Today, Native American organizations have come together to announce a free anti-voter suppression event featuring a headlining performance by Dave Matthews. The event will take place at Prarie Knights Casino & Resort in Cannon Ball, North Dakota this coming Saturday, October 27th.As an announcement post on the Dave Matthews Band Facebook page explains,In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on North Dakota’s new voter ID law, Native American organizations have organized the Stand-N-Vote concert. The event is free, on a first-come-first-served basis, and will be held on Saturday, October 27th at the Prairie Knights Casino in Standing Rock, ND and will feature Dave Matthews, Mark Ruffalo and Native American performers such as Auntie Beachress, Lakota Thunder and the Dancers of the Northern Plains, Scotti Clifford & Spirits Cry, and Prolific the Rapper.The law, upheld by the US Supreme Court just weeks before the election, requires that all IDs used at the polls include a street address – thereby disenfranchising the many Native American voters who only have a P.O. Box on their tribal identification cards. The intent of the event is to take a united stand against rampant voter suppression, not only in North Dakota, but nationally. The event is also intended help Get Out the Vote in the upcoming November 6 midterm elections, and to encourage native voters to get new tribal IDs so that they can vote in this election.Dave Matthews has never been shy about using his platform to help support political and humanitarian causes, from organizing clean water donations to residents of Flint, MI in 2016 to participating in a star-studded Concert For Island Relief in January of this year to mounting a fundraiser for Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich in April.Matthews was also notably involved in supporting the Standing Rock protests back in 2016, hosting a Stand For Standing Rock benefit to aid in the pushback against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This latest politically-minded performance continues Matthews’ connections to the rights of the native people of North Dakota.For more information about the Stand-N-Vote show, head here.[H/T Relix]
In the fall of 1833, an English nobleman and novelist by the name of Edward Bulwer-Lytton passed through Milan — part of a journey to both regain his health and escape a hectoring wife. (Yes, that Bulwer-Lytton, who wrote the most famous opening line in literature: “It was a dark and stormy night. …”)He visited the Brera Gallery, and was unimpressed by the paintings — except one: a depiction of crowds fleeing Pompeii, the doomed city that in A.D. 79 was buried in ash from an erupting Mount Vesuvius.“The picture is full of genius, imagination, and nature,” Bulwer-Lytton wrote later. “The faces are fine, the conception grand.” That winter, he was inspired again by studying the city itself, unearthed nearly 100 years before but just being fully excavated. The result was “The Last Days of Pompeii” (1834), which became the most popular historical novel of the 19th century. Its opening line — “Ho, Diomed, well met!” — promised another dark and stormy night for readers. But instead, Bulwer-Lytton inspired imagery so durable that it lives today.A pair of Harvard events last week looked at the artistic legacy of Pompeii — a kind of “Apocalypse Then.”In “Images of a Doomed City” on Sept. 20, archaeologist Adrian Staehli traced portrayals of the disaster, from 19th-century painting through early-20th-century cinema. (The occasion was the M. Victor Leventritt Lecture of the Harvard Art Museums.) It was the Pompeii disaster, Staehli said, that first inspired many of the visual templates of the ancient world we still use today.On Sept. 23, the Harvard Film Archive sponsored a screening of “Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei” (“The Last Days of Pompeii”) an extravagantly produced 1926 Italian silent that was intended to revive Italy’s flagging film industry. It failed to do that, said Staehli, who is Harvard’s Loeb Professor of Classical Archaeology. But the film does illustrate the durability of imagery rooted in 19th-century paintings and in Bulwer-Lytton’s admiring obsession with the grand architecture, sumptuous interiors, and fleshy pleasures of ancient Roman culture.The novelist also leaned heavily on the racial and cultural divides of A.D. 79: Pompeii was a wealthy, cosmopolitan city that blended Roman, Greek, and Egyptian influences. Bulwer-Lytton’s imagined city was a cauldron: stalwart Roman soldiers, brawling gladiators, late-empire dissipates, plotting priests of Isis, wealthy Greek lovers, and hounded early Christians forced to worship in private.People to the front It is this same cast of characters who set aside differences to take center stage in the 19th-century paintings. Panic and destruction create a democracy of fear. One “landmark history painting” stands out, said Staehli to his audience at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum: “The Last Day of Pompeii” (1827-1833), by Karl Brullov — the same painting to inspire Bulwer-Lytton. It was monumental in scale — 18 feet by nearly 15 feet. And its design was monumentally radical. Nature and the volcano — the centerpieces of 18th-century depictions — became mere backdrops. People, in vignettes of panic, were what mattered: a soldier rescuing his father, a dead woman and her baby, a fleeing family — “even Brullov himself,” in a self-portrait, said Staehli, escaping with his painting supplies.Brullov’s painting broke the traditional boundaries of representation by putting people at the forefront. Earlier depictions of Pompeii, like Joseph Rebell’s “Eruption of Vesuvius at Night” (1822), played into the “aesthetics of the sublime,” said Staehli, and “the delightful horror of nature” that shrank humans to dots, or left them out altogether.Brullov’s view of Pompeii reflected another radical idea: that there could be disasters “without theocracy or heroes,” said Staehli — that in catastrophic moments humankind was on its own, without benefit of God or moral exemplars. “There is only fear, avarice, greed, and struggle to survive,” he added — “no meaning or allegory here, just history.”