Cabinet Supplier Finds Silver Lining in Cloudy Economy

first_imgVermont specialty wood products manufacturer Classic Designs by Matthew Burak continues to grow at a double digit pace, despite overall weakness in the housing market.The company manufactures high-quality turned columns for kitchen and bath cabinetmakers. Company sales have grown at an annual rate of 12% over the last 20 months. Internet sales from the companys website, www.tablelegs.com(link is external) have grown 61% over the same period last year.Remodeling is driving our business right now, says General Manager David Redmond. Our customers are cabinetmakers from all over the country. They are telling us a couple interesting things. One, homeowners trying to sell their home in slow markets are remodeling kitchens in an effort to attract buyers. These people use our columns and corbels to update an older home with its first kitchen island. Two, were hearing that clients whose homes are not on the market are doing some serious cocooning. Instead of the big travel vacation, homeowners are investing in spending leisure time at home, Redmond says.Kitchens are getting bigger, with more ambitious trim packages at the high and upper-middle end levels, Redmond continues. Our products give cabinetmakers an easy way to make cabinetry look more luxurious. Classic Designs can modify any stock to give a custom look without the big expense of truly custom-turned components.Classic Designs by Matthew Burak84 Central StreetSt. Johnsbury, VT 05819-2326www.tablelegs.com(link is external)last_img read more

Cracking the code of innovation

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Everyone says they want innovation in their organization, but when an ambitious employee offers a new idea to a CEO, for example, it is often shot down, says Neal Thornberry, Ph.D., faculty director for innovation initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School in California.“Senior leaders often miss the value-creating potential of a new concept because they either don’t take the time to really listen and delve into it, or the innovating employee presents it in the wrong way,” says Thornberry, who recently published “Innovation Judo,” based on his years of experience teaching innovation at Babson College and advising an array of corporate clients, from the Ford Co. and IBM to Cisco Systems.“Innovation should be presented as opportunities, not ideas,” he says. “Opportunities have gravitas (substance), while ideas do not!”Thornberry outlines a template for innovation that works:Intention: “I once worked with an executive committee, and I got six different ideas for what ‘innovation’ meant,” Thornberry says. “One wanted new products, another focused on creative cost-cutting, and the president wanted a more innovative culture. The group needed to agree on their intent before anything else.”Infrastructure: This is where you designate who is responsible for what. It’s tough, because the average employee will not take on new responsibility and potential risk without incentive. Some companies create units specifically focused on innovation, while others try to change the company culture to foster innovation throughout. “Creating a culture takes too long,” Thornberry says. “Don’t wait for that.”Investigation: What do you know about the problem? IDEO may be the world’s premier organization for investigating innovative solutions. Suffice to say the organization doesn’t skimp on collecting and analyzing data. At this point, data collection is crucial, whereas brainstorming often proves a waste of time, if the participants come in with the same ideas, knowledge and opinions they had last week with no new learning in their pockets. continue reading »last_img read more

Governor Wolf, Senator Wiley, Reps. Harkins and Fabrizio Secure Critical Funding in Budget to Aid Erie

first_img July 14, 2016 Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Sean Wiley, and Representatives Pat Harkins and Flo Fabrizio today announced that the 2016-17 budget includes critical funding for the Erie School District. In the 2016-17 budget, the Erie School District received an increase of $3.3 million in basic education funding, an increase of $234,000 in special education funding, and an additional $4 million to aid the district financially.Over a two year period, Governor Wolf and legislators have secured more than $6.5 million in basic education funding for the Erie School District and $562,000 in special education funding.“The Erie School District, like too many districts across Pennsylvania, is still reeling from the devastating cuts to education made by the previous administration,” said Governor Wolf. “Working with Senator Wiley and Representatives Harkins and Fabrizio, we fought hard to secure additional funding for the district that is critical to placing it on solid financial footing. The budget that was completed yesterday includes more money to invest in our classrooms and our children, and it provides additional funding to help the district with its finances.”Going even further, Governor Wolf worked with Senator Wiley, and Representatives Harkins and Fabrizio to include a provision in the budget to provide the Erie School District with additional financial and technical support from the Department of Education.“We spent months making the case that Erie’s Public Schools cannot cut its way out of this hole and that their financial situation cannot be righted without an influx of funds,” said Senator Wiley. “Getting them out of the red and back to even was an important step, but one that is only a short-term fix. Erie’s Public Schools and other districts across this Commonwealth will be right back in the same situation next budget cycle if we don’t address the costs incurred by districts. I look forward to continuing to work on those necessary systemic changes moving forward.”“I’m very happy that things worked out,” said Rep. Harkins. “We’ve been working together in a bipartisan way since September with Superintendent Jay Badams to find a positive solution for all involved. I’m very glad we were able to come to an agreement that worked for everyone.”“I’m very pleased that the General Assembly and the Governor have recognized the dire financial situation of Erie’s Public Schools, and that by working collaboratively and collectively, we’ve been able to provide them with some relief,” said Representative Fabrizio.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf, Senator Wiley, Reps. Harkins and Fabrizio Secure Critical Funding in Budget to Aid Eriecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Abortion: A tragic response to lack of choice

