Landscape color class

January 17, 2021

first_imgCommercial landscapers, and novices, too, will learn how to add color to landscapes at the All About Color workshop set for Friday, Nov. 11 on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Ga.The class will meet from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the UGA Research and Education Garden on Ellis Road. The cost of the program is $50 and includes program materials, lunch and refreshments. Participants will learn how to use annuals, perennials, shrubs and woody ornamentals to emphasize color in landscapes. Container combos and plant recommendations will also be covered. Weed identification and control will be discussed, as will cultural practices that ensure plant health.Pesticide credits in category 21 and 24 have been applied for. The workshop is sponsored by the UGA Horticulture Department and the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture. For information or to register, call Val Schott at (770) 233-5598 weekdays between 1 and 5 p.m. or email vschott@uga.edu.last_img read more

Going Green: Ecopixel Announces Eco-Positive Web Hosting

January 1, 2021

first_imgESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. – Ecopixel, LLC, a Web development and visibility firm in Essex Junction, Vt., announced that it now offers Eco-Positive Hosting (TM) for business and nonprofit clients.Ecopixel client Web sites and e-mail accounts are now hosted on energy-efficient servers that are 110 percent carbon offset through reforestation. Ecopixel achieves its carbon-offsetting goals through reforestation campaigns operated by American Forests, a nonprofit organization that is a world leader in planting trees for environmental restoration. Not satisfied with being carbon neutral, at 110 percent these Web servers are ‘climate positive.'”We’re all looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint and today we can even offset the energy used to host our Web sites,” said Ecopixel owner Paul Hansen, who has an educational background in natural resources management. “Our hosting service has proven to be extremely reliable and now it’s eco-positive – it’s easy to feel good about that.” The carbon offsets cover high-performance servers, power backups and routers that keep Web sites up and running.Area green hosting clients include the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Climb High and Julbo USA.Ecopixel specializes in Web site development and hosting using an easy-to-update content management system that boasts e-newsletter and online survey features. The firm also provides spam-free email hosting, search engine optimization, Web marketing and publicity services. For more information, visit http://www.ecopixel.com(link is external) or call 802/878-0380.# # #last_img read more

Early Apple Computer marketing leader to deliver St J Academy commencement address

January 1, 2021

first_imgWilliam T Cleary, an early leader in developing Apple Computer’s marketing programs and a pioneer in Internet-based brand development, will deliver the Commencement Address when his son Ian and the rest of St. Johnsbury Academy’s Class of 2011 graduate Monday, June 6.Cleary, a former teacher, joined Apple at its Cupertino, Cal. headquarters as the company’s Senior Marketing Manager in 1981, leading Apple’s sales promotional efforts, advertising, and merchandising until 1985.In 1987, he founded the CKS Group, also based in California, a marketing and advertising firm that created innovative digital-media-marketing strategies and campaigns for some of the largest brands associated with the worldwide Web, including eBay, Amazon.com, Disney, AdForce, Yahoo, and Excite.After leaving CKS in 1998, Cleary served as Chairman of the Board for Matchmaker.com, a highly innovative and fast-emerging new company, which was later sold to Lycos.For the past 10 years, he has been active in assisting entrepreneurs with business-plan development and marketing efforts through Cleary & Partners, a small consulting firm based in Saratoga, Cal., where Cleary, his wife Kathy and their three children reside.Although Cleary is best-known for his achievements in the business world, his career began in a classroom, working as a full-time teacher at an inner city school from 1971-1972 while pursuing a graduate degree in social science and secondary education at State University of New York (SUNY) College at Buffalo. He later taught American history, anthropology and African-American studies at a high school in Angola, N.Y., from 1973-1978, before entering the advertising/marketing field.He also has a deep commitment to Santa Clara University’s MBA program, where he has served as a member and chairman of the advisory board, Executive Fellow, part-time instructor and Distinguished Lecturer.Fascinated by anthropology and history since his youth, Cleary has worked closely with world-renowned paleo-anthropologist and African wildlife conservationist Dr. Richard Leakey in several initiatives centered on environmental and social concerns, including founding the Wildlife Direct organization, which is working to save endangered mountain gorillas in the Congo from poachers.Meanwhile, his lifelong fascination with history led him to build what the Saratoga Historical Foundation described as ‘one of the largest collections’ of Civil War artifacts on the West Coast. He also owns more than 20,000 miniature soldiers, most Civil War era, now waging their battles in six dioramas he has created in the Cleary family’s home.Since 2002, the home has served as a Civil War museum for three months out of the year, attracting students and teachers from area schools, historians, civic groups, and other organizations.‘Experienced educator, African anthropologist, Civil War historian, successful entrepreneur, digital marketer, and his sons’ youth lacrosse coach, Bill Cleary is a Renaissance man in his own right,’ Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett said. ‘When you add to this his experience with world-renowned thinkers, researchers, and innovators, you get one of the most fascinating people I know. As his son Ian says, ‘He’s the real deal, and he’s amazingly humble about it.’ I, for one, very much look forward to hearing him speak.’The Academy’s 2011 commencement exercises will begin at 10 a.m. on June 6 in the Field House. For general Academy information, go to www.stjacademy.org(link is external).last_img read more

