first_img Gavel Gamut By Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.com(Week of 03 April 2017)KATRINA SUE MANN(1957 – 2017)A EULOGYGentle Reader, you may wonder why there is no photograph of Katrina to go with this eulogy nor are there other written remembrances of her forty years of service to Posey County and me. The reason is to be found in the adage which best describes her: “The impossible can be accomplished if praise is not the object.”Katrina served Posey County from 1976 at age eighteen until March 27, 2017 without seeking or wanting recognition. She worked first for Posey Circuit Court Judge Steve Bach, then for Posey County assessor Mary Lee Curtis, then for Posey County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Rachels and his successor Tom McClelland, then with me in what was the Posey County/now Posey Superior Court/ and from 1983 until last week with me in the Posey Circuit Court.According to the Posey County Auditor’s Office, as of last week Katrina had 494.50 hours of unused/unpaid vacation, personal, sick and flex time (comp. time). Katrina could never find time for herself as she was always doing for everybody else. The Court came first, right after her family.Her work required diligence and intelligence. Her diligence was legendary among her fellow workers and thousands of citizens who relied upon her for answers to countless complicated legal questions. Of course, most people did not know about her 144 point I.Q., every point of which often came to the rescue of attorneys, litigants and me.There was no job or issue that came before the Court that Katrina felt was not her responsibility. If there was work to be done and people to be helped, she was all in without a request for assistance or thanks.Gentle Reader, you may have never had the honor and pleasure of knowing Katrina Sue Mann but if you or your family, friends or clients needed any service from Posey County government during the last forty years, you may well owe a debt of gratitude to Katrina. However, do not feel bad for not knowing about her sterling service and generous attitude; she would have been embarrassed for you to acknowledge her.For example, Katrina worked right up to going into the hospital last week in spite of immense pain and discomfort. I am pretty sure now, although she fought to the end, she knew this time was different. Of course, she made sure nobody else, including me, knew.Since Katrina can no longer prevent anyone from singing a paean to her, perhaps if you knew her but also did not get a chance to tell her goodbye, you may wish to join in the following farewell:Elegy to Kat MannA young girl from West Franklin came,to work at the Court, but not to seek fame.Her long flowing hair framed a lovely fresh face,to me she’s the same tho’ the years moved apace.Dreams she had many, she kept them inside,while others she served her own would abide.Her nephews and niece knew Aunt Sue Sue wouldn’t fail,her Mom and siblings would always prevail.She gave of her best each day of her life,solving the Court’s innumerable strifes.She never smoked, drank or cursed or pulled a trigger,yet she is the one whose own body attacked her, go figger.Never a word of self or complaint,ever for others much as a saint.Kat Mann I miss you, you know we all will,if there is any justice, you’ll be with us still.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

USDA says new Listeria rule has made a difference

first_imgDec 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Most firms that produce ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products have taken specific steps to prevent Listeria contamination since new federal safety rules took effect last year, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week. The document says that in the first 9 months under the new regulations, 76% of the plants had no “noncompliance records,” or violation notices, while 24% had been notified of some type of violation. The report doesn’t describe what kinds of violations were most common. About 51% of all RTE plants are classified as “very small,” and these accounted for 56% of the Listeria-related rule violations. Jun 6, 2003, CIDRAP News story on announcement of interim final rule on Listeriahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/june0503listeria.html The report says that FSIS has found Listeria contamination on about 1% or fewer of recent RTE product samples. However, it cites limited evidence from other sources that 3% to 5% of RTE meats from retail delicatessens—which are not regulated by the USDA—may harbor Listeria. The FSIS said it would accept comments on the report as well as on the Listeria rule itself until Jan 31, 2005. (See FSIS news release link below for details on how to submit comments.) The report also says that no firms have availed themselves of an option under the new rules to cite Listeria-control measures on their product labels. The