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Grand Patrician Resort in Milton continues to grow

MILTON — As work continues to transform a former hospital and nursing home into a resort, crews are now turning their attention to developing the grounds of the Grand Patrician Resort in Milton.

The ground has been broken in preparation for construction of a wedding chapel and conference center, said Theron Jones, manager of Legends Construction, the Milton-based company building the resort. He said this week that construction of both structures will begin in the next 30 days.

The conference center will feature 20-foot-high ceilings and be “very spacious inside,” Jones said.

Development also will begin soon for the Olympic-size indoor swimming pool, clubhouse and spa, which Jones said will be first class.

Jones said overall the work is going well.

“It’s challenging working with an older building, but it’s fun,” he said.

Some of the designs for the resort itself have changed, and Jones said he isn’t sure how those modifications will affect their work yet. Changes include making the lobby, restaurant and dining areas bigger.

Crews also still need to add a part to the front that comes out about 100 feet, which Jones said will really transform how it looks.

Work to transform the former Morris Memorial Hospital began last year. Along with hotel and upcoming installations, plans for the resort include a golf course designed by Harmony Links Golf co-founder Terry LaGree, an award-winning golf course architect and builder.

The course is Harmony Links’ first in a new series that reflects the most famous golf holes from around the world and incorporates synthetic turf for greens and tees, according to a news release from the company.

There are also plans for residential townhouses, condos and home lots.

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Science Says: How daylight saving time affects health

Office workers bemoan driving home in the dark. Night owls relish the chance to sleep in. As clocks tick toward the end of daylight saving time, many sleep scientists and circadian biologists are pushing for a permanent ban because of potential ill effects on human health.

Losing an hour of afternoon daylight sounds like a gloomy preview for the dark winter months, and at least one study found an increase in people seeking help for depression after turning the clocks back to standard time in November — in Scandinavia. Research shows the springtime start of daylight saving time may be more harmful, linking it with more car accidents, heart attacks in vulnerable people and other health problems that may persist throughout the time change.

Here’s what science has to say about a twice-yearly ritual affecting nearly 2 billion people worldwide.

Sleep effects

Time changes mess with sleep schedules, a potential problem when so many people are already sleep deprived, says Dr. Phyllis Zee, a sleep researcher at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.

About 1 in 3 U.S. adults sleeps less than the recommended seven-plus hours nightly, and more than half of U.S. teens don’t get the recommended eight-plus hours on weeknights. One U.S. study found that in the week following the spring switch to daylight saving time, teens slept about 2½ hours less than the previous week. Many people never catch up during the subsequent six months.

Research suggests that chronic sleep deprivation can increase levels of stress hormones that boost heart rate and blood pressure, and of chemicals that trigger inflammation.

Heart problems

It has also been shown that blood tends to clot more quickly in the morning.

These changes underlie evidence that heart attacks are more common in general in the morning, and may explain studies showing that rates increase slightly on Mondays after clocks are moved forward in the spring, when people typically rise an hour earlier than normal.

That increased risk associated with the time change is mainly in people already vulnerable because of existing heart disease, said Barry Franklin, director of preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation at Beaumont Health hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Studies suggest that these people return to their baseline risk after the autumn time change.

Car crashes

Numerous studies have linked the start of daylight saving time in the spring with a brief spike in car accidents, and with poor performance on tests of alertness, both likely due to sleep loss.

The research includes a German study published this year that found an increase in traffic fatalities in the week after the start of daylight saving time, but no such increase in the fall.

Other studies on how returning to standard time in the fall might impact car crashes have had conflicting results.

Our internal clocks

Circadian biologists believe ill health effects from daylight saving time result from a mismatch among the sun “clock,” our social clock — work and school schedules — and the body’s internal 24-hour body clock.

Ticking away at the molecular level, the biological clock is entrained — or set — by exposure to sunlight and darkness. It regulates bodily functions such as metabolism, blood pressure and hormones that promote sleep and alertness.

Disruptions to the body clock have been linked with obesity, depression, diabetes, heart problems and other conditions. Circadian biologists say these disruptions include tinkering with standard time by moving the clock ahead one hour in the spring.

A mismatch of one hour daily is enough for ill effects, especially if it lasts for several months, according to Till Roenneberg, a circadian rhythm specialist at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.

Pressure to change

In the U.S., daylight saving time runs from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

It was established 100 years ago to save energy. Modern-day research has found little or no such cost savings.

Federal law allows states to remain on standard time year-round but only Hawaii and most of Arizona have chosen to.

Proposed legislation in several states would have them join suit — or switch to year-round daylight saving time, which would require congressional approval.

Roenneberg and Northwestern’s Zee are co-authors of a recent position statement advocating returning to standard time for good, written for the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms.

“If we want to improve human health, we should not fight against our body clock, and therefore we should abandon daylight saving time,” the statement says.


Follow AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner at @LindseyTanner.


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State budget shortfall grows to $33 million

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s 2019-20 budget shortfall has grown to $33.26 million as October tax collection of $354.09 million fell $3.47 million short of estimates, according to figures supplied by the Senate Finance Committee.

October marks the third month of the first four of the budget year that revenue collection has missed budget estimates.

The two main pillars of tax revenue were pointing in different directions for the month, with personal income tax collection of $149.06 million coming up $15.94 million short of estimates, while sales tax collection of $125.62 million topped estimates by $24.02 million.

Year-to-date income tax collection of $652.62 million are running $37.47 million below estimates, while year-to-date sales tax collection of $455.91 million is running $22.01 million ahead of estimates.

Severance tax collection, primarily from coal and natural gas, continues to be a drag on state revenue, even though October’s collection of $16.65 million topped estimates by $1.75 million.

However, that’s less than half of September’s collection of $33.91 million, and $8.17 million below the October 2018 collection of $24.85 million.

A year-to-date severance tax collection of $75.9 million is running $24.64 million behind estimates, and is $45.47 million behind collection of $121.37 million at the same point in 2018. That 37% decline has been blamed on plunging coal production and low prices for natural gas.

Severance tax deficits were cited as a key reason why Gov. Jim Justice is calling on state agencies to come up with $100 million in spending cuts, cutbacks announced last week by Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy.

Since June, the Senate Finance Committee has preemptively released monthly revenue figures, with staff analyzing data collected by the state Auditor’s Office. Traditionally, the monthly revenue reports have been released jointly by the Department of Revenue and the Budget Office.

Reach Phil Kabler at philk@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1220 or follow @PhilKabler on Twitter.

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Marshall head coach Dan D'Antoni looks on from the sideline as the Herd takes on Glenville State in a college men's basketball exhibition game Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington.