Superior Boiler Announces New Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Superior Boiler Announces New Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Sep 28, 2021

HUTCHINSON – Superior Boiler announced last week that Matt Steele has been named Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Superior Holding. Steele’s responsibilities encompass the full portfolio of products manufactured by the company.


In his new role, Steele will lead the sales and marketing initiatives for all Superior Holding businesses, which manufacture products in three Hutchinson, Kansas, facilities.


He joins Superior after working in executive sales and operations positions for companies that manufacture highly engineered technical products. Most recently, he was Vice President of Operations for a mid-Missouri-based company involved with highly engineered heat transfer products. Steele has extensive sales experience with some of the world’s largest companies as customers.


“Superior Boiler is extremely excited to have Matt join our team and lead our sales and marketing initiatives,” said Superior Boiler President and CEO Doug Wright. “He has an outstanding history of driving sales growth and taking on increasingly demanding roles and responsibilities throughout his career. We highly value the fact that he has been involved with manufacturing his whole career and has experience on the operations side, as well. We’re excited about Matt’s ability to continue building on our strategy of developing the best possible sales channels for Superior Boiler across all product lines.”

 

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About Superior Holding, Inc.
Superior Holding is the parent company of Hutchinson, Kansas-based Superior Boiler and Superior Boiler, LLC. Superior Boiler provides engineered energy solutions and is a leader in clean air emissions technology. The company manufactures industrial watertube and flextube boilers, scotch marine and vertical firetube boilers for process steam, hot water and waste heat recovery and high-efficiency hot water condensing boilers. In addition to boilers, Superior Boiler manufactures a full complement of boiler room equipment items and parts and provides 24-hour service. In business since 1917, the company has shipped more than 21,000 boilers throughout the United States and worldwide, and its commitment to unparalleled quality has produced the most dependable boilers available. Superior Boiler employs approximately 150 people at its Hutchinson locations. For more information, visit
superiorboiler.com.

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By szook7 21 Oct, 2021
McPherson (Ad Astra Radio) – In addition to the three highly contested races for seats on the McPherson USD 418 Board of Education, a recall effort has been launched against the three board members not up for re-election this year. According to McPherson County Clerk Hollie Melroy, language for the petition, which is being circulated by a group of community members to collect signatures, was approved by the McPherson County Counselor. It targets members Jeff Johnson, Emily Greer, and Ann Elliott for removal from the board. Accusations in the petition against the tree include illegal gatherings of a quorum outside official meetings, neglect of district facilities, division amongst district students and families related to mask mandates, and failure to address bullying issues. Organizers would need to gather signatures from registered voters equal to 40 percent of the total number of votes cast in the 2019 Board of Education election for the recall to move forward. At that point, the county election office would then have 30 days to validate the petition before a special election could be called. According to Kansas state law, if the recall petition were to be approved, a special election would need to be held on a date not less than 60 or more than 90 days after the date the approval notification was given. Seats on the board currently held by members Brad Berg, Kim Janzen and Brian Kynaston will be up for election on the November 2nd ballot. The latest election information in McPherson County can be found at https://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/946/Elections . Photo Credit: Marla Stone
By szook7 21 Oct, 2021
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KU Athletics) - Kansas Head Coach Bill Self, senior guard Ochai Agbaji and senior forward David McCormack met with the media on Wednesday, Oct. 20, as part of the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tipoff. The event was hosted at the T-Mobile Center in downtown Kansas City. The Jayhawks are the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 championship during the 2021-22 season after receiving eight of a possible nine first-place votes. Agbaji and McCormack were both selected to the preseason All-Big 12 team, while teammate Remy Martin was voted as the preseason Player of the Year in the conference. Below is a transcript of Self’s press conference with the media. BILL SELF : First of all, it’s good to be out in public and be social. Good seeing most of you guys (smiling). I’m excited. I like our team. I think we’ve added some experience. We’ve added some athleticism. Hopefully some shooting. The league was so terrific last year, of course with Baylor being the elite of the elite, I think this year’s league has an opportunity to be every bit as good as what it has been in the past. I know everyone is looking forward to that challenge. QUESTION : We were just talking about Baylor, the defending national champions, picked third this year. Every year you guys talk about this being the best conference in the country. Is it even better this year? BILL SELF : I think we talk about it being the best conference, but I think it’s proven by data as well as being the hardest or toughest conference in America over the last six or seven years. If you were going to take what our conference strength is over those particular years, we’d rate out at 1.4 or 1.6, whatever it would be. I think a lot of people feel that way. This year has a feel that I don’t know if we’ve ever had. Maybe we have. Had we ever had three in the pre-season top eight in the AP, in the country? Maybe we have, but I don’t know. It’s going to be a great league. I guarantee you there’s teams that were receiving votes or whatever that are top 25 teams as well. This will be as good as it’s been, at least in my recollection. QUESTION : Remy Martin named Pre-Season Player of the Year. What is he going to add to your school? Also Ochai and David received honors. How do you feel about them and the team so far? BILL SELF : First of all, I’m happy that all my guys get recognition whenever it is. Pre-season really doesn’t mean squat. The one way that guys can get recognition is in this particular league we have lost a lot of players that were impact players in our league, but we’ve also had a lot of people replace them with impact players that maybe weren’t given the pre-season notoriety that I think some of them deserve. I think all my guys deserve to be recognized. I think Remy is a guy that adds an energy, a speed, a fun, a way that others will enjoy playing with him. I think he’s pretty darn good at playing fast. I think he can create some plays that you can’t coach. It’s different for him than what it was at ASU, not because of anything that they did wrong or that we do right, it’s just a different philosophy and a different system that he’s still not quite accustomed to that he’s got to get comfortable with. When he does, he has a chance to be one of the better players around. QUESTION : I read a couple days ago that you said you could possibly play a 10-man rotation this year. Could you comment on how unique that is for you as a coach, and why you think you can play 10? BILL SELF : We played nine a lot. Not so much recently. When we play two bigs, I always played five guards and four bigs. I didn’t really care if we got in foul trouble because that forced somebody else to get an opportunity to play. It’s not quite like that now because we’re playing four guards. It will be harder to get to 10. I’m talking about 10 guys having a chance to play double-figure minutes. The challenge to me is how do you get from 14 to 10 because 1 through 14, we probably never had a team with as many guys that are pretty similar to the other guys . Trying to determine who’s going to actually play will be the challenge. There could be redshirts, things like that. We don’t know that yet. But I think it will be a challenge playing 10. If we can play as fast as I’d like to play, I don’t think it will be something that will be near as challenging as what maybe some other people think. QUESTION : On the topic of your depth, you’ve said before that if you’re winning, the pie is big enough for everybody. Does this seem like a group that’s buying in well to that so far? BILL SELF : I think so. But we haven’t played a game. The thing about it is, I love our roster, I’m not downplaying that at all, but you don’t have a roster that people are looking at top 10 picks, lottery picks, things like that. We got a bunch of guys that are good basketball players. One thing I would like to see that we haven’t seen yet is some separation. It always occurs, but it hadn’t occurred yet. Right now I think it’s different. Right now there’s nobody unhappy because in practice you have to play 10, you have to play 10 in practice. Sometimes the people that are on the court in practice, they just feel like that’s the way it will be in a game. In a game, you can only play five. I still think we probably have to get into the season to see how all that will play out. But if we don’t have that mentality, that we put winning first, if we win enough we’ll all benefit from it. If we don’t have that mentality, then this team won’t be as good as it can be. All our best teams in the past have always had that mentality. QUESTION : You have been named the team to beat. Does that add any extra pressure to your team as you enter the season? We’ve heard you say before that rankings pre-season don’t matter until it’s closer to tournament time. Do you feel any added pressure? BILL SELF : No. We’ve been picked fairly high most years. I think from a staff standpoint it doesn’t really mean much at all. I would say this. I would rather be picked high than not picked high. But the reality of it is, right now it’s a coin flip. How do you know how quickly teams with so many newcomers are going to gel together? Everybody to me looks good on paper. We probably look as good as anybody on paper because we’ve returned guys where most of the other programs don’t return as many guys. It doesn’t mean anything to me. I think when you play at Kansas, you coach in this league, pressure is something that is usually good. If you can’t deal with that type of pressure, then you’re probably not going to be able to deal with real pressure later on. QUESTION : What was it like having Allen Fieldhouse packed with fans at Late Night? You said this past summer it was really hard on your players not having Allen Fieldhouse what it should be, which is full of fans. BILL SELF : Unless you’re a junior, unless you’re Christian Braun’s age, nobody has felt what it’s like to play at Kansas. You end the season, the pandemic year, ranked No. 1. You have momentum going into the next year. The next year obviously didn’t play out probably the way we had hoped, nor was it near as much fun. Then you recruit a recruiting class, so we have eight newcomers. None of them have felt what it’s like to play at Kansas. None of them visited. So they didn’t get a chance to feel the energy. Obviously last year there were no visits during COVID — or during the pandemic, excuse me. Everybody has a home-court advantage, don’t get me wrong. One of the things that makes it special about playing at our place is we feel like ours is unique in many ways. They haven’t had a chance to experience any of that uniqueness. I don’t even know if 10 of our 14 scholarships know what it’s like to play ball at our place. QUESTION : What is it going to be like for players who have never had to play at Allen Fieldhouse wearing the wrong jersey? BILL SELF : First of all, I think one of the things that playing in a hostile environment that’s full, it brings the best out in your opponents, too. If you were to ask any of our guys when we go on the road, would you rather play in a packed house juiced against a good team or would you rather play somewhere where we have to generate our own energy, they would say let’s go to the packed place. Sometimes the home-court advantage is definitely a home-court advantage. But the home-court advantage most of times brings out the best in opponents, as well. Photo Credit: Charlie Riedel/ AP Photo
By szook7 21 Oct, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AAA) — The national average for a gallon of gasoline rose a nickel over the past week to hit $3.32. The primary driver of this surge remains the cost of crude oil, which is now closing daily above $80 a barrel. In August, the price of crude was in the low $60s per barrel. “Compared to the price of gas a year ago, it now costs consumers about $17 more to fill up their vehicles,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “That’s the cost of a large pizza with toppings. And unfortunately, it doesn’t look like drivers will be finding relief at the pump any time soon.” According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), last week’s total domestic gasoline supply fell by 2 million bbl to 223.1 million bbl. Gasoline demand also fell from 9.43 million b/d to 9.19 million b/d, but the agency calculates it is still some 610,000 b/d above last year. Typically, softening demand should result in some easing of pump prices, but the higher cost for crude is blocking this. With oil prices remaining elevated, pump prices will follow suit because the cost of crude oil accounts for more than half of the price of each gallon of gas. Forecasts from the International Energy Agency for more robust oil demand, especially heating oil this winter, are also keeping crude oil prices elevated. Today’s national average of $3.32 is 13 cents more than a month ago, $1.16 more than a year ago, and 67 cents more than in 2019.
By szook7 21 Oct, 2021
U.S. (KASB) - Health and education officials Wednesday said they are seeing soaring mental health problems in children during the pandemic. Members of the Governor’s Safer Classrooms Workgroup also urged school districts to maintain masking requirements even though COVID-19 cases are decreasing. Dr. Dena Hubbard, of the Kansas American Academy of Pediatrics, said she would caution districts against relaxing masking “because we thought we were over this and then there was the Delta variant.” Daily COVID-19 cases in Kansas have decreased from a high of 1,820 last month to 759 and active outbreaks in schools decreased from 84 to 56 since last week. But the vaccination rate of children 12-17 years old in Kansas continues to trail the national average, 51.8 percent to 59.1 percent. On the issue of mental health, physicians said the pandemic has affected everyone but especially children. “We are all experiencing a collective trauma,” Hubbard said. Dr. Stephanie Kuhlmann, co-chair of the workgroup, said on Monday there were 10 adolescent patients at her hospital because of self-harm. “It’s definitely a crisis that we are seeing in our hospital systems,” Kuhlmann said. On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Children’s Hospital Association declared a “national state of emergency in children’s mental health.” Dr. Kelli Netson-Amore, a neuropsychologist, said health officials and educators must develop short- and long-term strategies to offset the trauma that children have experienced during the pandemic. “We have to prioritize keeping these kids alive, honestly,” she said. Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson briefed the workgroup on academic indicators, saying that generally students have lost ground because of learning disruptions caused by the pandemic. Watson added that educators are working hard to help students. “They’re giving everything they can to not only again live through this hurricane that we’re in, but to start to mitigate loss, then plan for what happens when we come out.” The workgroup continued to encourage Kansans to get vaccinated and for schools to implement COVID-19 testing strategies developed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Dr. Jen Bacani McKenney, who is co-chair of the workgroup and member of the Fredonia USD 484 school board, said her children were recently exposed to COVID-19 and tested through the school district. She said the testing was done smoothly and within 15 minutes they were told they tested negative and were able to go to school. “I hope every school district is doing as well as our school district is (on COVID-19 testing),” she said.
