The Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) Department of Biostatistics announced that Melissa D. Begg will be the first recipient of the newly established Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award. Begg will deliver a lecture and be presented with the inaugural award on Sept. 28, preceding the kickoff of the 2012 HSPH Alumni Weekend.The Lagakos award honors the career of Professor Stephen Lagakos by recognizing department alumni whose research in statistical theory and application, leadership in biomedical research, and commitment to teaching have had a major impact on the theory and practice of statistical science.Begg graduated from the Department of Biostatistics in 1989, and she currently serves as professor of clinical biostatistics and as vice dean of education at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The award recognizes Begg’s accomplishments in education, scientific collaboration, and statistical methodology, as well as her leadership role in academic administration.Read more.
By U.S. Embassy in Belize September 10, 2020 On August 20, the U.S. Embassy delivered disaster response equipment and supplies valued at more than $88,000 to Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in a handover ceremony at the NEMO Warehouse in Ladyville. U.S. Army Major Matthew Adams, chief of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy Belmopan, represented the U.S. Embassy when handing the items to Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Shelton Defour, who received the goods on behalf of NEMO.“Hurricane season reminds us that even as the United States and the government of Belize focus on reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Belize, we must also work together to prepare against the threat of natural disasters,” Maj. Adams declared. “The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Southern Command remain strongly committed to our partnership with the National Emergency Management Organization to deliver timely assistance to the people of Belize in the event of a hurricane or any other natural disaster through the donation of this critical emergency preparedness equipment.”The donations include items such as generators, blankets, folding chairs, tables, box spring mattresses, water canisters, and lamps intended for use in a crisis. The donations continue to build on the U.S. government’s longstanding commitment to improve Belize’s disaster response capabilities.
Judith Lucille Fletcher, of Sunman, was born on May 4, 1940 in Batesville, a daughter to Filmore and Irene Richter Baas. She married Frank Fletcher on July 1, 1989 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church and he survives. Judy worked for over 29 years at Batesville Casket Company in the embroidery department. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed cooking, gardening, farming, having a good time with family and friends, and traveling. On December 20, 2019, at the age of 79, she passed away at Ripley Crossing in Milan.Those surviving who will cherish Judy’s memory include her husband, Frank Fletcher; children, Sandra (Todd) Hon of West Harrison, Rhonda Hildebrand of Sunman, and Daniel Hildebrand of Aurora; step-children, Kerri Eckstein of Brookville, and Cory (Mara) Fletcher of Batesville; 10 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and one great, great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents.Friends may visit with the family on Friday, December 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Burial will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.Memorial donations can be directed to The Shriner’s Hospital or to St. Stephen’s Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Judy Fletcher.
MOTOR racers of both cars and bikes are gearing for the second instalment of the National Race of Champions, billed for July 2 at the South Dakota Circuit Timehri,The event, under the auspices of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) will feature 22 events on race day with qualifying expected to take place on Saturday.According to the president of the GMR&SC, Rameez Mohamed, several of the country’s big names are expected on race day, having missed the first leg of the event in March.“We’ve already got confirmation of at least three big-name racers who will return for the second instalment of the Race of Champions. We don’t want to release those names yet but there are some rivalries that are going to be renewed,” Mohamed said.The GMR&SC boss added, “We are also looking at the return of one of our oldest events, the handicap race. That has been missing from the calendar for a while and we are trying to bring It back.”He continued, “What we can assure those fans, both those who are ardent race supporters and those who are newcomers, is that they won’t be disappointed by what we have to show.”In the coming few days he noted, the club will be embarking on several awareness campaigns and promotions in an attempt to garner even more spectators and if possible, participants.The July 2 event is sponsored by Ansa McAl, Prem’s Electrical, B.M. Soat, Mohamed’s Enterprise, Ready Mix, Special Auto, Japarts, Ticket Master, Palm Court, KGM, MAC batteries, S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction, L Mahabir and Sons Cambio and Choke Gas Station.
