Comments1 commentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail APRIL 13TH, 2018 CHRIS MASTROBUONO EVANSVILLE, NEWBURGH Energy Systems Group started operations 25 years ago in Indiana.They celebrated their silver anniversary with a ribbon cutting this afternoon at their new state of the art facility in Warrick County.ESG provides efficient and renewable energy projects across the county.Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, representatives from Vectren and ESG Employees were all on hand.The new building will house 70 employees, who will work to provide sustainable infrastructure solutions for customers.President of ESG, Greg Collins said, “The energy efficient is a win win for customers both from an environmental standpoint as well as saving money, so we see a great future for it growing and as energy prices increase, there will be a lot of opportunity to save money.”ESG sees energy efficiency as a win-win for customers and the environment. They have joined forces with Vectren as Vectren turns to more renewable energy across Indiana and this partnership could lead to more jobs and benefit communities and businesses across the state.Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch said, “Indiana leads the country in advanced manufacturing, we are number one in the Midwest and fifth in the nation for our business environment, we have the third best infrastructure in the country, and we are one of twelve states that has a triple A credit bond rating by all three independent rating agencies.”ESG has just completed a solar panel project for the EVSC, the company has another project in the works for the court house in Warrick County.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of business and university leaders called on the U.S. government Wednesday to fix broken immigration policies that are interfering with efforts to recruit the world’s best and brightest. With federal budget cuts looming, the group also asked officials to recognize that government-funded research at universities and in industry is a key driver of economic growth.“There are jobs in the United States today that are open because we don’t have the skilled workforce to [fill] them,” said Ellen Kullman, president, chair, and chief executive officer of chemical giant DuPont. “If we want to continue to create economic growth, we have to fill those jobs with the best and the brightest, wherever they come from, and our own universities are educating them today. That is a job creator, because innovation creates momentum in the economy. That skills gap we have today is slowing down economic growth in the United States.”Kullman’s comments came as part of an unusual business and higher education roundtable where the leaders of seven major companies and the presidents of seven universities discussed innovation and its role in creating jobs. The session, held in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Bloomberg News just a block from the White House, was convened by Harvard University President Drew Faust and John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable, a group of corporate leaders that formed in 1972 to influence public policy. The roundtable included the leaders of Eli Lilly, Cummins, Siemens, Meritor, Accenture, and SAS Institute, as well as DuPont, and the heads of Harvard, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Davis, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the University of Iowa, and the University of Virginia.In her introductory remarks, Faust said she hoped the event would lead to the group speaking out clearly and forcefully on the key issues of immigration, research funding, and intellectual property rights. With a joint congressional “super committee” considering ways to slash the U.S. budget deficit, and with a presidential election looming, Faust said this is a critical time to get the message out to the nation’s leaders.“We face a unique and pressing opportunity to address the future of innovation,” Faust said. “We believe it’s important to amplify our collective voices … and describe our shared goals more forcefully and effectively.”House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who addressed the group at lunch, said that it’s important for Washington to hear from concerned groups on key issues like innovation.The United States has long been an educational destination for bright, energetic students from around the world, but participants said the spread of technology and the rapid development of new research institutions by nations seeking to emulate the American model creates greater incentive for those students to stay home. Add to that U.S. immigration policies that make it difficult for graduates to choose to stay here when their schooling is done, and you have a brain drain of people who could drive innovation, job creation, and economic growth.