Green River Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

first_imgThe Green River Festival has announced their initial lineup! Held from July 10-12 at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA, the festival will see performances from Steve Earle & The Dukes, Punch Brothers, tUnE-yArDs, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more. The festival also includes hot air balloon launches and a night balloon glow!The full lineup promises performances from Rubblebucket, Marco Benevento, The Wood Brothers, J. Mascis, Milk Carton Kids, Booker T. Jones, Elephant Revival, Red Baraat, Antibalas, Langhorne Slim & The Law, and so many more.You can consult the full lineup poster below, or head to the official website for tickets and more details.last_img

Clowney’s father denied bond on attempted murder charges

first_imgROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — The father of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been denied bond after being charged with attempted murder in a shooting at a Rock Hill bar.A lawyer asked for bond because David Morgan was hurt in the shooting Tuesday. Local media reported that police opposed the request because of the seriousness of the charges.Morgan also was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.A police report said Morgan was removed from the bar for sitting on a stage. Police said he was seen later at the back of the property before firing several rounds at Braxton Homesley. Police say Homesley returned fire.Officers picked up Morgan at Piedmont Medical Center. He was being treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.last_img

HEALTHY LIVING: Christmas plants: Amaryllis bulbs well suited here

first_img If you want to make it flower again, cut the old flowers from the stem. Then cut the stem down to the bulb when it starts to wither. Continue to water and feed as usual for at least five to six months. When the leaves begin to yellow in early fall, cut the plant back to two inches from the top of the bulb.  Remove the bulb from the soil, clean it and place it in a dark cool place. Your refrigerator will work just fine unless you have apples next to the bulb, in which case, the amaryllis bulb will become sterile. Keep stored for at least six weeks.  After the chill time, decide when you want them to bloom again, and plant eight weeks beforehand.If all of this seems like too much trouble, you can always plant them outside in your garden. I am a low maintenance gardener. I have many bright red ones that have naturalized inmy flowerbeds. I do nothing special to them and they come back stronger year after year. That’s my favorite kind of plant! For more information, contact Micah Leigh, Jefferson County Master Gardenerat [email protected] or call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 409-835-8461. By Micah LeighYou may have received an amaryllis bulb this holiday season, and may be wondering what to do with it. Well, you are in luck. The amaryllis is one of the easiest plants to grow, indoors or out. Native to South America, the amaryllis is well suited to our tropical climate. It comes in several shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange. There are also multi-colored and striped varieties. The prices can range from $4 to $40 for a single bulb depending on the variety. If your bulb came prepackaged, all you have to do is follow the directions to get it to bloom.If you have a bare bulb that you intend to grow in a container, place it in lukewarm water for a few hours before you plant.  Use a good potting soil and plant the bulb up to its top being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil firmly around the bulb to hold it in place. Water lightly.  Place the container in a warm place with direct natural light if possible.  Amaryllis will grow under fluorescent light but only if it is left on around the clock. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch.  Once a month, fertilize with a water- soluble plant food. Blooms will appear in 7 to 10 weeks. And they will be spectacular!last_img read more

