Representative Peter Welch, the House leader on energy efficiency issues, announced today the relocation of his Vermont office to an historic and energy efficient building in Burlington’s South End. The Innovation Center of Vermont, built in 1894 as the Queen City Cotton Mill, is the former home of General Dynamics and the current home of Efficiency Vermont, Vermont’s energy efficiency utility. The building is highly energy efficient, harnessing geothermal energy for cooling and achieving an overall 99 percent Energy Star rating. ‘We look forward to serving Vermonters from this new location,’ said Welch. ‘The Innovation Center is a model of energy efficiency and a flagship for some of the latest efficiency technology.’ Rep. Welch has introduced a series of bills in the House on energy efficiency modeled after Vermont’s pioneering efficiency programs. He is the founder of both the House Energy Saving Performance Caucus and the House High Performance Building Caucus. Vermonters seeking assistance with federal agencies or to give input on federal issues can visit the new office at: 128 Lakeside AvenueSuite 235Burlington, Vermont 05401 The phone numbers and website are unchanged: 888-605-7270 (toll free)802-652-2450www.welch.house.gov(link is external)Burlington, VT. (September 24th, 2013)’ Rep. Peter Welch
Southwestern Vermont Health Care,Vermont Business Magazine The Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Renal Dialysis unit has joined the hospital as a recipient of the federal government’s highest rating for patient care. “I have an amazing team that works hard every day to ensure patients receive the highest quality care,” said Ruth Rudnick, the director of renal dialysis at SVMC. “To have that care recognized in this way is so gratifying.”The CMS rating system is designed to assist the public in choosing care for themselves and their family members. The agency rates hospitals, nursing homes, home health services, dialysis facilities, and health plans, among other health services. The news of the five-star rating for SVMC’s dialysis unit was made available in a preview to a report that is expected to be released in October.CMS uses patient experience surveys and countless measures of quality patient care to assign ratings for each service or facility type. For dialysis units, for example, the measures include the infection rate, hospital admissions, hospital readmissions, and mortality rate, to name a few. Three stars represents the national average. Four stars, the rating the Dialysis Department at SVMC has received in years past, represents “above average” performance. A five-star rating means a center has quality of care that is considered “much above average” compared to other dialysis facilities.To review ratings from area health services, consumers can visit www.medicare.gov(link is external)About SVHC:Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices. For more information, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external).Source: BENNINGTON, VT—October 23, 2018—The Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Related Christian Friebel has been appointed Retail Sales Specialist for Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH region). He will sell 3T frames and wheels, and all THM products, direct to dealers. He takes up the role with immediate effect, and will be attending the Ziener BIKE Festival Garda Trentino (28 April to 1 May) together with the 3T team.Christian was mostly recently a Brand Manager at ACS Distribution, where he was in charge of purchasing and sales, service centre management, training and customer communication. Prior to that, he was with Fulcrum, and learned the trade as a sales consultant at a couple of Berlin’s top bike retailers. An avid gravel cyclist and rock climber, Christian is a native of Berlin and holds a degree in applied science from the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.Welcoming Friebel to the 3T team, 3T CEO Rene Wiertz said “We are thrilled that Christian is joining us. It’s an exciting time for us with the addition of the wonderful THM portfolio to complement our 3T Exploro multisurface bike and Discus Plus wheelsets. Christian loves riding off the beaten track, so is tuned in to the needs of adventure cyclists and the dealerships that specialize in serving them. He will be a great asset to us in developing this sector in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.”www.3tcycling.comwww.thm-carbones.de
