Author: Lagniappe

Preacher Partridge

Band: Road to Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival Date: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Venue: The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St. Francis St., www.thelisteningroommobile.com Tickets: $20 artist donation at the door A legion of songsmiths have descended upon Dripping Springs, Texas, over the past four years for the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival. This year, local singer-songwriter Abe Partridge will be among these lyrical masters. Partridge’s passion and talent resonates throughout his music. With a worn voice, Partridge’s concoctions of folk, country and blues are Southern-boy sermons filled with unique snapshots of an eclectic life. His unique sound attracted the...

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Music Listings: Oct. 12 – Oct. 18, 2017

THUR. OCT 12 Blind Mule— Mobile Jazz Club, 8:30p Bluegill— Quintin Berry Blues Tavern— Johnny B Duo, 8:30p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— David Chastang, 6p Callaghan’s— Devon Gilfillian Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Felix’s— Grits N Pieces Flora Bama— Dave McCormick, 2p// Destiny Brown, 5p/// Donnie Mathis & BC Dueitt, 5p//// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// Mark Sherrill, Chris Newbury, James Daniel & Mel Knapp, 6p//// Yeah Probably, 10p//// Kyle Wilson Duo, 10:15p Listening Room— Eric Erdman, Abe Partridge, Josh Ewing Lulu’s— Lefty Collins, 5p Manci’s— Ross Newell McSharry’s— Jimmy Lumpkin Duo, 7:30p SanBar— Jeff Farrow Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Jamie Adamson, 11a//...

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‘Here We May Rest’ is compelling story of immigrants in Alabama

BY MIKE THOMASON / CONTRIBUTING WRITER As was said at another point in our history, “these are the times that try men’s souls,” indeed. “Here We May Rest: Alabama Immigrants in the Age of HB 56” been published at a perfect time, as it examines the history of attitudes about immigrants and immigration in Alabama, with an emphasis on recent decades. The story it tells is riveting and painful but very well researched and told. It will challenge many readers whose views are expressed in the song “Sweet Home Alabama,” and surprise others, as you cannot believe much of the story really happened. Others will see it as an accurate description of the challenges recent immigrants have faced, and still face in this state. The author is not a historian, though she is a recent immigrant herself. She has done impressive archival research, and conducted interviews with politicians and many immigrants, who tell their stories in compelling fashion. Giagnoni teaches at Auburn University and was born and grew up in, and still returns to, her native Tuscany, Italy. She married an Alabamian and they have two small children. She says she feels welcomed and at home in Alabama, but understands the immigrants’ experience, especially those who lack proper documents — or, as many say, are “undocumented aliens.” In 2011 she began her investigation of immigrants in Alabama, and almost...

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Calendar of Events: Oct. 12 – Oct. 18, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST RealTalk Lunch and Learn Lunch and learn will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Goodwill, Training Room 2, 2440 Gordon Smith Drive. Monday, Oct. 16, topic: “Creating Calm in the Middle of Chaos”; Wednesday, Oct. 18, topic: “Human Trafficking in South Alabama.” Call 251-404-3924. History discussion Speaker Franklin McMillion discusses “Growing up in a Segregated Mobile: Are There Differences Now?” Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m. at Cox Deasy House, 300 Oakleigh Place. Free for Historic Mobile Preservation Society members, otherwise $10. Visit historicmobile.org/events. Graveyard tours Church Street Graveyard tours take place at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursdays in October. Hosted by the Historic Mobile Preservation Society. Free (donations accepted). Call 251-432-6161. Fairhope farmer’s market The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2. Behind the Fairhope Public Library downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466. Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party The Little Sisters of the Poor (1655 McGill Ave.) annual Lawn Party is a day of family fun with games and prizes for the kids, great food, raffles and more. Sunday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 251-476-6335, ext. 102. Apple Snail Roundup Join Mobile Baykeeper on Saturday, Oct. 14, 9-11 a.m. at Langan Park to remove the island apple snail, an invasive species. Supplies and water will be provided, wear clothes that can...

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Gulf Shores votes to form Baldwin County’s first city school system

By John Mullen GULF SHORES – City officials believe, based on a report compiled by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, Gulf Shores would receive enough revenue to fund a city school system without new taxes. On Monday, after an hour of presentations and public questions and comment, the city council voted 6-0 to begin the process of forming a school board. The overflow crowd erupted in a standing ovation. Gulf Shores is the first breakaway city system in Baldwin County. Because there is no need to raise taxes, a vote of the people is not required. Baldwin...

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Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) to hold Industrial Automation and Technology Seminar

Improving Environmental Impacts and Human Performance will be the theme at the Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) seminar to be held on Thursday, October 19 at the Ft. Whiting Auditorium in Mobile, Al. DETAILS: October 19, 2017, 9:00am – 11:30am Ft. Whiting Auditorium, Mobile Alabama [PRIOR TO Industrial Reverse Trade Show] Free to the public, but Pre-Registration is required at [email protected] or on the website. CEU certificates of completion available on request for Engineers; CLE – Alabama (request pending) SEMINAR AGENDA: 9:00 – 10:15 am Panel One Applied Technology and Automation: Moving Stuff without Moving Precision in Action Automation is improving the environment, operational efficiency, logistics and safety at the McDuffie and Pinto Terminals. Speaker: Brad Ojard, Sr. Vice President, Operations, Alabama State Port Authority Partners in the Age of Automated Construction Equipment Automation can remove human error and fatigue Speakers: Buddy Averett, Smart Construction Manager, Tractor & Equipment Company (TEC); Mike Tew, President & CEO of SJ&L, Civil Contractors, Inc. Asset Management Part 1: Evolving technology in the management of IIOT The technology in the management of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) is changing rapidly and product development is in high gear. Speakers: Matt Burton, Corporate Director of Automation Technology, Hargrove Engineers + Constructors; Michael A. Wilson, TES Manager, BASF Corporation 10:15 – 10:30 Break 10:30-11:45 Panel Two Opportunities and Risks with Automated Equipment Accuracy, Environmental Impact,...

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Daphne’s Kaylee Ramos to attend National Pageant for National American Miss

Miss Kaylee Ramos, daughter of Shawn Ramos and Nikki Riley of Daphne, has earned the opportunity to attend the National Pageant for National American Miss through her successfully scored events in the Jr. Pre-teen division: • 1st Runner up in TOP MODEL at the National American Miss State of Alabama competition held last July. • 4th Runner up in TALENT at the National American Miss State of Alabama competition held last July. The National Pageant is to be held in Anaheim, California at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, representing the great State of Alabama, where she will have the opportunity...

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Lessons learned from Mobile Ballet

Editor: I must comment on the article concerning the lawsuit brought against individual members of the board and Mobile Ballet Inc. While not a plaintiff, I am both a former longtime employee and former Mobile Ballet board member, and agree with the efforts of the plaintiffs (at the time of the suit, two board members and a former board member). It must be noted that the portion of the suit against individual board members and the development director of Mobile Ballet was dismissed solely because the judge decided that the plaintiffs did not have standing to bring the suit — not because the concerns raised in the suit did not have merit. Details of the lawsuit can be found online, for those who are interested. Two other board members and I resigned in late April of this year, with another like-minded member rotating off shortly thereafter. It was a painful and most difficult decision, as my family and I had spent nearly 30 years involved with the organization in various capacities. Our two daughters were longtime students and company members under Winthrop Corey. My husband voiced introductions for Mobile Ballet performances and emceed the Nutcracker Charity Ball. I co-chaired the ball its first six years, was president of the volunteer organization and was the first development director. For the last five years, I served as a member of the...

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