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Court again rules against florist who refused gay couple - The Spokesman-ReviewTuesday, August 13, 2019
Washington Law Against Discrimination … by declining to sell wedding flowers to a gay couple,” the opinion, written by Justice Sheryl McCloud, said.The case began in 2013, just months after voters had approved the state’s same-sex marriage law and when Ingersoll and Freed, who had been together since 2004, were planning a wedding. Ingersoll went to Stutzman’s shop, where he was a regular customer, to discuss flowers for the wedding.Stutzman, who is a member of the Southern Baptist church and has what the court described as a sincerely held religious belief that marriage can only exist between one man and one woman, said she would not be able to do flowers for wedding because of that belief and “her relationship with Jesus Christ.”It was the first, and so far only, same-sex wedding for which she had been asked to provide arrangements. She said she would sell Ingersoll flowers for the wedding, but not a custom floral arrangement because she viewed that as participating in the wedding and endorsing marriage equality for same-sex couples. Floral arrangements use her imagination and artistic skill, and should be protected by her First Amendment rights of freedom of expression as well as freedom of religion.Freed later wrote a Facebook post about the refusal, without naming the shop but mentioning the street where it was located. After it was circulated on Facebook, it drew the attention of news media. The couple later changed their wedding plans and Stutzman received some threats to her business.Eventually, Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent Stutzman a letter, asking her to sign an agreement to stop discriminating against customers based on their sexual orientation. She refused. Ferguson filed a complaint under the state’s consumer protection and anti-discrimination statutes, and the couple filed a separate lawsuit. A Benton County Superior Court judge combined the cases and reviewed the arguments, eventually issuing an injunction against Stutzman requested by Ferguson and awarding damages to the couple.The Washington Supreme Court upheld both decisions, and Stutzman appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But before it could be argued there, the U.S. Supreme... https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/jun/06/court-again-rules-against-florist-who-refused-gay-/
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
She sits on the executive boards and plays an active role in the efforts of several national and state non-profit organizations dedicated to social justice and environmental issues. Cromer, who received a fine arts education at the University of Kansas, learned to love gardening at her grandmother’s knee. Owner and operator of a floral shop and greenhouse for over a decade, she has spent the bulk of her professional life traveling as an international representative for a labor organization and has used those travel opportunities to audit design and horticulture classes at a number of universities, and to study the diversity and individuality of public gardens and the communities where they are located. She is past president and active member of the local Garden Club and spearheaded her community’s first participation in the America in Bloom Program in 2005. France has been serving as the Coshocton Municipal Court judge since 2006, currently serving his third six-year term. He has been involved with the community in various capacities, including serving on the board for Coshocton Community Housing, which provides homes for people with developmental disabilities. He is president of Coshocton is Blooming, a non-profit board established to participate in America in Bloom. His talent for planting and nurturing flowers began about 20 years ago, when his daughter’s junior high track boosters raised money by planting flowers in the 30 downtown planters. The planters were planted in May and were dead by July. He realized that someone needed to take more responsibility, so he hauled water in the back of his truck to keep the plants alive all summer. Still, they were not thriving. The next year, he convinced the local Rotary Club to donate different flowers and the City of Coshocton to allow usage of spigots and city water. He completed the Master Gardener program through the Ohio State University Extension Office. He has personally designed and planted the courthouse and city flowerbeds and helped Coshocton is Blooming obtain planters for every intersection in the city, according to America in Bloom. Finally, he piloted a program to replace the old containers on Main Street to enhance the architecture of the city buildings. The planters have grown from 30 to more than 400, including 96 hanging baskets. 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 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 email@example.com 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
Manuel Rose, retired Delta municipal judge, dies at 95 - East Bay TimesTuesday, July 09, 2019