By szook7 21 Oct, 2021
ELLSWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A man has admitted that he shut down a rural central Kansas water system but said he was too intoxicated to remember what happened, prosecutors said. Wyatt Travnichek, 22, of Ellsworth County, pleaded guilty Wednesday to tampering with a public water system and reckless damage to a public computer during unauthorized access. Prosecutors said Travnichek used a shared pass code to shut down the Post Rock Rural Water District in Ellsworth, which supplies water to about 1,500 customers in central Kansas. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney said the water district used a shared pass code to allow remote access to software that controls the plant, The Kansas City Star reported . Travnichek worked for the water district for a year before resigning in January 2019. On March 27, 2019, an operator monitoring the plant found it had been shut down and his remote access was terminated, Kenney said. The operator drove to the plant and found a filter had been turned off and other controls changed. Investigators identified Travnichek through records showing his phone had logged into the plant remotely. “The defendant said he was so intoxicated he didn’t remember anything” about what happened, Kenney said. A plea agreement calls for Travnichek to be sentenced to a year in jail.
By szook7 21 Oct, 2021
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has won consecutive Big 12 games just once in the past five years, and not during the tenure of third-year coach Matt Wells. That has been a talking point for the Red Raiders in preparations for Saturday’s visit by Kansas State, which has won nine of the past 10 meetings in the series. Texas Tech (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) has responded to blowout losses to Texas and TCU with victories against West Virginia and Kansas, both on the road. Kliff Kingsbury’s final season as coach in 2018 was the last time the Red Raiders won two straight in conference. “After those (losses), they’ve been very coachable. There’s been a sense of urgency to improve. There’s been a sense of urgency to practice and prepare well,” Wells said. “Now after a win, we have to have the same. We have to have the same sense of urgency to want to stack success.” The Wildcats (3-3, 0-3) are trying to avoid their first 0-4 start in the Big 12 since 2015, coming off back-to-back losses at home to No. 3 Oklahoma and Iowa State, a preseason top 10 team that lost twice early. Kansas State’s Big 12 losing streak is eight going back to the final five games of last season, when the Wildcats started 4-0 in conference with a victory over the Sooners in coach Chris Klieman’s second year. The eight-game skid in their longest since joining the Big 12 in 1996. “Everybody needs to give a little bit more,” Klieman said. “Everybody can step up. And everybody can probably own their role a little bit more. But that’s coaches as well. This isn’t just the offense, just the defense, just one part of the offense, one part of the defense. This is a collective group, and it starts with us.” THOMPSON AND VAUGHN Kansas State’s Skylar Thompson has five touchdown passes in two games after missing the previous two because of an injury. He set career records for completions (29) and attempts (41) in a 37-31 loss to the Sooners and was solid again in a 33-20 loss to the Cyclones. While running back Deuce Vaughn had his second career 100-yard receiving game against the Sooners (104 on 10 catches), he’s been held under 100 yards on the ground with no touchdowns in the three Big 12 losses after hitting triple digits in all three non-conference victories and scoring five times. Vaughn did have 99 yards against Iowa State. “It’s really important for us to sustain the run and have balance and continue to be able to throw the ball because I think Skylar’s playing at a really high level,” Klieman said. “I don’t want to take the ball out of his hands.” CONFIDENT QB Texas Tech quarterback Henry Colombi made his debut for the Red Raiders off the bench in last year’s 31-21 loss to Kansas State. Now he’s making his fourth start of the season after Oregon transfer Tyler Shough’s shoulder injury in the 70-35 loss to the Longhorns. “The thing that Henry gives you is a confident veteran,” Wells said. “He’s cool. He’s calm. I think our guys around him have confidence in him. He’s been fairly accurate. He’s not a huge runner, but he can pull the ball down and move the chains.” SPECIAL TALK Malik Knowles had kickoff returns for touchdowns in consecutive games for Kansas State — 99 yards in a 31-20 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma State and 93 yards late in the fourth quarter to give the Wildcats a last-gasp chance against the Sooners. Knowles is second nationally with a 36-yard average on kickoff returns. Wells noted that a blocked punt set up a Kansas State touchdown last year, and the Red Raiders missed two short field goals. “It feels like half this press conference we’ve been talking about Kansas State’s special teams already, so that ought to show you the importance of it,” Wells said. THIS AND THAT Texas Tech’s lone win in the past 10 meetings in the series was in Lubbock in 2015. ... Three of Kansas State’s five consecutive victories in the series have been one-score games. ... Red Raiders WR Erik Ezukanma leads the Big 12 at 84.2 yards receiving per game. ... Kansas State DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah is second in the league and tied for 18th nationally with five sacks. Photo Credit: Colin E. Braley/ AP Photo
By szook7 21 Oct, 2021
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By szook7 21 Oct, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially. The Food and Drug Administration’s decisions mark a big step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign, which began with extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine last month. But before more people roll up their sleeves, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will consult an expert panel Thursday before finalizing official recommendations for who should get boosters and when. The latest moves would expand by tens of millions the number of Americans eligible for boosters and formally allow “mixing and matching” of shots — making it simpler to get another dose, especially for people who had a side effect from one brand but still want the proven protection of vaccination. Specifically, the FDA authorized a third Moderna shot for seniors and others at high risk from COVID-19 because of their health problems, jobs or living conditions — six months after their last shot. One big change: Moderna’s booster will be half the dose that’s used for the first two shots, based on company data showing that was plenty to rev up immunity again. The FDA rulings differ because the vaccines are made differently, with different dosing schedules — and the J&J vaccine has consistently shown a lower level of effectiveness than either of the two-shot Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. As for mixing and matching, the FDA said it’s OK to use any brand for the booster regardless of which vaccination people got first. The interchangeability of the shots is expected to speed the booster campaign, particularly in nursing homes and other institutional settings where residents have received different shots over time. FDA officials said they wanted to make the booster guidance as flexible as possible, given that many people don’t remember which brand of vaccine they received. “Being able to interchange these vaccines is a good thing — it’s like what we do with flu vaccines,” FDA’s Dr. Peter Marks told reporters Wednesday evening. “Most people don’t know what brand of flu vaccine they received.” Still, he added that many people will decide to get a booster from the same company as their initial vaccination. The agency’s mix-and-match decision was based on preliminary results from a government study of different booster combinations that showed an extra dose of any type revs up levels of virus-fighting antibodies. That study also showed recipients of the single-dose J&J vaccination had a far bigger response if they got a full-strength Moderna booster or a Pfizer booster rather than a second J&J shot. The study didn’t test the half-dose Moderna booster. Health authorities stress that the priority still is getting first shots to about 65 million eligible Americans who remain unvaccinated. But the booster campaign is meant to shore up protection against the virus amid signs that vaccine effectiveness is waning against mild infections, even though all three brands continue to protect against hospitalization and death. “Today the currently available data suggest waning immunity in some populations of fully vaccinated people,” said FDA’s acting commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock. “The availability of these authorized boosters is important for continued protection against COVID-19 disease.” The Moderna booster decision essentially matches FDA’s ruling that high-risk groups are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, which is made with the same technology. FDA recommended that everyone who’d gotten the single-shot J&J vaccine get a booster since it has consistently shown lower protection than its two-shot rivals. And several independent FDA advisers who backed the booster decision suggested J&J’s vaccine should have originally been designed to require two doses. Experts continue to debate the rationale of the booster campaign. Some warn that the U.S. government hasn’t clearly articulated the goals of boosters given that the shots continue to head off the worst effects of COVID-19, and wonder if the aim is to tamp down on virus spread by curbing, at least temporarily, milder infections. FDA regulators said they would move quickly to expand boosters to lower age groups, such as people in their 40s and 50s, if warranted. “We are watching this very closely and will take action as appropriate to make sure that the maximum protection is provided to the population,” said Marks, the FDA’s top vaccine official. In August, the Biden administration announced plans for an across-the-board booster campaign aimed at all U.S. adults, but outside experts have repeatedly argued against such a sweeping effort. On Thursday an influential panel convened by the CDC is expected to offer more specifics on who should get boosters and when. Their recommendations are subject to approval by the CDC director. The vast majority of the nearly 190 million Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have received the Pfizer or Moderna options, while about 15 million have received the J&J vaccine. Written By: Matthew Perrone and Lauran Neergaard Photo Credit: David Zalubowski/ AP Photo
By szook7 21 Oct, 2021
U.S. (AP) - The American Athletic Conference is adding UAB, Texas-San Antonio, Rice, North Texas, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic to the league, replacing three schools that are leaving for the Big 12 Conference and growing to 14 teams. The AAC announced the additions Thursday, a move that it hopes will stabilize the conference in the short term and allow it to withstand future poaching of its members by wealthier leagues. The conference said when exactly the new members join is still to be determined. “This is a strategic expansion that accomplishes a number of goals as we take the conference into its second decade. We are adding excellent institutions that are established in major cities and have invested in competing at the highest level,” AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. The American, formerly the Big East, has been a feeder conference from Power Five leagues for nearly two decades. Most recently, the Big 12 announced the additions of AAC powers Cincinnati, Houston and Central Florida to replace Southeastern Conference-bound Oklahoma and Texas. The Sooners and Longhorns have said they will join the SEC in 2025 , but a quicker departure is possible. The Big 12 has said it is targeting 2023 for the arrival of its new members, which also includes BYU. The AAC’s move strips Conference USA of six schools, leaving that league both searching for new members and trying to fend off other poachers. The Sun Belt has said it is interested in expanding beyond its current 10 football members and some of C-USA’s remaining eight schools would be geographic fits. The American was born in 2013 from the downfall of Big East football, rebuilding around mostly C-USA schools. The AAC emerged as the strongest of the so-called Group of Five conferences when it comes to football during the College Football Playoff era. Five times in seven season, the American has earned the New Year’s Six bowl spot that goes to the highest ranked G5 conference champion. But four of those championships were won by the schools now heading to the Big 12. The AAC targeted schools located in big media markets and fertile recruiting territory, hoping that with better exposure and more revenue, they could develop into the next UCF. The six new schools will join AAC holdovers East Carolina, Memphis, Navy (football only), South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa and Wichita State (which does not compete in football). The additions will give the American four members in Texas. The league office recently relocated to the Dallas area after being headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. “We have enhanced geographical concentration, which will especially help the conference’s men’s and women’s basketball and Olympic sports teams,” Aresco said. “And we will continue to provide valuable inventory to our major media rights partner, ESPN, which will feature our members on the most prominent platforms in sports media.” The AAC is at the front end of a 10-year deal with ESPN that will pay the conference’s schools between $7 million and $8 million per year over the length of the contract. It is unclear whether the value of the deal will be impacted by the change in membership, but the contract makes the conference the wealthiest in major college football outside the Power Five. Conference USA has floundered in recent seasons by comparison, with TV deals that have generated well under $1 million per year per school and made the league’s games tricky for its fans to find. The most recent deal provides more consistency with CBS Sports Network as the primary cable TV home of C-USA’s games and some streaming on ESPN+. Written By: Ralph D. Russo Photo Credit: David J. Philip/ AP Photo
By szook7 21 Oct, 2021
Hutchinson (Hutch.gov) - Public Works to Begin Annual Waterline Flushing and Fire Hydrant Maintenance Program beginning October 25th and lasting through November, the City of Hutchinson Public Works Department will be working to complete the annual waterline flushing and fire hydrant maintenance program. Some areas may experience discolored or cloudy water during this time, but this will only be temporary, and the water is safe to use. Allow the water to run from a faucet without a strainer such as a bathtub faucet or outdoor spigot for several minutes and it will eventually return to a clear color. Flushing waterlines is a normal, preventive maintenance procedure that helps improve water quality. Fire hydrants are operated, inspected, and maintained during the flushing process to ensure that all hydrants on the system are in good working condition. Public Works Department personnel will be flushing Monday through Thursday from about 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from about 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in various parts of the city. Weather and emergency waterline break dependent schedules will be posted on the City’s social media pages. If the discoloration lasts longer than a few hours or you have any questions, please contact the Water Department at (620) 694-1900. Frequently asked questions: Why do we flush the water system? Flushing is done to ensure the hydrants operate properly. Like most water valves, fire hydrants need to be exercised periodically. The water-distribution system is also flushed to remove settled particles such as iron and sediment accumulation in the waterlines. This helps to reduce discolored water in the system. Should I use the water during hydrant testing in my neighborhood? You may experience discolored water during and immediately following hydrant testing in your neighborhood. If the system is stirred up when you use water in your home, you could draw the discoloration into your internal plumbing causing discoloration at your faucets, etc. Public Works Department recommends trying not to use the water at all when flushing is occurring on your street and limit activities that cause the greatest discoloration concern such as doing laundry on all dates that the system is flushed. I did my laundry during the system flush and now it is stained, what do I do? If the clothes in your washer are stained, do not dry them. Rewash the load when the water is clear. Some customers have used iron removal products in their wash to remove staining. Iron stain removal products can be found in the detergent aisle at most grocery stores. Can I landscape around the fire hydrant in my yard? The City's ordinance states that no landscaping or screening shall be installed in a manner that might impede access by the Fire Department. No tree shall be planted within a distance of ten (10) feet from any fire hydrant. Consideration should be given to plant species that, upon reaching maturity, may block connections.
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