Metropolitan Center – Northwest Metropolitans http://northwestmetropolitans.com/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 21:51:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-5.png Metropolitan Center – Northwest Metropolitans http://northwestmetropolitans.com/ 32 32 Alaska, New Jersey and Connecticut lead the most expensive US nursing home markets https://northwestmetropolitans.com/alaska-new-jersey-and-connecticut-lead-the-most-expensive-us-nursing-home-markets/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 21:51:14 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/alaska-new-jersey-and-connecticut-lead-the-most-expensive-us-nursing-home-markets/ On average, it costs nursing home residents about $39 more per day to stay in a private room compared to a semi-private room, or $315 compared to $276. While some might consider the difference to be relatively small, it really all depends on average per capita income. Medicaid beneficiaries generally must not earn more than […]]]>

On average, it costs nursing home residents about $39 more per day to stay in a private room compared to a semi-private room, or $315 compared to $276.

While some might consider the difference to be relatively small, it really all depends on average per capita income. Medicaid beneficiaries generally must not earn more than $13,590 a year to qualify for assistance, according to a national survey led by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

There are no income limit for Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older, but some may pay more for premiums based on annual earnings.

About 62% of SNF residents have Medicaid coverage, while 13% are covered by fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare and 25% fall into a mix of Medicare Advantage and private payment, according to a recent report published by ATI. Advisory.

Lincoln Financial Group Insurance and Financial Planning Company is broken down what different care facilities cost recipients, separating skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and home care on its What Care Costs website.

What Care Costs provides average rates based on over 30,000 different skilled nursing facilities, home care and assisted living sites, nationwide, state and metro.

Alaska, Connecticut, and New Jersey were the most expensive states for daily skilled nursing costs—private room costs alone are $531, $481, and $479, respectively.

Semi-private rooms in the three most expensive states cost $452 (Alaska), $426 (New Jersey), and $453 (Connecticut). That’s a difference of $79, $55, and $26 for each state.

Cost projection averages for Alaska alone are projected to increase to $713 for a private room and $608 for a semi-private room by 2031. Similarly, Connecticut will see private rooms increase to $646 and semi-private rooms at $609 within the same timeframe.

Semi-private and private rooms across the state have fluctuated over the past four years, with 2019 seeing the highest spike in private rooms over $600 per day, while semi-private rooms for the same year fell below $400.

Otherwise, daily rates for both room types in Alaska have remained between $400 and $600.

“If you compare it to a college dorm for example, a single room doesn’t cost twice as much as sharing a double room with a roommate, but it’s more expensive,” Heather Deichler, senior vice president of MoneyGuard Business Management at Lincoln Financial, said in a statement.

Connecticut and New Jersey can get even more expensive if a facility is located in a certain metropolitan area, the data shows.

Private rooms in the New York/Northern New Jersey/Long Island metro area pay $523 per day for a private room, and SNF private rooms in Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City are $440 per day.

Private rooms from Connecticut to Hartford can cost $506 per day, while private rooms from New London-Norwich are below the state average at $381.

The Lincoln website provides a searchable database of long-term care cost information for states and metropolitan areas across the United States. Data can be sorted by geography and type of care, and now care costs can be projected into the future.

While Lincoln’s SNF data was based on costs for private and semi-private rooms, home health care pricing was measured by averages of hours per visit for home health aides and the cost of one registered nurse and one registered nurse per visit.

Lincoln collected monthly assisted living rates for a studio as well as one-bedroom and two-bed apartments.

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Transit Records: Amtrak, Stantec/HART, Metrolink, New York MTA, San Diego MTS/NCTD https://northwestmetropolitans.com/transit-records-amtrak-stantec-hart-metrolink-new-york-mta-san-diego-mts-nctd/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 23:16:06 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/transit-records-amtrak-stantec-hart-metrolink-new-york-mta-san-diego-mts-nctd/ Written by Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief Beginning July 29, Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express will expand north to serve Middlebury, Vergennes and Burlington, Vt. (Amtrak/Steve Ostrowski) The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) has announced that Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express will begin serving Burlington, Vermont next month. Additionally, Stantec was awarded a contract extension for work on […]]]>

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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

Beginning July 29, Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express will expand north to serve Middlebury, Vergennes and Burlington, Vt. (Amtrak/Steve Ostrowski)

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) has announced that Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express will begin serving Burlington, Vermont next month. Additionally, Stantec was awarded a contract extension for work on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) light rail project; Metrolink in Southern California Deploys Next Phase of Earthquake Early Warning System; The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) launched an online trip planner for riders considering new trips to Grand Central Madison; and a new program from the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD) will offer free transit passes to young adults exiting foster care.

