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first_imgSierra Boggess, School of Rock The Olympic Games are in full swing, and though we’re obsessed with the competition, viewing party snacks and sparkly gymnastics outfits, we just wish there was a way for some of our stage faves to get in on the action and go for the gold. On top of coming up with five totally random talents that should have their own sporting events, we asked fans to rank their favorite belters on the Great White Way. So, which vocal athletes would you want to see rocking the stage in Rio de Janeiro? Take a peek at your top 10 below! (Photo: Matthew Murphy & Joan Marcus) Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple Leona Lewis, Cats View Comments Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton Jessie Mueller, Waitress Jennifer DiNoia, Wicked Heather Headley, The Color Purple Keala Settle, Waitress Jasmine Cephas-Jones, Hamilton Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purplelast_img read more

first_img Broadway’s about to get even bigger in Texas! Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM), the nonprofit presenter of Broadway theater in North Texas, and Broadway Across America (BAA) are coming together to book future seasons of touring Broadway shows at Fair Park Music Hall. Beginning with the 2017-2018 season, Dallas will be BAA’s 41st city in the U.S. and Canada.“Broadway Across America’s roots are in Texas,” said John Gore, Owner and CEO of BAA’s parent organization, The John Gore Organization, in a statement. “Since our company was founded in Texas in 1982, we are very proud that Dallas, a top five market, has joined our other long-time Texas partners in Austin, Houston and San Antonio as well as those throughout North America. With the largest theatrical subscription base in the world, we are excited to work with our new partners to bring DSM’s audience the best of Broadway.”According to The Dallas Morning News, DSM signed a 10-year contract with BAA on September 7. BAA will act as the voice for DSM in booking touring Broadway shows and promoting events at the theater. DSM’s locally run programs, including the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards and the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts, will continue. Additionally, DSM plans to continue collaborating with Performing Arts Fort Worth.“Dallas is at the brink of a revolutionary transformation, especially within the arts community. Given the vitality and diversity currently on Broadway, we are excited about DSM’s partnership with Broadway Across America which could not have happened at a better time than this, the Platinum Age of musical theatre,” said Ted Munselle, DSM 2016 Chair of the Board, in a statement. “Broadway Across America is known for their network of premiere theatre relations and their influence in the industry is unparalleled, which is why this partnership offers strong support for our organization.”“Dallas is a world-class city and we are proud to work with Dallas Summer Musicals to bring the best shows and the best practices in the industry to Dallas,” said Lauren Reid, CEO of Broadway Across America, in a statement. “It is gratifying to establish a partnership with such a beloved institution. Together, we will work to bring the highest quality arts and entertainment experiences to the North Texas community.” Broadway Across America View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgAs a rule, she said, an outer shell of washable nylon or polyester is more likely to repelwater after cleaning and is less likely to tear than one of 100 percent cotton or amicrofiber. Parkas may have a drawstring at the waist or the bottom. Both keep warm air in andcold air out. Drawstrings on the outside, Hibbs said, are easier to use than those on theinside. And the next few weeks aren’t a bad time to buy one. “The best cuffs are snug, knitted and tucked under a longer sleeve,” she said. “Theykeep out the cold and fit comfortably over gloves.” “As the winter wears on, parkas will be going on sale,” said Judy Hibbs, a family andconsumer scientist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “The selectionwon’t be as good as in the fall. But you can get some good buys.” * Thicker fill is warmer. That’s true whether the filling is costly down or inexpensivepolyester, Hibbs said. “Some parkas have a zip-out liner,” Hibbs said. “You can wear the liner alone, theshell alone or both.” “Parkas that must be dry-cleaned tend to lose their water-repelling ability sooner thanthose that are washed,” Hibbs said. * Make sure it’s roomy enough to allow for layers of clothing. “Men’s or unisex parkas may be too large for small women,” Hibbs said. “But theirextra-long sleeves are an advantage for tall women. The longer the parka, the morebody it covers. All other factors being equal, the more body it covers, the warmeryou’ll be.” These hooded, pullover garments have long been prized in more frozen climates. Overtime, parkas’ popularity has spread southward into places like Georgia. Georgia winters aren’t exactly arctic. But February winds often have enough of an icyedge to make you wish for a warm new parka. Most parkas have a cargo pocket on each side that opens from the top and ahand-warmer pocket that opens from the side. “An angled hand-warmer pocket is easierto use than one with a vertical opening,” she said.center_img Other features can affect how happy you’ll be with your new parka. A hood that rolls up and stores in the parka’s collar can be convenient, she said, if itdoesn’t make the collar too bulky. Hoods that zip on and off are more convenient thatthose attached by snaps. With catalog parkas, use temperature designations as a rough guide to makecomparisons within the same company. “This method won’t work when comparing parkas from