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Patrick Swanson / October 21,2022

Red versus White oak

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Hardwood flooring is a popular flooring option across the country but especially in Georgia. Wood flooring is a great investment, appeals to almost all home buyers and is a timeless option. Over the last few years hardwood has grown even more popular with hardwoods being installed in all rooms of homes instead of just in common spaces. Two of the most common wood species used are White Oak and Red Oak. While the names sound like the only difference is the color there are actually lots of differences, some of which need a trained eye to see.

Many people assume red oak is a red hued wood and that white oak is a white hued wood but there is a lot more to the different species than just a different hue. Red oak does have a pinkish undertone and when unstained the pink can help you identify this species. Stains often cover these pink or red tones. If you leave red oak unstained you will see some of the red undertone under the stain, the red undertone is not overwhelmingly red and gives the wood a nice warmth. White oak is darker than red oak. The undertones of white oak are brown and yellow. 

The two species have unique grain patterns that help people identify the woods. Many experts use grain patterns to help them identify stained woods because the woods tones and colors cannot be relied on. Red oak has a strong grain pattern and is a more porous wood than white oak. The grains in red oak are very prominent while white oak has a smoother grain pattern. The grains in white oak are finer and less pronounced. White oak is a denser wood and has a higher janka scale rating. The Janka scale measures the hardness of wood- red oak is 1290 and white oak is 1360. The grain pattern in red oak does help hide scratches and dents. 

Patrick Swanson / October 16,2022

FHWA Safety and Operations Specialist – Georgia Division

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FHWA Safety and Operations Specialist – Georgia Division

The Federal Highway Administration is currently accepting applications for a vacant Safety and Operations Specialist (Transportation Specialist; GS-11/12) position in the Georgia Division Office. This is an opportunity to work with a dynamic team in one of the fastest growing states in the nation. This position is currently open under the following Vacancy Announcement posted on the USAJOBS website:

FHWA.BIL-2022-0006, Transportation Specialist, GS-2101-11-14.

(Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

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Please submit your application package to the USAJOBS posting (link above). Please be sure to note that this position is listed for many offices around the country at many levels; be sure to apply for GS-11 and/or GS-12 with correct location information (marking Atlanta as a desired location) to indicate an interest in this position. Applications for the position will be accepted through 11:59 PM on October 28, 2022

IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate for this position is a transportation professional who has the skills and abilities to effectively represent the agency to Federal, state and local officials and the general public. This candidate is someone with good communication, negotiation and partnering skills who desires to work in a challenging, complex, innovative environment. Experience in traffic operations management, safety design, implementation and grants management is a plus.

Patrick Swanson / October 05,2022

16 Skyborne graduates secure First and Second Officer roles with leading airlines

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16 Skyborne graduates secure First and Second Officer roles with leading airlines

16 Skyborne graduates secure First and Second Officer roles with leading airlines

Katherine Miller has just graduated from Skyborne Airline Academy and started work flying for DHL Photo: Skyborne

Skyborne is celebrating the achievements of 16 graduates who have become First and Second Officers at DHL, Wizz Air, Jet2.com and Eastern Airways.

UKCAA Integrated ATPL graduates, Alisha Jassar, Georgianna Kloos, Billy Payne and Nicholas Smith, as well as UKCAA Modular ATPL graduate Katherine Miller, will embark on careers with DHL.

Christopher Coles, Adam Prince, Matthew Langridge, Jake Meilak, Philip Mosscrop, Christopher Ealey and Thomas Pearson are all integrated graduates and have joined Wizz Air, alongside Henry Wallace, modular graduate.

James Kirk, an integrated graduate has joined Jet2.com and Bradley Gibbs, an integrated graduate, is with Eastern Airways.

Lee Woodward, CEO, Skyborne, said, “I am immensely proud of every single Skyborne trainee who has graduated from our Gloucestershire Airport training centre. It’s a great achievement and the recent 16 graduates have gone on to be placed with some exceptional airlines.”

Katherine Miller, Skyborne graduate and now Second Officer at DHL Air UK, said, “What initially drew me to Skyborne is how the academy focuses on tailoring training to airline standards and this is what really helped with my transition into becoming a Second Officer with DHL.

Patrick Swanson / September 27,2022

5 Autumn Outfits, Embroidered Cords I Just Purchased & A Sweater I’m Stalking

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5 Autumn Outfits, Embroidered Cords I Just Purchased & A Sweater I’m Stalking

It has been chilly here in North Georgia this week! I’m really getting excited about all the beautiful fall fashions. I just purchased these fall-themed corduroy pants today–caught them on sale.

5 Autumn Outfits, Embroidered Cords I Just Purchased & A Sweater I’m Stalking

 

I love, love, love the embroidered autumn leaves and acorns! Sooo dang cute! You’ll find them currently on sale here: Corduroy Pants for Fall.

5 Autumn Outfits, Embroidered Cords I Just Purchased & A Sweater I’m Stalking

 

During the winter, I wear a lot of corduroy pants because I find them so much warmer than regular jeans. Today, I thought I’d share a few outfits I’ve put together with two pairs of corduroy pants I just purchased a couple of weeks ago. When I purchased them, I bought them in two of my favorite colors for fall, a warm, rich brown and a winter white/cream color. There are so many ways to wear corduroy pants in these two colors.

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