Maple Grove Middle/High School Student Tests Positive For COVID-19

first_imgImage by Justin Gould / WNYNewsNow. 01/31/20.BEMUS POINT – A student who was last in class on Monday at Maple Grove Middle/High School has tested positive for COVID-19.Superintendent of Schools Joseph Reyda says the student has been isolated and the Health Department is now working to identify and contact those who may have come in close contact to the pupil.“Close contact means being within 6 feet of someone for more than 10 minutes while they are infectious with COVID-19,” said Reyda. “It also means being in a standard classroom setting for 60 minutes or more with someone who is infectious with COVID-19.”He says the student will not return until they have completed quarantine procedures are and released by the Department of Health. Additionally, Reyda says areas used by the student were thoroughly cleaned and sanitized as part of the building’s daily cleaning procedure.According to the state’s COVID-19 report card, this is the sixth student at the school to test positive for the virus since September, the second in the last month.Four teachers have also previously tested positive for COVID-19 at the school. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Check Out a Teaser Trailer of Aaron Tveit in the New Season of Graceland

first_img View Comments Star Files For those of us who have been suffering from Aaron Tveit withdrawal symptoms, relief is on its way! The star’s hit TV show Graceland returns with an all-new season on June 11 on USA, and below is a trailer to whet our appetites for more FBI undercover action. Tveit is joined by Broadway vet Daniel Sunjata, who we of course recently saw as Macduff in Lincoln Center’s revival of Macbeth, starring Ethan Hawke. We’re looking forward to our second season of Tveit Graceland GIFs already!center_img Aaron Tveitlast_img read more

2 Georgia oranges?

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia “The second year, it started looking bad, so I bought citrus-fruit spikes from Home Depot,” he said. “It perked up after that and produced so much fruit that the limbs broke.” Fonseca has seen citrus growing as far north as Cherokee County. “Trifoliate-oranges can be grown in parts of north Georgia,” he said. “But this is a thorny tree with fruit that’s so sour it’s inedible.” The first year after he planted the tangerine tree, Dowdy had to drive into Florida to buy citrus-fruit fertilizer. “The tangerine tree just took off and produced a lot of fruit in just a year,” he said. “I planted it by a huge oak tree, so I think it protects the tangerine from what little frost we do get.” “In addition to providing fruits, citrus plants make attractive ornamental specimens,” he said. “And they’re self-fruitful, so they don’t require cross-pollination.” “If you live in Georgia, you know firsthand,” Fonseca said. “It can be 75 degrees one day and below freezing the next.” “Nagami fruits are oblong to pear-shaped and have acid pulp,” Fonseca said. “The others are sweeter and rounder. Meiwa, which produces nearly round, sweet fruit, has become one of the most popular varieties for home planting.” “When I was a teenager, our family had a kumquat tree in our yard on Jekyll Island,” he said. “So my first citrus tree had to be a kumquat.” Hybrid plants called citranges have been crossed to grow better in Georgia conditions. “I know of two varieties that are growing in Telfair County and Thomasville,” Fonseca said. “They produce blooms, but the fruit is lemon-like.” These conditions can kill new growth and blooms that could become fruit and put added stress on the plant. Unfortunately, Dowdy’s kumquat plant died. His next citrus tree, a tangerine, has brought much more success. The kumquat is an attractive, shrub-like tree with orange-like fruits about an inch in diameter. The fruits can be eaten fresh, peel and all, or used to make jellies, marmalade and candies. The three commonly propagated varieties are Nagami, Marumi and Meiwa. In a state known for peaches, home gardeners can grow oranges and other citrus fruits if they live in coastal or extreme southern portions of Georgia.“Citrus grows best south of a Columbus-to-Macon-to-Augusta line,” said Marco Fonseca, a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Fonseca strongly discourages gardeners from trying to grow citrus in middle to north Georgia or in home landscapes lower than U.S. Department of Agriculture zone 9. The severe winter temperatures in this region of the state are detrimental to growing citrus fruits. “Georgians along the coast have had success the past few years due to the mild winters,” he said. Citrus plants can be grown as individual plants or in groups as hedges, Fonseca said. They also make excellent container plants. Georgia’s unpredictable weather also lessens homeowners’ chances of successfully growing citrus. Dowdy and his neighbors often share their harvests. “On my street alone, we have grapefruits, oranges, kumquats and tangerines growing,” he said. Despite these limitations, more and more south and coastal Georgians are giving citrus a chance in their home gardens. David Dowdy of Brunswick, Ga., is one of them. Back in Brunswick, Dowdy is already planning his next citrus experiment: “My neighbors are now growing big grapefruits that I’d put up against Florida-grown fruit. Maybe now I’ll try to grow a pineapple.” Volume XXXIIINumber 1Page 2 It was a good choice. Kumquats are the most cold hardy of commonly grown acid citrus fruits. “Kumquats have delayed growth in the spring,” Fonseca said. “This helps them avoid late freeze damage.”last_img read more

Associated General Contractors of Vermont names Voyer new leader

first_imgThe Associated General Contractors of Vermont (AGC/VT) named Cathy Voyer of Morrisville to lead the 150 member organization today. A former member of the Vermont House of Representatives, Voyer has worked for Governor Douglas in the Agency of Human Services managing legislative, housing and transportation issues. Voyer’s experience both in the State House and with partner organizations throughout the state will be valuable to contractors as they face the twin challenges declining building cycle and increased federal stimulus funds.”Cathy Voyer brings leadership, experience and energy to AGC which is exactly what is needed for contractors in Vermont during this economic cycle,” said Don Wells, President of DEW Construction and Chair of the Board of Directors of AGC/VT.”The work the contractors do throughout the state impacts many individuals, communities and businesses and it’s important to ensure that these key Vermont employers are positioned to take full advantage of the federal stimulus money coming to this state so they can continue to employ more Vermonters. I look forward to working with AGC/VT to accomplish this goal,” said Voyer.AGC/VT provides exceptional training programs to educate and enhance the skills of existing workers, as well as recruit new workers. They offer a variety of educational programs to help improve every aspect of a contractors business. AGC/VT sponsors seminars and educational member activities to aid in career development including safety, quality management, supervisor training and skills training classes. The values and importance of education in the construction trades is recognized by the association and enhanced by student chapters and scholarships.last_img read more

VTA announces recipients of incentive discounts for last-mile telecom providers

first_imgFirstLiight/Sovernet Communications,The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) announced today that Southern Vermont Broadband Cooperative and Cloud Alliance, LLC, were selected to receive discounted commercial broadband connections on the Vermont FiberConnect network.  Additional award announcements are expected in the coming weeks. To meet the public interest needs of reaching more underserved areas of the state, VTA selected the last-mile providers while Sovernet Fiber Corp.  will offer them deeply discounted network connections.  Awards were based upon review and evaluation of the recipients’ responses to a Request for Proposal that was issued by the VTA in May. Each of the recipients demonstrated that their broadband service offerings would target the Hardwick area and Stamford which are among the most underserved communities in rural Vermont.The VTA’s RFP offered as many as 10 commercial connections to the Vermont FiberConnect network which will be engineered and owned by Sovernet. ‘When these ‘last-mile’ service providers have a higher capacity lower cost option, like Vermont FiberConnect, they can more readily offer high speed broadband services, internet access, and other services directly to Vermont consumers with better coverage and more options,’ said Rich Kendall, CEO of Sovernet.  Small internet service providers have been challenged to find affordable connections that enable provision of last-mile broadband service.  Michael Birnbaum of Cloud Alliance sums up the business scenario this way: ‘We at Cloud Alliance have been fortunate, since our inception in 2005, to have access to fiber-optic transmission of bandwidth. One provider has been available, and we paid very high rates for this most essential commodity. Vermont FiberConnect is a game-changer for our small, local company. This network will bring us guaranteed low-cost, high-capacity connections, with access to several competing carriers for bandwidth. While we wait for the project to be constructed to two new tower locations, it has already delivered a benefit; our existing provider, and now, others, are competing for our business, driving the costs down. As a result, we can already announce lower pricing for our current subscribers and for unserved households and businesses in our expansion area.’ ‘These announcements help to show how the Vermont FiberConnect project will push fiber infrastructure more deeply into our underserved rural communities and how that will make better last-mile broadband services available,’ said Christopher Campbell, Executive Director of VTA.  The award takes the State of Vermont one step closer to achieving its goal of 100% broadband coverage by improving the business case for service providers to deploy services in areas with low population density. About Vermont FiberConnect: Vermont FiberConnect is 770 mile fiber optic network under development by Sovernet Fiber Corp, an affiliate of Vermont-based Sovernet Communications.The network will connect over 340 community anchor institutions such as K-12 schools, colleges, public libraries, healthcare providers, government offices and public safety communications in southern, central, and northeastern Vermont, encompassing seven of Vermont’s fourteen counties. Vermont FiberConnect is also designed to provide wholesale data transport services to broadband and telecommunications service providers such as Internet service providers, telecom companies and cellular companies. The network will interconnect with several new adjoining regional ‘middle-mile’ fiber networks, including Network New Hampshire Now, MassBroadband 123 and the ION network in upstate New York. The project has been funded by a combination of public and private capital, including a $33.4 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), a $2 million grant from the State of Vermont via Vermont Telecommunication Authority, a $400,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and over $12 million of private capital committed by Sovernet. The VTA is the recipient of and conduit for the federal, state and foundation grants. Sovernet Fiber Corp. will build, own, operate and provide services over the Vermont FiberConnect network. NTIA funding of the project, through its BTOP ‘Comprehensive Community Infrastructure’ program, is intended to help ensure sustainable community growth, and to provide the foundation for enhanced household and business broadband Internet services by deploying new or improved broadband Internet facilities and connecting ‘community anchor institutions.’ For further information, please visitwww.vermontfiberconnect.com(link is external). Montpelier, VT ‘ July 18, 2011 Vermont Telecommunications Authoritylast_img read more

Ruth Smith promoted to executive VP of National Life Group

first_imgThe companies of National Life Group offer life insurance, annuities, and investment* products and services. Prior to joining National Life, Smith was a consultant in the areas of life insurance product management and development, distribution, technology implementation and new business initiatives. She also was with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company for more than 20 years National Life Group,Ruth B Smith has been promoted to the position of executive vice president for protection at National Life Group, it was announced today by Mehran Assadi, president and chief executive officer. Since 2009 Smith has been in charge of the life insurance division of National Life Group, a Fortune 1000 company with $29 billion in assets under management. She oversees product development, business acquisition services, customer services, agent services, and claims management. Over her career Smith has earned her Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) designations. She received her undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Hartford and resides in Stowe, Vermont. October 31, 2011 National Life Groupcenter_img ‘What makes Ruth so unique is her love of our business, her passion for the field and for the people who represent National Life Group across the country,’ he said. ‘Her optimism infects us all. Most importantly, she delivers results.’ ‘This promotion reflects Ruth’s incredible record of accomplishment at National Life Group,’ said Assadi. ‘Ruth joined the company in 1999 as vice president of registered products, and was placed in charge of implementing an independent distribution channel for our life business. That effort has been successful beyond anyone’s expectations. Independent distribution has been – and continues to be – critical to our growth.’last_img read more

Make your holiday giving count one more (easy) way

first_imgThe holiday season is upon us, and we’re ready to see credit unions, members and everyone shine through the spirit of giving — and through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.Holiday giving and social media are a great mix, for sure. Charity Navigator reports that 38 percent of those who donate to charity said they’re more likely to do so during the holidays, and 58 percent of people share information about charities on social media because they feel it makes an impact.So, we invite you to share the great things you’re doing this season to help others and support your community through our #CUGiveBack campaign. It’s a great way to celebrate your work with our industry and make your holiday giving or volunteering count one more way: We’ll donate $5 for every #CUGiveBack post — up to $10,000 — to the National Credit Union Foundation to support Financial Reality Fairs for up to 5,000 teens in 2016.Taking a few extra minutes to post a photo or video of your holiday giving can really make a difference for Generation Z students who may be truly out of sync with the financial realities of paying for college: continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Determining the loan purpose: The new challenges [Part 1]

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One of the common threads running across the new Uniform Residential Loan Application (“URLA”), the disclosure requirements of Regulations X and Z (“TRID”), and the reporting requirements of Regulation C (“HMDA”) is the requirement that the lender identifies the loan purpose.[1]  It is possible for the loan purpose to be the same for the new URLA and under TRID and HMDA.  This blog examines the need to recognize that the loan purpose may be different for each and what lenders can do to prepare for that eventuality.Can there be more than one loan purpose choice for a single-purpose loan?Consider the following single-purpose loan.  A prospective borrower takes title to a dwelling with an existing loan as a successor-in-interest.  The loan is assumable with the lender’s approval but the prospective borrower only seeks approval after taking the title.  The prospective borrower selects “Purchase” for the loan purpose on the new URLA. But is that it—is the loan purpose “Purchase” for the URLA and under TRID and HMDA? continue reading »last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Podcasting gear

