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Permalink 08:42:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 505 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Family Force 5 joins Newsboys on new tour

Known for electrifying crowds worldwide with its unique blend of dance and rock,Family Force 5 will be taking new music from its first studio album in three years,Time Stands Still, along with fan favorites on the road with Newsboys and 7eventh Time Down.  The 28-city “We Believe Fall Tour” begins Sept. 18 in Memphis (Germantown, TN) and traverses the country before wrapping up Nov. 16 in Youngstown, OH.

Hitting cities like Houston (Cypress, TX), Fort Worth, Tulsa, Washington DC (Woodstock, VA), Nashville (Madison, TN), St. Louis (Steelville, MO) and more with Newsboys, Family Force 5 continues its current summer tour at numerous festivals, theaters and arenas around the country, including Sonshine Festival (7/17, Willmar, MN), Water For Africa (7/26 Atlanta, Blood:Water Mission benefit), Creation Northwest (8/2, Kennewick, WA), Rock The Desert (8/8-9, Midland, TX) and many more.  For the latest tour itinerary, go to (See below for a list of Family Force 5 tour dates.)

As momentum continues to build for the Aug. 5 release of the 15-song Time Stands StillFamily Force 5 fans can already download three Instant Grat Tracks through the pre-order campaign at iTunes, including “Sweep The Leg,” which debuted at No. 1 on iTunes’ Top Christian & Gospel Songs Chart, hit radio single “Let It Be Love” and hit video and single, “BZRK (feat. KB).”

Family Force 5, which has been at the forefront of driving video content throughout its career, released “BZRK (feat. KB)” May 23 as the first video from the new album.  Already gathering over 385,000 views and 3,500 likes on YouTube, the video also went berserk on, becoming the No. 1 most viewed music video on the site. The song is also the lead Rock single from the album at Christian radio.  Hitting No. 14 on the chart this week, the song continues to gain spins at stations around the country, including being added to rotation recently at KRNG (Reno, NV) and WVOF (Bridgeport, CT).

Family Force 5’s first Christian AC/CHR radio single from Time Stands Still, “Let It Be Love,” continues its ascent on the charts as it emphasizes the incredible, life-giving power of grace. Hitting No. 12 and climbing with the biggest chart position increase this week at CHR, the single picks up new adds and increased spins on numerous outlets during the last couple weeks, including at Air 1, Sirius XM, Reach Network, WAWZ (New York), WBSN (New Orleans), WBVM (Tampa), WDJC (Birmingham), WBHY (Mobile), WJLZ (Norfolk) and WORQ (Green Bay).

Produced by Riley Friesen (Vota, Staggerford) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys, for KING & COUNTRY), Time Stands Still also features “Glow In The Dark” and more songs that Family Force 5 member Jacob Olds (“Crouton” / vocals, drums) says “step outside of the box from the way faith-based artists have traditionally sounded and worked.” 

Family Force 5 tour dates follow:  




Willmar, MN


Atlanta, GA


Kennewick, WA


Midland, TX


Midland, TX


Paintsville, KY


Quincy, CA


Orlando, FL


Eureka, MO


Germantown, TN


Madison, TN


Shippensburg, PA


Sewell, NJ


Joplin, MO


Fort Worth, TX


Omaha, NE


Tulsa, OK


Fayetteville, NC


Shreveport, LA


Steelville, MO


Sedalia, MO


Longview, TX


Cypress, TX


Lucedale, MS


Alexandria, LA


Lima, OH


Woodstock, VA


Abilene, TX


Corpus Christi, TX


Carlsbad, NM


Andrews, TX


Duluth, MN


Rockford, IL


Muskegon, MI


Birch Run, MI


Bethlehem, PA


Wise, VA


Youngstown, OH


Permalink 04:17:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 225 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

Nationwide Children's Hospital to host information sessions on adolescent weight loss surgery

Nationwide Children’s Hospital will host a series of Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions to discuss weight loss surgery options available for teens to combat obesity.

The sessions will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Nationwide Children’s Ann Isaly Wolfe Education Center, 575 S. 18th Street, Columbus, on the following Tuesdays in 2014: July 29August 26September 30October 21November 18 and December 16.

The sessions are led by surgeon Marc Michalsky, MD, of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s, and feature a former bariatric surgery patient talking about his/her experience. Discussions will center on the criteria for adolescent bariatric surgery, lifestyle interventions, financing, the surgical weight management process and the benefits and risks of the three types of bariatric surgery offered at Nationwide Children’s – gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic adjustable band (lap band) surgery and gastric sleeve surgery.

The session is free and open to all teens, their families and supporters seeking more information about adolescent weight loss surgery. Underage participants are encouraged to come accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Parking is available in the visitor parking garage located at the corner of S. 18th Street and Mooberry Dr. Once parked in the garage, enter the Ann Isaly Wolfe Education Center and ask to be directed to the Bariatric Surgery Information Session.

For more information about this session and other upcoming sessions, and to register,, or call (614) 355-0662.


