Lennards: Perennials & Hanging Baskets!

Plenty of BLOOMING time left – Get your plants TODAY!

Finally – Well, at least it has warmed up.

Lots of great colors and selections of everything at Lennards!

Lennards’s Greenhouse, one mile east of I – 75 on State Route 18 in North Baltimore.

Open 7 days per week

9 am – 7 pm

 

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Hanging Baskets

 

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Annual Flats

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Lennard’s takes the work out of container gardening.

 

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Get your flats of plants at Lennard’s!

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NB Tee-Ball Black Update

Tie ball games and fun all around!

It was a busy week for the tee ballers with games at home and at Grand Rapids. Last Saturday morning, it was  cross town rival N.B. Tee Ball White battling against the Black. Both teams hit the ball hard and played great in the field (with the stones). The game was back and forth and ended in a 22-22 tie. Great job by both teams.

On Thursday evening, the team traveled to Grand Rapids to play the orange team. With the ball players well rested from naps on the way to the game, and another great game was played.

Even though the game ended in a tie, everyone had a good time. Way to go Ericka, Xander, Ryson, Avery, Wade, Gavin, Lucas, Emsley, Bentley, Lyle, and Madilynn.

The Black team travels to Haskins Saturday morning, for a 10:00 am contest against another tough opponent. We hope to see you there. This has been Les Nessman (aka – Edward Chaffin) reporting.  

BVHS Event: “Get Heart Smart”

Health fair, screenings, informational booth, drawing, and more…..

Blanchard Valley  Health Systems will be hosting a health fair at Blanchard Valley Hospital with screenings, informational booths, and a panel discussion on Thursday, June 20.

Please RSVP by June 17th. All the details are here:

 

Workplace Tips and Strategies for New Parents

Communicate early and develop a leave plan….


(Family Features) While having or adopting a child can be a rewarding and exciting time for new parents, many working moms and dads will tell you navigating the complex maze of employee benefits can be confusing. Between short-term disability insurance, Family Medical Leave, vacation, paid time off and state and municipal paid leave laws, the process can be anxiety-inducing.

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To help alleviate stress, employee benefits company Unum recently conducted research among new parents who had a child or adopted in the previous five years. The findings pointed to a need for more communication between the new parents and their workplace human resources and management teams, both before and after leave.

Communicate early and develop a leave plan
Nearly half (49%) of new moms and more than a third (36%) of new dads surveyed did not meet with their manager or human resources department to discuss their leave benefits. Of those who did, 40% spent 30 minutes or less doing so.

“Most employers offer standard benefits for new parents including disability insurance (for birth moms) and Family Medical Leave, and we’re finding more companies are adding additional perks like company-paid leave, flexible schedules and college savings accounts,” said Angel Bennett, a director in the Leave Management Center at Unum. “It’s important for expectant parents to meet with their managers and human resources to inform them, discuss available benefits and develop their leave plans well before the baby’s arrival.”

Nearly half (47%) of new birth moms said breastfeeding is one of their biggest challenges upon returning to the workplace. Mothers who plan on breastfeeding should discuss their options with human resources. Some companies offer lactation rooms, milk storage options and breast milk shipping services.

Things to discuss and consider after the baby arrives
Perhaps unsurprisingly, 48% of new parents are more tired, 35% are more stressed and 30% are more stressed about finances. However, some employers offer benefits that can help.

According to the Unum research, 60% of new mothers and 40% of new fathers struggled with depression or anxiety following the birth or adoption of their children. Many companies offer an employee assistance program, which can include a fixed number of counseling sessions or tele-behavioral health options, to help with life challenges.

Personal finance expert Laura Adams also suggests an open dialogue with your employer about financial protection benefits to help reduce anxiety during this potentially challenging time.

“Ensure your income is protected by reviewing your long-term disability insurance policy and that your family is taken care of with a life insurance policy,” Adams said. “Also be sure to add the new child to your health care policy and, if available, consider signing up or increasing the amount you put into a flexible spending account.”

To help new parents navigate these processes, “Bringing Up Baby: A Guide to Workplace Parental Leave Resources” contains basic tips, timing and conversation starters to engage with managers and human resources representatives. This guide, along with other employee and employer resources including a mental health report and caregiving report, can be found at unum.com/workwell.

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