WATCH: Exceptional family friendly home on the market in Drumkeen

first_imgA beautiful family home located in a quiet, scenic area less than 10 minutes from Letterkenny Town is on the market for €285,000.The property is finished to the highest standard with quality fixtures and fittings at every turn. Benefiting from a large detached garage and landscaped garden with external lighting and patio area.Occupying circa 0.6-acre elevated site lovingly finished with compacted Cranford Stone driveway and shelterbelt of treessurrounding the entire perimeter.It will undoubtedly make a beautiful family home and a must-see.You can view the full listing with photos by Joseph Reynolds here!WATCH: Exceptional family friendly home on the market in Drumkeen was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Preparation of grain bins for storage of corn and soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Curtis Young, CCA, Ohio State University ExtensionEmpty bin treatments for grain bins for storage of corn, popcorn and soybeansFirst, before using any product to treat grain bins, always read the most current label for the product to assure that the product is used correctly. This is for the protection of the grain to be stored in the bin as well as for the protection of the applicator of the product. Labels for products are subject to change from one year to the next, product registrations can be changed and/or canceled and rates may be changed. Errors made because of not reading the most current label could result in injury to the applicator or contamination of the grain with a non-labeled product making it unsalable. Bins with perforated aeration floors (a.k.a. “false floors”)If a bin has had a known insect problem in the recent past where a residual population of the insect(s) could be hidden under the perforated aeration floor, fumigation might be the only option to destroy these hidden insects. The most likely product to be used for this purpose is aluminum phosphide (phosphine gas) which is sold under a number of different trade names such as Phostoxin, Fumitoxin and Weevil-Cide. When determining the proper dosage for treating the empty bin, one has to remember that the dosage is based on the total volume of the area into which the fumigant is being released.There are several precautions to be addressed when using aluminum phosphide as a fumigant:The phosphine gas released by aluminum phosphide is only slightly heavier than air and will sink through a perforated aeration floor into the void below; however any air flow that is allowed to pass through the grain bin will easily carry off the phosphine gas from the intended target area. Thus, to accomplish a successful fumigation of the volume of the targeted area within the bin, the area must be completed sealed. If one is not willing to put forth the effort to properly seal the structure, don’t use this product!The entire empty bin does not need to be fumigated if the true target is below the perforated aeration floor. Plastic sheeting sealed around the walls can be used to restrict the gas below the floor.Phosphine gas is a highly toxic compound and must be handled with care following all safety requirements listed on the label and in the applicator’s manual. Phosphine gas is a colorless, odorless compound. For safety purposes, the manufacturer of aluminum phosphide includes an indicator compound to warm persons of the potential presence of phosphine gas. The indicator compound is described as smelling like garlic, fish or carbide. If a person smells this indicator compound, they should leave the area immediately. Unfortunately, a person’s sense of smell will become accustomed to the odor very quickly and be undetectable. Thus, absence of the odor does not mean safety.The aluminum phosphide label and applicator’s manual have gone through major revisions recently. Thus, one must read both very closely to use this product correctly. Interior bin surface treatmentsThere are very few products left registered for use around and on stored grains. Thus, the list is short. For corn and popcorn bins, products registered for interior surfaces of empty storage bins include:Tempo SC Ultra (a.i. is cyfluthrin) used as a liquid sprayCentynal (a.i. is deltamethrin) used as a liquid sprayPyronyl (a.i. is pyrethrin) used as a liquid sprayDiacon-D IGR (a.i. is s-methoprene) used as a dust applicationInsecto (a.i. is diatomaceous earth) used as a dust applicationFor soybean bins, products registered for interior