SMC student dancers perform in annual ensemble

first_img“Live, Love, Dance” was the theme of this year’s annual Dance Ensemble Workshop, which highlighted 13 student dancers Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings in O’Laughlin Auditorium.The program, presented by the Saint Mary’s Department of Communication Studies, Dance, and Theatre, included pieces choreographed by Saint Mary’s faculty members Laurie Lowry and Michele Kriner and guest artists Marlayna Locklear and Sarah Edgar.Lowry said the event has taken place at Saint Mary’s for more than 33 years. The dances highlight the many facets of the College’s dance program, bringing together examples of both modern dance and classical ballet, she said.“We have a group of dancers who come to us and have studied ballet for a long time and they’re quite proficient, and then we have dancers who don’t have ballet background but more modern,” Lowry said. “Trying to blend those into one big piece and give everyone a chance to showcase what they can do. … I wanted the dancers to know what it felt like to be in a larger work that has a story to tell.”Lowry choreographed the first act, “Alice’s Adventures,” while collaborating with her students. She based the piece on Lewis Carroll’s classic story “Alice in Wonderland.”“I usually walk into rehearsal and everything is thought out, but with “Alice” I walked into the space and I said all I have is this script,” she said. “And I played the music, looked at the dancers, and we built it together.”The complete performance combined multi-layered efforts by costume designer Melissa Bialko, technical director Michaela Duffy, lighting designer Catherine Cislo and artwork by senior Abby Kramer, Lowry said.The second act included “Magnifique,” choreographed by Lowry and “So Pretty in the Sky” and “On Any Monday…,” both choreographed by dance professor Michele Kriner. Guest artist Marlayna Locklear choreographed “At the End of the Day,” a contemporary-modern style dance. Guest artist Sarah Edgar choreographed “Tourbillon,” a historical piece with roots in eighteenth century Baroque dance.“[Edgar] used 18th century geometric floor patterns to use in the dance, but she hasn’t used necessarily baroque steps,” Lowry said. “She also used 18th century goddess statues … and then she also took 17th century acting gestures and really incorporated that into the dance. And the last section of the dance is a contemporary phrase that she created.”Senior dancer Bethany Tabor said the opportunity to work on the piece with Edgar during an intensive weekend was a fantastic experience.“She brought a lot of new context to our company,” Tabor said. “I think new experiences, [such as] having a guest choreographer really broadens our experience overall.”Freshman Adrienne Bruggeman said she particularly enjoyed guest artist Locklear’s “At the End of the Day.” The hip-hop piece utilized eight girls and created amazing effects through opposing motions and formations, she said.Bruggeman said she also enjoyed Kriner’s contemporary modern “On Any Monday…,” which allowed dancers to improvise around a set framework.“I was blown away when the girls created an apparently seamless performance without meticulous direction,” Bruggeman said. “For me, it was hard to draw the line between what was planned ahead and what was the creation of the students.”Lowry said dancers began preparing for the performances in September. During the dances, she said she wanted her students to embrace the experience that truly belongs to them.Tabor, who danced in a number of pieces including the role of Alice, said she was happy with the success of the performances.“Dance is just such a part of who I am,” she said. “I’ve been doing it my whole life and I can’t really let it go, because it’s so intrinsic to my very being.”Tags: Dancelast_img read more

2012 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Georgia Farmer of the Year

first_imgBarry Martin is the 2012 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Georgia Farmer of the Year.It doesn’t take long to notice there’s something different about his land.Walking between his rows of vibrant cotton just south of Hawkinsville, you feel the ground crunch lightly as you step. It’s corn and rye stubble — the remainder of last year’s growth — giving underneath your feet. Ladybugs fly up from the cotton. Spiders swing onto your legs. Although it hasn’t rained in a few days, the soil is visibly moist.What you can’t see is just as intriguing. Across the granules of sand and tiny bits of clay lie an untold amount of AU Robin seeds of crimson clover. After sprouting between the rows of cotton in the fall, the clover will fix nitrogen in the soil. As it seeds out next spring, Martin will cut and mat it down and plant the next cash crop with one run of a tractor and a strip-till planter he modified himself. The clover will add organic matter and mulch to the fields. The following fall it will germinate, and the cycle will start again.Timely planting and cutting of cover crops and minimal cultivation are parts of a conservation tillage system at work. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recognized Martin as the 2012 Farmer of the Year because of the innovation on his farm and the leadership he’s shown in the farming community. “To me this is the most sustainable system we’ve got,” said Ronnie Barentine, UGA Pulaski County Extension agent, who has collaborated with Martin to develop his on-farm systems for almost 17 years.Barentine says the organic matter content in Martin’s field is about 2.82 percent, a level unheard of in Georgia’s hot, humid climate. A microscopic ecosystem is at work in his soil, releasing nutrients and holding water. However, a good pass with a plow would send the organic matter percentage plunging back toward zero.Martin estimates cover crops save him about two inches of water per acre per year, which translates into 27,154,000 gallons of water. The small amount of runoff from rain is practically clear, keeping sediment out of the county’s waterways, Barentine said.In 1996, Martin asked Barentine to help him make conservation tillage work on his farm. Seeing low profit margins, drought, erosion, disease and other local farmers go under, Martin worried about the future of his third-generation farm.As it turned out, in addition to saving soil and water, conservation tillage made economic sense. Fewer trips to cultivate weeds meant less money spent on fuel and farm labor on Martin’s 600 acres. Using clover to add nitrogen to his soil cut his use of nitrogen fertilizer in half, and better yields reduced the number of acres Martin needed to farm.By itself, Martin’s farming operation has been a model of efficiency and environmental stewardship for other farmers in Pulaski County. But Martin has also been an educator, speaking annually at the Georgia Conservation Production System’s Conference, and he’s a willing participant in agricultural research.Next to a bend in the Ocmulgee River, Martin grows peanuts, corn and cotton. The middle of the field still carries the rutted scar from where the river jumped its banks in 1994.The cotton here is part of a pigweed pilot project funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service — an effort to control the herbicide-resistant weed that plagues Georgia farmers. A brown layer of winter rye is thick where it’s been rolled between the cotton plants, suppressing the pigweed seed. There’s not a pigweed plant in sight, just ladybug larvae hugging the cotton leaves.The heavy crop residue has proved to be a deterrent to thrips, a vector for Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, which has become a major disease of peanuts in Georgia.On the drive back to Martin’s house a bobwhite quail darts across the dirt road and flutters into the brush. Martin has seen an increase in the birds due, in no small part, to the limited disruption of his farming techniques.Martin is quick to share the Farmer of the Year honor with Barentine. “This guy right here — he gets just as much credit,” Martin said of Barentine.Through trial, error and constant tweaking, Barentine and Martin have worked together to make cutting-edge research work in the field. Barentine is proud to say nearly 90 percent of the 60,000 acres of farmland in Pulaski County is being farmed with limited tillage, which has significantly reduced the erosion of the county’s dirt roads, among other benefits.For his efforts in sustainable agriculture and in the community, Martin was named the winner of the Planters Peanuts’ Naturally Remarkable Planters Award for the Southeast in 2011. Receiving $10,000 to donate to the community project of his choice, Martin picked the Pulaski County Cooperative Extension Endowment to support agriculture and youth 4-H programs across the county.As Georgia’s Farmer of the Year, Martin is the state’s nominee for the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award, which will be given out at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., Oct. 16-18.last_img read more

Scott + Partners Architects honored for energy efficiency

first_imgScott + Partners Inc,Across Vermont, architects, builders and contractors are working to create more energy-efficient businesses and homes. Efficiency Vermont is proud to recognize a select number of those projects with its annual ‘Best of the Best’ Awards.Essex Junction firm Scott + Partners Architects was honored with a Merit Award and an Honor Award for its work for the East Montpelier Emergency Services Building and the State of Vermont Forensics Lab Building respectively.Award recipients were recognized at Efficiency Vermont’s Better Buildings by Design 2011 conference this month. The conference focused on energy-efficient building design, construction, and renovation, and was attended by more than 1,000 professionals.The work of Vermont builders and contractors was considered in three areas of energy efficiency: commercial new construction and major renovation, residential new construction and residential renovation. The ‘Best of the Best in Commercial Building Design & Construction’ recognizes innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily buildings.For East Montpelier Emergency Services, Scott + Partners Architects created a new, energy-efficient building to house the town’s fire department and provide a training area for the town to utilize. The new facility includes efficient foundation, wall, and roof insulation as well as energy-efficient lighting and plumbing. All exterior windows are triple-glazed units that provide added insulation and comfort. Technology includes high efficiency ductless split air conditioners, demand-based ventilation, radiant floor heating and an air energy recovery unit.Estimated cost savings for the building are approximately $4,800 annually, with estimated energy savings of approximately 34,800kWh. Scott + Partners Architects was also honored for work for the State of Vermont Forensics Lab Building in Waterbury, VT, where the firm predicts a 50 percent reduction in annual HVAC costs and a 32 percent reduction in total building energy usage due to energy efficiency work.The building is a 34,000 square foot addition to the existing Vermont Public Safety Building. The space is used for ballistics testing, DNA processing, chemical matching and more. Scott + Partners Architects was charged with designing and building a structure that would serve the Vermont Department of Public Service for the next 50 years.The work displayed by all of the winners shows that Vermonters can save energy and money while also creating comfortable spaces for homeowners, businesses and schools for the long-term.For more information and a complete listing of all awards winners, please visit http://efficiencyvermont.com/pages/Business/BuildingEfficiently/BetterBu…(link is external)About Scott + Partners ArchitectsScott + Partners, Inc., is a full service architectural firm located in Essex Junction, Vermont providing planning and design services throughout Vermont and the Northeast.  Architectural planning and design services include: Site Planning, Building Design, Interior Planning and Design, Building and Facility Programming, Building Code and Accessibility Reviews/ADA Compliance Assessment, Building Forensics and Project Specifications.About Efficiency VermontEfficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).last_img read more

BRO Athletes: Soaking in The Sanctuary

first_imgFor many of us, kayak fishing is as much about the relationships we make above the water as it is about what we pull up from below.Drew Gregory, Jackson Kayak Fishing Pro, and I have been trying to connect to fish together for years. Drew runs the River Bassin Tournament Trail, a successful kayak river bass fishing trail series. He travels the South hosting these tournaments with his wife Christina, living out of their RV. Three years back he had to miss one of our tournaments he was scheduled to attend because of conflicts with his fishing show, Hooked On Wild Waters. I’d been heckling him about that since.Fast forward to the week of May 11-14, Drew was on tap to host another tournament up our way. We hit another snag. The heavy spring rains had blown out our rivers. We decided to adjust the parameters of the tournament, changing it to an online format. That way folks were not pressured to fish the chocolate milk highway AKA the James River. With the tournament switched to an online format, Drew no longer needed to come to Virginia. But he drove up anyway, to go kayak fishing in Farmville, on the trophy largemouth waters of Briery Creek Lake.13166837_1029599807126973_1137068846_nWe met at the Briery launch on the morning of May 12th and started rigging up. I was fishing my Jackson Coosa HD and Drew was fishing his Jackson Cuda 12 LT in Realtree. I was so anxious to get on the water that I zipped up my Astral Ronny Fisher PFD and started paddling and casting before Drew had said goodbye to his wife.The water was calmer than I’d ever seen it. I knew Drew was tying up some fast chatterbaits, etc. He was going to cover some water. So I decided to go slow, rigging a Finicky Tickler from Powerteam Lures onto a shaky head, and a drop shot Sick Stick. I had some bigger swimbaits tied on as well, but I was ready to fish slow with the worms.Drew had two quick, giant blow-ups on his chatterbait, but they came unbuttoned. He soon started hooking them though, and after being down 3 fish to none, he was psyched to unlock the bite. I love watching skilled anglers work a new body of water. I learned a lot checking out Drew’s tactics as he covered Briery Creek Lake. It’s a heavily wooded lake filled with flooded timber and it often gives people fits the first time they fish it. But not Drew. As a friend commented when I recounted our day, “that dude can fish.”IMG_0779I wasn’t getting anything on my swimbaits, so I started slinging the shakey head / worm combo and slow bouncing it over wood. That’s when the hits started coming and I started boating bass after bass.Drew and I both favor Smith sunglasses for being able to see the action below the surface, and 13 Fishing rods for bringing that action to the kayak. Drew’s sponsored by both those companies as well as GoPro, Raymarine, Bending Branches and Kokatat. He’s developed an outstanding reputation in our industry as an approachable ambassador to kayak fishing and a proven competitor in the tournament scene. I don’t think he realized it at first, but I was keeping track of how many bass each of us was pulling.DCIM102GOPROI’d chosen Briery Creek Lake because it gave me the opportunity to pre-fish for the upcoming Yak Attack Tournament benefitting Heroes On The Water. While the tournament is mainly about fundraising, as a member of the Yak Attack Regional Team and Astral Fishing Team, I wanted to score well while fishing in my own backyard.But on this day there was none of that pressure. Life has been busy for me between work and family, and I know Drew’s been busy with the River Bassin Trail and his new life touring with his wife and dogs. It can be hard to find a little quiet time for simple pursuits. On this day we got the recharge we needed. There was no tournament, no event hype, no urgent business angle, just two kayak anglers out on the water in search of big bass. We paddled, we soaked in the sanctuary of Briery’s beauty and we caught fish. It was pretty darn fun, and isn’t that why we all started kayak fishing?Photo May 12, 12 10 57 PMAs the trip closed, I got the best bite of the day, and Drew finished with another solid fish. We didn’t hook one of Briery’s legendary lunkers, but we had a great time looking for one. We still had a successful fishing mission with around 14 bass between the two of us. And while I playfully jabbed at Drew about snatching a couple more largemouth than him (home stadium advantage) it wasn’t about that at all. There is a camaraderie in a day filled with tranquility and boated bass. Drew and I agreed we’d have to meet up to do it again. It was a great day. A day that involved good people, good scenery and good fish. It’s a pretty simple equation, and blissfully effective. Kayak Fishing, put it on your bucket list.BROAthlete_WebBanner_750x425Related Content:last_img read more

CUNA: Hensarling amendment would remove barriers for credit unions

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr An amendment from Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) to the highway funding bill would help remove a number of regulatory barriers for credit unions, CUNA told U.S. House leadership Wednesday.In a letter sent to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), CUNA President/CEO praised the provisions in the amendment, many of which have garnered previous House approval.“The Hensarling Amendment includes many provisions that have previously passed the House Financial Services Committee and the House of Representatives,” Nussle wrote. “In particular, credit unions support the provisions of this amendment that would permit privately insured credit unions to join the Federal Home Loan Bank System and the provisions that would modernize privacy notifications.”The first provision Nussle mentioned is based on the Capital Access for Community Financial Institutions Act of 2015 (H.R. 299), which passed the House in April. Similar legislation has also passed the house in 2004, 2006 and 2014 (by a 395-0 vote). continue reading »last_img read more

Nail salon stresses importance of safety after employee tested positive for COVID-19

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Three weeks after the Broome County Health Department announced an employee at Lee’s Nails and Spa tested positive for COVID-19, the salon said as cases continue to pop up, it’s important for businesses to be prepared for anything. Vo said the salon is taking extra steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 from the minute customers walk in. “We sanitize their hands, take their temperature, their name, their phone number just in case it’s necessary to contact,” Vo said. “After each service we change the gloves, we clean in between each client, and we use all of the wipes and sprays.” She explained that most of these policies were already in place when the employee tested positive, and she credited those guidelines with stopping things from getting any worse. “We tried our best to prevent that situation, but it happens anywhere and it could happen to anyone,” said salon technician My Vo. “Unfortunately one was positive but the rest of their co-workers actually tested negative.” “We have a lot of disposable tools like our pedicure stuff. Everything is individually packed so that way we have less people touching each product,” she said.center_img Vo is now stressing the salon is continuing to focus on keeping customers safe, adding she hopes customers will help the salon by wearing a mask when entering the building, just like the employees do. “We do what we can to help the community and help ourselves, our family and our clients,” Vo said. “So as long as we work together we can actually prevent the spread.” When it comes to tools, they are soaked in soap for ten minutes and then put through a disinfectant machine. Vo said disposable tools are used whenever possible. “Even customers that were worried during that week actually tested negative as well, so it’s unfortunate, but it’s fortunate that that person did prevent it from spreading,” she said.last_img read more

Egypt’s Sisi calls for Nato help in troubled Libya

first_imgEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for help from Nato powers to help rebuild Libya, having been plagued by violence since an uprising backed by the western military alliance, that ousted long serving leader Muammar Gaddafi.Sisi’s plea comes ahead of his visit to London, where he is expected to discuss security co-operation with the Prime Minister David Cameron.“Libya is a danger that threatens all of us. If there is no government then this only creates a vacuum where extremists can prosper,” Sisi said, according to the Telegraph.Libya has been riddled by violence since the ouster and killing of Gaddafi in October 2011.Chronic insecurity has been the norm, with armed groups battling to control the country’s energy resources, and two separate governments vying to take charge of the country.The country has also become a key launching point for people smugglers feeding Europe’s migrant crisis by sending numerous boats loaded with people across the Mediterranean.This will be President Sisi’s first visit to the United Kingdom since he took over power in 2013 after the ouster of Mohammed Morsi.last_img read more

