first_imgTupelo Music Hall in White River Junction is partnering with the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce to help the many area victims of Tropical Storm Irene. The music venue is presenting a full weekend of music, ‘A Weekend of Giving,’ to benefit the Chamber’s efforts to raise funds to be turned over to The Upper Valley Haven to get food, clothing, building materials, and whatever storm victims may need directly into their hands.Tupelo will kick off the weekend with a great night of music and dancing with the Gully Boys on Thursday, September 8 at 8 pm. Tickets for the General Admission show are $10, with all proceeds going to the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce’s fund for residents of Hartford who were affected by Hurricane Irene. To purchase tickets, call 802-698-8341 or visit www.TupeloHallVermont.com(link is external). The show is presented with the support of Yellow House Media.The popular Upper Valley band will play the first hour “unplugged” and finish up with a classic set of Grateful Dead and originals. The band’s line-up includes band leader Bill Temple on vocals, Rich Meijer and Al Romero on guitar, Dave Clark on bass, and Jimmy Brewer on drums. Tupelo continues their ‘Weekend of Giving’ by donating $5.00 of every ticket sold from their upcoming shows: Leo Kottke 9/9, Renaissance 9/10, and Ellis Paul 9/11 to local families in need of assistance from the devastation of Hurricane Irene. ‘Tupelo is grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received in the community in our first year, and since we are a part of the community, it’s only natural to help when our neighbors are in need,’ said Scott Hayward, owner of Tupelo Music Hall.  ‘I’m thrilled that Tupelo wanted to work with the Chamber to help coordinate this wonderful event to benefit our community. We are stronger when working together,’ said Mollie Martin, Executive Director of the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce.  For more information about this event and HACC’s Hurricane Irene Relief Fund, please call 802-295-7900.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s not uncommon for credit unions to overlook existing cardholders as a significant opportunity to help stimulate portfolio growth and increased profitability.  But, it is more common for credit unions to equate portfolio growth and increased profitability solely on new account acquisition.  However, it is easier and more cost effective to leverage your existing cardholders for increased portfolio growth and profitability than to acquire new accounts.When you consider there are billions of credit card solicitations a year that are going out in attempt to acquire your credit union’s existing cardholders, you need to make sure that you are actively managing your existing cardholders with care.  You also need to regularly communicate on why your card program is best for them, and encourage them to keep and use your card as their card of choice.  In addition, you need to offer products and features that will drive increases in balances, volume, usage, and loyalty with your credit union rather than allowing them to accept another financial institution’s offer.What do you do to better manage your existing cardholders?First, evaluate whether you have a competitive credit card program that will help retain your cardholders.  It is easy for a cardholder to make the decision to jump to another offer if you don’t offer what is considered a competitive program in today’s market.  For example, if you don’t currently offer your members a Platinum credit card with an option for rewards, including the periodic price incented balance transfer promotion, your credit union is not going to be considered competitive.  Platinum and Rewards cards have become the standard, and in today’s competitive market, it will be very difficult to hold on to the existing accounts without a competitive card program. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_img FSF chief executive Kevin Miles believes the very audience Premier League clubs should be targetting are the ones being hit hardest in the pocket by the rising cost of attending matches. “Traditionally the atmosphere generated within English football grounds has been one of the things which sets it apart from football elsewhere, and ironically is one of the main drivers between the television revenue streams,” Miles told Press Association Sport. “Even just looked at from the economic angle, it would be short-sighted to jeopardise that in pursuit of the immediate bottom line. “The section of the fanbase which has historically been responsible for generating the cutting edge of the atmosphere in grounds has been young fans, particularly teenagers and those in their early 20s, who are currently the most vulnerable to being priced out of the game – and the outcome of that process is detectable at every Premier League ground.” The FSF believe introducing such changes could only enhance the product which currently generates billions of pounds of revenue for Premier League clubs from collective broadcasting deals around the globe. “It is the tradition and atmosphere within English football grounds which is a large part of what overseas television markets prize,” Miles added. “If professional football wants to guarantee that it takes place against a background of passionate noise and commitment, then a few simple steps needs to be guaranteed. “There has to be ticket prices which young people can afford, encouraging as large as possible away fan attendance and locating the noisiest supporters from home and away clubs in parts of the ground where the atmosphere they generate is felt to maximum effect.” English football risks losing its most prized marketable asset of an unrivalled passionate atmosphere at packed grounds, according to the Football Supporters Federation – unless more is done to make the game affordable to ‘noisy’ younger fans. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said it felt like “playing in an empty stadium” during the Barclays Premier League game against QPR on Saturday, believing such an environment has contributed to the way his team are approaching home games. Ever-increasing ticket prices has long been a thorny issue, with many fans simply priced out of the market. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgEditor’s note: Caitlin Antonios earned the right to be Clippers Beat Writer for a Day in an essay contest co-sponsored by Southern California News Group and the Clippers. This is her report on the experience:By Caitlin AntoniosClippers Beat Writer for a DayAs I was taken down the steps into the heart of Staples Center, I was immediately greeted by the sense that I shouldn’t be there. I had been to Staples Center countless times, but never like this. What was always three levels too far away, the court now lay underneath my feet. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error When I submitted my essay a few weeks ago for the Southern California News Group’s contest to shadow Los Angeles Clippers beat writer Dan Woike, I did it in the hopes that, if I won, I would watch the game from good seats and meet a writer I had followed and admired for the past six years. Instead, I was welcomed into a community of journalists, athletes, and staff who were generous with their time, advice and unforgettably kind. The night started with a lot of handshakes and introductions. I was escorted to the media room, a spacious room lined with huge televisions and delicious food. Boisterous laughter and friendly “good to see you’s” were exchanged as media personnel congregated together before tip-off. Through another door, rows of segmented desks filled with journalists working on articles, rushed to meet their deadlines. It looked remarkably similar to the newsroom I spend so much time in at UC Irvine where the official campus newspaper, The New University, is produced. Dan introduced me to head Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler, a voice that filled my living room for countless games my entire life. With each step of the pregame process, Dan allowed me to pester him with questions and walked me through his game-day routine. We headed to the pregame press conference with head coach Doc Rivers, whose first word when he walked into the room was my name. It was surreal. We chatted about my school and I was given the opportunity to ask him a question. His genuine interest to answer anything I wanted to know made what should have been a nerve-wrecking experience seem like routine (that’s not totally true, I still kind of felt like fainting afterward). Next, I was interviewed for ClippersTV on the court as the players warmed up behind me. I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire night. After the unfortunate game loss, Dan took me with him to the postgame press conference where Doc Rivers, his son, Austin Rivers, and DeAndre Jordan commented about the night’s performance. It’s hard to fully summarize the experience. Dan’s knowledge and advice was priceless, encouraging and, especially, motivating. I was struck by the sense of family that permeated through every staff member I encountered. Everyone knew each other on a personal level and were more than willing to welcome me into their circle for the night. I got practical advice from everyone I met who took an interest in me and my future in a way I could have never imagined. It was a testament to the incredible organization surrounding the Clippers team and the generosity of all media personnel at the game, but especially Dan Woike and the SCNG.last_img read more