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Gardening: Pat Munts offer tips on keeping gardens, lawns well watered during hot months – The Spokesman

How quickly we went from being drenched in record rains and cool weather to roasting in 90-degree temperatures. At last check, there wasn’t any relief in sight so we are just going to have to wait it out just like we did last winter’s snow.

Hot days with low humidity and a moderate wind can desiccate plants faster than you can get water on them so here are some tips to help them out.

Water lawns so the water gets deep into the root zone. It is better to water for an hour three times a week than for 20 minutes every day. Water between four in the afternoon and ten in the morning to avoid the heat of the day. Watering at night here doesn’t lead to disease issues found in other parts of the country because our humidity is usually very low. Don’t fertilize until mid-to late September. Because the grass has basically gone dormant until it cools down and can’t use it.

At this point in the summer even drought tolerant trees can benefit from deep watering every couple of weeks. Snake a soaker hose around the drip line of a tree and leave it on overnight so the water can get a foot or more deep where the roots are.

If you have prized plants that are getting scorched by the sun, shade them with a large beach umbrella or some shade cloth. Garden centers like NW Seed and Pet offer it by the foot. The fine mesh allows air and water in but blocks 10 percent to 20 percent of the sun’s light.

Container and hanging baskets may need to be watered multiple times a day to keep up with the plants’ transpiration. If the water runs right through a pot or hanging planter, slowly apply a dribble of water over an hour or so to allow the soil to soak it up. Hanging containers can be taken down and placed in a large tub of water to allow the root ball to absorb water. Consider buying an inexpensive drip irrigation system and a battery timer to keep things watered.

Vegetable gardens are at their peak of production now so keep them evenly moist. If tomatoes and peppers dry out too much between waterings, the fruits can develop brown, soft patches called brown rot. Like lawns, it is better to water vegetable gardens for longer periods of time, three to four hours a week. Use sprinklers or soaker hoses on a timer to uniformly get water on the plants. Cover any bare soil with grass clippings or pine needles to reduce evaporation. Keep buzzing the tomato flowers with your toothbrush to help ensure the flowers get pollinated properly.

Powdery mildew on squash and other plants will start appearing as the nights start to cool. It appears as fuzzy, white patches on the leaves. A severe infection can stunt the plant. Begin applying a fungicide every one to two weeks now through the end of the summer to reduce its onset.

Pat Munts has gardened in the Spokane Valley for over 35 years. She is co-author of “Northwest Gardener’s Handbook” with Susan Mulvihill. She can be reached at

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8 home and garden events Aug. 12 and beyond – The Courier


32nd Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes in Louisville. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13. Tour 11 remodeled homes. Homes: 2116 Eastern Parkway; 2319 Village Drive; 1958 Gardiner Lane; 2555 Woodbourne Avenue; 560 Sunnyside Drive; 2107 Croghan Cross; 6108 Rodes Lane; 11705 Owl Creek Lane, Anchorage; 2200 Homewood Drive, Anchorage; 2801 Mayo Lane , Prospect; 4006 Maplehurst Drive, Crestwood.

Tickets are $10, free for ages 6 and younger and includes entry into all homes. For more information, photos of each project, a map with addresses and locations:

Children in the Dell. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Aug. 26. The classes gives children ages 5-12 a chance to spend some time in the garden. Topics include planting and growing veggies, nature-inspired scavenger hunts and more. Parents must stay on the grounds and are invited to participate in the day’s activities. Preregistration encouraged, drop-ins welcome as space allows. Free with regular admission.

Smart Gardens landscapes: Garden Harvest Feast. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, 10 a.m.-noon Aug.19. Join chef, Mark Williams of Brown–Forman and Bernheim horticulturalist Casey Hammett, for unforgettable dishes created from Bernheim’s Edible Garden. Saturday, August 19. $20, $15 Berheim members. Reservations: 502-955-8512.

Gardening at the Shively Branch. Louisville Free Public Library, 3920 Dixie Highway, 9 a.m. Aug. 21. Join the staff working in the raised beds to learn gardening tips and tricks. Topics: how to identify beneficial critters, how to garden without weeds and how to get rid of garden pests naturally. 502-574-1730.

Learn to Create a Pollinator Garden. Louisville Free Public Library, Newburg Branch, 4800 Exeter Ave., 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Learn how to create a pollinator garden in any space. Members of the Jefferson County Master Gardener Association will discuss the plight of honeybees and butterflies and show how pollinator gardens can be incorporated into any size garden, from postage stamp gardens to meadows. Free. 502- 574-1676.

Whitehall Woodland Garden Tour. 3110 Lexington Road, 10 a.m. Aug. 26. Carolyn Water, M.Ed. will lead the tour. Reservations must be made and paid in advance. $10. 502-897-2944.

Hummingbirds Bees Festival. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood, 3 p.m. Aug. 27. Meet area experts, hummingbirds and learn about bees. Free with regular admission.


Riverside Garden Club. Riverside The Farnsley-Moremen Landing, Visitor Center, 7410 Moorman Road, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Topic: volunteering in the Jeanne Montgomery Garden.

Jeffersontown Garden Club. Louisville Free Public Library, Jeffersontown Library, 10635 Watterson Trail, 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17. Topic: Tough Plants for Tough Places.

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KEYC – Gardening Tips For This Time Of Year

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I’m Just Curious: Gardening tips

by Debbie Walker

I suppose it’s a little late to be helpful with your gardening this year but hopefully you will cut this out and save it for the next growing season. (Don’t think too seriously.)

This info was printed in another Maine paper, their July/August issue. I cut this out of the paper and trashed the rest. Whoops. I am sorry (but I did add some stuff).

If there is a frost after March 15, it will not cause any damage to your garden (not sure what part of the country we are talking about!)

If there is a frost, when the wind is blowing from the south, it will destroy all of your plants in the garden. (Did you already know this?)

The worst day to plant is on the 31st of any month (especially Dec., Jan., March, so does that mean Feb. is good cause it doesn’t go to the 31st?).

You will experience a wonderful crop if you have early thunderstorms. (Does that include the winter thunderstorms?)

If a pregnant woman plants any type of plant it will grow well. (Is it a hormone thing?)

If you hear a turtledove coo on New Year’s Day, it is a prediction that all crops will be good for the coming year. (I guess for that to happen in Maine you would have to have the happy, contented bird in a cage inside! I don’t think it would coo very long outside!)

Planting seeds at noon means they will grow. (I doubt that one; it just means the person was lazy, not getting to the fields until noon!)

If you put fertilizer on the ground during the light of moon it will not decompose and will do no good. (It will decompose but in the dark you put it in the wrong place and just can’t find it!)

If you see a frost between the time of the new moon and the full moon, your plants will not have to worry about frostbite. (I don’t think the plants will worry about anything.)

Stretch a piece of yarn string over the rows of your plants in early spring. The frost will then collect on the yarn and not hurt your plants. (You might break a leg if you trip on all that string!)

Placing rusty nails or old irons around your plants will help them grow. (Oh sure, and if you step on the rusty nail it will really hurt!)

Okay, so this is all pretty ridiculous but I thought I would pass it along. Of course it was titled “Old Wives’ Tales for Gardening.” Geez, old wives get blamed for so much!

I am just curious what you remember as old wives tales. For comments and questions try Sub. line: Old Wives.’ Thanks for reading and don’t forget the online site, tell your friends and families about us.

P.S. I don’t know how you can take any of this serious if you take into consideration that this writer is planting a flowering weeds garden on purpose!

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Remodelista and Gardenista Announce Winners of 2017 …

Julie Carlson, Remodelista editor-in-chief, said: “This year’s group of finalists was the strongest and most varied we’ve seen yet, with projects ranging from a single-room, glassed-in retreat in Sullivan County, N.Y., to a revamped terrace house (with plasterwork done by the owners) in the U.K.”

