Pickathon Music Festival Brings Great Music And An Intimate Vibe To Oregon

first_imgWhen you mention Pickathon Music Festival to people who have not been, chances are they will have one of two reactions. They will either point out that it was the festival from Portlandia, or they will not know what you are talking about. Pickathon has certainly kept a lower profile nationally, as multi-day music festivals have been booming up across the country (its attendance is capped at 3,500 people), but it has been nurtured into one of the Pacific Northwest’s cultural touchstones and boasts one of the most eclectic lineup of folk, rock and indie acts in the nation.The best way to experience Pickathon is to go into with as open a mind as possible. This is not to prepare yourself for weird campground dynamics or odd late-night customs, but rather to counter the polarizing, preconceived notions of what a Portland festival might be. Yes, every third person dresses like they play in one of the bands or are already in a band, but it is the most polite, family-friendly, good-natured festival that I’ve ever attended. The peripheral party scene was smaller than most festivals and most people were hardcore music lovers just there to get their fix.Also the grounds at Pendarvis Farm also offer some of the prettier, intimate settings to see music. The Mt. Hood Stage looks like a carnival day dream with colorful, tent canvases framing the bands beautifully, and at only about three feet above the ground with no barricade you couldn’t get any closer to headlining bands like Beach House and Jeff Tweedy. When you venture into the woods, you are greeted by the Woods Stage, a natural amphitheater with a stage made entirely out of intertwining branches; It is an enchanted hovel that is as picturesque as they come. It is Pickathon’s crown jewel of concert spaces and it’s one of the most memorable places to see live music in the United States.Friday, August 5thCome Friday morning, the hills were alive with the sounds of thousands of people settling into their festival bungalows for the weekend. Little campsites were carved into terraces among the ferny brush with hammocks swinging among the emerald leaves. People bent mossy branches into entrance arches and strung lights from the trees to personalize their areas, creating a connected atmosphere between people and nature. The array of tents in the forest hills felt like an invading army gearing up for a siege, though the tapestries and Christmas lights hinted that the army came in stoned, blissful peace.  Thursday was the official first day of Pickathon, but the festival didn’t really settle into cruising speed until Friday afternoon when the majority of Pickers had arrived. Building on momentum from Thursday night, Nashville’s Promised Land Sound delivered a satisfying set heavy on its most recent LP, For “Use And Delight”. Bassist Joe Scala and guitarist Peter Stringer-Hye’s melodies on songs like “She Takes Me There” blew through the crowd like a warm, summer breeze, before guitarist Sean Thompson would surge through it with determined electricity like an afternoon thunderstorm.Later in the day Kevin Morby made his second straight appearance at Pickathon on the Treeline Stage. Morby bounced on stage to his kinetic, Brooklyn-meets-surf guitar rock like any other fan, long locks swishing back and forth across his face. The MVP of the crisp set though was guitarist Meg Duffy, who found the back pocket it every song and made them her own, especially a light solo on “Miles Miles Miles” that felt like she was releasing butterflies into the air.“This place makes me want to howl, give the woods some noise,” Patrick Watson demanded from the crowd during a late afternoon slot at the Woods Stage. Watson swept the crowd off its feet with his textured, elegant pop music and the delicate setting only enhanced the serenity of the set. It was music to be born to, live to and die to, a whole life’s worth of emotions and experiences tied together over the course of an hour.Having come back from a 2011 hiatus earlier this year, indie stalwarts Wolf Parade had a lot of expectations to live up to for their headlining slot at the Mt. Hood Stage Friday night. They exceeded those expectations with a fiery, heart-on-its-sleeve performance that invigorated dedicated fans and wowed new ones. When the the band burst open its climatic anthem “I Believe In Anything,” the genuine displays of joy on people throughout the crowd who had waited for years for Wolf Parade to emerge again showed they still did.Saturday, August 6thWith the hustle and bustle of Friday over, Saturday was about letting the festival come to you rather than you come to the festival. Looking at the schedule that meant settling in amongst the hay bales and mossy trees at the Woods Stage for the first part of the day for a string of acoustic and folk acts whose sound resonated with the floral majesty of the place.Irish string band I Draw Slow were emotional force to reckon with on stage as they bounced between tender ballads and charged breakdowns. Louise Holden’s golden pipes were a revelation and its closing barn burner “Lowdown Girl Like Me” is the exact kind of whiskey-in-the-veins song that runs like a river and will have your hairs standing up on the back of your neck.Emotional charged protest songs are not