surfaces of empty storage bins include:Tempo SC Ultra (a.i. is cyfluthrin) used as a liquid sprayDiacon-D IGR (a.i. is s-methoprene) used as a dust applicationInsecto (a.i. is diatomaceous earth) used as a dust applicationPrior to using any of these products, the first step to bin preparation for the upcoming storage is sanitation, sanitation, sanitation. Everything that comes into contact with the grain should be cleaned thoroughly to remove all old grains that could potentially be harboring insect infestations. These items include, but are not limited to: grain carts, wagons and trucks, combines, combine heads, augers, grain dumps and pits, grain legs, grain driers, and bins (inside and outside). Any spilled grain should be removed. Old seed and feed sacks should be disposed of. Any bin that is to be used for this upcoming harvest season should be empty. Never place new grain on top of old grain.last_img read more

From Concept to Cash in 365 Days

first_imgbrandon mendelson 1 I had hoped that by 25, I would have been living in LA, dating actresses, and getting bit parts in bad movies as “the ugly guy”… you know, in the event that the studio wanted a Steve Buscemi-type, but not the Steve Buscemi.Instead, I’m 26, broke, and trapped in Glens Falls, New York. I vent my frustrations by writing comedy pieces for the Huffington Post, I run a blog about social publishing, and, for some odd reason, I’m more popular than Serena Williams, Newt Gingrich, and Stephen Colbert … on Twitter. Sadly, this doesn’t help my chances with Serena or make me any money.I’d like to change that this year.The Two Traditional Funding OptionsI’m not big on corporate sponsorship. I’ll work with a company if it makes sense, but I’m burned out from so many years of chasing sponsorships. Sponsorship is a game for the well-networked or those whose presence is so big that they can’t be ignored.Nor do I want to deal with investors. I could write a business plan, take it to some venture capitalists, and pull in the money, but at what cost? The last thing I want is a group of MBAs watering my project down to please shareholders.The Third Way I started researching crowdfunding as an alternative. I came up with the unusually bright idea of selling advertising space on the back of 300,000 business cards. $1 gets someone an advertisement on one card, and they buy as many as they want. The incentive is that the cards are being used to set a Guinness World Record for “tallest wall made out of business cards,” which makes them desirable and a collectible piece of advertising after the record is set.A Million High Fives (or #AMHF) is the project I’m attempting to crowdfund and form a new business around. Although #AMHF is supposed to accomplish many things, I also want it to make crowdfunding a cool thing to do. If I can do it, you can do it. And if we can do it, then who needs sponsorship or venture capital?I’ll be documenting the crowdfunding of A Million High Fives and my new business from concept to cash exclusively here on ReadWriteStart. I have no connections, no money, and no resources — just a big idea and a platform here on ReadWriteWeb. If I fail, you’ll see every step of the fall. If I succeed, we’ll have plenty to learn along the way. Not to mention, we’ll be setting a Guinness World Record together. How cool is that? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#365 Days#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Deep Energy Retrofit: Apply the Energy Efficiency Pyramid

first_imgTHE REST OF THE STORY: RELATED ARTICLES Phil extends an invitation to our fellow New England listeners to submit their DER projects to be eligible for the Bright Built Retrofit Project He also informs us about the 1000 Home Challenge, and encourages us to be a part of the movement.As always, we wrap up the episode with a song selection from Phil’s audio library. For this episode, he’s chosen “Quick Canal” by Atlas Sound, from their album “Logos.” It’s a great album for focused studio work! Thanks, Phil, and thank you, listeners. I’m going to put my elbow on ice.Cheers!OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTPhil Kaplan: So, HVAC… What happens to our HVAC?Chris Briley: Well, again, the chances are very likely if were doing a deep energy retrofit, we’re already prepared to say goodbye to what’s down there in the basement…Phil: The beast in the basement; say good-bye! Get rid of it.Chris: Good-bye! Just hold a funeral for it. Now’s the time to really assess your goals, because