Anyone who’s seen the Grateful Dead, or even listened to an old show, is familiar with the “Donor Rap,” the spiel Phil Lesh delivers at each show about the organ donor, Cody, who saved his live via liver transplant. Forever “grateful” for the new lease on life that Cody’s loss afforded him, Lesh takes his “Donor Rap” very seriously, encouraging people everywhere to sing up to be an organ donor so that they may save the lives of others like Cody did for him (“Repeat after me: If anything happens to me, I want to be an organ donor”). You can watch Phil Lesh perform his “Donor Rap” at his Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA below:Today, in an attempt to further urge the masses to register as organ donors, Lesh announced that hip-hop superstar and fellow California native Kendrick Lamar has been hired to perform the “Donor Rap” during all upcoming performances at his Northern California venue Terrapin Crossroads. Lesh spoke about the decision to bring Kendrick into the mix in a new interview with The Source, explaining “I’ve been doing the ‘Donor Rap’ for years, because obviously this cause is extremely important to me. But I was starting to feel like it was getting stale, and people weren’t responding to it as much as they used to. I guess that makes sense, though, when you think about it–I’ve been known to spit a few rhymes with the homies every now and again, but I wouldn’t claim to be a real ‘rapper.’ But Kendrick? Man, that kid’s got BARZ! I just know he’s going to take the Donor Rap to a whole new level. This shit is gonna be HOT. Bet on it.”Lamar declined being interviewed about the new gig, explaining that it’s not about him–it’s about Cody, and all the good that organ donors can do for the world. But we think he’s just being “Humble.”(Check out the powerful video for Kendrick’s new single “Humble” below):[Cover photo (Phil) courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein]
You never know when inspiration may strike, or why.Just ask Stephen Schwartz. Years ago, the famous lyricist and composer, known for his hit musicals “Godspell” and “Pippin,” was on a snorkeling trip when a friend told him about a book with an interesting spin on the classic “The Wizard of Oz.”“I just thought that’s the best idea I’ve ever heard in my life, and I have to get back to the mainland and get the rights, and I don’t know why,” said Schwartz. Ultimately, he turned the Gregory Maguire novel that turns the story on its head, telling it from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West, into the Broadway megahit musical “Wicked.”Schwartz participated in a conversation on Tuesday (Nov. 30) at Club Oberon along with Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). The discussion, one of a longtime A.R.T. series involving performers, directors, producers, Harvard scholars, and the public, is in step with Paulus’ mission to “expand the boundaries of theater.”In retrospect, Schwartz realized that his connection to “Wicked” involved his identification with the main character, the notion of being an outcast, and the vilification of people in society. But at the time, he told the crowd, he simply envisioned it “on the stage.”Similar to inspirations for his other works, Schwartz said, “in some strange way I can see the whole thing right away.”Paulus agreed with that assessment of the creative process. “I think that’s what I feel when I get work. It’s like sense of the potential of it as a theatrical event,” she said.Together the pair said they sensed the possibilities for “The Blue Flower,” an upcoming production at the A.R.T. The avant-garde tale of love, art, and war is described as a “fusion of Kurt Weil and country-western music.”Schwartz, a consultant for the show, brought it to Paulus’ attention a number of years ago. She called the unique score, with its sense of passion and intelligence, “by far the most exciting music I had heard in years.” The new production, she added, is “exactly right” for the A.R.T. and its mission. “It takes music and theater and storytelling and is pushing the boundaries.”For Paulus and Schwartz, music is an integral part of the theatrical experience. They bristled at the notion offered by some critics that serious theater doesn’t include a score.“For me, the theater is music,” said Paulus. “When you are doing theater,” she added, “you want to take on every possible means of the theatrical event, and for that, music is at the core.”During their talk, they also offered tips to up-and-coming directors and producers in the audience. Paulus said her early experience directing opera and her training as a pianist helped to infuse in her own work a profound connection to music and its importance in storytelling.“What’s so great about an opera or a musical is you have the music, you have double the information giving you signals. … If you have studied an instrument or you can learn about music, it just empowers you.”When it comes to feedback, in essence, the harshest and most general criticisms are the most helpful, said Schwartz. Comments like “I was bored in that scene,” or “You lost me in the whole second half of the second act,” he said, tell you succinctly “what your problem is.”The best way to learn is to write and put on shows, added Schwartz — to work on shows in “any capacity.” He encouraged students interested in the theater to take advantage of Harvard’s “incredibly creative environment.”
