first_imgCrafters, Enthusiasts Pack Music PierDozens of crafters exhibited and sold their handiwork, and hundreds of shoppers filed through the Music Pier yesterday for the Annual Spring Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts. A bad weather day for the boardwalk was a perfect day to be indoors perusing the many bargains to be had on the fruits of the many talented crafters.The items for sale ran the gamut from wood and metal sculptures and decorative works, paintings, and edibles such as fresh baked gods and local honey. From the looks of the crowd, plenty of business was transacted.If you missed today’s event, fear not! A second day of the Festival is planned today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.last_img

first_img Arthur Miller’s The Price Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Jessica Hecht & Tony Shalhoub(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Related Showscenter_img Arthur Miller’s The Price returns to Broadway this season with a cast full of acting heavy-hitters. Golden Globe and Emmy winner Danny DeVito will make his Great White Way debut in the drama. As previously announced, Oscar and Tony nominee Mark Ruffalo takes on the role of Victor Franz, stepping in for John Turturro, who left the production due to his filming schedule. Tony nominee Jessica Hecht and Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub complete the all-star company. Steppenwolf co-founder and Tony nominee Terry Kinney (see below) directs the play, which focuses on Franz as he returns to his childhood home to sell his parents’ estate. Performances begin at the American Airlines Theatre on February 16, and the production is scheduled to open on March 16. Check out’s hot shots of the cast, and be sure to catch this limited engagement, which will run through May 7. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 14, 2017last_img read more

first_imgBy Clint Waltzand GilLandryUniversity of GeorgiaWarm-season turf grasses such as Bermuda, centipede, zoysia andSt. Augustine suffer some common problems with springtimegreen-up. Here are the ones we see most often.Mowing height is the most commonproblem as these grasses go from dormancy to active growth.Scalping is more common in zoysia grasses, especially in thedenser-growth cultivars like Emerald.Zoysia grasses don’t tolerate scalping as Bermuda will. As arule, zoysia will be set back anytime it’s cut low enough thatyou can see the black mold under the leaf canopy. This isgenerally below the node of the growing leaves. It can occur atany mowing height from as low as 0.5 inches to more than 3 inches.Regardless of the grass species and normal mowing height, takingthe grass down below the node will set it back. Generally, thehigher the mowing height, the more this is a problem.Ideally, maintain Bermuda grass and centipede between 1 and 2inches, zoysia from 0.5 to 2 inches and St. Augustine from 2 to 3inches.Mowing frequency is just as important as mowing height. If youremove more than one-third of the leaf height at a single mowing,the grass will be stressed.Fertility requirements differ witheach grass. Consult your county University of Georgia ExtensionService agent or visit for fertilityrecommendations.No matter what the species, though, fertilizing too early in theseason, before soils are warm enough to support continual growth,can accelerate green-up but cause detrimental long-term effects.Fertilizing these grasses in late-winter or early spring cancause them to break dormancy. Then when the inevitablelate-season cold snap hits, they’ve used their stored foodreserves. They have no energy to withstand environmentalextremes. To avoid this, don’t fertilize until the soil reaches65 degrees.Thatch, as lawns get older,becomes more problematic, particularly if the turf has been mowedabove its recommended height ranges. Increased thatch slows downthe turf’s spring transition. It makes it more susceptible todisease, too.Water — either too much or toolittle or even a combination of the two — can cause problemsfor grasses, especially zoysia.Diseases can strike during springgreen-up. The most common is Rhizoctonia large patch, whichappears as large areas of blighted grass.This disease is most active when night temperatures are between50 and 60 degrees. When conditions are right, it’s common for thedisease to become active first in the fall and then again in thespring.You can see its typical “halo” when the disease is active. Falland spring fungicide applications can control it. Consult yourcounty UGA Extension agent for proper fungicides and rates.Applying nitrogen just before or during active infection willincrease disease problems.Cool temperatures make centipedeand zoysia slower to green up in the spring.Microclimates can cause problems,too. Emerald zoysia growing north of Atlanta has been killed bythe low temperatures in shaded sites that don’t get much wintersun.Varietal differences can betroublesome. Some incidences suggest that many types of Emeraldzoysia exist in the landscape and green up at different rates.Cooperative research with the Georgia Crop ImprovementAssociation and Auburn University is under way to evaluate thesegrass differences.(Clint Waltz is an Extension Service turf scientist and GilLandry the director of the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculturewith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.) Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 29last_img read more

