Dec 8, 2009

...related to our local discussion of Historic Preservation.

The Duck House in the Fens was built about 1897. Designed by architect Alexander M. Longfellow, it was constructed as a “shelter house.’’The Duck House in the Fens was built about 1897. Designed by architect Alexander M. Longfellow, it was constructed as a “shelter house.’’ (Wendy Maeda/ Globe Staff)
City spurred to tend to historic Fens structure.
By Megan Irons
Globe Staff / December 8, 2009

Dec 2, 2009




City Officials call meeting with wet residents - promise to bring city cash drawer.

Mayor: I’ll rip the last copper pipe off the Tabernacle building if I have do,

people are hurtin’. They got sewer water in their basements.


“City’s insurance provider also turned down about 25 tort claims.”

“New Albany meeting set for discussion over city aid for flood victims"


City officials will meet with New Albany residents affected by the Aug. 4 flood Wednesday to discuss the possibility of tax dollars being allocated toward repair costs. ...

... In fact, it would be the first time the city has voluntarily paid residents for disaster-related damages, Coffey said.

Another reason to support your local merchants this season!

The Wal-Mart in Clarksville had to be partially evacuated early Sunday morning after a man wearing only boxer shorts reportedly carried a gun inside the store.

Dec 1, 2009

FresH off the Bulletin Board!

Deep Sea Invertebrates can now be safely housed in Floyd County.

Techshot awarded $400,000 contract

"Techshot, Inc., has earned a $400,000 two-year contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to advance the company’s system for retrieving animals from as deep as 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) under the sea and safely bringing them to surface laboratories for study. It is the second contract within a year awarded to Techshot for such work.

“For more than 20 years we’ve been developing custom laboratory equipment for earth, air and space research,” said Techshot Executive Vice President and COO John Vellinger. “This project represents our first significant step into providing research equipment for scientists studying marine life.”

The physiology of deep sea fish and invertebrates is poorly known due to the difficult challenges of bringing up live specimens from high-pressure environments. Animals that thrive far below the surface cannot survive in the relatively low-pressures available in research laboratory enclosures.

When completed, Techshot’s high pressure specimen chamber is expected to be the only one of its kind capable of capturing and hosting creatures of the deep in conditions that sustain life and maximize research laboratory data gathering. Some of the first prototypes will be delivered to the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory for evaluation. Established by NOAA and the University of Hawaii, its mission is to study deep water marine processes in the Pacific Ocean.

Founded in 1988 in Greenville, Techshot engineers, scientists and technicians specialize in providing integrated mechanical, electrical and software solutions to the technical needs of a diverse spectrum of industries.

— Contributed"

As a scientist and lover of deep sea invertebrates, this is one tasty news nugget. First time I've heard of this outfit, hopefully not the last...