Show Closed This production ended its run on April 23, 2017 View Comments Related Shows Happy Valentine’s Day! Whatever your relationship status, Gideon Glick, Lindsay Mendez and the cast of Significant Other begin performances at Broadway’s Booth Theatre, so their V-Day is already off to an epic start. The Joshua Harmon play, which already had a successful run off-Broadway, is set to open on March 2.The cast also includes Rebecca Naomi Jones, Barbara Barrie, John Behlmann, Sas Goldberg and Luke Smith.Significant Other, directed by Trip Cullman, follows Jordan Berman (Glick), who combats single life with nights joined by his trio of girlfriends. But as those friends become coupled off, he learns that guiding and supporting loved ones through their relationships is just as hard as the exhausting quest for Mr. Right. Lindsay Mendez, Carra Patterson, Sas Goldberg & Gideon Glick in ‘Significant Other'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Significant Other
‘Seedless’ Melons? In regular watermelons, fruit enlargement depends on the developing seed. Since triploid melons don’t have developing seed, they must be pollinated to stimulate fruit growth. But triploid plants are essentially sterile and produce little, if any, pollen. To solve the problem, you have to interplant normal watermelons within rows of triploid melons. In each row, transplant a normal diploid plant, followed by two triploid plants, then a diploid plant and so on down the row. Make sure the melons of the diploid variety you plant as a pollenizer are easy to tell from the triploid. The watermelons on the diploid variety will have seeds. A welcome change Triploid, or “seedless,” watermelon production didn’t start catching on in the United States until the mid-’80s when Georgia farmers began growing them. Now, the popularity of triploid melons is rising fast. Rightly so! Since triploid melons don’t have those pesky seeds to worry with, you can concentrate 100 percent on enjoying the sweet taste of watermelon. As a group, triploid melons are also among the sweetest, most flavorful melons. If you haven’t eaten a “seedless” watermelon, try one. Odds are that you will really like it. Growing your own D. Granberry, UGA CAES Request the high-res image. Pollenizer Variety Why are some watermelons seedless? Normal watermelons have the two sets of chromosomes, or genetic information, required to create seeds for reproduction. Seedless melons, though, have three sets of chromosomes, which makes them sterile. So they don’t normally produce pollen or seeds. At first, watermelons without seeds were called seedless. After all, this is the one trait that most clearly distinguishes them from normal watermelons. But as more seedless melons were grown, people began to see that the term “seedless” wasn’t perfectly accurate. Because triploid (three-chromosome) varieties are virtually sterile, they don’t normally produce true seeds. However, they do produce some immature, “edible” seed coats. And occasionally, though rarely, they can produce a true seed. Even though a seedless variety may be 99.9 percent seedless, the occasional true seed that sometimes develops in a seedless watermelon is indeed a seed. Seeding Not Recommended Eventually, the term “seedless” caused misunderstandings among growers, seed companies and shoppers. So in time, the seed industry stopped using “seedless” and used the more precise term “triploid” to designate the essentially seedless triploid watermelon varieties. In the garden, the germination of triploid watermelon seed is iffy below 80 degrees. The seed coats of triploid melons are thicker, too, than the coats of normal watermelon seeds. These thicker seed coats tend to stick to the cotyledons as plants emerge and damage the plants or delay emergence. So it’s hard to get a stand of triploid melons from seed. Since triploid seeds are expensive (30 to 50 cents each), overseeding and thinning isn’t a feasible alternative. Simply put, it’s best to buy or grow triploid watermelon transplants for your garden. The first thought that will likely come to your mind is “Oh, boy, this is good.” If you’re a gardener, the next thought will surely be, “Can I grow these in my garden?” You probably can. Although growing triploid melons is much like growing normal watermelons, triploid melons are a little more persnickety. By taking a little more time and using a few precautions, you, too, can grow”seedless” melons in your garden. They are well worth the effort. And for yourannual seed-spitting contest, the pollenizer variety will provide plenty of seed. With each new season, Georgia farmers are increasing their acreage of triploidwatermelons. Every year, more and more show up in grocery stores and other retail outlets.
The University of Georgia broke ground on a $4.4 million expansion of its Food Science and Technology Building on the Athens campus.The ground-breaking ceremony at the Food Science Plaza featured the grand opening of the recently renovated first floor of the building.The renovation updated the food processing facilities and research labs. The renovation project was the first phase of this project and the addition to the building is the second phase.Adds 17,000 Square FeetThe new addition will add 17,000 square feet to the existing building. It’s expected to take six months to complete. The project is funded by the Governor’s Traditional Industries Program.”In our outreach efforts, programs are conducted to meet the food industry’s training needs,” said Joe Frank, acting head of the UGA Food Science and Technology Department. “The expansion will provide suitable, dedicated space to conduct outreach programs for up to 100 people.”For now, outreach programs must compete for space which is mainly used for food science classes in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. A lab designated for outreach programs will be included in the expansion, too.Lab for Outreach Programs”The laboratory will allow us to present hands-on demonstrations of processing equipment, monitoring procedures, laboratory instruments and product formulation,” Frank said.Besides adding these new facilities, the expansion will increase the department’s teaching, research and office space.”In many cases, research programs suffer because the existing labs are designed for activities different from those currently taking place,” Frank said. “New labs are necessary for our research, which focuses on ensuring a safe, nutritious and affordable food supply.”
Too many plants for the site. In a few years, overcrowded plants will need to be replaced.Shrubs that will get too tall for the site. A 1-gallon Burford holly will soon cover the windows and require severe pruning to keep it in check.Plants that prefer dry soil in wet areas, or sun in shade, or vice versa. If they’re not adapted to where you put them, plants won’t ever be as healthy as they could be.Shrubs too close to the house. Put them one-half of their mature diameter plus 1 foot away from the foundation.Trees and shrubs at random in the yard. Group plants to enhance the home. And put them in mulched beds to ease mowing and maintaining them. Here are the top five planting mistakes in landscapes, say University of Georgia Extension Service experts.Never plant:
By Paul A. Thomas University of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 16 Hummingbirds overwinter in Central and South America. Our ruby-throated hummingbirds return to most parts of Georgia in March (in Atlanta, around March 20). So that’s the time to dust off the feeders.Three-step successFollow three simple steps to get hummingbirds to feed, nest and raise young in your yard. Buy six to eight feeders per half-acre of land. Place two or three in the open sunshine or near windows to attract males. A feeder on the west, south and east sides of the house work well. Each will be visited most when the sun is on it. Place the other feeders in the canopy of trees. The preferred height is 10 to 15 feet. You can do this by hanging a set of “S” hooks on the branches and using a pole with a hook at the end to raise the feeder.The reason behind this is simple. Males doggedly defend their feeder, making it very hard for the females and young to feed. Females, though, search for nectar in treetops in tropical jungles and are much more comfortable feeding in semiprivacy in the canopy. Without fail, our hummingbirds nest within 15 to 20 feet of the feeders in the canopy. They prefer dogwoods, hickory and oak.Simple maintenanceThe simple maintenance rule is to fill each feeder half full and then clean and replace the sugar water every other day. Hummingbirds won’t use old, cloudy, rotten sugar water. They may leave your garden in disgust.Given eight feeders, keeping feeders fresh can be a chore if not tasked properly. We found that filling four feeders every day after dinner as part of kitchen cleanup works great, especially if you have kids that help out.The birds get comfortable with the pattern, and since we all eat dinner, it’s easier to stay on task during a busy week.Nectar recipeOf the several recipes for sugar water, the one we recommend is 1 part sugar to 3 parts water. This makes a 25-percent sucrose solution, very similar to the sugar content of phlox, salvia and buckeyes. Nectar-producing flowers usually range between 20-percent and 25-percent sugar. A 4-to-1 ratio is fine, but it may not have the draw a more concentrated solution has. We don’t add anything else. We make up 1-gallon batches, boil it just a few minutes, let it cool and store it in the refrigerator. A gallon supplies eight feeders for two weeks on our cleaning-feeding schedule.”Tipping” their waitersMy wife and I have been feeding hummingbirds for 13 years in Athens. Each year we see circumstantial evidence that the birds try to get our attention when their feeders are low.This is particularly true in drought. They hover around our heads when we’re working in the yard and outside windows, chirping loudly when we emerge from the house. I’ve seen two or three hover or sit patiently in a nearby branch while my wife changes the feeders.Dependence buildsThe best way to look at feeding any wildlife is that once you start, you’re changing their behavior,and they depend on you for the rest of the season.Males set up territories that include food sources. Females may even take food sources into account when selecting a mate’s territory.Eliminating that source of food (say, during the hottest part of July during your three-week vacation) will likely put stress on the birds. This is particularly true if the birds are raising young or you don’t have other sources of nectar and small insects, such as a butterfly-hummingbird garden or a nearby creek. Be sure to have someone feed the birds in your absence, or they may find another garden to call home.
