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Archives for May 29, 2016

Peterson: Dreams help sort if they don’t slip away

Somehow I was able to hang on to the clarinet while playing the other instruments. Dreams are that way; the impossible becomes the possible. The trouble is, I don’t play an instrument, and I was never in band.

Because anything is possible in dreams, in another dream I just had, I was three different people: The pastor, the parent and the child. The church had a large metal bowl full of coins, mostly quarters, and children could fill their boxes up with coins, with the instruction that the money was to go to a worthy cause. I, the child and the parent, had just given the last of the coins to someone who was poor.

We went back to the church for more coins, and I, the pastor, asked what I did with the money. I, the child, told myself, we had given it to a poor man. And I, the pastor, had a skeptical look on my face. But I, the child, ignored that, and filled my box again, feeling a little guilty but knowing I had done the right thing.

But 70726? What could that possibly mean? I did a quick search of the Incredible Internet and found that it was the ZIP code for Denham Springs, Louisiana, population 10,097.

I don’t recall being in Denham Springs in my dream, all remember is waking up with the numbers coming out of my mouth. And if I was repeating them after just waking up, they had to mean something, so I kept repeating them until I could write the numbers down because I knew how transitory dreams were. If I stopped repeating it, I would soon forget.

Denham Springs is a pretty unremarkable town, 85 miles northwest of New Orleans and 13 miles east of Baton Rouge in Livingston Parish. The temperature there this week is in the mid- to upper 80s with humidity anywhere from 88 percent to 94 percent. Ugh. You can almost wring the water out of the air it is so humid.

And there’s a squabble over the police chief who was fired over a domestic violence incident involving a member of the city council. And sheriff’s police are on the lookout for a woman who is stealing plants and trees from backyards, a novel approach at landscaping on a budget.

While dreaming about Denham Springs – it’s ZIP code, actually – should prompt me to take action, I have no desire to visit anytime soon. It’s almost 1,000 miles away directly south, and I couldn’t handle the humidity. It’s only a dream. If only. This time, there has to be some hidden meaning that eluding me.

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Neighbors help restore a bit of heaven in Sam Hughes

Volunteers work outside the Himmel Park Library as part of the Himmel Park Beautification Project. Several groups, including Northwest Landscaping and the Tucson Police Department, joined the efforts.

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Jackson Landscaping: “One Call – We Do It All”

front - jackson landscpeJackson Landscaping is a family business that has been serving the Lake and Orange County area for 30 years. Clayton Jackson and his family are native Floridians and have seen the growth in Clermont as it expanded, but continued to keep the same personal touch with their customers. They have been doing work for residential and for small commercial properties.
We provide lawn service and full scale landscaping, which includes design, irrigation work, site clean-up, pressure washing, pavers, all types of rock or mulch, depending on your needs.
Clayton will go over your ideas and give his professional advice, draw up your new design to fit your home, and give you the look that you have been dreaming about. He always likes your input too. So if it’s big or small – one call – we do it all.
In addition to landscape design and implementation and sod services, Jackson Landscaping can help keep your property healthy with the appropriately sized irrigation system.
In closing but never forgotten – we treat our customers with a friendly greeting and will continue to grow to meet their needs now and in the future. We welcome new customers to our services!
So ”be a show off” on your new lawn or landscaping complements of Jackson Landscaping.
We offer free estimates. All inquiries promptly handled upon request. You may call us at 352.321.9707 or 407.948.8052.
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Secret Garden: The Tour stops

Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., is located adjacent to the Murfree Spring Wetlands. So there is a microcosm of biology waiting to be explored there. Just below the outdoor amphitheater is the Lily Pad Pond, where you can see tadpoles and salamanders if you look closely. Take a stroll along the raised boardwalk, where you’re sure to see all sorts of wildlife that typically inhabit a wetland.

