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Please don't forget the reasons for Decoration Day and Memorial Day - Kingsport Times NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Decoration” where your people are buried, go visit and take a few stick flowers (and don’t forget your camera). In any case, Saturday night is always a good time to go to the Fold.J.H. Osborne covers Sullivan County government for the Times News. Email him at [email protected]... https://www.timesnews.net/Blog/2019/05/19/Please-don-t-forget-the-reasons-for-Decoration-Day-and-Memorial-Day.html?ci=stream&lp=8&p=1
BBB receives more complaints about florists than airlines, car dealers - Edmonton SunTuesday, May 21, 2019
The BBB received 84 complaints about new car dealers.“So many things can go wrong with florists, especially in busy periods such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day,” Mary O’Sullivan-Andersen, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, said in a news release.The Better Business Bureau — which aims to promote trust in the marketplace by educating consumers and businesses, offering a business accreditation program, tracking scams and providing a forum for customer reviews — accepts consumer complaints as long as they are related to the products or services a business provides, are not in litigation and have not been resolved through some other arbitration process. Complaints received by the BBB are forwarded to the business along with a request for a response.The BBB also provides a platform for consumers to search for accredited businesses and request quotes. In 2018, the organization received the most inquiries about home improvement businesses, followed by roofing companies and general contractors.Complaints by Industry, 2018, BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay’sRetail Florist – 147Airlines – 135New Car Dealers – 84Cable TV – 73Roofing Contractors – 67Home Improvement – 67General Contractor – 57Plumber – 49Utility Contractors – 40Moving Companies – 38Inquiries by Industry, 2018, BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay’sHome Improvement – 46,754Roofing Contractors – 44,831General Contractor – 42,188Plumber – 40,977Home Builders – 34,292Moving Companies – 30,318New Car Dealers – 22,715Used Car Dealers – 20,495Landscape Contractors – 20,036Electrician – 19,... https://edmontonsun.com/business/local-business/florists-top-list-for-customer-complaints-in-southern-alberta-better-business-bureau/wcm/fdfb63d7-533b-42c1-8018-50a14f5926dd
'So many things can go wrong': Florists top list of complaints made to BBB - Calgary HeraldTuesday, May 21, 2019
The BBB received 84 complaints about new car dealers.“So many things can go wrong with florists, especially in busy periods such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day,” Mary O’Sullivan-Andersen, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, said in a news release.The Better Business Bureau — which aims to promote trust in the marketplace by educating consumers and businesses, offering a business accreditation program, tracking scams and providing a forum for customer reviews — accepts consumer complaints as long as they are related to the products or services a business provides, are not in litigation and have not been resolved through some other arbitration process. Complaints received by the BBB are forwarded to the business along with a request for a response.The BBB also provides a platform for consumers to search for accredited businesses and request quotes. In 2018, the organization received the most inquiries about home improvement businesses, followed by roofing companies and general contractors.Complaints by Industry, 2018, BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay’sRetail Florist – 147Airlines – 135New Car Dealers – 84Cable TV – 73Roofing Contractors – 67Home Improvement – 67General Contractor – 57Plumber – 49Utility Contractors – 40Moving Companies – 38Inquiries by Industry, 2018, BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay’sHome Improvement – 46,754Roofing Contractors – 44,831General Contractor – 42,188Plumber – 40,977Home Builders – 34,292Moving Companies – 30,318New Car Dealers – 22,715Used Car Dealers – 20,495Landscape Contractors – 20,036Electrician – 19,742 Deadly pig virus shows up in Alberta for first time Varcoe: $10,000 monthly tax bill for s... https://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/florists-top-list-for-customer-complaints-in-southern-alberta-better-business-bureau
Richard Rico: A bouquet for the Rose - TheReporter.ComTuesday, March 19, 2019
That was favored by the mayor, and the rest agreed. But it took a turn later when new Councilman Nolan Sullivan announced he preferred that a special election make the decision for them; he said the job was too important for the council to make the choice. Not only did that throw applicants a curve, it blew chances for the new council to appear unified. The 14 applicants (one was ill Monday) had gone through weeks of preparation for interviews, in public and on camera, from the panel of four. But then the playing field changed. During the first round, Councilman Mashburn nominated Vaca school board president Sherrie Mahlberg, and Mayor Rowlett nominated city services commissioner and KC-10 instructor Shawn MacMahon. Councilwoman Dilenna Harris nominated Beaty. But none of the three got the required three votes. Sullivan pulled off his surprise, and declined to nominate. Mayor Ron and Mashburn opposed the special election. So Mitch re-nominated Beaty. By 3-1, he won out. Sullivan got to vote no and the remaining applicants got a civics lesson. They’ll probably replay it and wonder what happened for years.* * *DON’T read anything into this, but a coincidence got my attention this week.It seems House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s family, my family and that of La Borgata Deli’s family have something in common: We all have roots in towns a few miles apart in the Italy region of Molise, south of Rome. They’re connected by ancient walls; what a concept. It doesn’t make us kissing cousins, but we may be paisani. Pelosi’s mother Annunciata D’Alesandro was born in the region’s largest town of Campobasso (pop. 50,000.) My family of Costanzo Rico came from the village of Roccamandolfi (pop. 640). They’re just 15 miles apart. A mile from Rocca is La Borgata’s village, Cantalupo, (pop. 764.) Actually, it’s as close as our Main Street, where Marianna Schiavone and mama Michelina Iuliano create deli del Molise.Maybe someday we can bend Pelosi’s ear when she stops by for a plate of gnocchi.Two, and she’ll reopen the government.The author is former publisher of The Reporter. https://www.thereporter.com/2019/01/13/richard-rico-a-bouquet-for-the-rose/
Here is where to buy flowers in Charleston for your sweetheart this V-Day - Charleston City PaperSunday, February 10, 2019
Local delivery only. The Flower Cottage $39.99-$209.95. Delivers to Charleston, Isle of Palms, North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, and Sullivan's Island. The Greenery Florist $59.95-$79.99. Charleston and Mt. Pleasant delivery. James Island Charleston Flower Market $25-$250. Zone 1 same-day delivery ($9.99): Folly, James Island, Johns Island, Charleston, North Charleston, West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant. Zone 2 next-day delivery ($14.99): Kiawah, Seabrook, Wadmalaw, Daniel Island, Sullivan's, IOP, upper Mt. Pleasant. West Ashley Charleston Florist $45-$135. Has been serving Lowcountry for more than 80 years! $10 delivery fee; delivers most area zipcodes. ... https://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/lovers-listen-up-heres-where-to-buy-local-flowers-for-your-sweetheart-this-v-day/Content?oid=15113721
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 email@example.com 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