Born and Bread: Lough’s Home Bakery, Eyemouth

first_imgLough’s Home Bakery, Eyemouth1947: Brothers William and Peter Lough found Lough Bros bakery1948: Peter leaves to pursue a bakery career in California. William renames the business Lough’s Home Bakery 1969: William Lough passes away. William’s son, Jim, and daughter-in-law, Ann, take over the business. 1996: Jim passes away. His wife Ann and son, Richard, run the business together.2017: Richard owns and still works in the bakery with Ann, his daughter Clare, and son Reece. The front-of-shop staff include Richard’s wife Hilda, and Reece’s partner Kyla. Each month we profile a family business to see how the baking craft has passed down through the generations. This month, the story of Lough’s, where the home fires have burned strong for 70 years.Brothers William and Peter Lough went into the bakery business in 1947, but there has been a bakery on the Eyemouth site in Berwickshire since 1902. The original coal-fed masonry oven is still there and, until recently, was used full-time. “We bought a new electric deck oven in 2004,” says Reece Lough, William and Peter’s great-grandson. “The old one had to be coked several times during the night, so the upgrade made day-to-day work a lot quicker.”Every generation of the Lough family has lived in the house above the bakery, which Reece says was a fantastic way to grow up: “You can’t think of anything better than being woken up by the smell of freshly baked breads rising from the ovens.”A year after William and Peter founded the business, then known as Lough Bros, Peter emigrated to America with his wife and family. In California he set up a bakery business called Lough’s Cake Box, which sold speciality cakes and bespoke wedding cakes. William remained in Eyemouth, and changed the name of the business to Lough’s Home Bakery.After William died, his son Jim and daughter-in-law Ann took the reins. Jim only made one type of morning roll, using a heavy dough left overnight on the bakery table to rise, which made it more chewy and dense. The rolls were nicknamed ‘Wimps’ for reasons no one can remember, and to this day the bakery still makes a small batch of Wimps rolls “which loyal customers still adore”.When Jim passed away in 1996, Ann and her son Richard, who had taken bakery studies at Telford College, Edinburgh, took charge together. Richard still works in the bakery with Ann, now 75, his daughter Clare and son, Reece, who says he hopes to take over the business one day. The front-of-shop staff include Richard’s wife Hilda, and Reece’s partner Kyla.Reece says though each generation has put its mark on the bakery, most of the significant changes came from his father Richard. “He introduced a far wider selection – we now boast over 20 different types and styles of fresh, home-baked breads and scones, and a counter full of pies, pasties, cakes, pastries and tarts.”Richard also built extensions, made front-of-shop adaptations and updated much of the machinery and equipment. But, says Reece, the original coal oven “still takes pride of place, which gives us a feel of how it all began.”…last_img read more

Send a valentine from the Harvard Library

first_imgHarvard Library is offering an environmental way to let your favorite people know you care on this Valentine’s Day. Simply click on the link provided, choose a card, write your greeting, and send it via email. The cards range from a 19th-century hand-drawn valentine card from Houghton Library to an image from Emily Dickinson’s herbarium at Houghton Library. Even Harvard’s Map Collection can find its way into someone’s heart. So click, write, and send.last_img

Vermont Route 74 bridge in Shoreham reopened to public travel

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) over the weekend opened a bridge along Route 74 in Shoreham that was closed for repair in mid September. Reopening the bridge in less than seven weeks was possible due to an accelerated construction process that reduces not only the length of construction, but also reduces the cost of repair. Final repair costs are expected to run about $450,000. Repairing the bridge using more traditional construction techniques that include either erecting a temporary bridge or maintaining one lane of traffic over the bridge while it is under construction likely would have added between $100,000 to $300,000 to the cost of the project, and added as many as 12 weeks to the construction schedule. ‘Closing the bridge location to all traffic does inconvenience the public to a greater degree, but it also allows us to finish the project much more quickly and at a significant cost savings,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘The accelerated construction process is not the best choice in all locations. But as transportation funding becomes tighter, we will be looking for more opportunities to use this technique so that we can stretch our dollars and repair as many deficient bridges as possible.’ The Shoreham bridge, which was closed on September 20, 2011, had significant deck repair needs, including full-depth holes that caused the bridge to be closed, in an emergency fashion, for several days in the spring. The holes were covered with a steel plate, which allowed the bridge to remain open until long-term repairs could be conducted. Reopening the bridge, which was closed as part of VTrans’ regular bridge construction program and not as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, eliminates a 20-mile detour and allows two-way traffic to flow freely along Route 74.last_img read more

Fire Island Rangers Ban Booze at Problem Beach

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Federal authorities are banning booze on a sliver of western Fire Island that has been a hot spot for about 500 partying beachgoers on summer weekends for at least the past two years.The Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) said Thursday that starting Aug. 1, alcohol will be prohibited on a section of federally owned beach known as Asparagus Beach, which lies west of Fire Island Summer Club and east of Atlantique, two of the barrier island’s 17 communities.“A progressive law enforcement approach to enforce the regulation” will be used by federal park rangers that patrol most of the 32-mile island, including the soon-to-be-dry section of beach, FINS said in a statement.New York State and Town of Islip regulations at beaches surrounding Asparagus Beach also prohibit drinking alcohol, but the new FINS booze ban does not impact rules at other federally owned beaches on the island.The move follows the East Hampton Town Board’s recent decision to enact a partial ban on alcohol use at Indian Wells Beach in East Hampton.FINS rangers, Islip Town officials, community leaders and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) announced the booze ban during a news confernce Friday at the Fire Island Ferries terminal in Bay Shore.Chief Ranger Duane Michael said in a phone interview that between 500 and 1,000 people head to the affected area on a typical summer weekend day. Partiers at Asparagus Beach, where there are no bathrooms, often relieved themselves in the dunes, he said. Walking on dunes is illegal because it increases beach erosion.“It’s what protects those communities from the tidal surge,” he said of the dunes. Islip officials said the beach, which also has no lifeguards, has forced lifeguards in neighboring areas to rescue swimmers in distress. They suspect some of those cases were alcohol related, officials said.“The last two years it just got worse and worse,” Islip Town Councilman John Cochrane Jr said in a phone interview. He said partiers were to blame. “They took that whole flavor of sitting in the beach chair and having a beer or two” and ruined it, he said. Community groups have long complained about the alcohol-fueled rowdy behavior at the beach. Eating and drinking on the beach is illegal in the nearby Village of Ocean Beach, the unofficial capital of Fire Island. Alcohol is also banned on the beach in Cornielle Estates and Fire Island Summer Club, two communities to the west of the village that have hired a private security guards to enforce the ban.Asparagus Beach partiers include beachgoers that have walked from one of those three communities immediately to the west.Crews have already begun placing placards in the area warning people about the ban. With Rashed Mianlast_img read more

“Spend less than you earn” is useless, unhelpful financial advice

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Eric RavenscraftIf you’ve ever read five words about personal finance, they were probably “Spend less than you earn.” It’s popular because it’s simple. In fact, it’s too simple. It’s the smallest piece of a big puzzle with lots of complicated parts. It’s time we taught those instead.What’s Wrong With “Spend Less Than You Earn”?Before I talk about the problems with this advice, I want to point out that I don’t think this advice is wrong. You make X amount of dollars per month and you spend Y amount. If Y is greater than X, you won’t be able to pay your bills, save for the future, or fix your car when it breaks. I think we can all agree that that’s a bad way to live.The problem with this advice isn’t that it’s bad, it’s that most people already instinctively understand it. That’s not to say everyone is good at following it, but instinctively we get it. Why wouldn’t we? We’ve had it beat into our heads since we were in Kindergarten. “If Billy has 10 apples, and he gives away 12, how many of Billy’s kneecaps will the loan shark break?”Life, on the other hand, is less intuitive than simple subtraction. Between social pressures and the inevitable catch-22s of improving your career, it’s easy to slip into a hole without knowing it. Sometimes being irresponsible gets you there, but many more times life gets in the way. An unexpected car bill ruins your savings plan for six months. You lose your job right when you need your medical insurance. Not to mention, the “spend less than you earn” advice rarely accounts for opportunity cost. While you’re staying at home with Netflix, your coworkers may be out at the bar networking, making the connections that will land them better jobs. continue reading »last_img read more