provision was intended to give companies an incentive to install newer control technologies, with the idea that citing these measures on labels would confer a marketing advantage, FSIS spokesman Steven Cohen told CIDRAP News. The USDA does not regulate retail delis, which are under the jurisdiction of the FDA and state and local health departments, according to FSIS officials. But the report recommends that the FSIS should increase comparisons of the levels of Listeria on RTE products at production plants and at retail delis. The report suggests that retail delicatessens may be a soft spot in defenses against Listeria. “Evidence indicates that slicing and packaging of luncheon meats at retail deli counters presents a significant source of exposure to L. monocytogenes,” it states. “Prevalence reported from these sources ranges from 3 to 5 percent in deli meat sliced at retail.” But more studies are needed, because the samples that yielded the data were small, the report says. The data come from unpublished findings from New York State and one published study. Dec 1 FSIS news releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_120104_01/index.asp “Under the Listeria rule, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products are safer and public health is being better protected,” Elsa Murano, USDA under secretary for food safety, said in a news release. “If progress continues at the current rate, we should achieve the Healthy People 2010 goal of lowering the incidence of listeriosis to 0.25 cases per 100,000 people.” However, close to a quarter of firms that produce RTE products, such as hot dogs and deli meats, failed to comply with some aspect of the new Listeria rules in the first 9 months after they took effect, according to the report by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Random testing of RTE products this year, including tests on the riskiest products, has shown Listeria on about 1% of samples or less, the report states. In general sampling, 3 of 345 samples collected in the first 5 months of this year tested positive for the pathogen. In testing of the highest-risk products over the same period, 11 of 1,349 samples tested positive. In October 2003 the FSIS added a requirement that firms take specific steps to prevent Listeria contamination of RTE foods. The rule says producers must choose one of three approaches: (1) using both a “post-lethality” (post-cooking) treatment, such as heating, and a chemical growth inhibitor; (2) using either a post-lethality treatment or a growth inhibitor; or (3) using sanitation only. Firms using sanitation only are supposed to get the most FSIS inspections and those using the first approach the fewest.center_img The team reports that more than 87% of the nearly 3,000 plants that produce RTE meats have adopted at least one Listeria-related measure since the regulations took effect in October 2003. About 17% of the plants began using a post-lethality treatment to control Listeria, and 27% began using an antimicrobial agent or “other control process” in one or more of their RTE products. Also, about 59% of the firms started testing for Listeria or similar organisms on food-contact surfaces after the rules took effect, the report says. Listeria monocytogenes can grow on refrigerated meat and cause serious illness in pregnant women, elderly people, and others with weak immune systems. Largely because of the risk of listeriosis, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says these groups should not eat hot dogs or deli meats unless they are reheated, nor should they eat refrigerated meat spreads, refrigerated smoked seafood unless cooked, or products containing unpasteurized milk. See also: Full FSIS reporthttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/Oppde/rdad/frpubs/97-013F/LM_Assessment_Report_2004.pdf “This may be a way to differentiate their product from others,” Cohen said. “It’s a little early at this point to expect to see much of that. They would have to propose a label, and we’d evaluate it.” The new report was prepared by a 28-member FSIS team that was assigned to measure the effectiveness of all aspects of the Listeria regulations. The USDA began strengthening its Listeria rules for RTE meats in November 2002, after an outbreak in the Northeast involving at least 52 illness cases, seven deaths, and three miscarriages. That prompted the agency to require plants to start testing their surfaces and equipment for Listeria or else submit to increased testing by the FSIS. Previously the FSIS had tested RTE products but not plant equipment. In other items, the report says most of the small and very small plants producing RTE products didn’t receive or didn’t know about the FSIS compliance guidelines for the Listeria regulations. Cohen said he was confident that all the firms were aware of the regulations, since inspectors meet weekly with plant managers, but there may not have been “100% penetration on all the supporting materials that were available.” Nov 2002 CIDRAP News story on requirement that plants test environmental surfaces for Listeriahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/listtests.html CIDRAP News story on recent FDA Listeria risk assessmenthttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/oct2103listeria.htmllast_img read more

