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) Stock Image.CLYMER – Two Chautauqua County men were taken to the hospital following a scooter crash on Ravlin Hill Road in the Town of Clymer on Saturday evening.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reports the Clymer and Sherman Fire Departments responded to a motor vehicle crash with injury just after 5 p.m.Through investigation, deputies say 31-year-old Justin Teed struck 19-year-old James Troyer who was traveling eastbound in the roadway on a scooter.Deputies say Troyer was transported by ambulance to Hamot Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while Teed was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital with minor injuries. The Sheriff’s Office says no charges are pending at this time.
Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments Bryan Cranston All the Way Now that he’s playing U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in Broadway’s All the Way, it’s safe to say that Bryan Cranston’s meth-cooking days are over. But on March 13, the Emmy winner had a very special visitor from his old blue sky days: His Breaking Bad partner in crime, Aaron Paul! After seeing Cranston’s performance in the new drama by Robert Schenkkan, Paul headed backstage to catch up with his former co-star. As far as we know, they didn’t drive the R.V. out to the desert for old time’s sake, but there’s no way to be sure. Check out this Hot Shot of the two stars hanging out backstage at the Neil Simon Theatre, then see Cranston on Broadway in All the Way!
Alec Michael RyanKlein Oak High School (Houston, TX)Ryan may or may not have stolen his voice from a 38-year-old baritone. Has anyone checked in on Steven Pasquale lately? Ryan showed off his comic timing in a medley, by responding to Javert’s (um, spoiler alert) suicide with some wise words from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: “It’s important to be artful in your exit.” He gave us charm and smarm as Laurence, but it wasn’t until his finalist solo, “Who I’d Be” from Shrek, that he was fully able to let out his developed vocals. Taking on the paternal role of Dan in Next to Normal, as shown above, doesn’t even seem like a stretch. View Comments Marla LouissaintThe Beacon School (New York, NY)Before the show started, we combed through the list of contenders and their respective roles. One in particular stood out: Caroline of Caroline, Or Change. The part is, as Louissaint said in her acceptance speech, is “a beast.” But the recent high school grad took hold of the heavy material, and when she sang the lyrics “39 and still a maid” with high schoolers playing Mary Poppins on each side, no one thought twice. For her solo, she again demonstrated her grasp on complex characters with The Color Purple’s “I’m Here.” And there she was, head up, shoulder back, looking us straight in the eye and singing out. Drayton Maclean MayersGermantown High School (Memphis, TN)Mayers had the unusual challenge of performing in a medley with two other actors there for the same role: Edward Bloom in Big Fish. Like Quick, he had competed last year (in a dress, mind you, as Hairspray’s Edna). But this time around, he was the hero of his story in a memorable performance. He brought things down a notc with “Beautiful City” from Godspell in the second act, proving that whether given an upbeat or a ballad, he has no trouble captivating audiences with his sincerity. So it was no surprise when he was awarded the special Spirit of the Jimmy Awards trophy. Anthony SkillmanOrange Lutheran High School (Mission Viejo, CA)In the first act, he hopped around the stage as Tarzan. Then, as a finalist, he stood tall as Parade’s Frankie with a fiery delivery of “It Don’t Make Sense.” In both, he gave us a story with very little context to rely on. Two very different performances from one exceptionally talented young actor. Here he is performing a medley of Pippin’s “Corner of the Sky,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and Spring Awakening’s “Left Behind.” Lots of belting; lots of falsetto. Skillman showed true diversity between playing a jungle denizen or a Civil War-era avenging teen. Marnie QuickPittsburgh Barack Obama Academy (Pittsburgh, PA)Quick is no stranger to the Jimmy Awards, having competed last year as a sophomore for her Gene Kelly Award-winning performance as the Tinman in The Wiz. You read that correctly; check it out above. She returned this year for her performance in SHOUT! The Mod Musical, and in the first act, she served up a fun, sassy take on the ‘60s tune “Wishin’ and Hopin’.” It earned her a spot in the finals, in which she took a sharp left turn with the emotional “With You” from Ghost. We have no idea what she’ll do next, but whatever it is, we’re confident she’ll nail it. Morgan HigginsSt. Margaret’s Episcopal School (Mission Viejo, CA)Higgins earned her spot as a finalist for her performance as Eponine, but that clearly wasn’t the start of her Les Miserables journey. Take a look at her “I Dreamed a Dream.” Sure, it’s nearly three years old, but even then she sported a gorgeous mix. Now, after wowing audiences nationwide on Rising Star, she’s returned to musical theater. Only this time, she’s on the Broadway stage. For her solo, Higgins belted up a storm as a particularly spunky Grace, singing the Pirate Queen anthem “Woman.” Oh, and did we mention her belt? Our favorite day of the year (well, besides the Tony Awards) was worth the wait: The seventh annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards, took place on June 29 at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. 52 talented students from around the country took the stage to showcase the roles that had already won them local awards. If their extreme passion for musical theater doesn’t warm your heart, the ample belting will. Take a look below at six powerhouse performers who wowed us at the ceremony: winners Marla Louissaint and Anthony Skillman, plus the four runners-up. Look out for these names on future Broadway marquees!
Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016 The cast is now set for the world premiere of Sarah Burgess’ Dry Powder. Homeland star and Emmy winner Claire Danes, Emmy winner and Tony nominee Hank Azaria and Broadway alum Sanjit De Silva will join the previously announced John Krasinski for the Public Theater engagement. Performances will begin off-Broadway on March 1 with opening night set for March 22.The production, directed by Hamilton’s Thomas Kail, has been extended through April 24—two weeks past the initial April 10 closing date.In addition to Homeland, Danes won an Emmy for her performance in Temple Grandin. Her additional credits include My So-Called Life, Me & Orson Welles, Shopgirl and Baz Luhrman’s Romeo & Juliet. She made her Broadway debut in Pygmalion.Azaria is best known as the voice of several characters on The Simpsons, including Moe, Apu and Chief Wiggins; his voiceover work earned in four Emmy Awards. His additional credits include Tuesdays with Morrie, Ray Donovan, Friends and Along Came Polly. He earned a Tony nomination for Spamalot and also starred on Broadway in The Farnsworth Invention.De Silva returns to the Public after appearing in Macbeth and Measure for Measure. His additional stage credits include War Horse on Broadway and Awake & Sing, The Ragged Claws and The Little Foxes off-Broadway.The play follows Rick (Azaria), who throws an extravagant engagement party immediately following massive layoffs at a national grocery chain by his private equity firm. Fortunately, Seth (Krasinski), one of Rick’s managing directors, has a win-win deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song and rescue his boss from the company’s PR disaster. But Jenny (Danes), Seth’s counterpart, has an entirely different plan: to squeeze every last penny out of the company, no matter the human toll.Dry Powder will feature set design by Rachel Hauck, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Lindsay Jones. Related Shows Dry Powder View Comments
U.K. stage and screen star Ben Richards will star opposite Beverley Knight in the previously announced West End return of The Bodyguard. He takes on the titular role of Frank Farmer in this hit musical, which will run at the Dominion Theatre from July 15 through January 7, 2017.Richards currently plays Sergeant Ben Bradley on the British soap opera Hollyoaks. In the West End, he has appeared in Guys and Dolls, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, The Full Monty and Pricsilla Queen of the Desert. Additional screen credits include The Bill, Doctors and Holby City.The Bodyguard follows superstar Rachel Marron (Knight), who hires former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer to protect her from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in control—until romance takes charge. The show features classic hits including “Queen of the Night,” “Saving All My Love,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You.”In addition to Richards and Knight, the cast will include Rachel John as Nicki Marron, Carole Stennett as alternate Rachel Marron, Mark Holden as Bill Devaney, Alex Andreas as Tony, Dominic Taylor as Sy Spector, Matthew Stathers as Stalker and Glen Fox as Ray Court. Ben Richards View Comments
Build it for easy, safe access, not to maximize height. Always build in the bottomone-third of the tree. And position it so it rests or is attached to the basal one-third ofeach branch. Carefully consider how children will enter the tree house. Don’t nail ladder rungs intothe trunk. Use a self-supporting ladder tied to the tree or a heavy, unlooped, knottedrope. For many trees with low branches, children don’t need a ladder or rope for entry. There’s an attraction between trees and children. The only major concern is the child’s safety. But there are some minor tree issues tothink about. Don’t install or allow wires, electrical lines, heat sources, fires or metal poles in oraround a tree house. Any tree-selection process for building a tree house should havealready eliminated trees near utility lines, antennas, chimneys and overhanging roofs. Trees bend and twist in the wind. So simply jamming or wedging boards betweenbranches or into crotches will lead to failure. Use rope to make sure a tree house stayssnug against a branch. When you see your 10-year-old headed toward your yard tree with a hammer, nails andscrap lumber, immediate decisions need to be made. Attaching it to branches with rope can keep windstorms from blowing it away. It cankeep ambitious and ingenious children from changing design concepts and injuringthemselves, too. A tree house structure will weaken over time. Check it monthly, remove it in the coldseason, and examine it after every storm. Next, determine how high to build it. For most play, any height represents the thrill ofa tree house. Well-connected, large tree branches should support the weight of a tree house. Userope attachments to keep it in position on branches but not to bear its full weight. Tieup all loose ends of rope, or melt them into knots. A tree’s constant motion, even in still air, and its great size and reach make itfascinating. At some time in your life you’ve imagined, or maybe even built, a treehouse. Remember, tree houses should be temporary, seasonal structures that are removed eachyear. This allows a tree time to adjust and a parent time to check and repair the treehouse. Use new, synthetic, heavy rope to reattach it each year. Leave thin, open gaps along the bottom and top of the tree house to allow for good aircirculation and plenty of light, and to let breezes blow tree litter away. Tree houses are inherently dangerous and require careful maintenance. But they can befun, educational and challenging, too. Slightly tilt the floor to shed water. Allow any water falling on the tree house to run offaway from the tree trunk. Don’t allow water and leaf litter to accumulate. Use wood to build it. Wood is “soft” on the tree and children, is strong for its weightand withstands bending and mechanical shocks well. Attach the main floor pieces orbraces to branches with heavy rope in multiple wraps. They may be for kids, but tree houses require adult construction and supervision forsafe play and for minimizing damage to the tree. Remember to defend the life of a tree that will stand long after any tree house is goneand the children have departed. Piece together your tree house carefully to reducemajor, long-term tree injuries. Tree houses should be designed to rest on major branches and nestle around the treetrunk. Never wound the tree with nails, screws and saw notches.
“I go out of my way to find little bits of paradise all over the world,” Kleinpaste said, “while constantly striving to change people’s perceptions about the small things in life that matter so much to our world.”Doors will open at 6 p.m. and will feature the insect zoo from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomology department. The Bugman will be available for autographs and chats before and after the show. There is no cost for the event, which is open to all ages.From November 2004 to November 2005, Kleinpaste traveled the world, filming Animal Planet’s “Buggin’ with Rudd” in the most exotic and weird locations – from Alaska and the Okefenokee swamp to Papua New Guinea, Namibia and the Venezuelan Amazon. Kleinpaste lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife Julie and son Tristan. When he’s not working on media projects, he does research, works as a consulting entomologist for government departments and private companies or prepares a new destination for the next eco-tour he wants to lead.For more information, contact Marianne Robinette at (706) 542-1238 or firstname.lastname@example.org. University of GeorgiaYou’re not scared of a little bug, are you?Ruud “The Bugman” Kleinpaste from the Animal Planet series, “Buggin’ with Rudd” will be discussing insects at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26 in Athens, Ga. The talk will take place at the University of Georgia Student Learning Center, Room 101.
By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaWhen you think of fire ants in the fall, “vulnerable” isn’t the first word that pops into your mind. But it should be.If Dan Suiter, a Cooperative Extension entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, could treat fire ants only once a year, he says he’d do it in the fall.Fire ants are easier to kill in the fall, he said, for four main reasons.First, they’re more active. That makes it easier to treat them with fire ant baits.”You can use fire ant baits any time of the year,” Suiter said. “But they’re most effective when the ants are actively foraging for food.”Fire ants are most active in spring and fall, when daytime temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees, he said. Actively foraging ants will pick up a bait and carry it into the nest within minutes. If the ants are inactive, the bait may no longer appeal to the ants by the time they find it.Second, in the cooler weather of fall, fire ants aren’t too deep in the ground. That makes them easier to kill with a mound-drench, granular, dust or aerosol contact insecticide.When you use those products, Suiter said, it’s critical to treat when the queen and brood are close to the surface.Third, in the fall, you’re treating when many fire ant colonies are very young.Fire ants mate all during the year, Suiter said, but they’re most actively mating in the spring. Mated queens fly off and establish new colonies. By fall, these colonies are well-established but still very small.”Quite often, you don’t even know they’re there,” he said. “But if you don’t treat them, they’ll become the big mounds you see next year.”How do you treat them if you don’t know where they are? Broadcast a fire ant bait.That’s the first step in the ongoing program Suiter recommends for fire ant control. Use a fresh bait, he said, and apply it by the label directions. Then treat individual problem mounds with an approved contact product. The final step is simply to repeat the first step once or twice a year.Fourth, and the one thing that makes fall the single best time to treat fire ants, Suiter said, is that it’s followed by winter.Extreme cold is tough on fire ants, he said. That makes baits even more effective in the fall. Baits take a long time to work. They weaken colonies and make them less able to respond to the challenges of winter weather.The young colonies are especially vulnerable, he said, because they don’t have many workers. So they can’t respond very quickly to the need to escape freezing temperatures.The networked tunnels of a fire ant mound are constantly collapsing, Suiter said. Moving deeper into the ground requires a lot of work. Anything you can do to reduce the number of ants available to gather food and maintain the mound structure makes the colony less able to survive winter weather.”Winter is an ally in controlling fire ants,” Suiter said. “Reducing their numbers in the fall can help push them over the edge in the winter.