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In Bismarck, am I the only one who called the number?


One of my favorite things to do is look at the houses and properties available in the Bismarck/Mandan area

I may not be ready to buy or rent anything too elaborate, but I sure can dream, right? There are so many gorgeous homes you can check out on zillow.com, you can surf all day with loads of realtor photos to see and imagine for yourself living in a mansion somewhere, right on the edge of town. a private lake, OR you can actually define the perimeters of your search to show you the largest scale house or even the smallest – you get the idea, right?

So could this be real?

As I was exploring on Zillow, I typed into the search window homes or properties listed up to $50,000 – Here’s one of the first images that appeared:

Zillow Missy Moritz Bianco Realty, Inc

Zillow Missy Moritz Bianco Realty, Inc

I almost kept looking around until I was stopped by the price of this large lot:

Zillow Missy Moritz Bianco Realty, Inc

Zillow Missy Moritz Bianco Realty, Inc

No way, really? Wait something must be missing, so I scrolled down for more info, I sure didn’t see what needed to be broken down clearly for a naive person like me, but I didn’t see it.

Well….how about a good old fashioned phone call to the number listed?

I sure wasn’t going to be the first person to ask a simple question – Dale answered my call within a few rings, and I proceeded to tell him I had a rather stupid question. “Umm is this lot really only $6 dollars?” Turns out it’s per square foot – I declined to ask him how many feet are in an acre. Dale laughed and we both said our “goodbyes”

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Twins waive Tyler Duffey after a decade in the organization – Twins


The recovered twins Tyler Duffey from Rice University in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Throughout his collegiate career, he posted impressive numbers (2.25 ERA, 11.6 K/9), but the team used as a lifter. Minnesota signed him and moved him to a starting pitching role. Duffey slowly worked his way through the team’s farm system, and his numbers seemed to improve with each promotion before earning his first call-up.

At 24, Duffey made his major league debut and impressed in his first ten starts. He posted a 3.10 ERA with a 131+ ERA and 8.2 K/9. It looked like he could fit into the team’s long-term plans as the organization looked to climb out of the bottom of the American League. His second season saw a slump as his ERA jumped to 6.43 and he had a WHIP of 1.50. Minnesota decided to transfer him to a relief role after the 2016 season, but there were also difficulties with that transition.

From 2017-18, Duffey played in 75 games with a 5.53 ERA and an 86-to-22 strikeout ratio. Some pitchers may find more success as relievers due to increased speed and a single secondary pitch. Things still didn’t click for Duffey, but a coaching change could have made all the difference.

Wes JonsonDuffey’s arrival on the coaching staff marked a turning point for Duffey as he became one of baseball’s top relievers for several seasons. From 2019-2021, Duffey posted a 2.69 ERA (163 ERA+) with a 1.06 WHIP and 174 strikeouts in 144 innings. Minnesota was able to use Duffey in a firefighting role when he found himself in difficult situations and got the team out of traffic jams. Added Duffey’s win probability was nearly two more wins than any other reliever for the Twins in that three-year run.

Relievers can be finicky, and signs of Duffey’s decline have started to show in recent seasons. His speed has declined for three straight years, and the 2022 season was his worst as a reliever. It ranks in the 15th percentile or lower in Average Exit Speed, xBA, Hit %, and xSLG. Only Emilio Pagan and Jharel Cotton compiled a lower WPA among Minnesota relievers in the 2022 campaign. Duffey has seen himself move up and down the reliever hierarchy this season, but his inconsistency ultimately forced the team to waive him.

For now, right-handed pitcher prospect Cole Sands will replace Duffey in the bullpen. Sands, and in particular his delivery and curveball, is reminiscent of what Duffey had in his good years. He’ll have a chance in the bullpen, although it’s very possible the team will remember as a southpaw Jovani Moran as soon as he reaches 10 days since his demotion.

Fans will likely focus on Duffey’s recent struggles as he leaves the team, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. He was one of the best relievers in baseball for several seasons. He has helped the Twins win games and impacted the organization on and off the field over the past decade.

What will you remember most from Duffey’s time with the Twins? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.

Glad to see the responsiveness of the city in the square, the skate park | News, Sports, Jobs


We were pleased to see the responsiveness of Alpena officials to residents who shared more than an hour of concerns about a planned Culligan Plaza redevelopment and needed repairs (and possible renovations) at Riverside Skate Park.

A bit of context:

The city proposed a total overhaul of Culligan Plaza at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Chisholm Street in downtown Alpena. Officials say the redesign is necessary in part to make the square more accessible to people with disabilities.

However, many residents cried foul over a recently released artist’s rendering of the redesign and the proposed $320,000 price tag for the project.

The skate park at the corner of 9th Avenue and Oldfield Street has deteriorated to the point that it is no longer safe and the city recently closed it until repairs can be made. Some residents cried foul and instead called for the park to be redesigned with concrete ramps.

Residents spoke out on both issues at the Alpena City Council meeting on Monday.

In response, city officials said Culligan Plaza’s renovation designs should be reconsidered, News writer Steve Schulwitz reported, and officials recommended the committee working on the plaza’s redesign include more comments from residents.

City engineer Steve Shultz, meanwhile, envisioned a two-step process for the skate park: Fix it up so it can reopen, then plan a remodel later down the road.

Either way, “that’s how this project will be done, is by involving people,” Shultz said.

We are pleased to see that the city is hearing and responding to residents’ concerns.

It is simply good governance.

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It’s Not Just About the Montgomery Dam – Knox County VillageSoup


Spurred by the activism of altruistic high school students who take initiatives to try to get their elders to take action to meet the challenges of our current existential climate crises, I am motivated to offer the benefit of my training and my experience in a way modest to try to push our small community towards a sensible approach to weathering our own storm in an environmental teapot. “Think globally, act locally” was the rallying cry of the early 1970s, when modern environmental issues first emerged.

What influences my opinion on the Montgomery Dam issue? I have a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Williams College ’72 and an MS in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) ’73, with a major in Environmental Education. Now retired, I ran the nation’s largest community gardening program, oversaw over 300 nature preserves as an administrator for The Nature Conservancy, ran a network of a dozen sanctuaries wildlife and education centers for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and I was the executive director of the New England Wildflower Society (now Native Plant Society).

I’m also a landscape painter – I founded the Knox County Art Society – and an avid amateur landscaper and flower gardener. So I think as much as most people, I appreciate, at least conceptually, the complexities, the interconnectedness, and the beauty of the built environment and the natural world. Of course, I admire naturalistic landscape architecture as practiced by Frederick Law Olmstead and his followers, who brought the two together so harmoniously. We should be clear about the distinctions between the two, but the fate of the falls is obviously physically and aesthetically tied to Harbor Park.

I also admit a personal commercial interest in perpetuating Camden’s appeal as a tourist destination. My wife and I have housed over 100 different families from 35 states and four foreign countries for 12 years in the seasonal vacation cabin on our Pearl St. property, where we have lived for 32 years. One of the main ‘selling points’ of our rental is its ‘walking distance’ proximity to our attractive downtown including the beautiful waterfall of the Megunticook River.

My opinion regarding the future of Montgomery Dam: Rational actors with a stake in the future well-being of our community as a whole should not ask voters to take a non-negotiable, one-sided, simplistic position on a complex issue. , placing a subjective value above all, even to the exclusion of any other element. Those who do seem to discount the possibility that collecting and studying all kinds of information can help us arrive at the most satisfactory answer to the question of what, if anything, to do about the dam.

The idea that we can have things the way we want them by exerting sheer will—or in this case, political action—without regard to the laws of nature is the type of thinking that causes, not solves, problems. environmental. Looking at these issues through blinders is the kind of limited vision that is largely responsible for the environmental mess we find ourselves in today.

Other clever questions to be answered include: what will happen when the irresistible force – the flood waters of the river beyond anything we have yet known – meets the still object – a bay raised several feet due to sea level rise? Also, what would be the effect of a dam at the head of the harbour, or other structures that control or could control the flow of water into the river and/or bay?

Is it so hard to conceive that natural events – actually not so “natural” now that we humans are changing our climate so dramatically – could cause damage downtown, upriver, to the park we love or in port? To suggest such a prospect may sound alarmist, but how many of us knew a few years ago that the world would already experience the floods, fires, droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes and other extreme weather shocks that it is? Does anyone remember the images we saw last year of floods in Europe, much of which affected small towns along the rivers? Could we have a similar disaster here, even on a smaller scale? Are we going to ignore all of these obvious warnings and pretend that none of this applies to us in little old Camden, Maine, USA?

To be realistic, shouldn’t we consider the possibility of adverse events caused by global warming, and what steps can be taken to mitigate or even prevent them? Such measures could possibly relate to the river, dams and other structures in and around the river and the inner harbour. Could the still undeveloped Tannery Mill property even play a role in managing river floodwaters as a kind of overflow pond, or even replacing some public car parks, now threatened with periodic flooding – l one or the other being compatible with its use as a park or an open space? Is it time to think outside the box? How can we be sure that such measures, which may seem crazy now, will not be necessary, and sooner than we think?

Yes, those who appreciate the aesthetics of the Harbor Park area, as it is, have a valid point of view. I’m sympathetic, but we need to see more together. What about those with a financial interest – owners of properties around the lake or adjacent to the river, owners of downtown commercial and residential buildings, their commercial tenants, yacht and schooner operators, Lyman -Morse and others that I’m not thinking of at the moment? Public works concerns us all, but some of us may be more directly affected than others.

The list of potential interests, public and private, linked to the flow of water in the inner harbor is long and varied. Shouldn’t we all at least have the opportunity to understand the ramifications of a decision to block? There are also people whose legitimate concern is the obstruction of fish migration, which – pardon the pun – also has ecological ripple effects. Pisces have no financial interest, nor voices or votes, but they are also important!

If I understood his recent declarations correctly, a group wants to accelerate a decision to “save” the fall of the dam – forever? Unconditionally? “Come what may? Regardless of cost? — via a popular vote of a potentially uninformed electorate driven primarily by sentiment. Should we, voters, agree to disregard all conceivable and potential implications, unintended consequences, or costs of preserving Montgomery Dam as is, without considering anything but the aesthetics of the falls?

Without further consideration, I believe it is neither fair, reasonable, nor responsible to ask voters to make such a decision at this time, any more than it would be reasonable and responsible to impose the opposite alternative, i.e. the dam should be removed, period. And what about a middle ground. . . make changes?

Decisions about the interface between our built and natural environment made in 2022 must take into account, within our means, the new extreme climatic changes that are inexorably heading our way. We do not live in a static situation. To not try to foresee, anticipate and consider these ramifications as fully as possible would be to stick your head in the sand.

The dam is not the park, and the river is not the port, but the different components of the system that we are talking about are interdependent. The Olmstead brothers, who worked between 1928 and 1935, did not plan or build a major feature in our cityscape with climate change in mind. If they had been so clairvoyant, we could have enjoyed for about 90 years an entirely different reality from the one we have come to love.

For example, looking to the future, with rising sea levels, does the outlet breakwater separating Harbor Park from the river where it meets the harbor still make sense? Does it still work as expected even now? Also, will the existing drainage infrastructure, both natural and built, be sufficient to handle larger total rainfall events and more intense single events? Can it handle heavy rain even now?

Let’s get together and analyze the facts and imagine the possibilities, as best we can discern them, and have a thoughtful discussion. Let’s not jump to either conclusion and work towards this as a community with a common interest in achieving the best possible outcome for all, rather than facing each other as adversaries. We all lose if we make a hasty and ill-informed decision. The need for “due diligence” comes to mind.

When the Great Fire destroyed the wooden buildings that made up Camden town center in 1892, our predecessors didn’t rebuild everything with wood. We might want to be so open to change, if and when, all things considered, a change turns out to be part of a prudent solution – but wouldn’t it have been better if they had built with stone and brick before the fire? “An ounce of prevention is better than cure.”

Although we may wish otherwise, times are changing. The one thing certain about the future is that it won’t look like the past, or even the present. Of course, this is an emotional issue, but we owe it to ourselves and to future generations to face it with as much thought as feeling. Of course, it’s complicated, but we must tackle as carefully as possible a constellation of problems that will not have an entirely satisfactory solution. “Saving the dam” could do more harm than good.

It’s too much for individual voters to deal with on their own, which is why we have elected officials, salaried city officials and consultants working for us. Let’s trust them to do their job and not prejudge their advisability of doing it with a premature vote, or whether there should be a vote to ‘save the dam’, I believe that even if we like it as it is, we should vote “No” for now.

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Rep. Bob Good Meets with a Danville Organization Focused on Addressing Food Insecurity


DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) – Every Wednesday, the line is on the streets with Danville Public School residents and families in need of food. This is where God’s final call and warning comes in, providing for families in need.

“We have established a partnership with the city council and the school board of Danville. What we seek to do is reduce or eliminate child hunger and food insecurity throughout Danville and surrounding areas,” said Ralph Rhyne, Founder and President of GFCW.

Hundreds and sometimes more than a thousand inhabitants pile up on the spot. Choose from a variety of boxes filled with the food they need to get through the week. Rhyne is proud of what he and his team are able to do, he said, helping these families in need is what makes the whole operation worth it.

“It’s fulfilling. It’s the incentive that keeps you going. A mother in tears, now happy and smiling, children looking at the food they are going to eat on their way home. It’s all fulfilling because you’re actually filling a need and blessing people.

The work didn’t go unnoticed, as Congressman Bob Good came by today to see it all in action.

“We know there is a great need in Southside and in the Danville community. There is a lot of poverty and a lot of hunger. It’s just inspiring to see people come out and volunteer their time and resources to try to meet that need. What we want to do is encourage them and bless them with our presence, but also try to highlight what they are doing so that others who can invest in this opportunity can do it, and those who can volunteering and serving too can help them. have a greater impact.

Rhyne said it meant a lot that Rep. Good come and experience it all in person.

“The governor wrote a letter because he got wind and saw pictures of the work we were doing. The congressman came to experience it, to see it, and so he is impressed. That’s what we want to do, we want to be a blessing,” Rhyne said.

It’s a mighty operation, but God’s final call and warning is always looking for more help as they continue to serve those in need.

“We need funding. Everything costs, even donations cost. It costs to pick them up, it costs to distribute them and so we need help,” Rhyne said.

Rhyne said they are trying to expand their operations and if you want to help GFCW do that, you can go to their website. here.

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Park District Played Key Role in Eliminating New Lincoln Park School Site – Decatur Tribune


Editor Paul Osborne

LAST WEEK’S victory for opponents of building a new school in Lincoln Park is the result of the Decatur Park District throwing in the towel and deciding not to sell the land to the Decatur School District . As I wrote in last week’s column, which came off the press shortly before the Decatur Park District announced that it would not be selling Lincoln Park to the Decatur School District, I have felt the school district had the votes to go ahead and build a new school on the Lincoln Park site. While chatting with Brian Byers on WSOY’s Byers & Co. on Thursday, I wrote in that column that what could stop the project is if the Decatur Park District decides not to sell the property to the school district – which happened. I wrote in last week’s column: “Whether you agree or disagree with the decision, the school board has the final and only vote on the matter. “Of course, the Decatur Park District Board must be prepared to sell the park to the school district. “I haven’t seen any contrary movement as I write this column – but things could change by the time you read these words.”

Obviously, things changed with the Park District’s decision to leave the school board without a vote on advancing the Lincoln Park site. Over the years, the Decatur Park District has always been sensitive to negative reviews. I think all elected officials should be sensitive to criticism even if it’s not pleasant, but the park district struck me, as a newspaper editor, as more sensitive than other public agencies. This is just an observation based on calls I have received over the years from someone in the park district regarding articles in the Tribune.

The opposition did not have much of an impact on the city council when several attended council meetings to ask the council to take a stand against the Lincoln Park site. The city council was not and is not directly involved in school district decisions beyond the provision of necessary services such as water, sewer, etc., regardless of where a new school is built. The opposition also went into effect at school board meetings and may have affected some of the board members, but it seemed the majority of the board was ready to go ahead with the Lincoln Park site. . Clearly, the opposition found fertile ground in their contacts with the Decatur Park District and shut down any further talk about building a new school in Lincoln Park.

The last sentence of my Viewpoint column for June 6, which focused on the “composition of the opposition”, stated my final point of view: “I am not a bettor, but if I were, I would not bet against the victory of the neighbors. this battle. Three weeks later, the opposition won, and the Lincoln Park site for a new school issue was dead.

The Decatur Public Schools School Board Finance Committee had planned to hold a meeting on August 2 to discuss the feasibility of using the Woodrow Wilson Junior High site for a new Dennis School, but due to flooding in several DPS facilities, including the Keil Building, the meeting was postponed to a later date.

• BEST WISHES to Shelith Hansbro who has been selected by the Decatur Park Board of Commissioners to serve an unexpired term for a park board commissioner seat. Shelith will complete the remaining term ending in April 2023. I have known Shelith for many years and she has the experience and temperament to be an asset to the park board.

• ANOTHER TERM Republican Jim Root didn’t have an easy road to serving as sheriff of Macon County. After winning the 2018 sheriff’s race against Democrat Tony Brown, it took him three years to prove he actually had more votes (16) than Brown, and by then he was left with nothing. only one year on the mandate instead of 4 years. He won his battle for the Republican primary election against Cody Moore and, for many, with no Democrats on the primary ballot, it was believed that the race was over and the general election in November would not be only a formality since his name would be the only one on the ballot for the sheriff. Last week, Macon County Democrats announced that Shannon Gutierrez Seal would be the Democratic nominee for sheriff as she seeks to be Illinois state’s first female sheriff. Two days later, she was forced to withdraw from the race because she had voted in the Republican primary for Cody Moore, so she could not run as a Democrat in the general election. There are ongoing legal wrangles over another Democrat taking his place. on the ballot – but she was never on the ballot so… I don’t see anyone, at this point, beating Jim Root for another term in the sheriff’s office in November.

• ROAD REPORT “One thing I can say about the speeders on Route 51 South—they drive at the same high speed even when there’s heavy fog! The “blinding fog” we experienced early in the morning last week did not result in careful driving which was apparent when vehicles drove past me. Thank goodness there wasn’t a car stuck on the road somewhere in the fog in front of them! Maybe it’s just me, but I was driving down South Main Street one afternoon last week and a city bus sped past me, obviously going over the speed limit! One of these days, if a cyclist passes by me going over the speed limit, I can return my car keys and walk to the office!!!! (smile)

• The last weeks The “Scrapbook” article about Decatur’s first “motor wagon” resulted in an email and photo from subscriber and former resident George Irish. George wrote: “Enjoyed your article on Hieronymus Mueller’s Benz Motor Wagon. The attached photo is of the Mueller brothers with Bryan and my great-grandfather, MC Irish apparently in the vehicle mentioned in your article. “I appreciate the Tribune from afar. Unfortunately, I remember many of the names and places you feature…must get old.

Thanks, George, for the email and the historic photo. The photo is reproduced on page 14 of today’s edition of the Decatur Tribune.

• I JOIN Brian Byers on WSOY’s Byers & Co. every Thursday morning at 7:00 am to discuss issues facing our community and Central Illinois.

Chemical Engineering Student Awarded FutureFuel Scholarship 2022

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Lashae Hall

Lashae Hall, a Chemical Engineering student at the College of Engineering, has been awarded the 2022 FutureFuel Scholarship. The Terry Martin Endowed Outstanding Intern Award, sponsored by FutureFuel Chemical Company, is a $1,000 scholarship offered annually to an intern or exceptional trainees.

Hall spent this summer as a wastewater engineering intern at the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment’s Office of Water Quality.

“I was able to complete a project including over 100 water sources across Arkansas and their flow data, from which I had to interpret, categorize and summarize the average and predicted amounts of certain minerals in each category “Hall said. “I am also involved in drafting permits, as well as site inspections, which involve monitoring and evaluating minerals, nutrients and other water content for different watercourses across the country. ‘Arkansas in order to compare them to the regulatory stipulations.”

Hall said she was also able to attend the Environmental Protection AgencyAir Sensor Lending Pilot Programs: Successes, New Resources, and Lessons Learned” to expand his knowledge of air quality occurrences in industry.

“This internship had a huge impact on my career choice as well as my professional network. As the recipient of this scholarship, I am very grateful to the FutureFuel Chemical Company for investing in my education and celebrating my accomplishments at the as I progress in my career,” she said.

The scholarship was established in 2014 by FutureFuel in recognition of Terry Martin, Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Martin provided services and mentorship to students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the College of Engineering during his tenure as a faculty member, Deputy Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Senior Associate Dean for Academics.

The scholarship is open to College of Engineering students who have completed a full-time or part-time internship during the academic year. Preference is given to majors in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Computer Science.

Wood Partners enters the growing San Marcos market with the grand opening of the brand new luxury community: Alta Center Point


SAN MARCOS, TX, August 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Building on the momentum of its recent growth within the Austin market, the national leader in multi-family real estate development, Wood Partners today announced the imminent grand opening of its brand new luxury residential community, Alta Center Point, in San Marcos, TX. Located just south of AustinAlta Center Point marks Wood Partners’ first development in the St. Mark area, which has consistently been ranked as one of America’s fastest growing cities. Construction of the property will begin at the end of August and the community is expected to open for rental in the fall of 2023.

Located at 625 Gregson Bend, the community’s future location along the I-35 corridor will provide residents with quick access to downtown San Marcos’ various shopping, dining and entertainment options. Nearby Austin and San Antonio also offer retail, entertainment and employment options. Alta Center Point residents will be close to many of the area’s top employers, including Amazon, Texas State UniversityHEB and Tanger Outlets, which provide over 27,000 jobs within a 10 mile radius of the community.

“Wood Partners is delighted to join the thriving group St. Mark community as we officially open our first development in the area,” said Bart Barrette, managing director at Wood Partners. “As we continue to move forward with Alta Center Point, we are focused on providing our residents with an unparalleled community and a great place to call home.”

When complete, Alta Center Point will offer 330 apartments, offering a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans. Each home features warm, modern accents with high-end fixtures and finishes, including stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tile backsplash and 42″ cabinetry, plus washer and dryer combos. home dryer and a wood style floor. in the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms. Some homes feature an upgraded smart package, providing residents with advanced technology and security offerings for added convenience.

Throughout the community, Alta Center Point residents will also have a plethora of attractive amenities at their disposal, including a resort-style swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, and on-site dog park. Within the Community Club Room, residents will also have access to a high-tech fitness center, a conference room with multiple personal workspace desks, and a variety of entertainment areas.

Outside the property, residents can also enjoy the multitude of outdoor recreational activities St. Mark is widely known for. From hiking the area’s multiple nature preserves to swimming in the spring-fed San Marcos River to tubing, kayaking, or paddleboarding, residents will have no shortage of options for outdoor exploration.

About Wood Partners

Wood Partners is a national leader in the development, construction and management of multi-family communities across United States. The company has been involved in the acquisition and development of over 90,000 multi-family homes with a combined capitalization of $17.5 billion. The company currently owns 70 properties across United States representing more than 20,000 households. Based at Atlanta, Wood Partners has offices in 22 major markets in 15 states nationwide. The company also operates Residential Wood, an award-winning, full-service property management group that proudly operates both properties developed by Wood Partners and communities owned by third parties. For two consecutive years, Wood Residential has ranked #1 nationally for online reputation in the J Turner ORA™ Power Rankings (Division III). For more information, visit woodpartners.com.

CONTACT: Rylie Geraci, [email protected]

SOURCE Wood Partners

Deshaun Watson cheered at Browns camp as National Women’s Organization blasts 6-game suspension – OutKick


The two extremes, in terms of reactions, to Deshaun Watson’s suspension were seen on Monday after his six-game ban was announced.

Watson will be sidelined until Week 7 due to his connection to 24 civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct at the QB.


For one thing, the Browns’ training camp was buzzing with cheers as Watson took to the field to participate in drills on Monday. The QB built up the excitement by pointing to the crowd and posing for the cameras.

Throughout training camps, Watson tacitly built his relationships with fans: showing up to sign autographs, interacting with the young fanatics in attendance, and handing out personal items for autographs.

Watson appeared seemingly oblivious to outside noise while on the pitch. However, some fans and observers have spoken out to chastise the QB for his alleged sexual misconduct and for the mild punishment meted out by.

One organization vociferously voicing its opposition to Watson amid his off-court allegations is the National Organization of Women (NOW).

The group released a statement on Monday in response to the “expected” lax punishment.

“It is unacceptable, insulting and dangerous – but not surprising – that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is facing a meager six-game suspension – without fine – following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women,” NOW announced.

“The NFL and the multi-billion dollar sports industry have a vested interest in allowing sexual misconduct, assault and violence. They even wrote it into Deshaun Watson’s $230 million contract. said the group.

“The Browns knew their star rookie would be suspended for at least part of this year’s season due to his sexual offense record,” the statement added, “and so they restructured his contract to make the majority of his $46 million in the first year as a “signing bonus” payment, unrelated to him playing actual games.


“Deshaun Watson must not be allowed to profit from his horrific behavior, and the NFL must change its business model that enables, enables and hides sexual misconduct to one that respects women and holds abusers accountable. Shame on the Cleveland Browns for rewarding Deshaun Watson and shame on the NFL for perpetuating a system where money talks and women aren’t heard.

Ashley Solis, one of the massage therapists accusing Watson of unwanted sexual advancements, previously condemned the Cleveland Browns for signing Watson to a five-year, $230.5 million contract while still under of an investigation into the 24 cases of misconduct. The team also fully secured the deal to establish their support for Watson amid his legal troubles.

The NFL now has three days since the decision to appeal the decision for a potentially longer suspension. Past statements from the NFLPA say the league hopes to leave the suspension as is.

Deshaun Watson continues to show no remorse

The judge recalled that Deshaun Watson was not, and was at no time during the inquest, remorseful.

Reaction to Deshaun Watson’s 6 game suspension

The ruling handed down in Deshaun Watson’s suspension doesn’t appear to have much real merit behind it.

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Paint the town green gala

Raintree Children and Family Services’ Paint the Town Green Gala held its annual celebration for donors and supporters to help the organization continue its mission of providing needed services to at-risk children and youth and offering growth opportunities through three main programs: Raintree’s Therapeutic Group Home Placement Program, Therapeutic Foster Care Program and Early Steps Program. It was the organization’s first in-person event since before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, and more than $231,000 made it the highest fundraising total at the event. The winner this year was Lana Duke. Angel Wings Foundation served as presenting sponsor, with Cindy Paulin as representative. Other main sponsors were Atmos Energy, Monroe Vos Consulting and Eustis Mortgage. The event took place on St. Patrick’s Day, so the oak trees in City Park were lit up with green lights that led to the Arbor Hall, illuminated with gold lights hanging from the awnings. Each table featured white and gold decor with a white azalea as the centerpiece, which were auctioned off at the end of the night for the direct benefit of the children of Raintree. Food and beverages were provided by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 12 Seasons Catering, La Louisiane Bakery, Chateau Country Club, Perrone and Sons, Palace Cafe, Haydel’s, Antoine’s, Drago’s, Urban South Brewery and Lana Duke Consulting. The Y’at Pack provided musical entertainment. An auction included artwork, sports memorabilia, jewelry and dining experiences. Rebecca Gardner and Olivia Ventola served as gala co-chairs.

Angela Lacour, Olivia Ventola, Rebecca Gardner and Eugenie Guillot

Cindy Paulin, Lana Duke, Kate DeKay and Kenny Malter

Katina Spera, Beckie Daniels, Rhonda Sharkawy and Lisa Eymand

Jean Le Bourgeois, Neely Loring and Angie Tocco

LaShawna Schofield, Meredith Barousse and Alden Howard

Mark Romig, Natsha Wilson, Sonia Shoemaker and Melissa Warren

Community efforts towards climate resilience – the Perumbakkam way

Climate resilience and adaptation rooted in Perumbakkam paves the way for a different kind of approach to climate change. Photo: TNUHDB

Chennai’s recent history is marked by a series of disastrous weather events, particularly floods. The city’s water problems aren’t new, but the erratic nature and increased frequency of floods and droughts have raised questions about where it stands in a climate-unstable world and what resilience might look like in the future.

Many initiatives within the framework of “climate adaptation” and “urban resilience” have been discussed and designed by bureaucrats, technical experts and consultants. These responses range from watershed management to urban development programs and the ecological restoration of water bodies.

But the story of top-down climate adaptation measures has less to do with the current crisis than with a neoliberal imagination of what a city should look like.

Poorly defined adaptation and resilience measures

This is quite obvious in the case of Chennai. Flood mitigation efforts, sanctioned under the guise of climate adaptation, become an indicator of eviction and displacement of the urban poor. Over the past two decades, more than 60,000 families, or about 170,000 people, have been forcibly evicted from central areas of the city and moved to resettlement settlements on the outskirts.

Many of them were under the guise of flood mitigation and restoration of water bodies. In several cases, large plots of land were given away for real estate development after the evictions.

