County Probation Director Retiring

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) Pictured above from left, Thomas Narraway, Chautauqua County Probation Director; and PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel says the county’s Probation Director will be retiring later this month.Director Thomas Narraway was appointed as probation director in October 2015, but his career with the department began in April of 2001 when he was first employed as a probation officer trainee.Over the years, he earned his way up in the department serving as senior probation officer, probation supervisor, and interim probation director.Prior to working in the Probation Department, he worked for 11 years as a correction officer with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. As director, Narraway has upheld the department’s commitment of holding court referred offenders accountable for their actions, working with probationers to facilitate positive change in their behavior, creating a safer community, and advocating for victims’ rights.“Throughout the course of his career, Tom has worked closely with schools, police departments, courts, community agencies, and other county departments to monitor the compliance of probationers and connect them with the services and programs they need to become and stay law-abiding citizens,” said Wendel. “I thank Tom for his strong leadership and exemplary service to Chautauqua County and I wish him all the best in retirement.”Narraway has also been instrumental in implementing New York State’s Raise the Age law in the County in 2018 and 2019. This law raised the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old so individuals ages 16 and 17 who commit non-violent crimes can receive the intervention and treatment they need.“I have been blessed to work with some outstanding people at the County Jail and in Probation as well as three great County Executives that trusted in my vision for the department,” said Narraway.  “Not many people outside of probation truly understand the work that the probation officers do and the resulting benefit to community safety.”Wendel said he has begun the process of finding a new probation director and hopes to name a new director in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Frozen blueberries?

first_imgUniversities of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices have received numerous calls from home gardeners whom have observed their blueberry bushes blooming in early February.The La Niña effect is predicted to continue into the spring according to the Southeast Climate Consortium and Georgia’s state climatologist. La Niña conditions usually bring a warmer and drier winter season (October through March) to most of Georgia. This means we are very likely to see a continuation of this mild winter weather. Just one cold nightHowever, once blueberries begin to bloom, it only takes one cold night where temperatures dip a few degrees below freezing to kill tender flowers. If buds remain fully dormant, they should not have any damage. In many cases, however, the plant will have flower buds in various stages of bloom. Therefore, some buds are likely to be damaged more than others, but usually the entire crop will not be lost.Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot that home gardeners and small-scale producers can do to protect blueberries from freeze damage. Covering large blueberry plants generally is not very practical, especially if you have several plants. Covering plants only helps if you can trap some of the natural heat that radiates out from the soil. A frame constructed of PVC or similar material can keep the covering from breaking plant stems and buds, but the cover must be anchored securely to the ground in order to trap in heat like a greenhouse. This may only retain enough heat to raise the temperature a few degrees and may not be enough to save the flowers from freeze damage. If a hard freeze is predicted, it may be better to accept the fact that you are fighting a losing battle.Water isn’t just for summerIt is also important to consider that blueberry plants continue to have water requirements during the winter months. Check the water needs of plants prior to a predicted cold snap and water if necessary. Moist soil absorbs more heat, helping to maintain an elevated temperature around the plants. Mulching the base of plants also helps to retain soil moisture.The location of blueberry plants can also make a difference. Tree canopies help reduce heat loss from plants and soil. Plants that are grown in partially shaded areas are also less susceptible to winter desiccation, or drying out, than those grown in full sun. Full sun is preferred for maximum blueberry production as yields are reduced as shade increases, but the plants can tolerate up to 50 percent shade. Plant late-flowering cultivarsThe freeze risk to a blueberry crop can be reduced greatly by planting cultivars that flower later. For example, late-flowering rabbiteye cultivars, like Powderblue, Brightwell, Centurian and Tifblue, seldom suffer significant crop damage from freezing temperatures. Late-flowering cultivars, however, tend to ripen later than those that flower early. Unless you are trying to get a crop to market early, you might be better off selecting a late bloomer.Selecting recommended varieties of blueberries and other fruit trees for North Georgia is the single most important thing that home gardeners can do to avoid future problems with freeze damage. Do your homework before buying plants on impulse. With the recent warm winter weather, one of Georgia’s favorite crops, blueberries, could be at risk to freeze damage if a cold snap returns. The best resources for determining which varieties are best adapted to your area are factsheets available from your local UGA Extension office. The variety recommendations are based on trials at UGA research stations in Georgia. These factsheets are also available for free online at read more

Pecan Cover Crops

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells recommends planting crimson clover, or a similar cover crop, in pecan orchards to supply much-needed nitrogen and build up organic matter in the soil.Whether used in fields where row crops are produced or planted in home gardens, cover crops are most often planted during the fall. They provide nutrients that will benefit the soil profile later. Cover crops may be particularly beneficial in pecan production.Wells recommends planting crimson clover because it’s simple to distribute between an orchard’s tree rows, where grass typically grows. Growers don’t have to use equipment to cover the clover seeds because it naturally works its way into the grass and that’s cover enough, he said.The clover grows during the winter months when pecan trees are dormant, blooms in the spring and then seeds out in May and June.“Building up the soil is very important to preserving the lasting health of your orchard. The longer your trees live, the more nutrients they need over time. Having crimson clover grow in between your trees will help sustain the life of your orchard,” Wells said.While crimson clover’s impact as a cover crop is significant, Wells believes that vetch will serve the same purpose. Vetch is a winter annual legume that excels in producing nitrogen. It tolerates a wide range of soil pH levels and controls soil erosion.“A lot of orchards naturally have vetch that gets into the orchard. It’s also a legume like clover, so it’s going to be producing nitrogen as well. Some of the earlier work that’s been studied in Oklahoma shows that when you have a mix of clover and vetch, you’re actually getting a little bit more nitrogen. That’s a good situation as well,” Wells said.Wells also recommends planting Durana clover as a cover crop. Durana is a white clover variety that is low-growing and produces all season long.“Whether you’re using crimson clover or Durana clover, both of them are going to give you somewhere between 50 and 100 pounds of additional nitrogen over the course of a year. Something like that is what I would count on,” Wells said. “You would still need a spring application of nitrogen. Most of the nitrogen that you get from the clover crop is going to be available later in the season and more slowly released. But I will say the longer that clover is out there, the more that organic matter is built up and more nitrogen is released.”Nitrogen is one of 16 essential plant nutrients. It is key to the growth of a plant and is responsible for the plant’s color. Glen Harris, UGA Extension soils and fertility specialist, encourages pecan growers to take soil samples during the winter in order to have a better understanding of their trees’ nutrient needs.Pecans are a thriving industry in Georgia. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia’s pecan crop netted $361.3 million in farm gate value in 2015.last_img read more

Head In The Clouds

first_imgClimbers Seek Access To Cloudland CanyonGeorgia’s Cloudland Canyon boasts gorge walls that rise almost 2,000 feet from the valley floor. Miles of steep sandstone cliffs and creekside boulders highlight the state park. The quality of rock has prompted the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) to start a grassroots letter writing campaign requesting climber access to Cloudland’s forbidden cliffs.“We’ve received a number of public comments, which are being discussed in upper management,” says Ryan Hilton, a ranger at Cloudland Canyon. “But climbing has been off-limits for some time, and as of right now, that’s still the policy.”The Southeastern Climbers Coalition has been successful in reversing climbing bans. They recently secured bouldering access at Panola Mountain, another Georgia state park.“The Cloudland Canyon process is only in its infancy right now,” says Brad McLeod, spokesperson for the SCC. “But it’s one more piece in the puzzle, and Cloudland would offer another climbing option near Lookout Mountain.”Cloudland Canyon sits on the western edge of Lookout, the same long, wide, rocky mountain that has given climbers classic crags like Sunset Mountain in Tennessee, Rock Town in Georgia, and Little River in Alabama. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, however, climbers shouldn’t hold their breath while waiting for access to Cloudland Canyon.“We can’t offer climbing right now at Cloudland with the current trail system in place,” says Kim Hatcher, information officer for Georgia State Parks. “The type of rock that makes up Cloudland’s cliffs breaks easily, which means there would be a significant amount of debris falling below the climbers. Right now, the trails are located beneath the rock, so it’s a safety issue. Climbing would put hikers at risk.”And forget about re-routing the hiking trails in the current economic recession. The Department of Natural Resources is in the midst of a budget crunch and doesn’t have the staff or resources to undertake a large trail-building project.Still, McLeod feels as if the letter writing campaign has laid the groundwork for a serious access discussion in the future. “It’s one of the last parks run by the Georgia DNR that still bans climbing. The fact that there’s any kind of movement on the issue is promising.”last_img read more

