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Press release from Stone Environmental, Inc.

first_imgPRESS CONTACTChris Stone, President802.229.6433cstone@stone-env.com(link sends e-mail)Seth Pitkin Appointed Vice President at Stone Environmental, Inc.MONTPELIER, VERMONTThe partners of Stone Environmental, Inc. are pleased to announce that Seth Pitkin, leader of the companys Site Investigation & Remediation Group, has been appointed a Vice President and Officer of the organization.Since joining Stone in 1998, Pitkin has developed the investigation and remediation function into a vital service group that has shown strong financial performance and robust client and project growth.Pitkin developed Stones specialized Rapid Adaptive Site Characterization (RASC) program and is considered an expert in subsurface contamination investigation, site characterization, and vertical profiling. He serves as lead scientist on site characterization investigations, manages groundwater-related projects and investigations using the Triad Approach, and directs Stones real-time measurement technologies including a modified Waterloo Profiling technology that he has been instrumental in developing.Pitkin holds an M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. As a member of John Cherrys research team at Waterloo, he helped develop the Waterloo Profiler, a uniquely powerful data acquisition system for the investigation of groundwater contamination. Pitkin and his team at Stone have modified the original profiler to create a proprietary tool that provides high-quality data in real time, including groundwater samples for analysis, a continuous vertical record of the hydrostratigraphy at each location, hydraulic head measurements, and physicochemical data on groundwater quality.Seth will be an important asset to Stones management team as we move the company forward, said company president Chris Stone. His work as leader of our site investigations team has been outstanding and we look forward to his input on broader organizational issues.Stone Environmental, Inc. is an environmental science consulting firm located in Montpelier, Vermont. The company has 21 scientists providing client services in four areas: site investigation and remediation services, water resources and wastewater, agrochemical fate and exposure, and applied information management (GIS, computer modeling, data management). The site investigation groups services include groundwater profiling with the modified Waterloo groundwater profiler, analytical services in NELAP-accredited onsite laboratories, 3-D data visualization, and use of the US EPAs Triad Approach to site investigations. Visit www.stone-env.com/profiling(link is external) for more information.Lesley AllenCommunications Specialist / MarketingDirect / 802.229.1878E-Mail / lallen@stone-env.com(link sends e-mail)Stone Environmental, Inc.535 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier, Vermont 05602Tel / 802.229.4541 Fax / 802.229.5417Web Site / www.stone-env.com(link is external)last_img read more

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CFPB outlines debt collection proposals; NAFCU analyzing

first_imgCFPB on Thursday released an outline of proposals under consideration that would place restrictions on how debt collectors communicate with debtors and would simplify the process for those debtors who want to dispute their debt.“While CFPB’s outline is targeted toward third-party debt collectors, NAFCU is analyzing the provisions under consideration to assess any direct or indirect impact on credit unions,” said NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Alexander Monterrubio. “Credit unions are good actors that engage in responsible, fair debt collection practices and work to make sure their members’ financial needs and goals are met.”A survey by NAFCU’s research team this June on credit union debt collection practices found that 80 percent of respondents had waived late fees, interest or fines for delinquent accounts due to member hardship during the last year. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Your branding should be in your CU’s DNA

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Every single associate, every single staff member is a brand ambassador,” says John Mathes on the CUES Podcast Episode 25. Mathes is director of brand strategy at CUES Supplier member Weber Marketing Group and a faculty member at CUES School of Strategic Marketing I and II, where you can learn about branding this summer in Seattle.That is why, when undergoing a credit union rebrand, it’s important to survey entire staff for their points of view. When Weber Marketing Group works with a CU client, they conduct employee focus groups, plus workshops with the senior leadership team and board members.“You never know where the brand insights are going to come from,” he says.What is branding? continue reading »last_img read more

