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Atomic Holiday Bazaar returns after pandemic hiatus


Being badass and craftsmanship go hand in hand for the creators who take part in Atomic Holiday Bazaar, which returns this year after a two-year hibernation forced by the Covid-19 pandemic. The show is also moving this year, from the Sarasota City Auditorium to Robarts Arena.

Adrien Lucas, the almighty creator of Atomic, started the independent craft fair over a decade ago to support local artists and artisans who were making quirky, quirky and cutting-edge crafts.

“It’s a show for and by the delicious irregulars of the world,” says Lucas. “When I say ‘irregular’ a lot of people think of a shirt with a weird sleeve. But what I mean is a whimsical nod to those who walk at their own pace and have fun by things that are generally not considered normal.

We spoke with three creators from this year’s show to learn more about their work.

Alicia Accardi has been an Atomic supplier twice now, and has two different stands: sticky fingers and VIVA Vintage. For Sticky Fingers, Accardi seeks out dead insects, feathers and flora and preserves their unique beauty in the decoupage so that it can be admired by those who appreciate nature’s life cycles. For VIVA Vintage, she restores vintage and old objects to bring them back to life. “I love finding these items and saving them from the fate that would end up in a dumpster,” says Accardi.

Deli Fresh Threads is owned by Anthony “Biggie” Bencomo, who started the food-themed clothing brand while in college. When you buy something, Bencomo wraps it up to look like a take-out deli sandwich. “I made people believe it was a real sandwich,” he says. He will appear at Atomic for the fifth time.

Linda Janssen owned Deviant dolls for about seven years, but is dating Atomic for the first time. She creates avant-garde skeleton sculptures that appeal to the gothic Halloween spirit in everyone. “Be prepared to be open-minded and see the creativity,” says Janssen. “I make horror dolls, devil dolls and cut faces. That’s what makes my heart happy. As an artist, I want to evoke emotion.

Atomic Holiday Bazaar takes place from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 27 at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Admission is $6; children are free. For more information, call (941) 539-9044 or visit atomicholidaybazaar.com.

Organization promoting well-being in the construction industry


DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) — The American Heart Association says one in 25 construction workers has heart disease and one in four has high blood pressure.

That’s part of the reason the association holds its annual Hard Hats with Heart event, to bring attention to heart disease and stroke in the construction industry.

The Hard Hats with Heart event takes place at New Realm Brewing on Daniel Island on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

It brings together entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the country to show how creating a culture of well-being in construction companies can make a big difference.

The event will include CPR demonstrations and blood pressure education. It will also be an opportunity for industry leaders to collaborate on the best ways to promote wellness and heart health in their businesses.

One of the event’s committee members, Michaele Frampton, said she thought it was important that they do their part to educate construction workers on ways to keep their hearts healthy, especially considering how many people they can influence every day.

Frampton said that at all times they have an influence on “not only our immediate employees and our team members, but also everyone who is on site. So it’s just one small thing we can do that will hopefully impact a handful of lives.

The American Heart Association said it’s important for construction workers to know their numbers and learn how they can make small changes in their daily lives to improve their overall heart health.

For more information about the event, Click here.

Improvements to Miamisburg’s Riverfront Park to launch in 2023

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Riverfront Park, centrally across the Great Miami River in Miamisburg, is undergoing an overhaul which is the final step before a contractor is selected and construction begins. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Riverfront Park, centrally across the Great Miami River in Miamisburg, is undergoing an overhaul which is the final step before a contractor is selected and construction begins. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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By 2010, the property had been acquired and turned into usable park space, he said. In 2016, Miamisburg updated the original master plan to reduce its size, scope, and cost. At that time, it was an $8 million park project, Davis said.

“That’s what gave impetus to the Water Street improvements,” he said.

Since then, Miamisburg has installed a wading pool and restroom building, and continues to work toward finalizing the park project, he said. To date, Miamisburg has spent about $5.7 million on the project, including $2.2 million in grants through Clean Ohio and other grants, Davis said.

In 2020, the city entered into an agreement with West Chester Twp.-based Kleingers Group to work on the City Park Master Plan as well as other park design updates.

“We chose Kleingers in this process because they have a variety of services in their repertoire, and they’re a great local company that has a lot of expertise in civil engineering, landscape architecture, all the different pieces that we are looking for when we implement a park project,” Davis said.

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The Miamisburg City Council recently voted to approve the expenditure of $329,400 for Kleingers Group to complete a schematic design, engineering, and construction documentation phase. This marks the final step before a contractor can be selected and construction can begin on the project, according to the city.

Miamisburg Mayor Michelle Collins said the improvements were “very significant.”

“The park’s master plan has been in the works for over 20 years,” Collins said. “Completely, the park will never be cheaper than in years past. It is time to make the vision a reality for all of our citizens.

Construction costs are estimated at $4.5 million and $4.7 million and will be included in the 2023 capital improvement program, according to the city. Construction is expected to last between 9 and 18 months.

The city’s goal is not to cancel any events at Riverfront Park as a result of construction, Davis said.

“Some events may need to be changed, maybe moved,” he said. “It is still quite early to have definitive answers on specific events.”

While working with Kleingers, the Parks and Recreation Department surveyed community members about what they were looking for in the Riverfront Park project, Davis said.

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About 65% of respondents said they visit the park at least once a month and 49% said they go several times a month, he said.

“It’s a heavily used park in its current state,” Davis said. “They almost always visit downtown – 94% – before or after their visit to Riverfront Park. The purpose of Riverfront Park was part of downtown revitalization. To date, the park as it exists has contributed to this process, but we are now looking to complete this project. »

Visitors come to the park to attend events, eat and drink outdoors and access amenities, like the bike path, he said.

Deciding which of the park elements takes precedence was based on the rankings that were part of that survey, he said.

New Mexico ranch wants to use Wildfire to educate kids and people with disabilities – The 74


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CLEVELAND, NM — Lessons learned from the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon fire could soon be taught to people with disabilities and students at a ranch that was saved through fire suppression efforts.

Collins Lake Ranch, a 300-acre property surrounded by forest in Mora County, is a full-time home for people with disabilities and their coaches.

Yurts are surrounded by trees at Collins Lake Ranch on Monday, September 12. (Megan Gleason/Source NM)

Steve Smaby, the owner of the facility, said the blaze burned about 150 acres, but the ranch was spared severe fire damage due to burn backs ignited on the outskirts of the property. .

Steve Smaby is the owner of Collins Lake Ranch. Photographed on Monday September 12. (Megan Gleason/Source NM)

“In my opinion, it saved the place,” he said.

More than 340,000 acres and hundreds of structures in surrounding communities were destroyed by the wildfire. Thanks to the efforts of the fire crews, no facilities on the ranch were damaged and other than some flooding and road damage, the ranch came out relatively unscathed.

Flooding created silt and clogged a culvert near a road in Collins Lake Ranch. Pictured on Monday September 12. (Megan Gleason/Source NM)

Now Smaby wants to use this as a learning experience for children and people with disabilities. He said the wildfire had amplified his ambition to create an environmental learning centre.

“They can see what fire is. And now we have a perfect example. Here is a place where the fire has burned. That’s where it didn’t work,” Smaby said. “It’s a learning lab.”

During the pandemic, when schools were closed, Smaby bought WiFi, invited a few teachers and opened the doors to the ranch for students to learn. “We really changed some of their lives,” he said.

When the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon fire tore through the north over the summer, it threatened this operation. Everyone on the ranch was evacuated in April, Smaby said. This was costly and especially difficult for autistic residents who did not accept the change well and did not understand why they could not return home.

Burnt trees stand around the ranch on Monday, September 12. (Megan Gleason/Source NM)

But they had a home to come back to in May. Not everyone in Mora County could say the same.

Smaby wants to continue to focus on ranch education. Soon, Collins Lake will offer once-a-week outdoor classes for students and children, Smaby said, with activities including seeding and fire education. He said other groups have also popped up, such as religious or environmental groups.

“Every child should be able to spend time outdoors,” he said.

Source New Mexico is part of States Newsroom, a network of news outlets supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Source New Mexico maintains editorial independence. Contact editor-in-chief Marisa Demarco for any questions: [email protected] Follow Source New Mexico on Facebook and Twitter.

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London Call | Chicago Classic Magazine


The new leader of Lake Forest Open Lands is a veteran of the nonprofit organization

By David AF Sweet

Growing up in Lake Bluff, one of Ryan London’s earliest memories was of nature – a fitting memory for the new leader of Lake Forest Open Lands (LFOLA).

“My neighbor growing up had a native garden before anyone knew what it was. I remember transplanting trilliums and pulpit desks there, and she was telling me all about the spring wildflowers,” said London, a graduate of Lake Forest High School.

Unlike the four previous Lake Forest Open Lands presidents, London didn’t just grow up in the area; he has spent his entire career with the nonprofit. After starting as an intern in 1999, he joined full-time in 2002 after a stint as an arborist. For the past seven years, he has been heavily involved in the largest restoration and infrastructure project in the history of the LFOLA: the Jean and John Greene Nature Preserve at McCormick Ravine.

New Lake Forest Open Lands President Ryan London has worked on the Jean and John Greene Nature Preserve at McCormick Ravine (seen above) since 2015.

This 61-acre strip that begins off Sheridan Road and ends at Lake Michigan adjoins the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve. LFOLA has spent millions of dollars building bridges, creating trails and more across the space, much of which is encompassed by multiple ravines.

London helped guide an Army Corps restoration to connect the ravine and its creek to Lake Michigan in 2015. Pipes and invasive species were removed, along with more than 1,000 dead ash trees. Around 100,000 plants have been added to the slopes of the reserve, which is scheduled to open this fall.

At the same time, London – the reserve’s project manager – helped design a trail system. Aside from a 60-foot staircase that leads down to Lake Michigan, the major trails are fully handicapped accessible.

Ryan London hopes to communicate with the multitude of new residents who have moved to Lake Forest since the pandemic about LFOLA.

“The value of nature is so important for physical and mental health that we want everyone to have access to it,” he said. London noted an initiative this fall to procure an electric wheelchair that can go anywhere on the LFOLA trails.

The new chairman – who lives in Lake Forest with his wife, Jill – is looking forward to the big autumn fundraiser, Bagpipes & Bonfire, which is due to take place on Sunday, September 25 at Middlefork Farm Nature Reserve.

“I can’t think of a better way to spend a fall afternoon seeing how beautiful these preserves are,” London said. “Last year it was a guessing game with the state about whether we would be allowed to get together. This year we will continue the theme of making it more accessible and bringing back classic entertainment and family favorites. »

Events like Bagpipes & Bonfire are crucial to enabling 55-year-old Lake Forest Open Lands to purchase, restore and maintain land – as well as eradicate relentless invasive species such as buckthorn – as it does not receive any local tax. Aside from the fall party – which includes everything from Highland dancers to muscle men trying to knock over 25ft logs – LFOLA has more than 1,100 members who pay a minimum of $65 a year to support its preserves , which off the footpaths and cross-country ski trails include grasslands and savannahs, which are home to blazing stars and prairie bobolinks.

LFOLA’s Hafner Meadow is a beautiful stretch of land just steps from the busy Green Bay Road – but visible only to hikers and a few residents with homes nearby.

One of London’s priorities is to expand community engagement in land conservation.

“We’re going to look at how we engage with people,” he said. “Gregory Bateson said, ‘The major problems of the world are the result of the difference between the way nature works and the way people think.’ This sums up an opportunity for conservation groups to deliver this message.

“A big challenge now is that there are a lot of new residents who have moved into our community over the past three years. We need to let them know who we are, what we do and why we do it. Communication and engagement are things we are always working on.

As he reflected on his role, London shared a story that highlights LFOLA’s impact in our community.

“I had someone contact me a few weeks into my transition into this role following cancer treatment and wanted to let us know how much she appreciated having this open space to relax. and change the ideas she was confronted with.

“It’s pretty incredible to think about. We always talk about the science behind what we do, but someone’s ability to heal and renew at such a difficult time makes me want to come into the office every day.

David AF Sweet, columnist at Unsung Gems, is the author of Three Seconds in Munich. He can be reached at [email protected]. This piece first appeared in Lake Forest Love.

Club Team News: Talented Georgia-based 18U team joins Texas Bombers organization

The former 18U East Cobb Bullets-Stephens team will now compete under the Texas Bombers banner.

For the second time this year, a top Georgia-based travel ball team announced that it has aligned itself with the Texas Bomber organization led by Scott Smith.

Coaches Richard Johnson and Dana Stephens

In April, national championship winning coach patrick lewiswho was previously part of the Georgia Impact program, moved to the Bombers. Click here to read this story.

In this case, as in Lewis’s, it was an 18U team making the move to the Bombers as the East Cobb Bullets 18U team Stephens – led by Head Coach Dana Stephens with Associate Head Coach and Director of Recruiting Richard Johnson— formalized the transition.

“We are excited to take the next big steps in our softball coaching journey,” begins Coach Stephens. “As the world of travel softball continues to evolve, we want to be positioned to do all we can to support our players and our families. We believe the Texas Bombers organization allows us to be prepared for the ever-changing landscape of our game.”

Coach Stephens’ team says he appreciates his time with the Bullets.

“We appreciate the EC Bullets organization for the many great years and the chance to represent our players in this competitive world of travel softball,” he continued. “Special thanks to Coach Greg Schnute for their strong support over the years. Our players have had great success earning their place to play at the college level. »

Coaches Stephens and Johnson say they take great pride in emphasizing player development and helping their athletes be recruited into college programs that suit them academically, athletically and socially.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to be a Bomber and be able to offer our players the great resources of the Bombers organization. We focus on player development. That’s what we do,” says Stephens.

“The Bombers are on the cutting edge of data analysis, which will help take this development to the next level. Their commitment to empowering student-athletes and their families is impeccable. We’re excited to represent that here in Georgia and the Southeast. We would like to thank Coaches Smith and Lewis for this opportunity!

Current team stars include (lr) Sanam Shaikh (Delaware State), Nazari Jackson (Morehead State), Britney Phally (Delaware State), Bella O’Connor (Palm Beach Atlantic) and Maya Montague (State of Georgia).

Coach Stephens and Coach Johnson have over 20 years of combined experience as coaches in the field of travel softball. Stephens also coached for four years at the high school level and added former D1 collegiate players Veronique Burse (FAMU) and Dorian Edwards (Alabama A&M) to their staff.

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Over the past three seasons, they have helped over 35 athletes develop and find their form at the collegiate level.

Top prospects to watch on the team include the 2024 class outfielder Morgan Willinghamlauncher Hudson of Athens and pitcher Janea Hudsonalongside the 2023 class of talented players, including Karly Casey (uncommitted), Peyton Nicholson (State of Georgia), Kendall Smiley (State of Alabama), mariyah brown (State of Tennessee) Shelby Edwards(State of Alabama), Alora Bevily (Alabama State) and one of Georgia’s top pitchers Makayla Stephens.

Coach Johnson adds:

“I’m very excited to join the Bombers organization as I believe it will allow us to continue to help our players and their families navigate the recruiting process while helping them find the program that fits their needs. better to their needs”. I am convinced that the Bombers’ excellent reputation and their higher ranking in the national team will be very beneficial for our players and our families.

“It’s exciting to see how the Bombers have embraced all the changes that are happening in the world of softball and to be a part of those changes” Having had players drafted from programs like Middle Tennessee State, UAB, University of Chicago , Georgia State, Delaware State, Alabama State and a host of others, it’s important to be with a very progressive club.

“We look forward to what the future holds!” adds Coach Johnson.

Dispute between Nationals Park and DC could threaten concerts and other events


The district is playing hardball in a dispute with the owner of Nationals Park, threatening to close the stadium if Events DC fails to develop the commercial and retail space it promised before the stadium opened in 2008.

As part of its original deal with the city, Events DC had committed to building 46,000 square feet of commercial and retail space around Nats Park, located along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard neighborhood. . But the company – arguing that the “extremely unique circumstances” of the pandemic and other business factors made those initial plans unworkable – is now seeking to be released from that responsibility.

If no agreement is reached, the dispute could threaten games, concerts and other events scheduled at the ballpark.

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Instead of the original development, Events DC proposed to complete a significantly smaller 17,000 square foot structure that is already attached to the ballpark at First Street SE and Potomac Avenue SE as retail space only.

“Events DC and the Washington Nationals look forward to moving forward with the construction of existing retail space and providing more options for the now vibrant Capitol Riverfront community,” wrote the DC Events spokesperson Christy Goodman in an email.

At the heart of the heist is a routine document that businesses must have in order to operate. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, in a move increasing pressure on Events DC to continue with its promised development, said it would not renew the temporary occupancy certificate the ballpark has been using ever since. on opening day in March 2008.

That certificate is set to expire Sept. 30, according to the Washington Business Journal, which first reported the snafu. The Nationals’ final home game of the season is scheduled for Oct. 2.

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DCRA spokesman Daniel Weaver said a statement from the agency was forthcoming.

The Nationals did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The dispute comes at the end of a discouraging season for the Nationals and amid growing uncertainty about the real estate market. Earlier this year, three seasons removed from a triumphant World Series title, the Lerner family put the team up for sale, saying they hoped to receive initial offers before the final regular season outing. At least five interested parties, including a mortgage magnate and a South Korean billionaire, have considered a purchase, The Post reported last month.

But Events DC, a company that bills itself as “the premier host of conventions, entertainment, sporting and cultural events in the nation’s capital,” owns Nationals Park itself, in addition to city landmarks such as the Walter E.Washington Convention Center. and RFK Stadium. The $611 million ballpark welcomed baseball to the district with a landslide victory on March 30, 2008.

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In its public filings with the DC Zoning Commission, Events DC asked to be released from the agreement it entered into prior to its debut to build the 46,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. He said reducing his previous engagement on development appears to be the only way to resolve the impasse with the DCRA and obtain a permanent certificate of occupancy.

If the commission agreed, the company said, it would also obtain planning permission for the project within six months of the decision. In the meantime, he would ask for yet another extension of the temporary occupancy certificate.

The company’s vision for the 17,000 square feet of retail space is itself scaled down from a larger design it submitted in August 2019. At the time, the vision included 35,000 additional square feet as part of a destination for restaurants, commercial spaces and sports. The project has received DC Council approval and a commitment from Events DC of $3.6 million, according to Events DC’s filing with the zoning commission.

But then covid-19 hit, and so did the difficulties in aligning public funding. The double impact, according to the filing, also put that vision on hold.

‘Progress’ celebration planned for downtown Naperville; DuPage County Board approves $5 million for food pantries; Pelican Watch event planned at Four Rivers Center – Chicago Tribune


A Progress in Progress celebration in downtown Naperville will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, featuring live music, a stilt walker, face painting and other entertainment.

Sponsored by the Downtown Naperville Alliance, the event will celebrate the impending completion of several construction projects intended to support pedestrian mobility, accessibility, infrastructure and safety.

Downtown work included road reconstruction, streetscape work, and utility and pavement improvements for Jefferson Avenue between Main and Webster Streets as well as Main Street between Jackson and Jefferson Avenues .

The family event includes free activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jefferson Avenue, such as a princess story, face painting, balloon artist, cartoonist and magician.

From 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a stilt walker and juggler, and the band Motown Nature will perform on the Riverwalk lot. Allegory’s $5 food truck will sell food in the Dean’s Clothing lot on Main Street.

For a calendar of events, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.

A $5 million allocation for food pantries was approved this week by DuPage County Council.

Allocations include $1.75 million to the Northern Illinois Food Bank to purchase fresh produce, diapers, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies for DuPage County pantries.

The county also allocated $1 million to Northern Illinois Food Bank’s 46 partner agencies in DuPage County and $2.25 million for investments in distribution infrastructure, such as refrigerated vehicles, center facilities distribution, technology upgrades or future grant opportunities, according to a county news release. .

The program is funded through the US Federal Bailout Act to help pull the country out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The law provided DuPage County with more than $179 million for recovery efforts.

The county said in a news release that council members have received requests from local pantries citing an increase in customers needing food and a decrease in donations from food vendors.

The annual Pelican Watch will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at the Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in the Will County Forest Preserve District in Channahon.

American white pelicans flock to the area during spring and fall migrations, drawn to the area where the DuPage, Des Plaines, and Kankakee rivers join to form the Illinois River.

Pelican Watch will include guided hikes, family activities and a live pelican presentation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event will also feature a brand new interactive exhibit gallery.

Attendees can experience a 2,000 gallon aquarium filled with river fish, mussel exhibit, stream table, watershed sandbox, oversized outdoor bird feeder and birdbath and more. Lil’ Deb’s Mobile Eats will be selling food.

For more information, visit www.reconnectwithnature.org.

Maintenance work at the Central Parking Facility, 75 E. Chicago Ave., will require the top floor to close beginning Monday, September 19.

The improvements are expected to be complete by the end of the day on Friday, September 23, when the floor will reopen to drivers.

The work is part of the downtown parking lot maintenance program, city officials said. The upper level of the car park will be closed during the works.

J. Gill and Company will be carrying out traffic siding and sealant repairs and touch-up work to the upper level of the garage to prevent water from leaking to the lower decks.

For more information on parking, go to www.naperville.il.us/downtownparking.

Proposal seeks to save Bell Bowl Prairie from airport project


The battle to save the former Bell Bowl Meadow in Rockford – home to the endangered Rusty Bumblebee – has included everything from foot-long cutouts of yellow and black bees stuck to the door of Gold’s mansion Coast of Governor JB Pritzker at federal trial.

Henceforth, ecologists, organized under the banner Save Bell Bowl Prairiemake an offer they hope their opponents can’t refuse.

They want Chicago Rockford International Airport, which plans to drive a road through the heart of the prairie, to redesign a $50 million expansion project, relocating the road and preserving a high-quality supply ground for the prominent bumblebee.

The airport should benefit, say environmentalists, because the Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin of Illinois agreed to support a redesign payment claim with federal appropriations funds. But federal money isn’t guaranteed, according to Kerry Leigh, environmental coalition leader and executive director of the Natural Land Institute. And the airport should apply.

Still, she says, the upside potential is exciting.

“It’s a huge win-win – for the airport and for us,” Leigh said. “Everyone gets what they want.”

Rockford Airport officials declined to comment.

The airport, which owns the 14 acres of Bell Bowl Prairie, has agreed not to do any construction there until Oct. 15, according to Amy Doll, director of Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves. The airport also agreed to wait for state and federal assessments of the effects on endangered species, none of which have been completed.

In other recent developments, U.S. District Judge Iain Johnston dismissed a lawsuit from the Natural Land Institute on August 31, according to environmentalists. The judge ruled that the prairie was not in immediate danger and that the court lacked jurisdiction, according to a statement from attorneys for the Nature Land Institute.

The lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, the environmentalists said, meaning they are free to file another lawsuit if the prairie faces a more immediate threat.

The $50 million cargo expansion project is expected to generate 600 permanent jobs, according to the airport’s website. The expansion includes a 90,000 square foot international cargo center, a 100,000 square foot international cargo facility, a new aircraft ramp and a new route for trucks entering and exiting the facility.

Environmentalists have long argued there’s a way to meet the airport’s needs without damaging the 5-acre heart of Bell Bowl – one of the last places in Illinois where prairie exists much as it did. is 8,000 years old, and a feeding ground for the federally endangered Rusty-patched Bumblebee.

But in recent months, environmentalists have refined that argument.

In July, they received the results of engineer’s reportcarried out by Geosyntec Consultants in Oak Brook.

The report found that by combining the alternatives presented in an earlier government assessment of the airport expansion, the airport could avoid disturbance to the 5 acres of pristine grassland and minimize disturbance to the entire grassland of 14 acres. The report suggested moving a 1 million square foot freight building east, away from the most valuable section of the prairie, and moving to a roadside location to the east or southeast.

The report noted potential objections, including a higher rate of accidents expected under the proposed redesign, but suggested possible solutions such as a lower speed limit or innovative de-icing techniques.

In addition to the rusty bumblebee, other endangered species have been spotted in Bell Bowl Prairie or on the airport grounds, including Franklin’s ground squirrel, large-flowered penstemon, cat’s claw, false dandelion prairies, black-billed cuckoo, hen harrier. , the Loggerhead Shrike and the Upland Sandpiper.

During the year-long debate over the fate of the prairie, environmentalists and their supporters have launched protests and reached out to lawmakers. High school students in Pontiac, Illinois started a Bell Bowl Prairie project. At a recent tree planting in southeast Chicago, a neighborhood activist showed up with a hand-painted “Save the Bell Bowl Prairie” sign.

“There are people who care all over the state,” Doll said.

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She expressed frustration that the airport refused to pursue mediation or discuss possible solutions directly with environmentalists. She also complained about the lack of public meetings on the subject.

“That’s not how democracy works,” Doll said. “Our elected and elected officials have an obligation to make transparent and open decisions.”

Leigh said she’s very excited about the proposed “win-win” approach, in which the airport would seek federal funding for an overhaul that protects the prairie heartland.

“It’s the carrot,” she said. The stick is that the Natural Land Institute is ready to file another lawsuit calling for a halt to construction.

“We’re ready to hold this for a long time,” Leigh said. “And it just seems like a good idea to bring that money into Rockford, do the overhaul and move the project forward.”

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Green Bay organization helps students continue their education


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — In the United States, one of the ways to realize the American Dream is through higher education. This could mean graduating from a four- or two-year college or trade school.

Experts say that over their lifetime, college graduates make more money than non-graduates.

Yet the price of college education in the United States has become more expensive, out of reach for some.

Despite this, some Hispanic families push their children to pursue higher education in order to earn money and have a better quality of life.

In Green Bay, the College Ready organization has helped countless Hispanic students and their families realize that American dream.

Eduardo Vera Bautista, a freshman at St. Norbert College, is one example.

The 18-year-old’s journey to this campus began in Mexico.

At the age of one, Vera Bautista says he came to the United States but then left due to problems with his visa. At age 12, he finally returned after becoming a permanent resident.

“How my traditions and my families work, they really come from a hardworking background,” Vera Bautista said. “My grandfather used to say he made his first house out of mud, so it was really from scratch.”

What helped him get to St. Norbert was College Ready. The nonprofit organization helps students of all demographics with scholarships and financial aid. It also assists them in the college application process.

College Ready partners with public schools in the Green Bay area to recruit students for its New Scholars program from college. Those who enroll come from financially disadvantaged backgrounds and/or are the first members of their family to attend university.

Many of the current participants are Hispanic.

“These parents and families, they work hard. Many of them have two or three jobs to support their families, to make ends meet, and they want something better for their students or their children in the future,” said Brent Roubal, Executive Director of College Ready.

Carmen Vos is the New Scholars Program Director at College Ready and assists with student recruitment.

“There is so much discussion, and needed discussion, about mental health and community involvement, and more than just pay. So we want to make sure we work individually and advise the student and family on long-term goals,” Vos said.

On Tuesday, new students from Preble High School were welcomed as they shook up their summer vacation. One of their assignments was to write essays, an exercise to prepare them for university applications.

“We know that students who graduate from college over time have a better quality of life,” Vos said.

Lisandra Rivas, a sophomore at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, recalls her time at College Ready.

