8:45 a.m. Nine-time Suburban League baseball champion La Mirada continued its winning ways Saturday, but this time is wasn’t on the playing field. The Matadores will be at home for their next game by virtue of winning the coin flip with Hemet to determine the home team for Tuesday’s semifinal round in the CIF Southern Section, Division III playoffs. La Mirada defeated Nogales, 6-1, in Friday’s quarterfinal contest. The winner Tuesday will advance to the championship game scheduled Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
St. Columba’s Parish TermonFr. Patrick Mc Hugh PPPhone/Fax 074-9139016 Emergency Mobile number 086-2831800 Fr. Michael Mc Keever, Churchill at 074-9137057 or daytime at 074-9121208Parish website: www.gartantermon.net or www.raphoeparishes.com/termon.htmSaturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of March 2013Third Sunday of Lent Weekday Masses & Announced Mass IntentionsSat 2nd March 7.00pm The Deceased members of the Kelly family, Stragraddy. RIPSun 3rd March9.00am& 11.00am Missa Pro PopuloPrivate IntentionMon 4th March 9.30am * Please note the change*Tues 5th March 9.30am No Intention Wed 6th March 9.30am Joe Mc Gill, Goal. RIPThurs 7th March 7.00pm Charlie Mc Daid, Doon. RIPFri 8th March 9.30am Private Intention.Sat 9th March 10.00am&7.00pm Deceased members of the Cannon and Duffy Families. RIPHoly Souls in PurgatorySun 10th March 9.00am&11.00am Missa Pro PopuloJames Doherty, Goaldrum. RIPThe Loop Hearing Aid system is currently available for all Ceremonies in this ChurchThe 9.00am Mass every Sunday is offered for the intentions of the people of the parishConfessions are available after Mass on Sat evening & on the First Friday of every Month.Divine Mercy after 10.00am Mass every Saturday except the first Saturday of the Month.**Notes for your diary:First Confessions for Scoil Cholmcille on Wednesday 20th march at 7.00pm.First Holy Communion is on Saturday 11th of May at 11.00am.Termon Graveyard Mass on Sunday 14th of July at 7.00pm (the second Sunday in July)The next Healing Mass with the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be on Thursday 11th April at 7.00pm.Celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Station Island, Lough Derg, More info on the Church notice board.Income and Building Fund: €1790. Expenditure: €55.Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Thursday the 7th of March after Mass concluding with the rosary and the blessing of the people at 9.30pm.Stations of the Cross and Benediction this Sunday evening (March 3rd) at 7.00pm for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.As you are aware we are in a critical situation regarding the legalizing of abortion in Ireland. Only God’s intervention will stop this evil, and therefore as concerned Catholics we are of the opinion that a Nationwide Prayer Campaign during Lent would be of great benefit to stop this legislation.Registration Naíonra An Tearmainn (old school) for 2013/2014 will take place on Monday 4th March between 7pm and 8pm. Anyone who is unable to attend should contact the Naíonra on 0868670168 to make other arrangements.Columba: Irelands First Missionary: The Columba Community invites you to join them at a talk given by Fr JJ O’Riordan on Columba: Ireland’s First Missionary. Fr JJ (CSsR) is an International Speaker and Author on Celtic Spirituality. The talk will take place at the IOSAS Centre & Celtic Prayer Garden, Lenamore Rd, Muff on Tuesday 19th March at 7pm. All welcome. Tel: 00353 7493 84866 for further detail www.celticprayergarden.com or www.columbacommunity.comIf you or anyone you know would be interested in or benefit from going on this years pilgrimage to Lourdes 22nd-27th of May as part of the sick please contact Fr. McHugh: Details are on the Church notice board of this year’s pilgrimage: the cost is €685. per person for 5 nights full board accommodation with optional bus transport to and from Belfast €25 per person travelling. For any information on the Pilgrimage or to book a place, please contact Brenda at the Pilgrimage office, No 3 Knocknamona Letterkenny on 074 9125090 between 10.30am – 2.30pmPlease take a CHY form from the back of the Church and return it to Fr. McHugh as soon as possible. This tax return applies only to P.A.Y.E workers. Last year we secured €14,097 from this scheme and the amount recovered this year will be used for the work on the new graveyard. Your cooperation in this is greatly appreciated.All CLG An Tearmainn membership for Children and Adults is now up for renewal. Only fully paid members will be eligible for the draw for tickets to the football and hurling All-Ireland finals. Anyone interested in renewing or purchasing a new membership please contact Lisa McCafferty on 086 3527015 or Michelle McDaid on 087 6249261**For notes from An Craoibhín, further information from CLG An Tearmainn, details of an up-coming First Aid Course in the Pastoral Centre, and a free public information meeting about heart Failure in Mount Errigal hotel. Please consult the notice board. 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PALMDALE – Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating why a backup power system failed at the air-traffic control center that directs jetliners flying in and out of Southern California after a vehicle crash knocked down a high-power line in Palmdale. Disrupting hundreds of flights and delaying thousands of travelers across North America, the outage that shut down radar and communications systems at the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale occurred while the center was operating on backup generators that started automatically after a vehicle knocked down a utility pole four miles away. “We believe it was the switching system. We’re not sure. It’s under investigation,” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus said. In the three hours it took Tuesday night to get the control center functioning normally again, nearly 350 flights nationwide were delayed, 49 were canceled, and 102 were diverted, many to Las Vegas, Fergus said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Controllers were told that the center’s backup generators functioned but that some problem occurred with the electrical system that connects the generators to the center, said Bruce Bates, a controllers union leader at the Palmdale center. “We were on backup power at the time of the outage,” he said. Electricity had been knocked out briefly to a wide area of Palmdale about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, when