Nearly 600 Indiana child support workers and county prosecutors convened in French Lick for three days of training; they honored their peers for superior service to constituents; and potentially saved lives with an American Red Cross blood drive. The annual event is sponsored by the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council with support of the Indiana Child Support Bureau. Olga Glossett, child support office manager for the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office, received the highest honor for a child support worker, the Beatrice Deuel Award. Named in honor of longtime St. Joseph County child support worker Beatrice Deuel, the award is presented to a retiring professional whose work exemplifies dedication and commitment to service.Ms. Glossett spent nearly 10 years with the Van Wert County, Ohio, child support office before her employment with the Elkhart County child support office in 2004. With nearly 25 years of child support commitment, she demonstrated daily her knowledge and passion to serve the program participants in a professional manner.Seven current child support workers received the K.I.D. (Kudos for Inspiration and Dedication) Award:Marion County Child Support Computer Specialist Kevin Abshire was honored for his performance of every assignment with excellence. During a recent office renovation, he assisted with furniture and computer moves while maintaining his daily job performance.Bartholomew County Caseworker Jamie Langley was nominated because she is “always conscientious” and is “accessible, straight-forward and clear when working cases.”Jefferson County Caseworker Jeanna G. Jackson was honored because “she works her cases with zeal and gusto…the 500 or 600 cases she has get dedication and attention.”St. Joseph County Enforcement Caseworker and Team Leader Tara Towner has “developed a broad understanding of all things child support…her attention to detail and diligent case tracking has resulted in successful enforcement of her cases.”Vigo County Enforcement Caseworker Debbie Conn was nominated because “she has a way of making parents give her any information that she needs” and in 15 years, has never been the subject of a complaint.Monroe County Caseworker Hattie Green has filled multiple roles in the child support office; she has good rapport with both custodial and noncustodial parents, “treating everyone with respect and professionalism”. Kosciusko County Modification Team Lead Vickey Brooks provides “guidance and leadership to team members, both new to child support and experienced.”An additional 103 child support workers from 27 counties, as well as the Indiana Child Support Bureau, were recognized for years of service to their offices, including Madeline Baker of Marion County for 35 years of service and Cheryl Barney and Debbie Brame, both of the Child Support Bureau, for 40 years of service. Child support prosecutors and staff members demonstrated generosity by surpassing expectations for a Red Cross blood drive, donating 49 units of blood with the potential to save 147 lives. CUTLINE: Retiring Child Support Office Manager Olga Glossett (center) of Elkhart County received the Beatrice Deuel Award during the annual Child Support Conference in French Lick. With her are Pam Benedix and Bruce Wells. (Pictures of other award recipients are available upon request.)FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Yonder Mountain String Band have announced their Fall Tour dates. Starting on October 5th at the WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, AL, the jam-grass outfit will hit venues such as The 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, The Ardmore Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA, First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, and The Higher Ground in Burlington, VT before wrapping things up at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE on October 20th. The band will be supported by Fruition, Billy Strings, and Pert Near Sandstone on select dates throughout the run.See below for full details on all of the upcoming Yonder Mountain String Band fall tour dates.October 5th – Birmingham, AL – Workplay TheaterOctober 6th – Augusta, GA – Jessye Norman AmphitheateOctober 7th – Corolla, NC – Mustang Music FestivalOctober 8th – Charlotte, NC – US National Whitewater CenterOctober 9th – Boone, NC – Appalachian State LegendsOcotober 12th – Roanoke, VA – Jefferson CenterOctober 13th – Morgantown, WV – Mainstage MorgantownOctober 14th – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson TheaterOctober 15th – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubOctober 16th – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music HallOctober 19th-20th – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BowlOctober 21st – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock ClubOctober 22 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground BallroomOctober 23 – Portland, ME – Port City Music HallOctober 26 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark.October 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall BallroomOctober 28th – Minneapolis, MN – First AvenueOctober 29th – Chicago, IL – House of Blues ChicagoOctober 30th – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Beloved jammers TAUK continue to take the country by storm! The group has announced an extensive second leg of their fall tour, coming on in support of their new album Sir Nebula, which is due out on September 16th. The band had previously revealed a first tour