Bakery companies will be key beneficiaries of a new £1.7m government-funded scheme to improve food sector skills, including the creation of a new food engineering degree.A number of leading bakery companies worked closely with Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, and the National Skills Academy to win the funding, announced last month. The money will cover around half the cost of the new skills programme with food and drink businesses committing to provide the same amount again in cash, time and in-kind support. A key focus of the scheme is to reduce the food industry’s reliance on migrant workers in favour of home-grown talent.One of the initiatives will see the creation of a UK Centre of Excellence in Food Production Engineering and a new food engineering university programme, designed to provide a minimum of 40 graduate engineers a year. This will form part of the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) Graduate Ambition programme to develop an industry-specific degree qualification.Justine Fosh, director of Improve’s National Skills Academy for Food & Drink, which will deliver many of the projects, said engineering was an area that was particularly relevant to the baking industry. “Some of the biggest bakery firms will tell you that finding graduate engineers is a major problem, that graduates don’t have knowledge of the industry and often need to be retrained. Companies will design the degree programme themselves so it meets their specific needs,” she said.The engineering Centre of Excellence will be based at a single university with the first degree expected to begin in September 2013. The Employer Investment Fund administered by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, is providing funding.In another move to plug the skills gap Angela Coleshill, FDF’s director of competitiveness, said it had pledged to double apprentice numbers in the food manufacturing sector to 4,000, by 2012. Two thousand apprentices currently work in the sector.
The Capitol Theatre announced two shows with Phil Lesh & Friends on May 28 and 29 in Port Chester, NY! The Friends will include Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno on guitars, John Molo on drums, and Melvin Seals on keys. While we’ve seen Haynes, Molo, and Krasno play extensively alongside Lesh, it will be Melvin Seals’ first time playing with Phil Lesh & Friends. The Hammond B3 organ wizard was one of the select few who had the distinct privilege of sharing the stage with Garcia during the much celebrated tenure of the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin Seals On Faithfully Carrying The Torch Of Jerry GarciaWhile the three March dates are sold out for Phil & Friends, ticket information for the May shows is available via the Capitol Theatre website. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 11th, at 3 PM Eastern.
On Wednesday, March 3, 2016, the hands that worked, the mind that taught and the heart that loved for over 75 years grew still. Carson Lee Ward was born on April 18, 1940, to Jack and Eileen (Lebeda) Ward in Caldwell, Kansas. As the second of seven children, with siblings Diana (Karl) Wentzel, Jody (Janie), Terry (Pak), Monty (Diedra), J Rex, and Liana, life growing up was never boring!Carson attended Cashatt country school from 1st through 8th grade, then on to Caldwell High School, graduating in the class of 1958. He furthered his education at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, where he participated in track and was a monitor at Broadhurst Hall. During this time, he not only earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, but also caught the eye of Miss Nina Marie Branine of Cheney, Kansas, whom he married on December 22, 1961. This union was blessed with four children: Kristi (Bob) Merritt, Quinn (Vicki), Karla (Gary) Davis, and Cory (Tammy); 12 grandchildren: Tanner Merritt, Devan Whaley, Ashleigh (Iwan) Broodryk, Quinci (Matt) Hiedeman, Kelsi (Austin) Barlow, Austin Merritt, Carli Ward, Tyson Merritt, Darin Ward, Colten Ward, Tylyn Ward and Christian Ward; and 3 great grandchildren: Noah Hiedeman, McKinley Hiedeman and Annelise Barlow.Carson taught math at Mulvane High School before moving to Caldwell to be closer to the family farm. He taught math and physics at Caldwell High School before entering full time wheat and cattle farming on the LX Ranch, where he eventually built the current family home in 1975.Â The original stone house provided many years of genealogy and historical research, one of his favorite pastimes.Carsonâ€™s faith and steadfast support for community and family show in everything he has accomplished. He enjoyed working with the Caldwell Historical Society, served as president of the Sumner County Fair Board, as well as the Board of Education for USD 360.Â He was an active member of the Caldwell United Methodist Church and loved hosting and attending Sunday School parties.Peanuts and pitch around the card tables became a weekly staple with friends and a birthday didnâ€™t pass without request for a white cake, with white frosting!Â Carson proudly wore his Bluejay blue and was the biggest fan when it came to the events of his kids and grandkids.Â The familiar red diary on the night stand is now forever closed, but a legacy resides in the previous volumes on the shelf.Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Caldwell, Kansas.Interment was in the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell.Memorials may be given in memory of Carson to the United Methodist Church or to the Sumner County Fair Association.To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.infoArrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary 6 N. Main Caldwell, Kansas.