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17
Jan
2021

Strategic planning

first_imgThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is currently planning its future, developing its official 10-year strategic plan. To get public input, the college has scheduled several regional meetings across the state.The college prepares students for jobs in Georgia’s No. 1 business, agriculture, conducts cutting-edge research and educates the public through UGA Cooperative Extension offices across the state.Six regional meetings have been set from 8:30 a.m. until noon on the following dates:January 12 – Tifton- Tifton Campus Conference CenterJanuary 25 – Griffin – Stuckey AuditoriumJanuary 31 – Eatonton – Rock Eagle 4-H CenterFebruary 15 – Gainesville – Georgia Mountain CenterFebruary 21 – Acworth – North Metro Campus of Chattahoochee TechFebruary 29 – Lyons – Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center“Strategic planning is just a fancy way to explain the process of assessing where you are, determining what your strengths and weaknesses are, determining where or what you want to be in the future and making a realistic plan to get you there,” said Laura Perry Johnson, co-chair of the planning committee and a UGA Extension 4-H specialist. CAES Dean and Director Scott Angle’s goal is to have a “concrete plan” that will direct the college as it moves forward and, hopefully, as resources increase. “In times of limited resources, strategic planning is even more important,” said Jean Bertrand, co-chair of the committee and CAES associate dean for academic affairs. “Having a plan is essential so you can focus what resources you do have on the programs and areas where you are best positioned to have maximum impact.”Like UGA’s current strategic plan, the CAES plan targets 2020.Members of the college’s administration and strategic planning committee will be attending ag-related programs and events to gather input from across the state. Participants are encouraged to register for the regional meetings at caesplan.caes.uga.edu/index.html.If you are unable to attend a regional meeting but would like to submit your recommendations, go to the website caesplan.caes.uga.edu/index.html . Feedback can also be sent to [email protected]last_img read more

30
Dec
2020

The Parkway Explorers Guide to Meadows of Dan

first_imgJust past the main hub of the village is Nancy’s Candy Company; a giant candy factory! Nancy’s sells primarily wholesale around the world, but visitors to the factory don’t have to buy in wholesale to leave with Nancy’s sugary goodness (unless you just want to!). The retail storefront has every kind of candy you can imagine for purchase. Nancy’s started out primarily making fudge, which has remained their specialty to this day. Alongside their famous fudge sits a variety of truffles and other chocolate-covered treats behind the counter. Around the sales floor are classic candies to take you back, novelty chocolates (like chocolate soap or Virginia-shaped chocolate bars), bagged snacks like cajun snack mix, a wall of Jelly Belly jelly beans and so much more. Along the back wall of the store are large windows where visitors can watch the candy being made in the factory on the weekdays. Be sure to take a selfie at their LOVE sign and tag #loveVA before you leave! Primland Resort Drive along the parkway North of the Meadows of Dan Village and you will find the Rocky Knob Recreation Area. This expansive section of the Parkway is shared with the neighboring county of Floyd. Here there are three trails ranging from easy to difficult. The most challenging is the Rock Castle Gorge National Recreation Trail, a 10.4 mile loop offering intense elevations, meadow strolls, steep descents, historical hideaways, abundant wildlife and even a waterfall. The second is the Black Ridge Tail, a moderate 3 mile loop with its own historical ruins and creeks. The third is The Rocky Knob Trail, an easy 2.3 mile out and back trail with a shelter at the top offering a stunning view. The Rocky Knob Visitors Center is open Friday through MOnday from 10 AM until 5 PM for area information and assistance. Stay for a picnic and you may even spot the family of deer that are often seen grazing in the field near the picnic shelter most evenings! Pitch your tent or park your camper at the Rocky Knob Campground. Reservations are not necessary but are always helpful. www.recreation.gov or (877) 444-6777. Rocky Knob Recreation Area Wine lovers will enjoy the two neighboring wineries in this section of the Parkway. Villa Appalaccia (which sits next to the famous festival grounds of Floydfest) is a charming, Italian-inspired winery. Those with a taste for drier, European-styled wines will find themselves at home in the Villa’s open aired tasting room. Villa Appalaccia offers music on Saturday afternoons in the summer. Just down the road is the well known Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant. The largest producing winery in Virginia, Chateau Morrisette offers guests an expansive tasting room & gift shop, tours, live outdoor music and a French-inspired restaurant. Both wineries are very dog friendly! Chateau Morrisette has three wines named after dogs in honor of the late David Morisettee’s own beloved canine companion. Both locations have lawn space for picnics and Chateau Morrisette Restaurant offers picnic style order to go!   Historic Grist Mills The Blue Ridge Parkway runs 469 miles through the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. To its millions of travelers annually, this mountaintop roadway is known for its scenic beauty, historic attractions and abundant outdoor recreation. Riding on the Parkway can give you that much needed getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. You can drive for hours without seeing much civilization. At milepost 177.7 you will see one of the rarest views on your ride: a town. Refuel your car, your stomach and your soul in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Off the Parkway, down the road from the village is Cockram Mill. This 130-year-old grist mill sits on the banks of the Dan River. Visitors can tour the inside of the mill and eat at the accompanying restaurant attached which offers an outdoor patio overlooking the river and the water wheel. The site of the mill was once the docking point for the Dan River Queen, a popular passenger paddle boat tour. The river has since become too small to allow for boats.  Nancy’s Candy Co. Wineries on the Parkway Pull off at one of Patrick County’s greatest treasures, Lover’s Leap Scenic Overlook, located south of the Village on Route 58. The view from this spot is beautiful in any season, but Autumn is truly breathtaking. Legend has it that two Native Americans from separate tribes fell in love, and after their tribes forbade them from being together they tragically ended their lives, jumping together from the cliffs at this very spot. Enjoy a second overlook at neighboring Fred Clifton Park a well as picnic tables and trails, but remember, don’t feed the bears!center_img Just past the Parkway entrance is the quaint hub of the Meadows of Dan Village. Here you will find your road trip essentials like gas, food at Jane’s Country Cafe and unique shopping opportunities. Stop in the Blue Ridge Visitors Center for area information and maps. In Christmas in the Meadows, everyday is Christmas! Get your tree ornaments and holiday decor in this year-round mountain Christmas store. Poppy’swill warm your heart with locally hand-spun yarn, books, quality gifts, and alpaca-themed items. Miles off of route 58 is one of the Parkways greatest hidden treasures, Primland Resort. This five-star luxury mountain resort is best known for it’s award-winning golf course, the Highland Course. Primland offers much to do, many ways to relax, and various accommodation options for travelers. Participate in guided outdoor adventures like ATV rides, hikes, hunting and more. Dine at one of their three styled restaurants. Rejuvenate yourself at their Native-American themed spa. Gaze at the stars in Primland’s very own observatory with nightly shows by their in-house astronomer. Love it so much you want to stay? Book a room or suite in the lodge, a private guest house, or even a luxury tree house with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Primland is great for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. Children’s activities are constantly being planned to keep the kids entertained while the parents relax.  The historic Mabry Mill is the most photographed spot on the Parkway. You will find this exact mill pictured on postcards, framed prints and used on various “homestyle” product packaging and marketing across the world. This grist mill is over one hundred years old and is open to the public! In the Summer and early Fall Thursday through Sunday 10AM – 5PM, travelers can go inside the mill and learn how it operates with the help of an educational interpreter. See the newly renovated flume and watch the giant wheel turn with the water. There are also live demonstrations of blacksmiths, basket weavers and more. Listen to live traditional music on Sundays as well. After your tour, grab a seat at the restaurant just next door and purchase souvenirs from the gift shop.  Lovers Leap Scenic Overlook Poor Farmers Market has a classic country store feel. Inside you will find souvenirs to satisfy every travelers tastes, freshly prepared sandwiches and snacks, hand scooped ice cream, glass bottle sodas, local honeys, jams, etc. as well as a few oddities here and there. Outside there are fresh seasonal fruits and veggies, potted plants, handmade wooden patio furniture, and much more.  Concord Corner Store sits at the edge of the village. This store sells high quality artisan crafts from the surrounding area. Bring home something beautiful and special from your travels like beautiful quilts, jewelry, woodworks, glasswear, local beers and wines, and so much more.  The Village From rugged mountain trails to deliciously sweet fudge to luxurious pampering, Meadows of Dan can provide the perfect pause in your travels on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Go to VisitPatrickCounty.org to learn more about accommodations, other attractions, and events in Patrick County, VA. last_img read more

24
Sep
2020

Testing for bovine tuberculosis in deer scaled back

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Hunter participation in previous years has allowed the Indiana DNR to scale back bovine tuberculosis (bTB) surveillance in southeast Indiana.The bTB surveillance the DNR conducted during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 hunting seasons resulted in the collection of more than 2,500 samples. None tested positive for the disease.Because those testing results may suggest the prevalence of bovine tuberculosis within the previous surveillance zones was at a very low level, the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has established a bovine tuberculosis surveillance zone in a smaller focal area of Franklin and Fayette counties than in previous years.DNR will still accept samples for bTB testing from concerned hunters who harvest deer from outside the focal area, but still within the 2017 bTB surveillance zone.Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial disease that affects primarily cattle, but can be transmitted to any mammal. In 2016, the disease was detected in a deer culled for testing from a Franklin County cattle farm affected by bTB.Surveillance involves collecting and testing lymph nodes from the head and neck of deer harvested by hunters and voluntarily submitted for evaluation.The DNR asks those who hunt in the small focal area to help it collect as many samples as possible. The preference is for bucks that are 2 years old or older, but all deer will be accepted for testing. Submitting deer for testing is voluntary.A biological check station staffed by DNR employees will be located at Whitewater Canal State Historic Site maintenance facility at 19083 Clayborn St., Metamora. The check station will be staffed on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 3 – Dec. 23. After hours, hunters may drop off deer heads in a designated drop box at the check station. In addition, drop-off locations will be established at two area businesses for hunters to drop off deer heads.See wildlife.IN.gov/9320.htm for more information where to submit a deer for testing, more general information on bTB, and how to help with this effort.Hunters must check in their deer online and receive a confirmation number before bringing the deer to a biological check station. The deer must be submitted to a biological check station within 12 hours of harvest to be eligible for testing.last_img read more

12
Aug
2020

England Golf Photographer Tom Ward passes away

first_img3 Jun 2013 England Golf Photographer Tom Ward passes away It is with much sadness that we learnt of the news that our good friend Tom Ward passed away this weekend. Tom was the official photographer for England Golf, and previously the English Golf Union, for over 12 years and was probably one of the most experienced photographers in the UK specialising in amateur golf championships.  Tom’s passion and enthusiasm for his craft was always inspiring and his collection of images has provided a wonderful history for all that is great in the game we love. We will miss Tom and have many, many fond memories of him.  Our condolences and thoughts are with Tom’s family.  He was a talented man and was respected by many throughout the world of amateur golf and beyond.last_img read more

03
Aug
2020

Vikings edge Hour Glass, Brewers shock Mates in WKMFFL action

first_imgSteve Mota scored two touchdowns for the Vikings, including an 80-yard run in the first half, and passed for another score to lead the Castlegar offence.The game was a seasaw affair with the lead exchanging hands throughout the contest.With Castlegar leading 21-15, Nelson marched down the field for the tying score.However, with time running out Bryan Lauzon kicked a single point giving the Vikings the win.In the early game, a short-staffed Dam Inn Mates team was no match for the surprisingly hungry Brewers.Action resumes Sunday at Mount Sentinel with Vikings facing Brewers at 11 a.m. and the top two teams in the league, Dam Inn and Hour Glass, taking to the field at 1 p.m. Watch out everyone, the Castlegar Vikings are making their late-season run.Pretty much counted out in most games this season, the one-time heavyweights in the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League score a late single-point to edge Nelson’s Hour Glass 22-21 in action Sunday at the Mount Sentinel Field.In other action, the Brewers upset previously unbeaten Dam Inn Mates 22-15.The two wins sends a message to Hour Glass and Mates, the top two teams in the league, the bottom feeders are coming.last_img read more

21
Dec
2019

Fortuna head football coach Mike Benbow a finalist for U.S. Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach award

first_imgOver the years, Mike Benbow has always cracked a smile when talking about the support that his Forutna High football program gets on a weekly basis.It’s those Husky faithful that has allowed Benbow on the presuppose of national recognition.Benbow has been selected as one of 15 finalists in U.S. Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach competition, it was announced on Thursday. As part of being one of the 15 finalists, U.S. Cellular has awarded the Fortuna football program $1,000.The two coaches who …last_img read more

28
Oct
2019

10 months ago​Stuttgart register interest in Liverpool striker Solanke

first_img​Stuttgart register interest in Liverpool striker Solankeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuttgart have entered the race to sign Liverpool youngster Dominic Solanke.The 21-year-old has been unable to see any action for the Reds this season in the Premier League.He is wanted by a number of clubs, but Stuttgart have the most serious interest.The news comes from German outlet Kicker.Stuttgart are third from bottom in the Bundesliga, with one of the lowest goals scored figures in the division.They are desperate to add a quality striker in the January transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23
Oct
2019