Revised RBC plan gets big unveiling at today’s NCUA meeting

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Eliminating or lowering the risk-based capital requirement for a credit union to be well-capitalized;Revising the risk-weightings, particularly in the areas of member business loans, mortgages, long-term investments, mortgage servicing assets, and credit union service organization investments;Allowing goodwill and the 1% National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund deposit to be included in the calculation of risk-based capital;Clarifying the provision that would authorize the NCUA to impose additional minimum capital beyond what the rule requires;center_img Today the credit union community will get its first glimpse of the National Credit Union Administration’s much-anticipated revised risk-based capital proposal at the agency’s board meeting. During its year-long advocacy on the proposal, the Credit Union National Association has urged the agency to make six specific changes.These are:last_img read more

NAFCU witness set to testify on EMV liability shift Wednesday

first_imgJan Roche, president and CEO of State Department Federal Credit Union in Alexandria, Va., will testify on behalf of NAFCU Wednesday before the House Small Business Committee on the EMV transition and what it means for small businesses.Roche will discuss the recent EMV liability shift and how credit unions are preparing for the upgraded chip cards and new payments structure. She will also discuss how the new technology needs to be adopted by all parties within the payments system to best prevent cyber and data attacks.NAFCU has consistently urged for the establishment of a strong national data security standard for retailers that holds them responsible if they fail to protect consumer data.The Oct. 7 hearing, “The EMV Deadline and What it Means for Small Businesses,” will also examine the implications of the EMV chip deadline for small businesses and the efforts they are making to be in compliance with financial service providers. Roche will testify alongside representatives from VISA and the Electronic Transactions Association. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Launch of New Open Data Program

first_img August 22, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Launch of New Open Data Program   SHARE  TWEET Government That Works,  Open Data,  Press Release,  Results,  Transparency Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf launched OpenDataPA to enhance access to valuable information by creating a central repository to share the commonwealth’s data with the general public. Citizens, researchers, media, and developers can now browse through the first-released datasets at, the home of OpenDataPA.“Since day one of my administration, I have been committed to making state government more open and transparent,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “That’s why I signed an executive order to release agency data to the public in an open, accessible format, and today, am launching OpenDataPA. One of our most valuable and underutilized resources in state government is data. Our goal is to make data available in order to engage citizens, create economic opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs, and develop innovative policy solutions that improve program delivery and streamline operations.”OpenDataPA has three main goals:Accountability – OpenDataPA is the next step toward making Pennsylvania government more open to citizens. With the first datasets released, citizens will be able to track the progress of goals related to Governor Wolf’s three governing objectives — Schools That Teach, Jobs the Pay, Government That Works — in an interactive, simple format.Modernization – A vast improvement over the static agency reports of the past, OpenDataPA will both release newly collected datasets and consolidate datasets from other state agency websites to create a one-stop shop for all of the commonwealth’s open data.Innovation – OpenDataPA strives to be a source of innovation for citizens, entrepreneurs, civic developers, researchers, and policy makers who can manipulate the data we will be releasing to discover economic opportunities, create government applications, and make data-driven decisions.OpenDataPA launches with 12 valuable datasets, including information about job creation, school performance, bridges that are being repaired, and more, that relate to Governor Tom Wolf’s Schools That Teach, Jobs That Pay, and Government That Works priorities. In the coming weeks, we will release a performance dashboard that uses these 12 datasets to track Governor Wolf’s performance goals.Future data releases will go beyond performance metrics and include datasets from agencies and program areas across state government. The Wolf Administration is partnering with stakeholders — including the Office of Open Records, colleges and universities, and cities — to identify and prioritize future datasets for publication. There is also an online suggestion form on for new datasets.In recent years, governments at the federal, state and local levels have adopted open data initiatives to increase transparency to citizens, spur innovation and economic opportunity, and demonstrate the effectiveness of state policies and programs.By making data easily accessible, the Wolf Administration hopes to encourage citizens to become more familiar with how their government is performing, engage with the state’s developer community, and build tools and resources that ultimately make Pennsylvania an even better place to live and work.To explore this data, visit OpenDataPA’s website, can also read the blog post with answers to common questions about open data.center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Lowset brick home in “sweet little corner” ready for makeover

