Red Cross volunteers learn to make mass meals

first_imgThe volunteers will head to a Burbank classroom at the American Red Cross’ district office for eight hours today to finish the two-day training. Safety is the most important thing to keep in mind when preparing mass meals, said Tom Busk, the American Red Cross instructor. “Kitchens are rather dangerous places with knives and the heat,” said Busk, a senior response associate with the agency’s Pacific Service Area. Usually the classroom portion of the preparedness lesson is held the first day, but the organization switched the schedule to be able to distribute the food to Operation Gratitude volunteers, who were assembling care packages Saturday for troops overseas at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys. Saturday’s menu included beef brisket, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrot cake, which only needed to be thawed and sliced. SANTA CLARITA – Making 550 meals in two hours was no problem for a dozen American Red Cross volunteers who scampered around a church kitchen for two hours Saturday morning. Volunteers from the Greater Los Angeles Chapter were learning how to make mass meals so they could repeat the drill after emergencies such as wildfires and earthquakes. “As a volunteer, to be able to help people in need is a great reward,” said Don Dodson, a 50-year-old computer technician from Van Nuys. “This is preparation for that.” Dodson mastered the art of making mashed potatoes in a 60-quart pot, mixing them with a 4-foot-long wooden paddle. Two lead cooks directed the rest of the volunteers, who cleaned out food containers, boiled the green beans, and took trays out of the convection ovens. Volunteer Sue Hammarlund, 60, of Porter Ranch was in charge of the beef brisket. She said she took this class in January, but learned something new on Saturday. “The kitchen makes all the difference,” she said with a laugh as she stood in the spacious, well-equipped kitchen at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita. By 10:30 a.m., the meals were being loaded onto two emergency response vehicles for their trip to Van Nuys. At the Armory, 500 to 600 volunteers worked in a seamless assembly line to finish 5,000 care packages before the lunch break. “It’s a factory,” said Operation Gratitude volunteer Bill Van Trump, 62, supervising the assembly line’s first section. “It’s fun.” His worker bees were filling those boxes with Girl Scout cookies, a “History of Nascar” DVD, headphones, pistachios, and cigars donated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Even actor Ben Affleck was filling boxes along with the volunteers from local churches, companies and schools. For some soldiers, the boxes from Operation Gratitude are the only care packages they will get during their deployment in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. “It made a big difference,” said U.S. Army Maj. Julian Bond, 37, who commanded a unit in Iraq last year. “It shows that people care.” Two seventh-graders from El Sereno Middle School in East Los Angeles were ready to volunteer again after finishing their three-hour Saturday shift. “I felt good because I was helping out the troops,” 12-year-old Monica Salas said. Jessica Zavala, 12, agreed. “They are heroes,” she said. “They are fighting for us.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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`Gilded Age’ on view at mansion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThere also will be a feather tree, which was the first kind of artificial tree developed by the Germans to stem the deforestation of pine forests due to the popularity of Christmas trees, Bovard said. “Then we have what we call the white tree, which is a highly stylish version where everything – ornaments, candles and the wrapping on presents – was all white. This was a real stylish thing during the Victorian and Edwardian era,” Bovard said. Visitors also will learn about the presents, creche, dining table settings and entertainments of the period, as well as the development of wrapping paper. The Finnish Consulate office will be open, too, so visitors can see traditional Finnish decorations. “This really makes you feel like you’re walking back in time 100 years,” Bovard said. “It’s so gracious. You can imagine yourself in a sweeping long skirt coming up this gorgeous walkway, seeing this incredible architectural jewel and then walking in and seeing this massive Christmas tree and the beautiful foyer with greenery, the beading and Christmas carols playing. It’s magical.” Bovard is looking forward to the layers of greenery, flowers and beads in the dining room and foyer and along the grand staircase. They have been put together with the help of nearly 100 volunteers in collaboration with designs from local florist Mary Falkingham. Tour docents will spread some additional joy by sharing letters written by East Coast visitors to Fenyes Mansion during the holidays. An optional tea at the Raymond Restaurant will be offered after the tour. The tea will continues the historic theme. The building was originally the cottage of the caretaker for the Raymond Hotel and, according to Bovard, is the only place left from its time. Today the space is known for its cuisine. “Don’t come full already because it’s absolutely scrumptious,” she advised. The goodies may make visitors feel a bit guilty, but they can rest easier knowing that a portion of the restaurant bill will be donated to the Pasadena Museum of History. Advance payment is required for the tour, while payment for the tea can be made at the door. Reservations are required for both. michelle.mills@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2128160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – The Pasadena Museum of History has decked the halls of its Fenyes Mansion for a special event. The “Gilded Age Holiday in the Mansion” on Thursdays – from Dec. 6 through Dec. 27 – will feature a tour followed by a tea at the Raymond Restaurant. “They are going to see the dining room, which has indigenous materials that were utilized in the decor of the Southern California region, as opposed to trying to replicate things you might see if you lived in Boston or New York or Seattle or London,” said Jeannette Bovard, the museum’s media consultant. Table top trees were very popular during the Edwardian period, so visitors will see trees traditionally lighted with old fashioned bulbs, as well as unlit candles. last_img read more

