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Flavor of Georgia Winners

first_imgElberton farmer, cheese maker and local food advocate Tim Young took home the grand prize from the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest on March 18. The annual contest, conducted by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products. Young owns Nature’s Harmony Farm, and his grand-prize-winning Georgia Gold Clothbound Cheddar Cheese is made from milk produced by the farm’s herd of Jersey dairy cows. The cheese is hand crafted and aged for six to 12 months in the farm’s cheese cave. The cheese was one of 35 Georgia products selected as finalists in the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. The products were selected from more than 125 entries from across the state — one of the largest contest fields in the competition’s history. In addition to the grand prize, Nature’s Harmony Georgia Gold Cheddar took first place in the competition’s dairy category. Gov. Nathan Deal and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black announced the category and grand prize winners as part of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Day at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta. “We had so many great contestants this year,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “It really highlighted the high caliber of the food products created by Georgians.” Young hopes that his Flavor of Georgia win will bring attention to Georgia’s burgeoning artisan cheese industry. Georgia Gold Clothbound Cheddar Cheese is one of a handful of artisan cheeses Young makes on his farm. A marketing professional turned farmer, Young has spent the past seven years refining his farm business. He and his wife, Liz, decided to focus exclusively on cheese production shortly after the birth of their son in 2013. Nature’s Harmony cheeses are available at restaurants and artisan food shops across metro Atlanta and at the Young’s on-farm store in Elberton. For more information about the Nature’s Harmony Farm and its cheeses, see www.naturesharmonyfarm.com.In addition to the grand prize, judges awarded prizes in each food product category. A people’s choice award was given based on votes cast during a public tasting Tuesday morning. The awards are listed below by prize name, product name, company name, company representatives and town. People’s Choice Award: Raspberry-Jalapeno Jam, Leoci’s, Roberto and Lacie Leoci, Savannah. Adult Beverages: Richland Rum, Richland Distilling Company, Karin and Erik Vonk, Richland.Barbecue Sauces: Causey’s Sweet N’Smokey BBQ Sauce, Causey Foods Inc., Wynn Causey Bakke, Smyrna. (The sauce was created in Vienna where the Causeys still operate a restaurant.)Beverages: Organic Blueberry Juice, Byne Blueberry Farms, Richard Byne, Waynesboro.Confections: Peachy Keen Pecan Praline, Loose Sugar, Lindsey Beckworth and her father Mike Beckworth, Harrison.Dairy Products: Georgia Gold Clothbound Cheddar Cheese, Nature’s Harmony, Tim Young, Elberton.Jams and Jellies: Cinnamon Honey Spread, Weeks Honey Farm, Sonja Crosby and Michele Rosario, Omega.Marinades and Sauces: GA Mustard Marinade, Q Sauce, LLC, Jennifer and Chris Adams, Dacula.Meat and Seafood: Pork Vidalia Onion Sausage, Ogeechee Meat Market, Matthew and Andrew McClune, Savannah.Miscellaneous: Southern Sriracha Boiled Peanut Rub, Hardy Farms Peanuts, Robert Fisher and Brad Hardy, Hawkinsville.Salsas, Chutneys and Condiments: Sweet Onion Confit, Preserving Place, Martha McMillin and Virginia Willis, Atlanta.Snack Foods: Georgia Blues Blueberry & Peach Bar, M Chocolat, Maritza Pichon and Marlena Snyder, Alpharetta. Food industry experts—including chefs, grocery buyers, food service personnel and agricultural marketing executives—rated Nature’s Harmony cheddar and the other products based on qualities like innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor, said James Daniels, a UGA food business development specialist. Showcase events like the 2014 Flavor of Georgia competition help entrepreneurs spread the word about their products. Many have landed spots in regional and national grocery chains like Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Kroger and Harvey’s. The contest is sponsored by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in partnership with the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Office of Governor Nathan Deal, Walton EMC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Agribusiness Council and the UGA department of food science and technology. For more information about these products, see www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.edu. For more photos of this year’s Flavor of Georgia contest visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/ugacommunications/sets.last_img read more