“Just history” was behind many later depictions of Pompeii — paintings and engravings that laid out in anthropological detail the marketplaces, streets, interiors, and placid tepidaria (bathhouses) of the city before its fall. It’s another echo of Bulwer-Lytton, a novelist more interested in Pompeii than the disaster that wiped it out. (The volcano does not rumble until page 333 of his 356-page book.)But art brought the disaster back, too, chiefly in the form of what Staehli called “toga dramas” or “pyrodramas” — traveling outdoor shows that featured hundreds of extras, tableaux vivant, and spectacular fireworks in place of volcanic flames and ash. James Pain’s “Last Days of Pompeii” toured the world, and played regularly at Coney Island from 1879 to 1914.Make way for cinema Spectacle productions paved the way for the disaster to make its way to cinema, said Staehli, beginning with a 1908 film version of the fall of Pompeii and two in 1913 — both Italian. All were big at the box office.So when the Italian film industry was struggling to compete with American products in the 1920s — including “Ben-Hur” (1925) — it was reasonable to think that another version of “The Last Days of Pompeii” would do the trick. “Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei” — based on the Bulwer-Lytton story — went all out: 4,240 takes, hundreds of extras, and lavish sets depicting realistic interiors, façades, costumes, and street scenes, all based on archaeological evidence and 19th-century paintings. The final film was more than three hours long.“The movie is further enhanced with many nude bathing scenes,” Staehli told the Harvard Film Archive audience. (He is an expert in depictions of nudity and the body in ancient Greek and Roman art.)Despite men and women peeling off togas and leaping into tepidaria, success eluded the film, which was compressed to just over two hours in the print seen at Harvard. (Borrowed from the British Film Institute, it is one of only three in the world.)An American attempt to freshen the story fared no better. “The Last Days of Pompeii” appeared in 1935, directed by the same duo — Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack — who had made “King Kong” two years earlier. Despite those impressive credentials, said Staehli, the film was “a spectacular disaster.”
A new employee wellness center will add benefits for faculty, staff and their families, but its construction in the D2 parking lot will significantly reduce the number of parking spaces on campus for students, according to University officials. University architect Doug Marsh said the University considered an array of sites for the $1.5 million facility. “A variety of locations were considered to meet the needs of the facility, which included the need to be convenient to employees and families coming from either work or from home,” Marsh said. Marsh’s office also considered building next to the Early Childhood Development Center on Bulla Road. Construction on the new facility will begin in December and should be completed by mid-summer. “This site was selected because it is near the B staff and faculty parking lot, at the edge of the pedestrian campus and convenient to vehicular routes,” Marsh said. Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) director Phil Johnson said construction will reduce the number of spaces in D2 South, one of the lots closest to Hesburgh Library. “Occupancy studies show we have capacity in other areas of D2 (the middle and north lots) for the cars displaced in D2 South,” Johnson said. “The changes will be implemented when construction begins — likely mid-December. So when students come back from semester break, some who would have parked in D2 South will be in the D2 middle or north lot. Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis.” Some parking spaces will also be open in the D6 parking lot, Johnson said. NDSP will communicate with students via email as the construction moves forward. Off-campus council president Tess Fitzpatrick said students are disappointed in the University’s decision to relocate student parking for the project. “My biggest concern is people who are coming from off-campus houses,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s hard enough to park now without the renovations. As of now, we are going to have to use a shuttle … It’s going to be a huge hassle.” Fitzpatrick said the University did circulate a survey about how many students would be interested in using a shuttle service from the C-lot, which is located south of Notre Dame Stadium. The shuttle would run a 4-minute route between Main Circle, Library Circle and the C-lot. “We are looking into maybe if there should be further parking for on-campus students so off-campus students could park closer when they commute,” Fitzpatrick said. The Off-Campus Concerns Council will continue to discuss how to help students adjust to the new construction, she added. Denise Murphy, the Director of Compensation and Benefits for the Department of Human Resources, said the new center will provide better medical care for University employees. “The Wellness Center provides an opportunity to enhance the benefit program for faculty, staff and their families,” Murphy said. “We are researching whether there will be opportunities to offer services for the families of graduate students.” Murphy said the center will provide primary and urgent care needs, health coaching and care management, preventative health and wellness programs, referrals to community physicians and a full pharmacy. “The University has researched the possibility of offering an on-site wellness center for faculty and staff for several years,” she said. “Many organizations, such as Disney, Intel and Toyota, have offered the convenience of a wellness center to assist employees and their families to gain access to medical care.” Occupational health services, wellness programs, lab services and physical therapy will also be available.
