Top 4 Off-the-Beaten-Path Memorial Day Destinations

first_imgPhoto by Travis HallMemorial Day Weekend is one of the most popular weekends of the year for outdoor activity. While this is good news for outdoor industry folks and lovers of the outdoors in general, it can make for crowded trails and packed out campgrounds. Use this list from our Editor in Chief Will Harlan to ditch the crowds and find some solitude this weekend.Middle Prong Wilderness, North Carolina“This gem of a wilderness area is right next to the Shining Rock Wilderness. While Shining Rock seems to get all the love and attention, the mountains, creeks, and trails of Middle Prong are just as powerful with far fewer crowds.”Santeetlah Lake Trail, North Carolina“This brand new trail system is similar to Tsali: purpose-built trails that roll along the shores of a lake. But unlike Tsali, which is so crowded that it requires user fees and alternating bike/equestrian days, nobody uses Santeetlah. You’ll have the trail all to yourself.”Cherohala Skyway, Tenn.“Forget the Parkway. The Cherohala Skyway is just as breathtaking but without the traffic. Hike to balds and waterfalls from scenic overlooks.”Upper Bald River Gorge, Tenn.“It’s probably the wildest and remotest section of southern Appalachia, and it’s been proposed for wilderness designation. The waterfall here is massive and jaw dropping, but few people venture this deep into east Tennessee to experience it.”last_img read more

IMCA drivers in four divisions, Deery Series earn product awards from Hyperco in 2016

first_imgPONTOTOC, Miss. – Hyperco gives product awards to drivers in four divisions and the Deery Brothers Summer Series, in its 19th season as a marketing partner with IMCA.Located in Pontotoc, Miss., the high performance suspension components manufacturer has designated 2016 awards to be based on regional Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car standings, and on national standings for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.“Hyperco looks forward to another great season with IMCA and its racers … the high level of competition is well suited to Hyperco’s product lines and racers looking for the highest levels of performance,” said Kelly Falls, vice president of motorsport – performance aftermarket products. “A great sanctioning body and a great group of racers … the perfect combination for a manufacturer like us!”The top three eligible drivers in each of the five Modified regions, in both Stock Car regions and in national standings for Northern SportMods and Southern SportMods competing with at least one Hyperco spring receive two Hyperco SNS Conventional springs.The highest finishing driver in each Modified region who competes with leaf springs earns a pair of Hyperco Conven­tional leaf springs.Hyperco also gives two Conventional SNS springs to the top eligible driver in IMCA Late Model tour stand­ings. Second and third-place eligible drivers each receive one Conventional SNS spring.Drivers in all five divisions are required to display two Hyperco decals on their race car and compete with at least one Hyperco spring. Modified, Stock Car and SportMod drivers must also fill out and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1.“We don’t have a lot of competitors on leaf springs anymore but make sure if you are one of the select few you let me know,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Hyperco makes the best leafs in the business and hasn’t forgotten about the evolution of the spring industry.”Information about Hyperco products is available at the website, on Facebook or by call­ing 800 365-2645 or 662 488-4567.last_img read more

