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Summer Camp Fest Brings In The Season With An Incredible Weekend Of Music [Gallery/Review]

first_imgAll jam band fans know that Memorial Day weekend equals Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL. For many, the weekend is scheduled well in advance; basically when the preceding year’s festival ends. For others, they make plans later, and some not until the eleventh hour. Regardless, all who attend have an excellent time, and this year was no different. It was an amazing weekend that had it all: great music, some fun sit-ins, and despite the forecasts, some very agreeable weather. Summer Camp ruled again.Getting on the road at a very decent hour on Thursday, I had butterflies the entire drive to Chillicothe. I knew what I was getting into for the weekend, and as long as I wait for it, which is about 362 days, the three hour drive seems to take forever. Sadly, by the time I was staking my tent, I could hear Greensky Bluegrass playing their prized song, “Windshield.” But all was not lost, and I was able to make it over there for the end of GSBG set. I arrived to unexpectedly hear the band announce a very special guest, and Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins for a song. They closed their set with an energetic “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox.”With Greensky effectively ending the night for the Starshine Stage, the next move was to the Red Barn for The Werks. At this point it was pretty evident where everyone was who came Thursday Pre-Party: inside the Red Barn. It was super crowded inside. The Werks, matching the energy level given by the packed barn, played some good jams to get the show going. They opened up with an expansive “Galactic Passport” that got out there. They then followed with “Not Alone” which seemed very appropriate. With so many people inside the Red Barn, there was nobody who felt alone. A newer song, “Lights Out,” followed. Fresh air was becoming a luxury, so stepping outside for a brief moment to get some is all it took to meander over to the Way Down Wanderers. Bluegrassy to the bone, these dreadlocked-pickers provided a very pleasant surprise so late on Thursday night. The Thursday Pre-Party delivered in every possible way and certainly rewarded those fans who wanted to get there a day early.As Friday rolled around, those who didn’t have the pre-party pass were anxious to get in. People waiting in line were treated to a set from The McLovins at noon. This band has certainly grown leaps and bounds in the past years since their smash hit cover of “You Enjoy Myself” graced YouTUbe back in 2008. Although they didn’t play that song at the fest, they did ask the crowd, “Is it cool if we play a Dead song?” Not needing an answer, or better yet knowing what the answer was, they began a silky smooth version of “West LA Fadeway” that was a unique and awesome version of the tune. The McLovins played a great noon set. moe. followed with their traditional Friday day set at the Moonshine stage. They played a straight forward set including “Stranger Than Fiction” and “Waiting for the Punchline.”Aqueous was next at the Camping Stage. After seeing them the previous year at Summer Camp, they were someone that was absolutely worth checking out again. Their new drummer laid down the beats exceptionally well, and he exuded a smile for the entire set. Of course he was matched by guitarist Mike Gantzer, whose tones for each note played were sublime. Aqueous brought fans back to the mid-90s with a cover of The President of the United States of America’s “Peaches.” Another great day set.Later, TAUK played to a rather large crowd at the Starshine Stage. Opening up with “Friction,” they played a great set that included a phenomenal version of “Afro-Tonic.” As the clouds became heavier, fans wondered when would the rain arrive, if any. It didn’t come for Greensky’s second set of the fest. This time they played at the Moonshine Stage. Again they brought up guests including moe.’s Al Schnier on guitar for a cover of “Luckiest Man.” My favorite part of the song was the end when they teased Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”By this point, it was time for Umphrey’s McGee. As per usual, they rocked. You can read more about their Friday show here. Between their sets, Thievery Corporation brought their brand of danceable dub and electronica. Bringing out and utilizing different vocalists for almost every song, those who made it were treated to a great set of music by this very unique band.STS9 had a set on the Sunshine Stage, and the beginning portion of the set was certainly current Tribe. They played a phenomenal version of “STS9” near the beginning of the set, and it was difficult to leave for any fan. In order to bring so many good artists over the weekend, sets have to overlap. There just isn’t enough time to fit everyone without a new 40 hour day. So leaving STS9 for the Red Barn was the option taken. The first of the Late Night shows was about to commence.The Red Barn late nights are extra tickets that must be purchased in addition to the general admission to the festival. They are exclusive and usually sell out extremely fast. This was true for Tauking McGee and EOTO with Keller Williams. The former had many chances to collaborate together over the past couple of months as TAUK opened for Umphrey’s on tour. On this night, it was Stasik, Cummins, and Cinninger who came out and jammed with TAUK. It was a phenomenal set that included covers of Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and Led Zeppelin’s “Dancing Days.” The latter actually began with a “Over the Hills and Far Away” tease from Cinninger on guitar, but alas they went into “Dancing Days” instead. Easily the most insane moment of the show (and perhaps of Summer Camp 2016) happened during Spinal Tap’s “Big Bottom.” As I recall, the members of both groups were rocking hard, and the crowd was dancing along eagerly. When I looked up, out of nowhere, the band members were smashing their guitars. It was a total surprise to see grown men take these instruments that they had been playing for the previous 90 minutes, and raise them high into the air, only to smash them as hard as possible. Both guitarists Jake Cinninger and TAUK’s Matt Jalbert completely shredded their guitars, both literally and figuratively. It was awesome.Saturday brought more of the same Summer Camp magic that had been present the previous two days. The first set of the day on the Moonshine Stage proved to be one of the better sets of the entire weekend. Steve Kimock and Friends graced the stage, and it included a couple musicians very much associated with the Dead. Keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Ratdog drummer Jay Lane were up there helping Kimock. They didn’t stick to Dead covers, although the “Bird Song” they played was great. Kimock’s tone is simply beautiful and was on full aural display during the set. For the last tune, Kimock brought up his son Miles Kimock on guitar to assist. It’s entirely possible that the younger Kimock had one of the best days of his life, as the elder announced to the crowd that it was Miles’ birthday and fans should shower him with gifts and drinks. Making the way to the VIP lounge was the next move, as Kyle Hollingsworth Band was playing their only set of the weekend. It was a very intimate way to see the String Cheese Incident keyboardist. His set was filled with covers like “Eminence Front” and “All Night Long” as well as Cheese originals like “Rosie”. It was a short but fun