Bedford 2020 Environmental Summit and Solar Action Day

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Take Action for a More Sustainable Future

Official Launch of Solarize Bedford/Mt. Kisco

Dear Attendees of Bedford 2020 Environmental Summit and Solar Action Day,

Thanks in great part to your participation, the Bedford 2020 Environmental Summit and Solar Action Day was a huge success! The tone of the day was high-energy, high-engagement, optimistic yet urgent, highly collaborative and inspiring. Most important it was a day of action. While we are still gathering data, here are some initial metrics:

  • Over 550 attendees including residents, community members, legislators, media, speakers/experts, civic organizations and businesses.
  • Over 88 sign-ups so far for Solarize Bedford – Mt. Kisco.
  • 65 sign-ups for Energize/Home Energy Efficiency.
  • 35 sign-ups for Hudson Valley Bee Keepers.
  • Close to 34 leads for Tesla — 34 potential new electric drivers!
  • Lively Q&A during/following 3 keynote addresses and 15 workshop sessions.
  • An Expo that was packed (and filled with glorious sunshine) all day long.

A special thanks to the entire Summit team: Bedford 2020 Board and Task Force Members; Sponsors; Keynote Speakers; Workshop Leaders and Speakers; Expo Participants; Volunteers, Partners and Press. What a team!

Those of you who have ideas about how we can further engage the community and inspire individual action, please send us emails with your suggestions.

With great appreciation and admiration,
Bedford 2020 Summit Team

P.S.: In the next few days we will be posting many of the presentations given at the Summit Sessions. So check back soon!

Summary

WHEN
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 8:00am–4:30pm
Snow date: February 1, 2015 (unnecessary)
WHERE
Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY
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videos

Event Videos

Keynote: Amory Lovins

Keynote: Richard Kauffman

addresses

Scheduled Addresses

OPENING ADDRESS
New York State’s Energy Revolution

Remember when no one had a smart phone? How we use and produce energy is undergoing a similar revolution. We are becoming energy producers not users. Energy efficiency is becoming an alternative fuel. Richard Kauffman, New York State’s “Energy Czar” who oversees and manages the State’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will present an inside view on what the new energy economy will look like. Discussion will include how New York State is leading the nation in changing the old utility paradigm and shifting to a more decentralized, consumer-based system. What will the impact be on our economy, homeowners, businesses, civic entities and municipalities? How will this new paradigm impact climate change, jobs and health?

Speaker: Richard Kauffman, New York State’s “Energy Czar”, Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Reinventing Fire

Imagine fuel without fear. No climate change. No oil spills, no dead coalminers, no dirty air, no devastated lands, no lost wildlife. No energy poverty. No oil-fed wars, tyrannies, or terrorists. No leaking nuclear wastes or spreading nuclear weapons. Nothing to run out. Nothing to cut off. Nothing to worry about. Just energy abundance, benign and affordable, for all, forever. That world is possible, practical, even profitable — because saving and replacing fossil fuels now works better and costs no more than buying and burning them. Learn how business — motivated by profit, supported by civil society, sped by smart policy — can get the US completely off oil and coal by 2050, and later beyond natural gas as well. You won’t want to miss hearing Amory Lovins, a world leader on energy and innovation, founder of The Rocky Mountain Institute and author of Reinventing Fire, discuss the impact of energy innovation.

Speaker: Amory Lovins, Leading Innovator in Energy; Founder & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute; named by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and by Foreign Policy as one of the 100 top global thinkers

CLOSING ADDRESS
Paths to Progress on a Turbulent Planet

Andy Revkin has been writing and speaking about environmental and social sustainability for more than three decades, from the Amazon to the White House to the North Pole, mainly for The New York Times. He has won the top awards in science journalism multiple times. He has written acclaimed books on global warming, the changing Arctic and the violent assault on the Amazon rain forest. Drawing on his experience with his Times blog, Dot Earth, which Time Magazine named one of the top 25 blogs in 2013, Revkin speaks to audiences around the world about paths to progress on a turbulent planet. Come hear him today speak about progress on climate change and the importance of small steps that make a difference.

