Finding m’niche

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell “We had this barn that really wasn’t being used and it seemed like a good place for a gift shop,” Hubbard said. “I thought that a gift shop out here in the country would be ‘interesting’ and fun.”With creativity and a lot of hammering and nailing, what had been a dusty barn with a tractor shed was transformed into a unique, woodsy, artsy gift shop but one without a name.While looking around at the shop, a friend remarked to Hubbard that she had found her “niche.”“She said that had found m’niche,” Hubbard said, laughing. M’Niche. It stuck.That was in 2009 and, for a while, business was pretty good but Ramer didn’t escape the downturn in the economy.Hubbard decided that, if the gift shop couldn’t put a jingle in her pocket, it could put a song in her heart.Locals had kind of adopted M’Niche as a stopping off place – a place to gather. Much like the way people gathered around the old pot bellied stove at the country stores of old.But, with business next to nothing, Hubbard had no choice except to look for some other way to bring life back into M’Niche.“My thoughts had been to open the gift shop from time to time and invite people to come and play and sing,” Hubbard said. “My son has a band and my brother is a musician. I thought it would be a fun place for people to gather and enjoy good music.”In November, Hubbard opened the doors of “M’Niche” again, not for business though, but to provide a venue for local folks to come and play their music on Sunday afternoons.“We open at 3 o’clock and stay around until everybody’s ready to go home,” Hubbard said. “What used to be the tractor shed is now the venue for the musicians. They really like playing there because of its uniqueness and intimacy.”The music place is decorated with art, most of which, was done by Hubbard, who considers herself a folk artist more than anything else. But it also features the creative talents of locals who like to dabble in, say, the making of wooden bowls or the more professional like Sandra Barnes, whose work is widely known and appreciated.There is no admission charge to the Sunday serenades. There’s a tip jar for those who make the music and a bucket of iced down soft drinks for those who need to wet their whistles.Hubbard said Sunday afternoon at M’Niche is just that. She has no hopes of making it anything more. She’s just proud to provide a place for local musicians to come and perform for a small but appreciative audience.“Most of the music is country, blues or bluegrass but we have ‘rocked,’” Hubbard said with a smile. “Some of the musicians write their own songs and they enjoy having an audience to hear them.”Some of those who perform at M’Niche are on-stage for the first time.Three Pike County up-and-coming “stars” took the stage for the first time on March 20 and Dakota Anderson of Goshen admitted that he had a bit of stage fright but it was not evident.The young guitar player and singer had the audience “in his lap” as he sang familiar songs like “What a Wonderful World” and whistled a few tunes, too.“I was nervous but I had a good time,” Dakota said. “Next time, I won’t be as scared and I’ll loosen up a little more.”Two sisters from Banks, Kate and Kathleen Deal, turned it loose with their renditions of John Denver songs, including “Country Roads” and, if they were nervous, it was only their tapping toes that gave them away.“I wasn’t nervous. I was having fun,” Kate said and her sister added that singing before an audience is what it’s all about.“We like to sing at home but we like to sing in front of people,” Kathleen said. “We just like to sing and this is a great fun place.”Lenny Trawick performed along with his guitar students and said that M’Niche is a comfortable niche for young people who are just beginning to step into the spotlight.“It’s a great place to perform especially for young people because it’s such a neat place,” he said. “It’s small and not at all intimidating. M’Niche is a comfortable place to perform whether you’re just starting out or have been around a long time like me.”Hubbard said performers at M’Niche have the full attention of the audience because there are no distractions like at bars or hotspots.Tony Brook, Adam Hood, Johnny Barron, Jarrett Flint, David Hubbard and Trawick are frequently in the spotlight at M’Niche and Hubbard said she always welcomes talented young people to the stage.The Sunday afternoons at M’Niche are such a success that Hubbard is considering building a stage outside for bigger bands and larger audiences.“But what we’re doing now is working so well,” she said.-After a pause she added, “I don’t want to mess up a good thing. This is ‘m’niche.’” Latest Stories Finding m’niche Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Tinkering Man A lifetime of ‘tinkering’ helped Mike Richards carefully restore this 1934 Chevy truck. Richards of the Tarentum community would probably… read more Next UpJoyce Hubbard smiled as she gestured toward the “shingle” over the recycled barn in the sleepy little community of Ramer, the hub of the “three cities” Ramer, Grady and Dublin (not Ireland).“M’Niche,” Hubbard said. “It’s like ‘m’mama, m’daddy, m’house.’ Like that. M’Niche.”Hubbard was explaining how a barn was transformed, first, into a gift shop and now into a destination for those who are looking for an entertaining way to spend a lazy summer Sunday afternoon or cozy up to one that’s cold and dreary.center_img Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 9:23 am Saturday, March 26, 2011 M’Niche is not French.Sounds like it, but it’s notWhat it is, actually, is a Southernism. Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Off-campus houses robbed

first_imgAn email sent Wednesday from Notre Dame’s Off Campus Council notified students of a burglary and attempted burglary that took place last weekend. A burglary to a student residence took place Sunday between 12 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the 700 block of N. Notre Dame Ave., the email stated. Entry was gained by raising a screen then opening an unlocked window, and an Apple laptop was taken. The email also stated someone broke into a car at that site and took a backpack. Subject information is not available. An attempted burglary also occurred in the same block between Friday at 11:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 a.m., the email stated. Entry was attempted by breaking a porch window, but nothing was taken. Subject information is unavailable for that incident as well, according to the email. The email directed students to the crime prevention tips listed on the Notre Dame Security Police website and the live crime map of Notre Dame, South Bend and Mishawaka at www.crimereports.com.last_img read more

UVM Medical Group at Fletcher Allen announces research award grants

first_imgThe University of Vermont Medical Group at Fletcher Allen announced the winners of four new Medical Group awards at the practice’s annual holiday reception held December 7, 2010. The awards, newly created to highlight Fletcher Allen’s academic mission and recognize the outstanding work of UVM/Fletcher Allen faculty, each carry a $1,500 cash award and $6,000 block grant related to the award’s focus.Allyson Bolduc, M.D., associate professor of family medicine, was named CME (Continuing Medical Education) Educator of the Year in recognition of her role of course director for the long-standing and highly successful Family Medicine Review Course from 2006 through 2009. Under Dr. Bolduc’s direction, attendance at the longest-running family medicine conference in the country grew by approximately 30 percent.Barry Heath, M.D., professor of pediatrics, director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and chief, Division of Inpatient and Critical Care at Vermont Children’s Hospital, was named GME (Graduate Medical Education) Teacher of the Year for his unique and innovative teaching of medical residents and fellows. Dr. Heath is described by residents and fellows as an enthusiastic teacher who is patient with new learners and communicates well with the health care teamChristopher Huston, M.D., associate professor of infectious disease, was named Junior Researcher of the Year. This award honors a researcher who is less than 10 years out from graduation from residency or fellowship training. The author of 18 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Huston’s research focuses on the molecular basis for the pathogenesis of invasive infection by an intestinal amoeba that is the second leading protozoan cause of death in the world.Hillel Panitch, M.D., professor of neurology, was named Senior Researcher of the Year. This award honors a researcher who is more than 10 years out from graduation from residency or fellowship training. Dr. Panitch, who passed away on December 23, 2010, served as director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Fletcher Allen for ten years. He made seminal research contributions in defining the pathophysiology and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. His animal studies suggested that MS is an autoimmune disease; human studies confirmed this and revealed disease mechanisms that led to interventional therapies that are now the standard of care worldwide.Burlington, Vt. – The University of Vermontlast_img read more

Ministry suggests shorter school hours as part of ‘new normal’

first_imgThe Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry has suggested reducing school hours to only four hours a day without breaks as concerns mount over “new normal” protocols for students.”Our recommendation is to remove break time and shorten the school hours to four hours a day,” the ministry’s deputy assistant for child protection in emergency situations and pornography, Ciput Eka Purwianti, said on Thursday.Another scenario prepared for the new normal at schools was to alter the start and end of school hours to avoid a buildup of students at campus entrances.  The government is planning to ease the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) policy — aimed at curbing COVID-19 transmission in public areas — gradually and embrace a new normal by slowly reopening schools, offices and shopping centers as well as other public places with heightened health protocols.However, many have questioned the decision as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths still continue to rise across the country.The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) suggested that students study from home until the country is declared free from COVID-19. “The study-from-home policy should remain in effect until Indonesia is free from the novel coronavirus pandemic,” chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait said in a statement on Wednesday. He said he would soon send a letter to the Education and Culture Ministry regarding the matter. Read also: Five percent of Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases are children: MinistryAccording to Indonesian Pediatric Association data, at least 584 children in Indonesia have tested positive for COVID-19 as of May 18, 14 of whom died of the disease. Up to 3,324 children have been placed under surveillance (PDP), 129 of whom have.Social media influencer Hana Handoko created an online petition through change.org last week, demanding a continuation of the study-from-home policy to protect children from the life-threatening disease.She cited cases of COVID-19 transmissions in France and Finland after the respective governments decided to reopen schools, despite the ongoing pandemic. “Hopefully, the government will learn from what happened in France and Finland and extend distance study sessions to protect our next generation,” Hana said. The petition has garnered nearly 45,000 signatures as of Friday morning.center_img Topics :last_img read more