Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department says spots for two COVID-19 rapid testing clinics happening this week are now full.Officials say the first round of testing will take place at the Murphy Training Center on Brigham Road in Dunkirk on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.The second site will open at the Taylor Training Center on Harrison Street in Jamestown on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Testing is open free of charge to any Chautauqua County resident who signs up for an appointment. Spots filled up less than 24-hours after availability was announced on Sunday afternoon. A pervious testing event took place last week in Mayville.107 new cases of the virus were reported in the county since Thursday. Heath officials are expected to provide a full weekend update on Monday.
Grab an extra cup of coffee because your mornings are about to get a Great White Way-sized makeover! Lifetime Channel’s award-winning morning show The Balancing Act will present its new six-part special series Broadway Balances America, sponsored by Broadway Across America. The series, which will take you backstage of some of Broadway’s most-beloved musicals, is slated to begin airing on Lifetime in August 2014.Broadway Balances America will provide behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews highlighting the shows that are featured on Broadway Across America’s 2014-2015 Broadway series nationwide, including Annie, Dirty Dancing, Motown The Musical, Newsies and Pippin. Our hosts get up close and personal with the casts and crews, even experiencing what it’s like to dance in their shoes!“Broadway musicals are not just the New York art form; they are the great American art form,” said Lauren Reid, CEO Theater Division, Broadway Across America. “We thank our network of local theater partners nationwide and The Balancing Act for helping us share Broadway with that wider audience across the country.”So, do you want to know what Broadway Balances America has in store for you? Of course you do! You’ll get to see The Balancing Act’s Olga Villaverde and Amber Milt dance in the rehearsal room with the star of Dirty Dancing, go through a “Supreme” transformation backstage Motown, get a sneak peek at the awe-inspiring aerial acrobatics in Pippin, learn how to “Get Up and Go” with the spry stars of Disney’s Newsies and pull the curtain back on the audition process to show what it takes to play everyone’s favorite orphan in Annie. The final segment takes viewers into Broadway Classroom, where students are introduced to all elements of the Broadway industry in collaboration with performers and industry professionals.“We are so happy to take The Balancing Act viewers behind-the-scenes of the most popular Broadway shows, meeting some of the actors, directors and choreographers who bring it all to life,” said Jeanne Kelly, Supervising Producer for The Balancing Act. “These productions are hitting the road as their national tours get underway and heading to a stage near you. Everyone can now experience the excitement, music and magic that is Broadway right in their local community.”The air dates for Broadway Balances America will be:Annie on August 12 and 19Dirty Dancing on September 9 and 16Pippin on October 29 and November 5Newsies on November 6 and 13Motown The Musical on November 8 and 25 View Comments Broadway Balances America
View Comments from $75.00 Related Shows Age: 27Hometown: Cedar Grove, NJCurrent Role: A Broadway debut as Simba, who, after his father’s death, fights to ascend the throne as King of the Pride Lands in Disney’s The Lion King.Stage Cred: After graduating from Montclair State University, Remy toured the country in High School Musical and High School Musical 2 and played Simba in the Las Vegas and touring productions of The Lion King.“When I was 8, I spent my birthday money on The Lion King [movie soundtrack] cassette tape. In my bedroom, I’d play one character all the way through, then rewind the tape and do another character. First as Simba, then Nala, then Scar, until I’d done the whole cast. So I’ve been off book for a while.”“I grew up 25 minutes from New York City, but my family didn’t go a lot. My exposure to the city was through school field trips to Broadway shows, and that was how I got the itch. We saw The Music Man, Chicago and The Civil War, a wide array of musicals.”“My parents came straight off the boat. My mom’s from Trinidad and my dad’s from Barbados, but they met in a New York subway. My dad was working as a clerk where you get your tickets, and my mom would take the same train every day to go to school. After a while they started talking, and the rest is history.”“Growing up, music was very important. I come from a Caribbean family, and I listened to a lot of Soca music and reggae growing up. At first I thought I would be a music teacher—I sing and play a little piano and drums.”“I have a secret talent—I’m great at imitations. I can listen and get these sounds in my head and just process them, kind of like Christina Bianco. I can give you Celine Dion, Macy Gray, Britney Spears and a bunch more.””Thanks to The Lion King, High School Musical and High School Musical 2, I’ve been on the road for about five years of my life. Now I’m like, wait, I don’t have to move? This is so weird! Now I can have more stuff than just a suitcase and a trunk!” The Lion King
J. Harrison Ghee J. Harrison Ghee will make his Broadway debut this spring in Kinky Boots as he reprises his star turn as Lola from the Tony-winning musical’s national tour. Ghee will begin performances on March 6, taking over for Todrick Hall at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Prior to the national tour of Kinky Boots, Ghee appeared in The Color Purple tour.The Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein-penned show is about a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from a local drag queen. Together, the two become an unstoppable team and find that they have more in common than they could have imagined.The current cast of Kinky Boots features Olivier nominee Killian Donnelly as Charlie Price, Taylor Louderman as Lauren, Marcus Neville as George, Shannon O’Boyle as Nicola and Daniel Stewart Sherman as Don. Kinky Boots Related Shows J. Harrison Ghee in ‘Kinky Boots'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Star Files View Comments
Leaf season conjures up cooler days and aching muscles. But it doesn’t have to meanmountains of trash. Think of leaves as free mulch.”Why pay for pine straw when leaf mulch is free?” said Wayne McLaurin, ahorticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”When the leaves fall, the easiest way to deal with them is to run over them withyour lawn mower,” he said. “Collect them in the bagger. Then place the ground-upleaves around your shrubbery, about three inches deep. The leaves will break down overtime and produce compost.”When your plants all have a leafy blanket tucked in around their toes, turn the rest ofyour leaves into a rich soil amendment by composting.”All backyard composting techniques use the natural activity of bacteria, fungiand other soil organisms,” McLaurin said. “This decomposes organic materials andreturns them to the soil. Compost is essential to healthy gardens and landscapes.”Gardeners have been composting in backyards for generations. But myths persist thatit’s unsanitary or hard to do.”Nothing could be further from the truth,” McLaurin said.”Backyard composting can be the most economical and environmental way to manageorganic materials from the landscape,” he said. “It’s not the solution fordiverting all household organic waste. But composting much organic material at home justmakes sense.”McLaurin ticks off six benefits of backyard composting: 6. Create markets for recycled materials. Once people learn the benefits of usingcompost in their gardens, they will also buy commercial compost.”Composting at home raises awareness of recycling and waste-reduction efforts,too,” McLaurin said. “It’s a great way to start people thinking about what’s intheir garbage. It’s a hands-on introduction to recycling processes.”Once people learn to deal with the organic part of their garbage,” he said,”they get active in other waste reduction and recycling activities.”To learn more about composting, call your county Extension Service agent. 2. Save money. Every pound of organic material composted at home is a pound thatwon’t have to be processed in a central composting facility. That saves the communitymoney.Residents who compost can save money on disposal, too. They also get a free soilamendment. And improving the health of their gardens trims maintenance costs.One survey showed that backyard composting programs cost an average of $12 per ton.That compares to $32 per ton for disposal, plus collection costs. Even centralizedcomposting costs $26 per ton, plus collection costs. 5. Build community pride. Many people feel helpless in the face of environmentaland social problems. Through backyard composting, they can contribute in a positive way. 3. Improve soil and plant health and conserve water. Compost improves any soil. Itmakes soils better able to absorb and retain moisture. It cuts runoff, erosion andirrigation needs. It supplies and stores nutrients so plants need less fertilizer. And added fertilizerstays in the soil instead of running off into streams, lakes or oceans.”Plants seem to grow better with compost,” McLaurin said.4. Prevent harmful effects of leaf-burning. Burning leaves produces largeamounts of carbon monoxide and tiny particles. These particles may irritate some peopleand cause health problems. Composting is much healthier than leaf-burning. 1. Divert organic materials from landfill. More than 30 percent of current homepickup can be diverted from landfills by backyard composting. Keeping these materials athome prolongs the life of landfills. That protects the environment.
By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaBy unlocking its genetic secrets, University of Georgia researcher Steve Knapp wants to make the sunflower a better agricultural crop or one that can more easily fuel the future. Over the next few years, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences professor and Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar plans to tap into the genetic diversity of wild sunflowers. In the process, he will help other genomic scholars sequence the entire sunflower genome. “Genomics will provide resources and information useful in solving problems of agricultural and economic importance,” Knapp said. “Disease resistance, drought tolerance, seed quality, biomass yield as well as ornamental traits will be mapped.” There are 49 native species of sunflower, and 20 of those are genetically connected to the common sunflower. “There is a vast reservoir of diversity,” Knapp said. Worldwide, sunflowers are farmed on more than 60 million acres. Most are used for oil production and to make biodiesel. The plant could be used to produce another alternative fuel — ethanol. Knapp will study the silverleaf and Algodones dune sunflowers. Both are wild, desert-dwelling species. Growing as tall as 21 feet with woody stems, the plants can produce large amounts of cellulosic biomass, which can be converted into ethanol. Their small blooms smell like chocolate, too. But taming a wild species into a domesticated crop that farmers in Georgia or other places can grow economically for fuel or other products can take time. The fastest way to do it is to understand the genes. “First, we need to figure out where the genes are we want to keep, then we introduce them into the modern sunflower,” Knapp said. The sunflower has 17 chromosomes, each containing approximately 2,900 genes. In total, Knapp estimated the sunflower has 40,000 to 50,000 genes. The human genome has 35,000 genes. Each gene will be studied to determine what it controls in the plant. Each gene is kind of like a milepost on a highway, he said. Knowing where they are and what they do will help build the plant’s genetic map, or blueprint, so to speak. “We have the cities but not the road between them,” he said. “There is still a lot we don’t know.” The process of transferring genes from one plant to another isn’t easy. “We make hybrid plants, and then cross them back to get rid of certain undesirable traits, the effects are buffered by crossing back multiple times,” Knapp said. “If the species are closely related, we can bring most traits across, but when they are not, it is more difficult.” Cultivars from Knapp’s research, for example, can be put into private industry screening and breeding programs to determine disease resistance. Knowing ahead of time what genes control disease resistance can speed the process.Knapp’s research is funded by multiple grants, including $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Defense, $500,000 from seed companies to develop better DNA marker technology and $400,000 from the USDA Plant Genome Program. Another $600,000 in funding comes from two grants from the Binational Agriculture Research and Development Agency and the Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research specifically to study wild species and disease resistance. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Scieces.)
University of GeorgiaNominees are currently being sought for the 5th annual Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award. For the past four years, Gov. Sonny Perdue has recognized those that are not only making a living from their lands, but also using the latest, innovative techniques to protect it for future generations.Applications are available at www.agawareness.com. They are due by Dec. 10. Five district winners are selected for the award each year. Judges will visit each district winner’s farm. Based on their recommendation, Perdue will announce the state winner March 16 in Atlanta during the 6th Agricultural Awareness Week. For more information, call (229) 391-6882, or e-mail email@example.com.
If you don’t plan to plant a fall garden, inspect, repair and clean your gardening tools before storing them for the winter.“As a gardener, nothing is more frustrating than to pull gardening tools out in the spring and find hoes that are rusty or broken, a tiller that won’t crank, or an irrigation system with a blown gasket,” said Bob Westerfield, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist.Tony Johnson, the horticulturist at the UGA Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Ga., agrees. Johnson helps UGA scientists maintain their research plots. And he does so on a limited state budget.“Gardening tools and supplies are expensive,” Johnson said. “With a little care and forethought, you can help your tools last from season to season.”The two UGA professional gardeners offer the following checklist to follow before packing away garden tools for the winter.Shovels, hoes and other tools* Thoroughly clean all tools with soap and water.* Sharpen blades and tool edges.* Clean metal parts with steel wool, wipe dry and apply a light coat of cooking oil.* Smooth wooded handles by sanding them with sand paper. Then coat handles in linseed oil or paint them to preserve wood.* Store rakes with the teeth pointing down. Stepping on an exposed rake can be very dangerous, for children and adults.Tomato cages* Clean off tomato cages and stack them out of the way.* Repair any cages that have been damaged.Tiller and mower* Empty the garden tiller of fuel or add a fuel stabilizer.* Check the spark plugs, change the oil and clean the air filter.* Clean the underside of the mower’s deck with a pressure washer and scrape off any old grass and debris.Irrigation* Drain irrigation lines. Clean and inspect lines for cracks before rolling up. (Store these out of the sun in a shed or garage.)* To keep insects from hibernating in hoses, connect hose ends.* Do not hang hoses directly on a nail. The weight of the hose will create permanent kinks. Nail a coffee can or other round form on the wall and then roll the hose around the form.* Inspect and lightly lubricate sprinkler heads.* Clean and dry out the water timer.Sprayers* Fertilizer or pesticide sprayers should be triple-rinsed with water or a little ammonia. * Check the hose tip for debris before storing the sprayer for the season.
To accommodate for growing interest in Christmas trees, Georgia imports about 50 percent of its trees every year. The primary tree grown in Georgia for Christmas is the cypress. “I’d say people are buying trees again,” Czarnota said. “I think we go through these periods where people want to buy plastic trees and then turn around and want to buy live, cut trees.” Czarnota, whose research area includes Christmas trees, also points to retirees who have quit the business due to their age and the desire to take it easy.. A UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulturist attributes some of the lost acres to the “economic boom back in the early 2000s.” Operating a Christmas tree farm is a time-consuming process that involves planting trees and making sure they get established. Farmers also have to mow grass, trim trees and apply pest control. And new tree farmers have to wait four or five years before their first batch is ready to be harvested. Christmas tree acreage throughout the state has dropped to 1,629 acres, according to the latest data recorded in the University of Georgia 2012 Farm Gate Value Report. This is a considerable reduction from the 2,130 acres recorded two years ago and the 2,285 acres tallied in 2008. Czarnota says live-Christmas-tree buying trends are on the upswing. “A lot of people were selling their land off at $8,000-$10,000 an acre. What happened was a lot of those Christmas tree farms that were started in the 60s, 70s, and early 80s were set up around urban areas,” said Mark Czarnota, a weed scientist based on the UGA Griffin Campus. “We had an urban sprawl and that land became very valuable.” Georgia Christmas tree growers are producing fewer trees but earning more for them. “You’ve got to be a patient person,” Smith said. Greg Smith, who owns 7G’s Farm in Jackson County, Ga., just outside of Athens, grows 30 acres of Christmas trees. He believes fewer younger farmers are starting out in the business. With fewer trees being grown, Christmas trees are a very valuable business in Georgia. In 2012, Christmas trees generated $9.9 million in farm gate value. That figure is way above the $3.7 million recorded in 2011. “I’m one of the younger people in the business, and I’m pressing 62 myself. There’s a lot of hard work involved in growing Christmas trees,” Smith said. According to the 2012 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, Morgan County produces the most Christmas trees, with 85 acres and a farm gate value of $595,000. Carroll County is second, with 80 acres and a farm gate value of $560,000.
The bees and other pollinators that fuel Georgia agriculture are crucial to the state’s economy, but no one really knows how many there are.In honor of National Honey Day, August 18, UGA Cooperative Extension is announcing an ambitious plan to gauge the size and effect of the state’s pollinator population.In 2019, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will undertake a first-of-its-kind statewide pollinator count — the Great Georgia Pollinator Census — to gauge the number of wild and domestic pollinators in the state, population distributions and health.The count will be held Aug. 23-24, 2019, in backyards, school gardens, city planters and forests across the state. After recruiting a team of volunteer citizen-scientists from across the state, UGA Extension will provide training on basic pollinator identification to prepare Georgians to count.”We are encouraging every Georgia citizen to get involved with this project. Counting criteria and training will be available through the website, and there will be events centered on the project across the state,” said Becky Griffin, UGA Extension school garden and pollinator census coordinator. “We are using this as an opportunity to educate Georgians about the importance of pollinators and pollinator habitats while generating useful data about the types of pollinators in our state.”Those interested in counting should visit GGaPC.org to sign up to participate and to find nearby events.“We will be one of the first states that counts all of its pollinators,” Griffin said. “This will be big.”Griffin modeled the program on the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen-science program run by Cornell University that asks people to count the birds they see in their backyard on a given winter day.The Great Georgia Pollinator Census will work similarly, but citizens will count bumblebees, carpenter bees, small bees, flies, wasps, butterflies and other insects.For a 15-minute period of time over the Aug. 23-24 time period, census takers will focus their attention on a plant in their yard or garden that is known to attract pollinators. They’ll submit their findings using a simple online form.Researchers will then use the aggregated data to learn about pollinator populations across the state.Griffin currently runs a smaller-scale pollinator census project at 50 school and community gardens across the state. In its second year, the pilot scale study has already helped Griffin identify some important differences between pollinators in urban and rural landscapes.“We saw some statistically significant differences in the distributions of carpenter bees and honeybees,” Griffin said. “There were differences between rural and urban areas for them, but we didn’t see any difference in the distribution of smaller bees and butterflies.”The school garden pollinator census project will ramp up its second year of counting now.The success of this pilot census project gave Griffin confidence that she could teach people across the state how to identify pollinators and enlist them for the statewide census project.To register to be a census taker, visit GGaPC.org. The Great Georgia Pollinator Census will also serve as the hub for learning about events and pollinator identification workshops across the state. Lesson plans and ideas for educators will be included on the website.UGA Extension will work with Great Georgia Pollinator Census partners to host events statewide. To date, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Daughters of the American Revolution and Monarchs Across Georgia are excited to partner with UGA for this project. Other partners will schedule events that will be posted on the website.For more information about how to support Georgia pollinators, visit ugaurbanag.com/pollinators/.