Executive Encourages People To Buy Dairy Products As Farms Dump Excess Milk

first_imgShare: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) Cropped Photo: Rebecca Siegel / CC BY 2.0MAYVILLE – Farms remain open as an essential business during the global COVID-19 pandemic, but the farming industry is still struggling, according to Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel. Wendel discussed the struggles that the 1,200-plus farms in Chautauqua County have faced during his daily COVID-19 Facebook update. He says there’s too much milk on the market due to the closure of schools and decline in restaurant sales, causing farms nationwide to dump their excess milk.The County Executive says there’s more than 150 dairy farms in the County, and he asks that people buy extra dairy products to help support them.“Please consider buying an extra judge of milk, a block of American-made cheese, or a tub of ice cream,” Wendel said. “According to the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University, our food system is secure and there are no legitimate threats of food shortages.” Wendel asks anyone who sees stores limiting dairy products or purchases to call Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, at 716-640-0522.“We want to remind everybody to stay home, stay healthy and stay safe, and in the end, we will be CHQ strong.”last_img read more

Area Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

first_imgStock Image.BUFFALO — A Sinclairville man plead guilty to a drug conspiracy charge Friday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Tracy Griffin, 38, made the plea before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, acetyl fentanyl, fentanyl, and crack cocaine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that in January 2019, the defendant, and co-defendant Brandon Blackshear, conspired to sell acetyl fentanyl, fentanyl, and crack cocaine. On January 2 and January 22, 2019, members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force conducted controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Griffin and Blackshear.Charges remain pending against Brandon Blackshear. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.   The plea is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, under the direction of Jason Thompson, Associate Director of the Office of Justice Services; the Southern Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb; and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division.Sentencing is scheduled for October 29, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara. 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

Reed Disturbed By Threat At His Home

first_imgShare: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) U.S. House of Representative Stock Image.CORNING — Congressman Tom Reed is raising concerns about a threat made at his family home in Corning after a dead animal with a family member’s name on it was found with a brick on his property.“Today, my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning,” Reed said in a statement. “The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a family member’s name on it to try to intimidate us. We assure everyone such threats only energize us to stand stronger.”Reed said local police and federal authorities are investigating “this disgusting attack against my family.”This comes on the heals of an attack that smashed a storefront window at Reed’s Corning campaign headquarters. The Corning Police Department declined to comment on the incident or whether they are involved in the investigation.last_img read more

The Cast of If/Then Shows Off Their BACA Trophies!

first_img Related Shows Idina Menzel Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If the fans love you, Then you’ll nab six Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards! That’s right, Idina Menzel and the cast of the new musical If/Then swept the 2014 BACAs, taking home awards for Favorite New Musical, Favorite Leading Actress in a Musical (Menzel), Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical (Anthony Rapp), Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical (LaChanze), Favorite Onstage Pair (Menzel and James Snyder) and Favorite Song (“Here I Go”). Check out these sweet shots of the cast thanking their fans for their brand new trophies! View Commentscenter_img If/Then Star Files James Snyderlast_img read more

Tony Ratings: Hugh Jackman vs. Beauty Queens

first_img The 68th Annual Tony Awards was the night’s third highest-rated program in the demographic, with ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals and NBC’s Miss USA pageant coming ahead of the telecast. According to Variety and Nielsen’s preliminary estimates, the June 8 broadcast scored 7 million viewers, slightly down from 2013’s final 7.3 million. In the key 18-49 demographic, the show averaged a 1.2 rating, which basically matched last year’s result. Hugh Jackman’s fourth stint at hosting the Tony Awards garnered the second largest audience for the CBS telecast in the last five years.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Sharon Stone & More Tapped for Workshop of Ben Elton’s Popcorn

first_imgOur Broadway instincts are on red alert with this news. Oscar nominee Sharon Stone (Casino), Stacy Keach (soon to be seen in Love Letters) and Jacob Young (All My Children) will lead a developmental reading of Ben Elton’s Popcorn. Directed by Mark Rozzano, the Telling Company’s workshop will take place at New York’s Friars Club on October 6 . Elton adapted Popcorn from his novel of the same name and the show won the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Popcorn follows the trail of two kids, who in reaction to the ongoing violence in films, go on their own cross-country killing spree. In California, they take their favorite film director hostage and claim his violent movies are the reason they became serial killers. The satirical black comedy poses the question: does the extreme violence in today’s movies motivate real-life acts of brutality? The reading will also feature Broadway alums Jim Borstelmann, Bryn Dowling and Angie Schworer.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Two Kinky Boots Charlies Get Hitched on Same Weekend!