a speeding pickup truck ran a red light at Avenue O-8 and 10th Street West and hit a utility pole, severing it at its base, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said. Power came back on after about 30 seconds, though electricity remained off in the community of Green Valley 15 miles away for about 40 minutes, Southern California Edison spokesman Alis Clausen said. For about 25 minutes starting around 6:15 p.m., Edison workers turned off a distribution line, serving more than 1,000 homes and businesses, to make repairs. The line doesn’t serve the FAA center, Clausen said. The FAA said its backup power system came on after the initial brief outage and failed at 5:35 p.m., knocking out radar and communication systems. Other traffic control centers, including ones in Oakland, San Diego County, Salt Lake City and Albuquerque, took over the job of directing airliners. Planes about to depart for Los Angeles were held on the ground, Fergus said. The backup power resumed at the Palmdale center about 7:30 p.m., and it took an additional hour to get the center functioning normally, Fergus said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Thanks to the free livestream, I joined bloggers, digital marketers, content specialists, designers, and developers around the world last week at WordCamp Europe 2019 to learn and talk about WordPress.The conference was held in Berlin, Germany. With a six hour difference, I knew I had to plan carefully what sessions I could attend.I focused on accessibility, content, and user experience sessions that didn’t require me to get up at 4:00am in the morning. One session I didn’t want to miss was the Accessible Content session by Maja Benke.Here are my notes from her talk.Accessible ContentWhy does accessible content matter? From Steve Krug, author of Don’t Make Me Think:The one argument for accessibility that doesn’t get make nearly often enough is how extraordinarily better it makes some people’s lives. How many opportunities do we have to dramatically improve people’s lives just by doing our job a little better?For a site to be accessible, the design, development, and content on the site need to be accessible. Accessible content can be consumed by as many people as possible, no matter their situation, goals, skills, or needsTo better understand disabilities, access needs, and common barriers people face on the web, check out Accessibility Personas.Use semantic structure. Rather than bolding text, use HTML headings.Only use one h1 per page, don’t skip headings. Always start with h1, next is h2 (don’t use h3 before h2),Avoid using headings for style, because you like the way it displays.In Gutenberg, you will be warned if you use more than one h1 on a page.Know when to use unordered lists and ordered lists. Use unordered lists when the order doesn’t matter. Use ordered lists where order matters. Example: a recipe.Accordions can be helpful to organize a question and answer or frequently asked questions content section. Tables are useful for organizing complex contentHowever, if not coded correctly, accordions and tables can be challenging for screen reader users. Note: Gutenberg Table Block is not currently accessible (in WordPress 5.2, plans are for it be accessible in WordPress 5.3).Useful resources about accessible tables and accessible accordions by Graham Armfield.Establish a style guide for your content; don’t overuse italics and strong styliing. Avoid using all capitals for words, rather, use them for abbreviations and acronyms. Note: screen readers read out capital letters one-by-one. If you want uppercase for words, use CSS.Craft your words with easy and plain language. Keep your content clear, simple, and short. Provide useful tips or hints.Provide a summary of important information at the top of your content (personal comment: the Nielson Norman Group does this regularly on their articlesWrite clear link text that makes sense out of content. Avoid “Click here” for link text. Did you know screen reader users can ask for a list of all links on a page? Imagine hearing Click here over 20 times on a page.Example of link text: Use “Contact us” instead of “Click here.”Avoid opening links in a new tab. You’re taking away choice from the user. Also, it breaks the back button. An exception: links on a form with help tips (always notify the user when you plan to open a new tab).Emojis can help people better understand emotion. Emojis are accessible in apps and native programs, they’re read out. However, they’re not accessible by default in websites.Be mindful that emojis can be easily misunderstood. In your images and graphics, avoid relying on color alone for information. Use a combination of color with texture or pattern. Add alternative text for your images, not needed for background images.PDFs can be challenging to make accessible (glad to hear Maja’s comments that PDFs are not her favorite). Semantics, headings matter in PDFs.Avoid auto-start for video and audio. Add captions for video, transcripts for audio.YouTube auto captions aren’t perfect, but they provide a good base for you to download, edit, and update captions.Animated GIFs don’t provide any user control; use videos instead. If you must use a GIF, only allow it to loop once. Social Media ConversationHere’s some of the Twitter conversation during her presentation.Thanks @MajaBenke for your wonderful talk at #WCEU about #accessibility pic.twitter.com/G86Zkx8ePJ— Wendy @ WordCamp Europe – Berlin (@wendyweel) June 21, 2019 Track 2: Still need a reason to make your content accessible? Consider this quote from Steve Krug, says @MajaBenke: “The one argument for accessibility that doesn’t get made nearly enough is how extraordinarily better it makes some people’s lives.” #WCEU pic.twitter.com/ePawQwoYfd— WordCamp Europe (@WCEurope) June 21, 2019A wall of text is hard to read. Use headings to break up your text into more easily readable sections. ~ @MajaBenke #WCEU— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) June 21, 2019How to persuade clients to make their websites accessible? Here’s @MajaBenke with a pretty convincing argument: “Google is the biggest blind user of the web.” Thanks for the great talk! #WCEU— ALEX VON EFF (@voneff) June 21, 2019Accessible content with @MajaBenke. The use of accessibility personas can help you gain an empathic understanding of user needs. #WCEU #accessibility #a11y pic.twitter.com/XfI7fJZESE— Linnea Nordström (@LinneaAFN) June 21, 2019Learning about #Accessibility Personas for better #Website content with @wp1x1 at #WordCamp #Europe in #Berlin. #WCEU #A11y … pic.twitter.com/7FQFXQwnMF— Ralf Wiechers (@drivingralle) June 21, 2019Thank you for your great talk on #a11y @MajaBenke! We weren’t aware that gifs are not accessible, so this is something we will be mindful of now.