first_img2 Bevan Street, Aspley.The lowset brick home, which has a terracotta tiled roof, also has a deck out the back, where Mr Easton spends much of his time enjoying the views.The home is in a cul-de-sac and features timber floorboards under the carpet, a front porch/veranda, a single lockup garage and additional carport.With many older people moving out of the suburb, Mr Easton said the area was slowly changing. 2 Bevan Street, Aspley.Mr Easton had replaced the guttering and switchboards, however he said someone could redevelop the home into something special.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The home has security grills and toughened glass windows.On an elevated 655sq m block in a prestigious pocket of Aspley, Mr Easton said the property was in a “sweet little corner”. 2 Bevan Street, Aspley.After 24 years, Geoffrey Easton is selling his three-bedroom, one-bathroom home. Mr Easton, an auto electrician, said he had “outgrown” the property.“I really need a change. I have bought a property at Carseldine,” he said.Mr Easton said the home at 2 Bevan St, Aspley was in its original condition. “Before I moved in, the kitchen and bathroom had been renovated,” he said.“I have maintained the house in its current form, but it does need a little bit of work.”center_img 2 Bevan Street, Aspley.He hopes a family will buy his much loved home.Ray White — Chermside selling agent Cindy McGrath said the property was high on the ridge with a lovely outlook, and offered a rare corner allotment complete with a desirable Chartwell St frontage.Only 11km from Brisbane’s CBD, the home is close to private schools and shops. Public transport is within walking distance.last_img read more

Young women who want to ‘marry rich’ have a lot to learn

first_img Image via AMagill/FlickrEmilia Echolis is the pseudonym for a writer who holds a very controversial financial plan for her future: She plans to marry “rich.” And by “rich” she means a man who makes at least $300K a year and has at least $1,000,000 in investments. It’s no small task, but she is determined. And she has some time. Did I mention Echolis is only 23?Hmmm … I think only a 23-year-old could have written this. Sure, I admire her brazen honesty and there is some truth to some of what she says. Money DOES make a huge difference in terms of comfort and overall happiness. No, you can’t “buy happiness,” but being poor is a pretty surefire way to be unhappy.On the other hand, this was clearly written by someone who has a lot to learn about the world. According to Echolis:You see, “marrying rich” isn’t about draping myself in diamonds and paying for superfluous cosmetic surgeries. It’s about being able to protect myself and my family from whatever expenses the world may throw at us: medical issues, legal problems, retirement. And in doing that, I will still be able to live in comfort, to give my children every advantage, and to seize opportunities like travel, investments, and tickets to The Book of Mormon, but without incurring debt or sacrificing the basics in favor of the luxurious.These are all good points. But let’s also recall that one doesn’t need to be “rich” to do those things. Just comfortable. Now, I would be lying if I said these things didn’t occur to me in my marriage. And certainly my husband’s earning potential crossed my mind. It should, after all. But more than that, what appealed to me was his passion. He was pursuing his PhD in something he loved, and his drive and work ethic were part of what made him appeal to me.I would have felt the same even if he had been in a less lucrative career or one in which he made even more than he does. It was the passion that did it for me. And yes, money often follows that, but not always.This seems to be a common theme among women in their early 20s who are looking for mates. They have an idea of this perfect person with very specific pieces (like number of zeroes in his bank account!). As they age, one hopes they start to recognize that those things aren’t nearly as important as more general qualities — kindness, intelligence, and yes, passion.At 35, my guess is Echolis will be changing her tune significantly. At 40, if she keeps it up, my guess is she will be alone. Wanting to marry for money isn’t so horrible. But refusing to bend on the specifics guarantees a life of poverty either financially or emotionally.Good luck to her. She will need it.Do you think Echolis is right?Written by Sasha Brown-Worsham on CafeMom’s blog, The Stir 29 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships Young women who want to ‘marry rich’ have a lot to learn by: – September 20, 2011last_img read more

The Keeneland Experience

first_imgSally and I joined two other couples and went to Keeneland Raceway last weekend.  As I have written before, this beautiful facility in Lexington, Kentucky, becomes an experience just by being there.  Add to that the fact that this track attracts some of the finest horses in the world for its meet makes it even more fun for the betting enthusiast.Keeneland recently changed from a synthetic racing surface back to a dirt surface for its main track.  Keeneland was a dirt track for most of its 80 years, but like so many facilities, they thought the maintenance and drainage on a synthetic surface would improve the racing experience.  However, most horse owners believe the artificial surface causes more racing injuries and, thus, they prefer the dirt track.The dirt surface is comprised of sand, silt, and clay native to Kentucky.  It features a unique drainage system that is found only at Keeneland.  It would take too long to describe this system in this article.  In a nutshell, they place the dirt mixture on a very porous base and then add two large draining tracts along the rail and the outside fence.  The water literally goes through this surface as if it were a kitchen sieve.Keeneland did this for the safety factor and they also needed a dirt surface to qualify to host the 2015 Breeder’s Cup.  You have one week left to visit this beautiful facility.  I recommend you do so.last_img read more