Vanderburgh County Seeking State Grants to Fund Key Road Repairs

first_imgGrants could provide more than $2 million to invest in needed upgrades to local roadsVanderburgh County Engineer John Stoll and his staff have been working diligently over the past few weeks to submit grant applications for more than $2 million to the Indiana Department of Transportation to help fund 10 key roadway projects throughout the county.INDOT’S Community Crossings Matching Grant program provides funding to cities, towns, and counties across Indiana so that they may invest in improvements to local roads and bridges. These infrastructure enhancements assist Hoosier communities in driving economic development, creating jobs, and strengthening local transportation networks.“We’ve directed John and his team to leave no stone unturned in ensuring eligible state dollars come back to Vanderburgh County for road projects,” said Bruce Ungethiem, president of the Vanderburgh County Commission Board. “That’s exactly what his team is doing with these Community Crossing grant applications, and that’s the kind of commitment we want to see on behalf of our local taxpayers’ hard-earned money.”Stoll said his team identified eligible projects based on input and concerns previously expressed from county residents and businesses.“These state matching grants can help with a number of key projects, such as replacing the bridge on St. Joseph Avenue between Mill Road and Wimberg Road, which has seen a lot of wear and tear due to the landfill truck traffic that uses that route,” said Stoll.The grants, if awarded, would also reimburse the county for a portion of the costs of the recently completed paving work on Old Mt. Vernon Road, and assist with funding upcoming paving projects such as Boonville New Harmony Road, Pollack Avenue, Mt. Pleasant Road, Rusher Creek Road, and County Line Road.Commissioner Ben Shoulders said constituents have mentioned to him some of the concerns these identified areas present to the community, and he’s eager to see if INDOT will select these crucial projects for the matching grants.“We have some real need, and these are real dollars that can help resolve these immediate concerns,” Shoulders said.Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave promised her constituents that she will doggedly encourage county officials to leave nothing on the table that could be available for Vanderburgh County residents.“Matching grants, new gas-tax allocations back to the counties — all of these are going to be crucial to ensuring Vanderburgh County has the best opportunity to attract economic development, and make Evansville and surrounding county communities a place people want to live and do business,” Musgrave added.INDOT will announce grant awards later this summer.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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O.C. Library Still Keeping Patrons Engaged — Virtually

