P.S. Netflix’s Gilmore Girls will air on November 25 and we are counting down the days to see what Tony winners Sutton Foster and Christian Borle have in store for us in the revival! Star Files Jesse Tyler Ferguson Auditions for HamiltonSpeaking of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning hit, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, during his final week of performances in Fully Committed, appeared at #Ham4Ham on July 27 to audition for the role of Lafayette/Jefferson. The Modern Family star’s take on what was required was slightly different to Tony winner Daveed Diggs’ interpretation, let’s put it that way. Ellen Green, Billy Porter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ben Platt , Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth First Trailer of M. Night Shyamalan’s Betty Buckley FilmWe have our first look at Betty Buckley in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Split, and it looks as terrifying as you would expect. The Tony winner previously appeared in his 2008 movie The Happening. Also starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula, and Haley Lu Richardson, the film is slated for release on January 20, 2017. Buckley is currently appearing on stage on the West Coast in Grey Gardens. View Comments Zachary Quinto’s ‘Gypsy Spock’Broadway alum Zachary Quinto recently celebrated the release of the latest Star Trek movie with a little help from “Gypsy Spock” and dubsmash. Needs to be seen to be believed… Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth Here’s a quick roundup of stories videos you may have missed from today. Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth ReuniteA slew of stage favorites including Tony winners Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming and Billy Porter, along with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ben Platt and Ellen Greene, were just some of the talents who teamed up for Hillary Clinton on July 26. Check out below their cover of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” Expect more big Broadway names to appear later today at the Democratic convention. Hopefully, the politicos in the room where it happens in Philadelphia have learned their lesson and won’t be requesting any more Hamilton tickets.
View Comments Two-time Olivier Award winner Janie Dee is set to play the title role in off-Broadway’s Linda, which marks playwright Penelope Skinner’s Manhattan Theatre Club return following her play The Ruins of Civilization. Helmed by MTC’s Tony-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow, the production is now scheduled to begin performances slightly later, on February 7, 2017 (instead of February 3). Opening night is slated for February 28 (from February 23) at MTC’s New York City Center—Stage I.Dee took home the Olivier for Comic Potential and Carousel; additional West End credits include Hand To God, The Seagull and Blithe Spirit. As previously announced, Dee will also star as Phyllis in Follies at the National Theatre opposite Imelda Staunton. She made her New York debut at MTC in Comic Potential and was recently seen in Antony and Cleopatra and Much Ado About Nothing at the Hollywood Bowl.The cast will also feature Meghann Fahy (Next to Normal) as Stevie, newcomer Molly Griggs as Amy, MTC alum Jennifer Ikeda (Vietgone) as Alice, Maurice Jones (The Cherry Orchard) as Luke, Donald Sage Mackay (stop.reset.) as Neil, Molly Ranson (Fish in the Dark) as Bridget and John C. Vennema (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Dave.Skinner’s new play follows Linda Wilde, a senior executive who pitches a new concept that could change the way the world looks at women of a certain age. As the potential for her success escalates, so do the stakes as she fights to maintain her carefully considered life, including her career, marriage and parenthood.The creative team for Linda includes scenic designer Walt Spangler, costume designer Jennifer Von Mayrhauser, lighting designer Jason Lyons, sound designer Fitz Patton and dialect coach Ben Furey. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 2, 2017 Related Shows Janie Dee(Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images) Linda
Michael C. Hall & Jodi Balfour(Photo: Bruce Glikas & Jason Kempin/Getty Images) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Michael C. Hall & Jodi Balfour Will Play KennedysMichael C. Hall and Jodi Balfour will appear on season two of Netflix’s Golden Globe-winning series The Crown, reports Deadline. The pair will play the late President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In addition, Matthew Goode is set to take on the role of Tony Armstrong-Jones, Princess Margaret’s husband. An air date for the highly anticipated second season will be announced at a later time.Ramin Karimloo & More Join Stand Up, Sing OutThe lineup for the next Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! installment is here. The monthly concert series benefits national organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights, women’s health and the environment; the next performance is set for February 25 at Town Hall. This roster of performers is seriously star-spangled: Ramin Karimloo, Ingrid Michaelson, Will Chase, Ellen Burstyn, Andrea Martin, Dana Ivey, Emily Skinner, Keala Settle, Rema Webb, Lizz Winstead and Randy Rainbow. Additional performers for the concert, hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, will be announced soon. Want to get in on the action? Grab tix to the event here.Amy Poehler’s Other Theater Geek TV ProjectAs recently reported, comedy queen Amy Poehler is joining forces with Carol Burnett to create a pilot for ABC. According to Deadline, Poehler is also working on a dark musical comedy series for HBO. Edison will star Bob’s Burgers’ John Roberts as a New Jersey real estate broker with big dreams of living in New York City. Both Roberts and Archer’s H. Jon Benjamin will pen the script.Amy Spanger & More Spoof Dating Manual in Joyce JacksonIn the mood for some power belting and girl power? Get to 54 Below on March 14. Steve Marzullo and Scott Logsdon have written Joyce Jackson’s Guide to Dating, a musical that spoofs an actual teen dating manual for girls from the 1950s. A concert version of the production will take place at 54 Below on March 14. Amy Spanger, Jackie Burns, Jake Boyd, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Allison Guinn and David Josefsberg, Marissa Miller are set to perform.P.S. The only thing that could have made today’s snow day better? An appearance from Bye, Bye Birdie duo Dick van Dyke and Chita Rivera! The Tony winners appeared on a (much sunnier) weather report on California’s ABC 7. Take a look as they show off their sweet moves below!
