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Bluegrass Underground Announces Initial 2018 Lineup In Its New Home: The Caverns

first_imgThe world’s newest – and oldest – performance venue arrives on March 24, 2018, as The Caverns opens with a headliner-filled weekend taping for Season VIII of the 13-time EMMY-winning PBS series Bluegrass Underground. Artists booked for next season’s tapings include singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, legendary bluegrass and “newgrass” artist The Sam Bush Band, breakout bluegrass band Flatt Lonesome, eclectic Americana guitarslinger Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Tim O’Brien Bluegrass Band and Cuban roots-rockers Sweet Lizzy Project, the group introduced to American audiences by Mavericks leader Raul Malo in PBS Great Performances: Havana Time Machine.Bluegrass Underground Finds Permanent Home In Monteagle’s CavernsLocated at the foot of Monteagle Mountain in the rolling hills of Grundy County, Tennessee, The Caverns is just 10 minutes from Exit 127 on I-24. Packages and tickets for all events go on sale Saturday, Dec 9 here.“We’re really happy to announce the grand opening of The Caverns, the forever home of Bluegrass Underground and many other special musical moments that will bring folks together in a spectacular space like no other the world over. Or under,” says Caverns owner and Bluegrass Underground creator Todd Mayo in a press statement.As the permanent home of Bluegrass Underground, The Caverns’ annual PBS taping schedule will be more flexible, allowing for several taping weekends instead of a single once-a-year marathon, making available a broader range of artists.Go In-Depth With Bluegrass Underground As They Wrap Season VII Filming For PBSPBS tapings in April and May will include Carlile, The Sam Bush Band, Flatt Lonesome, The Turnpike Troubadours, Kathy Mattea, Lettuce, The Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Mary Gauthier and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. For the complete list, see below.Other artists scheduled for The Caverns’ premiere year include John Anderson, The Del McCoury Band, Dailey & Vincent, a Piano-palooza with Davina & The Vagabonds and Jason D. Williams, Sierra Hull and a very special Halloween at The Caverns with Here Come the Mummies. Additional shows will be announced in the coming months.The Caverns is now offering patrons two new and improved travel packages that each provide high quality Tennessee experiences. Patrons can choose between the Monteagle Mountain Package and the Chattanooga Package. The Monteagle Mountain Package provides accommodations at a historic Tennessee lodge just minutes from the venue, surrounded by great hiking, local shopping and dining options. The Chattanooga Package provides accommodations in one of the South’s most breathtaking cities, with outdoor adventure, great restaurants and world class attractions all nearby. Both packages now include transportation to and from the venue and your very own package concierges to help get the most out of your weekend experience.“Every aspect of the patron experience has been improved and enhanced – a streamlined ticketing process, closer parking, nicer bathrooms, more comfortable seating, better sightlines and more. And the space itself is even grander and, dare I say…‘cavier’,” says The Caverns General Manager and Associate Producer Joe Lurgio. The Caverns is also excited to offer upgraded food and beverage concessions that will include a longtime request from patrons: beer.Season VIII PBS Bluegrass Underground TapingsMarch 24: Billy Strings and Sweet Lizzy ProjectMarch 25: The Sam Bush Band and Aaron Lee TasjanApril 20: Brandi CarlileApril 21: Kathy Mattea and The Tim O’Brien Bluegrass BandApril 22: Lettuce and The Rev. Osagyefo SekouMay 19: Flatt Lonesome and Turnpike TroubadoursMay 20: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Mary GauthierBut wait, there’s moreThe Caverns PresentsApril 28, The Del McCoury Band with Sierra HullJune 8: Piano-palooza with Davina & The Vagabonds and Jason D WilliamsJune 16: Keller WilliamsJuly 21: Scott MillerAugust 11: Mountain HeartSeptember 8: John Anderson, Bobby Bare and James OttoOct. 31: Here Come The MummiesNov. 3: Dailey & VincentFor more information & tickets: read more

New art exhibit arrives at SMC

first_imgA new exhibit at the Saint Mary’s Moreau Center for the Arts calls students to study humanity’s interaction and manipulation of the environment, according to artist Marilyn Propp. Propp and her husband, artist David Jones, will display their work at the center beginning today. The exhibit, titled “Industrial Reconstructions,” will be open until Nov. 4. The collection includes oil paintings on wood panels, as well and pen and ink drawings. Propp, a professor at Colombia College Chicago, said their works are meant to provoke thought about the environment. “You seduce people with color, lines or form,” Propp said. “Then, you get them to think.” Propp said she finds inspiration in every injustice to the natural world. “I was very upset about the gulf’s oil spill because my family lived down there for a number of years,” Propp said. “The rape of the earth has been bothering me for 30 years.” Her sequence features a mixture of animal fossils, human body parts, marine life and the remnants of old machines. In one piece, a blue lobster’s body is indistinguishable from a whirring propeller. In another, titled “Paradise Lost,” the tentacles of jellyfish are entwined in netting and trash. Propp said her work does not always revolve around the environment though. “[My earlier art was] much more interior,” she said. “There was more symbolism. It was more psychologically pat. I’ve spent the past few years looking outwards.” The connected pieces of her collection reflect “our interdependence, interconnectedness and continuity.” “There is ongoing movement, morphing and interaction between the organic and the metal shapes ⎯ tools, hardware, pipes and conduits.” Jones worked mostly with photos for the past 10 years, but his display shows some of his recent sketches. He uses his art to reflect on his “obsession with mechanical things … specifically the automobile,” according to his website. “Machines are ubiquitous in the landscape,” Jones said on the website. “I see the drawings as a metaphor for our relationship with things, filling up our space and numbing our senses.”last_img read more

Springfield Hospital awarded $1.3 mil to expand community health centers

first_imgSpringfield Hospital was awarded $1.3 million to become Vermont’s eighth Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary care for residents of southeastern Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders announced today.“This is a great day for the advance of health care access in Windsor and Windham counties,” said Sanders (I-Vt.). “As a result of this designation for the Springfield Hospital, residents of the area will now be able to receive excellent quality primary health care regardless of income.”In addition, the grant will enable the hospital to expand services to provide access to affordable dental care, mental health counseling and the lowest-cost prescription drugs available in America.It is expected that the two-year grant will make Springfield Hospital the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Vermont. Six years ago, there were two centers in Vermont.  With the addition of Springfield, there will be eight centers. Currently, Vermont health centers and 29 satellite locations provide primary health care to some 82,000 Vermonters, or about one-in-eight residents of the state.  With the addition of the Springfield Hospital, that number will go to more than 100,000 patients served.  “My hope and expectation is that within the next two years, with the addition of FQHCs in Addison and Bennington counties, there will be at least 10 centers in the state.  When this happens, the reality will be that almost every Vermonter, regardless of income, will have access to affordable primary health care,” Sanders said.Springfield Hospital is one of 126 centers around the country which the White House designated today.  These designations are the result of the $2 billion for community health centers that was included in the recently-passed economic recovery act. “I want to congratulate Tom Crawford and his staff at Springfield Hospital for submitting a very strong application.  They have put a lot of work into this effort and have come a very long way since we first talked about this project about two years ago,” Sanders said.Altogether, President Obama today released $155 million authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will support 126 new health centers. “We have acted quickly to put recovery act dollars to good use in communities across America,” the president said. “The construction and expansion of health centers will create thousands of new jobs, help provide health care to an estimated 750,000 Americans across the country who wouldn’t have access to care without these centers, and take another step toward an affordable, accessible health care system.”The grants, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, are expected to create 5,500 jobs at the new health centers.           For a list of health centers in Vermont, click here.last_img read more

The Long Island Press: A 10 Year Retrospective

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For the past decade we have strived to keep you informed about the most important issues and happenings affecting the nearly 3 million of us who call this Island home. For the past decade we’ve kept you entertained, with comprehensive arts and culture features, music reviews, profiles and an event listings section unrivaled in its scope and breadth. For the past decade we’ve educated you through in-depth reporting, leave-no-stone-unturned news coverage and eye-opening, revelatory investigative pieces on everything from politics and the environment to business and government.For the past decade, we’ve told your collective story, Long Island, and have been blessed to do so.As you might know, the Press began as a bi-weekly newspaper called The New Island Ear in 2002, when The Morey Organization (TMO), then owners of pioneering alternative rock station 92.7 WDRE/WLIR-FM, purchased the bi-weekly music publication, the Island Ear.Taking our name from the daily Long Island Press, which published for 156 years before shutting its doors in 1977, we re-launched as an alternative newsweekly in January 2003 under the direction of Publisher Jed Morey and the guidance of Editor-in-Chief Robbie Woliver and took the Island by storm.We ran a freight train through local news, politics, government, you name it. Fueled by an insatiable thirst for the truth and having a complete and total blast along the way, we put our own stamp on what the Island and its residents deserved to know; no longer were they held captive by the singular monopolistic take presented by our lone daily Newsday and News12.We focused a light on many underreported topics and analyzed many already-reported subjects through a new, unique and independent set of lenses, refusing to take things at face value and always aggressively, yet patiently, pursuing the truth behind every person, institution and issue.We brought our own style of journalism to Long Island, one that bled heart.We’ve done a lot of damage, exposed a lot of misdeeds and held a great many public and private officials accountable for their action—or inactions. We’ve influenced the way this island thinks about some things and unquestionably opened people’s eyes about others. We’ve made an impact on issues of public policy and matters of public concern, from our neglected sewage treatment plants and how to address the Island’s ongoing heroin epidemic to corruption within our police departments and among our elected officials. We’ve sparked dialogue among taxpayers and lawmakers alike, doing our best to keep the latter honest.Since 2003 we’ve been disrupting the status quo, shaking things up, raising hell, and having a whole lot of fun in the process. We have been a positive force for change on this Island and the region—and both are better off because of it.That freight train continues to roll on, and next week will take the shape of a larger, more-encompassing monthly magazine. A different format, perhaps, but still furiously adhering to the same principles, spirit and commitment to quality upon which we have built and solidified our reputation over the past 10 years. I promise you that.I joined the Press in 2002 as an editorial assistant for the about-to-be-launched New Island Ear. I was among its first hires and despite a roughly three-year hiatus to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and The Washington Post, I stand as the last one remaining from the original edit crew: Woliver, Bill Jensen, Michael Patrick Nelson and Lauren E. Hill. Edith Updike, Kenny Herzog, Brendan Manley, Tim Bolger and an army of others joined the ranks shortly afterwards and helped shape who I am today as a person and a journalist.Armed with curiosity, imagination and the omnipresent spirit of Johnny Cash, I was set loose; learning primarily by doing and writing for every section of the paper in the process—though more and more drawn to those stories that required digging. Countless are the tales from the battlefield.I’ll never forget the time Jon Sasala and I, acting on a tip, ended up in protected wetlands behind a Suffolk County trailer park infested with feral cats to discover a literal mountain of undelivered Newsday products that’d been dumped. Or staking out recycling drops, utilizing a homemade anti-fraud tool my father fashioned for me out of a broomstick, and going undercover inside a junkyard to catch those in the act—just a few scenes from what became a nearly 20-part investigative series into the daily paper’s gross circulation fraud, possibly the largest in newspaper publishing history.I’ll never forget the time a sewage worker threatened to cut me up into little pieces and stuff my dismembered body down the sewage pipes of the deepest bowels of Cedar Creek sewage treatment plant (this conversation taking place while in the plant). The scar I later received as my head was ripped open by a rusty sewage pipe thanks to the negligence of Nassau County officials and their disregard for state and federal health and safety laws is another permanent reminder. Or the time a billionaire called to try and get me fired. Or when a top police official reamed me out in an attempt to kill a massive exposé.I could write volumes—the near-daily walks to the Gorm with Nelson and Jensen, the countless hours honing pieces with Woliver and Updike, the eternal debate about lunch, the endless days, nights and weekends hunting down stories with Bolger, Spencer Rumsey, Jaclyn Gallucci, Rashed Mian and so many others—as could all the people behind the bylines at the Press.We could have gone many different routes with this very special issue. For our fifth year anniversary, for example, we reprinted 6,000 words of past ledes. Something so monumental and celebratory as 10 years of entertaining, 10 years of informing, 10 years of truth-telling, 10 years of shining a light on some pretty dark places, and, I’d argue, 10 years of inspiring (especially in this ever-changing mediascape)—warranted something more.We felt it only fitting, therefore, to have many of those who made this newspaper what it was and what it now is share the Press’ history in their own words and voices.Throughout these pages you will hear from many people who worked so hard to bring you years of Long Island stories, people who strove for perfection down to the last comma or ellipsis, people who cared enough to raise their hand and say, “No, everything is not okay!” who spoke out of turn, stood up and tried to do something about it, each in their own special way.People who have feasted on the Press’ legendary lunches.For some of you this issue will be a re-introduction to some writers, editors and former interns from years past, a reminder of all the stories we’ve told along our beautifully impossible journey. For others it’ll be a warm first encounter. (Sadly, former Press columnist, “Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher did not respond to our request for a contribution.)Consider this issue not merely a grand celebration (which it is), but a love note and a sincere thank you. Thanks for welcoming us into your thoughts, whether or not you agreed with what we told you. Thanks for listening.Thanks for reading. Thanks for caring.Sincerely, Christopher Twarowski Editor in ChiefTop Image: Original Crew – Editor-in-Chief Robbie Woliver, Staff Writer Lauren E. Hill, Managing Editor Bill Jensen, Arts and Listings Editor Michael Nelson and Editorial Assistant Christopher Twarowski jazz it up at the press’ old Garden City headquarters.last_img read more

