Odds & Ends: Al Pacino Circling B’way Return as Tennessee Williams & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the summer weekend. Al Pacino Circling Broadway Return as Tennessee WilliamsGood to hear that after a slightly rocky experience on Broadway with China Doll last season, Al Pacino is looking to come back to the Main Stem this fall or early next year. The acting legend is rumored to be starring as Tennessee Williams opposite Tony winner Judith Light in Dotson Rader’s new play When God Looked Away. Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, the project is based on Rader’s 1985 biography of Williams. According to Showbiz 411, a workshop is slated to take place in L.A. this week. We will keep you posted!Hillary Clinton’s Hamilton TakeoverThe (presumably new!) company of Hamilton is set to perform a special matinee on July 12, which will raise funds for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The Hillary Victory Fund purchased all 1321 seats for the performance and is expected to raise $3.5 million; although ticket prices are obviously steep (going up to $100,000!), if you donate at least $1 to Clinton’s campaign, you can be entered into a lottery for the chance to attend with a friend. As you all know by now, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning tuner is running at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.Jimmy Buffett Musical NamedThings are progressing with the new Jimmy Buffett musical—the show now has a title, Escape to Margaritaville. As previously announced, the production will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, playing a limited engagement May 16, 2017 through June 25. Directed by Christopher Ashley, the tuner will feature an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley and include both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics.Watch Squigs on StageAre you a fan of Squigs’ Broadway Inks? Now you can catch the multi-talented Justin Robertson (his real name) in person! He is set to take on the role of Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man in Cape Cod. Directed by James Brennan, with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, it is the largest production ever to play at the Cape Playhouse, with more than 30 performers, and is scheduled to play July 5 through July 23. The company will also include James Clow as Harold Hill, with Kaitlyn Davidson as Marian Paroo; Ann Arvia as Mrs. Paroo, Barbara Tirrell as Eulalie Shinn and Brad Bellamy as Mayor Shinn.P.S. Check out below as former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants (and future All Stars season divas) perform “I Am What I Am” for Harvey Fierstein at Logo’s Trailblazer Honors below. Al Pacino(Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)last_img read more

Turf field day

first_imgThis day-long, hands-on field day is for anyone interested in turf management. Golf course superintendents and employees, park and recreation workers, lawn care professionals, school principals and coaches will learn about the most current turf research and how to make it work for them.Tour, hands-on workshopsThe event includes a tour of the Georgia Experiment Station research plots and gardens. UGA scientists will also teach hands-on workshops on water issues, preemergence crabgrass control, grub management, new fescue varieties, fire ant control and other topics.For Spanish-speaking people, translators will be on hand. The program offers Certified Crop Advisor credit hours and Georgia Pesticide Certification credit hours, too.A $25 fee (or $40 after July 25) covers access to demonstrations, research tours and lunch and a turf day field manual. To register, or for more information, call the Georgia Experiment Station at (770) 229-3477.The event is sponsored by the UGA Extension Service, UGA CAES Griffin campus, Georgia Turfgrass Association, Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association, UGA Center for Urban Agriculture and Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turfgrass Association.last_img read more

Orange noodles?