👍🏻#WCEU pic.twitter.com/pgvxBGhJzU— RAIDBOXES (@RAIDBOXES) June 21, 2019Thank you to Maja Benke for uploading her presentation slides on Slideshare. Check the section at the end for general resources about accessibility as well as WordPress accessibility. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWatch the WordCamp Europe 2019 Livestream, No Tickets RequiredWhen I heard the news that WordCamp Europe 2019 tickets had sold out, I wasn’t too worried. As in past years, I planned to watch the livestream from the comfort of my favorite chair at home. I visited the WordCamp Europe 2019 tickets page, expecting to find a livestream ticket…In “WordPress”Takeaways from WordCamp Lancaster 2016Last weekend I joined a couple hundred other bloggers, designers, and developers at the WordCamp Lancaster conference to learn and talk about WordPress. This was my first WordCamp of the year and I had a wonderful time! 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Regionals begin May 23By Paul LeckerSports ReporterThe postseason tournament brackets for the upcoming 2017 WIAA state softball playoffs have been released.Play begins with regional quarterfinals in Divisions 2-5 on Tuesday, May 23, with regional semifinals in all five divisions on Wednesday, May 24. Regional finals are scheduled for Friday, May 26, with winners moving on to the sectionals. Sectional semifinals are Tuesday, May 30, and sectional finals are Thursday, June 1. Survivors qualify for the WIAA State Softball Tournament at Goodman Fields in Madison on June 8-10.Locally, Marshfield is the No. 5 seed in the Division 1 Sectional 1 bracket and will host No. 12 New Richmond in a regional semifinal on May 24 at the Marshfield Fairgrounds. The winner play either No. 4 Superior or No. 13 Wausau East in a regional final May 26.In Division 3, Stratford earned a first-round bye and is the No. 5 seed in Sectional 1 and will play at No. 4 Prescott in a regional semifinal May 24.Spencer is the No. 1 seed and also earned a first-round bye in its Division 4 Sectional 1 bracket and will play the winner of No. 9 Spring Valley and No. 8 Cadott in a regional semifinal May 24.In the Division 4 Sectional 3 bracket, Auburndale is a No. 6 seed and will open play in a regional semifinal at No. 3 Markesan on May 24.Marshfield Columbus Catholic is the only local team that will have to play a regional quarterfinal. The Dons are the No. 8 seed in the Division 5 Sectional 3 bracket and will play at home against No. 9 Northland Lutheran/Wisconsin Valley Lutheran at 5 p.m. May 23 at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2017 WIAA State Softball PlayoffsDivision 1Sectional 1Regional semifinals, May 24No. 9 Wisconsin Rapids at No. 8 Wausau WestNo. 12 New Richmond at No. 5 MarshfieldNo. 13 Wausau East at No. 4 SuperiorNo. 14 River Falls at No. 3 D.C. EverestNo. 11 Eau Claire North at No. 6 Eau Claire MemorialNo. 10 Menomonie at No. 7 HudsonRegional finals, May 26Wisconsin Rapids-Wausau West winner at No. 1 Stevens PointHudson-Menomonie winner at No. 2 Chippewa FallsSectional 3Regional semifinals, May 24No. 9 Madison East at No. 8 Monona GroveNo. 12 Madison Memorial at No. 5 VeronaNo. 13 Madison La Follette at No. 4 La Crosse CentralNo. 14 Madison West at No. 3 HolmenNo. 11 Tomah at No. 6 MiddletonNo. 10 Baraboo at No. 7 WaunakeeRegional finals, May 26Madison East-Monona Grove winner at No. 1 Sun PrairieWaunakee-Baraboo winner at No. 2 DeForestSectional 2Regional semifinals, May 24No. 9 Appleton North at No. 8 De PereNo. 12 Green Bay East at No. 5 HortonvilleNo. 13 Menasha at No. 4 Green Bay PrebleNo. 14 Green Bay Southwest at No. 3 PulaskiNo. 11 Appleton West at No. 6 AshwaubenonNo. 10 Appleton East at No. 7 KimberlyRegional finals, May 26Appleton North-De Pere winner at No. 1 KaukaunaKimberly-Appleton East winner at No. 2 Bay PortSectional 4Regional semifinals, May 24No. 9 Sheboygan North at No. 8 Sheboygan SouthNo. 12 Manitowoc at No. 5 West Bend WestNo. 13 Oconomowoc at No. 4 SlingerNo. 14 Hartford at No. 3 Beaver DamNo. 11 Fond du Lac at No. 6 Oshkosh WestNo. 10 Neenah at No. 7 West Bend EastRegional finals, May 26Sheboygan North-Sheboygan South winner at No. 1 Oshkosh NorthWest Bend East-Neenah winner at No. 2 WatertownSectional 5Regional semifinals, May 24No. 9 Burlington at No. 8 OregonNo. 12 Janesville Parker at No. 5 Beloit MemorialNo. 13 Stoughton at No. 4 Fort AtkinsonNo. 14 Milton at No. 3 Janesville CraigNo. 11 Waterford at No. 6 ElkhornNo. 10 Lake Geneva Badger at No. 7 Union GroveRegional finals, May 26Burlington-Oregon winner at No. 1 Westosha CentralUnion Grove-Lake Geneva Badger winner at No. 2 WilmotSectional 7Regional semifinals, May 24No. 9 Brookfield East at No. 8 Brookfield CentralNo. 12 Milwaukee Washington at No. 5 Whitefish BayNo. 13 Milwaukee Vincent at No. 4 CedarburgNo. 14 Milwaukee Madison at No. 3 Mequon HomesteadNo. 11 Milwaukee Riverside/Golda Meir at No. 6 Greendale NicoletNo. 10 Milwaukee Bradley at No. 7 Milwaukee KingRegional finals, May 26Brookfield East-Brookfield Central winner at No. 1 GermantownMilwaukee King-Milwaukee Bradley winner at No. 2 Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy AngelsSectional 6Regional semifinals, May 24No. 9 Wauwatosa East at No. 8 Sussex HamiltonNo. 12 West Allis Central at No. 5 Waukesha WestNo. 13 Milwaukee Hamilton at No. 4 West Allis HaleNo. 14 Milwaukee Pulaski/Arts/Carmen/South/Juneau at No. 3 Hartland ArrowheadNo. 11 Waukesha South at No. 6 Waukesha NorthNo. 10 Mukwonago at No. 7 Wauwatosa WestRegional finals, May 26Wauwatosa East-Hamilton winner at No. 1 Kettle MoraineWauwatosa West-Mukwonago winner at No. 2 Menomonee FallsSectional 8Regional semifinals, May 24No. 9 Greendale at No. 8 South MilwaukeeNo. 12 Racine Park at No. 5 MuskegoNo. 13 Milwaukee Reagan at No. 4 FranklinNo. 14 Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong LearningNo. 11 Racine Horlick at No. 6 Kenosha Indian TrailNo. 10 Kenosha Tremper at No. 7 Racine CaseRegional finals, May 26Greendale-South Milwaukee winner at No. 1 Oak CreekRacine Case-Kenosha Tremper winner at No. 2 Kenosha Bradford/ReutherDivision 2Sectional 1Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Black River Falls at No. 8 AmeryNo. 10 Sparta at No. 7 La Crosse LoganNo. 9 Ashland at No. 8 HaywardNo. 10 Colby/Abbotsford at No. 7 LakelandRegional semifinals, May 24Black River Falls-Amery winner at No. 1 Baldwin-WoodvilleNo. 5 West Salem at No. 4 OsceolaNo. 6 Somerset at No. 3 EllsworthLa Crosse Logan-Sparta winner at No. 2 OnalaskaAshland-Hayward winner at No. 1 Rice LakeNo. 5 Merrill at No. 4 RhinelanderNo. 6 Medford at No. 3 MosineeLakeland-Colby/Abbotsford winner at No. 2 Antigo/White LakeSectional 4Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Ripon at No. 8 Milwaukee LutheranNo. 10 Shorewood at No. 7 Brown DeerNo. 9 Milwaukee Pius XI Catholic at No. 8 Milwaukee School of LanguagesNo. 10 Milwaukee St. Anthony at No. 7 St. FrancisRegional semifinals, May 24Ripon-Milwaukee Lutheran at No. 1 GraftonNo. 5 Plymouth at No. 4 Port WashingtonNo. 6 Sheboygan Falls/Kohler at No. 3 KewaskumBrown Deer-Shorewood winner at No. 2 WaupunPius XI-School of Languages winner at No. 1 New Berlin WestNo. 5 Milwaukee St. Thomas More at No. 4 New Berlin EisenhowerNo. 6 Wisconsin Lutheran at No. 3 CudahySt. Francis-St. Anthony winner at No. 2 WhitnallSectional 2Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Appleton Xavier at No. 8 WaupacaNo. 10 Berlin at No. 7 Little ChuteNo. 9 Green Bay Notre Dame at No. 8 ClintonvilleNo. 10 Green Bay West at No. 7 Two RiversRegional semifinals, May 24Xavier-Waupaca winner at No. 1 FreedomNo. 5 Fox Valley Lutheran at No. 4 WinneconneNo. 6 West De Pere at No. 3 WrightstownLittle Chute-Berlin winner at No. 2 New LondonNotre Dame-Clintonville winner at No. 1 SeymourNo. 5 Marinette at No. 4 ShawanoNo. 6 Oconto Falls at No. 3 DenmarkTwo Rivers-Green Bay West winner at No. 2 Luxemburg-CascoSectional 3Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Madison Edgewood at No. 8 ReedsburgNo. 10 Lodi at No. 7 Mount HorebNo. 9 Pewaukee at No. 8 WhitewaterNo. 10 Big Foot at No. 7 East TroyRegional semifinals, May 24Edgewood-Reedsburg winner at No. 1 McFarlandNo. 5 Adams-Friendship at No. 4 Sauk PrairieNo. 6 Mauston at No. 3 PortageMount Horeb-Lodi winner at No. 2 EvansvillePewaukee-Whitewater winner at No. 1 Beloit TurnerNo. 5 Monroe at No. 4 JeffersonNo. 6 Waukesha Catholic Memorial at No. 3 EdgertonEast Troy-Big Foot winner at No. 2 Delavan-DarienDivision 3Sectional 1Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Frederic/Luck at No. 8 UnityNo. 10 Webster/Siren at No. 7 LadysmithNo. 9 St. Croix Central at No. 8 Neillsville/GrantonNo. 10 Nekoosa at No. 7 Stanley-BoydRegional semifinals, May 24Frederic/Luck-Unity winner at No. 1 NorthwesternNo. 5 St. Croix Falls at No. 4 CumberlandNo. 6 Barron at No. 3 CameronLadysmith-Webster/Siren winner at No. 2 SpoonerNeillsville/Granton-St. Croix Central winner at No. 1 BloomerNo. 5 Stratford at No. 4 PrescottNo. 6 Durand at No. 3 Elk MoundStanley-Boyd-Nekoosa winner at No. 2 AltoonaSectional 4Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Wisconsin Dells at No. 8 WautomaNo. 10 Winnebago Lutheran at No. 7 North Fond du LacNo. 9 Oostburg at No. 8 Whitefish Bay DominicanNo. 10 Racine St. Catherine’s at No. 7 Cedar Grove-BelgiumRegional semifinals, May 24Wisconsin Dells-Wautoma winner at No. 1 LaconiaNo. 5 Lomira at No. 4 MayvilleNo. 6 Westfield at No. 3 CampbellsportNorth Fond du Lac-Winnebago Lutheran winner at No. 2 PoynetteOostburg-Dominican winner at No. 1 Shoreland LutheranNo. 5 Watertown Luther Prep at No. 4 Kettle Moraine LutheranNo. 6 Kenosha St. Joseph at No. 3 Greendale Martin LutherCedar Grove-Belgium-St. Catherine’s winner at No. 2 Random LakeSectional 2Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Wittenberg-Birnamwood at No. 8 Gillett/SuringNo. 10 Northland Pines at No. 7 AmherstNo. 9 Sturgeon Bay at No. 8 Howards GroveNo. 10 Kiel at No. 7 Manitowoc RoncalliRegional semifinals, May 24Wittenberg-Birnamwood-Gillett/Suring winner at No. 1 OcontoNo. 5 Bonduel at No. 4 PeshtigoNo. 6 Omro at No. 3 TomahawkAmherst-Northland Pines winner at No. 2 Weyauwega-FremontSturgeon Bay-Howards Grove winner at No. 1 BrillionNo. 5 Valders at No. 4 KewauneeNo. 6 New Holstein at No. 3 Southern DoorRoncall-Kiel winner at No. 2 ChiltonSectional 3Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Richland Center at No. 8 PlattevilleNo. 10 Prairie du Chien at No. 7 LancasterNo. 9 Lake Mills at No. 8 WaterlooNo. 10 Clinton at No. 7 BellevilleRegional semifinals, May 24Richland Center-Platteville winner at No. 1 La Crosse AquinasNo. 5 Westby at No. 4 Gale-Ettrick-TrempealeauNo. 6 Viroqua at No. 3 DodgevilleLancaster-Prairie du Chien at No. 2 ArcadiaLake Mills-Waterloo winner at No. 1 ColumbusNo. 5 Palmyra-Eagle at No. 4 BrodheadNo. 6 Lakeside Lutheran at No. 3 River ValleyBelleville-Clinton winner at No. 2 MarshallDivision 4Sectional 1Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser at No. 8 BoycevilleNo. 10 Cornell/Lake Holcombe at No. 7 Glenwood CityNo. 9 Spring Valley at No. 8 CadottNo. 10 Edgar at No. 7 Fall CreekRegional semifinals, May 24Chetek-Weyerhaeuser-Boyceville winner at No. 1 PhillipsNo. 5 Chequamegon at No. 4 FlambeauNo. 6 Shell Lake at No. 3 GrantsburgGlenwood City-Cornell/Lake Holcombe winner at No. 2 Clayton/Turtle LakeSpring Valley-Cadott winner at No. 1 SpencerNo. 5 Eau Claire Regis at No. 4 ThorpNo. 6 Colfax at No. 3 AthensFall Creek-Edgar winner at No. 2 MarathonSectional 4Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Darlington at No. 8 River Ridge/CassvilleNo. 10 Benton/Shullsburg at No. 7 New GlarusNo. 9 Kenosha Christian Life at No. 8 PardeevilleRegional semifinals, May 24Darlington-River Ridge/Cassville winner at No. 1 Iowa-GrantNo. 5 Fennimore at No. 4 BoscobelNo. 6 Cuba City at No. 3 Mineral PointNew Glarus-Benton/Shullsburg winner at No. 2 Wisconsin HeightsKenosha Christian Life-Pardeeville winner at No. 1 Juda/AlbanyNo. 5 Cambridge at No. 4 Racine LutheranNo. 6 Lake Country Lutheran at No. 3 DeerfieldNo. 7 Dodgeland at No. 2 ParkviewSectional 2Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Crivitz at No. 8 CrandonNo. 10 Menominee Indian at No. 7 Laona/WabenoNo. 9 Stockbridge/Hilbert at No. 8 Gibraltar/Washington IslandNo. 10 Sheboygan Area Lutheran at No. 7 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s SpringsRegional semifinals, May 24Crivitz-Crandon winner at No. 1 ShioctonNo. 5 Phelps/Three Lakes at No. 4 Iola-ScandinaviaNo. 6 Manawa at No. 3 RosholtLaona/Wabeno-Menominee Indian winner at No. 2 ColemanStockbridge/Hilbert-Gibraltar/Washington Island winner at No. 1 Oshkosh LourdesNo. 5 Manitowoc Lutheran at No. 4 ReedsvilleNo. 6 Neenah St. Mary Catholic at No. 3 AlgomaSt. Mary’s Springs-Sheboygan Area Lutheran winner at No. 2 MishicotSectional 3Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Melrose-Mindoro at No. 8 WhitehallNo. 