Last Friday was something of a monumental day for Greensky Bluegrass. The jamgrass group found their way to Safeco Field, home of the MLB team Seattle Mariners, to perform ahead of a Bernie Sanders rally. They even welcomed out beloved harmonica player John Popper for the occasion, accompanying him on a couple of Blues Traveler songs.Later that night, Greensky Bluegrass could be found throwing it down at the Showbox in Seattle, WA, hosting their very own celebration. Popper again joined the group, as well as saxophonist Skerik. The Seattle native joined for the majority of the second set, including a potent “Tarpology > Gumboots > Tarpology.” The whole segment, including the Paul Simon cover, is just a tremendous piece of music.Thanks to YouTube user Embervine TwoOhSix, we have full footage of Skerik’s sit-in on “Gumboots.” Enjoy!Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at The Showbox, Seattle, WA – 3/25/16Set 1: We’re an American Band, Burn Them, Rafters, Old Barns, Mr Charlie*, Hook*, Breadbox, Great Atomic Power, KeroseneSet 2: Just to Lie **, Tarpology ** > Gumboots ** > Tarpology **, I’d Probably Kill You **, Demons **, Down the Road, 33443 > Wings for Wheels, Leap YearEncore: After Midnight****-w/ John Popper** – w/Skerik (sax)*** – w/ Keith Kinnear tambourine shake
TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Dozens of faculty members at SUNY Broome will lose their jobs, after the school’s president says last year’s enrollment was down significantly. “Lots of jobs, dozens of jobs, the worst case scenario would be many dozens of jobs,” said Drumm. What’s at stake for SUNY Broome’s faculty has President Kevin Drumm worried for the community college’s future. Now the college’s state and county funding are in jeopardy as budget cuts are expected in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Drumm went on to say the only way to protect more jobs would be if the school got the full amount of funding it typically receives from New York state. To give you an idea of what that looks like, Drumm said this year SUNY Broome was to recieve nearly $13.3 million dollars from the state. That’s down by more than $800,000 dollars from the year before. “There’s more or less a hiring freeze,” Drumm told 12 News. “We’re only hiring where absolutely necessary.” “There would have been, gosh, two or three dozen job cuts just based on our enrollment decline projected, but already in the works based on attrition,” he explained. Drumm said reducing the staff was already part of the plan after the drop in enrollment last year. It’s been a concern since last year, when the school saw one of its biggest drops in enrollment to date, Now, the school is at risk of even more job cuts if they don’t receive enough funding from the county and state. The county was budgeted to give $7.4 million dollars this year, but that too could be cut in the next budget during these uncertain times. Stay with 12 News for more on this developing story.
In addition, the mention that GE “will invest tens of million of dollars in the new effort” seems like a significant capital investment for community sustainability, with long-term reduction of utility costs in future governments’ budgets.However, I didn’t read any mention of planning to utilize the Electricians Recruitment Apprentice program, sponsored by the Tri-City Joint Apprenticeship Council, or the Electrical Line Worker Apprentices program, sponsored by the Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.The corporate-government partnership’s insightfulness into the cost/benefit of capital resources needs to include the cost/benefit for human resource development to sustain operation and maintenance of the projects.I hope public review of the projects looks at federal and state education and training monies to sustain a workforce to operate and maintain the long-term capital benefits. Will the political and economic decision-makers allow SNAP recipients to participate in sustainable development?Michael McGlynnWatervlietMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The April 27 news article about several municipal governments partnering with General Electric to invest capital resources into solar energy planning, installation, operation and maintenance is interesting.Also, the willingness of municipal officials to include review of the planning results prior to authorizing contracts for installation seems good for public review/democracy.