NAHBS 2014: Appleman’s Rock Solid 29er Mountain Bike & More

first_imgThis frame was around $4,500, which is about average for his frames and includes your choice of carbon, ti, stainless steel or wood logos.He also had his usual assortment of road and cyclocross bikes on hand, the latter being his most popular build. This one was for a state champion rider that had been punishing it for a full season and it still looked good as new.The customer designed the graphics for his CX bike. Yet another of the many benefits of a full custom build. Appleman gave us a teaser in our Road to NAHBS preview, but his custom 29er still had a few surprises. For starters, it was sitting atop the prototype ENVE carbon rigid fork.The frame itself was made for a 250lb, 6’4″ guy, so it comes in around three pounds and is the strongest tube set builder Matt Appleman offers. He uses a custom tube maker in Minnesota, which lets him get a specific diameter, wall thicknesse, layer count and layup for each bike and it’s rider.But the tube set wasn’t the only thing making this bike tough… The road bike had stainless steel logos with the face slotted cut to resemble the grill of a classic car the customer Black Kevlar was added on the surface of the chainstays and bottom of downtube to protect against impacts.Certainly a much more elegant solution than wrapping an innertube around it. The non-drive side thru axle section used a full carbon dropout with the reinforcement shaped like an apple.The logos on this one were titanium.last_img read more

Broadway Revival of Once on This Island Announces Complete Casting

first_img Once On This Island Hailey Kilgore(Photo: Boneau/Bryan-Brown) View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019center_img Related Shows We dance! Casting is complete for the eagerly anticipated revival of Once on This Island. Emerson Davis and Mia Williamson will make their Broadway debuts sharing the role of Little Girl. Michael Arden directs the production, which begins previews on November 9 at the Circle in the Square Theatre and opens on December 3.Davis’ recent stage credits include Annie Warbucks and Back O’Town. A cellist, she has performed at Carnegie Hall and the UN. Williamson is a pianist and has won first place in international piano competitions.As previously reported, Hailey Kilgore, an 18-year-old Oregon native, will make her Broadway debut in the central role of Ti Moune in the upcoming revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s beloved musical.Davis and Williamson also join the previously announced Phillip Boykin as Tonton Julian, Merle Dandridge as Papa Ge, Quentin Earl Darrington as Agwe, Alysha Deslorieux as Andrea, David Jennings as Armand, Kenita R. Miller as Mama Euralie, Alex Newell as Asaka, Isaac Powell as Daniel and Lea Salonga as Erzulie, along with Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Tyler Hardwick, Loren Lott, T. Oliver Reid and Aurelia Williams.last_img read more

Christian Borle Pens Stage Play Featuring Characters from Marvel Comics

first_img View Comments Christian Borle(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Two-time Tony-winning actor Christian Borle is among a talented group of authors participating in the launch of Marvel Spotlight, a collection of stage plays featuring characters from Marvel comic books. The first round of one-act plays, penned by Borle, Masi Asare and Karen Zacarías, are now available for retail purchase and licensing within the educational theater market.Designed for the high school demographic and starring the iconic superheroes Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl and Thor, the plays explore universal challenges facing 21st-century young adults, including self-image, understanding vulnerability, adjusting to change, the importance of responsibility and being true to oneself.Borle’s play, Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play, finds a teenage Thor and Loki competing for the favor of their parents through Asgardian rites of passage. The other plays launching the series include Asare’s Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play and Zacarías’ Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play.Marvel Spotlight was created in a partnership between Samuel French and Marvel Entertainment.Get a first look at the cover of Borle’s play below.last_img read more

