MSB 2017: advancing microscale separation science

The 33rd International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis (MSB 2017) will be held from 26 to 29 March 2017, at Conference Center de Leeuwenhorst, The Netherlands, in the ‘largest flower garden of Europe’ nearby Amsterdam International Airport and North Sea beaches. MSB 2017 embodies an interactive forum for the discussion of cutting-edge research on the frontiers of separation science, spanning fundamental theory/method/technology development to high-impact applications relevant to health, medicine, food and the environment. This successful annual symposium was previously held in locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Building on the rich history of separation science, MSB 2017 aims to create an ambience that ensures vigorous exchange of high-quality research between delegates. For that purpose, the MSB program format incorporates several unique features. Over 70% of the oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts by a double-blind peer review process. Topic sessions will be introduced and actively chaired by leading researchers, and 1/3 of the time of oral presentations will be reserved for discussion. Participation of young investigators is further stimulated by a session devoted to future stars in microseparations and by a number of travel grants for students and post-docs presenting at the conference. Poster sessions will be a substantial part of the program with selected 3-minute talks and a poster award competition.

The oral program comprises 6 plenary, 14 keynote and ca. 55 oral lectures in a parallel program of diverse topics along three main themes in microscale separations and bioanalysis: Performance, Hyphenation and Impact. Topics include microcolumn technology separation media, electrodriven, microfluidic multidimensional separations, sample preparation techniques, advanced MS and optical detection, clinical diagnostics, biopolymer analysis, glycomics proteomics, metabolomics biomarker discovery, foodomics lipidomics, forensics, doping toxicological analysis, biologics vaccine analysis, pharmaceutical biomedical analysis, and bioactivity/affinity analysis. A one-day track (Bio)Pharma-meets-Microscale-Separation-Science will focus on separation analytics in biopharmaceutical research and development.

Opening lectures will be presented by Jerome Custers of Janssen Vaccines Prevention (title: “Vaccine development and bioanalysis: an industry perspective”) and by Peter Schoenmakers of the University of Amsterdam (title: “Developing microscale separation technology for a million peaks”). One of the plenary lectures will be provided by the winner of the Arnold O. Beckman Medal and Award for outstanding scientific achievements in the field of electrodriven separations techniques.

An important part of the MSB 2017 program are the complimentary Science Café lunch seminars scheduled daily. These will provide refreshment during discussions of advances in commercial separation technology, alongside presentations by sponsors presenting new methods and instrumentation.

MSB 2017 will feature four stimulating pre-conference short courses on Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry, Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography, Bioactivity Screening Strategies, and Robust Capillary Electrophoresis.

The conference co-chair Govert Somsen, professor at VU University Amsterdam looks very much forward to an engaging ‘microscale’ meeting: “The Netherlands is a country well known for its efficiency, small distances and compactness. Our conference venue is located only 25 km from Amsterdam International Airport which offers frequent, and often direct, connections to all main destinations in Europe, America and Asia. The historic cities of Amsterdam, Leiden, Haarlem and The Hague are in close proximity, and comfortably interconnected by public transport. The venue will safeguard a ‘microscale’ performance by providing on-site lodging and closely-grouped lecture and poster rooms. The registration fee will include lunches, dinners, receptions and an all-delegate excursion, further contributing to an intimate atmosphere for optimum scientific interaction”.
“Attendees at the MSB 2017 meeting will find much to absorb in e.g. microcolumn and electrodriven separation technology, advanced hyphenated detection techniques, and micro sample preparation techniques. They will find inspiration in how current microscale separation formats boost omics analytics, clinical diagnostics, and biopharmaceutical, biomedical, doping, food and environmental analysis”.

Important symposium deadlines include: December 10, 2016 (deadline Abstract Submission for Oral Presentations) and February 17, 2017 (deadline for Early Bird Registration). For other key dates, fees, latest news and more information visit:

From the Idaho Potato Drop to the bars, here’s where you can ring in 2017 in the Treasure Valley

If 2017 can be judged by the number of parties on New Year’s Eve this Saturday, Dec. 31, then it’s going to be a great year. Here’s a look at some of the places where you can ring in the New Year.

Downtown Boise

The fourth annual Idaho Potato Drop — with its new high-tech “GlowTato” — will be the biggest party in the City of Trees. Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson St., in front of the Idaho Statehouse, will be tater central. You’ll find entertainment stages, a heated tent with hands-on activities for kids, a fleet of food trucks, cocktail and beer garden, Idaho Wrestle Club Ring, Toyota Rail Jam snowboarding competition and fireworks.

Entertainment starts at 1 p.m. At 6 p.m., don’t miss the rise of the “GlowTato” to its perch 200 feet above the proceedings to get in place for its midnight descent.

Boise comedian Sean Hancock will host the action on the main stage and in the Bannock Street VIP tent. Bands include Zach Quintana and the Tuck Brothers, Lounge on Fire and more. Headliners Jeff Crosby and the Refugees will play until the big moment when the giant, glowing potato replica descends for the countdown to 2017.

Free. (VIP tickets are $100 at

Head to the corner of 6th and Main streets for the New Year’s Bash Block Party at China Blue and Dirty Little Roddy’s. A $20 cover will get you into both places for dancing, drink specials, giveaways, midnight toasts and party favors. Call 577-7975 to reserve VIP seating.

Amsterdam Lounge, 609 W. Main St., will host “All Gold Everything.” The $100 ticket gets you four premium cocktails, a premium champagne toast at midnight, dinner buffet and entertainment from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Limousine service for groups of six or more. Tickets are limited. Find details at

Kick 2016 out the door with the gang at Humpin’ Hannah’s, 621 W. Main St. It starts at 7 p.m. with DJ Jimmy. Rocci Johnson Band takes the stage at 9 p.m. and will rock you into 2017. There will be dance contests, prizes and giveaways, including ski passes, dinners, CDs and concert tickets. Plus drink specials and a midnight toast. Cover: $15.

Bittercreek Alehouse and Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. 8th St., will partner with Duck Club for a New Year’s Eve party with music from Boise’s DJ Tiger Spittle and alt rockers Foul Weather, plus Reno’s Up Is The Down Is The. Both restaurants will serve their menus. Late-night happy hour starts at midnight. No cover.

Kevin Kirk and Tom Tompkins of Onomatopoeia will perform in the lobby of the new Inn at 500 Capitol, 500 S. Capitol Blvd., starting at 6 p.m. as long as there’s a crowd. You can check out the interior of Boise’s newest boutique hotel. Food and beverages will be available to purchase.

Music and more

Go “Smooth in 2017” at the Playhouse Boise, 8001 W. Fairview Ave., with blues, Motown and light rock from Boise band Smooth Avenue. The evening features a dinner buffet, champagne toast and party favors. $59 per person, $99 for two at Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m., the music goes from 8 p.m. to midnight.

You can bang your head at the Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise, with “Heavy Metal New Year’s Eve.” Bands including Vault7, Rise of the Fallen and Tulpaa, will play starting at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 to $12 at TicketWeb. This is an 18 and older show.

Party with Reckless Kelly, Micky and The Motorcars and The Braun Brothers at the Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. Show starts at 8 p.m. $29.50 general at Ticketfly. $35 at the door.

Celebrate with the Big Wow Band at Rice Contemporary Asian Cuisine, 228 E. Eagle Plaza St., Eagle. Enjoy the concert starting at 10 p.m. (restaurant closes at 9 p.m.). There will be a no-host bar, complimentary appetizers and a champagne toast. Tickets are $15 at Info: 939-2595.

Yuck it up into the New Year with Boise comic Gabe Dunn at Boise’s dedicated comedy club, Liquid Laughs, 405 S. 8th St., Boise. Dunn will perform at 8 and 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Tickets are $12 at

Join glam rock band Mostly Muff at the Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, starting at 8 p.m. The show benefits Artisans For Hope, a group that helps refugees develop their skills and talents. Pay by donation at the door.

