Willie Nelson, Avett Bros, Warren Haynes & Many More Tapped For All-Star Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

first_imgIn recent years, Blackbird Presents has been putting together all-star tribute concerts to honor some of the most renowned names in music. Today, they’ve announced another installment in their series, titled Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard, bringing dozens of artists together for the cause.The organizers revealed their initial lineup today, with Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lnn, The Avett Brothers, Hank Williams Jr., Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lucinda Williams, Ben Haggard, John Anderson, Connie Smith, Bobby Bare and more all performing for the event. It’s scheduled to take place on April 6th, 2017, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.Merle Haggard was a lifelong musician who gained famed for his hit country-western song “Okie From Muskogee” in 1969. With well-known songs like “Sing Me Back Home” and “Mama Tried” in the Grateful Dead repertoire, Haggard’s legacy is rich among the vast world of music lovers. He passed away on April 6th, 2016, on his 79th birthday, and the tribute concert will take place on the exact day of his 80th birthday.For all the information about this show, head to the official website here.last_img read more

03 Keep veggies safe

first_imgDiseases can seriously damage or completely destroy a vegetable garden. But there are a few things the home gardener can do to reduce the risk these veggie enemies pose.”Most vegetables are susceptible to a number of diseases,” says David Langston, a vegetable plant pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Types of problems and their causesWilts, leaf spots, blights and fruit rots, he says, are just a few of the problems that plague vegetable gardens every year.Plant diseases are caused by four primary types of organisms: fungi, bacteria, nematodes and viruses.When conditions are wet and temperatures warm, your vegetable plants are more susceptible to diseases caused by fungi and bacteria. Scout your garden regularly.When garden conditions are dry, nematode damage is more evident. Soil may be sampled for nematodes by submitting a sample through your county extension office.Viral diseases can occur at any time, he said.Many plant diseases can be on or within seed. “Seeds should not be saved from year to year,” Langston said. “This is important to prevent a number of diseases.”Buy seed from a reputable dealer, because you can’t distinguish healthy seed from diseased seed. And make sure you follow directions on when and how to plant them. Your best bet for control Disease-resistant plant varieties are the most efficient way of controlling vegetable diseases. So buy resistant varieties when you can. Resistance traits are usually listed in seed catalogs and in plant stores.Don’t plant your garden near or beneath trees. The shade will reduce the drying of plant foliage after rain and increase the chances of diseases. Besides, vegetables like a lot of sunlight, and the trees will compete for vital nutrients.Crop rotation is important. If you continue to plant the same vegetables in the same spot year after year, you’re asking for soil disease problems.Grow the same or closely related vegetable plants in the same soil only once every three to five years, Langston said. This practice starves out most pathogens that cause stem and leaf diseases.Vegetable families include: Alliaceae (chives, garlic, leeks and onions). Brassicaceae (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, mustard, radish, rutabagas and turnips). Cucurbitaceae (cantaloupes, cucumbers, honeydew melons, pumpkins, squash and watermelons). Fabaceae (all beans, English peas and Southern peas). Solanaceae (eggplant, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes). Asteraceae (lettuce). Poaceae (corn). Malvaceae (okra). Chenopodiaceae (spinach) Apiaceae (carrots).Everyday prevention”Trap crops” can reduce virus diseases carried by small insects. Plant a few rows of a crop like rye or corn around your main garden. This will tempt insects to feed there first, reducing the risk of diseases some small insects are known to carry.When watering, avoid splashing soil onto plant foliage. If possible, irrigate by running water between the rows. Use a mulch layer of straw, bark, shredded paper or plastic to keep soil from splashing onto plants and keep fruit from touching bare ground.If you use tobacco, wash hands thoroughly before handling plants. This will prevent the spread of tobacco mosaic virus, which can infect many kinds of vegetables, particularly tomatoes and peppers.After harvest, remove and destroy all plants from the garden, and sanitize your garden equipment. This will reduce the overwintering of disease-causing organisms.Most important, use proper cultural practices to keep your plants healthy.”Healthy plants don’t get diseases as easily as weak ones,” Langston said. “Healthy plants are the best control against plant diseases.” By Brad HaireUniversity of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 3last_img read more

