Broadway vet Shelly Burch and more have boarded the cast for the previously reported In The Secret Sea off-Broadway. Directed by Martin Charnin, Cate Ryan’s new American play is scheduled to run April 15 through May 21. Opening night is set for April 21 at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre.Joining Burch (Nine) as Audrey in the company will be Paul Carlin (Temporal Powers) as Gil, Malachy Cleary (The Field) as Jack, Glynnis O’Connor (Our Town) as Joyce, and Adam Petherbridge (Da) as Kenny.In the play, a newly married couple and their parents confront a life and death decision. The outcome will change all of their lives forever. In the Secret Sea Related Shows Shelly Burch View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2016
By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaWhen University of Georgia meteorologist John Knox set out to write an introductory textbook on meteorology, he wanted it to be as compelling as the first thunderstorm he remembers during a baseball game in Birmingham, Ala., when he was 4 years old.He also wanted to feature the dramatic weather of the South, where he grew up and lives today.”Textbooks can be general and boring,” Knox said. “I wanted a book that catches the eye and captures the imagination the way any good book does: by telling good stories. Everyone has a good weather story, (whether it’s) the time grandpa was in the tornado or the year the blizzard knocked the power out.”And so, “Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere” begins with the storm that first caught Knox’s attention:”It’s a hot, muggy summer night at the baseball stadium. … Midway through the game … the weather takes a violent turn. High winds suddenly blow chairs off the stadium roof. Then the sky explodes with light and sound as lightning strikes an electric transformer on a pole out beyond center field. A fireball dances along the power lines and the stadium lights go dark.”The sort of fare that keeps millions glued to the Weather Channel during a storm, Knox hopes, will hold the attention of college students taking introductory meteorology classes nationwide.The textbook, co-authored with Steve Ackerman of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and published by Brooks/Cole, is the first to put a consistent focus on weather phenomena in the South and Midwest. Until now, weather textbooks have focused on weather conditions elsewhere — the Northeast, for example, or the West.Good stories aside, there are good economic reasons to focus on weather conditions specific to the South, Knox said.”The South may not necessarily have the most photogenic weather,” Knox said. “But because the South is more heavily populated than the West, storms in the South can be much more devastating, doing more damage to people and structures.”Indeed, Knox points out that during the 1990s, Georgia recorded $4.3 billion in weather-related losses and government assistance.While the textbook doesn’t focus solely on the South, it does take on topics overlooked before now. Among them are the “cold air damming” and “rain shadow” effects of the Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains and the potential for severely eroding shorelines along the Georgia, Florida and Louisiana coasts in the event of global warming.The book even addresses the perennial question: Are tornadoes attracted to mobile homes? The answer, in case you’re interested, is no. The reason mobile homes are often struck is simply because there are so many of them. In the past 20 years, their number has quadrupled in the Southeast.”No, tornados are not attracted to trailer parks,” Knox said. “It’s just a bad confluence of economics and weather.”The recently published textbook has been well received around the country. Filled with dramatic photos and colorful charts, it is visually arresting.It has been nominated for the William Henry Fox Talbot Prize (the “Talby”), with which the Society of Academic Authors recognizes excellence in visuals in textbooks and other learning materials.The text’s accompanying Web site includes original Java applets that extend the book’s treatment of key topics such as weather map analysis, satellite interpretations and numerical weather models.To access these applets, go to the book’s website at info.brookscole.com/ackerman> and click on “book companion site” in the box on the right. On the left side of the page, you can click on “Applets.” Knox particularly recommends Chapter 6’s “Friction and Fly Balls.””I think the applets are awesome,” Knox said. “Meteorology has needed simple video-game-like instructional methods for decades. And these applets are some of the first I’ve ever seen that actually do the jobs of teaching and entertaining.”(Cat Holmes is a science writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
