Broadway Will Dim Lights for John McMartin

first_img View Comments John McMartin(Photo: John McMartin) Broadway theaters will their lights in honor of John McMartin, the Tony-nominated actor and original Follies star who died at the age of 86 earlier this month. Marquees will go dark on July 13 at 7:45 PM for exactly one minute. “John McMartin has been a frequent and beloved actor on Broadway for over six decades. He originated memorable roles in shows that are now considered classics,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, in a statement. “Our sincere thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans.”McMartin made his Broadway debut in The Conquering Hero before receiving Tony Award nominations for Sweet Charity (for a role he later went on to reprise in the film adaptation), Don Juan, Show Boat, High Society and Into the Woods. He last appeared on Broadway in the 2014 Tony-winning Best Play All the Way.last_img read more

Jason Danieley Will Return to Chicago

first_img Chicago Related Shows View Comments All he cares about is love! Broadway alum Jason Danieley will return to Chicago on Broadway. He steps back into the role of story swirler Billy Flynn at the Ambassador Theatre on August 25, taking over for Tom Hewitt. Danieley first took on the role in 2015.Prior to Chicago, Danieley appeared on Broadway last year in The Visit. His additional credits include Next to Normal (opposite his wife Marin Mazzie), Curtains, The Full Monty and Candide.Danieley joins a cast that includes Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, Roz Ryan as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.center_img Jason Danieley in ‘Chicago'(Photo: Justin Patterson) from $49.50last_img read more

Garden Patience.

first_img * Take readings on three straight mornings at 1 to 2 inches for seeds and 4 to 6 inches for transplants. Planting too early, before the soil has had time to warm up, can lead to seed rot, slow germination, poor growth and disease. For example, cucumber seeds usually take less than a week to germinate in a soil of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They could take two weeks in 60-degree soil. Tomato transplants need a soil above 60 degrees to grow. And setting out pepper plants before the soil is 70 degrees could stunt their growth for the entire growing season. You can buy a soil thermometer at a local nursery or hardware store. Or order one from a gardening catalog. This table provides a good general guide for minimum soil temperatures for seeds and transplants. Tomatoes, cucumbers, snap beans 60º F Sweet corn, lima beans, mustard greens 65º F Spring Patience: Minimum Soil Temperatures for Planting *center_img Okra, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes 75º F Peppers, watermelons, squash, southern peas 70º F Your calendar and a soil thermometer will help you know the proper planting time for your garden vegetables. Many of the vegetables we plant are from the tropics. They don’t like cold soils and won’t grow well in them. To get the best growth, then, plant all transplants and seeds within a certain soil-temperature range. last_img read more

Ag-based tourism

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaFrom pumpkin patches to shrimp boats, agritourism is growing in Georgia. With that in mind, the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development will hold three workshops across the state to help those in, or interested in, the agritourism industry. Day one of the workshops will include sessions on business and Web site development. Participants will learn how to create and update their own free Web sites. The day will conclude with tours of existing agritourism venues and a networking reception.On the second day, speakers will address marketing, finances, signage, insurance and other topics. The workshops will be held Nov. 5-6 at the Dillard House in Dillard, Ga.; Dec. 2-3 at Oakhurst Farms in West Point, Ga.; and in Valdosta next year at a location and date to be announced.Registration is $99. Hotels are available near both locations. Seating is limited. Visit or call (706) 583-0347 to learn more.last_img read more