Speaker: Andy Revkin, Environmental Journalist, New York Times; Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University

workshops

Summit Workshops

Each Summit attendee can participate in up to four workshops.

 ENERGY
Let the Sun Shine In:
Get Solarized

Wondering about solar for your home? This session is for you! Bedford 2020 introduces Solar 101! Join the entire community to learn about Solarize Bedford-Mount Kisco. This new program, launching on January 31, 2015, provides an expert installer, Ross Solar Group — who is committed to helping the residents of Bedford and Mount Kisco get solar. The goal of the program is to reduce prices for solar installations, provide favorable financing, and simplify the permitting process. Ross Solar Group will take you through each step: How does Solarize Bedford/Mount Kisco make it easier for me to install solar? Will solar work at my house? What is a photovoltaic panel, and how does it work? What kind of panel should I use? How much money will I save? And much more! Discover if solar is right for you. If so, you can sign up today and get started on a path to clean solar energy.

Speakers: Stephan Hartmann and Walter Erikson, Ross Solar Group

Solar Energy:
What’s Happening in New York State?

Solar energy is limitless in supply, pollution-free, and becoming more efficient and less expensive every day. One-half of all new American electricity generating capacity came from solar installations in 2014. How is New York State promoting solar? Why do New York State laws on net metering, community solar and interconnections matter to you? How can we create a clean energy state? Make your voices heard in the Q&A. This workshop will be a panel discussion by solar experts and legislators, moderated by Chris Goeken, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, New York League of Conservation Voters.

Speaker: Peter Olmstead, East Coast Regional Director, Vote Solar Initiative; President, NY Solar Energy Industries Association
Speaker: Katherine Kennedy, Director, Energy & Transportation Program, NRDC
Speaker: David Buchwald, New York State Assemblyman
Moderator: Chris Goeken, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, NY League of Conservation Voters

Nuts and Bolts of Solar, Energy Efficiency and Financing for Business Owners

This workshop to will cover the nuts and bolts of a solar installation and an energy efficiency upgrade for your business. Meet Doug Hertz, principal of Sunrise Solutions, the solar installer chosen by Solarize Bedford-Mount Kisco for our discounted, commercial solar program. Financing options and incentives available from the EIC, NYSERDA and Con Ed will all be covered.

Speaker: Doug Hertz, Principal, Sunrise Solar Solutions
Speaker: Elyssa Rothe, Energize New York, Director of Commercial Program
Speaker: Melissa Lopez, Regional Outreach Contractor, NYSERDA EDGE

Home Energy Efficiency 101

Are you happy with a cold, drafty house? Do you love paying exorbitant bills for heat that disappears into thin air? Then put on a sweater and skip this workshop! But if not — If you want to save money and reduce home energy use, take off your sweater and attend this workshop! Norm Jen, Energize New York’s “Energy Coach” and energy-efficiency guru, will cover the basic “how-to’s” of home energy efficiency — how to plug up a leaky house, what is a home energy assessment, a blower door test, how can you be sure that you will save money, how can you make your home more comfortable? Listen to the experiences of local Bedford and Mount Kisco residents who are delighted with their home energy upgrades. Ask questions and find out how you can sign up today!

Speaker: Norm Jen, Certified Building Performance Contractor; Energize New York’s “Energy Coach”
Speaker: Lauren Brois, Assistant Director, Residential Programs Energize New York
Speaker: Julie Caracin, Associate Project Manager, NYSERDA; Energize Homeowner
Panelists: Flo Brodley, Jayni Chase, Ken Roberts and Andrew Weidmann

Building Science Primer:
Why Today’s Homes Are Outdated Energy Guzzlers, and What You Can Do about It

Norm Jen, Energize New York’s “Energy Coach” and energy-efficiency guru and a certified Building Performance Institute contractor, will explain how homes are constructed and what’s going on behind the walls in your attic and basement. Get answers to questions like… Why are my winter heating bills so high? Do I have to live with drafts in my home? What causes cold spots and freezing floors? How do I know if the air quality in my home is healthy? After Norm’s talk, you’ll get a chance to see home energy efficiency measurement tools up-close and in action: the blower door test, infrared measurement tool, and more.

