Portland-based folk quartet Fruition is having a great year! The band is gearing up for their newest album, Labor Of Love, to be released on April 22nd on Randm Records. In celebration, the band recently debuted a live video of the album’s title track, “Labor Of Love,” exclusively via L4LM. You can read all about the album and the track here.Today, the band is doubling down on “Labor Of Love,” premiering an official music video for the soulful song. Watch below:
Darn Tough Vermont,Darn Tough Vermont, domestic manufacturer of premium all-weather performance socks, has been awarded a contract to supply the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with 450,000 pairs of its Extreme Cold Weather Merino Wool Boot Socks, a style in the company’s Tactical sock line. The contract is worth about $3 million. According to Ric Cabot, president of Darn Tough Vermont, this latest award represents the company’s largest Tactical order to date and demonstrates its commitment to creating uncompromising products for U.S. warfighters. US Senator Patrick Leahy, who secured a $1.6 million military contract for Darn Tough in 2008, said he was very pleased to see how Darn Tough leveraged that opportunity to create a major clothing line with a growing fan base among deployed troops fighting in harsh environments. ‘This contract proves that a seedling contract can blossom into substantial business for a Vermont manufacturer,’ said Leahy. ‘All these Vermonters needed was a chance to put their best foot forward. It also proves that Vermont quality counts when it comes to outfitting and protecting our troops.’Ric Cabot, President of Darn Tough Vermont, said, ‘We Vermonters are a proud bunch. When you give us a job to do, we do it with heart and soul. The contract Senator Leahy secured for us in 2008 was an acknowledgment of this work ethic. Since making good on that contract and putting our best into every pair of socks we knit, we’ve been able to consistently grow the tactical side of our business, adding more jobs and investing more in our infrastructure every year. Northfield, Vermont, is, in my mind, the sock capital of the world ‘ we produce the best with the best. And obviously,’ Cabot added, ‘FOR the best.’ A single award was issued by the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) to Darn Tough Vermont, in partnership with long-time industry partner ADS Inc., for 450,000 pairs of socks to be delivered by September 2012. Marines will receive four pairs each of Darn Tough Vermont’s Extreme Cold Weather Merino Wool Boot Sock (style #14033). The Extreme Cold Weather Merino Wool Boot Sock uses densely knit Merino wool fibers to provide moisture transfer away from the foot, minimizingthe risk of lower extremity injury (e.g., blisters, cellulites, frostbite, hypothermia, trench foot) and ensuring insulation and protection from cold weather environments.‘There’s no sock that better meets the mission-specific requirements of the USMC and provides an immediate improvement to the quality of life for our Marines,’ said Shannon McKenna, director of government sales at Darn Tough Vermont. ‘Our military personnel demands the best, without compromise, and Darn Tough Vermont has repeatedly been the sock they turn to.’ The previous Darn Tough Vermont award was a contract with the USMC, in partnership with ADS Inc., for nearly 200,000 pairs of its All-Weather Boot Socks. Additionally, the sock maker continues to deliver on a four-year contract with PEO Soldier for the Team Soldier Certified Gear sock of the US Army’s Fire Resistant Environmental Ensemble (FREE). This is a multilayered insulating system that is adaptable to varying mission requirements and environmental conditions, involving numerous manufacturers, awarded under a single contract to ADS Inc. ‘Our troops need the best equipment and their families back in the States need jobs. Working with the military allows us to achieve both,’ said McKenna. ‘In fact, our business growth in the Tactical sector has helped us add jobs to our hosiery mill and make infrastructure upgrades, all during a time when almost every U.S.-based hosiery mill, and most of the textile industry, has taken their manufacturing and jobs overseas.’Darn Tough Vermont’s combat proven Tactical sock line is designed to meet the demanding requirements of the U.S. Armed Forces by improving quality of life, increasing soldier safety, enhancing force protection and heightening overall warfighter survivability. Custom, ultra-fine merino wool yarns and the highest density stitch count in the industry result in a sock that achieves ‘ and often exceeds ‘ the military’s rigorous standards.‘We’re one of just a few companies that ensure uncompromising quality standards by making our socks in the U.S., with U.S. labor, in our own mill.’ said McKenna. ‘A lot of pride goes into every pair; it’s especially rewarding when our socks go to those who serve.’ For more information about Darn Tough Vermont, please visit www.darntough.com(link is external). For more information on ADS Inc. Operational Equipment and Logistics Solutions please see www.adsinc.com(link is external).About Darn Tough VermontDarn Tough Vermont is a manufacturer of premium, all-weather outdoor socks, with headquarters in Northfield, Vermont, offering both Tactical and Specialty product lines. The company’s Tactical line of footwear includes Tactical PT, Tactical Dress and Tactical Boot socks comprising 23 styles ranging from True-Seamlessâ ¢ mesh, no-show PT socks to over-the-calf extreme cold weather mountaineering boot socks. Darn Tough Vermont’s Berry Amendment Compliant style selection is one of the largest in the tactical industry. Darn Tough Vermont’s Specialty line offers footwear in six active wear categories: ski/ride, hike/trek, run/bike, lifestyle, hunt and kid’s styles. The company’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by 100 percent USA manufacturing; small-needle knitting which results in more stitches per inch, and exceptional durability and cushioning; an exclusive blend of either Coolmax® or ultra-fine merino wool for softness, fit, durability and moisture management. For more information, visit: www.darntough.com(link is external).
Rangers vs Hamilton – Sunday, 3pmRangers team news to followHamilton team news to followKey stat: Motherwell are winless in 15 league matches against Celtic (D3 L11), losing each of the last six in succession.How to watch: Follow the action with our dedicated live match blog, with free match highlights will be published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.Andy Walker’s prediction: 2-0 The on-loan Bristol City forward – who was due to remain at Pittodrie until January 31 – has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks, meaning he misses Friday night’s clash with Hibernian for starters.Dylan McGeouch and Jonny Hayes are both out with groin problems, but Hayes has been given a boost with news he should only be out of action for three weeks.Hibs boss Jack Ross will be without Lewis Stevenson for the trip north.- Advertisement – Team news, stats and predictions for the latest round of the Scottish Premiership.Aberdeen vs Hibernian – Friday, 7.45pmTeam news: Marley Watkins may have played his last game for Aberdeen after suffering a serious hamstring injury.- Advertisement – How to watch: Follow the action with our dedicated Scottish Premiership blog. Free match highlights will be published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.Andy Walker’s prediction: 1-1Ross County vs Livingston – Friday, 7.45pmTeam news: Connor Randall is out of Ross County’s home Premiership clash with Livingston on Friday night.The Staggies defender sustained a hamstring injury against Dundee United last week.Callum Morris and Ross Draper (both calf) are still struggling.Livingston manager Gary Holt has no fresh injury concerns.Holt could make changes after his side suffered a third consecutive defeat against Motherwell last week.Defender Alan Lithgow (hip) and midfielder Keaghan Jacobs (foot) remain long-term absentees.Key stat: Ross County won their last home league meeting with Livingston 2-0 in February 2020 courtesy of a Billy Mckay double.How to watch: Follow the action with our dedicated Scottish Premiership blog. Free match highlights will be published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.Andy Walker’s prediction: 0-0St Mirren vs Dundee United – Friday, 7.45pmTeam news: St Mirren’s squad have been released from quarantine as they prepare for their first Scottish Premiership game in over a month.The Buddies were forced to postpone their clashes with Motherwell and Hamilton after a Covid-19 outbreak, but Jim Goodwin’s team are back in training ahead of Friday night’s Paisley showdown with Dundee United.St Mirren could hand debuts to new signings Jake Doyle-Hayes and Brandon Mason, but Ryan Flynn is still short of fitness despite rejoining his team-mates after a long-term knee injury.Marc McNulty is back in contention for Dundee United.The striker, on loan from Reading, returned to training after recovering from a hamstring strain which kept him out of the win over Ross County last weekend.Defender Mark Connolly will resume training on Monday as he manages a knee problem.Key stat: This will be St Mirren’s first home game against Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership since a 1-1 draw in January 2015; the Buddies have only won one of their last 14 home games against the Tangerines in the top flight (D6 L7), a 4-1 victory in December 2013How to watch: Follow the action with our dedicated Scottish Premiership blog. Free match highlights will be published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.Andy Walker’s prediction: 0-1St Johnstone vs Kilmarnock – Friday, 7.45pmTeam news: Guy Melamed is set to be involved for St Johnstone when they take on Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership on Friday.The deadline-day signing is yet to feature for his new club, but boss Callum Davidson said this week the Israeli forward had impressed him in a practice game.St Johnstone are playing for the first time in a fortnight after Hibernian – their scheduled opponents last weekend – were involved in Scottish Cup action.Kilmarnock boss Alex Dyer has no fresh injury concerns.Defender Clevid Dikamona remains on the sidelines for the visitors, who have lost their last two matches.The centre-back sustained ligament damage after landing awkwardly against Hibs last month.Key stat: St Johnstone have won both of their last two league games against Kilmarnock; they last beat them in three consecutive top-flight encounters back in March 2013 under Steve Lomas.How to watch: Follow the action with our dedicated Scottish Premiership blog. Free match highlights will be published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.Andy Walker’s prediction: 1-0Motherwell vs Celtic – Sunday, 12pm live on Sky Sports FootballMotherwell team news to followCeltic team news to followKey stat: Motherwell are winless in 15 league matches against Celtic (D3 L11), losing each of the last six in succession.How to watch: Watch Motherwell vs Celtic live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event from 11am; Kick-off 12pm. Follow the action with our dedicated live match blog including in-game clips, with free match highlights published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.Andy Walker’s prediction: 0-2 Sunday 8th November 11:00am Kick off 12:00pm The defender has been sidelined for up to six weeks with an ankle knock.Scott Allan remains unavailable due to a health issue.Key stat: Aberdeen are unbeaten in eight home league games against Hibernian (W5 D3) since a 1-2 reverse in May 2012 under Craig Brown.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –