Leave potatoes out of federal food program

first_img Read Full Story Food vouchers and baskets provided through WIC (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) should continue to exclude white potatoes, according to a column co-authored by Eric Rimm, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The piece, published online May 22, 2014 in USA Today, was written in response to a letter sent by 20 U.S. senators to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him to “take immediate action to remedy the unwarranted exclusion of white potatoes from the WIC food package.”Rimm and his co-authors, who all served on the scientific advisory committee that produced the report upon which the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are based, argued that there is strong evidence linking starchy, calorie-dense white potatoes with weight gain, obesity, and diabetes, especially among vulnerable, low-income populations.“Pregnant women, new mothers and their children derive the greatest health benefit from eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables,” they write. “While white potatoes contain some important nutrients and dietary fiber (when the eaten with the skin on), there are many other vegetable sources of not only these nutrients, especially dietary fiber, but many other under-consumed nutrients as well.”last_img read more

Tony Saich honored by Foreign Policy

first_imgAnthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and faculty director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, has been named to Foreign Policy’s Pacific Power Index, a list of 50 of people shaping the future of the U.S.-Chinese relationship.Saich is considered a top scholar in the field of U.S.-Chinese relations, having first visited China as a student in 1976. He continues to visit the country each year. Currently, he is a guest professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He also advises a wide range of government, private, and nonprofit organizations on work in China and elsewhere in Asia.The Pacific Power Index is designed to honor 50 people, each of whom “has been profoundly shaped by the intersections — sometimes the collisions — of these two great powers.”  In regards to Saich, the editors write, “[Chinese Communist] party officials see Harvard as a prestigious and safe place to study, while Harvard benefits from the access a close relationship with China’s elite brings. At the forefront of this mutually beneficial relationship stands Professor Anthony Saich.”last_img read more