Dixie Picks

first_imgBrothers From Another Mother: Indie-folk Middle Brother made their debut album in Nashville.My Morning JacketCircuitalJim James and his Kentucky-bred crew toned down the cosmic soul experimentation of 2008’s Evil Urges and got back to some of the cavernous rock anthems and chilling ballads of their earlier years. Quite possibly the band’s most satisfying collection of songs from start to finish, Circuital gave a broad picture of what the Jacket does best—from the big arena riffs of the title track to the mellow utopian folk of “Wonderful (The Way I Feel),” all blanketed in the undertone of alt-country warmth.Gillian WelchThe Harrow and the HarvestAlthough Welch took her time (eight years) coming up with a new album, she stuck to her guns. With acoustic guitars and the purest of harmonies, the Nashville songstress and her long time musical partner David Rawlings released a collection of tunes with a simple throwback aesthetic that sounds completely out of time. Whether it’s with the banjo-driven spiritual “Hard Times” or the hard-luck character ballad “The Way It Goes,” Welch proves she’s still the best companion for sipping whiskey on the front porch.Can't-miss New Year's Eve ShowsDrive-By TruckersGo-Go BootsThe Truckers keep cranking out great albums. Following last year’s rock bombast of The Big To-Do, the band decided to dive into the soul and R&B of their Muscle Shoals roots. There are still plenty of vivid, dark tales from the South’s underbelly, but the distortion is largely turned down in favor of slow-burning grooves, especially on standouts like “Used to Be a Cop” and “The Thanksgiving Filter.” The group also delivers an endearing reading of Eddie Hinton’s Motown hit “Everybody Needs Love.”Middle BrotherMiddle BrotherThis supergroup of indie-folk heroes—John McCauley of Deer Tick, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes—headed down to Nashville and passed around songs like a new school Traveling Wilburys. The sessions yielded a collective sound that you wouldn’t expect from three bandleaders. With McCauley’s gritty blue-collar wit and Vasquez and Goldsmith’s more heart-on-sleeve earnestness, the group found a roots rock chemistry that easily rivals the work of their respective bands.Tyler RamseyThe Valley WindBefore Tyler Ramsey became the lead guitarist for indie rockers Band of Horses, the tunesmith was a fixture on the local Asheville, N.C., music scene as a solo singer-songwriter. Fortunately Ramsey found time to make another solo record, because it’s his best one yet. Blending intricate finger picking and narrative lyrics deftly laced with natural imagery, The Valley Wind conjures the haunting melancholy of Neil Young with the addition of some fitting rock atmospherics.Wye OakCivilianNext in the line of superb male-female duo acts, Baltimore’s Wye Oak achieves a broad sound on Civilian that grows on you with each listen. With Jenn Wasner on guitar and soaring lead vocals and Andy Stack on drums, keys, and backing vocals, the band moves well beyond expected garage rock into bold soundscapes with intelligent indie composition that delivers—from wailing to chilling—a roller coaster of emotion.Jason Isbell and the 400 UnitHere We RestFour years after leaving the Drive-By truckers, Isbell has fully realized his voice as a solo artist. Before making Here We Rest, he slowed his touring schedule and went home to rural Alabama to reconnect with his roots. The result is a dusty journey down multiple roads of American roots music: the windows-down acoustic highway ballad “Alabama Pines,” a cautionary tale through a country waltz in “Codeine,” vintage folk in the finger-picked “Daisy Mae,” dirty road house rock in “Never Could Believe,” and uplifting soul in “Heart on a String.”MegafaunMegafaunFormer band mates of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, this trio from Durham, N.C., released a bold self-titled effort that starts with a base of sparse indie folk and finds multiple ways to explode with full sonic color. Their songs are rooted in simple Americana structures and country-flavored harmonies, but they’re filled out with orchestral textures and psychedelic flourishes. “These Words” is the most deliberate with a cacophony of glitchy blips and industrial beats infiltrating a delicate piano melody. The bluesy “Scorned” drifts into slow-motion collision of gutbucket guitar and distorted harmonica, while Vernon steps in to riff with his old crew on the sprawling eight-minute atmospheric rocker “Get Right.”last_img read more

Financial Literacy with The Disclosures, Chad Helminak & Chris Morris – TSH #023

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial literacy is imperative to the future. The best way to instill values and create great habits is to start with the youth. Dr. Brandi Luv Stankovic and her guests, Chad Helminak and Christopher Morris, co-founders of the band, The Disclosures discuss teaching financial literacy to young people through the medium of song.Defining your mission and mixing your artistic and business sides are just a few topics covered in discovering how best to motivate the young for success. continue reading »last_img

