first_img In Transit Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017 Telly Leung & James Snyder(Photos: Bruce Glikas) View Commentscenter_img Related Shows The cast is now set for In Transit on Broadway. Among the stars are two stage favorites and former Broadway.com vloggers: Telly Leung and James Snyder. The a cappella musical by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth will begin performances on November 10 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.The musical, which previously played Primary Stages in 2010, follows a group of 11 New Yorkers as they navigate the streets (and tunnels) of the city. Members of the ensemble takes on several roles, including an aspiring actress, a Wall Street honcho, a street performer, a cab driver and more.In addition to Leung (Allegiance) and Snyder (If/Then), the lineup will include American Idol alum Justin Guarini (Wicked), David Abeles (Once), Moya Angela (The Lion King), beatboxer Steven “Heaven” Cantor, Erin Mackey (Amazing Grace), Gerianne Pérez in her Broadway debut, Margo Seibert (Rocky), Mariand Torres (Wicked) and Nicholas Ward (On the Town).Rounding out the cast are Chesney Snow, Adam Bashian, Laurel Harris and Aurelia Williams. The production will feature vocal arrangements by Deke Sharon, set design by Donyale Werle, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Ken Travis.Opening night for the Kathleen Marshall-helmed production is set for December 11.last_img read more

first_img The show is a production of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and PFC Holding Company. The Georgia Gardener is a show designed specifically for Georgians. It airs at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays on GPTV. It’s a three-step process. Reeves shows how to (1) fertilize, to stimulate new growth and new flowers; (2) deadhead, to remove faded flowers and encourage more blooms; and (3) replace weak plants and replace them with healthy ones. Annual flowers make summer more beautiful, but they need a little help to look their best. On “The Georgia Gardener” Aug. 5 and 7, host Walter Reeves shows a simple approach to making the most of your summer annuals.center_img Finally, Reeves visits a beleaguered Burford holly and finds a dramatic problem with insect pests. And sometimes, he says, the solution to such attacks isn’t easy. Reeves also talks with Hank Bruno, trails manager at Callaway Gardens. Bruno shows how to get a drooping azalea limb to make a whole new plant the easy way.last_img read more

first_imgFor more information, call Estes Reynolds at (706) 542-2574. Or e-mail him. Ironically, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks forced the cancellation of a Sept. 13-14 workshop on a topic the attacks made even more important to shoppers: food safety. The workshop has been rescheduled. The American Meat Science Association’s “Improving Your Sanitation Program” for meat and poultry processors will now be Nov. 29-30. It’s set for the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Ga.The two-day, comprehensive workshop will begin at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 29. It will fill two full days with timely classes, ending around 5 p.m. Nov. 30. The comprehensive course was developed in cooperation with Virginia Tech and UGA food scientists.The course is designed for anyone responsible for meat or poultry processing plant sanitation, including quality control supervisors, HACCP coordinators, plant engineers and production managers.A $395 fee covers the course materials, a reception Thursday evening, two luncheons and refreshment breaks. Preregistration is required before Nov. 16. Just get a form off the Web and fax it to (706) 542-9066.last_img read more

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaExperts from across the Southeast will share their knowledge Dec.5-6 during the annual Turfgrass Institute and Trade Show at theGwinnett Civic and Cultural Center in Duluth, Ga.This year’s event includes many educational opportunitiesfeaturing some of the turf industry’s top speakers. The leadingcompanies will also be on hand at the institute’s trade show.University of Georgia scientists will present workshops on:* Integrated pest management for ornamentals and turf.* Weed management in tall fescue and zoysia grass.* Management and history of sand-based root zones.* Organic, natural or integrated pest management.* New products and technologies.* The nuts and bolts of turfgrass fungicides.* Basic turfgrass management for Hispanic employees.* Pesticide storage and handling.Scientists from Mississippi State University, the University ofArkansas and Emory University will share their expertise, too.The institute includes a trade show with exhibits from more than50 turf-related companies and associations, with silent auctionseach day. The trade show will also include appearances by theAtlanta Falcon cheerleaders.The cost to attend both days is $180 ($130 for Georgia TurfgrassAssociation members). After Nov. 10, it’s $230 ($180 for GTAmembers) for both days.One-day fees are $140 ($90 GTA), or $190 ($140 GTA) after Nov.10. The fee for the trade show and luncheon only, for either day,is $20 ($15 GTA) or $25 ($20 GTA) after Nov. 10.For more on the Turfgrass Institute and Trade Show, or to signup, call (800) 687-6949. Or e-mail the GTA office atgta@turfgrass.org. A program of the event can also be downloadedat www.turfgrass.org/PDF/Attendee_Registration.pdf.GTA presents the institute in cooperation with UGA and 11turf-related associations.last_img read more

