first_imgThe Disco Biscuits will be celebrating Halloween a few days early with a two-night run at Worcester Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on Thursday, October 26th, and Friday, October 27th. Those of us who can’t make it to Massachusetts over the next few days can still enjoy the Disco Biscuits’ upcoming shows, as the jamtronica juggernauts just announced that they’d be streaming the shows for free online.Thursday and Friday’s webcasts will be streamed via the band’s official Youtube channel. On Thursday, lespecial will open the Disco Biscuits’ headlining show, while Friday, October 27th, will see an opening set by Jaw Gems. Over the next two nights, the Disco Biscuits take the stage at 9:30 pm (EST), while the openers will kick things off at 8 pm (EST). Tune into the stream on the Disco Biscuits’ official Youtube channel, or tune into the streams below.Disco Biscuits Webcast, Thursday, October 26thDisco Biscuits Webcast, Friday, October 27th[Photo: Andrew Rios]last_img read more

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — Efforts to dissuade Chinese from traveling for Lunar New Year appeared to be working. Beijing’s main train station was largely quiet and estimates of passenger totals were smaller than in past years. Thursday started the roughly two-week travel rush ahead of the holiday that falls this year on Feb. 12. It’s usually a time when trains and other transportation are packed with migrant workers taking what may be their only chance each year to travel home and see family. At the Beijing station, only about five of 15 security gates were open and the usual lines at ticket windows and passengers camped on the central plaza were nowhere to be seen.last_img read more

first_img Idina Menzel Did you ever know that Idina Menzel is our hero? Probably. The Tony-winning blazing supernova has been tapped to headline a small screen remake of the 1988 movie Beaches for Lifetime. According to Deadline, Menzel will play CC (originated by Bette Midler) and take on classic songs from the film and original tunes. The movie is set to air next year.Beaches, based on the 1985 novel by Iris Rainer, follows the various stages of the friendship between CC Bloom, an actress and singer, and Hillary Whitney, a San Francisco-based lawyer. The film charts 30 years from their first meeting under the Atlantic City boardwalk through the ups and downs of their careers and relationships.Menzel last appeared on Broadway in If/Then; she went on to reprise her performance as Liz/Beth on tour. Prior to then, fans heard her belt loud enough to both create an ice castle in Frozen and defy gravity in her Tony-winning turn in Wicked. Her additional credits include Aida, Rent, Glee and Enchanted.In addition to Midler, the 1988 movie starred Barbara Hershey, Mayim Bialik, Marcie Leeds, John Heard, James Read, Spalding Gray and Lainie Kazan. A Broadway-aimed musical adaptation premiered at Signature Theatre in Virginia in 2014 and recently played Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre.No word yet on additional casting. The announcement of the remake comes one week following the death of Garry Marshall, who helmed the original movie. Musical adaptations of his films Pretty Woman and The Flamingo Kid are in the works. Bette Midler Idina Menzel(Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)center_img Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgWHAT: Governor Jim Douglas will announce a partnership with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company at a news conference on February 12th to give away free $50,000 life insurance policies to families in need across Vermont.WHEN/WHERE: The Governor will hold a news conference on February 12th, 11AM at  the State House, 109 State St., Montpelier, VT in the Governor s Ceremonial Office to announce details of the program, including the date and time of a public application event where people can apply for free life insurance policies. He will also announce who qualifies for the program and how it benefits the children of Vermont.WHY: The free life insurance program is called LifeBridge. This is strictly a philanthropic program with no additional obligations or commitments from families who qualify for the free insurance policies. MassMutual is the only company in the nation giving away life insurance as part of a charitable giving program.The $50,000 benefit from these life insurance policies will help pay for the education of children if their parent or legal guardian dies during the ten year policy term. MassMutual hopes to give away up to ten million dollars in life insurance coverage in Vermont.EDITORIAL NOTE: If you can not cover the news conference, please contact me for a news release about how people can apply for free life insurance; interviews with LifeBridge experts in Vermont can be arranged.last_img read more

