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  • Thu, July 16, 2020 3:32 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:


    July 16, 2020


    OSBI officials assisting investigation at zoo formerly owned by Joe Exotic

    Tina Fay says she was railroaded, and she’s still trying to prove it.

    Wilmington Town Meeting Recap: Budget, Circus Animal Ban Pass

    “Article 65, the circus act ban, initially appeared to fail by voice vote, but when it was revoted by standing count, turned out to have passed 84-74.”

    This was a very close call and shows that if more of us call, write, and appear in person it can have a significant effect on the outcome of these small municipal bans. There may even be potential to have this ruling overturned.

    South Huron to vote on whether to host big cats on Grand Bend's doorstep

    World Animal Protection (WAP), a radical animal rights organization that believes we shouldn’t even touch or bathe elephants, is helping to oppose these people’s application to keep their lions.

    No exotic animal bylaw exemption for lion cubs


    PETA Wants You To Stop Saying The Word ‘Pet’ Because It’s ‘Offensive to Animals'

    Trafalgar Square fountains: Two arrested over red dye protest

    International Elephant Foundation Selects 27 Global Projects to Receive Conservation and Research Grants

    Tiger Truck Stop, famous for viral camel-biting incident, will stop showcasing exotic animals

    Wild animals banned from circuses in Wales

  • Thu, July 16, 2020 11:14 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    The finance company, known throughout the amusement, carnival, fitness franchise, and vending industries, marks its 55th anniversary.

    NEEDHAM, MA – July 15, 2020 - Firestone Financial, a subsidiary of Berkshire Bank, celebrates their 55th anniversary this year. Firestone Financial is one of the top lenders in the amusement, attractions, fitness franchise, and vending industries.

    “Firestone has achieved this milestone through the dedication of all our employees and the continued support of our customers, channel partners, and industry associations across all of our lines of business,” said EVP, Chief Operating Officer Michael Smith. “Over the years we’ve stayed true to our roots in amusement and carnival financing while expanding our offerings and building relationships with innovative manufacturers who are constantly working to evolve our core industries.”

    “The celebration comes at a unique time,” continued Smith. “Now more than ever we’re dedicated to supporting our customers and guiding them through the current economic crisis as they look to thrive in the new post-pandemic environment.”

    Founded in 1965, Firestone Financial was acquired by Berkshire Bank in 2015. They are active in numerous industry associations, including International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA), and National Independent Concessionaires Association (NICA), and are a 3-Star Game Master Sponsor of Amusement and Music Operators Association (AMOA). Firestone attends industry events throughout the year, including the 2020 IAAPA Expo in Orlando, FL scheduled for November 17-20 where they can be found in booth# 1615. 

    Founded in 1965, Firestone Financial is a nationwide finance company serving the amusement, carnival, fitness, vending and laundry industries. The Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Bank (Member FDIC). Interested parties can learn more about Firestone Financial at www.firestonefinancial.com or by calling Firestone Financial at 800-851-1001.

    Leah Siporin, Head of Marketing, 617-807-8194, lsiporin@firestonefinancial.com 
    Aaliyah Outlaw, Corporate Communications Manager, 518-925-6027, aoutlaw@berkshirebank.com

  • Wed, July 15, 2020 1:11 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*(dollars per gallon)full history XLS
    Change from
    06/29/20 07/06/20 07/13/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.430 2.437 2.438 0.001 -0.613
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.524 2.527 2.531 0.004 -0.549
    New England (PADD1A) 2.648 2.652 2.650 -0.002 -0.481
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.704 2.696 2.707 0.011 -0.565
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.377 2.388 2.387 -0.001 -0.554
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.299 2.306 2.313 0.007 -0.643
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.194 2.204 2.198 -0.006 -0.607
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.343 2.345 2.345 0.000 -0.630
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.948 2.960 2.954 -0.006 -0.670
    West Coast less California 2.586 2.596 2.594 -0.002 -0.615
    California 3.246 3.260 3.251 -0.009 -0.701
    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, July 09, 2020 4:34 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Animal Legialative News
    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne


    Circus performers relying on food banks with no hope of work

    Gandeys boss: 'Circuses could disappear if big tops are not allowed to reopen soon'

    Botswana's government is stalling efforts to get to the bottom of 350 mysterious elephant deaths, conservationists say

    Polis appoints activist to vet board, signs egg bill

    Ban on dog breeds like pit bulls are ‘ineffective’ says animal rights lawyer - Bans don’t work - education does

    More animal updates and links here

  • Wed, July 08, 2020 9:08 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    06/22/20 06/29/20 07/06/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.425 2.430 2.437 0.007 -0.618
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.515 2.524 2.527 0.003 -0.554
    New England (PADD1A) 2.631 2.648 2.652 0.004 -0.482
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.694 2.704 2.696 -0.008 -0.579
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.370 2.377 2.388 0.011 -0.552
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.289 2.299 2.306 0.007 -0.662
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.197 2.194 2.204 0.010 -0.600
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.353 2.343 2.345 0.002 -0.635
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.945 2.948 2.960 0.012 -0.664
    West Coast less California 2.591 2.586 2.596 0.010 -0.612
    California 3.237 3.246 3.260 0.014 -0.693
    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, July 02, 2020 4:16 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the Desk of Vanessa Gagne

    Animal Issues Legislative Update

    Iowa HF737​ was signed into law by Governor Reynolds this week. The bill summary is as follows, ​“House File 737, an Act relating to the regulation of persons involved with animals other than livestock and certain wild animals, providing for criminal offenses and court orders associated with animal mistreatment, and including penalties.”

