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Prediction of unconventional magnetism in doped FeSb2


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For many years, it was widely thought that all collinear magnetic antiferromagnetic (FA) are spin degenerate, with the exception that the crystal structure beneath lacks co-orbit spin. This is mostly a definitional aspect of antiferromagnetism. It’s also used to distinguish ferromagnets and. Recently it was demonstrated that a new type of magnet with an antiferromagnetic structures and without sharp magnetization, but with an almost ferromagnetic reaction in many aspects might be possible. We anticipate that


It is widely known, but isn’t understood well regarding magnetic properties. It is an magnetic that is not conventional and can be modified by doping by one of Cr or. Additionally the calculated anisotropy of magnets can be used to reveal the unique properties of.


It is widely thought that the energies band of common collinear antiferromagnetics (AF) that contain 0 net magnetization are the result of Kramers spin degenerations. Kramers non-degeneration is typically connected to a complete break of time-inversion symmetry (eg by ferromagnetism) or the combination of orbit spinning interactions and the disruption of spatial symmetry. Recently, it was discovered that a different kind of spin division occurs in collinear magnets where the spin is completely symmetrically compensated non-relativistic and is not necessarily non-centralosymmetric. The materials have an un-zero shift in the density of spin in space as is seen in traditional AFs however, they also exhibit a division of spin space momentum, usually observed only in ferrromagnets. This creates a mixture of characteristics of materials that are typical of both ferromagnetics as well as AFs. We will discuss this newly discovered class, and how it can be applied for FeSb 2, a well-known semiconductor and we predict that when alloyed with certain alloys, it will become metallic and magnetic displays the magnetic dualism. Combining a significant distance between spins and a net magnetic field compensated by the metallicground state, particular easy magnetic axis creates an extremely abnormal Hall conductivity (~150 S / cm) as well as a powerful magnetic-optic Kerr effect, which are thought to be the characteristics of a net magnetization that is non-zero. We have identified a major part of the abnormal response due to orbit spinning interaction of nodal surfaces that have anti-Kramers spacing, which is a distinct mechanism from nodal lines as well as weyl-points in magnetic materials.


    • This application was approved on September 2, 2021.
  • Contributions by authors: IIM and L.S. made research; IIM, KK, MDJ, and RGH. and L.S. carried out studies; IIM, MDJ and L.S. the data were and analyzed. IIM, MDJ and L.S. wrote the paper.

  • They have announced that there aren’t any conflicts of interest.

  • The article an PNAS submission.

  • This article contains additional information online at https://www.pnas.org/lookup/suppl/doi:10.1073/pnas.2108924118/-/DCSupplemental.

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All data from the study is included in the study as in the SI Annexe.

Louisville Bar Association, Whitney/Strong Organization Host Mental Health Discussion


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – The Louisville Bar Association is honoring Mental Health Awareness Month by partnering with the Whitney Strong Organization.

During a mental health discussion on Tuesday, the organizations discussed the Crisis Aversion and Rights Retention Bill, bipartisan legislation that allows for the temporary transfer of firearms from someone in crisis to someone they trust. outside the household.

Currently, a temporary transfer can only take place after an individual has proven to be an immediate threat to themselves or their fellow Kentucky people, depending on the justice system.

Whitney/Strong founder Whitney Austin of Louisville has dedicated her life to helping others avoid gun violence through her organization‘s initiative after she was shot 12 times in a mass shooting in Cincinnati in September 2018.

Austin issued the statement Tuesday night after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire and killed at least 18 children and three adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

“I imagine you feel like me in those moments,” Austin said. “The worst of the worst is when our children are shot, our innocent children. Our innocent children don’t deserve to go to school and be shot.

Austin and his team will travel to Washington DC next month to advocate for tougher gun laws in Kentucky.

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City officials estimate the cost of cleaning up Albuquerque’s park at $700,000 a year


ALBUQUERQUE, NM – There is no doubt that Coronado Park is now a space for homeless camps.

City officials estimate they spend about $700,000 a year just to clean and maintain the park, including buses and security. These resources come from several municipal departments.

On Monday, KOB 4 found between 60 and 80 tents scattered along the Coronado Park fence. There were over 100 homeless people walking around, hanging out and setting up new tents.

Every other Wednesday, crews from the city of Albuquerque clean up and clean the park. At the last city council meeting, councilor Klarissa Peña asked, “Last meeting I had asked for information on the cost of maintaining Coronado Park and I don’t know if anyone had an update. day ?”

“Including salary, a Coronado Park cleanup costs approximately $950 ODA,” a community safety representative replied.

“I know that when we do our Wednesday cleanups, it costs on average between $32 and $3,700,” Solid Waste Management Manager Matthew Wheland responded.

In fact, seven Albuquerque city departments work together to manage the notorious park every two weeks.

“The data I compiled from Solid Waste, Community Safety, Parks and Recreation, Fire, Police, Family and Community Services, and Municipal Development totals the bi-weekly cost of cleaning up Coronado Park. at $27,154,” a budget representative told the board. .

After doing some math, Peña figured out how much this cleanup costs the city each year.

“So that’s $706,000 a year for Coronado Park,” Peña said, looking up from her calculator. “I really wanted this question answered for Mr. President just because we are talking about budget items.”

The $700,000-a-year price shocked people who live and work near the park, like Randy Baker of the Rio Bravo Brewing Company.

“My instinct was, hey, we’re spending way too much money in one place just to move them during the day while they’re cleaning, then they all move back, then they have to clean up the other land they’ve moved into next door ,” said Randy Baker, owner of Rio Bravo Brewing Company.

Baker says he sympathizes with the homeless population, but says the encampment is hurting his business. He also doesn’t think city officials are doing all they can to clean up the park and help those who live there for good.

“We have a bigger problem than just cleaning up the parks, we need to start dealing with the issues we have in this city and everyone needs to get involved, we can’t just throw the ball down the road anymore,” Baker said.

Now, city officials clarified Monday that $700,000 was just an estimate.

“When we talk about Coronado Park, yes, there is a certain amount of focused work on that park. For example, FCC employees travel to do outreach and communications there, but they do it all city, so I just want to make sure that part of that $27,000 is already the day-to-day operating costs that we’re assuming anyway,” CABQ chief said operations officer Lawrence Raël.

The city says it will have an accurate annual cost for cleaning up Coronado Park by the end of the week.

Science graduate receives scholarship for doctoral studies in marine biology

After marine biology student Leeza-Marie Rodriguez graduated from Cal State Fullerton this week, she will be the first in her family to graduate from college — and the first to be accepted into a doctoral program.

Rodriguez will attend UC Santa Barbara this fall to study ecology, evolution and marine biology.

“I will work to understand how marine environments are responding to climate change. I want to test various restoration and conservation strategies focused on coastal and intertidal marine habitats,” she said.

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Leeza-Marie Rodriguez studies the non-native bryozoan colony Amathia verticillata.

“Ultimately, my goal is to provide insight into realistic and equitable conservation methods that can help preserve marine ecosystems in the face of ocean acidification. The combination of traditional ecological concepts, environmental education and socio-economic issues will enable my postgraduate work to simultaneously protect coastal habitat and marginalized communities.

To help her achieve her goal of graduate school, Rodriguez is the recipient of the highly competitive 2022 National Science Foundation Research Fellowship. The prestigious scholarship provides three years of financial support over a five-year scholarship period – an annual stipend of $34,000 and a stipend of $12,000 towards the cost of education at the graduate institution .

The award supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, or math—who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral studies at accredited U.S. institutions.

“This scholarship will allow for a much smoother and more equitable transition to higher education. I will be able to focus on completing and creating a research project in my PhD program – instead of worrying about lack of funding and it becoming a barrier to getting my PhD,” he said. she declared.

For the past three years, Rodriguez has conducted undergraduate research under the mentorship of Danielle Zacherl, Professor of Biological Sciences, and gained valuable laboratory and field skills to prepare for her graduate studies. Zacherl was also instrumental in helping her apply for the scholarship.

Leeza Rodriguez working in the lab
Leeza-Marie Rodriguez in the campus lab.

“Dr. Zacherl’s enthusiasm and passion for marine ecology and conservation work inspired me the most to pursue my research career,” Rodriguez said.

Zacherl shared that Rodriguez has the enthusiasm and academic acumen for a career in research.

“Leeza impressed me deeply with her dedication, insight, creativity and scholarship,” Zacherl said. “As a Mexican-American woman, she is an underrepresented scholar with great research aptitude and endless potential for even more growth.”

Rodriguez is also a 2021-22 CSUF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Fellow. The NSF program aims to increase the number of underrepresented students graduating in STEM disciplines.

“Leeza is a very determined, hardworking and exemplary researcher. She participated in all program activities with enthusiasm and responded punctually to program requirements,” noted Zair Ibragimov, Mathematics Professor and CSUF LSAMP Program Director. “Without a doubt, receiving this highly competitive scholarship is a great achievement and honor.”

Spaghetti-like Aquatic Invertebrate Research

Rodriguez’s undergraduate research project focuses on a colony of non-native bryozoans, known as Amathia verticillata, which may impact restoration work on native Olympia oysters that Zacherl and his students have participated along the Orange County coast.

Non-native bryozoans are microscopic aquatic invertebrates that live in colonies and look like a big pile of spaghetti, Rodriguez explained.

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This image depicts the spaghetti-like bryozoan in Newport Bay alongside native Olympia oyster restoration beds. 1 credit: Leeza-Marie Rodriguez

“When I first heard about the species I was going to study and it looked like spaghetti, my curiosity was piqued,” she said. “I’ve always admired the diversity of marine ecosystems, especially on a physiological level, so combining my love for the field and working with invertebrates, this project suited me perfectly.”

Through her study, she discovered that this bryozoan could have both positive and negative impacts on oyster populations.

“That was one of the most fascinating things for me about this project because it shows that under very specific environmental conditions, non-native species can be an ally of native species,” said Rodriguez, who works at the finalizing his thesis on the project and plans to publish the results in a scientific journal.

Rodriguez’s career goal is to work at a federal agency and continue his research in marine conservation efforts.

“Coastal habitats are already feeling the impacts of climate change, and by the end of the century they could be catastrophically altered, displacing millions of people, especially low-income and historically excluded people.”

Cal State Fullerton’s grand opening celebrations will take place May 23-26.

Construction underway for a new park at Clifton Park

CLIFTON PARK, NY (NEWS10) – This fall, residents of Clifton Park will soon have a new recreation area to discover and enjoy. Construction is underway this week for the new 37-acre downtown park.

For several years, City officials at Clifton Park have been planning to develop a new city center park located in the city center at Junction 9.

The park will have several trials, an open space to enjoy it, a footbridge connecting the adjacent streets and plenty of parking spaces. Phase 1 of this $2.074 million project is expected to be completed by Labor Day. Clifton Park has around 50 parks, including pocket parks and nature preserves, but officials say this up-and-coming downtown park will be special for shoppers. “We have much bigger nature reserves and parks than this one. however, the unique location makes these 37 acres so special,” said Phil Barrett, City Supervisor of Clifton Park.

Downtown Park Phase 1 – East Side Park and Parkway

Senator Jim Tedisco secured $250,000 in state funding for this project. Tedisco says this project will help our physical, mental health and our social interaction. “It’s so important to have recreational areas like this in your community where people can hang out and interact with other people. This can be used beyond Clifton Park and all of Saratoga County. Many more people will want to come here and visit,” Senator Tedisco said.

“The lighting may not happen this year…we promise lighting, but it may not happen this year, unfortunately.” Supervisor Barrett says that due to supply chain issues, the park may not have decorative lighting when it opens. He says there is a national shortage of steel poles.

Barrett says that since taking office in 2000, Clifton Park has preserved 1,700 acres of open space that has become new parks and reserves.

The Digital Cooperation Organization will participate in the World Economic Forum this week


LONDON: Six pioneering Saudi women have been named among Arabian Business magazine’s 50 Most Inspiring Women in Business.

The list, released last week, recognizes women who have used their influence, experience and ambition to make their mark in the region.

All of the honored Saudi women have made significant contributions to the changing landscape of the Kingdom, in fields as diverse as architecture and philanthropy.

Among them was Princess Lamia Bint Majed Al-Saud, secretary general and board member of Alwaleed Philanthropies, considered a pioneer in the empowerment of women in Saudi Arabia.

Winner of the Achievement in Philanthropy award at the Arab Woman of the Year Awards in 2017, the princess launched her own publishing house in 2003, which now produces three magazines in Dubai, Cairo and Beirut.

Given that empowering women in the Kingdom is an integral part of the Saudi Vision 2030, it was no surprise to see Mae Al-Mozaini, Founder and CEO of the Arab Institute for the Empowerment of Women, on the list of Arab companies this year.

Al-Mozaini is also the founder of Nusf, a social enterprise dedicated to helping advance the economic and social well-being of women across the Arab world.

Ghada Othman Alrumayan, Director of Group Marketing and Communications at ROSHN, was another inspirational business leader to make the list.

A national community developer and public investment fund project, ROSHN is responsible for implementing one of the largest residential real estate projects in the Kingdom.

The other three Saudi women to be recognized were Mona Althagafi, Rabaa Abdulaziz Al-Othaim and Rasha Al-Hoshan.

As country manager for Saudi Arabia at Serco, Althagafi is responsible for driving the UK company’s growth in the kingdom. With over 20 years of experience, she has held various positions in government and the private sector.

An engineer and founder of 4A Architects, Al-Othaim has been recognized for her exceptional work in the healthcare, hospitality, residential and commercial sectors of the Kingdom.

Owner and founder of interior design company Rasha Al-Hoshan Est, Al-Hoshan holds degrees in interior design and architecture from some of the best universities in the world. She is also responsible for introducing major furniture brands such as Nada Debs, Fendi Casa and B&B Italia to the Saudi market.

Cascade Park Playground Replacement – Town of Renton


Seal of the Town of Renton


May 23, 2022

Contact information for the town of Renton

Kelly Beymer, Parks and Recreation Administrator, 425-430-6617
Maryjane Van Cleave, Director of Communications and Engagement, 425-430-6713

Cascade Park Playground Render

The Cascade Park playground equipment replacement project begins Monday, May 23. The park will remain open, but the existing playground, new playground and part of the cobblestone driveway on 126th Avenue SW will be closed through July.

The new equipment will offer more age-appropriate options. In addition, the playground will be moved to allow better drainage and increase visibility.

For more information, visit our current projects page.

Funding for the project comes from the Capital Improvement Fund.

The Cascade Park project is one of three projects currently underway and managed by our Parks and Natural Resources Planning Division. Work is also underway at Kennydale Beach Park, scheduled for completion by Memorial Day weekend, and Kiwanis Park (completion December 2022). Other projects are planned this year for Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park and Philip Arnold Park.


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The city of Renton, Washington, with a population of 107,100 (2021), is located on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, just south of Seattle. Renton’s exceptional quality of life, strong economic base, diverse market and favorable business climate attract nationally recognized businesses that want to support their employees and families. Renton is the home of Boeing, PACCAR, IKEA, Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks, two-time MLS champion (2016 and 2019) Seattle Sounders FC (in 2024) and the eternal resting place of rock icon Jimi Hendrix . Find more information on our website, our press releases or our Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor pages.

Asbury Woods offers nature programs in Erie neighborhood parks

Asbury Woods serves more than 13,000 school children in a typical year through visits to its nature center or programs that take its educational staff to schools across Erie County. Now, the nonprofit will also offer its science and nature programs to children in Erie neighborhoods.

The free Nature in Your Neighborhood initiative will launch June 16 and run Thursday through August 18. Hands-on activities will take place from 2-3 p.m. and will alternate between Perry Square, Wayne Park, Gridley Park, Bayview Park and John E. Horan Garden Apartments. Although the programs are aimed at children ages 5 to 12, organizers said everyone is welcome, even if they live outside the neighborhood, although it is best if children are accompanied by ‘a guardian.

“A fundamental tenet of our vision is to educate people of all ages about Northwest Pennsylvania’s unique and diverse habitats and native wildlife,” said Carissa Snarski, Asbury’s director of development and marketing. Woods. “Research shows that environmental education helps develop creative thinking and relationship skills, fosters leadership qualities, and makes school subjects rich and relevant. The nature in your neighborhood will take science concepts and real-life environmental examples to help to influence how young people think about the world and their connection to it.”

Nature participants in your neighborhood will discover the seeds, skins and skulls of animals, birds and butterflies. Families and individuals can participate in a treasure hunt in nature. The programs will be led by interpretive naturalists from Asbury Woods, Snarski said. She said locations had been chosen in various parts of the city.

“Fostering the diversity of our visitors and program participants is a goal of our strategic plan and taking our show on the road is one way to achieve this,” said Jennifer Farrar, executive director of Asbury Woods, in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming families from every neighborhood to stop by for these hands-on, mind-blowing, staff-led educational activities. Each week offers a unique experience to discover and encourages family participation.

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The program’s goal is to spark a curiosity about nature through engaging themes and provide unique learning experiences in an open and accessible format, according to the press release.

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A sponsorship from the Erie Community Foundation allows Asbury Woods to pilot the program to connect with children close to home, the statement said.

The program also enjoys the support of Erie officials.

“We support the Nature in Your Neighborhood program because it aligns with the City of Erie’s goals to create welcoming and vibrant neighborhoods that provide excellent amenities for all residents, a high quality of life, and community pride. “This free, family-friendly programming will provide residents with educational opportunities in local public spaces in their neighborhoods during the summer months,” said Chuck Zysk, director of the “This free, family-friendly programming will provide residents with educational opportunities.”

If you are going to …

Nature in your neighborhood events are free and take place on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:

June 16: Wayne Park, East Sixth Street and East Avenue, “Movement in Nature: The Story of Seeds”

June 23: Perry Square, State Street and North Park Row, “Insides and Outsides: Explore Animal Skins and Skulls”

June 30: Gridley Park, Park Avenue and Liberty Street, “Movement in Nature: The story of seeds”

July 7: Bayview Park, West Second and Cherry Streets, “Insides and Outsides: Explore Animal Skins and Skulls”

July 14: John E. Horan Garden Apartments, 730 Tacoma Road, “Movement in Nature: The Story of Seeds”

July 21: Wayne Park, “Taking Flight: The Wonderful World of Birds”

July 28: Perry Square, “I Spy: Wilderness Scavenger Hunt”

August 4: Gridley Park, “Taking Flight: The Wonderful World of Birds”

August 11: Bayview Park, “I Spy: Wilderness Scavenger Hunt”

August 18: John E. Horan Apartments, “Monarch Madness: Butterfly life cycles”

For more information, call 814-835-5356 or visit www.asburywoods.org/events/nature-in-your-neighborhood.

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Here’s how to volunteer with Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

TRAVERSE CITY – With spring in full swing in northern Michigan, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help build new trails, restore natural habitats and care for more than 10,000 acres of conservation land.

One of the organization’s top priorities is eliminating invasive plants at Arcadia Dunes: CS Mott Nature Preserve and other unique properties. If left unchecked, invasive species like garlic mustard can quickly outgrow native plants that provide essential food and habitat for wildlife and pollinate crops. Removing these aggressive plants early in the season, before they spread, is key to allowing native wildflowers to thrive and maintaining the beauty and resilience of the region’s extraordinary lands.

“Volunteers are essential to the success of our mission,” Glen Chown, executive director of the GTRLC, said in a press release. “And with this season on the pitch shaping up to be the busiest yet, we’re going to need more hands than ever.”

The reserve also needs help building hiking trails in various reserves and nature areas in the region, and will host its first Community Science Saturday this month. At this event, participants are encouraged to record their observations of the natural world, which will help inform land management decisions.

For a full list of opportunities and to sign up as a volunteer, visit gtrlc.org/volunteer.

The mission of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is to protect important natural, scenic and agricultural lands – and to advance stewardship – now and for future generations. Since 1991, the reserve has protected nearly 46,000 acres of land and almost 150 miles of shoreline in counties Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Manistee.

Protection is achieved through a variety of tools, and all projects require the participation of willing landowners. The reserve also owns and manages 43 nature reserves and nature areas, which are open to the public. For more information, visit gtrlc.org.

How One Organization Connects Mental Health to Mentorship for Youth AAPI

CHINATOWN, Manhattan (WABC) — Despite some stereotypes that all Asian students make it through school easily, they may face the same challenges as any other group, including dealing with the anxiety of trying to be perfect.

Miki Lin, 16, was born and raised in Chinatown – it’s her home, but she avoids going out.

“Every time I go out, it’s like a feeling of despair. I see a whole bunch of people, a whole bunch of cars. I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Lin said.

She’s stuck in her apartment at the mercy of her anxiety.

“My family, they don’t really understand mental health and they’ve dismissed it. To me, it’s a thing that annoys my family. It’s a thing that overwhelms my family when I have anxiety attacks “, added Lin.

Lin also comes from humble beginnings.

“I recently learned that Applebees apparently wasn’t fancy,” she says, “I had memories of going to the sweatshop with my mom.”

Lin is far from alone. There are more than 180,000 AAPI students in New York public schools. According to the town hall, more than 21% of them live in poverty. It’s more than one in five. Almost half of them live in homes with adults who are not fluent in English.
The leading cause of death among AAPI adolescents aged 5 to 19 is suicide.

“I think the myth of model minorities causes a lot of problems for our young people. So if they don’t get into a specialized high school, it’s a failure. If they don’t get into a prestigious college, it’s a failure. is a failure,” said Ivy Li, associate director of mental health for Apex For Youth.

Apex For Youth is an organization that connects mental health and mentoring to support AAPI youth.

Li says the role model minority myth causes teenagers like Miki Lin to question their sense of worth.

However, with the support of Apex for Youth, the teenager has found a mentor and a friend.

“She’s gained a lot of confidence in the way she talks about herself – almost like a little leader where she’ll help start the conversation if no one raises their hand to speak,” Eileen Jen said.

“At Apex, they don’t see me doing anything wrong when I’m nervous, when I’m in trouble — it’s like I’m part of the family,” Lin said.

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Need plans this weekend? 10 things to do around New Orleans from May 20 to 22 | Entertainment/Life


As the temperatures continue to climb into the sizzle of summer, the city continues to come alive with fun indoor and outdoor activities.

Ajun Cajun serves a soft shell crab po-boy.


Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco performs during Jazz Fest.

On land and on water, the pleasure flows fully MID-CITY BAYOU BOOGALOO Friday through Sunday along the shores of majestic Bayou St. John. Three entertainment scenes including Ani DiFranco, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Soul Rebels and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles are just a few of the names that provide entertainment. Food fun will be provided by an impressive roster of vendors including Ajun Cajun, Empanola, Mid-City Pizza, Southerns, Nola Snow Snoballs and Bub’s NOLA and more. Admission is required on foot and afloat, starting at $10. Boogie on boogaloo tunes here.

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Several stays will be auctioned at the Four Seasons New Orleans during Julia Jump. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

It could be a night to jive and cry for the JULIA JUMP Friday at 6:30 p.m. when the Preservation Resource Center hosts a good time in the River Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, 2 Canal St. The black-tie encouraged gathering features music, entertainment, culinary creations and a chance to support the work of the PRC to preserve architecture, neighborhoods and culture. The special raffle, with curated prize sets, includes travel, dining, jewelry, art, clothing, and unique offers. Jump over here for the details on the evening of fun.

Brews for Blues raises funds for the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation (copy)

The Iceman Special entertains the crowd at Brews for Blues for the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation.

Camping, art, music and healing converge in the MOON SHADOW FESTIVAL Saturday and Sunday at Abita Spring Be and Be, 75368 Moonshadow Lane. Iceman Special, Funky Soul by Jason Neville, Mahmoud Chouki, Santa Barbara Streisand and many more will keep you entertained during this two day event. Planned food vendors include Tacos Para La Vida, VooDoo Vegan, Popsicle Door Bell and more. There are also craft vendors and healing activities that include yoga, meditation, Chakra sound baths, seminars, workshops and ceremonies. Tickets start at $25 with openings for night or day passes. Look at the moon here.


The girls start doing tricks during a session with the nonprofit Girls on the Run, which designs programs that build social, emotional, physical and behavioral skills for girls in grades three through eight. at City Park Great Lawn in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Photo by Max Becherer, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

GIRLS RUNNING 5K is a celebration of young women’s work and organization that helps build confidence and make intentional decisions, providing social, emotional and physical skills. Saturday’s 8 a.m. run at Joe Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans, includes an Inspiration Village (begins at 7 a.m.) and Wellness Lounge. The course of the race features track and trail aspects. Registration starts at $20. Climb back to the starting line here.


French pastries, Swiss chocolates and German beer are on the menu for European Day of Languages ​​at Deutsches Haus on Saturday.

Celebrating the languages ​​and cultural diversity of Europe, EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES will be held Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St., New Orleans. Coordinated by the Consulate of France in Louisiana, along with the Haus and the Alliance Française, the day includes activities for students and their families exploring a variety of countries. There are also traditional specialties from several European countries, including French pastries, German beer, Swiss chocolates, and more. Music and entertainment includes flamenco dancing and a German orchestra. The focus here is on fun.

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Raising awareness of drug addiction and raising funds to support treatment centers is the goal of the first WALK FOR RECOVERY at 10 a.m. Saturday from the RiverShack Gretna, 714 First St., and along the Mississippi River Levee. Funds raised will be split between Bridge House/Grace House and Responsibility House. Presented by Gretna Revitalized Enhanced and Developed Inc., the event features music by Da Rockits. Registration starts at $10. Advance registration can be made at (504) 363-1580. Step up for walking information here.

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Vance Vaucresson, left, and the Hilzims, left to right, Stephanie, Monica Davidson, Pierre and Brooke at the Crawfish Monica booth at Jazz Fest.

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Jessica B. Harris

What’s a festival without food? Perish the thought. The heady mix of entertainment, rides, games and cuisine is what makes South Louisiana’s festival calendar sing with spice and New Orleans’ historic collection takes a closer look with FOOD FORUM: CELEBRATE THE SEASONS — FESTIVALS Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street. Dr. Jessica B. Harris, a renowned food historian, leads a discussion on the importance of regional food festivals. Also in attendance will be Jazz Fest’s culinary director, Michelle Nugent, and representatives of some of the festival’s best-known foodies: Pierre Hilzim and Monica Davidson of Crawfish Monica (yes, that Monica) and Vance Vaucresson of the sausage company. And, don’t worry, there will be tastings of festival food samples. The suggested price is $30. Take a bite of the excitement here.


Michelle Lacey, second from right, and members of the Disco Amigos perform at the Backyard BBQ fundraiser for the Crescent City Farmers Market on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at Central City BBQ in New Orleans. The event featured music from Sam Price and the True Believers, dancing by the Disco Amigos, food from farm-to-table restaurants, a children’s play area and a silent auction.


The Pussyfooters hold the 73rd Annual Krewe of Thoth Parade on February 23, 2020.

Put on your dancing shoes and head to Spanish Plaza at the foot of Canal Street and the Mississippi River to catch the free Krewe of BOO! HALLOWEEN DANCE HALFWAY at 2 p.m. Saturday. This high-profile hoedown pits some of the city’s best-known dance and marching groups against each other to be judged by a panel of celebrities. Among the participants will be Disco Amigos, Pussyfooters, Sassyracs, Sirens, Cherchez La Femme, the Muff-A-Lottas, Lucha Krewe and many more. Additionally, Skinz N Bonez will feature a drum performance, with merchandise and drinks available for purchase. Get the first-hand info on spooky fun here.

The Mississippi River is the inspiration for outdoor activities and free art NOMA FAMILY FESTIVAL in the museum’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden on Sundays starting at 10 a.m. with artistic creations, performances, a walk in the family garden and workshops throughout the day at Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park. Registration is encouraged, as well as appropriate attire for an outdoor event. Food will be available for purchase outside the garden and permitted in the amphitheater only. Float here to learn more about family fun.


Dr. Michael White performing in a second line of Black Men of Labor in a scene from director Jason Berry’s 2021 jazz funeral documentary ‘City of a Million Dreams’.

Jazz, the music of the city, comes alive in sound and story at THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ EXPERIENCE when Dr. Michael White discusses the unique musical form at Maison Beauregard-Keyes, 1113 Chartres St., New Orleans, Sunday at 6 p.m. The program examines history, actors, characteristics, repertoire, meaning and social significance, interspersed with musical examples provided by a quartet of musicians. It’s a BYOB event, with free treats available. Tickets start at $30. Listen to the details of this event here.

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Governor Hochul Announces $900,000 in Grants to State Parks, Trails, Historic Sites and Public Land Partner Organizations

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $900,000 in grants to support 27 nonprofit organizations involved in the management of state parks, trails, historic sites and public lands. Grants support the efforts of partner groups to raise private funds for capital projects, perform maintenance and beautification work, provide educational programs, and promote public use of parks by hosting special events.

“These local organizations add tremendous value to the stewardship and programming of our state parks, historic sites, trails and public lands, and we are proud to support their efforts,” Governor Hochul said. “Like these parks-dedicated partner organizations, New York State has a strong commitment to public lands, with record funding for parks and environmental protection. I look forward to the many exciting new opportunities in the great outdoors this funding will bring as we head into the summer season.”

The Park and Trail Partnership Grants program is funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund. The grants are administered in partnership with the nonprofit advocacy group Parks & Trails New York. This seventh round of awards will be supplemented by over $250,000 in private funds. Beneficiaries must raise external funding of at least 10% of the amount of the grant received.

State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said: “Friends of State Parks groups and volunteers are a tremendous force behind the success of our parks system. These grants will help leverage the energy and talents of our partners to do even more to improve the parks, historic sites and trails across New York City.”

State Department Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said: “The work of partners such as groups of friends and non-profit organizations is essential to improving DEC’s environmental education and programming and advancing state land access and conservation projects. Thanks to Governor Hochul and the $900,000 grants announced today, this important work can go even further to improve the state’s lands, waters and facilities.”

Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin said: “With more and more people discovering the outdoors and using our parks, trails and public lands, the need for strong public/private partnerships has never been greater. Parks and Trails Partnership Grants help strengthen the role of groups of friends in these vital partnerships.”

State Senator Jose M. Serrano said: “Stewardship, conservation, and connecting more people to nature are at the heart of our state park system, and our groups of friends are vital in promoting these practices. I commend the Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks and Trails NY for today’s funding announcement to expand participation and access to our state parks.”

Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell said: “These exciting investments in our parks reflect the vital role these spaces play in the lives of New Yorkers and will ensure that they remain exciting and attractive to visitors for years to come. I am proud of our state’s commitment to the outdoors and I thank all of the local leaders who help maintain, enhance and celebrate our public spaces.”

Winners include:

Capital Region

  • Columbia Friends of the Electric Trail ($8,600) to install eight park benches along the Columbia County portion of the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail.
  • Friends of Moreau Lake State Park ($48,928) to install an accessible trail with a new trailhead that will include a kiosk and interpretive signs.
  • Upper Hudson Northern Catskill Natural Resource Trust dba Greene Land Trust ($8,800) to develop plans and engineering specifications to replace an undersized culvert for a tributary that empties into the Hudson River.

NYC Center

  • Friends of Mexico Point Park ($30,592) to create a fully accessible trail from the parking lot to the lodge, restrooms and lakeside, including a gazebo and educational signage along the trail.

Finger Lakes

  • Rochester Inclusive Community Rowing ($11,592) to install a fully accessible pathway with eco-friendly materials that will allow access from the boathouse and DEC grounds to the rowing dock.
  • Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park ($12,568) to digitize its archives and collection.
  • Friends of Letchworth State Park ($10,750) to restore and preserve the legacy of Civilian Conservation Corps stone tables in the Upper Falls area.
  • Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway ($60,000) to provide professional community-level coordination and technical support to the Genesee Valley Trail Town initiative focused on consistent trail-wide marketing, attraction and growth of businesses, as well as advocating and fundraising to complete critical trail connectivity to the city.

Hudson Valley

  • Bannerman Castle Trust ($100,000) to hire a development officer to assess, refine and implement the organization‘s development activities and to identify, cultivate, solicit and manage key donors and prospects.
  • Friends of Mills Mansion ($32,000) for the purchase of historically accurate materials to create reproduction wall hangings for the Staatsburgh Historic Site Library.
  • Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct ($26,427) to improve the exterior of the Caretaker’s House Visitor Center and the usability and curb appeal of the building’s ADA-compliant entrance, as well as to install an arch and a mechanical device from the Croton Dam to help visitors better understand how the aqueduct works.
  • Little Stony Point Citizens Association ($16,200) to hire a Community Outreach Coordinator to reach the community, members, donors and volunteers and create deeper engagement through events, newsletters and information and calls.
  • Stony Kill Foundation ($76,104) to hire a volunteer and outreach manager who will enhance the capacity to conduct community outreach activities and engage volunteers in stewardship of Stony Kill Farm and its associated trails.
  • Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain ($68,000) to create a pilot mentorship program for high school students and to fund an effort to bring other 4th graders to the parks for hands-on learning about science and history, as well as to conduct a longitudinal study of former program participants to assess longer-term impact.

Long Island

  • Friends of Connetquot ($41,000) to design and install an interpretive exhibit on the hatchery building’s observation deck to view trout propagation, care and feeding, and learn about the work restoration of waterways.
  • Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference ($25,670) to increase the organization’s capacity by updating its administrative and technological infrastructure.

New York City

  • Friends of Gantry Plaza State Park ($15,500) for addressing several landscape issues in Gantry Plaza State Park caused by heavy park use.

Northern country

  • Adirondack Mountain Club ($14,750) for sustainable trail rehabilitation on the Phelps Trail, one of the eastern approaches to Mount Marcy, New York’s tallest mountain.
  • Azure Mountain Friends ($3,600) for repairs to the fire tower landing and outreach to local public schools.
  • John Brown lives! ($26,500) to build capacity through an innovative strategic planning process that will ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of the John Brown Farm State Historic Site Friends Group.

South level

  • Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park ($36,140) to replace the roof of the historic Old Mill.
  • Friends of Rogers ($80,000) to create an environmental educator position who will develop, lead and organize educational programs for students, youth, families and special interest groups with an emphasis on adults and the elderly.

Western New York

  • Friends of Allegany State Park ($23,400) to renovate the historic Red House sawmill.
  • IMPACT: Friends Improving Allegany County Trails ($10,000) to produce a consultant-led three- to five-year roadmap plan on how to grow and sustain the organization.
  • Niagara Post Theater ($30,379) for renovating the ceiling of the historic theatre.
  • Old Fort Niagara Association ($75,000) to preserve two iconic historic 18th century redoubts.

Enacted FY2023 budget provides $2 million for next round of Park and Trail Partnership grant funds, part of record $400 million environmental protection fund to support efforts climate change mitigation and adaptation, improve agricultural resources to promote sustainable agriculture, protect our water sources, advance conservation efforts, and provide recreational opportunities for New Yorkers. Additionally, the budget increased funding for state parks by $140 million, for a total of $250 million. This increase will be invested in upgrading and improving New York State Parks. This substantial level of funding will help with the ongoing transformation of New York’s flagship parks and support critical infrastructure projects throughout the parks system.

Parks & Trails New York is the leading advocate for New York City’s parks and trails statewide, working with grassroots groups for 35 years to strengthen public-private partnerships and improve the health, economy and the quality of life of New Yorkers through the use and enjoyment of green spaces. . For more information, visit www.ptny.org.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails and boat launches, which are visited by 78 million people each year. For more information about the National Park Recreation Areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit parks.ny.gov, connect on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

Wait what? National list ranks New Jersey’s favorite pizza chains

Looking to grab a slice for dinner tonight or lunch tomorrow? In New Jersey, there are so many choices between pizza chains and local pizzerias.

So many choices, that this topic has often sparked a debate among New Jerseyans asking the dangerous question, “Where’s the best pizza?” »

According to a new report from TOP Agencya leading market research firm that tracks consumer preferences for top pizza chain rankings, Little Caesars was the most popular pizza vendor in 16 states.

These include Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia -Western and Wisconsin.

But not New Jersey.

It also found that Americans’ love of pizza and visits to 12 of the largest pizza chains increased by 32% in 2022. New Yorkers’ pizza consumption is now surpassed by 30 states and 54% of respondents agree that pizza should not contain pineapple.

The report also broke down the pizza chain’s top five restaurants by state. You might be surprised which five made New Jersey’s list. Check it out below.

Do you agree with number one?

Pizza Hut in Jersey City (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Pizza Hut in Jersey City (Photo credit: Google Street View)

#5 — Pizza Hut

Sbarro’s at the GSP service area in Montvale (Photo credit: Dan Alexander)

Sbarro’s at the GSP service area in Montvale (Photo credit: Dan Alexander)

#4 — Sbarro

Papa John’s in Willingboro (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Papa John’s in Willingboro (Photo credit: Google Street View)

#3 — Papa John’s

Domino’s in Franklin Township (Somerset County) Photo credit: Google Street View

Domino’s in Franklin Township (Somerset County) Photo credit: Google Street View

#2 — Dominoes

Marco’s Pizza in Pennington (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Marco’s Pizza in Pennington (Photo credit: Google Street View)

#1 — Marco’s Pizza

Ever heard of New Jersey’s #1 Channel? There are eight Marco’s Pizza locations in New Jersey:

8101 Arbor Avenue, Bergen North

180 Parsippany Road, Parsippany

2580 Pennington Road, Pennington

511 Berlin Cross Keys Road, Sicklerville

1 South Burnt Mill Road, Voorhees

3 East Evesham Road, Voorhees

201 Egg Harbor Road, Washington

1200 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken

As for neighbors in New Jersey, the best pizza chain in New York is Pizza Hut, followed by Papa Murphy’s, Domino’s, Little Caesars and Godfather’s Pizza rounding out the top five.

In Pennsylvania, the most popular place to take a stake in a chain store is also Marco’s Pizza. Little Caesars came second, followed by Domino’s, Godfather’s Pizza and Papa John’s.

For a complete list of the best pizza chains by state, see here.

Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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5 things your organization needs to consider in the ongoing Elon Musk Twitter drama


The warning was blunt: “Once the deal is done, we don’t know which direction this company will go.” That’s what Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal told his employees recently, referring to the impending takeover of Twitter by billionaire flamethrower Elon Musk.

That’s probably not much comfort to organizations wondering how the Twitter takeover will affect their digital communications strategy. But while a huge amount of detail remains unknown — including whether Musk will even close the deal, as he hinted on Friday — there are things a smart organization can do now to bolster its communications plans. whatever happens.

Here are some possibilities you should consider:

1. If you’re too reliant on one platform, you’re not building a winning strategy.

As many observers have already noted, several progressive-leaning Twitter users lost followers who deactivated their accounts after Musk’s announcement, while several conservative-leaning users gained them through newly created accounts. Brands cannot control which users and platforms they choose to engage with, whether their choices are based on real or imagined concerns.

An ideal strategy requires thoughtful and complementary organic and paid strategies across multiple platforms, nurturing relationships with your user base in multiple places – whether it’s on Twitter, on an alternative social media platform, on your site web or through your email program. Your strategy should be based on knowing the users you’re trying to reach, understanding that audience, and adjusting to find the right forum(s) to reach them.

2. If the moderation of the platform is reduced, how much will it matter to you?

Musk has made it clear he doesn’t have much use for platform moderation, which he says interferes with free speech, and he just said he would end the President Trump’s ban. So, you may need to prepare for a future where anything goes, which could mean having to do even more disinformation monitoring, taking on more battles with adversaries (or making a conscious decision not to fight opponents) and prepare your executives for more negative chatter.

Thinking about how you will protect your message and brand in a truly unmoderated future will help you direct your efforts in or away strategically rather than just reactively.

3. If Musk adds authenticated users, as he suggested, there could be great value.

While major platforms remove third-party cookies and other tools that help advertisers know who you are online, channels that have directly authenticated user data may demand a bounty from advertisers who attempt to reach specific audiences.

Authentication will also likely mean that Twitter will be able to tell more stories about its users and what their interests and habits are, providing more precise targeting options. At the same time, authentication will reduce ad waste by removing fake accounts and bots, which has plagued Twitter for years, as Musk pointed out last week. The trade-off here is the implication that knowing the users are “real” will make the platform safer and more of a reasonable space for public discourse.

The reality could be the opposite. Facebook introduced its “authentic name” policy nearly a decade ago in an effort to make its platform more secure; it hasn’t made Facebook any safer, or less of a source of misinformation or disinformation.

4. If Twitter reopens to political advertising, make sure you understand your goals before jumping in.

Again, the answer to whether you should engage in a potential political advertising opportunity on Twitter is whether the platform is really tailored to your audience and your goals.

It’s the 14th largest social media platform in the world after Pinterest and Snapchat, with 436 million monthly active users – just 15% of Meta’s monthly assets. And the vast majority (80%) of Tweets are written by 10% of Twitter users. But perhaps even more important than its relatively limited reach is the growing body of evidence that suggests Twitter merely hardens the political views of its users, rather than serving as an effective tool of persuasion and discourse.

For all of these reasons and more, Twitter isn’t poised to become a premier tool for changing hearts and minds any time soon. This does not mean, of course, that it has no value. For example, the potential to engage influencers and decision-makers – or even rally your existing supporters on your issues – could make paid communications on Twitter an attractive addition to a branding or advocacy campaign, even if it isn’t. is not a main channel to reach the undecided. masses. And, for organizations that must play both defense and attack, there is a cost to leaving unchallenged rivals on a platform that has the potential to shape the discourse beyond its own user base. .

5. If Musk takes Twitter to a subscription model, a paid and organic influencer strategy will be even more important than it already is.

With a subscription model, Twitter could limit traditional ad inventory, making influencers the primary entry point for organizations that spend ad money. There are a growing number of companies that specialize in selecting paid influencers based on an advertiser’s metrics, providing valuable third-party validation.

All of these unknowns underscore the importance of a balanced cross-channel media strategy – one in which you cultivate relationships with your audience across all platforms and don’t rely too heavily on any individual channel to shape your communications. It’s also how people see the world — on many screens and devices throughout the day, so it’s an important reminder to surround your audience with your message.

This will allow you not only to break through, but also to innovate.

Andy Amsler is senior vice president at Precision Strategies and leads the paid media team. Kristina Villarini is vice president of Precision’s digital media team.


Park Rapids City Council denies utility bill request – Park Rapids Enterprise


On May 10, Park Rapids City Council denied a resident’s request to lower a utility bill.

The request was removed from the board’s consent agenda, where it was to be approved.

According to a staff memo in the Agenda Folder, owner Lynette Guida requested a reduction in the water and sewer bill at 107 Grove Ave. N. for his tenant, Kendra Wattenhofer, “due to the circumstances”.

Specifically, Public Works Superintendent Scott Burlingame said the big bill resulted from a leaking toilet. The property’s bill history showed a fourth quarter bill for water and sewer usage totaling $615, a difference of $542 from the property’s typical quarterly usage of $73.

According to Mayor Ryan Leckner, the finance committee had recommended granting the request, dividing the $542 in three ways between Guida, Wattenhofer and the city. However, Burlingame informed council that the city generally gives credit for water that does not go down the drain. However, in the case of the leaking toilet, it went down the drain.

“The ordinance states that we are not waiving the charges,” City Administrator Angel Weasner said.

“We’d be opening a big Pandora’s box if we did,” Mayor Ryan Leckner said.

Based on the staff’s recommendation, council member Tom Conway moved a motion to deny the request, and the motion passed unanimously, in the absence of council member Erika Randall.

Birch Street resident Bill Fitch commented on the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) requested by Gregory Parsons to operate the One More Club bar at 1012 Birch St. S.

Fitch said he understood from the minutes of the meeting that members of the planning commission were having difficulty accessing the property to look around. He suggested that if a petitioner does not let city staff inspect the property, the city should not accept their petition.

Fitch also asked how Parsons would keep the required number of parking spaces open during the winter. He said actual snow removal should be necessary, “otherwise they’ll have to push it onto their neighbors’ property.”

Additionally, Fitch questioned Parsons’ plan to deal with stormwater runoff and questioned why the CUP had been brought to council before Parsons had qualified.

“Just because we did something in one part of town doesn’t mean we have to make the same mistake in another part of town,” Fitch said.

Acknowledging that this is a tough decision and that the city doesn’t want to be known for not supporting business, he concluded: “You have a chance to get it right.

In a late addition to their agenda, the council approved journal entries to transfer money between various funds, in preparation for the city’s upcoming annual audit. Log entries included:

  • Set aside budgetary funds for fire and police equipment and the Depot Park tennis court reconstruction project;
  • Remove street cleaning costs from stormwater revenues;
  • Adjust liquor store inventory to actual; and
  • Allocate staff salaries from company funds according to the time they spend on water, sewer, storm water and liquor store work.

In matters of consent and general matters, counsel:

  • Renewed the city’s contract with planner Ben Oleson, AICP of Hometown Planning for an additional six months.
  • Approval of a Land and Water Conservation (LAWCON) grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to fund reconstruction of the Depot Park tennis courts. The city received a $250,000 LAWCON grant and committed $60,000 to the project, in addition to donations raised by the Park Rapids Tennis Association.
  • Paid $3,500 to Paul Bunyan’s drug task force for its annual dues.
  • Paid $5,720 to Tyler Technologies for services related to setting up the city’s new financial system.
  • Paid $2,233 to Thelen’s Excavating for the emergency repair of a broken four-inch cast-iron water pipe on Washington Street, using city-supplied materials.
  • Paid Streicher $4,851 for police uniform vests. Staff note that one of the vests is replaced by an insurance claim and that the trauma plates on two of the vests are subject to a subsidy.
  • Granted Deanna Harvala a Public Use Permit to hold a wedding ceremony on June 25 at Red Bridge Park.
  • Recognized donations to the city totaling $3,101, all for library programs.
  • Approved accounts payable totaling $42,677 and prepaid accounts totaling $140,128.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at City Hall, following a council workshop at 5:30 p.m.

The climate crisis left on the sidelines of the electoral campaign

MANILA, Philippines — Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the likely winner of the presidential elections, will be tasked with leading the Philippines through a crucial period that will determine the future of humanity on an overheated planet.

Science has made it clear: time is running out to secure a viable future for the planet, and nations must implement deep and immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Celsius. Any rise above this threshold will trigger the worst effects of the climate crisis.

In a nation battered by an average of 20 tropical cyclones each year and threatened by rising sea levels, climate change did not feature as a major issue during the 90-day election campaign.

Ruth Lusterio-Rico, a political scientist specializing in environmental policy, explained that voter awareness of the impacts of climate change is quite low despite it being a cross-cutting issue.

“They still can’t relate the climate crisis to their experiences, even to poverty. So those running for political office don’t grasp the issue,” University of the Philippines professor Diliman said. Philstar.com.

Harvard Humanitarian research published in 2020 found that 60% of respondents said they had not heard of and did not feel well informed about climate change. But the study also found that 71% of Filipinos feared being affected by its impacts.

Lusterio-Rico added that election campaigns in the country focus on personalities, not issues.

“In fact, very few candidates run under an environmental and climate program.”

Unclear adaptation and mitigation plans

The Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of human-induced climate change, which disproportionately affects the poor.

The candidates pledged to fight poverty and corruption, provide jobs and livelihoods, improve the country’s health system and even unify the nation. But their plans to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change were largely absent from the election campaign.

In a report released days before the May 9 election, the Commission on Human Rights stressed that individual efforts to tackle climate change will be wasted if leaders are blind to the plight of the planet.

Greenpeace activist Virginia Benosa-Llorin observed that candidates’ usual responses in debates and interviews focused on energy development and disaster response.

“Generally, there have been no clear and specific plans to address climate change mitigation and adaptation concerns among applicants,” she said.

Almost all candidates mentioned the need to seek clean and cheap renewable energy sources.

Marcos and his closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo, said they plan to tap into geothermal, hydroelectric, wind and solar power sources. Robredo also highlighted the need for a clear roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Throughout the campaign period, labor leader Leody de Guzman has been consistent in his positions: pushing for clean energy technologies and rejecting the use of planet-warming fossil fuels. He placed eighth in the presidential race.

“The interest in mitigation is there. In many ways this reflects the policies of the current administration which also seem to be focusing more on mitigation,” said Jon Bonifacio, national coordinator of Youth Advocates for Climate Action. Philippines.

To bring the climate agenda to the fore, Lusterio-Rico said environmental groups should “make voters and candidates aware that environmental and climate issues are critical right now” by having champions among government officials in the national and local levels, and strengthening environmental education through informal channels.

Climate change plan

Several climate activists and conservationists have backed the duo of Robredo and his running mate, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, saying they offer “knowledgeable, responsive and firm leadership” in tackling climate change. and solve the country’s environmental problems.

The administrative tandem of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio landed the nation’s top two jobs by wide margins.

As the likely next president, Marcos will lead the direction of the country’s policy to tackle climate change.

But for Leon Dulce, national coordinator of the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, another presidency of Marcos “augurs a return to the dark ages”.

“[Marcos] has no plan, and that includes climate action and environmental protection. It will be a blind leading a blind under a presidency of Marcos,” Dulce said.

Greenpeace’s Benosa-Llorin said the next administration should halt the expansion of fossil gas projects, scrap plans to expand nuclear power and ensure that renewables make up half of the country’s energy mix.

The presumptive elected president supports the inclusion of nuclear energy in the energy mix. Marcos also intends to revive the Bataan nuclear power plant, the project of his dictator father which has been mothballed since the 1980s due to safety concerns. Environmentalists call nuclear energy a “false climate solution”, expensive and dangerous.

Benosa-Llorin also urged the new leaders to hold the world’s biggest polluters accountable for human rights abuses linked to climate change and to act on the recommendations of the National Climate Change Inquiry report of the Commission on Climate Change. human rights.

Its recommendations include declaring a climate and environmental alert, reviewing the country’s climate pledges, and amending the Climate Change Act and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act.

In an interview with CNN Philippines last week, sociologist Nicole Curato said whoever wins the election is “the person who will decide who lives and dies in this country.”

“This president will decide our climate policy. This person will decide how we respond to disasters and how we respond to COVID-19.”

NJ firefighters get millions for protective gear

Governor Phil Murphy announced $10 million in federal funding to help protect firefighters across the Garden State.

During a stop at the Hackensack Fire Department on Monday, the governor said the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant program will provide departments with grants of up to $75,000 for protection, cleaning and sanitizing.

He said the money will help cover a host of needs ranging from personal protective equipment to chemical-free clothing and gear.

An advantage for property taxpayers

Murphy also noted that funding for layoff businesses across the state will also help taxpayers.

“When you think about it, every dollar we can deploy from state or federal funds is a dollar that stays in the pockets of local property taxpayers,” he said.

He noted that the pandemic has been difficult for New Jersey’s firefighting community, especially companies that rely on volunteers.



“We know the stress you all go through every day, not knowing what you might face on a call, while worrying about the health of your own families,” Murphy said.

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who also serves as the State Department‘s commissioner of community affairs, said the program “is going to help provide them with the critical resources they need to ensure their safety and well-being so that they can continue to do their jobs.”

U.S. Representative Josh Gottheimer, DN.J. 5th District, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, said, “We are now getting even more federal dollars back to support our local fire departments and first responders, especially for our smaller ones where resources are even stretched harder.”

The grants will prioritize volunteer fire departments, as well as services in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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UPDATE 4/10: A current list of county fairs happening in the Garden State for 2022. From rides, food, animals and hot air balloons, each county fair has something unique to offer.

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Michaels organization selected by California for major


SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Michaels Organization, a national leader in residential real estate, has been selected by the California Department of General Services and the California Department of Housing and Community Development to transform two city blocks of downtown San Diego into sustainable, innovative and high-quality affordable and mixed-use housing.

Michaels was awarded the development project through a competitive bidding process, which was launched after Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to use surplus state properties to boost development. housing development. Michaels’ plan for the site includes affordable and market-priced housing as well as office and retail space.

“We stand ready to work with our partners in the State of California and the City of San Diego to provide much needed housing to their citizens across a wide range of income levels,” said Vice President of Development at Michaels, Raoul Amescua. , who leads the development team with Vice President Cristhian Codorniu and Regional Vice President Kecia Boulware.

“Working to meet the state’s need for 2.5 million new homes by 2030 requires commitment, creativity and collaboration at all levels of government and community,” said Gustavo Velasquez, Director of the Department of Housing and Community. “As we seek to make the most of public lands, we must focus on affordable housing and climate solutions, and this project does just that.”

The two-block site is bordered by West Ash to the north, West A to the south, State Street to the west and Front Street to the east.

The Michaels Organization, which owns and operates properties in 37 states coast to coast, has been active in the California market for over a decade. Its communities include affordable, market-priced, purpose-built student housing. Michaels also owns and manages privatized PMQs on several military bases across the state.

Other development team members include The Plenary Group, Carrier Johnson+CULTURE Architects, Suffolk Construction, Kettler Leweck Engineering, Studio-MLA, MIG, Circulate San Diego and RBC Capital Markets.

About the Michaels Organization

The Michaels Organization is a national leader in residential real estate offering comprehensive development, property management, construction and investment services. Serving 175,000 residents in more than 440 communities nationwide, Michaels is committed to designing housing solutions that jump-start education, civic engagement and neighborhood prosperity, and to creating communities that Lift Lives.

Media Contact: Laura Zaner, [email protected]; 856-988-5983.

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Runners finish and break records at 16th Annual Colfax Marathon


DENVER (KDVR) — Runners of all speeds strapped on their running shoes and grabbed their bibs to compete in the 16th annual Colfax Denver Marathon.

Denver’s biggest running event took place on Sunday, May 15, and saw more than 30,000 runners in the Mile High City.

Runners started and finished at Denver City Park while reaching places like Empower Field at Mile High, Denver Fire Station No. 1 and along seven miles of rivers, lakes and bridges. Runners also got to race down America’s longest main street, Colfax Avenue.

The marathon is not only a popular event in Denver, it’s also one of the county’s top 25 marathon weekends. Runners who put their skills to the test were able to qualify for the Boston Marathon, as the Colfax Marathon counts as a qualifying race for the World Marathon Major.


As runners sprinted to the finish line, six people were the top male and female winners of the half marathon and full marathon.

Male marathon winners:

  • Tyler McCandless, 35, of Fort Collins finished with a time of 2:21:07
  • Zebulon Hanley, 30, of Louisville finished with a time of 2:30:40
  • Anthony Bruns, 42, of Denver finished with a time of 2:32:47

Female marathon winners:

  • Sarah Villasenor, 37, of Denver finished with a time of 3:02:51
  • Sarah Bay, 43, from Niwot finished with a time of 3:05:17
  • Janie Nabholz, 22, finished with a time of 3:09:23

Male Half Marathon Winners:

  • Francis Miaraho, 22, of Colorado Springs finished with a time of 1:08:09
  • Patrick Rizzo, 38, of Kingston Springs, Tennessee, finished with a time of 1:09:24
  • Alexander Diltz, 29, of Boulder finished with a time of 1:10:48

Women’s Half Marathon Winners:

  • Atsede Baysa, 35, of Colorado Springs finished with a time of 1:14:50
  • Stevie Kremer, 38, of Crested Butte finished with a time of 1:20:49
  • Holly McKinney, 26, of Denver finished with a time of 1:23:27

Not only did Tyler McCandless win the Colfax Marathon with a time of 2:21:07, but he also broke the marathon record. McCandless broke the record by over three minutes.

For more information on Denver’s biggest race, visit the Colfax Marathon website.

Brighton and Hove News » Two beaches in Brighton and Hove win Blue Flag

Two beaches in Brighton and Hove have won blue flags while a third has received a Seaside Award from Keep Britain Tidy.

The charity, which runs the international accreditation system, said Brighton Central and Hove Lawns were among 80 beaches in the country to have been awarded blue flags.

And Saltdean was one of 128 UK beaches to receive a Seaside Award.

