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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion A day after the shooting that left 11 dead at a Pittsburgh synagogue, friends and family members recalled the victims—professors and accountants, dentists and beloved doctors serving their local community.Officials released the names of all 11 victims during a news conference on Oct. 28, all of them middle-aged or elderly. The victims of synagogue included a pair of brothers and a husband and wife. The oldest was 97.Said Stephen Cohen, co-president of New Light Congregation: “The loss is incalculable.”Here are some of their stories:Melvin Wax: ‘A Sweet, Sweet Guy’Melvin Wax was the first to arrive at New Light Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood—and the last to leave.Wax, who was in his late 80s, was among those killed when a gunman entered the synagogue Saturday and opened fire at Sabbath services. Fellow members of the congregation, which rented space in the lower level of the Tree of Life Synagogue, says Wax was a kind man and a pillar of the congregation, filling just about every role except cantor. Police officers guard Tree of Life Police officers guard the Tree of Life synagogue following shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 27, 2018. (John Altdorfer/Reuters)Myron Snider spoke late Saturday about his friend who would stay late to tell jokes with him. He said “Mel,” a retired accountant, was unfailingly generous.“He was such a kind, kind person,” said Snider, chairman of the congregation’s cemetery committee. “When my daughters were younger, they would go to him, and he would help them with their federal income tax every year. Never charged them.“He and I used to, at the end of services, try to tell a joke or two to each other. Most of the time they were clean jokes. Most of the time. I won’t say all the time. But most of the time.”New Light moved to the Tree of Life building about a year ago, when the congregation of about 100 mostly older members could no longer afford its own space, said administrative assistant Marilyn Honigsberg. She said Wax, who lost his wife Sandra in 2016, was always there when services began at 9:45 a.m.“I know a few of the people who are always there that early, and he is one of them,” she said.Snider said Wax, who was slightly hard of hearing, was a pillar of the congregation, filling just about every role except cantor.“He went Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, when there were Sunday services,” said Snider, a retired pharmacist. “If somebody didn’t come that was supposed to lead services, he could lead the services and do everything. He knew how to do everything at the synagogue. He was really a very learned person.”Cohen recalled Wax, along with victims Richard Gottfried, 65, and Daniel Stein, 71, as “the heart, the religious heart” of New Light.“They led the service. They maintained the Torah. They did what needed to be done with the rabbi to make our services happen.Snider had just been released from a six-week hospital stay for pneumonia and was not at Saturday’s services.“He called my wife to get my phone number in the hospital so he could talk to me,” Snider said. “Just a sweet, sweet guy.”Jerry Rabinowitz: ‘Trusted Confidant, Healer’Former Allegheny County Deputy District Attorney Law Claus remembered Jerry Rabinowitz, a 66-year-old personal physician and victim in Saturday’s shooting, as more than a physician for him and his family for the last three decades.“He was truly a trusted confidant and healer,” he wrote in an email to his former co-workers on Sunday.He said Rabinowitz had an uplifting demeanor and would provide sage advice.“Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz … could always be counted upon to provide sage advice whenever he was consulted on medical matters, usually providing that advice with a touch of genuine humor,” Claus said. “He had a truly uplifting demeanor, and as a practicing physician he was among the very best.” By Claudia Lauer Share Shooting Victims Remembered: ‘The Loss Is Incalculable’ By The Associated Press October 28, 2018 Updated: October 28, 2018center_img Share this article QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News last_img read more

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first_img Share Share this article President Donald Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 15 to honor fallen soldiers despite the rainy weather.The Washington area saw steady rain throughout the weekend, with at least one inch falling from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon, WTOP meteorologist Somara Theodore said. The National Weather Service said on Sunday that Reagan National Airport saw 3.41 inches of rain from the weekend storm.Trump made the unannounced visit to the cemetery around 2:20 p.m., holding an umbrella and walking among the graves on Wreaths Across America Day.The day features volunteers across the country laying wreaths on the graves of veterans.Trump stepped out of his vehicle wearing a dark suit and brown waterproof boots and holding a black umbrella. He was greeted by two military men in camouflage fatigues and a woman in a green raincoat and gray hat.Trump shakes hand President Donald Trump shakes the hand of a U.S. military member during an unscheduled visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on Dec. 15, 2018. (ROBERTO SCHMDIT/AFP/Getty Images) The four walked along a row of tombstones that were decorated with wreaths, talking out of earshot of reporters.“They’re doing a great job,” Trump said at one point.He also told his guide that he was looking at expanding the cemetery by acquiring land in the area.Trump’s visit came after he said in November that he should have attended a ceremony at the cemetery on Veterans Day.“I should have done that. I was extremely busy on calls for the country. We did a lot of calling, as you know,” Trump told Fox News. “You know, in retrospect, I should have and I did last year and I will virtually every year.”President Trump holding black umbrella in rain President Donald Trump holds an umbrella during an unscheduled visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on Dec. 15, 2018. (ROBERTO SCHMDIT/AFP/Getty Images)The president noted that he arrived back in the country late the previous night from France and he had visited the American Cemetery in Paris to honor the Americans soldiers who lost their lives during World War I, on the anniversary of the armistice that ended the Great War.“I really probably assumed that was fine and I was extremely busy because of affairs of State—doing other things,” Trump said. “But I would have—I would have done it.”Trump also said during the interview that he will visit troops serving in the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan in the future.“There are things that are being planned. We don’t want to talk about it because of—obviously because of security reasons and everything else,” he said.“I don’t think anybody’s been more with the military than I have, as a president. In terms of funding, in terms of all of the things I’ve been able to get them, including the vets. I don’t think anybody’s done more than me. I’ve had an unbelievably busy schedule and I will be doing it. On top of which you have these phony witch hunts. On top of which—I mean, we’ve just been very busy. But I will be doing that.”From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img President Trump Visits Arlington National Cemetery in the Rain By Zachary Stieber December 17, 2018 Updated: December 17, 2018 Trump Presidency Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Share Share this article US News Anthony Tomaselli, who died at his home in Palm Harbor, Florida on March 6, 2015. His death was announced as suspected murder on March 5, 2019. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office) Sisters Charged Over ‘Perfect Murder’ of Father They Covered Up for 4 Years By Simon Veazey March 7, 2019 Updated: March 7, 2019 Two Florida sisters have been charged with murdering their 85-year-old father four years ago, after one them allegedly confessed to a man who recorded the confession on his phone and alerted authorities.Sheriffs accuse the two sisters of planning to “euthanize” their father with sleeping pills back in March 2015 to stop him from going into assisted living. When that failed, they killed him by stuffing a rag into his throat and pinching his nose.Linda Roberts, 61, and Mary-Beth Tomaselli, 63, have been charged with first degree murder in the death of Anthony Tomaselli, said a statement from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office on March 5. Linda Roberts (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)During questioning, both women admitted to the charges, according to the Sheriff.When Tomaselli died on March 6, 2015, at the age of 85, he had already been diagnosed with cancer and dementia. At the time, there was nothing to indicate that he had died of anything but natural causes, as officially recorded, said the Sheriff’s office. But four years later, one of the sisters, Linda Roberts, couldn’t hold her secret any longer.According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, a man that both sisters were having a relationship with had noticed that Roberts’s behavior had become “odd” in the run up to the anniversary of her father’s death. Mary-Beth Tomaselli (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)On Feb. 12, the man went to Roberts’s home, and she confessed to him that she and her sister had killed her father.The next day, he called the Sheriff’s office.The man not only handed a recording of her confession, taken on his phone, to police, but agreed to help with the investigation.The unnamed man made further recordings of both sisters discussing how they had killed their father, according to authorities.“Both women stated on the recording, the killing was ‘premeditated’ and that they ‘euthanized’ their father because he was going to die within a couple months and would not live in an Assisted Living Facility,” said the Sheriff’s statement. The house in Palm Harbor, Florida where Anthony Tomasell died in 2015. (Screenshot/Google Maps)“Their initial plan was to give him alcohol and an excessive amount of sleeping pills, but when that was not effective, they first attempted to suffocate him by placing a pillow over his face.”“When that did not work, they stuffed a rag down his throat, pinched his nose, and held his arms down until he stopped breathing and died.”A daughter of one of the sisters was staying in the house that night. They gave her sleeping pills so that she would not be awake to witness them killing her grandfather.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The sisters had told authorities back in 2015 that they had taken their father for a ride to the beach the day before and that he had fallen asleep on the couch when they returned, which is where they found him dead in the morning.They called 911 and even faked doing CPR, according to the report.“This is in some respects — as we sometimes call these things — it’s the perfect murder, because there was absolutely no sign of struggle, no sign of foul play,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters at a news conference on March 5. “He had cancer, he had dementia, he was seriously ill … They could have easily gotten away with it.”After this death, the women sold their father’s home and split the proceeds with their brother, who authorities say was not involved in the murder. Follow Simon on Twitter: @SPVeazey Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_imgA new court motion alleges proper class-action procedure wasn’t followed last summer.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA group of ’60s Scoop survivors say they were left in the dark about a court hearing in New Brunswick involving lawyers’ fees associated with their settlement agreement with Canada and is asking the Federal Court of Appeal to quash the judge’s ruling.The motion, which has yet to be heard by a three-judge panel, alleges problems with procedure in the settlement and points the finger of blame at three national law firms.It also alleges that lawyers for Canada knew about it.“Our case is about due process,” said Jai Singh, the Vancouver lawyer who filed the motion for leave to appeal the process of approving the settlement agreement and legal fees on Oct. 1.“It’s not about the terms of the agreement; it’s about how the agreement was approved.”The ‘60s Scoop refers to an estimated 22,000 First Nations and Inuit children who lost their cultural heritage after being removed from their homes from the 1960s to ‘90s and raised by non-Indigenous families.Métis and non-status Indigenous children were also part of the program but are not included in the settlement agreement.Last fall, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett offered to settle with adoptees for $875-million in compensation. $750-million will go to survivors, $50-million will go into a foundation to remember the survivors, and $75-million for lawyer’s fees.The adoptees are represented by three national firms – Koskie Minsky, Klein and Merchant Law – and Wilson-Christen in Ontario.Singh represents a small, separate group of adoptees who are closely following the settlement proceedings.This group learned the Big 3 appeared in court last summer without letting the class or adoptees know.The group was further shocked to learn lawyers for Canada – a major party to the settlement – were aware of what the firms were doing but also didn’t tell the class.“They’re all in it together,” said Joan Frame, an adult adoptee and member of the group represented by Singh.Frame said Canada knew the Big 3 appeared before another federal judge in Fredericton, N.B. – Michael Phelan – after Ontario provincial court Judge Edward Belobaba approved the settlement but questioned the $75 million in legal fees to be shared among the Big 3 and Wilson-Christen.Belobaba asked the lawyers to sever or “de-link” the fee amount from the settlement to be argued separately.That way the settlement, which had to be approved in Ontario and federal courts, could proceed without it.Wilson agreed but the Big 3 later went to Phelan to have that decision reversed, Frame said, without informing adoptees.“This (court) file was sealed,” she said. “Somehow we became the enemy in our own class action.“We had to hire a lawyer to protect us from our lawyers.”Frame and Singh said Phelan approved the amended settlement with the fees and re-certified the agreement on Aug. 2 without adoptees knowing until after Sept. 10.“It was all done behind closed doors,” Singh said.“It was all about the money – we are just part of a legal strategy,” added Frame, noting she expects adoptees to be stunned when they learn what happened.Bennett said in June if new legal fees were negotiated any leftover funds would go to the foundation or adoptees.Singh said his motion would de-link the fees and let the compensation go forward – the way Belobaba wanted.“We say that any decision relating to the fees there should have been a notice given to the class because the class could have benefitted from any amount it was reduced,” said Singh, who is with Watson Goepel in Vancouver.“If we are successful then there may be a little bit more money for the class.”Singh said Canada and the Big 3 oppose his motion.“We have heard from the parties and their primary objection is that we are trying to stop the settlement, (that) we are stopping vulnerable and aging people from getting their money,” he said.“That is not true at all because, if anything, the lawyers by not de-linking the fees…are, in fact, placing their interest of the legal fees over the interests of the class.”Meanwhile, Oct. 31 is the deadline for adoptees to opt out of applying for compensation in the settlement.They forfeit applying for between $20,000 and $50,000 in individual compensation but retain their right to sue Canada for damages. kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Unistoten Camp in BC Dec 18 2018 Simon Charla

