Dancefestopia To Go On As Scheduled In September 2020, Citing State And County Approval

first_imgDancefestopia may very well have cornered the deflated music festival market by being the only major music event set to actually take place in 2020. Organizers of the electronic music festival posted to its Facebook on Thursday that the weekend event has been approved to go on as scheduled during the weekend of September 10th-13th.The four-day music and camping festival in Lacygne, MO–roughly 45 minutes south of Kansas City–is set to feature headlining performances from GRiZ, Zed’s Dead, and Rezz, in addition to a host of other electronic acts across multiple genres. Dancefestopia’s announcement comes as festivals that were pushed back to the fall months begin to announce cancellations.Related: Festicket Survey Suggests Music Fans Will Soon Be Ready For FestivalsIn the announcement, Dancefestopia organizers stated that they had been given approval by Missouri state officials along ith Miami County to hold the event. The post was also somewhat realistic in stating that, while the festival has been approved for the moment, that it could all change very quickly.Organizers also reiterated the “DFT ticket promise” they had instituted when the event originally went on sale back in March, which states if the event is rescheduled to a later date or postponed to 2021, ticket holders can choose to hold their 2020 tickets for 2021. Those who keep their tickets in the case the event is postponed will receive exclusive merchandise for that decision. The other option for ticketholders is to receive a full refund for their 2020 purchase. The Dancefestopia website states, however, that refunds will not be made available “until an official announcement has been made to postpone or cancel DFT 2020.”In the comment section of the post, DFT organizers stated that additional precautions for the festival will be announced closer to the event. Stay tuned to the Dancefestopia website for any announcements.last_img read more

Dads in Animal Kindom Stay Home to Nurture

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore”From insects to fish to small mammals and even humans” — Exemplary fatherhood is common in the animal kingdom… “There are more and more examples popping up of males stepping up and doing as much or even more than females in parental care,” said Jeffrey French, a professor of psychology and biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “We see a wide variety of species showing biparental or even exclusively male parental care.” (Pioneer Press, MN) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Bennie Lee Cole II

first_img Bennie was honored by his community for his service with the young male students giving them discount haircuts for enhanced school work.Bennie is preceded in death by his father, Bennie L. Cole; maternal grandparents, Ella Mae and Marcus Watkins, and aunt, Marcus Marie Watkins Williams.He leaves to mourn and is survived by his mother, Bobbie Watkins Cole; stepmother, Edithe Cole; son, Marcus Lee Cole; special son, Tray Mane Jacob; daughters, Eliya Cole and Royal Delilah Cole; grandsons, TreMayne Cole and Riley Cole; his lifemate, Jayekende Phillips; aunts, Minnie Watkins and Matris Watkins Pauley; his lifelong friend, Lurie (Trey) James; and a host of cousins and loving friends.Funeral service will be 7 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel, 2500 Procter Street, Port Arthur, TX 77640 with visitation from 5 p.m. until service time.There will be an additional service at 12 noon Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Shears Chapel Methodist CME Church in Cushing, Texas with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time.Final resting place will be at Shears Friendship Cemetery, Nacogdoches County, Cushing, Texas. Bennie’s chosen profession was barbering.He graduated from ATT in Beaumont, and earned his barber’s license.He owned and operated Freezman Barber and Beauty Shop in Houston.He recently completed studies to become a Barber Instructor, and was preparing for his State Examination. Bennie Lee Cole II was born on Wednesday, November 29, 1972 to the union of Bennie Lee and Bobbie Lee Cole, career military parents, at the United Air Force Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado.Bennie Cole II entered into his eternal rest and gained his angel wings on Sunday, January 12, 2020 in Houston, Texas.Bennie II accompanied his parents on military assignments, spending the first four years of his life in Adana and Izmir, Turkey.center_img He attended John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas.Upon relocation to Port Arthur, Texas, he graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1991, and went on to study at Prairie View A & M University.He then served in the United States Navy for a short term.last_img read more

