Letter to the Editor: America In Bloom

Letter to the Editor: America In Bloom

July 20, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC. Dear Editor:

Blowing Rock enthusiastically and successfully participated for the first time this past week in the America in Bloom awards program. We as the two judges you may have seen in your community, give thanks to Susan Sweet the committee chair, the Garden Club President Annie Tarbutton and all their members, city officials and staff, participants, sponsors, and volunteers. They participated in two days of fabulous tours, presentations, and meetings on July 16 and 17. We enjoyed meeting and spending time with all of you as you showcased all the reasons Blowing Rock is proud.

America in Bloom encourages communities to be welcoming and vibrant places to live, work, and play – benefitting from flowers, plants, and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; community vitality and volunteerism.

We as judges are evaluating your efforts in areas that make communities great – Flowers, Landscaped Areas, Urban Forestry, Celebrating Heritage, Environmental Efforts, Community Vitality, Overall Impression, and Community Involvement across Blowing Rock. America in Bloom will provide the committee a written evaluation on October 1, 2018. We welcome everyone to attend our symposium, held in Lexington, Kentucky on September 27 – 29, 2018, where we will announce this year’s winners in six population categories and four Circle of Champions categories.

Sincerely, America in Bloom Judges

Stephen Pategas
Winter Park, FL

Laurie Potier-Brown
Tampa FL

Hortus Oasis, Inc. (FL26000315)
Stephen G. Pategas, RLA, ASLA
Landscape Architect
America in Bloom –Volunteer Community Judge
1425 Berkshire Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
O: 407.622.4886/ F: 407.622.4887
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About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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