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CHRO-TV, VHF analogue channel 5, is a CTV 2 owned-and-operated television station licensed to Pembroke, Canada. The station is owned by Bell Media, as part of a twinstick with CTV O&O CJOH-DT; the two stations share studios – alongside Bell's Ottawa radio properties – located at the Market Media Mall building on 87 George Street in Downtown Ottawa's ByWard Market, its transmitter is located on TV Tower Road near Pembroke. This station can be seen on Rogers Cable channel 6 and in high definition on digital channel 595; the station's Pembroke facility, which once housed its entire operation and produced a number of local shows, now employs only about one staff member - an on-call engineer. The Pembroke transmitter remains in operation, but the otherwise vacant studio building is now unused; the station first went on the air on August 19, 1961 as CHOV-TV, a CBC Television affiliate owned by Gordon Archibald Ottawa Valley Broadcasting, the owner of AM radio station CHOV. Workers of the station unionized and a labour dispute began.

A financial crisis in 1976 led to the station going dark for six days in August of that year. Ottawa Valley sold the station to J. Conrad Lavigne in 1977. Lavigne adopted the CHRO-TV callsign, opened a sales office for the station in Ottawa. Lavigne's company subsequently became part of the MCTV system in 1980. While most of the MCTV stations used "MCTV", rather than their call letters, as their on-air branding, CHRO continued to use its call sign, although it used the same logo and programming schedule as the other MCTV stations. In 1986, MCTV filed an application to expand the service by disaffiliating from the CBC and adding a transmitter and broadcasting facilities in Ottawa, although the application process instead resulted in Baton Broadcasting being given a license to launch a new independent station in Ottawa. Standard Broadcasting, the owners of existing Ottawa television station CJOH-TV, responded to the potential new competition by selling CJOH to Baton, who surrendered the new independent license.

As a result, Mid-Canada submitted a revived application in 1989, but the application was withdrawn after Northern Cable, the owner of the MCTV system, underwent an ownership change to be financed by selling off its broadcasting assets. In 1990, Baton Broadcasting acquired the MCTV stations; because CHRO was carried by cable television companies in the Ottawa market, this was deemed an ownership conflict for Baton, which owned Ottawa's CJOH, would therefore have a de facto twinstick in competition with the CBC's CBOT. However, the station's carriage in Ottawa was deemed essential to its survival, since Pembroke was too small a market to support the station on its own. Therefore, CHRO disaffiliated from the CBC, became a CTV affiliate; the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ordered strict controls on CHRO's programming, so that Baton could not gain unfair audience advantage in Ottawa by airing shows at different times on CHRO and CJOH. Baton became the sole corporate proprietor of CTV.

In 1997, CHRO was one of several stations transferred to CHUM Limited in exchange for the ATV stations in The Maritimes. CHRO did not have an over-the-air transmitter in Ottawa. After being acquired by CHUM, CHRO was rebranded to "The New RO" in 1998 and joined the NewNet system. During its first two years under NewNet affiliation, CHRO operated from a small studio at 10 Kimway Avenue, near CJOH's broadcast facility on Merivale Road. In February 2005, CHUM announced plans to consolidate the master control departments for CHRO, CKVR, CFPL, CHWI and CKNX at 299 Queen Street West in Toronto, to consolidate the traffic and programming departments at CFPL in London, resulting in the loss of 19 staff members from CHRO. On June 3, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. the Pembroke master control signal came to an end, as the new consolidated master control took to air. The station was renamed A-Channel on August 2, 2005, along with the rest of the NewNet system, began using the same logo as the rest of the system as well.

On July 12, 2006, CTV owner Bell Globemedia announced plans to purchase CHUM Limited for $C1.7 billion, with plans to divest itself of the A-Channel and Access Alberta stations. On the same date, CHRO cancelled its noon-hour lifestyles program and its 12:30 p.m. weekday newscast, citing low ratings and declining advertising revenues. Anchors James Hendricks and Dave Gross were let go. A plan was announced to fully automate the station's news production system, which would see a few dozen staff members laid off by the start of the new year. On April 9, 2007, Rogers Media announced an agreement to purchase all of the A-Channel stations including CHRO, SexTV: The Channel, Canadian Learning Television and Access Alberta; the deal was contingent on full approval by the CRTC of the CTVglobemedia takeover of CHUM. With CRTC approval being contingent on the sale of the Citytv stations instead, Rogers bought the Citytv stations and CTV kept the A-Channel stations; the takeover transaction was completed on June 22.