How Vermont beer makers brew up energy savings

first_imgTesting for compressed-air leaks: Charles Soucy, Hermit Thrush Brewery’s Cellars Manager and Sustainability Coordinator, with Morgan Hood, Efficiency Vermont Account Morgan Hood, Efficiency Vermont Big things are brewing at Magic Hat Brewing Company(link is external) in South Burlington. That’s where skilled beer makers from five Vermont breweries gathered recently with energy efficiency experts from Efficiency Vermont(link is external), Burlington Electric Department(link is external), and Loureiro Engineering Associates(link is external) for a three-day intensive dive into energy use. As Magic Hat’s designated energy advisor at Efficiency Vermont, I was fortunate to work alongside this accomplished group of brewers as they learned how to find and address the causes of unnecessary energy use. The time was well spent; the group identified potential energy savings of as much as $320,000 per year for Magic Hat, preventing power-plant pollution equivalent to a year’s emissions from 167 cars.Efficiency Vermont has the pleasure of leading events like these for a range of industry-specific groups throughout the state. We find that when we bring operations experts from similar businesses together under one roof, we can – together – uncover notable savings opportunities that apply industry-wide.  Click here for more information(link is external)about Efficiency Vermont’s Continuous Energy Improvement efforts.The hunt for savingsJoining Magic Hat for the event were managers and staff members from Drop-in Brewery(link is external) of Middlebury, Harpoon Brewery(link is external) of Windsor, Hermit Thrush Brewery(link is external) of Brattleboro, and Northshire Brewery(link is external) of Bennington. The group formed five teams – each with an energy advisor – in a hunt for energy savings. Each team had its own focus area:LightingMotors, pumps, and production exhaust fansHeating, ventilation, air conditioning, and process boilers and chillersCompressed gassesThermal energyA key part of the energy hunt took place after hours, when employees had gone home and the plant was idle. This “sleeping plant” tour is like taking a look inside your refrigerator after the door is shut. Did the light actually go off or did it keep shining needlessly, wasting electricity and even warming up the air temperature? Now imagine that on a much larger scale. We often have found that when facilities aren’t in use, they are very much “awake.” A sleeping-plant tour identifies those systems that can be turned off or dialed back outside of work hours.Hermit Thrush Brewery’s Charles Soucy compares notes with Magic Hat Brewery Manager Robert Kuntz. Photo: Efficiency VermontThe lighting team was particularly successful during the sleeping plant tour, discovering that many of the facility’s 380+ lights stayed on 24 hours per day, every day. The team calculated that lighting accounts for nearly 40% of the brewery’s “baseload,” or the minimum amount of power it uses at any given moment. To put that in perspective: We recommend a 30% baseload for manufacturing facilities, and we’ve found that 20% or less is often achievable with new light-emitting diode (LED) lights and lighting controls.The lighting team also found that, by establishing protocols for employees to shut off lights at the end of their shifts, Magic Hat will save nearly $5,500 per year. That’s an impressive return on a $0 investment. Add to that upgrades like new LED lights and motion-sensing switches and the total annual savings from lighting efficiency could be as much as $30,000. That’s enough to pay for the upfront cost of the upgrades within 3.5 years.The combined savings opportunities identified by the five teams yielded impressive numbers:Potential electric and natural gas use reduction: 40 percentPotential annual savings: $320,000Total electricity saved per year: 1.6 million kilowatt-hours – enough to power about 170 Vermont homes for a yearTotal fossil fuel saved per year: 15,344 MMBTUs – enough to heat about 170 Vermont homes for a yearCollaboration makes all the differenceMagic Hat Brewery Manager Robert Kuntz summed up the experience this way:“Having the other brewers and the consultants on site made all the difference. It’s been showing in our brewery metrics that we had room to improve. It takes a fresh set of eyes to help you focus in on what could be improved. We’ve put a lot of focus on water usage and waste generation, but we needed the extra technical expertise on calculating the wastes in our electrical and steam generation.”Robert went on to reveal that Magic Hat has since “executed roughly a dozen of the 30+ projects we identified, and most of it was just changing behaviors and funding simple maintenance projects. I’d recommend the process to any brewery in the state. You build relationships with the other brewers and collaborate in a way that isn’t about recipes or brewing process. Together, you give back more to Vermont than just the jobs or the beers – it’s about taking care of the community – down to the water we drink and the air we breathe.”Green brewers leading the wayThe brewers who participated in the Magic Hat event are members of the Green Brewery Cohort(link is external) (GBC), an initiative developed by the Vermont Green Business Program(link is external) and Efficiency Vermont. The GBC provides technical and financial support to brewers who are working to reduce their facility’s energy use by five percent by March 2019. Other members of the GBC are Mill River Brewery(link is external) of St. Albans, 14th Star Brewery(link is external) of St. Albans, and Whetstone Brewery(link is external) of Brattleboro.The committed brewers of the Green Brewery Cohort are clearly off to a great start in their efforts to strengthen their bottom lines and reduce their energy use through energy efficiency. I call that good news for our state’s beer lovers and for the innovative businesses they count on for the nation’s finest brews.This work aligns with Farm to Plate’s Goal 22:  Food system enterprises will minimize their use of fossil fuels and maximize their renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation opportunities.  You can read more about this here(link is external).This piece first ran in the Vermont Farm to Plate July newsletter. is external)last_img read more

