Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union paid out nearly $4 million to its members through consumer checking counts alone in 2018.The $3,797,732 returned to members through ETFCU’s premier checking accounts represent a 61 percent increase over the 2017 total. That included a return of 3% APY on balances of up to $20,000 for members who use Vertical Checking (up from a maximum of $15,000 in 2017); reward points on debit card purchases plus bonus ScoreCard reward points each month to Platinum Rewards Checking members, who can redeem for brand-name merchandise, travel, gift cards and more; and ATM-fee reimbursement anywhere worldwide up to $15 on both accounts.“Our mission is to provide the best value for our members,” ETFCU President and CEO Bill Schirmer wrote in a letter to members. “We do this through innovative products and services that provide real benefits on a monthly basis.”Members received $2,299,956 in interest on Vertical Checking, $1,099,583 in redeemable points for Platinum Rewards Checking, and $393,193 in ATM-fee reimbursements.ETFCU, which was recognized as Best in State for Banking and Credit Unions by Forbes in 2018, has grown to more than 205,000 members with assets of $1.8 billion. Schirmer was honored with the Indiana Credit Union League’s Professional Achievement Award in 2018, marking a first for an Evansville-based credit union leader.The credit union operates six offices in Evansville, along with Indiana locations in Fort Branch, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Princeton and Vincennes, and Kentucky locations in Henderson and Owensboro (2). An office will open in Washington, Indiana, in the spring. For more information about ETFCU and its programs, go to etfcu.org. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Fool’s Paradise is coming up this weekend, and we’re counting the minutes until we hit the sunshine. For those coming in to see Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large, we’ve got everything you need to know right here, right now. On March 31 & April 1, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will transform into a funk-fueled dance party – with so many surprises in store!Daily SchedulesThe gates will open at 3PM on Friday and Saturday, with non-stop music through 10:15PM. See below for the set times, and keep your eyes peeled for some incredible collaborations from Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as they make surprise appearances as artists-at-large.After-PartiesIn addition to the main lineup, a number of late night shows will be hosted by some of the most talented musicians in the industry! On Friday, March 31, there will be performances from Jaw Gems, Eric Krasno Band, and the “Infinity Jam” hosted by Eric Krasno and Oteil Burbridge. On Saturday, April 1st, Dumpstaphunk will bring their unique brand of down-and-dirty New Orleans funk to the Elk’s Lodge for a very special late night set, their only performance at Fool’s Paradise. After Dumpstaphunk finishes up, they’ll join forces with members of Lettuce to form this year’s “Fools For Funk” super group.Artist-Led ExcursionsThere’s more to look forward to than just musical adventures. Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists! Whether it’s mini-golf with Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes, The Motet’s Lyle Divinsky, and Vulfpeck’s Antwaun Stanley, or ping-pong tournament with Adam Deitch and Adam Smirnoff, or a sailing adventure and DJ set at sea with Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom, you’ll be rocking your Saturday alongside the best. Sign up for those here!Saturday Pre-Party With The LocalsFool’s Paradise is completing the experience with a little extra sauce from Florida’s finest local bands. Ajeva, The Groove Orient, and Ben Strok & The Full Electric will be representing a swath of the sonic scene from Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville with a Saturday afternoon party primer at the Elk’s Lodge.The Elk’s Lodge will be open with a full bar, and plenty of space to hang with your friends before the gates open at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday, April 1. This pre-party welcomes all Fool’s Paradise attendees. The music will get the party started at 1PM, around the time that Adam Deitch and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff will be hosting a charitable ping pong tournament in the same vicinity (sign up here), and will play through 4PM when the music starts across the way at the main event.VIP The only thing better than attending as a fan is going as a VIP. The Fool’s Paradise VIP program will have you stylin’ from the moment you check in through your first #TBT memories. The golden wristband will: provide you with priority access to the pit area in front of the stage and to the reserved seating area in front of the soundboard. Note: the rest of the venue is all General Admission, so this reserved seating is prime.On Saturday evening, there will be an exclusive happy hour with the bands. This is your chance to ask them anything, give them a cheers or high-five, and take as many photos as you’d like. This lineup is more than willing to spend time with their fans and are excited for this opportunity to become friends.Your VIP wristband will also give you discounted alcoholic beverages in a private tiki bar area. Lines are never an issue here! You will also receive an official AJ Masthay original print Fool’s Paradise poster and t-shirt. More information can be found here.Where To Stay“Fools For Love” Hotel VIP Packages are sold-out, but you can book a hotel on your own here.There are also a very limited amount of “Fools For Trees” VIP Camping Package, which includes 2-Day VIP ticket(s) to show (for each person in package), campsite for 4 persons with parking for 2 vehicles, free access to the late-night shows, priority access to pit area and seating, discounted beverages, exclusive happy hour with artists, and a very special Fool’s Paradise poster & t-shirt designed by AJ Masthay. You can purchase the Camping “Fool For Trees” VIP package here.For all of the information, head to the festival website.