if we’re going to have a real high-energy profile in this house, we’re going to have a much tighter house, a much more insulated house—maybe the whole distribution system of your house can be completely changed. Maybe we can gut out the dusty old ductwork with the asbestos tape around it and all that jazz, and we can just go to a couple little heaters, a couple little radiators somewhere. Or, reduce the ductwork and have just a couple fan coils—P: Yeah, with a little heat pump…C: Maybe a ductless minisplit system, which is really popular now. One of the goals that we had was to reduce the heat demand — the energy demand of this house so much. Here’s where you could actually recoup that cost: in downsizing the system to the appropriate level of your new design. And also, maybe there’s the ability to be greener—a more efficient system, a greener fuel…P: Right. This is about electricity use, too; you’ll use a lot less power, running this huge…C: Right. But maybe it’s not a beast. Maybe you don’t—this is where you want to have a professional involved—maybe you don’t have a giant oil boiler also heating up your on-demand hot water from that. Maybe we’ve got a whole new system.P: And you have to be very careful when you talk to people who have never done these types of houses before. You hand it to a typical plumber, and they’re going to size it like a typical system. So that’s when you rely on your energy model, and you say, “Listen, I’ve got a peak heat load of this”—whatever it is—“and trust me, you’ve got to trust me, you can’t oversize this because you think it’s coming back to you and you’re going to get the call.” Because it’s a reasonable fear. They’re going to get the call—not the architect, but the guy who’s in charge of the heating system.C: If they’re good, they’re going to do a Manual J; they’ll do a heat loss calculation (if we’re talking about heat, not air-conditioning). Anyway…P: Heat pumps do both.C: So that’s what they’re going to do. We’re going to have to leave it up to a different podcast to talk about the different systems and how you choose a system, but the idea here is: Downsize the system to the appropriate level.P: Yeah, take that $40,000 that someone would want to spend on a system and say, “I only want to spend $15,000,” and put the rest of that money on the roof and on the walls, where it’s durable and it’s not going to break. It’ll last forever. Good investment. Good talk, Chris.C: When we come back, maybe we’ll talk about Martin Holladay’s pyramid, because I love that graphic.[break]C: And we’re back everybody; thanks for hanging in there. I should also let you know that we can be found sometimes—we’re syndicated—on the Green Building Advisor. You can go to GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, after this airs, and join in the conversation, which is a great thing to do. Add your two cents. Tell us a great cocktail recipe, because it’s inevitable that we’ll run out at some point. We’ll go through my favorites…P: I don’t know—Mr. Boston has a lot to say.C: That is true. But if you discover the great one…P: And give us some ideas for some future episodes. We do have some people chime in—C: This is one, by the way.P: And where do you find this on Green Building Advisor? Under Design Matters…C: If you go to blogs, go to Design Matters, and we’re there. Sometimes, when they release it, we’re on the front page.P: You can actually see what we look like. We’re so well suited to radio.C: I love your photo. My photo—Kathy took it on my deck here. Your photo looks like it was professionally done.P: That’s because I was 18 at the time.C: Yeah, guys, he looks much older and fatter and balder now than he does in that picture.P: That was right before my prom.C: You kicked my butt arm wrestling.P: For the record, we really did arm wrestle.C: We did. We were curious when we signed off; should we do that? I was like, hell yeah, we should do that. That was the liquor talking, because, you trounced me, man.P: Yeah, that was more fun than I thought.C: ‘Cause you won! All right…P: Take us to the pyramid. Is this different than the food pyramid?C: That’s why it’s brilliant. I’ve done a lot of presentations where I work at going through this same process, and usually I’ve got dumb PowerPoint slides: “Start here,” and blah, blah, blah. But then Martin Holladay—if you’ve stumbled on the Green Building Advisor in any way, you know who he is. He had a great blog a while back with the energy efficiency pyramid. And I bet if you just