The ramificationsÂ Board member Maria Cornejo was the lone dissenting vote in the purchase proposal. She said there were too many questions concerning moving activities out of the building and placing them someplace else.Board member Angie Ratcliff said the building wasn’t being used enough and that didn’t justify the school keeping it.“I remember a building in downtown called the Antlers Motel,” Ratcliff said. “It was a beautiful building. But once it outlived its purpose then it started to deteriorate and eventually had to be torn down. That’s what we have to worry about here.”Board member Bob White said by selling the property for commercial purposes, it will become part of the community tax roll which will provide Wellington with more tax revenue – thus justifying selling the building at a reduced price.Weiss said the upkeep of the junior high building is problematic. There is still the cost of heating the building and upkeep even if the rooms are vacated. Also, there have been vandalism issues and people breaking in.The Wellington Community Theater will be most affected if the sale is finalized. Robert Brown, President of the Wellington Community Theater, admitted to being a bit blind sided by the news on Friday.The WCT uses the buildings for its drama productions. Brown said five of the rooms are used to store props throughout the year and the stage is used extensively for rehearsals and the productions themselves.“We were starting to prepare for the sale of the building back a few years back,” Brown said. “But this time there was no warning. We’re having a meeting on Tuesday to see what to do next.”The theater group did use the Wellington Memorial Auditorium previously but eventually moved to the Junior High a few years ago.“Storage is our biggest issue,” Brown said.Another key question is what to do with the football teams during halftime of the high school games.Wellington High School Activities Director Brian Buchanan said that is a question left unanswered at the moment. The middle school is too long of distance for the teams to travel during the short amount of time at halftime intermissions.He said he learned of the sale earlier last week.Cornejo also questioned at the meeting what would come of the parking lot to the east of the building. Would that be unavailable for people during middle and high school tennis matches or during the football games?There had been some interest from local groups in years past to use the building. At one point, Cowley County Community College had thought about starting a satellite school in the facility. But that never materialized. The Wellington Recreation Commission had also looked into using the building for its new rec center. It too decided to go in a different direction. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” By a 6-1 vote the Wellington School Board approved the sale of the Wellington Junior High building to Gary Hassenflu, owner/broker of Garrison Properties of Prairie Village, Kans. next to Overland Park.The school has entered into a tentative agreement with Garrison Property to sell the building and parking lot to the east on North A for $150,000.The building was vacated in 2006 when students were moved to the new Wellington Middle School which had been previously used by the Wellington High School. Since that point, the junior high building has been used sparingly by the Wellington Community Theater, middle school basketball practices, and during WHS home football games for locker rooms at halftime.Â Sumner County Appraiser Della Rowley said the junior high and parking lot is tax-exempt property that has been valued by the appraiser’s office at $641,570 in 2012.“Keep in mind, this probably doesn’t reflect fair market value,” Rowley said. “We don’t spent any time valuing tax-exempt property because our focus is on commercial and residential property. We don’t have the staff or resources to look or evaluate property that is tax-exempt.”The school building was built in 1928 as Wellington High School – which became a school district in 1920. Once a prestigious school building in its day, it would house high school students until the early 1960s, when another high school was built to the north. It would then become a junior high for seventh and eighth graders until 2006.The sale is not finalized by any means. The school board’s vote enters into a tentative agreement between USD 353 and Garrison Properties. There will be various closing issues before the sale is finalized as is the case with real estate transfers.What Garrison Property will do with the building has not been publicly made. Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss said Hassenflu contacted him this month wanting to turn the building into apartments for senior citizens and other in need of rental space.According to the Garrison Properties website (see here) the company’s desire is to provide “new construction, affordable rental housing development to the rural areas in the Midwest and has grown into a multi-dimensional real estate development firm engaged in medium to large scale mixed-use development, adaptive reuse of historic structures, urban in-fill redevelopment and mark rate and affordable rental for-sale housing in a 10-state area.”The site says that Garrison has constructed and rehabbed over 800 living units.Sumner Newscow left a phone message Monday morning for Hassenflu that has not been returned.This isn’t the first time that Garrison Properties had expressed interest in the building, Weiss said. In the late 2000s Garrison was the second developer on the list to express interest in the junior high during the heat of the casino location battle with Mulvane. At that time, the school board was in negotiation with another developer, but that deal fell through when ultimately the casino was to be built at Exit 19 near Mulvane.Garrison also pulled out of negotiations at that time, but returned earlier this month to Weiss with renewed interest.The criticism by some residents then was the board had waited too long to make a decision and the developer lost interest. This time the board made its move quickly after a 20-minute discussion at Thursday’s meeting. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (33) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down guest · 395 weeks ago Middle school basketball teams still practice in this gym. Does the Board have a plan to address the gym space? Are kids now going to be starting practices after 9:00? We have no viable plan for football locker rooms… This Board never ceases to amaze! But we will get it on the tax rolls… Report Reply 1 reply · active 395 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Mr. Positive · 395 weeks ago sell everything in the building that the school district owns. how many ac window units are there? sell the scoreboards like they are selling the others at the present junior high. got to move fast on the locker room facility. no time to argue or debate about it–something needs to get done fast. glad building has sold, but does put the district in a bind for a practice facility and football locker space for opponents. wonder why buyer wants to close so fast? can the small gym at roosevelt be used for a practice facility? oh well, best of luck to both parties. Report Reply 0 replies · active 395 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Pleased citizen · 395 weeks ago The sale of the building will not only save money for upkeep, but the profit from the sale could be used to build some sort of locker room setting for half-time shelter for ball teams. Good move USD 353 School Board. Changing a liability to a asset. Report Reply 1 reply · active 395 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Booster · 395 weeks ago This building was a White Elephant. Be happy it sold! The football field needs to be updated anyway, so go ahead and build some locker rooms and decent public restroom facilities. This is a good thing! We no longer have to maintain this dilapidated building! Report Reply 0 replies · active 395 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down phil · 395 weeks ago Middle School basketball practices will greatly be altered. The start and end times of practices will greatly effected. I would hate to see practices starting at 6:00 AM again. This is not good for the students and their academics. The money from the sale needs to be directly put back into locker rooms and practice facility. Report Reply 0 replies · active 395 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down LittleOne · 395 weeks ago Boy that is a big house for $150.000.00. Report Reply 0 replies · active 395 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Reality Check · 395 weeks ago Really? You want to keep a dilapitated building costing the school districts thousands because your honey boo-boo has a place to practice? No wonder this town is dead. Report Reply 4 replies · active 395 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Jim · 395 weeks ago I am very pleased with the sale. It has been a burden on the taxpayers way to long. I also would like to see the money used at the football field for locker rooms and rest rooms. This is a win win for the city and its taxpayers. Thank you USD 353 board members for not hesitating on the issue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 395 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 395 weeks ago It does make Wellington Memorial Auditorium more relevant. That is for sure. Report Reply 0 replies · active 395 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Jeff · 395 weeks ago As a resident who lives on A street, I don’t really want to see low income housing or projects put in, I will move first before I have my belongings damaged or stolen. Also It’s about time we start playing football at a stadium on the land where the new High School sits!!!! Report Reply 2 replies · active 395 weeks ago 123Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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