Olympia: Redmond church’s Food Bank Farm sets new harvest record

first_img Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Two of the youngest volunteers load the bins with acorn squash during harvest at the Church of the Holy Cross, Redmond, Food Bank Farm in the Snohomish River Valley in western Washington. Photo: Dede Moore[Episcopal Diocese of Olympia] The Food Bank Farm, a ministry of Church of the Holy Cross in Redmond, Washington, will set records this year, topping the 98,000 lbs harvested in 2013. This year’s harvest includes some carrots, beets, and potatoes, but mostly acorn squash – rows and rows of acorn squash. “The estimate for 2014 is 130,000 pounds from eight acres,” said Ed Allen, one of the dozen volunteers from the Diocese of Olympia‘s Church of the Holy Cross who was present to check in and shepherd the harvesters. “We estimate that at over 600,000 servings.”The Food Bank Farm was started by the Rev. “Farmer” Jim Eichner and Church of the Holy Cross in 2011 with 12 volunteers, on land in the Snohomish river valley leased from Chinook Farms; land owned by Eric Fritch from St. John’s Church in Snohomish. They harvested 3,750 lbs the first year. This year’s acorn squash harvest will be distributed through Food Lifeline to many of its 350 food pantry partners around western Washington.United Way of King County “Day of Caring” volunteers harvest acorn squash at the Church of the Holy Cross, Redmond, Food Bank Farm in the Snohomish River Valley in western Washington. Photo: Dede MooreSeveral hundred volunteers through United Way of King County’s “Day of Caring” arrived at the Food Bank Farm in two shifts on Friday, Sept. 19 – volunteers from AT&T, National Frozen Foods and Allstate. Members of the women’s softball team from Bellevue College, AmeriCorps volunteers from WithinReach, and Nurses Squashing Hunger, Nordstroms, Trilogy International, and Microsoft, were also represented.Church of the Holy Cross and Eichner provide the leadership. Chinook Farms provides the tractor (and driver) to move and collect the large bins that hold 800 lbs each. Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm across the road provides the port-a-potties and 75 wheelbarrows.In addition to today’s acorn squash harvest, members of Holy Cross have been harvesting throughout the season in small quantities and delivering the produce to a local food bank in Maltby. “You really feel like you’re doing something,” said Bonnie Allen, who, with her husband, has been helping out for the past two years.— Dede Moore is Canon for Operations/Communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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HMRC launches survey to improve Gift Aid repayment

first_imgHMRC launches survey to improve Gift Aid repayment AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 March 2006 | News  29 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Financecenter_img In an effort to provide a simpler and more efficient service to charities, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Charities office is inviting charities that claim Gift Aid to respond to an online survey.If you are a charity that has claimed a Gift Aid repayment, HMRC would like your views on how they might improve their service.Each year HMRC Charities repays over £600 million, in around 150,000 transactions, to charities using the Gift Aid scheme. Advertisement “The sector tells us that, by and large, they are happy with the repayment service we provide and the telephone, email and other support that we offer”, explained Andy Jones, Outreach Manager at the Inland Revenue Charities Office. However, he added: “Although we are looking at many areas of our operation the most important is the repayment service we provide and that is what we want to review in detail and change for the better for the charities that use it.”He is convinced that there is still much more to be made of Gift Aid by charities, but HMRC needs to be ready to handle that. He sees the need for “a step rise in our performance and the way we do business.” He welcomes the fact that “a vibrant charity sector is constantly pushing for greater use and [that] methods of donating are far more varied”, with online and SMS donations having grown considerably since the Gift Aid changes of 2000.Central to handling this growth is getting the repayment process right. HMRC is already looking at identifying ways in which to iron out unnecessary steps in its process. But Andy Jones admits that “it is not as smooth as it can be”. The survey is short, consisting primarily of yes/no answers. It is not intended to test customer mood or attitude but to pinpoint the potential problem areas and then do something about them. The questions therefore are aimed at those charities that already make repayment claims. Andy Jones, who proved a popular speaker at last year’s UK Fundraising Perfect Pitch Gift Aid event and who will be speaking again this year, noted “No doubt you recognise that this is a refreshing change in the way we engage with customers.”The survey results will be fed into internal workshops to be held by HMRC. “If it needs changing we will change it”, confirms Mr Jones. Once changes have been identified, he will feed back via UK Fundraising and other resources to explain what HMRC intends doing and continue the dialogue with the sector. The results will also be presented and discussed at the next UK Fundraising Perfect Pitch Gift Aid on 29 June 2006. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Journalism in Syria, impossible job?

first_img to go further Organisation RSF_en November 6, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalism in Syria, impossible job? March 12, 2021 Find out more Syria is now the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, more than 110 news providers have been killed in the course of their work in Syria since March 2011 and more than 60 are currently detained, held hostage or missing.As Edouard Elias and Didier François, two French TV journalists who were abducted on 6 June, today begin their sixth month in captivity in Syria, Reporters Without Borders is releasing a report entitled “Journalism in Syria, impossible job?” Two other French journalists, Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torres, have been held hostage for four and a half months.The report examines the growing perils of journalism in Syria, analysing the evolution in the dangers and identifying the origins of the threats and difficulties that Syrian and foreign news provider have encountered during the 32 months of the conflict.At the start of the uprising, the Syrian army and its civilian thugs retaliated against journalists covering the anti-Assad protests and the government’s crackdown. Now Syrian and foreign journalists are targeted not only by the regular army but also by Jihadi armed groups in the “liberated areas” in the north, and by the security forces of the PYD, the main political force in the regions with a mainly Kurdish population.Bashar Al-Assad was Syria’s only representative on the Reporters Without Borders annual list of “Predators of press freedom” in 2011 but Jabhat Al­Nosra was added to the list in 2013 and now other Jihadi groups deserve to be included such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).Aside from the human toll, the report also shows that news coverage is one of the war’s collateral victims. The regime uses the state media in a propaganda and disinformation war, while the new media that quickly emerged after the start of the uprising have tended to turn into puppets of the “revolution” even if some of them strive to be professional.Read the report Journalism in Syria, impossible job? Journalism in Syria, impossible job ? by Reporters sans frontières / Reporters Without Borders SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime lawcenter_img Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Reports Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Premium Housing Hit by Inventory Shortages

first_img Premium Housing Hit by Inventory Shortages Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Premium Housing Hit by Inventory Shortages Tagged with: House Prices Housing Inventory inventory shortages premium homes Trulia Previous: Q4 Real Estate Sentiment on the Rise Next: The Industry Pulse Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago House Prices Housing Inventory inventory shortages premium homes Trulia 2017-12-14 David Whartoncenter_img December 14, 2017 1,637 Views Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Housing inventory shortages have been one of the big stories in 2017, and it remains to be seen whether 2018 provides much relief. Now a new report by Trulia explores how the inventory crunch is hitting not just starter and mid-size homes, but the availability of premium homes as well.In a new blog post, Trulia reveals that the supply of premium homes is now falling faster than any period since Q2 2013. During the year between Q4 2016 and Q4 2017, home inventory as a whole decreased 10.5 percent, the biggest decline since Q2 2013. Premium homes alone, however, have seen a 5.9 percent drop in inventory.The metros feeling the premium home shortage the most include San Jose, California (down 41.7 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (down 38.1 percent); and Rochester, New York (down 30.5 percent).Unsurprisingly, shortages are continuing to drive up home prices as well. According to Trulia, last quarter’s listings hit new records of unaffordability. For a starter home, a potential homebuyer would have to pay an average of 39.8 percent of their monthly income to afford a house. In trade-up homes, that percentage is 25.8 percent, and in premium homes, it’s 14.0 percent.Home inventory hit a post-Recession peak in Q3 2014. According to Trulia, both total and premium home inventory have slid to early-2013 rates of decline since then. “In 2012, homeowners were still reeling from the effects of the recession, with many selling their homes out of hardship,” Trulia says. “As the recession eased, inventory dried up in 2013, leading to the sharp year-over-year drop in that year. The drop we’re seeing now is approaching 2013 rates, but inventory levels are already lower than 2013 levels due to steady declines across the last three years.”In spite of these shortages, Trulia is cautiously optimistic about an inventory recovery in 2018. According to Trulia’s post, “In our end of the year survey, one in three Americans think 2018 will be a better year for selling a home than 2017, and that 16% plan to sell their home in the next two years. If these Americans put their home where their mouth is, we may finally see an uptick in inventory over the coming year.”last_img read more

