On a cold, slushy Wednesday night in Brooklyn, amid a week marked by both heartbreaking ends and exciting beginnings, Tedeschi Trucks Band made their way to Brooklyn Academy of Music‘s Howard Gillman Opera House to celebrate the release of their fourth studio album, Signs.Marking their first release since 2016’s Let Me Get By, Signs was created as a reflection on the various devastating losses experienced by the group and its extended musical family over the last several years. Since late 2016, Tedeschi Trucks Band grappled with the deaths of mentors Leon Russell and Col. Bruce Hampton (whose cosmic curtain call is examined in Signs closing track “The Ending”) as well as Derek Trucks‘ uncle and original Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks and, soon after, Gregg Allman. As the band noted in a statement, “Signs reflects on the losses suffered by the band in the past few years while still finding cause for hope and celebration in the beauty of life and nature.”“How their passing affected me,” Derek told NPR ahead of the album’s release, “was that there was the wanting to do it right and wanting to carry on whatever parts I learned from them that I could carry on. The music they made was of a special time and place. I’m never going to recapture that stuff, but I’ve certainly been able to take the lessons I learned from them.”The events surrounding last Friday’s release of Signs added an extra layer of poetic melancholy to the album’s already bittersweet theme. The album’s confrontation of loss and heartbreak was compounded when Kofi Burbridge, the band’s longtime keyboardist and flautist, passed away at the age of 57—on the day the record was released. That night, Tedeschi Trucks Band played through the pain of this latest loss, in his hometown, performing the album in near-entirety in celebration of Kofi and his final release.In the days since, countless fans and fellow musicians have voiced their love, appreciation, and pain at the loss of Kofi Burbridge. By the time Tedeschi Trucks Band took the stage for their official album release celebration in Brooklyn, the love and appreciation they’d experienced in the wake of Burbridge’s passing had strengthened what remains. While still reeling, the band channeled Kofi’s memory—and the memories of all the losses that inspired Signs—to deliver an emotional performance clearly colored by the lessons learned from these recent hardships.With flowers and a portrait of Kofi adorning the stage, the core of the band began the night with a rendition of Willie Nelson‘s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces”, a new addition to their repertoire that echoes their recent heartbreak (“Somebody pick up my pieces; I’m scattered everywhere; And put me back together; Put me way over there; Take me out of contention; I surrender my crown; Somebody pick up my pieces; It’s just me comin’ down”).From there, the band started into material from the new album, performing weighty takes on “Signs, High Times”, “I’m Gonna Be There”, and “When Will I Begin”. Next, Mike Mattison stepped to center stage to lead the band on with soulful sorrow through Bob Dylan‘s “Down In The Flood”, during which Trucks’ first mesmerizing solo of the night truly soared.Signs lead single “Hard Case” followed, rounding out set one’s selections from the new LP. The band closed the first frame with hard-hitting takes on go-to numbers “Bound For Glory” (featuring some spellbinding vocal work from Alecia Chakour), “The Sky Is Crying” (complete with excellent blues soloing from Susan Tedeschi), and a stellar “Idle Wind” featuring a Derek-led jam on “Rastaman Chant” and a delicate yet powerful drums segment.Following a brief intermission, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the stage with their pared-down 6-piece core for a rendition of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’”. “Don’t Know What It Means” came next before flowing into covers of The Box Tops‘ “The Letter” and Leonard Cohen‘s “Bird on a Wire”.The Signs numbers continued with “Walk Through This Life” and a powerful reading of the album’s tour de force, “Shame”, featuring an extended solo by interim bassist Brandon Boone. The “Midnight In Harlem” that followed was even more beautiful than usual, the crowd clearly connecting with the added emotion of this wistful rendition. Finally, the set reached its climax with the gospel-inflected one-two punch of Sleepy John Estes‘ “Leaving Trunk” and Rahsaan Roland Kirk‘s “Volunteered Slavery”. By the end of the set, the audience had their hands in the air praising the gospel of music as the tribal sounds coming from the stage kept the venue’s heartbeat intact.When the band returned for their encore, Susan made note of the hard week the band and