An innovative new collection of apartments, exclusively for the over 60s, has launched in Purley with Frosts Estate Agents. Carriages by PegasusLife is a peaceful retreat in the heart of Purley, a short walk from the high street, close to the train station, only 30 minutes away from central London.PegasusLife is working closely with local agent, Frosts, to introduce the Carriages development which was designed by award-winning architects, Woods Bagot.Many of the 28 apartments have a private terrace and floor-to- ceiling windows, the communal lounge and rooftop terrace create a peaceful oasis and include features such as a reading corner, communal larder and shared dining table, for those moments when people prefer to step out of their own apartments and meet other Carriages residents. The development also has a guest suite for friends and family to stay the night.Ben Gershon from Frosts says, “We have many customers who want to downsize and stay close to their families but they do not want to compromise on style and the brilliant access a place like Purley provides.“Many retirees want somewhere to live that is smaller than the family home, but also offers the opportunity to socialise and be part of a community. They are looking for something far removed from traditional retirement homes. With Carriages we now have something to offer these customers.”Prices start at £368,750.land and new homes PegasusLife apartments Carriages urban homes October 26, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Urban escape: right on track at Carriages previous nextLand & New HomesUrban escape: right on track at CarriagesThe Negotiator26th October 20160528 Views
The Allendale Centre in Wimborne was overflowing with bidders competing for building plots and renovation projects at Symonds & Sampson’s first auction of the year in March.Auctioneer Mark Lewis was very pleased to see so much demand not only from local buyers, but also from those travelling from further afield, “We had an excellent catalogue with a number of development sites in East and Central Dorset and the response to the intense and widespread advertising was strong.“Some prices were well ahead of expectations including a workshop in Bournemouth. This had failed to sell in four London auctions but we were inundated with enquiries. 32 people registered for the legal pack and strong bidding took the price 45% above the guide.The star lot, however, was in Charlton Marshall – a site for two semi-detached four bedroomed houses set in about 0.29 acres. Guided at £195,000 frantic bidding quickly took the price above £200,000 and then £300,000 and after forty bids the hammer fell at £385,00, 97% above guide. The buyer also exercised the option to buy the adjoining 1.2 acres for £35,000.”Mark Lewis auction lots Charlton Marshall Symonds & Sampson April 30, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » London lots sell at Symonds & Sampson previous nextAgencies & PeopleLondon lots sell at Symonds & SampsonThe Negotiator30th April 20190197 Views
Chief of Surgical Critical Care ServicesThe Program in Trauma at the University of Maryland School ofMedicine and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (STC) seeksapplications and nominations for the position of Chief of SurgicalCritical Care. The successful candidate will be responsible forstrategic planning, supervision, and administration over 48critical care beds (24 bed Multi-Trauma ICU, 12 bed Neuro TraumaICU, 6 bed Critical Care Resuscitation Unit, and 6 bed VV-ECMO LungRescue Unit) in the nation’s only free standing traumahospital.Requirements include board certification by the American Board ofSurgery with added qualifications in Surgical Critical. Thesuccessful candidate must be a master clinician with extensiveexperience in ICU administration, quality assurance, and processdevelopment / improvement as a unit medical director, anddedication to education of all levels of trainee. A successfulresearch career, including a track record of funded investigationand leading multidisciplinary research is preferred. Experience inECMO and mechanical circulatory support are desirableAppointment will be at the Associate Professor or Professor levelwith salary commensurate with qualification and experience.Compensation is competitive and full-time positions include anextensive benefit plan.Should you have any questions please contact Betsy Burcham viaemail at [email protected] The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an equalopportunity/affirmative action employer: All qualified applicantswill receive consideration for employment without regard to sex,gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion,national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or anyother characteristic protected by law or policy.Qualifications :The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an equalopportunity/affirmative action employer: All qualified applicantswill receive consideration for employment without regard to sex,gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion,national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or anyother characteristic protected by law or policy.