Permalink 08:47:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 118 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

Malone University "On the Road" now scheduling

Families making college decisions can have many of their questions answered when “Malone on the Road” travels to regional churches and youth group meetings again this fall.  The event is tailored to fit traditional Sunday evening youth group programming or weekend “5th-quarter” activities.  The evening includes games/activities by Malone youth ministry majors, a time of musical worship and testimony, by The Road Worship Band, or an evening of drama but The Malone University Chancel Players, followed by pizza and soft drinks.  High school students can talk with college students about majors available and life as a Malone student.  University personnel will also be on hand to answer questions.

To book Malone on the Road, contact the Department of Admissions at 330-471-8145 or 1-800-521-1146.


Permalink 09:18:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 840 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Sports

Study: High school lacrosse players at risk of concussions, other injuries

Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing high school sports in the United States, with more than 170,000 students now playing the sometimes hard-hitting game. The growing participation numbers, however, mean that more young people than ever are at risk of injury in lacrosse practice and competition.

In a study published online today by The American Journal of Sports Medicine and available in an upcoming print issue, researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Colorado School of Public Health found that high school players experienced 1,406 injuries over the 4 academic years from 2008 through 2012. The overall injury rate was 20 per 10,000 lacrosse competitions and practices.

More than 22 percent of those injuries were concussions, making that the second most common injury diagnosis behind sprains and strains (38 percent).

Researchers also found that while the rules for girls’ lacrosse largely prohibit person-to-person contact, almost 25 percent of concussions in girls’ lacrosse were a result of that kind of contact. Another 63 percent of concussions resulted from being struck by lacrosse sticks or balls. Most high school girls’ lacrosse players are only required to use protective eyewear and mouth guards, and not the helmets and additional padding required for boys’ lacrosse.

“Lacrosse is becoming more and more popular across the United States, and it’s a great way for high school students to be active,” said Lara B. McKenzie, PhD, an author of the study, principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s and associate professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Still, we see injuries in the sport every day during the season. Our research shows that we need to do more and can do more to prevent those injuries.”

Boys’ and girls’ high school lacrosse have different rules regarding person-to-person contact, and the study found that the number and kinds of injuries differed between the genders. Boys sustained  67 percent of the total injuries, and boys had a higher overall injury rate than girls. About 36 percent of boys’ injuries were sprains and strains, and about 22 percent were concussions. Person-to-person contact, which is allowed in boys’ lacrosse, caused 74 percent of concussions and 41 percent of boys’ lacrosse injuries overall.

Almost 44 percent of injuries to girls were sprains and strains, and concussions made up another 23 percent. The most common causes of injuries were no contact – for example, a foot pivot leading to a pulled muscle -- and contact with playing equipment. For both boys and girls, injury rates were higher during competition than practice.

Dawn Comstock, PhD, an author of the study and an professor of Epidemiology for the Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education, and Research (PIPER) program at the Colorado School of Public Health, said that the study’s findings will contribute to evidence-based discussions of ways to prevent injury – including the current debate over whether girls’ lacrosse players should wear helmets as boys are required to do.

“Concern over concussions in both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse underscores the need to learn more about these injuries,” Comstock said. “Further study will help those working to develop and implement effective injury prevention programs.”

Players, coaches, officials, athletic trainers and parents can help make lacrosse a safer game by following these tips from researchers and lacrosse organizations:

  • Strictly enforce all rules, especially those limiting player-to-player contact in both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse.
  • Learn the symptoms of concussion. Any athlete suspected of having a concussion should stop play immediately and be evaluated by a certified athletic trainer or other medical professional.
  • Warm up properly, drink plenty of water, and rest after practice or competition.
  • Wear well-fitting protective equipment.
  • Be prepared for injuries before they happen by making sure procedures, such as emergency action plans, are in place to handle them.

The study is the first to use a large national sample of United States high schools to compare lacrosse injuries by type of athletic activity and gender. Data was collected from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance System, High School RIO (Reporting Information Online), which uses reports from certified athletic trainers throughout the country.

The Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital works globally to reduce injury-related pediatric death and disabilities. With innovative research at its core, CIRP works to continually improve the scientific understanding of the epidemiology, biomechanics, prevention, acute treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. CIRP serves as a pioneer by translating cutting edge injury research into education, policy, and advances in clinical care. For related injury prevention materials or to learn more about CIRP, visit

The Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing a vital contribution towards ensuring our region’s health and well-being. Collaboratively formed in 2008 by the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado, the Colorado School of Public Health provides training, innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.


Permalink 02:30:00 pm, by viewfromthepugh Email , 395 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

CD for Schlitt Christmas Project to be available in September

The first Christmas project ever recorded by Grammy and Dove Award winning vocalist John Schlitt, one of the most distinctive voices in Christian music, will be available Sept. 2 through Send The Light Distribution and Munce Group Stores. Schlitt's The Christmas Project will also be available in Family Christian Stores, Lifeway Christian Stores and others, for the 2014 holiday season.

The full-length CD is comprised primarily of beloved traditional Christmas carols, but that doesn't mean The Christmas Project is all egg nog and holly. This album rocks with the unmistakable John Schlitt style that legions of fans have come to know and love. The icing on the Christmas confection is an original tune, "What Christmas Needs to Be," which is destined to become a seasonal classic.

Schlitt launches The Christmas Project with what is arguably the greatest Christmas song of all time, "The Hallelujah Chorus." While Handel's masterpiece has been interpreted by a multitude of musicians over the past 250 years, no one sings "hallelujah" like Schlitt. "The Hallelujah Chorus" transitions seamlessly into a guitar-driven, barn-burning version of "Do You Hear What I Hear." "Little Drummer Boy" gives Schlitt the freedom to explore his full range of vocal prowess, starting at a muted whisper before embracing his full-throttle, wailing rock roots while holding fast to the traditional melodies of the beloved carol. Fans can look forward to a music video of "Little Drummer Boy" by the award-winning Saylors Brothers (Israel & New Breed: Live From Another Level Concert DVD) in time for the holiday season.

Schlitt reins in his potent vocals for a gentle, reverent interpretation of "O Holy Night," then ratchets up the intensity on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," a rock-inflected fist-pumper that is guaranteed to get the listeners' blood flowing. The versatile vocalist shifts moods to one of pure fun with the funky Irish reel "Good Christian Men Rejoice," then slides comfortably into the mellow, bluesy "That Spirit of Christmas," made popular by the legendary Ray Charles.  

Melancholy keys and strings embellish Schlitt's emotion-laden vocals on the traditionally arranged "We Three Kings." The gently rocking "What Christmas Needs to Be" leads into the project's closing tune, the reflective "What Child Is This." "What Child Is This" provides the perfect foil for Schlitt's signature vocal stylings, allowing him to channel his passionate delivery through a filter of awe at the enormity of this central event in history.

Schlitt utilized the popular crowd funding platform Kickstarter to raise financial support for the new album.

You can order the CD here.


Permalink 02:21:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 65 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

Cedar Point holds Coaster Campout

More than 500 roller coaster fans brought their sleeping bags, pillows and blankets and spent Friday night inside Cedar Point as a part of the park’s first-ever Coaster Campout event.

The event featured exclusive ride time on the park’s Maverick, Mine Ride and Skyhawk rides until midnight and enjoy exclusive ride time on Cedar Point’s legendary Millennium Force and GateKeeper roller coasters from 7-9 a.m. Saturday.


Permalink 01:36:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 514 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Sports

Crew to hold Kirk Urso Memorial Night at Crew Stadium on Aug. 9

The Columbus Crew, in conjunction with the Urso Family, today announced that the Crew Soccer Foundation is set to present a special Kirk Urso Memorial Night when the Black & Gold host the third and final Trillium Cup match of 2014, presented by Scotts, in a critical Eastern Conference matchup against Toronto FC on Saturday, August 9 at Crew Stadium. By incorporating fundraising and awareness strategies into an existing League match, the Crew and Crew Soccer Foundation are utilizing this high-profile platform to drive recognition for the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund.

The fundraising events on August 9 take the place of the previously scheduled Urso Match on August 19. The Kirk Urso Memorial Night contest looks to add to the success of the Memorial Fund's first year of existence, which raised more than $100,000 to develop and support youth heart health research and programming.

"The Crew Soccer Foundation is excited to connect its fundraising and awareness efforts for the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund to a high-profile MLS match against one of the Crew's biggest rivals," said Crew Soccer Foundation Vice Chairman Jamie Ryan. "The Foundation is dedicated to building upon last year's inaugural fundraising work, and we look forward to adding to that success as we honor Kirk's memory."

Surrounding the match, television and radio broadcasts are set to drive participation to an online auction that features high-value items such as unique experiences and autographed memorabilia.

Kirk Urso Memorial Fund merchandise will be heavily featured throughout the match for fans to purchase, including Urso wristbands and #15 pins with the proceeds benefiting the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund. In addition to those items, any jersey that is personalized with Urso's name and number will have a portion of the proceeds from the personalization going to the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund.

Fans attending the match also have the opportunity to be among the first to secure a copy of Crew historian Steve Sirk's special book Kirk Urso: Forever Massive Memories from the 2012 Columbus Crew, available for purchase at the match on August 9 for $20. A color edition is also set to be available for $45. The book, detailing insight and commentary from those that knew Urso best while he was with the Crew, is also available for purchase Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Crew Soccer Foundation's Kirk Urso Memorial Fund.

Urso was originally selected by the Crew in the first round (No.10 overall) in the 2012 Supplemental Draft, and appeared in six games (five starts) with one assist before being sidelined by injury. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he made four consecutive NCAA Men's College Cup Final Four appearances and captained the team to the 2011 NCAA National Championship. Urso unexpectedly passed away at the age of 22 from a congenital heart defect on August 5, 2012. He was admired for his unwavering work ethic and steadfast character both on and off the field. In 2013, Crew defender Eric Gehrig was honored with the Kirk Urso Heart Award.

More information on the Crew Soccer Foundation is available at and information on the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund is available at

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