Researchers at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the University of Minnesota have found that living just above the poverty line and having diabetes increases by 50 percent a woman’s chance of developing postpartum depression — a serious illness that affects about one in 10 new mothers.“While previous studies have linked diabetes and depression in the general population, this is the first time, to our knowledge, that the relationship has been studied specifically in pregnant women and new mothers,” says Katy Backes Kozhimannil, research fellow in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at HMS and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. “We believe these findings may help clinicians better identify and treat depression in new mothers.”These findings were published in the Feb. 25 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.For more than 25 years, clinicians have been aware that new mothers are at risk for postpartum depression. However, the condition is difficult to identify. Many symptoms are attributed to the everyday struggles of being a new mother. Others, such as irrational thoughts about harming the baby or, conversely, obsessing over the baby’s health, are simply difficult for new mothers to admit.To investigate the potential link between diabetes and postpartum depression, Kozhimannil and Bernard Harlow, professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, examined medical claims data from the New Jersey Medicaid program, looking at information from 11,024 new mothers who had given birth between July 2004 and September 2006.The researchers identified a woman as having depression if her records indicated a diagnosis, or if she had filled a prescription for an antidepressant medication during the study period. (Diabetes was also identified using both diagnosis and prescription information.)Study data indicated that 9.6 percent of women with diabetes, who had no indication of depression during pregnancy, developed depression during the year following delivery, compared with 5.9 percent of women without diabetes. Put another way, pregnant women and new mothers with diabetes were approximately 55 percent to 60 percent more likely to experience postpartum depression. The researchers caution that these findings do not establish that diabetes causes postpartum depression, only that there appears to be an as yet unexplained link between the two. Also, the medical claims data they used did not contain information on personal or family history of depression, weight, or body mass index. Plus, it isn’t yet clear the extent to which one can generalize findings from such a specific and localized population.Still, according to Kozhimannil, “health care facilities and clinicians that serve low-income and Medicaid populations may want to pay particular attention to managing the mental health concerns of women with diabetes during pregnancy and the postpartum period.”
Primus will hit the road later this year for an extensive run of summer tour dates which will see the veteran rock outfit pay tribute to their heroes in Rush every night on stage.As per the band’s announcement on Tuesday, Primus’ upcoming A Tribute to Kings Tour (named after Rush’s 1977 A Farewell to Kings studio album) will hear the band play the classic rock album in full at every show when the summer run begins on May 26th in Irving, TX.Each show on the tour will hear the band perform the music featured on A Farewell to Kings–the first Rush album bassist/singer Les Claypool ever heard–in addition to original material out of the Primus songbook. The tour’s name and overall mission also make for a fitting tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart, who died unexpectedly earlier this year.Related: Oysterhead, Trey Anastasio Band To Headline SweetWater 420 Fest 2020The upcoming tour will follow the band’s one-off performance in Missoula, MT back in November when it begins in late May. The extensive run of shows will take the band through a long list of North American cities before the tour wraps following a performance at Phoenix, AZ’s Arizona Federal Theatre on August 2nd.Primus will be joined in support throughout the tour on select dates by Wolfmother, The Sword, and Battles.“I talked to Geddy [Lee] about it, yeah. I texted with him — I keep in touch with Geddy — just to make sure we weren’t trodding on something weird,” Claypool said about the upcoming run with the tour’s announcement on Tuesday. “He just got excited; he thought it was a great idea. You know, we go way back with those guys so I think it made him feel good that it was going to be us that was going to do this thing.”Claypool’s other band, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, recently welcomed Geddy Lee to sit in during a recent performance in Toronto last spring.Claypool also touched on the final memory of his old friend and rock colleague in Neil Peart in adding, “The last time I saw Neil was at Stewart Copeland’s house. He had one of his Sacred Grove jams, and it was he and I and Neil and [Tool drummer] Danny Carey, and Matt Stone was there.”A special pre-sale for the tour begins this Wednesday, February 19th, at 10 a.m. local time. Public on-sale will follow starting this Friday, February 21st, at 10 a.m. local. Head to the band’s website for ticket info.Scroll down for the full listing of 2020 tour dates.A Tribute to Kings 2020 Tour DatesMay 26 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory *^May 27 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center *^May 29 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater *^May 30 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theater *^June 1 – Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena *^June 3 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando *^June 5 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy *^June 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre *^June 7 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater *^June 9 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion *^June 10 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! – Outdoor *^June 12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Arts And Music FestivalJune 15 – Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union LIVE! *^June 16 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion *^June 17 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *^June 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia *^June 20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage *^June 21 – Essex Junction, VT @ Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition *^June 23 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion *^June 24 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre *^June 26 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill *^June 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica *^June 28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Outdoor *^June 30 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach *^July 2 – Lafayette, NY @ Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards *July 3 – Westbrook ME @ Main Savings Pavilion at Rock RowJuly 6 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Amphitheater at White River State Park *+July 7 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion *+July 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory *+July 10 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre *+July 11 – St Louis, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park *+July 12 – Kansas City, MO @ CrossroadsKC *+July 14 – Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom *+July 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *+July 17 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater *+July 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *+July 19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort *+July 21 – Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden *+July 23 – Bonner, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater *+July 24 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park *+July 25 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield *+July 28 – Spokane, WA @ Riverfront Park Amphitheater *+”July 29 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater *+July 31 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre *+August 1 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU *+August 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre *+* w/ Wolfmother^ w/ The Sword+ w/ BattlesView All Tour Dates[H/T Rolling Stone]
With Widespread Panic and its fans across the country now stuck inside and away from live music for the foreseeable future, the band hoped to shed some warm vibes on everyone’s day by sharing the official recap video highlighting Panic en la Playa Nueve.The guest-filled 2020 iteration of Panic’s annual concert destination event returned to Riviera Maya, Mexico earlier this year with four nights of music from the band back on January 24th-28th with added performances from The Marcus King Band, BIG Something, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, Jennifer Hartswick, and more.Related: 25 Concert Films & Music Documentaries To Stream While You’re Self-QuarantiningThe pro-shot, 3:15-minute video takes fans right back to this year’s event, which delivered some wonderful headlining performances from Panic on the warm Mexican shore. The live recording of “Coconut” from night three of the event on 1/26 plays throughout as a colorful mix of aerial and stage shots makes it feel like all is once again right in the world.Revisit Panic en la Playa Nueve below.Panic En La Playa Nueve Official Recap[Video: Widespread Panic]Panic recently wrapped a very successful five-night run at NYC’s Beacon Theatre earlier this month on March 2nd.Fans should also revisit contributor Otis Sinclair‘s recaps from Night One, Night Two, and Night Four of Panic en la Playa Nueve.
Shirley Marie Blanchard Jeanis, 91, of Port Arthur passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center inMcKinney, TX.She was born in Cankton, LA on November 1, 1928 to her parents, Lucius Joseph (Lee) Blanchard and Amy Ann Savoie Blanchard.The family moved to Port Arthur in 1939 and from then on, Shirley was a lifelong resident of the area.She was a longtime member of St. Therese, Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church in Port Acres, where she was active in the Altar Society.She worked as a machine operator for the Texaco Island starting in 1947, retiring in 1983.During her time with Texaco, she became a member of the Workmans’ Committee, was on the Board of Directors of the former Texaco Port Arthur Workers’ Federal Credit Union, and was a member of the former Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers’ International Union.During the early 1970s, with the backing of the local OCAW and the AFL/CIO, she travelled to Washington DC twice to meet with Texas’ US senators and representatives to lobby for retroactive payments for female Texaco Island employees, who were still being paid a lower wage than men for identical jobs.The efforts ultimately proved successful.After retiring from Texaco, she was then employed by Percy’s True Value Hardware in Port Acres for 19 years, where she was then, and to her final days, known to all as “Ms. Shirley.”Two of her happiest moments in recent years were the surprise 90th birthday parties, one held in Port Arthur by her son Jim and niece Leah, and one held in Waggaman, LA by Jim and her brother Kerny’s family.In addition to her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Alfred; son Jody L. Jeanis of Port Arthur; brother Kerny P. Blanchard of Marrero, LA; sister Avril Blanchard Conner of Port Arthur; nephew PAPD Officer Mickey E. Conner of Port Arthur; and niece Melanie Conner Pinell of Groves.Immediate survivors include her son, Jim Jeanis of Germantown, TN; sister-in-law Mable Blanchard of Marrero, LA; niece Leah SharmayneConner Shields of Little Elm, TX, nephew Terry D. Blanchard of Ponchatoula, LA; nephew Jay M. Blanchard of Marrero, LA; niece Paula Conner Beebe of Lakeside, CA; and niece Joni Blanchard Langlanais of Waggaman, LA.Visitation will be Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 5:00 PM till 7:00 PM with a rosary to be prayed at 6:00 PM at Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home in Groves, TX.A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 PM Friday, October 23, 2020 at St. Therese, Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church in Port Acres, TX with Rev. Rejimon George serving as celebrant.Arrangements for cremation are entrusted to Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.Due to COVID-19 situation we are currently in, all visitors to the funeral home and the church will be required to wear face masks or coverings as mandated by state and county officials.Jim is requesting, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Therese, Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church, in memory of Shirley.
