Students start 4-H awareness movement

first_imgWhat started out as a marketing campaign last summer has turned into a rally cry for Georgia 4-H. Students, 4-H alumni and staff working with the program are now declaring “I am Georgia 4-H” with bumper stickers, T-shirts and floods of comments on the 4-H Facebook page.A group of high school students who make up the Georgia 4-H Youth Technology Leadership Team came up with the idea. They are in charge of making videos about Georgia 4-H.“We started thinking ‘let’s do I am Georgia 4-H’, and it spread from there,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H and youth specialist.Varnadoe, who is a part of the technology team, said they were surprised at how people responded to the new slogan. “We thought it would be big, and we thought a lot of people would think it was catchy, but we’re just amazed at how big it’s become,” she said. “We’re pleased everybody likes it, and everybody’s getting into it.”Georgia 4-H is the youth outreach arm of UGA Cooperative Extension. In 2010, more than 156,000 students participated in Georgia 4-H programs. Besides projects and competitions, members go to camps and events all over the state and nation.The “I am Georgia 4-H” project began as a web document where people could go and submit their stories. Now the concept has its own Facebook page (www.facebook.com/iamga4h?ref=ts) with close to 1,500 fans and hundreds of stories.It also has its own website at iamga4h.org.Varnadoe grew up in Georgia 4-H. For her, it’s more than a job. “It’s my lifeblood,” she said. “It’s everything to me, and I’m just looking forward to being a 4-H mom. My son is seven, and he’s ready to be a 4-H’er.”Georgia 4-H will celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 3-9 by continuing its “I am Georgia 4-H” theme. Counties across the state are having special events and contests to celebrate the week.“We’re really reconnecting with people through this campaign,” Varnadoe said. “I feel like we’re in so much better shape. People have really realized how much 4-H meant to them and what a difference 4-H made and has continued to make in their lives.”Ultimately, she hopes that this project will prompt more people to help out with their local 4-H programs, either with their time or money.“This project comes at a crucial time in Extension when we need people’s help,” Varnadoe said. “We need more volunteers.”For more information about “I am Georgia 4-H,” visit iamga4h.org. For more information about Georgia 4-H, visit www.georgia4h.org.last_img read more


Dry as Dirt

first_imgThe woods have been so dry that crashing from the mountain bike has become much more of a deterrent than usual.It really hurts to land a hip or shoulder onto dirt so dry and hard that it’s crackled into a large puzzle. The moss is shriveled and brown, and there aren’t any mushrooms. The raspberries, which should be popping out all fat, red, and juicy are tiny morsels of hardening sourness, covered in little green hairs. Ew.Hitting the ground now causes seismic movement, which on these __-year-old bones causes tiny fractures. Then again, maybe the high-impact will also create better bone-density?But then it rained…it was a beautiful, slow, soaking rain that sprinkled on and off. It soaked gently into the ground, moistening the deep crevices and quenching the wilting rhododendrons. Then it would stop, with grey clouds hovering over the tree canopy to hold the wet inside.It was Elijah’s first ride in the rain, and it was a long one. I schooled him on the treacherousness of the angled wet roots and how to keep the front wheel light. Few people, who aren’t from Oregon or England, can ride in these conditions. These mountains are known for staying slick. It doesn’t have to be raining for a front wheel to slide out, or for there to be a rocky creek to navigate.It had been so dry that even after a few rain showers the bike was barely laying tracks. But it was enough to frustrate an 8-year-old who doesn’t yet know to distribute weight back and forth between the front and rear tires while climbing across a thin layer of snot and picking through wet rocks. He was smart to take the downhill conservatively slow and never once tested the ground for density.We got back to the car soaked, with a thin layer of grit and shiny micah – far better than eye shadow. Now that we’d stopped, we were finally cold, grateful for the dry clothes and oatmeal cookies, but sorry to change while sitting in the front seat of a pickup truck. Maybe we should’ve rode naked.last_img read more


4 Mountain Biking Routes that End in Great Swimming Holes

first_imgThe mountains of the Blue Ridge region are chock-full with a wide variety of mountain bike trails. From moderate rides along old roads to rugged ridge climbing single-track trails; the options accommodate every skill level. Yet, the summer sun has a way of leaving all riders in pursuit of one common goal: a little relief from the scorching heat.  For those in search of mountain bike routes that are manageable on even the hottest of days, we have compiled four rides that will land you in some cold, refreshing mountain water. These four routes, a mixture of moderate grade and swimming holes will keep you riding through the dog days of summer.Seneca Creek Trail | West VirginiaThe Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia is your ticket to great trails and swimming holes. Seneca Creek Trail, specifically, will land you at an incredible spot under the thirty-foot Seneca Falls. The route is a relatively easy ride along an old forest road that crosses several streams and swings you past additional choices of swimming holes.7010449_large_2f672d1465064023Seneca FallsGreentown Trail in Wilson Creek | North Carolina  The Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Area offers not only beautiful views and well-kept trails, but also includes several swimming holes. Located in Pisgah National Forest, Wilson Creek is a portion of the Grandfather District. Make sure to choose your route wisely as only some trails allow for mountain bikes. Biking is permitted on Greentown Trail and will be your best bet for cooling off in the river along the way. Starting off Highway 181, the blue blazed Greentown trail crisscrosses and winds along the river. After your ride, wade in and cool off from the river’s bank.Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 10.41.15 AMSouthside Junction Trail | New River Gorge, West VirginiaThe New River Gorge is an East Coast goldmine for mountain biking. A large network of trails provides several options for grade variety.  However, the beautiful winding waters of the New River are what truly make this area a summer destination. As you ride along the river’s edge, it will be hard to resist a refreshing dip into the chilly mountain water. For those scorching hot summer days, consider the Southside Junction Trail as your route of choice. This scenic, seven-mile path along an old railroad track moseys past several ideal spots to stop and wander down to the river for a swim.new_river_gorge_bridge-e1463580312881The New River Gorge is an East Coast goldmine for mountain biking.Panthertown Valley loop with Schoolhouse Falls | North CarolinaNot far from the popping city of Asheville, North Carolina, the enchanting Nantahala National Forest is home to Panthertown Valley. Here, miles of biking trails offer a variety of rides, loops and terrain. One of the best features in the striking wilderness of Panthertown Valley is Schoolhouse Falls. This is a swimming hole you will not want to pass by. Cool off under the waterfall as it empties into the deep swimming hole below. Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 10.41.26 AMSchoolhouse Falls in Western North Carolina’s Panthertown Valley.From Salt Rock parking area, bikers can pick up Blackrock trail. Which leads into Power Line Road. You can then choose to create a loop using North Road. Come prepared for a short hike as access to Schoolhouse Falls is only by a footpath trail.Related Content:last_img read more


Trail Mix: New Solo Record for My Morning Jacket’s Jim James

first_imgIt’s been a relatively light touring year for My Morning Jacket. But one of the popular Southern-flavored alt-rock outfit’s sporadic gigs included an appearance in the Blue Ridge back in August—a headlining slot at the annual Lockn’ Festival in bucolic Nelson County, Va. During the set the band ripped through some of the biggest tunes from its near-two-decade career, which started back in Louisville, Ky., in the late 90s. From the space-jazz jam in an extended “Steam Engine” to the twangy, full-throttle garage rock of old-school favorite “Mahgeetah,” the group delivered a commanding performance that lasted for more than two hours.A surprising moment in the extended festival set came when Jacket frontman Jim James started crooning a version of Hal David and Burt Bacharach’s 1965 ballad “What the World Needs Now is Love.” Midway through the song James addressed the crowd, saying “The world is a crazy place right now. We need to let each other know how much we love each other, regardless of race, regardless of creed, regardless of sexual orientation.”Dropping such a saccharine song into a show filled atmospheric, edgy sounds could’ve come across as cheesy or ironic, but after a long summer of headlines dominated by social and political unrest, it managed to bring an exhausted, sweaty crowd into a unified sing-along. James, to his credit, has long been full of surprises that seem to work. As the shaggy, somewhat iconic leader of a band that lives just below the mainstream but possesses a fervent fan base and teeters between the worlds of indie and jam rock, he’s often been willing to experiment.Beyond My Morning Jacket’s seven studio albums, James has released two solo efforts. The first, the 2009 EP Tribute To (released under the name Yim Yames), is full of quiet George Harrison covers that sound like they were recorded in an attic, and the follow up, 2013’s full-length Regions of Light and Sound of God, was an ambitious piece of DIY electro-rock, influenced by Lynd Ward’s wordless novel, God’s Man. This month James is releasing another full album, Eternally Even, out November 4.Like the message he shared during the Lockn’ set, James is using the album as a call for humanity during indisputably troubled times. In a statement released on his latest effort, which will be released intentionally just ahead of the U.S. presidential election, James said: “I wanted to make an album that hopefully speaks to the issues of the day, many of which, sadly, are issues we have been dealing with since the beginning of time. Most of what I think about right now is how so many things in the world are SO f#@ked up—our political system is broken and corrupt … our Earth is being destroyed by climate change … people are not treating each other with equality and respect … and I think, ‘Are we going to make it? Are we going to figure it out and fix it before it’s too late? Can we ever truly open our hearts and embrace love in all its beautiful forms?’ I think it’s still possible.”That optimism doesn’t immediately shine through in the lyrics of protest song “Same Old Lie,” which on paper look like they should be coming from Woody Guthrie strumming an acoustic guitar: “Hate crimes/Shelter lines/They try to take what’s yours and mine.” But James delivers them in a way that doesn’t wallow in darkness. The song cruises with a soulful pop groove that belongs in a dance club, and as the album progresses any hints of anger evolve into pleas for peaceful unity. The two-part “We Aren’t Getting Any Younger” starts with a mood-shifting, down-tempo electronic instrumental before segueing into a seize-the-day acid jazz poem. Similarly, “In the Moment” rebukes apathy through a hazy retro funk jam.Slightly reminiscent of Sam Cooke’s Civil Rights anthem “A Change is Gonna Come,” James ultimately sees good things on the horizon in the R&B-fueled “The World’s Smiling Now,” a melodic meditation on finding comfort through chaos in the held hand of another. Inspiring music is just a part of what the world needs, and fortunately James has that covered.Keller Williams’ Bluegrass ThanksgivingKeller Williams nimbly jumps between genres. He’s best known for performing as a one-man band, an acoustic troubadour with a loop rig that allows him to incorporate a wide range of additional sounds beyond his guitar. But in recent years Williams has been collaborating with other musicians on a more regular basis. He often tours with his hard-hitting funk band, More Than a Little, or in projects with bluegrass greats Larry Keel and the Travelin’ McCourys. He’ll lean on the latter style later this month during two shows Williams is calling “Thanksforgrassgiving.”For the pair of gigs, taking place at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., on November 25, and at the National in Richmond, Va., on November 26, Williams is assembling a roster of string band all-stars, including Jeff Austin on mandolin, Jay Starling on dobro, and Nicky Sanders of the Steep Canyon Rangers on fiddle. Starling’s band, Love Canon, which plays bluegrass versions of 80s hits, will open both shows. Williams also announced he will play a New Year’s Eve show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., that will include a set of Grateful Dead tunes from his Grateful Gospel project, which features guitarist John Kadlecik, formerly of the Dead side project Furthur.Jim James will support his new solo record with a limited run of tour dates, including a handful in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast: November 19 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., November 22 at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga., November 23 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., and November 25 at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, Ky.last_img read more


Welcome aboard!

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charles Shanley Charles Shanley has specialized in executive recruiting and project management for more than 20 years. He has a solid background in all facets of Executive Search and has extensive experience … Web: www.jmfa.com Details Tips for keeping new employees happy and productive after they’re In placeGetting new employees in the door is just the initial step in maintaining a high-quality workforce. Once you have the right people in place, it is essential to help them transition successfully into the organization’s culture, provide them with the tools they need, and support their skills development in order for them to be productive and happy for the long term.According to HR industry data, half of outside senior hires fail within the first 18 months and nearly half of all hourly workers leave new jobs within the first four months. Banks can avoid such high turnover rates and transition new hires into productive team members by implementing an effective on-boarding program and making it a priority throughout the organization.Process should begin before a new employee’s start dateA successful on-boarding process begins before a new hire officially accepts the job and continues past the 90-day orientation and evaluation period. To begin, make sure you have a job description for every position that specifies such things as a job title, where the position falls on the organizational chart, the assigned supervisor, job qualifications, position overview, physical requirements, as well as salary and benefits.Next, develop a check list of everything that needs to be covered when a new staff member comes on board. The list may vary, depending on an employees’ position, but it should guarantee that all new hires are provided the information, resources and support they need to help them get up to speed as quickly as possible.Before the new employee’s first day, make sure his or her office is ready to go with all the necessary furniture and technology. And don’t forget to supply important information such as a computer user name and password, software and user manuals, printer access, email and phone logins.Supplies, such as business cards, desk or door name plaques, i.d. badge should be ordered and in place. Also provide any keys the employee will need and explain if there are any areas he or she will not be able to access, and why not.Also, consider having the employee visit the office before the first official day on the job to receive the employee handbook and complete some of the HR paperwork. This will allow him or her to spend the first day in more productive activities.Make a good impression from day oneMake sure new employees feel at home as soon as they step into the door on Day One.Make a good impression from day oneMake sure new employees feel at home as soon as they step into the door on Day One. According to Annette Matthies, chief human resources officer at Elevations Credit Union in Colorado, the goal of  a good on-boarding process is to make an employee feel valued.  “A thorough orientation gives new employees more confidence from the ‘get-go’ and contributes to their ability to be more productive,” she said. “It contributes significantly to an employee’s engagement and we know that highly engaged employees will create more loyal members for the credit union.”Designate someone on staff who will be responsible for on-boarding new hires. This person will serve as a buddy throughout the introductory period and be the go-to resource whenever the new employee has any questions or needs.Plan a facility tour that highlights the location of the restroom, kitchen or lounge area and offices of key personnel. Introduce the new hire to the entire staff – including leadership, contemporaries and subordinates. Explain the role each employee fills in the organization and how he or she might interface with the new employee. A good way to help the new employee get acquainted with co-workers is to make lunch plans for the first week. Whether one-on-one or in small groups, this is a great way to build working relationships, help familiarize the new staff member with the area and avoid the awkward feeling of being left alone when everyone else leaves over the lunch hour.Provide an explanation of the institution’s history, goals, business philosophy and organizational chart. This will immediately provide the new employee with an idea of how he or she fits into the big picture. Set aside time for the new employee to ask questions about the organization, as well as the expectations for his or her role and the opportunities for growth within the organization.After the initial introductions and training are complete, it’s important to set aside some time to review the information that has been provided during the first few weeks of employment. Don’t assume that new staff members will remember everything they have been told as they were getting accustomed to their new work environment.For C-level personnel, provide an overview of any committees or special projects they will be assigned. Identify the institution’s board members and explain a little about their history with the organization, along with their strengths and community involvement. As soon as it can be arranged, provide introductions to board members, community groups and civic leadership, especially if the employee is new to the area.Getting started on the right foot can result in a long, steady employee relationshipRemember, first impressions are lasting. While many organizations spend time and money searching for, recruiting and hiring a new employee, many drop the ball when it comes to making that new hire feel at home and providing the tools and work environment necessary to ensure that he or she will be happy, successful and a long-term asset to the organization. On-boarding is the number one thing that banks can do to make new employees feel like an important part of the team right away and set the stage for a long-term, productive workforce.last_img read more


Manchester can see the light

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Investors are keen to snap up property in this suburb

first_img118 Sanderling St, InalaRay White – Forest Lake agent Thanh Ngo said the starting bid was $300,000.“We had about 30 people watching the auction,” Mr Ngo said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“The location was definitely the drawcard,” he said.“It’s within walking distances to the local Inala Shopping Centre, just 600m away.“The property market in Inala is hot right now”. 118 Sanderling Street InalaSet on a 607sq m bock of land, Mr Ngo said the solid brick home had timber floors ready to be polished.He said the new owners had plans to renovate the property. 118 Sanderling St, InalaA three-bedroom, one-bathroom Inala property has ticked all the right boxes for an investor who bought it at auction on April 1 for $385,000.Ten registered bidders had their eyes on the post-war home at 118 Sanderling St.center_img 118 Sanderling Street InalaMr Ngo said the home, located in a quiet street, had security screens throughout. There is a single carport with rear access and a fully fenced child-friendly, low maintenance yard.“There’s plenty of buyers looking at this area,” Mr Ngo said.“There’s lots of confidence in the Inala property market out there,” he said.last_img read more


Olga Maersk Suffers Engine Room Fire, Crew Safe

first_imgA fire broke out in the engine room on board Maersk’s Panamax containership Olga Maersk on January 29, while the vessel was on route from Panama to Cartagena. All crew on board the vessel are safe and accounted for, Hamburg Süd, German liner company, acquired by Danish major Maersk, said.“The fire, which was contained to the engine room, has been extinguished following fire fighting procedures,” the company said.The Danish-flagged 3,000 TEU containership was built in 2003.“We will inform you as soon as possible on the schedule adjustments that will be necessary as a result of this incident,” the company added.Based on the data from Marine Traffic, the ship is moored in Puerto de Cristobal, Panama.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Football fan caught kissing on camera explodes we all cheat!

first_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone Movies7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games? A football fan who was caught on camera passionately kissing a woman next to him during a football match, has admitted he is guilty as charge revealing that he was indeed cheating on his partner but insists he is  not the only cheat in town. The pair’s moment of amor was captured by cameras at half-time of the friendly between Barcelona SC and Delfin in Ecuador on Saturday, and it didn’t take long for the clip went viral on social media. The man, who The Metro have identified as Deyvi Andrade, was seen cuddling close to his companion and kissing her before whipping his arm away and looking very sheepish after realising he was being filmed. Mexican sports paper Record said: ‘If you’re thinking of cheating on your other half, a football match in a stadium with thousands of people in the stands and millions more watching on TV would be the last place you’d go…unless you’re this nice Barcelona SC fan in Ecuador.’ Andrade has since taken to his own Facebook and Instagram pages to defend his actions and reveal that his relationship has been destroyed. Deyvi Andrade looking away from the pitch to attend to more important matter ‘If it was a woman in my place what would you do?’ he wrote as reported by The Metro. ‘Various videos have been circulating of unfaithful women but they haven’t been made fun of as much as me. I hope you never have to be in my position. ‘I’m going to defend my honour and my pride as a man until the end… We all fail and we all repent, thank you to those who have invited me to church and if I go it is so I can heal my family,” he said ‘No one is going to be able to damage my image, God is big and strong and these women who are criticising me, I know too have cheated but they still comment. ‘You’ve already destroyed my relationship, what more do you want? I hope this doesn’t serve you in any way because you are only hurting a son of God. ‘You don’t know the psychological damage you have caused with your hatred directed at me. Everyone fails and we can forgive from our hearts. God give me strength!’ Read Also Conte declares operation minimal sex for maximum performance He then appeared to plead for his partner back, writing, as quoted in The Mirror: ‘I want to go back to living these moments by your side. ‘I am really sorry and this is why I’ve come out in public to comment on this nonsense, so I can ask you to forgive me. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more


Indiana Native Cox Performs In Union County Friday

first_imgCorey Cox performs in Liberty Friday night.LIBERTY, Ind. – A rising country music artist will perform at the Union County Harvest Fest in Liberty Friday.Corey Cox began pursuing music seriously at age 20 and has since found quite a bit of success. The Anderson, Indiana native spends most of his time on the road honing the craft and making a name for himself in the music industry.“I definitely want to continue touring as a band and playing shows,” Cox says. “That has always been something I strongly believe in to have success in the business.”Traveling thousands of miles along busy interstates and dark highways has certainly paid off so far. Cox has shared the stage with Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, and Chris Young at music venues, tours, rodeos, fairs and festivals across the country.“It’s funny to me, because when I was a kid I never really had any musical abilities that I knew of at the time. So, I never had really any early dreams of doing this.“I guess everything that has happened I kind of take it in stride. Sometimes it takes a while to really sink in. Everything is just fun to me because nothing was expected. Everything has come as a surprise and I am just grateful for everything.”His newest single “Wake Up Drunk” was released in August.The Union County Harvest Fest is held on the Courthouse Square in Liberty.last_img read more