different catalog companies,since the terminology is rarely the same,” Hibbs said. “If you’re in a store considering parkas, fluff them up and compare the fillingthickness,” she said. “Those that have the most loft and are the longest should be thewarmest.” * Decide how much warmth you need. Take into account the climate, how sensitiveyou are to cold and what you’ll be doing when you wear it. But there are so many styles and makes of parkas. How do you know which is best foryou? * How it’s cleaned has a lot to do with how long a parka will stay water-repellent. Hibbs has some tips to help you decide. “Generally, the warmer the parka, the better,” she said. “You can always unzip ajacket if you’re too warm. But you may not be able to add layers if you get chilled.” A zipper with a double row of stitching on each side is best, she said. An oversizedzipper tab is easy to grasp even when you’re wearing gloves or mittens.last_img read more

first_imgThe TAG Workshop for Small and Beginning Farmers March 22 at Fort Valley State University offers timely information that can make a big difference on small farms.TAG, or Team Agriculture Georgia, is a team created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Agriculture Council in Georgia. Its purpose is to find ways to collaborate in helping small and beginning farmers in Georgia.The March 22 workshop will offer four sessions, each an hour and 15 minutes long. Participants can choose from 10 topics: local marketing, water management, vegetables, fruit and pecan orchards, financing small farms, goats and small livestock, ponds, organic farming, aquaculture and alternative crops.The program will begin with 8 a.m. registration in the C.W. Pettigrew Farm & Community Life Center in Fort Valley, Ga. It will end at 3:45 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.To learn more about the workshop, or to register, call Levi Glover at (912) 825-6806.last_img read more

first_img“Their nutrition is different,” said Cotto-Rivera, who grew up in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish. “The spices they use, even when they eat their meals is different.”Mexican family members come home for lunch for a three- to four-hour siesta before returning to work. In the U.S., Mexican families may not be able to do this.“They may not have that family meal at lunch anymore, and they lose that family connection,” Cotto-Rivera said. “It is hard for them to make that transition. When we teach programs, I can stress that they used to have that time together and that it is something of value they need to go back to.” The group visited Palmas de Abajo, a community where 25 percent of the residents have immigrated to the U.S., mainly to Georgia.“More than 100 people were waiting to meet us, they came to listen and talk to us,” she said. “Some of them had family members living here in Georgia and they were able to connect to us. To talk to them at that level, to share that connection, it meant a lot.” A similar group visited Honduras last year. One will go to Guatemala next year. The program is partly funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.(April Sorrows is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaTo learn firsthand about Hispanic culture, Kate Whiting traveled to rural Mexico to live with the people there. The experience, she said, made her better able to serve the growing Hispanic population in Georgia. Whiting is a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Peach County. She joined 16 other UGA Extension agents and specialists for a two-week study trip to Veracruz, Mexico in May. The group included agents from Bartow, Clarke, Clayton, DeKalb, Elbert, Houston, Liberty, Laurens, McDuffie, Peach, Pierce and Thomas counties and UGA faculty from Athens, Ga., and Statesboro, Ga.“The opportunity to interact with families and see them in their day-to-day lives helped me understand the cultural aspects of their lives and some ways we are different,” Whiting said. “(The trip) gave me a better overall understanding of the culture and having this knowledge will make it easier to communicate with my Hispanic population.”Georgia’s population is an estimated 7 percent Hispanic, but it can be two or three times larger than that in some counties. The cross-cultural studies program gives UGA Extension workers new skills to serve this growing segment of Georgia’s population, said Jorge Atiles, associate dean for outreach and extension of the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.“The state demographics demand that they (extension agents) need some cross-cultural training,” he said. “Whatever their area of expertise, sooner or later they will work with Latin Americans.” Living with host families, the group immersed themselves in Mexican culture, taking language classes, visiting local schools, social service centers, farms and rural outreach centers connected with the Universidad Veracruzana.“They are exposed to the culture beginning with breakfast in the morning. They are immersed in the family. They learn what life is really like in a Mexican home,” said Glenn Ames, director of UGA international public service and outreach.“Their hospitality and attention to leisure time really impressed me,” said Edda Cotto-Rivera, a UGA Extension radon and diabetes educator in Dekalb County. “They take time to be with their family, walk their kids to school and have family meals.” Cotto-Rivera noted the differences in Mexican meals. This information, she said, will help her plan and deliver effective nutrition programs in Dekalb. last_img read more