By Gary L. WadeUniversity of GeorgiaIt may be time to start drought-proofing the landscape to help itsurvive times of limited rainfall and little to no irrigation.Georgians, like other Americans, have a growing thirst for water.A recent U.S. Geological Survey report noted a tenfold increasein public water use since 1950. That’s mainly due to where agrowing number of people live. More than two-thirds of thestate’s 8.4 million people live in just 24 of its 159 counties.As competition for water increases, summer restrictions or banson outdoor water use occur more often, even during years ofnormal rainfall. If you rely on municipal water to keep yourlandscape green, you’ll likely be affected at some point byrestrictions or bans on outdoor water use.Not expensiveYou don’t have to invest a lot of money, though, to make yourlandscape more drought-resistant.Just changing how you water can often help. Reducing the amountof water you give landscape plants this spring will reduce theirreliance on extra watering this summer.By weaning your plants off extra water now, you’ll encouragetheir root systems to grow deeper. The more you baby plants withwater now, the shallower their roots will grow and the more waterthey’ll demand during dry times.Consider putting in some sweeping beds of pine straw, pine barkor hardwood mulch. Many local governments collect and grind thebrush people leave at the curb and then give it back as mulch.Check with your city, town or county about these materials. Somecounties provide them free or for a small fee.Great investmentMulch is one of the best investments you can make in the summerlandscape. It traps moisture in the soil, making it available tothe plants longer. Fine-textured mulches like pine straw or pinebark do that better than coarse-textured mulches.Newspapers aren’t just for reading any more. They make excellentmulch around ornamental shrubs and flowers.Use a leaf rake to gently pull back the mulch you have now. Dipnewspaper in a bucket of water and spread it two sheets thickover the ground. Then put the mulch back to hide the newspaperand hold it in place.Newspaper not only helps hold moisture but adds organic matter tothe soil as it decomposes.When planting flowers, it’s easier to spread the moistenednewspaper before planting. Then make holes in the paper and plantthrough them.Best wateringHand watering with the garden hose and targeting plants that needwater is more efficient than watering with a lawn sprinkler,which waters some plants that don’t need it.When watering by hand, use a water breaker to apply water slowlyat a rate the soil can absorb. This may require you to makeseveral passes over an area.Put saucers under patio plants to collect excess water. As thesoil in the pot dries out, it will wick up the excess water fromthe saucer as needed.Water wicksWhen planting container plants, use strips of old T-shirts,flannel sheets or other cotton fabric as wicks, extending fromthe saucer through the drainage holes in the bottom of the potand into the soil media. The fabric acts like a wick in an oillamp. It pulls water into the soil media as needed.The wick-and-reservoir combination makes containers self-wateringduring the summer vacation, too.Wire baskets lined with coconut fiber or sphagnum moss tend todry out quickly in the summer. So line the inside with a plasticbag to reduce moisture loss through the container sides. Providedrainage holes so the pots don’t get waterlogged.To learn more about conserving landscape water, contact yourcounty University of Georgia Extension Service agent. Or visitthe “Drought in Georgia” Web site (www.georgiadrought.org).(Gary Wade is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaDowning turkey sandwiches on a near-daily basis over the holidays may have some people reaching for any alternative. There are several healthy substitutes for those who suffer turkey overload, says a University of Georgia expert.Don’t be afraid of real turkey. It doesn’t have to be that dry, overcooked nightmare, says Connie Crawley, a UGA Cooperative Extension nutrition and health specialist.Most store-bought turkeys come injected with a salty, fatty basting solution and are pre-frozen, she said. But fresh turkey has a stronger poultry taste. “Real turkey really tastes good if it’s prepared correctly,” she said. “It really is different. It has a subtle, more flavorful turkey taste.”For those who want to stay away from turkey no matter what its precooked condition, Crawley recommends:• Fresh ham. It’s lower in sodium because it hasn’t been brined. It’s great marinated in wine, onions and garlic and then roasted in the oven.• Cornish hens. The tiny chickens are easier to roast than a whole turkey and are more attractive on individual plates. Glaze the bird with apple or orange juice and serve it on rice pilaf or stuffing. One hen feeds two people.• Quail. It has a more gamey poultry taste. Don’t overcook quail, or it will be tough. Sweet potato and polenta are great quail side dishes.• Trout. Grilled, broiled or filleted, it has a rich flavor that goes well with fall vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, greens and winter squash. Fish is a good option for those families that include both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Some vegetarians eat fish. It’s always best to check with the individual first to make sure.You can totally skip the traditional holiday table, she said, and eat something completely different.“I have had holidays where I have made Mexican food,” she said. “You don’t just have to eat turkey.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Leaves are falling. Temperatures are dropping. It’s a good time to add new trees to the landscape. Before putting shovel to dirt, make sure new trees won’t compete with the lawn for soil or moisture.Excessive shade from trees can cause grass growing around them to thin out. Certain turf types and varieties can tolerate limited sunlight better than others. However, they still require a minimum of four to six hours of sunlight daily. All turfgrasses need some sunlightBermuda grass cannot tolerate shade, but fescue, zoysia and St. Augustine are tolerant to some shade. Turf shouldn’t be planted in complete shade.Raise the mowing height for grass growing under trees or in shady areas to allow the grass to grow taller. Longer grass blades increase photosynthesis, producing more carbohydrates to compensate for the reduced amount of sunlight. The grass can then compete more effectively with the tree roots for nutrients and water. As an alternative to turfgrass, install shade tolerant shrubs, groundcovers, perennials or just apply mulch. To avoid competition issues, designate turf-free areas under the canopies of trees. Apply mulch, like wood chips or pine straw, to areas under trees. Compacted soil restricts water and air flowTo avoid rot, do not pile mulch at the base of tree trunks. A mulched area around a tree reduces damage from equipment and reduces compaction. Lawn-care equipment can damage trees by scraping trunks or branches. This, along with parking vehicles under trees, causes soil compaction resulting in root damage. Compaction reduces the size and amount of pore spaces in the soil, restricting the infiltration of air and water into the root zone, leading to root damage or death. Trees growing in compacted soils are more susceptible to pests and environmental stress. Some trees release harmful chemicalsSometimes trees release chemicals suppressing the root growth of other plants, including turfgrasses. For example, the black walnut tree (Juglans nigra) releases a chemical that prevents almost anything from growing under it. The process of one plant releasing a chemical that stunts the growth of another is called allelopathy. Be mindful of these interactions and avoid planting trees that are allelopathic to turfgrasses. When planting near turfgrass, select small trees with open or high canopies. As the tree ages, its size and roots will. Your landscape design should take into account these factors.Turf growing under trees in shadier conditions requires less fertilizer than turf growing in full sun. Trees should be fertilized separately by placing tree fertilizer in the ground by the tree’s root zone. One method is to inject the fertilizer into the soil by inserting a tree root feeder under the root zone. The fertilizer can also be injected directly into the tree by microinjections. (Specialized expertise is required for this technique.)Once established, most trees do not need to be fertilized every year. Turfgrass fertilizer usually does not harm trees. Many chemical pesticides, especially herbicides, are harmful to trees if absorbed by their roots. Refer to the label of a pesticide to find out if the chemical harms trees.Trees like deep watering which can harm turfgrassIrrigation requirements also cause conflicts between trees and turfgrass. Trees prefer deep, infrequent watering that penetrates deep into their root zones. Shallow watering turfgrass is not beneficial to trees, and water applied to reach tree roots is often too much for the grass. Water from sprinklers striking a tree trunk and accumulating at the tree’s base can cause rot. Adjust sprinkler heads to minimize the amount of water that comes into contact with the tree trunk. Ideally, trees and turf should be designed and installed in different irrigation zones. Even though they can compete, trees and turf can survive and thrive together if they are designed, installed and maintained properly.