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Don’t be a Luddite

When it comes to choosing a software package, OH departmentsare definite about their criteria. “Another major benefit of computerised databases is thefacility to analyse the information and monitor trends in the health of theworkforce,” she adds. And, she adds, the OH team has not experienced any realevidence to suggest occupational health advisers are particularly wary of usingcomputers. Technological developments at the Oxford-based organisationinclude the establishment of a health and wellbeing intranet site, as well theintroduction of “de-stress” software with which employees can testtheir responsiveness to stress through an interactive computer test. Andinvestment in a computerised OH database has enabled the OH team to provideefficient sickness absence data, and subsequently identify trends and developintervention methods. In a basic format, as a record of treatment advice andoutcome, the software replaces paper records, which can be illegible, bulky,and difficult to cross reference, he says. “As a company, Unipart utilises technology in all areasof its business and it would be necessary for any occupational health advisersworking for us to have a basic computer literacy,” says the spokeswoman.However, we are fortunate that we have extensive in-house training availablefor all our employees, should we find a potential employee who did not have therequisite computer skills.” “IT skills are becoming a must in all of theprofessions and occupational health is no exception,” says a spokeswomanfor Unipart. “The software also allows us to analyse our work as OHpractitioners and to measure outcomes, and from that we can examinetrends,” he continues. “We work with number of companies from smallindependent OH providers to huge organisations such as Glaxo and Esso,” hesays. Sharon Horan, OH manager at AON Occupational Health agreesthat a basic understanding of computer skills is necessary and that most OHAshave that. “Any indication that computer technology is not beingquickly picked up within the industry may be due to the cost of investing inthis technology rather than any general reluctance within the industry.” Computers can make a real difference Those within the OH team recognise the importance ofcomputer skills to OHAs. “We are equally interested in whether potentialrecruits can show an understanding of the impact of the computer in the workenvironment.” “This is an area where IT has the potential to make amajor impact – and we are already beginning to see that happen.” Dearlove’s department has been using the Warwick IC Opassystem since 1995, and is involved with the company in further developments ofthe package. – Be prepared to shop around and make sure that yourrequirements are understood. It is no good spending large sums of money on apackage that does not meet your needs – recording personal health details,absenteeism, health surveillance and recalls, for example. Horan agrees that computer technology has enhanced thepresentation of information outside the OH department. “But we do have a lot of backup from our softwareprovider and we also have an IT department on site.” “The system has evolved. We have a lot of experience ofusing it, and it is very straightforward if you have a logical mind,” hesays. “Managers love the bottom line and now we can give themreports showing exactly what it is costing. It has also increased the profileof occupational health within the company. I can’t remember how we managedwithout it.” Warwick IC Systems managing director Mike Barton says thecompany has worked in close cooperation with anumber of OH users to develop asystem that has continued to evolve in its 10 years of development. Not so, according to the OH team at the Unipart Group ofCompanies. This independent logistics, automotive parts and accessories companyis one example of how large-scale investment in, and use of, new technology hascompletely changed the way an OH department can operate. “At the end of each year we produce health surveillanceprogramme results and these then allow us to ask questions about what we aredoing, whether it is worth while and to allocate our resourcesaccordingly.” He believes the fear factor is less prevalent within OHdepartments than previously. Computers offer an invaluable management tool – Make sure that the software house you buy from can provideyou with back up in case of any problems and has good maintenance provision.You will inevitably have teething troubles and you need to know that you havesupport at the end of the phone or in person. Dearlove agrees that as a management tool, the datacollation capabilities of a software package have proved invaluable. Previous