The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division today announced that the Environmental Court has issued a decision against Timothy Persons and Trust A of Timothy Persons. Persons and the Trust own property in Lunenburg, Vermont which contains wetlands protected under State law. The Court found that Persons and the Trust excavated and cleared protected wetlands. In addition the Court found Persons and the Trust installed three spring tiles (underground drainage) and a waterline in the wetland. The Court determined that all these activities occurred in violation of the Vermont Wetland Rules and that Person’s undertook these actions despite being aware of the rules. The Agency sought to resolve the violations prior to initiating formal court action, but when that effort failed the Agency filed an Administrative Order. A one-day trial ensued and as a result of the evidence presented at trial by the Agency the Environmental Court determined that Persons and the Trust committed the violations alleged. The Court imposed a penalty of $14,222.00 and ordered that Persons and the Trust remediate the violations by removing the illegally installed spring tiles and restoring the impacted wetlands. Soruce: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, 8.15.2012
Photo: Governor Phil Scott during his interview for this article. VBM photo.In August, reporter James Dwinell and editor Timothy McQuiston sat down with Governor Phil Scott to get a mid-term update on the Vermont economy, politics and life in Vermont.VBM: Is there a cultural crisis here in Vermont? What I mean by that is with the current vicious opioid crisis whereby Vermont, despite being the Vermont we all know and love, full of good schools, good communities, and historical values of note, it is ten times greater in having babies born with opiates in their bodies than the national average. Couple that with a high suicide rate, have we lost our way? Do you have an understanding about this from all your travels and efforts around the state?SCOTT: No, I wish that I did. It is very concerning. The high suicide rate when you look at the data, it is not conclusive: older, male, increasingly more Vets than others. We need to take all this seriously. We have a responsibility.VBM: The crisis seems to need leadership, better management of programs, and legislative action. How do you lead?SCOTT: Leadership means that you anticipate problems, when you see problems you try to rectify them, and you do everything you can with the tools that you have. I have focused on the economic issues that challenge us to bring us more opportunity and hope. These issues have been with us for quite some time. We need to change our story by being more welcoming, more affordable, and doing all we can to be more attractive to people who live here as well as attracting folks as we really need more people.You with Vermont Business Magazine know as well as anybody else that businesses are crying for relief. We need more workers, more families.VBM: Vermont’s working population is rising statistically. Is this from more Vermonters going back into the workforce or from people moving here?SCOTT: It is growing in Chittenden County but not all over the state. The rest of the state, be it the Northeast Kingdom, or south in Brattleboro, Bennington, and Rutland, need some help. There are all kinds of opportunities for us. We are doing what we can with tax incentives, Act 250 reform, and otherwise.We have “capital for a day” visits around the state. The whole cabinet goes along. We split up and visit top to bottom. We listen to get a sense, an understanding of what they feel, experience and know. We talk of challenges and opportunities and learn where we can help.But what I tell folks is that there has to be some kind of grassroots support. It cannot be driven from the top down. There are good things happening all over Vermont.Take Randolph for example. There is a group of people who want to address this. There is enthusiasm, pride, and a willingness to work to improve. It cannot be top down. We cannot be their future; they must create their future.VBM: You were recently in Grand Isle. What did they tell you, what did you see?SCOTT: All kinds of things. There is work with specialists at UVM on hemp and milkweed. I learned about both. Milkweed is a product of value developed during World War II. They are developing other types of growing operations as well as new agricultural products. They focus on tourism as well with our beautiful lake. But the winter is a challenge.The Alburgh school district is going against the grain of Vermont’s schools by increasing its student population. To help manage the increase, they have raised money locally, and with state and federal grants, to build a new childcare facility next to their school, creating a wonderful benefit for their working population and creating twelve new jobs at the same time.VBM: You said at a press conference