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Claire Goes Crazy for Ducks on ‘Modern Family’ – RECAP

Modern Family: She Crazy this Wednesday was another funny episode. Phil (Ty Burrell) created a habitat for the duck eggs he found in the last episode, and he convinced Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) to help him hatch them. Also, Claire was anxious about telling Jay (Ed O’Neill) and his team about her ideas for closets. Gloria (Sofía Vergara) and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) helped each other out with their respective “crushes,” and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) developed an unhealthy relationship with the frat guys who were living upstairs at his and Mitch’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) Bed and Breakfast.

Modern Family: She Crazy started off with Phil asking his family, “Who would hate to miss the chance of a lifetime by not helping me build a duck village?” Phil talked about his family no longer having a “sense of wonder.” They suggested that the duck eggs might be dead. Dylan told Phil he had read a book about ducks.

Cam and the frat guys who lived upstairs played football inside the house. Mitchell said it unfortunately had brought out the “Brosexual” side of Cam. “I’m just trying to make my guests feel comfortable, ” he told Mitch.

Manny sighed over and over again, until Gloria asked him what the problem was. Manny told her that he had fallen for the barista at the local coffee shop. Gloria gave him advice, but she said, “First, you go with me to invite Maria over.”

Gloria watched a soap opera in Spanish on TV. Jay and Manny asked her what was going on.

Claire opened up the cupboard and duck food fell on her. Phil said it was “flax-seed and cricket parts.”

Claire Goes Crazy for Ducks on Modern Family 

Mitch and Lily showed up at the Dunphys’ house. He offered to give Claire a ride, rather than help out with the “duck village.” He left Lily with Phil, though. Phil developed a way of sitting — “This should keep my eggs warm,” he said.

Mitch and Luke, the Dunphy’s son, were in a car, with Luke driving it. Mitch was supposed to help Luke if he needed any help driving. Luke asked Mitch to tell him what was going on in his life. Mitch unburdened himself, and told him how Cam had been behaving.

At the house, Cam said to the frat guys, “I give you guys respect, and you give me nothing!”

He then told them he was just messing with them. One of the frat guys told Cam that he “Had a mission” for him to go on. Cam was thrilled.

Claire was ready to present her designs. “So, corporate is pitching ideas of their own?” One of the employees said.

Claire had a Power Point demonstration. The ideas that she showed were pitches that others had already pitched in previous years, ideas that had gone nowhere fast. Jay told her “What other ideas do you have?” She did not have any more.

Manny said that he had struck out. He told Gloria that “The world is different for people who are not like you.” However, Gloria was starstruck in this episode, and she acted like a freaked-out fan whenever she had the chance to talk with her favorite soap opera stars.

Cam showed up dressed up like a pizza delivery guy with six large pizzas for a frat. When he was inside, fireworks went off, that he had in the boxes.

Phil and Lily were at the duck’s nest. Lily was not very impressed, and she rolled her eyes. Phil told Lily that he had a “working lighthouse.” It caught on fire.

One egg rolled out into the street Phil chased after it, narrowly avoiding getting hit by a car. Lily said to the camera about Phil’s behavior, “She crazy.”

When Modern Family came back on, Mitch continued griping about Cam. He said, “He makes me feel like a stranger in my own home. I think Cam just tries too hard.”

“Wait, is this a one-way street?” Luke asked.

Mitch thought Luke was talking about his relationship with Cam. Luke and Mitch saw Cam dressed up like a pizza delivery guy still. He was leading a goat on a leash. He said that he was doing what they had wanted him to do, and admitted he had stolen the goat.

Mitch tried to be nice to Cam, telling him that for a while he had thought that Cam craved attention, but he knew Cam had other reasons for acting like he did. Cam said that he did crave attention, but he knew the frat guys were just using him, and he wanted to return the goat.

