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From the Schuylkill, the view has certainly changed

It had been more than 19 years since I took a boat ride on the Schuylkill, and this time the accommodations were much better than they were in 1997.

The view was different, as well, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

That May 1997 barge trip from the Market Street bridge to the now-closed Schuylkill Power Plant in Grays Ferry was brief, but the point was that both sides of the river were untapped resources that needed to be tapped.

There wasn’t much going on then. In fact, the east bank was, in the words of one longtime resident, “a wasteland.”

On the west side were 30th Street Station, the post office and I-76, with Penn and Drexel way in the background.

We didn’t have iPhones with cameras in those days, my children, but no matter: Who wanted photos, that we couldn’t yet post to somewhere like Facebook, of trash, floating lumber and warehouses bathed in graffiti?

This time, I was aboard the Patriot, one of the excursion boats that offers cruises on the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers.

The barge left from the foot of the Market Street bridge.

Passengers on the barge were city officials and investors, whom John Randolph, then president of the Schuylkill River Development Council, had invited to see the possibilities.

This time, the passengers were city real estate agents, young and eager folks mostly, whom Carl Dranoff had invited for a look at One Riverside and an hour-long boat trip.

The possibilities Randolph worked tirelessly for years to get people to recognize are realities now.

Both the east and west sides of the river bear slight resemblance to what they were nearly 20 years ago – from One Riverside rising on the east side, to the FMC Tower climbing to completion on the west.

The view from the 46th floor of FMC, the last piece of Cira Centre South, is breathtaking.

I have seen almost every view from every high-rise built since Willard Rouse took Liberty Place above William Penn’s hat, but there has never been anything as tall in University City – the Cira Centre is just 29 stories – as the FMC Tower.

And with the 46th floor, the top floor of the AKA University City, open to the breeze, you can start at the Schuylkill and look across Center City to New Jersey and beyond.

The most important change in the nearly 20 years since my last river excursion is the number of people drawn to the east side of the Schuylkill.

Even in the depths of winter.

In nice weather, you almost need to reserve a place to sit down to sun yourself or eat your lunch – or even dinner, as I noticed looking down from the One Riverside topping-off event on an evening in late May.

When I interviewed him in June 1995, Randolph said he was sure that people would be able to walk or rent bicycles and in-line skates to use on the trail. They also would be able to ride boats on the river or dine in restaurants that would spring up nearby.

“Ultimately, we hope to bring the park all the way to Fort Mifflin, at the mouth of the river,” Randolph said, envisioning a time when “you will be able to get on a bicycle and ride from Center City along the Schuylkill Trail to Valley Forge.”

In fact, he said, “you could even commute to work by bike.”

All that, and more and more to come.
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Area students bring education to Grange agriculture exhibits

The Grange Fair is more than just a chance to camp out, see some farm animals and take in some good food.

Organizers also hope you learn something in the process.

Naturally, agriculture is the name of the game for the fair — the produce, the animals, the farming aspect. But, as agriculture education committee chairwoman Latrisha Hough said, there are a lot of people who don’t know about agriculture.

“It’s not just animals,” Hough said. “A lot of people just don’t know where their food comes from and how it’s processed.”

Working with 4-H and FFA members, she said the committees helped brainstorm some new events to bring agricultural education to the front of the fair, as well as bringing back some old favorites.

New this year, Hough said, is the Discover 4-H and FFA event from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the ag arena — an event that shows that you don’t have to live on a farm to be involved in agriculture.

“This is a new exhibit,” she said. “We show that you can do sewing, cooking, landscaping — it’s not just animals.

“A lot of people might not know that is part of FFA or 4-H,” she said.

Hough also chairs the Youth Advisory Committee, and brought both the education and advisory committees together this year in order to get the kids of Centre County involved and generate some new ideas.

There are five FFA chapters in the county, she said, broken up among the school districts. Each one excels in a particular area, so the student members are able to assist in those programs.

A few student-created favorites are returning again this year, she said, including Grange Idol and and the Barnyard Olympics.

“The olympics are for both adults and children,” she said. “You have to get through a set of obstacles — say, milking a cow, then throwing some hay bales — and there are team events.”

Hough said building the events has been a multi-month process that started in October when she began reaching out to different groups. The Discover 4-H and FFA event alone has been in the works since January.

