Associates, Ltd. is a Native American-owned
Maryland Sub-Chapter “S” Corporation dedicated to providing the client
with the most efficient, cost-effective means of replacing water lost
from soil through evapotranspiration. In pursuit of this objective, a
heavy emphasis is placed on overall master planning, central control,
weather monitoring, precipitation and soil-moisture sensing, and, where
applicable, development of alternate water sources including groundwater
withdrawal, river/stream, lake/pond, as well as the use of treated
effluent, gray water, and other harvested recycled/reclaimed water.


URS Burlington conducts studies for projects involving construction of
industrial and institutional facilities, transportation improvements,
installation of aboveground and underground utilities, and commercial
and residential development, along with developing and implementing
extensive public outreach programs in support of these projects. These
services are provided to increase sensitivity and stewardship in
historic preservation. URS is committed to community involvement,
providing broad public outreach products, and is particularly sensitive
to the needs of culturally diverse, transitional, and traditional
communities. Staff members also have extensive experience dealing
directly with state and federal agencies, and several staff members have
worked for state historic preservation offices, state departments of
transportation, and federal agencies throughout the Eastern United

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Silver award for blooming great effort

Wilmslow picked up an award at the RHS North West in Bloom awards presentation held in Southport on Thursday, 24th October.

In their second year of entry Wilmslow has won a silver medal award in the large town category, thanks to all the hard work of the 34 local businesses who took part, community groups, Incredible Edible volunteers, children at Dean Oaks Primary School and Wilmslow Town Council who provided the town centre planters.

Helen Yates, who launched Incredible Edible Wilmslow, told “We are really proud of what Wilmslow has achieved this year, the town council planters have been beautiful, the businesses supported us really well and the Incredible Edible community plots have been productive and healthy.

“There were over 500 entries in the North West across the various categories and it was a great celebration of all the hard work going on across the area. It was also a good chance for us to see what other towns have been working on and share ideas experiences.”

The North West in Bloom competition aims to encourage local communities to improve and care for their environment through imaginative planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping, conservation and recycling projects, and to sweep away eyesores that blight our streets such as litter, graffiti and vandalism.

Helen added “We’re really motivated for next year now and plan to get more of everything going on next year.

“We’re keen to get more people helping out, as it’s only with regular support that we can continue to maintain a good standard or, even better, grow and improve.”

Wilmslow received a highly commended Silver award for their first entry into the competition last year.

If you can offer some time to help on the community plots, contact Helen Yates on 07771 862 863.

Photo: (l-r) Debbie Shenton of Shentons Farm Shop – representing Wilmslow Business Group, Helen Yates – representing Incredible Edible Wilmslow, Mayor and Cllr Ellie Brookes – representing WTC.

Dean Oaks Primary School, Helen Yates, Incredible Edible, North West in Bloom, Wilmslow Town Council

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Wynn hopes to use casino license as boost for Fishtown

PHILADELPHIA In the early days of Philadelphia, the riverfront near Penn Treaty Park was known for its sandy white beaches.

In the early 18th century, it became a hub for shipbuilding. Much later, in 1920, the Philadelphia Electric Co. built a coal-fired power station on that stretch of the Delaware River.

Today, Beach Street in Fishtown looks like a sad monument to the city’s lost industrial past.

The old power station is gutted and defaced with graffiti, surrounded by acres of empty land used for storing construction equipment.

After years of wrestling over ways to revitalize the area, city planners are hearing fresh suggestions – from Wynn Resorts.

The Las Vegas casino operator’s group is one of six vying for the city’s second casino license. A decision on the license is still many months away and rests with state gaming commissioners, not city officials.

But Wynn Resorts is talking informally to city planners and neighbors about what the company would do to spur additional development if it emerged the winner.

Wynn Philadelphia has a vested interest in the future of the neighborhood: Beach Street would be at its front door.

Alan Greenberger, the city’s deputy mayor of economic development, said it would be “odd” to have Wynn’s $925 million investment surrounded by urban wasteland.

“It makes us wonder what’s the attraction of being in this place, if you’re surrounded by highways and undeveloped waterfront,” he said in an interview.

Wynn Resorts has an option to buy 60 waterfront acres where North Beach Street bends into Richmond Street. The site is also next to the new I-95 interchange for Girard Avenue.

To improve Beach Street, the company would invest in the streetscape, including lights, road improvements, landscaping, and sidewalks, said Terry McKenna, a principal of Keating Consulting, developer of the Wynn project.

“We recognize the street is a mess,” McKenna said. The investment would be “north of $5 million, inching closer to $10 million,” he said.

In addition, Wynn Resorts has decided to change the orientation of 18 acres of open space from the northern to the southern side of its site, McKenna said.

