Wacky Scarecrow

first_imgFarmers have used scarecrows to keep birds away from field crops for more than 3,000 years.He’s not a farmer, but University of Georgia blueberry scientist Scott NeSmith still has to keep birds away from his blueberry crop so he can research and breed new varieties for Georgia growers. His latest trick — using a “dancing man,” or a dancing, inflatable tube man, to scare the birds — may lead passersby to believe the UGA Griffin campus is selling cars.“We cover smaller plots of plants with netting to keep the birds out, but you can’t do that in larger areas,” said Ellis Moncrief, NeSmith’s research coordinator. He cares for the UGA blueberry plants on a daily basis.NeSmith must have berries for his research. He evaluates their size, taste and durability, among other traits, to determine which plants he will include as parent plants in his breeding program.“It is so important to control the birds because we have only a handful of fruit to evaluate from a single, small plant. If we let birds help themselves, it means we may not be able to evaluate a potential new variety,” NeSmith said. “We only get one chance per year to decide what to keep or throw out from our new plant material.”It is essential to keep the birds away from the blueberries on the earliest ripening plants. At this time in the blueberry season, there are often more birds than fruit.Moncrief came up with the idea to use the dancing man, like those often seen at car dealerships, and NeSmith was up to trying it. The blueberry research field is also equipped with an automatically firing carbide air cannon to help keep the birds away from the berries. The cannon produces a thunderclap-like sound to deter birds and other wildlife and is among the tactics used at airports to scare birds away from aircraft.At the UGA blueberry research plots, the goal is to keep the birds away from the plants until all of the varieties begin to ripen.“Once they all start producing fruit, it doesn’t really matter because then there are enough berries for our program and the birds,” Moncrief said.To date, NeSmith has released more than 20 blueberry varieties created specifically for Georgia farmers. Soon, he will release five new blueberry varieties bred with homeowners in mind.For more information on Georgia blueberries, go to https://t.uga.edu/4i3.last_img read more

School’s out for summer!

first_imgCreate Pinterest projectsWe all know you can find almost anything on Pinterest. Luckily, that includes ideas that cost next to nothing that will keep kids busy over the summer months. Whether it’s fun indoor activities for rainy days or money-saving outdoor play, check out the site and save ideas to “pin boards” to refer to all summer long.Visit the local libraryA trip to the library doesn’t have to be a bore for kids. Most local libraries offer summer programs that are both educational (a win for parents) and entertaining (appealing for kids). It’s also a great way to pick out books children will actually enjoy reading rather than ones they’re simply required to keep up with while in school.Bring on the boredomKids are so busy during the school year that it’s important you remember the reason for summer vacation- to chill out. Children naturally want to be active but also encourage them to embrace down time while they have it. Watch movies, read those new library books, or just enjoy a relaxed, unstructured day.Check out your local parks and recreation departmentWhile summer camps can be more on the expensive side, day camps, often offered through your local parks department, can be a much cheaper option. These camps allow for kids to get outdoors and explore without the cost associated with a high-priced sleep-away camp. Also, the recreation department will typically promote their local summer offerings for children. Many areas have free splash pads or inexpensive water activities for kids, as well as movie nights in the park or other reasonably priced family entertainment. 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

East Rockaway Woman DWI Wrong Way on Highway, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East Rockaway woman was arrested for allegedly driving drunk the wrong way on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway in Bethpage early Friday morning, Nassau County police said.Highway Patrol officers responding to 911 calls stopped a vehicle driven by Maureen Hamilton southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 135 between exits 8 and 7 at 12:45 a.m., police said.The 58-year-old suspect was found to be under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content above than the legal limit of 0.08 percent, police said. Officers stopped her before there were any accidents reported.Hamilton was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and driving the wrong way on a one way street.She will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Gold Coast property values and sales record an annual rise

first_imgA regional market report shows Gold Coast property values increased over the year.The Gold Coast residential property market has recorded an increase in sales and values over the past year with housing the star performer, new figures show. CoreLogic’s Quarterly Regional Market Update, released today, reveals Gold Coast house values rose by 8.5 per cent over the year to April, while units values lifted by 1.3 per cent. On the sales side, the unit market performed better recording a 6.3 per cent annual increase with properties in the $200,000-$400,000 bracket accounting for 42.5 per cent of total sales. MORE: Hinterland holding offered for the first time in 100 years Property in Palm Beach is popular with locals and interstate buyers alike.Annual housing sales increased by 3.5 per cent in the past 12 months when houses priced between $400,000 and $600,000 claimed 35.9 per cent of sales.REIQ Gold Coast zone chair Andrew Henderson said the rise in housing values was particularly positive, driven by the trend towards home improvements and interstate migration.“I would say that renovation work in those more established suburbs has helped to drive price growth on the Gold Coast,” he said. “Strong migration from the southern suburbs in the past 12 months will have also had an impact on values and sales.” Tony Smith’s beachfront mansion sells for record $25m More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Buy a mansion for $5.9m, get a free cruiser Gold Coast unit values rose by 1.3 per year over the year to April, while unit sales increased by 6.3 per cent.Mr Henderson said the unit market tends to be more cyclical, with sales and values depending on the completion of new projects within the year.The report also shows that houses are selling one day faster than last year, which a median 46 days on market, while units are taking 60 days to sell – four days longer than a year ago.Vendor discounting on housing fell slightly from -4.9 per cent to -4.7 per cent while discounting on units remained the same at -5 per cent.last_img read more

The Caribbean meets Gold Coast glamour inside designer pad

first_imgThe glass-edge pool adds to the wow factor.Nestled in the hillside overlooking Flat Rock beach in Tugun, this designer beach pad may enjoy a private position but that doesn’t mean it has gone unnoticed. Completed late last year, the glamorous residence known as ‘Pacific’ has already featured in home magazines and is due to appear on an upcoming television series showcasing Australia’s best homes. The outlook over Flat Rock beach from 662 Pacific Parade, Tugun.It’s also ranked among the most-viewed properties online in Australia since it was listed. The house, at 662 Pacific Parade, is designed by Chris Clout Design, whose glass-edge pools add serious wow factor to homes around Australia. When viewed from the beach, the stunning 8m pool appears suspended on the third level, providing a sun-drenched ocean viewing platform with built-in beds. Built-in sun beds make for prime ocean viewing.“The views just go on from Surfers to Snapper Rocks, it’s really breathtaking,” said agent and owner Madonna Delaney, who shares the house with husband Tim and their children.“We wanted our dream home to feel like a holiday beach house.” The Plantation style gives off Caribbean coastal luxe vibes.Considered choices make that relaxed vibe evident at every turn, from the Moreton Island driftwood handles and distressed French oak flooring to the tropical plants and oversized cane fans.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoBuilt over four levels, the grand master suite sits at the very top providing the ultimate nightly getaway. center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Wake up to water views.A custom-made four-poster bed faces the ocean with floor-to-ceiling glass windows to maximise the morning view. Expressions of interest close on August 31. last_img read more

Ex-NPA leader falls

first_imgOn the other hand, Captain Cenon PancitoIII, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division said thatAgustin’s arrest was the through the help of the community who are now changingtheir mindset and trust the government forces. Agustin was now detained in the lockupcell of the Sebaste police station after he was turned over yesterday. Ramie Agustin alias “Ka Bal” ofPoblacion, Sebaste, Antique had been hiding from authorities for about 10years. PHOTO BY ROLAND NEVEU/GETTY IMAGES Police investigations revealed that Agustinwas a former regional commander unit of Northern Front, KR Panay with the rankof major and he was the suspects in some encounters when he was still active. Judge Nicvani Marin of the RegionalTrial Court 6th Judicial Region Branch 13 in Culasi, Antique issued the warrantin relation to multiple murder, multiple attempted murder and multiplefrustrated murder charges Agustin faces. The court recommended no bail bond forthe suspect’s temporary liberty. “The community plays a vital role and weacknowledge their efforts to help us in our fight against the terrorists and toend armed conflicts,” Pancito said./PN He was arrested on the strength of anarrest warrant on Oct. 18 in Sitio Marabong, Barangay Batong Buhay,Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. ILOILO City – A former commander of theNew People’s Army (NPA) based in the province of Antique was arrested.  last_img read more

