first_imgFollowing a fiery opening night full of coconuts, chloroform, some wicker and some cork, Phish set the roof on fire for Night 2 of their 13-night Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City. As promised, Phish distributed donuts to the first batch of lucky fans that entered the World’s Most Famous Arena. Saturday’s flavor: Strawberry.Appropriately sticking to the night’s theme, Phish got the ball rolling by singing a beautiful a cappella rendition of the Beatles 1967 hit “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Yes, the song was one of the first discussed by fans galore after the bands daily donut announcement, but to open the show with the beauty in such fashion was a pleasantly delightful surprise. After making their way back from center stage, the band continued with the night’s theme launching into a straightforward “Halley’s Comet,” asking the question of the night, “How would you like to have your thick strawberry goo?”“Strawberry Fields Forever”Up next was a somewhat-rare unfinished “Moma Dance,” which headed deep into funk-heavy Type-2 territory, bringing fans back to the glorious extended jam that took Saratoga Performing Arts Center by surprise over the 4th of July weekend this past summer. Last night’s 17+ minute funk voyage marked the longest jam of the show, flawlessly segueing into the blissful waters of “Breath and Burning,” which Trey Anastasio penned on the beaches of Mexico following the bands inaugural Riviera Maya excursion in 2016. Following a badass rage with Page (McConnell) at the dying of the light, the band showed no signs of slowing down, hopping into a high-flying “Funky Bitch” that concluded a 3-song segue for the ages.After a well-deserved moment to catch their breath, the band delivered a palatial “Mound,” with Mike Gordon leading the way through the old-school fan favorite off of Phish’s 1993 masterpiece Rift. Full of meaty Mike-bombs and exquisite guitar work by Anastasio, the room was furiously bouncing, as it was all made so crystal clear that the band would be firing off on all cylinders as they leaped into 2017’s first “Foam.” This marked only the second time the bubbly jam has been performed over the past four years. This segment of debatably the best first-set of tour continues our series entitled, Why You Really Just Have To Go To All The Shows.A resplendent “Roggae” brought the circus of light to the Big Apple, before set one came to a halt with a tear-jerking “The Squirming Coil,” marked by Page McConnell’s rapturous piano solo finale.Our four favorite Vermonters wasted no time, kicking it into high-gear with the summer’s second monster “Down With Disease.” The band dug deep into the pocket, as Jon Fishman led the way with a beat so steady that it left no room for fans to focus on anything but the tenacious jam vehicle that blasted off deep into outer space. Seemingly fitting, Chris Kuroda demonstrated his jedi skills behind the light rig, tilting the beast diagonally to resemble a space ship, taking Madison Square Garden on one of many mind-boggling rides that we will continue to see as Phish’s illustrious 13-night run keeps on rolling.“Down With Disease”Next up was a complete curveball, with a funkified Phish debut of the 1971 Shuggie Otis classic “Strawberry Letter 23.” If these donuts are not making you go nuts, take a deep breath, collect your thoughts, and get ready to savor the tantalizing flavors that Phish has promised to bring to the table throughout the entirety of The Baker’s Dozen. A standard but emphatic “Birds of a Feather” took flight before the band took McConnell’s “I Always Wanted It This Way” for its longest and deepest journey since the band debuted the Big Boat gem Fall 2016. Dancing on a 2001-esque jam, Anastasio hopped behind Fishman on the Marimba Lumina, and the pair eloquently hammered out a percussion breakdown, with Fishman busting out MORE COWBELL!“Strawberry Letter 23”[Video: LazyLightning55a]A sweet and soft “All Of These Dreams” came out of the closet for the first time since 2010, showcasing what the future holds for bust-outs galore the remainder of this monumental three weeks in Phishtory. An oddly placed “Split Open and Melt” followed towards the end of the second set, before Phish candidly blew the roof off of the Garden, jumping back into “Down With Disease,” leaving the room absolutely stunned. The last fully executed “Down With Disease Reprise” was 12/11/97 in Rochester, NY, unless you would consider 2/16/03’s “DWD>Seven>DWD” from Las Vegas. Saturday night’s reprise was a mighty experience, either way. The Rolling Stones “Shine a Light” closed second set out, and the strawberry goo mudslide of a night ended in grandiose fashion.Phish busted out their second three song encore of the tour, following last night’s fruit theme with a juicy cover of Frank Zappa’s “Peaches en Regalia,” followed by a Talking Heads‘ “Cities” that made it clear Phish has indefinitely found themselves a city to live in. “My Sweet One” brought the first Saturday night of Phish’s 13-night residency to a close, with Trey pausing during the last line, giving fans over a minute to applaud and salute these four triumphant warriors.It may still take some time to process this beauty, but just remember, everything’s right so just hold tight as we float away into the blimp a lot. Get ready for a red-velvety Night 3, and as always, NEVER MISS A SUNDAY SHOW!Hot Takes From Night 2:REPEAT WATCH: Still at zero, and seemingly headed deeper and deeper into Phish’s mondo catalogue.DONUT FLAVOR: Strawberry (“Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Halley’s Comet”, Strawberry Letter 23”)WE TIRED YET?: Are you kidding me?! This is just the beginning!!!SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 2 | Madison Square Garden | New York City, NY | 7/22/17I: Strawberry Fields Forever[1], Halley’s Comet > The Moma Dance[2] > Breath and Burning > Funky Bitch, Mound, Foam, Roggae, The Squirming CoilII: Down with Disease, Strawberry Letter 23[3] > Birds of a Feather, I Always Wanted It This Way > All of These Dreams, Split Open and Melt > Down with Disease > Shine a LightE: Peaches en Regalia > Cities, My Sweet One[1] Phish debut; a cappella.[2] Unfinished.[3] Phish debut.[Cover photo: Andrew Blackstein]We’ll see you back here tomorrow, when we’ll revisit Baker’s Dozen Night 3, as we re-sample all the donuts on our way back to the Garden for New Year’s Run 2017-2018. For a complete list of pre-show plans and late-night after-parties, check out our guide here.13 Days of Phishmas 2017:Night 1 – “Coconut” – 7/21/17Night 2 – “Strawberry” – 7/21/17 Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 2 | Madison Square Garden | New York City, NY | 7/22/17 Load remaining imagescenter_img In just 12 days, Phish will make their triumphant return to Madison Square Garden in New York City for their traditional 4-night New Year’s Run at the world’s most famous arena. Over the years, The Garden has become the de facto home court for the Phish from Vermont. To date, the band has played the storied midtown room 52 times–usually surrounding New Year’s Eve–and among those 52 are some of the more exciting and memorable shows they’ve ever played. In 2016, we counted down the days until New Year’s Run with “The 12 Days Of Phishmas,” a festive collection of our favorite Phish shows at the Garden over the years. But that list was made before the Baker’s Dozen, Phish’s unprecedented run of 13 straight shows at MSG over the course of 17 days featuring nightly donut flavors, surprise covers and bust-outs to cater the setlists to each evening’s respective donut “theme” and, oh yea, NO REPEATS, that ended with a “championship” banner being raised to The Garden’s rafters on a day officially designated as “Phish Day” by the Mayor of New York.Much of the excitement of the residency came from figuring out the game as it went along. By the thirteenth night, we were all experts on the Baker’s Dozen: We were making informed setlist guesses based on pastry flavors, hoarding our souvenir beer cups (anyone else have a cabinet full of those bad boys?), confidently debating the virtues of one concourse spicy chicken sandwich vs. the other. On the Monday morning following the run, we gushed about the impressive amount of material covered (230+ different songs) as we proudly surveyed the thoroughly baffling results of these 13 nights in NYC. But on Night 1, nobody knew much of anything. We didn’t know that the donut flavors held deeper meaning. We were skeptical of the band’s ability to play 13 shows with no repeats. We were totally unprepared.Our Official Guide To Phish New Year’s Pre- And Post-PartiesGoing back over the music of the Dozen is an extensive undertaking, and it’s been tough to know where to start in the months since, let alone how to rank these shows among the rest of Phish’s decorated history at MSG. So with the band’s historic summer at the Garden in the rearview and another four Phish MSG shows squarely in our sights, we’re celebrating this year’s Phishmas by reliving the magic of the Dozen one donut at a time, the same way it was originally tasted. By the time we’re done going back through the Baker’s Dozen spoils, it’ll be time to add four more shows to the list, rounding out 17 in ’17–the biggest and baddest year of MSG Phish we’ve ever seen. Merry Phishmas, kiddos…NIGHT TWO: STRAWBERRY7/22/17(Review by Sam Berenson)last_img read more

