Elkhart City Councilman resigning

first_img Google+ Elkhart City Councilman resigning Facebook Previous articleApplications open for South Bend’s 2020 Lamppost Lighting ProgramNext articleGoshen chase leads to crash involving cop Carl Stutsman Pinterest IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp (Photo supplied/City of Elkhart) Elkhart’s Democrat party will have to choose someone new to represent the city’s first district as Councilman Gerry Roberts announced this week that he is resigning.Roberts is moving out of the district and is not eligible to hold the seat any longer. Two candidates have been identified by the party already including Aaron Mishler and Dave Osborne. Osborne held that seat for eight years before Roberts.The party hopes to have a caucus in place and a decision made by mid August. Pinterest By Carl Stutsman – July 8, 2020 0 344 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

Watch Full Video Of Jon Fishman, Oteil Burbridge, Kung Fu & More Rocking Out For Bernie

first_imgWith the New York Presidential primary taking place today, April 19th, a number of beloved musicians took the stage at The Hall At MP last night for a “Get Out And Vote… For Bernie” benefit concert. With just days of planning, Kung Fu served as the backing band for a majority of the set, which featured sit-ins from Phish’s Jon Fishman, Dead & Company’s Oteil Burbridge, String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, Trey Anastasio Band’s Natalie Cressman, Kat Wright, and DJ Logic.The show started with local band LoveDeep (check them out here!), who rocked the party and got fans excited for the night ahead. After a brief but hilarious speech from political comedian Jamie Kilstein, Kung Fu took the stage and opened with Living Colour’s “Cult Of Personality.” Fishman and Cressman joined in towards the end of set one, performing a series of Frank Zappa tunes: “I Am The Slime,” “Son Of Orange County” and “More Trouble Every Day.” The set closed with Kung Fu’s song “Scrabb,” featuring a drum duel between Adrian Tramantano and Jon Fishman.After a setbreak with tunes curated by DJ Logic, set two brought some serious fire to the fans who were feeling the Bern. The band opened with Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire,” with Fishman, Burbridge, DJ Logic and Cressman all on stage. The same group played The Beatles’ “Revolution,” before Fishman swapped out with Hann for the Grateful Dead’s “Fire On The Mountain.”The set continued as Fishman returned for “Come On, Come Over” by Jaco Pastorius, before Kat Wright and Bob Wagner performed on a version of Bob Marley’s “Burnin’ & Lootin’.” John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” closed out the set.You can watch the full video of the festivities below:last_img read more

The Motet Share Psychedelic Video For New ‘Fool No More’ Tune [Watch]

first_imgBeloved funk band The Motet shocked fans everywhere at the end of last year, when they announced that Jans Ingber would be departing the band. Not wanting to break their stride, the funk ensemble from Colorado brought on Lyle Divinsky, who has been leading the band to new heights with his powerful vocal style. With plans to headline Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer, alongside Medeski, Martin & Wood andVulfpeck, the band has another exciting announcement to make: a new album.Jans Ingber On Leaving The Motet And His Future In MusicOn July 8th, the group will release Totem, their first studio release with Divinsky, as produced by Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno. They’ve already dropped the first single, “Damn!“, and today share a psychedelic journey through the album’s second single “Fool No More.” The previously unreleased track comes with an official video that brings the artwork of Totem alive for a funky-fresh animation. Check it out!last_img read more

Haiti: Home Visit

first_imgLiving in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, most of Haiti’s nine million people are subsistence farmers. Poverty and malnutrition are exacerbated by poor health care and a low vaccination rate.last_img

Tom Galantich & Duke Lafoon to Play Two Bill Clintons in Clinton the Musical

first_img Clinton The Musical, which features a book by Michael and Paul Hodge and a score by Paul, explores the two very different sides of the 42nd President of the United States: “WJ,” the wholesome, intelligent one, and “Billy,” the randy, charming one. With Hillary (Rodham) Clinton at their side, the two will handle issues from The White House to Whitewater, the sax to the sex, social security to social climbers, and in the process make history. Maybe. Dan Knechtges directs. Related Shows Additional cast members include Kevin Zak as Kenneth Starr, as well as Kara Guy, Dale Hensley, Rob Richardson and Gretchen Wylder. The production will feature set design by Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Paul Miller, costumes by David Woolard and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald. Galantich has appeared on Broadway in Don’t Dress for Dinner, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Boys from Syracuse, Mamma Mia! and City of Angels. Lafoon makes his off-Broadway debut in Clinton The Musical, though he also played the titular president in the similarly titled Monica! The Musical with Upright Citizens Brigade. Egan’s Great White Way credits include Casa Valentina, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Kuehn Sister Act and Bye Bye Birdie. Kuehn made her Broadway debut in Mamma Mia! and has since starred in Avenue Q off-Broadway. Clinton the Musicalcenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 View Comments Clinton’s got its Bills! Broadway alum Tom Galantich and Duke Lafoon will play two sides of the same coin in Clinton the Musical. Galantich will take on the role of the wholesome Commander In Chief: WJ, while Lafoon will play the scandal-ridden Billy. The pair, along with John Treacy Egan as Newt Gingrich, Veronica Kuehn as Monica Lewinsky and more, join previously announced stars Kerry Butler as Hillary Clinton and Judy Gold as Eleanor Roosevelt. Performances will begin at New World Stages on March 25. Opening night is set for April 9.last_img read more

Chittenden Reports Earnings

first_imgChittenden Reports Earnings and Quarterly Dividend; Announces Stock SplitChittenden Corporation (NYSE: CHZ) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul A. Perrault, announced July 22 earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2004, of $18.2 million or $0.49 per diluted share, compared to $18.6 million or $0.51 per diluted share a year ago. Included in the current quarter results were conversion and restructuring charges of $1.3 million (pre-tax), or approximately $0.02 per share on an after-tax basis. For the first six months of 2004, earnings were $35.6 million or $0.96 per diluted share, compared to $35.2 million or $1.00 per diluted share a year ago. Chittenden also announced its quarterly dividend of $0.22 per share. The dividend will be paid on August 13, 2004, to shareholders of record on July 30, 2004.In addition, Chittenden’s Board of Directors declared a 5-for-4 common stock split. The effect will be an increase in outstanding shares of Chittenden’s common stock from 36.9 million to 46.1 million based on shares outstanding on June 30, 2004. The record date for the stock split is as of the close of business on August 27, 2004. The additional shares will be distributed on or about September 10, 2004.In making the announcement, Perrault said, “I’m pleased to report that we successfully completed the most comprehensive information technology conversion in Chittenden’s history, as expected, during the second quarter. The completion of this important project well positions us to more effectively serve our customers, and enhance efficiencies in providing Chittenden’s hallmark high-quality service. At the same time, we merged the former Granite Bank into Ocean National Bank, and consolidated Granite’s insurance operation into Chittenden Insurance Group. We’re encouraged that, in spite of all this internal activity, loan growth during the quarter was solid, including double- digit annualized growth in C&I loans, and strong growth in deposits outpaced the same period of a year ago.”Total loans at June 30, 2004 increased $45.7 million from March 31, 2004 and $101.2 million from year-end. The increase, consistent throughout the franchise, from the first quarter of 2004 was predominately in the commercial and commercial real estate loan portfolios; combined, these two portfolios increased $74.3 million from March 31, 2004 and $156.1 million from year-end.Municipal loans experienced their historical seasonal trend, declining $25.8 million from March 31, 2004, as June 30th coincides with the end of the fiscal year for most municipalities. Total deposits increased $80.0 million from the first quarter and declined $55.6 million from year-end. Chittenden’s municipal deposit balances typically peak at year-end and decline steadily to their lows at mid-year. Declines in this sector were approximately $60 million and $45 million in the first and second quarters of 2004, respectively. Meanwhile, the non-municipal book grew approximately $125 million from March 31, 2004, after declining approximately $75 million in the first quarter.At June 30, 2004 borrowings declined $32.3 million from the first quarter. This decline was associated with lower levels of overnight Fed Funds purchased as a result of higher deposit levels. The Company’s net interest margin for the second quarter of 2004 was 4.18%, a slight increase from the first quarter of 2004 and up four basis points from the second quarter of 2003. Net interest income was $54.9 million for the second quarter of 2004 compared with $56.1 million for the same period a year ago. The decline in net interest income is primarily due to lower interest income earned on investments.Investments declined from the second quarter of 2003 due to the sales of securities throughout 2003 to fund the prepayment of borrowings totaling $164 million. Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans were 2 basis points for the quarter ended June 30, 2004, down from 3 in the same period in 2003. Net charge-offs in the second quarter of 2004 totaled $631,000 compared with $391,000 in the first quarter of 2004 and $1.2 million for the second quarter of 2003.Nonperforming assets were flat from March 31, 2004 at $20.6 million and as a percentage of total loans decreased to 54 basis points compared to 55 basis points in the first quarter of 2004. The provision for loan losses was $1.1 million for the second quarter of 2004 compared to $2.1 million for the second quarter of 2003. The lower provision for the second quarter of 2004 was driven by the lower net charge-offs, and continued strong asset quality. As a percentage of total loans, the allowance for loan losses was 1.50%, down slightly from 1.52% at March 31, 2004.Noninterest income at June 30, 2004 declined $9.1 million from the same period a year ago. The primary driver was lower gains on sales of securities of $8.8 million. The securities gains generated in the second quarter of 2003 resulted from the rebalancing of the Company’s investment portfolio; these gains were largely offset by conversion charges related to the Company’s decision to change its data processing system. Increases from the same quarter in the prior year in investment management and trust, credit card income, and insurance commissions offset declines in mortgage banking and retail investment services. Noninterest expenses were $46.0 million for the second quarter of 2004, a decline of $8.3 million from the same period a year ago. Decreases were recorded in salaries, net occupancy, and conversion expense.Salaries declined $1.9 million, which was entirely due to lower levels of incentive accruals and sales-based commissions. Sales-based commissions were down as a result of lower volumes of mortgage loan sales and retail investments. The Company incurred conversion and restructuring charges of $1.3 million in the second quarter of 2004, down from $6.8 million in the same period of 2003. Personnel costs totaled $600,000, due primarily to stay bonuses and vacation payouts for employees who had previously been notified that they would not be retained after the IT conversion and the consolidation of Granite’s GSBI insurance into Chittenden Insurance Group. Other costs consisted of $335,000 related to printing and postage, outsourcing costs of $192,000, and approximately $132,000 of employees meals and travel costs. The return on average equity was 12.40% for the second quarter of 2004, compared with 11.97% for the first quarter of 2004 and 13.34% for the second quarter a year ago. The return on average assets for the quarter ended June 30, 2004 was 1.26%, an increase from the first quarter of 1.21% and flat with the second quarter of last year. The return on average tangible equity was 21.01% in the second quarter of 2004, compared to 20.38% in the prior quarter and 23.13% in the same quarter a year ago.Chittenden is a bank holding company headquartered in Burlington, Vermont.Through its subsidiary banks(1), the Company offers a broad range of financialproducts and services to customers throughout Northern New England andMassachusetts, including deposit accounts and services; commercial andconsumer loans; insurance; and investment and trust services to individuals,businesses, and the public sector. Chittenden Corporation’s news releases,including earnings announcements, are available on the Company’s website.This press release contains statements that may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Chittendenintends for these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harborprovisions for forward- looking statements contained in the Private SecuritiesLitigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this statement for purposes ofcomplying with these safe harbor provisions. These forward-looking statementsare based on current plans and expectations, which are subject to a number ofrisk factors and uncertainties that could cause future results to differ fromhistorical performance or future expectations. For further information onthese risk factors and uncertainties, please see Chittenden’s filings with theSecurities and Exchange Commission, including Chittenden’s Annual Report onForm 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2003. Chittenden undertakes noobligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whetheras a result of new information, future events or other changes.Chittenden’s subsidiaries are Chittenden Bank, The Bank of WesternMassachusetts, Flagship Bank and Trust Company, Maine Bank & Trust Company,and Ocean National Bank. Chittenden Bank also operates under the name MortgageService Center, and it owns Chittenden Insurance Group, and ChittendenSecurities, Inc.last_img read more

From Trash to Treasure: Inside Long Island’s Garage Sale Subculture

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Samuel PaulCaroline Arguell followed the hand-written signs leading her to an estate sale at a home on a typical suburban side street in Bellmore on a recent Friday morning and gleefully started sorting through the knickknacks, furniture and other random second-hand items.Other deal-seekers young and old joined her in waking up early to dig through the unwanted contents of strangers’ attics, chatting casually with one another while searching for something valuable. Some join such hunts in the hope of finding something worth reselling. Many are lifelong regulars at similar sales, forming a seasonal subculture of shoppers hopping from sale to sale once the warm weather arrives—buying everything from electronics to antiques.“Somebody’s junk is somebody [else’s] treasure,” said Arguell, 40, who didn’t find anything worth buying that day, but enjoyed the thrill of the hunt regardless. After 35 years of repeating this ritual, she ponders reselling some of her finds at a garage sale of her own—but not just yet. “I was just driving and I saw this bright sign [advertising the sale] and I said: ‘Oh my God let’s go to this estate sale!’”Estate sales, tag sales, yard sales, moving sales and garage sales are virtually all the same thing. The only difference may be the location or the reason for the sale. Estate sales tend to take place indoors with people freely walking around the house and buying what they like. Moving sales, as the term suggests, are held when the seller is moving, as opposed to a typical tag sale, when someone is selling off unwanted items after spring cleaning.The buyers, too, come in all shapes and sizes. During the sale in Bellmore, some were wearing jean shorts. Others wore tucked-in dress shirts, slacks and dress shoes.“Everybody is looking for their own special treasure,” said Bryan Reif, who operates lisaler.com, a local yard sale directory website. “It’s basically a treasure hunt.”Reif suspects that many people who live on LI don’t attend these sales. Those that do see each other at these sales often get to know each other after awhile, he added. The majority of tag-sale regulars, like him, have been doing so for most of their lives.Reif was nearing the end of his postal service career when he started to wonder about what he would do with his free time after retirement. So, he turned his passion for garage sales into a business. He launched his website, painted his car to advertise it and now he runs the online sale directory.“What’s great about the sales is [that] hard-to-find items and things that you can’t really buy, like ivory or turtle shells, things like these, are available at these types of sales,” he said.Tag sale shoppers simply can’t drive by a sign like this without stopping.Within these nomadic markets, just about anything can be bought or sold. Items regularly found include old VCRs, laundry detergent, mattresses and video game systems. Shoppers can rummage through old dusty Motown record players one moment, then go through the kitchen cabinet the next. Dining room sets can be bought, so can living room sets.“You find random stuff that’s pretty cheap,” said 23-year-old photographer Christian Patallo, who didn’t plan on attending any sales that day, but saw a sign and decided to check one out. “I’ve actually bought a camera for $1 that’s actually [worth] $300. You always find something cheap.”Each tag sale shopper seems to be hunting for a specific item. Some people look for clothes while other people look for jewelry. Cameras are Patallo’s interest, but since there was none at this sale, he lost interest.Some homes neatly label and organize items that are for sale. Others leave shoppers to hunt through piles. Surprisingly, such messes do little too much to hinder shoppers—a select few prefer it that way.Reif and Liz Pisano, a mother who has been a lifelong tag sale shopper, call themselves “diggers.” They love looking through these messes. Reif religiously carried his flashlight for just such an occasion.“Either you’re disgusted by it, or you love it,” said Pisano as Reif laughed in agreement.The tattoo on Reif’s arm peeked out as he crawled through a dimly lit messy basement, trying to find some treasure in a Bethpage home that looked like it was hit by a tornado. Like a scene straight out of the popular History Channel show American Pickers, both Pisano and Reif crawled through, flipping items over to discover and sort through more random stuff below. Reif left empty-handed, but Pisano found a handful of items ranging from decorations to clothes.“The tough part is when you run out of arms to shop,” joked Pisano. “That’s why I try to bring my kids, but they don’t come. I guess it skips a generation.”It’s scenes like these that actually discourage some people from going through a stranger’s home to shop.Bryan Reif, who runs a Long Island yard sale directory website, hunts for treasures at with Mona Scavo, owner of Tag Sales by Mona.“Some people wouldn’t even consider going to a yard sale, or having one,” said Reif. “When I hand out my business card and I talk to people, sometimes [the] response was, ‘Ha! I would never think of having one!’ Or somebody else may say, ‘I’ll just throw it out.’”Reif recalls seeing a print cartoon that read: “Garbage Sale” instead of “Garage Sale,” reflecting the idea that many people are disgusted with the thought of buying used household items.“I don’t think people are that aware of the great deals and things they can find in these estate and tag sales,” said Reif.Sometimes people hold sales to get rid of as many items as they can. Otto Loewy is planning to move from LI to Florida. When he contacted a moving company to find out how much it would cost to ship everything, he was startled to hear that it would cost him $17,000. That’s when he decided to hire a tag sale company to lighten—and cheapen—the load by selling off as much as he could.“It’s cheaper to sell it than to ship it,” he said. “We felt [that] the best thing to do would be to try to sell.”It can be a hassle to sell and organize virtually every item in a home. For a percentage of the total sales, tag sales companies advertise the sale, label, organize and sell as many items as they can. Homeowners can also leave their abode for the entire day while the sale is in process.Not everyone who attends these sales intend to keep the items they purchase. Some buy items at these sales at a low price and resell them later in order to make a profit.“Most of the people that I have become familiar with are people who would flip the items,” said Reif. “There’s like a whole subculture, whole small population of people that go to these sales and resell. I bet you it’s at least 50 percent.”A tag sale may not be enticing to everyone, but for yard-sale fanatics, the element of surprise is enough to keep them shopping as long as the weather stays nice enough for such events.“You really don’t know what to expect,” said Reif. “Anything is game. That’s the beauty of it. You never know what you’re going to find. It’s a crap shoot.”last_img read more

Ten quick ways to improve your board meeting

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When we think about the boards we’re on, we usually think about the board meetings—which says a lot about the importance of having good meetings. Resolve to implement one of the following ideas each month:Name tags for everyone, every meeting. It’s embarrassing to have seen people at several meetings and wondered what their names are… and later it’s really hard to admit you don’t know their names.Post an acronym chart. Make a poster of frequently used external and internal acronyms (such as LOS for loan origination system) and post it on the wall of every meeting. (If you distribute the list on paper, it is soon lost.)last_img

Guyana reiterates ‘open arms’ policy to Chinese nationals

first_img Sharing is caring! InternationalNewsPrintRegional Guyana reiterates ‘open arms’ policy to Chinese nationals by: – September 30, 2011 15 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Flag of Guyana. Image via: mapsofworld.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Chinese nationals pursuing investment ventures in Guyana have been assured of the same level of respect as others by President Bharrat Jagdeo, who views China as a key ally in Guyana’s development.These sentiments were expressed by the head of state on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China celebrated on Wednesday evening.Guyana shares a bilateral relationship with China that dates back 39 years and maintains the reputation as the first Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state to establish ties with China.Speaking in the presence of Chinese Ambassador to Guyana Yu Wenzhe and other Chinese nationals, Cabinet colleagues and members of the diplomat corps and the private sector, Jagdeo said the Guyana/China relationship began with the arrival of the indentured labourers.“That bond has been strengthened over time to include many others who have come here and who are coming now to work and to live here and to enrich our country and we welcome their presence in our country,” Jagdeo said.The industrious and progressive nature of Chinese people and the contributions of such achievements to their families and society were hailed by Jagdeo.“Our people… will always have a welcoming arm for Chinese people,” Jagdeo assured the Chinese ambassador.Guyana is at present examining three major projects in the tourism, power and transport sectors that have potential for major transformation. Support from the Chinese government in these areas is important.“China has always been friendly and has supported us in tangible ways… we are very happy with the access we have gotten to the finances from China,” Jagdeo said. By year-end, two new roll-on, roll-off ferries will be arriving in Guyana, donated by the Chinese government. The project is moving according to schedule according to the Chinese ambassador.The Chinese government is also a main partner in the one laptop per family (OLPF) programme with Haier Electrical Appliance Limited winning the bid to supply the laptops.Wenzhe reflected on the recent China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum in Trinidad and Tobago, which led among other things to US$1billion of preferential loans to support the local economic development of the region and a promise to deepen China-Caribbean cooperation in such areas as finance and investment, capacity building, environmental protection, new energy, culture, education, health, trade, tourism as well as agriculture and fishery.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

St. Louis students shine in ‘Red Ribbon Week’ poster contest

first_imgPhoto: (L-R) Elena Beiser, Jersey Trenkamp, Ethan Meer, and Cayden LeilandBatesville, In. — St. Louis Catholic School had four of nine winners in the recent “Red Ribbon Week” poster contest. More than 200 entries from grades K through Four were submitted.Elena Beiser and Ethan Meer placed third and each won a $25 Visa gift card. Jersey Trenkamp earned second and a $30 Visa gift card and first place, plus a $50 Visa gift card from St. Louis Catholic School went to Cayden Leiland.The posters are on display at local businesses for the public to view.last_img