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s Walk Georgia program will host a Fall 5k and Family Fun Day on November 14 in partnership with Elijah Clark State Park, located about 30 miles northwest of Augusta on Clarks Hill Lake near Lincolnton. The event will begin at noon with family-friendly activities like archery, canoeing and putt-putt, and will conclude with a 5K race and walk at 3:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each age category. “We are delighted to partner with Georgia State Parks to offer a fun outdoor challenge with the Fall 5K and Family Fun Day,” said Maria Bowie, director of UGA Extension’s Walk Georgia program. “We encourage all Georgia residents to take advantage of the beautiful time of year and diversity of Georgia’s state parks and historic sites.” The cost of participation is $20.00, and includes a T-shirt, participation in the 5K and an optional park activity — either archery, canoeing or putt-putt. Pre-registration is encouraged, but onsite registration will be accepted (cash or checks only). Participants may register additional family members for the optional activities for $5.00 per person. A $5 park entrance fee is also charged per vehicle entering the park. Hot dogs will be for sale at the event. For more information or to register for the Fall 5k and Family Fun Day, see www.walkgeorgia.org/events/index.php.Local Walk Georgia/UGA Extension wellness events are offered throughout the state and include a Turkey Trot in Americus and a Family Fun Wellness Fair in Tifton, both scheduled for November 21.
John Bernard, a professor and dairy scientist at the University of Georgia Tifton campus, has found “cotton cake” to be an effective protein supplement for dairy cattle.Cotton cake is a type of cottonseed meal, the solid material that remains after oil is extracted from cottonseed and is made from products that would otherwise be wasted. The cotton cake Bernard has formulated is composed of a slightly different nutrient makeup than the raw material.Bernard discovered that cotton cake provides dairy cattle with an alternate source of protein than the commonly used soybean meal.“We really have to watch how much fat we put in their diets, so when they can get the extruder fine-tuned to reduce the oil content in the cotton cake, it makes that product better for feeding cattle,” he said.Bernard conducted a feeding trial in lactating dairy cattle on the UGA Tifton campus that compared three different diets. One diet used all soybean and heat-treated soybean meal products. In the others, Bernard replaced either the soybean product or the heat-treated soybean meal with cotton cake. In every diet tested, cattle produced comparable amounts of milk with similar composition.“The bottom line is, this product could very easily be used in a diet to replace some of the soybean meal, whether it’s regular soybean meal or heat-treated soybean meal product,” said Bernard.Knowing that cotton cake is a good substitute for soybean meal allows dairy producers to make informed decisions about what to feed their cattle as prices for feed ingredients fluctuate throughout the year. Cottonseed is not only more readily available to Georgia farmers, it is also less expensive. Therefore, it could save producers money.“We’re always looking for protein supplements and evaluating those on cost per unit of protein,” said Bernard.Cattle farmers are not the only beneficiaries of this product; cotton growers are too.“This research is designed to keep people buying cottonseed products, to hopefully keep those prices high for cotton farmers,” said Tom Wedegaertner, director of cottonseed research at Cotton Inc.Because cows can use the protein in cotton cake to break down fibers that are dangerous to humans, consumers also benefit.“There are always opportunities to look at new products that become available when processing grains or oilseed to produce something that is going to be more suitable for humans or somewhere in the industry,” Bernard said.He is one of few scientists in the U.S. who are conducting research on cotton cake as a protein supplement for dairy cattle.The low production numbers are likely due to the small number of factories that produce cotton cake across the U.S. In fact, the mill Bernard used to conduct his research is no longer located in Georgia.To read more about cotton research at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, go to www.ugacotton.com.