Psy’s ‘Gangnam Fashion’ MV surpasses 4.three billion views on YouTube ten years after its launch

Psy‘s hit song “Gangnam style” has achieved another impressive feat ten years after its release.

On January 6, the MV for Psy’s “Gangnam Style” topped 4.3 billion views Youtube. “Gangnam Style” is the title track of Psy’s sixth album ‘Psy 6 (Six Rules) Part 1’ released in 2012. With “Gangnam Style”, Psy became the first K-Pop singer to reach number 2 US billboard‘s main song charts ‘Hot 100’ seven weeks, creating a global phenomenon.

Even now, ten years after its great success, “Gangnam Style” continues to receive love from all over the world. Meanwhile, Psy recently announced that he will be making a comeback this year with his ninth full album.

Rockin’ New Yr’s Eve Duncan model: True North hosts group NYE celebration | Group

Confetti, lights, and resolutions will bring the local community together for the start of a brand new year as the goal of a local surgeon brings a little of the New York vibe and celebration to the citizens of Stephens County.

Emalee Ligon, chief of operations at the Surgical Institute, said the “Let’s Have A Ball 2022” event will be held on New Years Eve from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am at the True North Properties Office Complex.

The event is open to everyone without incurring entrance fees.

The NYE event will host a variety of food trucks including Jimmy’s Bag of Donuts, Dastardly Dogs, and Rogers Strong Smoke ‘N’ BBQ.

“Viridian has partnered with us to sell coffee, beer and wine,” said Ligon.

For entertainment, the NYE event features music and games for community attendees.

Ligon said at midnight that there will be a New York City style ball drop.

“The whole idea started when Dr. Miller was hoping to take his family to the NYC Ball Drop in 2020, ”Ligon said. “With COVID-19 things changed, so he decided to create his own ball drop.”

Dr. Ché Miller MD, general and vascular surgeon at The Surgical Institute, said her family looked forward to the New Year’s Eve ball drop every year.

“In fact, we hope to someday have the chance to travel to New York to see it in person,” Miller said. “A trip there seems increasingly unlikely. So we decided to improvise. “

Desiring to usher in the New Year surrounded by community, Miller and his family took what they created last year to start something new this year.

“Last year we did a little New York-style ball drop in our neighborhood and it was a huge hit,” said Miller. “This year we decided to invite the whole city to our party.”

Miller said they’ll be hosting New York Style, the New Year’s Eve ball drop on the corner of Elk Avenue and Chisholm Trail Parkway.

“I think this is an opportunity to be fresh, fun, and most importantly, free,” Miller said. “Everyone is invited and we would like to celebrate the start of 2022 with you.”

Anticipating future events, Miller hopes the celebrations will continue for years to come.

The Surgical Institute at True North is located at 2845 W. Elk Ave., Building # 100 in Duncan. For more information, please contact the office at 580-255-9797.

To close about 300 shops a yr over subsequent three years

CVS health said Thursday that it will close about 900 stores over the next three years as it adapts to shoppers who buy more online.

Shares rose more than 2% on Thursday lunchtime.

The company announced in a press release that it will focus its efforts more on digital growth and transform its businesses into travel destinations that offer a range of health services, from flu shots to diagnostic tests.

Store closings will begin in spring 2022. The company plans to close around 300 per year. Overall, the closings will account for around 9% of the nearly 10,000 CVS stores in the United States. The company declined to share the specific locations of the stores that are closing.

CVS didn’t say how many employees will lose their jobs due to the closings, but said it will help those affected find another opportunity or role in a different location.

CVS mixes up its business as the pandemic accelerates changes in consumer behavior. More and more people are filling out prescriptions online, picking up personal care items by picking them up from the roadside and visiting doctors via telemedicine. The drugstore chain and health insurer announced that they are closing stores due to changes in the population, customer habits and health needs.

However, CEO Karen Lynch said business will continue to play a key role.

“Our retail stores are fundamental to our strategy and our company,” she said in a press release. “We continue to focus on the competitive advantage our presence in thousands of communities across the country provides that complements our rapidly growing digital presence.”