The Blue Flag and Seaside Awards programs aim to improve the quality of the coastline and promote Britain’s best beaches.

They measure beaches against standards for water quality, safety and cleanliness.

Blue Flag is an international award run by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education.

It is only presented to well-managed beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programs.

The Seaside Awards are given to the best beaches in England to celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “The success of these beaches in achieving the very high standards demanded is a testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and enhance our blue spaces – from beach managers and from volunteers to local residents. and businesses.

“The enormous commitment required to maintain wonderful beaches worthy of these awards cannot be underestimated.

“People who visit a beach with a Blue Flag or Seaside Award can be assured that the beach will be clean, safe and will meet the highest environmental standards, as well as international bathing water quality standards.”

Standards measured include

  • security and services, such as first aid and, if necessary, lifeguards
  • environmental management, including litter and waste
  • environmental visitor information, including details of local ecosystems
  • water quality

Blue Flag beaches must meet the “excellent” water quality standard as set out in the EU Bathing Water Directive. Seaside Award winners must meet the “good enough” standard.

The charity said the awards were the only way the public could be assured the beaches were a safe, clean and well-run space they could enjoy.

But he also said that because the coast was a natural environment where water quality could vary, especially after heavy rains.

9 Unique and Interesting Places to Stay in Fredericksburg

It is known for its vineyards, peaches and berries, and the National Museum of the Pacific War, which spans several blocks. It’s known for its shops and restaurants in a charming, brick-fronted town center and for Luckenbach, just down the street. But what I also love about Fredericksburg, a popular small town in the Texas Hill Country, is how out of the hotel box its accommodations can be.

Take your pick of adult-only settings in and around the city: a weed farm, an airport hangar, a Pullman train car, a winery cottage, a treehouse, a retro Shasta trailer, a dome or reused shipping containers.

Note: I have received some sponsorship for my visits to Fredericksburg, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Fredericksburg Peaches (Photo credit: Chelle Koster Walton)

1. Pullman Train Car at Das Peach Haus

He had me at peaches. I timed my first visit to Fredericksburg with its summer peach harvest, when roadside stands, markets, orchards and restaurants teem with red, fuzzy, juicy fruit. Others may be more interested in its wildflower, grape, tomato, or berry seasons, but my ears perked at the news (to me) that Texas peaches rank up there with Georgia and South Carolina. (But never say it out loud in those other Southern states.)

Canned peaches.
Canned peaches (Photo credit: Chelle Koster Walton)

You will find the best fresh peaches and blackberries at Studebaker Farm support. Don’t miss the ice cream with peach sauce at The corner of the Burgs or the peach cobbler at Vogel orchard. In the latter two, you can taste products ranging from blackberry jam to canned peaches with amaretto pecans.

The Peach Haus, Fredericksburg’s oldest retail operation, is ground zero for all things fishing. And now I have learned – since my last visit in 2021 – that it has added unique accommodations to its lakeside repertoire of a gigantic general store, restaurant, teaching kitchen and a full range of tasting events.

Add history and romance to this list of reasons people visit Fredericksburg. At the latest, you can sleep in the past on an 1894 Private Palace Pullman car that Teddy Roosevelt once drove, smoothing out his rough driving days. Original antiques furnish its bedroom and living areas. But you’ll also find modern conveniences like a flat-screen TV, microwave, and Wi-Fi.

Exterior of Hoffman Haus.
The Hoffman Haus is an upscale bed and breakfast located one block from Main Street and a 10-minute walk from downtown.
(Photo credit: Chelle Koster Walton)

2. Hoffmann House

What are all the “hauses” or “Hauser”, as they would say in Germany? German immigrants settled here in the 1840s and are responsible for the town’s strong agricultural roots. Hoffmann House bed and breakfast pays homage to those roots with vacation homes, suites, and rooms decorated in Hill Country style — a little German vernacular, a lot of Texas ranch.

On my first visit to Fredericksburg, I stayed in the Bluebonnet Suite, named after the area’s iconic wildflower that blooms from late March to mid-May. It transported me, every minute I spent there, to the heart and soul of Hill Country with its rustic barn architectural elements. Every morning, breakfast arrived in a picnic basket at my doorstep.

What I also loved about Hoffman Haus was that when it came time to step away, it was only a short walk to the main street of Fredericksburg. During the summer fishing season, downtown was relatively quiet, and nothing could have been better than browsing the historic buildings with their shops, western clothing markets, antique and home furnishings meccas, silver and turquoise jewelry stores, bars, restaurants, historical sites, the central Marktplatz park, and wine shops.

Pro tip: It is worth having a second breakfast; Former German bakery and restaurant on Main Street serves gigantic German pancakes and irresistible pastries for a sweet taste of Fredericksburg heritage.

Hangar hotel exterior
The Hangar Hotel is a minute’s walk from Gillespie County Airport and 3 miles from downtown Fredericksburg.
(Photo credit: Hotel Hangar)

3. Hangar Hotel

My next visit, during spring break, saw the downtown area transform into a crowded and bustling day trip destination – always lovely for early morning or evening wanderings. But when I was ready to escape the crowds, I was happy to share a room with my husband at the Hangar Hotel, just a 10 minute drive from the city center.

Reflecting Fredericksburg’s rich military and aviation history, the hotel recreates a World War II military hangar at the county airport, where you can watch private jets land and take off from a rocking chair on the hotel’s observation deck. second floor or from the dining room. Aviation activity is particularly intense on weekends. Rooms are fairly standard but are decorated — as is the lobby, Officer’s Club bar, and dining room — with vintage airplanes and memorabilia such as vintage luggage, upholstered leather chairs, sleigh beds, and black and white tiled bathrooms.

Hill Country Herb Farm.
Hill Country Herb Farm Cottages (Photo Credit: Hill Country Herb Farm)

4. Hill Country Herb Garden

One of Fredericksburg’s most charming remnants of ancient history lingers in a vernacular architectural style unique to the city known as the “Sunday Haus.” You can see quirky Sunday houses – small town-built cottages for their weekend shopping and church visits – around the town center. You can visit one in its original condition at the Fredericksburg Pioneer Museum. Even better, you can stay in a recreated Sunday house at Hill Country Herb Garden. Featuring a swing and rocking chairs, the cottages step back in time, but with contemporary comfort and decor.

Built within herb and flower gardens, the resort is within walking distance of downtown, but feels much more remote and self-contained with a full-service spa, restaurant (to reopen this summer), and amenities. healthy inclinations.

Pro tip: To stay in a real Sunday house of yesteryear, book Das Soheid Sunday House vacation location.

5. HoneyTree Farm Treehouses

In modern times, treehouses have become more iconic for weekend (or longer) stays around Fredericksburg. the HoneyTree Farm Treehouses are about 10 minutes north of town. In a wooded setting, five elevated cottages with names like The Acorn and The Sapling add luxury to the treehouse experience. Architecturally innovative, they each have their own personality and exclusive amenities such as outdoor baths, bird-watching decks, and multi-window views.

6. Onera

Nature lovers, stargazers, and loners will love the luxury retreat 10 miles from Fredericksburg and light years from subway vibes. from ONERA The architecturally stunning collection of accommodation ranges from a glamping-style “cocoon” to a domed house and a fashion-forward stilt house. Cedar soaking tubs, efficient kitchens, fire pits and viewing decks round out the amenities of the eight custom vacation rentals.

Hill Country Vineyard.
Hill Country Vineyard (Photo credit: Chelle Koster Walton)

7. The Vine on Middle Creek

The modern side of German farming tradition has created more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms along the Gillespie County Wine Trail in Fredericksburg. Within walking distance of downtown, the Urban Wine Trail alone lists 11 wine bars. The best news is that the county has made it legal to take your wine (or any other adult beverage) on your walk around town.

A number of operations offer wine tours across the vast wine region so guests can avoid drunk driving. There is however a vineyard with its own accommodation. The Vine on Middle Creek retreat completed six new luxury cottages in 2020, rentable through Airbnb. Suitable for couples to large groups, the cottages live in the middle of an 8.5 acre working vineyard which offers tours to guests on request. The property’s lodge serves a hot breakfast and offers gathering spaces for wine tasting and nature soaking on the porch about 10 minutes from downtown Fredericksburg.

Pro tip: For a very informative wine tasting with wine pairing tips, visit Kuhlman Cellars.

Odonata Escape Duplex.
Odonata Escape duplex (Photo credit: Odonata Escape)

8. Odonata Escape

Flexible as a group or family reunion retreat or adult getaway, Odonata Escape transformed shipping containers into eight unique rental units in four assembled buildings with five containers each. Located 5 miles east of Fredericksburg, Odonata boasts a hill that separates it from the urban vibe and night lights for stargazing around the firepit and s’more makings provided by the resort.

Each rustic, modern, and slightly funky unit exudes its own personality with names like Groovy, Happy Boho, Tranquility, and Shangri-La. Sleek and bold inside and out, units are all equipped with mini-kitchen essentials such as refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffee maker, coffee, and dinnerware.

For groups who rent the whole place (children are welcome), the Porch House, a renovated 1880s stone farmhouse, serves as a meeting and dining space. The Retreat staff can organize meals, wine tastings and all kinds of entertainment.

9. Blue Skies Retro Resort

Bringing glamping to a whole new level of fun, funky and glamorous, blue skies takes the work and uncertainty out of the travel experience with its five fixed Shasta units.

In 2015, Shasta reissued a limited edition of its classic 1961 trailer. Casey and Atticus Rowe bought one to travel with their then 2-year-old son. After experimenting with set-up work at sometimes disappointing RV parks, they came up with the idea for Blue Skies, where all five trailers are parked under a retro awning with a private courtyard. Each trailer contains a full bed with luxury linens, cooking facilities and a half bath. It has a spa-like bathroom with hotel amenities, including bathrobes and a private outdoor shower.

The private baths reside in the resort pavilion, with a communal fireplace, sitting area, and gas grill. It overlooks the year-round pool at the 42-acre property about 12 miles south of downtown Fredericksburg. After opening in 2019, the spacious and expansive qualities of the resort have enabled The Rowes to weather the pandemic, with social distancing built in through door and room codes assigned to all guests.

raises awareness during Lupus Awareness Month | WDVM25 and DCW50


WASHINGTON (WDVM) — May marks Lupus Awareness Month, a time to come together as a community to raise awareness about the autoimmune disease from which an estimated 1.5 million Americans suffer.

The Lupus Foundation of America calls the autoimmune disease a cruel mystery; that’s why their mission, especially in May, is to increase knowledge and visibility about lupus in order to get closer to finding a cure.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which your immune system is overactive and attacks your own body, but with early diagnosis and immunosuppressive drugs, patients can lead healthy lives.

While lupus knows no racial or ethnic boundaries, the Lupus Foundation of America has stated that women develop the disease more often than men and that lupus is 3 times more common in black women than in white women.

Sydney Evans was diagnosed with lupus in 2017 after being sick for several years.

“A lot of people who are like me and my community in the black community, they don’t know much about lupus, and there’s been a stigma around it that you know, oh, that’s a bad thing “, said Evans.

Diagnosing lupus can also be difficult because there is no single test that can give doctors a yes or no answer. That was the reality for lupus warrior Cherri Perron, who had had symptoms of lupus since 1987. It took her 6 years and 5 different doctors to get an accurate diagnosis.

“Having a doctor, someone in the community who is trusted, telling you that you’re making it up, it’s all in your head, go home, you’ll be fine,” Perron said. “It was a horrible, horrible experience.”

People with lupus often have ‘flare-ups’, which means their symptoms such as joint pain and fatigue get worse. Evans says the pandemic has also presented unique struggles for people living with lupus due to their weakened immune systems.

“I take hydroxychloroquine so during the pandemic there was this shortage and, you know, hard to find drugs,” Evans said. “So obviously that was a big deal. I felt like I was rationing my meds. Nobody wants to do that. I take it twice a day, every day. You know, I need that med.

Perron was diagnosed in 1987 and says that at the time there was not much information about this mysterious disease, but thanks to advocacy, lupus research has made great strides. But she says there is still work to be done, so she will continue to share her story.

For more information about the Lupus Foundation of America, click here.

Earthstock’s success powered by a student duo | Nebraska today

Two environmental studies students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln used their passion and education to plan (in a matter of months) EarthStock, a celebration of the planet in April.

EarthStock is a series of events hosted by sustainability-related campus entities to educate and unite Huskers around the common goal of a more sustainable future. EarthStock is an entirely student-run event, hosted by the University of Nebraska Student Association. After noticing a vacancy for the EarthStock chair position, second Rachel Summers and senior Kat Woerner applied and were named co-chairs.

In just half the time usually allowed, Summers and Woerner successfully planned a series of events with the support and in collaboration with the Nebraska Water Center, Sustain ONELincoln Earth Day and more.

“We wanted to make sure EarthStock kept going,” Summers said. “I think it’s really important because it raises awareness that there are environmental and sustainability initiatives on campus.”

Summers and Woerner have collaborated with organizations to host engaging events including a music festival, stream cleanup, plant sale, block party and clothing swap. The duo were pleased with the turnout, especially for the plant sale, block party and clothes swap, which have proven to be among the most popular events year after year.

Summers and Woerner have collaborated with organizations to host engaging events including a music festival, stream cleanup, plant sale, block party and clothing swap. The duo were pleased with the turnout, especially for the plant sale, block party and clothes swap, which have proven to be among the most popular events year after year.

“Students always say swapping clothes is their favorite thing because they have so many clothes they don’t want anymore,” Woerner said. “It’s cool that they can trade them and get things that are new to them. It was sponsored by Sustain ONE, which also held a two-day plant sale. I would say it was really successful because they sold plants. »

Swapping clothes was also a practical way for students to prevent more items from reaching landfills. This is partly due to changing fashion trends and limited time to access recycling and donation centers, according to Ritu Jadwani, a doctoral student in textiles, merchandising and fashion design whose research focuses on fashion and sustainable textiles.

“Only 12% of clothes are recycled each year, globally, and on average, Americans throw away 80 pounds of clothing each year,” Jadwani said. “Clothing swaps are a way to help people be more sustainable by bringing swaps closer to them. They don’t have to drive anywhere to drop off their clothes or buy new clothes. They can drop off their clothes before the swap and buy a new look during the swap, which is not only affordable, but also gives them a new wardrobe and, most importantly, helps save the environment. Clothing swaps are a great way to become more sustainable and reduce textile waste. »

At the block party, organizations gathered outside the Nebraska Union and set up tables with activities, items and educational materials to show students how they can incorporate sustainability into their lives. daily. The block party is another way to increase the visibility of sustainability on campus.

“A lot of campus sustainability initiatives have kind of been behind the scenes where students have to be in certain specific classrooms or communities to find out what’s going on,” Summers said. “So it’s great when it’s kind of in your face on social media and in front of the Union where everyone is all the time. It really highlights it for people on campus to have a chance to to be more educated about it and just be aware like hey people at your school care about sustainability and climate change.

EarthStock not only fulfilled the desires of the student co-presidents to promote sustainability on campus, but also taught them lessons for the future. Through working with campus organizations, as well as managing money, contracts, and approvals, Summers now has another experience to add to her resume as she pursues her dream of working in the field of environmental policies. As a sophomore, she is ready to continue organizing EarthStock for years to come.

“I really learned a lot from this experience and from Kat Woerner, and I hope to be able to organize EarthStock on my own next year,” she said.

Eagle Marsh plants, wildlife emerging after late spring

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) – After winter’s slumber, Eagle Marsh fills with new life each spring. Enter any part of the 831-acre nature preserve, which borders the city limits of Fort Wayne, and the sound of thousands of birds, insects, frogs and mammals drowned out any nearby traffic . Little River Wetlands Project staff and volunteers restored and maintained the community treasure.

Standing in several inches of water, Conservation and Program Manager Maraiah Russell shared her perspective on the importance of this type of terrain. “It’s pretty solid and shallow – but the further you get out, the deeper the layer of mud,” she said, “and that’s the decaying plant matter, and that’s what makes it a wetland that provides all the nutrients for all the creatures here.” In addition to directing floodwater away from parts of the county, native wetland plants also act as a filter to remove pollution.

Behind the Eagle Marsh barn, Russell showed us how many animals live on this reserve. “It’s usually a really good place where you see a lot of turtles basking on the first warm days of spring,” she explained. “A lot of times we will see Painted Turtles on these logs. If you’re lucky you might see a snapper crossing the gravel road. At this time, they move in search of good nesting habitat. They like gravelly soils and they dig into the banks and lay their eggs. Hopefully they will hatch later this fall, or some of them even during winter, and some of them will hatch next spring.

“You can see little paths like this going through swampy areas. These are made by the muskrat, the beaver,” she added, “could also be made by the otter – we have also observed otters here. The marsh is very attractive to birds, which use the area as a resting place during migration. “We have over 250 species of birds found at Eagle Marsh,” Russell told us, “which is quite significant!”

“The circle of life” is essential to the wetland ecosystem. An example can be seen by how oversaturated soils can actually kill some plants. “When the water floods the trees too much, they eventually die – but it just makes great habitat for bats,” the wildlife expert said.

“A lot of tadpoles in the water right now,” she continued. “You don’t hear a lot of frog calls right now…because they were very active in early spring.” Soon, Russell warned, visitors will have to watch where they step, as tadpoles will transform into frogs that frequently cross the reserve’s man-made paths.

Mammals, such as the muskrat, beaver and otter already mentioned, live around wetlands. But you can also see rabbits, marmots, mice, foxes, minks, shrews, raccoons and more. During our visit, we recorded images of animal tracks in the mud – possibly those of deer and coyotes. Your best bet to see them come out of hiding is early in the morning or later in the evening.

The vegetation is working overtime to catch up with its growth. “Having a delayed spring, some of our plants are just barely coming in,” Russell explained. “Whereas, maybe if it had been a little warmer a little earlier, they would have been up and starting to flower. One of the ones we have flowered is the foxglove beardtongue – which is a flower very important for bumblebees.

After spending a few minutes at Eagle Marsh, it’s hard to believe the land has been transformed from a farm in the past two decades. “17 years ago, this field was corn stubble,” she tells us. “Today it’s a thriving habitat that’s home to salamanders, otters, bald eagles, beavers, muskrats — all kinds of wildlife. And it’s just amazing to see that.

Throughout the year, Eagle Marsh runs educational programs for students of all ages and offers guided hikes for adults. LRWP has a large pool of volunteers who help remove invasive species, replacing them with native plants through their Seed to Marsh program.

You can find more information about the Little River Wetlands project hereor see a list of registered birds hereand other animals here. Photographers and nature enthusiasts share their observations via a community album on the association’s Facebook page here.

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Integrated dental organization Espire Dental acquires Colorado-based Meadows Dental Group


With the addition of Meadows Dental Group, Espire Dental expands to 20 practices

DENVER, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Espire Dentala rapidly growing integrated dental organization (IDO) led by physicians, is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Meadows Dental Group in Solitary Tree, CO.

Founded in 2018 and based in Denver, COEspire Dental is raising the bar within the dental industry with its current footprint of 20 practices located across Colorado, California, Oklahoma and Wyoming. The company actively seeks out and acquires practices whose clinical philosophy is centered on the patient experience, while emphasizing superior clinical care and genuine employee growth. Adding this new Colorado strengthens Espire’s position in the Denver market while expanding the quality of dental care available to patients statewide.

Tim Hill, CEO of Espire Dental, is excited about the alignment with the new practice. “It is wonderful to partner with a practice and team as dedicated as we are to excellent patient experience and superior clinical care. This highly visible location fits perfectly into our existing footprint in denver, and we are delighted to work with Drs. O’Leary and Peppler to improve the quality of dental care for more patients in the southern part of the city.”

Dr. Joseph O’Leary, DDS, is the founder of Meadows Dental Group. He and his partner Dr. Scott Pepper have assembled an excellent team of doctors and team members to serve the southern Denver Metro field and their practice fits naturally into Espire. “I knew early on after meeting the Espire team that they were the best fit for our practice, our team and our patients. We are proud to partner with a great business partner who will not only help our practice to grow, but will support the improvement of our patient experience,” said Dr. O’Leary.

Espire Dental provides world-class support in operations, clinical training, human resources, marketing and finance, enabling Espire dentists to focus their full attention on patient care and elevating the daily experience. members of their clinical team as a valued employee. For Tim Hillthe idea of ​​providing commercial support to practices while improving patient and team experiences is what sets Espire apart from other support partners.

About Espire Dental
Espire Dental is a group of practices founded by physicians with a vision to create something extraordinary: a dental setting where excellence in dentistry meets inspired hospitality. Espire is pioneering a new category of practice, operating as an Integrated Dental Organization (IDO) instead of a DSO to create a single, high quality, large group practice operating under one trusted brand. With a focus on high-quality, multi-specialty care and creating exceptional patient and employee experiences, Espire believes that when you love what you do, work doesn’t feel like work. Espire is a growing group of 20 firms seeking to strengthen its presence in the US West. Learn more about www.spiredental.com.

Contact Espire Dental
Dentists interested in joining Espire Dental can complete an application form: EspireDental.com/practice-transition

CONTACT: Sophie Kelner, [email protected]

SOURCE Dental Espire

200 million year old fossils stolen from Utah National Park – Queen City News


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UTAH (ABC4) — Park rangers are searching for suspects who stole fossils from Capitol Reef National Park dating back more than 200 million years.

The National Park Service (NPS) is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect.

Officials say the reptile track fossil tracks were stolen between August 2017 and August 2018. The fossils, dating to the Triassic period, were removed from a track inside the national park.

(Courtesy of the National Park Service)

Authorities hope to hold suspects who vandalized “irreplaceable paleontological resources” accountable for their actions.

“Vandalism hurts,” says NPS. “Some of the oldest and most extensive reptile tracks in the western United States are found in Capitol Reef National Park. Fossils preserve the records of life on earth and are extremely rare.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to contact authorities in one of the following ways:

  • Call or text the NPS Inquiry Line at (888) 653-0009
  • Submit a tip online here
  • NPS Email: [email protected]
  • Dial 911

“Information from other visitors is often very helpful to investigators,” officials say. “If you have any information that could help recover the stolen fossils or that could help identify those responsible, the park asks that you please submit a tip.”

Environmental and social issues are a “real business driver” for hotel investors

BERLIN — Environmental, social and governance issues cover a wide range of topics, and investors who invest in European hotel and hotel projects pledge to comply with them, despite the lack of universal measurement standards.

One of the main drivers is the European Commission’s European Green Deal, approved in 2020 as a set of policies to make the European Union climate neutral by 2050. the combination is a must for all activity levels.

Starwood Capital’s Timothy Abram (left) and Stoneweg Hospitality’s Miguel Casas discuss how ESG requirements are considered in hotel investing at IHIF. (Stephanie Ricca)

But compliance for issues ranging from carbon neutrality to fair labor practices requires a lot of education, data collection, and investment, something the hotel investment industry doesn’t take lightly.

“Transition is mandatory. No one can avoid it, and thankfully the hospitality industry is coming together on alignment,” said Miguel Casas, managing director of Stoneweg Hospitality, a Geneva-based property investor. “This is a huge opportunity, and it’s built into our investment strategy. Future generations will want hotels that will follow [these practices] and from a cost perspective, everyone is perfectly aligned.

Speakers on an International Hotel Investment Forum panel on “Hospitality Investment with Purpose” acknowledged that while at first glance many ESG topics appear to fit more within the framework of hotel operations, they need to be fully integrated into all aspects of a hotel project, from acquisition to operations.

“It’s about what you own — the asset itself — but also what you do in hotel operations,” Casas said. “We are fully aligned with the operator. We do our part and engage on the physical and construction side, but then in the [hotel management agreement] we commit the operator to best practices.

While there are no universal measurement standards that assess compliance with environmental and social issues, hotel investors said that’s no excuse to stand still. Data collection is the first step, which greatly facilitates analysis.

“As an investor, we look at energy, carbon, water and waste KPIs – these are important pillars of our strategy,” said Adrian Flück, director of hotel asset management. for Invesco. “Then we analyze the net zero carbon impact, using real estate carbon risk monitoring tools, and we also look at the physical risks of the buildings.”

Collecting the data is part of “doing our homework,” Flück said, citing Invesco’s efforts to measure carbon use as an example.

“We’ve collated the data over the past 24 months, and then we discuss as a team how the data makes sense,” he said. “Do we need to make greater investments to stay below this zero carbon trajectory? The objective of our strategic investments is to keep them below this line – it is our fiduciary duty to identify the risks when we acquire [property]. We now have the tools to get things done.

Showing your work and establishing systems are key approaches to ESG compliance for real estate investors in particular, whose asset holding periods may simply not allow enough time to see full compliance through to completion.

Casas said Stoneweg’s detention period is usually five to seven years.

“We are investing now, so this decade is when it will be a big and mandatory issue, so we need to implement things now,” he said. “Or if we can’t implement, at least we can create the business plan and we have the metrics and the underwriting of those things for the inbound investor.”

Non-compliance with ESG practices is factored into a property’s income statement, he said. “And not adhering to factors in underwriting and more investment strategies at this stage. It becomes a valuation factor for operating real estate assets,” he added.

Timothy Abram, senior vice president of European acquisitions for Starwood Capital, said measuring return on investment in ESG practices is “a bit of science and a bit of art.”

While it’s fairly straightforward to calculate costs, ROI and the usual metrics, Abram said the softer side of the equation involves looking ahead.

“We’re looking forward to five to seven years, until we come out,” he said. “We think about who will buy this asset – usually it’s someone more institutional than ourselves – and we ask what their ESG requirements are, and we do them too. It’s an additional investment that is not not profitable today but we still do because we want to create the most institutional assets.We don’t want someone not to buy this hotel in the future because it does not meet their ESG requirements.

Environmental issues are perhaps the easiest to measure, but stakeholders agreed that the social elements of ESG are just as essential.

Gilles Clavie, CEO of AccorInvest, said his company’s approach to improving the social conditions of employees has been made clear during the pandemic, and it requires as much planning and investment as any other aspect of the workforce. ‘business.

“There’s the financial part – we had to increase pay because it just wasn’t fair in certain situations,” he said. “We learned early on that housekeeping in our industry is the equivalent of nursing in the medical industry.”

Beyond wages, Clavie said investing time, effort and money into building programs to accommodate different types of workers pays off.

“We had to look at working conditions, offer flexibility and family services, look at all the jobs that are constraining and realize that a lot of people don’t want those constraints,” he said. “All the elements [to address those] are fairly easy to set up. We need to engage in new models of leadership, and we have put a lot of effort into leadership programs.

“ESG is a real business driver,” he said.

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The National Kidney Donor Organization Supports Living Donor Employees


Norwalk, Conn. – National kidney donation organization (NKDO) is proud to announce that he has joined the Living Donor Circle of Excellence. This program, an initiative of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), party employers who implement internal policies that provide salary support to their employees who choose to be a living organ donor.

Michael Lollo, President of NKDO, said, “I am thrilled to have NKDO join the AST Circle of Excellence. Every organization should have a policy in place to help remove barriers to living organ donation so that their employees can consider the option of helping change someone’s life.

John Gill, MD, President of the American Society of Transplantation, said, “Living donors are the heroes among us, their donation saves the lives of patients in need of kidney or liver transplants and has a positive impact huge on society. Patients facing life-threatening illnesses can lead normal lives, raise families and participate in their communities. By supporting living organ donors, we also build stronger communities.

Today, more than 100,000 patients are waiting for life-saving kidney or liver transplants. Of the transplants performed in 2021, living donors accounted for 24% of kidney transplants and 6% of liver transplants. Financial barriers are an obstacle for many potential living organ donors. Living organ donation usually includes a recovery period of four to six weeks and many will use their vacations or take unpaid time off during this time to donate.

The Circle encourages other employers to follow NKDO to help others in need of lifesaving organ transplants. You can learn more about AST’s Living Donor Circle of Excellence here.

About the American Society of Transplantation

Founded in 1982, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy, organ donation and community service. The Society is the largest transplant organization in North America (composed of over 4,000 professional members) and is recognized as the premier transplant society. AST members are sought after as transplant experts and advocates. Other transplant organizations, policy makers, regulators, payers, academic institutions, and the general public turn to AST for transplant advice, research, and resources.