9 Wayland Academy at No. 8 Princeton/Green LakeNo. 10 Pittsville at No. 7 MontelloRegional semifinals, May 24Melrose-Mindoro-Whitehall winner at No. 1 Cochrane-Fountain CityNo. 5 Mondovi at No. 4 BrookwoodNo. 6 Osseo-Fairchild at No. 3 Independence/GilmantonNo. 7 Eleva-Strum at No. 2 Onalaska LutherWayland Academy-Princeton/Green Lake winner at No. 1 HoriconNo. 5 Necedah at No. 4 Tri-CountyNo. 6 Auburndale at No. 3 MarkesanMontello-Pittsville winner at No. 2 Stevens Point PacelliDivision 5Sectional 1Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Elmwood at No. 8 PrenticeNo. 10 Rib Lake at No. 7 Clear LakeNo. 9 Bayfield at No. 8 MellenRegional semifinals, May 24Elmwood-Prentice winner at No. 1 Chippewa Falls McDonellNo. 5 Prairie Farm at No. 4 Eau Claire Immanuel LutheranNo. 6 Plum City at No. 3 GilmanClear Lake-Rib Lake winner at No. 2 Pepin/AlmaBayfield-Mellen winner at No. 1 HurleyNo. 5 Northwood at No. 4 BirchwoodNo. 6 Solon Springs at No. 3 BruceNo. 7 Butternut/Mercer at No. 2 DrummondSectional 4Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 North Crawford at No. 8 RiverdaleNo. 10 Pecatonica at No. 7 PotosiNo. 9 Faith Christian at No. 8 MonticelloRegional semifinals, May 24North Crawford-Riverdale at No. 1 BelmontNo. 5 Seneca at No. 4 BarneveldNo. 6 Highland at No. 3 Wauzeka-SteubenPotosi-Pecatonica winner at No. 2 SouthwesternFaith Christian-Monticello winner at No. 1 Johnson CreekNo. 5 Burlington Catholic Central at No. 4 ArgyleNo. 6 Fall River at No. 3 Black HawkNo. 7 Hustisford at No. 2 Williams BaySectional 2Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Tigerton at No. 8 FlorenceNo. 10 Pembine/Goodman at No. 7 MarionNo. 9 Sevastopol at No. 8 Living Word LutheranNo. 10 Rio at No. 7 Green Bay NEW LutheranRegional semifinals, May 24Tigerton-Florence winner at No. 1 WausaukeeNo. 5 Bowler at No. 4 NiagaraNo. 6 Elcho at No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas/LenaMarion-Pembine/Goodman winner at No. 2 GreshamSevastopol-Living Word Lutheran winner at No. 1 OakfieldNo. 5 Wild Rose at No. 4 Cambria-FrieslandNo. 6 Randolph at No. 3 Elkhart Lake-GlenbeulahGreen Bay NEW Lutheran-Rio winner at No. 2 Almond-BancroftSectional 3Regional quarterfinals, May 23No. 9 Northland Lutheran/Wisconsin Valley Lutheran at No. 8 Marshfield Columbus CatholicNo. 10 Owen-Withee at No. 7 Port EdwardsNo. 9 Royall at No. 8 Wonewoc-CenterNo. 11 Kickapoo at No. 6 HillsboroNo. 10 Weston at No. 7 La FargeRegional semifinals, May 24Northland Lutheran/Wisconsin Valley Lutheran-Marshfield Columbus Catholic winner at No. 1 Wisconsin Rapids AssumptionNo. 5 Loyal at No. 4 AugustaNo. 6 Wausau Newman Catholic at No. 3 GreenwoodPort Edwards-Owen-Withee winner at No. 2 Blair-TaylorRoyall-Wonewoc-Center winner at No. 1 De SotoNo. 5 New Lisbon at No. 4 CashtonHillsboro-Kickapoo winner at No. 3 IthacaLa Farge-Weston winner at No. 2 Bangor
16 November 2010Legal Aid South Africa has launched the Legal Aid Advice Line – 0860 LEGAL 8 (0860 534 258) – a call centre aimed at giving free legal advice on civil matters to poorer South Africans.The 12 staff members at the centre, which has been operational since June, give expert advice on civil matters such as those relating to family, children and land. Where appropriate, they refer callers to justice centres or other organisations for further assistance.The aim of the initiative is to help South Africans earning R5 000 or less a month, especially those in rural areas, with immediate legal advice.So far, the call centre offers legal advice in five of South Africa’s 11 official languages.“Legal Aid South Africa’s Legal Advice Line is a call centre of a special type,” Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel said at the official launch in Johannesburg last week. “It is designed to further Legal Aid South Africa’s strategy to enhance access to justice for the poor and the vulnerable.”Legal services for allDuring the 2009/10 financial year, Legal Aid South Africa provided legal services at criminal courts across the country through its 64 Justice Centres and 63 satellite offices.During this period, Legal Aid SA assisted in 416 149 new legal matters, including 387 121 criminal matters and 29 028 civil matters.Legal Aid SA aims to expand its civil services, focusing to begin with on matters affecting vulnerable groups such as children, women and landless people, then expanding these to broader constituencies.“The Legal Advice Line represents a significant milestone in the quest to extend access to justice to rural areas, where the cost of establishing justice centres and/or satellite offices might be prohibitive,” Nel said.“The Legal Advice Line is the first of its kind in the country, and its formal opening is indeed cause for celebration.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Sensor technology seems to be one of the biggest buzz technologies of late, and companies like DoBots are bringing it to home automation. DoBots is a spinoff of Almende, a research institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. DoBots specializes in artificial intelligence, for robots and home automation alike. I recently spoke to roboticist and COO, Anne van Rossum about through their soon to be shipped product, Crownstone, a home automation device that relies on indoor localization over voice activated commands.The Crownstone is a Bluetooth low-energy smart power outlet that can be embedded everywhere in a workplace building or household via the power points. While people can use their smartphone or corresponding devices to control their home automation, the technology also enables the building to know where the people are in each room. This means Crownstone can react to your presence by switching on lights and home appliances and in turn, react to your absence by switching off devices of choice, effectively putting powering down much of your home when you are absent in those rooms. Van Rossum describes their product as:“a first step step to make your home aware of you and your presence. It is able to observe or behavior through how we use devices and allows our home to adapt to our needs. They can function as a very affordable $25 dollar wake-up light, and switch off energy-hungry devices like modems and TVs. However, their AI allows them to also recognize situations. Your grandma who doesn’t come out of bed. Your electrical kettle without water. Your television that gets plugged out at night if you’re not around. Suspicious