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    Yuck! in early February the West Coast was hit with really dirty rain! Source: National Weather Service

    USA Today kindly called it “mystery milky rain”. Whatever you called it—the raindrops were filled with crud!

    Of course, that isn’t the only problem the West Coast was having with rain. The Pineapple Express, a strong stream of tropical water was hosing Washington, Oregon and Northern California. There were floods, landslides and hurricane force winds blasting as far east as Nevada. Tens of thousands of people lost power.

    A stream of moisture from the tropics, called a Pineapple Express, hit the West Coast. Source: NOAA 

    Afterwards, when residents went outside to clean up the messthey found a real mess. The water left everything smeared with gritty grey-white residue.

    What happened?

    Scientists are not positive, but the sunny West Coast probably got hit with volcanic rain!

    Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula is covered with volcanoes and lately they have been very active. If a volcano is big enough, the debris can enter the stratosphere and linger long enough to block out incoming sunlight and cool the earth. More commonly, however, the ash and debris, (much of which is microscopic in size) just floats in the air for a while. The debris collects water and finally the raindrop holding the ash rains down to earth.

    Debris from Russian volcanoes frequently get caught up in storms and carried downwind to North America.

    Last month, Russia’s Sheveluch volcano exploded up to 20,000 feet into the air. At the same time, nearby Karymsky and Klyuchevskoy have also been active. They have poured a lot of junk into the air over the North Pacific and it looks like the Pineapple Express storm may have swept up some of the debris. The ashy droplets mixed with the tropical rain and visited the West Coast. Unfortunately for residents with smeared, dirty cars and windows, it looks like the ashy moisture decided to drop in and stay.

    So treat that dirty rain with some respect. It may be a little visitor from Russia!

    Were any of you caught up in the storm? Share it here.

  • Hot Water and Cold Blizzards

    Late in January, two winter storms are tag-teaming to flatten the East Coast. Ugh!

    Ironically, this cold miserable weather will be brought to you by hot water!

    Three late January stormstwo blizzards in the East and El Niño moisture in the West.

    Further west, another cold wet storm will pound the US. However, drought-stricken California and Texas will welcome the rain and mountain snow.

    This welcome rainfall is also brought to you by hot water.

    Whether you are talking about the blizzards in the East or drought-breaking moisture in the West, the moisture originates with the moist water-retaining air coming off the ocean.

    North America, surrounded by hot water. No wonder we’re having storms!

    In the East, the Gulf Stream is pouring hot tropical waters along our shores. When the cold Arctic air flows south, as it does in wintertime, it first hits the relatively warm Great Lakes, then the warm moist Atlantic air. The cold air cools the lake and ocean air, causing blizzard conditions. In late January, two storms in one week hit the lakes and Atlantic, giving four storms one long, protracted snow event.

    In the West, look at the equator. It is not an official El Niño, which is a precise scientific term. However, the conditions are like an El Niño and producing El Niño type weather. Officially, it is only an El Niño Watch. It needs to last longer to officially be an El Niño event. Meanwhile, while we wait for the scientists to make their pronouncement, we are getting the type of wet, drought-breaking weather in the Southwest, that is typical of El Niño. Warm, wet Pacific air is blowing inland and bringing rainfall from California to Texas.

    An El Niño Watch condition creates the type of weather typical of weak El Niños. Copyright: Browning Newsletter

    So, as you shovel your driveway or grab your skis, just remember: this cold wet weather was brought to you by warm, balmy water!

     

  • Ice Flash! Looking at the Great Lakes

    Remember last winter? (Shiver!) Ninety-two percent of the Great Lakes were covered with ice, the greatest amount since 1979.

    The last ice didn’t melt until June! It acted like an ice box, cooling off the Midwestern spring. It reduced 7 million tons of vital Great Lakes shipping, costing the industry and consumers more than $705 million. Fortunately experts say there will be only a normal amount of ice this year. And experts are always right. Right?

    They might be wrong. The Lakes have begun icing over 10 days earlier than last year, the earliest in more than 40 years. Currently the ice amount on the Lakes is almost equal to the ice cover at the same time last year. On January 16, 2015, the entire Great Lakes had an ice cover of 24.0 percent. On January 16, 2014 the Great Lakes total ice cover was 24.5 percent. It melted slightly over the next two days, but another cold front is approaching.

    This year, Lake Erie froze in a flash.

    The amount of ice varies from lake to lake. From Lake Huron (27.6%) and Lake Michigan (19.1%) to Lake Superior (10.2%) and Lake Ontario (4.4%) all of the lakes have some ice. However Lake Erie, the shallowest of the lake, froze the most. From January 6 to 16, only ten days, the lake went from 5% to 88% ice coverage! Even today, it has 77% of its surface glazed. Already the Coast Guard icebreakers are out to clear the lanes so that the region’s $2 billion of shipping can continue.

    There is some good news about the recent freezing. When the lakes are cold, they don’t warm the air enough to cause heavy “lake effect” snow. This freeze will reduce the amount of snowing in weary Buffalo, New York and other downwind cities.

    Also, frozen lakes bring out the enthusiastic (and strange) ice lovers. Now is the time to get out your ice skates and fishing gear. The lakes and ponds have turned to hockey rinks and the fish are biting.

    So have fun. Just remember to check how thick the ice is. Few moments are more frustrating than watching your car settling into the lake for an icy bath!

     

  • Fast Planes and Warmer Weather

    Zip! This January, a passenger jet broke all records for crossing “The Pond”.

    A British Airlines flight reached speeds as high as 745 mph as it surfed the jet stream crossing the Atlantic. It arrived in England only 5 hours 16 minutes after it started, cutting a full hour and a half off the normal flight time.

    The key to fast airplane travel: Ride the jet stream. Source: NOAA

    So how does this relate to warm weather? It’s all in the jet stream, the narrow band of extremely fast winds in the upper atmosphere. Whether it’s an airplane or a winter storm, it will travel fast if it rides the polar jet stream. As cold as temperatures may get this winter, we have been helped by strong westerly winds encouraging the weather to move on out.

    That’s where the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) comes in. This is a weather pattern that determines how fast or slow the jet stream and the storms it carries will cross the Atlantic Ocean. Think of it acting like a crossing guard.

    The North Atlantic Oscillation acts like a crossing guard, allowing or forbidding storms from crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Credit: Microsoft

    When the high and low pressure areas in the North Atlantic are very strong and different, the NAO is positive. This allows the jet stream to cross the ocean. It zips across quickly, along with any cold fronts, storms or airplanes the winds are carrying. This leaves the East Coast relatively warm.

    When the high and low pressure areas are weak, the NAO is negative. This stops the cold fronts. Instead of flowing out of North America into the Atlantic, it lingers on the coast. Cold front after cold front piles up, waiting to cross the ocean.

    Most of this winter, the NAO has been positive, allowing East Coast storms to flow into the Atlantic. Source NOAA

    A lot of cold air has poured into the US this month. However, most of the time, the NAO has been positive and the storms rapidly streamed out into the Atlantic.

    The pilot of the zippy British Airlines flight might have been grateful for the quick flight, but not as grateful as anyone in the East who didn’t have to endure a solid month of cold miserable weather.  

  • Goodbye Triple R, Hello Pineapple Express

    Ever heard of the Pineapple ExpressCalifornia collects weather patterns with odd names.

    Does it have a drought? Blame the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge (Triple R). Did it just get super heavy rainfall? That's the fault of the Pineapple Express. Fortunately for the drought stricken state, the Triple R has faded and it has huge, wet Pineapples in its future.

    Triple R: the high pressure area that blocked California rainfall for two years.

    The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge was the name weathermen, starting with Daniel Swain of The California Weather Blog, gave to an obnoxious high atmospheric pressure pattern that formed off the West Coast. (A “ridge” is another name for an area of high pressure.) High pressure patterns block rainfall; think “High and Dry”. Storms veer around the high pressure areas. Normally a “High” parks off the West Coast in summer and California has a dry season. Then it drifts away and the West Coast has a rainy winter.

    In 2013 and through most of 2014, the “High” refused to leave. It blocked rainfall and California had a record-breaking drought. Storm after storm was turned away by a ridge that resisted movement. It stayed put for a ridiculous length of time, earning its Triple R name.

    This November, the ridge finally left. There is nothing blocking the rainfall. Yeah!

    Here comes an atmospheric river to pour rain on the West Coast

    Enter the Pineapple Express!

    Occasionally a long stream of tropical moisture gets steered away from the tropics. These are called atmospheric rivers. Typically these “rivers” are huge bands of water vapor, 250 to 350 miles-wide that carry as much as 300,000 tons of water. This is 7 to 15 times as much as the mouth of the Mississippi River. On any given day, these bands of water vapor account for more than 90% of the movement of tropical moisture north and south.

    The ones that usually hit the West Coast pass through Hawaii first, earning the name “Pineapple Express”. They are especially heavy when the Pacific is experiencing El Niño style warmth, like it is right now. In the past couple of years, the Triple R blocked these rivers of rain. Now, there is nothing in the way.

    The Pineapple Express is bringing abundant rain to thirsty California.

    So congratulations, California. Nothing is blocking that desperately needed rainfall. So grab your umbrella and watch out for pineapples!

     

  • A Weather Addict’s Wish List

    It’s time to make a list of wishes for gift-buying relatives and elves. What do you give a hopeless weather watcher?