Several other organizations will be available to help educate the public as well, she said. The Pennsylvania Game Commission will help kick off the fair from Friday to Sunday with its trailer, talking about the game animals of the state. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Woodmobile will arrive Monday to discuss the forests of the state, speaking on diseases in trees and emerald ash borer insect damage prevention.

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will also appear at the fair bringing different birds and wildlife found at the nature center, Hough said.

Naturally, she encouraged all visitors to tour the barns and exhibits available every year, showcasing the produce of the area, the processes of bringing food to the table and the products local farmers have grown.

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The Long and Short of the Green and Libertarian Environmental Platforms

Commentary: If you’re a concerned environmentalist voter that’s unhappy with the Democrats’ lackluster environmental platform, but even more so with the Republicans’ expressly anti-environmentalist platform, you might be wondering whether a third party might offer you an alternative.

In one sense, the answer is “no,” at least in 2016. Even the best-crafted party platform doesn’t mean much without legislators to enact its provisions. It’s less likely that Libertarian or Green Party candidates will win enough seats in Congress, or for that matter any state legislature, to make their platforms reality, than it is that a Delta smelt will become chair of the California Republican Party. Or that it will rain every day for the next month.

But electability aside — and yes, that’s a big “aside” — if you’re considering a protest vote on behalf of the environment, just what environmental positions would you be voting for with a third party? We took a look at the environmental platforms of the two leading alternative parties on the ballot in 2016. Their approaches to environmental issues couldn’t be more different, aside from their shared commitment to legalize cannabis.

Libertarian Party

Let’s discuss the Libertarian Party’s 2016 environmental positions first. It won’t take long. Within that party’s 2016 Platform, there are a total of 126 words devoted to environmental policy. That’s so little language that we can paste it all in right here. The platform’s Environment language – actually and tellingly a subsection of the Economic Liberty section – reads thus:

There’s also an energy subsection, which reads, in its entirety,

The language is essentially the classic Libertarian Party line on the environment: privatize everything, then assume that property owners act in their long-term self-interest by protecting the ecological value of their resource. If a person owns a square mile of old-growth forest, by this logic, they have a vested interest in maintaining the value of that resource, and government should get out of the way and let them do it.

The argument suffers from a bit of a rhetorical downside, which is that the vast majority of human history refutes it. To claim that government environmental law only makes the environment worse, while an unfettered property rights doctrine is the best way to protect resources, is pretty much an admission that the person making the claim doesn’t get out much.

That’s not to say that private property owners can’t be environmentally conscious and work hard to protect the biological values within their holdings. Many do, many of them heroically. But without government regulation to back them up, their hard work can be undone by a recalcitrant owner of nearby property who decides the best use of her land is to dump meth lab waste into the creek.

In other words, the Libertarian Party’s environmental platform can pretty much be summed up by an aphorism you may have heard from your friendly local agent of government coercion: “Nothing to see here; move along.” 

Green Party

The Libertarian Party devotes just 126 words to the entire environment in its 2016 platform. That’s less than a hundredth the verbiage on the environment offered up by the Libertarians’ third party counterpart on the left, the Green Party of the United States (GPUS). The GPUS platform’s environment section weighs in at more than 10,000 words, and other sections from foreign policy to banking to racial justice have environmental topics woven throughout.

The GPUS is a confusing beast. Founded in 2001, GPUS is the second or third contender (depending on how you count) for the role of a national Green Party in the United States since the notion of a Green Party was borrowed from West Germany in the 1980s. GPUS is fractious and prone to schisms, and its organizational views often conflict with those of state party organizations.

If, based on your conversations with rank-and-file Green Party voters over the years, you’re imagining that the GPUS platform spends those ten-thousand-plus words advocating for bike lanes, locally sourced organic produce, and legalizing pot, you wouldn’t be wrong. Those stereotypical topics are in there. But they’re just bullet points in a surprisingly authoritative, wonkish policy paper on ways U.S. environmental policy could be improved.

If you follow social media, that may surprise you. The GPUS has taken some heat from its own potential constituency in recent weeks after its Presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, staked out a series of positions on controversial topics that are not supported by the best science. There was a statement on vaccinations that was widely interpreted as a “dog-whistle” to the anti-vaccination crowd. A subsequent comment on putative health risks from WiFi irritated scientifically literate environmentalists even further, and Stein’s claim last week that sea levels are expected to rise nine feet by 2050 was the last straw for some climate activists. (Even the most pessimistic estimates currently supported by non-fringe climatologists put the maximum expected sea level rise by the end of this century at around six or seven feet, not nine feet in 34 years.) Estimates change as we learn more about climate change, and Stein may prove to be prescient, but her statement seems not to be based on any actual science.

