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Board Of Elections Certifies Republican Primary Winner In Town Of Busti

first_imgShare: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) WNY News Now File Image.BUSTI — The Chautauqua County Board of Elections says it has certified a winner in the Republican Primary Election for Busti Town Council Vacancy. Officials say Douglas K. Brown originally had a 14-vote lead over Randy L. Sargent on June 23. After the addition of absentee and affidavit ballot numbers, Brown won by a total of 276-246.Brown secured the GOP line for the Nov. 3 General Election and will possibly face off against a yet to be determined Democratic opponent. Officials say Sargent is currently filling the Town Council vacancy by appointment of the Busti Town Council.No other political parties filed candidates for this vote, and officials say the primary will be certified today. The Board of Elections has also forwarded county totals for the Democratic Presidential Primary and the Libertarian 8th Judicial District State Committee Primary, according to Election Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram. last_img read more

Five Cast Recordings Pick Up 2015 Grammy Awards Nominations

first_imgAfter a particularly stingy 2014, when only three Broadway cast albums were nominated in the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy, showtunes are now getting some more love. Five cast recordings received nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.The five albums vying for the golden gramophone are the recordings of Aladdin (Walt Disney Records), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Ghostlight/Razor& Tie), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Ghostlight/Razor & Tie), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Atlantic) and the San Francisco Symphony’s West Side Story (SFS Media). Notable releases snubbed this year include the recordings for If/Then, The Bridges of Madison County and Here Lies Love.Additionally, the Oscar-winning Frozen anthem “Let It Go” was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media, though the song’s beltress, If/Then’s Idina Menzel, did not receive a nod for her vocal performance. The animated blockbuster’s soundtrack was nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.Others nominees of note to Broadway fans include Great White Way alum Ariana Grande, who picked up a Best Pop Vocal Album nomination for My Everything, as well as for Best Group Performance for “Bang Bang” alongside Nicki Minaj and West End vet Jessie J. Broadway alums James Franco and the late Joan Rivers were nominated for Best Spoken Word Album for Actors Anonymous and Diary of a Mad Diva, respectively. Meanwhile, Bright Star’s Steve Martin and Edie Brickell received a nod in the American Roots category for “Pretty Little One.”Each nominee for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album has Broadway ties: Annie Lenox’s Nostalgia features covers of Great American Songbook standards, including Porgy and Bess’ “Summertime,” Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s Cheek to Cheek includes many tunes from stage and screen musicals, Barbra Streisand’s Partners features duet takes on showtunes such as “People” and “Somewhere,” and Johnny Mathis and Barry Manilow, who were nominated for Sending You a Little Christmas and Night Songs, respectively, have both played Broadway.The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air on February 8, 2015 on CBS. Star Files Idina Menzelcenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Of Good Stock to Replace The Swing of the Sea at MTC

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 26, 2015 Related Shows View Comments Of Good Stock An off-Broadway switcheroo is going on. Melissa Ross’ Of Good Stock will receive its New York premiere at MTC, replacing the previously announced The Swing of the Sea by Richard Greenberg. This is to allow for more work to be done on the latter. Directed by Lynne Meadow, the limited engagement will begin previews on June 2 and officially open on June 23 at New York City Center—Stage 1.The three Stockton sisters are witty, brilliant, beautiful—and a total mess, thanks to the legacy of their complicated novelist father. In Melissa Ross’ new play, these women gather at their family home on Cape Cod for a summer weekend. Their reunion ignites passions, humor, and wildly unanticipated upheavals.The production will feature scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Tom Broecker, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff.last_img read more

Matt Shingledecker’s Photo Stash! The Wicked Star Shows Off His Favorite Things

first_imgSelfie right before I go onstage“#shingleselfie a moment before I enter stage left bicycled by Averic behind a saw horse, which fans of the original L. Frank Baum novels will recognize.” View Comments My good luck charm”I want to brag again about my dresser, Michael, whose competition quilts are riddled around the theater including this one currently hanging on my dressing room wall.” The best spot in the theater“When I’m not onstage, one can find me in the rehearsal room doing yoga on Saturdays between shows or playing piano and singing, three of my favorite activities.” My must-have pre-show item”‘This coffee falls into your stomach, and straightway there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move like the battalions of the Grand Army of the battlefield, and the battle takes place. Things remembered arrive at full gallop, ensuing to the wind. The light cavalry of comparisons deliver a magnificent deploying charge, the artillery of logic hurry up with their train and ammunition, the shafts of with start up like sharpshooters. Similes arise, the paper is covered with ink; for the struggle commences and is concluded with torrents of black water, just as a battle with powder.’ -Honoré de Balzac” The best costume piece I wear“Need I say more? #fresno” My favorite co-star“She has been with me since almost the beginning of my journey with Wicked. Kara Lindsay, you are my savior and are number one in my book. Thank you for everything both onstage and off.” My favorite line in the show“Love everyone for who they are, for that will lead to acceptance which is the stepping stone to unconditional love.” Thanks to awesome vlogs and backstage photo features, we already know the Wicked crew has a blast behind the scenes. But for more backstage fun, Broadway.com asked Matt Shingledecker, who is currently “Dancing Through Life” as Fiyero, to go on a photo scavenger hunt and take snapshots of a few of his favorite things around the theater. From his quilted prized possession to the tightest costume on Broadway, check out Shingledecker’s Photo Stash below! The crew member who saves my ass“My view from my dressing room door, including the crew member who saves my ass (once with pink tape), my dresser, Michael. #pano” My favorite fan gift“I will forever use this as a headshot when I audition for any animated project. The artist also let me borrow an Elphaba dress replica for a BC/EFA concert in Toronto. You know who you are! ;)” My must-have dressing room items”These are few of my favorite things. Thanks to Lee Slobotkin (Boq) for most of them.” My favorite snacks“These are my favorite intermission/low blood sugar snacks, Munchkin Seeds, made by Wicked’s very own Mark Overton. And for the best thing to eat on a two-show day, I turn to Spoonfed, coming soon to midtown Manhattan.”last_img read more

Low bid?

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaLandscape businesses are popping up all over Georgia, and eachfaces a common challenge. Big, little, seasoned veteran or new inthe business, each has to decide how much to bid on a job.Without the proper tools, that’s a tough decision. Bid too lowand you lose money. Bid too high and you don’t get the job.Fortunately, the University of Georgia takes the guesswork out ofthe decision with its “Cost Estimating and Job Bidding Workshopsfor Landscape Professionals” Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Griffin, Ga.UGA horticulturists Gary Wade and Elizabeth Winans and economistCesar Escalante will provide computer software and show how touse it to estimate overhead, labor and equipment costs. Theprogram will be in a computer lab and is limited to 26 people, sodon’t wait to sign up.When, whereThe workshop will start at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 in Room 327 of theFlynt Building on the UGA Griffin campus. Get directions or a maponline at www.caes.uga.edu/campus/griffin/profile/directions_maps.html.The first day’s sessions will show how to use Hort Scape softwareto figure landscape installation costs. Friday’s program, whichstarts at 8 a.m., will show how to use Hort Management softwarefor maintenance cost estimating.The $150 fee, or $250 for two people from the same firm, coversthe cost of both software packages, lunch both days, refreshmentbreaks and instruction.Register by phone with a credit card at (770) 229-3477. Or downloada registration form and mail it with a check to Office ofContinuing Education, 125 Stuckey Building, 1109 ExperimentStreet, Griffin, GA 30223.Call (770) 229-3477 for moreinformation.last_img read more

