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A better plan

Findlay planners have taken the “if at first you don’t succeed, try again” approach to giving downtown a new look.
The do-over is an improvement, but the project should still be subject to discussion before the heavy equipment arrives.
Gone, at least for now, is any talk about narrowing Main Street and implementing reverse-angle parking there.
Altering Main too much appeared to be the main objection to last year’s plan, which received less than a rousing welcome by the public. That sent planners back to the drawing board.
The reverse-angle parking idea did resurface, but only thus far on Crawford Street, which has been turned into a one-way street in opposite directions from Main. The angled parking is available on the south side of Crawford, while parallel parking is on the north side. Those changes are being called an “experiment,” but officials insist reverse-angle parking won’t happen on Main.
The latest plan, announced Tuesday, focuses on both Main and Cory streets.
The Cory plans include a bike path, one narrow lane in both directions, from the railroad tracks near Meeks Avenue, and a single bike lane, south of Meeks. Cory would be one-way, heading north for motorized vehicles.
The bike path may be one of those “build it and they will come” ideas that residents warm up to. The city does need a better link between downtown and the University of Findlay. Having a bike path will encourage students and others from the north side to get on a bike to go downtown.
Meanwhile, the modifications to Main Street should be more palatable to those who objected to the first plan.
The proposed “bump out” curbs and medians should slow traffic at major intersections and redesigned crosswalks will make it safer for pedestrians. Landscaping of the medians will make Main more attractive.
Also attractive is the cost. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has donated $5 million to the project, and the Ohio Department of Transportation, $2.4 million. The city’s share should be minimal, and will depend on the type of paving used and how much landscaping is done.
The public can talk with consultants about the latest plans from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building lobby. Input can also be provided through a link at
Regardless of who is paying the bill, changing downtown, especially Main Street, requires broad public discussion.
By making revisions in the plans, city officials have shown they heard the complaints and concerns before moving forward. We hope the willingness to compromise continues as this important project unfolds.



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AVEW HOLDINGS INC. Pool Service Division Continues to Exceed Growth and …

AUSTIN, TX, Nov 11, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) —
AVEW HOLDINGS INC. (otc pink:AVEW) today announced the ongoing
successful implementation and outstanding management of Fantastic
Pool Services’ (FPS) business plan has led to an unparalleled 188%
growth in revenues and 87.5% increase in customers for pool
maintenance and services. This has been achieved in a short 12-month
period since FPS was acquired by AVEW in November 2014.

Fantastic Pool Services is a full pool maintenance and repair company
that serves Central Texas including Austin and the surrounding Hill
Country areas. In addition to pool service monthly accounts, FPS is a
certified repair center for multiple nation-wide equipment vendors:
Pentair Aquatic Systems, Zodiac Pool Systems (Jandy), Paramount Pool
Spa Systems, and Delta Ultraviolet Corporation. Each of these
companies are top-tier vendors in the pool industry spanning all
aspects of the pool building, maintenance, repair and remodel

FPS has grown from 80 to 150 service accounts over the past 12 months
and has increased its annual revenue run rate from $150,000.00 to
$432,000.00 and is expected to continue on a 150% per year growth

FPS is the exclusive startup company allowing a direct line to new
pool customers for New Generation Pools as well as 6 other leading
pool builders in Central Texas. FPS has hired and trained a group of
knowledgeable and dedicated service and maintenance technicians who
have provided exceptional service to their customers. This includes a
full time senior technician to handle all repair and replacement
needs. FPS has also equipped its fleet of service vehicles with the
most up to date maintenance equipment and service supplies.

Mr. Mike Sharp, AVEW Senior VP of Operations and founder of FPS,
stated, “FPS’ success continues to be a concrete example of AVEW’s
growth business model. It allows AVEW companies to leverage each
other horizontally and vertically across the company. The multiple
specialty construction divisions continue to provide additional
customers and business opportunities. FPS has a current goal of 300
pool maintenance customers for 2016 and we look forward to achieving
and/or surpassing this milestone.”

About AVEW Holdings Inc.

AVEW Holdings Inc. is a collection of
companies in different disciplines operating under a public held AVEW
Holdings Inc. This gives strength and integrity to each division to
weather our recessions, downturns, etc. in the economy. The companies
of AVEW combined have a wealth of knowledge and experience along with
the opportunity to consult with one another to share ideas and get
input from other divisions.