usually ones to tap your foot to, but Hurray for the Riff Raff proved that songs with a message could also have groove to them. Alynda Lee Segarra’s tales of the disenfranchised and oppressed floated on a rhythm of New Orleans-inspired folk and blues, her voice laid back but reverent for the stories she was telling. Amongst favorites like “Look Out Mama and “The Body Electric,” the band showcased some new songs on the horizon, like “Nothing’s Gonna Change That Girl” that had an easy, rolling tide to it. The impressive balance of stories and music from Hurray for the Riff Raff made it one of the best acts of the festival.North Carolina’s Mount Moriah rounded out the initial lineup of Woods Stage artists with frontwoman Heather McIntire’s brand of mountainous, country rock that could sweetly cut you down to size. She had the look In her embroidered black and tan cowboy shirt, but what really mattered was her incisive lyrics and palpable energy playing the guitar. She drew from the band’s most recent LP How To Dance and a lot of people surely went looking for it at the merchandise table to take home with them after her impressive showcase.Saturday’s headliners Yo La Tengo and Jeff Tweedy couldn’t have provided a more satisfying one-two punch for Pickathon. Yo La Tengo has been a critical darling for much of its career and has been one of a handful of indie bands that demand attention anytime they put out something new. Friday evening they played a reserved, mellow set at the Woods stage, but Saturday evening’s show was an hour of fuzzy, tonal soundscapes that pulled at the fabric of your face and eardrums.Where Tengo provided the weird, Tweedy provided the familiar. The Wilco frontman is one of the best songwriters of his generation and his time with Uncle Tupelo and Wilco have spawned a whole generation of musicians looking for that alt-country sound that is as influenced by Johnny Cash and Gram Parsons as it is Television and Elvis Costello. From “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” to “Hummingbird,” Tweedy felt more like he was bringing up old memories than he was singing songs and the stripped-down set allowed the normally reserved guitarist to open up with sarcastic banter and one liners.Sunday, August 7thOvercast clouds greeted Pickers Sunday morning, fitting the narrative that Portland is gray most of the year. Along with its iconic weather, Portland is home to a comprehensive music scene that applauds the unique and idiosyncratic and the last day of the festival supported that ethos with a delightfully varied lineup.There was some musical gumbo happening on the Mt. Hood Stage Sunday that had people dancing all day long. Keyboardist extraordinaire Cory Henry laid down some seriously slick tunes with drummer Tayron Lockett that defined how much talent that man has in his fingers. It was all covers, like Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” but the duo crammed them full with syncopated tangents and heady jams whose musical complexity belied the laid back charm of their playing.Later, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, led by the insatiable powder keg Thao Nguyen, got the festival hopped up on its unique wavelength. The band is not afraid of nothing and its jangly funk is filled with a spirit for life and dancing, a band that flies its freak flag proudly. Ezra Furman is another artist that protests the conventional norms and his message of spiritual and sexual freedom shot through the amplifiers with a punk-inspired, 50’s rock and roll sound resonated throughout a stoked crowd. And nothing is more rock and roll than a man playing rock and roll in a dress and pearls.Scandinavia had a big day in the northwest on Sunday as both Daniel Norgen and My Bubba wooed people with their songs. Norgen’s set was one of the most attended Woods Stage performances of the weekend and his high, piney voice fit well amongst the foliage as lovers’ hands intertwined. His songs were both ecstatic and poignant in nature, especially the closing “Whatever Turns You On” which drew a huge standing ovation from the onlookers. On the Treeline Stage female duo My Bubba were far more reserved but equally fascinating. The duo played prickly, delicate ballads whose intimacy and detail made them feel like they had been passed down from generations. They were quiet but they demanded as much attention as anyone playing that weekend.Headliners Beach House electrified the night with a magical show that blended its spacey, synth-based pop with a dazzling light display. The band was lost in a haze of smoke and color and the absence of any physical representation of the group brought to the forefront the power of its songs that pulsed into the night. When it was done, the festival capped off its weekend with performances on the Starlight Stage including stunning Portland folk trio Joseph, whose celestial harmonies rang true under the stars and yearning, acerbic tones from Yemen Blues.Whatever you might think of Pickathon, don’t let the cultural misconceptions and noise surrounding the festival be a factor in your view. Those who attend will recognize that it is one of the greenest, eclectic, enjoyable festivals in the country whose integrity is built on a bedrock of inspirational musical experiences rather than a mountain of flannels and PBRs.last_img read more