The Alchemist taps solar for its brewing operations

first_imgThe Alchemist Brewery,Vermont Business Magazine The Alchemist, the Vermont maker of Heady Topper, is getting a boost from the local sun to green its brewing operations. AllEarth Renewables, a Vermont-based solar tracker manufacturer and developer of solar projects, and the Alchemist have announced a partnership that will provide the brewery solar energy from a portion of a 150kW Vermont solar orchard. The new solar project will provide nearly 100 percent of the energy the Waterbury brewery needs annually with emissions free, net metered solar and provide the company long-term annual savings on its electric bill.The Alchemist, of Waterbury, recently joined the Ceres Brewery Climate Challenge(link is external), committing to reduce its green house gas emissions and join the call for substantive climate action. The initiative emphasizes “using less energy, choosing clean energy, and investing in new technologies,” and that environmental stewardship and successful business goes hand-in-hand.”We saw first-hand the effects of climate instability when we got flooded out of our own brewery during Tropical Storm Irene. We are committed to our customers not only to brew the best quality beers we can, but to take leadership in addressing our climate challenges. Through this partnership, we can do this and save money in our business operations,” Alchemist co-owner Jen Kimmich.In addition to the new solar commitment, The Alchemist’s Waterbury cannery has increased its composting and side streaming program to reduce its waste.At a new energy efficient facility and visitors center the brewery is constructing in Stowe, Vt., The Alchemist is installing cutting edge technology to reclaim and re-use all of the CO2 the brewery will produce and they are installing an innovative water treatment facility to minimize the strength of their wastewater.The 150kW system in Bethel, Vt. is hosted on Michael and Amy Manning’s land who plan to plant clover around the solar array for forage for honey bees.  Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) will remain with the project.”We have always wanted our land to help support itself and these projects are good for the community,” said Michael Manning. “We’re proud to have this in our backyard.””We are thrilled to be partnering with the Alchemist to provide locally-produced solar power for their top-ranked beer. Their decision’s to go solar sends a strong message about their values as a company and commitment to both the Vermont economy and taking leadership to address our energy challenges,” added David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables.Innovative Vermont-made solar trackers are now providing emissions free solar energy for the Alchemist’s brewery, maker of world renowned Heady Topper, in Waterbury, Vt.About the AlchemistThe Alchemist is a small family run brewery specializing in fresh, unfiltered IPA.  Jen and John Kimmich co-founded The Alchemist, originally as a brew pub, in the village of Waterbury, Vt. in 2003.  Today, the couple employs a staff of 24 and they produce and distribute 9,000 barrels of  their flagship beer, Heady Topper, per year.  Their second brewery and visitors center will open in Stowe, Vt. in late spring of 2016.About AllEarth Renewables / AllEarth Solar TrackersAllEarth Renewables, headquartered in Williston, Vt., manufactures the AllEarth Solar Tracker, a dual-axis solar tracker(link is external) that uses innovative GPS and wireless technology to follow the sun throughout the day, producing up to 45 percent more energy than rooftop solar.  The company has manufactured and installed over 3,500 solar tracker systems to date.  Among its product awards, the dual axis tracker was named a “Top-10 Green Product” by BuildingGreen magazine and “Top Product of the Year” by Solar Power World. The company’s ground-mounted, pre-engineered solar trackers are designed for residential and commercial-scale installations.For more visit, is external)Waterbury, Vt. – November 4, 2015 – AllEarth Renewableslast_img read more

US Senate confirms Christina Nolan as Vermont’s next US Attorney

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The US Senate Thursday night unanimously confirmed Christina Nolan to be Vermont’s next US Attorney, following the recommendation of US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) and Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R).  Nolan was nominated less than two months ago by President Trump, and she is one of only two US Attorney nominees to be confirmed in states with Democratic Senators and is also one of only two women to be confirmed as US attorneys in this Congress.  Leahy is a leading member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which handled the nomination.     Nolan will be the 38th US Attorney and the first woman to be Senate-confirmed in Vermont’s history.  She will lead an office of some 45 employees, including 20 attorneys who represent the United States in criminal and civil litigation in Vermont.  Nolan has served as an Assistant US Attorney in Vermont since 2010, and in recent years has focused on criminal cases involving trafficking in heroin and other opioids.In a joint statement, Leahy and Scott said:“Christina Nolan is a native Vermonter and a well-respected Assistant U.S. Attorney with a passion for the State of Vermont and for the mission of a prosecutor — to seek justice and improve our communities.  She also understands the public safety challenges facing our state, especially how opioid addiction has affected so many Vermont families and how this needs to be an important focus of the office.  We were proud to join together to recommend Christina to the President for this position, the top federal law enforcement official in our state.  We know she will make Vermont proud. “We also extend our appreciation to Eugenia A.P. Cowles, who has served Vermonters well as the Acting U.S. Attorney since February.”Source: (THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017) – Leahylast_img read more

WTOP: Bill that could let more DC prisoners out early clears committee

first_imgA D.C. Council committee approved a bill Monday that would give more prisoners the opportunity for early release, despite opposition from law enforcement.The Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety passed the legislation, which would allow some prisoners convicted of violent crimes — including murder and sexual assault — to be freed before they complete their full sentences.It would apply to prisoners who have served at least 15 years behind bars and were convicted of a violent crime before they turned 25. Under current law, prisoners are given that same opportunity if they were convicted before they turned 18.Councilmember Charles Allen, who chairs the committee, promised that “the victim’s voice is given the greatest weight,” referring to what a judge takes into consideration when determining whether a prisoner should be released early.Allen was responding to concerns that the legislation does not sufficiently prioritize statements from a victim or a victim’s family — concerns cited by Councilmember Mary Cheh in voting against the bill.“The essential flaw that I find is that, for me, it doesn’t strike the right moral balance,” said Cheh.“I don’t think it gives sufficient weight to the victim’s statement. We have to give due attention to the victim and the victim’s family.”The Metropolitan Police Department has publicly voiced opposition to the bill, claiming in a statement posted to Twitter that the measure would “provide for the early release of hundreds of violent gun offenders.”Cheh criticized the D.C. police for speaking out in that way.“My remarks are in no way influenced by certain tweets by members of the law enforcement community that I found particularly inappropriate,” she said.Despite Cheh’s opposition, the legislation passed and will be considered by the full D.C. Council next month.Criminal justice reform advocates have come out in favor of such bills, saying that young offenders should be given a chance to rehabilitate themselves and reenter society.last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgRon Shaffer is nominated to be the next president-elect of the National Association of Regional Councils. Photo via Johnson County Facebook page.Shaffer nominated for NARC president elect. Former Prairie Village Mayor and current Johnson County Board of County Commissioners District 1 representative Ron Shaffer has been nominated in the election for president-elect of the National Association of Regional Councils. Shaffer has been long involved in the Mid-America Regional Council, the Kansas City area’s metro-wide planning coordination organization. Shaffer is currently the senior vice president of the NARC Board of Directors. He was nominated for the new NARC position by MARC Board of Directors Chair Curt Skoog.Lancers take on Indians on SM East diamond this afternoon. The 13-3 SM East baseball team will have a chance to get one win closer to a Sunflower League title this afternoon on the SM East baseball diamond. The Lancers take on northeast Johnson County rival SM North at 4:30 p.m. With a win over the Indians today and a win over SM South in their final league game next Tuesday, SM East would take the Sunflower League title.Mission police raise money for Special Olympics. Mission police officers serving as waiters last week at a local restaurant raised more than $1,400 in tips. The money will be donated to Kansas Special Olympics.Prairie Village takes first step toward formalizing agreement for Meadowbrook park. The Prairie Village City Council this week approved a funding agreement with the subsidiary of VanTrust that owns Meadowbrook Country Club that will provide an avenue for completion of the sale of the property to turn it into a county park. The funding agreement established a fund of $75,000 to pay for legal, bond and other services that will be needed to complete the sale. City Administrator told the council he expected to bring a memorandum of understanding that would outline the specific steps each of the parties involved — including VanTrust, the city of Prairie Village, and Johnson County — must take to finalize the property sale.The Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

Driven by mail-in ballots, Johnson County’s Aug. 4 primary set turnout record

first_imgVoting by mail, by and large, did not prevent Johnson Countians from having their votes counted in this month’s primary election, according to a canvass of votes concluded Thursday. Just 673 of the almost 150,000 votes cast were not allowed because they arrived later than Aug. 7 or were postmarked after Election Day.County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt said having an unusually large percentage of voters casting mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic did not appear to have stopped ballots from arriving on time in what was a record turnout primary.Just eight votes shy of 150,000 were cast overall, which amounted to almost 35% turnout. In contrast, turnout for the August primary in 2016 was about 20%. Overall, mail-in ballots accounted for 56% of the total number of ballots cast. Election officials said there was a 79% return rate on mail-in ballots sent out.The Aug. 4 primary could be a preview of a potentially historic general election in November.Schmidt said Thursday that turnout could easily double in November and may even approach 80%. She noted that 100,000 mail-in ballot applications for the general election have already been received.Turnout for the Aug. 4 primary was nearly evenly split between the two major parties: 47.8% of ballots were cast by registered Republicans and 46.3% were cast by registered Democrats.The vote canvass is a review by county commissioners of the final results and includes the decisions on which challenged ballots were or were not counted. Some 1,499 provisional ballots were not counted this year, and among those 673 were either postmarked or received too late.This year, mailed ballots that were postmarked by election day could be counted as long as they arrived in the election office by the Friday after election day. Schmidt did not have a breakout of how many ballots were correctly postmarked but arrived later than Friday.The number not counted was not enough to change any of the results, Schmidt said.Other problems that resulted in a ballot not being counted included:249 ballots for incorrect party affiliation change238 ballots not properly registered122 ballots with incomplete information on the envelopeSome 2,533 provisional ballots were counted after being researched by the office. Those included 1,475 where the voter asked for an advance ballot but did not return it, then voted provisional at the polls. Another 425 had moved or changed names and 289 did not submit voter identification at the polls but provided it before the canvass.Some ballots were partially counted. Those were mostly when people showed up at the wrong polling place or had the wrong party affiliation. In those cases, write-in votes and votes for certain offices could still be counted.County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt said the biggest need for the upcoming November election will be more poll workers. Photo via Johnson County Election Office Twitter.Schmidt said the election generally went smoothly, and that she’ll continue to encourage mail-in voters to drop off their ballots at the drop boxes at the election office in Olathe or at a polling place during that last week before the election.She would like to get another drop box in the northern part of the county as well, she said.Talk of increasing postage should not affect the county either, she said, because Johnson County sends its mail first class and not on a cheaper advertising or bulk rate. There has been talk nationally of increasing the rate for ballots to 50 cents, where the norm for marketing rates had been 20 cents.“The post office will need to come through for the November presidential [election] nationwide, and we will continue to tell voters not to put their ballot in the mail the last week and drop their ballot off. That’s the safest way to know that we got your ballot,” she said.The biggest needs for the next election will be for more poll workers. Schmidt had been working on getting younger people to the polls to reduce the dangers of COVID-19 infection to mostly older poll workers. But the polls were still predominantly staffed by older workers for the primary. With discussions in the news about more transmission and schools reopening, Schmidt said, “Parents are being very protective of their teenage kids.”Some polling places had only four workers, which is “bare bones,” she said. “It’s unfortunate but we did the very best to get as many people in the polling places and trained as we could. I am eternally grateful for all of them.”For the general election, Schmidt said she would like to increase by 20 the 167 polling places and add two more to the seven advance voting places.last_img read more

