ND continues work in Haiti one year after quake

first_imgOne year after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti, the Notre Dame Haiti Program remains present in the country through relief efforts and public health programs, Sarah Craig, the program manager, said. “We were in Haiti before, during and after the earthquake,” Craig said. “We saw a need to step aside from our public health program to address the efforts for relief after the earthquake.” The Notre Dame Haiti Program, led by Fr. Tom Streit, fights infectious diseases throughout the country. The program specifically targets lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis. After the earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the Haiti Program turned its attention to the emergency. Streit and other volunteers provided medical support for victims of the earthquake’s destruction. Craig said over 100 of 500 volunteers were Notre Dame alumni from the medical profession. These volunteers saw over 30,000 patients, performed 700 surgeries and delivered 250 babies during the six months following the earthquake, she said. The volunteers faced basic challenges such as the lack of shelter, transportation, water and food. Medical supplies and support were also scarce, Craig said. “We also are addressing some of the needs for rebuilding, specifically in Léogâne where we are headquartered,” Craig said. “Our building there is our home base and where we concentrate most of our efforts.” According to the program’s summer 2010 newsletter, the earthquake did not alter the program’s mission. “In truth, The Notre Dame Haiti Program’s mission in Haiti has never changed. For 17 years, the program has aided and fought for Haiti by researching elimination methods for lymphatic filariasis (LF) and neglected tropical diseases (NTD),” the newsletter stated, “But since the beginning, the overarching goal has been improving the lives of the people of Haiti, and in that respect, the last six months have been no different.” Following the earthquake, a cholera outbreak disrupted the program’s work with lymphatic filariasis and other diseases. “Almost worse than the earthquake was the cholera outbreak in the fall,” Craig said. The Haiti Program will resume its disease elimination programs beginning Monday. As the program turns back to treat disease elimination, rebuilding was still an agenda for Notre Dame volunteers. “Disease elimination is our forte and what we are in Haiti to do,” Craig said. “But we still will work on rebuilding because we are morally and ethically responsible to do so.” The Haiti Program headquarters in Léogâne and the program’s three other facilities in the country remained standing in the middle of rubble after the earthquake. The buildings were among the few with running water and electricity. Student groups such as ND Fighting NTDs and the Haiti Working Group were also among the organizations that reached out to victims in Haiti. These groups used the crisis in Haiti to highlight the need for public health initiatives. ND Fighting NTDs president Emily Conron said she hopes the club will send students to Haiti someday to witness its public health initiatives firsthand. “We use Haiti as an example of how focusing on neglected tropical diseases can help the community,” Conron said. “By focusing on public health the economic and social and even emotional repercussions [of these initiatives are] very clear.” The Haiti Program is an example of how public health programs can encourage hope for a better future, Conron said. In a summer 2010 thank-you letter to all Haiti Program volunteers, Streit explained the involvement of the Notre Dame community in Haiti. “A network of ND-connected health professionals is continuing to save lives,” the letter stated. “ND engineers have already helped determine the viability of important structural assets in several communities, while ND architects are part of a massive 11 school building project in Léogâne. Many alumni are working in response teams addressing nutrition, relief logistics and development planning. “Haiti requires the kind of support that is both immediate and enduring as well as a profound commitment to the idea that if we are part of the Body of Christ together, we are all at this moment Haitians.”last_img read more

Students march for life in D.C.

first_imgMore than 300 Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students braved a 15-hour journey to Washington, D.C. this weekend to support a cause they believe in. These students participated in the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally on Monday, marking the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade. Junior Chris Damian participated in the March for Life through Notre Dame’s Right to Life Club. He said it is important to show solidarity with the pro-life movement. “For me, being pro-life means recognizing the inherent dignity of all human beings,” Damian said. “It means protecting the lives of the unborn, helping women in crisis pregnancies, showing women that abortion is not their only choice and respecting men and women in my daily life … I want to show men and women that they are loved and supported and to help other pro-lifers to be able to provide that love and support.” Five buses of students left for Washington, D.C. on Friday evening, and another three buses left Sunday evening, Damian said. The students stayed at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington, Va. Sophomore Chelsea Merriman said Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend celebrated Mass with the students Sunday. The Notre Dame community celebrated another Mass with University President Fr. John Jenkins on Monday. Merriman said that later on Monday, students participated in a demonstrated march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court. She said the pated in a demonstrated march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court. She said the purpose of the march was to say, “We are here, we aren’t going away and this is a cause that’s very important to a lot of us.”   Junior Ellen Carroll said Notre Dame was a strong presence at this year’s March for Life. “We had people coming up to us really excited that we were there from Notre Dame, and I liked being able to go with the University,” she said. The issue of abortion is very relevant to the South Bend community, Damian said. “On the bus ride down here, we each received a card with the name of a child aborted in South Bend last year and the date of that abortion,” he said. “I think that card really solidified the issue for a lot of us … This isn’t just an abstract issue or one in a country across the globe. This is a real issue happening down the street from our campus.” Damian said the closeness of the issue was another reason he participated in the March for Life. “I want to march for the child on my card and for his family,” he said. Carroll said she enjoyed meeting people from across the country with a range of opinions about abortion. “It was just a very cool thing to see how many people could come together to support their beliefs on an issue,” Carroll said. Merriman said sometimes it is disheartening to see participants in the March for Life leave their posters and trash on the ground after the event. “I support the pro-life mission [and] I like the solidarity in the march, but I sometimes feel really hesitant about the lack of respect [for the area],” she said. The March for Life was still a very positive experience, Merriman said. “It’s a very high-energy event,” she said. “There’s a lot of solidarity … If we keep doing this, we will make a change.”last_img read more

Professor receives public policy fellowship

first_imgThe Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment has honored biology professor Jennifer Tank as one of this year’s Leopold Leadership Fellows, a group of 20 academics selected to undergo intensive training intended to empower them to impact public policy. Tank will begin the fellowship with a training session this summer, joining the group from around the world at Stanford University in California. Tank said she applied for the fellowship to improve her communication skills, which would better equip her to discuss her work and its implications with the general public and leaders who make environmental policy. “The fellowship was developed a number of years ago because they were finding problems with scientists who were doing great work yet were unable to translate that science for the public,” Tank said. “It’s really a mechanism to link today’s great, cutting-edge science with better communication skills.” Tank described the program as a sort of “nursery school in communication skills” for scientists, named after prominent environmentalist Aldo Leopold. She said the extensive application process included a series of essays meant to show a serious commitment to sharing research with the public. “They want to keep the group very small because the program actually lasts for two years, starting with 10 days at a retreat center this summer,” Tank said. “When you go back for the second year, you’ve had the chance to practice, so you can focus on honing those skills you learned in the first year.” She said her specialty within ecology pertains directly to public policy as it relates to agriculture. “I’m a freshwater ecologist, so I work on streams and rivers, mainly on nutrient cycling,” Tank said. “The work I’ve been doing recently has to do with how land use, like intensive agriculture, influences freshwater resources.” Tank’s work focuses on finding a proper balance between the economic needs of farmers and the health of the environment and considers issues like fertilizer runoff and irrigation, she said. “You can’t protect the environment at the cost of the people who are supported by it, but you also can’t protect farmers at the expense of the environment,” she said. Tank will learn communication skills through the fellowship that will help her better convey the product of her research with policymakers who can take action to approach this balance, she said. “They really challenge you [through the fellowship] to see if you can relate the value of your research to the people who need to hear it, to see if you can give them a take-home message in a nutshell,” she said. “They’ll train you about print communication as well as various types of digital media, including the effective use of social network options like Facebook and Twitter.” Tank said she hopes to apply what she learns about communicating with the public to her work in the classroom. “All the things that go into being a good teacher also go into the process of being a good communicator,” she said. “I’m excited about it, and I hope I can do Notre Dame proud.”last_img read more

