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Wallenfels wants to be a pioneer in urban forest conversion

Wallenfels wants to be a pioneer in urban forest conversion

The town forest in wallenfels is to be managed in an exemplary manner, which is why a new management plan was drawn up. Mayor jens korn (CSU) pointed out at the town council meeting in neuengrun that this is required by law every 20 years. "We want to consciously take on a pioneering role in forest restructuring and have this carried out by qualified personnel", said korn. In recent years, the former city chamberlain josef holzmann has been responsible for the almost 100 hectares of city forest.

Hubertus helm, managing director of the forest owners association (WBV), said that a consultant has been commissioned to develop a new management plan for the city’s forest. The most important thing is the status survey, which is then taken over by the WBV.

Since the last survey 21 years ago, the city has lost about six hectares of forest; at that time, it was just over 100 hectares, but now it is just under that figure. As a rule, there are well-developed and water-supplied soils, which also form a solid basis for a mixed forest. Nevertheless, climate change is gaining in importance. This year’s drought poses major problems for the spruce-dominated frankenwald. The increasing weather extremes such as storms or drought with subsequent kafer infestation did not stop at the urban forest either.

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In ahorn there were digital lessons long before corona

In ahorn there were digital lessons long before corona

The municipality of ahorn had the right scent: because it invested in digitalization for schools – long before the corona pandemic forced this across the board. For about 35,000 euros, the classrooms of the johann-gemmer elementary school were equipped in 2018, 2019 and 2020 in such a way that, in close consultation with the teaching staff, the basis for modern teaching was created. This has already proved to be the case in times of corona, says a press release from the municipality. Through the "special budget loan rate" program school loan devices (tablets) could also be purchased to enable schoolchildren without access to a suitable device to take part in digital lessons at home. Because the demand program was increased, additional tablets could be ordered.

For example, the 2019/2020 school year already began with good digital equipment. And with the general renovation, the johann-gemmer elementary school is getting a modern WLAN structure. As part of the revitalization of the schusterbau, a fiber optic connection is to be installed directly in the school even before the general renovation is complete. For this investment and well thought-out preparation for digital teaching, the community of ahorn has now been awarded a prize by the bavarian state minister for education and culture, prof. Michael piazolo, and secretary of state anna stolz with the certificate "digital education region in bavaria 2019 has been awarded. The certificate has now been sent by district administrator sebastian straubel, as an official transfer date could not take place due to corona.

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Financial injection for a new building

Financial injection for a new building

The master school will not be a caritas facility, but the dormitory will now be demolished and replaced by a new building. This is the most important information that came out of the schreiner facility on friday, when the members of the bodies that finance the school as a special-purpose association met there. Money played a major role in the process. At the beginning of his term as chairman, district council president erwin dotzel cancelled the previous year's decision to carry out a general renovation of the school building and the adjacent dormitory.
The reason for this abrupt turnaround is that a new grant has been received for the dormitory, according to which 90 percent of the costs will be covered by the state of bavaria.
"However, this will require a new building and not just modernization and renovation, as had previously been envisaged and decided upon. Now we have to think hard about whether to rush into a new building", said dotzel, but almost gave himself the answer. Which the district builder ottmar zipperich put it like this: "we just have to prove that the general renovation is 80 percent of a new building, which from my point of view is not a problem, and with that we got a replacement new building of the same rough only with a different, much better cut. And for that, there was 90 percent", the official almost started to revel. Previously, the investment volume had been 2.4 million euros.

Financing model devised

But that's not all: there is also more money for the renovations that are planned for the school building itself, with a clever financing model using the (financially weak) district of habberge's highest rate of FAG funds should be knocked out. The postponement of the acceptance tests by one year was therefore considered acceptable by all members of the association. Only the heating system will be renovated this year, as one of the boilers has stopped working.

