Book sales – Forum Della Magia http://forumdellamagia.org/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 06:08:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://forumdellamagia.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/cropped-icon-32x32.png Book sales – Forum Della Magia http://forumdellamagia.org/ 32 32 Harry Potter first hardback edition will sell for up to £150,000 at auction https://forumdellamagia.org/harry-potter-first-hardback-edition-will-sell-for-up-to-150000-at-auction/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 06:08:45 +0000 https://forumdellamagia.org/harry-potter-first-hardback-edition-will-sell-for-up-to-150000-at-auction/
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The first hardback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is set to fetch up to £150,000 when it goes under the hammer in November.

The book will be sold alongside franchise star Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘Hero Wand’ from the 2001 film, which is estimated to be priced at £30,000.

Both items are part of an auction organized by film and television memorabilia company Propstore, which will include treasures from many successful franchises.

More than 1,500 lots will be sold at the auction, which is due to take place from November 3-6, with an estimated total value of over £11million.

Among the most popular items is actor Christopher Reeve’s full costume from the Superman franchise (1978-1987), estimated at £250,000-500,000.

Darth Vader gloves to match Dave Prowse’s screen from the 1977 sci-fi classic Star Wars: A New Hope are estimated at £150,000-250,000.

The live auction will be held at Bafta 195 Piccadilly, central London, as well as online or by phone for global auctions.

Props from the James Bond, Marvel and DC franchises will also be available, as will items from other classic films including Shawshank Redemption and Gladiator.

Stephen Lane, Managing Director of Propstore, said: “Following our Los Angeles Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction in June, which saw some of our best auction results, we are delighted to be back with another amazing sale.

“With a collection of over 1,500 bundles, we have an incredible range of content, from Fraggle Rock to Friday The 13th – there really is something for everyone.”

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The story of Rockwood, a Girl Scout camp in Maryland, is told in a new book https://forumdellamagia.org/the-story-of-rockwood-a-girl-scout-camp-in-maryland-is-told-in-a-new-book/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://forumdellamagia.org/the-story-of-rockwood-a-girl-scout-camp-in-maryland-is-told-in-a-new-book/

Camping is an integral part of Girl Scouting, a way to learn independence and self-sufficiency. Participating in a class action can also teach a lesson. It was the prospect of losing a beloved Montgomery County Girl Scout camp that mobilized a group of scouts dressed in green sweaters to enter the Rockville courthouse one day in January 1979.

They were there to support nine plaintiffs suing the Girl Scouts of the USA: seven adults and two of their Girl Scout peers. The field trip to the courthouse would count towards their active citizenship badge.

That’s one of the details in a new book by Ann Robertson called “Rescue Rockwood: How a Group of Determined Girl Scouts Rallied to Save a Beloved National Camp.” It’s a messy story from the Carter/Reagan years that still annoys some in the Girl Scout community.

Robertson is the volunteer historian for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, the group that oversees the local troops. It was local The Girl Scouts who were most upset by the loss of Rockwood, a 67-acre site off MacArthur Boulevard near Great Falls, when the national Girl Scouts announced they were selling it to a developer.

The national group had been bequeathed the property after the death in 1936 of its owner, the eccentric society lady Carolyn Gangwer Caughey. Carolyn may have said her last name “shy,” but there was nothing shy about her.

“She really was a character,” Robertson said. “She could twist her arms and pull almost anything out of anyone.”

Caughey was born in 1864. She was married to John Caughey, the son of a Pittsburgh industrialist, although she derived her own income from shrewd speculation in Washington real estate. Well, she probably had her own income. In 1915, John sued Carolyn, claiming he provided the funds for various properties that were in his name.

Later he dropped the case and, oddly enough, they did not divorce. They lived pretty much separate lives after that, Carolyn at Rockwood, her country home.

The Caugheys had no children, and as Carolyn grew up, she had decisions to make regarding her estate. She loved brave women, being one herself, and she was moved by the story of Helen Hopkins, a survivor of the 1922 Knickerbocker Theater disaster.