The digital divide: Why employee and member experience matter more than ever

first_imgDon’t forget to join CUInsight and SoGoSurvey for our free webinar titled Navigating Uncertainty: 3 Ways to Prioritize Member Experience During COVID-19, on Wednesday, August 5. Register yourself and a colleague here. While saving is generally a pretty sound practice, investing is also a critical part of future planning. If you’re a credit union, the best investment you can make is in experience.What is “experience” and why does it matter?Satisfaction is great, but it’s only part of the puzzle. Keeping both your members and employees engaged through uncertain times requires a more holistic perspective.Experience is a complete view of all of the interactions someone has with your brand, and therefore their impression of who you are as an organization. For members, these interactions are the steps along the customer journey — touchpoints like opening a new account, making withdrawals and deposits, or applying for a loan. The employee journey has similar touchpoints, from hiring and onboarding to training and reviews.While checking in on a single interaction can help you understand someone’s satisfaction, understanding experience requires a more systematic approach.Doubling down on digitalThe transition to a primarily virtual experience means that you no longer have the luxury of seeing everyone in person. Instead of smiles and casual conversations, your interactions are reduced to transactions. Now, if there’s even a temporary issue with your mobile banking app, satisfaction plummets. If your team needs to launch a new product awareness campaign, the pressure to produce while dealing with a reduction in in-person interactions and a lack of “real life” opportunities to connect can cause stress to skyrocket.Credit unions are traditionally community oriented. How can you maintain that same level of community in a digital world? A systematic plan for feedback collection at key touchpoints can help you to identify rough spots before they become disasters. Plus, keeping communication open ensures that your community members know how to reach you if something goes wrong — or if something goes amazingly well!For example, one of our credit union partners uses an automated approach to follow up with multiple touchpoints — opening and closing accounts, transactions, loans — and is able to see the shift from in-person to virtual options in real time. This visibility allows them to address pain points before they escalate, and to identify strength areas that can drive training and service improvements.Pricing pain pointsYou can’t put a price on meaningful feedback. Unfortunately, sophisticated experience management tools have historically been out of budget range for small- to medium-sized businesses. The good news is that the recognition of the power of experience management has led to rapid advancements in technology, leading to more affordable options gaining market share.One of our client credit unions used a “secret shopper” method in the past, in order to gain an outside perspective on member experience. Now, though, they’ve found that it’s much more effective to reach out directly to their members for the inside scoop. The insights they’ve uncovered have improved their policies and professional development, and member satisfaction is on the rise.Member experience program prioritiesTo make the most of your resources, review your priorities. Do you have the expertise in-house to run a successful member experience program? Do you currently have tools you can use to measure what matters? How will your systems work together?In some cases, working with what you have may be just fine. If you find you’re missing a few ingredients, though, make time to research your options. Even the best efforts can sometimes benefit from outside support. Sure, the technology is important — more engaging participant experience, better quality reports and dashboards — but the people who power the program are critical. While you know your members best, look to member experience experts and resources for advice on continuous improvement.One of our long-term credit union partners originally connected with us for help with a member satisfaction survey. After some feedback and updates from our team, our partner CEO was shocked to find how high response rates suddenly jumped. It’s not magic, but the combination of her experience and our expertise made for a winning combination.Times may be tough, but smart investments in experience now will continue to pay off down the road, no matter what the new normal brings. Your employees, your members, and your bottom line will thank you. Editor’s Note: CUInsight is hosting a free webinar on this topic Wednesday, August 5 titled, Navigating Uncertainty: 3 Ways to Prioritize Member Experience During COVID-19. We hope you’ll join us! Register here.center_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Melissa Krut Melissa Krut is a writer, a teacher, and the Senior Director of Success at SoGoSurvey. Beyond supporting client success through trainings, managed projects, and content resources, she prioritizes employee success … Web: https://www.sogosurvey.com Detailslast_img read more

AquaTrojans Middle School Team Wins Season Opener

first_imgThe AquaTrojans started their 2017 campaign with wins against the Greendale Bengals in Lawrenceburg on Thursday night.  The girls won 107-59.  The boys won 108-56.Individual winners include:  Luke Jackson – 200 Freestyle; Jacob Nixon – 100 IM; Alexis Brennen – 50 Freestyle; Ray Krider – 50 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle; Kendra Combs – 50 Butterfly, 400 Freestyle; Jayme Pennington – 100 Freestyle; Nick Weber – 100 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke; Abigail Cowden – 100 Backstroke; Nick Hoffmeier – 100 Backstroke.SDMS won all 4 relays to secure the victory for the Trojans!!Next Thursday, SDMS travels to South Dearborn to take on the Squires.GO AQUATROJANS!!!AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

NASCAR results at Richmond: Martin Truex Jr. grabs elusive short-track win

first_imgMartin Truex Jr. finally got that elusive win at Richmond Raceway.The 2018 Cup Series champion held off Joey Logano on the final lap at the Toyota Owners 400 to take home his first win of the season and apparently an incredibly tough one to get on this particular track. Coming into Saturday’s race he had zero career wins at the track despite leading an average of 160 laps over the last three years.But now he finally has that victory and was elated after his win.”Really excited to win here at Richmond,” Truex told Fox after the race.”I’ve always really loved this track…I’ve always loved coming here, and the short-track win, everybody kept asking me when it was going to happen and you know tonight we didn’t have the best car but we’ve lost here with the best car a bunch of times, so we just fought, we battled.”Retweet to congratulate @MartinTruex_Jr on his first victory with @JoeGibbsRacing! #ToyotaOwners400 pic.twitter.com/8rwWL6IRFN— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 14, 2019Truex really had to fight for the win as Logano was on his bumper for the final two laps after getting past Clint Bowyer, but the 39-year-old driver wasn’t going to let the defending Cup series winner catch him, especially after what happened last season at Martinsville in the playoffs. “We just had to hold him off,” Truex said.”Being out front was important tonight, thanks to the pit crew that kept us out there, you know, they’ve had a tough year, tough week last week and we beat up on them pretty good all week after Bristol and they had the best stop of the year tonight.”NASCAR results at Richmond Raceway1. Martin Truex Jr.2. Joey Logano3. Clint Bowyer4. Kevin Harvick5. Denny Hamlin6. Austin Dillon7. Brad Keselowski8. Kyle Busch9. Ryan Newman10. Paul Menard11. Kurt Busch12. Jimmie Johnson13. William Byron14. Erik Jones15. Chase Elliott16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17. Alex Bowman18. Daniel Suarez19. Daniel Hemric20. Ryan Preece21. Ty Dillon22. Chris Buescher23. Aric Almirola24. Matt DiBenedetto25. Ryan Blaney26. Corey Lajoie27. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.28. David Ragan29. Matt Tifft30. Ross Chastain31. Jeb Burton32. Bayley Currey33. Joey Gase34. Quin Houff35. Landon Cassill36. Michael McDowell37. Kyle Larsonlast_img read more