SMC alumnae reflect on study abroad experiences

first_imgTwo Saint Mary’s College alumnae talked about the impact study abroad had on their careers during “The Impact of Study Abroad: Alumnae Panel” on Tuesday evening as part of International Education Week. Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Saint Mary’s alumna Karolyn Wojtowicz speaks about the benefits of a study abroad experience at a panel discussion Tuesday night as part of International Education Week.Cara Grabowski, class of 2008, studied abroad in Seville, Spain during her time at Saint Mary’s, and she currently works as communication manager at St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce in South Bend. In Seville, she experienced complete immersion in the Spanish language through her host family and classes, she said.“When I got to Spain, my family didn’t speak a lick of English.” Grabowski said, “[While abroad,] you’re going to be put in situations where you’re not going to be able to communicate easily.“I can about guarantee that all of you … are going to come back a changed person. It’s going to open your eyes to new culture, you’re going to learn to communicate effectively.”Adapting to new situations is one way Grabowski sees her study abroad experience carry over into her career, she said.“Studying abroad taught me how to be adaptive,” she said. “You’re dropped in a new location where you don’t know anyone. … That’s similar to when you get a job. When you go off on your first day, you’ll show up and it will be a whole new world and a whole new culture.”Time abroad also instilled a travel bug in Grabowski. The following year, she spent 20 days in Europe with friends and two years ago visited a friend in South Africa.Being able to talk about study abroad is a great way to start conversations when networking, Grabowski said. Communication is key, and talking about a challenge faced while studying abroad says a lot about a person, she said.“You’ll change as a person, it’ll make you more confident,” Grabowski said. “[Study abroad] opens your eyes to a lot of things. You have to broaden your horizons. … That is the key.”Karolyn Wojtowicz, class of 2011, works as a coordinator for off-campus learning at DePauw Univeristy. When choosing a program to study abroad, Wojtowicz sought out the most unique program she could find and chose the South Africa program, she said.“I wanted my study abroad experience to be as different from Saint Mary’s as possible,” Wojtowicz said. “[The University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa] is the complete opposite of Saint Mary’s. It’s a large, co-ed, public school, very urban campus, and in a lot of my classes I was the only white student.”While in South Africa, Wojtowicz traveled but also focused on getting to know her host country and the people in it.“A lot of my classes were focused on African culture and context. I was really trying to immerse myself in my host culture,” she said. “… As you study abroad, you’re going to do a lot of touristy things, and that’s fine. But you also want to immerse yourself in your culture and have those connections.”Despite language barriers, Wojtowicz found herself connecting to others through pictures, facial expressions and gifts from home such as Pop-Tarts, she said.After graduating from Saint Mary’s, Wojtowicz took a job as a study abroad program coordinator in Iowa. Her experience in South Africa made her a strong candidate for the job, she said.“I was told specifically I was hired to be at Iowa to create a program in Rwanda, because I had studied abroad in South Africa,” Wojtowicz said.As a result of her experience in Iowa, the position at DePauw University opened up to her. In this way, study abroad constantly impacts her every day life, Wojtowicz said.Sophomore Michele Mostoller plans to study in Ireland this spring and found the panel informative and interesting, she said.“Having alums talk about how they used their experiences to network after graduation really showed that a lot of doors and opportunities can be opened up to students as a result of going abroad,” Mostoller said. “Listening to fellow Belles talk about their experiences and the challenges they faced abroad makes me more and more excited for next semester.”The event was co-sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership Program and the Cross Currents Collegiate Speaker Series and Indiana Belle Bridges programs, which is funded by the Lilly Endowment’s Initiative to Promote Opportunities through Educational Collaborations.Tags: leadership, saint mary’s, SMC, study abroadlast_img read more