Three different types of business

CVS is in the process of converting more of its businesses into health goals, which could lead to more pedestrian traffic and more claims for its insurance business. There are already around 1,100 MinuteClinics that provide urgent help with common diseases such as streptococci or give flu vaccinations.

A store format called HealthHub has been expanded. These locations sell a wider variety of medical products, offer more services from mental health therapy appointments to chronic disease screenings, and have other wellness features like rooms where yoga can take place.

The company plans to have 1,000 HealthHub locations by the end of the year.

CVS plans to use three different store formats. One group will provide basic services. Another one will be HealthHubs. And a third will remain traditional businesses filling out recipes and selling items from shampoo to milk.

In addition, the stores will be further integrated into the health insurance business Aetna, the Acquired in 2018. Some of its benefit plans encourage Aetna members to seek help in CVS businesses, such as its MinuteClinics with little or no co-pay.

It also owns a prescription management subsidiary, Caremark.

CVS spokesman TJ Crawford said in addition to reviewing store density and market dynamics, the company had decided which stores would stay open or closed based on the number of people with Aetna and Caremark coverage nearby. He said it also takes into account the needs of underserved communities.

‘Stuck in the past’

CVS has outperformed its Wall Street drug store rivals as its healthcare acquisitions and focus attract investors. The stock is up about 38% this year, outperforming its 31% growth S&P 500. Stocks hit a 52-week high of $ 96.57 earlier this month and traded just below $ 95 on Thursday lunchtime. Its market value is $ 125.15 billion.

Yet the entire drugstore industry is affected by disruption, as a retail giant including Amazon and Walmart – and even like discount stores Dollar general cracked in healthcare and chased market share.

This competitive landscape has forced CVS and its competitors to Walgreens Boots Alliance and Ritual helpto take a close look at how they can stand out from others and stay relevant. They got a boost in sales during the pandemic as consumers turn to stores for Covid-19 tests, vaccines, and more recently, home test kits – and sometimes toss other items in their carts as well.

Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData, said the high number of CVS store closures was a natural consequence of the company’s own development. He said it had “neglected stores for far too long and pushed some of them into the downward spiral of irrelevance”.

“The retail side of CVS ‘business is shabby,” he said. “Too many stores have stuck in the past with poor lighting, depressing interiors, messy merchandising and poor assortment.

How CVS is languishing in stores, he said target, Walmart, Ulta beauty and Sephora stole part of their business. Now more shoppers are going to these retailers’ stores to buy makeup, lotion and cold medication, he said.

To turn things around, CVS needs to clean up its act, he said.

“Your future depends on real investment in both retail and healthcare,” he said. “And there is no point simply investing in health services if the environment in which they are presented is bad: consumers have a choice and will just move their business elsewhere.”

Shake up leadership

CVS expects the proposed store closings to decrease in value by $ 1 to $ 1.2 billion, or $ 56 to $ 67 cents per share, in the fourth quarter. The depreciation includes the cost of operating leases, property, plant and equipment.

As a result, the company expects earnings between $ 5.46 and $ 5.67 per share for fiscal 2021. It had previously forecast a profit of between $ 6.13 and $ 6.23. The adjusted earnings per share forecast remains unchanged as the impairment loss is not included in these results.

CVS is also changing some of its leadership roles. It created a new role, Chief Pharmacy Officer, and appointed Prem Shah to the position. Shah and Michelle Peluso, Chief Customer Officer, will become Co-Presidents who will run the two parts of the company’s retail business – the front of the store and the pharmacy. Both will report to Lynch who took over the top management role in February.

Neela Montgomery, President of CVS Retail / Pharmacy, will leave the company in late 2021.

Thorp’s hard-driving model thrived 48 years at Lakewood

HEBRON – Jeff Baire played shortstop on two state tournament teams in Lakewood under the legendary Don Thorp.

He later became head baseball coach himself at Weirton, West Virginia Madonna, and took her to two state championships.

“We happened to be nicknamed Dons, so we’re talking about playing Don Ball,” said Baire. “So now it’s ‘Don Ball’ and then it was ‘Don Ball’. It remains true to me today what he taught me. I had the ability, but to play for him, the game is my focus Just the way he did things helped me mature. “

A 1989 graduate of Lakewood, Baire was one of numerous coaches, ex-coaches, and players who appeared at a reception in the high school cafeteria on Friday for Thorp, who aged 77 in retiring, everyone with the Lancers. He led Lakewood Baseball to a record 1,011-335-3 (0.751 win percentage) with state titles in 1993, 1994 and 2005 and five other semi-finals in the state.

Health is declining

Thorp’s general health was good through 2019. He had to overcome three strokes and open heart surgery to remove a blood clot. He also had to deal with the loss of his beloved wife, Mary Ann, about six months ago. Her 50th wedding anniversary would have been in July.

“The time has come. I just can’t do it physically,” he said on Friday. “I’ve had this conversation with myself many, many times. Everyone talks about all the wins, but I remember the losses too, and the loss of Mary Ann is by far the greatest loss I’ve ever had Rocks. “

Thorp started out in Hebron as a minor league coach. “The first time I applied to coach Lakewood (baseball), I was turned down,” he said. “I applied again two years later and got it.” He was also college football assistant and chief basketball coach, where he won over 200 games and was inducted into the District 11 Hall of Fame.

But baseball was where he embarked on an unprecedented path with the Lancers from 1973 onwards. He won 26 titles in three leagues (Licking County, Mid-State, and Buckeye Athletic Conference), 14 district championships, and eight regional titles. He was five-time State Coach of the Year and Lakewood won five state election titles. Thorp was 12-time Central District Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Ohio Baseball Coaches of Hall 27 years ago in 1994.

Longtime Lakewood baseball coach Don Thorp recalls his career at a high school retirement reception on Friday, October 8, 2021.  Thorp is retiring after 48 seasons and over 1,000 wins with the Lancers.

John Cannizzaro, still head coach at Newark Catholic and with numerous state titles, and Heath’s retired Dave Klontz with two state championships attended the reception on Friday. Fred Heatherington, in his 33rd year as head coach at Steubenville; and Tim Saunders, who recently retired after 33 years at Dublin Coffman. Thorp’s brother-in-law, Rod Lindsey, was a longtime baseball coach at River View.

Coach memories

“I read in a book that he has already won 500 and here I was in my third season when I faced him in the Regionalliga in Athens,” recalled Heatherington. “That was one of his best teams in 1992 and we managed to beat them. Well, he avenges Wand, ‘Lakewood beats Steubenville.’ I had to sit there the whole time and watch it. He was a great competitor. “

Current Assistant to the Lancers, Chuck Davis, a 1996 graduate, started his sophomore year on the 1994 state titles team in the Right Field. The Lancers took up their trainer’s battle.

“We lost eight runs to Steubenville in the regional final in the first inning and that was on the hill with our ace Scott Cummins,” recalled Davis. “Damian Abbott, who relied on the curveball, slowed them down and gave us time to catch up.” The Lancers won 16:14 in a walk-off grand slam.

The 1993 state title team relied more on Small Ball, including Jason Slack’s home theft in the state semi-finals and his game-winning squeeze Bunt in the final. Thorp taught them how to win in different ways.

Saunders, who won 589 games, including a state title with Coffman, called Thorp a mainstay of baseball in the Central District and Ohio for many, many years. He was a mentor to many and you could easily learn from him by watching his way of watching teams played. “

Lots of assistants

Cannizzaro also assisted Thorp for a few seasons, and various assistants, many of whom played for Thorp, attended the festivities on Friday. Thorp’s son Jerry has been by his side for 29 years. Dave Parkhill was a longtime assistant. There was Jay Davisson who led Lakewood to an LCL title in the late 1970s and was drafted by the Phillies. Mike Mohler. Andy Bowman, Rob Englert. Jack DeBord. Joe Joe Lyons.