Article Next Article She also points out the advantages of IT knowledge to thoseOHAs who have a number of sites within their remit. “Management reports may well be delivered to the clientas a PowerPoint presentation. Increasingly clients are expecting moresophisticated presentations as part of health education programmes.” “Within our OH department, we typically use computingskills for communication, record keeping, presentations, graphic design,administration and spread sheets.” “The minimum that we would expect of any new softwarepackage is that it is user-friendly, speedy, requires minimal training, is goodvalue for money and has low cost maintenance,” says the Unipartspokeswoman. “There is also a growing understanding about the potentialof IT to improve OH provision,’ she adds. Recruitment has also become an area where computerknowledge, albeit limited, can be a crucial skill for any candidate foremployment. “E-mail is an essential part of working life and isjust one aspect of IT, together with database technology and the Internet, thatwill have an impact on the provision of OH services,” she says. “Some might be a bit scared,” says Dearlove, whoadds that when recruiting he would encourage some level of computer awareness. Related posts:No related photos. For those of us not brought up with computers as a fact ofeveryday life, the mere word can be enough to strike terror into the very soul.But within occupational health, the Occupational Health Advisers has had toface up to the fear and live with the spectre of the computerised office. Formany, of course, especially those relative newcomers to the profession, workingwith an efficient computer software package presents few problems. And as astorage solution, a record collator and information provider the computer hasindeed proved a boon to those OH departments that utilise new technology.However, as computer software and technology become ever-more sophisticated,there are still many within OH who have yet to see the positive advantages thatcomputerisation can bring. Indeed, the profession has been criticised as beingslow to lock into new technology. – Look for a package that is user-friendly and doesn’trequire huge amounts of training. – Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the softwareproviders. You are making a potentially major investment in their equipment,and you need to be confident before you take any steps towards purchasing. Comments are closed. Don’t be a LudditeOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today “Additional criteria would be its ability to meet thedepartment’s needs, for example, personal details, absenteeism, healthsurveillance and results.” – Value for money is also important. Some companies may bereluctant to invest in technology for OH if it is too costly. Computers are now an accepted part of everyday working lifeso stop burying your head in the sand and learn to embrace them, welcoming theadvantages they bring.  By Kate Rouy Choosing software “The system is straightforward, our clients receiveadequate training, and we configure each system to meet their requirements. Weare updating our systems all the time.” Horan says that she finds that most OHAs are now able tooffer some basic software experience, such as e-mail, word processing as wellas database technology. So has the OH profession been slow to respond to the ITchallenge? Kenny Dearlove, OH nurse at Aventis CropScience UK, aNorwich-based agrochemical company, says the use of computer software “hasbecome central to the way we work, in a number of ways”. Yes and no, argues Horan. “Most people use computertechnology as part of their everyday working lives, to collect e-mail, makeappointments, keep records and so on,” she says. “A growing number of OHAs are using laptops to inputand access information while working at customer sites. – “Above all, software should be user-friendly,”says Sharon Horan, OH manager at AON Occupational Health. “This covers allaspects of the software from ease of access to the ability to interrogate datawhere relevant and of course, if a system is graphically interesting, that isalways attractive.” “For example, we can now show managers what sicknessabsence has cost them over the last year,” he says. “However, the OH sector as a whole has been slow toexpand the role of computer technology in general health matters in theworkplace. Computer technology has the potential to make health promotion afun, informative experience for the workforce, but the UK is still in the DarkAges in this area.” – Talk to colleagues and friends in othercompanies/organisations and find out about their experiences. You can learnfrom their mistakes and benefit from their successes. read more