The city’s Freedom Run returns on the 4th of July. Photos courtesy city of Lenexa.Lenexa’s Parks and Recreation department this week released its 2018 events calendar, including high-profile events like the city’s art fair, the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle and the annual Spinach Festival.The Great Lenexa BBQ Battle is among the top competitions in the region.The calendar, with descriptions provided by the city, is as follows:Cupid’s Gems Artisan Jewelry ShowSaturday, Feb. 3, 2018, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Thompson Barn, 11184 Lackman Rd., Lenexa, KS 66219Come enjoy the day with your girlfriends, sisters or plan a mother-daughter outing. Browse the wonderful handcrafted jewelry, shop for gifts or find a new treasure for yourself. Gentlemen, this is also a perfect opportunity to shop for a Valentine’s Day gift for a special lady in your life. Free admission and parking.Lenexa Art FairSaturday, May 12, 2018, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Lenexa Commons, 17101 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66219Join us for the fifth annual Lenexa Art Fair, a juried exhibit featuring dozens of fine artists. Now located on the Lenexa Commons, between Lenexa’s City Hall and Rec Center, activities include wine and craft beer tastings, live music and delicious food. Free admission for the art fair. Wine/beer tasting tickets will be available at the event.Movie in the ParkFriday, May 25, 2018, 5:30 p.m.Buffalo Meadows Park, 9650 Lone Elm Rd., Lenexa, KS 66220Join us for lawn games beginning at 5:30 p.m. including giant Jenga, giant Ker-Plunk, bean bag toss, tug of war and more. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk. Free admission. Co-sponsored with the Johnson County Public Library.Latino Art BravisimoJune 8 through July 14, 2017, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.City Hall Art Gallery, 12350 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66215Latino Art Bravisimo is an exciting celebration of art, cultural diversity and community. This juried art show features high quality two- and three-dimensional pieces created by talented Latino artists from the Kansas City metro area. The 15th annual show is hosted by the Lenexa Arts Council and the City of Lenexa. Free admission.Get Outdoors Lenexa Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9 a.m. to noonBlack Hoof Park, 9053 Monticello Rd., Lenexa, KS 66220Bring the entire family — from toddlers to grandparents — to Black Hoof Park for an exciting morning of outdoor fun, fitness and safety. Take part in fitness demos, participate in playground challenges, and learn valuable information about bike, trail and boat safety. A fishing derby for kids ages 6–12, will also be held. Free admission.Movie in the ParkFriday, June 15, 2018, 8 p.m.Electric Park, 93rd Street and Loiret Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 66219Join us for live music at 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk. Free admission. Co-sponsored with the Johnson County Public LibraryGreat Lenexa BBQ BattleFriday, June 22, 2018, 4:30 to 11 p.m.Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS, 66215The fun begins Friday as 185 teams arrive with some of the most unique smoking contraptions imaginable. The real contest begins Saturday as the judging tent buzzes with activity preparing for the first barbeque samples to arrive at noon. Judges have the difficult task of identifying the best barbeque among various categories, including brisket, pork, ribs, sausage, chicken and miscellaneous. Friday night admission is $5 for adults and free for children under age 12; Saturday admission is free. Teams are not required to give samples to the public.Lenexa Freedom RunWednesday, July 4, 2018, 7 a.m.Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Drive and Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215Each year, runners and walkers of all activity levels participate in this family-friendly event. Participants may choose the 5K course or 10K course, which are flat and fully traffic controlled. Awards are given in 15 categories. About 1,600 runners participate in this fun celebration of our country’s independence. Registration fees vary depending on registration date.Community Days ParadeWednesday, July 4, 2018, 10 a.m.Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Drive and Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215The annual Lenexa Community Days Parade is a hometown tradition that draws thousands of spectators to Old Town Lenexa to celebrate Independence Day. Friends and family gather along the parade route to watch floats, bands, antique cars and more. Free admission.Movie in the ParkFriday, July 13, 2018, 8 p.m.Electric Park, 93rd Street and Loiret Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 66219Join us for live music at 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk. Free admission. Co-sponsored with the Johnson County Public Library.Moonlight Bike Ride Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10 p.m.Santa Fe Trail Drive west of Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215Riders will enjoy the 9-mile, closed-course route at night down 95th Street and a unique ride through the Meritex caves. The course ends back near Old Town. Early-bird registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under. Following the bike ride, participants can stay for a late-night pancake breakfast for a fee.Movie in the ParkFriday, Aug. 10, 2018, 8 p.m.Electric Park, 93rd Street and Loiret Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 66219Join us for live music at 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk. Free admission. Co-sponsored with the Johnson County Public Library.Tails on the Trails Pet FestivalSaturday, Aug. 11, 2018, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Ad Astra Pool and Park, 83rd Street and Maurer Road, Lenexa, KS 66219Enjoy a day of fun with your dog. Tails on the Trails features pet-centered vendor booths, dog swims, a pet talent show and pet safety demonstrations. Free admission to festival; dog swims are $5 per session if registered in advance and $8 at the door.Lenexa Spinach FestivalSaturday, Sept. 8, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66215It’s a festive day of food, music, entertainment, arts and antique vendors, a recipe contest, cooking demonstrations, history, children’s activities and so much more. One of the main attractions is the art, fine craft and antique show, featuring a wonderful variety of items such as pottery, fused glass, repurposed furniture and items, jewelry, baskets, wood items, metal garden art, quilts, clothing, doll clothes and accessories, antiques and vintage items. Free admission.Movie in the ParkFriday, Sept. 14, 2018, 5:30 p.m.Electric Park, 93rd Street and Loiret Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 66219Join us for lawn games beginning at 5:30 p.m. including giant Jenga, giant Ker-Plunk, bean bag toss, tug of war and more. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk. Free admission. Co-sponsored with the Johnson County Public Library.Food Truck FrenzySaturday, Sept. 22, 2018, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.Lenexa Commons, 17101 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66219Food Truck Frenzy brings together some of the area’s best food trucks performing their culinary magic. The event helps highlight one of our community’s fastest growing areas at Lenexa City Center. Free admission; trucks charge for food.Lenexa Chili ChallengeFriday, October 19, 2018, 6 to 10 p.m.Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Drive and Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215About 200 teams compete in chili, salsa and hot wings contests. Chili contestants arrive Friday afternoon to begin setting up their booths. The festivities include live music and entertainment, fireworks, games and activities for all ages. The contest and public tastings are Saturday. Free admission.Enchanted ForestThursday, Oct. 25, 2018, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66215Lenexa’s Enchanted Forest has something to delight even the smallest Halloween revelers. For one night in October, the park is transformed into the Enchanted Forest. Visitors will enjoy free activities including performances by marionette puppets, magicians and singers along the trail around Rose’s Pond and fun photos in the photo booth. Stroll the seasonal displays, visit friendly characters and enjoy performances at your leisure. Free admission.Sar-Ko AglowFriday, Nov. 30, 2018, 6 to 7 p.m.Park to stay lit through early JanuarySar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66215Bundle up and enjoy a stroll through the park while taking in the spectacular lights, sipping hot cocoa and listening to carolers. Santa will also be on hand to hear children’s holiday wishes. Holiday lights will officially be switched on at 6 p.m. Free admission.The Moonlight Bike Ride.
