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Nov 28, 2018
In the Garden | Mimicking nature indoors - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
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The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncate) naturally flowers around Thanksgiving time because of decreasing daylight and temperatures this time of year.
Nothing symbolizes the holiday season to a horticulturalist like a holiday cactus in full bloom.
These fascinating plants are cacti, but not at all like the full-sun, desert-loving specimens we commonly think of.
Instead, these plants hail from the treetops of forests in Brazil, which is quite different than the desert ecosystems associated with other species of cacti.
They are all epiphytes, living in mostly shaded treetops and rooting into pockets of organic debris instead of soil.
There are three species of commonly available holiday cacti: the Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbe... Oct 26, 2018
Mansfield wins America in Bloom award
Other communities in the 25,000 to 75,000 population category included Athens,Ohio; Decatur, Illinois; and West Chicago, Illinois.
Each participant received a detailed written evaluation that can be used as a guide for future improvements, according to the press release.
Mansfield's evaluation was 29 pages long. Its ratings included a 91.67 percent for its flowers, 80.56 percent for its landscaped areas, 75 percent for its urban forestry, 55.88 percent for its environmental efforts, 77.27 percent for its celebrating heritage, 78.57 percent for its community vitality and 55.68 percent for its overall impression.
The evaluation noted Mansfield's 750 volunteers, 14,646 volunteer hours, 33 participating groups, 22 tree plantings and thousands of flowers planted.
"The community has risen above challenges of economic hardship and rallied residents to support beautification and historic preservation efforts," the judges wrote in the evaluation. "In your renaissance, you have begun the arduous process of expanding your community from being a center of manufacturing to a destination for visitors and locals alike."
This was Mansfield's second year in the America in Bloom program. Last year, it earned three out of five "blooms," a rating system that was change to stars this year.
More than 250 communities from 45 states have participated in the program, according to the press release.
"America in Bloom is helping towns and cities of all sizes achieve their potential," America in Bloom executive director Laura Kunkle said in the press release. "Every year, our participants raise the bar, and the accomplishments and progress shown by this year's group is again remarkable. These are, without a doubt, some of the best places to live in America."
... Sep 10, 2018
Funeral flowers at Vets Home show Knapheide's patriotism
Posted: Sep. 7, 2018 10:10 am
To The Herald-Whig: I moved to Quincy six years ago to live at the Illinois Veterans Home and immediately noticed the wonderful American flag display at Knapheide Manufacting Co.'s 24th Street and Koch's Lane property. Beautiful display of love and respect! Now H.W. "Knap" Knapheide III has again shown his love of this great country by having his funeral flowers put up in front of all of the war memorials at the Veterans Home. Thank you, Knapheide family, and God bless you and God bless America. Louise Seaver Quincy
... Aug 17, 2018
Illinois woman chooses Taco Bell for 101st birthday, is 'hooked' on Nacho Fries
Parker said when she moved back to southern Illinois, she wanted to find a place where she could enjoy some coffee and read the newspaper. At the time, Taco Bell didn't offer a cup of joe on its menu but an employee made a cup of instant coffee for her instead - making Parker a regular customer.
"No matter what, we all know Miss Ruth, and we all made her a part of our lives, and we've talked to her, and we just love her to death," Rebecca Gefro, the Taco Bell manager, told KFVS.
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"We'll see her at 102 next year, and we'll make it even bigger," Gefro said.
Over the years, Parker speculates that she's tried everything offered on the menu. But now, Parker says she's "hooked" on the Nacho Fries, a limited-time menu item Taco Bell reintroduced in July.
She's also free to order coffee now, as the Carbondale location has started offering the item on its menu now that Taco Bell began serving breakfast a few years back.
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Taco Bell has been the site of, or helped with, many memorable occasions for its customers nationwide.
Aug 17, 2018
America in Bloom judges see flowers, historic sites, more
Nature Park at the Richland County Fairgrounds.
Mansfield joins Saratoga. California; St. Charles, Illinois; and Henderson County, North Carolina in America in Bloom's 25,001-50,000 population category, according to the organization.
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Versaw said groups and organizations have been doing a lot of things over the last six to eight years and now want to bump it up and do more. "Everybody has been doing their part," he said.
Judges will be looking at seven categories: flowers, landscaped areas, urban forestry, celebrating heritage, environmental efforts, community vitality and overall impression, he said.
Woodard, who lives in West Jefferson outside Columbus, said she has been involved in America in Bloom for the past three years.
"I just love what plants can do to a community," Woodard said. "It creates a lot of pride and the beautification efforts brings together a lot of people in the community. It's very rewarding," she said.
Waller of Arroyo Grande, California, said as an America in Bloom judge she loves seeing the transformation of cities and towns all over the United States becoming the best thing they can be.
To date, more than 250 communities from 45 states have participated in the program and more than 22 million people have been touched by it. Awards will be announced on Sept. 27-29 at AIB's National Symposium & Awards Celebration, held this year in Lexington, Kentucky, according to America in Bloom's news release.