Eagle, Emmett, Star

Dance the year away with the big-band swing of The Kings of Swing, with vocalist Pamela DeMarche and other guests at Chateau des Fleurs, 176 S. Rosebud Lane, Eagle, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. No-host bar and complimentary appetizers will be provided. Tickets are $70 general, $125 for a couple at or A portion of ticket sales benefit the Camille Beckman Foundation and the International Children’s Surgical Foundation.

Ring in 2017 with the friendly folks of Emmett at the second annual New Year’s Eve Cherry Rise. The evening starts with a free showing of “The Legend of Tarzan” at 9:40 p.m. at Frontier Cinema, 127 W. Main St., Emmett. Afterward, head to the street to watch the glowing Emmett Cherry rise in the center of town. Movie tickets: $3 cost per person includes up to $2 in concessions.

Celebrate with a “Mad Hatter New Year’s Eve Party” at Helina Marie’s Wine Bar and Boutique, 11053 W. State St., Star. You’ll get appetizers, sparkling wine, party favors and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight. Dress for the “Alice in Wonderland” theme and have even more fun. $20. Call 286-7960 for reservations.

Family Party

Cowboy up at the “Bulls and Broncs Bash,” the annual New Year’s Eve rodeo celebration at the Canyon County Fairgrounds, 111 22nd St., Caldwell. You’ll see bull riding and saddle bronc events starting at 8 p.m., then kick up your heels with the Jeff Palmer Band and dance until 2017. It’s $20 in advance at DB Supply in Caldwell and; $25 at the door; $10 for kids 6 to 12. Kids 5 and younger are free. Hotel packages are available. Info: 455-8500.

Celebrate 2017 at Pinz Bowling Center, 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian. The Countdown Party goes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and includes a $5 game card, cosmic bowling (for four to eight people per lane), a nacho and dessert spread served from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., one ticket for an attraction of your choice at the Indoor Adventure Park, party favors and midnight toast. $45 general, $27 for 12 and younger in advance (Z Lounge lanes are $5 more). Reservations recommended. 898-0900, ext. 4000.

The New Year’s Eve Party at Wahooz Family Fun Zone, 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian, features unlimited fun at the new Indoor Adventure Park. You can ride Twister, The Frog Hopper, bumper cars and XD Dark Ride, play laser tag and explore the laser maze. Also, you’ll enjoy a midnight countdown party and more from 5 p.m. to midnight. $19.99 per person.

Got little kids? Then the Wahooz “Noon Year’s Eve Party” is a great option. It’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the same activities as the nighttime event. It’s $18.99 per person. (Adventure Park attractions Clip ’n’ Climb, Sky Ropes Course and Ballocity are $5 additional for both events.) 898-0900;

Strap on skates for the annual New Year’s Skate at Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, from 6 to 10 p.m. $5 admission includes skate rentals. 608-7716;

The outdoor ice skating rink at The Village at Meridian, 3600 E. Fairview Ave., will be open noon to 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve and noon to 6 p.m. New Year’s Day. $7 for 13 and older, $5 for 12 and younger (includes skate rental). TheVillageAtMeridian .com.

Bowl into the new year at Big Al’s, 1900 N. Eagle Road, Meridian. Up to six guests can enjoy three hours of bowling (shoes included), a midnight toast, balloon drop, party favors and a $10 arcade card for each from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. PowerHouse Lane prices are $149 for up to four guests, $35 each for up to two additional guests. Lanes at the VIP Slider Alley are $199 for four and $45 for each additional person up to two. To reserve a lane, call 258-6434. Meridian.