its fans had endured but beamed with gratitude at the “outpouring of love” they’d felt throughout this fateful week and relished the opportunity to spend the evening connecting with their loving fans. Mark Rivers then stepped forward to take lead vocals on Joe Tex‘s “Show Me” as Derek directed the horn section with unusually animated enthusiasm.It was a heavy evening for everyone both on and off the stage. While the latest loss hung over the celebration, Tedeschi Trucks Band did what they do best—honor the memories of their friends and loved ones and use the lessons learned from them to forge a path forward.Below, you can watch a selection of videos and view a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Eric Gettler.“I’m Gonna Be There”[Video: Evan Pragliola]“Bound For Glory”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“The Sky Is Crying”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“Idle Wind” (with “Rastaman Chant” Jam)[Video: HotF’nTuna]“The Letter”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“Bird on a Wire”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“Walk Through This Life”[Video: Evan Pragliola]View VideosNext up for Tedeschi Trucks is the second half of their four-night, two-weekend run at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd. For a full list of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s upcoming shows, head to their website here.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Brooklyn Academy of Music | Brooklyn, NY | 2/20/19Set One: Somebody Pick Up The Pieces, Signs, High Times, I’m Gonna Be There, When Will I Begin, Down In The Flood, Hard Case, Bound For Glory, The Sky Is Crying, Idle WindSet Two: Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Don’t Know What It Means > The Letter, Bird on a Wire, Walk Through This Life, Shame, Midnight In Harlem, Leaving Trunk > Volunteered SlaveryEncore: Show MeTedeschi Trucks Band | ‘Signs’ Album Release Show | Brooklyn Academy of Music | Brooklyn, NY | 2/20/19 Load remaining images
In mid-April, Trey Anastasio and his new Ghosts Of The Forest offered up a performance at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre before rounding out their east coast tour with a pair of performances at the stunning United Palace in upper Manhattan.Trey Anastasio Discusses Plans For Ghosts Of The Forest Live Album On SiriusXMDuring a chat with SiriusXM JamOn host Ari Fink, Trey announced a special live recording plan for Ghosts of the Forest’s New York City shows. He explained,This has been in place all along, but, the idea was to take the two nights and record the shows as a live album at the United Palace Theatre. It will almost be like a regular recording session, with two passes at the shows. For example, when Aretha Franklin was famously recording a record she would do two passes and that was it. Everyone had to play live. So for us, this is like we get two takes at the United Palace Theatre, but most importantly, the full picture of the Ghosts of the Forest document will have our community members and family in the audience. The recording will end up being a live album.Although Ghosts of the Forest’s NYC shows are the only performances set to be included in the forthcoming live album (as far as we know), Anastasio continues to release live video footage from different shows throughout the brief tour. On Friday, after sharing “Ghosts of the Forest”, “Drift While You’re Sleeping, and “Friend“, Anastasio rolled out pro-shot video with “Sightless Escape” from Boston, which you can watch below:Ghosts of the Forest – “Sightless Escape” – 4/10/2019 (Pro-Shot)[Video: Trey Anastasio]Trey Anastasio Band (which features Ghosts of the Forest members Ray Paczkowski, Tony Markellis, and Jennifer Hartswick) is gearing up for a run of shows in late May before Trey and Ghosts of the Forest drummer Jon Fishman turn their attention back to their main project for Phish‘s 2019 summer tour, beginning with a two-night run at St. Louis, MO’s Chaifetz Arena on June 11th and 12th. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.Setlist: Ghosts of the Forest | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 4/10/2019Set: Intro, Ghosts of the Forest, Drift While You’re Sleeping, Friend, Sightless Escape, Halfway Home > If Again, In Long Lines, There’s a Path Above, About to Run, The Green Truth, Beneath a Sea of Stars Parts 1 & 2 > Mint Siren Dream, Stumble Into Flight, Ruby Waves, Shadows Thrown By Fire, Wider, A Life Beyond The Dream, In This Bubble > Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 3 (blue)Encore: Brief Time, Pieces in the MachineThe Intro that debuted at this show was the fourth prerecorded piano intro played over the PA to debut on the Ghosts of the Forest tour.
