High Five: May 2012

first_img1. Watch Out for the Pink DeerFairfax County, Va.If you see deer running around the woods of northern Virginia branded with pink stripes, it’s not a misguided graffiti prank. Wildlife biologists in Fairfax County are marking deer with a pink-dyed pesticide in an effort to eliminate ticks. By killing black-legged ticks before they can latch onto their hosts, county officials are hoping to reduce the transmission of Lyme disease to humans. Deer are lured into the paint job with bait stations containing corn. The county insists the pesticide is not toxic to the animals.2. Downtown WhitewaterColumbus, Ga.With the late spring breach of two dams, the city of Columbus is moving forward to create the longest urban whitewater course in the world. A 2.5-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River is being developed as a downtown whitewater course for paddlers and rafters, with river access points and engineered features like a standing wave. Although the course isn’t expected to open until 2013, boaters were already hitting the Hooch’s unshackled rapids after the dam went down.3. No More Free RidesOuter Banks, N.C.Those used to cruising the sands of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina’s Outer Banks will now have to pay to bring cars on the beach. The National Park Service recently announced that off-road shore driving now requires a permit—$50 for a week and $120 for a year. Beach cruisers will also be restricted to certain areas to protect birds and vegetation, and drivers will be required to watch an instructional video. Some were miffed about lost fishing access, while others championed the reduced environmental impact. But most people were wondering, what took so long? Management of Hatteras access was mandated by a presidential directive back in the 1970s, and apparently took a whopping four decades to complete.4. Keep it Down…Trees are Trying to Get It OnDurham, N.C. Recent research from North Carolina’s National Evolutionary Synthesis Center claims noise pollution is making it hard for trees to do the deed. The nonprofit science center, jointly operated by Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State, studied a patch of New Mexico forest located near noisy gas wells, and found that consistent industrial racket deterred pollinators from helping trees reproduce. The research also found that noise was deterring animals from consuming and eventually redistributing plant seeds, something that could reduce the natural expansion of critical habitats.5. Scouts honor the Mountain Statefayetteville, W. Va.If you build it, will they come? The Boy Scouts of America are banking on it as they move forward with the Summit Betchel Family National Scout Reserve, a 10,600-acre complex in West Virginia’s New River Gorge region. It’s shaping up to be an adventure playground with a vast trail network, climbing walls, zip lines, and skate park. Structured to accommodate 40,000 campers, the reserve will be the permanent home of the Scout Jamboree, starting in 2013. And in 2019, it’s also bringing the World Jamboree to the U.S. for the first time in more than a half century.Beyond the Blue RidgeKids These DaysHueco Tanks, TexasAt 10 years old, bouldering wunderkind Ashimi Shiraishi recently matched the hardest problem ever ascended by a woman. In late March, Shiraishi became the third woman to send the V13 Crown of Aragorn in Texas’ Hueco Tanks. Shiraishi, who turned 11 just before press, has gained notoriety as subject of the short climbing film “Obe and Ashima.”Boozing Bike Thief  Has a HeartAspen, ColoradoIt turns out the thief who stole Aspen resident Jay Martin’s Trek bike was drunk and just needed a ride home. Martin’s bike was dropped off near the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office with a handwritten note of apology that said: “Sorry. I stole this bike. I rode it home. Please give it back – Drunk.”That’s an Expensive TrikeFort Walton Beach, FloridaThings didn’t go as well for a 10-year-old boy on Florida’s Gulf Coast, who apparently stole a $400 tricycle from his neighbor. While he tried to claim the trike as his own, police matched the serial number to a three-wheeler reported stolen and the boy was charged with a felony.last_img read more

