July 15, 2005
MASTER GARDENERS AWARDED FUNDS FOR STORAGE SHED
Clinton County Extension Master Gardeners are one step closer to
constructing a storage building for the Outdoor Living Classroom
garden located at the Clinton County fairgrounds.
Thanks to a generous grant of $230 from Iowa Network Services (INS)
and a matching contribution of $230 from F&B Communications,
the local telecommunications provider in Calamus, Delmar and Wheatland
in Clinton County, the master gardeners will soon have a place to
store their gardening equipment.
Living Classroom was designed to provide an outdoor teaching environment
for fair-goers, school groups and community organizations. In the
garden's three year history, many individuals have toured and learned
more about the garden and its plants.
“This horticultural masterpiece is the work of countless hours
of volunteer labor that enhances the quality of life for all residents
and visitors to Clinton County,” said Ken Laursen, F&B
Communications general manager. “We are proud to support this
The Clinton County Extension Master Gardeners are a group of more
than 60 students of all ages who have completed intense training
in horticulture. The program is sponsored by Iowa State University
F&B Communications is one of 156 Iowa independent telephone
company member-owners of INS, which helps to provide advanced telecommunications
and data services across the state. INS established the grant program
to bring INS closer to its member companies and customers.
Since the grant program was established in 1992, more than $12,000
has been awarded to organizations in the F&B Communications
The charity grant program is open to non-profit organizations in
the F&B Communications service area. Grant applications are
available at the business office in Wheatland. Charity grants are
awarded on a quarterly basis.
F&B Communications is the premiere local telecommunications
provider offering telephone, long distance, digital video, dial-up
Internet, high-speed DSL Internet and wireless PCS services to customers
in the Bennett, Calamus, Delmar, Lowden and Wheatland exchanges
and surrounding areas.
To learn more
about F&B Communications, visit http://www.fbc-tele.com.
For more information, contact:
Aaron Horman, Marketing
|Clinton County Extension
Master Gardeners receive a $230 check from INS and $230 matching
contribution from F&B Communications July 12. Pictured:
(left to right) Dwaine Albers, Master Gardener; Roger Rittmer,
Master Gardener; J.D. Siebert, INS; Jan Rittmer, Master Gardener;
Sharon Albers, Master Gardener; Ken Laursen, F&B Communications.