or dangerous situations that it recognizes because it is able to identify devices and learns your behavior and the behavior of the other people around you.”The applicability for such technology is apparent in modern workplaces where be used in finding work spots and planning meeting rooms. It is particularly useful in a large office where it can be used to locate staff trained in first aid in an emergency or determine occupancy measures to set up contracts for performance-based cleaning. The Crownstone identifies devices based on their power consumption pattern. It also detects your presence, for example your lights will turn on and off.The product’s indoor localization technology includes iBeacon functionality. According to van Rossum:“This enables you to build services on top of it. The device uses robotic technology, specifically a technique called SLAM, (simulataneous localization and mapping). It allows a robot to position itself and build a map of so-called landmarks in its environment. In our case a human is the robot and it uses the Crownstones to pinpoint its location indoors. Moreover, because we use this state of the art method you do not need to tell the system where you have plugged in those Crownstones. By just walking around the location of your smart power outlets is inferred automatically. The system is learning all this on itself”.DoBots have made Crownstones open source, meaning people can experiment with app development and iBeacon and write their own corresponding apps. Related Posts Tags:#AI#Almende#Crownstone#DoBots#energy automation#Home Automation#power#robotics#robots#standby Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Cate Lawrence How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…
Illinois budget legislation has been enacted over Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto that increases corporate and personal income tax rates, creates an income and personal property replacement tax addback for the federal domestic production activities deduction under IRC §199, expands the definition of “unitary business group,” extends the sunset date for the research and development income tax credit, increases the education expense and earned income tax credits, eliminates the educational expense credit, the property tax credit, and personal income tax exemptions for certain taxpayers, and establishes a new income tax credit for teachers, instructors, counselors, principals, or aides who purchase school instructional materials and supplies.Sales and use tax (TAXDAY, 2017/07/10, S.7) and other tax provisions (TAXDAY, 2017/07/10, S.8) are discussed in separate stories.Income Tax RatesEffective for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2017, the corporate income tax rate is increased from 5.25% to 7% and the personal income tax rate is increased from 3.75% to 4.95%.IRC §199 AdjustmentEffective for taxable years ending on or after December 31, 2017, taxpayers computing Illinois corporate income, personal income, and replacement tax liability must addback an amount equal to any federal deduction claimed by a taxpayer under IRC §199 for domestic production activities.Unitary Business GroupsMembers of a unitary business group must compute Illinois corporate income and replacement tax liability using the water’s edge combined reporting method. Effective for taxable years ending before December 31, 2017, a “unitary business group” cannot include members that use different apportionment formulas. For example, insurance companies, financial organizations, and transportation companies must use special industry apportionment formulas and cannot be included in the same unitary group, effective for taxable years ending before December 31, 2017, with a general business corporation required to use a different one-factor formula. Effective for taxable years ending on or after December 31, 2017, the phrase “United States”, as used in the definition of “unitary business group” (e.g., 80/20 U.S. business activity rule), includes any area over which the U.S. has asserted jurisdiction or claimed exclusive rights over natural resource exploration or exploitation. Effective for taxable years ending before December 31, 2017, the phrase “United States” does not include those areas. The definition continues to exclude any U.S. territory or possession.Research and Development CreditThe sunset date for the research and development (R&D) credit that may be claimed against Illinois corporate income, personal income, and replacement tax liability is extended from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2022. The R&D credit is intended to apply continuously for all tax years ending on or after December 31, 2004 and before January 1, 2022, including the period beginning on January 1, 2016 and ending on the effective date of the legislation. The credit is equal to 6.5% of qualifying R&D expenditures.Education Expense and Earned Income Tax CreditsThe maximum education expense credit is increased from $500 to $750 for tax years ending on or after December 31, 2017. Resident taxpayers who were the parent or legal guardian of a full-time student, who was a resident under the age of 21 at the close of the school year and who attended kindergarten through 12fth grade at a public or nonpublic school in Illinois during the tax year, may claim a credit against Illinois personal income tax liability for qualified education expenses paid for the student if the expenses exceed $250. The Illinois education expense credit is equal to 25% of the qualified expenses each year up to the maximum allowable credit.The Illinois earned income tax credit (EITC) that may be claimed against personal income tax liability is increased from 10% to 14% of the federal EITC for taxable years beginning after 2016 and from 14% to 18% of the federal credit for taxable years beginning after 2017.School Instructional Materials and Supplies CreditEffective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, teachers, instructors, counselors, principals, or aides who work at least 900 hours in a public or non-public school during the school year may claim a credit against personal income tax liability for the amount paid or $250, whichever is less, for classroom instructional materials and supplies. Unused credits may be carried forward for up to 5 taxable years.Personal Income Credit and Exemption LimitsEffective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, taxpayers who have adjusted gross income for the taxable year exceeding $500,000 for taxpayers filing a joint federal return or $250,000 for all other taxpayers may not claim:– the education expense credit;– the 5% credit for property taxes paid on residential real property; or– personal income tax exemptions.The standard personal exemption is $2,050, plus an annual cost-of-living inflation adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index. An additional $1,000 exemption is allowed for each taxpayer who is 65 or older and for each taxpayer who is blind.P.A. 100-22 (S.B. 9), Laws 2017, effective July 6, 2017 and as noted
Starting in 2020, employers that qualify can set up “individual coverage” health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Employers will also be able to set up “excepted benefit HRAs.” HRAs have a long history, and involve employee accounts through which employers can reimburse certain health costs.The innovation here is that employees would be able to use individual coverage HRAs to buy their own individual or family coverage. This kind of coverage would provide ACA-mandated essential health benefits and cover any preexisting condition.Employees would be able to use excepted benefit HRAs to buy short-term, limited-duration insurance. This kind of coverage is cheap, but can exclude preexisting conditions and does not have to provide essential health benefits.Reimbursements and Health Reimbursement AccountsEmployer reimbursement of employee medical costs has tax benefits. These include:tax deduction for the employer; andno taxation of the employee.The IRS has allowed these benefits to apply to the cost of premiums for an employee’s individual health insurance coverage. These plans could be informal. Historically, this was a popular way for small employers that did not want to bother with a group plan to provide health plan benefits.HRAs are more formalized versions of this kind of plan. Employers make reimbursements available through individual employee accounts. HRAs are often integrated with an employer’s traditional health plan to pick up deductibles or co-pays. They are also used with stand-alone vision, dental, or long-term care plans.Premium Reimbursements and the ACAStarting in 2014, the ACA market reforms prohibited employers from reimbursing premiums for an employee’s individual coverage. The rule change did not affect the income tax treatment of these plans, but they did change the rules for what group health plans must offer. Group health plan rules are enforced through a $100 per-day, per-affected employee excise tax.The ACA market reforms also affected HRAs. Going forward, they had to follow elaborate rules for integration into a traditional employer group plan. Employers were banned from integrating them with individual coverage whether or not it was obtained through on Exchange or directly from a private insurer.QSEHRAs – Congress’s Legislative FixCongress chipped away at the rule against premium reimbursements when it invented Qualified Small Employer HRAs (QSEHRAs). Beginning in 2016, small employers have been able to adopt QSEHRAs that employees could use to buy individual coverage either on or off an ACA Exchange. Only small employers qualify. They are limited to reimbursing no more than $5,150 annually for individual coverage and $10,450 for family coverage for a 2019.Individual Coverage HRAs – Administration’s Regulatory FixThe QSEHRA approach has been extended by regulation. Unlike QSEHRAs, the new regulations do not impose a dollar limit. In addition, they can be used by both large and small employers. Note, however, that because they are merely regulations, a subsequent administration could eliminate them.Integrating an HRA with individual health coverage requires that:participants are enrolled in individual health coverage (which could include Medicare) for each month they are covered by the HRA;coverage is offered to a class of employees to whom a traditional group health plan is not offered;coverage is offered on the same-terms in amount and conditions to all employees within each class;an opt out option is provided; andsubstantiation and notice requirements are met.The opt-out would be for individuals who prefer ACA Exchange coverage, but would not be eligible for the premium tax credit if enrolled in an employer health plan such as an HRA.Risk to Individual MarketsThe worry for insurance markets is that employers will encourage less healthy employees to move to ACA Exchange plans in order to make their traditional plan less costly. At the very least, individual coverage HRAs would enable unhealthy employees to self-select into more robust ACA Exchange plans. In either case, individual coverage HRAs will cause upward pressure on premiums for Exchange plans as less healthy people as a group are drawn or nudged towards Exchange coverage.To counter these concerns, individual coverage HRAs are subject to a number of rules intended to make it harder for Exchange-bound employees to skew unhealthy. These rules play out in the class and class-size rules.Different Treatment of Different Classes of EmployeesEmployers with both traditional plans and individual coverage HRAs may not offer both plans to the same employees. Nor can they simply pick and choose which employees would be offered one kind or the other. The only way employers can offer both kinds of plans is to separate their employees into distinct classes.Permissible classes of employees include:full-time employees;part-time employees;salaried employees;nonsalaried employees;seasonal employees;employees who are included in a unit of employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement in which the plan sponsor participates;employees who have not satisfied a waiting period for coverage;employees whose primary site of employment is in the same rating area;nonresident aliens with no U.S.