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RECEIVER PUTS TOP DONEGAL HOTEL UP FOR SALE FOR €1.5MILLION

first_imgRECEIVERS today put one of Donegal’s iconic hotels up for sale for a bargain €1.5MILLION, donegaldaily.com can reveal.Shandon Hotel at Marble Hill Strand, Port na Blagh, had a receiver appointed by the Bank of Ireland in February. He is Aiden Murphy of Horwath Bastow Charleton.Today Mr Murphy instructed Letterkenny-based estate agent Dermot Rainey of Sherry FitzGerald Rainey to sell the premises. The hotel was owned by well-known business couple Dermot and Catherine McGlade before Bank of Ireland took its legal action.The couple had added a spa centre to the facility which is very popular with tourists from the North.The hotel’s top quality restaurant and bar are also popular with people staying in the large number of caravan parks and holiday homes in the area.The complex – which includes a golf course – was once thought to be worth more than €6 million. Today the estate agent put the hotel on the open market – for a quarter of that price.Local people we spoke to in Port Na Blagh this morning were shocked by the move.“We knew the hotel was in trouble because of the receiver, but we all hoped the McGlades would somehow get it back,” said one local man.“It is very sad for them. They put their whole lives into that hotel and it is an important part of the community here.“Hopefully now there will be new owners and the hotel can continue to operate. It’s important for jobs in the area.” News of the sale breaks on the same day as the new Donegal Mayor Noel McBride – from nearby Carrigart – spoke of his hope that the county could begin to realise its full potential as a tourist destination.The hotel has 71 bedrooms, a self contained spa incorporating Hydro Vitality Pool and full range of treatment facilities, kids playhouse and activity centre, 9 Hole Pitch & Putt Course, new Leisure Centre/Gym with 17.5m Swimming Pool, spacious restaurant, McGlades Bar & Bistro and a residents lounge.Further details were posted on estate agent’s website www.sfr.ie today – the contact is Dermot Rainey on 074 912 2211 or by email Dermot.rainey@sfr.ie.Later today, after the story appeared on donegaldaily.com, Mr Rainey revealed: “It’s a fine property with a lot going for it. The phone is already ringing from people who are interested.” RECEIVER PUTS TOP DONEGAL HOTEL UP FOR SALE FOR €1.5MILLION was last modified: June 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Bank of IrelandDermot and Catherine McGladeDermot RaineyDonegal hotel receivershipPort na Blaghshandon hotellast_img read more

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THE FINAL INSULT: COMPANY WHICH CLOSED OATFIELD’S BOASTS OF NEW JOBS IN ENGLAND

first_imgDONEGAL’S famous Oatfield sweets will be produced in the UK from next month, creating new jobs over there, the owners have boasted.And the owners of the Oatfield brand – which had a turnover of €20M last year – is now turning over its remaining workers in Letterkenny.They have been offered just TWO WEEKS redundancy for each year worked with the sweet factory – one week less than colleagues who left in recent years. This week the remaining staff posed for poignant pictures as the last Emeralds rolled off the production line.Plant owners Donegal Creameries and operators Zed Candy will share in a €5M windfall by selling the site in Letterkenny to German supermarket giant Lidl.Zed Candy boss Garry Lawlor boasted to journalists in Kettering, England, that his company would be investing in its plant there.And he promised new jobs in the town – although the final number wasn’t announced. As politicians here mourn the demise of Oatfield’s after 85 years, politicians over there are delighted.The leader of East Northamptonshire Council Steve North enthused: “We wish Zed Candy sweet success in the future.“We are always pleased when a business comes here and creates new jobs.” THE FINAL INSULT: COMPANY WHICH CLOSED OATFIELD’S BOASTS OF NEW JOBS IN ENGLAND was last modified: May 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:THE FINAL INSULT: COMPANY WHICH CLOSED OATFIELD’S BOASTS OF NEW JOBS IN ENGLANDlast_img read more

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PL round-up: Foxes go eight points clear while Hammers draw in Chelsea thriller

first_img5 5 5 5 The Hammers dominated proceedings after the goal, but late drama saw Chelsea win a penalty. Carroll had gone close from the corner, only seconds later, though, Willian surged forward, playing Ruben Loftus-Cheek into the box. The 20-year-old had his heels clipped, and Fabregas stepped up to convert the spot kick in the 89th minute.It was a thrilling contest at Stamford Bridge, but one that West Ham will feel they should have taken three points from. Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester CityThe Foxes set out to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table, but they had to do so against an Eagles side still seething following their late defeat to Liverpool in their previous domestic fixture.After 17 minutes at Selhurst Park, Riyad Mahrez should have opened the scoring for the table-toppers, surging forward to go one-on-one with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey but, uncharacteristically, wasting the chance with his effort brushing Hennessey, consequently allowing the defence to clear their lines.This chance was soon forgotten, though, as 34 minutes in the Algerian got his name on the scoresheet. Jamie Vardy found himself with space on the left side of the penalty area, delivering a ball eight yards from goal which was latched onto by Mahrez with the easiest of finishes. Two early chances soon after the break should have seen Leicester double their lead, but, as has been typical of their recent performances, they were wasteful of their chances.Claudio Ranieri’s side appeared nervous, and with Palace growing in possession towards the 80th minute mark, only a second goal would relax the visitors.Damien Delaney rattled the woodwork late on, but the Foxes held on to seal the three points and go eight points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.Watford 1-2 Stoke CityIt was the Potters that drew first blood at Vicarage Road.Somehow Phil Bardsley’s cross from the left wing evaded every Watford defender, travelling across the face of goal to the unmarked Jonathan Walters at the far post. The experienced Irishman calmly slotted the ball home, making it 1-0 with 18 minutes on the clock.center_img Chelsea 2-2 West HamJohn Terry led Chelsea out of the Stamford Bridge tunnel, returning to the starting line-up after spending the past few weeks struggling with a hamstring injury.It wasn’t the start the Blues skipper will have been hoping for, as just 17 minutes in Manuel Lanzini fired a beautifully curled effort out of Thibaut Courtois’ reach.Chelsea’s intensity improved after going a goal down, and, deservedly, on the stroke of half-time Cesc Fàbregas equalised for his side with an exquisite curling free kick from 25 yards.It was more of the same following the interval, and, again, it was Slaven Bilic’s men that drew first blood.Goalscorer Lanzini and Dimitri Payet linked up well in the middle of the park before the latter split Chelsea’s defence, sending Andy Carroll, who had been on the pitch only three minutes, through on goal.The England international comfortably left Branislav Ivanovic behind, and scuffed a shot past Courtois from close range after 61 minutes. Leicester players celebrate after Riyad Mahrez opens the scoring against Crystal Palace Just the one goal separated the two sides as the referee blew for the half time whistle, in what had been a poor showing from Quique Sánchez Flores’ men.And they got the second period off to a terrible start. Jonathan Walters met Heurelho Gomes’ goal kick, playing a first-time ball over the top of the Watford defence to Joselu. The Uruguayan outpaced defender Miguel Britos and sublimely dinked the ball over a hapless Gomes.Despite it being one of the Hornets’ mediocre performances of the campaign, captain Troy Deeney managed to pull one back for the home side in the 86th minute, making it a nervy ending for the Potters.Ikechi Anya played a cross into the box from the left side and Deeney, unmarked on the edge of the six yard area, powerfully headed the ball past Jack Butland.Watford gave everything to try and grab a late equaliser, but the Potters refused to relinquish their lead, taking home a deserved victory.West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Norwich CityWith the Canaries sitting in 18th and two months of the season remaining, it’s reached that stage where each game has become somewhat of a cup final.Predictably, the first half provided few chances, with the affair at the Hawthorns largely scrappy as both sides struggled to create chances in the final third.Both sides were in need of a half time talk, and one team came out of the blocks far quicker. The Baggies failed to clear what appeared to be a harmless ball into the box, Matt Jarvis took advantage, stealing the ball and playing in Robbie Brady. The winger made no mistake, firing his effort into the left corner to make it 1-0 to the visitors with 50 minutes played.Despite going a goal up, the Canaries remained nervous – understandable given the importance of the three points – but they held on to move out of the drop zone. 5last_img read more

