Weekend Pick: Virginia Craft Brewers Fest

first_imgThe craft beer business has been on a steady rise across the nation, but nowhere is it more popular or in greater demand than in the Southeast. Places like Asheville, North Carolina, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. have been on the forefront of the movement, but now other states are beginning to rise with the tide. One of the most notable is the Old Dominion; that’s right, Virginia is riding the wave that began with its burgeoning wine industry and is cranking out the craft brew at a high clip. That craft beer made in Virginia has become so big that it needs its own month – August is Virginia Craft Beer Month, if you were not aware – is a testament to the changing tastes of the citizens. The bottom line is, there are so many craft breweries opening because there is a high demand for full flavored, interesting, local beers.With new legislation easing the requirements of brewers to serve on site, nano-breweries are popping up all over the state, and producing unique twists on traditional beer styles that you can’t find anywhere else. You usually can’t find them in stores either, which means a pilgrimage is usually the only way to sample these tasty libations. Well, not anymore. This weekend the biggest, and smallest, craft breweries in Virginia will be on hand at the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest on the Devils Backbone campus in Roseland, Virginia.This festival will be the capstone on Virginia Craft Beer Month, with over 30 Old Dominion Breweries represented on site. Big names like Starr Hill (Crozet), Port City (Alexandria), and Legend (Richmond) will be on hand, but so will smaller breweries you may never have heard of like Wolf Hills (Abingdon), Blue Lab (Lexington), and Beer Hound (Barboursville). Plus, what beer fest would be complete without great music. Local bands will be performing starting at 2pm with Charlottesville natives, and national act, Sons of Bill headlining at 8pm. There will also be awards given out to the best beers in 15 categories, so there is a lot on the line for these breweries, which means the consumer will come out on top.This is a great opportunity – probably the only opportunity – to taste the best craft beer Virginia has to offer. The festival runs from 2pm-10pm at Devils Backbone Brewing Company at the base of Wintergreen Mountain.Here is a BRO-TV video spotlighting some of the brewers who will be in attendance:Blue Ridge Brews from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Dix Hills Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 27-year-old Dix Hills man was killed when his motorcycle was involved in a crash with a vehicle in East Meadow over the weekend.Nassau County police said Erick Galletti was riding a Kawasaki westbound on Hempstead Turnpike when he crashed into a Toyota that was making a left turn from a parking lot near the corner of Newbridge Road shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday.The victim was taken to to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The other driver and his passenger were treated for non-life threatening injuries.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

New anthrax vaccine for US stockpile to be delayed

first_img The Brisbane, Calif., company cited new government-imposed requirements as factors in the delay. The announcement came a few weeks after a newspaper report that testing last year had shown the vaccine was unstable, slowing the project. The company said at the time the problem had already been corrected. The announcement also came a day after the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’s investigative arm, said the government’s contract with VaxGen is too rigid and imposes a heavy financial burden on the company. The VaxGen vaccine, which is not yet licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, uses a recombinant form of an anthrax protein called protective antigen (rPA) as its active ingredient. An older, licensed vaccine, called Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA), is made from whole anthrax microbes and thus contains a mixture of things besides protective antigen. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded VaxGen an $877.5 million contract in November 2004 to make 75 million doses of anthrax vaccine for the civilian stockpile. The company was supposed to deliver the first 25 million doses within 2 years. The contract was the first awarded under Project BioShield, the $5.6 billion program to develop medical defenses against chemical, biological, and radiological weapons. He said the company has asked HHS to reconsider the contract changes or pay compensation for them. The firm is also pursuing compensation under federal regulations and studying possible legal action, he added. May 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – VaxGen Inc., maker of a new anthrax vaccine for the US civilian stockpile, announced yesterday that delivery of the first doses will be delayed at least a year beyond the original target date of November 2006. In March, the Washington Post reported that a human trial of the new vaccine last year had revealed a problem with its potency. The company eventually determined that the vaccine was unstable and lost its strength within a few months. “Financing an increased scope of work and delays imposed without compensation is the greatest challenge we have faced” in the 4-year project, VaxGen President Lance K. Gordon, PhD, said in the news release. In a statement to the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations, the GAO’s Keith Rhodes said, “While developing vaccine is known to be difficult and highly likely to encounter testing and production issues, . . . early development work to ensure the safety of the vaccine and a solid large-scale manufacturing capability had not been completed before awarding the full procurement contract.” AVA is used in the US military, and HHS has bought 10 million doses for civilians. It has caused controversy in the military because of concern about side effects. The expectation is that the new vaccine will cause fewer side effects and will yield full protection in three doses, instead of the six doses required for the older vaccine. Nov 4, 2004, CIDRAP News story on awarding of VaxGen contract The company will not be paid until the vaccine is delivered. The firm said the contract changes will increase its costs, and the time needed for the additional studies means the company will have to wait longer to get paid. VaxGen announced yesterday that HHS had extended the contract deadlines while requiring more testing of the vaccine before it can be shipped. “The company estimates that meeting the new requirements will delay the initiation of deliveries to the stockpile to the end of 2007 at best and more likely into 2008,” VaxGen stated in a news release. It said the modified contract requires the first deliveries no later than November 2008. He added that the contract leaves little or no room for schedule “slippage” and provides no financial cushion for the contractor in case of delays. Contractors that lack the resources to weather such difficulties “will not be able to meet the contract requirements, thus limiting the pool of companies” that will pursue similar biodefense projects. In a Mar 17 news release, VaxGen officials said the problem was that the active ingredient, rPA, reacted with aluminum hydroxide, an adjuvant (immune-boosting substance) in the vaccine. They said they had experimented with some different formulations and believed they had the problem fixed. Earlier this week, the GAO raised concerns about the VaxGen contract and suggested that if the company can’t fulfill it, other biotechnology companies will be less likely to pursue Project BioShield contracts. May 9 GAO testimony on anthrax program (full text)http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06756t.pdf The additional studies that HHS wants VaxGen to conduct include an animal test of the vaccine’s efficacy against inhalational anthrax and a phase 2 clinical trial, according to the company. Both trials must use vaccine produced in a way that meets FDA standards for licensed vaccines. Such trials have been done before, but not with a “validated final product,” the company said. A summary of the Rhodes’s testimony concludes, “The biotechnology industry is watching to see if government and industry can make this partnership work.” The Post report raised questions about VaxGen’s ability to survive long enough to fulfill the vaccine contract, given the company’s relatively small size, the structure of the contract, and the problems that can arise in producing new biotechnology products. See also:last_img read more

Billionaire Clive Palmer’s latest purchase marks highest sale on the Gold Coast in 2018

first_imgClive Palmer has splashed $12 million on a new Gold Coast property.BILLIONAIRE Clive Palmer has splashed $12 million on a luxurious Mermaid Beach property, marking the Gold Coast’s highest sale this year.It was by chance the businessman came across the four-level Hamptons-style home on Millionaire’s Row, which belonged to developer John Potter.Tony Velissariou, of Tony V Real Estate, was the one who suggested Mr Palmer take a look at the Hedges Ave home.“He was looking at something else and when that wasn’t available, I suggested that he have a look at this one,” he said. The property is absolute beachfront.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Velissariou said a nine-year working relationship with Mr Palmer meant he had a fair idea of what he liked in a property.“That property is probably one of the most admired on the Gold Coast beachfront strip,” he said.The deal knocks another Hedges Ave property out of the top spot on this year’s list of highest sales.The house at No. 103-105 set the record for 2018 when it changed hands for $11.6 million.Property records show Mr Palmer’s latest purchase was built in 2006 and sits on a 809sq m block with 20m of beach frontage.Mr Velissariou described the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in his listing as “meticulously designed” with “the highest quality materials and finishings”. Inside the stunning home on Millionaire’s Row.While it wasn’t officially on the market when Mr Palmer bought it, Mr Velissariou knew the owner would be interested in selling if they found a buyer willing to pay the right price. “I took the property to market a few years ago and it never achieved what we wanted it to achieve,” he said.He said there was an offer on it back then but it fell over so when Mr Palmer came looking for a special beachfront home, he knew this was the one.last_img read more

11 sachets of‘shabu’ seized

first_imgBACOLOD City – Eleven sachets of suspected shabu were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bubog, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.Resident Arvin Balindaan yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Balindaan was nabbed after he sold suspected shabu to an undercover cop around 8:10 p.m. on May 16, it added.The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Talisay City police station.center_img Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Balindaan./PNlast_img read more

Hanover ends entrance test requirement

first_imgHanover, In. — Hanover College in southern Indiana is the latest school to scrap the SAT ACT tests during the admission process. For the 2018-19 school year will be one of about 1,000 institutions nationwide that have adopted a “test optional” or “test flexible” policy. Hanover will be the ninth school in Indiana to adopt the policy.College administrators say the tests don’t give an accurate depiction of the effort and dedication demonstrated by students. Hanover College president Jon Riester says, “We do not see a strong correlation between standardized test scores and a student’s ability to persist in the class.”Statistics accumulated by Hanover College shows a strong correlation between household income and test performance. Riester says they wanted to take steps to make sure they offer admission to all students across the socioeconomic spectrum.Members of the College Board that administer the test say the test is a valid predictor of college outcomes, grade point average, retention and completion. The board asserts that high school grades are not an objective measure because they are subject to school demographics, teacher discretion and state or district standards.last_img read more

August 7, 2017 Police Blotter

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Kenneth James LaVelle

first_imgKenneth James LaVelle, 69, of Patriot, Indiana, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born June 10, 1948 in Batesville, IN, son of the late Vernon LaVelle and Dorothy LaVelle.He served his country as a member of the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era.Kenneth was a self employed siding contractor.Kenneth was a graduate of Patriot High School. He was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion and was a very patriotic veteran. He enjoyed gold mining and was a member of the American Gold Prospectors. Kenneth also loved farming, he had Registered Paint and Registered Appaloosa Horses as well as miniature donkeys. He also like hunting, even going Elk hunting in Montana. Time with his family was his greatest joy and he will be greatly missed.Surviving are wife, Lila LaVelle of Patriot, IN; step sons, James (Carrie) Hess of Johnstown, OH, Ray Hess of Patriot, IN, Brian (Lori) Lovins of Houston, TX; sisters, Anita LaVelle of Vevay, IN, Patricia Walton of FL; grandchildren, McKenzie, Madison, Chase, Lane, Samuel, Henry and Walter; great grandchildren, Josie Rose and Ryker Creed.He was preceded in death by his parents.Friends will be received Thursday, March 1, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road, at 2:00 pm with Pastor Tommy Beatley officiating.Interment will immediately follow services. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the PAWS or Tri State Honor Flight. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings

first_img1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 382; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa, 370; 3. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 347; 4. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 329; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 325; 6. Jason Rauen, Farley, Iowa, 299; 7. Brian Harris, Davenport, Iowa, 287; 8. Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale, Iowa, 285; 9. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 282; 10. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 278; 11. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 267; 12. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 264; 13. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 209; 14. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa, 200; 15. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 189; 16. Rob Moss, Iowa City, Iowa, 181; 17. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, Iowa, 172; 18. Spencer Diercks, Davenport, Iowa, 164; 19. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, Iowa, 161; 20. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, Iowa, 140.last_img read more

Guss rushes to IMCA Late Model win at Davenport

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (Aug. 21) – With the racing season winding down, the Davenport Speedway saw a pair of first-time local IMCA winners for 2015 Friday night.Ray Guss Jr. wasted no time in taking the win in the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature. Guss started seventh and took the lead on lap four. Guss led the remainder of a 25-lap main that went green to checkered. The victory was his first at Davenport in more than two years.Andy Nezworski started ninth and finished second. Justin Kay came from 15th to third. Brunson Behning and Travis Denning rounded out the top five.Mitch Morris finally collected his first local feature win of the season in the Milan Heating &Air IMCA Modifieds. Morris used a lap four restart to take the lead and never looked back. Bob Dominacki had a strong run in second, while Matt Werner came from a seventh row start to finish third. Rich Smith and Bruce Hanford finished fourth and fifth respectively.It was victory number six for Tony Olson in the Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMod feature. Olson took the lead from Bryce Garnhart on lap six of the 15-lapper. Garnhart recorded another runner-up finish. Henry Carson took third, ahead of Aaron Hitt and David Norton.Friday, August 28 is season championship night at the Davenport Speedway. The top ten in the feature will be lined-up by points, provided they start their heat race. The point leader in each class will be offered the Back Row Challenge.last_img read more