PhilipPalomequeSouth Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association Elementary Honors Band TarynCupitSouth Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association Elementary Honors Band JeremiahCraverCape May County Honors Choir MackySegichSouth Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association Elementary Honors Band LoraleiMullinsCape May County Honors Choir KristianaBauerSouth Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association Elementary Honors Band Photo Credit: OCSDNJ CharlesDrainCape May County Honors Choir EmilyMullinsCape May County Honors Choir SamanthaBeckmanCape May County Honors Choir ErikWagnerCape May County Honors Choir AbigailHaysCape May County Honors Choir LiviaLeonettiCape May County Honors Choir GraysonMarshallSouth Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association Elementary Honors String Ensemble JamesCraverCape May County Honors Choir Photo Credit: OCSDNJThe following Intermediate School students were recognized at Wednesday night’s board meeting: AiliKelleySouth Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association Elementary Honors Band ValentinaAsenovSouth Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association Elementary Honors String Ensemble GiannaMolinariCape May County Honors Choir CarlyGleasonCape May County Honors Choir RachelPileiroSouth Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association Elementary Honors String Ensemble MiaGallagherCape May County Honors Choir KatieMcAlisterCape May County Honors Choir
Supermarket in-store bakery (ISB) company Inbake has been forced to make around 80 people redundant in the past year, after its main customer – the Co-operative Group – decided to bring its ISB operation in-house.Keith Bentley, co-director of East Sussex-based Inbake, said that eight ISBs and 10 satellite units at Co-op stores across the country had closed down in the past year, with around 80 job losses. Inbake’s last ISB with the Co-op closed in Northern Ireland in November. The company still operates an in-store bakery for Somerfield in Margate.“It was very disappointing to close these profitable bakeries and lose so many highly skilled bakers that may never return to the trade,” said Bentley. “Unfortunately for Inbake, the Co-op’s strategy has changed over the years to trading from smaller stores, which they feel would be more suitable for bake-off rather than full scratch bakeries.”Previously part of Bakery Services, Inbake was acquired with the Don Millers bakery retail and franchise business in a £50,000 management buy-out by Keith Bentley and David Drury in January 2008.
Chocolate cakes are fun, taste lovely, but chocolate is definitely a medium to be respected and handled carefully.Most people love chocolate cake, so whatever you coat the cake with make sure you work on a good recipe to start with.Depending on the occasion/ purpose choc cakes’ texture can vary. Really squidgy cakes are ok for a one tier cake but no good for stacking.I think Lindy Smith’s fudge cake which is on her blog is very good >> go to fudge cake recipe, and BBC’s Good food online had a recipe for a tiered cake and the choc recipe for the bottom tier is very good too, both contain coffee which brings out the rich chocolatey flavour.I always make chocolate buttercream by adding a good quality plain chocolate to it, this tends to make the buttercream softer to start with but it sets firm, especially if you fridge the cake before coating.White chocolate buttercream is also soft but goes so well with raspberry, and is lovely on cupcakes. I don’t make the base cakes white choc as such. Instead I add bake stable white choc chips and frozen raspberries- they bake better- push 2 or 3 into the piped batter before baking.Ganache, a mixture of chocolate and cream, can be made a variety of ways and has different ratios of cream to choc depending on the purpose.Always boil the cream if it is going to be used to fill or coat a cake, this makes the ganache able to kept a ambient temperature like buttercream, although it is like buttercream and won’t last indefinitely (the temperature today as I write this it is 30* C outside!).Ganache is increasingly being used as a filling and to get square edges for sugarpaste coating, there are many tutorials on YouTube explaining the process, the cakes do need to set well in a fridge for this.Ganache is also used as an enrobing medium, again ensure the cake is prepared properly, skim coat with buttercream, I usually do this twice, letting the cake set well in the fridge between coats.You can also pipe with beaten ganache, do not over beat as it changes colour, I usually use ganache 24 hours after I’ve made it.I don’t temper chocolate these days as such, mainly as I don’t have the equipment, tempering is the process of ensuring the chocolate has the correct crystal structure