December 02, 2016 The Blog, Weekly Update Last week, Governor Wolf continued his Jobs That Pay initiative by announcing a major new plan and investment in the Port of Philadelphia that will create good, middle class jobs in Southeast Pennsylvania. The Administration also continued to make fighting the opioid epidemic a top priority. First Lady Frances Wolf joined Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas at Family First Health in Hanover, PA to discuss the Wolf Administration’s top priority of combatting the opioid abuse epidemic.This week, the Wolf Administration announced the first-ever ‘It’s On Us PA’ grants to combat campus sexual assault. Thirty-six colleges and universities were awarded up to $30,000 to implement programs and strategies that align with the goals of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA campaign.As in years past, Governor Wolf’s office announced that he would not be attending Pennsylvania Society and, in lieu of his attendance, the Governor and First Lady Wolf will be volunteering in central Pennsylvania.In response to several incidents of racism and religious intolerance, Governor Wolf and his administration wish to remind Pennsylvanians, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or identity, or religion, that PA Has Your Back.Governor Wolf’s Week, November 20 – December 3, 2016Monday, 11/21/16Governor Tom Wolf Announces Disaster Assistance Approved for Victims of Severe Flooding in North-Central PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Takes Action on LegislationIn York County, First Lady Frances Wolf Discusses Efforts to Battle Opioid EpidemicTuesday, 11/22/16Governor Wolf Announces $300 Million Investment for Port of Philadelphia to Double Container Capacity, Create JobsMonday, 11/28/16Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians of New Criminal Record Sealing LawTuesday, 11/29/16Wolf Administration Awards First-ever ‘It’s On Us PA’ Grants to Combat Sexual AssaultGovernor Wolf’s Second Year: Progress on Schools, Jobs, and ReformGovernor and First Lady Wolf Invite Public to Attend 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyWednesday, 11/30/16Governor Wolf Announces Mission Critical Solutions Manufacturing Expansion and New Job Creation in Bedford CountyThursday, 12/2/16Governor Wolf Announces Federal Disaster Funding for October FloodingHighlights from The BlogRecapping a Year of Historic Liquor Reform in Pennsylvania (VIDEO)From the Wolf Family Recipe Box: A Traditional Apple CrispKeep Yourself and Emergency Responders Safe This Holiday Travel SeasonA Thanksgiving Greeting from Our Family to YoursPennsylvania Has Your BackSupport Local Small Businesses by Shopping Small TomorrowGovernor Wolf Announces Investment in Infrastructure and Job Creation at Port of Philadelphia (Round-Up)Get Out, Give a Hand on Giving TuesdayHow Pennsylvania Certifies the Vote After Every ElectionGovernor Wolf Announces ‘It’s On Us PA’ Grants to Combat College Campus Sexual Assault (Round-Up)Responding to Senate Republicans Regarding Call Center ClosingsGovernor Wolf to Make Donations, Volunteer in Lieu of Attending Pennsylvania SocietyHighlight from TwitterGovernor Wolf: “To those who are worried or unsure, I want you to know that Pennsylvania has your back.” https://t.co/bU2bXisyf7 pic.twitter.com/0Ma5cJ5cLB— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 23, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf’s Week, November 20 – December 3, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
AJ MACLEAN/herald photoThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team will look to build on last Sunday’s overtime victory as they take on the University of Vermont Catamounts this weekend in a two-game set at the Kohl Center.The No. 2 Badgers, coming off a hard-fought split against the No. 3 University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs last weekend, are hoping to learn from the tough early-season match and climb back to the top spot in the nation.The Catamounts, in their first season of play in the talented Hockey East conference, are 0-2-1 this season after being swept by Clarkson and tying with Sacred Heart in their season-opener. Vermont has not had a winning season since the 2001 campaign and is trying to rebound from a 5-26-3 effort last season, having finished 10th in the ECAC conference.Vermont is led by senior forward and captain Abbey Kaknes, who currently leads the team with three points and earned Hockey East Conference Player of the Week honors after her stellar performances at the start of the season. On defense, Vermont looks to sophomore Kate Lesniak to improve on her freshman season, where she led all Catamount defenders in scoring, and led a defense that gave up 2.67 goals per game last season.The Badgers enter the weekend set with a dynamic offensive attack that outscored opponents 167-55 last season while averaging 4.5 goals per contest. Assistant captain Sara Bauer, who led the team in goals and assists last season, is off to a hot start after netting the game-winner in Sunday’s overtime thriller.Bauer, along with fellow assistant captain Nikki Burish and team captain Sharon Cole, lead a potent offensive attack that should be able to score effectively against a shaky Catamount defense.After losing former seniors Cara Macleod and Molly Engstrom after last season, the Badgers added two former forwards to the defense. While head coach Mark Johnson expects the defense to play well, the new-look Badger defense showed some signs of rust in the opening weekend.”The one thing we need to continue to work on is play in our own end,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We’ve got some new [defenders] back there and we just need to be stronger in those areas this weekend.”Bobbi Jo Slusar is the remaining veteran on defense. She led the team last season with a plus-32 rating and is currently tied for the team-lead in points. Although the Catamounts have struggled to put the puck in the net this season, Slusar’s mentality remains the same.”I don’t think Vermont is going to be as strong as Duluth but we can’t afford to take them any lighter,” Slusar said. “Obviously we have to work on some things defensively. We struggled a little bit in our defensive zone and breaking out. We are going to have to be very sound in our defensive end against Vermont.”Veteran netminders Meghan Horras and Christine Dufour, who combined for a slim 1.54 goals-against average last season, will resume the goaltending duties against Vermont.”I anticipate both Meghan [Horras] and Christine [Dufour] getting some more work in this weekend,” Johnson said. I want to get both of them into game shape and gain some confidence — in order to do that they both need to play.”Redshirt freshman goaltender Jessie Vetter is still battling an illness and will be unavailable for action this weekend.Vermont junior goalie Shivaun Siegl has started eight games in her career with a 2.11 GAA. This season, Siegl has started all three of Vermont’s games and has given up seven goals with a .900 save percentage.The Badgers enter the weekend with advantages in all facets of the game. With a two-headed monster in net and a powerful offensive attack, all signs point to a big weekend for the Badgers.That being said, players and coaches alike know that they can ill afford to overlook this Vermont hockey team.”Hopefully we play at the pace and tempo we were able to play against Duluth. It’s our job as coaches to keep the kids focused and keep up our pace of play up,” Johnson said. “It’s irrelevant who you are playing, you have to play up to your team’s capabilities.”
AMES — An Iowa State University grain quality specialist, Charles Hurburgh says some growers are choosing to leave corn in the fields because the kernels’ moisture content is too high for safe storage.The late harvest and cold weather have strained the delivery system for the propane needed to dry the corn. Hurburgh says the colder weather will help farmers who are waiting to dry grain.“If the weather stays cold…without a lot of warm, humid days and so forth…it’s probably not going to be moldy. After standing a while, it’ll probably come out of the field at seventeen to eighteen percent moisture…somewhere in that area,” Hurburgh says. He says the corn will still be okay to harvest.“As long as the stalks are strong….and it’s not falling on the ground. So leaving it in the field is not an automatic loss,” Hurburgh says. He says the cold will also help those who are still waiting to dry corn that’s in bins.“There is 20 to 24 percent corn in places in bins at temperatures below 30 that will probably be okay for a month or two until this gas situation clears up and the corn can be dried and taken to wherever. The cold weather was a real benefit to us,” he says.The State Agriculture Secretary says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is going to get the propane shippers and the pipeline representatives together this week to work on the delivery problems. He say they hope that will lead to an increase in the supply of propane this week and next.