To learn more, visit: www.myast.org.

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Lady Bobcats earn 15th win in 11-2 section win over Buckeye Trail


The Cambridge High softball team took the first step Monday night toward their ultimate team goal each season … a berth in the Ohio High School Athletic Association District Tournament.

In first-round sectional action against No. 12 seed Buckeye Trail, the No. 3 seeded Lady Bobcats advanced to the Division III Divisional Championship game with an 11-2 victory at Cambridge City Park.

“We get bunts when we’re supposed to, and then the hits that come with it,” CHS head coach Bob Shepard said. “And that’s the name of the game, and right now we’re doing it pretty well.”

“Add to that we got another good shot from Abby (Mann) and our defense was solid tonight,” added Shepard. “And that’s what you have to do to keep progressing in tournament play. If we can take care of business on Wednesday against Tusky Valley, we can move on to districts. We hope to get there, that’s our goal every year. is to get to the district tournament, and this year is no different.”

This Cambridge offense has kicked off in recent weeks, propelling the Lady Bobcats to a 15-5 record after Monday’s Division win.

CHS had 11 runs on 11 hits in the game, taking a 10-0 lead after four innings.

Buckeye Trail's Taylor Bardall slides into second base where Cambridge's Ava Byerly waits with the tag.  Bardall was called on the play in Monday's Division III section game between the two schools.

Things seemed to be heading for an early end with a five-innings grace victory for Cambridge, but the Lady Warriors fought back in the top of the fifth.

Singles from senior Abby Wayble and freshman Lindsey Smith, along with a step drawn by Morgan Watson, saw the Lady Warriors clear a pair of runs against CHS second runner Abby Mann to shoot under of 10-2 and avoid the early end.

“It’s something we’ve been doing all season, these girls keep playing,” explained BT first-year head coach Devani Roe. “I can say this team is not giving up, and that’s a real positive trait that we can take next year.”

“We have everyone coming back except two people,” Roe added. “So we’re delighted with that, and hope to take some valuable lessons learned this year and build on them next season. I’m happy with how this season has gone, the girls have worked hard and we’re looking forward to it. next season.”

Buckeye Trail is slipping to 5-13 this season and still has a few catch-up games to play to close out the season.

Cambridge jumped out early with a pair of first-inning runs against Buckeye Trail starter Gwen McElwain. Mann hit an RBI double, with Joynia Conrad adding an RBI single for an early 2-0 advantage.

CHS nailed three more runs in the second to increase the lead to 5-0, Kendall Kenworthy curled a long tripe and cane home on Morgan Bradison’s RBI base hit to lead out of bounds.

Then in the third, the Lady Bobcats opened the scoring with a five-run rally with senior Ava Byerly slamming a double to tackle a pair of RBIs. Ryleigh Goodman followed with another brace to score Byerly, with Mann picking up his second RBI of the game with a hit.

Byerly paced Cambridge’s offense with a double, two singles with two RBIs, Mann and Conrad each doubled, a single with an RBI. Goodman with an RBI double, Kenworthy with a triple, and Bradison’s RBI base for the winners.

Mann pitched the full game for the pitching victory, allowing two runs on six hits with 11 Ks and three walks.

Buckeye Trail led by Samantha Jackson with a pair of doubles, while Wayble had two singles and Lindsey Smith’s single.

Cambridge will now host Tusky Valley on Thursday at 5pm at Cambridge City Park in the Division III Championship game. Tusky Valley shut out Coshocton 10-0 in the night’s other semifinal.

“I feel good in our team, we’ll see what happens once we get further down the tournament track,” Shepard offered, “But I like the way we’re playing right now, we’ll be come back here on Thursday and see if we can continue.”

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Highly invasive jumping worms | University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (10/5/2022) – The highly invasive jumping worm, which can damage soil and gardens, has spread to several Midwestern states, including Minnesota.

As the weather warms and people return to outdoor hobbies like gardening and fishing, Minnesotans should keep an eye out for the species, which may be hiding in compost worms or new mulch. that gardeners use, or spread when anglers unknowingly buy bait mixed with jumping worms. and not following good disposal practices.

Ryan Hueffmeier, a U of M Duluth professor and program director at the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, provides expert commentary on how to spot jumping worms and what steps you can take to help prevent the spread of invasive species. Some of his research on jumping worms is funded by the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center.

Ryan Hueffmeier

“Jumping worms are earthworms that look and behave a bit different from the European earthworms we grew up with. These worms live in the top six centimeters of soil and are voracious eaters of organic matter. Through their feeding and burrowing behaviors, they turn topsoil into loose, grainy soil that can be easily eroded and does not support plant life well. Due to their ability to clone themselves, a single jumping worm can create a population, making them a difficult species to manage.

To date, jumping worms have been documented from the southeastern part of Minnesota to the metropolitan area and as far north as the St. Cloud area. To learn more about where they were found, visit the EDDMapS jumping worm website.

Jumping worms move less like a worm and more like a snake. They thrash vigorously when disturbed. They have setae, or tiny hairs, that completely cover each segment, unlike European earthworms which have only eight setae around each segment. Jumping worms can lose their tails when disturbed, and the severed tail will continue to wiggle as the worms move away from danger. If you’re having trouble identifying the species based on appearance alone, take a look at your soil, which will look noticeably different if invasive jumping worms are present. The way these worms move their bodies through the soil makes them a coffee ground texture that washes out easily.

The best thing you can do about an invasive species is not to introduce it to a new place in the first place. You can reduce the risk of introducing jumping worms by finding out where the materials for your garden and landscape come from. Is this company aware of jumping worms and their potential negative environmental impacts? Visually inspect all materials you purchase before they arrive at your home. When buying or trading plants or other gardening materials, consider putting all of these things in a secondary container and waiting a week before planting. This way, you will have more time to take a good look at the material in order to spot the worms. If you do, research the characteristics of the earthworms to decipher whether they are European earthworms or invasive jumping worms. If you use live worms to fish, be sure to throw away any bait you don’t use. Once they’re introduced to an environment, it’s too late.

To learn more about jumping worms, visit the University of Minnesota’s Jumping Worms Project webpage.

Ryan Hueffmeier is a research, outreach and education specialist with active projects in forest and landscape ecology and invasive species. For 15 years he has been part of the Great Lakes Worm Watch and Jumping Worms projects. Hueffmeier is the program director of the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center and a professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he works to transfer scientific knowledge from evidence-based research to the public by creating accessible outreach programs. The Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center offers educational programs related to natural resource management practices.


About the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center
The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) was founded in 2015 by the Minnesota Legislature to conduct research on the prevention, detection, and control of terrestrial (terrestrial) invasive species. MITPPC researchers use transformative science to prevent and minimize the threats posed by invasive terrestrial plants, pathogens and pests. MITPPC is the only such research center in the nation, and the center’s work to protect the state’s grasslands, forests, wetlands, and native agricultural resources benefits all of Minnesota and beyond. Funding for MITPPC is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). Learn more at mitppc.umn.edu.

About the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
The Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center offers comprehensive educational programs that contribute to a better understanding and appreciation of natural resource management practices in the Boulder Lake Management Area. This provides an interpretive window to present resource management, including hydroelectric power generation and a functioning forest environment. The programming also illustrates the many social, biological and economic benefits of the forest.

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Visa-free countries for Americans for short-term travel

It is undeniable that American citizens enjoy many privileges, among which traveling without a visa ensures the first rank. Obtaining US citizenship gives individuals the right to travel abroad without showing proof of eligibility. Several countries around the world give US residents the added benefit of short-term travel.

In this list below, we are going to shed some light on all the countries Americans can travel to without a visa.

  1. Mexico
    Admission granted: 180 days
    Mexico is one of those countries that welcomes all nationalities with open arms. Moreover, US citizens who have valid visas can easily obtain multiple entries into the country without any restrictions. The only thing to keep in mind during the entire stay in the country is that the validity of the passport remains intact.
  2. Belize
    Admission granted: 30 days
    Belize is a Central American country bordered by the Caribbean Sea and Mexico. The nation is also home to the second largest barrier reef and also has plenty of sunny havens for intrepid travellers. For all US citizens wishing to visit the country, the minimum stay is approximately 30 days, provided they have a valid visa.
  3. Costa Rica
    Admission granted: 30 dayss
    Costa Rica is another country that has abundant natural reserves within its geographical borders. The nation is known for its stunningly beautiful natural parks that are lined with interesting wildlife like sloths, macaws, and turtles. Although people of all nationalities can visit this beautiful country, travelers with a valid US visa enjoy 30 days entry into the country.
  4. Guatemala
    Admission granted: 90 days
    Guatemala is one of those countries that should never be ignored when looking for the perfect vacation spot. Rich in natural beauty and adventure, the country also has ancient ruins and colonial architecture that attract people from far and wide. US citizens planning to visit the country must have a valid, unused visa and a green card for residential purposes.
  5. Albania
    Admission granted: 90 days
    Albania is lined with beautiful beaches which remain one of the nation’s greatest highlights. The land is also dominated by a fascinating culture and a list of beautiful places that can spellbind any traveler. Americans wishing to spend a few days in this breathtaking country must have two important documents which are the American green card and a visa. The limit of stay in the country is 90 days and is open to all nationalities.
  6. Georgia
    Admission granted: 90 days
    Despite its small size, what makes Georgia one of the top travel destinations for people is its incredible scenery. Deserts, coasts and mountains, the country is a paradise for hiking and camping enthusiasts. Breathtaking canyons, waterfalls and spa resorts make Georgia a quick getaway paradise, open for 90 days to all nationalities, including the United States.
  7. Serbia
    Admission granted: 90 days
    Serbia is a Balkan country that was once part of the Yugoslav Empire. Although smaller in size, the nation has a rich reserve of seaside resorts, Roman heritage, monasteries and nature reserves that anchor frequent travelers to it. Although the country accepts people of all nationalities, the minimum stay is around 90 days.
  8. Qatar
    Admission granted: 30 dayss
    Qatar is one of the major countries in the Middle East located around the Persian Gulf. The nation promises a blend of modern amenities and Middle Eastern culture that makes it one of a kind. Pristine beaches, a pleasant climate, remarkable architecture, museums and outdoor activities, there is plenty to do in the country. People with a US visa can stay in the country for 30 days provided the document is valid.

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Wisconsin office of anti-abortion organization targeted by arson, police say

The fire and vandalism occurred at the office of Wisconsin Family Action, CNN Affiliate WISC reported. WFA is a political action committee that lobbies against abortion rights and same-sex marriage, according to its website.

Emergency dispatchers received a call from a passerby who saw a fire coming from an office building on Sunday morning, Madison Police Communications Supervisor Keith Johnson told CNN. Firefighters from the Madison Fire Department were called to the building around 6 a.m. and were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, officials said. No injuries were reported.

Fire investigators believe the fire was started intentionally and are investigating the incident as arson, firefighters mentioned.
A Molotov cocktail, which did not ignite, was thrown inside the building, Madison police said in an incident report. It appears a separate fire was started, police said, and graffiti was also found at the scene.
A picture of the WISC shows the graffiti written on the office wall: “If abortions aren’t safe, then neither are you.”
In a report, Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes said WFA appeared to have been targeted because of its beliefs. He said federal agencies have been notified of the incident and are working with Madison Police and Fire Department in the investigation.

“Our department has and continues to help people speak freely and openly about their beliefs. But we believe that any act of violence, including the destruction of property, does not help any cause,” Barnes said. “We have notified our federal partners of this incident and are working with them and the Madison Fire Department as we investigate this arson.”

WFA president responds to vandalism

WFA President Juliane Appling told CNN she was attending a Mother’s Day brunch at her church around 7:45 a.m. Sunday when she received a call from management at her office building, which said the WFA office had been broken into.

Appling said she was told that a few of what she describes as Molotov cocktails were thrown through several windows in the space, which started a small fire.

Graffiti was found spray-painted outside the building, where WFA rents space, she said.

“The irony of what happens on Mother’s Day is very poignant,” Appling said.

The WFA has not received any indication of a specific threat leading up to Sunday morning’s incident, it said.

“I pray this doesn’t happen to anyone else, it has to stop now,” Appling said.

The Supreme Court’s draft opinion leaked last week

The alleged arson comes days after Politico released a Supreme Court majority draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that would strike down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that the constitution protects a woman’s right to an abortion.

The opinion would be the most consequential abortion ruling in decades and would transform the landscape of women’s reproductive health in America. The final opinion in the case – Dobbs v. Jackson, which involves a challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban — is not expected to be released until late June.

Law enforcement officials in Washington, DC, have braced for potential security risks posed by reactions to the leaked draft.

Late Wednesday evening, security crews began installing an 8-foot-tall non-scalable fence around parts of the Supreme Court building, and Thursday evening, crews installed concrete barriers blocking the street outside the court. .

Wisconsin is one of several states that implemented an abortion restriction prior to the Roe decision, which was never removed. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, said earlier this week that the state Justice Department would not enforce the law if the Supreme Court overturns Roe, according to CNN Affiliate WKOW.

CNN’s Natalie Andes contributed to this report.

The Egyptian Ministry of Environment organizes awareness seminars on climate change and distributes waste containers in the Delta governorates

The Egyptian Department of Information and Environmental Awareness has organized a number of awareness seminars on climate change in the Egyptian delta – press photo

CAIRO – May 07, 2022: The Egyptian Department of Environmental Information and Awareness has organized a number of awareness seminars entitled “Climate change and global warming and its impact on humans and the environment “in some schools and cultural houses in several governorates of the Delta, the Ministry of the Environment said in a statement on Saturday.

The seminars were held in light of Egypt’s national strategy to raise public awareness on climate change ahead of the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), the ministry added. The seminars were given at the headquarters of the Maison de la culture Quesna in the governorate of Menoufia, at the Shafiq Ainer school in the village of Mit Al-Nour, at the Zefta center in the governorate of Gharbia, at the secondary school Umm Al-Momineen in Tanta in the governorate of Gharbia and in Martyr Magdy. Mahmoud Al-Qashash School and Quesna Secondary School for Girls.

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The seminars covered the definition of global warming and greenhouse gases, their role and danger on the planet, and a brief overview of the environmental changes caused by pollution in the world. They also discussed the importance of trees and green plants in reducing CO2 emissions.

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In addition to this, the Egyptian Ministry of Environment delivered 276 containers of waste to the Ministry of Education for distribution to schools in Tanta town of Gharbyia governorate in the Egyptian delta.

This set of containers aims to prevent any accumulation of waste and to preserve the health of pupils in schools and the safety of the environment.

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Five days ago, the Alexandria office of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency launched the first sessions of the national dialogue on climate change, the environment ministry said in a statement. The sessions aim to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on people’s lives and their environment, in addition to brainstorming ideas to help mitigate those impacts, the statement added. Sessions discussed innovative ideas and technologies that help streamline water and energy consumption.

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On March 27, 2022, Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad launched the first national dialogue on climate change since Sharm el-Sheikh, where the conference would meet in November.

Egypt has raised awareness of taking into account the impacts of climate change in daily living activities by rationalizing citizens’ consumption of water, energy and resources, according to the minister.

Harrisburg-based philanthropic organization launches contest to win $10,000 fund to support area nonprofits


Have you ever wanted to win $10,000 for a charitable cause that is particularly close to your heart? Well, now is your chance.

The 102-year-old Harrisburg-based philanthropic organization The Community Enhancement Foundation is running a contest and campaign asking people to think about what motivates them and the causes that matter most to them. They can submit their application stating what their cause is and why it is important to them to www.tfec.org/spark.

The Spark winner! competition will appoint and establish a TFEC Area of ​​Interest Fund. The fund will allow donors to support a broad area of ​​interest, such as the environment, arts and culture or education. The TFEC Grantmaking Committee will then award grants to nonprofit organizations in the area of ​​interest through a competitive application process. Grants will be awarded to support a non-profit organization in TFEC’s service area of ​​Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry counties as well as the Dillsburg area.

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Submissions are accepted until June 30. All verified entries will be open to the public to vote during the month of July. The top five finalists with the most votes will advance to the closing round where the public will vote between August 5 and August 31. The winner will be announced on September 7.

“The word “philanthropy” is stigmatized. Many assume it is only reserved for a specific type of person, someone with a certain wealth and stature,” TFEC President and CEO Janice Black said in a press release. “Our vision in creating Spark! is to break down these misconceptions and show members of our communities that anyone can be a philanthropist and anyone can make a difference.

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Discussion on the Park Boulevard bike path project


SAN DIEGO — Residents of University Heights heard from city leaders on Thursday about plans to redevelop busy Park Boulevard, including new designated bike lanes.

Cycle path projects are underway throughout the city, with sometimes mixed receptions.

City staff attended the University Heights Community Association virtual meeting to present plans for Park Boulevard and answer any questions.

“We’re making changes to make sure these projects don’t surprise people in the future, even though they were released and adopted plans that gained community support years ago,” said Randy Wilde, Senior Policy Advisor for the City of San Diego.

Progress can already be seen on Park Boulevard, which was recently resurfaced.

“As someone who rides every day, I’m all for more bike infrastructure,” said University Heights resident Brian Smith.

Area residents, however, said they have mixed feelings about the reconfiguration of the main downtown community corridor.

“I’m not sure if these are improvements,” said Renée Gregorio.

Although the street has been resurfaced, the lanes have yet to be redrawn, which has caused confusion among motorists. According to the city, the re-striping will take place over the next few weeks.

Eventually, the project – which focuses on the area between Adams Avenue and University Avenue – will feature separate areas for bicycles, loading and parking, and vehicular traffic.

“Me being a biker, I think bike lanes are pointless because there are already so many alternative streets you can take that aren’t as busy,” Dwayne Pesquira said.

While most don’t take issue with the bike lanes themselves, responders said they weren’t a fan of the loss of dozens of parking spaces.

“Parking is the big problem,” added Gregorio. “I feel bad for traders.”

According to the city’s transportation department, about 88 parking spaces will be lost as a result of the updates.

The Park Boulevard project is considered a high priority by the city and is part of the Cycling Master Plan, which has been ongoing and updated since 2002.

The best ways to protect yourself from ticks

As people explore the outdoors, it’s important to understand a possible danger as small as a poppy seed.

“We don’t want people to be afraid to go outside, but to be able to protect themselves and take precautions to avoid those tick bites. Knowing what ticks look like, knowing where they live, are just ways to protect yourself from bites,” said Breanna Adams, director of environmental health services at the Erie County Health Department.

Ticks can be found anywhere, but they are more common in wooded areas.

“He will climb on a blade of grass or a shrub, any vegetation that is inside the tree line. He’ll hang around the edge of that plant material with their legs extended and they’ll just lay there and wait,” said DCNR environmental education specialist Brian Gula.

Star tick, dog tick, and deer tick, also known as the blacklegged tick, are found in our area. Only the deer tick carries Lyme disease.

Repellents are just one way to protect yourself from ticks, in addition to wearing long pants, shirts, and socks. Also, check yourself in while you’re in the woods.

If you are bitten by a tick, the Erie County Health Department advises that you remove the tick as soon as possible by using tweezers to firmly pull the tick’s head in a steady, upward direction. Clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

The Erie County Health Department offers free tick identification. To bring a tick for identification, place it in a plastic bag and bring it to 606 W. Second St. from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call 814-451-6740 for details.

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“We are happy to put it under a microscope, look at it here and let you know what type of tick it is and if it could carry Lyme disease or any other disease. We can tell, potentially, how engorged he is or how long he was able to feed on you,” Adams said.

2 of the 50 wonders of the world are a short drive from the coast

It is amazing to think of the 50 “wonders of the world” and all the wonderful places that make up this fantastic list around the world. From the Eiffel Tower to the Amazon Rainforest to Christ the Redeemer, there are great wonders all over the world.

the MSN article which caught my eye showed the 50 wonders and while reading it occurred to me that two of the “wonders” are a short drive from here in Ocean and Monmouth counties.

The first local wonder is the Empire State Building. Located in Manhattan, this New York landmark overlooks the “Big Apple”. The 102-story “art deco” building was constructed from 1930 to 1931. On May 1, 1931, President Herbert Hoover opened the skyscraper for the very first time.

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If you’ve never been to the top of the Empire State Building you have to put this on your bucket list, it really is a sight to behold from the top of this giant “wonder”. Considered the “most famous building in the world”.

Our next local wonder, just a short drive from the Jersey Shore, is the famous the brooklyn bridge. This marvel was inaugurated on May 24, 1883. This bridge connects the New York boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The construction of the bridge took 14 years and the project cost the lives of at least 24 workers, including one of the original designers. This is a beautiful scenic drive across the Brooklyn Bridge that everyone must do on a nice sunny day.

So there you have it, two of the Fifty Wonders of the World just a short drive from here on the Jersey Shore. If you haven’t visited them, put them on your to-do list and enjoy this spring and/or summer, it’s worth a visit.

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Speaking of rides, check out the must-see roads in each state.

WATCH: The quirkiest and most wonderful Route 66 attractions, state by state

Stacker compiled a list of 50 attractions – state by state – to see along the route, drawing on information from historic sites, news reports, roadside america, and the National Park Service. Read on to find out where travelers can get their kicks on Route 66.

Eastside veterans organization completes mission before closing


A veterans’ organization in eastern Harris County has written its final chapter and will end on Memorial Day at the end of the month, but not without first completing its nearly decade-old mission to remembering his brothers in arms.

Eastside Veterans was an early effort between several community groups.

“I believe it was in 2011 that the American Legion, other veterans and Son Harvest Church, led by Richard Amador, worked together to bring the traveling Vietnam War Memorial to Crosby,” said the organization’s longtime president, Bob Ward.

After the auspicious four-day occasion from Nov. 3-7, 2011, Ward said a group of people involved in putting up the memorial wall in the community decided to feed veterans on Veterans Day and thank them for their service to the country.

“That’s really where we started the Eastside Veterans’ Celebration Committee,” and they started expanding their offerings to veterans, including a parade on Veterans Day, or the Saturday closest to the national day celebrated.

“Originally, we started here in the bank parking lot, serving hot dogs and veterans on Veterans Day,” said Judy Culbreath, vice president of CommunityBank of Texas in Crosby. “We set up a tent in front and the bank financed it. The hot dogs really took off and there were a lot of people showing up.

The organization grew to the point that they started using the American Legion Hall.

Much of the patriotic sentiment spread after the death of the retired first sergeant. David H. McNerney, 4th Infantry Division Medal of Honor recipient, died October 10, 2010, at age 79. For nine months, McNerney battled lung cancer before succumbing to the disease.

McNerney was well known and loved in the community and the American Legion Hall now bears his name. At the time, he was the only living Medal of Honor recipient in eastern Harris County.

The Crosby resident served as a first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division when he was awarded the nation’s highest honor for gallantry in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson for the heroism demonstrated in action at Polei Doc, Vietnam.

In the fondest memories of the decorated sergeant, the Crosby Junior ROTC program, started in 2004 by Senior Army Instructor Maj. (R) Quenton L. Farr and Army Instructor SFC (R) Timothy Meadows, named their newest building on the high school campus after the war hero. Their website, even to this day, also pays tribute to McNerney.

Amid nationalist sentiment, Ward said celebration had grown, and so had membership.

“We gained members from Highlands, North Shore, some from Baytown in addition to Crosby,” he said. A celebration was held at the high school stadium in front of a large crowd and ended with a fireworks display.

As the members got older, unfortunately, attendance began to dwindle.

“We also faced the reality of other organizations in the region wanting to hold their own veterans’ greetings, so we decided to focus on a lasting tribute with a memorial,” he said.

Raffles, spaghetti dinners and bus game tours helped the young group accumulate money to grow the bank account to pay for a memorial in the park next to Crosby’s library.

Ward himself, organized bus trips to the casino once a month for nine months of the year for nearly 10 years to help raise money for the organization.

“It worked until the pandemic hit us and stopped us,” he said.

Each month, they would earn on average between 350 and 400 dollars.

“As long as we had 40 people on the bus, Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana would pay for the buses,” and had an agreement with Western Bus Lines.

The veterans group would charge $10 per person and average about $50 per trip.

“I also played bingo during the trip and we gave out gift cards as prizes. We would also do a cash gift asking everyone to contribute and at the end of the trip we would also give that to someone on the bus,” he said.

Logistics also required him to book 30 days in advance.

“We took donations wherever we could get them,” he said.

Ward thanked Judy Culbreath, vice president of CommunityBank of Texas in Crosby for her expertise in designing, commissioning and securing the placement of the monument.

Culbreath has experience having worked in a funeral home and managing the cemetery.

“I’ve been with the band since the very beginning,” she said, “and now until the end.” Ward said she had some help from Don Guillory, but they were able to provide the group with a layout and design for the obelisk monument, a tip of the hat to the San Jacinto monument a few miles from their site. .

“The day we were there to put it up, I was so surprised at how many people drove by and asked what we were doing, and I told them, this is a memorial for everyone who served in the military. It’s a space where you can go out and just think. It bears the six emblems of all branches of service,” she said proudly. other parts of the monument allow visitors respite.

The group had raised enough money for the purchase with some remaining money to donate to Precinct 2 for site upkeep, flowers and any other improvements.

“Since it’s on county property, they’ll maintain it in perpetuity,” Ward said. He thanked former regional commissioner Adrian Garcia and the current PCT. 2 Commissioner Tom Ramsey for their support of the project. He also thanked Eddie Foster for his contribution in ensuring that a public address system was available during their fundraisers.

“He’s been with the organization since day one. And he was always the man there to help us with the PA system and was instrumental in organizing the parade,” Ward said.

The pandemic affected attendance and fundraising opportunities for the group, and they made one last push to hit the $22,000 mark and quit.

Ward has been in the community for decades. He spent 20 years running a computer repair business. During this period, he also served on the board of the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce for 18 years.

“We started here in 1991 and I sold the business in 2012,” he said.

While officially retired, he and his wife Sharon spent time working at Citizen’s Police Academy and its Crosby Brethren Church.

The group of veterans was close to Ward’s heart. He joined the army in 1962 and remained in the air force for 8 years.

“I spent four of those years teaching electronics and during the Vietnam era my wife and I were in Hawaii for five years,” he said.

He served as the NCO in charge of the joint operations switchboard in a truly private underground facility and worked with the data receiver and transmitters back and forth between the mainland and Vietnam, and Manila, Alaska, and wherever they needed the data.

The Huffman Junior ROTC presented the colors for the ceremony.

“It’s not about me. All the workers, everyone we had in our organization worked hard to make this happen,” he said.

The end of the organization was bittersweet.

“We knew our mission and we accomplished it,” said the veteran.

To learn more about David McNerney’s story, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwEzOWo8w4E.

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Rochester continues to await bird flu results after dead geese found in Silver Lake Park – Reuters


ROCHESTER — The number of geese found dead in Silver Lake Park has risen to nine as the city’s Parks and Recreation Department awaits bird flu test results.

Rochester Parks and Recreation Director Paul Widman said Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials are advising the city to assume the birds died of avian flu while awaiting results.

“We never find so many at once,” Widman said of the dead geese that were first reported on April 24.

He said when the test results will be available remains unknown.

Mike Schaber, the city’s park operations manager, said no dead geese were found in other parks.

While the deaths are believed to involve bird flu, Widman said the state is not recommending Silver Lake Park be closed.

Public health officials advise park staff to wear gloves and masks when handling dead geese and recommend the city ensure residents are aware of the potential presence of the virus.

The Minnesota Animal Health Council reports that the state’s first case of current bird flu was confirmed on March 22 and the virus has not caused human illness in the state.

However, the disease can spread when enough of the virus gets into a person’s eyes, nose or mouth, or is inhaled.

“It’s very rare,” Widman said. “It has to be any liquid from the goose that gets into the eyes, nose or throat, so it’s pretty rare.”

Advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for preventing exposure to bird flu includes:

  • Avoid direct contact with wild birds and observe them only from a distance.
  • Avoid contact with poultry that appear sick or dead.
  • Avoid contact with surfaces that appear to be contaminated with the droppings of wild or domestic birds
  • Wear gloves and wash your hands with soap and water if you must handle wild birds or sick or dead poultry.
  • Wear respiratory protection, such as a medical mask when handling birds.
  • Change clothing before contact with healthy poultry and domestic birds.

Cases of the disease have been confirmed in at least 21 Minnesota counties: Becker, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Carver, Chisago, Dodge, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, LeSueur, Meeker, Morrison, Mower, Otter Tail, Renville , Rice, Stearns, Swift, Todd, Waseca and Yellow Medicine.
The majority of documented infections in Minnesota have been on commercial turkey farms, with some backyard producers also reporting dead birds.

Widman said anyone who finds a goose in Rochester city parks is urged to contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 507-328-2900 to have the bird removed as soon as possible.

Anyone finding suspicious dead waterfowl or a group of five or more dead wild birds statewide should report them to the MINnesota Department of Natural Resources at 888-646-6367.

What happened: The Rochester Park Board has received an update regarding nine geese found dead in Silver Lake Park.

Why is this important: The geese are being tested for bird flu, which has been found in at least 21 other Minnesota counties.

And after: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will release test results to the Rochester Parks and Recreation Department when available.

J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School plants a tree during Arbor Day

Photo of elementary school students under a pavilion with a Dominion Energy Forester. (Courtesy of WJCC)

WILLIAMSBURG – JAMES CITY COUNTY – Grade one students at J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day Friday by planting a tree.

About 75 students from the school participated in the Plant It! from Dominion Energy! environmental education program. In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the program teaches students about trees and pollinators in the local ecosystem.

Dominion Energy provided participating students with a free tree seedling and a packet of wildflower seeds. Dominion Energy volunteers, foresters and linemen participated in the event.

“We had this wonderful opportunity today to have these arborists come and talk to us about trees and their importance to reinforce what we learned in class and to help us celebrate Arbor Day,” said J. Blayton Elementary first-grade teacher Robin Gemerek. [students] are so excited to have the hands-on experience after teaching it in class, so it’s been a very exciting time. Every time they step out into the playground, they will see what they have contributed.

Video of the Arbor Day event provided by WJCC Schools:

Since 2007, Dominion Energy has distributed more than 832,000 free packets of tree and wildflower seeds through Project Plant It!, according to a press release. More information on the Plan it! to be found on its official website or on its Facebook page.

Vanderburgh County needs volunteers to help remove invasive weeds

There are not many disadvantages in the spring. It’s finally warm enough to go outside for long periods of time and enjoy your favorite outdoor activity, but not so hot that it feels like you’re trying to breathe inside a sauna. It’s the perfect time of year, in my opinion. But, like anything else, there are downsides that come with the upsides. One of them is the emergence of those pesky weeds. While most of us only have to deal with common weeds like dandelions, ragweed, and clover in our yards, gardens, and landscapes, Indiana is home to a number of invasive weed species that can cause problems for the plant life we ​​want to thrive.

Invasive Weed Species Found in Indiana

According to Indiana Department of Natural Resourcesexamples of non-native (i.e. “invasive”) plants found in Hoosier State include the following:

  • purple loosestrife
  • Japanese honeysuckle
  • autumn olive tree
  • shiny buckthorn
  • Garlic mustard

While some, like the purple loosestrife pictured above, may look like a flower you’d plant in your landscaping, the problem is that most of them grow faster than the native plants around them, absorbing all the soil nutrition. The problem being that native plant species provide food and shelter to other important components of our ecosystem such as animals, fish and some insects, and if they cannot obtain these two very important necessities, it could affect their ability to survive. and create a domino effect throughout the ecosystem.

CISMA of Vanderburgh County Seeking Volunteers to Eliminate Invasive Weeds

Photo by Lorenzo Ranuzzi on Unsplash

Photo by Lorenzo Ranuzzi on Unsplash

While you and I can go to the store and pick up some type of weed killer to treat our weeds, nature preserves like Wesselman Woods and Howell Swamps can’t because the chemicals in those products become scorched earth. and kill everything they touch. . So they get rid of them the old-fashioned way, ripping them out of the ground with their hands. As you can imagine, with the size of these two areas, it’s quite an undertaking for a handful of people, which is why they’ve partnered with the Vanderburgh County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA ) to organize a group of “Weed Wranglers” (aka “volunteers”) on the last Saturday of each month from now until October to lend several helping hands.

The monthly draws will take place on the following days:

  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 30
  • August 27
  • September 24
  • October 29

Each draw session is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to noon each month with 40 volunteer slots open for each. This could be a great opportunity for you or someone you know who is looking for community service hours as part of a school, youth group, or church. To register for one of the next days, go to Wesselman Woods website.

[Source: Wesselman Woods on Facebook]

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From grazing Tibetan antelope to migrating monarch butterflies, these 50 photos of wildlife from around the world capture the stunning grace of the animal kingdom. The next gallery extends sequentially from air to land to water and focuses on birds, land mammals, aquatic life and insects when working in pairs or groups, or sometimes alone.

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Local Billings will raise awareness of MMIP through a downtown march


BILLINGS – Hundreds of natives go missing in Montana every year, and it often goes unnoticed. A local group is trying to change that by organizing a march through downtown Billings later this month.

For Rose Harris, May 5 has enormous significance. It’s National Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in honor of her sister’s birthday.

Hanna Harris was murdered in 2013.

Harris family

“She was murdered here on the northern Cheyenne reservation,” Harris said.

She spent years fighting to ensure that Hanna’s killer was charged with her sister’s death. Hanna’s body was found near the rodeo grounds on the northern Cheyenne reservation.

Her killer, Eugenia Rowland was sentenced to 22 years in prison, but it wouldn’t have been possible without Rose.

“We got justice because we had to go out and do it all ourselves, instead of the cops doing what they were supposed to do,” Harris said.

Hanna’s story is sadly all too familiar, but a local organization, the Zonta Group of Billings, is doing everything it can to raise awareness.

“The Zonta Club of Billings is an advocacy group for the rights of women and girls,” said club president Suzie DeBar.

The Billings Chapter, which has been around since 1950, highlights issues such as human trafficking, domestic violence, and missing and murdered Indigenous peoples.

“We need to find a solution and recognize that there are issues with the system and fix those issues, and we can only do that as a community,” said Renee Coppock, registration secretary for the Zonta Club of Billings.

On May 15, they are hosting an MMIP walk that will start at the Wise Wonders Museum and end in downtown Skypoint.


Billings Zonta Club

“There will be drummers, there will be traditional native dancers. We’ll have a prayer from an elder and then we’ll have speakers narrating what’s happening at different levels of government, what’s happening in the tribes,” Coppock said.

The walk is not only educational, but will incorporate real stories.

“We will hear from people telling us how the issue has impacted their lives,” Coppock said.

Stories that resemble that of the Harris sisters, where cases often fall through the cracks of the system.

“Families getting justice, that’s not a lot of justice,” Harris said.

If you would like to donate to the Zonta Club of Billings cause, visit this link. If you want more information about the MMIP fashion show, visit their Facebook page here.

Celebrate nature | News, Sports, Jobs


Inter-Mountain photo by Brad Johnson From left to right, Sam Golston, Elkins Tree Board Member, Jerry Marco, Elkins Mayor, and Marilynn Cuonzo, Elkins Board Chair Tree, participate in Arbor Day tree planting in Glendale Park.

ELKINS — The Town of Elkins and a host of nonprofit organizations have teamed up to offer local events during two holidays celebrating nature over the weekend.

The Elkins Tree Board offered its official recognition of Arbor Day Friday in Glendale Park.

“Even though this is one tree we are planting here today, in the month of April we planted over 50 trees, including 30 trees in Elkins City Park,” Fourth Ward Elkins City Council Representative and Tree Board Member Nanci Bross-Fregonara said at the event.

“As chair of the Tree Council, I just want to thank the Tree Council, Friends of Trees and our urban forestry partners for their help in this huge undertaking,” Elkins City Council Fourth Ward Representative Marilynn Cuonzo said. “Over the years, I think the Tree Board has had a huge impact on the town of Elkins and the community as a whole as we have brought people together and given them a makeover.”

2022 marks the 14th year of the Elkins Tree Board. On Friday, a sourwood tree was planted in the Pollinator Alley area of ​​Glendale Park.

Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco read a proclamation naming April 29 Arbor Day in Elkins. The proclamation stated:

“In 1872 the Nebraska Board of Agriculture established a special day to be set aside for the planting of trees, and this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of over a million of trees in Nebraska, and Arbor Day is now observed across the country and around the world.

“Trees can be a solution to fight climate change by reducing the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, reducing heating and cooling costs, moderating temperature, purifying the air, producing vital oxygen and providing habitat for wildlife, and trees are a renewable resource, giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products .

“Trees in our city increase property values, improve the economic vitality of business sectors and beautify our community. Trees, wherever planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.

“I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and support efforts to protect our trees and forests, and I urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote well-being of this generation and future generations.”

Another Arbor Day event took place later Friday at Bluegrass Park, with the Emma Scott Garden Club sponsoring a tree planting ceremony.

On Saturday, an Earth Day celebration was offered at Elkins City Park, featuring children’s activities, exhibits, interactive games, tree seedlings and reusable giveaways.

The Earth Day event was sponsored by the Women’s Club of Elkins, the Randolph County Democratic Women’s Club, the Elkins Tree Board and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission.

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2022 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence Winners Announced

Jules KA Hoepting (left) and Anders Lewis with President Stephen H. Kolision Jr.

Two brilliant SUNY Fredonia seniors – Jules KA Hoepting and Anders Lewis – received the 2022 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at a ceremony April 26 in Saratoga Springs.

A system-wide award, it recognizes students for outstanding achievement who have demonstrated the integration of SUNY excellence into many aspects of their lives in areas such as academics, leadership, involvement in campus, community service or the arts. It is the highest honor awarded to a student by the university.

“Now more than ever, it’s time to celebrate the accomplishments of our students who have helped each other through this global pandemic and focus on getting the most out of their college education, and this year’s CASE winners are in head of the class,” said SUNY Acting Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley. “It is a great honor for me to celebrate the courage, leadership, and accomplishments of this year’s recipients, and I applaud their hard work and desire to do more for their campuses and fellow students. For my part , I can’t wait to see what they do next.”

Ms. Hoepting is a Communications – Public Relations major, Summa Cum Laude graduate, with minors in Writing & Rhetoric and Environmental Studies. She served as the editor of the student newspaper The Leader this year and authored an article in 2021 on Fredonia Village’s plan for logging around its reservoir. She received the 2020 Terry Mosher Writing the Natural World Award for her essay “Water Like Man.” For a public relations capstone project, she shot photos, wrote articles, edited, and designed a newsletter for a local nonprofit, Greystone Nature Preserve. Her photography was featured in the Fredonia 2022 showcase at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery on campus.

Hoepting is a member of the national communications company Lambda Pi Eta and completed an internship in the fall of 2021 at SUNY Fredonia’s Office of Marketing and Communications. She has also served as a campus tour guide and event planner for the admissions office, sustainability committee member, and president’s ambassador.

Mr. Lewis is a senior music education graduate, graduating Summa Cum Laude with his bachelor’s degree, and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester. He is enrolled in the university’s multi-award Master’s program in Music Education (Mus.B. and MM), which will end in 2023. A bass player, Mr. Lewis has demonstrated strong academic, leadership and service community, and has served as the College Symphony Orchestra Librarian since 2021. He was selected and completed the honors program at SUNY Fredonia.

Lewis is currently a student teacher in Lancaster, NY at Frontier High School and served as a substitute teacher in January 2019 and 2020 in the Clarkstown Central School District. He contributes to the SUNY Fredonia community through leadership roles, including Vice President of the Fredonia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, President of the Fredonia Bass Society, and Mentor in the Student Orchestra. He also participated as an intern in the Freedom summer program in New York, helping campers who explored concepts of identity and social justice through art and dance.

Oh the places to go for Mother’s Day | Outside

I don’t remember too many Mother’s Days where the weather was inclement. It may be because the fondest memories of Mother’s Day are the days spent with my mother(s) or my children.

Even now, my favorite snapshots of memories are with the grandkids doing something outside.

For our family, visiting gardens or wildlife sanctuaries is a long-standing tradition to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Kingwood received a Ruby Award for the website blog Honoring the Past – Growing the Future Capital Campaign.

At the top of the list of stands of recurring visits Kingwood Center Gardens here in Mansfield. An outing for everyone, no matter what age, Kingwood Garden is breathtaking all year round, but I prefer to visit in the spring.

For me, the flowers displayed in the garden in the spring bring a liveliness to the day that reminds me of vintage Technicolor films.

In keeping with tradition, Kingwood continues to be a pleasant, interesting, serene and interactive place to visit. Events for artisans, producers and admirers of all things nature are easily found here.

If you haven’t been there recently, the development of the last few years is wonderful and you can enjoy it while strolling the alleys, visiting the house or even spending some time on the terrace with a bite to eat at the cafe. .

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The view across the pond from the big house at Malabar Farm.

Malabar Farm takes a very close second place in recurring Mother’s Day releases. A walk, full of eye candy, down Pleasant Valley Road – past waves of grass corn, red barns and farmhouses, cattle and graveyards – is a vast playground of natural beauty that once belonged to Louis Bromfield.

Although it is no longer a working farm, many agricultural activities take place in Malabar. Spring is the best time to see hatchlings. Every year we seek out the orange and white cat, who usually greets us at the barn door and acts as our host while we ogle kids, rabbits and lambs.

On the way out, a stop at the fence to pet the Shetland ponies is a must, as well as a walk around the pond to see what might be there.

Malabar Farm Big House and Visitor Center often hold events in addition to their regular tours or exhibits. But, many may not know that there are 2.53 miles of hiking trails that take you past the farmhouse into the woods and down to the valley floor where cold streams flow and all the sounds disappear.

Then the trails take you back to the top of the hills where ancient rock formations sit among the trees tapped with syrup lines. There is also a popular 5.27 mile trail for hiking and horseback riding.

Rocky City Cave

Rocky City Cave is off the Butternut Trail on a northern slope of the trail at about 1,150 feet in elevation.

I don’t know where we’ll be spending Mother’s Day this year, but in case you’re looking for outdoor places to visit for families, I’ve noted a few options for nature outings a short drive away. of Mansfield.

In the heart of Mansfield begins the Richland B&O Trail.

It covers 18.4 miles and passes through Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville and Butler. You’ll see skaters, cyclists, walkers enjoying the farmlands and glacier-carved forest areas along the route. There are 18 bridges to cross, ice cream stands to visit, and a winery and other local eateries just off the path.

Gorman Nature Center in Mansfield, is maintained by the Richland County Park District and consists of 150 acres of open fields with woods and streams. There are six different intertwined trails totaling just over four miles. From the wildlife lookout tower you can look through and see good depictions of what ancient Ohio was like.

The trails here are natural and rugged. Gorman is also a great place to enjoy some nature activities and programs. One to catch is their Night Sky program.

Fox Glen Park is located on West Straub Road. It is just under a mile away with an easy nature and even pedestrian path for a serene stroll within the city itself. Is known for bird watching, especially Canada geese, wild turkey, cooper falcon and red-shouldered falcon.

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a 90-acre reserve and bird rehabilitation center offering educational programs.

Over 30 different species of native songbirds and raptors live here as they can no longer survive in the wild. They have a new Treehouse classroom and offer field trips, day camps, and even a Junior Naturalist program.

Live birds of prey and an aviary are outside, but both are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. One of the four trails, the Wood Duck Trail, includes a wheelchair accessible portion.

In total, the trails cover four miles from the sanctuary to the Clear Fork River. Stoller Road Trail is a 1.9 mile trail that takes you along the edge of the Transparent fork reservoir from Lexington-Ontario Rd to Marion Ave. The terrain changes in elevation but nothing drastic, but it’s not a clear path and often a favorite for mountain bikers.

The second trail (upper trail) winds through the woods for 2.5 miles. Keep an eye out for the remains of a stone chimney and two wooden bridges along this trail if you venture there.

Clear Fork Valley Scenic Trail begins in Perrysville and features an 8-mile hike through 570 acres of nature preserves, incorporating old-growth forests, rolling terrain, prairie flowers and grasses. This path connects the B&O Bike Trail to Butler at one end and Malabar Farm and Mohican State Parks at the other.

The eight miles has two spurs, including Valley View Spur, which at an elevation of 1,370 feet is one of the highest points in Richland County. Skipping both spurs will make the way about 6 miles. For those who like a more regular path, the cycle path section is the best bet and has some great views to enjoy.

Great Falls from Lyon to Mohican

Big Lyons Falls in Mohican is one of the area’s most popular outdoor venues.

Loudonville bicycle and pedestrian path is 1.5 miles of paved surface that begins in downtown Loudonville, crosses the Blackfork River at Riverside Park and continues along the river and tree-lined State Route 3 to Mohican State Park. The southern part of the trail consists of cycle paths on both sides of the national road.

Coming out of Mansfield on the north side of Charles Mill Lake and Campgrounds:

Donaldson Family Trail runs along a family farm and through some hills and along the river just north of US Route 30. Access to the trail is via Crider Road and it is rated as moderately difficult. The trail is a 2.6 mile loop that follows a hill with some elevation.

River Walk Natural Area is a 3/4 mile path tucked along the Jerome Fork of the Mohican River just south of Ashland and offers the ability to enjoy over 1500 feet of river access. Hiking, bird watching, spring wildflowers and amphibian watching are what draw people here.

Cooke Family Wildlife Conservation Park is also north of Mansfield and runs along the Black Fork of the Mohican River. There are over three miles of hiking trails that traverse a unique mix of grasslands, hardwood forests, pine forests, wetlands, swamp forests, marshes, beaver ponds and floodplains.

The swampy area is said to be home to an unusually large population of northern leopard frogs and pike. There is also a trap shooting range and a three-acre fishing pond.

freer field is tucked inside the city limits of Ashland and has 2 miles of hiking trails, including a one-mile paved loop that seems to be popular year-round.

There are 30 acres of woodland – half of which are beautiful stands of walnut, oak and other hardwoods – and the other half a peaceful pine forest full of holly bushes. The trails also pass through meadows which attract birds and butterflies with the variety of native grasses and wildflowers. In the center of the loop is a large grassy area that provides opportunities for kite flying and Frisbee throwing.

Fowler Woods State Nature Reserve is a beautiful 1.25 mile wooded nature walk with an elevated boardwalk. It’s flat, even and convenient for wheelchairs, walkers, strollers and anyone with mobility issues.

Shelby Black Fork Wetlands is located at Reservoir #3, provides a scenic and serene location in town for a lovely walk. There is a 1.25 mile paved trail surrounding the reservoir and a 3 mile wooded trail for hiking.

Although these are known places nearby, there are plenty of other opportunities to be outdoors.

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Bethel Park Music Teacher Recognized by State Music Organization | Local News


Jeff Knell admits he doesn’t like being the center of attention.

However, the work he does as a music teacher in the Bethel Park School District is indeed attracting attention.

Knell, a 2007 graduate of Peters Township High School, was recently awarded the 2022 Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association (PMEA) District 1 Citation of Excellence in Teaching.

There are 12 PMEA districts across the Commonwealth. Knell is this year’s recipient of the state honor for District 1, which represents Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

The award is given biennially to elementary and middle school music teachers.

“It was a surprise to be nominated, but it’s a pretty cool honor,” Knell said, quickly giving credit to the students he teaches. “It’s quite humiliating.”

Knell is on the go during his workdays as he teaches orchestra at Neil Armstrong Middle School, as well as William Penn and Benjamin Franklin Elementary Schools. He is also the associate director of the high school marching band.

Knell, who is in her ninth year with the Bethel Park School District, was nominated for the award by fellow music teacher Rachel Skilone.

“Jeff and I have an almost brotherly relationship,” Skilone said. “He’s just an amazing person to work with and also happens to be an amazing music teacher.”

He became interested in music quite naturally, because his family is very musical. His parents – Tim and Lisa Knell – played musical instruments.

But one man Knell considers his biggest influence on his musical career is former Peters Township band manager Dr Robert Dell.

“The band was always a place I liked to go,” Knell recalled. “It was the one thing I could look forward to every day. I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but it was really my band experience in high school and my huge involvement in music there that got me. made me realize that’s what I wanted to do.”

Knell, who holds degrees from Duquesne and Mercyhurst, tries to pass on to his students the enthusiasm and energy he experienced with Dell, who taught in the Peters Township School District for 28 years.

“There were so many subconscious things he did that made us all love being in a band and loving the music,” Knell said. “I really try to bring some of that genuine excitement and enthusiasm into my teaching. I’m a bit of a goofy teacher, and to teach fourth, fifth and sixth graders you need to have a positive, energetic attitude and kind A goofy personality It’s important to show that you love what you do, so the kids will love what they do too.

Ninety percent of fourth graders in the district play instruments. Knell said many students remain involved in a band or orchestra throughout their school career.

“It’s something really special that I was lucky enough to step into,” Knell said. “It’s very, very rare to have such high numbers. The music department has always been well supported and appreciated for over 50 years, and the community supports and expects us to have great music programs . What we have is really cool.”

Knell attended the PMEA in-service conference in early April to receive the plaque commemorating his achievement.

He will also be recognized at a virtual awards ceremony on May 24. The plaque will be officially presented by PMEA District 1 Representative Eryn Carranza at the Neil Armstrong Spring Concert on May 18.

Knell admits the formal presentation will be “awesome”, but of course he thinks the honor should be shared by many.

“This will be one of the highlights of my teaching career,” Knell said. “It’s really good to be nominated for this and to get this, but I’m lucky to have the colleagues I do and the support I have. It will be a good time for this to be recognized. As much as it’s about me, it’s really about the people I work with and the students I teach. I couldn’t do what I do if I didn’t have the people I’m with.

Find a California State Parks Pass at your library


If you have a library card, you can now use it to get a California State Library Parks Pass. The pass provides free one-day vehicle admission to over 200 participating state parks. Our three Roseville libraries received these passes as part of a three-year pilot program.

How it works?

  • Library card holders can check the pass for seven days and then return it to the library before the expiration date for others to use.
  • Passes are not renewable.
  • Park passes are “lucky day” items. No deduction allowed. First come, first served.
  • Passes must be returned during opening hours to reception before the due date.
  • The pass is valid for entry of a passenger vehicle with a capacity of nine or less or a highway-licensed motorcycle into participating state parks.

“Our libraries are trusted community resources for families,” says Jill Geller, director of Roseville Parks Recreation & Libraries. “This partnership now allows anyone with a library card to ‘discover’ the incredible beauty and unique experiences they can enjoy at our state parks.”

For more general information about the California State Library Parks Pass program, visit CheckOutCAStateParks.com. Learn more about our Roseville Public Libraries at roseville.ca.us/Library.

Arks for Parks Launch – Farmville

Arks for Parks is an environmental education outreach collaboration created by Roger Pinholster.

Allison Crews and her son Gregory Gibbs joined the project during the pandemic and all three are now State Park volunteers.

Arks for Parks’ mission is to help families explore and experience the wilderness of central Virginia.

Arks for Parks will kick off its first season at Twin Lakes State Park on Saturday, April 30. Adventure packs are designed for families with children aged 5-12.

Families can “order” a pack of their choice from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with returns at 5 p.m. for day trippers or at noon on Sundays for overnight campers.

On opening day at Twin Lakes, special guest Kelly Atkinson of the Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District at 1 p.m. will speak about native trees.

All Arks activities will begin at the Arks Nature Center, located near The Spot at Twin Lakes. Powhatan State Park‘s Arks Nature Center is located near the campgrounds trailhead.

Arks for Parks is scheduled to alternate first and third Saturdays at Powhatan State Park, while offering programming at Twin Lakes State Park on the second and fourth Saturdays of the summer season. For more information, visit www.arksforparks.com or its Facebook page, Instagram or YouTube channel. Questions or interested in volunteering, call Pinholster in Jetersville at (850) 728-2121.

The Washington Arts Center operates in the dark


By Lorilyn C. Lirio

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is financially afloat despite closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization’s executive director, Jill Barnes, said at Olympia’s finance committee meeting on Wednesday, 20 april.

Barnes said the arts center hasn’t had much activity since March 2020 and through the pandemic year, but they closed fiscal 2021 with $3.9 million in assets and net income of $1.1 million.

Barnes added that the arts center had received two payroll protection loans of $239,165 each and obtained loan forgiveness for both – one in 2021 and the other in March this year.

“We are very happy to have these erased from our books,” Barnes remarked.

For fiscal 2021, Barnes said the organization‘s net operating income ended at $525,515 and its investing activity ended the year at $628,214, for a total of 1 .1 million dollars.

Like other agencies, the arts center implemented austerity measures and worked on its business practices, including operational staff working reduced hours.

Barnes said they received $515,345 in Shuttered Venue Operator grant funding in the current fiscal year, adding that they received an additional award of $377,255 in November.

“We’re in a really good position and we’re just excited to get back to work and get back to putting on great events,” Barnes said.

Barnes said they expect to operate in the red, but they have their finances close to $10,000 in the black thanks to the merchandise they operate.

Jim Cooper, a member of the finance committee, advised Barnes to apply for an employee retention credit from the IRS, which applies to businesses that have lost revenue due to the pandemic.

Some of the challenges faced by the Center during the pandemic include the postponement of shows from 2020 and a higher no-show rate. They were selling few tickets and losing a lot of customers because most of them weren’t interested in showing their vaccination records or getting tested.

“That’s true across the country,” Barnes said. “Our story is similar to what all of my colleagues see.”

But in mid-February 2021, Barned reported seeing ticket sales increase.

Louisville Municipal Golf could be axed


The Cherokee Golf Course, located in one of the city’s most iconic parks, could be torn down and turned into a ‘diverse and active park’ as part of a conservation proposal, according to a Louisville Courier-Journal report. local.

Some say the two can co-exist, but the 9-hole course, according to a statement released earlier this month by the city’s parks department, “is the only course without a lease contract with a PGA professional or a non-profit organization”.

“Attempts to bid for course management have yielded no viable options,” the statement from Metro Parks added. “During this process, Parks and Recreation received a proposal from the Olmsted Parks Conservancy to improve Cherokee Park by making improvements and investments to revitalize the golf course property into an active and diverse park.”

Interest in the Olmsted Parks Conservancy extends to at least 2019, when the nonprofit that supports the 17 Olmsted-designed parks in Louisville launched a plan amid nationwide budget cuts of the city to transform the Cherokee Golf Course from a “financially responsible into valuable park space.”

Founded in 1895, four years after famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and the city created Cherokee Park, the golf course is the fifth-oldest municipal golf course in the nation and the oldest of the city’s 10 public courses.

It is one of three public courses in Louisville with nine holes instead of 18 holes.

To learn more about the history of the Courier-Journal, click here.

Built with Bits – an educational challenge: best project of the European New Bauhaus

We would love to hear from your students directly – what was the most valuable thing they learned from the program?

My students have had a lot of positive feedback! Aurora, Melissa and Nicola said: “Through this project, we have worked together, learned and discovered a lot of new information with the Europeana and Mozilla platforms, experiencing for the first time the construction of a virtual space.

Iris said: “I learned that working together can improve your abilities in all areas”, while Simone said: “I learned better how to use Europena as an indispensable source of research.”

Giuly said: “I learned that it is important to be informed of the news concerning our present and our future, because in a few years it will be up to our generation to manage the problem of pollution and climate change”, which Marta also noted: “We have expanded our knowledge of a changing climate. It has allowed us to work together, become more united and introduce ourselves to new things in a productive and fun way.

Mirko shared, “Through this project, I learned to check and respect copyright when searching for images on the Internet and to use design programs such as Mozilla Spoke”, and Gabriele and Lorenzo wrote: “It was really great to participate in the creation of virtual worlds”.