to set with shine and snap. But all chocolate you buy is in temper. All you need to do is very gently melt it in a plastic bowl in the microwave, 20 second blast, stir, even if no melt, repeat, as soon as the melting starts cut to 10 seconds, stirring each time, do not let the chocolate get warm at all.Once melted, check the chocolate is set by spreading on a cold surface. Then use on transfer sheets, (sheets with coloured cocoa butter designs), on acetate, to pipe or on frozen marble boards to make ruffles or wraps. The latter you have to work quickly with, spread on, take off and use.Colour white choc with powder colour or coloured cocoa butter, Squires kitchen sell this, to create pretty designs.Chocolate looks great dusted with edible lustres too.Modelling chocolate is good to make decorations with too, a mixture of glucose syrup and melted chocolate. The Cake Makery’s (www.thecakemakery.com) recipe works well. Use same as marzipan. It sometimes needs a quick blast in the microwave to become pliable.Tracey’s Cakes (www.traceyscakes.co.uk) make a form of this which is softer and excellent to use as a coating, in the same way as sugarpaste.By the way, candy melts, bakers covering and products like these are not chocolate as such, they have had cocoa butter removed and replaced with vegetable fat. They are easier to use but do not have the same flavour as chocolate. Some varieties are better quality than others and recently some of the chocolate companies have been working hard to make better quality, easy to use products.Top Class CakesSue Haskell has been a bakery lecturer at Brooklands College, Weybridge for twenty years. She is well known in the baking industry, participating at exhibitions such as Cake International and Food and Drink Expo. She has helped with the competitions at the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees annual conference since 2000.Brooklands College in Weybridge, Surrey, offers part time catering and sugarcraft IVQ courses, such as a Level Two in Professional Bakery and an ABC Sugarcraft Award Level One as well as one day courses including Design and Create an Easter Egg, Valentine’s Cupcakes and Sugar Flowers for beginners. >> Find out more about Sugarcraft courses
FARMINGTON – Western Maine Homeless Outreach announced its closure this week after facing a series of difficult situations, Board President Ben West said. WMHO was the only social service agency specifically helping the homeless population in Franklin County.The slow decline toward closure began more than a year ago as WMHO prepared for the end of their lease at Living Waters Assembly of God on Route 2. The lease had been a temporary one, and the church was not interested in renewing due to lack of space. At the time, the idea had been presented to move the shelter into the Holman House on Main Street- a primarily unused building owned by Old South Congregational Church. Though the idea originally saw support both from the Planning Board and local community members , the idea was shot down at a public hearing last July.Eight months later, just as the pandemic was hitting, WMHO’s lease reached its end. Board members were forced to announce that the non-profit would no longer offer a physical shelter, though they would continue to help those facing homelessness with navigation and case management services.“We thought, without the overhead costs of the shelter we could continue to offer case management and make ends meet from that income. But the problem we faced was that almost everyone we reached out to needed a physical space, and we had to refer them elsewhere, causing us to lose that income,” West said.Case management services are subsidized by the state, but as soon as people were referred to other social service agencies that funding disappeared.“We could have functioned the way we were a little longer, but we weren’t really helping anyone. We would have just exhausted the funds eventually,” West said.Even still, WMHO had one hope left: a hefty grant from Maine Housing Authority that could be used to purchase a new location for the shelter. West said they had been hoping to scrape by until the new location could be bought sometime next year. When the housing authority got in touch with West to deliver the news that their organization was currently too small to receive the funding, he knew they only had one choice.“It was clear we just couldn’t do it financially,” West said.The closure isn’t just bad news for the WMHO employees who now face unemployment, West said, it’s bad news for the many homeless people of Franklin County who will now have to move away from their hometown to find a warm bed or a meal.“It decentralizes the local support. It leaves a gap of service,” West said. “People don’t realize how many homeless people are here. Not everyone is sitting out pan handling, but it’s prevalent.”
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s investigation into last August’s devastating Beirut port blast has ground to a halt. The reason is the same political and confessional rivalries that thwarted past attempts to uncover the truth in major crimes. The country’s ruling political factions, in power for decades, have enormous influence over the courts and are accused of thwarting any accountability. Political leaders have been publicly critical of the investigating judge. Dozens of victims’ family members gathered at the judge’s home this week, urging him to resume the probe, but many fear he has caved to pressure.
The Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) will submit to the Vermont Public Service Board a series of changes to the proposed transmission upgrade between Rutland and South Burlington. Known as the Northwest Vermont Reliability Project (NRP), the transmission upgrade is needed to meet the increased demand for electricity in Vermont.Over the past two years, VELCO has held more than 150 meetings in Vermont communities. “Because of what Vermonters have told us, we have made a number of changes to our original proposal. In some cases that means re-routing the line to avoid neighborhoods. In other towns we will relocate substations to reduce environmental and visual impacts. We are working closely with the towns to substantially increase screening investment in plants and trees and have committed to reducing pole heights where possible and appropriate,” said VELCO project manager Tom Dunn said.The specific changes being proposed include the following:_ Vergennes – Line relocation around the City of Vergennes Build a new sub-station in the northeast section of the City_ Ferrisburgh – Line relocation near Little Chicago Road_ Charlotte — Line relocation near the Waldorf SchoolRelocation of sub-station_ Shelburne — Line relocation near Davis Park neighborhoodModification to sub-station, reduce footprint and add screening_ South Burlington – Modification to sub-station to preserve screening of trees_ Pole heights — VELCO is proposing shorter pole heights wherepossible in coordination with impacted communities“This project is critical for us to continue to provide reliable electricity to homes and businesses in Vermont. The current system, most of which is now more than 30 years old, is no longer able to meet New England’s standards for reliability in the face of Vermont’s increasing demand for electricity, said Mr. Dunn.According to ISO New England, the manager of the regional transmission grid, the Vermont situation is now the second most precarious in New England. “Fortunately, because this is a regional issue, Vermont will pay less than five percent of the cost of modernizing the system,” Dunn said.The NRP is comprised of:_ A new 345,000 volt (“345 kV”) line between West Rutland and New Haven;_ An upgrade of an existing line to 115 kV between New Haven and South Burlington;_ Installing larger wire on an existing line between Barre and Williamstown;_ Completing upgrades at thirteen substations around Vermont;_ The estimated cost of the NRP is $128 million.The Vermont Electric Power Company (“VELCO”) maintains Vermont’s high voltage transmission network. VELCO is a transmission-only company, jointly owned by 22 of Vermont’s electric utilities. VELCO operates and maintains 534 miles of transmission lines and 25 substations that connect generating facilities with local distribution systems, which in turn deliver electricity to homes and businesses. VELCO’s mission is to provide reliable electric power to Vermont utilities and the public. For more information, visit the Northwest Vermont Reliability Project website at www.nrpvt.com(link is external).
VERIZON WIRELESS EXPANDS VERMONT VOICE AND WIRELESS BROADBAND SERVICE Addison County: Ferrisburg, Middlebury, Monkton, New Haven Junction, and Starksboro Bennington County: Arlington*, Bennington*, Dorset*, Manchester*, Pownal*, Shaftsbury*, and Sunderland Caledonia County: Barnet, Burke Mountain, Lyndon, Ryegate, St. Johnsbury, and Wheelock Chittenden County: Bolton, Charlotte and Milton Franklin County: Georgia, Highgate and St. Albans Grand Isle County: Alburg Lamoille County: Hyde Park and Stowe Orange County: Brookfield, Ely, Fairlee, Newbury, and ThetfordOrleans County: Coventry, Derby, Jay Peak, and Newport Orwell County: Orwell Rutland County: Brandon, Castleton, Danby, Mt. Tabor, Pico Peak, Rutland, and Wallingford Washington County: Barre, Berlin, East Hill, Montpelier, and Waterbury Windham County: Brattleboro* and West Dover/Mt. Snow* Windsor County: Hartford, Norwich, Royalton, Sharon, Springfield, White River, and Windsor-Ascutney * Indicates activation of both voice and high-speed data coverage End-of-Year Additions and Enhancements Give More Vermont Customers and Visitors Access to Fast Wireless Internet, E-mail, Mobile Music, and Videos WILMINGTON, Mass. – Verizon Wireless said January 24, 2008, that it has further expanded its wireless broadband service to nearly 60 additional Vermont communities across 14 counties. The year-end cell site enhancements and activations also expanded voice service into 10 more towns, within Bennington and Windham Counties. Now more Verizon Wireless customers and visitors in Vermont can access e-mail and the Internet on their laptops and PDAs, make calls, and download video and music to their wireless phones. Verizon Wireless has infused $55 million into its Vermont network over the last four years, constructing nearly three dozen new sites in 2007 alone. The company’s 3G broadband network, already serving Burlington, Vt.-area customers for the last year, was recently activated in the following communities: “No carrier has invested more into its national network than Verizon Wireless,” said Richard Enright, director of network performance for Verizon Wireless. “These latest activations enable even more Vermont residents and visitors to access the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and broadband networks.” V CAST: Video and MusicThe company’s high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, offering customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their phones. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights, and the hottest entertainment clips. The recent addition of several cell sites also brings new coverage to portions of: Route 7 between Dorset and Pownal Interstate 91 around the Town of Brattleboro, and from White River Junction to Windsor Burke Mountain, Jay Peak, Pico Peak, and Mount Snow ski resorts With V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless has built a massive full-song mobile music store that contains more than 2.5 million songs from well-known and independent artists that customers can download over-the-air, right onto their V CAST Music-enabled phones. BroadbandAccessThe company’s flagship data service, BroadbandAccess, provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, which means customers can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment – the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file – in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds. Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess service allows customers to download files approximately 10 times faster than customers of other wireless service providers that use different broadly deployed network technologies. Verizon Wireless’ high-speed wireless service, which powers its BroadbandAccess Internet and V CAST multimedia applications, is based on the company’s Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A network technology. VERIZON WIRELESS FURTHER EXPANDS VOICE AND WIRELESS BROADBAND SERVICE ACROSS VERMONT For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com(link is external) . About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 68,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com(link is external) . To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia(link is external) .
PrimaLoft, Inc. — the world leader in high-performance insulations and fabrics — said its proprietary PrimaLoft Performance Down Blends, is now available at retail in outdoor, fashion and hunting specialty shops.Blue Ridge Outdoors has been testing this next generation of apparel insulation for a full year, and this global technology is leading the trend to combine the warmth and loft of down with the wet-weather performance of PrimaLoft synthetic insulation. It is also helping to bring the cost of garments down while being sensitive to some of the supply chain issues surrounding down.PrimaLoft insulation was originally developed for the U.S. army as a water-resistant, synthetic alternative to down. The PrimaLoft brand is recognized as a benchmark in the outdoor industry for providing superior comfort in any condition, ultimately empowering users to “stay in the moment.”Brands debuting PrimaLoft Performance Down Blends products at retail in North America include: adidas Outdoor, Black Diamond, Helly Hansen, Lands’ End, Sherpa, Sitka, Under Armour and Westcomb. Consumers can also visit the company’s new consumer-facing website PrimaLoft.com to learn more about the technology, what to look for on hang tags in stores and which brands utilize this new insulation.The PrimaLoft Performance Down Blend product is created by a proprietary process that fuses water-repellent, fluorocarbon-free treated down with PrimaLoft insulation. This hybrid insulation is engineered by intimately blending premium down with moisture blocking, permanent water repellent PrimaLoft ultra-fine fibers, combining the best attributes of both materials.