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Falconer Native Among Graduates Of New York State Police Academy

first_imgALBANY – Two Chautauqua County residents graduated from the New York State Police Academy this week.Trooper Ryan Dustin, of Falconer, will be assigned to Troop E in Canandaigua, New York, while Trooper Guy Capitano, of Sliver Creek, will be assigned to Troop C in Sidney, New York.In total, 226 new State Troopers graduated from the 26-week course.“After months of difficult classwork and training, the 209th Basic School graduates join the ranks of one of the finest police agencies in the world,” said New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. “This graduation is the culmination of 26 weeks of hard work and perseverance. I congratulate all of our new Troopers and thank them for their continued dedication and determination.” The new troopers will report for field duty on March 23.  For the following 10 weeks, the new troopers will be evaluated under a field-training program supervised by senior Field Training Officers. 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

Jamestown Mayor Names Interim Acting Police Chief

first_imgShare: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) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist has named Jamestown Police Lieutenant Timothy Jackson as Interim Acting Police Chief. Lt. Jackson’s appointment as Acting Police Chief is subject to approval by Jamestown City Council.This appointment follows the pending retirement of current Police Chief Harry Snellings.Lt. Jackson has served in the Jamestown Police Department since May 2000. He also is a Sheriff’s Academy professor and served our country in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 2002 to 2008.Jackson is a resident of the City of Jamestown.Sundquist said, “I’m excited to appoint Lt. Jackson as Acting Police Chief as we continue our search to fill that position permanently. I’m fully confident in Lt. Jackson’s ability to lead the department through this time of transition.”Lt. Jackson said, “I’m honored to receive this appointment by Mayor Sundquist. Anything I can do to help make this transition between Police Chiefs a smooth process is welcome, and I look forward to leading the Jamestown Police Department in its continued proud service to the community.”Jamestown City Councilmembers will vote on the appointment for Acting Police Chief at the voting session scheduled for Monday, July 27.last_img read more

Jon Jon Briones on His 25-Year Journey in Miss Saigon

first_img She’s following in some mighty impressive footsteps. Lea [Salonga] was 17 at the time herself, and look what happened to her! View Comments Miss Saigon went on very much to define your professional life. It did! I ended up being the alternate with Leo Valdez in the role of the Engineer in the West End, on tour in Asia and in Germany, where I met my wife, Megan, who was playing Ellen at the time. This show has been very good to me, and it feels good to be back in it again. It must be fascinating for you playing The Engineer to have watched Jonathan Pryce originate that same role. Jonathan basically provided a blueprint of the role for all the Engineers to follow. That’s not to say that I feel a need to copy Jonathan’s performance in any way, but I really love what he did and I feel privileged to have watched it take shape. On opening night at Drury Lane in 1989, did you have any idea what a phenomenon this musical would become? That’s the beauty of this show: I’m not sure anyone realized how long it would last. And what we’ve seen in the years since is that what Miss Saigon is about is timeless—we’re still dealing on a daily basis with wars and courage and losing loved ones, so the material is in the spotlight as never before. Of course there was a huge controversy at the time about a non-Asian performer playing an Asian role. There was, but the way I see it, everything happens for a reason. Back then, I’m not sure there was enough trust in Asian actors that they could be given a lead role, so a lot of the Engineers that followed Jonathan began as covers and after a while it was, like, “Yeah, OK, we can give the role to them.” Suddenly there was a demand for Asian performers that there hadn’t been before, and it took everything that happened to help get it to this point. What about the helicopter moment: Is that still there? Let’s just say there’s some kind of effect that will happen; I think people would be very disappointed if it didn’t appear! Everyone’s talking about Eva Noblezada, the American teen playing Kim, who is making her stage debut. Not just England, but the world will love this girl. For Cameron to say to a 17-year-old, “You’re my Kim,” knowing what that entails and what the history of the part is, and for her to just go, “OK, I’m in” is really something. The thing about Eva is she’s not fazed by anything; she has—excuse me for saying this—cojones [laughs]. It’s been a quarter of a century since Miss Saigon first opened on the West End, starring Lea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce and an unknown Filipino man named Jon Jon Briones in the ensemble. Now, the beloved musical is back, opening May 21 at the Prince Edward Theatre with Briones playing the leading role of the Engineer. An American citizen since 2010, the Manila-born Briones lives with his wife Megan and two children in Los Angeles, but had no hesitations about hopping the Atlantic when this offer came up. caught up with Briones find out whether, when it comes to a contemporary musical theater classic, you really can go home again.center_img That must have been odd—to be in a show about a show you were in! I just remember [the company] asking me a lot of questions: “What was the experience of Miss Saigon like?” and “Is this the right voice for Cameron?” It was interesting! Was that a somewhat scary experience at the time? [Laughs.] I’m sure you remember what you’re like in your early 20s! You think of yourself as fearless and indestructible. It helped that I wasn’t alone and that [producer] Cameron Mackintosh took such good care of us. Coincidentally, David Henry Hwang’s Face Value [a satiric piece prompted by the controversy] is playing in London at the same time your revival opens. That is surprising, but perhaps just as surprising is that I was in Face Value myself in Los Angeles: I was the cover for the David Henry Hwang character and the father. Do you and Lea keep in touch? We do. I live in LA now, and every time she’s in town, and when she has time, we go to dinner. I love Lea: we did Allegiance at the Old Globe in San Diego together, and that was great. I’m so proud of her and what she’s become; and what’s especially nice is that she’s a great human being, as well. For people who know Miss Saigon, is this production sufficiently fresh to warrant a return visit? Absolutely. To make any show fresh, you have to have a brilliant mind, and our director Laurence Connor has that. He is a wonderful guiding force. This is an exciting new production, and I am just happy that Laurence is there to guide this journey for me. You were in Miss Saigon when it first opened, so this must feel like deja vu! Yes, I was there from the beginning, all of 22 years old, and it was my first time outside my country. Everything about the experience at the time was new. I had never before spoken English and there I was, living in my own apartment and earning money and appearing on the West End. I remember there were 15 of us who were brought over from the Philippines to be in the show, so we were a family, so to speak. Lea Salonga and I flew over on the same plane. How would you say your Engineer differs in performance from his? I believe my take on the character is darker than the usual. My view is that this is someone who will do anything to get what he wants, and I think you need to see the way his mind works. I hope, too, that the audience understands why he acts the way he does.last_img read more

The Truth Will Transfer to the West End

first_imgAlexander Hanson & Frances O’Connor in ‘The Truth'(Photo: Marc Brenner) View Comments Following an engagement at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Florian Zeller’s The Truth will transfer to London’s West End. The new translation from Christopher Hampton will begin performances on June 22 at Wyndham’s Theatre, where it will run through September 3. Opening night is set for June 27.The full cast from the Menier Chocolate Factory engagement will reprise their performances: Tanya Franks (EastEnders), Alexander Hanson (Stephen Ward, A Little Night Music), Frances O’Connor (Tom & Viv) and Robert Portal (Around the World in 80 Days).This is the second Hampton translation of a Zeller play to head to the West End this year; The Father ended its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in March, and earned Kenneth Cranham an Olivier Award for his leading performance. The play is also now on Broadway and up for two Tony Awards: Best Play and Best Leading Actor for Frank Langella.The Truth weaves through the relationships of two unfaithful couples and keeps audiences guessing and searching for the truth and their connective thread. The Menier Chocolate Factory production concluded its run on May 7.The production will feature sets and costumes by Lizzie Clachan, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Gregory Clarke and original music by Matthew Scott.last_img read more

Motown the Musical Begins Broadway Performances

first_img View Comments We’ve heard through the grapevine that Chester Gregory and more will begin performances in Motown the Musical on July 12. The Broadway return of the hit tuner is scheduled to play a limited engagement through November 13 at the Nederlander Theatre.Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown highlights over 50 hits from the record company’s catalogue. The show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent, including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance.Gregory will lead the production as Berry Gordy and is set to be joined by Allison Semmes as Diana Ross, Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye.The show ended its initial Broadway run in January 2015 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Motown The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016center_img ‘Motown the Musical'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Related Showslast_img read more

Love-Hate Veggie.

first_imgPhilippine scientist Eduardo Quisumbing lists okra’s extensive uses in “Medicinal Plants of the Philippines.”he plant parts can be processed into fiber, some of it used for making paper.The seeds can be processed for oil to be made into soap and vegetable shortenings.The seeds have also been dried, roasted and ground for use as a coffee substitute. (Having tried okra coffee, I find it’s really not so bad. But in no way will it ever replace my coffee!) Why do people hate certain foods so much? It may have been having to eat them when they didn’t want to as kids. Or eating them when they were poorly prepared. Or eating them so much they got tired of them. Or, as my mother would have said, “they have not taste.”We have only four tastes: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Everything else we “taste” is associated with either smell or texture.Well, Abelmoschus esculentus, the vegetable many people love to hate, frankly has an off-putting texture to some. If you don’t know Latin names, Abelmoschus esculentus is that most delicious of Southern vegetables: okra.Wait…Now, before you get turned off, read on for a minute.According to (Edward Lewis) “Sturtevent’s Notes on EdiblePlants,” okra has been cultivated for more than 800 years. It came to America from Africa and was quickly incorporated into the cooking of the South. For the Creoles of Louisiana, okra became a vital part of their gumbos and stews.More recent data shows that more than 41 million pounds of frozen breaded okra are processed annually. That’s a lot of fried okra.Many UsesOver the years, besides in foods, okra has been used in many ways: Whether it’s the traditional green or a more ornamental variety like this red one, okra is a staple in many Deep South vegetable gardens. Photo: Wayne McLaurin Considering its utility, why don’t more people eat okra? It’s the mucilage, that slimy exudate present in both raw and cooked okra.Thickening PropertyI know it turns some off, but that unctuousness is exactly the characteristic we cooks are looking for. This thickening property is essential for gumbos, soups and stews (the “slime” is unnoticeable in many dishes prepared with okra).Not everyone hates the mucilage. Stewed tomatoes with Vidalia onions and okra means summer has arrived for many people. And if no one likes it, why is it that when I go to salad bars the pickled okra is always half gone. Someone must be eating it.If you don’t like okra as a general rule, try it pickled. Or try it one of my favorite ways: Place young, tender pods in Italian dressing for 30 minutes, then drain them and eat them. This process renders the okra easy to slice and tasty in salads.Plant NowMid- to late May is the time to plant okra seed. Okra is a true tropical and won’t germinate when the soil is cool. It doesn’t transplant well because its taproot system breaks during the process.Plant several seeds in hills 2 feet apart, then thin the shoots to one strong plant. Use a medium fertilizer program, because too much nitrogen will cause the plants to produce all foliage and very few pods.Okra takes full sun and will grow in almost any Georgia soils. Keep an even watering schedule, and enjoy okra throughout the season.Having done all of my graduate research work on okra, I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t eat it. Now, if I could only convince my wife and daughters.last_img read more

Not just bread & milk

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhen a storm is headed in their direction, shoppers always rushto stock up on milk and bread. University of Georgia experts sayhaving a supply of staple emergency food items is actually moreimportant.”In preparation for bad weather of any kind, every family shouldhave at least a three-day emergency food supply on hand,” saidElizabeth Andress, an Extension Service food safety specialistwith the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Pack enough for each family memberSupply enough fluids (milk, juice, water, etc.) so each familymember can have at least 2 quarts per day.Include staple foods such as sugar, salt and pepper, too, andhigh-energy foods like peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granolabars and trail mix.”Don’t forget to throw in some comfort foods, too, like cookies,hard candy, sweetened cereals and instant coffee and tea,”Andress said.If you usually use them, include vitamin and mineral supplementsto assure proper nutrition. Added peace of mindJust knowing you have an emergency food supply, she said, easesthe stress of emergencies and natural disasters.”Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado or snow storm, a naturaldisaster could prevent you from running to the grocery store topick up supplies for your family,” Andress said.The size of your emergency food supply depends on the size ofyour family and home storage area. Remember, stock onlynonperishable foods. You never know when you may lose electricalpower.”Select foods that require no refrigeration, little or no cookingand little or no water,” Andress said. “Chances are, if you’re inan emergency situation, you aren’t going to have the luxuries ofelectricity and running water.”Stock your food supply with ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits andvegetables. Remember to buy containers you can use up in one mealor snack. You most likely won’t be able to refrigerate leftovers.Add canned juices, soups and canned or powdered milk. Includebottled water for drinking and extra water to mix with thepowdered milk and dilute the soups.center_img Remember pets, tooWhen stocking your emergency supply, keep in mind any specialneeds in your family. Have you included special foods for infantsor elderly family members?Don’t forget your family pets, either. Be sure to include Fido’sor Morris’ food, treats and enough water for them, too.Don’t forget to include a hand-operated can opener, scissors andknife for opening food cans and foil or plastic pouches. The lastitems in your supply should be disposable plates, cups andutensils.”Once you have your food supply together, make a list of dateswhen food items need to be inspected and possibly rotated out.Then replace them with newly bought items,” Andress said. “Cannedfoods can last two years. But for best quality, use them withinone year.”Powdered milk may be stored 12 to 24 months. Use most of theother foods in your emergency supply within one year, or rotatethem out. Over time, replace any rusty, leaky, dented or bulgingfood cans.Once your emergency food supply is intact, store it in a coolplace. Store dry supplies off the floor in a clean, dry, darkplace away from any sources of moisture.last_img read more

State 4-H winners

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaATLANTA — For 65 years, Georgia’s best 4-H’ers have gathered here once a year to champion their program during the annual State 4-H Congress. The competition this week was no exception, as 49 teenagers emerged as state project competition winners.”This week, 251 young people showcased their outstanding efforts in 49 areas in the ultimate project competition of Georgia 4-H,” said Roger C. “Bo” Ryles, state 4-H leader with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The 4-H members give 12-minute demonstrations and prepare portfolios of their research and service in 49 project areas such as public speaking, history, wildlife and human development. Expert judges evaluate their work and interview them on their presentations and portfolios.”What was relevant to their young lives in the early 20th century has changed over the years,” Ryles said, “and 4-H has changed, too, to remain relevant.”A banquet July 26 honored state winners.This year’s winners, projects and donors, listed by their home counties:Bartow: Abbey Hufstetler, public speaking, Farm Credit Associations of Georgia.Bleckley: Chelsea Sawyer, sports, White Water.Bulloch: Ashlin Reid, entomology, Georgia Pest Control Association and the UGA entomology department.Charlton: Richard Capps II, health, Ellinore Nicholson, Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Martin and the Georgia 4-H Foundation.Chattooga: April Blackwell, fruits, vegetables and nuts, Meadows-Knox Family Fund and Alice Griffin Howard.Clarke: Joseph Stunzi, physical, biological and earth science, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation.Clayton: Kenneth Evans, photography, GEMC Georgia Magazine.Columbia: Valeria Nwabiani, bread, Georgia 4-H Foundation.Coweta: Michelle Landrein, communications, Georgia 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association; Katy Kirbow, horse, Georgia 4-H Foundation; Ethan Robertson, plant and soil science, Georgia Plant Food Educational Society, Inc.Crisp: Lauren Edalgo, performing arts – vocal, Six Flags Over Georgia.Dade: Amy Tamburello, textiles, merchandising and interiors, Georgia 4-H Foundation.Douglas: Emily Dunnell, food fast and healthy, M.K. “Curly” Cook Family in memory of Sandra B. Cook.Elbert: Nicholas Wiles, performing arts – other instrumental, Six Flags Over Georgia.Evans: Leah Waters, dog care and training, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.Forsyth: Mary Bottoms, forest resources and wood science, Bill Lott and the Georgia 4-H Foundation.Gordon: Matthew Darby, safety, AGL Resources, Inc.; Chelsea Jackson, workforce preparation and career development, Randstad North America.Greene: Katy Burden, poultry and egg science, Perdue Farms and the Georgia Poultry Federation.Glynn: Harvest Hale, computers, Georgia Power.Hall: Jason Hilley, arts and crafts, Marian Fisher and Brandie Rucks Park.Haralson: Bain Griffith, general recreation, Georgia Recreation and Park Association, Inc.Henry: Austin Crown, conservation of natural resources, Georgia Water Wise Council; Emily Duke, performing arts – general, Six Flags Over Georgia.Jeff Davis: Stacia Bennett, beef, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Jim and Renee Williamson, the Homeport Farm Mart and Georgia 4-H Foundation.Jenkins: Becca Rich, housing equipment and environment, sponsored by Bucky Cook.Lee: Bridget Howard, fashion review, Georgia Master 4-H Club.Lowndes: Zach Hall, environmental science, Georgia 4-H Foundation; Emily Backes, wildlife and marine science, Georgia Power.Madison: John Scott, history, Arch Smith and the Georgia 4-H Foundation.Mitchell: Marie Harper, performing arts – dance, Mr. and Mrs. Burley Page.Morgan: Wesley Glosson, dairy and milk science, Angela Broder Nemeth and the Georgia Commodity Commission for Milk; Mary Helen Trulock, festive foods for health, Publix Super Markets Charities.Oconee: Morgan White, companion animal science, Bill and Edna Sell in memory of Scott Sell; Camille Odom, family resource management, Sarah L. Huff Fund and the Georgia Cooperative Council, Inc.; Christine Odom, food safety and preservation, Rhonda and Gary Keve; Jacob Daniel, pork production, Georgia Pork Producers Association; Sally Stewart, sheep and meat goats, Jim and Renee Williamson.Oglethorpe: Audrey Hall, shrubs and lawns, Georgia Development Authority.Paulding: Hanna Gaz, dairy foods, Georgia Commodity Commission for Milk.Peach: Anna Usry, human development, Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents; Ashleigh Day, veterinary science, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.Putnam: Brent Parker, power and energy, Chevron.Thomas: Amanda Rayburn, food fare, Georgia Development Authority.Tift: Sally Smith, international, Equifax, Inc.; Jason Ni, performing arts – piano, Six Flags Over Georgia; Brooke Justice, target sports, Callaway Foundation and the family of Col. Jim Boddie.Union: Danielle Schroter, outdoor recreation, White Water and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.(Faith Peppers is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Stem cell workshop