AVEW includes a full service pool, spa, landscape design and
construction company. New Generation Pools is a custom pool design
and construction company that has won national and regional pool
construction and design awards. Fantastic Pool Services is a
maintenance and pool repair company doing business in Central Texas.
Pegasus Construction Company is a residential remodel and new
construction company servicing Central Texas. Pegasus also designs
and installs landscaping, outdoor living kitchens, fireplaces,
cabanas, and decks. Kustom Fence and Construction Company is a custom
fence designer and builder serving the Hill Country. Tarragon Homes
and Milagro Homes are full custom and production home building and
development companies. AVEW Real Estate Development Company will be
involved in commercial mixed-use development.

Safe Harbor Statement:

AVEW cautions that statements made in press releases constitute
forward-looking statements, and makes no guarantees of future
performances and actual results/developments may differ materially
from projections in forward-looking statements. Forward-looking
statements are based on estimates and opinions of management at the
time statements are made.

AVEW Holdings Inc.
Shareholder Relations


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Autumn Home and Condo Show this weekend in resort

(Oct. 30, 2015) The annual Autumn Home and Condo Show returns to the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street this weekend.

There will be 125 vendors encompassing 170 booths, who will demonstrate products and showcase merchandise such as kitchens, baths, appliances, furnishings, pools, spas, hot tubs, fireplaces, patios, decks, home entertainment, sunrooms, fireplaces, security, heating services, maintenance, energy, gardening, cleaning services and air conditioning. 

“It’s all under one roof for shoppers and strollers convenience,” said Ocean Promotions owner Mike Wicklein. “A lot of show specials and bargains [and] new ideas, plus products and services for your home and condo.”

Exhibitors including contractors, landscapers, architects and interior designers will be at the event to help homeowners with their projects and ideas by giving estimates, quotes and advice. There will be samples of flooring, windows, doors and solar products.

The show is an opportunity to compare and shop around while knowledgeable experts help attendees find the right products and services.

There will be an abundance of interior and outdoor displays showcasing new products and ideas on remodeling, decorating, landscaping, accessorizing and renovating. Any home product or service imaginable will be featured at the show.

The autumn show, now in its fifth year, drew about 6,000 people in 2014 and is an offshoot of the spring event.

The show is designed to enhance home comfort, functionality, appeal and overall value. Organizers want consumers to come with an open mind and leave with inspiration. Many vendors will be offering bargains or special deals.

There will also be artists and crafters from all over selling an assortment of gifts and accessories.

Since the show takes place on Halloween weekend, free admission will be granted to everyone in a costume and there will be treats for dressed up attendees.

Free drawings, door prizes and the Lustre Craft Cooking show will take place during the event. 

Children can also take a walk through a 60-foot inflatable whale from the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

“You may enter the jaws [of the whale],” Wicklein said. “Folks from the National Aquarium will be on hand to talk about animal rescue and marine artifacts.”

Show hours are Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is a $6 admission fee for adults; seniors (55 and older) and students are $5. Also, military, police, fire personnel with their ID, anyone dressed in a Halloween costume and children 13 and under get in free.

Visit for more information and a full list of exhibitors.

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Commissioners to vote on allowing hog hunts in Lee County

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Herds of non-native, invasive hogs are ravage lawns, gardens and landscaping in Lee County. The animals have no predators, except man. Because trapping the hogs has not reduced any problems, the county’s next step is allowing the animals to be hunted.

“The outfitter will make sure that all of the rules are followed, and make everything is safe, ” said Cathy Olson with the Lee County Conservation 20/20.

The county is looking to sign a contract with two outfitters, to train and lead the hunts in county preserves. Each hunter has to pay $250 to take training, and then join a hunt.

“For country boys to have to pay that much to hunt hogs, it just ain’t right!” said Dave Karstedt.

Some residents say training isn’t needed.

“Guys who’ve been doing it, have been doing it for years, they’re professionals,” said Skip Hill. “To have somebody come out and train them is almost like a joke.”

The county says it’s using outfitters to better control who’s in the woods with weapons.

“We don’t have the staff to mark safety zones or enforce safety zones, and make sure that the general public and the hunters aren’t mixing,” said Olson.