“PrimaLoft has been the go-to insulation for apparel brands around the world demanding best-in-class performance for over 25 years,” said Mike Joyce, president and CEO of PrimaLoft. “Now, we’re proud to offer consumers a new insulation product that features an entirely new level of warmth and excels in virtually any condition Mother Nature offers. Whether consumers want a great looking coat for walking down Fifth Avenue, skiing in the backwoods, or going on that traditional hunting weekend, the choices are significantly better.”PrimaLoft Performance Down Blends are available in Gold and Silver categories for Fall 2014. PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Down Blend has comparable warmth in construction to 750 fill goose down. PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Down Blend provides comparable warmth in construction to 650 fill down. The Gold level product retains more than 95 percent of warmth when wet and dry four times faster than untreated down.“For us, PrimaLoft Performance Down Blend is the perfect choice for our all-new SUBZERO parka line,” said Alan Yiu, chief designer and president at Westcomb. “Consumers are well educated about what they want in their apparel and, as a result, are demanding more from manufacturers. They want stylish outerwear that not only will last a long time but is also warm, versatile and comfortable. PrimaLoft® Performance Down Blends enable wearers to focus on the experience, not the weather. We are honored to be one of PrimaLoft’s launch partners.”PrimaLoft is a materials science company based in Latham, New York, with offices in Germany and Italy, a world leader in research and development of comfort solutions and performance insulations and fabrics. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the PrimaLoft brand (a registered trademark of PrimaLoft, Inc.) delivers products that are used in the top global outdoor and fashion brands, home furnishings, work wear, hunting and military applications.
WalletHub releases its annual list of the greenest states An offensively named Georgia creek has been renamed Freedom Creek A small creek on Skidaway Island near Savannah, GA has a new name. The formerly named Runaway Negro Creek is now called Freedom Creek after the US Board on Geographic Names officially voted to change the name at a meeting last week. Last year, Senator Lester Jackson sponsored a resolution to change the name of the creek and Georgia lawmakers approved, but the change wasn’t official until the US Board on Geographic Names signed off. The original name of the creek dates back to at least the Civil War. It’s believed that the creek got its name because slaves at a nearby plantation would swim across the creek to free islands controlled by Union troops. Future additions of all federal maps will now list the creek by its new name. The personal-finance website WalletHub has released it’s 2019 report on the Greenest States. The website compared all 50 states in 27 key metrics such as air, water, and soil quality, green building, consumption of renewable energy, recycling and others. The analysis found that the greenest state in the country is Vermont, followed by New York, Oregon, Connecticut, Minnesota, Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, South Dakota and New Hampshire. The least green states include Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, North Dakota, Wyoming, Kentucky, West Virginia and Louisiana, which ranked as the least green state in America. The analysis also found that Blue States are greener, with an average rank of 12.85/50 compared with Red States, which average 33.93/50. Click here to view the full report.
Civil Legal Assistance Act funding is still a possibility Civil Legal Assistance Act funding is still a possibility Despite a tight state budget, funding for Florida’s Civil Legal Assistance Act is still possible for next year.Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, said he was successful in passing an amendment on the floor of the House placing $500,000 for the second year of the program in the 2003-04 proposed House budget. He said the Senate apparently did not include any money for the program in its budget.The act was one of the Bar’s top priorities last year, and the $2 million appropriated then marked the first time state monies had been used to support legal aid programs. Until then, Florida had been one of only 11 states that didn’t provide some sort of state funding for legal aid.The money was split between seven test circuits and used to help low-income families with a variety of civil legal problems they can typically face.“I’m hopeful when we get to conference [where the House and Senate will work out their budget differences] I’ll be able to find a little more money and get the funding up into the $2 million or more range,” Goodlette said.He conceded with the state facing its toughest fiscal pinch in recent years, that won’t be easy, but added, “It’s still the right thing to do. From my perspective that’s the kind of program that helps people gain access to the courts.” April 30, 2003 Regular News