first_imgUsing pasta as the vehicleHuang chose to make a pasta product because it’s a common food.The resulting sweet-potato pasta is orange and has a slightlysweet taste.”Some people don’t like the sweet taste of a sweet potato, and that sweet taste isn’t as strong in the pasta,” Huang said.”Plus, you can counteract the sweet taste with the otheringredients you add to your pasta dish.”Huang envisioned the sweet-potato pasta being used as a coldsalad pasta, but says it can be used for hot dishes, too.”Adding a hot sauce would be another way to mask the sweet flavorif that aspect didn’t appeal to your palate,” he said.Most pastas are wheat-based, but pasta is also made from rice,corn, mung beans and other crops, Huang said.”We didn’t set out to compete with any other pastas,” he said.”But the sweet-potato pasta should be a healthy alternative forthose who can’t eat wheat-based pastas.”For now, Huang has made the sweet-potato pasta in flat noodleform, but he says it can easily be made into spirals or seashells with the proper equipment. Like other pastas, the sweet-potato pasta can also be made in either wet or dry pasta form. What will consumers think?The next step in the project is to see if the new product passesconsumer taste tests.”The folks in my lab love it,” Huang said. “But we’ll have towait and see what other consumers think and see if it appealsmore to a certain market group.”The sweet-potato pasta needs support from the food industrybefore you’ll see it on your area supermarket shelf.”As food scientists, we develop the products,” Huang said. “Thenwe hope the food industry or an entrepreneur picks up on theproduct and produces it commercially.”If the new product is successful, Georgia farmers would be moreapt to grow sweet potatoes here. Georgia now grows only about 500acres of sweet potatoes annually. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaA University of Georgia food scientist has developed a new pastaproduct that’s chock-full of health benefits and offers a newmarket for sweet potatoes.The new pasta is created from the often forgotten, but oh-so-good-for-you cousin to the Irish potato.”Nowadays people in the U.S. eat sweet potatoes around theholidays and just a few other times in the year,” said Yao-WenHuang, a food scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “They have great, beneficial nutritiousqualities if we could just get people to eat them more often.”Other countries rely heavily on sweet potatoesMany countries in Asia and Africa, unlike the United States, relyheavily on the sweet potato, Huang says, as a highly stable food.”They eat the whole plant — the roots and the leaves,” he said.”Here in the U.S., the leaves are rarely found outside ofspecialty farmers markets, where they’re viewed as a delicacy andare quite costly.”In his Athens, Ga., lab, Huang used sweet potatoes grown inAlbany, Ga., to create a sweet-potato flour. He then modified andfortified the flour with soybean flour.”I use the whole sweet potato, not just the starch,” he said.”This creates a flour that’s low in fat and high in fiber,beta-carotene, vitamins and minerals.”Huang says sweet potatoes, like carrots and citrus fruits, are anexcellent source of beta-carotene.The soybeans in the new pasta flour add even more healthfulqualities.”Studies show 25 grams of soybean protein per day can preventcancer and is good for your heart,” he said. “They also containflavonoids and other healthy antioxidants.”last_img read more


first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThey can help a plant grow stronger, or they can kill it. And we know relatively little about how or why they do what they do. But a University of Georgia scientist says a new initiative can find some answers.Farmers and gardeners around the world, whether they know it or not, depend heavily on beneficial plant-associated microbes to help their crops grow and fight off diseases.Other plant-associated microbes, however, cause diseases that destroy plants, says Scott Gold, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Microbes are microorganisms that can be found on or in most higher organisms, including animals.Disease-causing microbes include viruses, bacteria, nematodes and fungi. Worldwide, these diseases annually destroy about $200 billion in potential food and fiber crops. Other microbes help plants process food.Little is knownDespite the importance of plant-associated microbes, little is known genetically about how they work, said Gold, who is also a geneticist.That’s why Gold is helping spearhead the American Phytopathological Society’s Plant-Associated Microbe Genome Initiative. The initiative calls for a five-year, $500 million public effort to develop complete genetic maps of important plant-associated microbes.No funding has been secured, yet, for the initiative, he said. But the APS Public Policy Board has presented this information to stakeholders in meetings in Washington and plan to do so again in March. Secure the futureThe study will not only help scientists know more about plant-associated microbes, it will help insure the future of agriculture and protect the world’s food and fiber supplies and the environment, he said.The world’s population is increasing. But the world’s food and fiber supplies are produced on fewer and fewer acres. It will become more important each year to make sure those few farm acres are as healthy and efficient as possible.Certain microbes, too, can become weapons in the wrong hands. Engineered “super-strains” of some disease-causing microbes could cripple a nation’s economy.“The U.S. agriculture system is diversified,” he said. “No single attack is going to destroy us. But an attack could hurt and cause a lack of confidence in the food supply.”It doesn’t have to be an intentional microbial attack, he said. World trade is pushing countries into more frequent contact. And microbes, good and bad, are ready to travel, he said. A microbe that’s not much of a problem in one country could economically devastate another.Right now, scientists in California are baffled by the appearance of an exotic microbe, which causes a disease that kills oak trees at an alarming rate. And Florida’s multibillion dollar citrus industry is trying to prevent the spread of a nasty microbe that causes citrus canker, a deadly disease. There is no cure for either problem.Understanding microbes on a molecular level would streamline identification of such domestic villains and foreign invaders, Gold said. That’s not possible right now.“We could also tell whether or not the pathogen has been (genetically) manipulated in some way,” he said.Novel toolsGenetic research can lead the way to novel management strategies for disease-causing microbes at home. U.S. farmers spend roughly $600 million on agricultural fungicides each year to fight diseases.“This (research) could lead to more specific chemicals that are more focused on a problem and more environmentally friendly,” he said.The genetic information the initiative could spur would be available forever, he said. And it could provide information that can be used for generations. “It’s not a single shot,” he said. “It’s the foundation for many years of continued beneficial research.”last_img read more

‘Container plants’

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaMuch of Georgia has been dry this spring, and the outlook callsfor more of the same. So when you plant new container-grown treesor shrubs in your landscape, you’ll have to water them often. Youknow that, of course. But you may not know how critical it is.New container-grown plants may look like the older plants in yourlandscape, but they’re not.”In a very important way, they’re still container plants for thefirst few weeks,” said Jim Midcap, a Cooperative Extensionhorticulturist with the University of Georgia.Think about how they grew before you bought them. “Containerplants are grown in a mixture of bark and sand,” Midcap said.”That’s because those mixtures drain so well.”The bark-sand mixtures help nurseries avoid the root rot problemsthey might have with potting mixtures that hold moisture better.The only problem is that they also dry out fast.Oops”And once the mixture gets really dry, the bark is very hard toget wet again,” he said.Nurseries water their plants every day or every other day to keepthe mixtures from drying out. If you don’t keep that in mind whenthey reach your landscape, your new plants might not survive.”If you let the root ball dry out,” Midcap said, “you may thinkyou’re watering enough. But because the bark is so hard to rewet,the plant really isn’t getting enough moisture to survive.”It’s vital to give new trees or shrubs proper planting holes thatmake it easy for their roots to grow into the surrounding soil.But even if you do, he said, all of the plants’ roots are stillin that original potting mixture for the first four to six weeks.Water the ‘pot'”That’s what you need to water,” he said. Until the roots growinto the surrounding soil, the plant still depends for moistureon the bark-sand mixture in the root ball. “Water it as if itwere still in the container.”And keep watering it at least two to three times a week for thefirst four to six weeks. “On very warm or windy days the originalbark mixture can dry out thoroughly in 24 to 48 hours, eventhough the backfill soil around it stays wet,” Midcap said.If you delay planting a container plant, water it several times aweek, he said. Water it two to three straight times beforeplanting to make sure the root ball is thoroughly soaked.If the root ball still feels dry, he said, soak it in a bucketfor a while just before planting. Don’t plant it if the root ballis dry.Watch the ‘lid’In a clay soil, Midcap said, keep the top of the potting mixexposed. “If you cover it with a clay soil it can seal it up somoisture can’t get into that sand-bark mixture as readily,” hesaid.In sandy, well-draining soils, it’s hard to water too much. Butbe careful not to overwater in clay soils and areas that don’tdrain well, Midcap said. Overwatering in clay soils can killplants just as surely as not watering at all.If a new plant starts wilting or its older, inside leaves beginyellowing, he said, don’t give up on your plants.”All you need to do is get that root ball wet again and keep itwatered properly,” he said. “When it dries out, the root systemshuts down. And then a little later, the top begins showingstress. Give it enough water to get the root ball wet again andthe plant will start regenerating absorbing roots to take up thewater.”Then keep up the faithful watering. “Frequent watering of newlyplanted container shrubs, without overwatering, is crucial totheir survival,” Midcap said.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

19 Swamp hibiscus

first_imgBy Bodie PennisiUniversity of GeorgiaIf you’re thinking about having a water garden, make sure to include swamp hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus). The extended bold, tropical look it provides in late summer and fall make it a Georgia Gold Medal winner for 2007. This wonderful, striking perennial will grace your garden with showy, scarlet blossoms about 8 inches across. The prominent flowers are also highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.The individual petals of the giant blossoms are more divided that other species of hibiscus, giving the blooms a star shape. Each flower lasts only a day, but new blooms open throughout the summer and fall.The leaves are deeply divided into narrow, toothed, finger-like lobes. The foliage adds its own remarkable statement for an overall bold, tropical effect all summer long. Established plants easily reach 7 feet in tall in a single growing season.A native to the Southeastern United States, swamp hibiscuses prefer a sunny spot in the garden and well-drained soil containing organic matter. Under these conditions, the plants will reward you with the most vigorous growth.WaterPlenty of water is necessary for the most abundant blooming. Hibiscuses will tolerate light shade and less desirable soils, but their vigor and flowering will be less.Naturally growing in swamps and bogs, swamp hibiscuses will be an excellent addition to a water garden, as its roots will tolerate even some flooding.Plant swamp hibiscuses where they’re not exposed to strong winds to avoid breaking the long stems. If some stems break, you can trim them and new side shoots will grow and produce more blooms.To encourage reblooming, deadhead spent flowers before they form seedpods, or prune plants back by one-third after a flush of bloom is finished.Perennial hibiscuses freeze back to the ground in the winter and resprout in mid-spring. Old stems can then be cut back to the ground.Hibiscus is easy to propagate by seed, cuttings or division. Collect the seeds from dried pods that have started to split. Sow the seeds indoors three months before the last spring frost. Soak the seeds in very warm water for one hour before you sow them.Pencil-thick, 5- to 6-inch long cuttings from greenwood taken in the spring will root the fastest. Plants can be divided in the early spring.Georgia Gold Medal winners are chosen once a year for their consumer appeal, low maintenance, survivability, ease of propagation and seasonal interest. It’s easy to see why swamp hibiscus is the 2007 winner for herbaceous perennials.(Bodie Pennisi is a Cooperative Extension floriculture specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXXIINumber 1Page 19last_img read more

Lawn Irrigation

first_imgGeorgia has had a fairly mild spring this year, but the summer heat is right around the corner and with it comes thirsty, thirsty lawns. There can definitely be too much of a good thing when it comes to watering your lawn. Too much irrigation not only wastes water, it hurts your lawn. Turfgrass, like all living things, requires water to grow and survive. Rainfall patterns vary a lot during Georgia summers, and it is sometimes necessary to supplement the irrigation for your lawn. Most warm-season perennial grasses — centipede, Bermuda, Saint Augustine and zoysia grasses — require about 1 inch of water a week. Overwatering can result in some major problems.  Overwatering your lawn can result in a shallow root system and reduced drought tolerance, more diseases, more weeds, an increase in damaging insect populations, more thatch and excessive growth, and reduced tolerance to shade and soil problems.  Lawn lovers can avoid these problems by using their sprinkler system correctly and monitoring their lawns.  Let your lawn tell you when to waterDon’t duplicate Mother Nature’s efforts. If rain is forecast for your area, turn off your sprinkler system. Lawns only need about 1 inch of irrigation a week, so one summer thunderstorm might get the job done. That being said, heat and direct sunlight can cause lawns to use water at different rates. You may have to water more often when the temperature is extremely high. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension researchers have found that lawns should be irrigated when approximately 50 percent of the lawn shows signs of wilt:Leaf blades are folded in half lengthwise in an attempt to conserve water.The grass takes on a blue-gray tint.Footprints or tire tracks remain visible on the grass.Learn more about your sprinklersWater should never be applied at a rate faster than it can be absorbed by the soil. If the sprinkler applies too much water, it runs off and is wasted. This doesn’t usually happen with small sprinklers unless the lawn is very dense or the soil is compact, but it’s important to know how much water your sprinklers deliver. Different sprinklers apply water at different rates, and rates can change over a lifetime of sprinkler use. Lawn lovers should understand the amount of water they need to apply to their turfgrass and calibrate their sprinklers accordingly.How to calibrate a sprinkler Efficient water use involves knowing the amount of water an irrigation system applies over a certain time period. Most people irrigate for a given amount of time without knowing how much water they are really applying to their lawns, which leads to watering the lawn too little or to wasting water. Wasted water runs down sidewalks and streets or through the root zone and deep into the ground where grass roots cannot reach it. Calibrating or determining the rate of water that a sprinkler system applies is easy. Use the following procedure for an in-ground system or a sprinkler at the end of a hose.Step 1: Obtain several (five to 10) soup cans, tuna cans or other straight-sided containers to catch the irrigation water. Containers that are 3 to 6 inches in diameter work best.Step 2: If you have an in-ground system, randomly place the containers in one zone at a time. Repeat the entire procedure in every zone because the irrigation rates may differ. If you use a hose-end sprinkler to water turf, place the containers in a straight line from the sprinkler to the edge of the watering pattern. Space the containers evenly.Step 3: Turn the water on for 15 minutes.Step 4: After the elapsed time, collect the cans and pour the water into a single can.Step 5: Measure the depth of water you collected.Step 6: Calculate the average depth of water by dividing the amount of collected water in inches by the number of cans.Step 7: Multiply the average depth by 4 to determine the application rate in inches per hour. Now that you can find your sprinkler system irrigation rate, you can apply water more efficiently.For more information about proper lawn care, search UGA Extension publications for “lawns” at www.extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Vermont’s Creative Economy