Stamm and eck helped

How the unexpected rain of subsidies came about, district president dotzel explained with a dash of sufficiency. Actually, he and managing director klingert had gone to munich for talks about the personnel cost subsidy.
Dotzel had complained to state parliament president barbara stamm (CSU) that the master school was only reimbursed 60 percent of personnel costs, while regular schools were reimbursed 100 percent. Klingert: "we already had an inkling that this was going to be difficult."
For this reason, barbara stamm, as chairwoman of caritas, came up with the idea of continuing the schreiner school as a caritas school in order to obtain higher personnel cost subsidies in this way.
"After intensive evaluation, however, it was decided that it would be better to continue the master school in this form, because the other form had more disadvantages than advantages, according to managing director klingert, the result was as follows. "Moreover, our school doesn't fit into the caritas portfolio at all", erwin dotzel drew a line under this debate, from which nevertheless positive realizations arose. Because state secretary gerhard eck (CSU) had also taken part in the talks in munich, he brought up the idea of subsidizing parts of the general renovation through the state's new demand program, the municipal investment fund, which would increase the rate from 40 to 90 percent.
This opportunity is now to be seized, which is why the delay of the mabnahme by one year is considered a small ubel. "At the school, we think and act for the long term anyway", chairman dotzel praised the school management and staff.
Dotzel commented on the report by principal oliver dunisch, saying that this is one reason why the championship school is not only perceived in the district and in lower franconia, but in the whole of germany.

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Search in heiligenstadt: teacher has real meteorite with him

search in heiligenstadt: teacher has real meteorite with him

The rock found last week in a garden in heiligenstadt is not a meteorite. "It is a matter of earthly basalt. But it looked similar and was worth investigating", says dieter heinlein of the fireball network at the german aerospace center (DLR).

On wednesday morning, the fourth grade class of the heiligenstadt elementary school with teacher svenja zeis and former physics teacher harro preiss set out to investigate the calculated fall area of the meteor of 30. June to search for the stone. "This is a nice action at the end of the school year that came about quite unexpectedly. A nice ending, because after that the students go to other schools", says svenja zeis. She is impressed by the enthusiasm of the children, who are very interested in the subject and keep asking questions.

Staying in the core area

"I accompanied the class and was responsible for questions and a few hints about special features along the way. And I made sure that we don't get lost and that we stay in the core area of the meteorite", explains harro preiss. We started at 8 o'clock in the morning at the school. The little stargazers set off in the direction of the oertel barn, walked past the schatzwald forest and along the former railroad embankment to traindorf. From the hotel "landtraum from the group turned into the calculated fall line of the meteorite.

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“Loddar” relaxes in the beer garden

It should be asparagus, potatoes and a schnitzel. "And fraulein, could you bring extra sauce hollandaise?", lothar matthaus shouts after the waitress as he orders lunch in the beer garden of the red ox on herzogenaurach's market square, enjoying the wonderful weather in his old hometown with his girlfriend, lingerie model joanna tuczynska (27), and a few acquaintances.

"We live out of a suitcase, we are on the road all year round. And then I come here and I immediately remember so many things from the past", tells the former world footballer of the year in a good mood from the near box. And that's why he also wants to offer his fellow travelers a bit of sightseeing during their vacation home: the parental home, the school, perhaps the mobelhaus fischer, where matthaus completed his training as an interior decorator, are on the agenda. "Or the place where I kissed my first girlfriend", suggests the 51-year-old in english and winks at joanna.

With the new flame into the parental home

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Baiersdorf elementary school students design new climbing frame themselves

Baiersdorf elementary school students design new climbing frame themselves

The children of baiersdorf elementary school had written their own song to mark the official opening of the new climbing frame in the playground.

But the enthusiasm for the new exercise facility is great, as reported by norbert deising, chairman of the parents’ council, who lives right next door to the school. His daughter anna "had" to on the day after the tuv acceptance, already around 7.3 p.M. So that she could get a seat.

In september 2017, the game hedgehog had to be closed due to various damages. First to go into action were the fourth-graders. They drew many plans of what the new climbing frame should look like. The proposals were actually implemented by a specialist company.

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Hobby guard dance: success needs a lot of work

Hobby guard dance: success needs a lot of work

Bavarian and german vice-champion in solo dancing – not everyone can claim that. Twelve-year-old daniela sorgel has danced her way to these titles. Since the third year of her life she has been dancing with RMV concordia strullendorf. In "young years still in the dance and play group, then in the minigarde and today with the juniors. And then there's the solo guard dance.

Of course, you have to train for such successes, and that takes a whole nine hours a week. "I have training four times a week: twice in the group for a total of five hours and for my solo dance another four hours", she reports. And all that besides school, because daniela goes to the seventh grade of the gymnasium hochstadt.

Doesn't that turn into stress? Is there any "free time" left?? "Of course I have less time than others, but dancing is my free time, so to speak", daniela tells. Of course: you also have to be able to do without, because for example spontaneous outings with friends are often not possible.

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“Goodbye agriculture!”

The chairman of the bavarian farmers’ association (BBV) in stadtsteinach, adolf hildner, is known for his clear language and sometimes also for his clear, critical words towards his own association and also towards politics. Now he wants to do something about the road linking stadtsteinach and gumpersdorf: a "green cross" he brought, with a solar light, so that one can read also at night the text, the sign with the following lines: "agriculture goodbye! Too late, the green know-it-alls will realize that farmers and foresters were the only ones who really and practically cared for and preserved nature."

Adolf hildner had also arranged the installation of this sign with his local association, and therefore the name "BBV-ortsverband stadtsteinach" was also used in the end. We talked to adolf hildner about his reasons for doing so. In the last few weeks, "green crosses" have also been built in our region placed on agricultural flat. What prompted this unusual action?? Adolf hildner: farmers are being forced to put up crosses in the face of an agricultural policy that is destroying them. We want to show that this is a way to bury family farming. There was a so called "round table with minister president markus soder, at which the farmers also sat at the table with the representatives of the nature conservation association. The result of this conversation leaves much to be desired from your point of view? Most of the people at the table were conservationists, or rather nature destroyers and greens. Here everyone knew how such a speech ends. I can’t help but think that our minister-president has also taken on the function of a steward of the greens, because he wants to score points in the next state elections by shifting his focus to climate change and nature conservation, and the agricultural minority simply won’t pay for it. What is your position on organic farming?? It doesn’t matter if it’s organic or conventional farming – we’re all in the same boat. But it is already apparent that the organic dairies are not taking on any new organic suppliers because of sales problems. Cereal prices for organic products are falling, and consumers want to eat cheaply, so that’s not the best thing either. There are, of course, exceptions. If foreign products are cheaper, it doesn’t matter what the animal welfare standards are, what kind of genetically modified feed was used, or how the slaughter and transport took place. The main thing is: it must be cheap. In your opinion, do young farmers still have a chance and the desire to run a farm?? If there is no change in agricultural policy in the foreseeable future, there will soon be no more prosperous farms. Two of my grandsons graduated from the technical school in triesdorf to become master farmers and agricultural technicians. In tears, they revealed to me that it is no longer possible to practice sensible agriculture with the current requirements and regulations. They were of the opinion that the flood of bureaucracy against agriculture is no longer sustainable, and on top of that there are the extreme weather conditions. Where did the lever have to be applied to change things for the better?? The consumer in germany gets full and best qualitat at favorable prices, but everything is confiscated. More understanding is needed from consumers, because only agriculture contributes to biodiversity and climate improvement. I remind here of the bluhflachenaussaat – the "green cross stands on such a flat surface – and the reduction or rather a dunging according to computer specifications. What do you want for the future in agriculture?? I don’t want to hope for it and I don’t like to say it, but the beleaguered agriculture was helped by a kind of famine, as brutal and frightening as that sounds. Then our products and our hard work would no longer be looked upon with contempt and humiliation by politicians and consumers, but would once again receive the recognition we deserve. For me it is clear: if the farming sector dies, the whole country dies! The interview was conducted by werner reibaus.

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