Wintery Mix, Ice Could Affect Southern Indiana

first_imgThere is a potential for a wintry mix in the southern half of Indiana tonight, including sleet and freezing rain transitioning into snow on Sunday. State agencies are advising Hoosiers to prepare now for potentially deteriorating conditions.Travel Develop a PlanWinter weather, especially ice, can cause power outages. Hoosiers should be prepared to take action should the power go out. Citizens should look up their electric utility’s outage reporting phone number and add it to their cell phone contact list.Other ways to get ready include:– Charge cell phones, laptops and any other battery-operated accessories to ensure maximum battery life when without power.– Know where to go should the power go out. Identify a friend or family member’s house, or a nearby shelter or warming station that can be used. If none of these are available, identify the most insulated and interior room available and gather extra clothing, warm blankets and sleeping bags to help stay warm.– Prepare an emergency kit, including food and water for three days (includes three gallons of water per person, per day), a battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio, a flashlight and extra batteries and any other special items (baby formula, insulin, medications).Take the time to check with neighbors and see if there’s anything they can do before, during or after the storm.For more winter weather preparedness information, visit Hoosiers should carefully consider if travel is necessary, especially if roads become hazardous. If travel is necessary, the Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security are encouraging motorists to use a variety of resources to make an informed decision.One source is the Indiana County Travel Advisory Map. It’s updated with travel information determined by county emergency management agencies and describes the conditions for a travel warning, watch, advisory and caution.The map is available online at  or on a mobile device by downloading the Indiana Travel Advisory app for iPhone ( in the App Store, and Android ( in the Google Play Store.Keep an eye on road conditions and closures across the state using the Indiana Department of Transportation’s TrafficWise service at addition to these tools, stay aware of changing travel conditions by monitoring the local news, travel, weather and trusted social media sites and apps.Citizens that must travel should let someone know the planned route, expected time of arrival and contact information. Charge cell phones before leaving. Pack essential items such as high protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, warm blankets, extra prescription medications and important documents or information that might be needed during an emergency.last_img read more

Donegal school launches WW1 CD at poignant event – Picture Special

first_imgA World War One commemorative CD created by Finn Valley College was officially launched last Friday by Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD.The CD entitled ‘To the Fallen’ was released at a special event in the Stranorlar secondary school ahead of Armistice Day. Staff and students of the school recorded 20 poems and songs for the collection to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 and to pay tribute to the Irish lives lost in battle.Up to 50,000 Irish men and women, 1,200 from Donegal, lost their lives on the battlefields of Europe during the Great War.The FVC commemorative project was the brainchild of Mr Shaun Byrne, a history teacher in the school, to help ensure that those lives will not be forgotten.Mr Shaun Byrne at the launch of ‘To The Fallen’ CD at Finn Valley CollegeMr Bryne was Master of Ceremonies at the launch event. In his address, he read a passage from the Donegal Roll of Honour kindly donated by Ms Mary Harte whose father, the late Mr Paddy Harte TD, was the driving force behind the book that recalls the details of those men from the county who died in WW1. As serendipity would have it, when Mr Byrne was looking for inspiration as to how he would begin his speech, he opened the book to find out that the last Donegal man killed was a Joseph McHugh, namesake of our guest of honour.Mr Byrne described the shocking loss of life from the war, listing many local Finn Valley names.The assembled audience of invited guests, staff and students were then treated to a couple of performances from some of the students who appeared on the album.Former FVC Principal Frank Dooley, Chief Executive Donegal ETB Anne McHugh and FVC Principal Alan ThompsonMinister Joe McHugh at the launch of ‘To The Fallen’ CD at Finn Valley College Over 40 members of the school community took part in the making of the CD, which includes a song adapted from Patrick McGill war poems. The Glenties man documented his war years in his writings and his haunting imagery coupled with his longing for home was arranged for the CD into the composition – I Wish the Sea was not so Wide – to the air of The Parting Glass.Caitlin McBride sings ‘I Wish the Sea was not so Wide’ at the launch of ‘To The Fallen’ CD at Finn Valley CollegeMinister McHugh commended everyone involved in the project in remembering such an important event of history so well. He spoke of his delight in seeing the way that history is valued so much in Finn Valley College and Donegal ETB and stated that he would certainly be drawing on the inspiration that he would take away from the day.To the Fallen CDs are available to buy from Finn Valley College for a donation of €10 to the Donegal Hospice. Donegal school launches WW1 CD at poignant event – Picture Special was last modified: November 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Armistice DayFinn Valley Collegeto the fallenWorld War Onelast_img read more

Universal Orlando News — Week of February 23, 2019

first_imgShare This!Buckle up for a new adventure in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this summer. Find the details and more inside this week’s news from Universal Orlando.Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike AdventureUniversal officially announced the newest Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Opening June 13, 2019 at Islands of Adventure, this highly themed roller coaster features high-speed launches, swooping coaster elements, a backwards segment like Expedition Everest, and a dramatic indoor free-fall.Guests will ride aboard Hagrid’s iconic motorbike and sidecar as they help the affable gamekeeper around the Hogwarts grounds. Guests will see iconic beasts and creatures up close and in person for the first time. Universal promises this attraction is the most themed coaster they have ever created.Weekly Crowd LevelsDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report Winter weather patterns routinely come as far south as Orlando, so pack for the weather. Volcano Bay could have a delayed opening or closure when highs are in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Refer to Universal Orlando’s Twitter account for the latest operating information.Operating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.AdmissionTwo-day, two-park tickets are $274.99 per adult and $264.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Showtimes and RefurbishmentsUniversal’s Cinematic Celebration ShowtimesFebruary 23: No ShowFebruary 24 – March 1: 8:00 p.m.Universal’s Superstar ParadeFebruary 23 – March 1: 2:00 p.m.The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts CastleFebruary 23 – March 1: Ongoing from dusk till park closeComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.RefurbishmentsPopeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and Me Ship The Olive: February 25 – March 15EventsFeet don’t fail me now! Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida February 9 – April 4. Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine, music straight from Louisiana, and a daily family-friendly Mardi Gras parade. On select nights major musical acts rock the Music Plaza Stage after sundown. All entertainment is included with your admission to Universal Studios Florida.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!last_img read more

‘Shelf-help guide’ to buying local

first_imgBy Anne Taylor13 November 2013Want to buy local, but don’t know how? Ute Kuhlmann has put together a “South Africa’s first shelf-help guide”, listing more than 1 000 South African products and profiling more than 300 brands.Categories in Happiness in a Handbasket include food and drink, clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery, baby and child goods, personal care products, office equipment, household appliances, as well as cars and bicycles.“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local. That’s really the same thing.” – Ute KuhlmannKuhlmann, who published the book herself, says on her Facebook page that by following her guide, “you’ll support South African jobs, lower your carbon footprint and discover great local products”.Also included is a guide to markets – great places for organic, local produce – a colour-coded guide to help you find out if goods are imported or not, information about working conditions and the impact of some common products on the environment.Happiness in a Handbasket Facebook pageContact [email protected] to buy the bookAlso available from Cape Town stores: Blank Books, the Ethical Co-op, and the Book Loungelast_img read more