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First Night Burlington Announces New Chair and Officers

first_imgFirst Night Burlington announces that J. Patrick Burns, of the Entrepreneur’s Source, now leads the Board of Directors as Chair. Burns, who joined the First Night Burlington Board of Directors in 2005, brings many years of experience as a business consultant to the position and will continue to seek opportunities to expand the non-profit’s commitment to the community and to the arts. Additional Board Officers include community member Megan Brook as Vice Chair, John Scheer, CPA as board Treasurer, and Robynn Albert of Robynn’s Cleaning Service as Secretary, all of whom bring many years of community service to the board. The elected officers are supported by the remainder of the Board of Directors, including Margie Berger of Lippa’s Jewelers, Laura Bowe of Adelphia Media Services, Becky Cassidy of the Church Street Marketplace, Chris Kesler of Earthlogic and Chris Leff of Paul, Frank & Collins.First Night Burlington is Vermont’s largest, single-day arts festival, whose mission is “to bring the community together with an accessible, substance-free New Year’s Eve celebration centered on the arts.” Burlington was the fourth city in the world to embrace this vision, and First Night Burlington recently celebrated its 23rd anniversary, with more than 20,000 participants. More information regarding the organization, as well as support and volunteer opportunities, may be found online at www.firstnightburlington.com(link is external).last_img read more

Putting Vermont Back on Track, October 15

first_imgLawrence Reed is the founder and for twenty years President of Michigan’s Mackinac Center for Public Policy, long considered the most influential free-market state think tank in the nation. His address October 15, part of the ongoing Sheraton Economic Series, will focus on how the ideas of individual liberty, private property, limited government and competitive free enterprise can be packaged to promote increased economic opportunity and prosperity for Vermonters.Reed is now President of the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington-on-Hudson NY. In the past twenty years, he has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, 200 radio commentaries, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad, as well as five books. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today, among many others. Reed’s most recent book is Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty.Reed holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978). He taught economics at Midland (Michigan) Northwood University from 1977 to 1984 and chaired the Department of Economics from 1982 to 1984. He designed the university’s unique dual major in Economics and Business Management and founded its annual, highly-acclaimed “Freedom Seminar.””Larry Reed ‘s commitment to principle, his passion for liberty, and his vast practical experience have made him a much sought after speaker on four continents. This is a program EAI members and all friends of liberty and prosperity will not want to miss.” – John McClaughry, EAI VPThe Sheraton Economic Series is hosted by the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center and cosponsored by the Vermont Economy Newsletter, Vermont Business Magazine, Vermont Tiger, and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.(Reservations not necessary; no admission charge.)”Putting Vermont Back on TrackHow the Power of Ideas Can Make Change Happen”Featuring Lawrence ReedSheraton Burlington Conference CenterThursday, October 15, 2009 – 5:30pmEthan Allen Institute4836 Kirby Mountain RoadConcord VT 05824Voice 802 695 1448, fax 802 695 [email protected](link sends e-mail) www.ethanallen.org(link is external)last_img read more

