Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeOLYMPIA – Washington’s razor clam season will get off to an early start this year with an evening dig at Twin Harbors beach set for Sept. 19-23The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat.Although the department is still developing the digging schedule for fall, state fishery managers saw no reason to delay approving a dig at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.“We have an huge number of clams available for harvest this season – particularly at Twin Harbors,” Ayres said. “There are only so many good clamming tides during the year, and we decided there was no time to waste in getting started.”Twin Harbors Beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. Clam digging will be allowed there between noon and midnight, although Ayres suggests arriving at the beach one to two hours before evening low tide for best results.Evening low tides during the upcoming dig are as follows:Sept. 19, Thursday, 7:13 p.m.; -0.3 feetSept. 20, Friday, 7:57 p.m.; -0.5 feetSept. 21, Saturday, 8:39 p.m.; -0.5 feetSept. 22, Sunday, 9:21 p.m.; -0.3 feetSept. 23, Monday, 10:04 p.m.; 0.0 feetUnder state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.All diggers must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.Ayres said WDFW will announce a digging schedule for all state razor clam beaches in the next few weeks, after the public has had a chance to comment on the department’s annual stock assessment and plans for the upcoming season. That report is posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html.State shellfish managers will discuss those plans at a public meeting Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the City of Long Beach Depot, located at 102 Third St., NW. Written comments can be submitted to email@example.com through Sept. 30.Several types of licenses, ranging from a combination fishing license to a three-day razor clam license, are available online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/. Fishing licenses can also be purchased from sporting goods stores and other vendors, listed at wdfw.wa.gov/lic/vendors/vendors.htm. Facebook88Tweet0Pin0
There is no burning at all when winds exceed 5 mph.If you see illegal burning or evidence of a wildfire, call 9-1-1 immediately. The penalty for illegal burning during a countywide burn ban is a fine up to $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail. “Conditions are really dangerous right now, so anyone planning on barbequing or having a campfire needs to follow the rules and keep it under control. If you don’t, you should expect the county to enforce the restrictions. It’s a matter of public safety,” said Clark.The countywide burn ban does not apply to fireworks, but fire officials are strongly encouraging residents to reduce the risk of fires and enjoy only the professional fireworks displays this year. Some cities within Thurston County have fireworks bans already in place or have specific restrictions on the use of fireworks, so residents who live in or near city limits or urban growth areas should check for any city regulations prior to purchasing or discharging fireworks.“We’re already in the midst of a statewide drought, and the record high temperatures coming our way can make even the tiniest fireworks spark turn into a raging fire within minutes,” said Chief Steve Brooks, Chief of Lacey Fire Protection District 3 and president of the Thurston County Fire Chiefs’ Association. “It’s best to leave the fireworks to the pros this year.”Residents who do light their own fireworks this year are reminded that the sale of fireworks in unincorporated Thurston County is legal only at inspected and approved stands from noon on June 28 through 9 p.m. on July 4. Daily sales before July 4 are from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Discharging fireworks is legal only between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on July 3 and 4. The sale and discharge of fireworks is not allowed in the cities of Olympia or Lacey.To learn more about fireworks safety and injury prevention, go to the Washington State Patrol’s web page on fireworks safety at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm. The Washington State Patrol website also has a list of public fireworks displays in Thurston County and throughout the state. Facebook363Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston CountyThurston County officials are issuing a countywide burn ban that will take effect at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 23, until further notice. The burn ban covers all of unincorporated Thurston County. Thurston County cities and designated urban growth areas already have a permanent outdoor burn ban in place.The burn ban decision comes as weather forecasters predict record high temperatures coming later this week along with the possibility of lightning strikes, but little or no precipitation.“This weather pattern of high temperatures combined with lightening but no rain is expected to last through the Fourth of July weekend. That means the burn ban is a critical part of protecting lives and property. Our local firefighters will have their hands full as it is,” said Resource Stewardship department director Scott Clark, who also serves as the county’s fire marshal.The countywide ban on outdoor burning applies to all land clearing and yard debris burning. However, residents in the unincorporated county outside of the urban growth areas will still be able to enjoy small recreational fires in fire pits, as well as cooking with outdoor barbeques and stoves. The use of self-contained camp stoves is strongly encouraged as an alternative to recreational fires. All small recreational fires must meet the following criteria:Fires must be contained in a metal or concrete fire pit like those that are typically used at campgrounds. These fires cannot be used for debris disposal. Fires must be located in a spot that is completely clear of vegetation. The fire must be at least 10 feet away from any vegetation, 25 feet away from any structure or building, and overhanging branches must be at least 20 feet above the fire. Fires must be completely extinguished by pouring water or moist soil on the fire and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. Fires must be only three feet in diameter or smaller. Fires must be attended at all times by an alert individual. All individuals attending fires must be able to extinguish the fire with a readily available shovel and a 5-gallon bucket of water, or with a readily available water hose that is connected and charged.
