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Part Three: 2021 Primary Election Candidate Q&A Ellwood City, PA news – EllwoodCity.org

Posted: May 13, 2021 at 1:52 am

This is the third in a three-part series featuring a Q&A with the candidates for Ellwood City Borough Council and Ellwood City Area School Districts Board of Directors. Todays Q&A features Ellwood City Area School Districts Board of Directors candidates Barbara Wilson and Claire Fauzey. Yesterdays Q&A featured candidates Kathleen McCommons, Renee Pitrelli, and Kathy Tillia. (Candidates Norman Boots, JoEllen Eichler, and Kathy Pansera did not participate).

Primary Elections are just around the corner. Residents will be able to place their votes on May 18. To find your polling location,click here. To learn more about the voting process and how to cast your vote,click here.

Take a moment to get to know the candidates running for Ellwood City Area School Districts Board of Directors.

Former Experience, Roles, and Years Serving onEllwood City Area School District Board:

Why are you running for School Board? If elected, what will be your priorities?I am running for re-election because I truly believe in public education. Over the last few years, I have been able to give valuable input into very important issues in our community. My top priorities are security, equity, and mental health. I would like to continue to serve my community in this capacity.

Is there a particular issue that motivates you to serve on the board? Yes, several. When I was running four years ago, my biggest issue was equity in our schools. I believed then, and now, that all of our children deserve to become their best self. It is up to us to provide ways for them to achieve this. For some, its academics, for others its sports, clubs, choir, band or the musical. Maybe its not an activity but a person that makes them want to come to school each day. Whatever their reason, we need to provide this in the best way possible for them. This opportunity needs to be available for ALL our children no matter what. Every child, with no regard to race, religion, gender, socio-economic status, deserves to receive the tools that they need to be successful. Now, in addition, I have become very interested and involved in school security. Our students cannot learn if they are worried about being hurt in school. So, I find it extremely important to do everything that can be done to keep them safe and secure so they can focus on learning.

What particular experiences or skills have prepared you to serve as a board member? I hold an Associates and a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. I completed a Masters-level Reading Specialist program. I taught for 7 years including 2 years of RTII (Reading Interventions) for the ECASD at North Side Primary. We have 5 children, the youngest being a Senior this year, so I have many years experience as a parents of a school aged child. In addition, I am employed as the Director of a non-profit and work with and report to a Board of Directors, therefore also having that perspective.

In what school district or community activities/organizations have you been involved? My most recent project is planning this years After Prom with a few of my fellow board members and a great group of parent volunteers. I am the current President of the Ellwood City-Shenango Soccer Boosters and have spent the last 4 years working to make the soccer program successful through the boosters and by co-coaching the 2017 season. I have chaperoned many school fieldtrips. Whatever activity my kids were involved in, I tried to help or volunteer including school musicals, dance recitals, and athletics. When my children were younger, I was active on the PTO and as a Classroom Mom. Outside of school related activities, I volunteer regularly at The Ladle Soup Kitchen and participate in many local social justice and food justice programs.

What differentiates you from the other candidates and/or board members? Each candidate is unique and voters look for candidates that reflect their values. My life experiences are individual to me and they have shaped who I have become. I am hardworking and honest. I champion for each and every student in our district to be successful. And I am always open to having a conversation with anyone who has an idea to improve our district.

What issues do you believe your district needs to address in its academic program and offerings? What changes would you recommend? I would love to see more practical hands-on offerings in the areas of Technology/Computers, Family & Consumer Science and Tech Ed (Industrial Arts). I would also love to see ECASDs gifted program grow. I am proud of our partnerships with other educational institutes and would like to see those programs grow as well.

What should your school district do to better prepare students as citizens? Academic skills are important but equally important is teaching kids soft skills such as: communication, cooperation, ethics, teamwork, social skills, creativity, and reliability. Students need to learn higher level thinking to be able to problem solve in the real world. They also need to learn to be kind and helpful and how to be a contributing member of their community.

As a board member, where would you look to make budget cuts? (see next question as I am answering both together)

How does a school board balance the need to provide a quality education with the need to respond to the local taxpayer burden? This is a tough question(s) because I never want to cut from any program that benefits our children. Most of our budget is fixed. Payroll including insurance and PESERS (retirement) building costs, and state mandates comprise the majority of our budget. We actually have a very small percentage that is discretionary. So, I look at what I think our most important issues are at the present time and each year that may change. As with everything, you have to prioritize and ultimately, you have to look at ROI. Are the students benefitting enough for the amount of money that we are spending on this item? I am a huge fan of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Repurpose so if we can incorporate these thoughts into our budget, that will help. I find myself looking at the schools budget in the same mind frame as my home budget. We have this amount of money coming in so how do I think it is best spent? What are wants and what are needs? I also am a big proponent of finding grant money and/or business sponsorships. I would rather take those routes verses making cuts.

What attributes are essential for successful school board members? Being a school board member requires a lot of different skills. You must be willing to listen with an open mind. Its important to work as part of a team and keep personal feelings aside when debating topics. You also need to be flexible at times and compromise if needed, but also to know when to stick to your convictions when you feel a topic is important. It also requires a lot of balance. It can be a very time-consuming position, so knowing how to budget your time is important.