EnGenius Technologies Announces High-Capacity Wi-Fi 6 Outdoor Access Point

first_imgEnGenius Technologies today announced a high-capacity Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) outdoor access point, perfect for digital signage applications, the EWS850AP. The new weatherproof access point takes advantage of the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology.The EWS850AP is in an IP67-rated dust and water-resistant enclosure and capable of withstanding harsh weather environments, including prolonged exposure to sunlight, extreme cold, frost, snow, rainfall, hail and humidity. The Qualcomm Networking Pro 400 Platform helps ensure the EWS850AP takes advantage of key Wi-Fi 6 features needed to support the growing demands of crowded wireless environments. Key benefits include:With up to four spatial streams across both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands, the EWS850 encompasses downlink and uplink MU-MIMO and OFDMA to simultaneously manage and transmit data between AP and client devices.Dynamic data processing and management boost data throughput up to 25% with 1024QAM and expand connectivity capabilities.Cut through densely congested outdoor environments with better data management and extend wireless coverage through longer OFDM signals and reduce channel interference through BSS coloring, offering less latency and improved transmit signals.The architecture can successfully associate and maintain connectivity for complex and secure data transfer. Enabled with WPA3 security, the EWS850AP supports higher encryption for sensitive data transfers for hundreds of simultaneously connected devices.EnGenius says the EWS850AP delivers wireless performance through stronger, steadier and more efficient wireless connections. It’s the company’s latest solution for serving densely congested infrastructure applications able to satisfy the needs of network engineers wanting to future-proof outdoor networks.The EWS850AP will start shipping worldwide in the first quarter of 2020 and specs are here.last_img read more

Not only trauma but also the reversal of trauma is inherited

first_imgMansuy’s team of researchers has now demonstrated for the first time that such trauma-related behavioral alterations are reversible in mice. If male mice exposed to trauma in early postnatal life live in pleasant conditions as an adult, their behavior and the behavior of their offspring returns to normal. “Long after the traumatic experiences themselves, living in enriched conditions reverses the behavioral symptoms in adult animals and also prevents the transmission of these symptoms to the progeny”, summarizes Isabelle Mansuy the new findings.Lead author Katharina Gapp and her colleagues exposed newborn male mice to traumatic stress by separating them from their mothers at irregular intervals and stressing their mother unpredictably during separation. Subsequently, the male mice and their male offspring behaved significantly differently from the control mice when exposed to challenging situations. Examples related to their natural avoidance of bright light or their behavior when confronted with complex and constantly changing tasks, for example to obtain a water ration when thirsty.Epigenetic dysregulation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene is reversibleAt the molecular level, these behavioral alterations are associated with an increased level of the glucocorticoid receptor in the hippocampus – a brain area essential for cognitive processes and that contributes to stress responses. This altered expression results from an epigenetic dysregulation of the gene for the receptor that binds stress hormones like cortisone. The activity of this gene is normally reduced by DNA methylation, an epigenetic mark that silences genes. Traumatic experiences lead to the removal of some of these DNA methylation marks which results in an increase in gene activity and an increased production of the glucocorticoid receptor.The epigenetic alterations are not only found in the hippocampus of the offspring of traumatized mice, but also in the germ cells of their fathers. The scientists thus assume that alterations in DNA methylation are transmitted to the progeny through the sperm. Isabelle Mansuy and her team have now shown that the impact of childhood trauma can be corrected by a low-stress and enriched environment in adult life. At the same time, the correction the of DNA methylation pattern prevents the symptoms from being inherited by the offspring.A universal mechanism for transmitting characteristics caused by the environment“Until now, only pharmacological drugs were known to correct epigenetic alterations in a consequential way for behavior. Now we know that this is also possible through environmental manipulations such as enriched conditions”, highlights Isabelle Mansuy. The researchers suspect that this reversible epigenetic transmission is an universal mechanism that may also be partially responsible for transmitting other characteristics to the offspring, for example metabolic disorders due to poor nutrition or pathologies induced by endocrine disruptors. Share Traumatic experiences in childhood increase the risk of developing behavioral and psychiatric disorders later in life. It is also known that the consequences of a trauma can likewise be observed in the children of people affected even if those children have themselves not experienced any trauma. However, childhood trauma in some conditions can also help individuals deal better with difficult situations later in life. This ability, too, is passed onto following generations.These findings, published in Neuropsychopharmacology, have recently been uncovered by Isabelle Mansuy, Professor of Neuroepigenetics at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, during investigations carried out in mice.A positive environment reverses behavioral symptoms Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Pinterest LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more