Happy Friday/Bea Arthur’s Birthday! Before you go off to celebrate with the requisite viewing of Bea singing ”Don’t Rain on My Parade,” let’s catch up in the form of the Lessons of the Week. A lot’s happened in the past seven days, from the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards (that, yes, still feel good on your butt!) to a heavy metal bread-stealing convict. Learn all about both (and more) below. Daveed Also Has a Broadway BoyfriendThere’s a lot of love at Hamilton, and a good amount comes from Daveed Diggs. The Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner recently did a whole media blitz around town and claimed fellow nominees and co-stars Jonathan Groff and Christopher Jackson as his imaginary boyfriend and “pop.” Suddenly our affection for our Broadway boyfriend and Mama Broadway seem normal. Tuck’s Ready to Take the RoadWe already know what musical-themed restaurants you’d frequent, but food trucks are hot right now. The She Loves Me truck serves ice cream; the Waitress truck offers up pies; the Tuck Everlasting truck that Michael Park pitched to us this week would serve miracle water. Perhaps they can call it the Truck Everlasting. And with those #TuckBoys, we don’t think they’d have any problem quenching thirst. Borle’s Resume’s Full of Pure ImaginationThere’s cloning in Star Wars, right? Because Christian Borle seems to have mastered it. The Something Rotten! Tony winner has already been tapped to lead the upcoming revival of Falsettos, and now he’s adding Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to this list as he takes on the role of Willy Wonka. Wow, it really is hard to be the bard, if only for all just running around. Massell Was In the Room Where…YeahSamantha Massell knows a thing or two about how smooth Lin’s trophies are since she once interned for the Tony winner. The Fiddler star’s duties (in addition to making sure that BACA was smooth for optimal butt rubbing) included playing Guitar Hero and ordering pizza. Wait, this sounds less like an intern and more like a bro. A bro with a beautiful head voice. Nothing wrong with that. Savion Glover Is Ready to Shuffle BackIt’s a good time to be in Shuffle Along, and not just because of the 10 Tony nods. The cast can now perform the show without fear of being locked in a closet by Savion Glover. After vaguely threatening to do just that, it was announced that the Tony-winning choreographer will step into the musical. All it takes is some perseverance…and telling Broadway.com what you really, really want. Right, Norm? Everything’s Coming Up BabiesHold up, Michael Park. We think there might be something in that water. Earlier this week, we learned that Shuffle Along headliner Audra McDonald and offstage leading man Will Swenson are expecting a child. The next day, we got the news that Annaleigh Ashford and Joe Tapper have a son on the way. Is it OK if we send a few of these to Eggfartopia and whatever magical land Annaleigh and Joe live in? The BACAs Feel Good All OverYears ago, we learned Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards feel good of your butt, thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Susan Blackwell. However, that’s not the only place they feel good. At this year’s party, Lin’s Hamilton co-star Leslie Odom Jr. gave his trophy a rub on his head and was indeed satisfied with the outcome. Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards: Pleasing to your body since 2000! Valjean Is a Clandestine Head BangerWhen he’s getting ready to take on the role of Jean Valjean, you’d expect John Owen-Jones to catch a few minutes in silence, or warm up that classical tone, right? Not exactly. The Les Miz star can instantly turn the character on like a switch and rocks out to the likes of Iron Maiden just before stepping on stage. Does this mean if he went into School of Rock, he’d warm up with long, French soliloquies? Alex Brightman Expects More; Pays LessAnna Wintour is heading back to the Tonys to dress select nominees, but we’re thinking it’d be best to skip over Alex Brightman as she goes through the lineup. The School of Rock headliner confessed that instead of “real people clothes,” he’d much rather rock some sweatpants or sweatshorts from Target. No worries, Alex. We’ve got you covered. All we ask is that you invite us to the next Cup of Jaybe. Broadway’s Short a GrizabellaWe already have a parade of jellicles lined up to take over the Neil Simon Theatre, but with the news that Nicole Scherzinger will not be joining them this summer, Cats is short a glamour cat. You can be disappointed about it, or perhaps use this as an excuse for an epic YouTube spiral of belting felines. May we suggest this as a start? Take it away, Féline Dion! Daveed Diggs, Nicole Scherzinger, Alex Brightman, Audra McDonald, Christian Borle & Samantha Massell(Photos: Bruce Glikas, Alessandro Pinna, Joan Marcus & Caitlin McNaney) View Comments
Muscadine season is back. And it’s been a long wait. Most fruits are now availablenearly year-round, because they’re grown somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere during ourwinter season — but not muscadines.These great grapes are grown commercially only in the southern United States. Theymature during late July, August and September. Southerners have been eating wildmuscadines since we first set foot in this land.At one time muscadines could only be found in the wild. But in the early 1800s a numberof superior wild varieties were selected for cultivation. One of these was”Scuppernong.” Found on the Scuppernong River in North Carolina in 1810, it hasbecome the common name for all bronze muscadines.The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences has bred muscadines for more than 70 years. This work has led to a series ofexcellent varieties well-adapted to the state.A big breakthrough came about 25 years ago with the release of “Fry”muscadines. These grapes paved the way for the modern fresh-market muscadine industry.Fry is well-known for its large size and rich, sweet flavor. Georgia now has about1,200 acres of muscadines. Other varieties of note are the bronze “Summit” and”Tara,” a fairly new, self-fertile muscadine.The most recent release from the UGA breeding program is “Scarlett,” alarge-fruited, red grape.We used to think muscadines just tasted good. Indeed, that’s reason enough to grow themand get excited about the season. But in recent years, work at Mississippi State University has shownthem to be powerhouses of healthful eating.Muscadines are among the world’s richest sources of ellagic acid (thought to helpprevent cancer) and resveratrol, which helps reduce heart disease in the so-called”French paradox.” (Frenchmen with rich diets who drink red wine have much lessheart disease than people in the rest of the world.) Muscadines are a great source ofdietary fiber, too.Fall is a good time to order plants for your own backyard. A number of Georgianurseries propagate muscadine plants. Many garden centers have them in stock.When planting, be sure to plant self-fertile varieties with female-flowered types forcross-pollination. You can find details about planting muscadines on the World Wide Web atwww.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/L225-w.html.If you have trouble finding plants, contact the county Extension Service office. If you’d like to learn even more about growing muscadines, you may want to come to the1999 Muscadine Conference (during the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers AssociationConference) Jan. 8-9 in Savannah. To learn more about the GFVGA, call (706) 845-8200.
Northstar Vermont Yankee,In a statement issued yesterday, Vermont Yankee said that recent news reports have focused less on the tritium resolution and more on the other isotopes found in the soil at the plant. Despite the recent media coverage, Vermont Yankee said the presence of Cesium-137 and other radionuclides found in the soil at the plant is not new news. During the first week of March, the company shared soil sample results with the Vermont Department of Health indicating the existence of cesium in the soil.Two recent samples containing elevated levels of Cesium-137 taken from silt inside the advanced off gas cement tunnel and soil just outside the tunnel now confirms that the plant is the likely source. Past fuel defects that leaked the Cesium-137 and the accumulation of it over time in the silt and soil which act as filters are believed to be the reason for the elevated levels. The plant has not had a fuel defect that could leak Cesium-137 since 2001. Previous soil samples taken from just outside the tunnel were consistent with background levels that are a result of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s.Vermont Yankee said these findings do not pose a risk to public health or safety. Inspections and analyses continue to pinpoint the timeframe of the migration of the Cesium-137 from the reactor.Source: Vermont Yankee. 4.1.2010
In March 2005, the WHO reported that 130 cases and 57 deaths from pneumonic plague had been reported in Zobia, Bas-Uele district in Oriental province of the DRC, dating back to Dec 15, 2004 (see CIDRAP story link below). Nineteen of the deaths occurred in Ituri district in the northeastern Oriental province, a plague hotbed, according to the WHO. Preliminary results from rapid diagnostic testing confirmed pneumonic plague, the least common but most lethal form of the disease, according to the WHO. Further laboratory analysis, including cultures, is ongoing, the WHO reported. A team from Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), the WHO, and the DRC Ministry of Health is in the outbreak area assessing the situation and helping local health authorities, according to the WHO. The WHO also said suspected cases of bubonic plague have been reported in the country, but the number of cases was unknown. Jun 14 WHO statement on plague outbreakhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_06_14/en/index.html Officials have set up isolation wards to treat patients and are administering preventive drugs to close contacts of those infected. However, according to the WHO, control measures have been difficult to implement because of security concerns in the war-torn area. The WHO stated, “Ituri is known to be the most active focus of human plague worldwide, reporting around 1,000 cases a year. The first cases in this outbreak occurred in a rural area, in the Zone de Sante of Linga, in mid-May.” Plague kills 30% to 60% of infected people if left untreated, but it can be effectively treated with antibiotics and other measures if diagnosed in time, according to the WHO. Pneumonic plague accounts for only 2% of plague cases. About 99% of all plague cases and deaths occur in Africa. May 27, 2005, CIDRAP News article “Plague outbreak highlighted ongoing problem in Africa” Jun 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – One hundred people have died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of suspected pneumonic plague, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. See also: The plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis, circulates mainly among rodents and their fleas but occasionally spreads to humans. It is transmitted primarily by flea bites, direct contact, or inhalation of contaminated respiratory droplets. CIDRAP plague overview
Taringa Treehouse in Taringa, Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones“The treehouse presents no formal elevation back to the original house, only the ‘thin edge of the wedge’ is presented.”Best of all how the treehouse is used can change over time, given it was designed to operate on its own as a home.“Currently, the Treehouse contains a compliment of recreational programs which counterpoint the existing house, it is celebrated and enjoyed as a ‘weekender in the backyard’.” Taringa Treehouse in Taringa, Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones Taringa Treehouse in Taringa, Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design, shortlisted for the Houses Awards. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“It can operate both integrated to and independent to the program of the existing house, serving one household or more. The project is pre-plumbed and wired to serve as a detached self contained dwelling, at less than 40sq m it meets the definition of a tiny house.”The design was sparked because of a “companion tree” in the backyard and the feel of children’s cubby houses. 2017 Houses Awards shortlist for House alteration and addition under 200 metres: Taringa Treehouse in Taringa, Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones“Designed as a set of informal spaces, walls slide open to embrace and borrow from the surrounding landscape. Movement is centrifugal, along its three sides, sling-shooting occupants from the ground into the canopy.”According to phorm architecture + design, the brief from the client was not to fill the backyard but to keep the “natural aspect and vacancy”. 2017 Houses Awards shortlist for House alteration and addition under 200 metres: Taringa Treehouse in Taringa, Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesADULTING is hard most days, but coming home to this grown-up Brisbane treehouse will drive you up the wall – a climbing wall that is. The Taringa Treehouse designed by phorm architecture + design for a Brisbane backyard is one of 18 Queensland homes shortlisted for the Houses Awards, with the national winners set to be announced in August. The Taringa Treehouse in Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design, has its own climbing wall. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesIts designers told judges that it was like having your very own weekender in the backyard, complete with climbing wall, veranda to linger on, writer’s desk and bathroom.The home in Taringa, 5km from the Brisbane CBD, is a detached residential extension that qualified as a “tiny house”.
GREENSBURG, Ind. — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture will hold a Certified Livestock Producer training session in Greensburg on June 19, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.The program is open to all species and sizes of livestock operations and recognizes producers that go above and beyond in their farm management practices in the areas of environmental stewardship, animal well-being, biosecurity, emergency planning and community relations.To complete the certification, producers must develop a biosecurity plan with their veterinarian, meet with their local fire department and create an emergency plan, complete self-assessments in various subject areas, as well as participate in their industry’s quality assurance program.Livestock producers interested in attending the training session should call 317.450.3570.The deadline to register is June 14, 2017.
“The Waratahs talked about taking it to us physically. They tried to do that, and I thought our guys responded to that physicality. In the end, we were just too big and powerful. The big key in this game was keeping our discipline. It would have been easy enough for someone to be taken late, then lose their head and throw a punch, it to be picked up and then cited. “I thought our discipline was absolutely fantastic. There were little shoulders and charges and guys being taken late and stuff. That’s part of rugby, people try to unsettle you a little bit, and we’ve got to accept that. “It is how you respond to that sort of niggle, and I thought our guys were brilliant at it. They were a credit to the Lions and wearing that jersey because there was some provocation out there. “We felt there has been a little bit of off-the-ball stuff in the first couple of games, but we said we were not going to bitch and moan about it. We are not going to get involved in any accusations against the opposition. We want to go out there and play some hard, physical rugby.” Roberts departed the action 10 minutes from time, which meant the Lions ending with 14 men as Gatland had already used his full complement of substitutes. “Even when we were down to 14 men, I thought we controlled the game without being under too much pressure,” Gatland added. “We will get Jamie scanned tomorrow (Sunday). The medics thought it might have been a hamstring, but he said he has never pulled a hamstring before, so he is not kind of sure. It is fingers crossed it might not be that.” Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika admitted the Lions left an impression. “I thought we got stuck right in, but where we got caught out was when we turned over the ball. Their class showed,” he said. “You have got to put heat on the nine and 10 at this level. That’s the game. They are orchestrating the team, the direction, the plays, so you’ve got to keep them hopping.” The Lions’ 47-17 demolition of New South Wales Waratahs – helped by a 30-point haul from Leigh Halfpenny – made it five successive victories on tour. They have scored 261 points and 33 tries on tour, and it is now all systems go to meet the Wallabies in Brisbane next Saturday. It would have been almost a perfect 80 minutes had centre Jamie Roberts not suffered a late leg injury that could make him doubtful for Brisbane. “We got what we expected,” Lions head coach Gatland said. Press Association Warren Gatland saluted his players for their “absolutely fantastic” discipline after the British and Lions warmed up for next week’s first Test showdown against Australia with another crushing win.
Stade Francais wing Josaia Raisuqe was sent off but that did not stop the French champions inflicting a 27-7 defeat on Munster in Paris. And such was their dominance that only a try by Conor Murray five minutes from time prevented Munster suffering their first shut-out in 21 years of European rugby. Paul Williams, Sekou Macalou and Hugo Bonneval all crossed as Stade halved Leicester Tigers’ lead at the top of Pool 4 to four pints. Anthony Foley’s side are now out of the Champions Cup baring a miracle turn of results after suffering three pool defeats in a row for the first time. Munster were dealt a series of early blows with the loss of two players in the opening eight minutes and a third before half-time. BJ Botha, their tight-head prop, failed to recover after he was injured in a tackle in the opening minute. Full-back Andrew Conway then followed moments later after he came off worse from a collision with Stade’s talismanic skipper Sergio Parisse. It only got worse for Munster as Ian Keatley narrowly missed out on a try after Julien Arias was caught ball-watching, before missing the posts with his first penalty attempt. Francis Saili saved a certain try with a finger-tip tackle to deny Waisea Nayacalevu after the Stade centre benefited from Simon Zebo’s ill-judged pass. Moments later and Nayacalevu made the burst that produced the game’s first try. Parisse provided support but Williams picked his angle between forwards Dave Kilcoyne and Dave Foley to score under the posts on 32 minutes. Raisuqe was sent off by World Cup Final referee Nigel Owens on the stroke of half-time for gauging Munster captain CJ Stander as the pair wrestled for the ball. Yet despite playing for 40 minutes with just 14 men, it was the hosts who ran out comfortable winners at Stade Jean Bouin. Morne Steyn converted and added a penalty for a 10-0 lead. Munster then lost Tommy O’Donnell despite the flanker initially returning from a head injury assessment. But Stade were reduced to 14 men when Raisuqe was shown by television replays on the stadium’s giant screens to put his hands in the face of Stander as they wrestled for the ball after Owen had blown his whistle. The chorus of boos and whistles were deafening as Keatley kicked and missed his penalty and the noise only intensified as Welsh referee Owens walked off at half-time Steyn added a second penalty before Munster saw Rory Scannell’s try ruled out for a forward pass. Stade flanker Macalou then tore clear for a try before full-back Bonneval beat Zebo to score a third. Zebo and Scannell combined for Murray’s consolation try late on but the game had already been lost. Press Association
Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 BANGOR — Entering last week, neither of the Ellsworth boys’ basketball team’s playoff opponents had challenged the Eagles on either end of the court. In the regional semifinals, they finally met their matchEllsworth’s season came to an end Wednesday with a 65-58 loss to Caribou in the Class B North semifinals at the Cross Insurance Center. The Eagles led for almost the entire first half but couldn’t hold off a lopsided third quarter and well-rounded offensive performance overall from the Vikings.“We got beat by a good team today,” Ellsworth head coach Peter Austin said. “Caribou has some real playmakers, and it just didn’t happen for us. Credit to our kids, though, because they fought really hard.”Ellsworth got off to a hot start for the second straight contest at the Cross Center with Jackson Curtis scoring the game’s first seven points. Caribou responded with a 7-0 run of its own, after which the two teams began to exchange baskets with seemingly every possession before the Eagles emerged with a 21-17 lead through eight minutes of play.Ellsworth’s Jackson Curtis goes up for a basket during the first half of a boys’ basketball playoff game against Caribou on Feb. 20 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Curtis scored a game-high 24 points for the Eagles in the loss. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe second quarter was much of the same as No. 6 Ellsworth (14-7) maintained its lead but failed to pull away from Caribou. Still, the Eagles took a 35-29 lead into the break after scoring seven of the final 10 points to end the half.Caribou, though, was quick to turn the momentum in its favor in the second half. Holding Ellsworth to a single basket over the first several minutes of the third quarter, the second-ranked Vikings (17-3) took their first lead of the game when they pulled ahead 39-38.Ellsworth got the lead back with a Norman Jodrey basket on the ensuing possession, but Caribou answered by demonstrating the offensive prowess that made it the top-scoring team in the Big East this season. The Vikings also continued to frustrate the Eagles on the other end with a transition from a man-to-man defense to a zone defense.“We didn’t respond well to that,” Austin said. “They went to their full-court press to try us into some turnovers, and it worked for them three straight times. Every time we’d turn the ball over, they’d go right down the court and score.”Scoring spells from Jackson and Hunter Curtis and a 3-pointer from Devin Grindle did bring Ellsworth back within two late in the fourth quarter, but Caribou never gave up the lead as it used clutch foul shooting and avoided turnovers to win its 14th game in a row.“They made almost every foul shot,” Austin said of the Vikings, who sank 15 of their 18 free-throw attempts. “That was probably the difference in the game.”Ellsworth’s Hunter Curtis shoots during the second half of a boys’ basketball playoff game against Caribou on Feb. 20 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Eagles will have four of their top-five scorers back next year with the Curtis brothers, Darby Barry and Austin Harris all returning. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTO.Jackson Curtis led Ellsworth with 24 points, and Darby Barry and Hunter Curtis joined him in double figures with 12 and 10, respectively. Jodrey (six points) and Grindle and Connor Crawford (three points apiece) also scored for the Eagles.For Caribou, junior Alex Bouchard scored a team-high 22 points, 11 of which came in the Vikings’ breakthrough third quarter. Parker Deprey (18 points), Isaac Marker (14 points) and Austin Findlen (10) also reached double figures for Caribou, and Sawyer Deprey added the lone remaining point for the Vikings on a free throw.“Ellsworth has a lot of guys who can hurt you, and we saw that in that the first half and when they fought back in the fourth quarter,” Caribou head coach Kyle Corrigan said. “They gave us a tough game, and I’m glad our team was able to respond like we did.”The win was Caribou’s third over Ellsworth in as many games this season. The Vikings will take on top-ranked Hermon (20-0) in the regional championship game Saturday, Feb. 23. That game will start 15 minutes following the awards ceremony for the Class B North girls’ title game, which is scheduled to begin at 2:05 p.m.As for Ellsworth, the Eagles have the tools to be back on the big stage again next year with the Curtis brothers, Barry, Crawford, Austin Harris and three other players returning. After making its return to the Cross Center floor this year, the Eagles will be primed to make another run come 2019-20.“This is a very dedicated group I have,” Austin said. “Our seniors were great leaders for us, and our underclassmen are going to be motivated to get back in the gym after this and keep getting better. I’m proud of all of them.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.