How Music Helped Save a Mountain

first_imgSome say that fiddles saved this mountain. As I set out on the Betty Place Trail at Bluff Mountain, just outside of Hot Springs, I found it befitting to see signs of spring unfolding as soft green ferns came poking out of last year’s rotten leaves in the shapes of fiddle heads.I continued up the trail which wound through the lush cove forests at the foot of Bluff Mountain.  As I listened to the stream, energized by recent rains, and watched its clear, cool water duck in and out of moss-covered rocks, cascading down the slope, I recalled the words of a song that has come to be associated with this old mountain—Once I had you and the wildwood, now it’s just dusty roads, and I can’t help but blamin’ your goin’, on the coming, the coming of the roads.“The Coming of the Roads,” has been sung every spring since the inaugural Bluff Mountain Festival in 1995 by one of its founders, Dr. Betty Smith.  Betty and her husband Bill were among the first to know about the threat to their beloved mountain when they discovered a road being put up on the backside of Bluff.  The U.S. Forest Service had the woods through which I walked slated for a large-scale logging operations that would cover over 300 acres.Bluff Mountain-2Anglers, hikers, hunters, ecologists, artists, musicians, and local businesses have relied on the diverse resources associated with Bluff for generations.  In 1995, these groups all recognized that a clear-cut would have profound impact on the community and a destabilizing effect on the delicate balance of flora and fauna. A grassroots movement began to take shape.Citizen concerns included habitat destruction for wildlife; disruption to the pristine streams; and scarring of the breathtaking views that draw thousands of tourists to the area; all for an operation that would cost more than the income from the sale itself!  Impassioned community members formed the Bluff Mountain Defense Coalition and from there launched a more formal Don’t Cut Bluff campaign.Though individuals involved recognized that their relationship with the forest and the mountain varied widely, they found that their love of the mountain and for traditional music afforded them a common intersection from which they could stand together against the Forest Service—the intersection of mountains and music.  And so when the traditional methods of resistance that included letter writing campaigns, fundraising, street protests, and filing appeal after appeal, couldn’t budge the decision, they held a music festival.As I crossed over a shallow part of the creek, catching a glimpse of a dark colored salamander as it darted under a soggy, fallen log, I considered what would have been lost had the Forest Service’s plan found footing on the steep, wildflower covered banks of this mountain.  The proposed roads in the project would require 26 stream crossings and infringe on protected lands surrounding the world famous Appalachian Trail.Headwater streams high on this mountain were so pure that when I hiked here last fall with Mary and Rob Kelly, partners in the efforts to save Bluff, Mary knelt down and drank straight from the clear water.  As she rose, she recalled this history, but also voiced concerns for a more recent development impacting Bluff.  The Forest Service had reemerged after 20 years to work on a revised forest management plan that at first draft has designated Bluff, yet again, for logging.I continued on, stepping over roots and rocks, careful to avoid the delicate spring ephemerals that bloomed early to bask in sunlight dappled by leafless giant oaks.  The roads that had threatened years ago, knocked again at the door to this forest.  I crouched to inspect a jack-in-the-pulpit more closely.  These special flowers are one of my favorites, green with dark purple stripes, and a single hooded leaf that tops the vase shaped plant.  It just beckons you to lift it open and peer inside—similar to the draw I feel towards Bluff Mountain as I relish the early spring sun like the little white bloodroot flowers.What strikes me about Bluff Mountain’s history is how the community relied on the musical tradition to propel its movement forward.  Music is as rich here in Madison County as the forest floor was this early spring morning as I came to a turn in the trail.This has been the case for generations.  Rodney Sutton, a cofounder of the festival and a strong advocate for saving Bluff Mountain, recently shared with me, “There was an active old-time and bluegrass community in Madison County with folks like Gordon and Arvil Freeman playing regularly.  Bluff Mountain gave a boost to new bands being formed and a sense of excitement to showcase the music, dance, and ballad singing from here in Madison County.  Folks were willing and eager to take part in sharing their love of their musical heritage to save Bluff Mountain.”When a community recognizes the value of its heritage, as the Hot Springs community did with traditional music in order to protect Bluff, I think it reinforces the importance of that tradition.  The deep musical identity, represented by ballad singers, fiddlers, and dancers was central to this effort, and as Rodney said was energized by the call to action.  Mary Kelly spoke at last year’s 20th anniversary celebration of the festival saying, “The first festival was a protest.  By the time the third one came around in 1997, it was a celebration,” for the community had successfully warded off the threat.    It has continued to be a celebration for the community, never forgetting why it was started, but expanding to support the arts in Madison County.At this point in my hike, if I continued straight the trail would grow steep, climbing up the newer Bluff Mountain Loop trail.  If I turned left, I could continue meandering along the creek, seeking out painted trillium and lady slippers, taking time to explore.  The citizens committed to saving Bluff had no real choice in their path—it was going to be steep.Bluff Mountain’s story is not unfamiliar to the Appalachian region. There is a long history of exploitation in mountain communities as extractive industries have sought to profit from coal, lumber, natural gas, or other minerals.  There is also a long history of intergenerational communities standing together against these threats.  Engaging the elders in a community is important because young people see their commitment to a place or a tradition and how they are defined by it, and are themselves inspired to take action.I turned left to follow the trail back down the creek to my car, choosing a more leisurely path for today.  Passing again the young fiddle head ferns at the foot of the giant hardwood forest, I imagined the trees to be the Betty and Bill Smiths, the Rob and Mary Kellys, the Rodney Suttons and other individuals who had stood here 20 years ago as protectors of this forest.  The young ferns that sprung up in their shade seemed to represent young fiddlers like Rhiannon Ramsey who performed old tunes learned from Arvil Freeman while young dancers like Kelsey Sutton, who had been selling raffle tickets at Bluff since she could walk, clogged to the Junior Appalachian Musicians string band.  And I was encouraged.  Should the need arrive, the music would be here.A favorite quote sprung to mind as I eased my car out of the parking lot at the trailhead, “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum, 1968)  Last fall, Mary and Rob taught me the history of this place, but today, discovering it quietly on my own, I understood why people fought so fervently for this forest.  I knew I’d be back here soon to watch spring give way to summer.The 2016 Bluff Mountain Festival will be held on June 11th in Hot Springs under the shade of giant magnolia trees starting at 10:00 a.m.  As always it will celebrate the fiddle, ballad, and dance traditions along with local artists and delicious food.  With the forest management plan scheduled to be unveiled this year, it is as important as ever for a wide show of support! Join the Madison County Arts Council for the 21st annual festival. Details are available at  If you’re not in town for the festival, you can always take to the trail—directions to the trailhead are available here. Related Articles:last_img read more