“It helped me a lot to treat middle school and high school like it was college. Basically, teaching me how to stay organized, how to manage time,” Rivas said.

College Ready also helped her entire family.

“They always went to monthly College Ready meetings because they wanted to learn on their own. And eventually they even went to college themselves learning from College Ready, so that helped us a lot. Not just me, but my family,” Rivas said.

As for Vera Bautista, he hopes to study accounting and start his own business. Big goals that sometimes make him anxious, but then he thinks back to how his own family overcame adversity through hard work.

“It was just this leap of faith of saying to myself, ‘I’m going to try college and I’m really going to see if I like it or not. It’s okay.’ I know college isn’t for everyone, but I definitely think college is for me,” he said.

For more information on College Ready and its New Scholars program, here is a link to their website: https://collegereadywi.org/#

Serving a Senior Center Update: Meeting to Show Design, Answer Questions | Local News


TRAVERSE CITY — Conceptual designs for a new senior center in Traverse City are nearing finality, and planners are inviting the public to take another look.

City Mayor Richard Lewis and Michelle Krumm, Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network Manager, will be at the senior center Friday from 1 to 2 p.m., according to a statement. They will join Ray Kendra, principal of Environment Architects and lead architect on the project, to review plans for the long-awaited project.

This is an opportunity to show off some minor design changes before city and county leaders formally review the plans, City Manager Marty Colburn said. These changes include moveable walls to convert classroom space into larger rooms and the use of permeable bricks in the parking lot to reduce stormwater runoff.

Lewis said the building’s overall footprint hasn’t changed — an L-shaped one-story building with space for dining, events and more, according to previous designs. Everything is planned for a municipal park on Barlow and East Front streets, on the same site as the existing and obsolete building.

Some minor changes will allow the senior center to meet changing needs in the years to come, Lewis said.

“So far the consensus with staff in all discussions is, listen, we don’t know what 20 years from now will be, and you might not need it now, but you might. need in 10 years, we don’t know,” he said.

Better to build some features during construction than to try to rework an existing building later, Lewis added.

The public can also give feedback and ask questions, according to the statement.

Krumm said Friday’s update is one that many senior center members and others are looking forward to.

“We’re really excited to move forward on this project because obviously it’s taken some time and we’re ready to give an update to the community,” she said.

Jim Carruthers, former mayor of the town and president of the Friends of the Senior Center, said he requested the meeting so members of the nonprofit and others would know the plan is still moving forward.

He wants to know what the next steps are, like when the project will go to tender, when it should be finished and how much it will actually cost.

“I think that’s what a lot of people want to know, that’s what to expect,” he said.

The meeting is the latest step forward since county leaders agreed in July to continue cooperation with city commissioners to rebuild the city-owned and county-operated senior center. This followed news that the latest state budget provided $7 million for a project that had been in the works for more than 20 years.

The request for a new building to replace what was once a picnic pavilion encountered several obstacles, including when city and county leaders could not agree on how to fund its replacement. County and city leaders were unable to agree on a countywide mileage request in August 2020, but efforts between the two governments did not stop there.

A handful of state lawmakers led by State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, supported adding the appropriation to the 2022-23 budget to move the project forward. The same budget, which Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law in July after it passed with bipartisan support, includes money for other local projects.

Colburn said city commissioners would review the concept plans at their September 26 planning commission and county commissioners would do the same soon after.

Construction on the new building could begin in 2023, Colburn said. But there is still work to be done, including the completion of plans and other design work over the coming winter. Plans are to keep the existing building in place for as long as possible

“Hopefully we’ll do some work on the site plan first, so demolishing the old building wouldn’t be the first act,” he said.

Determining funding is another step. Krumm said voters will have the option of renewing an operating mile that funds the entire network of senior centers, including Traverse City.

As for the building, Krumm said its price could fall within what the city, county and state have already lined up — Lewis asked for $250,000 from the city’s share of the money of the American Rescue Plan Act to match what Grand Traverse County has agreed to commit to, Lewis said. .

Respondents to a recent county survey resoundingly supported dedicating a portion of Grand Traverse County’s more than $18 million ARPA funding to a new senior center, as previously reported.

It’s unclear if the project will require more than $17.5 million and how to fill the gap if it does, Lewis said.

“I know the county and the city are considering that possibility, but we just don’t know at this point,” he said.

Friends of the Senior Center member and co-founder Robert Steadman was still “terrifyingly thrilled” to hear the project was moving forward with the help of state lawmakers. He will be at Friday’s meeting with other members of the nonprofit who have been pushing for a new senior center building, and he thinks plans are headed in the right direction.

“I’m really interested in the update because I know Mayor Lewis and the townspeople have been working on it, so I’m very interested in how we’re doing,” he said.

West End News September 14, 2022 – Times News Online


Like its name, Burnt Toast presents an enigma of basic goodness weighed down by missed marks | food drink


The Mess ScramBowl, made with yellow curry, goes wonderfully well.

It’s a big risk to name your restaurant after something most people don’t want to eat.

But owner Phil Duhon isn’t most people. The longtime owner of Oscar’s Oyster Bar has often shown a somewhat contrarian nature as he adapts his business over the past two decades. Oscar’s unfortunate renaming to Phil’s Midtown Grill in 2019 followed by Oscar’s rebirth in this former Brewer’s Republic location in mid-2021. That incarnation fizzled out within a year, giving way to this daytime business (with the partnership including the well-established downtown Guadagnoli family).

Burnt Toast enters the breakfast and lunch fray with new ideas – like a huge selection of mocktails that join regular liquor options – some old standards and a fabulous location with covered seating on the roof, if you’re lucky enough to hang it. I walk into the cheerful, colorful restaurant on a Saturday morning at 9am, and I’m told to sit anywhere. There are high tables, coffee tables, bar seating, a front patio and said shaded roof. I opt for a table inside to soak up the atmosphere of the place.

The atmosphere is very relaxed, with a kind of “morning after a late night”. The service is friendly if not particularly fast. Staff feel like standing behind the bar means customers can’t hear them complaining about the bar setup and their colleagues. We order coffee – which is sufficient – and I’m disappointed to hear there are no hot tea options. I order iced tea instead, but it tastes like yesterday’s batch.

Luckily, the tide is turning with a Bienvenidos Burrito that combines all the breakfast essentials in a very satisfying way. The tangy mixture of scrambled eggs, home fries, cheese, peppers, onions and chorizo, wrapped in a flour tortilla, is divided and placed on a pool of peppery green chili and speckled with tomato. A drizzle of cream on top, a little lactic love, counteracts the moderate heat. (Note: I asked if the green chili was vegetarian, and the answer was “there’s no meat in it.” Do with it what you want.)

Next to catch my eye are the Scram-Bowls, all served on a bed of homemade fries. One named The Mess doesn’t sound appetizing, but the flavor turns out amazing. If you think you don’t need yellow curry in your breakfast, you’re in for a delicious surprise. Scrambled eggs and sausage (in this case, easy-to-replace vegan sausage) are combined with yellow curry, sautéed onions and peppers (including poblanos), and shredded cheddar cheese. The dish carries a slight kick, but the sliced ​​avocado on top sweetens it up. (Note: In addition to the vegetarian/vegan products listed above, gluten-free options are available and organic free-range eggs.)

I’m a sucker for a “flight” of anything, so naturally I order the French Toast Flight. The toppings are quite tasty, although the bread element hasn’t been dipped in the egg long enough, resulting in a fairly dry base without the custardy luxury one expects from French toast. Strawberry Fields comes with a nice cream cheese schmear, fresh strawberry jams and some freshly sliced ​​strawberries. The Elvis has a peanut butter schmear, topped with toasted pecans, crispy, crumbled bacon bits and a single slice of banana per piece. A good dish, but more banana would have made it better. The apple cinnamon carries a few sautéed caramel apple slices, but again the filling seemed skimpy.

Wanting to retest the waters, I come home at 11 a.m. on a weekday. What a difference. The place is buzzing, the service is super fast, attentive and friendly, the atmosphere is so energetic it feels like a completely different place. My Smothered Burger is served on a slice of toasted brioche bread, far superior to weekend French toast. The burger has the flavors of a good Pueblo Slopper, with meatless spicy green chili, melted cheddar and crispy tortilla strips. As good as the burger is, the Sidewinder fries steal the show; some of the best fries I have ever had. Spiral cut, they are perfectly crispy on the outside and full of chewy potatoes on the inside.


Strawberry Fields shares this plate with The Elvis.

From that high rating, I’m not sure what to say about the breakfast poutine. There’s nothing in there that inherently says “breakfast”, or even vaguely a poutine. These are homemade fries topped with sautéed poblanos, green chili, and a sprinkle of grated cheese on top. No cheese curds. No chunks, beads or balls of cheese. Just a little pinch on top. Don’t get me wrong, it’s delicious as a side dish, but it’s definitely not poutine of any kind.

Please note: Between the times I have eaten at Burnt Toast and the time this review went to print, the menu has been updated. Small changes seem to have been made to the French toast selections, and the burger is no longer listed as being served on toast. If you really need to know before you go, check the Burnt Toast website for the latest version of their menu.

Will small changes contribute to greater success? They will definitely be better off if the early weekend shift performs service on the level of the weekday lunch shift that I have witnessed. And if the menu changes, it can bring the lackluster dishes up to the quality of the best I’ve experienced here. Burnt Toast will either work as an irreverent name for what could be Duhon’s next long legacy, Downtown, or as a take on a concept out of time, place, or both.

Organization takes four-pronged approach to relocating homeless – NBC Los Angeles


Allowing individuals to have their pets with them is not something you see at every Los Angeles homeless shelter. An organization is taking a four-pronged approach to relocating the homeless.

“In the shelter system, they can’t do these things,” said Wanda Williams, director of interim housing at Urban Alchemy.

Williams is the interim housing director for the nonprofit organization that provides outreach services to two small residence villages and a secure campground in the city of Los Angeles. All three sites aim to allow homeless pets to stay with residents.

“It’s important because sometimes people get lost in the shelter system,” Williams said. “These pets sometimes provide emotional support to a lot of people.”

NBC4 first met Eric Lawry alive in his van near Echo Park in March. At the time, he was still addicted to drugs.

“It’s a long story because of drugs, but since I’ve been here I’ve been able to stay sober,” Lawry said.

These days, Lawry takes care of his dog PoPo and finds a reason to stay on the healing path.

“It helped me get my self-esteem back. You lose that, you lose everything,” Lawry said.

Dee Washington has been in one of these small villages for six months. When he lost his mom, he found a little dog who helped him.

“He’s just keeping me company man, this is my baby here,” Washington said.

Even the dog’s name is a daily reminder to fight for its future off the streets.

“Rocky Balboa, I just liked him, from the fighter, the prize fighter,” Washington said.

Other temporary accommodations such as pallet shelters may soon come online. Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 971 earlier this month which aims to improve the supply of affordable rental housing that allows people with their pets.



All are invited to celebrate marine conservation at REEF Fest October 13-16, 2022 in Key Largo. Hosted by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, this annual event features ocean education seminars, social gatherings, diving, snorkeling and kayaking.

Seminars and most social events are free and open to the public, although online pre-registration is required. More information at www.REEF.org/REEFfest.


Free educational seminars will be held Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 at the Murray Nelson Government Center in Key Largo. Guest speakers include scientists, underwater photographers and more. The list of speakers for this year’s seminar includes:

• Chris Stallings, Associate Professor, University of South Florida, who will discuss the history and importance of the goliath grouper in Florida.

• Andrea Grover, Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, who will discuss how citizen science can support climate resilience.

• Ben Titus, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama and Senior Marine Scientist, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, who will explain how the clownfish-sea anemone symbiosis and citizen science are linked.

This year’s keynote speaker is Richard Smith, an award-winning British underwater photographer, author and marine conservationist. Smith will sign his book, “The World Beneath: The Life and Times of Unknown Sea Creatures and Coral Reefs, before Saturday’s opening seminar. More information at www.REEF.org/REEFfest/seminars.

Social events

Visit the oldest building in the Upper Keys during the REEF Fest Open House, held at the REEF Campus (MM 98.3 in the median) on Thursday, October 13 from 4-7 p.m. Light snacks, plus wine and local Florida Keys craft beer. Brewing Company, will be available. The open day is free and open to the public.

Mingle with friends over sandwiches, snacks and drinks at the REEF Fest Happy Hour Social, taking place Friday, October 14 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Murray Nelson Government Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“For the Love of the Sea,” REEF Fest’s annual celebration dinner, will take place on Saturday, October 15 from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy food, drink, and a beautiful sunset over Florida Bay waters, plus live music and a silent auction to benefit REEF’s marine conservation programs. An open bar with local craft beer from the Florida Keys Brewing Company, as well as wine, spirits, and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages are also included. Tickets are available online for $100 per person.

Diving, snorkeling, kayaking and conservation activities

From coral reefs to mangrove trails, REEF Fest is the perfect opportunity to explore the marine environments of the Florida Keys. Local operators including Key Dives, Quiescence Diving Services, Amoray Dive Center and Florida Bay Outfitters are offering special REEF Fest eco-excursions on the mornings of Thursday October 13, Friday October 14 and/or Saturday October 15. Diving, snorkeling and kayaking can be booked directly at www.REEF.org/REEFfest/diving.

On the morning of Sunday, October 16, attendees can join a guided walking tour of a nature trail at John Pennekamp State Park. After the tour, attendees can choose to take a scenic drive on US 1 to visit REEF community partners including the Coral Restoration Foundation, History of Diving Museum, and Florida Keys Wild Bird Center.

The event is supported by the First Horizon Foundation, the Florida Keys Brewing Company, A Movable Feast and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

“Climate Penalty” shouts the World Meteorological Organization in its latest bulletin on air quality and climate


The World Meteorological Organization has released its forecast for hotter, longer and increasing heat waves triggering wildfires creating a “climate penalty”.

“This is a taste of the future as we expect a further increase in the frequency, intensity and duration of heat waves, which could lead to even worse air quality. , a phenomenon known as the “climate penalty”, said the WMO secretary-general. Petteri Taalas in a statement.

On the same day, the United Nations updated its resolution “The Air We Share” on the International Clean Air Day for blue skies, September 7. The first punch took a look at climate change trends and paired them with some stunning statistics.

Weather, air pollution and health

“It seems that with every heat wave, we get the negative air quality effects that come with it. But basically the fact is that about seven million people die every year from air-related illnesses. unhealthy,” said climate and sustainability strategy expert Paul Walsh. at FOX Weather. “And in fact, according to the UN Secretary-General, about nine out of ten people regularly breathe polluted air.”

Walsh, CEO of BreezoMeterthe company that monitors weather, air quality and their effects on humans then pointed to a recent study of the University of Southern California.

“The impact of heat waves is probably one of the deadliest weather elements we all have to deal with. And the probability of death during a single heat wave is about 6% higher than normal,” said said Walsh. “When you look only at high concentrations of air pollution, we see that there is about a 5% increase in the risk of death. But when you combine the two, the risk of death increases about four times for reach about 21%.


The WMO then considered the role of forest fires in air pollution in its second annual report Air Quality and Climate Bulletinwhich studies the intersection of air quality and climate change.

“As the globe warms, wildfires and associated air pollution are expected to increase,” Taalas said in a press release. “In addition to impacts on human health, this will also affect ecosystems as air pollutants are deposited from the atmosphere to the Earth’s surface.”


“We saw it during heat waves in Europe and China this year, when stable high atmospheric conditions, sunlight and low wind speeds were conducive to high pollution levels,” Taalas continued.

We need look no further than Seattle last weekend to see an example. A stable ridge of high pressure dominated the area, allowing tons of sunshine and above normal temperatures.


The National Weather Service (NWS) issued fire weather warnings and air quality alerts. On Sunday, fire crews were battling nearly 20 wildfires in Washington and Oregon alone, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

“Everyone should stay indoors,” the NWS wrote of the air alerts. “Avoid strenuous activity. Close windows and doors if it’s not too hot, set your air conditioner to recirculation, and use a HEPA air filter if possible.”

According to World Health Organization (WHO), wildfire smoke and smog are two of the very small particles that make up air pollution. Their size allows them to enter our bloodstream.


Why is air pollution so dangerous?

“[Air pollution is made up of] toxic particles which can be as small as a molecule. And with each breath, they break through the protective barriers of your lungs. There they trigger inflammation as your system desperately tries to fight back,” the WHO wrote in the presentation “How Air Pollution Affects Your Body.” “These tiny intruders penetrate even deeper into those defenses harboring toxic compounds, sowing the seeds of cancer.”

These particles also settle to the ground or are removed from the air by rain and snow. The WMO highlighted a few compounds that can acidify soil and water and harm plants and animals. Other compounds flow into water bodies and sometimes create algal blooms that deprive anything living in the water of oxygen, a dead zone.

the UN in their resolution, said that by 2050, the world could halve global crop losses from air pollutants if countries reduce methane emissions. This equates to savings of $4 billion to $33 billion.


Look forward…

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change modeled several scenarios based on humans reducing the production of greenhouse gases.

“The likelihood of catastrophic wildfires – such as those seen in central Chile in 2017, Australia in 2019 or the western United States in 2020 and 2021 – is likely to increase by 40-60% d ‘by the end of this century under a high emissions scenario, and 30-50% under a low emissions scenario,’ the authors of the UN WMO study wrote.

Forest fires also pump out large amounts of ozone. (Ozone on the surface is damaging while atmospheric ozone makes up the ozone layer.)

A NOAA A study found that forest fires emitted the same amount and in some areas up to 10 times more ozone than urban pollution. Researchers found smoke in areas thousands of miles from the actual fire.


While scientists in the WMO study indicate that the burning of fossil fuels is the main contributor to dangerous ozone at ground level, climate change and an increase in forest fires will increase the amount above ground.


“About one-fifth of this increase will be due to climate change, most likely achieved through increased heat waves, which amplify air pollution episodes,” the WMO authors wrote. “Therefore, heat waves, which are becoming more common due to climate change, are likely to continue to lead to degraded air quality.”

Patriot Day Ceremony scheduled for today at Orofino Municipal Park | North West


Vietnam national park to receive two Sarus cranes from Laos


By Ngoc Tai September 10, 2022 | 6:00 PM PT

A group of Sarus Cranes at Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Van Hung

Two Sarus cranes kept in a Lao zoo are said to be moved to a national park in Dong Thap province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

The cranes (Grus antigone sharpii), in their twenties and weighing five to six kilograms, are currently being bred at a zoo in Vientiane. Since the cranes are not healthy enough to survive in the wild, the zoo contacted the International Crane Foundation to find a place for them to live.

Tran Triet, a member of the foundation, had contacted the Dong Thap authorities to arrange for the cranes to be transported to Tram Chim National Park. The cranes are expected to arrive in November, he added.

“The cranes would be raised for the purpose of environmental education, not restocking,” Triet said, adding that the national park had built enclosures and trained staff to care for the cranes.

Tram Chim National Park, which covers 7,500 hectares, is a designated wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. It is a refuge for several species of birds, including the Sarus cranes, which have often migrated here from Cambodia between December and April.

According to the International Crane Foundation, there are approximately 15,000 to 20,000 Sarus cranes worldwide, with approximately 8,000 to 10,000 in India, Nepal and Pakistan. In mainland Southeast Asia (mainly in Vietnam and Cambodia), there are about 160 Sarus cranes, the foundation added.

The Sarus crane is listed as vulnerable according to the IUCN Red List.

Tribes seek to preserve natural soundscape in Bears Ears – The Durango Herald


Wells, uranium mining and recreation preoccupy tribal leaders

The ruins of “House on Fire” in Mule Canyon, near Blanding, Utah. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press file)

Sounds and vibrations give life and disturb it.

Walk through any city park and you’ll notice many are wearing headphones to cancel out the noise that disrupts modern urban existence. A stroll through the Albuquerque Bosque is as serene as the distance between the overpasses. Portable speakers are now common on hiking trails, promoting the disconnection of a truly natural soundscape.

That’s why the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition has defined protections for the pristine sounds created by nature, showing how the soundscape is tied to the culture of the five tribes and their very existence.

The coalition’s land management plan was released last week. It contains a history lesson on why Bears Ears National Monument is connected to the cultural identity practiced for thousands of years and still to this day by the peoples of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, Ute and Ute tribes Mountain.

It is the first proposal to be released since President Joe Biden issued a proclamation last October that preserves more than 1.36 million acres in southeastern Utah. The directive in place today comes from when President Donald Trump reduced the size of bear ears. The federal government must therefore authorize a new land management plan by March 2024.

The five tribes heard this and got to work. They fought for years to have a say, and now the collaborative approach between the federal government and the tribes on how to manage Bears Ears can include tribal ancestral history and ideas for protection through conservation of land and traditional education.

The goal is to build a truly collaborative land management team, according to the coalition’s report. This means hiring staff from all five tribes and ensuring that tribal voices remain a priority in future decisions. Within four years, the group wants to see the creation of a traditional knowledge institute that shares the ideas of each tribe and remains a hub for tribes to learn and teach about their cultural connection to Bears Ears.

“When I visit Bears Ears, I visit the ancestors. I leave an offering and reconnect with my ancestors,” Octavius ​​Seowtewa (Zuni) said. “This whole area is sacred to us – from a petroglyph to a site, from a source to a panorama, from the smallest rock to the mountains, they talk, they talk with us.”

Which brings us back to noise.

The coalition’s plan calls for the creation of a hearing department that can not only protect areas that have been untouched for decades, but act as a voice in the fight for strict rules on recreation and mining.

“From the Hopi perspective, sound and vibration give life, and it is through vibration that one can hear and connect with spirits,” the report states. “In Hopi ceremonies, sacred sounds are sung in order to connect with the spirits, and disruptive sounds sever the spiritual connection with the spirits.”

The Hopi consider winter to be “the quiet season” and will even adjust their wood gathering locations to reduce noise in their villages.

The five coalition tribes view Bears Ears “as a spiritual place and therefore appreciate the need for peace and quiet.”

Protections for sites and structures designated for traditional practices will be designed in accordance with federal regulations that protect Native American cultural heritage, the report said.

Although there are no active oil and gas wells in Bears Ears National Monument today, there are still over 200 inactive wells. The Five Tribes are concerned that any further extraction will harm air quality, and that “the sound and vibration caused by pumping or fracking oil and gas will harm all life forms and diminish other aspects of the natural environment and ecosystems”.

The report says uranium is abundant in Bears Ears and the surrounding area, calculating over 2,500 square kilometers of potential uranium sites within the national monument. The tribes fear not only the impact of uranium mining on the areas inside the monument, but also the community impacts that have already caused cancer and damage to plants and wildlife in their communities.

“The nearby White Mesa community of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is particularly concerned about its groundwater resources and air quality contamination with the transportation and dusting of uranium ore through monumental roads,” says The report.

Finally, the tribes want responsible recreation within the national monument. They argue that people are creating new roads and trails that damage ancestral sites. Water resources are misused or polluted.

“Music, conversation, shouting, driving and human presence will have impacts on soundscape and field of vision,” the report states.

This goes against Biden’s order that says Bears Ears is full of new outdoor recreation opportunities, but the tribes argue that the climbing and camping sites that already exist at the monument are causing problems, such as “damage to ancestral sites, vandalism and pollution of the environment by garbage and human waste.

They say ATVs aren’t just noisy, riders carve new trails and can better access sites that shouldn’t be disturbed, and provide remoteness that can lead people to steal ancestral artifacts.

The land management plan strengthens the connection between tribal peoples and the natural environment, said Navajo Nation Representative Hank Stevens (Dinè).

“Our culture is built on accessibility to the Bears Ears region,” he said. “What we envision is reconnecting with our indigenous lands and finding ways to incorporate our worldview into the management of our native lands. Having our say in the management of this region brings us closer to our ancestors.

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Local Drug Organization Takedown Officer of the Year


LEFT TO RIGHT: LR: Officer Gaspar, Mayor Roth, Officer Nahale, Officer Won (photo courtesy of Hawaii Police Department)

  • Officer Justin Gaspar was named “2022 Police Officer of the Year” by the Kona Crime Prevention Committee on Thursday, August 25.
  • According to the police, Officer Gaspar was able to dismantle a local drug distribution organization, which was supplied by a Mexican cartel. He recovered 5 pounds of methamphetamine, over 7,000 fentanyl tablets and one kilogram of pure powdered fentanyl, all with a street value of over $1,000,000.

From the Hawaii Police Department:

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee named its “2022 Police Officer of the Year” on Thursday, August 25. This year, the honor went to Officer Justin Gaspar, who was named Officer of the Month for March 2022.

On November 1, 2021, Officer Gaspar of the Area II Vice Section initiated a narcotics investigation beginning with a vehicle interdiction that escalated into a major narcotics investigation. By developing and exploiting cooperating informants and defendants, working closely with his peers, internal experts and external agencies, Officer Gaspar was able to dismantle a local drug distribution organization, which was being supplied by a cartel Mexican. During his investigation, Constable Gaspar wrote over nine search warrants, which resulted in the recovery of 5 pounds of methamphetamine, over 7,000 fentanyl tablets and one kilogram of pure powdered fentanyl, all worth merchant over $1,000,000.

Officer Gaspar’s investigation identified a Big Island drug trafficking organization and prevented a large amount of narcotics from entering our island. The investigation resulted in the arrest of one of our island’s main narcotics suppliers and the cutting off of several other narcotics distributors. Additionally, through this investigation, Constable Gaspar was able to work with the Youth Aid Section to help identify a suspect in a child death.

A 12-year veteran of the department, Officer Gaspar is also a K9 handler and works with narcotic dog Boyke. Dedicated to narcotics recovery and the betterment of the Big Island community, Officer Gaspar strives to ensure that the Big Island is a safe place to live, visit and do business.

2020 Officer of the Year Wyatt Nahale and 2021 Officer of the Year Elijah Won were also honored at the recognition ceremony. Although both of these officers have already received their awards, neither has received the proper recognition due to the pandemic.

Each month, the Kona Crime Prevention Committee honors a Western Hawaii police officer as Officer of the Month. Officers are nominated by their supervisors in the various police districts and a winner is selected by the KCPC board. All officers selected for Officer of the Month are eligible to be selected as Kona Crime Prevention Committee Officer of the Year.

Clanton buys property for proposed hotel project – The Clanton Advertiser


Clanton to purchase property for proposed hotel project

Posted at 11:59 a.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022

By JOYANNA LOVE | Editor in Chief

The town of Clanton buys a property near Interstate 65, exit 205 in connection with a developer who brings a hotel to town.

We are located at 2000 Big M Boulevard where the Days Inn is currently located.

“We have a closing date,” Mayor Jeff Mims said during a Sept. 8 Clanton City Council business session. “I think the 15th of this month. They’ll shut that down, and then they’ll have a month to get out.

Clanton City Council approved a motion on July 11 to open a $5 million line of credit and authorize the purchase of real estate. Debt service will consist of interest-only payments for the first year, with principal and interest repaid over the following 48 months.

Mims said a deal is being drafted that could see hotel developer Mansa Hospitality LLC tear down the existing building on the site and then buy half the property from the city.

“Then the county and the city will give them a lodging tax to build this new hotel,” Mims said.

The Chilton County Commission has already approved a 3% lodging tax rebate for Mansa Hospitality LLC for up to $1 million or 10 years, whichever comes first.

The hotel franchise the developer would bring to town has yet to be determined.

Mims said there will also be open offers in the near future on properties the city is selling.

During the voting session on September 12, the annual budget for the next financial year will be examined. Mims said city staff worked on the budget for several weeks “trying to cut everything we could cut.”

“I think we pushed them as far as possible without making any serious cuts,” Mims said.

Council will also consider the purchase of textured surface paving stones for portions of the sidewalk. Mims explained that this helps blind people know when they are about to leave the sidewalk and cross the street. Mims said there were several left over from a construction job in Montevallo and he was going to sell them to the city for $100 each. Public Works Director Jeff Zissette said the usual price for the pavers is $180 each.

A deal to allow Cornerstone Flag Football to use the city’s park grounds and add the city as an additional insurer will also be considered.

During the Sept. 8 business session, Mims also gave the board updates on meetings he’s had with the secretary of commerce, the Alabama Department of Transportation and state lawmakers.

“Poplar Springs Road is still going to take a while to get going,” Mims said.

Changing an intersection at Lomax for safety reasons is also under consideration. Accident reports from recent years have been extracted and a traffic study will be conducted.

Grants are sought for a marker indicating that Clanton is the exact center of the state. The monument would be located in downtown Corner Park, if the grant is awarded.

The Band’s new halftime show preserves traditions and explores new ground – The Bark


On Friday evenings in the fall, under the glow of stadium lights, the members of the Bearden band take to the field to perform a carefully rehearsed and meticulously planned halftime show.

This year’s show is titled “Airplane,” and it shows a visual and auditory display of the nature of birds.

The group’s director, Ms. Megan Christian, helped the group investigate the concept for this year’s show.

“We started thinking, ‘Wow, what amazing life experiences birds have, and also what scary experiences birds have,'” Ms Christian said.

The “birds”, played by the band members, show individual and group behaviors in the show, much like the behaviors they would show in their real environment.

The beginning of the show depicts a storm entering the environment and shows how the birds react to the stimulus. All members eventually coalesce into a single collective unit, showing the contrast between individual and collective efforts.

Band members, including drum major Jackson Schriver, appreciated being able to present their artistic and musical perspectives on the subject.

“Some people want to run away from their situation,” Schriver said. “This [the show] gives us a lot of great ideas to think about artistic applications of what we do, which is just a super cool opportunity.

Rehearsals for the halftime show begin in late spring of the previous year, before classes end. The band collectively builds on their progress day by day through band camp, summer rehearsals and, eventually, after school rehearsals.

“It takes a long time, three or four months, to get everything up and running,” Schriver said. “We are really developing it as we go. We could put things in place, and we build on that over time.

These extensive rehearsals lead to the marching band competition season, which begins on September 24. Competitions are used to assess collective progress and provide members with an overall goal.

“The intent of the show is to provide students with a learning experience – learning to collaborate, learning to gain individual confidence and success, and relating to music,” Ms. Christian said.

Ms. Christian played a leadership role in setting up and teaching the halftime show, and she strives to ensure that each member is set up for success. Student leadership is prevalent in the marching band through the three drum majors – Schriver, Bryan Utomo and Mustafa Arkawazi. Drum majors, including Schriver, keep the band in daily progressive motion while motivating their peers during rehearsals.

“It can be tough because a lot of days, because we’re coming out of school and we don’t want to rehearse for two hours,” Schriver said. “But if you want to improve and you want to get to that point where artistically and competitively we can say we’re successful, we have to keep pushing.”

Managing different personalities and levels of commitment can be difficult, but the leadership of Ms. Christian and the drum majors helps connect all the members and moving parts to form a collective, complete halftime show.

“The Bearden Group has a heritage of being truly excellent at everything we do and has had fantastic leadership in the past,” Schriver said. “I think we really feel it’s our duty to expand that.”

Seniors Young and Fiala help Solon win tag team title at Tipton Invitational


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TIPTON Four years of varsity cross-country provided many learning opportunities for Mary Fiala.

One of the biggest lessons Fiala learned came last season in what she described as a disappointing junior season.

“Last year I realized that I couldn’t just compete and race,” Fiala explained. “I didn’t feel very good doing this and I realized I had to start taking care of my body a little better.”

Fiala was a member of the Solon State Meet qualifying teams as a rookie and sophomore, placing 54e and 45e individually in his first two seasons.

As a junior, Fiala was not one of seven Spartans to compete in the State 3A meet.
After some tweaks, Fiala is back in her place at the top of the pack for Solon, the top-ranked Class 3A this season.

Fiala continued a strong start to the season with a fourth-place finish at 49e Annual Tipton Invitational on Tuesday as Solon placed four riders in the top seven and won the team title with 30 points.

“Honestly, I did the same things as last year, but this year I’m taking better care of my body, eating healthier and drinking more water,” Fiala said. “I kind of thought I could get in there and race last year and this year I did some of those little things and it really helped me. Small differences make a big difference.

Fiala joined teammates Kayla Young, Gracie Federspiel and Anna Quillin in the top seven on Tuesday as Solon finished 26 points ahead of Class 2A No. 7 Tipton.

Regina finished third with 113 points.

Young took the individual title in 20:13 while Federspiel was fifth in 21:45 and Quillin was seventh in 21:55.

“Our team does such a good job of pushing each other,” Fiala said. “Being so good in recent years has really motivated us and knowing that we can do very well this year has really motivated me to help our team.”

Fiala figures to be a big part of the equation for the Spartans this season.

The senior has been Solon’s second runner-up, behind Young, in each of the first three meetings this season.

“She really pushed herself in the offseason and she really wants to be the best she can be,” Young said of Fiala. “It’s really inspiring and I hope she can achieve whatever goals she wants.”

Young continued his stellar start to the season on Tuesday as he pulled away from the field on a hot afternoon at Tipton City Park to claim the individual title by over 30 seconds over Cascade rookie Hallie Kelchen who finished second in 20:51. .

“It was hot but I didn’t think it was that bad today,” Young said. “It’s been similar to some of the other days and I think running in hot weather prepared us for today.”

Regina senior Mya Whitaker was eighth in 21:56 to lead the Regals while teammate Ruby Eastman was 21st in 23:29 and Ruby Greving was 27e in 24h48.

Invitation Tipton

At Tipton Municipal Park

Team scores – 1. Solon 30; 2. Tipton 56; 3. Regina 113; 4. Northeast 113; 5. Waterfall 117; 6. Anamosa 132; 7. DeWitt Center 196; 8.Bellevue 223; 9. Louisa-Muscatine 265

Individual leaders – 1. Kayla Young (SOL) 20:13; 2. Hallie Kelchen (CAS) 20:51; 3. Alivia Edens (TIP) 21:24; 4. Mary Fiala (SOL) 21:26; 5. Gracie Federspiel (SOL) 9:45 p.m.; 6. Cenady Soenksen (NE) 21:49; 7. Anna Quillin (SOL) 9:55 p.m.; 8. Mya Whitaker (ICR) 21:56; 9. Ava Remley (ANA) 21:57; 10. Laura Owen (TIP) 21:59; 11. Claire Montgomery (TIP) 21:59; 12. Faith Ketelsen (NE) 21:59; 13. Audra Coss (WIL) 22:03; 14. Hunter Jones (NC) 22:26; 15. Mara Duster (SOL) 22:29

Solo (30) – 1. Kayla Young 20:13; 4. Mary Fiala 21:26; 5. Gracie Federspiel 21:45; 7. Anna Quillin 21:55; 13.Mara Duster 22:29; 14. Lydia Hogan 22:31; 19. Sidney Dee 23:07

Regina (113) – 8. Mya Whitaker 21:56; 21.Ruby Eastman 23:29; 27. Ruby Greving 24:48; 28. Grace Gaarde 24:53; 29. Cate Klitgaard 25:01; 30. Faith Boileau 25:04; 32. Keira Sikels 25:19

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Flagship project Prompt for the Planet returns to Iowa City to inspire environmental change through art

In 2018, a UI senior chose to do her capstone project on environmental awareness through art. Five years later, a non-profit organization has formed and an inaugural poem later, Prompt for the Planet begins its second chapter.

What started as a capstone master project later grew into an Iowa City nonprofit dedicated to motivating environmental change.

Tricia Windschitl, co-founder and director of the Lessen, Empower, Notice, Act (LENA) project, decided it was time to reopen the project that started it all as Prompt for the Planet returns to Iowa City.

“Prompt for the Planet, Chapter 2” is out the door with new workshops and events that promote environmentalism through the lens of art. Their next event, “Prompt of the Planet: Community Creates,” will take place at the Englert Theater on September 11.

Prompt for the Planet began in 2018 when Shannon Nolan, senior at the University of Iowa, chose a capstone project on the intersection of art and environmentalism. For his capstone, Nolan asked students to think about the state of the Earth. Her teacher, David Gould, fell in love with the idea.

Gould said Nolan “took a glass-half-full approach” to a very serious issue. While many students had successful and important capstone projects in class, something about Nolan’s dedication to the cause was unmatched.

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“What made Shannon [capstone project] unique was that it really targeted the masses,” he said. She was trying to start a bushfire – part education, part information, part helping people see the dangers she saw – but her goal was to get them jumping on the bus and come along with it.”

To write the prompt for the project, Gould connected Nolan with Amanda Gorman. Gorman was a 19-year-old Harvard student at the time and was the first Poet Youth laureate at age 16. She went on to become the youngest inaugural poet. Gorman’s prompt is central to Prompt for the Planet:

“Think of an item and speak with its voice through pictures and words,” Gorman wrote in the prompt. “Think of it as creating an open letter to the planet.”

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Nolan and Gould worked with UI students and engaged with the Iowa City community, coming to the attention of Tricia Windschitl, the principal of Preucil Preschool.

Windschitl’s preschool class focused on the trees in their playground and the stories they would tell if they had a voice, so she said Nolan’s project fit well into their curriculum. She invited Nolan and Gould to her school to discuss the prompt with her 30 students – the youngest to interact with Gorman’s prompt.

Nolan and Gould visited the preschool frequently, and the semester ended after a successful showcase with art, music, and a poetry reading of Gorman’s response to the prompt.

Prompt for the Planet seemed to be ending, but Windschitl and his students were still fascinated by the project. The children continued to think about how to “help Earth be the best Earth”.

“It really moved them in a way that I didn’t realize that day,” Windschitl said. “But when we came back to school the following week, I just noticed these little homemade signs they were making and putting on our wall with plastic bags and straws with an ‘X’ through it, saying ‘don’t use them.'”

The first chapter of Prompt for the Planet might have been finished, but Windschitl wasn’t ready to close the book. She started the LENA Project — named after a turtle pictured by one of the children — to keep environmental awareness alive in Iowa City.

In the five years since Project LENA began, Windschitl has worked to bring environmentalism to preschoolers, UI students, and everyone else in the Iowa City community.

One of their most notable projects was the “Strawless Initiative”, where children asked local businesses to stop using plastic straws and raised awareness in the whole community.

Although the LENA project took off, it seemed that Prompt for the Planet had seen its end. That was until President Biden’s inauguration in 2021, when Gorman read his poem, “The Hill We Climb.” With so many people searching for Gorman online, his prompt resurfaced and responses from across the country began pouring into Gould’s mailbox.

A specific response from a nine-year-old East Coast girl stuck in Windschitl’s and Gould’s mind, and they couldn’t bear the thought that kids like her couldn’t get involved in that way.

“It’s absolutely beautiful. She’s the next Amanda Gorman. It was amazing,” Gould said of the girl’s poem.

With that in mind, Windschitl decided it was time to move on to the next page of the LENA project: Prompt for the Planet, Chapter 2.

For the relaunch of Prompt for the Planet, the LENA project has partnered with PromptPress to organize events and workshops. PromptPress is an Iowa City-based art magazine that regularly asks different questions for art answers.

Windschitl chose to partner with PromptPress because of their similar approach to hot topics through questions and art.

“PromptPress tried to bring more socially engaged projects, so we were excited to join this team,” Jennifer Coville, founder and editor-in-chief of PromptPress, wrote in an email to *The Daily Iowan. * “Our mission has always been to produce collaborations across artistic genres, so that has remained the same. For this project, we are excited to add a socially important central theme.”

Prompt for the Planet: Community Creates will take place in England on September 11th. Coville wrote that the event will be an “eco-cabaret”.

Not only will nine local artists be responding to a collection of prompts from PromptPress, but UI dancers will also be at the event. Local musicians including James Tutson, Abbie Sawyer and the Family Fold Machine, as well as writers such as Chris Merril, Donika Kelly and Caleb Rainey will perform on the variety show.

John Schickedanz, the executive director of Englert, wrote in an email to *DI* that once he heard about Prompt for the Planet, he immediately knew it was something that belonged to the Englert space.

Similar to how Prompt for the Planet aligns with PromptPress’ mission, the project also aligns with Englert’s mission. Schickedanz wrote that it exemplifies how art can “force us to think critically about our current world”, while inspiring change within the community.

“Artists have long investigated and fought climate change through their art,” Schickedanz wrote. “This project has done an incredible job of bringing together so many community members to enable us to collectively investigate climate change.”

Scrappers appeal to the World Trade Organization



President of the TT Scrap Iron Dealers Association Allan Ferguson.

Scrap Iron Dealers Association PRESIDENT Allan Ferguson has written to the Switzerland-based World Trade Organization (WTO) asking for its intervention to get the government to end the six-month ban on scrap exports.

Ferguson sent the letter to WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a statement from the association said Monday evening.

In the letter, Ferguson said he was appealing for help from the WTO given that Trinidad and Tobago has been a member of the organization since 1995 and therefore the government must adhere to the guidelines and policies of the WTO.

The ban went into effect on August 12 and will run until February 23. It was applied as a means of cracking down on the export of scrap metal, the demand for which fueled an upsurge in crime, including theft of items such as manhole covers, TSTT copper cables, pipe fittings metal belonging to WASA and even a church bell.

The ban, the association said, came even as it tried to liaise with the government to implement a new policy aimed at deterring crime and vandalism.

The association said it has been pleading with the government since 2013 to formulate and implement a new policy to regulate the industry.

The ban, Ferguson said, has already had a negative impact on the livelihoods of thousands of people – the majority from the lower income bracket – who depend on the industry for a living.

The ban has also affected many Caricom citizens, Ferguson said, who depend on exporting scrap metal from Trinidad.

Ferguson pointed out that at a meeting in 2019, Trade and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon hinted at the importance of the scrap metal industry to TT’s economy.

He said data from the Central Statistical Office (CSO) showed scrap metal exports increased from $69 million in 2009 to more than $216 million in 2019.

For 2020, TT exported $20 million worth of scrap metal, making it the world’s 75th-largest exporter of the commodity, Ferguson said.

“TTSIDA regards your intervention as important because this six-month ban is detrimental to the scrap industry’s existence in TT and its future,” Ferguson said in his letter to the WTO.

“In light of this, we ask that you consider this matter given the information provided and the much needed help or advice our association is seeking at this time.”

How to contact the politicians most likely to respond | Opinion


Crack an egg and find a double yolk inside. Correctly guess a four-digit pin code. Being struck by lightning.

These are all events more likely to occur than the average person able to meaningfully communicate a concern or idea with their representatives in the United States Congress.

If that sounds like a stretch, consider that a single member of the United States House of Representatives today represents about 700,000 people. Consider further their time constraints, the amount of media attention they receive and a host of other practical factors, and one thing becomes clear – it is difficult for the average person to have influence on a national level.

At the state level, the chances of having an impact are considerably better, but you have to be strategic. For example, here in Utah, the 45-day legislative session is moving at a breakneck pace. If you ask your representatives, they’ll tell you how full their inboxes are, how flooded their cellphones are, and how difficult it is to find time to meet or speak with voters during the session. .

Wanting to make a difference but running into practical obstacles can be frustrating. However, there is places where it is relatively easy to have influence:

  • Your town or city council.
  • Your county commission or council.
  • Your school board.
  • Your special water district (or other).

yes i am talking about your local governments – the place where officials don’t just decide the name of the next city park. In fact, these officials set policies that impact home prices, determine whether businesses want to locate in your city, set budget priorities, and literally affect our backyards.

To understand how easy it would be to start engaging on an issue you care about, consider the following:

If you were to visit your city’s website to look up your council member information, a phone number and email address are likely available. Also, if you’ve called their number, chances are it’s the council member’s personal cell phone – and they’ll just pick up the phone and say hi. There’s no team of overworked employees and no automated system asking you to press one to speak to a representative. It’s such a stark contrast to dealing with the government at the federal level that the candor can be surprising.

Also, assuming you are friendly and reasonable in your approach, your board member will likely want an in-person meeting to discuss your issue in detail. Chances are you are one of the small handful of voters who have contacted them in the past two months.

In short, your local elected officials are not suffering from excessive voter engagement. On the contrary, they suffer from below commitment and likely have the ability to take a genuine interest in your concerns or ideas.

This does not mean that there are no difficulties in engaging in local politics. For example, it will take some effort to learn things like the relationship between your town’s planning commission and the council, what authority your county commissioner has (and doesn’t have), and what a “plan” is. general” or even “adjustment advice” is.

Beyond that, while your official may be supportive of your idea, they can understand that the rest of the board or commission would oppose it. There are also procedural and regulatory hurdles to overcome, and your officials may not be able to take on and resolve your issue in a timely manner.

Despite the potential complications when dealing with local government, compared to Washington, DC, your ability to have influence couldn’t be more different. Your reps’ offices aren’t thousands of miles away, and you won’t be stopped at the proverbial (or literal) door.

So the next time you feel that sense of futility or pessimism following what’s happening in Washington, DC, consider taking a break and trying your own backyard.

Lee Sands is the Local Government Policy Analyst at the Libertas Institute.

Indonesian Festival, Albacore Navy History Day, Hampton Beach Seafood

Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day

PORTSMOUTH – On Monday, September 5, Portsmouth’s annual Peace Treaty Day celebration will take place in the market square outside the Piscataqua Savings Bank, 15 Pleasant St., from 3.30pm. There will be a short ceremony and then at 3.47pm Portsmouth Dockyard will sound a commemorative salute at the exact moment the treaty was signed in 1905 and at that time Portsmouth’s bells will ring. The public is invited to participate in the ringing ceremony in front of the bank. Everyone is welcome.

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Allen Stone closes the Prescott Park Arts Festival

PORTSMOUTH — Allen Stone will play the finale of the Prescott Park Arts Festival Summer Concert Series on Monday, September 5 at 7 p.m. Lucy Wainwright Roche will open. All PPAF tables and blankets have been reserved for this concert, but bring your own blanket or chair. Suggested donation is $10 per person at the door or online in advance at prescottpark.org.

10 to Watch contest launch party

PORTSMOUTH – Seacoast Media Group is hosting a party to launch its annual 10 To Watch competition which celebrates young professionals on Thursday September 8 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Portsmouth Feed Company in Portsmouth town centre.

All are invited to enjoy networking, appetizers and cash bar to mark the opening of the ninth annual competition. Please RSVP for the launch party on Eventbrite.com. The Portsmouth Feed Company is located at 22 Market Square in Portsmouth.

Nominations are now open for this year’s competition, which is sponsored by Bank of America, Eversource and Heritage Home Service. Visit seacoastonline.gannettcontests.com to nominate yourself or someone you know. The deadline to participate is October 9.

Meeting for those interested in the Peace Corps

DURHAM – There will be a Peace Corps Application Workshop at Aroma Joe’s in Durham, NH on September 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by during this workshop to learn how to browse volunteer openings, find the right program, and strengthen your candidacy. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about the service, learn steps to improve your chances, and get valuable tips to guide you through the application process. Register here. For more information, email [email protected]

The Peace Corps currently has a great need for applicants to fill volunteer programs starting by early 2023. Interested Americans can apply online by October 1 for hundreds of openings available in nearly 48 countries. worldwide. Volunteers receive a living allowance, extensive language and technical training, and financial benefits including student loan deferral and post-service graduate scholarships.

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

HAMPTON — The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival returns for its 33rd year this weekend and will feature 38 food vendors, more than 70 arts and crafts vendors, cooking demonstrations and three special events.

Returning events include the Hampton Beach Pop-up Art Show on Friday, fireworks on Saturday night, and the Lobster Roll Eating Contest on Sunday.

The festival begins Friday at noon (an hour earlier than in previous years) on Ocean Boulevard, which is closed to traffic from the NH Marine Memorial to H Street, creating a pedestrian mall. The festival continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $10 per day or $30 for all three days. You can get tickets on the same day or for the first time online. Discounts are also available for local residents and veterans.

For more information and the schedule of events, visit seafestivalnh.com.

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Fundraising for the Golden Paw Awards Gala

PORTSMOUTH — Golden Dog Adventure Co. is rolling out the red carpet for a black tie event called the Golden Paw Awards Gala fundraiser, the first of a planned annual event.

The evening will feature dogs dressed in black tie attire and refreshments at the Kimberly Sarah Photography Dog Art Gallery, 40 Pleasant St., Portsmouth city center on Friday, September 9, 7-8.30pm and arazzi-puppies are welcome. .

The official event will honor Mary’s Dogs top 10 adoptive families chosen by our community, and all proceeds will be donated to charity partner, Mary’s Dogs Rescue & Adoption in Northwood. People can vote for their favorite adoptive family for $1 per vote, with all proceeds going to Mary’s Dogs.

For tickets and more information, visit goldendognh.com/events.

Navy History Day at Albacore Park

PORTSMOUTH — Albacore Park will host its annual Navy History Day on Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Brave Men in Iron Tubes: The Search for USS Albacore (SS-218)”.

Navy History Day was inaugurated in 1922 by the Navy League of the United States and over the years has come to honor all branches of service within the Navy Department.

Albacore Park will host Navy History Day on Saturday, September 10.

This year’s theme, “Brave Men in Iron Tubes: The Search for USS ALBACORE (SS-218)”, will focus on the brave men who served on 218 and then perished in 1944 with all the lives lost when it hit a Japanese mine. Executive Director Patricia Violette said, “The search for the USS Albacore (SS-218) has been ongoing since 1944. Navy History Day will highlight the career of this important submarine and discuss the current search efforts to locate him and his crew.

After:Albacore Park to celebrate the annual Navy History Day on September 10

Attendees will also be able to participate in hands-on educational activities, experience virtual reality, talk to some of the Albacore crew members who served on the submarine, and have the opportunity to visit on board the Ghost . Re-enactors representing various theaters of war from 1812 through the Vietnam War era will also be on hand.

Admission is $9 per adult, $4 per child (5-14), $8 for seniors, and all veterans and active military are free. There will be a special donation rate for those who wish to visit and learn more about the GHOST.

For more information, call 603-436-3680, visit ussalbacore.org, or visit Albacore Park’s Facebook page. The park is located at 569 Submarine Way in Portsmouth.

Dancers perform a traditional Indonesian dance during a groundbreaking and inauguration ceremony for the Little Indonesia Cultural Center on Saturday May 15, 2021 in Somersworth.

Indonesian Festival in Somersworth

SOMERSWORTH – The biggest Indonesian festival in New England will take place on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 6 p.m. in downtown Somersworth.

This year, an array of cultural performances, traditional Indonesian cuisine and a parade showcasing Indonesia’s seven main islands. There will be plenty of traditional and authentic Indonesian street food that will showcase flavors from all over Indonesia. Local businesses and restaurants will also be involved.

Visit indonesianconnect.org/ for more information.

SOS Recovery Rally

DOVER – The SOS Recovery Rally will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday September 10 in the lower part of Henry Law Park. The event traditionally features people sharing their stories and features vendors, performances and resources. Information: sosrco.org/events-calendars/rally-2022

The Center for Wildlife is hosting an open house

YORK, Maine – The Center for Wildlife will hold its annual open house on Sunday, September 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new facilities and campus in York’s Cape Neddick area. The theme will be the loon party. Attendees will learn about important loon conservation work being done by regional state agencies and non-profit organizations, including Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Audubon, Maine Lakes and Tufts Veterinary School Emeritus Mark Pokras. the open house will include self-guided tours, demonstrations and environmental education programs, raffles, food and drink, and the release of rehabilitated wild animals. Tickets are $10 per person, with proceeds going directly to fund treatment and rehabilitation work at the Center for Wildlife. Visit thecenterforwildlife.org/events to purchase tickets.

The Art Center organizes a signing session with Thom Hindle

DOVER – The Art Center presents the exhibition ‘Images from the Past…The Thom Hindle Collection’ from September 3-30 and will host a special in-person signing ‘An Evening with Thom Hindle’, featuring his new book “Dover, NH Through Time Volume Two” on Saturday, September 10, 6-9 p.m.

This historic photo of a Dover carriage is part of the Thom Hindle Collection.

Hindle, the curator of this collection, taught at UNH, is a past president of the Dover Historical Society, and at one time served as director of the Woodman Institute. However, he is best known as a local photographer, with a long-running photography business on Atkinson Street. His passionate interest in history and photography inevitably merged when he discovered the work of the city’s first photographers and built up the collection which today numbers more than 100,000 objects.

The Art Center is located at 1 Washington St., Dover, Suite 1177. Visit theartcenterdover.com or call 603-978-6702 for more information.

Madbury Day Church Yard Sale

MADBURY – Madbury United Church UCC will hold a garage sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its car park at 18 Town Hall Road during the annual Madbury Day 2022 festivities on September 10. Furniture, antiques, books, tools, sporting goods, clothing and household items. A picnic barbecue at the church will take place simultaneously, with homemade burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and desserts for sale, as well as Indonesian dishes created by the Indonesian Maranatha UCC congregation. Each year, the town of Madbury flaunts its small-town charm with this day-long celebration of parades, music, games and food. The municipal library will organize a book sale; the inauguration of a new playground and an acrobatic air show are also planned. To donate items for the garage sale or for more information, call (603) 978-9548.

Merry Mac Annual Fall Regatta

DOVER – The Great Bay Yacht Club of Dover will host the annual MerryMac Autumn Regatta on Sunday September 11 at Hilton State Park in Dover. Over the years GBYC has worked with local sailors to keep the spirit of historic sailing alive in the Great Bay area. The regatta is also open to the Oyster River Cats.

GBYC is located on Wentworth Terrace, Dover Point, a short walk from Hilton Park. Registrars will be at Hilton Park at 9:00 a.m. and the skippers’ meeting will be held there. The registration fee is $40. Register at merrymac2022.brownpapertickets.com.

New aquaculture technology can help ease the global food crisis – Eurasia Review


Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Institute for Oceanographic and Limnological Research in Haifa have developed innovative technology that enables the growth of “enriched algae” infused with nutrients, proteins, dietary fiber and minerals for human and animal needs.

According to the researchers, the advanced technology dramatically increases the growth rate, protein levels, healthy carbohydrates and minerals in algae tissue, making “enriched algae” a natural superfood with extremely high nutritional value, which can be used in the future for the health food industry and to ensure unlimited food source.