Republicans scored a significant victory on Election Night, winning control of the Senate and extending their majority in the House. The results could be seen as a referendum on GOP policies, but also as a rebuke to President Obama. David King, a senior lecturer in public policy, provided his perspective on the outcome in a Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) interview. HKS: What message did the voters send Tuesday night? Which issues resonated the loudest?KING: I was surprised by the size of the Republican wave on Tuesday; if we think of Congress as a ship, the thing has been rocking wildly side-to-side.President Obama had strong majorities in Congress after the 2008 election. Then voters sent Democrats home in 2010 as the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party swept into Congress. In 2012 the voters repudiated Republicans across the board and returned President Obama to the White House. And now this — voters must have seasickness.I do not think there were substantive issues that resonated loudly. Yes, there was fear in the air — an anxiousness about ISIS and Ebola and the economy — but the bell that rang loudest had an anti-Obama clapper.Maybe we should stop calling these “midterm” elections and talk about short-term elections, because the American voter does not seem to have a long-term sense of where the country should be going or how we should get there.HKS: What do the Republicans hope to accomplish with control of both the House and Senate for the first time since 2006?KING: It will be difficult for either party to enact major changes, because Democrats in the Senate are perfectly capable of stopping bills from passing. Procedurally, it is unlikely that President Obama will be signing many Republican “stand-alone” bills, and he’ll be ready to use his veto pen. So the most likely path forward for Republicans will be to tack “policy” bills onto a handful of must-pass spending bills. This is possible because non-germane pieces of legislation are allowed to be amended onto spending bills in the Senate — but not in the House. If Alabama’s Richard Shelby becomes the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee — and that’s likely — then he will be in an especially strong position to control the fate of legislation.There will be some easy wins. President Obama likes the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement. Senate Democrats got in the way last year, and it should be much easier with Republicans in charge of the Senate.HKS: How can and should the president work with Congress in his final two years in office? Is there any common ground on which to compromise on major policy issues?KING: President Obama has shown little capacity to compromise. He did not seem to like the U.S. Congress even when he was a member of it, and he has kept his own party leadership at arm’s length for six years. That is unlikely to change. Instead, President Obama will issue executive orders with abandon and attach signing statements to bills that he does sign. He will almost certainly work to support and defend his signature accomplishment — health care reform — while giving the program more time to work. The economy is getting stronger. Health care reform — as long as it’s not called “Obamacare” — has been much more popular than most people expected, and at this stage the president may want to take care of his legacy.HKS: How do yesterday’s results affect the ground rules for the 2016 election?KING: This election was a harbinger of big money — for both parties — flowing into campaigns. More than $4 billion was spent on the Congressional elections alone, much of it from non-candidate groups, and that will look like chump change two years from now. That would not be a bad thing if the money were spent on strategies to increase turnout across the board, but negative advertising diminishes turnout among moderate voters, alienates young voters, and rallies the core supporters of the parties.HKS: Any other thoughts to offer on the election?KING: We need to remember that political parties and candidates are not in the business of promoting or protecting democracy. They use democratic rules and institutions to get power, certainly, but candidates live in fear of mobilizing the “wrong” voters. Frankly, democracy is too important to be left up to the parties and the candidates. We need to encourage better people to run at all levels of government. We need to do all that we can to balance the power of big money with the power of big ideas.
I love talking to customers. I find that I always gain the most amazing insights and hear some great stories. Here’s a classic example. “Hello, my name is Jordan. I’m the CEO of Hark. I assumed back in 2016 that designing and shipping hardware was good for us. That assumption was dumb.”Hardware time anyone?I don’t know about you, but I admired Jordan’s honesty and wanted to learn more! For those of you who are unfamiliar, Hark Systems has a mission to build innovative energy management solutions to remedy real-world challenges.Jordan explained that Hark’s decision to enter the hardware area was driven purely by practical reasons. Quite simply, the company wanted to build hardware infrastructure to run alongside its cloud-based software. And so, Hark’s decision went something like this, if you want something done well, the only way is to do it yourself. As Jordan said, “We’re technical people and being accomplished software developers, we assumed hardware design would be relatively straightforward.”A horse of a different colour As Jordan admitted a couple of months later, while it had been an interesting journey, hardware design was way more complicated and costly than originally envisaged. ” Everyone thinks they can buy a CPU board or Raspberry Pi and off you go but there’s a lot involved. Selecting the right prototype platform, waiting for samples, the cost of moulding, resolving hardware bugs all take time, expertise and money.”Even when issues are resolved, it’s not easy to scale up to volume manufacturing. And as Jordan says, “There’s the whole regulatory side, where you need to gain certification to ship to different countries. That requires time and expertise.”Stick to what you’re good atThis is where yours truly gets to feature. When I heard the story, I interjected, “Hey, Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions has something you could use.” And the rest, as they say, is history – a partnership was born. Hark and Dell Technologies have now partnered on a number of successful retail projects including a major IoT win with a top four UK supermarket. More on that in a follow-on blog!Lessons learntDespite the challenges encountered, Jordan doesn’t regret the journey. “Designing hardware has made us even better at designing cloud software that talks to hardware. However, we quickly realized that we needed a partner like Dell to scale up. We needed a partner like Dell for supply chain, logistics and to manage regulatory certification. We needed Dell to take the complexity away, reduce lead-times, manage the certification process and allow us to focus on our own IP.”As Jordan says, “We built hardware because we needed to, we didn’t necessarily want to be a hardware company.”A two-way partnershipOf course, it’s not a one-way street. While Dell Technologies offers an amazing set of building blocks, we don’t make energy management solutions like Hark does. We might be one of the biggest IT infrastructure companies in the world, but we need partners like Hark with specialist expertise across a whole range of industries.Like our other partners, Hark is successfully disrupting the market, making solutions affordable and linking legacy, proprietary-based analogue systems with new platforms, which means customers don’t have to rip and replace existing, expensive infrastructure. This specialist expertise is hugely beneficial, allowing us to credibly enter key vertical markets and enabling our sales team to close projects quicker and more efficiently.Here to helpHark’s experience shows why a partnership with Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions pays dividends. The moral of the story is clear – stick to your core competencies and pick the right partners for the rest.On that note, allow us to take away the headache of handling the hardware and integration-related complexities that can drain your resources, wreck your head and cause delays in bringing your IP to market. We can help you select the right compute power for your solution, the appropriate system to optimally run your IP, certify it to industry standards or regulatory requirements, customise it, build it and ship it. And, of course, we can share some great stories together along the way!Learn more about Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Learn more about Hark Systems Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @delltechoem and @mikehfay. Join our LinkedIn OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page here.