Hopkins, 26, was among the onlookers who were trapped when the snow-covered roof collapsed. She was a Girl Scout leader and her calm demeanor and the way she helped other victims made her a hero in the disaster, which killed 98 people. Caughey was a friend of Hopkins’ mother and in her last will – she wrote several – she left Rockwood for the National Girl Scouts for use as a “character building facility”. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more Helen Hopkins?

After some internal discussion, the Girl Scouts accepted ownership. The scouts camped there. They explored the property, walked its trails, forded the stream that ran through it. Caughey Manor had lived in hosted programs for adult scout leaders. Troops came from all over the country, using Rockwood as a base camp for trips to Washington.

Almost from the start, there was a certain tension.

“The locals were thinking, yeah, it’s a national camp, but it’s a bit more ours than anybody else’s,” Robertson said.

Why hadn’t Caughey just left Rockwood on the local council?

“I think the reason she went to the national organization is that by being national instead of local, the camp would be integrated,” Robertson said. The local Girl Scout council was not incorporated until 1955.

A property like Rockwood is expensive to maintain. Girl Scouts of the USA had another camp – Macy’s, in Westchester County, NY – which served a similar purpose. He didn’t need both. In 1978, the national group announced that Rockwood was being sold to developers Berger/Berman, who hoped to build nearly 200 homes there.

Some Washingtonians wondered why they were asked to buy Thin Mints and Samoas when the Girl Scouts were getting $4 million for Rockwood. The public didn’t understand the difference between local troops and the national umbrella organization, Robertson said.

The class action lawsuit was filed by individuals, not the Washington council. They raised funds with bake sales and garage sales. They were bolstered when Maryland Attorney General Stephen Sachs joined the lawsuit, making Maryland a plaintiff. Sachs said the state has an interest in ensuring the terms of charitable trusts are maintained.

But in 1981, before Maryland et al. against GSUSA was judged, a resolution was reached. A portion of the camp, including its two main buildings, would be donated to the Montgomery County Parks Department for public use. And the national scouting group would pay the plaintiffs’ legal fees.

The now smaller housing estate has passed. His name – Woodrock – infuriated camp boosters.

Today Caughey Manor and a cottage remain. Both are rented out for events, including weddings. Robertson said some brides nod to Rockwood history by offering Girl Scout cookies at the reception.

]]> Keeneland September Book 4 closes with $450,000 Connect https://forumdellamagia.org/keeneland-september-book-4-closes-with-450000-connect/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 00:59:00 +0000 https://forumdellamagia.org/keeneland-september-book-4-closes-with-450000-connect/

Black-Type Thoroughbreds finished victoriously on September 20 in the second day of book 4 sales at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, after placing a final bid at $450,000 for the Relate filly consigned as Hip 2637 by Paramount Sales. The filly held firm throughout the day to be the most expensive Session 8 bid.

On Tuesday, 295 horses were sold of the 358 through the ring for gross receipts of $21,182,500, an average price of $71,805 and a median of $55,000. Sixty-three horses did not reach their reserve, which represents an RNA level of 17.5%.

In the eighth session of 2021, 317 yearlings out of the 356 offered sold for the final figure of $20,746,000. An average of $65,445 and a median price of $45,000 were recorded. An RNA level of 12.3% represents the 39 horses that did not reach their reserve.

Paramount Sales led the day after selling 25 head for gross receipts of $2,076,500, at an average price of $83,060, including the top selling filly Connect.

The filly was bred in Kentucky by Castleton Lyons and Kilboy Estate from their Distorted Humor Fun Affair mare, winner in England and producer in the United States. The mare is out of the US Champion filly 2 years Caress a winner on many levels, including her top-class performance in the Breeders’ Cup 2000 Juvenile Fillies (G1), she earned $955,998 on the track.

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The Honor and Glory mare produced the 2017 United States Champion 3-year-old colt, Western coast a performer of multiple ranked stakes and now a Lane’s End stallion whose first crop of foals are 2 year olds this year.

“We’ve had good luck with Connect before; I’m a big fan of the stallion,” said Maddie Mattmiller. “This particular filly had a lot of back pedigree on her. Her dam being out of a champion mare, she has a sire under the second dam. The filly was a queen all day; she behaved well. That’s a lovely filly and stood out in this book for sure, and we had to have her.”

