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2017 Housing & Homeless Hero Award Winners: Katherine Trahan & Teal…

By on August 5, 2020

first_imgFacebook110Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Homeless Housing HubThe Thurston County Homeless Housing Hub is proud to announce that the 2017 “Housing & Homeless Hero Award” for outstanding direct service goes to Katherine Trahan & Teal Russell of the Olympia Downtown Ambassadors.  This award will be presented on noon on Monday, January 22nd at the Salvation Army Worship Center’s Fellowship Room located at 1505 4th Avenue East, Olympia.About Katherine Trahan & Teal Russell, Award RecipientsKatherine Trahan and Teal Russell were nominated for their work as the Downtown Ambassadors in recognition of their efforts to strengthen the network of services and resources for street dependent people in downtown Olympia.  As the Downtown Ambassadors, they often function as the communication bridge between service providers, downtown residents, business owners, property owners, law enforcement, and others.Both Teal Russell and Katherine Trahan have been serving as Downtown Ambassadors for 3 years while the program was hosted by Capital Recovery Center.  Both are Certified Peer Support Specialists, trained to work with people with mental health issues.  This valuable training strongly informs their street outreach work to build rapport and trust with members of the street community.  Both are passionate about their work and love Downtown Olympia. In their words,“We are happy to be a familiar and friendly face for those having a bad day, ready to help de-escalate tough situations as well as to listen to someone who just needs to be heard”.In these times when many parts of our society are polarized from each other, bridge-builders like the Downtown Ambassadors help us all to work better together.About the Downtown Ambassador ProgramThe Downtown Ambassador Program was launched in 2012 by the Capital Recovery Center with funding by the City of Olympia.  This program is modeled after similar efforts across the U.S. to provide a combination of street outreach to homeless, mentally ill and other street dependent people, as well as to provide visitor information for tourists, shoppers and others in the downtown core.  In 2018, the City of Olympia brought this program in-house to be part of the City’s package of services to make downtown safe and welcoming for all.About the “Housing & Homeless Hero Award”The “Housing & Homeless Hero Award” is a peer-chosen recognition of a direct service provider for exemplary service in the Housing & Homeless network of Thurston County.  Nominations and votes come from direct service providers, public officials and others involved in the Thurston County Housing Action Team.   This award is presented each year at the annual “Thurston County Homeless Hero Luncheon”, which is intended to recognize individuals whose exemplary service stands out in a field of many dedicated service providers.  Recipients reflect the following qualities:Direct housing &  homeless service providersPeople whose work strengthens the network of providersPeople who inspire other individuals engaged in human servicesPeople who by their nature maximize collaboration and minimize competition between agencies in order to better serve those in needAbout the Thurston County Homeless Housing HubThe Thurston County Homeless Housing Hub (HHH) is a sub-committee of the Thurston Thrives Housing Action Team.  This committee is composed of direct service providers working with homeless people and others at risk of homelessness.  Activities include networking, development of best practices & policy work as directed by the Housing Action Team leadership.  Members include Behavioral Health Resources; Bread & Roses Shelter; Capital Recovery Center; Catholic Community Services; Community Action Council;  Community Youth Services; EGYHOP; Family Support Center; Homes First!; Housing Authority; Interfaith Works; Fleetwood Apartments; Low Income Housing Institute; PANZA / Camp Quixote; St. Michael’s Shelter Program;  Safeplace; Salvation Army; SideWalk; Out of the Woods Shelter; Partners in Prevention; Thurston County Corrections Jail Transition Services; Union Gospel Mission; Veterans Administration Homeless Programs; and, the YWCA.The HHH meets monthly on the third Monday at noon at the Fellowship Room at the Salvation Army Worship Center, located at 1505 4th Avenue East in Olympia.last_img read more

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Passion, love of football and fun drives ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn

By on January 20, 2020

first_imgWestern BureauOmar Wedderburn, head coach at St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) could be dubbed the most interesting coach in schoolboy football.Widely known as “Rambo”, the former goalkeeper, who scored ten goals as an outfield player for his beloved STETHS in 1998, recently guided a youthful squad to a sixth-straight Ben Francis KO title, and will take them into a fifth daCosta Cup championship match today against Dinthill Technical.Wedderburn started at STETHS back in 1995 and played daCosta Cup there for three years ending in 1998.As a goalkeeper, he was excellent. He was of the same mould as his father Clive “Spider” Wedderburn, the current national goalkeeper coach but with a lot more passion.Rambo footballThis passion and skill has seen him being used at right back, sometimes as a right link player and ultimately in the forward position during his playing days, where his 10 goals in 1998 were a great achievement for a utility player such as he was.”Those days were the beginning of Rambo football at STETHS. But I had some great people around me. It was Wendell Downswell, who took me to STETHS and he has been a great friend and father-figure to me even now,” stated Wedderburn.”My time playing football has been great, thanks to that man, among others including former STETHS coach Andrew Edwards, whom I understudied before he left for Munro College,” he reasoned.”I learnt a lot from Edwards, and I take that with me all the time, while adding my character to how we play football, which is meant to be a fun, but hard-working way,” Wedderburn said.”It is the only way to have the team performing for each other. We have fun in training and in game situations, and as the coach, I try my best to be a centre of enjoyment for the squad. We laugh over things, but we remain committed and serious about it at the same time,” he said.He listed former national coach Jeffery Maxwell, Jerome Waite, Jackie Walters and current STETHS Technical Director Wendell Downswell, as inspiration.last_img read more

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Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin star as Pistons outlast Magic in OT

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) passes the ball around Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) to center Andre Drummond (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Andre Drummond’s bad habits bother Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey.Luckily for Casey and the Pistons, Drummond’s good moments can win basketball games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Pistons: Host the Miami Heat on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross each scored 24 points for Orlando, which had won two in a row after a four-game losing streak.“We had to find a way to win that game,” Ross said. “We didn’t play a consistent defensive game. We weren’t physical enough in the third quarter.”Detroit led by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter, but Vucevic helped pull the Magic within 105-104 with 3:23 to play and tied it at 107 with 2:14 to go. D.J. Augustin followed with a layup to put Orlando ahead, and the teams went scoreless on their next possessions.Drummond’s tip-in tied the game at 109-all, and Vucevic missed a jumper with 20.4 seconds left.“It was a good play, but no one makes every shot,” Clifford said. “We scored 109 points in regulation, and if we defend the way we are capable, we win the game. This wasn’t about making shots.”Griffin ran down the clock, but missed a jumper at the end of regulation.Detroit scored the first four points of overtime, but Ross answered with a pair of 3-pointers.