Country Singer Kathy Mattea Visits Side Show Duo Erin Davie & Emily Padgett

first_imgCountry singer Kathy Mattea is used to being center stage, but on November 4 she enjoyed her view from the audience! The Grammy winner caught a performance of the new revamped revival of Side Show, starring Erin Davie and Emily Padgett as real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. After the show, Mattea stopped backstage to hang out with Davie, an old friend, and meet her new co-star. Check out this Hot Shot of the country star’s visit to Broadway, then see Side Show at the St. James Theatre! View Comments Side Show Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

Parker now carrying the keys to Merced Speedway

first_imgMERCED, Calif. – Ed Parker now carries the keys to the track he’s already been going to forever.The long-time fan and former driver and owner is the new promoter of Merced Speedway. Both Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will run Saturdays at the 1/3-mile clay oval beginning April 2.“I want to get my feet wet, get some races in and make this a great place for the racers,” said Parker, who took charge at Merced in February. “Right now, everything is baby steps. We are focused on getting our weekly program up and running.”Doug Williams has been hired as race director and Tim Ragsdale, who used to drive for Parker, will do the track prep.“We have a lot of experienced drivers in our Modified division and hope to pull some big-name drivers from California here,” said Parker, also expecting an influx of local racers who haven’t competed regularly in the past three or four seasons.Along with promoting Merced drivers in the local newspaper, he’s made plans for a Legends of Merced and Wall of Fame to honor the local dirt track heroes.“I started as a fan in the stands and when I saw that little truck class (4-cylinder rear-wheel drive pickups), I told myself I could do that. I’ve been coming here forever,” said Parker, owner of the 2007 track champion truck and father of local hobby stock driver Cody. “This seems like a natural progression. It was something I wanted to do five years ago.”His accountant advised against buying Merced then. Parker, who lives seven miles from the track, wasn’t to be denied when he had a second opportunity.“I jumped into this with both feet. I know it’s a lot of work, especially the first season,” he said. At the end of the year we’re going to put in new drainage, work on the racing surface and make our concessions better than the next guy’s.”Cameras in all four corners, so fans in line at the concession stand can keep up with what’s happening on track, are also among those future plans.Parker plans to make Merced a multi-use facility, hosting events such as flat track motorcycle races and possibly tractor pulls.Test and tune sessions are scheduled March 19 and 26. The local track point season will continue through Sept. 24.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Wisconsin closes out non-conference home play against Mercyhurst

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is set to welcome their second non-conference opponent to LaBahn arena this weekend for their final non-conference home series of the season.The Badgers are scheduled to play the Mercyhurst Lakers on Thursday and Friday, and these two teams have quite the history. UW and Mercyhurst have met nine times in the past, and each time Wisconsin has managed to come out winning.Both teams also have stellar head coaches at the helm of their programs, Mark Johnson for UW and Michael Sisti for Mercyhurst. Johnson has had 430 wins during his time at UW, and Sisti has a grand total of 444 wins from his time with the Lakers, making both of them the third and second most winning coaches in women’s hockey, respectively.Wisconsin is coming off of a great weekend against Lindenwood, in which the Badgers managed to pull out a 3-1 win and a 4-0 shutout. Wisconsin is showing great strength this season, with many underclassmen stepping up for UW and notching quality goals.But the Badgers are also slightly disadvantaged. First, the short turnover the Badgers are facing from the previous weekend could be difficult to overcome.Wisconsin’s series against Lindenwood officially ended Sunday at 3:40 p.m., and UW’s first game against Mercyhurst is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m., giving Wisconsin the shortest turnover between games that hockey allows. Wisconsin is not going to have much time to gather information on their opponents and work on any issues that arose from their Lindenwood series.They’re not likely to find issues against Mercyhurst because this will be the first game that Mercyhurst will have played this season. Which means that any film that Wisconsin might be looking at for this game is most likely from last season, and will not reflect the current Lakers roster.Having film on another team is always a beneficial asset for any team to have, but it is not something that they absolutely need. Wisconsin is strong enough now to head into this weekend series blind against their opponent, but it means that their first period is likely to be a little rough as both teams begin to size each other up.The Badgers and the Lakers begin their weekend series Thursday at 7 p.m., and will conclude this series Friday at 7 p.m. Fans who are not able to make the games can find statistics for both series on the UW Athletics website.last_img read more

Wanang Conservation of Madang receives UN award

first_imgThe Equator Prize is organised by the Equator Initiatives within the United Nations Development Program and is awarded biennially to recognise outstanding community effort to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.UNDP Resident Representative Roy Trivedy who officially presented the award to Wanang Conservation community in Divine Word University this week praised the work of Wanang Conservation in promoting and conserving the environment. Present also to witness the ceremony was Conservation Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) Manager for Terrestrial Ecosystems James Sabi, Madang provincial Administrator Daniel Aloi, Member for Usino-Bundi Anton Yagama and representative from WWF and Binatang Research Centre.“This Equator prize award is partly being supported by the government of Norway and Equator Initiatives and the reason is to provide the global platform to recognise the outstanding work that is happening in community level to protect biodiversity, forest and  natural environment,”“The Wanang society is joining the very unique group, because there are 1,461 application for this award for more than 126 countries and it is not an award that is given lightly it is an outstanding award that is given to incredible work you are doing to protect and conserve your forest to help the local community and also the world,” Trivedy said.He said the award was presented to the Wanang Conservation representative during in UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris last year which the PNG Government is part of the agreement.Trivedy said the Wanang Conservation has put Madang and PNG in the spot light in environment and conservation work thus adding more emphasis on the Government and the local people to take more actions to protect the forest and environment.“Your are setting an example to the whole world, you develop your world in response to commercial logging,”“The Wanang Conservation area is an alliance, it brings together 10 indigenous forest dwelling clans that together 10,000 hectares of forest,” he said.He said Wanang was unique because the Wanang maintains the forest dynamic s cloth where you have planted 280,000 native species of plants to study the responses to changing in climatic conditions.Trivedy added that other unique thing is that Wanang combine Research and action which not many projects do that- the link between people conservation, community level work and the link with Binatang Research.He said the beauty of the work of Wanang is they managed to combine the appliance of science to protect, conserve and help people which have become an initiative for the community driven conservation and development in our country and in the world.last_img read more