Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total number of positive cases to 1,564. The City of Jamestown reported five new cases while Fredonia and Dunkirk each reported four new cases.Silver Creek and Portland have reported two cases each, and one case was reported in Bemus Point, Frewsburg, Sherman, Falconer, Westfield, Clymer, Ripley, and Forestville.There currently remain 176 active cases. There are also 13 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 1,370 recoveries and 18 deaths.Local leaders say this will be their last full COVID-19 update until after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They are expected to release a full update on Monday afternoon.
The zany Murder For Two cast album will be released digitally January 14 before hitting store shelves in February, and Broadway.com has an exclusive sneak peek of two killer tracks from the new recording! Featuring music by Joe Kinosian, lyrics by Kellen Blair and direction by Scott Schwartz, the off-Broadway double-hander stars Brett Ryback as an aspiring detective who gets his big break trying to solve the murder of a famous author—meanwhile, Jeff Blumenkrantz plays all 13 kooky suspects. The musical whodunnit is currently playing at New World Stages. The album already has one super fan: the director’s dad, Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz. “As you can imagine, I have seen the show a few times,” Schwartz writes in the recording’s liner notes, “and it has never failed to make me laugh, helplessly and repeatedly. In listening to this new well-produced original cast album, therefore, I expected that since by now I knew all the jokes, I would enjoy the ingenious lyrics and catchy tunes but not actually be barking with laughter. But no, as might be said by the character of Steph, so convincingly portrayed by the astounding protean Jeff Blumenkrantz that you actually believe you’re seeing not a 40-something-year-old bald guy but a 20-something girl, it made me LOL.” View Comments Related Shows Murder For Two Click below to check out the very catchy Murder For Two tunes “Protocol Says” and “A Friend Like You,” then pick up the album online January 14—and in stores February 11! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014
Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015 View Comments Related Shows The Elephant Man Screen star, Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner and all-around mega-hunk Bradley Cooper is back on the Great White Way! He’s headlining The Elephant Man, based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, a British man who became the star of the traveling freak show circuit. OK, before you post on Facebook telling us you’re sick of movie adaptations on Broadway and want something original, hear us out: Cooper has been in some great films that could actually work on stage! Can’t you just imagine an American Hustle musical where they all burst into a jazzed-up rendition of Steely Dan’s “Dirty Work”? Or an adaptation of the hit 2009 comedy The Hangover, with Mike Tyson doing a soft-shoe with a really realistic tiger puppet? So we’ve gotta know: Which Bradley Cooper movie should become a Broadway musical? Cast your vote below!
Broadway theaters will dim their lights to pay tribute to the passing of the acclaimed director, producer, writer and performer Mike Nichols, who died on November 19 at age 83. Marquees will go dark for one minute at 7:45PM on November 21. Nichols was among only a handful of people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award, the EGOT. He won more Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play than any other individual, his six wins being for Barefoot in the Park (1964), Luv and The Odd Couple (1965), Plaza Suite (1968), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1972), The Real Thing (1984) and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (2012). He also won in other categories—for directing the musical Monty Python’s Spamalot (2005), and for producing Annie (1977) and The Real Thing (1984) under the company he founded, Icarus Productions. In total he won nine Tonys and received an additional eight nominations. “Legendary director Mike Nichols shared his distinct genius for storytelling through the worlds of stage and film. Throughout his celebrated career in many mediums that spanned decades, he was always in awe of the thrill and the miracle that is theatre,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League in a statement. “His notable presence in our industry will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.” View Comments
View Comments Mama Broadway singing on the big screen? We’ll take it! Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald is in final negotiations to appear in Disney’s forthcoming live action Beauty and the Beast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she will play Garderobe, a former opera singer-turned-wardrobe.She joins a cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, Kevin Kline as Maurice and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. The movie, directed by Bill Condon, will include music from the original 1991 animated film along with additional songs penned by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.McDonald has won Tony Awards for her performances in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun and Porgy and Bess. She will return to the Great White Way in March 2016 for Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Her previous screen credits include The Sound of Music Live!, Annie, Private Practice and Wit.
Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Related Shows Kinky Boots Kinky Boots alum Haven Burton has returned to the role of Lauren in the Tony-winning musical. She takes over for Jeanna De Waal, who has begun rehearsals for Waitress at the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts. Burton first stepped in last summer when De Waal played Marie Barrie in A.R.T’s Finding Neverland.Burton will play Lauren at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre through October 11. Prior to her first Kinky Boots stint, Burton served as the standby to the titular role in Violet. Her other Broadway credits include Shrek, Legally Blonde and Rent, in addition to the off-Broadway productions of Disaster! and Nobody Loves You.With a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots follows Charlie Price as he is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England after the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the nearly bankrupt business and transforms an entire community through the power of acceptance.The tuner also currently stars Tony winner Billy Porter as Lola and Andy Kelso as Charlie. View Comments
View Comments Paige Evans has been named the new Artistic Director of Signature Theatre, succeeding founding Artistic Director James Houghton. As previously reported, Houghton will step down at the end of June; Evans is set to begin her tenure on July 1.Evans comes to Signature Theatre from Lincoln Center Theater, where she has served as Artistic Director of LCT3 since its inception in 2008. A Harvard alum, she has programmed, developed and produced more than 20 world and New York premieres including David Adjmi’s Stunning, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, Greg Pierce’s Slowgirl, Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, the Rude Mechs’ Stop Hitting Yourself and Dave Malloy’s Preludes. Before LCT3, Evans was associate Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Club.Now in its 25th season, Signature Theatre exists to honor and celebrate the playwright, making an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work. It serves its mission through its permanent off-Broadway home at the Pershing Square Signature Center, a three-theatre facility on West 42nd Street, which has been designed to host Signature’s three distinct playwrights’ residencies and foster a cultural community.
Kids Keenly Aware”The survey revealed some significant insights about Georgia youths,” Leverett said. “They’re keenly aware of the world around them and the viability of their communities. They’re ambitious about their future and understand the role of education in personal success.”Almost all of those surveyed — 87 percent — plan to attend college or technical school. Three-fourths felt their school teaches what they need to know to get into college.Only 60 percent, though, felt their school has enough books, computers and other equipment to help them learn. About 40 percent don’t have Internet access at home. In lagging or declining areas, that number increases to 51 percent. When almost 4,000 Georgia youths were asked to complete a survey about Georgia communities, they expressed concern about the environment, economics and health care, but enthusiasm about education.Last spring the University of Georgia’s 4-H program, in partnership with the Georgia Rural Development Council, surveyed a random sample of Georgia’s seventh- and eighth-graders in 157 counties.”This survey marked the first effort of this magnitude to listen to and record the voice of Georgia’s youth,” said Bill Leverett, the Georgia 4-H youth development specialist who coordinated the project. Rising Role ModelsThe news was a little brighter when it comes to their own potential as leaders.Regardless of their socioeconomic situation, 87 percent of the respondents felt they have the potential to serve as role models for younger children. Yet 60 percent said they have no opportunity to participate in a leadership development program.Almost 60 percent recognized agriculture and manufacturing as the most important economic engines in Georgia. Tourism and construction were seen as the next most important, followed by retail sales.Youth Summit PlannedGeorgia high school students responded to similar survey questions in person. Teenagers from across the state convened at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center Sept. 9-11 to share their ideas for building a strong future in Georgia at the first Georgia Youth Summit.”These students were selected based on their leadership ability,” Lt. Governor Mark Taylor, who chairs the Rural Development Council. “We want to listen to their ideas and opinions.”Bo Ryles, state 4-H leader at UGA, agreed. “It’s my experience that youths are typically energetic and committed and have the ability to create positive change,” he said. “They imagine possibilities and lead us in directions adults would never have contemplated. This summit should be a great learning experience for all of us.” Access To Health Care LackingThe children felt that access to rural health care, especially in areas that are lagging or declining economically, is a major issue.About 64 percent of those surveyed in lagging or declining areas said their community has no hospital. And 61 percent said no doctor is available.In fast-developing areas, only 20 percent felt access to health care wasn’t adequate. Only 18 percent felt health care was inadequate in existing or emerging growth centers.”Statewide, the youths felt drugs and alcohol continue to be big problems,” Leverett said. “Teen pregnancy and violence are also major concerns.”Only 29 percent felt strongly that their communities are a great place to grow up. About one in three plan to spend their lives in communities where they’re growing up. Critical Community ConcernsThe kids were asked the significance of five key issues critical to Georgia’s future: leadership, health, education, technology and the state’s economy. Significant percentages responded that their community: isn’t environmentally clean (73 percent). isn’t safe (61 percent). isn’t a good place to raise kids (57 percent). isn’t prepared for the future (83 percent). have schools that need to be improved (50 percent). needs more jobs (36 percent). needs more youth recreational opportunities (34 percent).
Cherokee Dollars of Service Costs per $1 Revenue An acre of land with a new house does generate more revenue than an acre of farmland. But the UGA research said this tells little about a community’s fiscal stability. In areas where agriculture and forestry are major industries, it’s especially important to consider the real property tax contribution of privately owned natural resource lands.Farms, forests and other open lands bring in less revenue per acre than housing development. But they require far less expenditure, due to their modest demand for public infrastructure and services.The net fiscal impact, comparing total revenues to total expenditures, gives a true picture of what different land uses cost the community.”The reason for these differences is fairly simple,” says Gerry Cohn, director of the Southeast Region for the American Farmland Trust. “Cows don’t go to school. And tractors don’t dial 911. Farms don’t ask for much from their counties, while new housing developments spread out across the countryside require a great deal of public funds for new infrastructure and services.” Schools are an important part of the cost burden of housing developments. But even without school costs, these developments create a net fiscal loss for local governments.In Cherokee County, with school costs excluded, the service cost per dollar of revenue is $1.44 for residential development, 31 cents for commercial/industrial and 52 cents for farm and forest land.The study is a snapshot of current revenues and expenses on a land-use basis and averages across all land in the county in a single year.”This is important,” said Jeffrey Dorfman, a UGA professor of agricultural and applied economics who helped direct the study, “because it means that results are based on old and new development.””In fact,” he said, “new residential development almost surely underpays by more than these figures, due to the higher cost of infrastructure and the lower density of development today, compared to 20 or 30 years ago.” Dorfman said counties should approve new development carefully and with full information.”Approved development should be steered to those geographic areas that minimize the cost of servicing the development,” he said. “Conservation subdivisions and higher-density development (for the same number of units) also help lessen the negative economic impact of converting farmland into houses.”Cherokee County is one of the fastest-developing counties in the nation. The study there highlights the fiscal issues surrounding conversion of farm and forest lands to developed uses. Most people see the downside of growth as the traffic and environmental quality issues. They don’t realize that unbalanced growth is almost always economically unsustainable, too.For Cherokee County to maintain its fiscal viability, housing development must be balanced with commercial/industrial development. New houses do increase the tax base, but not nearly as fast as they increase the expenditures of the local government and school system. When farmland is turned into a commercial site, green space and a historical part of the county is lost. But at least there is an economic gain to the community. When a farm or forest is converted to a subdivision, the community loses both green space and money.Pioneered by the American Farmland Trust in 1986, cost-of-community-service studies have been performed in more than 80 communities nationwide. Every community is different. But COCS studies have consistently shown that farm and forest landowners pay more in taxes than they get in services. Residential land uses, though, are a net drain on local government finances. The goal of this COCS study is to provide information to help citizens and local officials recognize clearly the fiscal impacts their land use and planning decisions.”COCS studies don’t predict future costs or the impacts of future growth. But they’re valuable in dispelling three myths that are commonly heard about land use,” Cohn said.”First, sprawling residential development will likely end up costing taxpayers more to provide public services,” he said. “Second, this shows that farmland, even when being taxed at its conservation-use value, is paying more than its fair share.”Finally,” he said, “farm and forest land, besides providing green space, wildlife habitat and local economic activity, provides substantial fiscal benefits. It’s not just open land waiting to be developed.” 0.65 Appling Jones 0.27 0.20 $0.17 Dooly 0.12 0.50 0.35 2.07 $2.26 1.60 Many assume that growth and development bring in more money for the local government. That may not be true.A recent University of Georgia study showed the importance of balanced growth strategies for preserving the financial health of local governments.The study was conducted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Warnell School of Forest Resources. Economists did detailed analyses of the tax revenues from four Georgia counties (Appling, Cherokee, Dooly and Jones) and the cost of public services delivered to different types of development in the 1999 fiscal year.Costs Higher Than RevenuesThe study found that commercial and industrial development, farms and forest lands brought in more in tax revenues than they cost in public services. But that’s not true of residential development. In all four counties, revenues from housing developments fell far short of supporting the cost of services the new housing demanded.The study looked at the costs and revenues associated with different land uses. It found that for every $1 in revenue generated by residential development in Cherokee County, $2.23 was required in public service expenditures, including schools, fire and police protection, infrastructure and road maintenance.The service cost per $1 in revenue was $2.26 in Appling County, $2.07 in Dooly County and $1.23 in Jones County.Local Governments Lost MoneySo local governments lost money on housing developments. But they brought in more revenue than they spent for services from commercial and industrial development and from farm and forest lands. 1.24 County Residential Comm./Industrial Farm/Forestland $0.36 Land Use
Volume XXVII Number 1 Page 3 If you prefer to use few or no pesticides in your garden, you can still grow bountiful crops. The secret to organic gardening is to follow good gardening practices as closely as possible.Here are a few ideas: Crop rotation. Avoid planting the same crop in the same place year after year. Rotating crops helps keep vital soil nutrients from being depleted.For example, legumes add nitrogen to the soil, and tomatoes take nitrogen away. Crop rotation also tends to prevent the buildup of diseases and insect pests. Heat up your soil. Loosen the soil with a rototiller or a turning fork. After tilling, cover the area with black plastic. Seal the edges with stones or soil to keep in heat and moisture.The heat that builds up beneath the plastic will kill weeds, most garden pests and their eggs and other nasty organisms. Leave the plastic in place for several weeks — the longer the better.If you can’t spare the entire garden, split it and treat half at a time. This is called soil solarization. Keep gardens weed-free. Weeds compete with your plants for water, nutrients and light. They’re a favorite hiding place, too, for insects and disease.Weeding regularly rather than all at a time makes the job more manageable. Don’t throw weeds on the compost pile, though, as you might replant the seeds when you use the compost. Space plants properly. Plants need good air circulation to breathe and stay healthy. Proper spacing allows better air circulation and more rapid drying after rains. Remove anything that restricts airflow. Prune and remove dead or diseased shoots, too. Don’t rush the garden. Never work it when the soil is too wet. If you pick up a handful of soil, form a ball and drop it to the ground, and it doesn’t break apart, the soil is too wet. Choose the right varieties.Go for the ones that are adapted to growing conditions in your area. Contact your University of Georgia Extension Service county office for information about plants suited for your area. Get the right seeds and plants. Buy the ones that are disease- and pest-resistant. In seed catalogs, on seed packets and on seedling plant tags, look for the letters V (verticillium), F (fusarium), N (nematodes) and T (tobacco mosaic virus). These letters tell what the cultivars are resistant to. Water from the bottom. If possible, soak the roots rather than apply water overhead. Damp leaves are the perfect locale for fungi. If overhead watering is your only option, do it in the early morning so the sun’s warmth will dry plant leaves faster. By Wayne McLaurin Georgia Extension Service