Race Ahead: Snowsports

first_imgSNOWSPORTSFREESTYLE DOUBLE CROSSWINTERGREEN, VIRGINIAJanuary 27, February 10 and 23Over the course of the season, Wintergreen hosts three different competitions on its slopes, the results are tallied and an overall winner is crowned after the finale. The races themselves consist of multiple heats of four skiers or snowboarders at a time barreling through their specially designed terrain park over jumps, gaps, and banked turns at top speed. The inclusiveness and unpredictability of the races is what organizer Sepp Kober loves about the race. “It’s open to all ages, as well as skiers and snowboarders,” he said. “Anything can happen.” In the double cross, the right tactics can become as crucial as speed on the course, since, as they say, “rubbing is racing.” The event takes on a carnival atmosphere with music pumping at the top of the hill and the race director calling out the results in real time. wintergreenresort.comTOTALLY 80s RETRO WEEKENDBEECH MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINAFebruary 22-24, 2013Prepare to hit the way-back button with this retro weekend at Beech Mountain outside Boone, N.C.; you’re going to have to break out the aviators, neon, and one-pieces if you want to fit in at this party. Just be sure to stretch before you assault the mountain with spread eagles, daffies, and backscratchers. Last year’s event featured a mechanical bull, best outfit competition, and hair bands lighting up the stage. Deep, 80s-themed discounts are as prominent as leg warmers and chest hair throughout the resort. New events this year include an 80s trick contest and a rail jam with a DJ spinning your favorite hits from the decade. Get your dance on at an after party with no cover. beechmountainresort.comWV OPENSNOWSHOE, WEST VIRGINIAFebruary 23, 2013Snowshoe Mountain is the largest resort in West Virginia, and the region for that matter, so it is no surprise that the resort hosts the largest slopestyle competition of its kind in the area. The WV Open draws the best talent from the state and beyond to Silver Creek’s Mountaineer Terrain Park for one night of spins, flips, and grinds. The event takes place under lights, which only adds to the competition’s electric atmosphere.  Also included in the festivities is a demo by U.S. Airbag, a maker of giant pads for ski slopes and terrain parks. The bags are set up in the landing zone so skiers and snowboarders will get their chance at launching huge or practicing new tricks without the threat of a slam on the ice. snowshoemtn.comMOTOWN THROWDOWNMorgantown, West VirginiaHalloween Weekend, 2013Each Halloween, Morgantown is overrun with young kids in wacky get-ups looking for handouts and getting hopped up on sugar. No, we are not talking about trick-or-treaters; we are talking about the crowd at the MoTown Throwdown. The annual rail jam competition is the earliest opportunity to slide on snow, even if it is 20,000 pounds trucked into downtown. The city shuts down High Street, and the Seven Springs park crew erects an elevated tower system to launch the riders. Bails and slams are cheered just as loudly as stomps as riders push the limits of street style. A DJ is on hand to entertain the crowd and pump up the competitors, and previous musical performances include Mix Master Mike and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, but the party does not end when the contest does. pathfinderwv.comSUGAR FESTSUGAR MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINADecember, 2013North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain pulls out all the stops for its annual Sugar Fest, now over a decade old. Usually held in the early season as an official winter kick off, Sugar Fest is a diverse celebration of winter activities. Sugar Mountain Director of Marketing Kim Jochl says Sugar Fest is designed to appeal to everyone: “We’ve evolved it over the years to be more inclusive of all winter activities, not just skiing and snowboarding. We have fireworks, live music, and performances by Paul Wylie, [figure skating] Olympic Gold medalist.” Along with Wylie, Sugar brings in other Olympians like skier Diann Roffe to teach clinics and meet the crowd. A rail jam caps off the event with over $4,500 in prizes and giveaways. skisugar.com Best of the Rest CUPP RUN CHALLENGESnowshoe Mountain, West VirginiaFebruary 4, 2013 • snowshoemtn.comTHE MARYLAND OPENWisp Resort, MarylandFebruary 23, 2013 • wispresort.comWILD THING WEEKENDCanaan Valley Resort, West VirginiaMarch 1-2, 2013 • canaanresort.comSNOWY LUAU FESTIVALTimberline Resort, West VirginiaMarch 15-17, 2013 • timberlineresort.comSHRED FOR THE CUPAppalachian Ski Mountain, North CarolinaAll Winter • appskimtn.comFor more great Race Ahead information check out these sections:SnowsportsTrail RunningRoad RunningMountain BikingRoad CyclingClimbingPaddlingHikingMultisportSuperlativeslast_img read more

Maidenhead set for office growth

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This could be the end of a beautiful friendship …

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Recognizing October as Filipino American History Month

first_img Asian Pacific American Affairs,  The Blog October marks National Filipino American History Month, honoring the first documented presence of Filipinos in the United States: the arrival of the Luzones Indios in what is now Morro Bay, California on October 18, 1587.The Filipino American National Historical Society established Filipino American History Month in 1988, and in November 2009, the 111th U.S. Congress passed resolutions officially recognizing October as Filipino American History Month.Read Governor Tom Wolf’s proclamation, recognizing October 2016 as Filipino American History Month in Pennsylvania.But what does it truly mean to be Filipino American? Filipino Americans are an incredibly vibrant and diverse ethnic group. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines in 1521 and declared the country a colony of the Spanish Empire. Because of this, many Filipino Americans have Spanish last names. At times it can be difficult to figure out where we fit within the larger context of our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.One issue that many members of the Filipino American community are currently advocating for is greater recognition for the 260,000 Filipino soldiers who fought beside American soldiers to defend the United States during World War II. These soldiers fought with bravery and distinction and should be officially recognized for their honorable and courageous service to our country with the Congressional Gold Medal. Of the 260,000 Filipino and Filipino American soldiers only 15,000-16,000 remain.Filipino Americans are an incredibly resilient people and have contributed greatly to the cultural and social fabric of Pennsylvania and the United States. I am proud to be Filipino American; I am proud of the rich history of the Filipino American community in Pennsylvania and the United States.About the Commission:The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs was created by Executive Order and consists of Commissioners that have been appointed by Governor Tom Wolf. GACAPAA is responsible for advising Governor Wolf on policies, procedures and legislation that have an impact on the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Pennsylvania. The Commission also serves as a liaison to federal, state and local agencies to ensure that services affecting AAPIs are effectively utilized and promoted; serve as a resource for community groups and provide forums for developing strategies and programs that will expand and enhance the civic, social, education, cultural and economic status of the AAPI communities; identify programs, scholarships, mentoring programs, and resource for the benefit and advancement of AAPIs. The Commission also acts as an advocate for policies and legislation it feels serves the best interest of AAPIs in Pennsylvania.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf October 27, 2016 Recognizing October as Filipino American History Month SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Brad Baldia, Commissioner, Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and President of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania & Southern New Jerseylast_img read more

Before and afters: Paradise Point house taken from drab to fab

first_img1/92 The Esplanade, Paradise Point, is set to head under the hammer on March 10. A tranquil lifestyle awaits at this fully renovated waterfront, ground-floor villa. The Paradise Point house was overhauled by its owners to transform the once dull property into their dream beach house. With a desirable northeast facing block that is mere metres from the waters edge the home was in the perfect position when Kristen and Mark Hansen were searching for a house seven years ago. The space was dull and drab. Until vendors Kristen and Mark Hansen got their hands on it. “We fully renovated it, took everything out and started again,” Ms Hansen said. “We liked the floorplan but everything else, you name it we replaced it.“We didn’t want shabby chic but a really nice, up-market beach home.” MORE NEWS: Availability of Gold Coast rental properties at a seven-year high The bedrooms weren’t very inviting. The kitchen before … More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago But now they offer a little slice of luxury to relax in. At the other end of the property, two bedrooms share a stylish main bathroom with a spa. The main bedroom features a walk-in wardrobe and spa ensuite. A media room or home office, garage, carport, extra storage and a laundry are also on offer. Plus, there’s plenty of room to store a boat or caravan. Ms Hansen said living in the home has felt like being on holidays everyday. … the kitchen after. The finishing touches to the exterior of the three-bedroom house were made in August. “The exterior had its makeover and now it feels complete,” she said.The property is split into two zones with the main living area an open-plan design that will make entertaining a breeze.A contemporary kitchen takes centre stage and features stone waterfall benches, stainless steel appliances and a glass splashback. The dining and living area effortlessly connect to the large covered veranda which overlooks manicured gardens and the ocean. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE NEWS: Gold Coast mansion sells for eye-watering price The owners are selling to start their next project.The couple are reluctantly selling but won’t be moving too far.“We have this habit where we get a seven-year itch,” she said.“We have only lived in three homes in our married life and each time we have never made it to the eight-year mark. “The itch has come upon us to take on a new project but we would never leave the area.” The property, marketed by Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents, is set to head under the hammer on March 10.last_img read more

Eagles Battle Indians In Track

first_imgJCD traveled to Milan for a 2-way track meet.Women’s Team Score:  JCD 58  Milan 46Men’s Team Score : Milan 92  JCD 11JCD Women’s Results.100H – 1st Comes M – 20.15/2nd-Stenger J – 20.39 / 3rd- Soutween M-20.90100D- 1st Craig M 14.19 / 2nd Bowling J – 14.34 / 3rd – Purdy J – 15.481600- 1st Hunger J – 6:11.04/ 2nd Laname M – 6:11.94 / 3rd Bellingham J-6:22.50400 – 1st Brinken M- 1:01.19/ 2nd Wilhoit J – 1:16.9 / 3rd Craig M – 1:19.8800 – 1st Bellingham J -2:49 / 2nd Hunger J – 2:59 / 3rd Goble M – 3:24300H – 1st Bowling J – 55.72 / 2nd Comes M – 56.43 / 3rd Southerland M –1:24.5200D – 1st Craig M – 30.59 / 2nd Stenger J – 31.55 / 3rd Purdy J – 32.543200 – 1st Hunger J – 14:01 / 2nd Tush M – 14:31Shot – 1st R Newhart J – 32’9/ 2nd Haining M – 30’4/ 3rd E Newhart J – 27’3Discus – 1st R Newhart J 87’11/ 2nd Carroll J – 82’3 / 3rd Engel J – 79’104×800 – Milan 12:07 / JCD – 12:464×100 – Milan 58.5 / JCD – 58.74×400 – JCD 4:50 / Milan 5:04JCD Men’s Results.110H- 1st Volz M-19.93/ 2nd Bradley M-21.71100D- 1st Thompson M-12.35/ 2nd Comer J- 12.36/3rd -Meyer M 12.441600- 1st Rankin M – 5:25/ 2nd Summers M- 5:55/ 3rd Tielman M- 7:16400 – 1st Lewis M – 56.9 / 2nd Meyers M – 58.2 / 3rd Comer J – 59.3800 – 1st Burdett M – 2:16/ 2nd Bradley M – 2:39/ 3rd Simon J – 2:54300H – 1st Pindell M – 52.07/ 2nd Bradley M – 1:02.5200 – 1st Thompson M- 24.9/ 2nd Peetz J – 25.18/ 3rd Davies M- 26.33200 – 1st Rankin M – 11:48/ 2nd Wilkenson M – 13:57/ 3rd Tillman M – 15:46Shot – 1st Sykes M – 35’5/ 2nd Schmitt J – 33’11/ 3rd Byklor M – 33’5Discus- 1st Sykes M – 98’6/ 2nd Miles M – 89’/ 3rd Ison – 83′4×800 1st Milan 10:204×100 1st Milan 46.134×400 1st Milan / 2nd JCDCourtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img read more

Rev. Raymond Fitzsimmons Sr., 94, Versailles

first_imgRev. Raymond E. Fitzsimmons,Sr., 94, of Versailles, IN passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 in Osgood. He was born in Bainbridge, IN on August 5, 1925. He was married to Barbara Flentge on June 12, 1947 and she preceded him in death on October 22, 2015. Survivors include four sons Raymond Jr. (Zoie) Fitzsimmons of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Bruce (Sara) Fitzsimmons of Versailles, Galen (Becky) Fitzsimmons of Indianapolis, and Dean (Martha) Fitzsimmons of Kansas City, Missouri; one daughter Freda (Gary) Warinner of Alton, Illinois; 21 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren; He was a 1950 graduate of the Columbia, South Carolina Bible College and was an Army veteran of WWII. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the 309th Infantry seeing action in the Rhineland Campaign. For service to his country Rev. Fitzsimmons was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Oak Leaf Cluster with one Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart for wounds received on March 19, 1945 in Germany. After his discharge from the military Rev. Fitzsimmons was a pastor in Willard. Funeral services will be held at 7pm on Monday, September 23rd at the Washington Baptist Church in Elrod, IN with his son Rev. Bruce Fitzsimmons officiating. Visitation will also be at the church beginning at 5pm. Burial will be on Tuesday, September 24th at 10:30am at the Roachdale (IN) Cemetery with military graveside rites. Online condolences available at skfuneralhome.com.last_img read more

Gov. Holcomb announces next round of school bus safety patrols

first_imgStatewide— Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced that more than 200 law enforcement agencies will be conducting extra patrols to safeguard students as they get on and off the bus this fall. Over the next couple of months, officers will be positioned along bus stops and routes looking for stop-arm violations and motorists driving dangerously.The overtime patrols are part of the state’s Stop Arm Violation Enforcement (SAVE) program, which was developed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute last year, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As part of the effort, officers will work with local school corporations and bus drivers to identify problem areas where the highest number of violations occur. “Police officers are stepping up their efforts to keep kids safe, but they can’t be in all places at all times,” Gov. Holcomb said. “School bus safety is everyone’s responsibility. That means paying attention to the road and driving cautiously when buses are around.”In Indiana, it’s against the law for motorists to pass a bus that’s stopped and has its red lights flashing and stop-arm extended. This applies to all roads, with one exception. On multi-lane roads divided by a physical barrier or unpaved median, vehicles traveling the opposite direction of the bus may proceed with due caution.last_img read more