As part of Compost Awareness Week, the University of Georgia will host a Compost Open House at the Bioconversion Center May 4.The open house is for community leaders, municipal solid waste directors, recycling coordinators or anyone interested in composting.There will be displays on home composting, composting yard waste, municipal solid waste, food waste composting, agricultural by-products, construction and demolition recycling.Hourly MiniworkshopsFrom 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event will include hourly miniworkshops on home composting, poultry mortality composting, using compost for erosion control and compost facility design. There will be machinery demonstrations, too, including grinders and windrow turners.So come. Ask the experts. Find out how composting can work for your garden, your community or your business. For more information, call Julia Gaskin at (706) 542-1401 or K.C. Das at (706) 542-8842.
As the people who must provide the research needed to keepU.S. agriculture at its best, administrators and scientists ofland-grant universities are beginning to understand theirimplications clearly.The real problem they see is that too many of the people who fund their research are thinking “farmer” instead of “food.” They’re seeing support of agriculture as helping a tiny minority instead of the food-eating whole of their constituents.”State and federal support of land-grant universities hasdeclined in many states,” said Gale Buchanan, dean and directorof the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “As a result, we have lost substantialcapacity to carry out our research.”Buchanan said the CAES has lost more than 400 state-fundedpositions since 1990. “Our programs are very successful,” hesaid. “But they’re often taken for granted.”With their budgets declining, presidents and key administrators from more than 200 agricultural colleges acrossthe nation have joined with industry representatives to seeknew funding sources. To work collectively, a series oflistening sessions were scheduled in Ohio, Texas, California,and most recently, Georgia.”Our funding is on a collision course,” Buchanan said. “Having the presidents of our land-grant universities working together to do something about this is like having Tiger Woods in your foursome or Herschel Walker in your backfield. It definitely gives you a leg up.”The nation’s food supply should be of concern to everyone in the United States, said Peter Magrath, president of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.NASULGC, along with the National Coalition for Food andAgricultural Research, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and UGA,sponsored the final listening session June 3 at UGA.”We’ve got a real problem in terms of the erosion of support in the area of food,” Magrath said. “We need funding to maintain in this country a safe, secure and nutritious food supply. After all, 100 percent of us need to eat.”Researchers commonly apply for grants from Federal agencies and other organizations to supplement their research efforts.Information gathered from the four national listening sessions will be used to design and develop a strategic plan for increasing federal support of food-related research, extension and education programs at state universities and land-grant colleges.The funding plan will identify appropriate sources of federal funds that aren’t considered traditional partners of food and agriculture.Partnerships will be explored with agencies such as theNational Institutes of Health, the Environmental ProtectionAgency and the departments of commerce, energy and state.”I think we’re going to have to become more creative and seek new partnerships and begin to depend more on the private sector,” said UGA President Michael Adams. “We won’t apologize for depending on the private sector for funding support. Our fates are intertwined.”