Courtesy of Christin Kloski As part of the events of the Undocumented Student Week of Action, monarch butterflies symbolizing migration were placed on the green in front of Dillon Hall.According to the Undocumented Students Program at UCBerkley, DACA was put in place “to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation.” DACA gives those children protection from deportation, and a work permit as long as their DACA application is renewed every two years. On the other hand, undocumented students are students who do not have legal citizenship in the United States but are able to apply to any U.S. university that allows undocumented student applications. Notre Dame is one of those universities that accepts undocumented students. Many of the events throughout the week focused on providing stress relief and emotional support for DACA and undocumented students. All events were open to students who were not undocumented as well.One of those events was “Storytelling and Emotional Healing Through Art.”“It was a space for people to sit down and reflect, and a space for healing through the process of being either supporter or someone who is undergoing the stresses of being an undocumented or DACA student here on campus,” Kloski said. “When you’re able to express it through another form, I think it allows for some healing and to process those emotions, reflect on that.”Kloski said the office created a website to help DACA and undocumented students feel welcome and have information concerning the University and their documentation status in one place. “If you are a are a high school student or you’re looking to apply to universities, your first step is typing in DACA or undocumented students applications at universities or universities that accept undocumented students,” Kloski said. “Our website would be one of those many that would pop up. And on our website we provide information about main contacts, and we have those resources and those supporters throughout all parts of campus.”The Office of Student Enrichment also hosted a Welcome Weekend session for undocumented students and their parents for the first time this year.On Thursday, the office held an event called, “Butterfly Support Letters,” which involved allies of undocumented and DACA students writing letters of support to those students. The letters will be hung up for DACA and undocumented students to see. “It was amazing to hear the words of what our campus has to say to them. It’s so positive and I think it changes the light for our students here on campus just to feel that and to see the names that are on there, because those people might be in their classrooms, and they might be a professor,” Kloski said.On Friday, the week concluded with “Monarch Butterflies on the Green,” a unique event that symbolized migration. The butterflies were placed on the lawn in front of Dillon Hall. “The monarch butterfly represents migration,” Kloski said. “And it’s a symbol for immigrant community. Monarch butterflies migrate into Mexico when it gets cold and then migrate back into the United States. So it creates a great symbol for that immigration story. … I just think it was a really great idea to display that, for people to see that. It’s a little bit of a quiet form of support. It’s not necessarily like loud and bold, but it’s simple. And people can walk by and do the prayer or just silently reflect on the lives and undocumented individuals in our community.”Kloski said many students do not know what it means to be undocumented or to have DACA status. “I know we’re trying to create a program for next semester to create allies here on campus so that we can again show that support, whether that’s through programming or allyship,” Kloski said. “I think just knowing what the phrase ‘DACA’ is or what that policy might be, it’s something that a lot of individuals might not know. You might know someone’s story, but you don’t necessarily know the policies behind it.”Tags: DACA, Office of Student Enrichment, undocumented student, undocumented student week of action Last week, Notre Dame’s Office of Student Enrichment sponsored a week dedicated to providing support and awareness for undocumented and DACA students with a series of events Monday through Friday. Christin Kloski, the project coordinator for the department, said over the summer she noticed universities in California and Texas were sponsoring weeks centered around immigration issues. “Over the summer, we thought about developing more programming for awareness on DACA and undocumented issues presented through our office,” Kloski said. “ … It’s designed more for an engagement for faculty, staff and peers, to raise awareness for undocumented individuals in our country, in addition to the topic of immigration at large.”
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhen people think of farming, images of freshly plowed fieldsoften come to mind. But that picture is changing. More farmersare learning that starting with a clean slate may not be the bestway to farm.Using conservation tillage systems, farmers don’t plow theirfields. This saves them labor and fuel, adds nutrients to thesoil and reduces erosion and runoff.”Today, more and more farmers are looking for ways to build uptheir soil,” said Julia Gaskin, a land application specialistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “Not plowing or harrowing the soil isjust one way.” Gaskin works with U.S. Department of Agriculture counterparts andthe Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance to educate farmersstatewide on the benefits of conservation tillage systems.Holds soil in placeConservation tillage systems encourage farmers to follow a maincrop with a cover crop. “Cover crops hold the soil in place andprovide organic matter,” Gaskin said. The next crop is plantedinto the cover crop’s debris. Gaskin says this reduces soilcrusting, allowing more water to soak into the soil rather thanrunning across it.”As a result, the soil can hold more water,” Gaskin said. “And holds it in the root zone. Research conducted at UGA and the USDAAgricultural Research Service has shown, this water-holding powercan mean the difference in getting a crop through the commonsmall summer droughts.”Conservation tillage is helping improve farming’s image, too, shesaid.”Agriculture is often viewed as a polluter, so it’s important forpeople to realize that farmers are working to improve theenvironment,” she said. “When farmers use conservation tillagesystems, they plant more efficiently, there’s less erosion and(fewer) pollutants.”The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service has shown that ifa farmer plants cotton conventionally in loamy sand on a5-percent slope, he could lose as much as 13 tons of soil per acreper year to erosion. Benefits streams, too”In the Piedmont, that amount would be a lot higher,” said NRCSstate agronomist Jimmy Dean. “By leaving just 70 percent of thesoil covered with crop residue on the field, a farmer canliterally prevent tons of soil from running off into a stream.”That’s good for their fields and the streams. “There’s noquestion this can be a big benefit to our state’s water quality,”he said.”Most farmers think they can’t build up a field while they’refarming it,” Dean said. “We let them know that you can increasethe soil’s organic matter and improve (its structure) by nottilling the soil.”The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that 28percent of the row crops in Georgia are grown using conservationtillage. That includes 31 percent of the cotton, 50 percent ofthe soybeans and 33 percent of the corn.”UGA research has shown that increasing soil organic mattercreates a soil with more beneficial predators,” Gaskin said.”These can help control the pests, because there’s a naturalsystem of checks and balances.”But for all its soil and environmental benefits, conservationtillage is catching on for other reasons. Reduces fuel, labor costs and helps quail”Farmers are reducing their fuel costs because they’re makingfewer passes over the field,” Gaskin said. “Their irrigationcosts are down because the soil holds more water. And theircrops’ yields are up.”Conservation tillage systems are also a useful tool forincreasing wildlife populations.”We’re losing 3 percent of our quail population each year,” saidDean. “We are learning that we can reverse this trend by usingconservation tillage. It gives them (quail) places to nest andprovides food and cover.”Dean says, in a plowed field, it takes a quail chick 24 hours tofind enough food for a day. In a conservation tillage field,that same quail chick get its daily food intake in just 4 hours.Yet another bonus is an increase in family time.”When a farmer spends less time on a tractor, he can spend morequality time with his family,” Gaskin said. “There’s time to takehis son fishing or go to his daughter’s ball game.”According to the NRCS, Georgia has more no-till cotton and peanutproduction than any other state. This is credited to the effortsof 6 conservation tillage alliances.
