Cigar association stresses ‘Freedom, Unity’ for all Vermont citizens

first_imgContrary to its motto – ‘Freedom and Unity’ – the state of Vermont is one step closer to tightening its current smoking ban by prohibiting the use of tobacco and other smoking products in all workplaces throughout the state.The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association says the freedom of all Vermont citizens – smokers and non-smokers alike – is at stake and state legislators should be spending their time on issues that truly matter – like jobs and the economy.”The United States Constitution gives the right to employers to decide how to conduct their businesses, and that includes whether or not to allow smoking on their premises. The state of Vermont preempted that right by legislating a smoking ban in 1987 and would be adding insult to injury now by tightening those decades-old restrictions,” said Chris McCalla, legislative director of the IPCPR.”Why is this important to the estimated 675,000 non-smokers and smokers who live in the state? They all should be concerned because their constitutional rights are being further tampered with and further deprivation of their rights would be in the offing,” he explained.McCalla pointed out that, in contrast to what is claimed by pro-ban and anti-smoking forces, secondhand smoke in the workplace has been declared a virtual non-issue by the very federal organization that has been assigned the responsibility for wellness in the workplace – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.”In the first place, OSHA has established safe levels for secondhand smoke in the workplace and, secondly, those safe levels are so high that the air quality in most bars and restaurants would not come close to reaching them let alone exceeding them,” McCalla said.McCalla cited official documentation from senior officials of OSHA that states, in part, “It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that permissible exposure levels would be exceeded.”Vermont’s current smoking ban plus on-going trends in the marketplace have led to an increasing number of business owners banning the use of tobacco in their establishments.”Legislated smoking bans are simply not necessary when the market is adjusting accordingly on its own. Why bother with something that’s already working when there are so many other more important issues to deal with such as jobs and the economy?” he said.Source: The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers AssociationSource: MONTPELIER, Vt., April 9 /PRNewswire/last_img read more

Dogs Blank Cats On The Diamond

first_imgRoell Throws Two-Hit Shutout As Bulldogs Defeat Franklin County.Batesville Senior Alex Roell did not allow a single run as the Bulldogs defeated Franklin County 5-0 on Thursday. Roell allowed just two hits and induced a groundout from the Wildcats’ Grant Smith to end the game.Roell earned the win for the Bulldogs, which makes him 5-1 with a 1.23 ERA on the season. He pitched a complete game seven innings, giving up zero runs, and two hits. Blake Ripperger took the loss for Franklin County. He threw seven innings, giving up five runs, six hits, and striking out six.The Bulldogs had six hits in the game. Senior Zach Britton had two hits (both of them doubles), while Sophomore Trey Heidlage had two hits (a single and a double).The win makes the Bulldogs 14-8 overall with a 7-2 record (2nd place) in the EIAC. Batesville will play Greensburg and Jac-Cen-Del in a Round Robin this Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Justin Tucker.last_img read more

David C. Abplanalp

first_imgDavid retired from Cummins after 35 years of service.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg and of the Knights of Columbus.  He was an avid golfer who also enjoyed playing cards, especially Solo or Oldenburg Rummy.  David liked to spend time shooting his guns at the Oldenburg Conservation Club with friends so he could ‘bring home the bacon.’  Most of all he loved spending time and being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.He will be dearly missed by his wife Pamela; son, Jeff (Darlene) Abplanalp of Columbus, IN, daughter, Jan (Greg) Moody of Columbus, IN; 5 grandchildren, Jeremiah (Laurie) Abplanalp, Eric (Hannah) Moody, Matthew (Samantha) Abplanalp, Kyle (Brittaney) Moody, and Rachel (Travis) Wiley; 6 great grandchildren, Marshall, Cheyanne, Austin, Natalie, Meredith and Wade; siblings Ronald Abplanalp and Patricia Woolf. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie White.A memorial mass will be Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 12:00PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg.  Fr. John Meyer officiating. David was a big supporter of Right to Life, so in lieu of flowers his family suggests donations be made to organizations supporting that cause. Online condolences David C. Abplanalp, age 75 of Hartsville, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis.  The son of Harry and Norma Abplanalp (nee: Fristch) was born on July 16, 1942 in Batesville, IN.  On August 2, 1960 he married Pamela Westerfeld in Batesville.last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 85-70 loss to Virginia Tech