Anyone who moved into a new house between 1995 and 2008 is probably familiar with the fast-growing, super-screening workhorse of the conifer family — the Leyland cypress. But while the Leyland cypress might be the most popular conifer in Georgia landscapes, there are a whole host of conifers that will grow just as well in home landscapes. “When you mention a conifer people thought of either junipers or pine trees in plantations and I am interested in introducing them to all the options and the diversity that is out there” said University of Georgia horticulturalist John Ruter. Conifers are good choices because their structure adds architectural detail to a landscape, and they provide year-round color and visual interest, Ruter said. He and Tom Cox from Canton have put together a complete guide to selecting and caring for conifers for Georgia gardeners. “Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast” will be available in April through the University Press of Florida. It’s available for pre-order now on Amazon. Ruter’s part-time job in high school was raising Christmas trees for sale, so his conifer fixation started early. Cox is a former president of the American Conifer Society and grows an amazing collection of conifers at his Cox Arboretum in Canton. After years of advocating for the trees, Ruter and Cox are seeing more Georgians embrace conifers and gingko trees. They wanted to provide a good, consumer-oriented guidebook for people who want to experiment with the trees. Ruter and Cox were frustrated that there wasn’t a complete set of care guidelines for the plants. There was very little information, for instance, about how to select and care for conifers in the southern half of the state. The new consumer guidebook details selection and care guidelines for areas ranging from southeast Texas to Appalachian Virginia. “This guide includes essential information about what to buy, where to plant it, and how to maintain it,” Cox and Ruter wrote in the description.
With the end of summer drawing near, Georgia’s muscadine harvest season is right around the corner.While growers wait for their fruit to ripen, it’s a great time for new and would-be muscadine growers to learn about cultivating muscadines, marketing muscadines and winemaking with muscadines.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is teaming up with Wolf Creek Plantation in Americus, Georgia, for a daylong workshop on all things muscadines. The conference will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26.“This a great opportunity for home muscadine growers who want to ramp up their production and farmers who have diversified into muscadines,” said Cain Hickey, UGA Extension viticulturist. “From pest control to site and variety and selection, we’ll be covering UGA’s latest muscadine research and recommendations.”Growers and horticulturalists with UGA Extension and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will cover the business of growing muscadines as well as the technical aspects, like choosing cultivars and pruning. For the full schedule, visit site.extension.uga.edu/viticulture/2018/06/muscadine-conference-scheduled-for-july-26th-in-americus-ga.Attendees must pre-register by Monday, July 23. The registration cost is $10 per person and includes a catered lunch. To register, contact Bill Star, Sumter County Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, at [email protected]
Stowe Mountain Resort,After being named on almost every list as one of the top ski resorts the East, North America and the World, Stowe Mountain Resort debuts new amenities and programs unequaled in the resort industry. This season Stowe debuts new additions to the resort almost 20 years in the making. With a contemporary focus on value and convenience, Stowe has set new standards for mountain recreation and home ownership.Here’s a sample of what’s new at Stowe Mountain Resort:HGTV Dream HomeHGTV will celebrate 15 years of making dreams come true when it awards the 2011 HGTV Dream Home, a new, fully-furnished modern rustic mountain home in Stowe, Vermont, early next year. The 15th annual HGTV Dream Home will be located at Spruce Peak in Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort. The custom-designed home will blend rustic mountain appeal with modern architecture, created with the bold, innovative ideas that make HGTV Dream Homes so exciting and unique. Public tours of the HGTV 2011 Dream Home will be available during the winter 2011 season. Information about the home is available at Dream Home central on HGTV.com/dreamhome.”This HGTV Dream Home is the first in Vermont, and we intend to show the features that make