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Bayern Munich win Bundesliga title thanks to 2-1 victory over Ingolstadt

first_imgBayern Munich have won their fourth consecutive Bundesliga title and the 26th in club history with a 2-1 win over Ingolstadt.Two goals from Robert Lewandowski inside the opening 32 minutes was all it took for the German giants to retain their crown, but their hosts did make them sweat with a penalty just before the break from Moritz Hartmann.Polish striker Lewandowski got Bayern’s opener from the spot after Franck Ribery was felled in the area, while his second saw him finish off a Xabi Alonso pass, following a perfectly timed run.You can see both the Bayern Munich goals below…Robert Lewandowski’s first goal against IngolstadtRobert Lewandowski’s second goal against Ingolstadt 1 Bayern Munich players celebrate last_img read more

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Get Out: Art exhibit

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champGauche’s work is fueled by narratives of travels, traditions and myths as well as devastating hardships, both physical and psychological. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call 818-546-1000 or see www.harvestgallery.com. An opening reception for the “Megapolis Osmosis” exhibit will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Harvest Gallery, 938 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. The exhibit, featuring works by Susan Bolles, Gregory Brisson and Gauche, will continue through Jan. 13. Bolles depicts household objects and appliances in her art with bright colors and well-defined shadows. Brisson is influenced by German expressionism and his art often has whimsical themes. last_img read more

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Smart carmakers will go green

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBut just because Bush has been a longtime denier of the reality of global warming doesn’t mean his successor, regardless of party, will take a similarly troglodytic approach. This means even if California loses its lawsuit to overturn the EPA decision, it still won’t be long before you have to modify your cars and trucks to reduce the amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases they emit. To do this, your vehicles will have to become even more fuel efficient than required by the new federal energy regulations Bush has just approved, rules that won’t force you to reach their ultimate goal of an average of 35 miles per gallon until 2020. Since it’s obvious you’re going to have to change the specifications of your cars pretty soon anyway, why not start doing it now? Why keep resisting when you know you’ll have to do it anyway? The long-term truth is that you will only be able to stay in business in California and much of America (the 17 states now wanting to implement California’s standards account for well over half the automotive sales in this country) if you build cleaner and more efficient cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles. The truly smart car companies out there will begin building the cars of the future as soon as they can, taking advantage of consumers’ predictable desire to reduce their need for high-priced gasoline. There’s a reason why Toyota has surpassed General Motors in the last year or so as the leading seller of cars in America: Years before it had to, that Japanese company dared to bet on the intelligence and environmental consciousness of U.S. citizens and built the hybrid Prius, which eventually became a hot seller. Toyota will soon offer hybrid versions of all its models. A new open letter to the world’s automakers: Well, you didn’t listen to the last missive from this column, published in many California newspapers last fall. As a result, you wasted several months and millions of dollars in legal fees arguing that California’s new greenhouse gas regulations are illegal because they might conflict with federal fuel economy rules. U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Ishii essentially laughed your arguments out of his Fresno courtroom last December, echoing an earlier decision by fellow federal Judge William K. Sessions III in Vermont. Both jurists held you had no case. But now you’re feeling good again, because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in keeping with President Bush’s denial that climate change is real, refused this month to grant California permission to enforce its new law, denying permission at the same time for 16 other states that are on record wanting to adopt the same measure. Which demonstrates that it can be done, that making fuel-efficient, cleaner cars is both possible and a wise economic move. Aping Toyota, the rest of you also now offer a bunch of hybrids, none as popular as the Prius, which leads the hybrid market because of its quality and because it got a leg up on the competition. Now there’s a chance for someone else to leapfrog Toyota by hastening the commercial appearance of hydrogen fuel-cell cars, one of which will be offered soon by Honda on a lease-only basis. Market these in quantity and with all the amenities motorists enjoy and consumers who like to stay on the cutting edge will buy them, with masses of others to follow. But instead of this, you’ve had your pet senators from car-producing states work to make the new federal rules less stringent than they could have been and you’ve argued fruitlessly that the California regulations – remember, they will be enforceable soon whether you or Bush’s EPA director like it or not – will force you to make two kinds of cars, one type for California and another for some other places. But doing just this never bothered you before. Plus, you can short-circuit this entire problem by selling California cars everywhere. The bottom line is that the company that acts on the California standards first will be the one that does best for years, maybe decades, afterward. Those that fight hardest against the new reality will become dinosaurs, perhaps even moving into the automotive boneyard now occupied by the likes of Kaiser, Studebaker, NSU and Daihatsu. So do yourself a favor and get with the future, which as usual takes its cues from California. Cease the obstructionism that has seen you resist every new smog-control tactic ever tried. Act logically for once and we’ll all get relief from your incessant lawsuits and start doing more of our share to keep this planet habitable. Tom Elias is author of “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition (e-mail: tdelias@aol.com). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bosco coach resigns