“It ain’t that big a deal. You just look at what you’re shooting, and make sure it doesn’t have a red jacket on! It’s as simple as that,” said Karstedt.

For now, the proposal calls for outfitters to manage and lead the hunts. Anyone who kills a hog, will be allowed to field dress it, and keep the meat.

Lee County commissioners will vote next week to authorize the outfitter-led hunting. The county says, it will take a month or two to process paperwork, before the first hunt would occur.

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Over 3000 Experts Gather at India’s First Landscape Festival in Lalbagh

LALBAGH: India’s first national landscape fest opened at Lalbagh here on Wednesday with a participation of over 3,000 landscape experts from different states apart from Karnataka. Several aspects of urban landscaping and roof top gardening were demonstrated to the visitors.

Despite rains the fest attracted many visitors. The horticulture department which is organising the fest is expecting a footfall of more than 3 lakh, during the five days of the fest which will be concluding on November 15.

Dr Jagadeesh M, joint director of horticulture department, said “The fest is an attempt by the horticulture department to do something unique apart from the hosting flower show twice a year. The fest will help the denizens of the city to explore new avenues to get closer to nature, by learning about urban landscaping from the different experts.”

The 7-ft tall and 1,000 feet wide vertical gardens set up in area covering 7000 square feet, around the glass house at Lalbagh is already drawing a lot of crowd. The 30 landscaping models such as Royal, Japanese, Persian, French and the Bali style with a display of unique flowering plants and ornamental varieties are a hit.

Sujatha Krishnan, who has her own terrace garden at her house in Banashankari said, “More than the landscaping models, I am happy to find a lot of option for my terrace kitchen garden. This tomato plants I bought today are hybrid vanities with long shelf life and can be grown in a pot. I am happy that round the year I will have my own organic tomatoes.”

The visitors were keen to learn about the organic roof top gardening which is fast becoming a trend with citizens having large terrace space. Dr Jagdeesh said that during the fest people will get to learn about the organic gardening at their roof tops for which they can produce their own manure from their kitchen waste.

The other crowd puller is the spiritual garden where a variety of Bonsai, of ancient herbal and medicinal plants were showcased. The spiritual garden exhibited different kind of ancient sacred herbal gardens like the Nandanvana, Saptarshivana, Nakshatravana, Raashivana and Navagrahavana.

The exhibition at the spiritual garden is drawing a lot of foreigners from both within the city and neighboring state. Tomas, a French national said, “The concept of terrace garden is not new for us, but I am aghast at the knowledge people posses about spiritual rejuvenation in this country. The visit has been an eye-opener for me about different herbal plants and how they assist to uplift ones mood.”

Tatiyana Topolevec, a Croatian national said, “I came to Bangalore to meet a friend before heading to Gokarna. I am traveling across the country and just came from Rishikesh. However, the concept of spiritual gardening is new to me and I am happy that I visited the city, at times coincidences are fruitful.”

Besides this the fest had some 100 varieties of vertical and horizontal gardens and also new concepts on vertical wall gardening.

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Mulch now for winter protection

Fall’s shorter days and lower temperatures tell us that winter is not far off. Outside in the garden, everything is getting ready for its winter sleep. With frost and the occasional snowfall coming soon, now’s the time to protect your marigolds, mums and marjoram with mulch.

Pound for pound, adding mulch is one of the best ways to prepare the garden for winter. It helps prevent erosion and exposure during violent storms.

A blanket of mulch protects the roots from the occasional periods of extreme cold we sometimes get in North Texas. It gradually breaks down and is absorbed into the ground where it provides a natural, slow-release fertilizer and eventually helps loosen the soil. As a bonus, mulch also suppresses growth of weeds, which even in winter can get out of control.

Which mulch to use?

Garden experts generally recommend using organic materials as mulch. When making your selection, consider how well it protects and what it will add to the soil.

There are dozens of materials. To find out what works best, I consulted with Johnette Taylor, president of Roundtree Landscaping, about the most popular mulches in the Dallas area.

Shredded hardwood: Taylor says that shredded hardwood is a good choice. Hardwood mulches are usually a mixture of woods from a variety of trees. She says hardwood mulch has the advantage over other organic materials in that it “knits together” and resists floating away in heavy rains.