this location so amazing,” said HGTV Dream Home Planner Jack Thomasson. “It’s a spectacular place and the perfect location for our 15th anniversary home.”Unprecedented Real Estate Value at Spruce Peak at StoweSpruce Peak at Stowe has just made significant price adjustments on a limited number of Front Four Private Residences. The Front Four Residences at Stowe Mountain Lodge are situated on the penthouse floors. The Front Four is a private residence club offering shared ownership residences with two-, three- or four-bedrooms ranging in size from 2,000 to 3,500 square feet. The new price adjustments include all the benefits of ownership in the premier private residence club in the Northeast. Owners receive a membership in Stowe Mountain Club that entitles them to two daily ski passes while in residence and unlimited golf while in residence during the summer season. Prices start at $99,000 for a seasonal ownership plan.New pricing has also just been made available for a limited number of private Mountain Cabins and three-bedroom residences in Stowe Mountain Lodge. The Mountain Cabins at Spruce Peak provide the ultimate slopeside accommodations; featuring four bedrooms designed around 3,000 square feet. Construction has begun on four Mountain Cabins which are the only new residences available in this neighborhood. Prices have recently been adjusted as much as $900,000.‘We offer a complete resort experience comparable to the very best mountain resorts in the West. More and more Northeasterners are discovering the superior value and clear conveniences that Stowe offers its guests,’ according to Michael Langley of Spruce Peak.Live the Stowe Lifestyle with Experience Stowe PackagesThe Experience Stowe Package has provided many prospective residents an excellent chance to preview the unique and unforgettable ownership opportunities at Stowe. Interested prospects and families can spend 3 days and 2 nights at Stowe Mountain Lodge in the Front Four residences for only $799 (based on space availability.) Guests will stay in a four bedroom, 3,000 square foot residence, receive a pair of ski passes, breakfast each morning, two Spa treatments, and have the opportunity to find out more about the value of second home ownership at Stowe Mountain Resort. For more information visit www.stowe.com/live(link is external) or contact Spruce Peak at Stowe (877) 977-7823. Experience Stowe Packages are also available for Mountain Cabins.Grand Opening of New Spruce Peak Performing Arts CenterThe Grand Opening week of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center will take place from December 27 to December 31, concluding with a special benefit concert with James Taylor. Other grand opening performances include: Ben Vereen, Sara Watkins, Eileen Ivers and the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata. Developed to operate year-round as a major component of the east’s premier mountain resort, Stowe’s new performing arts center is a venue for a wide spectrum of events; theater, music, dance, comedy, film, lectures and multimedia presentations. Info at www.sprucepeakarts.org(link is external)Stowe Mountain Lodge South Wing Opens Its DoorsStowe Mountain Lodge was recently named one of the Top Five Hotels in the US in the Conde Nast Traveler Reader Poll. The AAA Four-Diamond Lodge will open an additional 173 guest rooms in December 2010 more the doubling the current capacity of the Lodge and bringing the total room count to 312. The South Wing of Stowe Mountain Lodge will feature the same lavishly appointed accommodations as the two-year old North Wing. Stowe Mountain Lodge offers more than 12,000 square feet of event space, as well as high-end boutiques, restaurants, farm-to-table cuisine, Spa, swimming, superb service and more. Info at www.stowemountainlodge.com(link is external)More About Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain ResortSpruce Peak at Stowe is a new slope-side community at the base of Spruce Peak and Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. The intimate alpine neighborhood boasts a world-class spa, hotel, dining, shopping and year-round outdoor recreational opportunities including skiing & golf. The resort has also been recognized for its environmental efforts by receiving Audubon International’s ‘Sustainable Community Certification.’ Stowe is the only mountain resort in the nation to receive Audubon’s highest environmental endorsement.Source: Stowe Mountain Resort. STOWE, VT (December 8, 2010) ‘ www.stowe.com/live(link is external)