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

(LR): Maddie Mattmiller and Jake Ballis with black-type thoroughbreds

The racing entity has made four purchases in the last eight days for gross receipts of $1,280,000.

“We weren’t expecting to go this high on her, but at the same time, you never know with a filly with her pedigree, who is as gorgeous at the end of a rod as her page suggests…you’re going to get to pay,” Mattmiller said.

By the end of the second day of selling Book 4, BET had made five purchases grossing $750,000 to be the top buyer of the day, followed by Jebel Ali Stables, who bought two yearlings grossing $750,000. of $570,000.

(LR): Trainer Michael Costa with Jebel Ali Stables, Jay Kilgore with Metrics Equine and Scott Kintz.  Hip 2557 colt by Dialed In out of Castle Road at Hinkle Farms Scenes at Keeneland September Sale on 20th September 2022.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

(LR): Trainer Michael Costa, Jay Kilgore with Metrics Equine and Scott Kintz

Cumulatively over the past eight sessions, 1,932 of the 2,366 horses crossing the ring have sold for gross numbers of $387,281,500. An average price of $200,456 and a median of $130,000 were established. Four hundred and thirty-four horses did not reach their reserve, which represents an RNA rate of 18.3%.

At this point in 2021, Keeneland has recorded 1,800 horsepower changed hands of the 2,340 offered for a total gross of $326,762,000. An average price of $177,222 and a median of $110,000 were recorded. Five hundred and forty horses did not reach their reserve, which represents an RNA rate of 23%.

The Book 5 sale begins tomorrow, September 21, with Hips offer 2781-3183, starting at 10 a.m. ET. By Tuesday evening, 33 horses had been withdrawn from Wednesday’s session.

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Volunteers call time on book sale https://forumdellamagia.org/volunteers-call-time-on-book-sale/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 19:01:00 +0000 https://forumdellamagia.org/volunteers-call-time-on-book-sale/

This month’s Y Service Club book sale will be the last of the bunch, with volunteers passing on their decades-old tradition to Bendigo Foodshare.

The club has been holding book fairs for 50 years, usually one during the Bendigo Easter Festival and one in the spring.

Over the past 25 years, $850,000 has been donated to charities and local organizations, and volunteer Colin Lambie said longtime beneficiary Bendigo Foodshare was well placed to take on the biannual sale.

“We have been a strong supporter [of Foodshare],” he said. “We looked at a number of organizations, but we know that Foodshare has 300 volunteers.

“Some of them just want to sort the food, but they might attract new people who want to come and sort the books.”

Mr Lambie said aging volunteers are the main reason the Y Service Club will no longer be hosting the event.

“The average age is now over 84, it’s hard work moving boxes of books,” he said.

“Fifty years ago, the amount collected was far from what it is today. We got about 20 times what we used to lift, it’s been very successful.

“We see it not just as a way to raise money that we donate to charity, the fact that people can come in and buy a book for 2 or 3 dollars and children’s books are 50 cents, we see that as community service.

Members of the Y Service Club will continue to hold their Christmas tree sale, but Mr Lambie said members are “aware that this is not going to last forever”.

The Spring Book Sale takes place Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Tom Tweed Stadium on Mundy Street.

Donations are open for pre-loved books at the pre-sale stage.

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Tickets almost SOLD OUT for the 3rd T20 in Hyderabad, Check how to book the last remaining tickets? https://forumdellamagia.org/tickets-almost-sold-out-for-the-3rd-t20-in-hyderabad-check-how-to-book-the-last-remaining-tickets/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 02:15:19 +0000 https://forumdellamagia.org/tickets-almost-sold-out-for-the-3rd-t20-in-hyderabad-check-how-to-book-the-last-remaining-tickets/

IND vs AUS TICKETS – India vs Australia Ticket Sales: Ticket sales for the upcoming India vs Australia T20 series have…