Shredded bark: Another category Taylor recommends is the shredded bark of cedar or pine trees. Of these two, shredded cedar bark is denser and more likely to stay put in garden beds. Pine bark is less expensive, but it floats away more easily when it rains. Whichever bark you choose, buy it in chips, not nuggets. Bark nuggets are smaller, decompose faster and may not give you coverage throughout the winter months.

Shredded leaves: This homegrown mulch is cheap, but it’s also less durable than hardwood or bark mulches. Better to add the leaves to your compost pile this fall and return the broken-down remains to the garden next spring.

Mineral mulches: The more expensive mineral mulches such as crushed stone, gravel or volcanic rock are sometimes used as a low-maintenance alternative to organic mulches. Minerals won’t decompose or float away and won’t need replacement for several years. Mineral mulch is a good candidate for rock gardens, on walkways and driveways, or in areas that will receive little or no attention throughout the year.

While you’re shopping you might see bags of rubber mulch. This is made from recycled old tires cut into spreadable chunks. It is great for athletic or high-traffic areas because of its forgiving nature, but it is not recommended in garden beds.

You may wonder why compost was not included in this list. Composted material serves a different purpose. Mulch is made of larger chunks of material intended to act as a long-term cover to the soil. Compost is used to enrich the soil and is generally absorbed much faster than mulch.

How much mulch?

To calculate how much to buy, start by measuring the square footage in each of your garden beds. It’s not necessary to be precise; estimating to the nearest foot will work just fine. For the circular area around a tree, for instance, measure the distance from the trunk to the edge of where you want the mulch and multiply that by 10 to give you an estimate. Add all this up and you have how many square feet you need to cover.

Roundtree Landscaping and other experts recommend applying mulch in North Texas in a layer about 3 inches deep. Bulk mulch is sold by the cubic yard, which covers 108 square feet at 3 inches deep. Bagged mulch usually contains 2 or 3 cubic feet of material, which at 3 inches deep would cover 8 to 12 square feet. Putting this all together, if you have 300 square feet of garden to cover, you need about 3 cubic yards of bulk mulch, or 25-37 bags of mulch, depending on the bag size.

How to apply mulch

Before applying mulch, remove unwanted weeds or grass. A layer of mulch over weeds will only briefly cover but not kill them. Then spread your mulch material around plants and shrubs in a 3-inch layer. A thinner layer will break down too quickly and not be deep enough to provide the winter weather protection your plants need.

With a shovel or your gloved hands, scoot the mulch under shrub branches to protect the roots near the central trunk. Don’t pile mulch against tree trunks in a volcano shape. Having moisture-retaining mulch against the outer bark can foster bark rot, which will seriously damage or kill the tree.

Once you’re all done, stand back and admire your handiwork. A properly mulched garden will easily withstand winter’s harsh weather and be ready when spring comes.

Ann McCormick is a Fort Worth freelance writer who specializes in herbs.

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Fall gardening tips

The following piece was written by Master Gardener Khursheed Mama, who has received training through Colorado State University Extension’s Master Gardener program and is a Master Gardener volunteer for Larimer County.

Here are a few suggestions during the fall months for lawns, shrubs, trees, grasses, and more:


The fall months are a great time to get the lawn aerated (especially if this wasn’t done in the spring) and to fertilize while the grass is still green. When aerating, mark sprinkler heads to avoid damage. Sprinkler systems should be blown out to prevent pipe damage resulting from freezing temperatures. This may be preceded or followed by a final mowing for the season keeping with the mowing height of 2.5 to 3 inches—but it’s important to continue to mow if the lawn is growing.

For more information on turf grass and sprinkler system management, visit the Basic Turf Management fact sheet and the Home Sprinkler Systems fact sheet.

Shrubs and Trees

Most shrubs don’t require special care this time of year. Fall blooming shrubs may be pruned in winter during the dormant season. Spring blooming shrubs such as forsythia and lilacs should not be pruned until after spring flowering. Tender shrubs (e.g., roses) should be mulched around their base during the winter. While leaves may be used to help mulch plants such as roses, if leaf spot was noted during the growing season, it is best to remove leaves so as not to spread the fungus that causes this. Roses should be pruned in the spring as the branches just begin to green up, usually in late April. Hips (spent flower blooms) may be left on the plant for winter interest—hips may turn orange with cooler weather.