On March 22, the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development will reveal the winners of the 2011 Flavor of Georgia contest. Winners will be announced during Georgia Ag Day.Judges are looking for market-ready foods – either commercially available or prototypes – from across the state. Categories include barbecue and hot sauces, confections, dairy products, meat products, snack foods, and jams, jellies and sauces. Entries will be judged on flavor, best use of Georgia ingredients, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal and originality.Flavor of Georgia is only a starting point for many of the category winners, said Sharon Kane, contest director.“Nearly two-thirds of last year’s contestants saw an increase in their sales and business contacts following the contest,” she said.Previous winners have received national attention. Candy-flavored Fondarific was featured on the Food Network show Ace of Cakes. Hot Squeeze Sweet Heat Chipotle sauce sells in thousands of stores. White Oak Farm products are sold through Whole Foods and Sysco. Product registrations will be accepted through Feb. 18, 2011. Semifinalists will be announced in February. Final judging will be March 21 at the Freight Depot in Atlanta. Register online at www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.edu. For more information, call Kane at (706) 542-9809 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.The annual food contest is sponsored by the CAED in partnership with the Governor’s Agricultural Advisory Commission, Georgia Agribusiness Council and UGA Department of Food Science and Technology.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have received numerous calls from curious homeowners and frustrated farmers regarding the dreaded fall armyworm. Damage to established turf is most often aesthetic. However, newly planted sod or sprigs can be severely damaged or even killed by fall armyworm feeding. This pest has the ability to devour a lawn, pasture or hayfield in a very short period of time. It often goes unnoticed as the caterpillars feed and cause most of the damage at night.If you see brown patches of bermudagrass which rapidly spreads and enlarges, inspect for armyworms. One of the first signs of a fall armyworm infestation will be several birds clustered on the turf.Fall armyworms will eat many kinds of grass, but their favorite is bermudagrass that is well fertilized and watered. Homeowners frequently notice them after their grass starts to thin. Armyworms are susceptible to cold and are unable to survive even the mildest winters in Georgia. Each year, fall armyworm moths are carried by air currents from Central and South America. The size and timing of the initial moth flights are two factors that influence the outbreak potential of the pest.The four stages of development of the fall armyworm are the egg, larvae, pupae and adult. The adult is an ash-gray colored moth. The front wings are mottled and have white or light gray spots near the tips. The back wings are white with a narrow- smoky brown edge. The female moths lay eggs at night in masses of up to several hundred in grass and on light-colored surfaces. The eggs are light gray and covered with grayish fuzz from the female’s body. These masses darken with age and the eggs hatch within two to four days. The tiny, light-colored, black-headed larvae (caterpillars) spin down to the ground on silken webs and begin to feed. As they grow, their bodies darken and noticeable stripes appear. When fully grown, larvae may be up to one and a half inches long and vary in color from light green to almost black with several stripes along the body. The face is marked with a light colored inverted “Y.” Development from egg to fully grown larva takes two to three weeks. Once the caterpillar reaches maximum size it burrows into the soil and forms a pupa. The moths emerge in about 10 to 14 days. Three to four generations can occur in southeast Georgia.Fall armyworm damage often seems to appear suddenly overnight. The young armyworms do not eat very much. Almost all the damage is caused by the older caterpillars which eat more than all the other ages put together. Large fall armyworms will often march into an uninfested area in search of food once an adjacent lawn has been defoliated.To check for armyworms, simply mix about two tablespoons of a lemon-scented dishwashing detergent in one gallon of water and pour it over a one square foot area of the lawn. If armyworms are present, they will quickly come to the top of the sod.Several insecticides are available that will provide effective control of fall armyworms. They include trichlorfon (Bayer Advanced), carbaryl (Sevin) 50WP, Bacillus thuringiensis (Dipel WP) and various pyrethroids. Always read and follow label directions carefully.
Forty-eight Georgia 4-H’ers earned the coveted title of Master 4-H’er this week at the 71st annual 4-H State Congress held July 23-26 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta.The students competed and won first place in regional competitions to earn the right to travel to Atlanta for the state competition.There, the students competed in a variety of categories ranging from communications to companion animal science to photography to public speaking. Each gave a 12-minute presentation before expert judges and prepared portfolios detailing their research, leadership and service projects.“Georgia 4-H held the first boys corn contest in 1905 and after 109 years of Georgia 4-H, young people are still developing life skills that will prepare them to be productive and contributing citizens of tomorrow’s workforce,” said Arch Smith, state leader of the Georgia 4-H program. “No one showed off their prize ears of corn, but all of the students demonstrated their project accomplishments and skills in areas like communications, science, performing arts, public speaking, family and consumer science and agriculture,” he said. “Being around this group of young people will reassure you that the future of our state and nation will be in good hands.”When asked, the majority of this year’s winners said 4-H helped them gain confidence and public speaking skills.“When I first joined, I was terrified at the thought of giving a speech. I was encouraged by my awesome 4-H leaders and I presented a speech,” said Jordan Haney, 15, of Dawsonville. “It wasn’t so bad. So I continued to do speeches for my homeschool 4-H meetings. Then I began writing presentations for DPA. Through this I became almost unafraid of giving a presentation. I am now able to present a speech well.”Eight-year 4-H’er Wesley Jackson, 17, of Wrightsville was especially afraid of speaking in public. “I stutter, and if it wasn’t for district project achievement, I would not have the nerve to even stand up and speak to anyone. I have gained so much confidence from doing something so simple as presenting a speech,” he said. “I do not let this condition hold me down by any means, but if I never would of started competing through 4-H, maybe I would not be as outgoing because of my stuttering.”Kayla Jenkins, a six-year 4-H’er from Ludowici, says she has gained self-confidence. “I have met many new people and made life long friends through 4-H,” she said. “There is so many benefits to being in 4-H but I think the biggest is learning that I can be who I want to be, and it’s ok.”Georgia 4-H’ers also complete service projects in their communities. Melissa Maynard, 18, of Summerville coordinated a prom dress drive and donated more than 90 dresses to teenage girls in her county. “I learned marketing skills and how to collaborate with others to accomplish a successful event,” she said. “And, I was proud to help the girls who were in need of a dress, who otherwise may not have been able to attend the prom.”Emily Kate Bridges, 16, of Lexington volunteers with search and rescue operations in Oglethorpe County. “I often take food and water to emergency calls for fires as the firemen need rehab from the intense work fires require,” she said. In 2012, she helped feed more than 400 searchers and assist with a search for a missing elderly man. Seventeen-year-old Anthony Catanzariti’s project reached far beyond his Glennville community. He led fundraiser to buy mosquito nets for children in Mali to reduce their risks of contracting malaria. “Through this I learned that there are people who without our help would have most certainly suffered, but knowing we helped them has instilled me with a sense of purpose and a desire to help others,” he said.This year’s Georgia 4-H winners, projects and donors, listed by their home counties are:BACONMadison Carter won the companion animal category sponsored by William and Edna Sell. She is the daughter of Gerald and Cynthia Carter of Alma.BALDWINMaya Mapp won the textiles, merchandising and interiors category sponsored by The Daniel Ashley and Irene Houston Jewell Memorial Foundation. BARTOWDanielle Drexler won the target sports category sponsored by the family of Col. James “Jim” Boddie and the Callaway Foundation. Thomas Gilbert won the performing arts-general category sponsored by Six Flags Over Georgia. BIBBSamaria Spencer won the dog care and training category sponsored by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. She is the daughter of Sheila Spencer of Macon.BUTTSEmily Barnes won the fashion revue category sponsored by the Georgia Master 4-H Club. She is the daughter of Jerry and Jane Barnes of Jackson.CAMDENJessica Davenport won the sports category sponsored by Clover Glove Race Series. CHARLTONAshley Thigpen won the general recreation category sponsored by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association, Inc. She is the daughter of Terry and Kerry Thigpen of Folkston.CHATHAMCandicee Childs won the conservation and natural resources category sponsored by Sara Godwin. She is the daughter of Darren and Tina Childs from Savannah. Peyton West won the photography category sponsored by Georgia Magazine. She is the daughter of Rodney and Patricia West of Bloomingdale.CHATTOOGA Melissa Maynard won the dairy and milk science category sponsored by Angela Broder Nemeth, Henry and Judy Hibbs and the family of Frances McKissick in memory of Bobby Gene McKissick. She is the daughter of Mitch and Kathy Maynard of Summerville.CLARKE Veronika Rzucidlo won the performing arts-dance category sponsored by Burley and Connie Page. She is the daughter of Dorota and Jacek Rzucidlo of Athens.COLUMBIARachel Luoma won the health category sponsored by Dr. Greg L. Jones. She is the daughter of Keith and Linda Luoma of Martinez.CRISPHanna Dunnavant won the forestry, wood science category sponsored by Bill Lott, Paulding Timber Products, Inc. and the Georgia 4-H Foundation. She is the daughter of Mickey and Janann Dunnavant of Cordele. Dowdy White won the computers category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation, Georgia Power and AT&T. He is the son of Billy and Gwen White of Cordele.ELBERTGrace Webb won the sheep and meat goats category sponsored by Jim and Renee Williamson. She is the daughter of Scott and Robin Webb of Bowman.EMANUEL Christopher Rios won the family resource management category sponsored by the Sara L. Huff Fund. Brandon Page won the plant and soil science category sponsored by the Georgia Plant Food Educational Society, Inc. EVANSSara McCorkle won the workforce preparation and career development category sponsored by Emerson Climate Technologies. FANNINSarah Allen won the food fast and fit category sponsored by the M.K. “Curly” Cook family in memory of Sandra B. Cook. She is the daughter of Joe and Frances Allen of Blue Ridge.FORSYTHJordan Haney won the wildlife and marine science category sponsored by Sara Godwin. He is the son of Jeff Haney and Debbie Haney of Dawsonville. Rosie Reeves won the arts and crafts category sponsored by Marian Fisher, the Georgia 4-H Foundation and Ted and Gerrye Jenkins. GORDONAnneke Carr won the veterinary science category sponsored by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. She is the daughter of Billy and Annemarie Carr of Calhoun. Madison Smith won the performing arts-vocal category sponsored by Dr. Frank Carter. HALLRobbie Sheppard won the outdoor recreation category sponsored by The Athens Six. JEFF DAVISOakley Perry won the fruits, vegetables and nuts category sponsored by the Meadows-Knox Family Fund. He is the son of Jennifer White of Hazelhurst.JOHNSONBrett Allen won the festive foods for health category sponsored by Public Super Markets Charities Inc. Wesley Jackson won the physical, biological and Earth sciences category sponsored by Georgia Electric Membership Corporation. He is the son of Bill Johnson and Kim Johnson of Wrightsville.LIBERTYDonnie Pulliam won the human development category sponsored by the Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents. He is the son of Donnie Pulliam and Monica Robertson of Aberdeen, Miss.LONGKayla Jenkins won the food fare category sponsored by the Georgia Development Authority. She is the daughter of Emily Singleton of Ludowici.LOWNDES Camilla Summerford won the environmental science category sponsored by the Georgia Cooperative Council, Inc. She is the daughter of Doug and Kathy Summerford of Valdosta.MORGANClaire Woodard won the beef category sponsored by Jim and Renee Williamson. She is the daughter of James and Janet Woodard of Madison.NEWTONWill Holder won the power and energy category sponsored by Mike and Karen Garrett. He is the son of Jesse and Joan Holder of Covington.OCONEEJared Daniel won the pork production category sponsored by the Georgia Pork Producers Association and Arch Smith. He is the son of Michael and Elyse Daniel of Watkinsville. Laura Huff won the communications category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Volunteer Kelly Huff and Rita Huff of Watkinsville. Brooks Saye won the history category sponsored by Beth Scott-Brown in honor of John Darius Miller Scott and in memory of Darius Miller, the Georgia 4-H Foundation in honor of Keri Gandy, 2012 Rising Star and Bo Ryles. PAULDING Lizz Dennis won the flowers, shrubs and lawns category sponsored by the Georgia Development Authority. RABUNBryce Shackleford won the performing arts-other category sponsored by Greg and Becky Price. He is the son of Shonda Justus of Rabun County.RANDOLPHKarissa Peachey won the food safety and preservation category sponsored by Gary and Rhonda Kaye. She is the daughter of Mark and Marlene Peachey of Doerun.ROCKDALETiffani Alexander won the entomology category sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service Entomology Department and the Georgia Pest Control Association. She is the daughter of O’Neal and Inetta Alexander of Covington.TATTNALLLeeanne DuBois won the safety category sponsored by Greg and Karol Gaines. She is the daughter of John and Joy DuBois of Glennville. Darius Johnson won the dairy foods category sponsored by Earl and Wanda Barrs, the Georgia Ag Tag and the Georgia 4-H Foundation. He is the son of Regina Johnson of Glennville.TIFTSara Johnson won the international category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation and Mrs. Eleanor I. Smith. She is the daughter of Carroll and June Johnson of Tifton.TURNERHayley Schofill won the housing equipment and environment category sponsored by Bucky and Shelley Cook. UNIONKatie Rittenhouse won the public speaking category sponsored by AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Farm Credit Associations of Georgia, Kaleb S. McMichen and Cydcor USA, Inc. She is the daughter of Kerry and Julie Rittenhouse of Blairsville.WALTONLana Goitia won the horse category sponsored by the Georgia Ag Tag and the Georgia 4-H Foundation. She is the daughter of Steven and Jaymie Goitia of Bold Springs. Jacob Mappes won the performing arts-piano category sponsored by the 4-H Piano Players. He is the son of Scott and Beth Mappes of Monroe. WASHINGTONTineke van Loenen won the poultry and egg science category sponsored by the Georgia Poultry Federation. She is the daughter of Paul and Lorei van Loenen of Sandersville.To learn more about Georgia 4-H, visit www.georgia4h.org.
Lt. Governor Brian Dubie and State Treasurer Jeb Spauldingjointly announced a plan to invest $48 million in state employeepension funds in Vermont’s “Green Valley” – an economic development sectorcomprised of businesses dealing in environmental technologies, goods andservices.”It’s all about jobs and economic growth for our state in a dynamic newdirection,” Dubie said, “and it’s about devoting Vermont’s youthful energyand some of our resources towards making Earth a cleaner and healthier placefor everyone.”Spaulding noted that as State Treasurer, he is the custodian of Vermontstate employees’ pension funds. “Ever since I was elected,” he said, “I havelooked for ‘triple bottom line’ investment opportunities for our funds: onesthat are good for people and society, good for our environment and produce agood return on investment. Our investment board has made clear its desire touse 2% of our funds this way. When Lt. Governor Dubie proposed investing inVermont’s Green Valley companies, I was immediately excited.”Dubie, Spaulding and Economic Development Commissioner Mike Quinn have beenworking on a mechanism to distribute the funds, such as Vermont’s EconomicDevelopment Authority (VEDA). The final structure of that mechanism has yetto be determined.Dubie and Spaulding made the announcement at a forum on renewable energysponsored by the Vermont Environmental Consortium and Norwich University.”We have innovative people and companies right in our state developing cleantechnologies with the potential to provide these pension funds withpositive, long-term returns, and that can create jobs and economic growth inVermont for years to come,” Dubie said.”Everywhere on earth, from Shanghai to Montreal,” he continued, “demographictrends, public awareness, environmental crises and increased regulation aredriving the growth in the clean technology industry. I commend Treasurer JebSpaulding and look forward to working with him to harness that growth energyfor Vermonters.”
Governor Douglas and CONEG Urge President to Release Contingency LIHEAP Funds ImmediatelyWaterbury (August 5, 2008) – The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, today urged the President to release the remaining $120 million in contingency funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).The Governors had also voiced their support for Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) efforts to provide an additional $2.73 billion in FY2008 funding for LIHEAP in regular program and contingency funding; and now say the prompt release of the remaining contingency funding is critical to ensuring states-particularly those in the Northeast-can adequately prepare for the fall heating season. “Through initiatives like the new Wood Warms program and weatherization assistance offered through my Fuel and Food Partnership, my administration is actively addressing challenges presented by the upcoming heating season,” said Governor Douglas. “It is clear, however, that the federal government must release LIHEAP contingency funds in a timely manner so that we can continue to meet the needs of lower income families at the start of the fall season.”The CONEG noted the immediate release of these funds was necessary in the Northeast because preparations for the upcoming LIHEAP program year begin in July. Planning for the LIHEAP program is particularly important this year as home energy prices, utility service disconnections, and the number of households in arrears to utilities all continue to rise to alarming levels.Thanks to the financial commitments made by Governor Douglas and the Vermont legislature, last year Vermont provided the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the country, averaging approximately $1169 per household, with approximately 23,000 households served.”The LIHEAP program is critically important for Vermont’s most vulnerable families, and states must have the unwavering support of the federal government if we are going to be able to continue to provide a meaningful LIHEAP benefit to support Vermonters hardest hit by rapidly rising fuel prices,” said Agency of Human Services Secretary Cynthia D. LaWare. “Vermont is fully engaged in a variety of state efforts to ensure all our residents stay warm this winter, but we can’t do it alone.”#####