In the garden of Jim and Shannon Fox at 1118 Glasgow Drive, art and nature blend throughout the landscaping. For 16 years, Jim has labored to create this half-acre haven at their Scotland Acres home. Korean boxwoods, barberry, Victoria magnolias and laurel dress the front of their farmhouse-style home. Lining the drive are crepe myrtle, oak leaf hydrangea, pin oak, bald cypress, sourwood and green giant arborvitae.

There’s a weathered brick patio with a wood-burning fire pit, fountains, statuary, brick walls interspersed with boxwoods and azaleas, and a colorful array of shrubbery and flowers.

Robert and Debbie Dudley, 1471 Avellino Circle, have an eclectic collection of trees, shrubs and flowers at their Mirabella garden. At the entrance, roses are flanked by Japanese maples and dogwoods, boxwoods and hollies, and are edged with lush monkey grass. Matching urns containing Colorado blue spruce sit at the front entrance. Magnolias line the driveway leading to the back, where the sound of water splashing from a basin into an azure pool sets the stage for relaxation.

Crepe myrtle, viburnum, holly, burning bush and annuals spread color and variety beneath two covered porches sheltering an outdoor fireplace and a sitting area perfect for savoring morning coffee. A small herb garden featuring a robust rosemary is tucked beneath one of the porches. Debbie also planted two vegetable gardens, one for her and Bob and one for the rabbits.

Maria Clayton, 1415 Hawthorne Place, has procured her secret garden for the past 25 years. Large cedar, redbud and pin oak trees grew on the property. Undaunted by the shade canopy, she was determined to design a garden to rival any plot in full sun. She discovered hostas and now her garden boasts 300 shapes, sizes and textures of this  shade-loving plants. Maria intersperses the hostas with blasts of color from calla lily, impatiens, hydrangeas, hibiscus and daylilies. Water bubbles from ornamental frogs into a well-stocked fish pond surrounded by airy ferns and ground covers. Brick and pea gravel paths run throughout the garden and several benches are situated for easy access.

Sandra and David Arnold, 3106 St. John’s Drive, have enjoyed art and gardening for more than 20 years. An arbor blanketed with a climbing rose perfumes the air and guides visitors past a giant sassafras and several large persimmon trees to an amazing array of native plants, trees and shrubs.

A waterfall spills into small pool with koi. Flowers and plants add bursts of color. Sandra has placed pieces of her mosaic art, including a large turtle and several birdbaths within the gardens. Dragons, gnomes and butterflies hide among the trees.

The home of Jim and Margaret Smith, 3109 St. John’s Drive, welcomes guests with fragrant hydrangea. A small herb garden adds to the aroma with rosemary, bay, thyme, basil and golden oregano. Brick pathways lead to the back patio, where pots and urns filled with an abundance of hostas, heuchera and annuals showcase statuary and fountains the Smiths have collected on many road trips. Other plants include acuba, clematis, variegated boxwood, azalea, red and green Japanese maple and dogwood.

Stones River National Battlefield, 3501 Old Nashville Highway, is an outdoor classroom showcasing native plant gardens. Explore the landscaping around the Visitors Center, then let a park ranger show you how native plants help us create a landscape. Then go to Stones River National Cemetery across the street from the Visitors Center to see a designed memorial landscape.

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Around the Towns, May 29, 2016 – Scranton Times


Mid Valley Health Care Center will sponsor a blood drive honoring the memory of Hosie family members Leonard, Ann and Marla Ann on Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. at the facility at 81 Sturges Road in Blakely.

“Leonard was Archbald Borough Council secretary for 50-plus years before his death two years ago. His wife, Ann, died at the age of 53 of pancreatic cancer. They were the parents of 10 children,” Brenda A. Conlon, Saber Healthcare Group’s area director of marketing and business development, said in an email.

Their granddaughter, Marla Ann, was 18 when she died after a car crash.

Ann, Ms. Conlon said, “was an avid blood donor.” Noting that the Red Cross is in critical need of blood with Memorial Day weekend here, Ms. Conlon added the health care center is honoring “this family who did so much for our community.”

There will also be a basket raffle with proceeds being donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For details or to schedule an appointment, call Ms. Conlon at 570-202-0748.


Clarks Summit

Matt Fiorentino of Scranton and Justin Sofranko of Blakely — one man clutching a roller and the other a brush — used the tools to apply gray paint to the interior walls of the Clarks Summit police station, 304 S. State St., on May 20.

They added the finishing touches to workweeks in the making, though neither of the painters is a professional. The two were performing community service through the Lackawanna County Treatment Court. It was just one of several projects people enrolled in treatment court have completed in the borough through the court’s community service program over the years. This year alone, they have also performed such work as building steps and landscaping in borough parks.

“Over the course of the last few years, they saved taxpayers thousands of dollars in labor alone,” Clarks Summit Borough Council Vice President Herman Johnson said.

People performing community service through the treatment court work throughout the county every weekday except Thursday.

— CLAYTON OVER, @ClaytonOver on Twitter

Clifford Twp.

The Mountain View Garden Club’s 12th annual Plant Exchange Marketplace will give local gardeners the opportunity to enrich their gardens with some new perennials.

“It really is a popular event every year,” said JoAnn Hall, garden club member and chairwoman of the exchange, set for Sunday, June 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Clifford Twp. Fire Company picnic grounds. “There are a lot of people in this area who were able to start their gardens by buying perennials from us.”

Along with buying plants, attendees can bring two potted perennials from their gardens and exchange them for different plants of a similar size and value.

“People have the chance to find something they don’t have,” said Ms. Hall. “They know they are grown locally, so they know they’ll do well in this environment.”

More than 20 new and returning vendors will be at the event.

The Clifford Historical Society booth will include a farmers market as well as jellies and apple butter. The Susquehanna County Library will be selling annuals and hanging baskets to benefit a new building in Montrose. The garden club’s 2nd Hand Rose stand will have gently used gardening and miscellaneous items for sale.

Master gardeners from Susquehanna and Lackawanna counties will answer gardening questions. Perennials from area gardens will be sold from 1 to 3 p.m.

Eli Marsh will provide musical entertainment. The fire company will sell hamburgers and hot dogs. Lenoxville Methodist Ladies will have a baked-goods booth. Chances will be available for a 2:30 p.m. Chinese auction of items donated by vendors and club members.

Proceeds from the sale go back into the community in the form of scholarships and various other projects.

For details, contact Ms. Hall at 570-222-3591 or

— JEFF HORVATH, @jhorvathTT on Twitter


In its ninth year raising money for people in need, All for a Cause chose Patrick Dougherty, a Dunmore Junior/Senior High School senior who is suffering from testicular cancer, as the beneficiary of its latest fundraiser.

Patrick underwent chemotherapy, but his cancer spread to a kidney that will need to be removed in an upcoming surgery, said Angelo Naro, who is organizing a Sunday, June 5, fundraiser with his wife, Jennifer, and a core committee of about 10 people.

The event is a motorcycle ride and block party.

Registration for the ride is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. at Dunmore Community Center; then the group will promptly leave, taking a route through Wayne County with a couple of stops, returning to Mr. Naro’s Bar At the Patch at 110 W. Grove St. at 1:30 p.m.

Riders plus passengers pay $20 and get breakfast, lunch and dinner.

People who aren’t riding can still take part in the block party, which begins at the conclusion of the ride. A $10 donation enables participation in an event with loads of food and raffle items donated by area residents and businesses.

Mr. Naro said people’s generosity always impresses him, and this year has been no different. “People are coming together and donating whatever they can,” he said.

— KYLE WIND, @kwindTT on Twitter

Forest City

Thanks to local volunteer efforts and donations, as well as a sizable grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a softball field in the borough is seeing new life.

The Kennedy Park Upper Field was in rough shape not too long ago, but a community initiative fueled by the efforts of the Forest City Baseball and Softball Association has helped transform the once-dilapidated practice area into a regulation fastpitch softball field.

On Wednesday, crews began installing fences at the field, which was financed by a $13,585 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund — a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. It’s just the latest improvement to a field that has seen its share of support over the past few months.