Kids’ parties

Kids ages 5 to 12 can enjoy a night partying on their own at Wings Center and Planet Kid, 1875 Century Way, Boise. At the annual New Year’s Eve Overnighter, kids can play in Planet Kid’s climbing and swinging gym, bounce on inflatables and more. Pizza and drinks will be served, and at midnight they can watch the Wings Ball drop with hats and noise makers. Afterward, they can watch a wall-size movie. Breakfast will be served in the morning. $40 for first child, $35 for each additional child ($10 per-child more for day-of registering). Check-in begins at 6 p.m.; pick up is between 8 and 9 a.m. New Year’s Day. Register at

Kids can enjoy a pizza party at the Nampa Parks and Rec’s “Lock-In For Kids New Year’s Eve,” at the Rec Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa. Kids ages 6 to 12 will enjoy movies, swimming, games and more, all with adult supervision. Children should bring a sleeping bag, swim suit, towel and PJs. Drop off is at 7 p.m.; pick up is at 9 a.m. New Year’s Day. $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers at

Head out of town

If you’re headed to Sun Valley, you can ring in 2017 at Whiskey Jacques, 251 N. Main St., Ketchum, with Dusty 45’s, Vokab Kompany and DJ SVYR starting at 9 p.m. $55 advance, $60 at the door. 208- 726-5297,

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Tamarack Resort, 311 Village Drive. The festivities include a bonfire, torchlight parade and fireworks at 5:30 p.m. Then head to the NYE party at the Canoe Grill with a DJ, dance floor. The all-ages celebration goes from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Expert skiers can register for the torchlight parade 48 hours in advance by email skitam@tamarack Free to attend.

Already sold out

Steve Eaton and Friends at the Riverside Hotel.

The Fabulous Chancellors at Riverside Hotel.

Bubbly Bash at River Run Lodge, Ketchum.

Shore Lodge New Year’s Eve Bash, McCall.

Boise’s NYE Celebration List


If you’re looking for the best places to be when the clock strikes midnight – we’ve got you covered! We searched throughout the Treasure Valley for the best celebrations. From free family-friendly events to all-night dance parties, here are the top five places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Boise!

5. Barbacoa Grill

The acclaimed restaurant will be hosting a Black and White Masquerade Ball starting at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. For $55 per person, you can enjoy assorted hors d’oeurves which will be tray-passed all night long, as well as a complimentary cocktail and champagne toast when the ball drops. If you love dressing up, this event will feature upscale attire and colorful masks to give the party a sense of mystery! There will also be a live DJ to keep the venue upbeat throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant, or by calling (208) 338-5000.

4. Cowgirls in Kuna

While not *technically* in Boise, this radio favorite establishment is the go-to location if you love affordable drinks and dancing! With entry only costing $5, Cowgirls is billing their NYE event as the most affordable NYE Party in the Treasure Valley. If you’re looking to get out of the cold and have a fun, affordable night, Cowgirls is your place!

3. Amsterdam

If you want an upscale New Year’s Eve event that’s just as exclusive as it is awesome, Amsterdam is your place. Hosting their first Golden Ticket event, for $100 you can enjoy four premium craft cocktails, a complimentary buffet from 6 p.m. to midnight, champagne toast at midnight AND complimentary limousine service for groups of six or more. There will also be live acts, body painting, DJ’s, and plenty of dance floor and booth space. Purchase your tickets HERE. 

2. China Blue

Looking for the club experience without the trip to Vegas? China Blue has you covered! There will be music, drinks and of course, two stories full of dance floors! If you love dancing, this is your place. Get ready for joining all of Boise’s party people for a countdown unlike any other! Best part, there will be live DJing and a champagne toast at midnight!

1. Idaho Potato Drop

Celebrating their 4th annual event, the Idaho Potato Drop is an iconic and exciting way to countdown to the New Year. Located directly in front of the Idaho Capitol, the Idaho Potato Drop is a world-renowned experience, where potato loving guests can enjoy counting down in Idaho fashion! This family-friendly event is free to anyone who would like to attend, but if you want a truly unique experience, you can upgrade to VIP tickets.

VIP tickets allow you to be in the heart of the action but in the comfort of a heated VIP tent. There are complimentary appetizers from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., a complimentary drink voucher, and a VIP swag bag filled with hundreds of dollars worth of freebies. You can purchase your tickets HERE! 

Where are you planning on celebrating this New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments!