Heroin’s descent

first_imgDeath rates from heroin overdose nearly quadrupled in the United States between 2002 and 2013, when the number of people reporting past-year heroin abuse or dependence rose to 517,000, a nearly 150 percent increase from 2007. In 2014, the use of heroin and other opioids killed 1,256 people in Massachusetts, an increase of 34 percent over 2013 and 88 percent over 2012. The Gazette sought insights across several disciplines, including law, health, and the science of addiction, for a three-part report on the crisis and new ideas for responding to it. In 1874, British chemist C.R. Alder Wright cooked up the world’s first batch of heroin, by chemically altering morphine — a naturally occurring compound from the poppy plant — in hopes of turning an effective but highly addictive painkiller into a non-addictive alternative.Addiction specialists the world over would agree that he missed the mark.The profile of heroin — called “diacetylmorphine” by chemists — has changed radically since the early 20th century, from potential cough remedy to killer.‘They will tell you, “It’s no longer fun for me to use heroin, but I can’t stop. I can’t control it.”’As a result, the drug has been restricted or banned outright by governments around the world. Illegal use, always a deadly problem, has become an even more potent force of tragedy in recent years, fueled in part by an opioid crisis in the U.S.Among the work being done on the issue by Harvard-affiliated physicians and researchers are investigations into the roots of addiction. Insights from such efforts have the potential to dramatically influence approaches to treatment and recovery.Too many pillsToday’s heroin epidemic has been building for well over a decade, according to specialists, and is part of a broader epidemic of addiction to opioid painkillers, which have similar effects on the brain.Opioids are the most effective painkillers available, but they are powerfully addictive. Long a go-to for acute pain — such as that from invasive surgeries, combat trauma, car accidents, and end-stage cancer — they were put into wider use about 20 years ago, as physicians began to focus more attention on chronic pain.“You’re prescribing for a longer period of time,” said Roger Weiss, chief of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. “The likelihood of people getting addicted is higher, and that’s what we started to see.”Next came disaster, by several accounts. Doctors started to prescribe addictive opioid painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone in increasing quantities. Some patients became addicted. Many of those who didn’t left extra pills in the medicine cabinet, where teenagers could find them.“We ended up, a few years ago, with approximately 9 billion individual pills — oxycodone and hydrocodone derivatives and other strong opioids — being prescribed in this country annually. [That’s] equivalent to 30 strong opioid pills for every man, woman, and child in our country,” said Bertha Madras, a professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School.As addiction to painkillers began to rise, physicians tightened up on prescriptions. That left many of the freshly addicted priced out of their fix — with cheap, pure heroin waiting on the corner.“The law of unintended consequences says the demand for opioids hasn’t reduced,” Weiss said. “So people who can’t get the opioid pills are moving toward heroin. … An opioid is an opioid, so the brain doesn’t know the difference.”In the past, the prospect of injection could sometimes serve as a deterrent, but the purity of today’s product means it can be snorted or smoked.Roger Weiss, chief of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“I typically see people start by snorting [crushed] pain medications and transition to smoking heroin or snorting heroin once they develop tolerance and need higher doses because heroin is much cheaper,” said Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. “Ultimately they’ll switch to using the drug in its most potent form — intravenously.”Both Levy and Weiss said they’ve seen evidence of the opioid epidemic — and the heroin sub-epidemic— in their practices. Opioid cases at McLean have climbed in the last 10 years to join alcohol abuse at the top of the list of most commonly treated disorders. At Boston Children’s, Levy has seen a steady stream of opioid-addicted adolescents since her program started offering medication-assisted treatment in 2004. Today, adolescents struggling with opioid abuse — often coupled with other substance-use issues — make up about a third of the roughly 150 patients the program treats at any one time.Behind the highHeroin and other opioids, whether swallowed, snorted, or injected, find a warm welcome in the human body. The drugs tap into our painkilling systems, mimicking natural opioids such as endorphins, Levy said. These natural opioids kick in when the body is exposed to pain or injury, dampening the hurt, slowing breathing and heartbeat, and, in certain cases, causing a sense of euphoria.“That’s why, after running, people feel a little elated, because they’ve released a whole load of natural opioids and it’s giving them that sensation,” Levy said.Opioid receptors are located throughout the central nervous system. In the wake of an injury that causes tissue damage, more receptors become available.“Patients with massive injuries can tolerate high doses of opioids without overdosing,” Levy said. “The exact same dose used to control pain after a major trauma can easily lead to lethal overdose in the very same individual once he or she is no longer in pain. That’s because the opioids will bind to other available receptors in the brain — resulting in euphoria — and at high enough doses suppress … autonomic functions such as breathing.”Many scientists believe that the physical mechanisms for a range of addictive drugs — including heroin, methadone, cocaine, nicotine, and even alcohol — are similar. Each of these drugs binds to receptors that cause an increase of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain’s “reward center,” a small bundle of neurons in the nucleus accumbens, in the central brain. Dopamine nerve cells are implicated in several components of reward, including the before (anticipation), during (rush), and after (memory) stages of pleasure.With continued drug use, the brain begins to adapt to unnatural levels of dopamine and other transmitters in the nucleus accumbens and other brain regions: the frontal cortex, the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the locus coeruleus. The changes increase activity in parts of the brain responsible for reward and impulsiveness, while regions responsible for judgment, long-term planning, and self-control are tuned down, Madras said.These changes mirror, in some ways, what’s already going on in the teenage brain, which is what makes adolescents particularly susceptible to addiction.