This "Draped Lady" flower frog was made by the Cambridge Glass Company. (Photo: Submitted)
In today’s world, this kind of activity is pretty much a thing of the past in most households, but the flower frogs remain as a reminder of a kinder, gentler, less frenetic lifestyle that no long exists for the most part. This particular frog was manufactured by the Cambridge Glass Company of Cambridge, Ohio.
Near the turn of the 20th century, the citizens of Cambridge, Ohio, wanted new industry for their town and formed the Cambridge Improvement Company, which negotiated with the National Glass Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., to build a factory in their city – with the city providing the land and National building and owning the factory.
The building was completed in early 1902, and in May of that year the first piece of glass – by all reports, a pitcher -- was produced. For the first years of its existence, the Cambridge Glass Company (which leased its building from National Glass) produced table wares, lamps, jars, jugs and such, which were produced from molds previously used by other companies.
Cambridge became more independent after the National Glass Company collapsed in 1907, with complete independence achieved in 1910 when they purchased the building they were using. Cambridge produced its own coal and gas, and even during the Great Depression they were still introducing new lines and new colors.
Cambridge produced two flower frogs that are easily confused. One is called “Bashful Charlotte” (some call this frog “Shy Charlotte” because the words sound alliterative) and “Draped Lady.” “Bashful Charlotte” is a nude with flowers in her hair and her dain... http://www.knoxnews.com/story/entertainment/columnists/joe-rosson/2016/12/24/joe-rosson-mystery-item-draped-lady-flower-frog/95661090/
This is the place to be,” said Jacob DeWitte, chief executive of UPower, a startup that recently migrated here from Cambridge, Mass., in its quest to create modular nuclear plants with reactors small enough to fit inside a shipping container and sturdier than “a brick outhouse.”
“In other places you would tell people you’ve got a nuclear startup and they look at you like you are kind of nuts,” he said. “But here in Silicon Valley it is like, ‘That’s super cool. Can I help?’ There’s that ethos here.”
DeWitte, 30, talks in terms that make some veterans of the decadeslong struggle over nuclear power chafe, promising his firm will build units that could safely run on existing stockpiles of nuclear waste, all while being “meltdown-proof” and not using any material that terrorists could steal to turn into a weapon.
Nuclear déjà vu
That may all be possible someday, say the nuclear experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists, but that day is probably several decades and many tens of billions of dollars away. The sudden excitement around nuclear makes them nervous. They say they have seen this before.
“The people who deny or downplay the risks involved are doing a disservice to the future of nuclear power that leads to complacency, and complacency leads to Fukushima,” said Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at the organization. “This is very complex. It is hard. It costs a lot. It is slow, especially to develop advanced systems. … It seems nuclear will at most be a minor contribution over the next few decades to dealing with the climate crisis.”
That’s not the view inside the stylish, airy San Francisco offices of Thiel’s Founders Fund, where he and other venture capitalists, perhaps inspired by the views from the giant windows overlooking Presidio Park, make big bets on big ideas.
Thiel made about $1 billion with an early $500,000 investment in Facebook. He got in on the ground floor with Yelp. He and his partners at PayPal, including Elon Musk, grew the online payment service from nothing to a firm that eBay paid $1.5 billion to acquire.
And lately Founders Fund is excited about zero-emission nuclear power as a solution to climate change. It has infused $3 million into Transatomic, a startup in Cambridge launched by two graduates from MIT’s nuclear engineering program who have been pitching their vision in small networking meetings and, of course, TED Talks.
“I became a nuclear engineer because I am an environmentalist,” said Leslie Dewan, the 31-year-old co-founder of Transatomic. “This is what the world needs. The world needs a cheap source of carbon-free power that is even lower cost than coal if we want to avoid the devastation caused by fossil fuels.”
Her faith in nuclear energy is underscored by the fact that she launched her company only a week after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan in 2011. The particular day also happened to be the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in Ukraine.
The faith is shared by Founders Fund partner Scott Nolan, who is among the few equipped to judge the mind-be... http://www.abqjournal.com/693763/news/smallscale-nuclear-plants-being-pitched-as-new-green.html
Melrose troupe, the 14-year-old from Saugus — who also dances with Center Stage Dance Studio in Melrose and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge — worked her way up through the cast, including understudy for the Peppermint lead last year. Still, she aspired for more.
“I always wanted to be Clara,” she said of the little girl who dreams her favorite Christmas gift — a nutcracker — comes alive, defeats the evil Mouse King, and takes her to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.
This year, her dream came true. Hynes is starring as Clara in Cast “A” of the Melrose Youth Ballet production, which runs this weekend with a final performance at 1 p.m. Sunday in Melrose’s Memorial Hall.
Longevity with the seasonal dance troupe isn’t a requirement for winning a lead role, said Melrose Youth Ballet artistic director Jaclyn Demianiuk of Tewksbury and Christina Leonard-Kristan, associate director, of Somerville.
Abigayle Bilodeau, Clara in Cast “B” and a ninth-grader from North Reading, “walked in fresh from Wilmington Dance Academy,” said Demianiuk.
Roles are filled according to technique and ability, but every dancer who auditions is guaranteed a spot on stage. That unique commitment, made in 1994, might explain the group’s exploding growth over the years, attracting dancers from 33 communities north of Boston.
“In the beginning, it was mostly girls from Melrose and Saugus, but then we did some outreach. In the last eight years, we’ve more than doubled,” said Demianiuk, who began dancing at age 12 with the Melrose Youth Ballet and used to choreograph dances with Leonard-Kristan, her best friend, in the Leonard family’s bas...