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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Urges Legislature to Support Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plan

first_img Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – U.S. Senator Bob Casey wrote a letter to the Pennsylvania General Assembly urging members to support Gov. Wolf’s aggressive infrastructure plan, Restore Pennsylvania.“This plan would make historic investments in high-speed internet access, storm preparedness and resiliency, transit and blight demolition and redevelopment,” said Sen. Casey. “It represents an opportunity for both parties to come together and make a historic investment in the economy of the Commonwealth, and in doing so, in the future of our children, our families, our middle class and the state of Pennsylvania.”Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs by injecting $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects selected by local officials who are best situated to determine need.“I thank Sen. Casey for recognizing the critical need to invest in infrastructure if we want to make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century economy,” said Gov. Wolf. “Each day we continue to debate this issue, our competitors are working on infrastructure projects that move them ahead and make them more attractive to businesses. It’s time that we unite to make our commonwealth a better place to live, work and do business.”Funded through a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here. April 16, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Urges Legislature to Support Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Planlast_img read more

Organisers to blame for Bolt’s collapse – team-mates

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Usain Bolt’s dramatic and inglorious end to his top level career was the fault of world championship organisers, his furious team-mates claimed.The 30-year-old 100 metres and 200m world record-holder collapsed on the London Stadium track whilst anchoring Jamaica in the final of the 4x100m on Saturday as cramp gripped his leg.Bolt lay prone on the track but waved away the offer of a wheelchair and eventually, aided by his three team-mates, limped across the line before making a hasty exit — not the way the man who had won triple Olympic gold at the same stadium in 2012 would have wished his competitive career in championships to finish.But his team-mates complained that his problem was caused by organisers keeping the relay teams waiting in the cold before their race as several medal ceremonies were held.“I think they were holding us too long in the call room. The walk was too long. Usain was really cold. In fact Usain said to me, ‘Yohan, I think this is crazy. 40 minutes and two medal presentations before our run’,” said Yohan Blake, who branded the wait as “crazy”.“We kept warming up and waiting, then warming up and waiting,” added the 2011 100m world champion, who also won Olympic relay gold in 2012 and 2016 with Bolt.“I think it got the better of us. We were over warm.“To see a true legend, a true champion go out there and struggling like that.“The race was 10 minutes late and we were kept 40 minutes.”Bolt may not have led Jamaica to a glorious finale anyway, though, as he took the baton well behind eventual winners Great Britain and the US. Share on: WhatsApp But Jamaica’s 110m hurdles world champion Omar McLeod — who ran the first leg — likewise pointed the finger at organisers for denying his country’s greatest star a more fitting swansong.“It’s heart wrenching,” said McLeod, who is also the Olympic champion.“It was ridiculous man, we were there around 45 minutes waiting outside, I think they had three medal ceremonies before we went out so we were really trying our hardest to stay warm and keep upbeat.“But it was ridiculous. We waited a really long time. I drank like two bottles of water.”Their criticism echoed that of Justin Gatlin, who led an American 1-2 alongside team-mate Christian Coleman to deny Bolt a farewell gold in the individual 100m.“I think it was the elements. I am sorry he got this injury. He is still the best in the world,” said Gatlin.“It was a recipe. I don’t want to say this, I understand we need to be ready early, but I think we took our clothes off a little too early.“It’s a little chilly in here so I think that’s where the cramp came from. That’s what he suffered with. He was running out there cold.”Despite his relatively unsuccessful championships — in which he will exit with just a single bronze medal — Bolt will still be accorded a final lap of honour in a tribute ceremony before the curtain comes down on the world championships later on Sunday.last_img read more

