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Business Notes, August 7, 2022

NEW MILFORD – Shayne Newman, owner of YardScapes Landscape Professionals in New Milford, along with 16 staff members and approximately five hundred landscape industry professionals from across the country, gathered July 18 at Arlington National Cemetery and at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, for the 26th year of renewal and remembrance.

This volunteer event is a program of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and over the years members have donated their unique skills and over 50,000 man hours to put thousands of pounds of lime on the lawn, protecting more than a hundred historic trees. with wiring and lightning protection, add landscaping, upgrade many irrigation systems and complete other special projects.

YardScapes has been participating in Renewal & Remembrance for 12 years. “Volunteer work has an impact and caring for someone else, or for that matter, is an honor,” Shayne said. “As landscape professionals, we recognize that green spaces have the power to heal and inspire. This is why the grounds of Arlington are so important – to help heal those who come to honor and visit loved ones who have made this ultimate sacrifice for our country. “

The Lincoln Memorial is celebrating its 100th anniversary and, in coordination with the National Park Service, volunteer projects included spreading 130,000 pounds of mulch to preserve existing boxwood, American holly, southern magnolia and yew trees, as well as help with general lawn maintenance. . At Arlington National Cemetery, NALP members conducted turf improvement projects, columbarium irrigation repairs and upgrades, and installed lightning protection on six historic trees.

YardScapes Landscape Professionals is in New Milford, CT celebrating 32 years. For more information about YardScapes landscape professionals and their backgrounds in volunteerism and community service, visit www.Yardscapeslandscape.com.

Planned Chamber of Commerce events

Torrington – The North West CT Chamber of Commerce hosts the following events. To register and get informed, go to https://nwctchamberofcommerce.org/

August 10: Learn @ Lunch: “Is Business Back to Normal”, 11:30 a.m.

August 31: Business After Hours at Brooker Memorial, co-organized by Conquest. 5-7 p.m.

September 8: Legislative Reception at Northwestern CT Community College, 7:30 a.m.

September 14: Open House Grand Opening, 4-6 p.m.

September 22: Business After Hours with Canton/Avon Chamber of Commerce at Ski Sundown, 5 to 7 p.m.

September 27: Business with breakfast at the Merritt Clarke store, 8 a.m.

October 7: 18th Annual WOW Forum. Registration opens soon on wowforum.org

Housatonic Valley Association Receives National and Regional Honors

CORNWALL BRIDGE – The Housatonic Valley Association received the Achievement Award from National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) in May and the Environmental Champion Award from Aquarion Water Company in June. HVA was recognized for its conservation achievements and its goal of achieving climate-appropriate environmental conditions throughout the region over the next two decades.

To help establish watershed conditions healthy enough to withstand the effects of climate change, HVA has launched three key initiatives: Clean, Cool and Connected, aimed at restoring and protecting rivers, streams and groundwater; Follow the Forest, aimed at helping partners maintain a connected forested corridor and wildlife habitat links in Canada’s Hudson Valley; and engage and involve more people and local communities to be part of the solution.

HVA has saved or helped save over 20,000 acres of land, with an additional 50,000 acres needed, and restored several hundred miles of local waterways and wetlands with an additional 500 miles needed, all leveraged by their over 200 partners. This includes municipalities, land trusts, non-profits, businesses, and community groups, as well as the thousands of volunteers engaged in river cleanups, plantings, paddle tours, and more.

The Federated Garden Club of Connecticut, Inc. (FGCCT), which awarded HVA its 2021 Best Bronze Award, also nominated HVA for the National Garden Clubs Award, which is its highest honor given to a non-member bringing a significant contribution to the advancement of the goals and objectives of NGC.

“I was very honored to accept these two awards on behalf of the entire HVA team, including our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and partners across the region,” said Lynn Werner. “All of our work together to restore waterways, conserve forested corridors, engage more people in new ways – all of this is more urgent than ever as climate change accelerates. To be honored by the National Garden Clubs and Aquarion is particularly significant as they are both key partners in this work.

Foundation accepting grant applications

BURLINGTON — The Main Street Community Foundation is accepting applications for grants from the Burlington Community Fund. The organization or program for which funding is requested must be located in Burlington and benefit the residents of Burlington, at www.mainstreetfoundation.org/apply-for-grant, which includes a link to the application, guidelines complete and eligibility criteria. The application deadline is September 16.

Burlington Community Fund grants will be considered for, but not limited to, proposals requesting support for charitable projects in the arts and culture; communautary development; education; environment and animal welfare; health; personal services; and youth development.

The Burlington Community Fund was established in 2011 at MSCF by a group of committed community leaders in Burlington who wanted to create an additional resource for charitable projects and programs that would improve the lives of Burlington residents. Over $40,000 in grants have been awarded to improve the lives of Burlington residents since the Fund’s inception.

Interested organizations should contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants and Programs at [email protected], or another member of the Grants Department, at 860-583-6363 for a preliminary discussion of their proposal at least one week before the date. limit.

Additionally, the Foundation accepts grant applications from the Men & Boys’ Fund and the Women & Girls Fund. Non-profit organizations offering programs for men and boys or women and girls in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott are welcome to apply. The application deadline for the Men & Boys Fund is September 16, while the deadline for the Women & Girls Fund is September 9.

All information is available at www.mainstreetfoundation.org/