Amtrak Ethan AllenExpress will expand service north from its current terminus in Rutland, Vt., starting July 29. It will add stops in Middlebury and Vergennes, Vt., and continue to Burlington, after extensive planning and infrastructure work, according to Vermont AOT. Part of that work included rebuilding the main line tunnel, which Vermont Railway—The age of the railway2022 Short Line of the Year – Completed Spring with State of Vermont, City of Middlebury, New England Central Railroad (NECR), Lead Designer VHB, Kubricky Construction Corp. and Engineers Construction Inc. Ethan AllenExpress will depart Burlington daily at 10:10 a.m. and arrive at Penn Station in New York at 5:45 p.m.; rates will start at $75. Northbound service will depart Penn Station at 2:21 p.m. daily and arrive in Burlington at 9:55 p.m.

“Our agency’s talented and dedicated railroad executives, engineers and planners deserve immense credit for their unwavering dedication to bringing Vermonters and visitors to the state this new transportation option for travel between New York and Burlington,” said said Vermont Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn.

Map of the 20-mile, 21-station streetcar line under construction in O’ahu between Kapolei and Ala Moana Center. (Map courtesy of HART)

Stantec secured a $119 million contract extension to continue engineering and construction inspection services for the eastern section of the STAG light rail project. The contract will run through the end of 2026, with the possibility of a five-year extension until the project’s scheduled completion in 2031. The 20-mile, 21-station elevated light rail system will connect West Oahu to Honolulu International Airport; downtown Honolulu; and the Ala Moana Center, a major commercial center and transit hub.

“Light rail is a critical part of improving transportation in Hawaii and achieving our climate goals,” said HART Executive Director and CEO Lori Kahikina. “Providing a backbone connecting downtown, major transit centers and the airport will significantly improve our transit system. Stantec has been with us since the beginning, and we appreciate their long-standing expertise and service in completing the project.

In related developments, HART earlier this month submitted a recovery plan to the Federal Transit Administration documenting how it will complete the project within available funding. Due to an estimated funding shortfall in March 2021, the transit agency’s plan proposes to truncate the 1.25-mile project with an interim terminus at Civic Center Station, located at the Halekauwila intersection Street and South Street, and to report the Pearl Highlands car park. Garage. The moves will keep the overall cost below $10 billion, according to HART, which said it remains committed to completing the entire Ala Moana Center project in a later phase. The plan has been approved by the HART Board of Directors; Honolulu City Council Committee on Transportation, Health and Sustainability; and the entire Honolulu City Council prior to submission.

Metrolinkin partnership with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the US Geological Survey (USGS), began testing an earthquake early warning system last fall along the 91/Perris Valley rail line between Perris and Riverside (see map above).

The system was able to send automated messages to train crews to begin slowing or stopping the train, as needed.

The next stage of testing is an updated version of the earthquake early warning system that is based on an interface between Metrolink’s Positive Train Control (PTC) system and ShakeAlert® operated by the USGS. The system will process ShakeAlert data – origin, time, location and magnitude of the earthquake – and send PTC messages to trains in the affected area to automatically slow down or stop depending on the severity of the earthquake, depending on the passenger railway.

The new system will also provide “enhanced data to support rail network inspection and service recovery after an earthquake,” Metrolink reported.

Following the pilot on the 91/Perris Valley line, staff will evaluate the performance of the earthquake early warning system for potential expansion on the 538-mile, seven-line regional/commuter rail network that covers Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and North San Diego counties.

(ShakeAlerts do not predict earthquakes, according to Metrolink. Instead, an alert indicates that an earthquake has started, shaking is expected, and protective measures should be taken.)

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) launched a new tool, gcmtrips.mta.infoallowing Long Island Rail Road passengers to plan trips to and from Grand Central Madison, Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal or any other station when service to Grand Central Madison begins in late 2022. To use the trip planner, a passenger can enter the originating station, destination, travel time and day of the week, and the planner will suggest routes and transfer options, according to MTA.

Schedules included are currently in draft form and subject to change; they will be finalized this fall.

“The online trip planner will help LIRR customers see the many new travel opportunities that the opening of Grand Central Madison will bring to Long Island Rail Road,” said Catherine Rinaldi, Acting President of MTA Long Island Rail Road. and President of MTA Metro-Northern Railway. “Once the public has a chance to plan their new ride, they will see how many new travel opportunities the new, updated schedules provide at our beautiful new Grand Central Madison Terminal, revitalized Penn Station and our Brooklyn hub at Atlantic Ave.”

