Editor’s note: The Grape Spray Program Design Workshop for March 17, 2020 at Cartecay Vineyards in Ellijay GA has been canceled due to Coronavirus issues. We are sorry to announce this, but it is necessary in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. We will reschedule at some point, but please contact your local county agent should you have questions concerning grape spray program design development. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is holding a series of workshops specifically for Georgia grape growers in March.The classes, set for March 3 in Carrollton, Georgia; March 5 in Dahlonega, Georgia; and March 17 in Ellijay, Georgia, will cover disease and insect control and other critical components of an integrated pest management program for vineyards.“Vineyard managers ask questions year-round relative to how to set up and administer an efficacious program for management of diseases and insects,” said Paula Burke, UGA Extension coordinator in Carroll County.In these workshops, vineyard managers will learn the skills and confidence needed to develop effective spray programs incorporating resistance management, she said.The workshops will include an overview of major pathogens and insects and critical times to manage them. Producers will work in small groups with UGA specialists to develop example grape-spray programs.Each free, day-long session begins with registration at 9:30 a.m., concludes at 3 p.m. and includes lunch. A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted per location.To register for the Carrollton session, call Burke at (770) 836-8546 or email her at [email protected] To register for the Dahlonega session, call Clark McAllister at (706) 265-2442 or email him at [email protected] To register for the Ellijay session, call Ashley Hoppers at (706) 632-3061 or email her at [email protected]
Responding to increased healthcare costs and higher incidents of health issues among staff, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union in Wentzville, Mo., committed to improving its employee’s lives with a wellness program, says Robyn Whalen, president of human resources (HR) and administration for the $207 million asset credit union.1st Financial Federal’s program started with three basic components:An online wellness platform, which provided a fun place to play and track progress toward creating healthy habits;“Fruit My Cube,” an online service that delivers individual orders of fresh fruit and vegetables directly to the workplace once a week; andA subsidy for gym membership.In an exchange with Credit Union Magazine, Whalen shares more about the credit union’s wellness journey. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Nassau County Legislature’s Democratic minority held an unsanctioned hearing on the county’s contracting scandal after the panel’s Republican leadership ignored calls to schedule a formal public hearing on the issue.Dozens of people packed a conference room at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola last Friday to hear the speakers discuss proposed reforms after Republicans locked them out of the legislative chamber and criticized the event.“We must take action to restore the public trust and to reassure people that their hard-earned dollars are not being squandered and misused,” said Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead).Multiple investigations into the county’s contracting process are underway since New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the former senate majority leader, was arrested in May and pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges of allegedly influencing a Nassau contract in exchange for a job for his son.“I will not allow this process to devolve into a political circus and I will not allow unilateral hearings to be conducted in the legislative chamber,” Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) wrote in a letter to Abrahams.Among the proposals urged by speakers at the event were doing away with the automatic approval of contracts valued at less than $25,000, eliminating the rule that allows contracts to be automatically enacted if they’re not voted on within 45 days of filing, banning taxpayer-funded political mailings, modernizing the largely paper-based process so that it’s searchable online and establishing an independent inspector general.Gonsalves noted that this spring the legislature had created a lobbyist registry that increases transparency, but Abrahams countered that the bill didn’t go far enough.Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, a Democrat running to keep her job against Republican Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, called the process a “recipe for corruption” as she put it in a preliminary report on her continuing investigation into county contracts.“The victimization is systemic,” Singas said. “People turn to the government for help and assistance. When we don’t demand excellence from our elected officials, it’s corrosive to public trust. Let’s stop talking and start taking action.”A panel that Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano appointed to study the issue also suggested creating an inspector general, among other recommendations.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will continue to employ caution in his use of midfielder Jack Wilshere. Wenger said: “It made sense to give him a breather because we’re playing every three days at the moment. He is not 100 per cent yet, but he is 90 per cent. “I am a bit cautious because he had a few surgeries. I don’t want to make a mistake on the medical front and overuse him because the ankle is the most important part of a football player. “I would be a bit more cautious (than with another player), until we feel he is completely free from any risk.” Provided Wilshere comes through the Turkish test unscathed, he will also start against Tottenham on Sunday before going on international duty with England, who meet Moldova on Friday, September 6 and Ukraine the following Tuesday. Wenger is aware of Wilshere’s importance to England, whose manager Roy Hodgson announces his squad for the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday. Smiling, Wenger said: “(The Ukraine fixture is) the key. So don’t play him against Moldova. “It’s World Cup year but first England have to qualify and we now go into a really important period for England. It’s an important year for every single player because they all want to go to the World Cup. “If you have a good season you have a good chance to have a good the World Cup. So let’s first have a good season.” Wilshere, who has overcome a succession of long-standing ankle injuries, dropped to the bench for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League win at Fulham. The midfielder will return to the starting XI for Tuesday night’s Champions League qualifying second leg with Fenerbahce as the Gunners, leading 3-0 from the first match, bid to advance to the group stages. Wenger is bidding to add to his midfield before the September 2 closure of the transfer window. Injuries to Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have heightened the need in that department. “We would be a bit more exposed as long as we do not find another player,” Wenger added. “We need a player who is versatile, who can play in different positions in midfield, because at the moment we are a bit short. “It is not just about additions. (It is about) the right additions.” Wenger’s position is under scrutiny from Arsenal fans due to the perceived dithering in the transfer market. Yet the bi-annual recruitment battle has become more of a challenge for Wenger and Arsenal, with the television money in the Premier League increasing the spending power of England’s top clubs. “It is more difficult for two reasons,” he said. “One: I have quality players and, two: the competition for players is absolutely massive in the international market. “When I arrived in England, English clubs did not go on the international market as much as they do now. Before, we were privileged – a bit more lonely out there. Now, everybody knows everybody.” Another feature of the summer transfer window has been bickering between English top-flight managers over signing players, with Arsenal’s pursuit of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye criticised by their respective managers. Chelsea’s bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been played out in public, as has United’s pursuit of Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. “Everybody has a good opinion about what other managers should do, but they do not look at themselves,” Wenger said. “It’s better that you shut up and you don’t say anything.” Press Association
“They showed no heart, no desire and no will to win. They were woeful,” Jenas wrote in his column for the BBC website.“Everyone was guilty.“Even Marcus Rashford, who has got one of the best attitudes of anyone at the club, got sucked in by what I would describe as a vacuum of negativity.”United fans may be wondering if the board jumped the gun in giving Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis — as the subsequent results appear to be reflective more of his unsuccessful stint in charge of Cardiff.Indeed, just as his and the team’s fortunes have dipped, the man who was seen as his major rival for the job has seen his stock rise.Mauricio Pochettino’s star has sparkled again thanks to Tottenham’s epic win over Manchester City in the Champions League.But Neville has been slow to criticise his former team-mate Solskjaer.The man dubbed ‘Red Nev’ after he led a players’ strike with England due to their anger over Rio Ferdinand being dropped because of a missed drugs test, took to the barricades when another unloved former United boss, Louis van Gaal, criticised Solskjaer a few weeks ago.Van Gaal said Solskjaer was like Mourinho in parking the bus and relying on the counter-attack, only he was more popular because the results were going in his favour.“Ole has brought in a level of happiness and excitement back to the fans,” retorted Neville.“At least that’s something because, to be fair, it has been difficult in the last three or four years to watch what we’ve seen.”Even Neville might be rethinking that statement in the wake of Sunday’s humiliation.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Ole Gunnar SolskjaerLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said prior to the humiliating 4-0 thrashing by Everton there would not be wholesale changes to Manchester United personnel in the close season, but Gary Neville, for one, believes he should think again.United’s millionaire stars such as Paul Pogba and David de Gea put up a display described by the British press on Monday as “abject”, “an apology” for a performance, with the team derided as being generally “rudderless” and “spineless”.However, whilst it came five years to the day when a 2-0 defeat by the same opponents cost David Moyes his job, it is not Solskjaer who is being targeted but the under-performing Pogba and his team-mates.The World Cup-winning midfielder, after a series of encouraging performances when Solskjaer first assumed the reins in December, has returned to being the non-existent presence so often the focus of Jose Mourinho’s ire — although it was the Portuguese coach who was sacrificed.His and Nemanja Matic’s failure to shore up midfield has been a contributing factor to United’s miserable run of six defeats in their last eight games and five successive away losses — their worst run on the road since 1981.Seldom can a Manchester derby — they host title-chasing City on Wednesday — have been less eagerly anticipated by United fans.Neville, United to the core and an integral member of Alex Ferguson’s side that accrued eight Premier League crowns and two Champions League trophies, was excoriating in his criticism of the players.“If you’ve got weeds in the garden, you’ve got to get rid of them,” said Neville, who has become a respected pundit for Sky Sports.“There’s some Japanese knotweed at that football club and it’s attacking the foundations of the house. It needs dealing with properly.“I don’t need to name names, you know who they are.”– ‘Level of happiness’ –Former England international midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who has also turned to punditry since hanging up his boots, turned on the players as well.The 36-year-old said such is the negativity in the team that even the younger talents have been sucked into the vortex of supine performances.
