The Bible: The mind of God, the state of man

first_imgPreviousTHE PEOPLE’S DEFENDER SENIOR PROFILENextAdams Waste and Recycling releases holiday closures Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The Bible: The mind of God, the state of manDecember 11, 2015Peoples DefenderColumns0 HomeOpinionColumnsThe Bible: The mind of God, the state of man – Straight PathsLoren Hardin Straight Paths – Loren Hardin Joyce was referred to Hospice with end stage liver failure. As the hospice social worker it was my job to meet with Joyce to reach a mutual decision about whether hospice was right for her. I can still visualize our first meeting. Joyce was in the hospital, in the first bed, beside the door. She was frail and so thin I could have wrapped my thumb and index finger around her arm. She was only in her thirties, but her face reflected a person weathered way beyond her years by a stormy life. She was clearly in the final stage of her disease.I introduced myself and asked about her condition. She boldly admitted, “I know I’m going to die soon.” Since she was so direct I decided to be also. I asked what she believed spiritually, about whether or not she believed in life after death and without saying a word, she reached for a Bible lying on her bedside table. She pulled a creased and stained piece of paper from between the pages and shared, “Someone at a half way house I was staying in gave this to me. I don’t even remember who it was, but I’ve held on to it ever since.” She handed it to me as if to say, “This is what I believe!” I don’t think I’ve read anything that better describes the value and power of God’s word. Joyce passed it on to me, now I’m passing it on to you.The Bible: This book reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here too, heaven is opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents. Owned it is riches, studied it is wisdom, trusted it is salvation, loved it is character, and obeyed it is power.Loren Hardin is a social worker with Southern Ohio Medical Center – Hospice and can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 740-356-2525. 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Eventer Mark Todd Retires to Concentrate on Horse Racing

first_img SIGN UP Sir Mark Todd stunned fans at a competition in Ireland yesterday (July 28th) when announcing his retirement from eventing.The double Olympic champion’s unexpected news was delivered from the winning team podium after the Nations Cup at Camphire International. The 63-year-old later took to Facebook to elaborate on his mid-season decision to concentrate on training racehorses, saying it had been a case of “when” rather than “if.”Once he had decided not to try for Tokyo 2020, he then felt a growing pressure to stop before the end of 2019. “Having been persuaded back into training racehorses earlier this year I also found I wanted to spend more time on that and was not as focussed on the eventing,” said Todd. “I could foresee keeping both lots of owners happy was going to be increasingly difficult and I did not have the same enthusiasm to go eventing.“It has also been fantastic to be part of Equestrian team NZ, and to win this weekend in the Nations Cup with long-time friends and team-mates Tim and Jonelle [Price] made it all the more special.“This is not a retirement but a change of direction, one in which [wife] Carolyn can feel more relaxed and I can follow a long held passion.”His post, and video of the public reaction to the moment Toddy’s retirement was announced by Kiwi chef d’equipe Graham Thom, can be seen here.The living legend first “retired” in 2000 after the Sydney Olympics, also to train racehorses back home in New Zealand, a successful run which included saddling the winner of the New Zealand Oaks in 2003, Bramble Rose.But by 2007 he realised he was missing eventing, and with encouragement from long-time owner Sir Peter Vela he tried for the the 2008 Olympic Games – where he finished 18th with Gandalf, only his eighth competitive start in as many years.In 2009 he returned to the UK full-time, initially renting facilities at Headley Stud in Berkshire. In 2012 he bought a property in the heart of Marlborough Downs racing country. Originally created by Stan Mellor, the first British National Hunt jockey to ride over 1,000 winners, the farm has been further development by the Todds and has 30 stables and an array of gallops.His “comeback” went on to last 12 years, with highlights including a fourth Badminton win with NZB Land Vision in 2011, a team bronze at London 2012 and being knighted in 2013 by Queen Elizabeth for his services to equestrianism. In 2014 re-married his wife Carolyn – they have two grown-up children together, James and Lauren.At the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Todd finished fourth in the team competition and seventh individually with Leonidas II. In the team show jumping round he uncharacteristically dropped four rails, which meant New Zealand team missed a possible gold. Todd later described this as one of the biggest lows of his career.Todd arrived on the international stage at the 1978 World Championships in Kentucky. He then headed to Britain in 1980 with Southern Comfort, with Andrew Nicholson as his groom, and won Badminton at his first attempt.He won Badminton again in 1994 on a chance ride, Horton Point, and in 1996 on Bertie Blunt. He has also won Burghley five times, in 1997 on Wilton Fair, in 1990 on Face the Music, in 1991 on Welton Greylag, in 1997 (which included the now defunct Open European title) on Broadcast News and 1999 with Diamond Hall Red.His back-to-back Olympic titles came in 1984 and 1988 with the pint-sized Charisma. Like his rider, Charisma (known as “Podge”) also enjoyed a second career down in New Zealand, as a “nanny” horse for Todd’s racing string.Earlier this year Todd took out his training licence with the British Horseracing Authority, and already has 10 horses in work for Vela. He took time off from eventing when Eminent, Vela’s top horse, campaigned in Group 1. Tags: Mark Todd, Sir Mark Todd, Email* Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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Man arrested in South Bend stabbing death

