USA: HS-15 Officially Transitions to HSC-15

first_img Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 15 officially transitioned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 during a ceremony, Nov. 15, at Naval Air Station North Island.The “Red Lions” are the latest anti-submarine squadron to make the transition to a sea combat squadron as part of the Navy’s new direction for the rotary wing community, said Cmdr. Gabriel Soltero, commanding officer of HSC-15. “The Navy has been moving toward using the MH-60 helicopter as a very versatile platform,” Soltero said. “Part of that included two new airframes, the MH-60R and MH-60S. As that concept of operations evolved, we decided to leave the anti-submarine warfare mission to the MH-60R, and the sensors in that aircraft are quite capable of carrying out that mission. So, we’re still just as capable, if not more, as a rotary wing community. We just have different aircraft now to carry it out.”The MH-60S Seahawk will replace the SH-60F/H aircraft previously used by HS-15. Soltero said that the squadron had to undergo extensive training to prepare to fly and maintain the new aircraft. “The squadron had to send quite a few Sailors to learn how to work and maintain the new MH-60S,” said Soltero. “Luckily, many of the systems are similar but some are not. Those that were not similar, specifically avionics and ordnance, required some new training on the part of our Sailors. So when we returned from deployment this past May, we took some time to arrange for our Sailors to receive this training. In addition, our pilots had to go to undergo training here to learn how to fly the MH-60S.”Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Rodney Faulk, assigned to HSC-15, was one of the Sailors who underwent more than five months of training to prepare for the transition. “My job has changed a lot because of the new aircraft,” Faulk noted. “There are no more anti-submarine components. It’s more combat-related now. So, there are more weapons systems, which mean more airframe systems to support those weapons systems. We had to re-qualify on everything.”Despite the new aircraft and some changes to the squadron’s mission, they will continue to perform many of the core missions they have been carrying out for years, Soltero said.“We’re retaining many of our other mission sets including anti-surface warfare, naval special warfare support, and combat search and rescue,” said Soltero. “Those are missions that were part of our core set as an HS squadron, and we will continue to perform those missions as an HSC squadron.”Soltero said he has enjoyed the experience of leading the squadron through the transition.“My very first operational squadron was HS-15, when I was a young lieutenant, about 15 years ago. To me, it’s been a very high honor to be able to stand up in front of the squadron and lead it through the transition. The Sailors have done a fantastic job, the pilots are top notch, and there is really nothing else I would rather be doing.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 18, 2012 View post tag: HS-15 View post tag: officially View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: HS-15 Officially Transitions to HSC-15 November 18, 2012 View post tag: HSC-15 USA: HS-15 Officially Transitions to HSC-15 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Transitionslast_img read more

No confidence in SEH bursar

first_imgA motion of No Confidence in Teddy Hall’s bursar was passed unanimously by the college’s JCR last Sunday.The No Confidence vote passed following the amendment of a motion expressing general dissatisfaction of the JCR with the behaviour of the bursar Ernest Parkin.The original motion criticised the policy of fining £20 on those not booking vacation accommodation by 5th week. When challenged by the JCR that this action was unjustified, the bursar claimed it was in the Teddy Hall rule book, which was later found out not to be the case. The bursar has since apologised.The motion was described to be about “bursarial actions and attitudes, which have been in many ways disrespectful and secretive.”Many students expressed feelings of resentment towards the bursar. Mark Mills, first year Teddy Hall student commented, “The motion passed nem com with no people against, so dissatisfaction was a reasonably held view.”Julius Hugelshofer, a second year Philosophy, Politics and Economics student added, “There has been a feeling of unfair treatment on the side by the bursar and the staff. The motion was a spontaneous idea.“The Bursar is part of the members of staff who are not very cooperative. He enjoys making life hard for us,” he added.Charlotte Seymour, JCR president stated that significant progress has been made in rent accommodations, but a lot of hostility remains on both sides.She said, “People were frustrated at feeling powerless in the face of these fines, particularly in having to deal with this sort of problem during finals.Accommodation issues have been particularly difficult and arisen in the past, especially for some of the third- and fourth-years who have been there longer.”The JCR President met Parkin on Wednesday to convey the JCR’s decision.Some JCR committee members have suggested that the motion will not be effective. Environment and Ethics Officer Daniel Lowe said, “Given that we cannot force the resignation of the Bursar, a motion of No Confidence will only serve to antagonise and it is my belief that it would be detrimental to future negotiations.” “However, I do strongly believe that something needed to be done, that our views needed to be represented, only in a more productive fashion.”Parkin refused to comment on the situation.last_img read more

Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners Meeting

first_imgDepartment Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessConsent ItemsApproval of July 30, 2019 Meeting MinutesEmployment Changes Health Department: Waiver of ONEP Fees, not overtime for Red Cross Blood Drive on November 21Superintendent of County Buildings: Old Courthouse Boiler Repairs QuoteCounty Council: Request to Surplus Desktop PrinterCounty Auditor: Claims Voucher ReportDADS: Travel Request County Engineer: Department Head ReportClaims AGENDA Of The Vanderburgh County Board of CommissionersAugust 6, 2019 At 3:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction Items Health Department: Administrative Aide Contract with Riley SmithSuperior Court: Professional Services Agreement with Laura M. FairPurchasing:  Joint City/ County/ EVSC Purchase Agreement with Altstadt Office City for Copy Paper  Public CommentAdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Plymouth Skip Hire boss nearly jailed for dumping rubble

first_imgA judge has told a Plymouth man he escaped prison ‘by the skin of his teeth’ in a case brought by the Environment Agency.Connor Calam fly-tipped waste on the edge of Dartmoor while subject to a suspended prison sentence for driving offences. The custodial sentence was very nearly activated by Exeter Crown Court.The court heard a farmer found a large quantity of rubble and other waste deposited across a track near Pudson Farm, Okehampton in January 2017. The waste blocked access to three of his fields. The farmer reported the incident to the Environment Agency and local council and was told he would have to pay for its removal and safe disposal.Enquiries by the Environment Agency traced the waste back to Plymouth Skip Hire in Stonehouse, Plymouth operated by Connor Calam, also known as Riley James.The building waste came from insurance repairs carried out on a property in Plymouth by a local company that paid the defendant £245 to remove the material on the understanding he was a registered waste carrier.Plymouth Skip Hire ceased trading in April 2017. Zenith Construction Ltd, whose waste was illegally tipped by the defendant, later paid for its removal as a goodwill gesture to the farmer.Phil Butterworth of the Environment Agency said: This prosecution is a timely reminder to businesses and home owners to ask three simple questions when getting someone in to dispose of their waste. Is the person registered with the Environment Agency as a waste carrier – ‘ask for proof’’? Where do they intend to take the waste and can they provide a receipt? If they can’t provide satisfactory answers to these questions, don’t hand over your waste. Appearing before Exeter Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday 6 March 2018, Connor Calam, of Seaview Avenue, Lipson, Plymouth was fined £2,000 for breaching a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £2,500 costs. He was also made the subject of a 12-month community order, ordered to pay £260 compensation to Zenith Construction Ltd plus an £85.00 victim surcharge.His Honour Judge Ralls QC said ‘Fly-tipping in a beautiful part of the country is a serious matter’ and warned the defendant he’d escaped being sent to prison ‘by the skin of his teeth.’The sentencing followed an earlier hearing where the defendant was found guilty of disposing of controlled waste on land at Pudson Farm, Okehampton between 10 and 27 February 2017 without an environmental permit contrary to Section 33 of the Environment Protection Act 1990.last_img read more

Q1 LFLs up 1.4% at Sainbury’s

first_imgSainsbury’s, the supermarket retailer, yesterday unveiled a 1.4% increase in its first-quarter like-for-like sales (LFLs), which it said had been boosted by Jubilee trade.The company said it had continued to outpeform its rivals and also unveiled a 3.6% growth in total sales.At the two-year mark, Sainbury’s said its LFLs were running at 3.3%.Chief executive Justin King said: “We have delivered good sales growth in the quarter, in line with our expectations, helping our customers to manage both their weekly budgets, and to celebrate special occasions.”The company added that key areas for growth were convenience retailing and its own-label ranges.Sainbury’s said that, as part of its Live Well for Less campaign, its own-label rebrand was 75% complete. Plus, it reported its convenience stores had experienced 16% year-on-year growth.last_img read more

Relive The No-Filler Live Music Magic Of SweetWater 420 Fest [Recap/Videos]

first_imgSweetwater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | Saturday, 4/21/18 | Photos: Christian Stewart Up next was The Record Company, a relatively new band that has rapidly risen from obscurity to widespread acclaim in the two years since they released their debut album in 2016. That album, recorded in a Los Angeles living room, set them on a trajectory toward a Grammy nomination, worldwide headlining dates, a gig supporting John Mayer‘s recent arena tour, and more. Being so new to the world yet so sonically powerful, the soulful, slide guitar-steeped power trio undoubtedly converted a large new swath of fans on Friday. They also had the distinction of being the band onstage at 4:20 p.m. (on 4/20, at 420 Fest), and marked the occasion by dusting off their infrequently-played cover of the Grateful Dead classic “Easy Wind”.From there, the masses moved back over to the Planet 420 Stage for a Spafford set at dusk, marking one of the most well-attended performances at the secondary stage all weekend. Check out a clip of Spafford rocking “The Remedy” for a packed park crowd at SweetWater 420 Fest with a stunning view of the urban surroundings below: Festival schedules are often an illusion. The sets at different stages are usually staggered, making it seem like you’ll be able to run between stages and catch at least some of all your favorite bands. But if you’ve ever been to a big festival, you know that’s not really the case. The music never stops, and that thirty-minute window when you were going to run and catch that band your buddy told you about at a side stage is quickly nullified when the stages are a half-mile walk away through gridlocked hordes of people.At SweetWater 420 Fest, that dilemma isn’t as much of an issue. Within the cozy confines of Centennial Olympic Park, in the heart of Atlanta, GA, it’s easy to pop quickly back and forth between the stages and see virtually every band you want to see. SweetWater 420 Fest doesn’t have the immersive attendee experiences, campgrounds, art exhibits, and other auxiliary elements that highlight other major festivals, and that’s just as well. Even if they did, you probably wouldn’t have had time to see them. Every slot on 420 Fest’s stacked schedule was filled with a “can’t-miss” band. You can check out a full recap of the weekend’s performances below:The Motet got the already-swelling crowd up and dancing with their festival-opening set at the SweetWater Main Stage on Friday. Strikingly soulful Memphis-based quintet Southern Avenue hit next on the Planet 420 Stage, showing all in attendance why they’re the best band to come out of Memphis since Stax Records‘ glory days. Hear Southern Avenue’s reimagined cover of Bill Withers‘ “Use Me” below: Vulfpeck took the main stage next, playing their typically entertaining live set featuring all of their staple collaborators (including Antwaun Stanley, Joey Dosik, and Cory Wong). Check out a couple clips from Vulfpeck’s performance below, including their a cappella rendition of “Back Pocket” and a clip of Joe Dart‘s “Beastly” bass solo featuring an ATL-appropriate Outkast tease:Vulfpeck – Back Pocket [Acappella] – 4/22/18[Video: Clifton Dyer] Sturgill Simpson finally began his big run of summer festivals at 420 Fest day 1. With Simpson at the helm on vocals and guitar, the talented quartet played with long pent-up excitement. When Simpson remarked, “This is our first show together since October 14th,” he did so with the eager tone of a kid who’s been grounded by their parents–He’d clearly been itching to get back onstage since the moment he last stepped off it, eagerly counting down the days until he could finally let loose again. 4/20 had been circled on Sturgill’s calendar for months, and that giddiness shined through in the band’s performance. Watch a clip from Sturgill’s set below:Sturgill Simpson – “Some Days”, “California Women”, “Turtles All The Way Down” – 4/20/18[Video: SuperBluegrassGirl]Following a set by Stick Figure at the Planet 420 Stage featuring a sit-in from an old collaborator as well as and an appearance by band mascot/Instagram celebrity canine Cocoa the Tour Dog, The String Cheese Incident closed out the festival’s first day at the SweetWater Main Stage with two guest-filled sets. Toward the end of SCI’s first frame, the band welcomed The Motet vocalist Lyle Divinsky and drummer Dave Watts (and vocalist Rhonda Thomas) for the debut live performance of “Get To You“, a collaboration between SCI and Divinsky released via the Sound Lab last week. Rhonda Thomas stuck around for the next song: a rare cover of Jamiroquai‘s “Space Cowboy”, further fueling rumors that the British funk band will be appearing at the String Cheese-hosted Suwannee Hulaween later this year.Their second and final set opened with their smallest guest of the night, guitar prodigy and 420 Fest artist-at-large Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, who helped shred his way through “Close Your Eyes”, before returning to the stage along with Thomas for a show-closing “I Saw The Light”. Check out a recap video of the performance below via ontheDL photography:Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | SweetWater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | 4/20/2018Set One: Sirens > Let’s Go Outside, Song In My Head, My One And Only, Get To You^, Space Cowboy#, Believe*Set Two: Close Your [email protected], Beautiful > Hi Ho No Show, Joyful Sound > Rumble > Falling Through The Cracks, Rollover > Restless WindEncore: Happy Birthday Travis, I Saw The Light%^ = First Time Played, w/ Lyle Divinsky, Dave Watts of The Motet and Rhonda Thomas# = Jamiroquai cover w/ Rhonda [email protected] = w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer% = w/ Taz & Rhonda* = w/ RhondaDay two at 2018’s SweetWater 420 Fest began with early-afternoon sets by Funk You, Anders Osborne, Marco Benevento, SOJA, and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer’s band. From there, as The Infamous Stringdusters dusted the Planet 420 Stage, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead threw down two incredible sets (perhaps the toughest, though thankfully one of the only truly vexing scheduling conflicts of the weekend). JRAD’s second set, in particular, was fantastic, featuring a setlist stocked with verifiable Grateful Dead classics and a heavy dose of extra-strength improv on each and every tune. If nothing else, it was certainly one of the larger sets the band has played, and they smiled and laughed throughout the performance, clearly enjoying their view of the tens of thousands of people packed into the Atlanta park and the cityscape behind it. Watch some clips from JRAD’s 420 Fest set below via YouTube user Clifton Dyer:Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Shakedown Street” – 4/21/18Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider” – 4/21/18Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | SweetWater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | 4/21/18Set 1: Jam > Cats Under The Stars, Feel Like A Stranger, Jam > The Wheel, Estimated Prophet > He’s GoneSet 2: Shakedown Street > I Need A Miracle, Ramble On Rose, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > Not Fade Away, One More Saturday NightAfter a Ghostland Observatory interlude at Planet 420, Tedeschi Trucks Band took the Main Stage for their headlining performance. TTB worked through staple originals new and old, as well as go-to cover classics. At the tail end of their set, the band welcomed out the special guest the whole crowd was waiting for: Young Brandon Niederauer, artist-at-large.Taz traded licks with Trucks on the blues standard, a former staple of the Allman Brothers Band shows where Trucks played the role of young guitar phenom once upon a time. Niederauer would return to the stage for a double-dip Sly & The Family Stone encore (“Sing A Simple Song”, “I Want To Take You Higher”). As the young guitarist and one of his most respected mentors riffed back and forth, you could feel their connection. You could see Taz studying Trucks’ every note, trying to learn as much as possible from this opportunity. You could see the perpetually stoic Trucks crack a smile of amusement at what he was seeing and hearing. You could feel that this was a truly meaningful experience for everyone involved.Tedeschi Trucks Band wsg Brandon “Taz” Niederauer – Full Set – 4/21/18Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | SweetWater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | 4/21/18Set 1: Laugh About It, Made Up Mind , Don’t Know What It Means, Part of Me, Midnight In Harlem, Key To The Highway, Angel From Montgomery > Sugaree, Get What You Deserve, How Blue Can You Get?, Shame, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, Statesboro Blues*, I Want More^Encore: Sing A Simple Song*, I Want to Take You Higher*Notes: * with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer; ^with Santana “Soul Sacrifice” outroAfter two days of beautiful spring weather, all-day April showers made for a soggy Sunday at Centennial Olympic Park. While the rain deterred a noticeable amount of the crowd that had gathered the previous two nights, Sweetwater 420 Fest’s top-notch closing day lineup gave those who braved the storm a day of music to remember.Taz was back at it early on Sunday, hopping in on Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds‘ early afternoon set at the SweetWater Main Stage. Despite the change of pace from Sister Sparrow to the Greensky Bluegrass set that followed on that stage, Taz once again emerged to sit in. The immensely talented young 420 Fest “belle of the ball” added his spiritual and scholarly connection to the Allman Brothers Band family for a cover of “Midnight Rider”. As with virtually every band Taz plays with, the Greensky guys took a second to process what they had just seen once he left the stage, with Paul Hoffman jokingly throwing up his hands and proclaiming “Well, I guess we’re done…what were you doing when you were 15?”Greensky Bluegrass – “Midnight Rider” [Allman Brothers Band cover] – 4/22/18[Video: karmacare1]While Greensky serenaded the Main Stage, high-powered Brooklyn-based quartet TAUK delivered an energetic performance at Planet 420, culminating in a thrilling, rain-soaked rendition of Rush‘s “Tom Sawyer”. Check out a clip below:center_img Following Vulfpeck, Papadosio closed down the Planet 420 itinerary in the hardest downpour thus far–though the small yet enthusiastic crowd didn’t seem to mind. As they wound down their two-hour set, headliners Umphrey’s McGee took the Main Stage for the final performance of SweetWater 420 Fest 2018.Even after a weekend packed with stellar performances from several of the best bands in the business, Umphrey’s showed why they belonged in the festival-closing spot, laying down a magnificent set for the diehards still down to brave the storm. The band was hot from start to finish, but the most memorable portion of the performance came within the bounds of an incredible mid-set “Mantis” sandwich. Following the first portion of the tune, which the band skillfully pushed toward the twenty-minute mark, Umphrey’s moved into “Wife Soup”. From there, they too brought out Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, who helped the band through a hair-raising performance of classic Stevie Ray Vaughan instrumental, “Lenny”. As Brendan Bayliss commented, “Whoa! That is impressive. When I was 15, I was stealing fireworks. I didn’t even have a guitar!”The band followed with a big, bad “Draconian” before returning to “Mantis” to complete the segment. “Wappy Sprayberry” and “Ringo” served as a one-two punch to close the set. For their three-song encore, Umphrey’s opened with an entirely appropriate cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Fool In The Rain”–their first rendition since 2016–before closing out with “Ocean Billy” and “The Silent Type”. You can listen to the full show via here.Umphrey’s McGee | SweetWater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | 4/22/18One Set: Half Delayed, Remind Me, Booth Love, Preamble > Mantis > Wife Soup, Lenny[1], Draconian > Mantis, Wappy Sprayberry > RingoEncore: Fool in the Rain, Ocean Billy, The Silent Type[1] with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer on guitarSweetWater 420 Fest 2018 is now in the rearview, and everyone involved will surely agree that it was a festival of the highest caliber. The level of musicianship on display non-stop throughout the weekend was humbling and inspiring for everybody in Centennial Olympic Park–from the people in the crowd to the musicians onstage. Such was the magic of SweetWater 420 Fest: The small, straightforward urban event gathered a truly spectacular collection of performers and created something even bigger and more beautiful than the sum of its incredible parts. Happy 4/20 all, we’ll see you next year!Check out photos from days 1 and 2 of SweetWater 420 Fest 2018 below via photographer Christian Stewart.Sweetwater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | Friday, 4/20/18 | Photos: Christian Stewart Load remaining images Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Police: Man shot assisted living worker to stop ‘thievery’

first_imgDENVER (AP) — Police say a 95-year-old Colorado man accused of shooting and killing a maintenance worker at his assisted living center said he was tired of staffers stealing money from him and decided to shoot the man to stop the thefts. A court document released Thursday says Okey Payne told police that he confronted Ricardo Medina-Rojas on Wednesday about $200 he said was missing from his wallet and shot him once in the head. The arrest affidavit said Payne also told investigators that he should have waited to talk to another unidentified man and shot him instead. He is due to appear in court Friday.last_img read more

Last Chance to Vote for the 2014 Audience Choice Awards!

first_img CLICK HERE TO VOTE! The winners of the 2014 Audience Choice Awards will be announced later this month via a special online show. The clock is ticking…have you sent in your ballot yet?! Now’s your last chance to vote for the 2014 Audience Choice Awards! Polls close at 11:59PM on Sunday, May 18, so show your favorite shows and stars some love while you still can! View Comments The process is simple. Click here to complete your ballot for 21 competitive categories, from favorite new musical and play to favorite diva performance and onstage pair.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Anastasia & Hamilton’s Legal Battles & More

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Polk & Co. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Anastasia & Hamilton Face LawsuitsA quick Broadway legal briefing: a New York District Court judge has denied the producers of Anastasia’s motion to dismiss a plagiarism lawsuit. As previously reported, Jean Etienne de Becdelievre, an heir of Marcelle Maurette (playwright of the 1952 play Anastasia), claims that the upcoming musical, scheduled to begin performances on March 23, lifts heavily from Maurette’s text and intends to halt the production until a licensing agreement is made. Meanwhile, a Denver resident has filed a lawsuit against the Nederlander Organization and Hamilton producers over a lack of accommodation for blind patrons at the show, according to The Wall Street Journal. The plaintiff, Mark Lasser, alleges the production refused to add a live audio narrative as some others do, thereby violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.Ragtime, Company & More Set for Barrington StageBarrington Stage Company has announced its 2017 lineup, including new productions of Ragtime and Company. The season begins on May 18 with Jeffrey Sweet’s Kunstler. The production, directed by Meagen Fay, will star Jeff McCarthy. Joe Calarco will helm Ragtime; the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical will begin previews on June 21 and run through July 15. Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, under the direction of BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, will run from August 10 through September 2. The upcoming season also includes Conor McPherson’s The Birds, Alan Ayckbourn’s Taking Steps, Melissa James Gibson’s This and Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight. Casting will be announced at a later date.Trevor Nunn Returns to the MenierTrevor Nunn will return to the London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this spring to helm two revivals. The first, Terence Rattigan’s Love in Idleness, will run from March 9 through April 29. Next, he’ll direct Lettice and Lovage. the Peter Shaffer play begins on May 4 and will run through July 8. Nunn previously directed productions of A Little Night Music and Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the latter transferring to Broadway and the West End in 2009. Casting has yet to be announced.P.S. Mark your calendars: 13 Reasons Why, the previously announced Netflix series starring Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James, will premiere on the streaming service on March 31, according to Deadline. View Commentslast_img read more

Native Plant Garden

first_imgNative plant gardens reduce the use of inputs like pesticides and fertilizer, positively impacting the environment. Native plants also provide food and habitats for a variety of native wildlife.One Macon, Georgia, garden evolved from a research garden to a native plant demonstration garden run by the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program, part of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.This garden was established in the 1990s as a variety trial garden on the campus of Wesleyan College. When the trial ended, Master Gardeners repurposed the garden into a demonstration garden using native plant materials. When construction started on the college campus, the Master Gardeners relocated as many of the plants as possible from the full-sun demonstration garden area to a shaded area at Macon’s Museum of Arts and Sciences.The process took a year, but the hard work and diligent efforts of the Master Gardeners paid off. Central Georgia Master Gardeners from Bibb, Houston, Twiggs, and Crawford counties worked tirelessly to lay out, label and map the garden beds; provide appropriate, informative signage; and address the natural landscape challenges of the new location, like shade from surrounding trees and erosion of the sloping landscape during heavy rainfall.The installation of shade-tolerant native plants, undergrowth plantings to prevent erosion and a small retention pond to catch rainwater have played vital roles in ensuring the establishment and success of the garden, now the “Native Plant Garden,” on the museum grounds. Today, the garden thrives in its new location.The garden is open to the public and museum visitors. Surrounded by walking trails, it is an ideal educational opportunity and is frequently part of tours for numerous school groups. The garden is used by the resident naturalists and educators at the museum, and is used to teach youth about ethnobotany, or knowledge about native plants by indigenous cultures. The walking trails are often teeming with adults, children and pets.In 2013, the garden received the Native Landscape Award at the South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium. To explore the Native Plant Garden, visit the Museum of Arts and Sciences located at 4182 Forsyth Road in Macon. For more information about Georgia’s native plants, visit the Georgia Native Plant Society online at information on how to plant a native garden, read the “Native Plants for Georgia” publication series on the UGA Extension publication website at read more