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    Utah’s Whittingham Ready For The "Complete Rebuild" In Quarterback Room – Sports Illustrated - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Following the graduation of Drew Lisk and transfer of Jake Bentley, Utah's offseason at the quarterback position wasn't looking very promising.

    Add in the injury and subsequent surgery to season-opening starter Cam Rising, who won't be ready until summer/fall camp, and the quarterback room was looking extremely dismal at best. Only freshman walk-on Cooper Justice remained healthy and on the roster a week after the season ended.

    But then came good news as Utah signed four-star quarterback Peter Costelli, who's already on campus, as the one of the best signees in program history.

    Courtesy of Peter Costelli Twitter account

    Following Costelli's signing came the addition of transfers Charlie Brewer (Baylor) and Ja'Quinden Jackson (Texas), two players who instantly make Utah's quarterback room among the most talented in the conference. It's something head coach Kyle Whittingham not only acknowledges, but embraces.

    Really, the quarterback room is almost a complete rebuild, Whittingham said. Cam will be ready, hopefully, by July. That should make for some interesting competition in the fall.

    Ironically of the five quarterbacks including Rising only one of them has played more than one quarter since the 2019 season; and that's Brewer.

    Rising has played just one full quarter of football since he was in high school in 2017. Jackson redshirted at Texas this past fall after suffering an ACL injury during his 2019 high school season in Texas. Costelli missed the 2020 high school season in California due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Justice last played as a senior in high school in 2019.

    Courtesy of Ja'Quinden Jackson Twitter

    That's what makes the addition of Brewer all that more important as he comes with invaluable game experience.

    Were elated that we do have him. He went into the portal and we jumped on him right away. We told him what we had to offer here as far as an opportunity, Whittingham said of Brewer. Bottom line, Charlie felt good about what our plans were and the opportunity he had here. He felt like it was a good fit. Were ecstatic that hes here. Hell be the guy in spring ball that will get the majority of the reps. Well see what happens.

    Brewer's career at Baylor was up-and-down, but the ups far outweighed the downs. Under former coach Matt Rhule, his junior season was something special when he threw for 3,161 yards and 21 touchdowns to just interceptions. He also added 344 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

    He led Baylor in a resurgent season to an 11-3 record before suffering losses to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game and Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

    Unfortunately, this past season didn't go as planned for Brewer. With Rhule now off to the NFL, Brewer struggled under new head coach Dave Aranda in leading the Bears to a 2-7 record. He threw for just 1,958 yards and 14 touchdowns (with eight interceptions), while adding 154 yards rushing and four scores.

    As a four-year starter for Baylor, Brewer threw for 9,700 yards, 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions in 44 games played. He also added 1,039 yards and 22 touchdowns as one of college football's most dynamic talents.

    Nov 7, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer (5) walks off the field after their football game at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State would go on to win 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

    Whittingham isn't the only person high on Brewer and the Utes. With Rising attempting to recover from shoulder surgery on his throwing arm, it's unknown if he will be the same player he was prior to the injury.

    That's whycollege football analyst R.J. Young of FOX Sports has listed Brewer among his top five transfers who will make an immediate impact for this upcoming season.

    He knows what it means to compete in a conference championship game against one of the better teams in the country, Young said. I think Utah can really start thinking of themselves as being a favorite to win the Pac-12 South, I think its going to be them and or USC. Charlie Brewer gives you a capable winner, a capable leader, a grad transfer, so you dont have to worry about whether or not hes gonna be eligible to play. Charlie Brewer is an absolutely outstanding passer of the football and hes been on an 11-win Baylor team, thats where Utah wants to go next year.

    Yet according to Young, Brewer isn't the only transfer heading to Utah who could've made the list. The Utes also picked up Jackson and running backs T.J. Pleder (Oklahoma) and Chris Curry (LSU) all of whom could have an immediate impact.

    With Whittingham already proclaiming that Brewer will receive a majority of the reps this spring, it can be determined that he will be offered every opportunity to seize the starting role and lead the Utes back to Pac-12 success.

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    One Wall Street’s Residential Conversion and Addition Continues in the Financial District – New York YIMBY - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Work is progressing on the residential conversion and retail addition on the 90-year-old One Wall Streetin theFinancial District. Designed bySLCE Architectsand developed byMacklowe Properties, the projected $1.5 billion undertaking is poised to be the largest office-to-condominium conversion in New York City history. When complete, the 654-foot-tall property will yield a total of 566 residential units with sales handled and marketed by Compass, as well as a 44,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market and a Life Time fitness center on the lower levels.

    The multi-story reinforced concrete addition atop the mid-century annex of One Wall Street has been topped out for a while and more of the faade has been steadily enclosing the outer edges of the expansion. The new panels feature sculpted Art Deco surfaces, and some of the narrow panels between the large windows are etched withthin vertical lines, emulating the look of the original fenestration.

    One Wall Street. Photo by Michael Young

    One Wall Street. Photo by Michael Young

    One Wall Street. Photo by Michael Young

    Meanwhile, the mechanical hoist remains attached to the eastern elevation of the main tower. Crews enter by the intersection of Wall and New Streets, which is still covered in sidewalk scaffolding.

    One Wall Street. Photo by Michael Young

    One Wall Street. Photo by Michael Young

    Interior scaffolding inside the White Room can be seen directly behind the tall pointed glass window. Its likely that the original mother of pearl Philippine shells that line the high ceilings are in the midst of being restored and refurbished. This upper unit is planned as a massive 13,000-square-foot triplex penthouse that would also feature rooftop access. Work should also be well underway on the restoration of the historic Red Room on the ground floor. Click here to see a previous YIMBY article showing photos of this space.

    One Wall Street. Photo by Michael Young

    The glass and steel structure thats been added to the lower floors of the annex appears to be largely complete and the protective blue film has been removed since our last update back in late September. The green colored sidewalk scaffolding maintains its hold over the sidewalks along Broadway and east along Exchange Place.

    One Wall Street. Photo by Michael Young

    One Wall Street. Photo by Michael Young

    YIMBY last reported that One Wall Streets residences and the Whole Foods Market are both scheduled to open in 2021, possibly toward the end of the year.

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    EL-based non-profit sees growth through pandemic – The Review - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Josh Lytle, president of Family Care Ministries, shows off work in the basement of the Freedom Home in Chester. Contractors are filling in an indoor pool with rock and pouring a concrete floor. The room eventually will serve as housing for in-patient residents and up to 10 children at the Chester-based facility. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

    EAST LIVEROOL The past year has been tough for the majority of non-profit organizations and charities, which found the majority of their fundraising events cancelled due to the pandemic. However, Family Care Ministries Josh Lytle said that slowly but surely things are still coming together as they continue to grow.

    During a visit to the non-profits Freedom Home this past weekend, Lytle provided an update on the organizations efforts.

    Not only is the documentary, Gateway To Hope: Overcoming Heroin, still reaching an audience through Amazon Prime, the pandemic has brought continued growth within the organization.

    After graduating his first class of women from the Freedom Home, the five-acre, in-patient facility in Chester, Lytle said that he has started chapel services there at 6 p.m. Sundays to a standing room crowd.

    Currently, the facility is hosting around 50 people in the living room area; however, the indoor pool area in the basement is being converted over to a room that eventually will host the Family Care Chapel temporarily until being moved to a freestanding building on the Freedom Homes campus.

    The plan is to build a multi-purpose room on the property and then we will transform that (former pool area) to a housing area that can house women with up to 10 children, he continued. Our goal is to restore the family unit and keep children out of Children Protective Services. They also would be schooled here by a legitimate teacher.

    In addition, a classroom space is being finished in a ground floor room that was a former sun porch, where Lytle said that the finishing touches (including hanging drywall and some painting) need to be completed.

    Family Care Ministries also is looking at adding a mens center and community event center in East Liverpool and are looking at a variety of potential locations.

    Lytle explained, We actually grew more in the last year under COVID. People are seeing the results of our approach and are backing it. I have very high standards, and I want people to know if they are entrusting me with their loved ones that they will be well taken care of.

    Unlike many high dollar facilities, Family Care Ministries doesnt charge for any of its services nor is it funded through insurance companies or grants.

    The only thing impacted by COVID negatively has been the organizations jail ministry, which has been brought to a virtual standstill by the pandemic. We have been in the jail ministry for 12 years, but COVID shut that down; however, our one-on-one ministry has continued to grow.

    Family Care Ministries doesnt just deal with addictions but all around mental health.

    Lytle hopes to teach that life is worth fighting for.

    Everyone not just addicts has mental health issues. People are anxious, because they dont know what is going on due to the pandemic especially teenagers, he added.

    Family Care Ministries is a 501(c)3, meaning all donations either monetary or in-kind are tax deductible. Those wishing to help out can visit http://www.seeinglivestransformed.com, where they can give an one-time or monthly gift to the non-profit.

    The faith-based approach is just different, Lytle concluded. I believe that the success is that faith in Christ, as everyone wants to be loved and not rejected.

    For more information, call (330) 368-0725 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays for information.

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    West Concord makes the grade in history – PostBulletin.com - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Last month, West Concord High School now home to the West Concord Historical Society Museum & Community Center was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

    Built in 1902, the school's architect, Fremont D. Orff, designed several other Minnesota buildings on the National Register including courthouses in Waseca and Renville counties, and the Carnegie Library in Little Falls.

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    "We were told both sides of your building were designed by noted architects, so that helps a little in the favor of us being eligible," said Colleen Hayne, president of the West Concord Historical Society.

    Hayne said she attended school in the building. A room that is now a replica of the Flame Room, which was the dining room at the local hotel, was her first-grade classroom.

    A room is devoted to high-school memorabilia in the West Concord Museum. The West Concord School building built in 1902 has been listed on the National Registry of historic places. February 15, 2021. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

    The building was added onto twice. The first time was in 1914 when the state insisted the school offer industrial arts and home economics in order to be certified as a high school, Hayne said. That addition was built on the south side of the original building. Then, in 1935 the Works Progress Administration offered a grant to add to the building's north side.

    The WPA addition, completed in 1936, included a library, a gymnasium with a theater stage, and a gathering room for the high school students. The WPA addition came with skylights that helped light the rooms during the day.

    Hayne said the historical society, which was formed in 1994 shortly after buying the old building for $1 when it was being abandoned as a school, hired Blue Planet Museum Consultants of Rochester in 2018 to conduct an assessment as to whether the building would be eligible to be on the register. After a six-month study, the answer was yes. The historical society used a second grant to have Blue Planet complete an application for the National Register.

    While the famous architect was one positive step, Blue Planet told the historical society that the clincher was that the school had been the lone edifice for education in the city for 56 years.

    Large skylights are featured in an activity room in the 1936 addition to the West Concord school. The West Concord Historical Society was recently able to get the West Concord School building listed on the National Registry of historic places. February 15, 2021. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

    "From 1902 to 1958, this complex was the only school for West Concord kids," Hayne said. "It was everything to the community the way schools used to be. It was grade school, high school -- the whole ball of wax."

    Since 1992, West Concord students are part of the Triton Schools, a combination district with Claremont, Dodge Center and West Concord, and attend school in Dodge Center.

    The West Concord Historical Society has put new life in the old building, keeping several displays in old classrooms. In addition to the Flame Room, there is a dedicated Veterans Room, the Heritage Room with items from life in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Fashion Room with ladies clothing from the early 1900s, the groovy '50s and '60s room, and a Classroom that features old desks and the implements of learning through the years.

    The West Concord School building built in 1902, left, and it's addition built in 1936 have recently been added to the National Registry of historic places. February 15, 2021. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

    From a more practical standpoint, getting on the register allows the historical society to apply for large renovation grants through the Minnesota State Historical Society funding program.

    "If we need $100,000, it's the only way we can accomplish that," she said.

    And the museum does need funding. Hayne said they'd like to replace the roof, there are walls where the plaster and paint are peeling, there are outer walls that need tuckpointing, and the plumbing could stand to be replaced.

    Old class photos line the hallways of the West Concord Museum February 15, 2021. The school building that houses the museum was added to the National Registry of historic places. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

    When the museum was first started in the 1990s, "there were a lot of volunteers," Hayne said, "who transformed the school into a museum."

    Today, she said, the museum needs volunteers as well as funding to help renovate the building. Fortunately, working at the museum is a job she can highly recommend.

    "Everybody who works here loves it, so that's a good thing," Hayne said.

    Dodge County entries in the National Register

    Dodge County has 11 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Five are in Kasson, two each in Mantorville and West Concord, one in Wasioja, and one in Canisteo Township.

    Ole Carlson House: Located 8 miles south of Kasson in Canisteo Township. The historic farmhouse was finished in 1882.

    Eureka Hotel: 101 Third Ave. SW, Kasson. The hotel was built along the tracks of the railroad that runs through Kasson in 1894.

    Kasson Municipal Building: 12 W. Main St., Kasson. Built in 1917 and designed by Purcell & Elmslie in the Prairie School design.

    Kasson Water Tower: Located in the 100 block of Fourth Avenue Northwest. The water tower has a limestone base and has been unaltered since its early days.