first_imgFor Plantillas, the immediate future and direction of his football team were clearer than that of his own agenda. For now, the Tigers’ all-time winningest coach has resigned his position, effective immediately, a decision he had mulled over during the Christmas break. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“He had mentioned to me that he was seriously considering resigning right before the break,” Tigers athletic director Sal Perez said. “Then he called during the holidays to confirm the news.” The Tigers were 40-40-2 during Plantillas’ eight years as coach. This feat was somewhat remarkable considering that, when Plantillas began his tenure, Don Bosco was in only its third year of playing football since the school reinstituted the sport back in 1996 after a 34-year hiatus. During the Plantillas era, the Tigers qualified for the playoffs four times while capturing two Santa Cruz League titles. They recently moved up to the Del Rey League and Division X. “I love these kids, I love this program,” Plantillas said, “but it’s time for me to move on. ROSEMEAD – By all accounts he should have been home, enjoying what were his first days off in a decade. But Don Bosco Tech football coach Carlos Plantillas was at the school’s weight room Wednesday afternoon, spotting and assisting several athletes in their off-season training regimens. center_img “I’ve been here for 10 years, giving everything I had. I gave all my time, all my effort to these kids. When I commit to something, I go all the way.” The Whittier College graduate will hand the reins back to his mentor and the school’s first coach, Bill Yurak. “I’m glad Bill will be back,” said Plantillas, who served as an assistant under Yurak from 1996-1997. “He is a disciplined leader.” The only individuals looking to adjust are Plantillas and his family. “Since I’ve been working here I’ve had to put aside other priorities in my life, such as spending time with my family or starting my own,” Plantillas said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Young declares for NFL Draft

first_imgYoung maintained during the season that he would like to return for his senior year, but said his Rose Bowl performance put him “over the top.” “Hard work has paid off a whole lot,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonYoung was spectacular in Texas’ 41-38 Rose Bowl win over top-ranked USC on Wednesday, and he would have been a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy had he decided to return. The versatile quarterback accounted for 467 yards against USC – 200 running and 267 passing – and ran 8 yards for the winning touchdown with 19 seconds left. Young thanked many people, including his family and coach Mack Brown, who was at a coaches convention and could not attend Sunday’s news conference. He specifically thanked Brown for “helping me become a better man.” Young ends his career at Texas with a 30-2 record – the best in school history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AUSTIN, Texas – Vince Young is headed to the NFL. The Texas quarterback, who led the Longhorns to their first national championship in 36 years, announced Sunday he would make himself eligible for the April draft. last_img read more

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