How would you handle the requests, if approached, by an individual? Special interest groups? When this happens, I listen to the individual or group. You can learn so much by listening to someones concerns. Sometimes, they just want to know how things work and I happily explain to the best of my ability. Sometimes, they have a complaint. If that is the case, then I make sure they know the proper channels to go through. There are steps to take before bringing a concern to the school board. If they have not received results to their satisfaction (after taking the proper steps) then I encourage them to come speak to the board as a whole at a meeting. I am always careful to let them know that a board member cannot take action alone but only as a group.

How can you contribute to a successful board meeting? First, I always come prepared to discuss the issues at hand. I read all the emails and attachments and the paper packets that are sent to us, which can be quite substantial at times. If necessary, I research the topic further to develop an understanding of the item at task. I ask questions to ensure that I understand the topic before I vote. Then, I do my best to listen to all of the comments on the issue, even if they are different than my own thoughts. You never know when you may learn something new or hear a different perspective that helps you understand another persons position. I try to be kind with my words and how I treat my fellow board members. Its important to discuss the issues and not the person speaking. Last, I have played moderator during many discussions. People come at issues with either one opinion or the opposite. Many times, there is a middle ground that can make both sides comfortable with the final decision. I like to be the person to help brainstorm alternative ideas and find acceptable solutions to our problems.

What do you see as the current challenges facing public education in our state? In our country? There are so many challenges facing public education at this time. I think our biggest challenge is funding. With adequate funding ECASD would be able to better meet these challenges head on. For example, I feel that we need to make students mental health a priority. Our children have faced so many challenges over the last 14 months and they need coping skills. Appropriate funding would allow us to bring in social workers and mental health specialists to support our children and families. When academic materials become outdated, funding would allow us to replace them in a timely manner. We could also update and modernize our facilities with better funding.

What are 2-3 strengths of which our district can be proud? Why do you see these as strengths? Our community is certainly a strength that we can be proud of. I see so many community members cheering on our sports teams, making donations for student events, providing activities to keep our youth engaged; we have such a wonderful library and many youth leagues. I also cherish the ECASD teachers and staff. They do so much for our children, way beyond what their job requires. Some kids do not have positive role models at home and having someone at school that cares for you can make such a difference in a childs life.

What are 2-3 needs that must be priorities for our district to address? Why do you see these as needs? Our needs have changes so much over the last 14 months. Through the pandemic we have seen such major changes in education. Our teachers and staff made a major pivot with no notice. We were able to feed our children, provide Chromebooks and instruction at home, and learned how to use technology to instruct, learn, and communicate better. Now that we are able to begin to return to some aspects of normal, I see mental health as a major area of focus for the foreseeable future. Many students have lost loved ones, faced social isolation, were unable to participate in their favorite activities or see their friends. I believe that keeping the students physically safe and healthy was the priority over the last year and now we will need to address the issues that stemmed from it, such as depression, anxiety and social behaviors.

If elected, what would you hope would be key accomplishments of the board during your years of service? I am so proud of all of the security improvements that the district has made in the past few years and I hope to be re-elected to see these projects through to the end.

Former Experience, Roles, and Years Serving onEllwood City Area School District Board: I have not yet had the opportunity to serve as a director on the Ellwood City Area School Board

Why are you running for School Board? If elected, what will be your priorities?I hope to use my experience as a public school educator and my degrees in education to make educated decisions that not only will benefit our students in a positive way but also promote our district. My main priority is making sure that the district is providing a quality education to our students. We have some of the best teachers and students around and they are deserving of a top-quality education. I will be an advocate for all students.

Is there a particular issue that motivates you to serve on the board? I believe a good board is based on communication, transparency, and always serving to promote the best interest in the kids. As the pandemic is an important issue, a seat on the board lasting four years will outlast issues concerning children returning to school, both academically and in sports. I believe that it is a current motivating factor, it will not be a permanent concern as we continue to return to normalcy. We need to focus on setting our district apart from others, making our curriculum, academics and technology stand out to provide an excellent education for our students. Preparing our students for the future should always be an objective. I believe that being a leader is not standing in front of the people, I believe that being a leader is standing behind the people you serve.

What particular experiences or skills have prepared you to serve as a board member? First and foremost, I think being a parent of school aged children in the district. Nothing is more motivating than wanting the very best for education. I was raised by a 28 year school board member and an Ellwood City school teacher, Tony & Mary Ann Celli. I know the importance and value of those positions firsthand, a director on the board is not something to be taken lightly. I have spent my entire life in Ellwood City, I believe in this town and attend almost every function that it has to offer. I think that is important to not only find the changes that need made, but also to find the goodness and support and promote positivity that already exists.

In what school district or community activities/organizations have you been involved? Before the PTO was renounced, I was a member for the years that my daughter was in school. I also volunteer my time for the ECLW Termite Cheer Squad. I am a member of Holy Redeemer Parish and in years past have volunteered during the parish bazaar. Prior to COVID, I participated in the Ellwood City Library Activities with our daughters and attend our community events to support our town. Also, this past year I had a fundraiser 5k race planned and approved by Ellwood City Borough Council, the plan was to host the Holiday Hustle in November and donate all proceeds to Catholic Charities for our local families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Due to COVID it was cancelled but I am hoping to host it this coming November. Educationally, I am a member of the International Educational Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi.

What differentiates you from the other candidates and/or board members? I have a multitude of degrees in education; Secondary Teaching Certificate, Master of Education Degree in Professional School Counseling, and a Master of Education Degree in Special Education. I am also currently completing courses for my Doctorate in Education Degree in Educational Leadership & Administration. I am a current public school teacher and have been in public education for the last thirteen years. I also understand the importance of a sound school board from a parent and tax payer point of view with two children who are and will be attending ECASD.

What issues do you believe your district needs to address in its academic program and offerings? What changes would you recommend? As the pandemic fades away and we resume some normalcy, there is still going to be a need for an online cyber program through the district to serve those students who learn best in that modality. Adjustments can be made to our cyber program to be more user friendly for both students and families. The goal should be to retain our students and not have students unenroll to attend other cyber charter schools due to frustration in our district. What are the parents and students looking for in a cyber program? What are they looking for in our district? That is what we should be offering. When we lose students we are losing thousands of dollars in funding to our schools. Another ongoing purpose is to keep up with the latest curriculum. Education is everchanging and we need to be changing along with it, offering our students the best. Also, not only are core academics important, but also do anything in our power to keep the arts our musicals, promote art programs, and allow students to excel in each of their own areas.

What should your school district do to better prepare students as citizens? We need to focus preparing students not only for four and two year colleges. Trade schools, the work force, and everything in between should be celebrated and supported just as much as traditional four year college choices. There needs to always be an emphasis on preparing those students for those options as well. I think that our district does a good job at this and it should always be important. Students need to be prepared for every day living outside of high school and they need to be learning soft skills. How to handle situations that dont go as planned, how to handle the unexpected, better coping and soft skills can not only help with life challenges but are great for students mental health as well. Also, encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities, whether it be a sport or club. This helps build responsibility, team building, resiliency, and social skills that can be used far beyond high school.

As a board member, where would you look to make budget cuts? I think that overall, as a board director we need to look at the funds we have to deal with and see how we can use them most efficiently. I think that cuts would be a last call solution to budget issues. It is important to utilize grants, make sure that our students are staying in house to guarantee our tax dollars are staying in our district, and that our hires are not only beneficial for our students but also that contracts are within our realm of appropriate spending.

How does a school board balance the need to provide a quality education with the need to respond to the local taxpayer burden? Look into grants. There are grants provided for resources, especially during this time that are underutilized and can benefit our students. Spending money efficiently and in the necessary areas is important. Also, it is important to keep our students in ECASD and not transfer to a charter school. When our students are unenrolling, not only are we losing the importance of students and families in the district, but there is large dollar amount of our tax dollars that leaves our district to go to the charter school. With a better cyber plan, our students can have the option of a quality online education in house. We keep our students and we keep our tax dollars.

What attributes are essential for successful school board members? I believe that you not only need to have the education and knowledge, but you need to be able to listen to understand. You need to hear the parents and teachers and know what is going on the good and the bad. It is important to not be a yes man and if you need to stand alone because you are willing to fight for what is in the best interest in the kids, then so be it. In addition, being transparent without hidden agenda or goals is a necessity. Being able to work together and collaborate with other board members allows for goals to be reached together and successfully. I think having a background in education is important as well. We are serving in the field of education, the more educational background one has the better informed decisions can be made.

How would you handle the requests, if approached, by an individual? Special interest groups? Regardless of who or what, it should be given the same attention as any others. Listening to the request and more importantly the reason why behind the request. If the request is necessary and beneficial for the students, it is then not about if it is feasible or not, its about how to we make it happen.

How can you contribute to a successful board meeting? I listen to understand and listen before responding. It is important that before an informed decision is made, all information must be presented and all situations are analyzed as to what is the best for our students. I know how to agree to disagree, nothing should be taken personally as I hope that we all have the same goals in mind to have the best school district for our students. Choices should not be taken lightly and should not be made to benefit the few but the majority.

What do you see as the current challenges facing public education in our state? In our country? Both locally and nationally mental health is becoming a crisis in our youth. We are on the upswing of a global pandemic that no matter what situation you are in, it uprooted your world and created instability and the unknown. For children this is even more significant. Recently I attended an education webinar, Teacher Toolbox Series: 6 Strategies to Social-Emotional Care for COVID-19 and Beyond. As we see school days looking more normal, it does not mean that all students emotional and mental wellbeing are also going back to normal. We need to take care of our students, only when a students social and emotional wellbeing is in good standing, can the best learning take place. I think that it is also important to emphasize individual strengths. Not every students strongest subject is Math or English Language Arts. Our district needs to always utilize courses in all areas so students can excel in their areas.

What are 2-3 strengths of which our district can be proud? Why do you see these as strengths? Number one is our students, all of the time you see our kids in the newspaper for their accomplishments. Whether they are academic, sports, or any other extracurricular I think that these accomplishments should never go unnoticed. The kids have worked hard especially this year, they have adapted and accommodated in ways that sometimes adults cant fathom. Our kids are the future of our town and our most prized possession. Our students should be praised and recognized for their accomplishments big and small. I am proud to say that both of our daughters will be students in ECASD, this is the school district we chose for them. Just as proud of our students, I think that we should be proud of our teachers and faculty. They are the backbone that make our school what it is. I am fortunate to have graduated from ECASD and was able to be a student of some of the teachers. I am also lucky to know these teachers on a personal level, as well as professionally. They are hands down some of the best people in the world.

What are 2-3 needs that must be priorities for our district to address? Why do you see these as needs? I think that one thing that has taken a back seat of school safety, as students were at home or in a hybrid model, there was little need but that does not make it less of importance. Security and/or police presence is important in all buildings in the district. As mentioned earlier, I think that with the push of in person learning and sports for mental health, I think that additional resources need to be available for those who need it. What can be done to provide our students with the supports that they need to succeed? Do we need additional guidance counselors to ensure that there is always one in every building if needed?