Despite evidence that flooding in the city is caused by perpetual growth and an increase in built-up area, flood mitigation projects in the city continue to advocate for more infrastructural development as the way forward. Everything flies if you call it climate adaptation.

But the biggest failure of many top-down resilience-building measures, beyond appalling environmental injustice, is the limited scope of the term “resilience” itself.

Projects like flood mitigation take a narrow view of environmental risks. Events like floods are treated as singular events that need to be mitigated, contained or managed through technical interventions.

However, the environmental crisis is multidimensional, resulting not only in the short-term destruction of property, but also affecting education, health, livelihoods, financial security and social relations in the medium and long term.

A comprehensive resilience strategy in a city like Chennai would involve the assessment of site-specific environmental risks and measures to address them using locally rooted and relevant strategies.

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Story of resilience in Perumbakkam

Such a story is brewing in Perumbakkam, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Chennai.

Perumbakkam is one of the largest resettlement sites in Chennai. It was built by the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB), formerly the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, to house people forcibly evicted from the city.

Perumbakkam has more than 20,000 buildings and more are being built every day.

flooded street
Perumbakkam during the 2020 floods. Pic:IRCDUC

In many ways, Perumbakkam is a place where resilience comes to die. For starters, the entire site sits on a giant swamp that’s extremely prone to flooding. And these are people who have been moved away from the banks to protect them from the floods!

The resettlement colony is characterized by poor quality housing, acute shortage of basic resources like water and electricity, and lack of access to quality education. These woes have been compounded by the fact that livelihood options in this region are very limited, which keeps poverty rates perpetually high and opportunities for social mobility low.

The effect of environmental events like flooding in Perumbakkam will be a combination of economic, health, social and cultural risks. For example, one of the most serious concerns during the floods was the lack of access to health care. People had to wade through water, carrying sick family members more than 10 kilometers to get medical assistance. Environmental risk preparedness must therefore also focus on reducing the vulnerability quotient of these communities on many different fronts.

Scholarship holders from the Perumbakkam community are mobilizing

This is precisely what a small cohort of community scholarship holders belonging to the Information and Resource Center for Disadvantaged Urban Communities (IRCDUC) in Perumbakkam is doing.

Community Fellows are women from Perumbakkam who have been trained by IRCDUC to collect data, liaise with authorities and mobilize the community to secure housing rights and community development programs for residents.

Adaptation to climate change does not appear outwardly in their daily work. But threads of resilience building and adaptation are visible everywhere. The work of fellows takes different forms.

field workers collecting information in perumbakkam
IRCDUC field worker Sujatha collects information from residents. Photo: IRCDUC

Some of them include:

  • Liaise with local government authorities to create better and faster feedback loops
  • Create systems to ensure that women, especially those from marginalized and disadvantaged groups, can access government funds and programs
  • Help the inhabitants to mobilize and fight for better housing and better access to services such as education, health, food, technical training, etc.
  • Act as disaster responders, relief workers and community stewards during floods and other crises

Read more: Residents of resettlement colonies struggle with many aspects of daily life: IRCDUC study

Resilience rooted in Perumbakkam

How do these actions constitute embedded resilience? Whatever the specific nature of the job, the goal of Field Coordinators is simple: to help community members bounce back from difficulties and improve their ability to cope with risks, environmental or otherwise.

Resilience, in this context, is about helping people overcome crises large and small, environmental or otherwise, using a wide range of strategies.

For example, helping people change their bank branch to a nearby branch gives them quick access to their relocation allowance. This extra money can be crucial during the first months of resettlement and protect them from the impact of unexpected crises.

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Retirement camp organized by field workers. Photo: IRCDUC

Monthly government retirement campaigns, organized by coordinators, help widows, women without means of subsistence and people with disabilities to access their main and sometimes only source of income.

During events such as floods, the extensive survey data collected by coordinators allows them to target the most vulnerable groups for the distribution of relief materials.

The strategies adopted by Field Coordinators are those that respond to the specific needs and demands of their community and are an example of locally imagined and rooted resilience.

A work in progress

This does not mean that these strategies have been perfected or that they are still effective. Not all initiatives are enthusiastically received by the community and some tend to fail, often because they are not high on the community’s list of priorities.

For example, medical camps and free health services have very low attendance.

Others face administrative and technical obstacles. The legal bottleneck surrounding permits is a good example: the land on which the Perumbakkam buildings sit does not belong to the community and instead belongs to the state.

This ensures that most ideas never see the light of day. The process of identifying the most effective and engaging strategies is ongoing.

Another obstacle is the absence of an active climate discourse in the region. As such, resilience emerges as a by-product of their work to secure better housing rights for members of their community. But going beyond this limited framework will allow the emergence of broader and more global adaptation strategies.

Despite these difficulties, the story of resilience embedded in Perumbakkam is an exciting and challenging contradiction to the technocentric, top-down climate adaptation strategies that are currently in vogue.

The work of these women affirms the idea that civil society groups and non-governmental organizations do not need to represent them or speak on their behalf. Rather, empowered community members themselves are best placed to articulate and craft comprehensive and sensitive solutions to their problems.

Finally, it demonstrates the need for a multidimensional approach to building resilience, moving beyond crisis management towards capacity building, community empowerment and decentralized governance.

[This article was authored as part of the Grounded Imaginaries project, an Indo-Australian initiative to amplify stories of transformative responses to the climate crisis.]

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Five captivating natural wonders to visit in the Caucasus

The Caucasus of Eurasia is famous for its rich history and booming wine scene, and this vast expanse of land is no stranger to natural beauty either. Equipped with iconic natural features like the eastern shores of the Black Sea, the western shore of the Caspian Sea, and the entirety of the Caucasus Mountains, there is no shortage of outdoor adventure and ecotourism opportunities on a visit. in this legendary region.

Whether you vacation in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, or combine all three for a bucket list worthy adventure, be sure to spend time basking in the spectacular beauty of these national parks and reserves. natural.

Mtirala National Park

Located just east of the city of Batumi, Georgia Mtirala National Park is best known for a particular natural phenomenon: rain, to be precise. This lush preserve receives approximately 175 inches of rainfall each year, supporting countless waterfalls and a uniquely diverse array of native plants across the park. The area’s vast chestnut, beech and rhododendron forests are also home to a fascinating collection of native Georgian wildlife, with brown bears, Eurasian lynx and Caucasian salamanders. Birdwatchers take note: Mtirala National Park is renowned for its high concentration of raptors, offering plenty of opportunities to spot booted eagles and saker falcons during the migration season.

Khosrov Forest State Reserve

While it is widely recognized that the first national park was established in 1872, Armenia Khosrov Forest State Reserve beat Yellowstone by around 1,500 years, first established in the 300s by King Khosrov III the Little to serve as a royal hunting ground and refuge for native species. In modern times, this expanse of juniper and oak forest is renowned for its great diversity of flora and fauna, with a particularly interesting array of emblematic predators. Gray wolves, Eurasian lynx and brown bears all inhabit the park, while lucky visitors may be able to spot one of the few Persian leopards that still exist in Armenia.

Absheron National Park

The Azerbaijani capital of Baku is renowned for its stunning modern architecture and charming historic walled city, but for those in need of an ecotourism-focused getaway, Absheron National Park is just a short drive away. Equipped with both coastal marshes and semi-desert ecosystems, the reserve has become a popular spot for local and visiting birdwatchers, with purple herons, short-eared owls and horned grebes just a few of the species that visitors can look forward to spotting. As well as avian species, the park is also home to a multitude of native reptiles, while the lucky ones might spot a Caspian seal, one of the smallest pinniped species found on earth today.

Dilijan National Park

Officially elevated to national park status in 2002, the vast Dilijan National Park offers vast forests, native wildlife and age-old structures right in the heart of Armenia. While the area is teeming with typical Armenian mammals, birds, and amphibians, one of the main tourist draws comes from the human inhabitants of the area. Dilijan is home to a host of historic religious structures, including the ornate Haghartsin Monastery as well as Goshavank, a massive complex that was built around 800 years ago. After exploring the wilderness of the park, visitors are invited to spend a few hours wandering around Dilijan, an idyllic town that is popular thanks to its charming Armenian architecture and high concentration of spas.

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Measuring 422 square miles of protected forest, the iconic Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is one of the largest national parks in all of Georgia. This vast expanse of land has given rise to serious outdoor adventure potential, with mountain biking, horseback riding and plenty of hiking available throughout the park. While traveling in the region, visitors can expect to spot a wide range of Georgian wildlife scurrying through the forest, ranging from wildcats to chamois. During the late night hours, the starry sky lights up with countless insects alongside a wide array of bats, with 20 different species calling the area home.

Bobby Hopper, Arkansas’ longest-serving highway commissioner, has died


Bobby Hopper died on Friday, according to family members.

Hopper, 89, of Springdale, was the longest serving highway commissioner in Arkansas history. He was appointed by Governor Bill Clinton in 1983 and served on the Arkansas Highway Commission until 1999.

“Bobby was a remarkable person – a good man, a great friend, a model citizen and one of the best and most effective highway commissioners of all time,” Clinton said in a statement released Saturday.

During his tenure, Hopper was also the first commissioner to serve two terms as chairman of the commission.

“The impact of Bobby’s work on the highway commission on the economic and social development of northwest Arkansas is still thriving today,” according to a statement from his family. “He focused on his dream that Northwest Arkansas could be a world leader if only the region’s transportation system could support it.

“His dream came true with the opening of Interstate 49. The highway included a double tunnel to allow motorists to easily navigate through the area’s beautiful Boston Mountains. This tunnel was the first road tunnel in The commission honored Bobby by naming the tunnel the “Bobby Hopper Tunnel”.

Hopper was born in Cotter, where a ring road and a bridge bear his name.

Hopper also served on the Springdale Chamber of Commerce. He donated land for a park in the city of Springdale called Bobby Hopper Park.

Governor Newsom announces appointments 7.29.22

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Miriam Barcellona Ingenito, 50, of Elk Grove, has been appointed undersecretary at the Government Operations Agency. Barcellona Ingenito has served as the California Financial Information System Director since 2016, where she served as an Executive Partner from 2015 to 2016. She served as Chief Deputy Director at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control from 2013 to 2015. Barcellona Ingenito was Assistant Secretary for Environmental Policy and Community Programs at the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2011 to 2013. She served as Deputy Director of Legislation at the California Department of Finance from 2009 to 2011 and Senior Consultant for the California State Senate Committee on Appropriations from 2001 to 2009. Barcellona Ingenito served as the Secretary’s Assistant for Policy and Program Analysis at the California Resources Agency from 1999 to 2001 and was an analyst of finance and policy at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office from 1997 to 1999. Barcellona Ingenito is a member of California Women Lead and Latinas in Tech. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $205,841. Barcelona Ingenito is a Democrat.

Christine Ciccotti, 41, of Davis, has been named deputy director and chief counsel in the California Department of General Services. Ciccotti has served as Chief Counsel at the California State Department of Hospitals since 2018. Ciccotti served as Assistant Attorney General in the Corrections Law Section of the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 2014 to 2018. She was trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Contract Management Agency from 2012 to 2013 and an Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons from 2009 to 2012. Ciccotti has held several positions for the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General corps at Nellis Air Force Base and Travis Air Force Base from 2006 to 2009, including trial counsel, chief of contract law, chief of civil law , Head of Adverse Actions and Head of Claims. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $196,480. Ciccotti is a Democrat.

Christian Crumlish, 57, of Palo Alto, has been named a senior project manager in the Office of Data and Innovation. Crumlish has been a principal consultant and founder of Design in Product since 2019. He was vice president of product at 7 Cups from 2015 to 2019. Crumlish was senior director of product management and user experience at CloudOn from 2012 to 2015. He was Senior Director of Customer Experience and Messaging Products at AOL from 2010 to 2012. Crumlish was Curator of the Design Pattern Library at Yahoo! from 2007 to 2010. He was Director of Strategic Services at Extractable Solutions from 2005 to 2007. Crumlish was Senior Information Architect at Enterpulse from 2001 to 2002. He was Senior Content Strategist at Groundswell from 2000 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $154,836. Crumlish is a Democrat.

John Tengan, 53, of Lakewood, has been appointed to the Structural Pest Control Board. Tengan has been a territory manager at the Industrial Fumigant Company since 2007. Tengan was a service technician at the Industrial Fumigant Company from 2006 to 2007. He was a field manager at A-1 Fumigation from 1999 to 2005. Tengan owned of Blue Meridian Urban Pest Management from 2001 to 2006. He held several positions with Cal-Western Termite and Pest Control from 1997 to 1999, including Service Manager and Service Technician. Tengan was a member of the Rollins Employee Relief Fund Committee. This position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Tengan is registered without party preference.

Joni A. Forge, 65, of Long Beach, has been appointed to the California Dental Board. Forge has been a dentist with CDI Dental Group since 2018 and has been an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry since 2022. She was the Owner and Dentist at Overhill Dental from 1995 to 2021. Forge was the Owner and Dentist. at Joni Forge DDS from 1985 to 2004. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and National Dental Association. Forge earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. This position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Forge is a Democrat.

Kellie L. Funk, 43, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Funk has been an esthetician and owner at Kellie Lynn’s Esthetics since 2016. She was an esthetician at Byuti Salon and Spa from 2011-2016 and has worked as a licensed esthetician since 2005. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per die. Funk is a Democrat.

Meagan Curtis, 44, of Crescent City, has been named to the 41st District Agricultural Association (Del Norte Fair Board). Curtis has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones since 2014, where she served as a senior branch administrator from 2011 to 2014. She was office manager at Alexandre Dairy from 2004 to 2011. Curtis served as executive director at Crescent City and Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2004. She was a high school teacher in the Del Norte County Unified School District from 2002 to 2003. Curtis was a researcher at Sparks Companies Inc. from 2001 to 2002. She earned a Master of Science in agricultural economics. from the University of Kentucky. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Curtis is a Republican.

Anthony Fabricius, 53, of Crescent City, has been appointed to the 41st District Agricultural Association (Del Norte Fair Board). Fabricius has been the principal of Sunset High School since 2013. Fabricius is a member of Lake Earl Grange, the Association of California School Administrators, the California Continuation Education Association, and the Del Norte County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Fabricius is a republican.

It’s time to wake up and bring your organization back to


I think one of the biggest lies managers are told is that people are bad or reluctant. But have you considered that some employees are more disturbing than annoying? A disconnected management style and a miserable corporate culture can take its toll on both sides.

But when did it all become so soulless? To the employee eroded and beaten by bad managers, organizational confusion, toxicity and outright boredom: I get your point. But that gray veil over your company is probably the same dark cloud that has washed away all the color from your manager’s world, from their own manager to the “executives responsible for the goal.”

They’re not all bad people, and they might not even realize what they’re doing. They may simply be lost in the whirlwind of shareholder pressure, fear and anxiety. There is no more game for them, except not to be eaten alive, or worse, to lose their title.

Everyone loses under the tyranny of this existentialist fear, but in a life-and-death struggle the answer is life. Human connectivity and aspiration are the beating heart of any organization‘s success, and gamification is a strategy that can break the chains.

There is no limit to the games that can be created to align specific company goals with individual achievements: game-based learning, leaderboards, instant recognition, sirens, bull horns, badges, cash promotions , gift and bonus libraries, to name a few.

It’s time to wake up and implement gamification to bring your team and organization back to life.


You may have met the disengaged manager who shows no affinity for his staff. They become like a tragicomic Shakespearian king, unaware of their self-obsession. To this director, punish yourself! Wake up to the amazing people around you! If you harness their creative potential, you can break the deadly grip on your business.

I believe that the Great Resignation was an indication of the lack of attention and communication between companies and their employees. Under the watch of boring old managers, he turned into a terrible injury.

In my experience, the biggest problem with managing an increasingly remote workforce is the lack of human-centric experience. What we once took for granted must now be affirmed: you are real and I am real. We all have the desire to be seen, to feel appreciated and to grow.

Gamification can bring back that sense of our common humanity, as it increases collaboration between people who aspire to the same thing. It’s also why online communities that offer tiered rewards and privileges, like Stack Overflow and Wikipedia (and even sellers on Amazon), have been so successful.

The flame of life and work can be rekindled by returning to what people love: achieving our goals by making our challenges a game to conquer.


For some managers, employees should just buckle up and “do their job.” I believe that kind of thinking is archaic. If you don’t motivate people to pursue a clear goal, you crush their hopes and dreams before they’ve even come to life.

The only difference between gamification and setting tough but achievable goals is the feedback mechanism – there will be rewards, status, and recognition when the goals are achieved.

Games appeal to our human spirit and are an essential tool for building community through friendship and adventure. The relentless personal drive to grow can also create a strong association between overcoming challenges and job satisfaction.

When human values ​​become a defining characteristic of a strong corporate culture, collaboration, creativity and productivity can flourish.


Having fun may seem counterintuitive to the bullied manager, so muster up your courage. At Massive Alliance, the same month we launched our editor game to produce the most articles ever published, we had the most cancellations. We still issued the bonuses.

The following month, we recorded our highest income. Who published the articles? People who felt valued and motivated by the game.

In another case, we promised a trip to Disney for staff after reaching 3 million annual memberships. As a startup, by the time we reached the goal, we were treading water financially. But we went anyway, because nothing screams poopers like Disney’s cancellation.

To take the courage that the games will give you, here is a simple formula to follow:

  1. Identify your priorities as a manager.
  2. Evaluate which metric or KPI would be a sign of good progress or growth.
  3. Gamify each of these metrics.
  4. Make it the #1 campaign in your area and push them with enthusiasm.


If leaders don’t wake up, you risk losing your best employees to the companies that hire them. The Great Resignation showed us that the old rules no longer applied.

Large enterprises can become entirely metric-based without any human connectivity. When the system is broken, employees will run for the exit. Through gamification, you can not only achieve your goals, but also create a happy and productive workforce. This may be your last awakening. The system may have beaten your team, but gamification can turn it around.

Zimmatore Creek is a media and publishing technologist, entrepreneur and author.

NewDay Lawyer Says Joliet’s Plan To Hunt Sex Offenders Won’t Work – Shaw Local


A lawyer for the company that owns the Joliet building housing sex offenders said the city’s plan to build a nearby park wouldn’t drive them away.

The city council could vote next week on acquiring a home that would be demolished to make way for a city park near the building to trigger a state residency restriction law.

Sara Garber, an attorney for NewDay Apartments, based in Lake Zurich, Ill., said creating an urban park would not stop sex offenders from living in the building.

“Most people required to register as sex offenders are not subject to the 500 foot restriction referenced by the mayor,” Garber said in an email. “Adding a park within 500 feet of NewDay may change the name of NewDay tenants, but it will not prevent NewDay from hosting registrants there.”

Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, at the July 19 Joliet City Council meeting, announced the city’s intention to purchase property within 500 feet of the apartments to build a park that would put registered sex offenders living in the Cora Street building in violation of state law prohibiting offenders from being within 500 feet of a public park.

City Manager James Capparelli said Thursday that NewDay was “trying to analyse” by saying registered offenders could continue to live in the building on the 1000 block of Cora Street.

City Manager James Capparelli listens to a speaker during the Joliet City Council meeting on Tuesday.  Tuesday, July 19, 2022 in Joliet.

He said offenders who left the building and went to a public street could be arrested if children were playing in the park.

“If there’s a kid in that park and you’re within 500 feet of that park, you’re in trouble,” Capparelli said.

The city has been exploring options since residents of the Cunningham neighborhood raised objections after learning that NewDay had acquired the building in the middle of the residential area for use as housing for sex offenders.

A neighborhood meeting in June drew around 100 people, including the mayor and several city council members.

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk speaks with City Manager James Capparelli about an action plan for the building at 1000 Cora St. which is used to house convicted sex offenders at the City Council meeting in Pretty on Tuesday.  Tuesday, July 19, 2022 in Joliet.

At the council meeting, O’Dekirk said the city continues to explore other ways to get sex offenders out of the house.

“The effect is something we’re not going to tolerate in the city of Joliet,” O’Dekirk said.

Garber in his email said the number of registered sex offenders living in the Cora Street apartment building is minimal compared to the number of registered sex offenders in Joliet and the entire state of Illinois.

There are believed to be five or six registered sex offenders living in the Cora Street flats.

Garber said there are more than 30,000 people on the Illinois sex offender registry.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, 700 registered sex offenders have been placed in facilities like the one on Cora Street created by NewDay to find residences for offenders serving time in prison beyond their sentence due to the state restrictions on where they can live.

Those restrictions include multiple offenders living in an apartment building, but a federal judge overturned the law in a lawsuit on behalf of sex offenders serving time beyond their jail time.

Garber in his email said that placing sex offenders in one building provides a safe housing opportunity for offenders and better protection for the community.

Sex offenders in the Cora Street building, she said, are under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, receive “frequent visits” from parole officers, undergo mandatory therapy and must wear protective clothing. GPS monitors.

“Additionally, NewDay Apartments has implemented a selective screening process and security measures to protect its residents and the community, including on-site security cameras,” Garber said.

New Coastal Cottages Collection Designs Open at The Isles of Collier Preserve

The Coastal Cottage Marco model features a colorful entrance and an inviting porch. COURTESY PICTURES

Minto Communities has introduced a whole new lifestyle option to The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples – the Coastal Cottages Collection. Four fully furnished model homes were opened in June and additional residential sites were launched in July. The initial sale of 16 pre-designed homes, starting at $500, was booked by home buyers during opening weekend.

The new Coastal Cottages neighborhood is located on 150 residential sites near the entrance to the Collier Islands Preserve and offers convenient access to the Cormorant Nature Trail, one of many walking trails in the community.

Fully furnished Coastal Cottages models are now open for viewing. Designed in the classic coastal architectural style seen throughout the community, Coastal Cottages feature charming porches, rear-entry garages, and open spaces that are thoughtfully planned for relaxing at home as well as entertaining guests.

“We are very excited to introduce Minto’s new Coastal Cottages at The Isles of Collier Preserve,” said Steve Svopa, president of Minto Communities USA Southeast Division. “Coastal Cottages welcome our buyers who want to downsize and enjoy the freedom of a housekeeping-inclusive home while taking advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings and many luxury resort-style amenities offered at The Isles of Collier Preserve. ”

Residents of the islands of Collier Preserve enjoy world-class amenities that rival those of the finest resorts.

Residents of the islands of Collier Preserve enjoy world-class amenities that rival those of the finest resorts.

The floor plans of the Coastal Cottages are named after the beautiful islands in the area: Captiva, Marco, Sanibel and Useppa. All models feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage, with some floor plans including a den/hobby room. Home designs feature high ceilings and transom and dormer windows to maximize natural light. Additional distinctive design elements include vaulted and beamed ceilings that define the spaces, recessed lighting and more.

Spacious living rooms open to dining rooms that can accommodate six to eight people. The well-appointed kitchens include double sinks, 42-inch upper wooden cabinets, a pantry and a large serving and seating island. The master suites have walk-in closets and a luxurious master bathroom with double sinks, large walk-in shower and private toilet.

The Marco is 1,806 square feet total with 1,204 square feet under air, and the Sanibel is 1,924 square feet total with 1,321 square feet under air. These two models have two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. The Captiva is 2,119 square feet total with 1,466 square feet under air, and the Useppa is 2,094 square feet total with 1,378 square feet under air. These two models include an additional recreation/hobby room.

Just four miles from downtown Naples, the Collier Islands Preserve has more than 1,300 acres of the community’s 2,400 acres dedicated to natural habitat and nature preserves connected by miles of scenic recreational trails for biking and hiking and waterways for kayaking.

Amenities include The Isles Club which features a zero-entry pool, separate lap pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, pickleball, tennis and bocce courts with lighting for nighttime games and more Again. The residents-exclusive Overlook Bar & Grill, modeled after an Old Florida waterfront bar, offers breathtaking views of the Cypress Waterway and beautiful Southwest Florida sunsets. There is also a Canine Cove dog park for the enjoyment of the four-legged residents of the community.

In addition to new Coastal Cottages, Minto offers a selection of luxury villas and single-family homes at The Isles of Collier Preserve. The homes are designed for casual contemporary living with prices ranging from $400 to over $1.5 million.

The Isles of Collier Preserve is located at 5445 Caribe Avenue, just off US 41/Tamiami Trail East. The Discovery Sales Center and model homes are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 239-232-6528 or visit www.MintoUSA.com. ¦

ALLGROUP launches its new identity, consolidates its position in the event sector


The events conglomerate, ALLGROUP, stands out as one of the leading providers of integrated solutions in the entertainment sector.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ALLGROUP, one of the leading companies operating in the entertainment sector and in the organization of events and conferences in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabiaannounced the launch of its new identity, which reflects the company’s success in establishing itself as one of the industry’s leading providers of integrated solutions.

Yasser bin Abdulaziz Al-Sanea, CEO of ALLGROUP

The launch of the new identity of ALLGROUP, which invests in all supply chains of the entertainment sector and the organization of conferences and events, comes after a distinguished track record as the company managed to organize more than 500 events across the Kingdom, in the fields of culture, art, science and others.

“Since the creation of the group, our vision has been different. For more than 10 years, we have been committed to investing in all the supply chains of the sectors where we operate, and to reflect our Saudi identity on our activity, in addition to building a team full of passion and creativity, to provide integrated services and experiences to our customers, according to the highest quality standards,” said Yasser bin Abdulaziz Al-SaneaCEO of ALLGROUP.

“We believe in the great opportunities offered by the events sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabiaand we are convinced that the future is bright and that the demand will increase for companies that offer innovative and integrated solutions and ideas to their customers,” he added.

“Our new identity reflects the breadth of our experience over the past few years, and our ambition to lead the sector, not only in the Kingdom, but also in the region,” Al-Sanea concluded.

With a workforce of more than 150 employees, ALLGROUP, whose head office is in Riyadhis affiliated with several companies spanning all industry supply chains, and has many global partnerships with several international partners, including (BRG) and (SME International) and the Science Museum Group.

ALLGROUP clients include the Public Investment Fund, Ministry of Culture, General Entertainment Authority, Aramco, Misk Foundation and SABB Bank.

The company has organized many important events, such as Misk Art 2019 event, with an attendance of over 25,000 people, Shadda festival during Riyadh season, with an attendance of over 120,000 people, Rijal festival Al-Tayyib in Rijal Alma’a, with an attendance of over 50,000, and Souk Okaz, with an attendance of over 200,000.

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Religiously diverse Edmonton welcomes visit from Pope Francis


EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) — As Pope Francis makes a historic visit to Canada, he encounters a country that is…

EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) — As Pope Francis makes a historic visit to Canada, he encounters a country that is less Catholic, more secular and more religiously diverse than the last time he welcomed a pontiff two years ago. decades.

And the city where he landed on Sunday – Edmonton – reflects that diversity more than outsiders might expect from a provincial capital in the heart of the Canadian prairies.

Edmonton and its province of Alberta have a large population of long-established Christians of European descent.

But Alberta has also had a religiously and ethnically diverse population since its founding in the early 20th century as a province, when small groups of Sikh immigrants arrived and Lebanese Muslims started the Al- Rashid, considered the oldest in the country. Its original red-brick structure now stands in a city park featuring historical exhibits.

“We always think of Ontario when we think of diversity,” said Noor Al-Henedy, the mosque’s public relations director. “No one ever thinks that (Alberta is) such a diverse land with so many ethnic groups, so many religious groups that have lived here for a long time. “

The Edmonton metropolitan area’s population of 1.1 million was about 59% Christian, 26% Catholic, in 2011, according to the most recent Canadian census figures on religious demography.

About 10% belonged to other religious groups, such as Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus or Buddhists. Their presence is reflected in multiple mosques, gurdwaras and temples in the region.

Another 31% said no religion.

These figures are taken nationally. Across Canada, the 2011 census found 67% Christian, with 39% Catholic, 9% belonging to other religions and 24% having none.

That’s fewer Christians overall and fewer Catholics than in the 2001 census, a year before St. John Paul II’s last papal visit to Canada. During this decade, other religious and secular populations developed.

A 2018 Pew Research Center report indicates that these trends have continued in recent years, as they have done to a less rapid extent in the United States.

The Reverend John Dowds, Edmonton City Chaplain, has seen these changes in “the increase in people from other traditions who really need to find a specific place at a specific time of day to offer prayer “.

Dowds, a Presbyterian minister, has worked to create “sacred spaces” in workplaces around the city for people of all faiths to pray or meditate.

The very existence of his position – the only municipal chaplaincy he knows of in Canada, an extension of his role as fire department chaplain – speaks to Edmonton’s awareness of its diverse faith communities. He and other members of the city’s wellness team counsel people of all faiths or none.

That advice may have a spiritual component, “but we don’t narrow that spiritual part down to something specific,” Dowds said. “It can be as broad as having a conversation about ‘Who am I and…what drives me and where do I want to go with my life?'”

The Edmonton Interfaith Center for Education and Action has provided training and cooperation among several religious and secular groups.

