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Columbia Falls has extended a large-scale development pause for another 6 months

The small Down East town that had been eyed as the potential site of the world’s tallest flagpole will extend a large-scale development moratorium by another six months.

Columbia Falls residents initially approved a six-month pause on major commercial or high-density development back in March.

Aga Dixon, the town’s attorney, said that the work of drafting new ordinances and regulations to better react to big developments is about halfway complete. Town and planning board officials have been meeting almost weekly, and Dixon said she expects they will present a draft code of ordinances to voters for their consideration sometime this fall or winter.

“Columbia Falls is in a position that a lot of rural communities are in,” she said. “Land use planning has not been top of the mind. Resources have not been there to do this work. And sometimes it takes a little bit of development pressure or concern to rattle voters, rattle residents and get to doing this hard work.”

The town has said that it’s experienced a variety of development pressures over the years, and not just from the Worcester family, the Wreaths Across America founders that had pitched the construction of a multi-billion-dollar flagpole and veterans memorial park near Columbia Falls.

A spokesperson for the Worcesters didn’t immediate return a request for comment on Tuesday about the extended moratorium or the status of the flagpole project. As of Tuesday afternoon, a website for the proposed “Flagpole of Freedom” park appeared to be offline.

Dixon said the town hasn’t asked for or received any updates about the status of the flagpole project.

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Some of the top experiential marketing agencies’ software of modern times

With technology sweeping the market every day, you often become confused about selecting the right tools for the right job. Therefore, look out for options that are more reliable, credible and have better results on the cards.

Choosing the top experiential agency software could be testing for business owners, not because there aren’t many in the industry but also because you are not sure about their performance.

Therefore, we advise business owners to carry out some kind of research before they look out for the best in the business.

Here are some of the most suited and reputable top experiential marketing software available in town to help your business leverage the requirements that you have been looking for.

  1. Teamwork (agency project management software):

One of the most suited and reputable project management software to date. It is considered to be one of the most reputable software that is designed for marketing agencies.

Teamwork is all about features that offer easy-to-implement onboarding for the whole team to unlimited client-user collaboration. What makes it so convenient for marketing agencies to work with the software is that they plan, collaborate and complete the task from the start till the end.

It is all about giving a 100 % to the task. The software has been designed in a manner that keeps you away from human errors, slight delays and, most importantly, avoiding communication errors among the team members.

For all those business owners who are looking to modify their system and increase efficiency in their marketing experience, this software could be one of the best choices to make.

  1. SEM


For all those agencies that are associated with the side of content marketing, this is your first choice by

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Popeye’s developer gets land rezoned | News

GOSHEN — The fast-food chain Popeye’s is on its way to opening in Goshen following rezoning by the Goshen City Council Monday night.

The council amended the zoning ordinance for property on the west side of High Street, south of Pike Street, from Residential R-2 to Commercial B3. That property will be joined with three other lots that are already B3 — 1102, 1106 and 1110 W. Pike St. According to information provided by the Planning Department, the “The High Street parcel will likely be used primarily for stormwater drainage.”

No one spoke at the meeting. Assistant Planning and Zoning Administrator Rossa Deegan said his department had three inquiries about the zoning change at the outset of the request, but has had none since.

Those making the request were: PRIMECO Inc., Aby Mohamed of Aby Groups, and Woolpert.

The council approved the rezoning unanimously.

The council also approved an ordinance authorizing the city to issue a taxable Economic Development Revenue bond for the Ariel Cycleworks Apartment Project, and the issued bonds will be purchased by the developer, or their bank, to fund infrastructure components for their project.

The city through the Redevelopment Commission will issue its bonds, maturing no later than 25 years after the date of issuance, in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $6,250,000. The interest rate will not exceed 6%.

Ariel Cycleworks Apartment Project is located along Ninth Street and is a brownfield site. The total cost of the project is about $30 million and will create 135 apartments and commercial space. According to AP Development’s website, the project will be “funded through a combination of the HUD 221(d)(4) program, Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative funding (READI) and Tax Increment Financing.”

Bonds will be payable as to principal and interest from TIF Revenues collected

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German adhesive tape tesa officially opens new site in Hai Phong

The Hai Phong site has a production capacity of 40 million square meters of adhesive tape per year, serving the fast-growing Asian market, particularly the automotive and electronics industries. Committed to sustainability: tesa is aiming for LEED Gold Standard certification

tesa, an international manufacturer of adhesive tapes and self-adhesive solutions, officially opened its new site in the Vietnamese port city of Haiphong today. The new site is part of tesa’s strategic orientation to regionalize production. It expands the regional production capacity and optimizes the supply chains to ensure reliable regional availability of both its products as well as transport capacities and the procurement of raw materials.

tesa currently operates 13 production sites worldwide, including large plants in Germany (Hamburg, Offenburg), Italy, the USA, and China. The new site in Hai Phong is approximately 70,000 square meters in size and has a production capacity of around 40 million square meters of adhesive tape per year, perfectly complementing the existing production site in Suzhou, China which opened in 2005. The additional production capacity will primarily serve the fast-growing Asian market, especially in the automotive and electronics industries.

In the first phase, about 130 employees will work at the Hai Phong site, offering employment opportunities to the local community, especially in the fields of engineering and production, supporting the local economy.

“The investment of approx. 55 million Euro in our new site in Haiphong is an important milestone in our strategy to regionalize production and optimize our supply chains,” said Dr. Norman Goldberg, CEO of tesa.

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Construction to begin on affordable new homes

Housebuilder Cruden is set to start work on a mix of 49 affordable properties in Livingston, on behalf of Link Group Ltd.

The £8.7m development will see energy-efficient new homes built on a previously disused 1.2 hectare, brownfield site in Craigshill.

The modern development will provide a range of sustainable flats, built across three blocks, which will be three and four storeys high. The one and two bedroomed homes will provide residents with high quality accommodation for social rental.

Located at Sydney Street, the vibrant development is ideally positioned, close to a number of amenities in the heart of Craigshill, including shops, health centres and schools. The new development also has excellent transport links to its surrounding communities and the nearby train stations at Livingston and Uphall offer easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow city centres.

The new homes also provide a fantastic range of on-site facilities including attractive green space, electric vehicle charging points, bike storage and on-site parking.

Work will start this Autumn and is expected to complete in Summer 2025.

Fraser Lynes, Managing Director of Cruden Homes, said: “We are pleased to continue our successful relationship with Link as work gets underway at Sydney Street. This exciting development will transform a previously empty site to bring quality, new homes to the local area.

“Craigshill is a strong location with plenty of amenities nearby to cater to the everyday needs of residents. These new homes will make a great addition to the surrounding community, providing attractive and sustainable living space at a time when it is needed most.”

Colin Culross, Group Commercial Director of Link Group, said: “Link is delighted to continue its partnership with Cruden Homes to deliver much needed affordable housing at Sydney Street. The new homes will be energy efficient delivering zero emissions heating

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Multiple cases of wire thefts found at Federal Parliament construction site in Singha Durbar – myRepublica

KATHMANDU, Aug 24: Multiple instances of wire thefts have been uncovered at the under-construction Federal Parliament building within Singha Durbar. Following the revelation of these thefts occurring on different occasions, the authorities took action by apprehending several workers for questioning.

Through thorough investigation, it was unveiled that the thefts were orchestrated in collaboration with the workers themselves. The police identified individuals involved in the case as Jeevan Kumar Tharu, Prem Tharu, Ram Bahadur Tharu, Sanjay Chaudhary, the owner of a scrap collection center named Shyam Rai Yadav, and a minor.

CCTV footage and other substantiating evidence prompted the police to make arrests, as it indicated their involvement in the wire thefts. The stolen wires were being dismantled for their rubber content, which was then sold to scrap collectors.

The parliament complex, situated on an expansive area of 173 ropanis 8 anas (equivalent to 88,271 square meters), encompasses the construction of 12 distinct buildings. These structures include the House of Representatives, National Assembly, a common lobby connecting the two, offices for esteemed officials, a library, parliamentary party office building, parliamentary committee building, Parliament Secretariat building complete with a canteen, press printing facility, parking area, and quarters for security personnel.


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OSHA alleges Tulsa manufacturer exposed workers to safety, health hazards

TULSA, Okla. — A worker’s death at Accurate Manufacturing Inc. in April sparked three federal workplace safety and health investigations led to a plethora of safety and health hazards allegations.

Accurate Manufacturing is a Tulsa-based company that manufactures and builds steel products for various industries, including oil and gas. Accurate Manufacturing and it’s sister company Professional Fabricators, Inc. employ around 40 workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened the investigations and allege the worker died from injuries sustained while pressure testing a heat exchanger.

“With pressure at 2,600 psi, one of the exchangers’ plugs blew off and struck the employee. OSHA determined the company violated the general duty clause for not keeping its employees safe,” said the U.S. Department of Labor in a press release.

Further investigations found 36 potential violations, including 25 “serious” safety violations.

The U.S. Dept. of Labor provided this list of violations found:

  • Failing to keep exit routes free from obstruction.
  • Allowing a barrel of flammable chemical to not be grounded and bonded.
  • Failing to have an energy-control program or provide related training.
  • Allowing the use of powered industrial trucks, slings and lifting devices that were not in safe operating condition.
  • Failing to install required machine guards.
  • Not ensuring electrical equipment was maintained properly and in safe operating condition.
  • Failing to provide flame-proof shields or screens and protective eye wear to welders and their assistants.

OSHA’s investigation of the facility also found 10 violations including failures to:

  • Employ a continuing and effective hearing conservation program and maintain accurate records of employees’ exposure measurements.
  • Establish and maintain an audiometric testing program and valid baseline audiogram.
  • Make sure the facility’s paint spray booth met all OSHA requirements.
  • Keep the space around the spray booth clear and install sprinklers. 
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Construction pros, hobbyists up for skills acquirement with Bostik Academy


August 28, 2023 | 12:00am

Whether you’re a professional builder or just want to gain DIY skills, here’s the ultimate expert training you need. 

Level up your team’s construction skills or become the ultimate household handyman at the Bostik Academy, a one-stop resource hub that offers training in various areas of construction to guide you as you build from the ground up.

Run by seasoned experts from global adhesives specialist Bostik, the academy offers seminars both online and on-site, with programs tailor-made for your needs. 

“Bostik Academy provides a unique learning opportunity to anyone interested in construction, from hobbyists and DIYers to professional builders and construction companies hoping to upskill their crew. Our courses give our trainees knowledge on the latest methods, innovations and technologies in construction that will help them work smarter and build better,” said Fides Kasman, Bostik PH Market Development Director.

At Bostik Academy, highly trained construction professionals facilitate courses that run the gamut of the construction process, from wall preparation and water-proofing, to tiling, flooring and the use of sealants, epoxies and adhesives. 

Other than on-ground training, Bostik Academy also provides online resources through a technical video center that offers a rich menu of instructional videos. Here, you can easily access expert-approved step-by-step tutorials, hacks and tips that will help you at any point of your build journey. 

If you’re searching for a how-to on glazing or insulation or want to learn how to properly use grabs and adhesives, you can access Bostik Academy videos anytime, anywhere, on any mobile device. You may also access a list of technical support contacts if you need further help. 

Whether in person or online, the Bostik Academy also offers a comprehensive view of Bostik’s product catalogue, with an array of top-quality construction materials. Trainees will have access to

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Maker Fair Minnesota back for 12th year | Lifestyles

Maker Fair Minnesota returns to the Nicollet County Fairgrounds in St. Peter this weekend for the 12th year, and organizers say it will be bigger and better.

The event, which features the handcrafted work and food of artisans, has grown significantly over the years. The first event included just 20 vendors and attracted about 200 attendees. That number has since grown to 190 vendors and 5,000 attendees.

Items for sale at Maker Fair Minnesota include: sewn and baked goods, iron, metal and wood work, craft items, home decor and more.

“There is something there for everybody, and if they can’t find anything, they aren’t looking hard enough,” said organizer Karen Dirkx.

Maker Fair Minnesota vendors are required to sell homemade items only, meaning no mass-produced goods are allowed. The fair also requires artisans to be present.

“It promotes customer interaction and allows our vendors to tell the customers how their product is made,” said organizer Scott Dirkx.

For the kids, the event includes a pumpkin hunt, which begins in the fairgrounds’ Johnson Hall. Kids search through buildings for a pumpkin and get a card punched for each one they find. Once they have all four stamps, they get a goodie bag.

Before the Dirkx family got involved, the event initially was in Vernon Center and Garden City. When the original organizer moved away, Karen Dirkx decided that she, as a vendor, could step in and continue and perhaps improve the fair. At that time, there were just a few vendors left.

The Dirkxes added the word “Minnesota” to the event’s name and moved it to the Nicollet County Fairgrounds, where there was more room for vendors and parking.

They’ve attracted exhibitors by word of mouth. Business has been so good lately that they’ve had to turn vendors away. This year

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Manor Lakes building site burglar arrested

A 46-year-old man has been arrested following a series of alleged burglaries in Manor Lakes on Tuesday.

Police received a report from a security guard of a man allegedly seen running from a building site with his arms full of stolen items at the corner of Ballan and Ison roads about 2.30am on August 29.

The man jumped into a car and drove off, but security were able to provide a registration number to police, who were nearby speaking with another man wanted on a separate matter when they saw the getaway car drive past.

With the man they were speaking to assuring them he would attend his local police station later, police set off in pursuit and located the getaway vehicle in Parker Street, Werribee, a short time later.

They arrested the male driver and allegedly located a balaclava, gloves and head lamp in the vehicle.

It’s alleged he had broken into at least three new townhouses that were nearing completion, but what was actually stolen is still to be determined.

When police arrived back at the station to begin processing the alleged burglar, they were shocked to discover the man wanted on the separate matter had been good to his word and attended the station.

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