“If you want a job killer, a job killer is having some of these would-be entrepreneurs go back to those countries and create jobs there that compete against us and take jobs out of this country,” said John Lechleiter, chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly.Members of the group recommended increasing the numbers of some kinds of visas and an educational campaign to highlight the economic benefit of retaining high-skilled, foreign-born workers who were educated here to differentiate this issue from the larger one of illegal immigration, which political leaders don’t seem eager to reopen.Government support of research through grants to university research and tax credits for corporate research is critically important, participants said. William Green, chairman of the board of Accenture, a global management consulting company, said that the days when the United States dominated global research are over. Today, other governments are investing in research. The major competition for U.S. companies in the future will come from the new multinationals growing up in other countries. Green said it is pivotal for the United States to devise a fresh growth strategy before those countries and companies catch up. He also said that during this crisis, people are looking to the places that have been sources of innovation in the past.“We have a crisis in confidence and credibility in this country. And one of the last sets of institutions people believe in are the institutions that got us where we are today, which is our national research institutions,” Green said.That global competitive environment extends to education as well, Faust said, with some universities making very competitive offers for both faculty and students.Several university leaders said the unstable funding environment for basic research may make students reconsider planned careers in the sciences. Unlike lawyers or businesspeople, scientists face funding uncertainties that are linked to the vagaries of national politics, and that uncertainty may make them pursue other interests. In addition, stable funding has to target not just promising research that can be developed into products and services, but basic science, the fruits of which may be decades away. The university leaders acknowledged that controlling education costs is an important part of the picture, both to ensure that dollars are well spent and that their institutions remain affordable.In the third segment of the event, participants sought ways to increase protection of U.S. intellectual property overseas and discussed the lessons from recent patent reform that can be applied to the issues of immigration and research funding. For that legislation, key interested groups got together to hash out differences, and the result was a bill that produced little controversy. MIT President Susan Hockfield said the consensus behind that legislation may indicate that it’s important for universities and industry to lobby together for increased research funding and immigration reform.Though the nation’s debt problems are real, said John Engler, former Michigan governor and president of the Business Roundtable, the amount the United States spends on research is a tiny fraction of the budget. He said the old adage that you don’t eat your seed corn applies to this situation, since cutting research funding because of budget troubles will only ensure more problems tomorrow.
UWF Volleyball Alaska Bound !! Aug. 29, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – To the great white north, go the 4-0 Argo Volleyball team. “This should be a really good experience to deal with travel and competing,” claims Head Coach Melissa Wolter. “This is a worse case scenario (All day travel covering two time zones) to go to a new climate and surrounding, and if we can be successful, then we can handle anything down the road” (post season travel situations).The team departs Pensacola at 11:00 AM on Wednesday August 29, and arrives in Fairbanks, Alaska at Midnight. Thursday is an acclimatization day, with an afternoon practice. The Argos first contest is against Humboldt State at 6 PM Central time (4 PM Alaska) on Friday evening. On Saturday, UWF plays Alaska-Fairbanks at 11 AM CT, and Hawaii-Hilo at 6 PM CT. The team will depart Fairbanks at 11 AM Sunday, and land back in Pensacola 22 hours later.The Argos are coming off a four Match sweep during the opening weekend of the season. The victories were convincing, and the team hopes to carry the momentum to Alaska. The competition in the Nanook Classic Tournament is solid, with all three opponents off to good starts like UWF. The host school for the Tournament is the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Nanooks Volleyball team is off to a 4-1 start, while Hawaii-Hilo is off to a 3-1 start with their only lost coming to Alaska Fairbanks last weekend. Meanwhile, Humboldt Sate (from Arcata, California) has started the season at 3-2.Isabela Gualberto leads the Argos with 59 kills thru four matches. Gualberto has an impressive Attack Pct. of .336, while the Argos as a team are hitting .261 to their opponents .125 Attack Pct. Danielle Spitzer (.370) and Kara Gonzalez (.611) have come off the bench to provide some very efficient instant offense. Meanwhile, Jerica Carter is leading the defense with 67 digs thru four matches. Setter Madeline Gonzalez has 171 assists so far for the season, while the Argos opponents have only put up a combined total of 152.Adding to the Argos offense to start the season is some productive attack numbers from Kimberly Clark (47 kills), Luciana Rapach (24 kills), Sarah Harrison (17 kills), and Chelsea Wilhoite (29 kills). The balanced offense gives the Argos the great opportunity to keep the game plan unpredictable.The video webcast of all three games that the West Florida Volleyball team is scheduled to play in Fairbanks, Alaska will be available to the public. Fans can access the games for $4.50, by going to www.greatnorthwest.tv or www.pennatlantic.com, or go the link on the right toolbar on this page. Print Friendly Version Share