So the notion that the GPUS environmental platform actually has some sound policy in it may come as a surprise. But it does. That science-backed wonkery is not uniformly distributed throughout the document, which has some weak points. But the platform stands as the broadest, most forward-looking environmental policy set offered by any of the parties this election season.

Alone among political parties, GPUS calls for a direct tax on carbon, pegged at ten cents per kilogram of CO2 emitted, and set to rise ten percent per year as long as atmospheric CO2 concentrations remain above 350 parts per million. The Party advocates an end to subsidies for climate-polluting energy, and explicitly includes biomass, biofuels, and garbage incineration in its definition of “dirty energy.”

Nuclear power doesn’t escape GPUS scrutiny: the platform calls for an end to subsidies, the closure within five years of all operating commercial nuclear power plants, and an end to the ever-reviving plan to dump the nation’s nuclear waste beneath Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

On energy efficiency, the GPUS platform neatly avoids a bit of obfuscating jargon found in the Democratic platform (and in the statements of any number of environmental groups) when it avoids calling for reductions in energy “waste.” Defining wasted energy is an inherently subjective pursuit, as everyone will have a different notion of which uses of energy are wasteful, which merely frivolous, and which necessary.  

Instead of calling for a reduction in the amount of energy wasted, the GPUS platform goes for a simple, objective measure by calling for a 50 percent reduction over the next 20-30 years in the energy the United States uses. That’s a point it’s surprising we don’t see more often: increasing the percentage of electricity generated by renewables and cutting a percentage of obvious waste doesn’t matter much to the climate or the environment if overall demand grows.  

Also alone among American political parties, GPUS calls for a national zero-waste policy to eliminate the nation’s municipal trash heading to landfills. That’s not as groundbreaking as you might think: a number of California cities and towns have zero-waste programs well under way. It’s just that the GPUS seems to be the first national party to be catching up with local governments on the issue.

In the arena of public lands, treated in just a few sentences by the Democratic Party, the GPUS offers a detailed set of policy changes including boosting grazing fees to their market value equivalents for private land, and abolishing the Mining Law of 1872 which allows ecologically destructive mining on public land without payment of royalties or liability for pollution. This section also calls for the abolition of the controversial Wildlife Services agency, a ban on clear-cutting and commercial timber harvests on public lands, and a halt to moves to privatize National Parks. The platform doesn’t mention renewable energy development on public lands in either a positive or negative light, though the energy section does emphasize a decentralized grid and abundant use of rooftop solar.

The platform also calls for a ban on privatizing municipal and other water supplies, and for establishment of across-the-board water conservation measures, including support of native landscaping — making the GPUS the only U.S. political party with a pro-native plant plank.

Some of the party’s agriculture policy reforms would likely prove controversial if they were ever enacted, including a moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) until an independent, non-corporate-funded scientific panel approves their safety. GMO supporters among the environmentalist crowd will maintain that such review has already been done for a number of existing GMOs, and that the platform’s definition of GMOs is a few years out of date.

Other ag reforms in the GPUS platform include the aforementioned support for strict organic labeling and local farming, as well as urban farms, community gardens, support for CSAs and a few other similar programs.

The list goes on, and extensively. Perhaps the most surprising way the GPUS platform differs from its counterparts is in its express mention of the issue of biodiversity, which starts:

To that end, the GPUS advocates — though in a different section of the platform — conversion to a stable state economy, one not predicated on constant growth. It’s possibly the most radical part of the party’s platform, and possibly the most crucial as well if our great grandchildren are to have anything resembling a comfortable quality of life.

So there you have it. One minor party nearly dismisses the environment in a few short words, another would save it with impressive if inconsistent wonkery, and neither platform has a polar bear’s chance in a glacier-free world of being enacted if their respective parties don’t make inroads into state assemblies and city councils around the country. Politics, after all, is more than just voting.

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Bursting with color, native plants: New garden on Butte Hill

With Indian blanket flower in the foreground, gardener Norm DeNeal, 69, walks among the sunflowers downhill recently. The ultimate goal of the project is to protect mine waste buried under the soil cap, but DeNeal is making the space beautiful and restoring the flora native to the area in the process.