Into the spotlight: Just 2 years after its inception, SU ice hockey is contender because of Flanagan

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Paul Flanagan wanted something different. He played ice hockey at St. Lawrence for four years. He worked as an assistant coach on the men’s team for 10 seasons. He then took over the reigns of the women’s team for another nine seasons. Flanagan was happy there. It came with the success. Three NCAA tournament appearances with the men’s team. Five Frozen Four appearances with the women’s team, including four straight from 2003-07. A 230-83-24 record at the helm of the Lady Saints to go along with numerous coaching awards. For Flanagan, everything was good. But he craved something new. So when Syracuse asked him to take over the infant program it was starting following the 2008 season, he decided it was the challenge he had been waiting for. ‘I had been at St. Lawrence for 20 years, and I had 20 great years there,’ he said. ‘But this was just an opportunity to start a program, start it from scratch and try to put my print on it, so to speak. … Maybe I was just getting a little antsy. We had had a lot of success, and maybe that challenge was just kind of pulling at me a little bit.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Less than three years later, Flanagan’s prints are all over the program. So much so that his team is ranked No.2 in the conference. Yes, there were struggles in the beginning. Lack of numbers and adequate facilities hurt the young Orange. But there has already been a vast turnaround. Syracuse enters its third season vying for a College Hockey America conference championship, which, Flanagan said, puts the team in the mix for an NCAA tournament berth. And the players believe it all starts with their head coach. ‘He is the face of the franchise,’ junior forward Lisa Mullan said. ‘I think that’s why we’ve gone past anyone’s expectations, because he knows who to bring in and he knows how to use what he’s got, to work with what he’s got. And he uses every single skill and asset in every single player he has.’ Then and now First-year expectations for the Orange were low, to say the least. Mullan said some of the bigger goals included not getting scored on and not looking like a first-year team. But with 20 players on the roster and no home locker room or workout facility to be found, not looking like a first-year team was a little tougher than it sounded. ‘First year, I think it was a struggle just to get through the season,’ junior forward Megan Skelly said. ‘We had lots of obstacles in our way. We didn’t have (facilities). We were shoved in a box.’ And that all showed on the ice. Six losses by three goals or more. Ten games scoring a single goal or being shut out. A final record of 9-16-3. It was rough. But Flanagan figured it would be. ‘I think that understanding how difficult it is recruiting-wise and how much more competitive it is,’ he said. ‘When I took over the St. Lawrence program, it was two years old, and it was easier back then. It was just a little bit easier to turn something around quicker. I knew this would be more of a challenge, and it would be hard to duplicate that.’ But things got significantly better just one year later, thanks to some new faces brought in by Flanagan. Eight new freshmen and a transfer joined the Orange ranks. And it was more than just added depth. It was quality. Brittaney Maschmeyer transferred from St. Lawrence to reunite with her old coach for her senior season. She was elected an assistant captain by her teammates and powered the SU defense. Flanagan also lured in freshman forward Isabel Menard, one of the most sought-after recruits in the nation, by also bringing in her twin sister Talia. They said they didn’t always plan on coming to the same school, but Flanagan knew bringing both in would help pull them to SU. ‘I think we’ve ended up at the same school because we liked it,’ Isabel said in an interview last season. ‘We both like it here, and our role on the team helped us pick this team.’ Talia is still a bit of a project for Flanagan, only seeing limited action in every game last year. But Isabel went on to lead the Orange in scoring, earned CHA Rookie of the Year honors and was a first-team All-League member. Now entering the program’s third year, Syracuse has a full 25-member roster. Ten incoming freshmen and defensive transfer Ashley Cockell from hated Mercyhurst gives the Orange even more quality depth than a year ago. And with just over a week of practices so far this year, Flanagan can already see the talent level rising. ‘I notice in our practices just how much more competitive we are and how much more skilled we are,’ he said. ‘Rather than having just a few players that could do certain things who are consistent, now we’ve got quite a few. That’s the big improvement. The numbers, the depth and, I guess, the quality in the numbers just keeps getting better.’ The players can see it, too. And again, they know it’s Flanagan who is responsible. ‘I think without him, we wouldn’t have the recruits we have today,’ Skelly said. ‘He draws in a lot of the players just because of his reputation as a good coach.’ Making a statement Last February, the Orange hit its low point of the season with a 1-0 loss to CHA bottom-feeder Robert Morris. To Flanagan, it was simply not acceptable. The end of the year was fast approaching, with playoffs just around the corner. Yet the team still had no energy in the home game against its conference foe. He had to do something to make sure his team got the point. So he called a team meeting the next morning before the Orange’s second game with Morris. Flanagan announced Skelly and forward Janelle Malcolm, two key contributors to the Orange offense, would not dress for the game that afternoon. ‘It was definitely a shock when that happened,’ Mullan said Tuesday, looking back on the decision. ‘But I think everybody understood that it was a wake-up call to everyone.’ And wake up the Orange is exactly what it did. Syracuse won the game that afternoon, coming from behind for a 3-2 victory over the Colonials. Flanagan acknowledged after the game that it could have gone differently. SU could have lost, and questions about that decision could have come up. But the Orange players have too much faith and too much belief in what their coach does for them to lose confidence in him. ‘It sucked, obviously,’ Skelly said. ‘But everyone looks up to Coach, and they expect him to make the best decision. We have that trust in him when we come to the rink every day.’ And that faith in Flanagan does not simply start by being a member of the Orange. He builds relationships with all his players, so he knows how to handle each individual. ‘Figuring out an athlete’s personality or trying to get to know an athlete’s personality is pretty important, because it matters on the bench,’ he said. ‘Sometimes it matters how you approach that person, whether it’s constructive criticism or just any type of feedback that you give them. Sometimes it’s nice to know and understand what they’re all about.’ And the players can see it. They notice he greets everyone when they walk into the team locker room before practice. They notice how he handles each player a little differently. He won’t ever let laziness or mistakes go unattended. He will stop practice and yell or briefly pull his players aside. Players can set up a meeting with him, whether to discuss what they need to improve upon or to simply talk about school. And it helps him coach up every individual to the fullest. ‘He sees things in players that other coaches don’t,’ Mullan said. ‘He can see potential in players. He has a really good knack for what to do when. When to get us fired up, when to make us scared, when to make us have confidence. He’s really good with that.’ And even in a situation in which Flanagan decides to make a statement to his team, like he did last February prior to Syracuse’s second matchup with Morris, the Orange players’ confidence in him never falters. ‘He’s the best coach in the league,’ said former SU-goalie Lucy Schoedel after SU’s win over the Colonials. ‘Honestly, the best.’ Leaving his prints Entering this season, the expectations are drastically different from what they were just two years ago. The Orange is set on a CHA title and beating out conference rival No. 3 Mercyhurst. Surviving the season as an infant program is no longer the biggest worry. ‘I think we’re over the, ‘Oh, we’re new,’ stage,’ Mullan said. ‘That’s not an excuse anymore. We’re here, we’re in the league, and we want to be noticed.’ The confidence is there, and with it comes the excitement. The forward lines have another year of experience with each other. Syracuse came close to knocking off Mercyhurst twice at the end of last season, but fell just a little short. Flanagan has brought in even more quality depth this year. He has gained the trust of his players and has their full confidence in him. He came to Syracuse looking to leave his mark on a new program. In his mind, he has left a few prints, with more to come. And in his players’ minds, he has done so much more. ‘Without Paul Flanagan, I don’t know what the program would even be like or that there would be one,’ Skelly said. ‘I think the program wouldn’t be nearly as close, or nearly as prestigious for our third year without him.’ [email protected]center_img Published on September 26, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more