RAFFI’S OASIS CAFE THE HOME OF MOUTH WATERING CRAB CAKES AND GRILL COOKED GYRORaffi’s Oasis Café, located at 5702 E Virginia St, Evansville, IN 47715 is a little gem. It is a locally owned Mediterranean Grille on the East side located between Burkhardt and Green River. Oasis has a small but fanciful dining room. All the tables are clean and decorated. The fountain drink station is also very clean and the restrooms were nearly spotless which spoke volumes toward Raffi’s care and cleanliness.Eye-stimulating artwork lines the walls, along with statues and other Mediterranean décor throughout. It’s a very casual restaurant with a laid-back feeling with two flat screen televisions constantly playing news at a low, comfortable volume.When we ordered at the counter the order taker was very friendly, and even helped us to decide which entrées to order. We asked her what she liked the most, and she said that everything is good. “Typical of most restaurants,” I thought, but I very quickly realized that she wasn’t exaggerating.The crab cakes are absolutely mouth-watering. I could have eaten the crab cakes as my entire meal, but I wanted to try several flavors. Next, I tried the deep fried and breaded chickpeas falafel served with a salad dressing for dipping, and was equally impressed. The tabbouleh salad made with chopped parsley, tomatoes, onions, peppers and cracked wheat had a peculiar texture but had a very eclectic taste. It had an interesting but zesty flavor, and it is excellent for your health.The lamb shawarma was amazing, absolutely amazing. It was served in a grill-cooked gyro with an incredible mixture of shaved, roasted lamb, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, and a savory cream sauce that accented each ingredient which caused the whole meal to burst with flavor. A small salad was served with the shawarma and helped to clear the palate between bites so that every bite was like tasting this delectable dish for the first time.As we enjoyed one of the best meals we have ever had from a restaurant in Evansville, Raffi Manna approached our table and asked how everything tasted. We told him that it was absolutely amazing. Raffi was very presentable and professional. We asked him some questions about his restaurant, the food, and operations. He was happy to answer every question we had, and he explained to us that all of the food can be found in and around The Holy Land, including Jerusalem, and Bethlehem, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, and that there are also some Arabian dishes.He also said that all of the food is healthy, and that he cooks it all himself. That’s right, all of it. He does not have anyone do it for him, and he loves what he does and the business he’s in. Raffi stated that he received his civil engineering degree from Vanderbilt in Nashville, and that he has been a business owner/operator for 30 years, and his experience seems to shine in all that he does.I now have a new favorite restaurant. There were so many amazing items to choose from, I will definitely be revisiting, and that will be very soon.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
A traditional North Yorkshire food, wine and hamper company is opening the doors of its third store in time for the Christmas season.Lewis & Cooper’s new food hall outlet, based in Harrogate, will sell the business’ wide selection of food and drink products, including its handmade multi-award-winning plum puddings, sweet and savoury biscuits, Christmas cakes and a variety of other baked goods.Lewis & Cooper also plans to establish a kitchen unit and production warehouse elsewhere in the county town, where it will produce and distribute its products.Bettina Bell, retail director, said the business was delighted to be pressing ahead with its expansion plans.