“I raised T from a pup, and I’m thrilled that he’s become one of the best shooters in the game,” said Casey, who coached Ross in Toronto during his first five seasons. “I just wish he wouldn’t do it against us.”Both teams struggled to score after that, and the Magic called a timeout with 42.5 seconds left, trailing 117-115.Vucevic missed a hook, and Griffin hit a layup in traffic to give Detroit a four-point lead. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Drummond put up his version of a triple-double on Wednesday and the Pistons notched a crucial 120-115 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic.Drummond had 14 points, 11 offensive rebounds and 11 defensive rebounds to record his 11th career “Moses Malone triple-double.” Only Malone (24) and Dennis Rodman (17) have recorded more since the ABA-NBA merger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Andre’s the best rebounder in the league — it isn’t even close — and that’s a huge asset,” Casey said.Drummond, though, doesn’t impress his coach as a point guard, especially when he tries to go coast-to-coast after a rebound. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Australian men’s tennis hit by infighting, Twitter rants MOST READ “Andre and I are going to have a heart-to-heart talk about his sashays down the court,” he said. “Those aren’t winning plays, because teams aren’t going to let a center dribble down the floor and score. It might happen once a month.”Drummond finished with 11 of the game’s 22 rebounds. Detroit ended up with a 14-8 edge on the boards.“That was the game,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “In the last 42 seconds, we were up two and got two stops, but they got three offensive rebounds and tie the game.”Blake Griffin scored 30 points for the Pistons, who won for the third time in 11 games and moved a half-game ahead of Orlando in the Eastern Conference standings. Detroit had six players with at least 13 points.“I thought we were sluggish, which is understandable coming off a West Coast trip, but we dug down defensively,” Griffin said. “In overtime, we were getting stops and forcing them into shots that we wanted. That was great.”ADVERTISEMENT The Magic shot 67.5 percent from the floor in the first half, but the Pistons were able to hold the margin to 63-58 with a 6-1 rebounding advantage on the offensive glass and nine free throws to Orlando’s three. Vucevic and Ross had 15 each for the Magic, while Griffin led Detroit with 12.Ish Smith’s 3-pointer gave the Pistons a 75-74 lead late in the third quarter, and Griffin’s nine points in the period helped Detroit take a 90-84 lead into the fourth.The Pistons reserves, supplemented by Drummond, started the final period with a 7-2 run to expand the margin to 11 with 9:45 to play.TIP INSMagic: Orlando has lost 20 of its last 26 games in Detroit. They trail this season’s series 2-1, with the final game on March 28 at Little Caesars Arena.Pistons: Detroit, which leads the league in offensive-rebound margin, had 10 or more for the 30th time this season. . Griffin came into the game averaging 20.2 points in 13 career games against Orlando, his lowest average against any team other than 18.7 against the Memphis Grizzlies.DRUMMOND’S PERSONAL STATDrummond’s 11 triple-doubles of points, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds is four more than any active player (Tyson Chandler 7) and more than twice than the players in third (Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard 4). This season, he has three of the league’s five with Whiteside and Clint Capela each having one.UP NEXTMagic: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.last_img read more

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Datebook

By on January 11, 2020

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRIDAY “The Spirit of International Dance” performance, lecture, demonstration, 8:45 a.m., Madison Middle School, 13000 Hart St., North Hollywood. Tickets: Call (818) 999-5296. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com .last_img read more

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Legal reality may be damaging to contractor’s claim

By on January 3, 2020

first_imgQuestion: We have a contract to build a home. There is a specific part (which contains the primary terms) and then a set of general conditions attached. Problems have arisen. It is taking far too long, but the contractor said we waived damages as part of the general conditions. We told him that is absurd, but he said, “Parties can contract away rights, and that’s what you did.” We would like to know if he’s right. – K.O., Rancho Palos Verdes Answer: The law does not permit a party to a contract to be released from harm caused by that party’s willful, reckless or unlawful conduct, as that would violate public policy. Further, waiver clauses are often strictly construed, and it is possible the language you refer to would be considered so boilerplate, and not sufficiently conspicuous, that the purported release would be stricken as unconscionable under the circumstances. Careful scrutiny of the contract you entered into, and the relationship between the parties, is critical to be able to advise you. I advise you to talk with a lawyer. For example, is there a liquidated damages clause in the contract, that is, have you waived certain damages but in the event of breach a set sum of recovery was agreed upon? And does the clause have language waiving any damages, or is it focused on “consequential” as opposed to “direct” damages (the meaning of which can be explained by an attorney)? With regard to delay, doesn’t the arrangement require the contractor to take actions to notify you if delay is unavoidable and to get your approval to extend the contract’s duration? Who or what is at fault for the delays? There is much to address when a contractor, or anyone, contends the consumer waived his or her rights to damages. In fact, if it were that simple, we probably would have fewer lawyers and disputes. Q: Are we better off arbitrating a case than litigating it in court? – I.J., Los Angeles A: Sorry to provide “a lawyer’s response,” but the answer is it depends. What kind of case? You may be wisest to have a jury trial if you are entitled to it. Arbitration typically involves little discovery. Do you have enough information to proceed effectively to arbitration, or would you want to be in court where your discovery rights are quite broad? In turn, is there information you prefer not to disclose? If so, arbitration may be the preferred process for you. In court, rules of evidence usually are strictly enforced, and each side can engage in motion work to try to deflect or defeat a part or all of your case. There are mandatory status conferences, typically a settlement meeting, and a period of time to wait to get to trial (often l2 months, possibly more). Arbitration allows you to schedule the hearing, and to be done with it much sooner than if you are in court. The rules of evidence usually are more relaxed than if you are in court. On the other hand, if your arbitration is binding, your rights to challenge the arbitrator’s decision are extremely limited. Many arbitrators require payment for their time, and if you go through an arbitration association, you likely will be charged administrative fees, as well. So arbitration may not be cost efficient, depending upon the case. I encourage you to review the matter with a lawyer. Remember, there is a Pro Bono Clinic every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Torrance Courthouse, Room l60, 825 Maple Ave. One of the two attorneys there may be able to guide you. One other question to resolve is whether your arbitration would be binding or non-binding. If it is non-binding, then you may well not be near finished when the decision is made, and the case may then simply go back to court. Home Depot waste-dumping settlement Home Depot recently paid nearly $10million in penalties and investigation costs to resolve a lawsuit alleging that it mishandled hazardous waste from California stores. The government agencies that brought the litigation included several counties and the state Department of Justice. Their probe concluded that Home Depot collected hazardous waste that had accumulated at California stores and placed it in large buckets for offsite disposal. The lawsuit claimed that haulers sometimes improperly stored and labeled the waste. In addition, they did not keep good records of materials about to be transported. According to the lawsuit, the investigation began when a hazardous waste container exploded at the Marina del Rey Home Depot store in 2004. A judge must approve the settlement. It also requires Home Depot to contribute to environmental training programs and other environmental initiatives benefiting the state. Ron Sokol is a Manhattan Beach-based attorney with 29 years of experience who has arbitrated and mediated many cases. His column appears each Wednesday. E-mail questions and comments to him at RonSEsq@aol.com or mail to him at Ask The Lawyer, Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. This column is a summary of the law, and not a substitute for legal consultation on any particular case.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Development threatens wilderness

