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in the Auto Club 400 (Fontana, Calif.).
Burton's Comeback Trail
So far for Jeff Burton, the sea- son has been "just OK." Burton collected top-10 finishes in four of the final Sprint Cup races of 2011 and expected more than what the current season has yielded to date.
Burton, 44, has failed to make the Chase in two of the past three seasons. The most recent of his 21 victories at NASCAR's premier level occurred on Oct. 11, 2008, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That was 119 races ago.
"I have been through this before in my career where I wasn't suc- cessful, but we got back to it, and I believe we will get back to it this time," Burton said. "It will be difficult. There are some things I've got to change and some things that have to change around me. "We've had a few shots, and at this point last year we weren't even close to seeing it. We have seen some improvements but not at the level we need to." Burton won six races in 1999, then driving a Ford for Jack Roush. Now he is in his eighth full season driving one of Richard Childress's Chevys. He once finished in the top five in points four years in a row with Roush (1997-2000). His best showing with Childress to date was a sixth in 2008. Texas Motor Speedway, coinci- dentally, was the site of Burton's first Cup victory on April 6, 1997. ***
The South Boston, Va., native admitted, "We have certainly not had the start we wanted to have. "We set out to change a lot of stuff, and we've seen some improvement in some areas, and in others we haven't. ... The day I don't think I can be competi- tive, I promise you, I will leave. I've never gotten into a race car to get a check. I got every dollar I could get while I was driving it, but I didn't want to get in it to get the dollar. I got in it because I wanted to get the trophy." Burton is in decent position to make a run at the Chase. Entering this weekend's Samsung Mobile 500, he ranks 15th in the point standings. He already has a fifth-place finish in the Daytona 500 and a sixth
Monte Dutton covers motor- sports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at email@example.com
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New Hampshire Music Festival And Plymouth State University Orchestrate Long-Term Relationship__________________________
10 year arrangement virtually provides permanent home for the Festival
Plymouth NH – April 6, 2012: Sixty plus years ago, a husband and wife couple, who were also concert piano teachers from New York City, summered on Mud Island (later named Melody Island) on Lake Winnipesaukee. They thought it would be a great idea to have students come and mix vacation with the study of music.
students put on concerts for peo- ple that came to a grove on the island by boat. In 1952, the cou- ple that founded the Melody Island School of Music invited conductor Maurice Bonney and the New Symphony Orchestra
of NYC to work with the stu- dents and expand the concerts on the island. And, so a summer classical music festival was born. It is now known as the New Hampshire Music Festival (NHMF).
The relationship between NHMF and Plymouth State goes back some 40 years. The two parties have been in discussions for some time which have resulted in a 10 year agreement, which will essentially make Plymouth State University’s Silver Center for the Arts the Festival’s permanent home.
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nership with Plymouth State University,” says Ron Sibley, Chairman of the NHMF Board. “And, as healthy relationships go, NHMF and PSU mutually benefit. The Festival will enjoy a great state of the art perform- ance venue while Plymouth State University gains access and educational opportunities available to them from the out- standing musicians the Festival attracts from all over the coun- try. “
For its 60th anniversary, The New Hampshire Music Festival’s summer concert series will include orchestral classical music, pops concerts, as well as, chamber music per- formances, plus free pre-concert lectures. Classical concerts are scheduled for Thursdays and Fridays in the Hanaway Theater at PSU’s Silver Center for the Arts. The Pops concerts are on alternate Saturdays also in the Hanaway Theater. The Chamber performances are slated for Tuesdays in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center. The Festival runs from July 10th to August 17th.
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