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My Tilton Apricot Tree

My Tilton Apricot Tree
When I ordered my Owari Satsuma Mandarin tree and my Asian pear tree, I had also ordered an Apricot tree. Sadly that tree did not make it through the winter and I had to order a replacement. As you can tell by the photo, which was taken in May of 2013, the tree was doing very well. At the time of this photo the tree had been in the ground about a month. It still is doing very well and getting ready to go to sleep. Both of my other two trees also did very well. However, I think my blueberry plants died again this year! It is possible one or two of them serviced, but I’m not holding my breath. I think next year in early spring I am going to buy mature blueberry bushes and hope they make it.

homemade-laundry-soap.com

homemade-laundry-soap.com

Website: http://www.homemade-laundry-soap.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hmlaundrysoap

Year Started: 2013

Owner: Bradshaw Consulting, Inc.

Description: Suds -n- Shine is a homemade laundry soap manufactured right here in Decatur, IL. The product smells so great and works so well; free samples are being given away at the website. Just visit the website above for details on how to get your free sample.

Best way to repair cast iron

Last week, Jeff Wilbanks purchased some castaloy product to repair his Mack diesel engine.  Jeff really did not have very high expectations for the product but was desperate for a solution. To his surprise, the product worked better than he expected and he was able to save his engine and a fortune!  Jeff, being so excited about his success, posted on the Castaloy forum.  Just like countless others that purchase this product, he feels it is the best way to repair cast iron.  When applying the tips on my Guide to repairing cast iron with Castaloy, it is possible to repair almost any cast iron product.

From time to time, a rod of the castaloy product is given for free.   I have just announced a new winner at the forum post!

Elect Chris Harrison & Chris Riley for Decatur Park Board on April 9th, 2013

Last week I wrote a blog about CIPAC endorsing a friend of mine Chris Harrison which also included Chris Riley.   Below you will find a commercial that was released this week with Chris Riley, currently seeking his 3rd term on the Decatur Park Board, and Chris Harrison. Next Tuesday on April 9th is the election for Macon County which will chart the course of our community. In order for our election process to work it is important that everyone gets out and votes. Quality Home Locator rents homes in Decatur, IL and I feel our parks are a great asset to the community.

Elect Chris Harrison on April 9th, 2013

Elect Chris Riley on April 9th, 2013

5 Bedroom house for rent near Millikin University: 312 South Mc Clellan Avenue

Quality Home Locator has been pretty busy over the last 6-12 months.  Last week the company updated its Millikin Area Housing page with a new property located at 312 South Mc Clellan Avenue in Decatur, IL  62522.  Even though this property was just purchased and remodeling has not started, there is a 5 person group already interested in the property.  However, no lease has been signed on the property yet.   I did sign a lease yesterday on 1368 West Wood in Decatur, IL  62522 and that property is now rented for next school year (2013-2014).  There still is a 3 bedroom house near Millikin available at 26 Fairview Place Decatur, IL  62522.

Hardware and software upgrade at Bradshaw Consulting, Inc.

Bradshaw Consulting, Inc. and Hostexa have announced last month that February was chosen for a month of system wide upgrades.  Bradshaw Consulting has been working on an upgrade to its Billing system and Hostexa has performed hardware upgrades on the majority of its machines.  I’m very proud of my entire staff as these upgrades were perform with little to no interruption in services.  It seems the biggest issue affecting the customers related to passwords.  Security measures on the machines were enhanced and this left some user accounts unable to login until a password reset was performed.

Chris Harrison endorsed by Central Illinois Polical Action Comitte (CIPAC)

Chris Harrison endorsed by Central Illinois Polical Action Comitte (CIPAC)

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

March 15, 2013

Phone: 217-422-2200
Email: customerservice@decaturchamber.com

 

For Immediate Release

 

Endorsements Announced by Central Illinois Political Action Committee (CIPAC)

Decatur, IL – CIPAC announces its endorsement of support for the following candidates for the Decatur City Council, Decatur Park Commissioner, and the Decatur School Board.

 

Decatur City Council:

Decatur Park Commissioner:

Decatur School Board:

 

CIPAC conducted live interviews with the candidates to further understand their views on issues facing Macon County including: economic development, education and attracting and retaining businesses and population in Macon County.

 

After careful review of their individual policy positions, CIPAC chose to endorse the candidates that will best promote Macon County’s business climate.

 

The April 2013 local election will be critical to the future of businesses in Macon County. CIPAC voted to endorse candidates who will provide support crucial to area businesses once elected. CIPAC recognizes the importance of having these pro-business candidates in office as a powerful voice advocating on behalf of the business community.

 

About the Central Illinois Political Action Committee (CIPAC):
The purpose of CIPAC is to improve government and business in the State of Illinois by assisting candidates seeking nomination and election to state and local offices in Illinois and by supporting or opposing public policy issues.

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2012 Yearly Pumpkin Carving

2012 Yearly Pumpkin Carving

I just now realized I never published this blog and it has been sitting in my draft section since October.  Every year Carmen’s family does a Pumpkin carving and last year we did the 2011 pumpkin carving at our house.  However, his year it was done at Eric’s house.  I look forward to doing this every year.  It is nice to be part of a family tradition.  It ended up being dark once all the pumpkins were carved so we took the picture inside.

 

David Bradley project coming to an end.

I have been so busy the last few months with Quality Home Locator that I have not been able to update my blog on some of the cool things happening at a few of my companies.  The American Garage is wrapping up production on Season 1 and we have started to make some changes to the layout of the website.  Stephen brought up a great suggestion that we allow for more content on the website throughout the season.  There has been a great deal of discussion on forums about the project and fans of the show wanted to see more content.  The latest blog, fabricating the Throttle Linkage, was posted just a few days ago.  We have added a section for outtakes, field trips, and TAG minutes.  A TAG minutes is very short clip centered around content suggestion.  While on a forum last year, a user asked for Stephen to upload a video dealing with struts.

The American Garage Season 1 Episode 1
The American Garage Season 1 Episode 2
The American Garage Season 1 Episode 3
The American Garage Season 1 Episode 4
The American Garage Season 1 Episode 5

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