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  • Thu, June 21, 2018 8:09 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Please call your Representative today and ask to speak to the staff person who handles H-2B issues. Ask that the member sign the attached letter. The deadline for signatures is the close of business tomorrow, 6/22/18

    Attached letter Here

  • Thu, June 21, 2018 6:34 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Patrol Elephant Poached!
    IEF & Others Offer Reward

    Thank you to one of our our newer OABA members, Asian Elephant Support, who matched the donation of the International Elephant Foundation as a reward for information leading to the capture of those responsible.

    Bunta, a patrol elephant working to protect his wild cousins in the Aceh province of Sumatra was found dead on June 9th, a victim of poisoning by poachers.  Bunta was found with one of his tusks brutally removed.  The 27-year-old critically endangered Sumatran elephant had worked with forest rangers, mahouts, and other trained elephants as part of a Conservation Response Unit (CRU) patrol team in the Leuser Ecosystem, one of Indonesia's last and largest patches of intact rainforest.

    In an unprecedented move, the local forest authority, BKSDA, immediately offered a reward for information leading to the capture of those responsible; they were joined by the Governor of Aceh.  The International Elephant Foundation stepped up to add to the reward, and challenged fellow elephant advocates, Asian Elephant Support, to match our donation.  Together, IEF and AES matched BKSDA's initial reward, taking the total to well over Rp 140 Million (Rupiah).  

    Even though Bunta was not a member of one of the IEF-supported CRU teams, we strongly believe in the CRU concept and the ability for elephant ambassadors to make a measurable difference in the lives of their wild counterparts.  We are appalled at this action by poachers, who are increasingly turning to poisoning as a preferred method to silently and stealthily destroy these majestic animals.  We hope that those responsible will be caught and held accountable as soon as possible.  

    If you would like to make a donation to Asian Elephant Support, please visit their website, Here

  • Thu, June 21, 2018 6:14 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    News for Immediate Release

    10700 Medallion Drive | Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 | gmpopcorn.com
    twitter.com/GMPopcornFan | facebook.com/gmcincinnati

    For more information about the release or images, contact Heather Gims at
    800-543-0862 ext. 2384 or

    Gold Medal Meets Changing Customer Needs with New Website

    Visitors will enjoy aesthetic design, extensive resources, and e-commerce capabilities.

    Concession industry leader, Gold Medal Products Co. has launched its new website, gmpopcorn.com. Creativity and strategy combine to provide a fully engaging user experience. The purpose behind the site is to connect customers with both the information and products they need to run a successful concession business.

    Visitors will be greeted by an attractive, fresh, interactive design showcasing the variety of products Gold Medal offers from popcorn to cotton candy, hot dogs, fryers and more. Not only does it give a positive first impression, it also allows users to easily navigate and browse the latest content and product listings. For convenience, the site is structured so that it can be viewed on any type of device.

    One of the greatest advantages of the site is the collection of resources it offers. Visitors can watch how-to videos, find recipes, and get new ideas from the Gold Medal blog. A notable new addition is a section called Concession Insights, which is home to useful articles for building businesses or hosting events and fundraisers. For more in-depth and market specific information, there is a library of e-books available for download.

    Equipped with e-commerce capabilities, the site makes it simple to not just browse products, but also provides purchase options. Customers can create an account to request quotes on any of Gold Medal’s products. A selection of items is also available for immediate purchase online. Another feature is that customers can use the Find a Dealer page to locate the nearest Gold Medal distributor.

    President of Gold Medal, Adam Browning expressed his excitement about the site launch stating, “Gold Medal continues to be a thought-leader for the concession industry. Our focus is to be the preferred source customers can rely on for all their concession needs. We do more than just manufacture and sell products; we’re a trusted consultant and advisor with the knowledge and experience necessary to help them achieve success.”

    About Gold Medal Products Co.: Gold Medal is the global leader for concession equipment and supplies including: popcorn, cotton candy, Sno-Kones®, gourmet popcorn, fudge, nachos, funnel cakes, and more. The privately-held, family-run company began in 1931 and now employs more than 500 people across 15 locations, including its manufacturing headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, with a worldwide distribution network. Count on Gold Medal to deliver snacks, smiles & success!

    Heather Gims
    Communication Specialist
    Gold Medal Products Co.
    513-769-7676 ext. 2384

  • Thu, June 21, 2018 5:52 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    By: Genie Davis
    Photo by: Funtastic Traveling Shows

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018
    Located in Portland, Ore., Funtastic Carnival offers a wide range of rides, games, food, and fun for kids and families. From the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival to smaller shows at shopping malls like Clackamas Center,..Read Story

  • Thu, June 21, 2018 4:58 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Renew Your OABA Membership Online/FaceBook Photo Contest

    Renew your OABA Membership online today! 
    It's easy to renew your OABA membership online! Please click on this link and renew today:

    Facebook Photo Contest: Capturing your Online Membership Renewal

    Go to the OABA Facebook page, HERE, Enter by 7/20/18, submit a photo of you, someone you know or a group renewing their OABA memberships online, holding signs of online membership renewal completed, etc... Submit all photos to our email address, oaba@oaba.org. Once you see it posted, Share your photo and ask your friends, family, co-workers, employees to go to the OABA page, "Like" the page, then "Like" your photo.  Only the votes ON the OABA facebook page will be counted.

    Thank you to our first photo entry above; OABA Director, Holly Swartz Hitch-Hiker mfg. 

    ***For votes to be counted, each voter must “Like” the OABA page and “Like” the photo on the OABA page you are voting for.***

    The photo, with the most votes will be placed in our monthly ShowTime Magazine.
    Renew your OABA Membership online today! 
    Let OABA work for YOU!

    Thank you and have fun renewing your OABA Membership this year! If you need assistance, please contact Kristin Shenk at 407-681-9444, KristinS@oaba.org or oaba@oaba.org

  • Thu, June 21, 2018 4:36 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)
                                       On The Earie  
                                            by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Patrick Sheridan of Alamo Amusements, San Antonio, Texas, who operates independently, was a happy man midway through the June 1-July 4 San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, California, where he had five rides and two food stands booked, stating, facetiously,...Continue Reading

  • Thu, June 21, 2018 4:00 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

     U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  (dollars per gallon)

      week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.285 3.266 3.244   values are down -0.022 values are up 0.755
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.282 3.264 3.240   values are down -0.024 values are up 0.701
    New England (PADD1A) 3.302 3.292 3.290   values are down -0.002 values are up 0.700
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.442 3.420 3.397   values are down -0.023 values are up 0.714
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.166 3.148 3.121   values are down -0.027 values are up 0.694
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.224 3.199 3.173   values are down -0.026 values are up 0.762
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.055 3.037 3.016   values are down -0.021 values are up 0.687
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.359 3.344 3.339   values are down -0.005 values are up 0.714
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.784 3.769 3.753   values are down -0.016 values are up 0.971
    West Coast less California 3.508 3.489 3.473   values are down -0.016 values are up 0.818
    California 4.003 3.990 3.976   values are down -0.014 values are up 1.092

    *Prices include all taxes

  • Thu, June 14, 2018 5:22 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Image result for georgia handheld devices big truck

    Georgia has become one of 16 states in the country that bans the use of hand-held devices while driving. Governor Nathan Deal signed “Hands-Free Georgia Act” (House Bill 673) into law on May 2, 2018. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2018. The Act makes it illegal for drivers to “physically hold or support, with any part of his or... Read More

  • Thu, June 14, 2018 5:10 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Image result for recreational marijuana and the workplace

    Maine’s New Recreational Marijuana Law Permits Employers to Enforce Policies Restricting Use

    Maine’s new recreational marijuana law permits employers to enforce workplace policies restricting the use of marijuana and to take disciplinary action in accordance with those workplace policies. Read full article

  • Thu, June 14, 2018 5:03 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  (dollars per gallon)
              Change from
      05/28/18 06/04/18 06/11/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.288 3.285 3.266   values are down -0.019 values are up 0.742
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.287 3.282 3.264   values are down -0.018 values are up 0.695
    New England (PADD1A) 3.307 3.302 3.292   values are down -0.010 values are up 0.678
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.443 3.442 3.420   values are down -0.022 values are up 0.709
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.174 3.166 3.148   values are down -0.018 values are up 0.689
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.230 3.224 3.199   values are down -0.025 values are up 0.745
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.054 3.055 3.037   values are down -0.018 values are up 0.669
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.353 3.359 3.344   values are down -0.015 values are up 0.700
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.784 3.784 3.769   values are down -0.015 values are up 0.964
    West Coast less California 3.514 3.508 3.489   values are down -0.019 values are up 0.808
    California 3.997 4.003 3.990   values are down -0.013 values are up 1.084
    *prices include all taxes

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