Image: All parcels offered receive bids at BLM-Eastern States oil and gas lease sale. Photo: courtesy of skeeze from Pixabay. In keeping with the Administration’s goal of promoting America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) held a quarterly oil and gas lease sale December 12, 2019, that resulted in competitive bids on all of the twenty parcels offered for over 6,450 acres located in the Mississippi counties of Perry, Wilkinson, Amite, and Franklin; and Monroe County in Ohio.The combined bids plus fees from the sale brought in $184,779.00, which will be distributed between the Federal Government and the states of Mississippi and Ohio. The highest total bid of $62,600 was made by R & R Royalty, Corpus Christi, Texas, for a 50-acre parcel on the Wayne National Forest, Monroe County, Ohio, at $1,252.00 per acre.Oil and gas leases are awarded for a term of ten years and as long thereafter as there is production of oil and gas in paying quantities. The Federal Government receives a royalty of 12.5 percent of the value of production. Each state government receives a 25 percent minimum share of the bonus bid and the royalty revenue from each lease issued in that state.The BLM’s oil and gas lease sales support domestic energy production and American energy independence, and are aligned with the Administration’s America First Energy Plan, an all-of-the-above approach that includes oil and gas, coal, strategic minerals and renewable sources, all of which can be developed on public lands.The BLM’s policy is to permit oil and gas development if it meets the guidelines and regulations set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and other subsequent laws and policies passed by the U.S. Congress. Source: Company Press Release Oil and gas leases are awarded for a term of ten years and as long thereafter as there is production of oil and gas in paying quantities
INDIANAPOLIS—Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced several appointments and reappointments to various state boards and commissions.Indiana State University Board of TrusteesThe governor made two new appointments to the Indiana State University Board of Trustees:Andrew Case of Columbia City, a junior majoring in Communications, will join the board as student trustee. His term expires June 30, 2019.Cynthia Powers of Valparaiso, president of Powers Realty Inc. of Northwest Indiana, will join the board as an alumni trustee. Her term expires June 30, 2021.The governor made two reappointments to the board:Ed Pease of Terre Haute, senior vice president of government relations for Rolls-Royce America, will continue his service on the board. His term expires June 30, 2021.Jeff Taylor of Carmel, a retired executive with Pearson, will continue his service on the board. His term expires June 30, 2021.Midwestern Higher Education CommissionThe Midwestern Higher Education Commission is a multi-state entity designed to provide greater higher education opportunities and services in the Midwest. The governor made one new appointment to fill a vacancy:Gregory Goode of Terre Haute, executive director of government relations at Indiana State University, will join the board. His term expires March 7, 2020.Judicial Nominating Commission for Allen CountyThe Judicial Nominating Commission for Allen County reviews and nominates candidates for vacancies in the Allen County Superior Court. With the agreement of Chief Justice Rush, the governor reappointed three, non-attorney residents of Allen County:Angie Moellering of Fort Wayne, president of Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, will continue her service on the board. Her term expires June 30, 2021.Mark Terrell of Fort Wayne, CEO of Lifeline Youth and Family Services, will continue his service on the board. His term expires June 30, 2021.Jonathan Ray of Fort Wayne, president of Fort Wayne Urban League, will continue his service on the board. His term expires June 30, 2021.Indiana Election CommissionThe Indiana Election Commission administers Indiana election law and supervises the election process in the State of Indiana. The governor made two reappointments to the commission:Bryce H. Bennett, Jr. of Indianapolis, partner at Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP, will continue his service on the board and will continue to chair the commission. His term expires July 1, 2019.S. Anthony Long of Boonville, founding attorney of Long & Mathies Law Firm, will continue his service on the board and will continue as vice-chair of the commission. His term expires July 1, 2019.Indiana State Police BoardThe governor made two reappointments to the board:David B. Graves of Sellersburg, retired from many years of service in law enforcement, will continue his service on the board. His term expires June 30, 2021.Kathy J. Bawel of Ferdinand, former member of the Indiana State Police, will continue her service on the board. Her term expires June 30, 2021.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By Maddy VitaleAs temperatures increase from single digits to the 30s and 40s this week, the 15-plus inches of snow that blanketed the region is beginning to thaw out. That means one thing: Water-related calls.Fire Chief James Smith and the 62 firefighters in his department, have been working around the clock responding to calls for leaky, and even worse– broken pipes— gushing water through homes and businesses causing damage.“In the last few days we have had 30 calls for water leaks and broken pipes. As the temperatures have risen after a frigid weekend, leaks have started coming,” Smith said. The fire department partnered with the police department and water company to address the calls. If there is internal damage to the property, the fire department gets called out. If it is, for example, a broken or leaky ground sprinkler or outside shower, police respond. In addition to the water company, gas and electric companies are also notified when needed, Smith said.One home had major external damage. A neighbor reported water damage on the outside of a home on the 2300 Block of Simpson Avenue. When firefighters arrived, the siding was buckled due to water pumping from a broken pipe. Firefighters went in and salvaged Christmas presents and other items for the homeowners who were away for New Year’s Eve, Smith said.“The property was damaged greatly. We were able to protect and salvage their personal items and valuables,” Smith said. “We protected their property with tarps after moving it away from water.” Ocean City Firefighter Timothy Young responds to the call at the home on the 3400 Block of Asbury Avenue.On Monday afternoon firefighters were called to a house on 34th Street and Asbury Avenue for a broken pipe.Timothy Young was one of the firefighters on the scene for a broken pipe. Another firefighter turned off the water supply.“The guys are out there battling all of the elements, the wind and the cold temperatures. They are doing a great job,” Smith said, adding that even though the temperatures are increasing, firefighters still have to walk through a foot of snow in some areas to get to the utilities.And he has no doubt, more calls will be coming in.“It’s supposed to be in the 40s and 50s later in the week. As the temperatures climb, pipes that remained frozen will crack and burst,” Smith said. “Our guys ran out to a number of calls today and I definitely expect more as the days go on.”Smith offered some tips for property owners. If you experience water damage, call your insurance company right away. If you haven’t had a leak, be prepared with all of your paperwork in case you do. If you are a seasonal resident, give a key to someone you trust to check on your property, daily, if possible. Even if you are at the residence a couple of days a week, there could be a big freeze. and a problem that you are unaware of. Keep the thermostat above 60. Although some experts say to keep your home at 55 degrees to prevent freezing, Smith opts for the higher temperature, to be on the safe side. Take photos of your belongings, so if damaged, you would have a record of the items for insurance reimbursement. It is hard to say how this herculean storm will shape up for the fire department when it comes to water-related calls, Smith said. But in February of 2015, firefighters responded to 145 water-related calls in just a week. However, that was prior to the change in response, in which police handle external water leaks.“We will have a better handle on this as the days go on,” Smith said. “We are 24/7, that doesn’t change.”If your pipes burst, first turn off the water at the source. In Ocean City, you can call the non-emergency police number at 609-399-9111 to have Fire Department personnel dispatched to cut off the water supply leading to your home. Cut off electricity to any area of the house damaged by water. Firefighters are responding to numerous calls for broken pipes. Firefighters respond to the 3400 Block of Asbury Avenue for a report of a broken pipe. Calls are coming in as temperatures increase, and frozen pipes break, thaw out and gush water.
n Warburtons has appointed Richard Hayes, formerly of Allied Domecq, as marketing director. Category marketing controller Sarah Miskell has been promoted to category director.n The European Commission wants input from the food industry on its draft proposal on the review of the Animal By-products Regulation No 1774/2002. It has launched an online questionnaire at http://tinyurl.com/3aznt9, where users can add their opinions on topics such as the scope of the regulation and clarifying the approvals/registrations and controls.The deadline for responses is 18 June 2007. Please copy your responses to: [email protected] A report in The Sunday Times of 6 May says the typical amount of sugar in wholemeal bread rose from 2.1g per 100g in 1978 to 2.8g per 100g in 2002. The newspaper based its findings on figures logged in annual editions of McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods between 1978 and 2002. And a loaf of Hovis wholemeal now has 3.7g sugar per 100g and Sainsbury’s wholemeal 3.5g per 100g, it reports.n Food decorating firm Squires Kitchen has launched a catalogue of ideas and equipment for food decoration, from bakeware to piping equipment to chocolate thermometers. It is called Inspired by Food and is priced at £5.95.n McDonald’s is to offer Innocent Drinks with its Happy Meals in 80 of its stores across the north of England. It will test out the smoothies for the next six months.n And finally…check out our rear view! See pg 35 for a lighthearted look at the week that was.
Facebook By Jon Zimney – April 18, 2020 0 267 Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Indiana confirmed COVID-19 cases up to at least 10,641 Google+ (Photo supplied/Indiana State Department of Health) The Indiana State Department of Health announced on Saturday, April 18, that 529 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. That brings to 10,641 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.A total of 545 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.Marion County had the most new cases, at 123. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (22), Clark (10), Elkhart (18), Hamilton (25), Harrison (20), Hendricks (29), Johnson (21), Lake (69), Madison (20), Porter (17) and St. Joseph (37). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.The complete list of counties with cases is included on the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov. Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Facebook Google+ Previous articleUniversity of Notre Dame unveils The Shirt 2020Next articleMichigan coronavirus cases, deaths rise again but slowly Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp
While often raised in religious traditions, many young people, known as the “Nones” do not identify with any single faith. Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire ministries, is seeking to evangelize this population, he said in a lecture at Leighton Concert Hall on Monday.“ … The situation of young former Catholics is at the same time, something of an indictment of our educational, catechetical strategies, and I believe this, at the same time, a real Kairos,” he said. “It’s a privileged moment to connect with young people. It’s a call to action. It’s all of that at the same time.”Citing the research of Notre Dame professor Christian Smith, Barron explored the trends amongst formerly Catholic young adults. One finding, he said, was that most people in this demographic believe in a god of some sort.However, he said, many do not have a clear sense of who God is, revealing a “rather deep confusion.”“I’ve found in my own work with young people that the Augustian anthropology ‘Lord, you have made us for yourself, therefore the heart is restless until it rests in you,’ still provides a good deal of traction,” he said. “People instinctively know that none of the goods of this world finally satisfy the longing for joy that’s hard-wired into them. Tapping into this delicious dissatisfaction, if I can riff on a theme of C.S. Lewis, ought to be central to any program of our evangelizing of the young.”Barron said young, former Catholics often have religiously diverse family and friends, referencing Smith’s research. For fear of conflict, they avoid religious discussions, Barron said, and consequently, believe religion results in one of two extremes: violence or “bland toleration.”An alternative to these polar opposites, Barron said, is religious argument.“One can marshal evidence, form hypotheses, cite authorities, make illuminating analogies, draw conclusions — in a word, one can make arguments religiously,” he said. “And contra Kant, it matters very much what we believe in regard to doctrine. Why? Ethical imperatives are grounded finally in certain metaphysical and anthropological convictions. Just as flowers will eventually wither once they’re removed from the plant that sustains them, so ethical principles will as they are disassociated from a doctrinal framework.”Many of the “Nones” subscribe to relativism, hindering them from committing to any single religion, Barron said.“In the measure I cannot or will not decide, I can remain permanently uncommitted,” he said. “But see, when we see this precisely in the religious context, we see how debilitating it is, for it means irresponsibility in regard to the highest and most important things. Not to take a judgment, not to take a stand.”Former Catholics often object to the religion on the grounds that faith is incompatible with reason, Barron said. In part, he said, this trend can be traced to a “dumbing down” of Catholicism and a failure to cultivate the intellectual aspects of Catholicism.“Now mind you, I’m a Catholic,” Barron said. “We’ve got a broad sense of what this is all about. Does emotion belong to the faith? Yes. Does the experiential? Yes. Please don’t misconstrue me here. But I think we have underplayed at least at the catechetical level, the intellectual.”Barron cited the biblical story of Samuel and Eli, wherein a young man, Samuel, hears the voice of God, but must rely on the guidance of Eli, his elder, to discern this voice. As in the this story, Barron said, young people need the guidance of older generations to truly live the Catholic faith.“We need, it seems to me, an army of Elis to rise up who know how to hear and interpret the word of God and help our young people to discern that voice … so they can move out of that space of the ego drama and learn to live in this wonderful expansive space of God’s great drama for them,” he said. “I think that’s the challenge today. And that’s the great opportunity.”Tags: Bishop Robert Barron, cultures of formation, McGrath Institute for Church Life, Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
Broadway veteran Alan Weeks died at the age of 67 on October 10, his family announced. Among his numerous theatrical credits were Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz and Funny Girl.Weeks was born in 1948 in Brooklyn. He made his Broadway debut just 10 years later in The Body Beautiful. He then performed in the 1961 revival of The Octoroon and went on to dance in the ensemble of multiple musicals in his teenage years, including Funny Girl, Hallelujah, Baby! and George M! His additional credits on stage included starring roles in Rockabye Hamlet, The Tap Dance Kid and Big Deal. In 1992, he directed and choreographed the musical revue The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club. On screen, he appeared in The French Connection, Truck Turner and Shaft.Later in his career, Weeks served as Director of the Capital District Student Outreach Program through the NAACP and as a teacher and adjunct professor for the Albany City School District and Russell Sage College.Weeks is survived by his wife Sara, sons Brinan and Christian Jack and daughters Demera and Eva Weeks. View Comments
Have you ever dealt with less than efficient appliances? While I was grateful for our washing machine, I had to admit it had seen better days. And, with the workout my family gives it every day (try keeping a soon-to-be-6-year-old clean), an upgrade was definitely becoming a priority. It was time for me to join the new age of laundry.Thanks to technology and manufacturers’ attempts to please the ever-demanding consumer, washing machines have become more “intelligent” and able to detect soil levels and water needs. There are also washers that remember your “favorite” cycle and treat stains with hot or cold water depending on the need. Who knew? The cost of this new technology is anywhere from $400 to $1,900, depending on the type, capacities and other bells and whistles that you want. Before you explore upgrading or purchasing a new washer, consider these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.Decide on the type of washing machine you would like. Do you prefer a traditional, top-loading machine or a front-loading machine? Top-loading and front-loading units share many of the same functional features, but style-wise, there are a few differences. Top-loading machines do not require you to bend or kneel. They have a larger capacity, a traditional look and are less expensive. Front-loading machines, on the other hand, also have a large capacity and can be stacked with a corresponding dryer. This provides additional storage space underneath, if you purchase pedestals, and creates a more modern look. Before making a selection, measure your space. Large-capacity washers are often 2 or 3 inches wider than the traditional 27 inches. Allow at least an additional 6 inches behind the washing machine for water hookups and about 1 inch of space between the washer and dryer. If the washing machine will be near bedrooms or a family room, consider the noise level. The sound of the washing machine shouldn’t disturb you.Evaluate your laundry needs and determine how many loads of laundry you wash a week. If you have a large family, consider a big washer that can handle large loads – think towels, towels and more towels. Do you often have heavily soiled clothes, like sports uniforms? A machine that provides extra-long wash and presoaking cycles will get these items clean. In contrast, if you are primarily washing slightly soiled garments, a washer with a quick-wash option may be the best option for you.Consider the true cost. High-efficiency (HE) washing machines are available in both front-loading and top-loading designs. In general they use less water than traditional washers. Clothes are repeatedly tumbled through a small amount of water, so the water level does not need to rise to the top of the clothes. Since a sizeable percentage of the cost of washing clothes comes from heating the water, using less water makes for a lower utility bill. Additionally, the high-speed spin cycle removes more water from the clothes, so they dry faster so your dryer uses less energy. Most HE front-loading washers and some HE top-loading machines are high capacity, so you’ll wash fewer loads overall, which is another way to save energy and money. For more information on how to save energy and water at home, visit http://www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/home-uga-greenway-save-energy-water.
Montpelier, Vt Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee has announced that long-time agency employee and Director of the Agricultural Resource Management & Environmental Stewardship (ARMES) division has retired from the agency. Jim Leland, currently deputy director of the ARMES division has been chosen to fill the position of director. Phil says his plans include spending more time with Susan, his wife of over 30 years, their son Dan, daughter-in-law Tracy and his grandson Alex, as well as pursuing interests such as fishing, hunting, skiing and golfing. It s been a great pleasure to have had the opportunities I have had at the Agency of Agriculture. Perhaps the best part of the job has been working with a dedicated and passionate staff who have been committed, through the years, to advancing agriculture in our state while protecting our water and environment, said Mr. Benedict. Mr. Benedict came to the agency in 1971 after graduating from Johnson State College with a degree in Biology and then receiving his Masters degree from the University of New Hampshire in Entomology. His first assignment with the agency was as an entomologist. Most recently his time was focused on improving Vermont s water quality. Phil has been described as having more dedication and commitment to protecting agriculture and the environment than almost anyone. It has been noted that his foresight has allowed him to develop an agricultural water quality program for Vermont that is the envy of many other states. He has been known to push Vermont s regulatory and assistance programs to meet environmental standards while assisting farmers in meeting goals that society demands for our environment. I will forever be reminded of Phil as I drive through Vermont, appreciating the open fields and viable farms that are still part of our landscape. I believe Phil Benedict is a big reason we still have this opportunity, commented a fellow employee at the agency. ### Since Phil came on board here at the agency, he has been a champion and tireless advocate for the farming community and agriculture in our state, said Allbee. He has been a close advisor and friend to me and he will be missed personally and professionally. Your years of service have been very much appreciated and your hard work is to be commended. A lot has changed in agriculture over the years and you have been instrumental in guiding those changes to be more farmer-friendly while increasing ways to protect the environment, commented Governor Douglas to Mr. Benedict at a reception held today in his honor at the agency.
The free, 24-hour temporary ferry between Crown Point, New York and Addison, Vermont, is now open to the public as of 5 am this morning. Governor Douglas was joined by New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee to greet the first passengers of the new temporary ferry near the site of the Lake Champlain Bridge. The ferry began running Monday morning in time for the early morning commuters as they headed off to work. The ferry will operate year-round between Crown Point, NY and Chimney Point, VT, every day – 24 hours a day, 7 days per week – at no charge to the public. Currently, the ferry is scheduled to depart from Chimney Point on the hour and half hour and depart from New York at 15 and 45 after each hour. Initially there is a 15 ton 2-axel weight restriction per vehicle.“This is an important step to restoring the economic and community connections that have been severed by the closing of the Champlain Bridge,” Governor Douglas said. “This new ferry will run continually until a new bridge is constructed, and its 24-hour service will allow residents and businesses from both states to begin to return to something very close to normal.”“I was pleased to be on hand in Crown Point last week to announce that the ferry would soon open to help get New Yorkers and Vermonters back to more normal lifestyle,” Governor David A. Paterson said. “Since the bridge closed, New York’s Department of Transportation and Vermont’s Agency of Transportation have worked tirelessly to reconnect our States and reestablish commerce throughout this corridor. Now that the ferry is open, we look forward to building the new signature Lake Champlain Bridge in the footprint of the former one.”For the ferry’s first few weeks of operation, there will be a two axle, 15-ton weight limit for vehicles without exception. This temporary restriction will be increased to 40 tons and multiple axles within a few weeks to coincide with the opening of a second ferry slip.The new temporary ferry, operated by the Lake Champlain Transportation Company, will provide free, year-round, 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service connecting Addison, Vermont to Crown Point, New York. The ferry will depart Vermont on the hour and half-hour, and New York on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour. The crossing is expected to take about 15 minutes, which includes boarding and disembarking the boat. Commuting time between Vermont and New York will be cut drastically, reestablishing commerce and emergency services along the corridor just a few hundred feet south of the former Champlain Bridge.Work continues to construct a second ferry slip on both sides, at which time a second boat will be added at Crown Point. Shortly thereafter, ferry service at Essex/Charlotte will be scaled back and cease to be free.“We believe it will take a little while for people to adjust their commuting behavior and transition their travel patterns back to Crown Point,” said David Dill, Vermont’s Transportation Secretary. “To ensure that no one is caught off guard, we will continue to subsidize the Essex/Charlotte ferry for a couple of weeks, but eventually that service will return to its normal fee-for-service operation.”“I commend the transportation staff and contractors in both New York and Vermont for their dedicated efforts to build the roads, ramps and docks necessary to support the new temporary ferry operation at Crown Point,” said Acting Commissioner Gee. “Despite the bitter cold, high wind, snow, and other winter weather, nothing stopped them from accomplishing this important goal. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those who put their own lives on hold to help us get the lives of those in the North Country back on track as soon as possible.”Construction of the new Crown Point ferry began in November shortly following the sudden closure of the Champlain Bridge. The ferry will remain in service until a new bridge is constructed, which is expected to be by the end of summer 2011.Please visit the websites www.lcbclosure.org(link is external) or www.ferries.com(link is external) for the most current and up-to-date information about the ferry and progress on the new Lake Champlain Bridge.###