By Maddy VitaleGiselle Ardelean, 7, of Ocean City, had a pretty busy schedule to keep Saturday. First, she got her hair done up in a braid with glitter, then she joined the police department as a “junior officer.” Then it was off with her friends and family for a boat ride.Giselle and her mom, Christina, and their friends, Alexis Salisbury, 4, and her mom, Stephanie, of Margate, set out on a journey to the first-ever Bayside Family Day on Saturday at the Second Street Marina in Ocean City.From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., families had an array of activities to enjoy — from water sports demonstrations, to live music, to food and activities for all ages.“We’re getting ready to go on the Miss O.C. boat cruise,” Giselle exclaimed. “So far, my favorite part of today is when I got my hair done with glitter.”Christina Ardelean said Bayside Family Day was a hit with her family.“This is great. Ocean City is our home and we don’t usually come back by the bay. It is beautiful and such a great event for the kids,” she said.Crowds listen to live music by “Tidal Wave” at Bayside Family Day.Stephanie Salisbury noted that she went up to the bay last year to eat at Dockside Restaurant. Seeing all of the things for kids to do at the bay gives them more options when she visits the Ardelean family in Ocean City, she said.Organizers of the event said it really did what it was designed to — shine a spotlight on the bayside businesses and all of their attractions.“For the first time doing an event on the bayfront, it is wonderful. The turnout is wonderful, and the weather is fantastic,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.When it comes to Ocean City, it is about the four “B’s,” the beach, bay, Boardwalk and the bridge, Gillian noted.“Our hope is that Bayside Family Day gets bigger and bigger each year,” she said.Mini-rides on Miss Ocean City only cost $5.Among the demonstrations were mini-rides along the bay. One of them was in a “pirate ship” by Pirate Voyages.Mary Butterhof, of Egg Harbor Township, watched as her son, Andrew, 5, wielded a plastic sword and giggled with other children while awaiting his ship.“It’s Ocean City. You have to have fun here,” Butterhof said with a laugh.R.J. Beauchamp, 6, of Gloucester City, N.J., was pretty excited to be at Bayside Family Day.His parents, Carolynn and Bobby Beauchamp, said that by noon, when they sat down to have lunch, they had already experienced a lot of activities.The Beauchamp family, of Gloucester City, N.J., say they picked the right weekend to visit Ocean City with Bayside Family Day.“We went on Miss Ocean City,” Carolynn Beauchamp said of a mini-boat ride.R.J. proudly displayed a bottle that contained a technicolor hue of sand art he created. He had also tried his hand at crabbing during a demonstration earlier in the morning.But the 6-year-old boy didn’t say too much. He was too busy enjoying his “walking taco,” a taco made of beef, cheese, lettuce and stuffed in a bag of Doritos. That was in addition to his soda and a hot dog with ketchup.TJ Heist, an organizer of Bayside Family Day, owns businesses on the bayfront including Totally Tubular Water Sports and Jet Drive Exchange.TJ Heist, business owner and an organizer of Bayside Family Day, says the event really highlights what the bay has to offer.Back in March, Heist and several other bayside business owners discussed holding an event to showcase the bayfront and all it has to provide to residents and visitors. When they presented it to the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ocean City, both were very receptive and led the way in creating the celebration.“The Chamber and the city really put it together,” Heist pointed out. “The businesses really got onboard. Hopefully, we will grow it and more businesses will be interested.”Heist looked around at the crowd of families listening to live music, eating a variety of food and taking boat rides, and said, “Look around. The weather is beautiful. It is crowded. It couldn’t be better. Before today, some of the people didn’t even know this area existed. Now they see how great it is and how it is open for everyone to use.”Kids get to float around at Totally Tubular Watersports.David Hartman, co-owner with his wife, Alene, of Daks Kayaks, called the first Bayside Family Day a major success.At the start of the event, people were already lined up to try out Daks kayaks.“We already put 12 to 15 families out on the water,” Hartman noted by 1 p.m. “People are standing in line for them.”Ocean City Free Public Library Director Karen Mahar enjoyed the day from the Bookmobile.“I think for its maiden voyage this event is going really well,” Mahar said. “There is a nice array of food vendors and community service organizations and I hope to see it continue to get bigger and bigger.”David Hartman, yellow shirt, co-owner of Daks Kayaks, says the day was a hit.Huge bubbles catch a little boy’s attention.The U.S. Coast Guard gives demonstrations.Andrew Butterhof, 5, of Egg Harbor Township, displays his Pirate Voyages toy sword. The bay also offers a host of activities for water sports enthusiasts.
