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Bikers share a smile at Illinois Veterans Home - WGEMTuesday, July 18, 2017
Bikers arriving at the veterans home from Springfield, IllinoisQUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
Living away from family can be tough, especially for Veterans needing extra care at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Sunday, a motorcycle group sent some love to Vets.Buzzy and Shirley McLaughlin have been married for 46 years. Six months ago Buzzy moved into the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy and it hasn't been easy."Just the Separation," Shirley said. "Me being at our home, supporting home life by myself, coming here everyday, it's been hard."Buzzy served as a Marine and over 100 bikers made their way to the home from Springfield, Illinois to show their support. Each Veteran got a bag filled with essential toiletries, socks and a bouquet of flowers from Fifth Street Flower Shop in Springfield, who's owners put on bike rally."This is just something to kind of give back to the community," Manager Nicki Shaub said. "The Vets paid everything for us and we owe them everything. We just want to make them smile, make the happy and make them feel g... http://www.wgem.com/story/35896837/2017/07/Sunday/bikers-share-a-smile-at-illinois-veterans-home
4 arguments against Christian florist ruling - OneNewsNowTuesday, February 21, 2017
Rhode Island in 1640, Maryland in 1649, Jersey in 1664, Carolina in 1665, Pennsylvania in 1682, and so forth. As John Quincy Adams affirmed, ‘The transcendent and overruling principle of the first settlers of New England was conscience.’”He then fast-forwarded nearly 100 years – when the United States was formed – to strengthen his case.“In 1776, when America separated from Great Britain, the rights of religious conscience were once again promptly preserved in the new state constitutions and then in the federal Constitution,” the best-selling author asserted. “According to the Founding Fathers, this was one of the most important rights they protected.”Appealing to the timeless experts …Barton followed up by quoting one of the most celebrated Founding Fathers:“No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience,” Barton quoted former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. “[O]ur rulers can have no authority over such natural rights only as we have submitted to them. The rights of conscience we never submitted … It is inconsistent with the spirit of our laws and Constitution to force tender consciences.”The consultant to federal and state legislators then appealed to a statement made by one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution.“Government is instituted to protect property of every sort,” Barton wrote, repeating the very words of James Madison. “Conscience is the most sacred of all property.”He then restated the words of one of the authors of the Federalist Papers.“The rights of conscience and private judgment … are by nature subject to no control but that of Deity, and in that free situation they are now left,” Barton quoted the original U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay.Statements from yet another signer of the U.S. Constitution were then used by the pro-family leader.“Consciences of men are not the objects of human legislation,” William Livingston argued, according to Barton. “The state [does not] have any concern in the matter. For in what manner doth it affect society … in what outward form we think it best to pay our adoration to God?”Modern-day examples of protected religious convictionsBarton went on to list numerous examples of legal religious exemptions afforded to different religious and philosophical groups in America, whose beliefs and consciences give them permission to not participate in various traditional practices in the U.S.“Jehovah’s Witnesses are not required to say the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools,” Barton pointed out.Special allowances are also given in the school system because of religious beliefs.“The Amish are not required to complete the standard 12 years of education,” the Christian historian asserted.Even standard medical procedures can currently be bypassed to accommodate religious convictions.“Christian Scientists are not forced to have their children vaccinated or undergo medical procedures often required by state laws,” Barton continued.Special privileges are also given in the workplace, based on one’s religious beliefs.“Seventh-Day Adventists cannot be penalized for refusing to work on Saturday,” the pro-family advocate affirmed.Barton then stressed that special accommodations are even given to people of no religious affiliation at all – based on a mere philosophical point of view ...“Conscientious objectors are not forced to fight in wars,” he asserted, insisting that these kinds of allowances are just the tip of the iceberg.Same-sex ‘marriage’ straight-arming ChristiansBarton maintains th...
Dead Flowers: A Small Consideration On The Heroin Pandemic - Lakewood ObserverTuesday, December 13, 2016
Yes. It’s a choice to start using drugs. And whether or not you get addicted, it’s hit or miss.”THIS APPETITE FOR THE POPPY DRUG is hardly new. A recent New Yorker review on a biography of Thomas DeQuincy, author of “Confessions of an English Opium Eater,” published in 1821, notes the tenor of the times when it came to pain abatement, palliative comfort, and recreational bliss. “England was ‘marinated in opium,’ which was taken for everything from upset stomachs to sore heads. It was swallowed in the form of pills or dissolved in alcohol to make laudanum…English doctors prescribed it with abandon. The drug was given to women for menstrual discomfort and to children for the hiccups. All the while, its glamour was growing: it was ancient, shamanic, a supernatural tether to otherworldly visions. You could find... http://lakewoodobserver.com/read/2016/12/06/dead-flowers-a-small-consideration-on-the-heroin-pandemic
Brides say "I do" to wedding flower donations - Bakersfield NowMonday, June 27, 2016
Quincy, Illinois (KHQA) —A local florist along with brides and grooms of the Tri-States spread cheer through leftover wedding flowers.This Spirit of the Tri-States report brought to you by Continental Cement and Green America Recycling takes you along side some special deliveries to area nursing home residents.Abby Schlipmann with Lavish Floral Events designs more than 50 weddings a year."It's always heartbreaking to be throwing away beautiful flowers," Schlipmann said. "No one ever being able to enjoy their beauty for more than just a night."Schlipmann asks her clients if they would like to donate their flowers to a non-profit following their big day.Those clients also get to choose the recipients.This week, residents at Good Samaritan Home get to stop and smell the roses and other flowers.Barbara Hilgenbrinck and Carline Budde volunteer for Good Sam to deliver the bouquets."They're usually all smiles when you come in the room," Budde said."They all want to get a flower.," Hilgenbrinc... http://bakersfieldnow.com/news/offbeat/brides-say-i-do-to-wedding-flower-donations
Brides say "I do" to wedding flower donations - KBTV Fox 4 BeaumontMonday, June 27, 2016
Quincy, Illinois (KHQA) —A local florist along with brides and grooms of the Tri-States spread cheer through leftover wedding flowers.This Spirit of the Tri-States report brought to you by Continental Cement and Green America Recycling takes you along side some special deliveries to area nursing home residents.Abby Schlipmann with Lavish Floral Events designs more than 50 weddings a year."It's always heartbreaking to be throwing away beautiful flowers," Schlipmann said. "No one ever being able to enjoy their beauty for more than just a night."Schlipmann asks her clients if they would like to donate their flowers to a non-profit following their big day.Those clients also get to choose the recipients.This week, residents at Good Samaritan Home get to stop and smell the roses and other flowers.Barbara Hilgenbrinck and Carline Budde volunteer for Good Sam to deliver the bouquets."They're usually all smiles when you come in the room," Budde said."They all want to get a flower.," Hilgenbrinc... http://fox4beaumont.com/news/offbeat/brides-say-i-do-to-wedding-flower-donations
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