Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center welcomes Fred Hiebert, archaeologist and Co-Principal Investigator on the Genghis Khan project, as our speaker for the January 25th National Geographic presentation. Previously scheduled speaker, Albert Yu-Min Lin, will not be able to join us that evening due to the imminent arrival of his newest family member! While we are sad that Albert will not be able to join us, we are thrilled to have his colleague provide a unique perspective on the same project.From National Geographic:“Archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert has searched for human history in some of the world’s most remote and romantic places for more than 20 years. An expert on the ancient Silk Road, he has excavated sites along this millennia-old path between Europe and Asia. His findings in a 4,000-year-old city in Turkmenistan made headlines around the world. In 2004 Hiebert rediscovered, catalogued, and returned to the National Museum in Kabul, Afghanistan the treasure trove of 20,000 Bactrian gold pieces that had gone missing during that country’s decades of war and upheaval. He went on to serve as curator of National Geographic’s touring exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures. He has also searched for submerged civilizations underwater in the Black Sea with Dr. Robert Ballard, in South America’s highest body of water, Lake Titicaca, and off the coast of Cuba.Hiebert completed his doctoral dissertation at Harvard University in 1992. He joined the National Geographic Society as its Archaeology Fellow in 2003. He also holds active positions with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Institute for Nautical Archaeology, and Robert Ballard’s Institute for Exploration.”Tickets for the original speaker are still valid on January 25th, 2013. Patrons who wish to change their tickets are asked to contact the Washington Center Box Office at 360-753-8586.
Facebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Rotary Club of LaceyLocal non-profit groups are encouraged to apply for an Educational Needs Grant (up to $1,000 each) for the 2015-16 year through the Rotary Club of Lacey. The funds are designated to promote education needs in the community and meet one-time needs (not to be part of a non-profit’s regular budget). Specific requests are encouraged! Please send a one-page letter of request with the following information about your need:Information about your organization, including EIN or nonprofit number,Specific amount requested, andSpecific need.The grant does not give endowments, capital funds, fundraisers or individuals (student trips, etc.). Direct needs only.Send requests by May 31 to Lacey Rotary, Education Needs Committee Chair, PO Box 3301, Lacey WA 98503.
Classic horse and carriage rides will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, sponsored by Pauline Poyner and Red Bank RiverCenter. The Red Bank Christmas tree will be located at 30 Monmouth St. in the Dublin House Courtyard. Starting at 5:30 p.m. at the train station, the Kathryn Barnett School of Dance will be performing some of its fun and festive holiday numbers; music will be by Atlantic Watch. This year, a new event – “We Double Dog Dare You Scavenger Hunt” – will allow participants to visit the 50-plus businesses involved to search for a hidden holiday character inspired by the holiday classic movie A Christmas Story. Shoppers will gather stamps on their hunt for every character they find, and once 15 are collected, they can be entered to win a Red Bank prize package. The Town Lighting will occur during the Holiday Express concert, which begins at 7 p.m.The festivities continue all month throughout town. Every Saturday starting after Thanksgiving through Dec. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. shoppers can enjoy the sounds of the season with the Holiday Harmonies. Traditional carolers, choirs, brass bands, rock, folk, jazz and blues musicians will bring holiday tunes to the sidewalks of Red Bank. Celebrating its 800th show, Holiday Express will be performing holiday favorites in rock star fashion in concert at 7 p.m. on Broad Street at Canal Street.Broad Street from Peters Place to Monmouth Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 to 11 p.m. However, Peters Place will remain open the duration of the event for folks to access the main part of the business district and detour around the concert area to find parking.Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, NJ Transit has had to cancel the Santa Express train ride this year. But the celebration will continue and children will be able to meet Santa at the Red Bank Train Station for entertainment and to parade with him down Monmouth Street to the Holiday Express Concert. Santa will arrive by fire truck and parade down Monmouth Street at approximately 6:30 p.m. and then he will light the tree at about 6:45 p.m. and continue to the Holiday Express concert. Events are sponsored by The Galleria Red Bank. RED BANK – Red Bank RiverCenter is kicking off the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 23, with the Red Bank Town Lighting and Holiday Express Concert presented by Riverview Medical Center, Jersey Mike’s Subs and Shore Point Distributing Co. The movie theme continues with the return of the popular, window-decorating contest. Businesses have been invited to decorate their windows using any holiday movie they choose. Shoppers can vote online for their favorite windows.
On any given Wednesday those who venture to the Woman’s Club could have the chance to take dance lessons, get some exercise, get a manicure, learn ceramics, do a little adult coloring, or just play a game of chess or cards and share a light breakfast or lunch. They are welcome to simply while away a Wednesday morning and early afternoon with some company and chit-chat.During previous sessions there were a technology education program, TED talks and a creative writing exercise. Each week there is a nurse, courtesy of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey, who can take blood pressure and answer medical and medication questions. “Any questions our guests have we try to answer,” said Karen Diamond, the nurse on hand on Aug. 3.The program is to promote living and learning for older adults and most of the services and classes are either at no cost or a nominal fee, according to Wesleyan representatives.“I like to mingle with the people, have a conversation,” said Anne Burns, a 94-year old resident of the Wesleyan Arms.“I like it here. I like the people,” offered Melba Blessing in a confidential tone. Blessing is 81 and moved into the Wesleyan just two years ago. Her eyesight isn’t what it used to be and she doesn’t go in much for the dance lessons or yoga, she acknowledged, but “Everyone is very nice.”Joslyn Birch, 70, a Red Bank resident said he was here specifically for the yoga, to work out a little stiffness.Birch was playing a little poker – for fun, no gambling – with Wesleyan resident Liz Abran, 88, who was teaching him a few fast moves to improve his game. “We have some fun,” Birch said. “The best part,” Abran explained, “meeting with other people,” who may not live at the Wesleyan.That and the dancing, with Abran saying she was able to brush up on the cha-cha and the rhumba. “That was a lot of fun.”About 11.3 million Americans over the age of 65 – about 30 percent of the senior population – live alone and this program provides an opportunity for socialization.“What’s nice is people can come and go,” participate in the activities they want skip others, observed Robbie Voloshin, marketing director for United Methodist Communities.United Methodist Communities, a not-for-profit, has 10 senior residential facilities. All of the facilities offer a similar program, according to Voloshin. RED BANK – For the “Greatest Generation,” how about a little yoga, maybe drawing/painting lessons? Did you ever want to learn how calligraphy is done? Or, why not just some relaxation and conversation over a cup of coffee. Why not?United Methodist Communities at the Wesleyan, a senior housing facility, this summer has begun offering those activities and more at its “senior café” at the Red Bank Woman’s Club, 164 Broad St.The Wesleyan is offering a revolving selection of activities to its residents and the older public at large on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a relaxed environment.“It really is quite fun, it really is,” said Mary Patichio, social services coordinator at the Wesleyan.Last fall the Wesleyan (formerly the Wesleyan Arms), 9 Wall St., opened its Wesleyan Café, providing a variety of activities for its residents. To meet the demand and give seniors in the surrounding area the opportunity to participate, the facility’s representatives decided to move the café to the club, in the historic former Reckless Estate.
