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Joro Spiders

first_imgIf northeast Georgia yards seem a little extra spooky this Halloween season, there’s a good reason. They may have a little extra help from a new neighbor who is really into those cobweb decorations. Meet the Joro spider. Known for their golden orb-shaped webs, these little spinners were first spotted around Colbert, Georgia, in 2014. Since then their population has exploded, and they’ve become a common, but still striking, sight across northeast Georgia. The boldly patterned black, yellow and red female can grow up to 4 inches, including her legs. The spiders may appear startling at first, but they don’t pose a threat to people and don’t seem to be causing problems in the northeast Georgia ecosystem. The Joro spider is originally from Asia, and entomologists believe that they first traveled to Georgia a few years ago in shipping containers destined for the Interstate 85 distribution centers in northeast Georgia, said Rick Hoebeke, associate curator and collection manager of arthropods at the Georgia Museum of Natural History at the University of Georgia. The spiders have spread throughout the area by hitching rides on trucks and cars traveling through northeast Georgia, and they’ve now been found in Jackson, Gwinnett, Hall and Madison counties. Edges of the metro Atlanta area are beginning to see them, too, Hoebeke said. “The first hour to an hour and a half of my day is spent responding to spiders people find,” said Hoebeke. “The spiders are here to stay, so we’re trying to get the public to not freak out.”The spiders are not harmful to humans, and for the most part they are pretty timid. They prefer to scamper away rather than confront something that startles them. They do have a neurotoxin venom, but it is not very potent, and only causes some redness and blistering, Hoebeke said. Greg Pittman, Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for UGA Cooperative Extension in Jackson County, has been dealing with spiders for longer than most, and thinks that the spiders are helping more than they hurt. Pittman also noticed that many stinkbugs are getting caught in the webs of these spiders. Consequently, he has received few calls about stinkbug infestations in the area, which are typically very common around this time of year.“Some people are wanting to treat for these spiders, but I think there’s no need for that,” Pittman said. “They are more beneficial to the environment right now.”So before you start complaining about neighbors putting up their Halloween decorations or leaving them up too late, you may want to take a closer look.  To learn more about arachnids and other wildlife in your area, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

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Minority Mentoring Picnic set for Hialeah October 1

first_img September 15, 2005 Regular News Minority Mentoring Picnic set for Hialeah October 1 The event connects minority law students with judges and lawyers and encourages diversity Minority law students from all of Florida’s law schools are invited to the Second Minority Mentoring Picnic, set this year for October 1 in Hialeah.The event — which will feature music, food, a volleyball tournament, and a chance for students to network and spark mentoring relationships with veteran lawyers and judges — is the creation of Miami lawyer John Kozyak and is billed as an opportunity to celebrate and encourage diversity in the legal profession.“The purpose of the Second Minority Mentoring Picnic is to ensure that all women, Hispanic, black, Asian, gay and lesbian law school students, as well as students with disabilities, meet judges and lawyers in a relaxed enviroment and leave with at least one mentoring relationship to help them succeed in law school and be prepared to enter the work place,” Kozyak said.Bar President Alan Bookman attended the event a year ago and the Bar is a co-sponsor this year along with more than 50 firms, voluntary bars, and individuals. At the Board of Governors meeting in St. Petersburg, Bookman urged fellow board members to attend.“It was a great, great function,” Bookman said, adding last year’s picnic drew more than 400 lawyers, law students, and law school faculty, and this year’s gathering is expected to attract about 1,000 participants and will begin at noon at Amelia Earhart Park at 401 E. 65th Street in Hialeah.“This is a tremendous, tremendous opportunity for us to participate,” Bookman said, adding that the entire Bar leadership is committed to diversity.Kozyak said last year’s picnic focused on black law school students in South Florida schools, but attracted students from the University of Florida, Florida State, and Florida A&M and was supported by a large number of voluntary bars.“Because the Cuban-American Bar and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers support mentoring, and because The Florida Bar has been stressing diversity and inclusion lately, I decided to open the picnic up to all minority students at all Florida law schools,” Kozyak said. “We now have the support of minority-oriented, voluntary bar associations I did not even know existed.”Kozyak said Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente and Justice Peggy Quince will attend the picnic and present an auto- graphed photo of the Supreme Court to Henry Latimer’s family. Latimer, a member of the Board of Governors, had requested the photo before his unfortunate death in a car crash in January.At least 10 federal judges and 40 state court judges also plan to attend.“The Florida Bar’s First Annual Diversity Symposium held last year resulted in a pledge to have the Bar’s membership and leaders reflect Florida’s population within 10 years,” Kozyak said. “The picnic showcases the talent we have in the pipeline and provides hope for all who attend. It is also going to be a tremendous amount of fun, with bar associations providing great ethnic dishes, including paella, roasted pig, curry goat, barbecue, jerk chicken, Korean appetizers, Columbian desserts, and many more items.”Attendees should feel free to bring their families. A side dish or cold drinks would be welcome, but are not necessary.For more information or to RSVP call Yasbel Cardenas at Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton at (305) 728-2928 or e-mail yc@kttlaw.com. Minority Mentoring Picnic set for Hialeah October 1last_img read more

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How to get your press release published

first_imgWith all the media noise out there, it can be challenging for any business to get the publicity they are looking for. Credit unions, which are often challenger brands to larger, traditional banks, in particular, may feel this stress even more.  As a former news and sports reporter turned to managing public relations at Service Credit Union, I am often asked about how to be successful in getting business press releases in print, online and/or on the air. My advice: The easier a company makes it for the person responsible for publishing, the more likely it is that their content will be published.During my tenure as a journalist, I discovered some very common mistakes. Press releases without contact information or peppered with grammatical errors were more likely to find the bottom of the wastepaper basket than a newspaper page. If the information was pertinent to our readers, it would be deleted to make room for more valuable releases. How do you make your credit union stand out and get noticed by editors?  Here are my suggestions for credit unions to get their press releases published:Make it easy for the editors/reporters/photographers. Have copies of releases on hand at events you invite the press to. Make sure you send them electronically after the event. Have the contact information of the person who wrote the release available on the press release.Buy an AP Stylebook and follow it. The stylebook is the bible for newspapers and magazines both in print and digitally. Write like you passed a high school English class. Proofread your work and make sure you have your co-workers edit the release as well. Start strong with the who, what, where and when in the first paragraph. This is standard practice in journalism.Make it factual. No opinions; otherwise, write a letter to the editor.Keep releases short and intelligent. Make sure the content is worth the space in the newspaper (it is at a premium these days). Include a local angle. Make sure your release is audience appropriate. Do not send a press release about a Tennessee company to a New Hampshire newspaper. They don’t care. Press releases are not just for print anymore. Send to newspapers and online sites and post on social media sites.Keep trying! Even when your release does not go into print, online etc, keep going for it. Editors are busy, so they may miss an email or two. Keep putting your releases at the top of their inboxes. Use a press release distribution service. Not only will this get your press releases published, but it will help drive readers to your website and social media sites. It also helps with SEO. All businesses want the free publicity that a press release can generate. Follow these simple tips above and you will see your releases get more and more exposure. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lori Holmes Lori Holmes is the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications of Service Credit Union, headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Ms. Holmes joined Service Credit Union in 2008 as the … Web: www.servicecu.org Detailslast_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Legal issues, surge in China, cheek kissing, nurses want N-95s, vaccine delay

