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Watershed moments: The Conservation Foundation will host its annual Fall Membership and Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.Wednesday at the Fisherman's Inn, just south of Elburn. Tim Loftus, Ph.D. from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, will speak about the regional water supply and what we can do to help protect it.
The Will County-based group also will present the Sustainable Development and Conservation@Home awards, recognizing the many outstanding efforts in our region to improve and protect our environment.
Cost for the luncheon is $35 per person for members and $50 per person for nonmembers (and includes a one-year membership). Call 630-428-4500, ext. 41, or email to register.

Green awards: The National Resources Defense Council is taking nominations for its Growing Green Award, which will go to an outstanding individual in each of four categories: Food Producer, Business Leader, Thought Leader and Water Steward. A $10,000 cash prize will be awarded in the Food Producer category and all winners will be widely celebrated through outreach to media and NRDC's networks. Yes, you can nominate yourself.

Product recall: Plum Organics' 4.22-ounce Apple & Carrot Portable Pouch baby food has been recalled because it may cause botulism. The product was sold at Toys-R-Us and Babies-R-Us locations nationally.
The affected products are in pouches with a "best by" date of May 21, 2010, and UPC No. 890180001221. Return the product for a full refund at any Toys-R-Us or Babies-R-Us store.
Questions? Call 888-974-3555 or e-mail


UPDATE: The chicken ban was upheld. The Flores family will have to forgo their flock. Read the comments from readers to see reactions.

Today's Herald-News has a cover story about Lockport voting whether to lift its chicken ban. Coincidently - and we seriously didn't plan this - Common Sense columnist Gaby Arnhart is on the Viewpoint page saying chickens shouldn't be allowed.

Her arguments are the common ones against urban poultry:

  • Chickens require special care and expensive vet treatment.

  • Chickens aren't friendly unless you socialize them.

  • Coops are expensive.

  • Owners might be irresponsible and let their chickens roam.

  • They won't be a good fit on small lots.

These arguments are the immediate reaction of people who haven't examined the facts.

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