If elected, what would you hope would be key accomplishments of the board during your years of service? I think it is important to look far beyond this year, the pandemic will not be the issue in years to come (we hope) and issues need to be addressed as they evolve. How can the school improve its academics, what extracurriculars and sports can be added or incorporated to what we already have? Can we increase and improve our technology? I hope that open communication is something that becomes a norm and that parents feel are not only heard but also respected when approaching the board with questions or concerns. The only way we can achieve goals successfully is if we are all working together. I would also like to see the district gain money and resources through grants, they are out there and would be beneficial to receive. We can use these resources to always be updating and improving curriculum and technology. Most importantly, I want to see that students are staying in our district. That they want to be here because they enjoy the education, the enjoy participating in sports, and they enjoy the activities that are available. In turn staying in Ellwood and raising their own families to also attend our district and watch our town grow. I will be an advocate for all students, regardless of the situation and will fight for them to always have the best education and experience possible in the Ellwood City Area School District. I believe in leaving something better than when you found it.

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Swarming termites along the Coast – WXXV News 25

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The large swarms of termites are back along South Mississippi and have residents bugging out.

Swarming season starts right before Mothers Day each year and this year is no different. This is the time of year when termites find new homes and start new colonies.

The type of termites that many are dealing with are known as Formosan termites. In the winter, the termites overpopulate and when May hits the termites colonize and so does population control.

Entomologist Bruno Milanese of Bay Pest Controls give News 25 more details on Formosan termites. These particular termites do not actually eat wood themselves, they are just reproductive, and they dont carry diseases and they dont bite but nobody really likes 100 termites landing on them in the evening time. They are attracted to light. So, if you turn off the lights on the exterior of the home, close the windows that will reduce it, that wont stop it. Majority of these will stay outside. They only fly for a short period of time. They lose their wings and then the male and females attempt to mate and then get back into to ground.

Milanese says you only need to be concerned about Formosan termites when there are hundreds inside of your home.

Janae Jordan is from Prichard,Alabama. Janae graduated from Troy University in 2020 with a Masters in Strategic Communications and in 2019 with a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism . While at Troy University she was an anchor, producer and reporter for the on campus news station. Janae was also a social media ambassador for the universitys social media pages and blog page. Janae worked as an Associate Producer in Mobile, Alabama before joining our news team. Janae is excited to meet new people, explore the area, and tell impactful stories.

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Sponsored | Ask David: Detecting termites in tri-cities homes, and more real estate advice – TheRecord.com

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Dear David,

Ive heard there are termites in some parts of the city. How do I find out where they are and protect myself? GNAWING FEAR

DEAR GNAWING: The mere mention of termites is enough to strike fear in the heart of any homeowner. These white, rice-sized insects turn wood into soil and reproduce at an alarming rate, which makes them pretty unwelcome house guests. The eastern subterranean termite is the most common termite species in southern Ontario. Naturally occurring colonies are rare but are thought to have made their way into cities on infected cargo, such as firewood.

Termites live in large colonies, but because they dig and move frequently, they tend to go unnoticed until they do damage. Outdoors, they are easy to spot on affected mulch, tree stumps, scrap wood or wooden retaining walls. Once indoors, they are harder to locate.

Because termites can enter a home through hairline cracks in the foundation, initial signs of termite damage typically show up in the basement. Termites build shelter tubes to insulate their environment and retain moisture. In an infected home, these tubes may appear as discoloured streaks on walls and trim, patches of stained wood, or areas where paint is crackedand bubbled. If the insects have been active, it may be possible to locate hollow spots by knocking on the walls.

Though uncommon locally, termites are known to exist in parts of Fergus, Elora, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. Affected areas in the tri-cities tend to be hyper-local and limited to specific streets.

Municipal governments have varying degrees of transparency when it comes to termite information. The City of Guelph posts management maps and neighbourhood updates on the Guelph.ca website. The City of Kitchener offers general information onlineand asks residents to call the building department (519-741-2312) with any concerns. Information is extremely limited on city websites in Waterloo and Cambridge.

If you hear rumours of termite activity in your neighbourhood, I recommend having your property professionally inspected. If termites are found, youll need to have them removed by a professional termite control company, hopefully before they do structural damage. This is not a job to tackle on your own.

PRO TIP: An experienced Realtor can share information about locations that have been affected by termites. If you happen to be buying in one of those areas, I recommend having a termite inspector look at the property before you make a firm offer. For added protection, your offer can request an acknowledgement from the seller or listing agent to confirm the property does not have a termite issue. #AskDavid #Advice

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Mayor – News – May 2021 – City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board to Conduct Adult Mosquito Abatement T – City of New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS The City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board (NOMTRCB) will conduct adult mosquito abatement tonight in the Upper 9thWard, Lower 9thWard, and Gentilly. In addition, areas bounded by St. Bernard Avenue, I-610, I-10, France Road, and Lakeshore Drive and bounded by Bullard Avenue, I-10, Crowder Boulevard, and Morrison Road. Treatments will be conducted by airplane or truck from 7:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., weather permitting. Routine surveillance has indicated an elevated number of mosquitoes in this area, triggering the treatments.

NOMTRCB urges residents of New Orleans to protect themselves from biting mosquitoes and West Nile virus by avoiding mosquito bites. These actions include limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using EPA-approved insect repellents, reducing the number of mosquitoes around the home, and mosquito-proofing your home by maintaining screens on windows and doors. We are also urging people to empty water-filled containers around the home and yard to reduce potential mosquito breeding sites.

