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Steps taken to improve I-10 corridor

The city of Lake Charles has taken an encouraging step toward improving its appearance from the interstate, and it’s worth the cost.

The City Council on Wednesday accepted a $227,031 bid from Pat Williams Constructions for the beautification project, which will include landscaping the downtown exit off Interstate 10 at Ryan Street and the casino exit off I-210 at Cove Lane. The parish has agreed to pay 25 percent up to $45,000.

Originally, the city planned to start planting vegetation in November but ran into “some issues” with its first round of bid responses, according to Lori Marinovich, director of downtown development. She said the city rebid the project near the start of the year, and now expects to start planting in late March or April.

For the next phase of the project, the city aims to landscape the I-10 and I-210 exits at U.S. 171.

“We want people to remember Lake Charles, not be glad they’re leaving,” said city Planning Director Mike Huber on Wednesday.

The interstate corridor seems to be a city priority at the moment. The council has hired Baton Rouge consulting firm CSRS Inc. to develop economic incentives to spur growth along I-10, and the mayor held a listening session downtown last month to hear ideas from residents and business owners.

Attendees of the meeting called for the demolition of the abandoned pink parking garage along the interstate and emphasized the importance of making a good first impression on interstate drivers.

Adding landscaping at the downtown exit will be a relatively inexpensive, sustainable way to dress up an otherwise unsightly entrance point, and it makes sense that the high-traffic casino exit at Cove Lane would also be prioritized.

Landscaping alone won’t solve the city’s image problem, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Some may understandably question why the city’s spending money on palm trees and crape myrtles when it’s dealing with more pressing needs, like drainage and road improvements.

But considering what such an investment could generate in revenue down the line by enabling the city to draw more interstate traffic, a one-time payment of around $200,000 doesn’t seem so high — the council spent more than that on vehicles alone at its last meeting.

The city would do well to continue prioritizing the interstate corridor and searching for creative ways to beautify it. It’s a worthwhile investment.  

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A touch of color on snowy days/ Pink snow plow raises funds, awareness – The

LOUISVILLE — On snowy days, a plow operated by Father Son Property Maintenance stands out.

The plow’s 14-foot bucket is painted bright pink with the words “pushing for a cure” next to a pink awareness ribbon.

The company plows properties all over Stark County, and it’s not uncommon for folks to snap photos and videos, said Austin Woronka, whose father and grandfather founded Father Son.

The plow does more than stand out, it also working for a cause. For every hour it’s in service, the company donates a portion of its profits to different breast cancer foundations, Woronka said.

“We’ve been fighting snow storms for 30 years now. And after 30 years of business, we figured it would be good to give back,” he said.

Woronka is the third generation involved in the family business.

Father Son got its start when Bill Woronka was just a kid, mowing the lawn at Giant Eagle in Louisville. The business expanded beyond mowing and kept growing — Bill Woronka left to attend college in Pittsburgh but kept the company going on weekends. Eventually, John Woronka, Bill’s dad, took a leap of faith and joined his son’s company, giving up a steady job with benefits as a salesman.

The risk paid off. John and Bill are the Father Son in the company’s name and both men still run the company alongside Austin.

“Grandpa is 77 this year and he’s still out every night that it’s snowing,” Austin Woronka said. “He puts the same hours in as we do. He loves it.”

The company offers lawn maintenance and landscaping, but winter is the busy season.

“It’s nonstop,” Austin Woronka said, adding that he fielded about 275 calls requesting plows during Wednesday’s snowstorm.

They begin working around 2 a.m. to take calls and coordinate plans of attack. The Woronkas have 30 drivers tackling about 100 parking lots in the greater Stark County area, he said. “It’s quite the task.”

This is the company’s first season with the pink plow. Woronka estimates it’s seen about 60 hours of work so far.

The idea came out of a rare quiet evening for the family.

“We always come up with these ideas when we’re in the garage at night time and it’s not calling for bad weather,” Woronka said. “Me and dad and grandpa trying to solve the problems of the world.”

They had a bucket that was too long and needed to be cut down. “If we’re going to cut it apart, we might as well make it pretty,” Woronka said.

They chose pink and the slogan to honor Gloria Woronka — Austin’s grandmother, Bill’s mother and John’s wife — who’s survived breast cancer multiple times.

“She loves it,” Austin Woronka said. “She thinks it was a pretty good idea.”

Jessica Holbrook is a staff reporter at The Canton Repository.

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WesBanco hosts annual Home and Garden Show

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WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to accentuate the positive while eliminating the negative wintertime blues.

Members hope the Chamber’s annual Home and Garden Show at WesBanco Arena will put people in a better mood by thinking about some home improvement ideas.

Businesses from all around the area have ideas to cut home energy use or landscaping and also remodeling.

Admission is free, and the show closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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Workshops on tap at McKee Garden

VERO BEACH — McKee Botanical Garden will host climate-balanced landscaping and plein air painting  workshops in February.

On Feb. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be a workshop on Climate Balanced Design. Jennifer Yates of Yates Garden Design will share her wisdom on how to create an artistic, sustainable landscape and garden design.

Her presentation offers ideas on how to design for hurricane and climate resilience for Vero Beach, focusing on plant selection and types of fences, hedges and garden structures to stabilize the garden landscape. Questions will be answered, and then the class will walk the garden to view what makes a plant stable, and point out favorable plants for your own property.

The cost for this workshop is $40 for McKee members and $45 for non-members. 

On Feb. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., internationally known master artist Jack Hagop Keledjian will conduct an Outdoor/Plein Air Painting workshop. Participants can capture their own style by painting a tropical scene on the grounds of McKee.

Participants will learn how to set up a scene, represent the flora in true color using the wet-on-wet technique, and develop this important dimension of landscape work. The cost for this workshop is $100 per participant. Participants are asked to bring their own art supplies (oil or acrylic). Smaller canvases are preferred.

To register for either of these workshops, call 772-794-0601 or stop by McKee Botanical Garden at 350 US Highway 1. Pre-registration is requested, cash and checks only.


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Community shares ideas on I-44 interchange project design

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Business briefs — Feb. 7, 2018

Blue Mountain Yoga hosts free classes in February

Starting in February, Kevin Pedrey — former owner of Sequim Gym — offers two classes at Blue Mountain Yoga in Carlsborg. The first, Tai Chi Chuan, started Feb. 6 and is held Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. The other, Exploration and Assessment of Movement, starts Feb. 8 and runs Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. During February only, classes will be taught at no charge.

For more information about these or other classes, visit or contact Pedrey at 360-477-8553.

Ross to boost BG Club

Ross Stores, Inc. announced this week that the national company is partnering with Boys ; Girls Clubs of America with a three-week program called “Help Local Kids Learn.”

Beginning Feb. 3, Ross Dress for Less customers in Sequim (1055W. Washington St.) can make a monetary contribution at checkout to be donated to Boys Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula.

“Because of the commitment by Ross to our clubs, we are able to deliver quality programming and mentoring support to the children in our community over 300 days a year,” Mary Budke, Executive Director of the Boys Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, said.

New Dungeness Nursery sets landscaping classes

A free landscaping class for beginners and people new to the area starts Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Sequim Prairie Garden’s clubhouse at Pioneer Memorial park, 387 E. Washington St., between noon-4 p.m.

This four-day class will be held on four succeeding Wednesdays.

The class also includes a personal free home visit to the participants’ home. The class covers the basics of gardening and planting in Washington state, low maintenance gardening and is based in the “Northwest Style” of landscaping — less formal than traditional landscaping and using plants available in our mild climate.

Doug Cockburn, president of class sponsor New Dungeness Nursery, is the presenter. Cockburn has been landscaping in the area for more than 45 years. The nursery hosts similar classes each winter.

For more about the class or about New Dungeness Nursery, call 360-681-0132.

Moser joins staff at Over the Fence

Laurie Moser has joined the team at Over the Fence (112 E. Washington St., Sequim) as full-time store manager.

Moser, who officially took the position Feb. 3, comes to the downtown Sequim business with “extensive retail management experience, new energy, fresh ideas and a heart for our community,” Over the Fence staff said.

Jeri Sanford will continue as store buyer and enjoy her new semi-retirement, the staff said.

For more information, call Over the Fence at 360-681-6851 or email to

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Baltimore Landscaping Company Launches Website – Press …

GLYNDON, MD, February 06, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — The weather might be cold, but it’s the perfect time to think about spring gardening plans and landscaping ideas. Urban Gardens Inc., a Baltimore landscape designer and outdoor-living specialist offers residential and landscape maintenance and design/installation services. Their brand-new website is chock-full of design inspiration for your landscape.

The new site was built in partnership with the website design specialists at CourseVector. Like many businesses, the Baltimore landscaping company had an outdated website that did not adequately showcase their landscape designs. They needed a fresh look that reflected the precision with which they design for their clients. It also needed to be responsive for use on mobile devices.

“WordPress was the perfect choice for the website,” states Jennifer Mariani, operations manager of CourseVector. “The client is able to quickly and easily update content and images. The website is always new and fresh – perfect for finding landscaping ideas.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the design. It highlights our work now, which was our primary concern for the new site,” said Dean Smouse of Urban Gardens Inc. “We’re excited that the site is live before the busy spring landscaping season. Customers should really begin thinking about their landscape and outdoor remodeling plans now so they can get started as soon as the weather is a little bit warmer.”

Their Baltimore nursery is home to a production farm for specimen trees and shrubs used in the landscapes they install. They are locally owned and operated, located on Butler Road in Glyndon, Maryland. Because Baltimore is their home, they know the plants that are perfect for this climate, when to plant them, and where to plant them. Their full-service landscape services are second-to-none in the Baltimore area. Many of their landscape designs are displayed on their website for even more inspiration. Whether you are looking for landscaping, hardscaping, or maintenance, Urban Gardens Inc. does it all.

About CourseVector: In business since 1989, CourseVector is based in Harrisburg, PA. This full-service web development company specializes in hosting, web design, and SEO. Their team is committed to providing high-quality technical services at all budgets.

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Tazscapes Inc. – The Premiere Calgary … – Digital Journal

CALGARY, AB, CANADA – February 6th, 2018 – Not many Calgary landscapers have the privilege of having several hundreds of clients within the span of three years since their business’ inception. Tazscapes Inc.  stands out from its competition for its stellar project track record, excellent client feedback, and the continuous trust placed in its services from clients hailing from all areas of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The company’s  superior workmanship is evident in the final result of each landscaping project they undertake.

The company, which is due to celebrate its three-years-in-business milestone in just a few months, employs a detailed process, which allows it to take care of each project’s finest details, starting from landscape design, and all the way through landscape construction.

“Tazscapes Inc. is a local Calgary full service landscape design and construction company that thrives to provide quality landscaping by qualified professionals. Custom, innovative and creative design concepts lie at the core of our company values and we continuously push limits as professional landscapers in Calgary to bring something unique to each of our client’s yard, thus allowing them to carve their own yard into the already beautiful Calgary landscape,” said Mr. Mumtaz (Taz) Mirza, Owner of Tazscapes Inc.

Speaking of her experience with Tazscapes Inc., Ms. Jennifer Sade, from NW Calgary, said ”We had searched for over a year to find someone to help us create a garden in our small backyard. Tazscapes were the first ones to get what we wanted right off the bat and were ready to start work quickly. The design of the garden was inspired and fit the space perfectly. The quality of the work was very impressive. (…) Tazscapes were able to design and execute within our budget and above our expectation.”

In launching their new website, they have done a fabulous job of showcasing their work and providing not only calgarians, but people across the world with creative landscaping ideas!  The company’s landscaping portfolio can be viewed here. Those interested in booking a consultation with Taz, can do so by calling +1(587) 578-0747 during business hours, or by filling in the appropriate contact form on the company’s website.

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Address:61 Nolanhurst Cres NW
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Climate-cognizant landscaping

rock path with flowersThe National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recently announced its official list of the 2018 top landscape trends.

“The top 2018 landscape trends reflect an evolution of the outdoor living trend we’ve seen grow in popularity over the past few years,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs, NALP. “Stimulated by a healthy economy, homeowners and property managers are innovating their landscapes in fun, new ways. Recognizing the tremendous value that beautiful and functional landscapes bring to homes and commercial properties, today’s landscapes are built to last, so they can be used and enjoyed through all the seasons, year after year.”

NALP says it develops its trends reports based on a survey of its members and by drawing from the expertise of landscape professionals representing various regions of the U.S. who are at the forefront of outdoor trends. The group adds that landscape trends are also influenced by broader lifestyle and design trends.

For 2018, NALP predicts that the following five trends will influence the green industry:

Climate-cognizant landscaping

NALP notes that with unpredictable weather patterns comes the need for landscape enhancements that can withstand extreme conditions and allow spaces to be enjoyed, whether it’s unseasonably warm or cold.

You never know when the unexpected will arrive, so more and more landscapes are now being planned with just that thought in mind. Many feature pergolas with retractable canopies that can offer shelter for outdoor areas in wind, snow and rain. Others may feature outdoor patio heaters for those chilly nights, and hardier hardscape materials are used to handle the drastically fluctuating temperatures.

Experimental landscape design

Nowadays, landscapes are creatively and thoughtfully built for living, playing and working, and they greatly contribute to bringing together function and form for a quality outdoor experience.

When it comes to residential landscapes, many feature designated areas for cooking, relaxing, dining and doing outdoor work. These are typically adorned with fully integrated outdoor lighting and audio/visual systems for a multisensory and multiuse experience, day or night.

Office landscapes also more frequently feature walking and bike paths, gardens or dining areas to enhance the experience of the employees. In both residential and commercial landscapes, NALP says the experience typically begins at the entrance with design elements, plantings and an eye-catching lawn making visitors feel welcome and awed.

Plants in playful colors and patterns

Since Pantone recently chose Ultra Violet as the 2018 Color of the Year, there’s no doubt that this pop of color will be incorporated into more landscapes, while still playing up the simple elegance of the greenery that was all the rage in 2017.

NALP believes that this color of the year will prove to be an influencer on the interior and exterior design, and landscape professionals are expected to integrate more violets, verbena, clematis, iris and other purple flowers into landscapes.

NALP says that “patterned” plants are also getting some time in the garden spotlight this year since these plants are unique and revered for their intricate details, such as brightly colored veins and striped leaves.

Emphasis on water management and conservation

Sustainability has proven to be a buzzword in the green industry over the past few years, and NALP says that for 2018, it’s proving to be more than just a trend.

The organization says that sustainability influences how landscapes are created and maintained now and in the years to come. Particularly, NALP says the integration of eco-friendly watering practices are expected to continue taking off this year, which includes the use of plants native to a region (which generally uses less water), smarter irrigation technology and xeriscaping (planning a landscape to use low-water-use plants).

Enhanced equipment and technology

When it comes to the latest yard tools on the market, NALP says the ideas of ease of use and storage, along with incorporating more eco-friendly innovations, are major focusses.

Many pieces of equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers and the like feature low or no emissions, are battery-powered and are quieter. There are many garden tools that are also designed to stack or fold to fit in a shed or garage space.

Along with these ideas, NALP reports that professionals are also integrating more technology into landscape planning, such as 3D modeling, drones and mobile apps.

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