that you reduced your focus on education funding as you could not find a partner. Understanding that you found no “partners” in the legislature, can citizens become you partners?SCOTT: Sure, but they have to become active. There are many people that think that the education fund is a self-leveling fund. It is what it is and you cannot control it. It continues to grow. The problem is shrinking student population. Low birth rates, fewer families, and not enough immigration.The bond rating went down, it remains good but not as good as it was. We have an aging population, underfunded pensions, and other liabilities. The bond rating agencies see more risk, but Vermont bonds are still safe.VBM: What is the cost to the state of a lower bond rating?SCOTT: I don’t know yet as we have not sold any bonds since the rate was reduced.VBM: Do you support VSAC (the Vermont Student Assistant Corp) allowing our money to follow the student out of state? The percentage of graduates who remain in the general area of where they went to school is about 65%. Vermont is one of the few states where the state sends money out of state in support of students.SCOTT: We need to take care of our Vermont kids. If they choose to go out of state, I think that we are obligated to do so. I know the problem as my daughter is now in Rhode Island. They sometimes come back, and if we can provide more opportunity for them, they will return in greater numbers. My daughter would like to come back as well. This relates to improving our story. There is still a sense out there that there are no jobs here for them, but that has changed. We have more jobs than workers.VBM: The state economist at the recent Emergency Board meeting said that we would have a surplus in revenue. Is that right?SCOTT: A surplus is good news and that’s indicative of what we are focusing on. We focus on getting more from our existing programs rather than creating a new program which we would have to manage and “feed” with more taxes. We have paid down some debt, and we made some investments. The economy is doing well. The pending recession remains at bay. We need to continue to provide tax relief. We are recruiting companies as we can, we have had some success with Canadian companies, six so far.VBM: Why do you think that the personal income tax is growing?SCOTT: You have to look at multiple years but the national and local economies are both strong. We still are not sure what the effect of the federal tax changes are. So I don’t think we can say that we have a trend in personal income tax growth.VBM: Room and meals taxes have been strong suggesting strength in our tourism sector. The gasoline tax and sales tax are not doing so well.SCOTT: We have a four-season tourist trade. That’s good news. The gasoline tax is problematic across the country with more efficient cars and more electric cars on the road today. As the tax is on each gallon of gas sold, we have fewer dollars to maintain the same infrastructure. There is a study group at the National Governor’s Association about what should we do. There may be new and longer lasting road surfaces that the federal government keeps working on.VBM: Some states are considering reinstitution of tolls on highways.Photo: Governor Phil Scott during his interview for this article. VBM photo.SCOTT: I think that this needs to be handled at the federal level. Especially with electric cars becoming more popular and that excites me. We are taking control of our energy future. A new tax structure will appear.VBM: The sales tax impacts the education fund and it has not been keeping up. Even though the economists lower their expectations, it does not even meet their expectations. Will online sales tax help fill the hole?SCOTT: Our ability to collect sales tax on online sales improves and helps. We don’t want to raise the sales tax and make us more uncompetitive. I was a senator when Governor Douglas raised the sales tax from 5 to 6% to stop the growth in the property tax but we only got a higher sales tax and continuing growth in the property tax. It didn’t work at all.VBM: It is amazing that with all the tax collection Vermont has without an increase government cost, such as second home property taxes, some of the gas tax, certainly most of the room and meals tax, and a boost in the sales tax from Quebec shoppers coming over the border to shop at the Walmarts in St Albans and Derby, and with the senior old guys representing us in Washington sending Vermont more than our share of federal funds, the citizens remain stressed by “over taxation?”SCOTT: We have enough, but we need to learn to live within our means. We don’t need to cut, nor do we need to spend more. What we need in Vermont is not more taxes but more taxpayers to share the load. Our population has been stagnant, we are getting older, we need more people and more workforce development. The ripple effect of more people will lift all revenues, all businesses.VBM: Has