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Schwartz, Flowers post wins at Edwardsville Invitational - Belleville News-DemocratTuesday, September 20, 2016
Melissa Spencer (sixth), Abby Schrobilgen (seventh) and Jaycie Huson (ninth). Highland freshman Samantha Hengehold was the only other local athlete placing in the top 10. Hengehold was eighth overall.Mascoutah (116 points), Litchfield (127) and Carbondale (142) rounded out the top five teams.Flowers continues to bloomTwo-time Class 2A all-state runner Ben Flowers of Jerseyville continued his domination of local competition by winning the boys championship. Considered one of the favorites to win the state title in a little over six weeks in Peoria, Flowers finished the 5K course in just over 16 minutes 24 seconds to defeat Kevin Koester of Hillsboro by a full 13 seconds.Frankie Romano of Edwardsville and Jake Schwartz of Waterloo rounded out the top four runners while Roland Prenzler of Edwardsville placed sixth and Ethan Price of Mascoutah placed ninth. Price is the reigning Belleville News-Democrat Class 2A Runner of the Year.Edwardsville, which had five runners in the top 15, finished with 51 points. Hillsboro (100), Mascoutah (174), Alton (187) and Champaign Central (194) rounded out the top five teams. http://www.bnd.com/sports/high-school/article102712897.html
Flowers dominates Granite City Invitational field, Alton, East Alton runners also post solid performances - RiverBender.comTuesday, September 20, 2016
BOYSSpringfield – 62O'Fallon – 136Edwardsville – 138Triad – 139Waterloo – 140St. Louis University High – 183DeSmet – 186Chatham Glenwood – 247Carbondale – 264Jacksonville – 267Fort Zumwalt West – 269Mascoutah – 329Alton – 357Mount Vernon – 434Piasa Southwestern – 445Collinsville – 462Freeburg – 484Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin – 503Columbia – 524East St. Louis – 532Civic Memorial – 536Herculaneum, Mo. - 542Roxana – 560Belleville West – 579Farmington, Mo. - 609Belleville East – 614Granite City, Jersey, East Alton-Wood River – No ScoreINDIVIDUAL TOP TENWill Formea, Springfield (16:28.52); Eli Ward, Waterloo (16:39.98); Ethan Cherry, Carbondale (16:41.93); Issac Becker, Springfield (16:44.39); Dan Powell, Edwardsville (16:45.65); Kyle Boughter, Springfield, 16:47.29); Jackson McAlister, Waterloo (16:56.63); Casmir Cozzi, Mascoutah (16.57.70); Christian Cazier, Jersey (17:05.65); Brendan Fahey, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (17:10.41)OTHER AREA RUNNERS EDWARDSVILLE: Todd Baxter, 14th (17:15.38); Jacob Davis, 33rd (17:51.81); Jonah Durbin, 42nd (18:12.91); Joseph Brooks, 53rd (18:27.42); Henry Gruben, 64th (18:41.20); Josh Perry, 76th (19:01.81) ALTON: Cassius Havis, 30th (17:47.39); Zak Wilson, 68th (18:48.86); Issac Evans, 93rd (19:52.08) PIASA SOUTHWESTERN: Carden Bohn, 17th (17:22.63); Grant Seniker, 65th (18:42.74) CIVIC MEMORIAL: Drake Stevenson, 66th (18:42.74); Will Davis, 96th (19:56.53) ROXANA: Joel Woodruff, 112nd (20:15.94); William Cotter, 114th (20:19.78); Jarrett Warmack, 115th (20:20.35) GRANITE CITY: Jeremiah Perry, 91st (19:41.97); Jr. Harold, 123rd (20:36.43) JERSEY: Grant Morgan, 82nd (19:13.56) EAST ALTON-WOOD RIVER: Andrew Noack, 84th (19:17.65) If you have a EdGlenToday or Riverbender.com news, human interest or sports idea, e-mail Danbrannan@riverbender.com or call or text 618-623-5930. Follow Dan Brannan on Facebook and Danbrannannews on Twitter.Purchase photos from this article Print Version...
PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Jersey's Flowers runs to first at sectional meet - Alton TelegraphSunday, November 01, 2015
Ryan Melvin of Marion in 15:45.Springfield High won the team title, followed by runner-up Chatham Glenwood, Charleston, Carbondale, Mattoon, Jersey, Taylorville, Marion, Salem, Mount Vernon, Mascoutah and Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.CLASS 1ARoxana’s girls cross country team grabbed the fifth and final qualifying spot at Saturday’s Metro East Lutheran Sectional meet at SIU Edwardsville and will advance its team to the IHSA State Meet, set for next Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.The Shells finished ahead of sixth-place DuQuoin in the race for the final team spot. Herrin won the team title with 71 points, followed by Breese Mater Dei with 81 points, Freeburg third with 127, Carterville 153 and Roxana 162. DuQuoin finished with 220 points.Shells advancing include Kyrston Scifres, who finished ninth overall with a time of 20:30. She was followed by teammates Shalyn Edwards in 21:46, Michaela Tarpley 21:57, Victoria Tarpley 22:46, Alexis Stumpf 23:14, Sarah Stover 24:05 and Jaidyn Peebles 24:23.East Alton-Wood River senior Haley Kerpan qualified for state as an individual with a time of 20:43. Kara Marton of Herrin was the individual champion in 19:37.In the boys 1A sectional at SIUE, Pinckneyville won the team title with 56 points, followed by Freeburg, Nashville, Steeleville, Benton, Mater Dei, Herrin, Sparta, Red Bud, McLeansboro, Columbia and Murphysboro. Harrison Thomas of Carterville was the individual champion.CLASS 3AThe Edwardsville girls team grabbed their final spot in the team race as well. The Tigers outdistanced Lincoln-Way North 125-167 at the Normal Sectional Meet. Minooka was the team champ with 20 points, followed by Lincoln-Way Central 113, O’Falon 116, Lincoln-Way East 116 and Edwardsville. Following Lincoln-Way North were Normal, Rock Island, Joliet West, Moline, Joliet Central and Belleville East.Edwardsville runners included Maddie Miller, who was 11th overall in a time of 18:45, Rachel Schoenecker 18:55, Colleen Corkery 19:22, Kirara Delgado 19:28, Julianna Determan 19:36, Melissa Spencer 19:37 and Victoria Vegher 19:45.Reach Pete Hayes at 463-2500... http://thetelegraph.com/sports/73228/prep-cross-country-jerseys-flowers-runs-to-first-at-sectional-meet
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
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
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/