25 Huntington Drive, Maudsland is on the market for offers over $859,000.THIS family residence is an oasis in a sprawling landscaped acreage, set in a country estate. Its minimalist timber and white interior offers a feeling of space and a blank canvas for its new owners. The pool setting is the standout feature of the home — an expansive covered entertainment setting overlooks the tranquil pool, which captures the reflection of the towering trees bordering the property and is framed by a timber deck. The property is set on a picturesque block.Further on, a gentle slope leads to a large backyard, ideal for a childrens playground or trampoline, as part of 6000sq m of low maintenance grounds.An automatic waste system is in place that can be used to water the plants automatically, while tank water is used before town water at the property.Back inside, there are five living areas including a home theatre with projector, two kitchens, three bathrooms plus a powder room and a study in addition to five bedrooms. Property records show the house was bought by its vendor in 2010, before the pool setting was added as an extension to the home in 2014.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago A covered entertainment area overlooks the pool.The property is surrounded by million-dollar homes in the Huntington Downs Estate, that took nine years of master planned development. The estate is a collection of architecturally-designed houses that blend into the native bush backdrop. There are eco trails, a lake, reserves and panoramic views and houses are spaced apart to maximise livability.The estate is close to major shopping centres, schools and airports.It’s also nearby to local attractions including a water ski and wakeboard park.Maudsland is fast becoming hot property, with a recent study revealing growing families are flocking to the northern Gold Coast suburbs in droves. The home has five living areas.According to the study from Aussie Home Loans and CoreLogic, 68.1 per cent of households in Maudsland have children. The report showed there were 209 sales in the past 12 months in the suburb, while the median home value is $582,587 and the median unit value is $518,404; the latest market analysis showed a 4.2 per cent growth over the past 12 months.The study reported that Gold Coast acreage communities offer a relaxed environment while being in proximity to schools, shopping and transport options, as well as offering a family-friendly lifestyle and features. The home is set on manicured grounds.
The fund will hear the outcome of the review by year-end.The pension fund and JLT “will also explore the possibility of collaboration with other Local Authority Pension Funds”, it said, “if appropriate and where possible”.Cornwall’s real estate investments are managed by CBRE Global Investors’ multi-manager.For the last three years, officers and JLT have been reviewing the organisation’s “capabilities… to provide investment services in the property asset class” for the pension fund.It added that “a number of concerns have been raised with the committee at previous meetings”.The document notes that CBRE Global Investors was not directly appointed to run the mandate.The pension fund appointed RREEF (now Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management) in 2006, but the account was transferred to ING Real Estate Investment Management after RREEF’s multi-manager team – including fund manager Matt Day – departed to ING REIM in 2009.CBRE subsequently acquired ING REIM, bringing the ING Real Estate Select multi-manager into CBRE Global Investors.Day and Mark Bunney, head of UK for ING Real Estate Select, left CBRE Global Investors in 2012 to join Kames Capital.Alex Bignell, head of UK at CBRE Global Multi Manager, told IP Real Estate: “At the point of takeover, the Cornwall portfolio was exposed to certain funds that experienced significant writedowns and impacted performance.“At the same time as working through these funds, CBRE Global Multi Manager has implemented a repositioning of the portfolio.”As of March this year, Cornwall held a £93.5m (€116.7bn) real estate portfolio, representing an allocation of 6.64%. Cornwall Pension Fund is considering clubbing together with other local authority pension funds as part of a wider review of its property asset allocation.The pension fund is also reviewing its existing multi-manager mandate with CBRE Global Investors.In minutes from a 19 June committee meeting, the fund said that, since 2011, the performance of the property asset class, to which it has a 10% allocation, had been “fairly benign”.Cornwall said the review, with help from consultants JLT, would look at how best to invest in property for the most beneficial returns, considering cost, risk, diversification and governance requirements.