your housing bond helped?SCOTT: I think it is doing well. High cost of housing is a concern. The $37,000,000 housing bond leveraged another $65,000,000 of private assets and is the single largest investment in housing that Vermont has ever seen. The buildings are not all up yet as it takes time to design, get your permits, and build.VBM: To follow up on the population question, legislative economist Tom Kavet said that Vermont has a slow increase in population reversing our recent population loses.SCOTT: This is more good news; we are moving in the right direction. I want to mention the Kavet report about a wealth gap in Vermont that some in the legislature latched onto. I think that his data looked at large groups and that analyzing it closer, the gap is not so great. In some cases people have a big income year from an extraordinary event such as selling an asset, a stock market surge, or selling a business. It is important to keep our eyes on a potential disparity but to make sure that the numbers reflect the real picture and what is really happening. We sure are happy to have those wealthy folks here.VBM: What have you discovered to be much harder than you anticipated being governor, and what is easier?SCOTT: I don’t know if anything has been easy, but I think that while I have been working with the legislature, that they have become more aware of the workforce challenges which we face. They are hearing from their constituents who see the needs, and beginning to understand that thirteen rural counties need our help and assistance so that they are not left behind.We are leveraging our assets, we are one of the safest states with a great quality of life, we have outdoor recreation assets.Vermont is becoming known as the mountain biking state, the trail networks that we have are becoming known and better connected trails are being developed. And there is a craft brewery seemingly close to every trail!Here is a story for you. We were in Vergennes during Addison County “capital for a day” at UTC, now Collins Aerospace. They told me that after their merger that they would need a hundred new employees, half of them engineers, electrical and mechanical engineers. They were offering $100,000 plus benefits. We worked with them to contact Norwich University, UVM, and the state college network to see how we could help fill the gap.The next week we were in Caledonia County “capital for a day” gathered with a business group to listen to their challenges and opportunities. I mentioned the UTC challenge and their lack of engineers. A Lyndonville company person spoke up and said, “We don’t have any trouble hiring engineers here. Every time we need an engineer, we put an ad in a mountain biking magazine, and we get an instant hit!” Our outdoor recreational opportunities attract people to our state.We were at Suicide Six in South Pomfret where they have a downhill mountain biking opportunity; ride the lift up and down you go on your bike. I like to mountain bike and I went up and down a couple of times. I put about 2,000 miles every summer on my bike. It’s lots of fun. My point is that even the traditional resorts are finding that they are four season resorts and have learned to use their assets and infrastructure which is in place in all seasons. Killington has a great mountain bike downhill as well.There is a group working on putting all these mountain bike trails and connecting them together and building even more which is very exciting.VBM: You have a new public service commissioner, Mike Schirling. In his introductory remarks, he said that he saw his job as staying the course. There appears to be an impatience within Vermont’s police forces when confronted which has led to one unfortunate killing after another. It would seem that Vermont should not just “stay the course.”SCOTT: We will continue to look at those events, and learn. At the same time we need to support our law enforcement.VBM: Is the $10,000 bonus to move and work in Vermont working?SCOTT: It was good publicity. We received over 1,000,000 hits on social media when it was announced, and we had over 3,000 direct inquiries about the program. Unfortunately, we only had enough money for fewer than fifty people. What it did do is show that it worked. We have changed the program a bit with the legislature to encourage more people to come.We also had criticism from Vermonters saying how about sending me a check for $10,000 to stay here? I get it. But the reaction out there was incredibly fast. And we need more workers, more families, more kids to fill our schools; this is what we need. It is not the complete answer, but it’s one area of doing something, moving forward. And it shows that the legislature and the administration are on the same page, and that helps.VBM: You suggest that the legislature has listened and learned. Have you listened and learned as well?SCOTT: I think so. Not to rehash the past, but it was difficult for them. In my