-based income; andgroups combining any of these classes of employee.Minimum Class SizeA minimum class size requirement applies if an employer offers a traditional plan to at least one class of employees, and an individual HRA plan to at least one class of employee. They only apply a class that is offered individual HRA coverage. In addition, they only apply to following kinds of classes:full-time employees;part-time employees;salaried employees;nonsalaried employees; andemployees whose primary site of employment is in the same rating area (unless the area is a state or two or more entire states).The minimum sizes are:10, for an employer with fewer than 100 employees; and10 percent of the total number of employees for employers with 100-200 employees; and20 for an employer that has more than 200 employees.Note that cafeteria plans may include individual coverage HRAs, but only to for off-Exchange health insurance.Excepted Benefit HRAsThe ACA does not regulate excepted-benefit only HRAs such as stand-alone vision or dental plans. Accordingly, these plans are allowable as long as they do not also reimburse normal medical expenses that a health care plan would be expected to pick up. They cannot be integrated with individual or traditional group plan coverage.InnovationsUnder the new rules, “excepted benefit HRAs” can be used to reimburse HRA to fund short-term, limited-duration coverage. Short-term, limited duration insurance is treated as an excepted benefit so this is a continuation of the existing approach. However, there are two innovations.short-term, limited duration insurance has been extended from less than 90 days to less than a year, making this coverage far more useful.the new “excepted benefit HRA” is not just limited to excepted benefits as it can also pick up other medical costs associated with the coverage.Short-Term, Limited-Duration InsuranceBecause short-term, limited-duration coverage is not subject to ACA rules, it can exclude pre-existing conditions. In addition, it and does not have to provide what are considered essential health benefits under the ACA such as birth control.For the young, the healthy, and the male part of the population, short-term, limited-duration coverage might be work just fine.Excepted Benefit HRA RequirementsThe final rules impose the following requirements for excepted benefit HRA:the HRA must not be an integral part of the plan so an alternative plan must be available;the HRA must provide benefits that are limited to $1,800 per year (adjusted for inflation after 2020);the HRA cannot provide reimbursement for premiums for certain health insurance coverage; andthe HRA must be made available under the same terms to all similarly situated individuals.Note that the $1,800 limit is unique HRA employer contributions.More HRA Options Meet Different Employee NeedsIndividual coverage HRAs are an option for employers that would prefer to avoid the trouble of providing a traditional plan, but want to provide good coverage for employees. Excepted benefit HRAs are an option for employers that want to provide a low-cost alternative alongside their traditional plan for employees whose medical needs are few.By James Solheim, J.D.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
Nature lovers have an exciting new destination to visit in Montgomery County.The John James Audubon Center, a new immersive museum and nature facility, opens at the site of famed U.S. ornithologist John James Audubon’s historic 18th-century home and property on Wednesday, June 5.JOHN JAMES AUDUBON CENTER FAST FACTSThe John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove opens on Wednesday, June 5.The museum and nature facility features interactive exhibits about birds, conservation and John James Audubon’s work.Highlights include the immersive WOW Birds! Gallery, the kid-friendly Fledging Trail and a birdwatching area.Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for youth and free for children and military.At the new attraction, visitors can explore galleries and permanent exhibits about conservation and art, an outdoor birdwatching area and an interactive exhibit that allows people to experience the earliest stages of a bird’s life, from egg to first flight. (Photo by Luke Franke/Audubon) Visitors can listen to the songs of birds that live in different habitats, learn how birds’ wings work and more in the WOW Birds! Gallery.The MuseumThe John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove joins the existing historic house, barn and nature trails at Mill Grove in attracting visitors eager to enjoy and appreciate nature.The museum’s galleries and permanent exhibits aim to educate, engage and inspire visitors interested in birds, art, conservation and Audubon’s legacy.Drawn From Nature – The John James Audubon Gallery dives into Audubon’s seminal work The Birds of America, which consists of 435 paintings of different bird species that call North America home. Visitors can see rare first-edition copies of the book in this gallery and also browse a life-size digital version.The WOW Birds! Gallery is all about the variety, characteristics and flight of birds along the Atlantic Flyway, the major north-to-south route for migratory birds in North America. Visitors can push a button to hear the songs of different birds in the immersive Sound Forest, discover how birds’ wings work and more in this gallery.In Conservation Stories, visitors can learn more about the mission of the National Audubon Society, Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program and Project Puffin. The exhibit highlights the ornithologist’s pioneering work in bird conservation and details how biologists restored the dwindling populations of Atlantic Puffins on the coast of Maine. (Photo by Luke Franke/Audubon) Visitors can venture outside of the museum to a designated area for birdwatching and learn more about the Mill Grove’s wondrous wildlife.Outdoor ExperiencesThe immersive experiences extend beyond the galleries to areas outside of the museum.More than 175 species of birds and more than 400 species of native plants call the 175-acre Mill Grove estate home. Visitors can head outside of the center to Pawlings Porch to birdwatch over a wildflower meadow and learn more about Mill Grove’s resident birds and plants.An outdoor installation called Fledging Trail is geared toward children and features simulations of the many phases of a bird’s life, from hatching to leaving the nest. Visitors can also find a sensory garden, water features and ADA-accessible play areas at Fledging Trail.Hours & AdmissionThe John James Audubon Center is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (age 65 and up), $10 for youth (ages 6-17) and free for children (age 5 and younger) and active members of the military and their immediate family.The grounds at Mill Grove are open year-round, from dawn to dusk.Make plans today to visit Montgomery County and see this haven for birders and nature enthusiasts! John James Audubon Center at Mill GroveWhen:Opens Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Where:John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon Cost:$14, adults; $12, seniors (ages 65 & up); $10, youth (ages 6-17); free, children (ages 5 and younger) and military www.johnjames.audubon.org