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Girl Scout Cookies Arrive In WNY

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cropped Photo: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 JAMESTOWN – Ahead of the Mega Drop event, 1.6 million packages of Girl Scout cookies have landed in Western New York.Now, the time has come for locals to receive those delicious cookies they crave every year.The Mega Drop dates run from Feb. 26 through the 29.The Girl Scout Cookie Program allows Girl Scouts to raise funds for the organization, and teaches them leadership skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, communication and business ethics. Anyone who missed their shot at ordering cookies early still have a chance to buy them through March 29.To find a seller near you, use the Cookie Finder app or visit GSWNY.org.last_img read more

Batting at Home Plate: How My Rural Home Town Helped Create the South’s Newest Wilderness

first_imgUnloading the truck on the border of the Citico Creek Wilderness, I wrestle on my pack full of a weekend’s worth of supplies—including my old crosscut saw. As I walk through a smoke cloud of bacon grease smoldering off the neighboring hunting camp’s stove, I threw up a friendly wave. A few respond, but from behind the campfire, someone grumbles, “You probably ain’t even from around here, Ranger Boy.” After a few seasons as a Wilderness Ranger, your gut tells you when to stop or keep moving, and though his words weren’t the most welcoming, something said differently. Turns out he and Norman (my grandfather) and Norman’s brother Cub were pals from way back. I sat down with the 10 of them and talked for no minute short of an hour. We chatted about everything from traditional crosscut saw techniques to ironing out misguided rumors following the Tennessee Wilderness Act (TWA). “Matter of fact, you got a second?” I replied. The old man kept his feet propped up by the campfire while he motioned me in. “Turns out, I’m fifth generation Monroe County.” He perked up, so I began to share with him the history of my family and our ties to the land we were standing on. Within a few groups in Monroe County, the new Upper Bald River Wilderness designation was undesirable, an opinion formed on false information about the proposal. Road closures and hunting changes were a real concern for these men, but to their surprise, there weren’t going to be any changes. Hunting is still allowed in all wilderness areas, for example. They’d been misled about those issues, so we reviewed maps and language from the Act itself and finally straightened things out. Fours years ago, I was working as a development manager for an out-of-state start-up when I met Laura Hodge. She was working with the Tennessee Wild campaign to protect the same areas I enjoyed in my youth. The passion Laura exuded for protecting those special, personal places in the Cherokee National Forest made us instant family. The experiences I’ve benefited from in these wild places left me with a debt I’m happy to pay. Eventually, I joined forces with Tennessee Wild as a second job, working on local campaign efforts in Monroe County while educating the public on the Tennessee Wilderness Act and the potential victory it could one day be for our county, state, and nation with its passage. The old man piped up, “So that makes you Norman’s grandson?” I’m one of those young people that now makes a living as a homegrown Wilderness Ranger & Outreach Specialist for SAWS in the Cherokee National Forest. It’s humbling to walk the same trails and carry the same tools that my great-grandfather did over a hundred years ago. My job allows me to connect with the locals and with those who’ve traveled here from near and far to experience these rich and wild places. “Yeap, that’s me.” If you never get the chance to see your home county’s wildest places receive Wilderness protection, I hope you can live through my joy. Though we celebrate the victory of the Tennessee Wilderness Act, our work doesn’t end. Through the continued efforts of organizations like SAWS, the U.S. Forest Service and many others, our work goes on knowing the payout is far greater than any put in. I’m just glad you don’t have to be a fifth-generation local to reap its benefits because thankfully, it’s yours as it is mine. He jumped out of his chair, “Hell boy, get in here. Grab him a biscuit and here’s the gravy.” Today, with the passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act that many fought so hard for, places like the Upper Bald River Wilderness will endure for future generations. There are transformative experiences waiting to be had. From mountaintop to stream, it guarantees a place we all can enjoy, but its permanence isn’t only for us. It’s now an enduring refuge where natural processes dominate and sensitive ecosystems and wildlife thrive. Downstream from the new Upper Bald River Wilderness sits the majestic Bald River Falls. Nearly the entire length of this river is now protected in perpetuity, allowing future generations to share in the same natural wonder that my great-grandfather must have experienced even as he worked to clear the surrounding hillsides of their trees. For these things, I am grateful. Growing up in these hills has its benefits, not just credibility with the locals. I spent my summers at our family cabin fishing Citico Creek until the sun went down. In high school, after our football games, we’d drive up the Cherohala Skyway to camp or backpack. Later, I began paddling the beloved Tellico River. After traveling and moving away for college, I came back, planting my own roots and working to protect the Wilderness where I grew up. He would later work for the Civilian Conservation Corps rehabilitating the land. They planted trees, built campsites, trails, and fire towers in the mid 1930’s. The first C.C.C. camp in Tennessee was later restored and is now the Tellico Ranger Station-the same place I work out of today. My great grandfather and his brother worked for Babcock Lumber Company in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, after its establishment in 1906. Eventually, his two sons, my great uncles, would also become lumberjacks. Their work was spread throughout the Tellico Plains area, but more specifically, it was focused in the Bald River and later in the Citico Creek watershed in the 1920’s—right where they were camping. In 1925, Babcock sold 44,000 acres to the United States Forest Service, forming a portion of the Cherokee National Forest. My great grandfather’s focus then began to shift. Through my association with Tennessee Wild, I met Laura’s husband, Bill Hodge. Bill started Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), a non-profit conservation organization that worked to engage young people in the protection and stewardship of Wilderness areas in the Southern Appalachians. In the early days of the Tennessee Wild campaign, a group of volunteers that maintained the Appalachian Trail in northeast Tennessee urged their congressman, Dr. Phil Roe, to oppose the designation. They argued that if these areas were to become Wilderness, the trail couldn’t be maintained by their organization, especially with the lack of involvement from younger generations at the time. This became the birthplace and launchpad for SAWS. Since 2010, SAWS has generated over 150,000 hours of service to Wilderness stewardship and employed and engaged over 150 young individuals. If you’d like to join efforts and get involved, visit wildernessstewards.org, follow along on instgram @wildernessstewards, or find us on Facebook.last_img read more

