By Barb Pert TempletonFor The Voice
The city of Richmond saw plenty of progress in 2015, including putting in a state-of-the-art police department facility that also houses the city offices while also keeping residents informed through the continued expansion of social media sites.City officials expect the progress to continue into the New Year. The Voice recently caught up with Mayor Tim Rix and City Manager Jon Moore to discuss their plans for 2016.The Voice: What are some accomplishments or improvements you saw in Richmond in 2015?Rix: Our biggest accomplishment/improvement was the consolidation of city hall and the police department into one building. We have completed the move and now have the state-of-the-art technology, dispatch services and a complex that is well-equipped to serve our community for decades to come, and it’s paid for.We have rebuilt Dow Street and have purchased a new front loader for our DPW. We have hired a new treasurer, assessor and DPW laborer.We have improved our social media, including Facebook pages f... http://www.voicenews.com/articles/2015/12/30/news/doc568422f78c28e246263263.txt
Margaret R. Sherrow
Margaret R. Sherrow
Richmond, Ind. - Margaret R. Sherrow, age 92, of Richmond, died December 25, 2015 at Friends Fellowship Community. She was born in Richmond, IN on June 11, 1923 to Leo W. and Nettie T. Bruck, was a graduate of Richmond High School and had lived in Richmond all of her life. She retired from Friends Fellowship Community where she was employed as a clerk in the Dietary Department. Margaret was a long-time member of First Christian Church where she served as chairperson or a member of numerous committees. In previous years she also enjoyed baking cookies for the jail and making birthday cakes monthly for the Richmond State Hospital. She participated in the Richmond State Hospital Christmas Party, attended Bible Study Fellowship and volunteered at Reid Hospital for many years. She was an excellent cook making delicious pies and was an accomplished seamstress making most of her own clothes. She loved her family and was always willing to help others.
Survivors include her children, Linda (hus... http://www.pal-item.com/story/life/announcements/obituaries/0001/01/01/margaret-r-sherrow/77921508/
In 2010 they held a place of honour on Olympic podiums in Vancouver, Richmond and Whistler. Those bouquets presented to each medal recipient featured flowers grown at Quik’s.
Leo Quik says his fondness for flowers might have something to do with his European heritage. Responsible for sales and logistics, Leo says a bouquet of fresh flowers is a staple in so many European homes.
But there is a lot of science behind that simple pleasure.
Indeed, growers strive for perfection, not only in production techniques, but also in the final product.
That means constant research and innovation, like movable propagation beds that allow young cuttings to be shifted beneath the appropriate irrigation drips, depending on the stage of their development.
Chrysanthemums are not grown from seed at Quik’s. They start as cuttings, mostly taken from their own mature plants. This helps maintain the consistency that customers demand, but also protects the crop from any outside disease.
Chrysanthemums are an ancient flower, with roots stretching back to 1500 BC. They come in every, shape, size and colour imaginable, with more being developed every season. Keeping ahead of what variety markets demand (months ahead of when the cuttings are planted) is just one of the challenges faced by Quik’s. It’s a competitive and secretive trade that takes planning, research and intuition.
In addition to Quik’s own home-grown varieties, the farm also works with breeders in Holland who help them acquire any new varieties which are licensed to be reproduced in North America, Leo says.
Choosing what varieties to grow is only the beginning. Once the cuttings have matured, the plugs are transferred to the main part of greenhouse. They are planted directly in that rich Chilliwack soil, spaced between a wire grid that is elevated as the plant grows to provide constant support. The spacing between has to be balanced between the needs of the plant, and the desire to maximize production.
Drip lines provide measured water and nutrients; supplemental lights extend the growing day.
Warmth is maintained through boilers using either natural gas or wood pellets.
The emphasis is always on environmental sustainability, Leo says. Pests, for example, are controlled with “good bugs.” Even the carbon dioxide byproduct from the gas boilers is reintroduced into ... http://www.theprogress.com/business/246601211.html