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Brian Reuwee Named Director of Communications & Marketing for ARA

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) announced that Brian Reuwee has been hired as director of communications and marketing for the organization.Reuwee is in the process of relocating to Washington, D.C., from St. Louis, and will join the ARA staff Nov. 18. He will also be participating in ARA's upcoming annual conference Dec. 3-5 in Doral, Fla. As director of communications and marketing, Reuwee will be responsible for all of ARA's publications, media relations, website, marketing ...
Friday, November 8, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (589)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Under the Hood

Under the HoodKeep your car running perfectly using this checklist. Brought to you by Nationwide Insurance®The tips below are general enough for most vehicles. Your owner’s manual may also suggest a different maintenance schedule—which you should follow. Also, have your routine work done by a mechanic you go to regularly to keep a consistent record of your car’s service.Brake Pads, Rotors, Fluid—Check every 3,000 to 5,000 miles; replace fluid every 2 years. Your brake pads and rotors provide ...
Wednesday, October 30, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (996)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Gary Jones

Gary Ellsworth Jones, 66, of Harrisburg, passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Gary was born in Irwin, PA on April 25, 1947. He graduated from Hempfield High School in Greensburg, PA in 1965. He earned a Bachelor's of Science in botany in 1969 and a Master's of Science in entomology in 1972 both degrees from Penn State. He worked for the Department of Environmental Protection for 36 years and finished his career as a section chief for Biological Services Section. Gary also ...
Friday, October 4, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (925)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Sharing the Road with Cyclists

Sharing the Road with Cyclists Take extra precautions for everyone’s safety. Brought to you by Nationwide Insurance®Safe driving starts with mutual respect and consideration among all parties on the road. Motorists and cyclists share the same rights and must develop an understanding about safe driving practices.The following are safety recommendations courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists and SafetyXChange:For motorists: Keep a safe distance. Smaller vehicles like bikes can stop ...
Friday, September 20, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (890)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Colonel Thomas Leonard Thacker

Colonel Thomas Leonard Thacker, age 94, of Fairborn, Ohio, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012. He was born on August 14, 1918, at LeRoy, Michigan, the youngest son of Ralph L. Thacker and Hattie (Madole) Thacker. Tom grew up on a Michigan farm during the great depression. He graduated from Michigan State College (Michigan State University today) and taught high school agriculture for two years at East Jordan, Michigan, where he met his future wife. He was called to ...
Thursday, January 24, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (911)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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4 Smart 4WD Driving Tips

Brought to you by Nationwide Insurance®Four-wheel drive (4WD) refers to vehicles in which the engine powers all four wheels at the same time. These vehicles often allow drivers to switch from two- to four-wheel drive as conditions require. The 4WD setting is very popular for going off-road into the thick of nature."The byproduct of seeing nature this way is that you gain respect for it,” says Bruce Elfstrom, the CEO of Overland Experts, an East Haddam, Conn.-based off-road driving ...
Tuesday, January 22, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (871)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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AZ Centennial Honor Roll Member Jim Thrift Honored

JIM THRIFT, KEN MANNING HONORED BY AG RETAILERS ASSNDec. 13, 2012Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) reports: ARA presented two awards to recognize specific individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry at its annual conference held last week in San Diego. Jim Thrift Receives the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award ARA was pleased to present this year's Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award to ARA's former Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (680)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Kevin Eblen

THE PASSING OF KEVIN EBLENDec. 19, 2012Source: Monsanto blog This fall, many were shocked to hear of the passing of Kevin Eblen, 46. Eblen's sudden passing came as a surprise to friends, family and others in the industry who remember him for his zest for life. Eblen was a self-described "Iowa farm kid," proud of his hometown of Creston. He rose through the ranks of FFA in high school earning his American FFA degree at the 59th National FFA Convention, where he was Iowa's candidate for Star ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (763)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Make It Safely Past Black Ice

Find out how black ice forms and how to recognize it for a safer driveBrought to you by Nationwide Insurance®Call it the invisible menace. Black ice hides in shadowy seclusion, in the worst travel conditions, waiting to do damage to motorists."The term, ‘black ice,’ is a misnomer,” says Dennis Madden, CEO of the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association. "It’s actually just a patch of smooth, clear ice. Because it’s clear, all you see is the roadway below. In fact, the only real ...
Thursday, November 15, 2012/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (748)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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5 Car Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore

5 Car Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore Brought to you by Nationwide Insurance® When it comes to car clunks and bangs, ignorance isn’t bliss.Here's a multiple choice question. What do you do when you hear a funny noise from your vehicle? A. Ignore itB. Convince yourself that it's coming from the car next to youC. Turn up your stereo so you can't hear itD. None of the above The answer should be D. When your ride is making odd sounds—whether they're squeals, scrapes, pings or pows—it's telling you ...
Monday, October 29, 2012/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (1259)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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