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Gardening During The Peak Growing Season

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins Brian O’Keefe periodically at First Light for this ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They discuss everything from agriculture and agri-business to your backyard garden and home landscaping. For this ‘Farm to Table’ Richard and Brian sat down to review some tips and advice for garden care as the region moves into the summer months and the peak growing season

More Than Football Attracts Viewers

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Are you hosting or are you attending a Super Bowl party later today. The game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams offers football fans a match up of the old guard and the young guns. As with any season ending game, there are countless compelling story lines. The Super Bowl commercials have become a story in their own right. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with a University of Illinois Advertising professor about the phenomena of Super Bowl Commercials

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Mums Bring Seasonal Color To Gardens And Planters

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Periodically here at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O’Keefe get together for our ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They talk about everything from agriculture and agribusiness to maintaining your backyard garden and home landscape. This time about Richard and Brian met up with Joe Heidgen at Shady Hill Gardens in Elburn.

Elburn Farm Works To Diversify Regional Tree Inventory

This week, in the ‘Farm to Table’ segment…University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O'Keefe continue a recent visit to Doty Nurseries in Elburn. The nursery is a wholesale tree farm that serves developers, landscapers, and local governments. With ash trees across the region devastated by Emerald Ash Borer there’s been a push to further diversify the area’s tree inventory. Doty Nurseries owners Ken and Ryan Doty gave Richard and Brian a tour of the farm.

Rows and rows of trees grow at Doty Nurseries in Elburn

Rows and rows of trees grow at Doty Nurseries in Elburn

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel (left) inspects a sampling with Doty Nurseries owner Ryan Doty, while Ken Doty (right) talks with First Light host Brian O'Keefe

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel (left) inspects a sampling with Doty Nurseries owner Ryan Doty, while Ken Doty (right) talks with First Light host Brian O'Keefe

Master Gardeners Offer Some New Ideas

Periodically here at First Light, First Light host Brian O'Keefe gets together with University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel for the ‘Farm to Table.’ They discuss backyard landscaping, your home vegetable garden and how Illinois farmers get food from their fields to your table. This week Richard took Brian to a special garden spot just off Route 38 in Kane County

An unusual bee habitat built from discarded and broken building materials, pallets, and logs is part of the display at the Extension's Idea Garden

An unusual bee habitat built from discarded and broken building materials, pallets, and logs is part of the display at the Extension's Idea Garden

Another corner of the Idea Garden offers a more traditional backyard landscaping idea

Another corner of the Idea Garden offers a more traditional backyard landscaping idea

Microsoft Partners With U of I Autism Project

This week, in the First Light look around the state, we have a story from Illinois Public Radio’s Lee Gaines. Microsoft is investing $200,000 to create a hiring pipeline specifically for students with autism at the University of Illinois. The tech-giant partnered with multiple departments at the
U of I on the one-year project. Illinois Public Radio’s Lee Gaines spoke with Linda Tortorelli, she's Director of The Autism Project. Tortorelli explained what inspired the partnership with Microsoft

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Gardens That Help The Community

Periodically here at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O'Keefe get together for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They discuss everything from agri-business to your backyard garden and tips for your home landscaping. This week, Brian and Richard went back out to Peck Farms Park in Geneva for a discussion of how community gardeners are giving back to their communities.

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U of I Adds A Rare Isaac Newton Document To Its Collection

This week, in the First Light look around the state, Illinois Public Radio’s Jim Meadows stopped by the University of Illinois Rare Books Library recently. It’s acquired a handwritten document by Isaac Newton, the 17th century English scientist famous for his theory of gravity. This document is not about that, it’s more Harry Potter than groundbreaking physics. It’s about making a Philosopher’s Stone. Jim sat down with Rare Books Director Lynne Thomas to learn more about the Isaac Newton manuscript

U of I Rare Book & Manuscript Library Director Lynne Thomas poses with pages from a manuscript written by English scientist Isaac Newton, which the university recently acquired at auction. (Photo courtesy of L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois News Bureau

U of I Rare Book & Manuscript Library Director Lynne Thomas poses with pages from a manuscript written by English scientist Isaac Newton, which the university recently acquired at auction. (Photo courtesy of L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois News Bureau