The protestors arrested on campus during last May’s Commencement ceremony, known as the “ND 88,” have been offered a program to avoid trial by St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak, according to a statement by University President Fr. John Jenkins.According to the press release, Dvorak will offer a pre-trial diversion program to those arrested, which would give them the chance to have their cases dismissed with no criminal record. To be eligible, the person must waive the right to a trial, have no criminal record and agree to obey local, state and federal laws for one year.Jenkins said he believes the Prosecutor’s Office’s decision is “balanced and lenient.”The protesters violated University policies regarding campus demonstrations and were given multiple warnings prior to their arrest, Jenkins said in the statement released Friday.“We require that any campus demonstration, regardless of the issue, be organized by a student, faculty or staff member, receive approval from the University through the Office of Student Affairs and be peaceful and orderly,” Jenkins said. “Those who were arrested last spring met none of these criteria.”The University has been in contact with Dvorak, who has been handling the prosecution of those arrested on campus last spring.“To be eligible, a person must waive the right to a trial, have no criminal record and agree to obey local, state and federal laws for one year,” Jenkins said of the pre-trial diversion program. “The program also includes the payment of a fee for cost.”In a letter to the University, Dvorak said his office will work with those who demonstrated a financial need to reduce or potentially eliminate these fees.The protesters took a pro-life stance, but Jenkins said their arrest does not mean the University does not value the sanctity of life.“We at Notre Dame embrace the Catholic position on the sanctity of life. We oppose abortion and support laws that protect life from conception to natural death,” he said. “In this respect, we fully agree with the protestors.“But the University cannot have one set of rules for causes we oppose and another more lenient set of rules for causes we support. We have one consistent set of rules for demonstrations on campus — no matter what the cause.”In the past, the University has banned those who were arrested for trespass. It will not take this action against the protesters given they complete the pre-trial diversion program, are acquitted of charges or plead guilty.Jenkins also said alternative pro-life demonstrations that met University regulations were offered last spring.“Those now charged with trespass could have joined these protests without interference or arrest,” Jenkins said. “These included a demonstration on April 5 in front of the Main Building, a Eucharistic adoration from May 16 to May 17 in one of the residence hall chapels and on Commencement day, a Mass, a rally and a prayer vigil on South Quad and a Rosary and meditation at the Grotto.“Nearly 3,000 people participated in the prayerful protest on the South Quad,” Jenkins said. “None of the participants in any of these activities were arrested.”Jenkins said the University welcomes debate about public issues, as well as protest.“We have great respect for people who engage in the long and noble tradition of civil disobedience and courageously accept the consequences to call attention to themselves and their message,” he said.But he said the University also has a responsibility to maintain an environment that allows students, faculty and staff to continue their work without interference.“It is this dual commitment to free expression and public order that has guided us in this case,” Jenkins said.
Their total value is hard to pin down, but peanuts clearly aren’t “just peanuts” in Georgia. One University of Georgia economist figures peanuts add $1.1 billion to the economy in direct income, related jobs and other jobs, services and economic activity. What will happen to those dollars if federal peanut programs dry up? “There are all kinds of debate about where (peanut) prices could go if the programs are discontinued,” said Don Shurley, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “With the fluctuation of peanut prices, we’re sure we’ll see a lot of effect on the economy,” Shurley said. “But until it happens, no one can predict the dollar effect on the state.” In 1997, peanuts were the second-largest cash crop on Georgia farms, totaling $361 million in farmer income. Only cotton provided more economic punch to the state. Shurley said scrapping the peanut program would almost certainly lower peanut prices to farmers. Some peanut production, he said, could leave the state. “Assuming the quota system and price supports disappeared, crop prices could drop about 20 percent,” he said. “That could reduce farm income from peanuts by $60 million and have a $180 million effect on the economy.” Farm land values and local tax bases would be hard-hit, too, he said. The quota system, he explained, is tied to the farm where the peanuts are grown. “Loss of the quota allotment could mean a $400 million decline in land values,” he said. But with recent consumption increases, the situation looks a bit brighter for Georgia farmers. U.S. consumption increased in 1996 for the first time in five years. Americans ate 7.5 percent more peanut butter, Shurley said. Peanut butter accounts for about half of all peanut use. That’s especially good news for Georgia farmers. Their crop is more than 95 percent Runner varieties – the kinds that make the best peanut butter. Farmers are looking for another 3 percent increase in their quota for the 1998 growing season, Shurley said. The quota rose by 3 percent last year, too. “Each 1 percent increase in quota and consumption raises farm income in Georgia by $3 million and has a $9 million economic impact on the state,” Shurley said. Georgia farmers grow about 41 percent of all U.S. quota peanuts. The available U.S. quota this year totals 1.17 million tons. The state’s farmers expect to grow 479,700 tons of those peanuts.
On July 1, Sarah and Thad Launderville realized their dream of becoming homeowners when they moved into their new house on Williamstown’s Pleasant Street. Their purchase was the culmination of their 3-year quest to buy a home, finally made possible with help from Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and Central Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT). The Laundervilles — including twins, Clara and Milly-Ellen, and newcomer, Evan — are one of several families helped over the past year by the federally funded Housing Acquisition & Rehabilitation Program (HARP) administered by VHFA.Under HARP, VHFA works with HomeOwnership Centers around Vermont to acquire, repair and re-market foreclosed homes. Since June 2009, VHFA has fully restored four homes and sold them to income-eligible Vermonters. Another 30 properties are owned by VHFA: Renovations are complete on 12 of those, which are currently available for sale, of which four have purchase and sale agreements in place and are waiting to close with new homeowners; renovations continue on the 18 remaining. Finally, VHFA is about to acquire five more properties. “This program is a success story on several levels,” according to VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. “We’re converting foreclosed properties, most of which need major repairs and would have otherwise dragged down neighborhood values, into desperately needed efficient homes at prices Vermonters will be able to afford long into the future.”Secondly, we’re creating much needed work for Vermont contractors, sub-contractors and their suppliers. At the mid-point of the winter months, VHFA employed upwards of 185 trades people working on the homes it’d acquired. We’ve focused much of the work on increasing the energy efficiency of the homes, which will lower the ongoing costs to future homeowners.”Buyers benefit, also, because HARP homes are priced to be affordable. Properties are sold for no more than 90% of the total cost of acquisition and renovation, or the new post-rehab appraisal amount, whichever is lower. Combined with grants of up to $75,000, the homes will be perpetually affordable from owner to owner — meaning homes will sell well below market value each time they change hands.”It’s so much harder right now for folks to get into the housing market. Over the years I worked to get my credit in a good position and then the financial world changed. All of a sudden it was more difficult to get a loan,” explains Sarah Launderville, who credits the HomeOwnership Center at CVCLT, under the direction of Chandra Pollard, with providing the couple with homebuyer education throughout the search process. “HARP pushed up our timeline in becoming homeowners and allowed us to get a much better home than we would have otherwise.”Thanks to a $45,000 grant, The Laundervilles were able to purchase their home for just $140,000. It’s a 4-bedroom 1960s house with carport situated on 1.7 acres, which includes apple and maple trees.”The space is wonderful. Our children have space to play in different rooms and can run around without hitting their highchairs or end tables,” says Sarah, who estimates the couple looked at more than 50 homes. “There’s also space outside for them to explore and play. We love that!”HARP is budgeted with $7 million in one-time Housing and Economic Recovery Act funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The budget is part of $19.6 million HUD allocated to ACCD for the Vermont Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). The recently passed financial reform legislation will provide additional funding for this program in Vermont.VHFA has allocated nearly the entire budget, which expires Sept. 30, but expects to be able to continue HARP through 2013.”ACCD is extremely pleased with the performance of VHFA and all the HomeOwnership Centers, such as CVCLT, to acquire these foreclosed homes, get them renovated to a level that the major systems and energy efficiencies keep the property affordable for a minimum of 15 years,” says ACCD Director of Grants Management Ann Karlene Kroll. “The sale of the homes to new homeowners completes the cycle of the intended use of the NSP funds.”She adds, “The work that’s been done to date with the HARP has helped place Vermont in the number one position in New England with the pace of the program.””As we sell these properties, the proceeds of the sales finance even more acquisitions,” explains Chief of Program Operations David Adams. “By recycling these funds we expect we’ll continue to buy, renovate and resell homes well into 2013. The $7 million was ‘use it or lose it,’ so we’re pleased to have leveraged the funding and really maxed out it potential by including the grant so the homes will be sold at a discount every time the properties sell in the future.”Buyers can browse all HARP properties for sale at the VHFA Web site: www.vhfa.org/homeownership/houses-for-sale.php(link is external). Lenders interested in selling their real estate owned (REO) should contact HARP Coordinator Lori Gilding at 802.652.3404 or email@example.com(link sends e-mail). They can also submit REOs to VHFA through the Web at www.vhfa.org/reos(link is external).The Vermont Legislature created VHFA in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped approximately 27,000 Vermont households with affordable mortgages and financed the development of approximately 7,700 affordable rental units.Source: VHFA. 8.23Attached: The Laundervilles and their home (laundervilles.jpg); HARP properties on map
