CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Latest Crash Continues Trend of Lives Lost too Soon

first_imgLatest Crash Continues Trend of Lives Lost too SoonDECEMBER 19TH, 2016 MATT PEAK ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKY It has been a particularly rough year for the Warrick County School District. For the second time, grief counselors are on hand to help students cope with the loss of a classmate.Boonville High School student Skylar Robinson-Williamson was killed in a wrong way crash over the weekend. In November, Castle senior Sophie Rinehart died in another tragic accident. These tragedies are just two of the losses felt in the Tristate this year.“It becomes difficult to deal with,” Warrick County Superintendent Brad Schneider said of the deaths, “Each one is a different tragedy and a different life lost unfortunately. Our crisis team is getting way too much work.”And still more teenage deaths across the Tristate.In June, Webster County teammates gathered to remember 16-year-old softball player Kaci Wood. Kaci was riding in a car driven by Union County teen Maxwell McMain. Both were ejected from the vehicle but McMain survived and was later charged with murder and drunk driving.Tell City senior Joshua Ward was killed in a car accident in August.16-year-old Christian Coaliron and 15-year-old Kaitlyn Gawltney drowned after an ATV accident in White County in late March.In Henderson, 17-year-old Autumn Burkhart was killed after getting stuck in the crossfire of an argument. Elijah Roberts is charged with murder in Burkhart’s death, and faces a grand jury in January.The Pike County community is also dealing with loss. 12-year-olds Paige Bailey and Bryce Phillips died after falling through the ice.And in Olney, Illinois, the grieving continues after 8-year-old Sabrina Stauffenberg was murdered after waiting on the church bus in November. The accused killer, Glenn Ramey, could face sixty years in prison if convicted.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

JJ Food Service strikes Cooks the Bakery deal

first_imgJJ Food Service has struck a multi-million pound deal which will see it supply Cooks the Bakery store across the UK.The open-ended contract, worth £4m per annum, covers 72 Cooks stores, which were previously supplied by 3663.Distribution company JJ Food Service will supply ambient, chilled and frozen products to the national bakery chain.Richard Prime, managing director of Cooks the Bakery, said: “We are looking forward to working with JJ Food Service, with the confidence that our stores will receive the ingredients necessary to deliver quality products to our valued customers.last_img

Press release: £9m awarded to breakthrough digital health technologies

first_img Kent-based Mind over Matter MedTech is working with Wessex Academic Health Science Network to trial novel, low-cost and portable brain imaging technology. This aims to test patients personalised risk for developing dementia in a non-invasive manner, and at least a decade before any clinical symptoms would appear. This could help reduce the chance of a cycle of irreversible neuronal death Red Star Consulting Ltd is leading a Glasgow-based project applying machine learning to analyse clinical notes recorded in the electronic health record of diabetes patients. The machine learning models predict, based on patient’s clinical notes, the risk of different clinical endpoints such as heart attack or death and present this information to the clinician as a score or alert. Clinicians can use this to tailor consultations, identify high-risk patients, and target specific clinical outcomes Rugby-based OpusVL, has developed eObs, which allows clinicians to observe patients digitally through hand-held devices. The device can then send an automatic alert to specialists or consultants if patients are identified as ‘at risk’. This can shorten length of stay, reduce transfers within hospitals, and reduce ICU referrals. The system also gives ward managers and bed managers a view of the workload across their area of responsibility, so that they can deploy the right people on the right ward, at the right time The UK is a world leader in health innovation and the projects for which we have announced funding today showcase the very best of British knowhow. Using breakthrough technologies such as AI and machine learning and deploying apps and hand-held devices, outcomes for patients can be immeasurably improved. Supporting these innovations is a key element of the government’s Industrial Strategy and will create the industries and jobs of tomorrow. From using AI-driven voice technology to assess patient’s health before seeing a doctor, to hand-held devices which observe health status and alert clinicians to treat high-risk patients, we are taking steps to ensure people are healthier for longer while saving the NHS money. These advances in technology, across the UK, demonstrate our modern Industrial Strategy in action by harnessing the power of innovation to help meet the needs of an ageing society, and creating the high skilled jobs of the future. Projects which received funding today include: Leicester-based Snoozeal, working with the University of Loughborough, Snoozeal Limited has developed a device to treat obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition where the muscles and soft tissues in the throat relax and collapse, blocking the airways for 10 seconds or more during sleep, which can cause long-term health problems. The device contracts muscle at the rear of the tongue through a 20-minute daily toning regime of mild electric pulses. The Snoozeal device aims to be connected to an intelligent platform to collect biosensor data of tongue tone, which will be classified by machine learning and AI-based to deliver personalised treatment regimes Funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC) is a £35 million fund, being run over 4 years.The DHTC is an important element of the government’s plans to implement the Accelerated Access Review. It aims to address some of the challenges that the review identified around the development of digital health innovations, and to help grow the digital health sector. DHTC funding is targeted at SMEs to promote a vibrant and varied industry of innovative technologies with the potential to significantly change care pathways and to improve patient outcomes and create NHS efficiencies. Working with the University of Oxford, Ufonia will deploy AI-driven voice technology to call patients and have a fully autonomous, natural conversation, to assess their health status against specified criteria. In live clinical use, the technology will assess the health of nearly 1000 patients who have had cataract surgery at a large NHS hospital Trust over 6 months Innovative digital technology projects to address key challenges in health care have received a £9m funding boost through the government’s Digital Health Technology Catalyst it was announced today.The catalyst, delivered by UK Research and Innovation, aims to accelerate the development of digital health innovation, under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, to ensure the UK remains at the leading-edge of innovative healthcare.Wide-ranging applicationsRecipients are using a host of new technologies to address the most pressing healthcare priorities. From the use of machine learning and hand-held devices to improve the targeting of clinical interventions to the use of portable brain imaging technology to help identify patients personalised risk of developing dementia.Science and Innovation Minister Chris Skidmore said: Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair, Innovate UK, for UK Research and Innovation, said:last_img read more