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEThis week is National Library Week and the theme chosen by the American Library Association is “find your place at the library.”Jennifer Shirk, president of the Ocean City Free Public Library Board of Trustees, observed that there is much irony to that.But then again, she noted, “Who would have predicted a pandemic where a majority of libraries would be forced to close their doors?”The Ocean City library has a solution to the temporary closure of the building amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“The library is offering virtual adult programming such as book clubs, French and Spanish classes, children’s puppet shows, movies, eBooks and music,” Shirk said. “Our library has provided links through Microsoft and Digital Learn to help people expand their digital ‘literacy’ during this time when it’s most needed.”Through the library website, www.oceancitylibrary.org, patrons can access Hoopla, an online library where they can download books, audiobooks, music, movies and even fitness workouts.Patrons will continue to have a plethora of books, music, games, and even children’s puppet shows to keep them entertained and lift the spirits of all those who miss going to the library at 1735 Simpson Avenue.“I’m very proud of our library and its entire staff for coming up with so many innovative ways to stay connected and serve our community during this unprecedented time,” Shirk said.She continued, “We worked with the schools before they closed to make sure all students have access to databases and student resources for their schoolwork.”In addition to the array of ways people can still get their daily dose of the library, patrons are also able to access Heritage Quest so they can learn more about their ancestry.“I’m sure a lot of people have always wanted to do that but never had the time. Well, now they do,” Shirk said with a laugh.While patrons can’t visit the library amid the pandemic, many of the books, eBooks, music and more are available online.Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the indefinite shutdowns and cancellations shuttered what is ordinarily a hub of activity within the Ocean City Community Center.Looking for other ways to reach the public, library staff turned to social media.The library’s Facebook page has a wide range of information to engage the community, hosting a weekly “What’s on my Shelf.” People can share what they’re reading in the weekly event.The library has also highlighted books and posts interactive questions to engage with patrons as well. And this past Easter the library shared various spring crafts that children had made at home.“Fortunately, libraries, and especially our library, are showing patrons you can still find your place there — but from home,” Shirk pointed out.Both Shirk and Karen Mahar, the library director, are making it a point, through email blasts to patrons, advertising and social media, to get the word out that the library is continuing to provide everything it did prior to the shutdown, only it is coming to the patrons, rather than the other way around.Fines for overdue books and other materials will not be accrued during this time. The library asks patrons to hold onto their library materials until it reopens. Nor is the library accepting donations at this time, Mahar said.“While our physical doors are closed, my staff has continued to work to remain connected to our community,” Mahar continued.The library is offering patrons an Instant Digital Card (IDC) through Overdrive on the library website. It uses the zip code attached to the patron’s cell phone bill.Patrons must receive their bills in Ocean City. This allows a patron access to the digital collection.Library staff is in the process of putting together questions to post on Facebook throughout the week to get patrons’ feedback on how they are using the library while they are in quarantine and how the library can better serve them, as well as some fun questions, Mahar said.“My staff is constantly exploring new and innovative ways to remind our community that their library is here for them,” she said. “I’m very lucky to work with such a supportive and talented library staff. We are all in this together.”For more information and offerings from the Ocean City Free Public Library visit www.oceancitylibrary.org.The hope is that sooner than later the library will be open to patrons. The library is closed, but there is still an abundance of materials for patrons to enjoy digitally. (Photo credit Ocean City Free Public Library) last_img read more

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Onion Crop in Jeopardy

first_imgWhen ice and freezing rain blanketed the South in early February, sweet Vidalia onionsdidn’t take so kindly to it.In Tattnall County, in the heart of Georgia’s onion-growing country, the ice stormproduced mixed results.”We have some significant loss,” said Reid Torrance, Tattnall County directorfor the University of Georgia Extension Service.”It’s hard to put an exact percentage on it at this point,” Torrance said.”But some fields are going to suffer heavy losses. Others will suffer no loss.” The range of damage depends on the plants’ stage of growth when the freeze hit, theplant variety and the soil type.”We’re finding that onions in wetter places in fields, and in soils with higherclay content, seem to be surviving better than in very sandy soils,” Torrance said.”We’re also learning a lot about onion varieties and their levels of coldtolerance.”Torrance found that, as a rule, the Asgrow Y33, Asgrow 6020 varieties and a RioColorado variety called Sweet Vidalia seem to be more cold-tolerant than some of the othervarieties.The plant’s maturity also played a major part in the extent of the damage.”Most of our onions were set, or planted, in November,” Torrance said.”Some of the later-planted onions seem to be taking it better than some we setearlier.” The more mature the plant, the larger and lusher the aboveground growth.”Now we have a lot of dead tissue on those with lush tops,” he said.”We’re hoping for dry weather so that will dry up and we’ll get some new growth thatwill stay with us.”Dead tops don’t necessarily mean dead plants. “If the freeze damage to the bulb was not too severe, then that plant willsurvive,” Torrance said. “We just have a lot of plants right now that we don’tknow which side of the fence they will fall on.”Physiologically, the onion’s energy reserves are in the bulb, and it will shootout new growth,” he said. “The question is: Will it continue to grow, or once ituses all that energy in the bulb, will it die?”That’s what takes us so long to assess the damage,” he said. “A largeportion of the crop could go either way.”Georgia’s onion crop is worth more than $50 million to the state’s economy. About halfof that is grown in Tattnall County.last_img read more

