Chautauqua Lake Watershed Management Alliance Names New Director

first_imgSubmitted imageCHAUTAUQUA LAKE — The Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance has named Randall Perry as its new Executive Director.Effective Nov. 1, Perry will succeed Vince Horrigan, who has served as the organization’s Interim Executive Director since September 2019.Perry has worked for the Alliance since 2016 as its Project Manager, working on a variety of lake and watershed projects in partnership with Alliance Members from project development through funding and completion.Prior to joining the Alliance, he served as an Adjunct Instructor at the State University of New York at Fredonia teaching Geoscience and Environmental Science courses with a focus on water resources, geochemistry, surficial processes, and environmental assessment. Before that, he worked as a geological consultant specializing in environmental and water resource projects. Perry is a native of Maine and earned his B.S. and M.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of Maine with a focus on environmental geochemistry.During his tenure with the Alliance, Horrigan worked closely with the Alliance Board of Directors and staff to evaluate the roles the Alliance serves, assess capacity and focus areas, and plan for the future, including identifying a new permanent Executive Director.At the same time, Horrigan and his staff continued to manage and administer the Alliance’s existing programs and projects – including securing over $600,000 in lake and watershed project funding for its Members in 2020. Under Horrigan, the Alliance also helped launch several new scientific and technical initiatives aimed at increasing unity of effort and operational efficiency for lake management and continuing to improve the understanding of lake and watershed dynamics and their effects on cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Blooms on Chautauqua Lake.Perry has worked for the Alliance since 2016 as its Project Manager, working on a variety of lake and watershed projects in partnership with Alliance Members from project development through funding and completion. Prior to joining the Alliance, he served as an Adjunct Instructor at the State University of New York at Fredonia teaching Geoscience and Environmental Science courses with a focus on water resources, geochemistry, surficial processes, and environmental assessment. Before that, he worked as a geological consultant specializing in environmental and water resource projects.Perry is a native of Maine and earned his B.S. and M.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of Maine with a focus on environmental geochemistry.“I want to recognize Vince for the amazing work that he has done and continues to do as the Interim Executive Director. We are all deeply indebted to him for his service,” said Pierre Chagnon, Chairman of the Alliance Board of Directors. “Randall has demonstrated impressive skills coordinating Members, engineers, and contractors in managing many successful Alliance projects. He has also developed solid skills in grant writing, grant administration, and funding management in the various platforms involved. He has been an incredible rock solid foundation for the Alliance through our extended period with an interim executive director.’ 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

After Summer Like Warmth Friday, Weekend Will Be Much Cooler

first_imgTonight, partly cloudy with lows around 30.High pressure will provide for a mainly sunny Sunday, although still cool with highs in the lower-50’s.A warm front will bring a return for rain late Sunday night into the day on Monday. Monday will again be mostly cloudy with showers likely. Highs in the low-50’s.Another cold front passing by Monday in Tuesday may bring a few wet snowflakes to the area early Tuesday morning, while some models keep it as just rain. Otherwise mostly cloudy skies on Tuesday with highs in the upper-40’s.The rest of the week looks dry, although the cooler weather looks to stick around with highs the remainder of the week in the lower-50’s.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.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) JAMESTOWN – Yesterday was unseasonably warm with highs in the upper-70’s, a cold front moved through last night that is ushering in cooler weather for the weekend.For Today, a few early morning showers or a thunderstorm are possible, otherwise the day will be rather cloudy. Highs in the upper-40’s.last_img read more

Les Miz’s Ramin Karimloo Cheers on His Faking It Pal Gregg Sulkin

first_img Star Files Les Miserables View Comments What does Les Miserables headliner Ramin Karimloo have in common with the mega-addicting TV series Pretty Little Liars? No, he’s not appearing on an upcoming episode (we wish!). He’s buddies with PLL fave Gregg Sulkin, who was in New York City promoting his new MTV show Faking It on April 22. Before his performance in Les Miz, the new video blogger popped over to Buca Di Beppo in Times Square for a reunion. Who knows, maybe Karimloo will convince the Wizards of Waverly Place and As the Bell Rings star to come to Broadway! Check out this Hot Shot of the duo hanging out, then catch Karimloo in the flesh in Les Miz at the Imperial Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Shows Ramin Karimloolast_img read more

