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Wayne Municipal Airport Flying High After Tornado

Wayne Municipal Airport Flying High After Tornado

By Nick Hytrek

WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Wayne Municipal Airport officials are flying high after recently receiving Nebraska’s 2014 Airport of the Year award.
Pretty impressive, considering that the airport resumed full functions only about halfway through the year after being nearly blown away by a tornado.

“It made us proud to see it get rebuilt that fast and then get honored,” said Karma Schulte, general manager of Becker Flying Service. “It means a lot to all of us …

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Proposed Chargers-Raiders Stadium Near Los Angeles Advances

Proposed Chargers-Raiders Stadium Near Los Angeles Advances

By Michael R. Blood

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Organizers behind a proposed stadium near Los Angeles that could become home for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders announced Saturday they reached an important, early benchmark on the path to construction.

A coalition of supporters, including labor unions, has collected over 14,000 petition signatures in the city of Carson, nearly twice the number needed to place the stadium plan before local voters.

“We have all been extremely encouraged by the sky-high level of support we have found for the …

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President’s Message April 2015

President’s Message April 2015

Greetings,

As we welcome spring, let the outdoor activities begin. Baseball opening days, Easter and golf season are here. After the past few months of very cold, snowy weather, it’s a joy to see longer sunny days again.

As Chief Engineers, spring is also the time of year we need to finish cleaning our cooling towers and rooftop air conditioning units. Please utilize our Associate Members for any servicing and/or supplies you may need to complete this work.

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York Prestige Rooftop Units Fit Existing Footprints

York Prestige Rooftop Units Fit Existing Footprints


York Prestige rooftop units from Johnson Controls match the footprints of other manufacturers’ units. This exact-fit replacement design reduces installation complexities and saves contractors time by eliminating the need for a curb adapter, which is typically required when a new unit does not identically match the existing unit footprint.

The 3- to 12.5-ton units include the following features:

• Advanced microprocessor control technology with an LCD display
• Programmable USB interface and digital diagnostic readouts
• Single or dual scroll …

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Fujitsu Introduces 33 SEER Mini Splits with Low Temp Heating

Fujitsu Introduces 33 SEER Mini Splits with Low Temp Heating

Fujitsu has introduced ductless split systems, offering up to 33 SEER, now the world’s most efficient mini-splits to operate with optimal efficiency at ambient temperatures of -15°F. The new 9,000 (9RLS3H), 12,000 (12RLS3H) and 15,000 BTU (15RLS3H) inverter systems are available with these capabilities right off the shelf with no modifications needed for low ambient operation.

Fujitsu’s Extra Low Temp Heating (XLTH) models feature a built-in base heater and drainage holes so that condensation …

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Mitsubishi Electric CITY MULTI® Dedicated Outdoor Air System Provides Energy-Efficient Ventilation

Mitsubishi Electric CITY MULTI® Dedicated Outdoor Air System  Provides Energy-Efficient Ventilation


Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division (Mitsubishi Electric) now offers the CITY MULTI® VRF Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS), a former industry winner of the AHR Expo Innovation Award in ventilation.

The Mitsubishi Electric DOAS is a system designed to supply outdoor ventilation air to a building independent of the HVAC air distribution or conditioning system.

“The DOAS is unique because of its energy efficiency, in that it can use the heat recovery feature …

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HDPE Cooling Towers Get Noise Out of Symphony Hall

HDPE Cooling Towers Get Noise Out of Symphony Hall

By Carlo Chatman

Imagine attending a symphonic concert, and right in the middle of a violin solo you hear a rushing sound penetrating the ceiling above the orchestra and overwhelming the concert hall’s painstaking acoustic design.

Or, perhaps you are performing surgery in a medical center suite — or giving a business presentation in the penthouse conference room of an office building — and that same rushing noise, generated by the facility’s HVAC cooling tower, infiltrates the environment, …

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Charleston Church Uses Technology to Serve Congregation

Charleston Church Uses Technology to Serve Congregation

By Bill Lynch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Pastor Matt Santen doesn’t know if River Ridge is the most technologically advanced church in the valley, but he acknowledged they do have a lot of gadgets and gear. Some of it he understands better than others.

“Our band, they use loops?” Santen, 46, said, and shrugged. He grinned sheepishly. He wasn’t sure what they do.

Loops can be used to repeat rhythmic patterns or musical phrases or a number of others things …

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Vermont Farms Monitor Storage Conditions by Cellphone

Vermont Farms Monitor Storage Conditions by Cellphone


By Lisa Rathke

CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Temperature fluctuations can shorten the growing season for farmers, and the worry doesn’t stop when crops are stored inside for winter sales, as a drop or spikes can ruin what’s meant for market.

For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to check the temperature and humidity. Now, some small-scale vegetable producers in Vermont who can’t afford high-tech refrigeration are gaining access to …

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Nuclear Plants Delayed in China, Watched Closely by US Firms

Nuclear Plants Delayed in China, Watched Closely by US Firms

By Ray Henry

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. power companies struggling with the escalating costs of building nuclear plants are closely watching similar efforts in China, where officials are expecting delays.

Two plants under construction in Sanmen and Haiyang, China, are the first-ever built using Westinghouse Electric Co.’s AP1000 reactor design. Utility companies in Georgia and South Carolina are building two similar plants in the United States using a very similar design. Since the project in China is father along, …

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Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

By Brian Wallheimer

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Grace Hoening sold 800 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies last year, but that will look like a drop in the bucket if the Rockford 12-year-old has her way.

“My goal is 2,500,” Hoening said.

That’s because any scout who hits that magic number wins a free trip to Disney World. And while more than tripling her best year of cookie sales might seem overly optimistic, Hoening thinks she has a new …

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Pioneer Of Video Games, Simon Dies At 92

Pioneer Of Video Games, Simon Dies At 92


MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to “Pong” and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.

Baer, a longtime resident of Manchester, died at his home, the Goodwin Funeral Home in Manchester confirmed.

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Born in Germany, Baer escaped the Holocaust with his family.

He started thinking about what later became the home video game console while …

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Engineers Embark on a Mission to Bring Humanity to the Field of Engineering

Engineers Embark on a Mission to Bring Humanity to the Field of Engineering


David E. Goldberg, President of Big Beacon and emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Mark Somerville, professor of engineering and associate dean at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, – are two men on a daring mission. Their goal is to transform the entire world of engineering. Their objective is simple – they aim at humanizing the engineering profession.

Their new book, A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education, …

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Digital Effort Increases Access To Rare Books

Digital Effort Increases Access To Rare Books

By Dave Gong
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – Stepping into the rare books room at the Allen County Public Library is like stepping back in time.

Antique furniture complements the character of a room devoted to the library’s ever-expanding collection of rare and antique – even ancient – books and artifacts.

Display cases containing replicas of important Lincoln documents line the walls in front of the hall windows, while a rocking chair – a replica of the one Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated – sits in the …

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