Design enthusiasts and professionals in the U.S., U.K., and Canada (excluding Quebec), submitted more than 4,600 home and garden photos as part of entries from 34 states (and D.C.) in categories that span the entire home. From there, the pool of entrants was narrowed down to a set of finalists by guest judges Sheila Bridges, interior designer; Sam Hamilton, owner of March in San Francisco; Deborah Needleman, design editor; and Rita Konig, writer and interior designer.

Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista editor-in-chief, said: “This year’s entries in our Gardenista Considered Design Awards contest showed an amazing range of garden styles and sizes, each so full of its own personality and unmistakable passion. Our readers clearly believe outdoor space is living space and nothing could be more exciting to us.”

Finalist Information:


  • North American finalists were from: New York (10), California (8), Hawaii (2), Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C. and Toronto, Canada.
  • U.K. Finalists were from: Scotland, Northern Ireland and England (8) with two of those from London.


  • U.S. Finalists were from: California (17), New York (3), Texas (2), Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.
  • U.K. Finalists were from all across England, with five of the ten from London.

Once the finalists were determined, the public was asked to weigh in and cast their vote to select the winner in each category. With more than 300,000 votes cast, the following contestants have emerged as the 2017 winners:

Remodelista Award Winners by Category:



Gardenista Award Winners by Category:



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The winners receive a full feature on the websites as well as a collection of books from the guest judges, plus Remodelista and Gardenista’s own books. Professional winners receive automatic entry into the websites’ architect/designer directory of recommended professionals.

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About Remodelista
San Francisco/NYC-based is the go-to home design and renovation blog for professionals and design enthusiasts. It is operated by Move, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA]; [ASX: NWS, NWSLV]. Launched in 2007, Remodelista guides readers through the home design and renovation process based on the philosophy that everything in your home is worthy of careful consideration. Remodelista has won numerous online home design awards, and also been recognized as a leading resource for home furnishing and design ideas by The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalMartha Stewart LivingElle DécorReal SimpleDwell and Sunset magazines.

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Over the Garden Fence | Columnist honored for flower design

Now that the Ohio State Fair has come to an end, I would like to tell you how much the fair drew our local Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club beyond Bucyrus to the broader world of Ohio.

First, know that garden club members all over the state reported to the back 40 where the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercfraft is helping people with kayaking. They also oversee activities at the Log House.

Our Ohio Association of Garden Clubs has planted an herb garden and prairie plants indicative of the 1840s. Because we shared our labor and planning, we were given a chance to be in the yard to talk with people about growing and gardening.

A week ago, I told you about all the daylilies that we dug, cleaned and packaged to be able to share these with visitors to the log house and our exhibit.

Last week, Judy Widman and June Gebhardt spent an afternoon at that site talking with families.

After each flower show, I also worked at the log house and even found a gal who wanted to start a garden club. We helped children construct the life cycle of butterflies.

When the first flower show was staged, it was my pleasure to travel to Columbus with plans for 11 floral designs. Two were exhibits and the others were entered into competition. Jokingly, I admitted to a bad day earning two firsts, one for a miniature and the other for a table setting called “Mad Tea Party.”

After my return home, I dug in, planned better and went off to the second show, this time ending up with six first places and three second places — holy mackeral, that was such a pleasant day!

You just have to remember that most days it is hot at the fairgrounds. The Ag and Hort building is really miserable, even though huge fans circulate air at the top (it is not cooling).

Bracing for the third show, I was excited once more and went back with details managed. The judging went well and favored a few of mine. The one with a “Tower of Terror” interpretation employed my neighbor’s Egyptian onions, magnolia leaves and sunflowers and brought an award of distinction.

This past weekend, two more of our members were heavily involved in the gladiolus show. June Gebhardt and Michael Hoepf entered glads and arranged with glads categories. Both Michael and June earned two first places; June’s Best of Show interpreted “Mardi Gras.” She also did apprentice judging of gladiolus seedlings and Michael served as a clerk.

What I am trying to convey is that we are involved with “knowing, growing, showing and sharing.” Like many 4-Hers who go down to the fair, we are involved beyond Crawford County and trying to be our best.

The culminating surprise brought me on that final Thursday show, when Jim Chakeres announced that one arranger had been selected the Master Designer for 2017, then spoke my name. There was no crowd, but plenty of pride. You see, the lady for whom this recognition has been established had been a friend for a long time, both through garden clubs and at the fair. Dottie Bates passed two years ago, and she was a champ. She is even in the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame for her long years of service. She taught me shortcuts and arranging tricks — she believed in me. Through the many years of working at her side, it is likely her philosophy of “hanging in there” may have fired me up.

Always, life is good.

Mary Lee Minor is a member of the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club, is an accredited flower show judge for the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and a former sixth-grade teacher.

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Brainiac investigates Korean dumplings, city of Garden Grove’s new web design

If there’s one thing Brainiac likes almost as much as eating food, it’s watching TV about eating food. If you can’t be there you can at least dream about it, right?

And given that we like the eat off the beaten path – figuratively, of course – the CNN series “Parts Unknown” hosted by adventure-eater Anthony Bourdain is near the top of our list of TV food series. After all, we might not ever get to Libya or Austria or Myanmar or Spain to dine and drink as the locals do, but with Tony and his TV crew we can pretend.

And, as luck would have it, we occasionally find one of the restaurants featured on Bourdain’s show closer to home. Which brings us to Myung In Dumplings.

Brainiac watched the “Parts Unknown” episode where Bourdain went to Los Angeles, specifically Koreatown, about four years ago, and remembers him hanging out – and eating – with chef Roy Choi, whose business empire started with the Kogi food trucks, and artist David Choe, who took Bourdain to the Koreatown Sizzler because of its iconic standing in that community and culture.

Korean dumplings like this are among the kinds of fresh-made dumplings you can get at Myung In Dumplings in Garden Grove, a branch of a Koreatown shop in Los Angeles that was featured by Anthony Bourdain on his CNN series “Parks Unknown.”br /Photo by Mark Rightmire / Orange County Register

Brainiac has been to plenty of Sizzlers, including the Koreatown one Bourdain visited, and now-departed one that was on Beach Boulevard in Stanton, but had not realized that Myung In Dumplings, which Choe also took the TV show to visit, had a branch in Garden Grove.

The small shop is located in the food court inside the H Mart supermarket at 8911 Garden Grove Blvd. and Brainiac plans to go chow down like Bourdain as soon we can get there.


Government websites can be dull as dirt, in Brainiac’s humble opinion, so it’s nice to see the city of Garden Grove doing something to freshen up pages on the city’s official site.

In an announcement made – where else? – on the city’s page on Aug. 1, we see that pages for district election mapping, Garden Grove animal care services, Garden Grove TV3, and the community and economic development department have been redesigned.

Clicked around a little and things looked pretty sharp. The Garden Grove TV3 page is much, much easier to navigate now than in the past. On the district election mapping page, you can now type in your address and find out not only what council district you are in but also what day your next trash pick-up and street sweeping will take place. The community and economic development page has a cleaner design on which it’s easier to find common sub-pages such as planning services, building services and neighborhood improvement.

And animal care services, which the city took back management of from the county, has a much more visually appealing design, which include sections where it intends to post photos of found animals so pet owners can see if their pet is in city care, as well as a reunited animals tab where photos of reunions can be posted.

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Piedmont moving ahead to update Climate Action Plan

PIEDMONT — Piedmont’s current Climate Action Plan, a plan the city goes by to help public and private entities as well as its citizens reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is seven years old — so the city is working to build a new one with help from its citizens.

“So many things have changed since 2010,” assistant planner Emily Alvarez said. “We’re coming out with an entirely new set of policies that we plan to implement that are more current and in line with best practices.”

The city’s Climate Action Plan will address ways that city residents and employees can reduce carbon emissions. The last plan was drafted by a consultant. This new plan will be drafted by a task force of six people chosen by the City Council, including Piedmont High School student Sophia Lincoln.

Lincoln said that she has offered several suggestions to the task force that are student-focused including adding more bike racks to schools to encourage students to bike rather than drive and to have a shuttle bring elementary kids to school instead of individual parents doing the driving.