Student senate updates campaign regulations

first_imgStudent senate passed three amendments related to the campaign process during Wednesday’s meeting. The resolutions, presented by representatives from the department of internal affairs, dealt with social media regulations, candidate responsibility for supporters and endorsements in campaigns. Previously, the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body asserted that candidates may create a social media account or page that must be approved by the election committee and that all posts and comments must be individually approved by the committee. As of Wednesday night, all posts must “adhere to the ethical guidelines” detailed in the constitution, but will not need to be individually approved. “The thing is, judicial council is not a police force,” Fisher Hall senator sophomore Abe Jenson said. “Judicial council does not go on pages and look for posts that do not adhere to the guidelines. That’s the responsibility of the other candidates and the students — to bring allegations to judicial council.”Louis Bertolotti, executive director of the Student Union Board (SUB), gave his support to the resolution. (Editor’s note: Louis Bertolotti is a Viewpoint columnist).“As someone who has run for office, I think this would be an amazing policy because of all the effort it takes to go approve every single idea,” he said. “If we want to elect smart leaders, we’re all in college, we should be able to follow the rules given to us by judicial council, and if we break those rules, face the consequences. I don’t think we should be babied into it and approving all the posts ahead of time.” Director of internal affairs Rebecca Blais presented the second resolution and explained how the constitution previously dealt with the unethical actions of supporters of candidates, and how those actions affected the candidates themselves.  “If one of their supporters decides to engage in unethical behavior — making an illegal post, any of the things not allowed in an election — the candidate will be held responsible for it,” she said of the previous policy. “We think that’s ridiculous for the candidate to be held accountable for every ‘rogue supporter,’ to talk in extremes.”The amendment includes an additional subclause that says candidates cannot be involved in or instruct others to engage in unethical behavior, including through inaction. “The process of an election allegation would be that a person would bring forth the offending post or offending behavior, and in some way that action would have to be connected back to the candidate, whether it’s testimony or a text message or something like that,” judicial council president Zach Waterson said. After the passing of the night’s third amendment, candidates and tickets can solicit and campaign on endorsements from individual students and student groups, but “endorsements may not be construed to represent that of residence halls, student union organizations, university departments, offices or officials.” Additionally, no person holding a position enumerated in the constitution can endorse any candidate for any student office. Blais said the previous issue with this section was the discrepancy about endorsements from student leaders and student athletes, in particular, as it should not appear that an individual is representing the entire group with their endorsement.Individuals can still voice their support in conversation, but cannot appear in any endorsements for the candidate. Waterson said the language in differentiating between conversation and endorsement was left intentionally broad so that it could be looked at on a situational basis.“This strikes a balance between pure legislation and the ability for the committee to bring in information to determine on a case-by-case basis whether the specific communication constitutes an endorsement,” he said. Tags: Campaign Regulations, student senatelast_img read more

