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first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied/Potawatomi Zoo) The Gift of Lights, a special holiday lights event, returns to the Potawatomi Zoo every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 5 p.m. -9 p.m. from Nov. 27 to Dec 20.(Photo supplied/Potawatomi Zoo)Regular admission is $10 for adults ages 15 and up, $5 for children 3-14, and babies 2 and under are free. Admission for Zoo Members is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the Zoo is requiring timed entry tickets this year, available for purchase on the Zoo’s website.Santa will be at the Red Barn every night from 6 p.m. -8 p.m., and special guest Elsa will visit the Zoo on Sundays from 6 p.m. -8 p.m.(Photo supplied/Potawatomi Zoo)The Zoo Train tickets are $4 (over 2 years old) and include a lighted route, fun Christmas present and hot chocolate sample. The Zoo train will run as weather permits. The carousel will not be running in winter.The Congo Café will be open with hot chocolate, coffee, and a limited menu. The Otter Outpost will be open with snacks, beverages, and special seasonal adult drinks. The Round Barn Monkey Bar will be open as weather permits with seasonal adult drinks and snacks as well.The Zoo Gift Shop is open from 5-9 pm during The Gift of Lights in the new entrance building. The Gift Shop is also open 10 am to 2 pm Mondays through Saturdays, starting December 1.Due to health and safety guidelines, masks are required for visitors age 8 and over upon entry and when social distancing is not possible. The Learning Center will be not open.For the health and safety of our animals, some of the outside exhibits are closed after dark and in cold weather. The Gift Of Lights holiday event returning to the Potawatomi Zoo Twitter Previous articleDowntown Elkhart merchants plan “Downtown to You” delivery systemNext articleGrowing number of scammers trying to get unemployment benefits Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Google+ By Jon Zimney – November 25, 2020 0 233 WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionExtremists on both sides hurt country History has proven that our country does better as a centrist nation.The extremists of each political party have turned us against each other, causing major problems. This was before President Trump ever came to power. Check it out with a reliable source, not just your favorite political site. Look at all sides of the political spectrum.How can we solve any of our country’s problems if we just dig in? Come on and let’s use some common sense. We have the greatest country in the world. Let’s not give in to the way of socialism, communism or any of the “isms.” Let’s solve our country’s problems together in a reasonable fashion.Carol Phillips GoldsteinNiskayunaSchenectady rolled out the red carpet44,000. That is how many people came to our downtown over the past two weeks to see Hamilton at Proctors. Not to mention the thousands who came for other events at Proctors or movies at Bow Tie or the thousands who came to Mohawk Harbor.Hamilton made them happy. So did organized parking done by LAZ; welcoming knowledgeable ambassadors organized by our City Mission; fabulous food by our many restaurants and pubs, security and emergency response by our police and firefighters; clean and beautified streets managed by our city and our Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation; a beautifully lit Jay Street and buildings and bridges and all the development that Metroplex makes possible; and hundreds of people who tirelessly volunteer to usher, greet, feed, bartend and basically make Proctors work for its audience and its theatrical guests.Schenectady has become a visitor place, and based on the results of the past weeks, we do a fabulous job.Thank you to every person and every business that helped make us all look so good.Philip MorrisSchenectadyThe writer is CEO of Proctors.Order mental health tests for bicyclistsHere’s a very simple solution to the bicyclists problem, and I used it often as a police officer.It’s called Section 941 of the Mental Hygiene Law (MHL). If the bicyclists are riding in the middle of the road and coming within inches of cars presumptively traveling at 30 mph, this is indicative of someone who is suicidal or a danger to others.Take two or three of the ringleaders and bring them to Ellis for a 72-hour evaluation. The parents will have to respond to the hospital, pick the child up and pay all associated medical costs. The bicycles would be impounded at the police department and released when an evidence tech is available (and they are pretty busy officer, if you know what I mean).These teenagers who are not of arrestable age yet think they are untouchable. Nothing could be further from the truth. This would only take about an hour or so for the officers to process, and once you did it a few times, problem solved. You may even get to the bottom of what is troubling these poor young disadvantaged youth.Patrick T. Horan GuilderlandThe writer is a retired Schenectady Police Department officer and a retired SSGT, USAF.NRA, politicians put money above livesRegarding the mass shootings in the United States: The NRA pays off the politicians and gave Trump $30 million for his campaign so they can get more members. They do this because money