first_imgVERMONT ARTS COUNCIL CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF SUPPORTINGTHE “CREATIVE ECONOMY”Arts Council applauds today’s release of “Advancing Vermont’s CreativeEconomy”by the Vermont Council on Rural DevelopmentMontpelier, Vt. (October 4, 2004) The release today of “AdvancingVermont’s Creative Economy” by the Vermont Council on Rural Development clearly shows that there are social and economic benefits to investing in the arts and culture. According to the report, communities that have thriving cultural centers are more likely to attract business and entrepreneurs than those that do not. The Vermont Arts Council has been working under this premise 1964 and, coincidentally, will begin at year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary this month.”The release of this report couldn’t come at a better time,” said artist, teacher, and Chair of the Arts Council’s board of trustees, Irwin Gelber of Barnet. “Next week, on October 16th at Marlboro College, the Council will kick off the celebration of its 40th Anniversary. It is a great anniversary gift to have this public recognition of what we, who work in the arts, have always known: The arts are central to our quality of life. The arts play a major and often pivotal role in our economy and perhaps most importantly, the arts are a priority in our children’s education.”In addition to providing individual grants and awards to Vermont artists, the Arts Council promotes enduring ways to make the arts a part of all Vermont communities, bringing enjoyment and inspiration to citizens and visitors in all corners of the state. To accomplish this, the Arts Council partners with other public benefit organizations at the local, state and national level, as well as with the private sector in education, human services, and economic development.The Cultural Facilities Grant Program is just one example of how the Arts Council supports a “creative economy.” The Cultural Facilities Grant Program, which is funded by the Legislature and administered by the Vermont Arts Council, provides grants for the improvement of community facilities that provide cultural activities. Recipients of Cultural Facilities Grants include: the Vergennes Opera House, the renovation of which sparked a renewal of the entire downtown area; improvements to the stage lighting at Damon Hall in Hartland; and the addition of accessible restrooms to the Hardwick Town House in the Northeast Kingdom. The “Advancing Vermont’s Creative Economy” report recommends a 400% increase in funding for this grant program from its current $50,000 level to $200,000 annually.”The Cultural Facilities Grant Program is ‘the little engine that could’ of downtown redevelopment and community renaissance,” said Alex Aldrich, Executive Director of the Vermont Arts Council. “Most of the grants we award go toward the improvement of historical buildings in the heart of Vermont’s communities so that a greater variety of cultural activities can be provided to the people of those communities.”Aldrich also sees huge potential in the report’s recommendation #8 that Vermont’s state economists “Track and Report the Impact of the State’s Creative Economy.” “For years, those of us in the arts, humanities, and preservation fields, have seen the impact of our work on community development. Now we have an independent and authoritative voice advocating that this sector deserves public research and investment,” said Aldrich.The Vermont Arts Council was founded in 1964 with a mission to support artists and strengthen the role of the arts in the lives of people and communities. The Council fosters classical, traditional, and emerging forms of artistic expression by functioning as a community partner and a catalyst for artists and organizations. It offers professional development opportunities and technical advice, collects and disseminates arts information, and acts as the state’s foremost arts advocate. For more information about the Vermont Arts Council or its 40th Anniversary Celebration, please call (802) 828-5422 or visit www.vermontartscouncil.org(link is external).Executive SummaryThe creative economy is critical to the future competitiveness of Vermont in the global marketplace. Vermonts heritage, arts and culture are integral strengths. They are an economic sector in Vermont today; they also provide a foundation to the sense of place and creative workforce critical to innovation in other sectors, add value to the Vermont brand, and magnify the attractive power of Vermont as a location to do business. The creative economy is a hidden economic driver, one that deserves understanding, recognition, and investment.The Vermont Council on Culture and Innovation (VCCI) was convened in May 2003 by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. VCCIs charge was to evaluate the role of and challenges to the creative economy in the state and to build a practical and strategic plan for its advancement. This Action Plan is the product of that work. This report makes specific recommendations for how to grow the States creative economy as a vital and complementary part of the states economy as a whole. These recommendations encourage collaboration among Vermonts private sector, cultural organizations, and local, state, and federal government to use Vermonts cultural resources to spark and leverage community and economic development. It documents seventeen recommendations in the four areas listed below that the Governors adminis-tration,Legislature, and public and private partners are encouraged to undertake to expand innovation, enhance community life, attract and encourage entrepreneurs, build Vermonts market identity, and stimulate job growth. Support the Growth of Creative Enterprises by expanding markets, unifying promotion, enhancing the Vermont brand, producing celebratory events, building a Vermont artists and artisans market identity, and providing technical support and access to capital for culturally-based businesses and creative entrepreneurs. Promote and Document the Roles that Creativity, Culture, and Innovation Play in Vermonts Economic Future by tracking and reporting this economic sector, reinforcing arts and heritage education, and instituting a statewide public information campaign.Invest in Communities so They May Build on their Past while Adapting for a Vibrant Future by making culture and heritage priority community investments, supporting historic town and village centers, expanding cultural facilities funding, and encouraging creative entrepreneurial development in vacant industrial space. Develop Vermonts Creative Economy through Community-Based Planning and Improved Statewide Collaboration by facilitating locally designed creative economy projects, building a collaborative umbrella between statewide cultural organizations, and establishing a nonpartisan Governors Commission to provide leadership for the growth of Vermonts creative economy.:Evidence shows that public and private investment in creative enterprises yields favorable economic and social returns,producing jobs and supporting communities.:The development of the creative economy in Vermont is not limited by geography,topography,demographics,or population density.It can play a vital role in every corner of the state.:Just as Vermont was a leader in the manufacturing of things, it is now poised to be a leader in the production of ideas. Like any promising economic sector,the creative economy will need policies and incentives to support its growth.:Strengthening the creative sector will take a long-term and incremental effort.However,pressing needs must be addressed now in order to assure its future competitiveness.:Creative and stimulating communities attract and retain young people.This is a key concern in Vermont,where the loss of its youth to other regions is an historic challenge.:The emerging jobs market places a premium on creative problem solving,yet these skills are not taught consistently throughout Vermont s education system.www.kse50.com/vcci_report.pdf(link is external)last_img read more

