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Air quality improves in B.C. as wildfire smoke moves across Prairies

VANCOUVER — A new weather system brought cleaner air and the promise of further improvements to parts of British Columbia on Saturday but conditions across the mountains were expected to worsen before getting better.

Smoke from wildfires burning in California, Oregon and Washington state has blanketed B.C., prompting respiratory health warnings that extended into southern Alberta and as far east as Saskatchewan Saturday.

An air quality advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley was lifted on Saturday after 11 days as cleaner marine air flowed into the area, although the regional government warned of pockets of smoke that could vary with winds and temperature changes.  

Environment Canada said smoke began clearing across the western half of Vancouver Island early Saturday, and there should be widespread improvements further east by Sunday.

In the central portions of the province, the agency said smoke will be visible at higher elevations with potential

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David Winitsky moves to the Kitchen Theatre | Ithaca

The Kitchen is closed. Well, more or less for the time being. Finishing up the end of last season, The Kitchen Theatre Company announced the arrival of its new Artistic Director David Winitsky, after the unfortunate departure of the ever-insightful M. Bevin O’Gara. Now, under the leadership of Winitsky, the Kitchen will cook-up a new season, with a new staff, and new director in the middle of a pandemic that has essentially limited indoor in-person audiences to zero.

We caught up with David Winitsky after one of his commutes between South Philadelphia, where he is still a permanent resident, and Ithaca to find out what audiences can expect this coming year— a year of change, discomfort and innovation.

Ithaca Times: Can you tell us who you are?

David Winitsky: Well, Glenn, that’s such a good question! Do any of us actually know who we are? [laughs] I am a producer

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Mechanicsburg moves ahead with school construction, expansion plans | Mechanicsburg

Expansion

The high school addition would include large group instruction areas, new science classrooms and labs, regular classrooms and collaborative areas, according to architect sketch plans presented at a district finance and facilities committee meeting held Aug. 25.

Since March, the high school addition’s estimated costs were reduced from an original sum of $20,283,774 to a current total of $19,687,701 by “refining” square footage in the proposed building addition, district officials said this week.

The district also is considering renovating the existing high school building but has put off borrowing for that project at this time. That work presently holds an estimated cost of $55,759,150.

Planned work at Broad Street involves constructing a single-story addition with four regular classrooms, one open collaborative-style classroom, dedicated rooms for art and music, and a new media center. A small addition to the school’s existing kitchen is also in the works, as well as

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