Samantha DelSordo, Kylie Clearkin, Devin Hamilton and Madeline Logue cheer for Erica Rolls as she’s crowned 2015 Queen Infanta. In a tradition dating back to 1929, Ocean City has chosen a Queen Infanta to preside over the annual Baby Parade (which will take place for the 106th time on Aug. 13 on the Ocean City Boardwalk).Erica Rolls, an Ocean City High School senior from Marmora, was crowned 2015 Queen Infanta in a brief ceremony Monday on the Ocean City Music Pier after the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”Rolls is the oldest of four siblings and she said her favorite part of Ocean City is the family-oriented environment.Queen Infanta candidates are judged on their school and community involvement.Other finalists included:Kylie Clearkin, a Stockton University freshman from Ocean City.Samantha DelSordo, an Ocean City High School senior from Beesleys Point.Deven Hamilton, an Academy of Notre Dame senior from West Chester, Pa.Madeline Logue, an Ocean City High School senior from Ocean City.The new queen and her court joined the cast of “Snow White” in greeting children after the show on Monday.
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DES MOINES — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is applauding the tentative trade deal reached between the U-S and Japan, calling it a very “welcome development.” Grassley says, “It arrives at a time when farmers are hurting, in need of new market access opportunities and a chance to compete on a level playing field with agriculture all over the globe.”Strengthening ties with Japan, Grassley says, will help to also strengthen the United States’ position while negotiating with China. While only an overview of the agreement with Japan was released by the White House last weekend, Grassley says what he’s heard so far is very encouraging. Grassley says, “Gaining agricultural market access to the world’s third-largest economy is a big win for President Trump, Iowa farmers and agriculture generally.”It’s possible, according to Grassley, the agreement can be signed without Congressional approval. He calls it “very positive news” and a “significant step” toward securing a comprehensive trade agreement with Japan which he says could benefit all sectors of the U-S economy. ” Grassley says, “It appears that the Japanese have agreed to provide new access for U.S. dairy, pork, ethanol, beef, wine and wheat in return for the elimination of U.S. tariffs on industrial goods.”The agreement is expected to be signed at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in late September.