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Apopka historian dies at 88

first_img Nice! Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here April 17, 2017 at 7:17 amcenter_img TAGSHistory of Apopka and Northwest Orange CountyJerrell H. Shofner Previous articleCan Smith continue a legacy that began in 1970?Next articleJacobs: “The State of Orange County is strong, resilient, unified” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ej Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 “…it was a time of optimism, not pessimism; of self-confidence, not doubt; and, above all, of faith in the future. Apopkans and their northwest Orange County neighbors were soon caught up in the spirit of the time. Having struggled with depression, decline, and doubt after the national depression of the 1890’s and the devastating freezes of 1894-1895, they revived their town government, cooperated to form a board of trade, and began a two-fold effort to rebuild their economy: through self-help on the one hand and by advertising the assets of Central Florida and attracting new settlers on the other.”Jerrell H. Shofner from his book History of Apopka and Northwest Orange County, FloridaHe wrote the book on Apopka.Jerrell H. Shofner, the author of History of Apopka and Northwest Orange County, Florida, died Tuesday after a long bout with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 88.Jerrell H. ShofnerShofner was born in Haslet, TX on January 30th, 1929 to Dora May Taylor and Harris Shofner. He came to Florida by way of the United States Air Force. He served in the Air Force from 1946 to 1960. He left to attend Florida State University, where he received his PH.D in history. After receiving his PH.D he taught at the University of Florida and Florida State University. In 1972 he was appointed professor and chair of the history department at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Shofner retired in 1990. He was also a past president of the Florida Historical Society and past editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly.A renowned Florida historian, he authored 16 books. Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando proclaimed May 20th, 2016 as “Dr. Jerrell H. Shofner Day.”He is survived by his wife Frances McDermott, four children Michele (Robert) Fudo, Charles Shofner (Pauline), Kellie McDermott Chadwick (Robert), and Kenneth Mark McDermott (Missy); two sisters, Carolyn Trechter and Neilmarie Casey, both of Tampa, FL.Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 pm at Baldwin Fairchild, 501 E. Mitchell Road, Oviedo with visitation beginning at noon. Interment will be at 2:30 pm at Glen Haven Memorial Park, Winter Park.Mr. Shofner’s complete obituary can be read here.last_img read more

Ringo Starr Announces 2019 World Tour With His All Starr Band

first_imgToday, Ringo Starr has announced a 2019 world tour in celebration of the 30th anniversary of his All Starr Band. The announcement comes as Starr and his current All Starr Band lineup wrap up their ongoing 2018 tour this month.After beginning with a date at Harrah’s Southern California Resort and Casino on March 21st, Ringo and company will head to Japan for a stretch of 9 performances across the country throughout the month of April. The tour will continue in August, when Starr and the All Starr Band head back to North America, for a show in Ontario, Canada (8/1) followed by two-night runs in Chicago, IL (8/3, 8/4) and Nashville, TN (8/7, 8/8). Finally, the tour will wrap with a concert at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA on September 1st.The 2019 iteration of the former The Beatles drummer’s All Starr Band will feature vocalist/guitarist Colin Hay (Men at Work), guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto), vocalist/keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), saxophonist Warren Ham (Toto, Bloodrock), drummer Gregg Bissonette (Toto, Santana), and Hamish Stuart (Average White Band). Stuart is the only member of the new lineup that was not a part of the band’s 2018 U.S. tour this year, though he previously toured with the All Starr Band in 2006 and 2008. He replaces bassist/vocalist Graham Gouldman (10cc), who was the newest addition to the band this past tour.See below for a full list of upcoming dates.Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band Tour DatesMarch 21st – Funner, CA @ Harrah’s Resort Southern CaliforniaMarch 27th – Fukuoka, Japan @ Sun Palace HallMar 29th – Hiroshima, Japan @ UenogakuenApril 1st – Miyagi Sendai Japan @ Tokyo Electron HallApril 2nd – Koriyama, Japan @ Shimin CenterApril 3rd – Tokyo, Japan @ Hitomi Kinen KodoApril 5th – Tokyo, Japan @ Dome City HallApril 9th – Nagoya, Japan @ Zepp,April 10th – Osaka, Japan @ Archaic Hall,Apr 11th – Osaka, Japan @ Orix TheatreAugust 1st – Windsor, Ontario @ Caesar’s in WindsorAugust 3rd – Chicago, IL @ RaviniaAugust 4th – Chicago, IL @ RaviniaAugust 7th – Nashville, TN @ The RymanAugust 8th – Nashville, TN @ The RymanSeptember 1st – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek TheaterView All Tour Dates[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Suffolk Wants You to Tag Precious Items with DNA

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County officials are hoping a pilot program using 21st century DNA technology developed by a Stony Brook-based biotechnology firm will make it easier to reconnect burglary victims with their stolen products—but the program first has to pass the county legislature.If implemented, Huntington Station residents would get first dibs but the greater Huntington Town area could also get in on the action. Suffolk County police and the firm that develops the technology, Applied DNA Sciences, will determine which residents get the “DNAnet” kits.“DNA is the gold standard,” Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport), who will be sponsoring legislation for the pilot program, said Friday at a press conference in Huntington Station. He called the DNA markers a “cutting-edge resource” that can make communities safer.The DNA technology involves a dime-sized mark placed on an item, such as a laptop or jewelry. Each swab contains unique DNA markers that authorities could use to identify a potential stolen item. Applied DNA Sciences takes tags from plants and flower to create the DNA. After a product is marked with a DNA swab, the user will then have to register the product on the firm’s website. In theory, if a product marked with the technology is stolen and eventually located by authorities, they can use the DNAnet mark, which looks like a bright red ultraviolet signal, and match it to its owner.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, threw his support behind the proposal. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, who did not attend the press conference, has also given his blessing.Applied DNA Sciences’ Chairman, President & CEO James A. Hayward credited Long Island for being a world leader in DNA science and said his firm has added incentive to assist the community because its employees work on the Island.An example of what a “DNA Protected Community” sign would look like.Five hundred kits will be made available to Huntington Station residents, free of charge, officials said. But it’ll be up to Suffolk police, working with the Applied DNA Sciences, to determine the best locations for the kits, which can mark up to 100 items. Spencer suggested that the kits won’t be clustered in one area but instead would be spread around the community.Aside from obtaining the kits, homeowners would also get stickers and signs, similar to what alarm companies offer customers, with language stating that the property owner is utilizing the technology. Various streets would also be marked as a “DNA protected community.” Officials suggested the signage may deter would-be burglars thinking about breaking into a residence.Hayward said the DNA marks do not contain GPS components, meaning the firm can’t track products tabbed with the technology.While the pilot program would be a first for the Island, it has already been implemented in European cities like London and Stockholm.Hayward noted that the technology cold also be used commercially, at banks and even utility companies housing copper—a much-desired metal that attracts thieves.If the pilot program is approved by the legislature, it will be evaluated by Suffolk police six months after its implementation. If necessary, the department will then be able to make recommendations to improve how its used.Spencer is hoping the legislature will vote on his bill soon, so officials can start getting the product out by the summer. He did not say how much the private-partner partnership would cost taxpayers.last_img read more

Convention could erode our rights

first_imgCan we afford to hand over our Constitution to be rewritten? The First Amendment clearly states that Congress is forbidden to make any law abridging either freedom of speech or freedom of the press. However, it’s very much on their agenda to alter the wording of the Second Amendment in order to “clarify” its language for how they want it to read. Will this change the amendment or eliminate it? That depends on how they favor to make these changes. One supporter wrote, “What’s needed is a way for the states to have the power to overturn Supreme Court decisions … a constitutional amendment could be written, for example, allowing a three-fifths vote of the state legislatures to challenge court decisions.” Once the convention is graveled to order, any and all parts of the Constitution would be open to change. Will the 38-state ratification process protect us from bad amendments being passed? One only need look at history to find the answer is no.Who attends this convention? Any sitting or former member of Congress, judges, or legislators can be delegates. This means there could be a group of people serving there making compromises with each other to get the amendments they want passed voted out to the states. It’s an unpredictable situation.All Americans should let the elected officials know that they are expected to support our republic and thus avoid an Article V Convention. Beth JacksonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDid you know that 28 state legislatures have applied for an Article V Convention — also known as a constitutional convention? Since 1787, America has chosen to avoid the risk of a new convention that could rewrite our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Now 28 state legislatures want this. If just six more states apply, Congress will be forced to call an Article V Convention. last_img read more