first_img (photo/ABC57) A man has been arrested for the murder of a South Bend man last month.Jason Collins is in custody for the stabbing death of Trey Martinez, who was found dead on September 29 near Marine Street in South Bend.Collins has been charged with Felony Reckless Homicide, which could lead to as many as six years in prison.Collins claimed that Martinez was strangling him during a fight, and he stabbed him in the neck. Court documents say Martinez left the house after he was injured and died a few blocks away. Man arrested in South Bend stabbing death Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleGM and union reach tentative deal that could end strikeNext articleBig waves lash Lake Michigan shoreline Tommie Lee Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter By Tommie Lee – October 16, 2019 0 455 last_img read more

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Carolyn “Christine” Elmer Weber Sorrells

first_img A gathering of Mrs. Sorrells’ family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m., with a Rosary and Christian Vigil to follow at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 3, 2016, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves.Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation, 3080 College Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701; or to an animal charity of one’s choice.Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com. April 22, 1937- May 28, 2016On Saturday, May 28, 2016, Christine Sorrells quietly and peacefully entered her heavenly home. She gave those that knew her many gifts along her lifetime, but one of the greatest was to always let those she loved know how much they meant to her. When you were loved by Christine, you knew how deeply you were loved. She was a beloved Mom, Sister, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Aunt, Friend and Mentor to many. She was also the consummate businesswoman, starting a career long before it was in vogue for women to have them.Christine began her professional life as an Executive Secretary with Atlantic Richfield. Returning to work as her children got older, she worked for Carrier Corporation, rising in responsibility to become a leading sales woman in that industry, which was especially impressive given it was such a male-dominated business. Christine was not a feminist; in fact, just the opposite. But she was extremely smart and had the gift of intuition and perception, attributes that took her career to great heights. Christine moved into the Hospitality industry in 1985, working for Marriott International, Inc. True to form, she was a standout during her Marriott career, becoming a member of the management team at multiple hotels, handling Sales and Catering operations for events at Marriott properties in Houston including Houston Airport Marriott, Marriott in the Medical Center, and The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.After “retiring”, she began work again, serving as Director of Catering for Bando’s. Most recently, she served as Executive Director at her son’s company Associated Mechanical Services where she worked up until the day she left for heaven. Throughout her career she took on the unofficial role of mentor, becoming an example (and standard-bearer for excellence) for many young people in their careers, Carolyn Christine (“Christine,” never Carolyn!) Elmer was born on April 22, 1937 in Port Arthur, TX, to O’Brien Elmer and Carrie deValcourt Elmer. She married Mickey Weber in 1957, and moved to Nederland, Texas where she lived for several years and raised her family. In 1978 Christine had a second chance at love, marrying her best friend Gilbert Sorrells. Christine and Gil lived in Kingwood, Texas for many years, until his death in 2003, after which Christine moved to Beaumont to be closer to family.Christine told those of us close to her that she felt she had been given the gift of a wonderful life, and she was very grateful for that. But during that time, she had heartbreak too. We rejoice now that those tears have turned to joy, as those who went before her have welcomed her to heaven, and she can again be with those she lost, including her son Michael Weber, former husband Mickey Weber, husband Gilbert Sorrells, sister Beulah Morgan, and many other dear nieces, nephews and cousins as well as friends who have been awaiting her arrival in heaven.She leaves behind, with heavy hearts, sister, Doris Coon; daughters, Mary Poole and husband, David; Rebecca Richardson and husband, James; son, John Weber and wife, Kellie; grandchildren, Jacob Holzknecht and wife, Karen; Katlyn Weber and fiancé, Brian; Jacob Weber; Michael Weber and wife, Cierra; Marissa Weber; Lindsey Rutherford and husband, Trey; Megan Smith and husband, Tabor; great- grandchildren, Boston Smith and Jack Rutherford; nephew, Tommy Coon; nieces, Billie Jean Ewing and husband, Tommy; Jackie Solis and husband, Manuel; Kathy Valka; and Susan McBride and husband, Armand; in addition to many other beloved family and friends.Christine was passionate about many things: her Catholic faith, her family, her friends, her work, her garden, reading, politics, her cats, her wardrobe, good wine (white, never red), strong coffee, shopping, shoes and clothes-lots of shoes and clothes!last_img read more

