EXCLUSIVE: Dopapod’s Rob Compa Talks Allman Brothers, Phish, And Future Dopapod Plans

first_imgGuitarist Rob Compa of Dopapod lives for making music. Recently, Dopapod announced fall tour and brand new album, MEGAGEM, due out October 27 ahead of the group’s planned year-long hiatus after seven years touring extensively. Live For Live Music’s Rex Thompson got the chance to chat with Rob to get some insight into Dopapod’s future plans over the next few months as well as what we should expect from his performances at Brooklyn Comes Alive next weekend with The Road Goes On Forever—a tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, featuring Bernard Purdie, Eric Krasno, and members of moe., Snarky Puppy, and more—and  Pow! Pow! Power Trio!—,a special supergroup paying tribute to classic rock power trios composed of Compa, Dopapod bandmate Chuck Jones, and Kung Fu’s Andrian Tramontano.Check out the interview with Rob below!Click here to purchase single-day tickets or two-day passes to Brooklyn Comes Alive on September 23rd and 24th!Live For Live Music: Let’s start with the new. Dopapod has a new album on the way. Is it all mixed down and ready to rock?Rob Compa: We recorded it over the winter and have gradually finished all the little bits and pieces of it. We just released the cover and announced the title, MEGAGEM. It’s coming out soon and will be out in the next month or so before we leave on fall tour. We actually recorded enough music to warrant another album coming out sometime next year. We just ended up with too much music for one album, so we are just gonna make two!L4LM: It has to be nice to know you have a whole other album in the can.RC: Yeah, it is gonna save us some hustle, for sure. Making an album is a stressful thing. It’s fun to create music, but you can start to look forward to it being finished after awhile. It’s a lot of work.Check out the first video from Megagen, “Please Haalp,” below:L4LM: Which side of the “Save the new material for the release” versus “Start playing the new songs as soon as they are written” debate do you fall on?RC: In the past, we always just played them before the album came out. This time, there are a few that we haven’t really played live for a couple reasons. Some of them don’t translate as easily to being played live. That said, we are a live band. Usually, the second we have new music, we bring it to the shows. It really helps, especially when you are writing sets and trying to give folks something new every night. The album is secondary to the live show for us. We are usually ready to play songs live when they are ready.L4LM: Does this mean that songs from the album you have ready for next year we’ll hear on the road as well?RC: Yeah, definitely. If you listen to recordings of us from the last couple months, you definitely can hear some of those songs. Some of them we have only played once, and a few not at all—yet. Some of those weren’t us playing the whole song, though. There were times when it was us just jamming, and we threw in some of the stuff.L4LM: Dopapod is a tight knit band with heavy improvisation at its core. Does that set-up make things like sit-ins easier or more difficult?RC: Hmm. I guess I am the one of us who is usually the most skeptical about sit-ins or guests. I worry, but almost all of the times I end up really enjoying them. We do like them, but sometimes it can be a lot of hard work, especially when it’s a lot of folks at once. The more people there are, the more moving parts. You can’t have everyone playing at the same time and doing whatever they want. One the other side, when I get a chance to sit-in and play with other people, I love that. I think those kinds of situations make me a better player. It gets me out of my comfort zone and gives me new things to say musically. It’s a breath of fresh air.L4LM: You mentioned being influenced and inspired by the people you play with. Who were some of the musicians who helped shape your sound when you were starting out?RC: It went through an evolution. When I first started playing, it was basically whatever was on the radio. It was the late 90’s, so a lot of alternative rock. Then my dad bought me the White Album for Christmas and I became a Beatles addict like everyone else does. The really big ones I got into later on were Pink Floyd and Phish. David Gilmore is still my favorite guitar player. He’s just so melodic and powerful—Floyd was my obsession in high school. Then, like a lot of people in our scene, I became a huge Phish head. That’s still a love of mine. And personally, for me at least, a lot of jazz guitarists. Any jazz musician really—Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderly, Ella Fitzgerald. I love that style of music, and I really love country guitar. I could probably name you a million of those cats I like.L4LM: When you were playing as a kid, did you have the typical rock star fantasies of playing in front of a million people?RC: Sure, I think everyone has those. But honestly, I was kinda more realistic about it. It was fun to imagine, but I was never like “I gotta have that! I’m gonna go after that and nothing can stop me!” I was never like that. At one point in my junior year, I was looking at going to college and studying English and writing. I knew it was kinda unrealistic to dream of being a professional guitar player so I figured maybe if I worked