Rolfs Athletics Hall dedicated as men’s, women’s basketball practice facility

first_imgThe newly renovated Rolfs Athletics Hall, which will serve as the practice facility for both the Notre Dame men’s and women’s basketball teams, was dedicated this past weekend, the University announced in a press release Wednesday. The release said the renovation was made possible with a “foundational gift” from Karen and Kevin Keyes. In addition, further “lead gifts” were made by Andrew and Kirsten Braccia and Ryan and Jen Sweeney — who both graduated in the class of 1999. The projected benefited from the support of other benefactors, including more than 330 former men‘s and women‘s basketball players.When Rolfs Sports Recreation Center originally opened in 1998, it served as the principal fitness facility for the campus community until the Smith Center for Recreational Sports opened in Duncan Student Center in January 2018, the release said. The original building was made possible by a financial gift from the late brothers Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs — graduates of the Notre Dame classes of 1944 and 1950, respectively. Renovation of the facility began in January of 2018. “What a tremendous boost and opportunity for our program,” Muffet McGraw, head coach for the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, said in the release. “It is so important to our players to have access to a first-class facility that allows them to spend time working on their game. As one of the largest collegiate basketball practice facilities in the country, it will give our student-athletes everything they need to achieve their goals and for our program to continue to be at an elite level. We are so grateful to Karen and Kevin Keyes for their incredible generosity.”The 77,000-square-foot new Rolfs Athletics Hall, which opened in November, boasts video, team and locker rooms for both basketball programs. The building also includes two practice gyms, a strength and conditioning center, office suites and other amenities, according to the release.“I’ve been looking forward to the opening of our practice facility since I arrived at Notre Dame, and it couldn’t have been made without the generosity and support of our alumni and so many other key donors,” Mike Brey, head coach for the Notre Dame men’s basketball team, said in the release. “With the NCAA’s renewed focus on student-athlete time commitment, our ability to schedule practice, athletic training, rest and recovery separate from a multi-use facility that was forced to serve three programs will pay immediate dividends to the well-being of our student-athletes and coaches.”Benefactor Karen Keyes, classes of 1991 and 1995, graduated with a bachelor‘s degree in American Studies and a master’s in business, respectively. She was a member and captain of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team during her time at the University. Currently, Keyes also serves as the chair of Notre Dame‘s Advisory Council for the Student-Athlete. Kevin Keyes received bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration from the University in 1990. He also played on the varsity tennis team during his time at Notre Dame. Currently, the couple resides in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and have previously supported Notre Dame through another “gift to endow the women’s head basketball coach position, the Joyce Grant-in-Aid Program, President’s Circle and Sorin Society,” the release said.“We are honored and privileged to support the strong tradition of Notre Dame basketball,” Karen and Kevin Keyes said in the release. “The newly renovated Rolfs Athletics Hall uniquely serves the women’s and men’s programs, which are both deserving of the best practice facility in the nation. Muffet McGraw and Mike Brey, their coaching staffs and players are the definition of class, and we are excited to contribute to their continued success.”Tags: Men’s Basketball, Mike Brey, Muffet McGraw, Rolfs Athletics Hall, women’s basketballlast_img read more

University salutatorian discusses importance of maintaining service-oriented mindset

first_imgHaving traveled abroad for three summers working in Shirati, Tanzania, and Masaka, Uganda, serving as the co-president of GlobeMed and conducting research through the Kellogg International Scholars program, class of 2019 salutatorian Annelise Gill-Wiehl fulfilled her belief that “we’re here for more.”An environmental engineering major and international development studies minor, Gill-Wiehl said she initially wanted to study water infrastructure, but after taking classes within the major and traveling abroad, she began to see the decencies of electricity.The summer after her freshman year, Gill-Wiehl said she went to Masaka, Uganda, on a Kellogg internship to work for a local agricultural training center, founded by a woman who saw agriculture as an opportunity for families to rise out of poverty. Over the course of her summer there, Gill-Wiehl organized workshops on water conservation and environmental protection and built a water runoff collection tank, but she said her experiences with her host family sparked her passion for energy.“Because they spoke such limited English, I bonded with them by cooking,” she said. “It became one of my favorite things, cooking with my host sister, cooking with my host mom, learning the traditional foods, but we did it all on fire wood and charcoal stoves.”The next summer, she traveled to Shirati, Tanzania, to investigate household energy usage, and the next year, she returned to design a pilot study, training local community members to use gas stoves to work with the households in their own neighborhoods to transition to clean fuel.“The purpose was to really instill a behavior change that’s facilitated by the community itself,” she said.Her involvement abroad extended beyond her time in Uganda and Tanzania, as Gill-Wiehl also served as the co-president of GlobeMed this past year. Although Gill-Wiehl never considered a career medicine, she said she was drawn to the manner in which the club approaches outreach.“It was founded on the principle that, as college students, we don’t know what’s going on in rural Laos,” she said. “We’re working in partnership with them to understand what’s actually going on there and what their needs are, and I really loved that example of international development and the idea of being in partnership with organizations and communities rather than being a white donor that’s telling them what to do.”Gill-Wiehl said she knew she wanted to work in poverty and justice before she came to Notre Dame, and two of her favorite books — “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder and “Santiago’s Children” by Steve Reifenberg — have helped her order her time at the University.“They’ve really formed how I could look at how my career could be, understanding that larger purpose and opening my eyes to international development and a preferential option for the poor and giving me the language around structural violence,” she said.Outside of academics and research, Gill-Wiehl said she loves running, traveling and drinking coffee. “I love having conversations over coffee,” she said. “I think that it’s magical how it brings people together. In Starbucks, it’s nice to just eavesdrop on the great conversations between students or professors and students. So yes, I’ve been known to beat everyone out on coffee consumption for sure.”Reflecting on her time at Notre Dame, Gill-Wiehl said her Notre Dame education has extended far beyond academics.“I’ve found the heart of my passions and the purpose of those academics in my research in my extra activities,” she said. “Prioritize your academics, but prioritize the activities that really inspire you and bring you energy and life.”Gill-Wiehl said she intends to maintain the passions she cultivated at the University long after she leaves campus, and she hopes her fellow graduating seniors will do the same.“We’re here for more, and we shouldn’t lose that sense that we’re here for more just because we aren’t at Notre Dame,” she said.Tags: Class of 2019, Commencement 2019, university salutatorianlast_img read more

