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This Business Near Your Home Could Boost Your Property Value

If you have a craft brewery in your neighborhood, drink up — your property value may just have gotten a boost, according to University of Toledo researchers.

Craft brewery operations are springing up everywhere. In fact, the Brewers Association reported that in 2017, the craft brewery industry poured more than $76.2 billion into the economy, and led to more than a half million new jobs across the country.

In the city of Charlotte, North Carolina alone, 21 craft breweries opened between March 2009 and October 2016, prompting the Toledo-based scientists to look into how it affected the area.

They noted a three-percent increase in home sales value after a brewery opened a half a mile away or closer to a particular residence. The bump was 10% for single-family homes in center-city neighborhoods that were also home to a new brewery.

“Being able to walk to a craft brewery in the evening or late afternoon on the weekend is considered a positive amenity that would — for some people — be attractive when looking at a house,” explains lead author Dr. Neil Reid, a professor of geography and planning at the University of Toledo. “There is a different attitude toward a craft brewery. It’s perceived differently than a liquor store or bar.”

The researchers cautioned that in cities where real estate values are already sky high, like New York City or Chicago, the brewery boost is far more muted.

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Garfield Phones Ahoy!

Good news! The years-long mystery of the seaside Garfield phones as finally been solved.

For the past 35 years, according to the BBC, hundreds of the orange plastic phones in the likeness of the famous lasagna-loving cartoon cat have been regularly washing ashore on the coast of Brittany, in northwest France. The phones were sold in the 1980s and have since become a collectors’ item, selling online for $50 or more. Working versions not wrapped in seaweed, that is.

The big question: where were they all coming from? A lost shipping container was always suspected, but it wasn’t until renewed media attention by a local anti-litter group caught the attention of a local farmer that the mystery was solved.

The farmer reportedly remembered seeing the first Garfield phone wash ashore after a storm in the 1980s. He also knew the location of the shipping container — apparently lost a sea during the storm, as suspected, only to wind up in a nearby cave that was submerged during high tide.

The anti-litter group checked out the cave and, sure enough, found the rusted remains of the busted shipping container — as well as lots of the bright-orange Garfield phones.

Rather than clean up the cave, for now the anti-litter group says they’ll continue to keep their eyes open for Garfield on the beaches.

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Old Tires? Sure He’ll Get Rid of Them For You!

Mark Hoskins had himself a sweet business. The 56-year-old resident of Hamilton, Ohio would visit local automotive businesses and, for a free, offer to dispose of their scrap tires.

That’s great for the businesses, since most states have strict regulations about how tires must be disposed of, since they’re an environmental hazard and take up to 80 years or more to decompose. One thing you most definitely cannot do is just dump them anywhere you like.

Surprise! That’s exactly that Hoskins did. He loaded up the scrap tires, drove a few miles to a local abandoned house, opened the door and shoved the tires inside.

According to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost Thursday: “This house was completely trashed with tires stacked to the ceiling, stuffed in the shed and scattered across the yard.”

Yost says during 2016, Hoskins was dumping 30 to 40 tires on the property at a time. Investigators found nearly six tons of scrap tires on the property.

Hoskins’ actions didn’t come cheap, either for the state — which had to clean up the property at taxpayer expense — or for him. He was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to charges of illegal transportation and dumping of scrap tires. He was also ordered to pay $3,601 in restitution to the state.

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Kathie Lee Moves to Nashville

Kathie Lee Gifford is moving down south. As her time of The Today Show dwindles down, the TV personality is opening up about the next steps in both her personal and professional life. Kathie Lee says she already has a house purchased in Nashville after having had resided in Greenwich, Connecticut for many years.

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New Locales for Championship Race, Regular Season Finale Among Highlights of NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Schedule Announcement

A champion crowned in the desert. The Last Great Colosseum becomes a postseason factor. A tricky doubleheader. The birthplace of NASCAR bookends the regular season.

NASCAR today announced significant, dynamic changes to the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, with intriguing shifts during both the regular season and the Playoffs.

Most notably next season, NASCAR’s championship will transition from the beaches of Miami to the desert near Phoenix, Arizona, following the renovation and reconfiguration of ISM Raceway. These recent changes delivered a new and exciting form of racing just a few weeks ago, reinforcing it as the perfect stage for the 2020 championship finale. As part of the new schedule, a champion will be crowned on Sunday, Nov. 8 – a week earlier than in previous seasons.

Fans have expressed their desire for more short tracks in the Playoffs, and as a result, the iconic Bristol Night Race will become a part of the 10-week title battle as the first cut-off race on Saturday, Sept. 19. Bristol will join the Charlotte Roval (Sunday, Oct. 11) and Martinsville (Sunday, Nov. 1) as cut-off races, creating some of the most intense and pressure-packed “win-or-go-home” cut-off race scenarios in NASCAR Playoffs history.

Another race rich with history will also join the post-season fold, as the “Lady in Black,” Darlington Raceway, will be the first race of the NASCAR Playoffs on Sunday, Sept. 6 with Las Vegas becoming the first race of the second round on Sunday, Sept. 27.

“The fans and the industry as a whole have been vocal about the desire for sweeping changes to the schedule, and the 2020 slate is a reflection of our efforts to execute against that feedback,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “These changes are a result of unprecedented consensus-building with our race tracks and broadcast partners; something we look to continue into 2021 and beyond.”

The Great American Race, the Daytona 500, will once again open the NASCAR season during President’s Day weekend on Sunday, Feb. 16, but NASCAR’s second visit to Daytona will come with much more on the line than in previous seasons. Under the lights on Saturday, Aug. 29, the superspeedway will set the Playoffs field as the last regular season race of the year.

“Quite fittingly, the birthplace of NASCAR will host the bookend races to the 2020 regular season,” O’Donnell said. “Racing in Daytona – particularly in the summer under the lights – never fails in delivering intense and unpredictable action. There’s no question this venue will create some incredible drama as drivers make one last push for a playoff spot.”

Following the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s trip to the West Coast will commence immediately with stops in Las Vegas (Sunday, Feb. 23), Auto Club (Sunday, March 1) and ISM Raceway (Sunday, March 8). Atlanta will move to Sunday, March 15 followed by Miami on Sunday, March 22.

Martinsville will move back in the schedule to take the spotlight – quite literally – on Mother’s Day Weekend when cars hit the track under the lights for primetime racing on Saturday, May 9.

Pocono Raceway will make history when it helps kick off NASCAR’s summer portion of the schedule. On Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, the Tricky Triangle will host back-to-back premier series events, creating a bucket-list, can’t miss destination weekend for NASCAR fans.

Finally, a tradition continues, with a passing of the baton from one iconic race track to another during the July 4th Weekend. Indianapolis Motor Speedway moves to a cornerstone weekend on the NASCAR calendar with a race at the Brickyard on July 5, a spot previously occupied by Daytona International Speedway.

The entire 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is listed below, and once again all races will air on either the FOX or NBC family of networks, MRN, PRN, IMS Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Specific times and networks will be released at a later date.

See below for full schedule.

2020 NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE

DATE RACE/TRACK
Sunday, Feb. 9 The Clash
Thursday, Feb. 13 Duel at Daytona
Sunday, Feb. 16 Daytona 500
Sunday, Feb. 23 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sunday, March 1 Auto Club Speedway
Sunday, March 8 ISM Raceway
Sunday, March 15 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sunday, March 22 Homestead-Miami Speedway
Sunday, March 29 Texas Motor Speedway
Sunday, April 5 Bristol Motor Speedway
Sunday, April 19 Richmond Raceway
Sunday, April 26 Talladega Superspeedway
Sunday, May 3 Dover International Speedway
Saturday, May 9 Martinsville Speedway
Saturday, May 16 All-Star Race, Charlotte
Sunday, May 24 Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sunday, May 31 Kansas Speedway
Sunday, June 7 Michigan International Speedway
Sunday, June 14 Sonoma Raceway
Sunday, June 21 Chicagoland Speedway
Saturday, June 27 Pocono Raceway
Sunday, June 28 Pocono Raceway
Sunday, July 5 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Saturday, July 11 Kentucky Speedway
Sunday, July 19 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sunday, Aug. 9 Michigan International Speedway
Sunday, Aug. 16 Watkins Glen International
Sunday, Aug. 23 Dover International Speedway
Saturday, Aug. 29 Daytona International Speedway
  PLAYOFFS BEGIN
Sunday, Sept. 6 Darlington Raceway
Saturday, Sept. 12 Richmond Raceway
Saturday, Sept. 19 Bristol Motor Speedway
Sunday, Sept. 27 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sunday, Oct. 4 Talladega Superspeedway
Sunday, Oct. 11 Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval
Sunday, Oct. 18 Kansas Speedway
Sunday, Oct. 25 Texas Motor Speedway
Sunday, Nov. 1 Martinsville Speedway
Sunday, Nov. 8 ISM Raceway
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Prescribed burns set in Calumet, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff plans to conduct prescribed burns on state wildlife areas in Calumet, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties.

The burns will take place in coming months if and when weather and ground conditions meet strict standards for safety and effectiveness.

Prescribed burning is one tool DNR uses to preserve and restore landscapes found within state-managed properties throughout Wisconsin. These burns reduce leaf litter, improve wildlife habitat, redistribute nutrients and help control invasive species.

In this three-county area, burns are planned for the Brillion, Killsnake, Rosecrans, Besadny and Collins Marsh state wildlife areas.

Because specific weather conditions are required, the window for conducting prescribed burns can be small. Among other factors, staff assesses moisture level of groundcover relative humidity, and wind speed and direction.  For this reason, planned burns may not occur in any given season.

Qualified personnel control fire behavior and ensure safe operations by using comprehensive planning and specialized fire equipment. Local police and fire officials are notified when and where burns will take place.

For more information regarding prescribed burning in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “prescribed burning.”  Written or verbal comments are encouraged.  Comments or questions can be directed to Steve Easterly, DNR wildlife biologist, 2220 East County Rd V, Mishicot, WI 54228 or at 920-755-4983. Comments should be received by April 20.