first_img Published on March 1, 2018 at 4:15 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ GREENSBORO, N.C. — With about two minutes left in Syracuse’s (22-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) game against Virginia Tech (18-12, 6-10), the Hokies ran down the floor up 10 with a full shot clock. Aisha Sheppard, a VT guard, didn’t care. She shot a 3 with over 20 seconds remaining on the shot clock. She drained it. A dagger which put Virginia Tech up 13. The Hokies went on to win, 85-70, over SU, in the second round of the ACC Tournament. VT will go on to play top-seed Louisville on Friday at 2 p.m. Syracuse will have to wait on its NCAA Tournament fate at home.Here are three takeaways from the Orange loss.Epic collapseSyracuse led the Hokies by 14 at the halftime break. The lead was chopped to nine by the end of three quarters. But nothing suggested what would come next.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange didn’t score for the first 5:20 of the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Hokies scored 17 points in that span. Isis Young was fouled on a drive and finally able to put Syracuse on the fourth-quarter board with a free throw. It didn’t break the slump for the Orange. She missed the second free throw. Syracuse missed more shots. Digna Strautmane threw the ball right to VT’s Taylor Emery. Tiana Mangakahia got right into the lane off a crossover but threw it straight out of bounds. The Hokies kept scoring. The Orange couldn’t. The final fourth quarter margin was 29-5 in favor of Virginia Tech.Man-to-man full-court pressure for the last three minutes couldn’t undo the damage done in the first five minutes of the fourth. The Orange won’t play another game in Greensboro this tournament.Track meetOn Sunday in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse struggled at times to score in its win over Boston College, a team with just two ACC wins. On Thursday afternoon, that wasn’t the case. The Orange came out and scored 48 first-half points, making 18-of-36 shots for a 50 percent first-half clip. It didn’t matter whether the Hokies made shots or missed. Syracuse got the ball to Mangakahia, who pushed the pace. Sometimes, she got all the way to the hoop and shot a right-handed scoop shot to score. Another occasion, she stepped back and drained a jumper from the free-throw line. On a third, she just pulled up at the top of the 3-point arc and knocked it down.In the second half, both teams kept pushing the pace. Virginia Tech needed to get back in the game doing what it does best: score. In the third, the Hokies outscored the Orange 22-17, with players not hesitating to shoot off the first pass of the possession for both teams. At the end of the third, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman waved his arms to get SU to sprint back to the bench, too.Even when Virginia Tech scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to make it a one-point game, SU’s Young took a 3 off the first pass of a possession. But for the first time, the Hokies benefited from the quick pace. VT scored the first 17 of the fourth quarter. And the Orange, who ran and ran throughout the first three quarters, ran out of gas in the fourth.Waiting gameEarlier this week, ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme listed Syracuse as a seven seed in the NCAA Tournament. The loss on Thursday shouldn’t impact the Orange’s presence in the dance unless teams qualify with automatic berths that wouldn’t make it otherwise.A team like Virginia Tech probably would need to at least make the ACC tournament final, if not win it, to get into the NCAA Tournament. But if the Hokies did that, there could be one less spot for the Orange.Wins over then-No. 11 Florida State and then-No. 17 Duke are the Orange’s signature wins. They also beat high-major teams at the Paradise Jam over Thanksgiving break. But the one thing SU lacks is a signature road win. As Syracuse fans know all too well, sometimes the lack of a big road win is enough for the selection committee to shake its head “no.” After the late collapse Thursday, all the Orange can do is wait. Commentslast_img read more

2015 Open continues..

first_imgThe 22-year-old is on 6-under par and is hoping that he’ll be able to keep focused on his own game… When the third round does get underway this morning, Greystones amateur Paul Dunne will be the leading Irishman. Padraig Harrington will resume on 3-under par while Graeme McDowell is level par. Of the other Irish players in the weekend field…center_img The American will resume on 10-under par when he returns to the par-five 14th this morning – holding a one-shot advantage over clubhouse leader, Danny Willett of England. Darren Clarke will also have to complete this round today – he’s two-under through 13 which means that he’s 1-under for the tournament.last_img