Thursday Morning – Progress Being Made
Regular readers may recall a story that we covered 19 months ago on May 5, 2011, when the firehouse in the small town of Manilla (with 2 L's), Iowa, burned down in a spreading downtown fire. You can review the STORY HERE. The memory-jogger of the story is a follow-up we did on May 17 after Fire Chief Bob Macumber sent us the report on how the fire spread into to the fire station and burned it down. (That story is HERE.) He inluded a photograph of the burning station taken by a citizen that showed a purported image of Oasam bin Laden in the flames over the building of origin.
Do you remember that one now? I thought you might. Anyway, Chief Macumber sent us another follow-up yesterday with a photo of their new fire station which has been built and ready to go into operation. He says it has been a tough year-and-a-half for them, and I can believe that.
Congratulations to all the gang at the Manilla FD for overcoming their major loss and completing their new fire station.
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I'll take time to pass along a brief note on the NHL's one-step-forward-one-step-back labor negotiations that continued yesterday. As we were told earlier, the two sides met at a remote location along with the federal mediators. The National Hockey League released the following statement last evening:
The session, held at the office of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (in Iselin, New Jersey), was overseen by mediator Scot Beckenbaugh. It is the second time the sides have used federal mediation in the past two weeks.
"We met for about six-and-a-half hours today with the assistance of federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. "The parties were never actually in the same room together. We did several different caucus meeting rooms. There is nothing new to report.
"We don't have a conclusion to the process. The players are doing something [Wednesday] night and they are going to get back to mediator Beckenbaugh [Wednesday] night and he will get back to us [Wednesday] night."
The sides never met face-to-face during the mediation session Wednesday. Beckenbaugh met with each side several times to discuss the issues the sides must bridge to reach a new deal.
"As I think you may know, there were a number of meetings each side had with the mediator [Wednesday] and, as well, we had caucuses on our own and I assume the League personnel did also,” NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said. “They were discussions of the various issues involved and how far we are apart and where we go from here. I can’t tell you that any progress was made. Obviously, we are going to continue to stay in contact with the mediator [Wednesday] night and try to figure out what the next appropriate step is."
We haven't been told yet what progress, if any, came from the meetings last night. Meanwhile, the NHL tv network continues to show re-runs of old games long past.
It's time for us to meet in our own caucus room now and get this equipment checked out. The coffee concession is open though, so I'll get a fresh pot ready. See you back in the day room.
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