By on December 28, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “And now we have this other burden tacked on top of it,” he said. The energy boom that has dominated much of the Rocky Mountain West for the past several years has been a mixed blessing. It has brought millions to tiny counties happy to have the money, but the rapid development has become a top concern for retirees, those in a fledgling tourism-based economy and professionals whose relocations to once-quiet towns have helped make the West one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions. “That growth has not been built around growth in the natural resource industry,” said Thomas Power, professor and head of the University of Montana’s economics department. He said Westerners need to weigh what they’re willing to sacrifice for “a very temporary expansion in the economy.” Mineral development – oil and gas, coal, gold, silver and uranium mining – for decades has provided the West with high-paying jobs and great infusions of wealth. It’s also been followed by busts that states have worked hard to offset by diversifying their economies. Hunters and anglers – worried that drilling, truck traffic and erosion from well sites are already harming antelope, deer and other animals – are teaming up with environmentalists to lobby for habitat protection. They are among many residents who say natural resources – their beauty and their preservation – now play a huge role in the region’s economic health. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RIFLE, Colo. – Ask cattle ranchers Dan and Cheryl Johnson how much money they make an hour and they will tell you it’s a pittance. Ask them to put a value on their life along winding Piceance Creek in western Colorado and they answer simply: priceless. These days, the Johnsons are worried that their operation will end up worthless. Energy companies hunting for natural gas are snapping up land all around them, either through old oil shale claims or through federal auctions. Some now have claims on minerals under the same land the Johnsons lease for grazing their cattle in the pasture-dotted hills northwest of Rifle. Roads are being built and plans are in the works for new wells. Dan Johnson fears that if the companies drill in the narrow gulches around his property – the conduits for moving cattle from pasture to pasture – he’ll lose precious grazing land and be out of business. He and his wife, both in their late 40s, can feel their dream of passing their business to their two daughters slipping away. “Cattle prices are way below the rest of the economy,” Johnson said. “Equipment prices keep going higher, the fuel prices keeping going higher. center_img “The gold in them thar hills is coming in the pockets of people retiring here for the quality of life,” said Dave Kearsley, an investment adviser and attorney who moved from Massachusetts to Grand Junction for that very thing. Not everyone sees it that way. Monty Newman, the mayor of Hobbs, N.M., called oil and gas “our major lifeblood.” His town in southeastern New Mexico is a thriving service center for the industry. Energy development can coexist with protecting the environment and the so-called rural way of life, he said. “I know it takes a lot of natural resources in order to make this country run and provide incomes so people can retire,” Newman said. The surging development of the Rockies’ vast natural gas reserves, stoked by high prices and the push for more domestic production, is filling cash registers at motels, stores and restaurants throughout the region. Wyoming and New Mexico have piled up hundreds of millions of dollars in surplus, thanks to taxes from oil and gas development. Western Colorado’s Garfield County, site of one of the country’s busiest offices for federal oil and gas permits, said a full 17 percent of all revenues – nearly $8.5 million – came from oil and gas production last year. There’s plenty more where that came from, industry officials say. While production is declining in older fields, including the Gulf Coast, they say the Rockies promise many years of reliable gas and companies are investing in the pipelines and processing plants. EnCana Oil and Gas USA is building a gas processing plant in western Colorado that will be able to process 650 million cubic feet of gas daily. “I don’t see a bust in this decade and probably the next two decades,” said Joe Jaggers, vice president of exploration and production in the Denver office of Oklahoma-based Williams Cos., one of the largest producers in the region. Williams recently received approval to boost the number of wells it can drill in a 20,000-acre section of western Colorado, including the gas-rich Piceance Basin. In the middle of the gas rush are people such as Beverly and Sam Sharp, who live in Pinedale, Wyo. The retired Southern California schoolteachers were lured there six years ago by the small-town atmosphere, nearby fishing streams and breathtaking views of the Wind River mountain range from their bluff-top house. Pinedale has changed. The Bureau of Land Management is considering a plan that would allow energy companies to drill 3,100 wells in the Jonah gas field a short drive outside town – a project expected to produce nearly 8 trillion cubic feet of gas, enough to heat 96 million homes for a year and generate approximately $6.1 billion in royalties for the state and federal governments. The project, however, is also expected to boost air pollution in the area not far from wilderness and both Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. The BLM also said the project would affect antelope in the area, even though energy companies have pledged millions for mitigation work. The average cost of an apartment in Pinedale has skyrocketed nearly 81 percent since 1998, with the average monthly cost reaching $699 last year, according to Sublette County figures. The Sharps already see more haze in the air around them. “It’s not to the point for me that I’m going to say I’m going to move somewhere else, because we love it here,” said Sam Sharp, a Wyoming native. But he said he can understand why others might think twice. Industry officials say they are striving to minimize the impact of development through new technology including smaller drilling rigs, quieter equipment, buildings designed to blend with the surroundings and techniques that reduce surface disturbance. Canadian-based EnCana Corp., one of North America’s largest independent oil and gas companies, is studying how drilling might affect wildlife on a 45,000-acre ranch it owns in western Colorado. The site is home to deer, elk and raptors including peregrine falcons and golden eagles. The work includes speedier reclamation of well sites, cutting-edge drilling techniques and piping water to reduce the need for truck traffic. Ashley Korenblat, owner of Western Spirit Cycling in the outdoors hot spot of Moab, Utah, remains wary of the pace and location of gas drilling. “People are not going to pay me $1,000 to go biking around a bunch of wells,” said Korenblat, who has 30 employees. “We’re not making any more wilderness. We know we’re going to run out of oil and gas, so do we really need to shred every nook and cranny of backcountry to find the very last drop?” last_img read more