set. On the opposite side of the festival grounds, what seemed like a million miles away, Dopapod played to a large crowd at the Starshine Stage. Only being able to catch the last couple of songs, they were sounding good with a heroic version of “FABA” followed by the set closing “Super Bowl.”Up to this point, which is Saturday evening if you are following along, the weather had been perfect. It had been warm with a few small rain spurts that helped keep the dust down. As Saturday carried on, the sky slowly grew more and more ominous. There wasn’t one Summer Camper there that was NOT informed about the weather forecasts. It was supposed to rain all weekend, but it never came. You have to count your blessings. But with dark clouds and no rain, the shows continued.Hard Working Americans brought their gritty rock to the Sunshine Stage for a good while. Their set was delayed maybe 10 minutes to allow the crew to cover the lights in rain gear; a very prudent move it was. Maybe 40 minutes into their set, the heavens finally opened up and it began to pour. The band and crowd evacuated faster than I’ve ever seen, though the hard rain only lasted a few minutes. Slight rains continued, but it was very manageable.Mother Nature wanted to show her love for those who descended upon Three Sisters’ Park, so for the next two hours she enhanced our visuals with a beautiful sunset (think of Lotus’ “Sunrain” in reality), an amazing rainbow (and some claimed it to be a double rainbow), and a massive lightning storm (which was the real reason bands were delayed.) Many, many thanks to the weather deities for the beautiful show, as well as the great weather that was present all weekend. The infamous mud pits of the park remained a past relic of 2011 and 2013.Music eventually continued, albeit on a slightly delayed schedule. Umphrey’s night sets absolutely raged. The first set included a “Puppet String” that featured Fishbone’s Rocky George on guitar. The second set was where Umphrey’s brought it. “Ringo” was a great version that had a good jam, and they teased “XXY” before going into “1348.” The “Nothing Too Fancy” sandwich with “Phil’s Farm” in the middle was the tastiest portion of the UM musical experiences of the weekend. Although it wasn’t exactly long or jammed out, the intro to “N2F,” and its subsequent reprise following “Phil’s Farm,” are what Umphreaks dream of.moe.’s sets on Saturday equaled Umphrey’s sets in epicness. While Umphrey’s played all originals, the Saturday moe. sets will likely be remembered as the covers set of 2016. They played a ton of covers, mostly all for the first time, including 21 Pilots’ “Stressed Out,” Bowie’s “Fame,” Prince’s “Purple Rain,” Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” and Talking Heads’ “Making Flippy Floppy.” They were all spot on. To hear the echoing notes of the introduction of “SOYCD” was amazing. Of course moe. got a little help from their friend Kyle Hollingsworth as he joined the five guys named moe. on the Floyd and Heads covers. It was a phenomenal set from the oldest tenured-band at Summer Camp.On Sunday, everyone woke to a blue sky with not a cloud to be found. Everyone knew it was going to be a scorcher. Besides being extremely sunny, it was the last day of the festival. American Babies played a great set on the Starshine Stage including a great rendition of “Jolene” as well as the Dead’s “Deal.” Lead Guitarist Tom Hamilton did his work on his instrument and just shredded.Umphrey’s day set followed. Guitarist and singer Brendan Bayliss brought out his toddler son to excite the crowd, and although I couldn’t understand what the little tyke shyly said into the microphone, there was no ambiguity in the rock sign he was making with his right hand. Everyone in the crowd responded in kind. The set rocked, including a pleasant cover of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” “Much Obliged” followed, and the newer song “Draconian” had a fun metal-ish jam session.American Babies were so enjoyable the first time around, so I visited their set in the VIP lounge that same day. They did a very bluegrass (for them) version of “Cumberland Blues.” It was very relaxing to hear Tom Hamilton completely shred the ending of Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” Ironically (or perhaps not so much) it was the second time I heard that tune by the Boss, as GSBG also performed it two days before. Hard to say which version was better. But American Babies kept on rocking, and ended with a roaring version of “State Police.”Twiddle played the Starshine Stage to what looked like the biggest crowd at that stage for the entire weekend. It was packed. Their set only contained six songs but was not short on jams. Opening with “Apples,” they followed with a fun version of “Beethoven and Greene.” “Amydst the Myst” contained a very dark jam that somehow made its way back into the song from which it came. It was really neat to see the dark, brooding jam return to the melodic ending. Fan favorite “Jamflowman” followed, and then they invited The Werks’ guitarist Chris Houser up to add his skills to “Hatti’s Jam” and “When It Rains, It Pours.” It was a great set from the Vermont quartet.After that show, Lotus was next up on the Moonshine Stage. Playing to a crowd that filled the hill, they mixed new with old. Perhaps in a nod to the weather the previous day, they played a fun rendition of “Sunrain.” Then they invited Joey Porter, keyboard wizard of The Motet, to the stage for an extra funky version of “Greet the Mind.”Everyone who attended Summer Camp was prepared for the next act: Mudcrutch. Although you may not recognize that band, you undoubtedly know their lead singer: Tom Petty. It was awesome to see an American rock hero such as Petty, even if he wasn’t playing some of the hits that everybody knows. His touch on music is like the Midas touch, everything he makes is gold. Petty played a trove of songs from his first band, including tunes that sounded more country-esque, Americana, and as he described psychedelic bluegrass. Summer Camp always does a good job of bringing legends to Chillicothe, and they certainly completed this task with Mudcrutch.Every year, moe. traditionally “closes” out the festival. Although they used to do this, now it is more of a symbolic move with music raging well past the last notes from the Moonshine Stage. Nonetheless, moe. rocked their final two sets of Summer Camp, including a ripping version of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” with Allie Kral on fiddle. They also played a raging version of “Rebubula.” In the second set, highlights included “Recreational Chemistry” and “Kids.” For their final song of the festival, moe. encored with Cream’s “White Room,” a song that hadn’t been played for eight years. Well done moe.So as the last notes of moe.’s set echoed through the air, the Moonshine Stage was emptied by Summer Campers. Many headed to some of the other stages as music, including the Big Grizmatik set, continued until 4am. Others returned to their campsite to hang out with friends both old and new for the last time over this Memorial Day weekend. Summer Camp again delivered on their promise of providing a fun and stimulating environment for music fans over the course of the holiday weekend.Sad it’s over, but the countdown for next year already begins.A full gallery of images from Ojeda Photography can be seen below: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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PHOTOS: Chris Robinson Brotherhood Begin 3-Night Terrapin Crossroads Run