By John BurtonSHREWSBURY – Nothing is expected to change for the Shadowbrook catering facility under its new ownership, including its name.“The same reason everybody booked this place is the reason we bought it,” noted Jim Kourgelis, who is one of the six new owners, who took over the site in the last couple of weeks.Kourgelis, Saddle River, along with his five partners, have taken over the venerable facility, operating at 1 Obre Pl. for more than four decades by the Zweben family and “We want to continue the wonderful job that they did,” Kourgelis said.The only real changes planned are to “give it a little shot of love,” he said. And that means sprucing up the location, refreshing wallpaper, making minor repairs and revitalizing the garden and grounds, Kourgelis explained.“Our goal is to continue to have this the best catering facility in the area,” he said.Kourgelis and his partners own and operate two other catering facilities, the Venetian, in Garfield, and Seasons, Washington Township. They’ve owned them for 15 and 27 years, respectively, with Kourgelis calling them more traditional sites, as compared to the Shadowbrook. They had considered renaming the institution, “but being here for a couple of weeks, getting to know the history and tradition,” he said, “we felt it was important to keep it as Shadowbrook.”That attitude and the new owners’ experience sat well with the former owner, Robert Zweben.“The Shadowbrook is a very, very special place,” Zweben said, wanting to hand it over to someone who would appreciate its history and reputation.Zweben, along with his father, Sidney, and brother Sandy, bought the approximately 18-acre property and restaurant 43 years ago. The site originally had been Shadow Brook Farm, established in 1910 by wealthy New York physician Dr. Ernest Fahnestock.The site had been an a la carte restaurant and wedding facility when the Zwebens bought it and they continued operating as that for a number of years before gradually shifting to catering only. “Which is a much easier operation,” Robert Zweben acknowledged.The site has lush, decorative grounds and garden area and its interior is decorated with items, such as ceiling panels, from such historic sites as the former Paramount Theater, New York City; and from the day room of the former Villard Mansion (Now the Helmsley Palace Hotel, on New York’s Madison Avenue.)Zweben confided there was any number of developers anxious to purchase the property. “And a lot of those people were willing to pay giant numbers,” for it, he said.“But it’s in our heart and I just couldn’t do that,” to the facility and to his long serving staff, he said.He decided to sell to Kourgelis and his partners because, Zweben felt, “After 43 years I think these are the people to maintain it and bring it to the next level.”Kourgelis is keeping the existing staff and bringing some additional employees to operate the site, which in past years, Zweben said, had as many as 250-300 events a year.“We plan on being here for a while,” Kourgelis said.For Greg and Christina Cambeis, a Middletown couple, the Shadowbrook was an ideal choice.“We wanted to get married someplace outside,” opting to have their ceremony on the grounds’ garden, said Christina. “It was perfect. We loved it.”“It was a perfect place,” Greg added.He feared the location might have become a condo or townhouse development. And that it’ll continue largely as it is, “I think people appreciate that,” Greg Cambeis said.
By Emma Wulfhorst |RUMSON – It’s not every day a school becomes a bustling hub of entrepreneurship.But sellers recently packed the Forrestdale School’s cafeteria where over 60 student vendors set up shop, displaying everything from shark’s-tooth necklaces to ornaments to original artwork for the school’s first ever TREP$ Marketplace.The market was the final step of the TREP$ program, a curriculum developed for schools in which fourth- through eighth-graders learn everything they need to know to start their own businesses. Maureen Gordon, a Forrestdale enrichment program teacher, brought the program – short for “entrepreneurs” – to the school after learning about it through an email. “I knew it would be something students would just love to do,” Gordon said. “I know how much they love to create and build.”Gordon approached the Forrestdale administration and asked for permission to make TREP$ a part of the school’s enrichment program for gifted and talented students for the 2017-18 school year. “They said yes right away,” said Gordon and she began the class in September. The TREP$ curriculum was developed in 2006 by two New Jersey mothers after their sons attempted to create their own small business.Forrestdale’s program was open to all fourth- and fifth-grade enrichment students, as well as any sixth-grade students who were interested. The class met one hour a week for the fourth- and fifth-grade students during a regularly scheduled enrichment class. But the sixth graders had to sacrifice a lunch and recess period two times a week in order to participate.