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaWatermelon farmers fear gummy stem blight more than any other disease. To develop better ways to manage it, University of Georgia plant pathologists are leading a regional effort to pinpoint its origins.Once GSB hits a field, it can be hard to contain, especially in hot, wet weather, said David Langston, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton, Ga. It attacks leaves and stems, severely reducing yields and sometimes killing plants.Farmers typically spray plants with fungicides eight times during the growing season, or once a week from April through June, to try and stay ahead of the disease. The cost averages $25 per acre per application. Georgia is a top watermelon-producing state. Georgia farmers are expected to grow between 25,000 acres and 30,000 acres this season, the most in recent years.Langston and fellow CAES plant pathologist Kate Stevenson are leading a team of experts from North Carolina State, Clemson University and the University of Florida to figure out how GSB epidemics start each year. A two-year, $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension will pay for the work.“In many ways, and I’ve used this analogy often, we are trying to find the smoking gun, so to speak, for this disease in the Southeast,” Langston said. “If you don’t know where the inoculum is coming from, it is near impossible to control a disease.”There are many fungicidal tools U.S. farmers use to fight GSB, but the disease is very good at becoming resistant to them quickly, Langston said — as fast as in just a few years of the first use. This is a big problem.To grow watermelons, U.S. farmers typically plant transplants, or baby plants, that are grown from seeds in greenhouses during the winter. These seedings are planted in Georgia fields in March and April. The seeds come from plants grown in Asia, South American and Australia. These countries have GSB, too. Farmers in these places use fungicides to control the disease, but which fungicides they use and how often is not known by U.S. watermelon experts or farmers. Langston believes that GSB strains are becoming resistant to certain fungicides in foreign fields. The disease — and the epidemics that hit Georgia and other states -– could be tracked to the seeds used to grow the watermelon transplants. Some of these transplants are resistant to fungicides before ever being sprayed in the U.S. Or, it could be spread each year through a build up of spores flying in the wind. The research will determine if greenhouse plants in the U.S. are being infected by GSB spores either already in the house or flying in from the outside. To help do this, solar-powered machines will collect air samples in and around the houses. If positive GSB spores are collected around the greenhouse before the plants inside show disease symptoms, the evidence would indicate the plants got it from the airborne spores and not from seeds. If GSB is seen on plants before spores arrive in the area, the evidence would show the disease didn’t start from airborne spores; it came from the seeds. The GSB spores collected from infected plants and the air will be tested to see if they are resistant to fungicides.The UGA researchers will do similar comparisons in farmers’ fields using two spore-sampling machines in Florida, two in Georgia, two in South Carolina and one in North Carolina to determine if fungal spores are present at or during GSB epidemics in those fields.If it is determined that the disease is mostly seed-borne, cooperative efforts with seed companies and their foreign growers could reduce or eliminate fungicide resistance problems or the transmitting of the problems to U.S. farmers, Langston said.If air-borne spores are the problem, he said, more aggressive fungicide rotation programs and management practices could be developed for U.S. farmers.last_img read more

first_imgWhile the Trial Gardens’ plant evaluations are respected across the globe, the gardens themselves remain a beautiful, secluded getaway in the middle of the university’s bustling campus. “The Garden is Athens’ greatest hidden treasure. Come enjoy another reason why Athens, Georgia is so special,” said Allan Armitage, a UGA horticulture professor and founder of the Trial Gardens. The event will highlight plants that have survived the summer heat and flourish in the fall. In addition to the garden’s natural ambiance, there will be live music, hors d’oeuvres and fine wine provided by Earth Fare, Jittery Joe’s coffee and a chance to chat with Armitage. Parking is available in the South Campus parking deck. The Trial Gardens are located at 220 W. Green St., Athens, Ga. For more information, email, call Sheridan Weaver at 706-583-0285 or visit The gardens are open to the public during the day, but one of the best times to visit the garden is in the evening as the sun is setting — when the garden takes on a relaxing, romantic persona. There is no better time to do this than during the “Evening in the Garden” event. Since 1982, the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia have been testing plants from around the world in Athens, Ga. By testing new breeds of annuals and perennials, the Trial Gardens’ staff has helped introduce new plants to the Southeast’s green industry and the general public. Staff members with the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia are offering gardeners, and garden fans, the chance to experience the fruits of their hard work this summer with their 5th annual “Evening in the Garden” on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. by Sheridan WeaverAfter working in the blazing sun all day in the garden, there is nothing better than enjoying the fruits (or flowers) of your labor in the evening, glass of wine in hand. “Evening in the Garden” visitors are asked to donate $5 to benefit the gardens. All proceeds will go towards funding the research and student education at the gardens. last_img read more

first_imgAs the armadillo spreads farther north, the common question becomes, “How do I control these animals?” Armadillos feed primarily on invertebrates under the soil surface and the rooting action that takes place while they forage often damages lawns and landscapes.Shallow holes 1 to 3 inches deep and 3 to 5 inches wide, usually shaped like an inverted cone, are the most common landowner complaint. Armadillo foraging can also uproot flowers and other plantings. Furthermore, burrowing can cause structural damage to buildings or kill ornamental plants or trees.How do you get rid of these animals? Oftentimes suburban landowners would rather have animals trapped and relocated; however, it is never a good idea to trap and relocate an animal due to its low probability of survival in a new environment and the stress caused to other animals in the area of release.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension wildlife experts recommend following the H.E.R.L. model for wildlife damage management. This step-by-step method starts with ‘H’ for habitat modification or harassment; ‘E’ for exclusion; ‘R’ for repellent or removal; and ‘L’ for lethal control. Habitat modification or harassment and exclusion are the first two choices; however, these methods are often impractical, expensive or ineffective for armadillos.Currently there are no registered repellants for use against armadillos. That leaves us with lethal control. Georgia wildlife regulations do not protect armadillos, so they may be hunted or trapped year-round without limit. While shooting can be an effective control method, it may not be safe or desirable for suburban landowners. If this is the case, trapping should be used as the control method.           A UGA study revealed that baiting traps was virtually a waste of time and money. Eleven baits were tested and all revealed a low capture rate. At first glance these results seem discouraging. Trapping is still a viable option for control, but baiting is less important than trap placement.The most effective method for capturing individual animals is to place cage traps with guides toward the door near an active burrow. Traps placed near natural barriers or fences, such as the walls of patios, edges of buildings or landscaping features, will also have greater success.Wire cage live traps measuring at least 10-by-12-by-32 inches are recommended for capturing armadillos. Wings should be constructed of 1-by-6-inch lumber in various lengths and placed in a ‘V’ arrangement in front of the trap. These wings help “funnel” the armadillo into the trap. Random placement of traps yields low success.As is the case when trapping any animal, scouting is paramount. Determine where the damage is occurring and trace it back to an active burrow. If no burrow can be found or it is located on another property, place the trap along the travel corridor. Armadillos often travel along barriers, natural or manmade, so placing a trap along the edges of these barriers can increase success.Armadillo tracks usually appear to be three-toed and show sharp claw marks in the back with two or four claw marks in the front, depending on soil moisture. There is often a distinct drag mark from the tail along the path of travel.last_img read more

first_imgManaging one farm is a big job; managing a network of four teaching and research farms for the University of Georgia takes a different breed of farmer.Running teaching farms is as much about working with people as it is about working with animals. That’s one of the perks of the job, said Rick Utley, senior manager of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences farms in Eatonton and Athens.“The people who work out there are the best part,” Utley said. “The staff are great people and so are the students. They are good kids, and they’re good to work with.”Utley took over the post as senior farm manager in late fall 2018 from recently retired manager Mike Mathis. As senior farm manager, Utley oversees the staff at the UGA Teaching Dairy, UGA’s Double Bridges Farm, UGA Animal and Dairy Science Eatonton Beef Research Unit, the UGA Swine Research Unit and the UGA Animal and Dairy Science Equine Unit at the Livestock Instructional Arena.In his new role, Utley supervises more than a dozen staff members and dozens of student workers. While his experience running commercial farms qualified him for the new position, it was his ease with people that got him the job, said Francis Fluharty, head of the CAES Department of Animal and Dairy Science.“One of the main reasons Rick was hired is that he is an exceptional personnel manager,” Fluharty said. “In his new role, we expect him to work with all of our managers, staff, faculty and student workers to bring these strengths to the forefront at all of our animal units.”Before joining the UGA, Utley managed a 2,500-head farrow-to-wean swine farm in Oglethorpe County for 17 years. Working on a commercial farm for almost two decades has given him a valuable perspective on the way farming has changed over the years and what it takes to run a modern farm, Fluharty said.Utley holds several certifications that are critical to the university’s compliance with state regulations, including a Certified Pesticide Applicator’s License, a Commercial Driver’s License, a Certified Waste Manager License, a Pork Quality Assurance Certification and a Transportation Quality Assurance Certification, Fluharty said.“(Utley has) an excellent background in environmental and animal welfare training and experience,” Fluharty added.The biggest difference between working at UGA and working for a commercial farming operation is having to build openness into the operation procedures, Utley said. At a commercial farm, there is a fairly limited number of people coming and going.At UGA, he and his staff have to design plans that account for a changing cast of student workers, visiting classes and researchers. It’s a different game, but Utley enjoys the fact that there’s always something new to work on.Utley grew up in Illinois but moved to Georgia after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1985 from Southern Illinois University. He’s worked on commercial farms ever since.Utley lives near Double Bridges Farm in Oglethorpe County with his wife, two sons, 14 and 17, and daughter, Audrey, 20, a UGA CAES biotechnology major.last_img read more