San Diego MTS and NCTD in California are partnering in a pilot program that will offer free passes to people between the ages of 18 and 24, who have been in and out of the foster care system, or are currently in extended foster care. Once approved for the PRONTO Extend program, participants will be able to download the free transit pass to their PRONTO app or PRONTO card for MTS and NCTD, Trolley and SPRINTER and COASTER fixed-route bus services each month. Scheduled to launch on July 1, the program will run for up to 18 months, until December 31, 2023.

“Young adults who have left the foster care system face unique challenges as they enter adulthood,” said Nathan Fletcher, chairman of the MTS board of directors and chairman of the county board of supervisors. from San Diego. “Many young people in transition do not have social safety nets or financial support from their families. Our goal with the PRONTO Extend program is to offer additional resources to facilitate this transition from foster care to more independent living. Being able to benefit from free transport to school or work is an important stepping stone to help them succeed. »


Key words: Amtrak, Breaking News, HART, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, LIRR, Metrolink, MTA Long Island Rail Road, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, North County Transit District, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, Stantec, Vermont Agency of Transportation

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International opera star Simon Estes bids farewell to opera https://northwestmetropolitans.com/international-opera-star-simon-estes-bids-farewell-to-opera/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:29:37 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/international-opera-star-simon-estes-bids-farewell-to-opera/ In July, Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) will present the Iowa premiere of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess honoring the international opera star and Iowa native Simon Estes at the announcement of his farewell to the opera. Estes will appear as the lawyer Frazier, his 103rd and final operatic role in a nearly 60-year career. […]]]>

In July, Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) will present the Iowa premiere of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess honoring the international opera star and Iowa native Simon Estes at the announcement of his farewell to the opera.

Estes will appear as the lawyer Frazier, his 103rd and final operatic role in a nearly 60-year career. “It’s only fitting that my last performance on the opera stage will be in my home country and in Des Moines, Iowa,” Estes said. His rich international career has taken him to 84 major opera houses and 115 symphony orchestras around the world. He will continue to perform and teach as a teacher at Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College. He is also collaborating on a feature documentary about his life.

Simon Estes originated the role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera in February 1985. His final performance will be as Lawyer Frazier in the production of DMMO, a role he dedicates to his friend, the late bassist Arthur Woodley. Estes is also a production advisor for this new production directed by Tazewell Thompson and led by Michael Ellis Ingram.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess will open July 1 and offer seven performances through July 24 at the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola, Iowa. “We are honored to host Mr. Estes’ operatic farewell for what will also be his first time performing on a professional opera stage in Iowa,” said Michael Egel, General Manager and artistry by Linda Koehn. “Simon is an opera legend and a treasure to our state. His generosity and expertise make our 50e the anniversary season is historic.”

Since its inception in 1935, Porgy and Bess has received critical acclaim and elicited passionate reactions. Featuring some of the most beautiful and beloved songs ever written, the opera shines a light on a chapter in the nation’s past so culturally difficult that its songs and characters are universally cherished. Work inspires conversations that are as passionate and relevant today as ever.

DMMO’s 50 Ticketse anniversary season can be purchased at DMMO.org or by calling 515-961-6221.

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Noland and Stovall Spark Hogs in Win over Tar Heels https://northwestmetropolitans.com/noland-and-stovall-spark-hogs-in-win-over-tar-heels/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 20:16:54 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/noland-and-stovall-spark-hogs-in-win-over-tar-heels/ CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – Arkansas (42-19) opened the NCAA Chapel Hill Super Regional with a 4-1 win over North Carolina (42-21) Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. The Razorbacks are now one win away from securing their berth in the College World Series for the 11th time in program history. Arkansas can clinch the Chapel […]]]>

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – Arkansas (42-19) opened the NCAA Chapel Hill Super Regional with a 4-1 win over North Carolina (42-21) Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium.

The Razorbacks are now one win away from securing their berth in the College World Series for the 11th time in program history. Arkansas can clinch the Chapel Hill Super Regional with a win tomorrow or, if necessary, Monday.

Arkansas starter Connor Noland pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts, going 7-5 on the season while recording his ninth quality start of the year. The right-handed veteran threw 61 of 89 pitches for strikes while allowing just six hits and one walk.

The Hogs spotted Noland with three runs in the first half of the fifth, starting with Peyton Stovall’s first home run. The true freshman hammered the first pitch he saw over the wall to right center to put Arkansas up, 1-0.

After Zack Gregory and Braydon Webb reached, Brady Slavens stepped in and had his first of two RBIs on the day. Designated hitter Razorback ripped a single to center, driving Gregory home to extend the lead to 2-0.

