Month: May 2016

MusicRow Awards Challenge Coins to CountryBreakout Chart Artists

This week, MusicRow celebrated several Nashville songwriters whose compositions skyrocketed to the top of the MusicRow CountryBreakout chart. MusicRow honored Jason Duke, Ryan Griffin and Josh Kerr for Kelsea Ballerini’s “Dibs,” which topped the MusicRow CountryBreakout chart on Dec. 10, 2015. Joining them for the celebration were industry executives from Dan Hodges Music, Black River Publishing and Black River Entertainment.   Since 2014, MusicRow has distributed No. 1 Challenge Coin to the artists and songwriters who have achieved a No. 1 hit on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart. Read the full story HERE And the full list of recipients can be found...

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Group Working to Honor Excel Employees And First Responders With Challenge Coin

HESSTON, Kan. – Excel Industries, a lawnmower manufacturing plant, was the scene of a shooting where a gunman killed 3 people and injured many more on Feb 25, 2016. The group called the Friends of Harvey County ERT is giving thanks with a special challenge coin that will go to first responders, volunteers and Excel employees. On one side of the coin is five arrows, each representing different departments and people who came to help in response to the February shooting. There’s also a Latin phrase meaning “Together we are strong.” On the back side of the coin is a phoenix. The...

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A Group Memorial Day Walk from Boston to Dallas Stops in Richmond

Travis Mann (Navy active duty) is one of approximately a dozen volunteers who are taking on the Memorial Day walk this month, hoping to restore what they call the true meaning of Memorial Day — honoring fallen service members, rather than celebrating the start of summer. Imagine walking from Boston to Dallas, 2,000 miles in 30 days. That’s 66 miles per day. “It’s an incredible experience. On this trip, I have seen firsthand family members of buddies of mine that have been killed in combat defending our freedoms,” said Mann, who has made the walk every year since 2012. Read the...

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Clackamas Emergency Responders Honored for Saving Lives

Clackamas Fire District #1 held a Lifesaving Coin ceremony at the training center in Clackamas, presenting 58 coins to first responders who directly assisted in the survival of six cardiac arrest patients who were resuscitated in the field, transported to a hospital and were eventually discharged neurologically intact.   During the ceremony, Division Chief Bill Conway noted that the survivors “were literally found not breathing, not conscious.” Conway says their odds of survival were greatly increased by the department’s utilization of the “Chain of Survival” developed by the American Heart Association. This five-step process is the standard of care for cardiac arrest...

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SFD Gets a Softer Landing

Recently, a crew from the local business installed two new, customized landing pads for the fire poles at Central Fire Station. … “When we come down the poles there are landing pads, and our older pads had basically disintegrated over time,” Seguin Fire Battalion Chief Tom Teboe said. With the landing pads nearly nonexistent, firefighter Tony Gonzales began looking into ways to replace them and contacted Water Park Excitement, Teboe said.   “We worked with him (Gonzales), he sent us the coin, we showed the guys and they said ‘No problem,’ they could build it,” she said. “They just...

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