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Blackford County, Indiana

Blackford County is located in the east central portion of the U. S. state of Indiana. The county is named for Judge Isaac Blackford, the first speaker of the Indiana General Assembly and a long-time chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. Created in 1838, Blackford County is divided into four townships, its county seat is Hartford City. Two incorporated cities and one incorporated town are located within the county; the county is the site of numerous unincorporated communities and ghost towns. Occupying only 165.58 square miles, Blackford County is the fourth smallest county in Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the county's population was 12,766 people in 5,236 households. Based on population, the county is the 8th smallest county of the 92 in Indiana. Although no interstate highways are located in Blackford County, three Indiana state roads cross the county, an additional state road is located along the county's southeast border; the county has two railroad lines. A north–south route crosses the county, intersects with a second railroad line that connects Hartford City with communities to the west.

Before the arrival of European-American settlers during the 1830s, the northeastern portion of the future Blackford County was the site of an Indian reservation for Chief Francois Godfroy of the Miami tribe. The first European-American pioneers were farmers who settled on arable land near rivers; the county was swampland, but more land became available for farming as the marshes were cleared and drained. Over the next 30 years, small communities developed throughout the county; when the county's rail lines were constructed in the 1860s and 1870s, additional communities evolved around railroad stops. Beginning in the late 1880s, the discovery of natural gas and crude oil in the county caused the area to undergo an economic boom period known as the Indiana Gas Boom. Manufacturers relocated to the area to take advantage of the low-cost energy and railroad facilities; the boom period lasted about 15 years, is reflected in Blackford County's population, which peaked in 1900 at 17,213. The construction associated with the additional prosperity of the boom period caused a significant upgrade in the county's appearance, as wooden buildings were replaced with masonry structures.

Much of the infrastructure built during that time remains today—including Montpelier's historic Carnegie Library and many of Hartford City's buildings in the Courthouse Square Historic District. Agriculture continues to be important to the county, became more important after the loss of several large manufacturers during the 20th century. Today, 72 percent of Blackford County is covered by either soybean fields. According to the 2010 census, Blackford County has a total area of 165.58 square miles, of which 165.08 square miles is land and 0.50 square miles is water, making it the fourth smallest county in the state. The county is located in East Central Indiana, about 55 miles south of Fort Wayne and about 78 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Wells County Jay County Delaware County Grant County The terrain of Blackford County shows the influence of glacial passage in the distant past; these glaciers were responsible for the rich farmland that became available after the county was cleared and drained.

During the early 20th century, the Renner Stock Farm, in Licking Township, was known statewide for its quality cattle and horses. The county has some small streams, several man-made lakes; the Salamonie River, flowing out of Jay County from the east, crosses the northeast corner of Blackford County. Big and Little Lick Creek flow westward in Licking and Jackson townships in the southern half of the county. Early settlers were attracted to Lick Creek, the Salamonie River, because the nearby land had suitable drainage for farming; the county's lakes include Lake Blue Water in Harrison Township. Lake Blue Water is a spring-fed former stone quarry located one mile east of Montpelier; the Shamrock Lakes were created between 1960 and 1965, the first lake was intended to be a water supply for a farmer's cattle. Harrison Jackson Township (thought to be named after President Andrew Jackson. Licking Washington Township (named after President George Washington. Hartford City Montpelier Dunkirk Shamrock Lakes Converse Hoover Park Matamoras Millgrove Roll Trenton These communities are sometimes listed as ghost towns, most businesses in these communities have closed.

However, residences are still maintained in these communities, they are listed as populated places by the U. S. Geological Survey. Millgrove and Trenton all had post offices during the 19th or 20th centuries. Blackford County has over 10 communities. In some cases, a church, farm or single residence remains at the extinct community's location. Among these former communities, Bowser Station, Dorsey Station, Mollie and Slocum all had post offices during the 19th century. Mollie's post office lasted until 1907. Bowser Station—This community was a railroad stop in southern Licking Township, had a post office during the 1870s. Dorsey Station—This Harrison Township community was a railroad stop, had a post office

Light Metal Age

Light Metal Age is a technical trade magazine devoted to primary production, secondary production, semi-fabrication of light metals aluminum, magnesium and their alloys. However, the main editorial emphasis is aluminum. Published bimonthly by Fellom Publishing, Light Metal Age is distributed worldwide to primary and secondary smelters. Recipients are executives, general managers, plant managers, metallurgists and engineers responsible for fabrication and operations in this industry. Light Metal Age was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1943 by Roy Fellom, Jr. owner of Fellom Publishing. Roy Fellom predicted that there would be an increased use of light metals aluminum. In the first issue of Light Metal Age in May 1943, he wrote a dedication explaining that the magazine was created to "herald the new LIGHT METAL ERA which shall see these most abundant basic metals brought to the service of man in all the common uses where metal is required." In 1955, Roy Fellom moved the company from Chicago to San Francisco, where it remained until 1989 when the headquarters was moved to South San Francisco, where it is now located.

Roy Fellom was recognized for his dedication to promoting the light metals industry via Light Metal Age in 1992 with the Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence, presented at the Fifth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar. In 2000, Light Metal Age was named the official publication of the Seventh International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar, was again named the official publication for the subsequent seminars, ET ’04 and ET ’08. Roy Fellom, Jr. died in 1993. Light Metal Age is carried on by Ann Marie Fellom. In 2006, Light Metal Age donated Roy Fellom’s extensive library of 692 books covering all topics of light metal production to the Paul V. Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Light Metal Age covers primary production and semi-fabrication of light metals aluminum, but titanium and magnesium, as well as associated light metal processes and equipment, including DC casting, anodizing and melting, degassing and filtration and handling. Articles are technical in nature, with the aim of being of practical use to executives, general managers, plant managers, metallurgists and engineers working in the light metal industry.

Light Metal World – offers current statistical data on aluminum production in the United States and Canada, as well as a short article involving light metals in the world Contracts & Expansions – light metals industry news News – industry news published on alternating topics, such as Primary Aluminum, Aluminum Extrusion, Flat Rolled Aluminum, etc. Lightweight Matters – a lighter, applications-focused article International Patent Calendar – a list of recent patents relevant to the light metals industry International Aluminum Abstracts – a list of abstracts for research and technical papers Conference Calendar – a list of upcoming conferences relevant to the light metals industry Personalities & Plants – news items covering appointments of new personnel and awards received by individuals or companies Light Metal Age publishes four directories catering to the aluminum industry: the Directory of Primary Aluminum Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers, the Directory of Aluminum Extrusion Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers, the Directory of Secondary Aluminum Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers, the Directory of Flat Rolled Aluminum Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers.

These directories are published in the February, April and December issues as well as online for free. Light Metal Age produces two charts that present the nameplate and shutdown capacities of smelters by country; the lists, "Primary Aluminum Smelters of the World" and "Secondary Aluminum Smelters of the World", are updated at least once a year to keep the information up to date. Light Metal Age offers articles via its website as free pdf downloads; these articles present technical information considered to be of practical value to those involved in light metal production and processing. In addition to its bimonthly issues, Light Metal Age publishes focused compilations of articles from the magazine’s 68 years of publication, including the Titanium Article Archive and the Magnesium Article Archive. Archives are periodically updated to incorporate published articles. Directories of Aluminum Equipment Suppliers and Manufacturers Primary Aluminum Smelters of the World Secondary Aluminum Smelters of the World

Jimmie Nicol

James George Nicol is an English drummer and business entrepreneur. He is best known for temporarily replacing Ringo Starr in the Beatles for a series of concerts during the height of Beatlemania in 1964, elevating him from relative obscurity to worldwide fame and back again in the space of a fortnight. Nicol had hoped that his association with the Beatles would enhance his career but instead found that the spotlight moved away from him once Starr returned to the group, in 1965 his subsequent lack of commercial success culminated in bankruptcy. In 1967, after having worked with a number of different bands which included a successful relationship with the Spotnicks, he left the music business to pursue a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. Over the decades, Nicol shied away from media attention, preferring not to discuss his connection to the Beatles nor seeking financial gain from it, he has a son, a BAFTA award-winning sound engineer. Jimmie Nicol's career break came in 1957 when he was talent spotted by Larry Parnes whilst drumming with various bands in London's The 2i's Coffee Bar, a time that saw Britain's skiffle-dominated music scene giving way to rock and roll, being popularised by its Teddy Boy youth.

Parnes invited Nicol to join The Cabin Boys whom Parnes co-managed with John Kennedy. After taking a temporary break from the group to be a member of the original pit band in the Lionel Bart musical Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be at the Theatre Royal Stratford East Nicol rejoined Hicks's band for their appearance in the 1958 Italian film documentary Europa Di Notte, breaking them in Italy and subsequently allowing them to tour there extensively. During the early sixties, Nicol went on to play for a number of artists, including Vince Eager, Oscar Rabin, Cyril Stapleton and was kept in regular work through Charlie Katz, a well-known session fixer during that period. Nicol has cited drummer Phil Seamen and saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley as being his main influences. In 1964 Nicol helped to form The Shubdubs with former Merseybeats bassist Bob Garner, a jazz line-up similar in musical style to Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, a group with whom Nicol had sat-in with when they were the resident house band at London's now defunct Flamingo Jazz Club.

Other members of The Shubdubs were Tony Allen, Johnny Harris, Quincy Davis, Roger Coulam. It was at this point that he received a telephone call from George Martin. Nicol recalled: "I was having a bit of a lie down after lunch when the phone rang." When Ringo Starr collapsed with tonsillitis and was hospitalised on 3 June 1964, the eve of the Beatles' 1964 Australasian tour, the band's manager Brian Epstein and their producer George Martin urgently discussed the feasibility of using a stand-in drummer rather than cancelling part of the tour. Martin suggested Jimmie Nicol as he had used him on a recording session with Tommy Quickly. Nicol had drummed on a'Top Six' budget label album as part of an uncredited session band, as well as an extended play single of Beatles cover versions which meant that he knew the songs and their arrangements. Producer Bill Wellings and Shubdubs trumpeter Johnny Harris were responsible for putting together alternative budget cover versions of songs taken from the British Hit Parade aimed at cash-strapped teenagers.

Harris said: "The idea was for me to try and guess which six songs would be topping the charts about a month ahead. I would do the arrangements and go into the studio and record'sound a-likes'. Jimmie was on drums and, as you can imagine, we covered a lot of the Beatles' songs." Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney accepted the idea of using an understudy, George Harrison threatened to pull out of the tour telling Epstein and Martin: "If Ringo's not going neither am I. You can find two replacements." Martin recalled: "They nearly didn't do the Australia tour. George is a loyal person, it took all of Brian's and my persuasion to tell George that if he didn't do it he was letting everybody down." Tony Barrow, the Beatles' press officer at the time commented: "Brian saw it as the lesser of two evils. Ringo stated that "it was strange, them going off without me. They'd taken Jimmie Nicol and I thought they didn't love me any more – all that stuff went through my head." The arrangements were made quickly, from a telephone call to Nicol at his home in West London inviting him to attend an audition/rehearsal at Abbey Road Studios, to packing his bags, all in the same day.

At a press conference a reporter mischievously asked John Lennon why Pete Best, the Beatles' previous drummer for two years but dismissed by the group on the eve of stardom, was not being given the opportunity of replacing Ringo, to which Lennon replied: "He's got his own group, it might have looked as if we were taking him back, not good for him." Nicol's first concert with the Beatles took place just 27 hours on 4 June at the KB Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was given the distinctive Beatle moptop hairstyle, put on Ringo's suit and went on stage to an audience of 4,500 Beatles fans. McCartney recalled: "He was sitting up on this rostrum just eyeing up all the women. We'd start'She Loves You':'one, two', nothing,'on

Harvester (restaurant)

Harvester Restaurants is a family farmhouse style restaurant chain with over 230 outlets in the United Kingdom. On 21 July 1995, Bass bought the seventy eight restaurants of Harvester for £165 million. Whitbread had offered £150 million. Most Harvesters were in the South East, Bass had plans to rebrand other restaurants elsewhere in England as Harvesters; when Bass divested its brewing division in 2000, the chain was looked after by the renamed company, Six Continents, until 2003. On 15 April 2003, Six Continents divested its hotel division, the chain was taken over by the renamed company, Mitchells & Butlers plc, had 127 outlets. By 2012, there were over two hundred hotel across the United Kingdom. For the first time in ten years, Harvester Restaurants spent nearly £20,000 on advertising on both television in the United Kingdom, radio stations in July 2010; the advertising campaign was part of a general shift within Mitchells & Butlers plc, to focus on businesses that were food led. As part of the marketing campaign, they run "free ice cream vouchers when you order main meal" campaigns periodically.

In November 2015, the chain was one of seven restaurants surveyed that failed to meet a basic level of sustainability in its seafood. Brewers Fayre, owned by Whitbread Beefeater, owned by Whitbread Toby Carvery owned by M & B List of restaurant chains Official website Harvester YouTube channel


Soedesco is a Dutch video game publisher and video game developer based in the Hoogvliet borough of Rotterdam. The company was established in 2002 by Soedesh "Jack" Chauthi, is led by Hans van Brakel as executive manager. Focused on creating accessory and game bundles, in 2014 the company expanded its business to include retail game publishing for indie game titles for the European and North American markets. Most of the games published by Soedesco are developed by independent European-based developer studios. In July 1, 2019 they opened another game development studio, their second and first outside of Nederland, the Soedesco game studio in Pilsen, Czech Republic. With those two, Soedesco Studios continues to focus on creating its own games for multiple platformers. Official website Soedesco's channel on YouTube

Zoran Prerad

Zoran Prerad is a Bosnian Serb taekwondo practitioner, who competed in the men's heavyweight category. He claimed a bronze medal in the 83-kg division at the 1995 World Taekwondo Championships in Manila, retrieved the men's heavyweight title at the 1998 European Championships in Eindhoven and became the first and only Bosnian taekwondo jin to mark his 2004 Olympic debut in Athens. Prerad qualified as a lone 31-year-old taekwondo fighter for the Bosnian squad in the men's heavyweight class at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, by receiving a tripartite invitation from the International Taekwondo Federation. Having a lack of international experience to the sport, Prerad fell short on a clear 13–2 gap to Spanish practitioner Jon García in his opening match. With Garcia losing the quarterfinals to South Korea's Moon Dae-sung, Prerad denied his chance to compete for Bosnia and Herzegovina's possible Olympic medal in the repechage. Zoran Prerad at Zoran Prerad at the International Olympic Committee