Soy fuel

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaSoybean researcher Dale Wood climbed onto a combine harvester at the University of Georgia Plant Sciences Farm in Oconee County. He grabbed the controls and took the machine for a slow spin, careful not to mow down a row of developing soybeans. Did he notice any difference between running the farm’s equipment on soy biodiesel and on regular diesel? “No,” he said. “And that’s a good thing.”Run by crop and soil scientists of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the farm is a place where Wood and his colleagues run tests on soybeans. Researchers from other departments also use the land for various projects.A connecting factor in all of the research is a red tank that sits at the edge of a barn. Farm workers head there when their equipment needs a refill of a mix of petroleum diesel and soy biodiesel.The Georgia Crop Improvement Association provided the pump and tank to promote soy biodiesel use. They outfitted the Georgia Seed Development Commission with the same equipment.“The idea with soybean biodiesel is to let the farm use it in their tractors and combines,” said GCIA Executive Director Terry Hollifield. “In a way, it’s allowing the soybean breeder to help his own cause.”Hollifield said there’s already a glut of soy oil in the market. “It’s not the healthiest oil on the market,” he said. “But you have to have soybean meal for the livestock industry. That’s why we’re encouraging the use of soybean oil in biodiesel.”Even with the glut, all the soybean oil in the United States – about 3.4 billion gallons – would be only a fraction of the 45 billion gallons of diesel needed for U.S. transportation alone, said Georgia Seed Development Commission director Mike Garland. But it would be a move in the right direction.“Biodiesel is a bridge to the future,” Garland said. “We need to use good science and good business in biodiesel and build that bridge.”Keys in all of this, Garland said, are learning from past fuel mistakes and focusing on environmental, economic and national security issues.Roger Boerma, a soybean breeder and director of the UGA Center for Soybean Improvement, has been researching soybeans at UGA since 1973. As he’s watched the interest in biofuels increase, he’s glad “to see farmers at the forefront of our country’s strategy of providing a safe, readily available and renewable supply of energy.”Even as Wood and Boerma study soybeans, the rest of the state has lost much of its attraction to the crop. The 2 million acres once planted in soybeans in Georgia have dropped to 200,000.Boerma predicts that the downward spiral will reverse as the demand for vegetable oil for biodiesel use expands. “How much expansion we see in soybean production,” he said, “will depend on how the next (federal) farm bill is structured.”If farmers see dollars in soybeans again, Garland says they’re ready. “We know how to produce soybeans in Georgia,” he said. “In this battle for alternative energy sources, we need to go immediately with what we know.”Boerma said it’s possible to increase the oil content of soybean seeds by 30 percent or more. Current varieties contain 20 percent to 21 percent oil.“There are landraces from Asia that contain 27 to 28 percent oil,” he said. “A soybean variety with higher oil content will generally produce lower protein content. In the end, it depends on which seed component – oil or protein – is of the most value to the end user.”Biofuels aren’t the final answer to energy independence. But “there’s no doubt,” Boerma said, “that it’s more pleasant to stand on the sidewalk next to a bus burning biodiesel than one burning conventional petroleum diesel.”last_img read more

Grill Safety

first_imgWhen you check thin food like burgers, insert the stem of the thermometer through the side of the patty to get an accurate reading. Ground beef should reach at least 160 degrees F in the center to be safe. Ground poultry should reach at least 165 degrees. Whole cuts of beef, veal or lamb should reach at least 145 degrees for medium rare or 160 degrees for medium doneness. Pork chops and pork loins should reach 160 degrees. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the food away from any bones and fat. Wait at least 15 seconds to take the reading. Like your neighbors and friends and want to keep them happy? If so, when you invite them for a cook-out, you better make sure the food is safe. Bacteria can multiply quickly in warm, summer temperatures and can turn outdoor entertaining into a neighborhood nightmare. Food safety is just as important when grilling outdoors as it is in the kitchen. Food that is not handled properly can make you sick. To keep guests safe from foodborne illness, remember to:CLEANWash your hands before you touch food and after you handle raw meat, poultry, fish, seafood or eggs. If the location where you are grilling has no running water or soap, take disposable hand wipes and hand sanitizer. You may want to use disposable gloves when handling raw items. Change to a new pair of gloves before handling cooked products. Always keep the food-preparation area clean and use clean utensils. If working outside, take aluminum foil or disposable plates to use as a clean preparation surface and have plenty of disposable utensils on hand. In the kitchen, keep counters, dishes and utensils clean by washing with soap and hot water. SEPARATE Always keep foods separate. Keep contaminated surface and raw food and their juices from coming in contact with foods that are already cooked or ready to eat, like fruits and vegetables. Use a clean plate when removing cooked meats from the grill. Do not put the cooked meat on the plate you used to bring raw meat to the grill. COOKMeat or poultry cooked on the grill can brown quickly on the outside. But is it really done? Take the guesswork out of grilling by using a food thermometer. This helpful tool will tell you when the food has reached the necessary temperature inside to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses. CHILLKeeping food cold is one way to keep harmful bacteria from multiplying. Even when thawing frozen foods, it is important to use methods that don’t allow the food’s surface to warm up while the food is still frozen inside. There are three safe methods for thawing foods: Thaw ahead of time in the refrigerator.Thaw in cold water, changing water every 30 minutes. Thaw in the microwave, cooking the warm food immediately after thawing.If you are planning to marinate meat or poultry before grilling, marinate first in the refrigerator, not on your kitchen counter at room temperature. A summertime cook-out is a great way to entertain your neighbors and friends. But to keep them happy and healthy, remember to keep the food safe for them.last_img read more