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Yvonne Sutherlin

first_imgYvonne Sutherlin passed away peacefully on August 3, 2020.She was born on October 5, 1930, in Port Arthur, Texas and was a lifelong resident.She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary S. Aaron and Jewell C. Aaron; her younger sister, Shirley F. Williams; her loving husband of 55 years James E. Sutherlin; and her son James A. Sutherlin. Next UpYvonne graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1949 and later graduated from Lamar University with an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies.She retired from the City of Port Arthur in 1992 with 31 years of public service as an Administrative Assistant.She was extremely involved in her community and loved to travel, bake and play the piano. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Museum of the Gulf Coast, 700 Procter Street, Port Arthur, TX 77640 or Friends of the Port Arthur Public Library, 3601 Cultural Center Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640.center_img She is survived by daughter ‘Beth’ Anne Coakley (Ron) of Bedford, TX, daughter in law Lynne Lange, son David Sutherlin (Annie) of Tyler, TX; four grandchildren, Lynn Jones (Andy), Aaron Sutherlin (Molly), Erin Silmon (Keith), Kendall Sutherlin, and 6 great-grandchildren.Visitation for family and friends will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 14, 2020 at First Christian Church with a memorial service to begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.last_img read more

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Vermont among states with ‘Aging Homes’

first_imgRealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com(link is external)), a leading source for comprehensive real estate data, has released its Aging Homes Analysis, which shows that more than 70 percent of US single family homes were built before 1990 while 60 percent of 2013 sales year-to-date were for homes built before 1990.”The high percentage of homes that are at least 20 years old and likely in need of some major repairs is eye-opening,” said Jake Adger, chief economist at RealtyTrac. “However, given the low inventory of homes available for sale in today’s market, this challenge of aging US housing supply can also be an opportunity for buyers looking for a bargain and homeowners looking to update their living space and improve the value of their homes.”The likelihood of purchasing an older home varies by state. Homes older than 1990 made up more than 75 percent of year-to-date 2013 sales in 11 states: Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Illinois, and Wyoming. In contrast, older homes made up less than 40 percent of 2013 sales in Utah, Idaho, Mississippi, and Nevada.Purchases of single family homes by institutional investors, entities that bought at least 10 properties in the last 12 months, skewed toward newer homes, with 39 percent of year-to-date 2013 purchases for homes built in 1990 or later. The percentage of sales on homes built in 1990 or later by institutional investors exceeded 50 percent in 10 states, including Nevada (73 percent), Idaho (66 percent), Arizona (61 percent), Mississippi (60 percent), and North Carolina (60 percent).Meanwhile homes built in 1990 or later sold at an average price of $256,292 year-to-date in 2013 while homes built before 1990 sold at an average price of $233,221.”The lower price point on older homes is not surprising given many are in need of some rehab and are more likely to have maintenance issues,” Adger noted. “But this also presents an opportunity for buyers willing to take on that older inventory. Those buyers can purchase at lower price points and face less competition from institutional investors.”Government-backed rehab financingAdger noted that the Federal Housing Administration’s 203(k) program is the government’s answer to the problem of the aging housing supply. Owner-occupant buyers can take advantage of the 203(k) program to finance the purchase, rehab, and upgrade of an older home, while homeowners can also take advantage of the program to roll rehab costs into a refinance.Older homes are