Cayden Wallace capped the fifth-inning rally with a sacrificial left volley, scoring Webb from the third as Arkansas took control of the ball game opening up a 3-0 advantage.

Back-to-back walks to Gregory and Webb, who finished the afternoon with three team-leading hits, to start the top of the seventh gave Slavens another RBI opportunity. He didn’t disappoint, driving one down the middle to score Gregory from third and put the Hogs ahead, 4-0.

The running support was more than enough for Noland and the Razorback bullpen. As North Carolina recovered one in the bottom of the eighth on a solo home run, Evan Taylor (1.1 PI, 1 SO) and Hagen Smith (1.1 PI, 1 SO) locked the 2 1 / 3 last innings in relief to secure Arkansas 4-1 victory.

Smith, who has been the Hogs’ No. 2 starter for most of the year, made his second career save on Saturday. The true freshman recorded his first career save against Oklahoma State in the NCAA Stillwater Regional Final on Monday.

The first pitch between Arkansas and North Carolina in tomorrow’s game is scheduled for noon CT on ESPN or ESPN2.

For full coverage of Arkansas baseball, follow us on Twitter (@RazorbackBSB), Instagram (@RazorbackBSB) and like us on Facebook (Arkansas Razorback Baseball).

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Minnesota State Fair 2022 memorial artwork unveiled Thursday https://northwestmetropolitans.com/minnesota-state-fair-2022-memorial-artwork-unveiled-thursday/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 00:33:20 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/minnesota-state-fair-2022-memorial-artwork-unveiled-thursday/ The official 2022 Minnesota State Fair commemorative art was unveiled at the state fairgrounds in Falcon Heights on Thursday, June 9, 2022l. Created by Minneapolis artist Leslie Barlow, the original 3-by-4-foot painting will be on display at the Fine Arts Center during Great Minnesota Get-Together 2022, August 25 through Labor Day, September 5, 2022. (With […]]]>
The official 2022 Minnesota State Fair commemorative art was unveiled at the state fairgrounds in Falcon Heights on Thursday, June 9, 2022l. Created by Minneapolis artist Leslie Barlow, the original 3-by-4-foot painting will be on display at the Fine Arts Center during Great Minnesota Get-Together 2022, August 25 through Labor Day, September 5, 2022. (With courtesy of Minnesota State Fair)

A Minneapolis artist’s depiction of the diversity and vibrancy that drives summer nights at the Great Minnesota Get-Together has been selected as the official memorial art of the 2022 State Fair.

The 3-by-4-foot oil painting by Leslie Barlow was unveiled Thursday at the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights.

“I wanted to communicate the energy, excitement and joy that the fair brings to me,” Barlow said, according to the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, which has sponsored the annual art competition for 18 years. “The fair often seems otherworldly, especially near the Midway, with all the sounds, laughter, bright lights and activity. I wanted my work to represent that.

“I often paint people of color and love that our skin tones are really vibrant and beautiful,” she added in the foundation’s announcement. “In this piece you also see the neon lights of the Midway reflecting off the faces, indicating how bright and lively the fair is at night.”

Although the painting features an image, it is actually a collage, the artist said.

“I wanted the painting to look like a snapshot, but in reality each element is from a separate image. For example, the people are from a photo and each of the rides are separate as well,” Barlow said.

His original painting will be on display at the Fine Arts Center during the State Fair, Aug. 25 through Labor Day, Sept. 5. It has also been reproduced as a commemorative poster and a limited number of signed prints currently available for sale. at mnstatefair.org/commemorative-art. Proceeds support the State Fair Foundation in its mission to preserve and enhance fairgrounds and educational programs.

Undated courtesy photo of Minneapolis artist Leslie Barlow, who created the official memorial art for the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. Barlow's piece was unveiled at State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights on Thursday, June 9 2022l.  The original 3-foot-by-4-foot painting will be on display at the Fine Arts Center during Great Minnesota Get-Together 2022, August 25 through Labor Day, September 5, 2022. It can also be viewed at mnstatefair.org/commemorative- art/.  (Courtesy of Minnesota State Fair)
Undated courtesy photo of Minneapolis artist Leslie Barlow, who created the official 2022 Minnesota State Fair commemorative art. (Courtesy Minnesota State Fair)

Barlow holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

She is the recipient of the 2021 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, the 2019 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, the Springboard for the Arts 20/20 Artist Fellowship, and four Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships between 2016 and 2021. .