“They learned concepts and skills in school through workshops,” said Gordon. During the classes, the students were taught key business skills and terms, including profit, expenses, marketing, brainstorming and creating a plan, all part of the TREP$ curriculum.“A lot of work was also done at home,” said Gordon. Students physically created their products entirely on their own time using their own money or borrowed from their parents to produce the items. However, if students borrowed money, they were required to write up a contract with terms for repaying the loans. Any profits students made could be used to satisfy the loans. If students did not turn a profit, they had to present written explanations of the different lessons they learned during the program.“Most of them really worked on it themselves,” said Gordon about the students’ creation of their products, “but there was a lot of parental support.” Gordon said some of the students even paid their siblings or friends to help them produce, market or sell their goods.According to Gordon, about 95 percent of students made a profit. While most kept the money as a reward for themselves, some chose to donate it to various organizations.Amanda Harmon, a fifth-grader at Forrestdale, made a profit of $150 by selling her beach-themed ornaments, chalkboards and picture frames. “I loved it when people walked by my stand and saw my product and they loved them,” she said. “It really made me feel good to have people enjoy what I made.”“She was focused on doing something beach-themed and using sand,” said Amanda’s mother, Tara Harmon, also the publicity coordinator for Forrestdale’s TREP$ program.Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from Forrestdale School in Rumson participated in the TREP$ Marketplace, the culmination of a program which taught them about all aspects of starting and running a business. Photo courtesy Tara HarmonIn total, 16 sixth-graders, 28 fifth-graders, and 21 fourth-graders participated in the program, but Gordon expects a bigger enrollment when she runs the program again. “I already ordered more workbooks for next year,” she said. “I’ve had seventh- and eighth-graders beg me to do it again.”Gordon is overjoyed by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the entire Forrestdale community. “I received numerous emails form parents thanking us, telling us what an amazing learning experience it was for their child,” she said.As a parent, Harmon relished TREP$. “I thought it was pretty awesome,” she said. “It was a great opportunity for the kids to use their creativity and see how a business works.” Harmon is also excited for her daughter to participate again. “She and her friends are already planning what they want to sell next year.”This article was first published in the Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
INESTIMABLE PLEASURES On Saturday, April 2, with an awe-inspiring and emotional outpouring of love and respect, this nation bade a grand farewell to one of its most illustrious sons. Winston Blake (‘The Merritone Music Maestro’) was not universally embraced for his connections with or contribution to Sport. However, with his undying love for his alma mater, Kingston College – a virtual hotbed for the games that teenagers play – he was a fixture at the National Stadium and before that, Sabina Park, during Champs week. Without fuss or fanfare, his unsolicited support took many young athletes over the hump. Politicians from both sides of the divide, by their presence, typified the life of the man whose earthly journey they had huddled together to celebrate. He will be sorely missed. Foster’s Fairplay wishes that he be granted eternal rest. No one with a straight face can deny that there are inestimable pleasures to be derived from the shortest version of the game. The ending to the final provides stark evidence. In attacking an achievable target, the West Indies innings had fallen into serious disrepair. The strategy crafted by the ‘out of touch’ and in some quarters ‘out of favour’ Marlon Samuels was sheer brilliance. He curbed his well-known flair and ferocity to set up the Carlos Brathwaite explosion. It was the grand finale, all West Indians loyal to the cause could conceivably have wanted. It had all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller. All that said, West Indies cricket has impacted and ruled the world from the springboard of Test cricket. That and only that must be the focal point in any perceived initiative to turn that never-ending corner. The treasures of watching and appreciating the grace, elegance and charm of a Lawrence Rowe, the ability to bludgeon into surrender a savage attack as Sir Vivian Richards afforded us, are no longer. Need one to further illustrate the point; go back to the mastery of a Sir Garfield Sobers or the finesse of the great Rohan Kanhai. Set in what is now being challenged – a five-day match – like it or not, together with fierce fast bowlers, the West Indies grabbed and held on to the number one spot for close to two decades. To