put in their search bar “pyramid,” you’ll find this blog; it was an older entry. Anyway, he contributed this fantastic graphic that is after the food pyramid. It’s like bang for the buck. The stuff at the bottom, do first; and then you move up, and then you move up, and then you move up. At the bottom…P: It’s fruits and vegetables, and grains. And at the top it’s steak.C: Right. Filet mignon. Solar and wind at the top.P: Solar / wind is the filet mignon, isn’t it?C: I’ll go through it real quickly, because when you’re out there you’re thinking renovation; I’m going to do a green renovation. This is a fantastic way to think about it, and I give Martin all the props in the world for this wonderful graphic, which now replaces about four or five of my slides.P: The thing that I love is that as you rise up the pyramid, complexity and investment increase.C: Right. They’re together.P: We can’t talk enough about costs. As architects, we’re going to have to start getting better and better and better about talking about numbers and money. We don’t like doing that.C: We don’t. We hate money. Otherwise, we’d be spending it.P: Right! We’d be doctors or lawyers if we liked money!C: We need to be much better businessmen…we’d actually have profits…P: Chris, hike up that pyramid with me; shall we go?C: So, we start the bottom. You know what’s at the bottom? It’s not problem solving; it’s problem finding. It’s doing that energy audit. It’s getting the professionals involved. It’s analyzing what you’ve got. And we talked about that—that energy audit. Let’s move up to the next tier right away. This is all stuff that your dad told you: “Turn off that light! What, were you raised in a barn? Close that door! Are you trying to air-condition the whole neighborhood? Shut that door!” That’s what it’s all about. Look at your appliances. Do you have an old Amana refrigerator? Dude, get rid of that beast. I mean it. Get it out; recycle it somehow.P: You can get a new avocado-colored refrigerator these days.C: Exactly. It’s coming back. You can find avocado; don’t worry. And hey, don’t put it in the garage; don’t downcycle the fridge and say, “Oh, we’ll have extra storage in the basement!” Dude. You’re getting rid—I just said “dude” four times in the last minute.P: Dude, that’s cool.C: Those old beasts can suck amazing amounts of energy; just watch out. Anyway, what you’re looking at there is phantom loads. Put some things on some switches. And then we move up, and it’s almost the same thing: CFLs and light fixtures and LEDs; change out those lightbulbs. And then we get to the air sealing, and we’ve done a whole podcast, Phil, on air sealing; that was a good one. And that is basically—I’ll hit the stat: 25 percent of most energy loss is through convection through your exterior envelope. So, seal it up, people; that’s going to go a long way.P: And sealing’s the first thing where you might have to do something; you might have to hire somebody. The other ones—really, you don’t. Well, except for the energy audit.C: And then we’re into appliances. I guess that’s where the refrigerator is; I jumped the gun. It’s time to buy new appliances and get your energy load down. Then you get into insulation, as you move up. Our first podcast was on insulation, so go look us up on that.P: We probably should do our first one over…C: Whenever I go to iTunes, our first one is the most popular, and it makes me cringe every time. ‘Cause that means people were like, “Green Architects’ Lounge. That sounds like fun!” And then they listened to that long, long, long intro, and were like, “Get on with it guys! I don’t care why your podcast exists.”P: Go…C: And then here’s the fun thing: water heating. I’m really new to the drain-water heat recovery. That was one of those products where like, you know, when you take a shower, all the hot water that goes down the drain is going out…. So, you’ve got a plumbing fixture. And I was like, it has to run horizontal. Why vertical? It’ll just drop and be gone. No—water runs down; it clings to the side, which is how it works. And so that actually is a very effective thing. We’ll talk more about it later.And then—we’re nearing the top and getting into windows. We’ve talked about windows, Phil. Oh, I skipped heating and cooling. You may have started off this retrofit with a massive, old steam boiler that used to run on coal and got converted to oil, and that thing is just a massive beast that probably should be moved to the bottom of this pyramid for you. But in most