The Carriage HSE Sat, 15 Jan 2022 23:32:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Carriage HSE 32 32 One America News Network dropped by DirecTV Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:16:06 +0000

Pay-TV satellite service DirecTV will drop One America News Network, known as OAN, when the right-wing channel’s current distribution deal expires, likely a critical hit to OAN’s viewership and finances .

About 90% of the right-wing network’s revenue came from a contract with AT&T TV platforms including DirecTV and U-verse, Reuters reported in October 2021, citing accountant sworn testimony from OAN in 2020. DirecTV is the network’s largest distributor, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Popular streaming service Netflix is ​​headquartered in Los Gatos, California.

Netflix raises prices again on its plans

Popular streaming service Netflix has revealed that it will raise prices for plans in the US and Canada, with the basic plan dropping to $9.99.

The popular Standard plan, which supports high-definition content and allows users to watch separately on two screens, drops to $15.49.

The Premium plan, which offers Ultra HD and supports up to four screens simultaneously, will drop to $19.99 per month.

Betty White takes a portrait on the set of

Betty White’s final message to fans hits theaters

Beloved star Betty White shot a video message on Dec. 20 to thank fans ahead of what would have been her 100th birthday.

The jovial short message, taken from his home in Brentwood, Calif., turned out to be his last public words to his worldwide legion of fans.

The video message was added to a tribute to the revamped film which is still scheduled for a one-night screening in theaters.

The documentary is now called “Betty White: A Celebration” and has expanded to 1,500 theaters nationwide.

A private memorial service was held for the late Bob Saget.

Memorial service held for Bob Saget

Five days after comedian and actor Bob Saget died, friends and family gathered for a private memorial service in Los Angeles to pay their last respects to the ‘Full House’ star, according to reports.

The “Full House” stars attended the service, along with John Mayer, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Jimmy Kimmel.

Joe Rogan looks on during UFC 193 at Etihad Stadium.

A coalition of doctors and science educators has called on Spotify to take action against “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast for promoting false information.

More than 260 doctors, nurses, scientists, healthcare professionals and academics have signed an open letter to Spotify, calling on the streaming platform to implement a misinformation policy.

“The Joe Rogan Experience” was the most-streamed podcast on Spotify in 2021, according to the company.

The best farms and estates sold in 2021, from £2m to £20m Sat, 15 Jan 2022 15:00:05 +0000

2021 has been stellar for the farm and estate market, reports Penny Churchill, which highlights the most spectacular sales of the year.

Against all odds, 2021 has been a remarkably good year for farm and estate sales, as well-funded buyers – farmers, artists, eco-warriors and families looking for a country lifestyle – have sought to acquire one of the many fine land properties that have come on the market across the UK, at prices ranging from £2million to £20million.

Five thousand years of history lurk beneath the gently rolling landscape of the scenic 970-acre West Woodyates Manor Estate, which sits in peaceful seclusion within the Cranborne Chase AONB, 2 miles from the village of Sixpenny Handley east of east of Dorset and 11 km south of Salisbury. .

West Woodyates Manor, Dorset

Launched at an indicative price of £18.5million in July 2020, the sale of the diverse residential, agricultural, sporting and conservation estate was ‘a rich and rare event’ in this timeless part of Dorset, says the agent Salesman Clive Hopkins of Knight Frank.

At its heart is the Grade II* listed West Woodyates Manor, which dates from the 17th century or earlier and was remodeled in the early 18th century by Thomas Pitt, 1st Lord Londonderry. With some 750 hectares under cultivation and 37 hectares of permanent pasture, agriculture is still the cornerstone of the estate, with a particular focus on sports and wildlife conservation; some 50 species of birds and 30 species of butterflies, including the elusive purple emperor, inhabit its ancient forest.

Commenting on the sale of West Woodyates, which is on the market for the first time since 1929, Mr Hopkins reveals: “As expected, we saw continued interest as Christmas 2020 approached, until suddenly, An influx of resolute, UK-based buyers entered the fray in February 2021, leading to a four-party bidding with a sale completed in June 2021.’

A similar result was achieved in the case of the scenic 1,011-acre Roundtown farm estate, described by Mr Hopkins as “a truly spectacular block of rolling Hampshire countryside”, three miles from the village of Upton Gray and four miles from Basingstoke. Once part of the historic Hackwood Park estate, Roundtown hit the market in March 2021 and sold, following a lively auction, in October.

Selling a large estate or agricultural business can be a complex and time-consuming operation, often involving multiple owners, multiple properties or even an entire village, says Matthew Sudlow, estates and agricultural agency manager at Strutt & Parker.

Fortunately, having been involved in an earlier sale of the 1,306-acre Beckerings Park agricultural estate in Bedfordshire, he knew his way around when he returned to the market at an indicative price of £17million in June 2021.” The estate offered great scope for diversification and attracted interest from land-owning farmers and investors; it was sold in November to a farming family looking to expand,” he adds.

Knight Frank’s Rupert Sweeting’s thoroughbred background translates well to selling equestrian estates. After finding a buyer for North Rye House in Heythrop country in April 2021, he launched Lady Macdonald-Buchanan’s prestigious 340-acre Lavington Stud near Petworth, West Sussex, in the South Downs National Park, the same month with an indicative price of £9.5. Mr. A deal was struck and dusted by May, the buyer a North Hampshire farmer.

Savills’ Crispin Holborow has hit back with the sale of Blissamore Hall in Clanville, near Andover, North Hampshire, home to Clanville Stud Farm run by Lady Bland, whose late husband Sir Christopher Bland bought the estate in 1995. Launched in June 2020, also at a price of £9.5million, the 150-acre estate, centered on the beautiful Blissamore Hall in early Georgia, saw contracts exchanged in March of the year last, with completion in June.

One of the highlights of Mr Holborow’s year was the sale of the historic Trafalgar Park estate near Salisbury, Wiltshire, which went on the market in June 2021 with an £11million guide, and had an offer accepted in August 2021. Previously known as Standlynch, the estate was purchased by the Crown for the Nelson family in memory of the Admiral killed at Trafalgar in 1805.

It was saved from dereliction in 1995 by Michael Wade, a staunch supporter of the arts, who gradually restored the Grade I listed Georgian house set in formal gardens and parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park and Cranborne Chase.

Leighon Estate, Manaton, Devon

Launched in February 2021; sold July 2021; guide £4.5 million; Frankish Knight

The picturesque 727-acre Leighon Estate at Manaton, five miles from Bovey Tracey, lies in a peaceful valley downwind of Hound Tor, east of Dartmoor National Park. The original moorland farmhouse was purchased in the late 1800s by the Reverend RR Wolfe, who built the current main house around an existing Devon longhouse; he sold the estate to the Singer family in 1902.

Mandinam Estate, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire

Launched August 2020; sold April 2021; guide £2.75million; Knight Frank, Llewellyn and Tustins

The Mandinam estate near Llandovery was first mentioned in records in 1660. Owned by Lloyds from 1710 into the 20th century and operated by Sellers from 1977, the estate, whose name means ‘place without blemish’ , includes the grade II-listed hall, to be modernized, a shed and an intact farmhouse, listed Grade II*.

Twyssenden Manor Estate, Goudhurst, Kent

Launched in April 2021; sale agreed May 2021; guiding £6.5 million; Savills


Set in the heart of a magical 252 acre estate in the High Weald AONB, Grade II* listed Twyssenden Manor is a 15th century manor house. It was altered and extended in the 16th and 17th centuries, then restored around 1870 by local landowner Alexander Beresford Hope, President of the RIBA and Member of Parliament for Maidstone, with advice from architects William Butterfield and George Edmund Street.

North Rye House, near Donnington, Gloucestershire

Launched September 2020; sold April 2021; guiding £6.5 million; Frankish Knight

For 30 golden years, from 1986 until his death in 2019, North Rye House was the much-loved home of famed Heythrop co-master Peter Stoddart and his wife, Joanna. The beautiful Cotswold stone house, built in 1960 in an idyllic corner of the Little Barrow estate, stands in 148 acres of gardens, pasture, parkland and woodland, 1½ miles from Stow-on-the-Wold.

Little Haugh Hall, Norton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Launched September 2020; sold March 2021; guide £6.35 million; Strut & Parker

Built in the 1700s and refurbished in Georgian style, Grade II* listed Little Haugh Hall stands in 60 acres of formal gardens, parkland and woodland within a 162-acre estate. It has splendid interiors, an airstrip and hangars, gites, outbuildings, a swimming pool and a tennis court. The hall has been sold to London buyers who plan to re-wild the estate.

Crosby Court, Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Launched in May 2021; sold December 2021; guiding £4.95 million; Frankish Knight

The late Charles Barker always dreamed of owning the Grade II listed Georgian Crosby Court, set in 117 acres of rolling meadows, three miles from Northallerton at the northern end of the Vale of York. His dream came true in 1998, when he and his wife, Melanie, bought the then dilapidated house, buildings and land and turned them into the model agricultural estate that the property is today.

2021 has brought many ups and downs for all of us – but in the real estate market it was pretty much just ups, because

London Underground’s lost line where early trains were so slow it took 40 minutes to travel 2 miles Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000

Hidden in the dark corners and lost spaces of London, some 40 disused London Underground stations are waiting to be rediscovered.