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Sex Ratio Study

first_imgIn this particular study, her results could have implications on how childbearing women are instructed to care for themselves while pregnant. Research by associate professor Kristen Navara in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences found that male fetuses are more likely to die if their mothers don’t gain enough weight during pregnancy. While Navara works within the UGA poultry science department, she also studies reproductive systems across several different species. The amount of weight a woman gains during pregnancy can be vitally important — especially if she’s carrying a boy — according to a study by researchers at the University of Georgia released today in PLOS ONE, an open access peer-reviewed journal published by the Public Library of Science. “I believe there is a lot to be learned by cross-referencing what different species do, and picking out the effects and mechanisms that are conserved among all of them,” she said. “The correlation was a near perfect relationship where the proportion of males rose with the number of pounds women gained during gestation,” Navara said. “To me, that tight of a relationship indicates that weight gain and the sex ratio at birth are, in fact, directly related and that the relationship isn’t driven by another related variable.” In her analysis of birth rate data, Navara found that for women who gained less than 20 pounds, the female-to-male birth rate ratio shifted to about 52-to-48 in favor of female babies. The shift is most likely due to the fact that male fetuses require more energy in the first weeks and months of gestation and have been shown to be more likely to succumb to adverse conditions in the womb, she said. Female babies, as evidenced by a greater rate of successful births, proved more resilient in the face of lower gestational weight gain than male babies. Navara believes that this correlation between weight gain and male fetal death could be stronger before six months of gestation, but data on male fetal deaths prior to six months of gestation was not available. “Fetuses are differentially susceptible to inadequate weight gain during pregnancy, and that puts males more at risk — at least at certain points of gestation,” said Navara, a reproductive endocrinologist in the college’s poultry science department. “I think that the next step in the research is to actively follow pregnant women, document their diets and weight gains, and see whether intake of particular dietary components can influence whether male and female fetuses survive,” Navara said. “This would also allow us to determine whether males are even more susceptible at earlier developmental stages than we were able to analyze in the current study. This would provide us with more information that would tell us ‘if you don’t get enough of X, this puts male babies at risk of stillbirth at stage Y.’” Navara’s work, in part, seeks to pinpoint the physiological reasons those shifts occur. “Currently, the recommendations for weight gain in pregnancy are the same whether the fetus is male or female, even though it is well known that they grow at different rates and have different metabolic rates. I think it is important to continue the research to determine whether women carrying boys should actually be eating more than women carrying girls in order to maximize the chances of the fetus’s survival.” On average, 105 boys are born for every 100 girls worldwide, but that number can deviate based on a large number of social, economical and physiological variables. At times of extreme environmental stress, like war, the birth rate of girls exceeds that of boys. Navara’s study is based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data on 46 million pregnancies over 23 years. She worked with the UGA Statistical Consulting Center to analyze the data. To read Navara’s findings in their entirety, see http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0114304. For more information on the poultry science department at UGA, see poultry.uga.edu/.last_img read more

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Receiving ADA demand letters? Going to court? Let NAFCU know

first_imgNAFCU continues to work with member credit unions facing litigation over unclear website accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and urges credit unions impacted by this issue to reach out for assistance.So far, credit unions in 14 states have notified NAFCU of demand letters, and the association is aware of demand letters in four other states. NAFCU is monitoring the spread of these demand letters and is fighting alongside credit unions to put an end to meritless lawsuits filed on this issue.Credit unions receiving demand letters and those deciding to fight them through litigation are encouraged to let NAFCU know by emailing NAFCU Vice President of Regulatory Compliance Brandy Bruyere ([email protected]) and NAFCU Special Counsel for Compliance and Research Pamela Yu ([email protected]). continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Oceanside Man Dies in Parkway Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old Oceanside man died when he crashed his vehicle on the Southern State Parkwayover the weekend.New York State police said Vito Errico was driving his Acura eastbound when he was involved in a collision with an SUV, which caused the Acura to veer off the road and hit several trees and a utility pole near exit 17 at 3:41 a.m. Sunday.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation asks anyone who may have witnessed this crash to call them in Farmingdale at 631-756-3300. All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