first_imgIt was, ironically, a pro-abortion senior nurse who told me I may be the only person these women would ever confide in. It’s a burden I never willingly sought, but will carry none the less.Stories of secret abortions to avoid further exacerbation of domestic violence. Stories of rape and incest. Employers who subtly threatened termination of job or denial of promotion if pregnancy resulted – or continued. Financial concerns. Educational restraints. Other children at home, some with special needs. Breakdowns of long term relationships.Not once did I come across women celebrating their abortion as an act of female empowerment, taking dominion and control over their reproductive destinies.Suddenly the pro-choice bumper sticker rhetoric looked shallow, meaningless and simply blatant lies.Even the women who were “pro-choice” and would likely make the same choice if they were in the same circumstances again, admitted their sorrow – acknowledgement of a child who was just not meant to be. Their stories were dotted with “if onlys”.If only.Society’s offer of help to the desperate woman? Kill her unborn child. How utterly offensive.It became obvious – abortion was not a choice, rather a tragic response to a lack of choices.Abortion isn’t illegal in this country. The system is set up with the intention of acknowledging the interests of the unborn and trying to balance that against the woman and her interests.If we were to fully liberalise our abortion laws, what will we see? There’s no reason to not anticipate very liberal American constructs. A clinic where a woman can walk in, part with a few hundred dollars, and be out the door by mid-afternoon.Right now, most abortions are done under the banner of a District Health Board. The system follows the law as much as those involved interpret it.Infection control and surgical care pathways are followed religiously, women with complicated histories are assessed and cared for properly to ensure no harm comes to them, and when the very rare complication does arise, they are dealt with quickly and competently. We’ve had no abortion deaths in this country since the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act passed in the late 70s.The system can pick up, and care for, girls and women who may be facing violent situations at home, domestic violence, rape, coercion. There is counselling, discussion of options, and health care professionals each step of the way.I don’t like abortion, but at least in this country we have a system that protects women from the worst the abortion industry can offer.For all the talk from the Greens, Labour and whoever else decides to throw their hat in, what will full liberalisation look like?Will our laws demand that abortions remain in hospitals? Demand a process through counselling and meeting with different health care professionals? Will it ensure we won’t have random clinics popping up in our poorest neighbourhoods with the cheapest of facilities, relaxed infection control, no resuscitation equipment, and staff who frequently operate outside their scope practice?Do we want a system like some of the more liberal states in America? Where women are herded through questionable clinics like cattle? Where the abortion lobby staunchly and frequently opposes standard clinic regulations and health checks?I don’t pretend that my experiences are the majority – I’m sure there are plenty of women who got through their abortion process without any crisis of conscience or long term emotional anguish.My concern is that all the women who’ve shared their sombre stories with me got through a pretty rigorous system which was supposed to protect them, but how many women will be hurried through a more liberalised version? What will their emotional futures look like?Liberalising abortion just comes across as the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Like so many of our problems in this country, we’re too busy making bigger band aids instead of addressing why there’s so many sharp objects laying about.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/share-your-news-and-views/17875538/Abortion-A-tragic-response-to-lack-of-choice Stuff co.nz 31 March 2017Family First Comment: An excellent Op-Ed“For all the talk from the Greens, Labour and whoever else decides to throw their hat in, what will full liberalisation look like? Will our laws demand that abortions remain in hospitals? Demand a process through counselling and meeting with different health care professionals? Will it ensure we won’t have random clinics popping up in our poorest neighbourhoods with the cheapest of facilities, relaxed infection control, no resuscitation equipment, and staff who frequently operate outside their scope practice? Do we want a system like some of the more liberal states in America? Where women are herded through questionable clinics like cattle? Where the abortion lobby staunchly and frequently opposes standard clinic regulations and health checks? I don’t pretend that my experiences are the majority – I’m sure there are plenty of women who got through their abortion process without any crisis of conscience or long term emotional anguish. My concern is that all the women who’ve shared their sombre stories with me got through a pretty rigorous system which was supposed to protect them, but how many women will be hurried through a more liberalised version? What will their emotional futures look like? Liberalising abortion just comes across as the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Like so many of our problems in this country, we’re too busy making bigger band aids instead of addressing why there’s so many sharp objects laying about.”www.chooselife.org.nz Then I became a nurse.Early on I directed my career away from women’s health. I didn’t want to have to deal with my niggling conscience when assisting with abortion or sexual health. I didn’t want to appear to be “judging” a patient, I didn’t want to be unprofessional.So, imagine my surprise when time and time again I met women who began pouring out their stories of grief to me. Stories regarding their abortions. Common questions in nursing assessments – previous surgical histories, any reactions to drugs etc – led to very personal abortion stories.These stories were truly heart-wrenching, and I felt as if I was intruding into an aspect of their life that, even as a healthcare professional, was not my place to be. It was too intimate.last_img read more

