The Bedford Boys: How day on shores of France forever changed Virginia small town

BEDFORD, Va. — The beauty of Bedford, Virginia, is breathtaking in its natural splendor, but unseen is a lingering sadness. Marguerite Cottrell recalled the painful moment a stranger appeared carrying terrible news nearly 75 years ago. “I remember the day we got the message,” Cottrell said.  “I knew something was wrong when this man delivered a letter.” “I said, ‘What was wrong?’ And she said, ‘Little Jack is gone,’” Cottrell said.  “I said, ‘Gone?’ She said, ‘Jesus got my little boy now.’” Marguerite Cottrell holds a portrait of her brother, Jack, one of the Bedford Boys who died in the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. Two years earlier, Cottrell’s older brother, Jack Reynolds, was ordered to Europe as World War II was raging. “Before he left, he came over and picked me up and said, ‘I want you to be a good little girl till I came home.’ That made my day,” Cottrell said. “He looked big and handsome to me,” Cottrell remembered. “I guess that was the first person I’d ever seen in uniform was my brother.” However, the soldiers would spearhead the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. And in a matter of minutes Compan...

Best terry robe to buy in 2019 – terry robe reviews

There are more than 12 new terry robe being introduced in the market every quarter, and many of them have some or the other unique and advanced features you’ve never heard before. That being said, if you choose any random terry robe, there are possibilities of facing some of the serious issues which can come from choosing the wrong product. You don’t always have to spend a lot of money to find the best terry robe for your purposes. There is a whole range of terry robe and prices that can deliver the features you need. If you are looking for the top terry robe, a lot of factors are going to be important considerations. You might think that all terry robe are the same but much like other products, there’s a lot of variety and the options can be a little overwhelming (especially if you’re new to the market). Whether you want to just get started with a terry robe, we have  affordable models or if you want to feel like you don’t miss out on any of the capabilities we have more expensive models. Read through this summary of the top products and find the best one for you to try. S (length – 42”, sweep – 52”, sleeve – 19”, cuff – 7.5”, armpit – 10”),Medium (length – 44”, sweep – 54”, s...

The student team from SMVITM with the prototype of black pepper separator and collector, at Bantakal

The student team from SMVITM with the prototype of black pepper separator and collector, at Bantakal in Udupi district.   A team of four students of Mechanical Engineering at the Bantakal-based Sri Madhwa Vadiraja Institute of Technology and Management (SMVITM) has developed a prototype of black pepper separator and collector as part of its final year project. A press release issued by the institute said that the project was carried out by Shetty Latish Bhaskar, Reevan Nelson Lobo, Sagar, Pramod M. Amin of eighth semester under the guidance of Lingaraj Ritti, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering. In the Black Pepper Separator and Collector Machine designed by the students, initially, black pepper is separated from the spikes by using separator and then collected by using vacuum pressure that draws the pepper seeds inside the vacuum chamber. In the vacuum chamber, the pepper seeds are separated from the dust and unwanted particles by using filter. After the separation process, the pepper seeds are spread to dry and to eliminate moisture content in the presence of sunlight; again the pepper is collected back for further process. The process of separati...

Each year, we celebrate all the very best in design from the past year in the

Each year, we celebrate all the very best in design from the past year in the Wallpaper* Design Awards. What follows is a visual feast of the hottest design, architecture and fashion high-fliers for 2019, from disco divas to handcrafted games compendiums, from iridescent beauties to smoky glass forms… take a whirl through our deserving winners.  As originally featured in the February 2019 issue of Wallpaper* (W*239) Best disco divas Get into the groove and throw some shapes This year’s designs inspired us to step onto the dance floor and take our furniture for a spin. Samuel Accoceberry’s angular desk for Flexform makes for a dynamic welcome to our party space: carved from lacquered solid ash and marble, the console rotates to adapt to different purposes and spaces. On top of it is Jordi Canudas’ ‘Dipping’ light for Marset, created by dipping a blown glass bulb into paint several times to achieve a unique striped effect. Next to the disco floor is perched Piero Lissoni’s ‘Eda-Mame’ sofa for B&B Italia, its curvaceous, bean- inspired forms creating the perfect place to pause between sets. And our club would not have been complete without a piece from the Disco Gufram co...

Q: I’ll be remodeling my guest bathroom soon. What’s the best towel bar height? Does the

Q: I’ll be remodeling my guest bathroom soon. What’s the best towel bar height? Does the same height apply to towel rings?  A: With all the details that go into a bathroom remodel, towel bar and ring height can often fall by the wayside. But where the bar lies on the wall dictates the speed and ease of your daily dry-off sessions and the cleanliness of your towels, so you’re smart to consider it now. The last thing you want is a too-low bar that lets towels drag on the floor and pick up bacteria or one that’s so high it makes removing and replacing towels challenging. While there is an industry standard height that contractors tend to use, the best height depends on the bathroom layout and who will be using it. For example, if the bathroom is part of a mother-in-law suite, you may want to plan for aging in place by making it accessible for folks with limited mobility. Ahead, tips on optimizing the placement of towel bars and rings for utmost comfort and convenience. This is to say that the center of the two mounts on either side of the bar (which are level with the bar itself) should sit at a height of 48 inches above the floor. This is considered the industry standard, whether ...

Try on This ‘Would-Be’ Dividend Aristocrat for Its Yield

It is a “would-be” Dividend Aristocrat, a group of stocks in the S&P 500 with annual dividend increases for 25+ consecutive years. If it weren’t for Weyco’s smaller market cap, it would be on the list of Dividend Aristocrats. In fact, Weyco has a longer dividend growth history than many current Dividend Aristocrats. Weyco Group designs and manufactures footwear. It was founded in 1906. Today, it has a market capitalization of $317 million. Weyco’s brand portfolio consists of Florsheim, Nunn Bush, Stacy Adams, BOGS, Rafters, and Umi. The company sells its products mainly through department stores and specialty retailers. It also operates Florsheim concept stores in the U.S. and Australia, as well as in a variety of international markets. The benefit of Weyco’s strong brands is that the company has achieved high profitability. In its fourth quarter 2018 report, Weyco generated 19% earnings growth. Overall, Weyco Group had net sales of $89.6 million for the quarter, an increase of 12% from the same quarter a year ago. Net sales in the core North American wholesale segment rose 15% in the fourth quarter, led by BOGS and Florsheim, which grew s...

Laying a foundation for worker safety truly starts from the ground up. Footwear safety is paramount

Laying a foundation for worker safety truly starts from the ground up. Footwear safety is paramount for skilled craft trades across the board. One small misstep or incident can result in varying levels of injury, causing lost time and compromised well-being. Finding protective footwear that is not only comfortable for workers, but also protective, is key to starting the workday out on the right foot. Craftsmen know they need the right tool for the right job. That same theory applies for footwear. When looking at a specific trade – in this case, working with and around electricity – special attention must be paid to footwear to reduce the possibility of electrocution or other electricity-related incidents on the jobsite. There are three general classifications for safety footwear from an electrical standpoint, and all three have very distinct purposes.Non-conductive footwear. Non-conductive footwear often is classified with an “EH” rating. This safety standard is designed to provide a secondary source of protection when accidentally coming in contact with live electrical circuits to reduce the potential of electric shock. When it comes to safety toes, EH-rated boots can have stee...

Pega Launches Real-Time AI Connectors for Pega AI Software

LAS VEGAS, June 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises, today at PegaWorld announced the introduction of Real-Time AI Connectors – a new set of APIs enabling Pega clients to plug in third-party AI engines to their already powerful Pega AI. Building on Pega’s open approach, this will allow clients to enhance their Pega customer experience software with other leading AI services such as Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine and Amazon SageMaker. With leading machine learning, decisioning, and natural language processing (NLP), Pega® Customer Decision Hub serves as a brand’s centralized AI brain to optimize customer touchpoints on each channel along the customer journey. Real-Time AI Connectors will give clients the flexibility to complement Pega AI with even more AI power – including new deep learning and machine vision capabilities and alternative machine learning and NLP services. This will make the Pega Customer Decision Hub even smarter by adding new ways for clients to bring more personalization and relevance to every customer engagement while driv...

Best ikea sheets to buy in 2019 – ikea sheets reviews

There are more than 12 new ikea sheets being introduced in the market every quarter, and many of them have some or the other unique and advanced features you’ve never heard before. That being said, if you choose any random ikea sheets, there are possibilities of facing some of the serious issues which can come from choosing the wrong product. You don’t always have to spend a lot of money to find the best ikea sheets for your purposes. There is a whole range of ikea sheets and prices that can deliver the features you need. If you are looking for the top ikea sheets, a lot of factors are going to be important considerations. You might think that all ikea sheets are the same but much like other products, there’s a lot of variety and the options can be a little overwhelming (especially if you’re new to the market). Whether you want to just get started with a ikea sheets, we have  affordable models or if you want to feel like you don’t miss out on any of the capabilities we have more expensive models. Read through this summary of the top products and find the best one for you to try. Here is a short list of the top ikea sheets products from each of the price ranges. Don’t think that...

Otter Tail Corp (OTTR) Q1 2019 Earnings Call Transcript

Good morning, and welcome to the Otter Tail Corporation’s First Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. Today’s call is being recorded. (Operator Instructions) Good morning, everyone, and welcome to our call. My name is Loren Hanson, and I manage Otter Tail’s Investor Relations area. Last night, we announced our first quarter 2019 earnings results. Our complete earnings release and slides accompanying this call are available on our website at ottertail.com. A replay of the call will be available on our website later today. With me on the call today are Chuck MacFarlane, Otter Tail Corporation’s President and CEO; and Kevin Moug, Otter Tail Corporation’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Before we begin, I want to remind you that we will be making forward-looking statements during this call. As noted on Slide 2, these current statements represent our current judgment or opinion of what the future holds. They are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. So please be advised about placing undue reliance on any of these statements. Our forward-looking statements are described in more detail i...

8 Handmade Ceramic Vases Worthy Of The Prettiest Summer Bouquets

It’s that time of year when, if you’re lucky, you can snatch a few blooms from your yard (or a neighbor’s, I won’t tell) to brighten up your home. Even better if you have a beautiful handmade vessel to place them in. All of these are handmade, heirloom-worthy pieces that are beautiful with or without flowers. In the winter, they’ll do double duty as pitchers or create the perfect vignette for your next #shelfie. Retire all those freebie plain glass vases and up your flower display game with one of these gorgeous pieces, all of which would also make amazing gifts. Oakland, California based Shawn Kam founded Luvhaus in 2015. He’s known for his signature tumblers, and this purple glaze is incredible. This perfect little bubble pot is just a tiny peek at ceramicist Linda Fahey’s massive talent. The San Francisco-based artist has a shop in the city’s Richmond District (recently relocated from her nearby home town of Pacifica), where she hosts classes and workshops and creates her own work. Follow her on Instagram for all the latest. Short for “Object Matter,” Los Angeles based artist Carrie Eau focuses on minimal and contem...

UK: A Daikin solar-powered heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is providing low cost, award-winning comfort

UK: A Daikin solar-powered heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is providing low cost, award-winning comfort to a Dorset business committed to renewable energy. The combination of Daikin Altherma heat pumps, VRV IV Heat Recovery air conditioning and VAM ventilation units operate at virtually no cost because they are powered mostly by rooftop solar panels. The installation has won the title of South West Renewable Energy Installer of the Year and came in second place for the small scale project of the year. It was shortlisted for Installer of the year in the Renewable Energy Association Awards 2016.               The systems serve the offices and vehicle workshop at Anglo American Oil Company’s head office and distribution depot on an industrial estate near Poole. The were installed before the company, which distributes specialist fuels and lubricants, moved into the new premises over a year ago – and performance figures for the first 12 months are impressive. Managing director Anders Hildebrand wanted the premises to be heated and cooled as comfortably, efficiently and in as environmentally friendly a way as possible – without sacrificing any of the qualities expecte...