first_imgSep 8, 2009Report says job questions among top pandemic-related legal issuesQuestions related to employment are among the most significant legal issues raised by an influenza pandemic, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) said in a recent report on pandemic-related legal issues. Compliance with public health measures such as isolation and quarantine are likely to suffer if workers fear pay cuts or firing, the report says. It says workers may have some protection under the Family and Medical Leave Act.http://opencrs.com/document/R40560/2009-08-11/?23824Full text of CRS reportChina reports flu rise, predicts vaccine shortageChina’s health minister Chen Zhu today called the country’s pandemic flu situation “grim,” due to a surge in cases and clusters in the wake of schools resuming, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. Chen cited worries over a national holiday next month, which will prompt gatherings and travel, and the limited ability of China’s flu vaccine company to supply enough pandemic H1N1 vaccine to meet demand. China has confirmed 5,592 cases, but has reported no deaths.http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Health/Story/A1Story20090908-166459.htmlSep 8 AFP storyPandemic puts damper on French cheek kissTo help curb the spread of the pandemic H1N1 virus, French health officials, as well as some companies and schools, are advising people to avoid greeting other with “la bise,” the country’s traditional cheek-to-cheek kiss, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. The health ministry’s phone hotline recommends avoiding close contact, such as shaking hands or kissing.http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,547383,00.htmlSep 7 AP storySingapore finds pandemic H1N1 virus in Indonesian pigsSingapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority has detected the pandemic H1N1 virus in pigs imported from Indonesia, according to a recent report by Channel NewsAsia. While saying that pork sold in Singapore is safe to eat, the agency vowed to step up its inspections of pork products and to work with Indonesian authorities to identify and isolate affected pig houses on farms.New York nurses group advocates N95 respiratorsIn an open letter, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) called on the state health department to recommend the use of fit-tested N95 respirators to protect nurses who care for pandemic H1N1 flu patients. The Sep 4 letter said the state’s current guidelines, which call for the use of surgical masks, are not adequate. A health department spokeswoman defended the current guidelines and said nurses would be protected by mandatory vaccinations, the New York Daily News reported.Production delay slows vaccine delivery to HollandThe Dutch health ministry said today a delivery of 18 million doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccine from Novartis slated for the end of October will be late, Dow Jones news reported today. Novartis attributed the delay to “disappointing production result.” The country, now expecting 6 to 10 million doses from the company by the end of next month, expects 2 million more from GlaxoSmithKline. Novartis said it hopes to boost yield by using a new seed strain it received from the World Health Organization.Flu fatal for Ecuador’s security chiefEcuador’s presidential security chief, John Merino, died on Sep 6 from a pandemic H1N1 infection, AFP reported today. He was first diagnosed with the novel flu strain on Aug 10. The virus has struck a host of other South American government officials over the past few weeks, including the presidents of Costa Rica and Colombia.last_img read more

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Ronaldo extends scoring streak to keep Juve ahead of Inter, Lazio

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo stretched his scoring streak to nine consecutive league games with a penalty double as Serie A leaders Juventus bounced back from their defeat by Napoli with a 3-0 win over Fiorentina, whose owner said Sunday’s result left him feeling “disgusted”.But title rivals Inter Milan and Lazio also got back to winning ways, with Romelu Lukaku and Ciro Immobile bagging a brace apiece for their respective teams to keep the pressure on the eight-time defending champions.Juventus hold a three-point lead over second-placed Inter Milan, who beat Udinese 2-0. Lazio are a further two points adrift, with a game in hand, after top-scorer Immobile and Felipe Caicedo both scored twice in a 5-1 thrashing of rock-bottom SPAL.Ronaldo slotted in his goals in either half in Turin, with Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt heading in a third in injury time.”Good to get back to victories and happy to score again in our stadium! Proud to reach 50 goals with the bianconeri shirt!,” Ronaldo wrote on Twitter.Juventus had fallen to just their second defeat of the season last weekend at coach Maurizio Sarri’s former club Napoli. Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso was furious at the penalty decisions that condemned his 14th-placed team.”I am disgusted with what I saw today,” blasted the Italian-born US businessman who bought the Tuscany club last year.”Juve are very strong, a team with a wage bill of 350 million doesn’t need help. Referees cannot decide matches.”Today they gave two penalties against us, maybe the first was there but the second certainly wasn’t.”Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved hit back, declaring he was “a bit fed up of these controversies”.”Juve won with merit. Teams have to stop trying to look for excuses and accept defeat.”Ronaldo, 34, slotted in the opener five minutes before the break after German Pezzella’s handball was confirmed by VAR.His second came 10 minutes from time for a disputed Federico Ceccherini foul on Rodrigo Bentancur, making it 14 goals in nine games to bring his tally to 19 in Serie A this season, including seven penalties.He also becomes the first Juventus player to score in nine straight league games since David Trezeguet in December 2005.The former Real Madrid player has now scored 50 goals in 70 games since moving to Juventus in 2018.- ‘Great fight’ -Ronaldo is second only in the goalscoring charts this season to Immobile who now has 25 goals after Lazio kept alive their push for a first Scudetto since 2000.Immobile volleyed in on just three minutes, with Caicedo scoring a rebound less than quarter of an hour later.Immobile’s second came before the half-hour mark and he then played a role in Caicedo’s second seven minutes before the break.Substitute Bobby Adekanye came on after the break with the former Liverpool youngster tapping in his first Serie A goal.”Caicedo, Immobile and (Joaquin) Correa are untouchable,” said Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi, whose side could move second when they play their postponed match against Hellas Verona next Wednesday.In Udine, Lukaku grabbed a double to bring his tally to 16 league goals and get Antonio Conte’s side back on track after three consecutive 1-1 draws.The former Manchester United striker collected Nicolo Barella’s pass and curled an excellent finish through the legs of Udinese defender Bram Nuytinck in the 64th minute.And he added a second from the penalty spot seven minutes later when Udinese goalkeeper Juan Musso rushed out to fell Alexis Sanchez in the box.”It’s a great fight at the top,” said Lukaku. “It’s important for us to be up there too as we have a huge clash with Milan coming up.”Atalanta moved fourth despite being held 2-2 by struggling Genoa, jumping ahead of Roma on head-to-head record, after the capital side fell 4-2 at Sassuolo on Saturday.Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed Milan’s game with flu, with the eighth-placed northerners held 1-1 by 10-man Verona.Torino plunged further into crisis, following last weekend’s seven-goal thrashing by Atalanta with a 4-0 defeat by lowly Lecce.Topics :last_img read more

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US health workers exposed to virus without protective gear: Reports

first_imgThe Washington Post said the whistleblower had decades of field experience and received two department awards from health secretary Alex Azar last year.The deployments took place in late January and early February, the newspaper said.Afterwards, the workers returned to their normal duties, some taking commercial flights back to their offices around the country.US President Donald Trump has downplayed the potential spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, a message seemingly at odds with senior public health officials who have urged Americans to prepare to cancel mass gatherings and work from home. As of Wednesday, there are a total of 61 confirmed cases in the US, including 46 of which relate to people repatriated from abroad. Topics : Travis Air Force Base is in Solano County, where the first US patient for whom the source of new coronavirus infection could not be immediately identified is from.That case appears to be the first of so-called “community spread,” signaling a new phase in the battle against the virus in the US.The complaint said the HHS staff were sent into quarantined areas in the two bases, including a hangar where the evacuees were being received. At times, these teams worked alongside personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who wore “full gown, gloves and hazmat attire,” the complaint said. Federal health employees were sent to interact with repatriated Americans quarantined for exposure to the novel coronavirus without wearing protective gear or receiving training, a whistleblower complaint cited by US media said Thursday.The filing, which was seen by the Washington Post and New York Times, was submitted by a senior official in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) who said she was improperly re-assigned after raising her concerns and threatened with being fired if she did not comply.According to the two newspapers, the incidents were in relation to two California air force bases, Travis and March. More than a dozen workers were sent to each site. last_img read more