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Trial and Error: Report Says Prosecutors Rarely Pay Price for Mistakes and Misconduct

first_imgBy Joaquin Sapien, ProPublicaThe Innocence Project released a report Tuesday alleging that prosecutors across the country are almost never punished when they withhold evidence or commit other forms of misconduct that land innocent people in prison.The Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal group that represents people seeking exonerations, examined records in Arizona, California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania, and interviewed a wide assortment of defense lawyers, prosecutors and legal experts.In each state, researchers examined court rulings from 2004 through 2008 in which judges found that prosecutors had committed violations such as mischaracterizing evidence or suborning perjury. All told, the researchers discovered 660 findings of prosecutorial error or misconduct. In the overwhelming majority of cases, 527, judges upheld the convictions, finding that the prosecutorial lapse did not impact the fairness of the defendant’s original trial. In 133 cases, convictions were thrown out.Only one prosecutor was disciplined by any oversight authorities, the report asserts.The report was issued on the anniversary of a controversial Supreme Court ruling for those trying to achieve justice in the wake of wrongful convictions. In a 5–4 decision in the case known as Connick v. Thompson, the court tossed out a $14-million dollar award by a Louisiana jury to John Thompson, a New Orleans man who served 18 years in prison for a murder and robbery he did not commit.The majority ruled that while the trial prosecutors had withheld critical evidence of Thompson’s likely innocence – blood samples from the crime scene – the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office could not be found civilly liable for what the justices essentially determined was the mistake of a handful of employees. The decision hinged on a critical finding: that the District Attorney’s office, and the legal profession in general, provides sufficient training and oversight for all prosecutors.The Innocence Project study echoes a 2013 ProPublica examination focused on New York City prosecutors. In 2013, ProPublica used a similar methodology to analyze more than a decade’s worth of state and federal court rulings. We found more than two dozen instances in which judges explicitly concluded that city prosecutors had committed harmful misconduct.Several of the wrongfully convicted people in these cases successfully sued New York City. In recent years, New York City and state have doled out tens of million dollars in settlements stemming from such lawsuits. Former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes was voted out of office, in part because of wrongful convictions gained through misconduct on the part of his prosecutors or police detectives working with them.But only one New York City prosecutor, ProPublica’s analysis found, was formally disciplined: Claude Stuart, a former low-level Queens Assistant District Attorney, lost his license. He was involved in three separate conviction reversals.Just as we found in New York, the Innocence Project’s report found that appellate judges and others almost never report findings of misconduct to state panels and bar associations that are authorized to investigate them.“In the handful of situations where an investigation is launched,” the report found, “The committees generally failed to properly discipline the prosecutor who committed the misconduct.”The report concludes with several recommendations on how to improve accountability for prosecutors. It suggests, among other things, that judges ought to mandatorily report all findings of misconduct or error and that state legislatures pass laws requiring prosecutors to turn over all law enforcement material well before trial.But perhaps most powerful is the report’s introduction, a 2011 letter to then-Attorney General Eric Holder and two national prosecutor associations. It was written in response to the Connick ruling and signed by 19 people whose wrongful convictions were secured in part by prosecutorial misconduct.“We, the undersigned and our families, have suffered profound harm at the hands of careless, overzealous and unethical prosecutors,” the letter said. “Now that the wrongfully convicted have virtually no meaningful access to the courts to hold prosecutors liable for their misdeeds, we demand to know what you intend to do to put a check on the otherwise unchecked and enormous power that prosecutors wield over the justice system.”According to the Innocence Project, the Justice Department never responded to the letter.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, July 28

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAlter diet to turn back climate change While pursuing my BSN at Siena College, I took a summer class called “Feeling Stressed? Try Nature,” which taught issues facing our planet such as climate change. Although I have heard comments such as “It doesn’t feel warmer,” 93% of heat trapped in our atmosphere from greenhouse gas emissions is absorbed by our oceans.Ocean temperatures have been increasing since the 1990s causing coral bleaching. The future of once thriving ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef, over which 50% has died, is dependent on the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions.The United States is the second greatest emitter of greenhouse gases. Changing over to alternative forms of clean energy is a lengthy process, and even if we could do so immediately, it would take 100 years for reversal of global warming.Animal agriculture, especially that of cows, is responsible for 51% of human-caused climate change, 30% of the world’s water consumption, 91% of Brazilian Amazon deforestation and the leading cause of ocean dead zones.Solutions like changing diet can make a difference to effect change now. I made the personal decision against consuming milk. Check out these documentaries on Netflix: “Before the Flood,” “Cowspiracy,” and “Chasing Coral.” If you can’t be convinced without scientific research, check out “Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector: Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption,” “The Impacts of Dietary Change on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Land Use, Water Use, and Health: A Systematic Review,” and “Global Warming and Recurrent Mass Bleaching of Corals.”Sarah DiniusNiskayuna Follow simple rule of safety on bike pathsThis letter is concerning the ignorance of bike trail etiquette, specifically for pedestrians sharing the trails, with the same opinion as in Michael Werner’s July 19 letter.Mr. Werner says “get a bicycle bell” for your bicycles instead of shouting “On your left.”I would like to remind Mr. Werner that if he walked to the left side of the bike trail, facing oncoming bicycle riders (as one should on all roads), there would be no need for a verbal, bell, air-horn or klaxon type of warning at all.At 50-75 yards away, the average person would only need to keep their eye doctor checkup current. We could all avoid the extra noise borne from a valid warning of approaching riders and the snide retorts of individuals that refuse to use some common sense and exercise personal responsibility.“Walk Left, Ride/Drive Right”James HerdmanScotiaState going wrong way in AdirondacksMuch of the news the last few years regarding the Adirondack wilderness has been disappointing and bewildering.The actions of the APA, DEC and governor make you wonder what wilderness will be left in a few years.However, it was encouraging to see that The Appellate Division, Third Department, ruled recently that state tree-cutting to build a network of wide class II community connector snowmobile trails in the Adirondack Forest Preserve violated Article XIV, Section 1 of the State Constitution. The DEC and governor should be trying to uphold the wilderness protection provided by the state constitution, not trying to skirt their way around it.In addition to the snowmobile trail issue last summer, they allowed ATV vehicles on Whiteface Mountain without notifying anyone. They rushed the Boreas Ponds classification to limit the input of public opinion. And they spent millions of dollars on the new Frontier Town Campground.The money spent on the campground would have been better spent on hiring more rangers, rebuilding trails and improving the parking situation in the High Peaks area. These infrastructure needs should have been addressed before building the campground to bring more tourists into the area. Rangers should be on the trails and summits educating hikers, not writing parking tickets. I’m afraid the governor’s idea of wilderness is a paved road up Mt. Marcy, lined with nonconforming blue signs with a Taste of New York kiosk on top. I hope they remember to put in the septic system.Chris BuckleyBurnt Hills We need a president who upholds American idealsI cannot believe the chanting done at the president’s political rally. I have tried to keep in mind that this is our president and we should stand by him, but I cannot after this latest episode. This president is causing such division in this country that I fear for our future for the next year.He’s talking about American citizens. He’s singling out one who is the only one born outside of our country but went through the proper protocols to be a citizen. How can people back up this alarming rhetoric? The only thing it does is confirm that racism is alive and well in this country. How far have we come when a United States president belittles women that have so much love for this country they ran for election and won to support the people? I did not, purposely, say women of color. They are women, human beings, who should be recognized for the attributes they hold dear to make this country better.Wake up America. Impeachment isn’t the answer. Voting is for 2020 to make sure we have a president that stands for the ideals of democracy and practices those ideals for we the people.Vincent F. CarelliAmsterdamcenter_img Thoroughbreds start their racing careers too youngProvoked by Sara Foss’ July 15 Gazette column, I’d like to put in my two cents. Cold-blooded saddle horses are usually 2 or 3 years old before they are “broke,” wear a saddle or carry a rider. Thoroughbred racehorses are considered 1 year old on January 1, regardless of the month they are born. At age 2, his training begins, including time on the racetrack. It just seems stressful on their young delicate legs and systems. But, of course, to wait one more year to train that racehorse would add a lot of expense to the industry and probably never happen.Sally AustinBallston LakeFilm brings awareness to teen pregnancy challenges On July 13, Proctors held the premier showing of “Cradle.”  Prince Sprauve spent six years bringing this film together.It’s a compelling film, based on true stories of teenage pregnancies in Schenectady. The film follows the real-life challenges and complicated relationships with family and friends that teenage pregnancy presents.The audience was filled with several hundred people, many of whom were teenage mothers or products of a teenage mother. The making of the film was with the intent to bring the serious community problem of teenage pregnancy and the resulting impacts of domestic abuse and abandonment to the awareness of our community. The hope is to bring together school programs and community agencies to dialog about the issues and try to safeguard our youth from these difficult challenges.At the end of the film, Prince Sprauve took the stage and repeatedly emphasized that tonight “is not about the limousine;”  it’s about bringing awareness and coming together as a community to help educate our youth avoid these situations.The July 14 Gazette coverage was only that of a photo of the limousine and a cute headline play of Prince’s name. There was no accompanying article. There was so much story to be told and reported, including or highlighting impact responses from the audience members. It’s a shame The Gazette missed the point of the evening and the opportunity to expose the message of the film.Hopefully, this film will reach greater audiences and promote dialog across our community.   Carol Harrigan LupoSchenectadyMedia must stop stirring up anti-police sentimentThe July 21 Daily Gazette Opinion headline read: “Eric Garner is proof that we need to reform laws on excessive force.”No. We need a law that simply says don’t resist arrest; if you do, any harm that comes to you will be considered your own fault, by law.In 1991, Rodney King established the value of resisting arrest, i.e., resist arrest, hurt by police, avoid going back to prison, become national hero, cover of Time magazine.Mr. King died a pathetic, alcoholic-related death. Some national hero.But the deceitful media coverage of King’s arrest led to rioting that killed 63 people and injured 2,373. Sixty-three people killed by dishonest media in a riot and how many since, including the very unfortunate Mr. Garner? Alvin Bragg, the agenda-driven author of this column, is hardly an unbiased writer, since he stated in the column that he “has provided legal advice to the family of Eric Garner.” He gives no hint as to why the police officers felt they needed to use any force at all in arresting Mr. Garner. Mr. Bragg is simply writing another biased article enflaming antagonism against police. Enflaming antagonism toward the police has been a focus of the PC media for 30 years and is causing huge damage to the fabric of our country. It needs to stop.Clyde MaughanRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