Sister Spotlight: Sister Elena Malits reflects on education, career at Saint Mary’s

first_imgEditor’s Note: Sister Spotlight is an effort by the Saint Mary’s News Department to shed light on the shared experience of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s College students. We will be sharing the mission and stories of the sisters in an on-going series.At the age of 85, Sister M. Elena Malits is very familiar with Saint Mary’s campus — not only because she lives and teaches at the College, but also because she’s alum from the class of ‘56.“When I went to Saint Mary’s we had to have our lights out at 10 p.m.,” Malits said. “I would take my desk lamp and throw rug into my closet and read, everybody did that. Eventually, they lifted the lights out regulations. However Notre Dame still had the rules, so the boys used to go read in the bathroom.”During her junior year at Saint Mary’s, Malits was one of the first students to study abroad for an entire semester. She spent her time in Vienna.“There was a group of about 20 girls and 20 guys and it was wonderful,” Malits said. “I was the only Saint Mary’s person, however, my best friend from high school who went to a different college came with me.”The summer after her graduation and after much contemplation, Malits decided to enter the sisterhood.“When I was a sophomore in college I thought I was going to be engaged to a guy who was two years ahead of me at Notre Dame, and then he entered the priesthood which threw me for a loop,” Malits said. “After I finished college I became more and more convinced that God wanted me to do this, but when I was sure I locked myself in my room and threw books against the wall, I was so mad.”After her decision, Malits taught for a year at a college and studied to get her Ph.D. in New York City. She studied at a convent across the street from Lincoln Center, and also spent time exploring the city going to Broadway plays and operas among other activities.“When you learn the city, you could do anything you wanted,” Malits said. “You could go to museums, Broadway plays, everything and I just loved it.”Soon after she finished her coursework in the fall of 1970, she found herself back in South Bend — at Saint Mary’s — teaching. Malits said she was extra busy during her first years of teaching because she was writing her 400-page dissertation at the same time.Over the years she has taught many courses within the religious studies department.“You name it I taught it,” Malits said. “I taught everything in the catalog, but as time went on I specialized in certain things. Very often I taught ‘Theology and Biography’ where we would read the auto-biography or biography of a famous person and then discuss it. Students really liked that and found that they were touched in ways they never knew.”Malits formally retired at the end of the ‘90s, and then moved into the convent as a result of her Type 1 diabetes. However, she still wanted to teach and now teaches one discussion-based course called “Theology and Film.”“I have found that a lot of Saint Mary’s students are better at writing than they are at talking, so if you really know something you can talk about it, so I insist that this is a discussion course,” Malits said. “What I’ve learned best about teaching I’ve learned in the film course and that the important thing is the questions you ask not the answers you give. That’s really interesting because it changes your perspective on teaching.”Currently, in Malits’ free time she mainly stays in her room enjoying reading, her computer and watching movies and the news.“When you teach as long as I do, you have hundreds of books and you love to read them all,” Malits said.She also is the convent’s director of the pet therapy program. Malits brings different types of dogs around to the sisters almost every night of the week.“I make sure that the dog is friendly and a good fit for the sisters and not afraid of wheelchairs or walkers,” Malits said. “People hear about the program and bring their dogs in, we have a good bunch of dogs that interact with the sisters.”In addition to teaching, Malits was heavily involved in Saint Mary’s relationship with Notre Dame and instrumental changes within the University. Malits taught courses with a few Notre Dame priests and was the chair of the committee that made Notre Dame co-ed.“I was in my room reading when I got a telephone call from the provost at Notre Dame at the time,” Malits said. “He asked me to be the chair [of the committee] and I thought ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’ because I did not want to lose any friends from Saint Mary’s or Notre Dame, but I ended up doing it because I thought I could do some good. We did in three months what it took Harvard and Yale to do in three years.”A Monday report misspelled the surname of Sister M. Elena Malits. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: Saint Mary’s College, Sister Elena Maltis, sister spotlightlast_img read more

