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Charlie H. Bartnick Charlie H. Bartnick, formerly gan. Charlie was blessed with of Garrison, NY, current resi- 10 great-grandchildren, Zachdent of The Pines in Catskill, NY, ary, Christina, Derek, Brent, passed away knowing his fam- Travis, Jacob, Ethan, Jason (JJ), ily loved him with all their hearts, Tommy, and Jack, and many on August 1, 2019. As a child, nieces and nephews. Charlie Charlie grew up in Manhat- leaves behind his brothers, Jack tan and the Bronx. He proudly (Brenda) Bartnick and his godserved in the United States son Michael Bartnick, Al (Janet) Navy from 1946-1948, Bartnick, Richie (Marreceiving the Victory gie) Bartnick, and EdMedal WWII. Charlie die Bartnick. He was re-enlisted into the Napredeceased by his vy during the Cold War, parents Christina Sheer later receiving the NaBartnick, Herman Bartval Service Medal and nick, “Other Mom” Wilan honorable discharge helmina (Minnie) Bartin 1950. After the Navy, nick, and his brothers, he worked for the Apex Andy Bartnick, Bruno Bartnick Watch Company. LatBartnick, Roy Bartnick, er, Charlie worked his way up to Billy Bartnick, and John BartAssistant Manager for Gristede nick. Brothers until he retired. He was Our hearts are broken, tears a Lifetime Member of the Conti- will fall, and it is not a “goodnental Village Fire Department, bye”, but instead, “until we meet and a member of both the Elks again”. Per Charlie’s wishes, Club and the Rod and Gun Club. a private ceremony with imCharlie leaves behind his lov- mediate family will be held at ing, caring, and devoted wife, a later date. Funeral arrangeLottie of 67 years; his daughter ments under the direction of Loretta Bartnick Zeliph (Jim); Millspaugh Camerato Funeral three loving grandchildren, Ja- Home, Catskill. Messages of son Zeliph, Jeffrey (Courtney) condolence may be made to Zeliph, Jennifer (Jeffrey) Madi-

Ralph L. McWhirt Ralph L. McWhirt, 82, died Saturday August 10,2019 at Berkshire Medical Center Pittsfield. Ralph was born November 9,1936 to the late Reuben L. McWhirt and Martha E. Pells (McWhirt) formerly of Craryville, New York. He graduated from Roeliff Jansen Central School in Hillsdale, New York in 1954. He was a member of the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1960. He was a radar maintenance technician stationed at Lackland AFB Texas and Kessler AFB in Mississippi. Ralph was a former resident of Adams and later Cheshire, Massachusetts. He was employed at the former Sprague Electric Company in North Adams for over 30 years as a technician in the Standards Department. After his retirement he enjoyed tennis and traveling in the company of his companion Marcia Giroux of Adams. He also enjoyed trips to Lebanon Valley Raceway and NASCAR races with his longtime friends Kenneth Lefave and his wife the late Joanne Lefave of Adams. He leaves behind three children, a daughter Sonia M. McWhirt and her companion Mark Ziemba of Adams. A son Scott

L. McWhirt his wife Stacie L. McWhirt and Scott’s four children; Katie L. McWhirt, Beth A. (McWhirt) Barnes and her husband Daniel Barnes of Cheshire. Emily J. McWhirt and Ethan L. McWhirt also of Cheshire. A son Matthew A. McWhirt of North Adams and Matthew’s daughter Nikki McWhirt. One brother Vernon McWhirt of Omaha,Nebraska. His children Lynette (McWhirt) Braun, Lloyd D. McWhirt, and Sean D. McWhirt and several great nieces and nephews in Nebraska and New York. Four Great grandsons Mitchell Kane, Seth Kane, Riley Barnes and Brady Barnes. Ralph is predeceased by his parents as well as two brothers Allen McWhirt and Alvin McWhirt , and the mother of Ralph’s children Joan E. McWhirt (Paul). Graveside funeral services will be held on Thursday August 15, 2109 at 11 AM at the West Copake Cemetery, Copake NY. Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home of Copake NY. To send an online condolence please visit

Stephen Estok Livingston- Stephen Estok, passed away Saturday August 10, 2019. Visitation hours will be Thursday August 15, at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Kee-

ler Funeral Home from 4-8pm. A funeral service at Bates & Anderson-Redmond Keeler will be Friday August 16, at 11:00am. A complete obituary is forthcoming.

