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Christopher Plummer got a third act worth singing about

first_imgIt’s one of the great Hollywood ironies that Christopher Plummer didn’t like the film that made him a legend. He was an actor’s actor and had cut his teeth doing Shakespeare. “The Sound of Music,” he thought, was sentimental shlock. And he wasn’t alone — reviews at the time were famously terrible. Then, like a personal curse, it would go on to become a universally beloved classic. Associated Press Film Writer Lindsey Bahr remembers the wildly versatile Plummer, who died at 91 on Friday. Plummer not only softened on “The Sound of Music” later in life, he also got to enjoy something that so few actors do: A genuine third act.last_img read more

New fences block campus shortcuts

first_imgNewly-erected black posts and fencing that now stand between the sidewalks along several campus pathways have led many Notre Dame students to question their purpose. James Lyphout, vice president of business operations, said the reason for the installation of the posts is aesthetic. “Individual decorative posts have been placed in a few select areas to help protect landscaped or lawn areas that have chronically been difficult to maintain due to excessive vehicular traffic,” he said.  “The posts are intended to guide vehicles that use sidewalks, from service trucks to golf carts, away from these areas.” Lyphout also said that the University held meetings over the summer with vendors and campus staff to request that they refrain from driving on sidewalks for aesthetic and safety purposes. “This effort was intended to increase pedestrian safety as well as to minimize the reoccurring damage to the campus landscape,” he said. Despite the sudden appearance of the posts and fencing, students should soon expect a better appearance around these new elements. “Sections of fence will soon be landscaped with new plantings that will soften the appearance of the new fences while blending them into the landscape,” Lyphout said. Sophomore Anthony Cossell believes that as they are now, the poles and fences are an eyesore on campus. “I think they are pretty ridiculous-looking to be placed everywhere,” he said. Senior Anna Katter agreed. “It makes the campus less inviting,” she said. “They seem silly, like an arbitrary way to spend money.” Junior Melissa Guinan said she understands the purpose behind the posts and fencing, but that does not necessarily mean it was a correct decision to place them around campus. “I try to ride my bike on the grass when it is busy so that I don’t hit people or have to swerve,” she said. “We’ll find other shortcuts. Students aren’t dumb.” Sophomore Charlie O’Leary said that a few simple additions could improve the sightlines around the poles drastically. “Even if they put some plants or flowers around the poles, that would help them seem less out of place. A little effort would go a long way,” he said. Though he views the poles around campus as looking out of place, Cossell said one other simple change could drastically improve their appearance. “If they made the poles look more like the fences to keep people off the grass, I could understand that, but without being connected they look awkward,” he said. O’Leary said he believes students will soon grow used to the new addition of the black poles. “I understand why they are here,” he said. “It’s just going to take a little time for students to get used to them.”last_img read more

GRC hosts Ally Week

first_imgThis week, the Gender Relations Center (GRC), along with co-sponsors Campus Ministry, Multicultural Student Programs and Services and PrismND, is sponsoring Ally Week.Maureen McKenney, the GRC’s assistant director for LGBTQ student concerns, said Ally Week is a weeklong series of events that aim to focus on members of the Notre Dame community and create a campus that is welcoming to all, regardless of difference.“Within the Notre Dame community, allies help create a safe and inclusive campus community where all may flourish and feel welcome,” McKenney said. “[It is] one in which the human dignity of each person is valued through people being knowledgeable of resources, supportive of all students, and a willingness to dialogue across difference.”Ally Week kicked off Monday with Frank Warren from Post Secret speaking at Jordan Hall of Science. Other scheduled events during the week include Ally Training, a service project, an Ally Dinner and a T-shirt giveaway.“I am really looking forward to the ‘What Does It Mean to Be an Ally’ dinner and presentation,” McKenney said. “It is a chance for members of our own community to share with others some personal reflection on what life as an ally looks like, and why allies play an important part in creating a safe, welcome and inclusive campus community for all of our students.”McKenney said the idea of Ally Week has been culminating for over a year, and the logistics for this week’s events were finalized at the beginning of this semester.“As a Catholic community, all of us are called to be friends and allies of one another and to be intentional about how we work to create a campus that feels like home for all of our students,” McKenney said. “Not to mention, we have set up a fun, exciting, educational and inspiring week of events lined up, so hopefully students will enjoy themselves while learning a little along the way.”McKenney said that she hopes that students will attend some if not all of the events and leave with a better understanding of how to help others and become more welcoming to others. She said she hopes these students use their newfound understanding and apply it specifically to Notre Dame’s community to create a more inclusive environment.“Helping to create a campus that values the human dignity and inclusion of all people is something that we hope everyone within the Notre Dame community can support and take part in,” McKenney said.For more information about events and times, visit the grc.nd.edu/eventsTags: Ally Week, GRC, PrismNDlast_img read more