The Dirt on Hemlock Hero Will Blozan

first_imgWillBlozanWill Blozan climbs hemlock trees for a living. It might be the perfect job, if he didn’t have to worry about those trees being gone in the next five years. Blozan is the subject of a new documentary, The Vanishing Hemlock: A Race Against Time. It follows the arborist’s quest to save the last remaining stands of old growth hemlock trees in the Southern woods. Hemlocks—some approaching 500 years old—are literally having the life sucked out of them by the woolly adelgid, a non-native insect introduced from Asia. Since 2002, it has been ravaging hemlock populations in the South, especially in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For the past five years Blozan has dedicated his life to researching and treating hemlock trees in the Southern Appalachians. One of his biggest efforts, the Tsuga Search Project, is measuring and documenting the world’s tallest Eastern Hemlocks before they are exctinct. He’s a lone eco-warrior fighting a seemingly impossible battle, due to inaction by the government and continued public apathy. Although he admits saving hemlocks is a personal crusade for a species he loves, it is also a quest for ecological preservation, something everyone needs to consider.——————–BRO: When did the hemlock personally become so important to you?WB: When I worked for the National Park Service in 1993, I was hired specifically to survey and map these trees. Being out there in the backcountry with these ancient trees, the largest evergreen conifer in the Eastern U.S., I was able to develop a certain respect.BRO: Your company has been contracted by the government to treat trees in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What’s your assessment of the trees in this daily work?WB: It depends a lot on the vigor of the trees. I can say that just about 100 percent of the hemlocks in the park have been infested. I’ve seen a lot of mortality this year. I have been treating adelgid since it arrived in 2002, and the trees that I reached right away are doing well. But some that weren’t treated have already died. It only takes five years. The trees that I am treating right now are heavily infested, and a lot of them have died this year, because of the drought. It’s a combination of stresses.BRO: Now that you are working with the government, can this be reversed?WB: It’s four years too late. They’ve known about this since 2002 and didn’t start treating until 2005. I don’t know why the Park Service waited so long to get going. They are not putting enough into this. The national park was established to preserve the superlative forest. But they recently received $18 million to repair a one-way dirt road that nobody really uses. That money should be going to save the hemlocks, which are the whole reason the park was established. Some of these forests could have been saved for a couple thousand dollars. The priorities are way off. It’s unfortunate that this lesson had to be learned in the national park, which is the epicenter of these trees.BRO: You treat trees with Imidacloprid, which is a controversial pesticide. Why do you use this instead of biological controls like predatory beetles?WB: Research has shown that as long as there’s organic material in the soil, the molecule in the pesticide binds so tightly that it can’t move and leach out of the soil. It’s been proven in a laboratory and a new field study that’s about to get published. The predator beetle has been released extensively, and it just can’t work. It’s true that it eats adelgid, but it physically cannot solve the problem because of sheer numbers. Their numbers cannot match the reproductive numbers of the adelgid. One tree can produce tens of billions of adelgidBRO: Public apathy is another reason hemlocks continue to perish. Why should our readers care?WB: To me the hemlock forests represent a link to our past that’s viable in its own right. I realize not everyone appreciates trees like I do, but this is a species that has an impact on people because of its size, shape, and character. Every time I take people into hemlock forests they get really quiet and touch the trees. They have an impact and create a deep connection to the earth.From an ecological standpoint, there are a number of species that are dependent on hemlocks. Water quality is a big concern. We could have higher flash flood events, and highly acidic water. Hemlocks are wet and spongy, so they moderate high rainfall by absorbing water, and basically prevent flooding. Wildfire could also be a big problem, because we’ll have all of this dead dry wood lying around. Some of these forests haven’t burned in a millennium. With the open sunlight being able to hit the forest floor without shade, dry weather would make these areas a tinderbox.BRO: Where do we go from here, now that the problem is so widespread?WB: There are many places out there that still have a lot of healthy hemlock growth. I don’t see any need to choose to let them die. I have no expectations of saving every tree. But there are some super high quality sites, like Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee, which do not have adelgid infestations at this point. We need to encourage people to save these forests, while they still can, and maintain them for the future.There is a false idea out there that preserving hemlocks is unaffordable, mainly because private companies are charging too much, riding the wave of alarm. The chemical is cheap, and the application is easy. I don’t understand how we as a human species can let another species go extinct, when there’s a reasonable, affordable option.BRO: What’s the goal for you in being the subject of this film?WB: I want my kids to be able to visit a healthy hemlock forest. My goal is to alert people to how serious this pest is and how quickly it kills. But also they need to realize how easy it is to save these forests. Public landowners need to do it. It’s a black and white situation. If this was happening in Redwoods National Park, I guarantee there would be a huge effort to make a difference.last_img read more

Vaccine may permit shorter antibiotic course for anthrax

first_img “These data,” the report says, “provide evidence that postexposure vaccination can shorten the duration of antibiotic prophylaxis to protect against inhalation anthrax and may impact public health management of a bioterrorism event.” May 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Combining vaccination with 14 days of antibiotic therapy after exposure to airborne anthrax may be an alternative to the current recommendation of 60 days of antibiotics alone, according to an animal study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. All the animals were exposed to Bacillus anthracis spores by aerosol. Beginning 1 to 2 hours after exposure, 10 macaques received 14 days of ciprofloxacin treatment twice daily. Another group of 10 received the same antibiotic regimen plus three doses of anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA), the only vaccine licensed for humans. Four macaques received no therapy. Among the vaccine-plus-ciprofloxacin group, all animals survived until the study’s conclusion at 150 days—a statistically significant increase in survival compared with the antibiotic-only group (P = .011). All 4 control animals died 4 to 5 days after exposure, but all 20 treated animals survived during the treatment window. Once the antibiotic therapy was discontinued, however, only 4 of 9 ciprofloxacin-only macaques (44%) survived (with the 10th dying of undetermined causes and therefore excluded from the study). The other five died 19 to 24 days postexposure. In an addendum, the authors note that the surviving ciprofloxacin-only macaques survived a repeat aerosol challenge 8 to 11 months after the antibiotic was discontinued, suggesting that they had developed an immune response to anthrax. In a May 1 Reuters news article, senior author Arthur Friedlander, MD, was quoted as saying that this antibody response may help determine when antibiotics can safely be discontinued.center_img See also: Vietri NJ, Purcell BK, Lawler JV, et al. Short-course postexposure antibiotic prophylaxis combined with vaccination protects against experimental inhalataional anthrax. Proc Nat Acad Sci 2006 (early online publication May 3) [Abstract] The study, by researchers at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Bayer Pharmaceutical Corp., involved 24 adult rhesus macaques. Rhesus macaques have shown a response to inhalational anthrax most closely mimicking that of humans, according to the report. CIDRAP information on postexposure prophylaxis for anthraxlast_img read more

Truckee River Contract for Atkins

first_imgAtkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has won a $3.2 million contract for the Truckee River Flood Management Project in Nevada.Under the agreement, the company will provide engineering and economic analysis services for the project, which mark the first phase of this scheme and is considered the most critical phase.With the overall Truckee River project estimated at more than $400 million, Atkins has an initial part in the largest locally-sponsored public works project to date in northern Nevada.“We have to proactively address the future flood impacts to our community, and we need help from seasoned experts to do it,” said Jay Aldean, Executive Director, Truckee River Flood Management Authority (TRFMA). “Atkins offers us their knowledge of modeling, flood control channel operations, geotechnical analysis and design, and a proven track record of success in Washoe County and the surrounding area.”Atkins’ initial design focus on river terracing, levees and floodwalls for Vista Narrows will help minimize the levee and floodwall heights needed for other portions of the project.[mappress mapid=”24910″]last_img read more

Mouse River Flood Protection Project Moves Ahead

first_imgImage source: Mouse River PlanA ton of work – around 23,000 tons – is being done on the MI-1 4th Avenue phase of the Mouse River flood protection project in City of Minot, ND, in the form of rip rap, according to the latest project update. Rip rap is the big rocks that are being placed along the banks of the Mouse River to prevent it from eroding, to keep it stable during high and low waters.The contractor – Park Construction – has reached about 65%-70% completion on the total placement of the rip rap. Once winter settles in, they will finish the job next year.The placement of the rock is being done primarily by a long reach excavator.The Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project began in 2011 and will reduce the risk of future flooding throughout the entire Mouse River Basin.In the seven years since its inception, the project has created a Preliminary Engineering Report, a number of associated alternatives studies, project scaling, implementation plans, funding planning and acquisition, and progressed several phases through design and into construction.Image source: Mouse River Planlast_img read more

Wildcats Harriers Dominate Tri-Meet Against Twisters And Cardinals

first_imgSophomore, Drew Grant, dominated the Oldenburg meet and took over first place shortly after the first mile. Junior, Tanner Lainhart, gained the 4th place spot, as he kept pushing forward throughout the race. Freshman, Ben Maze had a great performance, taking the 5th place spot. Junior, Kyle Seibert, continues to show strong performances, claiming the 6h place spot. Freshman, Adam Grant, took the final scoring spot, with his 9th place finish. The Wildcats pushed through the hot temperatures and a rugged, hilly course for this win at Oldenburg.The Wildcat Girls Cross Country team persevered through the heat and rugged course to give a strong performance at the Oldenburg/Seton Catholic cross country meet. In the first mile of the race, Junior, Katelyn Meyer was dominating the race. However, she twisted her ankle and could not finish the race. At that point, Junior, Kairee Hodapp, picked up her pace and was the 1st place runner. She ended the race in 2nd place. Junior, Helena Goutsis finished in 3rd place, and looked comfortable throughout the entire race. Junior, Taylor Stewart took the 4th place spot. Josie Selm and Katherine Apsley finished in 6th and 7th place. It was a great meet for the girls despite the heat and difficult terrain.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.last_img read more