first_imgCincinnati, Oh. — Duke Energy today awarded $276,600 for 16 projects designed to aid clean water, clean air and conservation initiatives across Greater Cincinnati.“We’re proud to support organizations implementing impactful programs that aim to protect, improve or restore natural resources,” said Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s chairman, president and CEO. “From expanding land restoration to protecting habitats to educating future leaders on environmental stewardship, these projects will make a positive difference on the environment and the community.”Good joined the grantees for a ceremony at Smale Riverfront Park’s Anderson Pavilion earlier today. Each year, the Duke Energy Foundation funds programs across southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky that emphasize land and wildlife habitat conservation efforts; protection of water quality, water-related resources and air quality; and environmental education for local teachers and students.“Duke Energy continues to invest in cleaner energy, reducing our environmental footprint and employing groundbreaking technologies that offer customers more convenience and control over their energy use,” said Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky. “We also continually invest in community programs and projects that directly benefit this region and everyone who lives here.”The following are summaries of each of the 16 local projects that were awarded a combined $276,600 during this morning’s ceremony.Boy Scouts of America$10,000 for ecology and conservation programsThe Dan Beard Council, the local administrative body of the Boy Scouts of America, will apply its Duke Energy grant toward the hands-on ecology and conservation programs offered at Camp Friedlander in Loveland, Ohio. The programs help scouts build a better connection to nature through exposure, education and practical experience.Cardinal Land Conservancy$25,000 for Rinsky Woods Nature PreserveCardinal Land Conservancy, a regional land trust across seven southwest Ohio counties, will put its Duke Energy grant toward matching other funding to purchase a globally endangered habitat type in northeast Clermont County, Ohio. The new nature preserve will serve the surrounding communities by providing a hiking trail for passive recreation for all to enjoy.Children Inc.$10,000 for Service Learning ProgramSince 2005, the Children Inc. Service Learning Program has facilitated more than 5,000 projects with 220,000 students at more than 80 schools in our region. This Duke Energy grant will help enable Children Inc. to partner with Cincinnati Natural Center as well as expand its “service learning” strategy, which integrates meaningful community service with preparation and reflection to enrich students’ learning experiences, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.Cincinnati Parks Foundation$10,000 for increasing Cincinnati’s tree canopyCincinnati Parks’ ReLeaf program aims to increase the planting of trees – and develop the tree canopy – across Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods. The Duke Energy grant will be used to purchase hundreds of trees for residents to plant on their properties along streets where Cincinnati Parks cannot plant because of narrow rights of way. The benefits are clear: Trees remove pollutant elements from the air and help reduce energy use by providing shade.Cincy Red Bike$25,000 to expand bike share systemCincy Red Bike, which launched in 2014, will use its grant toward making bike share available to more neighborhoods and residents of Greater Cincinnati and, as a result, decrease single-occupancy vehicle trips. The expansion project will add 25 new bike share stations and 300 more bicycles, predominantly electric assist bicycles, which will aid users in traveling longer distances and mitigating the region’s topographical challenges.Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati$10,000 for community garden hubsThe Civic Garden Center is a regional horticultural resource whose mission is to build community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship. Duke Energy’s grant will allow the Civic Garden Center to expand the reach of its Community Gardens program by helping the organization establish three garden hubs, implement conservation techniques and make hands-on conservation instruction available to all nearby community gardeners.East Row Garden Club$10,000 for Newport Tree Revitalize programEast Row Garden Club will use its Duke Energy grant to partner with the city of Newport, Ky., and property owners to increase the overall tree canopy in the city. In turn, the new trees will improve public health, lower energy costs for residents and continue to revitalize the community for years to come. The need to improve the canopy in Newport comes on the heels of a recent assessment conducted by a local urban forestry council. In addition, the city recently removed about 120 trees lost to emerald ash borer.Foundation for Ohio River Education$20,000 for river and urban stream research and educationFoundation for Ohio River Education teaches people of all ages to become environmental stewards through hands-on programs. The Duke Energy grant will fund programs on the Ohio River for students to learn about water quality monitoring, habitat assessments and studies of aquatic organisms. In addition, the organization will use some of its grant money for a pilot program that provides training and materials for schools to conduct monitoring and cleanup activities at urban streams near their campuses.Green Umbrella$14,600 for green infrastructure at schoolsGreen Umbrella’s Watershed Action Team will use the lessons learned from a pilot project at Gamble Montessori to help four more schools take important first steps toward building green infrastructure on their campuses. This includes installing rain gardens and trees to manage stormwater, which is the leading cause of water pollution in our region.Lincoln Heights Comprehensive Development Corp.