first_imgUnist’ot’en Camp in B.C. Dec 18, 2018Simon CharlandKathleen MartensAPTN NewsAn RCMP operation to enforce a court injunction over a pipeline dispute in northern B.C. has come to an end for now without further arrests, APTN News has learned.Hereditary Chief Na’Moks of the Wet’suwet’en Nation confirmed Tuesday night talks were underway to reach “a peaceful solution” after Monday’s raid at a checkpoint 20 km down the road from the camp.“The people who escaped to the healing centre are in trauma,” Na’Moks said.“We are in discussions with the RCMP and we will only allow them in after agreements are made.”Police took 14 people into custody after rushing a homemade checkpoint on Gidimt’en territory set up to block Coast GasLink employees from reaching a healing centre on Unist’ot’en territory.But some members of both houses escaped arrest and fled to the healing centre in the camp up the Morice River Service Road south of Houston, B.C.Na’Moks said the chiefs want a non-violent end to the standoff, which saw people inside the healing centre spend the day “singing and drumming” to keep calm.APTN witnessed a convoy of RCMP vehicles exit the road into Houston before a spokesperson for the chiefs provided a statement.Debbie Pierre, executive director of the Office of Wet’suwet’en said the meeting with RCMP was underway in Smithers and the chiefs would share the outcome with the public Wednesday morning.She noted police spent the day clearing “fallen trees and heavy snow” from the road leading to the healing centre.According to an RCMP release Monday evening, police “observed a number of fires being lit along the roadway by unknown persons, and large trees felled across the roadway,” after the arrests.The checkpoint has been completely cleared away, APTN was told.More to comenews@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Senegal and Japan World Cup fans praised for cleaning up stadiums after

first_imgSenegal and Japan World Cup fans praised for cleaning up stadiums after match Senegal fans cleaning up their part of the stadium after their victory against Poland is the best thing you’ll see today pic.twitter.com/nhojG0CHaU— PF | World Cup (@PurelyFootball) 19 June 2018 Blog Both Senegalese and Japanese fans took a brief break from celebrating their World Cup wins to clean up rubbish discarded in their respective stadiums.Senegal and Japan football fans were praised after they were captured on video cleaning up their rows and seats in their respective stadiums.The fans were filmed putting cups, bottles, cardboard and food waste into bin bags after their victories. June 20, 20180 Comments Senegal defeated Poland 2-1, whilst Japan edged 10-men Colombia by the same result.A number of videos capturing the post-match clean-ups, after the majority of fans had left the stadiums, were shared on social media.Internet users praised the fans, claiming it was a mark of respect that other nations should replicate. Japanese fans clean up stadium after their win vs Colombia…#Russia2018 #Inspiring #Japan #football #WorldCup #mademesmile #learnfromjapan #inspiration #JPNCOL #JPN #Fans pic.twitter.com/qil7RHmU5v— Aulty (@aulty) 19 June 2018last_img read more

Find Waldo in Redmond Sisters

first_img Pinterest Tumblr Share. Find Waldo in Redmond & Sisters 0 Facebook Where’s Waldo? In Sisters and Redmond, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 25 local businesses in Redmond and another 25 in Sisters. Those who spot Waldo can win a variety of prizes by collecting stamps on their official Waldo Passport. Waldo figures will be hidden in all 50 participating establishments. Finding Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.Interested Waldo spotters can pick up passports at their local Waldo headquarters – Paulina Springs Books in Sisters at 252 W Hood Ave, and Paulina Springs Books in Redmond at 422 SW Sixth St. Waldo passports list the names of participating sites in each city, indicating where they can be found. The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at 10 or more sites can bring their passport back to Paulina Springs Books to collect prizes. Collecting stamps at twenty or more businesses entitle diligent seekers entry into our grand prize drawings on July 31. Prizes include a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books, wonderful merchandise and gift certificates from participating merchants.Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987. There are now over 58 million Waldo books in print worldwide. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 265 independent bookstores all across the country, including Paulina Springs Books, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.  There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.Paulina Springs Books at 541-549-0866 or 541-526-1491. LinkedIn Twitter By CBN E-Headlines Elusive book character creates summertime fun to support the shop local movement. Google+ on July 2, 2013 Emaillast_img read more

Equal Pay Day Cookies for Sale77¢ or 1 Your Gender Dictates the

first_img Share. Equal Pay Day Cookies for Sale77¢ or $1: Your Gender Dictates the Price LinkedIn on March 11, 2014 E-Headlines Since a woman makes 77¢ for every $1 a man earns, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be selling cookies at an equitable price based on gender April 8 from 11am-1pm at COCC, OSU Cascades, and Bellatazza on Wall Street in downtown Bend. Want some fresh coffee for cookies you buy for home?  Bellatazza offers it for $11.55 a pound for a woman and $15 for a man. They want to be fair, too.Why should gender dictate the cost of this cookie asks The American Association of University Women?  Is that fair – is that equity? He and She each have a position with the same responsibilities.  He and She each have the same education and work experience. He and She each have worked for the same employer for the past four years. He and She each get positive annuals reviews He and She are each asked and involved in community activities to provide company visibility within the community. He and She each live in a community with the same economic and social profiles, resulting in the same cost of living. BUT, He and She do not earn the same money. What He earns in 365 days, She earns in 463 days. Why?  It isn’t equitable but She will be working until April 8, 2014, to earn the same amount that he earned by December 31, 2013. Each year She gets further and further behind.  Will she ever get caught up? NO! Unless all people receive equal pay for equitable work at the beginning of their work career, the chance of “catching up” is very unlikely. “There’s a gap here that can’t be explained away by women’s choices. AAUW hopes through research and advocacy we can help employers understand the problem and implement measures to pay workers fair and honest wages,” Catherine Hill, AAUW’s research director.To receive more information on pay equity, contact Evie Lamb at 541-678-5964. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education philanthropy, and research. Our non-partisan, nonprofit organization has more then 165,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners.  Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political.Learn more at www.aauw.org. By CBN Twittercenter_img Google+ Pinterest Email Facebook Tumblr 0last_img read more

Amplify Your Impact With Push Notifications

first_imgAmplify Your Impact With Push Notifications Share. Push notifications are similar to any other form of marketing. If you use them too much, customers become annoyed and feel like you’re intrusive. But, if you use them too little (or not at all), you may be missing out on potential revenue. And, Econsultancy cites data from Urban Airship that shows that these alerts can increase engagement by 40 percent and retention by 116 percent, proving their power is undeniable. So, how do you smoothly employ push notifications to the benefit of your customers and bottom line without reaching that tipping point where aggravation and oversaturation kick in? Here’s a look at how and when to use push notifications for optimal impact.The Nuances Make a DifferenceAs with other marketing techniques, the details matter. If you were in a snowstorm, you wouldn’t want to see an iced drink being advertised. The same thing goes for other advertisements. If users opt in to receiving push notifications, they only want to receive alerts that apply to them in the moment. Use this to your advantage. If a buyer is nearby and has a smartphone like the iPhone 6, your store’s app can send a push notification about a current sale on sweaters. Voila. Someone who previously knew nothing about the sale now has a reason to come through your doors and make a purchase.The main details to keep in mind are timing, personalization and relevancy. A great example of an effective push notification is one put out by Netflix, informing the user that season two of “House of Cards” is now available. Aimed at users who watched the inaugural season, this type of alert is tailored to their preferences and allows them to be first on the scene to shows they’re eagerly awaiting. Another good example of a push notification is how United Airlines uses push notifications to notify passengers of gate changes. By delivering the news as soon as it happens, customers can save time and a good deal of hassle.In your excitement about keeping consumers abreast of store events, specials and other company news, don’t get carried away with push notifications. Elect the scenarios that can net you the biggest gains as the ones to send out. For instance, highlight a good deal when a buyer is nearby, or suggest a complementary pair of pants after the user purchases a blouse. Another idea is to alert customers via push messages when an out-of-stock item they’re interested in arrives in the store. These are all timely, relevant and personalized usages.Build Your Own AppIn order to use push notifications, you need to have an app. Making your own app generally is the best way to send push notifications; however, there are some outside apps that can help. If you’re determined to make your own app, do some research to find an affordable option like MakeMyAppNow. This is one of the best tools because you don’t need to know how to code or how to implement responsive design, but it still provides you with a way to customize your app. Plus, it has a multitude of options including coupons, online ordering, maps and directions, text messaging and social media.Push messages should be viewed as yet another prong of marketing that can be influential when used properly. Be sure the push notifications you’re sending are personalized, relevant and timely and that their frequency is reasonable. Overall, the better crafted and more carefully timed the push messages are, the more foot traffic and purchases you’ll see in your store. And who doesn’t want that? Facebook Pinterest on January 22, 2015 0 Google+center_img By CBN Tumblr Twitter LinkedIn E-Headlines Emaillast_img read more