Car insurance for cyclists

first_img Related With a soft launch last month, has been attracting increasing interest via the media and social media channels. The new insurance offering is reported to be the first to make the connection between cycling and driving, offering a reduced car insurance premium to those who do both!Having negotiated discounts with a panel of major UK insurance underwriters, has been able to show that cyclists, who are part of a club, are better car insurance risks than the average driver based on their roadworthiness, healthy lifestyle and road alertness.As a result, has been contacting local cycling clubs across the UK. The car insurance scheme is only available to registered cycling club members, who can learn more and apply for car insurance via the main site, or call for a quote.In its outreach to UK cycling clubs, the insurance provider notes…Our proposition to you and your club is that this is brought to the attention of your club members for two main reasons:It will reflect a club membership benefit in being a cycling club member (these rates are not available to non-club members).We will pay to the club an ongoing payment of £10 for new business and renewals, which will increase your club funds and you will know how best to use this.www.carinsurance4cyclists.comlast_img read more

Friends of JCDS celebrates renovation of 14th home in growing collection of affordable, accessible housing

first_imgFriends of Johnson County Developmental Supports have recently completed the renovation of its 14th home that offers affordable, wheelchair-accessible housing for Johnson County residents with physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.Register to continuelast_img

Mission’s Lucky Brewgrille closes after 20 years, owner cites coronavirus economy woes

first_imgAfter being in business for 20 years Lucky Brewgrille closed its doors for good on March 17, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.The bar and grill had announced it would be closed while the “community and the world copes with” the coronavirus pandemic. But one week later owner Greg Fuciu announced on Facebook he was retiring from the restaurant business and the restaurant was closed for good.A letter on Lucky Brewgrille’s front credits Fuciu’s decision to retire on the current economy amid COVID-19.“I am extremely proud of all that I have accomplished in these glorious years and couldn’t be more thankful to you and those who have believed in me,” Fuciu wrote in the letter. “Unfortunately, due to the current state of our country, running the Lucky Brewgrille has been difficult like the rest of us in the economy. As a regrettable outcome of this, I have decided to retire [from] the restaurant industry and shut down operations.”Fuciu thanked his customers for allowing him to serve them, and said they are the reason why the restaurant was successful. He spent the better part of his life working in restaurants, and said on Facebook that his grandparents showed him how “hardwork and dedication can get you anywhere.”“We would like to say thank you to Greg and everyone at Lucky Brewgrille for their years of service to the Mission community,” Mission Mayor Ron Appletoft said. “They have provided a perfect gathering place for the community, and have been generous supporters of the city’s Holiday Adoption program and other efforts. We wish them the best.”The bar and grill served a variety of options from seafood, pasta, chicken and sandwiches, as well as hosted a full bar and weekend brunch. Additionally, the Lucky Brewgrille’s basement was a party venue.Fuciu could not be reached for comment for this story.last_img read more