first_imgThis year’s Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees have impacted Georgians from the dinner table to the fairgrounds.Bill Brim, a Tift County farmer and strong advocate for Georgia agriculture, and Foster Rhodes, who was instrumental in establishing the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia, will be inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame as part of the 65th University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Alumni Association Awards banquet on Oct. 4.The Alumni Award of Excellence and Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients will also be honored. The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held at The Classic Center in downtown Athens, Georgia. Tickets are required and must be purchased by Sept. 13.“The UGA CAES Alumni Association is extremely proud of this year’s inductees into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame and looks forward to celebrating them on Oct. 4. Mr. Brim and Mr. Rhodes are so deserving of this distinguished honor for their lifetime of impact on their businesses, their communities and our state,” said Brent Marable, president of the UGA CAES Alumni Association Board of Directors. “The continued contributions that each of them makes to the agricultural sector are helping secure food, fiber and shelter for the next generation and beyond.”Inductees are nominated by the public and selected by the CAES Alumni Association’s awards committee. Nominees must possess the following characteristics: impeccable character, outstanding leadership, noteworthy contributions to Georgia’s agricultural landscape, and recognition for achievements in agriculture, among others.This year’s recipients — Brim and Rhodes — will be honored because of their long history of agricultural impact in Georgia.Brim established himself as an industry leader when he, along with Ed Walker, purchased Lewis Taylor Farms in 1985. Over the next five years, Brim helped transform Lewis Taylor Farms into a diversified transplant and vegetable production farm operation.When Brim became a co-owner of Lewis Taylor Farms, it had only 87,000 square feet of greenhouse production space. The farm now boasts 81 greenhouses with more than 649,000 square feet of production space.With Brim’s expertise in vegetable production, he was a natural fit to collaborate with scientists from the UGA CAES in various research projects with far-reaching implications.“Bill Brim is obviously one of the best produce and agronomic producers in the world. He took me under his wing and helped me learn not only how to identify, but how to grow and produce vegetables,” said Stanley Culpepper, UGA Cooperative Extension weed specialist.Brim’s most important attribute may be his willingness to speak his mind and stand up for farmers everywhere at the state and federal levels.He served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency State Committee, where he and fellow committee members reviewed and interpreted USDA policy and guidelines relating to farm bill programs and the implementation of on-the-farm applications for farmers and agricultural businesses across Georgia.“Somebody’s got to speak up. I just happened to be the one that wasn’t scared to speak up and talk about what we needed down here,” Brim said.Rhodes helped establish the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia, working from the conceptual state in the mid-1980s to the first Georgia National Fair in 1990. He served an important role in the fairgrounds’ early years as the point person with city council members, county commissioners and state leaders in securing the land needed for the agricenter.Because of Rhodes’ leadership and dedication, Georgia’s youth have a facility to showcase their projects and the state’s agriculture industry can be promoted. Since the Agricenter opened in 1990, it has attracted approximately 22 million people and made a $1.5 billion economic impact. Approximately 850,000 people visit the fairgrounds and agricenter annually, giving them some exposure to agriculture.Rhodes’ efforts were previously recognized in 2016 when the fairgrounds’ Beef and Dairy Arena at the Georgia was named the “Foster Rhodes Beef and Dairy Arena.”“Professionally and personally, I have the utmost regard for Foster. He is an outstanding member of the Georgia agricultural community and is highly respected by his peers,” said Chip Blalock, executive director of the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition and a former Extension county agent. “I know Foster to be a strong Christian family man and I admire his integrity and honesty. There is no one more dedicated to and supportive of Georgia agriculture. He always goes beyond the norm to make a positive impact on his community and state.”This year, recipients of CAES Alumni Awards of Excellence include Charlie Broussard, Ken Foster, Jaime Hinsdale Foster and Andrea B. Simao. CAES Young Alumni Achievement awards will be presented to Sara Dunn, Tamlin Hall and Franklin West.Register to attend the banquet at or call Suzanne Griffeth, director of alumni engagement, at 706-542-3390.Sponsors of the event include the UGA CAES Alumni Association, UGA CAES and Farm Credit Associations of Georgia.For a list of past inductees into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame, see read more