Two Key Projects Of Vectren’s Smart Energy Future Strategy Now Live

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Customers Now Receiving Solar Energy Through Vectren’s First Universal Solar ProjectsVectren Chairman, President and CEO Carl Chapman joined the City of Evansville Tuesday afternoon to officially open two universal solar farms in Vanderburgh County. One of the 2-megawatt (MW) solar arrays is located near Oak Hill Cemetery on Morgan Ave. and is the result of a partnership with the City of Evansville through which the energy company will lease the City’s land. The other project, also 2 MWs, is located on Highway 41 near North High School. That facility will also include battery storage with the ability to discharge 1 MW per hour over a four-hour period.“These are the very first solar projects in our electric generation portfolio, and it’s exciting to be able to officially say that the sun is now powering a piece of southwestern Indiana through Vectren’s generation fleet,” said Chapman. “We are grateful for the opportunity to join the City of Evansville in bringing universal solar energy to Vectren customers. These projects – combined with existing wind energy agreements and our plan to build a 50-MW universal solar farm in Spencer County – help demonstrate our desire to create a more balanced energy mix in how we generate electricity.”Each solar farm consists of approximately 8,000 ground-mounted fixed-tilt solar panels on 15 acres. Combined, the 4 MWs of generation will supply enough renewable energy to power more than 800 homes each year.“We are proud to be able to partner with Vectren in bringing clean energy sources to our City and the surrounding region,” said Winnecke. “This partnership allows both entities to respond positively to the public’s interest in local solar energy production, and we are thrilled to host one of the solar arrays within our city limits.”The 4 MW’s of solar and the planned 50-MW facility, which should be fully operational in the fall of 2020, are expected to generate enough power to meet the needs of more than 12,000 households per year. When including Vectren’s 80 MW of wind power purchased through contracts with Benton County wind farms and its 3.2-MW landfill gas facility in Pike County, there will be enough renewable energy in Vectren’s portfolio to power more than 35,000 homes, or nearly 25 percent of Vectren’s residential customers.The solar projects are part of Vectren’s Smart Energy Future strategy, which includes electric generation fleet diversification by adding natural gas and renewables, grid modernization projects, smart energy management tools for customers, and the utility’s ongoing gas system infrastructure modernization efforts. Customers can learn more atwww.vectren.com/SmartEnergyFuture.Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – South delivers electricity to approximately 145,000 customers in all or portions of Gibson, Dubois, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.last_img read more

“DON’T SET YOUR SIGHTS TOO HIGH!”