In 2018, she received the Minnesota Museum of American Art Purchase Award as part of the Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibition.

Barlow has taught at the University of Minnesota, Metropolitan State University, and Carleton College.

She is represented by the Bockley Gallery. For more information, visit lesliebarlowartist.com.

Previous winners of the State Fair Art Competition are Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (2004), Mary GrandPré (2005), Nancy Carlson (2006), Michael Birawer (2007), Edie Abnet (2008), Leo Stans (2009), Deborah Voyda Rogers (2010), Steve Thomas (2011), Joe Heffron (2012), Marie Olofsdotter (2013), Emily L. Taylor (2014), Adam Turman (2015), Michael Sweere (2016), Ta-coumba Aiken ( 2017), Kristi Abbott (2018), RJ Kern (2019) and Kevin Cannon (2021).

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Sunshine State tenants are feeling the burn of higher housing costs: ‘I think you’ll see more tenants taking on roommates’ https://northwestmetropolitans.com/sunshine-state-tenants-are-feeling-the-burn-of-higher-housing-costs-i-think-youll-see-more-tenants-taking-on-roommates/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 18:03:00 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/sunshine-state-tenants-are-feeling-the-burn-of-higher-housing-costs-i-think-youll-see-more-tenants-taking-on-roommates/ The Sunshine State is an increasingly bleak place to be a tenant. Annual rent increases in several Florida cities ranked among the highest in the country in April, according to a recent analysis of 107 rental markets by researchers from Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Alabama. In fact, only […]]]>

The Sunshine State is an increasingly bleak place to be a tenant.

Annual rent increases in several Florida cities ranked among the highest in the country in April, according to a recent analysis of 107 rental markets by researchers from Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Alabama. In fact, only two of the country’s top 10 rental markets were outside from Florida. These were Sierra Vista, Arizona, and Knoxville, Tennessee, which ranked fourth and seventh, respectively, in terms of year-over-year rent increases.

“For some people, renting was the only way to afford to live in Florida, and now that’s becoming a burden too,” Ken H. Johnsoneconomist at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business, said in a statement on Monday. “I think you’ll see more tenants taking on roommates and reducing their dining out because it’s either that or they won’t be able to pay the rent.”

Fort Myers saw the biggest increase in rents in the nation — a 32.4% increase over the previous year — pushing the average rent up to $2,073 in April, the researchers said. The Miami metropolitan area had the distinction of being “the most overvalued market”. Rent prices there reached $2,846 in April, while “historical lease figures indicate the average is expected to be just $2,331,” the researchers said.

In an announcement about their analysis, the researchers blamed Florida’s woes on rising demand, supply chain issues, rising building material costs and, in some areas, a lack of properties available to develop. The state has also experienced a population boom during the pandemic.

But the problem is not new. Orlando, for example, experienced a lack of affordable rental housing for years. And it’s not necessarily unique to Florida either. Various cities have been described as having the largest annual rent increases in recent months, and Portland, Oregon, has seen a 40% increase in median asking rents from March 2021 to March 2022, according to Redfin.

“The solution is to add more rental units to the market,” Bennie Waller of the University of Alabama’s Alabama Center for Real Estate said in a statement. “But it’s just not realistic to expect a bunch of new projects in the short term, given the supply chain issues and the often slow pace of government approvals that developers face before they get started. cannot put a shovel in the ground.”

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The Lima Astronomical Society will build a second observatory https://northwestmetropolitans.com/the-lima-astronomical-society-will-build-a-second-observatory/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 00:30:27 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/the-lima-astronomical-society-will-build-a-second-observatory/ LIMA – There are important astronomical changes in the work carried out by the Lima Astronomical Society. The group formed in 1952 when individual members brought their own telescopes to view the sky and conduct astronomical research. When the ground was first opened for the Schoonover Observatory in 1963 and a homemade 12 1/2 inch […]]]>

LIMA – There are important astronomical changes in the work carried out by the Lima Astronomical Society.

The group formed in 1952 when individual members brought their own telescopes to view the sky and conduct astronomical research. When the ground was first opened for the Schoonover Observatory in 1963 and a homemade 12 1/2 inch telescope was installed, their ability to make observations improved markedly. At the time, it was one of only two city-run observatories in the country. The other was the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

In 1992, the club acquired a 14-inch Celestron telescope. Over time, however, the equipment became obsolete and the group gradually settled into amateur astronomy. Nonetheless, LAS members maintained a lifelong interest in star science and participated in a nationwide network of astronomy research groups such as NASA JPL’s Night Sky Network, the International Dark-Sky Association, and the Astronomical League. .

