‘We’re prepared’: Utah County election officials make improvements to prevent past problems

PROVO — Election officials in Utah County said they have made improvements to prevent issues that have plagued the county in the past.

After polling locations experienced long lines lasting more than three hours on midterm election night in 2018, Governor Gary Herbert criticized Utah County as the “epicenter of dysfunction.”

For next month’s general election, the county’s new clerk/auditor promises things will be better.

“When you look at what I’ve been able to accomplish in a short amount of time, it’s because I was able to secure the resources for the equipment and literally the best team in the state,” said Utah County Clerk/Auditor Amelia Powers Gardner.

Since Powers Gardner took office in 2019, she’s hired new staff and purchased new ballot-counting machines. She said they now have the largest scanners in the state, which can process 600 ballots per minute.

“I’ve worked tirelessly to make sure that my

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What we love about our home in Fairfax County

We ended up purchasing in June 2019 and moved into our place in December 2019. We’ve been loving it ever since. Fun fact — we are the first people to purchase a home in the neighborhood.

We adore the thoughtful design details and amenity features from the open floor plan and large pane-less windows. Some of our favorite features are the high ceilings, huge kitchen island, double-wide stairs, ribbon fireplace and natural lighting from all the windows. It feels really inviting and airy.

Our favorite place in the house is the main-level living space and it’s where we spend most of our time. Before the pandemic, we loved to entertain and have family and friends over, so we were always in the kitchen and living room, or out on the deck enjoying a few drinks. Our cousin and his wife moved to the neighborhood, too, so we had them over

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Solano County legalized home food pop-ups. But 6 months later, chefs still can’t sell

When Solano County approved a new California law that would legalize home-based kitchen operations in April, it seemed like Cheska Kistner’s plans to open a restaurant in her Benicia home would finally come to fruition. The measure, California’s AB626, allows for what are known as microenterprise food businesses, which Alameda County also made inroads toward legalizing Monday. But no Bay Area county has yet fully implemented the 2018 law, leaving entrepreneurs like Kistner in limbo.

Under AB626, cooks can legally sell up to 30 meals a day or 60 per week from their homes when their counties opt in and they have received a permit; their annual gross sales are capped at $50,000. The law has been implemented in only one county so far, Riverside. In Alameda County, many home kitchen operations have proliferated during the pandemic without the option to get proper permitting, leading to the health department cracking

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Police suspect foul play as flames destroy Shiawassee County home

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, MI – Police suspect a Saturday night house fire in Shiawassee County was not an accident.

Troopers responded to reports of a fire at 8:15 p.m., Oct. 10 in the 1500 block of South Riniel Road in Venice Township about 20 minutes west of Flint, said Michigan State Police in a release.

Upon arrival, troopers found a two-story single-family home engulfed in flames, police said. The residence and a nearby parked truck were both destroyed, police said.

There were no occupants in the home at the time of the fire, police said. No further details were immediately available, though police acknowledged circumstances of the incident are “considered suspicious” at this time.

The Lennon Fire Department assisted on scene.

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Dauphin County hideaway home on wooded lot boasts chef’s kitchen, 3 levels of decks: Cool Spaces

Situated on almost four acres of wooded land, this home sits tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Derry Woods development.

Every view is one of natural beauty thanks to large windows and three levels of decks and balconies. Natural plantings in the front and back attract wildlife.

Inside, wooden floors can be found throughout the home. A dining room flows into a chef’s kitchen with two ovens, two microwaves, two sinks, a large island and plenty of storage space.

Counter seating is available in the kitchen as well as in an adjoining great room with vaulted ceilings, skylights and fireplace.

The master suite has its own balcony, large windows overlooking the backyard and a walk-in closet and a master bath.

The finished lower level offers a huge amount of living space with a TV and game areas and large bonus space with a wet bar, bedroom with a

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Renovation planned for Merrillville dealership | Lake County News



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MERRILLVILLE — The town’s north end is expected to be enhanced as Shaver Preferred Motors is planning to invest more than $1 million in renovations to the dealership.

Shaver has been located at 5701 Broadway for decades, and it intends to expand into the former Levin Tire property that’s adjacent to the dealership.

“They’re really doing it to spruce up the business and make it look nice in the town and I think we should welcome it,” Town Council President Rick Bella said.

The project calls for improvements to the former tire business to convert it into an indoor showroom and sales office for the dealership. Shaver’s existing sales office is much smaller than the former Levin building, and it will be demolished.

Shaver is asking the town to grant a 10-year real estate property tax abatement for the improvements that will be completed.

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Carbon County opens bids on renovation project | News

JIM THORPE — Bids for a building renovation project to ease overcrowding in Carbon County buildings, including the historic courthouse, came in under the estimated $4.5 million price tag on Thursday.

Carbon commissioners opened bids for the renovations at its weekly meeting for buildings at 44 and 76 Susquehanna St. The six low bids tally $3.95 million, which is less than 10% lower than anticipated.

Commissioner Chris Lukasevich, who did a quick tally as the bids were read, said the bids seemed to be right in the ball park of the estimate provided by Boyle Construction Management, which is overseeing the project.

Tony Ganguzza, of the Boyle firm, noted that there is still a 10% allowance within the contracts.

This project replaces a $12.6 million building project for the Susquehanna Street properties that included a 24,000-square-foot, office building with a two-deck parking garage.

The former project, which involved removing 40

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Residents come up with elaborate ideas that dot landscapes around Martinsville and Henry County | Home & Garden

While there are certainly some yard projects people can complete on their own, adding a popular water feature requires more know-how than grabbing a shovel and a garden hose. Other projects also deserve the knowledge of a trained professional.

Planting a bed of flowers might not seem like rocket science, but Cox noted that even that can take an unexpected turn over several years’ time if the plants are not properly spaced to begin with.

Then there are the technical aspects of landscaping, like properly installing irrigation systems.

However, not every yard project takes years of experience to do well. For those who aren’t quite ready to put a down payment on their backyard retreat, but want to spruce up their yard, Cox expressed that simple maintenance can go a long way when boosting curb appeal.

“I think mulching. I think neatness. Keeping the yard picked up, leaves out of

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Mr. Cabinet Care Awarded Orange County Register’s 2020 “Best Kitchen & Bath Company”

Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

Oct 2, 2020 – Anaheim, CA – Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

The annual Best of Orange County readers’ choice award celebrates the area’s most popular attractions, restaurants, and businesses. The Orange County Register asks readers to cast votes for their favorite local businesses who continuously excel in service and quality. A 14-time winner, Mr. Cabinet Care was again named the winner and voted #1 in the “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” category at the 27th Best of Orange County Awards, which reaffirms its commitment to local clients and acknowledges its leadership and exceptional quality and service.

“We want to thank all of 

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Mr. Cabinet Care Awarded Orange County Register’s 2020 “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” – Press Release

Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

Oct 2, 2020 – Anaheim, CA – Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

The annual Best of Orange County readers’ choice award celebrates the area’s most popular attractions, restaurants, and businesses. The Orange County Register asks readers to cast votes for their favorite local businesses who continuously excel in service and quality. A 14-time winner, Mr. Cabinet Care was again named the winner and voted #1 in the “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” category at the 27th Best of Orange County Awards, which reaffirms its commitment to local clients and acknowledges its leadership and exceptional quality and service.

“We want to thank all of 

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