STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Top of the News Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeauty Public Safety L.A. County Supervisors Approve $50,000 Reward in ‘Ambush’ of Sheriff’s Deputy in Altadena By BRIAN DAY Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | 4:29 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website More Cool Stuff Click to enlargeThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized a $50,000 reward in connection with an attack on a sheriff’s deputy who was fired upon in what officials described as an “ambush” earlier this month.The deputy was not injured in the attack, which took place about 12:30 p.m. along Fair Oaks Avenue, near Mountain View Street, L.A. County Sheriff’s officials said.Monday’s reward was initiated via a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger, whose district includes Altadena.“This was an unprovoked and heinous act perpetrated against a law enforcement member who has dedicated their profession to serving our community,” Barger said. “We continue to ask so much of law enforcement and we must stand by them in their time of need.”The deputy was on patrol in a marked car when she came upon a “crime in progress,” according to Deputy Grace Medrano of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.“As she approached the group in her vehicle, two males, believed to be Hispanic, targeted the deputy,” Medrano said in a written statement. “The first suspect produced a firearm and fired several gunshots in the deputy’s direction. The deputy was not injured. Both suspects fled on foot and are still outstanding.”“It is still unclear what type of crime was being committed at the time of the shooting,” Medrano added.The shooting is being investigated as an attempted murder of a deputy, officials said.“The stray bullets hit a structure and could have seriously injured or killed an innocent bystander,” according to a statement from Barger’s office.Anyone with information was urged to contact Detective C. Gutierrez of the Sheriff’s Operation Safe Streets Bureau at (626) 798-1131. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.See also:Photos of 2 Suspects in Altadena Deputy Ambush ReleasedSheriff’s Deputy Fired Upon in Altadena ‘Ambush’ Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
CFPB Director Richard Cordray yesterday reiterated to the House Financial Services Committee that credit unions and community banks did not participate in the kind of lending activity that caused the financial crisis and described some recent actions the bureau has taken to ease the regulatory burden.Cordray was before the panel Tuesday to testify on the bureau’s semiannual report to Congress. His comments about relief were in response to a question from Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo. He also noted CFPB’s recent proposal to expand the qualified mortgage exemptions for “small creditors” and “rural” areas and other tiered regulations, such as the privacy notice rulemaking.The CFPB director also noted the importance of the bureau’s credit union and community bank advisory councils and how much they influence CFPB’s thinking.DoD proposalCordray, in response to a question from Waters, said that the Department of Defense is moving forward “responsibly and steadily” on its proposed changes to the Military Lending Act. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Batesville, In. — Batesville Tool & Die, Inc. was recommended to be certified to the International Automotive Task Force 16949 certification which is one of the industry’s most widely used quality management standards. The standard checks internal processes from start to finish ensuring we are being held to the highest standard possible.Risks associated with our customers were a main focal point for the upgrade audit. Therefore, our internal audit team started preparing and evaluating all of our internal processes a year in advance.Our week-long audit consisted of checks and balances for all departments with a focus on a thorough process. Auditors asked numerous employees questions about our policy statement, process controls, and documentation and all of them answered them flawlessly. Auditors evaluated our overall risk towards our customer satisfaction and reviewed all required documentation to demonstrate how we manage each step of the process.In an industry with several safety critical parts, there is little room for error and our process and employees proved we can be held to this precedent standard. President/CEO Jody Fledderman commented, “Batesville Tool and Die takes Customer requirements and expectations very seriously and it was critical for our management and workforce to embrace and achieve this certification. This accomplishment will allow us to continue to be a premier supplier in the automotive industry. For that reason, we are proud to have completed and received our IATF 16949 Certification.”
Associated Press Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNESSEETennessee reports multiple positives among athletesKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.” — The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak. Face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.— The Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the pandemic. This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities.— A domestic violence complaint against former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown has been dismissed. According to the complaint filed in May 2019, Brown pointed a gun at his wife and threatened to kill her. He also was accused of pushing her to the ground, kicking her in the abdomen and punching her in the face after a verbal altercation in April 2019.MLB-NEWSDeGrom, Rizzo dealing with back issues. July 15, 2020 NHL-AWARDSAdams, Calder finalists announcedNEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has announced the finalists for the Jack Adams Award and the Calder Trophy. Columbus’ John Tortorella, Philadelphia’s Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh) and Boston’s Bruce Cassidy are up for the Adams Award, which goes to the Coach of the Year. Colorado’s Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’), Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes and Chicago’s Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) are the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie. WNBA-DELLA DONNE-VIRUS OUTBREAKDelle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctors Former NFL and USC player David Lewis dies at 65TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 1979 team that reached the NFC title game has died at 65. David Lewis died in Tampa. The cause was not immediately known but USC said he had struggled with health issues in recent years. Lewis played college ball at USC. He was also among the defensive stars on the 1979 Buccaneers team that reached the NFC title game, capping the franchise’s “worst to first” transformation. The Bucs won 10 games that year after having won just seven in the franchise’s previous three seasons. Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. COLLEGE SPORTS-WISCONSINWisconsin to don black “W”MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin plans to have its sports teams wear a university crest logo with a black “W” to show solidarity with Black and other underrepresented communities on campus.School officials said the change would take effect whenever Wisconsin sports teams return to action. They said the black “W” is meant to show support, inclusion and unity from Wisconsin athletes, the athletic department and the university as a whole. BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Chase Elliott has joined his father as winner of NASCAR’s annual All-Star race, earning the $1 million prize in front of limited spectators at Bristol Motor Speedway.Elliott won the second and third stages of the event and earned the right to choose which lane he wanted to restart for the final 15-lap sprint to the finish. He picked the outside lane and pulled buddy Ryan Blaney with him on the restart but was never challenged before beating Kyle Busch to the finish line.Bill Elliott won the race in 1986, the only year it was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.Bubba Wallace was wrecked out of the qualifying race, ruining his shot of racing for the $1 million prize.One driver advanced into the All-Star race through a fan vote and Wallace had been leading when results were last updated by NASCAR a week ago. But he was no longer eligible to win the fan vote after he crashed 17 laps into Wednesday night’s qualifying race Prescott signed his $31.4 million contract in June. The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year earned slightly more than $4 million total in the four years of his rookie contract after being drafted in the fourth round.Kansas City defensive end Chris Jones worked out a pact before the deadline. He and Henry are the only players to sign a new deal among the 14 players who received a franchise tag.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s has signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension on Wednesday, making the talented edge rusher the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. The deal includes $100 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network. Garrett received a six-game suspension last season after ripping a helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and striking him in the head with it.— Philadelphia officials have clarified their ban on public events, opening up the possibility the Eagles would be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the city changes its rules before or during the season, assuming the NFL plays games this season. The city on Tuesday banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSTitans, Henry work out new contract…Prescott remains taggedUNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s reigning rushing leader has a new contract. The Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback does not. The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a new contract with Derrick Henry just before today’s deadline. The team announced only that it was a multi-year extension, but ESPN.com says it’s a four-year package worth up to $50 million with $25.5 million guaranteed. The Titans had to sign him Wednesday or let him play this season under the $10.2 million franchise tag he signed April 2.Henry ran for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns during the 2019 regular season before pouring it on in the playoffs, averaging 149 yards in three games.Dak Prescott is set to play the upcoming season under the franchise tag after failing to work out a deal with the Cowboys before the Wednesday afternoon deadline.The two sides have been working for more than a year on a long-term contract for a two-time Pro Bowler who has started every game of his career. Clint Bowyer was named winner of the fan vote.