Gold medal tree

first_imgLavender twist redbud also can be planted in clusters of three to five plants for extra accent or in a large container for the patio or poolside. It looks particularly nice in a Japanese garden. Its natural weeping growth habit reminds one of Japanese bonsai. Soon after flowering, heart-shaped leaves emerge and the tree assumes an umbrella-like form in the summer landscape. Finally, when winter arrives and the leaves drop, the tree becomes a living sculpture in the landscape with zigzag branches, a contorted trunk and persistent pea-like seed pods that hang from its weeping branches. Landscape architects talk about creating a focal point when designing a landscape, one that draws the eye to a particular spot. This is often done with statuary, a fountain or a gazing ball. A plant can also be used as a focal point, but the plant has to have special features and year-round interest that attracts visitors’ attention every month of the year. One such plant is lavender twist redbud. The tree is patented and is grown via grafting onto a rootstock only by licensed growers. Staking and training are needed if an upright growth habit is desired. Otherwise, the plant will assume a more weeping form. Lavender twist redbud is a weeping form of our native redbud, discovered in 1991 in Westfield, N.Y., in the garden of Connie Covey. At that time, the tree was about 35 years old, 4.5 feet tall and 7 feet wide with a trunk diameter of about 6 inches. One of the unique features of the tree, other than growth habit, is that it goes dormant early, before the first frost. This early dormancy makes it more winter hardy and able to adapt to areas as far north as Maine and Minnesota. By Gary WadeUniversity ofGeorgia In the spring, the lavender twist redbud begins the show with lavender-pink, pea-like blossoms borne along its cascading branches, like sprays from a fountain. The plant stops traffic when in bloom. Flowers are borne not only along the branches, but along the main trunk as well. (Gary Wade is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Each tree develops a different and unique growth habit, and no two trees look alike. Lavender twist redbud is a small tree, growing up to 15 feet tall and wide. It prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. It’s a slow grower, so patience is a virtue with this plant. Blossoms form at an early age, often the first year, and flowering improves with age and size. last_img read more

Vermont Pure reports drop in sales for first quarter

first_imgVermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. (Amex: VPS) announced its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2009 and that it will file these results on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.Total sales for the three months ending January 31, 2009 decreased 5% to $15.6 million from $16.4 million for the comparable period a year ago. Gross margin also decreased 11% for the first quarter of 2009 to $8.1 million from $9.1 million in the comparable period a year earlier. Gross margin, as a percentage of sales, decreased to 52% in the first quarter of 2009 from 56% for the first quarter a year ago. Net income decreased to $95,000 for the three months ended January 31, 2009 compared to $512,000 for the comparable period last year.”Economic conditions in our marketplace have presented us with a challenging business environment in 2009,” said Peter Baker, C.E.O. of Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. “The economy has created an even more competitive environment not only resulting in lower sales but lower margins. In response, we have continued to lower our operating costs and increase the efficiency of our operations. Since some of the current changes in our market may not be cyclical, we are also analyzing how we do business in order to capitalize on new opportunities to expand our customer base,” Baker concluded.Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. (Amex: VPS), the largest independent home and office distributor of its kind in the United States, markets water, coffee and other home and office refreshment products throughout the Northeast through its subsidiary Crystal Rock LLC. The Company bottles and distributes natural spring water under the Vermont Pure(R) brand and purified water with minerals added under the Crystal Rock(R) label. The majority of its sales are derived from a route distribution system that delivers water in 3- to 5-gallon reusable and recyclable bottles. The Company continues to set high standards in the bottled water industry through its technical innovation, commitment to the environment and by integrating its family roots into relationships with employees and customers. More information is available at http://www.crystalrock.com(link is external). VERMONT PURE HOLDINGS, LTD Results of Operations (Unaudited) Three Months Ended: January 31, January 31, 2009 2008 (000’s $) Sales $15,552 $16,385 Income from operations $833 $1,546 Net Income $95 $512 Basic net earnings per share $0.00 $0.02 Diluted net earnings per share $0.00 $0.02 Basic Wgt. Avg. Shares Out. (000’s) 21,503 21,614 Diluted Wgt. Avg. Shares Out. (000’s) 21,503 21,614Note: This press release contains forward looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including integration of acquisitions, ability to sustain and manage growth, changing market conditions, and other risks detailed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.WATERTOWN, Conn., March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –SOURCE Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd.last_img read more