IND vs AUS TICKETS – India vs Australia ticket sales: Ticket sales for the upcoming India vs Australia T20 series have started. The 1st T20 will be played in Mohali followed by matches in Nagpur and Hyderabad. Ticket sales for Mohali started on September 11. Ticket sales for the 2nd T20I in Nagpur also went live earlier this week. Now online tickets for the 3rd T20 IND vs AUS in Hyderabad are live: Follow India vs Australia T20 series live updates with InsideSport.IN

Also read: IND vs AUS LIVE Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar for LIVE Stream INDIA Australia T20 Series, 1st MATCH LIVE Streaming starts at 7.30pm LIVE from Mohali: Follow IND AUS 1ST T20 LIVE

T20 World Cup squads: Pakistan and Zimbabwe announce squad, New Zealand delay announcement until September…

IND vs AUS Tickets: After Mohali and Nagpur, India vs Australia TICKET SALE for the 3rdT20 is also starting, anything you want to know about TICKET PRICES and how to book? Follow the INDIA Australia T20 series live

Hyderabad T20 Ticket Sales: The 3rd T20 in Hyderabad will be played on September 25. The match will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The venue is considered one of India’s most iconic venues and has hosted a host of international matches here. The stadium hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and Andhra Pradesh team in the national circuit.

According to Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) Chairman, Mohammed Azharuddin, tickets would be sold on Paytm app and Paytm insider app from September 15. The TICKET window for offline sale will be opened closer to the match date. TICKETS will be available on the official BCCI platform as well as on PayTM Insider.

Although the exact ticket prices are unknown, it is believed that they should cost from Rs 850 with an increase depending on the category.

IND vs AUS Tickets: After Mohali and Nagpur, India vs Australia TICKET SALE for the 3rdT20 is also starting, anything you want to know about TICKET PRICES and how to book? Follow the INDIA Australia T20 series live

Ind vs Aus T20 Series: Where will tickets be available?

It will be available on Paytm Insider

Ind vs Aus T20 Series Three Match T20 Schedule

Date Match Details Rooms Time (IST)
September 20 India vs Australia, 1st T20I Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali 7:30 p.m.
September 23 India vs Australia, 2nd T20I Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur 7:30 p.m.
September 25 India vs Australia, 3rd T20I Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad 7:30 p.m.

Ind vs Aus T20 series: why is it so important?

India have just six matches to prepare for the T20 World Cup in September. They are going to use this match as preparation for the ICC event. With the opponent being Australia, a high-octane clash is on the cards, with both teams eyeing a winning start to the series. At the end of the day, those who attend the match on site will be able to witness a highly competitive game.

Follow India vs Australia T20 series live updates with InsideSport.IN

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Community Arts Council to Host Book Sale Fundraising Day – Port Alberni Valley News https://forumdellamagia.org/community-arts-council-to-host-book-sale-fundraising-day-port-alberni-valley-news/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://forumdellamagia.org/community-arts-council-to-host-book-sale-fundraising-day-port-alberni-valley-news/

The Community Arts Council will be hosting a special one-day book sale this weekend.

We had so many books to store that we were thinking of having another book sale fundraiser. This will take place on Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alberni athletics hall.

This is a great opportunity to get back to all your winter reading while helping to support the arts in our community.

CURRENT ART EXHIBITION

A new art exhibit at the Rollin Art Center features local artist Mystery McCarthy. His exhibition, entitled “THE ART OF MYSTERY”, will continue until October 7.

“Painting is the key to the secret garden, a door to a magical and mysterious place,” says McCarthy. “My deepest wish is for my paintings to evoke a shared sense of wonder and a sense of mystery. The darker colors explore the depths of shadows, then recede to reveal a soft light.

Join us in the gallery for refreshments and a chance to meet Mystery on Saturday, September 17 from 1-3 p.m. The Rollin Art Center is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street.

ART REJECTION

Hey kids… do you like to paint? Children ages 5-12 can join us at the Rollin Art Center for a day of painting on Saturday, September 24. This event is free, although all children must register at 250-724-3412.

There will also be an art contest for teenagers. If you’re between the ages of 13 and 18 and love to paint, join us on September 24 as you artists fight the clock and each other in three fast-paced rounds of painting. This event is open to up to 25 teen artists. There are cash prizes available. The cost is $10 to register. Call the Rollin Art Center at 205-724-3412 or register online at www.alberniarts.com.

