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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Three people have died in North Carolina after a massive, “unforgettable” snowstorm pummeled the state, the governor said Tuesday.A driver was trying to free his stuck car on Monday when he began to have medical problems, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. The driver died at a hospital, he said.Another driver died in the town of Matthews on Sunday after a tree struck his car. The driver then plowed through the front lawn of a church, hitting the building, local police said.In Haywood County, a woman on hospice care died when her oxygen concentrator stopped working from a power outage, the governor’s office said.Beyond the three confirmed storm-related deaths, one additional death is under investigation, Cooper said Tuesday.The storm — described by the governor as a “nightmare” — dropped staggering amounts of snow, ice and rain across North Carolina, with a year’s worth of snow falling in some places in just one day. The most snowfall was 34 inches in the mountains of North Carolina.While the storm has moved on, fallen trees, downed power lines and slippery roads still remain, Cooper said Tuesday.There were 38,000 households still without power as of Tuesday morning, he said.Cooper also warned that the frigid temperatures overnight are transforming slushy roads into dangerous ice.The state’s highway patrol has responded to 2,300 accidents, he said.“If conditions in your area are still dangerous, don’t take the risk. Sit tight,” Cooper said.Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee also saw over 1 foot of snow in some areas.The forecastThat storm may have moved eastward, but freezing temperatures remain. Brutal wind chills hit much of the eastern U.S. Tuesday, including the South.The National Weather Service has warned drivers to be mindful of black ice.Meanwhile, in the West, six states are under snow, wind or flood alerts ahead of a new storm system approaching the Pacific Northwest.Heavier rainfall is expected in the Northwest on Tuesday, and may lead to flash flooding as winds exceed 50 mph.On Wednesday morning, the storm that brought rain to the Northwest will likely will move east and drop heavy snow, with 1 to 3 feet expected from the Cascades into the Rockies. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Vintage Flowers Coryn M. Monaghan, age 91, of Seaville, NJ passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 her home. Mrs. Monaghan was formerly of Ocean City, NJ moving to Seaville, NJ in 1973.She is survived by three children, William E. Monaghan, Jr. (Terri) of Key West, FL, Patricia G. Kammer (Skip) of Seaville, NJ, Micheal C. Monaghan of Wildwood, NJ, 17 grandchildren, among them her friend and caretaker Megan Kammer, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, son in law, Joseph W. Lupton of Corbin City, NJ, and a sister, Carol Britton of CT.She was predeceased by her husband, William E. Monaghan, two daughters, Marguerite Essl, and Mary K. Lupton, four granddaughters, T.J Monaghan, Ann Beach, Mary Beach, Joelle Lupton, a grandson, Daniel Pitts, a brother, Marshall Kooker, and a sister, Rita Kammer.Her Funeral Service and Interment are private in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ.Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Beacon Animal Rescue, 701 Butter Road, Ocean View, NJ 08230.For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Gender Relations Center (GRC), in alliance with several other on-campus groups and offices, will be celebrating a week to increase awareness about body image and eating disorders. From today through Sunday, Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week will host events throughout campus on a variety of topics within the larger discussion. “We want people and students talking to each other about body image,” Heather Racokzy Russell, program director for the GRC, said. “We don’t want them to be silent about these things. At the very least people will realize they don’t have to be alone in these things.” Finding Balance in College: How to do it with your Healthy Voice is the first women-only event in the history of the week is tonight at Legends from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will feature Meredith Terpeluk, a Notre Dame graduate and president of a wellness and life coaching company. Russell said she will bring a unique viewpoint to the lecture because she knows what the environment is like on campus. Tuesday night will feature the Mass of Healing at 10 p.m. in the Dillon Hall Chapel. “The