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Scott Sunken Garden supporters speak out

LANSING – The signs at the rally said “Hands Off Our Park” and  “BWL We Can Do Better” and “Save Our Parks for Birds, Trees, Flowers and Bees, Do the Right Thing.”

The people who carried them Sunday are hoping to save the Scott Park Sunken Garden from the Lansing Board of Water Light’s proposal to put an electrical substation on the site. They also are hoping to keep the Scott (Jenison) House from being removed from the property.

More than 70 people gathered at the garden to hear speakers, ask questions and learn about an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22.

“The proponents of the Scott Garden will have a chance to present our case to Lansing City Council,” said Dale Schrader, vice president of Preservation Lansing, a group dedicated to preserving historic structures around the city. “BWL has already been given that opportunity. This is our chance to do the same.”

He encouraged supporters to take yard signs home and put them up, to attend and speak at the meeting, write letters, and, if they’ve already written a letter, to write another.

Richard Scott, president of REO Olds Motor Company, owned a mansion on the site – the house there now was moved to the site later – and commissioned the garden in 1930. The garden was established on the foundation of the former house of a particularly famous Michigan Supreme Court Justice, Edward Cahill. Cahill led a regiment of black soldiers during the Civil War.

“Nobody in the family wants this to go away,” said Kim Chumney, great-granddaughter of Richard and Gertrude Scott. “This is part of our heritage, and it’s not just ours. It’s everybody’s. That’s why it’s here.”

Chumley remembers coming to the sunken garden and playing. The Scott Mansion was taken down when she was two years old. Scott Park was donated to the city by her grandfather, Maurice Scott, in the late 1970s.

“It’s sad,” Chumney said. “We shouldn’t be taking anything green out. At all. I am a high school science teacher so this definitely is up my alley. There’s got to be other places they can build this substation.”

Schrader pointed out that Michigan Historic Preservation Network, State Historic Preservation Office and the director of National Register of Historic Places at MSHDA, have all written letters of support of keeping the garden where it is, saying it is a historic site and urged preservation of the Scott Sunken Garden. They have all stated that if it is moved, as BWL has proposed, the garden will not be historically significant any longer.

“The thing that’s really maddening about this is this vote on the special land use where they’re going to have to vote and the SLU says this new substation park will be “harmonious” with the surrounding area,” Schrader said. “I mean it’s going to encroach on the (Michigan Women’s Historical Center Hall of Fame) and it’s even going to encroach on Cooley Gardens with 40-foot walls and an industrial concrete parking lot.”

Schrader also thanked the ladies of the Garden Club of Greater Lansing who, he said, restored the park in 1985 and have devoted, dedicated and donated their time for 30 years.

“I understand the BWL’s dilemma,” said Susan Luter, of Lansing. “This is the spot where they say their wires are converging out to the city, but this is a historic place. This has significance to Lansing. It’s a hidden gem.”

Luter said she thinks the city and BWL are trying to do the best for Lansing, but the city’s residents need their green spaces.

“What they’re proposing is maybe an interesting compromise, but it’s not going to be the same garden,” she said.

If the $26 million Central Substation project goes forward, the Board of Water Light has said it will move the 98-year-old Scott House to a vacant 2.2 acre site on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Hillsdale Street. The sunken garden would be moved just a short distance from its present location. Preservationists have strongly opposed the project.

“It won’t be the same feel that we have here,” Luter said. “I live a mile from here and this is like a place of refuge. You can come and yes, you can hear the traffic and the cars and the freeway, but there’s peace here. There’s beauty. It brings you back to what Lansing’s about. A home for work, and for leisure.”

Steve Serkaian, executive director of public affairs for the Lansing Board of Water Light says the utility has worked extremely hard to find win-win solutions for preserving the legacy of Scott Park.

“We’re preserving and relocating the sunken garden,” Serkaian said. “By creating greater accessibility to it and synergy with the adjacent Cooley Garden. That’s number one. Number two, at the suggestion of Preservation Lansing, we’re paying up to $100,000 to move the Scott Center House that would be converted into affordable housing units. The third piece is that we’re investing $4 million into improving park and recreational activities at the site. We’re only utilizing two acres of the four-acre site for the substation. When was the last time any organization invested $4 million into a Lansing park?”

