How wedding venues are adapting to New York state guidelines

first_imgTraditions said they are following a number of guidelines including enforcing masks, contact tracing, and having no more than 50 guests at a ceremony. Some brides even opted to hold their ceremonies on Zoom, and the virtual weddings were attended by simply logging on. Traditions at the Glen, Hotel and Spa, is known for hosting weddings with up to 300 guests, but due to the COVID pandemic, they have had to adapt and have seen significant losses. There are also other changes, like not having a dance floor. Post compares the wedding’s reception to more of a formal dinner. And while Traditions acknowledges that some outbreaks have been traced to celebrations like weddings, they say, so far, they haven’t heard of any health problems after any of their events and hope their regulations will let them continue putting on in-person celebrations. “The first question I get asked when I pick up the phone is ‘what are your restrictions right now, regulations, how are you following? How are you going to keep our guests safe?’,” said Post. “It’s not just the guests’ safety, it’s also for our safety, and I will admit that a lot of our staff was not comfortable coming back to work right away,” said Post. Post also tells 12 News that they have a three strike warning, and will either ask a guest to leave or shut down the event if people are not following the rules after being asked to three times. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many industries, one of them being the multi-billion dollar wedding industry, where many had to cancel, postpone or change their plans. “Ordinarily, we’ve held 25-30 weddings by now, and now we’ve held to date nine,” said Jeannie Post, director of Sales at Traditions. The hotel is putting on in-person weddings in adherence to the New York State guidelines, and because health remains the top concern, they are taking serious precautionary measures. Despite downsizing and having different rules in place, Traditions says their brides come away happy with their event, calling their intimate ceremonies a, “VIP wedding.” Now, venues in New York state are able to host in-person weddings, but they have to follow new rules and regulations.last_img read more

Thomas Robert Cloppert – Milan

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Tom’s memory include his wife of 43 years, Judy Cloppert; children, Bill (Karen) Schmitt of Milan, Julie (Joe) Stewart of West Harrison, Thom (Alicia) Cloppert, Jr. of Loveland, OH, Jud (Liz) Cloppert of Cincinnati, and Katie (Taylor) Hoffman of Erlanger, KY; 10 grandchildren, Megan (Tyler) Ripperger, Zach Schmitt, Jacob Stewart, Eli Schmitt, Mallory Stewart, Becca Schmitt, Matthew Schmitt, Lilli Stewart, Acadia Cloppert, and Irelyn Cloppert; 3 great-grandchildren, Quinn Ripperger, Griffin Ripperger and Rhys Schmitt; 2 brothers, Fred (Pat) Cloppert of Columbus, OH, and Bill (Sandi) Cloppert of Cincinnati, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents. Thomas Robert Cloppert, of Milan, was born on February 23, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio a son to Frederick and Rita Bettinger Cloppert.  He married Judy Weisbrod on December 12, 1975 in Cincinnati and together they raised five children.  Tom worked as a material manager in quality control for many years.  He was an active member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church as a Eucharistic minister and in the men’s prayer groups.  Tom loved boating and spending time with his family.  On Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the age of 67, he passed away at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.   Friends may visit with the family on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 5 until 8 p.m. with Rosary at 4:30 at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Father Shaun Whittington will officiate a Mass of Christian burial on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  center_img Memorial donations can be directed to the St. Nicholas Heritage Project – the donations will help with the building of the new St. Nicholas School.  To sign the online guestbook please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Thomas Cloppert.last_img read more

Massive online auction for Donegal properties sells for almost €5M

first_imgAn online auction of properties in Co Donegal has sold for almost €5M. The portfolio of as many as 93 commercial and residential property in Letterkenny and Falcarragh has sold for its combined guide price of €4.85m prior to the BidX1 auction. The auctioneer raised more than €35.6m over three days of online auctions and 46pc of the revenue was generated by 34 commercial lots.BidX1’s Bernard Cully said this September’s auctions were its most successful this year.“The level of interest shows that, despite the economic and political uncertainty, investors are still confident about the outlook for Irish property market,” he told of the properties in the Co Donegal lot are located close to each other at Upper Main Street, Pearse Road and at Academy Court in Letterkenny.One of these, McKendrick Place, next to Pearse Road, is responsible for €107,000 in rental income and nine of its 11 retail and office units are tenanted with EBS among the occupants. In all the Co Donegal lot generates annual rent of almost €306,100, although the auctioneer also points out that current passing annual rent totals €423,116. With vacant possession of 30 units, they have potential for a significant increase in rental income.Massive online auction for Donegal properties sells for almost €5M was last modified: September 27th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFalcarraghletterkennyonline auctionpropertylast_img read more

Building to LEED and NGBS Green Certification in One House

first_imgOTHERS IN THIS SERIES We had already walked and jogged on our journey to green, but we began to worry that we would miss out on our chance to run. We had a pretty good reputation as one of the few builders in town familiar with green building, but the real estate market was headed down, so we weren’t building any more spec homes. We introduced all of our new customers to a range of green building programs, but none of them were very interested.Back to the classroomIn an effort to expand our knowledge and create a new revenue source for our company, I got certified as a Building Analyst by the Building Performance Institute. This was probably the best class I had taken to date. That was when the whole “house as a system” idea really clicked in my head.After that class, everything I read made much more sense. When I needed to make decisions, I was able to ask much better questions of our subs and suppliers. I would recommend this class to any new home builder — even if you have no intention of building green or getting into energy audits or weatherization. (I would also recommend doing some remodeling and home repair – nothing teaches how to build better than seeing houses that were not done properly).This was also about the time that GreenBuildingAdvisor came online, so I spent hours every night reading all the new articles. Part 1: The Journey BeginsPart 2: Energy StarPart 3: EarthCraft Part 4: LEED and NGBSPart 5: Comparing the Systems RELATED CONTENTGBA Encyclopedia:LEED for HomesNat’l Green Building StandardAdvanced FramingNews: Another New Hampshire Home Lands LEED Platinum CertificationGreen Homes:NC Home Grabs Five Green RatingsTeenagers Build an Affordable LEED-Platinum Home Seasoned Connecticut Builders’ First Green Home Earns LEED PlatinumBlogs: Can Exterior Foam Insulation Cause Mold & Moisture Problems?Q&A: Is an exterior vapor barrier OK? Clients with a visionWhile working as an exhibitor at one of the local green building events, we met a fascinating couple who wanted to build a LEED Platinum home. Finally – our chance to run. What made it better: this couple had a mission to build their green house for an average cost. We were very excited to work with this couple and really liked the fact they had an alternate purpose to building a green home.So we got a project team together and started working on the specifications. This project got under way right after the National Green Building Standard had come out. We recommended doing that certification as well as LEED for Homes — in order to compare the two rating programs — and they were up for it.While working through the checklists for the two certifications, we learned about the DOE Builder’s Challenge. We all liked the fact that the house must score below 70 on the HERS Index — other green building programs don’t really insist on a target HERS number — so we thought this would be a good thing to shoot for as well. We were really running now!Reconsidering advanced framingAfter conducting a few energy audits, I had a new appreciation for advanced framing. As we looked at what we thought were well-built homes, we were shocked at how cold the studs were during the winter months in some of the houses we visited. We immediately knew that we needed to improve our thermal envelope and reduce thermal bridging.We spent a lot of time looking at cost-versus-value on the thermal envelope. We finally decided on 2×6 wall construction, 24 inches on center, with blown-in insulation, rigid foam sheathing, and radiant barrier roof sheathing.I was still a little reluctant on the 24-in. spacing so I called the Sheetrock manufacturer to ask if ½-in. Sheetrock would be okay. The manufacturer said that in a vertical application, the ½-in. thickness would be plenty. On a horizontal application, however, we should use Type X or go to 5/8 in. Since we were on a tight budget, we kept with the ½ in. If I were doing this on a more expensive house, I would probably consider upgrading to 5/8 in. everywhere.Will the walls be able to dry?One of the first things we did was to contact the manufacturers to get spec sheets on all the new products we were planning to use, to be sure we understood how to install them properly. In addition, we needed this documentation for the certifications as well.While looking at Dow Structural Insulated Sheathing (SIS), I saw that the perm rating was under 0.3. This worried me – it appeared that everyone in the green world recommended exterior foam as a thermal break, but this meant installing a vapor retarder on the outside of your wall. We had always learned from Fine Homebuilding and that in our climate you don’t want to have a vapor barrier in your wall; you want to allow the wall to dry in both directions. This is opposite of everything we had learned over the years.Well – I went to my favorite website, GBA, and asked them what they think. The site proved to be a great resource, and I had some great discussions and received good advice. I also asked several other questions on the site as well — we had moved to a high-performance felt as well, but that too was putting a vapor barrier on our roof which concerned us. But after speaking with the experts at GBA, we felt much more comfortable about where we were headed.Careful planning yields rewardsWe learned our lesson — don’t move forward without having a firm plan — so we had many meetings with our verifier and all of our subs. We went through every detail and every point of the home before we started. Some of the other features we included in the home: passive solar design, a solar water heater, a rainwater harvesting system, an ERV, and a very high-performance HVAC system. Of course we used Energy Star appliances and lighting fixtures, Water Sense plumbing fixtures, low VOC paints, locally produced and non-formaldehyde cabinets and countertops, etc.We had a great verifier and the construction process went very smoothly. It was nice to have the homeowners so involved in the process – we felt like it was more of a team approach rather than us working for them. All inspections went well and when we ran our blower-door test, we got the lowest reading our verifier had ever done. We ended up with a HERS Index of 52, and the house was built for $126 per square foot. We felt like we had accomplished all of our goals.The house was one of only three LEED Platinum homes in the state of North Carolina, and the first Gold-certified house in the National Green Building Standard program. You can learn more about this house here.Danny Kelly is a co-owner of Kelly McArdle Construction in Charlotte, North Carolina.last_img read more

Ravena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’

first_imgRavena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’6.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball team View comments MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games “We expected that Thailand would put up a fight, but we didn’t expect that we would play that bad,” said guard Kiefer Ravena Monday at Sunway Putra Hotel here. “It was an ugly one for us but we ended up winning and that was the end goal.”CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThailand managed to take a 71-69 lead midway through the fourth and it needed the late-game heroics of Ravena and Baser Amer to lead the Philippines to the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas went on an 8-0 run to take a 77-71 lead with the backcourt tandem scoring six points in the pivotal spurt.Ravena said that if ever they plan to win the Philippines’ record 17th gold medal in the regional games, they have to be sharp from the get-go down to avoid playing catchup. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next KUALA LUMPUR—Gilas Pilipinas barely left MABA Stadium the same way it came in.Southeast Asia’s most dominant basketball program had to fight tooth-and-nail against Thailand to capture an 81-74 win at the start of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I guess we have to avoid things like these from happening again,” said Ravena, who finished with 11 points but shot 4-of-14 from the field.  UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Former OSU football player honored with Gee award

As the 2009 football season rolls on, each player continues to learn his role on and off the field. Whether they are current athletes or former Buckeyes in the NFL, each finds a way to make an impact on the game.One Buckeye who has made a unique impression on the lives of his teammates won’t be returning to the roster this year, but his spirit and drive will be passed from those who know him to the first-year players who may only know of him.Former Buck’s receiver and 2009 graduate Tyson Gentry is being honored with the E. Gordon Gee Spirit of Ohio State Award on Friday at the annual Alumni Awards for this legacy of inspiration.“I am extremely honored for this,” Gentry said. “Knowing how respected Gee is within the university makes it even more special.”The award is considered for outstanding OSU alumni who make an effort to honor the university and its history with devotion and integrity.Previous winners of the Spirit Award include Gee, Jim Tressel, John T. Mount and the Student-Alumni Council, according to an Ohio State Buckeyes press release.“Tyson has shown exceptional perseverance and dedication in earning his college degree,” said Archie Griffin, president and CEO of Ohio State University Alumni Association. “He clearly has the ability to overcome significant obstacles in pursuit of the things that are important to him. He truly represents the best of the Buckeye spirit.”Gentry came to OSU in 2004 as a punter. In April 2006, he moved to receiver for spring practice. During one play, Gentry went up for the pass and after what would have been a routine tackle he remained motionless on the field. The tackle broke a vertebra in his neck, leaving him partially paralyzed. Though the setback was clearly not part of his plan, Gentry said the experience has allowed him to think of his life in a different perspective.“It has really helped me learn about myself and who I want to be,” he said.Despite not being able to play the game anymore, Gentry remained on the Buckeye roster until his senior season last year. His teammates made sure they honored his strength in more ways than one.Each player wore his number, 24, along with their own on their helmets. And he was always seen next to coach Jim Tressel during “Carmen Ohio.” In addition, he was honorary captain for OSU against Texas at the Fiesta Bowl in January 2009.In his book, “The Winner’s Manual: For the Game of Life,” Tressel writes about Gentry, saying “Tyson has shown us that it’s not what happens to you in life that counts. It’s how you handle it … There is no question in my mind that Tyson Gentry is a hero.”Gentry says his teammates and coaches played a vital role in getting him where he is today and any way he can motivate them in return is significant to him.While many were skeptical he would ever be able to feel anything below the neck, he has regained movement in his arm and has some feeling through all of his body, including his legs. This gives him and those close to him hope that he will one day walk again.Gentry graduated from OSU in June with a B.A. in speech and hearing sciences. He remains a part of the Buckeye community as a graduate student in speech and hearing. Though he has an ultimate goal in mind, he says he wants to focus on the present and make the best of what he can.“I am always going to be working on getting out of my chair,” Gentry said. “This experience has taught me to accept everything as it comes and I’m just going to worry about today and my short term goals and hope that everything else will follow as it is supposed to.”The 2009 Alumni Awards ceremony will take place at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on 350 N. High Street. read more

Ohio State field hockey set to hit the road for opening Big

Senior forward Peanut Johnson (3) surveys the field during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won, 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to hit the road this week for East Lansing, Michigan, to face off against Michigan State.The Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to step on the field on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Big Ten opener.After last Friday’s 3-2 home win against Ball State, OSU (3-2) is now on a two-game winning streak with an offense that has come on strong recently. However, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she is cautious about getting too confident heading into conference play.“Once you get the Big Ten, it’s a whole new ballgame, and they know that,” Wilkinson said.Following in the footsteps of last week’s recipient, sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro, senior forward Peanut Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Tuesday for her strong performance last week against Ball State. Johnson earned her team five points by scoring twice and adding two assists, which brought the Dayton, Ohio, native’s season total to 10 points.Johnson said she looks to the individual accolade as a welcome recognition, but she still sees the team as a support system and large factor in her triumph.“It’s such an honor,” Johnson said. “But it’s definitely a team effort in the end, and I’m just really grateful.”Johnson and her co-captain, senior back Emma Royce, said they see Friday’s first conference game as a chance for the Buckeyes to truly shine following their winning streak.Royce said that when going up against the Spartans, the team has to be in the right mindset above anything else.“The skills are all there, it’s a lot about mentality at this point,” Royce said. “We just know that Michigan State is a very passionate and aggressive team so we’re looking to win our individual matchups and 50-50 balls.”Wilkinson said she looks for Friday’s game to be an opportunity for the Buckeyes to work on locking down the ball.“Possession is really going to be key,” Wilkinson said. “Michigan has a style where they really like to break up your plays…because we’re a fast team, they like to break that up so we need to work on playing small but opening up also.”Michigan State will go into the game tied for sixth place in the Big Ten alongside Maryland after their loss to Columbia last Sunday, bringing them to 3-3 overall on the season.Last meetingLast season’s matchup between the Buckeyes and Spartans ended in overtime at 4-3, with Michigan State taking the victory on a goal by forward Abby Barker.Players to watchWhile Tamburro and Johnson hold the consecutive titles of Big Ten Player of the Week, sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey holds team leads for Buckeyes with 12 points (five goals, two assists). read more

Modric reflects on Zizou and Ronaldos exit

first_imgReal Madrid’s midfielder Luka Modric admits he was in the dark about the exit of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.Zidane ended his reign with the club after guiding them to three consecutive Champions League titles, while Ronaldo ended his nine-year association with a move to Serie A champions Juventus in July.“I wasn’t expecting either of the two to go; I didn’t think Zidane would leave and the same with Ronaldo,” said Modric in an interview according to Xinhuanet.“In fact when the rumors about Cristiano appeared, we (Real Madrid players) had bets among ourselves and we were certain he would stay, but everyone makes their own decisions,” he added.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The 33-year-old, remains the bookmakers favourite to win the prestigious ‘Ballon d’Or’ award in what will be a complete sweep of accolades.He equally singled out former Croatian international Zvonimir Boban for praise; “he was my hero in the Croatian team,” he said, before naming Zidane as his second choice.“I was lucky to have him as a coach and we have lived some incredible moments with him at Real Madrid, sometimes he’s played alongside us and it was incredible to see how elegant he was and how he moved over the pitch,” said Modric.The Croatian described himself as “as a shy person and that he didn’t “appreciate being over-exposed in the media. “I prefer simplicity,” he said.last_img read more