13 Days Of Phishmas 2017: Baker’s Dozen Night 10, The “Holes” Show

first_imgAfter “O Holy Night,” Trey kicked into “Taste” for the first time since Texas last Fall. The “Taste” jam provided a second bona fide improvisational highlight for this thrilling second set, quickly moving into a charge reminiscent of the “Mike’s Song” jam that preceded it, continuing the considerable momentum it had established. Mike and Page bought the jam to a slow, rolling boil, which bubbled over into bright major-key ambiance. Trey picked up the reins from there, using single, solitary, sustained notes to sing sweet songs and pierce through the static like only he can, before bringing the jam to a close with a blues-rock peak.Watch fan-shot footage of the tail end of the “Taste” jam below courtesy of YouTube user LazyLightning55a:“Wingsuit” floated in on the pulsing Fishman fills that closed the Type II “Taste.” Hitting hard as always with a pretty piano jam and towering riffs from Trey, “Wingsuit” eventually landed on a brief “Sneakin’ Sally.” Finally, the band resolved the set-spanning “Mike’s Groove” with “Weekapaug,” before taking an encore victory lap through a widely-predicted cover of Sgt. Pepper favorite “A Day In The Life.”Remember 2012? When we wished longingly but skeptically that Phish would revive the “Mike’s Song” second jam? When we wished they would dig deep in the catalogue, play the “white whales,” try out new and adventurous covers? When we longed for just one 20-minute jam, but reluctantly recognized that those days may have been behind them? The Phish we all wished for 5 years ago pales in comparison to the Phish we now get on a nightly basis in Summer 2017, and it only keeps getting better. Thank Icculus for the Baker’s Dozen![Cover photo via Chad Anderson]Hot Takes From Night 10:Repeat Watch: As Fishman says, “DUH.” The Universe is a donut, and the Phish will play no repeats at the Baker’s Dozen…Today’s Donut: “Holes” [“Way Down In The Hole” (Bonus Points: “When you walk through The Garden…” opening line); “Buried Alive”; “Heavy Things” (“two holes in my face”); “O Holy Night”; “A Day In The Life” (“although the holes were rather small…”)]We Tired Yet?: …Yes. Home stretch! Who’s got my 8/5 and 8/6?! (For real, though, shoot me a message…)SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 10 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/2/17SET 1: Way Down in the Hole[1], Buried Alive, Kill Devil Falls, Guyute, I Didn’t Know, NICU, Meat, Maze, Ginseng Sullivan, Waiting All Night, Heavy Things, Run Like an AntelopeSET 2: Mike’s Song > O Holy Night[1] > Taste > Wingsuit > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Weekapaug GrooveENCORE: A Day in the Life[1] Phish debut.[Cover photo via Chad Anderson Photography]We’ll see you back here tomorrow, as we continue to re-sample all the donuts on our way back to the Garden for New Year’s Run 2017-2018. For a list of pre-show plans and late-night after-parties, check out our guide here.13 Days of Phishmas 2017:Night 1 – “Coconut” – 7/21/17Night 2 – “Strawberry” – 7/22/17Night 3 – “Red Velvet” – 7/23/17Night 4 – “Jam-Filled” – 7/25/17Night 5 – “Powdered” – 7/26/17Night 6 – “Double Chocolate” – 7/28/17Night 7 – “Cinnamon” – 7/29/17Night 8 – “Jimmies” – 7/30/17Night 9 – “Maple” – 8/1/17Night 10 – “Holes” – 8/2/17 In just 4 days, Phish will make their triumphant return to Madison Square Garden in New York City for their traditional 4-night New Year’s Run at the world’s most famous arena. To date, the band has played the storied midtown Manhattan room 52 times–usually surrounding New Year’s Eve–and among those 52 are some of the more exciting and memorable performances they’ve ever turned in. In 2016, we counted down the days until New Year’s Run with “The 12 Days Of Phishmas,” a festive collection of our favorite Phish shows at the Garden over the years. But that list was made before the Baker’s Dozen, Phish’s unprecedented run of 13 straight shows at MSG featuring nightly donut-based themes, surprise covers and bust-outs to cater the setlists to the flavor du jour and, oh yea, NO REPEATS, culminating with a “championship” banner being raised to The Garden’s rafters on a day officially designated as “Phish Day” by the Mayor of New York. The Dozen was a different kind of beast: It’s difficult to pick apart the individual shows and rank them among the band’s other 39 MSG performances because these 13 shows were so inextricably linked. Those 17 summer days in the City almost felt like one long show, and so it only felt right to extend this year’s Phishmas by an extra day and relive the Baker’s Dozen as a complete set–sampling one donut at a time, the same way it was originally tasted. By the time we’re done going back through the Baker’s Dozen spoils, we’ll all be primed and ready to add four more shows to the list, rounding out 17 in ’17–the biggest, baddest year of MSG Phish we’ve ever seen. Our Official Guide To Phish New Year’s Pre- And Post-PartiesAt this point in our Phishmas retelling of the Baker’s Dozen saga, we’re in the final stretch of the run: 4 shows left; one more “regular” MSG run, if you will. The Baker’s Dozen was now a thing, and seemingly everyone had something to say about it–from style magazines, to city and national news outlets, to your thoroughly un-hip Aunt Martha, to passersby asking what all the donuts were about and why everyone had their fingers in the air (note: I usually went with “We’re doing a flash mob”). The secret had gotten out: something very special was happening at The Garden. In the blink of an eye, each of the remaining shows–all of which had tickets available at the box office at the start of the run–were sold the f*ck out, and the horde of restless fingers in the air on 7th Avenue was steadily growing each night. Fans eagerly awaited the announcement of a new donut each morning, and made their calculated theme predictions for each successive show in kind. And with 9 shows down and not a repeat in sight, the list of songs still on the table grew shorter and shorter each night. In hindsight, the second half of the Baker’s Dozen was, in many ways, the most “predictable” stretch of shows Phish has ever played. More so than ever before, we went into those shows knowing loosely what to expect. But of course, that didn’t stop Phish from continuing to exceed our expectations anyhow…So much fantastic ground already covered, yet still so much to come–the second half of the Dozen was uncharted territory in the Phish Universe, boldly going where no run had gone before. Come along, relive that (not so short) trip with us, and remember that euphoric feeling of being in the thick of the Baker’s Dozen. Merry Phishmas to all!NIGHT 10: Holes8/2/17Review by Andrew O’Brien Last night, Phish took the Baker’s Dozen into double digits with their 10th performance in 13 days at Madison Square Garden. Unlike Tuesday night’s “Maple” theme, which predominantly left fans scratching their heads until showtime, Wednesday night’s donut, “Holes”–you know, like “donut holes”–immediately spawned a litany of guesses. Phish is at their best when their creativity is at its peak, and just like Sunday’s “Jimmies” donut, “Holes” was another clever, off-kilter flavor choice, allowing the band to stretch the thematic boundaries and check another chunk of songs off their ever-shorter yet still expansive list of remaining songs. Fans quickly scoured all the tunes still in play for the Baker’s Dozen, from originals to staple covers to outlandish guesses (which, on this run, are just about as likely as even the most often-played Phish songs), putting together a comparatively long list of potential picks.Many of the calls turned out to be correct, the band clearly having designated them for “Holes” night from the start (“Buried Alive,” “Heavy Things,” “A Day In The Life”). But Phish still wound up proving the majority of their fans’ guesses incorrect. This fan was convinced that “Holes” night would finally signal the return of long-lost tongue-in-cheek ditty “In A Hole,” which was referenced at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on 8/30/14, but has not been played in earnest since December, 1989. Of course, this fan turned out to be wrong. That’s how it works with this band: Whenever you’re positive Phish is going to “zig,” the smart money says they’re actually plotting to “zag,” and last night’s “zags” far exceeded any pre-conceived ideas of what “Holes” night would entail; Who really wants to “zig” anyway? “In A Hole” is so 1989, and you can bet that these days, most fans would take high-concept, creatively finessed, fully realized 2017 Baker’s Dozen Phish over late-80’s goofiness any day of the week. There’s a Golden Age comin’ round…The surprises got started early, as the band led off with their live debut of Tom Waits‘ “Way Down In A Hole” (which, for those keeping track, meant that the show began with the line “When you walk through the Garden”). While many in the crowd were understandably unfamiliar with the new and relatively obscure cover, the song’s opening notes sent what looked like about half the crowd into a frenzy. The cheering fans, no doubt, were the ones who have watched universally acclaimed HBO crime drama The Wire. The show used a different rendition of the song under its opening credits for each of its five seasons, including the original Waits recording and versions by The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Neville Brothers, DoMaJe, and Steve Earle. [Note: To the other half of the crowd that didn’t recognize the opener: Watch The Wire, already. Seriously, what are you waiting for?]Watch the band’s surprise “Way Down In A Hole” opener below via LivePhish:A fire-starting “Buried Alive” came next, quickly bringing the rowdiness that seemed to be missing at Tuesday’s “prettier” Maple performance. “Kill Devil Falls” followed, growing into a chugging Type I groove and, finally, a satisfying early-show peak, despite a handful of flubs from Red. Any KDF flubbery was quickly forgotten as the band moved into rare original “Guyute.” While the complicated composition wasn’t perfectly played, the “ugly pig” still pulled through, retaining his patented power and shadowy grit.“I Didn’t Know” came next, as Trey coaxed Mr. Henrietta Fishman to center stage with a nod to the “Jimmies” night “Universe-As-Donut-‘Harpua’” (“You know what they say about holes: The more holes, the more complicated…the vacuum cleaner!”). Fishman’s vacuum chops can always be classified in varying levels of cringe-worthiness, and this attempt was no different. But the vacuum had yet to make an appearance at the Baker’s Dozen–where Phish is sure to pull out virtually everything in their bag of tricks at some point or other–and the antics served as an amusing interlude.A brief and bubbly NICU followed, prompting big cheers with its “look back on those days when my life was a haze” line before giving way to Mike Gordon-led jaunt “Meat,” Fishman masterfully keeping the jive and stride alive. The song gave the crowd its first Type II taste of the evening, building into a twangy, plodding roll (Note: An actual  Type II “Taste,” coincidentally, would pop up til later in the night, but more on that later…).“Maze” finally punched its Baker’s Dozen ticket after “Meat,” as the band conjured a dissonant, avant garde atmosphere, augmented by spectacular light work from Chris Kuroda. The “Maze” jam reached not one, but two giant white-light peaks, the second of which featuring added sonic girth by a 60%-ish throttle Mike bomb (good money says he’s saving up the big boys for the monster “Tweeprise” that looms on Night 13). “Ginseng Sullivan” and “Waiting All Night” followed before ceding to the hole-referencing “Heavy Things,” depleting some of the energy in the room with a run of slower tunes. However, the audience quickly riled up once again as a mighty “Run Like An Antelope” closer set the gear shift back to “high,” where it would remain for the rest of the performance.The set break chatter centered largely on “Way Down In The Hole,” as fans of The Wire nerd-ed out over the reference. The tune was all too appropriate for the Baker’s Dozen. The Garden has had a certain similarity to the notorious “Hamsterdam” over the course of the residency: With mischief-seeking fans traveling from all over to a dedicated area to indulge their societally frowned-upon proclivities, and the venue staff generally cultivating a permissive atmosphere for such behavior (as long as you’re in the agreed-upon space), the connection was hard to ignore–whether or not it was intended. [Note: For those who don’t get that clever, hilarious reference: don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler. It’s just one more reason you really do need to watch The Wire].When the second set began with “Mike’s Song,” the Garden crowd knew they were in for a ride–but none could have predicted just how wild that ride would be. From funk feathered with gorgeous beams of blue, purple, and green; to a bright, foamy bounce; to a breezy, echoing vamp; to dark and murky cocktail lounge fare and a patiently realized and chill-inducing peak, this “Mike’s” went “out there” like no “Mike’s” has in almost a decade. This “Mike’s Song” broke the 20-minute mark for the first time since ’97, and marked just the third elusive “second jam” in the modern era. For now, let’s call this monster “Big Mike,” and imagine he’s a musical beer hall brawler who’s never lost a fight. As “Mike’s” dissipated, the fog machines came alive, billowing smoke across the stage over an ambient rumble. A choral refrain began to build. It took a few moments of unsure recognition to understand the play: Holiday season staple (and appropriate “Holes” night anthem) “O Holy Night.”Watch pro-shot video of “Mike’s Song” (via LivePhish) as well as fan-shot footage of Phish’s haunting “O Holy Night” from “Holes” night at the Baker’s Dozen (courtesy of YouTube user rdeal1999) below:last_img read more