In terms of intensity, Davis said Thorp has been relaxed in recent years compared to the 1990s. “It was ten times as bad back then,” he said. “He was very intense and very dedicated. I remember he took us to practice after a double header and we had to pull our cars around for the lights so we could see the batting cage. He was trying to make the players so competitive.” as he was and he could get a lot out of the children. “

Craig Lee, who has been an assistant since 2015 and also played for Thorp, will remember him for his jokes. “And the hard stuff,” said Lee. “He took losses hard. He didn’t sleep at night when we lost. I played for him and trained for him and he expected as much from you as a coach as he did from a player.

“Because of what he taught me about prep, I was prepared for my exams and because of him, I did better in college,” Lee added. “I probably wouldn’t have graduated if it hadn’t been for him and Andy Bowman.”

Lakewood baseball coach Don Thorp poses with his current and former players after turning 1,000.  Game in Northridge.

When Thorp made his 1,000th birthday in Northridge. Having achieved victory that season, many came from near and far to congratulate him. That was how much influence he had.

More than a trainer

“He has been a teacher, coach and mentor to thousands in Lakewood,” said Lancers alum and current headmaster Kevin Krier. “All of those wins on that banner are not really what he is about. What made coach Thorp so special was for every day, for 48 years, that he taught people to be respectful of achieving their goals to dedicate and take responsibility for what you do in this field. “

At the reception, Thorp was honored by proclamations from the Mayor of Hebron, a district commissioner, and a trustee of the community. But the best was yet to come.

Lakewood baseball coach Don Thorp takes the champion's traditional fire truck ride through Hebron and waves to fans on Route 40 after his 1,000.  Won game with Lancers Baseball.

Before Friday’s football game with Newark Catholic, Lakewood’s baseball field was dedicated to Thorp and his wife. It is hereby known as Don and Mary Ann Thorp Field.

“It will be an honor to see her name next to mine in the field,” he said. “Tonight is not about me. It’s about her and the players. She did everything for me. She drove our bus, fed the players, weeded the field. She even practiced a few times on her own. She was the toughest person. ” I’ve ever met Even when she ended up suffering, she never complained about the pain once. “


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BioNTech co-founder Ozlem Tureci says Covid will probably be with us for years

LONDON – The Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of BioNTech, the German company that worked together to develop a Covid-19 vaccine Pfizer, told CNBC that the world should “not live in fear” of the virus.

“Covid will get manageable. It has already started to get manageable,” said Dr. Ozlem Tureci on the latest episode of “The CNBC Conversation”.

However, she added that we “need to return to a new normal because this virus will be with us for a few more years”.

When asked about concerns about new coronavirus variants, she said BioNTech “is continuously evaluating these upcoming variants and there will be more”.

“For all of these variants that are currently in circulation, it seems that boosters alone, which bring the dwindling immune responses back to high levels, are suitable and protect,” she said.

“However, we have to continue screening, because there could be variants for which this is not the case. And for this we have a second pillar, namely that we prepare ourselves to be quick and quick if we have to adapt. ”To a variant … And we do these test runs, not alone, together with the supervisory authorities so that they can also be prepared for the potential need to switch, “Tureci told CNBC.

In 2008, Tureci founded the Germany-based company BioNTech together with her husband, CEO Ugur Sahin. She said more data would be needed to point the way out of the pandemic, but she envisioned future boosters being given “every 12 or every 18 months”.

Covid vaccination in less than a year

The main focus of the company was on “pioneering individualized immunotherapies” for cancer medicine and the use of its mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) technology, which stimulates the body’s own immune response. It is also working on developing a vaccine against malaria.

“So we already had the science and knowledge of immune mechanisms and how they can be used against viruses and we could use that,” said Tureci.

“And the other pillar of our answer was our technology, the mRNA technology that enables [it] to be used as a vaccine format, which means it [it] to communicate with the immune system and teach it to react with high precision against this new enemy. ”

“And this technology was already mature because we had used it in clinical studies on cancer patients. We knew how to do clinical trials with it, how to treat people with it, and how to set up a manufacturing process, ”she adds.

Lessons learned

Thanks to his experience, the company was able to develop a vaccine in less than a year.

When asked if this could be the case for all other vaccines in the future, Tureci told CNBC that there were “high priorities needed to address this global threat” but that there were lessons that could be learned and moved forward .