More than 400 bakers and food-to-go retailers from all over the country travelled from as far afield as Devon to the Bakers’ Fair North West on October 14.The show, held at Bolton Arena in the shadow of Bolton Wanderers’ stadium, kicked off at 9am on Sunday morning. And the queue of visitors waiting outside for the doors to open already suggested it was going to be a successful day.The one-day event, sponsored by Norbake, brought together specialist bakery exhibitors, millers, ingredients manufacturers, machinery suppliers, wholesalers and drinks companies, attracting names such as Coca-Cola, Unifine Food & Bake, British Bakels, Aga Foodservice, Christian Salvesen and Rank Hovis.Many of the visitors who poured through the door were carrying large cake boxes or trays of baked goods. It was not a case of coals to Newcastle, though; these were entries into the prestigious Richemont Club of Great Britain annual competition, which was being judged live at the show.In all, some of the UK’s finest bakers and confectioners tested their skills across 19 categories, ranging from fresh creams to Christmas novelties. There were also newly introduced competition classes for young bakers, with an exceptionally high standard of entries, according to judges.The Richemont Club, which has a membership of top craft bakers and confectioners, also hosted a live cake-decorating demonstration and competition at the show, with five stunningly talented teams put through their paces for two-and-a-half hours in front of eager crowds.Around the show, visitors were also checking out the exhibitors’ wares, or even tasting the evidence. Greenhalgh’s, which exhibited alongside Eurobake, did a roaring trade in hot sausage rolls, with wholesale sales manager Garry Thew taking the opportunity to tell visitors about the wholesale side of the business.Jus-Rol also had tempting savouries on offer to an eager reception and both Puratos’ and Bakels’ samples proved more than a little popular. Coca-Cola also did its bit in keeping visitors’ strength up; it was offering free drinks through a promotion in British Baker. On its stand, a specially made video demonstrated a makeover at Sparks bakery and it also showcased automatically energy-efficient open chillers, which adjusted their temperature.Rob Ledwith, regional sales manager at distribution firm Christian Salvesen, another exhibitor at the show, explained that the company was building its name in the baking industry and was very impressed with the show as a means to do that.richemont crowdsRichard Lyons, UK manager of equipment supplier Koma, had just one complaint: his stand was too busy at times! He was located in front of the live Richemont competition, which attracted crowds of five rows deep. Show sponsor Norbake also had a suc—-=== Richemont winners ===Section OneClass 1: Three Sausage Rolls – Charles Bamford,Peter Herd of WilmslowClass 2: Three Meat Pasties – Eric CranClass 3: One Vegetarian Product – Rob Simms, P&A DaviesClass 4: One Quiche Lorraine – Rachel Wilkinson, Arthur ChatwinMilling & Baking Trophy -P & A DaviesSection TwoClass 5: One Brown Tin loaf – Andrew Parkinson, Glovers BakeryClass 6: One Multigrain Cob – Martin Ormisher, Glovers BakeryClass 7: One White Plaited Loaf – Richard Griffiths, Glovers BakeryRank Hovis Trophy – Glovers BakerySection ThreeClass 8: Four Fresh Creams – Kelvin Davies, P&A DaviesClass 9: Four Danish Pastries – Kelvin Davies, P&A DaviesClass 10: Four Christmas Fancies – Jeanette Ramsden, Slattery’sClass 11: Four Puff Pastries – Steven Barnes, SlatterysBakeMark Trophy – P&A DaviesSection FourClass 12: One Novelty Celebration Cake – Tracy Jones, Arthur ChatwinClass 13: One Sugar Paste/Marzipan Model – Marianne Stockton, Arthur ChatwinClass 14: One Character Biscuit – Margaret Ellis, P&A DaviesClass 15: Three Almond Goods – Michael Wilde, Slattery’sRenshaw Trophy – Arthur ChatwinSection Five (Open)Class 16: Four Fruit Scones – Gabrielle Baxter, Tameside CollegeClass 17: One Oven Bottom Loaf – Monique Spivey, Tameside CollegeClass 18: One Round Pizza – Monique Spivey, Tameside CollegeBritish Baker Trophy – Monique SpiveySection Six (by invitation)President’s Challenge Cup (sponsored by British Sugar) – Elaine Hamey and Lisa Smith, Peter HerdsBest in Show (sponsored by Smilde Bakery Group) – Martin Ormisher, Glovers BakeryRichemont Trophy 2007 – P&A Davies