By Matt Lobosco |MIDDLETOWN – After years of fighting to recover from Super Storm Sandy, the Leonardo boating community took a huge step in its recovery from the storm.On Saturday, June 10, officials from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) joined boaters, local officials and summer visitors to celebrate National Marina Day by unveiling the marina’s new office building. The day-long event began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building and included kayak tours, and craft and food vendors.Open since 1963, Leonardo State Marina is one of New Jersey’s six state marinas. The 17-acre facility along the shores of Sandy Hook Bay provides 176 berths for boaters as well as numerous educational programs for young people during the summer. However, several structures which provided services crucial to the operation of the marina were completely destroyed by Sandy, including its garage, its office, and its public restrooms.Now the marina has a brand new building to provide virtually all the services lost from the storm. Along with restoring office space for the marina staff, the building provides new showers, bathrooms, a lobby area and a multipurpose room including a kitchenette, tables and chairs.The one-story structure stands across from the marina on the other side of Concord Avenue, which runs the length of the harbor.(Left to right) Robert DeCotiis of Master Consulting Engineers, Ed Mulvane of the Department of Property Management and Construction, Ron Sebring of Ronald A. Sebring Associates, LLC, Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso, DEP Assistant Commissioner Rich Boornazian and Superintendent of Parks and Forestry Maggie Mitchell gather to cut the ribbon to signify the official opening of the new office building.“This marina has been here for years. If you took a ride up the coast here, the boats all got lifted up and corralled and a lot of them were out of the water. This place was devastated,” said Richard Boornazian, DEP assistant commissioner. “We think this is a vibrant community. So it’s not only a service, it’s an amenity to have this marina here. This is a great boating community and we want to keep it here.”Boornazian said he was at the marina two days after the storm and could not believe the devastation. He emphasized his excitement over the hard work of the staff and the enthusiasm of the community for getting the office built. For as destructive as Sandy was, the staff and the town saw this as an opportunity to make the marina even better.Maggie Mitchell, superintendent of the parks and forestry division of the DEP, shared Boornazian’s outlook. “Opening this building and getting this open benefits everyone in the community,” she said.Ronald Sebring, owner of Ronald A. Sebring Associates, LLC and creator of the blueprint for architecture of the office building, echoed the feelings of the marina staff about the opportunity brought on by this project. He said he believed the facilities that existed prior to Sandy had many issues that were essentially being covered with Band-Aids. Sebring said the facilities “in my mind needed updating” and Sandy brought an opportunity to fix those issues.Perhaps the new building can serve as a small silver lining in what has been a difficult recovery from Sandy. After five years of looking for a source of stimulation and excitement, the Leonardo community appears galvanized by the construction of the marina’s new office building.“This is a great community. I love the way things turned out. This building will last for a very long time,” Boornazian said.This article was first published in the June 15-June 22, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
The goal for the summer is to have a good portion of the skiable terrain in the Backside area developed, creating a combination of 8 selectively logged and gladed runs which will offer great fall line skiing and an overall unique mountain experience. “We have our license to develop the ski runs and have selected Juggernaut Development Inc. to do the work” says Outdoor Operations Manager Kirk Jensen. “This summer we will focus mechanical harvesting on the area to the skiers left of the chair with further gladed advanced /expert tree skiing developed to the skier’s right of the lift line. We plan to start on the lift line first to allow the lift installation crew access and then proceed with the remainder over the summer.”The harvesting of the Backside area will be spread over two years and, once complete, the Glory Ridge Chairlift will service a total of 303 hectares consisting of 18 gladed, treed and groomed runs of primarily intermediate and advanced / expert terrain. The expansion will effectively double the developed ski terrain at Whitewater with an increase of total vertical drop to 2,042 feet. This summer, Whitewater Ski Resort plans to install its new Glory Ridge Chair. The chair was formerly identified as the BS1 lift in the Master Plan, and will service the terrain currently referred to as the Backside. “The mountain crew, in cooperation with mother nature, hope to have the lift ready to load as conditions permit this coming season” says General Manager Brian Cusack.The Dopplemayr triple chair has been purchased from Vail Resort in Colorado and is on route to Nelson. The British Columbia based Summit Lift Company, headed by Randy Gliege, a 25 year veteran in the ski lift business, has been contracted to do the lift installation. His crew will consist of a mix between local and out of area, experienced ski industry workers.
The biggest tournament of the year for Nelson Minor Hockey is about to kick off Friday at the Nelson and District Community Complex and Civic Centre Arenas.The Nelson Ford Novice Shootout tournament is a minor hockey tournament that showcases the young, up-and-comers from the novice divisions.Teams from Spokane, Castlegar, Rossland/Trail, Beaver Valley, Cranbrook and Creston join teams from the host Nelson association for three days of exciting hockey.The tournament begins Friday at 4:45 p.m. with the Nelson Junior Leafs up against the Spokane Junior Raptors.Five games are on tap for day one before the tourney really gets into full gear with no less than 15 games set for Saturday.Sunday concludes the action with the first game starting at 8 a.m.Each team plays three games with no results being kept, instead just a whole lot of fun and enjoyment.
Despite being only in Grade 10, Kyra Makortoff is no stranger to the big stage, having played at the 2012 B.C. Summer Games in Surrey.And that confidence has allowed 5’6” Makortoff has fit right in with the older players.“Among other contributions to our team, Kyra’s back row play and serve have been a source of personal pride throughout her volleyball career,” said the Senior Girl’s Player profile guide.Like many of her teammates, Makortoff is excited to be the host school for the event. While realizing it’s a big undertaking to play host to 15 other teams and more than 200 athletes and coaches, life is good when you don’t need to hop a bus or pack a suitcase. “It’s going to be pretty exciting to play in front of the home crowd and, at the same time, we get to sleep in our own beds,” the country music fan said.Despite getting into volleyball late by South Slocan standards — in Grade 7 — the sport Makortoff quickly became part of the culture at Mount Sentinel.So playing for the Cats was just another stepping stone in her net career.“I really like the sport because it allows me to focus on something that I enjoy doing while as the same time takes my mind off (other) things,” the 15-year-old Makortoff explained.That enjoyment allows Makortoff to have no problem attending two to three practices per week during the season as well as participate in the club season.The tournament begins Wednesday with round robin play at both LVR and Selkirk College gymnasiums.The momentum and excitement continues to build, and next week, the pressure promises to increase for the Wildcats as the tournament nears.“Ya there’s pressure on us,” Makortoff admits. “Our school is known for winning volleyball championships more than once.”Despite that pressure, Makortoff has a different focus entering the final tournament of the season.“Obviously, everyone’s goal on our team is to win because winning is big but mainly (my goal) is to play my best and enjoy the last year with the Grade 12s on the team.” In less than a week the Mount Sentinel Wildcats will host the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships (November 28-December 1) at the Selkirk College and L.V. Rogers gymnasiums.Hosting the provincial event is nothing new to the South Slocan-based school as Mount Sentinel has been the feature site of the provincial tournament eight times since 1991 and has won four titles since 1997, the last coming in 2007.Mount Sentinel, currently ranked third in the province at the Single-A Girl’s Division, has not experienced that much success on the big stage of late.However, the players are hopeful home court advantage will power the squad to the top of the heap when the prestigious Blue Banner is awarded to the winning team on the evening of December 1.Before the first serve is taken, The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr is getting readers into the provincial spirit with a series of profiles on the 2012 Mount Sentinel Wildcats.Today we feature Grade 10 right side Kyra Makortoff.
Medals are generally hard to come by for Interior clubs when competing at the BC Summer Swim Association Championships.However, this is a different Nelson Neptunes team.The road warriors from Nelson continued their success away from home as the Heritage City Club did not look out of place at the provincial meet held this past weekend in Coquitlam.“Twelve Neptunes and Head Coach Cynthia Pfeiffer endured the heat wave to finish with six medals, eight consolation final swims, 11 final swims and over 90 percent best times,” said Neptune head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer said the Neptunes were led by Lachlan Bibby-Fox and Jaylen Rushton, who were able to qualify in the A finals in all four events entered. Bibby-Fox started the Neptunes off on the right foot Friday by claiming the firsts medal for the Kootenays, with a bronze in 100-meter Individual medley.Sunday Bibby-Fox added his first ever silver provincial medal to his count in the 50-meter breaststroke.Rushton followed his momentum in the 100-meter individual medley, claiming the silver medal.Rushton also won bronze medals in both the 50-meter Freestyle and 50-meter Butterfly, and finishing a close fourth in her 50-meter Breaststroke. Pfeiffer also added to the medal count by finishing thirrd in the 100-meter Backstroke.Pfeiffer and Rushton teamed up with Olivia Cowan and Joanna Blishen combined to qualify in the final of the 4 x 50-meter Medley relay where they finished in eighth spot against much older swimmers.Cowan also qualified into the final in her 100-meter backstroke, where she finished eighth and was able to shave off one more second.Pfeiffer said other highlighted swims include Evan Chouinard knocking off five seconds in his 100-meter freestyle and Enna Cowan’s two second best time in her 50-meter butterfly. “With the (Nelson and District Community Complex) pool opening on October 17 the Neptunes are itching to get back to their home,” Pfeiffer said.“The winter maintenance program where they swim two hours a week, will begin shortly after the pool opening.”