Postal Service Food Drive on Saturday, May 13

first_imgOcean City Post Office Letter carriers across the country, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, will be collecting food for families in need on Saturday, May 13.In Ocean City, carriers ask that residents collect and bag non-perishable food items, then place them by their mailboxes for pickup on Saturday. All food will be donated to the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard. Please do not include items that have expired or are in glass containers.Some recommended items include:Canned meatsCanned vegetablesCans of fruitCans of soupCerealTunaCans of tomatoesMacaroni-and-cheeseCans of ravioli, Spaghetti O’sPork and beansRamen noodlesIndividual packets of dry milkJuiceJellyPeanut butterJello/pudding mixCrackersRiceAlso needed are microwave items:Mac-and-cheeseRavioli, Spaghetti O’s, lasagnaCups of soupMicrowave soupsMicrowave riceHormel microwave mealsLaundry detergent, dish detergent, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper and paper towel are also requested.Volunteers are needed to help off-loading trucks, weighing, sorting and shelving donated items from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (May 13) at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church at Eighth Street and Central Avenue (enter using door off the alley). Students needing community service hours are welcome. For more information and to confirm attendance, call Dottie Cianci at 609-398-5563.last_img read more

Goat meat demand increasing in Georgia

first_imgA boom in demand and an economic need to diversify has many Georgians looking to produce goat meat. To meet the informational need, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recently graduated its first ever class of Master Goat Farmers.Seventy-five people, mostly from northeast Georgia, attended the program in Athens, Ga., Organizers expected 35 to 40 participants.“I think now we’re going to get a lot more requests for information,” said Banks County Extension coordinator Bob Waldorf, “because a lot of people found out about the Master Goat Farmers program late and realized we are providing education on it.”Elbert County Extension coordinator Clay Talton had 13 farmers travel 45 minutes from Elberton to Athens for the 6-week program. A Coweta County farmer traveled two hours each way.Goat farming “is a relatively new farming system for a lot of people who are here,” Talton said. He used the meetings as a way to gauge the need in his county for more goat production education.“The clientele who need this information are definitely there,” he said.The Master Goat Farmer program covered basic information on nutrition, goat selection, reproduction, birthing, predator control, health, diseases, carcass evaluation and marketing. The main emphasis was on goat meat production, but they also briefly covered dairy goats.Jasper County Extension agent Lucy Ray assisted with the meetings so that she could better help goat farmers in her county.“The goat meat market went down when the economy tanked,” she said, “but it seems to be coming back fairly strong. I had a producer tell me that it’s as strong now as it ever was.”Goat meat production in Georgia is increasing thanks to the influx of people from Hispanic and Caribbean countries and those of Muslim faith. Goats were a $16.4 million business in 2009, almost $10 million more than in 2001.Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group in Georgia, said UGA Extension livestock economist Curt Lacy, who taught the group about marketing. Eight percent of people in Georgia are now Hispanic or of Hispanic decent. Muslims make up 2.1 percent of the state’s population, and most of them are African-Americans.“Everybody in the world eats goats except us,” said Washington County Extension coordinator Sidney Law. “In Atlanta, Ga., 2,500 goats are eaten weekly by somebody.”Producers only need between 5 and15 acres to raise goats, Lacy said. He added that the increase in goat farming is partly due to the “whole movement of going back to simpler, smaller farms, old-school type of food and a renewal and interest in all different types of foods.”“And when you watch Food Network and see people mention goat meat or goat cheese, there’s suddenly an interest there,” Lacy said.Monroe County goat farmer Jerry Norton got into the business one goat at a time.“We had a horse and wanted a goat to be its friend,” he said, after saying his granddaughters and daughter initiated the goat purchases. One goat led to another. Now he and his wife have 15.“The two-year-old and eight-year-old like to say that ‘Poppy’s in the goat business,’” said Norton, who’s a retired insurance adjuster. “We’ve had good times and bad. Now they’re all like dogs running around. They want to get in the golf cart with me, and we take them on walks in the evening.”Norton raises goats for meat. But before he could sell them, he and his wife had to figure out how to keep them healthy and alive. They initially “would get on the Internet and learn stuff, and my wife read veterinary books, and we got lots of hands-on learning experience,” he said.Now they’ve got more experience and, with the start of the Master Goat Program, more people to turn to for information.Because of the interest, Extension agents are planning a second Master Goat Farmer program. They’re considering starting goat meat education programs in their own counties, which include Jackson, Jasper, Greene, Banks, Elbert, Stevens, Habersham, Madison and Franklin.For more information about goat farming, call your county Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or visit read more

Marriage bill to go to select commitee

first_imgDom Post 30 Aug 2012MPs voted for gay marriage in a near-landslide last night, with a conscience vote on Labour MP Louisa Wall’s bill passing before a packed public gallery at Parliament. The bill will now be considered by a select committee before facing two further votes before it can pass in to law. ‘‘Today is the time to open the institution of marriage to all people who are eligible,’’ Ms Wall told Parliament last night. ‘‘There is no reasonable ground on which the state should deny any citizen the right to enter the institution of marriage if he or she chooses. That is not the process of inclusion.’’ Labour MP Su’a William Sio, who controversially broke ranks with most of his caucus colleagues and warned the measure could spark a backlash against his party, spoke against the bill. ‘‘It is a difficult issue and the views are very divided,’’ Mr Sio said. Many believed that some other legislation should be used to strengthen same sex rights rather than changing marriage laws, he said. ‘‘By passing this legislation we not only change the definition of marriage, we change it’s meaning and the fundamental basis of marriage. This change will have enduring ramifications for future generations.’’ Dozens of MPs sought a call to speak on the bill, with MPs freed from the usual strictures of voting on party lines. The bill had been favoured to pass since it was plucked from the member’s ballot earlier this month, but few expected the margin to be so convincing. Numbers in support were bolstered by some National MPs offering support at the first reading but making no promises beyond that. ‘‘I think it’s a legitimate public debate and I think it would be good to have both sides of the case thoroughly heard in public,’’ Cabinet Minister Jonathan Coleman said. ‘‘There are some issues, especially around adoption, where it’s really healthy to talk those things through because I don’t think there has been a lot of information in the public domain.’’ read more

Poll: Is Dino Babers the right football coach for Syracuse?

first_imgIs Dino Babers the right football coach for Syracuse?Yes, it’s a great hire.No, there were better options.Scott Shafer would still do a better job than Babers.VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comIs Dino Babers the right football coach for Syracuse?Rate the Dino Babers hire5 (Terrific)4321 (Terrible)VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comRate the Dino Babers hire Comments Related Stories 5 quick facts about new Syracuse football head coach Dino BabersStorify: Social media reacts to Dino Babers being hired as Syracuse’s next football coachSyracuse makes hiring of Dino Babers official in press releaseSyracuse football recruits react to Dino Babers hiring Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 5, 2015 at 12:19 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img