first_imgPhoto: Jeremy Scott Load remaining images After wrapping up their annual three-night run at The Fillmore in San Francisco earlier this month, Chris Robinson Brotherhood announced to fans that they would return to the Bay Area in just a few short weeks for a three-night New Year’s Eve run. So, here they are with a three-night, sold-out run at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. The celebrations began on Friday night with two massive sets, featuring an impressive mix of originals and covers, including renditions of Roy Brown, Junior Wells, Waylon Jennings, Marvin Gaye, Slim Harpo, and more. Of course, the influence of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead prevailed itself in the second set, with a monstrous “Viola Lee Blues” sandwich, in which the three verses intertwined with renditions of “Down Home Girl” by Alvin Robinson, “I’m A Hog For You” by The Coasters, and “Never Been to Spain” by Hoyt Axton. The show closed with a heart-warming version of “They Love Each Other” by Jerry Garcia. The band returns to the stage tonight for two more shows to close out the 2017 in style.In the middle of one of their most prolific periods to date, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood are riding a creative wave with a slew of studio and live records coming out amidst a rigorous tour schedule that only seems to fuel their fire even further. Their stellar new album, Barefoot In The Head, marks the CRB’s third studio release in just two years, and it finds them pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength.Check out the gallery from Friday night’s show below, courtesy of photographer Jeremy Scott.Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 12/29/17Good Rocking Tonight (Roy Brown), Someday Past the Sunset, Little by Little (Junior Wells), Little Lizzie Mae > Only When That’ll Walk the Line (Waylon Jennings), Try It Baby (Marvin Gaye), Blue Star Woman > Poor Elijah/ Tribute to Robert JohnsonTaking Care of Business, Viola Lee Blues (verse 1) > Down Home Girl (Alvin Robinson) > Viola Lee Blues (verse 2) > I’m A Hog For You (The Coasters) > Viola Lee Blues (verse 3), Never Been to Spain (Hoyt Axton), Beware, Oh Take Care, Got Love If You Want It (Slim Harpo)E: They Love Each Other (Jerry Garcia)Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 12/29/17 | Photos by Jeremy Scottlast_img read more

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Canola Markets

first_imgFor years, farmers have heard about growing canola in Georgia. But there was never a big local market. Canola was a niche contract crop with a broad profit potential that was always just around the corner. Now, the corner is here. Georgia farmers may now be able to grow this winter crop at world prices and then some. Two Georgia processing plants are making plans to crush canola next year. World markets close to home “Buying points across Georgia are to be used to support local purchasing,” said Randy Hudson, the University of Georgia canola coordinator. Hudson is an Extension Service scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We’ve been told a positive basis above world prices might be used as an incentive to attract growers,” he said. “For years we’ve said this crop would be sustainable if growers get world prices. Now there’s a chance for prices above those levels.” Growers, innovators should tour Tour shows canola’s promisecenter_img Potential growers can see the bright promise of canola firsthand March 30 in the Georgia Canola Progress Tour, Hudson said. The tour will begin with a field day at the Southwest Branch Experiment Station in Plains, Ga., at 9:30 a.m. “Then we’ll travel across southwest Georgia and visit four production areas,” he said. County agents, Extension Service scientists, industry experts and growers will tell about aspects of canola production. Lunch will be provided. The tour will end at 3:30 p.m. Hudson is urging the state’s farmers to join the tour. “Our growers are all asking about alternative crops,” he said. “This could be the one they’re looking for.” To learn more about the canola field day and tour, contact your county Extension Service office. Or call (912) 386-3424.last_img read more