Governor Wolf Announces Avoided Costs, Waste Prevention as Result of Significant Reduction in SNAP Error Rate

first_img Economy,  Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Results Lancaster, PA — Governor Tom Wolf joined the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) today to announce a significant reduction in the error rate of the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is the latest success in the Wolf Administration’s “Government that Works” effort to spearhead initiatives that save costs, reduce waste, improve efficiency, and reform government programs.“Today, we are thrilled to announce that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is administering SNAP at historically accurate levels,” said Governor Wolf. “This is an exciting announcement, as it shows success in our work to combat hunger and food insecurity in our state, as well as in our push to create a government that works in Pennsylvania.”Governor Wolf joined DHS employees and Lancaster-area food security advocates at the Lancaster County Council of Churches to tout the successes of SNAP, a federal program administered by DHS that provides food-purchasing assistance for low- and no-income people living in the commonwealth. Nearly 1.9 million Pennsylvanians receive assistance through the SNAP program, a critical safety net for low-income people.“The department has driven down the error rate by 58% since January — that’s 45% below the national average and the most accurate we’ve been in the 29 years that we have kept records,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “I want to say thanks to all of the DHS employees whose hard work has helped avoid approximately $35 million in erroneous payments.”The amount of SNAP benefits received by a household depends on the household’s size, income, and expenses. The federal government tracks the efficiency in which all states deliver this vital benefit, measuring each state’s error rate in determining benefits. The review determines if those benefits were less than or greater than what should have been provided, or if the household was ineligible for any benefits.Nationally, the SNAP payment error rate was 3.66% in 2014. Since coming into office in January, the Wolf Administration has reduced the food stamp error rate by 58% to2.01%, which is well below the national average.Furthermore, this reduction represents the largest percentage decrease in the SNAP error rate in a single year in the 29 years that these records have been kept. The change in error rate is estimated to equal a cost avoidance of nearly $35 million.“What all of this means is that not only are the people of Pennsylvania who are eligible for assistance the ones receiving it – and in the correct amount — but we are avoiding $35 million in federal costs by appropriately allocating the funds,” said Governor Wolf. “This is no small number, and we are proud of the improvement in accuracy and efficiency this represents in a system that Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations truly need.”In order to accomplish this improved accuracy, DHS implemented a bi-weekly “Knowledge Check” for all staff who work on food stamps to ensure they’re well-versed on those issues that account for the highest number of errors. Supervisors can use the results of to address issues with staff and target training. DHS targeted the areas of the state with higher error rates and provided in-depth coaching and training to staff in those areas. The Department also implemented some IT changes to their system to make it harder for workers to close a case incorrectly.“I’m thrilled to see waste-reducing efforts like these all across my administration,” Governor Wolf said. “We remain committed to producing more money-saving results like these as we continue our work together.”# # # Governor Wolf Announces Avoided Costs, Waste Prevention as Result of Significant Reduction in SNAP Error Rate SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img January 20, 2016last_img read more

Five bedroom home with all the bells and whistles for sale at Burpengary East

first_imgOne of the living areas at 3 Plunkett St, Burpengary East.Nestled in the Northwood Estate, the home has five bedrooms and two bathrooms, with Mrs Marr saying it was the perfect place for them to build their home all those years ago.“We liked the fact it’s not a very big estate and we’ve only got seven houses in our cul-de-sac,” Mrs Marr said.“By and large, it’s quite a peaceful place.” The home at 3 Plunkett St, Burpengary East, is up for sale.Convenience was the key when David and Robyn Marr bought land at Burpengary East 14 years ago.On the 2 acre block, the couple built the ultimate family home, excited to enjoy the peace and quiet while also maintaining easy access to the Bruce Highway.“It’s so accessible to the north and south,” Mrs Marr said. The bathrooms are modern.Down the entry hallway is a dining and lounge room, followed by an open-plan kitchen, living, dining and rumpus room. Three more bedrooms, a bathroom and a full laundry are privately tucked away to the side.There is also a double lockup garage with large storage area, and a massive undercover alfresco dining space. The master suite has room for a parent’s retreat.center_img The outdoor entertaining area at 3 Plunkett St, Burpengary East.The home has a ducted vacuum, split-system airconditioning and ceiling speakers throughout.While Mr and Mrs Marr have enjoyed their home for more than a decade, it has come time for them to downsize as it is just the two of them.Mrs Marr said that her brother previously owned the property next door.“We like to sit out in the rumpus room quite a bit and just relax,” Mrs Marr said. A large kitchen for aspiring chefs.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The one-level home opens up to an entry, which gives access to a study and mud room to the right, and the master suite on the left.The master features an ensuite with a double vanity and double shower, walk-in wardrobe and parents’ retreat.last_img read more

STR Invests in Teledyne Marine Products

first_imgSubsea Technology & Rentals (STR) has made an investment in Teledyne Marine’s latest technology due to increased customer requirements. The investment includes the first four new TOGS1 AHRS/INS units, a surface Saturn AHRS, RESON SeaBat T50-S subsea multibeam sonars and multiple TSS HydroPACT 440 pipe trackers and RDI DVLS.Scott Johnstone, group managing director, STR said, “STR firmly believe that the investment of Teledyne Marine’s products demonstrates our commitment to our customers’ requirements and to improving market conditions. As an innovative company STR understands the importance of investing and delivering class-leading technology to give our clients the very best solutions for their operations.”“A surge in recent R&D efforts has brought improvements across a range of market leading technologies from Teledyne Marine at this time particularly in the ROV space,” said Ed Cheesman of Teledyne Marine. “And there is more to come! Our T50 multibeam with its simplified integrated dual head architecture, advanced features and precise clean data is quickly establishing itself as a new benchmark in the subsea survey community; patented phased array doppler technologies are leapfrogging legacy piston array performance in our latest offerings from RDI. And the TOGS units are back, with higher performance, full subsea INS capability where required and a build quality synonymous with Teledyne Marine’s reputation.”last_img read more

State Fair Queen To Help Ripley County Contestants

first_imgIndiana State Fair Queen Alyssa Garnett has had plenty of practice being in the spotlight.Her interviewing skills and outstanding on-stage confidence will be useful as she provides the Ripley County queen contestants with pointers and insight on pageantry at the Queen’s Tea at the Osgood Town Hall. The event is Friday at 5:30 p.m.Garnett was crowned Miss Pulaski County before receiving the title of the 56th Indiana State Fair Queen at last year’s State Fair.“I have been attending the State Fair since I was a little girl. Being crowned Miss Indiana State Fair is such an honor to me because I will now have the chance to become involved with the fair in a hands-on way,” Garnett said.The Purdue University junior is pursuing her Masters in Business Administration. Garnett is a member of the School of Management Council and a sister of the Delta Gamma sorority.“I’m so excited to meet the contestants and visit the county,” said Garnett. “I’ve lived in Indiana my entire life, but never had the chance to see many of the counties I will be visiting throughout the summer.”As Miss Indiana State Fair 2014, Garnett will spend her summer visiting over 30 county fairs, festivals and queen pageants promoting the 2014 Indiana State Fair before serving as the Official Hostess of the State Fair.last_img read more

Nisa Ann German, age 52

first_imgNisa Ann German, age 52 of Batesville, IN formerly of Harrison, OH passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Hamilton, OH. Born March 11, 1965 in Hamilton, she is the daughter of Sonja German of Western Hills, OH and the late Donnie Miller. She is a 1984 graduate of William Henry Harrison High School.In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sons Dustin Carl Seale (Starla) and Dakota Wayne Fultz (Amanda), her grandchildren Colton Carl, Lane Tuff, Kiersten Lee-Ann Fultz and Remington Fultz and her siblings Lisa Bowling, Bob Horney (Missy) & Doug German (Tina) and her dog “Shaggy”. She will also be missed by her nieces & nephews Teri Sue Werling (Tim), Samantha Collins, Elisha Collins, David Collins, Bobby Horney, Dani Horney & Tanner German.Services are private at the convenience of the family. Online condolences at www.jkmfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

ISP releases drug assessment results

first_imgSellersburg, In. — Indiana State Police have released the results of a six-month assessment of drug-related crimes in five southern Indiana counties.From June of 2017 to January of 2018 police made 164 arrests that netted four ounces of methamphetamine, 20 grams of heroin, 253 pounds of marijuana, 13.8 grams of cocaine and 133 different types of prescription medications. The total value of the drugs confiscated was $218,380. Prosecutors filled at least 508 criminal charges during the operation.Indiana State Police are releasing the numbers for two reasons. One, to let the drug dealers know to stop business or leave town and secondly, to let the public know that the tips we are receiving from them are a tremendous help in our fight against illegal drug trafficking.The operation was conducted in Clark, Washington, Floyd and Harrison. , Jeffersonlast_img read more