The center and city host a rotating exhibit of information about different religions — for July, it’s Zoroastrianism — in the city hall‘s lighted atrium.

Dowds acknowledged that there are challenges, including instances of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. “I think we counteract that,” he said, by “approaching assertively and then inviting opportunities for dialogue.”

Mayor Amarjeet Sohi added that, in a city with a large indigenous population, some residents may not have a “deep understanding of the struggle that indigenous communities face”, given the history of colonization and the culturally repressive boarding schools. This problem is addressed “through education, interreligious dialogue, intercultural dialogue”, he said.

These questions are at the heart of Pope Francis’ visit to Alberta. On Monday, he issued a formal apology for decades of abuse of Indigenous children in the church-run boarding schools they were forced to attend.

Sohi, who immigrated here from India four decades ago, is the first person of Sikh descent and the first person of color to be elected mayor. Although he experienced prejudice at first, “it’s also a community that raised me, that provided me with resources” to help him succeed, and he now wants to help create similar opportunities for The new comers.

As a sign of interfaith cooperation, volunteers to help with Pope Francis’ visit came from the local Muslim community, the Salvation Army and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

More than 200 members of the latter have signed up for tasks such as the coordination of park-and-ride lots.

“Religious groups look out for each other,” said John Craig, a church elder who oversees an area that includes Alberta.

The church has taken similar steps, he said, such as offering one of its buildings as a rest station along a Sikh parade route and providing supplies to refugees through a Ukrainian Catholic church.

A Salvation Army crew served meals to workers preparing Lac Ste. Place of pilgrimage of Anne for the visit of François.

“It will be a historic moment in Canada,” said Capt. Peter Kim, pastor of the Salvation Army Church community in Grand Prairie, Alberta. “We are blessed just to be a part of it.”

Within the Christian population, indigenous ministries and recent immigration have stimulated ethnic and denominational diversity. Catholics celebrate Mass in at least 16 languages ​​in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Worshipers used the English and Cree liturgy at the recent dedication of a restored shrine at the Church of the Sacred Heart of the First Peoples, a Catholic parish oriented toward Indigenous peoples and culture. The Eritrean faithful, who also have regular masses in the church, contributed a poignant and rhythmic hymn in their own language.

“There is a similar culture, especially in the Mass,” said Simon Tekle, from Eritrea. “It’s very similar with the drums.”

At the end of the service, Aboriginal drummers sang vigorously outside the church. Across the street, onlookers watched curiously from the steps of a Pentecostal church with roots in Nigeria. In adjacent blocks, others worshiped in a Ukrainian Catholic parish and a Lutheran church with a liturgy in Danish.

The Sikh population began to grow in the 1960s and 1970s through immigration. Sikh elders say they were victims of prejudice and vandalism early on.

“The local community, I don’t think they knew who we were,” said Surinder Singh Hoonjanbut, a Sikh community leader. But he said that changed a lot as the Sikh population grew, interacted with neighbors and engaged in community service.

Additionally, a growing awareness of issues such as the indigenous experience helps to develop a more general multicultural awareness, said Gagan Kaur Hoonjan, a member of the Sikh community.

“Movements that help one group be understood open everyone’s mind to conversations for other communities,” she said.


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Empowering women through sustainable wildlife management: meeting with Susan George

Susan, working hard in the midday sun to safely catch, measure and release fish during the assessment with colleagues from North Rupununi District Development Council. Photo by Luke McKenna/FAO

On her first trip to the Kanuku mountains in Guyana, aged four, Susan George (pictured) decided she wanted to live naturally, in the mountains, among the great mora trees, with the big red crabs, where the fish were abundant.

This trip defined how Susan lived her childhood, always outdoors, traveling the fishing and hunting grounds with her parents and farming dams. Her childhood experiences shaped her passion for wildlife and conservation.

Raised in the village of Katoka north of Rupununi, Susan has always felt an obligation to protect the environment, inspire others to care for their homes, and help shape the development of her community and North Rupununi. However, she soon realized that in order to do this, she had to become more.

As she got older, her main goal was to complete her education and find a good job, as that is never a given in Rupununi, where job opportunities were limited, especially for women, whose options at the end of their studies were limited to either leaving their community to work in Lethem or Georgetown in Guyana, neighboring Brazil or staying at home relying on traditional livelihoods, such as agriculture.

Today, Susan, a witty and dynamic Makushi mother of four, lives at the foot of the Pakaraima Mountains in the village of Aranaputa, employed as the Communities Fisheries Officer under the North Rupununi Fisheries Management Plan with the North Rupununi District Development Board, supported by the Sustainable Wildlife Management Program in Guyana.

SWM Guyana is part of the global Sustainable Wildlife Management program, a major international initiative to improve food security, conservation and sustainable use of wildlife in forests, savannahs and wetlands in 15 countries.

Four years ago, SWM Guyana began supporting the implementation of the North Rupununi Fisheries Management Plan. Piloting the draft of Guyana’s first inland fisheries management plan includes several activities, including raising awareness of fisheries guidelines through village meetings and river patrols, implementing a comprehensive system fish monitoring, collection of fish consumption data, review and update of and advocacy for inland fisheries regulations with government stakeholders and other partners.

Susan’s job as the Communities Fisheries Officer involves publicizing the fisheries management plan through village meetings with the 20 villages in northern Rupununi, conducting river patrols and stock assessments of fish, providing feedback and updates on activities to communities, producing programs in Makushi to explain the fishing plan and activities through the local radio station, Radio Piowomak.

Susan is one of 177 women who have benefited from SWM employment opportunities so far, representing 34% of all hires. Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women within SWM Guyana is a critical aspect of achieving program objectives.

Community fisheries officers at work.  Photo by Luke McKenna/FAO

Susan and her team from the North Rupununi District Development Board are about to begin the fish stock assessment. Photo by Luke McKenna/FAO

Understanding gender roles is key to providing culturally appropriate solutions to sustainable wildlife management issues. SWM takes a community rights-based approach and gender equality is its cornerstone. Gender and gender roles in society influence a person’s interactions with the environment and its natural resources. As such, gender has a significant impact on the ability to participate in and benefit from initiatives aimed at sustainable wildlife management.

SWM actively implements activities that support the empowerment of women by providing increased female-focused employment opportunities and activities that will increase knowledge and experience in sustainable wildlife management for women, such as than environmental education.

GDS activities that promote female employment are environmental education, citizen science, and research and monitoring. For these activities, SWM has adapted the recruitment process so that formal education is not a prerequisite. It was discovered that by requiring educational certificates, the program was unintentionally limiting the pool of applicants, particularly women. By removing these requirements and providing comprehensive training for the jobs, the number of women who applied increased. This strategy has not only increased the number of female applicants, but it has also increased human resource capacity in the communities where SWM works.

Four years after its implementation, SWM Guyana has contributed to the capacity building of 491 women on topics related to wildlife management, research and monitoring, ecotourism, sustainable livestock management, environmental and business education.

Susan is grateful that SWM provides training and builds the capacity of local communities as this is important for the sustainability of activities and the empowerment of local communities, especially women. Enabling women to fully participate in training gives them the skills and knowledge to improve their representation in their communities and fosters self-esteem and confidence.

Susan finds her work rewarding but sometimes challenging because she feels there is still much to be done to reach the wider community about what, how and why sustainable wildlife management is important for their future and their food security. SWM Guyana has enhanced its portfolio by working with the many different partners implementing the program through Rupununi, building networks within conservation and sustainable development at inter-regional and international level. She sees herself as the link between communities and the outside world, identifying SWM Guyana as key to broadening her perspective of sustainable resource management.

Susan’s enthusiasm for her work is accompanied by the hope that one day soon, inland fishing regulations for Guyana will become a reality, developed with and for the local communities who depend on fishing for their food and their income. She highlighted the link between economic livelihoods and conservation for local people as she believes that without the aspect of livelihoods, conservation and sustainable management will never work.

Susan is committed to ensuring that the livelihoods of people who depend on fish are incorporated and secured in inland fisheries regulations. Her dream of participating in determining her own future and the future of her home while educating and inspiring others on how to manage resource sustainability is alive and well.

It hasn’t always been easy for Susan to often work away from home, but she is grateful to her family and husband for their continued support and encouragement. Susan is one of many women involved in shaping the region’s approach to sustainable wildlife management, without whom SWM Guyana would not have progressed so successfully.

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10 Phoenix Snowbird Rentals You Need to Book Now

Phoenix is ​​the fastest growing major city in the country, a fact that speaks to its growing appeal to people of all stripes. And yet, Phoenix still doesn’t feel like a crowded place despite its phenomenal growth. It’s a sprawling metropolitan area, sure, but an abundance of undeveloped mountainsides, large parks, and nature reserves give the city a wilder feel compared to relatively large cities. Proximity to the open desert beyond the ever-expanding urban limits also helps.

Spending a few months in Phoenix can be a bridge to unforgettable experiences. The city itself has a large number of attractions in the form of museums, events and restaurants. For those who love the outdoors, there are excellent opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding. But one of the best reasons to stay in Phoenix is ​​the city’s position as a gateway to the unparalleled beauty of the American Southwest.

There are endless opportunities for day trips, but the town is also a great place to kick off a longer trip to see some of the region’s beautiful national parks. The Grand Canyon is just one of many!

Time is running out for snowbirds to find accommodation in Phoenix for the coming winter. To make your trip to this sunny city easier, here is a list of 10 properties available for monthly rental this winter.

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Less than half a mile from The Biltmorethe famous Phoenix country club, this apartment is a godsend for avid golfers. The Biltmore has two exclusive golf courses but has plenty to offer everyone, regardless of their handicap. The patio of this home offers stunning views of golf courses, mountains and more. Stunningly furnished with a mix of mid-century and contemporary design styles, there is also beauty to be found inside the home. The gated community the condo is part of has a swimming pool and tennis courts to keep residents active. This property has two bedrooms so don’t forget to invite guests.

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EVERGOODS CAS2 is a slim shoulder bag with plenty of organization for your EDC gear

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NEW – Shoulder bags are all the rage. Discover the CIVIC Access Sling 2L or CAS2, the latest shoulder bag from EVERGOODS, manufacturer of backpacks and cross accessories. While the CAS2 resembles its big brother, the Mountain Hip Pack 3.5L, the CAS2 is a slimmer, more discreet sling for your smaller EDC items.

Like all EVERGOODS bags, the CAS2 has a sleek, minimalist shape and style. It features two external access zippers for quick access, one to the rear compartment, the other to the front compartment, and a square Velcro field to personalize your CAS2 with your favorite patch. The back of the CAS2 features the new, more breathable EVERGOODS back panel. EVERGOODS always pushes the boundaries of materials and manufacturing processes, and the entire exterior of the CAS2 is made from EVERGOODS’ all-new 840D balanced ballistic nylon textile in a solution-dyed black color. This new textile is dust and abrasion proof and solution dyeing is a more sustainable and less polluting manufacturing process.

Want organization for your EDC gear? CAS2 has it. The interior has several tote pockets, some mesh for better visibility, and a zipped pocket for small items. The EVERGOODS CIVIC Access Sling 2L is available now at EVERGOODS for $99.

Police recruits and park rangers | The Bee – The Buzz in Bullhead City – Lake Havasu City – Kingman – Arizona – California


Bullhead City, Arizona – July 22, 2022. The Bullhead City Police Department is proud to announce the newest members of our law enforcement team!
Good luck to our new recruits as they begin the 21-week Western Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy (WALETA) in Lake Havasu City on Sunday! The WALETA Police Academy operates as a home-based paramilitary-style program, designed to instill self-discipline and introduce stress to police recruits in a controlled training environment. For any open positions with the Bullhead City Police Department, please visit www.bullheadcity.com/jobs or contact
Recruiter Yolanda Gomez at (928) 763-9200 x8232.
(L to R): Aaron Federico, Cody Gill, Ethan Wade, Jason Harms II and Colbey Probst, pictured here with Bullhead City Police Chief Robert Trebes.

park rangers

The Bullhead City Police Department would like to introduce our Park Rangers to you! Timothy Miller and Timothy Pascual will serve the citizens of Bullhead City as they oversee the safety of Bullhead City parks. Park Rangers will be responsible for providing assistance and information to park visitors, promoting park safety, and enforcing policies and regulations. The Bullhead City Park Rangers will learn fundamental law enforcement and public service skills that they can use to advance their careers. A Bullhead City Park Ranger position can also be a rewarding and valuable step towards a police officer. For open positions with the Bullhead City Police Department, please visit www.bullheadcity.com/jobs or contact recruiter Yolanda Gomez at (928) 763-9200 x8232.

(Left to right): Bullhead City Police Captain Jason Harms, Timothy Pascual, Timothy Miller and Bullhead City Police Chief Robert Trebes.

UHV Staff Member Takes Leadership Role in National Organization | New


Recently, a staff member at the University of Houston-Victoria was named a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region III Board of Trustees.

For the second time in six years, Michael Wilkinson, UHV’s Senior Director of Student Services and Legal Affairs, will serve a two-year term as the association’s Professional Programs Co-Chair. He held this position for the first time from 2018 to 2020.

“I am honored to be chosen again to serve on the NASPA Region III Board of Directors,” said Wilkinson. “This position allows me to work behind the scenes to ensure association members have a positive experience at professional development events so they can learn and bring back techniques to better serve their students. I believe that people who serve in these types of volunteer roles are the foundation for creating effective, student-centered learning communities. »

NASPA is an international organization made up of student affairs professionals. The association aims to equip and support higher education professionals so that the students they welcome can succeed. Association Region III includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

In his role as Chair of Professional Programs, Wilkinson will focus on selecting sites for conferences and other professional programs for members to receive professional development training, such as the New Professionals Institute and the Mid-Managers Institute. Additionally, his responsibilities will include attending board meetings, liaising with the Southern Association for College Student Affairs on joint initiatives and programs, facilitating event site proposals and director applications. institute, providing professional program reports to the board and more.

“I’m thrilled that Michael got this opportunity,” said Jay Lambert, UHV’s vice president for student affairs. “He is being given a very important role and I am sure he will bring the same level of excellence to it that we see here at UHV.”

Wilkinson sees service in the association as an opportunity to give back and invest in other student affairs professionals, just as others have encouraged and supported him throughout his career.

“I got into student affairs because people I knew and trusted told me I would be good at it,” he said. “Now, I am very proud of the work I do every day in my position at UHV, and I am excited to have another chance to help others in my field. I want to give back to student affairs professionals and show them that this is an area where they can both earn a living, have fun and make a difference in people’s lives.

As a first-generation college graduate, Wilkinson has first-hand knowledge of the importance of educating students about the resources they can access through student affairs and professional offices. He came to college with less knowledge of how the system works and what resources might be available to him.

“There are so many college students today who are the first in their families to participate in higher education,” he said. “I remember how lost I felt, mostly because I didn’t know what resources were available to me, let alone where to look for them. Now that I work in student affairs, I want to make sure students have the opportunity to use the resources that are available to them and get the support they need.

Westport Route 88 ramp to undergo overnight repairs

Over the next several weeks, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be performing overnight repairs to the Route 88 ramp bridge in Westport.

According to a statement from MassDOT, repairs will take place on the ramp from Interstate 195 westbound at Exit 16 to Route 88 southbound in Westport. Work will begin on Monday, July 25.

Operations are expected to take place on weekday evenings, Monday through Friday, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. They should be completed by mid-August, MassDOT said. All scheduled work is done weather permitting.

There will be a detour during repairs as follows:

– Traffic will be directed from I-195 westbound at exit 16 to exit 14A (Route 24 southbound)
– Take the access ramp to Route 24 southbound
– Follow Route 24 South and take Exit 2 to Brighton Avenue
– From Brighton Avenue, enter Route 24 northbound
– Take Exit 3 onto Route 24 northbound to I-195 eastbound
– Continue to Exit 16 to Route 88 southbound.

Drivers should exercise caution when traveling in the area and expect delays.

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To learn more about how gas prices have changed over the years, Stacker calculated the cost of a gallon of gas for each of the past 84 years. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics data (published April 2020), we analyzed the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline from 1976 to 2020 as well as the consumer price index (CPI) for regular unleaded gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover how much a gallon cost when you first started driving.

ROBIN WRITES: It was magical when Carnival came to town | Company


Shiny signs were affixed to utility poles throughout the city each July. The carnival was coming! The dusty, scorched grass and cracked parking lots of the City Park were about to turn into a paradise of rides and games.

Rose City Rides came to town while we were sleeping. At least it seemed so. We didn’t see them coming and we didn’t go to the park early to watch them settle in. It would spoil the surprise.

FRESH Hangout Zone for Teens Returns to Urbana

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Students will return to class soon. While the kids are looking for places to enjoy the rest of their summer, a visit to the park would be a good option to soak up the sun and have fun with their friends.

The Urbana Park District invites teens to join their FRESH Hangout Zone at 3 p.m. at Blair Park on Friday. It lasts until 5:30 p.m. This series of events takes place on certain Fridays in the summer. Kids will occupy their time with Nintendo Switch games, Chromebook, pizza, snow cones, basketball, board games and crafts.

Park District environmental education coordinator Chelsea Prahl said the hangout zone provides teens with a safe place to continue socializing outside of school, whether that’s meeting new people or inviting their friends for a fun afternoon.

Prahl said the hangout zone also connects kids to the community by showing them what the park neighborhood has to offer. She said Blair Park’s amenities were specifically designed for teenagers because of the nearby middle and high schools. Today’s young participants will be the first to take advantage of the newly constructed challenge course.

“It’s really great to see teenagers trying new things and sharing what they love to do with their friends,” Prahl said.

If you weren’t able to make it to Friday’s event, they’ll have another session on August 5 at 3 p.m.

‘There is something you can do’

Illinois’ state insect since 1975, the famous North American monarch butterfly, has been listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Chicago-area groups dedicated to preserving the winged wonder are taking action and saying everyone can help.

The Conservation Union has added the species to its red list threatened species on Thursday, citing population loss due to widespread habitat loss and extreme weather events fueled by climate change.

“Today’s Red List update highlights the fragility of natural wonders, such as the unique sight of monarch butterflies migrating thousands of miles,” said IUCN Director General, Bruno Oberle, in a statement. “To preserve nature’s rich diversity, we need effective and equitably governed protected and conserved areas, as well as decisive action to combat climate change and restore ecosystems.”

The group’s announcement comes two years after US wildlife officials determined the species was at risk of extinction, but restrained to list the butterfly under the Endangered Species Act because other species are of higher priority concern. Although the IUCN statement is primarily a scientific finding, the monarch will not be legally protected until it is officially listed by the federal government.

“It’s really exciting that the IUCN has listed the monarch butterfly. It’s a great first step in recognizing the decline in their numbers,” said Matt Mulligan, Urban Biodiversity Program Manager at the Nature Conservancy. “Hopefully this will lead to national changes in terms of the Endangered Species Act, as this is currently a candidate species.”

The eastern monarch population seen in Illinois declined by 84% from 1996 to 2014, according to the IUCN. However, the western population is most at risk of extinction, having fallen from 10 million to less than 2,000 between the 1980s and 2021.


Mulligan said some of the extreme weather events that affect migratory insects are drier conditions, more extreme storms and higher winds, which make the butterfly’s 2,500-mile annual journey more difficult. He added that the use of pesticides also contributed to the decline.

Despite national trends, a volunteer group that monitors the health of butterfly populations in state preserves and natural areas has not observed statistically significant declines in monarchs locally in Illinois.

Doug Taron, director of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, said the group’s main theory for why the organization hasn’t seen a noticeable decline is that there have been fewer changes in farming practices that previously reduced the amount of milkweed for monarch caterpillars. to feed onself.

An international group of conservationists has declared the monarch butterfly endangered in North America.
– courtesy of Lonnie Morris of the DuPage Monarch Project

Local efforts

Lonnie Morris started the DuPage Monarch project in 2015 after realizing one simple thing about the orange creature: “Everybody loves them.”

“People have childhood memories, and they saw them in their backyard, and now they don’t see as many. I realized that would be a wildlife biodiversity issue that would resonate with a lot of people,” said said Morris. “And while we would be doing good for monarch butterflies, we would also be helping any pollinating species that were struggling.”

The project is a collaboration between the Forest Preserve District of DuPage, River Prairie Group, the Conservation Foundation and Wild Ones DuPage. The group has several hands-on initiatives where they plant native species to help support monarch butterflies, but they prioritize education and engagement.

Over the past seven years, the group has worked with 27 park districts and municipalities to pass resolutions to commit to managing public lands in a way that helps monarchs and other pollinators wherever possible.

“What’s really at stake here is losing a piece of a system,” Morris said. “Every insect, every plant, even all the things that live in the soil that we can’t see, all play an important role in creating a healthy ecosystem. When things start to die, the system starts to break down. “

Andres Ortega, an ecologist with DuPage County’s Forest Preserve District, said monarchs have been on the district’s radar as a declining species for some time — in part because the butterfly is a great ambassador when it comes it’s about educating people about pollinators and conservation. .

“When we want to talk to people about conservation or about butterflies, really anything about this world, they’re a great example of a species,” Ortega said. “People really seem to connect with them.”

There are a number of things people at home can do to help monarchs and other pollinators, Ortega said, the main one being restoring natural areas and introducing native plants to gardens and lawns.

“A lot of times we hear about these things happening in the world and we can feel like we have little or no control over them, from climate change to conflicts in the world,” he said. he declares. “But I always try to reassure people that at least when it comes to pollinators, understand there’s something you can do.”

Although a few plants might seem like a small thing, Ortega encouraged people to do what they can as part of a “bigger movement to try to protect these plants and animals.”

For those considering creating a pollinator garden or a lawn of native species, Morris had one main piece of advice: “Good planning makes a good garden.”

While novice gardeners might be eager to get straight into planting, Morris said starting small is key to choosing the right plants and to avoid being overwhelmed with constant maintenance.

Morris added that those specifically looking to support monarch butterflies should be sure to include the native milkweed plants the caterpillars depend on for food.

Leading Edge includes Denver Exec in first cohort of leaders of prominent Jewish organizations – Boulder Jewish News


20 leaders of Jewish nonprofits will learn and connect to meet the challenges of 2023 and beyond

July 13, 2022 – Leading Edge announced 20 senior leaders of Jewish nonprofits who will inaugurate the Leading Executives program. From September 2022 to February 2023, these leaders will receive leadership training, coaching, and opportunities to connect and support each other. Upon completion of the program, they will join the growing network of former Jewish nonprofit leaders who have completed the Leading Edge Executive programs.

The successor to the CEO Onboarding Program, one of Leading Edge’s original flagship offerings, Leading Executives expands on the core elements of this program, while streamlining the experience to deliver it to more leaders, more frequently.

Jeremy Anderson, Judaism Your Way

Jeremy Anderson, executive director of Judaism Your Way in Denver, is one of the selected leaders.

I am incredibly honored and thrilled to be selected for this inaugural cohort of senior executives. Judaism Your Way has evolved through the pandemic to deepen connections in our local Colorado communities while expanding to serve people across the country and even the world! Having this opportunity to grow as a leader while learning from others across the country is exciting. I expect to enhance my wheelhouse of knowledge, tools, resources and connections to lead Judaism Your Way, which will allow us to better serve our local Jewish community and our global audience of thousands who seek a connection to Jewish life.

– Jeremy Anderson

The following leaders will participate in the first cohort of senior executives:

  • Jeremy Anderson, Judaism Your WayDenver CO
  • Audra Berg, Broward County Jewish Federation
  • Jeff Bicher, Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
  • Alexandra Corwin, Ammud: Torah Academy of Colored Jews
  • Beth Gendler, Jewish Community Action
  • Brady Gill, Jewish Youth for Community Justice
  • Rabbi Megan GoldMarch, Tribe 12
  • Nora Gorenstein, Western Massachusetts Jewish Federation
  • Shaun Hoffman, JDC Entwine
  • Nehemia Ichilov, San Antonio Jewish Federation
  • Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University
  • Shuli Karkowsky, Moving Traditions
  • Erik Ludwig, Jewish Federation of Orange County
  • Michelle W. Malkin, Ner Tamid Temple
  • Daniella HarPaz Mechnikov, Yad Ezra
  • Serena Oberstein, Jewish World Observatory
  • Jennifer Phillips, Keshet
  • Gail Schulman, Jewish Family and Children’s Service (Boston)
  • Marc Swatez, Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
  • Allison Zeff, Detroit Jews for Justice

Leading Edge research on the experience of Jewish nonprofit leaders shows that CEOs of Jewish organizations are extremely proud to lead their organizations, interested and challenged in their work, and positive in their assessments of their relationships with their boards and their leadership teams, but often feel less confident in areas such as creating and sustaining a great corporate culture, inspiring the board, and managing their organizations at through significant changes. Leading Edge data also reveals that leaders consider connecting with other leaders to be one of the most valuable factors contributing to their success. As one Leading Edge executive programming alum recently put it, “Because of Leading Edge, when I’m alone as CEO, there’s always someone I can call.”

The second cohort of senior executives will run from January to June 2023 and will meet in person April 16-19 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Application information for this cohort will be available in November 2022. To be sure to see this information when it is released, sign up for the Leading Edge newsletter at https://www.leadingedge.org/contact us/.

The Bad Ax wading pool is operational as the grand opening approaches


At the Bad Ax town council meeting on Monday, it was estimated that the town would be ready to host a grand opening on the paddling pool in the town park in around three weeks.

Robert Stiverson spoke to the board about the update, which was a point of discussion on the meeting agenda.

Water is now supplied to the paddling pool. However, there are five nozzles out of stock, as well as the picnic tables, Stiverson said.

“Also, we would like the grass to be established before we have a big opening,” he added. “It is expected to open in three weeks.”

The City Council also approved the My Splash Pad Orca Mobile Spray and Play feature. It was added to include another water feature as well as aesthetics. The Orca feature adds five additional nozzles to the splash pad and costs $3,760.00

Additionally, the Bad Ax Parks and Rec Facebook page posted Tuesday evening that the water had been open for a few days due to operational features. The water was then turned off for the time being, however, as they noticed some guests running through some of the unfinished grass areas dragging straw and topsoil across the carpet.

They added that they were working on putting up snow fencing to protect landscaping and prevent mud and straw from clogging features and drainage.

No date has been officially set and the Department of Parks and Recreation echoed the three-week schedule. Currently, the buffer is “unofficially usable” according to Stiverson with the back water. In addition to out-of-stock nozzles and picnic tables, a water refill station, portable water features and shade sails still need to be installed.

Also, during the meeting, Patrol Officer Hunter Talaski tendered his resignation. Officer Philip Deacons was hired to replace him. Talaski’s last day is August 5.

The city also voted to budget money for a new fire truck, which is also being paid for equally by the townships of Verona and Colfax. This was originally discussed at the June 5 meeting. Each township agreed to pay an equal portion of the $1,086,000 fire truck.

In other business, the city has also approved a tethered balloon configuration and the purchase of a 2022 Ford F150 with delivery of the truck scheduled.

Red-tail calls on the community to create personal pocket nature reserves

MUNCIE, Ind. – Red-tail Land Conservancy seeks individuals and organizations in East Central Indiana who have natural yards to apply Growing Home Habitat Certification before the July 31 submission deadline.

Red-tail’s Growing Home Backyard Habitat Program is designed to empower community members to rethink how their yard or garden can also serve birds, bees, butterflies and more. beneficial wild animals, according to a statement.

Once an outdoor space meets the criteria for a healthy habitat, the owner can request that it be reviewed and certified by a committee of flora and fauna specialists. The Growing Home Committee that evaluates each application includes a nursery manager, botanist, wildlife biologist, invasive plant removal specialist, master gardeners and environmental science educators. These specialists who serve on the committee on a voluntary basis include residents of Delaware, Henry and Randolph counties.

Features that must be in place for Growing Home certification include food, water, cover, and native plants that benefit wildlife. Habitats must also be at least 50 square feet, free of invasive species on Indiana List of Prohibited Plantsand located in east central Indiana.

“It may seem daunting at first, but many people already meet the criteria or are very close,” Kelley V. Phillips, Red-tail’s communications and outreach manager, said in the statement. ” We created a guide that walks through each step, explaining why a certain aspect is important to wildlife and ideas on how to fill it in.

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People whose outdoor space is certified receive a certificate and have the option of purchasing a Habitat-certified yard sign. This fall, Red-tail will offer an exclusive event for the Growing Home community with ongoing education and Q&A with experts.

“The beautiful certificate and charming yard sign are great ways to show appreciation for the thought and work someone is doing to attract and support wildlife. But the real reward is knowing your efforts are making a difference between survival and stress for our local and migratory wildlife. If everyone were to turn just part of their yard into a place that serves birds, bees and butterflies, our community would create a patchwork of re-wild in response to increasing habitat loss,” Phillips said in the statement.

The program began in 2021 and has certified 35 habitats in Delaware, Henry, Randolph and Wayne counties. Red-tail Land Conservancy hopes to add 40 more in 2022.