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East Side Access Project Moves to Next Phase

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An artist’s rendering of the completed Long Island Rail Road terminal at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.The East Side Access construction project that will bring Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central Terminal has moved into the next phase of work: Building the interior of the terminal.Wisconsin-based Michels Corporation was awarded the $200,602,743 contract, the first of three required to build the permanent structural concrete lining, interior structures and equip newly excavated caverns and tunnels, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Monday.“This contract begins the construction on the interior work that 160,000 weekday LIRR customers will experience when the new LIRR station terminal opens below Grand Central,” said Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA Capital Construction.Tunnel Vision: Inside the East Side Access ProjectThe $8.24 billion East Side Access project, currently the largest public works project in the nation, will conclude with an eight-track terminal. Each cavern will contain four tracks, an upper and lower level platform, and a mezzanine.It is designed to cut 40 minutes off the commute time for LIRR riders who work on the east side of midtown Manhattan but are forced to use Penn Station on the west side. The LIRR also expects its first new Manhattan terminal in a century will ease congestion at Penn Station, which sees 230,000 LIRR riders daily.The contract and two others in the works for the north and central locations are being paid for by federal and local funds, the MTA said.The latest estimated completion date of the long-delayed project is 2019.last_img read more

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Contaminated sprout seeds suspected in Salmonella outbreaks

first_img Apr 26 FDA press release See also: The latest illnesses appear to be linked to an earlier outbreak in February and March when the same indistinguishable outbreak strain sickened at least 100 patients in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota, the FDA said. However, the pathogen was never found in the product samples, though the company recalled the sprouts as a precaution. The FDA said an investigation suggests lots of potentially contaminated alfalfa seeds may have been sold around the country, which may account for the illness spread across multiple states. An initial investigation has traced possibly contaminated raw alfalfa sprouts to multiple sprout growers in different states. “This suggests a potential problem with the seeds used, as well as the possible failure of the sprout growers to appropriately and consistently follow the FDA sprout guidance issued in 1999,” the FDA said. Illnesses began in mid March, cases are still being reported, and the FDA said it expects to receive more reports from more states. The guidance urges growers to disinfect the seeds immediately before growing and regularly testing each batch of water used in sprout production for Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7. Apr 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials yesterday warned consumers not to eat raw alfalfa sprouts, including blends that contain the sprouts, until further notice, because the seeds used by growers around the country may be contaminated with Salmonella. The FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and local authorities have associated the outbreak with eating raw alfalfa sprouts. Most of the patients reported eating raw alfalfa sprouts, some from restaurants and others purchased in retail stores. Six states—Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia—have reported 31 illnesses with the same outbreak strain of Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in an Apr 26 press release. Mar 9 CIDRAP News story “Sprouts-linked Salmonella outbreak grows to 5 states”last_img read more

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Despite good tourism results, the agencies still record a decline of more than 80%

first_imgAware of the fact that the tourism sector will not be able to maintain its business processes and operate without further support from all relevant stakeholders, UHPA appealed to the Government of the Republic of Croatia to extend job support for the next period. Extremely good results of the tourist season, which even the greatest optimists among us could not have predicted, unfortunately did not significantly affect the business of travel agencies. Cover photo: FMedic_photography, Pixabay.com “In recent weeks, we have witnessed information that the tourist season exceeded expectations and that 50% of last year’s turnover was realized, and on the wave of good news we forget about the problems that are still present because the tourism sector is much more complex than the results of arrivals and overnight stays. various stakeholders many of whom do not depend solely on the tourist season. I am thinking primarily of travel agencies, most of which, according to our estimates, will not be able to generate turnover and ensure business liquidity before the summer of 2021.”, emphasizes Fain. “Turističke agencije kao bitan čimbenik turističke ponude u Hrvatskoj  ne smiju biti izjednačene s ostalim dionicima u turizmu koji su uspjeli ostvariti rezultate u sezoni, a niti zaboravljene krajem glavne ljetne sezone. Potrebne su transparentne odluke koje će jasno komunicirati niz mjera i odluka kojima će se agencijama osigurati uvjeti za nastavak poslovanja i omogućiti povrat uplaćenih sredstava svim putnicima”, Concludes Fain. Also, agencies dealing with the organization of trips of Croatian guests abroad or foreign guests in Croatia this year were not able to realize the contracted trips due to the closure of borders and travel bans.  UHPA se uz produženje mjera za očuvanje radnih mjesta zalaže za rješavanje mnogih otvorenih pitanja s kojima se turističke agencije susreću. Od iznimne je važnosti što prije implementirati već postojeće sigurnosne protokole i kroz pametnu kampanju komunicirati kako je Hrvatska zemlja u kojoj se poštuju sve epidemiološke mjere, nose maske i poštuje propisana socijalna distance.  “Travel agencies have gone through the worst, a survey we conducted among members in mid-August shows that agencies have seen a steady decline in revenue since the beginning of the pandemic, and in the last 2 months it has been more than 80%. The current epidemiological situation is not in our favor either, and according to our estimates, most travel agencies are not able to generate turnover that is crucial for preserving jobs and liquidity of business. “, points out Tomislav Fain, president of UHPA.  Dio agencija svoju ponudu i proizvode ne veže nužno uz turističku sezonu u Hrvatskoj jer u svojem portfoliu usluga imaju  specifična putovanja i proizvode za određene tržišne niše kao što su, primjerice, kongresni turizam i školska putovanja čija realizacija nije usmjerena na ljetne mjesece te je ista ove godine izostala. last_img read more

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Lessons learned in first title chase pay off for Grabouski