Champlain College,Champlain College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, the widely-known education services company. The Princeton Review has chosen the college for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of its popular annual ‘best colleges’ guidebook, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” (Random House / Princeton Review Books) which will be available in bookstores in early August.Also, the New York Times in a BLOG is reporting that the Princeton Review and GamePro Media, the publisher of GamePro magazine, which it called a video-gamers’ bible, “have joined forces to handicap what they consider the ‘Top 10’ undergraduate and graduate programs in video game design.”‘We chose Champlain College as one of our “best” undergraduate colleges based on several criteria we consider when reviewing schools for this book,’ said Robert Franek, senior vice president of publishing for The Princeton Review. ‘First, we must have a high regard for their academic programs and other offerings. Second, our selections take into account institutional data we collect from the schools and the opinions of their students attending them whom we survey. We also greatly value the feedback we get about schools from our college-savvy staff across the country as well as from students, educators and parents who use our services and books.”Champlain College President David F. Finney, on hearing the news, said, ‘This recognition is a reflection of everyone at Champlain College for a continued commitment to providing the most student-centric, professionally-focused, education in the country.’Says Franek, “Only about 15% of the colleges in the nation are in this book, and they vary considerably by region, size, selectivity and character. It includes public and private schools, traditional and non-traditional colleges, historically black colleges and universities, and science and technology-focused institutions. However, each one is an outstanding institution we highly recommend to college applicants and their parents. In our opinion, these are ‘the crÃ¨me of the crop’ institutions for undergraduates in America.’In Franek’s letter to Champlain announcing the decision, he wrote,‘It was a great pleasure reviewing your school’s impressive credentials. You have much to brag about!’He noted Champlain is one of only six institutions that will be added to the 2012 edition.Ian Mortimer, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Champlain, says in his experience, ‘It is rare that an institution gets selected for this listing during its first application and lobbying effort; it usually takes a few tries. However, our story and data were very compelling.’Champlain College joins University of Vermont, Saint Michael’s College, Middlebury College, Green Mountain College and Bennington College on the list of Vermont higher education institutions included in the national guide to top colleges.‘The last step of The Princeton Review’s process is capturing the real student experience and evaluating it against other institutions in the top 15 percent,’ Mortimer added. ‘More than 200 Champlain students provided information on our college to the Review, and their stories and critical feedback are what sealed the deal; they told their story and the Review was impressed.’The Princeton Review’s annual “Best Colleges” guide is the only college guidebook that has both two-page profiles on the schools and college ranking lists of “top 20 schools” in 62 categories. The ranking lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of more than 122,000 students at the 376 schools in the book who rate their own schools and report on their experiences at them. Among the ranking categories are lists of colleges in the book at which students most highly (or least highly) rated their administrators, their career centers and their athletic facilities. Other categories reflect campus and study body political leanings, race/class relations, LGBT acceptance, participation in sports, and religion. The Princeton Review as a company does not rank the colleges in the book hierarchically, 1 to 376, either for academics – the company believes all 376 schools are first-rate, academically – or by any other category.The book also has unique ratings ‘ scores from 60 to 99 ‘ on each college’s profile in eight categories including Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green: a rating based on the college’s environmental commitments. The rating scores are based on institutional data collected from the schools.‘The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition’ will be available online and in bookstores in early August.
With over 100 exhibitions of the latest naval technology on display from over 130 countries, Expo Naval organizers are projecting that the large naval fair will generate over $600 million dollars in business transactions. Chile has the largest amount of participants with exhibits on port security, logistics, global positioning systems and submarine components such as batteries, telescopes, and engine parts. The United and States and the United Kingdom each have five exhibits displaying the latest technology for onboard ship navigations units, engine parts and military weaponry such as torpedoes and surface to air missiles. Aerial superiority in the form of the latest helicopters models are also on display at Expo Naval and have attracted a lot of interest from expo attendants. The most popular models are the SH-2G Super Seasprite from the United States, France’s EUROCOPTER, and Germany’s CAMCOPTER, an unmanned surveillance system are attracting lots of attention. By Dialogo December 02, 2010 I donâ€™t know what is happening to the entire world. We canâ€™t live without thinking that our neighboring countries and the rest of the world are just warmongers looking for disputes. There are many problems with hunger, education, living conditions, communication, highways, etc., instead of investing in war, letâ€™s invest in these subjects.
continue reading » 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA announced Friday that the association will file a lawsuit against Equifax to protect credit unions and their members from harm as a result of the Equifax data breach.“Equifax needs to be held accountable for this massive data breach that gave hackers access to the personally identifiable information of 143 million Americans and the credit card information of 209,000 people,” said Jim Nussle, president/CEO of CUNA. “Equifax’s disregard for protecting this highly sensitive data means credit unions are left bearing the brunt for damages in replacing members’ cards payment cards, covering fraudulent purchases and taking protective measures to reduce risk of identity theft and false loans.”Credit unions and other financial institutions will likely bear long-term costs as a result of the breach, including canceling and reissuing untold number of compromised cards, reimbursing consumers for fraudulent charges, increasing fraudulent activity monitoring, taking appropriate action to mitigate the risk of identity theft and fraudulent loans, sustaining reputational harm, and notifying consumers of potential fraudulent activity.
78SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details When tax season rolls around, you may be pretty excited about a big ol’ fat refund. The question is, should you be getting a refund at all? If you had a part-time job in high school or college, you probably weren’t banking too much cash on a weekly basis. In those days, a tax refund was the perfect post-Christmas gift from the government. But these days, you need to be a lot more responsible with your finances. So, what do you prefer now? Here are some pros and cons to getting a refund to start your year.PRO – REFUNDS HELP YOU SAVE: If you’re not very good at saving money, a tax refund can be a great way for you to pad your emergency fund every year. As long as that check is going straight into your savings account, it’s an understandable excuse for overpaying on your taxes throughout the year.CON – YOU’RE GIVING THE GOVERNMENT A FREE LOAN: Instead of doing the financially responsible thing and allowing that extra money to earn interest on your behalf throughout the year, you’re just letting the government hold onto your extra cash for you.PRO – IT FEELS LIKE EXTRA CASH: If your emergency fund is in good shape, you may not feel the need to put a tax return directly into your savings account. If you’re budgeting well throughout the year, then your finances may not be missing the extra cash that you’re lacking. If this is you, then a tax return probably feels like free money. Maybe you’ll spend the refund on a family vacation, maybe you’ll treat yourself to something nice. If you can afford to do it, have fun with it.CON – YOU’RE GETTING LESS FROM YOUR WEEKLY CHECK: We all have bills. Paying bills can be one of the least fun activities you regularly participate in. If money is tight, you would probably rather have a bigger check going into your pocket every pay period. If you can budget without that cash, no problem, but if you’re missing it, it may be time to say goodbye to that yearly refund so that your wallet doesn’t feel so empty during the year.Here’s the bottom line: There’s really no right and wrong way to handle your taxes, it’s really just up to you. Figure out what the pros and cons are for your situation and trust your instincts.
VESTAL (WBNG) — When the coronavirus first broke out overseas, the wedding industry here in the U.S. was one of the first ones to take a hit. “We started following this story in early January when we started to get some trickle effects from our representatives through our companies, just saying they were expecting some of the factories to reopen late,” said Dress Your Fancy Bridal Boutique owner Stephanie Brown. You have until April 11 to nominate someone for the giveaway. But even though the coronavirus is taking a toll on business, Dress Your Fancy wants to help out the community during this trying time. “It’s important I feel to give back to our community. I believe every business is built on their customers. We have a lot of customers in the healthcare industry and that are on the front line right now putting their own health and their families’ health at risk,” said Howell. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with submissions. “It has impacted us with us having to close our doors for two weeks, and it sounds like it’s going to be another four weeks before we’re able to open. The prom end of it, we’ve really taken a hit,” said Dress Your Fancy Bridal Boutique owner Shelly Howell. “There’s been some amazing entries and honestly it’s brought us to tears how many amazing women are out there working the front line and doing all they can while trying to plan a wedding,” said Brown. The shop is asking the Southern Tier to nominate someone deserving. “Thank gosh for technology we have been doing some appointments via social media and Facetime,” said Brown. The boutique has set up a wedding dress giveaway, offering a free dress priced up to $1,500 to an engaged healthcare worker. “I think it was an idea that we thought, ‘What can we do for these nurses and healthcare workers that are kind of on the front line?'” said Brown. Owners Howell and Brown say they hope the contest will spread a little hope in this time when people need it most. The full giveaway details can be found on the Dress Your Fancy Bridal Boutique Facebook page. Dress Your Fancy in Vestal has had to adapt. “I feel that right now everyone is focused on today, what’s not going to happen coming down the line. And we really want them to have something to look forward to,” said Howell. Once the pandemic made its way to the Southern Tier, it began to affect some local bridal boutiques even more. Bokyo Photography will also offer a free engagement shoot to an engaged healthcare worker. Click here for details.