How to: Freewheelin’ 101

December 30, 2020

first_imgFreewheelin’ 101 from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.Learn to throw down a freewheel with our Freewheelin’ 101 how-to session. Thanks to boater Adam Ritter for showing us the ropes.last_img

Quick Hits: Hiker with Parkinson’s Climbs 40 Appalachian Peaks Over 6,000 Feet

December 30, 2020

first_imgChattanooga, Tennessee will soon be home to the first airfield in the U.S. to run on 100 percent solar powerOnce described as the dirtiest city in America, Chattanooga, Tennessee will soon become the first U.S. city to have an airfield running completely on solar power. Panels at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport began going up this week and should be completely installed by the end of January. The airport’s solar farm includes storage units that will keep the lights on after sundown. The system, which cost $5 million and was paid for primarily with Federal Aviation Administration grants, is expected to last for 30 to 40 years but pay for itself in fewer than 20. Chattanooga is also home to the worlds only LEED-platinum certified auto plant, a Volkswagen operation powered by 33,000 solar panels. In the future, the city is planning on installing solar panels on its wastewater treatment plant as well. Asheville man battling Parkinson’s climbs 40 WNC peaks over 6,000 feetWhen Bob DeBrecht was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in June 2015 it didn’t stop him from tackling the Carolina Mountain Club’s most difficult hiking challenge. The South Beyond 6,000 requires hikers to reach the peak of 40 of Western North Carolina’s mountains over 6,000 feet. To complete the feat, hikers must tackle off-trail hiking, tricky navigation, challenging terrain and overnight backpacking. DeBrecht told the Asheville Citizen-Times that soon after his diagnosis he attended a Parkinson’s support group and was encouraged to hike as much as he could now because Parkinson’s might limit his ability later. Taking that advice to heart, DeBrecht threw himself into the challenge in 2016, training for his hikes by boxing, taking spin classes, and walking on the treadmill with 30 pounds of kitty litter on his back. DeBrecht completed the challenge in September 22 after bagging 4 final peaks in the Smokey Mountains and received a patch and certificate for his efforts. DeBrecht’s wife, Mary Fond Daughtridge, told the Citizen Timesthat between the medicine and extreme exercise she “feels like [she got her husband] back.” To date, only 269 people have officially completed the challenge. Virginia Outdoors Foundation announces 3.6 million in grantsThe Virginia Outdoors Foundation has announced $3.6 million in grants to support seven projects that protect and restore forests in seven counties in Southwest Virginia. Among them, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy proposes to purchase 243 acres of forest to preserve the Appalachian Trail footpath at Tinker Cliffs, buffer Carvin’s Cove, and protect the viewshed of McAfee Knob. Grants will also be awarded to purchase land to protect chestnut and butternut trees in Giles County, create a forested public park in Blacksburg and build a multi-use trail at Wayside Park in Pittsylvania County, among others. The grants were awarded from a fund that administers money resulting from legal and regulatory actions involving Virginia’s natural resources. The fund was established with $15 million received by the state to mitigate for forest fragmentation caused by the Mountain Valley Pipeline.last_img read more

How Much Could Obama’s Gun Moves Affect Gun Violence? Nobody Knows.