Harvard continues to face ‘foundational financial pressures’

first_imgIn an interview with the Harvard Gazette about the University’s annual financial report, released today, Executive Vice President Katie Lapp and Treasurer Paul Finnegan struck a cautious tone while highlighting the “ongoing foundational financial pressures” confronting Harvard. GAZETTE: The University posted a $2.7 million surplus. How significant is that?LAPP: The $2.7 million surplus is obviously good news for the University. We are making progress. We had to make a one-time $46 million adjustment to our surplus, related to a change in accounting methodology for the defined-benefit pension plan. Without that adjustment, the surplus would have been $49 million. But to put it in context, that’s a little over 1 percent of our operating revenue. Last year, we had a deficit of $34 million, and that was a little less than 1 percent of our operating revenue. So, just as we did not have undue concern about the $34 million deficit last year, this year’s surplus, while good news, is not a cause for excessive optimism — it is essentially a break-even result.GAZETTE: Can you give us some of the report’s highlights?LAPP: Sure. On the revenue side, the numbers reflect the effects of The Harvard Campaign, including an increase in current-use giving, and an increase in the annual distribution from the endowment. We are also experiencing revenue growth in areas such as executive education, particularly at Harvard Business School (HBS). The opening of Tata Hall has really allowed them to expand their executive and continuing-education programs. Many other Schools are doing the same. In total, revenue from executive education increased 11 percent.One of the areas where we find some interesting development and a lot of pilots going on right now is in HarvardX. We are undertaking a number of revenue experiments, trying to recoup some of the cost. Those efforts include charging learners who take HarvardX courses for verified certificates. We are experimenting with licensing some of our lectures or courses to other universities. So we are excited about that, and we think that’s an area where we can have some revenue growth.Most importantly, however, HarvardX is helping to reenergize teaching on campus, with our own faculty and students. The first priority of HarvardX is to empower Harvard teachers and learners to use technology in our classrooms in ways designed to improve on-campus teaching and learning. Going forward, we also see HarvardX as starting to provide greater opportunities for executive-education programs, for our graduate schools in particular.GAZETTE: Could you comment more on the progress of The Harvard Campaign thus far?FINNEGAN: It’s extraordinary. Just over a year into our public phase, we’ve already had more than 100,000 people contribute to the campaign, and we recently announced that we have raised $4.3 billion to date. The campaign is going very well. We are actually overwhelmed by the response of alumni, and I think it reflects extremely well on their confidence in Drew Faust, her leadership, and the direction of the University.LAPP: In terms of the impact of FY14, current-use giving was up 24 percent, or $81 million, which was great. Total receipts, which are in our financial statement, were up 46 percent to $1.2 billion. Those are positive things that have helped the FY14 result.GAZETTE: The tone of the report remains conservative despite the campaign performing well in this first year.LAPP: The campaign results so far and the endowment return of 15.4 percent are both in the positive column, and we are very happy to see those. As I mentioned, revenue from executive education is up 11 percent, and publishing is up 12 percent. Those are positive signals, but we do have our challenges as well. Our overall research spending declined 2 percent after growing 1 percent in FY13. Most concerning is that federal research dollars continued to decline. Harvard’s federally sponsored research, which represents 75 percent of our whole sponsored research portfolio, declined 5 percent in FY14, compared with a decline of 3 percent the year before. It is worth noting that our non-federally sponsored research, which is a smaller piece of the pie, did go up 9 percent to roughly north of $200 million. But again, it’s a very small percentage of our sponsored research. Sponsored research funding is something we must watch carefully because it’s a really significant driver of our results, and of what we are trying to achieve as a university.We’ve also seen some other things that will continue to impact our results in future years. For instance, salary and wages went up 6 percent. A little less than half of that went to new people, particularly in strategic areas like IT and areas supported by outside funding. The remainder reflects budgeted merit-pay increases. And when you consider the fact that salary, wages, and employee benefits represent roughly 50 percent of our operating budget, that’s an area we must stay focused on.Our benefits overall went down about 5 percent, and that was primarily related to the change in our actuarial assumptions for the defined-benefit and post-retirement health plans, so that was an adjustment. We also were able to bend the growth curve for our post-retiree health benefits costs. We made changes to the plan a year or so ago that have actually helped us bend the cost curve, so that’s good. But when we looked at the cost of health benefits, they actually increased 5 percent, primarily due to an increase in enrollment and health care cost inflation. That’s something we are seeking to address with the health benefit changes that take effect in January. Again, the goal is to bend the cost curve.GAZETTE: Can you say more about the financial challenges the University faces?FINNEGAN: Harvard is not immune to the challenges within the world of higher education. Katie mentioned a number of them: Federal research dollars are in decline, and we see upward pressure on expenses. We have benefited enormously from the positive capital markets. The equity markets have been strong. It would be inappropriate to assume that the markets will continue at this pace over the longer term. The endowment contributes 35 percent of the operating revenue of the University, which is high, so we should be prudent in our assumptions. From my standpoint, it is important that we take a long-term view on both revenue and costs. The headwinds in higher education are not going to disappear.LAPP: In addition to our personnel costs being 50 percent of the budget, our space costs represent another 20 percent. Those two costs — personnel and space — are very sticky. Seventy percent of the operating budget is going toward those two areas. Our space costs include the renewal of the undergraduate Houses, which is a key priority of this University. Upkeep of our overall footprint and our campus is really critical. Those are significant demands on our resources. So, as I said earlier, the surplus is good news, but it’s also not reason to pull back on some of these measures we’ve implemented to control costs.GAZETTE: Can you talk a little bit about the Harvard’s investments in new opportunities for the future, like the development plans in Allston?FINNEGAN: It’s actually an amazing time in the University’s history. We have the Allston development to consider, and we also have House renewal. Both put demands on our balance sheet and fundraising. They are terrific opportunities, but at the same time they do represent challenges from both a fundraising and an operating standpoint going forward.LAPP: Allston is a great opportunity for this University. It’s a significant amount of acreage where the University can grow and achieve various aspirations. And our master plan for Allston does include plans to expand not only the HBS campus, but also plans to build a facility for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. We think it’s an amazing opportunity for the University, and we think that the campaign is a great way in which to move those plans forward. We are very excited about what Allston means for this University, and we look forward to developing that and having the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Allston.GAZETTE: I know that there have been some constraints on spending in many areas. But at the same time, the University’s commitment to financial aid increased by almost $20 million. Given the challenges facing Harvard, can you comment on the sustainability of financial aid funding going forward?FINNEGAN: Providing to all who qualify for the opportunity to have an education at Harvard is central to our mission. Since 2004, the College’s financial-aid budget has increased by more than $100 million. Across the University, I believe we spend close to $500 million. Affordability is a very important part of who we are. There are very large parts of the capital campaign devoted to increasing the endowment of this financial aid. So, it’s a critical part of our budget and will continue to be.LAPP: The gift given by Ken Griffin last year — $150 million largely committed to financial aid at the College — really symbolizes our commitment, and the commitment of our alumni, to financial aid. As Paul indicated, this is a key area for this campaign.GAZETTE: Is there anything else in the report you would like to highlight?FINNEGAN: The enhancement of our financial management over the last five or six years is striking, and such efforts have helped the University to achieve these results. It really began with the governance change and the creation of the finance and facilities committees of the Corporation. Katie and Dan Shore put in place risk-management systems, other policies around liquidity, multi-year financial planning and budgeting, and these have had a huge impact on our ability to project and achieve certain results. We very much appreciate Dan’s work, and Katie is spearheading the recruitment of a new CFO. We feel really good about this whole area.LAPP: I would also say that Jane Mendillo and her team at Harvard Management Company have been fantastic partners with this University, and key contributors as well. Jane has done a tremendous job, and we really wish her all the best in her future endeavors. But we also know that Stephen Blyth is just going to be a strong partner with us as we grapple with some of the challenges ahead.last_img read more