By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaTwo University of Georgia scientists have been awarded $4.1 million in grants to conduct research and create mathematical models that help predict the risks of chemicals in the environment. With the models, scientists could avoid having to test thousands of combinations and doses on humans.People are growing more concerned over the effects on people of chemicals in the environment, said Jeff Fisher, head of the environmental health sciences department in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.This has created a climate ripe for the use of pharmacokinetic modeling, which can predict the ways human bodies interact with chemicals, he said.”Pharmacokinetic models predict things. But there must be real laboratory data to see if the simulations are correct,” said James Bruckner, a toxicologist in the UGA College of Pharmacy. “I do experiments with animals. That data and human data are used to construct the models.”Fisher said federal agencies have begun to use pharmacokinetic models to address issues they don’t have data on and to extrapolate to low doses for “what-if” exposure scenarios.”Eventually,” he said, “such models could be used in risk-assessment policy and to set federal exposure standards.”Some of the pharmacokinetic models Fisher and Bruckner create will address certain chemicals’ effects on children. Testing children’s chemical sensitivity poses serious problems.”How can you give a potentially toxic or carcinogenic substance to a child for whom there is no benefit in order to conduct research?” Bruckner said. “Pharmacokinetic modeling is an obvious answer.”A $750,000 EPA grant will allow the two scientists to examine the pharmacokinetics of pyrethroids, a commonly used pesticide, on the human body as it matures.Another grant allows them to study the metabolism of two common solvents, trichloroethylene and methylene chloride, from birth to maturity. It’s funded by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) of the Centers for Disease Control at $25,000 a year.”We’re investigating whether the risk is greater when the chemicals are found together,” Fisher said.Trichloroethylene figures largely in two other grants totaling $1.8 million. These were awarded as part of a larger research effort through the Medical University of South Carolina on behalf of the Department of Energy.A number of studies have tested whether trichloroethylene can cause cancer. But the doses given the research animals were very high, Fisher said. He and Bruckner hope to find out whether low-level exposures cause cancer.A lot of money is riding on the answer.”It’s a matter of whether you want to spend $100 million to clean up each site,” Bruckner said. “I was just out in California, where they’re spending $20 million a year now to pump water with a really low level of trichloroethylene into the San Francisco Bay, and there’s a water shortage. The question is, ‘Is it necessary?'”With another ATSDR grant, for $500,000, Fisher and Bruckner will study how perchlorate, a common groundwater contaminant, and PCBs interact on the thyroid gland.Perchlorate, a solid rocket oxidizer also used in air bags, bazookas and fireworks, is known to inhibit the thyroid’s uptake of iodine. There is also some fear, Bruckner said, that it might cause thyroid cancer.Finally, the scientists got a three-year, $750,000 U.S. Air Force grant to test a relatively new, widely used jet fuel called JP-8. For a few years now, there have been complaints of dermatitis, dizziness and shortness of breath from people exposed to the fuel.”It’s a huge mixture made of hundreds of hydrocarbons,” Fisher said. “There hasn’t been a lot of toxicology work done on these bigger molecules. Animal studies show inhibition of immune function, lung injury and contact dermatitis.”A pharmacokinetic model, he said, could provide a way to understand the occupational and community health risks.<
Become a citizen scientist Saturday, Feb. 15 and help Rock Eagle 4-H Center take an inventory of its wild bird population.Expert and beginner birders alike are invited to walk the 4-H center’s property and scout for waterfowl, songbirds, woodpeckers, raptors and other birds. The bird-scouting event is part of The Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual four-day event set for Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. All sightings at Rock Eagle will be submitted to the GBBS website, www.birdcount.org. Researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society use the information to learn more about how birds are doing and how to protect them and the environment. “Our count will be part of a global event as birders from all over the world submit checklists. All participants will be a part of a fun, international research experience,” said Rock Eagle Environmental Educator Matt Schenck.Last year, participants across the nation turned in more than 134,000 online checklists, creating the world’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations.Participants to the Rock Eagle event can bring binoculars and field guides or borrow them from the center. Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn for two hours of birding outdoors. Sessions are appropriate for all ages and cost $5 per person. The program runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and includes an optional visit to Rock Eagle’s natural history museum. Call Laura Kent at (706) 484-2881 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Different programs take place each Saturday at Rock Eagle, excluding December. A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions can be found online www.rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html.
What has 16 paws, eight hooves and three beaks?The answer can be found at Athens, Georgia’s Bear Hollow Zoo, and it’s not a fantastic beast. It’s a coloring book featuring some of the zoo’s most notable residents.From Rose and Rocky, the deer, to Yonah and Athena, Athens’ favorite bears, this first-of-its-kind “Bear Hollow Coloring Book” brings together some of the zoo’s most charismatic wildlife ambassadors.The zoo is located at Athens-Clarke County’s Memorial Park and serves as a home for injured or orphaned wildlife that cannot survive in the wild. The Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail offers a wide range of educational programming that features animals like Eeyore, a great horned owl that is blind in one eye and can’t fly because of a wing injury.A fundraiser for the zoo, 16-year-old Georgia 4-H’er and zoo volunteer Lavendar Harris compiled the coloring book from individual coloring sheets that she created for school groups and families who visit the zoo. Harris is a home-schooled student and Newton County, Georgia, 4-H Club member. The coloring book is the keystone of her Georgia 4-H Leadership in Action project.“She has realized what an impact the wildlife at Bear Hollow (Zoo) can have on students who visit with school groups or with their families, (students) who might not have the chance to see animals in the wild or spend time in nature,” said Newton County University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent Terri Fullerton.Georgia 4-H’s Leadership in Action program recognizes 4-H’ers who identify needs in their communities, then plan and conduct a service project, activity or awareness program that they believe will meet those needs. Leadership in Action participants are the driving forces behind their service projects and are ultimately responsible for them. Local Extension staff and fellow 4-H members provide support. Students across Georgia can participate in the Leadership in Action program through their local 4-H clubs.At the zoo, Harris said, the need was twofold: There’s always a need for funds to take care of the animals, and there’s always a need to support the zoo’s educational mission. The coloring book helps on both counts.“When people visit the zoo and see the animals, they can purchase a coloring book of the exact animals they saw in the zoo,” Harris said. “A lot of zoos sell generic coloring books, but I wanted to make this one personalized and special.” “You can tell a lot of these drawings are portraits,” said Zoo Coordinator Clinton Murphy.Harris started working at Bear Hollow Zoo when she was 14 years old in order to learn more about wildlife biology as a profession. She wants to preserve North American wolf populations after she graduates from college. Bear Hollow Zoo is the closest place to her home where she could gain experience working with wildlife and wildlife education.Like all volunteers, Harris started with very basic responsibilities, but she quickly became one of the zoo’s most indispensable volunteers.“We don’t just throw you the keys to the gator pen and give you an owl,” Murphy joked. “We have a very graduated training system … Lavendar really excelled, and she took her responsibilities very seriously. She’s an amazing young woman and very dedicated.”Today, Harris leads tours of the zoo; introduces young people to the snakes, lizards and turtles in the reptile house; and is responsible for taking care of the enclosures for the zoo’s deer, turkey and bobcat.Harris’ involvement hasn’t solely benefitted the zoo’s animals and visitors. It’s also been eye-opening for the rest of her 4-H club, according to Fullerton.“It has really inspired a lot of kids to think outside of Covington, (Georgia), in terms of how they can have impact,” Fullerton said.The coloring book, which is now for sale for $8, is available at Bear Hollow Zoo’s gift shop. All proceeds go to support the care of the animals.Harris hopes to start a dual-enrollment program this spring at Georgia State University, where she plans to study biology.For more information about Bear Hollow Zoo, visit athensclarkecounty.com/2757/Bear-Hollow-Zoo. For more information about Georgia 4-H and the Leadership in Action program, visit georgia4H.org or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 to find a local 4-H club.
Sheree W. Mitchell, who opened her first Columbus, Georgia-based day care center from scratch with the help of a U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loan in 1989, and has grown her business into a $5 million per year enterprise, was named National Small Business Person of the Year during ceremonies today at SBA Expo ’04, the agency’s three-day conference celebrating National Small Business Week.”One of the beautiful things about small business is that a go-go entrepreneur like Sheree Mitchell can see an opportunity and seize it, and build a successful enterprise from scratch,” SBA Administrator Hector V. Barreto said. “It’s not always getting into what’s hot, or what’s new and technologically innovative; sometimes it’s recognizing a niche that isn’t being served. Small business success happens when entrepreneurs like Ms. Mitchell identify a need and fill that need with a great product or service.”The announcement was made at today’s National Awards Luncheon, co-sponsored by Sam’s Club.Mitchell and her company, Growing Room, Inc., care for more than 850 children, and employ more than 170 people in five centers in the Columbus area, including three operated on-site at large local employers. A recognized expert in the industry, Mitchell is the 41st annual National Small Business Person of the Year. She was selected from among the state Small Business Persons of the Year representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.Mitchell began Growing Room, Inc. in 1989 when she used an SBA 504 development loan to build her first child development center in Columbus. She added 20 employees during the next two years as the center filled and a waiting list developed. By 1992, Mitchell realized that she needed more space and built a $400,000 addition, adding 12 more to her staff to handle the expanding business.In 1996, a second Growing Room opened in North Columbus in a newly constructed 11,500 square-foot facility, creating 32 new jobs. Three years later, she obtained a contract for the Columbus Regional Healthcare Systems’ on-site childcare center, adding 15 more employees. In 2002, Growing Room was awarded the contract for two on-site childcare centers at the headquarters of Columbus based AFLAC.A registered nurse, Mitchell is active in community affairs, including the local Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, United Way and Girl Scouts organizations. She is active as a scholarship fund-raiser for Columbus State University, and has served on the Pre-K Peer Review Committee of the Office of School Readiness, the state regulatory body for childcare in Georgia.The first runner-up this year in the national competition is Larry O’Toole, president and founder of Gentle Giant Moving Co., Inc., of Somerville, Mass., who started his company with a borrowed truck and a $17 newspaper ad. The two second runners-up are Rocky Wens, president of ESP, Inc., of Lynnwood, Wash., an engineering firm that has become an active defense contractor, and Steve Birge and Mark Curran, the owners of Black River Produce of Proctorsville, Vt., who built a $27 million produce company from a storefront retail market.O’Toole’s Gentle Giant Moving Co. has been recognized as the best moving company in the Boston area. From that borrowed truck and newspaper ad, O’Toole has built the company into a $16 million-a-year 185-employee business, hiring college-educated athletes from local universities, including several Olympians, to deliver on his promise of a safe, gentle, effective, hassle-free move. He credits an SBA-backed loan for $843,000 in 1998 for helping him expand his facilities, allowing him to grow the company by 60 percent.Wens, an immigrant from the Netherlands, created an engineering services firm that employs more than 300 people at 38 sites in 17 states and in Okinawa, Japan. By assembling a team of highly skilled management, engineering, technical and administrative service professionals, Wens has developed a remarkable niche in an industry that is dominated by large Fortune 500 defense contractors. In 1998, he expanded his small drafting firm by broadening his focus and pursuing and winning government engineering, operation, and maintenance contracts. A certified 8(a) company in the SBA’s Business Development program, ESP’s contracts to operate and maintain the most sophisticated military simulators and trainers throughout the U.S. and in Japan account for about 95 percent of the firm’s revenue.Birge got the idea to start a produce company in 1978 when he saw the poor quality of the produce accepted at the restaurant where he worked, and decided he could a better job. He met Curran soon after while hitchhiking, and the two joined forces and started working with local farmers for the freshest produce available. They now manage a produce distribution company with sales of more than $27 million a year, a work force of 100 employees and a fleet of 30 refrigerated trucks and two tractor trailers. Their product line includes fruits and vegetables, seafood, shell fish, plants, trees, shrubs, wreaths, natural foods and juices. Their clients include grocery stores, schools, restaurants, camps, ski areas, hospitals, nursing homes and farm stands.The national small business awards are a highlight of SBA Expo ’04, the agency’s annual celebration honoring the nation’s leading small business entrepreneurs, co-sponsored by SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business.”The winners are selected on their record of stability, growth in employment and sales, financial condition, innovation, response to adversity, and community service. For more information on these companies and on the rest of the state Small Business Person of the Year award winners, visit the SBA Web site at http://app1.sba.gov/sbsuccess/2004/index.cfm(link is external).
$1.8 MILLION IN FINANCING COMMITMENTSAPPROVED BY VEDA BOARD Grafton, VT Commercial, technology and agricultural development projects were approved for $1.8 million in financing assistance by the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Board of Directors at their monthly meeting. We are pleased to be able to assist in these projects, said Jo Bradley, Chief Executive Officer of VEDA. The outcomes of these investments will be stronger business, technology, and farm enterprises with an increased capacity for future growth. Projects approved were: 42-44 Holdings, LLC, Danville – A financing commitment of $154,400 was made through VEDAs Technology Infrastructure Financing Program to enable replacement of an existing telecommunications tower that was vandalized and collapsed early this summer. The 140 tall replacement tower will support current tenants, Unicel and Montpelier Broadcasting, as well as three future telecom tenants. The total $181,440 project will result in delivery of both personal communications (digital data transmission over internet) services and cellular services by the telecom tenants. The radio station antenna will sit atop the tower.Juno Rising, Inc., d/b/a Isis, Burlington – The VEDA Board extended an existing mortgage insurance commitment of $900,000 made in November, 2003, enabling the womens outdoor clothing company to meet demand under an increased Chittenden Bank line-of-credit. It is anticipated that 7 new jobs will be created within three years. Several Farm Operating and Farm Ownership Loans were also approved by the Board to finance construction and working capital projects. Approved through VEDAs Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC) Program were:” $354,300 to Pyle and Pyle Partnership in Shoreham;” $350,000 to Gerald and Ann Wilcox in Manchester; and” $ 48,300 to Gerry and Cheryl Audet in Orwell. VEDAs mission is to provide financial assistance to eligible businesses to stimulate job creation, and enhance economic stability and growth in Vermonts manufacturing, travel and tourism and agricultural sectors. In the Authoritys 30-year history, VEDA has made project financing commitments totaling over $1 billion.