WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department reported its ninth COVID-19 related death on Saturday.Health officials say the death involves a man in his 70s who had severe underlying medical conditions prior to being diagnosed with COVID-19.Additionally, three new cases of the virus were reported on Saturday. The cases involve two women in their 20s and a man in his 70s. There are now 221 confirmed cases with 10 active.One person also remains hospitalized with Coronavirus in Chautauqua County. There are also 187 people under quarantine orders by the Public Health Director. Officials say not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.Furthermore, 753 people are under a domestic traveler quarantine order for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory.Since the outbreak began, 202 people have recovered from COVID-19 and more than 21,000 negative test results have been reported. 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)
Mark Dowling, co-owner of Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Sierra Pacific Crafts (SPC) in Woodburn, Oregon. Dowlings appointment is the first Board appointment of any store owner east of the Mississippi.Im extremely proud of my brother, co-owner Michael Dowling stated, Mark has worked very hard with the Sierra Pacific Crafts people to become an integral and important part of SPC. This is good for Mark, and great for Creative Habitat and its customers.Sierra Pacific Crafts is led by a nine-member Board of Directors, composed of store owners. Mark Dowling was appointed to a three-year term in March of 2004. Mark is a member of the Technology Committee, as well as Secretary of the Board.SPC is a strong organization of independent store owners with a sharing philosophy, explained Mark. As the first store from the eastern U.S., Creative Habitat has an opportunity to learn from other independent craft stores, particularly from the west, as well as to influence crafts trends across the country.Originally called Ben Franklin, the Dowlings have co-owned the store since 1991. Six years ago, the Ben Franklin parent company went into bankruptcy, leaving the store with no product supplier. That is when the Sierra Pacific Crafts connection began.Sierra Pacific Crafts is a cooperative organization of successful independently owned craft stores located throughout the United States. The organization began with two stores and now boasts a 60-store membership. SPC offers ongoing marketing programs, staff educational programs and exclusive import and domestic buying opportunities, along with a plethora of other membership benefits.SPCs goal is to make all our stores a success in the craft and home décor business, Mark explained. Thanks to our connection with SPC, Creative Habitat has been ahead of the latest craft trends available today. A benefit we pass on to our customers.Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin, formerly Ben Franklin, has been owned and operated by Mark and Michael Dowling since 1991. Creative Habitat is an independent store in the Burlington community, continuing in the family tradition of quality home design, crafts, and framing. Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin is located on Shelburne Road in South Burlington, telephone 802-862-0646. You may also visit them on the web at: www.creativehabitatvt.com(link is external).
The Roan Highlands offer a rare stretch of wide-open high country splendor in the Southern Appalachians. “The Roan” is actually a lengthy stretch of grassy peaks. The bald beauties feature expansive, open meadows—not typical of Appalachia’s deep wooded forests.EXPLOREThe best way to take in the Roan experience is an epic 20-mile jaunt on the Appalachian Trail that runs from Roan High Knob (the area’s biggest peak at the 6,285 feet) to Highway 19E. With much of it near or over 6,000 feet, the hike crosses six grassy peaks including Round Bald, Jane Bald, Grassy Ridge (reached with a short spur trail detour), Big Yellow Mountain, and Little and Big Hump Mountains.In the summer, visitors enjoy the 660 acres of Catawba Rhododendron gardens between the summits of Roan High Knob and Roan High Bluff.View Larger MapSKIIn the winter, explorers come to the highlands for the annual 120 inches of snow. The white-blanketed grassy balds provide some perfect spots for making tracks with snowshoes or cross-country skis. Winter hikers should be careful of fast-changing weather on the exposed terrain.Roan Mountain State Park, which can be reached near the village of Roan Mountain, is one of the only state parks in the South with designated cross-country skiing trails.Photo by Travis HallBOONE’S FAVORITELegend attributes the name of the mountain stretch to Daniel Boone, who supposedly frequented the area on a reddish or “roan” horse. Other tales insist the label is just a result of the red hues of the rhodo blooms.EAT DOWN BY THE RIVERAfter a day of braving the backcountry blizzards, drive into Erwin and grab some top-notch barbecue or hand-tossed pizza at River’s Edge Restaurant (riversedgebbq.com), which sits on the banks of the nearby Nolichucky River.