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Over the past year and a half I’ve talked to a lot of people about podcasting since starting The CUInsight Experience podcast. A couple questions I get asked most often are what hacks do I have for starting a podcast and what equipment do I use.To answer the first question I’ll take from Nike and say “Just do it.” Come up with the format of your show and commit to a minimum number of episodes and put it out in the world. When I started I committed to ten. I recorded the first two before the first was released and the next two before the second went live. I had my first ten guests lined up before I released the first episode. There was no going back.As for the gear I would advise to keep it simple. I have a set up to record in-person and one to record remote over Zoom, Skype or SquadCast. I have listed the equipment and software I use below. As you can see, you can be up and running for under a thousand dollars. If you’re recording over Zoom/Skype/SquadCast or not doing an interview style show you can be up and running for under a couple hundred bucks.In-person Interviews:Zoom H6 Six-track Portable Recorder – This recorder fits in my backpack and gets the job done. First thing to remember is to bring batteries (and have back up batteries). Nothing kills an interview faster than running out of batteries. I use the H6 with the mics listed below. The only other thing is a cheap pair of earbuds to check the sound. (I also use the Zoom H6 to record the intros and sponsor reads for the podcast.)Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Vocal Microphone – I bought two of these purely based on the recommendation of Tim Ferriss of the Tim Ferriss Show. If they’re good enough for a podcast with hundreds of millions of downloads, they’re good enough for me. They are just old school stage mics that also fit nice in the backpack. You’ll notice a theme, I like to travel light. Interviews – Zoom, Skype or SquadCast:ecamm Call Recorder for Skype – This is the program I use to record the podcast through Skype. It only works with Skype. What I like about this is I can separate off individual audio files for me and the guest for editing purposes. The video can also be separated. Easy tool to use. One touch recording and then download the wav files once completed.Zoom – Updated again: Since COVID-19 I’ve started using Zoom more than SquadCast and Skype. The only reason is EVERYONE is using Zoom and it makes for a more seamless process than explaining SquadCast. I still believe SquadCast produces a better audio quality but there is something to making the process as painless as possible for my guests.SquadCast – Update: I’ve started using SquadCast more than Skype to record the audio only on the podcast in March of 2020. They are a fairly new company making improvements often with the goal of making it easier to have remote conversations without compromising the quality of the audio. There’s been a few glitches but as of now I’m a fan of the product and mission.Samson Q2U USB/XLR Dynamic Microphone – This mic is easy. Plug it in to your computer and you’re up and running. I plug my headphones directly into the mic and I’m off and running to record over Skype. Everything you need comes in the podcasting pack from Amazon. Additional Equipment:Bose QuietComfort 35 II – These are noise cancelling and wireless. I bought them because of all the travel I do. They are great on airplanes. They have now become my go to when recording podcasts over Skype as well. But to be honest, I find any earbuds will do the job if you’re on a budget.On-stage Foam Ball Microphone Windscreen – I guess you need these to reduce wind, breath sounds and popping noises. It also keeps the mic clean and they look cool.Your Cable Store XLR 3 Pin Microphone Cable – A good cable for recording that works with both the Shure mic and the Samson mic. I always have a backup cable with me to be safe. Would hate to have bad sound because of a $7 cable.On-stage Adjustable Desktop Microphone Stand – This is a simple heavy duty stand that I’m able to bring in and out of the closet when recording to keep the microphone at a proper level. I’ve looked at many other setups but in the end I try to stick with the simplest solution.Bestand Cooling Computer Stand – In the beginning I stacked books under my Macbook to bring my camera angle up so guests on the podcast weren’t looking up my nose. Then I found this stand and it does the job. It also clears space from the desk to have notes and the mic close by. A nice little product that does the trick for a Macbook.AA Batteries – Did I mention batteries? I use fresh batteries for each in-person interview in the Zoom H6. Nothing would break the flow of the conversation more than the recorder going dead in the middle.That’s it. Now get out there and start your podcast. Also we appreciate when you subscribe and listen to The CUInsight Experience podcast too. Enjoy! last_img read more

Republicans Back Trump’s Refusal to Concede, Declining to Recognize Biden

first_img“At this time last week, small-business owners in cities across America were boarding up their windows in case President Trump appeared to win and far-left mobs decided to reprise their summertime rioting,” Mr. McConnell said. “Suffice to say, a few legal inquiries from the president do not exactly spell the end of the republic.”Democrats were outraged. Following Mr. McConnell on the floor, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said flatly that “Joe Biden won this election fair and square.” He called Mr. Trump’s claims “extremely dangerous, extremely poisonous to our democracy” and warned Republican leaders not to give them oxygen.“Republican leaders must unequivocally condemn the president’s rhetoric and work to ensure the peaceful transfer of power,” Mr. Schumer said.- Advertisement – “Our system will resolve any recounts or litigation,” he said.But he also took the opportunity to torch Democrats, saying they had no right to expect that Mr. Trump would quickly concede.- Advertisement – A group of 30 former Republican lawmakers, including former Representatives Carlos Curbelo of Florida, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Tom Coleman of Missouri and Bob Inglis of South Carolina, joined a letter calling on Mr. Trump to concede and accept the results of the election.“We believe the statements by President Trump alleging fraud in the election are efforts to undermine the legitimacy of the election and are unacceptable,” the group wrote. “Every vote should be counted and the final outcome accepted by the participants because public confidence in the outcome of our elections is a bedrock of our democracy.”Few elected Republicans have voiced such views, or even offered the traditional recognition of Mr. Biden’s victory and called for the country to move forward. In her statement Monday, Ms. Collins joined just a handful of House Republicans and just three other Senate Republicans — Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Ben Sasse of Nebraska — in publicly doing so.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more