“During adolescence, there’s imbalance between the fully mature pleasure and reward system and immature executive functions,” Levy said. “So it’s like the gas pedal is on full steam and the brakes are not completely developed yet. The very strong behavioral drive for reward makes adolescents more vulnerable to developing addiction, regardless of which substance. … It also helps explain why adolescents are such risk-takers, which we know from watching them.”Still, there are important problems with the idea that different drugs trigger a single reward system in the brain, said Madras, who served as deputy director for demand reduction in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George W. Bush.“Some of the pharmacology simply doesn’t align. If you train an animal to recognize heroin in their system, they’ll identify morphine or oxycodone as producing the same effect, but they won’t recognize cocaine as heroin. So, if all reward is mediated in one brain region by one neurotransmitter, the pharmacology is problematic, to some extent.”Human behavior has only reinforced her doubts, Madras said.“People use speedballs. They will self-administer both cocaine and heroin because they like the different effects. They use cocaine to feel euphoria and energy, and they also want the mellow effects of heroin. If it’s all dopamine in one region, they shouldn’t be able to detect drug-induced differences … depending on taste. It should be a common taste.”If there is a common effect in addiction, Madras said, it may exist at a higher level, in a disconnect between the self-control exerted by the frontal cortex and the more primitive parts of the brain responsible for emotion and impulsiveness.“It is possible that … the positive sensations produced uniquely by each drug eventually tend to disconnect the frontal cortex from the subcortical regions, the more primitive parts of the brain, and so you have a loss of control over your behavior,” she said.Getting hookedOpioid use leads to physical dependence and addiction, though dependence and addiction, scientists point out, are different things. Physical dependence occurs as the body adapts to a drug, while addiction includes physical changes together with behavioral changes, the drug-seeking actions that can destroy a person’s life. Someone given painkillers after surgery can experience physical adaptation and then even withdrawal without being addicted, Madras said.“Morphine promotes adaptive changes that are not necessarily associated with the process of addictive behaviors, they are simply adaptive changes that, on cessation of the drug, you no longer feel normal.”Opioid withdrawal, while not life-threatening, is known to be harshly uncomfortable for users, according to Nalan Ward, medical director of addiction services in Massachusetts General Hospital’s West End Clinic and an instructor in psychiatry at HMS. Effects include cold sweats, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, bone aches, headaches, and anxiety. Withdrawal symptoms are always around the corner, and can start emerging just six to eight hours after the last dose, driving heroin users to shoot up twice a day.“That’s not even to get high, that’s just to alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms,” Ward said.Before long, the drugs don’t deliver the same feeling — tolerance has shifted — leading to higher and higher doses. This can be a major factor in overdoses for those who relapse after treatment.“Individuals who are able to quit and become abstinent for a period of time lose their tolerance, though they may not realize it,” Levy said. “If they then relapse and try to use the same dose they had used before, they are at danger of overdosing because they have become more responsive to opioids.”Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerOpioids are notoriously difficult to kick, with relapse rates of about 80 percent.The science behind who becomes addicted is imprecise, but several risk factors have been identified. One is early marijuana use. Madras cited a study of identical twins that showed that if one used marijuana before age 17 and the other didn’t, the former had a much higher prevalence of heroin addiction.“So the age of onset of drug use is critical, especially with marijuana or opiates, but it’s true for all drugs, including alcohol,” said Madras.Other risk factors include psychiatric disorders, physical or sexual abuse as a child, and difficulty with social interactions. Genetics can also play a part. Estimates of genetic vulnerability to opioid addiction have been as high as 40 percent, Ward said.The sum result — on the streets, to family members, and in health-care settings — is a person who seems to have lost control. Everyday activities such as eating a good meal can’t compete in the brain’s reward center against heroin.“You lose the capacity to say no after a while,” Ward said. “The perception of what’s important and what’s not important also gets affected.”Users who come to the Boston Children’s Hospital program often arrive alone, Levy said, and desperate for help.“Addiction is most easy to notice in patients who have opioid use disorders, because many of them get to a point where they no longer enjoy using drugs, but have a compulsion to keep going. It’s not uncommon for patients to get to a point where they are desperate to stop using but struggle to do so. They will tell you, ‘It’s no longer fun for me to use heroin, but I can’t stop. I can’t control it.’”Shadowed by stigmaThough it’s clear that researchers at Harvard and across the country have shown intense commitment in their efforts to understand and address the effects of opiate use, the nature of the problem demands a wider response, Madras said.“The whole Harvard system has excellent infrastructure. My feeling is it could be expanded enormously … because the number of people with a substance-use disorder is 23 million, 95 percent of whom do not think they need treatment and do not seek it. It’s a vast problem, and does not even include those engaged in risky use, one accident or error away from a potentially disastrous consequence.“I think … this is one of the most underrated, underfunded areas in our nation because of the sheer population size [involved] and impact of problematic, risky use or substance-use disorders on every component of our society.”Work remains on almost every aspect of the problem, but prevention efforts are “at a disastrously low level” and should be made a priority, Madras said. She and Ward also agree that the stigma against drug abusers persists as a roadblock to better care, including in the medical community.“The minute I say [I am] researching addictive drugs and not Parkinson’s disease or ADHD, it elicits a very different response, it’s as if [they’re thinking], ‘Why are you wasting your time on something that is self-induced?’” Madras said. “That kind of stigma is as prevalent in research and social research as it is in regards to addicts themselves.”The second article in the series, on policy, will appear next week.last_img read more

