2016-2017 HEATING ADVICE TO STAY SAFE AND SNUG AND SAVE MONEY

first_img2016-2017 HEATING ADVICE TO STAY SAFE AND SNUG AND SAVE MONEYDon’ Be Flustered By Winter’s BlusterFuel to heat our homes can mean high bills. And heating increases the risks of fire, explosion and carbon monoxide poisoning. But a heating system that works efficiently can mean more warmth, more safety—and more money left for other things.The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Building Commission, Evansville Fire Department, Vanderburgh County township fire departments, American Red Cross, Vectren Corp. and your local heating and air conditioning contractors want to alert the citizens of Evansville and Southwestern Indiana to the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, fire and explosion from a malfunctioning furnace, a blocked flue or chimney, a broken gas line or inadequate air for combustion.There may be hidden damage to your furnace, gas piping, flue or chimney. We are recommending that all citizens have their furnaces, space heaters, ranges, water heaters, gas lines, chimneys, flues and other heating equipment checked by a licensed heating contractor without delay. (You should do this every year.) You will protect yourself and your family this winter and save on heating bills.Carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in the air we breathe when fuel-burning equipment is operating and the vent or chimney is obstructed or there is not enough air to let the equipment burn fuel efficiently. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless and catches its victims unaware, sometimes as they sleep. If you suspect a carbon monoxide problem, leave your home and call 911 or your local fire department.Families in Evansville and across the country have been killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, and many others have become seriously ill. Symptoms may be similar to the flu, including headache, dizziness, nausea and shortness of breath. There may be fatigue and confusion. But you may go to sleep and never wake up.Always use portable generators outdoors, far away from the home and any openings. Candle fires also have killed families. Be careful using candles during power outages and other times! And make a family fire escape plan.Help alert your family with carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors, available at all hardware stores, home centers and department stores. Regularly test detectors and change the batteries.THEY CAN HELPEvansville Urban Enterprise Association offers free carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors, while supplies last, to residents of the Enterprise Zone and the service areas outside the zone who have not received them in the past. Phone (812) 426-2490.Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE) handles the Indiana Weatherization Assistance Program in Vanderburgh, Posey and Gibson counties. (Every county in Indiana has an agency for the weatherization program.)  CAPE may repair or replace faulty heating equipment and make other energy-efficient improvements. CAPE also helps with heating bills. CAPE has income limits. Phone (812) 492-3928.Memorial Community Development Corp. offers emergency home repairs. The program covers repairs urgently needed to protect the residents. The home must be occupied by the owner, and there are income limits. Phone (812) 402-5530.Vectren Corp. has details on no-cost home energy assessments and energy-saving products, income-qualified weatherization and rebates for purchases of qualifying furnaces, programmable thermostats, insulation and duct sealing. Phone (866) 240-8476 or visit Vectren.com/SaveEnergy.Community One offers volunteer-based basic home repairs and weatherization to low-income people who own and occupy their homes, especially the elderly and disabled. Phone (812) 250-6888.Handy Chore will change furnace filters, install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, provide fire extinguishers, make some windows and doors weathertight, repair storm doors and outer doors and pump out flooded basements. Handy Chore serves homeowners who are disabled or at least age 60. Phone SWIRCA & More at (812) 464-7817.FOOTNOTE:  Faith-based organizations, social agencies and township trustees may help with heating bills and needs.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Irish sandwich study reveals potential danger

first_imgMore than a quarter of pre-packed sandwiches sold in shops and cafés in Ireland are stored at temperatures higher than 5°C.A Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) study found that 29% of sandwiches were stored above the recommended temperature, while four sandwiches were kept above 8°C, and one was displayed unrefrigerated at 17.9°C classified as unacceptable/potentially hazardous. For three of these sandwiches, there was at least one day remaining until the use-by date expired, which could have allowed even more bacteria to grow.The survey of 948 pre-packed sandwiches at retailers and caterers, assessed the microbiological safety of pre-packaged sandwiches and showed that 99% were satisfactory when tested for the food-borne bacteria Listeria monocytogenes and coagulase positive staphylococci.Jim Winship, of the British Sandwich Association, said that although it recommended sandwiches should be kept below 5°C, the UK level was 8°C: “There shouldn’t be a problem if the sandwiches are made in the right conditions and then kept at 8°C.”last_img read more

