Health restored, greeter plans for May return

first_imgLike many in the Notre Dame community, South Dining Hall greeter Lila Ritschard started her Easter morning with a prayer.  It was the only way she felt could make a difference. The previous night, her husband John Ritschard stopped breathing on his own and was wheeled into the Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.  “It’s the only thing I can do,” she said. “It comforts us to start every morning with a prayer.” John Ritschard, 82, regretted missing any time at his weekday job swiping cards during dinnertime at South Dining Hall over the past five years. So much that he spent the last two months at his post shaking hands, handing out candy bars and telling jokes to students while a severe case of pneumonia and a bacterial infection built up in his lungs.   Doctors told Lila most people at his age have a 25 percent survival rate, but all John wanted to do was return to South Dining Hall. “He told me, ‘You just tell [the students] I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.’ And I [told] him that he won’t,” Lila said. “But he said, ‘I’ve got to get back to see my kids.’ … They’re his life. He really loves being out here and he misses it.” Lila said her husband’s health began to wane in January, when he came down with the flu. He started experiencing back pain, which they wrote off as a pulled muscle. Still, his lingering flu gradually turned into pneumonia and the couple discovered the persistent back pain turned out to be the result of a lung infection.  On March 21, Lila said she noticed a slight change in her husband’s demeanor, which prompted her to request a day off of work for John.  “He wasn’t happy with me about that but he didn’t have a choice,” she said.  That afternoon, she said John collapsed in the couple’s Mishawaka home. “I wouldn’t have been there a half hour later, but thank God I was there,” Lila said. “So I called the ambulance and they got him stabilized and took him to the emergency room. They did a CAT scan and his whole chest cavity was full of fluid. … [They found out] the bacteria encased the lung and it was hard for him to breath. So they had to go in and scrap the lung. They peeled it like an orange.” In the following weeks, John’s health became even more complicated, Lila said. Doctors drained over six liters of fluid from his lungs and chest cavity and diagnosed him with congestive heart failure, which led to kidney failure. Meanwhile, his blood-thinning medication eventually led to hemorrhaging.  Yet when her husband came out of surgery, Lila said she noticed the same John she had known in 13 years of marriage.  “They were trying to settle him down in the ICU. They try to roll him over and he is telling them riddles. That tells me he’s okay,” she said. ” He keeps them in stitches up there [at the hospital]. He seems to be the hit of most of the nurses who take care of him.” John began walking on his own Wednesday and is expected to start rehabilitation by the end of next week. Lila said she hopes her husband will be home to celebrate their 14th anniversary on April 17.  “[The doctors] are all amazed at how he has recovered so quickly,” Lila said. “He has been in the hospital only three times in his life, all before he turned 70. This was a lot. It did scare him though.” Despite the scare, Lila said the students he cares about at the University continue to one of her husband’s greatest concerns during his hospital stay.  “He always asks, ‘Did you see so-and-so? Are they okay? Nobody’s telling them jokes,’” she said. “Even as sick as he’s been, he’s been very concerned with getting back there.” Lila spent 14-hour days at the hospital in the first week of John’s stay, but returned to South Dining Hall last week at his request when his condition began to improve.  “He’s got a couple more weeks to go at least,” she said. “He’ll be [at the hospital] the rest of this week and probably into next week. If anybody wants to go see him or send anything to him they are more than welcome to. He’s in Room 5510 on the fifth floor. “He would be so appreciative. It would cheer him up so much.” If John continues to improve, Lila said she would schedule him to return to South Dining Hall for the last week of school. “Oh yeah, he always looks forward to it every day,” she said. “He always enjoyed being around young people. He just relates to them. He’s always got a great sense of humor and never gets upset or angry or anything. He would probably do it even if he wasn’t paid. He just enjoys it so much.” To the Ritschards, the support on campus “means the whole world,” as a few students have already visited John during the hospital’s daytime hours. But what does one give the man in Room 5510 who gives so much and asks for nothing but a smile in return? “We don’t do it for [money],” Lila said. “We do it because of the blessings. Students are a blessing and we love them. We have been extremely grateful for all the prayers. We always keep all of the students here in our prayers and we’re so thankful for theirs.”last_img read more

Southern Comfort Musical Will Play Public Theater

first_imgTransformative tuner Southern Comfort has been added to the Public Theater’s 2015-16 downtown season. Directed by Thomas Caruso, the off-Broadway production will feature a book and lyrics by Dan Collins and music by Julianne Wick Davis, and is scheduled to begin previews on February 23, 2016. Opening night is set for March 7 and the show will play a limited engagement through March 27 in the Public’s Anspacher Theater.In casting the musical, the Public wants to meet with actors and singers who identify as transgender; contact details are below. The complete company will be announced later.Based on Kate Davis’ 2001 Sundance Award-winning documentary and conceived for the stage by Robert DuSold and Caruso, Southern Comfort tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia.  Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award, the folk and bluegrass-inspired musical is a celebration of redefining family and choosing love over every obstacle.The production will feature scenic design by James J. Fenton, costume design by Patricia E. Doherty, lighting design by Ed McCarthy, sound design by Andrew Keister and choreography by Ryan Kasprzak.Any transgender artists interested in being considered should email with a picture and resume or bio, along with any video/audio performance samples, if available. Artists can also mail hard copy submissions/performance samples to: Casting/The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, New York 10003; Attention: Southern Comfort. Related Shows View Comments Southern Comfort Show Closed This production ended its run on March 27, 2016last_img read more

Colt Prattes Will Star in ABC’s Dirty Dancing Remake

first_img View Comments Colt Prattes(Photo: Andrew Eccles) Here’s Johnny! Colt Prattes, a Broadway alum who appeared in the ensembles of West Side Story and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, will star in the previously announced ABC remake of Dirty Dancing, according to TVLine. He joins Abigail Breslin and Debra Messing, who take on the roles of Baby and Marjorie Houseman, respectively.In addition to his Broadway credits, Prattes appeared in Pink’s music video for “Try.”The TV event (not a live telecast) will be directed by Wayne Blair and choreographed by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler. Shooting is set for this spring. Additional casting will be announced later.Check out Prattes having the time of his life below!last_img read more

Costa Rican Coast Guard in Full Expansion Mode

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo June 05, 2017 Costa Rica – Colombia Un grupo de 10 personas tenemos un paseo a la isla de Tortuga.Para este sábado 6 de enero.Es posible hacer el paseo o cual es la recomendación en este caso.Gracias The Costa Rican Coast Guard (SNG, per its Spanish acronym) is in the process of expansion. The force numbers 500 troops, and it is expected to grow by 25 percent by 2018, which will improve its results. Its theater of operations is quite large, as Costa Rica’s exclusive economic zone is 574,725 square kilometers, 11 times the size of the country itself, at 51,100 square kilometers. But neither the size of the force nor its limited resources keep it from doing its job efficiently. In 2015, the Coast Guard seized 21 metric tons of drugs and in 2016 20 metric tons. “Over the last six years, our force has been in the region’s leading group for drug seizures,” Commissioner Martín Arias Araya, director of SNG, told Diálogo. The U.S. State Department recognized in a 2016 report that despite the limitation of resources, SNG “remained an effective regional partner for maritime interdiction, actively patrolling Costa Rica’s waters.” Deputy Commissioner Félix Kirven, head of Region 2 for Panama’s Air and Naval Service (SENAN, per its Spanish acronym), agreed with both assessments. “Through operational channels both in intelligence and the Operations Directorate itself, we have become part of a Central American network for public safety, and that is why we share information with SNG, not only to fight drug trafficking but also illegal fishing, and even humanitarian aid situations for search and rescue,” he told Diálogo. Foundation SNG was created on May 24, 2000, in response to the need for the protection, control, supervision, and application of national and international maritime laws, the press office at the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security indicated. Prior to that, the Maritime Security Service, created in 1982, had been in operation. Since 2008, members of the Costa Rican Public Force have received ongoing training in the Colombian Navy. They send troops to Colombia, and the Colombians send teams of commissioned and noncommissioned officers to train Costa Rican teams. For 2017, SNG set the ambitious goal of integrating its personnel – an effort that will take more than a year. Initially, candidates must pass a seven-month course that addresses specialized technical aspects regarding the procedures and equipment that they will be handling. After that, they work as cadets in companies with more experienced officers, and several months later they are integrated into crews. The first agents the unit had were trained by the U.S. Coast Guard in Mississippi. International relations Commissioner Arias explained that they have very good relations with the United States and Colombia, which have supported the Coast Guard since they began operations. “The Colombian Navy is an extremely important partner because they transfer information as well as knowledge and training to us, which is very important,” he said. Costa Rica has signed agreements on operational cooperation, logistics, and training with countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States, among others. “Let’s recall that the tendency is to try to eradicate scourges like drug trafficking. To achieve that, we need to attack it head on. That’s why we’ve managed to strengthen ties that allow for ever more effective coordination in this regional struggle that we are undertaking,” Deputy Commissioner Kirven added. Since the unification of Panama’s National Air Service and National Naval Service into SENAN, Costa Rica has had a very strong, friendly, and trusting relationship with Panama. “At present, there are joint combined and coordinated operations which are showing extraordinary results,” said Commissioner Arias. “These kinds of operations keep those who are being pursued in the territorial waters of one nation from crossing over to another [nation] and eluding justice. We are strong partners. This is a treaty that didn’t go to Congress, but is a treaty of trust with Panama,” he added. New vessels U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield, assistant secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, announced the delivery of two vessels to SNG. The ships, which will be the institution’s largest, are scheduled to be delivered in 2017 and are valued at approximately $18.9 million, according to information published by the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica. “SNG has a very limited fleet. Most of the vessels are small. We have an agreement with Southern Command [SOUTHCOM], and by the end of the year we expect to have large and more modern vessels with greater capacity than those that we have now,” Commissioner Arias predicted. He hopes that after moving forward with the expansion plan, they will obtain improved results in their ongoing fight against organized crime, not just domestically but throughout the region.last_img read more