    A woman is suing HSUS for raiding her house and confiscating her dogs. Ms.Fay was a dog breeder and several of her dogs died when HSUS took them into custody. Humane Society of the United States Sued for $35 Million Over Dog Seizure

    Another good donation opportunity for our community: ​ShowMe Tigers

    Ryan Easley has owned and cared for his tigers for a few years now. He normally spends the summers doing educational tiger shows at Circus World in Baraboo. Last fall he purchased new land for his winter quarters and then the pandemic hit.

    All news and links from Vanessa here

  • Tue, June 30, 2020 7:44 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Now's your chance to participate in the
    IAFE Boot Camp!

    Take a day away from your other responsibilities and focus on IGNITING ideas, EXCELLING your knowledge, and UNITING with like-industry thinkers.

    This day-long "camp" features four sessions plus a Let’s Talk wrap-up session!

    Animal Health Update: Join Marla Calico, CFE – President/ CEO International Association of Fairs and Expos and her panel of experts, Dr. Julianna Lenoch, DVM, MPH, DACVPM Veterinary Epidemiologist with USDA APHIS-Veterinary Services and Dr. Bret Marsh, DVM - Indiana State Veterinarian, to review the state of Animal Health.

    Competitive Exhibits - What did we learn from COVID-19 & What Will We Keep? Out of crisis comes creativity. What have we learned during the COVID19 pandemic and how will we alter our future events to reflect the lessons learned? Join Paula Struble, CFE, Erie County Fair, NY; and Jessie McLaughlin, CFE, Spokane County Interstate Fair, WA; and Tiffany Burrow-Loushin, Alameda County Fair, CA to discuss their competitive exhibits takeaways and plans moving forward.

     Animal Exhibitor Insight: Learn from a panel of animal exhibitors and discover their perspective and insight to showing at YOUR events. These young livestock exhibitors’ range in expertise from swine to horses and everything in between.

    Where will the Competitive Ethics Meter Be Post COVID-19? Join Donna Woolam, CFE – Director of Agriculture and Education, The Eastern States Exposition (The Big E), MA as she and expert panelists from the food safety, production, and consumer arenas discuss “Has the ethical meter moved during COVID-19?” What will exhibitors expect beyond COVID-19?

    You won't want to miss the excitement the presenters will bring to you. The best part? Participate from the comfort of your home or office!

    Register Here https://www.fairsandexpos.com/Boot-Camp

    Join Us – July 28, 2020

    10:00 am – 4:00 pm (CDT)

    BOOT CAMP investment: 159.00 (per site)

  • Mon, June 29, 2020 7:40 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    06/15/20 06/22/20 06/29/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.403 2.425 2.430 0.005 -0.612
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.501 2.515 2.524 0.009 -0.556
    New England (PADD1A) 2.628 2.631 2.648 0.017 -0.487
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.673 2.694 2.704 0.010 -0.566
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.359 2.370 2.377 0.007 -0.564
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.256 2.289 2.299 0.010 -0.625
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.174 2.197 2.194 -0.003 -0.609
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.346 2.353 2.343 -0.010 -0.655
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.930 2.945 2.948 0.003 -0.680
    West Coast less California 2.579 2.591 2.586 -0.005 -0.619
    California 3.218 3.237 3.246 0.009 -0.717
    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, June 25, 2020 6:01 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)


    Please help oppose a ​traveling animal ban in Wilmington, MA​. The exact proposal can be read here, Article 65. https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/sites/wilmingtonma/files/uploads/revised_2020_town_wa rrant_v2.pdf

    Email the Wilmington Town Moderator your comments ​moderator@wilmingtonma.gov

    The original owners of Minnie, a Commerford elephant, are asking for donations going towards her care since the shutdown. ​Save Our Elephant


    Wildlife center barred from taking in new animals 

    Monkey laws pondered at public hearing 

    The Texotics 

    Fairfax County Looking to Clear Up ‘Confusion’ With Exotic Animals 

    Links and More here

  • Thu, June 25, 2020 4:41 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    06/08/20 06/15/20 06/22/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.396 2.403 2.425 0.022 -0.618
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.501 2.501 2.515 0.014 -0.564
    New England (PADD1A) 2.629 2.628 2.631 0.003 -0.505
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.672 2.673 2.694 0.021 -0.564
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.359 2.359 2.370 0.011 -0.576
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.240 2.256 2.289 0.033 -0.637
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.172 2.174 2.197 0.023 -0.600
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.351 2.346 2.353 0.007 -0.677
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.918 2.930 2.945 0.015 -0.686
    West Coast less California 2.578 2.579 2.591 0.012 -0.615
    California 3.198 3.218 3.237 0.019 -0.731
    *prices include all taxes

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