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),RIP. So sad.,So sad. He was a great man. Prayers lifted to his family. ELLERY – The Monday afternoon death of a Westfield man dumping garbage at the Chautauqua County Landfill has been ruled an accident.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Scott Deming was standing behind a large pile of garbage and debris he had just dumped from his truck around 1:30 p.m. before he was killed.Deputies say a bulldozer at the landfill did not know Deming was standing behind the pile when they started to push it into a derby pit.Investigators say Deming was struck by the bulldozer and later pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel. The Sheriff’s Office says Deming worked for an independent commercial business that was using the county’s facilities.Deputies say their investigation continues; however, they are not expected to press charges on the bulldozer driver.The Chautauqua County Emergency Services Office, Sinclairville Fire Department and County Coroner’s Office assisted deputies at the scene.
WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN – An Ohio man faces a slew of charges following a vehicle pursuit on I-86 near Jamestown last week.New York State Police say 19-year-old Marquis Lewis was allegedly driving erratically with a child in his vehicle on I-86 eastbound last Friday.Troopers say they attempted to pull over Lewis however he fled.The man then exited the interstate and continued to flee on Main and South Work Streets in Falconer at a high rate of speed, before crashing at the intersection of Peck Settlement Road and Route 60 while attempting to negotiate a turn. Police say none of the occupants in the vehicle, including the minor passenger, were injured in the crash.Additional investigation revealed that Lewis was wanted out of Ohio for aggravated robbery.He is charged with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, endangering the welfare of a child and being a fugitive from justice.Police say Lewis was processed and transported to the Chautauqua County Jail, pending arraignment and extradition in the case. 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)
Stewart agreed with his co-star, but turned to McKellen and said, “I have a feeling that answer is going to follow you for the rest of your life.” Related Shows Does Godot exist? That has been the question (among many questions) for audiences of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot since it premiered in 1953. So… Does he? Ian McKellen, who plays Estragon in the play, knows. The actor confidently responded to the question when he visited Broadway.com’s Times Square studio with Godot and No Man’s Land co-star Patrick Stewart, who plays Vladimir. Look for more answers to your questions, when the Ask a Star feature on the pair of Sirs premieres on January 3. Waiting For Godot View Comments “He certainly exists,” McKellen said. “He’s a farmer. He has goats and sheep. And he doesn’t treat his employees very well.” The actor went on to describe evidence of play’s absent title character, and then added, “He doesn’t keep his appointments. He’s a thoroughly unreliable person. And Beckett doesn’t want you to be interested in him whatsoever. But he exists.” Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014
Distinguished director and actor Nicholas Martin died on April 30 at Beth Israel Hospital after a long illness. The Tony nominee was 75 years old. Martin’s Broadway directing credits included Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, for which he received a Tony nomination, Present Laughter, Mauritius, Butley, Match, Hedda Gabler and The Rehearsal. He appeared on the Great White Way in productions including Alice in Wonderland, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Pantagleize, Exit the King, You Can’t Take It With You, The Wild Duck, Right You are If You Think You Are and The School for Scandal. Off-Broadway directing credits included Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Saturn Returns, The New Century, Observe the Sons of Ulster, The Time of the Cuckoo, Chaucer in Rome, Fully Committed, Full Gallop, You Never Can Tell, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Sophistry and Bosoms and Neglect. Martin served as the artistic director of Williamstown Theatre Festival 2008 through 2010, where his directing credits included Knickerbocker, She Loves Me, The Corn Is Green, Where’s Charley?, Camino Real, Dead End and The Royal Family among others. As artistic director of the Huntington Theatre Company from 2000 through 2008 he directed Bus Stop, The Corn Is Green, She Loves Me, Present Laughter, Persephone, The Cherry Orchard, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Sisters Rosensweig, Laughing Wild, The Rivals, Sonia Flew, The Rose Tattooo, Butley, Springtime for Henry, A Month in the Country, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Hedda Gabler, Fully Committed and Dead End. Martin recently withdrew from a production of The Seagull at Huntington, citing personal reasons. He had been set to direct a production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the venue in January 2015. View Comments
In the aftermath of civil war, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, makes a hateful resolution to claw his way to political power at any cost. A master of manipulation, subtle wit and beguiling charm, he orchestrates his unlawful ascent by spinning a ruthless web of deceit and betrayal. His staunch ambition soon begins to weigh heavy, as the new ruler finds himself utterly alone and steeped in dread, forced to answer for his bloody deeds and face the horrifying consequences. Stage and screen star Gina McKee (King Lear, Notting Hill) will play Queen Elizabeth alongside the previously announced Martin Freeman as Richard III in London’s West End.The production, part of Jamie Lloyd’s second season at Trafalgar Transformed, will run July 1 through September 27, with opening night set for July 8. The cast will also include Simon Coombs as Tyrrel, Philip Cumbus as Richmond, Gerald Kyd as Catesby, Paul Leonard as Stanley, Forbes Masson as Hastings, Paul McEwan as King Edward IV/Bishop of Ely, Mark Meadows as Clarence/Lord Mayor, Lauren O’Neil as Lady Anne, Maggie Steed as Queen Margaret and Jo Stone-Fewings as Buckingham. Richard III will be designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound and music by Ben and Max Ringham and fights by Kate Waters. View Comments
Show Closed This production ended its run on April 26, 2015 View Comments 50 Shades! features a book by Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward and Dan Wessels and music and lyrics by Samuels, Davis, Shelton, Ward and Wessels. The musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is lead on an amusing ride through Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s kinky relationship. The show features dance numbers and original songs delivered by a live, on-stage band. 50 Shades! The Musical The cast will continue to feature Daniel Bentley, Tim Murray, Amber Petty, Casey Rogers, Alex Varcas and Chloe Williamson. The parody of E.L. James’ bestseller, directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, is currently heating up the Elektra Theatre, where it opened officially on March 12. Some new faces are about to get kinky off-Broadway! Jack Boice, Melanie Brook, Alexis Field and Zach Kononov will join the cast of 50 Shades! The Musical Parody beginning July 22. The four step in for Chris Grace, Ashley Ward, Kaitlyn Frotton and David Andino, respectively. Related Shows
Up, up and away! In the musical adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel The Fortress of Solitude, best friends Dylan and Mingus create a superhero fantasy world to escape the harsh realities of growing up in 1970s Brooklyn. Just like their onstage counterparts, Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal) and Kyle Beltran (In the Heights), who originated the roles of the nerdy besties in early readings, have become close while working on the new tuner by Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses at the Public Theater. Broadway.com spent the afternoon hanging out with the dynamic duo to find out why Fortress could bring the power of musical theater to a whole new generation and what these stars geek out about when the curtain goes down.Q: Do you remember the day you guys first met?KYLE BELTRAN: I remember so well. I had just graduated from Carnegie Mellon and when I got cast in the reading of The Fortress of Solitude, my mind was so blown because all these Broadway people were in it. Adam was doing Next to Normal, so I actually went to see him and scope him out before we did the reading.Q: Adam, did you know he did that?ADAM CHANLER-BERAT: I don’t think so!BELTRAN: We met maybe a week later at the first read-through, and I remember we had such an instant, really intense connection, and had our first lunch break just the two of us at Cosi on 48th Street.CHANLER-BERAT: I was really intimidated by you after the first read-through.BELTRAN: That’s so weird!Q: Why were you intimidated?CHANLER-BERAT: We had this instant palpable chemistry that’s already intimidating, and he’s a talent that I’ve never really seen before. He can do everything and do it all better than anyone I know.BELTRAN: That’s really sweet, thank you. [Pretends to throw up.]CHANLER-BERAT: I know, it’s sort of annoying. But I really respect and admire you.BELTRAN: We have such a mutual respect for one another.CHANLER-BERAT: Ugh, this interview is just gonna be us kissing each other’s asses!Q: OK, we get it, you love each other, next question! What’s the coolest thing about this new musical?CHANLER-BERAT: It’s full of huge musical moments, and then it has this way of suddenly stripping everything away and having a long scene. As a musical theater actor, you get a really satisfying musical…BELTRAN: And also the elements of a play.CHANLER-BERAT: Yeah, it satisfies you in both ways, which is everything you want and work for as a musical theater performer.BELTRAN: And because it spans a huge period of time, it acts like a history of music. You have all of these different musical influences, like the birth of hip-hop, doo wop, Motown sound, David Byrne… This mash-up of all of these amazing musical influences that make you feel like you’re living 20 years with these characters in a really exciting way.Q: The characters you play are nerds and they love comics. What do you guys nerd out over?BELTRAN: What don’t we nerd out over?CHANLER-BERAT: Like, a lot. [Laughs.] I love cooking, I love food.BELTRAN: He’s a big-time foodie.CHANLER-BERAT: I love podcasts.BELTRAN: We both love podcasts. I’m really into this new thing that This American Life is starting, Serial podcasts, a long story told an hour a week.CHANLER-BERAT: It’s unbelievable, it’s so good.BELTRAN: And we tend to influence each other. Very much like the characters, we’ve started to copy each other in real life. The things that I’m into, Adam starts to do and vice versa.Q: What else, besides podcasts?BELTRAN: I’m a big-time music junkie, so I’m always playing Adam new stuff.CHANLER-BERAT: We just watched that Beyonce and Jay-Z concert on HBO together!Q: What do you hope audiences will love about The Fortress of Solitude?BELTRAN: The best thing about this show is I can’t compare it to anything else. It’s such a singular experience. It operates on such a tiny personal level and then on a huge socioeconomic American political level, and it’s full of unbelievable music. It’s so rich and so personal and it’s ambitious in a way that I really think all musical theater has to be to survive into the next generation.CHANLER-BERAT: Yep, you said it perfectly.See The Fortress of Solitude at the Public Theater through November 2. The Fortress of Solitude View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 16, 2014
View Comments This year, we asked Justin “Squigs” Robertson, who you already know from his Broadway Ink drawings of Broadway’s biggest shows and stars, to create a one-of-a-kind holiday card. And he brought along some of his famous friends–namely Tevye the Milkman, Evan Hansen, the Phantom, Gloria Estefan, Alexander Hamilton, Dewey Finn, the Genie and a litterbox of kitties–along for the ride. Watch Squigs at work in this special video feature below. Happy holidays from everyone at Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office! Illustration from Justin “Squigs” Robertson About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.
Five University of Georgia faculty will receive the prestigiousD.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Public Service Oct. 2 in Athens,Ga.The $5,000 annual awards recognize UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences faculty who excel in teaching, research,extension and international agriculture.The 2000 winners are Michael Dirr, teaching; John Ruter, research;Steve L. Brown, extension; Eddie McGriff, county extension programming;and Manjeet Chinnan, international agriculture.The CAES sponsors the annual lecture and awards in memory ofD.W. Brooks, founder and chairman emeritus of Gold Kist, Inc.,and founder of Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies. Brookswas an advisor on agriculture and trade issues to seven U.S. presidents.William F. Kirk, group vice president of DuPont BiosolutionsEnterprise will deliver the 2000 D.W. Brooks Lecture, “The21st Century — an Agricultural Odyssey,” before the awardsceremony. The lecture is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Mahler Auditoriumof the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.The WinnersDirr, a horticulture professor, was cited for his encyclopedicknowledge of woody ornamental plants. His text, Manual ofWoody Landscape Plants, is used in more than 90 percent oflandscape materials classes taught in the United States.He is widely recognized as a preeminent expert in the landscapeindustry. He was instrumental in establishing the UGA Campus Arboretumand in preparing materials for the Walking Tour of Trees.Ruter, a professor of horticulture and a researcher at the CAES Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga., was honored for his contribution to Georgia’s container and field nursery industries. He developed a nursery crop production research site which as become a design model for the industry.Ruter is a national leader in developing improved fertilizationand irrigation strategies for the container nursery industry.The importance of the research is magnified by environmental concernsabout nutrient concentrations in runoff water. His research inslow-release fertilizer formulations will save an estimated 30million pounds of fertilizer use in Georgia alone.Brown, an entomology professor and extension specialist, isa widely recognized expert in the integrated management of pestsin peanuts and stored products. He was instrumental in findinga solution to one of Georgia peanut producers most damaging diseases- tomato spotted wilt virus.He developed the University of Georgia Spotted Wilt Risk Index,a planning tool that assesses the risk of peanut growers’ practices.Using hundreds of on-farm observations, the index is refined eachyear. Economic analysis of the risk index shows that it increasedgrowers’ net return per acre between $133 and $280 per acre in1998.McGriff was cited for his leadership in one of the most agriculturallydiverse counties in the Southeast. In 1999, farm income in DecaturCounty was more than $170 million, with an economic impact ofalmost half a billion dollars.His reputation reaches beyond the U.S. borders. He led peanuttours in Australia and Argentina and has been consulted aboutpeanut production problems in those countries, as well as in Mexicoand Azerbaijan. He was part of a team of agricultural agronomistsand economists to help during the North Korean famine.Chinnan is a professor of food science and technology, andbiological and agricultural engineering. He is an internationallyrecognized authority on processing, handling and storing peanuts,cereal legumes, fruits and vegetables.His leadership in networking with international scientistsin the Caribbean and Central America led to 10-year project withpost-harvest handling of peanuts. The group continues to developprojects in Bulgaria, the Philippines and Ghana.
Haitian farmers have toiled for more than a century to grow crops in the nation’s notoriously ravaged farmlands. A new soil-testing lab, scheduled to open in June, should help farmers in Haiti improve their yields. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Atlanta-based non-profit League of Hope teamed up with agriculture officials in Haiti to open a soil-testing laboratory to measure plant nutrient elements, like phosphorus and potassium, on farmers’ fields. “The soil in some places is in very bad condition,” said agricultural scientist Eddy-Jean Etienne, who is helping to launch the soil lab. “To increase the productivity, it’s good to measure what is in the soil and what it’s lacking.” The lab will allow agricultural advisors in Haiti to help farmers find the fertilizers and soil additives they need to make their farms more productive. The information – including nutrient contents and pH levels – can also help farmers choose the most appropriate crop varieties for their fields. Haitian farmers produce only 30 percent of the food the country needs. Food supplies in Haiti have never been abundant, but they have gotten worse since the 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the infrastructure around Port-au-Prince. Before the earthquake the average Haitian ate 2.6 meals per day. After the quake that number fell to 1.6 meals per day, said Graham Huff, director of League of Hope. The organization has been working on infrastructure; education and food supply issues in Haiti since 2009. “Even though the world’s been shipping in relief food, you have still seen a reduction in the amount of nutrition people are receiving,” Huff said. “It’s critical that Haiti supplies more of its own food, so the agriculture sector is a key focus for the long-term recovery of the country.” League of Hope partnered with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 2010 to put UGA Cooperative Extension and outreach know-how to work in Haiti as part of the Haiti Agriculture Virtual Technical Assistance Program. The program uses the same web-based learning programs used in Extension offices across Georgia to help Haitian farmers get the information they need to improve their crops. So far they have built two agricultural outreach stations to serve farmers, one along the northern coast and one near Port-au-Prince in Mireballais. The new soil lab will be located at the station in Mireballais, about 50 miles north of the capital. Etienne trained this spring with UGA soil scientists David Kissel and Leticia Sonon in the college’s Agricultural and Environmental Services Lab in Athens. The new lab will basically be a scaled-down laboratory equipped with simple instrumentation and easy-to-follow analytical methods. The instruments are compact, tough enough to withstand harsh conditions and inexpensive to operate. Kissel and Sonon secured soil samples from Haiti to test while Etienne was in Athens. They knew the soils were going to be deficient, but they were still surprised at how poor some of them were. “We tested (the samples), and some were deficient in plant nutrients – either low in soil phosphorus or potassium, or both,” Sonon said. “These are the soils that the farmers are using to make a living … On some of the samples, the levels of plant nutrients were so low that the machines failed to give a reading. Poor soil fertility is no doubt one of the factors that explain the low crop yields in some parts of the country”. League of Hope and agriculture officials in Haiti plan to help farmers locate and develop locally available supplies of soil amendments once they find out which amendments are needed most, Huff said. “They are limited in what’s available to them,” Huff said. “They would use natural fertilizers like manure versus chemical fertilizers.” Sonon noted that farmers would only be given recommendations for amendments that are readily available in Haiti. Even if no soil amendments are available, farmers can still use the information provided by the tests to make better decisions about what crops to plant and where, Huff said. “We could select a plant or variety that is most likely to grow in that type of soil,” Huff said. “So it does give them information that will be useful, even if they don’t have the specific plant nutrients that are most deficient. Etienne believes the testing service will become very popular after farmers see the improvements in their yields. “Communication is very quick and easy in Haiti,” he said. “All you have to do is do a good job for one or two people, and farmers will be lining up.” Small farmers, spread out through the nation’s central valley and along the northern coast, grow most of the nation’s domestic supply of staple crops, Etienne said. While the CIA’s world fact book reports that about 40 percent of the labor force in Haiti is engaged in some sort of agriculture, they produce only about 30 percent of needed food supply, Huff said. Etienne, who graduated at the top of his class from the North Christian University of Haiti in 2004, is a veteran of other agricultural outreach projects.