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare minimum bid requirements substantially. It appears that he’s drastically lowering his own “sights.” Not ours!Councilman David Flanders asked the Town Attorney, Erin Bauer, during the December Council meeting if the Council was not now at the place where the property could be listed with a broker instead of going through another bidding process. Lawyer Bauer’s answer was, “You could do that (list with a broker) right now if the Town Council decided to reject all of the bids and make a motion to hire a broker or an auctioneer. That would be an option.” But no one on the Council even attempted to make any such motion. Flanders did pursue the topic in a discussion format. He stated to Blaylock that in the prior 60 day listing of the property that the Town Council did the minimal in advertising. He stated, “We didn’t do a very robust advertising campaign to solicit bids.” He went on to say, “At this point, I would suggest entertaining the services of a broker.” But he did not try to make a formal motion in that regard during the meeting. Blaylock countered him by saying that, “We have a motion on the floor and you’re getting into a different subject!” I’d like to point out that the motion language was changed several times during the meeting from what it said when it was first introduced without any objections from Mr. Blaylock.The School property has been mishandled and mismanaged by Blaylock’s Council and the former Council since the school closed. Two consecutive Councils have allowed the HVAC system to turn off and be left off for three summers in a row, causing three hundred thousand dollars worth of damage. In a previous Council meeting late last Spring I advised Councilman Blaylock that the HVAC could be repaired, according to estimates compiled by WMI president Fred Fayser, for as little as $9,500 dollars. His answer was that the company doing the repairs could not give him a five-year guarantee. Anybody out there gets a five-year guarantee when they come out and repair your central air? So to save$9,500 dollars, he allowed the Air to stay off and certainly must have caused additional mold problems to recur. He had $20 thousand dollars sitting in the school fund account at the time. Over the past year, he has depleted that fund account by almost $10 thousand dollars. In addition to all this, the Town of New Harmony had previously spent $40 thousand dollars to stop the mold growth from the original damage done by the negligence of the previous Council. That didn’t faze Blaylock, he simply ignored the problem.Now he sounds like he is seriously considering taking one of the two most recent bids for the school if he doesn’t get a better one in his next futile attempt, saying, “I want to caution everyone here. Don’t get your sights too high. You know for three years we tried to give the school away for a dollar!” Oh come on now Blaylock, you’re talking about The Working Men’s Institute project. The difference that Blaylock’s leaving out, as usual, is that WMI is a quasi-governmental entity that has existed in New Harmony since 1838. Nathan Maudlin, vice president of the WMI, had given Blaylock the go-ahead to market the school from the time that Blaylock took office in January 2016. Blaylock never took one step forward on that advice. WMI also said that if they could not successfully complete their project or failed during any phase of it, after they took the title, that they would only ask for the return of whatever money they had put into the property. A fair deal all around! There is no comparison to what is now taking place, and Blaylock knows it.Who knows, maybe Blaylock will get lucky and he will manage to take the lowest of the two bids somehow. That does seem to be his goal. I’m not sure what a church from Carmi, with a very large and modern facility of their own, would have in mind for a property like the former New Harmony School, but I have a feeling we may be finding out. I doubt that they need another church. Maybe some kind of Country Club and golf course, I was thinking. That would work for Blaylock. But I doubt it’s that. Carmi already has the Carmi Country Club, so that idea wouldn’t make any sense. Would it?“ A Man’s Character is His Fate!”____HeraclitesFOOTNOTE: This article was posted by the City-County Observer without bias, opinion, or editing. “DON’T SET YOUR SIGHTS TOO HIGH!”by: Dan Barton, Publisher of THE New -Harmony Gazette January 2019President of the New Harmony Town Council, Alvin Blaylock, made that headline statement on December 18, 2018, just in time to win the “ The New Harmony Gazette’s Biggest Understatement of the Year Award!” He was speaking of his noticeable mishandling of the sale of the former New Harmony School. In this particular case refers to the constant and steady shrinking of the opportunity of our town ever seeing a sensible profit from its sale.Back in 2012, former Council President David Campbell stated in an interview with the Evansville Courier and Press that the New Harmony School had been appraised for a value of $7 million dollars. In 2015, former Councilwoman Karen Walker announced at a Town Council meeting that the state of the art hardball-field, included in the school property, was worth a million dollars. A few months ago in 2018 Councilman Blaylock had an appraisal done on the school property and the results came back as a dismal $360 thousand dollars. Even Blaylock himself admitted that he was disappointed.Now, after following our past New Harmony Town Council’s tradition of only advertising the property to a limited population, in this case in two Posey County newspapers and for a bid of not lower than $360 thousand dollars, he must be even more disappointed. He only received two bids on the former New Harmony School property. One bid was for $80 thousand dollars from Lupfer Equipment, LLC. Blaylock didn’t bother to announce that name at the Council meeting. It was learned later that Lupfer Equipment is listed as being owned by Joseph Lupfer of Cynthiana. It’s identified as asphalt paving company.The second bid for the New Harmony School property was only for $10 thousand dollars. But this bid was restricted to just the 56,000 square foot building and five acres. Blaylock didn’t identify which five acres. The name of the $10 thousand dollar bidder was also kept quiet by Blaylock in the meeting. He did mention that there was a “gentleman” in the audience who was one of the two bidders. He never mentioned his name or what organization he represented or even what property he had bid on. Thanks to work done by David Campbell in his letter to the editor of the Posey County News, the bidder has been identified as the pastor of the New Life Apostolic Church, Richard Giles, of Carmi, Illinois. The pastor was not invited by Blaylock to speak at the Town Council meeting and explain what his plans are for the property if he should own it. At the end of the meeting, Roger Wade asked Pastor Giles to stay behind so that they could speak to him privately.In six years we have gone from $125 per square foot to $6.42 per square foot, to a potential of $1.43 per square foot, and now an impossible impossibility of 18 cents per square foot. And Mr. Blaylock is warning us not to get our sights set too high. I don’t think he’s telling us anything we haven’t already figured out. Blaylock, it seems, has next to no ability, if any, in the field of real estate.Over the past several months many of us have tried to urge him to be more aggressive in marketing this property. Last Spring both myself and New Harmony town resident Tom Stahl tried to get him moving on the sale of the former New Harmony School. The Working Men’s Institute had given up on it’s the erstwhile project in December 2017. For weeks following WMI’s failure, in 2018, Mr. Blaylock and his Council sat and did nothing. Finally, here we are almost a year later and instead of listing it with a professional real estate broker or agent, after finishing the state-mandated 60-day bid listing has been completed, he has decided to once again go through another, this time unnecessary, bidding process, lowering thelast_img read more

Clive’s Pies relocates to larger production site

first_imgSource: Clive’s PiesDevon-based Clive’s Pies has switched to a bigger factory to increase production capacity.The new purpose-built site in Dartmouth, which is four times the size of the firm’s previous home in Buckfastleigh, will tap into a growing demand for the company’s pastry products, it said.The move is the first in 30 years for Clive’s Pies, whose plant-based bakes are 100% organic and available in plastic-free packaging.The switch to the new site, which has brough 45 jobs to the area, will help the company prepare for the busy months ahead in Christmas and Veganuary, it added.Clive’s Pies has gained £150,000 worth of funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, South Hams District Council, Devon and Cornwall Business Council and Food Drink Devon.The pie maker said its new investment will allow it to reinforce its food safety standards as it heads towards BRC accreditation, as well as help it to reach new markets by creating productivity savings.“It’s been a challenging year for us all, but one good thing to come out of all this is a renewed love of fresh, healthy honest food that can be traced back to its source, from companies that tell customers exactly what they’re eating,” said Esther Pearson, managing director at Clive’s Pies.“Our recent move will allow us to meet the growing demand from our customers and reach out to a wider network of retailers who want to benefit from this market surge.”Retail sales for organic during the first lockdown grew by 18.7%, outperforming non-organic products, which rose by 14.2%, according to membership body NFU.“The organic market is now on target to surpass expectations and reach at least £2.6bn sales by the end of 2020 – so £50m is spent every week on organic products,” said Finn Cottle, trade consultant at Soil Association Certification.“Since the pandemic, the opportunity for organic has flourished. With consumer habits shifting and people prioritising choices that are good for the environment and biodiversity, organic stands out for its benefits of transparency and integrity,” Cottle added.“It is definitely a good time for organic brands to amplify their credentials and through the expansion, Clive’s will make delicious organic pies more accessible to more people at a time when shoppers are looking for inspiration through meal solutions.”last_img read more

The Allman Betts Band, Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band, & More To Play Free Back Home Festival

first_imgBack Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival has announced its return for the third consecutive year. Going down from June 28th through 30th on Main Street in New Martinsville, West Virginia, the *free* event will be headlined by Grateful Ball–a collaboration between The Travelin’ McCourys and the Jeff Austin Band–and the recently-formed Allman Betts Band, a collaboration between Devon Allman–son of Gregg Allman–and Duane Betts–son of Dickey Betts.Also performing the Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival are The Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band, Billy Strings, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Iron Horse, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and more.The actual tickets to the Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival are free, but you can purchase VIP tickets for an enhanced experience. For more information, head to the event website.last_img read more

Expect More From Your Cloud

first_imgToday, organizations of all types and sizes have shifted much of their data and applications to the cloud, attracted to its apparent ease of use and simplicity. And yet many find themselves struggling to get full value from their massive investment in the cloud. Why?Enterprises face daunting multi-cloud complexityThe single biggest cause is multi-cloud complexity. When we say a company has “gone to the cloud,” we are really putting a simple label on something much more complicated. That company will typically have distinct workloads across at least two public clouds, with different teams attempting to support and optimize those deployments. Every cloud has its own control layer, its own operational standards, its own experts. This is the dominant reality for companies today, with almost 93%[1] of enterprises deployed across multiple clouds.The cloud was supposed to be the cure-all for enterprise IT complexity. Instead of simplifying and streamlining, however, today’s cloud investments are often introducing more layers and siloes for companies to deal with. The challenge of operating and optimizing across multiple public clouds, each requiring a unique management and operational approach, has proved a greater hurdle than expected.This challenge is aggravated greatly by the uncoordinated path most enterprises took to cloud adoption. For most companies, the move to the cloud was less an intentional journey and more of an unplanned organic shift. Typically, IT leaders and teams were swept aside by line of business stakeholders, who took the initiative and adopted cloud services at a rapid rate. Most of the time, business units, or even small teams, acted independently. The cloud might have made it easy for them to scale quickly, but it also allowed them to create their own disconnected siloes, operating independently and sometimes at cross-purposes.Even as these companies must contend with this cross-cloud complexity, they must also sustain their data centers.  Any expectation that all workloads would move to the public cloud has been disproved, with most companies continuing to include private clouds in their future plans. Organizations have realized that certain workloads are best run on premises, in their own datacenter or edge locations. So, they must sustain both their cloud deployments and on-premise capabilities and attempt to make it all work together.It is time to expect moreDespite these challenges, the cloud is an incredible source of value and innovation to most companies. The ultimate goal is to make all of an organization’s IT investments work together – to create a connected, optimized structure that spans public and private clouds, delivering a consistent hybrid experience for all their workloads.While companies have their own unique challenges, almost all share a few common objectives in our increasingly digitized economy. They want to become more agile, able to respond quickly to take on new competitors, business models, and customer needs. They need to be able to move faster and more nimbly across their global organization, something that is impossible with fragmented, siloed systems that require constant intervention and administration. To make the business more responsive they first must make their technology more agile.They need new tools that simplify their administration and control, automating and standardizing resource-draining management functions. They need to be able to move workloads and applications across environments quickly and easily. They want to improve their security profile, locking down the exposure points that create risk. Most of all, they need to slash complexity while connecting their entire environment, breaking the siloes that hold them back from customer impact and productivity.The bottom line is that organizations need to start expecting more from their cloud providers. If the first phase of cloud computing was about providing enterprises with raw scale, innovation, and flexibility, the next phase must be about empowering the digital enterprise across all environments.This is why we launched Dell Technologies Cloud: to enable customers to unify their edge, private, and public clouds with consistent infrastructure and operations. At the core, this is about customer experience. We believe that enterprises should be freed from the complexity that holds them back from achieving full value from their cloud deployments. When customers are empowered, they can tap the full value of the cloud to innovate and drive their business.[1]  IDC White Paper, sponsored by Cisco, Adopting Multicloud — A Fact-Based Blueprint for Reducing Enterprise Business Risks, June 2018.last_img read more

Campus Engagement Task Force discusses next steps

first_imgFrom Nov. 1 through Nov. 16, Notre Dame’s Campus Engagement Task Force hosted a series of listening sessions to gather the community’s input on the sexual abuse crisis facing the Catholic Church. The task force also collected anonymous responses through a feedback form through Nov. 16.Jennifer Mason McAward, co-chair of the task force and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, said the group was convened to gather thoughts and consider future actions in relation to the crisis.“We had two facilitators who handled each session so there was continuity in leadership and at each session we asked three general questions,” Mason McAward said. “The first was what people’s reflections were on the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The second question was how Notre Dame might respond educationally, administratively and pastorally. And then the third question related to how Notre Dame might proceed in terms of research and scholarship.”Fr. Gerry Olinger, the vice president of mission engagement and church affairs and the other co-chair of the task force, said during listening sessions, members of the community expressed a consistent frustration with the Catholic Church’s handling of the sex abuse scandals.“Certainly we heard the frustration, the anger that exists on campus and I think throughout a couple pieces: one was certainly about the abuse that happened and certainly real concern for the victims of sexual abuse,” Olinger said. “But we also began to hear as well, the same anger, frustration, expressed around the leaders of the Church who either perpetrated that abuse and or failed to act in the face of that abuse. A very clear desire from campus was the church to take strong action moving forward.”Community members addressed their concerns and recommendations to both the University and the Catholic Church as a whole, Olinger said.“I think both the responses and certainly the recommendations were directed both at the Church and at Notre Dame,” he said. “I think we’re, again, really in the midst of absorbing all of that, processing all of the responses to both the reactions as well as to the recommendations, but I think we did see both.”When asked what recommendations community members had for Notre Dame, Olinger said the task force was processing the responses from the listening sessions and anonymous online feedback forms which community members could complete.“I think at this point, we’re processing all the feedback and as a task force, really kind of thinking about how we want to formulate specific recommendations,” Olinger said. “So I think that’s really the work that’s happening right now and that will be forthcoming.”At each listening session, the task force had two discussion facilitators and two recorders, who took notes on the conversations.“The week of Thanksgiving … the task force really was immersed in reviewing all the data that was provided through the listening sessions and the online forms summarizing those [responses],” Olinger said. “We asked everyone to submit a summary by [Nov. 26] and then on Tuesday, we met with the task force as a whole, really to begin processing through both the processes from campus and recommendations.”The task force is working under a tight schedule, Mason McAward said, with a goal of formulating its recommendations for the University by the beginning of next semester in January.“I think the most important thing that we can communicate at this point is our profound gratitude to everybody who took the time to provide feedback,” she said. “It was a really powerful and profound thing for our task force to be trusted with the thoughts and feedback that we received and we feel so fortunate to have had so much thoughtful feedback.”Tags: Campus Engagement Task Force, Notre Dame Statement, Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, sexual abuse, Sexual abuse scandallast_img read more

Disease-resistant chickens

first_imgA team of researchers from the University of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to develop a new technology to breed chickens resistant to Newcastle Virus. “Disease and death in livestock is a serious problem, particularly in underdeveloped countries,” said Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar Steve Stice, an animal and dairy professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, there are more than 17 billion chickens, and 90 percent of smallholder farmers raise chickens. Poultry is an important source of income and protein for many of these farmers and their families. Newcastle Virus kills about one-quarter of the chickens in sub-Saharan Africa every year, and mortality within a flock can reach 100 percent. “In those areas, veterinary care is minimal and livestock plays a large role not only as a key source of food, but also is a large share of their savings, income, credit, insurance, loans, gifts and investments,” Stice said. “That makes disease and death in livestock a critical problem.” “In the last 30 years, access to animal health services, vaccines and medicines has decreased significantly in Africa,” said Franklin West, a CAES animal and dairy science assistant professor and co-investigator leading the project with Stice. “As a result, at least 25 percent of the livestock in many African countries die every year compared to less than 5 percent in developed countries.” Losing even a few animals on a small family farm, the most common type of farm in developing countries, can have long-lasting repercussions on family stability, health and the ability to provide for children.Seeking solutions The University of Georgia Research Foundation received nearly $1.6 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the researchers to search for ways to make poultry naturally resistant to Newcastle disease.The team will investigate applying a process called cellular adaptive resistance, which uses stem cells to create disease resistance in animals. The approach is a direct offshoot of previous work by Stice and West that produced pigs from stem cells using a similar process. “We want to provide a new way to create disease-resistant animals using new technologies to combat disease problems,” Stice said. “This process will produce animals with natural resistance to specific diseases that will need less veterinary care and will significantly reduce livestock mortalities.”Stice and West are conducting this research along with UGA poultry scientist Robert Beckstead and Claudio Alfonso, a researcher at the USDA Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Ga.last_img read more

Clips of the Week

first_imgGo ahead. Try and hold back the tears.  This new video series from Yeti chronicles the iconic lives of Grand Canyon river runners. This week’s compilation spans the gamut. From a heartfelt video about a man and his dying dog to a new series from Yeti about the lives of Grand Canyon river runners, this installment of ‘Clips of the Week’ will have you stoked for the weekend while crying your eyes out. Sit back and enjoy the emotional roller coaster.Ever since he quit his New York-based design job and took to the highways and byways in his 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon, Foster Huntington has been one of the foremost advocates of the #vanlife lifestyle. Now he’s finally settling down in an epic tree house he built himself in the Columbia River Gorge. center_img Join Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and Tenkara USA for two days of canyoneering and unconventional fly fishing in the lush forests of Southern Appalachia. last_img read more

First Descent Paddler: Chasing Waterfalls

first_imgMichael John Ferraro bags a first descent of Bearwallow Falls and becomes the fifth paddler to plunge down Looking Glass Falls.If you dig WHITEWATER, you best remember the name Michael John Ferraro. 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for this 22-year-old North Carolina boater. He’s making a name for himself as a bold explorer, paddling where few others have dared to go. In January Ferraro bagged the first ever descent of 50-foot Lower Bearwallow Falls and just a few days thereafter became only the fifth kayaker in history to launch off Looking Glass Falls in the Pisgah Ranger District. Ferraro’s list of monster drops would be even more impressive if he could talk about them all, but as a part-time carpenter and full-time dirtbag, he’d rather avoid federal fines.On the competitive side of the sport, Ferraro is equally ambitious. He took sixth in this year’s Green Race. With a new sponsor in Liquidlogic, and some fancy hot-out-the-oven boats, this feisty upstart has his eyes on the podium in 2019.We visited Ferraro at his new house in Pisgah Forest to talk about first descents, running waterfalls, the Green Race, and why it pays to be a carpenter.Tell us about going off Looking Glass Falls? MJF: I’ve been looking at this thing for so long, but I hadn’t found the right water level. If it gets too high, there are these recirculating eddies on the sides that you can get caught in and at lower water it lands in a really shallow pool. It was the perfect level, so I decided to fire it up.Describe the decision-making process.MJF:  Really the scary part of making a decision to run something like this is the decision itself, committing to putting your gear on. Once I see the line and commit to doing it, I am confident I can. Looking Glass Falls is once of the most difficult runs I’ve ever kayaked. Sure, I’ve kayaked waterfalls that are taller, but never with the depth of the pool at the bottom as a factor. I avoided hitting the bottom when I went off the falls by maintaining an angle of 45 to 60 degrees. When I was at the lip of the falls, this unexpected curler crashed onto my bow, but I was still able to maintain that angle that I wanted and land and pop up at the bottom and give a big yell.You’ve descended another iconic Blue Ridge waterfall, which cannot be named for legal reasons. Can you at least describe that descent for us?MJF: There were more logistics that went into this other drop. My buddy and I had to wake up super early. We knew there would be consequences if we were caught. It’s 3:45 a.m., and we have to make a large portage in the dark; there’s no trail. We lower our boats down a ravine into the eddy above the waterfall. As the sun is coming up, we peel out. I had a good line, a little bit of a harder hit than I wanted. At this point three people have run that waterfall.How did you get the first descent of Lower Bearwallow Falls?MJF: The Toxaway is one of the most extreme rivers in North Carolina to paddle. It’s on the fringe of what’s navigable. We had to go down that gorge and then hike back up the Bearwallow, which flows into the Toxaway. We get done with all the hard stuff on the Toxaway to then go for this first descent. It was a mission. We had to rope our boats to the top of it. It’s about 40 to 50 feet tall. At low water, it doesn’t clear a shelf, and there are some trees, too. We came in with enough speed to gap over all of that. We had two clear runs on it with my buddy Jeremy Nash. He’s only 17. He shreds though; he really gets after it.    How are you finding things that haven’t been run? MJF: We’re just working hard to read books and search around on the internet. YouTube is a good resource because there’s a lot of people who hike to these waterfalls and this gives us a good idea of what the base flow looks like. We look on Rain Pursuit, Google Earth. There’s another platform, CalTopo, which is essentially maps layered on top of each other from years and years. We also hike a lot with boats on our shoulders, up to 10 miles a day.Do you currently have your eyes on another first descent?MJF: Oh yeah. There’s just so much that we’re looking at, like really small creeks that people would never even think you could kayak. In western North Carolina, there are still plenty of first descents to be had.What’s the biggest drop you’ve made?MJF:  Metlako Falls. It’s out in the Columbia River Gorge. It was 100 feet.How did you like Mexico? MJF:  Mexico was some of the best whitewater I’ve paddled and some of the best people I’ve met.Where’s your dream destination? MJF: Iceland. Epic gorges and beautiful waterfalls. There’s some first descents that we’ve been looking at over there.What are you looking forward to most about working with Liquidlogic? MJF: There’s going to be a new boat this spring. I’m really excited for that. Getting to have input on a boat really is a game-changer for me. Plus, I’m going to paddle with Pat Keller this summer on some rivers out West that have only been done once or twice.You took sixth this year at the Green Race? Were you pleased with the result?MJF: I’ve always told myself just worry about beating yourself. I kicked my own butt this year. I beat myself by seven seconds. That’s a lot. The difference between me and second place was 1.6 seconds.How do you get ready for the Green Race? MJF: This past year, all I did was go out and paddle. And my girlfriend Heather and I go and ride mountain bikes a lot. If I can get in the gym a little bit more it’ll also benefit me.Is it your goal to win that race? MJF: It is. Liquidlogic is experimenting with different types of plastic. The boat made out of this one type of plastic holds the record. I’m thinking if I can get my hands on one of those boats I can make things happen and at least get on the podium.Any other plans for 2019? MJF: I’m going to be doing some work as a carpenter. What’s nice about that is I can go kayaking when it rains.last_img read more

TRPIT reveals effect of share price fall

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