Brad James Written by Tags: Allstate AFCA Good Works Team/Division II/Division III/FBS/FCS/NAIA/Tanner Mangum July 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Tanner Mangum Nominated For 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNORTHBROOK, Ill.-Tuesday, Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association announced the nomination of BYU senior quarterback Tanner Mangum to the 2018 Allstate Good Works Team.The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has been among the most prestigious honors in college football for more than 25 years.Student-athletes nominated for this award not only seek to enhance their communities but also demonstrate the fortitude to overcome adversity.Mangum is one of 169 nominees for this honor and has been previously lauded as an advocate for mental health awareness.There are two other Utah collegians considered for this award, University of Utah senior linebacker Chase Hansen and Utah State junior defensive end Jacoby Wildman.The Eagle, Idaho native has advocated for mental health awareness in both television and digital interviews during his collegiate career.Former BYU signal-caller Riley Nelson was a part of this team in the 2010 season while other BYU players to be nominated include luminaries such as Fred Warner and Taysom Hill.This list of nominees will be pared down to 22 (consisting of NCAA Division I FBS and FCS football, Division II football, Division III football and the NAIA) with this announcement coming in September.After the announcement of the final team members, college football fans can visit espn.com or the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Web site and vote for their favorite players.Additionally, during the voting process, all nominees will need to remain actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining their usual academic standard.
Tags: Denver Nuggets/Donovan Mitchell/Jamal Murray/NBA/NBA Playoffs/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — For Utah and Denver, Game 7 awaits. For Toronto, so may a Game 7 approach.The brilliant Western Conference first-round series between Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Nuggets guard Jamal Murray — the two leading scorers in the NBA playoffs, averaging a combined 72.7 points per game — will come to an end Tuesday night, when Denver looks to become the 12th team in NBA history to successfully rally from a 3-1 series deficit.That game gets preceded by Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between Boston and Toronto, with the Celtics leading 1-0 there. September 1, 2020 /Sports News – Local Game 7 awaits Mitchell and Murray; Game 2 in Celtics-Raptors Written by Associated Press
The threat of significant snow has now emerged for Wednesday Night and Thursday for the NJ coast. A low pressure system over the Bahamas will move up the coast and rapidly develop into a monster coastal storm. Over the past few days, forecasts have been mainly offshore keeping us from any significant effects of the storm. However, each new computer run has inched closer to the coast which has the potential to give us accumulating snow and possible near white out conditions as the storm deepens and strong gusty winds howl from the northwesterly direction.As a result of this rapidly deepening storm, another blast of frigid air is expected to usher in behind the storm. High temperatures behind the storm for Friday and Saturday will only reach the upper teens with dangerous wind chills values that will be below zero.Forecast temperatures behind the storm show frigid air returning for the end of the week. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)There are still more details to be worked out over the next 24 hours but it seems the likelihood of plowable snow is increasing for the Jersey Coast. Right now there is a wide range of expected amounts that could occur from this storm depending on the track.Current Snowfall Projections from the NWS suggest 3″-4″ is possible from this storm but any deviation from the track would decrease or increase amounts. But regardless of snow amounts, dangerous cold air will be returning for the end of the week and into the weekend.
By Donald WittkowskiNo cash? No problem.Ocean City is expanding its tourist-friendly vacation app with new features that will eventually give people the convenience of paying for virtually all of their purchases in town on their mobile devices – no cash needed.“We want it to be universal for Ocean City,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.With the approach of the summer tourism season, the Chamber is preparing to make a series of upgrades to the app beginning this month, including the ability for users to buy beach tags and concert tickets on their phones and mobile devices.An annual contest to win a weeklong vacation giveaway in Ocean City from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1 is also being promoted on the app at http://win.oceancityvacation.com. Contestants must download the app to be entered in the vacation giveaway.Another new feature known as geofencing will alert app users to such things as special events and sales at local businesses when they enter Ocean City and travel around town.Ken Wisnefski, founder and chief executive officer of WebiMax, an online marketing firm that is upgrading the app for the Chamber of Commerce, said the new features will put Ocean City “at the forefront of technology” as it looks to attract new visitors in the highly competitive tourism industry.Wisnefski, in a presentation during a meeting Thursday of the Ocean City Tourism Development Commission, said cashless transactions using the app will appeal to all demographic groups.“It’s evolving beyond the millennials and into all age groups,” said Wisnefski, an Ocean City resident who is also an owner of OCNJDaily.com.Ken Wisnefski, CEO of WebiMax, tells members of the Ocean City Tourism Development Commission of improvements his online marketing firm is making to the vacation app.Wisnefski noted the app is simply another way to combine technology with Ocean City’s traditional, family-friendly attractions to enhance the town’s business community and tourism market.