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Landscape Services details annual snow removal effort

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first_imgDespite South Bend’s reputation for frigid winters and heavy snowfalls, members of the Notre Dame community need rarely worry about snow or ice on walkways and parking lots during even the coldest months of the year. Each year, Landscape Services partners with the Athletic Grounds Team for the enormous undertaking of Notre Dame’s snow removal operation, which Tim Dyczko, assistant superintendent of landscape services, described in an email as “the best in the business.”“We use a combination of 1/2 ton trucks all the way up to two 1/2 ton dump trucks to clear 21 lane miles of roads and 93 acres of parking lots,” Dyczko said in the email. “Our walks total over 41 miles across campus, which are cleared using large mechanical brooms as well as snow blades when the snow becomes too deep for broom operation. We also take care of [over] 40 sets of stairs/steps as well as cut throughs from the parking lots and all the bus stops across campus.”A “lane mile” is a technical term meaning one mile long by 12 feet wide.Landscape Services prepares for the first snowfall months in advance, Dyczko said. When a snowstorm or heavy snowfall is anticipated, they will lay down liquid anti-icer in advance to prevent snow from sticking to walkways. In addition to physical removal of snow, granular salt is applied to sidewalks to melt accumulated snow and ice.“We have had other institutions inquire about how we are able to keep our walks in such good condition during the winter with little to no damage to the grass come springtime,” he said. “The machines we use for the walks are custom-built to remove snow and place granular product and anti-icing liquid all in one pass. It is a complex yet very well-organized operation of highly skilled operators who know their areas of responsibility extremely well every time it snows.”Dyczko said the crews maintain 22 hours of coverage every day from Dec. 1 to April 1.“When we are faced with a snow event, our crews come in at 2 a.m. with the goal of having campus clear and safe for our campus community by 7 a.m. unless conditions dictate otherwise,” he said. “Often times during big snow events, our crews will work 12-hour shifts for several days until the event is over.”Dyczko said that removing snow and ice is crucial for University function during the winter months.“It is a safety issue most of all,” he said. “If it is not safe to drive and walk on campus, then the entire operation of the University is at risk.”Dyczko praised the Landscape Services employees for their hard work year-round ensuring that the campus remains clean and safe.“The staff that is charged with snow removal is the same team that does such a great job in maintaining the campus in spring, summer and fall,” he said. “They are highly dedicated employees who work very hard to ensure that campus operations, including classes and research, are not interrupted by even the worst of winter weather.”Tags: Anti-icing, Athletic Grounds Team, De-icing, Landscape Services, Snow Removallast_img read more

Steven Spielberg Wants to Remake West Side Story

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first_imgWait, what? Steven Spielberg wants to remake West Side Story. That’s right. The Jaws director wants to breathe new life into those Sharks and Jets. According to Deadline, the Oscar winner has registered his interest in a do-over, so Fox has unlocked the movie title. No writer has yet been assigned to the project but talk about big shoes to fill. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and set in 1950s New York City, West Side Story has a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, was adapted into the legendary 1961 musical film. Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn and Rita Moreno it won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture. Check out—and sing-a-long—to the trailer below. View Commentslast_img read more