Press release: UK praises strong Nepal relationship following Prime Minister Oli’s visit

first_img Media enquiries For journalists The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Nepali Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MOFA) ‘Joint UK-Nepal communiqué on the occasion of the visit of the Prime Minister of Nepal to the United Kingdom, 10-12th June 2019’ is online here. The distinguished service of Gurkhas in the British Army is a source of immense pride in both our countries and is the keystone of the unique bond between us. Britain is already playing an important role in Nepal, particularly through our aid assistance in the wake of the 2015 earthquakes, and I want to see that complemented by more trade and investment, and for us to work together on tackling climate change – not just in Britain and Nepal but around the world. Email [email protected] The UK and Nepal have reaffirmed their strong friendship following a visit by Nepali Prime Minister Oli to the UK, and set out areas to deepen the relationship.These include strengthening agreements on Gurkha service in the British Army, as well as supporting inward investment from the UK to Nepal, and the importance of tackling climate change challenges as an international priority.Prime Minister Oli’s visit concluded yesterday with Foreign Ministers from the UK and Nepal agreeing a Joint Statement setting out Britain’s support for Prime Minister Oli’s ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ agenda, by working to promote investment and support improvements in the business environment to ensure sustainable economic growth in Nepal.It also reiterates both countries’ commitment to uphold the rules-based international system and multilateral co-operation, particularly on human rights and international human trafficking.The UK looks forward to Nepal’s ratification of the Palermo Protocol this year.Speaking at a reception at the Nepali Embassy yesterday, Minister for Asia Mark Field said: The three-day visit by the Prime Minister of Nepal was the first to the UK since Nepal became a republic in 2008, and his programme included meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May, HRH the Duke of Sussex, Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster, and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Nepal.Following his meeting with the Prime Minister on Wednesday, Prime Minister Oli visited Sandhurst with Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster where they attended a reception dinner at the Gurkha Headquarters and saw the Brigade of Gurkhas practice military drills.Notes to editorslast_img read more

Phish Debuts “Simple” Out Of A Crazy “Mike’s Song” Jam, On This Day In 1994

first_imgThere’s something gratifying about going through the Phish archives and pulling out some of the great shows from the band’s career. So many memorable moments came during the 1990’s, including this performance from May 27th, 1994 at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA.The band’s third night at the iconic SF spot was arguably the best of the run, featuring the debut of “Simple,” an acoustic set with Morgan Fichter on fiddle, and an audience macaroni and cheese box shaking for “Possum” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire.” No really, the band handed out Flintstones macaroni and cheese before the final two songs of the night and encouraged fans to shake along with them. “Shake your macaroni!,” yells drummer Jon Fishman.Of course, the song “Simple” also made its debut at this show, in its familiar setlist locale post-“Mike’s Song.” The interchange between “Mike’s” and “Simple” is downright insane, when you consider that this was the first time it had ever been played. The song was originally recorded in something of a doo-wop style for the Hoist album, but the Mike Gordon penned original didn’t make the cut. After this performance, it was significantly reworked and eventually debuted in a form closer to finalization, during the infamous O.J. Simpson police chase performance on June 17th of the same year.It’s interesting to hear how this song came to be, and we do indeed have it “Simple” for being Phish fans. Listen to the full May 27th, 1994 show below.[Audio: fromtheaquarium]Setlist: Phish | The Warfield | San Francisco, CA | 5/27/1994Set 1: Wilson > Runaway Jim, Foam, Bouncing Around the Room > David Bowie, If I Could, Punch You In the Eye > Harry Hood, Golgi ApparatusSet 2: Suzy Greenberg > Peaches en Regalia > My Friend, My Friend > Reba[1], The Lizards, Julius, Nellie Kane[2], My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own[2], Mike’s Song -> Simple[3] > Mike’s Song > Simple -> O Mio Babbino Caro[4], Possum[5]Encore: Fire[5][1] No whistling.[2] Morgan Fichter on fiddle. Acoustic and without microphones.[3] Debut.[4] Phish debut; Andrea Baker singing unmiced.[5] Audience shaking boxes of macaroni and cheese.Teases:· Theme from The Flintstones tease in Suzy Greenberg· Theme from The Flintstones tease in PossumNotes: This show marked the debut of Simple and the Phish debut of O Mio Babbino Caro. Suzy and Possum contained Flintstones theme teases. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Nellie Kane and My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own were performed acoustic with guest fiddler Morgan Fichter. O Mio Babbino Caro, a Puccini aria, featured opera singer Andrea Baker singing unmiced. Before Possum, the band handed out boxes of Flintstones macaroni and cheese for the audience to shake along with Possum and Fire.last_img read more

What do Data Domain customers have to say about Data Domain?

first_imgBetter together may be a cliché, but there is no better term for the pairing of a Data Domain appliance and the customer who owns it. The Data Domain appliances portfolio, both physical and virtual, have helped many businesses modernize their IT environments while providing best of breed deduplication and protection storage. Below are a few stories that are a testament to the Data Domain portfolio and all it has to offer.Phoenix Children’s HospitalWhen in the hospital, one of the most important variables for success is time. Before Phoenix Children’s Hospital had implemented protection storage from Dell EMC, their prior solution resulted in backup windows that were upwards of 24 hours. “Moving to Data Domain with deduplication we can finish our full backups in less than 7 hours” – Theodore Fotias – VP IT Infrastructure – Phoenix Children’s HospitalWatch and learn how Data Domain helped Phoenix Children’s Hospital reduce backup windows and more importantly, ensure that they provide top notch care to the children that stay at the hospital.“Everything we do is about and for the kids. It’s crucial to make sure that all critical data that a doctor or a nurse needs to be able to take care of a sick child, is protected and available at any time.” – Theodore FotiasFounders Federal Credit UnionFounders Federal is a regional financial institution that started in 1950 and has now grown to over 30 locations in North and South Carolina. While working with Dell EMC Engineers, Founders Federal became aware of some gaps in their data protection strategy. “Today’s benefit of using Dell EMC Data Protection Software combined with Data Domain is the ability to deliver a deduplication rate of 72:1.” Bob Bender – CTO – Founders Federal Credit Union, a GE CompanyWith Hurricane Irma bearing down on the state of Florida, FieldCore was concerned about their current backup strategy. FieldCore switched to a Data Domain centric backup strategy and was up and running before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida.The Dell EMC solution was implemented in less than four days. “We went from a 4:1 deduplication ratio to a 41:1 deduplication ratio with Data Domain. We saw backups go from taking upwards of 24 hours to complete to 98% of our backups completing in less than one hour. This allowed us to replicate our data before the storm actually hit.” – Kerry Johnson – Senior Systems Engineer – FieldCoreThe Data Domain portfolio of backup appliances and Data Protection Software has helped countless businesses achieve their backup nirvana. If you are not familiar with Data Domain, ask your Dell EMC Sales Representative for more information. You can also learn more about Data Domain on our website. If you would like to stay up to date with Data Domain announcements, follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Professors examine spirituality of energy conservation