KATHIE’S KORNER — Faith toward God should lead to maturity

first_imgThere are many scriptures about Faith, but let’s concentrate on the Foundation Stone of Faith.Hebrews 6:12 lists six Foundation Stones for Christians. We should be taught these early in our Christian lives or in our lives, period! Faith is believing.“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken toward maturity not laying again the foundation …” It says, beyond to maturity, not going backwards. Are you mature? What a funny, provocative, question! What a relief to not take glory for performing, but giving glory to God for every note (only the good ones).My husband and I could see God begin and change lives for good all over the world through the songs and musicians as we traveled for over 30 years using Music as our Tool of Evangelism, praise Him.So, “we do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” — Hebrews 6:12Choose a faith girl or guy to emulate, someone who believes in a Godly, peaceful, prosperous life, not the way they dress or talk, but their FAITH TOWARDS GOD!Kathie Deasy writes about religion for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at [email protected] He prayed and the boy was free and hopefully His followers from doubt!I know from experience that we all have imitated people we respected or looked up to or wanted to emulate, If you want to be a great basketball player, you don’t imitate Michael Jackson, you imitate Michael Jordan.As a singer, I watched and listened to great, alto vocalists that I thought would help me eventually have my own style (my song).As I knew I couldn’t sing exactly how they did or sound, then, I took vocal lessons for eight years with a coach in California as a youngster, singing in recitals, a trio, choirs and studios, finally, giving back my gifts of music to God, Who gave them to me in the first place.center_img Everyone thinks they’re mature if they’re older, but I have my doubts. It will show in a person’s character.In Matthew 17:18-20, Jesus had sent His disciples to drive out a demon to heal a young man. They came back telling Him it didn’t work and asking why didn’t the boy get free?Jesus rebuked them and said it was because of their lack of faith and that if they have faith as small as a mustard seed, they can say to this mountain “move,” and it will move, and nothing will be impossible.last_img read more

Pelham: Carbon dioxide and Vermont

first_imgby Tom Pelham Vermont’s energy policies enacted and implemented over the past six years by the majority party parallel the same wasteful and undemocratic pattern as their healthcare and education policies. This 2015 report (CLICK HERE(link is external)) by the federal Energy Information Agency (EIA) provides baseline context for Vermont’s CO2 emissions. It reports that at 5.6 million metric tons, Vermont’s CO2 emissions are the lowest in the nation and on a per capita basis are second lowest among the 50 states.Further, this 2015 profile (CLICK HERE(link is external)) from Vermont’s Department of Forest and Parks and Recreation indicates that Vermont is near net neutral relative to CO2 emissions. The profile states:“Statewide greenhouse gas emissions are estimated at 8.37 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2e) per year. Vermont forests remove an estimated 8.23 MMTCO2e per year.”Bottom line, Vermont contributes little net C02 to the atmosphere while other states like Texas and Pennsylvania are the real culprits, with large emissions on both total and per capita bases.  So, given this context, is it vital that Vermonters allow their political leaders to hand over our iconic ridgelines, meadows and pastures to large renewable developers who, without hesitation, rip apart and deface the landscape of Vermont?This question is of special importance when considering the source of Vermont’s C02 emissions.  From the EIA report: “For example, in Vermont the largest share of emissions in 2013 came from the transportation sector (56%), predominantly from petroleum, but the electric power sector share was 0.2% because Vermont had almost no generation using fossil fuels. Vermont’s residential sector share was 23%—indicative of a relatively cold climate where petroleum is the main heating fuel.”Given these two primary sources of Vermont’s C02 emissions, the obvious question is whether there is a direct and powerful connection between industrial ridgeline wind and valley solar projects and the mitigation of C02 emissions from tailpipes and furnace chimneys? I think not.Further, our complicit political leaders have Vermont’s state and federal taxpayers and electric rate payers handing over millions of dollars annually to subsidize renewable energy developers. This May 2016 report (CLICK HERE(link is external))by UVM’s Legislative Research Service profiles the lengthy list of direct subsidies, tax credits, sales tax breaks, property tax breaks, feed-in-tariffs, electric rate surcharges, among others which fuel Vermont’s renewable energy developers, who without such could not survive on their own.And this 2016 Public Service Board order (CLICK HERE(link is external)) profiles how just one such ratepayer subsidy sets expensive price caps relative to the market and allows developers an enviable rate of “return on equity”.  The Order states: “Rate of Return: continue to assume 9.6%, which is equivalent to GMP’s current return on equity.” Surely, a nice investment for those so privileged but one that contrasts sharply with the 2% to 3% annual returns average Vermonters earn on long term investments. And, to cap it all off there’s this absurd result. The Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) created with taxpayers and rate payers subsidies are most often sold out-of-state and as our Attorney General  informs us, once sold cannot be counted as “renewable” in Vermont. Perversely, such REC’s cannot count toward Vermont’s official goal of “meeting 90% of the state’s energy needs through renewable sources by 2050.” By selling the REC’s, Vermont has created a perpetual money machine for renewable developers as the 90% goal can never be achieved if REC’s are sold. The best I can say about all this is it’s far removed from the Jeffersonian Vermont I grew up in and another shameful example of the concentration and abuse of power under the Golden Dome. With energy, health care, and education policies, among others, the demands of politically connected special interests take precedence. The worst I could say is its Tammany Hall type political corruption done the “Vermont Way.” The majority party has morphed to an amoral political machine at taxpayer and rate payer expense. Our political leaders and special interests scratch each other’s backs, fueled by higher taxes, higher electric rates, higher fees and higher health care premiums forced upon Vermont’s citizens. It’s all about the money and centralized power; and when there is criticism of such behavior a high priced Montpelier lobbyist or law firm or both are hired to spin their narrative more favorably and defame their opposition (think Annette Smith), just like lobbyists on K Street in Washington, DC.There’s only one hope for a cure to this sickness and it’s at the ballot box. Vermonters need to trust more what they see directly in key areas such as energy, health care and education and less what they’re told, as much of what passes as information is manufactured by the special interests and for the special interests. Absent voter action, Vermont will continue down a path of one party cronyism funded by tax payers, fee payers, rate payers and insurance premium payers, among others.This commentary is by Tom Pelham, formerly finance commissioner in the Dean administration, tax commissioner in the Douglas administration, a state representative elected as an independent and who served on the Appropriations Committee, and a co-founder of Campaign for Vermont.last_img read more

Loan Zone: The new mortgage timeline

first_imgRecently enacted regulatory guidelines affect closing dates and other process Wallace JonesThe implementation guidelines for several Dodd-Frank legislative rules took effect in January 2014. These rules have a significant impact on home financing, especially timelines in the mortgage process. In an effort to ensure there are no surprises along the way for your members as they purchase, sell, or refinance their home, check out this brief summary to help explain how these changes will play a part in their home buying experience.Three business days before closing. The guidelines implementing the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act require that all mortgage applicants be provided a written list of home-ownership counseling organizations within three business days of submitting their loan application. The new disclosure must list up to 10 counseling locations convenient to the applicant, with the address, phone number, services provided and languages supported by each counseling organization. Applicants are not required to contact a counseling agency, but the lender is required to provide the list.Three business days before closing, redux.According to the implementing guidelines of The Equal Credit Opportunities Act (Reg B), lenders must provide applicants copies—at least three business days prior to closing—of all appraisals and all other written valuations developed in connection with an application for a loan to be secured by a first lien on a dwelling. This is true even if the valuation is only used for limited purposes. If the homebuyer believes the three-business-day review period is not necessary, he or she has the right to waive that requirement, unless the loan is a Section 35 Higher-Priced Mortgage Loan.Possibility of a delayed closing.The Truth-in-Lending Act Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans Appraisal Rule (Section 35 HPML) guidelines set out a scenario in which closing may be delayed by the requirement of a second appraisal: continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Gophers hoping key transfers obtain waivers to become eligible in 2020-21