Farewell Cecil, Hello Minton’s 2017: the redux

After a three-year run, the Afro-Asian-American Harlem eatery, The Cecil, will close as a restaurant at the end of the year and reopen as a private events space while a long-term vision is determined. Because the two restaurants, The Cecil and Minton’s, have always been side by side, the team decided to bring the award-winning restaurant concepts together under the Minton’s roof.

“We are excited to continue the culinary conversation we started at The Cecil, bringing delicious food and amazing music together under one roof at the legendary Minton’s,” said Minton’s restaurateur, Alexander Smalls. “We will be introducing an all-new menu from chef J.J. Johnson, and the restaurant will be open more nights of the week. So, come join us to celebrate food and music in this legendary space, the home of bebop and foundation of modern jazz.”

Beginning in January, Minton’s will be home to a new menu from James Beard semi-finalist chef Joseph “J.J.” Johnson. However, don’t fret. Chef Johnson’s menu will highlight favorites from both Minton’s and The Cecil, such as gumbo to oxtail dumplings! Together with world-renowned music to enjoy more nights of the week, the restaurant will be open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, and for weekend jazz brunch both Saturday and Sunday.

The Cecil’s final dinner service will be on New Year’s Eve. Chef Johnson will prepare a festive holiday menu including a preview of his new dishes. Meanwhile, at Minton’s, the soulful celebration will feature fried chicken, caviar, Champagne and live jazz. After midnight, a party will kick off in The Cecil lounge with a midnight Champagne toast!

Chef Johnson and the entire team are so appreciative of the support they’ve received from their guests and look forward to welcoming everyone to the new Minton’s. 

Mattatuck Museum schedules events for the community in January

WATERBURY The Mattatuck Museum has scheduled a number of public events through the month of January for children, families and adults. Located on the green in Waterbury at 144 West Main Street, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Fee parking is located behind the museum in the lots on Park Place. For more information on programs, events, and exhibits, visit or call 203-753-0381.

The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic Community Development/CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 18 world-class museums and historic sites (

Free Community Day

The Mattatuck Museum opens its doors to the community, free of charge, on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 12-5 p.m. Guests can view the changing exhibitions on display, and selections from the permanent collection; explore the region’s history through interactive displays in the history exhibit; and examine the intriguing Button Gallery featuring more than 10,000 buttons from all over the world. At 1 p.m. children of all ages with their caregivers are invited to join a museum educator for a tour and participate in a special hands-on studio art activity, inspired by the exhibition Components: The Art of Robert Cottingham.

The second Sunday of every month is always free and open to the public from noon-5 p.m. Join us each month for a new theme, tour and family art activity.

Artist talks

The Mattatuck Museum welcomes exhibiting artists Robert Cottingham, Mindy Horn and Ann Mallory for an artist talk on Sunday, Jan. 8 starting at 2 p.m. The talks are free and open to the public as part of Community Free Day, where the Museum opens its doors to the community for free on the second Sunday of each month.

Cottingham will discuss the work on view in his exhibition, Components: The Art of Robert Cottingham. Known for his paintings and prints of the urban landscape with its neon signs, movie marquees, and shop fronts, Cottingham often uses letters and words, isolated and treated like objects, as carriers of style and meaning. This exhibition features subjects that were originally derived from engineering textbooks. These “components” are machine parts which were likely facets of large industrial machines. Cottingham’s talk will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Munger Room.

Mindy Horn and Ann Mallory contribute to the rich tradition of ceramic art with vibrant and original expressions in clay. Their works vary in size: some are delicately small, inviting close-up inspection, while others are imposing in scale. These technically and aesthetically ambitious works are experimental in shape and dazzle in an array of glazes. Horn and Mallory will speak about their work on view in the exhibition Line and Volume: Ceramics by Mindy Horn and Ann Mallory. Horn and Mallory’s talk will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Modern and Contemporary Gallery.