first_img Related Shows Kelso originated the role of Harry in Kinky Boots before stepping in to Charlie’s shoes, replacing Tony nominee Stark Sands. He made his Broadway debut in Mamma Mia! and played Fiyero in the national tour of Wicked. Booth appeared on Broadway in Glory Days; his additional credits include Avenue Q in Las Vegas and Dogfight off-Broadway. Kinky Boots Kelso and Coyle (a singer with The Manhattan Dolls) met in 2007 at a friend’s party in Queens. He popped the question on the stage of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre following a performance in September 2013, surrounded by family and friends. As his castmates backed him up during renditions of “On Broadway” and “The Way You Make Me Feel,” a glass case rose from the stage floor with the ring. One weekend, two Charlies, two weddings! Kinky Boots’ leading man on Broadway Andy Kelso and current national tour headliner Steven Booth both celebrated their weddings over the weekend. The New York Times made the announcement for both: Kelso wed Sheila Coyla in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania on October 11, and Booth and Molly Alvarez tied the knot on October 12 in Los Gatos, California. View Comments Congratulations to the happy couples! We’re sure both of you looked positively dashing on your prospective big days in the red thigh-highs. (That did happen, right?) Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Booth and Alvarez’s relationship began as a showmance during the national tour of Happy Days. The two played on-stage lovers, and the romance quickly developed offstage as well. Following a romantic dance to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Misty” last October in the middle of Il Bambino, an Astoria, Queens restaurant, Booth got down on one knee.last_img read more

You Can’t Take It With You Will Extend on Broadway

first_imgWe can’t get enough of this tricky family dinner! The acclaimed Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take It With You will extend through February 22, 2015 at the Longacre Theatre. The limited run had previously been set to shutter on January 4 after officially opening on September 28. You Can’t Take It With You View Comments Directed by Scott Ellis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning You Can’t Take It With You centers on the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. The show debuted at the Booth Theatre in 1936 and was last revived on Broadway in 1983. Related Shows The starry cast includes James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Ashley, Annaleigh Ashford, Kristine Nielsen, Byron Jennings, Johanna Day, Mark Linn-Baker, Reg Rogers, Crystal A. Dickinson, Marc Damon Johnson, Patrick Kerr, Will Brill, Fran Kranz, Nick Corley, Austin Durant and Joe Tapper. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015last_img read more

Victoria Clark’s Longtime Dresser Vicky Grecki on Getting Slap Happy & Coveting the Gigi Hats

first_img Gigi View Comments Related Shows Victoria Clark, who was recently honored with a Tony nomination for her performance as Mamita in Gigi, has enjoyed both a long and illustrious career and a long and treasured friendship with her dresser, Vicky Grecki. Clark’s many Broadway credits include her Tony-winning performance in The Light in the Piazza as well as Cinderella, Sister Act, The Snow Geese, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and many more. Clark and Grecki have been friends for decades and their fondness for one another is obvious. Read on to find out what Grecki has to say about her pal and colleague.When did you first meet Victoria Clark, and what was your first impression of her?Vicki and I first worked together on Cabaret at Studio 54 in 1999. She impressed me with her dedication and continual preparation. Her work process never stops. She explores and grows continually on stage and off.What do you two bond over?We experience the same joys in our work. We both love being a part of live theater and balance each other well. We are able to deal with whatever may happen as best we can and try to work through the bumps.What do you wish more people knew about dressers?It’s a physical job that requires strength and flexibility.What makes the two of you laugh?We laugh most when we’re tired. I think that’s called “slap happy.” It’s still our favorite sound in the dressing room.What are some items you both like to have on hand backstage?I carry water, hot tea drink and Ricola throat drops. There are personal handkerchiefs belonging to her mother which she uses in her various handbags on stage.What is the most challenging part of dressing Victoria Clark?All changes entail choreography between the actor and the dresser. Vicki is always willing to help in changes because she understands this relationship. She knows the importance of standing still and I depend on that.Which of her costumes do you wish you had in your closet?I love the beautiful hats Vicki wears. They are massive, stunning and feminine. I would have to build another closet just to house them in my apartment.What’s the best gift she’s ever given you?Her glorious voice that I hear every performance. It’s the only gift I selfishly would never part with.What’s something she says all the time?At the end of each show: “Love you, safe home.”What is something you do that makes her roll her eyes?We have procrastination issues. I give her a look like, “Are we done?” Then we both laugh.What is her biggest pet peeve backstage and what is yours?Hers is loud talking or singing backstage while the show is going on. My pet peeve is the overuse of cell phones on deck backstage.What’s the secret to your relationship?We help each other.Any fun anecdotes you want to share about your time working with Vicki?A ritual before each show is to pick “Angel” cards. The cards help us to focus on a specific task such as understanding, joy, freedom, birth. We believe our angels stay with us during the show. Note: If you pick “brotherhood and/or integrity” you get to pick again.What is the best part about being part of Team Clark?We have a close and trusting relationship. Vicki loves to teach and explore, and she allows me to be a part of it. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015last_img read more

Venus in Fur, Constellations & The Gin Game Top Your Fave Two-Handers

first_imgThe Last Five Years Venus in Fur ‘night, Mother John & Jen Two actors and a stage: What could be more pure and simple? With a couple of high-profile two-handers recently joining the Broadway boards (the revival of D.L. Coburn’s The Gin Game and David Mamet’s new play China Doll), we started thinking about all the two-person shows we love. From musicals to classics, we asked you to chime in and rank your top 10 two-performer shows on Culturalist. The results are in an. Check out the top 10 two-handers below. Love Letters Constellationscenter_img Daddy Long Legs The Way We Get By Red The Gin Game View Commentslast_img read more