Billy is one of very few people in New Jersey who still have these venerable machines. “I only know of a fella in south Jersey who works on organs and has a little collection,” he said before recalling that there is “another guy up in north Jersey.” He also belongs to the Carousel Organ Association of America but doesn’t think he’ll be buying any more of these wonderful organs. They cost around $5,000 today, and, he said, “they need a lot of work. I don’t know if I really want to spend the money.” Tom Billy retired from Naval Weapons Station Earle after 31 years working there as a brakeman, conductor and engineer on ammunition trains. The short haul railway traveled the 18 miles of tracks leading to the Navy pier in Sandy Hook Bay. He got that civilian Navy job because of his love of amusement rides. He had previously worked on the popular Pine Creek Railroad in Allaire State Park, living for six months in a yellow “Raritan River” caboose. Billy worked in the 1960s at the iconic carousel at the southern end of Asbury’s boardwalk. He restored this particular Wurlitzer music machine using original parts and a newly constructed wooden cabinet. These wonderful mechanical instruments make music via paper rolls slotted just so. Air is pumped through the holes and routed to a series of differently tuned pipes and tom-tom drums. Actually, she can. Michigan-native Odell had her own satisfying career before she married Billy. She was an airline hostess for both TransAmerica Airlines and on private corporate jets. “It wasn’t work, I loved it,” she said. The couple currently live in an 1877 Little Silver farmhouse she restored years ago. By Rick Geffken Billy also owns a “crank organ,” much like the type Italian immigrant men would play and push through city streets in the early 20th century, often with a live monkey attached. Billy enlisted Beth Dellapietro, an artist and scenic painter from Highlands, to paint it in a pattern remarkably reminiscent of rosewood inlaid laminates. Dellapietro also painted the beautiful forest scenes on Billy’s Wurlitzer. Marghi and Tom Billy of Little Silver next to a restored 1923 Wurlitzer carousel organ. Organs like this were often on carousels where they piped their iconic sounds for years. Photo by Rick Geffken Billy has rented his one-of-a-kind Ruth organ for years through his appropriately named Coney Island Music Company. He does it less frequently now, last towing it to a Young at Heart meeting at Red Bank’s Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in May. You’ll still have a chance to hear the revered Ruth organ when he brings it to Allaire State Park in Wall Township for the annual Fall Apple Festival Sept. 21. When Billy was 11 or 12 years old, his Rahway family rented a cottage in Seaside Heights where he first heard carousel organs. A few years later he heard one near Newark. “They would take me to Olympic Park in Irvington which had a big organ on the carousel. That really got me going. I said to myself ‘When I grow up, I have to have one.’ So, I did.” He bought a 1915 Adolph Ruth & Sons organ from Coney Island when he was 19. It sat unused at the famous Brooklyn amusement park for years before Billy hired Mike Kitner of Carlisle, Pennsylvania to get it running. Billy still calls the late Kitner “ ‘ The Monk of Organs.’ He was the best.” Billy still brings the Ruth organ to shows and special events. After mustering out of the Army in 1971 – he served as a combat engineer in Vietnam – Billy began a series of jobs reflecting his passion for amusement parks. He repaired rides at Great Adventure in Jackson, then at the Asbury Park and Point Pleasant boardwalks for Holiday Playland and Funsville Amusements. Billy is a longtime member of the Black River and Western Railroad in Ringoes where he volunteers to help with repairs and maintenance of vintage steam and diesel powered locomotives. LITTLE SILVER – Those iconic summer sounds you hear every so often in Little Silver might remind you of Asbury Park’s famed merry-go-round. And why not? It’s probably Tom Billy’s 1923 Wurlitzer 146B carousel organ. He parks it outside his Willow Avenue house for the town’s Memorial Day parade and occasionally plays it in his garage for interested visitors. Or just when he feels like hearing it again. Billy’s wife, Marghi Odell,said, “He’s always done whathe’s loved in life. How manyof us can say that?”
It was just the news Leaf head coach Frank Maida wanted to hear.Tuesday morning, the Leaf skipper got the word Kootenay International Junior Hockey League scoring leader Jamie Vlanich would not face further suspension after receiving a match penalty during a fight during a February 14 game against Grand Forks.“I was happy to hear the news because the right thing was done,” Maida told The Nelson Daily.com on the eve of the final regular season game Saturday in Fruitvale against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Vlanich received the match penalty for kicking during a fight with Dakota Kittle of Grand Forks.The penalty for a kicking match penalty is three games or ten days. The suspension doubles to six games if injury results from the action.Vlanich sat out the return game of the home-and-home series Saturday in Grand Forks.“The Junior B director of discipline told me after reviewing our appeal, after review of the video the suspension has been revoked,” Maida said.The loss of Vlanich would have been a huge blow to the Leaf chances of grabbing first in the Murdoch Division.Nelson enters the weekend with a slim two-point lead over the Hawks.However, Beaver Valley has a game in hand Friday in Spokane against the Braves. Should the Hawks defeat the Braves, Nelson would need to win the game to claim the division.Hawks lead season seriesThe Hawks hold a 4-3 lead in season series against Nelson. Beaver Valley also leads in goals, 26-25.Vlanich in control of KIJHL scoring raceJamie Vlanich enters the weekend holding a six-point advantage in the KIJHL scoring race over Creston’s Jesse Collins. The Thunder Cats sniper has played seven more games than Vlanich. Both players have one game remaining in the regular season.Leaf winger Travis Wellman leads in goals with 50.Leaf starting goalie questionable for weekendNelson could be without the services of netminder Brad Rebagliati for the Saturday night showdown. The Cranbrook native is listed as day to day with an undisclosed injury.If Rebagliati is unable to play, the netminder duties would fall on the shoulders of Nelson Minor Hockey grad Adam Maida.Madia actually leads Rebagliati in stats but has given way to the former Junior A goalie of late in the starting rotation.Race is on for third in MurdochThe race for third in the Murdoch is just as intense as the run for the top spot as Spokane Braves hold a slim one-point advantage over Castlegar Rebels.The Braves, winners of two straight, meet the Hawks while Castlegar travels to Grand Forks to play the Border Bruins.Both games are Friday night.