Philippine volcano erupts twice in 24 hours

first_img Tweet Share CNN News Share 70 Views   no discussions Share News Philippine volcano erupts twice in 24 hours by: – February 21, 2011 Sharing is caring! A farmer prepares his farm for planting rice in San Juan village in Sorsogon province under the restive Mount Bulusan volcano seen in the background, 21 June 2006.(CNN) — Philippine seismologists issued an alert on Mount Bulusan Sunday after the Luzon Island volcano erupted twice during a 24-hour period, according to a bulletin released by the nation’s volcano-monitoring agency.However, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) said the eruptions posed little threat to the villages surrounding the Luzon Island volcano. Most of the villages lie outside the 4-kilometer (2 1/2-mile) danger zone, the bulletin stated.Philippine volcanologists, according to the agency, aren’t expecting Mount Bulusan to erupt again soon. The volcano is located about 249 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of Manila.The area immediately surrounding the Bulusan Volcano is mostly rural. There are several villages, but most are outside the danger zone, according to PHILVOCS. The most recent eruption, which took place before dawn local time on Sunday lasted about 20 minutes, according to the agency.In declaring an “Alert Level 1,” the agency warned nearby residents not to enter the 4-kilometer “permanent danger zone” because of possible steam and ash explosions. Area residents were also warned of the possibility of flooding if heavy rains push sediment-filled streams out of their banks.last_img read more

Tehran clinic hit by deadly explosion

first_imgThe incident comes several days after a big explosion near a military facility rocked Tehran. Most of the victims of Tuesday’s blast were women, according to authorities. Several people were injured at the Sina Athar clinic, and there are fears the death toll will rise further. AT LEAST 19 people have been killed in an explosion at a clinic in Iran’s capital Tehran, officials said. Television pictures showed plumes of smoke billowing in the sky. Firefighters extinguished the fire several hours later. Tehran’s clinic explosion on Tuesday left at least 19 people dead. AFP/GETTY IMAGEScenter_img Some of the victims “were in upper floors, in operation rooms – who were either patients being operated on or those with them,” Tehran fire department spokesman Jalal Maleki said, according to Iran’s Isna news agency. “They unfortunately lost their lives due to the heat and thick smoke,” he said. Iran’s state media quoted senior officials as saying the blast was caused by a gas leak. The cause of that incident was also said by the authorities to have been a gas leak. (BBC)last_img read more

Lille president Lopez confirms Gabriel is leaving

first_img “I think he will make it this week, or next week at the latest. He is leaving, we’ve given the OK for that. “There’s a lot of competition. He’s a young player so he’s got to make sure he makes the right decision. read also:Lopez: ‘Gabriel decides this week’ “We help him out a little bit so we tell him: ‘We think this might be the right manager or club for you.’ “He’s got so much talent, he will succeed wherever he goes.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Lille owner, Gerard Lopez, has confirmed defender Gabriel Magalhaes is leaving this summer. Arsenal, Manchester United and Napoli have all been linked with the Brazilian. Lopez told the BBC World Service: “Gabriel is young, extremely powerful, currently right now probably one of the two most dominant central defenders in the French league. “The way we work is very simple. We explain to him and his environment, his agent, what we are looking for, and once we get those offers the choice is his, like we did with Nico [Pepe] and Victor [Oshimen]. “We are there now, so we told him: ‘Eventually you have to make a decision but we’re not pressing you.’Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Toplast_img read more

Indee holds season championship events

first_imgSiems raced to the front and Olson raced too high in turn four and dropped his right rear off the track which caused him to drop way back in the field. Olson charged back through the pack to earn a top five, crossing under the checkers one position behind Siems. With the finish, Olson and Siems tied in points earned but Olson held the tie breaker in feature wins earning him the track championship.  The IMCA Sunoco Late Models decided their season championships a week ago but ran a draw/redraw show on Saturday. Sean Johnson ended the season on a high note by scoring his third consecutive feature win.  Wroten then charged back to the front as a young lady on a mission. When the checkers flew it was Holtz taking the win with Schmitt in second, Kevin Rose was in third and Wroten raced all the way back to fourth. The finish ended the season point standings in a tie with Schmitt and Wroten and the tie breaker was feature wins with Wroten holding the advantage.  By Jerry Mackey  The same scenario played out in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. Tony Olson came into the night with a one point advantage in the season standings ahead of Kip Siems. Troy Bauer took the lead early and raced out front the entire main event as the battle for the track champion­ship unfolded behind him. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars came into the night with Leah Wroten holding a two-point ad­vantage over Tom Schmitt. Wroten needed to finish no more than two positions behind Schmitt to earn the season championship. With Phil Holtz racing out front and both Schmitt and Wroten headed to the front, Wroten was involved in a skirmish that sent her to the back of the 20-car field. INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (Aug. 8) – Saturday saw the 2020 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Rac­ing season come to an end with the running of season championship races at Independence Mo­tor Speedway and several division titles were decided in dramatic fashion.center_img Wroten stated in victory lane, “Winning a track championship was not even on our radar this year, as a rookie in the IMCA Stock Car class all I wanted to do was get seat time and finish races.”  Hibdon took the lead early and appeared to have the race in the bag until his mentor chased him down and made a late-race charge to the win. Aikey scored his first Indee IMCA Modified track title as well as winning the season championship main event.  The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks saw a first-time winner make his way to victory lane. Marcus Wayne scored his first win at his hometown track. Kaden Reynolds had built a comfortable lead in sea­son points and with a fifth place finish the 18 year old from Cedar Rapids earned the track crown.  Jeff Aikey put an exclamation point on a great season in the IMCA Modifieds Saturday night. Ai­key started the 20-lap season championship in the sixth row, with his teammate Kollin Hibdon in the second row. All 2020 IMCA point standings become official on Oct. 26.last_img read more

Rush/Shelby Energy offers scholarship program

first_imgBrookville, In. — Rush/Shelby Energy will award two $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors.Scholarship applications are due April 12, 2019 and an essay, “Concern for Community, one of our 7 Cooperative Principles.” There’s more information online here.last_img