first term, I said no new taxes or fees, that I believe that we can live within our means. And I meant that. It took fourteen vetoes in total, including three budget vetoes, but we didn’t raise taxes or fees. As a result, we had a surplus for the first time in over a decade. We moved in the right direction.VBM: Did the legislature learn something?SCOTT: Maybe. But I don’t want that type of relationship with the legislature. I want us to work together, I want us to not waste our time with political rhetoric, the back and forth. I think that Vermonters are tired of that, here and nationally. We proved that we did not need to raise taxes or fees to satisfy our needs.I did not want that, so we took a different approach this year, and we had a great third year. If you look at what we accomplished in the last year, including more early care money, more for the state colleges, and removal of some of the taxes. We worked well together; it was good. I did not get everything I wanted; they didn’t get everything they wanted. In the end we came to an agreement which we could all live with.VBM: You said that you wish to reduce the prison population, that you will review sentencing, drug sentencing in particular. You said that we need to differentiate between those in custody whom we are mad at for their behavior and those whom we are afraid of because of their behavior. But I haven’t noticed a lot of action in this regard.VBM: GOP Chairwoman Deb Billado raised some ire recently with an article she wrote. Do you have an opinion about that?SCOTT: This is not the first time, with either party trying to energize the base, trying to activate people, with strong language. I think that there are other ways to activate Republicans. There are plenty of opportunities with touting the things like the economy, permit reform, and all kinds of other things that we have done and that we need to work on. We can activate people in this way. Trying to further the political divide and the polarization that we suffer from in the country with that kind of negative form of rhetoric, does not help. I would take a different approach if it were me to get the party going again.We still have an affordability crisis on our hands, let’s focus on that.VBM: The stock market is more nervous about the national economy. Are you?SCOTT: One never knows when a recession might occur. One never knows what international crisis might trigger that. We have a solid national economy; I think that we have some good things happening here. The 2020 election coming up doesn’t help.The new NAFTA agreement is a good example. We needed to update NAFTA. I was critical of some of President Trump’s tactics. Yet Mexico and Canada have agreed, but our Congress is dragging its feet. This is a good agreement, good for Vermont, good for the northern tier states, good for Canada, good for the southern tier states, and good for Mexico. It is unfortunate that Congress will not ratify it. Can’t we move beyond politics and accomplish something, something that is good for us, the citizens?It is the same with immigration. There are penalties for all just now, Congress needs to do something about it. Don’t just talk about it. Don’t just try to use it as a wedge. Fix it.VBM: Are there any questions which we did not ask that you would like to answer?SCOTT: Clean water funding comes up so often as we travel. What are we going to do? Why haven’t we done more with the cleanup of Lake Champlain?This is an area which we have worked well with the legislature. We put the last pieces of the financial puzzle together so that now we have a package of ongoing funding up to $50,000,000 a year for the next twenty years to clean up our lakes and streams. This is good news. I give Treasurer Beth Pearce a lot of credit for coming up with a proposal with the numbers that we can see. Now we better understand the problems, we can better work towards solutions.Bio-digesters have broken ground and will be coming online. Our creative phosphorus challenge that we put out there to fund ideas from anywhere to address this issue with new methods and technologies has had a great response to reverse the challenges of phosphorus. Maybe we can even make money with the phosphorus that we have, the nutrients. Everybody has stepped up to do their part. We do have some good stories to tell from the efforts we made.I grew up in Barre and I am pretty sure that the water in the Stevens Branch is cleaner than it ever was. We have made incremental improvements each year, though we have a long way to go. Take Lake Carmi. We put a project, an aeration system that is pretty incredible with what has been done. Friends of mine at Thunder Road told me that so far so good. The system has taken care of the problem in part, they are happy that we could do something that is successful. It made a very ugly situation better. The parties came together, state, local, and federal governments, and pretty much solved this.