Update on Derek Hough’s Injury & Spring Spectacular Schedule

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 New York Spring Spectacular Derek Hough, whose role of Jack was played by understudy Taylor Frey on April 22, has had to withdraw from more performances of New York Spring Spectacular. As previously reported, the five-time Dancing with the Stars winner sustained an injury during rehearsals for the TV show’s 10th Anniversary special.A spokesperson for Hough said in a statement: “He has been diagnosed with a broken toe on his right foot and sprains to his left ankle on both the inside and outside aspects and a bone bruise on the same ankle. Derek will remain in Los Angeles this week to rehab his injuries and his understudy will be filling in for him for New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York.”Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner as co-creative directors, the show is penned by Joshua Harmon. The new production featuring the iconic dance troupe is a whirlwind adventure across the Big Apple that tells an inspiring and hopeful story about three New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. Spring Spectacular contains 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and a soundtrack of original songs, classics and pop hits.Spring Spectacular also stars Tony winner Laura Benanti and recently extended through May 7 at Radio City Music Hall. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Jonathan Groff Discusses Bringing the ‘Naughty’ to Hamilton

first_img Jonathan Groff Jonathan Groff has reclaimed the crown from Andrew Rannells at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, giving King George a Beatlemania makeover in Hamilton. The Tony nominee recently sat down with Charlie Rose to talk about the Broadway megahit, saying “I have not gotten sick of it. I’ve done it over 100 times…It’s like a drug coming out there every night.” Because of his relatively little (though memorable) stage time, Groff confessed to sneaking into the house during the off-Broadway run at the Public Theater: “I couldn’t not watch. I couldn’t not leave the stage and watch the show. It had this explosive energy.” And what, according to Groffsauce, makes the show so wonderful? “It is so naughty!” Hmm, naughtier than dick socks and anal covers? Hamilton Related Shows Star Files from $149.00 View Commentslast_img read more

Holiday Inn Will Release a Cast Recording

first_imgCorbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer & Bryce Pinkham in ‘Holiday Inn'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments Star Files Related Shows Lora Lee Gayer Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musicalcenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 Corbin Bleu This album will be easy to dance to! Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical will release a cast recording. Featuring the vocals of stars Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer and Bryce Pinkham, the Ghostlight Records album will be available on a spring 2017 date to be announced.Based off of the Oscar-winning 1942 film that starred Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, the Gordon Greenberg-helmed tuner is scheduled to run at Studio 54 through January 15.Pinkham takes on Crosby’s role as Jim, who, upon leaving the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut, quickly discovers life isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. His luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda (Gayer); together, they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Christmas to the Fourth of July. Bleu follows in Astaire’s fancy footsteps as Ted, Jim’s best friend who tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood.In addition to Bleu, Gayer and Pinkham, the cast features Megan Lawrence, Megan Sikora and Danny Rutigliano. Bryce Pinkhamlast_img read more

Six More Plants

first_img Hosta sieboldiana ‘Patriot’ Hostas are great for shaded areas with moist, rich soils. However, certain varieties need some sun to get proper foliage color. Plant them 24 to 36 inches apart, depending on the variety. One word of warning — deer love this plant more than life itself. It’s a slow starter. But once it comes up, stand back. Physostegia virginiana ‘Vivid’ I’ve had this plant in my garden since 1990, and I’ve yet to become tired of it. Every spring it sends up fresh blue-grey-green shoots, followed shortly by scads of pink blossoms. It survives our summer heat and looks spectacular in the fall. Bath’s Pink is a sandy-soil, high-drainage plant. Don’t fertilize it heavily or water it often. In summer, be sure to pull debris and cut off any dead flowers or stems to reduce chances of disease. It’s so easy to propagate it’s almost embarrassing. You can simply pull 4-inch tufts away from the mother plant and bury half the length of the stems in garden soil. Kept moist and slightly covered by pine straw, the tufts root quickly and take off. I prefer to propagate them in early fall, or late spring, several weeks after the blooms are gone. Gaura lindheimerii (Swirling Butterflies) Lantana camera ‘Miss Huff’ Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Bath’s Pink’ You know you have the real Miss Huff when you see a fast-growing, huge lantana, profuse blooming with extreme tolerance to heat and drought — and no black seeds. This cultivar is sterile. It’s also deer-resistant. Miss Huff regularly gets to be a 5-foot mound with thousands of flowers in Georgia. Once it starts blooming, it attracts butterflies like a magnet. The flowers are bright yellow with orange, usually two or four per stem. It needs no pinching, except to control growth. It grows exclusively in full sun — the warmer, drier and sandier the soil, the better. It’s perennial through Zone 6 if you take three steps. Don’t cut the frost-killed stems back. Pile up leaves within the mound of branches once they’ve dried off. Don’t remove the leaves until May. Don’t expect new shoots until late May or early June. The first perennial in the Thomas garden was “Ryan’s Daisy.” I’ve added many mums since then. None compares to the original. Ryan’s daisy was discovered by Ryan Gainey, a well-versed garden designer with an incredibly fine sense of color coordination. This specimen has spellbinding pink flowers laced with a pale yellow eye. It has been used here in Georgia as the mid-planting between Helianthus angustifolius and deep purple, sun-lover coleus cultivars, patched with Salvia leucantha. The yellow, pink, crimson and purple combination is stunning in September, and it goes on into November in south Georgia. Pink is a rare color in fall gardens, and by itself this plant is a must. It forms wonderful 2- to 3-foot-high mounds. And it’s solid color by September. Pinching in June helps produce a bushy plant. But it doesn’t flop-out like other mums. Water and fertilize it often to get fast growth. “Obedient plant” flowers in mid- to late summer, with white cultivars flowering earlier than pink ones. Tubular flowers, arranged in rows on the spike, remain in place when pushed aside — hence the name. It’s easy to grow in most of Georgia and prefers moist soil. Plants grow 18 to 30 inches tall. Put them 15 to 18 inches apart in full sun. In southern Georgia, they may benefit from late-afternoon shade. I just love the cultivar called “Vivid.” It has bright pink flowers. It’s shorter, less aggressive and flowers much more abundantly than the others. I must tell you, this plant is anything but obedient. It grows more like a Sherman tank. Physostegia is good for large areas you want to cover with a tall, low-maintenance plant. One plant can fill in 3 square feet in one year. For a spot of sunshine where nothing else will grow, here’s a beautiful solution. This is a relatively new plant to Georgia gardens. A sun-loving perennial, it sends up tall, thin branches with hundreds of pure-white flowers. This heat- and drought-tolerant plant gets 3 to 4 feet in diameter within two years. It’s a great plant for hot, sunny places. It will rebloom all summer if you cut the old flower stems less than halfway back. Cutting the flower stems close to the main stem caused most of my gauras to die from disease. Once I stopped cutting so far back, my garden was aglow with gauras. A new cultivar on the market called Siskyiou Pink has pink flowers that cascade rather than stand tall. It looks fantastic in large containers and as a highlight to a perennial border. Be sure to plant this wonderful genus in fall or within the next few weeks. Gaura does best when it has time to get its roots established. Here are six more of my favorite garden perennials. These plants have all passed through the University of Georgia evaluation program. They’re essential plants for any garden. I chose them for their vigorous growth, garden center appeal and unusually good landscape performance over a range of soils. You may have to search for the cultivars, but they’re all in the market in Georgia. Chrysanthemum coreanum ‘Ryan’s Daisy’ Hostas are the No. 1 perennial in the country. And they should be. You can’t kill them, they look great and they’re real easy to propagate. Hundreds of cultivars cover a range of colors, shapes and sizes. Leaves may be smooth, ribbed, seersuckered, flat, wavy or twisted. Colors include light green, dark green, gray or bluish-green. As a bonus, it has lily-like flowers on stalks above the 1- to 3-foot foliage during the summer. There is a hosta for everyone. My pick? “Patriot” is the finest cultivar I’ve ever grown. Clean, bright, white borders on dark green leaves make a stunning garden display. It’s worth looking for.last_img read more

Valued Veggies.