Bicyclist Injured In Batesville Crash Tuesday

first_imgBATESVILLE – An accident at a Batesville intersection led to the hospitalization of a bicyclist Tuesday afternoon.The accident occurred around 1:15 p.m. at the intersection of Boehringer and Main Street.Crash investigators say Abram Sitterding, 26, of Batesville, was stopped at the 4-way intersection on Boehringer Street.When he started to drive through the intersection, a bicycle operated by David McConnell, 63, of Batesville, was heading south on Main Street and came into the path of Sitterding’s vehicle, police said.McConnell was rushed to Margaret Mary Health where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.The accident remains under investigation by the Batesville Police Department.last_img

Sponsors needed for newest shelter

first_imgBatesville, IN — One of the newest shelters at Liberty Park in Batesville is actually a recycled piece. Previously, it was a shelter at the city’s old dump that was disassembled, moved, reassembled, and installed by the Batesville Park & Recreation Department.Another portion of the old shelter was moved to Brum Woods. The city is looking for sponsors for the shelter to help fund concrete sidewalks and a pad for the shelter itself. For more information on being a sponsor, contact Mike Baumer at the Batesville Park & Recreation Department at 812-934-4560 or click here for information online.last_img

N’Diaye loaned to Eskisehirspor

first_img Press Association The 23-year-old France youth international has made just 16 appearances for the Black Cats since his arrival from another Turkish club, Bursaspor, in a £3.8million deal in January. N’Diaye’s move continues the changes being made by new manager Paolo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland midfielder Alfred N’Diaye has joined Turkish side Eskisehirspor on a season-long loan, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed.center_img The Italian has made nine new signings this summer and allowed six players to leave permanently while Danny Graham, and now N’Diaye, have moved out on loan. last_img read more

Bale asks for Madrid move – report

first_img However reports in Spain have claimed Bale is eager to move to Madrid, with sports newspaper Marca even reporting dialogue from a conversation they claim he had with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. According to Marca, Bale told Levy he wanted Spurs to negotiate a deal and said: “I’m not interested in Manchester United or any other team. I just want to play for Madrid.” Reports in Spain earlier this week also suggested the player has already agreed terms on a six-year deal. Whatever Bale did or did not say to Levy, Villas-Boas is optimistic the 24-year-old, who is currently contracted until 2016, will extend his stay at White Hart Lane. The Portuguese said on Friday: “There was contact between the club and his agent last year and there is ongoing contact between the club and his agent. “We renewed his contract at the beginning of last season, if you remember, and it’s something that is being dealt with by the chairman and the agent. “Talks are ongoing but that doesn’t mean there is an agreement. At the moment we’re confident that the player is under contract at Tottenham, as was done last year. It’s something that we’re speaking about, but there aren’t any developments.” Villas-Boas also reiterated his liking of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado despite Spurs’ director of football Franco Baldini failing to agree a fee with the Primera Division club on a recent visit to Spain. One player who seems certain to start the season in a Tottenham shirt is Belgian winger Nacer Chadli who formally joined from FC Twente on Friday and could feature in their pre-season friendly against Monaco on August 3. Chadli’s move to White Hart Lane, for a reported £7million, was confirmed by Spurs after the 23-year-old agreed personal terms and passed a medical. He has been training with Tottenham on their tour of Asia. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas had hoped the Welsh winger would be fit to face South China FC in the Barclays Asia Trophy match in Hong Kong, however he continues to be troubled by a knock sustained in training. Villas-Boas has revealed there are ongoing talks with Bale’s agent regarding a new contract at White Hart Lane. Gareth Bale will sit out the latest Tottenham pre-season friendly due to injury on Saturday as he continues to be linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Kingsbarns usurped by sharp Qewy

