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Jersey shore carousel to be sold at auction this fall

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Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:01
Aerial view of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to a Seaside Heights, N.J., amusement park. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) – A piece of Jersey shore history is up for auction.

The 82-year-old carousel on the Seaside Heights boardwalk that survived Superstorm Sandy is up for sale to make room for new attractions.

It's one of only about 150 left in the United States.

An auction is planned for the fall, with the hope that a buyer will take the entire ride and prevent it from being broken up. Otherwise, its 58 hand-carved figures and Wurlitzer organ will be sold piecemeal.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:15
 

Old W.Va. pottery, glass plants being cleaned up, redeveloped

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Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:03
One of the West Virginia sites undergoing redevelopment is the former Fostoria Glass Company plant in Moundsville. Fostoria produced beautiful colored glass as seen in this pair of painted jars (background) and pickle jar (foreground). The group lot is entered in Roland's July 26 auction with an estimate of $150-$200. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Roland Auctioneers and Valuers MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - A former glass plant and an old pottery plant in the Northern Panhandle are being redeveloped for new uses and are drawing interest from companies.

Contractors have completed demolishing the former Fostoria Glass Co., plant in Moundsville. The property is now owned by GAB Enterprises, doing business as Vinmar Partners.

The next step will be to truck in about 200,000 cubic yards of contaminant-free soil to complete a fill project, GAB Enterprises co-owner Tom Brown told The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register.

"Just in the past week, we've had two energy companies reach out to us about building at the site,'' Brown said told the newspaper. "We're on the cusp of something great.''

He declined to identify the companies.

The site qualified for a $200,000 brownfields cleanup grant from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009. At the time, the soil and buildings were contaminated with arsenic, metals and inorganic contaminants, EPA records show.

All of the contaminated material has been removed, Brown said.

In Chester, efforts are underway to clean up the former Taylor, Smith and Taylor Pottery site.

The Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle, which acquired the property in 2011, recently received a grant to help develop a master plan for the site. The plan will be prepared by the West Virginia University Department of Landscape Architecture. It is expected to be completed in three months, Executive Director Patrick Ford told WTOV-TV.

Three companies have shown interest in the site because of its proximity to the Ohio River.

"What's interesting about these particular prospects that are different from the prospects before is these three prospects are actually interested in the riverfront, having access to the riverfront or see the riverfront being used for aesthetic purpose or recreational use,'' Ford said.

He said the project initially focused on cleaning up the land and making it marketable. The next step will be cleaning up the riverfront.

Assessing and removing contaminants could take six to eight months, he said.

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One of the West Virginia sites undergoing redevelopment is the former Fostoria Glass Company plant in Moundsville. Fostoria produced beautiful colored glass as seen in this pair of painted jars (background) and pickle jar (foreground). The group lot is entered in Roland's July 26 auction with an estimate of $150-$200. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Roland Auctioneers and Valuers
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:17
 

Nyet! Russia bans swear words in art, films

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:14
The official flag of the former Soviet Union, in use from 1923 until 1980 (last variant version) MOSCOW (AFP) - A hugely controversial Russian law banning curse words in films, theater, the media and arts came into force on Tuesday, part of a Kremlin-backed drive to play up traditional values and root out swearing.

The legislation, wich was signed off by President Vladimir Putin in May, imposes hefty fines on offenders -- up to 2,500 rubles ($72) for individuals and up to 50,000 rubles ($1,460) for businesses.

Movies featuring obscenities will not be issued a distribution license, while traders will now be obliged to warn consumers about swear words.

The legislation does not spell out what constitutes profanity but the law is widely seen to be targeting Russia's hugely potent lingua franca of obscenities known as "mat."

While critics say the targeted swear words are highly offensive to the Russian ear and their use should be curtailed, supporters say "mat" is an artform and can be instrumental in helping express extreme human conditions like pain or anger.

Many ridiculed the legislation, saying efforts to outlaw what essentially is an inalienable part of Russia's culture will fail.

Some of Russia's best-loved poets including Mikhail Lermontov and Alexander Pushkin are known for using swear words in their works.

Art-house director Andrei Zvyagintsev's movie "Leviathan," which won critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May, is among films that now face an uncertain future in Russia over their use of swear words.

Since returning to the Kremlin for a third term in 2012, Putin has sought to rally support from his middle-aged supporters and strengthen ties between society and the Orthodox Church.

The ban is the latest in a series of measures that seek to play up conservatives values and promote Russia as an antithesis to the West.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:27
 

Artists want to protect Georgia O'Keeffe's 'Black Place'

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:01
Signed Georgia O'Keeffe 'Black Place III' offset lithograph, an original exhibition poster for the Santa Fe Music Festival. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Rare Posters. NAGEEZI, N.M. (AP) – There is a concern on the part of some artists and environmentalists that oil and gas drilling is encroaching on the black, white and gray hills in northwestern New Mexico made famous in Georgia O'Keeffe's drawings and paintings.

While the “Black Place” itself remains untouched, The New Mexican newspaper reports that there dozens of drilling tanks 500 yards from the site and it's surrounded by rigs and a maze of dusty dirt roads traveled by oilfield workers.

The head of the O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, Robert Kret, says he had a preliminary discussion with state preservation officials and another meeting is planned. But state officials say it's too early to say what could be done to protect the Black Place.

The area is located on federal land just east of a Navajo community.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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Signed Georgia O'Keeffe 'Black Place III' offset lithograph, an original exhibition poster for the Santa Fe Music Festival. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Rare Posters.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:45
 

'Great Race' vintage road rally headed down East Coast

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Monday, 23 June 2014 08:21
A 1953 Hudson Hornet Hollywood Hardtop. Image by Armchair Aviator. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) – A road rally with 115 vintage cars kicked off Saturday in Maine, where drivers embarked on a nine-day drive to Florida in vintage vehicles, including a couple that looked like they were straight out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Participants in the “Great Race” departed at timed intervals from Ogunquit, Maine, traveling through New Hampshire and Vermont en route to in Lowell, Mass., the first stop. It'll take nine days and 2,100 miles for the antique cars to meander down the Atlantic Coast to Florida, said spokesman Jeff Mahl.

Participants included Humpy Wheeler, a legendary NASCAR promoter who was participating with his grandson in a 1953 Hudson Hornet painted to look like “Doc Hudson” from the Pixar movie Cars.

Others included a 1916 Studebaker racer, a 1930 Rolland Pilain, 1935 Auburn Cabriolet, 1936 Bentley Saloon, 1932 Auburn Special Speedster, and all manner of muscle cars, including a replica of the “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger.

The event is a time/speed/distance rally with each driver and navigator being judged on how well they follow precise instructions that detail every move down to the second.

Part of the challenge is following the instructions to win the race; the other challenge is finishing the race without any major mechanical breakdowns, officials said.

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 08:41
 
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