Capturing summer’s look and feel

first_img“I’m doing more shows this year,” said Gould, who’s found that her loyal clientele is visiting regularly both in person and online. She adds that she sold a number of the paintings included in both exhibits online before she even had a chance to hang them.The “Midsummer” show is populated by a number of artists who have been represented by the gallery for some time, as well as two newcomers – Susan Cabral and Murray Taylor.Cabral creates quiet scenes of Island life in oil. The work on view at Louisa Gould’s includes a handful of paintings of unoccupied rowboats at rest on the water and two scenes of ocean surf. Her images speak of solitude and peace. “Menemsha Morning,” oil on canvas, 38 in. x 60 in. — Nick Paciorek Taylor has also contributed Vineyard scenes to the show, although his work represents a slightly different perspective. For the show the artist has captured the rugged quality of the Island in views of the Aquinnah Cliffs and the Gay Head Lighthouse.“Midsummer” also features new paintings by John Holladay, Nick Paciorek, Teek Eaton-Koch, and Rick Fleury, as well as botanical prints from Peggy Turner Zablotny and ceramics by Suzanne Hill.For “Summer Stories,” Gould selected three artists whose work, as she sees it, represents the look and feel of summer. While ceramicist Jennifer McCurdy works in abstracts, all of her intricate, curvilinear forms mimic nature in some way. During the long quarantine months, McCurdy has used the downtime to work out new forms and designs, many of which are on display at the gallery. Paul Beebe’s seascapes capture the majestic nature of the Vineyard in all of its ripe summer glory. 1 of 13 “Fog Lifting,” original oil, 8.5 in. x 12 in. — Linda Besse “Dry Docked,” original oil, 25 in. x 18 in. — Linda Besse “Osprey,” original oil, 7.5 in. x 10 in. — Linda Besse “Freedom,” oil on canvas, 20 in. x 40 in. — Susan Cabral “The Song,” oil on panel, 16 in. x 12 in. — Linda Besse “First Light,” oil on linen, 22 in. x 28 in. — Paul Beebecenter_img “Waters Edge,” original oil, 9 in. x 12 in. — Linda Besse “Summer Reading,” original oil, 20 in. x 16 in. — Linda Besse “Hydrangea Breeze,” oil on canvas, 40 in. x 54 in. — Nick Paciorek While Louisa Gould may be facilitating safe social distancing practices at her Main Street gallery in Vineyard Haven, that doesn’t mean that the walls and shelves aren’t fully stocked with a variety of work by dozens of artists. Currently the spacious gallery is hosting two shows concurrently. One — “Midsummer” — features work by eight artists representing a variety of media. The other – “Summer Stories” – is a three-person show of work by two of the gallery’s most popular painters and one ceramicist. “Gilded Torch Vessel,” fine porcelain sculpture, 16 in x 11 in. x 11 in. — Jennifer McCurdy “Walker Bay,” oil on canvas, 36 in. x 48 in. — Susan Cabral “Beach House,” oil on canvas, 36 in. x 48 in. — Susan Cabral Photorealist painter Linda Besse loves animals so much that she has traveled to all seven continents to observe all types of species up close. “If you’re going to be painting wildlife, it really helps to see animals in their natural habitat,” she says. The artist is the daughter of Alden Besse of Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven. The elder Besse was a beloved figure on the Vineyard for many years, and the Besse family’s Island roots go back many generations. Linda spent summers as a child on the Vineyard, and has continued to travel back and forth from her home in Washington State several times a year.While on Island, Besse often chooses shorebirds as subjects for her work. Among her recent contributions to the show are remarkably lifelike images of turnstones, oystercatchers, plovers, and other birds captured, appropriately, foraging for food against impressive backdrops of sparkling ocean waves. In these paintings, the artist manages to depict both the majesty of the ocean and the delicate nature of the creatures who depend upon it.One of the most impressive of Besse’s new paintings is an image of an osprey returning to its nest after a hunt: Every branch of the massive structure atop a pole is meticulously rendered in the artist’s photorealist style.All of the bird paintings were done from onsite sketches and photos taken on Chappaquiddick. Besse notes that she was fortunate to have access to nesting areas along the shore during the spring and early summer. “My husband loves to fish,” she says. “He always gets beach passes for Wasque. It’s been great going out there before the crowds arrive. It’s a fantastic area for shorebirds.”Both “Midsummer” and “Summer Stories” will be on view simultaneously through Sept. 8, when the latter will be replaced by a very special exhibit featuring work from the annual Mystic International Group show. With the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, Conn., temporarily closed due to COVID, Gould will be exhibiting the work of a dozen or so of the country’s foremost maritime painters in her gallery throughout September and October. Work by nine of the featured artists is currently available online at louisagould.com.“Midsummer,” an exhibit of work by Nick Paciorek, Teek Eaton-Koch, Murray Taylor, Rick Fleury, Peggy Turner Zablotny, John Holladay, Susan Cabral, and Suzanne Hill, will be on display through Oct. 1. “Summer Stories,” featuring new work by Linda Besse, Jennifer McCurdy, and Paul Beebe, will hang through Sept 1. The Louisa Gould Gallery at 54 Main St., Vineyard Haven, is open daily from 11 to 5, and by appointment for private viewing.last_img read more