Medicaid drawdown will help UVM foot bill for graduate medical education

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first_imgby Alan Panebaker vtdigger.org One big ticket item for the state’s 2012 budget adjustment act is $30 million for graduate medical education for funding residencies and fellowships for medical students at the University of Vermont.UVM will cover the state’s $12.76 million share of the Medicaid match, according to the Department of Vermont Health Access budget adjustment request. Federal funds will cover the rest of the $30 million total.University of Vermont College of Medicine, courtesy of UVM.Because of UVM’s relationship with the state, the federal government matches the money as if it came from the state. This is the first time UVM has footed the bill for payments of this type, although it is becoming a common practice in numerous other states.According to officials from Fletcher Allen Health Care, the drawdown of federal funds will help increase Medicaid’s chronic underpayments to the hospital. In addition to services for Medicaid patients, the funding will help fund residencies at Fletcher Allen.The funding mechanism will open up funding for safety-net programs for low-income people without dipping into state coffers. As the state’s only academic medical center, Fletcher Allen Health Care, the University of Vermont and the UVM Medical Group provide a safety net for low-income and uninsured Vermonters.As part of an agreement with the Department of Vermont Health Access, UVM agreed to provide a quality assurance report to the state to make sure the program provides benefits to Medicaid beneficiaries. DVHA Commissioner Mark Larson said part of this is ensuring people on Medicaid have access to care.Dr. John Brumsted, interim president and CEO for Fletcher Allen Health Care, presented the proposal to the House Committee on Health Care earlier this week.While Brumsted noted the matching federal funding will cover some of the costs where the hospital falls short, it will not make up for the consistent Medicaid underpayments.In addition to providing services to low-income residents on Medicaid, the funding is part of an overall effort to make sure the state has enough trained physicians, said Rep. Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, who chairs the House health care committee. Fisher said he hopes this means more residencies for primary care physicians.Uninsured and underinsured residents do not go to the doctor enough, Fisher said, and generally this means they do not seek treatment until health problems become more dire.‘We know we need more primary care,’ he said.Currently, about 39 percent of residency programs at Fletcher Allen are in primary care specialties like family medicine, while the rest are in other specialties like anesthesiology or orthopaedics, according to Brumsted’s presentation.Shifting to more primary care is not as simple as going out and adding residencies, Brumsted noted in committee. Rep. George Till, D-Jericho, a physician and member of the health care committee, added that it requires attracting candidates but most medical students choose residencies in more lucrative specialties. January 9, 2012 vtdigger.orglast_img read more

Factory outlet to test PPG6

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Real estate is a contact sport, the more buyers your agent is in contact with the more competition

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to flaunt your Unique Selling Point01:02LAST month I auctioned two properties of pretty similar presentation in fairly comparable locations in the boutique Brisbane suburb of Spring Hill.While there was price differential between the two, one in the $700,000s and one in the $800,000s, their proximity and reasonably close price band would normally mean roughly the same response from the market.Both owners had property experience. One close to agency and the other close to a company who marketed property.When it came time to sell the owner with a little bit of agency experience chose to only market through a single method of advertising. Due to its high traction with buyers he chose a digital only campaign and marketed in the highest possible position on the front page.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe cost was about $3000. This, in combination with the office’s database, generated 16 groups through the four week campaign and a sale price just after the auction in the early $700,000s.You’ve got to spread your message as far as you can to get all possible buyers, according to Haesley Cush. AAP Image/Claudia Baxter. The owner with the marketing experience also understood the benefits of digital advertising on realestate.com.au and its enormous following from buyers. But they also used a combination of print marketing, again the highest listing on the online portals, high gloss brochures and again the agent’s database. Costing close to $15,000. The result was 50 groups through the campaign and a sale in the high $800,000s.In fairness the $870,000 property is a better home in a better location. But you can’t tell all of that just from the ads.To receive three times the number of inspections in such a small little suburb certainly adds weight to the benefit of a full marketing campaign.So why did the gentleman with a little bit of agency knowledge not go the whole hog? The truth is the vast majority of agents don’t. They haven’t seen the benefits of a full campaign or if they have they only remember the campaigns they ran that had underwhelming results. They definitely remember the disappointment of the owners who didn’t get strong numbers from their big advertising campaigns, so they became gun shy on recommending it.The reality is a strong campaign will likely generate more buyers.It’s not one versus the other. Real estate is a contact sport, the more buyers your agent is in contact with the more competition your property will likely receive.last_img read more

Singapore corrects posts under ‘fake news’ law

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first_imgSilhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/DADO RUVIC/ILLUSTRATION/FILE PHOTO Seeking to stir support ahead of aparliamentary election expected within months, the Singapore Democratic Party(SDP) posted articles in recent months on its website and Facebook, arguingthat an increasing number of white-collar workers were losing their jobs. The Ministry of Manpower ordered theSDP to place a correction notice on these posts because it said jobs forprofessionals, managers, executives, and technicians had been steadily risingsince 2015. SINGAPORE – A Singapore oppositionparty has corrected online posts critical of the government following an orderby the labor ministry under a new “fake news” law that rights groups said wasbeing used to chill dissent. The government said the city-state isvulnerable to misleading and inaccurate news because of social sensitivitiesarising from its mixed ethnic and religious population, and widespread internetaccess.(Reuters)last_img read more