“People of diverse body sizes and shapes have had to make it work with gear that wasn’t made for us for too long now,” said Jenny Bruso, founder of the group Unlikely Hikers, which calls itself a “diverse, anti-racist, body-liberating outdoor community.” “We’re out here. We’re climbing these same mountains, we’re thru-hiking these same trails and our money spends the same way.” The first plus-size backpacks will hit the shelves next spring. Backpack maker Gregory will introduce the industry’s first dedicated line of plus-size backpacks, SNEWS reports. The line will include 20 items across dayhiking, hydration, multi-day backpacking, and lifestyle categories. Pack maker Gregory to release a line of plus-sized products Mountain bike aficionados—mark your calendars! A new mountain bike park opens in Hendersonville, NC on July 25 and features directional, bike specific trails that are e-bike friendly, as well as bike rentals. The park is running an early-bird special on season passes for $349 (a full-price season pass will run you $399.) Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to host virtual 5K Registered participants can run or walk a route of their choosing on July 17, 18, or 19. Registration deadline is July 16 and all proceeds will go toward DGIF’s Restore the Wild initiative to support habitat projects vital for the survival of Virginia’s wildlife. As a bonus, each participant will receive fun goodies and can sign up to participate in unique challenges to compete for fun prizes. Learn more here: https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/run-for-the-wild/ Kanuga Bike Park opens in Hendersonville, NC July 25 Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is getting a new name (the Department of Wildlife Resources is their updated moniker,) and to celebrate the change, the agency invites the public to Run for the Wild, a virtual 5K run/walk supporting their mission to keep Virginia’s wild places wild. Photo by River North Photography courtesy of Getty Images According to AVLToday, the park is founded by world-champion downhill racer Neko Mulally. There are 12 downhill-specific trails with a variety of skill levels available by reservation for individuals and teams for practice and competition.
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Artist Joseph Opshinsky says it takes him up to fifty hours to create the pieces on display at the new ‘Regional Color’ exhibit at the Roberson Museum and Science Center. Organizers say they hope the exhibit will inspire people to go out and see the real thing. The cross between rural and urban environments is a common theme in Opshinsky’s work. Those individual layers come together to create familiar landscapes. “It’s a meeting place between a rural landscape and civilized industrial areas that you want to call a post industrial landscape,” he said. “You kinda see them in their best light and appreciate some of the detail you may overlook because you pass them by so often,” Opshinsky said. “They’re scenes from Northeastern Pennsylvania and a grouping of specific scenes I did for the show of the Binghamton area,” he said. Looking at Opshinsky’s work help gain a greater appreciation for the beauty that’s right here in our backyard. “It all features local scenes they can see around Northern Pennsylvania and the Binghamton area, so something they can go out and experience,” said Rebecca Dixon of the Roberson Museum and Science Center. “It’s a process of cutting the shapes out of colored construction paper and putting them all together,” Opshinsky said. “It has the overall appearance of a painting, but the material differentiates it.” The exhibit will be open through Aug. 23.
Inside the home at 22 Cashmere St, Rothwell.“If I had another three like it, I’d have them all sold tomorrow.”Mr Philp said strong demand from both owner-occupiers and investors coupled with a lack of supply in Rothwell was creating a heated market.“Anything between $400,000 and $500,000 sells really well in Rothwell,” he said.“Buyers like the value in the area and the location, which offers easy access to the train station, North Lakes and the highway.”Mr Philp said he expected the demand to continue next year. The home at 22 Cashmere St, Rothwell.A LOWSET brick and tile home has sold after just two weeks on the market in Rothwell.The home at 22 Cashmere St sold for $432,500.Marketing agent Brendan Philp, of Abode Properties, said he was shocked at the level of interest the unassuming four-bedroom property attracted.“It was certainly a strong activity property,” he said.“I think it was the value for money that was driving interest and the fact that it was a brick and tile home with four bedrooms close to the train station, North Lakes and the water.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“It ticked all the boxes for both investors and owner-occupiers.