Fabiana said, “I learned a lot of new things, such as identifying copyright-friendly content, collaborating with my classmates, and deepening my knowledge of Diary content. 2030 and the New European Bauhaus. Matteo says: “I acquired new information about copyright and I learned to collaborate even more with my peers. I would like to thank Europeana for giving me the opportunity to work on this interesting and original project.’

Connecting to nature: Westerly Land Trust launches program that touts the benefits of being outdoors | West


WEST – It was days before Earth Day, and Lauren Barber, conservation programs manager for the Westerly Land Trust, was walking through Riverwood Preserve – 148 acres of woodland, rocky ridges and freshwater wetlands located just off Old Hopkinton Road.

Barber, 31, a lifelong outdoors enthusiast who met her husband – Westerly native Willie Barber – when the two were teaching marine science on Catalina Island off the southern California coast, came to Riverwood to talk about a new program at the land trust, one that has grown rather organically throughout the pandemic.

Called “Wellness in the Woods,” the program “aims to connect mind, body, spirit and the great outdoors,” Barber said, pointing to the series of scientific studies touting the health benefits of moving from time outdoors.

Given that the land trust understands nature’s myriad benefits for mental and physical health, she said, developing a new wellness initiative made perfect sense.

“I believe we all yearn for nature,” said Barber, who has worked for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center, Catalina Island Marine Institute and New England Science & Sailing. “And everyone can enjoy the time spent outdoors.”

While the pandemic has had its obvious downsides, it has also sparked renewed interest in nature, she continued, and in the 35-year-old land trust with its 31 properties totaling nearly 1,700 acres.

The land trust and its properties have been enjoying something of a boom in popularity since the pandemic took hold two years ago, Barber said as she walked along land that features quarry remnants, views on the river and a breathtaking descent through a magnificent gorge.

Barber, a New Jersey native who moved to Westerly in 2015, said there has been a marked “upsurge” in interest and membership during the pandemic, and many new visitors to trust sites. land.

“There were a lot of pedestrians,” she said, “a lot of interest.”

“People want to be outside,” continued Barber, the mother of a one-year-old son named Weston Paul. “They want to be in nature and want more access to open land.”

Wellness in the Woods, she said, was inspired by this growing interest. Currently, the program offers events such as mindful walks, guided hikes and paddles, outdoor yoga at Winnapaug Preserve and forest bathing, or “the enjoyable practice of spending time in nature. with the aim of improving health and happiness”.

Guided hikes take place weekly at one of the local conservation properties or preserves, “single theme” walks take place monthly (and include seasonal refreshments) and guided paddles during the summer months.

During guided hikes and mindful walks, Barber said, she likes to “focus on the journey.”

As she passed patches of bright green moss and budding ferns, Barber, who is also a yoga teacher at Barre Coast (she teaches vinyasa yoga and prenatal and postnatal yoga), said interest in the Land trust programs continued to grow, staff will continue to explore new programs.

There was talk of creating a program with a herbalist and an event called “Gong Bath” that involves the healing power of sound.

“We want to expand our programs,” Barber said. “We are open to ideas and we are open-minded.”

There are already plans for a summer solstice event, she said, and of course there are plenty of other programs on the regular schedule, aside from the Wellness in the Woods initiative.

The land trust, which recently acquired 21.47 acres of land in the Potter Hill area of ​​Westerly called Cottrell Family Preserve, bases its operations at Barlow Nature Preserve on Westerly-Bradford Road and sponsors the seasonal farmer’s market held at the center -City of Westerly.

“We also want to be a resource for the community,” Barber said, noting that the land trust partners with a number of local organizationsWesterly Track & Athletic Club, for example, and Barre Coast Yoga – when developing programs.

Deirdre O’Connor of Westerly, a retired naturopath who leads forest bathing events at the Wahaneeta Preserve, said that “living in a community where there is an active organization supporting the connection of body, mind and spirit in the great outdoors” gives her “great happiness and hope”.

“It gives me great joy to align myself with an organization with this type of mission,” she said.

The programs and activities of the land trust, according to its mission statement, “focus on the protection and improvement of the environment, agriculture and water resources and on the “sense of place”. from the community”.

“Westerly is recognized as a place of special charm and attractions that are a source of pride for its residents and a magnet for tourists and new residents,” the statement continued. “The Westerly Land Trust aims to protect and enhance that reputation.”

O’Connor, who also speaks of the healing power of nature, said she was “consistently impressed by the energy, passion and commitment” of land trust staff.

The more opportunities to share events that provide “respite and relief,” the better, she said.

Back in Riverwood, which was acquired by the land trust in 2002 as a gift from the Nature Conservancy, Barber passed patches of bright green moss and budding ferns. Soon, she says, the property will be resplendent with colorful rhododendrons and mountain laurels.

“It’s a hidden gem,” Barber said. “Westerly is a gem.”

City Marina expansion won’t impact island dog park – 32963 Features, 32963 News, All News, Featured News Main, News


The popular Vero Beach dog park received good news last week when Vero Beach City Manager Monte Falls told its administrators that the city’s planned marina expansion would not impact on the dog park as initially feared.

When the first draft of the marina plan showed that a considerable portion of the south end of the dog park was taken for a new road, park president Robert Joy, along with council members Penny Chandler and Jill Jones, met with Mayor Robbie Brackett, City Manager. Monte Falls and Marina Manager Sean Collins on March 22 about the plan.

Dog park officials produced a copy of the park’s original rental agreement along with their investigation and reported the trespassing.

City officials acknowledged the error, promising that the marina master plan would be amended to relocate the proposed road so as not to encroach on the dog park’s existing boundaries.

“There will be no physical impact to the phase one marina improvements dog park,” Falls wrote to Joy to confirm that the city consultant would modify the plan as discussed.

“We look forward to the successful completion of marina improvements in a manner acceptable to the dog park and the majority of the community,” Falls wrote.

Then on Saturday morning, Collins joined the dog park volunteers for a follow-up meeting. “The city was very responsive and quickly corrected any discrepancies in the marina master plan site work,” said Joy.

Vero Beach Dog Park was founded in 2014 by resident Jim Welles who has since moved on, Joy said. Five acres adjacent to the municipal marina have been leased by the City of Vero Beach to Vero Beach Dog Park, Inc.

A few years later, after the nonprofit group proved it could successfully improve, manage and maintain the park, the city agreed to renew the leases until 2034.

Visitors now call it the “Beverly Hills of Dog Parks” due to its well-planned design and prime location on the island along the Indian River. Fences, landscaping, chairs and benches are strategically placed to welcome visitors and safely contain dogs. Two pavilions and sun sails provide the necessary shade. Several water fountains and trash bag stations are located throughout, and a new lawn has recently been added.

Dog park board member Dr Jen Wortham said there had been “a 40 per cent increase in ridership over the last year”.

She attributes this to improvements in the construction of the park and the groups’ recent involvement in social media. The new official Instagram page called “verobeachdogpark” and the Facebook page named “Vero Beach Dog Park” have increased awareness of the park and serve to educate the public about the rules and regulations of the park.

Quick-response square barcodes known as QR codes have been displayed in the park for visitors to scan into their mobile phones to report dog park incidents confidentially.

A donor box is placed prominently at the entrance to the park and donations are used to subsidize improvements. Joy said he was proud that “no taxpayer dollars are used to maintain the park.” All utilities, liability insurance, mowing and litter removal costs are covered by private donations. “There is no charge to visit this park,” he said.

The park is divided into three sections: dogs under 30 pounds, dogs over 30 pounds, plus an area for older or disabled dogs. A new viewing area has recently been created at the south entrance to accommodate guests who may not have pets but would like to visit and watch the canine frolics.

Joy said he “has informed Vero Beach Assisted Living that all residents of the city are welcome to visit the dog park.”

Parking spaces have recently been constructed with pavers to facilitate vans and disabled wheelchairs. A covered area with benches has become a welcoming place to watch the dogs and visitors interact, providing another inclusive recreational activity for the public.

Joy proudly recounted that the dog park has been a haven for the public during the past two years of COVID-19 restrictions. Visitors could leave their homes, come sit in the fresh air with their pets, visit friends, and still follow CDC guidelines.

During the pandemic, he said, many heartwarming stories have occurred. People have formed strong friendships. Some have become travel partners. A visitor brought a reclusive elderly neighbor to the park who had lost interest in life. She had been an artist. She quickly regained her interest in art and became a dog portrait painter.

Boaters moored in the adjacent marina are also grateful for the amenities offered by the dog park. It’s an easy walk for marina guests through a path near the docks, making the dog park a major draw for marina guests.

MSU partners with SOCSD to provide students with an interactive weather station

The children enthusiastically gathered around a large wooden box, chatting and pointing inside to the many instruments contained within the box.

Thanks to the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University, students at Partnership Middle School in the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District are now able to help participate in research data from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, a voluntary network of amateur weather observers.

“It’s really cool and fun,” said PMS student Michael Townsend. “I’m excited to use it for the class.”

The box is equipped with a barometer, hygrometer, thermometer, compass and charts explaining weather conditions and forecasts. It also contains a clear circle with moving parts to predict the next day’s weather based on the readings of the instruments inside.

Outside the box there is a rain gauge and eventually there will be a weather vane.

Sarah Lak

Sarah Lalk, an assistant clinical professor in MSU’s Department of Geosciences, led the project with her colleague Barrett Gutter, also an assistant clinical professor of geosciences. Lalk was inspired by the weather box at the Tremont Institute for Environmental Education in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Both Lalk and Gutter have experience in middle school classrooms, and they saw this as an opportunity to engage and interest PMS students in science.

The box is fully funded by the MSU Department of Geosciences.

“We built this ourselves in my driveway,” Lalk said, noting that some materials were salvaged – the doors were from her

Barrett Gutter

attic. “We bought the equipment for this from the fall. We finished this week after getting all the small parts. We’re still waiting for a weather vane, but for now there are bubbles and a compass.

With the weather box at PMS, Rick Travis, dean of the MSU College of Arts and Sciences, hopes students will be inspired to take an interest in meteorology because MSU offers one of the largest meteorology programs in the nation.

“Every night there are more trained broadcast meteorologists than you see on television — whether local or national — from Mississippi State University than from any other university in this country,” Travis said. “There’s another career path behind the scenes, the professional meteorologists, the ones in the back room who give you all the exact details of the tornado paths, the amount of precipitation or how beautiful it will be today. . We’re also one of the nation’s leaders in training professional meteorologists, so it’s only fitting that the Department of Geosciences is leading this effort.

John Rogers, head of the geosciences department, has a vested interest in seeing the success of PMS students, as his daughter is currently in sixth grade at the school. He emphasized the importance of the work that students do in terms of understanding the environment.

“I’m excited about this for a lot of reasons,” Rogers said. “The Department of Geosciences conducts research and teaches courses on the earth, the atmosphere and their interaction with society. We think this is extremely important, and knowing something about earth and atmospheric science is key to long-term sustainability. I am delighted that this is a small part of this and that we are able to communicate with the Partnership Middle School. I hope the experience sparks your interest in weather and other weather-related things.

According to Lalk, MSU Geosciences has kept information about this weather station, such as costs and plans, in order to build more at other SOCSD schools and across the state.

UAE Environment Centenary | Asharq AL-awsat


Abu Dhabi recently pledged to achieve environmental goals for the next fifty years, in conjunction with the UAE’s centenary in 2071, announced earlier to mark the establishment of the state. It triggered memories of how the ultimate aspiration of Arab environmental activists less than twenty years ago was simply to trace the word “environment” mentioned in any government plan. But the UAE has gone much further than that, drawing up a fifty-year environmental plan, leading up to the union’s 100th anniversary. Saudi Arabia has also launched multi-decade environmental policies and goals, starting with Vision 2030, through the Saudi Green Initiative, to help achieve climate goals by the middle of this century. Other Arab countries, including Egypt, Morocco and Jordan, have also committed themselves, to varying degrees, to long-term environmental policies and goals.

The most important clue this bears, whatever the details, is the emergence of a new perception of the environment which sees it as an integral part of development policies, rather than a ceremonial addition without substance.

The 2071 Environment Centenary, announced by the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi, aspires to place the UAE among the world’s leading countries in environmental standards within fifty years, i.e. say 100 years after the founding of the state in 1971. The plan combines efforts to preserve the environment with the economy and opportunities for investment in technology and scientific research, so as to enable all sectors vital to society to contribute to the achievement of common environmental objectives. The plan envisions achieving this goal through the transition to a green economy, which is the shortest approach to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2071 Environment Centenary maps out three pathways, beginning with the preservation of biodiversity and natural resources, to achieve the best sustainable natural systems, to the highest standards. The second path commits the country to becoming a green force resilient to climate change, based on a proactive vision, by adopting renewable and clean energy, reducing waste by embracing the circular economy and investing in green infrastructure, taking natural capital account and ensuring the ability to successfully compete with the world’s most advanced economies. The third way aims to develop human capacities as a driving force of the future, in a way that preserves the environment and the right to sustainable development, by accelerating green policies and legislation, by developing non-traditional approaches environmental awareness and education, and innovating in the field of environmentally friendly science and technology. The plan calls for integrating all these principles into the future work of government at all levels, so that environmental considerations are at the heart of development policies and programs.

Here, it must be recognized that these developments do not come from a vacuum, but rather represent the restoration of a heritage that respects the limited resources of nature. It is certain that the difficulties of living in a dry desert environment are at the origin of the adhesion of its inhabitants to a noble culture based on the preservation of the scarcity of available water and the safeguard of plants and animals. It is true that decades of rapid development, which saw the extreme exploitation of natural resources to near exhaustion, and a legendary expansion of cities, transport networks and industry, have brought with the modernization enormous damage to the environment and natural systems. . But the ambitious plans announced today by the governments first reveal an awareness of the problem, which is the first step to solving it thanks to the new principles adopted, based on sustainability. Solving the complex environmental challenges of this difficult era requires modern plans that go beyond lofty feelings and wishes.

I remembered, while reading the details of the 2071 Environment Centenary, my conversation with the late President of the United Arab Emirates and founder of its modern renaissance, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a quarter of a century ago , which was the subject of the cover article of the magazine Environnement & Développement in November 1997. This man was an environmentalist by nature, whose ideas are based on the principles of sustainable development, compatible with the limits of nature . In this interview, he called for “returning to the balance between nature and man. If human livelihoods were thriving while animal livelihoods and nature’s safety were not guaranteed, there would be a lack of equity, which would ultimately derail human development. A capable man must do what he can to preserve the rights of both.” When I asked him why he planted forests in the desert, he replied that his goal was to achieve “the sublimity of man and nature”, in addition to the fact that the green cover contributes to the moderating the climate and halting desertification. Sheikh Zayed explained that “Land becomes precious to a person when it produces useful yields and when the sight of it makes him happy, then he relaxes and feels at home. In the beginning, we focused on developing the human dignity, knowledge, culture and livelihoods; then we started to pay attention to other issues, such as the preservation of nature and wildlife and the reintroduction of endangered species in their natural habitat, for integrated life dwells in all of God’s creatures.”

Sheikh Zayed’s words affirm that for any plan to care for the environment and achieve sustainable development to succeed, it must be rooted in the heritage of this region, which was based on the careful use of scarce resources. and the protection of nature, which is the source of life. Therefore, each new initiative in this field is in fact a return to basics, while using modern methods that take advantage of scientific discoveries and technological advances.

Although long-term plans are necessary and useful, their success depends on basic principles, the first of which is to set clear objectives and tie them to a precise timetable. This prevents the use of large projects, which are planned for twenty or fifty years, as an excuse for not achieving immediate and near objectives. There is a need for periodic reviews to determine the extent of progress in achieving set goals and mechanisms in place to uncover errors at an early stage, allowing the course to be changed before it becomes too much. late. Such is the case with the United Arab Emirates’ environment centenary in 2071, and so it is with international plans to achieve climate goals by 2050.

World Health Organization announces 1 death and 17 liver transplants in childhood hepatitis outbreak in multiple countries

Among the acute hepatitis cases, at least one child died and 17 children required liver transplants, the WHO said in a statement.

“It is not yet clear whether there has been an increase in hepatitis cases, or an increase in awareness of hepatitis cases that are occurring at the expected rate but going undetected,” the official said. WHO in a statement. “While adenovirus is a possible hypothesis, investigations are ongoing for the causative agent.”

The clinical syndrome “among the identified cases is acute hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) with markedly elevated liver enzymes,” the statement said. Many cases have reported gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting “preceding the presentation of severe acute hepatitis”, as well as increased liver enzyme or alanine aminotransaminase levels. and jaundice.

Most reported cases had no fever, the WHO said, and common viruses that cause acute viral hepatitis – such as hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses – do not were detected in any of these cases.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood and helps fight infection. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected.

Most often, hepatitis is caused by a virus, and adenoviruses are a common type of virus that spreads from person to person and can cause a range of mild to more serious illnesses. But these viruses are only rarely reported as a cause of severe hepatitis in healthy people.

The WHO said the investigation into the cause should focus on factors such as “increased susceptibility in young children following a lower circulating level of adenovirus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the potential emergence of a new adenovirus, as well as SARS-CoV-2 co-infections.”

The majority of cases – 114 – have been reported in the UK. There have been 13 cases in Spain, 12 in Israel, nine in the United States and a smaller number of confirmed cases in Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, France, Romania and Belgium, according to the WHO.

On Thursday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory that alerted healthcare providers and public health authorities to an investigation into acute cases of hepatitis of unknown cause. .

The CDC has recommended providers consider testing children with hepatitis for adenovirus when the cause is unknown, adding that testing whole blood — not just blood plasma — may be more sensitive.

CNN’s Jacqueline Howard and Jen Christensen contributed to this report.

Belding wins park improvement grant


BELDING — This town received a $60,000 grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) for improvements to Lightning Bend Park.

Members of Belding City Council conduct their business at Tuesday’s meeting. Pictured, clockwise, are Mike Scheid, Ron Gunderson, Bonita Steele, Mayor Bruce Meyers, Jorel Davis, City Clerk Janae Cooper and City Manager Jon Stoppels. — DN Photo | Karen Bota

Belding City Manager Jon Stoppels made the announcement at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

“We put together a grant application very quickly last week. Obviously that was very enough because they briefed us today,” Stoppels said. “So that $60,000 will cover all but $15,000 of the city’s matching for this project, so that’s very, very good news. Really glad to hear that today.

Stoppels told the Daily News that Belding received a $430,000 matching grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for park improvements. The City game was $75,000, so he asked the GACF for $60,000 from that game.

Mayor Bruce Meyers recalled when he was first introduced to the GACF and sat down with its chair, Alison Barberi.

“The way the Greenville Foundation has given to Belding on many projects has been very generous to us,” Meyers said. “It was a great note she sent today. She was thrilled we were when we received it, so we certainly want to thank the Greenville Foundation for all the partnership they do for us. – Alison and her team.

Bridge Inspection

Three city bridges will undergo underwater inspections this year after the city council approved a proposal from Fleis & Vanderbrink to perform the inspections required by the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

Stoppels reminded council members that about 15 to 20 years ago the State of Michigan began to recognize that bridges were failing in many communities, not only on state and county roads, but also in municipal areas. Rules have changed, including one that requires towns with bridges over water more than 10 feet deep to be inspected by trained divers.

Three bridges: Ashfield Street over the Flat River, Bridge Street over the Flat River and Main Street over the Flat River have been identified as structures requiring underwater inspection in accordance with the Standards National Bridge Inspections.

Fleis & Vanderbrink will perform these inspections for a flat fee of $7,500, or $2,500 each, Stoppels said.

“They actually have a division within their organization that does that, and I think that’s a pretty decent price to get the job done, so it will be coming this year,” Stoppels said.

Inspections must be carried out before September.

Emergency services resolution

The city council re-approved a long-standing agreement with the Township of Keene to provide emergency services to residents of the northern third of the township.

Belding Fire Chief Tim Lubitz explains to members of Belding City Council at Tuesday’s meeting a proposed three-year emergency services agreement between Belding and the Township of Keene to provide emergency services fire, medical first aid and rescue services to residents of the northern third of the township. . — DN Photo | Karen Bota

The fire department has provided fire, first responder medical and rescue services to residents of Keene Township north of Ellison, Scott and Richmond roads for more than 20 years, Stoppels said in his report. The current deal expired on March 31.

The new three-year deal will begin April 1 for $7,000 in year one, with a 2% increase in years two and three.

Belding Fire Chief Tim Lubitz noted that calls in Keene Township averaged “just under” 1% of total call volume, or less than 14 calls per year.

Annual budget audience

Council members received the final draft of the proposed budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and set a public hearing for May 17, with final adoption on June 7.

“The budget has a lot of hands, not just the staff but also the board,” Stoppels said. “We have met a few times about this, we have had a lot of feedback from board members throughout the process.

Councilman Jorel Davis asked what he said was the same question he asks every year: ‘For the money we charge for building repairs and upkeep as part of park maintenance , do we have a plan of what we’re doing – a real plan of what we’re going to do with the building?

Stoppels said he did, and it would cost “a lot less.”

“I anticipate that this remaining money will still be used in the parks. We will find other areas in need of improvements that we will use it for. We will work on an overall plan of improvements in each park in the city”, a- “We’re going to donate money to replace benches and play equipment…and hopefully planters that are above ground and don’t require roots going down into the area where they’re not meant to be, and really sort of clean up that area and make it a bit more appealing.

In other subjects…

Members of Belding City Council also voted for:

• Cancel its May 3 meeting due to the election that day.

• Proclaim April 29 as Arbor Day in the town of Belding, designated Tree City USA for 19 years.


The Earth Day Festival is coming to Fayetteville on Saturday, April 23

Earth Day will be celebrated on a big Saturday in Fayetteville, as Main Street Fayetteville, Southern Conservation Trust, Fayette County Public Library and Line Creek Brewing join forces to host themed activities at four downtown locations simultaneously.

Beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m., participants will travel between City Center Park, Triumph Station, the Fayette County Public Library, the Southern Conservation Trust’s Fayette Environmental Education Center, and the Lane Brown Gazebo on the courthouse square to explore the fresh market and handicrafts. vendors, craft making, selling plants, food trucks and other food vendors, craft beer, sustainability exhibits, live music, and student-led environmental demonstrations.

Outdoor wellness and fitness experiences will include a rock wall and pop-up fitness classes.

The Fayette County Public Library will host a 10 a.m. puppet show onsite, as well as crafts, an art contest and a book sale.

Southern Conservation Trust will host several environmental engagement experiences at its Fayette Environmental Education Center located at 305 Beauregard Boulevard.

In the spirit of Earth Day, please consider walking, biking or carpooling to this event. Please also bring your own reusable carry bags. Parking will be available at Fayetteville City Hall and Downtown Park, the Fayette County Library and near the Lane Brown Lookout.

Adam Phillips Pond replenished and ready for fishing – BG Independent News


Adam Phillips Pond has been replenished with fish. The various fish replenished are Bluegill Sunfish, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Catfish, Fathead Minnow and Golden Minnow, thanks to a donation of the Henry Wood Sportsman Alliance Conservation Club. Many fish are fishable size.

Adam Phillips Pond is open daily March through November from 8:00 a.m. to 30 minutes after sunset. It is closed from December to February. The pond is located behind Community Corrections of Northwest Ohio. Visitors are allowed to park on the grass.

Fishing regulations:

– Limit of 10 fish per day, per person, of Bluegill, Crappie and Perch combined.

– 1 largemouth bass over 15 inches in length may be kept, per person, per day.

– All basses under 15 inches should be released.

– No limit on catfish.

– All persons 16 years and older must have a valid Ohio fishing license.

– No ice fishing, boats, kayaks, canoes or flotation devices on the pond.

Wood County Park District offers many opportunities for passive recreation and adventure. For more recreational opportunities, educational programs and nature reserves, visit wcparks.org.

Russia to update strategy at World Trade Organization despite sanctions, Putin says


Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs the meeting of the supervisory board of the presidential forum ‘Russia – Land of Opportunities’ at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia April 20, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Tereshchenko/Pool via REUTERS

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April 20 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that “illegal” restrictions imposed on Russian businesses by Western states violated World Trade Organization rules and called on his government to update Russia’s WTO strategy by June 1.

Speaking at a government meeting on the country’s metallurgical industry, Putin said Western countries had banned Russia from buying components needed to produce rolled metal, steel plate and iron. others products.

“These measures (sanctions) go against the principles of the WTO, to which our European colleagues have repeatedly reiterated their adherence,” Putin said.

Earlier Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian metallurgical companies were facing “hostile attitudes” from what Moscow calls hostile countries, and that Russia would come up with a plan to fight back. against that.

The Russian economy has been battered by Western sanctions aimed at forcing Moscow to withdraw the troops it sent to Ukraine on February 24.

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Belfast Council plans to end Cemetery Flower Fund; will discuss the city’s swimming pool, concession stand and the attraction of police officers


BELFAST – Belfast City Council will hold its regular public meeting on Tuesday April 19 at 7pm and will discuss an agenda which includes a request to eliminate future “flower funds” for the cemetery, as well as the operation of the YMCA of Waldo County municipal swimming pool for the 2022 season and the attraction of police officers for city employment /

Three executive sessions will take place before Tuesday’s meeting, with a real estate question, a legal question and a personnel question. Everyone has 15 minutes before the start of the regular council meeting at 7:00 p.m.

According to Belfast City Manager Erin Herbig’s report, a request from Cemetery Superintendent Leigh Wilcox will be heard regarding the conclusion of a long-running flower fund, originally set up by grieving families in the 1940s.

The financing was set up to earn interest to pay for seasonal flowers. It is noted in the application that: “At the time it started, the interest was able to cover the costs. The original funds would have been long since spent and currently an additional $1,200 is taken annually from the cemetery fund to pay for the arrangements. There is official documentation in the cemetery trustee’s bylaws regarding the flower fund, nor is there a method for accepting donations or funding.

Wilcox and cemetery trustees, “recommend that the City continue to honor these 36 existing purchasers of floral arrangements using funds from the HM Payson Cemetery Account, which has a balance of $2,405,640, but no longer accept new requests and inform future requests that they set up such an arrangement with a local florist.

Wilcox will be at the meeting to present and answer any questions.

A request for Council to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Waldo County YMCA to operate the Belfast City Park Pool for the 2022 season is also expected to be heard.

It would be the second season, with director of parks and recreation Norm Poirier saying “this arrangement has worked well over the past year” and recommending that the City of Belfast strike a deal for this summer.

The arrangement was reportedly created after Poirier struggled to fill seasonal positions for the past two years.

“The Waldo County YMCA, on the other hand, has a full-time aquatic director, year-round aquatic staff, and can provide pre-season lifeguard training as a method of attracting staff,” it says. noted in the report.

If the application is approved, the pool is expected to open at the end of June and will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Poirier will also be at the meeting to answer questions and has another request related to the municipal park this summer that will be heard.

The request is that the City enter into an agreement for the City Park concession stand for the 2022 season. According to the report, three proposals were submitted, including one after the March 29 deadline. The three submissions came from Shake-n-Spud, Belfast Shaved Ice and Must Be Nice Lobster.

Director of Parks and Recreation Poirier and the Parks and Recreation Commission recommended that the city accept Must Be Nice Lobster’s belated proposal. The concession stand would operate May 1 through October 1, six to seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Board will also discuss the possibility of returning to in-person meetings. The addition of the article was suggested by Mayor Eric Sanders.

Herbig concluded his report by discussing the devastating March 24 fire at the Penobscot McCrum facility.

Herbig’s last words read, in part:

“This destructive event has further underscored the intense need for public safety officers in our community and the incredible work they do to keep us all safe.

“The state of Maine is facing a shortage of police officers, and Belfast is no exception. Last week the City of Belfast announced a new incentive scheme to entice police recruits to join the Belfast Police Service.

“Belfast City Council voted unanimously to implement an incentive scheme on April 5, to attract and retain an excellent staff of well-trained and professional certified police officers. The City of Belfast offers [a] Sign-up bonuses of $20,000 for new police officers and lateral transfer options of up to $34.48 per hour, with up to [five] vacation weeks. We are implementing a four-day work week for our police officers and any certified officer who wants to join our team.

“Incentive options also include military and education allowances, opportunities for advancement, including K-9 and MDEA positions, and enrollment in the state’s 3C retirement plan.

“We are also offering retention bonuses of $2,000 to our current agents who recruit new talent into our department.

Here in the City of Belfast, we are committed to strengthening our first responder workforce to be the leader in providing public safety services, not only here in Waldo County, but in the State of Maine.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Belfast PD, they are asked to contact the police department at 207-338-2020, or complete an online application at cityofbelfast.org.

Belfast City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are taking place online using Zoom and can be streamed on the City of Belfast website. They are also broadcast live on BEL TV and Belfast Community Radio at WBFY 100.9.

Comments may also be submitted by email to the Board during the meeting. Comments will be presented to the Board.

Oral commentary can also be submitted during the meeting via the Zoom webinar. Information about this method can be found on the City’s website.

The information and documents relating to this meeting are available on the City’s website.

Erica Thoms can be contacted at [email protected]

Local Missouri River Events Return 2022 | Community

In recent years, events on the Missouri River have run into choppy waters.

The Missouri River Clean-Up was last held in 2017, and the Missouri River Watershed Education Festival was last held in 2019, according to National Park Service (NPS) Ranger Dugan Smith.

“We haven’t had a festival or cleanup for the past two years due to the pandemic. We wanted to protect people,” he said. “And we haven’t had a cleanup in the previous two years due to high flows of over 50,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) from the Gavins Point Dam. We just couldn’t get people on the water.

But times have changed for the better and events are returning, Smith said. The School Festival is scheduled for May 5, the River Cleanup on May 7, and the combined Yankton Lake Festival and Farm Day on June 11.

“We’re back and we want people to know that,” he said. “We’re spreading the word and people are really excited to have these things again. I think we could have even better numbers than before the pandemic.

Organizers continued their planning each year despite the uncertainty that ultimately led to the cancellation. Now the fans are ready to take the events to a new level.

This year’s school festival returns to Riverside Park in Yankton with numbers similar to pre-pandemic levels, according to committee member Mary Robb.

“The schools are so loyal to us and are really happy to come back. We get many of the same schools, but also new ones, from a wide area,” she said. “We have limited this year’s number to 350 students due to COVID, and we are at 328. We are not going to take any more schools so we don’t exceed our target.”

This year’s participants include students in grades 7 through 11 from Yankton Middle School, St. Rose of Lima School in Crofton, Nebraska; Cedar Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Hartington; Laurel-Concord/Coleridge (Nebraska) and Central Andes.

The school festival will feature 20 presentations at 21 sites (one agency will operate two aquariums). Each group of students will spend 15-18 minutes at each stop before moving on to the next. Due to COVID, students from each school will stay together rather than mingling with others.

The festival will again feature a wide variety of environmental, historical and cultural topics, according to Paul Lepisto of the Izaak Walton League of America.

“We have 18 out of 20 presentations that come back to the past, either the agency or the people themselves,” he said. “When we contacted them this year, they rushed over and said, ‘I want to come back and have something to do with this. It is one of the most enjoyable events of the year. I think that says a lot about what people see as the value of these events.

The festival plays a crucial role in reaching the younger generation, Lepisto said.

“We encourage hands-on presentations, and the kids have so many opportunities to interact. They learn something they don’t know,” he said. “We know we can’t serve a seven-course meal in seven 20-minute presentations, but we expose them to a lot of different things.”

For example, one year a presenter put stickers all over a boat depicting zebra mussels and challenged the students to find all the stickers. When they were done, the facilitators showed them all the places they had missed and how the mussels stay hidden.

A festival tradition will return, Smith said. “We are going to organize the ‘Kiss The Fish’ contest. The kids love it and keep asking every year if we’ll get it,” he said.

After the extended absence, Smith said he was worried about this year’s river cleanup. The project extends along both banks, from Gavins Point Dam to Riverside Park. Boats transport volunteers along the river and transport waste to a collection point for recycling or disposal.

“We usually have 100 to 115 volunteers, and I hope we will have even more this year. It’s great that people want a clean river for recreation and other uses. They want to come out and be part of the effort,” he said.

“If we don’t for a few years, there’s no doubt we’re going to find a lot of stuff. And with very low water levels this year, you have so much more exposed shoreline.

Over the years, the cleanup has recovered golf clubs, bowling balls and pins, prams, shopping carts and even hot tubs, water heaters and propane tanks. Tires are another common find along the banks.

In addition to collecting tons of debris, the cleanup gives people the chance to get out on the water in ways they wouldn’t otherwise, Smith said. The cleanup also fosters a sense of belonging and responsibility to the river, he said.

“People really care about the river and keep coming back to it,” he said. “I hope we will have more volunteers than in a normal year because it’s the first opportunity to go out in years. I’ve had a few companies approach me wanting to do this. I think once we start promoting it, we’ll start to see more people and that kind of scale.

The cleanup encouraged all kinds of participants, from singles and families to youth organizations and businesses, Robb said.

This year’s events will provide a new experience for most Missouri National Recreational River (MNRR) staff in Yankton, Lepisto said.

“MNRR staff are almost entirely new and they are very excited to be part of the festival and other activities,” he said. “It’s a great time for people working on these events to get to know each other and each other.”

Volunteers led the “clean boat” awareness campaign each year. Crews informed boaters about invasive species such as the zebra mussel. While the snail has now entered Lewis and Clark lakes, effort remains to prevent its spread to other water bodies.

The effort has expanded to include invasive plants, invasive species and a hybrid approach that includes the two, Lepisto said.

“One year we met over 1,700 people from 13 or 14 states,” he said. “But now we are doing the clean boat effort differently. We only did it on weekends. Now the National Park Service will be running it throughout the summer as part of an overall outreach effort.


This year also marks the full return of the Lake Yankton Festival and Homestead Day, co-hosted June 11, according to Nancy Teachout with the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. Events take place in the same area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“These are family events. There is no charge to participate in Lake Yankton events,” she said. “A park pass is required for Homestead Day, but we are working on a permit so the first 50 cars can enter for free.”

Organizers work with certified master naturalists, Teachout said. The first course last fall was well attended, and this year 60 people from across the state are taking the 10-week course, she said.

Master naturalists are required to complete volunteer hours, which could include the school festival, Teachout said. A number of naturalists live in the Lewis and Clark lakes area, she said, all of whom have been background checked and most of whom are interested in environmental education.

“We hope that by inviting them to volunteer at the school festival and work with students, they will become presenters,” she said. “We can increase our offerings at all events.”

The Yankton Lake Festival and Farm Day provide an introduction to Ribfest held this afternoon and evening in downtown Yankton, Teachout said. “We both chose the same date. Rather than competing, we work together,” she said.

These partnerships play an important role in attracting more people to Yankton for a longer stay and learning about what the area has to offer, said Tourism Director Jay Gravholt of the Yankton Thrive Organization.

“The river is the lifeblood of Yankton, and we identify as a Missouri River city,” he said. “We have a lot of big events, and I think it’s vital for the community to do those (partnerships).”

The pandemic has motivated people to explore the outdoors, Teachout said. Additionally, parks, campsites and attractions in South Dakota have remained more open than other states.

“Families found new things to do and more ways to connect,” she said. “People used to flock here before, and they keep coming back.”

Gravholt sees long-term benefits from the return of this year’s events. “I think it fosters a healthy respect for the river and what it offers,” he said.

The Missouri River remains a national treasure, Lepisto said. “We want the public to come out and enjoy this wonderful place where we live,” he said.

For more information about the river cleanup, email [email protected] or call (605) 665-0209 ext. 28.

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Field campaign in California to help scientists protect diverse ecosystems


SHIFT is an exploratory campaign for the Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) satellite mission project, part of NASA Earth System Observatorya set of future Earth-centric missions aimed at combating climate change and its consequences for health, natural resources, risks and food security.

SHIFT researchers are also collecting and analyzing samples on the ground, in coastal waters and in the nearby ocean to validate that the data from AVIRIS-NG reflects what is seen on the ground. This will help SBG scientists understand the benefits and costs of collecting satellite data as often as once a week and design the algorithms that will translate raw SBG data into information that researchers can use.

“It is exciting to advance our understanding of the methodology and assess the usefulness of data to manage our vulnerable ecosystems,” said David Schimel, JPL Research Scientist and SHIFT Principal Investigator. “SHIFT does both without compromising either.”

“Not just a scientist’s sandbox”

In the long term, SHIFT’s data will lay the groundwork for future investigations. Many of the campaign’s young field researchers will likely move into more senior scientific positions or lead their own studies in the future with data from SBG, which is expected to launch no earlier than 2028.

More immediately, more than 60 researchers from institutions across the country plan to use SHIFT data in their research. A US Geological Survey researcher studies surficial geology and mineral composition. A UCLA scientist is studying the diversity of algae in the waters near Santa Barbara. A plant pathology expert from Cornell University studies diseases in the vineyard.

A common objective of the projects: to transform SHIFT data into scientific knowledge that serves broader objectives.

“SHIFT will significantly advance remote sensing and environmental science, while providing useful information to resource managers, biodiversity stewards and many others,” said Frank Davis, director of the center of research La Kretz from the Sedgwick reserve and a SHIFT co-investigator. “It’s not just a scientist’s sandbox.”

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SHIFT is an airborne and field research effort jointly led by The Nature Conservancy, the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and JPL. Caltech in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.

Housewives Organization Arrives at Convention Center in May | News


In 1932, as the Great Depression was nearing its depth, the Kentucky Federation of Homemakers was organized to better serve rural women.

From May 10-12, approximately 400 members of what is now called the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association will be at the Owensboro Convention Center to celebrate the organization’s 90th anniversary.

The organization has more than 10,000 members, according to its website.

He says that “any full-time or part-time homemaker, male or female, rural or urban, teenager or senior and in between, can belong to KEHA”.

State Councilor Kelly May said it would be the organization‘s first major conference since 2019.

They were unable to meet in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year’s gathering in Bowling Green was expected to be small because the number of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky was still high.

May said the conference will have a booth providing information on COVID-19 vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 11.

From 10 a.m. to noon on May 12, the conference will be open to the general public for vaccinations, she said.

Seminars include “Could Your Kitchen Pass a Food Safety Inspection”, “Hunger in Kentucky”, “Bluegrass and Banjos”, “Rural Mental Health and Family Stress on the Farm”, “Decorating Your Whole House with thrift store finds”, “Perfect Picnics”, “Ceiling Fan Blade Santa”, and “History of Aprons”.

Owensboro’s “Voices of Elmwood” will perform for the conference.

Andrew Furman catches feelings for Florida

Andrew Furman’s “Bitten” follows his adventures in learning to love Florida – without a single trip to the beach.
Amanda Hagood

Earth Day is approaching. But so does the Florida summer – that sweltering, sweat-soaked, sunny season when just getting outside, let alone surviving until October, requires no small reserve of personal courage. Of course, we’ll all love Florida on April 22. But how many of us can truly say that we’ll stay true to our state when things get…wet?

One such brave soul is author Andrew Furman, whose memoir Bitten: My Unexpected Love Affair With Florida (2014, University Press of Florida) lovingly and lyrically recounts his process of becoming at least one little Floridian after moving with his family to Boca Raton — “a place,” he notes, “scorned in equal measure by my friends living in town and in the country.”

From this “hopelessly in-between” beginning, Furman embarks on sweet adventures in Florida, whether it’s a small city park where he embarks on a snook hunt with a mysterious new fishing buddy; or the edge of a growing college campus, where a burrowing owl resists encroaching development; or on a birding tour around Lake Okeechobee that reveals both an array of amazing birdlife and the deep mark the sugar industry has left on the Everglades.

Some of Furman’s brightest ideas, however, flourish just steps from his own front door in the “Florida-friendly” garden (read: native plants, attracting wildlife, inevitable-conflict-with-neighbors-producing ) that he and his family planted. One memorable episode sees Furman roll his eyes at neighbors who suggest that squirrels jumped the fence from Furman’s bird buffet to steal tomatoes from their meticulously tended garden – a place, he notes, where “control, overall, seemed to be the court’s main motive.

Then Furman’s painfully introverted young son asks for help in cultivating a perfect vegetable garden. Desperate not to disappoint him, but also beset by a host of subtropical garden pests, the author soon discovers that Florida’s “zone 10 realities” may involve the occasional use of pesticides or attaching a Twirl-a-Squirrel device to your bird feeder. In the end, each family gets a few tomatoes, and even the squirrels get a cup of seeds (carefully strewn away from neighbors’ property). These are Furman’s lessons on “suburban citizenship.”

This chapter deals directly with what makes Bitten such a fascinating read for any Floridian, but especially for newcomers: falling in love with Florida Is sometimes more like to be bitten than hit. Furman’s book is a charming love letter to a flowery, fierce and fragile beauty. And to the tantalizing possibility that we can learn to live in true harmony with it.

Pascua Florida Porch Party, with Andrew Furman Furman will talk about his forays into gardening in Florida. Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport. April 22, 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. doors). Free; books available for purchase. 727-201-8687; www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org

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CSEA agreement to include Julie Noble’s position – Daily Freeman

KINGSTON, NY — The aldermen are considering a new memorandum of understanding with the city’s Public Employees Association union that applies only to the position of environmental education and sustainability coordinator.

At a meeting on Wednesday, the city council’s finance and audit committee approved a resolution authorizing the agreement to place the city’s environmental education and sustainability coordinator position on a new pay scale. and notes created last year for CSEA members. The position had previously been excluded from the new salary and grade grid because it is occupied by Julie Noble.

Noble is married to Mayor Steve Noble, who proposed and helped negotiate CSEA’s salary and grade schedule changes.

City Comptroller John Tuey was tasked with negotiating the inclusion of the environmental education and sustainability coordinator in the union’s new schedule.

Under the agreement, Julie Noble’s position would be assigned as “Grade 5”. The change would require the city to transfer $5,667 from its provident fund to pay for the related increase in salaries and benefits.

The resolution to approve the deal still needs to be voted on by the full council, which meets again next month.

The Memorandum of Understanding reached last year amended the 2017-2020 CSEA contract to provide a new salary grid and related provisions. The new salary scale reduced the 18 job grades to seven, adjusting the salaries paid.

The increases ranged from around 3 to 10 per cent for union members, with the lowest paid among them receiving the highest increases, the mayor had previously told aldermen. He said increases for CSEA members also triggered a corresponding increase for managers, resulting in an average increase of 7% for those employees.

The union’s current contract expired on December 31, 2020.

The Estate Little Princess will host a national masonry training program: HOPE Crew

The Little Princess estate was established in 1749. The original large house, pictured here, was later converted into a hospital. The estate belonged to Friedrich von Moth, Governor of Holy Cross from January 1, 1735 to May 15, 1747. The estate was then divided and 18 acres were sold to Peter Von Scholten.

In partnership with the nature conservationthe National Trust for Historic Preservation HOPE Crew will embark on a two-week masonry training at Estate Little Princess St. Croix, beginning April 19, according to a statement from organizers. The 25-acre Danish colonial estate in this part of the island is believed to have been founded in the mid-1700s as a sugar cane plantation and rum distillery. In addition to the extensive outbuildings, there are two remains of the large house and what once served as a hospital. The land was donated to the Nature Conservancy in the 1970s to serve as a nature reserve. The preservation of the buildings has been their responsibility ever since.

The HOPE Crew program, created in 2014, stands for Hands-On Preservation Experience. The program was developed to bring the professions of preservation and preservation to a younger and more diverse audience. In partnership with SINGINGs (Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism) Invisible Heritage Pre-Apprenticeship Programme, HOPE Crew will focus on training five local youngsters in masonry techniques, particularly repointing and repair methods, under the guidance of the trades expert David Gibney.

“CHANT’s Building Arts Institute is designed to enable participants in our programs to become experts in their field and fill the job void created by the loss of traditional building arts skills,” said Frandelle Girard, Director CHANT executive. “Many master craftsmen in woodworking, blacksmithing and masonry are aging and we face the death of these important crafts without aggressive intervention. CHANT interns will not only become skilled artisans, they will also be guardians of our heritage and culture and their work will symbolize the revival of endangered crafts.

“While HOPE Crew is a national program, the heart of the initiative is to empower and train local workers in preservation trades so they can work at historically and culturally significant sites in their communities. own community,” said Milan Jordan, director of HOPE Crew. to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in the release.

HOPE Crews continues to preserve historic sites that illustrate the breadth and depth of America’s past. From iconic civil rights monuments and Native American sacred sites to centuries-old cemeteries, battlefields and nature preserves such as the Little Princess’s Estate, HOPE Crew offers rewarding and tangible opportunities to connect us all to the past.

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Northern Colorado organization receives federal funding for homeless support


Homelessness efforts in Weld and Larimer counties will continue after the Northern Colorado Continuum of Care received more than $1.45 million in federal funding.

Homeward Alliance of Larimer County and United Way of Weld County operate the organization, which works alongside more than 40 members to help prevent and reduce homelessness.

The organization says it wants to make “homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring” in both counties.

“In our first application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a continuum of care, (we) received funding renewals for a number of ongoing supportive housing projects, vouchers and rental assistance,” Northern Colorado Continuum of Care director Kelli Pryor said in a statement. “We also secured competitive funding for the Homeward Alliance’s regional homelessness data and information system and a new effort that will help house survivors of domestic violence, as jointly offered by United Way and the domestic violence service providers in both counties.

The organization was founded in January 2020, shortly before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In the first year of its existence, the organization received $1.18 million from HUD and $2.3 million from the state.

The funding is used to help homeless residents find housing and ensure they have the resources they need to avoid contracting COVID.

The continuum of care indicates that hundreds of people have obtained housing through the project.

“This HUD award is the culmination of years of effort that has led to becoming our own continuum of care,” United Way Vice President of Community Impact Melanie Woolman said in a statement. “This is an affirmation of the ability of our providers in Larimer and Weld counties to help those they serve find housing. While not enough to do all the work, the funding will accelerate their efforts. Also, if we continue to perform well, it is likely that HUD will maintain if not increase the amount of resources year after year.

More information about the project and the various supporting members can be found online at NoCoCOC.org.

‘Made in Lincoln Park’ honors the city’s greatest achievements – The News Herald


When artist Bill Morrison was a student at Lincoln Park High School, teachers yelled at him for drawing comic book pictures in class.

So who could blame the world-renowned comic book artist and illustrator for finding irony that today Lincoln Park is praising him for doing what got him into trouble.

Morrison recently created a visual tribute to his hometown, an original work of art titled “Made in Lincoln Park,” with proceeds benefiting the Lincoln Park Historical Museum.

Morrison and others he honored in his works visited the museum in December to sign posters honoring their achievements and meet their admirers. The poster’s subjects are all individuals from the city’s history who have made significant contributions to the American cultural landscape.

The poster was intended to help commemorate the city’s centenary of incorporation in 2021, but posters are still available and provide a financial boost to the museum.

“So far, nearly $1,500 has been raised through poster sales,” said Jeff Day, curator of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum.

Morrison said the idea of ​​creating a tribute to his hometown started with a casual chat he had with Day at a Downriver comic book convention held at Lincoln Park High School there. a few years.

The poster honors people in the city’s history who have made significant contributions to the American cultural landscape. Proceeds from the sale of the poster benefit the Lincoln Park Historical Museum. (Jim Kasuba — MediaNews Group)

“It was surreal for me to be in my high school gymnasium, the high school where I had teachers yelling at me for drawing comic pictures in class, and now I’m being invited into their gymnasium to draw comic book pictures,” the 1977 graduate said.

Morrison shared table space with the Lincoln Park Historical Museum at this event, where he and Day found time to “talk back” about Lincoln Park natives who have excelled in their careers or left their mark in history.

He recalled an art exhibit about 10 years ago called Detroit Pop, which was held at the River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte.

“It was celebrating the rock and pop artists that came out of Detroit,” Morrison said. “It was kind of in my head.”

Speaking with Day of notable Lincoln Parkers alumni, Morrison said he knew The MC5, an alternative rock band that emerged from the city in the mid-1960s. He knew the inventor and automobile pioneer Preston Tucker, who worked as a motorcycle patroller in his early twenties; and he also knew actor Lyn Osborn, who starred as Cadet Happy in the first sci-fi series “Space Patrol” from 1950 to 1955.

But then Day told him about Gary Grimshaw, a friend of MC5 singer Rob Tyner, who started his career as a poster artist for the legendary Grande Ballroom concert hall.

He also mentioned Mary Moore, who in the early 1950s played with the Springfield Sallies and the Battle Creek Belles in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. The league’s history was depicted in the 1992 film “A League Apart”.

Another notable figure in the city’s history, Day told him, was Chuck Miller, a designer-builder of custom automobiles, who created his large-scale award-winning The Fire Truck and The Red Baron Roadster, as well as its series of half-scale monster engines. “Zingers! which brought him national fame.

Chuck Miller and Mary Moore joined Bill Morrison at a signing event at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum. Miller is now a resident of New Boston and Moore lives in White Lake Township. (Jim Kasuba — MediaNews Group)

That’s when a light bulb went on in Morrison’s head about a future project.

“I thought it would be fun to do an impression, a little fundraiser for the museum,” Morrison said. “I see this as a precursor to making more individual portraits of the people depicted in this poster.”

One of the people depicted in his poster is himself, alongside the image of Homer Simpson, one of the main characters from the animated sitcom ‘The Simpsons’.

Morrison, who comes from an illustration background, got his start as a movie poster artist when he first went to Hollywood.

“When you’re a young illustrator, you don’t get the big jobs — you get the low-budget stuff,” he said. “So I did a lot of posters for 80s horror movies, teen comedies and that kind of stuff.”

But Morrison is probably most closely associated with “The Simpsons.” He’s been with the show almost from the very beginning, only about a month after it premiered on December 17, 1989.

He is known among fans of the series thanks to his decades-long stint as creative director of The Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s publishing company, Bongo Entertainment. He has also drawn thousands of images of The Simpsons for advertising, promotion and limited edition fine art. Additionally, Morrison has produced designs for episodes of the television series, as well as “The Simpsons Movie”.

Morrison also worked with Groening on the television series “Futurama”, serving as the series’ art director; and most recently with Groening on his Netflix series, “Disenchantment.”

At public events, Morrison mainly draws Simpsons cartoons, but also receives requests for drawings of Futurama and even Disney characters, as he has painted dozens of movie posters for Walt Disney Pictures, including La Petite Mermaid, Bambi, Peter Pan and The Jungle Book. .

But the talented artist also receives requests for drawings from the Beatles, as he drew the graphic novel adaptation of The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” for Titan Comics in 2020.

Mary Moore played with the Springfield Sallies and Battle Creek Belles in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the early 1950s. Two weeks before the end of the 1952 season, she twisted her ankle slipping into second base and had to be carried off the field by her manager, Joe Cooper, as well as Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx, who managed the opposing team. (Jim Kasuba — MediaNews Group)

Doing these benefit events in and around his hometown no longer requires hiking across the country. Living in California since he was 23, he and his wife, Karen, moved back to Michigan in November 2019.

“I was the editor of Mad Magazine, and then that job ended,” Morrison said. “Mad is now a reprinted version of himself, so they didn’t really need a publisher.”

The magazine’s last issue as an original magazine was April 2018. Morrison then worked under an animation contract, but at the end of the six-month period he said he was trying to figure out what to do next.

His sister, who lives in Novi, had been trying to get him back to Michigan, so she texted him that she had searched for his house on Zillow and based on the value of the house, he probably could. buy two houses. in Michigan, in addition to having money for a vacation home.

“I thought it was fun, but I didn’t think it was something my wife would be interested in doing,” he said.

His wife, who goes by the professional name Kayre Morrison, is also from Michigan. They met in college and then started dating at Lincoln Park High School. She also has family in Michigan, but as an actress he thought she wouldn’t be interested in moving back to the Great Lakes state. However, she surprised him.

“I told her what my sister texted, so she went to Zillow, looked at it, and said ‘hmmm…'” he said.

Not having the opportunity to see her mother, sister and brother as often as she would like, the idea appealed to her.

So they made the bold decision to return to their home country, only to see things shut down a few months later at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bill Miller was a frequent guest at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum in 2021. Last August, he was honored with a Chuck Miller Styline Customs Tribute exhibit titled “Mobile Masterpieces.” (Jim Kasuba — MediaNews Group)

For many years, they returned to Michigan at least twice a year to maintain ties with family and friends, some of whom they have known since childhood. Now that they’ve returned to their home country and things have started to open up as the pandemic ends, fans will likely see a lot more of Morrison in the months and years to come.

And if you want to see some of his works, look no further than the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, 1335 Southfield Road. The museum features a Morrison exhibit that includes pieces from his career, spanning over 40 years.

You’ll also find exhibits or photographs and other historical information about the other Lincoln Park natives honored in Morrison’s poster: Preston Tucker, Lyn Osborn, Mary Moore, Chuck Miller, The MC5 and Gary Grimshaw.

Signed posters are available for members of the Lincoln Park Historical Society for $35 and $40 for the general public. The posters are signed by Morrison, Moore and Miller.

Unsigned “Made in Lincoln Park” posters are available for $25 and can be purchased during normal museum hours: 1-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are no admission fees.

Moscow drafts its own climate action plan | North West

MOSCOW — City officials here have drafted a climate action plan to completely cut residents’ carbon emissions by 2050.

City staff have been working for years to tackle the issue of climate change as it relates to municipal buildings, parks and lands, but they will need public buy-in to make more meaningful changes.

A final draft of the climate action plan is being prepared for adoption, according to Kelli Cooper, environmental education and sustainability specialist at the city. Public comment on the plan opened in February.

“He needs to be embraced by the community,” Cooper said during a presentation at the latest round of Moscow League of Women Voters conferences on Wednesday. “It’s also important for the city to lead by example.

With the help of a student from the University of Idaho, the city conducted an inventory to determine where the emissions are coming from. They found that most emissions were concentrated in residential homes, commercial uses and transportation.

To reduce carbon emissions from these sectors, the plan includes decarbonizing the grid, increasing participation in energy efficiency programs, promoting all-electric construction, and developing a community solar program.

While the city hopes to get its operations back to net zero by 2035, the community-wide goal is to be net zero by 2050 with an intermediate goal set for 2030.

“We wanted to see what the community could do as a whole, because really we only have a very small portion of the overall emissions from city operations,” Cooper said. “The vast majority of our shows come from the network. They come from our electricity consumption.

Residential use accounts for 37% of emissions, commercial use 34% and transportation use 21%.

During the presentation, she reviewed the climate change impact assessment released last December by researchers from the University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University.

The assessment, which sought to link the latest science to economic risks and opportunities, found the Gem State can expect more intense heat waves, longer fire seasons, increased drought and a reduction in snow accumulation due to climate change.

Cooper says Moscow’s climate action plan aims to address these challenges.

“The biggest challenge has really been getting public input,” she said. “Primarily because we need input from a wide range of people who otherwise wouldn’t engage with the city.”

Several Earth Day celebrations will take place on the Palouse later this month. On April 22, the city is holding a clean-up day at Friendship Square starting at 9:30 a.m. Later that evening, Inland North Waste is hosting a 3-6pm party at East City Park with live music, food and activities.

An Earth Day march scheduled for April 23 will start at East City Park and travel downtown to Friendship Square.

Bernier has strong support in Bristol County Sheriff’s race


There’s a competitive field Democratic candidates are vying for the right to challenge Tory Brandon and Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson in this year’s election. No candidate, however, touts local attorney Nick Bernier.

Bernier enters the race with a blue ribbon committee of local Democratic support that includes members of the Beacon Hill delegation such as State Representatives Carole Fiola and Alan Silvia, Senate Ways and Means Speaker Mike Rodrigues and county and regional elected officials such as Bristol County Probate Registry and former Mayor of Taunton Tom Hoye, and Joe Ferreira of the Governor’s Council.

When he recently joined me on the air, Bernier attributed the support to his years of giving back to his community.

“I did a lot of volunteer work,” said Bernier. “I’ve done a lot of different community service. So you meet these officials everywhere. When I started talking about running last summer, they said ‘Come on Nick, go for it!’. So I went there.”

