first_imgWith pumpkins carved, painted, and in one case even completely covered in candy corn, Annenberg Hall resembled a scene straight out of “Harry Potter” thanks to the annual freshman pumpkin-carving contest.Throughout this week, the members of the Class of 2017 gathered in their entryways during study breaks to carve jack-o’-lanterns for the chance to earn bragging rights — and $75 toward a special study break — for being named the winner in one of four categories: “Most Funny,” “Most Scary,” “Most Creative,” and “Most Harvard.”“What this does is it once again reminds us of how creative the members of this Class of 2017 are,” said Dean of Freshman Thomas Dingman.The Boston Red Sox’ run to a World Series Championship influenced several of the entries, including the “GREENough Monster,” which was painted to resemble a baseball. Then there was the “David Gourdtiz a.k.a. Big Pumpi” from Pennypacker, a large Red Sox cap-wearing, bearded pumpkin designed to look like the Sox slugger.Some of the pumpkins took on a political tone, such as the “Zombie Romney.” The “Furlough Frights” entry from Hollis South wasn’t carved at all, but impaled with a note that read, “This pumpkin not carved because of government shutdown.”Many of the entries went far beyond the typical Halloween themes. Wigglesworth D entered the “Annenburger,” a pumpkin sliced in half, filled with patties, lettuce, and tomato, with the pumpkin seeds affixed to resemble a sesame-seed bun. This earned Wigglesworth D the “Most Creative” award. To bring the jack-o’-lantern into the 21st century, in place of the traditional candle one entry put an iPhone in the hollowed-out center, treating passersby to music.And with The Game less than a month away, the large Harvard Pumpkin feasting on the smaller Yale pumpkin from Stoughton North won the “Most Harvard” prize.“I think they all had a lot of fun doing this with their classmates,” Dingman said, making his way through the rows of pumpkins. “And the nice thing about this year is it’s also Freshman Parents Weekend, so their mothers and fathers can see their creativity firsthand.”last_img read more

first_imgTOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — The West Corners Lions Club teamed up with Most Holy Rosary Church in the Town of Maine to hold a food giveaway Saturday morning. Bush said the giveaway was the latest in a series of drive up events held by the club since the pandemic began. The groups gathered in the church parking lot to distribute 8,000 pounds of milk products as well as 100 CHOW food boxes plus additional food donated by the church. Anyone in need of food was encouraged to drive up to receive their package without ever having to leave their vehicle. center_img “Where there’s a need there’s a Lion, and hunger is on the forefront because of the pandemic, and a lot of folks are going without financial support where they need it,” said Lions Club District Governor Rosemarie Bush. last_img read more

first_imgUK auto-enrolment pension provider NEST has expanded the scope of its “sidecar” savings project, introduced last year to explore how to improve the financial resilience of UK workers.Two more employers – Yusen Logistics and the University of Glasgow – have signed up to offer an emergency savings option to their employees, alongside high street services chain Timpsons, which was announced as the first company to run the project in November last year.Presenting the sidecar savings project at an event hosted by NEST’s Insight research department this week, head of research and innovation Jo Phillips said more employers were interested in joining the trial.The trial went live this month, with staff at the three companies offered the ability to save into an emergency savings pot using contributions from their monthly wages, on an opt-in basis. The savings “jars”, as NEST has branded them, have been framed as emergency savings accounts, but no restrictions have been placed on how the money can be spent or how accessible it is. Timpsons was the first employer to sign up to NEST’s sidecar savings trialStaff can set how much they would like to save each month and an overall “target” for the emergency savings pot. Any contributions paid after this level is reached will be automatically redirected into the individual’s NEST pension account.The trial would run for two years, Phillips said.The Money and Pensions Service, which helped fund the project, said there were six areas that the trial was designed to explore, namely:How much individuals were prepared to save;Whether they maintained a regular saving amount;What effects were observed on individuals’ financial resilience;Whether savers were “on a trajectory to save more for retirement”;Whether the emergency savings had effects on financial and non-financial wellbeing; andWho benefited most from the trial and why.Salary Finance is providing the payroll technology that will monitor contribution levels and switch from the savings pot to the pension account and vice versa. Yorkshire Building Society has provided the bank accounts.last_img read more