March 18, 2013The annual meeting for horse enthusiast ‘Caballeros Del Sol Trail Ride’ returns to Arcosanti for the third time.This week-long meeting includes daily trail rides for charity. The group donates proceeds to worthy causes like Rainbow Acres in Camp Verde, a facility for developmentally challenged adults.[A view of the camp from east, you can see Arcosanti on the second mesa above the camp; photo by Chihiro Saito][View of the camp from the mesa south of it; photo by Chihiro Saito][Construction volunteer Scott Neigut and visiting alumnus Patrick Doyle have a conversation; photo by Chihiro Saito]Their self-sufficient camp in Arcosanti’s ‘second field’ includes a large tent with a kitchen, where all the meals are catered. There is also evening entertainment, singing and dancing.[Chihiro took a peak inside of the community tent; photo by Chihiro Saito]You can see reports of previous visits at2007 CABALLEROS DEL SOL BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE2004 CABALLEROS DEL SOL BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE
State Rep. Hank Vaupel’s legislation to remove outdated political party icons from the ballot has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.Small images representing political parties, called vignettes, have appeared on ballots in Michigan since the the 1890s, Vaupel said, but elections have improved since then and the icons are no longer needed to aid illiterate voters. For example, each precinct is now required to offer access to an AutoMARK voter assistance machine, which is equipped with headphones and has the ability to read ballots aloud.“As you can imagine, ballots have evolved quite a bit over the last 120 years,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “The placement of the icons has changed and they have gotten too small for people to identify who or what is depicted in the picture. It’s gotten to the point where vignettes are doing more harm than good.”Vaupel said some voters incorrectly believe circling the icon is all they have to do to cast a straight-ticket vote.“When people make that mistake their vote doesn’t count,” Vaupel said. “Removing the unnecessary images will eliminate the confusion and help ensure that every vote counts.”Livingston County Clerk Elizabeth Hundley worked with Vaupel on the legislation and recently joined him to testify before the Elections and Ethics Committee.House Bill 4177 is now Public Act 113 of 2017.### Categories: Vaupel News 11Aug Governor signs Vaupel’s bill removing vignettes from ballot
French video-on-demand service FlmoTV has signed a deal with local collecting societies SACD and ADAGP that will allow it to launch subscription VOD services.The contract guarantees remuneration to works’ authors when content is shown on-demand on FilmoTV’s service.FilmoTV, launched in 2009, is an SVOD service dedicated exclusively to movies, available for €9.99 a month, giving access to over 500 films and bonus material. The service is available on FilmoTV’s website, Samsung, LG and Philips smart TVs, tablets and smartphones and via the TV services of Numericable and Orange.