Irish Novelist Reflects on Changing Times

first_imgIrish novelist Patrick McCabe drew on his personal experience growing up in Ireland to address the effects of technological development Friday in a talk titled, “Irish Village Life Over 100 Years: From Brass Band to Broadband.” The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies sponsored McCabe’s talk in the Hesburgh Library’s Rare Books Room. McCabe quoted the poem, “A Sofa in the Forties” by Seamus Heaney, the recently deceased Irish poet to emphasize the changes that have taken place in society and morality in Ireland over the last century.  He said he agrees with Seamus Heaney and others who argue the core of Irish society always has been the family and the parish, and then the county.  “Everything radiates out from that,” McCabe said. “Familiarity and neighborliness is written into DNA.” McCabe said his mother’s awareness of everything going on in their neighborhood evidenced that community orientation so dominant within Irish society. “I thought what a gap exists between [my mother’s awareness] and a person who lived all his life in Wexford town. He could decompose merrily in the Christmas season, right through the spring and not be discovered until St. Patrick’s Day,” he said. McCabe began said a story from a March edition of the Irish Times demonstrated this decreased sense of community.  “The neighbors decided to pay a visit-they knocked on the door and there was no reply. They opened the door, and the [Christmas] lights were there, wishing the season along its merry way, and there was a skeleton there, sitting in the easy chair,” he said. “And it got me to thinking how times have changed.” McCabe said he is amazed that in today’s society, “the apotheosis of achievement is eating live bugs and worms on television” and “authority which for so long had held sway was now openly flouted.” McCabe said modern society is not without God, but a profusion of gods. Quoting G.K. Chesterton, he said, “When man stops believing in something, he starts believing in everything.””  McCabe said he cautions against willingly submitting to a kind of impersonal, godless society, “where the life of the sidewalk and the front yard will have all but disappeared.” “These are challenging times, and choices will have to be made,” he said.last_img read more

Chilled.

first_imgRecord low temperatures froze much of Georgia last week. When it comes to freezing temperatures, survival depends on timing and location for some Georgia crops, say University of Georgia experts.Tough on Early PeachesFreeze destroyed about 60 to70 percent of the south Georgia peach crop last week, said Kathryn Taylor, an Extension horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.About five to 10 percent of Georgia’s peach crop grows in south Georgia.Peach tree varieties in south Georgia bud, flower and develop fruit earlier than those in middle Georgia. These early varieties go to market first. Therefore, they bring the most income for south Georgia growers.As a tree progresses to full flowering, the developing flowers’ ability to resist freezing temperatures is diminished, she said.”The freeze had a devastating effect on the three earliest south Georgia varieties,” Taylor said. “These trees were in full bloom. . . . This (freeze) resulted in a large economic loss for them.”At 20 degrees, trees in full bloom will lose 90 percent or more of their flowers.No flowers, no fruit.Warm weather in February caused south Georgia trees to bloom.”But this is not particularly early,” Taylor said. ” It was just time for (these) varieties to bloom.”Timing Is EverythingIronically, the freeze may help middle Georgia peach farmers.Most of the middle Georgia crop remains in the bud stage of development. Tight buds can stand the freeze. The loss of slightly swollen buds is only about 10 percent. A peach tree grows about 10 times as many buds as it needs to produce a full fruit crop.”We can spare that 10 percent (loss),” Taylor said. The freeze reduced the potential fruit load and necessary thinning costs for growers.”The (recent) freeze in middle Georgia did not reduce the expected yield for this summer,” Taylor said.A later freeze in middle Georgia would be much more damaging to the state’s peach crop.How damaging?”Timing is everything,” Taylor said.The risk of freeze for much of Georgia usually passes with Easter.Chilled GreensFreezing temperatures raised eyebrows of Georgia’s cabbage and carrot farmers, said Terry Kelley, UGA Extension Service horticulturist. A mature cabbage “can freeze as hard as a rock,” Kelley said. But when it thaws out, it’s usually fine. However, freezing temperatures can damage newly planted, young cabbage.”I’m not nearly as concerned with the mature cabbage as I am for the ones being planted,” Kelley said. Farmers are currently harvesting mature cabbage while planting another cabbage crop.It’s hard to tell just how damaging the freeze will be, Kelley said. Many weeks from now, as the next cabbage crop progresses, this freeze could cause plants to flower early instead of producing a cabbage head, cutting heavily into producers’ bottom line.Georgia farmers also have about 3,500 acres of carrots in the ground right now. “Carrots can take a pretty stiff freeze,” Kelley said. “In general you won’t get root damage unless the ground freezes.”There was some damage to the tops of carrots, he said. The tops will grow back, but it exposes the plant to disease and insect pressure and quality problems at harvest time.Leafy greens, such as mustard, turnips, kale and collards, received some damage from the freeze, too.”Some of the young greens got hammered pretty hard,” Kelley said. “I’m sure there will be some replanting to do.”Sweet and EstablishedGeorgia’s $90 million Vidalia onion crop fared the freeze well, according to Reid Torrance, Tattnall County Extension Service agent, where about 60 percent of the Vidalia onion crop is grown.”Once an onion plant is established, you can have a blistering cold. It will usually come back out from the cold fairly easy,” he said.Some foliage was damaged.”But you’re going to get that more from the frost than the freeze,” Torrance said.Much like carrots, the actual onion bulb isn’t damaged unless the ground freezes for extended periods. The ground around Tattnall County froze only a quarter to half an inch, Torrance said, and for only a short period.last_img read more