Adirondack Independence Music Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Marco Benevento, More

first_imgOn Friday, Adirondack Independence Music Festival announced the initial lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place on August 31st and September 1st at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George, NY.Like last year, the 2019 Adirondack Independence lineup is lead by two sets from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Joining the Baltimore-based jam-funk favorites are Pink Talking Fish, Ryan Montbleau Band, Everyone Orchestra, Marco Benevento, Gubbulidis & Friends (featuring Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis and Zdenek Gubb), Kung Fu, Midnight North, Lucid, Hayley Jane & The Primates, People’s Blues of Richmond, Barika, DeadGrass, The Big Takeover, Rich Ortiz, and Hartley’s Encore.In addition to the performances on the festival’s two main stages, nearby King Neptune’s Pub will host late-night performances by Eggy, The New Motif, Annie In The Water, and Funktional Flow. King Neptune’s Pub will also host pre-parties featuring Floodwood, After Funk, and Capital Zen.Along with the artists named in the initial announcement, the festival noted that an additional headliner will be added to the artist lineup in late July.You can check out the official lineup announcement video below:Adirondack Independence Music Festival Lineup Announcement VideoYou can check out the initial lineup poster for the 2019 edition of Adirondack Independence Music Festival below. For more details and ticketing information, head to the event website here.last_img read more

FYS hosts quilt tribute for Rebecca Townsend

first_imgStudents gathered in the Sorin Room of LaFortune Student Center on Sunday afternoon to honor the memory of Rebecca Draper Townsend, an incoming member of the Notre Dame class of 2019 who died July in a traffic accident before she arrived on campus.Between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m., members of the class of 2019, as well as students from all classes, wrote messages on 4-by-4-inch squares of fabric as part of the Rebecca Townsend Tribute Quilt Project, a Welcome Weekend event sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and First Year of Studies (FYS).Junior Maggie McDevitt, a member of the student-run Orientation Steering Committee involved in planning the programming for Welcome Weekend, said the squares, when stitched together, will form two quilts – one to be presented to the Townsend family and the other to remain in Badin Hall, Townsend’s designated dorm.“It’s part of a solidarity thing, to remind [Townsend’s] family that no matter what, she’s still part of our Notre Dame family, and she’s part of the class of 2019,” McDevitt said. “We’re missing her as well.”McDevitt said there was considerable turnout from students of all classes for the event, which was originally scheduled to be held on North Quad, but which moved to LaFortune Student Center at the last minute due to rain.“We’ve had lots of people. And especially a lot of dorms have done walkovers for other freshmen to come in, so we’ve had whole dorms coming in,” she said. “And students that aren’t freshman too.”Cecilia Lucero, an academic advisor in FYS who helped come up with the idea for the tribute quilt, said the project was meant to introduce incoming freshmen to the importance of community and service at Notre Dame during their first weekend on campus.“[It’s] a nice way to bring people together, connect people and do it in remembrance of somebody that is important to people,” Lucero said. “We wanted to get students thinking about serving others and doing good and being kind.”Lucero said part of the inspiration behind the project was the number of recent deaths in the Notre Dame community, including those of University President emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, associate dean in the College of Engineering Cathy Pieronek and three students during the spring semester.“In the spring there were so many tragedies,” she said. “Some of that was still very raw.  And I think anytime there is a death in the Notre Dame community it affects everybody. Because you know people who are connected in some way.”Although Townsend passed away before she was able to attend Notre Dame, Lucero said she was nonetheless a valued member of the Notre Dame community.  Lucero said she hopes the quilt project will aid in the healing process of all who have been touched by Townsend’s death.“I think people have been very affected by the fact that Rebecca Townsend died this summer, and we just wanted to commemorate that in some way,” she said.Lucero said the time and effort invested by students into the quilts astonished her.“I was thinking people would just sign their names, or say what dorm they were in,” she said. “But people got really artistic and it was really cool.“I was just touched by how people really put their heart into creating something.”Tags: quilt project, Rebecca Townsend, Student death, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

Obesity battle

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSuper-size isn’t an option in Georgia’s school cafeterias. AndUniversity of Georgia experts are working to keep it that way.To help reduce childhood obesity numbers, UGA CooperativeExtension nutrition specialists conduct statewide schoolcafeteria worker trainings each summer.”School-aged children eat meals at school nine months out of theyear,” said Judy Bland, a UGA Extension specialist. “Manychildren eat two meals a day at school.”For this reason, UGA Extension nutritionists decided to teachportion control to school cafeteria workers.”We’re eating too much food in our country,” said Bland, whoorganizes the trainings in south Georgia. “We’re eating hugeportions, and we think that’s normal. Our kids don’t know thatit’s not normal.”TrainingsBland and her extension counterparts present the trainings eachsummer, while school is out. It’s easier, she says, for theworkers to focus on the educational material when they aren’tfocusing on the hundreds of children they have to feed that day.”Most school-aged children eat two meals at school, so the schoolcafeteria is the perfect place to provide examples of what normalportion sizes are,” she said. “Educating school lunchroom staffs… is the best way to control the portion sizes school childrenare served.”Training cafeteria workers on portion control not only helps withchildhood obesity issues. It also helps reduce food wastes.In seven locations across southwest Georgia, the one-day trainingreaches more than 1,000 cafeteria workers each summer.”One in four kids is classified as obese,” Bland said. “Obesityspills over into high diabetes rates in children and increasedheart disease, too. We’re seeing increased levels of Type 2diabetes in adolescents and teenagers. This is a serious trend inthe health field, and we’re trying to help reduce it.”(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Credit unions buying banks: Good, bad, or plain ugly

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Eight times so far this year a credit union has bought a bank, according to Credit Union Times’ count.  Some deals are small – Verve for instance paid $43 million to buy South Central Bank in Chicago.Some are bigger. Arizona Federal Credit Union is ponying up $236 million to buy Pinnacle Bank in Scottsdale.In Florida – where the recent credit union buying a bank trend kicked off in 2015 when Achieva Credit Union bought Calusa Bank for $23.2 million — there have been three buy outs of banks by credit unions so far this year.In the Chicago area, there also have been three purchases of banks by credit union so far this year.This isn’t an entirely new phenomenon. The first deal dates to July 2011 when United FCU bought Griffith Savings Bank in Indiana.And the deals keep coming. continue reading »last_img read more

CUNA-backed SAFE Banking Act on House floor this week

first_img continue reading » The House is expected to consider the CUNA-supported Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1595) Wednesday. The bill would provide protections for financial institutions that serve cannabis-based businesses in states where it is legal.CUNA has backed the bill since it was first introduced in the House in March, and supports the Senate version as well. While CUNA takes no position on the legalization or decriminalization of cannabis, it supports the ability of credit unions to serve legal businesses.CUNA/League witness Rachel Pross, chief risk officer at Maps CU, Salem, Ore., testified twice in support of the SAFE Banking Act before Congress this year, before the House Financial Services Committee in February and before the Senate Banking Committee in July.Pross emphasized that, with no access to the financial system, cannabis business are forced to deal in cash only, creating a public safety hazard in the communities served by these businesses. She also noted the current regime jeopardizes non-cannabis related businesses around the country who might provide cannabis businesses with services without knowing their nature. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Barn demolished in fire in town of Smithville

first_imgAccording to Smithville Fire Chief Ken Whitmore, when he and his crew arrived at the scene, the barn was fully engulfed in flames. SMITHVILLE (WBNG)- Multiple fire crews were called to a barn fire in Smithville Sunday morning. Whitmore added that there weren’t any animals in the barn and only one firefighter sustained minor burns. The fire destroyed the entire structure and Whitmore said it took them six hours to put it out.center_img The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Other fire departments that responded to the scene included the Oxford, Greene, McDonough, Brisben Triangle, along with Greene EMS and Chenango EMS.last_img read more

NP Krka is arranging the Lozovac entrance with EU funds

first_imgThe public institution “NP Krka” is one step away from awarding grants for the arrangement of the Lozovac entrance, which is the second EU project in a year after the approved funds for the project Unknown Krka.Namely, the project proposal Visiting Management Center of the Krka National Park – Lozovac has successfully passed all stages of evaluation and the adoption of the Financing Decision is expected. The total eligible costs of the project amount to HRK 84.351.360,63, and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) co-finances 85% or HRK 71.698.656,53 in the form of grants from the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020 – Promoting sustainable use natural heritage in national parks and nature parks (Project Code KK. public institution “Krka National Park” will thus implement another strategic project aimed at sustainable development and quality management of visits with EFRD funds, because last year funds were approved for the project. Unknown Krka: hidden treasures of the upper and middle course of the river Krka, aimed at developing the upstream visitor infrastructure.The aim of the project is to increase the attractiveness of NP “Krka” as a tourist attraction, strengthen educational capacities for interactive education and information of visitors, achieve better spatial and temporal distribution of visitors, and overall social, economic and environmental well-being by building infrastructure for receiving and managing and educating visitors. . “In the Krka National Park we have many reasons for satisfaction. One of the most successful years is behind us, and in 2018 we will start one step closer to the award of grants for the second EU project in a year. Since most visitors enter the Park at the entrance Lozovac, the new Visitor Center will provide quality reception, education and spatial and temporal schedule of visitors in order to relieve Skradinski Buk, and timely information about upstream sites in the newly built information and educational infrastructure. On the other hand, JU ‘NP Krka’ will use its own funds to finance the arrangement of a new port in Skradin for eight tourist boats. All this will contribute to reducing crowds, and thus a better experience of the Park and preserving the natural balance, which is our primary task.”, Said the director of the Public Institution” National Park Krka “mr. sc. Krešimir Šakić.The construction and commissioning of the Lozovac entrance complex includes the construction and equipping of the Visitor Center building, which will contain multimedia, presentation, administrative and catering facilities, arranged in four blocks, as well as a sanitary block, and the construction and arrangement of roads, parking lots and pedestrian areas. It will be located in the area of ​​the current buffet and will extend to the existing toilet. The building, whose architectural solution is the work of studios Atmosphere from Zagreb, together with a unique lookout will be a kind of attraction in itself.It remains to wait for the final decision on financing and signing of the Contract, when the Project will be officially presented to the public in detail, after which the Public Institution “Krka National Park” will start preparing the procedure for selecting contractors, given that all necessary permits have been obtained. Sakic.Related news: UNKNOWN KRKA – NEW SUSTAINABLE AND QUALITY PROJECT OF KRKA NATIONAL PARKlast_img read more

Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand criticise Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Chelsea draw

first_imgMartin Keown and Rio Ferdinand criticise Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Chelsea draw Gunners record signing Pepe in action against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta restored Chelsea’s lead with six minutes remaining but Arsenal earned a point through skipper Hector Bellerin, who was making his first appearance in over a month.AdvertisementAdvertisementKeown and Ferdinand heaped praise on Martinelli after the eventful draw and said there was a clear contrast between the teenager and £72million signing Pepe.Discussing Martinelli’s performance, Arsenal hero Keown told BT Sport: ‘He’s a shining light. He’s been outstanding. The composure is brilliant.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s happy to do the work. So many players don’t want to run. I know it’s not a night for contrasts but Nicolas Pepe is on the other side not quite working in the same way.‘I think that [Pepe] is a work in progress and can be much better. If we were to compare the distances they’ve compared and high intensity runs…‘Martinelli is willing to get back and help out.’ Advertisement Martin Keown criticised Nicolas Pepe after Arsenal’s draw with Chelsea (Picture: BT Sport)Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand criticised the work rate of Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after the Gunners’ impressive draw against London rivals Chelsea.Arsenal overcame David Luiz’s red card against his former club to twice come from behind against Frank Lampard’s side in a dramatic derby on Tuesday evening.The Gunners were fearing the worst when Jorginho slotted home from the penalty spot after Luiz was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Tammy Abraham.But Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli took advantage of N’Golo Kante’s slip to race through on goal and equalise for Arsenal after half-time.ADVERTISEMENT Gabriel Martinelli has been hailed for his performance against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)On the contrast between Martinelli and Pepe, Ferdinand said: ‘Night and day…’The Manchester United legend added: ‘To run that far and to have the composure to finish [for his goal] is brilliant.‘He’s a centre-forward at heart. There’s too many players who sulk after being moved into a different position.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The appetite and willingness was great. He’s showing the desire.’Former Premier League star Joe Cole also hailed Martinelli, saying: ‘This lad is a very, very good player. He’s the future of Arsenal.’Following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in west London, Arsenal remain tenth in the Premier League – ten points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.MORE: Martin Keown sends transfer message to Mikel Arteta after Shkodran Mustafi howlerMORE: Joe Cole reveals how Frank Lampard will react to Arsenal drawcenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Jan 2020 11:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

State Fire Marshal urges caution with alternative heating sources

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — After a warm start to fall, cooler temperatures are finally expected this weekend. Hoosiers using alternative heating methods to avoid the furnace a bit longer should exercise caution.“During the months of October through December, fire-related deaths increase because of alternative heating sources,” said State Fire Marshal James Greeson. “These heating sources are the leading cause of all home fires for the calendar year so sharing information about their dangers is vital.”Greeson advises Hoosiers to take precautions if alternative sources are in use. Here are a few tips to safely stay warm this season:Keep at least a 3-foot perimeter around space heaters at all times. The space prevents the chances of something getting caught and catching on fire.Space heaters should be kept away from loose or flammable objects such as clothing, curtains, bedding and furniture.Appliances such as ovens should never be used for heating. Doing so can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and other safety hazards.Fireplaces are common alternative heat sources but pose many hazards if proper maintenance is neglected. Greeson also warns that a fire left unattended may expand to uncontrollable levels and spread to other areas of the home.Fireplaces should be regularly cleaned and inspected by a certified professional.Use only dry, seasoned firewood to prevent buildup of creosote, a buildup on chimney walls of a flammable tar deposited from wood smoke.Fires should always be extinguished before going to bed or leaving the home.Working smoke alarms are especially important in the winter months because of the hazards created by alternative heating sources. Every second counts during a fire, and smoke alarms can double the likelihood of survival.Install smoke alarms on every level and outside each sleeping area of the building.Consider purchasing a carbon monoxide alarm, especially if the home uses gas appliances or gasoline-powered heaters.Smoke alarms should be tested every month to make sure they are still working.Marshal Greeson wants Hoosiers to know there are options besides alternative heating sources that can help stay warm and save money on heating bills.“Some of them may seem odd, but depending on the situation, these methods can help keep Hoosiers warm without the fire hazard of alternative heating devices,” Greeson said.Wear thick, warm clothing such as socks, slippers, sweaters and long underwear.Caulking windows and doors helps stop drafts and decrease heat loss. Fewer drafts can help preserve body heat.Staying active indoors can help with increasing body heat. Some activities to consider are dancing, cleaning and working out.last_img read more