University of Georgia researchers have found lime sulfur to be an effective option for blueberry farmers treating for Exobasidium leaf and fruit spot, a disease that affects the crop’s yield and marketability.UGA plant pathologist Phil Brannen and Jeff Davis County Extension Coordinator Tim Varnedore have studied the treatment strategy since 2013. So far, lime sulfur has drastically reduced Exobasidium in Jeff Davis County.“By using lime sulfur products, Exobasidium has almost become nonexistent in Jeff Davis,” Varnedore said. “We’re continuing to use the lime sulfur as a preventative, and so far it’s worked very well.”Exobasidium is a relatively new fungal disease that causes a light-green to white spot on blueberry leaves and fruit. It can make the berry smaller and give it a bitter taste due to the fruit’s immaturity. Some berries abort in the field, but the greater issue occurs after harvest in the packing line, according to Brannen. It is very difficult to sort out infected fruit from good fruit. In some cases, 30 to 40 percent of the fruit has a spot. Of the infected fruit, an average 16 percent is still very costly to the packing operations. When damage is high, 1 to 2 percent of infected fruit still inevitably make it to the supermarket shelf. Even under high disease-pressure scenarios, lime sulfur has reduced in-field damage of berries to 1 to 2 percent. Sorting in the packing line reduces the number of berries entering the marketplace to near zero.Because Exobasidium is a relatively new disease, it is harder to control, according to Renee Holland, UGA’s multi-county blueberry Extension agent in Southeast Georgia. She has seen numerous cases in the last two years. Along with Brannen and other county agents, she conducted multi-county spray trials in 2014 using lime sulfur as a treatment.Though researchers are unsure how Exobasidium affects growers’ yields, they do know it affects the marketability of the blueberry. “The typical consumer doesn’t want spots on the fruit,” Holland said. “Exobasidium changes the taste and quality of the fruit.”A research trial was started with rabbiteye blueberries after a Jeff Davis farmer’s fruit was rejected at the processing plant. The farmer reached out to Varnedore, who visited the grower’s field and discovered Exobasidium on his plants. The disease cost the grower nearly $1,000 an acre.Lime sulfur is now used on roughly 8,000 acres of blueberries; it was not used prior to 2014. The combined management program has resulted in significant control of this disease with an estimated annual yield benefit of $2 million plus per year in returns to the blueberry industry.With a farm gate value of $312.7 million in 2013, according to UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia is the top producer of blueberries in the United States. Jeff Davis County produced $2.2 million in blueberries. (Jordan Hill is an intern with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
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Tweet Sharing is caring! BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Leptospirosis is of great concern to the Ministry of Health in Barbados. According to Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Joy St John, at a press briefing, there is more than one strain of leptospirosis and the bacteria is not only spread by rats and mice but can be transmitted through other animals such as lizards, monkeys, dogs, mosquitoes, toads, mice, goats, sheep, cattle and pigs, among others.She added: “The risk factors associated with leptospirosis are all dependent on the level of exposure… We realised from our information that a high risk of exposure is usually directly related to your occupation, the environment you live in or your lifestyle.” She noted that the main occupational groups at risk included farm and agricultural workers, pet shop workers, veterinarians, sewer workers, abattoir workers, meat handlers and the military.St John explained that the potentially serious bacterial illness could enter the body through broken skin or through ingestion. She indicated that it was characterised by fever, headache, chills, nausea and vomiting and eye inflammation. Moreover, she said in severe cases, the illness could cause yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, which is indicative of liver damage caused by jaundice. Persons could also experience kidney failure and internal bleeding, she noted.The CMO, therefore, encouraged individuals experiencing these symptoms to seek medical attention immediately. St John stated that since the last reported case of leptospirosis, there had been two more deaths, in quick succession, due to the illness.The CMO further advised persons that hospitalisation would be necessary if there were signs of low blood pressure, decreased urine output, yellowing of the skin and eyes, spitting blood, breathlessness, irregular pulse and altered levels of consciousness.The Ministry of Health has urged members of the public to take care of their surroundings and to exercise care when in high risk areas.By Alyson HolderCaribbean News Now 13 Views no discussions Share Share NewsRegional Leptospirosis a growing concern in Barbados by: – December 22, 2011 Share