Via Cheese To Buy Lucille Farms

first_imgAugust 8, 2006Via Cheese To Buy Lucille FarmsSwanton Vermont&Via Cheese, LLC announced today that it has agreed to buy the assets of Lucille Farms, a Swanton based manufacturer of mozzarella cheese which ceased operations in October of 2005. Via intends to restart the plant in October of this year and plans to make mozzarella and other Italian cheeses at the facility. Via is a sister company of Franklin Foods, which annually makes approximately 25,000,000 lbs of cream cheese products in its plant located in Enosburg Falls, Vermont.According to Jon Gutknecht, CEO of Via, This plant will be the perfect partner for our cream cheese operation and we plan to restore the plant to full scale production of premium mozzarella cheese in the coming months. Gutknecht, who is also CEO of Franklin Foods, stated that Via is an independent concern and will be operated as a separate company from Franklin Foods. He expects the two companies to work closely together to pursue joint efficiencies. The relationship will give Via Cheese immediate access to Franklin Foods national network of customers, distributors and cheese brokers. Via Cheese plans to establish mozzarella production by mid October and sell, initially, under the Lucille Farms brand. A plant expansion and production modernization project will begin in October with a planned completion in March 2007.Gutknecht noted that Franklin Foods corporate mission is to, Re-invent Cream Cheese and confirmed that the Company has recently been awarded a patent for its Yogurt Cream Cheese and has numerous patents pending for various innovations. He added, Franklin has recently used its technology to partner with several large branded manufacturers and several of the countrys leading grocery chains to make leading edge, modern cream cheese on trend with todays American consumer. In the same vein, Via Cheese will follow a strategy of innovation and invention to create high quality mozzarella cheese and other Italian specialties including Provolone, Asiago, and Fontina. Via will invite experienced members of the former Lucille Farms to join the team.Via is owned by the stockholders of Franklin Foods together with Erik Brue of Burlington, Vermont who will serve as President of Via Cheese. As Brue described his goals, The highest priority is restoring the plant to commercial scale production. He has begun the hiring process for production employees and will shortly begin a search for a plant manager. Via intends to retain the services of the team, which has kept the plant in operating order during the shutdown. Brue acknowledged that the company has ambitious goals but added that he believes, Via can be a leading manufacturer of premium mozzarella and the leading innovator in other Italian cheeses. It is an exciting mission which will be challenging but also fun.At former levels of production the plant used in excess of 150,000,000 lbs of milk, (or its equivalent) a year and was the second largest customer of the St. Albans Coop. The plant consumed approximately 6% of the milk produced in Vermont and about 12% of Franklin Countys production. The Chairman of Via, Nordahl Brue, who has been working with the St Albans Coop to secure milk supplies for the venture stated, Restoring this plant to production is very important to the economy of Vermont, and particularly important to the residents and farmers of Franklin County.The announcement followed a public auction Tuesday at which UPS Capital Business Credit, a secured creditor of Lucille Farms, Inc and Lucille Farms of Vermont, Inc, bought the factory and real estate formerly owned by Lucille. The closing of the Lucille plant last year changed the balance of milk processors locally and the state of Vermont has targeted high volume dairy manufacturers who are significant users of milk and milk solids to balance supply and demand. It is expected that this venture will advance the States objective in a very substantial manner. -30-For further information contact Erik Brue at (802) 868-7301last_img read more