State, labor union reach collective bargaining agreement

first_imgv\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} State of Vermont letterhead-template-TT2.dot State of Vermont 3 1 2007-03-09T15:29:00Z 2008-02-07T16:31:00Z 2008-02-07T17:29:00Z 1 325 1858 BGS 15 4 2179 10.2625 Print MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} State, labor union reachcollective bargaining agreement The Agreement was subject to ratification by theVSEA, and was voted on by members of the VSEAs Non-Management, Supervisory,State Police and Corrections bargaining units. Secretary Smith commented:  I am pleased that we were able to reach asettlement with the Vermont State Employees Association.  We face challenging economic times.  It was important to the Administration thatthe contract be fair to our State employees and to taxpayers.  Under the Agreement, the average Stateemployee will receive increases that more closely match the rate of inflationthan under previous contracts.  While Iremain concerned with the rate of growth in the States personnel costs, thiscontract represents a step in the right direction.  The Administration will continue to worktoward Governor Douglass goal of making the cost of government affordable andsustainable.         Secretaryof Administration Michael K. Smith on February 7, 2008, announced that there is an agreementbetween the State of Vermontand the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) on a new collective bargaining contract coveringapproximately 8,000 employees in Vermont State Government.  The Agreement has the following keyprovisions: The Agreement followed negotiations, mediation, anda fact finding report.  The State and theVSEA agreed to a contract that accepts therecommendations of the fact finder, Ira Lobel. ·       A two-yearcontract (covering July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010).·       1.8%across-the-board salary increases in each year of the contract for all coveredState Employees (total of 3.6% over the two years).  These increases are in addition to stepincreases provided on a scheduled basis.·       Changes inprescription drug plan to increase the maximum amount paid by employeesannually.  Increase in the number of paiddays of leave for employees required to perform military duties from 11 peryear to 15.  Montpelier, VT – Secretary of Administration Michael K. Smith Announces CollectiveBargaining Agreement between the State of Vermont and Vermont State EmployeesAssociation – 30 –last_img read more

Mesa announces acquisition of Intellaspace

first_imgTim Williams, president of Mesa Contract Inc., announced the acquisition of Intellaspace from office furniture manufacturer, Weber Knapp. Mesa will continue the Intellaspace brand, providing office furniture dealers with soltuions to meet or exceed ergonomic standards for the workplace. The company will also expand on its portfolio of ergonomic office solutions.Mesa Contract is a manufacturer/distributor of premium ergonomic office accessories, wood desk solutions and steel components.For more information visit www.intellaspace.com(link is external) and www.mesacontract.com(link is external).last_img read more