Facebook66Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rebekah Finn for Harlequin ProductionsFrom May 4 through May 25, 2017, Harlequin Productions is offering a satirical glimpse into the behind-the-scenes life of a famous actor in the play Present Laughter by Noël Coward. The play is set in 1938 London, but the struggles and triumphs of a famous personality are relevant in any decade.“Essentially, when you boil it down, it’s a problem of celebrity,” explains Harlequin’s Linda Whitney, who is directing the production. “Imagine being Brad or Angelina,” Whitney continues. (She’s referring to Pitt and Jolie, respectively, of course.) At that level of fame, everyday tasks become multi-staffed affairs, and everyday decisions and relationships become the subject of public scrutiny. Whitney describes that complexity and scrutiny as the “high price of celebrity, even though there are a great many things to enjoy about it.”Present Laughter centers on the character of Garry Essendine, a successful actor who certainly enjoys the perks and pays the high price of celebrity, especially in his relationships.“He is separated from his wife because he’s a philanderer, and she can’t take it anymore, yet she remains his best friend and business partner,” Whitney explains. Rather than continue a romantic relationship, the Essendines have figured out “a more viable, less painful arrangement.” Although she lives in her own separate house, Liz Essendine is still close with her husband and his staff. Liz’s relationship with Garry’s secretary is a compelling look at the connection between two mid-life women who share a deep care for and devotion to the same man.Kate Burton, whom you might recognize from ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, plays Liz Essendine in a currently running Broadway production of the play. Burton’s description appears in a Playbill article by Olivia Clement: “I thought Present Laughter was sweet, fun, and frolicsome,” says the actor. “But now I realize what a brilliantly written play it is with such complex characters.”Laura Hanson and Ann Flannigan. Photo courtesy: Harlequin ProductionsAnd what a broad range of characters there is, all interacting with each other, orbiting around the star, and getting themselves into complicated, hilarious situations. One of those characters is a young man who is fascinated with Garry but can’t always keep up with social cues. When the play was first staged in 1942, they couldn’t make the homosexual overtones of that fascination overt, but that aspect of the relationship definitely plays a part in the comedy and humanity of the situation.Throw into the mix a maid who is a spiritualist exploring the occult, an infatuated debutante, a “barracuda” of a producer’s wife who is on the seduction path, and an impending trip to Africa with only a week to prepare!Aaron Lamb as Garry Essendine. Photo courtesy: Harlequin ProductionsPresent Laughter is what is considered a classic “comedy of manners,” defined by Merriam-Webster as “a comedy that satirically portrays the manners and fashions of a particular class or set.” In this case, the leisure-class of show business artists and administrators in wealthy 1930s London gets the satirical treatment. Playwright Noël Coward is a paragon of the genre, which includes dialogue that runs to the edge of the page.Unlike other styles, where communication happens in interruptions and with long breaks for action and body language, each actor in a Noël Coward play is allowed to speak in full sentences and set up a joke completely before delivering the punch line. With so many words to pass back and forth, the actors must be able to grasp the style, rhythm, and wit of the dialogue in order to perfect the comedic timing and keep the play moving. Fortunately for Harlequin Productions, actor Aaron Lamb has mastered the mannerisms of this style of comedy and leads an excellent cast as Garry Essendine. Other cast members include Helen Harvester, Ann Flannigan, Dennis Rolly, Bruce Haasl, Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe, Marianna de Fazio, Laura Hanson, Xander Layden and Gabe McClelland.Cast of Present Laughter. Photo courtesy: Harlequin ProductionsAs for the set, costumes and technical aspects that go into the play, “it’s astonishing what our team can do,” says Whitney. One of her original attractions to the play was the opportunity to create a beautiful picture with the sophisticated art-deco style of the 1930s. The set, props, and costumes practically (and sometimes literally) sparkle with elegance. Deep royal colors, graceful florals and chic hats characterize the outfits. One dressing gown (gentleman’s bathrobe) is even printed with a peacock feather design in lush velvet.The peacock feathers show up elsewhere in some of the ladies’ dresses and hats and even more prominently in a painted accent of the luxury apartment set. Along with other tropical scenes, an intricate, plumed peacock adorns the gorgeous woodwork onstage, which includes a built-in bookshelf and fireplace, sweeping grand staircase, alternating light and dark chevron wood paneling (all paint, but it looks so real!), and at least five doors inviting a bevy of comedic entrances and exits.In Present Laughter, we are invited into the personal home of a famous actor with a chance to see the hilarity and the real struggles of the “backstage life,” reminding us all that celebrities are also real people. And yet, we continue to idolize them constantly. Some celebrities play into that role and fully capitalize on imagery of spiritual deities, which seems to satisfy some sort of desire for divine royalty among fans. (Beyoncé’s 2017 Grammy’s performance comes to mind.)Aaron Lamb and Helen Harvester. Photo courtesy: Harlequin Productions “Some things never change,” Whitney points out. “Celebrities may have Twitter accounts and send selfies around the world now. But there’s that same human need for heroes, for immortals. And we deem them superhuman.” But at some point, those superhuman expectations come face-to-face with the human reality. In Present Laughter, Garry Essendine is confronted with the limitations of his own humanity, and the expectations that surround him are put to the test. Whitney: “Garry is an idolized man who was a big star and continues to be a big star. But he’s having a mid-life crisis; he’s ready to not have to keep up that front.”To experience this delightful dive into the deep (and hilarious) waters of human relationships for yourself, call the Box Office at 360-786-0151 or stop by at 202 4th Ave. E in downtown Olympia to subscribe, and visit the Harlequin Productions’ website for more information.
Dan Berschauer, class of 1962, retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench in 2005 after 20 years, previously serving four years as a judge in District Court and as a court commissioner for three years. In retirement, Berschauer serves as a private mediator, assisting in more than 1,500 cases.Dan Berschauer is retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Jim Brown, class of 1941, served as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Jim Brown was active in community service and was renowned for his recounting of history of the Tumwater area. He grew up on Deschutes Parkway before the freeway bisected Tumwater’s pioneer neighborhood. Brown’s award is posthumous, with his passing in 2014.Jim Brown erved as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Elliott Sohn s a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Facebook235Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charlie KirryAn innovative professor in ophthalmology, a retired Thurston County Superior Court judge and a Tumwater leader and historian will be honored by the Olympia High School Alumni Association at the high school’s Performing Arts Center, June 4. The recognition event is free, open to the public, and begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Alumni, family and friends are encouraged to attend.Elliott Sohn, class of 1994, is a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences where he seres as an associate professor, and director of Retina Fellowships. Sohn focuses on causes and treatments for retinal diseases, and is helping develop gene therapy and stem cell treatments for those blinded by retinal disease.
Advertisement a1cd0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9snWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3vygn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lex8bWould you ever consider trying this?😱jub6Can your students do this? 🌚2ovr5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Using saliva to shine one side of a cricket ball to swing it in the air has been a regular practice among pacers. However, following the halt on cricket amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the age-old method was proving to be a risky affair, as the virus can easily be transmitted through saliva, and ICC recently put up a ban on the practice. However, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc feels that it may put the batsmen in an advantage, but not in India, because of the humid weather and sweat!Advertisement While using saliva to polish the balls have been banned in future cricket, ICC allowed the use of sweat instead, as it has almost no risk of carrying the COVID-19 virus. This can help bowlers in the Indian subcontinent, because of the hot weather causing players to sweat a lot more.Advertisement Even though he took ICC’s decision with a grain of salt, Mitchell Starc feels bowlers won’t be as much as in a disadvantage in India compared to other countries with a colder climate.Speaking at an online press conference on Tuesday, Starc said: “In Indian conditions, the ban might not have so much of an affect. You sweat a lot in the hot and humid conditions and you can use it to polish the SG ball well.”Advertisement “Another aspect is the pitches and conditions don’t offer much in terms of swing movement unlike those in England and Australia,” the 30 year old added.The seamer also said that he personally has always preferred using sweat instead of saliva.“You use both saliva and sweat to shine the ball. I’ve probably been a bit more on the sweat side, and I try not to get my hands in my mouth too much but I agree that there needs to be something in place to keep that ball swinging,” he added.Following the saliva ban, Australian manufacturers Kookaburra have recently started manufacturing a wax applicator as an alternative to using sweat or saliva. With the use of a pocket friendly sponge, the wax would be used to shine the ball for swinging.Starc made his last appearance in the first match of the ODI series against New Zealand on 13th March. The series was subsequently cancelled on the onset of Coronavirus outbreak.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Here is why gold medallist boxer Anant Chopade is working in a farm!Harbhajan Singh says ‘ready to play’ international after four-year hiatus Advertisement