“I think there are a few things that, if we carry them over to future drug developments, can help us be faster. Also, for example, with non-pandemic infections, but also with cancer and autoimmune diseases, ”she said.

Natural gender ratio

With the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, which is also led by women scientists, Tureci considers such high-profile examples of gender balance in science to be “very important” and was one of the reasons for the success of BioNTech.

“I really believe that one of the secrets of why we are successful as a team and as a company is that we are a balanced team. Almost half of our workforce is female and half of our employee teams in top management are female, “she said.

“What I also realize is that we don’t recruit women in our teams because we want to meet every gender quota, that goes without saying … And it just turns out that half of them are women,” she continued .

Ohio officers say there’s unclaimed cash that has been in state management for years — Is it yours?

CLEVELAND (WJW) – It is a type of game that a lot of people had fun playing and an opportunity to win anywhere from a few dollars to thousands of dollars.

All you need to do is do a quick check of your name on the Ohio Unclaimed Funds database.

“Over 70% of the claims we receive can only be paid out on your state-issued ID or social security card,” said Akil Hardy, who heads the Ohio Unclaimed Funds program.

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Hardy says this can be one of the easiest ways to get money owed to you. Over the years the state has put a lot of effort into getting people to check the database, including visiting places where many Ohioans congregate.

The pandemic slowed things down so they had to get more creative.

“Over the past year we have had to rely more on print or digital advertising and that has been pretty productive for us. In February we had a campaign around the first annual Unclaimed Property Day, which generated a lot of interest, a lot of attention and a lot of claims, ”said Hardy.

However, there is still so much money left.

In fiscal 2021, the state raised around $ 287 million unclaimed funds. They only paid out claims of around $ 75 million.

In total, the state of Ohio holds more than $ 2.6 billion in assets and is just waiting for someone to claim them.

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Some of that money has been government controlled for years by companies that no longer exist, including insurance payments, old security deposits for apartments, cable bills, phone bills, and utilities. It can also be things like closed bank accounts or physical items like postage stamps, coins or jewelry that are kept in a safe.

Hardy says no matter how small the amount, if you can prove it’s yours, it should be in your pocket and not floating around in a government database.

“We keep the money permanently, so it doesn’t go anywhere. Unless there is a change in the law, the rightful property owner always has the option of collecting his or her money, ”said Hardy.

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Social Safety will run out of cash in 12 years. Listed below are methods it may be fastened

This is the year social insurance begins to pay off more than it brings in. Which could get very expensive for those of us who hope to one day retire.

The retirement program for retirees, their survivors, and the disabled built a trillion dollar reserve when the economy grew faster and retirees didn’t live as long. But with Employers hire fewer people and more workers retire, Social Security is selling their large stacks of government bonds to keep the checks up for a while.

Last Tuesday is the plan Trustee warned they assume that the money will be used up in 12 years. When this happens, the law requires Social Security to cut payments to retirees by about a quarter – forget about the cost of living increases – and survive on what it still collects from workers and their bosses.

For decades, a dwindling pool of workers has supported a growing number of baby boomer retirees. COVID-19 has exacerbated trends – decreasing the number of working people who pay into the system, while increasing the number of those who have left the workforce and started collecting from it.

All of this means that Congress and the President may have to do something painful – raise social security taxes or cut payments, raise the retirement age, or do all of these at once. What they have done in the past: particularly in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan joined the Democrats to raise contributions a bit and slowly raise the age for “normal” retirement to the current 67, making the system more solvent, at least until this generation of Washington politicians was certain to be dead.

Unfortunately, Reagan and Congress were overly optimistic about the future of the system. As social security historian Sylvester Schieber points out, the increase in income inequality has thrown an unexpected curve ball into the system as it exempts the ultra-rich from payments after their income exceeds the tax ceiling (currently $ 142,800). Removing the cap would produce a lot of money, but it hits the notion that Social Security checks should have a relationship with deposited money.

What should I do?

The trustees made many suggestions:

  • Reduction of the annual increases in social security. There are many suggestions for doing this that would affect different retirees in different ways.