The frat guys drove by, and yelled out that they were going to paint the goat. Cam told them that was not going to happen, and said that if they were really his friends, they would understand. They were not really his friends, of course, and got mad and drove off.

Cam said that the goat was “really friendly,” and he would ride in the back of the car. “I ain’t afraid of no goats,” Luke said.

Claire told the CEO of the closet company that she had closet ideas, but pigeons started to land on her head. She said, “Oh, God, the pressure! The pressure!”

Manny told Gloria, “You’re the most confident person in the world. If someone like you can do it, then so can I.”

Manny called Chelsea and asked if he “could take her out for coffee some time.” she agreed. Gloria told him he got it from his mother. The soap opera stars walked by, and Gloria freaked out again.

At a store, Phil saw Lily playing with landscaping rocks. He told her she was doing something like other kids, playing with rocks. She was spelling out the word, “Help.”

Phil talked about the ducks being “orphans.” That got Lily’s attention and interest.

Claire called him, and said she had not had a good day. Phil gave her directions about turning the eggs. She said maybe he should admit that the eggs were not going to hatch.

Lily got on the phone and told her, “Just do it, lady!” Claire then said that the ducklings were starting to hatch. Phil and Lily sat on the couch, with ducks all around them.

Phil said, “I was thinking if those duck eggs were viable, than maybe — ” Claire told him that was not going to happen. The ducklings imprinted on Claire, and Phil was not happy about it.

Modern Family: She Crazy tonight got it’s title from the obsessive way that Phil Dunphy cared for the duck eggs. He tried to get his entire family to share his interest, but they were not all that interested in the eggs, or the idea of building a “duck village.” Lily, who was left at the Dunphy’s house by Mitch, was not really very interested in them, either, until Phil compared them to “orphans,” like she had been until Cam and Mitch had adopted her.

Also on Modern Family, Manny and Gloria tried to help each other out with their “crushes,” though Gloria was still too in awe of the soap opera stars she had the chance to meet that she acted like a fan-crazed geek around them. Her advice to Manny, about calling up the barista he was interested in, worked out for him, as he got a coffee date out of it. Claire discovered that pitching ideas about closets and trying to “think outside of the box,” was difficult to do with a product that had been around so long and were in literally every house around.

By John Samuels

Photos Courtesy ABC

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Students design pollination garden

Pollination Garden

Seniors Kyle Gaston (left) and Lance English (right) who co-designed the garden help plant pollinators in the garden.

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2015 2:24 am

Updated: 3:01 am, Thu Oct 15, 2015.

Students design pollination garden

Clayton Anderson
Staff Writer



Students are combating the lack of pollinators after they built a pollination garden on campus. The garden is on the path between Padour Walker and Gaylord Hall.

Biology professor Ramesh Laungani introduced this project as part of his conservation biology class.

The students were required to make a sales pitch to Laungani, biology professor Terry Haverkost and head of grounds Mike Hatfield convincing them to pick their pollinator garden.

The chosen garden design was the garden of seniors Lance English and Kyle Gaston.

Gaston and English enjoyed the experience they had on constructing the pollinator garden.

“It was cool to look in on how each pollinator works,” Gaston said, “which plant to use for each one and which plant that will look good on campus.”

Laungani said that the pollination garden will help pollinating insects, which are important for the ecosystem.

“There has been a big push for people to plant pollinator gardens that have plant species that are good habitat for bees, butterflies and other pollinators,” Laungani said. “Bees and pollinators play a critical role in our ecosystem.”

Laungani said he wanted to establish a habitat for pollinators, as well as educate the Doane community how important pollinators were.

The leading food crops are enhanced when pollinators are present, and the pollinators save the country millions of dollars according to Laungani.

“They (the pollinators) are doing that for free – they are pollinating our food crops for free – if we got rid of all those pollinators somebody would have to do that, which means somebody is going to get paid to do that,” Laungani said.

English said it was encouraging to see what could be done in a short time with limited resources.