likely to be in need of major work if that work has not been completed recently by the previous owner. Many older homes haven’t been upgraded to include the latest technologies for energy efficiency and natural disaster preparedness, or to include layouts and floor plans preferred by many homeowners today.”Many consumers may not realize the FHA 203(k) program allows them to roll in the cost of both minor and major rehab into the purchase financing or a refinancing,” said Dennis Walsh, CEO of REBuildUSA, which connects buyers and homeowners with lenders specializing in 203(k) loans. “This means the entire layout of these older homes can be changed to fit more with modern tastes and sensibilities.”Walsh noted that homeowners can expect normal wearing out of certain things around the house, as they reach the end of their expected life. The NAHB’s 2007 report “Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components” provides life expectancies for a number of these items based on the age of the home:‘ As new as 10 years – Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Carpet, and Duct work10 to 25 years – Decks, Asphalt Roof, Linoleum or Laminate flooring, Water Heater, Sprinklers, Faucets and Toilets, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Aluminum Windows, Paint, Aluminum and Steel Gutters, Other Appliances25 to 50 years – Kitchen Cabinets, Wood Roofs, Wood Windows, Electric Heating, Trim Lumber, Kitchen Cabinets”We find folks also adding rooms, knocking down walls and other changes that enlarge, modernize or open up a floor plan,” Walsh said. “Older homes often do not have a separate master bath, or the existing master bath is just too small and outdated.”Longtime homeowners who live in older homes can use the 203(k) program to refinance at a lower rate. Eight states have more than 100,000 homeowners who are estimated to be up to 10 percent underwater on their mortgages, Adger noted. With modest increases in home values these homeowners should be able to refinance. These homeowners may not be aware that they can refinance with a 203(k) loan even if their home needs major upgrades, as long as they have 5 percent equity and are not in default.Local broker perspectives”Salt Lake City County has a large amount of homes built prior to the 1990s that are in need of repair,” said Steve Roney, president of Prudential Utah Real Estate covering the Northern Utah area. “However, it is common for many of those homes to have already been updated or completely redone by the current owner or investor prior to the sale. It’s very area-specific. We’ve seen older homes that have been completely redone rival the price-per-foot sale price of a new home in the same area.””As the nation’s housing inventory continues to age, homeowners should consider using programs to invest in modifications and repairs to their homes,” said Michael Mahon, executive vice president/broker at HER Realtors. “The FHA 203(k) loan program is a great example of how community and housing redevelopment efforts can provide a higher rate of return on equity for homeowners.”About RealtyTrac Inc.RealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com(link is external)) is the leading supplier of U.S. real estate data, with more than 1.5 million active default, foreclosure auction and bank-owned properties, and more than 1 million active for-sale listings on its website, which also provides essential housing information for more than 100 million homes nationwide. This information includes property characteristics, tax assessor records, bankruptcy status and sales history, along with 20 categories of key housing-related facts provided by RealtyTrac’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Homefacts’®. RealtyTrac’s foreclosure reports and other housing data are relied on by the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury Department, HUD, numerous state housing and banking departments, investment funds as well as millions of real estate professionals and consumers, to help evaluate housing trends and make informed decisions about real estate.IRVINE, CA–(Marketwired – October 31, 2013) – RealtyTraclast_img read more