Johnson bolts for NHL

first_imgJohnson, who notched four goals and 20 assists in one season at Minnesota, said he told coach Don Lucia yesterday afternoon of his decision.“He was really, really supportive,” Johnson said. “He’s been great this whole year and really helped me develop a lot.”Lucia said in a prepared statement that Johnson was one of the most talented defenseman he’s ever coached.“It is always bittersweet when a player leaves our program,” Lucia said. “But there is no doubt in my mind that Erik will have a terrific career in the NHL.” Johnson bolts for NHLFirst-year defenseman Erik Johnson officially announced today that he’s giving up his remaining eligibility to join the St. Louis Blues. Mark RemmeApril 19, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSuddenly the future is a little more clear for the Minnesota men’s hockey team.And a little less tenacious.First-year defenseman Erik Johnson announced today that he will not return for his remaining three years of eligibility. Instead, he will join the St. Louis Blues for the 2007-08 season.Johnson, 19, who was taken No. 1 overall by the Blues in the 2006 NHL draft, said the specifics of his contract couldn’t be discussed but he will receive a three-year deal worth $765,000 each season plus an $85,000 signing bonus and undisclosed endorsements.“I informed Blues President John Davidson Tuesday morning (about leaving the Gophers),” Johnson said. “We had contract negotiations going on since then, but I announced it officially today.”last_img read more

Truth or lie – trust your instinct, says research

first_imgBBC:We are better at identifying liars when we rely on initial responses rather than thinking about it, say psychologists.Generally we are poor at spotting liars – managing only slightly better than flipping a coin.But our success rate rises when we harness the unconscious mind, according to a report in Psychological Science.“What interested us about the unconscious mind is that it just might really be the seat of where accurate lie detection lives,” said Dr Leanne ten Brinke of the University of California, Berkeley.“So if our ability to detect lies is not conscious – we simply can’t do this when we’re thinking hard about it – then maybe it lives somewhere else, and so we thought one possible explanation was the unconscious mind.”Read the whole story: BBClast_img read more

Self Help Celebratory And Fundraising Gala Saturday

first_imgSanta Clara wedding vase by Nicolasa Naranjo (1907-2002) measures 12″ high and is just one of more than 50 items available at the Self Help 50thAnniversary Gala’s auctions. Courtesy/Self Help SELF HELP News:It’s an important year for Self Help, and everyone’s invited to help celebrate!Just a few tickets remain for a celebratory and fundraising gala 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s Kelly Hall benefiting Self Help’s work fighting poverty in northern New Mexico.Attendees will have an evening of food, conversation and great auction deals—all while supporting a great cause.The event will be a food and wine tasting extravaganza, featuring the talents of Pig + Fig and inspired by the west coast (with a menu preview available at are $65 and include the food, wine, live and silent auctions and commemorative glass.Since 1969, Self Help has provided a safety net for people struggling with basic needs such as food and shelter throughout Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos and Santa Fe counties.Tickets can be purchased online at, or by contacting Self Help’s office at 505.662.4666 or AUCTION PREVIEWSelf Help is lucky to have a network of wonderful friends and donors who have provided an impressive array of items to auction at our event. There’s something for everyone—from the outdoor enthusiast interested in a new tent, to the foodie looking for a fine meal. In addition to some 50 silent auction items, attendees have a chance of bidding on the following hand-picked live auction items:A Santa Clara wedding vase by Nicolasa Naranjo;A whimsical sculpture crafted from scrap metal by beloved local artist Richard Swenson, featuring a roadrunner;Three lots of rare and exciting wines from the collection of Glenn Magelssen—including a one-of-a-kind ice wine, a set of wines inspired by the Loire valley, and a selection of old New York wines;A brand-new traditional blackware piece by Santa Clara potter Birdell Boudon; andAnd for opera lovers: a pair of tickets to the Santa Fe Opera’s 2020 season, plus passes to a backstage tour.last_img read more