Injuries and sports go hand in hand. As undesirable as they are, dings, nicks, tears and breaks are just an accepted part of athletics.As Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves put it, “To think you’re going to go through a season without injuries, you’re kidding yourself.”Right now, Eaves’ squad is dealing with its own set of injuries, which he acknowledged as part of the struggle of a long, grinding season in a high contact sport.“Every trip you go on, you’re going to have storms and we’re dealing with some of our storms right now,” Eaves said.Although all of 20 players on the dress list for each game each possess unique strengths and fill different roles, the players the Badgers have lost to injury are some of the most critical players on the team.Earlier in the season, Wisconsin lost goaltender Joel Rumpel, who, thankfully for the Badgers, missed only five games with an ankle injury and has come back to win 10 of 12 games.After Rumpel returned, the Badgers remained healthy all-around for a stretch of five consecutive weeks, until misfortune struck twice in the course of a week when they lost forwards Sean Little and Nic Kerdiles to shoulder injuries the week of Dec. 30.Wisconsin got Little back this past weekend in the series against Ohio State after he missed four games, but then lost another key piece in Tyler Barnes in the second game against the Buckeyes this past Saturday.“He’s energy. I know he’s got 10 goals,” Eaves said of Barnes, who is Wisconsin’s third leading scorer with 18 points and, more notably, has only missed one game in his career. “He works really hard in the corner, so his energy and physical play and his ability to finish—that’s a big chunk. But we’re going to have to keep our carts close to our car and play well as a team.”Kerdiles, on the other hand, missed three games even before his injury because of the World Junior Championships. Then, in his first game back in the lineup against Alaska Anchorage Jan. 4, Kerdiles sustained his shoulder injury midway through the game.Before leaving the Badgers for Sweden and the WJC, Kerdiles led Wisconsin in scoring with his 17 points, and even with missing seven games he still only trails Michael Mersch for the team-lead in points by seven.Despite losing a key scoring source, Wisconsin has found a way to make up for Kerdiles’ scoring with the help of new faces in the lineup.“Don’t get me wrong, we’d definitely love to have those two in the lineup every night. It is a big deal. Those two are key components to our offense and in the d-zone. They’re both solid players, so we’re definitely going to miss them but we definitely feel confident with Paape and Cavallini as well,” Little said of Matt Paape and Aidan Cavallini, who have seen playing time due to the multiple injuries among the forwards.“Guys have been around the block a time or two and they know we’ve faced a lot of adversity the last couple of years with injuries and coaching changes and all that, so we’re almost used to it.”The biggest instance of adversity Little made reference to was the 1-7-2 start to last year’s campaign that saw the Badgers lose Zengerle to a hand injury, an assistant coaching change and Kerdiles being suspended for the first 10 games of the year. But following the miserable start, Wisconsin rebounded and won the WCHA Final Five tournament to secure an automatic bid for the NCAA tournament.Twenty of the 26 players on this year’s roster experienced those trying times of the early portion of last season, setting the Badgers up for any adversity to come.“Everybody was already moving onto soccer season. They didn’t even want to watch hockey,” assistant coach Gary Shuchuk said. “For us, going through that whole stretch last year was a piece of cake. We know we overcame it, we know we had to adjust how we played.”So although losing leading point-getters such as Kerdiles and Barnes may seem like a tough task from the outside, the experience the Badgers have had in adverse situations make this one just another day in the life.“From our standpoint it doesn’t affect us. The fan standpoint and everyone else around the league is like, ‘Oh, boy, they lost another player.’ But we can’t feel sorry for ourselves and, ‘Oh, boy, we shouldn’t even go to Michigan. We’ll mail them six points,’” Shuchuk said. “We’ll have to play hard. We know what’s at stake, and no one in the locker room is going woe is us. We’re fine. We’re good to go. We’re happy with the guys we have in the lineup.”It is quite possible that Kerdiles could return to play this weekend when the Badgers travel to Michigan, but with Barnes out indefinitely, Wisconsin will be without at least one key player.But interestingly enough, neither Eaves, Shuchuk or Little hardly seemed phased by their possible absences.Instead of dreading the injuries, the Badgers and Eaves have embraced the adversity and the experiences with it to come.“This is the great part of sport. Who steps in? Who does the job? So I’m excited who’s going to be that guy for us,” Eaves said.