6 Must-Do Hikes in the South Carolina Upcountry

first_imgSouth Carolina is world renowned for its Southern hospitality, signature cuisine, and the quaint charm of coastal destinations like Charleston and Beaufort. But the less-heralded northwest corner of the Palmetto state, where the rolling hills of the Piedmont give way to the impressive features of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, is home to amazing opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration. Use this guide to the 6 best hikes in the South Carolina Upstate next time you’re looking for a new place to explore in the Blue Ridge Mountains.1. Fall Creek Falls, Jones Gap State Park and Mountain Bridge Wilderness PreserveThis 100-plus foot waterfall lies deep in the heart South Carolina’s 40,000-acre Mountain Bridge wilderness preserve at the end of a strenuous 1.5-mile uphill hike. The elevation gain is tough but rewarding. When you reach the top, not only will you be rewarded with an up close encounter of an impressive water feature, you’ll also be treated to sweeping views toward Greenville of Paris Mountain and the surrounding Piedmont.Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 4.50.05 PM2. Eastatoe Gorge, Pickens CountyThe Eastatoe Gorge is protected by the 373-acre Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve. Once a bastion of impressive old growth hemlock, the area saw its fair share of decimation after the accidental introduction of invasive hemlock wooly adelgids. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has now closed this heritage preserve to primitive camping due to the high volume of downed and falling trees, but it makes an excellent summer day hike, especially if you’re looking to escape the heat of the Upstate with a cool swimming hole. To access the trail head north on US 178. Eventually you’ll go through the small community of Rocky Bottom, South Carolina. Shortly after Rocky Bottom is a bridge spanning the length of Eastaoe Creek. Take a left after the bridge and follow signs for the Foothills Trail. Continue on past the Laurel Valley trailhead of the Foothills Trail to a gate blocking an old logging road on your left. Park at the gate and head into the gorge on the old logging road.Screen shot 2015-06-30 at 1.13.11 PM3. Big Rock Mountain in the Nine Times ForestThis recently protected area is a hidden jewel with no real established trails that requires boulder scrambling, a little route finding, and some moderate bush whacking. At the top of Big Rock Mountain is a boulder strewn paradise wholly unique in the South Carolina mountains. Because Nine Mile is still relatively new and trails systems largely unestablished, the area can be dangerous if not taken seriously. Thorough research and competent back country aptitude are required for successful exploration of the Nine Mile Forest. Click here for a first hand account of Josh Simon’s recent trip to Big Rock Mountain.Screen shot 2015-06-30 at 2.37.09 PM4. Pinnacle Mountain, Table Rock State Park At an elevation of 3,415 feet above sea level, Pinnacle Mountain is the tallest mountain completely contained within the borders of South Carolina. This hike is fairly popular, but the balds at the top offer unrivaled views of the iconic Table Rock Mountain. To get to the top start at the eastern terminus of the Foothills Trail inside Table Rock State Park. Once you reach the balds soak in the views, then bypass the true summit and continue on the Foothills Trails beyond the boundary of Table Rock State Park to a few stellar backcountry campsites.Screen shot 2015-06-30 at 2.49.11 PM5. Moonshine FallsThe hike to Moonshine Falls requires a cable bridge crossing over Matthews Creek and a special gate access code from Asbury Hills to pass through their summer camp property, but the payoff is huge. The waterfall itself is impressive, but even more interesting are the authentic moonshine stills left over from a bygone chapter of South Carolina history. For a detailed description of the hike and the beta on an alternate route through the Natural Land Trust Trail click here.Screen shot 2015-06-30 at 4.00.51 PM6. Jumping Off RockTake in the panoramic view of Lake Jocassee from Jumping Off Rock, and you’ll immediately understand why National Geographic Magazine named the Jocassee Gorges in a list of ‘50 of the World’s Last Great Places‘. Ironically, the pristine lake observed from this spot is a product of a man-made hydro project, formed by the flooding of the Horsepasture, Thompson, Toxaway, and Whitewater River. But the forested mountains that surround Lake Jocassee are largely untouched by the hand of man. Click here for detailed directions to the one-of-a-kind lookout point.Screen shot 2015-06-30 at 1.30.14 PM[divider]More from BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more

Charlie LeDuff From Detroit. Reporter. Advocate. Bather. Golfer. Warrior.

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Charlie LeDuff is a television news reporter in Detroit.I came across this report, highlighting the problems that city and police department cutbacks are helping to cause.It was a bit disheartening, but nonetheless, entertaining and informative. (Watch it. Then we’ll continue.)So then, I saw this report, which, as one YouTube commenter stated, was “captivating, funny, interesting, and f—ing heart warming.”Man. This guy makes me want to live in Detroit just so he could be my local TV news reporter.(If Detroit wasn’t such a mess, that is.)Which is kinda the point!Well done, LeDuff. Well done.OH GOD, EVEN MORE! THIS IS AWESOME! THIS GUY ROCKS!last_img

Rockville Centre Man Admits Stealing $1.3M from Nonprofits

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Rockville Centre man has admitted to embezzling nearly $1.3 million from two women and two nonprofits that raises funds to help children with special needs children.Drew Morgan pleaded guilty Friday at Nassau County court to grand larceny. Judge Philip Grella is expected to sentence the 44-year-old man on May 22 to 3-1/3 to 10 years in prison and to order him pay full restitution to his victims.“Drew Morgan used his position as treasurer and president of two nonprofit organizations to steal money that should have been used to enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said he embezzled $1,086,453 from the Anchor Building Fund, Inc. while acting as its treasurer of the not-for-profit corporation that runs Camp A.N.C.H.O.R., which is short for Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation—a program serves children and adults with special needs—between 2008 and 2013He also stole $130,558 more between June 2010 and December 2012 from the Corporation for the Social and Exceptionally Challenged Kids, a nonprofit that raised funds for Camp A.N.C.H.O.R. and Impact OASIS, a group that promotes the acceptance and inclusion of people autism.Investigators uncovered the alleged thefts while examining Morgan’s bank records during a separate probe into allegations he stole $475,000 from two sisters that hired him as their financial planner as the principal of DKM Financial Corp. and owner of Rockstead Venture Capital LLC.Prosecutors said that he spent the victims’ investment to pay for a membership in the Hempstead Golf Club, airline travel and hotel stays, restaurants, credit and debit card purchases, appliances, home furnishings and personal expenses between 2008 and 2010.Morgan was arrested on Oct. 2, 2013.last_img read more

West Babylon Man in Wheelchair Killed in Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed a 40-year-old man in a wheelchair in the victim’s hometown of West Babylon on Friday night, Suffolk County police said.Michael Dora was in the right lane on southbound Great East Neck Road when he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling southbound at 9:15 p.m., police said.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead.The vehicle involved is believed to be dark in color, possibly a Nissan, with front-end damage.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who has information or may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Secure mobile payments: Staying top of wallet with tokenization

first_img 80SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the launch of Apple Pay™ and changes to other mobile wallets, consumer interest in mobile payments is accelerating. Just as Apple Pay and others solve for ease of use with frictionless mobile payments at the point of sale, tokenization helps ensure those payments are secure – and keeps your financial institution central to the consumer payments experience.To make sure consumers are using your financial institution’s card for mobile payments, make it as easy as possible for consumers to add their cards to apps. Ensuring your cards meet requirements to be used through these services is just as important. In the case of Apple Pay, a card has to have tokenization capabilities to be used through the service.Tokenization, now the standard for mobile payments security, enhances the security of online and mobile transactions by replacing the traditional payment card account number (PAN) with a unique string of digital numbers, or token, so that sensitive account information is never shared. Apple Pay is the first use case of tokenization, but others are following.Many financial institutions have taken a wait-and-see approach to implementing mobile payments, including tokenization capabilities. However, several factors are coming together that signal a tipping point in mobile payments. continue reading »last_img read more

Parties should work together in Nisky

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion More from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? According to The Gazette, Denise Murphy McGraw greeted Yasmine Syed with a partisan challenge, saying the Dems still have control and nothing is going to change. This sounds like Washington, D.C., where political conflicts have paralyzed the legislative process. Politicians, please remember you are working for the electorate, not for your political party.So let’s try that welcome again with, “Welcome supervisor-elect. Niskayuna is a great place. How can we work together to keep it that way?”I’m a registered voter but I don’t belong to any political party. I’m old enough to remember when politicians worked together to accomplish great things for this country.I dread the thought of the Washington, D.C., morass smothering the town where I have lived for more than 40 years.Andy FosterNiskayunalast_img read more

Riverfront stunner calls for buyers

first_imgA look through the floor will help you check on the bottle numbers.Of course you’ve also got beautiful gardens, inground pool and a pontoon at your disposal too. Behind the doors of this Chelmer home sits a stunning design and beautiful views.Sitting on the dock of the… river.This beautiful home at 27 Morley St, Chelmer has hit the market, and while it’s stunning design will win your heart, it’s riverfront position will take your breath away. The contemporary design allows for a thoughtful layout.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe contemporary three-level layout utilises the outlook, with river vistas from the main living and master suite.The home accommodates four-bedrooms and two-bathrooms, but it’s its thoughtful finish that adds the ‘wow’ factor. A quite tasty kitchen finishA central glass-enclosed staircase, timber feature work and a very cool glass floor panel that allows you to check the stock level in your wine cellar are all among the head-turning elements. The pool overlooks the river — very nice!The home is being marketed through North South Real Estate with tenders closing October 21st at 5:00pm.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Major growth suburb to be home to a new boutique development

first_imgBloom on Wesley at Lutwyche. Photo: SuppliedA six-storey development in one of Brisbane’s northern suburbs is offering buyers large oversized apartments with elevated city views.Boutique apartment builder developer Raise Projects’ latest development Bloom on Wesley is in the city-fringe of Lutwyche. Bloom on Wesley at Lutwyche.Bloom on Wesley incorporates 36 spacious two-bedroom plus study, three-bedroom plus study and three-bedroom plus multi-purpose room apartments with resort-style amenities featuring a rooftop infinity pool, gymnasium, barbecue and recreational area.The apartments feature up to 159sq m in a variety of floor plans, with modern living spaces and large balconies or courtyards to 66sq m.Prices of apartments start from $495,000 for two-bedroom apartments and from $645,000 for three-bedroom apartments. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoCheck out the views at Bloom on Wesley. Photo: SuppliedRaise Projects director Ramy Raymond said it was exciting to have the opportunity to develop such a perfectly positioned site in a major growth suburb.“We wanted to make the most of the location by creating a contemporary urban apartment building that caters for the desires of its residents,’’ Mr Raymond said.“Our architect has designed the building to maximise light and space while delivering on our commitment to creating oversize living spaces that are innovative, sophisticated and sustainable.“Our vision is to develop a building of uncompromising quality for residents who want to upsize their life by combining the convenience of urban apartment living with all the comforts and space of a house.’’Bloom on Wesley marketing manager and TOTAL Property Group managing director Adrian Parsons said Lutwyche was fast becoming a lifestyle destination of choice for home buyers looking for property in Brisbane.“The Bloom on Wesley development site is perfectly positioned in an area where we are seeing increasingly high demand,” he said.“Lutwyche has been undergoing a transformation and is emerging as a city-fringe hotspot for urban living.“There has been a spike in interest from people who are looking for spacious apartments in established northern suburbs like Lutwyche where they can enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle and fast, easy access to Brisbane’s CBD.“Bloom residents will be able to leave their car at home and walk to do just about anything; from browsing the quirky shops along the shopping strip to picking up some groceries at Lutwyche City Shopping Centre or popping on a bus or train for a short ride to the city, the options are endless.”center_img Imagine hanging around here during the summer months at Bloom on Wesley.Mr Parsons said there was an opportunity for both owner occupiers and investors.“We are seeing very strong interest in Bloom’s spacious and competitively-priced apartments from buyers and tenants,” he said.The site is 350m from the Lutwyche City Shopping Centre, which is undergoing a $60 million refurbishment, and is handy to many facilities on Brisbane’s north including the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital 2.8km away, the QUT university campus and many private and public schools within 5km.last_img read more