With the CHUM acquisition, CTV became the only English-language private television broadcaster offering Ottawa news coverage. The CRTC's decision to allow the joint ownership of CJOH and CHRO appeared to contradict its own rationale for forcing CTV to sell the Citytv stations that a single company could not own two stations, in the same language, based in the same large urban centre – however before CTV confirmed it would keep CHRO, the twinstick was approved by the CRTC on the

Maurice Deebank

Maurice Deebank is a classically trained English guitarist. He was the co-founder and lead guitarist of the British indie band Felt from its debut album until 1985, was responsible for the ornate, atmospheric guitar work found on many of the band's early recordings. During his tenure in Felt he co-wrote most of its material with frontman Lawrence. Deebank was brought up in Water Orton on the eastern edge of Birmingham, where he attended the local school and knew the other founder members of Felt, without being friends with them, he is considered to be a prodigy, a unique compositional voice and "father of indie guitar". He has been cited as a major influence by the Smiths' Johnny Marr, as well as many other mainstream and alternative indie acts. Felt had released their first single "Index" in 1979, which had unexpectedly been made Single of the Week by Sounds magazine. Lawrence – who at this stage still couldn't tune a guitar – invited Deebank to join the band shortly afterwards: "one day I got him round and he tuned my guitar in three seconds.

I was in shock. He played Mr Tambourine Man. I said: ‘I don’t believe it, you’re a genius.’ We were only 16 or 17 and I’d never seen anyone play that fast. It still went clunky when I went from one chord to another." Lawrence was explicit in recognising Deebank's importance to early Felt: "I thought, God, I could go somewhere with this kid. Ride on his back to the top, that’s how I saw it." He was voted into Guitar Player magazine's Top 40 Underrated Guitar Players of all time in 2007. Deebank's work as a solo artist combined eclecticism with a musical sophistication derived from his classical training, his solo album, Inner Thought Zone, was released on Cherry Red Records in 1984, with four additional tracks recorded in 1992 added to the CD issue. The track "Dance of Deliverance" from Inner Thought Zone appeared on the Felt compilation Absolute Classic Masterpieces, he co-wrote and performed on the Saint Etienne song "Paper", which first appeared on their "Avenue" single. Lawrence honoured his former bandmate with his band Go Kart Mozart's song "Delta Echo Echo Beta Alpha Neon Kettle", on Tearing Up The Album Charts.

"This is How Maurice Deebank Felt" - 2018 interview

Janet Jennings

Janet Jennings was an American nurse and reporter, most notable for her work on the Seneca: a ship used to travel back from Cuba during the Spanish–American War. While on the Seneca, Jennings took care of hundreds of wounded and ill patients despite an complete lack of medical resources. Janet Jennings was born in 1842 in Green County, where she grew up in a family of twelve children. Jennings started her career as a teacher in Monroe, but she left for Washington, D. C. to join the American Red Cross and help care for one of her brothers, wounded in the war. As a member of the Red Cross, Jennings was an associate of Clara Barton, aided other wounded soldiers in the American Civil War. Jennings stayed in Washington D. C. after the end of the Civil War to work as a reporter at the United States Department of the Treasury reporting for various newspapers. After the outbreak of the Spanish–American War, Jennings searched for ways she could support the war effort as a nurse, she left for Cuba as part of the Red Cross in June 1898.

After fighting in Santiago, the medical ship Relief was supposed to leave to bring wounded to the U. S. but with more fighting expected, the ship was told to stay in Santiago. Instead of the Relief with its updated and adequate medical supplies, the Seneca was chosen to transport the injured troops back to the United States. On July 13, Jennings volunteered to help on the Seneca and tend to the wounded as they were brought back to the U. S; the ship was over capacity with injured soldiers, understaffed with doctors and nurses, without adequate medical equipment. Due to the lack of doctors and nurses on board, Jennings worked around the clock in an attempt to help as many patients as possible. After six nights at sea, the ship made port near New York City. Forty of the soldiers on the ship wrote her a letter, thanking her for the heroism she showed in the dire situation. Newspapers across the country heralded her as the “Angel of Seneca” for saving numerous lives during her week aboard the Seneca.