Who Makes The Best Burgers on Long Island?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders can get a hamburger just about anywhere, but no two burgers are the same and none compare to those grilled up at these local restaurants.The public voted All American Hamburger Drive-In the Best Burger on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition. Bareburger won the title of Best Veggie Burger on Long Island in that contest. All American Hamburger Drive-In lands the top spot on this list for yet another year—and we can see why. Since its establishment in 1963, All American Hamburger Drive-In has continuously been the go-to place for mouthwatering hamburgers. Made with the best ingredients and offered at the best prices, they don’t just serve you food, they provide you with an experience! Combine all this with a friendly and personable staff who go out of their way to ensure every customer is happy, and it’s no wonder why Long Islanders consistently vote All American Hamburger Drive-In the Best Burger on Long Island!Bareburger specializes in using organic, fresh ingredients in all of its dishes in order to ensure that every customer receives an absolutely delicious meal bursting with flavor. Their produce is free of GMOs and pesticides, their breads are all-natural, and their sauces are gluten-free. One of their famous menu items is their veggie burger, which is a great option for vegetarians who still crave a burger now and then, and for those who would like to try this different take on a classic, American dish. Who knew eating healthy could be this enjoyable!To find all the other 2017 Best of Long Island contest winners, visit Winners of the 2018 contest will be announced in February. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.All American Hamburger Drive-In is located at 4286 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa. They can be reached at 516-798-9574 or allamericanhamburger.usBareburger has multiple locations that can be found at bareburger.comlast_img read more

Most credit unions remodeling branches

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Most credit unions will have noticeably different-looking branches next year, according to a new study from the Louisville, Ky.-based digital marketing firm Codigo.The survey of 251 financial institutions found 51% are remodeling branches in 2015, a whopping 24% increase over 2014. Remodeling activity is even higher for credit unions – three out of five said they’re remodeling branches this year. Only about one third of credit unions said they’re adding new locations. continue reading »last_img read more

Emirates posts $3.4 billion half-year loss as coronavirus hits flights

first_imgAircraft operated by Emirates, at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.Christopher Pike | Bloomberg | Getty Images Emirates lost $3.4 billion in the first six months of the year, tipping the Dubai state-owned airline’s holding company into its first half-year loss in more than thirty years.The carrier, which temporarily suspended operations this year at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, said global flight and travel restrictions meant revenue dropped 75% to $3.2 billion as passenger traffic fell 95% to 1.5 million.Emirates Group, which includes the airline, said its workforce had shrunk by 24% to 81,334 staff as of Sept 30.- Advertisement – The airline confirmed it had received $2 billion in financial assistance from the government of Dubai as an equity investment.Emirates had reported a 862 million dirham profit for the first half of theprevious year. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Tony Adams criticises Edu and Raul Sanllehi after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Dec 2019 7:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Tony Adams claims Edu and Raul Sanllehi have made Arsenal worse (Getty/Premier League)Tony Adams has criticised Edu and believes the Brazilian has made Arsenal worse following their defeat Chelsea on Sunday.Edu was appointed as Arsenal’s technical director in July and will play a major role in the club’s transfer business alongside Raul Sanllehi, who is the Gunners’ head of football.But following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea on Sunday, Adams suggested that Edu lacks the experience to be such a key figure at the club and admits he is ‘very worried’ ahead of the January transfer window.‘It’s all about recruitment,’ Adams told the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m not so sure about Edu. Comment Advertisement Tony Adams criticises Edu and Raul Sanllehi after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelseacenter_img Edu will work alongside Mikel Arteta to identify Arsenal transfer targets (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s had one year at Corinthians… South American, I’m not sure he knows the European market.‘I’m very worried, it must be said… the hands of the club and the recruitment are in the hands of Raul [Sanllehi] and Edu.‘And judging by the last window we didn’t get the appropriate players, we made the team worse.’ Mikel Arteta is searching for his first win after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea on Sunday (PA Wire)The defeat to Chelsea leaves Mikel Arteta still searching for his first victory since he was appointed as Arsenal manager last week but Adams has urged the Gunners hierarchy to fully back the Spaniard.‘Steve Bould told me during his five years at Arsenal and he spent most of his time with the technical analysts looking at players,’ said the former Arsenal captain.‘He’s more a coach than he is actually a player during those five years.‘He’s totally obsessed with the game and if there’s a man who can do it… I’ve got to be a little bit positive here.‘He’s very, very conscientious about the players and the staff he wants so hopefully he has a big say in who he wants to bring in.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Alex Song reveals he left Arsenal for Barcelona for money and ‘didn’t give a f***’ about playing