  • Raising the normal retirement age from currently 67 to 69. Raising the early retirement age from 62 to 65 and increasing the number of years you need to be eligible. That would greatly relieve the system. But as the trustees report does not add, doing so would leave millions of people of the current retirement age in employment or reduce their income, which would lead to much more stress.

  • Increase wage taxes. Social Security already charges 12.4% of the gross wage of Americans, split between workers and bosses. At a more realistic 16%, the system would pay for itself by the next century, the trustees estimate.

And yes, that would be extremely expensive. Social Security would end up consuming about $ 1 for every $ 6 of gross employee wages. Up from currently 1 USD for 8 USD each.

Of course, smaller or later social security checks would also be terribly unpopular. Because of this, changes are made in silence over time.

Sens. Mitt Romney (R., Utah) and Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) headed a bipartisan list of colleagues who in April called for a National Fix-it Expert Commission on Social Security, like the one who did the 1983, instead of debating what to do in Congress under the heat of the cameras and the threat of toxic party politics, changes what to do.

Isn’t 12 years a long way to go? Why the rush?

The longer we wait, the less money is left in the program. Wait until it goes broke and the cuts have to be much bigger, or the bailout much more expensive, or we have to repeat it very often. Another reason for the current situation, according to Schieber, a former chairman of the system’s advisory board, is that Congress used to often tinker with social security, only to lose its nerve after the fixes in the early 1980s.

Can’t we just borrow the money? That could be a way out. But the system is currently excluded from deficit financing. Changing this would destroy another of the leading and popular principles of the system – that it is a pay-as-you-go system, not welfare, but one in which people earn their payments.

Some senators – for example, the lame duck Pat Toomey (R., Pennsylvania) – are still warning that credit has a fiscal price. Sooner or later, you’ll pump so much money into the economy that prices skyrocket, slowing down new hires, making incomes less worthwhile, and putting pressure on more government aid. Indeed, in recent talks, for example with the York Rotarians last month, Toomey accused the Democrats of using borrowed money to fund increasing numbers of ways to make the middle class more dependent on government aid.

Of course, Social Security saw itself, Toomey in the same speech alongside other early 20th reforms, Sun Oil Co. head Joseph Pew even tried to convince professors at his family-funded Grove City College in Pennsylvania not to Participate in social security as it eased the natural moral pressures that forced people to work and save. (He was disappointed that only two economists agreed and rejected wage deductions.)

Some people would even benefit if social security contributions were cut. Winners in particular include large investment firms that could count on attracting more savings from the minority of workers who believe they can afford to provide substantial income for retirement.

But not all Conservatives opposed social security. Friedrich Hayek, a godfather of libertarianism, praised worker-funded pension and insurance plans in The Road to Serfdom – although he cautioned that attempts to socialize the costs beyond participants would arouse fierce opposition.

That, of course, is the problem Washington is facing today: Who pays our most expensive benefits – not just Social Security, but Medicare and highway spending, both of which also run out of long-term funding? Just the users, of whom so many have fewer left? Or all Americans, even the most successful? How can financing and expenditure be balanced and made fair?

This is the stuff we should expect from our candidates for the Federal Office and propose realistic solutions, many of which we will not like.

The Day – Lyme Artwork Affiliation celebrates 100 years Roaring ’20s fashion

Old Lyme – Dressed in top hats, flapper dresses and fascinators, the Lyme Art Association members recreated the Roaring Twenties on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the association’s 100th anniversary.

In true 1920s fashion, the association held a family-friendly tea party, followed by an evening Centennial Frolick on its meadow, where artists and supporters of the association enjoyed refreshments while putting on their costumes. In the gallery, among other things, a centenary and a gallery called “Young Impressions” were exhibited, which is intended to address and highlight young artists.

The celebrations began early Saturday morning when more than two dozen artists were scattered across town, mostly on Lyme Street, to take part in an outdoor or outdoor painting exercise. The artists set up their easels and broke out their brushes to portray nearby landmarks like City Hall, the Duck River Bridge, and even the art club building itself.

In the afternoon, the artists had finished their works, framed them and exhibited them outside the gallery, where visitors could buy their favorite pieces.