The Growing Home guide, certification details, submission process and application can be found by visiting www.ForTheLand.org/GrowingHome. Information: 765-288-2587 or [email protected].

Planning Commission postpones decision on park fees for commercial development


Tuesday July 19th, 2022 by Jonathan Lee

Should new commercial developments provide land and/or money for new parks? If so, how? These were the questions the Planning Commission considered last Tuesday regarding a proposed rule that would require offices, retail, hotels and industrial buildings to include on-site park space or pay a fee to fund new parks nearby.

The push for the designation of commercial parks builds on the city’s current ordinance regarding the designation of parks for residential development. The commercial version works similarly, using a formula to estimate the increased demand for parks resulting from development:

The business requirement would use the current formula of 9.4 acres of parkland for every 1,000 new park system users. Commercial uses would be calculated based on the number of employees per square foot, discounted by hours of operation, occupancy, and commuter percentages.

The idea for a commercial park designation first came from the Parks and Recreation Board. Council voted in 2020 and again in 2022 to recommend that City Council adopt the policy. In April, Council began the process of incorporating the policy into city code.

Replacement fees are tied to the cost of land for new parks and are updated annually as land values ​​change. Last year, soaring land prices caused the residence fees to be doubleddrawing criticism from housing affordability advocates who argued that the fees would increase the cost of construction and, therefore, the price of new homes.

Although business fees are not passed on to tenants and buyers in the same way, they were still criticized on Tuesday for increasing the cost of construction.

“This study just came out showing Austin has by far the highest homebuilding costs in the state,” Commissioner Greg Anderson said. “Looks like we’re trying to do the same for commercial offices with the same broken formula.”

“I don’t believe the formula is broken,” replied Randy Scott of the Parks and Recreation Department. “I believe the formula is now beginning to reflect the true cost to the Parks and Recreation Department of providing park land and facilities to new residents coming to Austin.”

Staff members added that the fee would amount to approximately 0.42% of a project’s construction costs.

Commissioner Jennifer Mushtaler had the opposite concern of Anderson. “I guess I’m worried we’re cutting too much,” she said.

Because royalties have to be spent some distance from the development, Commissioner Claire Hempel questioned how they would work downtown, where land is scarce and expensive. Staff members said that after a year, if there is no land available for purchase, the city may spend on improving the park or purchase a park elsewhere.

Commissioner Awais Azhar argued that the parks formula should take into account the trend of increased remote working, which likely means less demand for park space in commercial developments.

Parks staff recognized that the need for new parks following commercial development is less evident than it is for new residential development. At the meeting, they went through the legal precedent for the ordinance, which requires a direct connection — or “essential connection” in legalese — between increased park use and new commercial development.

“The critical link between commercial development and park use is made in part by recognizing the measurable peak in park use before and after construction,” said PARD’s Robynne Heymans.

Anderson argued that the order could be on shaky ground — not only legally but also politically. “The parks are amazing, but when you have these staggered fees that just double year after year, and we use the same formula to get here, the state is just going to take that power away from us,” Anderson said.

With many questions remaining on the proposed order, commissioners voted to postpone a recommendation until August 9. A public Council hearing was scheduled for July 28, although the postponement of the Planning Commission may push that date back.

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Five free online courses launched in new partnership to raise awareness of e-waste recycling

SINGAPORE — Five virtual classes launched Monday, July 18, as part of a new collaboration to raise awareness about e-waste management and resource sustainability.

They are part of the partnership between waste management company Alba E-Waste Smart Recycling Pte Ltd and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), which also launched on Monday July 18. The partnership aims to educate students and the public about the impact of e-waste, the recycling process and regulations, e-waste management in Singapore, and improving the existing landscape of environmental education. The free courses – which last around 30 minutes each – are available for registration on ITE’s Udemy portal.

After completing the course, participants will be assessed for certification in Alba E-Waste’s Agents of Change for E-Waste (ACE) program, becoming the advocates for e-waste recycling in Singapore. These advocates can work with the company to organize events such as awareness talks or recycling campaigns.

Mr. Jakob Lambsdorff, Managing Director of parent company Alba Singapore, said education is important to ensure that future generations understand the concept of resource sustainability.

“To lay the foundations for a sustainable economy, we strongly believe that environmental education is crucial as it helps bring about lasting change and shape our future workforce,” he said in his speech. .

“My ITE course teaches me how to repair electronic devices. After taking the micro-learning courses, I understood how my skills help extend the life of these electronic devices and preserve the Earth’s resources” , said Eldon, a freshman at NITEC in electronics engineering. Tay, 17, who had tried the course while studying at ITE College East.

This comes amid a greater emphasis on recycling e-waste here. E-waste has been identified as one of the three major waste streams, targeted by Singapore’s Resource Sustainability Act, which was implemented in 2019. Producers and importers of electronic products are required to put implementing electronic waste disposal and recycling programs for consumers, in accordance with the principles of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) approach. The EPR aims to make companies responsible for the collection and treatment of their products when they are no longer usable.

Alba E-Waste Smart Recycling’s Managing Director, Mr. Fons Krist, believes that as an operator of the National Environment Agency’s designated Producer Responsibility Program for e-waste, educating consumers on proper e-waste recycling behavior remains important.

He said: “Electronic waste is currently a growing waste stream in the world and the process of waste disposal and recovery is more complex and can be toxic to the environment and humans.”

Senior Minister of State for the Department of Sustainable Development and Environment, Dr. Amy Khor, who was the guest of honor at the event, affirmed the partnership between Alba E-Waste Smart Recycling and ITE, and called on Singaporeans to actively participate in other zero-waste and recycling programs.

She said: “The government will continue to partner with our stakeholders to co-create and co-deliver zero waste solutions for Singapore. The collective efforts of individuals are an important part of this national effort.”

5 exciting weekend getaways from Mumbai to enjoy the monsoons

The monsoon may be the season that keeps some people confined within the four walls of their homes, but we really think they’re missing out on all the fun by not venturing out to take advantage of the rains. This is the time when nature is at its greenest with swollen rivers and waterfalls adding to the scenic landscapes. Several famous monsoon treks are also organized during this period. So, dear nature and adventure lovers, take this article as a message that it’s time to go and make the most of this season. Be it hiking, rafting or just a romantic outing, here is a list of top 5 monsoon getaways from Mumbai.

Also Read: 7 Travel Essentials For Every Adventure Traveler

5 places to go for a pleasant monsoon

1. Lonavala

This destination probably comes up whenever someone mentions the monsoon. But it surely lives up to the hype. With plenty of hiking in and around this popular hill station, there are also plenty of adventure parks here. One can visit amusement parks, wax museums, water parks, lakeside camps, hot air balloon rides, fort visits and much more. Lonavala is a short distance of about 2 hours from Mumbai and about an hour from Pune. The best time to visit Lonavala is from June to September.

2. Khandal

Located in the district of Pune, Khandala is a top destination for nature lovers. Visit the serene Pavana Lake in Khandala to bless your visual senses. Visit Rajmachi Fort, Visapur Fort as well as Lohagad Fort. Discover the famous wax museum. Adrenaline junkies can always plan a trip to Imagica or Della adventures which are located near Khandala.


This picturesque hill station near Mumbai is quite a unique destination. Matheran preserves its colonial architecture with great views of lakes and hills. A fun fact about this place is that no automobiles are allowed there due to the narrow roads. One is to travel on foot or take a horseback ride. A man-drawn rick is also a mode of transport here. There are several points to cover like Panorama point, One Tree Hill point, Lake Charlotte and more. One can do the adventure sports of parasailing, paragliding, rock climbing and more in Matheran.

4. Kolad

This place is located in Raigad district of Maharashtra and 2 hours drive from Mumbai. Kolad is famous for its rafting which is practiced especially during the monsoon months from June to September. This picturesque village is unexplored due to its anonymity. There are several caves, waterfalls, forts, lakes and valleys in and around Kolad to visit. Kolad offers several adventure sports like bungee jumping, kayaking, rafting, ziplining, camping, abseiling and much more!

5. Mahabaleswar

The most sought after travel destination during monsoons, Mahabaleshwar lives up to the hype. Pune; at a distance of 120 km, is the nearest town to this hill station. Make the most of Mahabaleshwar by visiting the many points here. Savor corn tikkis, bhuttas around here. Chances are the popular Lake Venna will be closed to tourists due to the rains. For lovers of history and treks, climb the fort of Pratapgadh. Visit the famous Mapro Garden and treat yourself to freshly baked pizzas and sandwiches. Visit the majestic Lingmala Falls which also requires a mini hiking trail.

Let us know in the comments section below about your Monsoon experience.

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Northern Kentucky Tri-ED Appoints Jacob Edmonds as Organization’s First Director of Business Growth


The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) announced that Jacob Edmonds has been promoted to Director of Business Growth, a newly created position at the company.

In his new role, Edmonds will develop and implement an economic development lead generation strategy that will attract new resource-based businesses to Northern Kentucky. This position leads business expansion and attraction efforts through a targeted industry approach with custom data analysis and lead development driving economic growth. He will also conduct research on opportunities for new business leads and keep abreast of economic development, business and industry trends.

“Targeted business growth is one of the initiatives we are launching following the success of our Build + Elevate NKY investor campaign,” said Lee Crume, President and CEO of Tri-ED. “As we considered launching this new job, Jacob’s history with Tri-ED and his expertise with the Northern Kentucky business community made him ideal for the new role.”

Jacob Edmonds (NKY Tri-ED photo form)

Edmonds will continue to play a key role on the economic development team led by Vice President Kimberly Rossetti.

“Jacob has taken on increasing responsibilities and helped launch the Target Industry Study earlier this year, tracking Northern Kentucky businesses by industry and sub-industry,” Rossetti said. “He will build on this work in his new role by identifying key business data to generate prospect profiles that align with and support Northern Kentucky target industries.”

Edmonds joined Tri-ED in 2018 as an Economic Development Specialist managing Tri-ED’s Sites and Buildings portal via Zoom Prospector, RFI responses and community data sources. He holds a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on community and economic development from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Kentucky University. He is a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Committee of the International Council for Economic Development (ICED).

Earlier this year, Tri-ED launched the Build + Elevate NKY campaign and, on July 1, began working on four key initiatives in addition to its core economic development work.

• Data-driven community decision-making
• Enable Northern Kentucky Port Authority
• Provide customized workforce solutions
• Targeted business growth

Tri-ED announced in February that more than 40 companies had invested and that 66% of the campaign’s fundraising goal of $4.5 million had been raised. To learn more about Build + Elevate NKY, visit be-nky.com.

In January, a Target industry analysis by EY revealed that Northern Kentucky led job creation in Kentucky from 2015 to 2020. The analysis showed significant job growth in four target industries: advanced manufacturing, information technology , life sciences and supply chain management and support services. The jobs and capital expenditures announced in 2021 complement the employment growth the region experienced from 2015 to 2019.

Since its founding in 1987, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED has successfully led the relocation or expansion efforts of 746 commercial projects, representing over 71,800 primary industry jobs created with a capital investment of over $9 billion. of dollars.

Tri-ED is governed by a twenty-three member Board of Directors, made up of business and community leaders, who are unpaid volunteers. Boone, Campbell and Kenton County Tax Courts each appoint members to the Board of Directors.

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Lake Tahoe Golf Course recognized for its environmental excellence | South of Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe Golf Course has retained its designation as an “Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary” through its International Golf Course Program.

Efforts were led by golf course superintendent Bobby Jaeger to win recognition again.

Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement and document a comprehensive environmental management program and to be recognized for their efforts. To achieve certification, a course must demonstrate that it maintains a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas, including environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, reduction and safety of chemical use, water conservation and water quality management.

“LTGC has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Christine Kane, CEO of Audubon International.

The Lake Tahoe Golf Course is one of more than 900 courses worldwide to hold Audubon International certification. Golf courses in the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America and Southeast Asia have also achieved program certification. The golf course was originally designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2003. After designation, the courses go through a recertification process every three years.

“We view the site visit as an important part of course recertification,” Kane said. “It provides objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. Additionally, it offers golf course representatives the opportunity to publicly share some of the voluntary actions they have taken behind the scenes to protect and preserve the land, water, wildlife and natural resources that surround them.

“We hosted a site visit from Audubon International this spring where they basically audited all of our environmental efforts to make sure we’re doing what we say we are,” Jaeger said. “It’s a very long process. The site visit is mandatory every three years and we passed it to maintain our certification.”

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible stewardship of land, water, wildlife and other natural resources. To fulfill this mission, the organization offers training, services and a suite of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments and entire communities.

Woman killed in Florida golf course alligator attack, sheriff says

An elderly woman was killed after falling into a pond alongside a golf course in Florida and was attacked by two alligators, authorities said.

The incident happened shortly before 8 p.m. Friday at the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club in Englewood, about 30 miles south of Sarasota.

The woman fell into a pond along the course near her home “and struggled to stay afloat,” the Sarasota County Sheriff‘s Office said in a statement.

Boca Royale Golf and Country Club in Englewood, Florida is seen here in a May 2022 Google Maps Street View image.

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“While in the water, two alligators were observed near the victim and eventually grabbed her from the water,” the sheriff’s office said.

The woman, who was not identified by authorities, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An alligator trapper with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded and removed the alligators as part of the investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said an 8’10” alligator and a 7’7” alligator seen near the pond had been removed. The agency said it was not known for the moment if the alligators were involved in the incident, but that he does not plan to remove any other alligators from the area at this time.

“The FWC and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office will work jointly on this investigation until the cause of death is determined by the Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office,” the agency said in a statement.

No further information was released by the sheriff’s office during the investigation.

The Boca Royale Golf and Country Club told ABC News it had no comment at this time.

The country club is located in a private 1,000-acre gated community that includes lakes and nature preserves, according to its website.

Fatal alligator bites are rare. From 1948 to 2021, Florida has reported 442 unprovoked alligator bites, 26 of which resulted in death, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Over the past 10 years, the state has averaged eight unprovoked bites a year requiring medical treatment, the agency said.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the chance of someone being seriously injured in an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is about one in 3.1 million.

A man searching for Frisbees in a lake was killed in a suspected alligator attack in late May in Largo, a town in the Tampa Bay area, police said.

Key Center Names 2022 Citizen Organization of the Year | Local News


With more than 300 supporters in attendance at the Key Training Center’s annual auction dinner on Friday, July 15, the Key proudly honored Leon McClellan as the 2022 Citizen of the Year and the Citrus County Health Department as the organization of the year 2022.

While presenting McClellan with the award, executive director Melissa Walker shared that her heart for people, especially those with special needs, is real. She noted that McClellan and M&B Dairy entered Key Center life six years ago.

In 2021, McClellan was the inspirational voice and spearheaded fundraising for a young man with Tourette Syndrome who needed life-changing surgery, ultimately raising $245,000.00 $.

“We needed good food at low cost, and Leon made that happen,” Walker said. “He brought in volunteers to help us feed an average of 300 to 400 people each year at this event. Leon deserves this award and for what he has done for the community.

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The Citrus County Health Department received Organization of the Year honor for its proactive and guiding strength with the Key Center in managing COVID-19. The Key Center is responsible for over 300 customers with daily interactions of approximately 285 staff members.


“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our health department has been there, sometimes on a daily basis, with guidance, resources and explanations of the ever-changing recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, our low infection rate was due to our partnership with our health department,” said Theresa Flick, director of programs and services, who, on behalf of the Citrus County Health Department, Tito Rubio, Administrator, humbly accepted the award at the event.

Stamford teenager charged with attempted sexual assault in Cummings Park


STAMFORD — A city teenager is accused of attempting to sexually assault a stranger in broad daylight in a city park and fracturing her ankle in the process.

sergeant. Sean Boeger said police responded to reports of a 67-year-old woman being injured in an attempted sexual assault in Cummings Park around 6 p.m. on July 5.

Boeger said the incident began when a young man put his hand under the woman’s dress and tried to pull down her underwear. As the victim tried to escape the man, Boeger said she fell to the ground and fractured her ankle.

The man then fled the scene on a mountain bike with “distinctive large tires”, Boeger said.

As police and emergency services arrived to help the woman, Boeger said city dispatchers received a second report from across Cummings Park.

In the second incident, which occurred about 15 minutes after the first, a 40-year-old woman said she was walking along Soundview Avenue when a man matching a similar description came up behind her and lifted her skirt, Boeger said.

Boeger said when the woman turned around and screamed, the man punched her in the face with his palm and ran down the street towards Cove Avenue.

Although police were unable to locate the suspect on July 5, a patrolman spotted someone matching his description on a similar bicycle a few days later.

During an ensuing interview, the man – later identified as Juver Humberto Galicia-Rivera, 19 – made ‘incriminating statements’ in which he admitted to being at the park at the time of the incident and interacting with at least one of the victims, Boeger said.

Galicia-Rivera was arrested on warrant Friday in connection with the first incident. He was charged with attempted felony fourth degree sexual assault, third degree assault on an elderly victim and breach of the peace.

Galicia-Rivera is being held on $150,000 bail. He is expected to appear in Stamford State Superior Court on Monday.

Boeger said police expected to get another arrest warrant for Galicia-Rivera in connection with the second incident.

Following the two consecutive incidents, police are also asking anyone who may have been assaulted in the same manner to contact the Stamford Police Department. Anyone with information about these attacks or any similar incident is asked to contact Investigator Damein Rosa at 203-977-4417.

Hundreds of Teachers Boycott Science Museum Show Over Adani Sponsorship | corporate sponsorship

Hundreds of teachers have pledged not to take their students to a new exhibit at London’s Science Museum until it cancels its sponsorship deal with a company linked to coal miner Adani.

More than 400 teachers and educators have so far signed an open letter to the museum warning it faces a widespread boycott over a deal with Adani Green Energy, whose parent company, Adani Group, is a major mine operator. coal and coal-fired power plants. .

Ian McDermott, of Harris Westminster Sixth Form in London, said: ‘I have brought several thousand students to this place over the past 25 years. It makes me so sad that this magical building, which has done so much to benefit and inspire young people, is now actively harming them by allowing coal giants like Adani, who are destroying the future of the world’s young people by developing mining , to launder their reputation to the detriment of the reputation of the museum.

Meryl Batchelder, from Corbridge College in Northumberland, said: ‘Through environmental education, young people are becoming increasingly aware of the damage caused by the fossil fuel industry. As a teacher, I try to lead by example and live my life as sustainably as possible. The Science Museum is hugely influential, so it would be an incredible step in the right direction if it became a leader in promoting decarbonization and turned its back on Adani and his ilk.

Adani Green Energy is to sponsor the museum’s Energy Revolution gallery, which will open next year.

Museum director Ian Blatchford said: “We agree that climate change is the most pressing challenge facing humanity, but we disagree with the argument of some who say that we should sever ties with all energy companies with any association, direct or indirect, with fossil fuels We believe the right approach is to engage and inspire companies and other partners to do more to make the global economy less carbon intensive.

Last October, a former director of the museum, Professor Chris Rapley, a climatologist, resigned from its advisory board over sponsorship by an oil and gas company.

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A month later, 40 eminent personalities, including a former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and several leading scientists, many of whom have worked closely with the museum in the past, attended said they were “deeply concerned” about his sponsorship of fossil fuels. agreements and announced that they were severing ties with the museum until a moratorium was announced.

Two prominent scientists declined to have their work included in the Science Museum’s collection because of the institution’s ties to Shell. And in December, indigenous leaders urged the Science Museum to cancel the Adani Green Energy deal.

To all who have lost loved ones during the pandemic

A very dear friend passed away two years ago this week, she passed away on July 13, 2020. It was at the height of the pandemic and the funeral was not taking place. Either funeral homes and churches weren’t holding them because of the restrictions, or people were just too scared to gather in public for any event. This week, his family held a memorial service and rally in his honor.

His death was sudden and unexpected. She died at home, but no one knew why. Of course, at that time everyone suspected COVID, but she had no symptoms of the virus. She was a very private person who didn’t like to fuss about herself and didn’t like doctor visits. It took a few months for the autopsy results to come in, and it wasn’t COVID.

It turned out to be a disorder of a condition she didn’t know she had. She cared more about others in her life than herself. She was loved and loved by all who knew her. A free spirit who was warm, friendly, funny, down to earth, and as outgoing as anyone you’d ever meet. She impacted everyone who was lucky enough to have her in their lives. She was a special person and a very proud Jersey Girl.

She was a private person and kept a lot to herself. For this reason, I will only say that her first name was Christi. For those who knew her or knew her, they will know exactly who she was.

The purpose of this post is not just to pay tribute to Christi and all of his friends and family who loved him dearly, but to remind everyone to take care of themselves. If you think something is wrong and it has been going on for a while, please have it checked. Not only for you but for all those around you who love you very much.

To those who were unable to provide a proper burial or memorial for your loved ones, please know that you are not alone and we feel your loss and pain.

Christi, there were a ton of people today in your honor who all had great things to say about you that you wouldn’t have allowed when you were here. They all had great stories of your beautiful but too short life, and we kept telling each other how much we loved you.

The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy only.

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.

Before you hit the trails and explore some of the suggestions from our listeners, I have a few tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

Developing pillars of support: EDA executive explains how the organization focuses on community efforts such as child care, food insecurity

Tara Colton. (NJEDA)

After warning that there would be chirping children’s voices in the background on the phone, she felt the need to add that it was not a plant.

But they conveniently served the point New Jersey Economic Development Authority leader Tara Colton was saying: After more than 28 months of lockdowns, quarantines, remote working and distance learning, disentangling work life and childcare responsibilities is trickier than ever.

And that’s one of the reasons Colton, NJEDA’s executive vice president of economic security, said there’s been a reassessment of the kind of programs that can elevate the capacity of New Jersey and its residents to succeed in today’s economy.

“Without something like child care, our economy cannot function – let alone thrive,” she said. “We view it as part of our state’s economic development infrastructure.”

From childcare to healthy food options for Jersey residents, some of the initiatives touted as focusing on economic development in the Garden State look different.

Over the past year, NJEDA has taken center stage on a $54.5 million pilot program to improve child care facilities, as well as a $240 million funding program enabled by the Food Desert Relief Act to address food insecurity.

“I think the EDA leading the charge with the help of our sister agencies really reinforces how these types of efforts are investments in our economy, not charity,” Colton said. “These are strategic ideas to help all Jersey people meet their basic needs and get the dignity and opportunities they deserve.

“It really expands the scope of what it means to care about economic development to a more human-centric definition that brings a lot of weight and very real impact.”

And the latest economic trends could provide early validation of the two aforementioned programs that Colton and his agency are participating in this year.

For one thing, the agency’s funding pool for communities designated as food deserts — funds intended to fill gaps in places where there are few quality options for food or groceries — is being fine-tuned as inflation and rising food prices in particular push Jerseys higher into the paylines.

NJEDA and local food banks have previously reported that the pandemic has brought the number of food-insecure Jerseyans to a total of more than 1.2 million. Colton said that while the value of SNAPs, or food stamps, has increased in recent years, households are going through grocery budgets at a faster rate.

“Rising food and grocery prices and exacerbating supply chain issues have only exacerbated this problem,” she said.

Colton added that these are basic needs in Jerseyans’ own backyards – literally. Someone might not even notice that neighbors are struggling to make ends meet, she said, as many take the bus to a food bank so they don’t risk seeing someone queer. ‘they know.

As for the link with economic development, for her, it is obvious.

“It’s not a big leap to think about what it’s like to go to work hungry, because you’re sacrificing meals yourself so your child can eat, and how does that mean that the place that employs you doesn’t get the best employee,” she says. “And then you also have the costs. Hospital systems and private health insurers are increasingly investing in the social determinants of health. They all take strategic approaches to factors, like if you ate something today, that contribute to a person’s health and the prevention of costly diseases in our healthcare system.

At the same time, the economic development arm of the state links other basic needs to economic outcomes.

Child care centers are getting a boost from a newly approved program that provides grants in the range of $50,000 to $200,000 for repairs and improvements to these facilities.

“There is a lot of research on the positive impact child care can have in certain settings,” she said. “The same data exists with food security.”

The effort aims to provide safer environments for the children of working families. It also bolsters the revenue and economic power of child care providers, many of whom receive payments from hard-to-find government agencies with unresolved facility issues.

Colton said these were not historically initiatives that an economic development agency would bring to the table.

“But they’re way behind,” she said, adding that she was proud to be part of a New Jersey leadership team that “sees this as an economic priority; not just a moral obligation; not just the right thing to do.

A Patriotic Fourth in the Valley


Oneida County celebrates our country with a variety of community events

As always, Malad hosted a weekend of fun events to celebrate the 4th of July weekend. The valley has been filled with many travelers this past week and weekend to take part in annual activities to celebrate America.

July 2nd

The children began the weekend events on July 2 with the Children’s Parade. Following its typical route along Main Street from the Drive Inn and then Bannock to Malad City Park, children and parents navigated the street on bicycles, ATVs and other recreational vehicles. Their vehicles were adorned with Fourth of July decorations and American flags to commemorate the holiday.

Activities at the park began with the Snake River New Horizons Band performing at the amphitheater prior to the Malad’s Got Talent preliminaries. The band performed covers of popular songs such as Sweet Caroline, Brown Eyed Girl, a medley of Beatles songs and many more.

The Malad’s Got Talent preliminaries featured plenty of great talent with plenty of singers, dancers, and musicians, as well as a drummer and even a Color Guard routine. Judges for the event included Tami Smith, Kevin Jeppesen and Christie Oja. They scored participants in several categories to determine which five from each age group would qualify for Monday’s Final 4.

At the end of the opening night of Malad’s Got Talent, the crowd moved to Bannock Street in front of City Hall to listen to the music of the band Rough Stock. The band members are Harry Sherman, Jimi James Schaub, Elly Peterson, Trent Porter and Terry Morris. They performed a fun mix of country music perfect for singing and dancing. The street dance attracted many community members eager to enjoy the music and the leg shake. Swing dancing, line dancing and even a Conga line punctuated the evening.

4th July

The 4th of July celebration started early with the cannonade, fun run and pancake breakfast.

The inhabitants of the Malad region were awakened by the six o’clock cannons which announced the beginning of the festivities in the Valley. Afterwards, community members had the opportunity to join the Fun Run organized by the Malad Distinguished Young Women’s program.

The Independence Day Parade was filled with floats emblazoned with this year’s theme: ‘There’s No Place Like Home’. Many floats focused on popular Malad locations like Boot Lane, popular local activities like camping, and popular local legends like Bigfoot. Hundreds of candy enthusiasts and well-wishers lined the streets as the parade moved through town, stopping at the Veterans’ Memorial to honor the flag and those who had lost their lives in its service.

This year’s Grand Marshals were Gary and Sherma Shepherd. The pioneer honored was Janice Goddard. Bill Neal was named an Honored Veteran. Roxanne Albretson, Dotty Evanson and Carla Williams were named Volunteers of the Year.

The Commissioner’s Award went to Hess Lumber’s Bigfoot tank. Hess Pumice’s “Country Roads Take me Home” float won the competition. Edith’s Collective won the Mayor’s Award. Daisy Hollow won the judge’s award.

Throughout the busy weekend, Malad City Park hosted a variety of performers, vendors and activities.

Shoot Out

This year’s shootout took a slightly different form than usual, as Jeff Richins and Brian Jeppsen chose not to shoot each other in typical Old West fashion. Richins explained that in light of recent gun violence and other events, it would be appropriate to focus on a shared belief in patriotism. Once the “sheriff” and the “outlaw” discovered that they were both patriots at heart, they led the crowd in a chorus of “Proud to be an American.”

Children’s races

At Malad City Park this year, the annual children’s races were held. There were several different divisions based on crawlers up to 13s. People gathered in a crowd to watch the children run and cheered them on. Many children participated in the races and many family members were there to support them.

Once each runner completed their race, they received a popsicle for their participation. Winners in each age group received a gold dollar.

Due to the eventful nature of the event, these results are not entirely complete. First place winners: 0-1 Aurora Ward; 1 year (girl) Courtlyn Kent, (boy) Everett Walker; Gwen Palmer, 2, Jett Neal; Indie Ray Jensen, 3, Xavier Davis; Kendyl Ward, 4; Briar Palmer, 5, Ridge Wise; Liberty Charles, 6, Beckham Hess; Brynlee Ketchell, 7, Colton Van Damme; Sandy McKinney, 8, Asher Hess; Kollins Vaughan, 9, Declan Summers; Maisy Geddes, 10, Asher Morriss; Aleah Seamons, 11, Padden Neilson; Mariah Redmond, 12, Nolan Haskett.

frog jump

The annual Leap Frog competition was held at City Park. The winner of the contest received the traveling frog statue which he will return next year. It was a great race and they had a lot of great competitors. A team took the lead quickly. The race winners were Tayson Davis, Braylin Tripp and Jace Williams. The three boys got together after the race to celebrate and lift the trophy for all to see.

tug of war

For this year’s tug of war competition, there were two divisions. There was a children’s division and an adult division. For the children’s division, the winners were Elle Angell, Karlee Blaisdell, Brielle Bastian, Katie Palmer, Sam Schrenk and Aezlyn Summers. For the adult division, the winners were Josh Davis, Braxton Hess, Skylar Hunsaker, Trevor Jones, Wacey Jones, Zakk McKinney and Shae Neal.

water hockey

Water hockey, which was played on a soaked tarp with haockey sticks, was used as a fundraiser by the wrestling team to help teammate Dylan Moss. Dylan recently had a dirt bike accident and his teammates wanted to raise money to help him and his family pay his medical bills.

kick ball

The kickball tournament brought together teams of all ages to compete for the title. Those over 14 competed in the older division while the children had their own game. Two teams of young adults competed first, then two teams of adults. The children’s game was boys against girls. It was a relaxed and fun event as scores weren’t officially kept. Spectators enjoyed the friendly competition and cheered on their friends and family.