Some are spooky, some carry nostalgic memorabilia from World War II or the 1960s, and some are far out in the verdant countryside miles from the city center.

This is certainly the case with the little-known Brill Tram, which was actually part of a section of the London Underground that no longer exists.

So what was so great about it? !

READ MORE: Forgotten London Underground stations in Buckinghamshire that no longer exist

Well, for starters, it was built by the 3rd Duke of Buckingham.

His full title was actually (deep breath) Richard Plantagenet Campbell Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos.

This old aristocrat had about as many famous titles as possible, including Colonial Secretary, Colonel in the British Army, and Lord of the Treasury.

He was obviously a very important guy, but especially for us he became chairman of the London and North West Railways.

The Duke was in fact so important that he decided to build his own six mile long private railway – just like you do.

In fact, his family were facing serious financial difficulties and were looking to make the most of their only remaining estate at Wotton House.

A tram photographed in 1925 similar to one that would have run on the Brill Tramway (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

He set up the horse-drawn Brill Tramway to transport goods between its lands around Wotton House in leafy Buckinghamshire and the national rail network.

The little tram carriages were literally pulled along the line by horses rather than trains, and the carriages would have been filled with crops, fruit, vegetables and probably also sheep and chickens!

Stations were literally sheds raised on earth embankments supported by planks of wood.

At the opening ceremony in 1871, the first goods vehicle to arrive in Wotton distributed coal to the poor.

But villagers in the nearby village of Brill, Buckinghamshire, liked the idea so much that they asked for it to be extended to the village and used by passengers – which was the case in 1872.

At this point two steam engines were purchased to replace the horses as the loads on the track were becoming too heavy and the wagons were often derailing.

The locomotives had to be very light and small due to the primitive nature of the track.

Brill station at the beginning of the 20th century

Two converted traction motors were purchased, which used chains to drive flywheels, and so were nicknamed “Old Chainey” by locals.

They were painfully slow.

On February 6, 1872, it was clocked that it took 41 minutes to travel approximately two miles from Quainton Road to Wotton.

But we quickly realized that the line would have to be modernized to cope.

New, more reliable locomotives called Buckingham and Wotton soon entered service.

But it was still a rural railway.

The locomotives occasionally ran over stray sheep, and on September 12, 1888, sparks from one of the Aveling and Porter engines fell into one of the train’s cattle cars, igniting the straw bedding and badly burning two cows.

More and more passenger trains began to run, but they were still often horse-drawn as steam locomotives were used to haul goods.

When Waddesdon Manor was built it generated huge tram business with its small station at Waddesdon.

A large number of bricks from Poore’s Brickworks in Brill were shipped there. By July 1877, the entire output of the brickworks would supply the works at Waddesdon Manor, with 25,000 bricks being used per week.

On March 26, 1889, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos died aged 65.

A special train brought his body from London to Quainton Road, and from Quainton it was taken to Stowe for service and then to the family vault at Wotton.

He had passed without realizing his dream of linking his railway to Oxford.

Instead it became a quaint little passenger line with stations dotted across the Buckinghamshire hills – starting at Quainton on the main line to London, the line then stopped at Waddesdon, Westcott, Wotton, Church Siding, Wood Siding and Brill.

The rebuilt Quainton Road station as it now appears as part of the Buckinnghamshire Railway Museum

From 1895, the streetcar provided four passenger services in each direction on weekdays.

But the line was soon taken over by the London Metropolitan Railway, making it for a brief time in history part of what is now the Metropolitan line.

The Metropolitan set update upgrades the primitive railroad to a much higher level with new locomotives reducing journey times.

Brill itself became one of two outpost stations serving Buckinghamshire at the end of the line – the other being at Verney Junction – while today the terminus stations are at Chesham and Amersham.

In 1933 it briefly became part of the full London Underground network, but was soon closed by operators in 1935 who simply did not see how it would be financially viable.

At this time the road from Quainton Road to Brill was in decline.

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Competition from new lines and improved road transport had removed much of the tram custom, and trains often ran without a single passenger.

Little trace of the line now remains.

Today, Quainton Road station has been beautifully preserved in Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, where you can still see the tram platform, giving a good idea of ​​what the small branch line once looked like.

You can also try walking along the old line to trace where it went by following in the footsteps of this gentleman.

Finally, you can read a much more comprehensive history of the line here and see some of the locomotives used on the line at the London Transport Museum.

Whatever you do, we hope it’s Brill!

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]]> Butler-Tarkington borough goes 1 year without murder amid violence reduction efforts Fri, 14 Jan 2022 02:16:27 +0000

INDIANAPOLIS — A North Side Indianapolis neighborhood is making progress in its efforts to reduce violent crime.

The Butler-Tarkington neighborhood has gone 365 days without another murder, which community leaders and those involved in anti-violence efforts attribute to the community as a whole. It’s the fourth time since 2016 that the neighborhood has gone a full year without someone being killed in a criminal homicide.

“I am a believer in the bottom-up approach in which neighborhoods conduct their own crime prevention strategy in partnership with the city and law enforcement, and together they work to address not only immediate violence , but also against the root causes of the violence,” said Reverend Charles Harrison, chairman of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition board of directors and pastor of Barnes United Methodist Church.

Groups like Indy Ten Point work to patrol several areas of the city, including Butler-Tarkington, several days a week.

It was late summer and early fall of 2015 when the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood was rocked by several murders, which sparked a major spurt of change that has continued ever since.

Ted Feeney was then president of the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association.

“In 2015, over a period of nine weeks, six of my neighbors were killed; four within the neighborhood limits and two within the city,” Feeney said. “In a very short time, many families, blocks, streets, an entire neighborhood were nervous and traumatized by what happened, but we took action and came together.”

Residents of the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood have partnered with community stakeholders, city leaders, Indy Ten Point, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, businesses and others to work proactively to reduce crime and violence .

“When we say we’ve gone another homicide-free year in four of the last six, considering what’s going on in the city, that’s really an incredible milestone,” Feeney said.

The city has been hit by record violence, particularly in 2021, when 271 people were killed in Indianapolis homicides.

“No one should have to live in fear in their neighborhood and their city. It can be done,” Feeney said, thanking the people and groups who have come together over the past seven years to take action.

WISP Deputy Chief Chris Bailey said Butler-Tarkington is a “great example” of what can happen when residents stand up and say they’ve had enough.

“No matter what program, what organization, what government entity is in place, if residents aren’t fed up, it won’t move forward,” Bailey said.

Bryan Bradford, current president of the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, said they have developed a strong relationship with the WISP Northern District Commander, which has been a driving factor in their efforts.

“It feels good to be able to call him when we have a problem, and he steps in immediately,” Bradford said. “I also want to thank the residents of Butler-Tarkington because we can’t do this without them. if you see something, say something. If you see him, call.

The last murder to take place in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood happened on January 12, 2021 when 32-year-old Ashley Bell was fatally shot in what investigators ruled a domestic murder.

Just two months prior, in November 2020, Harold Lee III was shot outside his own mother’s house in the 3800 block of Cornelius Avenue.

“He was just very, very adamant about getting the kids to do something positive in their lives,” Harold’s brother Damon Lee said.

“It just doesn’t make sense when you have someone who has touched so many of these young people’s lives over the past 10, maybe 15 years coaching them and being there for them that they would die tragically. himself,” Damon said.

The Lees grew up in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood and worked to help others in the community by mentoring and mentoring young people.

“I feel like you can change a kid and help them make big decisions and see that life is bigger than living on the streets or committing murder,” Damon said.

When asked what Harold, who has worked to help others and push for peace in his community, would think about progress in violence reduction efforts, he said: “I thinks he’d be proud no one else was killed, but that’s bittersweet.

The reason is that Harold’s case was never solved and no arrests were made.

“You should celebrate your wins because every little win matters to the whole town, but for us as a family we are still devastated with not one, but two unsolved homicides,” said Damon, who said that his brother-in-law, Clarence Wade Havvard, was also shot and killed on the same street in 2015.

“I appreciate 365 days because no one should have to go through what my family is going through,” Damon said.

He hopes that people will not only continue to be motivated to participate in crime reduction efforts, but also to speak out and help secure justice for those who suffer the losses they have suffered from violent crime.

Another victim still awaiting justice is 10-year-old Deshaun Swanson and his family. He was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2015, which remains unsolved more than six years later.

“Deshaun Swanson was killed in this neighborhood during this terrible time. His family still mourns him, the police department still mourns him, and I know the locals mourn him. His case is still unsolved, and someone out there knows who and why and when and it’s time for you to do the right thing,” Bailey said.

Bailey added: “This is how we stop this violence, this is how we stop the cycle, this is how we hold accountable those who victimize our communities, not just here, but across the city.”

You can call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana anonymously at (317) 262-TIPS for any information.

In addition to efforts in the Butler-Tarkington district, the crime-fighting model has been adapted in other areas of the city, including Highland Vicinity, Crown Hill, Carriage House East Apartments and Across the Borders of Marion County, Fort Wayne, IN.

“I think it’s enough to change one at a time. If you change one at a time, you end up changing a community,” Damon said. “For these groups, I tell them to keep doing the work. You’re going to have good days and you’re going to have bad days, but just keep doing the work.

Indianapolis County Councilman John Barth shared his thoughts on the successes of crime reduction efforts on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

“I join @Charlesharriso5 in recognizing this important milestone and appreciate the activities of the 10 Point Coalition. I especially appreciate the strong partnership that @IMPD_news has developed with neighborhood groups throughout District 7 and the hard work of leaders I look forward to continuing my longstanding support of @butler-tark in tackling crime and underlying issues such as food and economic insecurity.

John Barth, Alderman-County, District 7

MLK Day Events and Volunteer Opportunities (In-Person and Virtual) Thu, 13 Jan 2022 23:18:02 +0000

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this Monday, January 17, and many events celebrating his legacy have been scheduled around the city, virtually and in person. Here is a list of some events and volunteer opportunities happening in West and Southwest Philadelphia and online. To explore other MLK Day volunteer opportunities in Philadelphia, click here.

Thursday January 13 and Friday January 14:

Sam Pollard Film Screenings – Virtual Event

Scribe Video Center is hosting an online screening of two films by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Pollard. On Thursday January 13 at 7:00 p.m., join Scribe for a presentation of MLK/FBI, and on Friday January 14 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a presentation of Two trains in motion, followed by a conversation with Sam Pollard. The screenings and the conversation will be presented via the Crowdcast platform. Click here for more information and to register.

From Thursday 17 January to Friday 28 January

University of Pennsylvania hosts the annual meeting Memorial Symposium on Social Change. The symposium offers an array of events, service opportunities, and lectures. This year’s events will take place virtually and in person. For more information, visit this page.

Monday January 17

People’s Emergency Center (PEC) invites community members to a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MLK Jr. Memorial (40th and Lancaster Ave.). The event will include live music, food giveaways, giveaways and more. The location is the site of Dr. King’s “Freedom Now” tour speech on August 3, 1965, with a crowd of 10,000 in attendance. Kenny Sykes of Philadelphia will kick off the event with live music until noon. The gifts include food, school supplies, winter accessories and toys. Additionally, free COVID testing will be available from the PENN Medicine mobile team until 1 p.m.

At noon, the Redeemer Tabernacle Baptist Church and 16th Police District will pause briefly at the memorial site during their annual Martin Luther King Day Freedom Now Peace Unity March. There will be a ceremony honoring Dr. King, Jr. until 1:30 p.m., when the procession will continue to the Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center for further festivities.

• To rejoin Bartram’s Garden (54th & Lindbergh Blvd.) for volunteer opportunities in Southwest Philadelphia. Volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center and help staff pick up litter in the garden and sanitize plant pots in the greenhouse in preparation for spring. At 11:30 a.m., join Bartram’s for community programming with Misty Sol. Additionally, Dr. King’s speeches will be screened in the Coach House. For more information and to register, click here (volunteers must register to participate).

• To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the University of Sciences (USciences) organizes several virtual activities dedicated to improving the community, empowering individuals and removing barriers. Programming begins at 11:30 a.m. Go here for more information.

Video shared by KCPD shows truck hit Independence Bridge Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:18:57 +0000

A Kansas City bridge known to have frequent collisions with commercial trucks on Wednesday saw another driver unsuccessfully attempting to clear its underpass.

A video shared on twitter by the Kansas City Police Department showed the top of a covered truck being removed as it attempted to pass under the bridge near Independence and Wilson avenues. In the video, the truck stops shortly after the driver apparently becomes aware of the crash.

“Apparently the Independence Street Bridge has flat tops,” police said in a tweet. “Everyone is safe, especially the bridge. “

Collisions with the bridge, which has flashing lights and signs indicating 12-foot clearance, are so common that there is a Facebook page dedicated to documenting accidents.

The bridge has been affected by box trucks and semi-trailers for years. His Facebook page which proudly proclaims: “I have been enjoying your human concoctions for decades. Your steel boxes with wheels are absolutely delicious. Please feed me more! “

The Kansas City Terminal Railway Company, which owns the bridge, says it is affected about twice a month. Collisions are so common that sometimes the company is not even aware of them, Shawn Lauby, director of railway safety and administration, told The Star.

Safety inspectors regularly check the bridge after a collision is reported. Authorities placed additional signage there and sought ways to reduce the number of incidents, including exploration of civil engineering projects.

“While these collisions might seem difficult, they don’t do much for the bridge,” Lauby said at the time, adding, “It’s in good shape. It was just designed in a time when you needed it. clearance for horse-drawn carriages, not for 13-and-a-half-foot semi-trailers.

The Star’s Kevin Hardy contributed to this report.

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Bill Lukitsch covers the latest news for The Star. Prior to joining The Star, he covered politics and local government for the Quad-City Times.

]]> Parks Commission Chairman Adams Resigns / Wed, 12 Jan 2022 20:44:00 +0000 By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

ADAMS, Mass. – As COVID-19 cases spike across the county after the holidays, the Board of Health continues to consider the possibility of a mask mandate and other potential restrictions.

Between Jan. 1 and Jan. 7, Adams recorded 97 new cases of COVID-19, with 50 of those cases coming from people 40 and under. Sixty-nine percent of the city is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with only 30% receiving a booster shot.

Board of Health Chairman David Rhoads said he hopes to get as many people as possible in Adams vaccinated against COVID-19. He pointed to young people, many of whom only recently became eligible to get vaccinated, as a group that will need to see an increase in the number of vaccinations.

According to data compiled on January 6, Adams had a vaccination rate of 37% for children aged 5 to 11, compared to 49% in North Adams and 63% in Cheshire.

“You can see that obviously vaccinations are an issue,” he said. “Our public health nurse says ‘vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, booster, booster, booster.'”

The council called on the community to provide feedback on what to do in the event of a pandemic via the city’s website. Rhoads said he’s only received a handful of responses so far, but hopes for more by the next meeting to determine the best course of action for the city.

Several responses, according to Rhoads, appeared to argue for larger mask and vaccine mandates. Some who responded, he said, are even going elsewhere due to the lack of restrictions in town.

“They said now that they were indeed buying elsewhere because the companies weren’t enforcing masking here in Adams,” he said. “One person asked for full community action. Provide masks, require employees and city workers to mask up and get vaccinated, we should provide better access to vaccinations, perhaps providing transportation to the local clinic, etc., then mount a huge public awareness campaign to saturate Facebook, etc.”

The council and code enforcement officer Mark Blaisdell debated the city’s ability to enforce a mask mandate and the viability of other options, such as giving out special signage and approving businesses that the council deems follow directions. Board member Peter Hoyt said enforcement would prove difficult for Adams given his limited resources.

“I think it’s worth considering, but again, we always come back to the app,” he said. “And do we have the manpower to enforce it? And will it really be enforced? So I understand that we want to mandate and protect people, but the mandate implies enforcement. And I don’t know if we can really enforce it. want to make it mandatory, it should be enforced and people have to be fine. And that’s the only way it’s going to happen.

Blaisdell said he’s not sure there are enough comments currently to set up a warrant at this time. He said if the city decides to do something, the public will have to be part of it via a public hearing.

“I don’t know, based on your responses or the feedback you’ve received from the community so far or the interoffice communications I’ve had,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s support for that. I know some companies already have massive mandates in place both within Adams and outside of Adams.”

Board member Joyce Brewer said action on a mask mandate may not be necessary by the next meeting.

“What we’re seeing is our post-holiday bubble,” she said. “We have no idea what we’re going to see in three weeks. It could start to calm down again.”

As part of Wednesday’s meeting, Rhoads invited several local health experts to discuss the omicron variant, vaccines and the number of cases in the area. These experts, Rhoads said, provided the context of the situation with the omicron variant and why additional protective measures might be useful.

Sandra Martin, senior public health planner at the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, said vaccination and wearing a mask are crucial to preventing the spread of the omicron variant in particular, as it is more contagious than the previous variants.

“It’s basically a numbers game because the healthiest individuals can handle a few virus particles,” she said. “But if you have too many, they overload the immune system and you get infected. With omicron, they produce so many particles of virus particles, and each of the particles is very adaptive, adaptive to invade your cells. And so that’s enough easy to get a big viral load and overwhelm your immune system whether you’re vaccinated or not.”

Martin said people who are vaccinated are less likely to get seriously ill from the virus and are sick for shorter periods of time. She stressed the importance of everyone, including those vaccinated, wearing a mask at all times in public if possible.

“You want to lower your viral load, and the best way to do that right now is to use a well-fitting N95 or KN95 mask,” she said. “If it doesn’t fit your face and isn’t slightly uncomfortable, you probably have a lot of air leaks around it, and it’s an airborne virus. will therefore seep into and beyond your mask if it does not fit properly.”

Self-testing, according to Martin, is also extremely important. She said, whatever type of COVID-19 test it is,

“Basically, use the tests, if you have symptoms, to see if it’s a cold or the flu or if it’s COVID,” she said. “And stay home until you know. That’s what the test is for, it’s to figure out where you can go out and where you have to stay home.”

Dr. Daniel Doyle, ICU Medical Director and Pulmonary Disease Consultant at Berkshire Health Systems, agreed with these points and added, despite a higher number of cases compared to the same period last year, overall hospitalizations for COVID-19 are down.

“And that’s, I think, the take-home message for vaccinations and now, for older people, boosters,” he said. The pattern in hospital continues to be the same as I’ve been told: two-thirds to three-quarters of patients hospitalized symptomatically with COVID are unvaccinated. We will start to see from the state how many people are accidentally diagnosed with COVID on admission compared to those who had symptoms due to COVID. I think it’s going to be interesting to watch.”

Also discussed at the meeting, the board voted to authorize a mobile syringe service program in Adams, as detailed at the previous board meeting. Rhoads said more action on adopting these services cannot begin until the minutes of the meeting are available after they are approved at the next meeting.

Allegany Magazine January 2022: When Cumberland Fire Was A Little More Canadian – A Brief History of the City’s Oldest Fire Station | Magazine Alléganie Wed, 12 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000

When Cumberland Fire was a little more Canadian

A brief history of the city’s oldest fire station

Cumberland’s first fire company was established in 1830 and was named Cumberland Fire Engine Company, but was renamed in 1833 Canada Hose Company – CHC.

That year, the infamous fire of 1833 broke out in the downtown business district, destroying 75 buildings. Because the two local newspapers were destroyed, the Annapolis Gazette article reported that the damage caused by the fire in downtown Cumberland was $ 252,000, which today would equal 6 $ 492,659.

It is strange that “Canada” was used in CHC, but early Cumberland Times articles indicated that the name came from B&O “Canada Viaduct” which spans North Cumberland as well as a reference to North Cumberland which was called the District of Canada. It is not known why the name Canada was used.

The CHC was not really a business as it had minimal fire fighting equipment. Four years after the fire of 1833, the city bought them a “swan neck” nozzle which delivered jets of water with a certain precision in a structure on fire. Four ladders, three hooks, four axes and $ 30 (yes, $ 30) were also provided for the construction of a fire station. Company members gathered in a box shed at the Whither Tannery on Mechanic Street where the new engine was kept.

The property of 400 Mechanic Street for the Canada Fire Building was offered by merchant John Witt and paid for by public subscription, the building being constructed in 1836 and chartered to the state in 1839. When the CHC was incorporated in 1839 it was deemed more appropriate by the General Assembly of Maryland to use the name “Cumberland Volunteer Hose Company”. To this day, the names Cumberland Hose and Canada Hose Company are used interchangeably although the sign above the doors indicates Cumberland Hose Company.

CHC was the oldest chartered voluntary fire and rescue company in the state. Following the reorganization of the Canada Company on North Mechanic Street. There were six other volunteer fire companies established here before the first paid service in 1906. Mountain Hose Company was established in 1838, Pioneer Hose – Headquarters, Vigilant Hose Company on Walsh alley off Washington St. in 1873, South Cumberland Engine and Hose Company in 1877 on Thomas St., Friendship Hose Company No. 5 on Broadway Street in 1896 and Chapel Hill Hose Company on Arch Street in 1897.

Slowly, equipment began to be purchased for the pipe companies, although there was little community interest or political will to invest in the service. In 1850, a new engine from Putton and Company of Waterford, New York was purchased by the municipality for the CHC. This engine was officially called the “Cumberland”, but colloquially referred to as “Dutch Chest” was later grown from the same company that was purchased by members of the company in 1882.

Prior to 1871 there were no hydrants or pumping stations in Cumberland. The only possible water source would have been access to water from Wills Creek which was just behind the CSC. The horse-drawn fire trucks of the day should have pumped their own water from Wills Creek into their storage tank. Of course, there was always the infamous Bucket Brigade that spilled more water than it was worth. After 1871, pipe companies were able to access water from hydrants supplied by the municipal water pumping station located on Greene Street. However, due to limited water pressure, buildings in higher places such as upper Washington Street were unable to access water. In 1880, the Holly Company replaced its aging pump with a “quadruplex compound condensing pump motor” capable of holding three million gallons of water for twenty-four hours. This more powerful engine allowed a higher water pressure that could reach completely Washington Street. After the municipal pumping station closed in 1911, water was obtained from the Evitts stream and stored in the Constitution Park reservoir, which made water pressure an issue.

According to an article in The Times of May 25, 1887, a new volunteer fire company was reorganized and called the “Young Canada Fire Company”. One of the devices used by the fire department was called a hose reel which can be seen in the exhibit at the Allegany Museum. On June 20, 1887, a volunteer was returning from a fire on Valley Road when the cart he was driving fell on his pelvis, luckily without causing serious injury.

The training of firefighters through competition has always been a priority for preparation and has been carried out locally as well as regionally. An article from 1876 mentioned that there was once a competition between the nicknamed Mountaineers, Bloody Reds (Vigilant Hose) and the Canadas. Each of Cumberland’s pipe companies had their own fierce and loyal fan base.

Sanborn insurance cards provide important information about a city and its firefighting systems. According to the Sanford map of Cumberland from 1897, there were 16,000 inhabitants in this town. Installed were 157 double hydrants connected by iron pipes capable of producing a fire pressure of 100 lbs. per square inch. Across town there were 500 volunteer firefighters, five of whom were paid. There was a two-horse-drawn steam fire engine, five hose wagons, five hose reels, a hook and ladder truck, 18 stations, and a Gamewell alarm system.

For 50 years, the firefighter has generously loaned his second floor to a variety of community events such as church services, political rallies, a military recruiting station, and various town halls. A September 16, 1945 article written by a local North End resident explained that those who lived above the viaduct at one point or another used the CHC’s second floor room for dances, concerts, or meetings. It would seem logical then that it was the citizens who were served by the Hose Company firefighters. One of the main uses was as a voting site. A published story noted that Major William McKinley, prior to being President, served as a Provost Marshal in the Union Army and used the room as the headquarters where latecomers and disorderly soldiers were detained and taken to the camp. The building even served as a church until a congregation completed its own building.

In 1940, the City’s volunteer auxiliary police force began using the Canada Block as a storage and meeting room. By 1946 there were 200 volunteers including a rescue corps of 150 to be organized for the return to its previous large-scale operation.

The Force had to be relocated in 1987 because the structurally flawed building needed a complete renovation. Part of the poor condition was the result of numerous floods which inundated the building, causing warped flooring which was later replaced with cement flooring. After the reconstruction which was paid for by government funds, the building was donated to Cumberland Neighborhood Housing Service Inc. (CNHS). Today the building – the city’s oldest fire station at 400 Mechanic Street – is empty – a renovated and beautiful site whose future use is constantly the subject of debate.

Ford Motor Co. opens Michigan Central Station to provide update on renovations Wed, 12 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000

The top three floors of Ford Motor Co.’s Michigan Central Station will be dedicated to a luxury hotel and restaurants when a massive five-year renovation project is completed by mid-2023.

The 100,000 square feet on the ground floor of Detroit’s former transcontinental gateway will be a combination of public gathering space, cafe, food court, and sufficient event space. large to accommodate 1,000 people.

In between, there will be 10 floors of offices in the station tower for employees of Ford and its mobility and autonomous vehicle partners – and possibly other automakers.

The vision of Ford’s executives in 2018 when it purchased the shell of a building that has long been seen as a target for a wrecking ball is starting to come to fruition.

During a media tour of the old depot on Tuesday, Ford’s construction managers showed the progress hundreds of skilled workers have made in more than three years since the Dearborn-based automaker paid $ 90 million. dollars to the Moroun family for the imposing station and the adjacent station. properties in Corktown.

The station, which closed in 1988, was a symbol of Detroit’s decline in the late 20th century. Like many abandoned buildings in the city, the old depot had been stripped of its precious metals.

Rain, ice, sleet and snow have deteriorated the plaster and terracotta tiles over time – parts of the original building that are slowly being restored with painstaking detail, said Rich Bardelli, director of the construction of Ford for the Michigan Central Station project.

Giants Fire Joe judges as coach after 2-year 10-23 record | Sports News Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:51:00 +0000

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) – The New York Giants cleaned up the house, sacking coach Joe Judge a day after GM Dave Gettleman retired.

The Giants announced the move late Tuesday afternoon, ending brief speculation that the owners were planning to hire a new general manager and let him determine the fate of the 40-year-old coach.

Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch have said they think it’s best for the Giants to take a different direction after five consecutive seasons of double-digit losses.

The Giants have made the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012. They have known four coaches in the past six seasons, starting with Ben McAdoo in 2016, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo, Pat Shurmur in 2018 and Judge who was hired in 2020.

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Mara said he met with the judge on Monday and again on Tuesday, informing him of the decision at the second meeting.

“I said before the start of the season that I wanted to feel good about the direction we were going to take when we played our last game of the season. Unfortunately, I cannot make that statement which is why we made this decision, ”said Mara.

The new general manager will hire a coach.

“It will be a full search for our next CEO,” said retired Gettleman’s Mara. “We are looking for someone who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication skills, someone who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player personnel, recruiting and college coaching.

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