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  • Thu, December 20, 2018 4:03 PM | Deleted user

    OABA would like to congratulate Fare Foods Corp. for 25 years of service

  • Thu, December 20, 2018 3:45 PM | Deleted user

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

              Change from
      12/03/18 12/10/18 12/17/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.207 3.161 3.121   values are down -0.040 values are up 0.220
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.229 3.194 3.165   values are down -0.029 values are up 0.268
    New England (PADD1A) 3.310 3.295 3.276   values are down -0.019 values are up 0.352
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.394 3.368 3.342   values are down -0.026 values are up 0.282
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.098 3.053 3.021   values are down -0.032 values are up 0.243
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.117 3.066 3.018   values are down -0.048 values are up 0.165
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.989 2.934 2.900   values are down -0.034 values are up 0.203
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.291 3.239 3.178   values are down -0.061 values are up 0.220
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.694 3.652 3.604   values are down -0.048 values are up 0.277
    West Coast less California 3.406 3.357 3.313   values are down -0.044 values are up 0.269
    California 3.922 3.887 3.835   values are down -0.052 values are up 0.283
    *prices include all taxes

    *Information from www.eia.org

  • Thu, December 20, 2018 3:27 PM | Deleted user

    The New Jersey Amusement Association  
    Proudly Presents
    The 24th Annual East Coast
    Gift & Variety Show 2019
    Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, NJ 
    Wednesday, February 20th
    Thursday, February 21st

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  • Thu, December 20, 2018 3:16 PM | Deleted user

    SPRINGFIELD, MO – December 20, 2018 – The IAFE 128th Annual Convention was held Nov. 25-28 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas...[read more]

  • Mon, December 17, 2018 3:18 PM | Deleted user

    Dear Friends,

    As 2018 comes to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the tremendous year we've had once again at Circus Juventas -- a year that would have been impossible without all of you: our patrons and parents, our donors and volunteers...our circus family

    From our Spring Celebration Performances featuring 850 of our beginning- and intermediate-level students to this summer's sold-out, smash production oSTEAM, both of our performance seasons were tremendous -- something we hope to replicate again in 2019. We truly love putting on our shows, as they highlight the hard work our students and coaches put in while training in our year-round program.

    Speaking of shows, while our productions always receive rave reviews, it's no secret that we can't say the same of our seating system, which is why this year's Give to the (Gluteus) Max(imus) campaign was all about #cushiesfortushies. In just one day of giving, we raised $6,000 toward the purchase of new seat cushions for every seat in the house! Our performers are known for busting their butts, but that doesn't mean we want our patrons doing the same, so we'll be continuing our drive toward our $20,000 goal on GiveMN to bring plush comfort to all the tushies in the house - hopefully in time for our 2019 spring shows! 

    New to Circus Juventas this year is our sustaining member program, Club Circojuvo. By becoming a sustaining donor, members receive special access to events and other benefits, like presale tickets to our summer productions. If any current donor not already a part of Club Circojuvo would like a taste of those benefits (including those that donate through their workplace!), please send an email to nicole@circusjuventas.organd she can get you set up. 

    With our 25-year anniversary year kicking off in April 2019, we're going to have an extraordinary year full of festivities. We're in the process of finalizing some truly spectacular celebrations and can't wait to share the news with all of you. With the new season also comes new community partnership opportunities for small businesses and larger sponsorship opportunities for those interested in prominent brand visibility. We can't wait to see the new partnerships that we'll form!

    Also new to 2019 is our determined drive to find a new registration system so we can more effectively serve our students and families. We've begun investigating options  and are pursuing grant opportunities to fund this venture. We're confident all the work our administrative team accomplishes -- including registering almost 1,000 students in year-round classes, scheduling specialty workshops, managing summer day camps, and compiling logistics for those 850 spring show performers and their 1,200 costumes -- would be a breeze with a new system.  

    Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way -- your donations, ticket purchases, and volunteer time are critical to making this organization a success. As you are making year-end giving decisions, we hope that you will consider including Circus Juventas among the organizations that are important to you.

    Happy holidays from all of us at Circus Juventas!


    Circus Juventas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law; our tax ID number is 41-1856160.

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  • Thu, December 13, 2018 3:13 PM | Deleted user

    Immediate H-2B Action Needed! #saveH2B

    Requested Actions:

     1.    Please click on the appropriate link below, set up by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, to send a letter to your Representative and two Senators urging them to support the Tillis/Harris H-2B cap relief package in a final Department of Homeland Security Spending bill. Please also share these links with your colleagues and encourage them to respond. 


    • 2.    Please call your Representative and two Senators and ask them to urge their party leaders to include the Tillis/Harris H-2B package in a final DHS appropriations bill.  You can reach your elected officials through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121.  Once connected to your Representative or Senator’s office ask to speak to the person who handles H-2B issues.  Please make these calls today!


    Congress is the process of negotiating a final Fiscal 2019 Department of Homeland Security Spending bill. This legislation must be completed by December 21, in order to avoid a government shut down.  We need Congress to include H-2B cap relief in this legislation and we need your help to make sure that happens.

    A group of lawmakers including Senators Tillis (R-NC) and Rounds (R-SD) and Rep. Harris (R-MD) have negotiated an H-2B package that would:

    ·     Permanently double the annual H-2B cap to 132,000 visas and require the Department of Labor to report to Congress every two years about whether or not the cap should be increased or decreased based on economic need;
    ·     Allow some agricultural related industries to access the uncapped H-2A program, including forestry and conservation-related services relating primarily to the cultivation, installation, and establishment of horticultural commodities;
    ·     Provide for proportional and quarterly allocations of H-2B visa so that businesses have access to workers regardless of their dates of need; 
    ·     Preserve access to the program for compliant seasonal employers;
    ·     Provide access to needed temporary workers involved in disaster and recovery efforts;
    ·     Increase fines and penalties for bad actors;
    ·     Require employers who use the program to verify the work eligibility of recently hired and newly hired employees; and 
    ·     Eliminate the costly newspaper advertising requirement and replace it with a requirement to list jobs through an online Department of Labor job registry.


    Your H-2B Workforce Co-Chairs

    Laurie Flanagan, representing the AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals
    Gregg Hartley, representing the Outdoor Amusement Business Association
    Brian Crawford, American Hotel and Lodging Association

  • Thu, December 13, 2018 3:03 PM | Deleted user

  • Thu, December 13, 2018 2:25 PM | Deleted user

    Congratulations to the 2019 Barham Award Winner

    The concessions (OABA Director), Nathan and Stephanie Janousek have created together have sought to be unique at the fairs by offering products not commonly available [read more]

  • Thu, December 13, 2018 1:15 PM | Deleted user

    On The Earie 
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    About a week ago, Jill and Mike McCormack of Mattt and Kelly McDonagh's Big Rock Amusements, Chesaning, Michigan, returned to their home in Nashville after a 10-day vacation in Hawaii, and Jill, who was born and raised in [read more]

  • Tue, December 11, 2018 12:32 PM | Deleted user

    Hi everyone -- I changed the format of the Pending Legislation Chart to put state legislation first (local ordinances are now listed last).  I also created a separate table for bills that have already been introduced for the 2019 session.  California's 2019 session started on Dec. 3, Maine started on Dec. 5, and of course other states have started pre-filing legislation for next year.

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