Politicians distract while doing wrong

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I keep hearing outrage that the politicians we oppose should go to jail. We have found state politicians on both sides of aisle guilty of wrong-doing, but not many go to jail. Those we oppose are guilty of multiple wrong-doings, while those we support are victims of fake news. One party opposes gun rights; another women’s rights.And the parties will do nothing about either issue, for if they can keep people emotional about these footballs, they won’t pay attention to so many issues that affect our lives.Calvin MooreColonieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

National deal of the year

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Michael Owen predicts Premier League top-four race after Arsenal and Manchester United defeats

first_imgOwen is backing Mauricio Pochettino to guide Spurs to a Champions League place (Getty Images)‘Under Emery, Arsenal have improved, Chelsea have been disappointing with the players they’ve got, Man Utd’s resurgence… it’s hard to say who deserves that top-four place.‘It’s going to hit hard on the teams who are not going to make it.‘Man United have probably been budgeting not to make it for the last six months or so, or they thought it was going to be an impossibility, but now they’ve got a little squeak again.‘And that’s why today [against Everton] was so frustrating for them, there’s so much to play for and they play the way they did, it was so disappointing.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Michael Owen predicts Premier League top-four race after Arsenal and Manchester United defeats Metro Sport ReporterMonday 22 Apr 2019 12:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link531Shares Comment Michael Owen says Manchester United need something special for a top-four finish (Flow Sports)Michael Owen believes Tottenham will secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and admits Manchester United will struggle to reach the same target following their defeat to Everton on Sunday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to apologise to United’s supporters after his side were hammered 4-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday.But United were handed a let-off as Arsenal lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace.Chelsea, meanwhile, could move ahead of both Arsenal and Tottenham if they beat Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.ADVERTISEMENT‘I think Tottenham are good, they’ve got a nice run-in, three games at home and they’ve already got a point advantage over the rest,’ Owen told Flow Sports.center_img Paul Pogba and United slumped to a 4-0 defeat to Everton (AFP/Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘I could make a case for all of the other three with Manchester United being least likely.‘Look at their next two games – Man City and Chelsea – I know they are both at home but they’re going to have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to finish fourth.‘Throughout the season, if you’re forgetting the points and look at them as teams, Tottenham definitely deserve to be in the top four this season, they’ve been very good.‘Out of the other three, it’s very hard to see who deserves it most. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Dutch supervisor warns against overly high return assumptions

first_imgDutch pension funds remain vulnerable as their recovery plans rely too much on expectations of high future returns, supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has warned.After assessing the 2017 recovery plans of 181 schemes, it concluded that pension funds’ expectations for surplus returns have turned out to be too optimistic over the past two years.The watchdog found that pension funds had factored in an annual funding rise of 4.4 percentage points on average as a result of extra returns.During the past two years, however, the expected recovery has not materialised, with funding ratios of recovering schemes staying almost unchanged at approximately 100%. Based on the schemes’ recovery plans, the funding level should have been 7.8 percentage points higher.If coverage ratios stay at their end-2016 level, 11 pension funds with 2 million participants will need to apply rights cuts in 2020, according to the regulator. The following year, 45 schemes would have to discount pension rights for 8 million participants.Funding has increased in 2017, however, with coverage ratios standing at 105.4% on average in April.DNB said that as things stand at the moment, no more than two pension funds, with 13,000 participants in total, must cut pension rights this year.In a clarification of the recovery plans’ assessment, Frank Elderson, DNB’s supervisory director for pension funds, acknowledged that pension funds had stayed within the legal limits for their assumptions for returns.“Our message to the pension funds, however, is that they must be transparent about their assumptions to their participants,” he said.In Elderson’s opinion, it would not be useful to reduce the legal parameters for return expectations because of the expected introduction of a new pensions system within a few years.When asked, the supervisory director declined to indicate what would a prudent return assumption would be.In 2014, a dedicated parameter committee advised that expectations for returns from listed equity, triple-A rated government bonds and credit should be no more than 7%, 2.5% and 3%, respectively.It said non-listed real estate and commodities should be expected to return at most 6% and 5%, respectively.DNB is in the process of conducting a second survey about the way pension funds explain the possibility of rights discounts.Last week, Belgian supervisor FSMA said that Belgian pension funds’s assumptions for future returns were too high, and that it would get in touch with these schemes.last_img read more