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ZELL reports recent transactions

first_imgZELL Commercial Real estate Services, Inc., a full-service shopping center management and leasing firm based in Phoenix, announced the following retail lease transactions:BAUDINE’S MAD ABOUT SHOES TO OPEN THIRD LOCATION IN LA MIRADA IN NORTH SCOTTSDALEBaudine’s Mad About Shoes, an upscale women’s shoe store, has leased 1,294 SF in La Mirada Shopping Center located at the northeast corner of Pima Road and Pinnacle Peak Road in Scottsdale, Ariz. This is the retailer’s third location.Jennifer Eggert and Bryan Ledbetter, CCIM, of ZELL Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. represented the landlord in this transaction.SOUTHWEST MOBILITY EXPANDING TO PONDEROSA VILLAGE IN PAYSONSouthwest Mobility, specializing in home healthcare products and medical equipment, has leased 1,200 SF in Ponderosa Village Shopping Center located on State Route 260 and Granite Dells Road in Payson, Ariz. Southwest Mobility has three locations in the Greater Phoenix area.Bryan Ledbetter, CCIM, CCLS, of ZELL Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. represented the landlord.PIZZA HUT/WING STREET COMING SOON TO SAN MARCOS SQUARE IN CHANDLERPizza Hut/Wing Street has leased 1,498 SF in San Marcos Square Shopping Center located at the southeast corner of Dobson Road and Chandler Boulevard in Chandler, Ariz.Bryan Ledbetter, CCIM, CCLS, of ZELL Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. represented the landlord.CHEEKY CHIC BABY BOUTIQUE COMING TO VILLAGE AT VIA LINDA IN SCOTTSDALECheeky Chic, a retailer specializing in baby and children’s clothing and accessories, has leased 1,294 SF in the Village at Via Linda Shopping Center located at the 8989 E. Via Linda in Scottsdale, Ariz.Jennifer Eggert of ZELL Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. represented the landlord.last_img read more

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Culturing the connectome: Scientists map the brain’s network of interconnections

first_imgShare Share on Twitter LinkedIn Mapping the human brain’s network of interconnections, known as the connectome is typically done with help from computational tools because recreating interconnections between different brain regions has been challenging in the lab. Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have developed a method to recreate connections between neurons from two different brain areas in a dish. Their findings were published in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience.Researchers from OIST’s Brain Mechanism for Behaviour Unit, Neurobiology Research Unit, and Physics and Biology Unit collaborated on this study. The study used neurons from embryos of mice. The first connections between different brain compartments develop at the embryonic stage.The OIST researchers cultured neurons from the cortex, located at the front of the brain and a structure under it known as the striatum in separate compartments. The OIST researchers had previously shown that culturing cortical and striatal cells within the same compartment resulted in an artificial connectomic system as these cortical and striatal neurons grew connections in all directions in a disorganized manner. Pinterestcenter_img Inside a living brain, neurons within the cortex and striatum form dense interconnections with neurons within their respective brain compartments. There is only one-way electrophysiological traffic, from cortical cells to striatal cells via the formers’ axons. This one way street had been difficult to recreate in culture because striatal cells tend to die out when they do not receive electrophysiological impulses from cortical cells.The OIST researchers paired cortical and striatal compartments on the surface of multiple multi-electrode arrays (MEAs) and kept the cultures alive for three weeks.MEAs are tiny rectangular devices that consist of evenly spaced metal bumps arranged in a grid, all of which serve as electrodes. Each metal bump can transmit the measure of the electrical activity over it. Because many neurons talk to each other simultaneously, mathematical techniques are used to sort the signals from all active electrodes on a MEA, in order to determine which groups are sending and receiving feedback from other groups.After three weeks, enough axons had grown between the cortical and striatal compartments. The MEAs were then hooked up to a system to measure the bursts of electrical activity occurring at the different electrodes. While this system was recording, a knife cut was performed between the cortical and striatal compartments, severing the axons that had grown between them.When this was done, electrical activity was snuffed out almost completely around the electrodes within the striatal compartment. The pattern of electrical activity between electrodes inside the cortical compartment was relatively unaffected, suggesting the interconnectivity between the cortical neurons was unchanged. This demonstrated that there were negligible upstream connections forming between striatal and cortical cells, and a working corticostriatal network had been recreated.“We can also introduce a third compartment into this setup, possibly more. This would allow connections to grow between multiple types of neurons found in distant parts of the brain,” said Dr. Marianela Garcia Munoz, Group Leader of the Brain Mechanism for Behaviour Unit. Email Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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County Sells 1010 Central To LAPS Credit Union

first_imgThe Los Alamos Public Schools Credit Union is getting a new home – right next to the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved the sale of 1010 Central Ave., a stretch of green space that runs along the parking lot in front of the Municipal Building, during its regular Tuesday night meeting.The sale price, according to agenda documents, is $360,950. The May 2019 appraisal estimated the market value was $390,000 but this was made before a lot line adjustment, which reduced the square footage and, therefore, the purchase price of the property was at the same value/square foot as appraisedThe building that will be constructed at this location will not only house the LAPS Credit Union but also the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The hope is to have the construction completed by the first or second quarter of next year, LAPS Credit Union CEO Matt Schmidt said.The new location will be a welcome change for the credit union, he said. Its current location inside the Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive was never really intended for a financial institution.  “This does check a lot of boxes for us, for our members and for the community as well,” Schmidt said.The building will be 3,800 square feet. Schmidt said the credit union is working with a design/build firm, which specializes in banks and credit unions.Councilor Pete Sheehey asked what the plans were for the trees planted in this space. He wondered if the credit union would be amendable to salvaging as many as possible and if it couldn’t keep some trees, if the County could relocate them elsewhere.Schmidt said he has met with Los Alamos Landscaping and More Owner Craig Wehner and said if any of the trees can’t be salvage then an equal amount will be planted in school district sites.“We will be making as many concessions as we can to keep as many existing trees as possible,” he said.Several people spoke in support of the sale.LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said he feels the sale will be good for the credit union and the LAPS Foundation.“I stand … in full support of this decision,” Steinhaus said. “I think it’s good for the credit union as well as the foundation. Both organizations provide a tremendous service to the schools. If you approve this, it would be a good decision for the schools as well as the community of Los Alamos.” Not everyone thought so.Los Alamos resident Greg White advocated against the sale, saying the credit union should pursue one of the vacant commercial buildings rather than paving over one of the few green spaces in Los Alamos.Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan disagreed. He pointed out that the park was never the intended use for this land. The credit union, on the other hand, is the perfect fit, he said.“They can fit on the property; they are a long-vested business in the community … I encourage you to vote for this,” Sullivan said.County Manager Harry Burgess reported that when the land was purchased for the Municipal Building, it was more than what was needed for the County building and therefore the then-seated Council directed him to explore options for transferring the remaining parcel to commercial use.  The County, he said, went through several solicitations but a sale was never achieved due to the challenges of adequate parking and delivery access associated with the site. The credit union, Burgess said, can operate within the existing parking.Schmidt commented that the credit union has a long history in Los Alamos. It opened in 1955 with just a dozen teachers. In fact, the credit union’s first location was in a school employee’s home. Today the credit union has 1,800 members and close to $20 million in assets, he said. The credit union supports LAPS athletics, music and academic endeavors such as the science fair. It also teaches a finance class and makes weekly visits to the schools. Furthermore, Schmidt said the credit union supports local organizations including the YMCA, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily [email protected] The future site of Los Alamos Public  Schools Credit Union at 1010 Central Ave. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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British Land appoints new directors

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