By the Mighty Mumford


Women and I get along fine,

If I stay behind this line…

Featuring fashion

Instead of passion,

Is closer to the Divine.

Figures in arithmatic who

Have very nice figures help to…

Focus the mind

On thoughts kind,

Clothes don’rt have to be see-through!

Looking inside as well as out,

Takes more time no doubt…

When I want to swing

I want the real thing,

That tingle i’m talking about-!

–Jonathan Caswell

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Comets 0 @ Wolf Pack 3

The Utica Comets are still in search of their first win after dropping their second game of the season by the score of 3-0 to the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center on Saturday night. Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg pitched a 30-save shutout en route to his second win of the season.

The home team kicked off the game’s scoring 8:20 into the first frame when Richard Nejezchleb potted his first goal of the season. Off of a three-on-two rush, Cannata turned aside Chad Nehring’s shot from the short side before Calle Andersson chipped the rebound to the slot for the eventual tally.

The Pack doubled up their lead 7:35 into the third period. Adam Tambellini, on a breakaway, slipped a shot through the legs of Cannata for his second goal of the season. Brian Gibbons picked up an assist on the play.

Nehring added an empty-net goal from center ice with 2:44 to play to put the game away.

The Comets penalty-killing unit went a perfect three-for-three, running their season total to seven-for-seven. Joe Cannata made 25 saves in the loss.

The Comets finally get a taste of home cooking with a three-game homestand that begins on Wednesday vs. the Rochester Americans. Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The Comets will follow up Wednesday’s game with a Friday tilt against the Hershey Bears, and a Saturday game against the Syracuse Crunch. Both starting at 7pm.

Take it Easy EDI

Getting started with EDI may not seem to be the easiest venture a business could undertake. But regardless of the level of difficulty, it’s a necessity for a growing number of trading partners who want to transact business together. Take these steps to ease the ongoing efforts necessary to use EDI and to turn it into a performance enhancement for your operations.

Include your trading partners
Once your EDI operations are functioning consistently there’s little reason to do business with your trading partners in any other way than electronically. Make certain your VAN connection is available to all your partners and provide information they need in order to get on board with your business. While it may not be reasonable to connect electronically with 100% of your partners, getting as close to full participation can lower your error rates and lighten the load from manual processing. Contact your VAN to help with the recruiting and onboarding process.

Integrate your operations
Your operations depend on the software you use to process orders and manage inventory. Product cycles continue to become shorter and links between finances and order delivery are critical to having a synchronized and accurate process. Making manual or even batch oriented updates between your EDI and ERP systems slows your ability to act and react in a timely manner to changing conditions within your supply chain.

REAL ID Update: Residents of 4 States May Soon Need Passports for Domestic Flights

A Resource Guide to Expedite US Passport Services

Need to comply Real Id Act to pass TSA security checkResidents of Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York may soon need to show a valid passport in order to board a domestic flight. The Department of Homeland Security has clarified that these four states, along with American Samoa, have not brought their driver’s licenses into compliance with the identification requirements of the REAL ID Act. When the new rules go into effect in 2016, residents of these four states will no longer be able to use their driver’s licenses as identification at the TSA security checkpoints at the airport.

Travelers who live in Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York are being urged to apply for a passport or secure another form of REAL ID-compliant identification now. In addition to passport books, other forms of accepted ID include passport cards, Trusted Traveler program cards, and military IDs, as well as the Enhanced Driver’s Licenses issued by…

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The Heart Of The Kennedys

The Arts Mechanical

Or the lack of one.  There was something truly bent about that family.


There seemed to be no affection for anyone in that house.  Everybody seemed to be just using everybody else, a trend that continues in that family.  It’s said that fish and families rot from the head and that was certainly the case with the Kennedys. I’ve wondered for a long time how the family got to where it’s been my entire life and this article made things rather clear.

What can it have been like to not have ever, no matter how bad things got, to have been hugged by your mother.  To be seen by your father not as yourself, but only as means to an end. To be encouraged to treat others the same way.  To have to live in a house, when you did, where there is no space that you call yours. …

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Amtrak set to choose Alstom to build new high-speed trains, Schumer says

Amtrak‘s board is expected to select Alstom as the train provider as part of a $2.5 billion program to build the next generation of high-speed trains that will operate on the Northeast Corridor, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced yesterday.

Amtrak’s board is set to give Amtrak management the green light to negotiate a final contract with Alstom, with the goal of final approval by Dec. 31, according to Schumer’s press release.


“This contract will add a massive injection of economic energy and hundreds of good-paying jobs for the economically struggling Southern Tier,” Schumer said. “It will prove to be a win-win-win that would improve rail safety, bring jobs to Upstate New York, and improve the Amtrak experience for passengers along the entire Northeast Corridor.”

The project also will require final approval of funding through the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program. Schumer indicated that he would continue to urge the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide Amtrak with the necessary approvals so that it can advance the project quickly.

The timing of Amtrak’s plan to buy next generation high-speed trains is at a critical stage for Acela service in the Northeast Corridor because the railroad’s leases on its current trains, which were acquired in 1994, are set to expire over the next six to eight years, according to Schumer.

The project is expected to create 750 jobs including 400 direct manufacturing jobs at Alstom’s plant in Hornell, N.Y. An additional 350 positions could be created at other companies throughout upstate New York.

Schumer lauds FRA’s call to increase transparency on bridge conditions

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has “taken a step in the right direction” by urging railroad companies to provide the public and Congress with timely information when concerns arise regarding the safety of railroad bridges in New York State, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), announced last week.

Schumer had been calling on railroads to share more information with local leaders and residents when the structural integrity of a bridge may be in question. While the FRA audits rail bridges for safety, the railroads are responsible for fixing their privately owned structures, Schumer noted.

The senator also has been pushing for the federal government to increase the number of federal railroad bridge safety specialists nationwide. In New York, for example, there is only one specialist assigned to audit more than 3,000 rail bridges. That specialist is also responsible for bridges in 13 other states.

“The FRA’s effort to hold railroad companies accountable for sharing information with local communities on the state of rail bridges is a laudable goal, and a welcome step in the right direction,” Schumer said in a press release. “But we still must do more. … I will continue aggressively pushing to secure additional funding to hire more train-bridge inspectors to ensure that private companies are doing their job and keeping these bridges in top-notch shape.”

FRA Acting Administrator Sara Feinberg recently sent a letter to railroads throughout the country to encourage them to be more open with local authorities when it comes to the conditions of rail bridges, many of which are more than a century old.

“More and more bridges are showing visible signs of superficial deterioration. These signs, along with increased tonnage and traffic on the country’s rail system in recent years, have led to concerns about the structural integrity of railroad bridges. I understand and share those concerns,” Feinberg said in the letter, according to Schumer’s office.


By the Mighty Mumford


So many delicate blossoms

make him want to cop some…

But he’s in a pot

And most do not

Want to be transplanted –they’re awesome!!!

with beauty all around,

He must keep his feet on the ground…

But here’s the trick

He cannot pick

Or his greenhouse is closed down!

–Jonathan Caswell

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