Daycare’s students raise funds for MDA

first_img You Might Like Faith & Fun (PHOTO GALLERY)   Southside Baptist Church in Troy is one of many churches of different denominations having Vacation Bible School this week…. read more By Jaine Treadwell Daycare’s students raise funds for MDA Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Contentcenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration If children aren’t Heaven Sent, then what is?As owner and director of Heaven Sent Day Care in Troy, Claudette Rogers counts it a blessing that she spends much of her time surrounded by children.Rogers realizes that she has a wonderful opportunity to influence the lives of the children under her care. With that comes the responsibility of fostering good citizenship.“I believe children should learn, at an early age, the blessings that we get from doing for others,” Rogers said. “We participate in several fund-raisers each year. We had just participated in the Pike County Relay for Life fund-raiser when I got a call from the Muscular Dystrophy Association asking me to participate in a fun-draiser to send children with muscular dystrophy to summer camp. How could I say no?”The fund-raiser was planned as a “jail for bail” type event and Rogers knew she would not be able to leave her children to “go to jail.”Then, she realized there were great possibilities in the opportunity.“This would be a good time for the children to learn that there are children who have a crippling disease called muscular dystrophy or MD and are not able to do all the things that they do,” Rogers said. “They learned that MD makes the children’s muscles weak so they cannot run and jump and play like they do.”Rogers explained that children with MD don’t often get to go to summer camps where they can play ball and go swimming and do other fun outdoor things.“We talked about it and the children were excited to raise money so a child with MD could go to summer camp,” Roger said. “We made it fund-raising fun for the children with a Cowboy Rodeo. We learned about cowboys, horses and campfires. We learned how cowboys and cowgirls dressed and we sang cowboy songs. We had a great time and raised money to help send a child to summer camp.”The camp fee for one child with MD to attend summer camp is $800. The daycare students have raised $600, with Jacob Jordan and Brooklyn Walters as the top fund-raisers.Hopes are to raise another $200 so Heaven Sent can send one child to summer camp.On Tuesday, Bill Jackson Chevrolet in Troy will be the site of the MD Jail and a dozen or more people in Troy will be jailed for bail.Emilee Daprato, MDA fundraising coordinator, said summer camp for children with MD will be held at Camp ASCCA (Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults) at Jackson’s Gap.“This is a statewide camp and 65 children will attended,” Daprato said. “The children are accepted through an application process and are all from families served by MDA. This year’s camp will be June 22-27.”Daprato said at 9 a.m. Tuesday, deputies from the Pike County Sheriff’s Department will pick up MDA fundraisers all around Troy and take them to “jail” at Bill Jackson Chevrolet.“They have been fundraising for about four weeks and those who have not raised their bail will have a chance to sit at a table and continue fund-raising for about an hour,” Daprato said. “Then, they will be driven back to work in a new Bill Jackson Chevrolet.” Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories Published 6:31 pm Friday, June 13, 2014 Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

USU Gymnastics Inks A Canadian Duo Thursday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Thursday, Utah State gymnastics announced the signing of a pair of Canadian gymnasts to a national letter of intent, per a statement from head coach Amy Smith.Grace Rojas and Maddie Straker each come to Logan from Toronto, Ontario while Rojas is a level-10 gymnast and Straker is an elite gymnast from Manjaks Gymnastics of Mississauga, Ontario, a Toronto suburb.Rojas competed well at the 2018 Ontario Provincial Championships at Amherstburg, Ontario in April, as well as the 2018 Canadian Championships at Waterloo, Ontario this past May, finishing third and sixth in the all-around in these meets, respectively.In 2017, Rojas was the all-around Ontario championship gymnast and captured fifth place in the 2017 Canadian Championships.She graduated from Toronto’s Silverthorn Collegiate Institute and plans to major in business at Utah State.Straker placed 12th in the all-around and sixth on bars at the 2018 Canadian Championships, while finishing third in the all-around at the Canadian Championships of 2016.At Elite Canada 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Straker placed sixth in floor.Straker is a 2018 graduate of Silverthorn Collegiate Institute and plans to major in visual art at Utah State.Rojas and Straker have doubled Smith’s recruiting class, as previously she inked Glory Yoakum of Marvel, Texas and Caitlin Gray of Newington, Conn. June 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Gymnastics Inks A Canadian Duo Thursday Tags: Amy Smith/Caitlin Gray/Canadian Championships/Glory Yoakum/Grace Rojas/Maddie Straker/Silverthorn Collegiate Institute Brad James Written bylast_img read more

“Our customers aren’t ready” and other excuses

first_imgThere are plenty of excuses to stick with the status quo instead of accepting the need for change and working toward improvements. Sometimes it’s easier to stick with the familiar. Change can be hard work. And where’s the guarantee that striking out in a new direction will lead to success? But few excuses ring true when it comes to stepping up your branch experience in line with evolving consumer expectations. What accountholders want and need when they visit a branch is changing, and financial institutions that aren’t keeping pace are losing ground to competitors that are committed to upgrade their service delivery. Let’s consider—and debunk—some of the common excuses that bank and credit union leaders may cite as rationale not to step up their game.“Our accountholders aren’t ready for change.”This argument is especially likely to resonate with frontline staff who are on a first-name basis with the “regulars” at their locations. And it is true that some accountholders prefer to stop by their neighborhood branch for even the most routine transactions and don’t mind waiting for service. On both counts, but especially when it comes to patience for queuing up, those numbers are dwindling. When consumers are introduced to a better way to receive service—that doesn’t involve standing in line and wasting valuable time—their expectations change quickly. And they are already encountering innovations in convenient access at a variety of retail outlets, as the Kronos 2019 Branch Appointment Study notes: Starbucks’ mobile app gives customers the option to order and pay for their coffee in advance for pickup without waiting in the cashier line. McDonald’s is rolling out self-service ordering kiosks to reduce congestion at the front counter. And Apple invites customers to schedule in-store appointments via online and mobile channels for product consultations and technical support. Opportunities for similar technology assists are available to financial institutions to enhance branch service delivery. Appointment apps allow accountholders to schedule consultations with financial service professionals, and lobby tracking software can guide staff scheduling for periods of peak transaction volume and alert managers when wait times exceed service standards so they can redirect employees to help handle the extra demand.“This is the way we’ve always done things.”Sticking with standard operating procedures over years and even decades is rarely a recipe for long-term success. Delivering branch service the same way you did 15 or 20 years ago is no longer acceptable, largely because of evolving consumer expectations for prompt, professional service. The saying, that doing things the same way and expecting different results is one definition of insanity, is attributed to Albert Einstein, but it doesn’t take a genius to know that if you want better results for your branches, you need to improve service delivery. “We have online and mobile services for people who want them.”It’s not an either/or for most accountholders. Consumers today want the option to sign online for account access, to use mobile services—and to visit a branch. The J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Retail Banking Advice Study reports that bank and credit union branches remain the go-to choice for consumers looking for guidance on topics such as savings options, retirement strategies, and mortgage products. As the Kronos appointment study notes, “When it comes to complex and sophisticated transactions, most accountholders still prefer to meet in person with a knowledgeable staff member at a branch location.” Offering the option to schedule an appointment allows them to plan for those consultations at their convenience and lets branch staff know what services are requested so they can be prepared to respond promptly and efficiently. “We’re known for our personal service.”That used to be an effective knock against big banks, but the J.D. Power survey notes that large retail FI’s have steadily improved customer satisfaction ratings in recent years due to technology investments aimed at improving banking convenience and providing more consistent products and services. “These findings suggest that financial institutions should continue to invest in technology solutions that make each retail branch experience as satisfying as possible for the account holder,” the Kronos study advises. “We can’t afford to change.”Some financial institutions are making major investments to revamp their branch operations. According to business research cited in the appointment study, 55 percent of the financial services respondents to a 2017 survey planned to increase spending on customer service initiatives.It is possible to make significant service improvements without a big budget and to offset technology investments by streamlining operations and increasing sales. Staff scheduling and lobby tracker software can increase branch efficiency by aligning employees’ schedules with periods of peak demand, and appointment-setting technology can underscore that your financial institution values your account holders’ time as much as they do. Appointment apps can also help expand sales, since consumers are more likely to schedule a visit to discuss revenue-producing products like mortgages and auto loans. As the Kronos study concludes, “As credit unions across the country continue to redefine and reconfigure their branches, appointment-setting technology can help financial institution leaders improve the service experience, increase operational efficiency, and increase sales for better business outcomes.” In other words, there’s no excuse not to keep pace with consumers’ evolving expectations for their branch experience. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chad Davis Chad Davis is Industry Sr Solutions Marketing Manger, F5 Networks, which is the leader in app security and multi-cloud management. He can be reached at [email protected] Web: Detailslast_img read more


first_img‘CHROME’ COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR SAN PASQUAL            California Chrome arrived at Santa Anita before sunrise Friday morning at 6:15 to prepare in earnest for his first race in more than nine months, the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes a week from tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 9.The 2014 Horse of the Year had an uneventful “45 or 50-minute” van trip from his Los Alamitos headquarters in Cypress and galloped a mile-and-a-half over the main track at 9 a.m.California Chrome last raced on March 28, when he finished second in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.Tomorrow at approximately 12 noon, before the first race which is scheduled to go at 12:30 p.m., California Chrome will work six furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza.“The horse looks great,” said Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, Art, who trains the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit.“It’s exciting to have him back. He compiled a lot of frequent flier mileage over the last nine months although he didn’t race, but he did win $2 million in Dubai, so that was good.”In 18 career starts, California Chrome has won nine races, finishing second three times and third once, earning $6,322,650. A successful venture in the San Pasqual is expected to lead to a return trip to Dubai for this year’s World Cup on March 26. WHAT RACE DID BEHOLDER LOSE AT SANTA ANITA?With apologies to Alex Trebek, two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder has won 11 of 12 starts at Santa Anita.What race did she lose?(Answer below). FINISH LINES: Trivia answer: Favored at 20 cents to the dollar, in 2013 Beholder lost the Santa Ynez Stakes by three-quarters of a length to Renee’s Titan, trained by Doug O’Neill for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam. The field for Saturday’s Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes: My Dynamo, Fernando Perez, 8-1; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Treasuring, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; One Last Shot, Mike Smith, 8-1; Code Warrior, Anne Sanguinetti, 7-2; Pretty N Cool, Martin Garcia, 5-2; and Forever Darling, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2. Rockantharos was scratched . . . Agent Dudley Osborne is back in action with veteran jockey Agapito Delgadillo. “We’re lining up a lot of business with eight or 10 different trainers,” Osborne said. “All the responses have been very positive.” One of the trainers is Bill Spawr, who has enjoyed considerable success with the 49-year-old mustachioed rider. “He’s a good horseman and a good rider,” Spawr said of Delgadillo. “He likes winning.” . . .Trainer Gary Stute sees the glass half full as the New Year starts. “Right now,” he says, “I’m tied with Todd Pletcher in earnings.” CALIFORNIA CHROME ARRIVES FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKESUNBEATEN SONGBIRD WORKS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTD’AMATO TAKES DISPARATE MEASURES FOR SAN GABRIELTEAM HEADLEY HAS SAN ONOFRE SET FOR MIDNIGHT LUTEPORTLAND MEADOWS STARTS $100,000 RAINBOW 6 WAGER D’AMATO HAS ONE-TWO PUNCH IN SAN GABRIELTrainer Phil D’Amato has horses with disparate and in a sense desperate styles entered in Saturday’s Grade II San Gabriel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf, deep closer Big John B and committed front-runner Obviously.Ideal outcome: a dead-heat for win.“That would be good,” D’Amato said. “It would keep both owners happy. It’s a good one-two punch. One’s on the lead, one comes from way out of it, but both are doing really well, so we’ll give it a shot.”Big John B, a Hard Spun gelding owned by Michael House, has been a gem of consistency, winning 14 of 36 career starts with earnings of $767,175. He came from 14th and last to be second last out, beaten two lengths by The Pizza Man in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup on Nov. 26.The Irish-bred Obviously also knows where the winner’s circle is, having won 11 of 24 starts for owners Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino. In those races, Obviously has been on the lead at some point in the race 21 times. He led early on last out in the Breeders’ Cup Mile Oct. 31, eventually winding up ninth in a wide trip under 126 pounds.The field for the San Gabriel, race eight: Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 20-1; Big John B, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Poshky, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Texas Ryno, James Graham, 10-1; Power Red, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Obviously, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Wanstead Gardens, Gary Stevens, 20-1; Chiropractor, Corey Nakatani, 4-1; Macro Access, Martin Garcia, 20-1; and also-eligibles Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado, 50-1; Southern Freedom, Mike Smith, 15-1; and Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 20-1.HEADLEYS HOPE TO KEEP ROLLING IN MIDNIGHT LUTETrainer Karen Headley, who saddled Silver Spirit to a three-length triumph in Thursday’s second race, hopes to continue her winning ways when she sends out San Onofre in Saturday’s Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs.A gelded son of Surf Cat bred by Karen’s father, trainer Bruce, and owned by her mother, Aase, who campaigns as Matson Racing, San Onofre hasn’t raced since finishing fourth in the Grade I Triple Bend June 27.“I wanted to run him in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (Oct. 3) before the Breeders’ Cup (Sprint on Oct. 31), but he got cast in his stall badly and I had to scratch him,” said Karen, who had San Onofre blow out three furlongs Thursday in 37.80.The field for the Midnight Lute, race six of nine: Seattle Serenade, Mike Smith, 6-1; San Onofre, Alex Solis, 7-2; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 3-1; Pulling G’s, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Raised a Secret, Fernando Perez, 12-1; All Run, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; and Salutos Amigos, Martin Garcia, 3-1. PORTLAND MEADOWS OFFERS $100,000 RAINBOW 6 JACKPOT            (Reprinted from Daily Racing Form)Mondays during the winter months typically don’t offer many opportunities for horseplayers to make a meaningful score, but Portland Meadows is changing that in 2016.On Monday, Jan. 4, the track presents its National Racing Club Sweepstakes Rainbow 6 Jackpot with a $100,000-guaranteed pool.The wager will be offered on the last six races of each Monday card for six weeks, and if no unique winning ticket is sold during that time, there will be a mandatory payout Feb. 8. The bet has a 10-cent base, and each ticket must total at least $1. The takeout rate is 22 percent.During week one on Monday, each race will cover a quarter-mile and offer a purse of $3,000, with jockeys being randomly assigned mounts. Jockeys will be awarded points based on the performances of their mounts, and those with the most points at the end of the contest will be eligible for bonuses.Monday’s sequence begins with race nine at 3:44 p.m. Pacific Time. Each race in the sequence drew a full field of a dozen fillies and mares ages four and up.In the opening leg, trainer Jennifer Rodriguez has a top contender in City Sensation, who has shown speed in most of her nine starts.In race 10, Power Down will look to move forward for trainer James Young in her second start following an eight-month layoff. In her return Dec. 22 at this track, she led through an opening quarter-mile in 22.18 seconds before finishing fourth in a $3,200 claimer.Race 11 is for fillies and mares that went winless in 2015, and Kameron’s Token should be hard to deny. Prior to running fifth in a Quarter Horse race last out, she had either grabbed an early lead or pressed the pace in all six of her Thoroughbred races in 2015.Race 12 also is for fillies and mares that did not win in 2015, and Slacker appears to hold an edge. In April at Mountaineer, she had the lead in a second-level $5,000 claimer going five furlongs before finishing second for trainer Troy Gayheart.The final two races in the sequence are open to all older fillies and mares. In race 13, Cardinal N Gold appears to have the earliest zip. In the final leg, many likely will single Gamblin Miss, who has three consecutive sharp efforts at this track. Two starts back, on Dec. 7, she scored a front-running 6 1/4-length victory in a $2,000 claimer going six furlongs in the slop. HOLLENDORFER ‘VERY HAPPY’ WITH SONGBIRD’S BREEZEUndefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird, a likely unanimous choice as two-year-old filly champion of 2015, worked a half-mile under regular rider Mike Smith Friday in 47.20 as she prepares for her three-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 6.“I’m very happy with where she is at this point,” Jerry Hollendorfer said. “The Las Virgenes is the race we’re pointing to,” referring to the Grade II, $300,000 race at one mile.“She’s an absolute professional,” the Hall of Fame trainer added.The link to Songbird’s work: read more