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Flowers recognized as Edward Jones Jersey Athlete of Month - RiverBender.comTuesday, October 04, 2016
Flowers with the first Edward Jones Athlete of the Month. Medford is an Edward Jones rep in Jerseyville.Flowers had significant accomplishments in September, capturing first place individually in the Granite City Invitational, Edwardsville Invitational, Alton Invitational and the JCHS Havens Invitational. He placed high in the First to the Finish Invitational in Peoria on Sept. 10 and is running again at Peoria this weekend.Flowers, a senior, is a runner any coach would love to have, and not just for his cross-country skills.“Ben is not only a great runner but also a great person,” his coach Harold Landon said. “I have not once since Ben was a freshman heard someone say anything bad about him.”Landon said Flowers works as hard and is as dedicated as any runner Landon has ever had on his Jersey team.“He had a great summer of running, he put in some weightlifting and he is even doing some yoga,” Landon said. “He doesn’t want to have any regrets about this season. He really pushed Jack Aho of Grays Lake Central in the Peoria meet and he will be running against two who have beaten Aho this weekend in Peoria. It should be a big test this weekend.”Landon said Flowers is focusing on finishing long runs with strong kicks at the end in training sessions.“Ben is maturing more and growing into his body,” Landon said. “He is getting stronger all the time.”Flowers is...
Ben Flowers eclipses Jersey school record with seventh-place finish at Peoria - RiverBender.comTuesday, October 04, 2016
Landon said. “We would have liked it to be closer to 4:50. His goals are to be in the 14:30s in four weeks at the state meet.” The Panthers finished 30th of 37 teams in the field with 809 points; Granite City was 26th at 729 and Alton was 31st at 815 points. Will and Andrew O'Keefe finished 43rd and 45th respectively for the Warriors, Will O'Keefe turning in a time of 15:30.20 and Andrew O'Keefe a 15:32.20. Arie Macias was the leading Redbird runner, finishing 112th in 16:15.50.LaGrange Lyons took the team title with 65 points, with the individual championship going to York's Charlie Kern in 14:21.50.Brent Feeney also contributed to this storyIf 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 repeats at Granite Invite - Alton TelegraphTuesday, September 27, 2016
Jersey’s Ben Flowers, shown winning the 2015 Granite City Invite as a junior, repeated as race champion Saturday at Wilson Park in Granite.James B. Ritter / For The TelegraphGRANITE CITY – Ben Flowers overcame a challenge to win the Granite City Invitational cross country meet as a junior in 2015.The Jersey Panthers senior defended his title Saturday at Wilson Park while finishing the three-mile run without a serious threat.Flowers, who won the race by less than four seconds last year, drew off from a field of 246 runners to win the invite in 15 minutes, 00.51 seconds. Chatham Glenwood senior Chris Durr was runner-up in 15:24.30.Marion zenior Zach Young (15:25.15), Freeburg junior Charlie Parrish (15:27.62) and Edwardsville junior Franky Romano (15:30.11) completed the top five individuals.O’Fallon won the boys division with 91 points. Glenwood (126), St. Louis U High (142), Edwardsville (158) and Freeburg rounded out the top five of 24 teams that fielded a complete lineup. Flowers ran as an individual for Jersey, which sent just... http://thetelegraph.com/sports/88801/prep-cross-country-jerseys-flowers-repeats-at-granite-invite
Schwartz, Flowers post wins at Edwardsville Invitational - Belleville News-DemocratTuesday, September 20, 2016
Saturday as she cruised to a 16 second win at the Edwardsville Invitational Cross Country Meet at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.One week after winning the Granite City Invitational. Schwartz went out and finished with a time of 19 minutes 28 seconds on the 5K trek as she defeated Edwardsville freshman Abby Korak for the title. Korak, one of four Tigers runners to place in the top 10, had a time of 19 minutes 44 seconds.The Tigers, who nipped St. Louis power Nerinx Hall (31-32) for the title also got top 10 finshes from 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 a... 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
GRANITE CITY – Jersey’s Ben Flowers had the thrill of capturing first place in the Granite City Invitational boys division, but he also was able to meet area distance great Craig Virgin before the race.Virgin, an Olympic medalist from Lebanon, IL, has a habit of showing up at big cross country meets and he took the time Saturday to greet Flowers and the other Jersey team members before the race.“Meeting Craig Virgin before the race motivated me to run even faster,” Flowers said after the race. “He is one of my heroes. I couldn’t believe he came up to me and the team before the race and wished me a good race.”Flowers blazed the trail in the race, winning with a time of 15:00.51, almost eclipsing the 15-minute flat mark for the 3-mile course.“You always wonder about what the first big race will be like and Ben basically showed up and showed he is ready to go to bigger and better things this year,” head Jersey cross country coach Harold Landon said. “Ben ran a great race.”Edwardsville’s F...
