Marc Ford has been a fixture in the live music scene for years. As a seminal guitar player for the Black Crowes in the nineties, Ford went on to record with artists such as Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Ben Harper and more after leaving the band, forming a succesful career as a studio musician and producer. Recently, Ford has been performing as a solo artist, releasing a bevy of solo albums that culminated with his impressive 2016 release The Vulture, and he’s also a part of Rich Robinson‘s crew of former Black Crowes bandmates called Magpie Salute. Over the years, Ford has proven himself to be an excellent blues guitarist as well as a proficient Americana songwriter.Back in November, Ford stopped by Futureappletree in Rock Island, IL to perform a session for online music subscription service Daytrotter. Ford performed the song’s lead single, “Devils in the Details”, as well as “The Ghetto Is Everywhere”, “The Vulture”, “Same Coming Up”, and “Shalimar Dreams”, all from The Vulture as well. It was a great and stirring performance that truly showcased the best of Marc Ford and what he has to offer.Thankfully for those who don’t subscribe to Daytrotter, Paste Magazine is streaming the show, and all five songs from the set are embedded below for your listening pleasure. Also included below is a recently released video of Ford performing with the Neptune Blues Club performing Deep Water” in a session for Reverb.com./
### Black River Design Architects,Across Vermont, architects, builders and contractors are working to create more energy-efficient businesses and homes. Efficiency Vermont is proud to recognize a select number of those projects with its annual ‘Best of the Best’ Awards. Black River Design Architects of Montpelier won this year’s Best of the Best in Vermont ENERGY STAR Homes Award for a Single Family Detached Home between 2,000 and 3,000 square feet, located in South Hero. The firm was also honored with a Merit Award for its work for the Washington Central Supervisory Union, located in Montpelier. Black River Design Architects’ winning home features thoughtful design and attention to air sealing details, which resulted in an impressive air exchange rate which exceeds the Passive House air-tightness requirement. Other features include high-efficiency insulation as well as energy-efficient lighting and appliances. Black River Design Architects’ winning commercial building for the Washington Central Supervisory Union features passive solar heating, daylighting, high efficiency light fixtures with occupancy sensors and timers as well as efficient exterior insulation and air tight construction. Energy efficient HVAC features include high efficiency heating, a geothermal heat pump, and heat recovery ventilation.Estimated electrical savings for Washington Central Supervisory Union are 30,000kWh per year, which translates to an estimated cost savings of approximately $3,720 per year. ‘Best of the Best’ AwardsAll of the award recipients were recognized at Efficiency Vermont’s Better Buildings by Design 2011 conference this month. The conference focused on energy-efficient building design, construction, and renovation, and was attended by more than 1,000 professionals. The work of Vermont builders and contractors was considered in three areas of energy efficiency: commercial new construction and major renovation, residential new construction and residential renovation. The ‘Best of the Best in Vermont ENERGY STAR® Homes’ honors exceptional achievement in new homes receiving ENERGY STAR qualification. The ‘Best of the Best in Commercial Building Design & Construction’ recognizes innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily buildings. ENERGY STAR qualified homes achieve energy savings through established, reliable building technologies. Builders select from a number of energy-efficient features when planning and building homes, including effective insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and lighting and appliances. The work displayed by all of the ‘Best of the Best’ winners shows that Vermonters can save energy and money while also creating comfortable spaces for homeowners, businesses and schools for the long-term. For more information and a complete listing of all award winners, please visit http://efficiencyvermont.com/pages/Business/BuildingEfficiently/BetterBu…(link is external) About Black River DesignBlack River Design is twenty-four architects, designers and administrators working together to offer a full range of building design, interior design, historic preservation and planning services. We have been serving communities throughout Vermont and New England with award winning designs from our downtown Montpelier office for nearly 30 years. For more information, please visit http://www.blackriverdesign.com/(link is external) About Efficiency VermontEfficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).
Wolf Administration Announces More Than $8 Million in Funding to Support Water and Sewer Projects in 22 Counties August 19, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, Infrastructure, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of more than $8 million in funding to support H2O PA Flood Control, High Hazard Dams, and Water, Sanitary Sewer, and Stormwater projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).“Investments in our water and sewer systems preserve Pennsylvania’s infrastructure and the health of our communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “My administration is committed to the health and safety of residents in all corners of the commonwealth, and the funding approved yesterday will benefit communities for years to come.”The H2O PA program provides for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; the construction or renovation of flood control projects; and the repair or rehabilitation of high-hazard unsafe dams.The H2O PA projects approved during the CFA meeting are:Flood ControlThe Turtle Creek maintenance project in Allegheny County was approved for $100,000 to remove sediment and clear vegetation on the bank of Turtle Creek. This project will restore the design level of flood protection and safeguard the lives and property of Turtle Creek Watershed residents.The City of Dubois Sandy Lick Creek Stream rehabilitation project in Clearfield County was approved for $710,000 to restore the streambank, remove the gravel bar and for engineering.The Borough of Clarks Summit Watershed Flood Control and Protection project in Lackawanna County was approved for $200,000 to implement Urban Stream Restoration, re-constrict the streambed, reinforce portions of the streambed with rock armoring and natural vegetation, and construct stone weirs and natural pools. This project will also reestablish the hydraulic cross-section and alignment of this corridor.The Rice Township Ice Ponds Dam project in Luzerne County was approved for $508,833 to dewater the lake per Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission specifications, install a watertight cofferdam, dewater the remaining lake between the cofferdam and the spillway, bore a 24-inch diameter hole through the bottom of the dam, install a metal sleeve and a valve gate, pass all engineering and Department of Environmental Protection inspections, refill the lake, leave the cofferdam in place, clear the spillway and achieve certification that the dam is compliant with Pennsylvania law.The Dupont Borough Phase II Flood Mitigation Control Rehabilitation project in Luzerne County was approved for $507,926 to repair concrete joints, repair sections in need, and for maintenance to prevent lifting of concrete sections, water eroding underneath the concrete slabs, deteriorating concrete on the wave reduction walls, failing gaskets, and missing grout in joints. The funds will be used to support construction, engineering and permitting.The total funding for these projects is just over $2 million.High Hazard DamsThe City of Reading Egleman’s Lower Dam Modification project in Berks County was approved for $350,000 to lower the elevation of the dam by four feet and raise the bottom of the pond by four to five feet, to create a water depth of three to four feet, which is the depth necessary for growing bass. The principal spillway will also be modified to regulate the average water level. The overall water surface area of the pond will be reduced by 25 percent. The modifications are aimed at reducing the dam hazard classification from high hazard to low hazard.Water, Sewer, and StormThe 47 approved projects include stormwater and sewer line upgrades, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, street stormwater improvements, sanitary sewer line replacements and more across 22 counties throughout the commonwealth.A complete list of H2O projects is available.For more information about DCED and the CFA, visit dced.pa.gov.Ver esta página en español.
Place Graceville director Brad Robson.“I’ve been out of training for a little while and this was the perfect excuse to get me back on the bike and back training again.” The 2018 bike ride delivered more than $25,000 to Hands Across the Water in Thailand.“To help bridge this gap, I created Digital Live, a six month coaching program that includes a full day workshop at Queensland University of Technology with some of Australia’s most knowledgeable digital coaches,” he said.“In 2018 over $30,000 was raised for our charity partner Hands Across The Water which helps disadvantaged children with their education.“I will be riding with 20 real estate agents 500kms across Thailand to deliver this money, plus an additional $100,000 of sponsorship donations.”Mr Carroll said he expected more than 200 real estate professionals to sign up for the program and all profits would be donated and delivered to the charity in Thailand in May next year. The home that will save lives The first two riders to sign up included Lauren Hampson, a sales administrator from Ray White Noosa, and the director of Place Graceville Brad Robson. In 2019, Digital Live founder and REA industry relations director Steve Carroll will expand the concept across the country, and ride 500km through Thailand in an effort to quadruple the funds raised for the charity. Mr Carroll said many Queensland real estate agents and property managers missed out on the huge opportunity that social media and digital marketing offered. Fearful tenants living in pest-infested squalor Hands Across the Water founder Peter Baines will join the ride, and Mr Robson said the chance to spend a week with such an inspirational man, as well as many other great leaders was a once in a lifetime opportunity.“More than that, I get the opportunity to raise money for an exceptional cause,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoRay White Noosa sales administrator Lauren Hampson is participating in the Digital Live Bike Ride in 2019.This will be the first time Ms Hampson has attempted a ride like this before, and said she was doing it to provide Thai children and communities with the same support Australians had in achieving their goals. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Developer pays it forward Place Graceville director Brad Robson will participate in the 2019 Digital Live Bike Ride.For Mr Robson, who only first picked up a road bike in 2016, he loved the concept and jumped on board straight away.“I picked up a road bike for the first time in February 2016, trained hard for 12 months to compete in the Taupo Ironman and I haven’t picked up the bike since,” he said. Some of the action from the 2018 bike ride.In 2018, Digital Live raised more than $25,000 for charity Hands Across the Water to support the ongoing education of disadvantaged children and their communities in Thailand. Northside dominates most affordable and liveable list RELATED: Ray White Noosa sales administrator Lauren Hampson.“This could be anything from living in a safe home, making more friends, going to school, getting a job, or even graduating university — a small portion of the opportunities Hands Across the Water have managed to provide the Thai community over the past 13 years,” she said.While this will be the first time Ms Hampson would attempt a ride like this, she said she wasn’t a stranger to the sport.“My parents were triathletes growing up and we travelled a lot to participate in a variety of events, including the Noosa Triathlon, WA Ironman, New York Marathon, and Cairns to Karumba, which involved cycling 780km over seven days,” she said. MORE: