Breaking News: Puppy mill rescue in NC



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On September 26, 2016 The Humane Society of the United States was called in by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the rescue of nearly 130 animals from a suspected puppy mill in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

The Sheriff’s Office served a search and seizure warrant on the property this morning and found approximately 105 dogs, 20 cats and three goats housed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Many animals had untreated medical issues, were pregnant and in need of urgent veterinary care. Representatives from Cabarrus Animal Hospital are providing veterinary expertise.

The HSUS and Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office removed nearly 130 animals, and their custody is pending the final disposition of this case.

“North Carolina is one of a handful of states that has failed to enact any regulations for commercial dog breeders,” said Erica Geppi, North Carolina state director for The HSUS. “The HSUS is urging the North Carolina legislature to enact meaningful reform that can prevent puppy mill cruelty in the state.”

An anonymous complaint to local law enforcement led to an investigation of the property. In cooperation with the Cabarrus County District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office determined further action was necessary.
“Animal cruelty comes with serious consequence,” said Lt. David Taylor. “Our number one priority is the protection and safety of the animals, including their environment. In Cabarrus County we’re investigating claims and prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law. However, the investigation is just the beginning of the story. We are fortunate to have the support of The HSUS as we move forward with the response.”

The HSUS has safely transported the dogs and cats to a temporary emergency animal shelter. Animal rescue volunteers and responders from Red Rover are assisting with the temporary caretaking of the dogs and cats, and Banfield is providing medical supplies.

Once at the shelter, the animals will be thoroughly examined by a team of veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical treatment. The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office transported the goats to a safe facility for large animals.

The HSUS has established a reward program to offer up to $5,000 to anyone who provides any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a puppy mill operator for animal cruelty. Persons wishing to report a valid tip are encouraged to call 1-877-MILL-TIP and can remain anonymous.

St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church Old Mill Creek



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St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church Old Mill Creek
shot by Sky’s the Limit Dronography www.skysthelimitdronography.com
We are a young parish of faithful whose mission is to love and honor God and to follow the example set for us by Jesus in the Holy Scripture – to be witnesses of His compassionate love for all people. It is important to us that we live our beliefs and that we share His message with others so that they may grow in their spiritual life and find salvation.

Since our parish was established in 2007, we have been holding Mass in a remodeled barn in northern Lake County, Illinois. In just under six years, our parish has grown and our temporary church in the barn is no longer adequate. So, with the support of our Archbishop, we have started to build a new church with the salvaged remains of two closed and deteriorating Chicago churches of classical and sacred architecture.

Our new church, which will express the majesty and dignity of the House of God, will be a spiritual home for all the people. Any and all are welcome. Whether you are a parishioner or a visitor, young or old, Catholic or from another faith tradition, your presence in our home strengthens our community. If you make our church your home or drop in as a guest, we will treat you with dignity and respect—your presence is our honor.

Moores Mill Road Railroad Crossing #1, Huntsville, AL



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Signal on the left: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, a dying Safetran mechanical bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO LED gate lights.
Far median signal: 1 pair of Safetran 12×20 inch lights.
Near median signal: 1 pair of Safetran 12×20 inch lights.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, a Safetran mechanical bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.

Went out railfanning this afternoon, with the intent on recording some older crossings on the NS Memphis District East End. This was the first train that I caught: NS 362 with an ES44DC leading a Dash-9 and an ES44AC.

Nothing much has changed at this crossing since I was last here. Both of the gated signals are still 1990s installs, while the median signals are still the newer replacements. The bell on the far side is still dying it seems, though it sounds better than it used to. The crooked crossbuck on the right-hand signal still remains as well. Surprised that NS hasn’t ever fixed it…

Philadelphia – The Mill Creek Documentary: Past, Present, & Future



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Documentary:
The Mill Creek Community Partnership (MCCP) under its Fine Art Through Our Eyes Community Arts Initiatives with Eli Lu Productions has produced “The Mill Creek Documentary: Past, Present and Future” as Part I of its Urban Preservation Outreach Initiatives to serve as an outlet and resource to document, preserve, awaken, re-ignite, engage, inform, empower, heal, inspire and activate the Mill Creek community, its residents and surrounding communities. The project was made possible through
the generous support of The Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.

Mill Creek ” A Well Where HOPE is Dispersed”

Produced & Directed by Cassandra Green
Directed, Filmed, Produced and Edited by Jean ” Lu” Bevins and Joyce “Eli” Bevins
Narrated by – Jacob Duffy Halbleib
Music composed by Simon Wilkinson www.thebluemask.com
Project Manager – James P. Smith
Graphic Design and Art by Jean “Lu” Bevins

Interviewees:

Men of Mill Creek Organization

West Mill Creek Advisory Council Members

Frances Aulston – Founder, President & CEO –
West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/Paul Robeson House

Leor Barazani – Developer, M.B. Crafters

The Honorable Jannie L. Blackwell — Councilwoman,3rd District

Rose Bryant — Lucien Blackwell Homes Tenant Council President/
Founder & Exec. Dir. Rose’s Clubhouse

Monsignor Carroll – Archdiocese of Philadelphia
(Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Carroll)

Claudine Cooper – Executive Director,
We Never Say Never Organization

Pastor Evon DeLee – Senior Pastor, The Church Down The Way

Pastor Ramona Gaines – Founder/ CEO Styllwaters Café/
Movement Is Medicine – Author

Cassandra Green – Co-Founder & President
Mill Creek Community Partnership

Jean “Lu” Bevins — Filmmaker/ Fine Art Through Our Eyes Young Artist /
The Church Down The Way

Joyce “Eli” Bevins — Filmmaker/ Fine Art Through Our Eyes Young Artist /
The Church Down The Way

Betty Leacraft – Fiber Mixed Media Artist/ Resident

Michael Johns – AIA, NOMA, LEED-AP-
Chief Operating Officer Philadelphia Housing Authority

Tobias Poole – Broadcasting Professional /
radio station, WRTI-FM- Temple University

Michael A. Rashid – President and Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) of AmeriHealth Caritas

Jean Reed – Mill Creek Resident

Beverly Rouse – Community Activist/Counselor

Angela Simon – Mill Creek Advisory Council RCO/Resident

Dr. Pearl B. Simpson – Author, Professor

Artie Stuart – Brown Educator, Performer, Historian

Tim Warfield Jr. — Jazz Musician, Composer, Educator

Mill Creek is a neighborhood located in West Philadelphia (PA).

Abandoned Mill Town in Burke County, NC



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This is the Long Abandoned Henry River Mill village which I stopped to film on the way to Western North Carolina. A guy bought it and is in the process of fixing it up. In the future you’ll be able to rent out the little cabins for a night or two. I also read that the two story building that was used in Hunger games was used as a School and for Church services in the early 20th century. They also have historical tours and other events here now. Thank you and I hope you enjoy!

Conversion of former grist mill, Cornwall



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David and Carol took on the conversion of a completed dilapidated grist mill in a pretty village in South Cornwall and have turned it into a character-packed home. The couple managed to retain the charm of the existing building there is just one new window opening and the original granite walls have simply been cleaned up and re-mortared. The transformation inside, however, is complete with the creation of a farmhouse kitchen, great living spaces and luxury bedrooms that all make the most of the great views from the site. The project cost £350,000 (£1,933/m2) and took a year to complete.

St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, Old Mill Creek



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St Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, Old Mill Creek
WHO WE ARE
We are a young parish of faithful whose mission is to love and honor God and to follow the example set for us by Jesus in the Holy Scripture – to be witnesses of His compassionate love for all people. It is important to us that we live our beliefs and that we share His message with others so that they may grow in their spiritual life and find salvation.

Since our parish was established in 2007, we have been holding Mass in a remodeled barn in northern Lake County, Illinois. In just under six years, our parish has grown and our temporary church in the barn is no longer adequate. So, with the support of our Archbishop, we have started to build a new church with the salvaged remains of two closed and deteriorating Chicago churches of classical and sacred architecture.

Our new church, which will express the majesty and dignity of the House of God, will be a spiritual home for all the people. Any and all are welcome. Whether you are a parishioner or a visitor, young or old, Catholic or from another faith tradition, your presence in our home strengthens our community. If you make our church your home or drop in as a guest, we will treat you with dignity and respect—your presence is our honor. We are building a home. It will be a traditional Catholic home, inclusive and welcoming, warm and inviting. It will have the look and the feel of a holy place of worship and prayer, a transcendent place that lifts us out of ourselves and into God’s presence. Our home will be a place of blended experience and contribution, a place that communicates the grace of the Catholic experience, the grandeur of architectural genius, the timeless magic of inspired art and the subtle, quiet glory of beautiful music.

We are building a testament to historic, architectural and cultural preservation. Our new church will integrate portions of two closed and deteriorating Chicago Catholic churches, St. John of God and St. Peter Canisius. We have reclaimed for the new St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church the limestone exterior of St. John of God, including its twin one hundred forty foot steeples, and the interior of St. Peter Canisius – solid oak pews, Italian marble statuary and altars, and museum-quality Tyrolean stained-glass windows. Even the wood, hardware and bells have been salvaged from these churches and will be re-used in our new church. St. Raphael will also house an invaluable historic organ, the 1915 Austin Pipe Organ No 558, from the city’s famed Medinah Temple.
Our predecessors left us a treasure trove of architectural, musical and spiritual creations which our new church will unify into a seamless, beautiful new creation. When completed, St. Raphael will be an example of an artistic renaissance of unique dimensions.

We are building a monument of faith on a foundation of the conviction, talent and generosity of our forebearers. The people who have gone before us, the parishioners and supporters of St. John of God and St Peter Canisius, transformed the stone, wood and glass of their spiritual homes into places endowed with the grace to fill hearts, change families, build communities and inspire the world. OUR STORY
St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, is named for the travelers’ patron—a fitting name for a traveling church ready to settle down at last in Old Mill Creek, Illinois. But our new church represents more than just a change of location.

It represents renewal.

St. Raphael’s shows a way to preserve the vision of dreamers and builders who have come before us. This project is charged by faith, but we hope it also inspires beyond its religious scope. We believe St. Raphael’s can be a model of architectural preservation. There is wonder all around us, and there are ways to save it.

It represents optimism.

When a church closes its doors, you know a community’s at a crossroads. Once upon a time, the story of a closed building had only one possible ending: Destruction. Now it can be something else: A larger community using the inheritance left by another generation as a foundation for the future.

And it represents innovation.

This is an undertaking that could change the way we think about architectural preservation. We may be accustomed to visionary thinking coming from the world of business or the creative community, but sometimes it just comes from people whose hearts are in the right place. A familiar story—old meets new—but there’s nothing familiar about the ending. St. Raphael’s will be unlike anything that has come before it. What’s new is the idea.
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