Show Your Crush You Care With Wicked, Newsies & Mormon Valentines

first_imgNo date for V-Day? Mama Morton, Elphaba and the Phantom still love you! In honor of the most romantic day of the year, we’ve created eight Broadway Valentines to print or share via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail (just drag, drop and it’s delivered). Best of all, they’re free—no schlepping to the Hallmark store for you! Send them to your loved ones, significant others, family members, stalkees, community theater pals, secret crushes, and of course, people you barely tolerate but feel obligated to send a card to anyway. Happy Valentine’s Day from! View Commentslast_img read more

Los Monólogos de la Vagina Shutters Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Los Monologos de la Vagina Based on interviews with a diverse group of women—from a Long Island antique dealer to a Bosnian refugee—The Vagina Monologues brazenly explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas. The original production played over 1300 performances from 1999 to 2003 at the Westside Theatre. Directed by Jaime Matarredonna, Los Monólogos de la Vagina is modeled after the current Mexico City production, now in its 14th year. View Comments The preview cast was Miriam Colón, Kate del Castillo and Angélica Vale. The opening cast was Vale, along with Kate del Castillo and Angélica María. The most recent cast was Daphne Rubin-Vega, Maria Cellario and Flor De Liz Perez. Los Monólogos de la Vagina, the Spanish language production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues played its final performance at the Westside Theatre on June 15. The production began performances on May 6 and opened on May 18, playing 15 previews and 33 regular performances at its original off-Broadway home. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014last_img read more

August 15, 2003 Letters

first_imgAugust 15, 2003 Letters August 15, 2003 Regular News Year of the Child Congratulations to Miles McGrane on his becoming the new Florida Bar president. I have known Miles for over 10 years and consider him a good friend and mentor. I have no doubt that his unbounded energy and enthusiasm will serve this Bar and state very well, at a time that we continue to require strong and dedicated leadership.I am equally thrilled that Miles has chosen the “Year of the Child” as his term’s focus. As a school mentor and volunteer, I pledge to double my commitment to this crucial cause. I would also like to encourage fellow practitioners to take just a half-day or day a month to mentor, volunteer, or participate in the Great American Teach-in, which is in early November of each year. Trust me, you’ll get in return much more than you give.For assistance, please contact the Florida Law Related Education Association, which is funded in part by The Florida Bar Foundation. They have been invaluable to me in providing material and guidance for my school volunteering. I have even had the privilege of a visit by Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis, through this organization, to my kids’ school.Justice Lewis has a unique and spirited gift to share and the kids truly benefitted immensely.Congratulations, Miles — I look forward to your tenure and focus of your presidency.Jeffrey Wm. Pearson TampaJQC On page 20 of the July 15 News, there is an article about the impending award of the ABA Medal for 2003, the ABA’s highest honor, to my distinguished law school classmate, Sandy D’Alemberte.Sandy, an outstanding trial lawyer who has served with great distinction in the Florida Legislature, as president of the American Bar Association, and as president of Florida State University, deserved more than page 20. The news of the ABA Medal award is at least as newsworthy, if not more so, than the swearing in of Miles McGrane as the new Bar president, and far more important than anything else on the front page (or pages 2-19).I suggest that when the award is made in August at the ABA annual meeting, you should headline it on your front page with a photograph of Sandy receiving the medal.Charles J. Cheves Blairsville, GAPublic Confidencecenter_img After reading the article headlined “TV advertising dilutes public confidence in the profession,” I can’t help but think that there is more to it than just poorly produced television commercials.Lawyers are attacked from every angle because we are a scapegoat for special interests such as the insurance lobby (medical malpractice, workers’ comp, no-fault, bad faith) big business (products liability), the American Medical Association, and anybody running for public office on a crime control ticket. The result is never-ending advertising by these special interests that slowly erodes the public confidence in our profession. This erosion has a snowball effect as public confidence goes down, it becomes much harder for our legislators to fight against the special interests.Who wants to return to their home office after yet another special session and have to explain to their constituents that they are not supporting those greedy lawyers; they are fighting hard for the rights of Florida’s citizens? It becomes easier and easier for legislators to take those contributions and join the bandwagon, i.e. , parroting “greedy lawyers, inflated jury verdicts, good doctors,” equals full campaign coffers and re-election.The article goes on to say that “[T]wo thirds of the polled lawyers. . . rate The Florida Bar as either an excellent or good advocate for the legal profession.” Why doesn’t The Florida Bar use television as our advocate? Why not produce public service announcements with various clients telling how badly a product injured them or how their insurance company low-balled them and how much the lawyer they hired helped them? Every plaintiffs’ lawyer in Florida has several clients that are overwhelmingly indebted to the service they received and cannot believe how poorly they were treated by their insurance company, employer, etc.I honestly believe that the real tragedy is not the loss of public confidence as a result of the ceaseless special interest attacks, but that we have horrible stories to tell about those special interests and we are not doing it in a public forum. I will gladly pay higher dues if The Florida Bar will take a more proactive approach to rehabilitating our profession’s public image.Lorca Divale NaplesCitizen Smith A recent letter to the editor strongly chastised the Judicial Qualifications Commission and described them as “.. . good old boys who have run our Bar and its appendages into the ground since day one of integration.”I had the privilege and pleasure of serving on the JQC for six years.I can personally attest to the fact that the JQC is anything but “good old boys” who “protect their brethren while throwing the books at anyone who dares to question or to look cross-eyed at them and their labyrinth of knuckle headed excuses for conduct unbecoming officers of the courts of this state.”It is my experience, and was during the entire six years I served on that commission, that the members of that commission, to a person, have only one agenda and that is to preserve the integrity of Florida’s judiciary and the quality of same.As in the dispensation of justice everywhere, it must be tempered with common sense, compassion and, in many areas, rehabilitation.Sometimes, good judges make mistakes. Those mistakes do not, in every instance, warrant removal from the bench. Sometimes, an intervention by a mental health care provider, a substance abuse counselor, or a fellow judge as a mentor really does the trick. In those instances, you have not only salvaged a good judge, but you have in reality, salvaged a life.The responsibilities attendant to a commissioner on the JQC are heavy. The consequences of the decisions of the JQC are far reaching and, in some instances, could be life altering.The commissioners on your JQC approach their duties in a thoughtful, deliberative, and compassionate manner. Although one may not always agree with their conclusions, there should be no disagreement with regard to their commitment, their compassion, or their impartiality.Dale R. Sanders Ft. LauderdaleSandy D’Alemberte I never worked with Chesterfield Smith and fortunately I never tangled with him in court, so he never actually put a dime in my pocket. But I am richer for all that he did for my profession and for the people of our state. He exemplied the phrase “pro bono”—doing good for others.We are blessed to have had him among us because of all the good that he did. In thanksgiving for his life and in recognition of the legacy he left behind, we should each perform an extra act of service for the good of others — Chesterfield would like that.Layton Mank Miamilast_img read more

Alaska credit union pulls the plug on pilot pot program

first_imgThe $1 billion Credit Union 1 in Anchorage, Alaska confirmed Wednesday that it pulled the plug on its pilot program that provided financial services to four marijuana-related businesses.“In July, our program reached an important evaluation milestone,” Credit Union 1 said in a prepared statement when reached by CU Times. “With input from an independent certified public accounting firm and other sources, the decision was made to discontinue this pilot, effective immediately.  We’ve learned that a critical liability insurance coverage is no longer available to us. Without this coverage, our MRB program cannot continue beyond a pilot phase.”What’s more, during the past several months the pilot program was not performing as expected within its organizational model, according to Credit Union 1’s evaluation of the program. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ed Walsh Fraud Trial Begins, May Feature A Who’s Who Of Suffolk Political Elite

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [Photo Caption: U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) (L) and Suffolk County Democratic Party Chair / Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer may be called as potential witnesses in embattled Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh’s federal fraud trial in Eastern District Court in Central Islip.]By Rashed Mian and Christopher TwarowskiOpening statements begin Wednesday in the federal fraud trial against Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh, with a judge informing the jury Tuesday that a who’s who of the county’s political power elite, including three Republican lawmakers, would potentially be called as witnesses to testify.Walsh’s defense team and prosecutors with the Eastern District of New York spent about five hours selecting jurors Tuesday, agreeing on a 12-person jury evenly divided by sex. During jury selection as part of the interviewing process, Magistrate Judge Arlene Lindsay asked a pool of about 34 prospective jurors whether they had any connections to a smorgasbord of some of Suffolk County’s most powerful politicians and deal-makers who’d potentially be called to testify, including, among more than a dozen names listed: U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), Suffolk County Democratic Party Chair and Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, New York State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), state Assemb. Andrew Raia (R-East Northport), and Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco.Prosecutors in a recent 58-page court filing heavily cite allegations by Sheriff DeMarco that several of his attempts to investigate Walsh—who besides Suffolk Conservative Party chair is also an ex-correction lieutenant in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office—were quashed by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.Spota, in a nearly 850-word response posted on his office’s website, denied those claims.Magistrate Judge Lindsay had ordered more than 200 prospective jurors to appear for the opening day of the trial in Central Islip Tuesday, forcing that day’s proceedings to be moved to the much larger ceremonial chamber. Walsh’s trial is expected to last approximately three weeks.Walsh is accused of scheming to defraud taxpayers of $80,000 in no-show work at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and Suffolk County jail. Prosecutors allege Walsh falsely represented that he was working while he was actually gambling at Foxwood’s Casino in Connecticut, golfing, or conducting Conservative Party business on the taxpayer dime. The party big was also accused of lying to FBI agents when he allegedly claimed he worked flex time for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.Walsh pleaded not guilty in January 2015 to those charges, and pleaded not guilty to additional theft and wire fraud charges again in March of last year. He enjoyed a salary of nearly $127,000 until he retired this February, ensuring he’ll also enjoy a generous taxpayer-funded pension whether he’s found guilty of the alleged crimes or not.Suffolk Democratic Party boss and Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer tells the Press he received a subpoena to testify “as to certain dates that I met with Walsh,” adding that he’ll be appearing in court Thursday or Friday.Edward WalshWalsh’s case is the latest amid an ongoing federal probe of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Suffolk County Police Department sparked by the criminal misdeeds of disgraced former Suffolk Chief of Police James Burke, who recently pleaded guilty to beating a Smithtown man for unsuspectingly stealing his duffel bag—containing Burke’s sex toys, pornography, gun and ammo—and demanding those who witnessed the assault to lie to federal investigators to cover it up. That inquiry has reportedly expanded to include Spota’s public corruption bureau chief, Christopher McPartland.Burke was Spota’s chief investigator for more than a decade. Despite his record of documented improper behavior throughout the years—including an Internal Affairs report concluding, among other “substantiated” allegations, that he “engaged in a personal, sexual relationship” with “a convicted felon known to be actively engaged in criminal conduct including the possession and sale of illegal drugs, prostitution and larceny”—Burke continued to climb the department’s ladder, facilitated by Spota and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who crowned him police chief in 2012.Sporting a gray blazer and dark pants in court Tuesday, Walsh remained silent.The Suffolk County Conservative Party has been instrumental throughout the years in getting lawmakers, almost always Republicans, elected to office, because of unusual election rules in New York State that allow politicians to appear on multiple party lines. In his first run for the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office in 2001, Spota’s opponent, incumbent Suffolk DA James Catterson, lost the Conservative Party line, costing him his seat. Due to Walsh’s high-profile position as a backdoor kingmaker, Judge Lindsay instructed jurors to refrain from reading news media accounts relating to Walsh and the trial.“That means you don’t do independent research, either,” the judge told the packed room.Magistrate Judge Lindsay oversaw jury selection, but the case will be heard before U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Spatt, who on Monday reportedly limited the scope of government evidence, despite prosecutors’ voluminous March 8 filing implicating Spota as Walsh’s primary source of cover.In one such instance detailed within the court papers, federal prosecutors, including U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert L. Capers, alleged that Spota killed an investigation sparked by DeMarco after Walsh had been detained in 2012 by the Suffolk County Police Department in a bust of an illegal gambling establishment in Medford. Instead of aiding DeMarco’s probe and possibly prosecuting or disciplining Walsh, the documents claim, Spota let Walsh skate free.“Spota told DeMarco, in sum and substance, not to do anything and that the DA’s Office would take care of it and get back to DeMarco,” it reads. “DeMarco will testify that after some time passed, Spota informed DeMarco that the defendant’s conduct was not criminal and that it was not illegal to be a player at an illegal gambling establishment.”“I’m not subpoenaing anything,” Spota allegedly commanded in response to DeMarco’s request for a subpoena for Walsh’s golf records, which he hoped to use to investigate Walsh’s alleged fraud, according to the motion—and a subpoena of Walsh’s cell phone records allegedly documenting a barrage of calls between Walsh and Spota made around that period of time.The district attorney’s office’s lengthy rebuttal, states: “…it was the Sheriff [DeMarco] and his staff who thwarted the District Attorney’s Office, not the other way around.”last_img read more

An examination of Indonesia’s death toll: Could it be higher?

first_imgSome of these administrations have even gone a step further by revealing the number of fatalities among suspected patients.Banten, a neighboring province to Jakarta, revealed on its website that as of Tuesday 144 of its 1,382 PDPs had died. East Java also reported 235 fatalities among its 2,769 PDPs and 53 among its 18,509 ODPs. These figures are higher than both regions’ number of fatalities among confirmed cases, which reached 41 and 90 deaths, respectively, as of Tuesday.Jakarta does not provide such data but has disclosed on its website that 1,666 people had been buried according to COVID-19 protocols as of April 24. The figure is higher than the city’s official death toll of 370 as of Tuesday.Central Java, meanwhile, does not provide the exact number but rather a map of the spread of such fatalities, which according to The Jakarta Post’s estimation could amount to around 200, while its official death toll is 58. Yogyakarta recorded seven fatalities among its suspected patients, while its official count is seven. South Sulawesi reported 81 of its suspected patients had died despite recording only 37 official deaths, although it has published a disclaimer that the former figure also includes those who later test negative. The actual number of COVID-19 deaths in Indonesia may be substantially higher than officially reported as several regions have recorded hundreds of fatalities among patients under surveillance (PDPs), who are suspected of having contracted the highly contagious coronavirus.Patients under surveillance refer to people with COVID-19 symptoms who have not been confirmed as having the disease, meaning that they are waiting either to be tested or for their test results to come back.The central government’s daily count of fatalities, at 773 as of Tuesday, does not include all PDPs who have died. And it was only recently that the government started announcing the number of PDPs and people under observation (ODPs) nationwide. Previously, only local administrations would reveal such figures. “ODPs and PDPs who died might have tested positive for COVID-19,” biostatistics researcher at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Public Health, Iwan Ariawan, said. “Therefore, it is important [for authorities] to disclose how many of the ODPs and PDPs who died had been tested and later turned out to be positive, not only COVID-19 patients who have died.”In its latest weekly situation report on Indonesia, the World Health Organization said that as of April 11, it had updated the guidance for reporting COVID-19 deaths, in which a COVID-19 death was defined as a death resulting from a clinically compatible illness in a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case, unless there was a clear alternative cause of death that could not be related to COVID-19.”Based on this definition, cumulative deaths from people who had or may have had COVID-19 should be reported as COVID-19 related deaths,” the report said.The government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 affairs, Achmad Yurianto, said he was not aware of such a guideline. He said the tally of deaths he was announcing daily only included people who had tested positive for the virus, which was reported by hospitals. He said that even if Indonesia was to announce fatalities among suspected patients, the figures would be separated from those of confirmed cases.Other countries have begun to revise their death toll linked to COVID-19. New York, the hardest-hit city in the United States, for instance, revised in mid-April its official COVID-19 death toll to include victims presumed to have died from lung diseases but never tested, resulting in a 60 percent spike, Reuters reported.China also revised its death toll by adding some 1,290 deaths in Wuhan, the city where the virus first emerged in December, Bloomberg said, citing Chinese state media reports.The late reporting of deaths was attributed to several reasons, including the fact that some patients had died at home without seeking treatment or being tested for the virus and the late and incomplete reporting by medical workers and institutions overwhelmed by the outbreak.”It would be better if fatalities among ODPs and PDPs [in Indonesia] were also announced. However, I don’t think 100 percent of the fatalities would certainly be due to COVID-19,” epidemiologist at Padjadjaran University, Panji Hadisoemarto said, warning of overestimation.Read also: Govt claims Jakarta, epicenter of Indonesia’s COVID-19 outbreak, has flattened the curveSo far 9,511 of 62,544 people who have been tested in Indonesia have been confirmed to have the virus, a positive testing rate of 15.2 percent as of Tuesday.Persahabatan Central General Hospital, a referral hospital for COVID-19 patients in Jakarta, said 65 percent of PDPs it was treating had tested positive. While the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology said between 20 and 30 percent of the specimens it processed daily came back positive.Nevertheless, experts agree that fatalities among suspected patients paint the possibility of Indonesia recording a higher number of deaths than it is currently reporting because of the lack of testing and a testing backlog. This remains a problem in the country, despite calls from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to boost testing capacity to 10,000 tests per day.”Local administrations need to statistically verify the PDP fatalities into groups: how many had not been tested, were waiting for their results and were tested positive or negative,” said Iqbal Ridzi Fahdri Elyazar, disease surveillance and biostatistics researcher at the Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit. “They need to provide this public information because it’s important for assessing the severity of the disaster and evaluating their control measures.”Iwan of the UI, meanwhile, said the government would need data on suspected patients’ deaths to evaluate how it had been handling suspected patients.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia claims daily testing capacity increase to 12,000Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) spokesperson Halik Malik said such data would help hospitals evaluate their services and also act as a warning for the public not to undermine the scale of the COVID-19 outbreak to avoid complacency.”Because of late testing results, the IDI is recommending the need for a new policy in handling patients under surveillance,” Halik said. “There’s no need to wait for [polymerase chain reaction] PCR test results; [hospitals] can treat the patients as COVID-19 patients with clinical criteria […] Otherwise, there’ll be many whose conditions will deteriorate while waiting for their test results and not receiving treatment as COVID-19 patients.”Persahabatan Hospital spokesperson Erlina Burhan told the Post on Monday that the hospital was treating PDPs according to COVID-19 protocols until proven otherwise. She acknowledged, however, in an online discussion on April 17, that the testing backlog was a problem.”We should be receiving results in two days, but in reality […] we sometimes receive them in five to seven days. This is making things quite difficult, especially when the patients are in a severe condition,” Erlina said, adding that around 10 percent of the hospital’s COVID-19 patients needed intensive care and ventilators.Wiku Adisasmito, an expert with Indonesia’s COVID-19 task force, said in an April 22 online press briefing to address international media, that limitations in early detection, coupled with tardy diagnostics, had led to the country’s high mortality rate, but he gave an assurance that the government had been improving the country’s laboratory capacity.”Improvements in the quality of data also need to be made, so that mortality rate data can become more reliable,” he said.– Fiqih Prawira Adjie contributed to this storyTopics :last_img read more

Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low

first_imgThe closer you are to desirable attributes such as the river, the higher prices tended to go, according to the analysis.“Desirable areas close to the city centre typically have much more expensive housing costs than the broad capital city median,” Mr Kusher said.“Although it is clichéd, location, location, location holds true and purchasers still pay a significant premium for well-located properties.”Mr Kusher said the data gave “a more granular insight into how median values in each city compare to smaller regions across each city”.Buyers were well advised to look at markets closer “as housing costs or the housing market performance can be vastly different when you look at different areas of a city”. The cafe lifestyle in inner-city New Farm is part of the reason that median prices there are definitely above the citywide average. Picture: Annette Dew. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Median dwelling values, Brisbane vs Brisbane SA4 regions, Oct.-18. Source: CoreLogic. MORE: Ridiculous offer: Free car with house Those three SA4 regions of Greater Brisbane were Ipswich with a median property value of $350,511, Logan-Beaudesert on $387,401 and Moreton Bay — North on $413,962.All the rest had medians that were above the official median Brisbane dwelling led by Brisbane West where the median of $659,554 was higher than that of Melbourne.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoBrisbane South’s median was $639,457, followed by Brisbane Inner City $584,539), North ($549,231), East ($548,746) and Moreton Bay — South $501,509. QLD suburbs hit triple digit growth Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Goodbye Sydney, hello sanity Brisbane’s median dwelling price is deceptively low, according to CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher. Picture: AAP Image/Steve Pohlner.LATEST analysis shows Brisbane’s significantly more affordable median home price is deceptively low, given only three areas sit below the citywide median.At $491,925, Brisbane’s median was over 40 per cent cheaper than Sydney ($833,876) and just over 25 per cent less than Melbourne ($655,044).But when CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher broke it down in zones around the capital, the data told a different story.“While that ($491,925 is substantially lower than Sydney and Melbourne you can see that all of the regions relatively close to the city have current median values which are higher than that,” he said. “The most expensive region of the city is the West ($659,554) while the most affordable is Ipswich ($350,511). “Only three SA4 regions of the city actually have a median value which is lower than the citywide median.”last_img read more

Thomas W. Merkel Jr.

first_imgThomas W. Merkel Jr., age 88 of Oldenburg, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born March 21, 1928 in Ripley County Indiana, he is the son of Rose (Nee: Schneider) and Thomas Merkel Sr.  A farmer, he served in the army as a cook from 1954 to 1956.  He married Louise Gehring April 3, 1954 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg and she preceded him in death December 10, 1997.  He married Florence Jaenan August 18, 2001 at St. John’s Church in Osgood and she survives.If the old adage of “If you like what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” is true, then Tom didn’t work a day of his life.  He loved farming and was one of the fortunate ones whose work was also his hobby.  While not what you would call an avid reader, the kids do remember farm magazines always being plentiful around the house as he was looking to stay up with new innovations and practices.  Free time would probably be spent doing a little fishing or out chopping wood.  Although he didn’t watch a lot of T.V., he liked westerns, Dallas and Fantasy Island, always getting a kick out of Herve Villechaize as Tattoo.  What he truly enjoyed was being with his grandchildren.He is survived by his wife Florence; daughter Lois Johannigman of Milhousen, Indiana; son Gary Merkel of Batesville; step-sons Alton, Ronald and Roger Evans, all of Moores Hill, Indiana; brother Leo Merkel of Morris, Indiana; 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  In addition to his wife Louise and his parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Rosemary Wurtz, Martha Gehring, Theresa Forthofer and brother Sylvester Merkel.Visitation is Sunday, January 15th, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, January 16th, at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271.  The family requests memorials to the Batesville E.M.S. Lifesquad.last_img read more

Walter Hudepohl

first_imgWalter Hudepohl, 94 years old, of Milan passed away Monday, February 4, 2019 at his home with family by his side. Walter was born Monday, October 13, 1924 in Mt. Healthy, Ohio; the son of Herman and Clara (Wurzelbacher) Hudepohl. He married Margaret “Peggy” Duffy on May 17, 1947 and she preceded him in death July 8, 2017.  He was a devout member of St. Charles Catholic Church, a contractor and founder of Hudepohl Construction Company, and was awarded Conservation Farmer of the year in 1984.  His greatest passion was his wife and family.Walter is survived by children: Vincent (Sylvia) Hudepohl; Jean (Bill) Hicks; Rosemary (David) Carter; John (Hollis) Hudepohl; Theresa (Victor) Ferneding: Jenny (Chuck) Day; Thomas (Kathi) Hudepohl; Nancy (Dan) Denhart; Lois (Greg) Bogenschutz Kremer; Walter (Anne) Hudepohl; Virginia (Robert) Sinkhorn; brothers: Art (Rita) Hudepohl and David (Janie) Hudepohl; sister: Mary McIntosh; sister-in-law: Nancy Hudepohl; brother-in-law: Howard Niehaus. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, sisters: Rita Niehaus, Ann Griesser and Ed Griesser (brother in law) and brother: Herman Hudepohl.   He had over 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Join us for the rosary at 9:30 AM and Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM on Saturday February 9, 2019 at St. Nicholas Church, 6461 East St. Nicholas Drive, Sunman, IN 47041.  Burial will follow in St. Charles Cemetery in Milan.  Family will receive guests at Walter’s Celebration of Life reception following the burial 12 to 3 PM at St. Charles Catholic Church Hall, 201 W. Ripley Street, Milan IN 47031.  Memorials can be made to the St. Charles Endowment Fund, St. Charles Right to Life, (address above) or charity of choice. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan IN is entrusted with arrangements. (812) 654-2141. Box 243 Milan, IN 47031.last_img read more

11-year-old steals car and drives over 200-miles to find man he met on social media

first_imgPolice in South Carolina say the pulled over an 11-year-old who reportedly stole his older brother’s vehicle and drove over 200 miles in an attempt to find a man he met on the Snapchat app.The child was located by police on Monday morning just after midnight in Simpsonville.Authorities say they noticed the boy driving the vehicle alone and conducted a traffic stop on him.The 11-year-old, who has not been named due to his age, told authorities that he was on his way to meet a man he met on the app and planned to “live with” him. The child told police that the unknown male gave him an address but that he had gotten lost because the GPS on his father’s iPad lost signal and when he attempted to find the address on his Snapchat account, it had been deleted.Authorities contacted the child’s father who was over 200 -miles away and in the process of reporting him missing. The father and brother immediately drove to pick up the child.Officials have retained the iPad and are currently working to identify the man who reportedly sent the child the address.last_img read more