September 14, 2013

The view from our campsite

The view from our campsite

We returned last night from a weeklong camping trip with our boys on Turtle Island in the Lake George ‘Narrows’ in the Adirondack Mountains of up-state New York. We take our 19-foot bowrider along and

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June 25, 2013

Immigration Reform is finally on center stage in Washington DC! I was involved in three different meetings trying to influence the result with our Ohio legislators.

First, we hosted Caryn Candisky, NE OHio Coordinator for Senator Rob Portman, at Sunleaf

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April 28, 2013

Spring is slowly sneaking up on us in NE Ohio! Two weeks ago…the spring peepers began their late-afternoon chorus. Today I noticed the Kingfisher is back. In addition to the big guy who patrols our middle pond, there is a

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April 26, 2013

My brief career in Live TV began and ended today. I was an ‘auctioneer’ on our local Ideastream Public TV auction. My first appearance went okay…hawking some donated items before the camera. I was introduced as a representative of Ohio

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April 25, 2013

Below is one of my rants that got published as a letter-to-the-editor in the News-Herald. So far it’s getting rave reviews from the check-out ladies at our local IGA.

Minimum Wage Debate

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is championing a substantial

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March 15, 2013

When did the winter get so busy for nurserymen? We need an extra month in the winter to get our work done!

show-1During January, CENTS and the 85th OSU Short Course provided a lively week. Sunday Night at Barley’s Brewery

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May 20, 2012

I love to sell trees! It makes me feel like I’m doing something good for the customer, the community and the environment.

Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides Height 60', spread: 25-30'. Completely hardy in Northern Ohio.

Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides Height 60′, spread: 25-30′. Completely hardy in Northern Ohio.

One of my favorite trees

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April 9, 2012

This letter of mine was posted in the Lake County Development Council (LCDC) March 2012 Newsletter:

H2A Guest-Worker Program: a regulatory nightmare for local employers

With all the hue and cry regarding undocumented workers, you would think our country would

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November 5, 2011

What a busy Fall!

boatMany of our greenhouses have white poly on them and we’re preparing to do our ‘hardwood cuttings’ of things like Juniper, Boxwood and Arborvitae. We’ll stick these cuttings by Christmas and they’ll stay in the sand-flats

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