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Changes at Countrywide as senior Directors depart

first_imgThe Managing Director of Estate Agency is stepping down, while the Group Commercial Director at Countrywide has already left the company.Bob Scarff, Managing Director of Estate Agency, who has over 37 years’ estate agency experience, will step down from his position at the company in the coming weeks.He started his career as a Trainee Negotiator at Taylors estate agents in 1978, when the company was under private ownership, and became the Managing Director of the UK’s largest estate agency network.A press statement from Countrywide said that Scarff, who will step down on 29 May 2015, “intends to pursue his own personal ambitions outside of the Group”.Nick Dunning (left), Group Commercial Director, has stepped down from his role at the firm, having been with Countrywide for seven years, most notably building the lettings business.The press statement from Countrywide added, “Nick is leaving the company to pursue other thingsat the end of April 2015”. This effectively means that he has already left the firm.Both businesses will report directly to Alison Platt and Chief Financial Officer Jim Clarke in the interim.Alison Platt (right), Chief Executive Officer, Countrywide plc, said, “Both Bob and Nick have built tremendous foundations in the Countrywide group and enabled us to look forward with great ambition. We wish them both well as they enter the next phase of their careers.”Meanwhile, Countrywide has said that the upcoming General Election is having an adverse impact on the market causing transactions to fall in the first half of this year.A trading statement from the company issued last week said: ‘It is widely anticipated by market commentators that the market will recover in the second half of the year following the General Election and this will be a key determining factor in the Group delivering our expectations for the year.’Countrywide saw total income come in at £154.2 million in the first quarter of the year, down 2 per cent compared to the same period last year, with the number of house exchanges overseen by the estate agency falling by 13 per cent to 12,976.The biggest fall in transactions was witnessed in the London and premier market segment, with exchanges down 14 per cent in the year to 1,201.The company continued to invest £14 million in the first quarter, however, diversifying the business in preparation for the market to pick up after the General Election.General Election senior Directors depart Countrywide May 6, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Changes at Countrywide as senior Directors depart previous nextAgencies & PeopleChanges at Countrywide as senior Directors departBob Scarff is stepping down from his role at Countrywide, while Nick Dunning has already left the firm.PROPERTYdrum6th May 20150564 Viewslast_img read more

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University installs new organ in Basilica

first_imgAlthough there are many weddings during the summer, there weren’t any scheduled in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart during the first two weeks of August. Nor were there any Masses. From Aug. 1 to Aug. 14, the Basilica was closed so a new organ could be installed.Peter St. John The efforts to replace the organ were led by associate director of music and choir Andrew McShane; rector of the Basilica Fr. Peter Rocca; and the late Gail Walton, former director of music. The new organ was funded by Wayne and Diana Murdy. McShane said the process of replacing the old organ began 10 years ago, due to increasing maintenance costs.“It was the cost of the upkeep of the organ that was the main factor,” McShane said. “We were spending thousands of dollars a year just to service the organ, but that wasn’t the only problem with it. There were some design flaws, mainly the winding, and, also, the organ was never really big enough for the Basilica. So when you would have a big crowd, like on Easter or Christmas or [a] football weekend, people from basically the altar area to the Lady Chapel really couldn’t hear. It just was not an adequate-sized organ for the space of the Basilica.”Professor of organ Craig Cramer, who served on the committee for the new organ, said the University’s administration was very supportive of the project.“The administration was really aware of the ongoing mechanical problems and inadequacies of the old instrument,”  Cramer said.  “I don’t think it took a lot of convincing. I think the problem was more just one of ‘How do we want to do this project?’ so that we really do it right and don’t compromise the instrument.”Cramer said this process can take some time.“You have to have meetings with the administration,” Cramer said. “You have to explain your position vis-a-vis the old organ, and you have to educate all concerned about what an organ is, what it could be, what it should do, what its role is in the liturgy and then you just come up with a plan.”According to an email from McShane, the organ is equipped with 5,164 pipes, four keyboards — each of which have 58 notes and 30 pedals — as well as an air conditioning system to keep the temperature consistent throughout. It was built by Paul Fritts and Company and took 1,100 hours to design and 36,000 man hours to install.Michael Plagerman, a graduate student in the Master of Sacred Music program who is studying the organ, said he believes these features will allow the organ to be used for a diverse array of music.“The main advantage of this new organ is that it is very large, more than twice the size of the instrument it replaces,” Plagerman said. “A much wider variety of literature can be able to be played on it and a much wider variety of both choral and congregational accompaniments will be possible, in the liturgy itself and it will become, I think, a major recital instrument for our program.”The organ is currently in the process of tuning and voicing, McShane said, and will not be completed until Thanksgiving. It will be dedicated on the feast day of Fr. Basil Moreau and will be blessed by Bishop Daniel Jenky.Tags: Basilica, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Murdy Family Organ, new organ, organlast_img read more

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Deschutes is Here to Stay in Roanoke, VA!

first_imgOur push east has been one hell of a ride and I think I speak for everyone from Deschutes that we are so happy we landed in Roanoke as our new East Coast home.The community has been the major factor in us wanting to not only produce beer, and put Roanoke to work in sharing our product and message, but truly put down roots and become part of the community landscape. The hospitality and partnerships we have been lucky enough to experience over the last year since we made our big announcement have been incredible and we want to do what we can to give some of that love back.Last summer we were able to launch our “We are here to stay” presence with Street Pub and a roll out of our beers regionally, and while all of the communities we have taken Street Pub have responded with overwhelming support Roanoke truly blew us away! With more than 22,000 in attendance last year, we knew it was time to take it to the next level!This year, the event will feature even more taps at new bar locations, new regional and local band, the Deschutes Worth Sharing Event Passport’, some incredible street artists and our new title partners Hydro Flask, Humm Kombucha & Keen Footwear all working together toward one mission: elevate the community impact and raise even more dollars for deserving nonprofits!Click here to learn more!last_img read more

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Make sure your Yellow Pages ad follows the rules

first_img Make sure your Yellow Pages ad follows the rules There is a recurring theme in lawyer Yellow Pages advertising: Some Yellow Pages publishers tell advertising attorneys that they know the relevant rules and will make sure their Yellow Pages ads comply with the appropriate Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. However, after many of these ads are printed, the attorney learns that the publisher has failed to follow the mandate for inclusion of a disclosure statement that is “no smaller than one-fourth of the size of the largest type” appearing in the advertisement. This problem then comes to the attention of the Statewide Advertising Grievance Committee and results in the attorneys getting into trouble for noncompliance with the relevant rule, said John A. Boggs, director of the Bar’s Legal Division. Rule 4-7.3(b) requires this statement to be in most Yellow Pages ads: “The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.” The rule also requires that statement to be: “clearly legible and. . . no smaller than one-fourth of the size of the largest type otherwise appearing in the advertisement.” The Bar allows the publishers to place one disclaimer statement on each page of lawyer advertisements so that smaller lawyer ads do not use up limited space with that language. However, it has come to the attention of the Statewide Advertising Grievance Committee that some publishers have chosen a size for the disclaimer with apparent indifference to the rule, Boggs said. Enforcement authority for all Rules Regulating The Florida Bar is directed to individual members of the Bar. No enforcement authority exists over the Yellow Pages publishers. For this reason it remains the attorney’s responsibility to ensure the ad is proper, Boggs said, adding that a lawyer’s reliance on others to meet ethics requirements is problematic and not a defense. The Statewide Advertising Grievance Committee advises that it intends to strictly enforce the rules. Make sure your Yellow Pages ad follows the rules March 1, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Are we confident enough?

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anthony DemangoneNever say never.That is one of my favorite sayings, and I muttered it to myself a few times recently.Sears is on the ropes. (Business Insider) This was THE place to shop. And their annual catalogue was a huge event in my life. I remember paging through it and circling things as I built my list for Old Saint Nick.Budweiser, despite all their marketing deals, is steadily losing ground to micro-brews. The following chart came from the Wall Street Journal.  People have choices now. Where they get their information. How they consume things.I bet that forty years ago, if you said Sears would some day become irrelevant, people would roll their eyes.I’m sure that twenty years ago, if you told the folks brewing Budweiser to be worried about the small breweries, many might have scoffed at the idea. continue reading »last_img read more

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