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Community rallies together to get Happy Camper mobile cafe back on the road

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first_imgThe Happy Camper mobile cafe, situated in Glenveagh, is well known for their delicious pancakes and rich coffee. Unfortunately the popular little cafe was wrecked yesterday evening.However the community has rallied together, sending messages of support to the sisters who own the cafe, and a fundraiser has also been set up to get the little lime camper back on the road again.The Happy Camper was set up by sisters Maria and Jane McCormack from Churchill and has proved popular for locals and tourists alike. However yesterday evening, the camper rolled into the bog after the tow hook malfunctioned.Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident, but Maria and Jane are left heartbroken.Speaking to Donegal Woman, Maria says “It unhooked from my jeep and crossed the road and rolled into the bog.“I’m absolutely devastated to say the least but just glad that no one is hurt. “The amount of people messaging offering their help is unreal.“I had put every ounce of my life into the happy camper and I loved every minute of it and please God I will be back soon.”Maria also expressed her gratitude for the supportive messages sent in to the Happy Camper Facebook page, saying “thanks for all the messages of support and to Anne-Marie for setting up the GoGetFunding, and David in Universal for his help. I love you all and promise that I will not waste a minute on getting a wee caravan fixed up to get back out to where I love to be. Special thanks to all the men who helped to get it out of the bog.”One of Maria’s friends, Anne-Marie Gallagher, set up a fundraiser to help get the famous camper back on the road again.She explains that the camper has brought them many good memories, laughs, and not to mention great coffee and pancakes. She added “Maria and Jane (and their wee team) have lit up the heather with their genuine ways, friendly service and a real quirky idea took off to the delight of many… but sadly in an unfortunate accident the little “cafe” caravan was destroyed on their way home from Glenveagh.“These ladies gave everything to make us “happy campers” so maybe now we can try to help them back on their feet. It can be our way of saying thank you for making a difference to us all in the community.”It is hoped that €3,000 will be raised to get the little caravan back on the road again.A staggering €550 has been raised since the fundraiser was set up, so hopefully the little camper will be back on the road in time for the summer. If you would like to contribute to the fundraiser you can do so by following this link:https://gogetfunding.com/rebuild-our-happy-camper/Community rallies together to get Happy Camper mobile cafe back on the road was last modified: May 3rd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenveaghhappy camper mobile cafelast_img read more

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Track & Field Heads To Annual Musco Twilight

By on December 24, 2019

first_imgThe Bulldogs will face in-state rivals Iowa, Iowa State and UNI as well as competitors from Loyola, Western Illinois, Creighton, Simpson, Wartburg and Dubuque. Last weekend, the Bulldogs won 11 events and set two meet records at the Jim Duncan Invitational as the team continues to build upon its strong performances every week. Meet Schedule Field events being at noon with the bulk of the competition start in at 4 p.m. Story Links In that meet, the women’s squad of Mariah Crawford, Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa), Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) and Ebele Okoye (McDonough, Ga.) ran the second-fastest 4×400-meter relay with a meet record time of 3:14.54. Crawford also claimed wins in the 100 and 200 meters. The Drake University track and field teams return to competition this weekend at the 18th annual Musco Twilight meet Saturday, April 22, in Iowa City, Iowa. The men’s team’s hurdlers aim to continue their strong season after sweeping the top three spots at the Jim Duncan Invitational with Hudson Priebe taking top honors. Live Results  Print Friendly Version Saturday’s Musco Twilight will be the team’s final competition before returning to Drake Stadium for the 108th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, April 26-29.last_img read more

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It’s going to be a cracking good Easter at Castle Grove!

