36 New COVID-19 Cases Reported Monday, 105 Now Active

first_imgAll businesses are being asked to increase the implementation of disease mitigation efforts. Residents are being asked to take greater measures to protect themselves and others.Officials say large public and private gatherings and parties are not permitted; this will be actively enforced by law enforcement and public health officials.“We’ve been cautious to share case information only by fire battalion because we were dealing with small numbers.  Using aggregated data such as this is appropriate to minimize the need for data suppression,” said Christine Schuyler, County Public Health Director.  “We are now dealing with a surge of cases and these higher numbers allow us to share more specific data and not breach confidentiality.”“We are working with everyone we think of – local elected officials, college and school officials, community organizations, health care providers, emergency responders, law enforcement, churches, and community leaders – in an effort to help everyone stay abreast of the situation, deploy education and information, and get the entire community to stop this outbreak,” added Schuyler.Officials say these steps must be followed:Stay home if you feel ill;Wear a mask or covering over your nose and mouth when you can’t maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet;Wash your hands frequently with soap and water; use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;Avoid large gatherings;Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects;Avoid international travel and travel to states listed in the NYS Travel Advisory; if travel is unavoidable, quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Chautauqua County.August 31 Chautauqua County Statistics:105 active cases, continue to recover under orders of the Local Health Official per NYS Public Health Law including:36 new cases were reported from August 29-31 including:5 persons under the age of 18,6 males in their 20’s,5 females in their 20’s,2 females in their 30’s,1 male in his 30’s,4 females in their 40’s,1 male in his 40’s,2 females in their 50’s,1 male in his 50’s,4 females in their 60’s,1 male in his 60’s,1 male in his 70’s,1 female in her 70’s,1 male in his 80’s,1 female in his 80’s. The state’s free rapid testing at the Dunkirk Fire Murphy Training Grounds at 665 Brigham Road in Dunkirk remains open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday by appointment only.All residents are eligible for tests and appointments can be made by calling 833-697-8764. All tests at these sites are free of charge and results will be available within 15 minutes to help support contact tracing efforts and control the spread of the virus. Share: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),After speaking with Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendell’s office, the rules of NYS that banquet venues may have up to 50% of capacity are in effect. and are not superceeded by this large gathering mandate. *number of persons in Chautauqua County hospitals diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless of residencyTo date:282 recovered cases;9 deaths;396 total confirmed cases;34,268 negative test results to date.center_img 384 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored.  Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors;544 persons under domestic traveler quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory;2 person hospitalized* in Chautauqua County as of 8/27/2020 WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Heath Department continues to be concerned about the increase in COVID-19 infections in the northern part of the county after 36 new cases were reported over the weekend, with 105 now active.Officials say those who tested positive are placed under mandatory isolation orders and their identified close contacts are placed in mandatory quarantine by order of the Public Health Director.Twelve of the new cases were tied to the current outbreak at Fieldbrook Foods, Inc., six were workers and six were identified close contacts of the workers.To date, 75 positive cases have been associated with Fieldbrook Foods. Three workers tested positive out of the 248 tested, 1.2%, from the rapid testing site in Dunkirk.“Today, we have 105 active cases of COVID-19 in the community.  For the first half of August we experienced, on average, 13.6 active cases per day, with an active case rate of 1.07 per 10,000 in Chautauqua County,” reported Breeanne Agett, Epidemiologist with the health department. “We are currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases that is nearly 8 times greater than we see on average.”Agett provided the following data on the current COVID-19 situation in the County:last_img read more

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Awarded ‘Genius’ Grant

first_img View Comments Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has been awarded a 2016 “Genius” Grant from the MacArthur Foundation. He and this year’s 22 other recipients will receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant for potential future contributions in their respective fields.Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria, which premiered last year at off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre, was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama. After his first play in 2010, Neighbors, he received the Helen Merrill Award in Playwriting and the Vineyard’s Paula Vogel Award. His additional works include Appropriate, An Octoroon and War. He is currently a Residency Five playwright through Signature Theatre.Among the additional members of the MacArthur Fellows Program’s Class of 2016 are theater artist and educator Anne Basting and composer Julia Wolfe. Last year’s recipients included Lin-Manuel Miranda, puppet designer Basil Twist and and set designer Mimi Lien. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins(Photo: Gregory Costanzo)last_img read more

Canned, Frozen Veggies

first_imgProcessors can and freeze produce right after harvest, Crawley said. Thenthey store it for sale throughout the year. So most processed food prices don’t vary much.”So right now, as prices rise in the fresh produce section, you may find bargainsin both price and nutrition in frozen and canned foods,” she said.Chances are, much of the fresh produce in your supermarket now came from south Florida,California, Texas, Mexico or South America. Grocers must pay to get the produce from thosedistant areas, adding to the cost at the checkout.Storage conditions at the supermarket and in your pantry affects nutrients, too, shesaid. The longer fresh produce is stored, even under perfect conditions, the morenutrients it loses. Canned and frozen produce storage is stable, Crawley said, keeping thenutrient levels constant.Since the produce has so far to be shipped from where it grows, “it may have beenpicked before peak ripeness,” Crawley said. “These fresh products still containvaluable nutrients, but not in the same quantities found in fully ripe products.”Produce for freezing and canning is picked at full ripeness, then processed quickly,usually very close to the field. Crawley said that preserves nutrients.”About 10 percent of Georgia’s vegetables are grown for processing,” said Terry Kelley, an extension horticulturist withthe UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.Georgia farmers grow snap beans, sweet corn, greens, lima beans, southern peas, squashand Irish potatoes for processing.When preparing produce for freezing, processors blanch it by submerging it briefly inboiling water. That stops the action of enzymes that cause food spoilage. Then it’squick-frozen in separate pieces, rather than in large chunks.Crawley said individual freezing can make preparation easier, especially for peoplecooking small portions. “This freezing technique makes it very economical to buy alarge bag and then use small portions at a time,” she said. “It also makes iteasy to microwave the products.”Microwave-cooking fresh, frozen or canned produce is ‘nutrient-friendly,’ Crawley said.It uses a small amount of water and a short cooking time. That keeps more nutrients in thefood.Canned vegetables, like frozen, are harvested at peak ripeness. The heat processingused to seal the cans can damage some nutrients, but most remain in the product. Again,Crawley recommends microwave heating to preserve nutrients.”It’s long, slow cooking that destroys nutrients,” she said. Soaring fresh produce prices have many shoppers pushing their carts to the frozen and canned food aisles at their grocery store. A University of Georgia nutrition specialist said frozen and canned foods may be the better nutritional bargains anyway. “Many people prefer fresh fruits and vegetables. But canned and frozen products can cost less and contain at least the same nutrients,” said Connie Crawley, an extension food, nutrition and health specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Excessive rains and cold weather have cut vegetable production in the nation and worldwide. A drop in supply can push produce prices through the roof. The image links to a full-size download of a .TIF image.last_img read more

Drought is over

first_imgBy David StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaThanks to one of the wettest springs in Georgia’s history, the drought that has gripped the state for three years has ended. March through May was the second wettest spring out of the past 115 in Georgia. The vast majority of the state has been climatological drought-free since March. The exception has been the Lake Lanier and Lake Hartwell basins. Conditions in these basins have continued to improve over the past few months. Proper drought management requires a period of recharge of the hydrologic systems after the end of the climatological drought.Soil moisture and stream flows across the state are normal to much above normal for the middle of June.With the end of the drought, the entire state has returned to the non-drought outdoor watering schedule. This means that odd number addresses can use outdoor water on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Even number addresses may use outdoor water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. There are no restrictions on the time of outdoor water use. However, watering of plants between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is discouraged since much of the water evaporates before entering the soil and thus has limited effectiveness.Proper water use can enhance a landscape. However, improper watering can cause a host of problems. Most lawns will thrive on one inch of water per week. This water can come from either rain or irrigation. Best results are usually obtained if the watering is done once per week.Additional information on proper watering and care of landscapes is available through your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office.Water conservation information is available from Watersmart: Save Water, Save Time, Save Money! at www.watersmart.net and Conserve Water Georgia at www.conservewatergeorgia.net.Additional moisture conditions information and updates can be found at www.georgiadrought.org. Automated weather data is atwww.georgiaweather.net. Daily rainfall data is atwww.cocorahs.org. U.S. Geological Survey data is atga.water.usgs.gov.last_img read more

Feeding Furry Friends

first_imgIn Oglethorpe County, 4-H’ers have met monthly for the past seven years as a part of the Georgia 4-H Cooking to Share initiative, which challenges 4-H’ers across the state to develop cooking skills by preparing food for families in need. This past program year, more than 60 families benefited from this project in Oglethorpe County.However, because COVID-19 restrictions prohibited the club from preparing food for people in the past few months, these 4-H’ers adapted to their circumstances — instead of preparing nutritious meals for families, they prepared animal-safe treats to donate to a local animal rescue shelter.Since August, the club has met twice to prepare treats while following state and local public health guidelines. These 4-H’ers have made 120 peanut butter cookies, 5 pounds of sweet potato fries, 100 pumpkin bars, 50 apple cinnamon cupcakes and 100 granola bars, all of which were donated to Sweet Olive Farm, a nonprofit sanctuary for a wide variety of animals in Winterville, Georgia. 4-H’ers found animal-safe recipes online, choosing treats that had a base of applesauce or peanut butter. Over the course of three visits, more than 150 animals were recipients of these healthy treats.Marcus Eason, 4-H agent for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Oglethorpe County, coordinates the Cooking to Share project club.“The Cooking to Share project club is a win-win for everyone: Families in need are receiving healthy meals, and youth are gaining confidence in the kitchen, learning how to prevent foodborne illness, eating healthy and practicing kitchen safety, all while learning to cook,” Eason said. “Many 4-H parents state that their child gains confidence in the kitchen by participating in the Cooking to Share program and want to begin helping cook family meals. Teenagers are building on their leadership abilities and the Oglethorpe County 4-H Club is supporting the community.”4-H parent Monica Patrick is excited to see that 4-H’ers still have the opportunity to learn cooking skills while helping animals in need.“At first my child was devastated to learn that the Cooking to Share project club was not able to happen this year. That sadness soon turned to joy when she learned that Cooking to Share would continue. She has been so excited to make treats for rescued animals and get back into 4-H,” Patrick said.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org.last_img read more

Okemo offers scholarships

first_imgTim and Diane Mueller, owners of Okemo Mountain Resort, will offer eleven scholarship awards for the 2003 school year to high school seniors and college students to assist them to further their education. Okemo has been offering scholarship awards to students since 1988 as a symbol of their commitment to the region’s youth and education. Criteria used to select the scholarship recipients include academic achievement, co-curricular involvement and the composition of an essay.For the 2003 school year, a total of eleven scholarship awards will be offered to high school seniors and college students. The Okemo Mountain Employee Student Scholarship Awards will be presented to four high school or college students who are employed at Okemo. The Okemo Mountain Dependent Student Scholarship Awards will be presented to four dependents of Okemo employees who are high school seniors or to a studentenrolled in a degree program. The Tom Croney Scholarship Award will be presented to a student pursuing a career in a technical field and is given in the memory of Tom Croney, an Okemo employee who set an example through his dedication to Okemo and its guests. The Okemo Creative Endeavors Scholarship was created by the Okemo Fine Arts Council to assist employeesand their dependents (ages 13 and up) in furthering their interest in the arts. Awardees may attend programs and seminars related to art, drama, music and creative writing. The John F. Mueller Scholarship Award is new for 2003 and was formed by the staff at Okemo in memory of Dr. John F. Mueller. This award is available to a staff member who is pursuing a career in medicine.All scholarship awards are determined prior to graduation and past recipients may re-apply each year. Okemo Scholarship application formscan be picked up inside the Main Office at Okemo, or interested students can either call or email Okemo’s Human Resource Office at jobs@okemo.com(link sends e-mail)or (802) 228-1963 for more information. Completed scholarship applications must be returned to the Okemo Human Resource Office by May 10, 2002.last_img read more