    If you are like me, there are weather events you would love to see, but it is a bit hard for a present-giver to wrap up a thundersnow. For a moment, ignore reality. What are three weather gifts you wish you could get this holiday season?

    Chasing tornadoes. Insane but what a rush! SOURCE: NOAA

    Wish 3:
    A storm-chaser trip. Yes, I know that chasing tornadoes is dangerous, even when done by experts, but seeing a tornado is awesome. I’ve seen three. One when I was a child and it was scary in a cool, shivery way. I was in the car with my mother and we saw it in the distance. I was young enough that I knew Mommy would keep me safe and she did.

    The other two were last yearin a remarkable desert thunderstorm in Arizona. The area was remote enough that no people or property were damaged and the dance of clouds and wind was magnificent.

    This photo shows six rainbows. I’d settle for three. SOURCE: The Astrophysics Science Division of NASA/GFSC Credit Terje O. Nordvik

    Wish 2:
    A triple rainbow. This one is a little harder to deliver. Here in the desert, with our monsoons and clear sparkling air, double rainbows are common. I’ve only seen one or two triple rainbows. They feel like magic.

    The US Air Force, NOAA and NASA fly scientific observation planes inside hurricanes. What a ride!

    Wish 1:
    A ride with a Hurricane Hunter or NOAA flight. Since 1943, the US Air Force has conducted flights to gather information on tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic. Even though much of the current observations now come from satellites, the Air Force Hurricane Hunters, NOAA and NASA still conduct flights for the closest scientific measurements. They fly in the belly of the beast, actually entering the eye of the storm and observing development patterns. They don’t carry tourists, but if they did, (and it was affordable) I would sign up immediately.

    Now you have my crazy wish list.

    What would you wish for? This is a blog for weather lovers. What do you wish Santa would give you?

  • Freezing Weather and Thundersnow

    The only thing more spectacular than a cold spell bringing freezing temperatures to all 50 states is a cold spell that brings widespread freezes and (Boom! Sizzle!) THUNDERSNOW.

    That’s what we saw this November, a massive freeze and the rare phenomenon of thundersnow.

    A November surprise. Brrr! Credit: NOAA

    On November 17 a massive cold spell brought freezing weather to 49 states. Only Hawaii wasn’t engulfed by the cold and even that sunny state had 31°F weather on the top of Mt. Kea. The massive freeze lingered for days. As noted in my last blog, the abnormally cold polar air mass is suspended just north of us and like the sword of Damocles, it takes very little to encourage it to fall south.

    This year, however, the cold is bringing not just cold, misery and snow, but also rare thundersnows—thunderstorms that produce snow instead of rain. High winds, as strong as a tropical storm whip the land. Even worse, this weather event typically brings an additional six inches of snow. Then, when everything melts, a high risk of floods.

    Thundersnow or “white lightening” Source: National Interagency Fire Center

    Fortunately these types of storms are as rare as they are spectacular, but what causes them? The answer is almost absurda hot air sandwich.

    In a normal thunderstorm, an updraft of hot surface air streams into the colder air overhead. The moisture in the warm air freezes into ice and sleet, which is heavy enough to fall. When it drops into the warmer air below, it melts back into water and rains. Sometimes, however, the updraft catches it. The clouds become very turbulent, filled with ice, slush and droplets swirling up and down. They bump into each other, creating a static charge. (It is rather like the charge that builds up when you drag your feet on a rug,) The charges accumulate and finally spark into lightning with a thunderous crackle.

    Thundersnows are created by hot air sandwiches. The warmer air from the Great Lakes is lifted over the colder, heavier air around their shores. When the rain falls, it enters the cold air and refreezes into snow. Meanwhile, the storm overhear roars on.

    This type of weather is not only spectacular, it is rare.

    If any of you have been in a thundersnow, what was it like? Share it here, you are among weather-lovers.

  • Cutting Cold: The Sword is Back!

    Do you hear the swish of the Sword of Damocles overhead? Last winter I wrote about that ancient sword and compared it to the threat of winter cold.

    Something scary is hanging overhead! (By Richard Westall. 1812)

    Just as in the Greek legend, when a deadly sword hung suspended over Damocles throne (to remind him that with power came great danger and worry), so tremendous cold lies due north of the US. It is just waiting to crash in on us. It has already created the coldest November weather in decades. Wait until you feel it in January!

     

    The Arctic sea ice at the end of August 2014. SOURCE: National Snow and Ice Data Center

    While headlines have proclaimed that the October ocean temperatures were the warmest on record, what wasn't mentioned is that the Arctic was quite cold.

    At the end of the summer melting season, the Arctic sea ice was 1.5 million square kilometers, (579,000 sq. miles) greater than two years ago. When it is that cold in the Arctic in summer, it usually leads to a chilly winter here in the US.

    Just like Damocles’ sword, which was suspended by a horse hair, it doesn’t take much to cause that Arctic cold to drop. In October, it was a moderate volcano eruption in the northern areas of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, which changed air pressure and the pattern of the polar jet stream. This November, it was the combination of another Russian volcano and the remnants of the Pacific’s Super Typhoon Nuri. They combined to form a record-breaking storm off of Alaska, which traveled inland and encouraged the polar jet stream to drop south again. When it was over, every Canadian province and all but six US states had November snowfall.

    From powerful Alaskan storm to snowing on 44 states, it doesn’t take much to encourage Arctic air to plunge south. SOURCE: NOAA

    So keep the coats out. Like the legendary sword, sharp cold is waiting to fall on the US for the rest of this fall and winter.

  • The Huge Eruption You Are NOT Hearing About

    One of the largest eruptions in centuries in Iceland has been ongoing for months, flooding the skies with massive pollution and…. Wait! You haven’t heard of it?

    Meet the Mt. Bardarbunga/Holuhraun lava field eruption, the largest Icelandic eruption in centuries. Source: Wikipedia Courtesy of Peter Hartree

    Part of the reason for this is that it hasn’t killed or severely injured anyone. It is in an isolated area of north Iceland and doesn’t even eject ash into European air traffic like the much smaller 2010 eruption of Mt. Eyjafjallajökull.

    The other is that the eruption is taking place in an invisible and unpronounceable volcano. Mt. Bardarbunga is hidden under the Vatnajökull glacier, so most of its eruptions come out of the nearby Veidivötn and the Trollagigar fissures. Instead, this one is leaking out in the Holuhraun lava field.

    Huge amounts of pollution are pouring out of a remote eruption under an Icelandic glacier. Source: NASA

    Bardarbunga volcano started showing signs of restlessness on August 16. However, thanks to the glacier covering the area, nothing could be seen. Then on August 29, some lava finally escaped, from a nearby crack in the earth—the Holuhraun lava field. Fortunately, the eruption is very low; the largest explosion was only as high as the Statue of Liberty. So far, it is only a crack leaking lava and gas. Just in case your local newscaster doesn’t face enough tongue-twisting challenges; the only real danger from this eruption are jökulhlaups (glacier-outburst floods).

    However, it is a very huge leak. So far Bardarbunga has emitted 20,000 to 60,000 tons of SO2 per day
    (compared to all of Europe which emits 14,000 tons per day) since August. It has poured out more lava than any European eruption since the 1800s. Iceland has a huge acidic smog that hurts eyes and is causing breathing problems for the elderly and asthmatic.

    The eruption has continued for months. Source: Wikipedia, courtesy of Joschenbacher

    The eruption, thus far, has not been large enough for scientists to worry about it affecting global climate. It is adding to local cooling, smog and acid rain and some worry that the fumes will be carried further to parts of Europe. But meanwhile, no one outside of Iceland is paying much attention. One of the largest eruptions in centuries is the eruption no one has heard about.

  • Attack of the Zombie Hurricanes

    Right before Halloween, Washington and British Columbia were hit by a “Zombie Hurricane”.

    Hurricane Ana attacked the Hawaiian Islands, died out and then its remains made a U-Turn and stormed the Pacific Northwest. Aloha!

    Hawaiian Hurricane Ana before it became a “zombie”.

    Lately weather watchers have playfully started calling the still dangerous remnants of tropical storms “zombies”. The problem is that a hurricane may lose its name, its structure and even its place on National Hurricane Center tracking maps, but remain dangerously strong, even deadly. The hurricanes may have died, but as long as the remnants travel over relatively warm water, they still have a lot of energy and flooding rainfall.

    1991’s Perfect Storm (Officially the Unnamed Hurricane) was a zombie that came back to life. Image credit: NOAA

    This year, the Atlantic was so hot that we saw two “zombies” cross the ocean and hit Europe ‒ the remnants of Bertha in August and Gonzalo in October. The warm Gulf Stream carries tropical waters across the North Atlantic, providing a “zombie” playground for dead and dying tropical storms. Indeed, the infamous Halloween Storm of 1991 (famously known as the Perfect Storm that sank the Andrea Gail and historically listed as the Unnamed Hurricane) was a zombie that turned back into a hurricane off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Normally the Northeast Pacific is too cold for this to happen. The California Current, carries Alaskan waters south, chilling the entire region. However, this year, warm El Niño conditions have pushed so much warm water north that a rare Pacific event hit the West Coast. The Central Pacific Hurricane Ana swept past Hawaii. Then the notorious Pineapple Express, the stream of moisture that occasionally brings tropical rain and weather from Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest, grabbed the remnants of Ana and took it for a ride. The hot West Coast waters, kept the remnants dangerously strong.