5 ways to deal with a problem employee

first_imgEvery manager can think of one employee that they’ve had issues with over the years. The employee either has a handful of personal problems, isn’t a team player, or just can’t perform at the level that is expected of them. If you’re currently dealing with an employee like this, here are five ways you can handle the problem.Listen up: When dealing with any problem, listening is usually a good place to start. Sometimes, problems can make us take a step back, especially if we’re frustrated or irritated. If your reaction is to be less attentive, try to do the opposite and throw your attention towards to the problem so you can get a better idea of why your employee is acting the way they are. Never assume you know what’s going on before you’ve done some research. You may be pleasantly surprised to find out that an employee’s actions are being caused by an underlying issue that isn’t their fault.Take notes: If you’ve had minor issues with an employee on a recurring basis, you may not even realize that you’ve been sweeping a problem under the mat. If you keep detailed notes on the things you’re dealing with, you may realize over time that your employee is a bigger problem than you thought. If there’s a cancer in your office, it needs to be cut out. Firing someone isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s for the best.Provide feedback: If you have issues with an employee, tell them. We’ve all been in a situation where we try to just ignore a problem in the hopes it will go away on its own. Instead of doing that, let the employee know about the issue and give them ways to improve things. They may not be as aware of the problem as you are, so loop them in on what’s going on.Be consistent: Consistency is important for enforcing rules. If some rules seem loosely enforced, you’ll likely have a problem getting employees to take them seriously. Set standards and don’t play favorites. It’s okay to be consistently lenient on some things, but make sure your employees know that the important things have consequences.Be a pro: Confrontation isn’t easy, but remember business is business. No matter the relationship you have with an employee, it’s a workplace and there are expectations. Keep it black and white. Take emotion out of it. As a boss, you expect x and y. Make sure you politely and professionally convey that message. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Taking charge of service

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The most viewed home on the Gold Coast doesn’t have views or a pool, but it had 20 written contracts

first_img17 Cotlew St, Southport. IT may not be waterfront or have a sparkling pool but this Southport home has taken the cake for the most viewed property on the Gold Coast this week. According to, 71 Cotlew St gained the most clicks compared to any other home the Gold Coast home in the past seven days.With a tidy price tag of $459,000, the 1980s brick home was snatched up on Tuesday.Lisa Parker and Liz Sharpe from Property Partners GC said they advertised the property on last Thursday and the home had 20 written contracts by the following Monday. “It is located on the fringe of a highly sought after area between Southport and Ashmore,” Ms Parker said.“There was an overwhelming amount of interest from young families, first home buyers, investors and keen renovators.“The price was the real drawcard because it was under $500,000, which explains why first home buyers we’re swarming over it. “The day I was hammering the sign in, we had a guy drive past and offer well above the asking price.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It has been crazy from the minute we put the sign up.” The property is situated on a 670sq m block and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces. Ms Parker said the new owners were already measuring up the kitchen to begin renovations. “My partner Liz and I have been busy replying to the crazy amount of emails and letting everyone know that it is under contract,” she said. “The only word I can use to describe the sale is mayhem. “There was 86 groups at the first inspection and a lot of people walked in asking if it was an auction.” According to the agents, the property was home to an elderly lady. “Her husband was a local bank manager and he built the house,” Ms Parker said.last_img read more

Three-level property set up for multipurpose living hits the market

first_img19 Portwine Street, Murarrie.Retirees Neville and Joan Schumann are ready to downsize to a unit and say they have enjoyed the last 12 years at their Murarrie home.The six-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 19 Portwine St is ideal for extended families or to run a business. 19 Portwine Street, Murarrie.The steel framed eco-friendly house is designed to be cool in summer and warm in winter.Mr Schumann said the property was close to everything including shops and schools.He said for a couple of years his son and daughter-in-law had lived with them.“Everyone had their own independence, there was so much space,” he said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 202019 Portwine Street, Murarrie.Mr Schumann said the property was set up for multipurpose living.“We bought it off a builder who built the home, he was a plumber too,” he said. “He had a big storage area, which would be good for a tradesman or a business needing a lot of storage.”Mr Schumann said he was a vintage car collector and, at one stage, had five cars in the garage and two in the car port. 19 Portwine Street, Murarrie.The property, which is only 15 years old, has stunning views to the city from many areas of the house.Mr Schumann said when they bought the property it was completely different to what it is now.“My wife is 81 this year, but when we bought it 10 years ago, she had crook legs, so we put a lift in,” he said. “It’s quite different.” 19 Portwine Street, Murarrie.Spread across three levels, Mr Schumann said he and his wife were looking forward to moving to a unit in the same suburb.“It’s time to downsize,” Mr Schumann said.“We have loved this house, we call it our palace.“There is a vacant block on one side and a park on the other.”last_img read more