first_img “He won his maiden in Navan last year very well and he probably didn’t go on the quick ground in the summer. He went on that ground very well,” said McDonogh. “You’d have to like him there. He might run well in the Gladness Stakes (at the Curragh next month) or something like that.” Kingsbarns was not the only high-profile Aidan O’Brien horse to flounder in the difficult conditions as Johann Strauss also had to settle for minor honours earlier on the card. Runner-up in last season’s Racing Post Trophy, the 4-5 favourite could finish only third after a troubled run in the Ross Nugent Foundation Maiden. One of O’Brien’s Classic prospects, he was held up as stablemate Illusive and Le Troisieme Gris set the pace. Joseph O’Brien made his move early in the straight and went for a gap on the inside but it was closed by Kevin Manning on the eventual winner Fiscal Focus (5-2). Jim Bolger’s colt just held Boqa by a nose, with Johann Strauss a never-nearer third, another length and three-quarters away. “He got through the ground but we won’t know how good he is until he gets better ground,” said Bolger. Kingsbarns could finish only third as Qewy made all of the running to spring a surprise in the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown. “He’s a good sort – I like him and I think he has prospects. “He doesn’t lack toe and it’s possible he could come back in trip too.” The narrowly-beaten Boqa, is trained by Tommy Stack, who took the Bulmers Live at Leopardstown Summer Racedays 2014 Fillies Maiden with the newcomer Waltzing Matilda (3-1) under Wayne Lordan. The daughter of Danehill Dancer is likely to return to the Dublin track for the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial on May 11. Stack’s son and assistant, Fozzy, said: “They didn’t go much of a gallop and it turned into a sprint which wasn’t ideal. “She wants a mile and a quarter – she’s quite nice but she’s still big, raw and green. She can only improve. “I was going to enter her in the Athasi Stakes but I thought it was a bit short for her. “She’ll probably come back here for the Guineas Trial.” The 2012 Racing Post Trophy winner held every chance but could not get to the John Oxx-trained 11-1 outsider of five in the rain-softened ground. Qewy kept pulling out more for Declan McDonogh and got the verdict by three-quarters of a length from Pop Art, who took second spot from 4-6 favourite Kingsbarns. Press Associationlast_img read more

Michigan State looks for home win vs No. 9 Maryland

first_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com TEAM LEADERS: Jalen Smith and Anthony Cowan Jr. have led the Terrapins. Smith is averaging 15.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while Cowan is putting up 16.3 points and 4.6 assists per game. The Spartans have been led by Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston. Tillman has averaged 13.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks while Winston has put up 17.6 points and 5.5 assists per game.CREATING OFFENSE: Cowan has made or assisted on 46 percent of all Maryland field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has accounted for 26 field goals and 30 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Michigan State is 0-5 this year when it scores 66 points or fewer and 17-3 when it scores at least 67.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Spartans are 11-0 when they hold opposing teams to 62 points or fewer and 6-8 when opponents exceed 62 points. The Terrapins are 16-0 when they score at least 72 points and 4-4 on the year when falling short of 72.STOUT STATE: Michigan State has held opposing teams to 37.5 percent shooting from the field this year, the lowest percentage among all Division I teams. Michigan State looks for home win vs No. 9 Marylandcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 Maryland (20-4, 10-3) vs. Michigan State (17-8, 9-5)Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan; Saturday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Michigan State looks for its fourth straight win over No. 9 Maryland at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The last victory for the Terrapins at Michigan State was a 68-66 win on Dec. 30, 2014. February 14, 2020last_img read more