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Re: “Pasta Luego Says Ciao

Hey Nicole! This is the Picante Provolone guy here, like I was saying about the hot pepper hoagie relish and whatever else might set subs apart from the competition: I think with a super streamlined menu and a much smaller retail space free of panhandlers, and I’m sure that outrageous rent there at that location, we could give that “other local sandwich shop” a real run for their money! Food sales are tricky and work on tight margins, but I think we could relaunch in a new spot and kill it!
Yes, the east coast style flavor profiles might be a bit bold at first for the natives but I really think awesome taste and a good value would win in the end...
Let’s grab a Sysco sales rep and see what we can put together?
I have a really good approach for the sub rolls that would cut cost while increasing the quality and control of the finish product too.

If you’re interested in chatting drop me a line here.


Posted by Soldierbags Admin on 11/16/2019 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Green Versus Green

We don't have any experience with industrial wind turbines in Humboldt. Decisions like the one we face should be based on results so I listen to people who are living with them. This is a person from Iowa:… and another from Vermont:
filed: April 2, 2016 • Opinions, Vermont
Good neighbors don’t trespass

Credit: Paul Brouha: Good Neighbors Don’t Trespass | April 2, 2016 | ~~

It is there as day breaks on a still spring morning when I am outside listening for a wild turkey’s gobble. It is there when I cross the yard to work in my garden. When I go out for a walk with the dogs it comes along. I feel its vibrations while sitting at my desk with the windows closed on a winter afternoon. It is wind turbine noise from the Sheffield Wind Project which invades our property on a northwest wind. It is especially evident on rainy/snowy days when the clouds hang low over our neighbor’s ridgeline where the 16 wind turbines have been erected.

In Vermont, we homeowners have a right to the peaceful use and enjoyment of our property. We also have a right to be protected against unlawful trespass on our property.

In granting Certificates of Public Good and their associated establishment and measurement of noise standards for wind turbines inside neighboring homes rather than at property lines, the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) has essentially awarded wind developers an uncompensated nuisance noise, health, and safety easement across private property even though that neighboring parcel has not been leased to the wind developer.

In effect, future development rights on thousands of acres of private property have been stripped from Vermont’s rural citizens and handed to their neighbor’s tenant, the wind developer, without compensation as required by Article 2 of the Vermont Constitution.

The basic premise of zoning is to separate conflicting uses of land. When the PSB establishes safety setbacks and noise emissions that are measured at or inside a neighboring home rather than at a property line, there is in fact NO separation of the conflicting use.

The definition of trespassing is “to enter the owner’s land or property without permission.”

Vermont’s PSB has established noise limit criteria at and inside neighboring homes rather than at property lines. Vermont has legalized trespassing onto our properties, inside our homes and in our rural communities. It has enacted trespass zoning.

Here is how it works: First, after filing a noise complaint, the wind company is supposed to review its data to ensure the noise is within the noise limit. Most often, and in my particular case, the wind company reported data that showed it was in compliance with the CPG. I then had to prove the noise was too loud on my property. Even when I submitted an expert report that showed the noise on my property exceeded the noise limit, in order to establish whether a violation of the noise standard had occurred, the PSB authorized the developer to come into our home (into our 2nd floor bedroom, actually) to conduct another test. As a result of that test, which confirmed my expert’s report, the out-of-state wind company now wants to monitor and audio record what is happening in our bedroom 24/7 for a month. And the wind company’s owners want access to our bedroom at any time they feel like making a measurement.

Neighbors who oppose wind developments are often characterized by wind developers as NIMBYs. While we don’t want wind developments in our back yards, we neighboring landowners simply recognize that the trespass zoning granted to wind developers is in reality a subsidy extracted from us without any compensation. Worse yet, the regulators in this state allow the wind industry to intrude inside people’s homes to determine compliance with the state’s already-poor noise standards. Basically, they and the developer want to make the whole complaint process so intrusive and unpalatable that we’ll never complain again!

Where the wind developer can use these unleased properties for nuisance noise and safety easements free of charge, they have no reason to approach the neighbors to negotiate a fair price for their loss of amenity and property values. Trespass zoning has deprived wind project neighbors of all economic bargaining power. The PSB’s approval of trespass zoning has donated Vermonters’ private property to the neighboring landowner’s wind developer tenant.

What the Legislature needs to do is to amend Section 248 to require developers to comply at all times of operation with a reasonably recognized noise level. The current noise limits in most CPGs are 45 dBA for specified outside zones and 30 dBA for inside a neighboring residence. These noise limits are not enforced evenly at all locations and the wind company is able to manipulate the data to show compliance, when the noise exceeds the established levels.

To combat the lack of integrity from both the PSB and the wind developer, Vermont landowners propose a 37 dBA LMax noise limit standard attributable to the wind turbine generators at and beyond the plant facility property line and 30 dBA LMax in residence interiors neighboring the plant facility property. Further, to ensure that landowners are protected from future violations, the Legislature must require the wind developer to fund the costs of continuous independent transparent monitoring at all existing and future wind projects, and data collection and reporting of noise generated by the plant facility at and beyond the property line.

By moving turbine noise standards to property lines and requiring monitoring, the Vermont Legislature would simply be holding wind developers (and the PSB) accountable for the effects of their projects: noise pollution, turbine rotor failure and its attendant debris field, property value loss, and visual blight. During the current session, the Legislature needs to restore property rights by eliminating trespass zoning and to hold the PSB accountable for respecting the private property rights of Vermonters. Good neighbors don’t trespass.

Paul Brouha, of Sutton, lives on property that abuts the Sheffield Wind Project.
Source: Paul Brouha: Good Neighbors Don’t Trespass | April 2, 2016 |

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Posted by Dan B on 11/16/2019 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Green Versus Green

‘You won’t understand it until you live it’

Tanya Lamb, Greenfield Nov 6, 2019

To all Madison County tax paying residents:

My name is Tanya Lamb. I am 50 years old. I have lived at my residence for 26 years, my husband for 37 years. We, at the very second you read this, live in the footprint of industrial wind. My husband loves to boast “I’ve planted every tree but two” on our once beautiful property. He started planning his future on our property in 1982, when he planted rows of evergreens that now surround three sides of our home. We met in 1993, married in 1997, built our dream home and moved in the spring of 2006. Fast forward to November 2019, we are now completely unsure we will be able to stay in our home.

I also have attended several supervisors meetings in Madison County. I have absolutely nothing to gain by attending these meetings and sharing my very real and sad story; I am just simply trying to educate people on the true tragedies and deprivation of industrial wind.

We, personally, have been inundated by 100s of industrial wind turbines. We have seven practically on top of our home, the closest one being 1,800 feet and the farthest 2,800 feet from our home.

Nearly every day (yes, every day) I am discomposed by industrial turbines. We no longer are able to sit outside and enjoy the peace and quiet. Our coonhound no longer sleeps outside; our cats no longer want to be outside at night. We find ourselves sleeping in our basement on a regular basis. We live in a brick home. You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it.

We have, going on three weeks, shadow flickering. It starts out in our bathroom and bedroom, then travels through our dining and living room, then into our kitchen and finally ending in our garage. This is about 30 minutes a day. Then, in the evening it travels in the reverse direction, for about the same 30 minutes. It messes with your head. Imagine being in a room and someone keeps turning the light switch on and off, on and off, on and off. The legal term for this is “trespass zoning”. You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it.

Next, the noise – the horrific noise – we knew the turbines were going to be loud, but not as loud as they truly are. We had three of the Blattner Energy employees stand in our driveway and tell us they indeed were going to be very loud. These men were from Montana, Oklahoma, and a local from Greenfield.

These monsters are 494 feet tall from base to the tip of the blade; the blades are close to 200 feet long. When you have a very large structure, moving and spinning at over 200 mph, vibrating the air, then compound it with multiple structures, all of the same size and speed, there will be noise – and lots of it. You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it.

It doesn’t take any type of degree, or a ton of common sense, to understand this concept. They do indeed sound like jets that won’t land. It goes on all day, almost every day. We pray for days without wind. You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, I heard our neighbor’s cows mooing for the first time in over 30 days. That evening we heard pheasants and even some geese. Again – you don’t and wont, understand, until you live it.

I am not opposed to anyone wanting industrial wind turbines. You just have to keep the noise, the shadowing, and all other adverse affects on your property, and not ours.

The World Health Organization has deemed these industrial turbines a health risk. Common sense would tell, or should tell, any reasonable person this is not right to impose these things on any living being.

Page County, a county not even slated to get turbines, have created an ordinance to prevent industrial wind from destroying their county. They did this because they do not want what happened to Adair County to happen to them. What does this say to any reasonable person?

I am certain, without a shadow of a doubt, had our county been educated it would have been a much, much different outcome in Adair County. We are living it each and every day. And each and every day people are learning that this is truly not what we were led to believe. How can we possibly be wrong? We are not. Again, we are living it – many of the residents of Madison County are not. You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it – as many of our residents didn’t, either. It’s too late for use. It’s not for you.

Stand up for your property rights.

One last note: Judy Neal, if you don’t already know this, not one of your neighbors for miles wants industrial wind turbines. Therefore I am certain they do not want the adverse affects from your turbines. I hope you can keep them from infringing onto your neighbors’ property. They, too, will be very unhappy.

Lastly, I had my hearing checked, as I now have ringing and ear pain, on Oct. 22 at the ENT Clinic of Iowa by Dr. Wright. He found that my hearing had actually improved since my last test in 2017. Therefore, I am certain I can hear pretty well.

You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it.

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Posted by Dan B on 11/16/2019 at 5:27 AM

Re: “'Part of the Problem'

The rush to permit this project is an effort by Terra Gen to get in the door before the people of Humboldt have a chance to look at the facts. Because once we do understand the facts we oppose Terra Gen without reservation. Please be informed on this issue by viewing the following links.…………………………………………………!topic/ma………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………!topic/ma…………………………………

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Posted by Dan B on 11/15/2019 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Why do some rocks resemble Swiss Cheese?

So there is no consensus as to how the boring clams erode the rock? Has Leroy’s quartz-pick-up-and-grind hypothesis been proven?

Posted by gdk1989 on 11/15/2019 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Christian Rock


Posted by xisabac890 on 11/15/2019 at 3:16 AM

Re: “'Part of the Problem'

Excellent information and reasoning Ms. Taylor, thank you!

Posted by Chuck Warren on 11/14/2019 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Green Versus Green

What makes Mr. Goldberg think local wind energy will be used locally in an emergency when we already have a natural-gas facility designed to operate independently that is useless in emergencies?

Hopefully, the dollars we spend at the local casinos will provide the attorneys necessary to stop this boondoggle. The long-term negative impacts for tribal members and the environment are not worth these massive machine's short lifespan.

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Posted by Chuck Warren on 11/14/2019 at 6:26 PM

Re: “How Can Such A Beautiful Day Bode So Ill?

Love this turn at the end to mourning. Nice poem.

Posted by jakable on 11/14/2019 at 11:06 AM

Re: “'Part of the Problem'

Those fracking companies realize we have to do something, why not let everyone into the game? More energy means more opportunities for closed loop recycling.

Posted by Mary Lou Brandes on 11/14/2019 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Gray Whale Found Washed Up on Agate Beach

I think if they have some freed up money they need to buy a couple 3 inch capacity trash pumps and find a bunch of volunteers who could be texted, called and emailed to show up at strandings not unlike volunteer fire fighters to attempt to cut off nets and use the water pumps to move sand away and create a channel for the giant fish to get back to sea. Scientists standing around wringing their hands makes me want to puke.

Posted by Dav on 11/14/2019 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Woke Culture

I like the Jimi Hendrix reference. Thanks

Posted by Dav on 11/14/2019 at 8:20 AM

Re: “HSU to Offer Immigration Legal Services to Staff, Employees

Thanks for writing such a good article,Thank you. Power of attorney form

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Posted by Carl Glendon on 11/14/2019 at 3:26 AM

Re: “Pasta Luego Says Ciao

I've been going to business in that building for years, from the basement (now Basement) to the top floor... and I've even been on the roof! I had no idea Pasta Luego was even there and I can't recall ever having heard of the place.

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Posted by lostinthewoods on 11/13/2019 at 2:36 PM

Re: “That Time The Foo Fighters Played Arcata

Big FF fan. Their third album is in my top 5 All Time.

I was underage February 1995. I did drop-off four girls (two, laying down in the bed of my pickup truck) at the Jambalaya that late afternoon.

The drummer from Nirvana has a new band!

big whoop. (I probably thought)

Posted by Gabriel Groom on 11/12/2019 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Where To Surf

All I know is the surf is cold and sometimes violent. You better know your shit or its body bag day.

Posted by Purple Daze on 11/11/2019 at 11:36 PM

Re: “When Restaurants Go Dark

@Pat Bitton: My family eats at local restaurants 2-3 times a week. I challenge Cafe Nooner to become a place we would enjoy eating at! We haven't been to either location in years, and don't have any plans on returning.

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Posted by lostinthewoods on 11/11/2019 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Plane Missing After Stopping in Shelter Cove

Scott Cunningham, here's the latest update.…

Posted by Kimberly Wear on 11/11/2019 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Plane Missing After Stopping in Shelter Cove

Any update - Im surprised that after the plane dropped from radar that no one has mentioned the ELT or attempts to locate it. (30 min max I believe)

Posted by Scott Cunningham on 11/10/2019 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Caged

Acting Warden Greg Lewis was at Salinas Valley State Prison who Reported on The Green Wall Prison Guard Gang. He knows all to well about Prison Corruption.

Posted by D.j. Vodicka on 11/09/2019 at 10:31 PM

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