Emily Toy blew out the candles on her 22nd birthday cake during a recent gathering of the England Women’s squad at Woodhall Spa.It’s fair to say that – birthday cake apart – there hasn’t been much huffing and puffing required for Toy in 2019.The year has been a roaring success for the Cornish golfer who claimed her biggest title to date with a sparkling performance to win the Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal County Down in June.Toy was also a key member of the England Women’s squad which defeated Spain and then retained the Home International crown with a nail-biting victory in the series played at Downfield GC near Dundee.There was also academic as well as sporting achievement when Toy graduated with a degree in Sport and Health Science.Now one of the rising stars of women’s amateur golf is planning ahead for 2020 with several new and exciting adventures on the horizon.As well as continuing to represent England with distinction on the international stage, Toy has a busy individual schedule to plan for as she looks to take her game to the next level.Thanks to her success at Royal County Down, there’s a place reserved for her at the US Women’s Open at the Champions Club in Houston in June.There’s also the prospect of battling to earn her place on the Great Britain and Ireland squad for the Curtis Cup being staged at Conwy GC in Wales later that same month.Both events have Toy licking her lips in anticipation – and before that is the small matter of a visit to Augusta.Part of the reward for her victory over New Zealand’s Amelia Garvey at the Women’s Amateur was an invite to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship in April 2020.Only 54 of the world’s leading women amateurs will take part in the event – with the final round of the event staged on the hallowed turf of Augusta National where the Masters will be held later the same month.Before Toy gets to wander down Magnolia Lane and follow in the spike marks of the game’s legends, there is a winter of hard work to come.After teaming up with her England colleagues during a recent squad session at the National Performance Centre, Toy is homing in on an exciting 2020.“It was great to be back with England again,” said the 22 year-old pictured above with team-mate Bel Wardle during the victory over Spain earlier this year.“I live in the middle of nowhere so can feel a little bit isolated at times. It’s not as if I can arrange to meet up with friends for a day’s practice somewhere because I’m miles from anyone else!“Meeting up with my England team-mates is always great fun but also brings an extra focus to practice sessions.“I celebrated my birthday with them as well which was fun as by the time I drove back to Cornwall to see my actual family my birthday was over!“There’s so much to look forward to next year and I will start to piece together my schedule in the coming weeks.“For now, I’m concentrating on my practice routine. Coming up to Woodhall Spa to be with the other girls and coach Steve Robinson was great.“I’ve been working on my short game, also on keeping my head still as I’m prone to move it about too much and I guess I’ll be forever working on putting.“I’m not a bad putter just a streaky one.“I’ve dusted down an old Scotty Cameron putter that I used to play with and replaced the Ping one I’ve had recently.“That’s a switch from a mallet to a blade and we’ll see how it goes.“Every golfer is the same if you aren’t happy with putting. I tend to scare my putters by putting them away for a bit in the hope that when they come back out the cupboard they’ve learned to behave!”Toy’s season of success was recently recognised by her home club when she was given honorary life membership.For the past nine years she has played out of Carlyon Bay in St Austell and the club – quite rightly – is immensely proud of her achievements.“It’s been a busy few weeks,” admitted Toy whose grandad first introduced her to the game as a youngster.“The England squad has started back with coaching sessions and then the club held a night for me last week where I was surprised to receive an honorary membership.“It was a lovely touch from a club I really enjoy representing.“There’s a lot to look forward to in the next year, but I’m not setting any goals. I’ll just work hard and see where it takes me.”Image credit: Leaderboard Tags: Cornwall, England squads, england women 21 Oct 2019 Toy story has new chapters ready to be written
SANTONIO HOLMES DOTHAN, Ala. (AP)—The NFL is investigating the reported investment by at least 25 NFL players in an Alabama casino that has been shut down, a business venture that might have run afoul of league rules. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the investigation Friday, a day after Yahoo! Sports reported that wide receivers Terrell Owens, Santonio Holmes, Santana Moss and other players had invested some $20 million in Country Crossing casino. The report also named defensive tackle Gerard Warren and linebacker Adalius Thomas, a free agent who played for the New England Patriots until his release before last season. NFL rules bar employees from involvement with any gaming operation. Players violating that rule could be subject to fines or suspensions and have to give up their investment.Country Crossing owner Ronnie Gilley and two of his lobbyists have pleaded guilty to offering legislators millions in bribes.Country Crossing and another Alabama casino are at the center of a probe that resulted in nine people going to trial accused of buying and selling votes on pro-gambling legislation, including four former or current state senators.The country music-themed development included electronic bingo, restaurants, a concert amphitheater, an RV park and an Inn. Thomas was a partner in a barbecue restaurant that had been scheduled to open in June.State police raids and court rulings closed the two bigger casinos and other gambling operations around the state.Attorney Keith Givens, who provided the land for the project, is helping lead efforts to reopen the businesses. Givens did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press on Friday.Representatives for the casino and the named players either did not immediately respond to phone calls or emails or had no immediate comment.Mark Culver, chairman of the Houston County Commission, said he didn’t have information about specific NFL players investing but that there had been discussions about a group making a collective investment.“We wouldn’t have intimate knowledge of who has and who hasn’t invested,” Culver said. “But from early on in the project professional athletes were talked about, so it would not surprise me that athletes had been invested in the project.”Yahoo! Sports said boxer Floyd Mayweather was an early investor who is trying to get his money back.Former NFL players Cornelius Griffin and Jevon Kearse also have put in money, the report said.
