April 12, 1992 |
Clementon employees Ellen Kovalchuk and Margaret Davenport recently were honored by the Borough Council for their involvement with Green Thumb Inc., although neither works with plants. The two women hold part-time clerical jobs in the Police Department and borough clerk's office through the Green Thumb program, which trains and places women and men over age 55 in various jobs at nonprofit agencies or organizations. Kovalchuk, 71, has worked for the Police Department for nine years, handling filing, light typing and receptionist duties.
March 5, 2013
Inquirer staff writer Virginia Smith is writing this week from the Philadelphia Flower Show. These posts appeared on her blog, "Kiss the Earth," at philly.com/kisstheearth. Read her stories at philly.com/ginny, and other Flower Show coverage at philly.com/flowershow. Princess Beatrice would be so bored She'd be so bored in Room 201C at the show, the Make and Take room. I mean, this is the gal who showed up at William and Kate's 2011 wedding in a headpiece - known as a fascinator - described as "a beige toilet seat," "antlers," and, kindly, "a pretzel-shaped bow. " It was unbelievable.
July 10, 1995 |
Visions of Norristown rarely include scenes of flowers, vine-covered trellises and fruit trees, but the borough's garden club aims to change that. For the last 11 years, it has sponsored a garden contest that pits green thumb against green thumb in this decidedly concrete borough. This year's contest, scheduled for tomorrow, includes cash prizes for the winners in six categories: side-yard, front-yard and rear-yard flower gardens, vegetable gardens, window gardens and container gardens.
November 19, 1995 |
The Lower Camden County Regional School District has agreed to act as a host to Green Thumb Inc., a federally funded agency that provides employment for senior citizens. The district plans to place its first Green Thumb participant, who will be selected in the next few weeks, to work in the library at Overbrook Junior High School in Lindenwold, said Michael Schreiner, superintendent of the regional district. Schreiner said the school board requested that the person chosen reside in one of the region's seven towns: Berlin Township, Chesilhurst, Clementon, Lindenwold, Pine Hill, Waterford, and Winslow.
May 10, 1995 |
"Mudman" the flower child. "Mudman" with a green thumb. Somehow, the images clash with the police description of this big, burly, bearded and tattooed anti-social biker with a rap sheet as long as a climbing wisteria. Yet, there he was, daintily opening a sunflower, swigging cider with prison do-gooders, looking like a Neanderthal trying to smile as he discussed, of all things, gardening. Robert R. "Mudman" Simon, 43, who once put a bullet through the head of a girlfriend who wouldn't have sex with his buddies and is suspected of killing a cop in New Jersey Saturday night, worked in the organic garden outside Graterford prison, where he was serving a sentence for murder.
June 23, 1996 |
To those in the garment trade, Jack Marine comes from a family that peddles chic, recycled jeans to upscale shoppers. But to those in the 7-and-under set, he's not a businessman, or even Mr. Marine. He's Jack the Gardener. Marine, 40, took on this label a few years back doing what he loves best - raising vegetables in the backyard of his Main Line ranch house, teaching his children how to garden and sharing his knowledge and his produce with neighbors. What started as a hobby is evolving into a change of careers and lifestyle for him, his wife, Shelley, and their two young children.
December 16, 2002 |
When he listens to Christian music and reads the Bible, Alfred, 13, says he finds peace. And he regularly attends church. Alfred is in sixth grade, and his last report card had all A's and B's. He enjoys singing with the school chorus. His social worker said: "Just bring a game out and he'll play it. " He likes Monopoly, Scrabble and card games. Other interests include swimming, riding a bike, listening to music on the radio, and dancing if no one's around to see him. He also likes cooking, especially eggs and toast, and baking cookies.
July 29, 1993 |
Got a green thumb, a hose and some shears? Pennsylvania needs someone to take care of its palm trees. Yes, palm trees - a dozen of them tucked into the "conservatory" and cafeteria areas of the Capitol's east wing, the $124-million addition to the Capitol that was built a few years ago. State officials are searching for someone to maintain the dozen gangly palms and a smattering of other flowering plants and foliage for the next three...
April 11, 2013
DID YOU know you could save anywhere from $500 to $1,000 a year by growing your own vegetables? They will be fresher and tastier than store-bought, too. And you don't need a huge plot of land; many varieties can be grown in containers. My lovely mother-in-law, who has a green thumb and a wonderful vegetable garden of her own, has agreed to school me on the fine art of home-growing fruits and vegetables. Here are the five I plan to start with: 1. CUCUMBERS A good source of B vitamins.
August 12, 1996 |
Gina Graney never had a green thumb. No matter what she did, the plants she so carefully nurtured didn't make it. But as she lay near death in a hospital bed 11 years ago, a friend gave her a philodendron. Not only did Graney recover, but the plant flourished, so much so that she took cuttings of it and eventually raised another plant. Graney links her miraculous recovery to the equally miraculous survival of the philodendron. Now, she can even get other plants to survive.