    Kasson Public School: 101 Third Ave. NW, Kasson. Served as Kasson's only school, kindergarten through grade 12, from 1918 to 1954.

    Jacob Leuthold Jr. House: 108 Second Ave. NW. Designed by Minnesota architects Frederick G. Kees and Serenus Colburn in 1905.

    Mantorville and Red Wing Stage Road-Mantorville Section: Located near Fifth Street Northeast in Mantorville. Running for about 600 feet northeast from Fifth Street, the stagecoach road was built in 1855.

    Mantorville Historic District: Located in downtown Mantorville. Including 24 properties, the historic district was built from 1854 to 1918 and includes the 1857 Hubbell House hotel, the Dodge County Courthouse, the Mantorville Opera House and more.

    Wasioja Historic District: Located throughout Wasioja. The district's historic buildings include the Wasioja Baptist Church, Minnesota Seminary, Wasioja Township School, the Civil War recruiting station, and the Andrew Doig House.

    Perry Nelson House: Located about 6 miles east of West Concord on Dodge County Road 22/560th Street. The Italianate farmhouse dates to 1870.

    West Concord High School: 600 W. First St., West Concord. The town's only school from 1902-1958, the building was designed by Fremont D. Orff with a WPA addition completed in 1936.

    Colleen Hayne looks for her class photo in the West Concord Museum February 15, 2021. The West Concord School building built in 1902 has been added to the National Registry of historic places. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

    Colleen Hayne, president of the West Concord Historical Society, climbs down the one of the stairways in the West Concord Museum February 15, 2021. The West Concord School building built in 1902 has been added to the National Registry of historic places. February 15, 2021. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

    A police cap is a small piece if the historic memorabilia in the West Concord Museum. The West Concord School building that houses the museum has been added to the National Registry of historic places. February 15, 2021. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

    Colleen Hayne, president of the West Concord Historical Society, looks at one of the rooms in need of repair in the West Concord Museum, February 15, 2021. The West Concord School building built in 1902 has been added to the National Registry of historic places. February 15, 2021. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

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    Check Out the Secret Room in This Renovated Concord Home – Boston magazine - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Home Design

    Spearheaded by Lisa Tharp Design, the clever makeover plays on the owner's love for literature.

    A product of designer Lisa Tharps collaboration with the Rug Company, the cushy wool-and-silk rug with an oversize fern pattern adds to the nature vibe of the subterranean reading space. / Photo by Read McKendree/JBSA

    Seeing how Concord was once the stomping ground for such celebrated writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott, it only makes sense that Lisa Tharp Designs multi-room rehab of a 5,000-square-foot Arts and Craftsstyle house there began in the library.

    The homeowners three children were getting older, and while she wished for a more adult, refined look for her residence, she didnt want to sacrifice comfort. This home was to be a sanctuary for the family, principal Lisa Tharp says, a place where they could relax and unwind and enjoy good books and cozy fires and shared meals. Maximizing natural light was also important to the client throughout the project, which was completed in phases over a few years.

    Decorative painter Pauline Curtiss, of Lincoln-based Patina, added texture to the librarys ceiling by hand-stenciling it with a leaf motif reminiscent of William Morriss Arts and Crafts textile designs. / Photo by Michael J. Lee

    With that in mind, Tharp and her team kicked off the revamp by replacing the slatted wood blinds in the combined library and living room with Roman shades to let in sunshine and reveal views of the propertys pretty gardensbest seen from the new 12-foot-long window seat. A cool marble fireplace surround sourced from Vermont and handsome midcentury accents such as the floor lamp and the travertine coffee table balance out the rooms dominant pink tones, which the client adores. The idea of going pink in a library was a little bit unusualbut I thought that would be the perfect counterpoint to all of the dark, heavy wood, Tharp says.

    Down the hall, the kitchen facelift also focused on capturing natural lightout went the brooding tiled range wall and in came tall windows. A custom Edwardian-style hood now extends down from the ceiling, echoing the curves of the Urban Electric Co. light illuminating the existing island. Because the homeowner wanted three counter stools to nest under the island, Tharp and her team designed padded leatherette seats with a narrow profile to fit the space constraints. Theres more seating in the adjoining playroom cum breakfast room. With the addition of a Jean Prouv table and a banquette, plus a desk built by craftsman Norton DeAmorim, it has become a multifunctional space for both meals and study sessions.

    To brighten the kitchen, the team painted all of the existing wood cabinetry and hid the refrigerator and the freezer in a paneled armoire. / Photo by Read McKendree/JBSA

    Midcentury furniture offsets the soft, spring-green palette and classic floral prints in the new breakfast room. / Photo by Read McKendree/JBSA

    But while the breakfast room is decidedly in the familys domain, the transformation of the primary suites floor plan created a sanctuary just for Mom. Tharp replaced the small windows facing the bed with a wall of French doors that open onto the balcony with views of the grounds. The rooms French feelalso exemplified by the Renoir etching hung above the tufted headboardis intentional, Tharp says. We were taking inspiration from a beautiful suite somewhere in Paris, she explains. Theres a bit of escapism, taking your mind away to a place thats beautiful and inspiring. (The City of Lights is another iconic literary hubcoincidence?)

    The reconfiguration of the suite opened up the space, while the installation of an interior window helped brighten the formerly cave-like primary bathroom and the new dressing room. And, oh the luxe details: custom cabinetry, Moroccan-esque glass and gilt wall tile from Ann Sacks, and shadowbox mirrors lined with pink lacquer over the vanity. This is a client who just wanted her house to feel happy, Tharp says. There are these little fun moments throughout where its like, Lets not be so seriousthat is a testament to who she is.

    A lounging spot in the owners bedroom features a folding chinoiserie screen by Gracie. / Photo by Read McKendree/JBSA

    Six circa-1800s sketches of Concord landmarksincluding Walden Pond and Louisa May Alcotts Orchard Housecomprise a gallery wall in the primary bedroom. / Photo by Read McKendree/JBSA

    Mirrored tile and custom cabinetry lighten the formerly cave-like primary bath. / Photo by Read McKendree/JBSA

    The dressing room boasts a collage by Henry Botkin and a charcoal drawing by Tharps daughter, Fia. / Photo by Read McKendree/JBSA

    It was a big leap from imagination to reality, Tharp says of the meditation room and the bookshelf that Carpenter & MacNeille built to enclose it. / Photo by Read McKendree/JBSA

    Luxe silk covers the walls, the ceiling, and the bookshelves in the reading nook, outfitted with a queen-size bed. / Photo by Read McKendree/JBSA

    Its no wonder, then, that the primary bath is now one of the homeowners most-loved places in the house, competing for the top spot with Tharps masterstroke: a cushy hideaway for reading and meditation in the basement, occupying a windowless space that once stored a drum set. Inspired by mossy forests, Tharp worked with contractors at Carpenter & MacNeille to fashion a daybed nook entered via an oval cutout in one wall. When you are in there, you feel utterly cocooned and protected in this total quiet, Tharp says. Especially during the current pandemic, We are craving a connection to what really matters: people we love, nature, rest, peace, she adds. Spaces that not only bring people close and rejuvenate them, but even inspire meditative thoughts. Those spaces nourish our souls.

    Truly soul-nourishing is a cloistered inner sanctum next to the daybed nook offering velvet poufs and a mirrored ceiling and walls, creating the illusion that the glow from the 12 flameless candles suspended from the ceiling goes on forever (a nod to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusamas Infinity Mirror Roomsand to the floating tapers of the Great Hall in the Harry Potter series).

    And how exactly do you access this secret retreat? Pull on the spine of the homeowners favorite bookPride and Prejudice by Jane Austenand the bookcase door swings open, of course. Its an engineering feat ripped from the pages of a Sherlock Holmes mysteryand a fitting metaphor for the renovation as a whole. This was creative freedom you dont get on every project, Tharp says, also noting that designing an all-pink room was a first for her firm. We were very grateful to have that trust from the client.

    Thanks to the mirrored walls reflecting hanging candles and the moss-green floor pillows, the 25-square-foot secret room feels like a magical woodland forest, Tharp says. / Photo by Read McKendree/JBSA

    Contractor/MillworkerCarpenter & MacNeille

    Interior Architecture/DesignLisa Tharp Design

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    Green Bay Packers Cut em or Keep em & Prediction: Preston Smith – Dairyland Express - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    I started the Cut em or Keep em & Prediction series earlier this week, having already taken a look at whether or not the Green Bay Packers should cut or keep Devin Funchess, Dean Lowry, and Christian Kirksey.

    Well, on Friday, Green Bay made some actual cuts by moving on from Kirksey and Rick Wagner. This created over $10 million in cap space and leaves the Packers still about $11.4 million over the projected salary capwhich at this point is still an estimate.

    But in addition to getting under the cap, the Packers also need room for any free-agent additions, in-season spending, the practice squad, as well as the draft class. Meaning there are likely more cuts to follow.

    So before GM Brian Gutekunst makes any other moves, Ill try to finish this series. Up next is Preston Smith.

    2021 Cap Hit: $16,000,000

    Admittedly, this is difficult to justify given Preston Smiths performance in 2020, and the monster cap hit the comes with him being on the roster this season. However, if the Green Bay Packers were to hang on to him, it would be with the hope that he would regain some of his 2019 form.

    That season, Smith tallied 12 sacks, good for the eighth-most in the NFL, along with 62 pressures, which were tied for the 15th most among edge rushers. That type of production paired with ZaDarius Smith, who was named a second-team All-Pro and is coming off a 12.5 sack season, along with Rashan Gary, who was the 15th most efficient edge rusher in the NFL in terms of pressuring the quarterback, would create a dominant force upfront.

    And, of course, we cant forget Pro Bowler Kenny Clark, who has developed into one of the better interior defensive linemen in the game. In 2019 we saw The Smiths wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks, and last season it was ZaDarius and Gary, but we havent seen all three firing on all cylinders at the same time yet.

    After the season Smith had, this is certainly a risky move given his cap situation, but if it paid off, Green Bays pass rush would benefit greatly.

    2021 Cap Savings: $8,000,000

    As I mentioned above, Smiths production fell off a cliff last season. He recorded just four sacks and 29 pressuresa far cry from his 2019 season. On top of that, in the pass-rushing efficiency metric referenced above from Pro Football Focus ($), Smith ranked 99th out of 121 eligible edge rushers.

    There were flashes here and there, but his overall impact was greatly decreased. And it wasnt just as a pass rusher either; in the run game, he struggled to set the edge, and opposing offenses often ran directly at him because of this.

    Even in an offseason where the salary cap wasnt shrinking, a $16 million cap hit for Smiths 2020 production would be a tough pill to swallow. So this year, it hurts even more. With the emergence of Rashan Gary, the Packers could move on from Smith and still have a potent one-two punch at the edge position.

    With Smith, the Green Bay Packers could look to restructure his deal, creating more cap space in 2021. But the issue with doing that is with only one additional year left on Smiths deal after this season, his cap hit in 2022 would increase, as would his dead cap hit. Meaning, if Smith struggles again, moving on from him a year from now becomes even more difficult as hes owed even more money than what he currently is.

    This is certainly an option, but its a risky one, given his recent performance. A $16 million cap hit is just way too much to take on, especially with ZaDarius Smith and Rashan Gary already as options on the roster. Green Bay will cut Preston Smith in lieu of the $8 million in cap savings.

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    Adrian Phillips plugged some holes and was a valuable addition to Patriots secondary – The Boston Globe - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    When the Patriots defense was hit by the opt-out losses of stalwarts Donta Hightower and Patrick Chung, Phillips help fill those voids as well.

    Phillips was a new guy to the team, but he played like an old Patriots soul, somebody willing to do whatever was asked to make the team better.

    He slipped into a hybrid role, playing linebacker and/or safety depending on the game plan and/or situation.

    With six years of experience (all with the Chargers), Phillips was able to adapt and excel in New Englands complicated schemes.

    Hes very team-oriented, good communicator, understands concepts and understands multiple positions and roles within the defense and within the special teams units, coach Bill Belichick said in January.

    Phillips at times served as an undersized linebacker, planted in the middle of the defense and sticking his nose where no 5-foot-11-inch, 210-pound man has a right to be. Despite giving up a lot of mass, Phillips was able to shed behemoth blockers and find the ball consistently. He collected a team-high (and career-high) 107 total tackles, including seven for losses.

    He also possesses the athleticism to play in coverage, picking off a pair of passes. Phillips is on the books for one more season at $3 million, making him one of the best bargains in the NFL.

    Im glad we have him and Im excited to continue to work with him, Belichick said. He has helped us a lot this year and I think he will continue to. Hes been really a pleasure to work with.

    A look at the current state of the secondary and what predraft moves the Patriots could explore this offseason.

    The 2020 Patriots

    Safeties: Devin McCourty, Kyle Dugger, Terrence Brooks; cornerbacks: Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Jason McCourty, Myles Bryant, Joejuan Williams, Michael Jackson, DAngelo Ross, Dee Virgin.

    Devin McCourty: The unquestioned player-leader of this team both on the field and in the locker room; few players in any sport wear the captains label better. He has seen it all, can play it all, and still is producing at a high level heading into his 12th season in New England.