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGANMichigan to allow fewer fans, or none at allANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies. NBA-PACERS-OLADIPOOladipo rethinking decision to sit out rest of seasonORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) is having second thoughts about calling it a season, saying the workouts in Orlando, Florida, have forced him to rethink his decision. Oladipo said less than two weeks ago that he would sit out because of concerns over his surgically repaired right knee. His presence could give the Pacers a big boost when the season resumes, especially with starting guard Malcolm Brogdon also expected to be healthy.NASCAR-ALL-STAR RACEWallace bumped from contention NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. The panel of independent doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” The league’s reigning MVP has battled Lyme disease since 2008 and thought she would be medically excused from playing this season by the panel. SOCCER-WORLD CUPWorld Cup schedule announced UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets are breathing a sigh of relief after learning their top pitcher should be fine.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that an MRI on two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom showed nothing to be concerned about. DeGrom was examined after leaving Tuesday’s intrasquad start after just one inning because of a sore back.Any significant injury to deGrom would be an enormous blow to New York during a season shortened to 60 games by the coronavirus. The right-hander had been scheduled to start on opening day July 24 against Atlanta. The Mets are spending the season without No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) due to Tommy John surgery.Meanwhile, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross says it’s too early to talk about first baseman Anthony Rizzo starting the season on the injured list. An MRI on Tuesday showed rib-head inflammation on Rizzo’s left side that is causing spasms, a condition he has dealt with before in his career. In other MLB camp news:— Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge homered in an intrasquad game Wednesday after missing five days due to a stiff neck. The team also says right-hander Masahiro (mah-sah-HEE’-roh) Tanaka is scheduled for a bullpen session Thursday, his first action since he was struck on the head by a liner off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton on July 4.— Astros manager Dusty Baker doesn’t expect reliever Joe Smith to play for them this season. Smith has not reported to camp because of what general manager James Click called concerns for the safety of his family. Smith was placed on the restricted list Tuesday night, but he has not said publicly if he is opting out of the season— The Red Sox have placed left-handers Eduardo Rodríguez, Josh Taylor, and Darwinzon Hernandez on the injured list while they recover from COVID-19. Rodríguez won 19 games last year and had been the team’s likely opening day starter. The pitchers are eligible to be activated as soon as they have cleared the protocol, but they have not been able to participate in team workouts and would need time to prepare for the season.— Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun is expected to miss the start of the season because of a hip strain. Calhoun has been ready to play again after recovering from a broken jaw sustained in a spring training game more than four months ago. LONDON (AP) — FIFA (FEE’-fuh) has announced a 2022 World Cup schedule that will have four games every day in a 12-day group stage. Matches later in the tournament that go into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar. Eight venues in close proximity to Doha will be used at the tournament, which will be played in 28 days rather than the 32 days used in Russia to minimize the disruption to the European season. HORSE RACING-BAFFERT SUSPENDEDTriple-Crown-winning trainer gets 15-day banLOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. Baffert-trained horses Charlatan and Gamine each tested positive for lidocaine in two rounds of testing after winning races at the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track on May 2. The commission said the suspension will run from Aug. 1 -15. NFL-OBIT-DAVID LEWIS Update on the latest sports
Onazi told SCORENigeria: “I am pleased to motivate the boys who are the pride of Benue State to win the game on Wednesday.“It is my state team and I need to do more as they progress in the tournament.”Last week, Onazi also presented cash gifts to both Kano Pillars and the Nigeria U20s, the Flying Eagles, in Abuja.Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup, Enugu Rangers will play away to Defence Force SC of Ethiopia. The Flying Antelopes won the first leg 2-0 in Enugu last week.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUESuper Eagles midfield star Ogenyi Onazi has donated N1million gift to lift Lobi Stars ahead of today’s CAF Champions League preliminary round second leg match against UMS de Loum of Cameroon in Makurdi.The relatively unknown Cameroonians stunned Lobi Stars 1-0 in Yaounde a week ago.
A shocking, upsetting and vitally important message is being brought home to over 2,500 Donegal students this week during the Road Safe Road Show.The Aura Leisure Centre was buzzing with chat and laughter this morning when the first groups of students arrived from post-primary schools all over Donegal.By the end of the hour-long show, the hall was almost silent. MC Charlie Collins sharing road-death statistics at the Road Safe Road Show by Donegal County Council and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group in the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny, 8th October 2019The students had heard hard-hitting stories of road accidents and fatalities from local emergency service workers, a road crash survivor and from a mother who had lost her beloved daughter.Denise Harley, mother of the late Kym Harley from Ballybofey, talked about the anguish of losing her daughter in a collision in 2014.“She had so much to live for,” Denise told the crowd. Speaking on the eve of Kym’s birthday, 9th October, Denise said: “Please don’t let that be you, that your mum or dad has to stand at your grave.”The Road Show also featured Lizzie Keys, from Tyrone, who was paralysed as a result of an accident at the age of 19. Life is precious, Lizzie told the students, as she warned them that split-second decisions can change a life forever. Representatives of An Garda Siochana, the Fire Service, Ambulance Service and Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital gave eye-opening insights on the emotional and often graphic realities of attending a crash scene. Their stories were linked by a fictional account of a young local man who had just passed his driving test. But on the night of his celebrations, his dangerous driving led to a crash which took his girlfriend’s life and left him permanently injured.The authorities, medics and emergency workers also talked about how real accidents impact them personally. Their shared view was that they hoped drivers would heed the warnings so that they would never have to attend senseless crashes ever again.The Road Safe Road Show continues on Tuesday 9th October. The event has been attended by more than 30,000 students since it began in Donegal in 2007.The Road Safe Road Show is a unique partnership between Donegal County Council and members of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group which provides a platform to positively influence the driving behaviour of young students as they commence their driving careers or who travel as passengers in cars.Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell said: “We need to get the message to all road users that before they get into a car with a driver who exceeds the speed limit, or someone who may be under the influence of drink, or who has taken drugs, or by not wearing their seatbelts, or who use their mobile phone while driving; to stop and think, because the devastation and heartbreak that is brought on your family and on the local community as a result of a road traffic collision is totally avoidable.” Watch: Road Safe Road Show teaches students a crucial lesson was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal road safety working grouproad safe road show
Well, great balls of fat. Cells have spherical globs of lipid (fat) molecules that never had gotten much attention nor respect. They have been called lipid droplets, oil bodies, fat globules and other names suggesting they were just the beer bellies of the cell. Not any more. Scientists have been taking a closer look at these globs and are finding them to be dynamic, functional sites of critical metabolic activity. No longer are they bags of superfluous undesirable molecules: they have been promoted to essential organelles, named adiposomes. Mary Beckman introduced two papers in Science with a summary of the new discoveries.1 Whatever their name, these intracellular blobs of triglycerides or cholesterol esters, encased in a thin phospholipid membrane, are catching the attention of more and more biologists. It turns out these lively balls of fat have as many potential roles within cells and tissues as they have names. Pockmarked with proteins with wide-ranging biochemical activities, they shuffle components around the cell, store energy in the form of neutral lipids, and possibly maintain the many membranes of the cell. The particles could also be involved in lipid diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular trouble, and liver problems. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Beckman discussed several recent findings demonstrating what happens when fat regulation by adiposomes is disrupted. Since there is still much to be learned about adiposomes, Beckman mainly teased the readers with the possibilities that lie ahead. She quoted one biologist who called the biology of lipid droplets “immense and untapped.” A Perspectives paper in the same issue by Stuart Smith introduced new findings about the machines that make fat.2 He summarized a paper by Maier, Jenni and Ban revealing, in unprecedented detail, the structure of mammalian Fatty Acid Synthase (FAS),3 and another by the same authors plus Leibundgut about the comparable FAS machine in fungi.4 The former looks somewhat like a flying saucer; the latter, like a wheel with spokes from the top, or a complex cage from the side. The diagrams of these machines point out “active sites” and “reaction chambers” where complex molecules are assembled in a specific sequence. The machines apparently have moving parts. The conclusion of the mammalian FAS paper hints how everything must be done in order and with the right specifications:The overall architecture of mammalian FAS has been revealed by x-ray crystallography at intermediate resolution. The dimeric [two-part] synthase adopts an asymmetric X-shaped conformation with two reaction chambers on each side formed by a full set of enzymatic domains required for fatty acid elongation, which are separated by considerable distances. Substantial flexibility of the reaction chamber must accompany the handover of reaction intermediates during the FAS cycle, and further conformational transitions are required to explain the presence of alternative inter- and intrasubunit synthetic routes in FAS. The results presented here provide a new structural basis to further experiments required for a detailed understanding of the complex mechanism of mammalian FAS.Even for the fungal machine, the authors spoke of the “remarkable architectural principles” it exemplifies. It’s a whole new world of fat. Let that go to your understanding, not to your waist.1Mary Beckman, “Great Balls of Fat,” Science, 3 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5765, pp. 1232 – 1234, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5765.1232.2Stuart Smith, “Architectural Options for a Fatty Acid Synthase,” Science, 3 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5765, pp. 1251 – 1252, DOI: 10.1126/science.1125411.3Timm Maier, Simon Jenni, Nenad Ban, “Architecture of Mammalian Fatty Acid Synthase at 4.5 � Resolution,” Science, 3 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5765, pp. 1258 – 1262, DOI: 10.1126/science.1123248.4Simon Jenni, Marc Leibundgut, Timm Maier, Nenad Ban, “Architecture of a Fungal Fatty Acid Synthase at 5 � Resolution,” Science, 3 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5765, pp. 1263 – 1267, DOI: 10.1126/science.1123251.The closer they look, the more wondrous the cell gets. Who would have thought that blobs of fat would contain machinery with moving parts and reaction chambers? Who would have imagined their surfaces would be covered with complex proteins that regulate the production inside? Who would have realized that fat was so important, the cell had complex assembly plants to build it? Fat is almost a mild cussword in our vocabulary, but it is another class of molecular building blocks we couldn’t live without. Fats, sugars, proteins and nucleic acids all work together in life, from humans to lowly fungi. Each class of molecules has immense variety, each is essential, and each is manufactured to spec by precision machinery. What a wonderful post-Darwinian world.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kaci Way, from Wayne County, was the first place Market Barrow Outstanding Market Exhibitor. Kelsey Vollrath, from Clark County, was second place and Hunter Frobose, from Wood County, was third. Photo by Alyssa Muhlenkamp. Curtis Harsh, from Delaware County, was the first place Market Beef Outstanding Market Exhibitor. Dawson Osborn, from Highland County, was second place and Allison Davis, from Carroll County, was third. Photo by Alyssa Muhlenkamp. Curtis Harsh, from Delaware County, was the first place Breeding Beef Outstanding Market Exhibitor. Samantha Wallace, from Sandusky County, was second and Jennifer Siegel, Crawford County, was third. Photo by Alyssa Muhlenkamp. Chas Grover, from Fayette County, was the first place Market Goat Outstanding Market Exhibitor. Tiffany Sunday, from Pickaway County, was second and Jacob Roeth, from Miami County, was third. Photo by Alyssa Muhlenkamp. Margo Sturgis, from Wayne County, was the first place Market Lamb Outstanding Market Exhibitor. Bailee Amstutz, Union County, was second and Justin Howell, from Knox County, was third. Photo by Alyssa Muhlenkamp.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest South of us got 1.25 inches last night. We had right around four inches in the last couple of weeks. Corn is really looking good around here and the beans are coming on slow, but they are catching up. Grain prices have started going up a good bit, which is good too. We are not worried right now about pests or diseases. There are no signs of disease. We have a good bit of corn that will be tasseling here by the end of this week. Some started last week. Things are looking pretty decent.I think the corn is in really good shape. It is dark green and growing like crazy. This year looks like it could be a pretty good corn year for us.If you go about 15 miles north, the crops drop off and look terrible. Corn is knee high and yellow. If you go south 10 miles it falls off there too. I think it is due to too much water. I guess we’re in the middle of a decent streak. All of the rain we have been getting has been soaking in. We have a two-acre spot that almost always floods out. It actually has some beans in it this year, which is better than we expected.We got a second spraying done and we have the weeds dead now. The bean ground was starting to get covered up, but we got back ahead of the weeds. The beans have been slow going but we are hoping they take off once we get some heat. These 70- and 80-degree temperatures really are not that hot. We could use some heat.The pulling tractor is torn down and we are waiting on parts. I have missed three hooks so far. The parts will be in in the end of the week and hopefully have it back together in about two weeks. Then we will hopefully be back out for the Dyno and our hometown fair in August.