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A major retail hub, Earlville is home to a wide variety of businesses

first_imgHousess in Mansfield St in leafy streets in Earlville. Picture: Anna RogersACCORDING to historic documents, the area now known as Earlville west of the Cairns CBD was originally a sugar cane plantation.Named after Edward Campbell Earl and the Earl family who lived in the region for generations, Earlville was well located on the only road south of the city and became an obvious place for leaders to expand Cairns.Roughly 4000 people live in the suburb which straddles the section of Mulgrave Rd on which Stockland shopping centre sits.The suburb attracts plenty of renters with about 36 per cent of residents leasing properties.A third own their homes and the remainder of residents are still paying off a mortgage.Houses have a median sales price of about $400,000 with the area known for one of the best concentration of Queenslander-style properties in Cairns.While most residents are Australian-born, there is also a number of different nationalities which share the area.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoThe current Earlville Public Library, operated by Cairns Regional Council, opened in 1983 and is now housed within the shopping centre.Our Lady Help of Christians school forms the centre of the Catholic parish of Earlville.A presbytery was built in late 1964 by Gordonvale priest Fr Frank Dall’Allba and extended by the help of parishioners in 1994. A church was constructed by D’Arcy Brothers in the early 1970s. A major retail hub, Earlville is home to a wide variety of businesses including fast food, sports nutrition, automotive shops, banks, motels and a Centrelink branch.Greencross Vets’ Earlville surgery is well positioned on Mulgrave Rd with staff looking after the pets of nearby residents. Vet nurse Deena Fulmer has worked at the surgery for eight months and said Earlville was a “very busy and happening” area.“Everyone is pretty friendly,” she said.“I go to the shops all the time for lunch. The shopping centre has a lovely food court with lots of options. It is a really convenient area close to the city and has got everything in a small area that you could need.”last_img read more

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Moses still in shock, devastated by Europa League cup loss

first_imgNigeria and Inter Milan loanee, Victor Moses, is yet to overcome the shock of losing the Europa League Cup final to Sevilla as he is still devastated. The Chelsea star could not hide his feelings as he apologised to his fans on his twitter handle. “Devastated to lose the final on Friday. We gave everything but it just wasn’t to be. Thank you so much to all of the fans for your amazing support for the team during the season ” as stated on his twitter. Loading… According to reports, Moses has been having sleepless nights after the star-studded Inter failed to live up to their promise. read also:Moses still in shock, devastated by Europa League cup loss The Nigerian is particularly sad that he could not wear another Europa League winners’ medal, having triumphed in the competition with Chelsea in 2013. Sevilla subdued the Blues as Europa League victors with their sixth triumph in 14 years. Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentArchaeologists Still Have No Explanation For These Discoveries10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More15 Celebs Who Fell From Grace With Their CareersYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Former Barca star Xavi tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Al-Sadd coach Xavi Hernandez, the former Barcelona and Spain midfielder, said on Saturday he had tested positive for COVID-19, but was asymptomatic.Xavi, who renewed his contract with the Qatari club on July 5, said he will self-isolate as his team prepares for their first match on Saturday after the Qatar Stars League was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Today I won’t be able to join my team on their comeback to the official competition,” Xavi said in a statement.“David Prats will be there on my behalf as head of the technical staff – coach to the Al-Sadd reserves.“A few days ago, following the QSL protocol, I tested positive in the last Covid-19 test. Fortunately, I’m feeling ok, but I will be isolated until I am given the all clear.“When the health services allow it, I will be very eager to return to my daily routine and to work.”The QSL resumed on Friday after being suspended since March due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Al-Sadd, who are third in the table, play Al-Khor on Saturday with five rounds remaining.Tags: BarcelonaCOVID-19Positive TestXavi Hernandezlast_img read more

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