Pennsylvania Flower Shop News
Florist teams with retired Army captain on flowers for troops - Kitsap SunTuesday, October 24, 2017
First Street in Shelton and has been in the flower design business off and on for nearly 60 years.His love for flowers comes from his mother, who was a buyer for a major department store in Pennsylvania, where Varley grew up.“She picked it up on her own and always made these beautiful arrangements for people,” he said. Varley himself entered the U.S. Navy in 1956, where he served for nearly a decade in a seaplane squadron.By the time Operation Desert Storm hit in the 1990s, Varley owned Flowers by Joseph, a small flower shed in Oceanside, California, where he worked with his mother.“My uncle was a master sergeant at Camp Pendleton, and we moved there because my father wanted to see his brother,” he said. “It was a hole in the wall surrounded by bars on both sides. These military kids came in with ripped up $20 bills, when $20 was actually worth something.”The response that Varley received from the service members and their spouses stayed with him, even as he built a lucrative and successful career selling flowers to celebrities such as Dustin Hoffman and Michael and Janet Jackson’s loved ones. Varley earned awards at local festivals for his flower arrangements and even arranged flowers for the Academy Award and Golden Globe awards ceremonies. Twelve years ago, Varley moved to Mason County to be closer to his children and initially worked cleaning offices and at Shelton Floor Covering before opening another Flowers by Joseph location in the DuPont General Store near Joint Base Lewis McChord.That’s where he met Smith, who works in executive coaching and as a business consultant.“I’ve lived in DuPont for 20 years, and when I saw that the DuPont General Store started selling these beautiful flowers, I started talking to Joseph,” Smith said. “We hit it off really well and he told me about his idea. I have a background in technology and knew I could help him out.”Now, through troopsfrequentflowers.com, service members can pre-order flowers at discounted prices from anywhere in the world.Businesses, teams or individuals are welcome to sponsor entire units through the website.While Varley offers a frequent flowers program for all of his customer through his business, his nonprofit has specifically priced its flower arrangements at a lower cost for service members.“We did our research and noted that at local flower shops in the Tacoma area, sending a single rose could cost up to $25,” Smith said. “Our flowers for troops and their families is $9.99. There is no where else you can find a single rose for $10.”The Troops Frequent Flowers Program plans to honor veterans at a benefit from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at Bella Acres on 191 SE Vic King Road in Shelton. Service members and their spouses get in free, while non-service members must pay $10.For more information and to buy tickets for the Nov. 4 fundraiser, visit www.troopsfrequentflowers.com or call 253-988-3688 or 1-866-8... http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/local/communities/mason/2017/10/12/florist-teams-retired-army-captain-flowers-troops/759133001/
Florist's shop robbed while owner giving flowers to veterans - York Daily Record/Sunday NewsTuesday, October 24, 2017
Anthony J. Machcinski, York Daily RecordPolice are searching for the woman.(Photo: TheaDesign, Getty Images/iStockphoto)GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania florist's shop has been robbed while the owner was away handing out free bouquets to veterans at a health center.Carrie South says the thief made off with $1,400 from Bloomin' Genius Exotic Flowers and Gifts in Greensburg.She tells the Tribune-Review she was handing out bouquets to veterans outside the Greensburg VA Primary Care Center on Oct. 11 when the theft happened. She was participating in a program called Petal It Forward, in which florists give away two bouquets, one for the person to keep and the other to give away.More: York woman wanted in August home-invasion robbery caught Friday after fleeing from policeMore: York City police officer 'in danger of death or serious bodily injury' justified in shooting, DA saysWhen South returned to her shop she noticed her bank envelope was missing.Her shop's surveillance camera caught the man in action. Her only employee was distracted helping a customer.She said Friday she hopes releasing the images helps catch the man.___Information from: Tribune-Review, http://triblive.comRead or Share this story: http://www.ydr... http://www.ydr.com/story/news/2017/10/21/florists-shop-robbed-while-owner-giving-flowers-veterans/787709001/
Florist shop robbed while owner giving flowers to veterans - Bradenton HeraldTuesday, October 24, 2017
A Pennsylvania florist's shop has been robbed while the owner was away handing out free bouquets to veterans at a health center.Carrie South says the thief made off with $1,400 from Bloomin' Genius Exotic Flowers and Gifts in Greensburg.She tells the Tribune-Review she was handing out bouquets to veterans outside the Greensburg VA Primary Care Center on Oct. 11 when the theft happened. She was participating in a program called Petal It Forward, in which florists give away two bouquets, one for the person to keep and the other to give away.When South returned to her shop she noticed her bank envelope was missing.Her shop's surveillance camera caught the man in action. Her only employee was distracted helping a customer.She said Friday she hopes releasing the images helps catch the man. http://www.bradenton.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article180067841.html
The fall harvest has arrived at local farmers markets - Washington PostTuesday, September 26, 2017
The area from Central Pennsylvania down to the Shenandoah Valley provides an enormous variety of nectarines, peaches, apples and pears. This grower offers everything from honey crisp apples (my favorite) to ruby red pears and “very sweet” white nectarines. (John Hopewell)Fall harvest is in full swing, and our local farmers markets are offering a cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables, ranging from juicy peaches to purple okra. It’s not just produce on the menu at some larger farmers markets, which offer a variety of vendors selling products from hot doughnuts, bison meat, soups and salsas to fresh-cut flowers and mushrooms.One of the best things about shopping at farmers markets is getting to meet and talk to the folks who actually grow our food. Yes, you pay more than at the Giant but the food is local; farmers come to the D.C. area from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.Lois Allensworth departs her 150-acre farm in Leedstown, Va., before dawn in a truck loaded with tomat...
Families gather at Ground Zero for 9/11 ceremony - Daily EgyptianTuesday, September 12, 2017
Bells tolled, marking the moments of the 2001 assault on the two towers and the Pentagon, the crashing of United Airlines Flight 93 in a Pennsylvania field, and the astonishing collapse of the Twin Towers.AdvertisementAs they reached the end of their section of names, the relatives delivered often-emotional messages about the loved ones they had lost.They choked back tears, gave each other reassuring pats on the back, and in some cases struggled to complete their statements.“Grammy Ruth, I wish more than anything I could have met you,” one girl said from the podium as she read the names. “I hope you are watching down on me from heaven.”Mourners in the audience hugged one another, tears streaming down many of their faces as they recalled lives cut short.Officials and relatives were gathered around the stage to hear the names of the nearly 3,000 of those who died in the 9/11 attacks and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.The reading ended around 12:15 p.m., with buglers playing taps.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) were among those in attendance.St. James resident Patrick McGovern, 62, said he lost his brother, William McGovern, who was a battalion chief with the FDNY.“It’s actually a little harder now,” he said. “You see the children who never saw their parents. As bad as it was then, it’s worse now.”“It’s a give-and-take,” he added. “I assured my mother, who is not with us anymore, that I would always be here.”His brother was in the north tower at the time. “He went in there with Ladder Five and none of them ever came out,” he said.Despite the somberness of the commemoration, children who had never met the grandparents and aunts and uncles lost on 9/11 offered moments of brightness to the somber day’s events.Throughout the crowd children could be seen eagerly waving American flags, holding flowers and gently hugging loved ones.Margie Miller, 67, of Baldwin, said attending the ceremony was her way to give others a glimpse of her late husband, Joel Miller. He worked on the 97th floor of the nort...