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg tests positive for COVID

first_imgPalm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg has tested positive for the coronavirus.Aronberg sent an email to his office urging everyone to “take this pandemic seriously, as it continues to spread like wildfire.” Aronberg then added that he himself, has tested positive for the virus.He then went on to say that he is one of the lucky ones because he has minor symptoms which allows him to continue his work from home while in quarantine.While Aronberg says he tried to remain healthy by washing his hands and following social distancing practices,  his job often requires him to be in public and he lives in a building with shared elevators.The State Attorney’s office  says they are now in the process of notifying anyone who may have been in contact with Aronberg and following other coronavirus related sanitizing measures.“My diagnosis has made me more motivated than ever to continue imploring people to wear a mask, as it is about protecting others,” Aronberg said.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgBut six drivers did not join Hamilton and 13 others in taking the knee. One of the six, Charles Leclerc, later tweeted that behavior in everyday life matters more than “formal gestures that could be seen as controversial in some countries.” He said his failure to take a knee doesn’t mean he’s “less committed than others in the fight against racism.”Hamilton has spoken widely about racism in recent weeks following the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd in May. — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says two players out of 60 tested turned up positive for the novel coronavirus. Martinez says the two players took their tests Wednesday before reporting to Nationals Park and that some are still awaiting their results. Reliever Sean Doolittle minutes earlier lamented not having his COVID-19 test results back from Friday and implored baseball to “clean this up.”— The Chicago White Sox say two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation. The team said Sunday that the two unidentified players are asymptomatic, and contact tracing for both was conducted. They are being monitored by team medical staff and will receive follow-up testing in the coming days. They will be allowed to return to baseball activities after they test negative twice and pass other appropriate COVID-19 protocols.— The Oakland Athletics’ first full-squad workout was pushed back from Sunday following the July 4 holiday given the club hadn’t received results from position player intake testing done Friday, according to general manager David Forst. Manager Bob Melvin is eager to get everybody on the field together at the Coliseum while understanding he must be flexible during this fluid time. — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich acknowledges he benefited from fortunate timing in his contract negotiations. The Brewers held a March 6 news conference to announce that the 2018 NL MVP had agreed to a nine-year, $215 million contract. Spring training was halted less than a week later because of the coronavirus pandemic. Yelich’s deal was finalized before the loss of revenue from Major League Baseball’s shortened season and labor unrest created at least some uncertainty about the game’s financial future. He says everybody is in a unique situation this season.— Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is so serious about not contracting the coronavirus that he’s asked wife Daniella, a former pageant queen, to stay out of beauty salons until the season is over. Correa’s wife was Miss Texas in 2016. The pair wed in the Dominican Republic in December. Correa spoke at length after Sunday’s workout about the importance of personal responsibility among the players if they hope to get through this 60-game season. It’s scheduled to begin July 23 or July 24. The race was interrupted three times by a safety car and nine of 20 drivers abandoned. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon both went out the race.F1 DRIVERS AGAINST RACISMF1 Drivers all wear “End Racism” T-shirts, but 6 don’t kneelSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas kneeled holding the winners’ trophy at Formula One’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday and the podium trio held up a black T-shirt with “End Racism” written on it.That message was delivered before the race when all drivers wore that T-shirt. World champion Lewis Hamilton, the only black driver in F1, had Black Lives Matter on the front and End Racism on the back. NASCAR said Price had been transported to a hospital for further evaluation.F1-AUSTRIAN GPBottas wins F1′s season-opening Austrian GP, Hamilton 4thSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas has won a chaotic season-opening Austrian Grand Prix which saw Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton finish fourth after getting a late time penalty.Hamilton’s penalty saw him drop from second to fourth on Sunday. That meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari and Lando Norris was third. NHL-SEASONNHL, NHLPA agree on protocols to resume seasonUNDATED (AP) — Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season but are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. The league’s board of governors and players’ executive committee and full membership must approve it for it to happen. If ratified, the agreement will end a pandemic-forced shutdown for 31 teams across North America that began in mid-March. Games would resume in late July or early August with 24 teams taking part in expanded playoffs, finishing with the Stanley Cup being awarded in October. Stars Christian Yelich and Jose Altuve say they plan to play the 60-game season scheduled to start later this month. Reliever Sean Doolittle, who helped Washington win the World Series, plans to play but says that if he feels uncomfortable, he’ll opt out.A six-time All-Star in 15 seasons with Seattle, the player known as King Felix needed a fresh start following 2019, his worst season.The