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Permalink 06:41:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 688 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Eva Kroon Pike releases "Spoken For"

“Spoken For,” the latest retail single from Eva Kroon Pike, reveals a fresh side of the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that her previous releases have only hinted at. Available now via digital download from such online stores as iTunes and, “Spoken For” boasts a distinctly pop vibe that reflects another side of her personality, style and sound. While longtime fans of her music will easily recognize her distinctive vocals and unmistakable musical fingerprints on the song, they might be a bit surprised by the artist’s new moniker, Eva K.

“‘Eva Kroon Pike’ is a mouthful to say!” Eva K laughs. “We thought the occasion of releasing a new song with a fun, pop-oriented sound would be a great time to unveil a new stage name, Eva K, that rolls more easily off the tongue.”

“Spoken For,” the new retail single, is a bouncy, joyous, roll-down-the-windows and crank-up-the-volume pop anthem that showcases Eva K’s captivating vocals. She credits producer Conrad Johnson with providing just the right balance of shimmering pop instrumentation with a hint of rock ‘n’ roll to undergird the song’s encouraging message of hope and redemption.

“I actually had no intention of writing a new song when we went into the studio,” she remembers. “I expected to do some work on an older song, but after talking with Conrad, we both felt the time was right to explore a new musical direction that had been welling up in my heart. God led me to re-examine the focus of my ministry and “Spoken For” was born.”

The singer/songwriter is quick to point out that she is not abandoning her AC/Inspirational roots. “My earlier projects were more oriented toward inspirational radio,” she acknowledges. “I still love that genre, and will continue to perform those songs. But pop music is another side of my personality that I’ve always loved, and I’m thrilled to be able to move in that direction as an artist as well.”

“Spoken For” is available now for digital download. For more information about “Spoken For” or Eva K, visit

About Eva K:

“Music is my passion,” says Eva K, who has been singing since age 3 and also plays the guitar and piano. During her career, she has performed in front of thousands of people and has shared the stage with the likes of Anne Graham Lotz, Mark Harris, Babbie Mason, Third Day and Tenth Avenue North.

Eva K says her ministry is about “spreading the Gospel, one song at a time.” She believes that God has a plan for her life and that He chose, through her adoption as an infant, a very special family for her to grow up in to learn life’s lessons. Her heart’s desire is to point people to her loving Father who sent His Son to die so that everyone who believes in Him will live eternally. She focuses on the theme of adoption in her song, “Grace That Chose Me,” in which she sings, “If I’m anything close to what I’m meant to be, I owe it to the hands of Grace that chose me.”

Eva K’s current video, “Grace That Chose Me,” has aired at UP TV (formerly Gospel Music Channel) and has been featured at various events, including the Florida Baptist Convention. Eva K, who has experienced firsthand the blessings of being adopted into a loving Christian home, is an outspoken advocate for adoption. She has partnered with the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, a Christ-centered organization that provides services for abused, neglected, and orphaned children, where she helps to promote the organization’s adoption and other ministry services to hurting children and families.

Eva K’s current EP, Love Is All About You, produced by six-time Dove Award winning producer and songwriter Don Koch (producer for Avalon, 4HIM, and many others; songwriter credits include classics “In Christ Alone,” “Adonai” and “Mercy Said No”), was released in 2013. It is the singer/songwriter’s fourth recording project. Her current radio single is “Born To Run.”

Eva and her husband, Jonny, live in Central Florida with their two young sons. For more information about Eva K and Love is All About You, visit

Permalink 06:23:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 216 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

The Katinas releases "Alive"

Popular CCM band The Katinas releases “Alive,” the second single from the group’s current CD, Sunday Set, to AC and CHR-formatted Christian radio stations. The Dove-award winning five-man band adds its unique vocals to the new arrangement of this popular worship song, written by Aodhan King and Alexander Pappas.

“We have been fans of this song from Hillsong Young and Free since its release in 2013,” says James Katina. “Our prayer is that the Katinas’ version will continue the song’s tradition of blessing those who hear it.”