December 16, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lois Beckett, ProPublicaThe executive actions on guns unveiled last week by President Obama drew predictable praise from gun control advocates and bile from gun-rights supporters and Republican lawmakers, including some who called his actions “unconstitutional.”But, as some have noted, the actions themselves are extremely modest, raising questions about how much they will really do to stem gun violence.Obama’s most significant step is an attempt to expand the number of gun sellers who conduct background checks on buyers. To do this, he is not changing the requirements for who is required to conduct a background check and who is not. Instead, he is giving a very high level of publicity to new “guidance” from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that simply explains what the current law is.Under federal law, licensed firearm dealers have to comply with a set of regulations, including conducting background checks on prospective purchasers to make sure they are not prohibited from owning a gun because of a criminal record or other disqualifying factor. More occasional sellers of guns—one private individual selling to another private individual—do not have to follow these rules.For decades, gun control advocates have decried this gaping loophole in the nation’s federal background check law. After a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, Congressional Democrats tried and failed to close this loophole by passing legislation to require background checks on more gun sales.Obama is now approaching the problem from a different angle: He is focusing on gun sellers who may be operating in a gray area between being an occasional seller and a licensed dealer.According to the ATF, its new guidance breaks down how federal courts have interpreted the somewhat fuzzy line between occasional gun sellers, who are not required to conduct background checks, and people who are “engaged in the business” of selling firearms, who must have a federal license, conduct background checks, and comply with other federal regulations on dealers.A father selling off part of his personal collection of high-end firearms to finance his son’s college education does not need a federal firearms license, the ATF explained. But a man who lost his job and is now “buying firearms from friends and reselling them though an internet site” does need a license.Experts say there’s some indication that gun sellers operating in this gray area are a problem, and that they play a role in supplying guns to people with criminal records.Daniel Webster, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, said sellers whose livelihoods don’t depend on gun sales may exercise prudence beyond what’s required by law when making transactions. When he conducted focus groups with gun owners in Texas, he said, many said they would not sell a gun without voluntarily checking whether a potential buyer had a state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon, so they could be sure they were selling to a person who could legally own a gun.But private sellers who are trying to make a profit may be less scrupulous about whether the person who is buying their gun could pass a background check, Webster said.“If you are, on a regular basis, buying and selling a whole lot of guns and are doing that to make money, I think that probably clouds judgment,” he said.Webster cited a November 2015 study by the gun control group Everytownfor Gun Safety, which analyzed a year’s worth of ads posted by unlicensed sellers on Armslist.com, an online gun marketplace. The report found that a small proportion of unlicensed sellers were selling a very large number of guns on the site: “Those offering 25 or more guns accounted for 1 in 500 sellers but offered 1 in 20 guns,” the report found. These private, high-volume sellers should be required to be licensed, the report concluded.It’s not clear how the findings of this one study might reflect the larger online marketplace for guns—or the broader patterns of offline unlicensed sales.“The bottom line: we don’t know how big this is, but we have enough evidence to know that thousands of guns are being sold by individuals who are selling a lot of guns in fairly risky kinds of ways,” Webster said.The Everytown report also concluded that the vague legal definition of who should be a licensed gun seller had undermined efforts to prosecute people for dealing in firearms without a license.Webster said it would be interesting to see if the White House’s attempt to clarify the law resulted in more cases targeting people for selling guns without a license. “Time will tell,” he said, noting that simply putting a spotlight on these sellers should also have “some deterrent effect.”Even if the president succeeds in shrinking this gray area of the gun market, it’s not clear what effect that might have on gun violence overall.Phil Cook, a Duke University gun policy expert, was one of the researchers who recently surveyed 99 inmates at the Cook County Jail in Chicago about how they obtained their guns. Very few of them described getting their guns from licensed gun dealers, or by stealing them.For people with criminal records, “most of these transactions are not with people who are in the real business of selling guns, licensed or unlicensed. It’s much more casual transactions involving acquaintances, family members, street sources,” Cook said.The White House emphasized both gun shows and Internet sales as places where it was easy to conduct risky sales with no background check requirements.But Cook said that, according to surveys, neither the Internet nor gun shows were places were “the typical gang member or robber” goes to buy a gun.“Nobody in the jail survey mentioned they had gone online,” Cook said. “I wonder if they would trust that arrangement. What they were telling us about the transactions they were involved with—on both sides, it was important that they either knew the other person or that they had somebody who would vouch for them. There was very little dealing going on among strangers.”The 2015 Everytown study, which “analyzed every federal prosecution of ‘engaging in the business’ of dealing guns without a license in 2011 and 2012” also found “defendants relied on gun shows, online markets, or print ads to buy or sell their wares” in “approximately 10 percent of cases.”At the same time, Cook said, that did not mean that gun shows and the Internet did not play a role in illegal trafficking. It’s extremely hard to track the movement of guns between their sale by a licensed dealer and the moment they are recovered at a crime scene or from someone not legally allowed to own them. Gun shows and the Internet might play a role in a chain of sales between these points, he said, and “might be supplying the pipeline of guns that are being trafficked into Chicago or New York.”The ATF has no estimate for how many additional people, if any, may decide to get licensed and start conducting background checks as a result of its new guidance, though “it is reasonable to believe that there will be some increase in the number of new applications for firearms licenses,” ATF spokesman Corey Ray wrote in an e-mail.Will the ATF start cracking down on gun sellers in the gray area that the guidance deals with? “Because this really isn’t new regulation, the requirements are already in place and enforcement is ongoing,” Ray wrote.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Editorial: State’s pork barrel fund needs oversight