U.S. Navy during World War II before going to work as a lawyer for Winters and Winters, an Antioch firm he later bought.In 1951 his life would take a turn when the state Legislature decided justices of the peace and city judges should merge in what would be called “justice courts.” At 29, Rose took up the challenge and edged out the current city judge to become one of the youngest judges elected in the state at the time.The job was part-time so he maintained his downtown Antioch law practice, but by 1969 the Antioch and Pittsburg courts consolidated and he went to work full-time in what was first called the River Municipal Court and later the Delta Municipal Court, based in Pittsburg. He remained there for 30 years until retiring in 1983 and later filling in for vacationing judges throughout the county.Thomas Rose, Manuel’s son, watched him in action and said his father became notable “for standing up for the little guy.” Rose decided all kinds of legal matters — from minor traffic cases to murder preliminaries and other major cases.One time he had to decide a case in which the city of Pittsburg sued Southern Pacific Railroad for blocking city streets.“My dad made the local headlines — he slapped the largest fine possible on the railroad for blocking city streets,” Rose recalled. “It was highly unusual at the time for a little judge to go up against a big corporation.”In another case, in the 1960s, an oil company discharged pollutants locally and he “threw the owner in jail for 15 days,” a sentence unheard of ... https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/07/02/manuel-rose-retired-longtime-municipal-judge-succumbs-at-95/
Jackson Attorney to Represent Flowers in Possible Seventh Trial - Jackson Free PressTuesday, July 09, 2019
A lead attorney with the Mississippi Center for Justice plans to represent Curtis Flowers (pictured) if he is tried for a seventh time for the 1994 murders of four people in Winona, Miss. AP Photo/Winona Times, Dale Gerstenslager, Pool, File A Jackson-area civil rights attorney is vowing to represent an African American man after a prosecutor accused of racial bias said he plans to try him a seventh time for the same murder case.Rob McDuff, the director of the Mississippi Center for Justice’s impact litigation project, announced on July 2 that he will represent Curtis Flowers if prosecutor Doug Evans tries him again for the 1996 slayings of four people at a furniture store in Winona, Miss. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Flowers’ 2010 murder conviction, finding that Evans was racially discriminatory in jury selection.“Curtis Flowers’ formidable struggle to secure a trial free from racial discrimination fits within MCJ’s core mission of racial and economic justice,” Mississippi Center for Justice, o... http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2019/jul/08/jackson-attorney-represent-flowers-possible-sevent/
Punished by Wash. State for Refusing Gay Couple, Florist Named Best for 2019 by Local Community - CBN NewsTuesday, June 25, 2019
The case could wind up back in front of the US Supreme Court. As CBN News reported last year, the US Supreme Court had rejected Washington state's previous ruling, ordering the state justices to review their decision against Stutzman and consider whether they violated her religious rights. "We now hold that the answer to the Supreme Court's question is no," Washington Supreme Court justices responded earlier this month. "The adjudicatory bodies that considered this case did not act with religious animus when they ruled that the florist and her corporation violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination ... by declining to sell wedding flowers to a gay couple."Stutzman's case is similar to that of the 2018 Masterpiece Cakeshop case, in which Colorado baker Jack Phillips was accused of discrimination for refusing to bake a customized wedding cake for a gay wedding. Like Stutzman, Phillips offered to sell the couple his pre-made products. Like Stutzman, he had also provided previous service to LGBT individuals. But they both say their faith prevents them from creating art that specifically endorses same-sex weddings.The Supreme Court ruled in Phillips' favor because it said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission acted with animus towards Phillip's religious beliefs and was in the wrong. However, critics of the decision argued that the Supreme Court's ruling was too narrow, and did not ultimately answer if Phillips can be compelled to produce a product for a customer in violation of his religious beliefs. Now the US Supreme Court has the opportunity to review Stutzman's case once again to finally settle the unanswered questions about religious freedom in Phillips' case. Stutzman is being represented in her case by the Alliance Defending Freedom. ... https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/june/punished-by-wash-state-for-refusing-gay-couple-florist-named-best-for-2019-by-local-community
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/
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html