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgAll families and friends will be hopping over to Castle Grove Country House Hotel this Easter for some wonderful events. Plus, to celebrate the season, the team have shared a sweet and indulgent Millionaire’s Shortbread recipe.There’s just no mistaking it – spring is in the air! Slowly rising temperatures and that lovely stretch in the evening give us a wonderful sense of rejuvenation. Easter is coming! It’s one of our favourite times of year at Castle Grove. Outside the air is full of possibility and regrowth is everywhere. Easing ourselves into the year, Easter offers us a chance to regroup to reconnect with family and friends many of whom, we might not have seen since Christmas! Castle Grove is the perfect setting to kick back, relax and reflect on the first three months of the year.  We’ve planned a weekend full of great food and fun activities to make it a memorable time for the whole family. Easter Lunch  (Bookings Required)Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday we’ll be laying on our traditional Easter lunch each day from 12 – 4 and on Sunday from 12 – 5. Chef Brady will be preparing a menu filled to bursting with fresh vegetables, succulent meats and delicious sauces that are sure to satisfy every pallet. The Easter Bunny Has Lost His Eggs!  – Complimentary Egg Hunt for Kids on Sunday with Lunch Booking! That brings us on to the most EGGSCITING event of the weekend – the Easter Egg Hunt! There will be not one but TWO egg hunts on Sunday afternoon. The first will be held in the Castle Grove gardens at 2 pm and the second at 4pm. The hunt is always hugely popular with families and is a great way to occupy children who can become restless during the mid-term break. The egg hunt is always hugely popular with children who have loads of fun in the Castle Grove grounds. There will be a very special guest on the day to help find those eggs – none other than the Easter Bunny himself. Easter Hunt at Castle GroveRelax and Renew with Afternoon TeaSaturday and Monday see us setting out our exquisite Easter Afternoon Tea each day from 12 –4 which you are free to enjoy in one of our comforting drawing rooms. Filled with tasty savoury snacks and delicious sweet treats, and rounded off with a cup of hot soothing tea or ice-cold bubbly champagne, there’s no experience quite like it. With a window view or a seat by the fire, you’re sure to leave feeling wholly replenished.  As all of our afternoon tea treats and snacks are freshly prepared for your enjoyment, please do be advised that advanced booking is essential. Easter at Castle GroveIndulge that Sweet Tooth at Home with this Delicious Castle Grove RecipeMake some memories on the Easter holidays by gathering up the kids and baking this scrumptious Millionaire Shortbread. Buttery shortbread topped with lashings of yummy caramel and chocolate, it’s sure to go down a treat with the little people (and the not so little!) Castle Grove Millionaire’s shortbreadMillionaire’s shortbread Preparation time less than 30 mins Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hour  Serves Makes 20 pieces Ingredients For the shortbread 225g/8oz plain flour 175g/6oz unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes 75g/2¾oz caster sugar For the topping  150g/5oz butter 1 x 379g can condensed milk 100g/3½oz golden syrup 350g/12oz dark chocolate, or a mixture of dark and milk, chopped into small pieces Method Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2. Line a 23cm/9in square cake tin with baking parchment. Combine the flour and butter cubes in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. (Alternatively, you can rub the butter in by hand.) Add in the caster sugar and pulse again until combined. Tip the mixture into the lined cake tin and spread it out evenly with the back of a spoon. Then press the shortbread down firmly with your knuckles so that it is tightly packed in the tin. Bake the shortbread for 30 minutes or until very light golden brown. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, for the topping, heat the butter, condensed milk and golden syrup in a saucepan, stirring occasionally until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to the boil, stirring frequently. The caramel will thicken and turn golden-brown. Set aside to cool slightly, then pour over the cooled shortbread. Allow to cool completely. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water (ensure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water), stirring occasionally. Pour the melted chocolate over the caramel and set aside until the chocolate has cooled completely. Cut into squares and serve. Recipe Tips The beauty of millionaire’s shortbread is that it can be adapted to suit your taste. Like thicker shortbread and caramel layers? Make it in a 20cm/8in square tin and bake the shortbread for ten minutes longer.  Get in Touch to Book NowSo, what are you waiting for? Call now to book your place at Castle Grove this Easter! It’s a hugely popular time so advance booking for any of our Easter events is essential. On booking, please do let us know how many children you will be bringing for the hunt. We look forward to welcoming you to Castle Grove this Easter. Booking can be made at any Castle Grove event by calling 074 91 51118 or by messaging us on Facebook or Instagram or by emailing on reservations@castlegrove.comIt’s going to be a cracking good Easter at Castle Grove! was last modified: March 13th, 2018 by Castle GroveShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:castle grove country house hotelEastereventsfamilyrestaurantWhat’s on?last_img read more

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Mikaela Shiffrin takes gold in giant slalom to start her second Olympics

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgEagleVail’s Mikaela Shiffrin had to wait three days to kick off her second Olympics because of weather delays, but she seized the moment in spectacular fashion when it finally came Wednesday night, claiming the gold medal in giant slalom.Shiffrin, who took silver in giant slalom at the 2017 world championships, is the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in GS since Julie Mancuso stormed through a fierce snowstorm at the 2006 Turin Games to claim gold. Two other American women have won …last_img read more

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