Sunday, May 28, 2017

THE GOSSIP - Phone notifications, farming tilling and Sackcloth and Ashes

LEAVE THE TILLING TO MOTHER NATURE - Whether talking to farmers in France, Ghana or southern Ohio, Rafiq Islam’s message is consistent: Tilling the land does more long-term damage than good.

As an Ohio State University soil scientist, Islam is among the disciples in the movement to convince farmers that plowing their fields before they plant or after they harvest harms the health of the soil and its ability to spur growth and resist erosion.

Soil plowed repeatedly can lose key ingredients that enrich it, including carbon, which can evaporate as carbon dioxide gas into the air. Left undisturbed, soil can maintain that carbon, and the dry decaying stalks in an untilled field add to the organic materials in the dirt.

After crops such as soybeans or corn are picked, a farmer can plant a cover crop in a field instead of plowing it. The cover crop isn’t harvested for food but instead keeps the soil covered and porous and contributes carbon to it, Islam said. Land left bare is more susceptible to erosion and cannot absorb water from rain or snow as efficiently as when cover crops are planted on it.

NEW SONG FROM SACKCLOTH AND ASHES - Twelve months after duo Sackcloth & Ashes released its debut single, “Sons of God,” which hit No. 2 on the and found its way to international radio stations, the Missouri act is set to release the title cut from its upcoming release. The new song, titled “Star,” goes for adds today at Christian CHR and Christian Rock radio stations.

Sackcloth & Ashes, a pop/rock band, features lead vocalist Bobby Burns and Chad Hampton, drummer and band manager, who is legally blind due to an accident while serving in the Army.

“We formed Sackcloth & Ashes because we wanted a ministry-minded, high-energy band that focuses on the people that God puts in our path,” Hampton said. “We want people to have fun and experience God in a new, fun way when they’re around us.”

Since its release, “Sons of God” has enjoyed a year of radio activity, with the single finding its way into the Top 5 a number of times (and peaking at No. 2) at, an international radio chart for indie artist that is based on stations added, rather than the spins-based charts, such as Billboard and others.

NEW MUSIC FROM JO D - Christian singer Jo D was solidly on the path to fulfilling his dream to be a professional baseball player when his mother’s breast cancer diagnosis resulted in him leaving college – and baseball – to care for her. What happened in the subsequent years resulted in the young man feeling a call to music ministry.

Jo D, who is now one of the worship leaders at Calvary Chapel in Jacksonville, Florida, is set to release his single, “This Time is For You” to Christian AC and Christian CHR radio today.

Jo D (nee Jody Finch) wrote the single, which incorporates pop and R&B influences. Big Hack produced the project.

MVNU SPEECH THERAPY CLINIC OPENS TO COMMUNITY THIS FALL - Mount Vernon Nazarene University will open a speech therapy clinic in Hunter Hall that will provide students in the new Communication Sciences and Disorders program an opportunity to apply what they are learning while providing underserved groups in the local community with communication disorders services at no cost. The clinic houses five therapy rooms and will provide services by appointment during the academic school year only. The Hunter Hall Clinic for Communication Sciences and Disorders, 221 S. Main St., will hold an open house on Sept. 1, 2017, during Mount Vernon’s First Friday celebration downtown.

The goal of the Hunter Hall Clinic for Communication Sciences and Disorders is to provide clinical experience in speech and language therapy for students early in their academic career, and, in the process, to provide needed services for children and adults who may otherwise have limited or no access to speech-language pathology services. Through MVNU’s pre-professional degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the university hopes to fill the gap for those in need of such services. MVNU is the only Nazarene university in the U.S. and the only member of the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities in the state of Ohio to offer this degree program.

“Clinical experience is a vital part of training as a communication disorders professional. Our goal is for MVNU students to begin that experience early in their academic program so they can reap greater benefits from their coursework, and know for certain that this is the field for them. To provide that opportunity while at the same time meeting a community need is a tremendous privilege,” said Teresa Farnham, CSD Program Coordinator.

SPACES AVAILABLE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED YOUTH FISHING INSTRUCTOR - Any adult, group, or conservation club who has a sincere interest in taking kids fishing should consider becoming a certified Passport to Fishing instructor, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

A Passport certification course is being offered June 28 at the ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two Office in Findlay. Passport to Fishing is a one-day instructor training program that qualifies individuals to become ODNR Division of Wildlife certified fishing instructors, similar to a hunter education instructor.

This workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 952 Lima Ave., Findlay 45840. Participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch and dress for the weather. It is free of charge, but preregistration is required by June 26, as space is limited. Participants will be required to complete a background check.

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