Student exhibit

On view in the Monteiro Family Community Gallery at the Mattatuck Museum from Jan. 13 through Feb. 26 will be European Conflict I, II, III, an exhibition by Waterbury Arts Magnet School students. European Conflict I, II, III is a photo exhibit documenting study tours through Berlin, Munich, Warsaw, Salzburg, Prague, Amsterdam, Paris, Normandy; and Holocaust sites, Auschwitz, Dachau and Lidice. The exhibition also features Holocaust survivor student documentaries.

A reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, Jan. 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Memories @ The MATT

The museum announces the continuation of Memories @ The MATT, a collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter. Medical researchers have found that people with memory loss and early to moderate Alzheimer’s disease benefit from looking at historical artifacts and discussing art. The Memories @ The MATT program includes engaging gallery tours developed for people with early to mid-stages of dementia and their caregivers, followed by lunch and an art project inspired by one of the exhibiting artists. Memories @ The MATT takes place on the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. This collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter is supported in part by the CT Community Foundation.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Carolyn DeRocco at or call 203-623-5407.

Black History Month celebration, kick-off

Join the Mattatuck Museum Granville Academy in celebrating Black History Month for an afternoon filled with exciting performances and noteworthy, local speakers. Black History Month Celebration and Kick-Off Event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m. This program is free and is supported in part by the Arts and Tourism Commission for the City Waterbury.

Children, families and friends will enjoy lively performances and inspirational speeches by Joyce Petteway, Judge Mosley and Aide to the Mayor, Monroe Webster. The speeches will aim to honor the important contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to the history of the United States. The celebration will also include local musicians and dancers, poetry readings and light refreshments.


On view from Jan. 29 through March 19 are the chosen artists of the Mattatuck Museum’s second annual Juried Members Exhibition, Mixmaster. The first prize winner, who will receive a solo exhibition at the Museum, will be announced during the opening reception on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29 from 1-3 p.m. The second, third and jurors selection prize winners will also be named.

Created to encourage contemporary art through discovery and recognition of the talents of artists working in New England and the Tri-State region, this exhibition provides an opportunity for established and emerging artists to debut their latest work.

More than 100 applicants were juried by Meg White, Director and Owner of Gallery NAGA in Boston. She has been part of the gallery and curating shows there since 1999. The gallery exhibits and represents contemporary painting, studio furniture, photography and holography. Its principal involvement with painting from Boston and New England is accompanied by a specialization in the work of the most prominent studio furniture makers in the country.

Bloom-Carroll students return from trip to Europe

CARROLL – Last month, a group of students from Bloom-Carroll High School traveled to Europe on an eight-day whirlwind tour visiting Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London.

French teacher, Carrie Eggleston, along with five adult chaperones, accompanied 21 Bloom-Carroll students as they traveled throughout some of the most famous sites in Europe. The first stop on the itinerary was Amsterdam. Sites visited in Amsterdam included the Rijksmuseum, a diamond factory, a canal cruise and a sobering visit to the house where Anne Frank hid during World War II. The group dined on Pannekoeken Dutch pancakes and rijstaffel (Indonesian food served family-style).

The next stop on tour was the capital city of Brussels, seat of the legislative branch of the European Union. Although it was a brief layover on the way to Paris, the group found time to shop for chocolates, eat fries and see the Grand Place and Mannekin Pis. The third city on the itinerary was Paris, the City of Lights. A guided sight-seeing tour took the group to the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Élysées, Les Invalides and the Opéra. After the bus tour, the group visited a perfume factory and then the famous Louvre Museum to see the Mona Lisa. Dinner that evening was a traditional beef bourguignon, with appetizers of escargot and frog legs.

Toward the end of their time in Paris, the group had the opportunity to ride the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower to see the breathtaking views of Paris at night. The next morning, everyone boarded the Eurostar train to travel to London, the final destination of the trip. The group visited Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery during the afternoon and wrapped up the day with dinner close to Piccadilly Circus. Day two in London included a double-decker red bus tour of the city highlighting Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge.

The finale of the trip included tickets to the international musical Wicked in London’s West End theatre district.


Bloom Township Board of Trustees will hold its year-end meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Administrative Office Building, 8490 Lithopolis Road in Greencastle. The trustees will receive a preliminary copy of the 2017 budget which continues to show the township will remain debt free in the new year.

