Greencastle Banner-Graphic blogs http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Greencastle Banner-Graphic newspaper in Greencastle, Indiana en-us Learning for Life (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67197 After nine months of being graduated (or “grad-gee-ated,” as Old Pa would say), I have a confession to make: I miss school. In a secluded somewhere my college self is throwing hand grenades at that statement, but it’s true. Well, maybe I don’t miss school. A more accurate statement is that I miss certain aspects of school, like the learning that happened when I wasn’t preparing for an exam or working on one project among many. Going to work has... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:30:57 -0400 Friday Jam(s): I Was Made for Lovin' You and Hard Luck Woman - Kiss (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67129 I've taken great pains to introduce my son to a variety of music. In doing so, I had him listen to some Kiss a couple of months back. While the boys from Detroit Rock City have never exactly been my favorite, they made some charming, straightforward rock music over the years. Besides, I figured the face paint and outfits would amuse a six-year-old. I was right. He loved "Rock and Roll All Nite" (which I sort of hate, actually), "Detroit Rock City," "Shout... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:11:00 -0400 Sugar Rushes Higher on Global Shortfall (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67188 Sugar prices exploded this week, pushing over 23 cents per pound, the highest level in over four years. Prices have more than doubled during the last year as a global sugar shortfall looms after two years of disappointing harvests. Sugar is produced around the world, extracted from sugarcane in tropical climates and sugar beets in higher latitudes, but almost half of all sugar production comes from just three countries: Brazil, India, and Thailand. All three nations’ sugarcane... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:09:26 -0400 Stuck ‘between a rock and a hard place’ (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/67168 U.S.A. -- If there’s anything on which both Republicans and Democrats can agree this election season, it’s that America definitely deserves better. After more than a year of extensive and exhausting campaigns that have reached millions of voters, the general consensus of the population seems to be that both the free-wheeling, billionaire business tycoon known as Donald Trump and the hot-button-issue candidate typically found embroiled in (and seemingly quite comfortable with)... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:52:48 -0400 Friday Jam: Everybody Wants to Rule the World-Mayer Hawthorne (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67130 This post is a last-minute change. I had already written a blog about a pair of Kiss songs, but you'll have to wait for those. This song was just released yesterday and I got an email about it when I was sitting at my desk shortly after midnight. It's intriguing to me for two reasons. First, I generally like the music I hear from Mayer Hawthorne. Modern artists making classic soul music usually makes me happy. Secondly, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is a great... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:38:00 -0400 Gasoline Explodes after Pipe Leak (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67131 Gasoline prices spiked this week after the Colonial Pipeline was shut down, closing off nearly 40% of the gasoline supply to 13 states running from Alabama to New York. The leaking pipeline, which serves over 50 million Americans, may not be fully functional until next week, which is prompting fears of gasoline shortages on the East Coast. Gasoline futures, which represent the price of the fuel at a major hub in the New York harbor, without taxes and other costs included, jumped by more... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:37:20 -0400 Those fleeting mispronunciations (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67108 When each of my kids has started to talk, my wife and I have almost immediately tried to get them to do so correctly. Correct pronunciations. Correct grammar. Correct usage. Complete sentences. It’s not that we put pressure on them, telling them to “Do it right!” but we try to pattern the correct way to speak. Soothing tones, but no baby talk. It seems to have worked well. As a six-year-old, Miles speaks like a little adult, with a vocabulary beyond his years and an... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:49:18 -0400 King of the Roost (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67081 Mother and I have been playing the jailer for the last month or so. We have a little Bantam rooster named Nemo, who actually belongs to Jessica. The fact that he doesn’t belong to me is the only thing, as far as I’m concerned, that’s kept him out of the freezer. Jessica had originally left him with a neighbor’s chickens, but after he started killing her silkies we brought him home. Not wanting to risk our own feathered friends, we placed him in solitary... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:25:39 -0400 Oil Swings on Supply Shocks (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67066 Crude oil staged a huge rally throughout the week as OPEC members talked again about cutting production to prop prices upward toward $60 per barrel. The oil cartel has been unsuccessful thus far, but collaboration between its members could shock the global oil market higher. The U.S. Department of Energy fueled the run up by reporting on Thursday morning that U.S. petroleum inventories unexpectedly tumbled by more than 14 million barrels, which helped boost prices to $47.75 per... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:31:49 -0400 Friday Jam: I'm Amazed-My Morning Jacket (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67060 It's probably inaccurate to even call this my Friday Jam because My Morning Jacket has been in my head all week. While that may sound maddening, they are a darn good band with a pretty deep catalog. What I wish I had for you, though, is not the My Morning Jacket version, but the version that War Radio played last Friday night at the Swizzle Stick. After the local five-piece thrilled the crowd with a spot-on cover, vocalist and guitarist shared with us that the band had never played... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:30:43 -0400 Well, that was fun, wasn't it?! (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/66969 It's been 36 hours or so now and my feet are still moving like the music is still playing. Wow, was that a great time Saturday evening on the courthouse square or what? Like R-O-C-K in the U.S.A. good ... Crash! Boom! Bang! The seventh annual Greencastle Music Festival certainly didn't disappoint. Thank you, Gail Smith. I know she has some sponsors and some help but essentially this festival has been her baby and it keeps getting bigger and better each year. So if you haven't told her yet,... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:49:26 -0400 The Salt Mine (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/66963 Tomorrow begins my first-ever vacation as an employed person. I have allotted myself a whole week with no instructions on what to do or where to go, and these days I have little to no supervision. This could be really good, or really bad. Perhaps we should alert the sheriff. But either way, I'm pretty excited. After eight months with my nose to the grindstone -- working holidays, Sundays, and the occasional Saturday -- it'll at least feel different. I've made a heap of salt for the salt... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:49:07 -0400 Friday Jam: Cruel to be Kind-Nick Lowe (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66954 I've commented a number of times over the years that my weeks at the Banner Graphic the inverse of what they should be. With no deadline, Mondays are fairly easy going -- a day to get some things done but without too much to stress about, what with no deadline and all. Fridays, on the other hand, come with way too much to do. While everybody else is winding down on Friday afternoon, there never seem to be enough hours in a Friday to get done all we need. It's stressful, far from what a... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:48:55 -0400 Most agree booster support vital (Bennett's Minutes by Joey Bennett) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2066/entry/66973 **Money tight for essentials Football is an expensive sport to administrate, due to its great amount of needed equipment, and you don't have to be a coach or athletic director to realize that obvious fact. Schools and their athletic departments provide each program as much assistance, financial and otherwise, as possible. Sometimes, though, there are things that are needed or desired for which the money isn't there. Everyone agrees there is a huge value in athletes having a personal stake in... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:47:20 -0400 Housing Hoists Lumber Higher (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66952 Sales of new homes exploded last month to the highest level since 2007. The US Census Bureau estimated that a seasonally-adjusted 654,000 new homes sold in July, a jump of over 30% in the last year. More active homebuyers have begun cutting into the inventories for existing homes, pushing prices higher across the board and incentivizing construction crews to hammer out more new homes to meet demand. This wave of construction has helped to boost lumber prices, which are up by more than a... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:31:00 -0400 Legends of the 'fall' (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/66927 As we steadily approach the end of summer, many may be thinking "it'd be nice to get a break from this weather" or "I can't wait for the holidays to get here." Well, I would have to place my opinion in both camps -- I cannot wait until this heat finally breaks and the holidays return. To me, they're one in the same -- you can't have one without the other. These literal "winds of change" always signal a new chapter of the year for me: Hoodies, jeans, pumpkin pie, football, bonfires, chili and... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:30:29 -0400 Marvin's delivers to the delivery room (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/66903 Marvin's -- the Greencastle eatery that famously "delivers anywhere" -- has made some noteworthy "deliveries" over the years. There was that time students unfurled a "Marvin's delivers" sign on Red Square in Moscow and found themselves in some Cold War hot water. Eiffel Tower? Been there, done that. Grand Canyon, Grand Rapids, Grand Cayman? You betcha. Or the hundreds of Winter Term excursions in which the signs have made their way to Aruba, Jamaica and Kokomo. But none of those really... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:42:33 -0400 Mini Monon Game: Let's do this every year (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66894 I came to Greencastle nearly 10 years ago thinking there would be some kind of great athletic rivalry between Greencastle and Crawfordsville high schools. After all, the institutes of higher learning located in the two small cities -- Wabash College and DePauw University -- are of course bitter rivals, particularly in football. I found that it wasn't exactly the case. Of course, the two high schools are in different conferences, which makes scheduling one another a bit more difficult --... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 01:29:58 -0400 Gasoline Revs Up (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66885 In just over a week, gas prices have exploded more than 20 cents per gallon higher, a staggering move that could soon hit drivers at the pump. Gasoline is becoming more expensive as the overwhelming glut of oil and gasoline in the U.S. wanes in the face of higher demand. The U.S. economy continues to show signs of strength, which should allow Americans to travel more and boost industrial demand for energy. Meanwhile, OPEC nations and Russia are continuing to suggest that they may work... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:11:48 -0400 Corn & Bean Crops Shatter Records (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66790 The USDA shocked grain markets Friday with its newest outlook for the corn and soybeans crops that are getting ready to be harvested. The government agency is now projecting record-breaking yields for corn at 175.1 bushels per acre and soybeans at 48.9 bushels per acre. If these projections come true this fall, the corn and soybean crops will be the largest in US history, adding to the global surplus of grain. While record yields are a point of pride for the agricultural industry, the... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:22:53 -0400 What did we learn from the Fair? (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/66681 OK, so another Putnam County Fair has come and gone for another year. So what did we learn from the fair this year? We learned that the annual big gulleywasher rainstorm doesn't always come on Sunday or Monday to make the parking a muddy mess for the entire week. It came on Thursday night this time, threatening to send several cars floating away and causing the cheerleading contest to scramble inside at South Putnam. We learned that no matter what, heat is almost always a factor (the fair is... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:10:35 -0400 Natural Gas Rises (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66680 Natural gas sprang to life this week, jumping up by 21 cents on Thursday. The increase in natural gas stockpiles was only 17 billion cubic feet, which is the smallest increase in summertime for the last ten years. One of the reasons for the small increase was the fact that the eastern seaboard has been having unusually hot weather. More people have been running their air conditioners to combat the heat, so more natural gas is being used to power the AC. The reduced stockpile has some... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:54:35 -0400 What's the difference? (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/66679 As the big day rapidly approaches, I'm reminded of the age-old question: "Are you getting cold feet yet?" Sure, a wedding is a big deal and a big responsibility, but with the support of so many loved ones helping me through this ceremonious occasion ... what is there to be nervous about? I've always wondered why men become so high-strung and edgy before their wedding day. Are they unsure? Are they having second thoughts? Maybe it just hasn't hit me yet. But, then again, I believe it has, and... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:26:54 -0400 A tiring experience (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66675 Fair week is taxing around these parts. It's always hot, busy and demanding. In spite of it all, I think the staff here enjoys it -- although I might be the only one who will admit it publicly. The Putnam County 4-H Fair is a good time to get out and see people I don't see much otherwise. Some of them don't even exist the other 51 weeks of the year, as far as I can tell. Witnessing the satisfaction of a job well done on the faces of 4-H'ers and adult open class participants is also a nice... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:19:57 -0400 Bad Week in Corn and Beans (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66615 Farmers and traders were anxious about the "heat dome" that hit the Midwest earlier this week. Both crops are at a critical stage, and high temperatures now can drastically reduce crop yields. Even though one might expect the prices for corn and beans to rise due to the heat, the opposite occurred. The drop was caused by a much shorter heat wave than meteorologists originally forecasted, combined with forecasts for less extreme temperatures and more rainfall in the coming weeks. The "threat"... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:08:29 -0400 Working with Men (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/66612 As of today, I've been a Banner Graphic staff writer for seven months. When people ask how I like my job, I always respond that I love reporting for my home county and it's an accelerated learning experience. But I also can't neglect to say that working with all men continues to be the most educational aspect of that experience. Sure, there are -- thankfully -- other women in the building, but in our five-person newsroom I be the only female representative. I am literally surrounded. I can... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:49:28 -0400 Bargain Barbecue (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66541 Pork prices are dropping due to record pork and poultry production this year, bringing backyard barbecues to the cheapest level of the summer. While low prices are making it difficult for livestock producers to turn a profit, they are still benefitting from low corn prices, near $3.55 per bushel on Friday. It appears that pork prices could keep falling. Hogs are already cheap at 80 cents per pound, but futures markets are priced under 60 cents by December, which means that Christmas... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:24:41 -0400 It's a Cool Thing (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/66492 I know, I know. It's been shameful long since I last posted a blog. So to extinguish your ardor, a word which I can't help saying is from the Latin "to burn," I shall make this most tardy post about something cool: Water. At this point I would like to point out that your disappointment is case-and-point for the first point I would like to make about the stuff, which is that most people in America and other well-watered countries take water for granted. This is a sad thing for the same... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:40:34 -0400 Gasoline Market Gutted (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66477 As Americans enjoyed the Independence Day holiday last weekend, they likely noticed lower gasoline prices as they fueled up their cars and boats. US refineries have been running near full speed for months, making more gasoline than drivers are using. This led to all-time high gasoline stockpiles, nearly 10% higher than last year. Even if refineries slow down, some analysts expect that prices could stay lower for the foreseeable future as crude oil stockpiles are at record high levels as... Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:27:18 -0400 Silver Sparkles, Gold Booms (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66412 In a major move akin to the past inflationary displays, the price of gold and silver exploded this week as investors, hedgers, and speculators rushed to jump on the precious metals train as prices blew over the highs of last year. Concerns about political and financial stability dominated the news after the British referendum to exit from the European Union. There has also been growing doubt that near-zero and negative interest rates will solve the problems of massive unfunded government... Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:53:05 -0400 The 'tools' of a good life (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/66411 Sometimes ... all you need is the right tool. This can apply to many areas of life in many different ways: To have the right career, one requires the tools necessary to achieve that goal, i.e. a good education and/or strict work ethic; in order to gain healthy relationships with your friends, family and coworkers, one should have excellent people-skills and the wherewithal to maintain those relationships through patience and understanding; and when you look for a house or property to purchase,... Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:57:00 -0400 Just like Dad (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66320 Look at the intensity of this kid. It's like he's seen someone else do this sort of thing. Frame 1: Feet sill moving but the mind's already racing, lining up the perfect shot. Frame 2: Stop. Squint. Take a good look at what you want to shoot. (As he gets more polished, he'll learn to do this through the viewfinder.) Frame 3: Raise your Canon and fire. (See what I did there?) It even appears that although he's right-handed, he's shooting with his left eye. Again, just like the old man. He... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:40:41 -0400 Greatest thing since sliced bread? (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/66315 Once upon a time it was simple enough ordering your favorite soft drink. You had your choice between Coke and Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and 7-Up. OK, maybe Royal Crown Cola and Nehi, too. Then all that diet soda came along, followed by decaffeinated drinks and crazy flavors and Mountain Dew and now grocery stores need both sides of an entire aisle just to display all the varieties of pop. Don't look now but a similar thing is happening in the bread aisle. Where once you had a choice of wheat, white... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:35:17 -0400 A Girl's Best Friend (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/66301 Predictable: I'm going to write about fathers for Father's Day. But if I had to choose between writing about mothers on Mother's Day and writing about fathers on Father's Day, I would choose the latter for the simple reason that fathers are too often overlooked (if, of course, they are present at all). Americans coo and ah about the bond between mother and child, and truly it is worth all that and more, but the bond between father and child is worth as much too. Sure, they can't carry,... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:38:48 -0400 'Brexit' Reaches Breaking Point (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66291 The United Kingdom could be breaking away from the European Union in the near future, depending on the outcome of a vote next week. The June 23 referendum could set the stage for a British exit, or "Brexit," from the EU, putting strain on their respective economies and creating political turmoil on both sides of the English Channel. Earlier this week, it appeared increasingly likely that the British citizens were going to vote to leave the EU, which was causing investors to flee out of... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:09:58 -0400 The Great Stink Bird (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/66250 Here we are again, needing to write about science. But what to write about? With what, Dear Eliza, shall I entertain my mind, which is not entirely unlike a hole-ful bucket? I know, Dear Henry! With Opisthocomus hoazin! Friends, let me tell you about one of my favorite creatures in all creation. Opisthocomus hoazin is the scientific name for a South American bird otherwise known as the hoatzin or stink bird. I love it so much (It is my desktop wallpaper) because it is so endearingly clutzy and... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:15:06 -0400 Florida's OJ not so Sunny (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66233 Orange juice futures hit a four-year high after Tropical Storm Colin tore across Florida. June 1 marked the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and three named storms have already struck this year, worrying citrus growers in America's most hurricane-prone state. This week, Colin dumped heavy rains on citrus groves, damaging fruit and threatening to further crimp Florida's crop. Florida's groves are already being devastated by a tree-killing disease, and the USDA projects this year's... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:36:20 -0400 Scam? Spam? Just leave me alone (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66216 It seems the spam or scam callers (Which is it?) are employing new, more tricky methods for trying to cheat us out of our money. Lately it's been calls from local numbers to make it look like it's not just a random criminal from Teaneck, N.J. No, you think, "This might be someone I know. I better take it." Instead, you pick it up to get that recorded female voice: "This is cardmember services. There is no problem but you should contact us right away..." Blah. Blah Blah. (Click) Note that... Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:11:57 -0400 What's In a Word? (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/66185 Warning: You are about to encounter big words because I can't help it. Semantics, the meaning of words; etymology, the origin of words: Two fields scandalously neglected in everyday life; probably because the art of conversation is chronically overlooked in modern education. But, if you think about it, only the general understanding of a word, rather than its authentic meaning and origin, is necessary to get us through the day-to-day. In other words, I mean to say that the focus in our... Sun, 05 Jun 2016 20:11:03 -0400 Pork Gets Pricey (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66169 Meat lovers may soon be wishing that they had stocked up on Memorial Day pork specials, as hog prices exploded to a 20-month high this week. Demand for pork has been rising recently as the summer grilling season begins, which helped boost prices by over 6% this week, proving that pigs can fly. Meanwhile, some investors swept into the hog market on a belief that prices typically bottom out near Memorial Day and rally through mid-July, adding to this week's buying frenzy. As of midday... Fri, 03 Jun 2016 14:14:11 -0400 Crude Rebounds to $50 (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66106 Crude oil prices punched to the highest price since last October, hitting $50.21 per barrel on Thursday. Prices have nearly doubled since falling near $26 in February, rising as global oil production has slowed, especially due to output shortfalls in Canada, Libya, and Nigeria. US crude oil production has also been slowing recently and is down nearly 10% compared to this time last year. The drilling cutback and increasing refinery demand for the summer driving season have helped to cut into... Fri, 27 May 2016 13:17:40 -0400 Things They Didn't Tell You (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/66065 With all the grad. parties and the fact that I'll spend part of this Saturday reporting on a graduation, I can't help but be reminded of when I graduated from high school five years ago (five years ago!). Perhaps the best word to describe it is "euphoria," the closest I have ever been to high. For an entire month I was praised, congratulated and encouraged to pursue my dreams, make a difference and change the world. Folks from near and far came to tell me I was awesome, wish me luck and... Mon, 23 May 2016 14:59:06 -0400 Milk Turns Sour (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66038 US milk futures contracts have collapsed to a six-year low as dairy farmers boost production amidst slowing consumption. Slowing Chinese demand, Russian bans on US milk, and Americans' preference for alternative drinks have left dairy farmers feeling sour. In addition to suffering through multi-year low prices for their product, dairy farmers are now facing rising feed costs. Since early April, milk futures prices have dropped 13% while corn and soybean prices have jumped by 11% and 17%,... Sun, 22 May 2016 18:21:05 -0400 Catching the Z's (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/65767 One of the effects of our fine modern life is a lack of proper sleep. Students and employees are praised whose dedication keeps them working through the hours when they should be sleeping. Naps are for the lazy; early bedtimes for the boring. But sleep is really a most important, multi-purpose event. Dreams are the brain's way of "consolidating" -- processing and storing -- everything that happened to us that day. In dreams, information goes from short-term to long-term memory. And while... Wed, 18 May 2016 11:17:29 -0400 Spies like us (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/65991 Having spent an undue amount of time working on our upcoming education magazine (due for insertion into the Friday, May 20 Banner Graphic if things go according to plan), I feel I've become something of an expert on what the workforce is going to look like 20 years from now. The work I did on the "When I Grow Up..." section of the magazine was enlightening as I learned what the class of 2028 (current kindergartners) reported what they want to be when they grow up. What I can tell you is that... Sun, 15 May 2016 23:43:44 -0400 Don't Consent to Silence (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/65989 At 39 percent of registered voters, Putnam County saw one of the largest primary election participation rates on May 3. Poll workers from all over the county marvelled at the jump in turnout, but were able to place the reason for it: This primary actually mattered. I have not been voting long. In fact, my entire voting history includes the recent primary and the Romney-Obama presidential election. I have been both surprised and angered by the fact that by the time I had a chance to vote on... Sun, 15 May 2016 20:13:07 -0400 A little of this, a little of that ... and a lot of stress? (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/65978 Why do we have weddings? What's the purpose? Is it simply to fulfill a life-long dream for the bride? Is it meant to imbibe a higher meaning that can only be achieved by standing vertically in front of hundreds of family members and friends? Me thinks the answer is "no," or at least I hope so. In any case, I am happy to announce that, as of July 30, I will be Mr. Sara Wilson ... wait, uh... Let's try that again -- what I meant to say is that, as of this summer, I will be married to a... Fri, 13 May 2016 10:22:16 -0400 The Library is Hiring (Portable Magic by The Putnam County Public Library blog) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/pcpl/entry/65423 Putnam County Public Library is looking for detail oriented individual to fill a job vacancy. We are looking for a Reference and Technology Assistant to help patrons with a variety of requests and support needs. To view complete job descriptions and eligibility requirements, please visit our employment page at www.pcpl21.org/library/employment/ where you may also apply online. Wed, 11 May 2016 10:55:54 -0400 Corn Planting Pressures Prices (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/65930 Corn farmers have been hard at work planting this year's crop, and now have over half of their acreage planted nationwide after this week's dry weather let them get into their fields. On average, those farmers are a full week ahead of schedule, putting downward pressure on corn prices. Early planting removes the annual threat of unplanted acres, but it also increases yields over the course of the growing season, which could boost the overall crop size. As a result, corn prices fell to a... Fri, 06 May 2016 18:29:34 -0400 Mother Mine (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/65929 What to say about mothers? What can you say about someone to whom you owe such an unspeakable sum? Or maybe it should be, What can't you say? Is there a human relationship more intimate? No matter how close you are with your spouse, you will never be able to say that you were so deeply dependent on him or her for so long. You didn't share the very air you breathe with them for nine months. Even with the magical love at first sight, there still has to be that sight. Mothers love before they... Fri, 06 May 2016 18:00:00 -0400