Mrs. Beverly Ann (Rose) Fockler

first_imgMrs. Beverly Ann (Rose) Fockler, age 59, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on May 6, 1958, in Montgomery, Alabama, the daughter of, Marshall Gene and the late, Sandy Faye (Grady) Rose. She was raised in Auburn, Alabama and in Milpitas, California and was a 1976 graduate of the Samuel Ayer High School in Milpitas, California. Beverly was united in marriage on May 28, 1983, in Carmel, California, to Gregory Fockler and to this union arrived four daughters, Heather, Hollie, Shawnee and Jasmine to bless their home. Beverly and Gregory shared over 34 years of marriage together until her death. She was a former employee for Williams Food Service in Madison, Indiana, for several years. Beverly was employed as a Room Inspector for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana, for the past 8 years. Beverly enjoyed reading, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and vacationing in Mexico. Beverly passed away at 5:40 am, Monday, June 26, 2017, at her residence in Vevay, Indiana. Beverly will be deeply missed by her husband of over 34 years: Gregory Fockler of Vevay, IN; her daughters: Heather Peelman and her husband: Dusty of Vevay, IN, Hollie Crepin and her husband: John of Vevay, IN, Shawnee Williams of Aurora, IN and Jasmine Cummins and her husband: Durand of Cincinnati, OH; her grandchildren: Zoe, Brenden, Logan, Aubrey, Mackenzie, Skylar, Graham, Sawyer, Everley, McKaila, Mason, Madden, Mylan, Jade, David, Paige, Peyton, Riley and one grandson on the way; her father: Marshall Gene Rose of Calabasas, CA; her brothers: Ken Rose of Eugene, OR and Marshall Rose of Sunnyville, CA and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her mother: Sandy Faye (Grady) Rose.Friends may call 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Jack Sullivan Senior Citizen Building 305 Walnut Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial services will be conducted Friday, June 30, 2017, at 6:00 pm, by Bro. Shawn McMullen, at the Jack Sullivan Senior Citizen Building, 305 Walnut Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Keeping Pace Cancer Fund % Switzerland County Community Foundation. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Eye injury could force Lee Purdy retirement

first_imgBritish welterweight Lee Purdy has revealed that a series of eye operations could force him to retire from boxing.Purdy has undergone three operations, with a fourth due at the end of March, after he severely damaged his retina in his defeat to Leonard Bundu in December, and the former British champion has indicated that he could fail the necessary tests to secure a boxing licence with his full sight not guaranteed.The 26-year-old told BBC Sport: “They’ve told me that they’ll get some vision back, but they don’t know how much. I’d love to be able to fight again, I believe that there is more to come.I’m absolutely devastated at the moment. Before the Bundu fight, I thought that if I lose this, that’s it. I didn’t have an excuse after the fight. But in a way, I’m glad that my eye was bad, because I’ve got something to fall back on. Somewhere in that fight, I was fighting with one eye.”But it’s just how good my vision is going to be because I have to pass exams each year. If it’s not good enough to pass the eye tests, that’s career over.”Purdy challenged for the IBF title in May, but suffered a seventh-round loss to American Devon Alexander.last_img read more

Raising sheep and teaching the flock

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the OSU State Sheep Extension Program specialist, the Executive Director the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, Livestock Director for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, OSU Animal Sciences small ruminant and pseudo-ruminant Instructor, sheep shearer, and livestock judge, Roger High has built his career around sheep.His job has taken him to sheep farms around Ohio, across the United States and around the world, but though his duties occasionally require a suit and tie in an office setting, he is still most comfortable in the barn wearing his work boots. Running his sheep operation on his home Indian Summer Farm in Union County with his wife, Holly, and their son, Adam, is where his passion lies and serves as the driving force behind the extensive work he has done in Ohio’s sheep industry.Managing his own flock of sheep keeps him grounded in the basics and innovating for the future of lamb production in Ohio.“On the farm I try to do a lot of the things that I am asking producers to do. We moved here in ‘94 where we could raise a family. I have been able to use a lot of the things I do here as examples for other producers for what I am doing through Extension and for teaching production classes at OSU. If I expect producers to being doing it, then I think I should be doing it here on my farm. I try to bring a lot of the things I have learned over the years to my small flock,” he said. “I grew up with sheep and have been around them all my life. It is my job, hobby and passion. Most of my friends are sheep people. It is just what I do. It wasn’t very long after we moved here that we got started with our sheep flock. I grew up with primarily with Shropshires, but we also had Hampshires and Targhees on my parents farm. We started out our farm with Hampshires, then we got the Polled Dorsets, and also had some Dorpers for a little bit of time before we settled entirely on the Polled Dorsets.”The start of the current Polled Dorset flock was facilitated by Holly’s parents.“They bought five Dorset ewes for us so that Adam could one day raise them for 4-H and FFA projects and we went from there,” Holly said. “Once we had the Polled Dorsets we really enjoyed them in comparison to the other breeds that we had. The Dorsets fit in with our lifestyle. It has been a family activity for us. Some people have boats. We have livestock. And on Sunday afternoons when other people go to the beach, we go to the field and move fence.”The Highs’ sheep flock reached its peak when Adam was heavily involved with the FFA program.“When our son Adam was heavily involved in FFA, we were feeding out several feeder lambs each year, had a brood ewe flock of approximately 50 head and Adam was successfully showing market lambs at the county and state fair levels,” Roger said. “Adam won the state proficiency award as a junior. His FFA Sheep Production SAE was a very diversified sheep operation when he was heavily involved in the FFA program. Now we are lambing about 30 ewes and feeding out several feeders lambs each year — just enough to keep me busy on the farm.”Now that Adam has finished his FFA career, the flock is smaller, but still very closely managed.“We don’t keep a bunch of rams here. The ram lambs are castrated and sold to the non-traditional (ethnic) market or the traditional market as finished feeder lambs. I have in my mind a goal for each ewe to generate so many dollars and replace herself every year. The number fluctuates depending on the market but we make sure they are generating a little income,” Roger said. “We have eight acres of pasture on the 30-acre farm. We have 18 acres in hay production and produce all of our own hay for the sheep and for the two horses and one llama on the farm. We buy all of our grain and straw. We have also done several fencing improvements and water development, part of it through the EQIP program.”The fence and water have been important components in the intensive grazing practiced on the farm.“I try to get the ewe flock out onto the pasture as soon as I can in spring. I usually try to get them out in late March, but we were later than that this year due to the extreme cold weather,” he said. “I give them about three days to graze before I let them go to the next area. They get trained to the electric fence pretty quickly. The ewes will be standing there waiting for the fence to be taken down when I arrive for the next move. We have enough pasture that we can move them around enough to have grass for them all summer. I have grazed up to seven months of the year.”The rotation of the pastures maximizes the pasture resources, improves pasture quality and helps control parasites.“With the Management intensive Grazing I don’t find my flock running into parasite problems. The parasite cycle is 21 days and we don’t have ewes going back to the same grazing area at least 21 days. If I need to I can put them in the barn and feed hay as necessary to break up the parasite problem or during a period of drought,” he said. “I am really pretty strict on the vaccination programs, especially for the abortive diseases that we talk about a lot in the sheep industry. Anything we think a producer should be doing to make their flock more productive I try to do here.”The operation — lambing in particular — is set up for ease and efficiency.“When I am gone, which is frequently, everything has to be set up here so Holly and our neighbor Nevin Smith can do the chores without me,” Roger said. “I lamb in January and February only. I try to concentrate my lambing time so I can manage groups in a tight time frame because it has to work around my work schedule.”If problem ewes are identified, they are culled.“There is strict culling based on early lambing and I get rid of ewes that have problems,” Roger said. “I don’t have time for problem ewes around here. I rarely see a lamb born here at the farm. I am too busy to be here all the time and if there are problems with lambing, then they will not be problems the next year. I manage to make sure problems do not stay here.”Traditional breeding methods are most common on the farm, though there has been some work done with artificial insemination.“I think that if you have a female you have determined is really valuable to the flock and you want more offspring out of her, artificial insemination and embryo transfer is the way to go. We did some embryo transfer work a few years ago,” Roger said. “If you are working with purebred sheep, it had better be a really good ewe to justify the expense. Club lamb flocks are the ones that can really benefit from AI and ET, though.”Though coyotes and black vultures have been problems for sheep producers in some areas, predators have not been a problem on the farm.“All my fence is electric. I want to keep the sheep in and the predators out,” Roger said. “We keep a guard llama for protection too. We have never had a coyote loss here at the farm.”The Highs employ a fairly diverse marketing plan for their flock.“I sell some breeding stock. I sell a ram or two per year, mostly commercial. If they are the right size I will sell them for the Easter market. I have sold some club lambs for 4-H and FFA members projects. I sell to the non-traditional ethnic markets and traditional markets as well. We also sell some at finished lambs through the Ohio State Fair Commercial Lamb Sale,” Roger said. “I am trying to get more muscling into my sheep. We are transitioning from larger framed sheep to heavier muscled, shorter framed sheep — something that will be good for market lambs and for club lambs. I believe that the industry needs to produce more meat more efficiently on grass and they need to be efficient on grain. We don’t feed as much grain to the ewes as we did with some of the larger framed sheep that we had on the farm.”The time spent working with sheep together has been a great benefit to the High family and it has also really paid off in Roger’s career.“Taking lessons from my sheep farm to the classroom or educational programs has been valuable for me and hopefully the industry as well,” Roger said. “I am also contributing to the state and national checkoff programs, and I believe that these check-off programs are valuable to the industry.“I get to be the Ohio sheep industry spokesperson, but I get to live it as well.”last_img read more

I Just Want to Plant (A #Plant18 Parody Song)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When #Plant18 becomes #Blizzard18 and #Flood18 a song like this one is born. Enjoy as much as you can while you are stewing in the shop with your shiny tractors and calibrated planters. I just hope it gives you a little reason to smile. –Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Netlast_img

Essar pays farmers ₹50 lakh for crop damage in fly ash leak in MP

first_imgThe Essar Energy has paid ₹50 lakh as compensation to farmers of two villages in Singrauli district after tonnes of fly ash discharged from a power plant damaged their crops and some houses following heavy rain on August 7. “Following our demand, the Essar has paid villagers for the loss of paddy crop in 110 acres and damage to six houses. If the damage assessed is valued more, we’ll ask for more compensation,” said Vikas Singh, Singrauli Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM). Heavy rain caused a breach on one side of a fly-ash pond of the 1,200-MW coal-based thermal power plant, causing a deluge at Kharirahi and Karsualal villages. The plant is shut since.Villagers were even compensated for the damage to crop in 60 acres of the Essar land they had been cultivating, out of the 110-acre affected area. “One family of seven has been shifted to the panchayat building as their house was destroyed. They were given ₹25,000 by the district administration as support earlier,” he said.After assessing the affected area, the Pollution Control Board has told the district administration that no toxics were released there. “However, the fly ash had entered the Garra river and polluted it,” said Mr. Singh.The district administration is removing the fly ash so that the fields are fit for cultivation by the next sowing season. “If we are unable to make the area safe for cultivation by then, farmers will be compensated for it,” he said.last_img read more

Life of Desires

first_imgWhen it was first published 20 years ago, many parents, schools and even some religious communities had advised youngsters in India against reading this book. One bookstore in Bangalore even stuffed it at the back of the shop mistaking it for a sex manual rather than what it is–‘a rather comic story of a middle class boy who grows up in conservative India’. But when Richard Crasta’s first novel was republished recently for a new generation of readers, the author said he is glad that India is becoming more tolerant and people can now walk into a store and buy his novel today.It is easy to relate to the story of Vijay Prabhu, born into an orthodox Catholic family and brought up in Mangalore in Karnataka, in the Sixties and early Seventies. As the title The Revised Kama Sutra suggests, central to the theme is how a young boy copes with yearnings and dreams in a conservative society which forbade mention of subjects related to sex, puberty, adolescence and manhood.It is about his dreams and determination of getting away from the small town he lives in, and of the big American Dream he lovingly nurtures as the only way to break free of these shackles. America for him is the new land of the Kama Sutra, free sex, free speech and Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup.The story traces Vijay’s life from the strict Catholic boarding schools where he studied, to the many cities and small districts all over India where he worked–first in a bank and then as an IAS officer–and finally to the United States of America, where he goes after giving up his plush bureaucratic job.Vijay’s images of America are borrowed from Readers Digests, from Time magazines, from John F Kennedy and Jackie Onassis, from the popular music of that time and steamy American paperbacks. advertisementHowever, during his first foray into the country, where he enrols as a student at a university, the reality does not quite match up to his perceptions. Vijay finds America an antiseptic land of loveless cities, and, on an impulse, launches an anti sex campaign, which forces him to return to India. He concludes that India is probably the more civilised of the two countries because here “they did not judge you by the name of the crook etched on your polo shirt”.However, Vijay returns to New York to fulfil his dreams of becoming an author, because, as he says, with all its faults, America is the country that will give him the chance to tell his story.The narrative is full of light and humorous moments. Such as Vijay’s musings on how the strict boarding schools of that time were ruled by five pillars of oppression–canes, bells, penis shame, girl shame and sport. Though the book makes you break into a smile more often than not, there are sombre undercurrents as the author takes a passing look at various subjects ranging from colonialism, shoplifting or the corruption which has seeped into the Indian bureaucracy.This is a good read, both for the great writing style, and as the author says, it captures a time, a culture and an innocence that is quickly losing out to modernity.HarperCollins, Rs. 3993 On the shelvesThe F-Word: This book is really about the big F-wordin all our lives–Food! It is a hilarious account of a working woman who spends her time juggling family, friends, long-distance phone calls and food. It is packed with good recipes to suit every taste.HarperCollins, Rs. 599City Improbable: Edited by the grand old man of Delhi–Khushwant Singh–it brings together writings byimmigrants, residents, refugees, travellers and invaders who haveengaged with India’s capital over different epochs–from the era of theMughals, the Emergency to this day. A good gift for anyone who isinterested in the national capital.Penguin, Rs. 399The Delhi Walla series: Monuments. Food + Drink. Hangouts. Amaverick author. That pretty much sums up the essence of the three slimguidebooks on Delhi by Mayank Austen Soofi. Moments, colours, flavoursand months spent combing Delhi’s streets in search of its soul makethese books a delight to read.Collins, Rs. 199 eachlast_img read more