first_imgWith Gach announcing his decision to transfer to Minnesota earlier this month, the Gophers now have two potential starters seeking waivers. Robbins and Gach have both drawn praise as players who have professional potential, with Gach declaring for the NBA draft earlier this offseason before withdrawing his name.Minnesota is familiar with the immediate eligibility waiver, with a notable example coming before the 2018-19 season when guard Marcus Carr had his waiver denied by the NCAA after transferring from Pittsburgh. Carr, who averaged 15.4 points and 6.7 assists in 2019-20, would have given the 2018-19 roster a much-needed boost at point guard, adding another backcourt threat to a team that won an NCAA tournament game. Instead, he was forced to sit out the season.“For me, the challenge has been who to take right now and almost guessing who will get a waiver and who is not,” Pitino said. “Reasonable minds would have said Marcus Carr should have gotten a waiver when his coach and coaching staff got fired. They didn’t give it to him.”With Carr currently declared for the NBA draft and the deadline for players with remaining eligibility to withdraw pushed back to October 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still possible that up to three of Minnesota’s projected starters will not actually suit up for the maroon and gold in 2020-21.For Gach and Robbins, the Gophers remain optimistic that the NCAA will approve their waivers. Perhaps helping their cases are their ties, both local and to the program. Gach is a native of Austin, Minnesota, while Robbins is the nephew of Gophers’ associate head coach, Ed Conroy.Because the NCAA considers each waiver claim on an individual basis, the exact reasons waivers are approved or denied remain largely unknown. This ambiguity has led to criticism of the NCAA’s current process and set in motion the talks to implement a one-time transfer exception.“I think it’s very important for college basketball to evolve,” Pitino said. “And I think the way you do that is by giving players more freedom to be able to do things.”However, with at least one more season of transfer waivers in their current form, expectations for Minnesota this season will hinge on whether Robbins and Gach are declared eligible. If able to play, they will provide the Gophers with renewed hope that the team can return to the NCAA tournament. Gophers hoping key transfers obtain waivers to become eligible in 2020-21Liam Robbins and Both Gach will need to receive waivers from the NCAA to play for Minnesota next season.Tony SaundersGopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena. Nick JungheimJune 25, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFollowing three busy months of roster turnover, it appears the roster for the Gophers men’s basketball team for the 2020-21 season is now set. While it is known who will be part of the team, who will be eligible to play remains to be determined.Expectations for the Gophers may not become clear until this fall as the season approaches. That is primarily due to the uncertainty whether transfers Both Gach and Liam Robbins will receive waivers from the NCAA to become immediately eligible this upcoming season.“We’re looking into that with Liam,” head coach Richard Pitino said after Robbins signed with the Gophers. “It’s certainly something that we will be aggressive with.”Gach and Robbins come to Minnesota from Utah and Drake respectively, each with two years of eligibility remaining. According to NCAA rules, transfers may only become eligible if they meet certain criteria. Otherwise, they must obtain a waiver from the NCAA. In college basketball, the amount of players seeking such waivers has become increasingly common in recent years. According to the Associated Press, 30 men’s basketball players sought waivers in 2017-18. That number jumped to 79 in 2018-19, while the percentage of waivers approved fell from 80% to 56%. According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, the number of men’s basketball players seeking waivers spiked to approximately 120 last season.“It’s no longer about this four-year process,” Pitino said of the increased prevalence of transfers. “They want to see where they fit in on your roster now.”Earlier in the offseason, the Gophers hoped Robbins would not need a waiver to become eligible as the NCAA considered adopting a one-time transfer exception that would allow all men’s basketball transfers to become immediately eligible. That policy, however, will not take effect until the 2021-22 season at earliest.“Whenever they vote on this new rule for one-time transfers, that changes the whole scope of everything for everybody in college basketball,” Pitino said. “I don’t think it’s a matter of if it happens but of when it happens.”last_img read more

Why Older Minds Make Better Decisions

first_imgForbes: The decisions we make throughout our lives about money, work, health and relationships have a tremendous influence on how we age. And as the number of older people increases, not only in the United States but around the world, the decisions seniors make and how they make them will have a significant impact on global economies and societies.…Recent research has already challenged what we thought we knew about the capability of the brain. What has become clear, says Dr. Gregory Samanez-Larkin of Vanderbilt University, one of the network’s co-directors, is that despite a decline in some types of cognitive function, “older people often make better decisions than younger people.”As we age, we become more selective about what we remember, says Dr. Alan Castel of UCLA, one of the study’s lead researchers. In an earlier study, his team tested older and younger adults’ ability to recall a list of words. The initial findings, as one would expect, showed that younger subjects remembered more of the words. However, when the two groups were provided the same list, but with some words assigned a higher number value than others, older participants were better than younger subjects at remembering the words assigned high scores and ignoring those with low scores.Read the whole story: Forbes More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Night With A Nerd: Virtual Bingo – Periodic Table July 9

first_imgBSMA News:The community is invited to join a virtual bingo game 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9 that has STEM topics rather than numbers in the squares. For the periodic table – the squares have symbols and someone calls the word. Players match to the symbols on their card. For example, if the word called is “sodium” then players look for “Na”.Everyone is invited to play. RSVP to the event to get a link to a bingo card emailed the day of the event.  Multiple players in the same household should register individually.To register, click here.Winners receive a gift certificate to the Gadgets store inside the Bradbury Science Museum.last_img

All Together NM Fund Provides $500K More In Food Grants

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – A state COVID-19 relief fund launched at the outset of the pandemic in New Mexico this week contributed an additional $500,000 to food banks and pantries statewide.The All Together NM Fund, launched by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in collaboration with the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations, distributed the last rounds of funds to 39 food banks and food distribution sites serving communities in all 33 counties in the state.The latest distribution was made possible in large part by a generous donation from the McKinnon Family Foundation.“We launched the foundation several years ago with one of the central goals being the advancement of important causes in New Mexico, including educational and cultural institutions,” Ian McKinnon said. “Increasing food security for all New Mexicans is also clearly core to the mission of our Foundation.”“The partnership with the state has bolstered the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundation’s capabilities in implementing this groundbreaking fund because our coalition members are constantly addressing challenges faced everyday by our communities,” said Randy Royster, chair of the Coalition and president and chief executive of the Albuquerque Community Foundation. “By working together to identify, prioritize and respond to community needs head-on, we are having a greater impact—not just for the nonprofit sector but toward our state’s entire recovery effort.”The recipients are Roadrunner Food Bank, The Food Depot, The Community Pantry, ECHO Food Bank, The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, La Mesa Presbyterian Church, St. Felix Pantry, Bethel Community Storehouse, Belen Food Pantry, Las Casas Summer Food Program, Curry Retired Senior Meal Association, Carlsbad Community Foundation, United Way of Eddy County, United Way of Lea County, Rio Arriba First Baptist Church of Chama, San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen, Truchas Service Center, Roosevelt Community Services Center, Bernal Community Center, Comedor de San Pascual, San Miguel Samaritan House, the Salvation Army of Las Vegas, Catron Food Pantries, Harvest Ministries of Roswell, Casa de Peregrinos, Spirit of Hidalgo, Silver City Gospel Rescue Mission, Lincoln County Food Bank, Deming Silver Linings, Otero Hunger Coalition, Our Lady of Perpetual Health of Sierra County, Socorro Storehouse, Always Loving Mankind of Colfax County, North Central Food Pantry of Taos, Raton Hunger Pantry and MAS Comunidad.In total the All Together NM Fund has distributed $3.3 million in grants over the course of the pandemic. The Santa Fe Community Foundation administers the fund.Significant donations have also been made by Arland & Associates, LLC, AT&T, Blattner Energy, Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, Comcast, Daniels Fund, Illinois #3 Foundation, Intel Foundation, Isora Foundation, Molina Healthcare, Pattern SC Holdings, LLC, PhRMA, RALI, Stanley E. Fulton Family Foundation, Swire Coca-Cola USA, The Hayes Foundation, The McKinnon Family Foundation, Tri-State, Virgin Galactic, LLC and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made through the website here, by texting “together” to 505.333.4714, or by mail to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, PO Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Note “All Together NM Fund” on the check itself.last_img read more