Gaston said the biggest challenge was looking through all the different pollinators and deciding which ones to attract.

Hatfield said he was excited when he heard new ideas about landscaping the garden and the design the students were coming up with.

“I’ve been involved in landscaping and horticulture for a number of years now, so it’s interesting to hear new and different approaches to projects,” Hatfield said. “Good ideas can come from nontraditional practices and design philosophies.”

Hatfield said that the garden will provide a lot to the campus.

“The garden will show the need to preserve an environment for our pollinators, display their symbiotic relationship, and it will add to the overall beauty of the campus,” Hatfield said.

The Doane students planted the garden Wednesday; the plants will start to grow in the spring.

“The hope is this project becomes a multiyear thing where students are learning from the previous year’s class,” Laungani said. “My hope is that the project gains a life of its own and I am just there to facilitate.”

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Thursday, October 15, 2015 2:24 am.

Updated: 3:01 am.

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Panel’s focus: County building landscapes

There’s a lot more to landscaping Columbia County’s new canal-side buildings than planting a tree here and a shrub there.

Without making any final decisions Wednesday, the County Board’s Ad Hoc Building Committee wrestled with several questions related to the appearance of the exterior grounds at the new administration building, to be built on the northwest side of the Portage Canal, and the new Health and Human Services building, to be built on the canal’s southeast side.

Some of those questions included:

  • How can the buildings’ grounds be made to look inviting to the public, while discouraging activities that shouldn’t happen on the county’s property, such as overnight sleeping, loitering or skateboarding?
  • Can the triangular patio area outside the HHS building be made into an “outdoor room,” and if so, what kinds of plantings and furnishings would accomplish that?
  • In tight spaces, is there any way to make room for shade trees — or in the alternative, work with the city of Portage to plant trees along the sidewalk right of way?

County Board Chairman Vern Gove brought up the potential issue with loitering, when he noted that the western access to the administration building would be across Highway 51 from Riverside Park, a place where people congregate at all hours.

Putting numerous trees in that area, or on the west side of the HHS building, might encourage people to try to sleep there, he said.

Also, said Building and Grounds Director Cory Wiegel, the county now has numerous skateboarders who use the steps and ramps near the Annex at 120 W. Conant St.

Landscaper Joel Engelland of Portage said the deciduous trees that he envisions planting would have branches at least 6 feet off the ground — offering shade, but not many places where people could loiter or sleep without being seen by passers-by.

And, he said, there are designs for seating pieces — such as short benches, or benches with an armrest in the middle — that encourage people to sit down, but not to lie down.

Project Manager Ron Locast said some of these situations are, to some degree, to be expected.

“At a public site, you are going to get people out there, at times when you don’t necessarily want them,” he said. “This goes with the territory of public space.”

Engelland said he had some general ideas, but not any firm plans, for landscaping the canal-side buildings.

Among the factors he’s considering, he said, are ease of care (including room for mowing), how the plantings will fit in with the colors of the buildings, functionality and offering something for each of the four seasons.

“Obviously, I want to create an appealing environment by using color, texture, variety, mixture and even smell,” he said.

Engelland said he can do all that and stay within the project’s landscaping budget of $100,000.

Species considered

He offered committee members a list of the plant species that might be used, including numerous species of deciduous trees (which drop their leaves in the autumn), evergreens, shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses.

In some cases — like near the main entrance of the administration building, on the structure’s northeast side — it’s a case of “less is more,” Engelland said, with flagpoles, and elevated heavy-duty planters that also serve to stop vehicles from crashing into the building.

And, he said, he likes the concept of keeping much of the area on the HHS building’s east side an open green space.

There’s a patio near that green space, which also is close to the entrance of the Aging and Disability Resource Center, and a space that is likely to be used for senior citizens’ congregate meals.

Committee member Teresa Sumnicht said she envisions that space as an “outdoor room” where people — including seniors, before the meals are served – may gather and socialize.