first_imgApril is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, and I’ve always tried to express my support. I shared articles, participated in events, and cheered on autistic kids. It never occurred to me that I could be on the spectrum.I’ve held multiple communications roles, but sarcastic comments always flew over my head. I do relationship management for the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, but I was struggling with social interactions in my personal life. The smallest disruption in routine was hard to handle. I suffered unbearable pain from bright lights and reflections.When I was evaluated and diagnosed with Asperger’s, I finally had a name for my sensitivities. All of a sudden, I was the person I had advocated for in the past!I was advised not to share my diagnosis at work. Indeed, young adults with autism are more likely to be unemployed and isolated. Thankfully, though, Dell has always encouraged bringing your whole self to work, and I carefully revealed this significant aspect of my life to my team. This risky move was met with overwhelming support, and we’ve all made changes so that I can be my best self at work. My team believes neurodiversity isn’t a hindrance, but an opportunity to approach things differently.Here’s my advice for anyone trying to navigate autism in the workplace, especially those diagnosed as adults:Consult with a mental health specialist. Autism isn’t on a linear spectrum; it’s like a painting where some things are absolute/obvious or abstract/disguised. In fact, because we’ve historically assumed autism looks a certain way, many girls were not diagnosed or were diagnosed later in life (like me!). If you have a hunch, I encourage you to meet with a specialist to start your journey. It’s scary making that call, sitting in that office, and talking about your challenges to a stranger, but hopefully you’ll walk out with some confidence that you’re one step closer to an answer.You don’t have to do this alone. If you’re afraid to go to your family or friends, there are still many people who want to help you: specialists, communities, organizations, strangers, etc. When I had a hard time finding a psychologist to evaluate me, Dell’s Employee Assistance Program found a doctor and helped set up the appointment. Being vulnerable doesn’t mean you’re weak, but it does give you an opportunity to discover the strength of your support system.Say what you need. You don’t have to share anything you don’t want to; it’s your journey to own. For me, revealing my diagnosis provided context for my social interactions and workstyle. However, that may be too risky for some people. You can still express what you need without revealing anything. Use phrases such as “I may have misunderstood what you said. I heard xx, is that right?” When there are many changes, I try to be more of a leader so that I’m ahead of the situation and not surprised. I’ve even made adjustments to my workspace to reduce sensory distractions.Finally, a word of advice to managers of employees with autism: Be patient and compassionate. If they ask more questions than what’s normally expected or they react in a way that’s unusual to you, choose to be more patient. Choose to have empathy for someone who doesn’t process social cues, language, or sensory information like you and is doing their best to be good team member. A supportive supervisor can make all the difference.When I told my colleagues that I have autism, many said they never would have guessed. With continued awareness and acceptance, eventually we will get to a point where autism is no longer something to hide or disguise, and we respect each other’s differences and needs.Want to work in an environment that allows everyone to be their best selves and do their best work? Check out our open positions!And learn more about Sheila de Guzman’s story here:last_img read more

first_imgMGN ImageMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials reported one new case of COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 104.The new case is a man in his 60’s.There remains one person hospitalized with 147 cases under mandatory quarantine or isolation orders by county health officials.There have been 83 recovered cases to date with 6,035 negative test results and six fatalities related to COVID-19. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