at it, I could be a writer for a guitar magazine or something. So yeah, I had those thoughts, but I really tried to not get my hopes too high. But it was definitely fun to sit in my room and jam “Comfortably Numb” and imagine playing to a giant stadium. Nothing wrong with that.L4LM: Pretty sure people who don’t even play guitar have had that fantasy. I do like to hear that someone was trying to be honest with themselves at the same time though.RC: Our bass player, Chuck Jones, had some wonderful advice from one of the professors at the Berklee College Of Music. He spoke about the difference between hope and expectation. If you see yourself getting to a goal, hoping that your band gets to a certain place, with hope, you can still be happy with whatever ends up happening. But if you expect something to happen, then you leave yourself wide open to being let down. That mindset—that something is definitely coming to me and I deserve it and I am going to get it—is a kind of trap. A good way to be a saner, happier person is to aim as high as you can, but be happy wherever you end up. It’s hard to keep that childlike enthusiasm under control. Human nature, I guess. Check out this ripping “Super Bowl” from the Peach Music Festival featuring The Blend Horns and Adrian Tramontano on percussion!L4LM: Let’s talk about your involvement in the artist mix-and-match festival Brooklyn Comes Alive coming up. You’re stretching out away from Dopapod with the Pow Pow! Power Trio!. Can you let us in on the secret origin of that project?RC: Well, I have always wanted to play in a trio. Up until now, I have played with Dopapod, and we have the big Hammond organ sound, which is awesome. With that big sound, I don’t always have to play. I can just sit back and let Eli (Winderman) do his thing, and there is all that great interaction. But I also really like the concept of a trio, and I have always wanted to play in one. The core concept is a tribute to power trios, but we can play whatever we want. I think we’re billing it like we are because the name is just so good. We’re gonna just play what we feel and see where it takes us. It’s the most fun that way. That’s our plan, plain and simple.L4LM: Who were some of the trios that inspired this desire to be a part of that concept?RC: The first one that comes to mind, one of the most sorely under-rated bands ever, is the Wayne Krantz Trio. He is one of my favorite guitar players of all time. He’s a really cool dude, and I was just fortunate enough to have a couple Skype guitar lessons with him. He dropped some heavy knowledge on me. He has this band with Tim Lefebvre, who plays bass with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Keith Carlock, who drummed with Steely Dan and John Mayer, I believe. That is just one of the most unique and inventive improvisation bands ever.L4LM: In your mind, is there something about being limited in the amount of music you can make that inspires creativity?RC: Exactly. If you limit your options, then you are forced to come up with things that have never come up before. It’s like, you’re out in the wilderness and you are given a toothpick, an anvil, and a screwdriver, and you are forced to make something with the tools you have. That kind of pressure cooker definitely forces you to find new things. That is another reason I wanted to play in a trio. I hope it forces me to play differently. That’s my main goal.L4LM: You’re slated to sit in with the Allman Brothers tribute. Was their brand of syrupy southern rock an influence on you?RC: Oh yeah. They came a little later in life for me. Fillmore East is some of the best recorded live music ever. Duane (Allman) and Dicky (Betts) are just textbook examples of good guitar playing. And then there is the whole family of talented musicians that shoot off that band. Of course, you start with Gregg Allman, Duane, and Dicky, but then you have Oteil Burbridge, one of the most profound bass players ever, on down the line. There is just an endless list of top shelf players from one band.L4LM: The music the Allman Brothers made, with their army of players, seems the opposite end of your interest in being part of a trio.RC: That is the great thing about music and life, really. You can like two completely different things for two contradictory different reason. I can like the Allman Brothers because they have so many players, so many colors, and so many great songs. On the flip side, I can like the power trio because it is so raw and stripped down and leaves so much to the imagination.L4LM: As a veteran of the Brooklyn Comes Alive experience, what do you think of the artist mix-and-match concept behind the event?RC: It’s super cool. I hadn’t encountered anything like that before. Just a ton of musicians on a lineup and then creating a bunch of bands that may only exist that one time. It’s almost like a two-day jam session. It’s kinda like someone is playing with action figures only they are using musicians instead. They have some of the best musicians anywhere, and you get to play with them, learn from them, and just watch them do what they do. So great.L4LM: It’s going to be a special weekend. Well, we appreciate your taking some time to chat with us and can’t wait to see you play both ends of the musical spectrum at Brooklyn Comes Alive.RC: You’re welcome! See you all soon![Photo: Bradley Cooling]last_img read more

Administrators support Call to Action movement

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series about the Call to Action movement and the experiences of minority students within the Notre Dame campus community. The town hall meeting held March 5, 2012 to discuss racial discrimination was the first step to mobilizing the Notre Dame community in the Call to Action Movement. In the year that has followed that meeting, assistant vice president of student affairs Dr. David Moss has been an administrator walking at the forefront of the University officials trying to follow that lead. “The students have a very powerful voice on our campus, and when they decide that this type of activity, this type of harassment, is no longer acceptable in our community then it will be eradicated,” Moss said. To ensure that the students’ voices dominated the Call to Action discourse, Moss said he intentionally structured his work with the movement so that he would facilitate student-led initiatives. “I’m there for support and to get things done on my level of the administration, but this really needs to be a student-led movement because I think that gets us longevity,” Moss said. “My advice has been for them to find their own voice, because in the past I would say that these efforts were primarily generated and moved forward by the administration, and though that solves the issue for the time being, if the students aren’t behind it and if they don’t buy into it then those gains sometimes are not long-lasting.” ‘A grassroots movement’ From the very beginning, leaders focused on enlisting the support of many different groups – student and administrative – to increase the movement’s capacity to act, Moss said. “The idea of having all these different entities involved with this process ensures that we will have long-term conversations, and I think that’s where the most effective change happens,” Moss said.Moss said most critical to the facilitation of productive conversations is maintaining each conversation’s focus on the movement’s driving force: the needs of students. “We’re really trying to be a grassroots [movement],” Moss said. “We’re not talking at 30,000 feet. We’re right down on the ground, [talking] about how this is the experience of our students and that this is how your department might interface with that experience – so let’s have a conversation about making that Notre Dame experience the best that it can be. Iris Outlaw, director of multicultural student programs and services, said the call for cultural change at Notre Dame found support from the Student Senate, which requested institutional reform related to racial harassment last spring. Following the March 5, 2012 town hall meeting, the Senate passed a resolution asking for a reevaluation of residence hall staff training and clearer reporting procedures for incidents of harassment. Outlaw said this resolution complimented internal discussion within Student Affairs at the time regarding discrimination. “When the resolution came from the Senate it went up to the [then-vice president of student affairs Fr. Tom Doyle], who had at the time already put some things together to investigate and make some changes,” Outlaw said. “As a division we were already talking about how some things need to be changed … this helped to add credit to what the students were saying … and to push forward our own review.” As the current vice president of student affairs, Erin Hoffmann Harding has maintained her predecessor’s focus on fostering diversity, Outlaw said. ‘A welcoming environment’ In keeping with that Student Senate resolution, Moss said administrators within the Call to Action movement have worked closely with the Student Activities Office to ensure administrators consider the needs of individual students as they go through freshman orientation. “We’ve been doing a lot of work with Student Activities to make sure we are aware of the kinds of things that can alienate incoming students,” Moss said. “I don’t believe that Notre Dame is a malicious place, by any stretch of the imagination, [but] I just think that we get so comfortable with it being a nice place that we sometimes don’t pay attention to the things that we should. “Our goal is to heighten the awareness of what could be welcoming and what could be alienating to our students.” Student Affairs plans to work with the Resident Assistants as they are selected for the 2013-14 school year to ensure they can maintain a welcoming environment in their halls, Moss said. His department also conducted a review of over 70 Notre Dame websites to ensure they presented a welcoming message, he said. Moss said the review focused on honestly portraying the degree of diversity on campus so that Notre Dame’s websites represent all of Notre Dame. “[Based on the results of] that survey, I actually made telephone calls to those individuals and to those halls, to those departments our students indicated [needed to review their website],” Moss said. “Everyone was more than willing to … see what changes could be made to make sure that students felt included on welcome on our campus.” ‘A reporting culture’ Moss said the community needed a clearer mechanism for reporting racial harassment and discrimination.”If we don’t have a reporting culture, then these issues continue to fester,” Moss said. “If a student believes that if they report an incident that it’s going to take a lot of time, and it’s going to take a lot of effort and then they’re going to be frustrated with the result then they just won’t report.” Outlaw said mechanisms to support a more defined reporting culture have been created in partnership with the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), building what he called a “one-stop shop” for reporting discriminatory incidents. Keri Kei Shibata, assistant chief for safety services, said NDSP staff met with student leaders following the March 5, 2012 town hall meeting to discuss safety concerns that had been presented during that discussion. “We talked through some of those things and they said that some of the police procedure they weren’t aware of, and that it might be helpful to all students if it were available to them,” Shibata said. “We also talked about specific situations [mentioned at the meeting], and many of them we had never been aware of as an administration … we stressed to the students that it’s really important that if there is a concern that something was handled wrongly, we want to know about it right away because then we can address it and correct it.” To increase student awareness of police procedure, Shibata said her department created a webpage called “Know your rights and responsibilities.” The website specifically explains the rights of both students and officers in many common situations, she said. Shibata said the department also implemented a policy that requires officers to offer their business cards to students after any interaction so thes then can express positive or negative feedback about thedofficer’s behavior. The department has maintained other ongoing racial sensitivity training to continue to improve officer communication, even in high-risk situations, she said. “We’re here to help, we’re here to serve. … we want to interact and to have honest conversations about things that happened, and also just to help people learn to be safe in the way that they go about their lives,” Shibata said. “We welcome any feedback that people have and any suggestions that they have about how we can improve our service to the community.” Cultural competency Outlaw said the Call to Action leaders have also worked with academic programs, looking to develop a curriculum on cultural consciousness. “That’s one of the things we wanted, to get a cultural competency course that … all students would have to go through regardless of their major,” Outlaw said. Elizabeth LaFortune, academic advisor for First Year of Studies, is currently the primary instructor for the first iteration of the voluntary, one-credit “Intro to Cultural Competence” course. LaFortune said the course is part of a broader initiative within the First Year of studies to increase students’ ability to engage with cultures different from their own. “Students learn why cultural competence skills have become essential to functioning successfully in the present environment, what those skills are, and how to acquire and demonstrate them,” LaFortune said. Even in the initial class meetings, LaFortune said her students’ experiences in her class appear already to have begun to change their perspectives. “We began the course with a discussion of the unearned privileges of being part of a dominant culture, based on nationality, sexuality, religion, socioeconomic group, race, ability and gender,” LaFortune said. “Our discussions have been honest and lively. The greatest effect on the students as a whole has been a greater awareness of their own cultures and how their cultures affect how they interact with the world.” Outlaw said the First Year of Studies program provides many opportunities for students to explore the diverse array of cultures represented at Notre Dame, that have been complimented by MSPS initiatives and other programs across the University. The goal of these efforts is to encourage students to think outside of the box, she said. “Thinking beyond the comfort zone of your own race or ethnicity – that’s all we’re really asking,” Outlaw said. “We want to shift people’s paradigms so they will think in a broader context while interacting with people and not rely on stereotypes – but learn about people one-on-one.” ‘A long way to go’ Change at Notre Dame on these issues will take time. For Moss, these various administrative steps with Call to Action only reflect a beginning. “Honestly, I think there is a long way to go,” Moss said. “It’s not as bad as it used to be but [I think it’s important] for us not to have any illusions about how far we need to go, because there are still people here who have experiences here that are not what we would call [experiences] of the Notre Dame family.” Moss said he hopes the movement motivates people to actively work to make the Notre Dame environment more inclusive. “One of the things I’ve always said about Notre Dame is that this is not an intentionally hostile or discriminatory environment, but it is not an assertive environment either,” Moss said. “For me, the result of this movement – I hope – is going to be that when individuals hear about racism, or sexism, or heterosexism, or whatever the case may be, that when they hear about it that they’ don’t just heart [it] and do nothing, but that they actually become involved … and somehow let people know that these types of activities are not acceptable.”last_img read more

2010 Ag Forecast

first_imgThe series is sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau. Pending changes in food safety policy will make 2010 complex for agriculture. Anyone interested in the latest information about Georgia’s current agricultural and agribusiness price and profit prospects, pending U.S. farm and energy policies or food safety updates and policy changes should attend one of the five informative meetings planned across the state January 25-29. Registration is $40 per person and includes breakfast and a copy of the 2010 Ag Forecast publication. Reserve a table for eight for $300. Registration is required and closes Jan. 22. For more information and to register, visit the Web site www.GeorgiaAgForecast.com.center_img The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host its fourth annual Ag Forecast Breakfast Series 7:30 a.m. -10 a.m. Jan. 25 in Rome, Jan. 26 in Gainesville, Jan. 27 in Statesboro, Jan. 28 in Tifton and Jan. 29 in Macon. Participants will hear from farm and food safety experts and be able to ask them questions.last_img read more

Festival of Lights hot air balloon glow rescheduled

first_imgThe park has rescheduled the event to take place on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. The original date for the hot air balloon display was Saturday, Dec. 5. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Otsiningo Park has rescheduled their Holiday Hot Air Balloon Night Glow that is a part of the Broome County Festival of Lights. Officials say that due to adhering to CDC guidelines, visitors attending the Light Festival should prepare for the park to fill quickly. For more information on the Festival of Lights at Otsiningo Park, click here, or visit the Broome County Festival of Lights website here.last_img read more

AP1 invests $100m in bespoke BlackRock EM impact fund

first_imgThe investment strategy was devised by BlackRock’s Systematic Active Equity (SAE) division, which manages more than $100bn of assets.AP1 said the fund was designed for clients wanting to invest in a way that takes measurable social and environmental impacts into account without compromising on financial returns or the need for benchmark awareness.AP1’s Majdi Chammas, head of external asset management, and Tina Rönnholm, portfolio manager for external management, said in a statement: “As an asset owner, we are constantly looking at how we can improve our portfolio from a sustainability point of view while targeting the returns we need for the pension system.”The pension fund preferred to integrate environmental, social and governance factors into investment processes, the pair said, adding that the use of differentiated sustainability insights was no longer an obstacle in emerging markets. BlackRock has made the new fund available to other investors“We are therefore very pleased to see that our discussions with BlackRock have evolved into the development of this innovative new fund, open to other professional investors as well, where technology can help improve not only investment but also sustainability insights,” Chammas and Rönnholm said. Debbie McCoy, managing director and head of sustainable investments in the BlackRock SAE team, said the company saw strong interest from clients who wanted to incorporate sustainability into portfolios alongside traditional financial return targets in all areas including emerging markets. “We are pleased to have the capabilities to deliver this solution for AP1, and respond to the sentiment being expressed by investors, especially in the Nordic region, to expand the sustainable investment universe,” McCoy said. Sweden’s AP1 has put $100m (€83.5m) into a new emerging markets equity fund created by BlackRock at the fund’s request.The BlackRock Emerging Markets Equity Impact fund was launched by the investment giant in response to AP1’s desire to invest with sustainability considerations in emerging markets, the Swedish pension fund said.A spokeswoman for AP1 told IPE the pension fund had invested $100m in the new fund initially, but planned to put more into it over time.The product – which is a UCITS fund and available to other investors – uses data on returns and sustainability to put together a “highly diversified” portfolio.last_img read more

Cannabis referendum: What Rotorua locals think of legalising the drug

first_imgNZ Herald 14 June 2020Family First Comment: Great stuff from TDDA who are part of the SAM-NZ coalition…“The Drug Detection Agency’s chief operating officer Glenn Dobson has some major concerns about cannabis becoming legal, especially for workers in the Rotorua area who could find themselves impaired to the point where they could be seriously hurt or killed. He said THC – the psychoactive compound in cannabis – was proven to affect a person’s ability to concentrate, their mental awareness, ability to multi-task and their time perception. He wasn’t convinced that wasn’t just immediately after smoking the drug when users felt “stoned”. He said from the Drug Detection Agency’s point of view any legalising of cannabis was going to create safety “headaches” for employers.”Should New Zealanders be allowed to smoke and grow cannabis legally for themselves? Journalist Kelly Makiha takes a look at the controversial issue and explains this year’s referendum while also finding out which way some locals will vote.“Dak heads” and “stoners” or just a harmless way of winding down that’s become socially acceptable?In just over three months New Zealanders get to choose whether it will become legal to grow and use cannabis for recreational purposes.Depending on which side of the argument you’re on, there are plenty of pros and cons.The Drug Detection Agency’s chief operating officer Glenn Dobson has some major concerns about cannabis becoming legal, especially for workers in the Rotorua area who could find themselves impaired to the point where they could be seriously hurt or killed.He said THC – the psychoactive compound in cannabis – was proven to affect a person’s ability to concentrate, their mental awareness, ability to multi-task and their time perception.He wasn’t convinced that wasn’t just immediately after smoking the drug when users felt “stoned”.He pointed to the Yesavage study, which showed 10 experienced licensed private pilots were impaired while flying 24 hours after smoking cannabis.He said despite failing in areas including judging the wings, elevation and landing, the pilots reported not feeling impaired at the time.He said from the Drug Detection Agency’s point of view any legalising of cannabis was going to create safety “headaches” for employers.”“We are about workplace safety and any legislation that legalises the usage is going to have a negative impact on safety and for that reason, we have some concerns.”He said potency was also a factor as cannabis nowadays was a completely different drug to what it was decades ago. He said if the Government’s cannabis wasn’t as strong and was more expensive than what could be found on the black market, nothing would change in terms of stamping out criminal growers.“Users will look to get better bang for their buck.”READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=12338579Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Alisher Usmanov secures naming rights option for Everton’s new stadium

first_imgUSM, the holding company belonging to Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, has purchased a UK£30 million (US$39 million) naming rights option for Everton’s new stadium. Usmanov has already agreed to an annual value and term to sponsor the Premier Leagueside’s 52,000-seater venue at Bramley-Moore Dock, which is scheduled for completionin 2023.Advertisement Everton did not reveal how much the naming rights will be worth per season, although the Telegraph reports that it is below the annual UK£25 million (US$32.5 million)  Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly seeking a sponsor of their new ground. Read Also:Everton to avoid punishment despite eye-watering £111.8m loss Everton’s deal with USM, which has sponsored the club’s Finch Farm training ground since 2017, does not guarantee that the holding company’s name will be attached to the new stadium, but it does give Usmanov an exclusive first option ahead of other potential suitors. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting12 Marvel Superheroes Before The FameWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?last_img read more

Brookville Foundation awards $132,000 in grants

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — In October the Brookville Foundation celebrated 60 years of charitable service to the community by awarding over $132,000 in grants to several community organizations:Safe Passage Inc.Bernard Hurst Post 77 American LegionFranklin County BaseballFranklin County Youth FootballTown of Brookville (Feasibility study and E 10th & Mill Street Landscaping)Franklin County Public TranspositionFranklin County Citizens for Historical PreservationFranklin County Arts CouncilSpecial Olympics IndianaFC CAN Inc.Hope Over HeroinUnited Way of Franklin CountyStayin AliveFranklin County Health DepartmentIf you would like to know more about the Brookville Foundation or if you would like to make a donation to the foundation so that you can help make a difference you can reach them by mail.Brookville FoundationPO Box 184Brookville, IN 47012last_img read more

Marriott gets redemption, wins Night of 10,000 Stars

first_imgHunter Marriott earned $7,000 for his third Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified Speedweek feature win, Sunday at Hancock County Speedway’s Night of 10,000 Stars. (Photo by Ryan Clark)By Ryan ClarkBRITT, Iowa (Aug. 14) – One night after an unexpected early exit during the Night of 1,000 Stars, Hunter Marriott stood in victory lane following the Night of 10,000 Stars at Hancock County Speedway.Marriott, who was sidelined late in Saturday’s 50-lapper after contact while battling for the lead, outran Ryan Ruter to earn the win Sunday night, his third of the week as part of Iowa Modified Speedweek.Already on the 2017 Fast Shafts All Star Invitational ballot, Marriott earned $7,000 for his Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified efforts Sunday.The main event was split into two 25-lap segments, which were separated by a 10-minute pit stop on the front stretch.Cody Laney drove into the lead at the onset and led the entirety of the first segment. From the middle of row one of the three-wide starting formation, Laney was pressured constantly by Marriott, who held the runner-up spot throughout the first 25 laps.Marriott restarted alongside the leader in the middle of row one.A caution flag on the initial start of the second segment saved the day for Marriott, who opted for the high side and lost a couple positions before yellow quickly slowed action.On the second restart, Marriott dropped to the low side of the speedway and found room beneath the leader exiting turn four. He worked past Laney and into the lead at the completion of lap 26.Ruter, who restarted fifth, made his way into second with 16 laps to go. Although he was able to close late, Marriott escaped with the win.“I didn’t even know he was there,” Marriott said of Ruter. “I was focused on what I was doing. I knew if anyone was going to get by me, they’d probably have to move me to do it.”Marriott also won the final two Hawkeye Dirt Tour events of the season last week at Clay County Fair Speedway and Buena Vista Raceway, both part of the inaugural Iowa Modified Speedweek.Forty-two Modifieds signed in Sunday night.In other action, David Smith beat Dan Mackenthun to the checkers in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Shane Swanson was first across the stripe in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main while August Bach held off Cody Nielsen to take the win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Joel Rust and Doug Smith had the top Modified and SportMod point totals during Speedweek and received $1,000 and $500, respectively, from IMCA.TV. Each driver also received a custom IMCA.TV race suit from Velocita.The Night of All Stars was bumped from the three day Stars weekend at Hancock County due to weather. It has been rescheduled for Sat., Aug. 20 as part of the track’s season championship format.The revised purse structure for that event will still pay the Modified winner $1,000 and be a qualifier for the 2017 Fast Shafts All Star Invitational ballot.More information on the Aug. 20 season finale is available by calling the track office at 641 843-9080 or 515 320-0066.Modified Results Feature – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 3. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 5. Kyle Brown, State Center; 6. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 7. Austin Wolf, Algona; 8. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 9. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 10. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 11. Jason Fisher, Lakefield, Minn.; 12. Clint Wendel, Mason City; 13. Tom Berry Jr., Boone; 14. Ben Kraus, Britt; 15. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 16. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 17. Scott Olson, Blairsburg; 18. Jon Snyder, Ames; 19. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt; 20. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 21. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 22. Mike Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.; 23. Troy Swearingen, Forest City; 24. Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; 25. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 26. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 27. Mark Noble, Bloomington Prairie, Minn.; 28. Racer Hulin, Laurel; 29. David Brown, Kellogg.First heat (top three) – 1. Laney; 2. Ruby; 3. Ruter; 4. Kraus; 5. Kyle Brown; 6. Rust; 7. Aaron Krohn, Slayton, Minn.; 8. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo; 9. Steve Reynolds, Springfield, S.D.Second heat – 1. Noble; 2. Fisher; 3. Swearingen; 4. Reutzel; 5. Hulin; 6. Snyder; 7. Rogotzke; 8. Jason Briese, Cleghorn; 9. Jim Mathieson, Sioux City.Third heat – 1. Dotson; 2. Jimmy Gustin; 3. Hansen; 4. Wendel; 5. Hoeft; 6. Wolf; 7. David Brown; 8. Mark Elliott, Webster City.Fourth heat – 1. Thornton; 2. Olson; 3. LaCrosse; 4. Mills; 5. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 6. Berry; 7. Shawn Bearce, Hinton; 8. Devon Havlik, Iowa Falls.Fifth heat – 1. Shryock; 2. Marriott; 3. Dripps; 4. Richie Gustin; 5. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 6. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 7. Eric Dailey, Armstrong; 8. Shawn Ritter, Keystone.First “B” feature (top seven) – 1. Richie Gustin; 2. Kraus; 3. Wendel; 4. Wolf; 5. Rogotzke; 6. Hulin; 7. Rust; 8. Strickler; 9. Elliott; 10. Maitland; 11. Ritter; 12. Mathieson; 13. Bearce; 14. Mari.Second “B” feature – 1. Kyle Brown; 2. Reutzel; 3. Hoeft; 4. Berry; 5. Mills; 6. Snyder; 7. David Brown; 8. Dailey; 9. Knecht; 10. Reynolds; 11. Havlik; 12. Krohn; 13. Briese.last_img read more

Howard Eugene Miller

first_imgHoward Eugene Miller, 81, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday April 7, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born May 14, 1938 in Cleves, Ohio, son of the late Charles Miller and Jenny (Abdon) Miller.Howard served his country as a member of the United States Army.He worked in the Lab, on the Bottling Floor and as a Fork Lift operator for Seagrams, retiring after over 38 years of service.After his retirement, Howard kept busy taking care of his 8 acres of land and going to auctions. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.Howard is survived by his loving spouse of 59 years, Joyce Miller (Woods), daughters, Lana (Robert) Woodring of Destin, FL, Lisha (Coy Manning) Seibert of Cincinnati, OH; brother, Dennis (Janet) Miller; grandchildren, Taylor Woodring, Ryan (Areli) Seibert, Annie Seibert, Lucas Seibert; great-grandchildren, Ava Osborne, Jace Runyon, Hannah Seibert.He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and a great-granddaughter, Anay Mari Seibert.There will be no formal arrangements. A Celebration of Life will be held later at the discretion of the family.Contributions may be made to the St. John Lutheran School. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Our prayers go out to all of the health care community and those affected by COVID-19.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more