[Cover photo via Lincolnville General Store Facebook] Last Friday night, October 27th, after a lengthy restoration and renovation process, the Lincolnville General Store was re-opened by of the small Maine town’s most well-known citizens: Phish drummer/town Board of Selectmen member Jon Fishman and his wife and town Board of Education member Briar Fishman. According to local Maine paper The Free Press, the long-awaited grand re-opening went off with a bang last weekend with a party featuring pizza fresh out of the stone oven, hot dogs and burgers, a crowd of about 600 people and, of course, live music. Local groups The Mallett Brothers and the Route 17 Ramblers provided the entertainment, with Fishman joining both groups as a special guest.Phish Drummer Jon Fishman Elected For Local Political Office In Maine HometownThe store, which was built in the mid-19th century, has been closed for almost a decade. According to a 2016 report in Penobscot Bay Pilot, Fishman and his wife, Briar, purchased the mid-19th century Lincolnville General Store in 2011, but wound up selling it to another family to focus on the upkeep of their making their local farm. After the buyers made initial renovations to the store, the Fishman family put in an offer and wound up buying back the property and continuing the upgrading process.The store’s focus is on organic and store-made products, including prepared foods and condiments. Since the Fishmans have five children, they can understand the importance of an all-in-one store, and the Lincolnville General Store aims to be just that. The property also features an outdoor porch area, WiFi, and a brick oven pizza stop for residents to come and chat. They’ll also work with local businesses to ensure that they aren’t stepping on anyone’s toes, and are planning to break into groceries and delivery services for the elderly and handicapped townspeople. “Most markets don’t just sell their own stuff,” Briar told the Penobscot Bay Pilot back in 2016. “It takes the community to stock the shelves and we will be working with not only local farmers, but local bakers, local artisans and craftspeople.”Particularly with Phish toning down the scope of their famously extensive touring schedule this year, Fishman and his family have continued to make themselves an important part of the local Lincolnville community–and make Lincolnville just a little more special in the process.Congrats to Jon, Briar, and the town of Lincolnville on the new store!You can watch full footage of The Mallett Brothers Band’s performance at the opening of the Fishmans’ new Lincolnville General Store, featuring a sit-in from Jon Fishman himself, via the store’s Facebook page:Check out assorted videos and clips from the Lincolnville General Store Grand Re-Opening below via Instagram:
The flights are set, the rooms are booked, and VCE is ready to head to the sunshine state for Cisco Live next week. We’ll have a strong presence this year, with customer presentations, executive sessions, and demonstrations at several booths throughout the show.Along with catching the Cisco Live keynotes and super sessions, you won’t want to miss Columbia Sportswear’s Michael Leeper on Tuesday at 3 pm ET. His presentation, “Virtualizing SAP and our Hybrid Cloud Future,” will discuss how Columbia Sportswear has virtualized almost 100% of their enterprise workloads, including SAP, PeopleSoft, and Microsoft SQL, by leveraging our Vblock Systems.VCE’s chief technology officer Trey Layton is featured in two sessions this year. He’ll discuss how converged infrastructure and our partnership with Cisco plays into hot industry trends, such as mobility, big data, cloud computing, as well as “Software Defined Everything” – including software defined networks and software defined data centers.Tuesday at 8:00 am ET – Real Software Defined Networking Solutions: Optimize in an Open Network Environment – CiscoONETuesday at 4:45 pm ET – Cisco’s Partner Super Session – Fireside Chat with Cisco’s John Graham’Attendees wanting a deeper dive into our technology should catch George Viebeck’s presentation at Cisco’s Solutions Theater (Cisco’s booth) at 2 pm ET on Tuesday, as well as our demonstrations of workload mobility automation at the Cisco Unified Data Center booth #1166, EMC booth #1031, and VMware booth #1401.Lastly, make sure you stop by VCE’s booth #1011 to catch presentations from Columbia Sportswear, CSC, and Xerox, as well as test drive our recently announced software and hardware for data center environments, including:VCE Vision Intelligent Operations softwareVblock System 100 for remote office/branch office deploymentsVblock System 200 for mid-sized data centersVblock System 300 and Vblock System 700 family enhancements for greater configuration flexibility in optimizing compute, networking, and storage resourcesVblock Specialized Systems for SAP HANA® softwareWe hope to see you there!Keep your eyes peeled for VCE’s giveaways! Tweet a picture with a VCE Vblock™ System with #VblocksRock for a chance to win VCE Vblock™ Building Block kits and a LEGO™ Mindstorms™ NXT 2.0 kit.ShareLEGO and LEGO Mindstorms are trademarks of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this contest.
Former Black Starlets and Black Stars head coach, Otto Pfister, believes bad football agents ruined the career of former Ghana youth star Nii Odartey Lamptey.Lamptey was hailed as the next Pele in his formative years, and age limit rules in Belgium were changed to allow him to debut at the age of 16 for Anderlecht. Lamptey signed his first contract at Anderlecht when he was 16, becoming the youngest-ever player to play in the Belgian league.But his career never quite took off, with loan spells at PSV Eindhoven and later Aston Villa, all proving unremarkable.Lamptey, 45, was shuffled around the globe, from South America where he played for Union Sante Fe in Argentina, to Asia where he played for Shandong Luneng of China and Al Nasr of Dubai, and South Africa where he also played for Jomo Cosmos.According to the 82-year-old Pfister who coached Odartey Lamptey when Ghana won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1991, Lamptey’s career never reached the apex because of the bad choices agents made for him.“Nii Odartey was a young lad with great talent. He has had so many bad transfers in his life as he was in the hands of agents who were not seeking his interest.“Till today, I cannot believe he didn’t have an amazing career like Sammy Kuffuor, Antony Yeboah and Abedi Pele,” he told Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo in an interview on Citi TV“Bad agents did that to him. He made so many transfers in his career. Moving to China, move to Germany in the second division, Argentina to play for Union Santafe. I don’t know why.“I believe he has played in all the continents of the world and I don’t think he can pick a team he can say he played for long and that was his problem. He also had problems with his family and he has a very tragic story to tell,” Pfister concluded.BackgroundNii Odartey Lamptey featured in Ghana’s team that won the U-17 FIFA World Championships in Italy beating Spain in the final and was named the best player of the competition.Odartey Lamptey finished the tournament with four goals and was judged the Best Player of the tournament ahead of Brazil’s Adriano.
Crystal Palace’s Joe Ledley is facing FA Cup final and Euro 2016 heartache after confirmation he has suffered a leg fracture.Ledley was injured in a challenge by Charlie Adam after coming on a substitute during Palace’s Premier League victory over Stoke City on Saturday.It was initially thought to be a minor issue, but scans have shown that he has a fracture of the fibula and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.Ledley will now miss the FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley on May 21.The Welshman also looks certain to be out of this summer’s European Championship.Ledley played a key role in Wales’ run to the finals and his absence would represent a huge blow for the Dragons.A Crystal Palace statement read: “The club can confirm that midfielder Joe Ledley sustained a leg injury in the game against Stoke City on Saturday, which saw him suffer a fracture of the fibula. “He will be continually assessed over the next few weeks by the club’s medical staff.” Crystal Palace’s Joe Ledley goes down injured during his side’s win over Stoke City 1