Why Residents Love Fair Haven

first_imgBy Anastasia MillickerAs Fair Haven celebrates its centennial year, The Two River Times™ asked residents and business owners what they liked best about their hometown. From food to family, they echoed the town’s proximity to the beach and the sense of community.“I have lived here for 62 years. Everything is in walking distance. My doctors are right here, my dentist, everything is right here. For the 62 years I’ve lived here, I’ve been happy.”Lucile Herr, 88, Grange Avenue resident“I have grown up here and it’s a beautiful place to live. It’s in a great location where everything is close and it’s great being near the beach and parks. It’s also a safe neighborhood.”C.J. Singer, 25, River Road resident and Bike Haven employee“[I like] my friends here. [I go to school here]. I have good teachers.”Charlie Theodore, 7, Park Avenue resident“It’s definitely the community. This is our first year here. We moved here from California. People really seem to care about each other.”Claire Theodore, 39, Park Avenue resident“I have lived here for over 50 years. I like that I get to walk everywhere with my neighbor. I raised my kids here. The school system was good, very good. I can’t complain. It’s a school system. Did we have one or two bad teachers? Yes, but everybody does… What I like least about Fair Haven is that you have to pass through Red Bank to get anywhere like the parkway and such.”Debby Green, 72, Grange Avenue resident“It’s a family town. I like that you know everybody and they know everyone. You could go down the street and be stopped with a friendly greeting. Fair Haven is a great community.”Gianna Maita, 19, Buttonwood Drive resident, Rumson-Fair Haven graduate, and a J. Rooster’s waitress“Everything I need is right here. It’s a really nice neighborhood. It definitely has a community feeling. I moved here 40 years ago when I started working for Bell Labs in Holmdel. Now I’m retired and building and restoring boats in Fair Haven.”Dick Muise, 68, Lake Avenue resident, Two River Boat Works owner“People here are particularly nice. The restaurants and the services here are so nice… I lived here for 65 years… Not a lot has changed. New families move in and raise their kids here then move out and new families move in. This town appeals to a lot of new families and it’s a great place to raise a family.”Marie Knapp, 85, Woodland Avenue resident“It’s so aesthetically pleasing to look at, everywhere you look and the people here are so kind. One day I was out here [the Acme on River Road] and it was a particularly windy day and there was a grocery cart headed toward someone’s car. This guy, whose car it didn’t belong to, ran across the parking lot after the cart… That guy made the extra effort and people here do take the extra effort. People really do care.”Joan Hall, 68, Clay Street resident“Fair Haven has a good feeling to it and has good people plus the beach is right around the corner. I grew up here. I learned to cook here and started my culinary career 30 years ago here. I used to work in Corner Room in Fair Haven and learned to cook there. Then I worked in Fairwinds Deli in Fair Haven… I got my start here. Fair Haven is a great place full of old friends and good foods.”Dave Kearns, 41, co-owner of J. Rooster’s in Fair Haven and a former Fair Haven residentlast_img read more

LVR rocks Cats to claim Bomber Classic Hoop Tournament

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsL.V. Rogers Bombers continue to beat up on Kootenay competition.LVR came close to hitting the triple figures as the home squad dumped district rival Mount Sentinel Wildcats 90-55 in the final game of the Bomber Classic High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday at the Hangar.The victory gave the Bombers a 3-0 record and the overall title in the four-team tourney.LVR went on a 14-6 run to end the first period and never looked back building a 29-16 lead at the break. The Bombers increased the margin at recess, leading 50-20.Seniors Jason D’Andrea and Clay Rickaby led the Bomber charge with 24 and 21 points, respectively. Garrett Perry added 12 while John Zak and Adam Grace each scored six points.Replying for the Wildcats were Kyle Dodds with a game-high 26 points while Steven Hernandez had 10.Mount Sentinel played the game minus starter Zack Grigg who was in Penticton at the B.C. Volleyball U17 Provincial Team tryouts.LVR opened the tournament playing in front of the student body by slamming Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 66-52. It was the third victory of the season by LVR over the Storm.LVR led from wire to wire, 19-11 after one quarter, 39-16 at the half and 51-31 at three quarters.Zak, named LVR’s game star, led the Bombers with 21 points. D’Andrea had 12 while Rickaby’s checked in with 11 points.LVR then blasted Kalamalka Lakers of Vernon 73-56 Saturday afternoon.Rickaby, named the team game star, led the squad with 20 points. D’Andrea had 16, including four three pointers. Zak added 15 points, which two conversions from downtown.LVR held period leads of 36-19, 53-49 and 65-53.The Bombers return to the court Tuesday in Trail when LVR meets the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball League [email protected]last_img read more