Pitch, Hit & Run At Tyson Activities Center Results

first_imgThe opening rounds of The Pitch, Hit, & Run took place at at The Tyson Activities Center in Versailles on Sunday, May 22nd.A total of 77 kids, the most by far, doubling the number we have ever had, participated.  There were four levels of competition with The Boys and The Girls levels with the winners advancing onto the sectional round, which will be held in Versailles on June 5th.  Sectional round is by invitation only, you must be a winner of one event in a local competition to qualify.2016 PHR SECTIONAL ADVANCERSThis is the PHR, sponsored by Major League Baseball and Scott’s Lawn Care.Courtesy of Local PHR Coordinator Brian Samples.last_img

Civista Bank welcomes Russell L. Edwards

first_imgSandusky, Ohio—Civista Bank welcomes Russell L. Edwards as Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. Edwards is based at the bank’s headquarters in Sandusky, Ohio and brings 28 years of banking experience to the Civista team. He succeeds former retail head Kris Meinert who recently retired after 42 years of service with Civista.“As the head of retail banking, Russ is responsible for leading the expansion of customer relationships and delivery of world-class service across our branch network, “ said Civista Bank CEO and President Dennis G. Shaffer. “He is a dynamic leader with a strong record of developing and leading high-performing teams. We are proud to welcome him to Civista,” added Shaffer.Edwards volunteers for several community organizations, including the Norma Herr Women’s Center, the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, and Abundant Grace Fellowship. Edwards also serves as a community mentor for University Hospitals’ David Satcher Clerkship and speaker for Kent State University School of Podiatry’s Financial Seminar Lecture Series. He currently resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio with his family.last_img read more

Oka E. “Jr.” Tice Jr

first_imgOka Edward “Jr” Tice Jr., 86, of Guilford, Indiana, passed away Sunday February 2, 2020 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born October 7, 1933 in Aurora, IN, son of the late Oka Edward Tice Sr. and Nettie (Bills) Tice.He served his country as a member of the United States Army.Jr. worked as a concrete worker and Supervisor for Tru-Wall Construction for over 50 years.Jr. enjoyed the outdoors. He liked to pass the time fishing. He enjoyed feeding, and watching birds. Jr. also enjoyed working in the yard, and liked to tinker with lawnmowers. Jr. was a whistler, he whistled all the time. Most important to Jr. was his family.Jr. is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary (Garrison) Tice , daughters, Karen (Robert) Powell of Guilford, IN, Beverly Cottingham of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Melissa Edwards, Kelly (John) Hill, Shawn Loar, Jeffery (Elizabeth) Cottingham, Matthew (Molly) Cottingham; great-grandchildren, Courtney (Chris) Carson, Kayla Edwards, Cadence Cottingham, Dezi Cottingham, Xavier Cottingham; great-great grandchildren, Kyler Edwards, Holden Anderson and Elyse Carson; 9 fur babies, but especially his beloved dog, Darby.He was preceded in death by his parents and several siblings.Friends will be received Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home at 2:00 pm with Pastor Charles Hill officiating.Interment will follow in the Wilmington Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to SEI Honor Guard or Honor Flight Tri-State.  If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Man charged in West Palm Beach shooting that left 3 dead

first_imgA man is facing first-degree murder charges in connection to a shooting that left in three people dead in West Palm Beach.Yuniel Martinez De La Cotera is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.The shooting occurred Wednesday evening around 10 p.m. on Cole Street, just north of Belvedere and North Military Trail.PBSO deputies located the 41-year-old standing next to a nearby car in the road and arrested him shortly after the shooting.He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail.Police have not established a motive or identified the victims at this time.last_img