The band has been touring heavily since the release of Sunday Set. The Katinas Alaska Tour kicks off June 3, with future dates in Washington, New York, New Jersey, California and Colorado. For a complete tour schedule, visit

The release of “Alive” follows the debut single, “10,000 Reasons,” which played on more than 200 radio outlets and hit No. 1 on CRC Weekly ( and No. 1 on CRC Monthly.

A video for “10,000 Reasons” is available at YouTube at

Sunday Set, featuring signature arrangements of 10 popular worship songs, is available at iTunes (digital) and (physical CDs). Todd Collins, who was one the producers for the first three albums released by the Katinas on Gotee Records, produced Sunday Set, with Steve Lotz mixing the record.

For more information about The Katinas, visit


Permalink 05:59:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 1748 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Richter memoirs – Ken Pugh's stupendous performance


"Shortly after being signed by Canton of the Tri-State League in 1890, the 23-year-old Denton True Young was spotted warming up against a wooden fence on a farm in Ohio. The ensuing damage to the barrier, as legend has it, was likened to that of a cyclone hitting a wall. An enterprising sportswriter shortened 'cyclone' to 'Cy,' and Young would never again be known by any other name during his professional career."
– Cooperstown: Hall of Fame Players, 2001

Kenny Pugh was no Cy Young, whose 511 major league victories established a record that will never be broken. But he was like Cy: a big Ohio farm boy who could hurl a baseball through a backstop. I've wondered over the years what Kenny might have done if he had dedicated himself to baseball.

I've benefited from every teammate, co-worker, mentor or friend I've had over the years, but none of them had a greater heart than Kenneth Pugh. He was not a lifelong buddy, like so many of my favorite characters. He and I were friends for only four months in the spring of 1964 when he was a pitcher and I was a catcher for the Louisville High School Leopards. I base my contention about the strength of Ken's heart on a single event: his stupendous, remarkable, Herculean performance on a hard-scrabble baseball diamond in our hometown, Louisville, Ohio, one warm spring afternoon in 1964. It is the greatest athletic fete I have participated in my lifetime.

To this day in the spring of 2015 – a few months after Ken's death and 51 years since the story which follows occurred – I still can hardly believe what happened in that Saturday afternoon between double-header between Louisville and West Branch high schools.

First, some background: 1964 was Ken Pugh's only season on the LHS baseball team (I don't know why). He was a good-natured boy giant – tall, rawboned, long arms, big hands and a large head. In fact, when LHS baseball coach Ray Bellisari passed out caps that spring, not a one was large enough for Ken (I think his hat size was 8), so coach special-ordered one. The special-order was Louisville blue and had an 'L' above the bill, but it was a flat hat – not crowned like the caps the rest of us wore – and it hugged Ken's head. David Boyle, my lifelong friend who also pitched on that LHS team, calls it a "retro" hat, like the ones Hall of Famers Honus Wagner and Cy Young wore. "Ken was a caricature for pitchers in the early 1900s," David said, and that was the look our big hurler projected to the West Branch nine as he took the mound that day.

Ken had a wicked fastball; no doubt about that. If he had a curveball, a slider or a change-up, I don't remember calling for it. But the fastball was scary, and Ken just reared back and let 'er rip. Every pitch was a mystery. It might go inside, outside, right at the batter, up high, down in the dirt. Some pitches were strikes and some were balls, but he just kept on throwing. I always liked and respected Ken as a teammate, but he was wild. And, as his catcher in both games that day in '64 – yes, he pitched both games of the doubleheader! -- he wore me out just trying to catch what he was throwing.

A half-century later, I've forgotten much of what occurred. Officially, there is no record that I know of – no news clippings, no scorebook, no box scores. I don't even remember there being a lot of discussion about the West Branch games back then, nor does Boyle. I don't remember why Kenny pitched in both games. We had other good pitchers (Boyle, a junior, seniors Dave Howell and Jack Moser and freshman Dick Kuhn, who, incidentally, tossed a no-hitter that spring). Had they been excused for some academic competition? Were they injured? Regardless, to the best of my ability, here are the bare essentials of the donnybrook that unfolded:

Ken relieved in one game and started the other. He probably worked nine or 10 innings total. There was no deception in his delivery. He just wound up and fired the fastball. While I can't prove it, I believe Ken walked 15 or 20 West Branch batters in the two games and fanned 15 or 20 others, maybe more. Unbelievable statistics, but this was an unbelievable game.

I observed that most West Branch hitters entered the batter's box nervously. Who wouldn't? Ken's wildness was a weapon. As a batter, your options were few: take a pitch, whether it was a strike or a ball; close your eyes and swing; duck as the ball soared over your head to the backstop; or take a fastball in the ribs or an ankle. Suffice to say, Ken put a lot of guys on base, but few scored because – amazingly – he blew away batters when he had to. It helped that I had a career day behind the plate throwing out baserunners trying to steal. In telling this story over the years, I've boasted that I threw out 14. That's what someone told me back then, so I'll stick with 14.

A typical inning saw Ken walk two or three West Branch batters and strike out a like number. For each batter who walked or got hit by a pitch, he'd respond with a string of strikeouts. For each runner who moved up on a wild pitch, I'd cut down one trying to steal, or our defense made a play. But the bases always seemed to be loaded and we were always in trouble. It was a terrible strain, but Ken had a knack that day of pitching well when he had to.

As the temperature rose, Ken labored, his retro cap soaked with sweat and painted with dirt and resin, his face absent its usual easy grin. At the end of the day, he must have thrown 200 pitches, perhaps more. I caught many of them and scrambled after some I didn't catch. West Branch batters nicked a few pitches and grubbed out some hits, but mostly they were overmatched, taking pitches they knew they couldn't hit or swinging at pitches that were already in my mitt. Ken and I must have been a few pitches short of a heat stroke. Nowadays, coaches don't let a kid throw more than 100 pitches or pitch both games of a double-header. But, bottom line, Louisville won both games.

Neither Kenny nor I were stars on the Louisville nine in 1964, but each of us had our career day that day. Ken Pugh graduated that spring and if he ever pitched in another game, I don't remember it. Eventually, I moved to Texas and became a newspaperman. Ken became a Baptist preacher. We didn't see each other for decades.

I wondered as the years went by if Ken reminisced as I did about the 1964 twinbill. In 2005, I traveled to Louisville for my 40th class reunion, and dropped by Ken's First Baptist Church Sunday morning. As I waited for the pastor to arrive I chatted with some of Ken's flock, telling them I was his catcher in his high school and assumed they had heard the story about the double-header. They hadn't, which made me wonder if he would remember me. I didn't have to wait long. Soon, the front door opened and in walked my old friend, accompanied by a small entourage of worshipers. In fact, the Rev. Kenneth Pugh filled that doorway, literally and figuratively. He had gained a few pounds over the years and lost most of his hair, but he still had a smile that lit up the room.

Here is what he said to me (approximately): "That day? Remember? You were my catcher. I'll never forget it." I realized in that mini-minute that Ken cared as much as I did and we embraced as warriors might have at the 50th anniversary of Gettysburg or D-Day. That, of course, makes more of this game of baseball than it deserves, but whether you're on a battlefield or a baseball field, you draw conclusions about your teammates, based on how they deal with a tough situation. Ken was still a warrior; he had just switched teams.

He also cleared up one the little details which I had forgotten: why Coach Bellisari pulled him out late in the second game of the double-header. My recollection had always been that coach ma

de the slow walk to the mound to take Ken out of the game because the bases were loaded and his pitcher was exhausted. But it was worse than that.

"Don't you remember," Ken recalled in 2005, "Bellisari was complaining, telling me to bear down and throw strikes, and you said, 'But coach, look at his hand.' I had a blister on every finger."

It was like he'd turned on a light in the darkness of my brain. I remembered those blisters on his big right hand, some of them already popped open, some bulging with pus. Imagine the pain. As brave as he was, and as much as he wanted to finish that game, Ken didn't argue when coach asked him for the ball. And whoever replaced him finished the game with little drama. End of story.

I e-mailed Ken's son, Chris, a few months after I'd heard about his father's death, and asked Chris if his dad had ever mentioned that bizarre 1964 double-header. Chris replied that his dad hadn't talked much about being a pitcher, but that he would like to hear more about it.