$20,000 for a green, sustainable and resilient eco districtLaunched in 2016, the nonprofit Lincoln Heights Comprehensive Development Corp. aims to transform Cincinnati’s Lincoln Heights neighborhood, a historical African-American community, into a sought-after, safe, walkable, livable and sustainable “net zero” village. The organization will use the 2018 Duke Energy grant to continue what they started with its 2017 grant – training young adults as environmental champions, upgrading its bioswale, improving tree cover and more.Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation$25,000 for Little Duck Creek Trail improvement projectThe Little Duck Creek Trail improvement project is a community-driven environmental restoration initiative at the Little Duck Creek Nature Preserve in Cincinnati’s Madisonville neighborhood. The local redevelopment nonprofit will use the Duke Energy grant money for the targeted removal of invasive vegetation and hire an expert to provide grant consulting services that aim to secure state funding for additional environmental and conservation education programs for the Madisonville community.Miami University$15,000 for student energy case competitionFounded in 2012, this annual case competition brings together students from all majors to learn how to understand, analyze and solve interdisciplinary business challenges in the energy sector. This year’s case will focus on attracting and retaining young talent to the energy industry given the aging workforce. Specifically, the industry’s transformation to a smart grid and the demand for innovative solutions related to sustainability are critical for achieving this goal.Mill Creek Alliance$15,000 for environmental education and service programsThe Mill Creek, which was once designated the “most endangered urban river in North America,” and its tributaries touch 37 political jurisdictions and more than 450,000 residents across Greater Cincinnati. The Duke Energy grant will support Mill Creek Alliance’s efforts to provide environmental education and service programs to more than 1,000 students in schools in and around the watershed. It will also help fund environmental workforce development programs as well as a summer youth program for students interested in pursuing careers in a variety of environmental fields.Thomas More College$20,000 for water quality researchThe Duke Energy grant will allow Thomas More College to fund undergraduate research in water quality at the college’s 25-acre teaching and research field station along the Ohio River in Campbell County, Ky. Students will study the No. 1 threat to our region’s aquatic resources: nonpoint source pollution – namely runoff from agricultural and urban areas. This work will ultimately lead to insights and solutions that reduce the adverse impacts of stormwater runoff.University of Cincinnati Foundation$25,000 for research training program for teachersDuke Energy will once again support for the Summer Environmental Research Training program that provides funds for K-12 teachers to team with UC researchers for six weeks of hands-on scientific research and instruction in air and water quality, biodiversity, waste management and other topics. The summer program aims to inspire teachers, enhance their scientific understanding, and help them develop curriculum modules and ideas to use in their classrooms.Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden$22,000 for pollinator-friendly habitatsCincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will put its Duke Energy grant toward initiatives aimed at increasing the number and size of pollinator-friendly habitats in urban landscapes across Greater Cincinnati. The project will include finding and growing the best plants for pollinators, educating homeowners and landscape professionals through a best practices workshop and handbook, and creating two large pollinator gardens at key community sites.last_img read more

first_imgMichael Kent Cochran, 63, Sarasota, FL., retired locomotive engineer and conductor for 41 years with BNSF/Santa Fe Railroad, passed away May 31, 2013, after a recent illness. He was born in Arkansas City, KS, and graduated from Wellington Senior High School in 1968.Michael was the husband of Mary Anderson and he was the son of the late Howard Presley Cochran and Ruth (Gelvin) Cochran of Wellington, KS. He lived in Wellington, KS, Blackwell, OK, and Derby, KS before retiring to Sarasota, FL. He is survived by his spouse, Mary; mother, Ruth Cochran of Wellington; daughters, Tracy (Ken) Pharis and granddaughter, Kelsey of Highlands Ranch, CO; Jennifer (Kevin) Stultz and grandchildren, Addie and Adam of Wichita, KS; son, Matthew (Janey) Cochran and grandchildren, Jasper, Josie and Murdoc of Wichita, KS; sister, Meryl King, Winfield, KS; brothers, Gerald (Liz) Cochran, Loveland, CO, Max (Dana) Cochran, Brighton, CO; Steven (Susie) Cochran, Wellington, KS; and John Cochran, Wellington, KS. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; father, Howard Cochran; and daughter, Christy Hedrick.During his high school years, Kent, as he was known to most during his life, won many medals and ranked as a State Wrestler. He proudly served in the U. S. Army and served twenty months in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. During his younger years, he enjoyed riding his favorite motorcycle. Kent was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing and watching the game. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, walking the beach and watching sunsets along the Suncoast.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Ste, 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or National Kidney Foundation, 1040 Woodcock Road, Ste 119, Orlando, FL 32803-3510. A Celebration of Life is pending late July in Wichita, KS. Arrangements handled by, Fort Myers, FL.last_img read more