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Don “Doc” SandersSome of you may have heard this story from years gone by, but one that is a favorite. Early in our veterinary career my wife, Judy, and I focused totally on building a practice that would provide the best service for our clients, their animals and a positive contribution to the community.It was unusual for new grads to start a practice right out of vet school, so we were determined to prove ourselves by doing just that. We put in long hours while striving for excellence, providing vet emergency service at night and on weekends. We aggressively branded this style of totally dedicated veterinary medicine to our clients. Then several years into our practice we woke up and realized that smelling the roses was also important.For most of our practice career we had the privilege to work alongside several fine associate veterinarians who gained their early career training under our tutelage. As we became more mature (long in the tooth), Judy and I treasured the relationships we developed with various young vets as they matured.Jack is one of these individuals I’ll never forget. He came to us fresh from school — full of the idealism and fire that I also had at graduation. Maybe this is why Jack and I bonded as we did. Jack was very bright but somewhat inexperienced with farming practices and general practice. He worked with us for five years before sprouting his wings of independence, starting his own practice in Virginia.Some of the proudest moments of our career have been seeing a young green veterinarian mature and eventually leave our nest to start his/her own practice. Today Jack has a successful equine practice with three associates.Jack is a second generation Italian-American who grew up in Massachusetts. As Italians are often stereotyped, he held very close ties to his family, and friendships were important. And true to the stereotype, he was ardent in his opinions and spoke intensely about events and issues. But usually he was pretty good at holding his passion in check, even after getting kicked by a cow.Jack and I usually met early in the morning to review the previous day’s cases, and I would spend a little time updating him on current diagnoses or therapy. However, it was a two-way street; he often brought cutting-edge information to me on the latest treatments. When we had time, these discussions often led to philosophical discussions about practice, communicating with clients or the human-animal bond. We became good friends.Clients were usually interested in our lives, especially when we demonstrated our interest in their situation. I still remember one client, long since departed, who kept tabs on Judy and me as we started our family. We have three grown children, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. As most of you know after Judy passed away, I am now married to Kristen, widow with three sons, daughters-in-law, four grandchildren, a great-grandchild and two more in the “incubator.”When my daughter, Michelle, was born, this client calculated back and determined that she was likely conceived while Judy and I were attending a veterinary reproduction conference the previous September. It became a big joke that each year we had a child in the month of June; he determined that conception had to have occurred at the same meeting each September.Jack delighted in relaying to us the latest comments of our gestation-calculating client. Of course, I was determined to not let Jack escape retribution for his merriment.When Jack joined our staff, we agreed to his request for two weeks off for his and his fiancée Sally’s fall wedding and honeymoon. Jack was really a special person, so it took no forethought to agree. Sally visited Jack a couple of times that summer. She was such a sweet gal and class act, albeit somewhat naïve.A few days prior to his departure for the wedding at Sally’s home church in New Jersey, I casually asked Jack, “Where are you and Sally going on your honeymoon?” He almost told me, then caught himself. “Oh no, you don’t. I know better than to tell you. You’re up to no good!”It was true that I’d thought a practical joke would be really appropriate since neither Judy nor I could attend the wedding. So, over the next week I tried to get one of our vet technicians to discover their destination. But Jack recognized the red flags and kept mum.He left for the wedding with his secret unrevealed. It was almost depressing. Surely there had to be a way to find out. The frustration only made me more determined to learn their honeymoon location. I wasn’t yet sure what I would do if I did find out, but certainly a scheme would come to me.Sure enough, a couple days later inspiration struck. (Now mind you, this was before 9/11, in a more trusting, less security-conscious time.) I called a friend at the phone company to request a favor. He agreeably checked Jack’s phone calls for the previous month. Four calls stuck out from the rest, which were to Sally or his parents.I dialed those numbers and was connected to hotels on the New England coast. A hotel in Kennebunkport appeared to be where they intended to spend most of their honeymoon. The manager there became my co-conspirator. I sent her a check for a bottle of champagne, which she purchased and slipped in their room while they were out for the day.To top it off, I instructed the manager to put a note, without a signature, on the bottle: “Sally, I still love you in spite of it all.”You can easily get wrapped up being all business-like in life, never stopping to smell the roses or laughing and treasuring family and friends. An anonymous e-mail recently summed it up best: “Life is short, break the rules, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and… never regret anything that makes you smile!”It was several months before Jack caught me, after my daughter got blabby and spilled the beans. Jack told me the champagne bottle added a bit of mystery to their honeymoon. He knew it was a prank but was certain it couldn’t have been his boss’s doing. He said that Sally was distressed and that she insisted there had never been a man in her life but him.As I recently reflected on these fond memories of our friendship with Jack and Sally, I decided to give them a call. It has been too long.