Mary Ann Siefert, age 92 of Batesville, gained her angel wings on April 28, 2020. Born December 11, 1927 in Morris, Indiana, she is the daughter of Therese (Nee: Riehle) and Martin Prickel. The young farm girl married Jerome “Jake” Siefert on June 21, 1952 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Morris, and he preceded her in death on April 18, 1999. She retired from the Hill-Rom Company and began to travel with Jake, visiting her daughters and their families along the way.Those who knew Mary Ann knew how much she enjoyed family gatherings, tending to her flower and vegetable gardens and chatting on the breezeway with visiting friends and neighbors. She and Jake started their family with twin girls, another daughter arrived eighteen months later, and another eight years later — she had her hands full but excelled as a mama with all her daughters. Mary Ann volunteered at St. Louis parish and school, and at the former Hospitality Hall, and was a member of the Red Hat Belles and Surviving Spouses Dinner Club.When her twins left for college, Mary Ann decided to accept a job working in the upholstery area, and later in the wiring department of Hill-Rom. This venture provided a wealth of great friendships that lasted into her retirement. Holidays with family gathered were her favorite times, and she treasured the addition of each son-in-law, grandchild and great-grandchild … and was thrilled when another set of twins arrived among the great-grandchildren. When asked what she would miss the most, she replied, “Seeing my greats grow up.”Following Jake’s death, Mary Ann began to downsize her household and made the decision to move to St. Andrews at age 91. She thrived in the assisted living environment and thoroughly enjoyed the residents and activities and praised their caring staff members. She came into the world surrounded by the love of family at the Prickel farm on Lammers Pike and entered her eternal life “just down the road a bit,” at St. Andrews, surrounded again by the love of family. Mary Ann is survived by her daughters Jean (Jeff) Beckley of Carmel, Indiana; Jane (Jim) Nordmeyer of Monclova, Ohio; Peggi (Von) Shipman of Valdosta, Georgia; and Sue Siefert of Batesville. She was most proud of her grandchildren, James Beckley, Sarah Nordmeyer, Jacque Beckley (Brad) Smith, Eric (fiancée Mary Bajic) Nordmeyer, John Nordmeyer, Jenna Beckley (fiancée Jason Bates) and Jordan Beckley, her two step-grandchildren, Chris and Katie Shipman, and her precious great-grandchildren, Tyler, Graham and Lyla Smith, and Jacob and Addison Nordmeyer.In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary June, a sister, Helen Wettering and a brother, Leonard Prickel.Due to COVID-19 precautions, a drive-thru viewing will be held Saturday, May 2 from 9:30-11:00 at the Weigel funeral home. Private graveside service will be held at St. Louis Cemetery. Later, when conditions permit, a celebration of her life will be held.The family requests paying it forward to memorialize Mary Ann – consider volunteering or contributing to a food or blood bank, helping a neighbor in need during this time of isolation, supporting the first responders, truckers, grocery workers or healthcare workers with an act of kindness. Memorials donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis or the St. Andrew’s Activity Fund and mailed to Weigel Funeral Home, P.O. Box 36, Batesville, Indiana, 47006.
For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Rudy Tomjanovich Award is named for the former Rockets and Lakers coach, who had the reputation of being professional and respectful with the media during 13 seasons as an NBA head coach, when he compiled a 527-416 regular-season record, a 51-39 postseason record and won back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995 with Houston. The PBWA’s other finalists this season were the Brooklyn Nets’ Kenny Atkinson, the Houston Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni, the Denver Nuggets’ Michael Malone and the Indiana Pacers’ Nate McMillan.Previous winners include Jerry Sloan (2010-11), Frank Vogel (2013-14), Steve Kerr (2014-15 and 2017-18), Dwane Casey (2015-16) and Stan Van Gundy (2016-17).The PBWA is composed of more than 200 writers and editors who cover the NBA for newspapers, online news outlets and magazines. The Professional Basketball Writers Association honored Clippers coach Doc Rivers as the winner of the 2018-19 Rudy Tomjanovich Award on Thursday in recognition of his “cooperation with the media and fans, as well as his excellence on the court.”Rivers, who also is among three finalists for NBA Coach of the Year, guided a team that many predicted would win just 30-some games to 48 victories, the seventh-most in a single season in franchise history.The Clippers became the fourth team in NBA history to win more than 45 games without a current or former All-Star on their roster at any point in the season and pushed the Golden State Warriors to six games in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.“Rivers is generous with his time with the working press and is thoughtful with his answers to reporters’ questions,” the PBWA wrote in a release announcing the award, which Rivers also won in 2011-12 as coach of the Boston Celtics. He certainly was open with reporters this season about how much he enjoyed leading his squad.“It’s just a great group,” Rivers told local media during the first-round playoff series. “It’s funny, down 3-1 and you still can’t wait to get to practice. You can’t wait to show them all the things they’ve done well. They’re just an amazing group to be around, they really are. I won’t take them on vacation, I’ll tell you that, but I love the group.”Recently, Rivers was too communicative for the league’s liking; it fined the Clippers $50,000 for Rivers’ complimentary comments about Toronto Raptors star and free-agent-to-be Kawhi Leonard during an ESPN appearance. Comparing Leonard with Michael Jordan was considered flattery that crossed “a bright line” related to tampering rules, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters.Rivers will learn if he’s won his second career Coach of the Year award at the NBA Awards Show on June 24, where the winner of the Sixth Man of the Year Award also will be named. Clippers reserves Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are two of the three finalists.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum
After the Lakers missed six of their first eight shots to open the fourth quarter., fans became restless about the team’s energy. The atmosphere only caught a buzz once fan favorite Metta World Peace played in garbage time.By the point, the Lakers had clearly squandered any chance of a win because of a third quarter that seemingly only brings out the worst in them. The Lakers never held a firm lead on Tuesday against Portland. But they opened the third quarter looking like a much different team than what was on display in the first half.Portland guard Damian Lillard scored 11 of his 20 points on 4-of-9 shooting after going 1-of-11 from the field in the first half. The Lakers went only 5-of-23 from the field 0-of-7 from 3-point range after going 20-of-42 overall while shooting 7-of-12 from the perimeter in the first half. Deng finished with a team-high 14 points on a 5-of-10 clip and six rebounds, but he scored only one point in the second half.Two days after Lakers coach Luke Walton lauded D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle for their improved preparation and hustle, the Lakers’ two cornerstone players became inefficient. Randle had nearly as many fouls (five) and points (six) on 2-of-9 shooting, numbers that clouded his 10 rebounds. Though he remained aggressive to collect eight rebounds and six assists, Russell had nine points on a 4-of-14 clip and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts.Russell exchanged some words with Lillard that both resulted in technical fouls with 6:05 left in the third quarter, though the tension also matched the theatrics Jordan Clarkson and Miami guard Goran Dragic showed in their recent scuffle.Walton gave the Lakers’ starters and reserves both a chance to reduce Portland’s 78-69 lead entering the fourth quarter. That never materialized as the Trail Blazers also featured CJ McCollum scoring 25 points and Maurice Harkless adding 14. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Everything seemed so splendid.The Lakers’ teamwork and hustle continued. Luol Deng appeared on pace toward writing another chapter in his improved play. The Lakers made inroads on their defense by somehow holding Portland guard Damian Lillard to an inefficient shooting night.Then, the third quarter happened. So everything went south.The Lakers dropped another game, this one a 108-87 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday at Staples Center because of a season-long issue that follows them at home and on the road. The Lakers (15-27) dropped their 10th consecutive game to Portland (17-23) less than a week after coughing up a 14-point lead in Portland. Meanwhile, the Lakers have only gone 10-8 this season after holding a tie or lead at halftime.
In the mining town of Linden with a population of approximately 70,000, the garbage collection system is in a “crisis”, as the entire population is being served with one tractor, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland said.For several months, residents of Linden have been complaining persistently about the build-up of garbage at their homes. Each week, on the scheduled day of garbage collection, residents would have their garbage ready to be collected, but each time the garbage trucks would fail to show up.Linden Mayor Carwyn HollandHolland, speaking with Guyana Times disclosed that “currently we have no garbage trucks, we have one, but it is old and is unable to climb the hills so it is of no use. We have one tractor that we are using to service the town but that can only do a little”.One resident from the Block 22 community, Dawn Benjamin said, “You know how long these garbage here, every week I am waiting for the garbage truck to come, but they are not coming.”Residents of One Mile area have echoed similar sentiments.The Mayor said, “We have mechanics working to repair the truck for the past weeks, but they haven’t completed their work as yet. The truck is okay, but it is the hydraulics opening part for the garbage that is not working.”He remains uncertain when the truck will be functional again and able to serve residents.Some residents have resorted to the private company, Cevon’s Waste Management. According to residents, not everyone can afford to pay to dispose of their garbage.One Lindener said, “I am a pensioner; I already have light bill, water bill and telephone bill. I cannot afford to pay garbage bill now with the little pension I receiving. What money will I pay garbage bill with now? The Government raises the little pension but then they take it all back with the water bill, because I never used to pay water bill.”Despite the fact many residents have welcomed the private garbage company, the Mayor and Town Council (M&TC) is not pleased with the company’s presence accusing it of “illegal disposal”.Recently, residents of the Wisroc area have complained about Cevon’s Waste dumping garbage at the community’s watershed area. They disclosed that they were afraid that the water would become polluted and unsafe to use.In earlier reports, Regional Chairman Renis Morian, who had spoken on the matter, disclosed that they wanted to promote a green environment and to do such, they would have to put garbage disposal management under a separate programme. Morian noted the garbage disposal system would have to be looked into comprehensively.