Cronin would also like to see the building have its water gutters replaced, leader pipes replaced and other “sort of maintenance things,” done.Burden said it’s premature to talk about price for the work, as the council awaits bids on the project.Overall, “It looks like it’s structurally sound,” Cronin said of the building.“I think it’s got a lot of potential,” for future use, the architect observed. When one looks at the building and envisions it prior to the some of the additions that were constructed over the years, one can see, “The rooms and spaces are really grand, beautiful spaces,” Cronin said.The Wardell House, as it’s become commonly known, has portions that likely date back to prior to the American Revolutionary War. That’s according to Rick Geffken, a local historian, historical journalist and Shrewsbury Historical Society member, who co-authored an updated history of the borough with Burden. He and Monmouth University archeologist Richard Veit explored the structure with Veit estimating the building dates back to the late 1600s.“It has a long history in that location,” Geffken noted. The Wardell House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in July 1974. Around that time the borough purchased it and its surrounding acres of property from the Meacham family, the owners at the time, and used it as police headquarters and municipal offices.County government had sought to use the structure as part of the county library system for special project. That idea was abandoned, given the prohibited cost to make the site compliant with requirements for the federal American with Disabilities Act.In 2011 the site reverted back to borough ownership.Cronin said this project will start shortly after the bid is accepted to have it completed before any severe winter weather.The council hasn’t discussed any long term plans for the structure. But Burden said there is a need for additional space meeting space for community activities and he would like to see it restored and used for that purpose. “That would be responding to the needs of the community,” he said. By John BurtonSHREWSBURY – While the Borough Council considers what to do with the historic Wardell House, something has to be done to keep it from deteriorating any further.The council will shortly be advertising for competitive bids to do some immediate work on the borough-owned structure, portions of which date back to the late 17th century, preparing it, to some extent, for the coming winter and protect it from any additional damage from the elements.The structure sits on the town-owned property that is home to the municipal complex and police headquarters, at 419 Sycamore Ave. It is on one of the borough’s historic Four Corners, in the distinguished company of Christ Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Quaker Meeting House and the Allen House. The Four Corners site is a national and state designated historic district.Mayor Donald Burden said the building has become increasingly run-down, steadily sustaining water damage, which is exacerbating the structure’s damage. “It is deteriorating so rapidly,” Burden said.The council had previously commissioned Red Bank architect Matthew Cronin to evaluate what can be done at this juncture to stall the damage. The building had had its roof replaced in recent years. But, Cronin, explained, the siding on portions of the building and on the dormers are starting to give way, leaving it increasingly vulnerable to weather.Cronin is recommending repairing or replacing six dormers as well as installing new windows. “It looks like they would get the most bang for their buck doing this to keep the water out of the building,” he said.
TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES KENDRICK CARMOUCHE, SCUBA, WINNER: “We broke a step slow today. I just wanted to get him into the race and let him get into stride and in position. When I knew it was time to go, we took command and I knew I had a lot of horse and we accelerated with an eighth of a mile to go. I just pretty much rode him out from there. He’s a really good horse. I thank Mr. Ross and Brendan Walsh for the opportunity. They have a niche for the distance races. I am just so pleased that Mr. Ross has stuck with me for the past 10 years of my career. I was at Santa Anita one other time about seven years ago, but I never made it to the horse shoe. I have two more races to ride tomorrow. BRENDAN WALSH, SCUBA, WINNER: “I think the pace was favorable. The horse was keen enough to go on and get on with it and they left him alone to an extent. It worked out great. He’s just a great horse. He’s won three times in a row in three states in the best of company. He’s just remarkable.” NOTES: Walsh is 42, from Cork, Ireland, and this is his fifth year training. He won the Marathon two years ago with Cary Street. The winning owner, DARRS, Inc., lists its residence as Vienna, Va.