Peanut Achievement Club

first_imgEach of Georgia’s top 10 peanut farmers relied on University of Georgia Cooperative Extension research to produce the highest yielding crops this year. These farmers were honored by the peanut industry this month for growing the year’s record-breaking crops.“We lean on the Extension service heavily because they are there to answer questions and they have the experience,” said Wesley Webb, who has farmed peanut, cotton and corn in Calhoun County, Georgia, for 22 years. Webb was one of 10 Georgia peanut farmers recognized on Saturday, Aug. 8, by the Georgia Peanut Achievement Club. The peanut achievement club, coordinated by UGA, has recognized the top-yielding growers in Georgia since the 1960s. Webb averaged 7,337 pounds of peanuts per acre on 136 acres. “I can run to talk with Jay (Hathorn), my local county agent, and Jay can pick up the telephone and reach anybody, anywhere in the state of Georgia if we’ve got a problem,” Webb said. “It’s kind of like the Internet. All I do is talk to Jay, and Jay can find my answer through the Extension service.”Webb said, through his county agent, he gets research-based information straight from UGA scientists like plant pathologist Bob Kemerait, weed scientist Eric Prostko and peanut agronomist Scott Monfort.“He gets them on the phone in minutes and they answer any question I have,” Webb said.The process of relaying the latest information to farmers through UGA Extension is based on trust. Georgia farmers and UGA Extension agents have to forge a trusting relationship for the process to be successful, said Hathorn. “I like to say people don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Farmers have a trust in Extension, and a trust in the scientists, and a trust in the county agents to give them good, research-based information that they can use with their crops,” said Rome Ethredge, the agricultural and natural resources (ANR) agent in Seminole County, Georgia.Ethredge accompanied Seminole County farmers Eddie Miller and Greg Mims to the peanut achievement club’s recognition banquet, held at the Jekyll Island Club at Jekyll Island, Georgia. Miller was recognized for posting the highest overall yield in the state for farmers with 300 or more acres. He averaged 7,135 pounds per acre on more than 620 acres. Mims was the District II winner, a title that recognizes the farmer with the highest yield (6,628 pounds per acre) on more than 700 acres.Monfort said the weekend was a testament to the work of Extension, including UGA research faculty and county agents, and Georgia producers across the state. “This movement of information – from the researcher down to the agents to the farmer – is reciprocated back to us because we need that feedback. We need to know what works,” Monfort said. “We know what works in research, but when we put it to real world practice, does it work for these growers? Most of the growers in this particular program are going by university recommendations.”Farmer Ken Hall uses UGA recommendations to improve his farming practices in Worth County, Georgia. On 1,082 acres last year, Hall produced 4,905 pounds of peanuts per acre, the most in District III on more than 700 acres. Hall leans on Worth County ANR agent Larry Varnadoe for answers to questions that arise during the year. “Rather than us go out and try something that may cost extra money or lead to damage to our crops, it’s best to call them (UGA Extension agents) ahead of time. Nine times out of 10, they’ve already tried it and they can say, ‘Yes, you can,’ or ‘No, you can’t,’” Hall said.Along with the UGA peanut team, supporters of the peanut achievement club include Bayer, BASF, the American Peanut Shellers Association and the National Peanut Buying Points Association.The 2014-2015 Georgia Peanut Achievement Club winners are as follows:• Highest overall yield in the state, 100-299 acresWesley Webb, Calhoun County7,337 pounds per acre on 136 acres• Highest overall yield in the state, 300 or more acresEddie Miller, Seminole County7,135 pounds on 620 acres• District I, 300-699 acresAl Sudderth, Calhoun County/p>6,610 pounds per acre on 488 acres• District I, 700 or more acresJimmy Webb, Calhoun County6,728 pounds on 897 acres• District II, 300-699 acresRick LaGuardia, Miller County6,646 pounds per acre on 377 acres• District II, 700 or more acresGreg Mims, Seminole County6,628 pounds per acre on 890 acres• District III, 300-699 acresHulin Reeves Jr., Ben Hill County6,328 pounds per acre on 487 acres• District III, 700 or more acresKen Hall Farms, Inc., Worth County4,905 pounds per acre on 1,082 acres• District IV, 300-699 acresChip Dorminy, Irwin County5,874 pounds per acre on 436 acres• District IV, 700 or more acresWayne Sayer, Irwin County4,926 pounds per acre on 1,129 acresFor more information on peanut research from UGA Extension, go to read more

Ag Forecast Rescheduled

first_imgThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has rescheduled its Georgia Ag Forecast seminar at Unicoi State Park in White County, Georgia, for Wednesday, Feb. 17. This agricultural economic outlook event for northeast Georgia was originally scheduled for Jan. 22, but was canceled due to winter weather. Those who were registered for the Jan. 22 date have the option of transferring their registration to the new date or receiving a refund. For those who had not registered for an Ag Forecast seminar yet, this will be the last chance to get an in-person look at what 2016 holds in terms of commodity prices and farm policy. At the annual Georgia Ag Forecast, economists from the university’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED) and from the college’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics deliver an economic outlook that focuses on Georgia’s major commodities and the way that global markets, weather patterns and historical trends will affect those commodities. In addition to the economic outlook, CAED Director Kent Wolfe and fellow UGA agricultural economist Sharon P. Kane will give a briefing on the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption, often referred to as “GATE,” and how it is reflected in county sales tax revenue. For an overview of what UGA economists said at the other Georgia Ag Forecast seminar locations this year, see the UGA Cooperative Extension news article, “Encouraging beef, peanut prices expected in 2016.”For more information or to register for the February 17 event, visit read more

Agroforestry & Wildlife

first_imgPine straw production, timber sales and wildlife management will top the list of topics at the Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day slated for Thursday, Sept. 20, at the University of Georgia’s Westbrook Research Farm in Griffin, Georgia.Experts from across the state will present the latest research on 28 topics at the field day, which is set to begin at 9:15 a.m. and conclude at 4:15 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Tractor-pulled trams will take participants through the forest to each speaker’s site.Held every three years, the event is a joint effort of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.The most popular forestry topics tend to be those related to thinning and prescribed burning. Other topics covered include the economics of longleaf pine management, forest and wildlife management planning, and silvopasture .The field day will cover wildlife topics including quality deer management, feral hogs, bobwhite quail habitat restoration and management, wetland management for waterfowl, beekeeping as a side business, dove field preparation and management, wildlife openings, and attracting bats and birds.Registration is $25 and includes a field day cap and a barbecue lunch. Registration increases to $30 on Sept. 6. To register and review topics the field day will cover, go to or call 770-229-3477.last_img read more

