Bertinet Bakery has reported being on track for 43% year-on-year growth thanks to strong sales of its sourdough loaves.The supplier is this month launching a 1.1kg seeded sourdough that will initially be exclusively listed in Waitrose and independent customers (rsp £3.95).Bertinet hopes sales of the loaf – made with only Shipton Mill flour, toasted sunflower seeds, golden linseeds, water and sea salt – will drive further growth for the business and sliced bread sales.The new loaf joins the existing range of five sliced sourdough breads, available in 500g and 1kg formats.To support the launch and the wider business, Bertinet is boosting its marketing, PR and promotions with a six-figure investment over the next 12 months.Following investment in a 20,000 square foot bakery in London, Bertinet this year increased capacity at its Bath site by 75%, expanding into the next-door unit and adding new equipment and ovens.“We are on a mission to change the way bread is perceived and consumed in the UK,” said Bertinet Bakery managing director David Dwek.“We believe everyone should be able to enjoy delicious, nutritious and natural long fermentation bread with the best ingredients and no additives whatsoever.”The business has also partnered with Milk & More, the UK’s biggest network of milkmen, delivering to more than 500,000 homes across the country. The retailer now lists three sliced sourdough breads from the Bertinet range.“We see customers are more frequently choosing sourdough bread for their everyday loaf, which is fantastic news for the hundreds of passionate artisan bakers, like us, across the country,” adds Dwek.“We’re delighted to partner with Milk & More to make it even easier for customers to enjoy our bread by delivering it straight to over half a million doors every day.”
Campus Ministry, McGrath Institute for Church Life, ND Folk Choir, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and Sacred Music are hosting a series of events throughout November to celebrate Black Catholic History Month. The committee, composed of individuals from the host organizations, have been working since September to tailor the events in terms of prayer, celebration and education. Deacon Mel Tardy, vice president of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, said the month serves to draw attention to black Catholic leaders.“National Black Catholic History Month was started by the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus in 1990,” Tardy said. “It’s meant to celebrate black Catholic history and culture, and to create an awareness of the history of lesser-known black individuals who have lived virtuous lives and are great models to us in the faith.”Rosemary Agwuncha, a senior and intern for African American Ministry, stressed the importance of diversity within the Catholic Church.“When we are here at Notre Dame people often get in the mindset that there is one way to be Catholic, but there is beauty in the diversity that exists within the Church,” Agwuncha said. “The worship experience for African Americans is a full-body experience, and there is diversity even within the African American tradition. Celebrating and recognizing that idea will give the opportunity to bring people together.”Rebecca Ruvalcaba, assistant director of multicultural ministry, said she also hopes the celebration of this month will serve as an educational experience for Notre Dame students.“My hope is to spread awareness that this month exists in the Catholic Church, and it is a means to embrace different ways of worship and coming into faith,” Ruvalcaba said. “The influence and the culture of the African American community is beautiful, which I think students will be able to witness though dance, music and the celebrations.”Ruvalcaba said she regards this month as a way to observe and admire the strength of the relationship between the community of African Americans and their faith.“Through the suffering and the challenges that this community has faced, these people have been so resilient and grounded in their faith,” she said.It is also an opportunity to look back on the stories of past leaders in the Church in order to move forward, Tardy said.“Learning these stories about Saint Martin De Porres, Augustine of Hippo and Sister Jamie Phelps — who have gone through difficult circumstances yet have endured in faith — is inspiring,” Tardy said. “I think that’s a message that is important in a time where people wonder about what comes next with the Catholic Church.”The events throughout the month will begin Friday with a Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in honor of Saint Martin De Porres at 11:30 a.m. The Mass will be followed by an evening prayer service in Dillon Hall at 7 p.m. with performances by Voices of Faith and the ND Folk Choir.Vincent Nguyen, a graduate seminarian for the Congregation of Holy Cross, said he is excited for Friday’s evening service and the rest of the month, as he views the opportunities as new ways to pray that are still rooted in the Catholic tradition.“It’s a great opportunity to broaden and remind ourselves of how complex and exciting the Catholic Church is, and of the importance of recognizing all of the different people who call themselves Catholic,” Nguyen said.The month will also highlight race relations in the U.S. beyond the Catholic Church, Ruvalcaba said.“On Nov. 7 we have a film, ‘Sisters of Selma,’ along with a panel discussion, that will speak in regards to the different issues blacks face in the United States — like discrimination and racism — and how specifically the Catholic sisters were quite present in the Civil Rights Movement with Martin Luther King,” she said.The observance of the month will end Nov. 20 with a celebration of music and dance featuring performances by brass and jazz bands, the Gospel choir and African dancers in LaFortune Ballroom.Tags: Black Catholic History Month, Catholicism, history, race