    Dugger: The clubs top pick flashed plenty of potential during his rookie campaign. Hes a fluid 6-2, 220-pounder who can cover and play near the box. Dugger delivered some teeth-rattling hits.

    Brooks: A free agent, he was a valuable kicking-game contributor and depth piece on the back end the last two seasons, but his defensive snaps dwindled in 2020 as Dugger developed.

    Gilmore: Put together another tremendous season until suffering a torn quadriceps in Week 15. The narrative that his game slipped is a false one. Hes still among the elite players at his position. Hes due approximately $7 million in salary and bonuses for 2021, and some tinkering with that number seems inevitable. And by tinkering, we mean another bump in pay.

    J.C. Jackson: A restricted free agent, he is likely to get slapped with a first-round tender. He is a ball hawk (nine picks in 2020) and few defend the long ball better. An in-season extension is a distinct possibility.

    Jones: One of the better slot corners in the league, he gets better every season. Like many on this list, he can shift seamlessly to safety when needed.

    Jason McCourty: If he wants to play a 13th season, the Patriots will be interested. Split his snaps between corner and safety in 2020.

    Bryant: Brought in to compete at corner, the undrafted rookie quickly showed he could play anywhere in the secondary. His roles will continue to grow.

    Williams: Has played corner and safety as a depth piece while contributing mainly on special teams his first two seasons. This will be a critical offseason and season for the 2019 second-rounder.

    Michael Jackson: He had a strong camp but was caught in a numbers crunch before being brought back late in the season. Could return and compete for a job.

    Ross: With two seasons in the program (the majority on the practice squad), he could be poised for a major jump on the depth chart.

    Virgin: An exclusive-rights free agent, he was signed for Week 17 but didnt dress. Hell likely compete for a job in camp.

    The opt-out

    Chung.

    The versatile and valuable veteran has indicated hed like to continue his career. Has more responsibilities, play to play and series to series, than any other Patriot, and getting to work with Dugger will benefit both.

    The free agents

    Safeties: Harmon, D.J. Swearinger; cornerbacks: Bashaud Breeland, Mike Hilton.

    Harmon: Knows the defense and wouldnt break the bank, and New England hasnt seen a closer this good since Jonathan Papelbon.

    Swearinger: Another solid veteran who wouldnt command a ridiculous paycheck. Can play in space and close to the line.

    Breeland: Competent veteran backup would add depth and push some of the younger talent on the roster.

    Hilton: See Breeland above. Both players come from winning organizations (Kansas City, Pittsburgh), and thats important.

    The bottom line

    With outstanding depth at safety and corner, the Patriots wont likely be players for some of the big free agents at either position. Affordable depth veterans will be the order of the day. The contract statuses of Gilmore and J.C. Jackson bear watching, because if either or both leave, that changes the free agent philosophy significantly.

    Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.

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    ETHS Foundation to Host WILD FOR ETHS Celebration – Evanston RoundTable - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    TheETHSFoundationwill hold its first-ever virtual fundraising event, moving its annual benefit,WILD FORETHS, online on at 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 27. The virtual event will feature personal stories and messages from students, as well as musical performances from students and alumni.

    Performers will include Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller 01, educator and performer Matthew Hunter 05, and an exclusive arrangement by Ian Weinberger 05, Musical Director of the Broadway sensationHamilton.

    This fundraising event will help create impactful and transformative spaces and support students during the COVID-19 pandemic.Foundationpriorities this year include the Student & Family Response Fund; providing pandemic support, updates to the Girls Locker Room and the creation of an All-Gender Locker Room, an expanded and redesigned Literacy Lab and literacy resources, investment in the STEAM Design Thinking & Innovation course, investment in Geometry in Construction, and an expanded band practice field with the addition of a new conductor tower.

    Information about tickets and the fundraiser is available at zheFoundationsWILD FORETHSwebsite.

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    VOICES OF INEQUITY: How unfair school funding looks at the ground level – The Mercury - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Editor's Note: Journalism students at Ursinus College, supported by a grant from Project Pericles, dedicated a semester to interviewing students at Montgomery County public high schools to get their perspective on the impact Pennsylvania's inequitable school funding had on their education.

    Pennsylvania is known for having one of the most inequitable public school funding systems in the nation.

    Education opportunities and resources often have more to do with a student's zip code than anything resembling equity.

    But do students and parents know this?

