A little roadside restaurant over in south Alabama would cause me to plant more tomatoes, especially for my wife.Why?Because they make a sandwich that’s out of this world. It’s a “Southern BLT.” It’s not just a BLT.It’s a BLT made with fried green tomatoes.I know about cholesterol and all of that stuff. But you do what you have to do occasionally, and you have to eat one of those “samwiches.”For fried green tomatoes, plant extra plants and harvest the fruit when they’re mature green and very firm. Almost all of the green tomatoes will have the same flavor, so you won’t have to worry, discuss or get upset over tomato flavor.No one really knows the origin of fried green tomatoes. But a movie from Georgia really put them on the national culinary map. And well it should.Almost any good Southern cook can tell you how to cook a perfect fried green tomato. Most will say “meal ’em and fry ’em.” However, some like to use a mixture of flour and meal, while others just use flour. Some cooks use an egg wash, while others use buttermilk. I’ve tried many recipes but have settled on the fine-ground fish coating made from corn flour. And I find I like it best along with a buttermilk/egg wash.One of my favorites is to put pesto on toasted garlic bread and top it with fried green tomatoes and soft cheese. Oh, the taste of the fried green tomatoes and basil-filled pesto! You just have to experience it.We Southerners can’t keep all of the good food to ourselves. With their short growing season, our northern gardening friends may very well need a recipe for fried green tomatoes. We can cut the cholesterol on some other dish. Volume XXVII Number 1 Page 6 By Wayne McLaurin Georgia Extension Service
By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaThe Collegiate 4-H Club of the University of Georgia was recognized as the National Collegiate 4-H Club of the Year at the organization’s annual conference held last month in Minneapolis, Minn. “Georgia 4-H is known as the best in the nation and collegiate 4-H being named club of the year is a huge award that continues this legacy,” said Allen Nasworthy, chapter president and 2008 Southern region vice president. “Our chapter deserved to win because we really do a lot. Our hands are in everything.” Each competing club was judged on community involvement, diversity among membership, 4-H enrichment and fundraising and on ways the club fits into the larger campus structure as well as the merits of its members. “We were really honored to be selected among so many great collegiate clubs across the nation,” said 4-H sponsor Lauren Ledbetter. One activity the UGA club sponsors each year is the Weekend in the Classic City. This recruitment event brings over 90 high school 4-H’ers to Athens for a crash course in college. The group offers workshops on financial aid, time management and extracurricular activities. It provides campus tours and opportunities for personal development. The 50-member group is actively involved in UGA’s homecoming activities, Relay for Life activities that benefit the American Cancer Society and is a member of the UGA Go Green Alliance, which is a group of campus organizations interested in preserving and promoting environmental well-being and sustainability. United, the group is able to collaborate and coordinate efforts. “We have a strong base, and when you have this many people it’s really easy to get things done and be a productive organization,” Nasworthy said. “The members love coming to our meetings because we make them so fun and engaging.” Club meetings have hosted speakers for topics like study abroad and student leadership opportunities. Some representatives from agribusiness even come to recruit members as employees.“We bring a leadership component some other clubs may not offer,” Ledbetter said. “We bring in speakers for every meeting to talk to students on special topics.” The UGA club sent six delegates to the national conference, where they interacted with collegiate 4-H’ers from across the country. The conference focused on 4-H club development, leadership, service and career building. Three UGA members presented workshops at the conference. While in Minneapolis, conference delegates participated in a national service project that partnered with the Feed My Starving Children Organization and packaged over 14,000 meals for children living in poverty in Haiti and Africa. The UGA club will host the national convention in 2011. The theme will be “Always the Real Thing. Always Atlanta,” said Heather Williams, the conference chair for that year. Tentative plans include tours of the Georgia Aquarium, the Georgia Dome, Rock Eagle 4-H Center and UGA. She would like to partner with Hands-On Atlanta for the national service project. The conference will be hosted in partnership with other collegiate 4-H clubs around the state. For more information on collegiate 4-H, go to the Web site www.georgia4h.org/collegiate. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Researchers at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences broke records in fiscal year 2016 with $69 million in external funding to fuel college projects. From research plots across Georgia to state-of-the-art laboratories in Athens, Tifton and Griffin, CAES faculty members use this funding for research to support Georgia’s $74.3 billion agricultural industry and improve the food security and health of people around the world. Five university research teams – including one team led by College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulture Professor Esther van der Knaap, a recent Presidential hire – received a total of more than $14 million to explore the growth, development and behavior of a variety of plants, including tomatoes, sunflowers, maize, legumes, dogwood trees and soybeans. For more information about the research being conducted by the faculty at CAES, visit research.caes.uga.edu. Explore the impact that CAES research has on the real world at apps.caes.uga.edu/impactstatements/.James Hattaway of the UGA Office of the Vice President for Research contributed to this release. “As the university’s research productivity continues to increase, so does our ability to make a positive impact on our state, nation and world,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “I am grateful to our outstanding faculty, whose commitment to excellence is helping to strengthen UGA’s position among the top public research universities in the country.” CAES’s external research funding totals helped contribute to a record-breaking year for research funding across the university. Part of the bump in research funding across the university was a significant increase in funding from the National Science Foundation, highlighting UGA’s strength in plant research. In fiscal year 2016, research expenditures at UGA increased by 14 percent to reach $175.3 million. UGA’s dramatic increase in fiscal year 2016 comes on the heels of a 7 percent increase in fiscal year 2015 for a 21 percent rise over the past two years. “This (achievement) was only possible because of the extraordinary efforts of our dedicated faculty, staff and graduate students,” said Sam Pardue, dean and director of CAES. “We’re proud of their creativity, their hard work and their commitment to identifying solutions to the challenges that face Georgia, our nation and the world.”
Bill Snyder, the newest researcher to join the University of Georgia Department of Entomology, is looking forward to working with the wide diversity of soils, climates and cropping systems in the Southeastern U.S. He joined the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty in July and is based on the main campus in Athens.Snyder comes to Georgia from Washington State University where, for nearly 20 years, he served as the biocontrol specialist in the Department of Entomology. In that position, he was responsible for statewide biological control research and extension work in a wide array of vegetable crops on both large and small farms, including many organic farms.Out west, his research was focused on the value of on-farm biodiversity for natural pest control. Intensified, modern farming methods often lead to very large fields of single crops because of the efficiency of production at that scale. However, removing natural habitats and simplifying the range of plant species grown can make it difficult for beneficial pollinators, predatory insects, soil bacteria and other helpful species to survive.As part of his research efforts, Snyder looked for ways to return beneficial biodiversity to farms to restore valuable “ecosystem services” while maintaining farm productivity and profitability.Snyder and his laboratory team have developed a new interest in the ecology of food safety on the farm. In the Pacific Northwest, they found that dung beetles and antagonistic soil microbes effectively suppress pathogenic E. coli that otherwise can contaminate fresh produce.Their recent work is beginning to suggest that wild songbirds, sometimes viewed as vectors of human pathogens best excluded from farms, eat many pest insects and pose few food safety risks.At UGA, Snyder hopes to pursue similar food safety work alongside research into how beneficial bacteria and fungi in the soil allow plants to protect themselves against plant-feeding insects and attract predatory insects to their defense. He also intends to continue to research with farmers interested in learning more about beneficial insects, birds, or soil organisms on their farms.Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Snyder earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in ecology from Clemson University and a doctoral degree in entomology at the University of Kentucky. His graduate work focused primarily on the ecology of predatory insects and spiders, including those important for the biological control of agricultural pests.
At its October Annual Meeting, members of the Vermont Attractions Association (VAA) named Vermont Chamber Vice President of Travel and Tourism Chris Fogg as their new President.Vermont Attractions Chairman of the Board Gary Neil of Quechee Gorge Village noted, We are looking forward to working with Chris. He brings to the post of President a wealth of marketing experience as well as a fresh perspective.Fogg has been the Vermont Chamber Vice President of Travel and Tourism for nearly two years. Formerly the Director of Marketing for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fogg possesses extensive sales and marketing experience working with the Vermont Convention Bureau, the Burlington Free Press, and Sage Hotels Inc. in Boston.Fogg stated, I am delighted to accept the nomination as President of VAA. Our organization has a proven track record in enticing visitors to experience a Vermont vacation. I look forward taking this already successful association to an even higher level of marketing success.The VAA was founded in 1965 to promote attractions throughout the state of Vermont and establish, develop, and promote high standards of tourism in Vermont. Currently sixty-seven attractions throughout the state comprise this premium organization representing the highest standard in education, quality, and craftsmanship. The VAA is managed by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.The VAA publishes 1.2 million copies annually of the popular Vermont Attractions Map & Guide, maintains a popular website at www.vtattractions.org(link is external), attends national tourism industry shows, and publishes members events in the This Month at Vermont Attractions newsletter.Fogg replaces Sue Kruthers, former Vermont Chamber Vice President of Travel and Tourism.
Ballston Spa baseball had winning qualitiesCongratulations to the Ballston Spa High School baseball team.New York State Class A champions, a No. 1 state ranking and 30th in the country. Certainly a history-making season.Not only were they a hard working and talented group of players, there were three factors that can’t be measured by statistics that this team possessed.The first was dedication. Each player was dedicated to baseball. They practiced hard each day and during the off-season. The second was team chemistry. Their coach, Curtis Nobles, set the tone. He often referred to his team as “ his family, his brothers.” The players were constantly encouraging one another.Third, and most important in my mind, is the fact that they had fun. The atmosphere, fostered by the coach, was fantastic. The team had music playing in the dugout, a rally “hobby horse,” and a WWF replica belt given to a player after each game. They even had a jumpy-jump for the young children during one game.We sometimes lose sight of the fact that these players are still high school students and their high school years should include having fun, not being put under constant pressure of winning. With the right training, atmosphere and chemistry, winning will be achieved. Ballston Spa proved that. Kudos to Coach Nobles and the Ballston Spa High School baseball team.Paul FoxSchenectadyIsrael letter writer should rethink viewsThe June 22 letter from Saratoga regarding the unnecessary existence of Israel had some interesting details, but made little sense.First, Israel’s main Western ally, the United States, does not support its continued existence because of guilt over the Holocaust. Any such guilt should lie in Europe.Rather, I think that our government, with the exception of a few members of Congress, supports Israel’s continued existence because it is a democracy, a survivor among tyrannies and terrorism.To suggest that the disappearance of Israel would be good for the Middle East is so ludicrous that, at first, I thought the letter from Saratoga was a hoax.I do give credit to The Gazette for printing a wide range of letters, and I’m fairly sure that its readers are smart enough not to be swayed by the extremism expressed in certain letters printed on its opinion page.Roger ShefferSchenectadyLadies golf tourney deserved coverageYour recent article, supplied by the New York Times Service, highlighted the many efforts being made to familiarize the public with the outstanding golfers on the LPGA tour. What I found truly ironic was The Gazette’s complete lack of reporting on the Women’s PGA Championship final round held the previous Sunday. As expected, Monday morning there was a big article on Chez Reavie’s well-deserved win in Hartford, but not one single word about the ladies major tournament in Minnesota. Not one single word. Is it any wonder the tour suffers from lack of recognition?Virginia NewtonBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPrioritize humans over animals in NYWe face a lot of problems in upstate New York.We have local nursing homes neglecting their elderly residents. We have families leaving our state in search of stable employment, lower taxes and higher morals.We devalue the dignity of human life through extreme abortion expansion. Our legislators should devote their time and attention to solving these problems.But instead, what do the Democrats choose to focus on? Banning cat declawing.Democrats pushed the Cat Declaw Ban through the state Assembly and Senate while the Republican-sponsored bill, Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sits dormant in committee never to see the light of day.Our Democratic majority needs to get its priorities straight. The Democrats waste our time and resources focusing on temporary animal discomfort, when they should focus on eliminating human suffering.Human lives are more important than cat claws.Our Democratic majority has turned New York state into the laughingstock of the nation. Instead of leading other states by example, other states look at New York as an example of what not to do.Our friends in other parts of the country think we’ve lost our minds. We must change the leadership in Albany before we continue to prioritize animals over humans and before all good families leave.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hills
‘Far from over’ The tougher rules came after Health Minister Olivier Veran announced Monday a record daily coronavirus death toll of 833 people in 24 hours.He said 478 people were admitted to intensive care in the period, a higher figure than in previous days.”It is not over. Far from that. The path is long,” the minister said, urging people to “stay at home and continue this confinement effort”.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had already urged regional officials to toughen restrictions locally.Announcing the new measures for Paris, Mayor Anne Hidalgo and the capital’s police chief Didier Lallement said in a statement that “every excursion avoided aids the fight against the epidemic”.On Monday, the mayor of Sceaux, a commune south of Paris, issued a decree obliging all residents over the age of 10 to cover their mouth and nose when leaving the home starting on Wednesday.Those who do not have surgical masks must wear a homemade alternative or tie a scarf or bandanna around their face, otherwise they could be fined 38 euros ($41).In a radio interview earlier on Tuesday, Hidalgo said she was not making masks obligatory although she did encourage everyone to cover their faces and noses.The French government requisitioned all medical masks earlier in the outbreak for doctors and nurses. Topics : Paris officials said Tuesday that they would ban daytime jogging as people continue to flout the nation’s anti-coronavirus lockdown rules, after France recorded its highest daily death toll from the outbreak.Under the confinement rules that came into force on March 17, people can leave their homes only for essential purposes, which had included a solo walk or run within one kilometer of their homes.But as sunny days arrived at the weekend, large groups of Parisians were seen running, walking and congregating in groups, even as police issued fines for lockdown violations and hospitals struggled to cope with the influx of patients. On Tuesday, as France entered its fourth week of lockdown, Paris toughened the confinement rules, announcing a ban on individual outdoor sports between the hours of 10:00 am and 07:00 pm starting Wednesday.Also Tuesday, the Atlantic coastal resort city of Biarritz limited the amount of time people could sit on public benches or in other public areas to just two minutes maximum, saying the confinement rules meant that “dawdling is prohibited”.Biarritz, Paris and other cities have already closed public parks and gardens during the confinement, as part of the nationwide confinement that requires people to carry a document justifying their trips from home. Those caught without the document face fines starting at 135 euros ($147).
Skip Ad Read More Read More Mount was distraught and headed straight down the tunnel (Picture: Getty)However, once the adrenaline wore off, Mount made the decision to come off and he was distraught as he headed down the tunnel.AdvertisementAdvertisementMount’s made a sensational start to the season and is likely now to be out of this weekend’s clash with Liverpool.And Chelsea fans were quick to point the finger of blame on Coquelin… Video Settings Coquelin should be sent off for the challenge on Mount. #CHEVCF— mountholic_8 (@mountholic_8) September 17, 2019 MORE: Liverpool fans attacked and suffer injuries ahead of Napoli game Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Manchester United captain Harry Maguire PLAY Mason Mount was forced off after just 14 minutes (Picture: Getty)Francis Coquelin felt the full force of angry Chelsea fans on Tuesday night after the Frenchman’s horror challenge injured Mason Mount at Stamford Bridge.The Englishman was forced off within 15 minutes of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Valencia after Coquelin’s overstretched challenge.The former Arsenal man was in possession at the time but his follow through after releasing a pass meant he made significant contact with Mount’s ankle.The midfielder was down and receiving treatment for a two or three minutes and initially got to his feet to continue, while Coquelin was given just a yellow card for his tackle.ADVERTISEMENT About Connatix V67539 Really hope someone snaps Coquelin the hatchet man in half… vile piece of work— packersmma (@packersMMA) September 17, 2019 Advertisement Coquelin is such a dirty player – two extremely bad tackles on Mount, forcing him to be subbed off within 15 minutes.— Cam (@Cam_Watters) September 17, 2019 Skip 1/1 Coming Next Top articles Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 17 Sep 2019 8:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More / SPONSORED Read More Full Screen 1 min. story Read More Comment by Metro Advertisement Chelsea fans fume at ex-Arsenal star Francis Coquelin for injuring Mason Mount
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Governor’s Goals BETA: Announcing Governor Wolf’s Next Step in Transparent Government Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf This beta launch of the website is the first phase in the implementation of Governor’s Goals. Future iterations of the site will track the progress of these administrative goals and make the data used to measure the goals available to the public.The site introduces a three-level hierarchy: priorities, top-line measures, and agency indicators. Each key priority — Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach, and Government that Works — has corresponding “top-line” measures, which in turn have corresponding agency indicator measures.The Wolf Administration is currently compiling data from Pennsylvania government agencies, which will be verified by the Governor’s Budget Office prior to being released. The administration is aiming to upload the first full year of data within the next 12 months, as well as roll out web features that make the data more dynamic.In this iteration of the site, each measure has a goal set for 2020. Progress toward this 2020 goal will be tracked and marked as “On Track,” “Near Goal,” and “More Work to Do.” As data are updated, agencies will be able to monitor goal progress and focus attention and resources as available on goals that are not being met.The measurement of goals, with an increased emphasis on progress tracking, is the next step toward making Pennsylvania government more accountable to citizens.Visit the beta version of Governor’s Goals now to see all the 2020 goals, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out first about new updates.Governor’s Goals is the newest transparency initiative of several good government reforms Governor Wolf has introduced to make Pennsylvania government more accountable and transparent. On his inauguration day, Governor Wolf issued an Executive Order banning his administration from accepting gifts and then successfully urged several independent state commissions, authorities, and other agencies to follow suit. Governor Wolf also began the practice of posting his calendar and expenses incurred by members of his cabinet online for public view. Read more about Governor Wolf’s transparency initiatives. By: Sarah Galbally, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning Government That Works, Open Data, The Blog, Transparency Since day one of his administration, Governor Wolf has made a transparent government that works in Pennsylvania one of his top priorities.And today, Governor Wolf is inviting the public to preview a new initiative to make government more transparent: Governor’s Goals. A new website from the Wolf Administration, Governor’s Goals introduces measurable goals to align to Governor Tom Wolf’s three key priorities — Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach, and Government that Works. February 17, 2016