first_imgTaking a bike ride or turning off the lights can be transformative experiences, according to Wednesday night’s interfaith discussion panel at Saint Mary’s about the spirituality of energy conservation.Associate professor of English and environmental studies Christopher Cobb said he makes an effort to see the value of basic actions, which helps him relate energy conservation to his Quaker faith.“What we call energy conservation often, usually even, comes down to simple everyday activities: I ride a bike, I put on a sweater, I eat a meal without meat,” Cobb said. “These are not glamorous activities, and these are the sort of activities I might do, or might not do, without thinking much about it.”Cobb said his choice not to obtain a driver’s license has strengthened his Quaker faith.“Riding my bike to get where I need to go day-by-day has deepened my spirituality,” Cobb said. “It’s very easy not to drive. You just never learn.”He said that riding his bike instead of driving also contributes to his understanding of the right use of energy, which he sees as a spiritual practice.“My awareness of the spiritual aspect of riding my bike helps me to do it everyday,” he said. “I see that I am not doing so with the intent to conserve fossil fuel energy for someone else to use. My hope is that no one else will use it. Rather, I have the intent of improving the right use of energy in my life.”Cobb said recognizing a spiritual presence in activities such as biking or walking helps him engage with nature.“I feel connected to my surroundings,” Cobb said. “I am aware of the weather, the light, the direction of the breeze, the presence of animals. I am able to speak to people, to encourage geese to get off the path. When I bike, I adjust my approach to be in harmony with the conditions around me.”According to Cobb, his Quaker faith aligns with his practices of energy conservation.“What comes to us in prayer and worship from God, we seek to understand and follow in our lives,” he said.Rachel Novick, assistant professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame, said North Americans use significantly more energy than those on other continents. She said this is one main reason she practices energy conservation.“As much as we want to care about nature and protect it, we still think we own it,” Novick said.She said that principles of the Jewish tradition encourage people to think more simply and to eliminate unnecessary energy usage from their lives. Novick said the Sabbath, the most central aspect of Jewish life, prohibits activities such as driving, cell phone usage and shopping for 24 hours.“While the Sabbath only comes once a week, it defines our lives in ways that influence our choices more broadly,” Novick said. “For instance, we choose to live in walking distance of other people so that we have people to socialize with on Saturdays.”According to Novick, it is not uncommon for people to take two-hour walks or to visit parks on the Sabbath because people enjoy activities at slower paces.“The Sabbath is a powerful anecdote to the way we become so accustomed to technology that we can’t imagine life without it,” Novick said. “It can be really nice to take things slowly. If you ask people who keep the Sabbath if it’s a sacrifice every week, they’re actually really excited about it.”Novick said everyone has this opportunity to build community with others through a shared prioritization of energy conservation.“We live in a country today that grows enough corn to feed every hungry person on this planet,” Novick said. “The choices we make about how to use energy, and its impacts, all come back to us.”Tags: spirituality of energy conservation, theology on firelast_img read more

Robert H. Jackson Center’s Co-Founder To Retire From Board Of Directors

first_imgGreg Peterson interivews Bob Woodward in Summer 2018. Image by the Robert H. Jackson Center.JAMESTOWN – After 20 years at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, one of the center’s co-founders will retire from his position on Monday.Center President Kristan McMahon announced on Friday that Gregory Peterson is retiring from the center’s board of directors.Peterson co-founded the Robert H. Jackson Center in 2001, along with Elizabeth S. Lenna and Carl Cappa. He has served on the Board since the Center’s inception.“We are grateful for Greg’s leadership and legacy of outstanding community service,” said McMahon in a statement. “I want to publicly thank Greg for his Board service and for his dedication to Robert H. Jackson and his legacy. We would not be where we are today without his commitment to the dream of what the Jackson Center could be, his drive and enormous heart to make that a reality, and his heroically-scaled video documentation of everything we have ever done.” In addition to Peterson’s work as a Jackson Center Board member, he serves on numerous boards and committees, including The Resource Center Foundation, Jamestown Professional Baseball Executive Committee, of which he is Chairman, and the Business Council of New York State.“It has been an amazing 20 years of serving at the Robert H. Jackson Center,” Mr. Peterson reflected. “I look forward to watching the Center’s growth under its current leadership.”He has also served as a member and former President of the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce, former member and Past President of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and former Board member of the Fredonia College Foundation.A lifelong resident of Jamestown, Peterson received his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.Currently, he is a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Old Hats Stars David Shiner & Bill Irwin on Clowning Around Together for 25 Years

