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Poultry Plant Controversy Signaled Tonganoxie's Demographic TransformationTuesday, July 03, 2018
They were glad the land would be used for something ag-related, rather than a strip mall. But when Tyson pulled out, the deal fell through. She says the response to Tyson revealed that Leavenworth County, which includes Tonganoxie, has no strategic plan for economic development. "You have to have a mindset for growth," she said. “Johnson County has a mindset for growth. Wyandotte County has a mindset for growth. You look at Leavenworth County: Don’t really know!” Housing boom We left Reed’s home to head back downtown and meet up with John W. Evans, the 4th generation president of Evans Real Estate Company. After we pile into Evans' sedan, the spry 88-year-old drives us through downtown. There’s an antique shop, and Ryan’s Public House, Loralee Stevens’ new bar and meet-up space. And there are a lot a lot of empty storefronts. But Evans takes us a few short blocks outside the downtown, and there's a beehive of construction, dozens of suburban-style split level homes with basketball hoops and cars in the garage. Vacant lots ready for homes. There's a homebuilding boom. “And they all sold... http://kcur.org/post/poultry-plant-controversy-signaled-tonganoxies-demographic-transformation
Grinter Farms' sunflower phenomenon is a tale of beauty, Kansas history - Kansas City StarTuesday, September 20, 2016
I didn’t plan on tourism. But it puts smiles on people’s faces.”Over the last few years, visitors by the thousands from all over the world have found their way to the rural Leavenworth County sunflower patch. Some gather to take the perfect family photo. Some wander.Last year, an estimated 30,000 people showed up, though there’s no way to confirm that figure. The Grinters don’t charge admission (but donations, for cut sunflowers or otherwise, are kindly accepted, thankyouverymuch).Kansas Turnpike Authority figures from last year do show a 45 percent to 100 percent increase of drivers passing through the Tonganoxie exit on the weekends the flowers were in bloom.And as incredible as that 30,000 number sounds, it’s possible the farm saw every bit of that this past weekend alone.For several hours over Labor Day weekend, the traffic backed up for miles in three directions. Relatives were called in to park cars. Leavenworth County officers who had the day off were asked to come help direct traffic.It got to the point where access to the farm and fields was temporarily shut down.“When Tongie folks and friends are texting me photos of the backup on (the highway),” said Kris Grinter, Ted’s wife, “that’s when I thought, ‘Holy …’ ”The roads reopened shortly thereafter. And ever since, as long as there has been a hint of daylight, the farm has seen a steady inflow of sightseers, photographers, ramblers and gawkers.Which naturally leads to the question: Why?The answer is a strange confluence of botany, biology, iconography and technology.The Kansas state flower has fascinated human beings since before there was a Kansas. The Kiowa word for the sunflower sounds something like “ho-son’a” and roughly translates as “looking at you,” because the plant’s mature flower h... http://www.kansascity.com/living/article100684777.html
After the shooting, a boy gave flowers to workers at King Soopers stores near the attack - The Washington PostWednesday, March 31, 2021
He purchased dozens of carnations in a variety of bright colors and paid for them with money he earned from dog-walking. When JJ told the florist his plan to give a flower to every store employee, she offered him a generous discount.That’s when he turned to his mother and excitedly said, “kindness is spreading!” Witmer recalled.They did several laps around the supermarket and handed out one flower to every employee. With each flower, JJ shared an earnest message.“We just wanted to let you know you’re appreciated. Thank you for being here today. It must be hard,” he said to each employee.“At first, I was a little bit timid because I wasn’t sure how they would react,” JJ said.But then he saw that employees instantly responded with overwhelming gratitude.“They were really thankful. Lots of them were crying and giving me first bumps and air hugs,” JJ said. “It made me feel so good. I was filled with joy and happiness.”While chatting with the store employees, “they said they were kind of scared to go do their job,” JJ added. “I think we made the right decision because it made a lot of people feel good.”Although Witmer followed closely behind her son, “I just stood in the background and let him do his thing,” she said. “This was his idea, and I was just there to support him.”After about 45 minutes in the store, they moved on to another King Soopers location in Reunion, a community in Commerce City, which is where the Witmer family usually gets their groceries.“We know most of the employees there,” JJ said.He purchased three dozen red roses that the store’s florist also offered at a heavily discounted price. Again, he circled the supermarket, handing out flowers to every employee in sight.“He even waited for a staff meeting to end so he wouldn’t miss anybody,” Witmer said.Marsha Esparza-Barnabe, 58, who works in the pharmacy at the Commerce City King Soopers, was surprised when JJ approached her with a rose.The atmosphere in the store was “very somber,” she said. “Everybody was talking about [the shooting], and it was just very sad. It could have been our store.”Then JJ appeared, rose in hand.The small gesture of kindness was so overwhelming, Esparza-Barnabe said, that “I actually turned and walked to the back and cried.”Not far away, in the baking aisle of the supermarket, Zerelda Todd — a King Soopers employee of 46 years — was on her knees, stocking the shelves with tubes of frosting.“All of a sudden, I heard this quiet voice go ‘Ma’am,' ” Todd, 64, said. ... https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/03/25/king-soopers-shooting-flowers-colorado/