Women’s World Cup 2019 preview: What to know, how to watch USWNT vs. Spain “It’s a zero-risk game in terms of having players available for the next round,” Ellis said. U.S. national team stars Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz are expected to be available for Monday’s round of 16 game against Spain after there were questions about whether they would be healthy enough to play. “Alex is fine,” coach Jill Ellis told reporters Sunday. “(Julie) is fine.” Ertz, who started against both Thailand and Chile, didn’t play against Sweden in the USA’s group-stage finale after suffering a minor hip injury, while Morgan played just 45 minutes before she was subbed out for Carli Lloyd.Morgan got knocked down by a Swedish player and was slow to get up. She played for a few more minutes and was able to run, but didn’t look like herself. Ellis said after the game that the substitution was precautionary. Related News Morgan opened the tournament with an impressive five-goal performance against Thailand, which tied the record for most goals in a World Cup game as the Americans won 13-0. Ellis rested Morgan the following game against Chile. The winner of Monday’s match will face the winner of the France-Brazil game in the quarterfinals, which is set for Friday.
MASON CITY — With the 4th of July next week, Mason City residents are reminded of the changes in the city’s ordinances on the detonation and sales of fireworks. The City Council approved setting July 3rd and 4th between 6:00 and 11:00 PM as the only times that fireworks may be ignited in the city.City Administrator Aaron Burnett feels the changes in the ordinance, along with a stiffer fine for violations, has helped reduce the number of complaints. “In general it feels like it has been successful thus far. I’m hopeful that it continues to be successful, and the police department is standing by to be the enforcement mechanism for that. It is a hefty fine for those who do violate it, but I think it is a good balance. Hopefully we’re able to keep things where it needs to be so that everybody can enjoy their 4th of July holiday.”Burnett says the council had a good debate about the fireworks issue after getting public input. “The council really struggled with this in trying to figure out where to end up, and I think they took an honest feedback from a lot of the community on figuring out to come to this conclusion. Does it make everybody happy? Absolutely not. I think that we never really find that perfect ground. Not everybody has the same opinion, but this was a really good process and I think it came out with a good conclusion.”Part of the council’s decision was to make it a $250 municipal infraction for those violating the fireworks ordinance. Burnett says making it a municipal infraction makes it easier for the police to enforce. “The police are going to aggressively enforce it because it needs to have some constraints. It was getting to the point where it was just out of control where I know my kids were woken up several times by fireworks. Luckily my kids are heavy sleepers so I was able to put them back to sleep, but you know for other people that can be a real problematic situation. We got to a good place here so hopefully people can enjoy them, but not create such a nuisance for everybody else.”The council also decided to restrict temporary fireworks sales tents to the industrial areas of the community.Burnett made his comments on the “Ask the Mayor” program on AM-1300 KGLO earlier today. Listen back to the program via the audio player below
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Save a Cat, Wash Your Car: Feline Friends to host second annual summer benefit to help homeless cats.OLYMPIA– People who like cats often say do just about anything for their furry companions, including getting a little wet and dirty. A group of those cat-lovers will be doing just that, in hopes of raising money for charity.Volunteers for the Feline Friends Cat House and Adoption Center are having their second annual charity car wash from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Walgreen’s in Tumwater, 702 Trosper Rd. SW.All proceeds from the event support goods and services to stray cats in the Feline Friends rescue program. Types of goods and services include foster care, spay and neuter needs, food and supplies. There’s no set fee; customers are encouraged to donate any amount they can.Larry the “cat guy” will also be on site dressed in a cat suit collecting donations.The organization is also taking donations of car wash-related supplies such as rags, buckets, sponges and towels. Organizers are also accepting any volunteers who wish to help staff the event.For more information or to find out about volunteer opportunities, go to www.feline-friends.net.