We’re investigating ownership of Osun United — Commissioner

first_imgYemi Lawal, the Osun State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, on Sunday in Osogbo said the state government was investigating the ownership of the supposedly state-owned football club, Osun United.Lawal made the disclosure during a question and answer session with sports enthusiasts and journalists. He also said the whole sports set up in the state would equally undergo restructuring for effective management by the state government.He said: “The ownership of Osun United has come into contention because available records show that it was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission by four individuals and not the state government.”Lawal said the record of registration of the club showed that the four individuals registered the club in the tune of N5 million shares.He said: “Two of them are having N1.5 million shares each, while the other two shareholders have N1 million each.”He said one Baderinwa, Lawal Abiola and one Gboyega were names he could remember as registered owners of the club. “The claim that the administration of a former governor of Osun, Bisi Akande, sold the club is also being investigated to know if it was truly sold at any time and to whom or those it was sold,” the Commissioner said.Lawal said a clarification would also be provided as to whether the defunct Prime FC of Osogbo was the same club which metamorphosed into the current Osun United FC.The Commissioner however said there would be clarification on whether the present Osun United was different from the one registered and owned by the four identified individuals.He disclosed that a sports restructuring committee had been set up by the state government.Lawal said the investigation’s outcome and reports as well as the committee’s findings would be out in the next six weeks to eight weeks to enable the state government take its decision. He added: “There is so much wrong with Osun sports and I believe we, as a government, have the responsibility to take the bull by the horns and look at the issues and get them resolved.“What is important is to show the right leadership and tackle all issues and ensure things are done the right way.“We don’t have processes and we have to deviate from the era where we do things based on sentiments.“Everything must be done on merit.”RelatedPosts Buratai defends Buhari in Osun + photos SWAN condemns suspension of Osun United, Osun Babes players’ salaries We’ll ensure smooth take-off of Federal College of Education in Osun – Oyetola The commissioner further explained why the salaries of players and officials of Osun United and Osun Babes were suspended.Lawal said: “It was based on the petition written to the governor to investigate the hiring of 31 contract coaches.“The matter had been on since February, before the decision to stop their salaries was taken by the state governor (Gbeyega Oyetola).”Lawal added that the sports restructuring committee was set up to holistically look at the issues and anomalies in the system, adding: “So, it will recommend the next line of action to take concerning the salary suspension.”Lawal, however, promised that as soon as the investigation was completed, those found to be behind the anomalies in the sports system would be brought to book.The commissioner also assured that those found to be innocent would be reinstated into the state’s sports system.Tags: Bisi AkandeGboyega OyetolaOsun BabesPrime FCYemi Lawallast_img read more

Evra: Critics want us to fail

first_img The France full-back added: “In the seven years I have been here, it has always been the same. When you lose one game it is like the end of the world. If you don’t accept this pressure, you can’t play for Manchester United.” What irritates Evra more is that United’s critics prefer to ignore the positive aspects of their play. For instance, at the start of the season, when they were continually hauling themselves back from losing positions, few looked at the battling qualities shown, preferring instead to concentrate on their leaky defence. More recently, questions have been asked why the Red Devils have been so lacklustre, rather than focus on the 22 points collected from 27 since Gary Neville singled out David de Gea for criticism at Tottenham. Even after their Champions League exit to Real Madrid, the hangover from which still appears to be lingering, United have collected 10 points from five games. “It is right,” said Evra. “In the beginning of the season, Manchester United was not doing well, we always had to come back. “But we did keep winning. People forget we are a marathon team. The league is not a sprint. People just want to see us playing well in a big game against City, or Liverpool. “This is not the way to win a league. Of course you want to win against the big teams. But it is about how many games you win. I thought why are people talking. We are 12 or 15 points clear but they keep saying Manchester United this or that. If that is what they want to do, OK. But in the end, if we get to lift the trophy we will see who is right.” Patrice Evra accepts Manchester United will never get true recognition for their achievements because so many critics want them to fail. United are closing in on a record 20th league title which they can secure on Monday following Manchester City’s 3-1 defeat at Tottenham. Victory against Aston Villa at Old Trafford will also set them up for a four match run-in where maximum points would allow them to overhaul Chelsea’s record Premier League total of 95 points. Yet it seems destined to be a championship collected with caveats. For few think this is one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s best teams, let alone the finest since the league was changed in 1992. It is not something particularly understood within the Red Devils camp – but then Evra is not that bothered about it, saying: “People want to see Manchester United fall down.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Woman found dead in PSL pool

first_imgPolice are investigating the death of an 85-year-old woman whose body was found in a Port St. Lucie pool.Jane Railey was found dead in a pool at the Violet Gardens assisted living facility, according to police.As of now, police are investigating the death as a drowning.This story is developing.last_img