“That will spur further development on Beach Street,” he said.

The city’s current master plan for the central Delaware River waterfront calls for light industry on this stretch of Beach Street.

McKenna said that if the Wynn project were awarded a license, the area would be better suited for a mix of residential, retail, and office space.

But he said the company was not interested in acquiring additional land or spearheading ancillary development.

“It’s not our focus,” McKenna said.

He added that the Wynn project and PennDot’s improvements to the Girard Avenue interchange would amount to almost $2 billion in new investment for the area.

“That’s unheard of,” he said.

At a September hearing before the state’s Gaming Control Board, Greenberger raised concerns about having a second casino just a mile from the SugarHouse Casino in Fishtown and Northern Liberties.

But he testified that if the Wynn proposal were “augmented” with ideas for improving the area in between, “a powerful transformation could take place on our waterfront.”

Otherwise, Beach Street would have two significant developments “without anything in between,” he said.

The biggest hurdle in the way of development on Beach Street is the hulking former Peco power station, now owned by Exelon Corp.

Exelon still operates four combustion turbines on Beach Street, but the old, five-story Delaware Station is empty. Designed by John T. Windrim, the noted commercial architect whose firm also designed the Franklin Institute, it was built during an era when even utilitarian structures conveyed the same civic pride as museums.

Robert Judge Sr., a spokesman for Exelon, said the company had no plans to redevelop the station. But he added that Exelon “periodically evaluates alternatives to redevelopment or reuse of all its sites.”

There is precedent for finding new uses for power stations. In 2003, Preferred Real Estate Inc. finished a $65 million conversion into office space of the Chester station of the Delaware County Electric Company.

McKenna toured Exelon’s Delaware Station several weeks ago. All the giant turbines have been removed. “It’s massive inside,” he said.

He said Keating Consulting had contacted “a handful of major developers” in the United States and abroad to test the waters of potential interest in the area.

“People are coming back and saying, yes, it has all the makings of significant development,” McKenna said. But without the Wynn project, he added, “I don’t see anything happening on Beach Street anytime soon.”

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Milwaukee aims to turn extra land into urban ag

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Peaches and pears grow in an orchard across the street from Larry Adams’ home in one of Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods. A garden has been planted a few lots down, and another parcel serves as a nursery for a landscaping business his nonprofit is nurturing.

Adams, his wife and Walnut Way Conservation Corp., their community development organization, have been buying homes and other properties on surrounding streets, creating a local renaissance by renovating buildings, expanding urban agriculture and encouraging others to do the same.

The couple’s success has inspired Milwaukee leaders, overloaded with abandoned and foreclosed properties, to turn land over to residents who want to grow gardens, create parks and establish food-related businesses. The goal is to revitalize neighborhoods and cut costs while improving residents’ access to healthy food.

Many cities have looked to urban agriculture as a way to use open space and improve residents’ diets. Milwaukee borrowed some of those ideas, such as New York’s licensing of food carts that sell fruits and vegetables. The city also is updating zoning and other regulations for urban agriculture.

But the most attention-grabbing part of Milwaukee’s plan is selling tax-foreclosed properties, perhaps for as little as $100, to people who promise to produce food. The goal is to create radical change by focusing resources — at least initially — on one neighborhood, and to have residents lead the way. In other words, they want to make it “Home GR/Own.”

The seeds have been planted in Lindsey Heights, a neighborhood just northwest of downtown. Adams’ home is less than three miles from City Hall, but economically, the areas are worlds apart. The median household income here is $22,838, half that of downtown, and the unemployment rate is six times higher at nearly 24 percent, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Venice Williams runs a community garden that serves as an incubator for food-related businesses on the Lindsey Heights border. She sees Home GR/Own as an opportunity for many gardeners to get land and strike out on their own.

“If Home GR/Own does not impact the income of families in the neighborhood where we expand, it has failed,” Williams said.

She plans to buy lots to expand her business growing and selling fresh herbs and products like herbal teas, and she has trained two women from the neighborhood to help her. Williams envisions uses for buildings too, such as a seed bank or food-processing facility.

Williams has no shortage of ideas, but she said, “I don’t have $15,000 to $20,000 to buy a home and then rehab it for production.”

Home GR/Own project manager Tim McCollow said the program may provide money for grower training, small business training and some upgrades, such as for stormwater management. The goal, he said, is “creating a catalyst in that neighborhood.”

The program also could reduce Milwaukee’s long-term costs. Since the recession, there’s been a tenfold increase in tax foreclosures of homes and other buildings — 775 in 2012 compared to 79 in 2007, said Martha Brown, deputy commissioner of the Department of City Development.