first_imgWho’s ready to walk in Cinderella’s famous glass slippers for a while? Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returns, for its second season, on August 25 (the episode will re-air on September 1) with an exclusive look at the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Tune in as The Balancing Act takes viewers behind the scenes of the Tony-nominated musical, featuring interviews with the show’s cast and creatives.In this episode, The Balancing Act’s Amber Milt introduces viewers to Paige Faure (Ella), the talented leading actress starring in the national tour, as she navigates the demands of her life on stage and off, raising her son on the road and performing eight times a week. We’ll also see the supportive environment Paige shares with her fellow actors including Andy Huntington Jones (Prince Topher), who recently found his “fairytale ending.” In addition to Paige and Andy, we’ll hear from producer Jill Furman and writer Douglas Carter Beane, who re-imagined this classic tale with an inspiring and new contemporary perspective.The musical version of the classic fairytale Cinderella was originally made for TV in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. The new production features a completely reimagined book, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball—plus some surprising new twists! You’ll be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this romantic musical.Visit the official Broadway Balances America website to discover more about this exciting series and to find out which Broadway musicals will also be featured! View Comments Broadway Balances Americalast_img read more

first_imgWhat about your tomato crop this year? Was it good, bad or awful? Fall is a good timefor a full evaluation of your effort.Did you grow one of the standards or try anything new? Were you happy with the cultivargrown? If not, remember that next year and try a different one.Did you have the right fertility program? Did you have white, hard spots in yourtomatoes? Were the fruits small or did they fall off in the bloom stage? All of theseproblems are a results of your fertility program.Remember, the soil test is one of the most important parts of tomato growing. You needto test a soil sample in November or early December.Did you have blossom end rot? If you did, the calcium level from the soil test iscritical. This problem results from inadequate calcium levels, along with waterfluctuations.Speaking of water, fall is a good time, too, to get that drip irrigation you were goingto put in the garden for next spring. Drip is the ecological way to save water. It willreduce the chances of some diseases, too, by keeping the foliage dry.And before you put up those tomato cages, spray them with a 15 percent bleach solution.That will prevent carrying over this year’s diseases.Finally, remember where you planted tomatoes this year so you can change places nextyear. That, too, will reduce chances for disease and insect buildup next season.To get a soil test kit, see your county Extension Service agent.last_img read more

first_imgBy Sydne Moodyand Dan RahnUniversityof GeorgiaOne of the perks of living on an island is easy access to thebeach. Naturally, people at St. Simons Island, Ga., weren’t happywhen health officials posted beach advisories banning swimming.Then 15 high school 4-H members decided to do something about it.And their efforts are not only helping officials understand theproblem but are attracting international attention.The problem started when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencychanged the bacterial indicator for marine waters, said ElizabethCheney, beach water quality manager for the Coastal ResourcesDivision of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.New testCheney said the EPA began requiring tests for enterococcalbacteria instead of coliform bacteria. When the CRD changed itsweekly tests of the beach water to meet the new standard, theirreadings were sometimes high.Enterococcal bacteria are associated with human and other animalfeces. They can cause gastrointestinal and other infections. Noone knows why the levels are high, Cheney said. They weren’t evensure where the water on the beaches came from.That’s where the 4-H group came in. 4-H is the University ofGeorgia Extension Service’s youth development organization. WhenCheney called for volunteers to help run some tests, the group’s4-H advisor, Robi Gray, called her back.Eager volunteers”They had me come out and talk to them,” Cheney said. “And theyjust ran with it.”The club members, who call themselves the Sea Monkeys, set up anexperiment to trace the marsh water flow with oranges. Theywanted to know where exactly the marsh water behind the islanddrifted.Citrus fruit’s tough peel withstands the beatings of rocks andseagull beaks. The teenagers gathered 280 oranges and othercitrus fruits, many of them rejects donated by grocery stores.They painted the non-orange fruit with special wildlife-safepaint to make the fruit easier to spot in the water.The launchOn the ebbing high tide at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 18, the grouplaunched the “Orange Tide” fruit in two places, Black Banks Riverand Postell Creek. They marked the Black Banks River fruit with ablack band.”Having to get up early and walk the cold beach was my leastfavorite part,” said 17-year-old Will Prince.Within a few hours, though, they spotted oranges between Landsendand East Beach. They found more Dec.22 in front of the King andPrince resort and the boardwalk on East Beach. They were stillfinding them Dec. 26 as far away as Sea Island.”Walking on the beach searching for the oranges and knowing I washelping my community was my favorite part,” said CharlesThompson, 15.Phase 2Now, the students will expand their test during the May 25 springtide, the highest area tide in the lunar cycle. But this time,the UGA Marine Extension Service will test the marsh water forenterococcal bacteria at the drop sites.Using Global Positioning System software donated by ESRI, thestudents will also put the data on orange locations into graphsand maps. They plan to use 600 fruits, too, and add anotherlaunch site in a larger marsh area farther into Postell Creek.A source tracking study proposed by UGA scientist Peter Hartelcould add another key to solving the problem by tracing theorigin of the bacteria.High hopesThe students’ project is one of nine accepted in the Earthbound3Challenge, an international competition open to any studentgroup. The club will compete with two groups from Kenya andothers from Australia, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina,Pennsylvania and Texas.The group is optimistic. “Using GPS is the key to the SeaMonkeys’ experiment’s winning,” said Angelina Tebarts, 15.The 4-H’ers are collecting fruit for their May experiment. Ifyou’d like to volunteer or donate fruit, contact Gray at (912)634-1682.(Sydne Moody is a student writer and Dan Rahn a news editorwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

first_imgEnergizer Battery Co – Bennington,During separate tours of Bennington’s Energizer and Vermont Composites factories Thursday, US Senator Patrick Leahy pointed to new research and development contracts at Energizer and new defense contracts at Vermont Composites as cornerstones of Southwestern Vermont’s economic future. Leahy visited the two facilities to announce a $2 million contract at Energizer and to see the work Vermont Composites is doing on several military airframes.‘Energizer and Vermont Composites are investing in new technologies that hold great potential to be at the heart of Southwestern Vermont’s economy for decades to come,’ said Leahy, who, as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of it Defense Subcommittee, has championed investments in projects that both firms are working on.During a morning meeting with Energizer employees, Leahy explained that he had secured a $2 million Department of Defense contract to help the firm develop a high power ultra-lightweight zinc-air battery for U.S. defense needs. The Bennington factory has begun running test batches of the new battery, which operates at low temperatures and for extended periods of time. Energizer’s Bennington facility produces more than one hundred million electronics batteries annually, primarily for wrist watches and hearing aids. The new contract will help the firm develop the next generation of small-battery technology.Leahy said, ‘My hope is that the research and development I am championing for Energizer translates not only to defense needs but also to commercial spinoff products that keep this plant competitive and on technology’s cutting edge, creating job opportunities for Vermonters for years to come.’Ron Taylor, Energizer’s director of operations for lighting products, lithium and specialty power, said, ‘Senator Leahy has been an ardent supporter of Energizer for many years. We are truly appreciative of his support. Through Senator Leahy’s leadership and advocacy, Energizer is the grateful recipient of research and development funding which will be used to develop leading edge battery technology for our Bennington Vermont plant. This research contract will enable the construction of higher energy zinc-air batteries that will significantly increase our soldiers’ combat effectiveness by lightening the load they carry while simultaneously providing superior performance.”Across town at Vermont Composites, Leahy saw first-hand the work the company is doing with aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin. During the tour, Leahy was briefed on work the company is doing on the V-22 Osprey, an advanced aircraft capable of operating as a helicopter and as an airplane; the MH-60R, the U.S. Navy’s sub hunting Seahawk helicopter; and the P-8A Poseidon, a surveillance plane being developed for the U.S. Navy to replace the aging P-3 Orion fleet. Leahy has been supportive of development of the aircraft in his work on the Senate Appropriations Committee.Leahy said the work Vermont Composites is doing with strong lightweight composite materials is at the heart of a global effort to make aircraft, automobiles and nearly every type of heavy equipment more structurally strong and energy efficient. During remarks made to Vermont Composites employees, Leahy also thanked the firm for working with the Bennington County Industrial Corporation and other area firms, including Plasan North America and Plasan Carbon Composites, to grow the composites sector in and around Bennington County.Vermont Composites President Patrick Wheeler said, ‘Our Company continues to see strong growth in its primary aerospace markets; including Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Rotorcraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. We are very proud of the excellent engineering and production services we provide to all of our many aerospace and medical customers. Vermont Composites is also appreciative of the continued support we have received from the State of Vermont over the years, including VEDA, VEPC, BCIC, VMEC and the Vermont Workforce Training Program. We are fortunate and pleased to be creating new jobs for Southern Vermont.’In late September, Vermont Composites announced it was hiring between 30 and 45 new positions now that the firm’s aerospace business, including the V-22, MH-60R and P-8A Poseidon projects, is expanding. Source: Leahy. BENNINGTON, Vt. (THURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2010) ‘last_img read more

first_imgWhether you realize it or not, your credit union is already in the technology business. You offer all sorts of technology tools – online banking, mobile apps, personal financial management, debit cards, etc. – to help consumers manage their money and interact with your credit union. But while you’ve loaded up your retail members with all the conveniences that technology has to offer, many of your business members are struggling to remain relevant in a world dominated by major chains with major technology budgets. In this respect, business members are clearly underserved, and credit unions have done very little to change that, instead taking a “that’s not our problem” approach. But the economic stability of the community is your problem – and your responsibility.Consider your local pizza parlor.Every pizza aficionado knows there’s a trade-off. If you want a fast, predictable pie, you order from Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s or one of the other big chains. If you want a truly delicious pie – one that you know will taste just as good cold the next morning – you order from a local independent parlor. I don’t know enough about the pizza business to know why the big guys all put out pizza that tastes like old shoes, but I suspect that the success of the local pizza shop has a lot to do with passion, family, and traditions, all of which are interwoven with the story of the community – more than likely right down to where they source their ingredients.From 2014 to 2015, U.S. pizza revenue actually dropped .05 percent. However, you wouldn’t know that looking at the big pizza chains. Leading the pack, Domino’s enjoyed 9.2-percent year-over-year sales growth. (That was apparently enough to bankroll the development of Domino’s new DXP pizza delivery vehicle.) The other big guys weren’t far behind either.So where was the lost revenue lost? You guessed it. From the independent pizza restaurants. Collectively, independent pizza restaurants experienced a greater than five percent loss in year-over-year sales. Perhaps even more alarming, some 2,500 independent pizza restaurants shuttered their doors for good in 2015 alone.Why is business booming for the purveyors of sub-par pizza while the true maestros of mozzarella barely manage to make ends meet? In a word, technology.According to a recent report by Aaron Allen & Associates, a leading global restaurant industry consultancy, big pizza chains are beating their independent counterparts not with better pizza, but with better technology tools for their customers. In other words, in 2016, it’s much easier to buy a second-rate pizza than a premium pizza – and consumers are apparently willing to trade taste for technological convenience.Think of where your credit union would be if it couldn’t offer online or mobile banking, or if it couldn’t participate in an ATM network, or if there were no shared branching networks. Credit unions are able to thrive, at least in part, because they’re able to go toe to toe with Chase and Wells and Citi by employing comparable technology while tapping into a unique collaborative spirit.The same can’t be said of your favorite pizza joint, though. Technology as a critical component of a pizza restaurant’s success is a brand-new phenomenon, so it’s not surprising that the mom-and-pop shops are having a hard time keeping up. That’s where your credit union comes in.Think about this for a moment. Why do credit unions exist? I know that’s a big question, so here’s a big answer: to function as a collective of resources (financial and physical) that benefit a shared interest group. In other words, credit unions should exist to serve as an engine of the local economy by providing affordable access to tools that aren’t readily available elsewhere or to a single organization or individual. Or put even more simply, credit unions exist to level the playing field for the little guy – to ensure that local businesses don’t lose their slice of the (pizza) pie to the big national chains.This fundamental dynamic was true a century ago, and it’s still true today. The purpose of the community financial institution is the same; the tools and commodities required for businesses and individuals in the community have changed. And if you happen to have the owner of a pizza restaurant (or virtually any other business) as a member, their required tools for success now include cutting edge technologies (mobile apps, mobile payments, mobile CRM, mobile cash registers, etc.).Some credit union executives will scratch their heads and wonder what the point is. After all, credit unions offer checking accounts and member business loans, not technology solutions. Others will recognize that local economies are changing and, therefore, the definition of leadership in the local economy is changing. The role of the community financial institution is being rewritten by technology and so too are the products/services it must supply to function as an actual engine of the community economy.I had the privilege of participating in two merchant focus groups recently, one in Colorado and one in Utah. The premise was simple. Credit unions invited local merchants to preview a technology platform that they’re rolling out that can, among other things, equip each merchant with their own fully branded, world-class mobile app. This includes mobile payments, prepaid balances, rewards programs, electronic gift cards – the whole shebang.The locations were different, but the results were the same. These credit unions discovered that many of their local merchants are paying more – to companies they don’t really know – and getting less. In a word, the idea of getting great, affordable financial technology from a trusted local partner like their credit union got these business owners excited.Technology ’s recasting of the trajectory for community financial institutions will provide a convenient moment of reawakening for credit unions and their fundamentals as collectives for community economies – that is, if credit unions are willing to seize the moment. The champions of tomorrow’s credit unions will realize today (or hopefully realized yesterday) that the technology challenges currently faced by local businesses represent nothing but opportunity – opportunity for the credit union, opportunity for the businesses, and opportunity for the resurgence of local economic collaboration as a whole. Sooner rather than later, I hope to write a follow-up to this article called “Credit Unions and the Rebirth of Good Pizza.” 104SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jon Ungerland Jon Ungerland believes the core philosophy underlying credit unions is the plausible and sustainable model for preserving healthy financial institutions and promoting financially dignified and strong communities in the 21st … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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first_img Bill Signing,  Healthcare,  Press Release,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf signed a number of pieces of legislation.“Today, I was proud to sign House Bill 425, which ensures more than 12,000 seniors will continue to receive prescription drug benefits through the state’s PACE and PACENET programs,” said Governor Wolf. “This important bill excludes Social Security cost of living increases from the income limits of both programs so that seniors will continue to have access to their important medications.”Governor Wolf also signed the following:Act 61 (Metzgar) – Amends the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act, in financial provisions, further providing for Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board, Environmental Cleanup Program, Pollution Prevention Program, and costs.Act 63 (Walsh) – Act authorizing the release of Project 70 restrictions on certain land owned by the Borough of West Newton, Westmoreland County; and on certain lands owned by Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County.Act 64 (Gillen) – Amends Title 9 (Burial Grounds), in general provisions relating to burial grounds, further providing for definitions; & providing for transfer of ownership of cemeteries & for reasonable access to burial grounds.Act 65 (Turzai) – Amends Title 66 (Public Utilities), in rates & distribution systems, further providing for rates to be just and reasonable; & providing for water & sewer authorities in cities of the second class. Governor Wolf Acts on Legislation December 21, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more