AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Great Lakes water levels are rebounding after a decade-long slump that hammered the maritime industry. The three biggest lakes — Superior, Huron and Michigan — have risen steadily since fall 2007, when for a couple of months Superior’s levels were lowest on record and the others nearly so. Erie, shallowest of the lakes, actually exceeded its long-term average in June… (Continue reading in Detroit Free Press) And, though chemical toxins remain in the Great Lakes, Lake Huron fish are less contaminated, says a new report. In 36 categories of fish for Lake Huron, 11 became safer to eat over the last four-years. Lake Huron had the greatest improvement of any of the Great Lakes. (Read more in Canada’s Observer) Finally, king salmon seem to be back on the rise in Lake Michigan. The anecdotal evidence from Lake Michigan’s charter captains, according to a Detroit Free-Press column, seems to support a recovery of the king salmon (also known as chinook salmon) over the past several years, likely due to a rebound of their forage base, or food supply. Thanks to GNN supporter Gisele up in Canada for submitting the link! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Whenever I get paid via PayPal for something, I generally go straight to one of two sites to spend it; Embrocation Cycling Journal or Upright Citizens Brigade. ECJ has never let me down, providing a great magazine and a selection of only the best products; if they don’t use it, they don’t sell it. Considering this is a company named after a type of skin care product, you know they take that real serious, so when I saw that they began carrying Sportique products, I was intrigued. I contacted Sportique to request some samples to try out and share with you all, and a week or so later a package arrived full of goodies. Read about what they have to offer, and some initial reactions, after the jump…The majority of my riding is done within the Greater Los Angeles area, which is just simply a terrible place for your skin. With the sun beating down on me as I find my way through the dirty, smuggy air, I am not kind to my body. My wife, who is a professional makeup artist, is always saying that I need a better skin care regimen, so I was looking forward to trying some new products. (For comparison, I currently use Rapha soap, Mad Alchemy embrocation (usually non-warming), DZ Nuts or Assos chamois cream, DZ Nuts Bald or Brave Soldier Shower Shave for shaving, Jason Cooling Mineral Gel for post-ride and whatever lotion and sunscreen that is around.) What they sent me can essentially replace everything I use, and then some.The first thing I noticed about their products is the great care taken to use natural ingredients to achieve the desired results, which they make known right away in their mission statement. The first place you notice this is in the aroma of each product. None of it smells artificial or perfumed, but rather earthy and fresh, without smelling hippie-ish (they remind me of this one He-Man action figure who was covered in moss and had a very distinct smell, but in a totally good way). After reading through all the packaging and what not, my wife’s response was that most of the products were simple in their composition, with only the one or two key ingredients varying, and using a different base (wheat protein) than most similar products she’d seen. She couldn’t say if this was better or worse, only different. Suppose if you’re going to claim your product is better, it should be different, yeah? So here’s a rundown on what I’ll be testing out:Century Riding Cream – this is one of the items that ECJ carries, and probably produces the most results if you look up Sportique online. Seems to be the favorite chamois cream of many. Seems to be similar to DZ Nuts, but noticeably thicker, which helps it last longer.Elements Cream – another one carried by ECJ, and seemingly the second most popular product they make. An all-round cream designed to protect you from the elements, both on the hot and cold ends of the spectrum. This was one of the things I was looking forward to trying the most.Shaving Oil – I’ve already tried this one out. It’s very interesting, rubbing just a simple oil on the legs for shaving. It didn’t seem to be thick, or terribly coating. However, the razor glided along perfectly and I ended up with one of the smoothest shaves ever, with minimal irritation. Only compliant was difficulty in seeing what had or had not been shaved. They suggest using it in conjunction with another cream as a “base layer,” which may alleviate this.Moisturizing Body Balm – I put this on after the shave this morning, which is definitely contributing to my irritation-free legs at the moment. It’s thinner than I anticipated, but went on easily and did not leave behind a greasy feeling like a lot of lotions.Road Rash Remedy Disinfecting Balm – I don’t know what it is, but this smells reeeeeeally good. Basically, it is a natural version of Neosporin, with ingredients to sooth the area (but not a “pain reliever”). I’ve been applying it to couple spots all day, and they aren’t healed yet, so we’ll see.Get Going Cream – seems to be similar in effect to how many use embrocations, but without the lasting warming effect or protection from the elements. Ingredients to get blood flowing, and stimulate muscles to prepare for the suffering you are about to reign on them.Warming Up Oil – a massage oil version of embrocation, which provides lasting heat, but without as much protection from the elements.Cooling Down Cream – the opposite of the Get Going Cream; treat your muscles to a treat after the suffering you just reigned on them. Soothes and provides some anti-inflammatory protection. This is the one I needed most, as I’m unhappy with all the products I’ve used in this capacity. Just a quick dab on my arm produces to the soothing cool that I am looking for, but this time in an easy to apply, non-greasy format.I can’t wait to go out over the next several weeks and punish my legs in an effort to truly test out these products. Look for updates later in the summer.Edit: I received an email from the US Sportique representative who asked me to clarify my earlier statement regarding the product formulas, which I’ve “redacted” above. I’ll let them explain:“We are probably one of few companies in the world that is using different formulations for each of their products. Basically from clean sheet of paper. Utilizing over 137 ingredients across the entire line. It is almost unheard of in the industry. But we aim to design each product for its purpose, deliverance and performance first. Manufacturing costs and profit margins are secondary. The most common denominator is SHEA BUTTER & JOJOBA OIL, OLIVE OIL. And of course wheat proteins, contained in edible emulsifiers and thickeners.”
Rocktopia, an acclaimed concert that has seen great success on international tours, will land at the Broadway Theatre for a six-week run from March 20 through April 29, 2018. Created by maestro Randall Craig Fleischer and stage veteran Rob Evan (who will also star), Rocktopia features the music of Mozart, Queen, Beethoven, Journey and more.”We love both classical music and classic rock. There are so many parallels between the genres and between the ‘rock stars’ who composed and performed them,” said Evan. “With Rocktopia, we want to break down barriers and any preconceived notion of what either genre is about—and electrify and inspire lovers of either musical styles with these completely original new pieces.”Developed over eight years, Rocktopia is inspired by the idea that if Beethoven or Mozart were alive today, they would be modern-day rock stars. With extensive knowledge of both genres, Evan and Fleisher looked for common themes, potency and emotional resonance in the songs before fusing them together to create explosive and moving new musical arrangements. In addition to Mozart, Queen, Beethoven and Journey, Rocktopia showcases the works of musical innovators like Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Pink Floyd, Heart, Rachmaninoff, Foreigner, Copland and The Who.Rocktopia features lead vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a choir of 40 and an orchestra of 20. Along with Evan, the cast will include Broadway alum Tony Vincent (American Idiot), with Chloe Lowery (Yanni’s Voices), Kimberly Nichole (The Voice) and Alyson Cambridge (La Bohème).Additional cast and creative team will be announced at a later date. Tony Vincent(Photo: Getty Images) View Comments Rocktopia Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 29, 2018
Southwestern Vermont Health Care,Vermont Business Magazine The Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) recently received two regional awards for health care communications and marketing from the New England Society for Health Care Communications (NESHCo). SVHC received a Silver Lamplighter Award for Digital Strategy, including the integration of website, social media, and e-newsletter content. In the category for Community Relations Events, the health system’s Jump Rope Challenge was also honored with a Silver Lamplighter Award.“We are deeply committed to sharing stories and developing content that helps patients live healthier lives,” said Ray Smith, director of Marketing and Communications. “The impact we are able to make and the recognitions we receive are really a testament to the skill and dedication of our marketing team, the valuable work of our clinical colleagues, and patients themselves, whose stories we are privileged to share.”“We get a lot of satisfaction when we see our communication efforts in action,” said Smith, “But it’s also gratifying to receive this validation from our peers in the industry as well.”NESHCo’s Lamplighter Awards attract hundreds of entries in each of more than 20 healthcare marketing and public relations categories from all over New England. The most recent awards were for work completed in 2016.About the Southwestern Vermont Health Care:Southwestern Vermont Health Care is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices with offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a distinction it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external). For news and updates, follow facebook.com/svmedicalcenter(link is external).Source: BENNINGTON, VT—August 15, 2017—SVHC
Vermont Business Magazine In July of 2018 the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) issued a new Groundwater Health Advisory for five (5) perfluorinated compounds (PFAS). The PFAS compounds include: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluoro-octane sulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA), and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA). As a result of this Health Advisory the Groundwater Protection Rule and Strategy is being amended to adopt an enforcement standard of 20 parts per trillion (ppt or ng/l) for these substances. That means that the sum of the five PFAS compounds should not exceed 20 ppt in drinking water. EPA has adopted a drinking water health advisory level of 70 ppt for two compounds (PFOA and PFOS).PFAS compounds are comprised of long carbon chains that are both lipid and water repellent. They are persistent in the environment and do not occur naturally. The stability of these compounds is due to the strength of the carbon-fluorine bonds. They can be transported to surface waters and groundwater (as a result of runoff and leaching) and as a result, they can be transported long distances from their source area. They remain persistent in the environment and in the human body for long periods of time.Teflon manufacturers have been identified as a contributor of these compounds into the environment. However, other sources may include: wire coating facilities; semi-conductor manufacturing; battery manufacturing; firefighting foams; solid waste landfills; electroplaters; specialty and performance coatings; capacitor manufacturing; aircraft turbine manufacturing; impregnated/coated paper products; plastic injection molding; plastic extrusion; paint manufacturers; car washes; and tanneries.These compounds may be present in drinking water, food, indoor dust and some consumer products including fabric softeners, sunscreens, Gore-tex, cosmetics, food packaging materials, stain resistant carpet treatments, water resistant clothing and cosmetics.As we read more and more about the identification of these compounds in the environment it is important to understand that almost every American has these compounds in their blood. Health affects need additional study but may include a wide range of affects including increasing cholesterol levels, increase risk of cancer and growth and learning issues for babies and small children.Contributed byMartha Roy, Principal | Green Earth Environmental Inc, DBA The Verterre GroupVermont Environmental Consortium (VEC) Board MembersMiles Waite, VEC President, Waite-Heindel Environmental Management, Exec. Comm.Shaun Fielder, VEC Vice President, Vermont Rural Water Association, Exec. Comm.Melissa Levy, VEC Secretary, Community Roots, Exec. Comm.Tom Broido, VEC Treasurer, ATC Group Services, Exec. Comm.Jill Michaels, Community InvestmentsDan Voisin, Stone EnvironmentalJoan Richmond-Hall, Ph.D., Vermont Technical CollegeJoseph Hayes, ATC Group ServicesCurt Carter, Greater Burlington Industrial CorporationGeoff Hand, Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & HandPeter Murray, Geotech Environmental EquipmentJack Byrne & Will Amidon, Middlebury CollegeMichael Stafford, Staff Sterling ManagementKurt Muller, The Johnson CompanyRon Shems, Diamond & Robinson, PCScott Buckley, Green Lantern GroupMartha Roy, The Verterre Group/Subterra Locating ServicesJohn Kelliher, NRCSarah Bartlett, Vermont Department of Environmental ConservationTim Tierney, VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development
The District of Columbia is set to start an aggressive COVID-19 testing program of asymptomatic students and teachers, with the goal of getting them back together in classrooms, safely.Starting next week, D.C. will begin the pilot testing protocol in its ongoing CARE or in-person learning classrooms, in which supervised students in school buildings attend virtual classes, taught remotely by teachers.Under the new program, announced by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, students will be offered free-to-students PCR nasal-swab tests once every 10 days. A testing consent form signed by the student’s parent or guardian will be required.The tests will be administered by DC Health medical staff.In-school partner staff supporting the CARE classrooms, as well as teachers will receive a self-administered testing kit in the mail, once a week. Staffers are not required to complete the weekly test, but are encouraged to take advantage of the convenience offered with the at-home method.“There is a sense of urgency to get more students back in school with their teachers, peers and school community, and we are hopeful that these new protocols move us one step closer to reopening,” Bowser said in a news release.With the regular asymptomatic testing protocol, students and staff will continue with in-person programming while test results are pending. Results will be sent by email.According to DCPS weekly data, one student who was a part of in-person activities has tested positive, and 16 in-person students are quarantining.The number of staff working in person who have tested positive is five, with another five pending confirmation, and 34 are quarantining.“The ability for DCPS to implement an asymptomatic testing protocol for students and staff will allow us to continue to meet our commitment to prioritize the health and safety of our entire school community,” Schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee said.DCPS had delayed bringing some students back to classrooms. Some elementary school students returned mid-November despite resistance from a teachers’ union.D.C. plans to bring in more students into these classrooms in December and January.More Coronavirus NewsSign up for WTOP alertsLatest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and VirginiaCoronavirus vaccine FAQ: What you need to knowHoliday ‘rush’ in coronavirus testing leads to delayed results in Montgomery Co.Stay home for the holidays or get tested twice, CDC urgesNortham on COVID-19 case increases, vaccine rollout plansLooking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day. Visit their official sites here: Virginia | Maryland | D.C.
A lack of fast food and the prevalence of independent eateries and healthy activities put PV high on Movoto’s list.Get excited, Prairie Villagers! Or perhaps I should say, “Stay excited!”Because you live in one of the most exciting places in Kansas, according to a new set of rankings from Movoto Real Estate. As if you didn’t know already!Movoto used a formula that explored cities with more than 10,000 people, and took into consideration the following information:Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)Live music venues per capitaActive life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)Arts and Entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.)Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better)Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)And, drumroll please, Prairie Village came in sixth place overall, tied with Pittsburg. Exciting news! Here’s what Movoto had to say about PV:Even though Prairie Village tied for No. 6 with Pittsburg, the two cities could not be more different. Where Pittsburg is a college town with a bustling nightlife, just 21 percent of Prairie Village’s population is between the ages of 18 and 34.This city scored its points, not for places to drink, but for places to get healthy, ranking sixth overall for its active life options, and first for both its number of restaurants per capita and its lack of fast food.With so many delicious options to choose from, it might be a bit overwhelming to choose just one to start with, so let us help you out: Story. Go to Story. The German chocolate cake at this restaurant is reason enough to move to Prairie Village. Plus, with all of the active lifestyle options here, you’ve got to be able to treat yourself somehow.Manhattan took first place in the rankings, with Lawrence coming in second. Leawood came in fourth.And the least exciting place in Kansas? That would be Hutchinson.
Steve and Brent Scheuerman at Southwest Jewels.Southwest Jewels, which has been part of the Mission landscape for more than 25 years, will be closing its doors this fall.Steve and Brent Scheuerman have started a retirement sale to move all of their inventory of jewelry and art in the store that specializes in Native American items. The Scheuermans, who are both business partners and spouses, plan to keep the store open until Thanksgiving unless everything is gone before then.Southwest Jewels has operated out of different locations in Mission over the years and is now at 6909 Johnson Drive.About 85 percent of the store’s merchandise is Native American in origin, according to Steve. The focus on Native American goods is because of their heritage, Steve says. While Steve’s heritage is mixed, Brent is of Chickasaw descent and can trace his ancestry to the Trail of Tears. The store not only sells art and jewelry made by Native Americans, it has regularly held food drives for the reservations. “We do everything we can to help them,” Steve says.Before they established a store in Mission, they sold through festivals around the country, covering 80,000 miles in one year. They will keep the online presence after the store is closed. “I know we cannot just stop,” Brent says. Self-trained, Brent does the repairs on jewelry and watches and will continue for a time after the store closes. He also cuts and set stones. “I’m supposed to be doing this,” he says.Many people are familiar with the store simply from stopping to have watch batteries replaced. Brent does about 1,000 per month.Southwest Jewels is not their only venture. They have also raise African Violets, with more than 2,500 at home that they sell online.When the close up here, the pair will move to Reno, Nev., where Steve has a half-brother that for decades he did not know existed. “I’ve got 52 years to make up,” he says.
There’s no such thing as a “small” deal in this industry, coming out of a recession. However, it’s the big deals, and the brokers who make them, that make the market an interesting one to watch. In every issue, AZRE publishes the top five notable sales and leases for a period of 60 days (one month out from publication) based on research compiled by Cassidy Turley and Colliers International with CoStar.Top 5 Notable Leases and Sales (June 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014) Source: Cassidy Turley Research Department, Colliers International and CoStar.Retail Sales1. Pecan Promenade, Tolleson132,587 SF; $19MBUYER: CIRE EquitySELLER: Tate Capital Real Estate Solutions, LLC2. Chandler Heights Village, Gilbert50,763 SF; $12.65MBUYER: West Valley Properties, Inc.SELLER: Dr. Bradley A. TinkerListing Brokerage: Phoenix Commercial Advisors3. South Mountain Crossing Shopping, Phoenix132,314 SF; $11,172,825BUYER: Lamar CompaniesSELLER: Moreno Companies LLCListing Brokerage: Lee & Associates 4. The Shoppes at Highlands Village, Mesa87,486 SF; $10.5MBUYER: Glenwood Development Company, LLCSELLER: Donahue Schriber Realty GroupListing Brokerage: Cassidy Turley5. Greenfield Gateway, Mesa70,699 SF; $7,975,000BUYER: Oakpoint AdvisorsSELLER: Starwood Capital GroupListing BrokerageS: CBRE/Colliers InternationalRetail LeasesCamelback Colonnade, Phoenix1. Camelback Colonnade, Phoenix80,328 SFLandlord: The Macerich CompanyTenant: Food & DecorLandlord Brokers: Mike Kallner, RED Development, LLC2. Peoria Town Center, Glendale56,875 SFLandlord: SNS InvestmentsTenant: State Trailer RV & Outdoor SupplyLandlord BrokerAGE: Rein & Grossoehme3. The Village at Sun Lakes, Chandler27,600 SFLandlord: Arizona Partners Retail Investment GroupTenant: GoodwillLandlord BrokerAGE: Arizona Partners Retail Investment GroupTENANT BrokerAGE: Velocity Retail4. Camelback Plaza, Phoenix24KSFLandlord: SAFCO Capital Corp.Tenant: V&V Event HallLandlord BrokerAGE: ZELL Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc.TENANT BrokerAGE: ZELL Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc.5. Shea Scottsdale East, Scottsdale22,450 SFLandlord: Karlin Real EstateTenant: LA FitnessLandlord BrokerAGE: Arizona Partners Retail Investment GroupTENANT BrokerAGE: Diversified Partners
CNN:Ice cream and other tasty, high-calorie foods would seem to have little in common with cocaine, but in some people’s brains they can elicit cravings and trigger responses similar to those caused by addictive drugs, a new study suggests.Women whose relationship to food resembles dependence or addiction — those who often lose control and eat more than they’d planned, for example — appear to anticipate food in much the same way that drug addicts anticipate a fix, according to the study, which used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans.Read the whole story: CNN More of our Members in the Media >