Reporting in Upping the Environmental Ambition

first_imgJulian HuntDirector of communications, Food and Drink FederationWe have always believed that food producers who embraced the green agenda would discover that what was good for the environment was nearly always good for their bottom line as well. That was one of the rationales underpinning the Five-fold Environmental Ambition launched by the Food and Drink Federation in 2007.And our experience over the past three years has borne out that belief with member companies reporting significant reductions in their environmental impacts, typically achieved by driving greater operating efficiencies through their businesses.Earlier this month we reported on our members’ recent progress with some impressive headlines such as an overall reduction in carbon emissions by 21% since 1990 and the fact that 90% of all factory waste is now diverted from landfill. Companies have been so successful at working towards the commitments we set in 2007, that we have been working with members and key stakeholders this year to update our Ambition and challenge the sector to go further by refreshing our commitments in the areas of carbon emissions, waste, packaging, water and transport.In upping our Ambition, we have also acknowledged that sustainability does not start or stop at our factory gates it affects every aspect of the supply chain. This is why we have also published a new set of sustainability principles that will guide our ongoing efforts to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve greater impact.In a more resource-constrained future, the industry will have to do more to encourage greater efficiency of resource use. More will need to be produced with less and with less impact if we are to ensure that sustainable food and drink production can be at the heart of a strong, internationally-competitive, low-carbon UK economy.We believe a combination of new targets and this new thinking will help us to work with many of you to take our Ambition to the next level. But at the heart of the Ambition is our core belief that reducing your overall environmental footprint does make good business sense.last_img read more

Grateful Dead’s NYC 12/7/71 Show To Be Featured On “Dave’s Picks Vol. 22”

first_imgGrateful Dead archivist David Lemieux has revealed plans for the newest installment in his archival series! The new Dave’s Picks Vol. 22 will highlight a beloved era in the Dead’s career, spotlighting the band’s performance on 12/7/71 at the Felt Forum in New York City, from the famous run of shows in the lower level of Madison Square Garden.The show features the return of Pigpen, who had been absent from the Dead since 8/26/71, and features five Pigpen-sung songs, including what Lemieux describes as “arguably the best version of ‘Smokestack Lightning’.” In announcing the new release, he continues, “Every song from this show is played to perfection, presenting definitive live versions of every song played from this era.”Because the show is relatively short at only two and a half hours, they’ve added the bulk of the second set from the previous night, including a massive “Other One” jam, and exceptional renditions of “Wharf Rat” and “Uncle John’s Band”. You can get a taste of what’s to come from the taper recording of this show below, though the sound in the upcoming release will be unbeatable.To make this release akin to a mini-box set, the 2017 Bonus Disc will feature the bulk of the rest of this 12/6/71 show, giving you two nearly-complete shows from one of the most requested and sought-after runs in Grateful Dead history. For more information on the new Dave’s Picks release and 2017 subscriptions, head here.last_img read more