Gophers wrestling braces for Big Ten ChampionshipsMinnesota is stumbling into the postseason having lost its last three duals. Parker JohnsonGophers Redshirt Freshman Brayton Lee fights a takedown at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10. Nolan O’HaraMarch 5, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter closing out their season with a 9-8 record in duals, the Gophers wrestling team is looking toward the Big Ten Championships, taking place March 7-8 in New Jersey. Minnesota lost its last three duals of the season, facing top-ranked competition including Penn State and Iowa. The Gophers’ last loss came against Nebraska at Maturi Pavilion, but the 29-12 defeat wasn’t without standout individual performances from heavyweight Gable Steveson, 176-pound Devin Skatzka and 149-pound Brayton Lee. Steveson and Lee both picked up bonus point victories, landing eight and nine takedowns respectively, while Skatzka picked up a top-10 signature win over Mikey Labriola. Despite the loss, the flashes from Minnesota provided reason to be optimistic moving into March.And with the Big Ten Championships on the horizon, it’s a clean slate for the Gophers. The two-week break between Minnesota’s last dual and the Big Ten’s gives Minnesota time to get healthy and prepare for a strong showing in New Jersey. “We do a little more recovery time here just because we don’t have to make weight here this next week,” head coach Brandon Eggum said after the Nebraska dual. “We can allow the guys to recover without having to get right into the workout, which is always part of the uniqueness of this sport, having to manage weights.” On Monday, the Big Ten released the pre-seeds for the conference tournament, with five Gophers notching top-five seeds. After picking up wins in the last dual of the season, Steveson, Lee and Skatzka come in as the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in their respective weight classes. At 125 pounds, redshirt freshman Patrick McKee, along with 157-pound Ryan Thomas will join them in the top-five with the No. 3 and No. 5 seeds respectively. Seeding may help in matchup favorability, but in the Big Ten, often touted by Eggum as the toughest conference in the country, anything can happen regardless of the opponent. “At the end of the day, you throw records out the door when you’re going to the Big Ten Championships or NCAA Championships. That stuff doesn’t matter, but some guys can put themselves in a little better spot, some guys a little more challenging spot,” he said. “But at the end of the day it’s the Big Ten. Every opponent is going to be tough and you got to go out and be ready and win.” The Big Ten Championships is Minnesota’s last stop before the NCAA Championships, taking place right in the Gophers’ backyard, at U.S. Bank Stadium. This marks the first time that the NCAA Championships have been held at a football stadium. For Skatzka, with the Big Ten’s and NCAA’s right around the corner, this point in March is the best time of the year. “I’m super excited, can’t wait,” he said. “These are my favorite two times of the year. A lot of excitement surrounding those two tournaments. [I’ll] be more excited to host the NCAA’s, can’t wait.”
CBRE has been awarded the exclusive marketing assignment for the Transamerica Building, an 11-story, 128,000 SF office tower at 177 N. Church Ave. in Tucson.Buzz Isaacson of CBRE’s Tucson office will handle the leasing responsibilities for the building’s owner, TA Corporation of Tucson, which until now has handled all the marketing responsibilities for the property in house.“We are very happy to be selected for this assignment,” Isaacson said. “As the office market shifts towards urbanization and construction of the Tucson Modern Streetcar comes to an end, the Transamerica Building is well positioned to capture its share of tenants looking for a prime downtown location.”Built in 1962, the Transamerica Building includes a newly renovated lobby and on-site property management, and its location places the property within walking distance of the court buildings, restaurants and other amenities.The Transamerica Building currently has between 1,172 and 12,036 SF of space available for lease, ranging from executive suites to a full floor.
Parents:Across the globe, 15 million premature babies are born every year. Those who are born premature face adverse effects both academically and economically throughout their lifespan, according to a new study.The research, which was published in Psychological Science, suggests that preemies have lower academic abilities in childhood when compared to their peers. And when preemies enter adulthood, they are often less wealthy and have attained less education.In order to draw conclusions, researchers analyzed data from two large studies: Participants from the National Child Development Study were born in 1958 and those from the British Cohort Study were born in 1970. More than 15,000 individuals were followed through adulthood.Read the whole story: Parents
