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Brooklyn Free School

The Brooklyn Free School is a private, democratic free school in Fort Greene, founded in 2004. Students range in age from 4 to 18 years old; the school follows the noncoercive philosophy of the 1960s/70s free school movement schools, which encourages self-directed learning and protects child freedom of activity. There are no grades, no tests, classes are non-compulsory; as of 2015, the school has about 24 graduates. The school was the first free school in New York City since 1975, it started in a rented portion of a Park Slope Methodist church, but moved to a brownstone in Fort Greene. Students participate in the design of classes and in the school's governance, done at a weekly Democratic Meeting. Staff and students all have equal votes; the school is funded through sliding-scale tuition and donations. In 2012, Lucas Kavner of The Huffington Post called the Brooklyn Free School "arguably New York's most radical center of learning"; the Brooklyn Free School was founded in 2004 in Park Slope and began its first academic session that year.

Its director, Alan Berger, had been an assistant principal at a Manhattan high school before he left to found the alternative school. He had read about a free school in Woodstock, New York, was "grabbed... to the core". Berger published his idea for the school in the October 2003 issue of the Park Slope Food Co-op newsletter. About 170 people showed interest, a group held biweekly planning sessions until the school opened in the 16th Street Brooklyn First Free Methodist Church's bottom two floors in 2004; the original class was thirty students with three teachers. It was the first free school in New York City since the Park Slope Fifteenth Street School closed in 1975. By November 2012, the school had moved to a four-floor brownstone in Fort Greene; the school had 42 pupils by November 2006, 60 by 2012, 80 by 2015. As of 2015, Lily Mercogliano is the school's director; the school operates under a "noncoercive" philosophy where students are encouraged to develop their own interests and where all learning is self-directed.

As such, Brooklyn Free School has no grades, no tests, no compulsory classes or homework. Students are free to pursue the activities of their interest, such as reading alone or taking a class. Students are free to leave classes. Classes have included philosophy seminars, cheese-tasting, book discussions, astrology, psychology and Tibet; some classes are taught by volunteers. By law, students are required to attend for 5.5 hours a day. Principal Alan Berger contends that the school provides an education better adapted for the Internet era, as one more original and adaptive in the face of a changing economy; the Brooklyn Free School holds a mandatory Democratic Meeting on Wednesday mornings. The meeting runs the school, students and teachers alike have equal votes. Students are not required to pay attention. Meeting topics range from disciplinary grievances to admissions to computer use. A meeting chair is chosen at the beginning of the meeting and the floor is opened for propositions. Anyone wishing to discuss a school issue can call schoolwide meetings.

As of 2015, the school enrolls about 80 students, about half of whom are Latino. The school is divided into upper and lower schools, the former ages 11 to 18 and the latter ages 4 to 11, though they are not physically separated by age. Children apply for visit for a five-day orientation. Students are admitted by unanimous vote of a teacher-parent-student admissions committee; the group first determines whether applicants' parents support their decision to attend and whether the school can provide for the students' needs. The school keeps a waiting list; the school is funded through tuition and donations. The majority of students come from middle-class families from Brooklyn; the private school has sliding-scale tuition, less than half pay full tuition. Founding director Alan Berger said that 20 percent paid full tuition in 2012. In 2015, about a third paid less than $500 in tuition, another third paid half tuition; the sliding scale's full tuition is set at $22,000. The school graduated 21 students as of 2012, 24 as of 2015.

Students nominate themselves for graduation. Some take standardized college entrance tests; the majority of Brooklyn Free School graduates continue to college. Lucas Kavner of The Huffington Post wrote in 2012 that the school serves as a model for independent, democratic schools at the forefront of renewed interest in the 1960s/70s free school movement, he added that critics contend that the school's environment does not prepare students for real life, that students from families that cannot hire tutors will suffer disproportionately. The school inspired the Manhattan Free School. Kavner called the Brooklyn Free School "arguably New York's most radical center of learning". An article in The New York Times in 2006 wrote that parents hired outside tutors in concern for the school's academic preparation. A third of the original students left within the 2004 academic year. Official website

List of Boston University Terriers men's ice hockey seasons

This is a season-by-season list of records compiled by Boston University in men's ice hockey. Boston University has won five NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championships in its history, the most recent of which coming in 2009. After two early attempts there has been an official ice hockey team at BU since 1922 with a short hiatus caused by World War II. After the war the program played as a club team for four years before returning to varsity status and promptly made the championship game in 1950. Despite good performances most years the Terriers didn't win their first title until 1971. Boston University's most productive period was the 1970s and saw them win 4 conference titles, 5 conference tournament titles and 3 national championships; the same decade brought about the beginning of the longest tenure for one coach at any division I school when Jack Parker started a 40-year stint in 1973–74. After a down period in the 1980s BU had a resurgence in the'90's, winning five consecutive Hockey East titles and appearing in four national championship games.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties * Winning percentage is used when conference schedules are unbalanced.† BU was forced to forfeit 11 games after the season for using an ineligible player.‡ Leon Abbot was fired 6 games into the season and replaced by Jack Parker.^ Maine was forced to forfeit 13 games after the season for using an ineligible player.bold and italic are program records

Ringle Crouch Green Mill

Ringle Crouch Green Mill is a smock mill in Sandhurst, England, demolished to base level in 1945, now has a new smock tower built on it as residential accommodation and an electricity generator. Ringle Crouch Green Mill was built in 1844 by William Warren, the Hawkhurst millwright to replace a post mill which had stood at Boxhurst Farm, blown down in 1842, it was the only corn mill built in Kent with five sails. The mill was built for James Collins, his son Edward took the mill and ran it until his death in 1911. The mill was run for a short time by Edward Collins' sons Edward and Harry by C J Bannister, who had a mill at Northiam, for about a year until the mill ceased working in 1912. A sail blew off, the mill became derelict; the fantail and shutters were taken down, in 1926 the stage was taken down. An iron windpump was erected alongside the mill, three water tanks were installed in the mill to supply nearby cottages and cowsheds; the smock was demolished in 1945 The base was used as a Scout hut for a time.

In 1997, planning permission was applied for, granted, to build a replica mill on the existing mill base, with the tower being used as living accommodation and a wind turbine for generating electricity. The new building was to replicate the former windmill, with five sails like the original mill had. Ringle Crouch Green Mill was a four-storey smock mill on a two-storey brick base, with a Kentish-style cap carrying five single patent sails on a cast-iron windshaft, it was winded by a fantail. There was a stage at second-floor level; the mill drove four pairs of millstones. The reconstructed mill has a four-storey smock on the original two-storey mill base, with the cap of a different design to the original, lacking a fantail; the sails are 12.5 metres long each. The generator is rated at about 20 kilowatts capacity. James Collins 1844 - Edward Collins Sr. - 1911 Edward & Harry Collins 1911 C J Bannister 1911 - 1912References for above:- Windmill World page on the mill

W. H. McFadden

William Hartman McFadden, was an American businessman and an essential factor in opening up the oil fields of Oklahoma. He was born in West Virginia. At age 19 he apprenticed in the Mackintosh Hemphill Steel Foundry in Pittsburgh, in 1909, at the age of 40, he became president of Mackintosh Hemphill, but resigned shortly thereafter due to ill health, suffering from lungs irritated by a galvanizing compound used in steel mills, he moved to Hot Springs, thinking that he was going to die. In 1910 he was approached by John G. McCaskey, a social acquaintance from Pittsburgh, E. W. Marland and founder of the 101 Ranch Oil Company of Ponca City, on the verge of failure, having run out of money after drilling seven wells and only having found natural gas. McFadden was impressed with Marland and, after visiting the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch property, decided to invest in the company. McCaskey raised additional funds from Pittsburgh investors, reorganized the company and was elected president. Shortly thereafter a drilling lease was obtained on the Willie Cry Ponca Indian allotment, on June 11, 1911, the well “Willy-Cries-For-War” struck oil, bringing wealth to the company and its investors.