Board of Governors makes a host of appointments

first_img June 15, 2004 Regular News Board of Governors makes a host of appointments Board of Governors makes a host of appointmentscenter_img Nominations for judicial nominating commissions and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and appointments to the ABA House of Delegates were among the recommendations and appointments the Bar Board of Governors made recently.The board, which met May 28 in Hollywood, also made appointments to the Florida Legal Services Board of Directors, the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of Directors, the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, and the Florida Medical Malpractice Underwriting Association Board of Governors.Applicants for the judicial nominating commissions were screened by special committees set up by the board and under the supervision of President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson. The board makes three nominations for each of the 26 JNCs, and Gov. Jeb Bush picks one for a four-year term that begins July 1.Those nominated are: • To the Supreme Court JNC, Ky M. Koch of Belleair, Jane Kreusler-Walsh of North Palm Beach, and Diana Santa Maria of Davie. • To the First District Court of Appeal JNC, A. Graham Allen and Tracy S. Carlin of Jacksonville, and Vikki R. Shirley of Monticello. • To the Second DCA JNC, David M. Caldevilla of Tampa, John P. Cardillo of Naples, and Betsy E. Gallagher of Tampa. • To the Third DCA JNC, Ramon A. Abadin, Peter Prieto, and Adrienne F. Promoff, all of Miami. • To the Fourth DCA JNC, Richard E. Berman and Joel L. Kirschbaum, both of Ft. Lauderdale, and Gerald F. Richman of Palm Beach Gardens. • To the Fifth DCA JNC, O. John Alpizar of Melbourne Beach, Kirk N. Kirkconnell of Altamonte Springs, and Jill S. Schwartz of Maitland. • To the First Circuit JNC, Stephen F. Bolton of Pensacola, Terence A. Gross of Gulf Breeze, and Drew S. Pinkerton of Shalimar.­ • To the Second Circuit JNC, Michael F. Coppins, Elaine N. Duggar, and Dean R. LeBeouf, all of Tallahassee. • To the Third Circuit JNC, Angela M. Cancio and Andrew J. Decker III, both of Live Oak, and S. Austin Peele of Lake City. • To the Fourth Circuit JNC, Patricia M. Dodson, William C. Gentry, and Joseph William Prichard, all of Jacksonville. • To the Fifth Circuit JNC, Katherine P. Glynn of Reddick, Jeannette M. Haag of Inverness, and Joseph J. Mason, Jr., of Brooksville. • To the Sixth Circuit JNC, Joshua Magidson, Paul A. Meissner, and Scott E. Schiltz, all of Clearwater. • To the Seventh Circuit JNC, Harold C. Hubka and Michael H. Lambert, both of Ormond Beach, and Brynn Gail Newton of Flagler Beach. • To the Eighth Circuit JNC, Zelda Hawk, Leonard E. Ireland, Jr., and Sharon T. Sperling, all of Gainesville. • To the Ninth Circuit JNC, Wayne L. Helsby, Mary Ann Morgan, and Richard P. Reinhart, all of Winter Park. • To the 10th Circuit JNC, Sidney M. Crawford of Mulberry, Richard E. Straughn of Winter Haven, and Janet M. Stuart of Lakeland. • To the 11th Circuit JNC, Cynthia A. Everett of Miami, Eugenio Hernandez of Coral Gables, and Maria L. Rubio of Pinecrest. • To the 12th Circuit JNC, Patricia D. Crauwels, Lori M. Dorman, and Shirin M. Vesely, all of Bradenton. • To the 13th Circuit JNC, Caroline Kapusta Black, Edward W. Gerecke, and William F. Jung, all of Tampa. • To the 14th Circuit JNC, Larry Ashmore Bodiford and John M. Boggs, both of Panama City, and Jeffrey P. Whitton of Lynn Haven. • To the 15th Circuit JNC, Susan F. Kornspan of Boca Raton, David C. Prather of Jupiter, and Spencer Sax of Boca Raton. • To the 16th Circuit JNC, David P. Horan and Richard M. Klitenick, both of Key West, and Thomas D. Wright of Marathon. • To the 17th Circuit JNC, Ileana M. Almeida of Ft. Lauderdale, Steve E. Moody of Davie, and Valeria Shea of Ft. Lauderdale. • To the 18th Circuit JNC, Leonard A. Barrow, Jr., of Melbourne, Harold T. Bistline of Indian Harbour Beach, and Julie G. Pierce of Melbourne Beach. • To the 19th Circuit JNC, Stephen Paul Hoskins of Ft. Pierce, Renee Marquis-Abrams of Port St. Lucie, and Louis B. Vocelle, Jr., of Vero Beach. • To the 20th Circuit JNC, Jeffrey D. Fridkin of Naples, Eugene H. Smith of Ft. Myers, and Christopher T. Vernon of Naples. For the ABA House of Delegates, the board appointed outgoing President Miles McGrane and former President Edith Osman for two-year terms, former President Howard Coker and former board member Michele Cummings for one-year terms, and Jennifer J. Ator of Miami for a two-year term as the under-35 delegate. For the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, the board nominated six lawyers for two seats, each serving five-year terms beginning November 1. The Supreme Court will make the final appointments.Nominated were Alan H. Aronson of Miami, Victoria R. Brennan of Tavernier, Reginald J. Clyne of Coral Gables, Gregorio A. Francis of Orlando, Reginald D. Hicks of Orlando, and Jason M. Murray of Miami.Other appointments were: • To the Florida Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors for two-year terms beginning July 1, Cristina Alonso of Miami, James L. Bell of Charleston, SC, Sally D.M. Kest of Orlando, Warren Thomas LaFray of Clearwater, and Daniel F. Wilensky of Jacksonville. • For the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of Directors, for three-year terms beginning July 1, William L. Blackwell of Punta Gorda, Billy J. Hendrix of Tallahassee, Norman S. Moss of Orlando, and Mary L. Wakeman of Tallahassee as lawyer members and Barbara Dena Geraghty of Ft. Myers as a nonlawyer member. • For a four-year term beginning July 1 on the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, Kevin A. Ashley of Lake Wales, Martha F. Barrera of Tallahassee, Douglas Duncan of West Palm Beach, Diana Santa Maria of Davie, and Thomas G. Schultz of Miami as lawyer members and Vivian Hobbs of Tallahassee as a nonlawyer member. • For the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, for a four-year term beginning July 1, Marjorie Gadarian Graham of Palm Beach Gardens. • For the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Board of Governors, for a two-year term beginning July 1, James J. Nosich of Coral Gables.last_img read more

Uniondale Shooting Leaves Teen Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 18-year-old man was shot in the foot outside of a store in Uniondale over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to a shooting at The Lucky Deli on Nassau Road, where they learned that the victim was driven to a local hospital for treatment to a gunshot wound to his foot at 1:33 a.m. Sunday, police said.Investigators found three .32 caliber shell casings at the scene. A light-colored minivan or SUV was seen leaving the scene with six men inside.First Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

What the Super Bowl can teach you about money

first_imgFor football players, managing money is easy to fumble. Unlike most people, they often earn huge paychecks early in their careers, when they have the least experience handling money, and then those paychecks can abruptly drop off when they retire from the game. HBO even created an entire television series, “Ballers,” starring Dwayne Johnson, around the concept. Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, former quarterback Dan Marino and former quarterback Vince Young have filed for bankruptcy, lost millions in bad investments and defaulted on loans, respectively.Last year, the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 16 percent of players drafted by NFL teams between 1996 to 2003 filed for bankruptcy within 12 years of leaving the NFL. Those public troubles are part of the reason one former star, Phillip Buchanon, turned himself into something of a financial superhero last year, penning a guide to money, “New Money: Staying Rich,” after his football retirement. The NFL’s Player Engagement Department also runs financial boot camps for players and the NFL Players Association, a union, invests in financial literacy education, too.All those efforts might be paying off: Recent coverage of the Redskins players’ lifestyle choices have centered around their frugality. A widely-shared January Wall Street Journal article revealed that some players are biking to work, driving beat-up vans and living in low-rent apartments. Their penny-pinching habits were attributed partly to their personalities, life experience and the availability of cheap housing near their training facility. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3 things I learned while teaching my kids money smarts

first_imgThere is Very Little that We Truly NeedMy kids chide me about my old car — a 2002 Honda CRV. Following soccer practice, my daughter asked why I don’t get a new car (like that other soccer parent just did)? She proceeded to unwittingly undermine her case by removing her shoes and socks, revealing a fetid stench that reminded me of my days on the famed turnpike of my home state, New Jersey. I looked back at her, “You treat my car like a hamper and I certainly don’t need a new one of those.” Plus, the car still hasn’t hit 100k miles. It’ll probably run another fifteen years. I winked at her, saying, “Take care of this baby. She’ll be yours before you know it.”Fact is, I’m not a car guy. That’s probably because my dad wasn’t a car guy either. My first car was his old beater that my friends and I affectionately referred to as “the heap.” I thank my dad, though, for not passing on the “car guy” gene. I spend my time figuring how to not drive my car. You may have heard of Los Angeles traffic? It’s all true! Any day out of a car is a better day for me.It was actually in teaching my kids one of the core money-smart skills — distinguishing between needs vs. wants — that I began to reflect on my feelings about cars. There is so much “want” involved once you get past the basics of four wheels and a steering wheel. And really, beyond the obvious things — clothes, food and shelter — there really isn’t much else any of us need. Sure, there are certain “conditional” needs, such as a car for a long commute. But, they’re conditional because they can be remedied. For example, by changing jobs to shorten the commute, the car issue can be resolved. We convince ourselves that certain items are needs when they are not. Another good example — fancy smart phones. The same daughter who made fun of my car actually had some sage advice for me when I broke my iPhone and innocently noted that I needed to replace it. She looked at me sternly and quipped, “Dad, you don’t NEED an iPhone.” Touché, young padawan. Seems as though my kids have helped me as much as I’ve helped them. The Rush of Excitement You Get from Spending is FleetingThe spigot of stuff opens quickly when you’re a parent. So much so that I even wrote a children’s picture book about it — Joe the Monkey and Friends Learn about Spending Smart — to try and teach kids to avoid stuff (Check out my CU Insight piece about reducing stuff). If you’re not careful, every nook and cranny of your house becomes filled with new items when you become a parent. You can tidy and donate as much as you want, but if you don’t address the heart of the problem — inflow — you’re destined to live a life of overwhelming plenty.tijjiWhen I moved to Los Angeles many years ago, I remember a new friend talking about the importance of having the “finer things.” A Movado watch. A $500 sportcoat. Corinthian leather car seats (seriously — remember when that was a thing?). I bought most of these things. Of course, you know I’m not a car guy, so I did avoid the last one. The purchasing “highs” were so fleeting. After about a week, the objects were part of my baseline existence. The thrill was gone. I certainly wasn’t any happier. In fact, I just started looking for my next hit. Talking to my kids and trying to gird them against the dangers of chasing the “retail rush” has increased my self-awareness and helped me dramatically reduce my own inventory of stuff. Thanks, kids! Goals are PowerfulSaving for a goal is a very important core money-smart skill your kids should learn. Teaching my kids to set and save for goals has helped them learn a powerful life skill. Doing so connects them with the growth mindset that Carol Dweck describes in her seminal book, Mindset. “Growth mindsetters” believe that achievement comes from effort. Our traits are not fixed. We can always improve.Seeing these lessons carry over to non-monetary realms was gratifying. My younger daughter had saved money for a few goals. Then, she turned her goal-setting mindset to her chosen sport — soccer. She set a goal for her team to win the State Cup. Her team made it to the semifinals. It was an incredible run. Do you think falling just short of the cup taught her that goal-setting was a failure? Far from it. Getting that far — many rounds further than the previous year — was a massive accomplishment. Setting the early goal was key. Soccer is a team sport, so she didn’t entirely control the outcome. But, she played at the top of her game and setting the goal drove her high level of achievement. Seeing her goal written on the wall helped me recommit to my own goal setting. At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to finish a first draft of a book about helping families learn to become money comfortable. Now I’m just a few weeks from releasing that book.Thanks again to my two wonderful daughters for teaching me as much as I hope I’ve taught them. 83SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Lanza John Lanza is the Chief Mammal of Snigglezoo Entertainment, and Creator of The Money Mammals. John created The Saving Money Is Fun Kids Club for credit unions nationwide and has … Web: www.themoneymammals.com Detailslast_img read more

Equinor Gathers Metocean Team for US Offshore Wind

first_imgNorway’s Equinor (formerly Statoil) has contracted RPS engineers and scientists from Australia and the US to develop a long-term meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) measurement program for a potential wind farm development off the east coast of the US.RPS will use floating light detection and ranging (FLiDAR) and a suite of other instruments to generate information about waves, wind, turbulence and current conditions.The company will analyse the FLiDAR data it collects for the Equinor site study in tandem with information from its directional wave buoys, current meters and existing comparison data to inform power generation calculations and future turbine array engineering, installation and maintenance planning.Equinor is in the early stages of development of the Empire Wind project offshore New York. Located on a 79,350 acre site secured in a federal auction in December 2016 , the project has the potential to generate up to 1GW of offshore wind power.The company has also expressed interest in acquiring an unsolicited lease area offshore Massachusetts.last_img read more