    Journalism students at Ursinus College, supported by a grant from Project Pericles, dedicated a semester to interviewing students at Montgomery County public high schools to find out.

    Most of the stories included in this series come from that project, and you can watch a video of students talking about their schools at . These quotes come from interviews with other Montgomery County students and graduates.

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    I feel that it's not fair. We wish we had the same items, I feel that [other schools] have a lot of things that we don't. They get a lot more money."

    Ariana Torres, senior at Pottstown High School

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    There was always this underlying stress. We didnt have enough money to do some things, our textbooks were very old. I just feel like it isnt very, I dont know, it doesnt really get the job done. Talking about history and its so outdated or even science classes there have been new theories you know or whatever.

    Emily Weber, Pottstown High School graduate

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    We're lucky enough to be in a situation where our school has the money to afford and produce live streams for most of our sports events and we can get a lot of attendance on that from not only parents but students as well who want to spectate the game.

    Michael Fath, senior at Wissahickon High School

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    As a parent I can see that Pottstown definitely lacks in resources. Compared to surrounding districts I know back in March when we went virtual some school districts already had school-issued laptops or Chromebooks and Pottstown didn't because we couldn't afford it, so we had to find funding really quick and try to get the laptops out.

    The kids didn't know how to use them. Parents didn't know how to use them, so it took us longer to switch to that world than other districts because they were already doing it.

    Phoebe Kancianic, Pottstown parent

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    They just finished a brand new weight room addition to expand the old weight room. It is two floors, with every weight personalized with a Ram and a Spring-Ford logo. They even hired a weight coach. It was insane.

    Claire Vance, Spring-Ford High School graduate

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    Yes, I do consider myself at a large advantage because my school has the means to offer everyone an opportunity to get involved

    Maggie McGovern, senior at Perkiomen Valley High School

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    EMS building project attracts nearly 100 bids – The Monroe Sun - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    MONROE, CT Contractors lined up at Town Hall to submit bids to do work on the renovation and addition to the Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Services headquarters on Jockey Hollow Road.The bidding process officially closed at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

    We had nearly 100 bids, said Terry Rooney, chairman of the building committee. It was great.Were really happy with the response. You dont know what to expect.

    To keep the cost of the project down, the building committee is bidding every aspect of construction separately. Once all of the bidders are chosen, they will tally the total cost.

    That will start a process culminating in a Town Meeting, where residents will vote on the bonding.

    Aside from the bonding, the town has a $500,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant to defray the cost of the project.

    Right now, the next step is for the building committee to review the bids and select the vendors. A concerted effort will be made, with all things being equal, to hire local contractors.

    Well review all the proposals at the next meeting, Rooney said. This building project is Monroe first. Thats what were going to try to do, within reason, pump the money into the local economy.

    He said several Monroe companies placed bids.

    Rooney said the building committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month. That would make the next meeting March 9.

    The impetus behind the project comes from a feasibility study done years ago, before Ken Kellogg was first selectman. The study, led byJacunski Humes Architects, determined the best project, based on location and affordability, was to renovate the Jockey Hollow firehouse at 54 Jockey Hollow Road.

    The EMS Building Committee was created about three years ago and its current members are Rooney, John Brenna, Robert Westlund, Domenic Paniccia, Michael Vitello and John Ostaszewski.

    Jacunski Humes Architects, which designed the renovation and addition of the Monroe Police Department several years ago, was hired as the project architect for the EMS headquarters through the bidding process and another bid process resulted in Burlington Construction Co. being hired as project manager.

    The project has Inland Wetlands approval and the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a municipal referral from the Town Council.

    Facility needs

    During a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting last year, EMS Chief Donald Smith said the Monroe EMS worked out of the electric room of the police station on Fan Hill Road before moving to Jockey Hollow Firehouse in 2001.

    Over the years, Smith said the ambulance service has seen an annual call volume increase, rising from 900 to 1,500 calls.

    The EMS, which has between 45 and 50 members, has outgrown its facility. Smith said there is no office space and the classroom, whichdoubles as volunteers dining room, is too small.There is no restroom upstairs and there is an unworkable shower on the lower level, so volunteers have to go home to shower and change, according to Smith.

    Rooney said the main issue is that conditions are not suitable for an overnight stay.

    The facility has 20 striped parking spaces, which Kellogg said is inadequate. The project would increase the parking lot to 64 spaces.Currently, Kellogg said people are parking on the grass when classes and membership meetings are held, are double parking and parking in front of ambulance bays.

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