Shumlin calls for a Senate vote on operation of Vermont Yankee before March break

first_imgSenate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin today announced that the Senate will vote before the town meeting break on whether or not relicensing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station to operate beyond its scheduled closing date is in the best interest of Vermonters. “It is the responsibility of the General Assembly to vote on the continued operation of Vermont Yankee,” Shumlin said in a prepared statement. “We have a responsibility to provide Vermonters and Vermont businesses a direction for our energy future, provide our electric utilities with sufficient time to secure delivery of energy, and in the event that the plant ceases operating as scheduled in 2012, provide the workers at Vermont Yankee adequate time to secure employment.”  Shumlin has asked the Senate Finance Committee to take up the legislation relating to the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear energy generating plant this week.  The full Senate is expected to consider the question of continued operation before legislators return home for town meeting. “Vermonter’s deserve better than what Entergy Louisiana has to offer.  The reactor is too old to operate reliably past its scheduled closure in 2012.  The corporation has misled our public officials and the people of Vermont,” said Senator Peter Shumlin.  “Vermonter’s confidence in Vermont Yankee has been further marred by Entergy’s attempt to create a debt ridden spin off corporation to take ownership of the plant.  The cleanup fund is already more than half a billion dollars short and Vermonters cannot afford a corporation that may shift that cost to ratepayers.  There is also frustration with Entergy/Enexus’ power purchase proposal, which would raise Vermonter’s electricity rates by nearly 50 percent and provide us with only 11 percent of our power. Operating Vermont Yankee beyond its scheduled closing date of March 12, 2012, is not in the best interests of Vermonters and unnecessary delay is an irresponsible option for our energy future.”Vermont Town Meeting day is March 2 this year.Source: Shumlin’s office. 2.16.2010last_img read more

Vermont’s economy second-fastest growing in nation

first_imgIn the third quarter of 2009, Vermont’s gross state product went up 5.3 percent over the previous quarter. This increase ties Vermont with Washington, DC, at second place nationwide in terms of growth. New Hampshire saw a 3.8 percent climb this quarter, and sits at ninth place. The US average was 2.2 percent.Vermont’s quarterly real gross state product in this quarter, seasonally adjusted, was $23.8 billion at constant 2005 prices. In the second quarter, the state’s GSP was $23.5 billion. Vermont’s GSP dropped by a 0.1 percent annual rate in the third quarter from the same quarter a year ago.Growth Across the NationQuarterly Gross State Product (GSP) Briefing, February 2010Gross State Product (GSP)Rank Vermont GSP, Third Quarter of 200915.825.335.344.854.664.474.283.993.8103.8113.8123.6133.6143.5153.4163.0173.0182.8192.7202.7212.7222.5232.5242.4252.4262.4272.3282.3292.2302.2312.2321.9331.6341.6351.5361.3371.2381.0Vermont’s Quarterly State Accounts @ a Glance391.0400.9Third Quarter of 2009410.8420.8Gross State ProductSeasonally Adjusted Annual RatesGrowth & Inflation430.6or State GDP GSP / GDP in Billions of DollarsPercent Change in440.5State & NationalLatest Quarter AgoYear Ago Third Quarter of 2009 from450.4Statistics2009:Q32009:Q22008:Q3Quarter AgoYear Ago 460.1Vermont 51-3.5● Real GDP*$12,973$12,902$13,3252.2%-2.6% 2.2    *Chained 2005 dollars.   **Current Dollars.   ***Index, 2005=100.*Annual % change from the previous quarter in GSP at 2005 chained dollars.Source: US GDP, Department of Commerce.  State GSP, also called state GDP, from ‘Quarterly GSP Trends,’ Vol. V, No.3, February 2010, by, Durham NH, USA.Source: is external) 2.25.2010. 47-0.3● Real GSP*$23.8$23.5$23.85.3%-0.1%48-0.4● Nominal GSP**$25.7$25.5$25.52.7%0.5%49-0.9● GSP Price Index***107.8108.5107.3-2.4%0.5%50-1.2United States last_img read more

Vermont launches renewable energy atlas

first_imgThe Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) is excited to celebrate Earth Day with the launch of the Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont, a state-of-the-art GIS-based web application that identifies, analyzes, and visualizes existing and promising locations for renewable energy projects.The Atlas is the first tool of its kind in the United States to enable users to choose their town or county and then select from a suite of renewable energy options including biomass, efficiency, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, and wind.According to Atlas project director Scott Sawyer, “with the proliferation of energy committees in over 90 towns and cities, it’s clear that Vermonters want a renewable energy and efficiency based economy. VSJF believes it’s important to make renewable energy data accessible to everyone, so that citizens, businesses, utilities, state agencies, and organizations charged with building the state’s future can make informed renewable energy project decisions.”The Atlas was developed by the VSJF, in collaboration with Vermont Center for Geographic Information, Fountains Spatial, and many helpful renewable energy experts.U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy secured U.S. Department of Energy funding for the Atlas project. “Vermont has always stood for best practices in commercial and residential development to preserve the environment,” Leahy said. “The Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont will be an important tool in helping us all to consider the responsible energy options when thinking about our renewable energy future. Successful projects mean greater energy security, a cleaner and healthier environment, and a better quality of life across our state.”Major funding for this project was received from the U.S. Department of Energy through U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund, and the Vermont Community Foundation.Source: VSJF. 4.22.2010last_img read more