Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNow that an obscure Montana contractor with suspicious political connections has been dismissed as the developer for a new power system in devastated Puerto Rico, I think it’s time for Congress to seek bids for the contract. This would legitimize the entire project and give GE, among others, the opportunity to do what they do best and the reconstruction would be done right. At what cost? Well, at least at the cheapest available. And it would save our neglected territory, as well as our reputation.How this will fare, as well as that of needed national infrastructure spending, in the face of the proposed corporate tax cuts remains to be seen.David ChildsJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFeds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familyTroopers: Colonie man dies in Montgomery County Thruway crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Madison, IN—National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28, is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.To encourage volunteerism, the Indiana Department of Transportation has partnered with State Parks so its employees have a place to volunteer as part of the INDOT Cares initiative. Agency employees will volunteer their time to help maintain trails, paint structures, clean lakes, and help with various other projects.“Volunteering is a great team-building activity for businesses and organizations,” said Jody Heaston, state parks volunteer coordinator. “The state parks are thankful INDOT chose us as a place to volunteer. With a large group of people, we will get a lot of much-needed work accomplished.”“Through our INDOT Cares program, our team strives to make a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work,” said INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness. “One of the most meaningful ways we can make a difference is through completing projects in Indiana’s beautiful state parks.”State Parks properties participating with INDOT Cares include Chain O’Lakes, Turkey Run, Prophetstown, Fort Harrison, Potato Creek, and Clifty Falls state parks, and Patoka Lake.In 2018, more than 100 INDOT employees volunteered their time for National Public Lands Day. Employees removed invasive plants, picked up litter, cleaned and widened trails, pulled weeds, painted signs, and repaired erosion.To find a National Public Lands Day event near you, go to calendar.dnr.IN.gov and look on Sept. 28.
Facebook9Tweet0Pin0July 8, 2010 – what a momentous day for Uncork & Unwind. It’s the day we official opened our doors to the public. Thank goodness we followed the advice of our friends and family and did a soft opening on July 6 and 7 – boy did we ever learn a ton in those two days! It’s fun to sit here and reminisce over the last two years. The one word that comes to mind is change. Where Uncork & Unwind started to where it is today is incredible to think about. The evolution of the main dining room, wine flights, menu updates…oh the list can go on and on.Uncork & Unwind has been blessed to meet some of the most amazing people. There is a saying above our French doors – Enter as guests, leave as friends. This has become a motto for Uncork &Unwind. Our Uncork & Unwind family grows everyday – from new wine makers, wineries, vendors and most importantly our guests. Uncork & Unwind wouldn’t be the place it is today without the support of all of our friends and family – new and old alike.Moving forward two years – Saturday July 7, 2012 – Our second anniversary party. Oh the possibilities for the day are endless. Come help us celebrate Uncork & Unwind’s anniversary starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. We will have six Washington wineries and one Washington brewery featured:Arbor Crest Winery (Spokane WA) – http://www.arborcrest.com/Bateaux Cellars (Toledo, WA) – http://bateauxcellars.com/Cor Cellars (Lyle, WA) – http://www.corcellars.com/Hard Row to Hoe (Lake Chelan, WA) – http://www.corcellars.com/Tagaris Winery (Richland, WA) – http://www.tagariswines.com/Walter Dacon Winery (Shelton, WA) – http://www.walterdaconwines.com/7 Seas Brewing (Gig Harbor, WA) – http://7seasbrewing.com/Admission is $20 per person and includes a souvenir logo Wine Glass and 10 tastes. Each winery will be pouring 4 wines and the brewery will have on tap 3 beers.There will also be live entertainment starting at 2 p.m. and will also continue through to 10 p.m.First act will be John Jamieson from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. John Jamieson has a rich musical heritage and over 30 years of performing. John is a gifted and accomplished artist who blends soothing vocals and acoustic guitar styling’s in a way that appeals to a wide audience. His repertoire includes today’s popular tunes as well as enduring hits from the past few decades. John likes to play and sing songs that have personal meaning to him and he believes resonate with people. Typical genres include jazz, blues, rock, country, pop and gospel. In addition to cover songs, John plays original music that gives a window into the soul of the artist. A Tumwater resident and father of four adult children, John’s work expresses itself through the relevancy of his life’s experiences. He believes his musical talent is God-given and enjoys performing it with passion and purpose.Second act will be NW Roads from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Northwest Roads is the collaborative musical effort of Wendy Music and Jim Sanders. Jim is a lifelong musician from Western Washington and Wendy settled in the Pacific Northwest after traveling the globe. Their music is a soulful blending of the dynamic vocals of Wendy and the intricate percussive guitar work of Jim. They play a wide range of music from Traditional Celtic to Acoustic Rock to Blues to Classical to modern covers of Lady Gaga and Adele. They are sure to have at least one tune that you know and will find yourself singing along with. Combine this with storytelling and audience interaction and you have a recipe for fun.So come out, bring your friends, enjoy some amazing wines, beers and music. And if you can’t find someone to join you, come any way, we’ll find someone for you to sit with; after all it’s about making new friends.