Getafe president: We almost signed Messi

first_img Loading… Despite that disappointment Torres again approached Barca in the summer of 2008, this time for Guardiola. Torres had identified the Manchester City boss as a potential successor to Michael Laudrup, who was expected to replace Rijkaard at Camp Nou. The former Denmark international was in demand after a fine debut campaign at Getafe, guiding the club to the Copa del Rey final and the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. “One day, [Barcelona sporting director] Txiki [Begiristain] was at a European draw in Switzerland and the idea was that Laudrup would go to Barcelona and we would get Guardiola as a replacement because, to start with, Laporta wasn’t convinced by Pep at all,” Torres said. read also:Prosinecki: Why Messi better than Maradona Despite the speculation, Laudrup’s proposed move to Camp Nou never materialised and it was Guardiola who ended up taking the top job instead, again leaving Getafe wondering what might have been. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Torres has a close relationship with former Barca president Joan Laporta and was hopeful of luring two of world football’s biggest names to the club. Messi was just 17 when he first broke into the Barca first team in 2004, with Torres revealing he wanted the Argentine to gain some valuable senior experience with his Madrid-based side shortly afterwards. “In Messi’s first or second year [in the first team], we came really close to bringing him to Getafe on loan,” Torres told Marca . “In the end, [then manager Frank] Rijkaard didn’t agree to it and we were left with just our desire.”Advertisement Getafe president, Angel Torres, has revealed the club came close to signing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on loan as well as having a verbal agreement to appoint Pep Guardiola as manager. Promoted ContentFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became Close5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Great Actors Who Will Always Be Defined By One Role6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThese Guys Are Turning 50 This Year. Feeling Old Yet?last_img read more

Deery Brothers Automotive Group now in 27th season as sponsor for IMCA Late Model series

first_imgWEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – Touring IMCA Late Models run for a 27th consecutive season under the Deery Brothers banner.The largest retailer of new and pre-driven cars, trucks and vans in Iowa, with 14 locations and more than 5,000 vehicles in stock, has become synonymous with the longest running tour for Late Models in the Midwest. Deery again furnishes a portion of the $18,650 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in standings for IMCA’s premier series during the national banquet in November.The series champion earns a $5,000 share of that point fund. All drivers competing over the course of the 12-race series are required to display two Deery Brothers decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares.Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown has competed at every race in series history, a streak that has now reached 486 events. Ryan Dolan of Lisbon was the winner when the series made its 50th visit to 34 Raceway in West Burlington, site of the first-ever tour event, earlier this month.This is the second season that points earned at Deery events are applied toward IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and state point standings. Tracks that sanction the Late Model division weekly also have the option to count Deery points toward their local standings.Deery Brothers outlet and service centers are located in Ames, Cedar Falls, Iowa City, Maquoketa, Pleasant Hill, Waterloo, Waukee and West Burlington. Collision centers are located in Burlington, Cedar Falls, Maquoketa and Pleasant Hill.“It is hard to put into words the significance that the Deery Brothers Automotive Group has had on IMCA Late Model racing for the better part of three decades,” said Kevin Yoder, marketing director for IMCA and director of the tour. “No one else in racing at any level can boast of a title sponsor that has been with them 27 years, and we are just very proud to be associated with such great people.”last_img read more

McClaren thrilled with Thauvin deal

first_imgNewcastle boss Steve McClaren is happy the club have finally got their man after signing Marseille winger Florian Thauvin on a five-year contract. Press Association The former England manager said: “Florian is a player the club have been watching for a long time and I am delighted that we have been able to sign him. “He is a perfect signing for this club – someone who is young, with great potential and is one of the best young players in Europe. “He is an exciting, creative talent who can score goals and make assists, and we believe he will have a very bright future at Newcastle.” The France Under-21 international added: “I am delighted to be a Newcastle United player. I have come from France to a really big club and am very happy to be here. “They have put their trust in me and I am looking forward to playing for the team.” As part of the deal to bring Thauvin to St James’ Park, Remy Cabella heads the other way on a season-long loan, which will become a permanent move next summer. Thauvin, who will follow in the footsteps of fellow French wingers David Ginola and Laurent Robert in pulling on Newcastle’s black and white stripes, is the fifth summer signing made by McClaren. He joins Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Ivan Toney through the door at St James’ Park and McClaren will hope his arrival kick-starts the Magpies’ Premier League campaign following a draw and a defeat from the opening two games of the season. It does not get much easier for Newcastle as they head to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Saturday, where Thauvin will be hoping to make his debut. center_img The 22-year-old Frenchman came through a medical on Wednesday and committed to the club until 2020. Thauvin was identified as a potential signing by chief scout Graham Carr more than two years ago and the club has been monitoring his situation since. last_img read more