2015 saw one of the warmest Decembers since Georgians started keeping records, and the month was also much wetter than normal. The warm, wet conditions created havoc for Georgia farmers. The wet conditions caused saturation of soils in many places — a big concern for fruit tree farmers since soaked conditions put increased stress on the trees due to a lack of open oxygen pores in the soil. The warm conditions in December caused the lowest number of winter chill hours for fruit-producing trees and bushes in more than a decade, which could reduce the yield of peaches and other fruit in the coming season. These plants require a certain amount of time in the cold between October and February, or “chill hours,” in order to produce fruit. Many farmers are hopeful that the return of seasonably cool temperatures in January will supply enough chill hours to salvage the state’s fruit-growing season. Temperatures across Georgia were more than 10 degrees above normal in December 2015 at most weather stations. Numerous daily record temperatures and high minimum temperatures were broken. Most of the records were broken late in the month, from Dec. 24-31, which is unusual for high temperature records. Most of the stations in Georgia recorded their warmest December ever, according to rankings on the Southeast Regional Climate Center’s Perspectives tool. Savannah, Georgia, broke or tied record highs on seven out of the last eight days of the month, and on many of those days, the high minimum temperature was also broken. The record warmth can be attributed to the ridge of high pressure that dominated the eastern half of the United States in spite of the cloud cover associated with rainy conditions that blanketed the region, which was under the influence of El Niño. High nighttime low temperatures associated with the cloud cover helped keep the average temperature above normal. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 57.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 12.3 degrees above normal; in Athens, Georgia, it was 56.4 F, 11 degrees above normal; in Columbus, Georgia, it was 59.1 F, 10 degrees above normal; in Macon, Georgia, it was 58.6 F, 10.6 degrees above normal; in Savannah, Georgia, it was 64.2 F, 12.5 degrees above normal; in Augusta, Georgia, it was 59.3 F, 12.1 degrees above normal; in Albany, Georgia, it was 62.3 F, 11.3 degrees above normal; in Alma, Georgia, it was 63.4 F, 10.8 degrees above normal; in Brunswick, Georgia, it was 64.6 F, 10.5 degrees above normal; in Rome, Georgia, it was 54.0 F, 11.4 degrees above normal; and in Valdosta, Georgia, it was 64.5 F, 11.4 degrees above normal. Rainy conditions under a persistent storm track that brought heavy rain to many areas covered the northern two-thirds of the state in December, while the stability of the track left southeastern Georgia counties high and dry. The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by National Weather Service reporting stations was in Columbus at 17.38 inches, 13.11 inches above normal, and the lowest was in Brunswick at 1.35 inches, 1.29 inches below normal. Atlanta received 12.51 inches, 8.61 inches above normal; Athens received 12.37 inches, 8.64 inches above normal; Augusta received 6.92 inches, 3.53 inches above normal; Macon received 12.62 inches, 8.58 inches above normal; Savannah received 3.35 inches, 0.40 inches above normal; Alma received 1.97 inches, 1.32 inches below normal; Rome received 12.66 inches, 8.28 inches above normal; Valdosta received 6.86 inches, 3.11 inches above normal; and Albany received 2.51 inches, 0.66 inches below normal. The highest single-day rainfall recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) volunteers was 8.51 inches recorded near LaGrange, Georgia, in Troup County on Dec. 25, followed by 6.7 inches recorded near Senoia, Georgia, in Coweta County on the same date. The highest monthly total rainfall was 21.94 inches, observed northwest of Ellijay, Georgia, in Gilmer County, followed by 19.41 inches recorded near Dillard, Georgia, in Rabun County and 18.75 inches near Warm Springs, Georgia, in Meriwether County. By comparison, an observer in far southeastern Georgia, near Kingsland, received less than an inch for the entire month. Severe weather occurred on three days last month. The most notable was a weak EF0 tornado, which blew down numerous trees near Culloden, Georgia, in Monroe and Upson counties on the afternoon of Dec. 24. The outlook for January and the rest of winter shows a return to more normal wintertime conditions. Cold air is expected to move into the state in the next week and remain through much of the next two months, although daily values will vary. This should be a relief to farmers who need the chill hours to get a good yield for their fruit. El Niño is near its maximum extent but should continue to influence Georgia’s climate for the next few months before it wanes and likely swings to the opposite phase, La Niña, by midsummer, which could lead to dry conditions later in the growing season. For more information, please see the “Climate and Agriculture in the South East” at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/. For more on Georgia’s climate visit gaclimate.org. Please feel free to email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture to share on the blog to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vermont State Treasurers Office has unveiled an initiative to invest a significant portion of Vermonts short-term cash in Vermont Banks. Currently, such funds are invested primarily in government agency securities, high quality corporate commercial paper, and money market accounts at large financial institutions. The new Treasurers Bank in Vermont Program is consistent with an ongoing effort by State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding to support Vermont-based financial institutions when acceptable rates of return can be achieved.According to Treasurer Spaulding, We are inviting banks to participate in a certificate of deposit (CD) program designed to support community banking, while earning a competitive return on State funds. We will invest on a predictable basis, via a competitive bidding process, in banks with branches in Vermont. The program is designed to be attractive to a wide range of banking institutions and is predicated on the belief that investing Vermont funds in Vermont, consistent with earning a competitive rate of return, is a good policy.Banks will be pre-approved by the Office of the State Treasurer for maximum levels of investment based on a bank’s size and other factors. In addition, participating banks must have at least a satisfactory rating under the federal Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. State funds will be available for bid in various maturities, based on State cash flow projections and projected interest rates. Participating banks will submit bids through the Internet and/or e-mail. The Office of the State Treasurer will award CDs based on rank order of quoted rates and associated dollar levels until the funds are depleted for each scheduled bidding period.Chris D’Elia, Executive Director of the Vermont Bankers Association, reacted to Spauldings initiative positively. “Vermont’s banking community welcomes the opportunity to work with the Treasurer’s Office on implementing this new program. This effort will keep investment funds within Vermont, thus allowing them to be utilized to encourage new economic activity, he said.Kenneth Perine, President of the National Bank of Middlebury, explained his support of the Bank in Vermont Program by saying, I am pleased to see efforts that recognize Vermonts banking institutions as a viable alternative for State of Vermont investments, and am pleased by Treasurer Spauldings effort to reach out to Vermont bankers in designing this program.Other examples of Treasurer Spauldings commitment to supporting Vermont institutions include investments in the Vermont Community Loan Fund and the Vermont Development Credit Union. In addition, the three investment firms used by the Treasurers Office to manage longer-term funds are all based in Vermont. They are National Life Capital Management, Hanson Investment Management, and Prentiss Smith & Company.
Fonda Group closes St Albans plantThe Fonda Group, a manufacturer of decorative paper products, will close its St Albans plant November 1 as part of a consolidation by its parent corporation Solo Cup Company.All 168 jobs in Vermont will be lost, though employees are encouraged to apply for other jobs in the Solo company across the country. The nearest such facility is in North Andover in eastern Massachusetts.Fonda is one of St Albans oldest companies, going back 63 years. Fonda was bought by Solo in February 2003. Its other product lines include Sweetheart and Lily.
GREEN MOUNTAIN POWER RENEWABLE ENERGY RATE REVISEDTO SUPPORT VERMONT PROJECTs COLCHESTER, VT… (November 30, 2007) The Vermont Public Service Board today approved revisions to Green Mountain Power’s renewable energy rate, called GreenerGMP. The revisions allow Green Mountain Power to use all the proceeds from the customers purchasing energy under GreenerGMP to purchase Vermont renewable energy projects as they become available, rather than renewable resources elsewhere in New England. “We already have more than 500 customers participating in GreenerGMP, and we believe these changes will make our renewable energy program more attractive to more of our customers,” said Mary Powell, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “We believe Vermonters prefer to support local projects and we are working on several fronts to be able to offer local renewable energy projects to our GreenerGMP customers.” In addition to targeting Vermont projects, revisions to the program include simplifying the way the rate is calculated, which will make the program easier to communicate, easier to understand and less costly to administer. Green Mountain Power worked closely with Renewable Energy Vermont in redesigning the program. Sam Swanson, Chair of the Board of Directors of Renewable Energy Vermont said, “We appreciate that Green Mountain Power’s revised program will help support the development of new renewable power in Vermont, an important industry in this state. In addition, we believe that the new program design may stabilize the renewable rate it charges customers over the long run by encouraging long term renewable energy purchase commitments.” “We are grateful to all the help we received from Renewable Energy Vermont in thinking through ways to improve our program,” said Ms. Powell. “The expertise of our local renewable energy community is a wonderful resource and invaluable to us as we move forward.” Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.biz(link is external)) is an electric utility owned by Northern New England Energy Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gaz Métro, a leading Québec energy company with a long history of investment in Vermont. Green Mountain Power transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves approximately 92,000 customers.-30-
Governor Peter Shumlin today announced that Karen Marshall, a Chittenden County business executive and community leader, will take the position of Chief of Connect VT. Marshall will be responsible for implementing Gov. Shumlin’s plan to achieve universal availability of broadband and mobile phone service.‘Connect VT is one of the most important initiatives of my administration,’ the Governor said. ‘It is vital that the telecommunication highway is in place for Vermonters by the end of 2013. It will connect our economic engines to the global marketplace, and enable our health care providers to be at the forefront of innovative, cost effective delivery and administration of health care.’‘Karen will work with private sector companies and utilities that are deploying roughly $410 million of federal funding and their own capital to do this,’ said Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding. ‘She will also be engaged in efforts across state government to use broadband to improve the way that public services are delivered.’Prior to this appointment, Marshall served as Chief Operating Officer at SecurShred, a Vermont owned and operated business providing confidential document shredding, imaging, storage and electronic waste services throughout the region. Prior to that, she served as Vice President Northern New England for Comcast Spotlight, the advertising division of Comcast Cable, and Vice President/Vermont for Clear Channel Communications, where she managed 15 radio stations.Marshall has played an active role in community service, as well, serving currently as Chair of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, a board member of the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, and UVM’s Athletic Advisory Council.Marshall, who lives in Williston, will join the Agency of Administration. Her salary will be $115,000.Shumlin’s office. 1.27.2011