first_imgFarmers, gardeners and anyone who wants to know more about where their food comes from should make plans to attend the inaugural Organic Twilight Tour of the University of Georgia’s organic research and demonstration farm in Watkinsville, Ga.“Even with the heat, production and related research projects will be in full swing.” said Julia Gaskin, sustainable agricultural coordinator at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Durham Horticulture Farm, at 1221 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, will be open for tours of the organic growing operation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 19. The open house will also be a chance for farmers and gardeners to learn about some of the newest research being conducted at the farm. Researchers and students will give talks on disease control in squash and cucumber plants, the farm’s tomato variety trials, summer cover crops and their benefits, as well as tips on growing summer vegetables and sweet corn. There also will be information available about the university’s certificate program in organic agriculture.The organic farm is used to provide hands-on learning for students in the organic agriculture certificate program. This past spring you could find students working with Robert Tate, the organic farm manager, weeding or transplanting lettuce from the back of a tractor. These experiences compliment what students learn in the classroom and give them the basic knowledge of growing vegetables. The farm also hosts several research projects, including one led by UGA Extension vegetable specialist George Boyhan. Boyhan is trying to develop a profitable cool-season vegetable rotation for Georgia farmers. Cool-season vegetables, such as onions, broccoli and strawberries, have less pest and disease problems. The study includes rotating these vegetables with summer cover crops that can help reduce weed and nematode problems as well as supply nitrogen.Miguel Cabrera, a professor of crop and soil sciences, and graduate student Lisa Woodruff are working on another project predicting nitrogen release from cover crops to benefit cash crops such as clover. Knowing the nitrogen release rates of cover crops is critical for growers who want to minimize their off-farm input costs while they maintain good crop yields. The program will be beneficial for sustainable producers who may want to brush up on the latest research, but it will also be interesting for non-growers who are just curious about organic farming practices. “I think that all farmers might be interested in the program, and I think the public might be interested in seeing how their vegetables and produce are grown,” Gaskin said. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Horticulture and the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. For more information about sustainable agriculture at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences visit caes.uga.edu/topics/sustainag. For more information about the open house, email Gaskin at jgaskin@uga.edu.last_img read more

first_imgGeorgia’s recent drought led University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter to caution farmers about planting cover crops this winter.Porter said the decision to plant cover crops depends on the grower’s individual situation.“Growers who want to plant a cover crop to protect from erosion and other elements, as well as to keep some nutrients in the soil, should probably go ahead and do it,” Porter said. “It’s a risk because we don’t know when it will rain, and it could potentially be a waste of money.”Although south Georgia received its first significant rain in more than two months the past two weeks, soil is still dry in some fields. For cover crops to be effective, they’ll need moisture. Porter believes irrigation could also be useful, although many ponds that are used for irrigation are very low.“Growers may want to run a pivot over the top of their cover crops to get them emerged and growing,” Porter said. “Light irrigation to help get the cover crop established so it can do its job might be recommended this year because of the drought. I have heard many producers saying that they have planted a cover crop that still hasn’t emerged due to the lack of rainfall and soil moisture.”Farmers normally plant cover crops in the winter to trap moisture in the soil from winter rain. Cover crops also protect against soil erosion, keep weeds from growing and restore nutrients in the ground.“Typical cover crops are rye, wheat or any grass or vegetative cover that sits on the field over the winter,” Porter said. “It’s usually burned down or removed before planting in the spring. In some instances, farmers will roll the cover crop down and plant directly into it with a strip-till rig.”While growers don’t put a lot of resources into cultivating cover crops, they will sometimes apply a little fertilizer to get the crops started.There is no real alternative to cover cropping that accomplishes the same job, according to Porter. Porter said that putting some resources into cover cropping may be beneficial in the long term, but growers should know where to draw the line.“I definitely would not put the same resources into a cover crop as I would my typical row crops that I’m trying to produce,” Porter said.last_img read more