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Hospitalized with COVID-19

first_imgDue to a persistent high temperature ten days after being diagnosed with coronavirus British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, has been hospitalized for testing. According to reports, the Prime Minister is still battling COVID-19 and its symptoms such as fever and cough.Reports are that this was not an emergency admission but that Johnson was admitted to hospital for testing and monitoring. Meanwhile 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth address the nation today. It was a rare speech given by the queen who wanted to reassure England that there is light at the end of the tunnel with the virus and that “we shall succeed.” Her son, Prince Charles, 71, was also diagnosed with the coronavirus seven days ago and is now reportedly out of self-isolation.last_img

Lacey Chamber of Commerce Seeks Executive Director

first_imgSubmitted by Lacey ChamberThe Lacey Chamber of Commerce has an immediate opening for a new Executive Director.  The Chamber is a vibrant, business-driven Chamber of Commerce with approximately 350 members and 3 current employees.   Membership is highly invested in the Chamber and the Board of Directors is a cohesive unit (13 members) with a dynamic Strategic Plan.   A thriving business community in Thurston County which offers excellent schools, outstanding health care resources, and a high quality of life.The Chamber’s mission is to promote economic growth of the local business community.  The Executive Director is responsible for all administrative and management functions of the organization.Key accountabilities/leadership/management skills & abilities, including:Identification of the current and future business community /business climate in Lacey & its Urban Growth Area. Stakeholder management-relationship builder.  Community involvement. Economic development and working w/stakeholders.Vision/strategic planning & skills.Member recruitment and retention. Build/grow & retain membershipFinancial management/annual business planningHuman resource management.  Staff leadership. Motivation/coordination of volunteersEvent planning.Background:  Successful candidates should possess demonstrated/proven experience guiding an organization, preferably in the management of a chamber of commerce organization.Salary TBD, depending upon experience and qualifications.Lacey Chamber of Commerce is an At-Will, Equal Opportunity Employer.   Please let us know if you need  accommodations to participate in the application process.Interested candidates need to submit a resume, along with 3 references, to: Al Eckroth, Chair-Search Committee:   [email protected]  by December 15th, 2013. Facebook4Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Nelson’s Dryden Hunt has NHL teams scrambling for his services

first_imgOne of the teams rumoured in the mix is the Columbus Blue Jackets.Hunt scored this fifth hat-trick of the season Sunday during a 5-1 win over Swift Current Broncos in Moose Jaw.The 6-foot, 200 pound left winger leads the Western Hockey League in points with 99, on 49 goals and 50 assists through 61 games.Hunt, named player-of-the-month for January and recently player-of-the-week, had a recent run of four hat tricks in five games was stopped last Friday in the Warriors 4-3 overtime win at Prince Albert.The past 10 games the Nelson Minor Hockey grad has totalled 18 goals and seven assists for 25 points.  The Warriors, 6-2-1-0 in the past 10 games, are third in the Eastern Conference of the WHL, two points behind Prince Albert Raiders.While Hunt spent last off season at the rookie camp of the Montreal Canadiens and the season before briefly with Carolina Hurricanes prospects, he left both camps unsigned.That all could change as Hunt considers his options with a list of NHL teams vying for his services. Good things come to those who wait.Passed over two straight years at the National Hockey League draft, Nelson’s Dryden Hunt is now turning the heads of professional scouts.TSN’s Hockey Insider Darren Dreger Tweeted Wednesday that:”At least 5 NHL clubs interested in signing 20 yr old Moose Jaw Warriors forward, Dryden Hunt. Decision as early as next wk.”last_img read more

No stretch run here as Leafs drop pair on the weekend

first_imgA promising start to the New Year is turning into a nightmare for the Nelson Leafs.The Green and White lost its third straight — fourth in the last five games — 3-2 to the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena. Nelson lost to Beaver Valley Nitehawks 4-3 Saturday as the Leafs completed a long 10-game home stand with a 3-4-1-2 record.The Leafs took a 1-0 lead on the Rebels as Alex Meeker, back from serving a suspension, scored on the power play six minutes into the game.last_img