first_imgFollowing President Barack Obama’s decision to lift the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, medical and scientific experts will converge at the University of Georgia to discuss how recent advances in stem cell research can be turned into cures for spinal cord injuries.The second Spinal Cord Workshop, a program of the Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation, will be held on Saturday, April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences in Athens, Ga.Every year close to 11,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries in the United States, while more than 200,000 Americans live each day with a disability caused by them.“Because spinal cord injury usually occurs in otherwise healthy, young adults, it is an especially attractive candidate for a cure for stem cell therapy,” said Ann Kiessling, director of the Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation. “The big question is whether a ‘moon shot’ approach will produce a cure, or if there is still too much basic science yet unknown.”The workshop is hosted by UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center. Additional support is provided by the UGA Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute, the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and Millipore, Inc.“The University of Georgia is fortunate to team up with the Bedford Foundation to host these leading experts in spinal cord therapies to discuss and develop new paths forward for spinal cord injuries,” said Steven Stice, director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center and a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences professor. “In addition, Georgia’s recent legislation aimed at restricting stem cell research makes this workshop an especially timely one.” Created in 1996, the Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation is a Massachusetts-based public charity and biomedical institute conducts stem cell and related research for diseases and conditions that currently have no cure. The Regenerative Bioscience Center brings UGA’s expertise, resources and accomplishments in human embryonic stem cell research under one umbrella, while contributing to the university’s educational and outreach missions with student research experiences and public lectures, symposia and workshops.The event serves as a follow-up to the inaugural Spinal Cord Workshop held at UGA in March 2008. For more information, go to the Web site read more

Got jobs?

first_imgThe University of Georgia is looking for companies needing a few good hires or summer interns.The university Career Center will host an Agricultural, Engineering and Natural Resources Career and Internship Fair on their Athens Campus on Nov. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. The event will provide companies with the chance to get first pick of the university’s new crop of science and engineering students. There is no deadline for companies who want to participate in the career fair, but companies who sign up early will have the advantage of being able to market their companies to students before the fair. Companies who want to register for the fair should visit or email LeAnn Golob at read more

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