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Biertan is a commune in central Romania, in the north of the Sibiu County, 80 km north of Sibiu and 29 km east of Mediaș. Biertan is one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993; the Biertan fortified church was the see of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishop in Transylvania between 1572 and 1867. The commune is composed of three villages: Biertan, Copșa Mare and Richiș, each of which has a fortified church; the first documentary testimony about the village dates from 1283 in a document about the taxes paid by the inhabitants of 7 villages and so it is believed to have been founded sometime between 1224 and 1283 by Transylvanian Saxons. The village settlement developed into an important market town and by 1510 Biertan supported a population of about 5,000 people. Between 1468 and the 16th century a small fortified church was developed. After the medieval period the town declined in importance with the rise of neighbouring Sighișoara and Mediaș.

In the census of 1930 Biertan had 2331 inhabitants. During World War II many men were conscripted into the Romanian army and the Waffen-SS. After the war many Transylvanian Saxons were expelled from the region. Following the collapse of Communism in 1990 many more left for Germany. Today the whole commune has a population of about 2,500 and the village of Biertan alone has about 1,600 people, it is one of the most visited villages in Transylvania, being the important place of the annual reunion of the Transylvanian Saxons, many of whom now live in Germany. The "Luna Plină" Horror and Fantasy Film Festival takes place in Biertan, it is the only film festival in Romania focused on fantasy movies. Artur Phleps, a Biertan-born military career officer. He, served in the Habsburg army of Austria-Hungary, the royal army of Romania and the Waffen-SS. Nicolae Popoviciu Sara Römischer. Although she was not famous in the traditional sense, her story is representative of that experienced by many Transylvanian Saxons in Biertan following the Second World War.

Sara was deported to Siberia in January 1945. She survived and after five years returned to her hometown of Biertan to bring up her family through many further hardships. Read an English translation of her harrowing story, or for the original German text in Siebenbürgische Zeitung). According to the 2011 census, Romanians made up 73.8% of the population, Roma made up 17.9%, Germans made up 4.6% and Hungarians made up 3.6%. Biertan Donarium List of castles in Romania Villages with fortified churches in Transylvania Information and pictures about Biertan Info about Biertan Impressions of Biertan Info and pictures about Biertan Fortified church in Biertan video video

Russellville, Arkansas micropolitan area

The Russellville Micropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of two counties in the U. S. state of Arkansas, anchored by the city of Russellville. As of the 2010 census, the μSA had a population of 83,939. Pope Yell Places with more than 20,000 inhabitants Russellville Places with 1,000 to 5,000 inhabitants Atkins Danville Dardanelle Dover Ola Pottsville Places with less than 1,000 inhabitants Belleville Corinth Havana Hector London Plainview Unincorporated places Aly Augsburg Bluffton Centerville Gravelly Nogo Rover As of the census of 2000, there were 75,608 people, 28,623 households, 20,822 families residing within the μSA; the racial makeup of the μSA was 91.74% White, 2.29% African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.18% from other races, 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.04% of the population. The median income for a household in the μSA was $30,493, the median income for a family was $36,232.

Males had a median income of $26,543 versus $18,728 for females. The per capita income for the μSA was $15,651. Arkansas census statistical areas


Magevet is a collegiate Jewish a cappella singing group at Yale University. The group's repertoire includes liturgical and modern arrangements of Jewish and Israeli songs; each year, Magevet conducts two major domestic or international tours and numerous weekend-length tours throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic states. The group has performed special concerts for Israeli statesman Shimon Peres and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks; the group's name is the Hebrew word for "towel." The group was founded in a sauna in the basement of Calhoun College, one of the undergraduate residential colleges at Yale, in the spring of 1993 by four Orthodox Jewish men who enjoyed the acoustics of the sauna and decided to form a singing group. "Magevet" was chosen as the group's name to remind its members of their early experiences together. Members join the group through the a cappella rush process at Yale University; this process begins when freshmen arrive on campus in late August and culminates in mid- to late-September with tap night.

Members audition and are selected for membership based on their singing ability and the musical needs of the group. Students join during their freshman year and sing in the group for their four years as undergraduates at Yale; each year, the group embarks on two major tours. Internationally, the Magevet has visited Germany, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Canada, South Africa and Chile. In the United States, the group has traveled to California, Illinois, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri and Ohio. Throughout the Yale academic year, the group embarks on weekend tours of the Northeast, including to New York City, Boston and communities throughout Connecticut and New Jersey. On May 25, 2014, Magevet joined in solidarity with the Belgian Jewish community in the wake of the tragic shootings at the Brussels Jewish Museum; the group's repertoire is selected by the group's musical director. Each new musical director chooses songs to remove from the previous year's repertoire.