is more important than lives. There are very few mass shootings in Canada, Ireland, London, Paris or Italy because there’s no NRA in those places.Concetta CannizzaroNiskayuna U.S. forfeits freedom in USMCA trade deal Will the Republic known as the United States of America survive, as we know it, if Congress approves the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (trade agreement) and make it the law of the land? If we Americans are to preserve our God-given rights and our national sovereignty, we must convince Congress to reject USMCA, which is a stepping-stone toward a European Union-style North American union. The USMCA is promoted as a free trade agreement. However, it is anything but free trade. Lowering of tariffs is merely a facade for a managed regional integration scheme, the objective of which is no less than a regional integration toward world government. Free trade presupposes the free flow of goods across borders without the intervention by government. However, international organizations and/or agreements such as USMCA, WTO and TPP, to name a few, do not seek to remove government from international trade, but rather empower unelected government bodies to administer regional and global rules and regulations to override the sovereign state. USMCA is a dangerous agreement as it further opens us up to international control, which we don’t want or need. Please contact your congressional representatives to voice your opposition to USMCA. George Van SchaickSchenectady  New Yorkers have had enough of wasteThe Aug. 16 editorial “Another Sign of Waste in NY” reveals that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered recently installed signs for the new “Tappan Zee/Gov. Mario Cuomo” bridge be removed and remade (again) because the former governor’s middle initial is missing. At what point do we, the taxpayers of New York state, say enough is enough? At what point do we hold the governor and legislators responsible for their fiduciary abuse and neglect?Since Cuomo became governor in 2011, New York has been No. 1 in highest overall individual tax burden, yet we suffer statewide crumbling infrastructure, crippling regulations, outlandish Albany corruption, tax rates that continue to soar and are further widened in subtle disguise as licensing, permit, fee, surcharge, service charge, etc.Since Gov. Andrew has been governor, New York state (including New York City) suffers the greatest exodus of tax-paying residents in our history — tax-paying residents and businesses who escape New York for other friendlier, more stable and less burdensome taxed states. According to the U.S. Census: The population of the United States is growing. However, New York is losing population at a greater rate than any other state in the union. In just one year, between  July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018, New York lost 48,500 in population.The abuse New York taxpayers endure from Gov. Cuomo’s narcissistic and careless governing, coupled with the neglectful spending approved by our state legislators, is outrageous. The average New York taxpayer cannot continue like this, and our rapid loss of population proves it.  Don DeMarcoSchenectadyReimbursement caps have consequences Congress is wisely seeking to give patients a break by tackling the problem of unexpected medical bills.But as with anything in the medical field, the important question is about side effects. Proposals that cap rates on reimbursements can create more problems than they solve.Side effects may include doctor shortages, especially in rural communities, as we have seen in California after that state capped out of network rates. Further side effects may include a shrinking number of “in-network” options as insurance companies lower their costs and maximize their profits thanks to the leverage this system gives them over doctors and hospitals. As a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in couple’s therapy, trauma, grief and women’s issues, this is a matter that concerns me greatly — especially in the most unfortunate situations when a woman suffers abuse and needs immediate intervention and treatment.While such proposals might have good intentions about taking the surprise out of medical billing, they would also make it more difficult for patients to see a doctor or other health care provider. We should look to proven solutions instead of trying to treat a sickness with a cure worse than the disease.Dr. Mo Therese Hannah, PhD. LathamMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more