Plant detective

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaHigh fever, nausea and headaches are all signs that a person is ill. If you pay attention to the signs, your landscape plants will let you know when they’re sick, too.”Plants put out symptoms just like humans do,” said Todd Hurt, a landscape specialist with the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture in Griffin, Ga. “You have to learn to be a landscape detective and pick up on the clues your plants are leaving you.”A former Cooperative Extension agent in Florida and Georgia, Hurt has done his share of plant detective work. He finds that most plant problems “are rarely the result of a single factor.”Ask a few questionsWhen diagnosing problems in your home landscape, Hurt says to ask yourself a few questions. Is more than one plant species damaged? How many plants are affected? Is the damage on all the plants or is it localized? When did you first notice the problem? Have you recently applied a pesticide, herbicide or fertilizer?When an insect attacks a plant, it is usually attracted to a specific plant species. “You won’t see an azalea pest hop over and feed on a boxwood,” he said.Bag or bottle ’emIf you find an insect on your plant, save it in a bottle of alcohol and take it to your county Extension agent for identification. If your pest is a caterpillar, preserve the critter first.”If your wife is willing to let you use the family stock pot, blanch the caterpillar briefly in hot water before placing it in a vial of rubbing alcohol,” Hurt said. “This will preserve the color until you can get to your county agent.”Plant leaf samples should be placed in a ziplock bag and kept cool until your county agent can identify the problem, he said. “Do not add water to the bag,” Hurt said. “Extra water will cause the sample to rot.”Root samples should be placed in a separate bag to avoid cross-contamination of soilborne diseases. Ask first, spray later If you think your plants have been infected by a plant disease, take a sample before you spray a fungicide. “If you take a sample after you spray, you could actually mask the disease,” he said. “If at all possible, wait until after you confirm the problem with your county Extension office. Most plant problems can be corrected without the use of pesticides.”Plant diseases move through a landscape progressively. “They will start in one area,” Hurt said, “and gradually move to all the plants.”You can diagnose a plant problem, too, by looking at where the plant is affected. “If the entire plant is brown, you’re most likely dealing with a root problem,” Hurt said. “If it’s just on the new growth, you know that you’ve discovered the problem quickly.”Don’t rule out human errorYellow leaves can show that your plant needs more water, he said. On the other hand, Hurt has seen plant leaves turn yellow as a result of human error.”I once got a call from a man who wanted to know how to treat his plants for yellow leaves,” Hurt said. “All of the plants along one side of his home had turned yellow. After looking at the plants and talking with him, I figured out his plants were actually suffering from the effects of the bleach he used to pressure-wash his house. No pesticide or herbicide was going to cure them.”If the damage is distributed evenly across your entire landscape, the cause is likely environmental, he said.Environmental factors that affect plants also include cold or drought damage or, as in the case of the bleached plants, damage caused by humans, he said.Another case Hurt solved involved burned leaves.”It wasn’t drought or lack of water,” he said. “The leaves were burned by the sheets of black plastic he placed on the plants to protect them while he painted the house.”last_img read more

Stateside Manufacturing No Longer a Pipe Dream

first_imgPale Morning Media — a PR firm specializing in outdoor, ski, hunting, fishing, and natural products — launched a Made-in-America news portal this month called www.GearMadeHere.org. The website seeks to strengthen the community of American gear manufacturers and provide a sense of monitoring towards the topic and our consumer experiences.A survey from the American Made Outdoor Gear Awards — an award program created and administrated by Pale Morning Media, originally co-branded with their client Kokatat — reported that more than 40 percent of American outdoor gear companies have been established in the last 10 years, with more than 70 percent of their products made within U.S. borders.PMM_VertLogo_RGBPale Morning Media surveyed a large collection of Made-in-America brands this year, citing that 30 percent of them believe “quality” is an enormous benefit of their domestic production, while 25 percent of them decided to manufacture stateside for the enhanced “control” of how their products are made and distributed. This means better products for the consumer.Social media and a sense of community are also growing for American manufacturers. “Like many American manufacturing initiatives, GearMadeHere.org is a small first step toward a larger goal down the road,” said Drew Simmons, founder, Pale Morning Media. “We hope people will check it out, enjoy it, and send us their own inspiring stories so we can share them.”Over the last six years, Pale Morning Media has built a base contact network and body of work for the active promotion of domestic manufacturing brands. With groups like these and a rise in U.S.-made manufacturers, outdoor products and their quality show an unparalleled level of promise for upcoming years.last_img read more

Members give justices, appellate judges high approval rates

first_imgMembers give justices, appellate judges high approval rates October 1, 2002 Regular News Florida lawyers have overwhelmingly recommended the retention of Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead and Justice Charles T. Wells, and the 24 District Courts of Appeal judges up for merit retention November 5.The results of The Florida Bar’s biennial merit retention judicial poll were recently released by Bar President Tod Aronovitz.“Lawyers are familiar with the justices and judges and the work they do at the Supreme Court and appeals count levels,” Aronovitz said. “Therefore, the poll provides information intended to help citizens make an informed choice in the voting booth.”In a secret ballot mailed in August to all lawyers residing and practicing in Florida, participants were asked to indicate whether the incumbent judges “should be retained” or “should not be retained” for another six-year term under the merit retention system and were asked to consider eight attributes: quality and clarity of judicial opinions; knowledge of the law; integrity; judicial temperament; impartiality; freedom from bias/prejudice; demeanor; and courtesy. Only lawyers who indicated at least limited knowledge of the judge’s qualifications were included in the poll results. A total of 5,946 lawyers participated in the statewide poll.Poll results indicated that 82 percent of participating lawyers recommended retention of Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead, and 86 percent recommended retention of Justice Charles T. Wells.The results of the merit retention poll of lawyers for the First District Court of Appeal show the following percentages of lawyers recommending retention: Judge Robert T. Benton, 88 percent; Judge Marguerite H. Davis, 84 percent; Judge Joseph Lewis, Jr., 84 percent; Judge Ricky Polston, 81 percent; and Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., 89 percent.Poll results for the Second District Court of Appeal in favor of retention were: Judge Chris W. Altenbernd, 93 percent; Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington, 82 percent; Judge Carolyn K. Fulmer, 85 percent; Judge Jerry R. Parker, 86 percent; Judge Morris Silberman, 89 percent; Judge James W. Whatley, 88 percent.In the Third District Court of Appeal, participating lawyers recommended retaining: Judge Gerald B. Cope, Jr., 90 percent; Judge David M. Gersten, 86 percent; Judge Melvia B. Green, 82 percent; Judge David L. Levy, 89 percent; Judge Juan Ramirez, Jr., 82 percent.The results of the merit poll of lawyers for the Fourth District Court of Appeal show the following percentages of lawyers recommending retention of: Judge Mark E. Polen, 88 percent; Judge George A. Shahood, 87 percent; Judge W. Matthew Stevenson, 87 percent; Judge Martha C. Warner, 86 percent.In the Fifth District Court of Appeal, participating lawyers in the poll recommended retaining: Judge Richard B. Orfinger, 90 percent; Judge William D. Palmer, 86 percent; Judge Robert J. Pleus, 84 percent; and Judge Thomas D. Sawaya, 88 percent.The Florida Bar has published results of its polls as a public service since the first merit retention election in 1978. In merit retention elections the justices and judges run unopposed — voters cast their ballots to “retain” or “not retain” the judge in office. If the judge is not retained, a vacancy is created and will be filled through the merit selection process, through which the governor will appoint one of three to six nominees submitted by the respective Judicial Nominating Commission.center_img Members give justices, appellate judges high approval rateslast_img read more

Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals – Highlights & Stats

first_img– Advertisement – Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya departed with the victory target of 157 in sight so it was left to Ishan Kishan (33no from 19 balls) and Krunal Pandya to get Mumbai over the line with eight balls to spare.Delhi Capitals tasted defeat in their first IPL final despite the best efforts of captain Shreyas Iyer (65no from 50) and Rishabh Pant (56 from 38), who rescued them from 22-3 and helped Ricky Ponting’s men post a respectable 156-7.More to follow…- Advertisement – Rohit Sharma led from the front with a blistering 68 from 51 balls as Mumbai Indians powered their way to a fifth Indian Premier League title with a comprehensive five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in the final.The Mumbai captain was in supreme form as he reached his half-century from 36 balls and by the time he was dismissed in the 17th over, his side needed less than a run-a-ball.- Advertisement –last_img read more

The Lowry

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Southeastern Indiana Dance Holding Winter Concert

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Southeastern Indiana Dance is having their winter concert on December 4 at 2:00 PM in the Batesville High School Auditorium.The concert is free, and everyone is invited to attend.The concert will include dances to familiar Christmas musicals including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.The concert will include ballet, modern, musical theater, jazz, and tap dances. 8 solos and 1 duet will also be presented.last_img