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Bundaberg house comes with a free holiday to Hawaii

first_imgAs if Queensland’s warm weather wasn’t enough, a couple in the regional centre of Bundaberg are throwing in a free trip to Hawaii with the sale of their home. Yes, you heard right. The house is listed for sale for $520,000 and the lucky buyer will score a free trip to Hawaii valued at $4,000.The vendor’s son Dion Borg, who is handling the sale on behalf of his parents John and Connie Borg, says the five-bedroom property has been on the market for more than a year and the holiday is an incentive to attract buyers.A look at the family home from the street.“There’s been a decline in property sales in Queensland. The idea was to look at ways to promote the property and hopefully find more buyers,” Borg says.He says he chose Hawaii because the US island state has a similar climate to that part of Queensland.Borg has purchased a $4,000 voucher through myhawaii.com.au which he says should cover flights, accommodation and some activities for two people.Whoever purchases the property just has to visit the site and choose a package that suits them, either in Waikiki or Kona. If they choose a package that exceeds $4,000 they will have to pay the extra amount.The property sits on two hectares and is just a 15-minute drive from Bundaberg’s CBD.Borg has been helping his parents manage the listing on realestate.com.au and even created a video to showcase the property’s value for families.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5e33AzYoTE&feature=youtu.beMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoThe five-bedroom property sits on two hectares with a fish pond, and vegetable garden with greenhouse.“We’ve been targeting people that might want to have horses, fruit trees or a trucking business,” Borg says.“Bundaberg is a great place to bring up a family.”The property is being officially managed through Property Now as a private sale.last_img read more

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OGA chairman: O&G industry must do more to help solve climate change challenges

first_imgIn an address to a group of senior industry leaders at a meeting of the MER UK Steering Group in Aberdeen, the chairman of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) Tim Eggar has said that, if the industry wants to survive and contribute to the energy transition, it has to adapt.In his address on Wednesday, Eggar said that the oil and gas industry’s ‘social license to operate’ is under serious threat and there is no scope of a second chance, adding that it must do more to help solve the challenges of climate change and the drive to net zero.He called on the industry to act much faster and go farther in reducing its carbon footprint.Ahead of the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, later this year, he suggested that the industry would need to develop a package of measures to counteract climate change.Eggar stated: “The biggest challenge has been the speed of the shift in public and industry opinion on climate change. I have been involved one way or another in this industry for over 40 years. I have been through a number of oil price cycles but I cannot remember anything like the industry rethink of the last few months.“Clearly, climate change is happening right now. That debate is over. The framework, the license to operate for the industry, has changed fundamentally and – unlike the oil price – forever.“If the industry wants to survive and contribute to the energy transition it has to adapt.“So today, in that context, I’d like to share with you some personal observations on the issues facing the OGA and the industry and what you can expect from us going forward, with particular regard to energy transition and net-zero.“Since 2015, a ‘tripartite’ partnership between government, industry and the OGA has firmly focused on our prime objective – maximizing economic recovery.“Out of the oil price crisis, that partnership has helped add nearly 4 billion barrels to forecasts and achieve year-on-year production efficiency increases. We’ve seen operating costs stabilize and hugely encouraging decommissioning cost efficiency.“But the world of 2020 is not the same as the world of 2015.“Public opinion on climate change, and the Government’s legally-binding commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 (2045 in Scotland), means that we have to do everything we can to contribute to achieving this. That applies to the OGA, and to every oil and gas operating and service company.“The Committee on Climate Change’s ‘Net Zero’ report – points to oil and gas remaining an important and critical part of our energy mix for the foreseeable future, as we transition to net zero. Indeed, without gas, we cannot transition to net zero.“[The industry] is, in my opinion, collectively not doing enough and its social license to operate is under serious threat.“We have to act much, much faster and go farther in reducing the carbon footprint. Action not just talk or more analysis. The oil and gas industry should be the leader in developing some of the solutions to tackling climate change, rather than continuously being seen as the problem or the blocker. It is quite feasible for the UKCS to be carbon negative by 2050.“In November this year, COP26 will be in Glasgow. Well in advance of [it] the industry needs to have developed and gone public on a compelling package of measures which demonstrates real, genuine leadership and commitment to net zero. Now is not the time for anyone to be waiting on anyone else.“For COP26, we need:First, the offshore industry to commit to clear measurable greenhouse gas targets, with real progress on methane.Second, to show real CCS progress. How about serious work having started on at least two – and ideally more – major projects for starters?Third, measurable progress on energy integration opportunities – for example, we need an electrification project off the ground.Fourth, an acceleration of the move to ensure there is a diverse array of skills and people for the long-term energy offshore and supply industry.“Maximizing economic recovery of oil and gas does not need to be in conflict with the transition to net-zero. They can and should be fully integrated.“That’s why this year the OGA intends to fully integrate net-zero into our requirements.“As part of this new approach, we will review and update the MER UK Strategy. This review will not only ensure the UK’s net-zero ambitions are fully embedded, but will also reflect stewardship and other changes in the basin’s operating environment over the last four years.“Industry will be given the opportunity to help shape this new future with us. In particular, I hope we will see more participation in our joint journey from the smaller innovative service companies.“Let me reassure you that even with all this substantial and important new work starting, we will not neglect our core work and business as usual.“Real leadership right now is vital if the industry is to convince the public and politicians of our relevance, if we do not do so we cannot hope to thrive, compete for talent or continue to access capital.“This is a very exciting industry. I’ve been around long enough to have seen the oil and gas industry prove itself time and time again, over many decades, to be adaptable and highly resilient. You have ridden out the cycles; surmounted huge geopolitical and technology challenges. You have contributed massively to economic growth and people’s well-being.“You are now facing a more fundamental challenge; a challenge outside your comfort zone. If together, we do not surmount it we will all be doing the world’s environment a major disservice.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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What your doctor didn’t tell you about calcium

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle What your doctor didn’t tell you about calcium by: – August 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 11 Views   no discussions Long before I became a registered dietitian or nutrition editor, I knew the importance of getting enough calcium for strong bones.And because I’m not a milk drinker, my doctor has told me multiple times to take a supplement. I’m not alone either: Many women are advised to take a calcium supplement for healthy bones—especially after menopause (when decreasing estrogen levels accelerate bone loss). (Find out how much calcium you need here.) In fact, the majority of American women over 31 take calcium supplements, says a 2010 study in The Journal of Nutrition.Can A Multivitamin Help You Slim Down?But new research, published online in the British Medical Journal, might have you second-guessing a supplement. Scientists reported that postmenopausal women who took calcium supplements increased their risk of heart attack by 25 to 30 percent and stroke by 15 to 20 percent.Calcium supplements—unlike calcium-rich foods, such as milk—increase blood calcium levels for a few hours after they’re taken, says Ian Reid, M.D., the study’s lead author. (Find delicious calcium-rich recipes here.) This bump may raise risk of heart disease—possibly because the calcium is deposited in the walls of the arteries, making them less pliable.Other experts think women’s supplement habits shouldn’t change, in part because there’s research to show calcium may help the heart. “Postmenopausal women given calcium supplements had a slightly lower risk of stroke and heart disease,” says Robert Heaney, M.D., professor of medicine at Creighton University and an internationally recognized calcium expert, citing a study he and colleagues conducted.Bottom line: Before you start—or stop—taking calcium supplements, speak with your doctor. Women aged 19 to 50 need 1,000 mg per day; for women 51-plus, it’s 1,200 mg daily. It’s possible to meet these recommendations through food—if you choose wisely. Dairy products are good choices (choose nonfat or low-fat to limit saturated fat), as are kale and collards.By: Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition EditorEatingWell Magazinelast_img read more