The new Dutch financial assessment framework (nFTK) could cause funding ratios to rise too far over the long term, as its rules make it difficult to reduce pension contributions, research by pensions think tank Netspar has suggested.Researchers Lei Shu, Bertrand Melenberg and Hans Schumacher, of Tilburg University, said their findings raised the question whether the supervisory framework – introduced in 2015 – was as sustainable as it was meant to be.They assessed several scenarios over a 50-year period, based on a pension fund with the minimum required coverage of 104.3%, an investment mix of 35% equity and 65% fixed income as well as stable contributions.The researchers found that in 60% of the situations, participants would receive a fully indexed pension after fifty years, with funding exceeding 150% in half of the scenarios. In the opinion of Melenberg, a professor of econometrics and finance, the nFTK should prevent such peaks, “as employers would demand a premium reduction, and [politicians] would also like to interfere”.According to the researchers, coverage could rise as high as predicted as the nFTK only allows for lowering contributions if all indexation in arrears has been granted and the remaining assets are sufficient for future inflation compensation.They also found that in 40% of the assessed situations, the pension result would be lower than the fully indexed level.In the 5% of the worst scenarios, future benefits would be no more than 40% of the indexed pension.They attributed such a result to a combination of stable contributions with situations of high wages inflation and low returns, rather than to the nFTK.Shu, Melenberg and Schumacher said that they were currently looking at how scenarios with a different investment mix and a lower funding ratio would pan out, adding that they also wanted to compare the nFTK with the previous supervisory framework.Melenberg, however, said that he did not expect that the result would differ significantly.He announced that he and his co-researchers would draw up proposals for adjusting the nFTK, including suggestions to reduce contributions once a coverage ratio was high.
Aurora PD released this sketch of the suspect Wednesday. (Cincinnati Police Department)AURORA, Ind. – Aurora police are releasing new details and a sketch of a man wanted for armed robbery at an Aurora business.The suspect fled the Gold Connection at 521 Green Boulevard Monday afternoon with an undetermined amount of cash and scrap gold along with 200 Silver 1oz round coins, valued at over $5,200.Originally, police estimated 400 coins were stolen valued at $10,000.The man is described as white, late 20’s to early 30’s, thin build, approximately 6’ tall with medium length brown hair.Aurora Police Department have released a sketch of the suspect, courtesy of the Cincinnati Police Department.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Aurora Police Department at (812) 926-1101 or (812) 537-3431.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Michael School, the Works of Mercy or a Charity of choice. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ethan Eckerle. Those surviving who will cherish Ethan’s memory include his parents, Larry and Ruth Eckerle of Brookville; siblings, Felicia (Mark) Rauch and Landon (Amy) Eckerle, both of Brookville; one niece, Addyson Rauch, and one nephew, Lucas Eckerle. He is also survived by aunts and uncles, Karen (Bruce) Machamer, Kenny (Carolyn) Eckerle, Tom (Brenda) Eckerle, Connie (Mark) Taylor, Mary Ann (Chris) Burke, John (Connie) Flaspohler, Tony (Marilyn) Flaspohler, Diane (Michael) Rathburn, Merita (Martin) Glaub, Donald (Debra) Flaspohler, and many cousins and friends. Ethan was preceded in death by grandparents, Raymond and Lavinia Eckerle, and Cecil and Alvina Flaspohler. Ethan Michael Eckerle, formerly of Brookville, was born on April 26, 1990, in Oxford, Ohio, the son of Larry and Ruth Flaspohler Eckerle. He attended special education at Eastview Elementary, Brookville Middle School and Franklin County High School. Ethan loved cheering on his siblings at ball games, being outdoors, singing Christmas carols and watching anything blow in the wind. Many summers he also enjoyed attending Camp Riley. On Sunday, September 4, 2016, at the age of 26, Ethan passed away at his residence in Scipio. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Rosary will be recited at 3:15. A Mass of Christian burial is on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date.