Jamestown Business Offering Free Flyer Printing, Face Mask Clips

first_imgJAMESTOWN – A Jamestown area business is now offering free flyer printing services for restaurants amid the COVID-19 outbreak.In a post on social media, JRSC Digital said they are looking to help restaurants in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Warren Counties.“Use them for to-go menus, thank you messages, coupons for future orders, or really, anything you want,” wrote JRSC Digital. “If you can get them in customers hands, we will continue to give them to you.” “Lets keep our local businesses alive together,” furthered JRSC.Image via JRSC Digital.JRSC Digital is also giving away face mask clips to help first responders and community members alike comfortably wear masks.To place an order, visit JRSCDigital.com.This is not the first time JRSC has extended its hand to help the community.Last month, JRSC Express, JRSC Digital’s sister brand, donated two of their storage container rentals to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital to help free up space for incoming COVID patients.The company is also currently producing face shields, social distancing guideline signage and is offering free package receiving for businesses. Image via JRSC Digital. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

West Ellicott Property Ravaged By Overnight Fire

first_imgWEST ELLICOTT – No one was hurt following a fire overnight in West Ellicott.A viewer photo submitted by Patrick Neligh shows heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of a home on High Street around 2:30 a.m.Firefighters from Celoron, Jamestown, Lakewood, Busti, Kiantone, Panama and Ashville responded to the scene to attack the blaze that quickly moved from the garage to nearby structures.Officials say all occupants of the home got okay. Neighbors said they heard an “explosion” prior to seeing flames. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation team determined the fire was accidental and originated within a grill. The fire destroyed a garage and damaged several structures around it. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Could you guys at least spell check your articles prior to publication?last_img read more

Nic Rouleau Will Return to The Book of Mormon on Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows The Book of Mormon A Mormon alum is about to say “Hello” again! Nic Rouleau will return to the Tony-winning The Book of Mormon on Broadway. He assumes the role of Elder Price beginning February 23, taking over for Kyle Selig at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.Rouleau made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon as the standby for the “lovable douchebag” (his words) Elder Price. He eventually played the role full-time in New York, on tour and in the West End. He has also appeared in the national tour of Legally Blonde and on the small screen in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon earned nine 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical.Rouleau will join a cast that currently includes Christopher John O’Neill as Elder Cunningham, Nikki Renée Daniels as Nabulungi, Grey Henson as Elder McKinley and Daniel Breaker as Mafala.center_img Nic Rouleau in ‘The Book of Mormon'(Photo: Joan Marcus) from $69.00last_img read more

Vermont Tourism Extends Annual ‘Vermont Fuels Your Vacation’ Promotion Through Foliage Season

first_imgVermont Tourism Extends Annual ‘Vermont Fuels Your Vacation’ Promotion Through Foliage SeasonMONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing is extending its popular fuel giveaway promotion through the fall foliage season to encourage visitors and Vermonters to explore the state. “Vermont Fuels Your Vacation,” an annual summer promotion featuring a $100 gas card giveaway every week, will be offered through the foliage season with the final winner selected on Monday, Oct. 27. Vermont residents and non-residents can register to win at www.VermontVacation.com/fuel(link is external) and gas cards can be used at participating gas stations in Vermont.Established in 2006, the annual promotion kicked off in June and was initially scheduled to end in late September. But tourism officials decided to extend the promotion another four weeks after receiving an overwhelming response from the public. More than 4,700 entries – 2,639 of those from Vermonters – were submitted during the first week of the promotion, and tourism officials have received a total of nearly 18,000 entries since June.”The ‘Vermont Fuels Your Vacation’ contest has been incredibly popular this year, so it makes sense to keep the promotion going through the fall season,” said Tourism & Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. “There is so much to see and do in Vermont during September and October, and this is a great way to attract visitors and encourage residents to travel around the state.”So far, ten winners from Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont have won free gas cards.One of the latest to win a free gas card is Lynn Thompson of Coal Township, Pa. “My husband and I are planning a two-week road trip to the northeast this fall for our 25th wedding anniversary, and we can’t wait to get to Vermont,” she said. “A $100 gas card will certainly come in handy as we tour different parts of the state.”For more information, visit www.VermontVacation.com/fuel(link is external)last_img read more

