Home Depot, Contractors Meet About Rebuilding Sheridan Home Destroyed During Standoff

No eyes were dry in the house.

A naturally shy Karo Hamilton slipped into the limelight Monday night to deliver a gut-wrenching message about the ordeal she’s been through.

She stood at the podium in the Best Western’s Snow Goose conference room in downtown Sheridan to thank the community for its generous offer to rebuild her eastside home, which was ripped apart last week during a 32-hour police standoff to get a barricaded intruder pried out.

She, and her demolished home that looks like it’s been hit by a tornado, have been thrust into the local spotlight, though that’s not where she ever wanted to be.

For Hamilton, it’s not a sure thing to file an insurance claim to collect rebuild money for her house. That’s what lawyers and claims adjusters are telling her.

The city of Sheridan is expected to release her property located at 1050 N. Sheridan Ave.

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In rural states, gardening and foraging helpe

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New research on rural New Englanders shows that gardening, hunting, fishing and other HWFP activities are important tools for maintaining food security through extreme events, such as pandemics or climate change events. 

University of Vermont and University of Maine researchers found that both food insecurity and home and wild food production (HWFP) – gardening, hunting, fishing, foraging, and having “backyard” poultry or livestock – increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who undertook HWFP activities exhibited improved food security 9-12 months later.  

The paper, published in Scientific Reports, surveyed over 1,000 individuals in rural Vermont and Maine (the two most rural states in the country) to identify their food security and food sources. 

Researchers hope that policymakers will consider how HWFP might lead to a more resilient food system. “Home and wild food production is not a silver

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Four years later, is pandemic gardening fever still going strong? – InForum

Did you hear about the entrepreneur who wanted to make belts decorated with herbs? His gardening friends told him it was a waist of thyme.

Joking aside, gardening changed dramatically in early 2020 as the pandemic gripped the country. Has the gardening frenzy that began during COVID-19 continued in the years since?

In our March 31, 2020 garden column I wrote, “Toilet paper wasn’t the only thing in short supply during recent weeks. Potatoes were hard to come by in the grocery store, and canned and frozen vegetables were sparse.”

The grow-your-own frenzy was starting.


Planting your own victory garden is a great exercise in the current pandemic. Dreamstime / TNS

About the same time, I received an email from a San Francisco man urgently asking how to start a vegetable garden after he read The Forum column in which

I wrote about the resurgence of Victory Gardens

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Desert Botanical Garden is set to celebrate its 85th anniversary this February

Desert Botanical Garden celebrates its 85th anniversary this February.

Desert Botanical Garden is celebrating its 85th anniversary on Feb.10, 2024. Guests at the celebration can enjoy complimentary cactus cookies, hands-on nature play activities, musical performances, behind-the-scenes and docent tours and more.Plus, pups can join the “pawty” for a special anniversary Dogs Day in the Garden from 8-11 a.m. and receive a Garden-designed bandana while supplies last.

On the actual garden anniversary, Feb. 12, all guests will enjoy $8.50 admission to explore the Garden’s trails and current exhibit Fernando Botero: El Maestro.  

In the 1930s, a small group of passionate local citizens saw the need to conserve the beautiful desert environment.

To commemorate the 85th anniversary in February, Desert Botanical Garden is thrilled to announce a private-label gin collection in partnership with Chandler-based SanTan Spirits.

The gin collection titled Gertrude’s Founders Gin pays tribute to the Garden’s founders — philanthropist Gertrude Divine Webster and Swedish botanist Gustaf Starck — and is exclusively available at the Garden in two options.

The first label is the Citrus Rose Gin:

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5 great places in Ann Arbor to help you jumpstart your garden

ANN ARBOR, MI — Although there’s allegedly six more weeks of winter ahead, the recent sunshine shows it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming greenery of spring.

You can get a jumpstart on your garden or cultivate your green thumb at these five great Ann Arbor plant nurseries and gardening events.

Downtown Home and Garden

Over a century later, the Hertler name still adorns the side of the Downtown Home and Garden building in Ann Arbor on Nov. 21, 2023. (Ryan Stanton | MLive.com)Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor News

Downtown Home and Garden

A self-proclaimed “urban emporium” for gardening supplies, Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley St., offers everything from plant pots and seeds to outdoor clothing and kitchenware.

Come spring, they’ll also offer up garden starters, often seen outside the store.

Downtown Home & Garden is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10

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Inside Citadel’s New Program for New Hires Waiting Out Garden Leaves

Citadel and Citadel Securities — the $56 billion hedge fund and industry-leading market maker, respectively — are no strangers to new hires having to sit out lengthy non-competes.

But the actual people who are confronted with months on end when they are legally not allowed to work for competitors can find the time off disorienting, especially for competitive traders, coders, and investors who are used to demanding work schedules. Technical skills like coding can atrophy while kite-surfing, traveling, or actually gardening.

A new program from billionaire Ken Griffin’s firms partners with its philanthropic arm to keep new hires engaged. The Impact Fellows program was piloted last year with 12 new hires, who worked for no pay with one of Citadel’s nonprofit partners on different projects.

Employees were matched with a nonprofit based on their interests and technical abilities, said Julia Quinn, Citadel’s head of philanthropy. The voluntary program is now

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Edible Garden Provides Update on Sustainability Initiatives Including Walmart’s Project Gigaton

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Company’s Zero-Waste Inspired® Mission Targets Waste Reduction and Enhanced Supply Chain Productivity

BELVIDERE, NJ, Jan. 31, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Edible Garden AG Incorporated (“Edible Garden” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: EDBL, EDBLW), a leader in controlled environment agriculture (CEA), locally grown, organic, and sustainable produce and products, today provided an update on its sustainability initiatives, including the Company’s participation in Walmart’s Project Gigaton – an initiative to remove 1 billion metric tons (gigatons) of emissions in the global value chain by 2030.

Edible Garden’s 2023 Project Gigaton impact has included:

  • 34 metric tons of materials recycled
  • 850 barrels of oil conserved
  • 77 tons of food waste avoided through donation
  • 10,200 gallons of gasoline saved
  • 67 metric tons of virgin corrugate materials avoided

Edible Garden’s 2023 Project Gigaton Impact

Mr. Jim Kras, Chief Executive Officer of Edible Garden, stated, “It is a

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The best Presidents’ Day sales on furniture and mattresses, from bed frames to bedding

While you might be busy stocking up on Valentine’s Day gifts for him and flower for her, there’s another event coming up that should be on your radar if you’re in the market to save a few bucks. Presidents’ Day is coming up quickly on Feb. 19, and we expect it to be the first time retailers will drop major discounts on items since all of the post-Christmas sales in the new year.

Historically Presidents’ Day is a good time to grab deals on bulkier items like mattresses and furniture — likely because these items aren’t usually marked down much during the end-of-year holidays. That means if you’re looking for a new mattresses, a bed for the spare room, want a bigger dining table or hope to fire up a new grill this spring, all of the stores having Presidents’ Day sales right now is a good place to start.

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Local stores see increase in storm prep supply sales

Local hardware and garden supply stores are selling more sandbags and other erosion control items as another storm makes its way toward the Central Coast.

The coming weekend storm follows a storm that dumped inches of rain on the Central Coast Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

“The rain was hitting the window and the rain was blowing right into it,” said Greg Christensen, San Luis Obispo resident.

“Around 2 a.m. I’d say, I heard some rustling and stuff going on outside,” said Michael Goldfeder, San Luis Obispo resident.

Goldfelder says he’s new to the area and not familiar with what storms can bring to San Luis Obispo.

“So far, all I’ve done is put towels under my doors so no potential water comes in,” Goldfeder said. “I should probably look into this more and prepare and take it a lot more seriously now that I know what’s coming.”

After devastating

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The Five Gardening Tasks You Should Complete in February

February is the shoulder season in many parts of the U.S. Though my entire winter garden was lost to a solid inch of frozen ice just two weeks ago, it’s been in the 50s the last few days, and the irises and tulips have started to emerge. Like most gardeners, this fills me with both excitement and anxiety with a capital A—am I already behind? You’re not, because February is the time to catch up. So in this, the shortest of all months, you have not one, but two jobs: Wrap up all the things you’ve not yet accomplished for winter, while preparing for spring. By the time we talk next month, we’ll be deep in seeding season. 

Get your fruit positioned for an amazing season

We’re at the tail end of the work that’ll determine what kind of fruit harvest you’ll have. Start by pruning any fruit trees and

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