Speaker: Norm Jen, Certified Building Performance Contractor; Energize New York’s “Energy Coach”

 FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
Eat Local!
How to Support and Grow Bedford’s Local Food Economy

If Horizon Milk isn’t local, what is? Why should you care? What does it mean to build a local food system, and is it worthwhile? Are all organics equal? Learn how you can make healthier, smarter food choices for your family. Hear what is happening to promote a local food economy right here in Bedford. How can you help? This workshop features a panel presentation of experts in farming, marketing and restaurant management. They will help you sort through food choices for the future and find ways to support our local Bedford farmers.

Speaker:
Speakers: Ashley and Josh Frost, Farmers/Owners, Seedswell Vegetable Farm
Speaker: Jennifer Gordon, Farmer Market Manager, John Jay Homestead
Speakers: Chef/Co-Owner Eric Gabrynowicz and Owner Stephen Mancini of Restaurant North; Founding Leaders, Hudson Valley Chefs Collaborative Chapter
Moderator: Mimi Edelman, I and Me Farm

Backyard Bees and Chickens

Suburban backyard micro-farmers are bringing bees and chickens home to roost in exchange for fresh eggs, local honey — and a fun, rewarding endeavor! Come hear about the growing trend to use our backyards and community gardens to help drive local, sustainable agriculture. Find out how you can get started in your own backyard — or simply how to share the fruits of your neighbor’s labor! Learn how we can make a difference in the disappearance of bees.

Speaker: Karen Sabath, Beekeeper; Co-Founder, Hudson Valley Natural Beekeepers Association
Speaker: Annie Farrell, Chicken Farmer, Millstone Farm

 WASTE AND RECYCLING
“Talking Trash”:
Waste and Recycling 201

How do I do single-stream recycling? Where does our recycling go? What happens to it? Where does our trash go? What does garbage have to do with greenhouse gas emissions? Come hear Peter Kuniholm, Solid Waste and Recycling Consultant and Bedford 2020 Waste & Recycling Chair, as he “talks trash”! He will cover “garbology”, an in-depth look at what we’re throwing out in Bedford; and provide participants with important recycling tips that can make a big difference right here at home.

Speaker: Peter Kuniholm, Solid Waste and Recycling Consultant; Bedford 2020 Waste & Recycling Task Force Chair                                                                                                              Speaker: Lauren Singer, Blogger for Trash is for Tossers which is dedicated to showing that leading a Zero Waste lifestyle is simple, cost-effective, fun, and entirely possible

“A Rind is a
Terrible Thing to Waste”:
Composting 1-2-3

This workshop is for beginners and experts in composting. It is also for those who would like to explore a community organic waste program. It will cover everything you need to know about how easy it is to turn your kitchen and yard waste into “black gold”. Learn about the importance of composting; different methods of composting; the equipment itself — the Rocket Composter, compost bins, barrels and buckets; as well as mulching your leaves! The workshop will include the basic 1-2-3’s plus lots of great tips, information and troubleshooting for seasoned composters.

Speaker: Gregg Twehues, Founder, Compostwerks; former Director, Nutrient Management at Stone Barns
Speaker: Fiona Mitchell, Master Composter; Founder, Leave Leaves Alone
Speaker: Gerardo Soto, Founder and Managing Director, NATH Sustainable Solutions

 WATER AND LAND USE
Water and Woods

What are the biggest threats to water quality in your neighborhood and what you can do to protect your water? See maps of Bedford’s watersheds and aquifers, and how they relate to your house. The Great Healthy Yard Project gives us an easy way to work together and make a measurable improvement in our water quality by pledging to take care of our yards without synthetic chemicals. Over 4,000 acres have been pledged in Bedford so far. Native plants and trees don’t need these chemicals. They support our pollinators, and help filter out impurities from our water. Especially trees, but we need to protect them from the onslaught of invasive plants. Troy Weldy oversees the management of over 750,000 acres, and has the most experience dealing with invasive species in the state. He will give us practical ways to protect our trees and water by controlling invasive species in our backyards. He will share his experience of how to prioritize, and how to dispose of invasives, and when it makes sense to plant native replacements.

Speaker: Dr. Diane Lewis, Author, The Great Healthy Yard Project; Bedford 2020 Water & Land Use Task Force Chair
Speaker: Troy Weldy, Senior Conservation Manager, The Nature Conservancy in New York State

Please send in questions about managing invasive species in your backyard to Bedford 2020 and we can address the most frequently asked questions. There will also be Q&A.

Native Plants:
Making Beauty Sustainable

Sheila Brady, the designer of the New York Botanical Garden’s new Native Plant Garden, creator of Caramoor’s master plan and principal with the DC firm of Oehme, van Sweden & Associates will speak about the beauty and ease of growing native plants and their value as refuge for biodiversity and creators of a diverse yard that cleans our water and air and feeds our pollinators.

Speaker: Sheila Brady, Principal, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates

 TRANSPORTATION
Hot Cars For A Cool Tomorrow: Make the Switch to an Electric Car

Do you long for the day you will never go to a gas station again? Do you want to save money, reduce pollution, improve health, create jobs and increase energy independence? Learn more about the basics of electric vehicles — and the significance of an economy that uses the sun to power the vehicles.

Speaker: Luke Tonachel, Senior Vehicles Analyst, Energy & Transportation Program, NRDC
Speaker: David Fenton, Bedford resident; solar-powered electric car owner
Speaker: Ray Nosworthy, Sales Manager, Arroway Chevrolet and Cadillac: Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark and Cadillac ELR EV
Speaker: Michael Ryan, Owner Advisor, Tesla Motors

speakers

Keynote Speakers

(list in formation)
Richard KauffmanRichard Kauffman is Chairman of Energy and Finance, Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Kauffman joined the administration of Governor Cuomo as New York State’s first “energy czar” in February of 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Kauffman is responsible for developing and advancing the Governor’s ambitious plan to create a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system.

Mr. Kauffman oversees and manages New York State’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He was appointed chair of NYSERDA’s board in June 2013. 

Mr. Kauffman leads New York State’s comprehensive Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. REV includes groundbreaking regulatory reform to fundamentally restructure the energy and utility industry, an unprecedented ten-year commitment to support local renewable energy and efficiency markets through the creation of the Clean Energy Fund, and other bold initiatives such as NY Green Bank and the pioneering $1 billion NY-Sun solar program.

Amory B. LovinsAmory B. Lovins, a consultant physicist and innovator in energy and its links with resources, security, development, and environment, has advised the energy and other industries for four decades as well as the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. His work in 50+ countries has been recognized by the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Time Hero for the Planet, National Design, and World Technology Awards.

A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has briefed 23 heads of state and written 31 books and over 490 papers. Cofounder of Rocky Mountain Institute — an independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources—his work as its Chief Scientist has lately included leading the superefficient redesigns of numerous buildings, several vehicles, and $30+ billion worth of industrial facilities in 29 sectors. In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.

Andrew RevkinAndrew Revkin, the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University, has been writing about environmental and social sustainability for more than three decades, from the Amazon to the White House to the North Pole, mainly for The New York Times. He has won the top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship. At Pace, he teaches courses in blogging, environmental communication and documentary film. He has written acclaimed books on global warming, the changing Arctic and the violent assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication.

Drawing on his experience with his Times blog, Dot Earth, which Time Magazine named one of the top 25 blogs in 2013, Revkin speaks to audiences around the world about paths to progress on a turbulent planet.

Two films have been based on his work: Rock Star (Warner Brothers, 2001) and The Burning Season (HBO, 1994), which starred Raul Julia and won two Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes.

Workshop Speakers

(list in formation)

Let the Sun Shine In: Get Solarized

  • Speakers: Stephan Hartmann and Walter Erikson, Ross Solar Group

Solar Energy: What’s Happening in New York State?

  • Speaker: Peter Olmstead, East Coast Regional Director, Vote Solar Initiative; President, NY Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Speaker: Katherine Kennedy, Director, Energy & Transportation Program, NRDC
  • Speaker: David Buchwald, New York State Assemblyman
  • Moderator: Chris Goeken, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, NY League of Conservation Voters

Nuts and Bolts of Solar, Energy Efficiency and Financing for Business Owners

  • Speaker: Doug Hertz, Principal, Sunrise Solar Solutions
  • Speaker: Elyssa Rothe, Energize NY, Director of Commercial Program
  • Speaker: Melissa Lopez, NYSERDA EDGE – Regional Outreach Contractor

Home Energy Efficiency 101

  • Speaker: Norm Jen, Certified Building Performance Contractor; Energize New York’s “Energy Coach”
  • Speaker: Lauren Brois, Assistant Director, Residential Programs Energize New York
  • Speaker: Julie Caracin, Associate Project Manager, NYSERDA

Building Science Primer: Why Today’s Homes Are Outdated Energy Guzzlers, and What You Can Do about It

  • Speaker: Norm Jen, Certified Building Performance Contractor; Energize New York’s “Energy Coach”

Eat Local! How to Support and Grow Bedford’s Local Food Economy

  • Speaker:
  • Speakers: Ashley and Josh Frost, Farmers/Owners, Seedswell Vegetable Farm
  • Speaker: Jennifer Gordon, Farmer Market Manager, John Jay Homestead
  • Speakers: Chef/Co Owner Eric Gabrynowicz and Owner Stephen Mancini, Restaurant North; Founding Leaders, Hudson Valley Chefs Collaborative Chapter
  • Moderator: Mimi Edelman, I and Me Farm

Backyard Bees and Chickens

  • Speaker: Karen Sabath, Beekeeper; Co-Founder, Hudson Valley Natural Beekeepers
  • Speaker: Annie Farrell, Chicken Farmer, Millstone Farm

“Talking Trash”: Waste and Recycling 201

  • Speaker: Peter Kuniholm, Solid Waste and Recycling Consultant; Bedford 2020 Waste & Recycling Task Force Chair
  • Speaker: Lauren Singer, Blogger for Trash is for Tossers which is dedicated to showing that leading a Zero Waste lifestyle is simple, cost-effective, fun, and entirely possible

“A Rind is a Terrible Thing to Waste”: Composting 1-2-3

  • Speaker: Gregg Twehues, Founder, Compostwerks; former Director, Nutrient Management, Stone Barns
  • Speaker: Fiona Mitchell, Master Composter; Founder, Leave Leaves Alone
  • Speaker: Gerardo Soto, Founder and Managing Director, NATH Sustainable Solutions

Water and Woods

  • Speaker: Dr. Diane Lewis, Author, The Great Healthy Yard Project; Bedford 2020 Water & Land Use Task Force Chair
  • Speaker: Troy Weldy, Senior Conservation Manager, The Nature Conservancy in New York State

Native Plants: Making Beauty Sustainable

  • Speaker: Sheila Brady, Principal, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates

Hot Cars for a Cool Tomorrow: Make the Switch to an Electric Car

  • Speaker: Luke Tonachel, Senior Vehicles Analyst, Energy & Transportation Program, NRDC
  • Speaker: David Fenton, Bedford resident and solar-powered electric car owner
  • Speaker: Ray Nosworthy, Sales Manager, Arroway Chevrolet and Cadillac: Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark and Cadillac ELR EV
  • Speaker: Michael Ryan, Owner Advisor, Tesla Motors

expo

Environmental Expo

EXHIBITOR LIST

The Environmental Expo will feature interactive demonstrations, green products, and information from over 70 participating organizations and businesses. This list is in formation; please check back for updates.