first_imgGoing into the start of the growing season, a wetter, cooler-than-normal April helped to reduce drought conditions across the northern three-quarters of Georgia, but drought conditions remain in the southeastern corner of the state.When soil conditions permitted, farmers were busy planting and completing other field work in April, but cool conditions slowed crop growth in some areas.Ample rainfall enhanced soil moisture and encouraged the growth of crops and pastures, but precipitation caused problems for tobacco transplanting and the onion harvest. The rain also fueled diseases and affected watermelons and small grains. Windy conditions throughout the month created problems for pesticide and herbicide application and caused wheat and oats to lodge, or fall over.Last month, temperatures were as many as 2.9 degrees Fahrenheit below average in some parts of the state.In Albany, Georgia, the monthly average was 64.3 F, 1.9 degrees below normal.In Alma, Georgia, the monthly average was 64.8 F, 1.4 degrees below normal.In Athens, Georgia, the monthly average was 58.8 F, 2.9 degrees below normal.In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 59.8 F, 2.2 degrees below normal.In Augusta, Georgia, the monthly average was 60.6 F, 2.1 degrees below normal.In Brunswick, Georgia, the monthly average was 68.4 F, 0.1 of a degree below normal.In Columbus, Georgia, the monthly average was 63.3 F, 1.3 degrees below normal.In Macon, Georgia, the monthly average was 61.2 F, 2.2 degrees below normal.In Savannah, Georgia, the monthly average was 64.2 F, 1.4 degrees below normal.In Rome, Georgia, the monthly average was 58 F, 1.8 degrees below normal.In Valdosta, Georgia, the monthly average was 64.4 F, 1.5 degrees below normal.The outlook for May, and for the period from May through July, shows enhanced chances for above-normal temperatures.For most of the state, precipitation was above normal in April.The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by a National Weather Service station was 6.53 inches in Atlanta, 3.17 inches above normal. The lowest was in Alma, where the station recorded 2.02 inches, 0.79 of an inch below normal.Albany received 3.90 inches, 0.26 of an inch above normal.Athens received 5.49 inches, 2.34 inches above normal.Augusta received 3.47 inches, 0.63 of an inch below normal.Brunswick received 4.16 inches, 1.67 inches below normal.Columbus received 5.02 inches, 1.47 inches above normal.Macon received 4.99 inches, 2.03 inches above normal.Savannah received 4.33 inches, 1.26 inches above normal.Rome received 4.50 inches, 0.45 of an inch above normal.Valdosta received 5.24 inches, 2.37 inches above normal.One daily precipitation record was set this month. On April 23, 4.16 inches of rain fell in Atlanta, surpassing the old record of 2.40 inches set back in 1883.Last month’s highest daily rainfall total reported by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) volunteers, 5 inches, was recorded west of LaFayette, Georgia, in Walker County on April 23. An observer near Townsend, Georgia, in McIntosh County recorded 3.77 inches on April 24, and a volunteer in Dillard, Georgia, in Rabun County recorded 3.54 inches on the same date.The highest monthly precipitation amount was 10.44 inches, recorded by an observer near Dillard, followed by 10.01 inches recorded by the LaFayette observer, and 9.10 inches recorded near Trenton, Georgia, in Dade County.The police chief of Laurens County, Georgia, reported a tornado on April 7, and two additional tornadoes were reported on April 15 in Decatur County in southwestern Georgia and in Camden County along the Georgia coast. A CoCoRaHS observer reported hail in Lumpkin County, Georgia, on April 27.Drought conditions gradually eroded over the month as plentiful rains covered most of the state. By the end of April, the area of severe drought in the southeastern part of the state decreased and many other parts of the state saw the drought eliminated altogether.The northern part of the state will continue to have a greater chance of above-normal precipitation in May. There are equal chances of above-, near- or below-normal precipitation from May through July. Drought is expected to persist in southeastern Georgia through May.For more information, please see the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at site.extension.uga.edu/climate/, the Facebook page at SEAgClimate and the Twitter page at @SE_AgClimate. Please email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture to pknox@uga.edu.last_img read more