Soft ball

There were two softball games, one for 14+ and one for 16+. It was a tough competition with both teams hitting and lining up well. There was a short timeout in game two due to a disagreement with an on-field call. To settle the controversy, the two teams selected a player to participate in a short race. Game two ended in a thrilling double play with a line to the pitcher and a pitch to the first to knock out the leading player. All in all, it was a great event to show off Malad’s competitive spirit.

House To run Derby

The Home Run Derby was held at the Malad City Park Youth Baseball Field. Bridger Bastian gave each participant 10 throws to try and get over the fence. Community members joined in the fun of hitting home runs and cheering on the batters. Brig Jones won the Home Run Derby with a total of eight home runs. He also boasted the farthest shot of all the participants.

Other Events

The Malad’s Got Talent finale brought many talented young people and adults to the stage to perform once again. Contest winners will be listed in a separate article.

At the end of Malad’s Got Talent, the winners of the various raffles were drawn and announced. The winner of the 50/50 raffle for the women’s basketball team was Brad Horsley. For the firefighter raffle, Brody Conger won a lifetime kayak and Jen Martinez won The Godfather fireworks.

The Party Rock Project group closed the park’s events with an exciting interactive show. As the night drew to a close, the crowds dispersed to watch the fireworks fill the Saturday sky across the valley. This year’s fireworks display was once again hosted by the Oneida County Fire Department.

Ax throwing was a unique event this year at Malad City Park. Attendees lined up at the booth to try their hand at ax throwing. The trailer had two wooden targets for participants to try to get a target.

sick has talent

After narrowing down the number of preliminary round entrants, the judges returned on the fourth to review the performances and select the final winners. The 12 and under and 13 and over age groups brought a variety of talent to the stage.

In the 12 and under division, the overall winner was Kallie and Brookell Nimer for their dance routine. Their talent involved fun choreography that even included several gymnastic flips. Second place went to Mylee Hanks for her dance. Finally, third place went to Gage Steed for his Napoleon Dynamite dance from the popular movie.

Raegan Smith sang all the way to first place in the 13+ division. She sang two popular Disney songs from Hercules and another from Princess and the Frog. Natalie Webster also took second place for vocals. Third place went to Connor Worrell to play drums. Throughout the event, the crowd had the opportunity to participate when Trissa Nesbit fired the candy-filled t-shirt cannon. Some members of the crowd were called on stage to participate in the bottle flipping contest as well as a dancing contest.

Party Rock Project

Party Rock Project entertained the crowd on Monday evening before the fireworks. This group has been to Malad a few times before and brought the same fun and energy to the amphitheater. They sang a variety of classic rock and pop songs, but added several country songs for the Malad audience.

Their interactive set included several activities for members of the crowd to join in the fun. Several crowd competitions pitted one side against another to see who knew their music better or who could sing it better. They also passed around Hawaiian shirts at one point to give people the chance to get up front and dance with the Beach Boys. A contest brought two people on stage for a game of Name that Tune with TV show theme songs. Some of the theme songs featured were Gilligan’s Island, Friends, and the Golden Girls.

The main members of the group brought their children on stage to join in the fun. Their daughter and two sons chose different instruments and sang and played alongside their parents. Their youngest son, just six, sang “The Rainbow Connection” for the crowd. The group was filled with talented musicians who excited the audience for the fireworks.


The day ended, as always, with a brilliant fireworks display at the County Fairgrounds. As the light show unfolded against a backdrop of songs, friends and fun, it was a reminder of just how great there is to experience in the Malad Valley.

Celebrate Nature, Space, Tech and More July 12-17 at Los Alamos ScienceFest – Los Alamos Reporter


Los Alamos, New Mexico – where discoveries are made – announces the return of the city’s signature annual event – Los Alamos ScienceFest. From July 12-17, this year’s event features hands-on activities, an electric vehicle show, movies, concerts, talks and family fun events.

“Los Alamos is the birthplace of groundbreaking science, and ScienceFest offers a unique opportunity for visitors from around the world to experience this culture of discovery,” said Kelly Stewart, Los Alamos County Marketing Manager. “We invite everyone to come celebrate science and technology and create fun summer memories for every member of the family at Los Alamos.”

With the goal of making science fun and more accessible, as well as inspiring a passion for STEAM topics in young people, ScienceFest will feature six days of events, including Discovery Day on Saturday, July 16. The full program and more details are available at http://www.LosAlamosScienceFest.com.

On Tuesday, July 12, listen to live music during the Tuesdays @ The Pond series, featuring Belisama Irish Dancers followed by The Hill Stompers at Ashley Pond Park Pavillion. Wednesday, July 13 focuses on animals and agriculture with bee art, pollination games, a summer family night with local livestock, a hydrogen panel discussion and clean energy at the Bradbury Science Museum and a screening of The Mitchells Vs. The Machines at Ashley Pond Park.

On Thursday, July 14, attend an author talk with Dr. John Mack—The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack—through Mesa Public Library and Suds ‘n Shows: “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. On Friday, July 15, attend the Red Elvises Concert at Ashley Pond Park.

Discovery Day – Saturday, July 16 – runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ashley Pond and features a variety of hands-on, hands-on activities for all ages, as well as food trucks, live music, as well as a show of electric vehicles and a solar car downtown. Races courtesy of Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Other activities include Challenge Tomorrow trailers from the Bradbury Science Museum, Drone Zone, Robotics, Beer & Band Zone with Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, Boese Brothers Brewing and music from the Troy Browne Trio.

Later that evening beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, the Friends of MAPR-LA, supporting the National Park Service Historical Park) will screen a film about the Trinity test – the first atomic bomb test in history. July 16, 2022 is the 77th anniversary of this event. Bathtub Brewing Co-op will serve beer and wine. Tickets for this limited-seat event (100) for “Alamogordo – Center of the World, Trinity 1945” will be sold for a tax-deductible donation of $20 each to the 501(c)(3) Friends organization. Tickets will be available in advance at Metzgers-Los Alamos, Bathtub Row Brewery, Pajarito Brewpub and Grill, and the Los Alamos History Museum.

Events culminate on Sunday, July 17 with a twilight film at Bathtub Brewing Co-op on the outdoor patio. The projection of Honey, I reduced the children will include quizzes for prizes, as well as lessons on beer chemistry.

Tours of the Los Alamos Historic District will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, as well as 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Saturday Discovery Day. Tours begin approximately 1,000 years ago and take visitors through the Ancestral Puebloans, the Farm, the Los Alamos Ranch School, the Manhattan Project, the Cold War, and contemporary Los Alamos. The focus is on espionage, cultures and answering visitors’ questions. The cost is $20, the visit lasts between 1 1/2 and 2 hours. While in town, visitors can further immerse themselves in the history and science of Los Alamos with the self-guided Los Alamos Spy Tour or the Kwage Mesa Interpretive Trail.

For a full program, event times and additional details, visit https://www.losalamossciencefest.com/events.

Los Alamos ScienceFest 2022 is sponsored by Los Alamos County, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Century Bank and hosted by Los Alamos MainStreet and Los Alamos Creative District, along with countless community partners.

For more information about Los Alamos, go to https://visitlosalamos.org.

Myth vs. Reality: Getting to Know the Huntsville Green Team

We re-introduced you to the City of Huntsville Green Team a few months ago in a blog post about their neighborhood cleanups, educational outreach programs, and volunteer opportunities.

But sometimes there is a bit of confusion about the types of services Green Team provides, so we debunk some common myths about what Green Team does and give you facts about their role within the city.

Myth #1: Green Team organizes cleanups for Huntsville neighborhoods on a regular, rotating schedule.

Green Team provides neighborhood cleanup supplies.

Do: If your neighborhood has problem areas for trash and litter, Green Team can help make a cleanup day easier by providing tools, trash bags, and social media marketing to spread the word to volunteers. However, the effort to organize a cleanup begins with individuals and groups within neighborhoods. If you or your group would like Green Team’s help coordinating a cleanup, please call 256-532-5326 or email [email protected]

Myth #2: If a residential property or empty lot in my neighborhood has become unsafe or a nuisance with trash and debris, Green Team will send in inspectors, clean it up, and issue fines.

Do: Enforcement of city ordinances regarding unsafe buildings, substandard housing, trash, tall grass and weeds, graffiti, etc. comes under the authority of the Town Community Development Desk. You can report public nuisances via the SeeClickFix app or Huntsville Connect on the City’s website.

Myth #3: You can drop off your household hazardous waste at the Green Team office, and they will dispose of it for you.

Do: While Green Team joins the Solid Waste Disposal Authority (SWDA) to educate the public on proper disposal during neighborhood cleanups, hazardous waste should not be dropped off at the Green Team office. These items should be taken directly to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 1055 A Cleaner Way, Huntsville. Their drive service is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the Green team webpage for more information on programs, volunteer opportunities, nature preserves, the Adopt-a-Spot initiative, waste prevention and more. You can also follow the green team on facebook for the latest announcements on cleanups, youth education programs and volunteer efforts.

Group of American veterans donate to Harvard Undergraduate Veterans Organization


The donation will support the academic success of student veterans; Gift made possible by from Harvard University decision to appoint AVG as co-manager on the recent bond issue

MELVILLE, NY, July 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — American Veterans Group (AVG), an impact investment bank and Wall Street’s first and only public benefit corporation, has donated to the Harvard Undergraduate Veteran Organization (HUVO). HUVO will use AVG’s donation to support the academic success of military veterans studying as veteran undergraduate students at Harvard College.

The donation to HUVO is the result of from Harvard University decision to appoint AVG as co-manager on its recent $500 millionpresident and fellows Harvard College taxable bond issue.

AVG is a rapidly growing investment bank that dedicates 25% of its revenue to supporting veterans’ causes. The company directs its philanthropic giving to the communities where it and its customers do business.

“At AVG, we prioritize supporting veterans who choose to further their education by studying at colleges and universities after their military service,” said Ben Biles, co-founder and CEO of American Veterans Group. “One of the ways we have pursued this mission is to direct our investment banking expertise to support bond transactions initiated by higher education institutions. from Harvard decision to engage our services is testament to the success we have had in developing expertise in managing senior bond issuances. The related support for HUVO furthers the noble mission of the student organization and aligns perfectly with our commitment to deliver broader social impact for clients such as Harvard University.”

HUVO guides military veterans through the application process Harvardpromotes their academic success during their years on campus and prepares them for the next steps in their professional or academic careers.

“AVG’s generosity will go a long way in helping veteran students thrive at Harvard,” said Hudson Miller, president of the Harvard Undergraduate Veterans Organization. “We truly appreciate AVG’s support and admire their commitment as a public benefit corporation to improving the lives of veterans and their families nationwide through their philanthropy.”

About the American Veterans Group

American Veterans Group, PBC, is a military veteran-owned, social impact-focused broker-dealer that delivers value to institutional clients while providing meaningful philanthropic support to the military veteran community. The company reinvests 25% of its revenue into national and local nonprofit veterans organizations that provide dignified service and support to one of the most vulnerable and at-risk populations in the United States. As Wall Street’s only public benefit corporation, American Veterans Group connects its institutional clients with its social mission while allowing them to stay focused on key business objectives. To learn more about American Veterans Group, visit their website at www.americanvetsgroup.com.

About the Harvard Undergraduate Veterans Organization

Since its inception in 2018, HUVO has grown from eight to 49 members. Every veteran undergraduate student who is accepted into Harvard is referred to HUVO. HUVO provides veterans with access to information about campus events and resources; networking opportunities with other veteran and non-veteran students; transportation to medical appointments and VA; and assistance for veterans who depend on public transportation to get to campus. HUVO fosters a community of service through its annual Veterans Day Challenge fundraiser, which benefits nonprofit organizations across the Boston region that support local veterans. HUVO also organizes mentorships for Harvard ROTC students, pairing them with veteran students to share their military experiences with future military leaders.

Media Contacts

For the American Veterans Group
Marc Kroeger
Boldsquare Group
(513) 236-3109
[email protected]

For Harvard Undergraduate Veterans Organization
Hudson Miller
(817) 675-3077
[email protected]

SOURCE American Veterans Group

John C. Fremont Days Features New Events, Old Favorites


Above: A local youth takes a break as he battles ‘a brain freeze’ during the Saturday afternoon ice cream eating contest. Below: Fremont Mayor Joey Spellerberg plays drums Friday in the Chautauqua tent. Bottom: Members of the 2022 John C. Fremont Days Board of Directors.

The 2022 version of John C. Fremont Days is on the books, and board chairman Barry Reker believes it was a success.

“I think overall it was a pretty good festival,” said Reker, who also portrays John C. Fremont during the three-day event. “I haven’t heard too many complaints at all. There were only a few and they are easy to fix. But otherwise it looked like people were having a good time.

Reker said attendance for the two-night rodeo was up from last year. The annual car show attracted 445 cars, trucks and motorcycles.

“It was a banner year,” Reker said. “They had a little problem with the computer system, but that’s what happens in the world of technology. The show continued and everyone was done with it.

The park was also a hub of activity as 98 vendors, including those selling food, greeted festival-goers.

“I think we brought back some of the old vendors because people want variety,” Reker said. “I think we definitely had that. We also had bouncy houses and that kind of thing for the kids to play with.

Reker credited Connie Dostal, owner of Kiel’s Barbershop, with helping the park thrive.

“She is our municipal park manager and she has done a fantastic job as well as Mike Roth who is the food court manager,” he said.

One of the sellers was Karen Gomez from Lexington, Kentucky. Although Gomez travels to different events across the United States to sell t-shirts, this was his first visit to Nebraska. She said she heard about John C. Fremont Days through a festival website.

“I love it here,” she said. “The city is beautiful and the kindness of the people reminds me of home. Some states you go to and people are kind of shut down and they don’t want to talk, but here everyone is very welcoming.

There were also inaugural events for the festival including the Rise & Shine Fritter Eating Contest, the Ice Cream Eating Contest sponsored by Fremont Dairy Queen and the Debby Durham Family Foundation and the Backyard BBQ Contest sponsored by WholeStone Farms and Lincoln Premium Poultry .

“The Apple Fritter contest may have been a bit too early in the morning (8am on Saturday), so we might consider moving it back an hour or something, but it went pretty well,” Reker said.

The ice cream contest had various divisions, including at the youth level.

“It was a really fun contest that Charlie Pleskac of Dairy Queen put on,” Reker said. “People had their brains frozen. It was quite hilarious.

Reker said there were nine entries in the barbecue contest, but one had to drop out due to COVD-19 and another was sidelined due to surgery.

“We didn’t get as many sign-ups as we wanted, but everyone I spoke to said it was pretty good for the first year,” he said. “It will grow.”

The public, however, showed their appreciation for the $5 taste tests and the “people’s choice” vote.

“I just knew we would be inundated for the people’s choice,” Reker said. “Everything was gone in 15 to 20 minutes.”

During Thursday night’s opening ceremonies, Reker told the crowd that John C. Fremont Days won the Omaha Choice Award for Best Local Annual Family Event. He said the honor is due to the work of many groups.

“To get something as big as this says a lot about what the board is doing, but I can’t say it’s just us,” Reker said. “There’s the City of Fremont Streets Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Police Department, the (Dodge County) Sheriff’s Department, I can go on and on. It takes the whole community to really make this festival what it is.

Preparations for the 2023 festival will begin almost immediately.

“We have what we call a Tuesday night retreat,” Reker said. “We talk about things that have worked and things that may not have worked. The council strives to make it a great festival for everyone. We want to make it even bigger and better next year.

AFIMSC Set to Begin Red Hawk Implementation Efforts at JBSA > Air Education and Training Command > Article View

AFIMSC Set to Begin Red Hawk Implementation Efforts at JBSA > Air Education and Training Command > Article View

– The Air Force Mission Installation and Support Center has the green light to move forward with major construction work to support a new aircraft assembly and training mission at JBSA-Randolph , Texas.

The Air Force signed a Record of Decision (ROD) recently after completing an Environmental Impact Statement for major construction work to provide the infrastructure needed to support the T-7A Red Hawk. The fifth-generation trainer will replace the Air Education and Training Command’s aging T-38 Talon fleet with state-of-the-art technology for the next generation of fighter and bomber pilots.

“The arrival of the T-7 Red Hawk at Randolph is part of a critical capability to provide an advanced training platform for U.S. Air Force student pilots. Randolph instructors will develop the aircraft and its system ground training to provide high caliber pilots to fly, fight and win,” said Brigadier General Eric Carney, AETC Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements.

The aircraft will be delivered to the 12th Flying Training Wing, which is responsible for four single-source aviation pipelines, including instructor pilot training.

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center, a primary subordinate unit of AFIMSC, oversees environmental impact assessment processes to ensure Department of the Air Force projects meet National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

EIS is NEPA’s most rigorous level of impact analysis, said Nolan Swick, program manager for AFCEC’s NEPA division.

“Establishing a new mission, especially a new aircraft, is a large-scale project,” he said. “There are usually major construction works, so we look at the impacts on all environmental resources, such as natural and cultural resources, we consult with our community partners and tribal nations, and we work with regulatory partners to find solutions. ways to meet mission requirements and mitigate impacts. to the environment.”

AFIMSC Detachment 7 and the AFCEC environmental team are working with the AETC to analyze potential impacts for five facilities that are expected to house the new trainer and a depot location; JBSA was the first to perform an EIS for the T-7A recapitalization. As a publication, an EIS project is underway at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi; the team is in the early planning stages at Laughlin AFB, as well as the future T-7A depot at Hill AFB, Utah, and initial planning for Vance AFB, Oklahoma, and Sheppard AFB, Texas, is scheduled for 2023.

For JBSA, the approved ROD means AFCEC’s Facilities Engineering Directorate can move forward with plans to refurbish 13 facilities and build six new facilities to support 62 T-7A aircraft. , the first of which are expected to arrive at the facility in 2023.

The estimated cost of delivering the T-7A infrastructure to JBSA over the next 5-10 years is $72 million.

The Fort Worth District of the US Army Corps of Engineers is expected to award the first three military construction projects over the next six to eight months, said AFCEC project manager Howard Steck.

“We expect to award approximately $45 million in design and construction contracts over the next few months,” Steck said. “A project of this magnitude requires effective planning and strong teamwork – and we have both.”

The AFIMSC provides the AETC with a business view of the requirements for setting up the Red Hawk training mission beyond the JBSA. In February, the AFIMSC Installation Support Directorate completed an analysis of hangar space capacity, aircraft maintenance operations and support facilities, base support services, data on property and facility category codes at Columbus and Laughlin AFBs. This information helps the AETC and AFIMSC support teams ensure that planning, programming, construction designs and cost estimates conform to authorized requirements.

Company-wide, AFIMSC plans to spend more than $562 million to provide the infrastructure to support 350 aircraft.

“The work we are doing today is transforming our facilities for the next generation of air superiority,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Slominski, Executive Director of AFCEC Built Infrastructure and Chief Facilities Officer. “We deliver design and build solutions that optimize training capabilities, increase facility resiliency, and give tomorrow’s Airmen and Guardians a competitive advantage over our adversaries. »

Challenge app gives chance to win prizes, explore local attractions | News, Sports, Jobs

The new Fort Myers Discovery Challenge app offers residents and visitors a unique way to experience Lee County’s artistic, historic and natural attractions.

Launched by the Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the free mobile app includes approximately 100 attractions, with some offering discounts on admission and exclusive offers to attendees.

“From inspiring art galleries and breathtaking nature reserves to varied historical sites, there is so much to discover in our region”, said VCB executive director Tamara Pigott. “Both long-time locals and new visitors can take part in this challenge and discover all of Lee County’s hidden gems.”

Among the 100 participating sites are Bat House Park, Bokeelia Art Gallery, Bokeelia Fishing Pier, Leoma Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens, Matlacha, Matlacha Park, Pine Island Sound Historic Fish Houses and the Randall Research Center.

Additional sites include the Arts Alliance, Bailey-Matthews National Seashell Museum, Fort Myers Beach Association and Art Gallery, Four Mile Cove Ecological Reserve, Gas-Island Lighthouse, parilla, Koreshan State Park, Randell Research Center and Calusa Heritage Trail, Sanibel Historical Museum and Village and Williams Academy Black History Museum.

Visit visitfortmyers.com/challenge to download the application on any mobile device. The app can be used to check-in at participating establishments to earn points for a variety of prizes, including:

• Fort Myers Tervis Tumbler (15 recordings)

• Special Fort Myers T-shirt (30 check-ins)

• A chance to be entered into a raffle for a stay at the Luminary Hotel & Co. in downtown Fort Myers (50 entries)

The challenge will end on December 20.

For the full list of challenge locations and prizes, please visit https://www.visitfortmyers.com/challenge.

Organization working to increase minority entrepreneurship in the Brazos Valley


COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – Minority entrepreneurs and nonprofit founders have been given the tools to improve their businesses at The Reach Project Minority Business Bootcamp Saturday. The event took place at the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University and included sessions led by A i/e.

The bootcamp brought together 53 participants from multiple industries including beauty, homeware and foodservice.

Etta Whitley from Finetta Hair and Beauty Academy and Finetta tea has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and said she attended to hone her strategy skills.

“Strategy is everything in business, making sure you know who your customer base is, what you can offer them, and what they can offer you,” Whitley said.

This was the second weekend session of the bootcamp that Whitley attended and said it contained the information needed to grow his business.

“I want to be able to employ people who are generally unemployable for other people,” Whitley said. “I want to be able to increase the squad I already have.”

For Amber Robertson, she learned how to change the direction of her nonprofit Brazos Valley Blessings. Among the key things she took away was a better understanding of how to invest in nonprofits and how to approach donors.

“We are a non-profit organization, but what we are learning is that we can always benefit from this organization and continue to build our community,” Robertson said.

Vanessa Richard is an aspiring entrepreneur and said she came away with more confidence in her future business.

“At this time in two years, I hope I’m up and running, definitely, and I’m excited about that,” Richard said.

Along with the lessons learned, the entrepreneurs said they strengthened each other, as many faced similar challenges throughout their careers.

“It’s inspiring to see people exercise faith and say, ‘I may be small but I’m mighty.'”

Project Reach Executive Director Max Gerall believes in giving minority entrepreneurs the resources and strategies they need to succeed. He said the bootcamps have been very successful, which is why there is already a waiting list for the next one.

“We’ve actually launched 25 black-owned, three 501(c)(3) and five black-operated 501(c)(4) LLCs, so just bringing that into the community is huge,” Gerall said.

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Lake County Sheriff, City Officials Release Statements After Highland Park Mass Shooting

A memorial is erected near St Johns Avenue and Central Avenue to remember the seven victims who died after a mass shooting in downtown Highland Park on Monday morning. | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim/Scanner of Lake and McHenry County

Officials released statements acknowledging first responders and offering words of unity and support following the Highland Park mass shooting.

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said in a statement Saturday morning that he was attending the July 4 parade in Highland Park.

He acknowledged the heroic actions of first responders and the community when gunfire broke out near Second Street and Central Avenue on Monday morning.

“[…] when the shootout started, I saw police officers, firefighters, paramedics running towards the gunfire, and we were incredibly lucky that day to have such professional heroes on our side. I saw ordinary members of the community spring into action and help the injured. We have an incredible medical community of people who bravely rushed to the injured and rushed to medical facilities for further assistance,” Idleburg said.

“Without the help of our medical professionals, the outcome could have been much worse. Words can’t even begin to describe all the heroic actions that took place on July 4th and the days that have come and continue to come after.

Multiple police and fire departments are responding Monday in the Second Street and Central Avenue area of ​​Highland Park following a shooting that left more than three dozen injured and seven dead. | Photo: Willie Gillespie (@wgweather)

Police said 21-year-old Robert E. Crimo III of Highwood was responsible for the shooting.

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said Crimo planned the attack for several weeks and allegedly brought a high-powered rifle to the parade.

Crimo allegedly used an escape ladder to gain access to the roof of a building on the parade route where he opened fire on parade spectators, killing seven people and injuring more than 45 people. Over 80 rounds were fired from the rifle.

Crimo, who was dressed as a woman, climbed out of the roof, dropped the gun and escaped with the fleeing crowd before borrowing her mother’s silver 2010 Honda Fit, according to Covelli.

Idleburg called Crimo a “calculated coward” and hopes he “never sees the outside of a prison cell for the rest of his life”.

Robert E. Crimo III, 21, of Highwood | Photos provided

“As a society, so many people have become desensitized to the mass shootings as we read about it almost every day. Then on Independence Day, when our families, our children, our friends gathered along the parade routes to celebrate this nation’s independence, a calculated coward unleashed unprecedented terror on our community with a weapon of war,” Idleburg said.

“I really hope this is the last mass shooting we experience before assault rifles are banned. Assault rifles are nothing more than killing machines, and they have no their place in a civilized society. It is time to act. Although the intention of my message is not meant to be political, I believe that the most important step that can be taken to minimize and prevent further carnage is to enact a total ban on assault rifles.

“To the town of Highland Park and all those affected by this senseless terror – we will be with you as you heal. We are with you forever. You are Highland Park Strong,” Idleburg added.

Municipal authorities also issued a statement on Saturday afternoon.

They thanked their government partners who provided support during and after the shooting.

“As a city, we felt a deep sense of gratitude for everyone who came together to support us, from artists creating inspiring chalk art to musicians writing songs, neighbors hosting meal trains and from advocates planning vigils to businesses in Highland Park and beyond donating food and strangers lending a shoulder to cry on,” the statement read.

Multiple police departments and SWAT teams responded Monday morning in the Second Street and Central Avenue area of ​​Highland Park following a shooting that left several people injured. | Photo: North Rim Updates

Idleburg and city officials have reminded the community that support is available for survivors.

“Together we will walk the difficult road to recovery, honor the memory of those who have been killed and extend grace and empathy to each other as we navigate this uncharted territory. Together we are Highland Park Strong,” the officials said. from the city.

Crimo was arrested Monday night after a person spotted the wanted Honda Fit as it was traveling south on Route 41 in North Chicago.

A short chase ensued and it ended on Route 41 and Westleigh Road in Lake Forest.

Robert E. Crimo III, 21 (pictured) was arrested by officers on Route 41 and Westleigh Road in Lake Forest following a police pursuit involving a silver Honda Fit sedan on Monday evening. | Background photo: Willie Gillespie (@wgweather)

Crimo was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder Tuesday night, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said.

Many additional charges will be filed against him, Rinehart said.

Covelli said there was no indication anyone else was involved in Monday’s shooting.

Crimo confessed to the attack and told investigators he considered carrying out a second attack in Wisconsin.

He remains being held at the Lake County Jail after Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered him held without bail on Wednesday morning.

Become a native in your garden with the Fall Trees and Shrubs Sale; online ordering starts August 1

Find the perfect native tree or shrub for your yard by shopping the DuPage Forest Preserve District’s Native Fall Trees and Shrubs sale.

Online ordering begins Monday, August 1.

Gardeners should order trees and shrubs in advance; they will not be able to shop at St. James Farm.

Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last and subject to nursery availability.

Trees and shrubs can be picked up Friday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. James Farm in Warrenville.

The sale will feature 41 different species of native trees and shrubs, all grown locally from seed within a 100-mile radius of DuPage County. A list of plants for sale is available at dupageforest.org/fall-tree-shrub-sale.

Fall is the best time to plant native trees and shrubs. This gives them an extra growing season before the stresses of summer, and there is no need to worry about young native trees surviving the winter as they go dormant – the plant equivalent of the hibernation.


Native trees and shrubs are good additions to the garden because they are better equipped to handle Illinois weather conditions and do not require fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or watering once established.

They provide greater soil and food stability and habitat for native wildlife, including pollinators. Native oaks are particularly important because they are a keystone species, which means that many other plants and animals depend on them for food and shelter.

All proceeds from the sale of fall trees and shrubs go to support Forest Preserve District educational programs.

DuPage County’s Forest Preserve District has connected people to nature for over 100 years.

More than 6.2 million people visit its more than 60 forest reserves, 266 kilometers of trails, six educational centers and dozens of programs each year.