Shawnee Mission Health and Midwest Transplant Network held a ceremony Friday honoring organ and tissue donors.Donor family members, transplant recipient honor organ donors at “Wall of Heroes” dedication. Several dozen people gathered in the chapel at Shawnee Mission Health on Friday for the sixth annual “Wall of Heroes” dedication ceremony, which honors the individuals who have donated organs and tissue to help others. Last year, Shawnee Mission Health had 32 eye and tissue donations. Among the speakers at the ceremony, which was also organized by the Midwest Transplant Network, was Rob Beck, who received a heart transplant. “I’m looking forward to joining the organization in celebrating those who generously give others a second chance at life,” Beck said of the ceremony.Johnson County hosting second “reverse job fair” to give clients receiving employment coaching chance to showcase their skills. Several Johnson County departments are collaborating to put on the county’s second “reverse job fair” next Tuesday. The event will give around 30 county residents receiving employment coaching or support services to showcase their work skills to potential employers. Employers interested in meeting the candidates can come to the Johnson County Administrative Building, 111 S. Cherry Street, Olathe, next Tuesday, Apr. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.SM East girls soccer falls to 2-4 on season after loss to Maize. SM East’s girls soccer team notched a decisive win over Lawrence last week, beating the Lions 3-1 on goals from Karoline Nelson, Libby LeGard and Josie Clough on the road Apr. 13. But the Lancers couldn’t muster the same offensive output against their cross-state rival Maize on Saturday. Though SM East got out to an early lead off Jessica Parker’s goal, Maize came right back, scoring twice before halftime. The Eagles netted a third goal in the second half. SM East faces Olathe South this evening.
Commercial Properties, Inc., announced the sale of 1305 N. 27th Ave. Jeff Hays, Chad Neppl and Ryan Steele of CPI’s Tempe Industrial Group represented the buyer in this transaction.The ±26,104 SF, Industrial Truck Terminal is located at 1305 N. 27th Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona adjacent to I-10, and just off 27th Avenue & McDowell Road.Hays commented, ” The property offers the new owner, Ralison Properties Holding, LLC, a 55 door, cross-dock facility and a large paved site with easy access to I-10 and I-17. This site is ideal for their transloading operations receiving general cargo, paper products, tiles, wood and more.”The sale was valued at $1.7 million ($65.00 per foot) based on ±26,104 SF situated on 5.5± acre site.
Share Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook Children who believe intelligence can grow pay more attention to and bounce back from their mistakes more effectively than kids who think intelligence is fixed, indicates a new study that measured the young participants’ brain waves.Led by scholars at Michigan State University, the research suggests teachers and parents should help children pay more attention to the mistakes they make so they can better learn from them, as opposed to shying away from or glossing over mistakes.“The main implication here is that we should pay close attention to our mistakes and use them as opportunities to learn,” said Hans Schroder, lead author on the study and a fifth-year doctoral student in MSU’s Department of Psychology. LinkedIn Email Published online in the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, the study is one of the first investigations into mindsets and the related brain workings of children. Participants’ average age was 7 — a time when most children are making the often difficult transition to formal schooling and when mindsets have their most noticeable impact on academic achievement.For the experiment, 123 children were assessed on whether they had a growth mindset (in which they believe people can work harder get smarter) or a fixed mindset (believing intelligence is set in stone).The children then took a fast-moving accuracy task on a computer while their brain activity was recorded. The task: Help a zookeeper capture escaped animals by pressing the spacebar when an animal appeared — unless it was a group of three orangutan friends, who were helping capture the other animals, in which case they had to withhold their response.Within half-of-a-second after making a mistake, brain activity increases as the person becomes aware of and pays close attention to what went wrong. Essentially, a bigger brain response means the person is focusing more on the error.Children with growth mindsets were significantly more likely to have this larger brain response after making a mistake in the study. In addition, they were more likely to improve their performance on the task after making a mistake.The study also showed that children with fixed mindsets were also able to bounce back after their mistakes, but only if they paid close attention to the errors. Previous research indicated that people with the fixed mindset don’t want to acknowledge they’ve made a mistake. Some people will even start taking about something else they’re good at as a defense mechanism. But the current findings suggest that the more they attend to their errors, fixed-minded children may still be able to recover as well as their growth-minded peers.Many parents and teachers shy away from addressing a child’s mistakes, telling them “It’s OK, you’ll get it the next time,” without giving them the opportunity to figure out what went wrong, Schroder said.“Instead they could say: ‘Mistakes happen, so let’s try to pay attention to what went wrong and figure it out.’”
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