Press release: Major milestone for £45 million York Flood Alleviation Scheme

first_imgA major milestone has been reached as construction work gets underway on the Environment Agency’s York Flood Alleviation Scheme, in partnership with City of York Council.Contractors have started preparing to raise and improve flood defences from Westgate Apartments to the Park Inn hotel on North Street. This section of the flood defence scheme will also see the floodgate under Lendal Bridge increased in height. A site compound has started being constructed on Tanner Row opposite the Maltings pub.The work forms part of the £45 million York Flood Alleviation Scheme which will better protect 2,000 properties across the city by 2021.Project manager Richard Lever, of the Environment Agency, said: It is great news that we’re now on the ground working to better protect York, its residents and businesses from flooding. The flood wall along North Street has previously come close to overtopping and needs increasing in height to cope with rising flood heights and the effects of climate change. City of York Council is working closely with the Environment Agency on these schemes. Protecting people’s homes and businesses is an absolute priority so we can defend the city in the future. Raising the existing floodwall along North Street by up to 30cm and installing new flood gates, and increasing the width of the gate nearest Lendal Bridge to 2.5m to improve access Increasing the height of the Lendal Bridge floodgate by 30cm with an additional 15cm demountable panel for extreme events. Enabling demountable flood barriers to be used across the main and second entrance to the Memorial Gardens. Constructing a new flood wall up to 70cm high along Leeman Road from Westgate Apartments to a new embankment in the grounds of York City Rowing Club, with the incorporation of demountable barriers at access points. Raising of the wall and replacement/refurbishment of penstocks at the Park Inn/riverside walkway. In both 2000 and 2015 the river levels were close to the top of the wall so sandbags were used to increase the defence height.center_img Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said: If we don’t carry out this work there is also a risk that flood water might flow round the end of the existing defences, finding a path through the War Memorial Gardens and the York City Rowing Club boathouse to flood properties on Rougier Street and Wellington Row, as well as cutting off Station Road. The section of Leeman Road used as a coach stop, adjacent to Memorial Gardens, will be closed for the duration of the work. The work at Memorial Gardens is expected to be complete in time for the Remembrance Sunday service.Access will remain open on the road next to Westgate apartments, to the Esplanade car park and along Wellington Row to the rowing club.Traffic lights will be used to manage traffic along North Street and Wellington Row during the wall-raising work and a banksman will manage traffic to and from the site.Work on the Lendal Bridge flood gates will take place on one gate at a time so access will not be impeded until testing is carried out, where it will be closed for approximately four days.The work will take place in two parts; the construction of the new wall and embankment in War Memorial Gardens, and the raising of North Street flood wall and Lendal Bridge flood gate.While the majority of work will only take place in daytime hours, night working is expected in a short section, near the junction of Leeman Road and Station Avenue.Further construction work is expected to start between Water End and Scarborough Bridge, at the back of St Peter’s School, in the coming months.The Environment Agency will continue working with City of York Council between now and 2021 to carry out a major programme of flood defence upgrades within the city. Initial ideas were identified within the York 5 Year Plan, published in November 2016.For further details email [email protected] or visit: The work will consist of:last_img read more

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See Violet’s Sutton Foster Sing ‘On My Way’

first_img Star Files View Comments Violet Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 Sutton Foster took The Today Show on a journey as part of its “Best of Broadway” series on May 5. The Tony winner and the cast of Violet performed the song “On My Way” at 30 Rock, giving us a taste of the musical, which follows a 1960s woman who makes a bus trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma in the hope that a televangelist can heal her disfigured face. See below why Violet recently garnered four Tony nods, including one for Foster and for Best Revival, then check out the production at the American Airlines Theatre. Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

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Time to staff schools with armed guards

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionJust a few short weeks after the Parkland massacre we have another shooter walk into an unguarded door in a school in Maryland and shoot two students.Most of the solutions offered over the last couple of weeks to solve this problem involve gun control. That issue makes our politicians feel good, but doesn’t solve the problem at all. Let’s face it, we’re never going to get guns out of the hands of people who want to kill us. Let’s bite the bullet and spend the money necessary to control the access to our schools and secure them with metal detectors and armed guards. We don’t need any more of our kids getting killed in school.In my opinion it’s the only solution to this problem that is going to work.Ron BelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlinelast_img read more

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Delores Mae Tandy

first_imgDelores Mae Tandy, 86, passed away on February 13, 2019 at 3:05 am at Shady Nook Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born March 26, 1932 in Wrights Corner, IN, only child of the late Ervin Fillenwarth and Nora (Kaiser) Fillenwarth. She was raised on a farm in Wrights Corner, attended the Wrights Corner Grade School and was a 1950 graduate of Aurora High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack Donald Tandy on November 8, 1952 and this union was blessed with three daughters, Cindy, Terry and Kathy. Jack and Delores shared over 66 loving years of marriage until her death.After high school Delores worked at Stegerwald Electrical Company as an office manager, then she was the Aurora School Corporation secretary until 1954 when she and Jack entered into business opening Tandy’s Fashion Bar, a ladies clothing store. They continued to grow opening a store in Dillsboro and Brookville, and eventually combining into one store selling men’s, women’s and children’s merchandise. They opened Tandy’s Apparel on August 22, 1969. Delores taught Sunday School at St. John Lutheran Church Bellaire, attended the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Greendale, was a former member of Tri Kappa and was a Girl Scout Leader for all three girls. She enjoyed being involved with all of the kids activities with school. Delores liked to quilt and shop. She was an animal lover, especially dogs, and cats. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, and she will be greatly missed.Delores is survived by her loving husband Jack Donald Tandy, Aurora, IN., three daughters, Cindy (John) Raab of Waynesville, OH., Terry (Brian) Strautman of Liberty Township, OH., and Kathy Tandy (Jim Schneider) of Lawrenceburg, IN.; grandchildren, Stephanie (Daniel) Moreno, Chicago, IL., Kristin (Zachary) Richmond, Monroe, OH., Matthew Strautman, Chicago, IL., Candice (Ryan) Harrison, Morrow, OH., Andrew Strautman, Chicago, IL., and Nick Strautman, Cincinnati, OH.; great-grandchildren, Kaleo, Reece and Mikhail Richmond and Paige and Emily Harrison.She was preceded in death by her parents.Friends will be received Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 570 Sheldon Street, Greendale, Indiana.Services will be held at 2:00 pm at the church with Pastor Barry Riehle officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Emanuel Lutheran Church, Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP) or the Masonic Lodge #51 Parking Lot.If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Tsonga makes winning return, Johnson sets up Murray reunion

first_imgTHERE were no signs of rust from a returning Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Shanghai and Steve Johnson set up a clash with Andy Murray.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga marked his return from injury at the Shanghai Masters with a comfortable first-round win over Florian Mayer.The world number 13 had not played since he was forced to retire from his U.S. Open quarter-final with Novak Djokovic with a knee issue.But he showed little signs of rust yesterday as he saw off Mayer 6-3, 6-2 in just 71 minutes.Tsonga was the only seed in action in Shanghai, but teenager Alexander Zverev provided a further demonstration of his talent with a straight-sets win over John Isner.Steve Johnson also progressed, but Ivo Karlovic is out of the ATP 1000 event after his defeat to Vasek Pospisil.Tsonga went into his meeting with Mayer having won all five of their previous encounters.And the German was unable to end his wait for a victory against the former Australian Open finalist, as he paid the price for wasting two break points in the opening game of the match.The Frenchman took full control after winning the opening set and, though Mayer fought hard to save four match points, his effort proved in vain, as the ninth seed set up a clash with Janko Tipsarevic.With just five places separating the two in the rankings, Zverev’s contest with Isner looked set to be a hard-fought one.But that did not prove the case as the 19-year-old German showed why he sits above the American in the rankings, the world number 21 winning 6-4, 6-2.Known for his booming serve, Isner found himself behind on the ace-count 9-5, with both players losing just seven points on their first serve. However, Isner won only seven points on his second serve and was punished as Zverev broke four times.Johnson narrowly missed out on beating Andy Murray in the quarter-finals at Rio 2016, but will have a chance to avenge his Olympic loss after seeing off Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-3.The American required only 61 minutes to end the Slovakian’s challenge, and will now aim to dent Murray’s bid to end the year as world number one.But Karlovic’s tournament is over despite the Croatian sending down 14 aces against Pospisil, the Canadian coming through to face Grigor Dimitrov or Richard Gasquet.Viktor Troicki is also into round two following a routine 6-2, 6-4 triumph against qualifier Lukas Rosol, but Joao Sousa is out after going down 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 to Benoit Paire.There were also three-set wins for Kyle Edmund, Nicolas Almagro, and Taylor Fritz while Mischa Zverev overcame Zhang Ze in straight sets.last_img read more

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Who will be “Mr.” Irrelevant

first_imgSchmoldt Says: The only part of the NFL Draft worth watching is the final pick, coincidentally dubbed “Mr. Irrelevant,” and this year — insert Chris Berman voice here — the Raiders have the honor for the third time in four years. The player will be the 47th choice of the seventh round, or the 255th pick overall, a number that is somehow higher than Dave’s golf score was on Monday.So who should this year’s Mr. Irrelevant be? He either has to have a goofy name, or come from a random school in the middle of nowhere. Or, in the spirit of Ed Nelson, why not go with a basketball player and just turn him into a football player? Let’s combine all three, actually.My pick is big John Bunch out of Monmouth, the biggest guy in the NCAA tourney and a guy that Dave liked to tear apart after his trip to Philly. Dave doesn’t think he can play basketball? Fine, let him hit the gridiron and see what happens. This 7-foot-2, 320 pound monster will wreak havoc on whoever Dave decides should challenge him. In fact, since Dave is choosing a “Miss Irrelevant”–which I think is against NFL rules, I think Bunch has got a pretty damn good chance. I think Dave just picked Katie to pick someone he can actually beat at golf.I could see Bunch as a hefty offensive tackle, or perhaps becoming the next Antonio Gates. Gates played basketball at Kent State but is now arguably the best tight end in the NFL. He was never even drafted, so Oakland better snatch up Bunch before someone tries to get him as a free agent.I can see Bunch doing something in the NFL. I can see Hnida botching a few dozen more field goal tries–in practice. Then again, I could be seeing McGrath shoot another 125 out on the golf course next Monday.Dave Says:If I’m holding the last pick in the NFL Draft, I have to make a statement with that pick. I mean, although the pick is probably not going to make much of an impact on my team, I still am going to need around $250,000 to sign this schmo, so he better have something better to offer than mediocre football skills.With that in mind I would definitely make my pick Katie Hnida, the college kicker from Colorado who went onto fame at the University of New Mexico. The pick would make a difference not only on my football team, but also throughout the whole world.Through picking Hnida I am making a stand against many of the -isms that plague not only football, but the world in general.I would be the first NFL franchise to employ a female player, thus enfranchising all of the franchises. The message would be clear, that women would be allowed on my sidelines anytime. Signing Hnida would open people’s minds as to the abilities of female athletes. It would also probably ensure a sellout of many of my games and open the doors for a whole new set of advertisers. Just imagine: A Platex commercial following a Miller Light spot.Secondly, as she is currently making a bazillion dollars a year as a motivational speaker, she would have no problem signing for the rookie minimum, even though she is a big name celebrity. The last thing you want after your draft is a rookie holdout.Thirdly, if morons like Bill Gramatica and Jose Cortez can kick in the NFL there is no doubt that Hnida could.At the very least, locker room morale would be raised. And if she didn’t work out, there is always the off chance she would want to stay on as a cheerleader and thus become the highest drafted pom-pom user of all-time.last_img read more

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Firefighter injured battling house blaze in Charles City

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A firefighter has been injured after battling a house fire in Charles City on Wednesday night. The Charles City Fire Department says they were called to 200 Kelly Street at about 9:30 last night. On arrival, they found smoke coming from the eaves of the home as well as observed fire on the second story of the residence. The department was able to extinguish the fire within 15 minutes. The Fire Department says one firefighter sustained a minor injury and refused treatment at the scene. No other injuries were reported. The home is owned by Michael Vanderslice. Nobody was in the house at the time firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire remains under investigation with the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office being called in to assist with the investigation.last_img read more

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