Despite a rainy start, New Orleans Jazz Fest kicked off weekend two with a bang today, bringing in tons of heavy hitters to the Fairgrounds for a day of stacked music. Everything from blues to funk to zydeco to jazz and beyond was represented at one of the country’s longest standing festivals. Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the event to catch Tedeschi Trucks Band with Jimmy Vaughan and Billy Gibbons, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Snarky Puppy, Gary Clark Jr., George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, and hundreds of others across twelve stages.Fortunately, photographer Marc Millman was on hand to capture the festivites. Check out some photo highlights from the festival below:Brandi Carlile on the Gentilly StageCyril Neville & SwampFunk on the Congo Square StageFlo Rida on the Congo Square StageGary Clark Jr. on the Acura StageLost Bayou Ramblers with special guests Rickie Lee Jones and Spider Stacy on the Gentilly StageNew Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band on the Jazz & Heritage StageSonny Landreth on the Acura StageTedeschi Trucks Band ft. Jimmy Vaughan and Billy Gibbons on the Acura Stage
When University of Georgia horticulture professor Allan Armitage retired in November 2010, he left big shoes to fill. Earlier this month, John Ruter was tapped to continue Armitage’s work as part of the Allan M. Armitage Endowed Professorship for Herbaceous Plant Instruction and Introduction. Armitage helped establish UGA’s horticulture department as one of the top in the country. His commitment to introduce new and improved plants translated into profits for growers and knowledge for students. As a tribute to his contributions, the UGA horticulture department and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences established the Armitage professorship.Nursery crop researcherFor the past two decades, Ruter has been a UGA horticulture professor at the CAES campus in Tifton, Ga., where he was the nursery crop researcher and UGA Cooperative Extension specialist. In the Armitage professorship, Ruter will move his research and graduate programs to UGA’s main campus in Athens. “I really haven’t had much of an opportunity to be involved with undergraduates,” Ruter said. “I’m looking forward to bringing practical experience to the classroom and sharing that with students.” “Dr. Ruter has also had tremendous success with graduate students,” said Doug Bailey, UGA horticulture department head. “It will boost our graduate program by having him here in Athens.”Looking forward to teaching undergraduates The professorship is a “great opportunity to get to know people of the Athens community as well,” Ruter said, “through outreach and perennials classes as well. I hope to take students to a lot of local gardens. I’m looking forward to having that involvement.”Ruter specializes in breeding and selecting new ornamental trees and shrubs for the green, or plant, industry. In the new professorship, he will evaluate and develop new breeds of flowers, direct the Trial Gardens at UGA and teach in Athens.“Dr. Ruter has already established himself with his plant breeding and plant introduction programs,” Bailey said. “He has a keen eye. It takes a knack to know what’s needed in the green industry, and he has the gift to marry industry needs and plant materials.Breeding herbaceous plantsSince 2005, Ruter has released or co-released eight plants through the UGA Research Foundation. Four of the first five were herbaceous species that have been promoted through the Athens Select program in cooperation with Armitage. Athens Select plants are developed at UGA and are tolerant to heat and humidity.Ruter’s latest work is on an agapanthus known as Lily of the Nile. He bred the plant for fuller foliage, a more compact design and a shorter flower stem, all things the ornamental plant industry asked him to do.Ruter will keep his large test plots in Tifton, which will allow him to continue his research into camellia as a new edible oil crop suited for Georgia. He’ll also keep working on cold hardy hibiscus.Ruter is currently writing a book about conifers for the Southeast. And he co-authored a leading textbook for high school and junior colleges called an “Introduction to Horticulture.” His research has led to more than 390 publications. Over the past 20 years while serving as a commercial nursery specialist for UGA Extension, he’s given 190 state, regional and national presentations and made more than 900 visits to nurseries and botanical gardens both in Georgia and the U.S.Armitage will work for another year on a partially retired basis at UGA.
April 15, 2003 Regular News A bill establishing a paternity registry for unwed fathers who might want to oppose adoption of their children has cleared a key House committee.HB 835, which had the support of the Bar’s Family Law Section, unanimously cleared the House Judiciary Committee on March 26.Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville, said an overhaul passed last year proved both unworkable and embarrassing to the state. It required single mothers who wanted to place their children up for adoption, but who didn’t know who the fathers were or where they were, to take out newspaper ads identifying themselves and their partners. The idea was to give fathers a chance to assert their rights.But the law provoked a storm of criticism, including that it violated the mothers’ privacy rights. When a legal challenge to the law recently was heard at the Supreme Court, the state elected not to defend the statute.To replace the notification, HB 835 “creates a paternity registry where the father goes and registers to protect his right as a father,” Mahon said. “The other changes are more procedural, really, on glitches and areas that came up from [adoption] practitioners.”Amy Hickman, representing the Family Law Section, said the section was originally opposed to the paternity register, but changed its view after seeing how it operated in 36 other states.“We believe it’s constitutional. We believe it’s one of the fairest registries if it is passed,” she said. “It eliminates the glitches we have in the current law and truly creates a stable adoption system for the children in the state of Florida.”Committee Chair Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, said the bill streamlines the process, while providing notification for men who want to take responsibility for any children they father.Hickman said the bill allows the courts to ensure that the father is going to support the child once he expresses an interest. And she said it can guard against instances where the mother has failed to notify the father of the pregnancy.The committee also passed HB 983, guaranteeing that the records of the paternity registry would remain confidential.The bills next go to the House floor. Similar legislation, SB 2526 and SB 2456, have been introduced in the Senate. They have been referred to the Judiciary; Children and Families; Health, Aging, and Long-Term Care; Governmental Oversight and Productivity; and Rules and Calendar committees. Bill addresses paternity registry Bill addresses paternity registry
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisFor grandparents and relatives raising grandchildren or related family members, the Alpena Senior Citizens Center wants you to know that they are there for your.The Seniors Citizens Center held a kinship grant meeting to help grandparents and great grandparents raising grandchildren with applying for the mini grant program.The program is designed to help families who may need some assistance in taking care of their loved ones.The main need was for sport related items.“If they want to participate in sports, that seemed to be the big interest today was gymnastics, and swimming, and dance lessons. All the sports attire that goes along with, the mini grants program can help supply that so kids can participate just like anybody else,” MMAP Counselor, Kitty Glomski said.According to the 2015 American Community Survey Census, there are 122 grandparent households in Alpena County living in with one or more of their grandchildren.The meeting has a lot of advantages including meeting other grandparents in the area caring for their grandchildren. Most of the families were taking care of elementary aged grandchildren and great grandchildren. Most of the families in need of help are on a fixed income. When adding more relatives to the family it can be stressful.“You have seniors that are on a fixed income. If you add one more person to their circle of their family it does add a burden. So now the (caregiver) is involved with school activities and it’s a little more elevated lifestyle, active lifestyle again that they didn’t have before those children arrived. Now they have doctors appointments and school programs, and teacher meetings and all the things that go on with raising a child,” Glomski said.The mini grants are $150 every 6 months. Glomski said if you missed the kinship program meeting she is still available to help. “Call the Seniors Center, and ask about the program because it’s there for you.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Kinship Program, senior living, Senior Living CenterContinue ReadingPrevious WATZ Holds 1st Annual Christmas Wreath Toss to Kick Off Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Fundraising EventNext Alpena Senior Citizens Center Holding Luxury Event to Raise Funds for Food Bank