“I want Piedmont to do as much as it can to be sustainable and help the environment,” Lincoln said. “Even if it’s not a big town, Piedmont can be environmentally friendly.”

Dr. Tracey Woodruff, chair of the Piedmont Action Plan Task Force and a UC San Francisco professor who works on environmental health issues, said the task force will host workshops to get residents’ input on the plan.

“I think some of us would like help with priorities,” Woodruff said. She said the task force is thinking about transportation modes, buildings and solar, water use and “greenscapes,” or green landscaping, among other ideas.

“We’re thinking about things like how we can make it easier for people to use bicycles and walk,” she said. “It’s going to be important to prioritize these to make it easier to try to focus on what’s next.”

The task force also has another goal. The members want the Climate Action Plan to become a model and leader for people in other, larger cities like Oakland, Berkeley and beyond, Woodruff said.

“There have been discussions on the task force that it is important to get people to think of ways to make changes that can address issues that affect climate change,” she said.

Along with CO2 emissions, the task force will also address other pollutants such as refrigerants that affect climate change.

Far from holding the city back, President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change just emboldened Piedmont to try harder on its plan for positive climate action change. The City Council recently passed a resolution stating it will still try to reach its climate goals.

According to Alvarez, those goals include being in line with state goals to decrease greenhouse gasses by 40 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030 and 80 percent below the 2005 level by 2050.

“That’s one big change that will be in the new plan,” Alvarez said. “It’s current, and it takes us into the future.”

The goal is to have the Climate Action Plan ready in the fall of 2017 and adopted by early 2018.

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Think of plant groups, not specimens | Lifestyles | Observer-Reporter – Observer

Are your plants looking lonely, surrounded by small patches of high-maintenance bare soil? If they look like they’re suffering in solitary confinement, maybe they are.

Many plant and landscape experts have begun thinking of plants in terms of communities, instead of as individual specimens. They recommend that home gardeners look to the wild for inspiration.

“Thinking of plants in terms of masses and groupings, as opposed to objects to be placed individually in a sort of specimen garden, is what most young people are really responding to now,” says Brian Sullivan, vice president for landscape, gardens, and outdoor collections at the New York Botanical Garden.

The shift in landscaping toward looking at plants as interrelated species gained prominence almost a decade ago with the opening of the High Line, a public park built along an old elevated rail line in New York City, Sullivan says. In a move considered radical at the time – but replicated in parks and gardens across the country since then – the designers of the High Line went with a wilder look, with plantings resembling roadside grasses and wildflowers.

Many horticulturalists and landscapers say such gardens – with consideration of how plants benefit each other, and birds, insects and other wildlife – look better for more of the year, and are more functional and self-sustaining.

For landscape designer Thomas Rainer, co-author of “Planting for a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes” with Claudia West (Timber Press, 2015), his epiphany began when he pulled over to the side of a road one day and really looked at what was growing naturally there.

“I’d been puzzling over how we can reach this holy trinity of beauty, low maintenance and functionality in landscaping. Looking more carefully at this weedy neglected patch at the side of road, I saw that it was way more biodiverse than I’d ever dreamed. I counted 23 species in just one tiny section. It was kicking my garden’s butt in terms of biodiversity,” says Rainer, who has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the New York Botanical Garden, as well as gardens from Maine to Florida.

“If you look at the way plants grow naturally, it’s completely different from the way they grow in most parks and gardens,” he says. “If you look at functioning communities of plants, they really maintain themselves.”

“We have this peculiarly American habit of adding 2 or 3 inches of mulch a couple times a year, but green mulch – ground cover – happens naturally if we let it,” he says.

He reminds home gardeners that “there’s a huge range of self-spreading, less-sexy plants that create the conditions for stability for the upright plants, and require almost no maintenance whatsoever.”

Aesthetically, too, the right ground cover adds dimension to the more dramatic plants around it, making a landscape visually interesting throughout the year, he points out.

Those interested in adopting this approach can start by seeing bare soil as the enemy.

