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Long splashes of neon pink, magenta and orange will introduce you to this week’s Yard of the Week winner at 2608 Rising Star Lane in the Faircloud addition. Homeowner Keith Wilson’s goal was to have color and a variety of shapes and textures in his front yard.

A large expanse of refreshing lawn leads the eye towards the house surrounded by long beds with neat brick edging. Two squared beds hold swaying Purple Fountain grass that show off at night with solar lights at their base. In a circular rock edged bed a deodar cedar stands erect above a carpet of purple Calibrachoa.

Pillars of Juniper rise above the main beds at strategic spots to add interest and height to the garden. Japanese maples add different textures at different points in the flower beds. The bright green of a dwarf weeping deodar cedar spreads cool relief at a brick corner of one front bed. A blue spruce stands still next to the moving water flowing over the sides of a green ceramic dinosaur sized cocoon.

The Edmond Planning Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday in favor or rezoning from single family to residential planned unit development for Town Square Commons, LLC.

Caleb McCaleb was the applicant for the plat located north of Danforth Road and one half mile west of Sooner Road.

“There will not be a street connection from the existing Church Street into this area but there is a pedestrian/bicycle and emergency access described at the end of the existing Church Street,” said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.

The Edmond Planning Commission this week voted 3-0 in favor of rezoning from a single-family dwelling to duplexes on property located 1/8 mile west of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, on the south side of West Thatcher Street. Irvin Judd is the current owner and applicant and Kyle Copeland is the developer.

Land to the east and west of the 4.26-acre property is already zoned for multifamily, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Annette Houchin worries that it’s hard enough for low-income families around Terre Haute, Indiana, to come up with the $2,000 necessary to get into a home built by Habitat for Humanity.

But a provision in the Dodd-Frank Act financial reforms means low-income people will have to come up with even more, said Houchin, executive director of the group’s Wabash Valley chapter.

Edmond’s cityscape of urban canopies beautify the city’s homes, parks, streets and rights-of-ways. Trees cover 35.9 percent of the City of Edmond, or 26,096 acres, according to the Urban Forestry Department in 2012.

The Edmond Forestry Commission discussed tree canopy goal recommendations this week for the Edmond City Council to consider during it’s upcoming strategic planning session at 2 p.m. Monday, at the City Council Chambers, said Ryan Ochsner, urban forestry coordinator. The council would like to set a canopy goal within the city.

The chance to win an Edmond “dream home” with the proceeds to benefit the HOPE Center of Edmond could be yours, said Chris Sperry, executive director of HOPE.

Catastrophic emergencies caused by disease, unemployment, child abuse, homelessness, domestic violence and divorce have been the main reasons people seek assistance at HOPE, a nonprofit agency, Sperry said. It also provides a prenatal health clinic for mothers.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a request from Gov. Mary Fallin, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced Tuesday that low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses and residents in Tulsa and Cleveland counties who were affected by the tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred March 25-26. The disaster declaration also makes SBA assistance available in the contiguous counties of Canadian, Creek, Grady, McClain, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Wagoner and Washington.

Winter months are a good time to plan next season’s landscape projects. You can reflect on the improvements you would like to make, what worked well last year and what not so well. At times the planning process itself can seem daunting, so we hope to provide a few ideas to help make your planning a little easier.

First, review the lighting characteristics of your yard spaces. Classify exposure to daily direct sunlight as full sun (over 6 hours), partial sun (4-6 hours), partial shade (2-4 hours) and full shade (less than 2 hours).

Gregg Eisel tosses his family's Christmas tree on top of the pile of trees at Hafer Park's Recycling location. Trees may also be taken to Mitch Park by Jan. 11 when they will be chipped and free cedar mulch will be available for residents to pick up after Feb. 6.

In Oklahoma, winter brings the possibility of ice storms. A layer of ice on an Oklahoma landscape can make for a beautiful scene. As the morning sun rises and glistens off those ice-covered branches, it creates a winter wonderland. When it happens, enjoy the beauty and hope and pray that you don’t lose your electricity. You might also say a prayer for those linemen who are out trying to restore power to homes and businesses. Ice can be beautiful but it is also damaging.