Record corn yields

first_imgRecord-setting drought gripped Georgia during critical growing time for corn, knocking out dry-land corn, which accounted for a quarter of the state’s 300,000 acres of corn this year. Despite the drought, Georgia could see record average yields because abandoned dry-land acres won’t be figured in. Without irrigation, basically, there’d be no corn to harvest this year in Georgia. In this episode of “In the Field” Brad Haire speaks with Dewey Lee, University of Georgia grain agronomist, about Georgia’s 2011 corn crop.Watch Without Irrigation, there’d be no 2011 Georgia Corn.(Note to editor: “In the Field” is a video news series produced by Brad Haire, news director with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, providing timely, reliable information about Southern agriculture, and showing it in action. The series is available to use as a multimedia feature for your news group’s website. Higher-resolution files are available for broadcast.)last_img read more

Fiscal wisdom

first_imgNo one has to be taught how to spend money, but learning how to save it can be tough. Learning to save money is a skill people learn more easily when they are younger. “Parents need to teach children to handle the financial challenges and decisions they will face as adults,” said Michael Rupured, a financial management specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “If not, your children may never leave home. If they do leave, without the financial management skills they need, they are likely to return — perhaps with dependents.” While some middle and high schools do offer financial literacy programs, parents should talk to their children about money much earlier, Rupured said. A child is never too young to learn that money is a limited resource. “Research suggests that children begin to exert their influence on purchasing decisions by the age of three,” Rupured said. “The way a parent handles those early wants and desires will likely play out well into adulthood for the child.” One way to teach a child that money is a limited resource is to give that child some of their own. “As soon as your child asks about money they’re old enough for an allowance,” he said. Some parents set up an allowance as payment for chores and some parents offer an allowance as spending money with no strings attached. Rupured believes that what a child does for the money isn’t as important as what they are expected to do with it afterwards. ”Be clear on your expectations about how the allowance is to be used,” he said. “For example, dictate that a certain portion must be saved, another portion shared and the final portion must cover all spending needs between now and when the next allowance payment will be received.” Rupured suggests increasing a child’s allowance as they grow older, but also increasing the number of things the child has to pay for out of his allowance. “For example, you start an allowance program for your five-year-old,” he said. “Next year, give the child a raise, but add the responsibility to pay for school lunches.” If he or she spends their lunch money all in one day, they have to make their own lunch the rest of the week. “If you give the child money, you will be giving that child money for the rest of your life,” he said. “Children need to learn there are consequences for not meeting financial obligations.” When the child gets older, their allowance obligations might grow to include school clothes or gas money. The goal is to provide them with enough practice managing their own money and paying for necessities that they will be able to successfully manage their finances when they are on their own. Remember, while talking with your children about money is important, modeling appropriate financial behaviors and attitudes is, too. Children learn most of what they know about managing money by watching their parents, Rupured said. “Make sure your actions correspond to your words when it comes to managing money,” he said. “Your children learn more from what you do than from what you say.”last_img read more