Many benefactors have helped install drainage, renovate the infield and build dugouts, among other improvements.

“The support from the local community has been fantastic,” said Mark Lewis, president of the Forest City Baseball and Softball Association. “To take (that) field in the condition it was in and, in only a few months, have a functioning field has been heartwarming.”

Games already are being played on the field, which can play host to both softball and baseball.

The organization continues to raise money and accept donations to install a scoreboard and lighting at the field, which Mr. Lewis said could be done as early as this year with the necessary support. Those interested in donating to the project may contact Mr. Lewis at 570-840-8745.

— JEFF HORVATH, @jhorvathTT on Twitter

Roaring Brook Twp.

Janice Slater was crowned queen in the 24-27 age category at the inaugural Miss Amazing Pageant — Pennsylvania in Bethlehem.

One of three residents at Keystone Community Resources to compete, the Roaring Brook Twp. resident, “loves music, art and cooking” and her future goals are “to be as happy and independent as possible,” according to Noelle M. Snyder, marketing specialist at Keystone.

Pennsylvania Miss Amazing is a nonprofit organization that gives girls and young women with disabilities the opportunity to build self-confidence in a supportive environment.

“Keystone is very proud of Janice’s accomplishment,” Ms. Snyder added.



The Minooka Lions Club is selling raffle tickets to raise funds to build a gazebo at the Billy Barrett Park on Colliery Avenue.

The gazebo will be installed in memory of Mark Walsh, an attorney, civic leader and former school board president who died in 2013 at age 53 after a three-year battle with leukemia.

The city-owned playground, which gets heavy daily use from children and their parents, as well as use by the club for special events, needs a gazebo for shade, said Lions Club President Betsy Walsh, who is not related to Mark Walsh.

“It’s used every day,” Ms. Walsh said of the playground. “There’s nowhere for anyone to get out of the sun.”

The playground already has a circular concrete pad constructed several years ago. The club estimates that a 20-foot-diameter, octagon-shaped gazebo and benches would cost $20,000.

As a result, the club has 1,000 raffle tickets to sell to defray most of the project cost, Ms. Walsh said.

Raffle tickets are $20 each. Cash prizes include a $1,000 prize, a $500 prize and two $250 prizes.

Other fundraising will be undertaken to raise the balance needed to complete the project, she said.

Raffle tickets are available from club members or by calling Betsy Walsh at 570-591-4537.

— JIM LOCKWOOD, @jlockwoodTT on Twitter

South Abington Twp.

The Abington Community Library will host a StoryWalk at Hillside Park during the first two Saturdays in June.

Pages from a book will be posted around the lake at the park for families to read as they walk together. It’s the first time the library will host a StoryWalk.

The featured book for the inaugural walk is “Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert, said Laura Gardoski, head of youth services at the library.

“It’s a way to have a fun day at the park and for kids and their parents to interact with stories in a different way,” Ms. Gardoski said.

The StoryWalk will be held Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will also feature a musical workshop with local musician Tim Farrell, Ms. Gardoski said.

Another StoryWalk is planned at the park on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No registration is required. Visitors at the StoryWalk can also sign up early for the library’s youth summer reading club, Ms. Gardoski said.

— CLAYTON OVER, @ClaytonOver on Twitter


The local chapter of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Reading Association awarded the International Literacy Association’s Celebrate Literacy Award to Elizabeth Dessoye, a first-grade teacher at Riverside West Elementary School. Ms. Dessoye received the award for showing “exemplary service in the promotion of literacy.”

Ashley Coar, who, along with her Celebrate Literacy Committee co-chairwoman, Carol Ann Pope, made the presentation, recognized Ms. Dessoye’s extensive involvement in the chapter, including serving as president for the 2012-14 biennium and as a member of the executive board and Riverside School District representative since 2007. Ms. Dessoye organized Reading Time at the Mall’s basket raffle, and presented professional development sessions for teachers.


AROUND THE TOWNS appears each Sunday, spotlighting the people and events in your neighborhoods. If you have an idea for an Around the Towns note, contact the writer for your town, or the Yes!Desk at 570-348-9121 or

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Gardening doesn’t necessarily need chemicals

Now is the time when many of us get outside to work in our yards and gardens. With these activities come choices on how best to use our time, effort and money to achieve a healthy and attractive landscape. We decide to either use all-natural methods (hard work, good soil and water), or to use chemical assistance (herbicides, fungicides, etc.).

I encourage residents to choose nonchemical options for pest and vegetation problems whenever possible to minimize their exposure to toxic chemicals.

Thurston County uses integrated pest management (IPM) to achieve healthy, low-maintenance landscapes around our buildings, at our parks and at all of our managed land. All chemical products that Thurston County uses for pest control and landscaping are reviewed to identify their known chemical hazards. When there is a choice between effective chemical products, the least-hazardous product is used.

IPM relies on regular monitoring of plants to evaluate their health throughout the growing season and even during the winter. When a problem is discovered, the least harmful, yet effective, method is used to maintain the plant’s health or to remove a pest. Whenever possible, the county uses nonchemical controls to keep pest and vegetation problems at manageable levels.

This spring, more than 20 of Thurston County’s weed-control fact sheets were updated to include recommendations for using herbicides with fewer known hazards, as well as a precaution designed to protect bees and other pollinators when applying pesticides.

Landscape planning is key to long-term success in achieving a low-maintenance, good-looking property.

In the planning stage, consider your yard’s environment. Does it get direct sunlight? Does it have shady areas? Is the soil sandy and well-draining, or does it have clay that retains moisture and slows water from soaking into the ground?

Have you planted species in areas where they can thrive? Do they need more water or fertilizer than you expected?

Placing native plants in the right location can save you a lot of work and water over time. Ask an expert during the planning stage about native plant choices and their ideal planting locations. The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is a great local resource for information on gardening and horticulture, as well as diagnosis of pest and disease problems. Their office is at 5033 Harrison Ave. NW in Olympia, and they can be reached at 360-867-2162 or

The Native Plant Salvage Project, also run through WSU Extension, helps residents use native plants that require little care to be beautiful in their landscapes. They can be reached at 360-867-2164.

Other resources to help you reduce or eliminate the use of chemical products in your yard include our Common Sense Gardening Guides and our Integrated Pest Management website for homeowners and land managers.

So, get outside, enjoy your summer and keep your yard looking great with your family’s health and safety in mind.

Reach Dr. Rachel C. Wood, health officer for Thurston and Lewis counties, at 360-867-2501, or @ThurstonHealth on Twitter.

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Gardening tips from Glover Nursery

The folks at Glover Nursery stopped by Good Day Utah Sunday to discuss gardening tips and the sorts of plants that grow well together. See the video above for expert advice on growing tomatoes, and visit Glover Nursery’s website for more information about the services they offer.

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Shore things: AlanTitchmarsh on creating your own coastal inspired garden

A bit of beach-hut styling and a jaunty colour scheme led out into a small seaside garden that was easily made, quick to maintain and, if I say so myself, very effective. 

The trick is to forget conventional lawns and flower beds, and instead draw your inspiration from what you see round you at the seaside – a mixture of sand, pebbles and shingle, with old sun-bleached and weather-worn timber set up to look like breakwaters or driftwood.

Add a lobster pot, odd bits of nautical flotsam and jetsam, and suitably maritime plants – especially seaweed-shaped species and shrubs pruned into wind-sculpted shapes.

Recreate the natural look of wilder parts of the coast where the sunbathers normally don’t go – rugged shingle banks sporting horned poppies, sea holly and wild sea kale, rolling sand dunes landscaped with marram grass, or cliff tops studded with thrift and other little gems that are adapted to life in hostile conditions. 

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5 tips to grow your own balcony garden

The higher up you go, the more chances your balcony is going to be windy, Keats said. Don’t overload your planters, and if you’re higher than two stories they should be facing in, not out. For extra security, zip tie anything attached to a railing.

5. Consider the environment

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