EXPO PARTICIPATION

Businesses and Organizations interested in participating in the Summit Expo, please click here to download information and application.

Solarize


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Solar Bedford

Sunlight. America could met all of its energy needs by capturing a sliver of this limitless, pollution-free energy.

Solarize Bedford-Mount Kisco is a 19-week campaign that begins at the Summit on January 31st and ends June 15th.

The goal of the Campaign is to increase the number of solar installations for residents and businesses by simplifying the process of going solar and dramatically reducing costs. The program features:

  • A competitively vetted and pre-selected expert solar installer.
  • A unique discounted buying program with rates significantly below market prices. The more people who sign up, the lower the price will be for everyone, even the first to enroll.
  • Education on the solar installation process, and on the cost-saving and environmental benefits of solar energy.
  • Clarification of all federal and state solar incentives as well as existing financing options to help make the decision easier.

For information on how to sign-up and to learn more, go to the Solarize Bedford-Mount Kisco website.

The Town of Bedford and the Village of Mount Kisco were selected by Solarize Westchester to participate in the Solarize campaign. Solarize Westchester is partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, which is a $1 billion investment in solar power through 2023 to significantly expand solar installations across the State and to ultimately transform New York’s solar industry so it becomes self-sustaining.

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news

Bedford 2020 celebrates 5 years with solar project

Appearing in LoHud.com, The Journal News
by Matt Coyne, mcoyne@lohud.com
4:51 p.m. EST, January 23, 2015

Five years down, five to go.

That’s what green group Bedford 2020 is celebrating next Saturday, Jan. 31, at its Environmental Summit and Solar Action Day. The event, which kicks off a Solarize Bedford-Mount Kisco initiative, will feature an afternoon with of “environmental rock stars” and workshops on sustainability.

According to the group’s executive director Midge Iorio, next weekend celebrates both the first five years of work the group has done to make Bedford more green, while setting an agenda for the next five years, where she hopes the group will get people to make environmentally-friendly lifestyle changes.

Read the full story here.

Mt. Kisco, Bedford to Kick Off Major Solar Power Push

From The Examiner, examinernews.com
by Neal Rentz, January 27, 2015

The Village of Mount Kisco and the Town of Bedford are kicking off a major push this weekend to encourage businesses and homeowners to use solar power.

The Bedford 2020 Environmental Summit and Solar Action Day is scheduled for this Saturday at Fox Lane High School from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The event, which will address various environmental issues, will celebrate five years of community action in the two municipalities and to launch Solarize Bedford-Mount Kisco. The solar power campaign will run through June 15.

Read the full story here.

Bedford Homeowners and Businesses: Sign Up for Discount Solar Installation

Solarize Westchester announces communities selected for unique solar power program—Deadline June 1.

from Bedford-Katonah Patch
By Lanning Taliaferro (Patch Staff)
January 21, 2015 at 3:16pm

Starting this month and until June, homeowners and businesses in four Westchester community coalitions will have the opportunity to participate in a solar power discount program that makes installing solar electric systems simpler and more affordable.

Solarize Westchester has selected the following four coalitions to participate in a Solarize campaign:

  • Solarize Bedford-Mt. Kisco
  • Solarize Cortlandt-Croton
  • Solarize Ossining-Briarcliff
  • Solarize Larchmont-Mamaroneck

“We look forward to working with the Solarize Westchester team and our partners in Bedford to substantially increase solar installations, drive economic activity and reduce emissions in our community,” said Mount Kisco Mayor J. Michael Cindrich.

Read the full story here.