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Warm welcome for Washington

first_img Rubbernecking members of Harvard’s Finals Club watch the parade from their perch. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer A Hasty affair An onlooker tries for the perfect Snapchat. Photo by Shraddha Gupta Daniel Hughes ’18 and Kerry Washington attempted to eat a barrel of popcorn, a favorite food of Olivia Pope, the character played by Washington on the hit show “Scandal.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer The Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year parade kicks off. Photo by Shraddha Guptacenter_img The parade draws a big crowd on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer No stranger to “Scandal,” Woman of the Year Kerry Washington beholds the spectacle. Photo by Shraddha Gupta Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 66th Woman of the Year brought a touch of scandal to Harvard Square on Thursday. Kerry Washington, known to many as Olivia Pope from Shonda Rhimes’ hit TV show “Scandal,” came to campus for a day of celebration and to receive the Pudding Pot, Hasty’s highest honor.Washington, who arrived in a spirited mood from the L.A. set of “Scandal,” first embarked on a tour of the historic Hasty Pudding Clubhouse, led by group historians Dan Milaschewski ’17 and Betty Lema ’17. Emerging from an initiation ceremony in the basement, she said, “I actually feel closer to all of you.”Next came a stop to sign the guest book, and then she was given her medal and ceremonial scarf.“This is beautiful,” Washington said.“Do you promise to wear it every day?” a Hasty Pudding member joked.Raising her hands in the air, Washington exclaimed, “Best day ever!”For millions of Americans, watching “Scandal” on Thursday nights is like gathering around an electronic campfire. At Harvard, the Black Students Association hosts screenings at different locations around campus.Washington, whose performance in the show has made her a star, took some time during her visit to talk about her work, saying she was initially hesitant about getting into television.“It was a little bit of a leap into the unknown,” she said. “It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life to pursue that character [Olivia Pope], then to get it was such a gift.”Per tradition, Hasty Pudding members dressed in drag paraded Washington down Massachusetts Ave. On either side of the car, fans yelled “Kerry!” in hopes of getting a wave. One spectator remarked, “I think we really connected,” after a return wave from Washington.,Among the crowd was a group of friends whose bond developed when they started live-Tweeting one another five years ago during “Scandal” watch nights. They finally connected in person after all choosing Boston colleges, and reunited again for the parade.After the parade comes the roast, where Washington revised her “best day ever” to “best worst day ever.” The guest of honor was subjected to a number of harsh challenges to earn her Pudding Pot, smashing everything from a piñata to a series of balloons emblazoned with her face.“That’s, like, against my Neutrogena contract!” Washington joked in response.When presented with a laptop, Washington turned to the audience in shock. “Someone needs that!” she said. After Hasty members assured her it was already broken, she reluctantly agreed to the task.In her acceptance speech, Washington offered some words of advice. “Don’t stop stepping into other people’s shoes,” she said, perhaps a reference to the elaborate costumes of her Hasty hosts. “Repeat after me,” she implored the crowd, “I will never forget how lucky I am to be here.” And just as no one says no to Olivia Pope, the crowd obliged.last_img read more