“They would see the blending of technology with tradition,” he said of Ocean City’s visitors.The ability to buy beach tags and concert tickets using the app is just the beginning of an array of new features coming this year. Eventually, for instance, app users will be able to pay for parking on their mobile devices.The most dramatic upgrade will follow this fall, when a new cashless payment system is introduced to give people the option of buying virtually anything in Ocean City using the app, Gillian and Wisnefski said.Coinciding with the arrival of the holiday shopping season, the cashless system is scheduled to make its debut in October or November at participating shops in the downtown business district and along the Boardwalk, Gillian said.“This is all great,” said Wes Kazmarck, president of the Boardwalk Merchants Association and a member of the Tourism Development Commission. “Ocean City being ahead (in technology) is great. In three, four years, everybody will be catching up.”Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Wes Kazmarck, president of the Boardwalk Merchants Association, discuss changes to the app.The cashless payment system will allow app users to load gift certificates or money on their mobile devices for purchases at local shops and other businesses.Eventually, the cashless transactions will be expanded for virtually any type of purchases in Ocean City – from shops to restaurants and from hotels to rental properties. Users could even buy their insurance or pay for dental appointments using the app, Gillian said while giving some examples.Currently, the app has 9,244 users, Gillian said. It includes a listing of special events, local businesses, places to stay and dine, real estate sales and vacation rentals. It also has a daily beach report.As new features are added, Gillian and Wisnefski envision the number of app users increasing dramatically in coming months.“Over the next year, it will grow significantly,” Wisnefski said.New advertising for shopping, dining and other amenities will also be added to the app, creating even more ways for the city and local businesses to connect with visitors and consumers.Gillian pointed out that the app is another way the resort town is using technology to market and advertise itself to visitors, particularly the tech-savvy millennials generally ranging in age from 18 to 35. Soon, users of the Ocean City vacation app will be able to make cashless purchases on their cellphones.
In a new Facebook post, singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt announced that she has canceled the first leg of her tour with James Taylor, citing that she’ll need the time to recover from an upcoming surgery, which she discovered she needed during a recent doctor’s visit. However, while the news of the cancelation is difficult for fans, happily, Raitt also shared that the “prognosis is good and a full recovery is expected.”Bonnie Raitt also shared a statement with fans in the Facebook post, adding:I’m deeply sorry to have to disappoint my fans, James and colleagues with these cancellations. I was so looking forward to our tour, but I’m very grateful that the doctors feel this can be taken care of with surgery. I’m feeling strong and am in great hands with my wonderful team. I fully expect to return for the second leg of the US tour in June followed by our European tour in July.Thank you all for your concern and understanding that the best gift you could give me is respecting my wish for privacy and giving me space to heal. Can’t wait to see you all back on the road again soon!Given Raitt’s last-minute cancelation, for the canceled tour dates, James Taylor will perform two sets, with the shows billed as an “Evening With James Taylor & His All-Star Band.” James Taylor’s solo tour will begin on May 8th in Jacksonville, Florida, and extends through a show on St. Paul, Minnesota on June 22nd, when Raitt is expected to rejoin the tour. During Taylor’s shows on May 29th in Phoenix and May 31st and June 1st in Hollywood, it was recently announced that Sheryl Crow will appear with Taylor.You can read Bonnie Raitt’s official post on the cancelation below. For more information about James Taylor’s tour or for refunds, head here.[H/T JamBase]
Friday was not the first time Bill Murray has shared the stage with the roots rock trio. The part-time professional musician previously sat in with the band just a week prior during a Puss N Boots performance at Sunny’s Bar in Brooklyn. Murray also took his own musical career to new levels in 2017 when he teamed up with acclaimed cellist Jan Vogler for a classical album titled, New Worlds. Murray and Volver, along with violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez, also spent much of the spring and parts of summer and fall 2018 on a global concert tour in support of the new release. However, Murray was not done performing with the ending of “Blue Christmas”. Buzzed on the energy of the holiday season, he also donned some reindeer bells and bounced around the stage like a little elf after drinking too much hot cocoa while the band played “Shake Your Christmas Butt”. Watch the clip below: On Friday night, Puss N Boots—the folk-rock trio comprised of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper—hosted their annual Christmas Extravaganza concert at The Bell House in New York City. The show featured all three artists onstage in holiday-themed attire performing a mix of country originals and Christmas covers in front of their hometown fans. To make the night even more magical, the trio was accompanied by one of their more famous fans, actor Bill Murray, who joined the band onstage to help Jones deliver a romantic cover “Blue Christmas”, originally recorded by Elvis Presley.Bill Murray stepped to the microphone on the Bell House’s holiday-themed stage wearing an adorable little elf hat in unity with the band and their own outfits. Murray, Jones, and Popper all shared vocal harmony duties for the relaxed holiday tune, which had its own country swagger thanks to Sasha Dobson’s drum rhythm and Jones’ guitar work. Murray went on to encourage the crowd to join in on the collaboration (“If you know it you can sing along”).You can watch Bill Murray’s sit-in in a video shared by a fan after the performance. The performance sounds pretty impressive thanks to the contrasting vocal tones of Murray and the two female singers. Bill shines just as brightly as those lights on stage when he dials into that higher singing octave to belt out the lyrics, “You’ll be doin’ all right, with your Christmas of white”. Check it out below:
Show Closed This production ended its run on May 28, 2017 Broadway alum Jeffry Denman will join the cast of Cagney this month. He assumes the role of Bob Hope and others beginning October 14, taking over for Jeremy Benton at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre.Denman last appeared on the New York stage in the off-Broadway revival of Passion. His additional credits include Yank!, White Christmas, Of Thee I Sing, The Producers, Cats and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.Cagney follows the life of James Cagney (played by Robert Creighton, who also contributed original music with Christopher McGovern) from the streets of New York to his rise from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to one of the brightest stars of Hollywood. The score features classic George M. Cohan favorites: “Give My Regards To Broadway,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”In addition to Creighton and Denman, the cast of Cagney includes Danette Holden, Josh Walden, Ellen Zolezzi and Bruce Sabath. The production is directed by Bill Castellino and choreographed by Joshua Bergasses, and features a book by Peter Cooley. View Comments Jeffry Denman(Photo courtesy of Keith Sherman & Associates) Related Shows Cagney
Volume XXXIINumber 1Page i Here is the 32nd annual spring Garden Packet from the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Written by 14 CAES faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students, these 26 features are provided to help you give your readers the timely, valuable gardening information they want. Your UGA Cooperative Extension county agent (just call 1-800-ASK-UGA1) can help you localize these features. The stories are available on the Georgia FACES Web site at georgiafaces.com.The 2007 Garden Packet stories are: 1 Organic garden? Take balanced approach Kristen Plank 2 Beginner’s guide to vegetable garden Jamie Hamblin 3 Avoid feast for insects in garden Stephanie Schupska 4 Five quick steps to controlling insects in garden Schupska 5 Southern peas: longtime tradition in South George Boyhan 6 Pick a peck of pickles from garden this year Dan Rahn 7 Great gardens can come in small spaces Terry Kelley 8 Prevention key to garden disease control Brad Haire 9 Start trellising when plants start growing Kelley10 Soil testing can prevent garden problems Kelley11 Gardeners’ needs set insect-control choices Alton Sparks12 Home pecans as much an art as a science Lenny Wells13 Backyard berries easier to grow than you think Schupska14 Keep your garden ‘contained’ and versatile Plank15 With care, orchids provide years of beauty Hamblin16 Elephant ears add tropical appeal to yard Bodie Pennisi17 Thorny pyracanthas ablaze with berries in winter Rahn18 Georgia Gold Medal plants winners in landscape Rahn19 Swamp hibiscus a winner around water garden Pennisi20 Striking flowers make Firespike landscape winner Pennisi21 Madison takes Confederate jasmine north Gary Wade22 Yellow azalea: ‘Admiral Semmes’ clearly a winner Wade23 Fast-growing, pest-free Green Giant draws acclaim Wade24 Protect pantry from Indian meal moths Aubree Roche25 Laying dormant sod is risky business Sharon Omahen26 New ‘Gardening in Georgia’ shows on GPB Faith PeppersHere are all of the annual UGA garden packet articles for thepast six years:2007 Garden Packet Articles2006 Garden Packet Articles2005 Garden Packet Articles2004 Garden Packet Articles 2003 Garden Packet Articles 2002 Garden Packet Articles(Dan Rahn is the principal editor of the annual gardenpacket and a news editor with the University of Georgia Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Growing a good potato starts with good seed.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Tim Coolong advises Georgia gardeners to find a reputable dealer or seed source to obtain healthy, disease-free seed stock. Ability permitting, the seed stock should be kept between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit for a couple of weeks to initiate sprouting.Cutting seed pieces one or two days prior to planting can help suberize (heal) the cut surfaces, which allows a protective waxy layer to form over the surface, thus minimizing the chance of disease loss once the potato is planted.Because potatoes are planted early in the year, producers commonly face the issue of seed pieces sitting in cold, wet soil due to spring rains. These conditions put the seeds at risk for disease, so a well-drained site is essential.Additionally, when finding a proper site to cultivate potatoes, be sure to practice good rotation. If potatoes are planted in the same area for a number of consecutive years, the crop is put at risk for potato scab and other soilborne diseases.As for fertilizing, potatoes are described by Coolong as “average feeders.”“They’re not particularly heavy nitrogen feeders, such as sweet corn, but they require significantly more nitrogen than sweet potatoes,” Coolong said.It is typically recommended for growers to apply their phosphorus and at least half of their potassium at planting. Nitrogen applications can be split into a quarter at planting, then two or three more applications done during the season.When the potatoes are being hilled, or soil is brought up around the vines to prevent them from poking out of the ground and greening, an application of fertilizer can be incorporated.“Once you get the plant going and sprouting out of the ground, it’s fairly straightforward,” Coolong said. “The initial phase, particularly early in the spring, is when many gardeners have issues.”Since potatoes are grown under ground, there are a few ways to tell if they are ready to be harvested. Some varieties are better for growing “new potatoes,” or immature potatoes, in which case test-digging can be used to determine readiness. As for full-season potatoes, Coolong said potatoes are generally ready when the vines start dying back and yellowing. The vines can either be mowed before digging or desiccants can be sprayed to dry the vines out.“If you go in the garden and decide you want potatoes, and if they’re the size you need, you can go in and dig them early, that’s perfectly acceptable to do,” Coolong said.After the potatoes have been harvested, they should be stored in a cool, dry place with a relative humidity of 70 to 75 percent. Cold damage becomes a problem if potatoes are stored at temperatures that are too low. Be sure to find cool storage, not cold storage.[Julia Rodriquez is an intern for the UGA Tifton Campus.]
“Get Outside” this fall with stunning 360° Blue Ridge Mountain views, navigate the massive corn maze, scoop up the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an apple cider donut, and celebrate the bounties of the fall season. Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is the solution for “Getting Lost in Fun.” Open Thursdays & Fridays 1-6, Saturdays 10-10 and Sundays 10-6 until November 8th, plus Columbus day. Visit our website www.blueridgemountainmaze.com for more details! Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is a passion project for co-owners Kate & Hub Knott, who began their journey into agri-tainment 20 years ago outside of DC, with America’s very first organically grown corn maze and the DC areas #1 Corn Maze Fall Festival. The two share a love for all things nature & outdoors and are thrilled to finally bring their family business to their local Blue Ridge Mountain home. The Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is not your “cookie cutter” style festival, it is totally unique and the down home feel makes it easy to become a fall tradition for families and adults of the region. Persuading guests to enter into a corn labyrinth has proven year after year to be a great way to encourage folks to spend quality time together by working to navigate the maze, and then celebrate with a cup of hot cider & a caramel apple after successfully completing it. Hub & Kate are so excited to bring their stellar fall festival to the mountains of Nelson County this year and couldn’t be happier with the positive response so far. It is clear that families truly need a place to be outside and play once more. With the tumultuous year we’ve all had, people are tired of being “corn-teened” and ready to burn off that pent up energy. There is a HUGE demand for safe and fun things to do. Being outside is the safest option for activities these days, and Blue Ridge Mountain Maze makes it easy to stay 6 feet apart. The event is 100% outside and is a safe & easy place to gather and social distance this fall, all while giving folks a break from being indoors all the time. For the first year in the new location, the theme of the maze is “Get Outside” to celebrate the mountains and encourage guests to take a break from day after day indoors. With its location at Wood Ridge Farm Brewery in Nelson County directly off RT 29, Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is conveniently located 30 minutes from Charlottesville, and 45 minutes from Lynchburg. It’s in the heart of the “Brew Ridge Trail,” home to several famous breweries and wineries, Monticello, Wintergreen Resort, the Blue Ridge Parkway, endless hiking, and Shenandoah National Park. It’s the perfect way to spend a fall day with an outing to a local brewery, then balance the fun for the family at the corn maze, get local pumpkins, and enjoy a farm view that is second to none. The Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is an all new fall festival to Central VA, filled to the brim with fall fun including a giant 5 acre corn maze, farm animals, giant slides, farm obstacle course, night mazes, private campfire rentals, a country store & a plethora of pumpkins in all shapes, colors and sizes! Come spend hours of fun OUTSIDE this fall and watch the fall colors come to life with our panoramic Blue Ridge Mountain views. Open weekends from September 26-November 8th, this 100% outdoor festival is worth adding to your covid-safe list of fun, family activities to do this fall. The corn maze itself is what usually draws the crowds out to the festival, but Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is more than just a walk through stalks. The courtyard is an all ages playground for anyone that wants to enjoy it. Giant slides made from huge culvert pipes, a full size farm obstacle course & a pumpkin slingshot are just a few of the activities in the courtyard to entertain for hours. Not to mention the farm animals, a country store filled with local products to purchase, and the option to rent a private campfire at the Saturday Night Maze. Is there anything better than roasting s’mores over a campfire on a cool autumn night with a sky full of stars? The festival has something for everyone, both day and night!