Abando rebuild out to tender

first_imgPLANS for the long-awaited rebuilding of Bilbao’s main station, Abando, are close to being finalised. Tendering for the Pts41bn project is now in hand, and construction is expected to start towards the end of this year on the railway stations, bus station and car parks. The privately financed commercial areas within and alongside the site will follow later. The former Norte railway’s Victorian train shed is to be replaced by a spectacular modern complex. Abando Passenger Interchange will incorporate platforms for Spanish National Railways’ long-distance trains and suburban services, a separate low-level station for 1000mm gauge FEVE and Basque Railways services (centre of drawing), a central bus station, hotel, shops, offices and private dwellings. There will be an underground car park for 1500 cars, as well as pick-up and set-down points.The legacy of Bilbao’s location on a small area of land beside the meandering River Nervión, coupled with its history as a destination for several private railways, is six separate stations, some frustratingly close to one another but divided by streets or vertical distance. The first line of the metro which opened last year (DM96 p41) has already reduced the problem by linking two 1000mm gauge routes. Abando Interchange will bring three more together on one site. Abando will be linked to surrounding streets by brightly-lit covered walkways and plazas, forming a new focal point for the city between the old and new towns.Renfe’s 1668mm gauge platforms will remain on their original plateau site as the centrepiece of the structure. Extra platforms, giving a total of 12, will be added to accommodate future high speed services and suburban trains now using the unattractive riverside La Naja station. Abando metro station will be linked by walkways, and there will be waiting rooms and station offices over the Renfe platforms. This area will also house a tourist information centre, and it will open on to a new Plaza de Abando with shops and cafes. Escalators will run down from the Renfe platforms to the 1000mm gauge station, bus station and shopping area.The 1000mm gauge station will be the terminus for trains from the Balmaseda lines and former Robla railway now terminating at Concordia, which is to be retained as a museum or cultural venue. Beyond the platform ends, this level gives way to the shopping plaza and waiting areas with passenger information indicators for rail, suburban and inter-city bus services. Access malls to the streets on each side will offer more catering outlets. olast_img read more

Cometa shifts to active management, tenders up to 14 mandates

first_imgFondo Pensione Cometa – Italy’s biggest industry-wide pension fund, with €9.6bn in assets – has announced a major investment shift in which it is taking an active approach for most of its assets and tendering up to 14 mandates.The fund said that, apart from getting the best return for its members, it was also important the assets be managed along responsible investment lines and contribute to Italy’s development.Annamaria Trovò, president of the fund, said: “The role of the Cometa fund has always been to invest the assets entrusted to us by our members in the best way to guarantee them the greatest pension cover.”But at the same time, she said, the fund believes it should not limit itself to this but rather become a guide in the definition of responsible investment parameters, while also contributing the the development of the country. The Cometa pension fund, which has 402,000 members and covers the engineering and related sectors, said it would publish details of the mandates in the first few days of April.Applicants will then have 30 days from that date to submit their bids.The mandates will be for €8.3bn of Cometa’s €9.6bn of overall assets, and involve the management of assets in three portfolios: monetary plus, income and growth.The only assets not included in the tender are those backing the two guaranteed pension portfolios, a spokesman said.Up to now, the three portfolios in the tender have been managed using a mix of passive and active investment, but the mandates to be offered will all be for active management.In an interview in Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, shown on Cometa’s website, Trovò said: “We are moving from investing according to a benchmark to active investment with controlled risk.“We have discussed this at length in the council, and, in the light of current markets, we have come to the conclusion the moment has come to change.”The mandates will run for five years.Within the monetary plus portfolio, a minimum of two and maximum of three bond-type mandates will be granted, with this portfolio underpinning pension savings for members close to retirement.At least four – but as many as eight – multi-asset total return mandates will be granted within the income portfolio, which aims to provide a yield in line with the TFR (trattamento di fine rapporto, or severance pay).Within the growth portfolio, Cometa said it envisaged granting at least two and at most three active multi-asset mandates with controlled risk.This portfolio targets pension scheme members with a risk/return profile and time horizon suited to profiting from the higher volatility of these instruments, the pension fund said.last_img read more