first_imgStatewide—Preliminary results from a scientific study aimed at measuring the spread of the novel coronavirus in Indiana show a general population prevalence of about 2.8 percent of the state’s population.  As part of the first phase of the study, a collaboration of the Indiana State Department of Health and the Fairbanks School of Public Health, researchers tested more than 4,600 Hoosiers between April 25 and May 1 for viral infections and antibodies of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. After analyzing these test results, IUPUI public health researchers determined that during the last week in April, 1.7 percent of participants tested positive for the novel coronavirus and an additional 1.1 percent tested positive for antibodies—bringing the estimated population prevalence of the virus in the state to 2.8 percent, or approximately 186,000 Hoosiers who were actively or previously infected as of May 1, Dr. Nir Menachemi said.As of the same date, the state’s testing showed about 17,000 cumulative cases—not including deaths—suggesting that only about one out of every 11 true infections were identified by tests focused on symptomatic or high-risk people. Dr. Menachemi also said the research team also found that almost 45 percent of people who tested positive for active viral infection reported no symptoms at all.Additionally, the study found some differences across the state’s 10 Public Health Preparedness Districts. District 9, Southeastern Indiana, which experienced an early facility-based outbreak, was observed to have the highest prevalence of the virus in the general population.last_img read more


first_img Published on February 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Cheers in unison broke out for freshman C.J. Fair. For the niche player who keeps to himself, Wednesday was his Carrier Dome coming-out party.After a road trip during which the mild-mannered freshman amplified his role as a lengthy, heady player for Syracuse, Fair was doing the same in front of the Dome crowd. His name was chanted by the crowd of 26,904. When he was whistled for a foul in the second half, they howled in his defense.And why not? He had perhaps his best game in the Dome: 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks.‘I just try to help the team as best I can,’ Fair said. ‘I know my job. Not to come out here and try to be the leading scorer and all that stuff. On defense, when I get in the game, try to get us going.’Fair sparked the Orange off the bench Wednesday. On a night when Syracuse’s most dependable player — Rick Jackson — wasn’t dependable, Fair stepped up, even if the final result was a 64-56 Syracuse loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut to Fair and SU wing Kris Joseph, it’s no surprise. Joseph said he isn’t a freshman any longer, the same honor the junior bestowed on freshman Baye Moussa Keita after defeating Connecticut last week. Fair hasn’t been a freshman in Joseph’s eyes for a while. He is doing what he has always been able to bring to the table.‘He finds his spot and he executes,’ Joseph said. ‘He takes advantage of his opportunity. If he has the opportunity to score the basketball, he will try to make a play.’Fair was effective for the third straight game Wednesday, but it was the first at home. After missing three games earlier in the season with an ankle injury, Fair excelled on SU’s last road trip. He had seven points, nine rebounds and three blocks against South Florida on Saturday. He registered six points, four rebounds, a block and a steal against Connecticut last Wednesday.The play that yielded the student section’s loudest cheers for Fair was the longest possession in the game. With 57 seconds remaining in the first half, Georgetown worked the shot clock as Chris Wright missed a 3. Julian Vaughn grabbed an offensive board only to have Fair swat it away emphatically.The Hoyas would eventually hit a 3. But in the time it took for the refs to retrieve the ball and for Georgetown to convert, Fair’s name was already ringing through the Dome. Due to his relentlessness.Said Joseph: ‘Even if he misses, he will try to be aggressive.’Syracuse loses to archrival at home for first time in nine yearsJohn Thompson III didn’t start his opening remarks with anything that took place during Wednesday’s 64-56 win over Syracuse. He didn’t begin by talking about his team’s seventh Big East win in a row.Instead, Thompson talked about the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry and how he just won his first game ever inside the Carrier Dome.Thompson referenced the date Feb. 13, 1980, and repeated the words of his father, John Thompson Jr., who on that date said the infamous words, ‘Manley Field House is closed.’ He said it was one of the most significant and talked-about moments in Big East history.And although his father was the one who ‘closed’ Manley Field House with a win in the old arena’s final SU-Georgetown basketball game, the younger Thompson had never won at the Dome in his seven seasons leading the Hoyas.He said coming into this game, he was well aware of that.‘This is my seventh year, and this is my first win up here,’ Thompson said. ‘So I’ve been thinking the last couple years that the man upstairs said, ‘OK, he closed down Manley, but your ancestors, your lineage, none of them are going to win at the new place.’‘Me and the man upstairs had a little talk this week, and I’m glad he lifted whatever dust he sprinkled on top of us.’Syracuse against Georgetown, Thompson said, is what the Big East is all about. It helped foster what is now considered by many to be the best college basketball conference in the country.After six tries, Thompson finally notched a victory inside the Dome. After years of trying, it was this year’s senior-heavy group that broke through and won.‘It feels good,’ Georgetown guard Chris Wright said. ‘It was something we focused on, and not only was it coach’s first time, but it was our first time, too. We just did what we had to do to win the game.’[email protected]@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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