The research was led by Ph.D. student Doron Ashkenazi, under the guidance of Professor Avigdor Abelson of the School of Zoology, George S. Wise School of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University and the Professor Alvaro Israel of the Israel Institute for Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR) in Tel Shikmona, Haifa. The article was published in the scientific journal Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies.

Doron Ashkenazi explains that in the study, local species of algae Ulva, Gracilaria and Hypnea were cultured near fish farming systems under different environmental conditions. The particular conditions allowed the algae to flourish, and allowed a significant improvement in their nutritional value to the point that they became “enriched algae”, that is to say a superfood. (The use of seaweed as a rich food source that meets all human nutritional needs is even reminiscent of the Bible manna who fed the Israelites in the desert). It will also be possible to use the enriched algae in an applied way for other health industries, for example as nutritional supplements or as medicine, as well as in the cosmetics industry.

“Seaweed can be considered a natural superfood, more abundant in the necessary components of the human diet than other food sources,” Ashkenazi adds. “Thanks to the technological approach that we have developed, a farm owner or an entrepreneur will be able to plan in advance a production line of algae rich in substances of interest to him, which can be used as dietary food or nutritional supplements; for example, seaweed particularly rich in protein, seaweed rich in minerals such as iron, iodine, calcium, magnesium and zinc, or in special pigments or antioxidants. Enriched seaweed can be used to help populations suffering from malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies, for example disadvantaged populations around the world, as well as as supplements to a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Additionally, unlike land-based agriculture, aquaculture, and in particular our proposed approach to algal farming, does not require vast land, fresh water, or large amounts of fertilizer. Respectful of the environment, it preserves nature and the ecological balance by reducing environmental risks. The new methodology indeed offers an ideal situation of sustainable and clean agriculture. Today, integrated aquaculture is beginning to receive support from governments around the world due to its environmental benefits, including reduced nutrient loads in coastal waters and reduced gas emissions and carbon footprints. It thus contributes to the fight against the climate crisis and global warming.

Doron Ashkenazi concludes: “Technologies of this type are undoubtedly a model for a better future for humanity, a future where humans live in idyll and in good health in their environment. The research was conducted in collaboration with other leading researchers from around the country, including Guy Paz and Dr Yael Segal of the Israel Institute for Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR) in Haifa, Dr Shoshana Ben-Valid , an expert in organic chemistry, Dr. Merav Nadav Tsubery from the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Exact Sciences of Bar-Ilan University and Dr. Eitan Salomon from the National Mariculture Center in Eilat.

Humanitarian organizations | Adventist Review


In my area, there are a few organizations that I support because of what they mean to my family members. Food Share Ventura, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Aut2Run (autism support) and Child Fund (education support for children in Iran).


My top two are World Central Kitchen, because everyone needs and deserves a delicious hot meal; and ADRA, as they dedicate 90% of their monetary donations to causes such as disaster relief, clean water, and more.


I regularly support ADRA, ACS and occasionally World Central Kitchen. The former because they are connected to my faith and easy to donate to them because they are a line item when I submit tithes and offerings. Giving to them is part of my regular offering.


I support ADRA and Christian Children’s Fund. ADRA because of its worldwide reach and impact and the fact that Adventists are attached to it. I think it allows us to share our beliefs if asked. Christian Children’s Fund, due to its global reach, provides basic necessities and education through high school. I have personally seen the impact of this organization.

Phillip Stanley

We give primarily to Christian ministry nonprofits because spreading the gospel is of the utmost importance to us. For humanitarian organizations, we tend to give Christians: Salvation Army, Canvasback Missions and Toys for Tots. Because we love animals too, we donate to the ASPCA and Best Friends, as well as the World Wildlife Fund and Audubon. And to support the environment, we occasionally donate to National Parks, the Arbor Day Foundation and the Sierra Club.

John Kelner

My favorite humanitarian organization that I really like is ADRA. As a missionary, I have seen firsthand what a difference they make.


We support Revive Community Care, which was founded by the compassionate hearts of young adults from the Younger Generation (YG) church. This local organization responds to the needs of people in our community. World Vision: CHOSEN – we love empowering children in the process of caring relationship and trusting the integrity of their organization. And of course, ADRA – we have a long-standing relationship with them and are working in partnership with them right now to bring aid to Ukraine.


I support many health care societies – Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses; Ear, Nose, and Throat Foundation, Sigma Theta Tau International, Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, American Association of Nurse Practitioners; and Nursing Hearts, Inc. As a family, we also support Ronald McDonald House and Christalis. The one I’m most excited about is the Aleyamma Kuruvilla Nursing Scholarship Fund, which I started in 2020 through the Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation. To date, we have sponsored 37 nursing students (100% of tuition) for their education.


We love giving to Portland Adventist Community Services – a food bank, dental clinic, and thrift store that our conference hosts in downtown Portland. I had the privilege of volunteering there several times. I’ve seen what the staff are like behind the scenes, and it’s a place where I feel like we’re making a difference. And I’ve seen where the money goes, to the people in my town who need it most.

Kaleb Eisele

Financially: I have always admired ADRA for its willingness to help without evangelizing. Occasional donations led to signing up to become an ADRA Angel with a small monthly donation. Physically: I got involved in the ACR-DR and I took training in warehouse management. So far I’ve been deployed to Oregon following fires; and after flooding in southwestern Montana, compiled and distributed cleanup buckets at two multi-agency response centers. We have helped homeowners clean their homes and clear flooded storage units.


I support Compassion International. My husband and I sponsored a boy from Ghana until he was out of the program, and now we are sponsoring a little girl from the Philippines. I also sponsor our local SPCA. Children and animals need protectors and supports. Helping is both a privilege and an obligation. We are called to follow Christ’s example, so this is one small way I can do that.


I normally support ADRA. My criteria are simply what touches my heart and how the spirit moves me. I believe that with my meager contribution, ADRA has a better ratio of dollars to what is donated or used for the cause. I am also impressed by their geographical distribution, which allows them to react quickly. It’s important to me because it makes me feel like I’ve made a difference.


Camp Kilworth designated as a historic site

Camp Kilworth designated as a historic site

This is the first historic site designation in Federal Way history.

Camp Kilworth at Federal Way is officially the city’s first historic site, thanks to a unanimous vote by the King County Landmarks Commission on August 25.

The camp, located at 30900 50th Avenue SW, was recently preserved after the nonprofit Forterra purchased the property with plans for the YMCA of Greater Seattle to lease the land and provide outdoor programming. With this designation, the Rotary Lodge, Timber Wolf Lodge, and Fire Bowl Amphitheater are Federal Way’s premier landmarks.

“It is so exciting to know that Camp Kilworth is saved both environmentally and historically. The camp will continue to educate and serve the community and its young people long after I am gone,” said long-time lawyer Mary Ehlis. Camp Kilworth date who played a key role in its rescue and President of the Kilworth Environmental Education Preserve (KEEP).

The nearly 30-acre camp will be restored and reopened for community use by 2024, serving youth in King and Pierce counties, according to Forterra and the YMCA.

This historic feat was also accomplished through the supportive efforts of 4Culture and the inter-local agreement between the City of Federal Way and the King County Landmarks Commission.

The Rotary Lodge at Camp Kilworth was recently designated a historic site. Olivia Sullivan/the mirror

“It sets a precedent for how advocacy and preservation can be done,” said Suzanne Vargo of the Federal Way Historical Society. “Of course, the reason we save history and why it’s so important is to preserve what was and what may be in the future of Federal Way. With so much development and a hectic life, it’s important that we remember where we came from, how we became…and who was responsible for creating it.

The interlocal agreement between King County Historic Preservation and the city was created out of a 2017 ordinance for the preservation of historic structures on Federal Way, Vargo added. This agreement requires an ownership endorsement that allows the city and applicants to use county resources.

The strategic focus now shifts to saving the remaining aspects of the camp and returning environmental education to space, Nadiya Sheckler wrote on the Friends of Camp Kilworth and Alumni Association social media page. . Sheckler is a member of KEEP, a non-profit organization created to save the camp.

In 2018, Camp Kilworth was listed as one of the most endangered places in the state by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

The County Landmarks Commission is a nine-member board established in 1980 “to ensure that the historic places, material culture and traditions that best reflect the region’s 13,000 years of human history are preserved for future generations,” according to its website.

“It’s not about freezing time, it’s about slowing change,” said Sarah Steen, landmarks coordinator for King County Historic Preservation, at an Aug. 10 community meeting about the importance of a monument designation.

Landmark structures at the site include the Timberwolf and Rotary Lodges, the lawn in front of the Rotary Lodge, and the amphitheater. Not only does a historic title protect the space, it also opens up the possibility of additional funding grants in the future.

An NJ road to get new technology to protect pedestrians


The New Jersey Department of Transportation has launched a new project along a section of Route 129 in Trenton that will include the use of a unique system in the country to regulate traffic signals to improve pedestrian safety. .

Plans include a number of improvements to three signalized intersections on Route 129 at Lalor Street, Cass Street and Hamilton Avenue, an area where a dozen pedestrians have been killed and scores more injured since 2000.

According to DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, a red clearance traffic light extension system is being implemented to detect vehicles approaching a crosswalk.

“Basically we let the red light stay a bit longer, hopefully to give pedestrians more time to cross the street,” she said.

Intelligent predictive technology

Gutierrez-Scaccetti explained that this smart, predictive technology detects a vehicle’s speed as it approaches an intersection and automatically adjusts traffic light changes.

“This means that instead of the light being green for longer, it will be red for longer, and that will hopefully give pedestrians more time.”

She said this type of technology is already being used at some intersections to start changing a light from red to green when a vehicle is approaching, but for this project on Route 129, “you see traffic coming, you know ‘she’s approaching, let the light stay red a bit longer so that pedestrians have enough time to cross.

Gutierrez-Scaccetti emphasized that the goal is safety.

“Drivers may have to wait a few more seconds, but it’s literally seconds, they’re not waiting minutes, they’re waiting seconds.

She noted that local police enforcement is also a piece of the security puzzle.

Don’t step on New York road sign


Other improvements are also in progress.

“We put back plates on the signal heads, so that the color of the light is clear for all motorists, and we make a red signal in front of the panel mounted on the roadway. We have one on the ground, but we hope to put one above our heads where we think people will see it best,” Gutierrez-Scaccetti said.

The commissioner said many motorists exiting I-295 onto Route 129 are traveling fast, so it’s important they are alerted to the signal ahead.

She said additional traffic lights and a flashing crosswalk sign, which will light up when people walk on the crosswalk, will also be added.

Gutierrez-Scaccetti said this project is about “making small changes that we believe will make a big difference.”

Watch where you’re going

Gutierrez-Scaccetti noted that while these improvements are being made, a travel safety education campaign will soon be launched to remind pedestrians to be careful what they are doing.

“We need people walking and crossing the street not to look at their phones but to be mindful of where they are,” Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “I’ve literally seen people walk into a pole because they’re looking at their phone, reading a text and they have no idea there’s a lamp post in front of them and they’re stepping into it.”

She said the concept development phase of a longer-term project is just beginning, which could eventually involve structural changes to Route 129, including expanded pedestrian islands.

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

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Is the breed of your faithful pup on the list? Read on to see if you’ll be bragging to the neighbors about your dog’s intellectual prowess the next time you walk your fur baby. Don’t worry: Even if your dog’s breed isn’t on the list, it doesn’t mean he’s not a good boy – some traits just can’t be measured.

What would happen to NJ if we were attacked by nuclear weapons?

We used NUKEMAP by Alex Wellerstein to see what would happen if a nuclear warhead hit New York, Philadelphia, Washington or New Jersey.

Models show what would happen during an air detonation, meaning the bomb would be detonated into the sky, causing extensive damage to structures and people below; or what would happen in a detonation on the ground, which would have the alarming result of nuclear fallout. The models do not take into account the number of casualties that would result from the fallout.

Student-Volunteer Run Organization Donates Nearly 200,000 Pieces of PPE Across the United States


As one of the only PPE distribution organizations in the United States, PPE4ALL – founded by Yale and University of Michigan students – serves communities hardest hit by the virus.

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Courtesy of Emme Magliato and Krishna Kok

Since its inception in March 2020, the volunteer student-run organization, PPE4ALL, has donated nearly 200,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, or PPE, to communities across the United States.

Emme Magliato ’23, Executive Director, and Krishna Koka, Junior at the University of Michigan and CEO of PPE4ALL, launched the organization in Poughkeepsie, NY. Since the organization’s inception, the team has distributed 566 separate donations of PPE, such as face masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, gloves, gowns and alcohol wipes to 399 different communities in United States. These beneficiaries have included free clinics, homeless shelters, food pantries, mental health centers, community centers, schools, hospitals and people living in public housing.

“The work we do now is national, and it’s work that incorporates a lot of different people and students,” Magliato said. “Our goal is to provide PPE completely free of charge to those who need it most and those who are most marginalized and at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic… [and that] is a value that we have perpetuated until today.

When students were kicked off campus at the start of the pandemic, Koka noticed that New York City was hit particularly hard and PPE supply chains were down. As a result, he and Magliato began partnering with architectural firms around town to 3D print face shields. Once the supply chain slowly began to recover, the organization decided to rely more on corporate PPE donations.

Tenzin Dhondup ’26, PPE4ALL’s Outreach Director, explained that the organization is looking for donors such as private companies who can supply large quantities of PPE. To identify the communities most in need, the organization tracks the average cases per 100,000 people in each county nationwide to determine which counties have the highest transmission and case rates.

After identifying these counties, the team looks for specific places that may need PPE the most, such as homeless shelters and low-income housing. The team also serves members who request PPE directly from PPE4ALL.

Magliato pointed to a collaboration with Bona Fide Masks that began a few months ago, which includes a 100,000 mask donation program. According to Magliato, these masks will be donated and distributed by nonprofits across the country, including Impact Services in Philadelphia and NorCal Resist in Sacramento.

“I’m really grateful to be in the position I’m in where I can interact with so many people, and we’re the only ones supporting them in this way,” Magliato said. “The relationships we’ve been able to build, both as a team, but also with the people we serve, are the things that keep me going every day when the going gets tough.”

In terms of future work, the team noted that they wanted to focus on the sustainability of the organization, particularly in terms of sponsorship and funding.

“Our goal is to move forward knowing that even though COVID-19 is fading from the news and less talked about, there are so many communities that are still being actively impacted by COVID-19” , Dhondup said. “There will always be a need for [PPE] …and PPE is always in demand as we receive daily requests from individuals, community members and non-profit organizations.

Koka noted that when in-person events resumed, he feared the organization might not survive the transition. However, he found that was not the case.

Magliato said many other PPE distribution organizations stopped their services before the Omicron variant appeared, but PPE4ALL continued.

According to CDC COVID Data Trackeron September 1, there were 85,761 new cases of COVID-19 in the United States

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Sophie Wang covers COVID-19 and Yale New-Haven Health. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she is a freshman at Berkeley College with a prospective major in Statistics and Data Science and English.

PCHS/PCEF offers a bright future for first-generation university students


PARK CITY, Utah — Among the many programs offered by the Park City Education Foundation is Bright Futures (BF). This program motivates students who are the first in their families to prepare, attend, and graduate from college.

College summer internships had many surprise lessons for Bright Futures students Alexis Montalvo, Park City High School (PCHS) Class of 2020, and Jose Hernandez, PCHS ’23.

Montalvo, a junior and finance major at the University of Utah Eccles School of Business, lived in San Francisco to complete a JP Morgan fellowship.

“I was really nervous when I started, especially as a Latino coming into the business,” Montalvo said in a statement. “But it was pleasantly surprising, I felt instantly that they were welcoming and ready to be there for you.”

Hernandez, a PCHS senior who wants to become a research physician, completed a 10-week internship at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. And, while his time in the lab focused on the biochemical work of enzymes, metabolism, and proteins, what he really learned was less systematic and more existential. He calls it “the chemistry of the soul”.

“I used to think research was only for introverts, like me, but a scientist doesn’t always look the same or think the same, in fact, scientists are many types of different people,” Hernandez said in a statement.

In San Francisco, Montalvo’s paid fellowship in commercial banking in middle markets and specialty industries, aligned with his analytical interests. His daily activities revealed another surprise.

“I thought it would be focused on soft skills and professional development, but after a few weeks of learning about the culture, values ​​and people of the company, as well as things like how to deal with down syndrome about the impostor and how to create an elevator pitch, things changed and we were on it! We had to complete three projects in three weeks and pitch them to high-level executives,” Montalvo said.

The course did not go without some constructive criticism and lessons; with Montalvo’s first presentation doesn’t go as well as he hoped. But it was his profound reaction after the presentation that amazed him.

“I felt like I had failed before, but this time I was really emotional. I was embarrassed and didn’t want to feel that anymore. It pushed me to do more and I asked my manager for advice on how to improve,” Montalvo said. “Based on their feedback, I wrote a script with key points. I practiced and kept practicing. Before, I used to do something once and thought I was good. really pushed to do more.

Montalvo’s next pitch went more smoothly, but the presentation on his last day on the job was an epiphany. He explains how nerve-wracking the latest project has become. This required extensive research into a company where information was not readily available and he did not have access to company databases. The final was then presented to the professionals.

The feedback was excellent, and not just on Alexis’ style of presentation. He said, “They told me… they could tell I really dug deep.”

For the Bright Futures cohorts, who are first-generation college students struggling with structural barriers to income, digging deep is a way of life.

“Bright Futures taught me a lot,” Hernandez said. “Without them, I wouldn’t even know where to start. But, even if the BF program helps, it’s really up to you.

It’s because Bright Futures paves the way for more students that Hernandez says he now knows he wants to become a medical scientist. He plans to major in biomedical engineering at the undergraduate level.

“For the Bright Futures team, when we get to do something we love in the future, when we get to do something we enjoy,” Montalvo said, “that’s what they consider a success. That’s all that means to us. The Bright Futures team wants you to succeed – and that alone is amazing. It makes you want to keep going and push your limits and you want to repay that. For now, making sure I graduate from college is my way of repaying that.

“When I started the scholarship, I thought, ‘This is real life, this is something I will do for the long haul.’ I was afraid of being fired or not getting a real job if I didn’t do well.

For Hernandez, this summer’s methodical diligence towards the work of his heart has already paid off.

“I learned that there was a place for me in science. I may not always look or feel like a scientist, but science is a vast and diverse field. I have a place in science – and everyone who has this passion too. »

Jose Hernandez. Photo: A bright future

Clifftop Obtains IDNR Grants | Republic Times

Pictured is one of many waterfalls in the sandstone canyons of Storment Hauss Nature Preserve in Monroe County. The management of this forest will allow the regeneration of native species.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently announced recipients of Illinois Natural Areas Stewardship Grants for Illinois Land Trusts to support the stewardship of lands protected by the Illinois Nature Reserve Commission. Illinois.

Monroe County Clifftop received two of the grants. The organization received $35,800 for contracted services to support restoration of clearings, eradication of non-native invasive species, installation of firebreaks and conducting prescribed burns at White Rock Land and Water Reserve and Luella Schaefer Memorial Hill Prairies Land and Water Reserve.

Clifftop will also receive $53,999 to purchase a utility all-terrain vehicle to transport equipment and volunteers for site stewardship work and to hire a contractor for large-scale stewardship efforts at Storment Hauss Nature Reserve. .

The goal of the Illinois NAS grant program is to increase the delivery of much-needed stewardship activities in permanently protected natural areas within the INPC system. Stewardship needs in Illinois’ natural areas have continued to outstrip the ability to provide these services by individuals, volunteers, organizations, and government agencies.

Clifftop President Jared Nobbe said, “As an all-volunteer organization, Clifftop is honored to have received these two grants to continue our conservation management efforts in Southwestern Illinois. .

Funding for the program comes from a portion of the Illinois Natural Areas Acquisition Fund. The NAAF comes from a real estate transfer fee in Illinois. When a person or corporation buys real estate in Illinois, they pay a fee of $1.50 for every $1,000 paid for the property. The money generated by this fee is split four ways: 50 cents for county governments, 50 cents for Affordable Housing Assistance, 35 cents for IDNR open space acquisition and development, and 15 cents for the Natural Areas Acquisition Fund.

The FNRA is used for “the acquisition, preservation and stewardship of natural areas, including the habitat of endangered and threatened species, high quality natural communities, wetlands and other areas with unique or unusual natural heritage qualities.

Clifftop’s White Rock Nature Preserve, 6438 Bluff Road, Valmeyer, is open to the public seven days a week, sunrise to sunset, for passive recreation – hiking, bird watching and just enjoying nature.

A grand opening of Storment Hauss Nature Preserve, 3326 Reed Road, Red Bud, is scheduled for this fall, when it will be open on the same schedule.

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Women in Cybersecurity Form Nonprofit The Forte Group


A group of over 90 women working in cybersecurity roles formed The Forte Group, a nonprofit organization for the education and advocacy of women in the cybersecurity industry.

The volunteer group is headquartered in California but offers global membership. The group was informally formed earlier during the pandemic. Members would meet once a month to share their experiences and also use their collective voice as a means of change.

“Over time, we have seen the collective power of this group. Formally forming a non-profit organization allows us to raise and deploy funds to further our mission. We’ve heard from companies and organizations that want to contribute to the work we do, and we felt it was a missed opportunity without the structure in place to partner with these people,” said Zenobia Godschalk, Vice -president of the Forte group. .

Advocacy activities

The group brought in experts on topics including trading techniques, compensation talks, angel investing, and ransomware best practices. Their goal is to raise questions about inequalities in the industry and work with those in power to change them – whether it’s all-male panels showcasing diversity or sharing codes of conduct with event organizers. conferences to adopt during their events.

“Forte members share ideas, resources and support each other when the going gets tough, which unfortunately is often the case for our CISOs. The topic of Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) is a prime example. The community held a town hall earlier in the year to share interests and ideas for a third-party and vendor management strategy in a safe space,” said Didi Dayton, President of Forte Group.

Dayton said the group has formed a CISO Advisory Council to provide a safe space for sharing information and research relevant to CISOs. The group claims to be a safe space where women in this industry can find a resource for just about anything they face in their careers – whether it’s negotiating an equity offer for pay or a investment, how to navigate ransomware best practices, or how to join their first board.

Focus on formal training

Currently, the Forte group consists primarily of senior executives who serve their organizations and serve on the boards of large organizations. However, for the next year they will focus on expanding their membership base, adding more mentors, more members and introducing formal training.

The group could serve as a platform for buyers and investors to test new technologies aimed at solving some of the age-old problems in cybersecurity, Dayton said.

“The reason is that we have so many practitioners in the group who understand what it takes to build programs and evolve the architecture to ensure resilience,” she added.

Member Help

Marnie Wilking, board member of Robert Half International and former global head of safety and risk for Wayfair, said the group has experts she can turn to for a “safe space” to ask questions. issues and stay current in an industry that is changing rapidly.

In addition to networking and having the opportunity to join advisory boards based on recommendations from group members, Winking said she has personally benefited from the mentorship.

“We are all at different stages in our careers and have had different experiences, which can be extremely valuable. I recently joined the Robert Half Board of Directors, and although I have served on advisory boards and not-for-profit, this is my first public board, so it was helpful to reach out to other women in the group who are already serving on public boards to hear their experience and get tips for success” , she added.

Another member of the group, Aanchal Gupta, CVP, Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), said the group helped her survive the toughest times by providing the social support that was lacking during the pandemic. “We have built a safe place together where female executives can share ideas, learn from each other and grow,” she added.

Reet Kaur, CISO at Portland Community College, said she got mentorship and social support from a group of trusted advisors to discuss technical, leadership and personal growth challenges in real time while striving to succeed in his first role as CISO during the pandemic.

“We discussed the latest cybersecurity and privacy trends, challenges and threats affecting all organizations and potential response plans such as supply chain risks, blockchain and privacy, SolarWinds and log4j, ransomware insurance options, etc.,” she added.

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City of Burnaby opens cooling centers to relieve heat


The City of Burnaby is opening four cooling centers starting Tuesday, August 30 for anyone seeking relief from the heat expected in the coming days.

These cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily until the end of the oppressive heat, at the following locations:

Burnaby North

  • Cameron Community Center (9523 Cameron Street)
  • Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool and Fitness Center (240 Willingdon Avenue)

Burnaby South

  • Bonsor Recreational Complex (6550 Bonsor Avenue)
  • Edmonds Community Center (7433 Edmonds Street)

All cooling centers are air-conditioned and equipped with seats, drinking water, toilets and free public Wi-Fi.

Outdoor cooling locations also available

Additionally, the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby is also hosting two pop-up outdoor chill-out locations:

  • Civic Square (Central Blvd & McKay Ave, outside Bob Prittie Metrotown Library)
    Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice
  • Kensington Park (corner of Frances St and Fell Ave)
    Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice

Pop-up locations will include restrooms, drinking water, seating and free public Wi-Fi.

Ways to stay cool at home

When extreme heat is forecast, Fraser Health recommends people develop and practice a cooling plan, which includes the following steps:

  • Identify cool spaces and prepare to use them at night
  • Make ice, prepare jugs for water, check you have a working fan
  • Contact your friends, family or neighbors if you are going to watch them or vice versa
  • Examine for signs of heat stress

More Ways to Stay Cool

The City also offers several ways to cool off in our local parks.

Many parks have shaded areas or shade structures, and most have fountains and restrooms. Several city parks also have daily-open push-button spray parks and wading pools. For a complete list of locations, as well as wading pool hours, visit www.burnaby.ca/sprayparks.

An interactive map shows the city’s cooling centers as well as cooling resources in the parks, including outdoor pools, spray booms, water fountains, misting stations and shade structures.

During periods of extreme heat, the City encourages residents to regularly check in with vulnerable family, friends and neighbors in case they need help.

Learn more: Burnaby.ca/ExtremeHeat

A petroglyph artist leaves his mark on a Phippsburg nature preserve

By Susan Conley
Photographed by Benjamin Williamson
Excerpt from our September 2022 issue

The artist Kevin Sudeith stood beside a long, high ledge of grayish feldspar and milky quartz in Phippsburg Land Trust’s Ridgewell Reserve, maybe 300 yards along a narrow spur from the main trail. Kevin Sudeith was staring at a life-size Great Blue Heron, which he had recently carved in low relief in the mottled stone. His meticulous rendering of the bird makes him feel almost alive, his variegated four-foot wingspan captured in mid-flight. “It’s all about the feathers,” he noted.

For tens of thousands of years, and probably longer, humans have left petroglyphs – from Latin Petra (“rock”) and the Greek glyph (“sculpture”) – scattered across the landscape. The oldest known examples in Maine were carved along Machias Bay several thousand years ago. For much of his adult life, 56-year-old Sudeith was a painter, exhibiting in galleries in San Francisco and New York. Then, 15 years ago, he carved a large petroglyph on Manhattan’s Upper East Side: bicycles he saw passing by, planes he watched fly overhead. After that, he got hooked. He had found a way to create works of art that could live on their own terms – “independent of the gatekeepers and whims of the art world”, he said. The sculptures could find their own audience and would exist for thousands of years. He began to travel the world, going from rock to rock, from North Dakota to California to the Eastfjords of Iceland.

When he begins a petroglyph, he composes the design on the rock with chalk, then makes several detailed drawings on paper, which he later transfers to the rock. To carve the shallow relief without disturbing the surrounding surface, he uses diamond composite rotating disc saws that can cut just about anything. He chose the Phippsburg site partly because it was not far from his wife’s family home in Georgetown, but more specifically because of the pleasantly shaded knoll around the ledge and because the sheer size of the stone allowed him to do something that would feel epic. . He approached the Phippsburg Land Trustwho gave his blessing, and he got to work three years ago.

His goal with petroglyphs is usually to create an environmental portrait of a place at a given time – a halibut in Cape Breton, an ancient lake sturgeon in Michigan, a horseshoe crab in the Rockaways. In Phippsburg, both in central pond and the Ridgewell reserves, he focused on birds: common eiders, belted kingfisher, tree swallow, red-winged blackbird, loon, hermit thrush, northern cardinal, and more. Using an ancient art form, Sudeith wanted to depict the ecosystem of Phippsburg as it is today. “They are what is here now. Will there still be eiders and herons here in 1000 years? he wondered. “Who knows?”

Walking along the dirt road, past the heron and the swallow, he came to a sculpture of a different type of flight: NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, which has been flying around Mars for the past year. Sudeith believes space exploration is humanity’s most exciting ongoing endeavor. Elsewhere during his travels, he sculpted the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and several space shuttles. He is always looking for the perfect rock on which to sculpt a life-size astronaut.

In Phippsburg, the Ingenuity is steps from the eider duck, which is next to a series of elementary-looking concentric circles that might as well be remnants of prehistoric times. It’s Stone Age meets Space Age, under a canopy of pine trees in the Maine woods. Sudeith’s hope? That the sculptures create an overarching narrative about the mystery and wonders of the world, or as he puts it, “about things that cannot be said in words.”

Kevin Sudeith leads a free walking tour of his petroglyphs Sept. 1, starting at Phippsburg’s Center Pond Preserve parking lot on Parker Head Rd., about half a mile after leaving Rte. 209.


The National Association of Hispanic Entrepreneurs welcomes a new organization from Mexico, Fandeli


Fandeli, a family business, expands from Mexico to the United States



HOUSTON, Aug. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The National Hispanic Contractors Association (NAHICA) is thrilled to announce that high-performance coated abrasives manufacturer Fandeli has joined the association.

“As a proudly Mexican company, we are excited to take on this new challenge and make a difference in all markets for Hispanic entrepreneurs in the United States,” said Enrique Telles, Chief Marketing Officer of Fandeli.

This new partnership also marks Fandeli’s arrival in the US market after serving customers in Mexico and around the world since 1927.

“For more than 95 years, we have been the only producer of coated abrasives in Mexico, and we are excited to bring our expertise to our American neighbors. We look forward to the relationships that being part of NAHICA will help us form as let us know our new community,” said Enrique Telles – Fandeli.

Fandeli’s historical history and global distribution network have supplied over 15,000 coated and bonded abrasive products to different market niches including the aerospace, textile, automotive, glass, construction, wood, metals, plastics and flooring.

The National Hispanic Contractors Association is a Houston-based organization that works to make Hispanic contractors the preferred partner of choice across industries for manufacturers, residential and commercial builders.

NAHICA provides the following services to its partners:

  • A website to access ongoing construction projects.

  • Access to NAHICA’s vast network of contacts and job offers.

  • Events and conferences to allow established and growing entrepreneurs to learn about important commercial, industrial, residential and engineering projects while networking with leading companies.

  • Workshops and training courses to teach the latest construction innovations.

  • Discounts on professional services and materials, including financial, legal and marketing services, certifications and building materials.

To learn more about the National Association of Hispanic Entrepreneurs, please visit https://nahica.org.

About the National Association of Hispanic Entrepreneurs

The National Association of Hispanic Entrepreneurs (NAHICA) aims to firmly establish Hispanic contractors as a preferred partner choice across industries for manufacturers, residential and commercial builders by helping the Latin construction community connect, grow and be properly resourced. to gain support from established companies. The organization is focused on opening up growth opportunities for contractors in the construction industry.

About Fandeli

We are a family business, originally from Mexico, with sales offices and warehouse in Houston since 1987, with a global presence in over 30 countries and numerous manufacturing industries. We have the most extensive coverage in the hardware, home center, self-service, and specialty retail sectors such as automotive and paint stores. At Fandeli, our priority is to ensure your complete satisfaction in the use and application of our products. We always provide you with the best quality sandpapers and sandpapers, as well as ongoing customer service and technical support.

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Lost hiker dies in Lake Havasu City AZ after water runs out


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A 31-year-old man who got lost trying to reach the trailhead after running out of water while hiking in a Lake Havasu city park has died, Arizona officials said . Three others were rescued.

Mohave County Sheriff‘s Office

Three hikers who ran out of water at a 1,100-acre desert park in Lake Havasu City were rescued, but a fourth died after trying to return to the trailhead, Arizona officials reported.

The 31-year-old man’s body was found Saturday, Aug. 27, off marked trails in the desert, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Four people visiting the city of Lake Havasu from out of town embarked on a hike in the Special Activities and Recreation Area Park on Friday, August 26, but called 911 for assistance after missing of water, according to the press release.

Deputies and firefighters found a 63-year-old woman, a 61-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman who were dehydrated and exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion, the statement said.

Hikers told rescuers the 31-year-old had decided to return to the trailhead when they called 911. He was also showing signs of dehydration and fatigue.

The 63- and 27-year-old men were taken to hospital for medical treatment while a search began for the missing hiker, the sheriff’s office reported.

Searchers used bicycles, vehicles and helicopters to search the extensive trail network, according to the statement. The search continued throughout the night until the man’s body was found.

Hikers were “unfamiliar with the increased danger of hiking in the heat of the day and the difficult trail network during the summer,” sheriff officials said.

The high temperature in Lake Havasu City on August 26 was 104 degrees.

Lake Havasu City is a community of approximately 57,000 people adjacent to Lake Havasu on the Arizona-California border, approximately 200 miles northwest of Phoenix.

Don Sweeney has been a journalist and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

Company Diary: Olympia Snowe’s leadership program continues to grow

The Olympia Snowe Leadership Institute kicked off its eighth year with a donors reception on August 2 at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth featuring a panel discussion with alumni and advisors.

“We now have 596 graduates from our program, girls who have completed the Values, Voice and Vision program,” said program founder Olympia Snowe, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1995. and in the United States Senate from 1995 to 2013. “We are on track to have 160 girls graduating from the program each year, thanks to all of you. We are growing by leaps and bounds, and expanding the universe of women leaders for Maine and beyond.

Individual tickets cost $500 each and the event sold out with just over 200 attendees.

The 10 alumni at the reception included keynote speaker Amara Ifeji, a 20-year-old Bangor High School graduate and rising junior at Northeastern University. “Being part of this institute has been central to my leadership journey,” said Ifeji, linking the Values, Voice and Vision program to his accomplishments. For her work in environmental science and activism, National Geographic last year chose her as one of 24 Young World Explorers. Ifeji is studying politics, philosophy, and economics at Northeastern and works full-time as the youth director of engagement and policy with the Maine Environmental Education Association.

“I’m surrounded by so much inspiration,” said Lillian Ranco, a 2022 graduate of Westbrook High School, who headed to Colby College to study government with an emphasis on economics. “Olympia has blazed its own trail and created this platform to share with all of us.”

Another 2022 Colby College graduate, Lora LaRochelle from Bath, said: “I wasn’t confident when I started the program and I didn’t talk about things that were close to my heart. But if I want to see change, maybe I should be. Interested in the applications of biostatistics, she plans to study mathematics and statistics.

Olympia’s inaugural class of leaders in Androscoggin County – where Snowe grew up – graduated from high school in 2018 and are now graduating from four-year colleges, and 32 of those 45 women chose to stay in Maine for their education. Today, girls from 36 partner schools in all 16 Maine counties are invited to the institute, which offers a curriculum equivalent to a college business leadership course spread over three years. The institute is supported by more than 20 advisors, all women, and a national network of business and community leaders.

Theresa McCarthy, who interned for Olympia Snowe in the 1980s, retired from the federal government in 2018 and is Olympia’s chief adviser in Bangor. “I appreciate the young people coming in,” she said. “And mentorships are the gateway to success.”

Being an Olympian Lead Counselor is a three-year commitment, following the same cohort of girls from sophomore through 12th grade. “We watch these young women develop and grow before our eyes,” said Kathleen Welter, vice president of human resources at Woodard & Curran. “These young women learn what is important to them very early in their lives.

“This program has given the girls the chance to use their voices and make connections,” said Kolleen Dougherty, an anesthesiologist at Spectrum Healthcare Partners and lead advisor at Olympia. “It’s so inspiring to meet young women with big aspirations.”

Participants say that the confidence gained by these young women is having an impact on their schools. “We all need strong leaders,” said Nicole Drew, a resource person at Leavitt Area High School in Turner. “And they don’t have to be the ones with the biggest voices.”

Amy Paradysz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Scarborough. She can be reached at [email protected]

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County Students Forge Art That Preserves Bridge’s Legacy | Company


MOUNT MORRIS – Students in the metalworking trades program at the Genesee Valley BOCES Mount Morris Career and Technical Education Center have created two large iron sculptures of the historic 1875 bridge that crossed the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park .

The two sculptures represent a bear and its two cubs and a bald eagle perched in a tree.

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Organization News: Ralpho Bridge Club | Local


ELYSBURG — The Ralpho Bridge Club held its “Bridge in a Barn” on Thursday with six tables and players from Danville, Shamokin and the Hazleton area. Before opening the games, Rush Township Supervisor Orville Shultz said a few encouraging words about the town-farm relationship.

Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108) informed the public of the new bypass, asking by a show of hands how many walked it, and quite a few raised their hands. Culver said she was there to work for the people and saw the soybeans die off, affected by the drought and the hay fields having seen no noticeable growth in the past two months. Culver then opened the games.

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Georgetown Considers Posting Freedom Charters, Possibly in Rainey Park | New


GEORGETOWN – City Council is considering a project to bring bronze replicas of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution to a city park.

Mike Unruh of Foundation Forward, the Valdese, North Carolina-based nonprofit organization behind the Charters of Freedom program, spoke to the board at a meeting Aug. 25 about the goal of the group is to set up a Charters of Freedom framework in every county in the United States. .

The idea for the Charters of Freedom program, Unruh said, was born when Foundation Forward founders Vance and Mary Jo Patterson of Morganton, North Carolina were deeply moved by the sight of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution on a 2011 trip to the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC

“They were like, ‘Why are we in our 60s and this is the first time we’ve seen these documents?'” Unruh said. “And all the way back to North Carolina, they were talking about how many people across the country never had a chance to see them firsthand.”

From there, the Charters of Freedom program took shape.

Unruh told the Georgetown Times that 41 settings have been dedicated so far and 57 more are currently in progress.

The Charters of Freedom website lists settings for Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia, as well as a setting of the Richland County Administration Building in Columbia.

The website further lists Conway and Myrtle Beach settings as being in the works.

In addition to plinths that display the four pages of the Constitution and the single pages of the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, Unruh said future settings will include replicas of constitutional amendments related to civil rights.

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Unruh told council that he initially approached Georgetown County Council about the project and was referred to the city. A survey of Georgetown revealed Joseph Rainey Park as a potential location.

No construction costs would accrue to city taxpayers, Unruh said, except for future maintenance and the sidewalk leading to the frame itself.

He said a brick establishment costs an average of $28,000, with funds raised through the Charters of Freedom website, and noted that some establishments have been funded entirely by donations.

Unruh added that the sets are designed to last 300 to 500 years and include time capsules that will be opened on September 17, 2087 – the 300th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

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Councilman Jim Clements questioned the proposed location of the setting, noting that Joseph Rainey Park represents the small sum of green space in downtown Georgetown.

“We have little pocket parks; we have very little grass downtown,” Clements said. “Rainey Park is the only exception where we have a bit of green space and a nice view of that fountain. And my blood bleeds red, white and blue with the next guy, but I have a strong exception to tie the one we have a decent little park with a few thousand square feet of impermeable area.”

Unruh said the minimum footprint for a frame would be 12 feet deep by 28 feet wide.

No action was taken on this as of August 25, so no specific location is currently set in stone.

Mayor Carol Jayroe said the city will continue to seek a location on which the council can come to an agreement.

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NASCAR is coming to Chicago for a street race on July 2


NASCAR decided to do street racing in and around downtown Chicago next 4th of July weekend; July 2 to be precise.

Being a Chicago good boy, I imagine street racers weaving through the whole city of Chicago; through Humboldt Park, past Wrigley Field, and even let them through the Hillside Strangler (it’s a horrible mess of roads just west of the city limits.

here’s how Urban dictionary describes it:

“Slang term for the westernmost interchange of the Eisenhower Freeway (I-290) in Chicago. Interstate 290’s three lanes narrow to two and Interstate 88’s three lanes narrow to one, to form three lanes of the Eisenhower. The “bottleneck” effect of merging two three-lane freeways into a single three-lane freeway often creates huge traffic jams, hence its notoriety as ” hillside strangler”.

But alas, the event promises to be a two-mile course around Grant Park. That’s good, but so what? It would be pretty enough and keep traffic disruption to a minimum, but what’s the fun in it?

Send them to the real city streets. Since almost all sporting events these days are made for TV, you really should use Lake Shore Drive. (Of course, watch out for the Chicago cops. It’s 45 (mph) the whole way. But Lake Shore Drive passes where the World’s Fairs were held in 1893 and 1933, so you’d send the drivers through Jackson Park, past the Museum of Science and Industry, then back up to Oak Street Beach. Lots of eye candy there for people watching on TV.

But you know how much TV likes to promote itself, that’s where you put the finish line.

Mr. Beef, the real restaurant on Hulu’s “The Bear” at 666 Orleans Street. (no kidding) (Google Street View)

Mr. Beef, the real restaurant on Hulu’s “The Bear” at 666 Orleans Street. (no kidding) (Google Street View)

Right across from the actual restaurant that is current TV darling, “The Bear”. The real place is Mr. Beef on Orleans. At the end of the race, all drivers receive an Italian beef. How much more Chicago can you get? Come on, NASCAR, make it happen.

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USA’s Sexuality Education and Counseling Organization Celebrates 50 Years of Sex Education – Golden Gate Xpress


EROS members and the campus community gathered on Tuesday to discuss bodily autonomy and sexual confidence.

The sexuality education and referral organization celebrated its 50th anniversary of dedication to promoting a healthy relationship with sexuality on campus on Wednesday.

The organization is a student associate program that was started in 1972 and later educated the campus community during the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

EROS Deputy Director Jaelyn Galasinao Sanidad said the organization was created at a time when there was a desperate need for sexual health education and products, especially within the queer community.

“50 years ago there was a lot going on within the queer community regarding health like HIV and AIDS, and a lot of stigma was going around that wasn’t really real information,” Sanidad said. “So essentially what EROS does is we donate our resources, our health products, and fight this misinformation.”

Compared to the height of the AIDS and HIV pandemic, EROS members also reflected on the overthrow of Roe v. Wade and the recent monkeypox emergency.

“It’s the default here in this country to watch people’s bodies,” Sanidad said. “The people who make the laws don’t fully represent the people or those who are marginalized.”

Sanidad believes people should be confident in their sexuality and make their own decisions about their bodies.

“I hope that when people attend our events, they feel empowered to speak for their own bodies, that they have bodily autonomy and have the right to choose what they want,” said said Sanidad. “And once you’re able to reclaim that, you can tap into some inner power and find community along the way.”

EROS held an event Wednesday at the Cesar Chavez Student Center to provide condoms and other safer sex supplies. They also hosted an open forum to talk about sex through games such as “Red Flags” and “Devine the STI”.

Jasmine Zepeda, office assistant for the EROS office, said that this organization enlightens and educates the field of sexuality.

“What the program does is much more important than me,” Zepeda said. “I think knowledge and education leads to an open mind and education is very important in terms of sexuality.”

Sanidad said that the information provided by EROS is a human right.

“Everyone should have a right to this information and education because it’s health,” Sanidad said. “Health has no binary, no gender, no sexuality and everyone has the human right to good health and to the resources they need to maintain their health.”

How to Get Tickets, Where to Park for the Kansas City Air Show


The U.S. Navy Blue Angels arrived at New Century AirCenter near Gardner, Kansas on Thursday, July 1, in preparation for the 2021 KC Air Show Saturday and Sunday.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels arrived at New Century AirCenter near Gardner, Kansas on Thursday, July 1, in preparation for the 2021 KC Air Show Saturday and Sunday.

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Fighter jets will take to the skies over Labor Day weekend. The KC Air Show hits the New Century Air Center in New Century on September 3-4.

The family showcase features the USAF Thunderbirds for the Air Force’s 75th anniversary.


Dozens of jets, propeller planes and paratroopers are scheduled for the weekend. The Thunderbirds are the main attraction, but they will be joined by many skydivers, jets and helicopters, including:

You can check out the full list of performers, including solo acts, here.

The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Thunderbirds will have the longest performance at 60 minutes, while other performances range from 10 to 20 minutes.

The show will be the same for both days. Weather conditions can cause changes, but the show will go on rain or shine.


The show should sell out.

There are several ticket options:

  • General admission tickets are $45 for adults, $16 for teens, and $9 for children per day. Children 5 and under are free.

  • The Flight Line club offers lodges located on the show line. You will have access to shaded areas, open-air views and exclusive restrooms. These cost $75.

  • The Gold club is a tent area with shaded tables, catered lunch, private and air-conditioned restrooms. It will cost you $179.

  • The Platinum Club has all the benefits of the Gold Club, but you’ll get the best view of the show. Tickets for this section are $399.

  • Photo pit tickets will give you exclusive access on Fridays to watch the performers practice and allow you to enter the show early on Saturday or Sunday to take photos while the jets are on the ground. These tickets cost $150.


Parking will be available free of charge at the Garmin parking lot, but you will need to reserve your space in advance. You can reserve your seats here.

There is also free parking you can reserve at the Olathe District Activity Center at 20925 159th St.

The air show will have a shuttle connecting these grounds to the New Century Air Center.

On-site parking is available for $85, and you can purchase your parking pass here to park at 551 New Century Pkwy. Platinum club ticket buyers will have a Platinum parking pass at 4 New Century Pkwy.

Accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at designated KC Air Show locations. There is no accessible parking on site unless you have purchased a premium or platinum parking pass.


Every seat, whether General Admission or Platinum Club, is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 9am both days, so you’ll want to get there early to get the best spot. Tight security may delay your entry, as they will search through every bag brought to the event.


There will be many planes on the ground to see, some of which you can peek inside.

New this year are two monster trucks that people can ride in during the show.

If you liked “Top Gun: Maverick”, you can sit in the cockpit of an F-18. You can’t fly in it, you can only get a photo inside.

Other exhibits will be on display for you to visit, including:


The KC Air Show will have food trucks with many different options. Gyros, funnel cakes, kebobs, slushies and more will be available.

Outside food and drink is not permitted. Each person can only bring one sealed bottle of water.

WaterOne’s “Quench Buggy” will also be on standby for customers to fill their water bottles and stay hydrated throughout the day.


There will be an increased security presence at the KC Air Show, as event organizers feel it is necessary due to recent world events. All bags and items may be searched by security at any time.

Security may ask you to throw an item away or return it to your car, as they will not hold your items at the gates or at the customer services booth.

The following items are allowed:

  • Bags, handbags or backpacks 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches or less, with or without a handle or shoulder strap.

  • Binoculars

  • Blankets

  • Cameras and camera bags

  • Folding or camping chairs

  • Small soft-sided coolers for medical use or baby items only

  • Small personal umbrellas

  • Soft-sided wagons

  • Strollers

  • Water bottle (factory sealed/unopened bottle of 1 liter or less, one per person

You cannot bring these items to the KC Air Show:

  • Aerosol cans

  • All food and drink outside. One sealed bottle of water will be allowed per person.

  • Anything that may obstruct someone’s view, such as a poster or banner

  • Bags, purses or backpacks larger than 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches

  • Banners or flags with sticks

  • Beach balls or other inflatables

  • Bullhorns, air-horns, cowbells or other noisemakers

  • Cigarettes and electronic cigarettes

  • Rigid coolers of all types

  • Objects that can be projectiles

  • Lasers or laser pens and pointers

  • Pets, except documented service animals

  • Toy guns or toy knives

  • Unmanned aerial vehicles, such as drones

  • Weapons and fireworks of any kind, including all guns and pocket knives

  • Wrapped gifts or gifts of any kind


Unless you’ve purchased a Gold or Platinum club pass, you won’t get any shadows. This is how people can see the sky without obstruction. Bring hats, sunglasses, or small umbrellas that won’t block anyone’s view of the jets, and non-aerosol sunscreen!

Joseph Hernandez is a member of The Star’s duty journalism team. A Kansas City native, Hernandez is a graduate of Cristo Rey Kansas City High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He previously wrote for the Columbia Missourian and The Pitch.

Lake Erie Communities Standardize Data Collected by Volunteers

The Lake Erie Volunteer Science Network (LEVSN)—a collaboration of 16 local water quality monitoring programs convened by the Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA)—has released a set of standards for data collected by volunteers. The standards aim to empower communities to tell a new regional story about watershed health and support smart environmental education, research and management.

Residents of Lake Erie communities feel connected to their water resources. For years, local organizers have harnessed this energy to power “citizen” or “volunteer” science groups that monitor water quality in their watersheds. However, challenges with the credibility and consistency of the data collected have often meant that experts and communities struggle to fully leverage the power of voluntary science to fill critical information gaps and support research. natural resource management.

To address these challenges, the new standards – called the Lake Erie Baseline Assessment Framework (LEBAF) – were co-developed with researchers and policymakers at CWA’s 2022 Lake Erie Citizen Science Summit with the goal of unleashing the potential of local groups to address the most pressing water governance, research, and advocacy challenges facing Lake Erie communities today.

“The Lake Erie Volunteer Science Network has accelerated the existing organizational and local volunteer monitoring ecosystem with the latest technology and a standardized framework for collecting and reporting credible environmental information,” said Dr. Christopher Winslow, director of the Ohio Sea Grant College program. “This effort has moved the movement from isolated engagement and education efforts to an organized network of advocates armed with robust, real-time water quality data to make decisions about investments, priorities and policies in regional infrastructure.”

The standards provide a framework for new and old volunteer programs to increase the credibility of their work and chart a course for expansion and improvement over time. At the end of each field season, LEVSN will analyze and communicate data-based results to participants and the public, advancing progress toward the goal of clean, accessible water for all Lake Erie communities. In partnership with The Commons, CWA also supported the development of an open API that will increase the visibility of data collected by volunteers through state and federal databases, allowing easy connection to tools for decision-making, analysis and modeling.

For Cleveland Water Alliance, this standardization builds on a broader effort to secure the region’s position as a global hub for water technology innovation. Over the past two years, LEVSN has piloted technologies that allow communities to monitor nutrient pollution and harmful toxins from algal blooms. Now its members are testing LimnoTech’s Affordable Sensor Kit, an in-situ sensor node capable of collecting basic physical and chemical data at a significantly reduced cost.

“Our vision for this project is to serve as a platform to verify and implement innovative technologies and standards that will enable high-quality data collection and regional integration of volunteer science efforts with professional academics and science agencies. “, said Max Herzog, program manager at CWA. “We look forward to bringing in new partners and hope this program will provide a model for other coastal communities to build their own monitoring networks, strengthening water infrastructure management efforts in the Great Lakes region and beyond. . »

National Black Theater appoints Kamilah Long as first Director of Organizational Development


The Black National Theater announced the appointment of Kamilah Long as the organization’s first director of development. Ms. Long is an established director, producer, educator, fundraiser, activist and speaker. She joins the 54-year-old theater company founded by the legendary Dr. Barbara Anne Teerthrough Play On Shakespeare, the former program of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, of which she was executive director since 2020.

“I met Dr. Teer when I was a graduate student at the University of Louisville. Listening to his powerful words changed my life,” she says. “The decision to take on this important and newly created position at NBT is my way of paying tribute to Dr. Teer and his vision, which is based on LOVE, one of the principles of black liberation.”

Kamilah brings a wealth of experience and an exemplary journey that has seen her rise through the ranks at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the past 7+ years. Kamilah held many positions during his tenure there, including Associate Director of Leadership Engagements, Director of Leadership Gifts, and Senior Director of Individual Gifts and Development Operations.

Additionally, she is a board member of Southern Oregon Public Television on the Oregon Arts Commission and is the founder and CEO of her own media company, The Black Whole, which focuses on centering the global black community through the arts and storytelling. One of their recent productions, a short film titled “Come on girl,” was an Official Selection of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

“We are delighted to welcome Kamilah Long to the NBT family. Kamilah brings with her extensive experience in institutional advancement and as a former practicing artist. She has a deep love, understanding and dedication to our culture and the community of artists we serve. We look forward to his leadership as NBT continues to grow in reach and impact through our programs, productions and capital projects.” – Sade Lythcott CEO, National Black Theater

Jonathan McCrory, Executive Artistic Director of the National Black Theatre, said: “Having Kamilah Long joining NBT at this time is the homecoming of someone who met and was influenced by Dr. Teer and to have her now deeply connected within the organization to be the first Director of Development is a looping moment complete.

Kamilah joins the organization at a critical historical moment when the organization is involved in a major fundraising campaign, preparing for the start of construction on a 21-story project. In addition to 222 mixed-income apartment units, the project will house Dr. Teer’s Theater of the Future, ensuring New York’s oldest black theater continues to serve as a vital resource for artists and entrepreneurs, for production of works rooted in the imagination of contemporary black voices, challenging the mainstream.

“The National Black Theater has been my home for many years, and in the past two years alone we have experienced tremendous growth. The search for the first Director of Development has been a long time coming, and as we know, patience is its own unique art form. Kamilah came at a pivotal time in NBT’s history. Not only does she hold experience as an artist and leader in nonprofit development, but she came With a deep appreciation for the mission of the National Black Theater and an understanding of its importance in the black arts space and the sector at large, I am immensely thrilled to welcome such an exceptional new member to the family. – Linara Davidson – Greenidge, Treasurer of the National Black Theater Board

Kamilah was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from Alabama State University and her MFA from the University of Louisville.

About the National Black Theater

The National Black Theater (NBT), the nation’s first revenue-generating black arts complex, was founded in 1968 by the late visionary artist Dr. Barbara Anne Teer. NBT is New York’s oldest black theater, one of the oldest theaters founded and still operated by a woman of color in the country and most recently included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of African History and Culture. Americans in Washington. , DC NBT’s core mission is to produce transformational theater that helps shift the inaccuracy around African American cultural identity by telling authentic stories of the black way of life. As an alternative learning environment, NBT uses theater arts as a means to educate, enrich, entertain, empower, and inform the national consciousness about current social issues affecting our communities. Under the direction of Sade Lythcott, CEO and Jonathan McCrory, Executive Artistic Director, NBT’s three core programs – the Theater Arts Program, the Communication Arts Program and the Entrepreneurial Arts Program – are helping to reshape a more inclusive American theater field by providing an artistically rigorous and culturally sensitive space for artists of color to experiment, develop and showcase new work. Working with pioneering artists from Nona Hendrix at Jeremy O. Harrisand helping to launch the careers, more recently, of artists such as Dominique Morrisseau, Radha White, Mfoniso Udofia, Sahim Ali, Lee Edward Colston II and Ebony Noelle Golden, and incubating Obie Award-winning companies like The Movement Theater Company and Harlem9’s 48Hours in Harlem, NBT’s cultural output remains unmatched. Located in the heart of Harlem, NBT has produced over 300 original works; won 56 Audelco awards; received a CEBA Merit Award; and has been nominated for several Drama Desk awards. NBT is supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, New York Community Trust, Shubert Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, City Council of New York, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Columbia Service Society and private donations. Visit www.nationalblacktheatre.org or follow NBT on Facebook (@NationalBlackTheatre) and Twitter/Instagram (@NatBlackTheatre).

Michael Martinez steps down as City Manager of Sunland Park


Michael Martinez has resigned after two years as City Manager of Sunland Park.

The city council met behind closed doors on Friday evening to discuss allowing Mayor Javier Perea to accept a resignation, departure and release agreement. They also met behind closed doors on Aug. 15 to discuss personnel matters involving the city manager, according to the meeting agenda.

Council was in closed session for 80 minutes on Friday before calling a public session at 7.20 p.m. which lasted about a minute, as councilors voted to approve a severance package without any discussion or announcement to the public as to the starting conditions.

One council member, Jeffrey Cox, abstained while the other five council members vote to approve the package.

In January, the city extended Martinez’s contract through 2026 and promised a salary increase of $100,000 to $125,000 after salary increases for city staff take effect. The agreement also provided for a severance package equivalent to one year’s salary, not including unusual vacation or sick leave, if Martinez was terminated without cause. For a good cause, the contract stipulates that he is not entitled to severance pay or the balance of his compensation for the year.

Martinez followed Julia Brown as principal of Sunland Park in 2020, after serving in various positions for the city and county governments of El Paso, after writing grants for the El Paso Independent School District in 2011 , according to an employment history on his LinkedIn profile. .

The border town adjacent to El Paso and Santa Teresa has about 17,000 residents and grew 16% from 2010 to 2020, according to US Census data. The town is also the seat of the Gadsden Independent School District, the fourth largest in the state.

It also owns the Sunland Park racetrack and casino and a growing number of cannabis dispensaries, businesses that benefit from their proximity to Texas where cannabis and casino gambling are banned.

The Las Cruces Sun-News asks for Martinez’s letter of resignation and terms of leaving the city.

Algernon D’Ammassa can be reached at 575-541-5451, [email protected] or @AlgernonWrites on Twitter.

Huff’s Market a Milledgeville tradition since 1950 | New

Huff’s Market in Milledgeville has a history dating back to the 1950s. The exact year the business opened is a source of debate within the Huff family. William Huff, the great-uncle of current owner Dylan Amerson, ran the store as a place where customers came to find almost anything. After Huff passed away, Dylan’s great aunt Dorthy (also known as Aunt Dottie) ran the store until 2021.

Dylan is a native of Milledgeville who grew up going to Huff’s Market, which was not far from his home. His wife, Kensey, grew up in Atlanta and the two met while staying at Great Smoky Mountain National Park, where Kensey worked at the Environmental Education Center. They spent a few years in the mountains before moving to Utah and then returning to the Smokies to be closer to their families in Georgia, where they originally planned to stay.

When Kensey was pregnant with their son, Sawyer (now one year old), Dylan’s mother explained that the family was figuring out what to do with his Aunt Dottie’s store. The biggest benefit of moving back to Milledgeville was being able to raise their son as a family. This made it easier for them to buy and reopen Huff’s market, despite their original intention to stay in the mountains.

Under Aunt Dottie, the store transformed into a gas station/convenience store from a general store that sold everything, including pet food and liquor. Dottie also made what the Amersons say are “the best cookies and burgers in town.” With the help of many different people, including community and family members, Kensey and Dylan worked hard to renovate the store. Renovations included a new paint job, luxury vinyl flooring (thanks to Scott Dispain and Custom Hardwood Floors) which replaced the carpet, new flooring put in by Clear Choice Exteriors USA and electric help from Jack Wright.

After the renovations, Kensey and Dylan officially reopened the store in April. Although they carry the essentials like milk, bread and eggs, the duo emphasized Georgian grown and local produce.

‘”We offer a wide variety of small batch Georgia and Southeast products, from cheese straws and pickles to artisanal chocolate, milk and cheese, as well as a wide selection of local meat products from C&B Meat Market and Comfort Farms here in Milledgeville, Rocking A Farm in Washington County and Liberty Farms outside of Crawfordville,” Kensey and Dylan explained via email.

They also pick up fresh produce every week at the Macon Farmer’s Market.

The company offers products that customers are unlikely to find elsewhere in Milledgeville, and Huff’s Market uses Aunt Dottie’s recipe to make cookies and burgers. However, customers will have to decide for themselves if the food is as good as it was when Aunt Dottie made it.

Huff’s Market is hosting an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber of Commerce scheduled for Thursday. According to Kensey and Dylan, the community response to Huff’s since reopening has been impressive, with great support on social media and many new customers arriving daily.

Huff’s Market was also recently honored as a 2022 Best of Georgia nominee.

“It was quite a shock, honestly. We had only been open for about 2 months when we received the nomination, and we are so honored that people think so highly of us.

This community is what keeps the husband and wife duo alive every day at Huff’s.

“Getting up at 5:15 a.m. to make breakfast isn’t always easy, but when you think of our regulars, the people commuting to school and the linemen working to get high-speed internet access to central georgia and everyone else who hopefully thinks “I’m going to Huff’s for a cookie this morning” or “I can’t wait to get some Huff’s chicken salad” this makes getting started a whole lot easier so we can be there for our community.

Teen, 17, shot and killed while hosting party in Irvington, NJ


IRVINGTON — A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in his home while hosting a party Friday night, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.

Officials said the shooting took place shortly after 10 p.m. at the minor’s home in the 100 block of Maple Avenue in Irvington. The victim was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene around 10:40 p.m.

NJ Advance Media reported that the victim has been identified as Kansley Moneus. He was reportedly found in his garden after an argument with another man. Police were responding to a noise complaint report following the gunshots.

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office Homicide and Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the fatal shooting. No arrests were made.

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

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Why the Shanghai Cooperation Organization matters


Why the Shanghai Cooperation Organization matters

Foreign ministers and SCO officials meet in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on July 14, 2021. (Reuters)

Established in 2001 as a successor to the Shanghai Five, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is the largest regional grouping in Eurasia, covering approximately 40% of the world’s population and 30% of the world’s economic output. Due to its impressive security and economic cooperation profile, the SCO has gained enormous traction across Asia. It is no surprise that a number of Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries are lining up to join as dialogue partners, observers and members.
The SCO currently comprises eight member states (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), four observer states (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia) and six dialogue partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey). At the annual SCO heads of state summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 15-16, Iran will become full members of the organization, while Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt will become dialogue partners.
In addition, Belarus will start the accession process; Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia and Nepal will become observers; and Bahrain and the Maldives will begin the accession process as dialogue partners. The UAE would like to join the SCO as a member, bypassing other membership requirements. Syria, Iraq, Israel, Bangladesh and Vietnam also hope to join the dialogue as partners or observers.
Since its establishment, the SCO has forged close ties with several international institutions and regional organizations, including the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Asian Development Bank, the Association of Southeast Asia and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. A memorandum of understanding between the SCO Secretariat and the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States was also reached at last year’s SCO summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
The SCO was first branded by the United States as a hostile bloc, led by China and Russia to challenge its post-Cold War global supremacy. On the contrary, its evolution conforms to the familiar pattern of “new regionalism” in the developing world, which has produced viable regional organizations, such as the Gulf Cooperation Council and ASEAN. All are intergovernmental organizations with similar structures, defying the supranational mode of integration in the EU.
The SCO also shares important similarities with the GCC and ASEAN in terms of origin and evolution. It was created to fight against the three evils of terrorism, extremism and separatism. The GCC and ASEAN also came into being to deal with the security threat from Iran and communism, respectively. While regional security remains a common concern for both organizations, their real success lies in economic integration: the GCC Common Market versus the ASEAN Economic Community.
However, the SCO’s comparative distinction derives from its rapid progress in establishing close security and economic collaboration. The Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure is its key institution to counter the three evils. Security cooperation is reinforced by military exercises, qualified as peace missions, and counter-terrorism exercises organized periodically in the Member States. It has produced tangible results in the fight against terrorism, in particular.
The economic value of the SCO derives from the fact that it is led by China, the world economic power, and includes Russia and India as major international players, as well as the states of Central and South Asia. Caucasus, which have largely untapped oil and natural gas resources. Although the SCO has not yet established a free trade area, it has made significant gains in expanding intraregional trade and investment and regional share in world trade.
China dominates SCO’s business and investment activities. Recent reports estimate that its trade with other member states increased 20-fold between 2001 and 2020, reaching $245 billion in 2020 from $12 billion in 2001. Until last year, China had invested $85 billion and contracted additional development projects worth $280 billion in other countries. Member States. The total trade volume of SCO member states also increased from $668.09 billion in 2001 to $6.06 trillion in 2020; and the share in world trade has increased from 5.4% in 2001 to 17.5% in 2020.
China and Russia have competitive interests in the SCO, including trade and development versus energy and security, respectively. But their overarching goal is to create the Greater Eurasia Partnership by synergizing SCO’s development activities with multilateral integration projects in Eurasia, including China’s Silk Road Economic Belt and the Eurasian Economic Union. in Russia.
This strategic mission of the SCO makes it the best option for the GCC, as it seeks to diversify geoeconomic ties in Asia without undermining the geopolitical partnership with the United States. These two paths are not contradictory, one ensuring economic prosperity and the other guaranteeing security. There are also other reasons.
So far, Gulf countries have sought bilateral free trade agreements with China, India and Pakistan, but with limited success. Their relations with the states of Central Asia and the Caucasus, despite the community of hydrocarbon wealth, are still minimal. With ASEAN too, successive rounds of ministerial meetings have failed to deepen trade and economic relations.
That Saudi Arabia and Qatar are about to become dialogue partners of the SCO is therefore an encouraging development. Bahrain will join the club in over a year. It would be great if the United Arab Emirates also joined the accession process. Along with Egypt, Turkey and other Middle Eastern aspirants to partnership with the SCO, the oil-rich Gulf countries have the means to act as a catalyst for Eurasian regionalism, alongside China, Russia and resourceful members of Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Saudi Arabia can use its formidable economic clout to shape the SCO’s progressive agenda in its own way.

Ishtiaq Ahmad

That’s why they don’t have to worry about Iran, because it’s about to join such a big regional organization as a full member for the first time since 1979. After all, the big rivals India and Pakistan have been members of the SCO since 2017, without disturbing its institutional effectiveness. Members of the GCC are undoubtedly late entrants to this central regional body. But better late than never.
In fact, as China’s largest trading partner and recipient of the bulk of Chinese investment under the Belt and Road Initiative, Saudi Arabia can use its formidable economic clout to shape its way the progressive agenda of the SCO. In this regard, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was invited to attend the Samarkand Summit, can play a pivotal role by sharing the Kingdom’s exceptional expertise in renewable energy with the SCO. This is an area he has reached the least.

  • Ishtiaq Ahmad is a former journalist who served as Vice-Chancellor of Sargodha University in Pakistan and Quaid-e-Azam Fellow at Oxford University.

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The first-ever “Safety Fest” was held in downtown Paso Robles


PASOsafe is a volunteer-based organization which held its first-ever Safety Fest today in the downtown park where people had the chance to learn about safety in just about anything you do. can think of.

“It’s really an example of how our community comes together and really wants to promote how important it is to be safe, it’s the main reason we’re all here and having fun,” said said Gina Grieb, co-founder of PASOsafe.

The emergency, disaster and security preparedness event included local experts who are trained to help in the event of the unexpected.

“We’re mostly focused on, like the average person, what to do if someone goes into cardiac arrest,” said emergency medical technician Sofia Terry.

The idea behind this event was also to train and educate the local community.

“It’s so important, especially for children, to leave with the idea that they can actively participate in safety. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, not just our first responders,” said Mark Elterman, PASOsafe, co-founder.

“You know things happen. you know we’ve had earthquakes and fires and all kinds of crazy things we’ve had. we have to remember what to do,” Paso Robles resident Lisa Otte said.

This is not a one-time event, the founders of PASOsafe said they hope to continue hosting this event in the future and expand to nearby towns.

The event was a fundraiser, with proceeds going to the Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association and the North County Cert Program.

School garden program receives $10,000 grant

By Explore Ecology

The school garden at La Honda STEAM Academy in Lompoc is full of summer flowers, healthy fruit trees and many delicious vegetables, all ready for the students’ return to campus. On Saturday, August 27, the garden will also be filled with volunteers from the local chapter of Moms Demand Action.

Creating a healthy and supportive community where young people live and play is necessary for future generations to thrive. To achieve this, Santa Barbara Moms Demand Action and Explore Ecology have partnered on an environmental design project that will begin August 27 at The Honda STEAM Academy.

The local Santa Barbara group of Moms Demand Action has partnered with Explore Ecology and its school garden program for a $10,000 grant. The grant will be used to improve outdoor spaces that promote community gathering and connection in the La Honda school garden. One of ten Wear Orange Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) grants awarded nationwide by the Everytown Community Safety Fund to support unique environmental projects, Santa Barbara Moms Demand Action and Explore Ecology are proud to s associate with this project for the benefit of young people in the community.

Lindsay Johnson, Executive Director of Explore Ecology, says, “We are thrilled and honored to receive this grant. We have seen the impact that a thriving and abundant school garden can have on a community. When we incorporate nature into the built environment, positive things happen! We say school gardens not only grow organic produce, they also grow community. Many of our gardens inspire students and staff to hold campus farmers’ markets and provide food for cafeterias. We also see great neighborhood involvement with many neighbors wanting to volunteer in the gardens – once you plant a garden it has a ripple effect on the whole community.

Kendall Pata of Santa Barbara Moms Demand Action says, “Moms Demand Action is a national grassroots advocacy group fighting to make our communities safer by advocating for common sense gun safety legislation. We focus on the transformative power of outdoor spaces that make our communities safer.”

On Saturday, August 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Moms Demand Action volunteers will participate in a day of service at La Honda Garden by moving mulch, filling flower beds with soil and compost, and painting flowers. picnic tables. with decorative patterns. By improving and expanding this green space, the renovated garden will help Explore Ecology continue to provide essential community support and hands-on educational programs. The garden is a safe gathering space where students, parents, teachers and community members come together and connect with nature.

Paul Bommersbach, Student Support Services Coordinator, said “Lompoc Unified School District looks forward to the opportunity to be a partner in this community project with both Explore Ecology and their school garden program and Moms Demand Action at benefiting students, staff and parents at The Honda STEAM Academy The staff and volunteers of Explore Ecology have already had a positive impact on several elementary school campuses in Lompoc with their beautiful gardens for our students. Moms Demand Action’s partnership and their work to make our communities safer by advocating for common sense gun safety legislation is a win-win situation for the Lompoc community and our students. looks forward to the continuation of this partnership for the benefit of all involved.

Explore Eco-Garden Educator at La Honda, Linda Martinson says, “The garden is a place where students find peace in observations of the natural world. I see the calming effect this special space has on the students. I love seeing them leave the garden with smiling faces after discovering a chrysalis or spending time digging in the ground.”

Moms Demand Action raises awareness about the epidemic of gun violence in our country. Every day more than 110 Americans are shot and killed and twice as many are shot. Suicide by firearm claims the lives of more than 24,000 people in the United States each year, and firearms are now the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in the United States.

An environmental education and arts nonprofit, Explore Ecology educates and empowers the next generation of environmental stewards in classrooms and gardens across the county.

About Explore Ecology: Explore Ecology is an environmental and arts education nonprofit that educates more than 38,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and discover the value of environmental stewardship. Explore Ecology programs include the Art From Scrap creative reuse store and gallery, the watershed resource center, and the school garden program. For more information, visit ExploreEcology.org.

Honda STEAM Academy Photos by Linda Martinson, Gardening Educator

Photos of Moms Demand Action members by Katie Abbott Photography

Lincoln’s organization offers free concert to inmates


LINCON, Neb. (KLKN) – Bridges to Hope, a Lincoln nonprofit, seeks to heal people who have broken the law and help them become constructive citizens.

On Friday afternoon, the organization held a free concert featuring Nashville musician Ben Fuller at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

“This is my first time to Lincoln, Nebraska,” Fuller said. “It was very beautiful. I must say that today was very, very powerful.

Bridges to Hope helps men and women reintegrate into the community after being locked up.

“Second chances matter,” said the organization‘s executive director, Rhonda Mattingly. “Everyone has a story and everyone deserves a second chance.”

The organization also hosted a Free Will concert on Friday night at the Lutheran Church of Christ.

The keynote speaker was chef Brandon Chrostowski, who was nominated for an Oscar for his documentary “Knife Skills.”

Chrostowski spoke of future opportunities, such as introducing a culinary program to Nebraska prisons.

Donations from Friday night’s concert will help Bridges to Hope organize more activities for inmates.

Leaders of the organization say they will continue to work with inmates to give them opportunities when they return to the community.

Park City Long-Term Transportation Plan Approved

The park’s Planning Commission has recommended that city council adopt a 30-year transportation plan. Priority projects in the Park City Forward plan include expanding the network of high-frequency transit services. | Park Record File Photo

The Park City Planning Commission recommended a long-term transportation plan that would focus on reducing traffic in the community and provide people with car-free ways to get around when they are in town.

Planning commissioners recently voted unanimously in favor of Park City Forward, a 30-year plan that would complement the overall city plan. The plan was forwarded to the Park City Council with a positive recommendation for consideration at a September 15 meeting.

The projects master plan would be implemented in phases through 2050. The plan, which lists 84 transportation initiatives, calls for collaboration with regional partners on some of the long-term efforts.

“This plan is not a plan that is going to sit on the shelf,” said Julia Collins, Park City‘s transportation planning manager. “We thought a lot about how this could be complementary to the general plan. It establishes the objectives and principles that the city wants to pursue in the short and long term.

The plan lists priorities identified in public outreach efforts and funds would be allocated for those projects, Collins said.

Priorities include freeway improvement projects, new park-and-ride facilities, expanding high-frequency transit service, updating parking rates, commuting incentive programs , improvements to Main Street and Old Town, and a network of sidewalks designed to make walking the default choice. for short trips to Park City.

Alex Roy, Park City’s senior transportation planner, noted that the city has developed a general guiding principle of “park once.” Drivers are encouraged to park upon arrival at their destination and use off-road modes, such as public transit, to get to other locations in the city.

“We heard loud and clear from the Planning Commission that cycling and walking are essential to the nature of the community, so we want to expand our world-class cycling and walking infrastructure and then proactively review and analyze the disruptive ideas and innovations in transportation,” Roy said. .

He said the plan is designed to serve all types of people who travel to and within Park City – residents; year-round employees and business owners; cultural and event visitors; recreational excursionists; seasonal employees; and long-term visitors and holiday home owners.

The plan’s recommendation was approved with an amendment proposed by Planning Commissioner John Kenworthy that adds the development of transportation systems within Park City’s boundaries as a guiding principle.

Kenworthy said he would like Park City to have a collection area where buses and shuttles pick up and drop off passengers, which would help increase average vehicle occupancy, or AVO. The city would have control over the area and could make it a priority, unlike a project outside of municipal boundaries, such as freeway improvements or remote parking lots in other jurisdictions, which are beyond its control, a- he said.

“I want this collection area,” Kenworthy said. “I want it because then we will have a chance to have higher AVOs inside the city.”

The plan estimates that project costs would total $722.33 million and the funding gap would be $385.86 million. The money could come from federal grants, state grants, county contributions, a local transportation fund, and a local municipal fund.

Work on Park City Forward began in 2018. Planning department staff members developed the plan with the assistance of a technical advisory committee made up of representatives from the resorts, Park City Chamber/Bureau, the Park City Historic Alliance, Summit County, Park City School District, Utah. Department of Transportation, Ski Utah and High Valley Transit. Other local businesses, employees and residents also participated.

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Tickets on sale now for the Fall for Gardening Symposium – Henry County Times


On Saturday, September 10, Henry County Master Gardeners will host the Fourth Annual Fall Symposium for Gardening at Heritage Park (97 Lake Dow Road in McDonough) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of the event is Bee a Mindful Gardener.

Four speakers will present information about gardening with purpose and thinking about plants, nature and wildlife.

• Trecia Neal was a biologist at the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta for thirty years, retiring in 2017. Her areas of expertise include ornithology, environmental education, and designing classrooms and outdoor gardens. Upon retirement, Ms. Neal formed Green Gardens Education and Designs LLC to design wildlife gardens for homeowners. Ms. Neal will present “Native Plant Myths and Why We Need Them”. She will discuss native plants, why we need them, and ecosystem services.

•Dr. Bodie Pennisi is a professor and statewide extension landscape specialist in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, which she joined in 2000. In addition to graduate teaching, the undergraduate and master gardener and extensive research, Dr. Pennisi coordinates a statewide outreach program to support the landscape industry. She will present “Make your garden a paradise for pollinators and beneficial insects”. It will detail common pollinators and natural enemies as well as best practices for attracting and keeping these insects.

•Sara Henderson has worked with public gardens at the Atlanta History Center, Vines Botanical Garden, Barnsley Gardens, Atlanta Botanical Garden and has served as Gardens Director of Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta for the past 14 years. She will discuss “Making the Most of Small Spaces”. His presentation will guide guests through the process of selecting appropriate plants and design principles for the small garden.

• Kathy Henderson Engeman operates a 25-acre farm in Locust Grove, Georgia, which includes a 3,000 square foot greenhouse and shadehouse producing plants for local gardeners. She is a former staff member of the Fernbank Science Center and volunteer for the Georgia Aquarium. In 2006, she founded the Locust Grove Heritage Foundation which preserves the history and heritage of the area. Ms. Engeman will present “Mindful Winter Gardening in the South”. She will explain why a winter garden is desirable, choosing interesting plants for winter and gardening vegetables in winter.

The day will also include local vendors offering plants and gardening items, a silent auction and several door prizes. A light breakfast, snacks, and lunch prepared by Rutabaga’s Market and Café of Hampton are included in the ticket price.

Proceeds from the program support Henry County Master Gardeners’ educational endeavors, including college scholarships. Tickets are $35 until August 31 and $40 starting September 1. To register, call the extension office at 770-288-8421 or stop by the extension office at 97 Lake Dow Road. As places are limited, early registration is encouraged.

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Former Yolo Food Bank manager sues organization for wrongful termination


YOLO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — FOX40 News is the first to learn of a lawsuit filed by Michael Bisch, the recently fired executive director of Yolo Bank Food, against the organization he once led.

The civil action follows allegations of misconduct by board members, the firing of a law firm while investigating those board members, and changes in agency services that depend on the nonprofit organization. All of this worries the 25,000 people the food bank helps each month.

“It’s about increasing the amount of food we have and finding more dynamic ways to reach the community for those resources,” said Karen Baker, the current CEO of Yolo Food Bank.

These are the recent words of Baker, the new director of the Yolo Food Bank, to a community still confused about what happened with the agency’s last director, Michael Bisch.

“Something is seriously off the rails there,” Bisch said.

It was the first on May 31 by SMS.

It has now been two and a half months since Bisch, one of the organization‘s most beloved leaders, was suddenly fired in what he claims was a retaliatory and procedurally improper move.

“I can no longer be muzzled because I am no longer an employee of Yolo Food Bank,” he said.

One of Bisch’s claims in FOX40’s first report on his firing was that board members who resigned or resigned while staff complaints against them were being investigated were still participating in the vote against him.

He also claims that a quorum was not established at the time, meaning there were too few board members to conduct official business and make personnel decisions.

That’s a question FOX40 posed to the outside spokesperson the food bank hired to deal with the leadership change.

The answer?

” No that’s not true. There were…there were…there are a sufficient number of directors under the bylaws of the organization to take the action it has taken,” Gene Endicott said.

FOX40 has since obtained an email sent to candidates seeking election to the board during this time.

It was sent to potential candidates for the food bank board who were attending a Zoom election meeting in May. He apologizes to them for the abrupt end of the session and their “caught up” in a situation with “challenges with significant legal implications”.

“And so I was super, super surprised when we showed up for this annual meeting on Wednesday and the election as well. And we had – I mean 12 board nominees sitting there in the Zoom meeting and two board members started yelling at my director of marketing communications as she read a prepared commentary and abruptly canceled the election,” Bisch recalled.

Bisch said some board members somehow rescinded their resignations in support of the text message that days later served as his official dismissal.

While engaged to speak on behalf of the board about this situation, Endicott was unable to provide insight into any of the specific points of tension between Bisch and the board. For Bisch…one point he says is obvious is his desire to bring the towns of Yolo County and the county itself into compliance with Senate Bill 1383 – the new state law on disposal of food.

Bisch advocated a plan developed by a consulting firm the food bank hired when he was at the helm.

After a six-year delay, cities and counties were supposed to comply with this edible food salvage law starting Jan. 1 this year. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing what ends up in landfills and seeks to capture what could instead become food waste.

The law works on the principle that shoppers like to see well-stocked shelves all the time. For this, there is 30 to 40% too much food in stores and therefore throughout the supply chain.

“So every day 30-40% of excess food is thrown away. It usually goes to landfill and we all pay the price,” Bisch explained.

One of the goals of SB 1383 is to create a system — perhaps through warehousing, trucking, and distribution — that saves more food from a trip to a landfill and instead sends it to families in the need. It’s something that takes buy-in, money and planning — all of which Bisch claims has been pushed back by multiple cities and the county.

Without being able to tap into an additional flow of food created by SB 1383, Bisch grew concerned.

He was facing a drop in food donations, a demand that tripled at the height of the pandemic and remained then rose again by 55% this year alone

Given all this, Bisch and his management team have warned some community partners that they may not be able to do as much as they have in the past – such as with holiday turkey gifts. .

The idea appeared to anger the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, according to food bank board members. Supervisors sent a letter to the food bank’s board, highlighting conflicts with how Bisch and his team were trying to direct some donations.

“Take all necessary steps to ensure that the management of Yolo Food Bank is not responsible and if you decide otherwise … do whatever is necessary to bring this situation to an immediate end,” the letter reads.

Despite the tone of the letter, supervisors play no role in the management of Yolo Food Bank.

“They have no hold on us. No hold on us. We’re not beholden to them. And so why would my board, my former board agree to be their puppets, it’s just… in especially when it undermines our mission and fewer people are fed…I mean, it’s just outrageous,” Bisch said.

That also seemed to be the sentiment expressed by the former food bank accounting manager in her resignation letter.

Katie Schroder wrote to the board on June 2, citing their “inexplicably bad decision to fire Michael” as one that she said will “harm the people we work so hard for.”