Goddard College enrollment rising, new leadership

first_imgGoddard College,Fall enrollment at Goddard College is the highest it’s been in 30 years, with the College welcoming 804 students this semester.‘Our low-residency format makes Goddard College accessible to adults especially in challenging economic times,’ said Josh Castle, Associate Academic Dean and Registrar of the Plainfield institution. The College has consistently grown by 4-5 percent each academic year for the last seven years.The enrollment growth comes at a time when the College is also welcoming new leadership. Barbara Vacarr assumed the presidency in July 2010. Recently, Marianne Reiff was hired as the Interim Academic Vice President and Steve Friedman was elected as the Chair of the Board of Trustees.As Interim Academic VP, Dr. Reiff will serve as a thought leader, helping the College to envision and build processes to deepen faculty engagement. Most recently, Dr. Reiff played a vital role in designing and implementing a low residency adult learning and development Ph.D. program.Stephen B. Friedman is president of S. B. Friedman & Company, a development advisory firm specializing in public-private partnerships for urban redevelopment and revitalization. Friedman is a 1968 graduate of Goddard College and resides in Chicago.The College also recently received a grant from the Nathan & Fannye Shafran Foundation in October to support the launch of Goddard’s unique low-residency bachelors degree program on the West Coast. The BA will join the existing MFA in Creative Writing and MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts programs already being offered by Goddard in Port Townsend, Washington.President Barbara Vacarr said, ‘Goddard College is poised on the edge of an exciting era in educational innovation. Our expertise in adult degree programming can provide needed leadership now across the country.’Goddard College. 11.4.2010last_img read more

HUD awards $2.2 million to improve public housing stock in Vermont

first_imgVT Housing Authority                                                     City                                   FundingBarre Housing AuthorityBarre$423,791Bennington Housing AuthorityBennington$267,163Brattleboro Housing AuthorityBrattleboro$356,767Burlington Housing AuthorityBurlington$438,157Montpelier Housing AuthorityMontpelier$66,033Rutland Housing AuthorityRutland$239,117Springfield Housing AuthoritySpringfield$166,807Winooski Housing AuthorityWinooski$268,718             VT TOTAL           $2,226,553———————————————————————– US Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded more than $2.2 million to public housing authorities in Vermont. The funds will allow these agencies to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units. See below for a full list of VT public housing authorities receiving funding.HUD’s Capital Fund Program provides annual funding to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. This funding can be used to make large-scale improvements such as new roofs and to make energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.‘While this funding will certainly help housing authorities address long-standing capital improvements, it only scratches the surface in addressing the deep backlog we’re seeing across the country,’ said Donovan.  ‘Housing Authorities need nearly $26 billion to keep these homes safe and decent for families, but given our budget realities, we must find other, innovative ways to confront the decline of our public housing stock.  That’s why we introduced our new Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) as part of our comprehensive strategy to keep these homes on firm financial footing.’ Sandra B. Henriquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, added, ‘Unless we transform the way we fund our public housing authorities, local managers will be increasingly forced to choose between repairing roofs, replacing plumbing, or worst of all, demolishing or selling their properties.  We simply can’t afford to let that happen.’         Earlier this month, HUD released Capital Needs in the Public Housing Program, a study that updated the national estimate of capital needs in the public housing stock in the U.S.  The study found the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units are facing an estimated $25.6 billion in much-needed large scale repairs.  Unlike routine maintenance,capital needs are the large-scale improvements required to make the housing decent and economically sustainable, such as replacing roofs or updatingplumbing and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency.  This study updates a 1998 analysis and includes costs to address overdue repairs, accessibility improvements for disabled residents, lead abatement, and water and energy conservation that would make the homes more cost effective and energy efficient.Over the last 75 years, the Federal Government has invested billions in the development and maintenance of public and multifamily housing ‘ including providing critical support through HUD’s Capital Fund. Still, the nation continues to lose thousands of public housing units annually, primarily due to disrepair.  To protect the considerable Federal investment and respond to the growing demand for affordable rental housing, the Obama Administration has proposed a comprehensive strategy to preserve this inventory. HUD’s Transforming Rental Assistance Initiative will allow housing authorities to leverage public and private financing to address capital needs and make public housing units affordable for the long term.In FY 2012, HUD is requesting $200 million for a Transforming Rental Assistance demonstration to rehabilitate federally subsidized affordable housing, including public and multifamily housing units.  The Rental Assistance Demonstration would allow owners to continue to make standard life-cycle improvements to this inventory, modernize or replace obsolete units, and stem the loss of stock from private sector partners choosing to opt-out of affordable housing programs. The funds used to bring 255,000 properties into a reliable, long term, project-based rental assistance contract will enable public housing authorities to raise more than $6.1 billion in private financing to reduce the large backlog of capital repair needs and in the process, support significant job creation in communities across the country.         HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov(link is external) and espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on Twitter at @HUDnews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD(link is external).last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine trials, NBA plans, EU vaccine sharing, ER docs concerned

first_imgNIAID launches vaccine trials in HIV-infected groupsThe National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recently announced the launch of H1N1 vaccine trials in HIV-infected pregnant women and HIV-infected children and young adults. The trials are important because HIV infection and pregnancy increase the risk of a poor immune response to vaccines and because these groups have an increased risk of severe H1N1 illness, the NIAID said. Plans call for enrolling 130 pregnant women and 140 people aged 4 to 24 years in the two studies.http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2009/Pages/H1N1HIVTrials.aspxOct 9 NIAID announcementNBA prepares defense against pandemic fluThe National Basketball Association (NBA) has deployed several measures to respond to the pandemic flu threat, including hiring an infectious disease expert advisor, the read more