Slaughterhouse Workers Can Now Get Free Job Training to Become Florists - VegNewsWednesday, March 31, 2021
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), sent a letter to Kim Cordova, president of labor union United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, urging her to encourage workers to become florists in light of the ongoing pandemic and offering for PETA to pay for the necessary job training to make the transition. “Working on the kill floor is a dangerous, dirty, dead-end job,” Newkirk said. “PETA is happy to help budding flower arrangers flee the meat industry for the sake of animals and their own mental health.” Last week, a number of meat companies closed slaughterhouses as an increasing number of workers became infected with COVID-19—a disease thought to have originated from a wet animal market, not dissimilar from a slaughterhouse, in Wuhan, China late last year. Smithfield shuttered its Sioux Falls, SD pig slaughterhouse after 230 workers tested positive, Cargill closed its meat-packaging plant near Hazleton, PA, after reporting 130 positive cases, and JBS temporarily shut down its beef slaughterhouse in Souderton, PA after 17 workers tested positive.Love the plant-based lifestyle as much as we do?Get the BEST vegan recipes, travel, celebrity interviews, product picks, and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine. Find out why VegNews is the world’s #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today!Subscribe... https://vegnews.com/2020/4/slaughterhouse-workers-can-now-get-free-job-training-to-become-florists
Jasmine Rae Floral Design offers flowers and more at new main street shop - Eagle News OnlineWednesday, March 31, 2021
I can’t wait to gain more over time.”Born in Syracuse, Rae moved to southern California with her mother at the age of four, returning to CNY each year to visit family and friends.The florist discovered her interest in design at the age of 20 while working at a beachside hotel in California.“We would receive a beautiful floral arrangement for the lobby weekly, and something just clicked in me that designing was something I wanted to pursue,” she said. “From there I traveled to LA and San Francisco, taking course after course on designing and also working in shops and design studios. Over the past 10 years I’ve lived in four different states, always with the same career and end goal in mind.”After deciding to settle down in Central New York to be near her family, Rae began searching for a perfect location to open a shop.“I found it here, in the heart of Cazenovia,” she said. “The amount of creativity and support in this community is so inspiring and something I am very excited to be a part of.”For more information, visit the Jasmine Rae Floral Design Facebook page, or call 315-815-5043. Related ... https://eaglenewsonline.com/new/business/2021/03/15/jasmine-rae-floral-design-offers-flowers-and-more-at-new-main-street-shop/
Grow Plant Shop's First Brick-and-Mortar to Open Saturday - Fort Worth MagazineWednesday, March 31, 2021
Owners Emily and Bobby Lynge always saw the Airstream as temporary, however, and during the pandemic, were able to make the move to the space once occupied by The Enchanted Florist on Camp Bowie.
The Magnolia Avenue Airstream will be open until Thursday. On Saturday, the Camp Bowie space will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Grieving residents pour into Boulder flower shop to show support for victims - The Denver ChannelWednesday, March 31, 2021
BOULDER, Colo. — Flowers arrangements and roses are moving fast at Boulder Gardens Florist as people pay their respects for the lives lost in the King Soopers mass shooing in Boulder Monday.Joshua Dusk is a florist at Boulder Gardens Florist. He’s been there for about a year but has 22 years of experience. He moves quickly with each arrangement, but behind every perfectly placed flower, there is intention.“You know, you can’t take it [the pain] away, but I get to be in a position where I can help that healing process with creative energy,” Dusk said. “I like using different colors to heal.”Calls have been pouring into Boulder Gardens Florist for arrangements and deliveries to the police departments, the memorial and the families of the victims.Heidi Lunsford, an employee at the flower shop, says flowers help people showcase their support and cope with the tragic loss at a time when many feel helpless.Aaron Pilling dropped by the shop and picked up ten red roses — one for each victim — and two bouquets of flowers. He plans to attend a vigil with friends.“I think I fee... https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/grieving-residents-pour-into-boulder-flower-shop-to-show-support-for-victims