“There isn’t much bare soil at all in the wild,” Rainer points out. “Every inch is covered and there are various levels of plants all packed in together.”

He recommends getting on your knees and examining your garden from a rabbit’s perspective, then planting the bare patches with groundcover, ideally native, like sedges or even low perennials, many of which do well in the kind of dry, shaded areas that tend to be where the bare patches are found.

“There’s been a huge rise in popularity of sedges, which come in a range of colors like icy blues or apple greens that can really set off the bright pinks of an azalea,” he says.

Sullivan, at the New York Botanical Garden, says that “with the style we’re talking about, the plants are in interconnected masses, so they are functioning communities sharing the same space.”

“One could be a trillium, a spring flower that somebody might see in March or April. When that finishes, somebody might see a fern or a carex,” he says. “Each plant takes the place of another during different seasons, so there’s never an empty moment. When the ephemerals finish, the perennials start to come up, the grasses, the sedges. And something else might come up in the late part of the season. So there’s a sequence. The garden changes but the gardener only does the job once, by the planting.”

Another fun thing to do is to step back and let the plants seed themselves for a season, Sullivan says. “Just watch and see what pops up, as opposed to planting every season.”

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Postal Officials Put a Stop to Beautification Project – The Vineyard Gazette

A volunteer effort to beautify the Vineyard Haven post office lot came to an abrupt end yesterday after two weeks of work had been completed.

Bryan T. Cimeno, 22, had been donating his time and labor to landscape the area around 9 Lagoon Pond Road, owned by the U.S. Postal Service and home to the post office and Cumberland Farms. Others had pitched in to donate plants and money for the project.

But Steve Doherty, corporate communications specialist for the U.S. Postal Service Northeast area, said the postal service is not allowed to accept donations of any kind.

“By law we are prohibited from taking donations of any goods or services and landscaping services would fall under that,” he said, speaking to the Gazette by phone Tuesday. “Much the same way with your carrier at Christmas it’s okay to give him a fruitcake to share with the office, but not okay to give him a $20 bill.”

Mr. Cimeno, who owns Bryan Taylor Cimeno Fence and Landscape, was doing the work in honor of his late uncle, Derek Cimeno, the well-known Tisbury shellfish constable who died in 2009.

He said the plan was to renovate the area along the strip. “We wanted to put in benches and a birdbath and sign that said welcome to Martha’s Vineyard,” he said. “It was such a dustbowl before.”

About three to four weeks ago, Mr. Cimeno asked postmaster Debra Chickering for permission to do some landscaping work to improve the area. Actual work began two weeks ago. The project received praise from community members, pleased by the improvements to the area. There was an outpouring of support for the project on social media.

Then on Monday Mr. Cimeno received an unexpected call.

“We approached the postmaster, she was all on board,” he said. “We got a call last night, the supervisor said they wanted us to cease our efforts until further notice.”

An online fundraising page that had been created on Go Fund Me and had raised nearly $2,000 was also taken down. Other community members had donated goods in-kind including plants from Heather Gardens, Vineyard Gardens and water from the Island Color Center.

Town leaders supported the efforts to beautify the area.

Selectman chairman Larry Gomez said it was a vast improvement to the lot.

“I thought he was doing a great job, if I had time I would be out there helping,” he said.

Selectman Tristan Israel agreed.

“I think it’s absolutely wonderful, I think that giving to the community that way is extraordinary,” he said. But he also recalled the difficulties of getting in contact with the decision makers at the post office. He recalled the town’s own difficulties with communication when they were interested in reconfiguring the parking lot.

“Somebody from up on high must have given the word,” Mr. Israel said. “I know that the local people are wonderful, I think any decisions, any measures taken, need to be done from corporate.”

Ms. Chickering said she could not comment on the matter.

Mr. Cimeno’s father, Bryan A. Cimeno, who has been helping his son, said they will continue to try and beautify the Island in memory of Derek Cimeno.

“My brother cared so much about this community, Derek was very involved in the community, he’d say Bryan you got to give back,” he said.

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