first_img Some crops store well in a cool, dry place, such as a basement. These include potatoes, onions, winter squash, watermelons, pumpkins, dry beans and cushaw pumpkins (sometimes called crookneck squash). Some Require Refrigeration When you’re growing a vegetable to display in a fair or other special occasion, timing the crop for proper maturity is critical, says a University of Georgia expert. “Many vegetable crops don’t last long in the display, especially in hot weather,” says Wayne McLaurin, an Extension Service horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. For crops that will mature ahead of time, McLaurin says, pick them slightly immature. And put them in good storage until a day or two before the show. Then take them out to let them ripen.center_img The rest require some refrigeration and/or moisture to keep them in good condition. Right after harvest, clean these and refrigerate them. Those with a naturally waxy or corky skin, McLaurin says, may be refrigerated dry. These include tomato, pepper, cucumber and cantaloupe. Store many root crops and leafy vegetables, he says, in loose plastic bags. Or sprinkle them daily with fresh water and keep them in the refrigerator vegetable crisper. Such crops would include green beans, carrots, beets, sweet corn, cabbage or other leafy vegetables.last_img read more

Animal doctor

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaDogs, cats and pocket pets like hamsters, gerbils and lizards aren’t the only animals that get sick and need a trip to the veterinarian. Cows, pigs and other livestock do, too. But the number of food animal veterinarians in the U.S. is rapidly declining. A University of Georgia incentive program is helping draw the next generation into this declining field.The UGA food animal veterinary incentive program, which started in 2007, is an early admission program designed for Georgia high school students interested in this practice. So far, all of the allotted 10 slots in the program have been filled.“Many schools, UGA included, decided that this issue was important, especially since we have a large number of food animal clients,” said Paige Carmichael, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Veterinary Medicine.Through the food animal program, Carmichael hopes to gain “a cohort of students who have experience working with food animals. Because of this they are much more likely to stick with food animal veterinary medicine after they graduate.”Food animal veterinarians work primarily with beef and dairy cows, pigs, sheep, goats and poultry. The older generation of this type of veterinarian is retiring at a rate of 4 percent to 6 percent annually.UGA freshman Ali Terrell has worked at small animal clinics since she was 12. She was introduced to large animal medicine by a veterinarian in Greensboro, Ga. “I fell in love with it,” she said.She’s now working her way through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the first step in the incentive program. “There’s a lot of support for students in the ag college,” she said. “They care about the success and about building relationships with their students.”Students in the program major in animal science, avian biology, dairy science or poultry science. After their CAES graduation, they enter the CVM, provided they fulfill admission requirements.Any incoming UGA freshman who is a Georgia resident is eligible to apply for the incentive program. Special summer studies, research opportunities and internships are available. One, the National Veterinary Medical Services Act, provides loan forgiveness for students in exchange for their work in rural communities, said Sheila Allen, CVM dean.Job options for food animal veterinary graduates include private practice, corporate agribusiness, university research and teaching, government veterinary medical officer and diagnostic pathology.Without food animal veterinarians to detect, manage and prevent diseases, “our first line of defense against outbreaks of diseases like foot-and-mouth is compromised,” said Dean Pringle, a CAES animal science professor.Foot-and-mouth disease is highly contagious and sometimes fatal, affecting mostly cattle, sheep and pigs. In 2001, an outbreak in Great Britain decimated the livestock industry and postponed general elections and sporting events.But food animal medicine is not just about detecting diseases. These veterinarians also teach producers how to manage their animals, give them better ways to care for their flocks or herds and do background research to help ensure safe and affordable animal products continue to stock grocery store shelves.“Not only are you impacting the health of an animal, you’re impacting the economic health of the people you’re working for,” Pringle said. “It’s exciting.”For more information about the incentive program, visit Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Fumigation workshops

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency has issued new regulations for on-farm soil fumigation. To help Georgia growers plan for these regulations, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Fruit and Vegetables Growers Association have organized a series of workshops.The workshops will start at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 in Statesboro, Oct. 27 in Tifton and Oct. 28 in Bainbridge. Stanley Culpepper, UGA Extension weed specialist, will be the main speaker at each location. For more information, call GFVGA at (706) 845-8200.last_img