“From my perspective, it appears the decision was more to satisfy the egos of some or all of the board members than to ensure that YFB continues to increase food security in our community,” continues his letter.

Schroeder had planned to step down on June 17, but was fired immediately after submitting her letter to the board.

The council’s outside spokesman declined to say whether disagreement over the new food disposal law or pressure from county supervisors might have been a reason for the food bank’s change in leadership.

“I’m not saying it wasn’t discussed. It’s not something I’m willing to talk about with you,” Endicott said.

The Yolo Food Bank literally feeds many nonprofit organizations in Yolo County, sending them food which they then distribute directly or turn into meals that are donated to those in need.

Leaders of some of these groups said they could not rely on the food bank in the same way since Bisch’s firing.

Yolo County Meals on Wheels is one of them. This agency is waiting for the start of a bulk food purchase agreement which could really help it cope with the surge in prices at the moment due to inflation.

Their current manager took over seven months ago after a career at the food bank.

Answers about why the planned food purchases did not start did not come.

“We have had conversations recently to communicate how important it is for us to have such a program. To do what we can do to address food insecurity among seniors in the community. I don’t really have a date yet when we can expect that to happen,” said Joy Cohan. “We were hoping – were hoping to participate in the emergency food assistance program through the Yolo Food Bank, which is a federal program and hasn’t yet materialized as we had hoped at the start of the summer.”

Since news of Bisch’s dismissal spread, raising questions, the food bank’s new management has maintained there has been no change in service levels.

Yolo County sent the food bank more than $750,000 this year to help implement SB 1383.

At the moment, it is not known how this money is spent.

FOX40 News has reached out to the board members named in the lawsuit and the food bank’s new leadership for comment on the lawsuit and is awaiting a response.

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‘Forest of Mystery’ is an autumn treasure | Entertainment

Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center’s “Forest of Mystery” is a fun way to celebrate the fall season by hiking at night and soaking up a haunting yet humorous story.

Brattleboro couple James and Jess Gelter have been writing and directing the outdoor show for 11 years now. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this production will be their 10th.

“Forest of Mystery” has been around for almost 30 years. Patti Smith, a naturalist at the education center, credited a board member with the idea for the event. She said a number of directors were brought in for the project between early local mystery writer Michael Nethercott and the Gelters.

Smith finds the Gelters’ scripts “hilarious”.

“They’re great,” she said of the couple. “I love working with them.”

James recounted how Nethercott asked him if he would be interested in taking over the series, as Nethercott had a book deal and would no longer have time to direct it. James said he would if Jess could join him.

About a mile of track in the center is lit for the show, mostly with torches and candles. Depending on the theme, electronic lighting and special effects can be added.

“We had glowing holes in the ground,” Jess said, “laser lights that light up the trees.”

Jess said the lights helped create “magical, surreal feelings”.

As the audience travels up the trail, they stop at a dozen open spots for scenes to be acted out. The highlight always occurs at the top of Heifer Hill, which offers 360 degree views of Brattleboro.

Past shows have ended with giant puppets, a broken down spaceship, circus performers performing aerial stunts and a band of fiddlers.

The Gelters have seen the cast grow from around 20 or 25 to nearly 50 since their debut. Sometimes they will write in special characters, so children can join their parents in the show.

“It can be this wonderful multi-generational creative experience,” Jess said.

Each year the couple tries to make the theme as different as possible from the previous year. Themes played on “The X-Files”, JRR Tolkien and Scooby-Doo.

“Last year was very dark, very heavy,” James said. “It was an apocalyptic story very inspired by ‘Mad Max’.”

This time around, the pair are trying to make a total of 180. They wrote what James describes as a “story through the looking glass” inspired by “Alice in Wonderland”, “The Neverending Story”, ” Neverwhere” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

They find inspiration in the trail itself and still have to struggle to find a story to tell. They include messages that resonate with the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, addressing topics such as invasive species and climate change. They will ask the actors what kind of roles they would like to play or what skills they would like to showcase. They are especially keen to find crew members to help with lighting, feeding the actors, and other logistical aspects.

Jess noted how the audience often becomes the protagonist of stories.

“So there are lots of fun ways to give them clues or tools to defeat the bad guy or come to the right conclusion, which brings the story to its happy ending,” she said. “It’s really fun to see how excited people are when they’re part of the story.”

Most theatrical performances have what is called “the fourth wall”, where the characters are not supposed to be aware of the audience.

“A lot of times that’s not the case with these shows,” James said, explaining how the reactions of the audience will affect those of the actors.

The show features no jump scares or chainsaws. As it’s traditionally the weekend before Halloween, the designers opt for “spellbinding and mysterious”.

This year, the shows will take place on October 20, 21 and 23. A rain date is reserved for October 23.

Each evening, the show is played eight times, spaced 15 minutes apart. James warns people to get tickets in advance if they plan to go, as shows sometimes sell out.

Smith called “Forest of Mystery” the center’s “biggest community event.”

“It’s more of a fundraiser,” she said, rather than a fundraiser. “It’s also a great way to get people out to enjoy the nocturnal forest and be comfortable in the woods. It’s Halloween season, and so, of necessity, there’s a spooky element to it. . But overall, we want people to have a nice but not scary time in the October Night Forest.”

Organization aims to place more minority teachers in San Diego schools


SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — As students begin to return to classrooms, an organization is working to increase diversity in San Diego County schools.

“When you look at schools in San Diego right now, students of color don’t see themselves represented in their teachers or their school leaders,” Elsie Franco said.

Franco is the Director of Graduate Recruitment for Teach for America San Diego.

The organization said nearly 70% of San Diego County’s half-million students identify as a person of color, compared to just 25% of teachers.

“Almost half of San Diego County’s 506,000 students identify as Latinx, but less than 20 percent of educators do,” Teach For America San Diego added in an email to 10News.

“We have students who come to school crossing the border every day. We have a large population of English learners,” Franco said.

The organization‘s Alumni Innovation program aims to place 30 minority teachers in the county’s 42 school districts by the next school year.

Franco said they would use their network of more than 50,000 teachers to seek out educators with ties to San Diego.

“My class motto is that students can succeed today and in the future,” said Anthony Bradley.

Bradley teaches Grade 7 at Twin Peaks Middle School in Poway.

He said having teachers of color in the classroom helps foster a better learning environment.

“Students look up to teachers and they look for role models. A lot of people have that teacher who really impacted their life,” Bradley said.

The organization also works with several groups, such as the San Diego Foundationto retain and support current teachers of color.

“It’s about students feeling seen in the classroom and seeing hope and aspiration for the future in front of them,” said Michelle Jaramillo, director of educational initiatives at the San Diego Foundation. .

Herschel Harris | Granite City Obituaries


Herschel “Ray” Harris, 84, of Granite City, Illinois, died at 8:14 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at his home. He was born October 27, 1937 in Cumberland City, Tennessee, the son of the late Henry Arthur and the late Mary Ethel (Spicer) Harris. He married Mary K. (Shuppert) Harris on September 18, 1984 at Word of Life Chapel in Madison and she survives. He retired from Cerro Copper in Sauget after more than 20 years of dedicated service as a labourer. He had also worked at General Steel, Chemetco and for the Granite City Levee District over the years. Ray was a member of Granite City Eagles Aerie #1126 and was a member of the Laborers Local. He enjoyed his years coaching his sons’ baseball teams and coaching the downtown league and Granite City Park district teams. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed his days fishing and camping. He was a fan of bluegrass music and the St. Louis Cardinals. He treasured his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends. In addition to his beloved wife of 38 years, he is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Gaylon and Margaret Harris of Granite City, James “Darryel” and Angelia Harris of St. Genevieve, Missouri, Brandon Ray and Heather Harris. of Granite City and Ryan E. Harris of Granite City; seven grandchildren and spouses, Amanda and Tim Shelton, Joshua and Megan Harris, Dustin and Jessica Harris, Jamie and Jared Southard, Ari Alvarez, Bennett Harris, Beau Harris and Omunique Harris; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Lonnie Harris; two sisters, Dorothy Harris and Virginia Dortch and four brothers, Charles Harris, JP Harris, Gene Harris and Tom Harris. In celebration of his life, visitation will be held at the Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. where the funeral will be Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with the Reverend David Denton as an officiant. Interment will follow at Buck Road Cemetery in Maryville. Memorials may be made to the Harris family and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com

August 15 Community Calendar | Community News

The Adams County Farmer’s Market, 108 N. Stratton St., Gettysburg, is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October with free parking accessible from North Stratton Street.

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Become a “weed warrior” with the Potomac Valley Audubon Society

SHEPHERDSTOWN — The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is recruiting “Weed Warriors” to help maintain four nature preserves, totaling more than 500 acres, located in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. The program includes training by the PVAS Land Manager to become a Certified Weed Warrior.

Certified Weed Warriors will be provided with the knowledge and tools to fight invasive species on reserves on volunteer schedules. Moreover, they will be connected with other “Weed Warriors” to work together if they wish.

Katelyn “KC” Walters, PVAS Lands and Conservation Manager, will lead this Certified Weed Warrior training to be held at Cool Spring Preserve, located south of Charles Town, on Tuesday, August 23 from 3-5 p.m. training, participants will become PVAS “Weed Warriors” certified. This certification comes with a “Weed Warrior” t-shirt to wear while performing the tasks and exclusive access to tools for the various jobs. Additional training will be arranged based on interest.

Pre-registration is mandatory for this training and can be found at: https://www.potomacaudubon.org/event/weed-warrior-training-7/

For more information about this event or PVAS, contact Katelyn “KC” Walters, PVAS Lands and Conservation Manager, at [email protected] or (681) 252-1387.

Virginia police: more than a dozen injured in a car accident in a pub

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) – Two people remained in critical condition Saturday among more than a dozen who were injured after a vehicle crashed into a northern Virginia pub and restaurant, according to the authorities.

The accident at the Irish establishment Four Courts in Arlington, which occurred early Friday evening, also caused a fire which was quickly extinguished, media reported.

Authorities said a total of nine people were taken to hospital, two of them in critical condition, while six others were treated at the scene and released, according to the Arlington County Police Department.

Arlington police said a preliminary examination shows the driver of the vehicle was working as a ride-hailing driver and had a passenger at the time of the crash. They said the driver left busy Wilson Boulevard, about 3 miles from the District of Columbia line, and into the restaurant. The driver and passenger were among those taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a police statement.

Mary Reilly, who works at the pub, said she was at the back of the building when ‘we all heard a bang, an explosion, so I turned around and saw all the debris heading out the way. ‘back of the pub’.

Around 30 customers and staff were in the pub at the time, and as “sheer panic broke out”, Reilly said, people rushed out the back. The police present at the scene evacuated the people and provided emergency care.

“Without a doubt, the decisive actions of the officers who arrived to run directly into the building and evict the patrons saved lives,” Arlington County Police Chief Andy Penn said.

Although the building remained structurally sound, it cannot be immediately reoccupied, the press release said.

Maryland man charged with fatal hit-and-run boat collision

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man was charged in the death of a woman last month after the boat she was in was struck by another vessel on a river, authorities said.

Brownell Edds Jr., 48, of Cape St. Claire, was arrested Friday by Maryland Natural Resources Police and charged with ship negligent manslaughter and ship criminal negligent manslaughter , the media reported.

Laura Slattery, 63, of Pasadena, and her husband were on a boat on the Magothy River on the evening of July 3, returning from watching fireworks. It was then that police said another boat struck their vessel from behind and drove off without stopping.

Slattery was seriously injured and died shortly thereafter. Her husband was not injured.

“Our investigators and the State’s Attorney’s Office have worked meticulously and diligently to make this arrest,” Natural Resources Police Superintendent Col. Adrian Baker said in a statement. It was not immediately known if Edds had an attorney.

First responders honored at Bluefield City Park


BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) — The Virginia Twos said “thank you” to first responders on both sides of the border on Friday with a barbecue at Bluefield City Park.

“It really shows how well we all work together as first responders,” said Tazewell County Sheriff‘s Office Deputy Logan Moore.

With free food, entertainment and activities for children, Bluefield area residents showed up to show their support and have a good time.

“It’s not every day that they get the thanks they deserve,” Hobert Collins said.

“I appreciate what they do for the community,” said Lee Tukeaton.

Friday’s event was a showcase of all angles of public safety – also featuring multiple police departments, fire departments and emergency medical service workers.

“We’re all going out, we’re all working together,” said Bluefield, Virginia fire chief Danny Evans. Everyone has their own…help each other, everyone’s back. It’s good.”

“Everyone has a job to do,” said Senior Trooper Gavin Scott of the Virginia State Police. “Some agencies are designed to have certain things that we all specialize in.”

With many interactive activities also available, Friday was an opportunity for first responders to interact and build relationships with the community.

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Why You Should Visit Beaumont, Texas


‘Texas Monthly’ says Beaumont should not just be a pit stop, but worthy of a weekend getaway. “Southern Living” coined the beloved city, the “Cajun Capital of Texas.”

BEAUMONT, Texas — The town of Beaumont has recently made headlines as a tourist destination.

Texas monthly says Beaumont shouldn’t just be a pit stop, but worthy of a weekend. Another post, southern lifedubbed the beloved city the “Cajun Capital of Texas.”

Many of these outlets call Beaumont a “must visit” for tourists because of its Cajun-inspired cuisine, magical nature preserves, and rich and interesting history.

It’s easy to be a homebody these days, but living in the unofficial Cajun capital of Texas, there’s no excuse.

“We kind of floated that out there, and it seems like people really ran with it and we’re happy to say that’s what we call ourselves,” said Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Communications, Mallory Cross.

There’s plenty to do in Beaumont, like going to the Southeast Texas Art Museum to admire classics like the Felix Fox Harris Gallery or visit the limited-time Kelly Anderson Staley exhibition.

AMSET is completely free seven days a week.

But if you consider yourself more of an outdoors person, southeast Texas is home to some of the most beautiful nature preserves.

The Beaumont CVB even recommends a particular tourist guide. His name is Gerald Cerda.

Cerda is a tourist guide in Big Thicket Outfitter.

“I think like the Big Thicket Outfitters. He’s this guy named Gerald, who does everything on his own and is one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet in your life,” Cross said.

Cerda offers unique ecosystem tours here in Southeast Texas.

“One word, that would be magic, when you’re on this trail, it’s magic,” he said.

And of course after a long day of adventures, you have to eat.

La Bamba Tacos on Calder Avenue has been a hot spot for two decades.

“We’ve been here a little over 25 years, so we’re doing something right, but that’s our main concern, good food, good price, and in the end everyone leaves happy,” said the owner, Carlos Zuniga. .

Next time you’re looking for something to do, get out of the bubble and have some fun in your own backyard.

The best way to find some of the best things to do in Beaumont is to use the CVB website.

They not only have a year-round roster of activities, but also major events scheduled like Beaumont’s craft beer festival next month or Dogtober Fest coming in October.

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Oct. 24 trial date set for Trump Organization and its former top fundraiser Allen Weisselberg


Former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg is greeted by anti-Trump protesters upon his arrival at New York Supreme Court in Manhattan on August 12, 2022.John Minchillo/AP

  • The trial will extend beyond Thanksgiving; the Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg face steep fines and a mandatory prison sentence.

  • The company and Weisselberg allegedly conspired to dodge payroll taxes on $1.7 million in revenue over a 15-year period.

Donald Trump’s firm and its longtime chief financial officer will go on trial Oct. 24 for allegedly trying to dodge executive payroll taxes on $1.7 million in revenue over 15 years, a Manhattan judge ruled on Friday. .

The trial date was set in an early morning hearing in the New York Supreme Court, the latest since former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg and Trump’s multibillion-dollar real estate and golf company. were charged last summer.

Before learning of their trial date, Weisselberg and the attorneys for the Trump family business first learned of a series of bad, albeit likely expected, news. Judge Juan Merchan declined to dismiss most of the indictment against Weisselberg and the company.

Only one of 15 counts was dismissed: a criminal tax evasion charge relating to a 2014 New York State tax return that Weisselberg filed in 2015. It was dismissed against the company only, for prescription reasons.

Lawyers for the Trump Organization and Weisselberg had asked in January that the case be dismissed in its entiretyclaiming they were being targeted by prosecutors because of the district attorney’s “animosity” toward Trump’s political views.

“They have been relentlessly investigating former President Donald Trump and his corporations and associates because of their dislike of his speech and political views, as well as trying to ensure he can never run for public office again. public office,” said Susan, Trump’s corporate attorney. Nechelles and Alan Futerfas fell out in a January court filing.

Weisselberg separately argued that as the only Trump executive to be indicted, he was targeted in an effort to “turn” him against the company and Trump. Weisselberg and other Trump leaders have staunchly refused to cooperate with the prosecutor’s office.

By refusing to dismiss all but one state’s tax evasion charges, Merchan otherwise sided with prosecutors, who had thwarted there was ample evidence to support the indictmentwho has a primary charge of grand larceny in the second degree.

The grand theft charge — which alleges Weisselberg illegally pocketed thousands of dollars in federal tax refunds from underreported earnings — is the only one in the indictment that carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence; any other count would allow a judge to sentence Weisselberg to probation only.

If convicted on the grand theft charge, Weisselberg, 74, would face a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison; the prosecution allows the unlikely maximum sentence of 15 years.

The trial will extend past Thanksgiving, the judge said.

Friday’s brief hearing was the first court appearance for the new team of Manhattan prosecutors leading the bureau’s three-year investigation into Trump himself.

Leading the team, Susan Hoffinger, a seasoned prosecutor and defense attorney, was recruited by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg earlier this year to lead both the investigation and the investigations division. from the office.

She was second to 25-year-old veteran senior counsel Joshua Steinglass, a new addition to the team that more frequently conducts high-profile violent crime prosecutions.

Also at the prosecution table were Gary Fishman, who is leading New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization; he is appointed as Manhattan’s attorney.

The lawsuit against Weisselberg and the Trump Organization is the only indictment to come out of Manhattan.

Former senior prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, who resigned in February to protest Bragg’s refusal to indict Trump for financial crimes, recently said he still believes the former president is guilty of “numerous” crimes.

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Homeless people create problems as Tucson prepares improvements to Santa Rita Park


TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Plans to renovate and improve Santa Rita Park have passed the Tucson City Council amid complaints from homeless advocates who showed up on the agenda of the council meeting to protest.

The Santa Rita Master Plan will allocate at least $3 million to turn the park into a family park replacing the neglect it has seen over the years, in part because the ten to twelve thousand people who live within a mile from the park would love to use it and now feel it’s not safe.

Homeless people, who were driven out of the city center in 2017, have made the park their permanent home.

“This plan aims to erase the public visibility of homeless human beings,” one of the advocates told the council. “This plan is a direct attack on these people.”

It’s no exaggeration to say that the city would like the homeless to leave because the park has become a haven for crime. Neighbors weighed in during a period of investigation asking the city to do something about it.

A lawyer, Linda Avalos, says she believes that’s the plan.

“You had two goals, that was to revamp the park, to reshape the park,” she said. “The second was to hunt, hunt was the actual word in the report, hunt the homeless.”

It’s a plan that has proven successful in the past, according to Ward 6 City Council member Steve Kozachik.

“So we’ve seen that there are examples, you activate an area and families and other people start using it,” he said. “Homeless people tend to start finding other places to hang out.”

And that’s the catch.

When homeless people are kicked out of one place, they find another that takes their problems with them.

The city has a plan to house the homeless called Housing First. It takes the homeless off the streets and offers them free housing.

“We have invested over $7 million in acquiring Housing First properties,” Mayor Regina Romero told speakers.

Yet that investment only landed 152 rooms, far from enough to house the estimated 2,000 homeless people in Tucson. b

Advocates don’t believe the city should be so locked into housing first and should seek other alternatives.

“Creating areas where the homeless homeless community can feel safe, have access to basic human needs and support services is a step in the right direction,” Avalos said.

Kozachik has been advocating this approach for years as a potential solution.

“We need to establish controlled camps where people have access to toilets, water sources and services and PDT to make them safe,” he said.

But with the adoption of the master plan and no plan for where to place new homeless people, that idea seems a long way off.

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Monroe County, NY – Monroe County Executive Adam Bello announces reappointment of Dr. Michael Mendoza as Public Health Commissioner

August 11, 2022

Pending legislative approval, Dr. Mendoza would serve a second six-year term as head of the Monroe County Public Health Department.

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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello today announced the reappointment of Dr. Michael Mendoza for a second six-year term as Public Health Commissioner of the Monroe County Department of Public Health (MCDPH ).

“Throughout the greatest health crisis our community has faced in over a century, Dr. Michael Mendoza has been a steadfast partner and leader as we focus on the health and safety of County County residents. Monroe”, said County Executive Bello. “With his help, my administration has forged lasting cooperative relationships across our health care systems, provided needed care to our underserved residents, and kept our residents educated and informed throughout the COVID pandemic. -19. I look forward to continuing our partnership as we fight the opioid epidemic, continue to make progress in providing early intervention services, and make MCDPH more accessible to all of our residents. »

Dr. Mendoza is the 9th Public Health Commissioner for Monroe County. He served as Acting Commissioner of MCDPH from April 2016 to December 2016 and began a full-time six-year term on January 1, 2017.

“It has been a privilege to serve as Commissioner of Public Health, and I want to thank the Bello County Executive for the opportunity to continue in this role following legislative approval,” said Dr Mendoza. “When I became Commissioner, I never expected that our community would soon be faced with a pandemic, especially one as persistent as COVID-19. My team and I have learned a lot from taking on this extraordinary public health challenge, and we have built strong relationships throughout Monroe County. If there’s a silver lining to the pandemic, it’s our increased ability to manage any public health issues that come our way.

“Monroe County was fortunate to have Dr. Mendoza serve as Public Health Commissioner, especially during the past few years of overwhelming public health crisis,” said Dr. Theresa Green, chair of the Monroe County Board of Health. “His consistent leadership, calming demeanor and commitment to following science have undoubtedly saved many lives and instilled a sense of needed calm during extreme chaos. He also understood the critical need to reopen businesses safely, get kids back to school, and help us all get back to living our lives. I am so proud of the work done by Dr. Mendoza and have no doubt that he will continue to excel in this position. It is an honor for me to support his reappointment.”

A professor at the University of Rochester in the departments of family medicine, public health sciences, and nursing, Dr. Mendoza has focused on improving the overall health of county residents by strengthening collaboration between the clinical medicine and public health in Monroe County. He has a particular focus on addressing disparities in health and health care.

Prior to 2016, Dr. Mendoza was the medical director of Highland Family Medicine, one of the nation’s largest medical education practices.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago, his master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois, his master’s degree in business administration from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, and his undergraduate degree. degree in environmental studies from the University of Chicago. Dr. Mendoza is board certified in family medicine, continues to see patients as a primary care physician at Highland Family Medicine, and continues to be a teaching physician at Highland Hospital. He is also Chair of the Emerging Issues Committee of the New York State Association of Counties Health Officials, where he is at the forefront of evolving public health issues nationwide. of the state, including the opioid crisis, violence and climate change.

During his tenure with the Monroe County Department of Public Health, Dr. Mendoza:

  • Brought the ministry out of a long period of instability, after years without a commissioner or acting commissioner

  • Growing the department by nearly 15%, enhancing MCDPH’s efforts to prevent disease, promote healthy habits and improve our quality of life

  • Expanded mobile outreach offerings to deliver services to Monroe County residents where they are, rather than requiring them to come to the Department

  • Oversaw the administration of over 165,448 COVID-19 and Monkeypox vaccines

  • Oversaw the administration of more than 74,000 other vaccines to uninsured and underinsured people, including foster children and refugees

MCDPH provides a wide range of services including: care for individuals and families with substance use disorder; help babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities grow; protect people from natural and built hazards that threaten our health and safety; prevent the spread of potentially dangerous bacterial and viral infections; improving the health and well-being of women, their children and their families; administer vaccinations, provide screening treatment and care for patients with sexual health and tuberculosis; providing health and wellness education; preparedness for public health emergencies; and provide copies of Monroe County birth and death records.

Dr. Mendoza recently received the following accolades:

  • Friend of Education Award, Association of School Administrators of Rochester and Finger Lakes Region, 2021

  • Edward Mott Moore Physician of the Year Award, Monroe County Medical Society, 2021

  • New York State Commendation, Senator Jeremy Cooney, 2021

  • President’s Medal, St. John Fisher College, 2022

  • Citizen of the Year, Brighton Rotary, 2022

Dr. Mendoza’s reappointment is pending approval by the Monroe County Legislature.

Local Special Olympics Organization Area 9 prepares for HNH


WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) — Cyclists are also gearing up for triple h and that includes riders from the Special Olympics area nine.

This organization represents the Special Olympics region of Wichita Falls.

This organization has competed in the Hotter’N Hell Hundred for the past ten years, and for the past few months they have been preparing by looking forward to the 25-mile endurance race.

Special Olympics Zone 9 cyclist Ronnie Baker said: “It makes you feel like you’re in a dream, you know it’s just the top of the world, you know what I mean .”

Runners from all over the world come to Wichita Falls for the Hotter’N Hell Hundred race, including professional cyclists, college students and even Special Olympics.

“It started in 2012, just on the criterium, then a few years later we started running the 10k, then we got most everyone to run 25 miles,” said coach Doug Carlile. of Area 9 Special Olympics. 100,000 again.

As most of these cyclists come for the glory of winning the race. Zone 9 Special Olympics will roll for a different purpose.

Baker said: “It means a lot because it’s more like therapy and I just enjoy that, getting out there and socializing with so many different people who come across the country to come to this ride and you can be with your teammates. and just have fun. It feels good because you know we have athletes who can’t do that, so what we do is we don’t ride for ourselves, we ride for them.

Their coach says it’s worth watching them persevere and see them finish the race.

Carlile said: “Yeah, you feel good to see them doing their best to get a medal, you know, helping them through their sorrows and their triumphs, it’s a good feeling.”

Some of the riders have experienced some of this stuff first hand.

Baker said: “It’s emotional a few years ago this guy donated a bike to me you talk about being emotional now you know I ride a rinky dinky bike and he’s like hey, here’s your new bike and I’m like wow.

The team is always looking for volunteers to train with the team, as it is a lot for some cyclists.

Baker said: “It just makes it so much more fun, we see them pull up in the parking lot, it was like, yeah look who here, you know, was so excited to have them with us and they’re more excited to be with us that we have them with us.

The coach says it’s hard to get the team ready for the race, but there’s one thing that drives him to pedal.

“The smile on their faces.”

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DIA to Review MOSH Site Plan at Northbank Shipyards | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record


The Museum of Science and History will present the site plan for its proposed Northbank Shipyards facility to the Downtown Investment Authority’s board of directors for approval.

The DIA Board of Directors’ Retail Improvement and Asset Disposition Committee is due to review and vote on MOSH’s proposal for the 6.86 acres on Aug. 10.

In October 2020, the MOSH announced plans to move from 1025 Museum Circle on the Downtown Southbank, its location since 1967.

In January, the DIA Board of Directors and MOSH reached an agreement for a 40-year ground lease at $1 per year for 2½ acres of city-owned shipyard property.