Wagnalls Event

The Wagnalls Memorial in Lithopolis will hold Family Build and Create Day from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 7, in the Children’s Programming Room, 150 E. Columbus St. This is a new program for all ages that promotes family time. All the building fun of Lego Club will be combined with the creativity of Family Craft Days. Build Lego master pieces, craft, learn origami, draw and color and explore the book shelves. The event is free. Registration is required. All supplies will be provided. Call the Children’s Library at 614-837-4765, ext. 118 for more information.

Teachers Honored

Two teachers from Bloom-Carroll Middle School, Zach Neater and Courtney Smith, were recognized by the Ohio Department of Education for its outstanding performance on the Resident Educator Summative Assessment. Neater and Smith achieved a rating in the top 100 of 8,000 teachers in the Resident Educator Program.

Chamber Singers

On Dec. 9, the Chamber Singers from Bloom-Carroll High School performed a variety of holiday songs to an audience of kindergarten and first-grade students. During the performance, some of the primary students were invited to join in on a few numbers and show off their vocal skills. The Chamber Singers perform at various community events throughout the school year.

Walking Teams

The staff members of the Bloom-Carroll Primary school recently kicked off this year’s walking challenge as part of their health and wellness commitment. Each month, steps will be accumulated and recorded to see which team can rack up the most steps by the end of the school year. The winning team will be recognized at the school-wide celebration of health event scheduled for May 2017.

Email news items to Anne Darling Cyphert at

Indonesian designers ooze confidence in Netherlands

Four Indonesian designers wowed the crowd at a fashion event in Posthoornkerk in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Sunday.

At the 2016 Indonesia Cultural Fashion (ICF) event, Terry Putri, Lily Mariasari, Riza Rozana and Inne Rachma Hardjanto presented the diversity of Indonesian culture through their designs, reported

The Territory collection by Terry Putri, for instance, features Sasirangan fabric from South Kalimantan. “This collection aims to give options to the Europe fashion market, especially in daily wear that is edgy and comfortable with the uniqueness of Indonesian fabric,” said Terry. “It’s time for Indonesian fashion brands to break into the European market. All local brands have the same opportunity to present their works at various fashion events, so they can go international.”

Indonesia Cultural Fashion Amsterdam 18 December 2016 ???????? Designer @Uemara @irachmahardja MUA and Stylist Hijab @carolinasepteritabeauty @murni_mua Photografer @afidasukma Videografer @ariskapermana @wardahbeauty #RoadtoICF2016

A photo posted by Afida’s Diary Photos (@afidasukma) on Dec 18, 2016 at 2:32pm PST

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Meanwhile, under her ELEMWE label, Lily Mariasari presented ready-to-wear Muslim attire that embraces Betawi batik with its bright colors. She also combines various fabrics in her collection, such as chiffon, tulle and taffeta.

At the same time, Riza Rozana’s Sun Summit collection from her brand Rizaro impressed on the runway with sporty, ethnic Muslim wear and a touch of Minangkabau. She also incorporates Tanah Like batik, Makassar silk, Kalimantan embroidery and sequins into her designs.

Lastly, Inne Rachma Hardjanto’s Uemara label delivered simple yet elegant hijabs made of silk and chiffon. (wir/kes)

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IBEX/METS partnership means growth, larger international presence

At the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast in October, show organizers announced that the owners and producers of METS would be the new co-owner of the annual IBEX show.

RAI Amsterdam has purchased a 50 percent stake in IBEX from WoodenBoat Publications Inc., publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine and will now be an equal partner with the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Earlier this month, the groups finalized the deal, which show organizers say will help grow both events and bring a larger international presence to IBEX.

“There’s a lot of synergy around representing the entire marine industry as a global industry,” said IBEX Show Director Anne Dunbar. “As a brand we’re stronger together. We’re the two main events that the trade goes to to see innovation and move the industry forward on the manufacturing level.”

IBEX 2017 will be Sept. 19-21 at the Tampa Convention Center.

Both shows will continue to be promoted individually, with no change in branding or name for either event. IBEX will maintain its focus on North America, while METS will keep its emphasis on the global market. In other words, it will be business as usual for attendees and exhibitors, Dunbar said.

“We’re going to continue to go our own way and serve the needs of our own constituents,” she said.

Both groups will be able to learn from each other, helping to improve both shows. After visiting METS this year, the IBEX team saw several aspects of the show they would like to bring back to IBEX. RAI Amsterdam is a “world-renowned show management company” and everything they do at METS is done at a high level, Dunbar said.

“They’re an impressive group of people,” Dunbar said. “They’re smart, they’re sharp, they really know how to run a show. As a partner, you couldn’t ask for anyone better.”

By the same token, the METS team will benefit from the IBEX team’s experience in education. IBEX draws boat builders from all over the world to attend its conference and seminar series. In other cases, such as with their outreach to younger people in the industry, the shows will be able to combine efforts, with the IBEX Marine Millennials group merging with the METS Young Professionals group.

The new partnership will also mean a larger international presence at IBEX. Prior to the recession, IBEX had several international pavilions, but lost those exhibitors as the market suffered (and the show moved to Louisville). However, with long-term plans to keep IBEX in Florida, and the RAI Amsterdam imprimatur, those exhibitors will be returning.

“We’re going to bring back all the international pavilions,” Dunbar said. “That just adds a dynamic level to IBEX. The boat builders have a lot of suppliers they like in the United States, but there’s a whole global market out there. If they’re going to be exporting boats overseas, they need to be looking at all the different opportunities for them.”

With the success of the show over the last few years, plus the anticipated growth from the international market, IBEX may have to consider relocating after 2018. Lack of space is the show’s No. 1 challenge right now, Dunbar said, with the show already almost completely sold out for 2017. Any move would keep the show in Florida, as that has been the most successful location for IBEX.

“We learned our lesson from Louisville,” Dunbar said. “We know we can move the show successfully … but we also know that the show is most successful and the most supported in Florida.”


Buschauffeurs leggen stadsnet Almere tijdelijk plat na …

Rond 17.00 uur reden de bussen weer, liet een woordvoerder weten.

Een woordvoerder van het busbedrijf meldt dat een passagier die niet meer kon meerijden met een wegrijdende bus tegen de ruit sloeg, waarna deze barstte. Een andere passagier liep hierdoor schade op aan het oog.

Volgens de politie ging het om twee mannen die niet meer met de bus mee konden en daardoor gefrustreerd raakten. Of de man die sloeg dat zijn mijn hand of met een voorwerp heeft gedaan is niet duidelijk. Het is dus ook mogelijk dat de man zelf gewond is geraakt.


De twee mannen zijn weggerend en zijn nog spoorloos. De politie is een onderzoek gestart.

Zondagavond besloot Connexxion ook drie busdiensten in Almere te staken nadat voor de derde avond op rij bussen met stenen waren bekogeld. De bussen gingen maandag weer rijden na overleg met de gemeente en de politie.

Na overleg met de gemeente, de politie en Connexxion kondigde burgemeester Franc Weerwind een reeks maatregelen aan, die een einde moeten maken aan het regelmatig bekogelen van de bussen. Zo wordt gestreefd naar meer mobiel cameratoezicht in en buiten de bussen. Verder worden losliggende stenen en bouwmaterialen in de buurt van de busroutes verwijderd. Daarnaast houdt de politie extra toezicht, net als stadstoezicht.

Video: Busschauffeurs Almere staken na nieuw incident

Busschauffeurs Almere staken na nieuw incident


Met name drie stadslijnen in de Kruidenwijk zouden geregeld worden bekogeld. Maandag werden twee jongens aangehouden op verdenking van het gooien van stenen en vandalisme. Volgens de politie maakten zij deel uit van een groep van circa twintig stenengooiers. De minderjarige jongens zijn inmiddels weer thuis, een van hen kreeg een geldboete, aldus de politie.