Family Group Conferences This project puts families at the heart of making safe decisions and plans for children that are at immediate risk of being taken into care. Children and young people are involved in the conference along with their wider family network, and often supported by an advocate from outside the family. Together, a plan is agreed by all those involved and families agree to meet again to assess how well the plan is going and make the changes necessary to protect children. Every child, no matter what hand they have been dealt, deserves the opportunity to grow up in a stable, loving family so they can develop into confident adults equipped to take on life’s challenges successfully. For too many children, this is not the reality, and we are seeing rising numbers of children going into care. Often, their parents are struggling with problems of their own and that has an impact on the whole family. Projects like these are making sure vulnerable families get the support they need from experts who can help them address their problems head on and stop them from spiralling out of control. I want to see children to be able to stay with their family where it’s appropriate and safe for them to do that – that’s why I will continue to back innovative approaches with a track record of success in doing this, to give the most vulnerable children in our society the best chances in life. At the What Works Centre we’re really excited to be launching this programme today in partnership with the Department for Education. By conducting large scale, robust evaluations of the impacts of these two programmes, we’ll be able to help local authorities make a decisions about what mix of approaches is best for them, at the same time as ensuring that these promising practices are made available to support more families than ever before. The problem-solving Family Drug and Alcohol Court model achieves better outcomes for parents, better outcomes for children, and better value for money. It is a fair and trauma-informed approach which gives people the best chance of change and that’s why it makes for better justice. We’re delighted that this funding will enable more families and local authorities to have access to a compassionate and evidence-based approach to family justice. Four years ago when the Innovation Programme was launched we held high hopes for identifying promising practice which we could spread across England. The announcement today has turned that into a reality. Extending the reach of these tested programmes is indicative of the relentless hard work of everyone involved in developing practice to help support children and families. It is a very important milestone in our collective journey to giving the best response we can, to children, families and carers, in need of support. Executive Director of the What Works Centre Michael Sanders said: The programme is in partnership with the What Works Centre, which will oversee the implementation of the programmes in local authorities. It will gather further evidence of their effectiveness in keeping children and parents together, with the aim of spreading best practice in the future.The projects being introduced or expanded in up to 40 new areas are based on: Steve Bambrough, Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock Clinic and member of the FDAC National Partnership, said: Family Drug and Alcohol Courts This project provides a problem solving approach to care proceedings, where a team of substance misuse specialists, domestic violence experts, psychiatrists and social workers carry out an early assessment and agree an intervention plan with parents who come before the court in care proceedings. Once in proceedings, parents begin a “trial for change”, supported by the specialist team and with regular meetings with the judge, who reviews the progress being made as well as adjudicating in the case . The Family Drug and Alcohol Court model has been evaluated previously and found to have strong evidence of a positive effect on family reunification. As well as expanding the model to new sites, innovations of the FDAC model in existing sites will be tested to see if further improvements can be made. Children at risk of being taken into care are set to benefit from programmes that tackle the root cause of family problems, by strengthening the expert support available from social workers, addiction specialists and psychiatrists.The new programme, Supporting Families; Investing in Practice, will help families work on issues together, including those impacted by domestic violence, substance misuse or addiction, in order to help create stability in the home for young people and prevent them being taken into care, where that is in their best interests. This is part of wider Government work to improve outcomes for children in need of support of a social worker, by creating home and school environments in which they can thrive.Modelled on existing Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) and a programme known as Family Group Conferencing, the innovative new projects will be rolled out in up to 40 new council areas. The Government has today announced up to £15 million over the next year, following the emerging success of these existing programmes.Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: The £15 million investment comes on top of £84 million committed by the Department for Education in April to help up to 20 councils support families to stay together through the Strengthening Families, Protecting Children programme. These projects aim to build resilience among more vulnerable families and improve how councils design and run services.The work complements the Government’s wider programme to improve the outcomes of vulnerable children, by recruiting and training the next generation of professional social workers.Applications to the programmes can be made here. Chief Social Worker Isabelle Trowler said:
The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is pleased to announce its fall 2010 Askwith Forums, a series of public lectures dedicated to discussing challenges facing education, sharing new knowledge, and generating spirited conversation. Highlights this fall will include a talk by Disney/ABC Television President Anne Sweeney, Ed.M.’80, an advance screening of the highly anticipated film Waiting for “Superman”, and a conversation about the 35th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act moderated by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.The Askwith Forums, which are free and open to the public, attract more than 2,500 attendees each year. The series provides an opportunity for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to share their work, talk with one another, and advance proven practices that will improve learning opportunities for all children.View the complete fall schedule. Read Full Story
Musical bound for A.R.T. recasts the six wives as girl-power pop stars Curtain coming down on the immersive, disco-insistent ‘Donkey Show’ after a decade-long run at A.R.T. Related It’s hard to let go of summer. A saving grace is that fall is so wonderful here, full of vivid color, sunny days, cool nights, apples, cranberries, pumpkins — and a bumper crop of culture. What follows is our opinionated picks for some of the best music, theater, art, and performance coming to the city this semester. You won’t even have to venture far from Harvard Square to attend many of these events and exhibits, but since it’s healthy to take a break from work or study, we’re sending you on a bit of field study as well.THEATEROne of this fall’s big events for both theater and music comes from a man who’s had a foot in both camps, the art-rock pioneer David Byrne. Last year Byrne mounted his “American Utopia” tour, in which the songs — many of them stemming from his creative heyday with Talking Heads — were enlivened with inventive staging and dance, something he’d previously explored in collaborations with choreographer Twyla Tharp and in the Heads’ landmark concert movie, “Stop Making Sense.” The tour was so well received that it’s going to Broadway this fall, but it will first make a stop at the Emerson Colonial Theatre from Sept. 11-28. Someone at the Colonial is enough of a fan to bill this as a “once in a lifetime event” — of course borrowing the title of a Talking Heads classic that Byrne will be performing.,Theater also meets pop culture in “The Purists,” the latest in the post-Hamilton trend of hip-hop musicals. Directed by Billy Porter of “Kinky Boots” fame, and written by locally-based Huntington Theatre Company playwright Dan McCabe, the show begins with a rap battle between two female DJs. Unexpected utterances are aired, and the main characters, which include a retired rapper and a “show-tunes-loving telesales director,” wind up taking hard looks at who they are and what holds them together. The Broadway-bound show runs through Oct. 6 at Calderwood Pavilion.,Highly unlikely musicals seem to be the running theme at the American Repertory Theater this season. Nobody could have predicted that a rapping, dancing, sexed-up version of tale of the six wives of Henry VIII (beheadings and all) would be one of this year’s theatrical hits. But Toby Marlow and Lucy Ross’s “Six,” which continues its run through Sept. 29 at the Loeb Drama Center, has indeed pulled off the trick of turning this dark history into a celebration of “21st century girl power,” as they’ve put it. Another likely eyebrow-raiser is due Dec. 3, with the world premiere of composer/lyricist Dave Malloy’s adaptation of Melville’s classic “Moby-Dick,” in which the hunt for the great white creature becomes the occasion for songs including “The Whale As a Dish” and “A Squeeze of the Hand.”,Just off Harvard Square, the Oberon has carved a niche as the A.R.T.’s punky kid sister of a theater, with a reputation for daring cabaret-type shows. That tradition continues this fall when the Oberon presents “Black Light,” a one-woman show by Jomama Jones — the international soul diva whose hit-making R&B career suffered when she became a political exile from the U.S. during the ‘80s. If you’ve never heard of Jones, that’s because she’s actually the alter-ego of writer/performer Daniel Alexander Jones, whose one-character show interweaves original songs (inspired by the likes of Prince and Tina Turner) with monologues that explore cultural, spiritual and gender issues.,If you’ve ever seen a Kevin Smith movie (his biggest hits were 1994’s “Clerks” and 1997’s “Chasing Amy”), you know that the usual highlight is the appearance of profound stoners Jay and Silent Bob, who usually put the whole thing in perspective with a few well-chosen wisecracks. The pair recently got their second film of their own — Smith’s “Jay & Silent Bob Reboot,” due for imminent release — and the “road show” comes to the Wilbur Theater on Nov. 8, with Jason Mewes and Smith reprising their roles as Jay and Bob. A week later on Nov. 15, the Wilbur has another monologist of note, Al Franken. He should have plenty to say about his time in the U.S. Senate and as one of the best things that ever happened to “Saturday Night Live.”MUSICOn the rock ‘n’roll front, two of America’s most-adored bands are coming to Boston in October. As far as many critics are concerned Sleater-Kinney have inherited the Clash’s mantle of “the only band that matters,” being fiercely topical and punk-rock exhilarating at once. Their new album, “The Center Can’t Hold,” has polarized some fans (there are, gasp, synthesizers all over it), but it’s still full of the hard-hitting lyrics you’d expect feminists from Olympia, Wash., to write in the Trump era. The band (which includes Carrie Brownstein of the satirical TV comedy “Portlandia”) should be worth a trip to the House of Blues — granted, one of Boston’s least comfortable venues — on Oct. 29.Wilco, the band led by Chicago native Jeff Tweedy, was formed in 1994 as part of the back-to-roots Americana movement, but it has since branched off and now performs any kind of song Tweedy cares to write, whether it’s deeply personal or fascinatingly abstract (and the group’s guitarist, Nels Cline, is guaranteed to make your jaw drop). Over the summer Wilco hosted its Solid Sound festival in North Adams, and now it’s back to play at the Boch Center Wang Theatre on Oct. 10 and 11. Before leaving the rock world, we’ll point out that relative youngster Jenny Lewis is a brilliant songwriter who can break your heart with a love song or hook you in with a character sketch — just ask Beck and Elvis Costello who’ve worked with her. She too is at the House of Blues on Oct. 25.,Rhiannon Giddens is currently one of the bright young lights in roots music. As the frontwoman of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, she made old-time string-band music fresh and even fashionable again. But her musical explorations haven’t ended there, and she’s now touring with Francesco Turrisi, an Italian musician who plays exotic things like a one-stringed piano and a Tunisian frame drum. Their Sanders Theatre concert Oct. 3 will bring together some of the music they’ve been investigating, from Africa and the Middle East to the Americas. Count on Giddens to make you love all of it.The stately halls of Sanders will also host the usual array of classical music this fall; as the Boston Chamber Music Society begins its monthly Sunday concerts on Sept. 22 with a Haydn/Shostakovich/Mozart program. The group will return Oct. 20 for a Clara Schumann/Harbison/Brahms program, and on Nov. 17 to do Schubert, Dutilleux and Elgar.Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 film “Koyaanisquatsi” was a cultural moment, one of those rare occasions where a mind-expanding and avant-garde piece of art became a commercial success. Among other things it made a star out of the minimalist composer Philip Glass, who will revisit the music live with his Ensemble at the Orpheum Theatre on Sept. 20 to accompany a screening of the film. Glass and Reggio will also be interviewed the night before by Harvard Film Archive director Haden Guest. It’s at the CityScape space at WBUR’s Allston studio; tickets for the radio taping can be purchased in advance.,ARTWomen artists will get some overdue spotlight at the Museum of Fine Arts, where “Women Take the Floor” opens Sept. 13 and runs through May 3 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. The central space, “Women Depicting Women: Her Vision, Her Voice,” includes celebrated paintings from the MFA’s collection including works by Frida Kahlo and Alice Neel. Satellite exhibits will look at women’s contribution to 1920s and 1930s art and design; early female entrepreneurs in the print world; and abstract art from the 1950s. And two other sections bring some overlooked work to light: “Beyond the Loom” focuses on 1970s fiber artists who redefined textile work as sculpture; while “Subversive Threads” looks at more contemporary artists who’ve used textile work to examine political and gender identities.The Harvard Art Museums have exhibitions on Winslow Homer’s seminal work concerning the Civil War, on what it means to be displaced from homes and cultures, and on critical printing techniques.,Another woman artist of note, Yayoi Kusama will be displaying one of her unique “infinity rooms” at the Institute of Contemporary Art through Feb 7. Arriving in New York City from Japan in 1957, Kusama absorbed the imagery of psychedelia and pop art. Created in 2013, “Love is Calling” is an installation that vaguely resembles the inside of a lava lamp, full of brightly-colored, tentacled figures; it’s accompanied by a recording of the artist reciting a Japanese love poem. A separate exhibit, “Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art After Kusama” will spotlight artists who’ve built on her kaleidoscopic visions. Last dance, last chance The Spice Girls of Henry VIII Rembrandt drawing at Harvard Art Museums offers a close look at artist’s hand Connecting with a masterpiece The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
By Darbie GranberryUniversity of GeorgiaCompost is a hot topic. If you’ve been reading the latestgardening articles or watching your favorite TV gardening guru,you’ve probably seen its use enthusiastically touted.Most gardeners agree that compost is good for the garden. But whyis it good? And how should it be applied?Compost is what’s left of organic matter after microbes havethoroughly decomposed it. Simply put, it’s decayed organic matter.Through the composting process, plant and animal materials arebroken down into smaller particles. The final product has anorganic-matter content around 35 percent to 45 percent andresembles potting media.Organic fertilizerBecause it’s high in organic matter and doesn’t contain”synthetic” chemical fertilizers, compost is a good source oforganic fertilizer.Generally speaking, organic fertilizers come from plants oranimals that took up these nutrients, or fertilizer elements, andchemically bound them in their tissues and by-products.Because they’re integrated into complex organic molecules, theplant nutrients in organic fertilizers are in relatively lowconcentrations. They’re not water soluble. And they’re notreadily available. They have to be broken down by organisms inthe soil before the bound nutrients are released for plant rootsto take up.This keeps the nutrients from being washed out of the soil byheavy rains. It results in its slow release over many weeks oreven months.Nutrient contentThe nutrient content of compost varies with the materialscomposted and the specific composting process. Generally, though,it falls within these ranges: nitrogen, 1 percent to 2 percent;phosphorus, 0.2 percent to 1 percent; potassium, 0.5 percent to1.5 percent; and calcium, 0.05 percent to 2 percent.Besides these major nutrients, compost also contains smallamounts of micronutrients such as boron, copper, manganese andzinc.Remember, organic fertilizer is slowly released. So, it usuallyworks best as a supplement to conventional fertilizer, not as areplacement.Compost, though, does more for the garden than just provideorganic fertilizer. It also helps: Increase the soil’s capacity to hold water and nutrients.Reduce soil compaction, allowing more air and water to moveamong soil particles.Improve the soil’s tilth, or structure, making it easier forroots to grow and thrive there. How much, when to applyEight to 10 weeks before you plant, broadcast compost over thegarden. Any amount is helpful. But for best results, initiallyapply 20 to 30 pounds of compost per 100 square feet of gardensoil. Scatter it uniformly over all of the garden.And immediately after you spread it out, for best results, tillthe compost into the top 8 to 10 inches of soil. To keep a goodthing going, follow up the initial application each year with 10to 15 pounds of added compost per 100 square feet.Compost will help give you your best garden ever. It will helpyou have a richer, more rewarding gardening experience.(Darbie Granberry is an extension horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)
Last year around this time, many national and regional news outlets, including USA Today, the Asheville Citizen Times, and Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, were reporting a staggering set of snowfall statistic coming out of Mount Mitchell State Park.The stats, which were recorded by Mount Mitchell park rangers, stated that Mitchell, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River, received a staggering 60 inches of snowfall during a weather event known as Winter Storm Jonas.During the 24 hour period ending in Jan 24, 2016, the park was said to have received a total of 41 inches of snow accumulation. This would have bested a previous record of 36 inches set during a severe blizzard in the winter of 1993—an event that is still studied by undergrads working to become meteorologists.The problem with the measurement? It grossly misrepresented the facts.According to the North Carolina climate extremes committee, formed ten years ago for the express purpose of reviewing record-setting weather events, the actual amount of snow that accumulated on Mitchell a year ago yesterday was closer to 21 inches, nearly half the amount that was actually reported.The discrepancies could have arisen from the difficult conditions that state park personnel, who are tasked with recording and reporting all weather that occurs on Mt. Mitchel, were facing during Winter Storm Jonas.“We got hammered. It was brutal,” park superintendent Bryan Wilder told the Asheville Citizen Times shortly after the storm. “We had 4 or 5 inches an hour, and you really couldn’t tell if you were on the road or not.”In addition to the white out conditions, a gauge typically used to record liquid precipitation—an instrument that climate experts say is vital when verifying snowfall totals—was rendered inoperable by heavy snow drifts.