CELTIC CHAOS

Celtic Chaos will present a matinee performance of ‘For the Highlander’ as part of a fundraiser for the Community Arts Council. This performance tells their story in an original narrative, poetry, songs and music.

The show will take place on Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. at the Capitol Theater. Tickets are $25 each and are on sale now at the Rollin Art Center or online at www.alberniarts.com.

Melissa Martin is an arts administrator for the Community Arts Council at the Rollin Art Center and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email: communityarts@shaw.ca.

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]]> Americana auctions at Bonhams Skinner bring in $1.4 million in sales https://forumdellamagia.org/americana-auctions-at-bonhams-skinner-bring-in-1-4-million-in-sales/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 11:16:37 +0000 https://forumdellamagia.org/americana-auctions-at-bonhams-skinner-bring-in-1-4-million-in-sales/

Marlborough, MA — Bonhams Skinner held an online sale of Americana August 6-16 and a live sale August 13 at Bonhams Skinner Galleries in Marlborough. Featuring excellent items from the collections of Warren N. Little and Cogswell Grant, the auctions generated great interest from bidders, and both auctions achieved impressive results across the board. Possessing a collector’s eye just like his parents, Warren N. Little has amassed a rich collection with many uniquely sourced items. With several of the best lots coming from his collection, bidders left no doubt of their confidence in his taste and discernment.

Leading both sales was the original handwritten diary of “Cleopatra’s Barge On A Voyage Of Pleasure”, which fetched $100,000. The hand-written journal contains twelve original paintings of ports and other sites along the voyage, including the Rock of Gibraltar, and is an eyewitness account of the maiden voyage of America’s first pleasure yacht. The impressive price achieved for the newspaper was closely followed by an Andrew Clemens Patriotic Sand Bottle with Eagle, Locomotive and Tender and a double-sided relief sculpted portrait of General George Washington by architect and craftsman Samuel McIntire, both of which sold for 75 $000. Featured in Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style, Washington’s sculpted profiles were a well-known and exciting sight to many. Another Andrew Clemens sand bottle (Patriotic Sand Picture in a Bottle) also attracted a lot of interest, selling for $23,750 on an estimate of $8-12,000, once again attesting to the strong interest in sand bottles. Clemens at auction.

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Under community pressure, county blocks McFarland’s plan to convert library into police station https://forumdellamagia.org/under-community-pressure-county-blocks-mcfarlands-plan-to-convert-library-into-police-station/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 07:05:45 +0000 https://forumdellamagia.org/under-community-pressure-county-blocks-mcfarlands-plan-to-convert-library-into-police-station/
Credit: Emma Gallegos / EdSource

Rafael Serna likes to come to the library with his children. He helps three of his children at the craft table, while his daughter receives tutoring at a back table in the library.

Hearing the protests of his younger readers, Kern County blocked McFarland town leaders’ plan convert his community library into a police station.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors passed a budget last week that not only provides the small town library will remain openbut it ist its service will be extended from of them at five days a week.

Plans to move McFarland’s library have met with backlash in the farming town of 14,000, including 3,000 signatures in an online petition. Earlier this year, the city council, the superintendent of McFarland Unified and the city’s director of parks and recreation all sent letters to the county, which owns the library, asking that the library be turned over to the city. But Iubers, especially the younger ones, have demanded that the library stay in place and be open every day as a fun and safe place to meet after school and during the summers.

Friends of the McFarland Library leader Phil Corr said he was especially thrilled for these young patrons.

“It will give the children who need it most five days instead of two days,” he said.

Corr said expanding his service gives McFarland residents more days to look for jobs, work on homework or projects or just escape the heat — a crucial point during a week of soaring temperatures.

“It will mean so many things that cannot be measured,” Corr said.

The Clara M. Jackson Library branch will officially open five days a week beginning September 12.

“The staff is really excited and they have a lot of programs planned,” Sullivan said.