Batesville Middle School Basketball Results

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first_imgBatesville 7th grade got off to a fast start with a 39-21 win over South Ripley.BMS was up 11-1 after 18-3 after first two quarters respectively.BMS was led in points by Trey Heidlage with 10 and Luke Belter with 8.  Cooper Williams also chipped in with 4.  Defensively, Batesville was also led by Williams and Heidlage with 8 and 6 steals respectively.  Heidlage also led the team with 4 assists and 5 deflections on defense.Other contributors were Tyler Myers with 3 points, 3 steals, and 4 deflections.Devin Scripture and Sam Haskamp both also added 4 points.BMS will be in action again Tuesday night at JCD. Game time is 5:30.Submitted by Batesville Coach Eric Feller.The Batesville 8th grade boys team fell to a good, athletic South Ripley team 41-40 last night on a last second rebound put-back.1Q. – 11-8 BMS.  2Q. – 21-18 BMS.  3Q. – 30-26 BMS.Leading scorers for BMS were: Isaac Barker – 21, Lane Westerfeld – 7, Jayden Beal – 6.   BMS was 8-15 on free throws while the Raiders were 8-11.Leading the Raiders were Jacob Moore with 15, Luke Welch had 11 and Jackson Cornett with 5.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Giesting.last_img read more

Lady Knights And Lady Shiners Regional Champs

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first_imgWRBI Area Softball Regional Scores.  Tuesday  (6-3)Class 3A Regional Championship @ South Dearborn.South Dearborn  5     Charlestown  0Class 1A Regional Championship @ Hauser.Rising Sun  2     Hauser  1Courtesy of The IHSAA.last_img

Ronald Trowbridge, 78

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first_imgRonald C. Trowbridge, 78, of Versailles passed away at 2pm Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Scottsburg on June 9, 1938 the son of Herman and Violet Clark Trowbridge. He was married to Deanna Robbins on March 17, 1961 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Bryan (Terri) Trowbridge of Versailles and Gary Trowbridge of Friendship; one daughter Kari (Mark) Taulbee of Versailles; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; one sister Janet (John) Wheat of Scottsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dennis, and his granddaughter Khristy Taulbee. Mr. Trowbridge was a 1956 graduate of Lexington High School in Scott County. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam Era having served from 1960 to 1965. He was engaged in the commercial offset and silk screen printing business for 56 years having operated businesses in Scottsburg, Butlerville, Cross Plains and had Ron Dee Printing in Versailles, a business he operated with his wife since 1982. He had also worked for the Charleston Leader in Charleston, Indiana and for Herald Printery in Louisville. He had taught printing at Salem High School, the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles, and was a printing instructor to missionaries at the New Testament Bible School in Dillsboro. Ron’s hobbies included boating, camping, fishing and his talents allowed him to do carpentry, electric, and plumbing, as well as building up and restoring old cars. At the very least, Ron was a talented and diversified individual. He was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship, the Brown Township American Legion at Friendship, and the Versailles Masonic Lodge. Funeral services for Ron will be held on Wednesday, October 5th at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Akers Friendship Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Brown Township American Legion. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Masonic services will be held Tuesday at 7:30pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church or the Akers Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Decatur County man sentenced as habitual offender

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first_imgProsecutor Harter said, “Mr. Black will have opportunities for treatment in the Department of Corrections. I hope he takes those opportunities seriously. In the meantime, it is my hope that Decatur County is safer for his absence.” Greensburg, In. — Kenneth D. Black has been sentenced to nine years as a habitual offender in Decatur County Superior Court.Most recently, Black entered guilty pleas for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. In a case, Black pled guilty to felony battery and possession of methamphetamine. In yet another case, Black pled guilty to felony theft. By entering guilty pleas to the charges three years of probation related to a sentence he is currently serving will be revoked.Public records show Black has a string of drug-related offenses dating back to 2001.Decatur County Prosecuting Attorney Nate Harter wants to formally recognize Westport PD’s Joe Talkington, Damon Land and Ryan Meyer, as well as Blake Sutton of Decatur County Probation for their hard work in Black’s cases.last_img read more