decision was made after Hernández participated in workouts Friday and Saturday at Truist Park.The Braves announced Saturday that four-time All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two more Atlanta players tested positive for COVID-19.In other virus-related baseball developments: Tanaka is in concussion protocol after a CT scan came back negative. Manager Aaron Boone says it looks like the Japanese right-hander “dodged a bullet.”In other news from baseball’s summer training: — Cleveland Indians’ Manager Terry Francona believes it’s time for the team to change their nickname. Francona says the Indians should “move forward” and consider a new name. The American League team has been called the Indians since 1915. On Friday, the team released a statement saying it was committed to determine a “best path forward with regard to our team name.” The move came hours after the NFL’s Washington Redskins announced plans to review their contentious logo and nickname. Last year, the Indians removed the much-criticized Chief Wahoo logo from their game worn caps and jerseys.— Left-hander Andrew Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his selection before the Angels’ third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24. The 29-year-old Heaney will be the Angels’ fourth different opening day starter in four years. He went 4-6 last season with a 4.91 ERA and 118 strikeouts while missing time with injuries to his left elbow and shoulder.— The San Francisco Giants expect Pablo Sandoval to be in baseball shape and ready to contribute when games begin later this month. Sandoval’s larger size and round middle have ignited the internet and brought out the body critics as baseball begins again. Manager Gabe Kapler expressed empathy for the scrutiny Sandoval faces over his fluctuating weight and is confident the 2012 World Series MVP can make an impact as both an infielder, switch-hitting slugger off the bench or as designated hitter. Associated Press — Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says that relief pitchers Silvino Bracho and Junior Guerra have both tested positive for COVID-19. The Diamondbacks had previously revealed that three players on the 40-man roster had tested positive but Sunday was the first time any were identified. Lovullo said both players are doing well.MLB-TANAKA Tanaka back in ballpark, but on concussion protocolNEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees had their Sunday brightened by Masahiro Tanaka, who came to the ballpark and seemed well a day after being hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s line drive. They’re hoping Yankee Stadium’s lights will do the same this week. The Yankees are planning to hold intrasquad night games Monday and Tuesday in the Bronx as they prepare for the July 23 start of a 60-game regular season condensed by the coronavirus pandemic. center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BRAVES-HERNANDEZFélix Hernandez opts out of 2020 seasonATLANTA (AP) — Former Cy Young Award winner Félix Hernández has joined the list of major leaguers opting out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 34-year-old’s decision at least temporarily ends his bid to revive his career. The news comes amid growing unease in major league clubhouses with the season less than three weeks away. DETROIT (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau got the result he was looking for from transforming his body. With jaw-dropping drives and some clutch putts, DeChambeau won the Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes Sunday for his first victory of the season and sixth overall. DeChambeau shot a 7-under 65 at Detroit Golf Club to finish at a career-best 23-under 265. DeChambeau came into the week with six straight top-eight finishes and was the only player with top 10s in the first three events after the restart from the coronavirus. He won for the first time since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in November 2018. Matthew Wolff was second.NASCAR-BRICKYARD 400Harvick takes advantage of Hamlin’s crash to win Brickyard NBA-BUCKSBucks shut training facilityUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have closed their practice facility following the team’s Friday round of testing for the coronavirus. Bucks officials confirmed Sunday that they had closed the facility and that they aren’t planning to reopen it before leaving for Florida on Thursday to prepare for the NBA’s resumption of the season at Walt Disney World.GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSICDeChambeau takes the Classic NASCAR-CREW MEMBER INJUREDBlaney crew member taken to hospital for further evaluationINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A tire changer for NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney was taken to a hospital after being injured Sunday early in the Brickyard 400. Zachary Price was pinned between Blaney’s No. 12 car and another car, the result of a six-car pileup near the entrance of pit road 16 laps into the race.Five of the drivers were checked at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield medical center and were released.Blaney, meanwhile, returned to the race. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Harvick took advantage of Denny Hamlin’s late crash and wound up winning his third Brickyard 400 title. The Cup points leader beat Matt Kenseth across the yard of brick by 0.743 seconds to win his fourth race of the season.Harvick won for the 53rd time to move within one of tying Lee Petty for 11th on NASCAR’s career list, and it gave Stewart-Haas Racing a sweep of the weekend following Chase Briscoe’s win Saturday in the Xfinity Series race.For the third straight race, Harvick and Hamlin were in a league of their own.Until the stunning twist as the sun was setting over the historic 2.5-mile oval, it looked is if Harvick and Hamlin would sweep the top two spots for the third consecutive race.Harvick beat Kenseth off the final restart with two laps to go and pulled away for the victory. Update on the latest sports July 5, 2020last_img read more