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Legalising cannabis: Supporters, opponents take swipes at each other as polls show knife-edge decision

first_imgNZ Herald 21 February 2020Family First Comment: McCoskrie attributed the decline of the ‘yes’ vote to the strength of the ‘no’ campaign so far, including a 24-page pamphlet that had been delivered nationwide.  He added that people had mistakenly thought the referendum was about medicinal cannabis, and had changed their minds from ‘Yes’ to ‘No’ when they realised it was about personal use.Recent polls on legalising recreational cannabis show support falling for the ‘yes’ vote, but also a significant number of undecideds who could ultimately swing the September 19 vote.The ‘yes’ and ‘no’ campaigns are pulling together funding and strategies to reach voters – including the roughly 10 per cent of undecided voters – in what is expected to be an intense and potentially ugly campaign.Both sides are already accusing the other of misinformation and of being in the financial shadow of the other.The referendum is being held as part of the Labour-Greens confidence and supply agreement, and the Government has released a draft bill detailing what legalisation would look like.This week two polls – Newshub Reid Research and 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton – both showed 39 per cent support to legalise recreational cannabis use; the ‘no’ vote had 48 per cent support in the former and 51 per cent support in the latter.1 News Colmar Brunton has shown 47 per cent support for legalisation in 2017, 46 per cent in 2018, and 43 and 39 per cent in two polls last year, while a Newshub Reid Research poll last year had 42 per cent supporting legalisation.Polls by Horizon have also seen a decline in support for legalisation, dropping from 60 per cent a year ago to 48 per cent in November.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12310176New Zealanders back legal weed once they know the facts – pollNewsHub 21 February 2020Kiwis will vote to legalise cannabis if they actually know what they’re voting on, pro-legalisation campaigners have claimed.A referendum later this year will ask whether recreational use of the popular drug should be made legal. Recent polls have found support for legalisation slipping.But a new poll has found when voters are told what’s in the proposed legislation, support for legalisation comfortably outweighs opposition.“It’s going to be really important that people understand what is proposed, and they have good access to accurate, evidence-based information about the issue and the likely impacts of the law change so they can make an informed decision,” said Holly Walker, deputy director of the Helen Clark Foundation, which paid for the polling, conducted by UMR.When first asked, respondents were almost evenly split on legalisation – 46 percent for, 44 against and 10 undecided. But once the details of the Government’s draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill were explained, support grew to 50 percent, opposition fell to 42 percent and undecided dropped to 8 percent.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/02/new-zealanders-back-legal-weed-once-they-know-the-facts-poll.htmllast_img read more

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One Garissa terror suspect son of government official

first_imgAuthorities in Kenya are calling on parents to inform them if their children show any signs of radicalism or go missing.This is  after the ministry of internal security identified one of the Garissa gunmen as a law graduate and son of a government official .Abdirahim Mohamed Abdullahi who was one of the four Alshabab militants who stormed Garissa university college killing 148 was identified as the son of  an administrative Chief in Mandera in North Eastern Kenya.Abdirahim was a university of Nairobi Law graduate and an upcoming lawyer.  He has been termed by close friends as a “brilliant upcoming lawyer”His family reported to the authorities that he had gone missing and that they suspected he had gone to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab militants.Local media sources say local government officials in North Eastern Kenya where he hailed from say  his father had reported to police that his son had cut links with them.He said he last spoken to his son last year by telephone but his son declined to divulge where he was calling from. Abdirahim went missing in 2013 raising suspicion that he had joined Al Shabaab.The father first reported to the authorities that he suspected his son had joined the terror group when he was in his second year at the University.The ministry said the incident is an indication of how extremism has taken root in the country and the rate at which extremists are recruiting Kenyan youth. Blood DonationAlmost 80 of the wounded are being treated in Nairobi and there’s already a shortage of blood. The National Blood transfusion Service in conjunction with St John Ambulance are holding an emergency blood drive. Other reports indicated that after graduating from UoN in 2013, he joined a local bank as a legal officer. Abdullahi was identified when the Kenya Defence Forces paraded the four bodies of the terrorists in the streets of Garissa.Five suspects have been arrested in connection with last Thursday’s attack.last_img read more