Cattaraugus County’s Second COVID-19 Case Confirmed, Officials List Possible Exposure Sites

first_imgLittle Valley: Hughes Hotel, Crosby’s, Dollar General Hamburg: Wegmans, McKinley Liquor, Tops on Southwestern Blvd., Blasdell Pizza Photo: PixabayLITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Health Department says laboratory testing has confirmed a second case of COVID-19.Officials say a male resident who lives in the southwest part of the county with an extensive travel history to Buffalo developed joint pain and visited a Buffalo Chiropractor on March 20.The man then developed cough, congestion, shortness of breath and whole body aches.He contacted the Cattaraugus County Health Department where he tested for COVID-19 on Thursday and on Friday the test result indicated that he was positive for the virus. Officials say the patient is resting at home and now under quarantine. They say he will be assessed for any medical support that they can provide and they will monitor his symptoms closelyOfficials say the man visited the following locations after his visit to Buffalo:Town of Cattaraugus: Dollar General Killbuck: Hoag’s Williamsville: Monroe Chiropractic“We continue to ask our resident to bunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19 otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk,” said officials. “We would like to reiterate that if any resident experiences fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches should contact their health care provider (avoid going directly to the Urgent Care or the Emergency room before calling).”Those with questions or concerns are asked to contact the Cattaraugus County Health Department at 716-373-8050.center_img Olean: On The Side Liquor, Dollar General, Tops and BJ’s Salamanca: Edna’s, Sander’s Parkview, West End Liquor and McDonalds 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),Does anyone know when he actually visited Crosbys in little valley?last_img read more

Forage Exchange Site Created To Assist Local Dairy Farmers

first_imgStock Image.CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY — Several areas of New York are facing drought conditions which have caused dairy farmers to face issues with having enough quality forage for their livestock.But Cornell Cooperative Extension has created an exchange website to help local farmers find or sell their forage.To help agricultural producers locate forage to purchase, or for producers that have forage to sell, Cornell Cooperative Extension announces the NYS Forage Exchange website, found at http://nysforageexchange.com.The NYS Forage Exchange provides a free system to match potential sellers and buyers of forage within New York State. Sellers can easily register within the system and then post the forage they have available to sell. Potential purchasers can browse the advertisements, and then contact the seller through email for additional information or to complete purchase arrangements. A screencast on how to use the NYS Forage Exchange can be found at https://youtu.be/GNPjSIPLrxM. The video is also available on the Forage Exchange website.This is a moderated website, so all ad submissions are reviewed for appropriateness before publication on the forage exchange website. The information provided is general and educational in nature. Employees of Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension do not endorse or recommend any specific product or seller listed on this site.For more information about Cornell Cooperative Extension, or to find your local Cooperative Extension office visit http://cce.cornell.edu.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