Today, however, the LAS is looking to change all that with the purchase of a research-grade Dall-Kirkham Cassegrain Telescope from PlaneWave Instruments in Adrian, Michigan, bringing them back to their research roots by allowing them to once again realize scientific studies that could lead to astronomical discoveries.

The keys to this change will be a better camera and a more precise editing system that reduces the mathematical calculations for the computer to correct the Earth’s rotation.

With the new system in place, the group would be able to engage in two of the hottest areas of astronomy today: the search for exoplanets and the discovery of new asteroids and smaller rogue bodies that are too many for NASA to track.

There are several ways to search for exoplanets, but the most common is the solar transit method.

“We would point the telescope at the area where we know there is a possible exoplanet around a distant star and take a series of photographs over a long period of time. By having a very precise mount, we are able to detect that this light has varied relative to the star. This variation is the planet that transits through the star and attenuates the light,” explained Michael Ritchie, president of LAS.

Once a potential exoplanet was discovered by a member of LAS, the group would forward the information to the Minor Planet Clearing House (minorplanetcenter.net) and the Exo-planet Clearing House (exoplanet.nasa.gov) who would then work with other other observatories. to verify the discovery.

To help bring all of this planning to fruition, the LAS has applied to the Ohio Board of Budgets for financial assistance of $250,000 which will be directed towards improving infrastructure at Schoonover Observatory, including an expanded parking lot, a upgrading their HVAC system, removing trees and adding a new telescope. The Ohio Senate passed the budget, approving the full $250,000 by May 31.

Additionally, the organization has already raised $16,000 of the $50,000 to $100,000 needed to build a second observatory in Lima, with a larger Cassegrain from PlaneWave Instruments, which would be located in Kendrick Woods.

According to Ritchie, the LAS, a 501(c)3, solicits donations from area businesses and service organizations and from the public to donate through their website. limaastro.com. They also hope to find a grant writer to help them raise the additional funds needed to complete this second observatory, as well as establish a science center that could be located at one of the two observatory sites or at a unknown location in the city center.

In addition to its regular public meetings from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and viewing opportunities starting at 9 p.m. offered each Friday, there are several special events not to be missed this summer.

LAS will be at the Summer Moon Festival between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on July 16 and 17 at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, located at 500 Apollo Drive in Wapakoneta, where LAS will showcase telescopes, astronomy handouts, and activities for kids. children. , and sell subscriptions, sunglasses and t-shirts.

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower Tour will be held August 12-13 at Kendrick Woods, located at 971 Defiance Trail North in Spencerville, with staff from the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District. LAS members will set up telescopes and guide the public by providing viewing tips. Be sure to bring lawn chairs, blankets, jackets, and insect repellent.

LAS Board meetings are scheduled for the first Friday of every month from 7-8 p.m. Schoonover Observatory, Schoonover Park, 670 N. Jefferson St., Lima. Memberships are $15 (student), $20 (individual), $25 (family) and $300 (lifetime).

The LAS is aiming for the stars, hoping to join in the search for previously unknown exoplanets.

The current Schoonover Observatory Telescope.

The group hopes to engage in scientific research

Contact Shannon Bohle at 567-242-0399, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @Bohle_LimaNews.

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Thursday Sports in Brief | PA News https://northwestmetropolitans.com/thursday-sports-in-brief-pa-news/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 08:05:34 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/thursday-sports-in-brief-pa-news/ BASKETBALL PRO SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jaylen Brown fueled a comeback charge and scored 24 points, Al Horford hit six 3-pointers and the Boston Celtics rode the most lopsided fourth quarter in Finals history of the NBA for a 120-108 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1. Horford finished with 26 points and […]]]>

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jaylen Brown fueled a comeback charge and scored 24 points, Al Horford hit six 3-pointers and the Boston Celtics rode the most lopsided fourth quarter in Finals history of the NBA for a 120-108 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1.

Horford finished with 26 points and the Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the final 12 minutes after trailing 15 points late in the third quarter.

Stephen Curry scored 34 points as he returned to the big NBA stage for the first time in three years, but the Warriors couldn’t sustain their momentum after a 38-point third quarter that put them ahead 92- 80 in the last 12 minutes.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday night at the Chase Center.

The Celtics’ comeback was the biggest in the Finals after three quarters since Michael Jordan’s Bulls overcame a 15-point deficit to beat the Trail Blazers in Game 6 in 1992.

HOCKEY

DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri had three assists in 2:04 of the second period, backup Pavel Francouz stopped 24 shots for his second playoff shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4- 0 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

The Avalanche broke through in the second after a scoreless opening period that featured something rarely seen so far in this series: defense. Artturi Lehkonen and Josh Manson scored 15 seconds apart to get things going in second, with Mikko Rantanen adding another on Kadri’s third assist.

Nathan MacKinnon scored late in the third.

Game 3 is Saturday in Edmonton. The Avalanche are 5-0 on the road so far in these playoffs, and 15-4 in a best-of-seven series taking a 2-0 lead.

TENNIS

PARIS (AP) — American teenager Coco Gauff reached her first Grand Slam final by beating Italy’s Martina Trevisan 6-3, 6-1 at Roland Garros.

Gauff, seeded 18, will face No. 1 Iga Swiatek for the championship on Saturday. Swiatek is aiming for a second title at Roland Garros. She ran her winning streak to 34 games by beating No. 20 Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday.

Gauff and Trevisan were even 3-all in the second semi-final on a sunny and windy afternoon at Court Philippe Chatrier. It was then that Gauff won the last three games of this set. The 18-year-old won all 12 sets she contested in the tournament.

BASEBALL

DETROIT (AP) — Minnesota Twins broadcaster Jim Kaat called New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes “Nestor the Molester” on a broadcast, the pitcher’s second offensive remark of the past year. 83-year-old Hall of Famer while calling a game.

As Minnesota’s Chris Archer knocked out Detroit star Miguel Cabrera, Kaat began to explain that Cortes had become one of his favorite pitchers in a breakout season with New York.

“Nestor the Aggressor”, Nestor Cortes, says Kaat. “Different angles and speeds. It’s a launcher.

Twins vice president of communications and content Dustin Morse spoke to Kaat after the comment aired. Kaat planned to contact Cortes directly and speak with the pitcher about the situation.

After the Yankees swept a day-night doubleheader from the Los Angeles Angels, Cortes said he heard about Kaat’s comment. “I’m sure, you know, he didn’t really mean it, and people make mistakes, but that didn’t offend me at all,” Cortes told The Associated Press. “So, you know, I really don’t have anything more than that, honestly,” he said.

GOLF

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Just being at the Memorial was a reminder of how far Cameron Young has come in the past year. Being part of a six-for-lead tie was another reminder of just how well he plays.

In his first start since challenging for the PGA Championship, Young finished with two birdies on his final three holes for a rain-softened 5-under 67 over Muirfield Village.

Even with slightly softer greens, the 67 was the highest score to lead after the Memorial’s first round since 2004. tied after a round at Colonial.

Alongside Young were Luke List, Cameron Smith and KH Lee of the morning wave, and Mackenzie Hughes and Davis Riley each shot 67 in the afternoon. Bryson DeChambeau, in his first tournament since the Masters due to left-hand surgery, had a 76. Harris English made his first start since the Sony Open in January due to hip surgery. He opened with a 77.

SOUTHERN PINES, NC (AP) — Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad shot the lowest round by an amateur in the 77-year history of the US Women’s Open, a 6-under 65 that gave her the first lead at Pine Needles.

Because she is an amateur, Lindblad could not win the record $1.8 million first-place prize if she held on to win the event. She should have declared herself as a professional before the start of the tournament.

Australia’s Minjee Lee and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist both shot 67 in the morning and are two shots behind after the first few hours of tee time. Several golfers stayed on the course.

Lindblad finished tied for 30th at 6 of 292 in her only other US Women’s Open appearance in 2020.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

POCATELLO, Ohio (AP) — Idaho State assistant football coach DaVonte ‘Neal has been arrested on suspicion of killing a man in Arizona and the school has the intention to terminate his contract.

Neal has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of drive-by shooting and one count of discharging a firearm at a structure in the death of Bryan T. Burns in 2017. The indictment does not contain any details about the circumstances leading up to the shooting.

Neal was indicted by a grand jury in Maricopa County, which includes the Phoenix metro area, on May 16, and a warrant for his arrest was issued shortly thereafter. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigated the shooting, but spokeswoman Kahri Harrion said the agency was unable to release information about the case. The shooting occurred in a busy commercial area along Interstate 10, about eight miles south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Neal, who played college football at the University of Arizona, is being held without bond in the Bannock County Jail in eastern Idaho, pending extradition to Arizona.

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A Perpetual Cycle – Columbia Metropolitan Magazine https://northwestmetropolitans.com/a-perpetual-cycle-columbia-metropolitan-magazine/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 17:33:05 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/a-perpetual-cycle-columbia-metropolitan-magazine/ However, passionate cycling is not just the domain of racers or men. If you want to know the best way to get downtown from Shandon or the safest two-wheeled routes for running errands, Luzviminda Gruner might be able to show you the way. “I can haul about 60 pounds of groceries,” she says, thanks to […]]]>

However, passionate cycling is not just the domain of racers or men. If you want to know the best way to get downtown from Shandon or the safest two-wheeled routes for running errands, Luzviminda Gruner might be able to show you the way.

“I can haul about 60 pounds of groceries,” she says, thanks to a cargo trailer that attaches to the end of her bike. She returned to cycling in her twenties. After she started rock climbing with her boyfriend, a friend suggested she go mountain biking. “We tried it, and it terrified me, but I got used to it and now I’m a big fan of it.”

She says she finally met her husband, Derek, through mountain biking. In addition to grocery shopping, Luzviminda bikes to work at the University of South Carolina. Her 17-year-old son, Aidan, competes in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and Columbia Composite, a local mountain bike team in grades 6-12.

“I wish more women were riding bikes and enjoying it like me,” she says. “I will always be a fan of mountain biking. My favorite word to describe mountain biking, especially mountain biking for women, is empowerment. Emotionally, it’s liberating.

Harrison Floyd also got hooked on the sport thanks to mountain biking. A Columbia-based designer and professor at the Clemson University School of Architecture, he continues to ride with the Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association when he can find the time.

“I really started when I was about 10 and went to Camp Carolina for summer camp,” Harrison says. “I signed up for a mountain bike trip. It was pretty much the greatest thing I’ve ever done in my life.

After rusting the frame of one of his favorite mountain bikes, he decided to take a bike building course. Today, he gives away or sells bicycles that he assembles from recycled parts.

“What I mostly do is take old, outdated, neglected bikes and turn them into something awesome,” Harrison says. He has several bikes in working order as well as a dozen others “in various stages of disarray”. He admits he’s not afraid to save a bike he sees in the trash. “People throw away a lot of good stuff.”

What’s it like to be a Midlands cyclist? Harrison said: “I wish it was a better place to ride, but I’m pretty happy with the setup here. »

Brian is one of many in the community to say that a lack of investment in cycling infrastructure like bike lanes and trails and a vehicle-centric society deters growth. “If there was a place to drive without getting run over by an SUV, more people would drive, but someone has to write the check.”

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Former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil honored by Tribal States Judicial Consortium https://northwestmetropolitans.com/former-new-mexico-supreme-court-justice-barbara-vigil-honored-by-tribal-states-judicial-consortium/ Mon, 30 May 2022 17:50:00 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/former-new-mexico-supreme-court-justice-barbara-vigil-honored-by-tribal-states-judicial-consortium/ Retired New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil, center, currently secretary of the Department of Children, Youth and Families, receives an engraved plaque in recognition of her nearly two decades of work on behalf of the New Mexico Tribal State Judicial Consortium. The award was presented by Consortium Co-Chairs Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Renee […]]]>

Retired New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil, center, currently secretary of the Department of Children, Youth and Families, receives an engraved plaque in recognition of her nearly two decades of work on behalf of the New Mexico Tribal State Judicial Consortium. The award was presented by Consortium Co-Chairs Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Renee Torres and Acoma Pueblo Tribal Court Judge Randolph Collins. Courtesy/AOC

News from the Tribal States Judicial Consortium:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Tribal-State Judicial Consortium honored retired Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Vigil for her leadership and guidance as a member of the organization and as a liaison of the Court with it.

“Judge Vigil has worked tirelessly to improve judicial relations and tribal and state law, including the recent passage of state Indian family protection legislation,” the consortium co-chairs said. , Acoma Pueblo Tribal Court Judge Randolph Collins and Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Renee. Torres. “We appreciate her friendship and look forward to working with Justice Vigil in her role as Secretary of the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Former Justice Vigil was a member of the Supreme Court from 2012 until her retirement in June and was the Court’s liaison with the Consortium. She also served on the Consortium from 2000 to 2010 as a District Court Judge for the First Judicial District. The Governor announced his appointment as Cabinet Secretary of the CYFD in August 2021.

Justices Collins and Torres presented an award to former Justice Vigil during a luncheon at the Consortium’s Strategic Planning Retreat May 19 in Santa Fe.

The Tribal States Judicial Consortium is an advisory body to the Supreme Court composed of seven state judges and seven tribal judges. Its mission is to encourage and facilitate communication and collaboration among state and tribal court judges on common issues such as child protection, family relations, juvenile justice, and treatment courts. . The Consortium also works to organize the training and education of judges from both court systems on federal and state rules and procedures.

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