Mass of Healing puts a special Notre Dame spin on this kind of thing,” Russell said. The panel, Perfectly Disordered: Eating Disorders, Body Image and College Life, is Wednesday night in the Eck Center Auditorium. The panel will feature talks from students as well as Valerie Staples, a staff psychologist from the University Counseling Center. “This will offer a much broader perspective,” Russell said. Russell said attitudes at Notre Dame can serve a breeding ground for body image problems and eating disorders. “Notre Dame is an environment where competition and perfection run rampant,” she said. “We need to work together to overcome obstacles and head in the direction of recovery.” Public service announcement put together by the Week’s organizers will run in Saturday’s football program. “Eating disorders are serious, life threatening illness — not choices,” the announcement states. “It is important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that contribute to the development of eating disorders and body image concerns.” Russell said this is the first time the week has run anything in the football program, but she is hoping it will help with the cause. “The point is for outreach to the larger community,” she said. “This is an issue Notre Dame students are concerned about.” More than 10 million females and 1 million males battles with an eating disorder, the announcement states. “Some people perceive that Notre Dame students have it all together and that Notre Dame students wouldn’t battles these issues,” Russell said. “It’s actually much more likely with high-achieving students to experience these issues.” Other events this week include a poster campaign and an event with AcoustiCafe. The poster campaign, called “This Is My Student Body,” is continued from something student government started last year, senior Mariah McGrogan said. McGrogan is co-chair of the Gender Issues Committee for Student Senate and works as a student assistant with the GRC. “It’s an idea that takes inspiration from the Dove ‘Real Beauty’ campaign,” McGrogan said. “The ‘Real Beauty’ campaign is about not feeling anxiety about your natural beauty.” The posters have images of students, along with quotes and Notre Dame images to make the campaign speak to the campus about awareness. “The Week is a good healing experience for those who’ve dealt with eating disorders or body images issues,” she said. “But it’s also important to raise awareness …We need to check ourselves with our language and dieting habits.” The AcoustiCafe event will feature the regular musicians of AcoustiCafe with songs, spoken word pieces and information about body image and eating disorders. “The nice part about the AcoustiCafe event is we’re taking a signature staple event at Notre Dame and asking them to feature this issue,” she said. “We hope the regulars are exposed to something they wouldn’t have typically attended.” Russell said students should talk to someone if they are experiencing problems with these issues. “It’s so important for them to talk to one person they can trust,” she said. “Not someone who will support putting them down when they say things like, ‘I feel fat.’ They need someone who they can reach out to for help.” The Week is sponsored through the GRC, in collaboration with the University Counseling Center, Student-Athlete Welfare and Development, Feminist Voice and student government. Visit grc.nd.edu for more information.
The Harper Cancer Research Institute, a Notre Dame and Indiana School of Medicine collaboration, recently initiated a partnership with local healthcare organizations including the Beacon Health System (BHSMH), The Medical Foundation (TMF) and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in order to provide mutational profiling to local cancer patients through the acquisition of a Sequenom MassARRAY instrument.Associate director of the Harper Institute Andy Bullock said grant funding for the project began July 1, and the community partnership organizations have since purchased and validated the analyzer, which is now located in the South Bend Medical Foundation.“We just got a note from the South Bend Medical Foundation that in the patients they’ve [screened] so far, they’ve found 22 percent more mutations in these samples that they never would have found previously,” Bullock said. “It’s already having an impact and it’s only been going on for a few months now.”According to the Notre Dame press release, the project received a total of $851,910 including a substantial grant from the Walther Cancer Foundation. Bullock said the Foundation was a driving force in making the project a reality.“This is not a community where everybody can just fly to Boston or MD Anderson [Cancer Center for treatment] and we wanted to do something,” he said. “We had partners in the community that were willing to [help since] it was not something we could do on our own.”Bullock said the partnerships with other organizations in the community were key in pursuing and funding the research because Harper is a basic cancer research institute.“The Medical Foundation is doing this test at [their own] cost since just to buy the kits to do the tests costs a few hundred dollars,” he said. “Now, all the other costs associated with the tests, the staff time, overhead … they’re not charging any of that so the price is only a couple hundred dollars a test as opposed to almost a thousand for what this test might be somewhere else.”Bullock said the collaboration has made the test available to qualifying patients at no cost for the next two years.He said the analyzer tests about 200 mutations simultaneously in approximately five hours to identify certain mutations in tumors and determine how drug therapies may effect treatment.“You want that information so you don’t spend six months on chemotherapy that’s going to do nothing for you and to deal with all the side-effects,” Bullock said.Bullock said the screening is already guiding treatment. In two years, Bullock said he hopes other hospitals in the area join the effort and screening expands to cover more tumor types.“In two years, hopefully it will be a bigger project, and we’ll be going to Walther to show them all the people that have benefitted in the last two years and why we should keep doing it.”Tags: Beacon Health System, Harper Cancer Research Institute, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend Medical Foundation
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) MGN Stock Image.ALBANY – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has added an additional state to his COVID-19 travel advisory list.The Governor’s Office says travelers to and from Rhode Island now must quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York State.Additionally, Delaware and Washington, D.C. have been removed from the list.There is now a total of 33 areas on the list including: AlaskaAlabamaArkansasArizonaCaliforniaFloridaGeorgiaIowaIdahoIllinoisIndianaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMarylandMinnesotaMissouriMississippiMontanaNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaNebraskaNew MexicoNevadaOhioOklahomaPuerto RicoRhode IslandSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaWashingtonWisconsin
The October Trail Mix sees the return of David Mayfield, noted guitar player, singer, and producer. Last month, Mayfield released Strangers, his third solo record and first release for Compass Records. Long known for his frenetic live performances, Mayfield showcases his songwriting skills yet again on his latest record; Strangers is perhaps his most cohesive, heartfelt collection of tunes to date.Trail Mix is also happy to welcome back one of the finest voices in contemporary country music, J.P. Harris. Along with his band, The Tough Choices, Harris churns out honest country music the way the old country guard – Willie, Waylon, and Haggard – churned it out in country’s golden era. Skip the modern country drivel you will find on the radio and take a listen to “Give a Little Lovin’,” off of Home Is Where The Hurt Is, Harris’s latest release.I first saw Mike Farris way back in 1994 in Knoxville when he was the front man for The Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies. He slipped off my radar until 2007, when he returned with his first solo record, Salvation In Lights. There isn’t a bigger, more soulful voice in contemporary Americana. Farris released Shine For All The People last month and Trail Mix features his fantastic interpretation of Mary Gauthier’s “Mercy Now.”There is oh-so-much more to this month’s mix. Check out tunes from up and coming singer/songwriters like Reed Foehl, Ben Rabb, Phoebe Hunt, wWaylon, and Derek Fawcett.If you are in the mood for some sick pickin’, perhaps the new songs from Billy Strings & Don Julin or Michael Barnett will be right up your alley.Also make sure to check out new stuff from Delta Spirit, Luke Winslow-King, TV Eyes, Game Theory, Maggie Bjorklund, Lost & Nameless, Field Report, Sneakout, and Yawn.Please spread the word about Trail Mix. Link it up or tweet about it. Share it with your friends and colleagues. And get out there and buy, buy, buy these records. Your ears will thank you for it.
When she learned that the tall man with the scruffy beard who had introduced himself merely as ‘Simon” was, in fact, Simon Thompson — globetrotting bird guide, possessor of a monster lifetime birding list, undisputed champion of a listing contest called Bird a Day — Leslie MacDuffie instantly morphed from birder to fan.“I’m just delighted that I actually shook his hand today, to tell you the truth,” said McDuffie, of Waynesville. She was extra thrilled, she added, to learn that her online photo of a rare duck, the greater scaup, had lured Thompson to this spot, Lake Julian Park in Asheville. “That is so way cool, the fact that he recognized my name. … I always said I wanted to hobnob with Simon. Wait until my husband finds out. He’s going to be floored.”Thompson, gracious but desperate to cap MacDuffie’s gusher, responded by peering through his scope at a winged silhouette on the opposite shore“There’s a red-tailed hawk over there by the pines,” said Thompson, 57, of Asheville.It’s his default mode, sighting birds, an activity he’s engaged in as prolifically and consistently (the key to his Bird a Day success) as just about anyone on the planet. A lifetime list of 500 bird species is the mark of a committed birder; 700 is the realm of fanatics willing to travel to obscure corners of North America. Among the birders on Cornell University’s eBird site — the go-to worldwide birding forum — Thompson’s list of 5,725 ranks him 27th. Once he completes the tedious task of entering all the birds from his several predigital decades as a birder, he said, the total will be at least 7,000, which would place him 8th.The circumstance that stops him from competing for the absolute top spot — as the owner of Ventures Birding Tours, his first duty is to his clients rather than to his passion for birding — makes him a natural for Bird a Day.This is one of several forms of listing, one more birding “game,” Thompson says, along with the more common big year or big day races to count the most birds in a given time period. It was initiated by the establishment of a website, birdaday.net in 2008. Since then, the number of entrants who met its self-explanatory challenge, sighting a different variety of bird every day of the year, has been, at most, a handful, and several years have passed without a single winner. Thompson, meanwhile, reached this goal three straight years, in 2015 and 2016 when he shared the distinction with other birders, and in 2017, when he was the only participant to last all 365 days.“It’s an impressive thing because you have to be out every single day and you have to be able to identify a bird you had not previously listed,” said Bill Boeringer, a South Florida lawyer who unsuccessfully tried to revive the site late last year after the sudden death of its founder, Trey Mitchell. Bird a Day participants are temporarily keeping tabs of their own progress while hoping that a group of Australian birders build a new site.“The Aussies seem particularly gung ho on this,” Boeringer said.The trick of Bird a Day is to count as many rare and, especially, seasonal birds on good birding days early in the year, leaving a store of common species to tap into during lean periods.“There’s inevitably going to come a rainy, nasty day when you want to be able to see that robin at your bird feeder from the comfort of your own kitchen,” said John Koon, a commercial airline pilot and Bird a Day regular from Asheville.Most people have no hopes of lasting the year, Boeringer said.“It’s like amateur golf: you are a winner if you exceed your own expectations. I work in an office; I cannot compete with people who are park naturalists, or are retired, etc. My “par” is making it to the first week of June.”And because a limited number of bird species appear in most part of the country — about 250 in western North Carolina, for example — strategy and dedication can only get you so far.“You have to travel,” Thompson said, and on this day in early January, his upcoming itinerary as a full-time guide and ex-pat Brit was as follows:“I’m going to Georgia on Friday and then I’m taking a group to Virginia. Then I’m going to (Florida’s) Space Coast. Then I’m going to India and I’m coming back through Dubai and then I’ll go to England for a week or two.”A similar routine in 2017 allowed him to squander birds he might normally hold in reserve — the turkey vulture, for example, that he recorded in October — because of the prospect of seeing, as he would, a jackass penguin in South Africa in November and a red-crested pochard on a trip to Spain in December. The only remotely dramatic event of last year’s contest came on a day when he was stranded at London’s Heathrow Airport and resorted to peering through windows to spot a runway-dwelling white wagtail.Though normally self-effacing, Thompson acknowledged that a feat that had proven impossible for every other entrant was actually pretty easy for him.“It was not a difficult year,” he said.Still, he said, “I make the effort. It doesn’t happen without me trying.” And the aspect of Bird a Day he most appreciates, that it forces him to get out with his scope every day, is the one that led him to take a break from it in 2018. It’s a concession to his long-time partner and new husband, Chris Jaquette, and their caretaking obligations for sick friends and relatives.But after all his Bird a Day success, it’s not an easy habit to break. He was keeping his options open and adhering to his usual strategy in case he decides on a late entry. “My start has always been, at the beginning of the year, go out and get those ducks,” he said.And so he set up on the shores of Lake Julian, where a steam-belching Duke Energy plant makes for warm, ice-free water — a wintertime duck magnet.Thompson admits he’s “a bit obsessive,” but he carries this obsession comfortably, and is so far removed from the stereotypical species-and-location spewing birder that he often can’t remember what he saw where. “I’ve been to Peru 18 times,” he said. “It becomes a bit of a blur.” He still sounds and looks — in a bulky cardigan, flat woolen cap and wide wale corduroy pants — distinctly British, even though he’s lived in Asheville for about 30 years. “I came to visit and I just stayed. I like it here.” Because of the surrounding National Forest, it’s also one of the few places where he’s seen little depreciation of habitat. He has watched this happen in Africa, where he grew up in what he describes as a birders’ paradise and started setting out with his binoculars as an 8-year-old boy. And though he’s heard enough hopeful reports about protection efforts in Chad and its rebounding elephant population to plan a trip there, he’s witnessed enough destruction of natural lands in other countries to make him think the peak era of global birding has probably passed. “In places like the Philippines and Indonesia it’s almost like an all-out war on the environment,” he said.As engaging as Thompson is, when he’s in the field all conversations are interrupted conversations; his eyes and ears constantly wander for evidence for birds.On, this, one of the first warm days of the year, he found the recently reported flotilla of ducks on the lake had vanished. But he took note of the semi-domesticated, feed-caging mallards and Muscovy ducks waddling on the shore. “Emergency Bird a Day birds,” he called them. “We’re quite disparaging, aren’t we?”He identified slightly better birds, Carolina chickadees calling from branches and dark-eyed juncos feeding at the base of pine trees. He paused periodically to look through his top-of-the-line Swarovski scope for distant sightings of what he termed “good Bird a Day birds,” pintail ducks and American widgeons.And when the time came to fold up his scope’s tripod, he was visibly disappointed that he had failed to see MacDuffie’s greater scaup.“That would have been a great Bird a Day bird,” he said.
One might think that The State Theater of Virginia would be in one of the metropolitan hubs on the eastern side of the state.Nope. Instead, one would have to venture to the mountains of Southwest Virginia, to the gorgeous hamlet of Abingdon, to discover The Barter Theatre, Virginia’s state theater.Known for a fantastic slate of dramatic productions all the year ’round, each January the theater’s thespians take a break and , for the last seven years, turn the historic stage over to January Jams, a concert series begun in 2013 by The Abingdon Music Experience and now one of the region’s most anticipated musical events.This year, January Jams continues its tradition of bringing amazing musical acts to one of the most storied stages in the country. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Sam Bush, Reverend Shawn Amos, Tameca Jones, Drew & Ellie Holcomb, and The Dustbowl Revival round out an incredible collection of artists this month at the Barter Theater.Saturday marks the final show of the series, with the soulful folk octet The Dustbowl Revival, joined by special guest Seth Walker taking to the stage.I recently caught up with Zach Lupetin of The Dustbowl Revival to chat about life on the road.Q&A With Zach LupetinBRO – Any pre-show rituals?ZL – There are eight of us, so we all get ready a little different. I like to peak my head out and see what the energy of the crowd is looking like and create a set list that will get them dancing.BRO – Favorite on stage libation?ZL – I’m a gin and tonic guy recently.BRO – Stage you have not yet played but would love to?ZL – Playing Red Rocks in Colorado and the Ryman in Nashville would be bucket list items. And Newport Folk Fest!BRO – One thing you never want to hear the sound technician say?ZL – “We only have one monitor mix.”BRO- One item you can’t hit the road without?ZL – Noise-canceling headphones. They make the long plane and van rides much more doable.BRO – Three items you’d like to put on your rider, just to see if you could get them?ZL – Korean barbeque, massages therapists, and hot tubs.BRO – City that your music has taken you that you never thought you would visit?ZL – We’ve been amazed at the response in Bozeman, Montana. I had never visited until we played and the warmth of the crowds really got to us. Also, Bristol – on the Virginia/Tennessee border – has been awesome.BRO – How do you plan for outside time while on tour?ZL – Most of us in the band love hiking, so if we have a day off in a cool area we will find a way to get outside in nature. It’s important to get out of the van and breathe some clean air. We did find some amazing canyon hikes in Arizona last year. Got a little lost, but we found our way back.BRO – Most interesting item ever thrown on stage?ZL – We have a sweet couple of fans in California who make us custom glowing flower crowns. They’re pretty psychedelic!Zach and his mates in The Dustbowl Revival are in the midst of a hectic couple weeks of touring. Last weekend had them in Alaska, while Thursday and Friday have them in Maryland and Eastern Virginia before Saturday night brings them to Abingdon, Virginia, for the January Jams concert series.TICKET GIVEAWAYSpeaking of that show in Abingdon, Trail Mix wants to give you and a friend a shot at seeing The Dustbowl Revival for free! Take a shot at the trivia question below. A winner win of two passes to the show will be chosen from all of the correct responses received by noon on Friday, January 25th!Please note that we are having difficulty with the answer form on mobile devices. You can also email your answers to [email protected] of John Steinbeck’s novels took place in the turbulent region known as the Dust Bowl in the early twentieth century? By submitting your answer, you are not being added to any mailing list. Your information is kept private and never shared with anyone. Find more information on The Dustbowl Revival and their show dates on their website.Be sure to take a listen to all the great music available for stream and download in the January edition of Trail Mix!
We are all aware Baby Boomers have reinvented every decade of their lives, which makes it no surprise they continue to do so. Some will retire, and some will stay working for longer than the generation before them as continued good health and life expectancy expands. In spite of different lifestyle choices, this is a group needing services beyond loans and deposits, providing an opportunity for credit unions to present products and services catering to the needs of this age group to keep them engaged. However, this opportunity also raises communication and technology issues for credit unions as they work to connect with this diverse member group in a manner they prefer.Finding balance is complicated for a demographic group all over the place when it comes to how they like to receive information. Whether an older member likes paper (mail), electronic (e-mail, Internet) or mobile, meeting their delivery preferences has become increasingly important to keeping this large number of members from moving to another financial services provider. With more and more of this age group being tech-savvy, internet and mobile capabilities are a must-have along with traditional methods. One channel for communicating with any age group no longer fits all.Credit unions of all sizes today recognize the value of expanding the scope of their business from simply putting ink on paper to sharing information to playing more robustly in the broader customer communications space. A critical success factor that is needed to ensure a device-responsive strategy is a reality for your members (and profitable for your credit union) requires having the ability to create flexible content automatically converted on demand to match the requirements of the delivery channel; because what looks great on a printed transactional document or direct mail piece today also needs to look great on a smartphone and tablet. This becomes even more important when you consider 72 percent of Boomers with income over $75,000 are smartphone users who are on the go, traveling and are hyper-focused on their wealth.Many credit unions outsource their physical print/mail operations to service bureaus and BPOs. In these cases, it is still important to have an in-house customer communication solution in place to leverage the power of your non-technical, customer-focused employees to design, deliver and maintain meaningful multichannel customer communications while meeting the business and technical requirements of your print/mail provider. Insourcing customer communication management, while outsourcing print fulfillment, provides a way to maintain control of your communications and improve efficiencies. If you use a third-party service provider, know the questions you should ask to meet your multichannel needs, as not every solution offers all the capabilities you may want to achieve your goals.Working in the best interest of depositors, not stockholders, and going out of the way to make sure to meet members’ needs are two important attributes that differentiate a credit union from a competitive institution. With the growing use of Internet-based communications and the proliferation of smartphones and tablet devices used by members of all ages, member expectations are on the rise with regard to how your organization communicates with them. Implementing a well-considered customer communications strategy delivered where and how your Boomer member wants to receive it can help you foster those strong relationships and keep these members loyal by getting important information to them more quickly—and with the personal touch they expect via the channel they prefer. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Clay McNaught Clay McNaught is Vice President at GMC Software Technology, North America. With an impressive history of experience in document management, customer communication management and business intelligence, McNaught offers extensive knowledge … Web: www.gmc.net Details
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