first_imgSong made the switch from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2012 (Picture: Getty Images)Alex Song has admitted he left Arsenal for Barcelona for the money and ‘didn’t give a f***’ about his playing time at Camp Nou.The 32-year-old spent seven seasons with the Gunners, making over 200 appearances for the north London club.Song made the switch to Barca for £15 million in the summer of 2012, but only played 65 times for the Spanish club in four years.The Cameroon international confessed that he was careless with his spending during his time at Arsenal, and when Barcelona offered him a mega-money contract, he didn’t hesitate for a second.ADVERTISEMENT‘Most footballers live beyond their means. I was at Arsenal for eight years but only began to earn a good living in the last four,’ Song said in an Instagram live video with Pascal Siakam.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘That was because my salary went up a lot – but also because I came to realise what a waster I was.‘When I first joined them I was getting £15,000 a week. I was a young lad, and I was ecstatic.‘I wanted to rub shoulders with the big boys. I could shop wherever I wanted and have crazy nights out. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 18 May 2020 4:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12kShares Song said he would’ve done anything to have a car like Thierry Henry (Picture: Getty Images)‘When Barcelona offered me a contract and I saw how much I would earn, I didn’t think twice. I felt my wife and children should have comfortable lives once my career is over.‘I met Barca’s sporting director, and he told me I would not get to play many games.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘But I didn’t give a f*** – I knew that now I would become a millionaire.‘I’ll always say that a 20-year-old who drives a Ferrari is a poor man, as at that age he’s not yet achieved anything.‘But a man of 50 who drives a Bentley is a man to be respected.’MORE: Alessio Tacchinardi urges Juventus to sell former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey and re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester UnitedMORE: Unai Emery aims fresh dig at Mesut Ozil and claims Arsenal players didn’t want him as captainFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Song spent four years at Barcelona (Picture: Getty Images)‘I would go to training and see Thierry Henry – the King – turn up in an absolute gem of a car. I told myself I wanted the same car at all costs.‘I went to the dealership, signed the papers and arranged to pay for it by standing order – and just like that I had the same car as The King.‘But I swear that I had to hand the car back inside two months. All my money was going on filling it with petrol.‘I told them, ‘Give me a Toyota – this car’s too much for me’.‘When I next went to training Thierry asked me, ‘Where’s your car, son?’ I told him it’s on a higher level than me.‘During my entire time at Arsenal I couldn’t even save £100,000, while people thought I must be a millionaire.center_img Comment Alex Song reveals he left Arsenal for Barcelona for money and ‘didn’t give a f***’ about playing Advertisementlast_img read more

Robert Loper – Connersville

first_imgRobert Gordon Loper, 80, of Connersville, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Heritage House in Connersville.Robert was born on December 4, 1937, in Cedar Grove, to Gordon and Helen VanCamp Loper. He graduated from the Indiana Deaf School in Indianapolis. Robert married Martha DeWeese on February 26, 1971 in Indianapolis and they enjoyed more than forty-six years together.  He was employed at D & M in Connersville until they closed. Robert loved hunting, being outdoors, and being a huge IU Basket Ball fan.In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by four children: Connie Loper of California, Dale Loper and wife, Shani of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Joyce Loper of Kentucky, and Garland Loper and wife, Hannah of Camby, Indiana; four grandchildren: Melissa, Samantha, Roman, and Katia.  Robert was preceded in death by his parents.Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, January 29, 2018, at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street Brookville, with Jim Tilton officiating. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday from 12:00 pm until time of service where memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Association. For more information and send condolences or memories, go to The Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home Staff is honored to serve the Robert Loper family.last_img read more