BWL respects the project’s opponents, Serkaian said, “but it’s also important to note that we have widespread community support, including the REO Town Commercial Association and large downtown customers who would be served by the substation, like Lansing Community College and Sparrow Hospital.”

Supporters of the garden and park are passionate about preserving the park they’ve been coming to for much of their lives.

“My dad, Neal Neese, worked for Oldsmobile for 37 years, so coming to the garden is something we used to do after church on Sundays,” Julie Neese Schubel said. “As a child, I used to look forward to this, and, all day Sunday, I’d be thinking ‘Maybe today we’ll get to go to the garden.’ I grew up with that. In my mind, I can’t imagine why a responsible city government would want to take that away from future generations.

“This was donated to the city as a gesture of generosity,” she added. “Why would you want to take an emblem of generosity away from future generations? The garden is a speaking example of what it means to be generous in the modern civilized world. Why would you want to take that and silence that voice?”

City of Lansing Parks Board member Jim McClurken said the board was split on the vote and the member who cast the swing vote made up his mind on the spot. He believes the vote in favor of the BWL project is a betrayal of the public trust.

“When I came to Lansing I had no money, so I rode my bike everywhere…,” McClurken said, “It makes a difference in what you see. If you’re just buzzing through on the expressway you would never see it.”

Community activist and preservationist Shelbi Page, former Lansing City Council member Ellen Beal, Garden Club of Greater Lansing member Sharon Burton, Cherry Hill Neighborhood Association president Ryan Smith and community activist Loretta Stanaway also gave encouraging words at the rally.

Derek Womboldt, owner of Tranquil Gardens, a local landscaping company, says his family doesn’t use the park and garden as much as they should but he has a unique appreciation of it and pulled up a photo of an orange, black and white insect on his cell phone.

“One thing we do appreciate about it is the wide variety of insects,” Womboldt said. “It’s a random place to come find very cool bugs. I know it’s weird. But my son, my small child, is into insects.”

Contact Vickki Dozier at (517) 267-1342 Follow her on Twitter @vickkiD.

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Tips on Planting your fall garden

By Paul Schnare

Over the past few weeks, I have been given a lot of samples of vegetable plants that are not doing well. Some are diseased. Some don’t produce vegetables. Some are not growing.

These results are due to a lot of factors, such as too much moisture, so the roots are rotting. In addition, high temperatures along with a lot of humidity because of all of the rain are the prime weather conditions for most plant diseases to develop.

If these are not enough issues to cause poor production of vegetables in the garden, the grower also has to contend with tomato hornworms, cabbage loopers, Japanese beetles and so on. In addition, weeds are growing like crazy in most gardens.

With all of these issues, I have heard gardener after gardener say they are done with the garden this year. They then add, “Perhaps next year we will have better growing conditions, and I can harvest a lot of vegetables from my garden.”

Fifty years ago, I would have agreed with them about waiting until next year to get some vegetables. I grew up in northwest Missouri, where the growing season was a lot shorter than it is here in the heartland. Gardeners only had one shot at growing a garden because of the short growing season.

Here in the heartland, gardeners have another option: planting a fall garden. Our season is long enough that if you get some seed or starter plants in the ground now, you can have a larder full of vegetables before the late fall cold weather hits us. In fact, I have had several “fall gardeners” tell me they have better luck from fall gardens than they do from spring gardens.

So what are the differences between gardening in the fall versus in the spring? First, if you are planting from seed, find short-day varieties. For example, most of the sweet corn varieties mature 80 to 90 days after planting. Early Sunglow is a variety that matures in 63 days. So if you plant now, you could have a good crop of roasting ears by mid-October.

Many pea and bean varieties have short maturation times. Radishes and lettuce also have short maturation times. These will make a great start for a dinner salad in the fall.

Go to your local garden center and see if they have starter plants of cole crops such as cabbage, kale and broccoli. They will do well in our area and produce quite well when started now.

You also may find a few tomato or pepper plants. Go ahead and plant them now. If we have a nice long fall, you could be eating fresh tomatoes at Thanksgiving.

Make sure you use a good gardening fertilizer, such as an 11-15-11, about two weeks after you plant seeds. The high middle number, phosphorous, will encourage your new plants to root and bloom well. If you are planting plants, use a fertilizer such as a 9-58-8 at the time of planting. Again, this will encourage newly planted plants to produce roots quickly.