first_imgDavid Shiner & Bill Irwin (Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Q: Bill, you’ve acted in Beckett plays, won a Tony for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and done clown shows like Old Hats and Fool Moon. How would you compare them? BILL: They’re very different, but there’s a kind of kinship. Edward Albee, the premier dark playwright of the American theater, would show up at rehearsal and quote his favorite lines from Auntie Mame. He would stand at the back of the theater, not facing the stage, and sort of conduct the music of his play. He grew up in a vaudeville family, and it’s not so far from Edward Albee to the vaudeville roots David and I celebrate.Q: The show is called Old Hats, but a 25-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with the physical comedy you do. What’s your secret? DAVID: You just take care of yourself. I’ve never seen Bill drink alcohol, ever. I don’t drink either. The passion for the work keeps you fit. Of course it’s exhausting, and everything aches when you get out of bed, but that’s gone in 10 minutes after a coffee.BILL: The show itself is kind of a structured workout, and we love what we do. We’re holding on for dear life because we want to keep doing it. Q: Do you remember your first impressions of each other?DAVID: My first impression was that he was the god of clowning.BILL: He always says this!DAVID: No, it’s true. I saw a video of him in [the 1982 solo piece] The Regard of Flight, and I thought, “That is the best clown in the world. Period.” Nobody was doing what he did, [combining] dance, theater, mime, music and clowning.BILL: That touches my heart. But do you remember when we first met? We were like two dogs sniffing each other.DAVID: I was just overwhelmed. When he came to see Cirque du Soleil, I was spying from behind the curtain, going, “Holy shit! Bill Irwin is here. I’ve got to be good tonight.”BILL: Here’s my story: My mother and I were at Cirque du Soleil, looking down on Shiner doing his act. She was always tolerant of my being a clown, but I don’t remember her rolling with laughter. But with Shiner, she could not sit up straight! I’ve been watching him from the wings for 25 years now, thinking, “How does he do that?” People laugh; they don’t get mad. Related Shows When the sublime clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner saunter on stage in baggy tailcoats, loose ties and top hats, it’s impossible not to smile. Within seconds, that smile turns into nonstop laughter as Irwin and Shiner wordlessly engage in a comically violent political debate, play a hobo on a park bench (Shiner) or a businessman wrestling with his iPad selfie (Irwin). These are just three of many highlights in Old Hats, the funniest show in New York and a rare chance to see two masters in top form, aided by sly singer/songwriter Shaina Taub and her band. Sitting together at Signature Theater before a recent evening performance, Irwin and Shiner look like accountants, but don’t be fooled: Shiner will soon morph into a lascivious, ponytailed magician alongside Irwin as his sexy female assistant. How do they keep a straight face amid the mayhem? It isn’t easy.Q: You two have known each other for 25 years. What makes this such a special partnership?BILL: I’m dying to hear what he will say.DAVID: I think it’s because we love and respect each other so much, artistically and personally.BILL: …which is not the same thing as saying we understand each other! Old Hats Q: David can be hilariously abrupt when he pulls strangers from the audience for a silent movie segment, but they love it. DAVID: There’s a secret to that: You have to like people a lot. When I bring someone on stage, I want to make sure they have fun. I’m not there to make them look stupid—although I do that! But they end up having fun watching me make fun of them. It helps that they’ve already seen Bill and me do all kinds of crazy things. By the time I pull them on stage, they’ve begun to trust us because they can see we know what we’re doing. The key is to make them feel they’re not being… what would you say, Bill?BILL: …misused. At this point in our long history, that [ability] is less mysterious to me than how you crawl through the audience.DAVID: Oh, that’s fun. It looks like I’m manhandling them, but I’m light on my feet. Q: What’s your favorite part of the show?DAVID: All the numbers with Bill. I’m always biting my lip [to avoid laughing]. During the magic act, I can’t look at him because the faces he makes are so ridiculous. And he’s really invested in his character.BILL: People ask me, “Have you done much drag?” And I say, “I don’t think of it as drag. I’m playing a woman!” My favorite part is when we play the two [pompous] guys waiting for a train.DAVID: They’re such losers. It’s existential because those two guys missed the train a long time ago.Q: You’re great dancers, and you’ve both had short runs in Broadway musicals [Shiner in 2000’s Seussical; Irwin in the 2009 revival of Bye Bye Birdie]. Is that something you would want to do again?DAVID: Never! Even if I come back in my next life as an actor, I will never do a Broadway musical again. If I’ve made any mistake in my career, that was it.BILL: I don’t see any huge demand for me, so it’s not a question I need to ponder too deeply. I do love the musical form, although it’s often disappointing.DAVID: For me, it was terrifying to be around so many talented singers. I was just a clown! The Cat in the Hat, OK, I looked the part, but when I started singing, I wouldn’t be surprised if they turned my microphone off. I would like to do a play. It would be fun to play a character who is evil incarnate, someone aligned with the devil.BILL: I’ve gotta say, playing a serial killer on CSI was fun for a while, but I was glad when he died. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 3, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Insects at the farmers market shouldn’t bug you out.