For more information, call (630) 933-7200 or visit dupageforest.orgwhere you can also access the district’s electronic newsletter, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, instagram and ICT Tac pages.

25 arts organizations in Pittsburgh to watch


Arcade Comedy Theater organizes inventive and thunderous stand-up, improvisation and sketch shows every weekend. The best local artists share the calendar with special guests from afar; look for recurring favorites like the Dungeons & Dragons-themed “Knights of the Arcade” and the competition-style “Comedy Royale.”
(943 Liberty Ave, Downtown; arcadecomedytheatre.com)

August Wilson African American Cultural Center is a striking and vibrant art space on Liberty Avenue and an anchor of the Cultural District. It focuses on the experience of black arts throughout history and also on the experience of black artists in Pittsburgh; a diverse calendar of events includes theatre, dance, music and more.
(980 Liberty Ave, Downtown; awaacc.org)

Calliope House is Pittsburgh’s longtime home and host for folk music, traditional American genres and more. The nonprofit brings together local, regional, national, and international artists in a variety of traditional and alternative genres in various Pittsburgh venues. Calliope House also offers programs for creating new folk music and musical jams.

The Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall is both one of Pittsburgh’s oldest performance spaces (dating back to 1898) and one of its busiest. The theater features a full schedule of touring bands, comedians and more, from legends to cult favorites. Stand-up is a specialty here, as many comedy heavyweights opt for the Music Hall when they stop by Pittsburgh; the likes of Marc Maron, Tig Notaro and Sinbad have taken center stage in recent years.
(510 E. 10th Ave, Munhall; librarymusichall.com)

Baroque Chatham specializes in breathtaking music performed in beautiful, acoustically rich spaces. Chatham Baroque shows feature music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Early Classical. The ensemble has toured the United States, Canada, South America and the Virgin Islands and has been hailed as “one of Pittsburgh’s greatest treasures” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


city ​​of asylum is a key part of Pittsburgh’s literary ecosystem. The nonprofit hosts (and houses) exiled writers and has become a growing force in the city’s literary community, using its excellent Alphabet City bookstore as its home base. It organizes events that showcase musical and literary talents, often by oppressed or exiled musicians and authors.
(40 W. North Ave., north side; cityofasile.org)

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city ​​theater is a South Side-based company that since 1975 has presented thought-provoking and dynamic plays, with an emphasis on contemporary pieces never before seen before Pittsburgh audiences, including occasional world premieres. The theater’s location next to East Carson Street also makes it a great option for those looking for a pre-show dinner — or, if you’re willing to brave occasional crowds, a drink afterwards. (1300 Bingham Street, south side; citytheatrecompany.org)

club cafe is a cozy place that serves as a place of discovery – you go to the Club Cafe to investigate an artist. It is a pure and exciting process; pay a few bucks (and usually just a few bucks) and see if an hour of music up close can make you a fan. The Club Cafe schedule, also located in the heart of the South Side, includes live music, stand-up comedy, burlesque and more.
(56 S. 12th Street, south side; clubcafelive.com)

The Harris Theater is a historic downtown cinema dedicated to showing contemporary, foreign and classic films. The theater opened its doors over a century ago, undergoing a number of rebrandings and renovations – including, uh, a few more adult incarnations – before becoming the city’s go-to spot for a cinema independent and with a fascinating repertoire.
(809 Liberty Ave, Downtown; trustarts.org)

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To Kelly Strayhorn Theater, you’ll find a variety of performances by diverse emerging artists – theatre, music, dance and more fill an unpredictable but always packed schedule. Named after two of the city’s local heroes, Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, it’s a regular stop for small, innovative arts companies.
(5941 Penn Ave, East Liberty; kelly-strayhorn.org)

magic freedom unlike any other place in town: a full-time home for parlor magic. World-renowned magicians, mentalists and other practitioners of close-up illusions stay for weeks at this intimate location. Live the VIP experience and you’ll be taken backstage after the show for an extra illusion or two.
(811 Liberty Ave, Downtown; trustarts.org)

MCG Jazz maintains Pittsburgh’s long history of jazz artistry and innovation with a beloved concert series featuring heavyweights from around the world. In addition to its extensive outreach and education efforts, the organization hosts a full season of music, including popular holiday concerts.
(1815 Metropolitan St., Castle; mcgjazz.org)

To Mr. Smalls Theater and Entertainment House in Millvale you’ll see national tours, favorite local bands and new artists – all coming to play in a carefully converted former church. Downstairs, rock and hip-hop artists headline the main stage; upstairs, you’ll stand just steps away from the band in the funhouse rock space. A visit is a good opportunity to explore the neighborhood, too.
(400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale; mrsmalls.com)

The Theater of Oaks still shows movies (often accompanied by a beer tasting), but there’s plenty more to see at this long-running Oakmont cinema. Between stand-up comedy, touring bands, trivia and tribute acts, there’s likely to be something unexpected and entertaining at the Oaks, a historic venue tucked away in an unassuming suburban enclave.
(310 Allegheny River Blvd, Oakmont; theoakstheatre.com)

The Star Lake Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater with a seating capacity of over 20,000, has hosted a who’s who of legends over its three-plus decades: David Bowie, the Grateful Dead, Tina Turner, Elton John, Janet Jackson and countless others graced the stage. It’s a bit of a drive from downtown (and allow some time to park), but if one of your favorites is playing, it’s a good place to see them.
(665 Route 18, Burgettstown; livenation.com)

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater performs frequently at the Benedum Center as well as occasional shows around town – some outdoors. The 53-year-old theater has an eclectic history of performances, from new material to traditional shows, all presented by a world-class cast of professional dancers.

Pittsburgh Musical Theater has been the local specialist in timeless Broadway hits for over 30 years. The troupe performs at their home turf, the Gargaro Theater in the West End, as well as other venues around the city. The company is committed to the development and education of young people with a cast made up of professionals and young artists.



Pittsburgh Opera is the seventh oldest opera company in the United States and has a rich history of high quality productions. On its program you will find works by legendary composers, masterpieces by lesser-known composers and contemporary works by rising stars.

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company specializes in continuing the legacy of Pittsburgh-born playwright August Wilson; it remains one of the few companies in the world to have produced all 10 pieces of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cycle of the Century. The group also performs new works by local playwrights, including as part of its annual black and white theater festival.

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Pittsburgh Public Theater settles in the heart of the cultural district in the welcoming and versatile O’Reilly theatre. Expect a variety of productions, from Shakespeare and classics to cutting-edge new shows, performed by top performers from Pittsburgh and beyond; upcoming productions include “A Raisin in the Sun”, “A Christmas Story”, and “Steel Magnolias”.
(621 Penn Ave, Downtown; ppt.org)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs in the majestic Heinz Hall of the Cultural District. Throughout its 120+ years, the orchestra has toured Europe, Asia and the Americas with classical works by some of the greatest composers through the ages. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra hosts performances of contemporary masterpieces and soundtracks in addition to local programs for youth education and community engagement.
(600 Penn Avenue, Downtown; pittsburghsymphony.org)

Prime Stage Theater is an all-ages nonprofit that performs at the New Hazlett Theater. The organization focuses on shows that connect children with literature, filling most of its schedule with shows adapted from books. It also offers a variety of public shows accessible to people with reduced mobility as well as deaf and/or visually impaired people.
(6 Allegheny Square East, north side; primestage.com)

To quantum theater, you never know where you might be heading; the traveling group specializes in finding unconventional spaces for their performances, from temporary tents erected in city parks to shows performed in the shadow of towering local landmarks. The company also occasionally mounts immersive productions, centering the audience at the heart of the story.

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Visit Row home theater for a favorite movie from the past – or something you’ve never seen before. Weekly themes, ranging from genre and director celebrations to offbeat concepts linking a series of films, bring back classics, rediscover lost gems and feature films never before seen in Pittsburgh. Enjoy your movie with a draft beer from the adjacent bottle shop and Bierport dining room.
(4115 Butler Street, Lawrenceville; rowhousecinema.com)

Stage AE is a North Shore entertainment venue best known for its indoor and outdoor concerts, with a full schedule moving outdoors when the weather warms up. The place brings together musicians of all genres, but focuses on rock bands. Stage AE organizes an average of around 110 events per year, including occasional sporting events, exhibitions and charity fundraisers.
(400 North Shore Drive, North Shore; promowestlive.com)

Bradford Festival rebranded to celebrate 10 years of City Park


A Bradford RE-BRANDED Festival which will include local performances and an aerobatic show is among the summer events planned for the district.

Other events will include a return of the Shipley Street Arts Festival, a celebration of the life of Emily Bronte and a South Asian festival.

One of the highlights will be BD:Festival – a rebranded version of the annual Summer Bradford Festival to be held in the city center from August 19-20.

The weekend will celebrate the 10th anniversary of City Park‘s opening and feature performances from the arts group Dream Engine – who performed at the grand opening in 2012.

They will bring their spectacular aerial Love Art to the center.

Renowned Bradford-based Common Wealth theater company will perform their critically acclaimed show about young boys and their love of their cars – Peaceophobia, at the event.

And avant-salle poetry, which brings live poetry to unusual places, will also be part of the festival.

The Bradford Is Lit arts festival will light up the city every two years

Many more festival acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Bradford Pride will take place this Saturday, followed by an Eid Festival (July 16-17) and the Bradford South Asian Festival from August 12-14.

The Shipley Street Arts Festival will be held on July 23 in partnership with Shipley Town Council.

Story Trails – a virtual reality tour of Bradford and its history will be hosted by Bradford Libraries on 22nd and 23rd July.

Art In’t Park, delivered in partnership with Bradford Fringe, will take place at Robert’s Park on July 18, Bowling Park on July 31 and Lister Park on August 1.

A celebration of the birth of Emily Bronte has been organized in partnership with the Bronte Parsonage Museum and will be held on July 30.

Other highlights include the return of MAPA Peoples Day (August 27) and the Saltaire Makers Fair (September 17 – 18).

Bradford Council’s Sports and Activities team will be running a series of events in Bradford’s parks as part of the Summer of Fun Holiday Activities and Catering Scheme, a series of free, activity-packed fun days in district parks and green spaces during school holidays.

Councilor Sarah Ferriby, executive member of Bradford Council for Healthy People and Places, said: ‘Summer Unlocked promises to transform the neighbourhood, bring our streets and public spaces to life and celebrate Bradford in all its glory. , enabling the people and communities of Bradford to tell our story, our way. We hope families in every Bradford postcode will find something to enjoy with friends across the district this summer.

For more information, visit visitbradford.com/events

10th Annual Loon Race Celebrates Summer in the Adirondacks


The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary under the direction of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) on Saturday, July 16 with an event focusing on one of natural history’s most iconic symbols. of the Adirondacks: the loons.

Loon Drive, the only one of its kind, will begin at 1 p.m. when 500 rubber loons, the distinctive black and white birds that have become the symbol of the forest reserve’s wilderness, drop into the exit and float 500 meters above the west. bridge to the east bridge crossing the outlet of Rich Lake.

Spectators can watch from the bridges and the south side of the Sucker Brook Trail Loop. Cash and other prizes will be awarded to those who sponsor the winning loonies. To sponsor a loon for $10, visit the event website to register. Loon jockeys, as sponsors are called, do not need to be present at the race. Winners will be notified by email.

“Everyone has duck races, we wanted to do something more appropriate for the natural setting we’re in,” said Paul Hai, associate director of Newcomb Campus. “Loons don’t happen everywhere, so why not host a breed that reflects the wildlife here? It’s also a perfect choice for hosting a fun event related to our natural history, our College’s mission, and our work. research and education.”

All proceeds from the race support educational programs for the general public and AIC’s academic and professional groups. AIC is a year-round outdoor education center, drawing inspiration from the local landscape for programs on the natural and human history of the Adirondacks.

“Ten years later, we are still the only rubber loon race in the world,” Hai said. “We also invented the rubber loon, so it’s a unique and fun event all around.”

CelebriDucks produces the loons, and Hai said they went through multiple iterations to ensure the iconic Adirondack bird’s markings were accurate. AIC’s loon was named Lila in honor of a young girl who lived in the 1800s on what would become the College’s Newcomb Campus. People can also buy their very own Lila the Loon for $20 to keep the Loon Drive fantasy with them all year round!


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to studying the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through environmental design, policy, and management. environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from Associate in Applied Science to Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study, and research on the main campus in Syracuse, NY, and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.

About the Adirondack Interpretive Center

The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) is part of ESF’s Newcomb Campus and provides thousands of visitors, area residents and program participants with exceptional learning opportunities in the heart of Adirondack Park – the natural park. single from New York.

ODOT, Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization working together on new plans to improve Bend’s busy roads


BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — “Perfect” roads do exist, but only when first built.

That’s why busy roads, especially those like Reed Market Road and US Highway 20, are constantly being improved. Despite the projects introduced, completed and some yet to break through the US 97 Bend Parkway Map and the Bend Transportation System Mapothers may be on the way.

“A lot of roads are perfect when they open,” ODOT planner Rick Williams said Wednesday. “Bend has grown so quickly that we always have to make adjustments to the routes.”

ODOT and Bend MPO are in the process of hiring a firm of transportation research engineers to analyze and research improvements along US Highway 20 and Reed Market Rd.

The US 20 Refinement Plan could add projects to the boardwalk plan, while the Reed Market Road Operations and Safety Study could add improvements to one of Bend’s busiest roads.

Some improvements along Reed Market could change access to businesses, install a median strip to reduce turns in some areas, and add self-contained turning lanes at the Reed Market-Third Street intersection.

“You could have both directions of travel at the same time,” Williams said, referring to improvements at the Reed Market-Third Street intersection. We want to improve the queue, so traffic doesn’t have to wait so long.

Highway 20 near Pilot Butte is a bit more unique. On part of the highway there are small businesses with driveways and then Pilot Butte with apartments nearby – and the further east you go the more growth you see.

“National highways in urban areas are always a balancing act,” Williams said. “Highway 20 likely started as a two-lane city street and was taken over by ODOT at some point and then widened to four and five lanes. Neighborhood dynamics change over time.”

Specific improvements in each plan and study are still about a year away. The US Refinement Plan 20 timeline is approximately 12 to 15 months, while the Reed Market Road Safety and Operations Study timeline is eight months. Then, transportation officials will meet to discuss which project is best suited for each area.

Red, White and Buda receive a surprise visitor on July 4


By CJ Vetter

BOUDA – During the annual Red, White and Buda celebration, the people of Buda received a surprise visit from gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke. Stopping by for the festivities, Beto also made a point of being in Hays County on July 4 because of its long Democratic history.

Beto’s arrival in Buda was mostly unexpected, and he first arrived to give a speech at the city’s gazebo on Main Street, before heading to the park with his family to enjoy the festival. His purpose of being in Buda, in addition to wanting to attend Red, White and Buda, was to further develop his grassroots campaign.

“It’s the fastest growing county in America, bar none. It’s where more people are choosing to come across the state of Texas, with 254 counties to choose from. It’s the It’s also the place that I think will ultimately determine the outcome of this election, for governor, for state representative, for majority control of the state legislature,” O’Rourke said.

The Red, White and Buda celebration is a long-standing Buda tradition and features plenty of food, entertainment and fireworks. The day-long celebration began with a parade of bicycles, followed by a fair in the city park. The park has also offered its natural beauty, playground and paddling pool to park visitors. Two live performances by Shinyribs and Jack Ingram also took place, and were soon followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

“It’s the epicenter of democracy in the state of Texas. This is where I want to be on the 4th of July. Where we celebrate the founding ideals of this country, including free and fair elections. So I’m thrilled to be here,” O’Rourke said. “We’re excited to go out there and have fun. We brought our kids so very rarely Amy and I take our kids on the road so we consciously chose this place.”

LAWMA Academy crowns waste forum award | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Academic Arm of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has been awarded the “Government Agency of the Year” award, during the 3rd Annual Lagos Waste Forum, organized by the Statewide Waste and Environmental Education Program (SWEEP), at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.

The wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Dr (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, who previously declared the event open, praised the foundation for supporting her environmental advocacy, which she started there. three years.

She said: “I attended your inaugural event three years ago and it was so impressive. I am glad you have supported the good advocacy work for environmental sustainability, which has already made you a champion in the Surulere region. I challenge you to replicate the good impact in other parts of Lagos State. I also plan to one day start a large-scale recycling business.

Commenting on the LAWMA Academy Award, LAWMA Managing Director/General Manager, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, represented by Executive Director, Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, expressed his delight with the award.

He showered the foundation with praise for recognizing the Academy’s modest contribution to environmental education and advocacy.

He noted that the unit was established just over a year ago, with a mandate to teach waste management, as well as environmental protection and sustainability to young people and children.

He said: “We are happy that just over a year old, the impact of LAWMA Academy is already being felt. Our intention is to impart knowledge on waste management and environmental sustainability to children and young people, through a well-designed and articulated curriculum. We are happy that this is gradually having an impact and the recognition of this is what gave birth to this award.

We thank the SWEEP Foundation for this enduring honor.

The LAWMA boss urged Lagosians to harness the huge economic potential of recycling and embrace the Agency’s twin bin initiative to address waste management issues in the Lagos metropolis.

According to him, “LAWMA as an agency responsible for regulating and ensuring proper waste management, whose community advocacy has visited more than 30 LCDAs, raising awareness among people of the need to focus on recycling by segregating their waste to the source.

“Recycling is the way to go and it’s a cause we stand for in LAWMA. When we reduce the waste that goes to landfills, we will have a healthier and safer environment.

“All organized estates have been asked to acquire bins, to separate organic waste from recyclables, before PSP comes for disposal and in doing so their waste bills will be reduced by 15%.”

The Permanent Secretary of the Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Tajudeen Gaji, commended the Foundation for its results-oriented advocacy on environmental sustainability, pledging that the government would continue to fulfill its own end of the bargain, for a people-friendly environment. .

Mr. Ola Oresanya, former Managing Director of LAWMA and now Special Adviser for Environment to the Governor of Ogun State, noted that the recycling space harbors abundant economic potential, urging people to get started, to combat unemployment and poverty.

FirstEnergy donates 500 trees – GuruFocus.com

The planting event is part of FirstEnergy’s commitment to plant over 14,000 trees this spring

RITTMAN, Ohio, May 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — For the second consecutive year, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) donated 500 trees to the Town of Rittman William T. Robertson Nature Preserve in Wayne County, Ohio. A variety of deciduous trees have been planted on May 6 by employees of FirstEnergy and its Ohio Edison utility company in the 210-acre nature preserve to complement the 520 trees donated and planted by FirstEnergy in October 2021.

Since April 2021, FirstEnergy has donated and planted more than 17,000 trees across its five-state service territory. The company is on track to plant more than 14,000 additional trees this spring. This initiative is an important part of the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, promote the responsible use of natural resources and help advance sustainable practices.

Led by the FirstEnergy Green Team in the Northeast Ohiotree planting event rittman is one of many projects employees will complete this year to help parks, nature preserves and nearby communities across FirstEnergy’s footprint.

“FirstEnergy contributed the funds to cover the cost of the trees, and over a dozen employee volunteers spent several hours planting them around the nature reserve, which will be appreciated by the public and many of our local employees. and their families,” said Carole TremblySenior Scientist and Green Team Leader at FirstEnergy.

FirstEnergy’s 10 Green Teams are made up of employees from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia who volunteer their time and talents to support a wide variety of environmental initiatives. The groups plan to continue to partner in the future with state park systems, watershed and recycling groups, garden clubs, schools and other environmentally focused organizations to support FirstEnergy’s commitment to building a better and more sustainable future.

The William T. Robertson Nature Preserve, which opened to the public last fall, is located on the east side of rittman on property vacated by a large industrial corporation in 2006. The reserve provides the community with 7.2 miles of walking and hiking trails as well as bird watching and kayaking opportunities.

“These trees will help establish and restore forest habitat in the reserve and we look forward to monitoring and supporting them as they mature,” said rittman Mayor William Robertson. “We appreciate FirstEnergy and Ohio Edison’s continued efforts to preserve our local environment so that our plants, trees and animals can continue to thrive for many years to come.”

In addition to tree donations from FirstEnergy, the FirstEnergy Foundation has donated approximately $41,000 to Town of Rittman in December 2021 to create a renewable energy laboratory in the nature reserve for community use. The funds will help convert the property into a sustainable nature and land laboratory where students and residents can gather, work, learn and brainstorm ideas.

For more information on FirstEnergy’s environmental and corporate responsibility efforts, please visit www.fecorporateresponsibility.com.

Ohio Edison serves more than one million customers across 34 Ohio counties. Follow Ohio Edison on Twitter@OhioEdisonand on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/OhioEdison .

FirstEnergy is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electricity distribution companies form one of the largest investor-owned electricity networks in the country, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The Company’s transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.comand on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

Editor’s note: Photos of FirstEnergy employees planting the trees in the nature reserve are available for download here.

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Alight responds with smart water aid as severe drought threatens famine in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia

MINNEAPOLIS, July 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the most severe droughts in recent history, with famine looming, global humanitarian organization, A light announced a three-country response, sending teams along the Kenya-Ethiopia-Somalia border to help communities mitigate the impact of a severe drought and introduce “water smart” for families.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that between 15 and 16 million people wake up every day with high levels of food insecurity and growing malnutrition. About 5.7 million children are acutely malnourished, and the number is expected to increase if rains fail in the coming weeks.

“Families are taking desperate measures to survive, with thousands leaving their homes in search of food, water and pasture, increasing the risk of conflict and putting further pressure on already limited basic services” , declares CEO of Alight, Jocelyn Wyatt. “Establishing a ‘water-smart’ approach to the region will help mitigate some of this risk while working with the community to not only produce life-saving water flows, but also educate them on the way to continue the process on their own, preparing them for future needs.”

The “smart water” approach consists of establishing a covered water catchment system, as well as access to drinking water via reinforced concrete water tanks, taps, washing pads (where people can wash clothes and linens) and troughs for cattle. Alight will also help families set up vegetable gardens (small plots of homesteads) as well as training in drip irrigation.

Alight’s intervention will also provide immediate access to clean water to approximately 6,200 drought-affected households in the region. In addition to emergency water trucking and fuel subsidies for boreholes, teams will rehabilitate shallow wells, construct water kiosks and animal troughs, and promote best hygiene practices in communities. schools, an essential element when water shortages are frequent.

Alight plans to replicate and expand these efforts to reach people across the region. For more information on Alight’s efforts and ways to donate, please visit wearealight.org or click here.

In commemoration of World Refugee Day 2022, Alight hosted an in-depth discussion with refugee and migration expert and Founder/Executive Director of Climate Refugees Amali Tower address the major impact of climate change on displacement and how it directly affects the communities in which Alight serves. To watch the discussion, please click here.


Founded in 1978 by the founder Neal Ball, A light, formerly known as the American Refugee Committee, provides health care, clean water, shelter, protection and economic opportunity to more than 3.5 million people in more than 20 countries each year. Alight believes in the incredible creativity, potential and ingenuity of displaced people and strives to highlight their humanity, the enormous amount of good that is already happening and the possibilities to do more. In 2021, Alight received the prestigious 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the eleventh consecutive year, celebrating more than a decade of hard-hitting work.


Sheboygan PD asks for patience as thousands are expected at the lake


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WFRV) – Sheboygan police want those planning to celebrate to know some rules about alcohol, boats and bonfires before the 4th of July.

The Sheboygan Police Department wanted to remind those planning to celebrate in the town. Authorities say thousands of people are expected at the lake.

The following reminders have been issued by the authorities:

  • Alcohol
    • Possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited on all city beaches. Alcohol can be possessed and consumed in the Deland Park area south of the pier (the vendor area) and in the grassy area of ​​King Park. No glass containers are allowed on the beach and in city parks.
  • Fires of joy
    • Recreational fires are permitted along the shores of Lake Michigan between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Lights cannot exceed 36 inches in diameter and 18 inches in height. Do not bury fires late in the evening. Fires can be extinguished with water or left to burn safely.
  • Boats
    • Boats and craft should stay away from beaches.
  • Pets
    • It’s better and much safer to keep your pets at home while you enjoy the festivities. Pets are prohibited in all city parks and beaches except those designated and posted as on-leash or off-leash. This includes that pets are prohibited in Deland and King parks and their beaches.

Officials want vacations to be safe and enjoyable for anyone heading to the lakeside.

Tec de Monterrey: No. 1 in climate action in LATAM and Mexico — Observatory

This article was first published on LOGIN.

Tec de Monterrey is the first university in Latin America and, for the third consecutive year, the first in Mexico for its climate actions within the framework of the 13th commitment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN Agenda 2030 . This was announced by the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking 2022which measures four items in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, defined by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015: research, administration, dissemination and teaching.

“It is a great achievement to have this ranking in first place, but it is also a responsibility that we take on,” said Cynthia Villarreal, director of sustainability and links at Tecnologico de Monterrey, in an interview with CONECTA. . In the specific case of SDG 13 (Climate Action) compared to the previous year, Tec moved from fifth to first place in Latin America and maintained its leadership in Mexico by increasing by 10.7 points percentage. Also, the institution ranked 51st out of 674 universities worldwide. “Our new ranking is a reflection of the commitment we have had in Tec for decades, but which we redoubled last year with the release of Ruta Azul,” Villarreal said.

Tec de Monterrey also stands out in other ODDs

In the 2022 edition of Impact Rankings, Tec stands out for its climate actions under SDG 13, which deals with climate issues. To this end, it has excelled in topics such as climate action research, low-carbon energy use, environmental education measures, and commitment as a carbon-neutral university. .

But in addition, it stands out in five other UN SDGs assessed by Impact rankings, where it occupies one of the top three positions in Mexico and Latin America. In SDG 17, which deals with partnerships to achieve the goals, Tec de Monterrey ranks first in Mexico and Latin America. In SDG 12 (Responsible production and consumption), Tec ranks first and second respectively. In SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation), the institution ranks second and in SDG 1 (End poverty), second and third places, respectively. In SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), it ranks second and third; in SDG 13, as already mentioned, it ranks first.

Cynthia Villarreal explained that a university’s final score in this ranking is calculated by combining the SDG 17 score with the three highest scores of the remaining 16 SDGs. Sustainable Development Goal 17 represents 22% of the overall score, while the other SDGs have a weighting of 26% each. This means that different universities are scored based on different sets of SDGs, depending on their approaches.

A sustainability plan in the face of climate change

According to Villarreal, Tec’s high scores in the Impact Rankings are partly due to its commitment to the 2025 Sustainable Development and Climate Change Plan, Ruta Azul, which presented its first annual progress report in April 2022. This roadmap stems from a change of mindset in the face of the environmental crisis. Its six axes are mitigation, adaptation, research, networking, education and culture. “This year, we had a good participation in number of investigations, above the world average for the publication of scientific articles on the environment”, declared the leader of Sustainable Development and Liaison. “We have also reduced the use of non-renewable energy. That is our goal, to achieve carbon neutrality.” In Villarreal’s opinion, another thing that had an impact THE impact ranking is Tec’s collaboration with various institutions.

She said one of Tec’s most notable accomplishments was in the world Race to zero (RTZ), in which Tec succeeded in getting 14 municipalities in the metropolitan area of ​​Nuevo León to commit to taking action to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, considered a milestone in the entity. “We assume ourselves as a catalyst for climate actions; thus, we collaborate with various organizations, institutions, universities and governments so that together we have a real impact against climate change,” said Villarreal.

In recent months, Tec de Monterrey has also transferred knowledge to civil society organizations to adopt a proactive culture in the face of the climate emergency. “In addition to showing the achievements, this report also endorses the commitment to climate change in each of Tec’s six axes,” Villarreal stressed.

2025, the deadline to avoid a climate catastrophe

The latest report by scientists from the UN Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has set 2025 as the deadline for averting climate catastrophe. The head of sustainability and links at Tecnologico de Monterrey said that in this scenario, the institution assumes leadership, commitment and collaborative actions in the six axes.

She pointed out that Tec has implemented environmental education measures to achieve its objectives, including the dissemination Ruta Azul throughout his community. “Actions range from changing our culture, to mitigating our carbon footprint, adapting, building resilience to impacts, educating students and including the issue in education plans.”

Villarreal said they are looking for clues in the culture axis that measure the shift in mindset that results in sustainable decision-making and action. Among the plans to help Mexico achieve the goals set. Among the strategies to help Mexico achieve the goals set in the Paris Agreements, she pointed out that there is the creation of a fund to continue promoting interdisciplinary research and, therefore, actions in favor of the ‘environment. “Being in the top spot in the Times Higher Education rankings in this SDG motivates us to keep working and improving towards the main goal of having a sustainable planet in which future generations can live,” she concluded. .

Translation by Daniel Wetta.

Guided hike to explore the geological history of La Crosse Blufflands | Local News

Mississippi Valley Conservancy is offering Geology of the Blufflands: A Guided Hike to Explore the Geological History of the La Crosse Blufflands as Revealed by the Quarry Walls and Surrounding Landscape on Saturday, July 16.

Participants will appreciate the beauty of the grassland reconstruction on the Mathy field of La Crosse’s Blufflands while walking through the old quarry to examine the sedimentary rock walls.

This event is part of the Conservancy’s 2022 series of ‘Earth-Bound’ outdoor experiences about the many nature reserves it protects for wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, outdoor learning and recreation in the Driftless area.

Guides for this walk, Jonathan Rigden and Kelvin Rodolfo, will share their knowledge of the landscape, how it was formed over thousands of years, and what makes it different from other Wisconsin landscapes.

The 453-acre Mathy Parcel in La Crosse Blufflands-North is owned and maintained by the City of La Crosse while being permanently protected by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. The cliff property allows visitors to explore a unique landscape that is believed to have existed hundreds of years ago. It features bluff grassland and oak savannah habitats that have become increasingly rare due to development, mining, and the spread of non-native plant species.

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These habitats are home to many native plant and wildlife species that have adapted to the unique geology, including owls, migratory birds, prairie grasses and wildflowers.

Advance registration is available for this free event between now and July 13 at www.mississippivalleyconservancy.org/events. As the number of parking spaces is limited, carpooling is recommended.

180 organizations urge Biden to extend student loan payment break


Nearly 200 organizations are calling on President Joe Biden to extend the student loan payment pause and cancel student loans.

Here’s what you need to know — and what it means for your student loans.

Student loans

A framework of social organizations wrote the President this week, urging him to extend the student loan moratorium beyond August 31, 2022. According to the letter:

  • Biden administration ‘rushes’ to restart student loan repayments;
  • don’t threaten the financial security of student borrowers to fight inflation;
  • student loan cancellation must be implemented before the student loan payment is restarted; and
  • student borrowers are not ready to restart student loan repayments

Congress suspended federal student loan payments in March 2020, and student loan borrowers have not been required to make a single federal student loan payment since then. Collectively, the federal student loan moratorium has granted student borrowers over $130 billion in student loan forgiveness. While Biden has extended the student loan payment break four times since becoming president, social groups and progressive members of Congress are urging Biden to extend the moratorium for the fifth time. Why? They argue that student borrowers are struggling financially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and that the Biden administration has not completely revamped student loan repayment. That said, Biden agreed to write off $6 billion for 200,000 student borrowers last week. (Here are 5 major changes to student loans).

Biden must cancel student loans before restarting student loan payment pause

The 180 organizations write that Biden must cancel student loans before student loan payments can resume. According to the letter:

Until Biden develops a clear path for student loan forgiveness, organizations argue that student loan repayments cannot restart.

Cancellation of the student loan and suspension of the payment of the student loan: next steps

Biden has three major student loan decisions to make in the coming weeks. Two of these decisions include the large-scale cancellation of student loans and the suspension of student loan payments. The student loan forgiveness framework might look like this. US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has said Biden may extend the student loan payment break, although Biden has not commented publicly on whether he will. Biden is expected to announce his decision on both topics in the coming weeks. Opponents say extending the student loan payment pause and enacting large-scale student loan forgiveness will increase inflation. The student loan payment break ends August 31, 2022, which means federal student loan payments begin September 1. Be sure to evaluate all of your options to find the best student loan repayment strategy for your unique financial situation:

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Oldest participant in Fort Collins FireKracker 5K goes strong at 91


Winfield Bassage kicked off his 4th of July weekend as always on Saturday, lining up with dozens of his Fort Collins Running Club friends to complete the FireKracker 5K at City Park.

Bassage was unable to run the race this year, as he had done seven of the previous eight years.

But he wasn’t going to get away with it.

So, just over two weeks before his 92nd birthday, the oldest participant completed the 3.1-mile course in just over an hour. A recent procedure to remove some of the cancerous skin from his scalp has kept Bassage indoors more than he would like and prevented him from training for the race.

“I think I probably did well for my age group,” he joked afterward.

Bassage, who has become something of a celebrity among FireKracker 5K regulars, ran the 2018 race in 40 minutes and 41 seconds. He competed in a virtual version with his daughter, Leslie Butler, and other family members in 2020 at the age of 89 and finished in 49:04 – the best time among all participants over 80 year.

After receiving applause from a dozen friends who were there to cheer her on after she crossed the finish line on Saturday, Leslie said, “It was probably her last 5K.”

Winfield, catching his breath at a picnic table, wasn’t so sure.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I think if I get the chance to train for it, I could be back next year.”

More than 1,000 runners and walkers, cheered on by nearly as many spectators, began their holiday weekend with the annual race on Saturday, race director Lisa Sinclair said.

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Traditionally held on the 4th of July, organizers chose to move the race to Saturday this year to coincide with the city of Fort Collins’ other Independence Day activities, including a parade, alumni baseball games , a gathering of food trucks and a party. Fireworks at some point over Lake Sheldon.

Seventeen-year-old Christian Groendyk, who will be a fall senior at Fort Collins High School, and recent Poudre High graduate Joseph Houdeshell, 18, finished 1-2 in the citizen race with times of 16 minutes, 3 seconds and 16:22, respectively.

Shelley McDonald, 40, of Loveland was the first woman to cross the finish line in 18:18. Allie Sibole, 29, of Longmont was second in 7:00 p.m.

Ben Eidenschink, a former University of Wisconsin runner who now lives and trains in Boulder, won the men’s elite race on a separate four-lap course around City Park‘s Lake Sheldon in 14:13, two seconds ahead of the runner-up Brian Barraza, a native of El Paso, Texas, who also trains in Boulder. Jessica Watychowicz, a Chicago native who lives and trains in Colorado Springs, was the women’s winner in 16:40. Sophie Anders of Fort Collins, a member of the local Front Range Elite pro team, was second in 17:17.

Winfield, however, was just as popular as the elite runners.

Dozens of participants looked for him at the start line to wish him good luck and many wondered if they would be able to continue racing like this when they reached his age.

He had to have his right arm amputated as a teenager and avoided bypass surgery in his 60s after x-rays and scans revealed he had developed a capillary around an artery that was ’90-95 per cent blocked’ “, said Leslie.

“I think dad’s philosophy of always staying fit and eating well kept him pretty strong,” she said.

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More and more older runners, many inspired by Fort Collins legend Libby James – who set several national records by age group and even a world record or two well past her 70s and 80s years – continue to compete in the FireKracker 5K and other local road races. , says Sinclair.

“I’ve been doing this race for over 10 years, and when I started I think the highest age group was 60+,” James said. “Over the years we started to have people in their 70s and the last two years we have had people in their 80s and this year we have one over 90.”

Winfield moved from New Hampshire to LaPorte about 10 years ago, to be closer to Leslie, a teacher at O’Dea Elementary School. He has a regular 5km route from his home around Watson Lake and back that he ran for years and was still walking steadily until his recent surgery.

“I’ve never done more than a 5K,” he said during an interview at his home earlier in the week. “I didn’t feel like I wanted to go that far.”

Winfield said he used to run to a friend’s house, who lived on a farm on a hill just outside his hometown in New York, and come back before breakfast several days a week when he was younger and never really thought about it. Running was just faster than walking, he says.

He jogged with his children while they were growing up and in summer camps while serving as a scout leader in Ohio.

“I was usually in front of everyone,” he said.

Winfield didn’t get too involved in road racing until much later in life, however, competing in the Colorado and New Mexico Senior Games in his 80s alongside a sister who was eight. taller than him and setting records for his age. He competed at the Senior National Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at age 89 and finished second in the 5k for his age, Leslie said.

Wearing a multicolored Fort Collins Running Club hat to cover the bandages on his scalp, a t-shirt from the previous year’s FireKracker 5K, blue jeans and his running shoes, Winfield, a retired high school math teacher, drew applause and cheers from onlookers scattered along the route.

He feared he had finished last but got a little brighter when his daughter and others pointed out a handful of walkers still crossing the finish line a good five minutes after he finished.

A big smile appeared on his face.

“I’ve been running all my life,” he said earlier. “You have to stay in shape, and that’s just something I like to do.”

Kelly Lyell reports on CSU, high school, and other local sports and topics of interest to Colorado. Contact him at [email protected], follow him on Twitter @KellyLyell and find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KellyLyell.news. If you are a subscriber, thank you for your support. If not, consider purchasing a digital subscription today.

3D Printing News Briefs, July 2, 2022: 3D Printed Pastes and Prostheses and More – 3DPrint.com

We start with the awards in today’s 3D printing news bits, as Hexagon has recognized two winners in its first Sixth Sense cohort of manufacturing startups and then in automotive, as we discuss how the supply chain could be helped by 3D printing at the dealership. In materials news, Carbon and adidas have made a sustainability breakthrough with plant-based materials for 3D printing, and Barilla’s 3D printed pasta is now available for purchase. Finally, a stork is back on its feet thanks to a 3D printed prosthesis.

Hexagon Crowns Two Winners in Cohort Manufacturing Startups

LR: Paul Boris, president of the finalist Praemo; Milan Kocic, Head of the Sixth Sense platform, Jan Büchsenschütz and Felix Fink, co-founders of the RIIICO winner; Cody Burke and Robert Haleluk, co-founders of winner SmartParts.

This winter, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division launched its new approach to the traditional accelerator, called the Sixth Sense Cohort, which was designed as an exchange of value between Hexagon and participating manufacturing startups. To challenge the way multinationals approach innovation, the company connects with participating startups to help develop creative solutions to humanity’s manufacturing challenges. After an intense eight-week training program and a final presentation to the judges, Hexagon has announced the winners of its first cohort of startups, who will work to help the manufacturing industry run more efficiently and sustainably, with the help of customers. from Hexagon.

The second is Praemo, which has developed a manufacturing information application called Razor that ingests as-is data from automation, history, quality and maintenance systems to drive continuous improvement, using the machine learning, in areas such as productivity, cost and throughput. The first of the two winners in the cohort is RIIICO, which designed an AI-powered drag-and-drop virtual factory floor. The solution creates a digital twin of a factory with a 3D scan, giving teams flexibility and tools to collaborate and improve factory design. SmartParts, which created an integrated digital barcode for 3D printing, is the second winner. Its new traceability solution is based on data-rich particles that form barcodes and can be embedded in the materials of 3D printed parts; once scanned, the barcode reveals the part’s material, history and specifications.

Solving Automotive Supply Chain Problems with 3D Printing at the Dealership

Kurtis Wilde: 3D printed parts could help solve the backlog of vehicles awaiting repair.

Some people, like Kurtis Wilde, believe that many automotive supply chain bottlenecks could be solved if car dealerships had their own 3D printers on site. Wilde, parts manager at Murray Honda in British Columbia, has two small 3D printers at home and thinks dealers could currently use the technology to print on demand small non-safety plastic parts that have been ordered out of stock, and get vehicles back on the road faster; in the future, metal 3D printing could even be added for more intense parts. There are of course inherent challenges, such as the high prices of 3D printers, the risk of counterfeiting, and the fact that all auto parts must go through a difficult process called advanced product quality planning, which requires parts suppliers to demonstrate that they understand how parts are designed and have a repeatable process to produce those parts to the highest quality standards. But dealership 3D printing also has benefits, including high levels of vehicle customization and customization. But one thing is certain: the more car manufacturers become familiar with and adopt 3D printing, the sooner the way is paved for car dealerships to start printing parts as well.

This spring, Wilde said: “We have cars that have been out of order since November. Think how useful it would be if [3D-printed parts at dealerships] were a possibility.

adidas uses Carbon’s plant-based resin to 3D print midsoles

EPU 44 White featured in the adidas 4DFWD PULSE midsole.

Carbon and adidas have long been partners in 3D printing athletic shoes. Now, the 3D printing leader has developed a bio-based elastomer that can be used to print large volumes, and the sports company is already using it to create midsoles for its 4DFWD sneakers. This new sustainable resin, EPU 44, is so named because 40% of its weight comes from vegetable raw materials. Carbon claims the material, which is exclusive to its Digital Light Synthesis platform, is stiffer, more durable and tough, flexible, and comes in white and translucent gray. The company also claims that the EPU 44 allows for lighter 3D printed lattices and prints faster than its EPU 41, and is marketed as a General Factory product, requiring industrial dispensing, cleaning and baking equipment. Mass production is available in China, Taiwan and Germany.

“Many product designers who rely on foam are performance limited by the linear compressibility of foam. Companies like adidas, Specialized, and Selle Royal are now breaking that boundary by developing next-generation products focused on improving energy return via elastomeric meshes,” Carbon wrote.

“As product teams research new applications for elastomeric meshes, they want to push in new directions, requiring different features that were previously unattainable, while maintaining excellent functional, aesthetic, durable and cost-effective properties. EPU 44 them achieves these benefits.

Barilla’s 3D printed pasta is now available for sale

For several years, the Italian company Barilla has pretty much held the market for 3D printed pasta. Now, this tasty offering is available for purchase through BluRhapsody, a spin-off project born out of its R&D department. Based in Parma, Italy, BluRhapsody is the first startup of Blu1877, a company that supports and interacts with people working to create the future of food. The main product offered by BluRhapsody is a selection of high quality durum wheat semolina, processed and kneaded in small batches to obtain the right texture before being combined with water and a natural extract with coloring properties.

Each piece weighs 7 grams and measures approximately 1.1 x 1.8 inches, and the startup offers 15 different custom pasta shapes, including butterflies, seashells, hearts, and even words! It costs between $26 and $60 to buy 12 large pieces of 3D-printed pasta, which is reasonably affordable for chefs to use to create tasty and distinct dishes. However, we don’t know if consumers will pay more for this unique meal in a restaurant setting, and more importantly, if the taste of 3D printed pasta will be preserved.

3D printed leg prosthesis for a stork

Finally, a female stork named Yuma, who lives in Italy, walks much better after receiving a 3D-printed prosthetic leg. Yuma was adopted by Parco Natura Volalto in Rome, which helps conservation efforts for endangered species and provides environmental education to children. His right leg was fractured, resulting in the amputation of the lower half, and the other leg also began to inflame; a solution was needed if she hoped to have any chance of walking normally again. Its owners, Alessandro Guidi and Gianluca Monti, took the stork to numerous veterinary specialists in Italy, and eventually found the help they needed in Naples with exotic animal vet Dr. Emilio Noviello.

Dr. Noviello, who called the process a “team effort,” took the stork to see Dr. Ciro Marra at the Diaz Veterinary Clinic, where CT scans were used to get a more complete picture of the leg and of Yuma’s stump. The scans were processed by Dr. Matteo Zanfabro of PlayVet in Padua, who then designed and 3D printed the prosthetic leg for Yuma. The prosthesis would prevent the disease from progressing to the other leg and allow the stork to lead a more normal life. Yuma quickly adapted to the prosthesis, which took a lot of unnecessary weight off her healthy leg and reversed the inflammatory pathology, and now she seems to be doing well. Check out Dr. Noviello’s Instagram to see videos of Yuma with his 3D printed prosthesis!

Family Travel 5: Reasons to be Thankful for Family Travel | Travel

More than ever, the freedom to explore the world around us is something to be savored.

Here are five reasons to be grateful for family travel:

1.Travel generates understanding

Whether you’re traveling to the next county or traveling around the world, getting out of your current comfort zone can improve your family’s understanding of the world.

We can take note of the language, dress, recreational and culinary differences and similarities of our fellow global citizens as we venture into new territory.

We can also appreciate the challenges and benefits that families are experiencing in regions beyond. Make an effort to see the view through the eyes of others, including your own family members. And note how a friendly smile is a welcome motto in almost every corner of the world.

2.Travel build character

Travel gives parents and grandparents the opportunity to model what matters most. Will you be patient when the line winds around the corner, your favorite hotel is full, or the museum is temporarily closed?

Delayed flights, changing weather, understaffed establishments, or a bumpy road all help us learn to live in the moment, share resources, deal with unintended consequences, and see the bright side of accidents. occasional trip. How adults react to difficult scenarios will influence the character development of young adventurers. As always, kindness matters.

For more: www.tsa.gov

3. Travel serves the riches of nature

A supermoon rising above mountain peaks, elk screeching in the distance, the gentle mist from a nearby waterfall, trout rising in midstream, and the creak of the trail under hiking shoes. Awe-inspiring experiences in the natural world nurture the youngest souls. Venture into nature reserves, national parks, deep canyons and shimmering lakes, where dark skies allow the starry expanse to light up your world.

For more: www.nps.gov; www.wildernesstravel.com; www.darkskies.org

4. Travel is inspiring and educational

Feed your children’s natural curiosity through travel. Do they yearn to learn more about art, history or science? Is there a rising chef, musician or engineer among you? How about a language immersion course? Are your children curious about other religions, cultures or ways of life?

Whether you opt for magnificent museums, a nature classroom or immersive experiences, expand their knowledge (and yours) by exploring new ideas together.

For more information: www.Road scholars.org; www.Austin Adventures.com

5. Travel improves connection

Leave the laundry and homework behind and reconnect in a cozy cabin, on a breezy beach, or on a small boat at sea. Keep technology to a minimum and enjoy each other’s company and conversation.

Take walks in the woods; watch a sunset; listen to the birds sing, the owls hoot and the wind whistle. Remember that the best things in life are free. You’ll go home knowing that your time well spent will outlast the latest gadget or trendy fashion item.

Because time flies, be glad you did rather than wishing you did.

Lynn O’Rourke Hayes (LOHayes.com) is an author, family travel expert and enthusiastic explorer. Gather more travel insights on Twitter @lohayesFacebook or through FamilyTravel.com

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Organization Announces Grant Recipients | Local News


Special for the News Herald

Burke Youth Organized Philanthropists, operating under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Burke County, announced the 2022 grant recipients:

  • Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency: $5,000 awarded to implement the Teen Prevention Services Anti-Vaping Initiative focused on vaping prevention in middle schools in the Burke County public school system.
  • Valdese First United Methodist Church: $1,000 awarded for its backpacking ministry
  • The Industrial Commons: $1,000 awarded to support the cost of the Hometown Walkabout program for 10th, 11th and 12th graders. The program will explore cultural diversity through a week-long exploration of personal stories from members of the African American, Asian/Hmong, European, and Latino communities.

BYOP provides grants to tax-exempt organizations that provide projects and/or programs that impact the lives of Burke County children, ages 0-18, and their families. BYOP’s mission is to engage and empower young people through learning and service to strengthen our community.

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BYOP consists of students representing Burke County high schools, as well as students from recognized home schools. Sara Black Moses, a Burke County native and CFBC board member, is BYOP’s volunteer director. As a member of BYOP, students are able to develop philanthropic skills while gaining a better understanding of the needs in Burke County.

To learn more, visit www.cfburkecounty.org or contact Nancy Taylor, President and CEO of CFBC, at 828-437-7105.

Share ‘a labor of love’ | News, Sports, Jobs


Photo by Deb Gau Brightly colored flowers and garden ornaments help give the flower beds at Val and Lori Eberspacher’s home in rural Marshall a unique look. The Eberspachers’ garden will be one of the stops on the Tracy area garden and quilt tour this year.

MARSHALL – There are all kinds of flowering plants in Lori and Val Eberspacher’s garden – from petunias and roses to bright red geraniums. And next week, they can share them with visitors to the Tracy Area Garden and Quilts Tour.

“It’s a labor of love,” said Lori Eberspacher.

Eberspacher said she was looking forward to Wednesday’s tour.

This year’s tour will feature parks and gardens in the Milroy area, as well as more than 100 quilt pieces on display, said Garden and Quilt Tour Committee Member Elise Lanoue. The tour, a fundraiser for the Catholic Women’s Council of St. Mary’s in Tracy, will take place from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tour organizers are hoping for a good crowd next week, Lanoue said.

“We had 290 people last year, and they came from all over,” she said. “I think quilts are a huge draw.”

This year’s tour will feature a variety of quilt items from the region. Some of the quilters, like Jana Milbradt and Elvera Benson, have been sewing for many years. Quilter Jada Johns, 16, learned to sew from her grandmother Jolynn Johns. Jada and Jolynn will have quilts on display during the tour.

Each of the gardens on the tour will have something unique to see. Milroy residents Amy and Jamie Larsen have created a heart-shaped garden in memory of their daughter Brooklyn, with plants and flowers that would attract butterflies.

Over the course of more than 20 years, Jean and Don Schmidt have added flowers, trees and even features like a walking rosary to their yard in the Milroy countryside. Carole Snyder’s garden includes both a rock garden and a shady garden.

The George Lanoue family welcomes visitors to “Wild Acres Park.” Over time, the Lanoues have worked together to create and maintain a family gathering place with flowers, playground equipment and more.

Lori Eberspacher said she and her husband have both come up with different ideas for their garden over the years.

“There is a lot of red” because Val’s favorite flowers are red geraniums, she says. They also added unique touches like large round planters made from old pig feeders.

“The only thing I did differently this year was I potted more little things,” said Eberspacher.

The smaller pots will help add visual interest for tour visitors.

Visitors to the tour can sample ice cream and pies prepared by members of St. Mary’s Church, which will be served at the Eberspacher Garden site. There will also be a chance to enter a raffle with prizes including a quilted blanket and matching cushion, both squeaked by Jolynn Johns.

Tickets for the Garden and Quilt Tour are $15 and will be available Wednesday at Greenwood Nursery in Marshall and Milroy City Park.

Lanoue said the tourist spots will each be marked with colorful windsocks to help guide visitors. Some sites will also have the option of doing tours on horseback, with carriages available for participants.

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State Parks awards $700,000 to Ed’s Del Norte County office to improve outdoor access | Wild Rivers Outpost

Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Today at 2:14 p.m. / Community, Education, Parks

State Parks awards $700,000 to Ed’s Del Norte County office to improve outdoor access

From left to right: Steve Mietz, Scott Larson, Jeff Harris and Erin Gates. | Photo courtesy of DNCOE

For most Del Norters, the thought of not having stood under a redwood or walked across the sand of a local beach at least once may be unimaginable.

But for many students, seniors, and people with mobility issues, not being able to access state, state, and local parks within minutes of their homes is a reality.

“We have kids who live in Crescent City who said they’ve never been to the beach. Some of them didn’t know what a tidal pool was,” said Del Norte County Schools Superintendent Jeff Harris. Wild Rivers Outpost Thursday. “We asked kids, ‘What’s one thing you always wanted to do but never did?’ We are talking about eighth grade and high school kids. They never fished, they never kayaked, they never hiked, they never camped overnight – we heard that stuff over and over again.

Because of these stories, the Del Norte County Office of Education, in partnership with Redwood National and State Parks and the Redwood Parks Conservancy, received $700,000 in state access grants. and outdoor learning (GOAL).

Part of a total of $57 million funded by the California State Parks Outdoor Equity Grant Program, Del Norte’s grant aims to help parents become better performers; bring the outdoors into the classroom; integrate nature-based learning into their professional technical training courses and help students, seniors and other community members experience nature through history, as described in their project description.

According to Harris, the $700,000 grant will pay for an RNSP employee who will be paired with an employee from the County Education Office who will work at the Redwoods Family Resource Center. They will be running two different programs, one that will provide parents with information and resources on child-friendly parks to take their children to.

The second program will develop environmental education, including leadership, conservation and stewardship and incorporate it into a mobile classroom that will visit Del Norte schools, Harris said. He compared it to visiting one of the Redwood National and State Parks Visitor Centers and said the DNCOE agreed to contribute $100,000 toward the purchase of the van that will house the classroom.

But the grant will fund even broader programs, Harris said, though much of what that will look like is yet to be determined. The DNCOE’s objective is to make the programs operational by the end of August or the beginning of September. Harris said county education officials are also working with the Redwood Parks Conservancy and Redwood State and National Parks officials to be able to fund programs past the grant expiration date in three year.

“It’s designed so everyone in the community — students, families, multi-generational groups, seniors — can get out and experience local, state, and national parks,” Harris said.
“There’s a wide variety of things like biking, fishing, hiking, art in the park. Just all kinds of stuff – beach cleanups. There are connections (Vocational Technical Training) to get kids who have gone through CTE programs to understand the jobs available in national and national parks behind the scenes. So there’s just a wide variety of tracks.

Trips include visiting Howland Hill Outdoor School, beach cleanups at South Beach and Crescent Beach, and exploring Earl’s Lake Nature Preserve, Tolowa Dunes State Park, and Tolowa Dunes State Park. State Jedediah Smith Redwoods.

Other activities offered include holding an Art in the Park program at Florence Keller County Park, Camping 101 at Redwood National and State Parks and Sue-Meg State Park, Fishing 101 on the Smith River and youth participation in the North Shore Junior Lifeguard Program. at Enderts Beach and South Beach.

One thing some Del Norte County residents may take for granted is the ability to travel to some of the more remote locations in the community, Harris said. With state and national parks employees partnering with the DNCOE for the GOAL grant, they can give seniors and people with mobility issues access to places they might never see. otherwise, Harris said.

“We all think that’s pretty cool,” he said. “This is the first grant like this, according to the people at the national park. The first grant of its kind ever awarded in Del Norte County.

California State Parks has awarded 125 Outdoor Equity Grants to communities across the Golden State. According to its website, Outdoor Equity Grants seeks to establish local activity centers and trips to natural areas for underserved communities.


July Events Planned at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort | Entertainment


Kayak through the salt marsh

July 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Discover the benefits of salt marshes on water. Basic kayaking instruction and shore safety lessons are followed by a two-mile paddle through the salt marsh. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must know how to swim; some kayaking experience is recommended. $35 ($25 with own kayak). Pre-registration required before noon the day before. For more information or to register, call 252-504-7758 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com/events/.

Maritime Heritage Series: Cape Lookout Lighthouse

July 6, 11 a.m.

The museum’s associate curator, Benjamin Wunderly, will speak about the history of the light towers at Cape Lookout. The presentation will cover the original 1812 structure and the current 1859 tower, looking at some interesting events that happened throughout their existence. Come learn lesser-known facts about Carteret County’s iconic landmark. Free, no registration required. Attend in person in the museum auditorium or watch online via the museum’s Facebook page or Zoom. Subscribe to Zoom on ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com/sign-up-for-virtual-programs/.

Fish & Fishing

July 6-7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Students entering Years 3 and 4 will learn about coastal fish and fishing methods during this two-day course. Rods, bait and tackle are provided for shore fishing. Students also use nets to capture and identify marine life in coastal waters. Pre-registration required. The cost is $90 per child. Call 252-504-7758 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com for more information or to register.

Life by the Sea I

July 7-8, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Students entering Years 1 and 2 will study the coastal marine life of mudflats, salt marshes and sounds on local islands in this two-day course. Field courses include the ferry ride, barrier island trek, and animal identification. The cost is $90 per child. Prior registration is required. Call 252-504-7758 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com for more information or to register.

Superb 4th race

July 7, 9 a.m.

Gathering of traditionally rigged sailing ships to celebrate the historic voyages that brought news of the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the Outer Banks. Boat registration required for participation. Free. Boats will gather at Taylors Creek between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Organized by the Traditional Small Craft Association, FoM Chapter. For more information, call (252) 728-1638 or visit maritimefriends.org.

Boat in a day class

July 9, 15 and 30; 9:30am-4:30pm

Each participating team assembles a kit prepared for a small, flat-bottomed plywood boat suitable for paddling in this course, held at the NC Maritime Museum at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center in Beaufort. The boat is 12 feet long, 32 inches wide and weighs approximately 40 pounds. Each boat will be completed in a watertight condition and ready to be taken home for painting or varnishing. Teams are limited to a maximum of 4 people, at least one of whom must be of legal age. The minimum age is 8 years old. The course fee is $630 ($567 for Friends of the Museum). Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 252-504-7758.


From July 11 to 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Students entering Years 1 and 2 will work with their fearless captain to learn how pirates like Blackbeard lived. The pirate crew will set the rules of the ship and embark on a pirate-worthy hunt through the museum to locate hidden treasure. The cost is $90 per child. Prior registration is required. Call 252-504-7758 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com for more information or to register.

Merry Time for Tots Summer Science School

July 13, 9-10 a.m.

Children entering kindergarten are invited to learn a little more about our marine environment during Merry Time for Tots Summer Science School. The program includes history, observation of estuarine creatures and a related craft. The cost is $5 per child. Prior registration is required. Call 252-504-7758 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com for more information or to register.

Ocean Babies

July 14, 9 a.m.

The program, designed for infants (0-2 years) and their caregivers, includes maritime objects such as whale bones, shark teeth and pirate hats! This program, offered every other Thursday, is designed to give caregiver and infant the chance to bond, learn and socialize. Pre-registration required; $5 per participating child (Friends of the Museum $2). For more information or to register, call 252-504-7758 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com/events/.

Boats & Models

From July 18 to 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Students entering grades 3 and 4 will build a model sport fishing boat at the museum’s watercraft center. Museum exhibits and field trips will show the boats used for deep-sea fishing and some of the fish targeted by anglers aboard these uniquely designed vessels. The cost is $90 per child. Prior registration is required. Call 252-504-7758 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com for more information or to register.

