It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on campus. Though there may not be snow on the ground, many dorms have already begun to get into the Christmas spirit by decking the halls with unique decorations.Rosie LoVoi From the outside, passersby can see Breen-Phillips Hall’s Christmas spirit shining through candles in the windows that are put out every year after Thanksgiving, Ashley Huffman — Breen-Phillips’ president — said.However, Breen-Phillips residents get more excited about competitive holiday-themed section decorating, Huffman said.“Each section will choose a theme, and everyone in the section decorates the whole hallway with that theme,” Huffman said. “We have judges come in and pick a winning section. … This year, we’re announcing the winner at a Christmas Party.”Past themes have included “Creaster” (a blend of Christmas and Easter), Harry Potter and naughty and nice. Most of the decorations are handmade, Huffman said.“The candles look really pretty when you see them on the quad, but [it’s] especially the decorations in the sections people really like,” Huffman said. “It’s cool to see, but it’s also cool to see all the sections because all the girls can work together and have fun doing that together.”Pasquerilla West Hall celebrates the holiday season with a tradition not to be found anywhere else on campus: a lighting and decorating ceremony of the bush located in the center of the roundabout in front of the dorm.“We have the ugly bush lighting ceremony every year around Christmas time,” Allison Huffman, Pasquerilla West’s president, said. “Everyone stands in a circle around the ugly bush, and we count down to the lighting of the bush. Once the lights are plugged in, everyone sings our ugly bush song to the tune of ‘O’ Christmas Tree.’ After singing, we go inside and have a memory night and look at all of the pictures from the past semester.”This year, Pasquerilla West will light the ugly bush Tuesday.“The ugly bush is unique to PW, so I think that a tradition only we have makes the girls in PW feel special and connected to something,” Huffman said. “It is also just a weird tradition, but it is fun and brings us all together.”The McGlinn shamrock shines as the dorm’s own Christmas star for the Christmas season. The shamrock was made by a student around 10 years ago to rival O’Neil’s signature “O wreath,” McGlinn president Madeline Petrovich said.“Around 10 years ago, a girl in McGlinn actually made it when she wanted to put something up for Christmas,” Petrovich said. “She made it with wires and put the lights on. I guess it fell apart, but the workers who put it up fixed it, and they still put it up every year. … It goes up every year around Christmas.”Though the shamrock, made of garland, wires and lights in the shape of a giant shamrock, isn’t a traditional Christmas symbol, it has become one for the dorm over the years, Petrovich said. This year, the shamrock will be put up on Dec. 5.“Most people really appreciate it when you’re walking back from the library at an ungodly hour for finals and you turn around the corner on South Dining Hall and you see it,” Petrovich said. “It’s very nice, kind of calming. You’re like, ‘Alright, it’s Christmas.’”Tags: christmas, decorations, dorm
Weekly unemployment insurance claims fell for the fourth consecutive week, showing nearly 5,000 fewer regular benefit claims compared to last year at this time. For the week of May 15, 2010, there were 850 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, a decrease of 33 from the week before. This is the third consecutive week that there was a steep drop in new claims. Altogether 11,579 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 922 from a week ago and 4,758 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 3,773 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 112 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 2,522 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 93 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
Roanoke Boutique Hotel is a unique bed & breakfast,unlike other B&Bs in its form and function. “When I created the space, Idid not want it to feel like a Victorian B&B,” she explains. With a modern,rustic feel, it lacks the old-world Victorian décor, which typically dominatesthe B&B industry. “My house feels more like a New Orleans cottage than aNew England dollhouse, and that’s the way I like it,” Hailey smiles. RBH specifically targets outdoor enthusiaststo create a community of athletes to share knowledge and stories around thecommunal kitchen. “My vision for RBH was to host outdoorsy people, doingoutdoorsy things, and I’m so excited to see that vision come to life,” saysHailey. Rooms include breakfast served as early as 6 a.m., free parking, WiFi, and Netflix. Weekend rates typically start at $195 in peak season. Go to www.roanokeboutiquehotel.com to book or for more information. Owner/innkeeper Diane Hailey enjoys hosting outdoorenthusiasts of all types and specialties, “I have really enjoyed being part ofthe outdoor scene in Roanoke, and I’m excited to host Ironman and cyclingathletes year round.” “I’ve been an avid functional fitness and obstacle courseathlete for years, so I have some insight into what athletes are looking forwhen they travel,” says Hailey. Nutritious breakfasts, a quiet environment,comfortable beds, and safe equipment storage are always at the top of the listfor travelling athletes. Athletes from flat landscapes often take training“vacations” in the mountains to challenge themselves in elevation or train formountain events. Roanoke is among the top spots to book to get away from largermetropolitan areas and get in mileage around less traffic. Meeting the need forathletes in search of lodging is Roanoke Boutique Hotel (RBH). With itsDowntown location and gear-friendly spirit, more and more athletes are takingrefuge in this historic bed & breakfast, instead of a traditional hotel. Winning the bid for Ironman in 2020, Roanoke is making aname for itself as a sports mecca for the mid-Atlantic. Roanoke Boutique Hoteloffers healthy breakfasts with athletes in mind, respecting the training andnutritional needs of athletes.
ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Tony’s Italian Grill says it will close its doors due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. The health department did not send a public health statement to 12 News. As a result, Tony’s says it will be closed until July 26 out of an abundance of caution. The restaurant says the employee received their test results Sunday evening and the last time the employee worked was July 13. As of Monday afternoon, the restaurant says it has not heard anything about the positive case from the Broome County Health Department but alerted the public itself to “offer transparency.”