Prior to running his own law firm, Bernier served on the Charter Commission and Finance Advisory Committee at Swansea. In 2012, Bernier lost a close election for Governor’s Council by just 37 votes, triggering the largest recount in state history. Subsequently, Bernier worked as a prosecutor in the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. He also successfully led the electoral campaigns of two of his supporters, Senator Rodrigues and Governor Ferreira’s adviser.

Bernier also spoke about one of his main supporters who is not an elected official, Nelson De Gouveia, the former chief of law enforcement at the Bristol County Sheriff‘s Office. De Gouveia, once an employee and supporter of Sheriff Hodgson, is an early member of Bernier’s team, providing him with invaluable insight into what’s going on at the BCSO.

Bernier said his ability to form coalitions of people with the right experience makes him the best candidate to usher in reform at the sheriff’s office.

“The reason he’s with me is because I’m listening,” he said. “I don’t have all the answers, but I involve the right people. I listen and I know what we need to do to get to where we are, and sometimes that’s not my opinion. It’s someone else’s idea.”

During Bernier’s time as a prosecutor, he witnessed firsthand the dangers of being thrown into the criminal justice system with few resources available for people to effectively reintegrate into society. Bernier thinks the current BCSO leadership spends too much time trying to portray itself as a quasi-law enforcement agency and not enough time focusing on resources that will help people not reoffend or prevent the smuggling of narcotics into the prison.

“At a minimum, get the drugs out of prisons,” Bernier insisted. “And really, what we should be doing is hiring more advisers, focusing more on corrections and reform than on the deputy deputy sheriff thing. We have 47 deputy deputy sheriff superintendents, and the problem is whether we really need these military parades. How many times has the sheriff used his boat or his command center – and also, is that really his role?”

While strongly criticizing the sheriff’s management of our local correctional system, Bernier offered some praise for the work crew program. The program allows people about to be released, often people with a trade or skill, to perform supervised community service outside of the correctional facility. Bernier participated in this program and said it would be one of the few things he would continue as a sheriff.

“When done right, I love this program,” Bernier said. “It’s a program that I think should continue, because you’re helping the community. You’re giving inmates a second chance. So instead of sitting around while they serve their sentence, they’re actually doing something constructive, and when they come out they can hopefully use that experience to keep improving.”

Bernier and I also discussed the low morale of BCSO employees he heard about during the campaign and the need to close the centuries-old Ash Street Jail and his plan to use the ICE facility. now defunct in Dartmouth as a detention center in His place.

You can listen to the full interview at 1:50 p.m. here:

25 real crime scenes: what do they look like today?

Below, find out where 25 of history’s most infamous crimes took place – and what these places are used for today. (If they remained standing.)

WATCH: What 25 historic battlefields look like today

What follows is an examination of what happened to the sites where America fought its most important and often brutal war campaigns. Using various sources, Stacker selected 25 historically significant battlefields in American history. For each, Stacker investigated what happened there when the battles raged as well as what happened to those sacred lands when the fighting ceased.

It was the battlefields that defined the course of the American military, from colonial rebels to an invincible global war machine.

Local organization fights for water conservation and sustainable aquifer solutions – The Daily Evergreen


Pullman’s population increased by 51%; groundwater pumping increased by only 16%

The Palouse area’s main water source is shrinking seven-tenths of a foot each year, and a volunteer committee is working to make it more sustainable through alternative water sources.

The Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee is responsible for ensure a long-term quality water supply for the Palouse region, according to the committee website.

The Palouse gets all of its drinking water from two underground aquifers, said Paul Kimmell, chair of the PBAC’s communications subcommittee and director of business and public affairs for Avista Utilities.

“[An aquifer] lies below us in a series of fissures and fissures between volcanic basalt flows,” Kimmell said. “So it’s not like there’s just this giant pool of water below us – it’s scattered and diverse.”

Communities in the area use wells to drill between these basalt layers and access drinking water, Kimmell said.

Community members from WSU, the University of Idaho, Pullman and Moscow formed the PBAC in 1967 to address concerns about declining groundwater levels, Kimmell said..

Since then, PBAC has played a leading role in water conservation on the Palouse and has grown to encompass the cities of Colfax and Palouse, Kimmell said.

The committee created the Palouse Basin Groundwater Management Plan in 1992 with the goal of conserving water through a community-wide effort, he said.

When the committee began monitoring the annual level of aquifer decline, about one and a half feet of water was used each year. Today, only seven tenths of a foot are used each year, he said.

Despite a 51% population growth in Pullman, groundwater pumping has only increased 16%, Kimmell said.

“Things are going very well, but we are still in a state of decline,” he said.

WSU and UI have installed showerheads, water faucets and toilets that use less water to help conserve water, Kimmell said.

UI has used treated wastewater to irrigate its fields and lawns since the 1970s, said Robin Nimmer, senior hydrologist, project manager and head of the water resources division for Alta Science & Engineering in Moscow.

Nimmer has been involved with PBAC for about a decade and professionally involved with the project for a year and a half, she said. by Nimmer other projects include ground and surface water monitoring and water supply for individuals and communities.

Despite excellent conservation efforts on the Palouse, the amount of groundwater in aquifers is drastically decreasing each year. PBAC wants to find an alternate water source to supplement the aquifer, Kimmell said.

An alternative is to divert water from the Snake River, Nimmer said.

The second alternative is to divert water from Paradise Creek and the North Fork of the Palouse River. That water would then be treated at Pullman and piped to Pullman and Moscow, she said.

The third and fourth alternatives both involve diverting water from a local river or stream, treating it in Pullman or Moscow, and using it directly in the city it comes from, said Nimmer.

Nimmer said she will present her report on the four alternatives to the PBAC in June.

“Some pools don’t have the luxury that we have. They have to build 100 or 200 mile pipelines,” Kimmell said. “We have water sources in the basin that we think we can tap into and help us reduce some of that water usage.”

Nimmer said PBAC evaluates each option based on cost, time, environmental impact and other factors.

“We have no bias against each other. We let science, engineers and hydrologists guide us through this,” Kimmell said.

In fall 2021, PBAC conducted a survey to gauge community awareness and interest in water conservation efforts, Kimmell said. The survey found that a third of respondents were definitely interested in water conservation, a third were slightly interested and a third were not interested.

“We need to stay engaged as a region,” Kimmell said. “Whether it is water or air services, there is strength in this regional collaboration.

City Budgets $5.35 Million in ARPA Funds for Economic Development | News, Sports, Jobs


The city of Williamsport has budgeted $5.35 million of $25.4 million in US bailout funds for economic development.

The largest portion of the budgeted funds is $2.7 million for the Redevelopment Authority, $2 million for the Land Bank Authority, and $650,000 in combined future projects, earmarked funds, and foresight.

The budget is only a framework and not a final approval.

Meanwhile, August “To jump” Memmi, executive director of the city’s community and economic development department, said it will be up to Mayor Derek Slaughter, his administration and the city council to determine how best to spend the funds.

UHY Advisors was recently hired to oversee compliance and oversight of ARPA funds and expenditures. The city has until the end of 2024 to allocate projects and 2026 to spend them.

Memmi said it will be the decision of management and council, but redevelopment and investment in the land bank is a way to take derelict properties – including residential, commercial and industrial – and have them acquired or into the hands of certified developers to reuse and put back into business and tax rolls.

Council Chairman Adam Yoder recently said that using ARPA for land bank and property redevelopment would pay dividends and help close the gap with investment income that offsets the deficit spending that the city ​​experienced each year during the fall fiscal season.

Memmi also noted how the Land Preserve, if and when funded, will be able to provide the capital needed to transform the future redevelopment plan for the Park Avenue neighborhood and the city’s residential, commercial and industrial properties. .

Funding from redevelopment and land bank authorities could be used as the city pursues a strategic plan with partners on Park Avenue, along the Maynard Street Corridor and property developers Wisteria Land.

The city wants to create an atmosphere where people want to visit, shop and spend money. He wants to reinvest in neighborhoods to create better living environments and space for new housing or repurpose existing housing, he said.

These were funds that were distributed by the US Treasury to cities and communities that were impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. These effects persist and the intention is to spend the funds wisely on projects that otherwise could never be realized.

The $800,000 budget recommendation for two ball diamonds at Brandon Park, for example, should pay huge dividends to the city’s economy as teams are brought back to play Little League games in 2023.

Spending on long-term Grafius Run flood mitigation solutions, with engineers designing ponds and underground retention areas to reduce the volume of the watercourse during floods and reduce the risk of flooding, harbors enormous potential.

Not only does this reduce the risk for residents who have endured flooding for years, but it encourages brokerage firms to sell and buy homes. It says part of Williamsport is safe from flooding and prime real estate to consider moving to and raising a family.

Really, all of the funding – whether it’s going to public works and the seawall and Grafius Run, the baseball diamonds at Brandon Park, police radios, CCTV and body cameras, street lights and what is put in a reserve account is tied to economic development, says Memmi.

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NEW YORK, April 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Long Island University, in partnership with the Global Council for Science and Environment (GCSE) and the Office for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in United States hosted the International Summit on Plastic Pollution: From Research to Action from April 5 to 6 about the University brooklyn Campus.

The International Summit on Plastic Pollution: From Research to Action was held April 5-6 at Long Island University.

The summit followed the landmark resolution to end plastic pollution endorsed by 175 nations at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi on March 2, 2022. It is the first peak of North America discuss concrete solutions aimed at achieving the objectives of the agreement proposed by the UN.

Long Island University is proud to partner with leading global institutions and apply our research capabilities to the effort to combat plastic pollution,” said Long Island University President Kimberly Cline. “We are committed to teaching our students that innovation and collaboration have the power to impact the world.”

Long Island University is ranked in the top 7% of research institutions in the United States by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Its prestigious faculty includes scientists who rank among the top 2% of global researchers in their chosen field. dr. Alexander Moredirector of the Long Island University Honors College, is a world-renowned environmental scientist and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and was one of the main organizers of the summit.

“Plastic pollution is directly linked to pollution from petroleum, from which it is made,” said Dr. More, associate professor of environmental health at Long Island University. “To remove one, we must remove the other from our economy and our ecosystem, and we must do so for our health and the environment.”

Researchers and policy makers at the summit came from around the world to showcase breakthrough innovations to replace and eliminate plastics from the global economy, understand the health impacts and opportunities for governments, research institutes and universities to collaborate and support long-term research initiatives and concrete actions. political proposals.

“Even though the number of scientific publications on plastic pollution has grown exponentially over the past decade, there are still large knowledge gaps. Greater transatlantic research collaboration is needed,” said Mireille Guyaderadviser for science and technology at the French Embassy.

Jesse Ausubel, President of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation Outpacing Plastic Pollution through Science and Innovation, delivered the keynote address. Among his many accomplishments, Ausubel helped organize the first United Nations World Climate Conference in 1979, and he initiated the census of marine lifeBarcode of Life Initiative and International Quiet Ocean Experiment.

Other distinguished speakers included Senator Angele Preville and Deputy Philippe Bolo of the French Parliament; United States Senator Sheldon White House; Juliette KaberaDirector General of the Rwanda Environmental Management Authority; Amy V. UhrinChief Scientist of the Marine Debris Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Muriel Mercier Bonin, Research Director of the National Institute for Food and the Environment; Eric Chassignet, director of the Center for Ocean-Atmosphere Prediction Studies; Wolfgang LudwigDirector of the Center for Education and Research on Mediterranean Environments; Philippe Landrigan, Director of the Global Public Health Program and the Global Pollution Observatory; and Paul MayewskiDirector of the Climate Change Institute.

“Plastic pollution is increasing at a staggering rate, posing challenges to human and ecosystem health,” said michelle wyman, Executive Director of the World Council for Science and the Environment. “The cooperation of the scientific community and nations to accelerate solutions and specifically mitigate single-use plastics is imperative to limit the impacts of this growing global threat.

Plastic pollution is accumulating at an alarming rate in our environment and our bodies. Aquatic ecosystems are expected to contain three times as much plastic by 2040 if no action is taken. Microplastics have been found in every ecosystem on the planet – from Mount Everest at the top of the world to the Mariana Trench at the bottom of the ocean – and in March scientists discovered microplastics in human blood for the first time. .

“As researchers, our goal is to constantly seek new ways to collaborate and share data that helps inform policy to address the greatest challenges facing society today,” said Dr. Randy Bourdsenior vice president for academic affairs at Long Island University. “We are delighted to welcome some of the world’s leading experts in environmental science and policy to support sustainable solutions for the future.”

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Long Island University, founded in 1926, continues to redefine higher education, offering high-quality academic instruction from world-class faculty. Recognized by Forbes for its emphasis on experiential learning and by the Brookings Institution for its “added value” to student achievement, LUI has a network of over 285,000 alumni, including industry leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world. To visit liu.edu for more information.

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Libra Group Empowers Colombian Indians to Create a Sustainable Village to Protect the Sierra Nevada

Colombian President Iván Duque visits Nabusimake, as Greenwood Energy launches Terra Initiative, a large-scale solar project with significant environmental and social impact, jointly developed with the indigenous peoples of Colombia. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greenwood Energy, the Latin American renewable energy subsidiary of the Greek Libra Group, and the Confederación Indígena Tayrona (CIT), the organization of the Arhuaco people of Colombia, announced the launch of Terra Initiative, a large-scale solar project in The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains in Colombia. The project will also include the creation of three unique sustainable villages with 150 homes for the indigenous Arhuaco community.

“It was my father’s dream, and today I am proud that it has come true,” said Noel Torres, an Arhuaco community leader who is following in his father’s footsteps protecting the Sierra Nevada.

The first project of its kind, Terra is created in partnership with the Arhuaco people and is designed to support the preservation and reforestation of land that the International Union for Conservation of Nature describes as “the world’s most irreplaceable nature reserve. ”

Members of the Arhuaco community in Nabusimake
Members of the Arhuaco community in Nabusimake, the indigenous capital of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada. Credit: Luis Ospino / Greek Reporter

On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez announced the project at an event attended by 600 Arhuacos in the indigenous capital of Nabusimake, alongside Greenwood Energy. The initiative is currently in pre-construction and includes six large-scale solar power plants providing 144 megawatts of clean energy to be sold on Colombia’s national interconnected system.

The initiative will create opportunities for the Arhuaco people with jobs and vocational training in the field of green energy, and the development of three villages with solar energy and storage systems, sustainable agricultural farms, schools and health facilities.

In addition, the CIT will be paid for each kilowatt-hour generated by the solar power plants, with the funds earmarked for land preservation. Over the life of the project, the Arhuaco people will be able to preserve 119,000 hectares of new land in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – an area larger than New York, Berlin or Seoul. This will also create an electricity generation offset of over one million tonnes of CO2.

“This project is a roadmap for the sustainable development of the future of green energy in Latin America. Greenwood Energy is already a cleantech leader, managing nearly 100 MW of onsite solar power systems for public and private sector organizations, including the first large-scale project in Panama. This initiative doubles our portfolio, but more importantly, it demonstrates that solar and green energy can be harnessed for greater social good,” said Greenwood Energy CEO Guido Patrignani. “Our hope is that Terra will serve as a catalyst for other similar projects and raise awareness that Latin America has the opportunity to define and differentiate itself by supporting the advancement of green energy that also preserves our rich cultural traditions. and our ecosystems.

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Colombian President Iván Duque Marquez with the Spiritual Priests (Mamos) of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta during the launch of the Terra initiative. Credit: Luis Ospino / Greek Reporter

Accountability and transparency will be woven throughout the initiative, including the use of Blockchain technology to track and report environmental impact throughout the life of the project. Additionally, after 25 years, ownership of the solar farms will transfer to CIT, which will further support land preservation efforts.

Noel Torres with his late father, an Arhuaco leader and visionary of the Terra Initiative.

“This initiative goes hand in hand with the goals of the Arhuaco people to conserve, protect and care for nature, while providing a housing solution and helping to facilitate education, cultural preservation and enabling coexistence between modern and indigenous life,” said Arhuaco Chief Noel Torres. “For the Arhuaco people, development is what guarantees life today and tomorrow. By using solar energy in a sustainable way, we prove that balance is possible and set the bar for others.

Noel Torres Terra Initiative, community leader of Arhuaco
Noel Torres, leader of the Arhuaco community. Credit: Greek Reporter

“As the world transitions to a clean energy future, it is essential that we reimagine development and lay the foundation for long-term sustainability and social impact. Renewable energy is one of the six key sectors of our Group and reflects our commitment to responsible business practices. Today, our clean energy subsidiaries in Latin America, the United States and Europe will soon reach the gigawatt mark in green energy development, including solar, wind and waste-to-energy said George Logothetis, Chairman and CEO of Libra Group. . “The commitment to sustainability and social good is at the heart of our group, and we are looking for ways to create synergies and support the environment across our portfolio. We are proud that Greenwood Energy has been commissioned to move this crucial project forward. »

About Greenwood Energy and the Libra Group

Greenwood Energy is one of the clean energy subsidiaries of the Libra Group, a private international business group whose subsidiaries own and operate assets in more than 50 countries. The Group is mainly active in six sectors, including renewable energy, aviation, hospitality, real estate and shipping, as well as some diversified investments. Affiliates of the Libra Group will be close to reaching the milestone of one gigawatt development in renewable energy, which includes solar, wind and waste-to-energy in six countries.

Colombian President Ivan Duque Terra Initiative
Colombian President Iván Duque with community leader and members of Greenwood Energy in a symbolic act for the indigenous community at the launch of the Terra initiative. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greenwood Energy is currently developing or managing nearly 100 MW of on-site solar energy systems for public and private sector organizations wishing to offset their energy costs in Latin America, including the first large-scale project in Panama. The Libra Group also owns Greenwood Sustainable Infrastructure (GSI), focused on the investment, development and operation of distributed and large-scale solar energy projects in North America. As of January 2022, the company had developed approximately 200 MW in 32 renewable energy projects, many of which are still owned or operated by GSI. Other energy holdings include Convergen Latvia, which operates biogas plants in Latvia, and EuroEnergywhich operates several solar and wind farms across Europe.

About the Confederación Indígena Tayrona – CIT

Founded in 1978, ICT is the organization that represents the Arhuaco people of Colombia, an indigenous community descended from the ancient Tayrona culture, located in the Caribbean region of the country.

Arhuaco community at Nabusimake Terra Initiative
Members of the Arhuaco community in Nabusimake, Colombia. Credit: Luis Ospino/Greek Reporter

Their mission is to promote the political, economic, cultural and social development of the Arhuaco community through the management of resources, political agreements, knowledge transfers, programs and projects. CIT also provides advice, monitoring and evaluation of public policies related to indigenous communities and the preservation of the environment of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, which represents their sacred territory.

Organizations Raising Autism Awareness with Pizza


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — They say true friends never let you down, they rather lift you up. The Friendship House of Scranton ensures this every day by raising autism awareness with every pizza order.

Pizza by Pappas serves lunch and dinner, and 50% of every sale is donated to the Northeast Regional Autism Center at Friendship House in Scranton.

“We’ve been in business for over 50 years now and the public has always been great with us and for us it’s a way to give back,” said Bill Sheakoski, co-owner of Pizza by Pappas.

“Opening on a Sunday when they usually aren’t and are understaffed, to go out of their way and get this funding for us,” said Lauryn Cleveland, executive director of administration, Friendship House.

Lauryn Cleveland says the organization receives an average of over $10,000 a year, except for 2020.

“This fundraiser is incredible. This helps us maintain our programming and keep pace as we are able to secure better equipment and funding for the children who need the services the most,” said Lauryn Cleveland, Executive Director of the administration, Friendship House.

The Friendship House serves Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. They help 25 people here at home with over 75 in the community.

“We welcome children as young as they are two and a half, early intervention is key and that’s what this program specifically supports,” Cleveland said.

Bill Sheakoski says the restaurant has donated $95,000 since 2010. Fundraising will hit a milestone this year by crossing the $100,000 mark. Companies that place an order for their employees by part of next month will help the Maison de l’Amitié.

“If we have a date available and they are able to order more than 10 pizzas at that time, we will still honor the same,” Bill Sheakoski said.

There were 415 pizzas sold on Sunday. If you are a business and would like to schedule an order, please call 570-346-2290 or email [email protected]

Labor Shortage Affecting Hartford Businesses | By Steve Volkert

April 10, 2022 – Hartford, WI – Labor shortages for part-time and seasonal employees are affecting all businesses, including the City of Hartford.

Finding responsible people to run Hartford Park and Recreation’s summer programs, including the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, has become nearly impossible this year.

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As more and more businesses are faced with having to pay upwards of $15 to $20 an hour for temporary high school and college student jobs, the city’s park and recreation, and construction public, find it almost impossible to find employees who will accept anything. less.

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The city has always sought to stay competitive with other communities for similar jobs, but the recent crisis has found us understaffed in many areas. For this reason, management is reviewing which normally required programs will no longer be available due to this labor shortage.

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If you have time off this summer and want to help maintain public services, consider working for Parks and Rec as a summer playground manager or helper, lifeguard or aquatic center manager, or employee. public works.

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Block Party and Groundbreaking at Ski Run Community Park on May 1 | South of Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The volunteer group behind the creation and construction of the Ski Run Community Park handled the design and fundraising for the park. Construction is expected to begin this spring and be completed in the fall.

To kick things off, a groundbreaking ceremony and block party will take place on Sunday, May 1 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fundraising goals are close to being met and some matching grant opportunities are available to take the project to the finish line.

South Tahoe Pay It Forward Project: $25,000 match. Thanks to John McDougall, a graduate of South Tahoe High and longtime local, any donation up to $250 will be matched. Donations can be made through the El Dorado Community Foundation.

Tahoe Fund – $75,000 match. Donations of any amount will be matched by the Tahoe Fund.

There are no parks within half a mile of the Ski Run Boulevard area in South Lake Tahoe. This means that the hundreds of children who live in the area have no safe place to play, run and explore.

The Friends of Ski Run have purchased the empty, fenced lot from the Safeway Company and are building the Ski Run Community Park, a brand new gathering place for children and families. The park will include an iconic play structure, climbing rock, plaza and mural wall, as well as a large community table. Local partners like SOS Outreach, Barton Health, Heavenly Mountain Resort and the League to Save Lake Tahoe will provide historical and environmental education signs, offer bilingual education workshops on exercise, health and nutrition, and help organize neighborhood clean-ups.

This is a community-led effort. From the beginning, Friends of Ski Run has strived to bring a fresh approach to park design by involving community members and partners throughout the process. Thirty-five children from Bijou Elementary and the Boys and Girls Club drew sketches of how they envisioned the park, and elements of these drawings were incorporated into the design of the park.

City Plants organization seeks to make Los Angeles greener – NBC Los Angeles


Did you adopt a plant during the pandemic? Did it tragically dry up and die within weeks? Yeah, mine too.

During the pandemic, many of us have taken up new hobbies or hobbies. For some, this may have included plants.

Becoming a plant parent is not easy. It takes a lot of time, effort and a ton of patience.

While it doesn’t take much searching to find a beginner’s guide or video tutorial on how to care for our newly adopted plants, trees, and flowers, becoming a new plant parent can be overwhelming.

In partnership with the LA Department of Water and Power, city ​​plants offers a wide variety of plants and trees to help “create a greener future for Los Angeles by engaging Angelenos to plant and nurture trees throughout the city.”

The organization often hosts adoption events and a series of programs to help plant trees in the city.

“At City Plants, we envision a Los Angeles in which residents of all neighborhoods have equal access to trees and their benefits: clean air, energy efficiency, better health, cooling shade, and friendlier, more vibrant communities,” says the website.

Trees are an essential part of our neighborhoods, highlighting the theme of tree equity, as many low-income towns do not benefit from tree-lined streets.

“Due to decades of redlining and other discriminatory policies, trees are often scarce in neighborhoods with more low-income families and people of color,” according to American forests.

Along with half a dozen nonprofit partners and several LA City departments, the organization helps plant and distribute 20,000 trees a year to help transform streets and neighborhoods, according to their site.

In order to one day achieve full tree equity, “we must plant and grow 522 million trees across urbanized America, according to our 2021 Tree Fairness Score“, according to American Forests.

City Plants joins several organizations in a tree planting event on Saturday, April 9 for National Tree Day. Residents can RSVP here.

Rezoning and annexation applications to consider – The Clanton Advertiser


By JOYANNA LOVE | Chief Editor

Land-related demands will be the focus of the April 11 city council meeting in Clanton.

Council will have the first reading of an application to rezon a property on Lay Dam Road (just before the bridge) from R-2 residential single-family to two-family to B-1 central business district and first reading of a annexation request for 652 County Route 41.

A renaming of Earl Avenue near Highway 145 will also be considered. Mayor Jeff Mims said the county will build a street that will go back to Hatley’s Health Care to create access to the future site of The Wellness Group counseling center.

“Earl Avenue is only on paper,” Council Member Wade Watley said. “It’s not there yet.”

The name appears on GIS maps between two residential properties. Watley said the owner of The Wellness Group has asked council to consider renaming the street when it’s completed to match other names in the area, such as Medical Center Drive.

“It might be easier to get people to … find a business rather than thinking they’re turning into a residential neighborhood,” Watley said of the request.

Wellness Group Drive was proposed as a name, but board members said they would prefer Wellness Center Drive because there are still properties down the road that the company would not own.

Watley said he would contact the company owner for comment.

The council will also consider taking bids to contract the demolition of 25 condemned homes across the town. The work would be remunerated through a grant.

Renewal of the contract with the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging and the company that does the collections for the city will also be considered.

Another item on the agenda is the transfer of a beer and wine license to the new owners of a business on Enterprise Road.

Clanton City Council is expected to make a decision soon on whether to hold the annual fireworks display on July 4 as usual or move it to June 25 after Peach Jam during the voting session.

Mims said the fireworks display would then ensure good attendance and would be a way to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the fishing festival.

“This town would be crowded to the extent that our businesses could do anything to make money, it would be a killer for all of them,” Mims said.

The plan would be to pull them from the girls’ softball field in Clanton City Park to get them far enough away from everything.

“The food trucks are going to be where the fireworks normally go,” Mims said.

The April 11 council meeting will be held at Clanton Town Hall at 5 p.m.

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Presentation on climate action plan planned

The League of Women Voters of Moscow announced that Kelli Cooper, environmental education and sustainability specialist for the city of Moscow, will discuss the city’s draft climate action plan Wednesday noon via Zoom. The link to the Zoom meeting is available at lwvmoscow.org.

Cooper will discuss the process of developing the plan and the challenges encountered while developing it. It will also provide an overview of the plan and the steps outlined by the city to reduce emissions in the plan. Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Geology from Washington State University. She has worked for the city since 2016 and full-time since fall 2019.

Idaho Library Association welcomes award nominations

The Idaho Library Association has opened nominations for the Idaho Library Awards. The deadline to submit an application is June 3.

Awards include Idaho Public Library of the Year, Administrator of the Year, School Librarian of the Year, and Special Services to Libraries Award.

Two scholarships are available for students pursuing a degree in library science or undertaking library-related continuing education.

Application Now Open for Whitman County Students

The Whitman County Association of Realtors is offering a $1,000 scholarship to graduating Whitman County high school students who will be attending Washington State University in the fall. Applications must be submitted electronically or postmarked by April 29 to be considered.

The application is available online at wcar.org/whitman-county-seniors-scholarship/ or by contacting your school counselor. The scholarship application requires a letter of acceptance, a letter of recommendation, a copy of your transcripts, and an essay on educational objectives.

Alzheimer’s support group now meets in person in Moscow

The Alzheimer’s Association continues monthly meetings in support of people caring for Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and meetings are now available in person. Meetings are held from 11 a.m. to noon on the second Monday of each month at Trinity Baptist Church, 711 Fairview Drive, Moscow.

For more information about the meeting, contact Tammie Poe at (208) 874-3462 or [email protected] or Jill Crump at (208) 892-4338 or [email protected] For 24/7 assistance, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900 or visit alz.org.