Many pieces in the group's repertoire were arranged by members of the group. The repertoire includes music from Jewish communities around the world, from the Israeli song "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav" to a version of "L'cha Dodi" based on a Jewish melody from Calcutta; the group sings in many languages, including Hebrew, Ladino, Hindi and English. Magevet has released eight albums to date: Mem's the Word Ekh Hu Shar Amen, Selah K'mei Nahar: A Shabbat with Magevet Mik'tze Olam Divrei Shir Aranen Naveh Katan Magevet Yale University

Vattenfall United Kingdom

Vattenfall United Kingdom is a subsidiary of Vattenfall. It generates renewable energy through wind farms in the United Kingdom. Vattenfall United Kingdom was established as Nuon Renewables in 2000, it was a United Kingdom based subsidiary of N. V. Nuon Energy, it has since built many wind farms which form a potential annual power generation total of eight hundred megawatts. They distribute gas and electricity to millions of customers across the United Kingdom. After acquisition of N. V. Nuon Energy by Vattenfall it operated as an independent business unit. In January 2012 it was merged with Vattenfall's other assets in the United Kingdom and was renamed Vattenfall United Kingdom; the company owns and operates many wind farms, some as small as their ten megawatt Parc Cynog wind farm, to others as large as their current project, a two-hundred and ninety-nine megawatt development in Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy. Nuon Renewables is considering building a wind farm of seven turbines at the RAF Harrington airfield.

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Shongaloo, Louisiana

Shongaloo is a village in Webster Parish, United States. West of Shongaloo on Louisiana Highway 2 is Munn Hill, a homestead of Daniel and Rebecca Munn, established on July 26, 1900. Shongaloo has a civic center for town council meetings as well as general usage. There is an adjacent museum with a restored log cabin. Shongaloo is located at 32°56′17″N 93°17′54″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 7.9 square miles, of which 7.9 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles is water. Dorcheat Bayou, 115-mile-long runs through Shongaloo, making it one of the longest natural bayous in the U. S. Shongaloo is connected to other cities by road. Air transportation is possible by using the Springhill Airport or using the Shreveport Regional Airport. Shongaloo is connected to Sarepta and Homer via LA 2. Shongaloo is connected to Magnolia and Minden via LA 159). LA 157 connects Shongaloo to LA 615 to Haynesville. Proposals have been made to build Interstate 69 south of the city around the community of Leton and east of the city near Haynesville.

Shongaloo will have access to the freeway via interchanges at LA 159, LA 2, LA 2 Alt. Shongaloo is an Indian term meaning "Running Water" or "Cypress Tree"; as of the census of 2000, there were 162 people, 65 households, 47 families residing in the village. The population density was 20.5 inhabitants per square mile. There were 77 housing units at an average density of 9.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 98.15% White, 0.62% Native American, 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population. There were 65 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 4.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.2% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.83. In the village, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.8 males. The median income for a household in the village was $41,250, the median income for a family was $48,750. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $22,500 for females; the per capita income for the village was $20,809. About 5.0% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 18.8% of those sixty-five or over. Local channelsShongaloo is located in the Shreveport/Texarkana broadcasting market. North Webster Lower Elementary School Shongaloo High School before 2011, serves Shongaloo and Cotton Valley for Pre-K-2nd graders; the school was formed during consolidation which moved Shongaloo 3rd-12th grade students to various schools within Webster Parish. In 1979, the Shongaloo Tiger baseball team won the Louisiana LHSAA Class C State Championship. Parey Pershing Branton, Sr. former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, the Webster Parish School Board, mayor of Shongaloo.

D. Gleason, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1952 until his death in office Mary Smith Gleason of the nearby Evergreen Community, succeeded her husband as a member of the Louisiana House from 1959-1960. Talmadge L. Heflin, born in Shongaloo, is a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives. W. W. Hicks, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1900 to 1904 and the Webster Parish Police Jury from 1904 to 1908. Carlus D. Morgan and member of the Webster Parish Police Jury from 1988–1992, resided in the Evergreen community

Say You Do (Dierks Bentley song)

"Say You Do" is a song written by Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen, recorded by American country music artist Dierks Bentley. It was released in October 2014 as the fourth single from Bentley's 2014 album Riser; the song has sold 362,000 copies in the US as of May 2015. On June 3, 2015, it was certified Gold by the RIAA. Bentley stated that "Say You Do" was the song on his album Riser that he loved from the beginning, he added that his camp knew it was going to be a single. This song is about a man who begs his ex-lover to say she'll come back to him and love him for the night like she used to if she won't. Bentley said that the song "is about wanting something so badly if it's not good for you, just wanting that love back, something I think everyone can relate to at some point in their life". A music video for the song was directed by Wes Edwards and premiered on September 22, 2014. In the somber video, shot in Canada, Bentley lands with his plane on a lake, he rides on his motorcycle to a secluded cabin where he spends the night drinking whiskey alone