Crystals, culture and community: Liquid Sunshine evolves with the times

first_imgCrystals, culture and community were the starting points for Liquid Sunshine nearly thirty years ago.FARMINGTON – For nearly thirty years Sue Gordon has been filling the sidewalks of Main Street and Broadway with the heady scent of incense from her store, Liquid Sunshine. Countless people have sifted through the beads, clipboard in hand, piecing together necklaces and friendship bracelets. Thousands of Birkenstocks have walked out the door. Drums have been carted home, and millions of gems have been held tight for guidance, clarity and protection.“It started with a love of crystals and culture and community,” Gordon said.From the one store in Farmington grew three locations of Liquid Sunshine “sister stores” primarily all with the intention of boosting the life of the Western Maine spot. With a tough economy, and a full staff to think of, Gordon started her Camden and Kennebunk stores to help make ends meet. Kennebunk’s Zen and Company was always intended to be a summertime store, catering to the coastal tourists. But the shop took off, and soon Gordon realized it had been a while since she’d stopped in at the Farmington spot.“I would walk in and wouldn’t know the costumers’ names, which is what it was always about for me. They weren’t just my customers, they were my friends,” she said.The recent announcement that the 165 Main Street location would be closing its doors was an organic one that has brought a number of things full circle, Gordon said.Though the closure likely wouldn’t have happened if the pandemic hadn’t, in Gordon’s opinion, it’s been a blessing.“Covid has allowed me to stop and reevaluate, like so many others, it’s allowed me to take inventory of my life and reprioritize some things.”Last summer, as Gordon began thinking of reopening Liquid Sunshine, she realized that her staff members had all moved on in positive ways, and had “landed in great spaces” with new passions and pursuits.“It was a very organic process. And then Paul gave me a call and asked what we were going to do, so I had to make a decision. It’s taken me a while, and is still taking me a while,” Gordon said.Paul Mills owns the building that Liquid Sunshine has existed in, and said he is looking forward to bringing in another retailer, though he’ll be sad to see Gordon go.“I can’t say enough great things about Sue Gordon,” he said.In addition to her stores, Gordon runs a pitbull rescue organization, NovaStar Rescue, that has been taking more and more of her energy and time.“It’s another thing that has come full circle. We used to live in Arkansas where we dug for crystals, and we were always feeding these little homeless dogs,” she said.Now Gordon cares for the homeless dogs of Arkansas by transporting them across the states to Mainers who are looking to adopt. Adoptions have doubled with Covid, she said.“Farmington will always feel like home. As soon as I land there, I know it’s where I belong. I do see myself having another store there at some point, but I don’t need 3,000 square feet. I’m hoping to offer something smaller, cozier and more intimate to the community,” she said.last_img read more

New Trey Anastasio Documentary ‘Between Me & My Mind’ Set To Premiere At Tribeca Film Festival, Accompanied By TAB Show

first_imgA new 100-minute documentary about Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Between Me & My Mind, is set to premiere at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on Friday, April 26th, as part of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.Following the world premiere of Between Me & My Mind, Trey Anastasio Band will take the Beacon Theatre stage for a special performance.The forthcoming documentary was directed by Jamie Schutz and Steven Cantor, and produced by Schutz. A long time Phish fan since 1992, Schutz started trading tapes and dreaming of a career in film. Now, 24 years later, Between Me & My Mind marks his feature directorial debut. Canton, a veteran filmmaker and fellow music lover, has directed a plethora of critically acclaimed documentaries including Dancer, Willie Nelson: Still Is Still Moving, the Oscar-nominated Blood Ties: The Life & Work Of Sally Mann, the ESPN 30 For 30 Chasing Tyson and many more.The documentary description reads,Driven by a constant need to create, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio takes on new projects, including some of his most personal music to date as well as Phish’s ambitious New Year’s Eve show at Madison Square Garden.The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival is set to run from Wednesday, April 24th through Sunday, May 5th.Tickets for Between Me & My Mind and the TAB performance go on sale Tuesday, March 19th at 11 a.m. (EST).Head to the Tribeca Film Festival’s website for more information on their 12-day event.last_img read more