Bikers for Mandela Day show the way

first_img12 July 2011The playground was brighter and the smiles of the children wider when the Bikers For Mandela Day finally pulled away from the Harrismith orphanage on Monday, the first of seven community projects that will benefit from this year’s expedition.The Harrismith orphanage was abuzz with activity when the riders and support team arrived around midday after setting off from Montecasino, Johannesburg in the early hours of the morning.At the press conference before the riders left, 5fm’s DJ Fresh spoke about his commitment to the seven-day, 13 hour and 37 minutes it will take Bikers For Mandela Day to travel the 2 200 kilometres planned for this year’s route.“The 67 minutes that we are all asked to give on Nelson Mandela Day is just a starting point – the bare minimum. I personally would like the 67 minutes to be the inspiration for a deeper, longer involvement in changing the world for better,” DJ Fresh said.Included in the group of riders are businesspeople, professional bike riders, and celebrities – among DJ Fresh, Angie Khumalo from 5fm and Metro FM, singer Bok Van Blerk, Survivor SA Maldives winner and Binnelanders actor Hykie Berg, actress Hanna Grobler, and actors Ivan Zimmerman (Egoli) Darren Kelfkens (7de laan and Isidingo) and Jack Devnarain (Isidingo).Acting to inspireBikers For Mandela Day will donate 67 minutes of time at seven rural community projects over a week, acting as an inspiration for individuals around the world to donate 67 minutes of their time to give back in service to communities on Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July.En route from Gauteng to the Free State, the highly visible group of riders was welcomed with open arms – at toll gates, at service stations and all along the N3.At the Harrismith orphanage, a bright mural was painted and the playground livened up. It was when the children were given simple gifts from the sponsors (which include Vodacom and Spar as well as many others) that the real impact of Bikers For Mandela Day was felt – with many riders remarking how things they take for granted everyday brought such pleasure to the children.The tour continuesOn 12 July, the group will clean the monument and create a garden, including the planting of the “Mandela Gold” Strelitzia at the site in Howick near Pietermaritzburg where Nelson Mandela was captured in 1962.The next day (13 July) Bikers For Mandela Day heads for Eshowe, were they will install shelves in the food storeroom and assist with food preparation and the upgrade of the vegetable garden at a school and drop in-orphanage.Next (14 July) is Jozini, where Bikers For Mandela Day will work with several different community organisations in a soup kitchen as well as repair and improve the house of a child-headed household.Wreath-laying at Samora Machel memorialIn addition to the work at the Howick capture site, one of the more poignant moments on the Bikers For Mandela Day 2011 trip will be when the group lays a symbolic wreath at Samora Machel’s Memorial site in Mbuzini on 15 July after their journey through Swaziland to Mbombela (Nelspruit).Then, on 16 July, Bikers For Mandela Day will work with the Nelspruit community Forum to restore a care-centre house for orphans, provide school uniforms and clothing for a House for homeless children, and upgrade a playground at a disability centre in Hazyview.On the 17th, the bikers will visit an orphanage in Graskop, where the group will create a vegetable garden from scratch.The final, 18 July stop on the Bikers for Mandela Day will be a children’s home in Belfast, where a much needed upgrade of the bedrooms and bathrooms for the children will be undertaken prior to the final stretch to Pretoria.“The activities which will be undertaken by the bikers, provide a good sample of what people can possibly do in their own communities in order to better the lives of others,” said Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.“We hope people along the route and those following the ride will take inspiration from this example and live the Mandela Day ethos before and beyond the 18th and thereby help Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”SAinfo reporter and Nelson Mandela Daylast_img read more

Letran Knights pull through for injured Ambohot

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran personified what the next man up creed is all about on Tuesday.After one of its key players in Jeo Ambohot went down with an injury against San Sebastian, the Knights did not see it as a setback.ADVERTISEMENT It was a moment for them to come together and rally behind their fallen knight.READ: Letran withstands San Sebastian in OTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was sad to see Jeo go down. When he went out I just thought I needed to double my effort because he’s a big part of our team,” said star guard Rey Nambatac.Nambatac delivered 23 points and 14 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double, to lead Letran over San Sebastian in overtime for its fourth consecutive win. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Nambatac also got plenty of help with JP Calvo and Jerrick Balanza stepping up.Calvo wound up with 12 points, including a pair of go-ahead freebies in extra time, eight assists and a crucial steal as he and Balanza came up big in the endgame.Balanza blocked a last-second shot by Stags forward Michael Calisaan at the end of regulation before sinking the game-sealing free throws with 26.9 seconds left in OT.“I just really wanted to win for Jeo,” Calvo said in Filipino.Ambohot was having quite a game with 11 points and eight rebounds before he sustained a right wrist injury following a nasty spill at the 5:48 mark of the third period.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH booters score first win, deny Cambodians ‘bonus’ He had to be taken to the hospital right away to have his wrist, which was believed to be dislocated.“Hoping for the best for Jeo. Rest assured that kid will not give up and whatever the result, he will be with us,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa of Ambohot. LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READcenter_img NCAA Season 93 Preview: Letran Knights PLAY LIST 02:11NCAA Season 93 Preview: Letran Knights00:50Trending Articles00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