Even with increased foreclosure sales, the city has about 4,100 buildings and lots on its hands at a cost of millions to taxpayers. Many buildings are in poor repair, so the city must renovate or demolish them. And vacant lots cost thousands of dollars each year just to mow.

The city budgeted $4 million to handle foreclosed properties this year, and Mayor Tom Barrett has proposed nearly tripling that amount next year, to $11.7 million, largely to catch up on demolitions.

Milwaukee hopes to raise $3 million in city funds, grants and donations for the first three years of Home GR/Own, McCollow said. The goal is to launch five to seven projects this year, including a corner produce store and a community garden.

Adams is in talks with the city to take over a house that sits next to a lot used by the 4-H club sponsored by Walnut Way.

He sees urban agriculture as “a tool to socialization,” noting that drugs and drug-related violence moved out of the neighborhood as trees and bees moved in. He leaves gardens unfenced so hungry people can graze. The result, he said: “There are challenges, but for the most part, good neighbors.”

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Housing boom expected in Rockhampton as development thrives



mayor margaret strelow,

real estate

Edenbrook project director Melissa Hytch inspects progress on the first stages of the new Parkhurst estate. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Edenbrook project director Melissa Hytch inspects progress on the first stages of the new Parkhurst estate. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

IT LOOKS like there’s about to be a housing boom in Rockhampton with more than five land developments on the go.

Edenbrook is just one development that’s getting underway and will house over 1000 families.

Project Director Melissa Hytch said the Edenbrook development is the answer to a thriving city looking to combine environmental nous with aesthetic appeal.

And there’s already public interest taking hold.

“We haven’t even done marketing yet, but residents nearby have shown a great deal of interest,” Ms Hytch said.

And Edenbrook is set to be the first master plan community for Rockhampton. “We will be landscaping 40ha of parkland, and have bike trails,” she said.

“There will be a real focus on lifestyle and building.”

The Rockhampton Regional Council has jumped onboard and keen to get the developments underway.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said it was an extremely exciting time for the council.

“(There are) so many people showing so much faith in our future; and this is supported of course by very strong activity in the Gracemere industrial precinct,” Cr Strelow said.

Developments planned for the region include Northridge Estate in Parkhurst, Crestwood Estate in Norman Gardens and Serenity Park Estate in Gracemere.  

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Closed for 4 years, Quail Lodge enjoys a revival

CARMEL, Calif. — In 2008, when the financial crisis struck with its full force in California and shock waves rippled, quake-like, up and down the coast, it was hard to find a golf course that wasn’t shaken. On the Monterey peninsula, the impact was apparent, even at some of the game’s great strongholds. Play slowed at Pebble Beach. A once-cluttered tee sheet cleared up at Spyglass. You could take your pick of times at Poppy Hills.

What hammered the courses also hit hotels. By late the following year, as vacancies soared and revenues dwindled, the region lost one of its inland icons.

Though play continued at Quail Lodge Golf Club, the lodge itself shuttered its doors.

To a peninsula native such as Bobby Clampett, the news hit particularly close to home. In 1970, when he was 10 years old and the golden child-to-be of amateur golf, Clampett moved with his family from Monterey to Carmel Valley, relocating from the foggy seaside to a town known for its sunshine and rustic surrounds. Set amid the valley’s ancient oaks, Clampett’s new house sat so close to Quail that young Bobby could walk from his front door to the first tee. Throughout his teens, he was a fixture on Quail’s grounds, picking range balls and corralling golf carts while working on his game with swing guru Ben Doyle, the first authorized instructor of the technical bible “The Golfing Machine.”

Then, as now, Quail was a sweet spot for a student of the game. Stretched along the flanks of the Mayacamas Mountains, the Robert Muir Graves-designed course was largely flat and walker-friendly, but its green complexes were subtle, its par 3s were stout and its slender doglegs called for a blend of brains and brawn. Then there was the range, which faced into a prevailing wind, exaggerating spin and exposing any flaws in a player’s ballstriking – an ideal spot for Clampett’s brand of precision-minded practice.

“I loved everything about the place,” Clampett says today. “But given the location, so close to Pebble Beach, the course was always going to be a little overlooked.”

Even as a boy, Clampett understood what really drew attention. Quail’s accommodations were its claim to fame.

Like the course that lies beside it, Quail Lodge opened in 1964 and quickly gained acclaim for its luxurious appointments, a refined rival to The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Every year, when the stars turned out for Bing Crosby’s splashy Clambake, the coast was where they played, but Quail Lodge was where many of them chose to stay, seeking sun-kissed sanctuary from the fog. On the same range where he practiced, Clampett wound up shagging balls for the likes of Arnold Palmer, Bob Charles, David Graham and Bruce Devlin – all regulars on Quail’s guest ledger.