In June 2014 I put a photo of me and my beautiful girlfriend Judy Scott on my Facebook page, to which the Rev. Pugh commented: "So this is where my catcher went!!! And I replied: "You'll be in my memoirs if I ever write them ... that was the greatest performance by a pitcher I've ever seen – and I was lucky enough to catch you."

It took Ken's death to remind me of that promise. I wish I could have shared it with him before he died. For the record, I want to inform Ken's family, their friends and the many people who loved him and worshiped in his churches for some 40 years that he had a life before them. And, as I've reported above, he was quite wild. But as far as one-day wonders go, Ken's gutsy performance in 1964 was the most courageous I ever saw on a baseball diamond. He was a good man and a helluva pitcher. God bless him.


Permalink 06:23:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 202 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

New cookbook takes readers on culinary world adventure

GAHANNA, Ohio – Author Edie “Oma” Hall was raised in several different countries and continued to learn about various cultures, customs and food as she traveled the world with her Air Force pilot husband. Her new book, “Cooking with Oma: A Link with the Past, a Bridge to the Future” (published by iUniverse), contains a streamlined collection of classic Old World recipes for busy, contemporary chefs of all levels.

The timeless recipes in “Cooking with Oma” offer readers a vicarious culinary trip around the world. Hall brings the world of cooking to life by including an interesting or humorous introduction to each recipe as she tells about the origin of the dish or how she obtained the recipe from the chef of a prominent restaurant or place.

Hall’s dishes are uncomplicated, use familiar ingredients, and present themselves with concise and easy-to-understand directions. Hall shares time-saving techniques and hints on almost every page, making the exciting gourmet recipes in her book doable for beginner and advanced cooks alike.

“We are all busier than ever and time is valuable,” Hall says. “My book can help readers put a delicious meal on the table without having to rely on prepared frozen dinners – often in less time.”

Permalink 05:54:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 332 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Tech Corner

Uber to be official ride of Bunbury Music Festival

Bunbury Music Festival announced that Uber will be the official ride of the festival, set to take place June 5-7, 2015, at Sawyer Point at Yeatman’s Cove in downtown Cincinnati. As part of the partnership, new Uber users who enter promo code BUNBURY15 will receive a free first ride up to $20. Bunbury has set the intersection of Butler and Pete Rose Way as the official Uber pick up and drop off location.

Uber is a mobile application that connects riders to drivers at the touch of a button, allowing you to track the arrival of your ride and pay through your phone. Users have to simply download the app, enter the promo code and request their ride.

The 2015 lineup of Bunbury Music Festival features national, regional and local acts including The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dogg, Brand New, Tame Impala, The Decemberists, Old Crow Medicine Show, twenty one pilots, Walk the Moon, Matt and Kim, Bleachers, Royal Blood, Manchester Orchestra, Father John Misty, Atmosphere, Temples, Shakey Graves, Kasey Musgraves, The Devil Makes Three, Reverend Horton Heat, Lindsey Stirling, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Jamestown Revival, Mikky Ekko, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Mini Mansion, The Front Bottoms, Jessica Hernandez, Secret Sisters, Lil Dicky, Machineheart, Multimagic, Buggs Tha Rocka, Go Analog, Bummers, Indigo Wild, Markham, The Tillers, & more. All artists are subject to change without notice.

About Bunbury Music Festival: Bunbury Music Festival, purchased by PromoWest Productions in 2015, is an alternative music festival that will feature three days of performances on four stages throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove June 5-7, 2015. Bunbury returns to Cincinnati for its fourth year following critical acclaim from USA Today, Pollstar and Yahoo! Music.

About PromoWest Productions: PromoWest Productions, having just celebrated its 30-year anniversary in 2014, currently offers Columbus, Ohio, over 450 events a year at its venues LC Pavilion, Newport Music Hall, The Basement and A&R Music Bar. PromoWest opened the country’s second indoor/outdoor concert venue, Stage AE, in downtown Pittsburgh in 2010. For more information on PromoWest, visit


Permalink 06:05:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 435 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Sports

Malone to switch athletic conferences

To Malone University alumni,

We recently had a series of conversations on campus related to ways to enhance the student experience. As part of our exploration, we considered the challenges and opportunities associated with changing our NCAA divisional status and conference affiliation. The result of that work is that we are excited to reaffirm our commitment to compete in the NCAA Division II, a commitment that was unanimously affirmed by our trustees at their recent meeting.

Our analysis also focused on the best option for the university with regard to our conference affiliation. We have completed that research and after extensive conversations with officials from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, we have received and accepted an invitation to join the G-MAC with the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.

The G-MAC is an NCAA Division II athletic conference with institutions in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. You can learn more about the G-MAC by visiting and reading the attached. This move aligns Malone with institutions with similar missions, academic profiles, faith based backgrounds, enrollments, and athletic offerings. Competition in the G-MAC also enhances our institutional footprint with visibility in new markets in three states outside of Ohio, an important consideration as we work to enhance out of state recruitment. In making this move, we reaffirm our commitment to offering student-athletes experiences that reflect the best of the NCAA Division II while celebrating our rich athletic history shaped by our alumni.

We will continue to offer all of our current sports and will have a full schedule of G-MAC competition upon entry into the league. It is important to know that the G-MAC currently does not have the NCAA required number of institutions who offer football and swimming to allow league championship competition.  Consequently, Pioneer football teams will compete as NCAA Division II independents while we will explore affiliate membership for swimming in other NCAA Division II conferences. There are several schools currently talking with the G-MAC about membership and it is my expectation that as the membership grows, so will the number of institutions offering football and swimming.

We are excited to develop new relationships with teams in the G-MAC and believe that we will be competitive in every sport while we extend the tradition of success that Malone teams have enjoyed throughout its history in the NAIA and NCAA Div. II. Additionally, we can continue our friendly rivalry with Walsh University on a non-league basis.

This is the right course of action for the university, our athletic programs, and the students we serve. We wanted you to be among the first to know of this good news.

With gratitude,

David King



Permalink 06:25:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 352 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

Cleveland Botanical Garden launches Vacant to Vibrant community gardens with opening celebration

 The Botanical Garden, in collaboration with Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation, recently completed work on a green infrastructure project that converted three vacant residential parcels  into pocket parks. The stormwater infrastructure/community recreation spaces are part of Vacant to Vibrant, a 3-city project that will transform small vacant lots into community assets. The renovated lots will collect runoff to help alleviate combined sewer overflow while also bringing recreational space to neighborhoods that need it.

To celebrate the launch of these three green spaces in Cleveland’s Woodland Hills neighborhood, Cleveland Botanical Garden is hosting a public opening to include a ribbon cutting and tours.

What: Opening comments, delivered by Sandra Albro from Cleveland Botanical Garden and John Hopkins from Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation, will be followed by a tour and refreshments.

When: Monday, May 11, 2015 – 4 pm
Comments will be delivered at 10615 Crestwood Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44104, followed by tour of additional sites at 10607 Hulda Avenue and 10411 Shale Avenue. (All located in Cleveland’s Woodland Hills neighborhood)

Who: Members of the Botanical Garden and Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation, as well as community partners and residents, will be present. Members of the media and public are welcome to attend.

About Vacant to Vibrant 
Vacant to Vibrant is a Great Lakes Protection Fund–supported initiative led by Cleveland Botanical Garden in collaboration with project partners in Gary, IN, Cleveland, OH, and Buffalo, NY. The goal of the project is to create joint stormwater management / neighborhood recreational assets on small, distributed vacant residential parcels in urban neighborhoods and to measure the effectiveness of these installations as green stormwater infrastructure and as tools for neighborhood stabilization. Vacant to Vibrant seeks to advance knowledge on sustainable development practices leading to efficient urban revival strategies that can be replicated in urban areas across the Great Lakes region.
About Cleveland Botanical Garden 
Cleveland Botanical Garden, located at 11030 East Boulevard, is an ever-changing urban escape where you'll find enrichment and inspiration through stunning gardens, an exotic Glasshouse and enchanting events. The Botanical Garden recently integrated with The Holden Arboretum, a vast 3,600 acre living museum located in Kirtland, Ohio.  The newly joined organization is working together to build a greener, healthier Northeast Ohio. For more details, or call 216-721-1600.

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