That’s why the area should, perhaps, have outdoor tables, though whether they are permanent or removable would be a topic of future discussion, committee members said.

Locast also suggested looking into the possibility of adding shade trees in areas where there’s very little space between the sidewalk and the building. If that isn’t feasible, he said, perhaps the county can work with the city of Portage to get some “street trees.”

The committee will talk more about landscaping when it next meets on Oct. 28.

Committee member Andy Ross said it’s a more complicated conversation than he first thought.

“I didn’t realize that there’s this much stuff to think about,” he said.

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Lafayette turns to sister city for help in designing Central Park

Looking to turn the Horse Farm into a thriving recreational paradise, officials with the fledgling park are looking for inspiration from friends across the Atlantic Ocean.

Delegates from the parks department of Lafayette’s sister city Namur, Belgium, visited the Hub City this week. On Wednesday, they joined City-Parish President Joey Durel to speak about a future of collaboration between administration from the two cities to shape the Lafayette’s latest park.

But the collaboration is less about those involved today and more for the future leaders of Lafayette, Durel said.

“While we think we are building this park for today, the reality is we are building this park for generations to come,” Durel said. “And just like our historic sister cities in Belgium and France, future generations will cherish this park even more than we do today because they will have grown up with it.

“This park will be a part of their childhood and their children’s and grandchildren’s upbringing.”

Namur’s Director of “Thematic Green Spaces” Alain Detry presented a short video on Namur’s approach to landscaping public parks, which includes themed gardens such as “The flowers of Europe” and “The History of Namur Through Plants.”

“I am pleased to offer my services to the park and am looking forward to sharing our experience with Lafayette,” he said.

Before the presentation, Durel led the delegates on a tour of the property, giving them an overview of the park’s topography, features and native plant life.The details on exactly what they will do to help design the park are yet to be determined.

As for what particularly he’d like to see added to the Horse Farm, Durel said the sycamore tree-lined roads Namur has within its parks would be a great addition. Maybe the road could lead to a fountain, he added.

The presentation and visit is an opportunity to start the discussion of a possible new collaboration between the sister cities, sharing ideas on park planning and loaned public art, such as sculptures or fountains.

“The opportunity to share public art, statues, fountains, is a great way to pay tribute to our sister cities and our shared heritage,” Durel said.

This visit is the latest in an ongoing friendship between Lafayette and Namur since becoming sister cities 35 years ago, the result of which has led to many educational and cultural exchanges. Durel said recently. Lafayette has other sister cities including La Cannet, France, and Moncton, Quebec, Canada.

“I remember back when Katrina hit, our sister cities were the first to call to see if we were alright,” Durel recalled. “They did the same when the tragedy at the Grand Theatre happened.”

Lafayette Parish Master Gardener’s Association President Heather Warner-Finley also announced they will be will be collaborating with Lafayette Central Park administration during the week of Nov. 16 to host the Gardener-in-Chief of the Park at the Palace of Versailles, Alain Baraton.

Baraton will visit the Horse Farm Nov. 16, and is slated to speak at a public luncheon at the Petroleum Club hosted by the MGA.

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Tree campaign starts at under-construction Lauri Ann West Community Center in … – Tribune

A simultaneous symbol of history and the future, trees are available to purchase for landscaping the under-construction Lauri Ann West Community Center in O’Hara.

Lower Valley residents can dedicate a tree for the new campus for $300.

Fox Chapel resident Kathryn Kenyon sees her sapling as a symbol of growth.

“It is a way to look forward to exciting opportunities there,� said Kenyon, who is among the first to take advantage of the limited program.

The Give-A-Tree campaign launched this week with the mission of “helping the center remain rooted in community,â€� said Monica Gay, the center’s marketing and development director.

Anyone who donates $300 will have the gift recognized at the new 28,000-square-foot center that shares an 11-acre campus with the existing Boyd Community Center along Powers Run Road. The Boyd site, a deteriorating 1960s-era elementary school, will be demolished to make room for parking.

Construction is expected to be completed this fall.

Executive director Paul McComb said the goal is to open the doors of the $9.3 million facility before the holidays.

The new building will feature a programming wing, café with outdoor patio, fitness center, elevated walking trail and multipurpose room.

In 2014, more than 3,000 people participated in 400 classes at Boyd.

Gay said the new construction will help accommodate the growing number of users.

She hopes to see about 160 trees planted at the site to help create a garden-like setting.

“We’re going to feature a number of gardens outside, including two parking-lot rain gardens and another area in the front entrance circle,â€� she said. “There will also be numerous shrubs and bushes planted throughout.â€�

Support will ensure that the new Lauri Ann West Community Center is as welcoming on the outside as it will be on the inside, Gay said.

Kenyon said she thinks the program is a perfect fit.

“Our family wanted to give back to celebrate our wonderful times there and look forward to even more,� she said.

To purchase a tree, contact Gay at 412-828-8566, ext. 25, or

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff reporter with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at

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History, ecology coexist with funerals at Riverside Cemetery in Denver

Much of Denver’s early history is buried just across the train tracks from Brighton Boulevard next to the South Platte River.

Colorado historians will remember names such as former governors John Routt, John Evans and Samuel Elbert, pioneer Clara Brown and Augusta Tabor. They’re all buried at Riverside Cemetery, which opened the same year Colorado became a state in 1876.

People still get buried there, with about 13 new plots per year, but maintaining Denver’s oldest cemetery hasn’t been an easy task, thanks to the lack of water rights.

The Fairmount Heritage Foundation, which owns the land, and a group of loyal volunteers have worked for the past seven years to improve landscaping and preserve a wetland area right next to the cemetery.

“The goal is restore the prairie and wetlands, so it’s an opportunity for people to experience the area the way it was 150 years ago,” said Patricia Carmody, director of the Fairmount Heritage Foundation, which also owns the Fairmount Cemetery that was founded in 1890.

The foundation had a long court battle over water rights at Riverside and stopped watering altogether in 2003 when Denver Water changed its policy on how it sold water to properties that did not have senior watering rights, Carmody said.

Since then, many trees died and the foundation began planting native grasses and bushes that could survive on rainfall and snow runoff.

Carmody believes the prairie landscape to be a beautiful one and hopes Riverside will be an example of that going forward.

“Riverside is just a way to show that you can have a beautiful place that is sustainable and doesn’t require water. Our big goal now is a master plan and increasing our collaboration.”

Carmody’s focus is on bringing in an educational component that can study either history at the cemetery or nature at the wetland. She’s been operating with the help from volunteers who landscape and work in the office. Groups such as the Colorado Arborist and Lawn Care Professionals, Welby Gardens and the CSU Master Gardeners have also helped.

Ecologist Charlie Chase has regularly brought students from the University of Colorado to the wetlands and has helped with some landscaping knowledge and forming a plan for the future.

“The idea so far is to have people coming here for things associated with the cemetery and building out an ecological program with that,” Chase said.

Chase admits it’s an oddity to think of a cemetery as a place to study ecology.

“A cemetery as a place to study marshes is pretty unusual — I’ve never heard of it anywhere else, but it’s an ideal location for it,” he said.

Carmody gave praise to the volunteers and folks like Chase.

“It’s an example of community collaboration at its best,” she said. “This has been going on for seven years because the community really sees importance in Riverside.”

Gary O’Hara has been a volunteer for the past 15 years, doing landscape work, helping in the office and leading tours.

He said the breadth of history at the cemetery first drew him in.

“It just means more to me to be able to touch their tombstone while I’m talking about them,” O’Hara said. “It’s kind of a funny way of saying it, but it does bring it to life and give a new aspect on the history here.”