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran proposes expanding Veteran healthcare through rural facilities such as SRMC
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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Eric · 241 weeks ago I think the Governor and all his lil cronies should be replaced. We don’t need career politicians. The ones like this have been making our state worse off. Too bad we have no power to fire all of them or else that would have been done along time ago I feel. Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 241 weeks ago There is a VA in Wichita. Is 25 miles really that far to travel? Report Reply 3 replies · active 241 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…… · 241 weeks ago Have you ever been there? Waste of time! Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down jeff · 241 weeks ago It is if your PCP is there. People always ask that question until they, themselves, have to do it. Depends on what you’re going there for, really, and how long you have to wait (how many days) for your “appointment.” The Dole VA is not exempt of the notorious waut times and messy matters of the VA system. It is not as bad as really large cities, but you’re still prey to that if you rely on them for something. The short answer to your question is “no” – but there are caveats. Would be great if local PCPs could fill the role. Report Reply +6 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 241 weeks ago It’s not too far but we need to help get/keep our local hospital busy. This is just one more option to consider. And as our veterans age, it gets harder to go even those 25 miles. It would be win-win on several sides. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down jason · 241 weeks ago They will tell you anything to get your vote, it would be nice but will never happen Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down bina · 241 weeks ago I hate to be the one to point this out but our Veteran population is not aging….the young men and women that are coming home will likely need care for one reason or another. Most of our service members especially those that need extensive care when they come home will choose to stay near the VA instead of moving to smaller rural communities. Our VA hospitals are extremely overworked! And excuse me thirsty but have you ever had to drive to the VA and then get in line like you’re at the DMV to see a doctor….didn’t think so or you probably wouldn’t have made that comment. Thank you to our service members…..I have said this more than once they deserve better than we give them for what they have sacrificed! Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Margaret · 240 weeks ago I have received care at SRMC and at the Dole VA. For all the bad press the VA gets, my experiences there were much better than my experiences at SRMC. VA staff were more professional, more respectful, and easier to get answers from. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments U.S. Senator Jerry Moran comes to Wellington Tuesday.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran stopped in Wellington Tuesday afternoon at the weekly Rotary meeting to field questions and brief those in attendance on solutions concerning rural and veteranâ€™s healthcare.It will be election year for Moran in 2016, as he hopes to get reelected for another six years. That means we will be seeing a lot more of the Republican senator in the coming 12 months.Moran met in the conference room of Sumner Regional Medical Center and made rural healthcare his No. 1 topic. He said he has visited SRMC at least two or three times and understands the struggles that is facing this facility and the 205 other hospitals in Kansas.The U.S. Senator spoke of a new proposal to expand the U.S. Veteran healthcare and how it could benefit rural hospitals such as the one in Wellington.He said in his district, which is larger than the state of Illinois, there are no veteranâ€™s hospitals. So the idea is to expand outpatient vet care, but that is still not a great solution as there are two outpatient clinics in the region: Limon, Colo. and Hays.Moran proposes that a bill be passed that Veterans can use a specific doctor in their hometown hospital so they wonâ€™t have to travel exorbitant amount of miles for healthcare. It will be a win-win approach for both rural hospitals and the veteranâ€™s program which Moran said has not adequately addressed the healthcare needs of its veterans.Moran spoke to about 40 people in attendance and fielded questions for about an hour during a listening tour that included stops in Udall and Clearwater.Follow us on Twitter. â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“
Mason City council approves RISE grant application for frontage road for Bushel Boy Farms development
MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved an application for a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy program grant to assist with the construction of a road that would help an Owatonna Minnesota tomato producer build a facility on the city’s south side, resulting in up to 50 jobs for the community.Bushel Boy Farms is proposing to construct a hydroponic tomato growing facility on an 80-acre development south of 43rd Street Southwest and east of Pierce Avenue. The RISE grant would help construct a new road to provide primary frontage access to not only that proposed facility but also for potential new development.North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation CEO Chad Schreck says he’s been working with Bushel Boy Farms on coming to Mason City for a number of years. “We’ve been working with this company for the better part of three or four years off and on as they’ve been exploring the opportunity to expand, and really identified Mason City is a strong location for them to do so. As we’ve gone through that process, it’s been apparent that it’s a phenomenal company. I think anybody that was able to check into them will see that they do a great job up in Owatonna where they’re at, so is something that appealed to us very early on. Over the last six months, this project has really ramped up and become apparent that they wanted to move forward.”Schreck says the $35 to 40 million project will include a 16 to 17 acre greenhouse along with a 50,000 square foot packing house. “47 jobs, about a $1.7 million annual salary coming into the community. Across those jobs, about a $17 an hour average with benefits, healthcare, 401K, those type of things for all full-time employees. We think great jobs, great opportunity for the community, big investment.”One of the big issues to solve on the 80-acre property was storm water drainage and retention, something Schreck says the city has worked with a number of different scenarios in finding a solution with the company. He says former city administrator Brent Trout, city engineer Mark Rahm, and some partners in engineering firms helped put together some ideas to mitigate that. “They don’t want standing water near the facility because you don’t want pests and issues like that. They came up with a really cool, innovative underground water storage that’ll be reused through the facility. Obviously you’re watering a lot of plants and things of that nature, so we think that’s a really cool environmental aspect of this, and a lot of potential for future growth as well.”Schreck says Bushel Boy Farms fits in with the EDC’s Vision North Iowa plan in that it targets bringing value-added agriculture into the area. “As we looked at different areas, obviously we are an agricultural community and state. I think what came through loud and clear is we want to be on that value-added side with products that are maybe a little more higher-end or upper scale. Bushel Boy looks at a lot of the local food market, obviously this is larger scale, but they really look at themselves as a local foods product across the Midwest…your HyVee, Target and various other stores and restaurants, and obviously they’re looking to grow those relationships. One of the appeals of being an Iowa-based company was the relationship of HyVee obviously.”The cost of the road is estimated at just over $1.1 million, with the city having to make a contribution toward the grant to fund the project being at about $222,000. Schreck says the RISE grant will be on the Iowa Transportation Commission’s June 11th agenda. If approved, he says Bushel Boy will target construction starting on the project in late summer or early fall.
Reel Adventures Fishing Report for June 2010Kootenay LakeFishing in Kootenay Lake comes down to one word, “unbelievable.”What can I say?My favorite month for fishing has always been May, however things seem to be a month behind this year. There is one good thing about our dreary spring weather, it has kept the fishing going very well.May saw some great days of fishing. With many days of 10 – 15 fish, it was an exciting month. But now, the water has finally hit the optimum temperature and the fish are very aggressive. The fights have been spectacular. Sometimes a fish will take up to 400-foot of line on a lively run with lots of acrobatic jumps and lengthy battles. It’s definitely an exciting time of year.Rainbows up to 23 pounds and Dollies up to 15 pounds have been caught lately.The high water has caused a few problems out there though with lots of debris on the surface. Logs and sticks and grass make it difficult to fish in certain areas. But, patience will definitely pay off. If you can keep the debris off your line, you should be able to get into a few fish.In our last week of fishing, we landed many fish in the 12 – 18 pound range. Some days there’s up to 15 fish and some days with only five or six. But it’s definitely the time to be out there.Recently we started the day around 8:30 a.m. I had all the lines in the water by about 8:45 a.m. and at 9:05 a.m, ‘Fish on!’Jason grabbed the rod and the line started screaming. Looking back about 400-foot from the boat I could see this giant fish jumping madly. Definitely not happy about being hooked. While Jay was fighting his fish, another reel started screaming . . . yep, another fish on. It’s called a double header. Greg grabs that rod and begins his battle. Luckily both fish are co-operating and the lines aren’t getting tangled.After about 15 minutes of battling his fish, Jay finally landed a beautiful 18 pounds Rainbow. No time to celebrate though, Greg is getting his fish close to the boat.So, quick photo of the big one and back in the water it goes.I’m just about to net Greg’s fish when another rod starts to scream. Unbelievable.Three fish on in a matter of 10 minutes. Jason is fighting his second fish of the day already. Greg finally gets his fish nearby and I slip the net under this nice slab, a 12 pound Rainbow. Nice colors too. Looks like this fish must have spawned last month, but recovered quite nicely. A few photo’s and back in the lake she goes.Another minute or two goes by and Jason is ready to land his second fish, a beautiful 14 pound Rainbow. It’s hard to believe. I rarely get a double header, let alone a triple-header. And even more rarely do we end up landing all of the fish. But today luck was in our favor. We get a few photos of this great fish and get it back in the water.What a start to the day. It’s been less than an hour and we have already landed three big fish. That’s a tough act to follow, but we’re going to keep fishing anyway.Lines back in the water and carry on. We only went for about an hour before the line starts singing again with another great Rainbow. A few jumps in the water and out the hook comes. Oh well, we were due to lose a fish. An hour later we get another fish on. This time a bright silver five pound Rainbow. Back it goes and we continue fishing.In the next few hours of fishing, we manage to land three or four smaller fish and lose a couple also. Just before we head in, the line starts peeling off. After a few long runs and a couple of jumps, this fish is tired out and ready to land. A nice 12 pound Rainbow to end the day.Not bad for a short day of fishing. It’s been a fun month of fishing so far. The fish are so energetic. I sometimes worry when I see the line screaming off the reel. Wondering if the fish doesn’t slow down, are we going to run out of line. Well, it hasn’t happened yet, but it’s definitely nerve racking.If you haven’t had the chance to get out yet, now is the time. Some of the most exciting battles I’ve seen have been the past few weeks. So, hey everyone, let’s get out there.NOTE: Watch for debris at this time of year. Most of the time it seems to pile up in certain areas. So, if you pay attention, you should be able to steer clear of it. It’s definitely worth getting out though. What are they biting on?Surface, surface, surface. The Kokanee have been schooling up near the surface, so the big fish have been spending a lot of time near the top also. So, concentrate on the surface.Bucktail flies have been the ticket for me. The usual black and whites and grey and whites have been working great. But remember, you do have to experiment in different conditions. If it’s cloudy or overcast, stick to the darker colors. But if the sun comes out, try using some brighter colors. Greens have been working well on the brighter days. Some of the most common flies used lately are: # 211, 214, 215, and 228.My favorite plug has produced some giant fish lately also. Lyman #16 has been good to me. Landed a couple 18 pounders on it last week. Also working well are the #24, 55, and 135.Gerrard Rainbows had a record year spawning !!The numbers were even higher than last year. With a peak of 980 fish up there on one day, this has officially been the biggest run ever. Over the period of the spawn, a total of between 2500 – 3000 fish made their way up to the grounds. It looks like we have a great future to look forward to.Kootenay Lake ProjectsB.C. Hydro and FWCP is continuing the Kootenay Lake Creel Census. You may have noticed on certain days there are people waiting at the dock or boat launch when you get in.Also if you notice a low flying airplane, don’t be alarmed. They are just counting boats. They are collecting information on size of fish being caught, catch rates,and the amount of time that anglers are spending on Kootenay Lake. This information will help with management of our resources. So, if you see them on the dock, feel free to share some information. Samples of your catch are also appreciated. ( scale samples, size and weight of fish).Also, still going on is our tagging program. Keep your eyes open for any tagged fish. Some of these fish have a reward tag attached to the dorsal. If you catch a tagged fish you can cut the tag off to claim your reward. You may then release the fish or choose to keep it. But, either way if you can get length and weight of the fish, that will help us determine how well the fish are growing and how healthy our population is. It’s an exciting time of year.So, let’s get out there.Tight lines………..Kerry Reed is the owner/operator of Reel Adventures Charters and writes a fishing report for media outlets in the region. He can be reached at 250-505-4963 or www.reeladventuresfishing.com