Lynn Fairfield-Sonn of Old Lyme was the first to buy a painting that caught her eye: a portrait of her and her husband.

She said she was enjoying a cup of coffee with her husband Jim on their porch on Saturday morning when they spotted an artist propping an easel on a nearby sidewalk.

Mansfield artist Blanche Servan had noticed the couple were enjoying a quiet morning coffee together and decided to paint them. The Fairfield-Sonns have been married for 39 years and have lived in the house shown in the painting for 37 years.

Fairfield-Sonn said she and her husband enjoyed watching the artist paint and even went to her a few times to meet her and see the work in progress. The couple decided to buy the piece to hang in their hallway next to another painting of their house.

“We never expected to have a painting of ours and see her start painting it today and see how it’s done,” she said. “It was really a nice experience.”

All artists who took part in the “Wet Paint” exercise took part in a competition in addition to their work, with part of the proceeds going to the art association.

Paul Loescher, 65, of Clinton won first place for his watercolor of a farm seen from Main Street. He said he was attracted to the scene because of the light. “More than anything I am looking for a feeling for light,” he said, “where the light comes from, how it defines the environment and how it hits the objects.”

On Saturday he spent around three hours with the painting and was proud of first place. After retiring as an architect a few years ago, he started painting regularly and has joined the Lyme Art Association for regular outdoor painting events in various locations in the area. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he said he was painting more than ever and “people flocked” to take part in weekly painting activities along the coast.

The award from the Kunstverein is only a sign that his commitment makes him better at painting. “It feels good to be recognized.”

Maura Cochran, board member of the association, has been leading outdoor art experiences every Monday for three years. Bringing artists of all ages and levels of experience to a variety of different locations in the area, from private gardens to public spaces like Rocky Neck State Park, the group paints for three hours.

While there is some level of camaraderie, there are no directions and the artists have creative freedom – they choose what and how to create.

Celebrating this creativity is the association’s goal, according to its leaders.

Development Director Elsbeth Dowd said the association chose to celebrate and raise funds by hosting similar events to its founders 100 years ago.

She said that in the early 1900s, artists were drawn to Old Lyme and welcomed to the area by Florence Griswold, who ran a guesthouse popular with painters. As the art scene in the area became more and more popular, the artists formed an association in 1914. But still “they were looking for a home of their own”.

“They wanted to provide instruction and community, so they bought this property from Florence Griswold, sold their art, and had tea days just like we are today,” said Dowd. The association’s gallery first opened its doors on August 6, 1921, she said.

The main goal of the association this weekend was to honor the history of the building and to celebrate the fact that – even during the pandemic – it was almost always open for a whole century with art on display.

“Our main purpose with this celebration was to recognize the fact that this gallery space is unique in that we have that natural light and that it has been a gallery space since its inception,” said the association’s president, Harley Bartlett.

The association has been working to restore the building, starting with the exterior, which was recently completed. Now the association is raising funds for a $ 400,000 project to replace the skylights in the galleries.

Barlett said the community has always supported the association in the past and he is confident that donors will help facilitate the next phase of restoration. Part of the skylight in the gallery was removed on Saturday to show attendees how natural light affects the room.

“The skylights are one of the most important features of our gallery because they bathe the artwork in natural light,” said Dowd. “But they are 100 years old – they consist of individual panes and are leaking. And they’re not very efficient – the galleries get very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. “

“We want to fix the leaks,” she said, “but we also want to preserve the building and make the galleries sustainable for our artists and supporters for the next century.”

Lifeless bushes and lacking cash — State Journal report from 125 years in the past | Column

Angular screw station

The Angle Worm Station at Barnes Boat Dock on Lake Monona in Madison was the site of a bruise and a lost wallet in 1896. The station got its name from its owner and operator Captain Frank Barneswho gave a speech on July 4th every year on how civilization depends on earthworms, according to the Wisconsin Historical Society.


This summary of the State Journal’s local news ran on August 1, 1896:

Hundreds of dead trees can be seen along Lake Mendota Drive. Last summer’s drought killed them.

Williamson Street is delighted that William Mueller opened a world-class bakery down there.

A man painting telegraph poles along Main Street’s business district attracts the attention of dozens of people with nothing else to do.

The joinery at the intersection of South Hamilton and Fairchild Streets, which had long been in the hands of the late SL Chase, is now run by Henry Skidmore.

Dr. CA Harper bought the old Durrie homestead on North Carroll Street from EJ Foster for $ 6,300; The lot is 66 x 132 feet and is considered a bargain.

Yesterday afternoon, after James Gallagher suffered bruises from buckling part of the platform at Angle Worm Station, he lost a wallet between $ 4 and $ 5.

The next thing for entertainment lovers will be a lumberjack picnic in Cross Plains on Sunday. Madison will provide the speaker in the person of Mr EW De Bower.

North Henry Street, from Mifflin to State, is to be greatly expanded and the residential buildings on it will be supplied with a sewage system. The macadamization of West Dayton Street from Henry to Broom will begin at an early stage.

U.S. life expectancy dropped by 1.5 years in 2020, greatest drop since WWII

The Covid-19 pandemic cut average life expectancy in the United States by about 18 months in the past year, which is the largest annual decline since World War II, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the report released Wednesday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, Americans are now expected to live an average of 77.3 years, compared with 78.8 years in 2019. Hispanics saw the sharpest decline in life expectancy last year, followed by black Americans.

“The decline in life expectancy between 2019 and 2020 is primarily due to deaths from the pandemic,” the report said. Covid deaths accounted for nearly 75% of the decline. More than 609,000 Americans have died in the pandemic, including about 375,000 last year, according to the CDC.

About 11% of the decrease is due to an increase in deaths from accidents or accidental injuries. Deaths from drug overdose, the pointed 30% during the pandemic accounted for about a third of accidental injuries last year.

The life expectancy of American men decreased 1.8 years from 2019 to 2020, while the life expectancy of American women decreased 1.2 years from 2019.

“The difference in life expectancy between the sexes was 5.7 years in 2020, increasing from 5.1 in 2019,
said the report.

Hispanic Americans typically have longer life expectancies than non-Hispanic blacks or whites, but according to the report, Hispanic life expectancy declined more than any other ethnic group in the past year. The life expectancy of all Hispanics decreased by three years, from 81.8 years in 2019 to 78.8 years in 2020. Hispanic men suffered a decrease of 3.7 years in 2020.

“Covid-19 was responsible for 90% of the decline in life expectancy in the Hispanic population,” the report said.

The narrowing of the life expectancy gap between white and Hispanic populations “is a strong indicator of the deterioration in health and mortality scores for a population that, paradoxically, before the Covid-19 pandemic, was able to meet expectations.” coincide with their disadvantaged socio-economic profile. Said the report.

“You were at a greater risk of getting infected,” said Elizabeth Arias, the report’s lead author, in an interview. “People who work in the service sector could not telework.”

Hispanic and Black Americans are largely overrepresented in jobs that were deemed essential during the pandemic lockdown and are more exposed to the virus than office workers who could work from home.

“These groups have been infected and that has a lot to do with their status in society,” said Arias.

Black Americans experienced the second largest decline in life expectancy, falling nearly three years from 74.7 years in 2019 to 71.8 years in 2020, the lowest since 2000, the report said. Covid was responsible for 59% of the decline in life expectancy among blacks.

Life expectancy among white Americans fell 1.2 years in 2020, from 78.8 years in 2020 to 77.6 years, its lowest level since 2002. Covid-19 was responsible for 68% of the decline in whites last year .

Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death last year, and “the overall death rate was highest among non-Hispanic blacks and non-Hispanic Native American or Alaskan people,” the CDC said in its preliminary mortality report in April.

The life expectancy of black Americans consistently lags behind whites, but the last time the life expectancy gap between blacks and whites was this large was in 1999, according to the report.

“You would expect an infectious disease or pandemic to affect everyone … but it affected populations that differed by race and ethnicity,” said Arias.

Other factors that contributed to the 2020 decline in life expectancy include homicides, which accounted for 3% of the decline, and diabetes and chronic liver disease, which accounted for 2.5% and 2.3%, respectively.