cases, it’s all the way up here. And then you’re up to windows. Windows are expensive and they’re tedious—and really, you’ve got to get it right.P: Windows are hard.C: Finally, you can do your solar and photovoltaic. Or your wind. All right, I’m done with the pyramid.P: People say, I want to do an energy-efficient house; I’m going to look at solar.C: Right, and you’re like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, buddy!”P: That’s at the top of the pyramid.C: Look how far up we are. Start at the bottom; it’s not as fun or glamorous. We have to eat our vegetables. Before you eat your dessert, eat your rice. So, Phil, you start talking; I’m done.P: All right. You know what I’d like to talk about?C: What would you like to do, Phil?P: I’d like to talk about BrightBuilt II.C: Oh, yeah, let’s do. It’s a wonderful idea, and I’m behind it. Even though it’s not my idea. I wish it were my project, but it’s not; it’s yours. But it needs to get out there.P: The point of this is that it is yours, Chris; it’s everyone’s. BrightBuilt II is going to be an open-source project, in the truest sense of the word.C: And by that you mean…?P: I mean that everyone has the ability to contribute their ideas. We genuinely listen to all ideas, and we have a blog going on. We’re going to set up a way to make sure that everyone is heard. So, let me back up a little bit. BrightBuilt Barn was a project that was completed in 2008. It’s a net-zero, LEED Platinum, replicable home that is modular—prefabricated, if you will (I’m not crazy about that word)—but you can actually purchase it and have it assembled on your site in three days.C: How many square feet?P: It’s under 800 square feet. It’s like a studio. But we have a one-bedroom, two-bedroom model. So, you, too, can have a net-zero home, affordably—under $200,000. This is a home run for us as a firm, and—C: Even won an award…P: It won an innovation award from LEED for Homes last year.C: Now there’s BrightBuilt Barn II.P: Yeah, we got this going because we realized a lot of people were very interested, and we decided to use what we got so far—this level of interest—and try to engage more people. So we’ve come up with a project called BrightBuilt II. And what it is, is a competition for a deep energy retrofit that we are going to partially fund and help you promote. It’s for a nonprofit organization.C: So, if I’m a nonprofit…P: You’re a nonprofit—and we’re limiting it. I apologize in advance, but we’re limiting it to New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. So if you’re out of those states, you’re out of luck right now, until we do BrightBuilt III.C: I’m sorry, Helga, from Costa Rica.P: We’re trying to focus this, because if we do it open source under conditions that are drastically different, we’re not really going to—C: You’ve got to be careful about that.P: We want to make sure what we’re doing is replicable. We want to engage as many people as possible. The call for submissions goes out May 1.C: You are looking for clients.P: We’re looking for clients! We’re looking for submissions. This is a competition. So, you submit your building, and you’re a nonprofit organization. If you go to BrightBuiltBarn.com, you’ll see a list. Right now, if you go, you’ll see the information for BrightBuilt Barn and what you need to submit. So, do it. We have a wonderful board of advisors who are going to help judge this project. We are going to have a short list by July 1. We’re going to have a project chosen by the end of August. And we are going to partially fund this and promote it. The goal is really to get out there what Chris and I have been talking about: deep energy retrofits. Really a moonshot. We’re trying to come up with an idea, with as many people as we can to contribute, and figure out the best way to do these things.C: So, Phil, if you’re an architect already working with a nonprofit in the areas that you have outlined, and all of a sudden you’re listening to this, and you’re going, “Holy cow! The project I’m working on could qualify.” Submit?P: Absolutely. Submit. Right on. We’d love it.C: Awesome. Great work, by the way.P: Stay tuned.C: And we’ll keep you all posted on the results and how that all pans out.P: Yep. Green Building Advisor is going to be somewhat involved. Martin Holladay is helping us out. He’s on the advisory board. Jim Newman from Environmental Building News is helping us out. Tedd Benson from Bensonwood… Tedd is a legend, really. As Hans Porschitz from Bensonwood calls him: the Pope of timber framing. I love that.C: I’m not sure that’s a compliment these days…. Do you want to talk about Jesse? There might be a part two to this podcast. If you’re familiar with this podcast, you’re familiar with Jesse, the grumpy architect that we keep in the basement. The reason why he hasn’t been around lately is because he’s spending time doing a deep energy retrofit on his own house that he purchased in Portland, Maine.And so this podcast is probably going to have a part two—maybe right away, or maybe later. Whenever we can unshackle Jesse from whatever he’s shackled himself to. It’ll sort of be a whole hour of what’s bothering Jesse, but pertinent to this very topic. I think we’ll all learn a lot as he goes through the lessons he’s learned, if he’s honest—which he will be. He’s always brutally, brutally honest.P: It’ll be really enlightening.C: I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to actually do that.P: I’ve got one more thing today that I want to talk about, which I did not mention. LEED for Homes is a good program. They don’t have anything that’s great for retrofits. They have the ReGreen program, which, honestly—for such a powerful organization, it’s kind of weak. I’d love for them to step it up a couple of notches.I think the strongest thing out there now is called the Thousand Home Challenge. It’s the Affordable Comfort Institute; I think it’s ACI.com, probably. It’s the first real program that tries to track deep energy retrofits across the country. We’ve got a project now that’s entered into it. There’s another project in Freeport that Peter Warren and Peter Troast—you know Peter Troast? Energy Circle?C: I’ve heard of it. I don’t know him.P: Good guys. They’re doing the Thousand Home Challenge. Go to EnergyCircle.com; it’s a great Web site. So, I really recommend going to the Thousand Home Challenge, and if you’re doing something similar, check out that Web site. They’re doing good things and trying to spread the word as well.C: Is there anything else you want to talk about?P: So many things. But we’ll be back.C: We’ll be back later.P: I’d love to tell you about my song.C: Well, tell me about it. In fact, we’ll cue it up while you’re talking about it.P: Yeah, cue it up. It’s got this nice lead-in. The band is called Atlas Sound.C: I’ve heard of them.P: Yeah, you know, I usually do albums that are current, immediate—C: Yes. Which we love you for.P: Thank you. This one’s from last year, and I discovered it late, so I’m playing it.C: You discovered it late?P: I heard about it, but was like, I’ll get around to it. Bradford Cox is the lead singer of Deerhunter. This is another band of his. I thought that Deerhunter was OK. I went to see them with Spoon in Boston a couple of weeks ago. This album is just beautiful stuff. It’s very different. It’s softer than the Deerhunter stuff.C: I’m going to love this in the studio.P: I think you will. A lot of it reminds me of the more ethereal… Cocteau Twins, Pale Saints. I’m dating myself. The name of the song is Quick Canal by Atlas Sound. Enjoy. Chris, it’s been a pleasure. Green Architects’ Lounge. Deep energy retrofits. Let’s do it again soon.C: You got it. This is the last installment in the Green Architects’ Lounge trilogy on deep energy retrofits.In this episode, Phil and I discuss the importance of sizing your new HVAC system to the heat load of your newly renovated house. (This is where that energy audit information, which we mentioned in previous episodes, is going to come in handy.)During a break, Phil and I arm wrestle. Remember: This is a gentleman’s podcast, so wagering should be only among friends, and the stakes should be of a friendly nature relative to the subject matter—such as help with a home improvement project, or a bottle of 12-year-old single malt scotch. To listen to GBA Radio on your iPod, right click on the green “Download .mp3” words above, save “Link” to your desktop, drag the file into iTunes, and enjoy the show whenever you want to! You can also subscribe directly from the GBA Radio on iTunes. Then I have the pleasure—no, the honor—of reprising a previous GBA article, contributed by Martin Holladay, in which he provides us all with a simple guide to approaching a deep energy retrofit: The Energy-Efficiency Pyramid. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Remodel Project: Deep Energy RetrofitBest Construction Details for Deep Energy Retrofits Roofing and Siding Jobs Are Energy Retrofit OpportunitiesAn Old House Gets a Superinsulation RetrofitDeep Energy Makeover: One Step at a TimeThe Energy-Efficiency PyramidELECTRICAL: Lighting and Phantom LoadsAir Barriers: Air Leaks Waste Energy and Rot HousesHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseEquipment Versus Envelopecenter_img PODCAST: Insulation Retrofits on Old Masonry BuildingsPODCAST: Why Does Green Building Matter? (Part 2)VIDEO: A Home Energy AuditVIDEO: Dr. Joe Inspects a Window’s Air BarrierPODCAST: Air Barriers vs. Vapor Barriers This fantastically simple graphic—the Energy Conservation Pyramid, created by Minnesota Power—is modeled after the “food pyramid.” The low-hanging fruit is on the bottom, offering you the greatest return on your investment; at the top, you’ll find features that represent the higher-hanging fruit, which should be considered only after you’ve worked your way up to them. “The choice to be more energy efficient may be clear, but the starting point can be more difficult to determine. The Pyramid of Conservation is designed to help you prioritize steps and develop an action plan that’s right for you. By establishing a foundation in energy efficiency and gaining a better understanding about how you use energy, you can more effectively work your way up the pyramid.”-Minnesota Power- Part 1: What is a Deep Energy Retrofit?Part 2: Focus on the Envelopelast_img read more

Why did you do that my dear cousin People in Lac Simon

first_imgDanielle Rochette Tom Fennario APTN National NewsLAC SIMON, QUE — Joseph Anthony Raymond-Papatie, 22, posted on his his Facebook page at 10:28 pm on Saturday, shortly before he took his own life.“Sorry everyone, I gotta go now. I killed a cop,” he wrote.The “cop” in question was Thierry Leroux, 26, who was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call at Raymond-Papatie’s residence.Now the Algonquin community of Lac-Simon is taking the tentative first steps towards healing.“It was me who asked to do a prayer in front of the police station, to make a big circle, and I know that there were many that were touched,” said Lac-Simon elder Jeannette Brazeau.Impeding the healing process here are questions about what made Raymond-Papatie shoot Leroux.A quick glance through Raymond-Papatie’s Facebook profile reveals a gun aficionado who had joined the armed forces.But Vice-Chief Pamela Papatie told APTN National News that he was also active in the community.“He was involved in activities after work and school, like crossfit. I’ve seen him do substitute teaching at the high school,” says Vice-Chief Pamela Papatie.APTN National News learned that Raymond-Papatie had recently lost an uncle to suicide, something that happens all too frequently in Lac-Simon.Over crowded housing, drug, alcohol abuse, and poverty are also listed by residents as issues that plagued the First Nation, which sits about 500 kilometres northwest of Montreal.Vice Chief Papatie says five teams of crisis workers have been brought in to help Lac-Simon to help community cope.Still, many spoke today of Lac-Simon needing to look within to tackle what ails the community.“There’s lots of support here, there are services that have been put into place here in the Mental Health Centre. Me I’m proud of my community but it’s important that the youth goes looking for the resources. Elders too,” said Brazeau.Thierry Leroux had only been a part of the Lac-Simon police force for six months.As a non-Aboriginal officer, Leroux made an effort to implicate himself in the community.“We played volleyball together a couple of times during the holidays. I saw him as always smiling, he was shy but really nice,” said Vice Chief Papatie.Papatie had the opportunity to speak with Leroux’s parents Monday, in front of makeshift flower and tobacco memorial at the police station.“When I went to see them I was very emotional. I thanked them for meeting with me and I gave them my condolences personally and in the name of the community,” she said. “There’s lots of people in my community who are praying for them.”Although a memorial has also been set up in front of Raymond-Papatie’s house, a sense of incomprehension lingers on social media.“Why did you do that, my dear cousin?” said a final comment on Raymond-Papatie’s Facebook page.The message is peppered with teary emoticons of pain and rage.Since there’s no one here who can truly answer that, the people of Lac-Simon will instead continue to look within themselves for an explanation, as they begin their journey back towards normalcy. drochette@aptn.catfennario@aptn.calast_img read more