Isabel Malowany / Diálogo The co-hosts of this year’s Caribbean Nations Security Conference, the United States Southern Command and Trinidad and Tobago, immediately set the tone for the task at hand: Countering illicit traffick is a trans-national challenge which requires trans-national cooperation and partnerships. In opening remarks, the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, General Douglas Fraser, stressed the need to develop common strategies to counter illicit trafficking and the spread of trans-national criminal organizations. “Illicit trafficking is the major threat to this region and the hemisphere and requires a collaborative approach”, General Fraser said. The strategic importance of the Caribbean was higlighted by General Fraser, who pointed out that the region is at a crossroads between the illicit narcotics producers to the south and west and the main consumer markets for illicit drugs to the north and east. Trinidad and Tobago Chief of Defence, Brigadier Roland Maunday, echoed these statements by stressing the need for strong regional committment to counter the threat posed by illicit trafficking as being what he called “ critical to meeting this challenge”. The regional conference brings together the Chiefs of Defense from 15 Caribbean nations, representatives from regional organizations such as CARICOM and the Caribbean Regional Security System and observers from the Inter-American Defense Board, the Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom. By Dialogo February 23, 2011
23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Although it’s impossible to predict what will happen in life, there are certain actions you can take to better prepare you for what may come your way. Instead of worrying about things you often can’t control, consider these potential life events and what you can do now to avoid them ruining your finances in the future.Becoming a caregiverIt’s difficult to think about our parents growing older and the possibility of becoming a caregiver to a loved one. If you’re not careful and prepared, taking on this responsibility can significantly impact your finances. The best thing you can do to prepare your family is to fully understand your loved one’s financial standing. Have they invested in long-term care? Are their finances in order and have they sought the advice of a financial planner? Don’t let any new expenses you may incur while helping out cause you unnecessary financial stress.Getting a divorceNo one expects to get divorced when they’re reciting their marriage vows in front of family and friends. The fact is, sometimes things don’t work out and you and your spouse are better apart than together. The smart thing to do if you’re faced with this situation is to get informed now. Don’t let your soon-to-be ex control your finances. Don’t be afraid to get the help you need so you’re financially independent and stable. Experts also suggest that immediately after going through the divorce, wait before you make another serious decision. Let the dust settle, make sure your assets are in order and take things slowly. Rash decisions can cost you so take your time during the transition.Weathering a natural disasterWe all know that Mother Nature has a mind of her own. But, there are a few things you can do to prepare your financial state in case of a weather disaster. First, start an emergency fund now. Saving a small amount initially is a wise plan but ideally you’ll want to have around four to five month’s worth of living expenses on hand. Secondly, keep your financial documents organized and secure so if disaster strikes you can easily access the information needed. Third, get up to speed on your insurance policies. Most homeowners insurance plans do not include flood damage so in the off chance you live in an area prone to high flood waters, get coverage now as flood insurance usually cannot be purchased after the disaster strikes.
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Olivier Giroud could haunt his former club again in the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is delighted for Olivier Giroud, with the Frenchman in fine goal-scoring form for Chelsea, but hopes he will suffer a slump in the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon.The 33-year-old has been lethal since the return of football after the coronavirus hiatus, scoring six goals in his last seven games for Chelsea and on each of his last four appearances.It has been a remarkable renaissance for the veteran forward, after being left out of the Chelsea team for the majority of the first half of the season, with Tammy Abraham filling the centre-forward role.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, he has re-established himself as the first choice forward under Frank Lampard and Arteta is well aware of the threat he poses at Wembley on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT‘It is always good connections when these moments arrive,’ Arteta said on Friday. ‘With Oli you can see in the last few months how he is performing, the amount of goals he has scored for them. ‘We know him, he has the experience on the finals as well. ‘I’m not surprised, because I know Oli. He is a fighter. Even when he was playing for us and he had some difficult moments, he always reacted. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He always works really hard and comparing with the greatest is like always. They’ve done it and they did it for long periods where they were really successful at the club. So any comparison with them is always difficult. I’m glad that he is doing really well, but hopefully tomorrow he won’t do that well.‘Asked whether Giroud was undervalued at Arsenal, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t know, the demands on strikers are so, so high but I think they fans showed a lot of appreciation for Olivier, and the club and the dressing room did as well at the time.’Giroud left Arsenal for Chelsea in January 2018 after falling out of favour with the Gunners.The World Cup winner has already haunted his former club, opening the scoring in the Europa League final last season as Chelsea went on to beat Arsenal 4-1. Mikel Arteta sends message to former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud ahead of FA Cup final with Chelsea Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Olivier Giroud has been crucial to Chelsea’s recent success (Picture: Getty Images)Frank Lampard was not in charge then, but he has been delighted with the Frenchman’s work ethic this season, and has hailed his recent performances, after coming close to leaving the club in January.‘It’s always firstly down to the player on form,’ said the Chelsea boss. ‘I try to work with the group to make my message clear. You work on a lot of things with strikers, on and off the ball. ‘Olivier has been fantastic listening to that, the credit goes to him.’The FA Cup final kicks-off at 5.30pm on Saturday 1 August at Wembley.MORE: Mikel Arteta hails Frank Lampard ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup final clash with ChelseaAdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Chelsea rubbish claims of unprofessionalism from Marina Granovskaia in Kai Havertz chaseFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement
Victorians Tracey and Mark Pierce pictured with their son Biel have just bought their new home in Gympie for $209,000. Picture: Lachie MillardBUYERS priced out of capital city markets are driving a housing-led mini economic miracle in a hard-hit Queensland region where prices are so hot, some buyers are going in sight-unseen.As house medians soar major centres – sitting at $915,000 in Sydney, $634,000 in Melbourne and $515,000 in Brisbane – buyers turning outside the capital city box for housing and investment solutions have been dumbfounded by regional prices.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:49Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:49 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenReal Talk: Demand Index – March 201701:49The Queensland region of Gympie, where the median house price is just $5,000 more than it was six years ago, is among those that have emerged a clear winners in the battle for eyeballs.In the past 12 months, Gympie has logged a median house price of $249,000, a rise of 6.2 per cent at a time when Brisbane posted a 4 per cent jump, according to the latest CoreLogic Market Trends report. The last time its median got that high was in 2011, when it was $244,000, before dropping to $230,500 in 2013 and $234,500 in 2015. A decade ago it was $225,000.6 Brassington Road Glenwood is on the market for just $185,000. Picture: Realestate.com.auAdd to that the average rental yield for houses in Gympie is 5.8 per cent, compared to 4.1 per cent in Brisbane and it’s no wonder the numbers are confounding buyers. Those numbers are prompting a major upswing in upgraders, treechangers and investors pouring into regions such as Gympie.Real estate agent Andii Stewart of Agents2Go Gympie regularly fields calls from buyers from South East Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and even Western Australia expressing disbelief at the prices.“$250,000 is not unusual, but $200,000 to $250,000 is more regular and if you go out of town it’s even under that,” she said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoA 1.5 acre property at 6 Brassington Road, Glenwood with a three bedroom cottage, separate small cabin, 30 minutes outside Gympie is currently looking for a buyer at $185,000A four bedder on a 1,012sq m block in the Gympie CBD, at 14 Cullinane Street, is priced at $230,000.14 Cullinane Street Gympie is for sale at $230,000. Picture: Realestate.com.au“That’s the sort of money we’re looking at here,” Ms Stewart said. “We’re going through a real shift, definitely driven by affordability. Gympie is not the country town it once was, everything’s here now and we’re 40 minutes from Noosa, an hour 40 from Brisbane airport.“Last week Bonnie (Hollander) had 85 emails in one day from buyers. The phone just keeps ringing. Some days we’re just snowed under. We have an agent who all day every day is just taking people out to properties. He’s never worked so hard. He loves to tell us he’s exhausted.”Five years ago there were about 5000 properties for sale in the 4570 postcode, now it’s about half that, most of which was in the region of $250,000.Victorians Tracey and Mark Pierce and their son Biel were among interstate buyers who decided to settle in Gympie after trying out Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.They bought an old three-bedroom house with a well-established garden and trees for just $209,000, and intend to undertake major renovations.The couple, in their early 50s, said they did not believe they’d be able to find a place where they would be able to pay off their mortgage before retirement.With their son needing specialist medical care, the Gympie Regional Hospital was ideal and upgrades to the Bruce Highway mean Brisbane appointments were two hours away.
Edith “Gertie” (Lavender) Switzer, age 91, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on April 2, 1925, in Paintsville, Kentucky, the daughter of the late, Edward Paul and Grace May (LeMaster) Lavender. She was raised in Paintsville, Kentucky where she attended school. Gertie was united in marriage to Charles T. Kays and later united in marriage to Willis B. Switzer. Gertie was employed as a janitor for the Madison State Hospital in Madison, Indiana for 20 years. Gertie enjoyed ministering to others and will be dearly missed by her family. Gertie spent the last several years at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana where the nurses went above and beyond taking care of her until her passing. Gertie passed away at 4:15 am, Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Gertie will be dearly missed by her grandsons: James T. “Junker” May and his wife: Kelly of Vevay, IN and Charles May and his wife: Paula of Vevay, IN; her great-grandchildren: Benton, Brevon, Lacy, Troy, Luke and Eddie and her three-great-great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents: Edward Paul and Grace May (LeMaster) Lavender; her 1st husband: Charles T. Kays, her great-grandson: Connor May; her sisters: Mary Wallen, June Conley and Kitty Beatrice Preston and her brother: Stephen Wesley Lavender.Graveside Services will be conducted Friday, September 2, 2016, at 3:00 pm, by Rev. Gary Shepherd at the Vevay Cemetery, 800 East Main Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Westin Abbey raced to his second $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win in three Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour events Monday at Grayson County Speedway. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Dean Abbey used a blueprint similar to Wolla’s in the Southern SportMod feature. He’d worked his way from seventh starting and got stuck in second for a long stretch before crossing the line side-by-side with Rodney White with two laps to go. Dean Abbey, George Egbert III and 14th starting Jeffrey Abbey rounded out the top five. Feature Results Westin Abbey swapped second with Powers before making his way to the front on lap 14. He mastered traffic beginning on lap 18, chased to the $1,000 checkers by the 12th starting Jesse Sobbing. Sunday winner Derek Green was briefly into the runner-up spot following the second of two lap yellow cautions. Modifieds – 1. Jason Wolla; 2. John Gober; 3. Drew Armstrong; 4. Jesse Sobbing; 5. Anthony Roth; 6. Josh McGaha; 7. Clay Money; 8. Brint Hartwick; 9. Jim Thies, Mapleton; 10. Treven Geter; 11. Michael Ables; 12. Ethan Braaksma; 13. Larry Adams; 14. Jim Cole; 15. Shane DeMey; 16. William Gould; 17. Brandon Aggen; 18. Mark Adams; 19. Jon White Jr.; 20. Mike Petersilie. BELLS, Texas (Feb. 17) – Westin Abbey rang up a second Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour feature win Monday night, getting the best of his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car foes at Grayson County Speedway. Abbey had started 10th in the 30-lap, star-filled field at Bells, passed brother Dean for the lead just before halfway and then worked his way through traffic as the race ended with a long green flag run. Ryan Powers led the first six circuits from the pole before giving way to Dean Abbey, fresh off the win in the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod main. His last-lap IMCA Modified heroics landed Jason Wolla in Grayson County Speedway’s victory lane. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Jason Wolla was the $1,000 IMCA Modified winner, putting his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with a last-lap pass of John Gober. Abbey pulled ahead from that point, collecting the checkers ahead of Rodney White, Mitchell Clement, 12th starting Gregory Muirhead and 15th starting Justin White. Monday’s third installment of the Lone Star Tour drew 70 Stock Car entries from a dozen states, with California newly represented. The 2017 national champion had chased Gober following an early caution that saw leader and Sunday winner Jon White Jr. exit. Drew Armstrong, Sobbing and Anthony Roth were scored next. Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Rodney White; 3. Mitchell Clement; 4. Gregory Muirhead; 5. Justin White; 6. Jeremy Henry; 7. Brandon Blake; 8. Justin Nabors; 9. Kevin Ward; 10. Ron Hessel; 11. Brantley Beatty; 12. Austen Becerra; 13. Christopher Stewart; 14. Mark Marr; 15. Mark Patterson; 16. Dan Day; 17. Michael McCullough; 18. Mason Day; 19. Matthew Day; 20. Brandon Tharp. Stock Cars – 1. Westin Abbey; 2. Jesse Sobbing; 3. Dean Abbey; 4. George Egbert III; 5. Jeffrey Abbey; 6. Matthew Riskey; 7. Matt Guillaume; 8. Ryan Powers; 9. Chad Schroeder; 10. Eric Rempel; 11. Dean Cornelius; 12. Abe Huls; 13. Jason Batt; 14. Kevin Flock; 15. Kirk Martin; 16. Derek Green; 17. Dan Mackenthun; 18. Curt Lund; 19. Jason Rogers; 20. Hesston Shaw; 21. Dustin White.