PO Ferries Finnlines to Link Britain and Spain

first_imgzoom Pan-European ferry operator P&O Ferries and Finnish ro-ro and passenger services provider Finnlines have decided to cooperate on providing a sea bridge between Britain’s east coast and northern Spain.Namely, the parties plan to connect Spain and the Iberian Peninsula to markets in mainland Britain.P&O Ferries runs 98 sailings a week from the British east coast ports of Tilbury, Hull and Teesport to its main continental hub at Zeebrugge. By connecting with these routes, Finnlines’ ferries from Zeebrugge to the Spanish ports of Bilbao and Santander would provide a service spanning the 1,100 miles between northern Spain and north-eastern England and Scotland.“Anyone who needs to transport freight between Spain and Britain will now be able to make a single booking and take advantage of a maximum transit time of five days between the Spanish port from which goods depart and the British port at which they arrive, or vice versa,” Nick Pank, P&O Ferries’ Head of Sales Development for the North Sea, said.The ferry and logistics company said it expects to see strong volumes of project cargo, machinery and machine parts, packaging, aluminium, car parts, fruit and vegetables, batteries and paper being transported between Spain and Britain.last_img read more

17
Oct
2019

Calgary child care rate among highest in the country

first_imgThose looking to become parents in Calgary may want to save their pennies in preparation for the child care costs.According to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Calgary has the highest median rates for pre-school child care in the country outside Ontario.Parents can expect to pay about $1,000 a month, which is the eighth highest in the country.The report also shows rates are going up at a higher pace than inflation, having risen eight per cent in the past three years.Toronto has the highest rates in the country, while Montreal has the lowest.last_img read more

13
Oct
2019

Budget 2018 plays long game when it comes to boosting number of

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government wants to see gender equality in Canadian sports — from the local arena to the Olympics — by 2035, a vision articulated in a federal budget aimed at increasing opportunities for women and girls.The long-term target comes with $30 million over three years to get the ball rolling towards that goal, including for data and research to figure out why fewer women and girls take part in sports or other physical activity than do men and boys.“Once we better understand why women and girls choose not to participate in sport, or move into the senior ranks of coaching or management of sport, we can then work to remove those barriers,” Jocelyn Sweet, a spokeswoman for the Department of Finance, wrote in an email Wednesday.The budget said the money would also support innovative practices to tackle the problem, as well as efforts by national sports organizations to promote a higher rate of participation of women and girls, both on the ice and behind the bench.Statistics Canada estimated in 2010 that about one-third of Canadian men regularly participated in sport, compared with just one-sixth of Canadian women.In a report released last fall, the House of Commons heritage committee recommended setting specific targets for getting more women and girls involved in sport.Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity, called the funding a historic step that she suggested could finally provide the momentum necessary to change the numbers in a meaningful way.“The gap is just so stubborn,” said Sandmeyer-Graves, who warned against the conventional belief that it’s just the way things are.“I don’t think that we should be satisfied with the fact that girls and women participate and need less than men and are reaping the benefits of sport less than boys and men.”The details remain to be seen, but sports organizations are hoping it means help for their ongoing efforts to achieve a greater balance.Gord Grace, CEO of Ontario University Athletics, said he would welcome any support for recruiting and retaining more female athletes at a crucial age.“We know that a lot of females drop out of sports once they get out of high school or above the age of 17,” Grace said.There are about 10,000 student athletes that compete in the system, and less than half are female, he added — a statistic that is partly skewed by the fact that one of the biggest sports is football, which has no teams for women.Sandra Murray-MacDonell, CEO of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, said her organization offers teams for men and women in all its sports, but is still fighting systemic barriers to getting female athletes into top coaching positions.The association has a female apprenticeship coaching program that is designed to get graduating college athletes into the coaching profession, she said — but while about 66 per cent do become coaches, they remain in assistant coaching positions or become head coaches at lower-level clubs, she added.Part of the problem, said Murray-MacDonell, is that the hiring practices at colleges ask for head coach experience, setting up a catch-22 that forces those women to build up their resumes elsewhere.“We’ll have to look at some of those barriers,” she said.Those barriers to girls can crop up right at the community level, added Sandmeyer-Graves.“In a lot of instances, it’s really hard for girls’ teams to get spaces to play, because the boys’ teams are really grandfathered in,” she said, meaning girls have to pay higher prices to get space and time at private recreational facilities.“That can almost be like a tax on being a girl in the system.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more