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|−|== Antilles School Class of 2013 28 seniors graduate from Antilles School == | |
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|−|ST. THOMAS - Amid cheers and applause, whistles and air horns, the Antilles School <a href=http://www.agoshow.net/ 2010-All-Star-Jerseys- Patch- 26/>2010 All Star Jerseys Patch</a > Class of 2013 received their high school diplomas in front of hundreds of excited family and friends during Saturday's ceremony at the Mark C. Marin Center. |+|
|−|Adding to the celebratory air, graduate Christopher Cilliers tooted his own horn on stage - a large green toy horn, that is, which was hidden under his robe. |+|
|−|This fun-loving, hard-working class of 28 is eager to start its journey into adulthood. |+|
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|−|Salutatorian Rana Daas could not believe it happened so fast. |+|
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It all comes down to this one moment," she said. "I can't wait go to college. I will miss family, but I love the idea of living alone and becoming an adult." |+|
|−|There were ups and downs along the way, but each graduate rose to the occasion. |+|
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|−|A self-professed " math and science guy," Jordan found writing to be his biggest challenge. |+|
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|−|"I worked hard at it and I guess today is the true test," he said, laughing as he prepared to read his valedictorian speech later in the ceremony. |+|
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|−|At the podium, Jordan recalled the achievements of the Class of 2013 and looked forward to good things to come. |+|
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|−|In her speech, Rana cited fond and amusing memories from her time at Antilles School, and credited their teachers with steering them in the right direction and making a difference in their lives. |+|
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|−|Her family, too, was a crucial part of her success. |+|
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|−|"I love you and thank you, Mom and Dad. The tassel was definitely worth the hassle, " she said. |+|
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|−|Proud father Greg Ebenholtz beamed in anticipation to see his daughter, Danielle, walk by in the opening processional. |+|
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I' m overwhelmed," he said. " It's been rewarding having her here at Antilles. There are a lot of great mentors here. I wish everybody good luck in the next stage of their lives." |+|
|−|Corinne Van Rensselaer was delighted for her son, William, and his classmates on this momentous occasion. |+|
|−|"They are a wonderful class full of unique and brilliant individuals," she said. "I' m absolutely thrilled and very proud." |+|
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|−|Antilles School's college counselor, Chris Teare, was doubly proud. |+|
|−|All of this year' s graduates will continue on with higher education, including his daughter, Isabelle. |+|
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|−|More than 50 merit scholarships were offered to the class, totaling $2.6 million. |+|
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|−|"I' m very proud of my daughter as a father and of every graduate as their college counselor," he said. " To both the child that I love and the students I have tried to help any way I can, I congratulate you." Valedictorian: Jordan Ladd |+|
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|−|Salutatorian: Rana Daas |+|
|−|Number of graduates: 28 |+|
|−|Number of graduates going to college: 28 | |
|−|Colleges attending: Agnes Scott College; Babson College; Drexel University; Flagler College; Connecticut College; Fordham University; Georgetown University; Marine Mechanics Institute; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Northeastern University; Ohio Wesleyan University; Stetson University; Trinity College; Valencia College; University of Colorado at Boulder; University of Miami; University of North Carolina at Wilmington; University of Ottawa, University of South Florida Tampa; University of Southern California; The University of Tampa; University of the Virgin Islands; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Yale University | |
|−|Total scholarships awarded: $2. 6 million | |
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|−|== Union First Market Bankshares and StellarOne to Merge in $445 Million Deal == | |
|−|Banks Union First Market Bankshares Corp. (UBSH) and StellarOne Corporation (STEL) have agreed to merge, creating the largest community bank in Virginia. Per the deal, Union First will buy StellarOne for approximately $445 million in stock, representing one of the biggest bank deals so far in 2013. | |
|−|Per the agreement, each share of StellarOne will be swapped for 0.9739 shares of Union First, implying a share value of $19.50 and a deal value of $445.1 million, based on Union First鈥檚 closing price on Friday of $20.02. | |
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|−|The combined company will have total assets of $7.1 billion, deposits of $5.8 billion and loans of $5.2 billion, according the latest financials. Combined, there will be 146 branches of the bank (fifth most in the state) in all of Virginia鈥檚 major markets. | |
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|−|Union First expects the merger to be accretive to earnings in 2014 and beyond. The deal is expected to be closed in January 2014, subject to all approvals. Both boards have approved the transaction. | |
|−|"We are excited about the opportunity to bring our organizations together and establish the next great Virginia bank. We have long believed that the combination of Union and StellarOne would be powerful,鈥?said G. William Beale, chief executive of Union First. | |
|−|Beale will retain his position as top executive of the merged company. The board of directors will grow to 19 members, comprised of 11 members for the current Union First board and 8 members from the StellarOne board with current StellarOne chairman Raymond Smoot, Jr. serving as chairman. Ronald Hicks, the current chairman of the Union First board will become vice chairman of the combined company. | |
|−|The only bigger bank deals so far this year were United Bankshares Inc. (UBSI) agreeing to buy Virginia Commerce Bankcorp Inc. (VCBI) for $495 million in April and Chile-based Banco de Credito e Inversiones SA saying in January that it would spend $883 million for City National Bank of Florida from Spain-based Bankia SA. | |
|−|With ultra-low interest rates and tight lending policies, community banks have been struggling to expand in recent years. | |
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|−|Shares of UBSH initially gapped down to around $19 with the merger news, but have recovered a portion of the losses to be trading down by about 1.5 percent at $19.75 with about one hour to go in the trading day. Shares of STEL have surged more than 16 percent to trade around $19 each. |+|
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Mosquito invasion in Southcentral Alaska leads to run on supplies
Each spring, it seems, the air of Alaska is filled with the buzz of mosquitoes and the whines of people declaring that this is undoubtedly the worst bug season they've ever experienced in their umpteen years in the far north.
This year they may have a case.
"Mosquito populations are fairly high everywhere," said Janice Chumley, integrated pest management technician at the Kenai Peninsula District office of Cooperative Extension Service.
Why? Because of weather we had nine months ago. Southcentral Alaska experienced an extremely wet fall followed directly by snow. The snow covered and insulated the http://www.agoshow.net/2009-All-Star-Boston-Red-Sox-20-Youkilis-Blue-Jerseys-4/ - 2009 All Star Boston Red Sox 20 Youkilis Blue Jerseys ground before it could freeze very deep.
"It was a perfect overwintering blanket for insects," Chumley said.
How perfect wasn't immediately apparent because breakup came late this year; much of the state got smacked by a snowstorm a month ago. The extended cool weather delayed the hatchout, Chumley said. "But the minute it warmed up, all of those successfully overwintering sites produced clouds of mosquitoes."
The same conditions are also helping boost populations of other bugs, she added.
A post on the asking whether mosquitoes were http://www.agoshow.net/2009-All-Star-St.Louis-Cardinals-4-Molina-Red-Jerseys-6/ - 2009 All Star St.Louis Cardinals 4 Molina Red Jerseys worse than normal drew 100 responses from around the state within an hour. Most agreed that the mini-vampires were horrid and gave anecdotal examples.
"We have thousands and thousands in our yard every day! We have a few tiki torches, a candle repellent, a bug zapper, a homemade trap and even while using bug dope, they don't seem to be phased one bit."
"Out of CONTROL this year! Walk outside and its like within 5 seconds you are surrounded. My son is getting sooo swollen. His poor face looked like Quasimoto. We have gone through 4 cans of bug spray and I don't think it even works."
"My poor 1 year old is covered in bites from the walk from the car to the door."
"I have at least 75 bites! My sister has too many to count ... the mosquito repellent wasn't working at all!"
What is not anecdotal is the fact that the Anchorage store shelves on which mosquito control products are usually stocked have become bare in the past few days.
On Saturday, the Lowe's Home Improvement store in South Anchorage was out of Mosquito Magnets, a popular device that uses propane and a chemical scent to lure 'skeeters to a low-pressure vacuum that sucks them into a net container where they soon die. "We have a damaged one at the (Muldoon) store, none at Tudor and here we have minus one," said a Lowes customer service clerk. "Someone said they saw them at Walmart."
But the Midtown Walmart Superstore didn't have any either. Nor did The Home Depot or other stores that usually stock Mosquito Magnets or similar mosquito traps. In addition, stores were low or out of zappers, citronella candles, yard torches and other such products designed to keep mosquitoes away.
"I had 12 running feet (of shelving) with mosquito products. It's all bare," said Tim Craig, owner of Anchorage True Value Hardware in swampy Sand Lake/Jewel Lake, a neighborhood where one reader reported "visible swarms even in paved areas."
On Monday morning, Craig said he was down to "Two cans of repellent and a couple boxes of mosquito coils"
Alaska Industrial Hardware reported having hand-carried propane powered fogger units, "But only at our Kenai store."
Complaints that this year's blood-suckers laugh at repellent may be exaggerated, but at least one woman was seen recently wearing a mosquito net hat as she walked her dog in the Bayshore Area.
For those hoping to beef up their anti-mosquito arsenals, different stores gave different estimates for when new supplies would arrive -- anywhere from the last week of June to September.
The Mosquito Magnets, however, should be in stores no later than the middle of next week said Gary Bucy, owner of Alaska Housewares, Inc., the Alaska distributor for the machine.
To get the most efficient use of the Mosquito Magnet, Bucy said, it's critical to clean out the system with CO2 cartridges sold for the machine every time the propane tank is switched. "That and the Octenol (the attractant) are what's important," he said. "Fortunately, there's plenty of both in stock."
Bucy, a lifelong Alaskan, didn't think this year's mosquito crop was anything unusual. "It's just that, after last year, when we didn't have many, with the sudden warm weather it's a little more intense," he said.
"In Fairbanks, it's even worse. They're just slamming and slamming us and, as late as this season started, in my opinion, they're going to keep slamming us for a few more weeks."
Reach Mike Dunham at or 257-4332.
This article includes updated information about the arrival schedule for Mosquito Magnets.
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