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George Luther Smith Jr.

first_imgMr. George Luther Smith Jr. passed away at 9:39 am, Sunday, January 6th, 2019, at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis after spending 8 days there with his family by his side. George, age 85, of Aurora, Indiana, entered this life on February 23, 1933, in Rising Sun, Indiana. He was the son of the late George Luther and Jennie Louella (Liggett) McPherson Smith. He was raised in Rising Sun, Indiana, and was a 1951 graduate of Rising Sun High School.He was united in marriage on August 6, 1960, at the First Baptist Church in Rising Sun, Indiana, to Jeraldine “Jeri” Kathryn Iceberg and to this union arrived two daughters, Margo and Alicia, to bless their home. George and Jeri shared over 58 loving years of marriage until his death.George attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He owned the Aurora Music Center in Aurora, Indiana, which he opened in 1963. He sold an array of instruments including pianos, organs, guitars and band instruments/repairs for all the local school districts. He was an accomplished piano tuner for 30 years (tuning by ear). He was a founding member of the Southeastern Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame. George was known for his business and music by many in the Aurora, Dearborn County and surrounding areas. In 2009, the Governor of Kentucky bestowed upon him the title of Kentucky Colonel. George had a passion for sailing, he even built several sailboats that the family enjoyed over the years. He will be dearly missed by his loving family, friends, neighbors and community.He was a long- time member of the First Baptist Church of Aurora where he served as a deacon and choir member. He and his wife first started attending the First Presbyterian Church of Aurora, Indiana, and then Beecher Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, in support of their son-in-law Robert H. Northcutt Jr.’s ministry. George loved the Lord and spread the love of Jesus to everyone he met.George is survived by his wife Jeraldine “Jeri” Kathryn (Iceberg) Smith of Shady Nook, Lawrenceburg, IN; daughters, Margo (Bob) Northcutt of North Bend, OH; Alicia Smith of Richmond, VA; grandchildren, Miranda (Dwight) Watson, Richmond, VA; Bobby Northcutt of Columbus, OH; and Ryan Smith of Richmond, VA.; great grandchildren, Tyus and Kaya Watson; many nieces, nephews and cousins; in-laws, Janet Iceberg of Bear Branch, IN., Marlene (John) Steuver of Dillsboro, IN., and George (Barb) Iceberg of Dewberry, IN.He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Lucian, Bill, Leland and Gladys McPherson, Elizabeth “Betty” Noble and in-laws, Stella and Dale Giltner and Ervin Iceberg.Friends will be received Friday, January 11, 2019, from 4:00-8:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 am at the Beecher Presbyterian Church, 229 Short Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, with Pastor Robert Northcutt officiating.Internment will follow in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Dewberry, Indiana (near Friendship).Contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Beecher Presbyterian Church or Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association Inc. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com last_img read more

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Ralph M. Zeigler, 90

first_imgRalph Martin Zeigler (Goose Egg, to some) died July 29, 2019, at the age of 90, in his home in Greensburg, Indiana. Born in 1929 to John M. and Grace Marie Zeigler, Ralph was the middle of three sons. He worked at Cummins for 32 years, retiring in 1986.Ralph married Peggy Jane Clark in April 1950. They were married 62 years and had three children, John (Megann), Don, and Connie Zeigler. Peggy preceded Ralph in death in 2012, but during their marriage they danced, traveled, hit most craft fairs in the Central Indiana area, and resided in the home where Ralph died. After Peggy died, Ralph continued golfing, started dancing again, volunteered for Bread of Life, and hugged thousands of people (mostly women).At a recent party to celebrate Ralph’s life while he was still living, dance partners, card players, neighbors, family and honorary family shared stories of Ralph’s euchre chutzpah, love for dancing (which he continued to do until the last few weeks of his life), half-baked construction projects, and general and lasting joy for living.He was loved and will be missed by so many. Along with his three children and daughter-in-law, survivors include his grandchildren, Nick and Zack Simmonds; his beloved dog, Snorky; his brother, Don; honorary family Pam and Robert (Opie) O’Sullivan, Ben and Lauren Larson; and so many friends.Peggy and Ralph had their first dance together again in many years on July 29th. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Interment will follow in the East Hill Cemetery, Rushville, Indiana.Memorials may be made to the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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