After McCaskey sold his interests in the 101 Ranch Oil Company and the Kay County Gas Company to Marland Refining Company, McFadden was appointed president of the Kay County Gas Company, vice president of Marland Refining Company and an executive at Marland Oil Company. In 1914 McFadden was elected mayor of Ponca City, serving until 1920. McFadden funded and sponsored a private camp, Camp McFadden, for Camp Fire Girls, with over 5,000 girls attending the camp through 1950, he financed the American Legion Orphans Home School in Ponca City. In 1935 McFadden was placed in Oklahoma’s Hall of Fame. E. W. Marland had a statue of McFadden cast in his likeness called "The Plainsman", now on exhibition at Woolaroc Museum in Northeastern Oklahoma on Oklahoma State Highway 123 about 19 km southwest of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and 72 km north of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1946 McFadden was awarded the Gulich Award given by the Camp Fire Girls. McFadden married to Helen Charolette Williams Levi in 1920, they had no children.

In 1928 McFadden moved to Fort Worth, where he died on November 1, 1956, at the age of 87. 1 American Biography a New Cyclopedia, Volume LXV. Published under the direction of The American Historical Society, Inc. New York. 1931. Pg. 126 and 127. 2 Pittsburgh Dispatch, 1913. Page 1. 3 E. W. Marland: Life and Death of an Oil Man, John Joseph Mathews, ISBN 0-8061-1238-7. History of EW Marland History of E. W. Marland, Willie-Cries-For-War, W. F. McFadden, Lew Wentz

Blast Furnace Blues Festival

The Blast Furnace Blues Festival is a blues music festival, started by ArtsQuest in 2011 in conjunction with Michael Cloeren Productions. The festival is held at the Fowler Blast Furnace Room. Both venues are located in Pennsylvania; the Blast Furnace Blues Festival was founded to showcase the best in contemporary and traditional blues and electric blues, soul and gospel music. Performers featured include national recording artists as well as regional performers. There was no festival held in 2013, it was removed due to the introduction of several smaller music and arts festivals, but made its return in 2014 with a revamped setup. Friar's Point Sarah Ayers Band Craig Thatcher Band Ursula Ricks Darrell Nulisch James Armstrong Coco Montoya Royal Southern Brotherhood Robert Randolph and the Family Band The BC Combo The Revelers Janiva Magness Johnny Winter All-Stars Band Charlie Musselwhite Maria Woodford Band Toby Walker Matt Andersen James Supra Friar’s Point Mike Dugan and The Blues Mission James Supra Blues Band Edward David Anderson Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble Gaye Adegbalola Shawn Holt & the Teardrops Tommy Castro & The Painkillers John Németh & the Bo-Keys BC Combo Carolyn Wonderland Benny Turner and the Freddie King Reunion Band Chris O’Leary Band Shemekia Copeland Heritage Blues Orchestra Blues Dancing with Mike and Dan Legenthal Shawn Holt & the Teardrops Eric Noden & Joe Filisko Edward David Anderson Carolyn Wonderland Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble Mike Mettalia & Midnight Shift Maria Woodford Band Roddy Barnes Freddie King Reunion Band Craig Thatcher Band Johnny Never & Zep Harpo Nick Andrew Staver Curtis Salgado The Blind Boys of Alabama The Duke Robillard Band Deanna Bogart JW-Jones Candye Kane Maria Muldaur & Midnight Scramble BeauSoleil Jesse Dee Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Roadmasters Damon Fowler Southern Hospitality Maria Woodford Band Felix y Los Gatos Naomi Shelton James Supra BC Combo Sarah Ayers Dugan Thomas Band Craig Thatcher Band Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials Marcia Ball Magic Slim & The Teardrops Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas Lurrie Bell C. J. Chenier & His Red Hot L.

A. Band Lazy Lester Catherine Russell Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne Smokin' Joe Kubek & B'Nois King Sugar Ray & The Bluetones The Campbell Brothers Samantha Fish Alexis P. Suter James Supra BC Combo Sarah Ayers Craig Thatcher Band Mike Dugan The Lesson Center Jazz Band Buckwheat Zydeco Charlie Musselwhite Bernard Allison Ruthie Foster Eddie Shaw & The Wolfgang Dana Fuchs JJ Grey & MOFRO Hubert Sumlin Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Bob Stroger Bob Margolin Teeny Tucker BC Combo Craig Thatcher Band Donavan Roberts Friar's Point List of blues festivals List of folk festivals