Brass Community School kindergartners Valeria Garcia, left, and Armando Barajas-Castillo, right, paint pots and plant plants

Brass Community School kindergartners Valeria Garcia, left, and Armando Barajas-Castillo, right, paint pots and plant plants in Laura Marran and Henry Thurman’s class at the school on Thursday. Thanks to Jen Conrad of Unique Blooms and Stephanie Ash of Arbitrary Creations, the students painted small ceramic pots and then filled them with soil and plants. “It was great,” Conrad said. “The teachers were thrilled, and every one of the kids was focused and engaged.” After the children potted their plants, they were taught how to care for them, including sunlight, soil and watering. This is the first time Conrad hosted a “Paint and Plant” activity in a school. She does them regularly at Union Park Tavern. The idea came from her sons, who wanted use money they received for Christmas to give back to the community, specifically to kids at Brass School. Her sons — Harborside Academy students Morgan Meyer, Matthew Conrad and Michael Conrad — also helped out with the event. “We hope to make this an annual event,” Jen said. “We hope to create a fund and do a larger program.” Sophia Loeffler, center left, and Maya Weyker, center right, pose for photographs before commencement ceremonies at ...

National Bourbon Day 2019: Best Deals at Walmart, Applejacks, Twin Liquor, The Whiskey House, and More

Today, June 14, is National Bourbon Day, so what better excuse do you need to have your favorite bourbon-based cocktail or drink? There is a saying: “All bourbons are whiskey, but not all are bourbon.” This refers to the fact that for a whiskey to be classed as bourbon it has to be made in the U.S. It’s not specific to any state, but most are made in Kentucky. Bourbon also has to comprise of at least 51 percent fermented Indian corn, and no more than 79 percent. Most use 70 percent corn. Bourbon must be aged for at least two years in a new oak barrel made from American White Oak. According to NationalBourbonDay.com, most types are aged four years or longer. The barrels are stored in large warehouses called rick houses, with the wood expanding and contracting based on the weather. For example, hot weather causes the pores of the wood to open up more and impart their flavor. Most bourbon is around 40-50 percent alcohol per volume. As a member of the whiskey family, it won’t surprise many to learn that bourbon most likely came from Scotland or Ireland. It is thought that settlers in the original American colonies in the 18th and 19th centuries created bourbo...