GPL Review: 7 things learned from matchday 9

first_img17 goals3 away wins0 drawsWhat did we learn from matchday 9?MASTER REIGNS SUPREME The game in Kumasi between Kotoko and Edubiase saw a master and apprentice affair as Anthony Commey, head coach of New Edubaise, came face to face with his apprentice Michael Osei who had served as his assistant for well over two seasons. The result was pretty simple, the master reigned supreme over his apprentice with one of the best away displays in the league. Edubiase were compact and tight at the back and offered Kotoko little or no chance to work their magic. Once Kotoko had openings, they were either thwarted by keeper Ben Mensah or let done by woeful. On the counter attack, Edubiase always almost looked like adding to their tally. A fine tactical chess between Kommey and Osei with the master showing why he is boss.HEARTS ARE BUILT FOR AWAY PERFORMANCESHearts of Oak’s 2-1 win over Ashantigold was the perfect game to illustrate the type of football Kenichi Yatsuhashi has brought to the Phobians. This game was a carbon copy of Hearts first away fixture against Medeama where they soaked the pressure in the early parts of the game, gradually found their feet and dominated proceedings at the latter stages and this was the same against Ashantigold. Hearts set up did a perfect job of keeping it tight and compact without gifting too much spaces to their opponents.  They relied on the counter where the speed of the Cosmos Dauda, Paul Acquah, Eric Kumi and Isaac Mensah proved a handful for the Miners. This played into the hands of the Phobians who played to their best. This is in sharp contrast to their home performances where they have been required to take the initiative. They have sometimes looked bereft of ideas and often open in defence, but on their travels, they have been solid and it comes as no surprise they have picked up 11 points on the road already. AWUDU NAFIU AND KADRI MOHAMMED WILL HAVE NIGHTMARES OF COSMOS DAUDACosmos Dauda scored a brace against Ashantigold to halt Hearts of Oak’s four game winless streak but there was more to his game than just his goals. Cosmos run down the channels all game and fought for every game.  He chased down loose balls, contested every aerial ball and hustled Awudu Nafiu and Kadri Mohammed all day. The center back pairing will be happy to see the back of the former Mighty Jets striker who will surely  be a handful for every defender in the league. Cosmos has pace and power as well as good skills. He will surely be a leading figure for the Phobians as the season goes on and at this point in time, has been a better fit than Selasi Adjei who started Hearts game against New Edubiase on matchday 1.OMEN POINTS TO A HEARTS VICTORYLast season’s Super Clash in Accra was preceded by a game involving Hearts, Edubiase, Ashantigold and Kotoko. Hearts faced Edubiase in Obuasi while Kotoko played Ashantigold. Hearts lost to Edubiase by 2-1 while Kotoko beat Ashantigold 1-0. Ahead of this year’s clash, the tables have turned with Hearts facing Ashantigold and Kotoko facing Edubiase. Hearts beat Ashantigold just like how Kotoko beat the Miners and Kotoko lost to New Edubiase just like how Anthony Commey’s side beat Hearts. Hearts game in Obuasi produced 3 goals just like the tie against Edubiase and Kotoko’s game produced the single goal just like the Ashantigold matches. Judging by the omen, Hearts should win but this is football and anything can happen at any point in time. BERNARD ARTHUR SNEAKS IN LIKE THE THIEF OF TIMELiberty Professionals snatched a sensational last gasp winner against Hasaacas to end Hasmals’ good home form.  The result sees the Dansoman move to third on the league log, 4 points behind Wa All Stars. The match winner was not leading scorer Latif Blessing but Bernard Arthur who struck his third goal of the season. The most intriguing thing about Arthur’s goal was the timing. His first goal of the season was scored in the 89th minute against Ashantigold, the next was scored in the 90th minute against Chelsea and his winner against Hasaacas came in stoppage time. Beware defenders, and be on your guard. Arthur will sneak in like the thief of time and punish you.MYSTERIOUS MEDEAMAGhana’s sole representative in continental competitions are 180 minutes away from the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup, the first since 2012. However, their home form has been nothing short of abysmal. The Tarkwa side have been knocked out of the FA Cup already and currently sit bottom of the league all be it with one game less. This does not change much for them however as they will still be languishing in the bottom places. There is no clear explanation for this inconsistency and their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Aduana raised more eyebrows. Medeama have won only two games all season and will have to up their performances or risk going down. If they qualify for the group stage, there will be more concentration on the continental front which may not auger well for the Premier League chances. MOST AWAY WINS IN ONE MATCHDAYFor the first time since the league began, we recorded more than 2 away wins. Hearts, Edubiase and Liberty Professionals all recorded major wins away from home. Hearts won 2-1 I Obuasi to end a 9 year winless streak while Liberty snatched a last minute win over Hasaacas in Sekondi. Edubiase began the weekend with an impressive 1-0 victory Kotoko in Kumasi. The second time in a year to beat the Porcupines at Kumasi. –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtlast_img read more