Amber Clarksean, the branch’s new supervisor, is furiously planning activities for the coming months: book clubs, Dungeons and Dragons club for high schoolers, anime club, Lego challenges, family reading time, and weekly craft days . Clarksean is also planning a big Halloween party.

“It makes it easier because we don’t have to cram everyone into two days,” she said.

The Kern County Library is the least funded county library system in California. Its libraries have about $7 per capita, well below the state average of $46. This results in libraries with very limited hours. The McFarland branch will become the beneficiary of a county decision to increase staffing throughout the Kern County Library system with one-time federal Covid funds.

But Kern County Chief Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop warns that libraries and anything county-funded are at risk of stagnation and further cuts. The Kern County Board of Supervisors is asking voters for approval of a 1 percentage point sales tax increase to stabilize county funding.

McFarland Police Chief and City Manager Kenny Williams had mixed feelings about the new plans. For one, the McFarland Police Department is cramped and in dire need of a new headquarters, he said. Taking over the current library building seemed like the best option because the city cannot afford to build a new headquarters from scratch.

But he said he respected the county’s decision, who owns the building. He’s also glad to see the library will be open more often — part of the call from city leaders to take over the building was that it was underutilized.

“It’s also a victory,” he said. “Not everything is negative.”

Kern County has been working to bring its library staff back to pre-pandemic levels, Alsop said. A community, tired of cuts and threats of closure, decided to split from the county library system and create the Shafter Town Library and Learning Center. That freed up funds for the nearby McFarland Library, Alsop said.

The Kern County Library budget did not increase, but it transferred more of its funds to staff. Last year the library used federal Covid funds to purchase new technology, but this year it created new full-time and part-time positions.

The expansion of hours at McFarland was made possible by this change. It also means that two of the system’s busiest branches — Beale Memorial Library and Southwest Library, both in Bakersfield — will also see an expansion of their hours, Sullivan said.

But the Kern County Library is still a long way from full-time service. The busiest libraries outside of Bakersfield – Ridgecrest and Tehachapi – are open four days a week. The other branches are open one to three days a week. None are open after 6 p.m. or on weekends.

Alsop said it would take an additional $5 million to open the remaining branches five days a week. The library’s budget this year is just under $9 million.

“I want my libraries to be open across the county on evenings and weekends,” Sullivan said. “But we live within our means.”

Sullivan acknowledged his department isn’t alone in facing austerity in the county.

Kern County’s budget has stagnated for seven years as the issues it faces, such as as homelessness and the highest murder rate in the state, are only increasing, Alsop said. At the same time, the county anticipates a loss of tax revenue as the state phases out fossil fuels with the aim of ending oil extraction by 2045, impacting oil and gas companies which account for a third of land assessments.

About $2.5 million in federal Covid funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and the CARES Act, spanning three years, has allowed the county to expand its library staff. The county was also able to invest nearly $1 million in new library technology through these one-time federal funds.

This represents an unprecedented investment, Sullivan said. Libraries are full of decade-old computers, and many of them are “salvaged” from other county departments, including prisons.

“We never had a fleet of new technologies,” Sullivan said.

But those federal funds will run out. In November, unincorporated residents of Kern County will be asked to pay an additional 1 percentage point sales tax to help the county weather a financial crisis that shows no signs of abating. Many towns in Kern, including Bakersfield, already have sales taxes. Unincorporated residents who live outside cities and depend on the county for services have been hardest hit by the county’s fiscal woes. But countywide services funded by the county, including the library, would benefit from the sales tax increase, Alsop said.

At a June oversight board meeting, Supervisor Zack Scrivner said that without the tax passing, he foresees a future where other departments will be shut down to keep public safety departments afloat.

“I don’t think this is the kind of county we want to live in, where all we do is public safety. We are no longer able to do quality of life,” Scrivener said. “And that’s what’s on the horizon.”

A simple majority of voters in the county would need to approve the measure for it to pass, but it faces significant hurdles in the low-tax county amid rising inflation. A similar measure failed in 2018 when it garnered just 35.32% of the vote.