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PM Skerrit sues Dr. Thomson Fontaine and Q95FM

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNews PM Skerrit sues Dr. Thomson Fontaine and Q95FM by: – December 30, 2011 Tweetcenter_img 192 Views   3 comments Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit. (file photo)Legal practitioners for the Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit yesterday filed a lawsuit against Dr. Thomson Fontaine and West Indies Communications Enterprises Limited (WICE), parent company of Q95FM Radio, seeking damages and aggravating damages for defamation contained in certain emails and statements.It was alleged by Dr. Fontaine on CAKAFETE and the Dominican.net that a known terrorist was the holder of a Dominican passport which caused alarm on the island. Legal Practitioners for the prime minister wrote to the Dr. Fontaine requesting that he apologize publicly and pay a sum of $250, 000.00 to him failing which a lawsuit would be filed against him.Since no public apology was made nor any response to the letter a lawsuit has been filed at the High Court of Justice in Roseau.The lawsuit claims that these allegations and statements relating to Dominica’s Economic Citizenship Program and alleged sale of passports received widespread publication via the internet and radio .Dr. Thomson Fontaine. Photo credit: dominicacentral.comAccording to the Statement of Claim Dr. Fontaine, the First Defendant wrote and published or caused to be published certain articles on CAKAFETE a web or blog site as well as on the Dominican.net which he is the owner and publisher of, and a frequent caller to talk shows on Q95FM especially “Mat in the Morning” and “Between You and Me”.Prime Minister Skerrit is seeking damages and aggravated damages against the First and Second Defendants for libel published or caused to be published on CAKAFETE, for libel published and broadcast or caused to be broadcast by Q95, an injunction restraining the Defendants from further publishing or causing to be published any or similar defamatory words about him and costs and or wasted costs.Dominica Vibes News will continue to follow this story and provide further details as soon as they become available.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

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Cindy Miller

first_imgOne very courageous woman, Cindy Miller, age 61 of Osgood peacefully passed in the early morning hours of June 19, 2018, surrounded by those she loved most.  She was born on January 23, 1957, in Champagne, Illinois and shortly after her family moved to Versailles. The remainder life was lived in the local area. She was a graduate of the South Ripley Class of 1975.After she moved to Versailles and over the course of her high school days, she met many friends whom she adored and cherished.  Her most faithful and loving friend was to become her husband and on March 31, 1979, she married Jay Miller.  The two of them spent the last 39 years together.  Cindy worked at the US Shoe factory and retired from Thomas and Skinner.Cindy enjoyed gardening and her flowers. When her health allowed, she bowled in league play at Pollards.  Winnie the Pooh was a favorite collector’s item.  About 10 years ago, her heart was forever captured with the birth of her loving granddaughter, Sara and next the addition of her grandson, Zachary. Her greatest joys would be spending every moment she could with them, whether just sitting on the front porch, getting her nails painted or running to follow them in an event.  Cindy was in her happy place.If you had the opportunity to know Cindy it was a blessing as she was a lady you never heard complain, even though she had a kidney transplant in 1996 and was on dialysis for the last 18 years.  Cindy was kind hearted and always wanted to make sure you were taken care of.Cindy will be sadly missed by husband Jay, son Adam, daughter Bridget (Matthew) Swinney, grandkids Sara and Zachary all of Osgood, father Frank Gilley of Versailles, brothers Kevin (Shelly) Gilley of Versailles and David Gilley of Versailles, along with sister Missy (Jeff) Wright of Lexington, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by son John Edmond, mother Linda and brothers Dwayne and Tim.A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:00 am at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood.  Family and friends are asked to gather to show their respect.  Doors will open at 9:00 am for visitation. Memorials may be made out to the American Kidney Foundation.last_img read more

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