Mosquito Season

first_imgWith warmer temperatures around the corner, Georgia’s mosquito season won’t be far behind. Each year, entomologists and public health officials urge Georgians to help keep the state’s mosquito population in check by eliminating mosquito habitats from their yards. This year the remote chance of a southeastern U.S. outbreak of Zika — a mosquito-borne virus now prevalent in parts of South America — has them doubling down on their message. “Mosquitoes aren’t active in Georgia yet, but it’s not too soon to start eliminating containers that collect water and getting into the habit of dumping them out,” said Eric Jens, a risk communicator with the Georgia Department of Public Health. There’s a limited risk of a large-scale outbreak of Zika here, but further reducing that risk requires only basic mosquito control practices. Eliminating standing water and trimming back vegetation will reduce populations of nuisance mosquitoes this summer as well as disease-transmitting species, making outdoor spaces more pleasant for summer evenings to come. “I would advise caution. People need to be aware that standing water produces mosquitoes and that mosquitoes can transmit diseases that are preventable,” said Elmer Gray, an entomologist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “Everyone needs to work to eliminate standing water, make sure their screens are intact this spring, use Environmental Protection Agency-approved mosquito repellents according to their directions and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes to minimize exposure.” The risk may be small, but why risk it?The mosquito that is known to carry Zika — Aedes aegypti — is very rare in the state. A small population is found in Columbus, Georgia, each year and a few random specimens have been found in Savannah, Georgia, Gray said. That, in addition to the relatively low numbers of travel-related cases diagnosed among Georgians so far, means the chance of a large-scale outbreak here is low, according to Gray. The availability of clean drinking water from wells or city systems is also a huge factor. Areas where the Zika virus is most common often do not have clean drinking water and, as a result, people store water in drums and large containers outside. These storage containers become larval habitats for the mosquitoes that transmit disease. Coupled with no screens on the windows, the conditions are ideal for disease transmission. Eliminating larval habitats, where possible, is the key to reducing populations and cannot be stressed enough. Mosquitoes need standing water to reproduce, so eliminating sources of standing water in yards and landscapes will go a long way in knocking down populations locally, Gray said. “You need to be diligent about getting outside and dumping all of those containers out because that’s the biggest source of habitats around our homes,” Gray said. “Here in north Georgia, our biggest mosquito problems are the ones we grow ourselves.” Be on the lookout for abandoned planters and flowerpot saucers, mop buckets, toys, overturned flying discs, discarded cups and anything that can hold water. Larvicidal briquettes are available to treat water gardens, rain gardens, clogged drainage ditches or any other permanent landscape feature that holds water for more than a week. Keeping grass trimmed and the vegetation around the borders of lawns cut back can also help reduce the areas where adult mosquitoes hide during the heat of the day, Gray said. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so people may want to stay inside during those times to avoid being bitten. Gray also recommends checking, repairing and replacing window screens at this time of year to keep mosquitoes from making their way inside. Wearing light-colored clothing will help keep mosquitoes at bay, but the most effective thing people can do to protect themselves is to use insect repellent whenever they’re outside in a mosquito-prone area, like on a ball field, out in the yard or out in the woods, Gray said. There are several commercially available, EPA-approved repellents, like picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil and IR3535. Gray prefers products with DEET because they have been tested and proven safe for children as young as 2 months old. “Products containing DEET are still the best choice for young children,” Gray said. “When treating children, an adult should apply the repellent to his or her hands first and then rub the repellent onto the child’s exposed skin, but never to a child’s hands.” Small children have a habit of sticking their hands in their mouths, and if they apply products themselves, there’s a good chance they’ll ingest some of it, he added. For more information about mosquito control, search the UGA Extension publications website for stinging and biting pests at extension.uga.edu/publications and the Georgia Department of Health’s website at dph.georgia.gov/zika-virus-faq.last_img read more