CVPS: More than 50 outages in 2008 blamed on felled trees

first_imgCVPS: Use caution when cutting woodMore than 50 outages in 2008 blamed on felled treesRUTLAND, VT – With fuel prices up, many Vermonters are turning to wood heat, and that’s causing a significant number of power outages due to careless tree cutting near power lines.Central Vermont Public Service, Vermont’s largest power company, today urged Vermonters to use caution when cutting trees anywhere near power lines.”From professional loggers to people cutting wood for the first time, we’re seeing a tremendous number of accidents involving tree-cutting and power lines,” CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said. “We urge all Vermonters to use the utmost in caution to prevent power outages, injuries and even death.”More than 50 power outages have occurred this year due to trees accidentally felled onto CVPS power lines. The outages have affected thousands of customers and cost thousands of dollars to repair. More importantly, Costello said a simple accident can have devastating consequences.”While an outage can be repaired, these accidents can lead to severe injuries that can have lifelong impacts, and fatal accidents affect entire families,” Costello said. “We want to reduce the number of these outages, of course, but we’re even more concerned about preventing injuries or deaths that could be avoided.”In one of the most recent incidents, a homeowner in CVPS’s St. Albans District accidentally dropped a tree onto a power line. “The homeowner and several children ignored the fact that they were in grave danger, and persisted in cutting the tree and being in close proximity to the tree, while it was in direct contact with the utility line,” Costello said.”Only by sheer luck was a tragedy avoided,” Costello said. “The homeowner and the children were in grave danger and didn’t even realize it.”CVPS, which plans a special bill insert on the issue in January, issued a series of tips to keep people safe:* Always look carefully for nearby utility lines before cutting any tree. Sometimes, utility lines can be hidden by trees and other vegetation, such as vines. Call CVPS for assistance before cutting down any tree that is in close proximity to a utility line, or if the tree could fall into a utility line.* Always assume all overhead power lines or damaged lines are energized and potentially dangerous, including the service cables that run from utility poles to buildings.* Never climb, touch or attempt to fell a tree that is in contact with a power line.* If a tree falls into a power line, stop working immediately! Do not attempt to remove the saw or any equipment. Do not attempt to clear the tree or any portion of the tree from the downed line. Do not touch the tree or anything in contact with the tree or overhead cables. Shuffle or hop away from the location; always keep both feet in contact with the ground at the same time. Stay clear and call us immediately at 800-649-2877. Never assume that someone else has made to call. Inform us of the exact location of the event.* Keep others at least 50 feet away from the tree and cables until our crew arrives. This includes pets and livestock.last_img read more

Green Mountain Power adopts innovative energy efficiency measures

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Using an innovative approach, Green Mountain Power has been able to cut electricity costs by 16.5 percent at its Colchester facility over the past year and a half — saving energy and ultimately saving customers money. GMP worked with Shelburne-based Kilawatt Technologies on the project.According to Rebecca Towne, Administration Manager, most of the savings resulted from fine-tuning and synchronizing the building’s existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. No new capital investment was required.”When we started working with Kilawatt Technologies, we already had extremely efficient heating and cooling equipment in place. However, electricity use — especially in the Information Technology data room — continued to increase,” said Towne. “Kilawatt Technologies helped us make better use of the building automation system that regulates temperature and airflow, and identified other opportunities for significant energy savings.””Reducing power use in our IT room is crucial as we have continually increasing IT needs,” Towne said. “It’s one way we can promote Green IT concepts, and use our equipment as efficiently as possible.”Some examples of the changes implemented included using long term data trending to develop sophisticated control algorithms that take advantage of the building’s energy momentum to simply relocating thermostats in the IT room away from the hot exhaust at the back of the servers. The company also increased use of a fan that pulls in outside air to help keep the equipment cool.Changes have also been made in GMP’s 1,320 square foot control room. “We haven’t run the compressors that operate the heating and cooling system in over two months,” said Pete Sheil, Building Services Worker. “We’re keeping the space at a comfortable temperature just by using fans to mix cold outside air with the heat produced by the computers and the staff. An additional benefit of this new approach is that we’re continually bringing more fresh air into the building, which contributes to employee comfort, alertness and productivity, especially in closed areas such as conference rooms.”Gregory Johnson, VP of Business Development at Kilawatt Technologies, said, “Including their reduction in natural gas use, our data driven energy management program has helped Green Mountain Power reduce overall energy consumption by 20.5 percent at its Colchester headquarters. We applaud Green Mountain Power’s leadership in achieving these significant energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions and saving its customers money. We’re starting to work with Green Mountain Power at its Montpelier facility and expect to see even more significant reductions. We encourage other Vermont companies to undertake similar efforts.”Electricity savings in Colchester to date have exceeded 140,000 kilowatt hours or enough to power 19 average size Vermont homes for a year. “This is part of Green Mountain Power’s on-going commitment to energy conservation,” said Towne. “It’s an approach that saves money for our customers and benefits the environment.”last_img read more

Live Outside and Play on the Newsplex!

first_imgLast week our travel editor took another turn in front of the camera to talk about her Live Outside and Play project now that she is three months into life on the road.To follow along in her adventures, check out the Live Outside and Play blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds.To watch the whole video featured in the news bit, click here.last_img

Supporting educators in the financial education arena

first_img 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kyle Y. Swisher, III Kyle Swisher is Executive Director of the Credit Union Foundation MD|DC.  Mr. Swisher has led that Foundation over the past ten years in its mission to improve lives through … Web: www.cufound.org Details At the core of the Credit Union Movement is a belief that an informed consumer will make the right choices with regards to their personal finance, and those choices will favor credit unions.Financial literacy, therefore, is the linchpin to turn consumers into credit union members.  Financial education is a complex undertaking, not one accomplished in a two-hour seminar or school auditorium presentation.  If a student is to be adequately prepared for making financial decisions, it requires a broad foundation of knowledge that spans money management to career choices, insurance, investing, and wise use of credit.  Education alone is a complex task, one you could argue, better left to professionals.But how do professional educators feel about applying their trade to delivering financial skills to their students?  In a recent study, “Bridging the Financial Literacy Gap: Empowering teachers to support the next generation,” undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) one of the “Big Four” auditors and the second largest professional services firm in the world, they found that only 31% of teachers surveyed felt “completely comfortable” teaching financial education.Millennial teachers, more than their seasoned colleagues, were found to be champions of financial education and actively seek support for financial education at twice the rate of other teachers.The PwC study concluded by noting that “Teachers need appropriate curriculum materials, more professional development and more take-home resources to share with families.”Credit unions, on the other hand, possess the knowledge and expertise to partner with professional educators but lack the human and financial resources to devote the time, material, and supplies to deliver the multiple sessions needed to result in financially literate students.An opportunity exists for credit unions to partner with local schools, provide quality curriculum to meet educators’ needs, and pair traditional classroom delivery with experiential projects, modest grants, focused speaking engagements, investment simulations, and competitions to make the educational process fun and engaging for the students, teachers, and parents.Resources are available to create the synergy both credit unions and educators are seeking.  The Millionaire’s Club, a free program created by a credit union foundation and made available through a dedicated website,MillionairesClub.Org is one such program.By combining various resources educators need while managing the human and financial demands of a fully-featured financial education program, a template has been created to allow credit unions to partner with schools and champion financial literacy in the communities they serve.last_img read more