first_imgFarmers markets offer the best of local, fresh produce throughout Georgia. But all those mouth-watering vegetables straight from the field sometimes come with slimy little surprises — bugs. Sustainable farmers marketsFinding insects on produce is usually more common at sustainable farmers markets, where growers steer away from pesticides or opt for those with limited potency.Louise Estabrook manages the Riverside Farmers Market in Roswell, Ga. She says the farmers at her market, which averages 2,000 customers per Saturday, don’t use pesticides and try to operate according to organic standards, although they are not certified.Corn earwormsEstabrook often sees problems with corn and corn earworms, which commonly only feed on the tips of the corn ear.In the past, customers who are not accustomed to buying fresh vegetables or shopping at a farmers market have complained saying, “I’m never buying that corn again because there are worms in it!”But Estabrook, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Fulton County, sees this as an educational opportunity.A chance to learn“It’s kind of gross, and people who are used to shopping at supermarkets are not used to coming face-to-face with a big, fat, greasy corn earworm until they shop local and nonpesticide,” Estabrook said. “It’s a learning opportunity for them, and they have to understand there’s that balance.”Specifically, she tries to teach customers that if they don’t want pesticides, then they might have to deal with a worm or two. Even then, it normally only stays on the top and doesn’t go through the rest of the kernels.What’s more, she reminds them that the corn they buy at the supermarket has been cleaned, stripped of the husk, packaged in plastic and the tips removed.“They just cut the worm off for you, and you pay more for that,” Estabrook said.After their brief education, she says customers tend to go back and buy the corn.Standards of qualityOverall, the chances of finding bugs or extensive bug damage at farmers markets are slim, whether the market is sustainable or conventional.“These farmers take pride in their harvest and only bring their best to market. The farmers I know also follow rigorous post-harvest procedures to ensure their produce is clean and safe for their customers,” said Amanda Tedrow, who is an ex-officio member of the board of directors of the Athens Farmers Market in Athens, Ga. Tedrow is also the UGA Extension agent in Athens-Clarke County.Tempest Coney sells mustard greens for her grandparents at the more conventional downtown farmers market in Tifton, Ga.She says that customers don’t have to worry about bugs from their 10-acre farm in Fitzgerald, Ga.Tempie and Harold Coney, who make up TC Coney Vegetables, have a wealth of experience from growing vegetables all of their lives, and they’ve been selling to a grocery store in Sylvester, Ga. for almost a dozen years, said Coney. On the farm, their produce receives a thorough soaking before harvest. It’s then washed three times after harvest to remove all insects and dirt, before being placed in the cooler. If a customer does find a bug, Coney offers refunds and replacement orders. Another vendor at the Tifton market, Phaustine Powell-Marshall of Powell Farms in Irwin County, has the same commitment to customer satisfaction. But she also cautions that folks shouldn’t be shocked if they do come across a six-legged stowaway. “On fresh vegetables,” she said, “you’re going to find bugs.”To locate a farmers market near you, visit the Georgia Market Maker website at read more