first_imgEighty youth participated in the online 2020 Georgia 4-H state poultry judging contest hosted on July 6 in collaboration with the University of Georgia Poultry Science Department.This evaluation competition is a culmination of many months, and sometimes years, of studying Georgia’s top agricultural industry. The event encourages youth to learn and understand the standards used in poultry and egg production. In addition, they learn the importance of marketing to the public and how to apply those learned skills in a realistic decision-making process. The poultry judging program teaches animal husbandry fundamentals as well as life skills including critical thinking, teamwork and oral communication.“The virtual judging format this year, while a bit more challenging, is still a great way for us as a university to interact with Georgia youth interested in agriculture and, specifically, poultry,” said Casey Ritz, UGA poultry science professor and Extension coordinator. “Unique opportunities such as these will hopefully be remembered by our youth and help to shape their futures. Even in trying times as we have, these events give us the opportunity to share with students the great programs and events available to them here at the UGA Department of Poultry Science.”In the virtual format, senior participants in grades nine through 12 evaluated classes through a PowerPoint presentation and online test of their evaluation skills. This contest includes nine classes for youth to apply egg and carcass grading as well as place live bird classes based on egg-laying productivity. In addition, participants must provide oral arguments justifying their decisions. The senior high individual and first place senior team will earn Georgia Master 4-H’er status. The state winning team will represent Georgia 4-H at the national 4-H poultry judging contest in Louisville, Kentucky, in November. The winners of the 2020 Georgia 4-H state poultry judging contest are:First place team: Leopold Joh, Alexa Hillebrand, Nicole Hillebrand and Lexi Koenig — Coweta CountySecond place team: Clayton Adams, Sophia Merka, Alyssa Goldman and Kaylie Goldman — Madison CountyThird place team: Whitley Gatch, Joleigh Butler and Kate Yaughn — Bulloch CountySenior High Individual: Whitley Gatch — Bulloch CountyThis event is sponsored by Mike Giles and Carla Abshire. To learn more about the Georgia 4-H Livestock Program, visit georgia4h.org/livestock.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.last_img read more

first_imgREPRO DIGITAL/ CHAMPLAIN VALLEY PRINTING ACQUIRES NEW HASSELBLAD CAMERA SYSTEMWinooski, Vermont- Repro Digital/Champlain Valley Printing today announced the purchase of the new Hasselblad H3D II 31 megapixel medium format camera for its Photographic Studio located at 450 Weaver Street in Winooski, Vermont.John Goodman, with more than 30 years experience, has been the resident Photographer at Repro/Champlain Valley Printing for over 14 years and was one of the first digital Photographers in New England. “The large 31 megapixel CCD Sensor provides a sharper, cleaner, more accurate image than any other DSLR type camera” noted Goodman. He continued. “This all means less time and money spent doing color corrections and other post production cleanup. Skin tones appear natural and color gradients are smooth and noise free.” Goodman also stated that “the fully integrated Hasselblad system allows us to shoot in even the most challenging lighting environments like mixing available light with studio flash to make natural looking room settings.”Goodman believes that the new Hasselblad camera system, combined with his 30 years of experience, provides the best photography value in Vermont.Repro Digital/Champlain Valley Printing, in addition to their state-of-the-art Photography Studio, provides their customers turn-key services including pre-press, one-color to four-color digital and offset printing with binding and finishing servicesFor more information contact John Goodman (ext. 18) or Roger Moylan (ext. 27) at 802-655-2800 or visit the Repro Digital/ Champlain Valley Printing website at www.Reprografx.com(link is external)last_img read more

first_imgBerlin, VT – More than 100 Vermont non-profit organizations have received grants totaling $205,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) in the first half of 2008, the states largest health insurer announced today.The funds are granted to improve health education and promote healthy lifestyles, and for direct services. BCBSVT executives cited the connection between improved health and lower health insurance rates as the incentive for its support and collaboration with community-based organizations receiving the grants. Individual grants typically range between $250 and $2,000.Partnering with like-minded organizations seeking to improve the health of our citizens benefits all of our customers and the state, explained William R. Milnes, Jr., president and CEO. Evidence clearly supports the value of these programs for improving health, and healthier Vermonters require fewer visits to the doctor, thereby helping to contain the cost of insurance premiums.In addition to direct grants, the insurer also administers the Vermont Caring Foundation, a non-profit foundation it created in 2005 to enhance the health and well being of Vermonts children. The Foundation granted nearly $14,000 in the first half of the year to four projects that promote physical activity and combat obesity.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.last_img read more