first_imgBRO: Where did your first backpacking trip take place?CG: I car camped a lot with my family growing up, but the first real backpacking trip I can remember happened in my freshmen year of college when I joined an outdoor program trip to Joyce Kilmer forest in Western North Carolina. We hiked among the old growth trees and up onto a ridge that was shrouded in storm clouds. It rained on us all night, and we hid in our tents playing cards. There was a lot of misadventure on that trip, but it proved to me how quickly close friendships can form during those shared adventures. I came away from that trip with a couple of good friends who became my camping buddies during college.BRO: What was the main lesson you took away from the AT?CG: Whenever I go to the trail I feel like it’s teaching me to slow down and pay attention. I usually set out from the trail head over-loaded and at break-neck speed, but after a couple of days I begin to settle into the pace of the forest and walking the trail. Time on the trail always helps me to get in touch with what really matters in life, and it refreshes my imagination and creative capacity.BRO: What is the main lesson that you want viewers of this film to come away with?CG: I hope that people are inspired to get out and spend time on their local trails (and also to be invested in protecting and stewarding wild places in our communities). It’s easy to forget about and overlook the heritage of wild places that we’re blessed with as Americans–I need fairly constant reminding myself about how good the wild places are for us and how important it is for me to spend time in them. The legacy of wilderness in America is ongoing, and there are still so many important ways for people to get involved in stewarding and protecting our trails, forests, and streams. So that’s my hope: 1) that people watch the film and immediately want to go out and spend time on a trail or a river, and 2) that through that they are led to a deeper engagement with environmental conservation and stewardship in their community.Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 11.59.09 AMWhere & When: Saturday, May 30 – Asheville Community Theatre, 7:30PMTickets are $7 and available at the theater box office (35 East Walnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801), by phone (828-254-1320), and online will be a raffle of outdoor gear and prizes to benefit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in celebration of the ATC’s 90th anniversary. Facebook event page: ticket sales link: Photos Courtesy of Chris Gallaway Former BRO dispatcher Chris Gallaway has completed his long awaited documentary about the trials and tribulations of his Appalachian Trail thru-hike. The film is photographically stunning and emotionally compelling, but it also weaves in interesting tidbits about the long-standing history of the Appalachian Trail. Check out an exclusive, six minute sneak peak of the film below, and don’t miss Chris’ next screening at the Asheville Community Theater this Saturday at 7:30 p.m in Asheville, North Carolina.Chapin from Horizonline Pictures on Vimeo. We recently caught up with Chris to get an inside look at what drove him to complete this long-awaited project.BRO: When did you begin contemplating an AT Thru-hike?CG: I had casually toyed with the idea of doing a thru-hike for much of my 20’s, but I didn’t get serious about it until I met Sunshine, my then-girlfriend and now-wife. Sunshine had done two thru-hikes on the AT in 2004 and 2005, and hearing her stories really lit up my imagination and started me thinking about what it would be like to do it myself. A month after my 30th birthday in 2013 I started on the trail in Georgia with hopes of reaching Mount Katahdin in Maine.Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 11.58.54 AMBRO: What was the hardest thing about the journey?CG: There were plenty of physical challenges, from deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the Smoky Mountains to horrible mosquito swarms in New England. One of the things I struggled with most on the trail was learning how to slow down and pace myself. I’m a fairly competitive person; so the challenge aspects of the trail easily get a hold of me. In Virginia, when the terrain leveled out some, I charged hard for two weeks walking long miles each day under a heavily-loaded pack, and I ended up with deep blisters and nerve damage in my feet. That pain was so depressing and defeating. I was determined to go on, but I was emotionally depleted and miserable as I limped down the trail each day. Thankfully, Sunshine met me on the trail for a few days near Daleville, Virginia and helped me to slow down and recover. My feet healed up, and I resumed my hike with a more patient, steady outlook.BRO: Tell us about your outdoor background. What kind of activities were you into growing up?CG: My parents had us out hiking, fishing, and camping as kids. Those early adventures in the woods developed an explorer’s imagination in me—I am happiest and most engaged when traveling a trail or a river and anticipating what will be revealed around the next bend. After college I delved into whitewater kayaking and spent several years exploring the class V rivers of the Southeast. Then in my later 20’s a backpacking trip with my older brother Ben reawakened me to the excitement of life on the trail (and also the intriguing culture of the AT). That trip put me back on a track towards many more hiking trips and eventually the AT thru-hike.Screen shot 2015-05-27 at 12.27.05 PMlast_img read more

first_img continue reading » With the shift of consumers from brick-and-mortar to the online banking market, we have found that best practices for digital selling are more important that ever. Here are some useful sales tips your bank or credit union really shouldn’t live without!Useful Sales Insights that Can Help Your Financial Institution GrowA lot that is written about sales techniques relates specifically to sales in the B2B environment. But that doesn’t mean your financial institution can’t take some of these lessons and use them to inform how your staff interacts with customers on a daily basis! Here’s some amazing stats that your front-line staff should consider when interacting with new account leads each day.1. Email Opens and Deletes…Did you know… only 24% of sales emails are opened? Most of us are aware that people get a lot of junk mail, it happens to us all at times. But the fact that only a quarter of sales emails are even opened should tell your staff if that if they are reaching out to a sales lead via email it’s likely they will need to send 3-4 of these email messages to ensure that at least one of them gets opened. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgBrookville, In. — The 2018 Franklin County 4-H Fair gets underway today. Through July 20 the fairgrounds will open at 8 a.m. daily.Today the midway opens at 6 p.m. and it is “armband” night. Demolition derby will begin at 7 p.m. in the grandstands.This year fair organizers plan a “Family Fun Night” on Wednesday. There will be an obstacle course, pie eating contest, celebrity sheep show and a tug-of-war competition.For more information about the fair click here.last_img

first_imgThe Greensburg Pirates traveled to Rushville on Saturday for the “Battle of the Ball” and fell 4-1.The Pirates bounced back from a rough loss to Batesville by coming out aggressive and competitive. A goal in the first half for Rushville set the Pirates back heading into halftime, 1-0, but the Pirates had several scoring chances throughout.Second half started much of the same way, with the Lions scoring in the first 15 minutes. Greensburg didn’t go away, with Collin Springmeyer finding the back of the net off of a deflection from a Nicholas Zapfe shot just moments later to bring the deficit to 2-1. The last 10 minutes saw a collapse of the Greensburg defense, allowing the final 2 goals to push the Lions lead to 4-1.The Pirate offense was lead by Nicholas Zapfe who had 10 shots, 8 of them being on goal. Springmeyer had the goal along with 3 other shots, and Vincent Pavy also had 3 shots, 2 of them being on goal. Goalkeeper, Mason Ponsler had 14 saves on the day.The Pirates fall to 3-8 on the season.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more

first_img Published on April 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Comments Syracuse is in the bittersweet part of its season.After suffering an upset loss to Louisville on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, the Orange’s NCAA tournament chances are slim.‘The tough part of it truly was getting on that plane and understanding that we’re getting back to reality, getting back to the snow up at Syracuse, getting back to the books and everything, and the season was pretty much over,’ head coach Luke Jensen said.Since its loss to Louisville, team practices have stopped. The No. 65 Orange (14-6, 6-2 Big East), which limped through the final weeks of the season, is resting up and cramming for exams. Goodbyes are being said to the most successful senior class of the Jensen era. Yet the promise of next season remains with the start of the summer pro circuit just around the corner.‘I think we’re all going to try to change within ourselves what we need to improve on individually and having the team stronger for next season’s play,’ sophomore Maddie Kobelt said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStill, the heartbreak of an injury-impaired season that will likely end without an NCAA tournament appearance stings a team that dropped crucial late-season matches against unranked opponents Georgetown and Louisville.The Orange walked off the Varsity Courts at the Big East tournament Friday knowing its season was likely over. It did so with only two healthy scholarship athletes.Alessondra Parra played on a broken toe, Emily Harman nursed a bum shoulder and Kobelt suffered through flu-like symptoms. Amanda Rodgers, Komal Safdar and Jimena Wu, a walk-on, were the only healthy players on the squad.‘The girls that did play on the court at Big East and throughout the season with the ins and outs of injuries, they gave it their best effort 100 percent with or without an injury, and that’s all that we can really be proud of,’ Kobelt said.But the Big East loss was also a last stand for two seniors that combined for 231 wins in their SU careers. It’s a senior class Jensen is sad to see go, but one he feels has positioned the program for a brighter future.Harman and Parra will embark on professional careers after graduation. Their careers at Syracuse culminated in a historic season that saw the team knock off three ranked teams. The Orange will likely finish with the highest year-end ranking in Jensen’s six years at the helm.‘Coming off the court, it was a feeling of a little bittersweet, to be honest, but it’s been an amazing four years, and I wouldn’t change a thing,’ Harman said.The experience of going through a season in which an injury bug pestered the team and ultimately brought its season to a close should help a senior-less team in 2013. Next year’s recruiting class features two five-star recruits in Alex Aiello and Brittany Lashway.But for now, the team looks forward to hitting the summer circuit. The Orange will travel to Landisville, Pa., for a United States Tennis Association tournament. Harman and Parra are nursing their respective injuries ahead of their full-time pro careers.The seniors have left their mark on next year’s upperclassmen, setting them up to lead Syracuse into what could be an elite era.‘Captains Harman and Parra have set the standard for what our team standard is, the energy, the intensity, the everyday practices and the purposes of our practices,’ Kobelt said.‘That’s been instilled in myself and in Aleah since we were freshmen. … It’s just our job to carry on that tradition.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more