Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One hot summer of dealing with the task of connecting his old 330 John Deere hay baler’s driveshaft to the PTO of his John Deere 6230 was quite enough for 80-year-old Roy Noel.As Noel was working on his rolling-hill farm in Pike County, he came up with a solution for this painstaking chore.“The first year I had that tractor, I could hardly turn the power take off shaft and the driveshaft on that baler is really heavy. It was all I could do to hold it up when I was connecting it,” Noel said. “By the time I tried to hold that driveshaft up, in line, and turn the tractor’s shaft to put it together, 20 minutes would go by.”The second year in the hay fields with those same green and yellow implements, Noel knew that there had to be a better, more productive way to get the job done.“I had a prototype of this tool I designed made at a shop in Waverly,” Noel said, as he showed off his “Y”-shaped, wrench type instrument with a thumb screw on one tip. “I used it all of that summer on my baler, bush hog and mower conditioner and it worked just fine.”Noel knew he had something that could make a difference on many other farms, like it did for his, so he called up a lawyer in Cincinnati. After 3 years, Noel’s ingenuity and hard work was recognized in the form of a U.S. patent. Patent number 9,009,943, to be exact, means Noel is the only one that can manufacture this particular design.“Research was done about this idea of mine all the way back to the 1800’s, and I found out that PTOs on tractors didn’t start until the 1920’s,” Noel said. “So I figured I had something unique, which surprised me because the concept is so simple.”Noel’s inventions give a farmer just enough leverage to turn the tractor’s PTO shaft to get any piece of equipment hooked up safely and much more efficiently, in about 10 seconds.The prototype still sits on Noel’s kitchen table, alongside one of 31 tools that have been manufactured for sale. Right now he is all sold out.This isn’t the first time that Noel, a retired machinist, has come up with an idea on his farm that has made the job more productive. Years ago, he designed a guard on a small bush hog to keep the weeds from wrapping around the shaft, but the idea of patenting that concept never came to mind and he says he wouldn’t mess with another patent now.As for the patent he did get, he doesn’t plan to keep it too much longer.“I’m not sure what it’s worth, but the plan is to sell this patent,” Noel said. “I’m dealing with a company in Arizona that specializes in selling patents like this and they will deal on the price with a company that wants to buy it. They’ll get a small percentage for selling it and I’ll get the rest.”When that day comes, Noel says he doesn’t have any big plans because he is too attached to the farm.While Noel waits for that little piece of paper to come in the mail, he is getting plenty of big items sent to him, including commendations from the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives.“Between the patent letter and those two recognitions from Columbus, we have plenty of new frames to hang,” Noel said, as he looked along the walls lined with his prized deer heads. “But I guess we’ll have to move some of these first.”Trophies from a good day in the woods will soon be replaced by trophies from a lifetime of a job well done in the field.
Sporadic violence was reported from several districts of West Bengal on Monday during filing of nominations for the Panchayat elections.One person was shot dead in Suri block of Birbhum district. Police is yet to confirm the person’s political affiliation.Apart from incidents of alleged assault on Opposition party workers by Trinamool Congress (TMC) cadres in the districts of Murshidabad and Paschim Medinipur, two photojournalists and a reporter were assaulted in Murshidabad. One photojournalist was assaulted in Birhum.Meanwhile, Bengal’s Congress leadership said that they would approach the Calcutta High Court regarding the outbreak of violence during filing of nominations.The West Bengal State Election Commission on Saturday night announced that filing of nominations will take place from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday.
December 7, 2007 To continue the report from 12/3, interior work proceeds on the first floor in the back part of Unit 10 in the East Crescent. Construction crew leader Melissa Soluskie works on the outer wall of the small bathroom. There is a space left on the upper part of the wall and over the door. This will be filled with glass block, to let some light into this window-less space. [Photo & text: sa] Construction intern Cameron Wilson finishes details over the entrance door. [Photo & text: sa] Workshop participant Claudia Giuliana finishes drywall in the main room. This is a studio apartment with windows facing north and east. See 9/26/2007 report for lay-out. Report continues on 12/10/07. [Photo & text: sa]
06Sep Plymouth first responder joins Rep. Noble at Sept. 11 service PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Noble (left), of Plymouth, today invited Plymouth Township Fire Department Chief Dan Philips to the Michigan House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Categories: Noble News
State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, participated in the Michigan Legislature’s first-ever Facebook Live town hall event to discuss road funding and the future of Michigan’s infrastructure.Rep. O’Malley was a special guest of Rep. Andrea Schroeder, who sponsored the event. O’Malley answered multiple questions from the live feed on Facebook that has reached over 1,000 views.Discussion topics included the governor’s massive 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase proposal, new record funding for roads in the House-approved budget proposal and how road funds and materials are used in Michigan.“We must continue discussing the nuggets of truth concerning how roads are being built and managed for the best return on investment for drivers and their families,” said O’Malley, chair the House Transportation Committee. “By having this open discussion and listening to your concerns we are finding better and more creative ways to help Michigan fix roads.”A recording of the live stream is available for view at https://www.facebook.com/StateRepOMalley/“This live town hall event allows viewers to ask multiple questions and engage in important topics they are passionate about,” O’Malley said.People can contact Rep. O’Malley by calling (517) 373-0825 or emailing JackOMalley@house.mi.gov.##### 20Jun Rep. O’Malley discusses roads at first Facebook Live town hall meeting Categories: O’Malley News
US-based rating agency Nielsen has launched a pilot programme that will see measure audiences for TV content viewed online.The Nielsen Digital Program Ratings trial will begin later this month and run through July, with participation from the five major TV networks – NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and The CW – along with A+E, Discovery, Univision and online portal AOL.The scheme will provide overnight audience data for TV programming viewed online, including unique audience, stream counts and reach by age and gender.It will also tie-in with and use the same measurement methods used by Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings – which delivers TV-comparable overnight metrics for online advertising campaigns.Together, Nielsen claims that its Digital Program Ratings and Online Campaign Ratings will offer “a more holistic view of the online and TV audience for both programming content and associated ad campaigns.”“The potential to measure video viewing of specific programs on linear TV as well as the Internet is significant. It’s an important step toward reaching the ‘holy grail’ of true cross-platform measurement,” said NBC Universal’s president of research and media development, Alan Wurtzel.Eric Solomon, senior vice-president for Global Digital Audience Measurement at Nielsen claimed the pilot is a “major milestone for the industry.”Nielsen Digital Program Ratings is due a commercial release later this year. While the initial focus will be the measurement of TV content viewed online, additional content types and devices will be supported in future releases.