In time for the football season opener tomorrow, the University updated its policy on bags in Notre Dame Stadium, director of Game Day Operations Michael Seamon said. The new policy states large bags, including backpacks, duffels and tote bags, are not allowed in the stadium, Seamon said. “Any smaller purses or bags that are brought will be inspected at the entrance to the stadium, just as they have always been,” Seamon said. Seamon said a review of the bag policy was planned after the conclusion of last football season. “Then Boston happened,” he said, referencing the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, when bombs were hidden in backpacks. Seamon said Game Day Operations consulted with peer institutions and the National Football League, which updated its own bag policy for the 2013 football season, when creating Notre Dame’s new policy. “The new policy was announced at the end of July, and we’ve sent notices to all ticketholders,” he said. Seamon said the new policy has been well received. “We’ve seen an increase in security across the country,” he said. “People realize we are doing this for your safety.” Fans who visit the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore before the game can carry their purchases into the stadium in the bookstore’s clear plastic bags, Seamon said. Phil Johnson, director of Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), said NDSP encourages all students and fans to help maintain a safe game day environment. “If you see something suspicious, say something,” Johnson said. “We rely on fans to look out for each other, and that really distinguishes the Notre Dame community.” Johnson said NDSP coordinates with local and state police to ensure the safety of people on campus during game days. “We have a robust security plan,” he said. “We want to implement it without detracting from the fan experience.” Because of the extreme heat expected for this Saturday, Seamon said Game Day Operations encourages fans to stay hydrated and cool. “We will have a misting station outside of Gate A, similar to what you’d find at a marathon,” he said. Additionally, Seamon said there is an evacuation plan in place in the event of inclement weather. “People will be asked to go into concourses or in buildings surrounding the stadium,” Seamon said. “We will use the intercom system to communicate to fans the time the game will resume.” Contact Catherine Owers at email@example.com
For many families the farm is their family heritage. However, transferring the farming enterprise from one generation to the next or from one owner to another can be complicated, time-consuming and emotional. An up-coming workshop will help.There are ways to organize the process of decision-making that protect farm productivity and preserve family relationships.June 26 in Thomson, Ga.Through a grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency, several partners are joining forces to present information on farm and estate planning on June 26 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Best Western White Columns Inn in Thomson, Ga. Presenters will include William F. Hammond, an attorney specializing in tax and estate planning; John Sunday of the Georgia Forestry Commission; Frank Malcolm, a CLU financial planner; and Keith Kightlinger, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension economist. The speakers will cover topics like the attorney’s role, practical tax considerations, forest legacy/conservation easements, long-term health care and the importance of farm records. Each speaker will take questions following his presentation, and the day will conclude with a panel discussion.Pre-registration requiredPartners in the workshop are Central Savannah River RC&D, UGA Extension, the Georgia Forestry Commission and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Pre-registration is required by June 19. For more information about the workshop or to register, contact the Wilkes County Extension office at (706) 678-2332.