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Billings photographer features Montana dogs to raise money for nonprofits https://forumdellamagia.org/billings-photographer-features-montana-dogs-to-raise-money-for-nonprofits/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 15:55:20 +0000 https://forumdellamagia.org/billings-photographer-features-montana-dogs-to-raise-money-for-nonprofits/

BILLINGS — A Billings photographer and his team have donated more than $10,000 to the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter and the Rimrock Humane Society after photographing more than 200 dogs to be featured in the ‘Tails of Montana’ book.

Rudi Marten, who has helped run Clark Marten Photography with his parents Clark and Rachel since 2008, took over the business four years ago and has since decided to bring the project to life after seeing families bringing their dogs for portraits as treasured family members.

He assembled a team of photographers who he made sure were comfortable with animals and needed to get a little creative.

“Sometimes the dogs wouldn’t pose unless their owner was standing there holding their leash, so we had to do some touch-ups,” Marten says. “We had to research different squeakers to get their attention and look at the camera.”

They advertised these sessions online and received a huge response. About 175 families paid $100 to participate, sometimes with multiple dogs, and received a portrait and a copy of the book. Fifty dollars from each session was added to the donation fund.

Book sales also contributed to the total donation amount, and a portion of future book sales will also be donated. Marten still has a few copies left, and if they all sell out, he can donate an additional $600.

This project was open to all Montana dog owners who share that special bond with their four-legged friend that makes them feel like part of the family.

“The most important thing was the response from dog owners who were (grateful for this) because it’s like one of (their) children or even stories of people who couldn’t have children and they’re their kids. And it was really fun to celebrate in a unique way,” Marten recalls.

Susan Strand was able to participate in the project with her fur baby, Cedar. Cedar is a one-year-old Akita who is considered her “child of choice”. Cedar may have a lot of energy and uses her mother as a chew toy, but she is still seen as a source of happiness for Strand.

“I went through a really tough time last year with COVID with quite a bit of loss, so she really helped bring some light back into my life,” Strand says. “It’s all the best bits we humans wish we could be.”

Strand hopes all the books will sell and people will continue to support no-kill shelters because “all dogs deserve homes.”

The dogs featured in “Tails of Montana” include purebred dogs, shelter dogs, police K-9s and more. Each page presents a portrait of the dog (or dogs) accompanied by a short biography. The title is a play on words expressing different stories between the dogs photographed.

Asked about plans for Volume 2, Marten said it depends on the level of demand for another project. They have a few ideas in mind but would take them from a different angle, he said.

If you would like to purchase a copy of “Tails of Montana”, Click here.

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WIKA Books sells Rs 7.18 trillion books in Q2 2022 https://forumdellamagia.org/wika-books-sells-rs-7-18-trillion-books-in-q2-2022/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 09:35:00 +0000 https://forumdellamagia.org/wika-books-sells-rs-7-18-trillion-books-in-q2-2022/

JAKARTA, September 2, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – PT WIJAYA KARYA (Persero) Tbk. WIKA successfully recorded gross profit of Rs 627.24 billion in Q2-2022, 14.8% higher on an annual basis (YoY) as recorded in the financial statements for the period ended June 30, 2022. This figure has The company’s sales were up Rp 7.18 trillion or 6.2% year-on-year.

WIKA Chairman and CEO Agung Budi Waskito (Agung BW) said the improved sales performance was driven by a 2% increase in the infrastructure and building sector, an increase of 9, 8% in the industrial sector and an increase of 167.6% in the property and real estate sector year-on-year. The bulk of the property and real estate sector’s revenue was contributed by the hotel business following the process of holding public enterprise hotels or BUMNs by WIKA’s subsidiary, WIKA Realty.

In July, WIKA secured new contracts worth R14.67 trillion. The main contributors were the infrastructure and building sector with 58.4% and the industry sector with 22.7%. The high number of new contracts in these sectors is also due to the strategic infrastructure development program promoted by the Indonesian government to face the G20.

PT WIJAYA KARYA (Persero) Tbk. WIKA

Contact:
Mahendra Vijaya
Sekretaris Perusahaan
Email: mahendra.v@wikamail.id
Website: https://www.wika.co.id/

Source: PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk.

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