Flood risk high

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity ofGeorgiaThe very wet summer of 2005 has caused the risk of flooding to beusually high across Georgia.Soil moisture and stream flows are already very high for themiddle of August. Most reservoirs and ponds are at or near thesummer full pool.Heavy rainfall can lead to rapid flooding, as there is minimalstorage capacity left in the soils, rivers and reservoirs.A special concern is the potential impact of a widespread rainevent associated with tropical weather. Localized floodingassociated with individual thunderstorm complexes is also morelikely this summer.The elevated flood risk is expected to remain for the foreseeablefuture.InsuranceMost insurance policies for homes and businesses don’t coverlosses caused by flooding. An additional policy is required.Information about the federal National Flood Insurance Programmay be found at www.fema.gov/fima/nfip.shtm.It takes 30 days fora new policy to start, so it’s important to start the programbefore flooding is forecast.Another problem associated with wet soils is falling trees. Treeswith poor roots due to disease, damage or poor growth are morelikely to fall over. Trees will rotten trunks and limbs are alsomore like to cause damage.Since it’s very hard to determine the health of a tree’s roots,trunk and branches by simple inspection, it’s best to have acertified arborist inspect trees.Soaked soilsSoil moisture is extremely high for August. It’s at the 99thpercentile north and west of a Valdosta-to-Macon-to-Lincolntonline and south and east of a Columbus-to-Carrolton-to-Blairsvilleline. This means that in 99 of 100 years, we would expect soilsto be drier than they are now.For the remainder of the state, soil moisture is generallygreater than the 90th percentile, except in the extreme northwestcorner. At the 90th percentile, we would expect the soils to bedrier in 90 of 100 years than they are now.Streams and rivers across Georgia are extremely high for August.On Aug. 10, daily record flows were recorded on the Oconee Rivernear Athens, Apalachee River near Bostwick, Broad River nearBell, Little River near Washington, Alcovy River near Covington,Ocmulgee River from Jackson to Macon and Spring Creek near IronCity.Most of the other major rivers in the state are at or above the90th percentile in flow for the middle of August.Tropical threatsBecause of the increased threat of flooding, Georgians need tomonitor the development of tropical systems over the next severalmonths.The best way to keep updated about weather conditions and weatherwarnings is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationweather radio. NOAA weather radios are available at most storesthat sell electronics.Recent rainfall information is available from the GeorgiaAutomated Environmental Monitoring Network (www.georgiaweather.net)of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.More information on preparing for a flood and recovery can befound at http://interests.caes.uga.edu/disaster/preparation/articles.htmand http://interests.caes.uga.edu/disaster/recovery/articles.htm.(David Emory Stooksbury is the state climatologist and aprofessor of engineering and atmospheric sciences in theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Department of Human Services Kicks Off Supporting Families Initiative by Awarding Regional Grants

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Department of Human Services Kicks Off Supporting Families Initiative by Awarding Regional Grants Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Human Services (DHS) today kicks off its Supporting Families Initiative by awarding $5,000 grants to 19 regional collaboratives committed to encouraging families of individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism to have high expectations of full and purposeful lives.“The goal of the grants is for communities to acknowledge the opportunity for everyone, including individuals with a disability and their families, to live well-rounded lives that include: meaningful jobs in the community, friendships, health and safety, and social and spiritual opportunities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We invited counties to submit proposals about how they would create partnerships and collaborations to better support local families throughout their lifespans. People living in each area know their region’s strengths, diversity, and needs best.”The collaboratives will partner with a variety of local stakeholders and resources: faith communities, businesses, schools, child care facilities, civic organizations, social media, and other families acting as mentors. Regional collaboratives can be individual counties or a number of counties whose communities naturally blend together.Family is the primary source of support for most people throughout every stage of life. Nationally, 75 percent of people with intellectual disabilities live in their communities without any formal disability services. Of the 25 percent who are receiving services, most live with their families.“As DHS provides services and supports to more individuals to live, work, and thrive in their own communities, we want to recognize and support the strengths of families so those family members with intellectual disabilities or autism can live the everyday lives they envision for themselves,” DHS Secretary Ted Dallas said. “As part of this initiative, families will begin to use various tools to help them create their vision for their family members and realize the importance of experiences and opportunities at every life stage.”Three specific strategies that emphasize collaboration between communities and the systems that provide services to individuals with disabilities include: making it easier for families to find information about the disability and resources at every life stage, providing connections for peer support and networking with other families, and identifying appropriate services and supports.The collaboratives are being encouraged to discover opportunities both within and outside the formal disability service systems that can support the concept of everyday lives for all citizens in the community.In February 2016, Pennsylvania was accepted into the National Community of Practice: Supporting Families throughout the Lifespan, which provides leadership, training and technical assistance to develop a statewide strategic plan to support families of individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism. Pennsylvania is one of 18 states taking part in this Community of Practice, where states can learn from one another using the same principles and framework, but unique approaches to supporting families.In addition to the grants, DHS will offer the regional collaboratives an ongoing schedule of technical support and learning opportunities.“People with disabilities want to have a good life, to live and work in the community, like everyone else, and we are creating opportunities and initiatives to help do that,” Dallas said.The 19 collaboratives include:Central Region:Blair CountyCentre, Clinton, Lycoming, and Northumberland countiesCumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Perry countiesFranklin and Fulton countiesNortheast Region:Bradford, Sullivan, and Tioga countiesCarbon, Monroe, and Pike countiesLackawanna and Susquehanna countiesLehigh CountyNorthampton CountySchuylkill CountyWayne CountySoutheast Region:Bucks CountyChester CountyDelaware CountyMontgomery CountyWestern Region:Allegheny CountyArmstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, and Lawrence countiesCameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, and Warren countiesMercer and Venango counties January 04, 2017last_img read more