Vermont Receives Over $2 Million to Support At-Risk Veterans

first_imgVermont Receives Over $2 Million to Support At-Risk VeteransWaterbury, VT-The Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) Department of Mental Health (DMH) has announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded Vermont a five year, $2.1 million grant to create an infrastructure project to serve veterans of all conflicts with trauma-spectrum illnesses, who are at risk or have already become involved with the criminal justice system.”Vermont’s veterans, who have so selflessly protected the liberties we all enjoy, deserve the most caring, compassionate services we can provide to them when they are in need,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Vermont has a proud tradition of providing these supports to our state’s veterans, and we are truly pleased that the federal government has recognized the quality of these services through their support of this new initiative.”The grant will support the creation of a statewide intergovernmental initiative intended to address the needs of Vermont veterans and other adults with trauma spectrum-illness who are involved in the criminal justice system through identification, screening and assessment, and diversion from the criminal justice system to evidence-based treatment and supports.During the project’s first three years, DMH will pilot its infrastructure and intervention model in Chittenden County, screening an estimated 14,000 veterans and other adults in the criminal justice system for trauma-related illness and diverting an estimated 300 from detention to evidence-based treatment and supports. In years three through five, the project will progress toward statewide implementation, screening approximately an additional 24,500 adults and diverting roughly 525 to treatment. Over the grant term, about 38,500 adults will be screened and roughly 825 will be diverted to evidence-based care, resulting in increased access to trauma informed services and evidence-based trauma treatment and community supports for these veterans.”The Agency of Human Services is fully committed to ensuring that veterans and their families have access to comprehensive supports, particularly through our involvement with the Military, Family and Community Network and our promotion of the employment of veterans through our Division for Vocational Rehabilitation,” said Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of AHS. “This SAMHSA grant to our Department of Mental Health will enable us to leverage existing resources as we continue to help at-risk veterans achieve success and support successful community reintegration.””This grant will enhance current efforts by DMH, the Department of Corrections, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program Division of the Health Department, and the Court Administrator to focus on better interventions for persons involved with or at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system,” added DMH Commissioner Michael Hartman. “Together with ongoing efforts by the Veterans Administration and local veterans groups, this grant will help more veterans access valuable services and supports.”DMH and community partners are currently working out the details of a plan to implement these expanded services for veterans.#####last_img read more

Facility Solutions: New headquarters development

first_imgThe number and size of retail financial institution branches are declining, but due to such factors as mergers and growth, headquarters needs are increasing at thriving credit unions. Just 10 years ago, the ratio between HQ and branch staff was about 1:1—today it ranges between 2:1 and 2:5 at larger institutions like Citigroup and Deutsche Bank. The credit union ratio is also rising as focus on remote delivery strategies increases.Along with this HQ growth comes the need for occupancy plans and real estate strategies that deliver on four big goals:flexible support of 20-year occupancy needs;on-brand experience for staff that attracts and retains the best employees and maximizes the branded experience for members; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Samsung Smart Monitor With Mobile and PC Connectivity Launched: All You Need to Know

first_imgThe latest Samsung Smart Monitor series has a refresh rate of 60Hz, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and VA panels. All models run Samsung’s Tizen 5.5, feature VA panels with a 8ms (GTG) response time, a typical brightness of 250 nits, and support for the HDR10 standard. The monitors also support Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 5 connectivity, and feature two 5W built-in speakers.As mentioned, the Samsung Smart M7 monitor series has a single 32-inch variant, featuring an ultra-HD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) resolution, while the M5 is available in 27-inch and 32-inch variants, both of which have a full-HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution. The M7 has a USB Type-C port that allows for data transfer and charging up to 65W. There are three USB 2.0 ports on the M7, while the M5 has two. Both variants have two HDMI 2.0 ports as well. Both support VESA (100mm x 100mm) wall mounting.Users can connect their mobile devices using Tap View, App Casting or Apple AirPlay 2. With wireless Samsung DeX, you can have a desktop experience using a mobile device on the Samsung Smart Monitor. It is possible to use mobile productivity apps, see photos, and watch movies using your monitor and phone.- Advertisement – For entertainment, you can stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Apple TV and more, without a connection to a PC or mobile device. The content can be accessed with a remote control. There is also voice assistant support for Alexa, and Bixby 2.0. The Samsung Smart Monitor incorporates Microsoft Office 365 applications without a PC connection. You can use remote access to access files from an office computer or a laptop placed somewhere else.The Smart Monitor has Adaptive Picture, which optimises picture quality by automatically adjusting brightness and colour temperature in response to room conditions. The monitor also has an eye-saver mode to reduce blue light, and flicker free features. You can use Ultrawide Game View to adjust your screen to 21:9.Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Samsung Smart Monitor was launched in two series on Monday, a new lineup that is meant to incorporate mobile and PC connectivity apart from offering smart TV features like video on demand (VOD). The Samsung Smart Monitor is available in two series – the M7, which currently features a 32-inch model that supports ultra-high definition (UHD) resolution, and the M5, currently available in 32-inch and 27-inch models that support 32-inch. All the models in the Smart Monitor run the company’s Tizen OS (v5.5), come with two 5W built-in speakers, and offer DeX and mirroring features. Samsung calls the monitor ‘The world’s first do-it-all screen.’Samsung Smart Monitor M5, M7 price and availabilityThe Samsung Smart Monitor will be available in Canada, China, and the US from today, November 16. The South Korean tech giant has plans of expanding the Smart Monitor to global markets at the end of this month. In the US, the Smart Monitor M7 model is priced at $400 (roughly Rs. 29,800); the 27-inch variant of the Smart Monitor M5 lineup is priced at $230 (roughly Rs. 17,130) and the 32-inch M5 variant at $280 (roughly Rs. 20,900).Samsung Smart Monitor M5, M7 features and specifications- Advertisement –last_img read more

A new tourist video of Karlovac County presented

first_imgNatural beauties, cultural and historical heritage and various riches that abound in the county located in the heart of Croatia are the key motives of the new tourist video of Karlovac County. The video “In the heart of Croatia” was premiered in the historic ambience of the Old Town of Dubovac, and the staff evokes everything that the county abounds in. The new tourist video of Karlovac County aims to attract new tourists and popularize the Karlovac area as one of the unavoidable places in Croatia. Karlovac County is full of natural beauties and various facilities, which allow every visitor, regardless of the season, to find ideal activities for themselves. The new tourist video perfectly summed up everything that Karlovac County has to offer. It is interesting and unusual that the tourist video was jointly directed by Karlovac County Prefect Damir Jelić and Srećko Radeljić, while the music was provided by the famous Croatian musician and composer Rajko Dujmić. In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ””Success cannot be lacking in any business that is done with emotions. That’s why it was wonderful to work with people like Rajko, because he does it with emotion and experience. This video is not purposeful, but a real artistic expression. It will produce several short videos, which will show specific segments – cycling, gastronomy, river rafting, historical fortifications. Only then will the video have its true meaning and in the right way spread the word about the beauties of Karlovac and the diversity of the tourist offer of this region.”, Said at the premiere presentation of Karlovac County Prefect Damir Jelic.Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli was also at the premiere of the video and described it as “very professional” and stressed that it will have its premiere at other tourism fairs where Croatia will be presented. “Karlovac is located in a strategically important tourist position and can accommodate tourists almost all year round. I was recently at a camp here in the county where 90 percent of the foreign guests stay there for an average of 3-4 days. Therefore, when we talk about tourism 365 days a year, we are talking about counties such as Karlovačka, which they showed with this tourist video. Karlovac has definitely become a tourist destination, and Karlovac County a tourist county.”, Said Minister Gary Cappelii.last_img read more

Cluff completes North Sea farm-out deal with Shell

first_imgCluff Natural Resources has received the required regulatory consent from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) in relation to the farm-out of Licence P2437 to Shell and the farm out has been completed.Cluff Natural Resources entered into a binding, conditional farm out agreement and a three-month exclusive option with Shell in relation to the company’s Southern North Sea Licenses P2252 and P2437, respectively, back in February 2019.Shell exercised its option to farm into Licence P2437 at the end of April 2019 with a commitment to drill an exploration well on the Selene prospect “at the soonest possible opportunity.”Following receipt of OGA approval and signing of the Joint Operating Agreement, Shell has been assigned a 50 percent working interest in License P2437 which contains the Selene prospect, Cluff said in a statement on Tuesday.The company will now receive the balance of the $600,000 initial consideration (being $300,000) from Shell within 30 days of completion. Cluff retains a 50 percent working interest in Licence P2437 and will act as Licence Administrator until a well investment decision in made.Shell has indicated its intention to commit to drill an exploration well on the Selene Prospect at the soonest possible opportunity.Once a well investment decision is made, Shell will pay for 75% of the cost of an exploration well, including testing, subject to an aggregate cap of $25 million.Licence P2437 is located adjacent to existing Shell-operated infrastructure and contains the Selene Prospect which is estimated to contain a P50 Prospective Resource of 291 BCF (gross).Commenting, Cluff’s Chief Executive Graham Swindells said: “The UK’s Southern Gas Basin is coming under increased focus currently with several highly material exploration campaigns ongoing around our acreage. As such, we are delighted to have formally completed this farm out agreement with a committed partner such as Shell, to de-risk and ultimately drill the high-impact Selene prospect.”The Selene prospectLicence P2437 was awarded to the Cluff in the UK’s 30th Licensing Round and has an effective date of October 1, 2018, with the first term of the licence running for a period of six years.The prospect is imaged by high quality 3D seismic data and is highly analogous with a number of nearby fields including the Shell-operated Barque gas field.The license commitments associated with Phase A of the license have been discharged and the company will be working with Shell to ensure that exploration drilling on the license can take place at the soonest possible time.P2437 contains the Selene prospect which is estimated to contain unaudited mean GIIP of 509 BCF (equivalent to approximately 90 mmboe) in a four-way dip closed structure in the Leman Sandstone. P50 Prospective Resources associated with the Selene Prospect are estimated at 291 BCF (or approximately 50 mmboe).The Selene prospect is considered low risk with an estimated Chance of Success of 39%.The prospect is located approximately 20 kilometers from infrastructure associated with the Barque gas field which ultimately feeds the Bacton gas processing plant.A number of other prospects have also been identified on the block which are covered by existing seismic data and will be evaluated in due course.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Fergie signs off with wine, not win

first_img The Manchester United manager declared himself satisfied with the 2003 Chateau Pontet Canet, bought especially for the occasion, with Steve Clarke saying: “He knew what it was. He said it was a good year.” The post-match drink followed a staggering game, as United cruised into a 3-0 lead, and then 5-2, before being pegged back by a dogged West Brom, who salvaged a 5-5 draw. It was the first time a United team had drawn by such a score since Newton Heath were held by Lincoln in 1895, and it was also the highest scoring draw in Premier League history. “I am not sure Sir Alex enjoyed it that much,” added Clarke. “There is no point analysing the game. We had a great Plan A, which went out of the window after 10 minutes. It was a great occasion. That game will be remembered for a long time. He was quite complimentary about our season and I wish him all the best.” Ferguson opted not to speak with the media afterwards. His thoughts would have been fascinating, though, for at any other point in his career the hairdryer would surely have been turned up full volume given how the match unfolded, even though it wasn’t, as he told Clarke, the first time under his charge United had thrown away a three-goal lead. Shinji Kagawa and a Jonas Olsson own goal had United cruising after just 10 minutes and when Alexander Buttner drove home a third midway through the first half, it seemed Ferguson would enjoy a victory cruise on his final day. Even after James Morrison and Romelu Lukaku cut the gap either side of the interval, United quickly restored their three-goal cushion through Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez. Yet it proved to be the prelude for the most astonishing of comebacks as Lukaku and Youssuf Mulumbu netted amid chaotic scenes. Olsson blazed over from three yards before Lukaku completed his hat-trick, with both sides failing to take chances to win it late on. Both sides formed a guard of honour for Ferguson before the game, with the West Brom supporters joining their United counterparts to applaud the Scot after the final whistle. “After 26 and a half years at United and, before that, at Aberdeen, Sir Alex deserved it,” said Van Persie. “He’s unbelievable and what the West Brom fans did was a nice touch. It’s right to show respect. It doesn’t always happen in football but it did and I’m glad.” Sir Alex Ferguson ended his magnificent managerial career just the way he would want – with a nice glass of red wine.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

MDI Outlasts Foxcroft

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio Latest Posts admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Mount Desert Island Trojans picked up their first win on Tuesday, edging the Foxcroft Academy Ponies 9-7 at Dover-Foxcroft.The Trojans took advantage of six Foxcroft errors and got two singles each from Mackenzie Curtis and Taylor Walls. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015last_img read more

NSC, Social Cohesion Ministry hand over boxing equipment to GPS

first_imgFOLLOWING the demolition of their boxing gym, resulting from the devastating fire at the Camp Street prison, the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) yesterday received a quantity of boxing gear from the Ministry of Social Cohesion’s Department of Sport and the National Sports Commission (NSC).At the Prison Service’s Sports Bar on Camp and Bent Streets, officials from the Prison Services joined Director of Sport Christopher Jones, as well as Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton, at the handing-over of the equipment.“It’s good that the government can take this approach to persons incarcerated in the prison system,” Dr Norton said, adding, “I say this because we have to give the opportunity to those persons to adapt healthier lifestyles and to make better use of their lives. I congratulate the prison service for their recent graduation ceremony where several inmates were successful. The rehabilitation, the reorientation and the changes in values are important.”“We (Ministry of Social Cohesion) will not be left behind; we know there are many sportsmen out there who were inmates and we would be happy if we could help them to continue in their respective discipline. However there is something special about boxing. It is in boxing that Guyana landed the only Olympic medal, albeit bronze,” noted the minister who also holds the responsibility for sports.The boxing equipment that were handed over to the Guyana Prison Services.Gladwin Samuels, Director of Prisons, called the donation “timely” and reflected on the Republican Gym’s victory over the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) at the National championships.According to Samuels, “It would be a shame for the gym to just go down the drain,” as the Prison Director stated his dissatisfaction at seeing inmate Jason ‘AK 47’ Barker unable to defend his Caribbean title this year in St Lucia, after the gym was destroyed by fire.“I would like to thank Minister Norton and his team for items that have been donated today (Thursday). I also want to urge the public and private sectors to help us. We’ve seen change through boxing. Sometimes you have bad inmates, we put them in the ring and over time we see wholesale changes,” said Samuels.”Meanwhile, Jones told the gathering of prison officials and media that the NSC stands ready and willing to help the Guyana Prison Service in its efforts to rehabilitate the country’s incarcerated athletes.last_img read more