SANDY HOOK – The Sandy Hook Child Care Center (SHCCC), a parent-run nonprofit day care and state-licensed preschool, is hosting its first tricky-tray/gift auction fundraiser on Sept. 27.SHCCC is located in the Sandy Hook National Recreation Area in Monmouth County. Like most areas impacted by Super Storm Sandy, Sandy Hook was devastated and forced the facility to close for more than six months. Although SHCCC reopened on April 29, the closure took a toll on the school financially and its future remains in jeopardy.In order to remain fully operational for current and future children and families, and to help it get back on its feet and continue its mission, SHCCC will hold the tricky-tray/gift auction fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at the VFW Post 2179, 1 Veterans Lane, Port Monmouth.During the tricky–tray auction guests buy tickets and place them in a container next to the item they would like to win. Gifts can be a single item or a group of items based on a theme. Once everyone has had the opportunity to place their tickets in the container, the prize drawings begin.Admission is $25 and includes dinner, catered by Taliercio’s Gourmet, and dessert. Presale ticket packages are $30; $40 at the door. A la carte tickets will also be sold at the door. Other highlights will include: Live band Racin’ Time, special guest MC Greg T from Z100-FM; 50/50 drawing, prizes and cash bar.Established in 1980, for more than 30 years the Sandy Hook Child Care Center’s mission has been to provide a one-of-a-kind learning experience for the children of the community. Nestled inside historic Sandy Hook National Recreation area the environment is their curriculum. This small, nonprofit, parent-run center offers affordable child-care to local families and an unparalleled learning environment for children. For more information, visit SHCCC on the web at sandyhookchildcare.org or on social media at facebook.com/SandyHookChildCareCenter and twitter.com/SHCCCNJ. LITTLE SILVER – Red Bank Regional (RBR) has announced that two of its Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) students, Patrick Martini of Union Beach and Matthew Rosen of Little Silver, have been accepted as members of the prestigious All-National Honors Ensembles.The RBR students are among 637 top high-school music students in the country to earn the honor. Both will perform, Patrick in the mixed chorus and Matt in the concert band, at a gala concert on Oct. 30 in Nashville, Tenn.We are so pleased to have Matt and Patrick both be selected for the All-National ensembles,” said RBR’s lead VPA teacher Kris Zook. “Their hard work and dedication in getting to this level are a testament to their talent and musicianship. They continue to make all of the RBR Visual & Performing Arts proud to count them among our ranks.”Patrick, a music and drama double major, has steadily risen in the ranks of the honor choirs since he entered RBR as a freshman in the VPA program. He was selected for three years to the All-Shore Chorus and made first chair for two years. He advanced to All-State Honor Chorus for the past two years and was the top scorer of 350 male singers.Patrick also was selected for All State Opera and has appeared in many school musicals and dramas taking lead roles in RBR’s productions of As You Like It, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Mermaid, Jr., and Little Women. He also performed a lead role in the school’s opera presentation of Dido and Aeneas. Patrick has performed in community theater in Phoenix’s production of Sweeney Todd and with the Garden State Players in a music theater showcase.Patrick said he was “really happy and felt a real sense of accomplishment and so honored to be going to Tennessee to perform among the best students in the country.”Matthew is an instrumental music major in RBR’s VPA with a concentration in clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone. His acceptance to the All-National Honors Band is on bass clarinet. This past spring Matthew won the first chair, principal bass clarinet for the All-Eastern Concert Band. Matthew has been studying clarinet since the fourth grade and began competing for honors bands in middle school. By eighth grade he had won seats in the middle school All-Shore Band and the Middle School Region II Orchestra.As a freshman he had the distinction of being accepted to the High School Region II Band on two instruments. By sophomore year he was accepted to the All-State Wind Ensemble on all three instruments.Matthew has seized many opportunities to expand his musical experiences. He has spent his high school summer vacations playing alongside professional musicians under the direction of John Luckenbill, performing in a shore-area concert series. He also held the position of concertmaster, principal clarinetist at the 2012 and 2013 New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, N.Y. He has played bass clarinet in the Rutgers University Symphonic Band, the only high school student to ever play with that ensemble. Additionally, Matthew studies the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones with the well-known saxophonist Paul Cohen from Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers. Matt is currently playing clarinet in the Manhattan School of Music Pre-college Philharmonic Orchestra. Of his many musical accomplishments Matt said, “Nothing for me has been as notable as my acceptance to the All-Eastern Band, my junior year, until this. I still can’t believe that I made All-National.” Volunteers Needed for Holmdel Domestic Violence Response Team FAIR HAVENJoin Susan Elbin, Ph.D., when she presents her program, “Fascinating Feathers,” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Monmouth County Audubon Society. The meeting will be held at the Church of the Nativity on Ridge Road. The public is welcome; admission is free.Elbin will discuss how feathers play a wide variety of roles in the lives of birds that are critical to their specific lifestyles. Besides flight, facets that will be discussed include how feathers impact attracting mates; breeding success; territorial dominance; regulating body temperature; and camouflage.Elbin is New York City’s Audubon’s director of conservation and science and an ornithologist who has worked in the field of behavioral ecology and conservation for more than 25 years. Her specialties are avian behavioral ecology and conservation of colonial waterbirds. She is the chair of the Ornithological Council and, locally, co-chair of the Harbor Herons Subcommittee of the Restoration Committee for the Harbor Estuary Program. Elbin also is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she teaches courses in ornithology and migration ecology.Further information can be obtained by visiting the organization’s website at www.monmouthaudubon.org, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. * * * * *Alison Block, Ph.D., will speak about how the Internet and social media have changed family life at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Middletown High School North, 63 Tindall Road.A licensed psychologist, Block’s talk: “Are the Internet and Social Media Putting Our Children’s Relationships in Jeopardy? Learn the Importance of Small Talk & Its Big Rewards,” is hosted by the Middletown Township Friends of Different Learners.Attendees will learn how the Internet and social media have changed family life and the difference between real conversations and intimate relationships, versus texting and sharing on Facebook.Registration is available by visiting mtfodlsmalltalk2013. eventbrite.com/. Additional information is available by visiting dralisonblock.com/ or contacting Jennifer Smiga at jen@inbloom comm.com or 201-892-9403. UPPER FREEHOLD – Monmouth County has scheduled its fall 2013 Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the county highway garage on Route 539 so that residents have an additional opportunity to get rid of items that are not permitted in the regular or recycling disposal process.Acceptable items for the disposal program include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, solvents, thinners, corrosives, cleaners, pool chemicals, oil paints, varnishes, aerosol cans (full or partially full), used motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, batteries (rechargeable, button or automotive) and propane barbecue tanks.Each item must be in its original container with its original label (with the exception of used oil, gas or antifreeze). Also, the maximum amount of dry material that may be dropped off is 200 pounds and/or 20 gallons of liquid, with no container larger than five gallons.Items not accepted are lab re-agents, concrete, electronics, car tires, explosives, radioactive materials and asbestos. Unknown or unidentified items are not allowed, either.Year-round hazardous waste disposal appointments are available at the county’s household hazardous waste facility at 3211 Shafto Road in Tinton Falls. Information, hours and appointments are available by calling 732-683-8686, ext. 5210.School and municipal agencies must make alternate disposal arrangements. Businesses must contract privately for proper disposal of hazardous waste materials. County to Hold Household Hazardous Waste Day RBR Students Selected for All-National Honors Band HOLMDEL – The Holmdel Township Police Department is recruiting volunteers to serve on its Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT).In affiliation with 180 Turning Lives Around (180), and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, the police department continues to make available this service to victims of domestic violence during the initial stages of a highly emotional and traumatic experience. 180 will be conducting an intensive 40-hour mandatory training course for Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteers from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 1 – 24, in the courtroom at Neptune City Municipal Court, 106 West Sylvania Ave., Neptune City.The volunteer advocates with 180’s DVRT Program are members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide support, information and referrals to victims of domestic violence at Holmdel Police Headquarters.Advocates also discuss with victims safety planning and their legal rights in regard to obtaining a temporary restraining order. By providing empathy and crucial perspective of the situation, the highly trained advocates help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have access to reliable transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, submit to background investigations and fingerprinting and successfully complete the mandatory training.The Holmdel Police Department and 180 are committed to a culturally diverse team to better serve the community, so bilingual capability is helpful. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required.The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous. Those interested may contact Holmdel Police Lt. Michael Pigott at 732-946-9690, ext. 1742, or email@example.com to obtain an application or for additional information. MIDDLETOWNRebecca’s Reel Quilters of Poricy Park will hold its annual handmade quilt raffle to benefit Poricy Park. The handmade quilt is designed, created and donated by members of Rebecca’s Reel Quilters Guild of Poricy Park. The quilt is queen/king sized. The design was created using earth tones with soft blue accents, and is valued at $1,000. Raffle tickets are $1 per ticket with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit Poricy Park Conservancy.The drawing will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the park, located at 345 Oak Hill Road. Dec. 8 is the last day of the annual holiday and craft shop. The winner need not be present to win.For additional information or to purchase a ticket, visit the Poricy Park Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Tickets may also be purchased at Rebecca’s Reel Quilters Guild meetings and events. Police Departments Honored by Boy Scouts Sandy Hook Child Care Center Sends Out S.O.S. – Save our School * * * * *Children can get into the Halloween spirit at the Middletown Township Public Library during October with favorite holiday stories, songs, and movies and holiday-themed activities for all ages.Halloween Crafternoon for children ages 4-9 will be held from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Tuesday, Oct. 22. A fun story will be featured and children can make a Halloween necklace for boys or girls during the “dress for mess” activity.Dress for Mess-Halloween Surprise for children ages 4-5 will be held 4 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Is it science? Is it art? It’s both! Discover “invisible pictures” during this “science art” program.Tween Mythbusters-Halloween Edition for children in grades 4-6 will be held 7 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Levitating broomsticks, hair-tangling bats, exploding candy? During our “Mythbusters” program, we will conduct science experiments to find out the truth behind these holiday happenings.Halloween Family Movie Night for children ages 5 and older will be held at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Bring a pillow and blanket or cozy up in our chairs for a Halloween Family Movie Night featuring Hocus Pocus by Walt Disney Pictures starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najima. Rated PG; running time 96 minutes. Drop in; no registration required.Halloween Parade for children ages 2-6 will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Come in costume, share a story and join the Halloween Parade! A favorite for kids and adults!Preregistration at mtpl.org is required. Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the generous support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc. The Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach police departments were recognized recently at a Sea Bright Borough Council meeting by the Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America, with the William Spurgeon Award and for the departments’ long-standing joint sponsorship of the Scouts’ Law Enforcement Exploring program. Exploring is the career-education program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women, ages 14 through 20. Through the Exploring program, young men and women have the opportunity to gain an inside look at a career field and gain hands-on experience in a possible future vocation.Members of the departments’ Exploring Post have the opportunity to learn about law-enforcement operations, participate in community projects and crime-prevention programs and gain insight into careers in law enforcement.To learn more or to join please call officer John Arias at the Sea Bright Police Department at 732-842-0010 or officer Aaron Rock at the Monmouth Beach Police Department at 732-229-1313.
A fundraiser exhibition hockey game between the Trail Smoke Eaters and the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack raised $11,285 for Kolby’s Trust Fund last Saturday. A special account has been set up at the TD Canada Trust branch in Trail for Kolby Zanier, daughter of Smoke Eaters assistant coach Barry Zanier, as she continues her road to recovery. Kolby is currently in Edmonton recovering from groundbreaking heart surgery — she has suffered from Alstrom Syndrome since birth. Alstrom’s is a rare genetic disease that affects many organs in the body, including sight, hearing, kidney failure and liver impairment. Most common affect is a decreased heart function that leads to the heart having difficulty pumping blood efficiently to all parts of the body. During tests in mid-July at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital it was determined Kolby Zanier would need a transplant and on August 28th she successfully received an LVAD or left ventricular assistive device — also known as HeartWare. Kolby’s parents have since taken a leave of absence from their respective jobs — Barry a teacher in Rossland and Aileen with Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. The Zanier family also has two other daughters who have been traveling to Edmonton from the West Kootenay, costing the family a considerable amount of money. The Smokies, like so many others in the community, wanted to help with those costs. The Smoke Eaters would like to thank Patty and Terry Martin for spearheading Saturday’s event, and the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack for traveling to Trail to face the Smokies in Saturday’s game. The 2011-2012 regular season home opener is Friday, Sept. 23 vs. the Westside Warriors at Cominco Arena. The Smoke Eaters will continue raising money for “Kolby’s Trust Fund,” and are planning more special silent auction items for opening night.
NBC to Televise competitonFans in the U.S and Canada can tune-in March 31st to catch the two-hour Red Bull Supernatural special airing nationally on NBC from 1-3pm PST. By Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily When Mayor John Dooley takes flight on another one of those promotional missions to points unknown he can dip into bag most other cities in Canada can only dream of having at their disposal. There’s CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada. The event may be a little old, but still is great fodder for promoting the city. Add in the FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) convention last year. This was another event that showcased Nelson to politicians from across the country. World Junior A Hockey Challenge? Once again Nelson shines, along with Trail, as co-hosts to one of Hockey Canada’s prestigious international tournaments. Toss in a recent article published in the Los Angeles Times, the upcoming Dimestore Fishermen segment on television and Mr. Dooley. . . . well, you just can’t write a package showcasing Nelson like this. But wait. Dooley & Company has another feather to toss into the cap thanks to Travis Rice and the gang at Baldface Lodge. The Red Bull Supernatural is coming to Nelson and with it national television exposure on a major television network in the United States. “This is going to be a really good opportunity to show Nelson off,” Balface president Jeff Pensierio told The Nelson Daily on the eve of the world-class event. “The prestige of the event and working with Travis is exciting. We’re really lucky to get the opportunity to do this.” The Red Bull Supernatural invites elite boarders from throughout the world to Balface for six days on the mountain. The brainchild of snowboarding icon Travis Rice, Red Bull Supernatural is the inaugural backcountry competition designed to challenge, then, crown the best all-around snowboarder on the planet. “A lot of this came about after snowboarding with Travis,” Pensierio explained, adding Rice used runs at Baldface for his current movie, the Art of Flight. “We built up a relationship and when Travis told me his idea I said the North Face might be ideal for his competition.” The run on the North Face, a 45-degree slope known as “Scary Cherry”, is the site of the race. The slope, combined with 80 man-made features, which took a crew of workers most of last summer to construct, gives boarders three distinct sections of the course designed to both show off each athlete’s strength and various disciplines of the sport. Toss in the caliber of the competitors and the Red Bull Supernatural no doubt will serve-up runs beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Competitors begin to arrive this week and from Feb. 3-8 will be sequestered to Balface waiting for judges and organizers to select the perfect day to stage the event. “An event like Red Bull Supernatural calls upon all necessary skills; the ability to ride natural terrain, to navigate down big mountain lines, to ride powder, pillows and adverse, crazy obstacle,” Rice said in a Red Bull release. “Most importantly the course will call on one’s freestyle knowledge and experience forcing riders to integrate that into one’s all-mountain riding.” Red Bull is hosting a media session Thursday at the Hume Hotel Bentwell Lounge. Red Bull is also working feverously on staging an autograph session with some of the athletes at Tribute Board Shop on Baker Street. Details are expected once the athletes begin arriving so keep checking The Nelson Daily for more information.About Baldface:Baldface Lodge is Nelson’s snowcat skiing and boarding powder destination. With over 32,000 acres of skiable terrain, open bowls, peaks, perfectly spaced trees and 500+ inches of snow – adventure hounds never have to worry about competing for fresh tracks. Located north of iconic Nelson, British Columbia, Baldface is situated in the heart of Canada’s Selkirk Mountains. A quick 10-minute-helicopter ride from the Nelson airport up the Grohman Creek drainage transports guests to the Lodge for 3 and 4-day all-inclusive, guided snowcat skiing and boarding trips.The winter season typically runs from mid-December through mid-April each year.
Break up the team.Fire the coaching staff.Sell the . . . wait, wait just one minute.Has anyone looked at the schedule?That’s game two of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, not game 52 of the regular season for the Green and White from Nelson.Check back at Christmas, or even at the end of September to get a better read on the 2015-16 edition of the Nelson Leafs.“We’re young and this being the first two games of the season we’re still shaking off the nerves and rust,” Jo Davies, one of the veterans brought in by the Leaf coaching staff to provide leadership, said after Nelson lost another nail biter — 4-3 to the Fernie Ghostriders Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The loss is the second in as many nights at home by the Leafs.Kelowna Chiefs rained on the home-opening parade by scoring three unanswered goals en route to a 3-0 victory Friday in Nelson.Saturday, a couple of gift-wrapped goals by the Leafs may have turned this KIJHL game from a win and into a loss.Fernie captain Cole Kebler and Ty Carron scored less than two minutes apart in the first period to lead the Riders to the win.The two goals snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Ghostriders some much-needed momentum going into the second period. “We just made some very simple, young mistakes that will be changed within the first month of the season,” Davie explained.“We need more practice, obviously, but this is something we can fix by the end of September.”Ty Carron opened the scoring for the Ghostriders five minutes into the contest before Andy Fitzpatrick tied the game two minutes later. But goals by Keebler and Caron stunned the Leafs.Nelson struggled to get any pressure on Fernie netminder Jeff Orser in the second frame and paid dearly for the lack of shots as Keebler scored his second of the game in the middle frame.In the third Tanner Costa and Davie scored to bring the Leafs to within a goal.However, Orser stood tall in the nets to secure the road victory for the Ghostriders.“There’s a lot of things we liked about the weekend,” said Leaf head coach Dave McLellan.“We held two good teams to low shot totals,” McLellan added.“ Our penalty kill was very good . . . last night (Kelowna) was 0-for-6 and tonight we were able to battle back against a very good team.“The defence is still pretty young, a little green still. We had five goals scored this weekend on bad pinches so there’s little things we still need to work on.”Nelson outshot the Riders 28-19 in the contest, including a 13-4 count in the third period.Orser rebounded from a 3-2 loss Friday to Castlegar to even his season record to 1-1.Everett Yasinski registered a loss for the second night in a row in goal for Nelson.The Leafs host Spokane Friday at the NDCC Arena before heading out on the road for five game road trip beginning Sunday, September 20 in Grand Forks.LEAF NOTES: Leaf coach Dave McLellan was coy when asked if he expects any changes to the lineup this week. The second year skipper said it all depends on what happens at the BC Hockey and Alberta Junior Hockey Leagues. . . . Leafs were missing three key players from the roster due to injury. Forward Rayce Miller and defencemen Brendan Smith and Davis Andrews were all missing from the lineup due to injury. . . . Nelson has only four 20-year-olds and three 19-year-olds on the roster. The bulk of the team — 13 players — are 17-18 years of age. . . . Beaver Valley won its second straight game, edging Kelowna 3-2 while Grand Forks Border Bruins are 1-1 after falling 7-2 to Summerland Steam.
“It’s kind of a new team that we put together and we haven’t played a lot together so we focused a lot in practice and his paying off in the game.”They did it the hard way, scoring single points in six ends to edge Craig.Trailing 5-4 with last rock in the tenth, Craig missed on is final attempt to give Johnson the win.Meanwhile, Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffiths and lead Rick Sawatsk continue to roll as the Okanagan rink dumped Glen Jackson of Victoria 7-4 in the other A semi final.Cotter scored consecutive points in the third, fourth and fifth ends — in the fifth the rink counted three — to open a 5-1 lead.Jackson scored a single in the sixth before stealing another point in the seventh but could never further cut into the Cotter lead.In B Event play, Kootenay Rep Chris Ducharme of Creston edged out Stephen Schneider of Vancouver 7-6 in 11 ends; Jeff Richard of Kelowna doubled Chase Martyn of New Westminster 10-5 and Daniel Wenzek of Langley sent pre-tournament favourite Joanisse to his second loss in as many games, 8-7.Action continues today with two draws at 2 and 7 p.m. Michael Johnson is betting against the odds, and winning.The underdog Victoria rink knocked off its second heavyweight at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships, outlasting club mate Wes Craig 6-4 during Thursday’s morning draw to advance into the A final tonight at 7 p.m.Wednesday, Johnson doubled another top rink, Dean Joanisse of New Westminster, 6-3.Johnson, third Chris Baier, second Ty Diello and lead Mitch Young hope to continue their mission against defending BC Champion Jim Cotter of Vernon.”We practiced a lot going into this event and I think it’s paying off on the ice,” Johnson said after the latest victory Thursday.