It is imperative for residents to remain vigilant in removing standing water by emptying containers. Water in containers that cannot be removed, such as bird baths, sugar kettles, pools, and ponds, should be changed weekly. At this time of the year, mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult within 7-10 days, highlighting the importance of checking your property for standing water on a weekly basis. Remove trash and clutter, including discarded tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that may collect water. Swimming pools and fountains should be operational and circulating. A mosquito can lay eggs and develop in a space as small as a bottle cap, so every container counts.

For additional information regarding West Nile virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website:http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/prevention.htm.

Protecting Yourself

Protecting Your Home

Tires are easily filled with rainwater and collect leaves and litter that provides ideal breeding sites for mosquito larvae. Eliminating scrap tire dumps will eliminate a prolific mosquito habitat.

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Report mosquito issues to 311.

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Rain and storms increase Wednesday – WDSU New Orleans

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Rain and storms increase Wednesday

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MARGARET: LOOK WHAT MARGARET JUST SENT ME. TERMITES. MAN, I HATE THOSE GUYS. THEY ARE JUST AWFUL ALL RIGHT. LET'S LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING. WHAT WE HAVE IS A WEAK COLD FRONT THAT'S IN THE AREA. THROUGH YET. IT IS GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME MOVING THROUGH ON WEDNESDAY. BUT YOU'LL NOTICE WE HAVE GOT SO FOR TOMORROW, THERE IS A LOW RISK OF SEVERE, REALLY JUST PART OF OUR VIEWING AREA. THEN YOU GO INTO WEDNESDAY, EARLY THURSDAY, AND THE ENTIRE AREA HAS THAT LOW RISK FOR SEVERE. MAINLY DAMAGING WINDS. OFF AND ON RAIN THROUGH WEDNESDAY. LOW RISK SEVERE. THURSDAY. HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 70'S. OH, BY THE WAY, SOME PATCHY MORNING FOG TOMORROW. SUNDAY. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. BASICALLY FOUR AREAS OF RAIN MOVED THROUGH THE SOUTH SHORE AND LOOK AT THESE RAINFALL TOTALS. REALLY CLOSE TO 10 INCHES. A FLOOD ADVISORY. IN EFFECT UNTIL 11:30, BUT IT REALLY LOOKS LIKE THAT RAIN IS DIMINISHING. A FEW LITTLE SPRINKLES HERE. DOWNED BY GRAND ISLE. LOOK TO THE NORTH. TOGETHER, THESE STORMS BUT THEY MAY AS YOU GO INTO THE MORNING HOURS. THIS EVENING, WIDELY SCATTERED ACTIVITY. HERE WE ARE, 6:00 IN THE MORNING. THIS IS THE RAIN THAT I'M SEEING TO OUR NORTHWEST. LOOK. IT MOVES IN AND IT IS LOOKING FAIRLY INTENSE AT TIMES. WIDELY SCATTERED ACTIVITY NOONTIME TOMORROW AND THEN WE'RE BEGINNING TO SEE MORE RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON AT 3:00. STRONGER STORMS UP HERE ON THE NORTH SHORE. MY BIGGER CONCERN IS WHAT'S HAPPENING INTO WEDNESDAY. SO HERE WE ARE LATE TUESDAY, RAIN INCREASING INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. AND LOOK AT HOW YOU GOT A BIT OF A BOW THERE THAT IS INDICATING STRONG WINDS AND WE'RE GETTING SOME LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN. AND IT KEEPS MOVING OVER THE SAME AREA. THIS IS 7:30 WEDNESDAY. LOOK TO THE WEST, YOU SEE MORE RAIN MOVING IN AT 9:30. 1:30, WE STILL HAVE RAIN IN THE AREA. I HOPE THIS SITUATION DOES NOT VERIFY. HERE IS THE BIGGER PICTURE. WE HAVE THAT FRONT THAT IS STALLED. IT IS GOING TO ACT AS A FOCUS FOR RAIN. THRUSS. COOLER AIR MOVES IN AS YOU GO INTO YOUR WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. WE'LL HAVE SOME OFF AND ON CLOUDS FOR YOUR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. HOW MUCH RAIN? COULD HAVE AN INCH AND A HALF TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN. HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY, LOW TO THE MID 80'S. WE GOT SOME SUNSHINE THIS AFTERNOON AFTER ALL OF A THAT STORMY WEATHER. ALMOST A OND NOW IS 72. -- HAMMOND NOW IS 72. SLIDELL IS 73, FEELING LIKE 73. HOUMA IS 77. FEELING LIKE 78 DEGREES. AND TEMPERATURES ABOUT THE AREA IN THE LOW TO MID 70'S. LET'S GO INTO THE MORNING. THIS IS HAMMOND. I WANT YOU TO NOTICE HOW THE RAIN CHANCES UP AROUND 8:00, 10:00, NOONTIME OR SO. COVINGTON IS THE SAME THING. AS YOU LOOK AT SLIDELL FROM 8:00, 10 UNTIL NOONTIME WITH TEMPERATURES CLIMBING INTO THE LOW 80'S, BUT ON THE SOUTH SHORE, BELLE CHASSE WITH A LOWER CHANGS OF RAIN. HERE IS YOUR FORECAST. SCATTERED ACTIVITY TOMORROW. TOMORROW NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY HIGH CHANCE OF RAIN. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN AND THAT LOW RISK SEVERE, M

Rain and storms increase Wednesday

Updated: 10:36 PM CDT May 10, 2021

Morning lows will be in the upper 60s to low to mid 70s. Some widely scattered rain and storms possible overnight. Some patchy fog is possible. Highs Tuesday will be in the mid 80s. A cold front moves our way Wednesday with a higher rain chance and the potential for locally heavy rain. There is also a low risk severe. Expect gusty winds in storms along with the potential for hail. Cold front moves through Wednesday with highs Wednesday and Thursday in the 70s! Weather improves Thursday into the weekend with a gradual warming trend.