first_imgJordan Grabouski (center) became a two-time Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified national champion this season, adding the 2016 trophy to matching hardware from 2011. At left is Clay Smith, president of Speedway Motors, title sponsor of IMCA Weekly Racing, and at right is Brett Root, IMCA president. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)BEATRICE, Neb. – The lessons he learned winning his first IMCA national championship paid off again this year for Jordan Grabouski.So did his success at a slew of early-season specials in Kansas and Nebraska.The Beatrice, Neb., hotshoe parlayed a division leading and single season career-best 33 feature wins and two local track titles into the 2016 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified national title.“When I won my first national championship in 2011, the points really went down to the last weekend and I had to win my last race,” he said. “I had a better understanding that the point season was 50 races and was more patient this year.”“We only finished outside the top five eight times (in 51 starts) this year,” Grabouski noted. “A lot of that was because as you race more, you don’t put yourself in position to wreck or get a DNF.”“We’ve run a crate engine from Friesen Chevrolet for a couple years and that’s been a big boost for us,” he added. “We had another year where we didn’t have any problems engine-wise and that gave us more time to focus on other areas of our program where we need to improve or develop more consistency.”The Jet Racing Central Region king also topped local track point standings at Beatrice Speedway and Thunder Hill Speedway. He won 10 features at his hometown track and nine more at the Mayetta, Kan., speedplant.“We’ve always enjoyed racing with (promoters) Mike and Pam Conkwright at Thunder Hill. My brother lives in Kansas City so we could stay overnight with him and then race Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka,” Grabouski said. “Beatrice is my favorite track. It’s minutes away from home and I grew up watching races there.”Grabouski’s longest winning streak during his 2011 championship season was four; he set the tone early in 2016 with eight straight checkers between March 25 and April 15.After sweeping Sunflower Classic features at RPM Speedway and DirtFest main events at Salina Speedway, Grabouski won the Husker Duel at Beatrice, the Husker State Duel at Thayer County Speedway, opening night at U.S. 30 Speedway and the first Ice Breaker show at Eagle Raceway.Two starts later, he won his first-ever outing at Atchison County Raceway.“Running for the national championship wasn’t something we planned to do before the start of the season. It just happened,” Grabouski stated. “After winning eight in a row we thought maybe it was something we could pursue. Later in the year, when we figured it could be reality, we started racing four times a week when we could to make sure we got all our starts in.”Grabouski is now ninth on the all-time IMCA Modified wins list with 160 career checkers. He’s posted double figure feature win totals in seven of the past eight seasons.“A lot of drivers have won one national championship but not a lot have won two,” Grabouski said. “I told my crew we’d get through 2016 and then make some decisions about next year.”The City of Beatrice now has bragging rights as home to six IMCA Modified national championships, with Johnny Saathoff owning the other four. Des Moines, represented by Dave Farren, Bill Davis Sr. and Danny Wallace, had also had five.Starts: 51Wins: 33Additional Top Five’s: 10HIS CREW: Father Kent, wife Whitney, crew chief Jackson Weeks, Eric Ebeling, Josh Houseman, Steve Durman, Jordan Junker, Damian Anderson and Kevin Vanlaningham.HIS SPONSORS: GRT Race Cars of Greenbrier, Ark.; Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton; Fast Shafts of Des Moines, Iowa; Terry Phillips Racing of Springfield, Mo.; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Ricochet Shock Guards of Brush, Colo.; Keyser Manufacturing and Integra Shocks, both of Coopersville, Mich.; Strange Oval of Morton Grove, Ill.; Penner Insurance, Wrightway Hay Harvesters, Orange Bowl, Nippert Farms, J’s Grill and Pub, Nelson Tree Service, The Auto Shop and Twin Rivers Chrysler Jeep Dodge, all of Beatrice; PBS Rentals of Crete; Side Trek Bar & Grill of Harbine; Novotny Ag and Brynn Novotny Motorsports, both of Jansen; Schmidt’s Inc. and Schmidt Machine, both of Fairbury; Sasse Farms of Diller; Wojo Painting and Moock Trucking, both of Lincoln; Hergott & Traeger Farms of Gilead; VP Heartland of Manhattan, Kan.; Zeck Ford of Leavenworth, Kan.; Sweet Manufacturing of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Callies Performance Products of Fostoria, Ohio; Sybesma Graphics of Sanborn, Iowa; CPD Racing Shocks of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Real Racing Wheels of Independence, Iowa; Marshalltown, Iowa, Speedway; Total Power Batteries of Vista, Calif.; FK Rod Ends of Southington, Conn.; Kevko of Fairmont, Minn.; Speedwerx Headers of Forest Lake, Minn.; Simpson of Brownsburg, Ind.; Icon Pistons of Carson City, Nev.; Roscoe Carburetors, Roscoe, Texas; and Jones Pulley Systems of Ottsville, Pa.last_img read more

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Gary Joseph Schwering, 59

first_imgGary Joseph Schwering, 59 of Greensburg, passed away on January 15, 2019. Gary was born on August 24, 1959, in Greensburg, the son of Samuel and Phyllis (Hardebeck) Schwering. Gary worked for Federal Mogul and the Decatur County Highway Department. Gary enjoyed golfing, hunting, and farming. He loved having fun with his family and friends.Gary is survived by his mother, Phyllis Schwering of Greensburg; brothers, Stephen Schwering of Louisville, KY and Michael (Kristi) Schwering of Greensburg; niece, Erica (Brandon) Lay; nephews, Justin Schwering and Kyle Schwering; great niece, Harper Grace Lay. He was preceded in death by his father and brother, John Schwering.Rosary will be prayed Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11:00 am. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 12:00 pm until the start of the Funeral Mass at 3:00 pm at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Adam Ahern will be officiating. Burial will be at the South Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

