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Polar vortex set to create a shorter but more powerful season for allergy sufferers

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The polar vortex may be responsible for an exceptionally strong, though delayed, spring allergy season, according to a report published Friday on CNN.com. 

Citing allergy experts, the snowfall and below-freezing temperatures that defined this year’s winter means a late flowering for trees, and that means pollinating trees will "be busy catching up" once temperatures do warm up. 

"If it warms up quickly, and gets really warm, that may mean everything starts pollinating all at once," commented Estelle Levetin, professor of biology at University of Tulsa, CNN.com reported. Typically, trees release pollens much more gradually. But if spring is shortened, then that process is compacted into a few weeks.

The increased moisture in the ground — melting winter snows coupled with spring rains — will also spawn plenty of mold for allergy sufferers, the report noted. 

 

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Meijer pens Milwaukee Brewers sponsorship in anticipation of entering Wisconsin market

BY Michael Johnsen

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers on Friday announced a multi-year partnership with Meijer that begins this season. The partnership will include branding on both the right-center and left-center field walls at Miller Park. Additional advertising will also be featured on the official website of the Brewers, Brewers.com.  

This is the first sports partnership in Wisconsin for Meijer as the store plans on opening its first Wisconsin stores next year. The retailer currently has more than 200 locations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

“This partnership is just one example of Meijer’s commitment be an integral part of our community even before they open their doors to customers,” stated Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger.  “We see this as a great way to welcome them to Wisconsin.”

“We’ve been learning a lot about Wisconsin, and we’ve come to understand that the Brewers are part of the fabric of the Milwaukee community and that the team’s fan base is extremely loyal,” commented Frank Guglielmi, senior director of communications for the company.  “We’re excited to be involved with the Milwaukee community and hope to make its citizens loyal fans of Meijer as well.”

The Meijer signage will be up for the Brewers exhibition games at Miller Park tonight and tomorrow, as well as Monday’s Opening Day and throughout the partnership.

 

 

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Consumer Reports ranks Wegmans No. 1 grocer

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — Consumer Reports has ranked Wegmans No. 1 in its list of supermarkets across the country with a score of 88, according to a report in USA Today published Thursday. Publix ranked No. 3 with a score of 85. Costco, Hy-Vee, Harris Teeter and H-E-B also made the top 10 list. 

Wegmans, along with Trader Joe’s, was rated best among employee courtesy and checkout speed. 

Other stores with high customer satisfaction marks include Publix and Costco.

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