October 20, 2020

first_imgKnowing all this in hindsight, would you have ever given this person even one red cent of your hard-earned money?But that’s pretty much how the state Legislature determines how hundreds of millions of our tax dollars are spent each year — through a giant political slush fund known as the State and Municipal Facilities Program, or SAM.The Empire Center, a government watchdog group in Albany, calls it the “biggest, murkiest, pork-barrel slush fund Albany (and perhaps any state capital) has ever seen.”The allocation is slipped into the state budget without any explanation from legislative leaders and the governor.According to the Empire Center, there are no public hearings, debates or briefings on why state taxpayers are compelled to pay into or expand the fund. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, New York’s chief fiscal officer, has complained that the state budget includes no details on what the funds are to be used for or the process for approving the spending of the money.Essentially, the state can spend it on virtually anything. It’s used for “economic development,” one of the most broad and wasteful categories of state spending. It also is allocated to local governments, schools, colleges, libraries and even sewer districts for anything ranging from capital assets to “innovation,” according to the center. Categories: Editorial, OpinionSay a stranger comes up to you on the street and asks you for $1,000.He doesn’t tell you what he needs the money for. It’s a secret. He just tells you he needs it.  You don’t ask any questions or place any restrictions on the money. You just hope he does the right thing.The next year, the same man approaches you. He says he’s got $750 leftover from the money you gave him last year. But he wants you to give him another $1,000, plus an extra $50 this year.Again, he doesn’t tell you why he needs it or what he plans to do with it. And again, you ask no questions and set no restrictions.The year after that, same deal. Legislators can request money from the fund for pet projects in their districts, helping them gain favor with local voters and boost their re-election chances.Some of the projects certainly might be worthwhile and desired by local communities. But since there’s no rhyme or reason for how the money is allocated and no stringent application process based on priorities of needs, our tax dollars for this fund might be going to buy trees to line a bike path on Long Island or for a dog park in Watertown or to prop up some risky start-up company that may never produce a return for taxpayers.There’s nothing wrong with providing funding for legitimate government projects. That’s why you have a state budget. But the unaccountable manner in which this fund is supported and distributed without justification for every dollar spent is secretive and wasteful.You might as well fork over your wallet to a stranger.The chances of the money being spent appropriately are just as bad.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Nov. 7

October 20, 2020

first_imgEncourage reading with bookmarksTeachers or anybody, bookmarks. They are so easy you can make a variety of bookmarks from used greeting cards. I take my glue stick and glue the front and back together. You can put a message on the back if you want.I bet kids would read more with a special bookmark to use. This is a good idea to send to our service members.Emily BushBallston SpaNo quid pro quo is heard on Ukraine callI have to admit I love the president and Fox News. I also respect the opinions expressed by Judge Andrew Napolitano. The judge said that the evidence for impeachment against the president is supported in the transcript of his phone call to President Zelenskyy of Ukraine.I listened to the recording of the phone call released by the president and was convinced that he was referring to matters concerning the 2016 election. There was nothing about holding back aid at all.I don’t know how Judge Napolitano came to that conclusion. That said, I decided to download the White House transcript so I could read it myself. It can be found on the Whitehouse.gov website. After carefully reading the text more than once, I have to disagree with the judge’s opinion.I’m not a lawyer, but in my opinion,  there was not a hint of a quid pro quo of any kind during the conversation. If you’re a lawyer, read the transcript and tell me where I’m wrong. But please don’t refer to the myriad people’s opinions of what they think they heard during the call. Just refer to the transcript.The Democrats can spin the call all they want, but in my opinion, their impeachment attempt it will go into the dumpster with the Mueller report.Ron BelliSchenectadyTime to set aside hatred in AmericaHow unfortunate, and, yet so typical of liberals today, that they cannot even pay a compliment without slamming the president.John Kucij’s Nov. 1 letter is trying to thank The Gazette for a photo that appeared. But in his opening paragraph, and I quote, “With all the negative energy being generated by our dishonest, incompetent and mean-spirited president,” Mr. Kucji comes across as the one who is mean-spirited.With people such as Mr. Kucji using every opportunity to demean the president, even while trying to pay a compliment, the divide will continue.It’s time for all Americans to set aside the hate.Lynn LathamMechanicvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVoters need IDs to confirm identitiesI am beyond perplexed, perturbed and bewildered. I visited Via Port Rotterdam to vote early.When I approached the desk, I pulled out my driver’s license to identify myself. I was blatantly told they didn’t need it. I then asked, “How do you intend on figuring out who I am?” They asked my name and address and advised me that they would verify by my signature. That is beyond ridiculous.I could register to vote as Fred Flintstone with a bogus address and just put a wavy line as my signature. Without a picture ID, there’s no verification and no way to tell who is voting. The Schenectady Board of Elections needs to make a serious change on how they verify voters. However, I really doubt this will happen.Robert WernerSchenectadylast_img read more

‘We all need to make sacrifices’, Jokowi says in subdued Idul Fitri greeting

October 19, 2020

first_imgHe urged the public to prioritize their health and that of their families.“I am sure that, together, as a country, we can make it through this trying time,” he said. “Happy Idul Fitri, forgive me for my physical and emotional wrongdoings.”The President himself would be spending the holiday at Bogor Palace in West Java instead of his hometown Surakarta in Central Java, presidential spokesperson Angkie Yudistia said separately. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and first lady Iriana wished all Indonesians a happy Idul Fitri in a subdued video greeting as the country celebrates the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan differently amid the COVID-19 outbreak.It is customary for Indonesians to gather with their families in their hometowns for Idul Fitri, in a tradition known as mudik (exodus). This year, however, the government has banned the mudik to curb the spread of COVID-19.“We celebrate differently, because [now] we all need to make sacrifices to refrain from the usual mudik and [family] gatherings,” Jokowi said in a video message on the State Palace YouTube channel on Saturday. “This is part of the President’s commitment to physical distancing and reducing the potential for COVID-19 transmission,” she said in a statement on Saturday. “Gatherings and open house events are also temporarily canceled, as current conditions do not allow for them.”Previously, Coordinating Legal, Political and Human Rights Minister Mahfud MD noted that mass Idul Fitri prayers in mosques or public squares had been prohibited through the Health Ministry’s regulation on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and the 2018 Health Quarantine Law.The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), chaired by Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, has also issued a fatwa that allows Idul Fitri prayers to be performed at home.The virus outbreak has also forced Muslims to forgo other religious rituals and traditions during Ramadan as the Religious Affairs Minister called to avoid performing the tarawih (evening Ramadan prayers) in congregation as well as visiting relatives’ graves.Topics :last_img read more

YMCA presents ‘Snow White Dance Recital and Theater Concert’

September 23, 2020

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Southeastern Indiana YMCA presents the “Snow White Dance Recital and Theatre Concert” Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Batesville High School Auditorium. Free to All.The Y Dance will bring to the life the creativity of Disney’s “Snow White” through various genres of dance and, for the first time, narrations by our theatre students.For more information please call Lizzy Moeller at 812-934-6006 or lmoeller@siymca.org.last_img