New case of measles in Minnesota reportedThe Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said there was a new case of measles in an adult who visited several public places while infectious. The new case brings the total to 79 for Minnesota’s ongoing measles outbreak.The patient, who is described as white and from Hennepin County, was unvaccinated and in proximity to several unvaccinated people, according to a news story in the Star Tribune. The MDH said the individual was “likely exposed to measles at locations frequented by the last identified case.” The patient visited several public locations in Hennepin, Ramsey and Carver counties before being diagnosed with measles.”While there’s been some recent speculation that the outbreak was nearing its end, we’ve been cautious about making any predictions,” said Kristen Ehresmann, RN, MPH, director of infectious disease for MDH, said in a press release. “When you’re dealing with a disease that can spread as easily as measles, you need to keep your guard up until the very end of the possible timeframe when people could get sick.”Most (90%) Minnesotans are vaccinated against measles, but pockets of unvaccinated communities, including Somali-Americans, have caused outbreaks in recent years. The MDH said 42 days must pass with no new cases reported before they can say the current outbreak is over.Jul 13 MDH press releaseJul 13 Star Tribune story Adult diagnosed with Jamestown Canyon virus in MaineAn older adult from Kennebec County, Maine, was diagnosed with Jamestown Canyon virus, a rare mosquito-borne disease, after his symptoms began in early June. The patient was hospitalized but recovered at home.Initial statements from state officials said this may be the first documented case of Jamestown Canyon virus in Maine. Symptoms include fever, neck stiffness and body aches, and in rare cases the illness can develop into meningitis and encephalitis. Mosquitoes become infected after feeding off of deer, and most human infections occur in late summer and early fall.According to a post on ProMED Mail, an message board of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, there were only 31 cases of the disease documented nationally over a 14-year period.Jul 13 State of Maine press releaseJul 13 ProMED Mail post UN general assembly approves funds for Haiti cholera trust fundThe United Nations (UN) General Assembly approved a resolution yesterday to transfer $40.5 million in unspent funds to help Haiti recover from a cholera outbreak, according to an Associated Press (AP) report.The outbreak in 2010 occurred in the wake of a massive earthquake, and investigations have said the virus was brought into the country by UN peacekeepers from Nepal. The outbreak sickened about 800,000 and led to about 9,000 deaths. The UN has accepted some blame for the outbreak and had vowed to raise about $400 million to help affected communities. However, as of late May, only $2.67 million had been contributed to an earmarked trust fund.The funding approved yesterday comes from unspent money from the UN Haiti peacekeeping mission, which will end in October after 13 years. The UN’s goals for reducing the cholera burden in Haiti is aimed at improving water, sanitation, and health systems, as well as expanding access to care and supporting communities.Jul 13 AP story Zika and chikungunya led to neuro complications in patientA 74-year-old man who suffered simultaneous Zika and chikungunya infections developed severe meningoencephalitis and neurological injury as a patient in a northeastern Brazilian hospital. A new case history published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases describes the man’s illness, offering one of the first accounts of severe brain damage due to Zika and chikungunya co-infection.The patient presented at a hospital in Recife, Brazil, in April of 2016, complaining of fever and edema. Three days later the patient’s condition worsened considerably, and he went into shock and experienced hypoxia, eventually requiring mechanical ventilation. MRIs showed inflammation in the brain, and blood tests confirmed Zika and chikungunya. The patient was treated for 5 days with intravenous human immunoglobulin. Six months after infection, he made almost a full recovery, but still complained of strength deficiency in the lower limbs.”Although data on literature is still scarce, we cannot exclude the possibility that coinfections could lead to more severe neurological damage,” the authors concluded. “In fact, the case here presented reinforces the need of arboviruses effective surveillance programs in recently affected areas, especially in those that are now epidemic for Zika.”Jul 13 PLoS Neg Trop Disstudy APHIS releases response and preparedness plan for emerging animal diseasesThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today unveiled an emerging animal disease preparedness and response plan, which sets out a strategy for detecting and responding to disease events and defines the process for identifying, evaluating, and responding to emerging diseases in animal populations.In a statement today, APHIS said it developed a framework for the plan in 2014 and sought input from federal and state agencies, veterinary labs, livestock groups, and individuals. Feedback from the stakeholders is included in the plan, which APHIS said is a living document that can be updated as infrastructure and policies change.One theme of the document is that rather than offering a single process to fit all emerging diseases, it spells out roles and responsibilities across business units for evaluating animal health information and determining response options. It also details the need for collaboration among all the different stakeholder groups.Jul 14 APHIS press release Jul 14 APHIS emerging animal diseases preparedness and response plan
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