Just because we have had a lousy spring for gardening, don’t hang it up this year. Don’t get discouraged. Try a fall garden. You could be well rewarded for your efforts. Happy vegetable gardening!

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Garden Tips: Early leaf drop likely means trees heat stressed; surprise fruit plum puzzling – Tri

Tree anomalies have a way of occurring from time to time. They are signs of potential problems that justifiably alarm tree owners.

Recently, some Tri-Citians became concerned when a considerable number leaves on their trees started to turn yellow and drop to the ground.

Midsummer leaf drop occurs before the arrival of fall and is usually related to heat stress. As you can imagine, excessively hot days can stress trees, especially species not well suited to hot climates. The root systems of these trees are not able to keep up with the water demands created by high temperatures. Some types of trees respond to heat stress by dropping some leaves, thereby limiting the loss of water through their leaves. Other types of trees develop leaf scorch (brown, dry leaf edges) when they cannot keep up with the water demand caused by hot weather.

In our area, sudden yellowing and dropping of leaves because of heat stress has been noticed on birch, cherry, Liriodendron (tulip), linden, sycamore and willow trees. This year’s midsummer leaf drop was probably more pronounced because of the abrupt change from moderate weather to high temperatures.

Drought stress can also lead to tree leaf drop, especially when paired with heat stress. During hot summer weather, it is important to provide your trees with the water they need via deep watering. Large shade trees seldom receive adequate water when getting moisture only through lawn irrigation. It is important in hot weather to provide trees with a deep watering at least once a week.

How much water do trees need? They need a lot, because they lose a lot through the pores, called stomata, in their leaves. Adequate irrigation is extremely important. To determine how much water a shade tree needs, go to the Washington State University Irrigation website and use the tree water management calculator at

When a fruitless tree produces fruit

It can be annoying for owners of a flowering plum tree when their supposedly fruitless plum occasionally or frequently produces a prodigious crop of plums. When this happens, I get asked the same two questions. Why did this happen and are the fruit edible?

Whenever applying pesticide to a tree with edible fruit, check the label for the “days to harvest,” or the number of days after application that you must wait before harvesting the fruit. Also, make sure the type of fruit receiving the application is listed on the label.

The production of fruit on ornamental plums is not a reliable occurrence, but it can happen if the bloom overlaps that of other types of plums. Typically, purple-leaved flowering plums bloom in early spring before other plums are flowering, limiting the possibility of cross-pollination and fruit development. Before buying a flowering plum tree, check with a nursery to make sure the cultivar you are selecting is rarely fruitful in our area.

As to edibility, the fruit can be eaten, but is generally of poor quality. The trees were bred for their beautiful flowers, not their fruit. If you are a thrifty gardener, you might try making jam with the fruit and see if it is tasty enough to be worth your time and trouble. Do not use the fruit if the tree has been treated with pesticides not labeled for use on edible fruit trees.

Marianne C. Ophardt is a horticulturist for Washington State University Benton County Extension.

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UpKeep your home, Wind Warrior, Kids in danger, Garden Tips, Recipe for summer cocktails

Frank Fontana Tom Molidor (UpKeepers Inc)(David Miranda)

Frank Fontana Tom Molidor (UpKeepers Inc)(David Miranda)

UpKeepers- Tom Molidor   @upKeepers

Award-Winning Molidor Custom Builders. For 25 yrs. Molidor has won numerous awards for excellence in Home Design, Environmental Awareness, Building with Healthy Home Materials, Innovation and Creativity in New Home Construction and Outstanding Leadership with the National Association of Home Builders.

 Help with any home improvement project you have around your home. Install replacement windows, add an outlet, remodel your kitchen…….. you get the idea.

Frank’s Favorite/ Wind Warrior

Portable wind block that sets up in 60 seconds, without tools, and redirects the wind so you can enjoy being outdoors.

 Kids in Danger/Nancy Cowles Dir   @kidsindanger  

A new report by Kids In Danger reveals significant risks to children from dressers and chests that tip over and finds the current safety standards dangerously inadequate. A child dies from tipping furniture, appliances or TVs every two weeks.

Garden Tips/Midsummer watering Tony Fulmer

Best time for lawn repair is between August 15 September 15.

Recipe for Summer Cocktails- Chef Atticus    @chefatticus

Making the Caipirinha, as it is a Brazilian drink which ties in well with the olympics in Rio.


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