Fall LeavesBoth as a result of altitude and the angle of the sun during winter months, young trees planted in the last couple of years should be wrapped (using tree wrap available from nurseries) from the base to the first or second branch to help prevent sun scald. Like shrubs, trees may be pruned in the winter months when dormant; pruning should not exceed 20-25 percent of the canopy. Recommendations on “wilt-proofing” evergreens vary. If the plants are in a dry, windy area, newer evergreen plantings might benefit from application, with the recognition that this will likely need to be repeated a couple of times during the winter season. More effective is to wrap shrub and trees with burlap. Winter watering, as suggested below, is likely to have greater benefit.

While automated sprinkler systems should be turned off and blown out for winter, trees and shrubs benefit from winter watering in our dry climate. The general recommendation is to water deeply around the dropline about once a month if there has been limited moisture and ambient temperatures allow.

For more information on recommendations related to trees and shrubs, visit:

Pruning flowering shrubs
Winter watering

Perennials and grasses

fall_gardening_1These represent a diverse range of plants in our Colorado landscapes. For those who enjoy the aesthetic of seed heads in the winter landscape these may be left on the plant. Otherwise, plants may be deadheaded and cut back, but it is best to leave some foliage to protect spring growth. Old foliage may be removed in early spring. Perennial grasses are typically cut back in the spring prior to emergence of new growth.

For more information about choices and care of grasses and perennials in the landscape, visit the Ornamental Grasses fact sheet and the Perennial Gardening fact sheet.

Additional considerations

Water features that aren’t running during winter should be drained or covered. Pumps can be removed and stored appropriately to prevent damage from fluctuating winter temperatures.

Tender plants that you wish to overwinter, like geraniums or herbs, may be placed indoors, in sheltered areas or in the garage and tended to as appropriate (water/sunlight, etc.).

Non-hardy annual bulbs, like dahlias and gladiola, should be dug up and stored in a cool, dark place. Perennial or hardy bulbs may still be planted if the ground is unfrozen and can be dug easily. Many varieties are available from local nurseries and online catalogues.

More information

For more information about CSU Extension, visit

CSU Extension in Larimer County

CSU Extension in Larimer County is a county-based outreach of Colorado State University Extension that provides information you can trust to deal with current issues in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition and food safety, 4-H, small acreage, money management and parenting. For more information about CSU Extension in Larimer County, call (970) 498-6000 or visit

CSU Extension Horticulture Agent blog

Looking for additional gardening information? Check out the CSU Extension Horticulture Agent blog at for timely updates about gardening around the state.

PlantTalk Colorado

Visit PlantTalk Colorado for fast answers to your gardening questions. PlantTalk is a cooperation between Colorado State University Extension, GreenCo and Denver Botanic Gardens.

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10 November Gardening Tips

As leaves begin to fall and temperatures get cooler, it’s easy to forget about all the outdoor chores we need to do before the ground gets covered in snow. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some helpful November gardening tips from Better Homes and Gardens to get you out and accomplishing the last of your fall garden checklist!


1. November Planting

Now is the time to plant your spring flowering bulbs, garlic, and any other new additions to your garden, about 6 weeks before the ground freezes. Make sure you apply a thick layer of mulch to insulate the soil if planting late in the season.


2. Leftover Leaves

Don’t worry if you don’t get all the leaves raked up this fall. Leaving some beneath shrubs will provide shelter for insects, which will then feed the birds in the spring. Do make sure to remove leaves near the shed, garage, or home that can provide shelter for pests like rodents.


3. Perennial Chores

Cut back your perennials, leaving 2-3 inches of the stem to protect them when they begin to emerge in the spring. Some perennials can also help add interest to your winter garden by attracting birds, like coneflowers or black-eyed Susans.


4. Plan for Next Spring

Use the down time of the fall to get a head start on your garden beds for the spring. Create rich plant-ready compost by layering cardboard, chopped leaves, straw, mulch, etc. on top of grass.


5. For the Birds

If you have a birdbath, think about adding a heater. Find out what type of birds you’d like to attract and see what kind of feeder/seed you need to accomplish that.


6. Power Tools/Hand Tools

Run the gas out of your power tools and sharpen any blades so they’re ready for use in the spring. Clean off any dirt on your hand tools like shovels, spades, or trowels to make sure they stay in good condition.  


Finish reading the rest of the tips here! What do you do to your garden in the fall to get it ready for the winter? 

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