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Chelsea trio charged

first_img The Brazilian, who has been sent off twice this season, was playing only his second match following a three-match ban applied following his dismissal at Aston Villa, after which Mourinho was fined £8,000 for improper conduct for approaching match referee Chris Foy. Ramires has until 6pm on Thursday evening to respond to the charge, while Mourinho and Faria have until 6pm next Monday to consider their responses. Faria’s case has been designated a “non-standard” one by the FA “due to the aggressive and/or threatening and/or serious nature of the reported behaviour.” It is the third time Mourinho has faced FA disciplinary action this term. As well as the Villa Park incident which has left him seething, Mourinho was fined £8,000 after accepting a charge following his dismissal against Cardiff in October. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, his assistant Rui Faria and midfielder Ramires have been charged by the Football Association for their actions in last Saturday’s controversial loss to Sunderland. The relegation-threatened Black Cats won the Premier League contest 2-1, ending Mourinho’s 77-match unbeaten home league run with the Blues. Mourinho could not hide his anger afterwards behind a sarcastic appraisal of the officials, while Faria was dismissed for angrily confronting the match officials. Ramires avoided punishment at the time of his flailing arm striking Sebastian Larsson but now faces a retrospective punishment which could prematurely end his domestic season. A FA statement read: “The FA has charged three members of Chelsea’s staff following their fixture against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on April 19, 2014. “Chelsea midfielder Ramires has been charged by The FA for violent conduct following an off-the-ball incident that was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. “Rui Faria, Chelsea’s assistant manager, has been charged with two counts of misconduct. “It is alleged that in the 83rd minute of the fixture, Faria used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official (Phil Dowd). It also alleged that Faria’s behaviour following the match referee’s (Mike Dean) request that he leave the technical area amounted to improper conduct. “Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in respect of post-match comments he made following the fixture. “It is alleged that Mourinho’s comments constitute improper conduct, in that they call into question the integrity of the referee appointed to the above fixture and/or the integrity of Mr Mike Riley, general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, and/or the comments bring the game into disrepute.” A three-man panel of former elite referees reviewed the Ramires incident as it was not seen by match officials and “were unanimous that it was an act of violent conduct”. Press Associationlast_img read more

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ISL 4th most engaging football league in the world on Instagram

first_imgKOLKATA: The Indian Super League (ISL) is the fourth biggest football league in the world on Instagram, according to a study conducted by Spanish sports business institution Deportes y Finanzas.India’s premier football league, ISL garnered 38.1 million fan interactions on Instagram between January 1 and June 30 this year. ISL’s engagement on the digital platform is more than double of Italy’s Serie A, which could only amass 18.1 million despite housing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus FC and AC Milan. Less than 15 million behind third-placed Bundesliga (Germany), ISL remains on the cusp of breaking into the top three, while only heading into its seventh season since its inception. Spain’s LaLiga leads the list while England’s Premier League sits second with 319 million and 296 million engagements respectively. “Sports is being consumed in huge numbers amongst the extremely tech-savvy Indian youth in the digital space. European football has been pretty popular but the increasing numbers of the ISL only show that football in India is being embraced by the country’s millenials. I think ISL has enormous potential to engage more fans globally across other platforms as well,” said a Mumbai-based industry expert. Interestingly, during the period, only 46 games in the ISL were played, including the playoffs and the final, with the 2019-20 season wrapped up by 14 March. The other four leagues in the top five were forced to pause their seasons with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany’s Bundesliga was the first to resume on May 16 after a 61-day hiatus. Regardless of the lesser number of gamedays in comparison to the European powerhouses during the first half of the calendar year, the ISL scored heavily on digital fan engagement throughout its last season. An unprecedented 74.82 million interactions were recorded across the league’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) – nearly doubling the tally from the 2018-19 season. Average matchday engagement on ISL social media platforms also saw a 16 per cent spike from 2018-19. Also, the 2019-20 season garnered a massive 213 million video views across platforms, as compared to 97 million from the previous season. IANS Also Watch: #LetsTalk: Of Perception & Understandinglast_img read more