In exchange, MOSH CEO Bruce Fafard said the nonprofit would complete an estimated $85 million, 130,000 square foot museum facility by Dec. 31, 2027.

The MOSH site on shipyards.

The resolution required the MOSH to return to the DIA to submit a site plan by September 30.

MOSH documents and a memo from DIA staff show the 6.86-acre site divided into three parts – the 2½-acre museum plot; a 1½ acre city-MOSH partnership parcel; and the remaining 2.86 acres as a city park.

A map showing the plots shows the park space at 3.2 acres.

The site plan shows the structure of the museum, the parking lot and other areas controlled by the MOSH.

The plot will be developed and operated by the museum, but at least two-thirds of the waterfront area must remain open to the public on weekends and three weekdays each week.

The park parcel will be open to the public and set back 100 feet from all water frontages. The DIA memo says it will include the Northbank Downtown Riverwalk and the Emerald Trail project along Hogan’s Creek.

If the plan is adopted by the full DIA board on Aug. 17, the MOSH will need approval from the Downtown Development Review Board.

The DDRB is responsible for ensuring that all public and private development in the city center meets the region’s overlay design standards.

The MOSH sitemap.

The city council should then vote on the plan.

Among the conditions of the 22-point condition sheet, the DIA asks the designers of the MOSH to have “the ambitious goal of creating an iconic place”. They should aim to attract visitors from all over the southeastern United States to a “sustainable landmark” in the urban center of Jacksonville.

The MOSH must adhere to the Downtown Design Overlay Code and Development Guidelines; incorporate the city’s storm surge resilience guidance; and ensure the design interacts with pedestrians along Bay Street, Hogans Creek and the St. Johns River.

The outdoor space should also have a “science-themed activity node.” The DIA report says the outer science area will include a beacon or vertical structure that can be illuminated at night and visible from other areas of the Downtown Riverwalk.

MOSH’s response says it met with city resilience manager Anne Coglianese on Jan. 25 and received a simulated storm surge memo. The team and the DIA have concluded that the lowest occupied floor of the museum will need to be approximately 8 feet above the current Bay Street elevation.

The MOSH site at the shipyards would be surrounded by a park.

According to its report, the MOSH will consider resilience and environmental constraints in the design of its site.

The park parcel has a direct connection to Hogans Creek, Bay Street, and the 30-mile Emerald Trail. It would integrate the site into all three.

It also foresees a proposed pedestrian bridge across Hogans Creek on the Northbank Riverwalk that will connect to the future MOSH site.

The August 10 review will consider the site plan, not the design of the museum building.

MOSH released renderings on May 2 for a 130,000-square-foot installation by international design firm DLR Group and Jacksonville-based kasper + associates architects.

The MOSH site on shipyards.

These plans will also have to be approved by the DDRB before the project can start.

MOSH’s move to the shipyards is part of a larger city plan and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s plans to transform the riverfront into the downtown sports and entertainment district -town.

Khan’s development company, Iguana Investments Florida LLC, has begun preliminary work on the site of a $370 million Four Seasons hotel and residences project and a six-story office building with retail detail in the former Kids Kampus park at the shipyards.

Khan is also working with Baptist Heath on a proposed second phase anchored by an orthopedic center with possible residential and commercial development.

The DIA and Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration have proposed spending $26.2 million over the next two years to revamp Metropolitan Park east of the thriving Four Seasons and build a 10-acre shipyard park. west of MOSH.

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NJDEP – Press Release 22/P034

(22/P034) TRENTON – Leveraging proceeds from New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Governor Murphy announced an additional investment of $10.8 million to further protect residents, the environment and the economy from worsening effects of climate change. The latest round of proceeds will be used to increase the number of electric trucks and buses that pass through communities overburdened by air pollution and to increase the number of community fast-charging points, the city’s protection commissioner said. environment, Shawn M. LaTourette.

The total investment of $10.8 million includes $6.9 million from proceeds from RGGI’s quarterly auction for medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles, including school buses, garbage trucks, transit buses and shuttles, and $3.9 million for 62 fast charging stations.. The $3.9 million comes from New Jersey’s share of Volkswagen’s national settlement.

To date, New Jersey has invested more than $100 million — $57 million in RGGI products and $60 million in Volkswagen settlement funds — for 370 electric vehicles operating in overloaded communities.

“While medium and heavy vehicles are fewer in number than passenger cars, they contribute a much larger share of emissions per vehicle, so there is a major environmental benefit when we electrify them,” said Commissioner LaTourette. “In addition, RGGI proceeds have also funded four electric carpooling projects that have increased clean mobility options for our urban residents. We will continue to seek opportunities to develop and fund these types of projects to ensure that all residents benefit from electrification investments.

imageIn late July, New Jersey joined 16 states, Washington, D.C. and the Canadian province of Quebec in charting a bold path for medium and heavy-duty vehicle electrification with the release of an action plan multi-state. Developed through extensive collaboration and engagement with stakeholders, the action plan strengthens DEP’s existing policies, regulations, awareness and education to achieve a zero-carbon future.

New Jersey’s Electric Vehicle Law, signed in 2020, sets a goal of having at least 1,000 community charging points in a downtown area, commercial area, mall, or near concentrations of residential homes in multiple dwellings by 2025. The latest competitive solicitation issued by DEP this spring produced an unprecedented 214 applications for fast-charging stations across the state.

The 62 dual-port fast charging stations will be installed at 31 sites – two per site – including city centers and commercial areas. Of the 31 locations chosen for fast chargers, 16 applicants were government entities and 15 were private entities. Locations not selected for this round of funding will be considered part of the state’s national electric vehicle infrastructure deployment plan. To date, DEP has awarded just over $6 million for 1,126 chargers with 1,938 outlets at 212 locations statewide.

For a list of projects funded in this latest round of RGGI auction proceeds, visit NJDEP – StopTheSoot.org.

For more information on NJ’s vehicle electrification goals and strategies, visit www.drivegreen.nj.gov.

Follow Commissioner LaTourette on Twitter and Instagram @shawnlatur and follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP, Facebook @newjerseydep, Instagram @nj.dep and LinkedIn @newjerseydep

City by the Sound: Glen Cove beaches, downtown, growth along the shore


THE SCOOP It’s about a 15-minute drive north from the highways to reach the town of Glen Cove, but it’s worth it, said Bryce Levy, an agent for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. “You get the convenience factor of that access with the Gold Coast estate-like properties and reserves, parks and beaches that make it an absolutely premier place to retreat – all bordering the Sound,” said Levy.

Glen Cove Mayor Pamela Panzenbeck, “a lifelong Glen Cover,” agrees. “From our beaches and parks to our museums and special events, there’s something for everyone,” she said.

From the 17th century, Glen Cove had an industry, including lumber and clay, then became a resort community in the 1850s. In the early 1900s, wealthy businessmen built lavish estates on the Gold Coast, including JP Morgan. In 1917, Glen Cove became an independent town from the town of Oyster Bay and today joins Long Beach as one of only two towns on Long Island.

Garvies Point Marina.
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Glen Cove attractions include beaches, parks with summer concerts, the 204-acre Welwyn Preserve with nature trails, and a stretch along the Sound coastline. Glen Cove Municipal Golf Course also overlooks the Sound.

The city is also home to several museums, including the Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, the North Shore Historical Museum, and the Holocaust Memorial & Educational Center.

For a downtown walking experience, School Street has a movie theater, shops and restaurants. Forest Avenue has upscale restaurants and markets.

Shops along School Street.

Shops along School Street.
Credit: Danielle Silverman

The housing stock includes older condos and co-ops that start in the $200,000s, and Capes, Ranches, Victorians, and Colonials that range from $400,000 to millions.

A 55-unit affordable housing project at Garvies Point opened last year.

Houses along Landing Road.

Houses along Landing Road.
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Garvies Point has been a focal point of growth along the waterfront. The $1 billion mixed-use development includes The Beacon at Garvies Point, with two- and three-bedroom condos ranging from around $830,000 to over of $2 million.

The development also includes parks, restaurants, retail, marinas and a ferry terminal that will eventually link Garvies Point to New York.

A playground on the Garvies Point waterfront esplanade awaits little visitors.

A playground on the Garvies Point waterfront esplanade awaits little visitors.
Credit: Danielle Silverman

A stop at Grand Central Station on the Long Island Rail Road from Glen Cove is in the works, Levy said. “With the ferry and this train line, I expect to see an explosion of people over the next two years who want to commute to Manhattan for work, but want to live near the water,” he said. he declares.

CONDOS AND CO-OPERATIVES There are 20 condos and five co-ops on the market, ranging from $250,000 to $2.375 million.

SELLING PRICE Between July 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022, there were 243 home sales with a median sale price of $687,000, according to OneKey MLS. The lowest price for this period was $328,000 and the highest price was $8.25 million. During this period, a year earlier, there were 247,000 home sales with a median sale price of $638,500. The price range was $255,090 to $2.1 million.

SOURCES: 2020 Census; 2019 American Community Survey; OneKey MLS; LIRR, data.nysed.gov


Town Town of Glen Cove

Area 6.65 square miles

Postal code 11542

Population 28,365

Middle age 41.8

Median household income $79,131

Median home value $709,500

Monthly LIRR ticket from Glen Cove $277

school district Glen Creek

Graduation rate 89%

Parks Morgan Memorial Park, Welwyn Reserve

Library Glen Creek

Hospital Glen Cove Hospital

Transit NICE Routes 21, 27


Priced at $2.475 million, this Nantucket-style home on Matinecock Farms...

Priced at $2.475 million, this Nantucket-style home on Matinecock Farms Road backs onto a nature reserve.
Credit: Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

$2.475 million
Built in 1985 on 0.86 acres of land backing onto a nature preserve, this 5,400 square foot Nantucket-style home features three bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms, a den/home office with French doors to a blue stone patio covered with awning, large kitchen with dinette, formal dining room and inground pool. The house is part of the Matinecock Farms Property Owners Association with an annual fee of $4,400. Taxes are $27,713. Judith Goldsborough and Kathryn Maxwell Pournaras, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 631-692-6770.

Priced at $749,000, this ranch on St. Andrews Lane is...

Priced at $749,000, this ranch on St. Andrews Lane sits on 1/3 acre.
Credit: Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

This three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,708-square-foot ranch built in 1956 on 0.31 acres features a first-floor laundry room, a living room with a fireplace and hardwood floors, and a kitchen with a dining area and sliders to the garden. There is a full basement, a two car garage and a convertible attic. Taxes are $11,028. Laura Algios, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 516-674-2000.

Priced at $678,000, this Colonial on Elm Avenue has been...

Priced at $678,000, this Colonial on Elm Avenue has been completely updated.
Credit: VRX Media

Updated in 2020, this 2,000 square foot Colonial was built in 1928 on 0.23 acres. It has three bedrooms and one full bath and two half baths. The first floor has a marble passageway, a living room with fireplace, an office with bay windows, a full attic and a full basement. The yard has bluestone pavers and a hot tub. Taxes are $8,649. James Chung, Keller Williams Realty Landmark, 718-475-2700.


$2 million

Edwards Ln.

Style Contemporary

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms 4

Built 1958

Lot size ½ acre

Taxes $20,409

+/- List price +$450,000

Days on market 48


Walnut Rd.

Style high ranch

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms 3

Built 1973

Lot size 0.23 acres

Taxes $10,475

+/- List price +$26,000

Days on market 44


Putnam Ave.

Style Ranch

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

Built 1933

Lot size 0.14 acres

Taxes $5,912

+/- List price -$19,888

Days on market 109


Number of ads 73

Price scale $250,000 to $9.95 million

Tax bracket $7,102 to $148,797

Organizations against gun violence ask for help from the community


With several shootings involving children throughout the summer, we asked organizations across the Midlands against gun violence if they thought the efforts were working.

COLUMBIA, SC – After a handful of shootings involving children lately, Midlands organizations against gun violence continue their work and ask the community to get more involved.

Since mid-June, Serve and Connect hosted community events to help reduce gun violence and build community relationships with law enforcement.

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However, despite their efforts, gun violence continued throughout the summer.

“Gun violence is such a big problem that it’s not something we can solve on our own,” said Serve and Connect representative Erica Staley. “We need the community to come together and support us and each other.”

Richland County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with Serve and Connect to host block parties to distribute food, play games with children who attend, and distribute gun locks.

Deputy Jason Cuzzupe explained that he and the CAT team have given out hundreds of gun locks over the summer, but they need the community to use the locks and logic when it comes down to it. acts to store firearms to help reduce violence.

“We recently received a shipment of 300 padlocks which have been half-distributed… We can continue to distribute padlocks, but it really comes down to the community being more aware of where their weapons are and that they Store them in a safe place away from children.

Local mother Saleemah Graham Flemming was herself affected by gun violence with the shooting death of her daughter Sanaa Amenhotep in April last year. This tragedy motivated her to start the organization Mothers of teenagers killed.

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Flemming also has a 6-year-old daughter, who will return to school this fall. She says the violence in the community is making her a bit nervous, but she hopes things will improve with the efforts of the community.

“I think if there were more things for kids to do outside of school and sports, we would see an end to that. Gun violence is a mental health and general well-being issue, but if we all work together and make sure kids have what they need, we can end it,” Flemming said.

Serve and Connect says issues of access and poverty are a big part of gun violence, and they hope to offer resources ranging from therapy to activity groups to give people better access to the things they need. .

The final block party will take place on Thursday, August 11 from 4-5 p.m. at the Katheryn M. Bellfield Cultural Arts Center.

Another one “Stop the violence” will take place this Saturday, August 13 at Bluff Road Park, where faith leaders in the community will gather to address issues of gun violence through prayer. The event will start at 5 p.m.

Programs announced for August 12-14 at Parker Dam – GantNews.com

PENFIELD — The program schedule scheduled for August 12-14 at Parker Dam State Park has been announced.

Friday August 12

Moon phases, eclipses, etc. :

8:30 p.m. – Campsite amphitheater

The full moon tonight is a “Super Moon”. What does that mean? And how is a first trimester different from a last trimester? Eclipses? Learn how the moon goes through its phases and more.

Saturday August 13

March of aquatic ecosystems:

10 a.m. – in front of the park office

There are several aquatic ecosystems right here in the park, each with different species of wildlife that can be found in them. Come learn about these habitats and why they are important on this short walk.

Natural symbols:

1:00 p.m. – Environmental Education Room

It is known as Keystone State, but there are other symbols that also represent Pennsylvania. From the state tree to the state bird to the state amphibian, there are several species that symbolize the state very well. Come and learn more about each of them.


3:00 PM, Beach House Steps

Owls are cool. Learn about some of the adaptations that allow them to survive. Sight, hearing, stealth and power. Get ready to answer the question: “Do owls say ‘Who’?”

Owl power:

8:30 p.m. – Campsite amphitheater

Owls have been the subject of nocturnal stories for centuries, but what makes owls so special? Find out how their vision, hearing and silent flight work with this nature video.

Sunday August 14

Tea and conversation:

7:00 PM, Beach House Steps

Bring your own mug to sample sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park. This year’s conference will focus on the “Wood Wide Web”, a term coined 25 years ago in the journal Nature.

You can follow what’s happening in the park by liking “Parker Dam State Park” on Facebook; and, you can find more information about state park programs and special events by logging on to the Bureau of State Parks website at www.VisitPAParks.com and clicking on “Events” to access the Events Calendar site.

SLIDESHOW: Scenes around the Clearfield County Fair

175 acres along Powell River preserved to protect biodiversity and critical habitats | New


RICHMOND, VA – About 175 additional acres in Lee County were recently added to The Cedars Nature Preserve along the Powell River, home to endangered freshwater mussel species.

The Cedars, which now spans 2,265 acres, is one of 66 nature preserves in Virginia. The statewide Natural Areas Preservation System protects the habitat of rare species of plants and animals and is managed by the Natural Heritage Program of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Funding for five plots added to The Cedars since May 2021 comes from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Salvage Land Acquisition Program, which funds conservation land directly supporting the recovery of species at risk.

“This nearly three-year effort would not have been the success it is without our strong partnerships with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and The Nature Conservancy, and financial support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” Jason said. Bulluck, director of the Virginia Natural Heritage Program. “This region is known as a global biodiversity hotspot: caves and karst features with some of the rarest species on the planet; healthy waters and native aquatic communities, including several species of fish and mussels at risk; and unique natural communities providing habitat for dozens of native plant and animal species.

The cedars and surrounding area are part of a “karst” landscape, where limestone bedrock dissolves to create sinkholes, caves and springs. In this region, water quality is not only influenced by what flows over the land surface along the river front. Upland water flows into sinkholes or streams that penetrate underground, to resurface as drinking water and into rivers.

“Conserving and restoring habitat in the Upper Tennessee River system is one of our top priorities to support the incredible diversity of wildlife that lives in Virginia, especially in these rivers,” Becky said. Gwynn, deputy director of the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. . “This work is an important part of our efforts to restore populations of rare freshwater mussels and fish and to manage healthy and robust communities of aquatic wildlife.”

In addition to the threatened or endangered mussels and fish that live in the Powell River, rare animals have also been discovered by natural heritage scientists in nearby springs and caves. One plot includes natural springs where the endangered Lee County Cave Isopod (a small freshwater crustacean) lives.

The expansion of The Cedars’ contiguous plot patchwork improves the agency’s ability to manage the land, for example through the use of prescribed burning. While some of the plots acquired were in pristine condition, habitats on others will be enhanced through prescribed burning and invasive species control.

The acquisitions also improve habitat protection for gray bats and rare plants at The Cedars.

Agency scientists observed gray bats, an endangered species, returning to the nature reserve’s Gibson-Frazier Cave.

Some rare plants that have adapted to the thin soils and climate of the region include glade clover (Trifolium calcaricum) and common groundsel (Packera millefolium).

In addition to protecting rare species habitat, the Natural Heritage Program documents the location and conservation status of Virginia’s best examples of natural communities. A natural community is an assemblage of native plants and animals that occurs repeatedly in the landscape under similar ecological conditions. Two rare natural communities in Virginia are found at The Cedars. The dry-mesic calcareous forest community features stunted hardwoods such as chinquapin oak, white oak, and hickory. Limestone/dolomitic barrens have prairie grasses and stunted western redcedar.

Amnesty International’s Oksana Pokalchuk resigns over Ukraine report



The head of Amnesty International in Ukraine said she was quitting her job after the human rights organization published a report criticizing the Ukrainian military, sparking a backlash among Ukrainian officials who said she unjustly blamed the victim of the war in Russia.

Oksana Pokalchuk, who had led the organization’s efforts in Ukraine, said in a Facebook Publish announcing his resignation that it was “another loss the war has cost me”.

She said that while she was proud of Amnesty International’s work in highlighting Russian war crimes, the report published last week – which alleged that “Ukrainian combat tactics endanger civilians” – has become a point of contention between staff in the Ukrainian office and the organization as a whole.

Pokalchuk said the organization‘s employees in Ukraine pushed Amnesty International to allow the Ukrainian Defense Ministry to respond to the report’s findings before it was released, but that the organization gave Ukrainian officials “very little time to answer “.

“As a result, albeit against its will, the organization created material that looked like support for Russian narratives,” she said. “Seeking to protect civilians, this study has instead become a Russian propaganda tool.”

What are war crimes, and is Russia committing them in Ukraine?

Amnesty International said “Ukrainian forces put civilians at risk by establishing bases and operating weapon systems in populated residential areas, including schools and hospitals.”

The organization said it had “found evidence that Ukrainian forces were launching strikes from populated residential areas and based in civilian buildings in 19 towns and villages in the regions”. The report also says the violations “in no way justify Russia’s indiscriminate attacks.”

“Being in a defensive position does not exempt the Ukrainian military from respecting international humanitarian law,” said Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, in a statement accompanying the report. Callamard has already said Russia “violated Ukraine’s sovereignty and challenged the global security architecture”, calling the invasion “the worst such disaster in recent European history”.

The report drew a strong reaction from Ukrainian officials. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in an address on Saturday evening, criticized Amnesty International’s “very eloquent silence” on alleged Russian attacks on a nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Zelensky said this “indicates once again the manipulative selectivity of this organization”.

Responding to Pokalchuk’s resignation, Callamard hailed her “significant human rights achievements”, adding, “We are sorry to hear that she is leaving the organization, but we respect her decision and wish her well. chance”. The organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Pokalchuk’s complaints.

Callamard tweeted Friday in response to criticism, calling out “Ukrainian and Russian mobs and trolls on social media” for attacking Amnesty’s investigations. “This is called war propaganda, disinformation, misinformation,” she wrote, saying the criticism would not “taint our impartiality” or “change the facts.” .

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Foreign Minister repliedobjecting to the “crowds and trolls” comment and saying the report “distorts reality, establishes a false moral equivalence between aggressor and victim, and bolsters Russia’s disinformation efforts.”

On Thursday, after the report was released, Zelensky said Amnesty International was trying “to amnesty the terrorist state and shift the blame from the perpetrator to the victim.”

Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Twitter that “people’s lives are the priority for Ukraine, that’s why we are evacuating people from frontline cities”. Throughout the war, Ukrainian regional and federal authorities urged civilians to evacuate towns where heavy fighting was occurring or was expected to occur.

Podolyak said Russia was trying to discredit the Ukrainian military with Western audiences. “It is a shame,” he wrote, that an organization like Amnesty International “is taking part in this disinformation and propaganda campaign.”

City of Gardendale hires Bill Noble Park general manager


A new recruit will lead the opening of the renovated park in fall 2022

GARDENDALE, Ala., August 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Town of Gardendale hired a Alabama native to lead the newly renovated Bill Noble Park, which will open in the fall of 2022. Bill Noble Park will include nine baseball diamonds, eight tennis courts, 11 pickleball courts, artificial turf fields for football, lacrosse and football, a state of the art playground and an indoor community center. After a national search, the Town of Gardendalewho oversees the $32M park project in partnership with Sports facility companies (SFC), selected William Mayhall, Jr. as general manager.

Will has already been an outstanding leader at SFC in the Alabama Region. Work in the events department at the Hoover Met Complex in Hoover, AL since 2018, Will has worked in the youth and professional sports industries for over 15 years; and held several positions in account development. As an athletic coordinator for the Southeast YMCAs, he built strong relationships with the local athletic community.

“Will is the right candidate to lead this special project,” said Mayor Hogeland of Gardendale. “As a veteran of the sports industry, he will bring a wealth of experience to Bill Noble Park. In addition to hosting regional events and attracting repeat customers each week, he has a wealth of hospitality experience that will benefit the park,” added the mayor.

Commenting on his new role as General Manager, Will adds, “I am thrilled to continue my career with SFC and honored to represent the Town of Gardendale as general manager of Bill Noble Park. There is a great sense of community in Gardendaleand I can’t wait to start recruiting exciting sporting events in the area and partnering with the Gardendale community to bring great programs, events and entertainment to the community.”

John Sparksaccount manager responsible for the project at SFC, adds: “We are delighted to have Will Mayhall continue to grow with SFC by accepting the role of general manager from Bill Noble Park. His experience in previous roles will set the foundation for his success in the future and we are proud to have him in the team.”

The park will welcome children from all over Jefferson County with a complete program and entertainment throughout the week. On weekends, the park will bring visitors and money to the Gardendale area with tournaments and events. These sports tourism events will become an engine of economic development for the city.

For more information or to book an event at Bill Noble Park, contact John Sparks at [email protected].

Bill Noble Park, located in Gardendale, ALand managed by the Sports facility companies, is the Southeast’s premier destination for sports and events. Just off I-65, travelers from all over the south will find convenient access to Bill Noble Park from more than seven states. Bill Noble Park, which will open in 2023, will feature nine softball/baseball diamonds, eight tennis courts, 11 pickleball courts, a long field, a state-of-the-art inclusive playground, and more. The $32 million The complex will host sporting events all year round and has the central location that makes the south so hospitable.

About Bill Noble Park

Sports Facilities Companies is the national leader in the management and operation of youth and amateur sports venues, such as Bill Noble Park. The SFC team, led by John Sparksassist him Town of Gardendale operationally and will begin hiring for the site in the coming months, starting with the position of General Manager. For more information, please contact the Town of Gardendale at www.cityofgardendale.com. For information on other Sports Facilities Network sites, please visit www.thewsfnetwork.com.

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Forest Preserve program lineup includes Hummingbird Fest on August 20

Sign to watch staff from the Thorn Creek Audubon Society and Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders capture, band and release hummingbirds during the Will County Hummingbird Festival, Aug. 20, at the Plum Creek Nature Center. (Photo by Forest Preserve Staff | Chad Merda)

As hummingbirds prepare to migrate south for the winter, Will County’s Forest Preserve District is celebrating these tiny creatures with a Hummingbird Fest and other viewing opportunities. Caterpillar, food truck and volunteer programs are also on the agenda. Online registration is available on the events calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. Here is the schedule:

Hummingbird rooftop hangout: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from Wednesday August 17 to Sunday August 21, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook. Spend time on the roof of the nature center to spot hummingbirds as they make their way to and from the feeders. Inside the nature center, learn more about these birds with hands-on activities and a do-it-yourself craft. Free, all public.

Take a break from the hummingbirds: 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday August 19, Zoom webinar. Enjoy a 30-minute session with a naturalist to learn about hummingbirds. Free, from 8 years old. Register online for the Zoom link before August 19.

Explore the Outdoors – Caterpillar Adventure: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday August 20, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon. Explore the outdoors with a naturalist and study the life cycle of butterflies and moths. Free, all public. Register before August 19.

Hummingbird Party: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday August 20, Plum Creek Nature Center, canton of Crete. Sign up to watch staff from the Thorn Creek Audubon Society and Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders capture, band and release hummingbirds. Also during the festival, a naturalist will share landscaping tips for attracting hummingbirds and other pollinators to your garden. Attendees can see live demonstrations of monarchs and bees. The Nature Foundation of Will County will be selling pollinator-friendly plants onsite while supplies last. Entrants can make a hummingbird feeder upcycled from a bottle of wine and adopt a hummingbird through the Lincoln Land Association. Free, all public. Register for a banding session before August 19.

Meet the hummingbirds: 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays August 21 and 27, Plum Creek Nature Center, canton of Crete. Spend time in the nature center’s hummingbird yard to watch these little birds refuel for their migration journey. A traveling naturalist will share hummingbird facts and answer questions. Free, all public.

Fun & Food Trucks: 5pm-8pm Friday August 26, Bois Hammel – Route 59 access. The last of three summer food truck programs will include a bouncy house and giveaways. Food truck lineup includes: Tacos Maui, Aunt Anne’s Pretzels, Smokin’ Z BBQ, Flight Deck. Famous juggler Brian Pankey will perform.

Volunteer morning: 8am-11am Sunday August 28, Whalon Lake, Naperville. Make a difference in your community by volunteering for the Forest Preserve District. Activities will include brush clearing. Complete an online waiver at ReconnectWithNature.org to participate. If you have a 2022 waiver on file, RSVP to Volunteer Services Supervisor Emily Kenny at 815-722-7364 or [email protected]. 10 years or more.