DRF and CSJP III Partnering on Community Mediation Project

first_imgStory Highlights The Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) and Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III are partnering to implement a community mediation project that will provide free sessions to persons in conflict. He was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the Agency’s Head Office in Kingston on Friday (May 4). This was disclosed by the DRF’s Content Delivery Leader, Paul Hines, who said the Foundation is aiming to host at least one session per month in each of the 50 communities served by CSJP III. The Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) and Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III are partnering to implement a community mediation project that will provide free sessions to persons in conflict.This was disclosed by the DRF’s Content Delivery Leader, Paul Hines, who said the Foundation is aiming to host at least one session per month in each of the 50 communities served by CSJP III.Additionally, he said the DRF is in discussion with churches and other institutions to identify suitable venues for these fora.He was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the Agency’s Head Office in Kingston on Friday (May 4).Mr. Hines said the project’s first phase commenced in January and included stakeholder sensitisation sessions with officers of the courts, the police, representatives of the churches and politicians, among other key interests.Other phases of the project will include the training of additional resource persons and a media campaign launch.In addition to providing funding for the project, the CSJP III also has a dual-referral relationship with the DRF.This facilitates persons being referred from CSJP programmes for mediation, as well as DRF referrals for individuals in need of support, particularly from CSJP’s Psychological Services Unit.Mr. Hines noted that stakeholder feedback has, so far, been positive, with persons welcoming the partnership to resolve conflicts, thereby reducing the case load before the courts and matters for police investigation.“People disagree about things all the time; what we tend to see, however, is an escalation of those conflicts. But we have been offering mediation and sensitising persons about finding a way to engage when there is a conflict. That engagement helps them to find a way to talk it out, through the opportunity to work with a trained certified mediator,” he said.Mr. Hines further pointed out that “when we invite persons to mediation, we want them to be in a space that they regard as safe (and which) we can (assure will) guarantee them confidentiality.”“It’s amazing what can happen when people engage in mediation and what the results can be. It promotes respect, (and) it builds and repairs relationships,” he added.Associate Clinical Psychologist with CSJP III, Chaday Nelson indicated that “we are (partnering on) this project because we see how it fits in with our overall vision and mandate to, not only build (the) capacity of communities to deal with conflicts, but to present other opportunities for community members to resolve issues.”last_img read more

Queens Park camp set up in support of Regina group

first_imgBeverly AndrewsAPTN NewsA new site in support of Regina’s Justice for Our Stolen Children has opened at Ontario’s legislature in Toronto.While supporting the efforts of everyone in Regina, people at Queen’s Park also want to raise awareness about Indigenous peoples across the province of [email protected]@aptnbeverlylast_img

Foreign buyers perceived to influence real estate prices despite StatCan data

first_imgTORONTO – Foreign buyers might make up a small sliver of Canada’s biggest real estate markets, but homebuyers in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal still believe they are heavily influencing housing activity.A study from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released Wednesday found that 68 per cent of Vancouver respondents, 48 per cent of Toronto respondents and 42 per cent of Montreal respondents believe foreign buyers are having “a lot of influence” on their markets and are driving up home prices.The insights shared by 2,159 respondents in the three cities between September and mid-October is in stark contrast with recent data from Statistics Canada showing foreign buyers only own 4.8 per cent of Vancouver properties and 3.4 per cent of homes in Toronto.“What is striking is the significant gap between perceptions of the public and available data, so much so that the perception of non-resident ownership takes centre stage when discussing the drivers of price growth,” said CMHC’s report.The Crown corporation said it couldn’t quantify how big an impact perceptions around foreign buyers were having on the markets, but it found that in Vancouver the influence of foreign investors is perceived to be stronger than supply constraints and demand.However, in Toronto, it said that influence is in line with market forces.Beyond foreign buyers, CMHC also looked at other factors affecting homebuyers’ motivations, including bidding wars.It found that 55 per cent of Toronto and Vancouver respondents said they had experienced a bidding war, compared with 17 per cent in Montreal.CMHC said the bidding wars most frequently cropped up around apartment condominiums, where prices are lower than the median purchase price for all properties.The study also revealed that 48 per cent of buyers in Vancouver and Toronto spent more than they budgeted on their home, but only 24 per cent of Montreal buyers exceeded their planned total.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misstated the number of survey respondents.last_img read more