Illinois Hospital Plants Flowers To Represent COVID-10 Patients - q985online.comMonday, April 27, 2020
Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois is using a flower with a very special meaning to represents inpatients that were treated and released for COVID-19. Not only is it significant to show the recovery rates of this pandemic but it also looks great too.The frontline heroes at Edwards are planting daffodils outside of the hospital, each represents their COVID-19 patients. The daffodils are near signs that read, "a flower for every COVID-19 discharged and healing at home."Edward Hospital & Health Services (Facebook)Edward Hospital's Facebook post explains why this is an important message for its local community.The daffodils will provide an uplifting representation of those who are winning the fight against this deadly virus.This would look great outside each hospital of hospitals along the state line.TRENDING: Dixon Man Asks if Anyone Knows Whose House Door Landed On His CarJB Love is ½ of Q98.5's Lil Zim & JB In The Morning, weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Follow h... https://q985online.com/illinois-hospital-plants-flowers-to-represent-covid-10-patients/
South Bay History: Torrance flower producer once supplied gardenias and orchids nationwide - The Daily BreezeThursday, April 02, 2020
Florists’ Transworld Delivery, or FTD. FTD started in 1910 as Florists’ Telegraph Delivery in Detroit, later moving to Downers Grove, Illinois, and growing into a global enterprise.Wright already was a master flower grower, and frequent winner at the Southern California Horticultural Association’s annual garden show for his roses.But he had a vision that went beyond his flower shop’s walls. He decided to specialize in producing two types of flowers, gardenias and orchids. He wanted to grow them in bulk and set up a network to distribute them nationwide.Gardenias grow in a greenhouse at Wright’s Greenhouses orchid and gardenia farm in Torrance, on May 27, 1937. (Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)Neither plant naturally thrives in the South Bay’s cool and dry climate, so Wright went looking to buy land where he could build greenhouses to replicate the humid climate in which they grow best.He found such a parcel at the corner of present-day 190th Street and Western Avenue but it wasn’t in Torrance. Yet.The city wasn’t on anyone’s radar in 1907, when Wright began his operations there. He started building greenhouses five years before the city’s founding date and 14 years prior to its incorporation.Wright’s parcel was 12 acres of unincorporated county land then, and it wouldn’t be annexed to Torrance until 1930. “Not a building was to be seen,” when he bought the land, Wright told the Torrance Herald in 1936.Flowers grow in a greenhouse at Wright’s Greenhouses orchid and gardenia farm in Torrance, on May 27, 1937. (Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)Gardenias in bloom. 2007 file photo. (Credit: Orange County Register) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBy 1912, he had his operation... https://www.dailybreeze.com/south-bay-history-torrance-flower-producer-once-supplied-gardenias-and-orchids-nationwide
CBS11 Investigates Online ‘Florist’ With Hundreds Of Complaints - CBS Dallas / Fort WorthThursday, March 12, 2020
That’s what Susan Hatch did when she wanted to send flowers to an out-of-state relative.“Went to Google. Googled local florists in Park Ridge, Illinois, and they came to the top of the search engine.” She’s talking about Troys Florist, a company whose website touts it as “the best Park Ridge florist you trust.”“They had a whole range of flower arrangements, probably 100 different selections,” said Hatch.She paid $100 for the “beauty in bloom” arrangement, but Hatch said the flowers that arrived were not nearly as nice. “Cheap! Really poor quality.” When she complained, Troys offered her a 10% refund. “That didn’t even cover the delivery fee,” said Hatch.Even so, Troys Florist is “the best” in a lot of places. We searched for local florists across DFW; every time Troys was one of the top results. The best in Fort Worth, Frisco, DeSoto and Melissa. So we ordered a bouquet of our own. We paid for the “thinking of you” bouquet. A Fort Worth florist delivered a smaller arrangement with different colors to our studios. She said she had never heard of Troys.CBS 11 News ordered the bouquet on the left. The one on the right is what was delivered to the newsroom. Not even close! (credit: CBS 11 News)That’s because Troys Florist isn’t in Texas. The company’s address i... https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2020/02/12/cbs11-investigates-online-florist-with-hundreds-of-complaints/
How plants protect themselves from sun damage: Study reveals a mechanism that plants can use to dissipate excess sunlight as heat - Science DailyThursday, March 12, 2020
A better understanding of plants' natural photoprotection system could help scientists develop new ways to improve crop yields, Schlau-Cohen says. A 2016 paper from University of Illinois researchers showed that by overproducing all of the proteins involved in photoprotection, crop yields could be boosted by 15 to 20 percent. That paper also suggested that production could be further increased to a theoretical maximum of about 30 percent."If we understand the mechanism, instead of just upregulating everything and getting 15 to 20 percent, we could really optimize the system and get to that theoretical maximum of 30 percent," Schlau-Cohen says.The research was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200310094246.htm