Cascade School of Music Needs Room To Grow

first_imgCascade School of Music Needs Room To Grow By CBN Facebook E-Headlines (Photos courtesy of Cascade School of Music)It’s been nearly 15 years since Cascade School of Music first struck a chord with the residents of Central Oregon. Beginning with 50 students, classes were held on the campus of Sagewood School, a small, private Waldorf School on O.B. Riley Road. Today, the nonprofit program serves more than 500 students from a Bend Park and Recreation District building on 200 NW Pacific Park Lane by the Deschutes River.As the school’s student population continues to grow alongside the community, leadership is starting to discuss next steps to accommodate the increasing demand for music lessons.“We’re starting to feel the squeeze in terms of space,” said Executive Director Dillon Schneider. “We’ve got a significant waiting list of students who want private lessons and we’re doing everything we can to welcome them, but there’s no question that we’re outgrowing the building.”According to Schneider, the school’s lease with BPR will expire next year and there are longer-term plans to remove the building as part of the Mirror Pond redevelopment project.“We feel so fortunate to have this beautiful location and the support of the Bend Park and Recreation District over the past six years, but we have to start planning ahead so we can meet the future needs of our community.”With more than 30 faculty members providing a wide selection of individual and group learning opportunities, Cascade School of Music is home to musicians of all ages and interests. Offering instruction in violin, guitar, piano, drums, harp, ukulele, mandolin, brass, woodwind and voice, it is one of the most comprehensive music schools in Central Oregon.“We don’t ever want to be in a position where we have to turn students away,” said Schneider. “It’s also important that we maintain an environment that’s comfortable, creative and allows students to focus amidst the broad range of instruments and voices in the building at any given time.“Beyond the eclectic mix of classes, the school also offers unique opportunities for students of all ages to interact and perform together as rock bands, blue grass groups,classical ensembles and more. Some of the adult groups even welcome young children to join them in the music experience.“These intergenerational opportunities are exposing young students to music they might not experience among peers,” said Schneider.Examples of this connection include 15-year-old Kierra Bonn andher 10-year-old sister Aubrielle,who play with the Cascade School of Music adult harp ensemble.“I feel really honored to play with the adults,” said Kierra. “It’s been a huge learning experience for me and they are super welcoming and sweet.”While harp may seem an interesting choice for a teen these days, Kierra explained that she didn’t know of anyone her age that played and thought it would be really different.“I love that it’s so unique and it’s really beautiful,” she said. “When I play, the harp leans up against my shoulder and against my heart and it almost feels like I’m part of the instrument. It’s really emotional.”Kierra’s love for the harp quickly rubbed off on her sisterAubrielle, who takes both harp and piano lessons at the school.“My sister’s harp was in the living room and every now and then I would pluck at it and I enjoyed is so much,” said Aubrielle, who especially likes to play duets with her sister and members of the adult ensemble group.According to both girls, their harp teacher Becky Smith plays a huge part in making their learning fun.“Even if I’m having a bad day, after my harp lesson I feel really happy,” said Aubrielle.Schneider explained that there are many families like the Bonns who have more than one child enrolled in music classes at the school.“We know we have something really special here and we want to welcome new family members long into the future,” said Schneider.According to Schneider, the school’s board of directors has been working on the facility issue for the past six months. They have convened a community advisory board and held preliminary meetings with fundraising and strategic planning consultants. The next step, Dillon says, is to begin gathering additional community input.“We want to be prepared and plan for our future, our families and our community,” said Schneider.Cascade School of Music is a nonprofit organization dedicated toproviding quality music education programs for students of all ages and abilities. Located in Bend, Oregon, the school’s mission is to foster, develop, and encourage the musical community of Central Oregon by creating affordable and effective educational and performance opportunities that bring people together in music, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.541-382-6866info@cascadeschoolofmusic.orgccschoolofmusic.org on December 3, 2015 0 Twittercenter_img LinkedIn Email Pinterest Share. Google+ Tumblrlast_img read more