this place all heads must be pointed if the call of “we are back” is to be countenanced. Go for it, West Indies! English Cricket commentator and former County of Hampshire player, Mark Nicholas, has referred to the West Indies T20 team as “short of brains”. The remark came during the build-up to the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup in that format of the game. Nicholas is described by the popular cricket website, espncricinfo, as “almost a throwback to the era of amateurs”. Anyone familiar with that period in English cricket, where there was a clear, social demarcation between two sets of cricketers, is wont to draw a single conclusion. Amateurs were referred to as gentlemen and those who looked to the game for their living were given the nomenclature of players. Given all that, the “no brains” label, coming from a white Englishman, must be seen as manifestly racist. That skipper Darren Sammy, mindful of, but not allowing the tag to disrupt his flow, could have led his team to a sound thrashing of the English, was a masterstroke. The clobbering, straight on the heels of a similar beating of the Aussies by our ladies, was a ”take that” response in the face of those who consider themselves to be ahead in quality of on-field performance. With those two title-winning victories and the still savoured under-19 triumph, the way forward is being charted by the loyal fans of the sport. They have stuck with a team whose fortunes have plummeted to rock bottom. Once ruling the roost in what is still considered to be the real cricket, they had been swept aside by teams who prepared, while the perennial high rankers remained complacent and perhaps, over-celebrated. It is quite understandable that this string of victories in a ‘slam bam, thank you, ma’am format’ has elicited shouts of “We are back”. Foster’s Fairplay urges caution. SHORT OF BRAINS
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceUnder normal circumstances for the Warriors, a blowout loss to a worthy adversary in the Milwaukee Bucks and injury to Stephen Curry would be enough to ruin a week.But no, the Warriors had to take it to another level. The fight between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant looms over everything that happened to the Warriors over the last week, and that truth might apply to the next few weeks as well.So while …
15 February 2015David Miller and JP Duminy shared a spectacular unbroken world record fifth wicket partnership of 256 to set the Castle Lager Proteas up for a 62-run victory over neighbouring Zimbabwe in their opening ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B game at Hamilton on Sunday.It was a partnership that started with a much-needed rescue act after Zimbabwe, having won the toss, reduced the Proteas to 83/4, then a period of consolidation and finally all-out assault as 96 runs were scored in the final five overs.Tanashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara, who had bowled so well up front to remove Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla and ensure that the Proteas only managed to make 29 in the statutory power play, bore the brunt of the final assault.PartnershipMiller, making his second ODI century, both of them coming in his last three innings, finished with a career best 138 (92 balls, 7 fours and 9 sixes) and Duminy with 115 (100 balls, 9 fours and 3 sixes). It was Duminy’s fourth ODI century and his third against Zimbabwe.Their partnership obliterated the previous record of 226 achieved by Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara for England against Ireland while the previous South African fifth wicket record was the unbeaten 183 by Jacques Kallis and Jonty Rhodes against Pakistan at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in 1998.In the end the South African victory was a solid one rather than anything special and left plenty of room for improvement for most of the front-line batsmen and bowlers.This may be no bad thing as on the two previous occasions when the Proteas had their most realistic chances of winning the World Cup in 1996 and 1999 they came out of the blocks like a world champion sprinter but failed to see out the distance.Outstanding recordThe World Cup only reaches its business end in a month’s time when the knock-out phase starts and no team can hold its peak for that long. What is required is a steady upward performance curve leading up to that stage.It must also be stated that Zimbabwe have become a much more competitive team since the ring-wise Dav Whatmore, who has an outstanding record as a World Cup coach, took charge.They gave New Zealand a hard time in their one warm-up match and beat Sri Lanka convincingly in the other. Today’s performance will have confirmed the belief that they are very much in the running for a top four finish in their pool.It was only in the 47th over that the Proteas went ahead of Zimbabwe on the over-by- over runs comparison after Zimbabwe had been given an excellent start with Chamu Chibhabha and Hamilton Masakadza adding 105 for the second wicket in 17 overs. Masakadza and Brendan Taylor added a further 54 for the third wicket in only nine overs.Masakadza contributed Zimbabwe’s biggest score of 80 (74 balls, 8 fours and 2 sixes).Imran Tahir, who was the pick of the South African attack with career best figures of 3/36 against Zimbabwe, dismissed both Chibhabha and Masakadza.Key periodThe key period of their innings came when Masakadza was dismissed in the 33rd over as it started a five-over segment when they lost the wickets of their other key middle-order batsmen, Taylor and Stuart Williams. It left them on 218/5 and, from that position, there was not a realistic prospect of their winning the match.Farhaan Behardien, who had missed both the warm-up matches through injury, passed a late fitness test and he and Duminy in the end bowled as many as 13 overs in the fifth bowler role.The Proteas next match is on Sunday against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.WORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: South Africa v India. Melbourne Cricket Ground27 February, 5.30am: South Africa v West Indies. Sydney Cricket Ground3 March, 5.30am: South Africa v Ireland. Manuka Oval, Canberra7 March, 3am: South Africa v Pakistand. Eden Park, Auckland12 March, 3am: South Africa v United Arab Emirates. Westpac Stadium, WellingtonQuaterfinals18 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundCricket South Africa and SAinfo reporter
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mother Nature becomes a little bi-polar in our latest forecast. We have cold air that wants to stay in control through the end of this week, but it has to endure some moderating pushes coming from the south and west. Then, next week, we look to get warm enough that approaching systems have more rain potential than snow. Overall, we are lowering our expectations of a white Christmas down to about a 20% chance – but we still can be bailed for a white Christmas by a Christmas day storm. Here is how we see it at this time.A warm front tries to lift into west central and southwest Ohio today, but cannot get much farther north and east than that. The low pressure center that spawned this warm front will work into west and NW Ohio later this afternoon, and crosses the rest of the state overnight. We should see some snows associated with that low passage. These snows do not look as impressive as they did 24 and 48 hours ago and they do not extend as far south. But right now we do not think we are going to waver from our thoughts of 1”-4” of snow. There is potential for much higher totals over and north of Lake Erie…but they do not look to drift south at this time. Those snow totals are clearly north of I-70, and honestly, a good bit of those snow totals will be seen north of US 30. Areas between US 30 and I-70 may end up closer to a coating to an inch. We will see. Coverage north of 70 will be around 80% for at least some snow, and only 10% coverage of even snow flurries south of I-70 tonight into early tomorrow. By noon tomorrow, all action will be off to the east.High pressure behind the system keeps us dry and sunny through the balance of Thursday into early Friday. Northwest winds pick up Friday midday and that may bring some lake effect snows back to northern Ohio later Friday afternoon and Friday evening. WE can see a coating to 2 inches in northern Ohio, particularly NE Ohio, but nothing farther south.We should see a bit of a break for Saturday, and temperatures will start to moderate. Then, Sunday looks to turn wet. Strong south flow ahead of our next weather system takes temperatures up to the point where rain breaks out late Sunday morning over southern Southwest Ohio and moves north-northeast from there. Rain totals can be from .25”-.5”, and just south of the river we can see some .75” rains that we have to watch to make sure they don’t try and surge up into southern Ohio. Farther north, temps don’t climb quite as much. We see a large chunk of the area from US 30 northward topping out only near 35 degrees Sunday. That is warm enough for rain, but also cold enough for sloppy wet snow. So, liquid equivalent precipitation can be up to .5”, but we can see a mix of rain and wet snow in the north. 90% of the state sees some kind of action on Sunday.Next Monday we go drier behind that system, and we stay dry through Thursday morning over most of the state. The exception will be northeast Ohio, especially Tuesday. This will be another push of lake enhanced action. IT may not be all snow, but there will be some minor action around Tuesday afternoon and evening in NE OH, with liquid equivalent precipitation of .25” or less. Temperatures moderate through the period, and will be normal to even slightly above normal by midweek next week. Our final front of the 10 day period arrives late next Thursday overnight into Friday the 22nd. This front again brings mostly rain, as the cold air waits to arrive until after the moisture is gone. We look for .25”-.75” of rain over 70% of the state. That system will be the one that puts the nail in the coffin for a white Christmas, unless cold air can come faster.Dryer the 23rd into the 24th. Extended models are suggesting a potential late Christmas Eve system that goes through Christmas day. This system has good moisture potential…and if cold enough, may bail out those wanting a white Christmas. But, for now, it is far enough out that we are just going to watch it and see the track it wants to carve out.