Bangor Police Department Praises Phish Fans In Open Letter To Citizens

first_imgPlease folks, if I gave you advice on financial decisions, food selection, roofing materials or what kind of flatware…Posted by Bangor Maine Police Department on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 The Police Department of Bangor, ME recently posted a long message on their social media account, which mainly focused on a series of vehicle break-ins throughout the small city. Written by an officer, the note is quite wordy in structure, talking about how to cook lobster, naming children, and, interestingly enough, the jam band Phish.There’s a full two-paragraph side note written directly for phans, which praises them for being cleaner than most concert attendees though disapproving of the parking lot nitrous oxide situation. Phish last played in Bangor, ME on July 3rd, 2013, and this officer must have been in attendance. The officer writes that the Phish fans “cleaned up after themselves, leaving not a trace of their barefooted dance-fest. Smart questions, showed much respect for law enforcement as a whole and were just a cool and fun bunch.” The police officer continues, “Gluten free was never so much fun as that show.”Some kind words written in a bizarre note. Read the whole thing below:  The full text is copied below, just in case the Bangor Maine PD retracts their social media offering:Please folks, if I gave you advice on financial decisions, food selection, roofing materials or what kind of flatware you should buy, ignore it. I know very little about those things.My idea of a good investment is one which returns just fifty percent of my initial outlay. Flatware pulled from the McDonald’s bag has been used on many a night in my little world and I think discarded street signs look pretty cool as a stopgap measure on the camp roof. I am not promoting taking street signs. I said discarded. Read all the words before contacting my supervisor.I rethought my first paragraph and have decided that my food selection skills are superb. Add a half a cap of apple cider vinegar to your drawn butter when using it dip your steamed clams or lobster. You will be thanking me soon after the meal, possibly naming your next child after me. This child will be well behaved, a heck of a pool player and will move out of your house after his or her 36th birthday. I was a late bloomer as well. Trust me. I work for the government. Get it right. Capital T. Capital C. Sounds like “easy”, and rearing him/her will be just that. Their middle name should be, Tangy-Goodness.What does all that rambling have to do with police work. Nothing. You expect too much from me.I need you to lock your stinking car doors. All over Bangor, we are dealing with a roaming dipstick or dipsticks that are ransacking your belongings, dropping your registration paperwork on the floor of the Civic and taking things of value. How hard is this for us? Obviously, it is tougher than I think.Lock your doors. Just use the little button on the remote, hold down the mushroom looking thingie on the door, push forward or backward on that tab near the handle. They even make it easy by marking it with orange. Lock it. Lock it. Lock it.This will stop much of the problem. Yes, there is the theory that by leaving it unlocked, they won’t break the window. If that is your decision and you want them to camp in your car, setting up one of those little Phish Concert, impromptu Barbecue Stands where they sell unrefrigerated Soy Hot dogs and ground Tofu to pedestrian traffic, feel free. I am going with the lock.Do not read the following paragraph if you were not offended by my mention of a Phish Concert Impromptu BBQ Stand. Skip ahead two paragraphs. Do not read between the asterisks.******Phish fans: I will add that I have never worked a concert with a more polite band of individuals. I met and conversed with some of the smartest and brightest people I ever met at a concert. They cleaned up after themselves, leaving not a trace of their barefooted dance-fest. Smart questions, showed much respect for law enforcement as a whole and were just a cool and fun bunch. Gluten free was never so much fun as that show. They didn’t even have to tell me they were vegetarians, vegans or Gluten free. I just knew. Do not be offended by my mention of the Phish Concert BBQ stand. I just notice these things.I did disagree with the nitrous oxide hits being sold along the waterfront. The purveyors even ran away from the sales area without giving us the finger. I appreciated that. Thank you.********Lock your car doors. People want to take you stuff. Remove valuables from your car. Lock your house doors and windows. Call if you see suspicious activity. Do not leave me a message on Facebook at 3 in the morning. CALL THE POLICE. You pay us to be here and we will be. Lock your doors.Have a great night. I am hungry for Soy.last_img read more

City of Burlington to celebrate French heritage and culture March 24

first_imgThe City of Burlington and the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region (AFLCR) will host a special flag-raising event on March 24 in culmination of a series of French cultural events celebrating French month.  Mayor Bob Kiss will attend the event and welcome French Consul Général Christophe Guilhou, as well as other officials and community members.  The event will begin at 5 pm in Contois Auditorium, where a French ‘friendship’ flag will be formally presented to the City by Consul Général Guilhou.  Following this, a color guard of the Burlington Police and Fire Departments will perform a ceremonial flag-raising outside of City Hall on Church Street. The ceremony will also feature music by the Vermont-based Franco-American musical group Va-et-Vient. The event is free and open to the public. The flag to be raised is that of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (International Organization of French-speaking Nations), established in March of 1970 and numbering 75 member entities worldwide.  For more information about the AFLCR and its schedule of French Month events in Burlington, please go to the AFLCR website at: is external). At 6 pm following the flag-raising, Honorary French Consul for Vermont, Ernie Pomerleau, and the AFLCR will host a wine tasting at the BCA Center, 135 Church Street.  Attendees at the ‘5 From France’ wine tasting will sample wines from the Hexagon presented by oenologists Donald B. Macdonald III and Katrina Church.  French chef Robert Barral of Café Provence in Brandon VT will prepare sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, and the Queen City Hot Club quartet will perform.  Tickets for the wine tasting at $38/person are available from the Flynn Regional Box Office in person, at (802) 863-5966, or at is external).last_img read more

Dick Advocaat believes Sunderland will start picking up Premier League points

first_imgDick Advocaat is convinced the points will come if Sunderland play the way they did during their defeat to Tottenham. Press Association The Black Cats slipped back to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table as a result of their 1-0 reverse at the hands of Spurs, who snatched the points at the Stadium of Light on Sunday through Ryan Mason’s 82nd-minute winner. But having watched a team bolstered by the additions of late transfer window additions Fabio Borini and Ola Toivonen take the game to the visitors for much of the contest, Advocaat walked away feeling positive. The 67-year-old Dutchman said: “I said to the players, ‘If the fans are proud of you when you lose a game, but you give everything, it can only be better’. “And believe me, if we play the way we played today and give everything, the points will come because that’s football. “The way we played, I have not seen many games from us that we have played this way, this system and attacking-wise and the spirit in the team, the passing – that’s a little bit the way I like, and now we need a few more goals at the right time.” Sunderland were desperately unfortunate not to take a 26th-minute lead after Jermain Defoe beat keeper Hugo Lloris with a right-footed shot, only to see the ball come back off the foot of the post. The former Spurs striker was appealing in vain for a penalty before the break after being tugged back by defender Toby Alderweireld a split-second before he tested Lloris with a left-foot strike. Sunderland’s luck deserted them once again five minutes from time when substitute Jack Rodwell rattled the crossbar with Lloris beaten. Advocaat said: “It was maybe a penalty with Defoe when he pulls his arm – he can give it, he cannot give it – but sometimes you need a little bit of luck for a referee to give that. “But I have some problems with 1-0 because our team worked so hard to get a result and one point would have been a really good result against a side as good as Spurs.” Mason had scored what proved to be the decisive goal, after t he visitors gradually worked their way into the game with substitutes Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela making significant impacts as their hosts tired. Midfielder Dele Alli, who was one of those to make way, admitted a goal which secured a first league win of the campaign came as a relief. He told Spurs TV: “It was massive for us for our confidence. We have been playing really well in all the other games, but haven’t found that killer goal to get the winner, and we’re happy to do that. “We know what we can do and we know what we are capable of, and it was just a case of getting that goal. “We knew if we kept a clean sheet and kept a solid back four and defended well that the goal would come eventually, and I’m happy it did. “Obviously everyone was on their seats waiting for it to come and it was a case of waiting for that moment for the ball to go through and the player to finish it, and thankfully Ryan Mason did it today.” last_img read more

Google Stadia release date, games, price and more you need to know for launch

first_img (Google) Google Stadia latest newsIn a Reddit AMA, Google employees Andrey Doronichev and Beri Lee revealed some features (Stream Connect, State Share, Crowd Play) won’t be available at launch. These features were all based around multiplayer experiences. According to the AMA Stream Connect may arrive before the end of 2019, but State Share and Crowd Play won’t be up until 2020.”Our approach to releasing features on Stadia is similar to how we run Google Search, YouTube, and other Google services: gradual rollout and continuous improvement, based on your feedback,” Doronichev said. “We always start with nailing the key user-journey and then proceed with releasing extra features. YouTube started with ‘watch video.’ For Stadia it’s ‘Play the Game on your biggest screen.’ New features will start popping as soon as one week after launch. I expect the first game with Stream Connect to launch by the end of the year. The games that support State Share and Crowd Play will be released next year. And of course, there are many more cool new platform features on the roadmap. We’re aiming to release new stuff weekly after 11/19.” (Google) What games are on Google Stadia?The game library is expected to grow as Stadia gets older, but on/near launch there will be 31 games from 21 different publishers.On launchAssassin’s Creed OdysseyDestiny 2GYLTJust Dance 2020KineMortal Kombat 11Red Dead Redemption 2ThumperTomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb RaiderSamurai ShodownAfter launch, by end of 2019Attack on Titan 2Borderlands 3Darksiders GenesisDragon Ball Xenoverse 2Farming Simulator 19Final Fantasy XVFootball Manager 2020GRIDMetro ExodusNBA 2K20Rage 2Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon BreakpointTrials RisingWolfenstein: YoungbloodThese games are expected to be available at some point before the end of 2019.Is Madden 20 or FIFA 20 on Google Stadia?Madden 20 and FIFA 20 are not currently projected to be on Google Stadia. Both games are developed by EA Sports which is under the broader developer Electronic Arts. When Google Stadia was first announced, Electronic Arts was listed as one of the publishers expected to provide games. (YouTube) Because Stadia is focusing on cloud gaming, you can play pretty much anywhere: laptops, PCs with a Chrome browser, Pixel phones, or a TV with an HDMI port where you can plug in your Chromecast Ultra dongle.Google Stadia release dateGoogle Stadia will release on November 19, 2019.People who were early on the Stadia train were able to pre-order the Founder’s Edition, which included a Night Blue Stadia Controller ($69 separately), a Google Chromecast Ultra ($69 separately), 3 months of Stadia Pro and a 3-month buddy pass for giving Pro access to a friend.But those sold out quickly.That’s a wrap! Stadia Founder’s Edition has completely sold out. We can’t wait to welcome all of our Founders to play Stadia on November 19.Stadia Premiere Edition is now available for pre-order in all launch countries. Get yours today >— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) October 22, 2019Gamers can instead get the Premiere Edition, which includes a Chromecast Ultra, a Clearly White controller and 3 months of Stadia Pro. Essentially the same as a Founder’s package, but you won’t get smaller perks like getting a Founder’s Badge on your account, early access to a Stadia username of your choice and the ability to gift Stadia Pro to a friend. Google is entering the gaming world with its cloud gaming service Stadia later this month.Stadia is different from other consoles like the Xbox One or Playstation 4 because it focuses solely on cloud gaming. With the Xbox and Playstation you’ll need to either purchase a disc or download the game to your console. With Stadia, you’re streaming the game much like you would a Netflix show. The game lives on a server rather than within your machine or a disc. But Electronic Arts currently does not have any games projected to be on Stadia’s platform. In fact, EA offered gamers to join a rival to Stadia, a different game-streaming service called Project Atlas. However, it seems likely that EA will eventually allow games on the platform considering Google’s reach.As of now, however, don’t expect to be playing Madden or FIFA at launch or before 2019.Google Stadia Pro vs. Google Stadia BaseQuestionStadia ProStadia BasePrice?$9.99/monthFreeResolution?Up to 4KUp to 1080pFrame rate?60fps60fpsSound?5.1 surround soundStereoBuy games?YesYesFree games?YesNoDiscount on games?YesNoStadia Pro will be available at launch while Stadia Base won’t be available until 2020 (release date unknown). A big difference between the two is the act of buying games. With Stadia Pro you’ll get access to free games in the Stadia library (starting with Destiny 2 at launch) and you’ll also get discounts on select games. However, you’ll also be paying $9.99 a month to get those features.A smaller difference is the quality as Stadia Pro has better resolution (4K) and sound (Surround).It’s also worth noting that while Google Stadia often gets compared to Netflix, you’ll still need to purchase games like you would on Xbox or Playstation. The games won’t just be available for free like a Netflix show or movie. Some games definitely will be free, but big-name games will likely cost you.Google Stadia price, controllersPremiere Edition: $129The Premiere Edition gives you everything you need in order to run Google Stadia. This includes a Chromecast Ultra, a controller and 3 months of Stadia Pro. You can purchase extra controllers for $69. Google offers three different colors: Clearly White, Just Black and Wasabi.last_img read more