Morning lows will be in the upper 60s to low to mid 70s. Some widely scattered rain and storms possible overnight. Some patchy fog is possible. Highs Tuesday will be in the mid 80s. A cold front moves our way Wednesday with a higher rain chance and the potential for locally heavy rain. There is also a low risk severe. Expect gusty winds in storms along with the potential for hail. Cold front moves through Wednesday with highs Wednesday and Thursday in the 70s! Weather improves Thursday into the weekend with a gradual warming trend.

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Community demands answers as to why ceilings are leaking at the newly-renovated South Oak Cliff H.S. – WFAA.com

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The school reopened in January 2020 with $52 million top-to-bottom renovations. But now the community is asking for answers as to why the ceilings are leaking.

DALLAS As days of rain have soaked North Texas, the newly renovated South Oak Cliff High School is dealing with leaking ceilings and pipes.

In the school's reopening in January 2020, students marveled at the $52 million top-to-bottom renovations at the school. But now the community is asking for answers as to why the new campus has leaks and they want the issues fixed. Pictures and videos shared with WFAA showed leaking ceiling tiles inside the school this week, several of which were stained or missing. There were trash cans collecting water in some areas. Staff and students are having to relocate to different areas of the building.

"Weather has a way of revealing weak points, and thats what this rain is doing right now," said Rev. Horace Bradshaw, who is also president of the South Oak Cliff Alumni Bear Cave. "The same conditions that we had before the renovations are still going on."

These parts of the building are under warranty and the contractor will repair it, said district spokesperson Robyn Harris. The district is holding them accountable for deficiencies. The rain has caused delays but repairs are ongoing.

Harris said the district is removing an old condensing water pipe from an old cooling tower that was penetrating the roof. The district is building a cap to seal the roof penetration.

"The drain for the cooling tower clogged causing leaks in the cafeteria. We have unclogged the drain and repaired the affected area," Harris said. "We are also having the cooling tower and the condenser loop chemically treated so that no clogging can occur."

Dallas ISD says representatives have been proactively meeting with campus staff and the community about the issues.

When we pay for a job, we expect for it done right. Im going to stand with my community," said Board Member Maxie Johnson. "Im going to continue being a strong advocate for equity, and whatever the community decides to do, I will be standing with my community."

The school had maintenance issues three months after it was unveiled to the public. There was a leak that caused sewage to spill out on the campus.

The new campus's features included new classrooms, competition gyms, weight rooms, two courtyard additions, an amphitheater, learning stairs, a contemporary chandelier at the main entrance, a dance hall and a new cafeteria.

The previous campus also had issues. Students at the time shared videos on social media of rodents inside the school, termites, flooding, mold and drinking fountains covered with bags after water contamination concerns were revealed.

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The Paradigm Shift of the ADL – The Jewish Voice

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Its time for Jews who are truly concerned for the survival of American Jewry and Israel to finally take a deep breath and stop signing donation checks to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). That former, vital and fearless Jewish defense group, now under the leadership of former President Obama aide, Jonathan Greenblatt has shamelessly joined other such worthless groups as HIAS, J Street, Truah, Jewish Voices for Peace and The National Council of Jewish Women, who still badger and beg their Jewish benefactors for cash while serving the interests of anti-Jewish causes and movements. We must consider these organizations traif.

But lets for the time, focus on the giant ADL and Jonathan Greenblatt its leader, a true Leftist who, in a pro-BDS interview on February 1, 2019 with the LA Times, stated: There are many people who get caught up in the BDS movement who are not anti-Semitic at all and who see it as a form of social protest. Really? Name one. And just how can calling for the isolation and destruction of the Jewish State of Israel through BDS be viewed as speaking out for racial justice? And exactly, who is in need of justice and who is denying it? Was he implying and standing firm with HAMAS and the Palestinian Authority in their claims that Israel persecutes their people? Ask the next ADL speaker when one comes begging in your community.

The ADL also has patently and vigorously ignored the threats, vilifying words and actual physical attacks on Jews by blacks, their leaders and street thugs. After rightfully condemning black Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) who defamed and accused Jews of buying our governments foreign policies and that we have dual loyalty, Greenblatt crawled back to make nice to this Jew hater, proclaiming that Omar gave an honest apology and is committed to a more just world. And after another congressman of color, Hank Johnson (D-GA) referred to Jews as termites, the weak-kneed Greenblatt accepted the racists worthless apology, thusly: We appreciated @RepHankJohnsons clarification here. The ADL never did ask this Black congressman if he understood that termites are routinely killed with gases and poisons? We do.

And then the ADL along with 600 other brain dead Jewish groups signed a full page ad in the NYT in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement that calls Israel a genocidal state, that supports the BDS movement that calls for our cops to be attacked and killed in the streets. How is that congruent with supporting Jewish values and lives? The ad (again ADL supported) reads: We speak with one voice when we say, unequivocallyBlack Lives Matter.

We dont have a crystal ball as where the ADL will stand with Bidens new approach to renegotiating the Iran Deal. But when some Jewish Congressmen supported the original proposal and were rightfully verbally rebuked for doing so, the group coddled one of them, Jerrold Nadler, by stating that he suffered, obscene and offensive comments. Well, Mr. Greenspan, Congressman Nadler, in his very secure position and in supporting controversial and dangerous to Israel treaties and presidents, should have grown a thick skin long ago.

In conclusion, erase the ADL from your charitable donation list. Support others such as the publication you reading right now, The Jewish Voice as we serve as an indispensable megaphone for the undiluted truth about Israel. Its time to clean house.

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Foresee: All you need to know before investing in Pest Control Market KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper – KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper

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The global market for pest control is estimated to experience a negative impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the crisis, major manufacturers experienced several issues such as disruption in raw material supply and less production due to lockdown of industries, which restricted the demand and supply for insecticides across the globe. However, leading market participants are concentrating on product developments and advancements to gain a competitive edge in the overall industry. For example, in November 2020, Bayer, a leading insecticides manufacturer, introduced a new product called Fludora Co-Max. This product is an effective way to combat vector borne diseases and resist mosquitoes. Such product launches are expected to create a major impact on the on-going activities to sustainably and actively tackle the rising pest problems. These initiatives made by market leaders are predicted to have significant impact on the global market during this time.

Global Pest Control Market Analysis

The increasing prevalence of vector-borne diseases across the globe is estimated to fuel the market growth during the forecast time. As per Rentokil, a global leader in pest control services, more than 3.9 billion people across the 128 countries are at higher risk of contracting dengue fever and they estimated about 96 million new cases occurring per year globally. This factor is predicted to increase the demand for pest control products and is anticipated to drive the industry growth in the forecast time. In addition, rise of pest intolerance due to rising consumer awareness about health and other hygiene issues may drive the pest control market growth in the analysis timeframe. Moreover, 29% Americans experience rodent issues in commercial, residential, and agricultural sectors and this will propel the market growth during the forecast period. In China, every year, termites are the reason for about $1 billion economic losses as they cause floor damages, ceiling damages, and others similar issues. Such aspects are estimated to enhance the growth of the market in the review time.

However, increasing concerns related to toxicity of the pest control chemicals and stringent regulations imposed by the governments for the approval of these products are significant factors acting as restraints for the growth of the market in the forecast time.

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Emergence of biological pest elimination products to minimize the use of chemicals in pest control is estimated to propel the opportunities for the industry growth in the upcoming years. This growth is majorly attributed to biorational or biological pesticide products containing pheromones or living microorganisms, which are non-toxic and best alternatives for chemical products.

Global Pest Control Market, Segmentation

The global pest control market is categorized based on pest type, control type, end user, and region.

Pest Type:

The pest type segment is further categorized into rodents, insects, termites, and others. Among these, the termites pest control sub-segment is anticipated to have the fastest growth rate and surpass $9,095.4 million by 2027, with a healthy CAGR of 5.5%.

The sub-segment growth can be attributed to increasing usage of pest control products to control termites as there is rise in urbanization and termites are considered as the main reason for wood structure losses. As per U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans spend about $1 billion on termite control and related services per year to avoid property damage caused by termites. This aspect is estimated to fuel the pest control market growth in the analysis period.

Control Type:

The control segment is further categorized into biological, mechanical, chemical, and others. The biological sub-segment is anticipated to have a lucrative growth in the forecast years and is anticipated to register a revenue of $5,510.0 million during the analysis timeframe.

The sub-segment growth is projected to be due to the increasing importance of biological practices to control pests in agricultural, residential, and commercial places as biological products are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Also, International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC), an organization affiliated with the International Union of Biological Sciences, supports the research and practitioners in the biocontrol practices to identify the major restrictions to biocontrol uptake in the pest control market. This aspect is estimated to result in lucrative growth in the pest control market in the coming years.

End User:

The end user segment is further categorized into agriculture, residential, industrial, commercial, and others. The residential pest control sub-segment is predicted to have a rapid growth in the forecast time and generate a revenue of $7,974.7 million by 2027.

Increasing consumer awareness about vector-based diseases due to climate changes is creating significant importance for residential pest control. This is because pest control is necessary in residential places to avoid health issues and property damages. This aspect is estimated to accelerate the growth of the pest control market during the analysis time.

Region:

The pest control market for the Asia-Pacific region is projected to witness rapid growth and generate a revenue of $8,168.0 million by the end of 2027.

The demand for pest control services is surging in the Asia-Pacific region specifically because the rise in population has directly impacted the pest control use in agriculture sector to meet the increasing food demand. Also, increase in pest intolerance due to rising living standards of individuals in Asia-Pacific countries due to rising consumer focus on hygiene and pest free environments is estimated to fuel the growth of the market in the analysis time.

Key Players in theGlobal Pest Control Market

1 Bayer AG2 Syngenta3 Corteva4 Rollins, Inc.5 The Terminix International6 UPL7 FMC Corporation8 ADAMA Ltd9 Rentokil Initial plc10 BASF SE

Along with the company profiles of the key players in the market, the report includes the Porters five forces model that gives deep insights into the competitive environment of the market.

Porters Five Forces Analysis for the Global Pest Control Market

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Top 10 Tips for Preventing Ticks and Lyme Disease – The Wellsboro Gazette

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READING, Penn., May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- After being cooped up because of the pandemic, the last thing people want to worry about while enjoying the outdoors are pests. Unfortunately, as temperatures rise and people spend more time outside, the threat of tick bites and transmission of diseases increase.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was a 44% increase in Lyme disease cases from the previous estimate, with more than 476,000 cases in the United States. Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks, which feed on the blood of humans and animals, as well as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tick Paralysis.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness and symptoms include fever, chills, headache, fatigue and a bullseye-shaped rash. Lyme disease can have long-lasting effects if not treated quickly, such as Bell's palsy, arthritis and swelling of the joints.

This week is Tick Awareness Week, which aligns with Lyme Disease Awareness Month, to provide the opportunity to learn about prevention and protection against ticks. There are several steps to take to ensure people are properly protected to safeguard against tick-related threats.

Nancy Troyano, Board Certified Entomologist and Director of Operations Education and Training for Ehrlich Pest Control, shared her top 10 tips for preventing tick bites:

o At least 20% DEET

o Picaridin (KBR 3023 or Icaridin outside of the U.S.)

o IR3535

o Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) - not to be confused with Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil/Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

o Para-menthane-diol (PMD)

o 2-Undecanone (Essential Oil)

For more information on tick control and prevention, please visit http://www.jcehrlich.com.

ABOUT EHRLICH PEST CONTROL

For nearly a century, customers have trusted Ehrlich Pest Control to protect their families, homes and businesses from pests and the health threats and damages they can cause.

Since its founding in Reading, PA in 1928, Ehrlich has expanded to serve across the United States, with more than 50 offices serving nearly 20 states and the District of Columbia. With its team of highly trained, local experts, Ehrlich provides proactive pest control solutions through monitoring, prevention, and maintenance. Those solutions include general pest control, rodent, termite, bed bug, mosquito, wildlife management, and TAP (thermal, acoustical, pest control)insulation services, and more. Ehrlich is part of Rentokil, the world's largest pest control company. Rentokil and its companies, including Ehrlich Pest Control, Western Exterminator and Presto-X Pest Control, provide commercial and residential pest control to customers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

For more information, visit Ehrlich at jcehrlich.com and connect on LinkedIn orFacebook.

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Signs That You Have a Termite Problem – Westside Today

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There are some things in your home that you never want to see. Pests are one of them. These unwanted guests come in different shapes and sizes, but each can present its own set of problems. One of the biggest threats is the sight of termites. Not only do these insects infest your home in large numbers, but they can create unsafe conditions for you and your family. The presence of termites can make it impossible to sell your home if youre interested in putting it on the market. Termites can also lower the value of your house. Its important to recognize the clues that termites are living in your house. Being aware of these signs can tell you when its time to call for help to get rid of them.

Its Hard to Shut and Open Doors

Have you recently found that doors that once closed tightly and that once opened without any problems are now causing you fits? You may initially think that the door is simply getting old, was hung incorrectly, or has other manufacturing issues. However, the culprit here could be termites. These home invaders eat through wood, which can cause warping in the door frame. The wood frames may change shape or sag, making it more of an issue to open and shut the door. This problem will get worse over time and will not fix itself.

There Are Tunnels in Wood

Termites could be in your home for weeks, months, or even years before you realize it. Obviously, its not easy to see inside your walls, so you might have to look for evidence outside of these areas. If you have wood lying on the property near your home or wood in the house, keep an eye out for spaces where termites have made their mark. These insects enjoy making tunnels through the wood. They wont consume the entire piece but will instead eat through smaller sections, making holes. If you spot this in noticeable pieces of wood, termites have probably infiltrated your place.

You See the Termites Themselves

The signs are sometimes easy to point out. You may see the actual perpetrator itself crawling on walls or across your floor. So, its important to be able to identify these insects. Termites come in various types, but most are typically the size of ants. Termites have white, transparent wings and are about a quarter of an inch in length. They also have short, straight antennae.

You May Hear the Termites

It may be unnerving, but there could be cases where you can hear the termites chewing inside your walls or ceilings. Termites live in huge colonies. Queens can lay up to 25 eggs per minute, so the colonies can be enormous. When the insects are all together, they can make noise, as they often bang their heads into the wood when they sense danger. Also, if you pay close enough attention, you can actually hear the critters chewing the wood.

You See Sawdust on the Ground

As youre walking around your home, you may see little piles of sawdust here and there. This isnt something you should ignore or take lightly. Its a good bet that the wood inside your walls is filled with holes.

You Spot Droppings

Like any animal, termites will make their marks in the form of waste. Knowing how to spot termite droppings can help you correctly identify that these pests have decided to take up residence in your house. Many termites will not use their droppings to build their nests but will instead push them out of the holes near their nests. If you see black marks on the wall or floor, or if you notice any powdery substances in the house, it could be termite waste.

Your Walls Sound Hollow

As you start to suspect the presence of termites, you might seek further confirmation through other clues. One way you can do this is to tap on the walls where you know there is a beam of wood. As you do this, you shouldnt normally detect any hollowness. If you do hear the sound of hollowed-out wood as you tap, its probably because termites have had some meals.

Paint Problems

Some homeowners may confuse water damage and termite problems. One reason for this is how the paint on your walls looks. If you see that the paint is uneven or has started to bubble, get in touch with an exterminator. It could mean that termites are in the walls creating problems.

You should never put off a call to a professional to inspect for termites. If you have any of these signs and clues in your home, get help right away. The best pest control companies in Los Angeles, CA can tell you whether your suspicions are correct and can eliminate these destructive pests once and for all.

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