Handle Holiday Turkey Safely

first_imgConsumers’ most often asked questions about food safety are about turkey,say officials at theU.S. Department of Agriculture FoodSafety and Inspection Service.”Most people probably don’t cook turkey very often, and they want tomake sure they do itcorrectly,” said Judy Harrison, an extensionfood safety specialist with the Universityof Georgia.Safe turkey dinners, she said, start in the store.”Always check the labels carefully before you buy a turkey,” Harrisonsaid.Although federal regulations don’t require product dating, many storesand processors mayvoluntarily date packages of turkey.Usually date labels will be “sell by,” “best if used by,” or “use by.”They tell the store how longto display the product and the shopper how long its peak quality lasts.But product dates aren’t guides for the safe use of turkey. You mustfollow safe handlingguidelines, too.”Make sure you don’t keep the turkey in the car too long after you buyit or it could warm up toa temperature that will allow bacteria to grow,” Harrison said. “Makethe grocery store the last stopbefore you go home.”Once you are home, put the turkey in the refrigerator at 40 degreesFahrenheit, or freeze it at zero degrees Fahrenheit immediately.”You can generally keep fresh turkey in the refrigerator for one totwo days safely,” Harrison said.”Cooked turkey is usually safe for three to four days.”For best quality, cook and use frozen turkey within nine to 12 months.Turkey is known to have carried some food-borne illness-causing organisms,includingSalmonella, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus andListeria monocytogenes.Salmonella, one of the most common food-borne pathogens associated withpoultry, may be foundin the intestinal tracts of livestock, poultry and many other warm-bloodedanimals, and inside fresheggs.”People become infected with Salmonella when they ingest the live bacteria,”Harrison said. “Thebacteria then reproduce in the small intestines and can cause nausea,diarrhea,  abdominal pains andfever.”Thorough cooking destroys Salmonella bacteria.Food-borne illness is often introduced to your meal when you defrostthe turkey.”Either defrost the turkey in the refrigerator, in cold water or inthe microwave,” Harrison said.”Never defrost a turkey on the counter top.”When defrosting a turkey in the refrigerator, plan ahead for slow, safethawing. Allow about oneday for every five pounds of turkey.If you defrost it in cold water, make sure it’s in an airtight packageor leak-proof bag. Submergethe bird or cut-up parts in cold water, changing the water every 30minutes to be sure it stays cold.Only microwave-thaw a turkey if you plan to cook it right away. Someparts of the meat may getwarm enough to allow bacteria to grow quickly.If your holiday plans don’t include cooking, and you plan to have yourdinner cooked elsewhere,use these precautions:   Reheating a whole turkey is not recommended.If you have more questions about how to safely prepare your holiday meal,call the countyextension office or the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555.If you’re on-line, check the USDA FoodSafety and Inspection Service Home Page.  If dinner is picked up or delivered hot, the food must be kept at140 degrees Fahrenheit or above and eaten within two hours. It’s not agood idea to try to keep foods hot longer than two hours.   If holding the foods longer than two hours, remove all stuffingfrom the turkey cavity, divide the turkey into smaller pieces and refrigerateeverything in separate, shallow containers. Reheat it thoroughly to aninternal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, using a meat thermometerto check.   If the dinner is prepared, but refrigerated when you pick it up,keep it cold. Refrigerate immediately when you get home (always withintwo hours). Serve the meal within two days.last_img read more

TD Banknorth Donates $48,000 to Vermont Charities

first_imgTD Banknorth Donates $48,000 to Vermont CharitiesBurlington, VT – TD Banknorth, through the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation, recently donated a total of $48,000 to several charitable organizations across Vermont. The funding will help strengthen Vermont communities through the support of the cultural arts, youth development programs and literacy initiatives.”At TD Banknorth, we believe it’s important to invest wisely with organizations that keep our communities strong and vital.” stated Philip R. Daniels, President of TD Banknorth in Vermont. “But our commitment is more than just a financial investment. Our employees are committed to making a difference by volunteering their time to mentor a child, teach financial literacy or offer their business expertise to local non-profits. We’re very proud of our employees and their commitment to the communities where they live and work.”TD Banknorth awarded grants to the following organizations:* Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Burlington* Everybody Wins!, Montpelier* Nordic Spirit Soccer Club Inc, Essex *unction* Recycle North YouthBuild, Burlington* Shelburne Museum, Shelburne* Vermont Adult Learning, Montpelier* Vermont Campus Compact, Middlebury* Vermont Small Business Development Center, Randolph Center* Windham Child Care Association Inc, BrattleboroTD Banknorth Vermont is proud to support the Vermont Campus Compact, lead agency for Vermont’s 1st Annual National and Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). Scheduled for April 25th-27th, the 2008 Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world. Across Vermont, it will feature multiple and varied youth-led service projects focused on literacy, the environment, healthcare, hunger, elder services and more. Through a generous gift from the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation, participating youth project leaders may apply for funding to put their “Ideas into Action” by creating and implementing projects for the 1st Annual National and Global Youth Service Day For more information about the 2008 Global Youth Service Day is available at www.vtcampuscompact.org(link is external).About the TD Banknorth Charitable FoundationThe TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Banknorth Inc., a leading banking and financial services company headquartered in Portland, Maine. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Banknorth operates, having made over $22 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Banknorth’s community development department and are focused on the areas of economic empowerment, youth development and community support. More information on the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation including an online grant application is available at www.TDBanknorth.com(link is external).About TD Banknorth Inc.TD Banknorth Inc. is a leading banking and financial services company headquartered in Portland, Maine, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of TD Bank Financial Group headquartered in Toronto, Canada. TD Banknorth is one of the 25 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States, with over $58 billion in assets. TD Banknorth’s banking subsidiaries include TD Banknorth, N.A., which operates banking divisions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, and TD Bank USA, N.A. TD Banknorth and TD Banknorth, N.A. also operate subsidiaries and divisions in insurance, wealth management, merchant services, mortgage banking, government banking, private label credit cards, insurance premium financing and other financial services and offers investment products in association with PrimeVest Financial Services, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.TDBanknorth.com(link is external).###last_img read more

Montana Coal Industry, With Nowhere to Go but Up, Reports a Production Increase Over Last year