After leaving the Treasury Department, Jennings began working as a reporter. Jennings was a journalist for several newspapers including the New-York Tribune, the Independent, the Chicago Herald - Tribune; when Jennings volunteered to go with the Red Cross to Cuba, her intention was to travel to Cuba as a reporter for the Red Cross’s work, despite the restrictions on female reporters at the time. After returning from Cuba on the Seneca, Jennings wrote a statement about the injustice of sending wounded soldiers back on ships with insufficient medical and other resources. In addition to her work writing for newspapers, Jennings wrote two books, Abraham Lincoln, the Greatest American and The Blue and the Gray. Jennings died in 1917 of a stroke, she is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Green County, Wisconsin next to her parents and siblings

Walnut Creek (Southern California)

Walnut Creek is an urban stream in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California, is a tributary of the San Gabriel River. The creek begins at the Puddingstone Dam of Puddingstone Reservoir in Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park and flows westward for about 13 miles, through San Dimas, West Covina and Baldwin Park, to join the San Gabriel River in El Monte; the major tributaries of Walnut Creek are Live Oak Wash, Charter Oak Creek in Covina, Vine Creek in West Covina and the Big Dalton Wash. Live Oak Wash and Big Dalton Wash carry runoff from the San Gabriel Mountains, are prone to flooding due to heavy orographic precipitation events in winter. After devastating flooding in the early 20th century, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works built Puddingstone Dam in 1928 and channelized Walnut Creek and most of its tributaries. However, the first 2 miles of the creek, in Walnut Creek County Park near San Dimas, are free-flowing and run within a deep wooded canyon. Walnut Creek is a perennial stream, with a significant portion of its flow made up of urban runoff.

During dry summers, it provides most of the flow in the San Gabriel River below their confluence. This is due to diversion of the San Gabriel River upstream for groundwater recharge of the San Gabriel Valley aquifer. However, the creek can still dry up during years of poor rainfall. Raging Waters Los Angeles is located adjacent to Walnut Creek just below Puddingstone Dam. List of rivers of California

Rebecca Otto

Rebecca Otto is an American politician who served as State Auditor of Minnesota from 2007 to 2019. Affiliated with the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, she served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005 and on the Forest Lake School Board. Before entering politics, Otto was a business owner, she lives on a farm near Marine on St. Croix with her husband, Shawn Lawrence Otto, a screenwriter and science advocate, she is the third woman to serve as State Auditor, the first female Democrat to be elected to the post, the first Democrat to be reelected, the first woman to be elected to a third term. In 2013 she became president of the National State Auditors Association and in 2014 was named one of 15 Most Influential Professionals in Government Auditing. Otto led a successful school levy campaign in Forest Lake, was elected to the Forest Lake School Board. In her first race for the Minnesota State House in 2002, she was defeated by incumbent Mark Holsten; the seat became vacant after Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed Holsten as Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

A special election was held. In 2003, Otto and her husband, Shawn Lawrence Otto, were indicted by a grand jury on charges of knowingly distributing false campaign material, a misdemeanor. Otto said the charges, derived from a complaint filed by Republican House Speaker Steve Sviggum, were politically motivated and baseless, her supporters included former Republican Governor Arne Carlson, who signed a letter criticizing the indictment as politically motivated and raised money for her defense. In December 2003, the presiding judge dismissed the charges and struck down the campaign finance law being used in the prosecution as unconstitutional. In 2004 Otto lost her reelection bid to Matt Dean. In March 2005 Otto declared her candidacy for State Auditor, she won the DFL endorsement to run against Republican incumbent Patricia Anderson. After discovering hundreds of millions of dollars in errors made by Anderson, Otto won the 2006 general election by the largest margin of victory over an incumbent in 112 years.