leg taking them from coast to coast, and round two sees the band hitting hot spots throughout the Southern and Northeastern United States as well.Among that exciting tour schedule is a performance at The Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans, coming on November 12th. Presented by Live for Live Music, this New Orleans show will feature support from Naughty Professor, merging some great local funk with the progressive offerings of TAUK’s instrumental fusion. Tickets for this exciting performance can be found here!The full tour announcement can be seen below, and you can catch the band’s full tour schedule in the artwork posted below. New Sir Nebula TAUK Tour Dates10/15/16 – TBD11/9/16 – Three Links – Dallas, TX11/10/16 – The Parish – Austin, TX11/11/16 – Last Concert Cafe – Houston, TX11/12/16 – The Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA (Presented by Live for Live Music) ^11/13/16 – Duling Hall – Jackson, MS11/15/16 – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL11/16/16 – The Social – Orlando, FL11/17/16 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL11/18/16 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA11/19/16 – New Mountain Theatre – Asheville, NC11/30/16 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC12/1/16 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA12/2/16 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD %12/3/16 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA %12/7/16 – The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY %12/8/16 – Putnam Den – Saratoga Springs, NY12/9/16 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT12/10/16 – The Outer Space (Ballroom) – Hamden, CT ^ with Naughty Professor% with Consider the Source[Photo credit: Dylan Langille]
Yesterday, Phish finally confirmed that their long-rumored eleventh multi-day festival, Curveball, will take place August 17th – 19th at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY. While strong rumors about the festival have floated through the Phish grapevine for the better part of a year, the announcement understandably sent a wave of excitement rolling through the fan base.One particularly enthusiastic fan, Steve Lacy, professed his excitement from the tallest platform he could: his seat as the weeknight news anchor for Fox 5 New York. Lacy has never been shy about his Phish fandom on the air before and has previously joked about the band’s upcoming New York shows as they come around. Today, with the announcement of Curveball just a few hours from the city, Lacy managed to parlay his excitement into a full package on the festival on the evening news.In it, he jokes about how his wife isn’t exactly excited as he is about the festival and solemnly swears to be out there getting down this August. But the best part of the clip is probably Lacy’s co-anchor, Dari Alexander. Like many of your non-Phish friends, she shoots Lacy a befuddled and amused side-eye throughout the segment. As she retorts after Lacy finishes, “That was, like, a little private interlude…Can we get back to the newscast now? You and your tribe…”As Lacy joked when sharing the clip on his Facebook, “You a big racing fan? No. I said ‘raging’. You’re going to Watkins Glen for the raging? Yes.” Watch Steve Lacy’s Curveball segment on Fox 5 News last night below:Located amidst the rolling hills of central New York’s Finger Lakes region, Watkins Glen offers an abundance of campsites and is just a short drive from numerous Northeastern cities. Curveball continues a tradition that began with The Clifford Ball in August 1996 and will mark Phish’s third weekend festival at Watkin’s Glen, following Super Ball IX in 2011 and Magnaball in 2015. Prior to Super Ball, the NASCAR track hadn’t hosted a concert event since the famous Summer Jam in 1973, a single-day concert by The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Band which saw 600,000 fans descend on the venue.We’ll see you out there, Steve!
In a Guardian article that came out in 2017 week, well-known comedians and friends like Aziz Anzari, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Alan Yang, and Louis C. K. as well as family all spoke about their experiences with Harris Wittels, recalling both joyful memories of the late comedian as well as his descent into addiction as a high-functioning opiate addict, which eventually killed him in 2015. Silverman says in the interview, “The smartest thing I ever did was hire Harris, and the second smartest thing I did was realize how much I had to learn from him, even though he was 14 years younger than me. . . . He taught me to just write the stuff you love and appeal to the people who love that, and not worry about the rest.”That carefree and hilarious spirit was a hallmark of his work, with his charming, breezy nature carrying him far, even through the toughest conversation. In 2014, on the heels of a stint in rehab, Harris Wittels appeared on Pete Holmes’ podcast You Made It Weird for the second time. In it, Harris and Holmes earnestly talk about huge existential topics, including a long surreal segment where Harris details how he got started on heroin, simultaneously acknowledging the ridiculous and tragic nature of his experiences while somehow keeping lighthearted tone throughout. The powerful episode has continued to stick with me, even years after I first heard it, and I know that many folks who also never met Harris Wittels feel the same way. A friend of mine told me that listening to that episode during a drive across the country with a sibling is what opened up the conversation about his own drug addiction, more or less starting the process to seek treatment.There’s a sincerity to Harris’ work that resonates with listeners, and by all accounts from those who were close to him, that was a true extension of who he was. Even after his death, his life continues to impact people for the better, whether it be revisiting his ridiculous “Foam Corner” on Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang, segments in which Harris workshops “pre-Twitter” one-liners he’s written offhandedly (“Wheat Thins? Call me when they’re Wheat THICKS! … Gimme that wheat!”), or opening the door for harder conversations, ones that his death ultimately highlight the necessity for. Anyway, this post is on his birthday and not meant to be a downer; as he once said to Aukerman as to his comedic philosophy, “I just think motherfuckers wanna laugh.”Many of us found Harris Wittels through his love of Phish, and perhaps that’s why we’re particularly endeared to him, relating to his shameless defense of a love of a jamband that a good chunk of the population might not “get.” Last year, on his birthday, Steven Hyden also released a previously unpublished email from Harris Wittels answering two questions: 1) Why do you think Phish is so despised by “outsiders”? and 2) What makes Phish a great band? Harris’s responses are below. Rest in peace, Harris. We love you.here are my thoughts on your questions:1) I think we live in a culture in which group mind rules all. We also live in a very stubborn culture and once the group decides its opinion about certain things, it’s hard to reverse course. Britney Spears will always be crazy. Dane Cook will always be a hacky jock comedian. The short-lived show Outsourced will always be racist. But if you look at those things closely, Britney is kinda good again. Dane Cook has some very funny jokes and Outsourced wasn’t as bad as people wanted it to be.“Phish is a dirty hippy band.” It’s an easy sentence to say to someone at a party to establish common ground. People want to fit in. And to fit in to the cool hipster community, that is the opinion you must have on Phish. But those same people would like Phish if they let their guard down. Those same cool hipsters like Velvet Underground and The Talking Heads and the Beatles. Phish not only pulls its influences from those very bands, but literally plays those bands’ songs on a nightly basis. Personally, I don’t give a shit if Phish gets mainstream acceptance. In fact, I hope it never happens; it’s hard enough to get tickets to shows as is. I would hate to see what would happen if a million more people tried to get in to shows. Luckily it will never happen. People are too stubborn, too cool, too blah. It’s their loss. Phish is a great band to go see with your friends and get fucked up (or stay sober) and dance like an idiot and have the time of your life without judgement.Also, The Dead had the privilege of living in a time before music blogs, before ravenous internet group-think.2) Why is Phish the greatest band? For me, Phish is the most fun band on the planet to be obsessed with. They fill that part of the brain that most people reserve for sports stats or Star Wars knowledge. They have a never-ending mythology that you can spend your whole life learning about. They have played a different setlist every show for 30 years, which you can study like a mathematician or methodical serial killer.Musically, they are four virtuosos who came together against all probability. It’s so insane that these particular four men found each other in 1982 (Page a couple years later). All with their own skillset and taste in music. They combined to form a band that has something for everyone. You like funk? Listen to “Ghost” (I suggest 11-17-97). You want rock? Listen to Carini (I suggest 6-14-00). You want a catchy pop song? listen to “Bouncin around the Room.” Or do you want all of those genres combined? Listen to pretty much any “Fluffhead” or “Harry Hood.”Phish is a band that anyone can and should be into. They have mastered their instruments and mastered every genre you can possibly play with those instruments.There is no greater feeling on earth than the lights going down at a Phish show. Because you have no idea what the fuck you are in for. Maybe they’ll play an 8 hour set until sunrise like 12-31-99. Or maybe they’ll play Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon like they did on 11-2-98. Or maybe they’ll fly over the crowd in a giant hot dog like they have done on two occasions.Once the lights go down, you’re hoping that this will be “the perfect show.” But truth is, they’re all perfect, because they are all a piece in the gigantic, ever-expanding puzzle that is… Phish[originally published 4/20/17] Today would have been Harris Wittels’ birthday. Wittels was a hilarious and beloved comedian, serving as a brilliant writer, executive producer, and actor (as an animal control guy named Harris) on the show Parks & Recreation. For many Live For Live Music followers, he was our favorite tour guide through the cosmos (sorry), cohosting Analyze Phish with Scott Aukerman, a hilarious podcast with noted-phan Harris trying to convince Aukerman throughout the duration of its run to like the band Phish, or at least hate it slightly less. As those unfamiliar begin to dig into his body of work, there’s a sense of familiarity coursing throughout his comedy, with his objectively funny one-liners, casual tone, and ability to bask in the bizarre having won him many fans throughout the course of his short career.
When considering ways to reform the U.S. health care system, the U.S. Congress did not give adequate consideration to a single-payer, state-based like the one being considered by the Vermont State Legislature, Harvard School of Public Health Professor William Hsiao writes in the March 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes great strides in providing for the rising number of uninsured Americans, it offers only “modest pilot efforts” for the U.S. health care system’s other major problem—rising costs, writes Hsiao, KT Li Professor of Economics at HSPH and a consultant on health reform to the Vermont State Legislature.“Because of strong political opposition, however, the U.S. Congress never seriously considered a single-payer approach during the recent reform debate. Now Vermont, wishing to solve the intertwined problems of costs and access through systemic reform, is turning in that direction. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin campaigned on a platform of single-payer health care, and Democratic legislative leaders are committed to this approach,” Hsiao wrote.
Universities are among the most creative and powerful forces for shaping the future. At our best, we prepare students to devote their lives to causes larger than themselves. We bring together scholars whose insights help illuminate and address society’s greatest challenges. We convene conversations that help envision how tomorrow might be better than today.If the future is our genuine concern, we must face up to the stark reality of climate change. The scientific consensus is by now clear: the threat is real, the potential consequences are grave, and the time to focus on solutions is now. Climate change poses an immediate and concrete test of whether we, as members of a university and responsible inhabitants of our planet, will fulfill a sacred obligation: to enable future generations to enjoy, as we are privileged to enjoy, the wonders of life on Earth.While there is much we are already doing, we have far more still to do. Our faculty, students, and staff are seeking to understand the mechanisms and effects of climate change, and to devise technologies that can accelerate the transition to cleaner, greener energy. They are exploring how best to shape policies and incentives conducive to decarbonizing the global economy and mitigating climate risks locally, nationally, and internationally. They are imagining the future of buildings, transportation systems, and communities and cities large and small, in a world where sustainability progresses from emerging ideal to pervasive practice. They are addressing the crucial role industry must play in reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and embracing an ethos of sustainability. They are asking how individuals, organizations, and entire societies can be motivated to pursue transformative and disorienting change in the face of uncertainty, inertia, and sometimes outright denial. Our efforts must include addressing the concerns of people understandably anxious about the impact of such change on their jobs, their families, and their ways of life. Effectively confronting climate change is a social, economic, political, and human challenge no less than a scientific and technological one.This work is not easy, and the solutions are not obvious — all the more reason they demand our attention. We must build on the efforts of our Climate Change Solutions Fund, our University Center for the Environment, and the growing array of programs and initiatives across our Schools that regard climate change and the future of energy as a focal concern. We must meet a perennial Harvard challenge: not just multiplying our distributed efforts but finding ways to connect and amplify them. We must be a willing partner and active convener in the search for solutions. The stakes are too high, and the need for cooperative effort too great, for us not to engage others in forging pathways forward.As we redouble our research, education, and engagement, we must also pursue sustainable practices on campus — with emphasis on reducing our energy consumption, embracing renewable sources, and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and their harmful effects. Through the Climate Action Plan adopted in 2018, we hope to become fossil fuel-neutral by 2026 and fossil fuel-free by 2050. With the guidance of our Office for Sustainability, we are committed to serving as a living lab for innovative approaches, hoping our work can help others as well. Sustainability is the daily work of each of us — in what we choose to consume, how we travel, how we live our everyday lives.Amid our larger academic and institutional efforts, debate over investment policy — including demands to divest from the fossil fuel industry — will no doubt continue at Harvard and beyond. This debate is healthy. And while I, like my predecessors, believe that engaging with industry to confront the challenge of climate change is ultimately a sounder and more effective approach for our university, I respect the views of those who think otherwise. We may differ on means. But I believe we seek the same ends — a decarbonized future in which life on Earth can flourish for ages to come.Reaching that goal means recognizing climate change as a defining challenge of our time. I hope we can all find common cause in the wider search for innovative, collaborative, effective solutions. We owe the future nothing less.This article originally appeared in Harvard Magazine.
The keynote and breakout sessions of the Dell EMC forum event series represent a huge opportunity for our customers and partners to learn the latest. The Dell EMC forum is much more than sessions. The solutions expo provides a perfect opportunity to connect and share best practices and see real solutions in action from Dell Technologies and our partners. The Solutions Expo includes a look at our client devices and a hand on lab for getting some “stick time”. I spent some time with Sonia Sharma who was happy to cover the details.In addition to the expo, some of the Dell EMC forums include a “Guest Speaker” – In Toronto the speaker was Wendel Clark, former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wendel talked Helmets, Sticks Technology and Hockey. Wendel’s guest session is included in this week’s Dell EMC The Source Podcast.Get The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Edwin Colodny was awarded the 2004 Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award during the college’s 126th Commencement Ceremony. Each year the College singles out an individual from the community who displays exceptional personal and professional achievement, a strong record of community service, and dynamic leadership. In his remarks at Commencement, the chairman of Champlain’s board of trustees, William G. Post, Jr., described Colodny as a humble leader who has been a vital force in the economic, intellectual and artistic life of the area over the course of six decades.The Burlington native was president, CEO, and chairman of the board of US Airways, and chairman of the board of Comcast Corporation. He was on counsel in a high-powered Washington law firm and he was a sought-after corporate board member.He returned to Burlington three years ago to guide the University of Vermont through its fourth presidential transition in seven years. Colodny drove key initiatives forward aggressively and left the school a stronger place for his successor.After leaving UVM and retiring yet again, Colodny almost immediately stepped into another executive role, serving as interim CEO at Fletcher Allen Health Care during a challenging year in the history of the state’s largest hospital. Colodny serves on the boards of the Vermont Law School, Vermont Symphony, Vermont Mozart Festival, Shelburne Museum, and the New England Culinary Institute. He’s a member of the Rotary Club and he’s chairing the steering committee for Governor Douglas’s Clean and Clear Water Action Plan.“He’s just a guy who can’t say no,” says David Coates, who has worked with Colodny on a number of boards. “He has the ability to ask the right questions and in a way that’s not intimidating. As a result, he gets the right answer. And he has an amazing ability to analyze a very complicated matter and bring it down to a level that everyone can understand.”Theresa Albergini DiPalma, a friend and colleague at Fletcher Allen, says, “Ed’s a people person at the core of it all. He understands that so much in life is about relationships. He’s somebody who always has time to stop and talk.”Colodny’s love of the arts, reverence for education and affection for his hometown are essential parts of who is, Post noted. “That infuses his work with a special kind of energy and enthusiasm, and we, as a community, are fortunate to benefit from it.”
Fairpoint gets written approval to buy Verizon’s Maine linesMaine Public Utilities Commission on Friday, February 1, 2008, issued a written order approving FairPoints proposed acquisition of Verizons wireline business in Maine. The PUC had previously agreed to the deal and this latest move formalizes its ruling. It stated that it will reserve the right to re-visit its decision based on what the regulators in Vermont and New Hampshrie ultimately rule.In a joint release at the end of January, FairPoint Communications, Inc and Verizon said they expected transer of ownership of Verizon Communications’ 1.6 million landlines in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine for $2.7 billion to be done by February 29.The Vermont Public Service Department and the staff of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission in January agreed to the deal with conditions, such as on a de facto reduction of the price and on reducing the level of dividends FairPoint will be allowed to pay its shareholders (for updates, www.vermontbiz.com). The Federal Communications Commission also gave its approval in January.The regulators in both Vermont and New Hampshire still need to approve the deals, which are negotiated and approved separately. Meanwhile, Maine regulators already have approved a deal similar to those in Vermont and New Hampshire. Mains PUC, however, said it cold revisit its decision based on the structure of deal in the other two states.In addition to the key financial conditions in the amended stipulation in Maine and the key conditions in the settlement agreement with the Vermont Department of Public Service, FairPoint committed to additional conditions in New Hampshire which address capital expenditures, network and service quality improvement plans, broadband expansion and assurances of financial viability. The financial viability of FairPoint has been a concern of regulators and opponents of the deal, including the IBEW union. FairPoint will have to borrow upwards of $2 billion.The Vermont and New Hampshire agreements mimic the plan previously approved in Maine, which includes a steep reduction in FairPoint’s shareholder dividend (35 percent, resulting in a $50 million per year savings) and what is a de facto reduction in the price of the sale by $235.5 million. The financial moves were considered important in ensuring that FairPoint would be financially able to consummate the deal and live up to other provisions in the agreement, including extension of DSL service and other service and reliability guarantees.The deal also includes penalties up to $12.5 million if goals are not met. The Vermont agreement states that FairPoint must invest at least $40 million each year for the first three years and starting in 2009 spend at least $35 million to reduce debt. The entire deal still needs final approval by the Vermont Public Service Board, and by the regulatory body in New Hampshire.FairPoint has also agreed to make broadband Internet access available to all of its customers in at least half its exchanges by 2010.Even if FairPoint ultimately gains approval, discrepancies in the final rulings among the three states would have to be dealt with by each state’s regulatory board.