first_imgBefore coming to Notre Dame, assistant band director Justin McManus said he thought working for the Band of the Fighting Irish was one of the “wonder” jobs.Now the band’s assistant director, McManus said belonging to the organization has been an experience unlike any other.“It’s unique because you get a different appreciation for [Notre Dame],” he said.In order to share this experience with current students, as well as provide them with a chance to learn more about the program, the Notre Dame Band will be hosting an open house Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall. The event will give students a chance to familiarize themselves with the opportunities the band offers as well as talk to current band members.McManus, who first proposed the open house, said the event was developed to improve the program’s recruitment of non-freshmen. The band has no trouble recruiting students who are new to campus but struggles to draw in upperclassmen and graduate students, he said.Many students interested in band are hesitant to join freshman year because they’re concerned about the time commitment and would rather focus their energy on adjusting to college life, McManus said.“Then they think they just can’t join after freshman year,” he said.McManus said he hopes the open house will both help to dispel this assumption and provide students with the information they need to get involved.The open house will commence with a brief overview of the program, which will include a description of the different types of bands and ensembles it offers as well as their respective time commitments and skill requirements, McManus said. In addition, the event will have 17 different instruments available for students to try and there will also be a tour of the band facilities.Junior MacKenzie Cavanagh and senior Brynn Alexander, the two band ambassador coordinators, will be joining McManus to provide a student perspective on joining the band.Alexander said she hopes the event will provide students with a “fun way to get to know the band and see if it’s a good fit.”Students do not need to be well-versed in an instrument to join, McManus said. The sheer breadth of the band program provides a place for all students, from beginners to long-time experts, he said.For example, several bands are better suited for beginners, such as the basketball band and hockey band, Cavanagh said. After becoming well-acquainted with an instrument, students can audition for programs requiring more skill, such as the marching band, she said.Cavanagh said the band is eager to work with individuals of all skill sets and works to accommodate each individual in their specific needs.“Everyone is very welcoming,” she said. “Everyone is very supportive.”Tags: Band of the Fighting Irish, Open House, Ricci Band Rehearsal Halllast_img read more

first_imgby: Brian DayConsumers are increasingly turning to their mobile devices to conduct financial transactions and other banking functions from anywhere, anytime.The convenience and ease-of-use mobile banking offers is becoming more popular among consumers looking to conduct financial business on the go. In fact, a recent Carlisle & Gallagher survey suggests many American consumers are frequent mobile banking users. Specifically, the study of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers found 55 percent consider mobile banking a habit. That number is expected to increase, as mobile device growth will likely continue to rise in the coming years.The survey also found 84 percent of those polled conduct banking on their laptop or desktop, while 52 percent said they use their smartphones. Survey data indicates consumers most often utilize mobile banking to:Check balancesTransfer fundsPay bills continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThis avocado farm at 822 Tagigan Rd, Wolvi, has sold for $785,000. Picture: young couple has figured out how to buy a house and still have their avo toast — buy an avocado farm.A 675-tree avocado orchard, known as Sweet Haven, in the Fraser Coast hinterland has sold under the hammer for $785,000.The 17ha property at 822 Tagigan Rd, Wolvi, also comes with a three-bedroom homestead, a packing shed, a stone and timber garage, an early squatter-style shed and three dams. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoThis avocado farm at 822 Tagigan Rd, Wolvi, has sold for $785,000. Picture: Ray White Rural Qld“It helped with all the press around about avo on toast,” he said.Mr McNamara said the property attracted more than 100 inquiries and 32 inspections, which was “phenomenal for the type of property it is”.“Normally you’d be lucky to get 40 inquiries on a property like this,” he said. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE There were six registered bidders at the auction, including one from Singapore and one from Hong Kong, but the winning bidder was a young couple with two young children. This avocado farm at 822 Tagigan Rd, Wolvi, has sold for $785,000. Picture: Ray White Rural QldAnd it’s just 40 minutes from the trendy beachside hub of Noosa.Not bad compared to the big smoke prices of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Ray White Rural Queensland director Jez McNamara said the hype around smashed avocado and housing affordability had contributed to the interest in the property. Demographer Bernard Salt reinvented the smashed avo concept. Picture: Peter RistevskiThe first links between Australia’s housing affordability and smashed avo breakfasts came to light when demographer Bernard Salt famously wrote about it in a column last year.This was followed recently by comments from richlister Tim Gurner, who inferred young people needed to curb their consumption of smashed avocado if they wanted to own a home.The topic has even prompted one Brisbane developer to offer free avo on toast for a year with the sale of a townhouse. This avocado farm at 822 Tagigan Rd, Wolvi, has sold for $785,000. Picture: Ray White Rural Qld“They’re looking to live there and expand the avocado farm,” Mr McNamara said.He said the sellers had lived in the property for 38 years and built the homestead from timber grown on the land and locally sourced stone. The new owners won’t have to settle for just any type of avo on toast, with the property including five varieties — Shepherd, Haas, Fuerte, Sharwill and Wurtz, along with other fruit trees including mango, orange, mandarin, lychee and pawpaw.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Michigan State Police Alpena Post needs your help locating two trailers stolen from Northern Power Sports in Mio.The first is a 2019 silver aluminum Sport Haven utility trailer. It’s valued at $1,900 dollars.Model# AUT612Last 4 VIN# 7914The second is a 2018 blue Sport Enclosed trailer valued at $7,700.Model# AVS2770T7Last 4 VIN# 5384Crime stoppers will pay up to up $1,000 dollars for anyone who can help police locate the missing trailers. Call 1–800–422–jail or 989-820-1963. Callers may remain anonymous.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Harrisville approves marijuana ordinancesNext Students from Ella White Elementary clean up Starlite Beach before the end of the school yearlast_img read more