Governor Carlson supported Otto's candidacy, as did two other former state auditors, Mark Dayton and Judi Dutcher. In 2010, Otto was reelected to a second term in a rematch against Anderson by 25,483 votes. In 2014 she was elected to a third term, defeating Matt Entenza in the DFL primary, 81%-19%, winning the November general election with 52% of the vote. In January 2017, Otto announced her intention to seek the DFL nomination in the 2018 election for Governor of Minnesota, her candidacy attracted international attention for its carbon fee and dividend policy to mitigate global warming. In May 2018, Otto chose running an IT professional. At the June 2018 state DFL convention, Otto did not receive the party's endorsement; the following Monday Otto announced she would honor her commitment to withdraw from the race without the endorsement. 2017 Received the William R Snodgrass Leadership Award, the highest award in state government auditing, from the National Association of State Auditors and Treasurers.

Award winners must have exhibited long-term leadership in a state auditing environment. 2014 Named one of 15 Most Influential Professionals in Government Auditing by the Institute of Internal Auditors, the 180,000-member international auditing professional organization. In naming her the group cited the "courage and leadership necessary to confront and overcome political and public pressures." 2014 recipient of the President’s Award from the National Association of State Auditors and Treasurers. "State Auditor Otto was honored with the award to recognize her national leadership and her efforts to improve government operations as one of NASACT’s representatives on the national Alliance to Transform State Government Operations." 2013 Elected by her nonpartisan peers to be President of the National State Auditors Association. 2010 Received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association, for her work overhauling state fire laws. Otto is the sixth person and first Constitutional Officer to receive the group's high honor.

2009 Honoree of the National Women's History Month, alongside Hillary Clinton, Sally Ride, Jane Goodall, other "Women taking the lead to save our planet," the 2009 theme, for her environmental leadership. 2009 Recipient of the National State Auditors Association "Excellence in Accountability Award" for her special project "Best Practices Review: Reducing Energy Costs in Local Government" 2014 MN State Auditor Rebecca Otto, 52% Randy Gilbert, 40% Patrick Dean, 4% Keegan Iverson, 1% Judith Schwartzbacker, 3% 2014 MN State Auditor DFL Primary Rebecca Otto, 81% Matt Entenza, 19% 2010 MN State Auditor Rebecca Otto, 48.39% Patricia Anderson, 47.13% Annie Young, 2.67% Kenny Kalligher, 1.75% 2006 MN State Auditor Rebecca Otto, 52% Patricia Anderson, 41% Lucy Gerold, 5% Dave Berger, 2% 2004 MN State House Seat 52B Matt Dean, 51.59% Rebecca Otto, 48.32% 2003 MN State House Seat 52B Rebecca Otto, 54.30% Matt Dean, 43.47% 2002 MN State House Seat 52B Mark Holsten, 58.75% Rebecca Otto, 41.17% Minnesota State Auditor's Web Site Rebecca Otto at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present Rebecca Otto C

Church of St Julian, Wellow

The Church of St Julian in Wellow, England has origins before the 12th century although the present building dates from 1372. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building; the church is believed to have Roman origins in connection with a local villa and the dedication to Julian the Hospitaller may support this claim. A statue of St Julian holding an oar is displayed in a niche above the porch, it is known that Wellow was granted to monastery of St. Andrew at Wells, now Wells Cathedral, in 766 by the King of the West Saxons. In 1117 it was given, along with Frome to an order of Augustinian Canons at Cirencester (now Cirencester Abbey by Henry I; this affiliation is confirmed by a charter signed by Edward III in 1337. In 1369 Sir Thomas Hungerford bought Wellow and rebuilt the church, consecrated on May Day in 1372 by John Harewell, Bishop of Bath and Wells; the Porch has a 14th-century oak door. The east end of the south aisle bears a scratch dial of a Sundial; the octagonal south rood stair turret dates from around 1450 however most of the chancel is from a 19th-century refurbishment.

The nave includes a clerestory, added around the middle of the 15th century along with the Rood Screen. The font has undergone several restorations; the Hungerford Chapel contains 15th century wall paintings of Christ and the twelve apostles dating from the 15th century and several monuments to the Hungerford family. The 84 feet west tower, built around 1475, has three stages, set back buttresses with off-sets which turn into diagonal pinnacles in upper stages. There is an embattled parapet with pinnacles; the square stair turret on the south-east corner terminates as an octagon. There is a three-light window to the bell chamber with cusped heads and a similar but larger window with transom to west. List of Grade I listed buildings in Bath and North East Somerset List of towers in Somerset List of ecclesiastical parishes in the Diocese of Bath and Wells