first_imgMontana Coal Industry, With Nowhere to Go but Up, Reports a Production Increase Over Last year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:“Certainly what we’ve seen is an increase in our sales to our Asia customers primarily in South Korea and Japan,” said Rick Curtsinger, Cloud Peak Energy spokesman. “Last year by the end of the second quarter, we had shipped 200,000 tons of coal to our Asia customers. This year as of June 30, we shipped 1.8 million tons to customers in South Korea and Japan.”Coal production is running away from a historically bad 2016 — the nation’s lowest coal production year since 1978. But the first seven months of 2017 still trails 2015 production by about 6 million tons. Montana mines produced 20.7 million tons through June two years ago.Montana mines produced 3.36 million tons of coal in July. Almost half of the production increase came from Spring Creek Mine, said Bud Clinch, Montana Coal Council director. Nearby Decker Mine, owned by Lighthouse Resources, was the second-largest contributor. Decker production was up 155,000 tons.“I think both Decker and Cloud Peak are because of export markets. They both have capacity at Westshore Terminal and demand is stronger,” Clinch said.Westshore Terminal is a British Columbia coal port off the shore of Vancouver. It’s where most of Montana’s export coal is shipped.In late 2015, with prices driven down by a glut of coal in the Asia Pacific market, Montana mines suspended exports entirely. Cloud Peak agreed to pay Westshore to reserve space, rather than ship coal at prices that wouldn’t cover the cost of delivery.Those sluggish prices suppressed coal exports into 2016, when production was in a downward spiral until late in the year when supply tightened again and the market improved. In 2017, the growth has been steady.“We’ve been up every month for the last five months,” Clinch said.The only way for coal production to go from 2016 was up, said Tom Sanzillo, analyst for Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Last year was a bruising one for coal, with cheap natural gas outcompeting coal to become the dominant power source in the United States for the first time ever.The number of coal-fired power plants because of age, non-compliance with pollution standards or both also increased.Natural gas hasn’t gone away and the United States isn’t building new coal-fired power plants, Sanzillo said.In the Asian Pacific, the same forces that clobbered Powder River Basin coal exports in 2016 still exist, which means coal market improvements aren’t likely to last. Cloud Peak is doing better, but the trend is still downward, Sanzillo said.“I think they had a reasonably good half year,” he said. “A company that lost 30 percent of its market in the last couple years and gains back two points is technically doing better.”But coal prices haven’t really returned to the heyday of 2010 and 2012, when United States mines saw good prices and potential in the Asian Pacific.Companies have cut costs and found a way to do business with lower coal market prices, Sanzillo said. More: Montana coal mine production up 2 million tonslast_img read more

US Eyes Unmanned Drones For Ocean Smuggler Patrol

first_imgBy Dialogo December 09, 2009 Such equipment should actually serve the purpose of monitoring the borders and hunting down traffickers. Laws related to illegal immigrants should give them the humanity and respect those people deserve. If someone leaves his birthplace to seek another home, an honest living and support, that is worthy of acceptance and respect. To the traffickers: may they bear the harshness of the laws. Well, I think every country has the right to reserve its jobs for the native-born citizens. IF the country the immigrant is going to already faces unemployment problems, and more unqualified workers enter the market place, there will be problems. However, if these people are legal, I don’t see a problem. U.S. Customs and Border Protection took delivery of its first Predator aircraft drone to scan U.S. waters for smugglers. The Predator B is expected to begin testing in early 2010 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida and be used in the Caribbean to combat drug trafficking. The plane has an enhanced radar system compared to the Predator B that has been used to combat drug smuggling and movement of illegal immigrants on land borders for four years. CBP operates three drones from Libby Army Airfield in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and two from Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. Another Predator B for maritime use is expected at Cape Canaveral in January, said CBP spokesman Juan Munoz-Torres. The agency plans to eventually have 12 drones for land patrols and six for maritime patrols. The planes can be disassembled and flown in C-130 cargo planes to other locations but it is unlikely that the first plane will be used in San Diego, Munoz-Torres said. The Southern California seas has been the site of a surge in illegal immigrant smuggling from Mexico. The plane delivered Monday was made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Palmdale, north of Los Angeles, for $13.5 million. Future deliveries are expected to cost $11 million to $12 million.last_img read more

Greene holds annual community garage sale

first_imgMore than 80 homes signed up to participate. Organizers said the event was created as a way to attract more people to come visit the town and spend money at local restaurants and businesses. Organizer Wally VanVoorhis said the event was even more needed this year due to the impact of COVID-19. “I love seeing everybody and meeting new people, seeing from the outside coming in because we have a beautiful village it’s absolutely beautiful here,” said Emily Secelan who lives in the village. “I think it’s great to bring in people from other areas to enjoy what we get to enjoy every day.” The event was also an opportunity to raise money to maintain the village dog park, a community effort that Secelan helps lead. “With events being cancelled all year long, everything that we expected to have happen so we could go and hang out with our family and friends, this is a really good event to have right now, people really need to get out,” he said.center_img GREENE (WBNG) — The town of Greene held their second annual community yard sale on Saturday. The event also gave residents the opportunity to clean out their closets and make a few bucks in the process. For more information on that cause and how you can help out, click here.last_img read more

Hyams protests ‘will not stop MEPC sale’

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Red hot Redcliffe

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