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Lake County Lines: Poinsettias add holiday cheer to Lake County courthouse - Chicago TribuneTuesday, December 05, 2017
CLC seeking to refinance in the future.The primary debt being considered for refinancing are two bonds that were issued in 2013 to pay for the ongoing renovations at the college's Grayslake campus, said Connie Kravitz, the college's controller.The bonds collectively were worth about $58.5 million in principal and, as of Dec. 1 when the next payment is made, will have about $47.8 million in principal remaining, Kravitz said. The first of those bonds are set to be paid off in June 2014 and the second in June 2034.The proposed refinancing would not extend either of those dates, Kravitz said.Both of these debts are being paid back using a $3 per credit hour fee charged to students, while the college's other outstanding debt is paid for with property taxes.That other debt, worth $20 million, will also be looked at to see if there are potential savings through refinancing, but Kravitz said that it is unlikely savings would be worth refinancing.The debt was taken out in 2012 to cover the college's costs in building the new science building at the Grayslake campus, as well as the student services center in Waukegan, Kravitz said. Other deferred maintenance and old refinanced debt was also included in the 2012 bonds.Those bonds are scheduled to be paid off in December 2026, she said.Waukegan High School students have been referred for discipline fewer times this year than they have in the past though referrals for middle school students have jumped, according to school data.The numbers were presented by Waukegan District 60 Superintendent Theresa Plascencia Thursday evening as part of a three-hour forum focused on school safety and discipline.She said she knows that many people think the changes around discipline are tied to her new administration, but said many of the changes were required by a new state law that limits when schools can use out-of-school suspensions and expulsions."There has been a national movement on how we discipline children," Plascencia said. "This is not just a Waukegan issue. Every district is dealing with this."The district has been working to address behavior issues and fights by upping the number of safety and truancy officers, piloting a new attendance system that rewards good behavior in addition to punishing poor, shifting the role of deans to include more restorative practices, implementing a revised bullying curriculum and upgrading the internet firewalls, Plascencia said.Referrals at Waukegan High School fell to 744 this school year, compared to 904 referrals through the same period last year and 1,126 the year before that.The district's middle schools, though, have seen their referrals climb to 862 so far t... http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-lake-county-lines-poinsettias-st-1204-20171203-story.html
PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Flowers finishes eight at state meet - Alton TelegraphTuesday, November 22, 2016
Sterling High school’s Jacob Gebhardt was seventh in a time of 14:41, Mahomet-Seymour’s Andrew Walmer was sixth in 14:40 and Cole Barkocy of Crystal Lake Central was fifth, also in 14:40.Jack Aho of Grayslake Central was the 2A state champion in 14:12 and Matt Aho of Crystal Lake central was second in 14:27.Mahomet-Seymour won the Class 2A team state title with 58 points. Grayslake Central was second with 134 and Normal Universty High took third place with 188 in the 25-team race.Flowers, a senior, had advanced to the state meet when he won the individual title at the Decatur MacArthur Sectional Meet in 15:13.Class 1AIn the Class 1A boys state meet, also at Detweiller, Carlinville finished 18th in the team race, while Roxana placed 25th.Carlinville finishers included Jason Landon, Samuel Mock, Charles Helton IV, Bailey Lippold, Briley Roper, Cale Williams and Grayson Armour.Roxana finishers were James Henseler, Cree Stumpf, Brandon Isom, Dakota Stumpf, Will Cotter, Devin Thomeczek and Jazz Richardson.Individually, Metro East Lutheran’s Javon Watkins finished 83rd in a time of 16:16 and East Alton-Wood River’s Brenden Springman was 143rd in 17:05.Class 3AIn the boys 3A meet, xxxxGIRLSClass 3AEdwardsville placed 26th in the team race. Tigers runners included Abby Schrobilgen, Melissa Spencer, Jaycie Hudson, Abby Korak, Julianna Dterman, Maddie Miller and Victoria Vegher.Class 1AMarquette Catholic High’s Riley McVckery, a freshman ran to an 89th-place finish with a time of 19:37. She had advanced to the state meet as an indivdual out of the Metro East Lutheran Sectional Meet.Jersey’s Ben Flowers finished eighth in Saturday’s IHSA Class 2A Boys State Cross Country at Detweiller Park in Peoria.Rep... http://thetelegraph.com/sports/91895/prep-cross-country-flowers-finishes-eight-at-state-meet
Flowers finishes high school career with blazing race at state - RiverBender.comTuesday, November 15, 2016
PEORIA – Jersey’s Ben Flowers closed his Illinois high school country career in the same strong fashion he showed all season, posting a time of 14:43, a personal best, on the course for eighth place.Grayslake Central's Jack Aho won the race in a time of 14:25 on the three-mile course; Hinsdale North's Charlie Nodus took second in 14:30.Jersey cross-country coach Harold Landon said he was pleased with Flowers’ effort.“The thing about it, he ran his race,” Landon said. “We thought it was really important to come in at about 4:45 for the first 1,600 and he came in at 4:44. He was still only six seconds behind the leader. We thought if was any less faster, he would have problems later in the race."He was still right on it, running 9:45 for the two-mile mark. He ran a pretty good 4:57 last mile. He did struggle some the last 50 yards.”Flowers will compete in one more race to close his high school cross country career in Terre Haute, Ind., running with top runners from other Midwestern states. The meet, sponsored by Nike, will take place on Sunday and is invitational only.If you have a EdGlenToday or Riverbender.com news, human interest or sports idea, e-mail Danbrannan@riverbender.com...
Bowen Park's hidden gems: wildflower refuge, restored 30-acre ravine - Chicago TribuneMonday, October 12, 2015
Chicago Wilderness. Along with a great deal of other work, non-native plants choking out the native ones have been removed and replaced with plants that grow in ravines.The College of Lake County in Grayslake and Lake Forest College have used Bowen Park for their ravine laboratory for studies, according to park district officials.Local nature lovers say bird-watching is great in the park, around the refuge and within the ravine.Beau Schaefer of Round Lake said he consistently finds screech-owls and Carolina wrens — a rare northern Illinois species — within the ravine. He'll hear the wren sing its boisterous "tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea" song as he walks down the steps that lead to the ravine."The ravine is great at funneling warblers off west winds during migration," Schaefer added. Warblers and other songbirds are heading south now — and their chirps can be heard in the trees, within the wildflower refuge and in the ravine.On Friday, a great blue heron was catching fish in the ravine, while a hummingbird zipped past more expanses of jewelweed.Billowy, white clouds and hint of chill foreshadowed autumn and the inevitable coming of winter. But for now, the wildflower refuge and ravine in Bowen Park are teaming with color and wildlife, and beckoning visitors to stop, look and listen.Sheryl DeVore is a News-Sun freelancer... http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-wildflower-refuge-bowen-park-st-0914-20150913-story.html
Nexus Capital Management Acquires FTD's Consumer and Florist Businesses - PRNewswireTuesday, September 10, 2019
I look forward to working with the FTD leadership team and all of our employees to take FTD to new heights."FTD headquarters will remain in the Chicago, Illinois area.About FTDFTD has been a leader in the floral industry for over a century. We are a private equity-backed company with one of the largest florist networks in the world, supported by the iconic Mercury Man® logo displayed in over 30,000 floral shops in more than 125 countries. We partner with local florists to hand-craft floral arrangements available for same-day delivery on FTD.com and ProFlowers.com. In addition to delivering flowers, we support locally-owned retail florists by providing technology, marketing, and digital services to members of our florist network. For all of life's occasions and everyday moments, visit FTD.com, ProFlowers.com and ProPlants.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @ftdflowers. We love helping our customers #sayitwithflowers.About NexusNexus was formed in 2013 to make opportunistic investments in a broad range of companies and industries. Nexus employs a flexible investment mandate that focuses on long-term value creation by partnering with leading management teams and businesses. For more information on Nexus, please visit www.nexuslp.com. Contact: Emily Bucholz FTD, LLC 630-724-6692 l email@example.comSOURCE FTD; Nexus... https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nexus-capital-management-acquires-ftds-consumer-and-florist-businesses-300906422.html
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more firstname.lastname@example.org 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/