Joe Vaccarelli: 303-954-2396, or @joe_vacc


Where: Riverside Cemetery, 5201 Brighton Blvd.

Oct 16-17, 23-24: Moonlight History and Mystery Tours

Oct 26: Moonlight Euphoria, full photo shoot

Oct 30: Hops n’ Mysteries: Historic Tivoli Beer and food pairing witha History and Mystery Tour

Info: Ticket prices vary and are available online at fairmount

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Gardening Tips: Planting spring colour

Wednesday, October 14, 2015   by: Susan Richards

I am sitting at my computer on a very cold, blustery October day dreaming of spring.

I really do love the colours of autumn but nothing beats seeing the first flowers blooming after a long winter.

One thing you can be doing now to enjoy spring flowers is plant fall bulbs.

Next spring those bulbs will produce blooms that will chase away the winter blues.

Snowdrops, crocuses, tulips and hyacinths are some of the earliest ones brightening up the spring garden.

The key to having a successful bulb display is to understand that each type of bulb has its own time of bloom.

Snowdrops bloom as soon as the snow starts to disappear.

Next are crocus, glory-of-the-snow (Chionodxa), scilla plus early narcissus and tulips.

Then, it’s time for hyacinths, grape hyacinths, mid-season and late tulips, the rest of the daffodils.

Alliums, which are ornamental onions, flower from mid-May into July depending on the type.

With proper planning, you can have four months of flowering from a variety of hardy bulbs.

If you think that planning this sounds too complicated, bulb companies have made the task easy for you.

Packages and tags give information about bloom time, identifying them as early, mid-season, late or summer flowering.

Information is also given for planting depth, spacing and light requirements.

Some bulbs are packaged together that offer you either a collection for a succession of bloom or ones that bloom together for a complimentary colour display.

Big colour pictures on the labels show you exactly what you are getting.

When you are ready to plant, loosen the ground in the garden thoroughly and add some compost to enrich the soil.

Dig a planting hole the correct depth for the type you have.

The rule is to plant the bulb twice as deep as it is tall.

Generally, large bulbs such as tulips and daffodils go down 6 to 8 inches and small bulbs about 3 to 5 inches.

Check the package for exact information.

Large bulbs are spaced about 5 inches apart and small ones 2 to 3 inches.

Spacing may depend on the effect you are trying to achieve.

For a casual, natural effect, use an uneven spacing.

If you want a formal look, keep the distance between bulbs consistent.

Work fertilizer into the bottom of the hole as you plant to help establish healthy roots.

Put bulbs in an upright position, firm soil around them and water well.

If rainy weather doesn’t continue, be sure to water until the ground freezes.

However, bulbs don’t like ‘wet feet’ since they rot easily.

If you have clay soil, make sure they are positioned in a spot where water can drain away.

If you have had trouble in the past with squirrels and chipmunks digging up your bulbs, try this trick: once bulbs are position at the correct depth and covered with a bit of soil, take a piece of chicken wire and position it over and around the group of bulbs.

Then finish backfilling the area and firm soil well.

The wire mesh will prevent those pesky critters from digging up your bulbs.

If you have had deer eating flowers as they emerge from the ground, stick with deer-resistant varieties.

Tulips are deer candy so instead plant daffodils, crocus, alliums, fritillaria, chionodxa and scilla.

Other than flower bulbs, garlic is planted late fall for harvest next August.

This is an easy bulb to grow as long as you have a sunny spot with well drained soil.

Be sure to add a generous amount of compost to the soil before planting so you are successful.

The flavour of garlic you grow is much superior to grocery store garlic imported from China!

If by chance, you tuck your bulbs away but forget to get them into the ground in October, don’t worry.

I have scraped away the first snowfall and planted my bulbs wearing my woolies.

They still bloomed well in the spring.

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Workshop in SLO will focus on landscape design strategies

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SLO girl’s backyard butterfly sanctuary is certified as wildlife habitat

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