Hundreds of migrants stranded in Mediterranean in standoff over aid ships Megan Specia The New York Times News Service

More than 400 migrants and refugees afloat in the central Mediterranean were in limbo Monday, as the two aid ships that had rescued them searched for a safe port that would take them. The impasse came days after Italy had announced fines of up to 1 million euros — more than $1.1 million — for ships carrying unauthorized migrants that attempted to dock in Italian ports without permission. It has ordered the seizure of such ships, and arrested the captain of one. The ships, operated by charities, provide the only search and rescue operations in the international waters where oftenunseaworthy boats packed with people attempt to cross from Libya to the nearest European country, Italy. Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister and a deputy prime minister, has used harsh antiimmigrant rhetoric to build up his own popularity and that of his League party. He has been

the main architect of policies that seek to close off the country to further migration from the Middle East and Africa. Since Friday, the vessel Ocean Viking, operated by the international aid group Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym, MSF, and SOS Méditeranée, a European maritime rescue charity, have brought 251 people onboard from three rescues of boats in distress. While the crew has yet to formally request permission to dock in Italy, the Ministry of the Interior, headed by Salvini, contacted the ship Friday to warn that it would not be allowed to dock in Italy. The United Nations has criticized the Italian policy of turning away ships, with Charlie Yaxley, a spokesman for the body’s refugee agency, saying the ships played an “invaluable role in saving the lives of refugees and migrants attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Europe.”

Low-polling Democrats seek breakout moments at Iowa State Fair By Tyler Pager (c) 2019,Bloomberg ·

Andrew Yang waved around a half-eaten turkey leg as he calculated how many such treats one could buy with the $1,000 a month he’s proposed giving to Americans. Tim Ryan jokingly joined the hordes asking Kamala Harris for a photo before handing his small son over for a photo with her. Kirsten Gillibrand brought her son, Henry, and his new stuffed sloth, Blueberry, onto the soapbox stage. The Iowa State Fair is a rite of passage for presidential contenders, but for the lowest polling candidates in the record-size field, the event took on an extra level of urgency. It was perhaps their final attempt to gin up extra attention and support as they seek to qualify for the September Democratic debate in Houston. If candidates fail to qualify — and only nine have so far — they might start heading off the field. So even though the State Fair itinerary for politicians is steeped in traditional Bloomberg photo by Al Drago routines — speaking from the Des Moines Register Soapbox, flipping burgers with the An aerial view of the rides during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 10, Iowa Pork Producers Association, visiting 2019. the famed 600-pound butter cow, and bitwith 9%. ing into some fried food on a stick — candi- their information. But, as voters baked under the hot sun Meanwhile, candidates like Ryan and dates were looking for any way to stand out. Asked on “Fox News Sunday” if his cam- Gillibrand mostly made their way through and listened to candidate after candidate paign was faltering, Ryan, a representative the crowd unnoticed. When one fair-goer on the soapbox, they shared a resounding from Ohio, said, “We’ve literally had the walked by the soapbox and was told Gil- message: the field is full of good candidates, best week of our campaign,” citing the state librand was speaking, she asked, “Sen. Jill but there are too many in the race. Longtime Democratic operatives agreed, Brown?” fair. Ryan similarly faced name recognition saying they’ve heard complaints about the Others struggled to rise above the crowd. “I’m standing out by enjoying myself problems: “You might not know who I am,” field being too unwieldy. The two candidates debates so far, in Miami and Detroit, and having fun eating all the delicious food he said on the soapbox. “I’m Tim Ryan.” The Iowa State Fair rarely vaults an un- were each held over two nights to accomand watching my 11-year-old having a total blast,” said Gillibrand, a New York sena- known candidate into the top tier or dooms modate the many Democratic hopefuls. “Just talking to traditional Iowans who tor, who’s yet to hit either the fundraising a front-runner. But with hundreds of reor polling qualification threshold for the porters in attendance and the chance for attend the caucuses, they are just sort of Houston debate, as she walked down the candidates to speak from the soapbox and waiting because the field is so large they main concourse of the fair in sun hat and exhibit their retail politicking skills in the can’t really differentiate between the candicrowds, it’s one of the only marquee can- dates,” Brennan said. flowery dress. However, Democratic voters also said But it was the frontrunners who clearly didate events in sleepy August. About one million people typically come through the they appreciate the role some low-polling stood out. candidates have played in bringing new Former Vice President Joe Biden and gates each year. Former Texas representative Beto ideas into the fold. Many said they hope Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the two poll leaders in Iowa, drew the larg- O’Rourke, the once-rising star of Demo- some of those policy proposals would make est crowds at the soapbox and could barely cratic politics who hasn’t yet broken out of it into the Democratic Party’s platform next make their way through the crowds as vot- single-digits in national polls, skipped the summer, whoever the nominee is. Ultimately, though, it was clear to fairers muscled in to get a selfie and cameras fair to stay in his home town of El Paso, the goers who would be in the race for the long site of one of last weekend’s deadly shoothovered in front of their faces. Warren, who operatives say has the ings. He paused his campaign but indicated haul. “You can tell the staying power of her strongest Iowa field operation, was greeted he will return to the trail. The latest Iowa poll released on Thursday versus the staying power of Tim Ryan,” with rapturous applause when she spoke about her proposed 2% household tax on by Monmouth University showed Biden said Sharon Teale, 62, of Altoona, after wealth over $50 million and 3% on wealth maintaining his lead with 28%, but Warren Harris and Ryan spoke at the soapbox. over $1 billion. Dozens of Warren organiz- has steadily closed the gap, earning 19% “There were hardly any people here. You ers — most wearing “I’m a Warren Demo- support. They are followed by Harris, the know right away unfortunately. Tim Ryan crat” T-shirts — also dotted the crowd, California senator, with 11% and Senator has good suggestions. Tim Ryan will be seeking to connect with voters and gather Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, dropped.”

Cigarette butts pose big microplastic FUNERAL DIRECTORS hazard in the oceans By Tamara Dietrich Daily Press (Newport News,Va.) (TNS)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — You’ve seen it before: A driver idling at a stoplight flicks a cigarette butt out the window or a worker during a smoking break drops one to the sidewalk. What you don’t see is what happens to those cigarette butts. Typically, rain sweeps them down storm drains, into local waterways and, eventually, into the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic. There, those tough little cigarette filters — made of tightly packed plastic fibers — start to erode into smaller and smaller plastic bits, joining a cascade of microplastic pollution that’s bedeviling the world’s oceans and the living things they support. Microplastics may be small, but their impact is far from it. “Viruses aren’t big, either,” said Robert Hale, who studies microplastic pollution at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point. “So the idea of something small being not a problem is actually completely 180 degrees from reality.” Plastic bags, balloons and water bottles pose one threat when they’re ingested by sea turtles, fish and waterbirds that mistake them for food. But microplastics — or, more accurately, micro shards — get gobbled up by the tiniest creatures that form the base of the marine food web. Some pieces are so tiny that they can pass through cell membranes. Those micro shards climb the food chain, compounding the damage and the dangers along the way. For over 20 years, cigarette butts have been the No. 1

debris item reported in Virginia during coastal cleanups, according to Katie Register, executive director of Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University. Register wrote the 2016 Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan for the Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality. That finding bears out whenever VIMS faculty and student volunteers conduct a beach cleanup. In less than a mile of shoreline over less than an hour, volunteers can pick up more than 3,000 cigarette butts — far outpacing the number of plastic food wrappers from a recent cleanup (981), fast food containers (15), foam packaging (60) and bottles (6). “I would imagine many people are working under the assumption that cigarette butts are biodegradable,” said Meredith Evans Seeley, a doctoral student studying plastics in Hale’s lab. “I think many people believe that they break down into the environment and break down fully, so that they’re not causing any harm.” Plastics can last seemingly forever, and they’re everywhere. Earlier this year, scientists said they’ve found tiny plastic particles raining from the sky in such pristine areas as the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France, and in the deepest depths of the oceans, where tiny bottom-dwelling creatures routinely eat them. “We can now say with confidence that plastic is everywhere,” Alan Jamieson, marine biologist at Newcastle University in England and

lead author of the deep ocean microplastics study, told National Geographic in February. Hale and Seeley, for instance, and their colleague Patty Zwollo, biology professor at the College of William and Mary, have studied microplastics — and the chemical additives leaching out of them — that wash up even in remote parts of Alaska. Pristine estuaries there, said Seeley, receive huge loads of plastics from the Pacific Ocean. Trash found on Hampton Roads beaches, she said, are most likely local litter and garbage mixed with litter washing up from elsewhere. To curb the flow of plastics into the oceans, Seeley uses the analogy of the overflowing bathtub: You don’t tackle the problem first by cleaning up the mess on the floor — you turn off the faucet. “You need to turn off the faucet of plastic pollution to the ocean, which involves educating people on how it breaks down into microplastics, as well as thinking of resources and alternatives to single-use plastics,” said Seeley. Even cutting down on items like plastic straws or cutlery can have a big impact over time, she said. Smokers can buy pocket ashtrays or insulated bags to dispose of their cigarette butts. (c)2019 Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) Visit the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) at Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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