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WNY: Corian capital of the world – WKBW

By
Elizabeth Carey

January 6, 2014

Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM EST

“Over 80% of the Corian made in the world today is made here at this site,” said Rolf Weberg. And that’s something the 600 workers at the DuPont Yerkes plant in Tonawanda take pride in.

Weberg is the global RD manager at the plant. He says the local workforce is one of the best in the business, “A lot of our best ideas come from the people that actually run the plant so we reach out to them often.”

Corian was developed as a counter top material 50 years ago and has evolved into an engineered one today. The workers are taking new ideas for Corian to market very quickly with many uses in both commercial and residential applications in all sorts of industries.

DuPont recently moved production of its private collection from South Korea to Tonawanda. The plant makes Corian in 200 colors. It can be molded to any shape, but it’s true flexibility is just being realized with designers who are regulars at the local DuPont site. Weberg says they come in to learn about Corian and they leave wanting to work with the local facility. “When you’re working with the design community, the possibilities are endless,” he said.

The local plant is even going green. Leftover scraps are used as a mulch in landscaping in Tonawanda.

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Article source: http://www.wkbw.com/news/local/WNY-Corian-capital-of-the-world-238917071.html

Scout troop seeks official state status for kingcup cactus

Over the years, Colorado school kids have pushed the adoption of a variety of state symbols, including a state lizard, two state songs and even an official state tartan.

Now a Douglas County Girl Scout troop is working to get official state status for the kingcup cactus.

Working toward a Bronze Award, the four girls of Troop 2518 conducted thorough research and consulted with botanists and naturalists to select the kingcup, which beat the ubiquitous prickly pear.

The group is working with State Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, to begin the legislative process of getting the cactus officially designated.

“The kingcup is very prominent in many counties in Colorado and grows in different elevations,” troop co-leader Jean Medberry said. “They’re pretty cool looking, and it attracts hummingbirds. It’s also used a lot in landscaping.”

The kingcup is a small barrel-shaped cactus that grows in clusters with a red waxy flower. The cactus is found throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

“We found out the prickly pear is the Texas state cactus, and it’s also considered a weed by most people. So that made it easier to select the kingcup,” said 11-year-old Aspen Medberry.

The kingcup’s journey to top contender has been a long one.

The group contacted Murray in late 2012 to see if she’d be interested in sponsoring a bill to designate a state cactus.

After Murray agreed, the girls got to work researching what cactus would best represent the state. They also got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol and are getting a first hand look at how the legislative process works.

“It’s exciting because it’s something that will last forever if it’s chosen as the state cactus,” said Megan Phibbs, 11.

For now, the kingcup has no opposition or competing claims — a marked difference from the 2013 legislative session, when lobbyists representing purebred canine organizations fought a bill pushed by students from Peakview Elementary school to designate shelter animals as the official state pet.

Murray said she plans to introduce the kingcup bill early in the session, which starts Wednesday. She said she hopes it ends up on Gov. Hickenlooper’s desk with no controversy.

“You never know,” she said. “There could be counties that have their ideas about what the best cactus should be. So we shall see.”

Austin Briggs: 303-954-1729, abriggs@denverpost.com

Article source: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_24858018/scout-troop-seeks-official-state-status-kingcup-cactus

Fountain Hills plans makeover

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Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/20140106fountain-hills-plans-makeover.html

Civic body plans another amusement park in Vashi at a budget of Rs 5 crore

Article source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/navi-mumbai/Civic-body-plans-another-amusement-park-in-Vashi-at-a-budget-of-Rs-5-crore/articleshow/28491239.cms

As the water drop rolls

A Woodbury family enjoys ice cream during a summer celebration f new rain gardens build near Colby Lake. (submitted photo)

A Woodbury family enjoys ice cream during a summer celebration f new rain gardens build near Colby Lake. (submitted photo)

This portion of “As the Water Drop Rolls” has been brought to you today by the East Metro Water Resource Education Program, a partnership of 18 local units of government working to keep your water clean.

We begin on a gloomy spring day, with rain falling steadily at the intersection of North Shore Trail and Hayward Avenue. As the water drops roll across the pavement, they stealthily snatch up bits of engine oil and phosphorus along the way, part of their secret plot to make nearby Forest Lake too dirty for swimming. Unbeknownst to them, the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District and City of Forest Lake laid a trap during the fall of 2012. Within minutes, the water drops fall helplessly into a filtration basin along the roadside and an iron-enhanced sand filter quickly strips them of their pollutants.

“Better luck next time,” chortles the basin, as the clean water drops roll into the lake. In the coming year this basin will keep approximately 4.7 pounds of phosphorus out of Forest Lake.

Further down the road, Goose Lake in Scandia is squawking for help as an eroding hillside threatens to give her a dirt nap. A nearby homeowner hears her garbled cries and calls the Washington Conservation District for help. Soon the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District and Emmons and Olivier Resources arrive on scene as well. Working quickly, the team repairs a ravine to keep dirt from washing into the lake and digs a basin at the top of the hill to capture and clean rainwater.

Goose Lake rests happily, knowing that she will no longer have to fight off 31,000 pounds of sediment and 24 pounds of phosphorus each year.

Meanwhile, down in Stillwater, the local brown trout are getting a little bit frisky in the cleaner, cooler water of Brown’s Creek. One day, after the Brown’s Creek Watershed District helped Stillwater Country Club and Oak Glen Golf Course to install new landscaping features that secretly trap nutrients and other pollutants, a groundskeeper at Oak Glen sees several baby fish alone in the creek.

“Whose offspring are these?” the man calls out. Silently, the fish swim away, leaving the mystery unresolved.

On the other side of town, water drops are finding it harder and harder to smuggle phosphorus into Lily Lake due to the many rain gardens built by Middle St. Croix Watershed District and the city of Stillwater. Local residents celebrate another string of victories in August by eating ice cream and touring the new rain gardens.

Nearby in Lake Elmo, the city and the Valley Branch Watershed District are also working busily to capture dirty water drops before they infiltrate local lakes.

“What will we eat now?” cry the gangs of algae that had hoped to expand their territories in Lake Elmo and the Tri Lakes. “With all these new roadside rain gardens keeping nutrients out of the lakes, we’ll surely starve to death!”

Gangs of algae down in Woodbury echo these cries.

“We need phosphorus to eat,” they plead. “If you’ll just give us a little more food, we promise not to turn Colby Lake green and steal all the oxygen from the fish next time.”

Stone faced to the algae’s insincere blubbering, the South Washington Watershed District puts the finishing touches on 26 new curbside rain gardens that will keep 12 pounds of phosphorus out of Colby Lake each year, enough to stop 6,000 new pounds of algae from growing in the lake.

We end our year in North St. Paul, where it appears the Casey Lake carp may finally be caput. Last winter, the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District drew down the lake, leaving the carp nowhere to hide, and during the spring, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released bass and bluegills into the lake to eat up the last remaining carp eggs. As December rolls in, Casey Lake breathes a sigh of relief when the city of North St. Paul installs an aeration system to provide the bluegills and bass with oxygen for the winter.

Will algae and carp retaliate against the local watershed districts? Will East Metro partners finally put an end to the water drops’ illegal phosphorus trade? Stay tuned to find out. This is Angie Hong, inviting you to join us again in 2014 for “As the Water Drop Rolls.”

 

Angie Hong is an educator for East Metro Water. Contact her at 651-275-1136 x.35 or angie.hong@mnwcd.org.

Article source: http://stillwatergazette.com/2014/01/06/as-the-water-drop-rolls/

Extension Connection: Learn something new in 2014


By Rhonda Ferree
Horticulture Educator,
University of Illinois Extension


Posted Jan. 4, 2014 @ 3:03 pm


Article source: http://www.cantondailyledger.com/article/20140104/NEWS/140109776/-1/books

Staycation 2014: Five tips from chill-out retreats to gardening courses


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Waterford garden festival

– 06 January 2014

No matter what your goal in 2014, these Discover Ireland tips will help you learn new skills from gardening to cookery and if the aim is just to relax, there are plenty of options without having to leave the country.

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1. Get green fingers in the garden

Enjoy the wonderful surroundings of Connemara on a residential gardening course at Cashel House Hotel. Learn to plant and prune, grow herbs and fruit or how to design or restore a garden.

Or learn how to grow your own garden from scratch at Dunmore Country School Garden at Durrow, Co Laois.

And if you just want to enjoy the surroundings try Achill Secret Garden, Achill, Co Mayo which has eight chambered gardens.

2. Just chill out

Whether it’s a detox you’re looking for or simply a relaxing trip, there are lots of Discover Ireland trips to choose from.

Book an eco-lodge at Ard Nahoo, Co Leitrim or sign up at Cloona Health Retreat just outside Westport, Co Mayo which offers a mix of guided walks, yoga, sauna and massage.

3. Country walks

Ireland is not short of countryside and most of it is free.

Forest walks are another alternative. Take Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon or Ards Forest Park in Donegal which boasts beaches and salt water lakes with a boardwalk and hides for birders.

4. Tap your creative side

Learn to write or paint. Try Anam Cara at Eyries, on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork or a painting holiday at the Avoca Painting School in Co Wicklow.

 

5. Cook-off

Combine a break in the capital with a course at Cooks Academy Dublin or spend some time checking out the various food trails around the country.

Alternatively, visit food festivals like a Taste of Dublin or a Taste of West Cork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article source: http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/travel/staycation-2014-five-tips-from-chillout-retreats-to-gardening-courses-29891728.html