Coastal Adventures

July 18 to 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students in grades 7-10 will examine environmental conservation issues relevant to our region, such as marine debris and protected species. Through field observations and data collection at local nature reserves, students will learn how scientists and natural resource managers deal with conservation challenges. The cost is $120 per child. Prior registration is required. Call 252-504-7758 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com for more information or to register.

Maritime morning: “Wild Caught”

July 21, 1 p.m.

Join us in the museum auditorium at 1 p.m. July 21 for a free screening of “Wild Caught: The Life and Struggles of an American Fishing Town,” which chronicles the commercial fishermen of nearby Sneads Ferry and their struggles in industry. Selected films in the Maritime Matinee series engage visitors with topics related to the maritime history, culture, and natural environment of coastal North Carolina. Free, no registration required.

15th Annual Crab Cake Contest

July 22, 6 p.m.

Sample delicious crab cakes prepared by four volunteer guest chefs and vote for your favorite during this museum fundraiser at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. The event also has coleslaw

off-taste. Space is limited at this paid event. For more information or tickets, call (252) 728-1638 or visit maritimefriends.org.

Explore coastal habitats

July 26, 9am-12pm

Learn about the diverse plants and animals of the salt marsh and mudflats of the Rachel Carson Preserve. A guided hike will take you through the various habitats found on Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. The terrain will be sandy, muddy and wet. $20. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required before noon the day before. For more information or to register, call 252-504-7758 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com/events/.


From July 28 to 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Students entering Years 1 and 2 will work with their fearless captain to learn how pirates like Blackbeard lived. The pirate crew will set the rules of the ship and embark on a pirate-worthy hunt through the museum to locate hidden treasure. The cost is $90 per child. Prior registration is required. Call 252-504-7758 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com for more information or to register.

A local organization prepares to clean up trash on Masonboro Island on July 4

Volunteers grabbed a trash bag and picked up the rubbish to keep this barrier island clean. (Photo: masonboro.org)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Masonboro Island is a popular spot for Fourth of July celebrations. A local organization continues its annual cleanup efforts on the island for Independence Day.

Masonboro.org volunteers will be on the island during the holidays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., working 4-hour shifts picking up trash.

Since 2009, the organization has organized the annual Holiday Cleanup, disposing of and recycling collected rubbish and reminding visitors to the island to take their rubbish with them when they leave.
This year, organizers are expecting a large crowd and are ready to help keep the island free from litter.

“Based on last year’s numbers, hopefully some of the word gets out, about taking your trash with you. So last year, like I said, it’s been a surprise to me, and it was really wonderful, but we probably didn’t have half a big dumpster full of trash. It’s still, – still a lot of trash. You know, more than there is. needed on the island, but we’re also here to help facilitate its removal,” said Jack Kilbourne, co-founder of Masoboro.org.

Masonboro.org currently has 40 people signed up to volunteer to work 4-hour shifts on the island, but would like to have at least 25 more volunteers.

Let’s celebrate the birth of this great nation – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers


The 4e July weekend is just around the corner and Denton County communities will be celebrating the birth and independence of our great nation with a host of events.

Since 1941, this federal holiday has honored the birth of our nation when delegates from the 13 colonies unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence two days after the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence.

The historic document authored by Thomas Jefferson still holds the vital key to how our country has stood the test of time. The preamble to our Declaration of Independence rings as loud and true today as it did 246 years ago:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights including Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

As you gather with friends and family this 4th of July weekend, we wish you all a safe and memorable time together.

Here is a list of Independence Day celebrations in southern Denton County:


Community fireworks

July 2, 9:30 p.m.

Community fireworks over Lake Josey Ranch at 1440 Keller Springs Road. The show will start after sunset around 9:30 p.m. and will last 15 minutes.


Parade down the boardwalk

July 4, 9 a.m.

The parade begins at Samuel Blvd. and Sandy Lake Rd. at 9 a.m.

Evening festivities begin at 5 p.m. at Andrew Brown Park East. Enjoy live music, lawn games and delicious food from the food trucks. The spectacular fireworks display, choreographed to patriotic music, begins at 9:30 p.m.


4th of July party and parade

July 4, 10 a.m.

400 Woodland Drive

Copper Canyon Town Hall

Immediately after the parade, everyone is welcome for hot dogs and drinks at City Hall.


Liberty 5K Run and Walk

July 2, 7:00 a.m.

Denton Civic Center


Parade of Yankee Poodles

July 2, 9 a.m.

Denton town center around the courthouse in the square

July 4 Jubilee

July 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Family event at Denton Civic Center and Quakertown Park. Enjoy activities such as bull riding, rock climbing, food trucks, games, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, cartoon artists, and more!


4th of July Parade

July 3, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The parade queue will be on Simmons Road, north of Cross Timbers. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. venturing down Cross Timbers Drive and arriving at John B. Wright Park. The picnic will begin at 10 a.m. at John B. Wright Park.


Independence Day Children’s Parade

July 4, 9:30 a.m.

1900 Timber Creek Road.

Decorated bicycles, tricycles, carts and strollers are welcome. There will be free hot dogs, children’s activities and performances after the parade.

Splashtacular stars and stripes

4th of July, all day

1200 Gerault Road

Community activity center Outdoor water park

Enjoy a refreshing day in the water park.

Independence Day 2021

July 4, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bakersfield Park

Randy Rogers Band at 5 p.m.

The festival will include a children’s zone, a car show, a showcase of local vendors, food trucks and a final fireworks display at 9:50 p.m.


Frisco Freedom Day

July 3 – 4

6106 Frisco Square Blvd.

Events for the whole family including a 5k race, cornhole tournament, Taste of Frisco, fireworks and more.

Event calendar here.


40th Annual 4th of July Extravaganza

July 4, 9:30 p.m.

Watch the fireworks from various locations overlooking the lake.


Parade and celebration

July 2, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

101 E. Hundley Drive, Lake Dallas

Vendors and entertainment begin at 4 p.m. at Lake Dallas City Park.


Castle Hills Village Shops and Plaza Freedom Festival

July 4, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

2540, boul. King Arthur

Fun and free day with bouncy castles, food trucks, music and fireworks at dusk.

Concert & Fireworks

July 5, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

150 Church Street West, Wayne Ferguson Plaza

Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.


All US fireworks and festivals

July 3, 5 p.m.

Enjoy live music followed by fireworks.


Stars and Stripes Celebration

July 3, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

1400 Main Street, Downtown Southlake

Food, family entertainment, music and fireworks.


Freedom by the lake

July 2nd,

5K, 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run (6h30)

Party 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

4100 Blair Oaks Five Star Resort

Liberty By The Lake Festival starts at 6 p.m. with a concert, watermelon eating contest and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.


4th of July party

4th July,

7:15 a.m. Patriot 5K and fun run

9:30 Parade of the Patriots

6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Concert & Fireworks

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Objective of Professor Goode’s Tolley Chair: creation of teaching materials on climate change, partnerships

The humanities play a key role in shaping thinking about the past, present and future of environmental and climate change issues. Scientists can present hard data on the climate crisis and other ecological challenges. But it is humanists who are likely to consider the unequal social and personal impacts of these challenges, to translate environmental science for broader human understanding and action, and to examine what we mean even when we use words like “climate”, “environment”. “, “atmosphere”, “nature” or “ecosystem”.

Mike Goode

That belief — and specific ideas about how to make those rewarding practical and intellectual connections a reality — prompted Mike Goode, an English professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, to submit a proposal for the college’s Tolley Chair. He recently received the prestigious two-year rotating appointment, which was created in 1995 to honor Chancellor Emeritus William P. Tolley. The role is designed to support the improvement of the educational experience and to increase classroom effectiveness. It is guaranteed by private donors and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

So what does it mean to teach climate change in a social studies course or to make social studies education more ecological?

“Climate change and other types of environmental problems have a disproportionate impact on certain groups of people, such as those living in disadvantaged conditions. Humanists view climate not just as a scientific issue, but also as a human issue with social justice components. It’s something that humanists can bring into the conversation,” Goode says.

Humanities courses also help students analyze how different people and cultures think about, represent, and emotionally process environmental changes and their impacts on habitats, including human habitats. In addition to providing a platform to examine these stories, humanities courses offer students a place to envision new possibilities and opportunities for ecological thinking and imagination. As Goode says, “Changing behavior often requires changing the metaphors, stories, and images through which we think.”

Ecological interests

Goode is delighted to be appointed to the Tolley Chair. He was inspired to submit a proposal based on his recent experiences developing and teaching a new English language course that asks students to consider the powerful – and sometimes problematic – legacy that early 19th century British representations century of the “natural” world have in the contemporary environment. media and ecological thinking, including in nature documentaries and even zombie films.

He also drew ideas for pedagogical work and faculty development from his participation in an interdisciplinary research seminar in Landscape Studies funded by CUSE 2018-2020. Another factor that contributed to his interest was his research into the history of landscape gardening in Britain, both as a practice and as something that influenced artists and philosophers who reflect on what is “reality” (and how to change it) for his book, “Romantic Abilities: Blake, Scott, Austen, and New Messages from Old Media.” »

“I believe the College of Arts and Sciences has an opportunity to become a leader in environmental humanities education,” says Goode. “Showcasing institutional resources and providing concrete, intellectually provocative models of how to teach ecology and climate in social studies courses would be an effective way to accelerate the college’s continued development in this area.”

Lois Agnew, acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said Prof Goode was the perfect candidate for the Tolley honour.

“He is an innovative teacher and mentor who has frequently worked across multiple disciplines and competing interests that span literature, media, ecology, gender, critical theory, and the history of art, intellect and science,” says Agnew. “Climate change and sustainability are strengths for the college and university, and we look forward to seeing how Professor Goode combines the science and people sides of this topic to help students and faculty address it in the classroom. and beyond.”

Pedagogical innovation

As a component of the chair related to pedagogy – the method, practices and approach taken in teaching – Goode plans to focus on creating an archive of interdisciplinary lesson plans and materials. These would include short video-recorded presentations showcasing different humanities courses, units, and assignments related to ecology or climate that have recently been taught at the University.

Understanding that professors don’t often get to observe how others teach in their classrooms, Goode says these examples would provide tested approaches for other faculty members who may wish to incorporate topics on the environment and climate change in their lessons. These sample lessons could help them improve their own pedagogy by giving them the opportunity to see many types of lesson innovations and teaching styles.

Invite collaboration

Goode also wants to invite collaboration and conversations into classroom discussions from faculty and staff from diverse perspectives, such as those working in sustainability efforts and those teaching law, Native American/Indigenous studies, geography, biology, and film and media arts. These will include everything from organizing a discussion between professors of philosophy and environmental law on what it means to grant “rights” to non-human entities like trees or rocks, to creating teaching resources focused on how the materials from which the art objects themselves are made are part of the stories. resource use and extraction.

“We owe Michelangelo admirers in part to blame for the popularity of Carrera marble in office building countertops and lobbies,” says Goode.

For this latest project, he will collaborate with the University Art Museum, in particular by creating with them a program linked to a work loaned to the museum in 2022-23 by the famous landscape artist Robert Stimson.

Additionally, he wants to show how humanities teachers can use the campus and adjacent landscape sites, such as the Rock Cut Quarry behind South Campus and Oakwood Cemetery, to teach environmental history and ecological thinking through immersive learning.

Minnowbrook Conference Center

Minnowbrook Conference Center

Tolley professors are required to hold a short lecture at the end of their tenure on the University’s property at Minnowbrook, and Goode considers the ecological orientation and character of Minnowbrook itself to provide a suitable platform for solve environmental problems. This traditional conference center, set on millenary granite in a protected spot in the Adirondacks that was home to ancestral Indigenous peoples, provides a fitting focal point to bring different disciplinary perspectives to bear on environmental conversations, Goode says.

Professor Goode joined Syracuse University in 2003 after working for two years as a visiting assistant professor at Reed College. He was an assistant professor of English until 2010 and an associate professor of English until his recent appointment as a full professor in the spring of 2022. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in Economics in 1993 and a master’s degree (1995) and doctorate. (2001) in English from the University of Chicago.

Prior to Goode’s appointment, Ken Frieden, Professor of Religion, English and Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, served as the Tolley Professor for the 2018-20 term. Gwendolyn Pough, Dean Professor of Humanities and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, has been appointed to the two-year position beginning in 2020.

County creates audio tours app to help explore parks and preserves

By Sofia Celis Avellaneda

As Hillsborough County and the Tampa area grows, the places around it grow more and more along with technology. There is so much we don’t know about the parks around us and the history behind them. In 2022, technology occupies a very important place in life. Especially with COVID-19, there are a lot of things we need to do on computers and phones to stay safe. Recently, a new online application created by Hillsborough County Conservation & Environmental Lands Management has emerged that could help: audio tours.

According to Ashley Martin, “The idea was born when we were unable to run face-to-face tours and hikes during COVID, but we still wanted to provide our guests with a guided hiking experience.”

This app is called Hillsborough FL Nature Tours which can be downloaded in the App Store and Google Play Store. This app works in parks, with QR codes to get you into the park where you are as well as outside the parks at home by simply opening the app.

Martin said, “You can listen to the audio of any of the tours from the comfort of your home to experience the parks even when you can’t visit, learn about local ecology and history…”

As a new coming app, many updates are coming. Currently, the company only has 14 parks that you can view on the app.

The 14 parks are Alderman’s Ford Conservation Park, Alafia River Corridor South Nature Preserve, Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, Bahia Beach Nature Preserve, Bell Creek Nature Preserve, Blackwater Creek Nature Preserve, Edward Medard Conservation Park, Golden Aster Scrub Nature Preserve, Lake Frances Nature Preserve, Lake Park Nature Preserve, Lettuce Lake Conservation Park, Lower Green Swamp Nature Preserve, Triple Creek Nature Preserve, and Upper Tampa Bay Conservation Park.

In the future, he wants to add more parks and bring more areas of Florida into his app.

Another update from Martin was “…to add videos for ‘virtual’ trail rides or we may one day use the app to feature our newsletter – The Trailblazer – or upcoming events like in-person hikes, paddles and festivals.”

In addition to adding new features, since not everyone speaks English, the county is working on adding a translation feature so the audio tours can be in both English and Spanish. Right now, he’s listening to his audience and taking in as much feedback as he can.

For more information, please contact Martin at [email protected]

Rise of human and machine identities boost security policies in organizations [Report]

Rise of human and machine identities boost security policies in organizations [Report]

Rise of human and machine identities boost security policies in organizations [Report]
Mon, 27/06/2022 – 17:31

‘Explosion’ of machine identities

Identity-related breaches continue to be a “massive threat” to organizations as they try to manage the growing number of identities, the IDSA said.

The overwhelming majority (98%) of identity and security professionals say that the number of The number of identities in their organization is growing due to the rise of machine identities, cloud adoption, and third-party relationships (see infographic below).

“Identity management is becoming more and more complicated for organizations…with the continuation of remote work, the increase in relationships with contractors and third parties, and the explosion of machine identities,” said Julie Smith, Executive Director of IDSA in a statement.

Key points to remember

Identity growth continues, making identity a top security priority

  • 98% said the number of identities was increasing, primarily due to cloud adoption, third-party relationships, and machine identities
  • 94% said identity investments are part of strategic initiatives, including cloud adoption (62%), zero trust implementation (51%) and digital transformation initiatives (42%)
  • 64% of respondents say managing and securing identity is one of the top three priorities of their security program

Identity-related attacks are growing and impacting, but can be prevented

  • 84% of respondents said they had experienced an identity breach in the past year
  • 78% cited direct business impacts resulting from the breach, including recovery costs and reputational damage
  • 96% said they could have prevented or minimized the breach by implementing identity-driven security outcomes

Investments in safety outcomes are still ongoing, focus on the basics is lacking

  • 97% said they plan to invest in identity-centric security solutions
  • 51% usually remove a former employee’s access within a day, but only 26% always do so
  • 43% believe implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) would have made a difference in preventing breaches
Identity and Investment in Zero Trust

Because the traditional network perimeter has been eroded, identity has become a central part of the security strategy for many enterprises, as evidenced by the fact that 64% of respondents said managing and securing the identity are among the top three priorities.

This, in turn, stimulates investment. A total of 94% of identity and security professionals said their identity program had been included as an area of ​​investment in strategic initiatives over the past year related to cloud, Zero Trust, supplier management, digital transformation and cyber insurance.

“Whether it’s better controlling who accesses cloud resources or implementing Zero Trust to enforce the principle of least privilege for a growing army of vendors, many organizations view identity as too important a piece of the puzzle. to be ignored,” the report said.

Source: Identity Defined Security Alliance

Multi-factor authentication moves to the top of the list

Multi-factor authentication (MFA), in the context of a “mitigation strategy”, has moved to the top of the list to prevent breaches. Forty-three percent thought implementing MFA for all users would have made a difference. The other most common responses were more timely reviews of privileged access (41%) and continuous discovery of all user access rights (34%).

Lax deprovisioning

Accounts that no longer have valid owners provide attackers with the opportunity to abuse the trust and privileges granted to previously legitimate users, the IDSA said.

“For this reason, they leave organizations particularly vulnerable to disgruntled former employees who might want to steal data or take other malicious actions,” the report said.

“Other threat actors may also take advantage, as these accounts may not be compliant with security policies and may not have an owner who may notice that their account is being misused.”

Only 51% of organizations surveyed said they typically remove a user’s access company systems the day (35%) or the day after (16%) the employee leaves.

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A proposed trail would connect Aurora’s downtown parks and Dearborn trail system to the North Quarter.

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(Aurora, Ind.) – The City of Aurora is accepting proposals for a bicycle and pedestrian master plan.

Aurora is home to the Dearborn Trail, an approximately 5.5 mile paved trail along the Ohio River, connecting Greendale, Lawrenceburg, and Aurora.

In December 2021, Aurora successfully applied for funding through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (Next Level Trails Grant) to build the Northside Trail Connector.

The $1.3 million project will connect Aurora’s downtown parks and existing Dearborn Trail network to the Northside neighborhood, Little League and PeeWee football fields, municipal swimming pool and Aurora Community Center (ARCC ) by providing a safe way for pedestrians to cross US 50.

The main objectives of this project include:

  • 1. Create an understanding of the actual prevalence of walking and cycling currently in the community and increase the number of cyclists and walkers in the community.
  • 2. Increase the number of people who walk and cycle for daily transportation purposes, such as commuting to work, walking or cycling to school and shopping.
  • 3. Provide guidance and priorities for implementing programs, policies and infrastructure to support walking and cycling with a wide range of funding and support.

According to City Manager Derek Walker, the city received $20,000 in funding through the Indiana State Department of Health to develop a bicycle and pedestrian master plan.

Proposals and Statement of Qualifications must be submitted by July 22.

The selected company will participate in carrying out an analysis of existing conditions, meet with the advisory committee and the public, prepare the draft plan, develop plan priorities and adopt the plan.

The city hopes to present the plan for adoption by May 2023.

For more information, visit Microsoft Word – 2022-06-23 RFQ Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (aiircdn.com).


City of Aurora Receives Major Grant for Upper Level Trails

A guided walk explores native and non-native plants in Camden Amphitheatre, Harbor Park

CAMDEN – The Center for Wildlife Studies’ “Wild Maine” series of nature programs, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, continues Wednesday, July 6 at 3:30 p.m., with a guided walk through the Camden Amphitheater and the Harbor Park adjacent. The hour-long walk will be led by Dr. Kathy Crowley, a professor at the Center for Wildlife Studies and assistant professor of plant biology at Unity College. She will discuss the fascinating mix of native and non-native plant species that create a diverse floral backdrop for Camden Harbour.

This program is offered free of charge, but there is a limit of twenty-five participants. Reserve your spot by emailing the Center for Wildlife Studies at [email protected]

Dr. Kathy Crowley is a widely trained plant biologist and ecologist. She teaches courses in botany and ecology and conducts research in the ecology of forest ecosystems and wetlands at Unity College. Dr. Crowley’s research focuses on the role of plants in a changing environment.

The mission of the Center for Wildlife Studies is to provide globally accessible environmental education and to promote wildlife conservation through science. Learn more about the CFS by visiting their website: centerforwildlifestudies.org

Security Leadership: 5 Steps to Unleash Your Organization’s Security Potential | 2022-06-26


Editor’s Note: Achieving and sustaining an injury-free workplace requires strong leadership. In this monthly column, experts from global consulting firm DEKRA share their insights on what leaders need to know to guide their organizations towards security excellence.

Security professionals face many hazards and exposures beyond their organization’s ability to manage them.

Modern approaches to safety management address this challenge by incorporating some aspects of risk management as part of the safety management system. This approach allows for more focus on high-risk activities and can improve safety performance by aligning activities in proportion to the severity of risk exposure.

An effective risk-based approach to security management not only aligns organizational direction and resources to tasks that address high-risk activities, but also creates a culture of risk awareness. With heightened vigilance across the organization, security professionals identify and respond to early warning signals when risk is not being properly managed.

Some of the main approaches that support risk management frameworks are ISO 31000, “Guidelines for risk management”, and the Center for Chemical Process Safety guidelines for risk-based process safety.

Here are five steps you can take when implementing a risk management approach:

1. Develop targeted business plans based on risk.
Create a risk register that identifies and analyzes exposures and risks in your organization. Your facilities already have this information, which can be collected and leveraged, including process hazard analysis, job safety analysis, audit reports, incident reports and investigations, as well as as insurance company inspection reports. Once the information is collected, conduct reviews with various stakeholders to confirm the accuracy of the information and establish buy-in.

2. Anticipate points of failure and manage appropriate safeguards.
Identify the essential safeguards you have in place to control the hazards identified in Step 1. These safeguards will be a combination of engineering and administrative controls. In addition to providing an opportunity to assess the effectiveness of controls, this analysis will identify critical controls that need to be governed and regularly audited. You will also be able to identify specific hazards with insufficient controls that require further attention and improvement.

3. Spot small deviations early and react appropriately.
In the January 2021 issue of Safety+Health, I pointed out that the goal of high-reliability security is to improve identification and response to early warning signals. Early indications of weak – or inadequate – hazard control should be reported, analyzed and addressed. This is an essential part of establishing a culture of risk awareness, from management to the front line. When most major incidents are investigated, we find that dozens, if not hundreds, of early warning signals preceded the major event. If any of these had been addressed, the severity (or occurrence) of the event would have been significantly reduced (or avoided). We need to create a culture that regularly identifies and responds to these opportunities.

4. Improve operational discipline through the reliability of human performance.
All of our risk control systems – both technical and administrative – rely on human performance and are subject to the challenges of human error. As we strive to ensure actions are done right the first time, we must incorporate modern views of human performance reliability into our safety programs. More importantly, we must recognize that there are many risk factors that affect even our top performers. In the August 2019 issue of S+Hmy colleague Rajni Walia presents the key factors to improve the reliability of human performance.

5. Develop effective in-process measures to assess performance.
Governance of your risk-based security management approach is an important aspect of ensuring that the approach remains effective. Although effective risk management practices will produce a long-term and sustainable reduction in traditional lagging metrics, it is critical to identify additional in-process metrics that track system performance. These measures should include an analysis of the extent to which audit findings, incidents and near-misses align with the organization’s risk and control registers, and should track the effectiveness of signal reporting. early warning.

The good news is that most organizations already have some form of evidence for the first two steps. The remaining three steps can help you establish an effective risk management approach.

An essential aspect of becoming a high-reliability security organization is ensuring that risks are effectively identified; controls are properly managed; and that the organizational culture encompasses identifying, reporting and responding to early warning signals. Take the time to explore how modern risk management approaches can unlock your organization’s security potential.

This article represents the views of the author and should not be construed as an endorsement by the National Security Council.

Mike Snyder is vice president of operational risk management for DEKRA North America’s process safety practice (dekra.us). As an expert occupational and process safety leader with extensive experience in the chemical and municipal risk management industry, he guides organizations in pragmatic and cost-effective risk management decision-making.

Obituary: 1939-2022: Darlene Davies was an author, historian, teacher and First Lady of the Old Globe


For nearly 70 of her 83 years, Darlene Davies had a love affair with the Old Globe theater in Balboa Park. The Mission Hills resident, who died on Tuesday, started out there as a child actor, then became a Globe historian, multi-term board member, volunteer and donor. Additionally, since 1985, the Globe’s outdoor festival theater has been named after her late husband, Lowell Davies.

But Davies’ work for the Globe was only part of a busy life that included chairing the speech-language pathology departments of two local hospitals and serving on the San Diego Arts and Culture Commission, in San Diego Women’s Advisory Council, to the Balboa Park Committee and the City Parks and Recreation Board. She was also an award-winning writer whose published works included a 17-part series on the 1915 Panama-California Exposition at Balboa Park.

Paul Marshall, who had been Davies’ life partner of 36 years, said she maintained a feverish activity pace because she was diagnosed with a heart problem in the 1980s and had no only five or six years to live.

“She thought she would die young, so she always tried to stay ahead of everything and never wanted to slow down,” Marshall said, adding that Davies died of a stroke.

Born Darlene Geer in the Los Angeles area in April 1939, she spent several years of her childhood in foster care because her parents were both sick. Marshall said her experience of moving from house to house as a child shaped two elements of her personality. She became more interested in helping people in need, and she developed a friendly, outgoing personality.

“I don’t think I’ve met anyone who didn’t like him. She loved meeting strangers and introducing herself,” said Marshall, a retired TV producer who co-founded KPBS-TV.

In 1951, 11-year-old Darlene Geer moved to San Diego with her parents. One of his earliest memories here was walking with his father over the Cabrillo Bridge and seeing Balboa Park and the Old Globe for the first time. At age 14, she began performing in the Junior Theater Wing of the Old Globe, which eventually split to become the San Diego Junior Theater. She also enjoyed playing at Hoover High School. But in college, she decided to major in speech therapy rather than acting. She later taught in the speech pathology department at SDSU, chaired the speech pathology department at Children’s (now Rady) Hospital, and served as the first director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Naval Medical Center ( now Balboa) at Balboa Park.

Her first marriage to visual artist Thomas Gould ended in divorce, but he produced his only son, David Gould, who now lives in New York.

Whenever she had free time, she volunteered at the Old Globe, where her second husband, lawyer Lowell Davies, served on the Globe’s board for 43 years, most of it as chairman. He died on April 29, 1983, at the age of 86. Two years later, the Globe’s outdoor stage, rebuilt after an arson attack, was named in his honor.

In the years that followed, Davies held a few terms on the board of the Old Globe and auxiliary to the Globe Guilders and chaired a Globe gala and fashion show. She has written frequently about the Globe for local publications and has compiled and curated Globe memorabilia for her 2016 First Folio exhibit at the San Diego Central Library, as well as the 2018 Muses of The Old Globe exhibit at Women’s Museum of California.

“We take some comfort in the fact that she attended the opening night of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ just a few days ago at her beloved Lowell Davies Festival Theatre,” said the Chairman of the Board of Old Globe, Evelyn Olson Lamden. “All of us at the Old Globe pay tribute to her legacy and she will be sorely missed.”

In a 2014 interview with the Union-Tribune, Davies spoke warmly of meeting the Old Globe’s founding artistic director, the late Craig Noel, and his successor Jack O’Brien, who led the Globe from 1981 to 2007. In an email on Friday, O’Brien wrote that while Lowell Davies was one of a loyal and determined group of believers who “wanted” the 85-year-old theater to exist, Darlene Davies was the spirit and the enduring servant of the Globe.

“For literally decades, Darlene Davies has quietly provided The Globe with her unending love, interest and energy, spontaneously and without compensation, night after night, season after season, paying attention, chronicling artists, events , productions, press kits with the meticulous care of a born steward,” O’Brien said. “She never drew attention to herself, she never made demands, she never asked for anything other than closeness to those who generate ennobling art within our community.”

In 2017, the Women’s Museum of California inducted Davies into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame, for her enduring dedication to the city of San Diego.

She served four terms on the San Diego City Women’s Advisory Council and five years on the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women. She served nine years on the city’s Parks and Recreation Board and nine years on the Balboa Park Committee. She also served for over 11 years on the Horton Plaza Theater Foundation and two terms on the San Diego Arts and Culture Commission.

In her work as a historian, writer, and archivist, Davies wrote “Mortar Board: Jane K. Smith Cap and Gown Chapter,” a book that chronicles the lives of five women who contributed to the success of the SDSU chapter of the honor society. Her series on the 1915 Panama-California Expo was placed in a time capsule in Balboa Park in 2015. Davies was also a freelance writer, contributing articles to Ranch & Coast Magazine for over 25 years.

“Darlene was a powerhouse who dedicated herself to whatever she got involved in,” said Ranch & Coast editor Mia Stefanko. “Countless charities and organizations, and frankly the San Diego area, have benefited from his kind heart. She was so passionate about telling stories, often saying that there was still so much she wanted to write.

The Old Globe is planning a celebration of life for Davies, but details have not been announced. Marshall said she would be buried in a family plot at Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita.