With Snow On The Way, Safety Tips Offered

first_imgSoutheast Indiana could potentially be affected by another wave of snow, sleet and freezing rain this weekend. This wintry mix could cause power outages and dangerous road conditions, conditions that many residents have already experienced this winter. The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers the following tips for residents to prepare for potential power outages and possibly more dangerous roads.Power Outage TipsStock up on a supply of flashlights, batteries and be sure to have a battery-powered radio on hand. Do not use candles as they pose a fire hazard.Fill your car fuel tank at least half-full, gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines or banks.If you have a generator, remember do not run it inside a home or garage. Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas.Don’t plug emergency generators into electric outlets or hook them directly to your home’s electrical system – as they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger.If you lose power, close doors and seal them with towels to keep the warm air in.Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer.Unplug or disconnect any electrical devices that were in use when the power went out. Turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes.Check on elderly neighbors, friends or relatives who may need assistance during the outage.Resist the temptation to call 9-1-1 for information–that’s what your battery-powered radio is for.When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace. Wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate further problems caused by a sharp increase in demand. Car Safety TipsResidents should stay at home and off the roads, but if you have to be on the road for an emergency FLASH recommends the following car safety tips.Take a car emergency kit with you. Be sure to include blankets, food and water, flashlights and batteries and a distress flag.Check your tires for air and wear. Be sure to keep tow and tire chains in your trunk as well.If stranded, run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.Be careful not to waste battery power. Balance electrical energy needs – the use of lights, heat, and radio – with supply.In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers, and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat for a blanket.last_img read more

North Vernon man arrested during traffic stop

first_imgNORTH VERNON, Ind. — A North Vernon man was arrested after police say they found drugs in his car during a traffic stop.According to police, John F. Dearborn was stopped after officers observed his car cross the center line.During the stop, the officer saw drug paraphernalia in plain view inside Dearborn’s car.During a search of the vehicle, officers found methamphetamine, marijuana, a digital scale, and multiple syringes and cash.Dearborn was arrested on the charges of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe, and maintaining a common nuisance.last_img read more

England players set for Aussie adventure

first_img6 Dec 2019 England players set for Aussie adventure Seven members of the England Golf performance squads are travelling to Australia to kick off the new year.Five of the men’s squad and two from the women’s team are heading down under for four top-class tournaments in January.Northamptonshire’s Ben Jones and Callum Farr (pictured above), Yorkshire’s Ben Schmidt, Tom Plumb from Somerset and Matty Lamb of Northumberland will spearhead the men’s challenge.Cornwall’s Emily Toy – the reigning Women’s Amateur champion – and Yorkshire’s Charlotte Heath will lead the way for the women.A month of competition starts with the Master of the Amateur tournament at the Victoria Golf Club near Melbourne between January 7-10.The England players will then travel on for the Australian Amateur at Royal Queensland between January 14-19 with the New South Wales Amateur to follow immediately at St Michael’s Golf Club and the Coast Golf Club in Little Bay.The month ends with the Avondale Amateur at Avondale Golf Club between January 28-31. Tags: Cornwall, England Men’s Team, england women, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Somerset, Yorkshirelast_img read more

The County’s New Pool Facility

first_imgPopular outdoor pool and recreation center well attended By Laura D. KolnoskiTINTON FALLS – The former Fort Monmouth Teen Center and Swimming Pool on Guam Lane is now officially the property of Monmouth County.Despite being open to the public for the first time this summer, the public recreational facility had high attendance with 6,500 using the outdoor pool, mostly by camps and members of the public, from June 8 through August 30.“2015 was a great summer for Fort Monmouth because we were able to provide an affordable way for families to cool off,” said Recreation Supervisor Jenn Troisi. “We are looking forward to an even busier 2016 summer season.” The outdoor pool is scheduled to reopen June 4, 2016.Both sites were targeted for county use by Freeholder Lillian Burry shortly after the fort was closed by the U.S. Army. In addition to being the county’s representative on FMERA, she is also the freeholder liaison to the county parks department.“The county is absolutely delighted with the pool and recreation center facility,” Burry said. “We had remarkable usage this summer. The feedback from the public has been very positive.” Before the vote, she read a statement from the Monmouth County Parks Commissioners endorsing the transfer stating, “The facility has been discovered by residents who are coming out in great numbers.” This summer, the pool was open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. on weekends.Amenities in the main building include classrooms, a gymnasium, and a game room, now offering programs including arts and crafts, sports, exercise classes, and special events.For fall, the recreation center opens at 7:30 a.m. and is open Monday-Thursday nights until 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. depending on the programs, said Recreation Program Coordinator Ann Mary Sage. A new Pickleball program is offered on Friday nights. The center is generally open on Saturdays and Sundays until 3:30 p.m. and can be booked for birthday parties.“We have begun adding more one-time programs for families, as this seems to be popular, including our new Candy Bar Bingo,” Sage said. “We are reaching out to ‘tweens with Friday Night Rocks on selected Fridays, where we will have the climbing wall, gym activities, snacks, and music.” Other new programs include Krav Maga, Kung Fu, children’s technology classes including 3D Design and Printing, Fencing, and Art Classes for individuals with memory loss.A recent unanimous vote by members of the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority (FMERA) formalized the conveyance of the facility to the county Department of Parks and Recreation in exchange for ongoing in-kind services and infrastructure repairs.The indoor portion of the facility opened to the public last year, but pool use was limited to camp programs as repairs progressed.The county’s in-kind work included road and traffic light improvements at the intersection of Hope and Corregidor Roads, repair of the center’s HVAC system, roof leaks, the addition of handicapped-accessible ramps, and more, valued at $280,817. Future work totaling another $221,828 includes road repaving, landscaping, and upkeep of recreational and passive open space, storm sewer maintenance and repair, and excavation projects.The Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering, which opened a satellite location at the fort’s former motor pool over a year ago, has been assisting with a variety of maintenance and repair work at Fort Monmouth. The motor pool was acquired via a similar arrangement between FMERA and the county.For more information, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 10, 2016)–Second to his front-running stablemate early, Hronis Racing’s Baccelo took command leaving the quarter pole and skated to an impressive 1 ¾ length win in Friday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by Joe Talamo and trained by John Sadler, Baccelo got a flat mile in 1:34.11.Breaking from post position three, Brazilian-bred Baccelo sat second, just to the outside of Kristo, who was ridden by Tyler Baze. Turning for home, even money favorite Dream Team, with Rafael Bejarano up, was a close third to the winner’s outside, but could only manage a third place finish.Winless in his last 10 starts, Baccelo was off at 6-1 and paid $15.80, $5.80 and $2.80. Claimed three starts back for $62,500 on March 3, he was one of two horses in a field of six 3-year-olds and up that was in for an optional $62,500 tag, and he was claimed today by owner/trainer David Jacobson.A 6-year-old gelding, Baccelo improved his overall mark to 24-4-7-3 and with the winner’s share of $36,000, increased his earnings to $201,082.Kristo, who was also owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, stayed gamely for the place, outrunning Dream Team by 2 ¾ lengths.Dream Team, who came off a rousing 3 ¼ length first condition allowance win at Los Alamitos on May 1, lacked the necessary punch through the lane and finished third, three quarters of a length in front of longshot Just Kidding. Dream Team paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.17, 46.11, 1:09.60 and 1:21.70.First live post time for an 11-race card on Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day at Santa Anita is at 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 8 a.m.last_img read more

All Kinds of Green Poured Into the Yannell House in Chicago

first_imgFor those who have the financial resources to do it, building a deep green house can become an enormous enterprise.Chicago resident Michael Yannell seemed to have embraced that prospect shortly after he acquired a 1908 farmhouse a few years ago and an inspection revealed that the best course of action would be to deconstruct, salvage, and recycle rather than remodel. Yannell then began a quest to build a net-zero energy house that would honor virtually every known green construction, design, and land-use precept, top the LEED for Homes ratings, and become one of the best-known showcases for green living in Chicago, if not the country.It’ll be a little while longer before we know whether the four-bedroom, two-bath house, which is divided into two buildings and cost about $1.6 million to build, earns a LEED Platinum rating, and it will take several months longer to determine whether it can perform to net-zero standards.But Yannell’s full green immersion may be, at the very least, one of the best-documented in recent memory. His team of architects, engineers, designers, and contractors included Chicago-based Farr Associates and general contractor Goldberg General Contracting, as well as Moka Plus Design & Architecture, which is hosting The Yannell House, a Web site devoted to the project, and handling interior design issues such as the home’s furniture and art selection.A product showcaseMoka has in fact developed a program it calls the Yannell Residence Green Interior Design Concept for furnishings, which solicits green products from manufacturers and dealers that will be considered for use in the house. The firm also has a book in the works, “Living Yannell – Living Green,” and plans to publish an online directory of all the products selected by the interior decorating team.The project has attracted the attention of green and real estate bloggers from the get-go, and recently was profiled by ABC-TV affiliate WLS.While most people, even wealthy ones, are unlikely to venture quite this far into the green forest, green-building fans of all stripes will at least be interested to see how well the 2,700-sq.-ft. house operates. In addition to passive solar design features, it is equipped with a PV system, a solar thermal hot-water system, a ground-source heat pump, gray-water and rainwater harvesting systems (both buildings feature butterfly roofs), and a range of sustainable materials, including FSC certified wood (for 95% of the wood used), salvaged walnut flooring, and countertops made from either recycled newspaper and cardboard or recycled glass,In response to one blog post about the house, Yannell wrote that he eventually will list specifics about each material used, adding, “there’s no granite or marble to be found anywhere!”last_img read more

A Neighborhood Microgrid Takes Shape in Brooklyn

first_imgStill grid-connected in BrooklynIn New York, energy providers are being pushed to become more flexible under a program called Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). Small groups of consumers who also produce electricity would be part of a reshaped electric grid, making the flow of energy more responsive to consumer needs. In the event of a crippling storm such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, microgrids would offer its members a way of keeping the power on even when the grid failed.In Brooklyn, there are more regulatory hurdles to clear before energy can actually be bought and sold, but L03 tested the idea with the sale of renewable-energy credits last year. The Times reported that the Brooklyn Microgrid is designed to stay connected to the conventional electric grid; even when energy sales are allowed to move forward, participants would continue to pay Con Edison service fees designed to cover the cost of maintaining poles, wires, and other parts of the distribution system.Those who sign up for the microgrid, however, would have a great deal of flexibility on where their power comes from and be able to use a smartphone app to control purchases.According to an article at Utility Dive, transactions on L03’s TransActive Grid peer-to-peer trading platform are tamper-proof. Blockchain technology has potential uses across many industries, not just energy. In an article last year, Fast Company said there were three big advantages to microgrids based on blockchain technology: energy could be transported over shorter distances, minimizing losses; payments received for energy sales stay in the community, rather than “padding some dividend check”; and communities become more resilient because they can be disconnected from the grid during destructive storms.“In the world of finance, blockchain technology is rapidly advancing across many sectors, but in the energy market, things are comparatively different,” Orsini said in a statement at Business Wire. “With our microgrid solution in Brooklyn, we’ll demonstrate just the beginning of what blockchain can do in the transactive energy world.” “Peer-to-peer is slowly but surely becoming a reality,” Olaf Lohr, head of U.S. business development for Germany’s Sonnen, told the newspaper. “This really is a very disruptive technology. The customers are also the owners — they are the producers of the energy. There is no centralized feed-in from one big power plant.” A network of small photovoltaic (PV) arrays linked together in a Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood will soon allow homeowners and small businesses to buy and sell energy from each other directly, and potentially provide energy to connected members should the grid fail in a catastrophic storm.The project, called the Brooklyn Microgrid, is the work of L03 Energy, a New York startup, along with the German technology giant Siemens and a Siemens financial subsidiary. So far, some 50 participants are connected through blockchain cryptographic software that allows direct energy sales, according to an article posted by Siemens.Neighbors with and without photovoltaic systems can participate using the blockchain platform, which securely documents each transaction as it occurs. It’s the same type of software powering Bitcoin currency transactions. (The New York Times explains the web-based technology in this story.)Developers see the fledgling Brooklyn Microgrid as a way for both residential and business members who have solar arrays to sell excess power directly to their neighbors without the intervention of a conventional electricity supplier. People without PV arrays of their own will be able to buy energy, much as they can purchase “green” power now from their utility. Developers are signing up both homeowners and business owners in an affluent part of the borough called Gowanus and Park Slope, The Times reported. Vermont Utility to Develop New Grid TechnologyGet Ready for Smart AppliancesBatteries for Off-Grid HomesSolar Energy Can Make the Grid More ResilientNew York Proposes New Rates for Distributed EnergyRethinking the Grid RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

10 months agoShaw: I hope Man Utd fans enjoyed Cardiff win as much as players

first_imgShaw: I hope Man Utd fans enjoyed Cardiff win as much as playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United fullback Luke Shaw admits the players are buzzing after their 5-1 win at Cardiff City.Shaw was buoyant after his team rewarded the travelling fans.“The goals we scored were magnificent,” he reflected to reporters.“Marcus Rashford’s free-kick, the first goal, sort of helped to settle the nerves and then we carried on from there. When Cardiff scored, we didn’t change anything, we kept going, and that third goal was amazing. It was an amazing team goal.”The fans are always really good, no matter where we go or what the result is. They’ve always been with us throughout the whole 90 minutes and hopefully they enjoyed the game as much as we did.”The most important thing is we got the three points and obviously we look forward now to the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We have to improve in pretty much everything

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: We have to improve in pretty much everythingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his table leaders still have room for improvement.The Merseysiders host Arsenal today and look forward to their 2019 kicking off with a trip to Manchester City, which could see them land a major blow on their title rivals by extending the gap to them to as much as 10 points.And Klopp reckons the unbeaten leaders have yet to play to their full potential this season.He said: “There are a lot of really good parts but was there a game where I thought, ‘It is not possible that we can be better’? No. It was not there yet.“We have to improve in pretty much everything. There is a lot to come from the boys.” last_img read more