Those were different days, the gap between sports heroes and their worshippers less distant. One afternoon, after watching Palmer play a round at Pebble, a 12-year-old Clampett persuaded the King to give him a ride home by chartered helicopter.

“I just walked up to him and said, ‘Mr. Palmer, are you headed back to Quail Lodge?’ ” Clampett says. “He gave me a quick once-over and said, ‘Sure, kid. Come on.’ ”

Years went by. Clampett rose to amateur glory, then fell short of expectations on the PGA Tour. Quail Lodge ran upon hard times, too.

But in a fitting bit of symmetry, both are back – Clampett as a mainstay on golf’s 50-and-over circuit, and Quail as a reborn 50-year-old lodge.

This past spring, following a top-to-bottom, $28 million renovation, Quail began welcoming guests again. The overhaul has brought a new look to the property, the interiors reworked in gold and orange hues to reflect the sun-splashed valley setting. Each guestroom now opens to an outdoor deck, overlooking lush gardens or green-fingered fairways. Fireplaces have been added to some suites. Footpaths, spilling through the sylvan grounds, wind past a swimming pool, bocce courts and a nine-hole putting course.

The mood is quintessentially Californian: luxe but relaxed, upscale but not uptight. And the shift in aesthetic comes with a nod to changing economic times.

Service has been streamlined, and the savings passed on in the nightly room rates. There are no bellhops. Bookings are handled exclusively online.

“The idea is to strip away the frills,” says general manager Sarah Cruse, “and give people a great experience that fits their pocketbooks.”

As part of the refurbishments, the golf course also will be refreshed this fall – modest changes ranging from drainage upgrades to nonnative tree removal. All six lakes that dot the layout will be filled in and replaced with indigenous landscaping.

But the bones of the course remain largely the same as they were when Clampett learned to play.

“You’re not going to lose a lot of balls, and you’re not going to walk off feeling badly beaten up,” Clampett says. “At the same time, though, it’s a very nuanced design and it’s not really all that easy to score.”

On the range where Clampett honed his game, Katherine Marren now presides. An acclaimed instructor who came to Quail 41⁄2 years ago from the Pebble Beach Golf Academy, Marren is known for her easygoing manner and a methodology that’s less mechanically driven than was Ben Doyle’s back in Clampett’s early days.

Still, she can go high-tech, and often does, at an indoor teaching lab beside Quail’s range, where she makes good use of NASA-worthy training aids and shot-tracking devices.

“I think I’m the only girl in the valley with her own man cave,” she quips.

Periodically, Marren also teams up with Clampett at his two-day signature golf schools, the most recent of which was held Oct. 3-4 at Quail.

For Clampett, there couldn’t be a more comfortable setting. He has a house in Carmel, and his mother still lives in Carmel Valley. But Quail is where his golfing heart resides.

“The game has taken me all around the world,” he says. “But coming to Quail is like coming home.”

– Josh Sens is a freelance writer from Oakland, Calif.

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Quail Lodge and Golf Club

• Carmel, Calif.

•; 831-624-2888

• Resort overview: 850 acres; 90 rooms; 18 holes

• Closed for renovations: November 2009

• Reopened: April 2013

• Cost of renovations: $28 million

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Free composting classes teach residents to reduce waste at home | Pierce County – Bonney Lake and Sumner Courier

Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this fall. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

In the yard waste class, participants will learn how to choose a bin, where to put it and how to maintain a healthy compost pile. Using compost in gardens and landscaping can help improve soil quality and eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.

In Pierce County, food makes up a third of the waste going to the landfill. The food waste class will show how composting with red worms reduces the amount of kitchen waste a family sends to the landfill. Compost produced by worms can be added to potted plants and small landscaped areas.

Food waste class attendees have the option of purchasing a starter bin and worms for $30.

Yard Waste classes

  • Nov. 2: 10 a.m. to noon, Washington State University – Puyallup, Victoria Room, 2606 W Pioneer Ave. in Puyallup
  • Nov. 12: 6 to 8 p.m., Gig Harbor Civic Center, Room A, 3510 Grandview Street in Gig Harbor

Food Waste classes

  • Oct. 29: 6 to 8 p.m., East Pierce Fire and Rescue, 18421 Veterans Memorial Drive E in Bonney Lake
  • Nov. 16: 10 a.m. to noon, Lakewood Community Center, 9112 Lakewood Drive SW No. 121 in Lakewood


The classes are designed for teenagers and adults. Children ages 6 to 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 12 to 17 must have parental permission. Pre-registration is required.

To register for a workshop, visit or call (253) 798-4133. The classes are taught by environmental educators from Pierce County Public Works and Utilities.

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