NRG Systems Inc,Jan Blittersdorf, CEO/Owner of NRG Systems (www.nrgsystems.com(link is external)), was recently named chair of the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) (http://www.awwi.org/(link is external)). As a first order of business, Jan attended a meeting in February with top White House officials to discuss new wind energy siting guidelines issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. â ¢ The development, with the Nature Conservancy, of a unique landscape assessment tool designed to identify sensitive wildlife habitat and areas that are likely to have low wildlife risk where wind energy development could be prioritized;â ¢ Launch of pilot study to build a comprehensive research information system, gathering existing wind-wildlife data to support critical scientific research and analysis;â ¢ The release of Enabling Progress (http://www.awwi.org/initiatives/mitigation.aspx(link is external)), a report that provides a review of current wildlife related mitigation practices employed in the United States and how those practices might relate to future wind energy development.‘From the outset, Jan’s collaborative style and vision have provided clear direction to this group,’ says Abby Arnold, AWWI executive director. ‘With her as chair, we will continue to benefit from her leadership and advance our vision of furthering wind energy and addressing potential wildlife impacts.’Jan Blittersdorf previously served as AWWI vice chair.The eight non-profit partner organizations of AWWI include: Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists. In addition to NRG Systems, the remaining ten AWWI industry and utility partners include: American Wind Energy Association, BP Wind Energy, GE Energy, Horizon Wind Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, Pacific Gas & Electric, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Ridgeline Energy, Shell WindEnergy, and Vestas Americas.For more information about American Wind Wildlife Institute, visit www.awwi.org(link is external).About NRG SystemsNRG Systems’ wind measurement equipment can be found on every continent in more than 140 countries, serving electric utilities, wind farm developers, research institutes, and government agencies. The Hinesburg (VT) company, founded in 1982, has been nationally recognized for its LEED gold-certified manufacturing facility and its employee best-practices. For more information on NRG Systems, Inc., visit www.nrgsystems.com(link is external).# # #
Hyun-Jin Ryu threw 20 pitches, all fastballs, in his first bullpen session since spring training Sunday at Petco Park. “It’s kind of what I expected,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “I didn’t throw hard.” Ryu is expected to throw from a mound again Tuesday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers shut down the left-hander in late March, about a month ago, after he received an anti-inflammatory injection in his shoulder. The timetable for his return was deliberately vague; “at least a month” was the initial estimate. Well, it took a month for Ryu to even get off a mound. Neither he nor the team is estimating a timetable for his return, not even to a minor-league rehab assignment. “I know it’s been over a month, but I don’t think that’s been too long of a time to be impatient,” Ryu said. Mattingly said that Ryu “hasn’t missed a beat. It’s just a matter of him getting strong. He threw almost 90 throws today with his toss, throwing, plus the bullpen. We’re building him up and he hasn’t had any problems at this point.”AlsoThe Giants’ game against the Colorado Rockies was rained out Sunday. That means the San Francisco rotation will re-set for the three-game series beginning today at Dodger Stadium. Tim Lincecum will oppose Brett Anderson tonight, 2014 MVP Clayton Kershaw gets a rematch against 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday, and Zack Greinke starts against a to-be-determined pitcher Wednesday. … The Dodgers signed veteran Mike Carp to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The first baseman/outfielder is a graduate of Lakewood High School. … Sunday was only the second game that Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez started and did not reach base. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN DIEGO >> The Dodgers finally bit the bullet Sunday on Yasiel Puig, placing the star outfielder on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Puig was able to grab a bat and head to the batting cage prior to Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres, but manager Don Mattingly was tired of playing short-handed, waiting for Puig’s hamstring to come back to 100 percent. “He’ll probably be able to play in five days but we’re in the same situation,” Mattingly said. “At this point, let’s get the thing right, make sure we have him for the long run.” Puig had never gone on the disabled list in his major-league career before Sunday. His situation was easily the most straightforward one on a busy day for Dodgers transactions. The Dodgers recalled Carlos Frias from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and the right-hander made his 2015 debut in the eighth inning Sunday. Frias had been at Triple-A for exactly 10 days (the MLB minimum) since his last call-up. He did not appear in a game then, but Mattingly said he needed a long reliever one day after Juan Nicasio threw two scoreless innings at Petco Park. Frias, who had been scheduled to start for Oklahoma City on Sunday, fit the bill.Asked if Frias might take Brandon McCarthy‘s next start, Mattingly said “it’s a possibility.” McCarthy felt tightness in his right elbow Saturday and will undergo an MRI exam Monday. Right-hander Scott Baker, who arrived in San Diego on Saturday, was formally added to the 40-man roster so he could start the series finale against the Padres. To clear a spot on the 40-man, the Dodgers transferred Brandon League from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. League’s DL stint was backdated to March 27, so he won’t be able to pitch until May 27. It’s a safe target date for the right-hander, who has been taking a conservative approach in his rehabilitation from shoulder inflammation and hasn’t been able to pitch off a mound yet.Ryu throws off mound