    Zombie Ana drenches the Pacific Northwest. NCEP

    The storm drenched the region. It flooded some areas but did little damage. Its last moisture reached as far inland as Montana. You know the weather is turning weird when Montana and Southern Alberta get rain from Hawaii! Aloha, indeed.

  • Doing It Right! The Good News

    For the news, “If it bleeds, it leads.” That’s why you seldom hear the good news. Here’s some good news: Bermuda was hit by two, (yes two!) hurricanes.

    Huh? The hurricanes hit in a single week and Bermuda came out of it with no deaths, little damage and very little blood. The tiny tropical paradise is amazingly tough.

    October has been a rough month for Bermuda. On October 12, Tropical Storm Fay slammed the island with 61 – 82 mph winds. It ripped up trees, roofs and telephone poles, destroyed some boats and left 36,000 customers in the dark. As it sailed away, the island learned that another hurricane was coming. The nation raced to clean up, so that the next storm wouldn’t hurl debris like missiles.

    On October 17, Hurricane Gonzalo arrived. Once a massive Category 4, it had simmered down to a Category 2 before ripping the island with 113 mph winds. Power went out again and roofs and trees were damaged. Almost all the roads were left impassable due to fallen branches.

    The result: About a million dollars damage, a few injuries, no deaths, not even in the zoo, where a roof went missing. By the next day, two thirds of the power was up, roads were clear and everyone was busy with repairs. It takes more than two hurricanes to disrupt a determined paradise.

    The Atlantic was busy in mid-October. Source: NASA

    The secret of success is that Bermuda is covered with pretty candy-colored concrete bunkers. The homes may look like English cottages but the island government has been very strict with building codes that ensure homes can withstand sustained winds of at least 110 mph. Everyone was prepared. The preparations paid off in lives and property protection. (As someone who was on the island when a Category 1 storm hit, I can testify that the island does an amazing job of keeping tourists safe and happy during the hurricanes.)

    The island is wealthy and has used its wealth to keep its people protected. This doesn’t make headlines.

    Pink beaches and practical people Source: Wikimedia

    But it should. Congratulations Bermuda.

    Do you have any stories to share about your area’s storm preparation or recovery? Is anyone else in an area that does it right?

  • Early Snow—Cold Winter?

    Chicago, the windy—errr, snowycity, was hit by snow during the first week of October. That’s the earliest snowfall since World War II!

    For those of us who still shiver when we hear the words “Polar Vortex”, the early cold makes us worry that there will be a repeat of the frigid misery of last winter. Is there another Arctic blast waiting to freeze us again this winter.


     

    Brrrr! Is this the future?

    (As faithful readers of The Old Farmer’s Almanac know, their staff has answered “yes.” In the words of Editor Janice Stillman, "Think of it as a refriger-nation.")

    The problem is that the Arctic is unusually cold. Fortunately, it is not as cold as last year, which had the coldest winter ever recorded, but still very chilly. It has been so cold that, by the end of August, there was 1.5 million square kilometers more sea ice than there was back in 2012. (It sounds so impressive in metrics!) That’s 579,000 sq. miles to Americans. This is less ice than we saw in the 1970s, when satellite measurements began, but it is impressive regrowth.

    There is 1.5 million sq. km more sea ice in the Arctic than back in 2012. Source ‒ National Snow and Ice Data Center

    Some scientists point out that there is a strong possibility of an El Niño this winter. That normally creates warm winter weather. Unfortunately, even if the event occurs, most scientists expect a weak to moderate event. When that happens, the warm Pacific waters warm the West and cold Arctic air plunges deep into the Midwest and East. Remember last winter, when the US weather had a split personality. An El Niño would repeat that weather split.

    A weak El Niño would allow cold Arctic temperatures to drop into the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states as well as Eastern Canada. Source: NOAA

    So, regard these early autumn snows as a warning. It’s time to get out the coats and mittens.

    To get winter predictions for your area, pick up your copy of the 2015 Almanac!

  • FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Virginia
    Emergency preparedness exercise scheduled for Surry Power Station

    PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Surry Power Station.  The exercise will occur during the week of February 9th to test the ability of the Commonwealth of Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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  • FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Pennsylvania

    Emergency preparedness exercise scheduled for the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station

     

    PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station.  The exercise will occur during the week of October 21st to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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  • FEMA Region III Promotes Action for America's PrepareAthon!

    PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region III office in Philadelphia is encouraging the whole community to take action to prepare! It’s the end of National Preparedness Month and time to move from awareness to action on National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30th.

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  • FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Virginia

    Emergency preparedness exercise scheduled for the North Anna Power Station

    PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the North Anna Power Station.  The exercise will occur during the week of July 7th to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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  • FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Pennsylvania and West Virginia

    Emergency preparedness exercise scheduled for the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station

    PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station. The exercise will occur during the week of June 16th, 2014 to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of West Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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  • Federal Aid Programs for the State of Maryland Declaration

    Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Maryland.

    Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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  • President Declares Disaster for Maryland

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Maryland to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a snowstorm during the period of February 12-13, 2014.

    The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Baltimore, Carroll, and Howard counties.

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  • FEMA Region III Promotes Pet Preparedness in April

    PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its regional office in Philadelphia has kicked off the 2014 Petpared Initiative to encourage pet owners to be more resilient in the face of disasters. 

    The goal of the Petpared Initiative is to increase the number of citizens who understand the hazards that are most relevant to their family and pets; know the corresponding protective actions to take, and to encourage everyone to practice a real-time action to increase their preparedness.

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  • FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Pennsylvania and Maryland

    PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station.  The exercise will occur during the week of April 7th to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Maryland to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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  • Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Emergency Declaration

    Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's emergency disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    Assistance for the Commonwealth and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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  • President Obama Signs Pennsylvania Emergency Declaration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to supplement the commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a Severe Winter Storm on February 4, 2014, and continuing.

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  • FEMA Continues to Support Response Efforts in West Virginia

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on site in Charleston, W.Va., and through its regional office in Philadelphia, Pa., continues to work in close coordination with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to support state and local efforts to ensure public health and safety, in response to emergency conditions resulting from a chemical spill in Charleston on Thursday.

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  • Signing Off

    Because of time constraints, I will not be able to continue this blog. I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts with you over the months. Please continue to gather your emergency preparations and your food storage--the Lord has said that if we are prepared, then we shall not fear. God bless your efforts! Please check back from time to time, perhaps someone else will be able to continue posting.--Prepped
  • Preparedness On A Budget
    The Preparedness Pro has a great post on Preparedness On A Budget. She really knows her stuff as she eats, sleeps and drinks being prepared, and has been doing research on it for many years. She also teaches a variety of preparedness classes (she lives in Utah). If you want to start preparing for emergencies, give her post a try, she has some good ideas!
  • Preparing
    One topic of emergency preparedness that most people don't want to consider is exercise. You may have your food storage, your first aid kit and your 72 hour kit, but if you have to leave your home on foot with your backpack on your back, you need to be ready physically. Walking is a good way to get some aerobic exercise, especially good for your heart. Walking can be done alone, with a friend, a dog, or with family. A comfortable pair of shoes is all the "special" equipment you will need.

    Last spring I was down for 10 weeks with bronchial problems, going to the doctor several times, and the emergency room, too. After I felt better I realized that my balance was not good. I found that walking fixed the problem in no time, especially walking on uneven ground.

    When my boys were young I found that taking them for a walk opened communication. When my boys were little we never went for walks, but "adventures," which they always ended up being. When my boys were teenagers they grew to be 6' 8" tall. My younger son especially, would walk fast with a long stride, and he talked even faster. Keeping up with him was a real challenge and got my heart rate cranked up. We would discuss things that were on on their minds, and they could sort out and solve their problems.

    Walking can be done anywhere, although it is more fun on the beach or in the forest. Once you are comfortable with walking at a good clip, then add ankle weights or a light day pack. Increase the weight every couple of weeks, and before you know it you will have lost a few pounds, and firmed up and toned your body. It won't take long and you will be able to carry your 72 hour kit/backpack for long distances.
  • Lifeboat Rations
    I have been needing to make a emergency car kit and decided it was time to get it done. I have been concerned about what type of food it should contain that I could leave in the car all year round--even through our 110'+ summers (a locked car gets even hotter). I went through my huge 4 inch binder of emergency preparedness information that I have collected over the years and found a comment that was after a post. I believe the post was on survivalistblog, with the comment made by anonymous. The answer to my food dilemma is lifeboat rations. I just Googled "lifeboat rations" and there was a list of places that had them. They will withstand the extremes of hot and cold, which will cover just about anyplace. Most are said to be tasty and cookie-like, and full of calories, which is what is needed. They are pricey, but will last 5 years, I think well worth the insurance against an emergency.
  • Food Storage
    The Survivoristblog has an interesting list of seven websites where you can learn more about food storage here. There is a food storage calculator (ie--how many people in the family equals this much food storage), ways to start purchasing, ten ways to build it up, and videos.

    While these are good, the links we have on our side-bar are good, too. I especially like the network of: "Food Storage Made Easy" with their baby steps; "The Food Storage Shopper" who shows you how to get the most food storage for your money; and, "Everyday Food Storage" where she shows you how to make the tastiest food from stored items.
  • Great News from Bill
    Great News!
    After two years COSTCO has brought back Kirkland Signature Roast Beef in Beef Broth, 12oz. can, 4pack for $8.99= $2.2475 per can, Fat Free and Fully Cooked. Made from Top and Bottom Round cuts of beef. Previously they were from Argentina or Brazil; now they are from USA.

    This is a wonderful item to have in your Food Storage and also for daily use. I use them in stew, soup, tacos, burritos, sandwiches, Broccoli Beef, and many other recipes calling for beef chunks. They also shred beautifully for BBQ Beef Sandwiches.

    Hopefully they will keep them in stock for a long time so I can buy a good supply.

    Nutritional Facts:
    Serving Size 2 ounces Serving per Container: About 4
    Calories: 80
    Calories from Fat: 15
    Total Fat 1.5 g 2%
    Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
    Cholesterol 40mg 13%
    Sodium 180mg 8%
    Carbohydrates 0g 0%
    Protein 15g
    Vit. A, C, Calcium 0%
    Iron 6%

    [I concur that this is a good product, I will be stocking up, too!--Prepped]
  • Medical Journal
    It's important to keep track of your, and your family's, medical history, especially for children and the elderly. You never know when a medical crisis will happen. Children are required to have certain shots to be able to attend school. The elderly may live out of town and you may not know what medications they are taking and who their doctors are. If you have one notebook to keep all of the information in, it will bless you when the need-to-know arises. A medical journal will help hospital staff in the event of an emergency, when your mind may not be clear with the answers that are needed. But, if you have written down the information and placed it into a binder, then assistance is in-hand. A binder is easy and quick to grab and take it with you. With a binder, it is easy to insert new pages when necessary. Have everyone in the family understand what the journal is and what it is for, even children will understand the importance. What do you include in a medical journal? Many things. This is just a partial list. Post a comment if you would like to add more.

    --doctor appointments
    --doctor's information (address and phone number of primary care giver, eye doctor, hearing doctor, dentist)
    --prescriptions, vitamins and supplements
    --emergency info
    --biographical data
    --insurance info
    --basic tests reading
    --surgeries
    --hospital stays
    --chronic health problems
    --illnesses
    --injuries
    --family health history
    --medical contacts
    --organ donor
    --blood group
    --allergies
    --medical needs
  • Buying Metals For Tough Times
    Have you been buying, or thinking of buying, gold or silver for "tough times? I had thought about it, and read where you could collect dimes that were 90% silver, if you could find those with dates of 1964 or earlier. That was when the government started sandwiching copper in the middle. I was disappointed that I was way too late to find many of these more valuable dimes in the change that I'd get at the store. James Wesley, Rawles (author of "Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse" and is the editor of SurvivalBlog.com) said, "In February, 2010 it was announced that the Obama administration had endorsed a change in the metal composition of pennies and nickels." So, that means that the base metal in our current nickles will become more valuable. If you are interested in knowing more about this, go to Prepare To Survive In California's blog to read what James had to say. This is the time to stock up on nickles, before they disappear.
  • Brain-Freeze
    Remember eating ice cream and getting a "brain-freeze" or instant headache from the cold treat? That's not the brain-freeze I'm talking about. This one is about automatically and immediately responding to certain circumstances. This is part of preparing for emergencies. After you are faced with an emergency is not the time to get a book out to read about what to do. It is good training to visualize your responses to emergencies way before you are faced with them. The Preparedness Pro has a great post on this subject that I wanted to share with you.

    There is a book called, "Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things," by Laurence Gonzales, that explains how we often don't realize that we are in danger even when we see it. Mr. Gonzales also has another book along the same line called, "Deep Survival." One example he gives of this phenomenon in the second book, is where a skier is skiing down a slope and touches off an avalanche. His three buddies are at the bottom of the mountain. They see the avalanche coming down towards them and two ski away. The third one just stands there, on his skis, and watches the avalanche. It reaches the man, covers him with snow and kills him. The question Mr. Gonzales answers is why did two leave and the one not. These books can be a real eye-opener. We need to practice so our bodies will instinctively react in our best interest.
  • Shrinking Products
    Have you noticed how products at the market are shrinking? I have used recipes that I have had for many years that called for a 16 ounce can of something, but today they only sell 14 ounce cans. Recently, I bought a 6-pack of paper towels, thinking that I was getting the better deal. Not so--there were fewer sheets per roll. Toilet paper is now thinner width-wise (unless you buy a special huge roll), and yesterday I was thinking that the toilet paper "squares" are even shorter. Sometimes I will buy a box of food, but the inner bag is much smaller than the box, when it used to be full. We won't even go into cost increases! We may need to re-think some of our year's supply of various items to make sure these smaller products will actually cover our 365 days of needs.
  • Ready?
    Do you have enough food to last a week or two in an emergency? One would expect that people in snow country would keep plenty of food on hand, just in case a big snowstorm blew in (which happens every year). Apparently not, according to one blogger. Miss Celie, in Baltimore, Maryland, stopped at the store on her way home from work--see what she found! I think the majority of people there aren't prepared for emergencies. It's the same thing where hurricanes are common--the stores are cleaned out just before the bad weather hits. I urge everyone to stock up so that you would have enough food to last at least two weeks, for emergency purposes.

    [Picture is from Miss Celie's blog].
  • Free Emergency Ebook
    I'm always trying to learn new things about being prepared. M.D. Cheekmore, of the Survivalist Blog, has a free ebook [it takes a few seconds to load] called, "It's The End Of The World As We Know It And I Feel Fine." Don't be put off by the name as it is "A Quick and Dirty Guide to Survival Planning." It covers the basics that you need for getting through emergency situations. Cheekmore is way ahead of me in being prepared and his knowledge is vast, covering many different aspects of preparedness. Some things may seem way out there for some, but he covers a multitude of topics. He also has guest writers that cover various topics.

    Cheekmore also has a weekly post on Saturdays, where he says what he has done for the week to be more prepared, and asks readers what they have done to prep. It is interesting to read what people are buying, making and doing to be prepared for emergencies. It helps me to broaden my view as to what I could be doing.
  • Football Season Ticket Renewals Now Available
    WVU football season ticket Renewals Now Available
  • Time Announced For Gold-Blue Spring Game
    West Virginia University will hold the annual Gold-Blue Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.
  • WVU's Outbound Ticket Sales Staff Honored
    WVU's new outbound ticket sales recognized.
  • Big 12 Announces Concussion Policy
    A comprehensive concussion policy is adopted by the Big 12.
  • Barber Wins Curtis Jones Jr. Award
    Barber Wins Second Annual Curtis Jones Jr. Award
  • 2015 MAC Annual Fund Campaign is Underway
    The MAC 2015 Annual Fund Campaign is off to a great start.
  • Former Mountaineer Establishes Scholarship
    The Marc Bulger Foundation Athletic Scholarship has been established.
  • 250 Named to Fall Big 12 Honor Roll
    The conference recognizes all student-athletes with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Mountaineer Insider
    This week's inside look at WVU sports.
  • Football Blog: Highs and Lows of Recruiting
    The highs and lows of signing day.
  • Holgorsen Media Conference: Signing Day
    Holgorsen Media Conference: Signing Day
  • 2015 Signing Day Central
    2015 signing day central.
The Upshur Connection
January 2, 2015

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WV Scholar Program Announced

February 5, 2015

The 2015 West Virginia Scholar program is officially underway, and high school juniors can apply now through April 10, 2015 for the chance at winning a full scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College. The West Virginia Scholar program offers one high school junior the chance to win a full, fo... FULL STORY

Sports >>

W.Va. State Park Golf Courses are Calling!

February 25, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Even though snow covers the ground and the temperatures are still low, now is a good time to clean up the golf clubs and buy a season pass to West Virginia State Parks golf courses. “Golf is lifetime pursuit that can be played by those who are young o... FULL STORY

Entertainment >>

Buckhannon Chamber Orchestra Prepares for Spring

February 23, 2015

Members of the Buckhannon Chamber Orchestra will soon begin rehearsals for their annual spring concert. Local musicians who play violin, viola, cello, or bass are welcome to join the group. The rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 on the top floor of the education buildin... FULL STORY

Opinion >>

Common Sense Needed

February 27, 2015

By Michael J. Martirano, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Common sense is the key to effective decision making. This is true when it comes to the West Virginia Next Generation Standards. These standards guide the work of teachers as they help our children learn and thrive and prepare them... FULL STORY

Business >>

SBA Announces Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show

February 26, 2015

Expands My Brother’s Keeper with national college tour throughout 2015 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration kicks off the Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The road show, which is a national tour of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), will engage ... FULL STORY

Arts and Literature >>

CLASSES AT ARTISTRY ON MAIN - MARCH 2015

February 18, 2015

CLASSES AT ARTISTRY ON MAIN - MARCH 2015 NOTE: ALL CLASSES ARE TAUGHT AT ARTISTRY ON MAIN, 27 E. MAIN ST., BUCKHANNON, WV 304-460-2505 ALL STUDENTS (EXCEPT STARVING ARTISTS CLASSES) SIGN UP AT ARTISTRY Starving Artists Classes are held most Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm at Artistry on Ma... FULL STORY

Politics >>

Gov. Tomblin Signs SB237

February 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed Senate Bill 237, creating Captive Cervid Farming Act: "I have great respect for the significant economic impact hunting has in West Virginia, with more than 350,000 hunters helping to create more than 5,000 jobs and generate nearly $270 million for... FULL STORY

Living >>

Morrisey Warns Parents of Predator Email Scams

February 26, 2015

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warns parents to be on alert if they receive an email notification disguised as an alert of a child predator in the area. Emails claiming to be a “community safety” alert have been circulating throughout the state and nation. The alert appears to ... FULL STORY

Travel >>

Adventure Advisory: St. Patrick's Day Preview

February 25, 2015

The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit it... FULL STORY

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

    FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, “Ways to Go,” was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

    FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


  • Partial list of Oscar winners

    Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Partial list of winners at Sunday's 86th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


  • QUICKQUOTE: JENNIFER LOPEZ

    Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)"As you can see, I read the memo." — Jennifer Lopez, her dress baring just a single shoulder and a single leg, as she commented on the wardrobe guidelines CBS issued to Grammy performers.


  • Netflix's 'House of Cards' returns in full for 3rd season

    In this image released by Netflix, Kevin Spacey, left, and Michael Kelly appear in a scene from "House of Cards." The third season of the political drama will be available on Netflix on Friday Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Netflix)NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Kelly did everything he could to stay under the radar.


  • Harrison Ford to reprise role in 'Blade Runner' sequel

    FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, Harrison Ford arrives at the premiere of "The Expendables 3" at TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in a sequel to the dystopian, neo-noir “Blade Runner,” over 31 years after the film first premiered, Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Production on the film will begin in the summer of 2016. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in a sequel to the dystopian, neo-noir "Blade Runner," more than 31 years after the film first premiered.


  • $150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars reported stolen

    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Oscars wearing a dress made of pearls at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Los Angeles sheriff's detectives are investigating the theft of the $150,000 custom Calvin Klein dress worn by Nyong'o at the 2015 Academy Awards. The dress was reported stolen from Nyong'o's West Hollywood hotel room late on Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The theft of a $150,000 pearl-covered gown worn by Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars doesn't surprise Hollywood stylists who have personally experienced the seedy side of red carpet fashion.


  • Kanye West apologizes to Beck for Grammy verbal attack

    Winner for Album Of The Year, Beck (in background), reacts as Kanye West leaves the stage during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles, February 8, 2015Hip-hop star Kanye West apologized to Beck after he loudly objected to the alternative rocker winning the Grammy for Album of the Year. "I would like to publicly apologize to Beck. I'm sorry Beck," West wrote on Twitter on Thursday. The statements of contrition come after West stole some of the limelight at the Grammys on February 8 by questioning the surprise honor for Beck's "Morning Phase," a melancholy album driven by acoustic guitar and strings.


  • TV audience increases as O'Reilly faces criticism of work
    NEW YORK (AP) — More viewers have tuned in to watch Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly as he faces criticism for some of his past reporting.
  • Lesbian kiss on Korean drama sparks debate

    An unprecedented lesbian kiss between two high school students on a popular South Korean TV drama has fuelled a debate about portrayals of sexuality in a rapidly modernising society with deeply conservative rootsAn unprecedented lesbian kiss between two high school students on a popular South Korean TV drama has fuelled a debate about portrayals of sexuality in a rapidly modernising society with deeply conservative roots. The broadcast and internet regulatory body, the Korea Communications Standards Commission, said Friday it had received complaints about the scene which aired on Wednesday's episode of "Seonam Girls High School Investigators." "We will decide whether this is an issue after we look into it, and whether there is any violation of broadcast policy," the commission said in a statement. Homosexuality is not illegal in South Korea, but carries a significant social stigma, with few openly gay public figures. A few have experimented with gay characters, and just this month there was a kissing scene between two male actors in the drama "Kill Me, Heal Me." But the "Seonam Girls High School Investigators" scene was the first of its kind between two female characters, and so caused something of a stir.


  • Kanye West tweets apology to Beck for Grammys disruption

    FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Rihanna, left, and Kanye West perform at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. West is saying he’s sorry to Beck on Twitter. The 37-year-old incendiary hip-hop artist took to Twitter on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, to publicly apologize to the 44-year-old musician who won four trophies at the 57th annual Grammy Awards earlier this month. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West is saying he's sorry to Beck on Twitter.


  • Married actors Kodjoe, Parker to host Fox talk show tryout

    FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, Nicole Ari Parker, left, and Boris Kodjoe, attend a screening of "Addicted," in New York. Kodjoe and Parker will be playing themselves on television in "The Boris and Nicole Show" this summer. The married actors will host a talk show airing on Fox-owned stations in several markets, the station group said Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker will be playing themselves on TV this summer.


  • Pirates work on improving all-around baserunning
    Clint Hurdle has prioritized improved baserunning in 2015, so the Pirates spent a lot of time on Thursday working on the dirt-ball drill.
  • Cervelli makes strong early impression at camp
    The 2015 Pirates could be a star-making vehicle again, with Francisco Cervelli among the candidates for a breakthrough season.
  • McCutchen declares Pirates' outfield baseball's best
    Andrew McCutchen believes he is the leader of baseball's best outfield, disagreeing with his buddy, Matt Kemp, who made a case for his trio in San Diego.
  • Hurdle looking to rest McCutchen more this season?
    One reason Clint Hurdle is stoked about his reloaded, amped bench is obvious. Any manager loves engaging in baseball's chess match with more pieces on his board. Another reason is more subtle, longer range -- rest for Andrew McCutchen.
  • Nutting: Expectations for Bucs higher in 2015
    In making his annual Spring Training address, it has always been Pirates club chairman Bob Nutting's intent and duty to look at the roomful of players through rose-colored glasses, to pump them up enthusiastically for the coming season. To talk a good game, as it were.
  • Pirates unveil new spring clubhouse facilities
    The Bucs' Spring Training base since 1969 received a $6.5 million facelift, centered by a plush, spacious locker room area and functional spaces that simply were nonexistent previously.
  • Kang, Mercer take field for first full-squad workout
    Under the scrutiny of the eyes and camera lenses of a dozen and a half media members from South Korea, shortstops Jung Ho Kang and Jordy Mercer on Tuesday took Pirate City's Field No. 1 for the team's first full-squad workout.
  • Pirates have set core early on
    When Pirates position players "reported" on Monday -- it has already been a full house for days -- they knew exactly to which positions to report. The core of this Pittsburgh team is set, more so than it has been for many years.
  • Pirates announce PNC Park improvements for 2015
    The Pirates announced four new areas for fans to congregate and toast the action on the field, without having to miss a single play. Three of the enhancements will be accessible to fans in general seating areas. Additionally, a 1,600-square-foot meeting center is being added to the park's administration building.
  • Hurdle sees rest of roster hungry to join pitchers, catchers
    Position players are about to hit the mainstream -- after one more down day, for the requisite physicals -- and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle can virtually hear them champing at the bits.
  • Taillon sees light at the end of Tommy John rehab tunnel
    When time came for the all-important PFP (pitchers fielding practice), Jameson Taillon jumped in with his Group C brethren. Otherwise, he was an outsider on Sunday. While the others were throwing in the bullpen, Taillon was recovering from Tommy John surgery. The righty has been doing that since April 10, the day after his elbow ligament replacement operation. And on Day 319 of the recovery, he beamed over the progress he has made and how he felt.
  • Not big on utility, Harrison earns top billing at third
    During Josh Harrison's first three nomadic seasons, as he went about changing positions more often than a yoga instructor, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle went out of his way to compliment him with comparisons to notably versatile predecessors. If the skipper, who was only trying to make nice, only knew how much the characterization chafed Harrison.
  • Smith honored by Lending Hearts
    Former Steelers DE Aaron Smith was honored for making a difference for kids fighting forms of cancer.
  • Moats: ‘I love this organization’
    LB Arthur Moats is hoping to remain with the Steelers.
  • Rapid Roundup - Thursday
    Here is your Thursday edition of Rapid Roundup.
  • Asked and Answered: Feb. 26
    Another installment of Bob Labriola answering your questions about the Steelers and the NFL.
  • Bettis: 'It changed my life'
    A summer job made a difference in Jerome Bettis’ life and he is hoping to help make a difference in the lives of youth in Pittsburgh.
  • Villanueva fires up local students
    Steelers music was blaring, black and gold was everywhere, and the energy level was high at a Fuel Up To Play 60 assembly at Banksville Elementary.
  • Rapid Roundup - Wednesday
    Here is your Wednesday edition of Rapid Roundup.
  • Steelers Nation Radio: What's On Today
    Steelers Nation Radio brings you comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • STEELERS-BY-POSITION: Tackles
    Another in a series looking at the Steelers in advance of the March 10 start of free agency.
  • Every team can use another CB
    There is no such thing in today's NFL as a team with too many good cornerbacks.
  • McCain: ‘My personality, I am a fighter’
    CB Brice McCain showed what 'next man up' is all about last season.
  • Rapid Roundup - Tuesday
    Here is your Tuesday edition of Rapid Roundup.
  • Marcus Lattimore, David Wilson injury updates
    In today's Three and Out: the recoveries of Marcus Lattimore and David Wilson take different turns.
  • Frank Gore expected to lose carries in 2014
    In today's Three and Out: The Niners could begin using less of Frank Gore; the Packers want to use more of Eddie Lacy.
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis fighting for roster spot?
    In today's Three and Out: BenJarvus Green-Ellis could be out of a job; Malcom Floyd is happy to get back to his job.
  • Dwayne Bowe getting fit for 2014
    In today's Three and Out: A veteran receiver is working his way back into shape while a rookie receiver is working his way into a starting job.
  • Packers’ offense wants 75 plays per game
    In today's Three and Out: The Packers want to be even more up-tempo in 2014; a pair of quarterbacks say they're feeling good and ready for the season.
  • Bills want Bryce Brown to grow into a lead back
    In today's Three and Out: Bryce Brown could be the running back of the future for the Bills, but what's his stock in 2014?
  • Andre Johnson’s ideal fantasy landing spots
    In today's Three and Out: If the Texans trade Andre Johnson, where is his ideal fantasy landing spot? And what should we make of Dwayne Allen's return to the Colts?
  • Aaron Dobson optimistic for training camp return
    In today's Three and Out: Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson is optimistic about being fully healthy in time for training camp.
  • Denver Broncos’ offense to be even better in 2014?
    In today's Three and Out: Will the Broncos offense be better in 2014, and just how much will the Raiders run the ball?
  • LeSean McCoy: Nick Foles “blows it away” this year
    In today's Three and Out: LeSean McCoy believes this is the season that Nick Foles "blows it away."
  • Chris Johnson: Timeshare ‘won’t be an issue’
    In today's Three and Out: The Jets say Chris Johnson will be in a timeshare ... Johnson disagrees.
  • Bernard Pierce could lead Ravens RB committee
    In today's Three and Out: The Ravens are preparing for life with a running back rotation; Eric Ebron has a steep learning curve in Detroit.
  • Uruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again?
    Uruguay is moving on. Italy is out of the World Cup after a 1-0 loss. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez apparently bit an opponent again.
  • Report: Heat forward LeBron James to opt out of deal, become free agent
    Get ready for the Decision, Part II. LeBron James is opting out of his contract with the Heat, and will become a free agent.
  • NBA Mock Draft: Another change at the top
    Just when you thought the NBA draft pecking order was starting to get predictable, Joel Embiid shakes it up.
  • Mexico beats Cameroon, advances to knockout round
    After a tough 2013, Mexico completed its magical turnaround by taking down Croatia 3-1 and advancing out of Group A.
  • World Cup analysis: Costa Rica-England
  • Report: Bulls offer Gibson, Snell, picks for Love
  • What to expect from U.S. against Germany
    On Monday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl discusses the disappointing end to the US vs. Portugal game and USMNT's strategy heading into their match against Germany.
  • Mexico tops Croatia, advances out of group
  • O's Davis walks off White Sox with pinch-hit HR
    Chris Davis had been scuffling, and with lefty Chris Sale on the mound, it was a perfect night for the Orioles first baseman to ride the pine. He didn’t get the entire night off, however. Manager Buck Showalter called his number in the bottom of the ninth, and Davis delivered a walk-off three-run homer.
  • MLB Power Rankings: Terrible week for Rockies
    Another week, another first-place finish for the Athletics, who once again grabbed all seven votes for the top spot. Hard on their heels are the Brewers, who jumped from fifth to second, pushing the Giants down to third place. The Angels remained at No. 4, with the resurgent Cardinals rounding out the top-five.
  • R&A asks members to allow women to join
  • Twin U.S. Opens at Pinehurst just the start of men's-women's doubleheaders
  • Notebook: Louis Oosthuizen's back better, still unable to practice much
  • Swinging Skirts bring colorful style to USA with LPGA event in California
  • Four tied at Cadillac Championship after windblown second day at Doral
  • Chesson Hadley wins Puerto Rico Open for his first PGA Tour title
  • Donald Trump and renovated Blue Monster sharing spotlight this week
  • Russell Henley hopes to deal with his success much better this time around
  • Notebook: Field strength unaffected by switch to wraparound season
  • Patrick Rodgers, top-ranked amateur of Stanford, to turn pro after NCAAs
  • Play Bigger Research Uncovers 11 "Super-Unicorns"
    Today, Play Bigger Advisors unveiled The Play Bigger Time to Market Cap 100 List. After a comprehensive data-science research effort, Play Bigger has ranked the U.S. technology companies that are growing ...
  • Bio-Rad Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Financial Results
    Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. and , a global provider of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, announced financial results today for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, ...
  • Monkey Cage: Biased interpretations of science? Liberals do it, too.
    Conservatives disregard evidence about climate change and evolution. Liberals disregard evidence about nuclear power and fracking.
  • Research and Markets: Molecular Weight Marker Market by Products, Type, Application, & End User - Global Forecast to ...
    Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Molecular Weight Marker Market by Products, Type, Appli
  • Biophysicist receives EliteForsk Award 2015
    ( Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen ) Biophysics professor Lene Oddershede of the University of Copenhagen's Niels Bohr Institute at the Faculty of Science will receive an EliteForsk Award -- Denmark's largest public research award -- on Thursday, Feb. 26. Lene Oddershede's work mainly focuses on an interdisciplinary research domain where physics, biology and medicine merge. Among ...
  • Transparency Market Research: The Life Science Microscopy Devices Market Surges Due to Academic Research and Spending
    Transparency Market Research added new report "Life Science Microscopy Devices Market (Devices: Optical, Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopes; Life Science Applications - Cell Biology, Clinical/Pathology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Volume, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020" to their data store. (PRWeb ...
  • NanoString Technologies Releases Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results and Provides 2015 Outlook
    SEATTLE -- NanoString Technologies, Inc. , a provider of life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostic products, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ...
  • Research and Markets: Polarization of Science Through Science Centres: A Case Study of Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai
    Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Polarization of Science Through Science Centres: A Case
  • Research shows Asian herb holds promise as treatment for Ebola virus disease
    New research that focuses on the mechanism by which Ebola virus infects a cell and the discovery of a promising drug therapy candidate is being published Feb. 27, 2015, in the journal Science.
  • Life Science Microscopy Devices Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Volume, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast ...
    LONDON, Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Microscopes have enabled researchers to conduct in-depth academic and exploratory research. Increasing interest in life science areas such as nanoscience, and pharmacology ...
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  • New NASA Earth Science Missions Expand View of Our Home Planet
    Four new NASA Earth-observing missions are collecting data from space – with a fifth newly in orbit – after the busiest year of NASA Earth science launches in more than a decade.
  • NASA Spacecraft Prepares for March 12 Launch to Study Earth’s Dynamic Magnetic Space Environment
    Final preparations are underway for the launch of NASA’s quartet of Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft, which constitute the first space mission dedicated to the study of magnetic reconnection. This fundamental process occurs throughout the universe where magnetic fields connect and disconnect with an explosive release of energy.
  • NASA Offers Space Tech Grants to Early Career University Faculty
    NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific high-priority areas of interest to America's space program.
  • UPDATE -- NASA Reschedules MMS Briefing to 3 p.m. EST Feb. 25
    NASA has rescheduled to 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 25, a briefing on an upcoming mission to study magnetic reconnection around the Earth, a fundamental process that occurs throughout the universe where magnetic fields connect and disconnect explosively releasing energy.
  • NASA Briefing to Discuss First Spacecraft Arrival at a Dwarf Planet
    NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will host a briefing at noon EST (9 a.m. PST) Monday, March 2, to discuss the March 6 arrival of the agency’s Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres. The news briefing, held at JPL’s von Karman Auditorium at 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, California, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website.
  • NASA Hosts Media Briefing on Mission to Study Dynamic Magnetic System Around Earth
    NASA will hold a media briefing at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 25, to discuss an upcoming mission to study magnetic reconnection around Earth, a fundamental process throughout the universe where magnetic fields connect and disconnect explosively releasing energy.
  • Jurczyk Named Head of NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate
    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Steve Jurczyk as the agency's Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate, effective Monday, March 2. The directorate is responsible for innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use on future NASA missions.
  • NASA Briefing to Highlight Early Results from New Earth Science Missions
    Over the past 12 months NASA has added five missions to its orbiting Earth-observing fleet – the biggest one-year increase in more than a decade. NASA scientists will discuss early observations from the new missions and their current status during a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 26.
  • NASA, ESA Telescopes Give Shape to Furious Black Hole Winds
    NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA’s (European Space Agency) XMM-Newton telescope are showing that fierce winds from a supermassive black hole blow outward in all directions -- a phenomenon that had been suspected, but difficult to prove until now.
  • Media Invited to Boeing Commercial Crew Access Tower Groundbreaking
    Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) will mark the start of construction of the Commercial Crew access tower at Space Launch Complex 41(SLC-41) on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 2:30 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 20. Media are invited to tour operations and attend the formal groundbreaking event.
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  • New movies in theaters for the weekend of February 27
    “The Lazarus Effect”
  • Blockbusters: Can EEGs predict a movie's success better than surveys?
    Seventy-five percent of movies earn a net loss during their run in theaters. A new study finds that brain activity visible through EEG measures may be a much cheaper and more accurate way to predict the commercial success of movies.
  • Movies reviewed in brief: "A la Mala,” "Maps to the Stars”
    Julianne Moore in “Maps to the Stars.” Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality/nudity and language. Theaters: Mall of America, Southdale.
  • Best-picture nod for 'Selma' caps big year for black women
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three black women released movies in 2014, more than ever before in a single year. And one of them is a contender for the motion picture academy's top prize.
  • Five for Families: ‘McFarland’ a ‘must-see’ family film
    Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider, as recommended by the Deseret News Features...
  • Fifty Shades of Grey Box Office Already Tops 7 Best Picture Nominees Combined
    In light of the glaring disconnect between the movies celebrated at the Academy Awards, and the movies that people actually pay money to see, the critique that the Oscars are out of touch seems more valid than ever.
  • Will Smith enters a new phase, learns to 'quiet the warrior'
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Things started to come into focus for Will Smith when "After Earth" bombed.
  • The worst movies of 2014 are...
    "Transformers" may not do well at the Oscars, but the Razzies love movies about the Earth-destroying contraptions.
  • Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' returns to theaters
    Rear Window , Alfred Hitchcockâs classic thriller about an injured and restless photojournalist-turned-voyeur who suspects one of his neighbors of murder, will return to movie theaters for two days in March. Turner Classic Movies, Universal, and Fathom Events will re-introduce a digitally...
  • Confessions of a ‘McFarland, USA’ extra
    It’s my big screen Hollywood debut! McFarland, USA premiered in theaters this weekend! The true story of a 1980’s underdog high school track team, the movie shot on location in McFarland, California in October and November of 2013. In the film, Kevin Costner plays Coach White, a (white) outsider who sweeps into the predominantly Mexican-American […] The post Confessions of a ‘McFarland, USA ...
  • All schools in Summers County closed
    As of Feb 26, 7:04pm: All schools in Summers County will be closed on Fri. Feb. 27, 2015.
  • All schools in Wyoming County closed
    As of Feb 26, 7:02pm: All schools in Wyoming County will be closed on Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 due to inclement weather.
  • All schools in Mercer County closed
    As of Feb 26, 6:47pm: All schools in Mercer County will be closed on Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 due to inclement weather.
  • All schools in Mingo County on a 2-hour delay
    As of Feb 26, 6:09pm: All schools in Mingo County will be on a 2-hour delay on Fri. Feb. 27, 2015.
  • All schools in McDowell County closed
    As of Feb 26, 5:39pm: All schools in McDowell County will be closed on Fri. Feb. 27, 2015.
  • All schools in Greenbrier County on a 2-hour delay
    As of Feb 26, 5:15pm: All schools in Greenbrier County will be on a 2-hour delay on Fri. Feb. 27, 2015.
  • All schools in Raleigh County closed
    As of Feb 26, 4:10pm: All schools in Raleigh County will be closed on Fri. Feb. 27, 2015.
  • West Virginia Dance Festival Draws Students from Across the State
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dance students from 45 dance school, high school and college programs participated in the 2013 West Virginia Division of Culture and History Dance Festival at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex on April 19 – 21. Students had the opportunity to take classes from nationally accredited dancers and dance instructors, and to perform in evening concerts.
  • Archives Library to present talk on the Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary on May 9
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Author and columnist Sherri Brake will present “The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary” on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
  • Award-winning Television Producer Russ Barbour to Discuss his Film Reconstructing Bill: The Story of Governor William C. Marland
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Television producer Russ Barbour will present “Reconstructing Bill: The Story of Governor William C. Marland” on Tuesday, May 7, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston. The program begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
  • State Historic Preservation Office Publishes 13-month Calendar
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has published “Land, People and Statehood,” a 13-month calendar highlighting the Mountain State’s pathway to statehood, including the historic figures who shaped its future. The public is invited to request a copy of the free calendar while supplies last.
  • West Virginia Division of Culture and History Invites Quilters to Make Handmade Squares for a West Virginia Statehood Sesquicentennial Quilt
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, in partnership with the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, is inviting quilters from across the state to help make a West Virginia Statehood Sesquicentennial Quilt.
  • Annual quilt and wall hanging exhibition on display at the Culture Center
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s annual exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2012, is on display in the Great Hall and the south wing of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The crowd-pleasing juried exhibition features 55 exquisite quilts and wall hangings representing the talents of West Virginia quilters. Quiltmaking is one of West Virginia’s oldest and most treasured art forms, and this annual display is a favorite with visitors from all over the United States and abroad. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 3.
  • 3 Doors Down to Play the State Fair of West Virginia
    Related Media 3 Doors Down is set to perform 8/20/15 at the State Fair of WV. LEWISBURG, WV (02/09/2015)(readMedia)– State Fair officials have announced that 3 Doors Down is set to perform at the 91st Annual State Fair of West … Continue reading
  • Alabama to Headline 2015 State Fair of West Virginia Concert Series
    LEWISBURG, WV (12/01/2014)(readMedia)– State Fair officials have announced that Alabama will kick off the 91st Annual State Fair of West Virginia concert series on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 8 pm. Tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, … Continue reading
  • 2nd Annual WV N.T.P.A Championships Set to Take Place at State Fairgounds
    LEWISBURG, WV (11/25/2014)(readMedia)– The Second Annual West Virginia Grand Nationals N.T.P.A. Championship truck and tractor pull is set to take place on Friday, May 22 at 7 pm and Saturday, May 23 at 7 pm at the State Fairgrounds in … Continue reading
  • State Fair Event Center Features Shopping this Winter!
    LEWISBURG, WV (11/19/2014)(readMedia)– Winter events at the State Fair Event Center include three great weekly opportunities to shop! The fairgrounds flea market moves inside the heated West Virginia building for the winter season this Saturday, November 22, 2014. Markets are … Continue reading
  • State Fair of WV Scholarship Available Online
    LEWISBURG, WV (11/17/2014)(readMedia)– Applications for the 2015 State Fair Scholarship program are now available online. In association with corporate, civic and individual contributors, and with support from the State Fair Endowment, five $1,000 (four year) scholarships will be awarded to … Continue reading
  • State Fair of WV to Sponsor 4th Annual Christmas Barn Decorating Contest
    LEWISBURG, WV (11/06/2014)(readMedia)– Local civic groups and businesses are invited to participate in the 4th Annual Christmas Barn Decorating Contest at the State Fairgrounds in Fairlea. Participants will have the opportunity to decorate one of ten harness racing barns located … Continue reading
  • State Fair of West Virginia Adds Additional Day for 2015
    LEWISBURG, WV (11/03/2014)(readMedia)– State Fair officials have announced the 2015 fair theme and confirmed that the fair will increase from a nine day fair to a 10 day fair with the dates being August 14-23, 2015. Kelly Collins, Media Contact, … Continue reading
  • New Indoor Farmer’s Market Launched for Winter Months at State Fairgrounds
    LEWISBURG, WV (09/16/2014)(readMedia)– Fans of locally grown produce and locally produced farm products will have the opportunity to shop every Saturday from November 29th through March 7th at the new Lewisburg Winter Farmers market at the State Fairgrounds. The market … Continue reading
  • "Holiday Rambler Eastern International Rally Coming Soon to the State Fair of WV Event Center"
    LEWISBURG, WV (09/15/2014)(readMedia)– The State Fair Event Center is pleased to welcome the Holiday Rambler Eastern International RV Rally, September 19 through September 27th, 2014. According to Ray Nichols, Rally Coordinator, “We are excited to be visiting the beautiful Greenbrier … Continue reading
  • West Virginia Commissioner of Tourism to attend Tourism Reception at State Fair of WV
    LEWISBURG, WV (08/14/2014)(readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia is pleased to host West Virginia Division of Tourism Commissioner Amy Goodwin at a reception on the patio of the State Fair Administration building. The reception is scheduled for today, August … Continue reading
  • Feb 21, Interpreting recommended quilting distances
    A reader asks...Hi. I have just finished ditch stitching a Log Cabin Quilt, using Hobbs Heirloom 80/20% (cotton/poly) for the batting. Hobbs lists the
  • Feb 20, Using the Quilters' Magic Number and Cheat Sheet
    The Quilter's Magic Number simplifies quilt math for on-point quilts. Learn how to use it or download our free PDF chart and skip the math altogether!
  • Feb 18, Five Patch Quilt Block Pattern: 4-1/2" and 9" finished
    The beginner-friendly Five Patch quilt block is made of 9 patches with a wee bit of strip piecing. Fully illustrated instructions.
  • Feb 17, New Irish Chain Quilt Block: 4-1/2", 9" and 13-1/2"
    The New Irish Chain quilt block is a 9-patch so it's easier to make than a typical Irish Chain. Step-by-step instructions for the beginning quilter.
  • Feb 16, Economy Quilt Block - 10" finished paper piecing pattern
    Pamela writes...I am looking for a square in a square in a square that is paper pieced and is 10.5 unfinished. Any chance you have one or would make
  • Feb 15, Ribbon Star Quilt Block Pattern: 9", 13-1/2" and 18"
    A Ribbon Star quilt block is quick and easy to make with the Connector Corners. No bias edges to sew. An awesome little block for a beginning quilter.
  • Feb 8, Bernina 820.
    Owned this Bernina 820 for approx 10 months. Took lessons at Sanford Sewing Center in Sanford, Maine. The machine would not even make it through a lesson
  • Jan 31, Single Chain and Knot Quilt - Explore the Possibilities!
    Explore a Single Chain and Knot quilt design. 12 designs. Straight & on-point settings. Border ideas. Free block instructions. Simple quilt. Great results!
  • Jan 30, Single Chain and Knot Quilt Block Pattern: 3 sizes
    The Single Chain and Knot quilt block is part of the Irish Chain family.
  • Jan 26, Hand Quilting with Invisible Thread
    A reader asks...Is it possible to hand quilt using invisible thread? I have a baby panel which has many animals and is really a cute scene. I do not
  • Jan 25, Joyce's Mystery Quilt Block Pattern: 4-1/2", 6" and 9"
    A Joyce's Mystery quilt block is a pointy little gem, made easy with our free paperpiecing pattern. Illustrated instructions for the beginning quilter.
  • Jan 25, Cotton Boll Quilt Block Pattern: 4", 6", 8" and 10"
    The Cotton Boll quilt block is quick ad easy to make using the connector corners technique. No triangle to cut. No bias to sew. Perfect for a beginner!
  • WHO calls for worldwide use of "smart" syringes
    Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. Millions of people could be protected from infections acquired through unsafe injections if all healthcare programmes switched to syringes that cannot be used more than once. For these reasons, WHO is launching a new policy on injection safety to help all countries tackle the pervasive issue of unsafe injections.*

    A 2014 study sponsored by WHO, which focused on the most recent available data, estimated that in 2010, up to 1.7 million people were infected with hepatitis B virus, up to 315 000 with hepatitis C virus and as many as 33 800 with HIV through an unsafe injection. New WHO injection safety guidelines and policy released today provide detailed recommendations highlighting the value of safety features for syringes, including devices that protect health workers against accidental needle injury and consequent exposure to infection.
  • UN delivers 62 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Ukraine
    WHO today delivered 13 tons of medical supplies to the Donetsk region in Ukraine as part of the first UN humanitarian convoy, which brought a total of 62 tons of relief materials.

    Supplies include HIV and tuberculosis medical products, 612 kg of HIV test systems and 3 tons of drugs to treat infections in people with weak immune defences.
  • WHO urges governments to increase investment to tackle neglected tropical diseases
    WHO urges affected countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment would represent as little as 0.1% of current domestic expenditure on health in affected low- and middle-income countries for the period 2015-2030.

    Neglected tropical diseases cause blindness, disfigurement, permanent disability and death, particularly among the poor. WHO’s new report, "Investing to overcome the impact of neglected tropical diseases", outlines an investment case and essential package of interventions for these diseases.
  • WHO statement on the Eighth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding MERS-CoV
    The eighth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) regarding the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was conducted with members and advisors of the Emergency Committee by teleconference on 4 February 2015, from 12:00 to 15:00 Central European Time.

    The WHO Secretariat provided an update on and assessment of epidemiological and scientific developments, including a description of recent cases and transmission patterns. The following countries provided an update on and assessment of MERS-CoV in their countries: Austria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
  • WHO Executive Board appoints Dr Matshidiso Moeti as new Regional Director for Africa
    The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 136th session, has appointed Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti as the new Regional Director for WHO's Africa Region. Dr Moeti was nominated Regional Director by the health ministers of the 47 Member States of the WHO African Region at the annual Regional Committee for Africa in Cotonou, Benin, in November 2014. Dr Moeti will take up her appointment for a five-year term on 1 February 2015, succeeding Dr Luis Gomes Sambo who has served as Regional Director for the past 10 years.

    Speaking after her appointment, Dr Moeti, who is from the Republic of Botswana, pledged to accord the highest priority to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa as she takes office. She will work with WHO colleagues and partners to help the affected countries halt the spread of the disease and reach zero cases, while starting on the recovery agenda, including the building of resilient health systems able to withstand similar shocks in the future. The new Regional Director noted that the outbreak, with its devastating impact on health, families, livelihoods and security in the worst-affected countries, had been a tragic reminder of the importance of investing in good quality, fair health services that reach all citizens in countries, and of building up preparedness and capacity to contain infectious diseases.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015
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  • New House Committee to Cultivate Small Business Growth
    House Speaker Tim Miley and his leadership team are forming a Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development work group with the intent of it becoming a standing committee focusing on those issues when the regular legislative session begins Jan. 8.
  • 2013 Budget Bill and Monongalia County TIF Bill Passage
    The West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 2014, the Budget Bill, in just three days of an extended session.
  • Senate Completes Senate Bill 105 and Adjourns Sine Die
    Today the Senate completed Senate Bill 105,which would allow rule making authority relating to administration, collection and enforcement of local sales, use and excise taxes by the Tax Commissioner.
  • House Adjourns 1st Extraordinary Session Sine Die
    The House convened today to consider and pass three bills and adjourn the 1st Extraordinary Session.
  • 81st West Virginia Legislature Convenes for 2013 First Extraordinary Session
    The Legislature convened this evening for the 2013 First Extraordinary Session to complete legislation on two bills.
  • Senate Completes Legislation on Budget Bill
    The Senate convened this evening to complete legislation on House Bill 2014 , the Budget Bill and three bills that were vetoed and sent back from Governor Tomblin.
  • House Passes Budget Bill
    The House convened today to pass three bills vetoed by the Governor and pass House Bill 2014, the Budget Bill.
  • Legislature Adjourns 2013 Regular Legislative Session
    The Legislature adjourned at midnight tonight completing the 2013 Regular Legislative Session.
  • Senate Completes Feed to Achieve Act
    The Senate reconvened this afternoon to complete 40 pieces of legislation. Among those includes Senate Bill 663, the Feed to Achieve Act, and Senate Bill 464, which would allow 14-16-year-olds to use tanning beds with written parental consent.
  • House Completes Legislative Action on Three Bills
    Senate Bill 185, which relates to alternative-fuel motor vehicles and qualified refueling infrastructure tax credits and Senate Bill 190, which relates to public-private transportation projects funding, both completed legislation. Senate Bill 460, which exempts certain residents' active duty military pay from state income tax.
  • The Senate Convenes for the Final Day of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session
    The Senate convened this morning, the last day of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session, to complete 20 bills and amend and pass 18 bills, which were sent back to the House of Delegates for consideration.
  • House Passes Prison Overcrowding Bill, Senate Bill 371
    Today during the morning session, the House passed 15 Senate Bills including Senate Bill 371, genreally relating to prison overcrowding and also completed legislation on four Senate Bills, including Senate Bill 331, permitting Courthouse Facility Improvement Authority to issue bonds.
  • West Virginia State Park golf courses are calling! Where are you playing in 2015?
    West Virginia State Park golf courses are calling! Where are you playing in 2015?
  • West Virginia seasons end for furbearer trapping and hunting Feb. 28
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds sportsmen and women that the hunting and trapping seasons for red fox, gray fox, bobcat and raccoon ends Feb. 28, 2015. The trapping seasons for coyote, otter, mink, skunk, opossum, weasel and muskrat also will end Feb. 28, 2015. The trapping season for beaver ends March 31, 2015. Beaver trappers are reminded that it is illegal to set traps during the month of March for beaver, unless those traps are in water. Trappers should be aware that it is illegal to set traps or leave traps set after noon on the last day of the respective season. The trapping season for fisher ended Jan. 31, 2015.
  • West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 9-13, 2015
    ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 9, 2015
  • Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at Division of Natural Resources Headquarters, South Charleston
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Division of Natural Resources Headquarters at 324 4th Avenue, South Charleston
  • West Virginia mid-winter waterfowl survey shows decrease in duck and goose observations
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fewer ducks and geese were observed during West Virginia's annual mid-winter waterfowl survey compared to 2014, according to West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Waterfowl Biologist Mike Peters. DNR wildlife biologists and wildlife managers completed the survey Jan. 8 and 9. This annual survey involves both ground and aerial observations of historically significant waterfowl areas in the state.
  • West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 2-6, 2015
    ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 2, 2015
  • Senior Lifetime Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping License designation on driver's licenses and ID Cards now available West Virginia DMV and DNR working together to provide opportunity
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Division of Natural Resources Director Bob Fala and Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed announce the opportunity for seniors who have purchased the Class XS Senior Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License to obtain a Class XS designation on their West Virginia driver's license or identification card.
  • 11th Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show set March 14-22, 2015 at Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History Exhibitor registrations due by Feb. 23
    PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Quilters and fans of quilts are preparing for the 11th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show, scheduled for March 14-22, 2015, at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. The museum is located in downtown Parkersburg, West Virginia, on the corner of 2nd and Juliana streets.
  • West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 26-30, 2015
    ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 29, 2015
  • West Virginia State Parks are for Sweethearts in February
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Valentine's Day, Feb, 14, falls on a Saturday in 2015, and West Virginia State Parks are offering special Sweetheart Deals that make for a very special and romantic weekend. Reservations are highly recommended for these popular events. Here are some examples of what guests and visitors will find at these West Virginia State Parks:
  • Spend Groundhog Day with French Creek Freddie at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center 37th Anniversary Celebration Planned
    FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. - For the 37th year, French Creek Freddie, the state's official weather prognosticating groundhog, will be the star of the show on Monday, Feb. 2, at the West Virginia Wildlife Center at French Creek in Upshur County. Each Groundhog Day, a Wildlife Center staff member awakens the rodent and brings him out of his winter hibernation box to allow him to look for his shadow and predict the severity of the remaining six weeks of winter.
  • What's new for 2015? Take a look during the Gift Buyers Marketplace at Pipestem Resort State Park Feb 2-4, 2015
    PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Business and gift shop retailers looking for new and trending resale items for gift and souvenir shops have a marketplace in West Virginia. Pipestem Resort State Park's Gift Buyers Marketplace is Feb. 2-4, 2015. 
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