Syracuse football begins phase 2 of summer workout plan

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 4, 2020 at 10:05 am Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillman Commentscenter_img The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse has passed the necessary requirements to enter phase two of its operational plan for summer workouts.The Orange entered the second phase on Thursday and another 20 players joined the roughly 65 who arrived in Syracuse when phase one began June 9. The sizes of pods, in which a certain amount of players are allowed to interact with only one another, has increased from around 10 to 20 players. Every player will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and quarantined until the results are returned. If a player tests positive, they will not be allowed near the team until they test negative. SU tested the initial batch of players and coaches in early June but did not make any of these results public.Pods, designed to limit the spread of the virus if there is an outbreak, will continue to expand until the Orange can workout as a whole team. Players are expected to remain in their respective pods and maintain at least six feet of distance while in athletics facilities. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The pod is all based on the safety restrictions that we’ve agreed to so the state can allow us to come back and start the training,” head coach Dino Babers said on June 11. “You’ll come to the facility, you’ll shower as a pod, lift weights as a pod, run as a pod, eat as a pod, leave the facility as a pod.”Syracuse enters training camp on Aug. 5, in time for its Week 1 matchup against Boston College on Sept. 4. last_img read more

Ex-Black Stars player Laryea Kingston joins Nordsjaelland as a coach

first_img Source: Ex-Ghana international Laryea Kingston has joined Danish club Nordsjaelland as a coaching staff.Kingston will start with Nordsjaelland’s U19 side but he will also be attached to all of the club’s age groups.The former Heart of Midlothian midfielder, who holds multiple CAF certificates, is expected to hone his coaching skills at the Right to Dream Park.Nordsjaelland owner Tom Venon, who is also the brainchild of Right to Dream Academy, wants to build the capacity of local coaches.The 38-year-old starts his coaching career and hopes to have a fruitful career.last_img read more

Painting Found Hanging In Kitchen Near Paris Worth Millions

first_imgFrench fine art experts say a rare painting found in an elderly woman’s kitchen near Paris is worth millions of dollars.The painting titled, “Christ Mocked,” is apparently the work of 13th-century Renaissance artist Cimabue. The masterpiece has been hanging over a hot plate used daily to cook meals for years.It is scheduled to go to auction next month and experts believe it could get around $6.5 million.last_img

Fuhr Thoughts — The Christmas Edition

first_imgIt’s a new pipeline, but that same old Santa helper.Yours truly, Fuhr Thoughts, is back to share a few presents with Nelson Sports Nation on this festive eve.For the past two decades I’ve been able to send a little cheer to the movers and shakers on the local sporting scene.However, with the closing of the Nelson Daily News . . .  boy it’s tough to say those words without a little tear showing around the eyes, I’ve had to ply my trade online as part of the Lone Sheep paper train, The Nelson Daily.My colleagues, Tim Schafer, ad rep Peter Sheets and I decided there was something missing from reader’s daily routine, hence the creation of this five-day-a-week online gathering of news, sports, arts, community, etc.And if you notice there’s no ink stains on the fingers and recycling is not necessary. Good clean information.But enough of my rambling. Let’s get to the opening some presents.Nelson LeafsEvery time at this season I tend to focus on the Nelson Leafs Hockey Club. While there’s not much of a change off the ice — as a matter of fact new president Russell Stocks has seamlessly taken over the top job — it’s been a different show on the ice.However, before Leaf faithful Carol James new coach and GM Chris Shaw with a Baker’s Dozen coup of their own, let’s cut the guy some slack.I mean who in their right mind would have thought the transition behind the bench from Simon Wheeldon to anyone in hockey short of Tom Renney, would have been smooth?So for Mr. Shaw, a nice multi-game winning streak starting Wednesday in Castlegar, followed by a long run into the post season would be the best present for the former Okanagan Hockey Association coach.Now let’s cut the guy some slack.Selkirk College AD Kim Verigin Kim has been ripping his hair out of late trying to find a way to put varsity sports back on the calendar at Selkirk College. The sudden departure this fall from the B.C. College Athletic Association by the volleyball teams at Selkirk was a huge blow to the Castlegar-based school.For Verigin Santa, maybe a surge in participation at the West Kootenay high school level would best serve Mr. Verigin this Christmas.  Because unless the programs turn around soon at the high school level, finding talent that even wants to make a commitment to play in the collegiate ranks will be like finding a basketball at Mount Sentinel High School.Mitch Popadynetz, Cormac Southam, The Chopin boys, Andrea, Taylor, Brittany. . .  and the list goes on.These rising soccer stars have decided to push the envelope when it comes to the sport of roundball.See a soccer pitch and witness first hand one of these players plying their trade.See an indoor game, watch them dazzle the opposition. So Santa, seeing how this is a season of giving, maybe a few breaks, and scholarships for post-secondary, would be appropriate presents under the tree Christmas morning.Competitive curling in the KootenaysNice try Curl B.C. It used to be the norm that every late November or early December was set aside for the West Kootenay Men’s and Women’s Zone championships. The Cominco Shield for the Men. A long standing tradition that was unceremoniously killed by Curl B.C. in favour of two interior playdowns — one in the north and one in the south.The new format was created to givbe rinks two chances to qualify for the Provincial Championship.However, all the Curl B.C. plan did was to curtail the number of rinks from the Kootenays that normally enter under the old format?Before this season, say, at least 20 rinks started down the Brier trail in October.Now?
 Maybe five to seven rinks that decided to head to the southern interior playdown in Kamloops. And almost no one to Prince George.A local curling guru told me before we know it the competitive curling scene will be as popular as Sarah Palin’s reality television show.Toss a bucket up brains under the tree Santa for these jokers at Curl B.C. Maybe a few of them will fall into the right place.Geoff Kinrade . . . a call up to the NHL to for a shot with the Senators; Isaac and Alex MacLeod . . . continued success on the college hockey circuit; to the L.V. Rogers Bombers Basketball team I coach, maybe a few of the old stars coming out of retirement; and to the Jackson’s Hole Men’s soccer team . . . hoping I don’t come out of [email protected]last_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

Winters scored 16 to pace Junior Bombers past Wolves; Grand Forks rocks in boy’s game

first_imgBryce Winters scored a game high 16 points to spark the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 44-30 West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Basketball victory over the visiting Grand Forks Wolves Monday at the LVR Hangar.The game was one of three contests during a three-game set between the two schools.Grand Forks defeated LVR 64-33 in Junior Boy’s action while the Wolves also took care of Trafalgar in Grade 8 Boy’s play.LVR outscored the Wolves 21-6 during the latter stretch of the game to claim the victory.Camryn Parnell added 12 points for the Bombers while Ohia Wintraub added six points. Tara Makorkoff had 14 points for the Wolves.In the Junior Boy’s contest, Grand Forks jumped to a 17-4 first quarter lead before coasting to the double digit win.Jairo Mangapot led LVR with 12 points while Thomas Baxter added eight.LVR Junior Boys finished third at the Stanley Humphries Rockers Tournament Saturday in Castlegar.The Bombers opened with an overtime win over Boundary Central of Midway before dropping a pair of games to Mount Sentinel Wildcats and host SHSS Rockers.Game stars for the Bombers were Ben Hradil-Kassecker, Mangapot and Max Spielmal.The Junior Bombers travel to Trail Friday to meet the Wolves again in the opener of the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks tournament.last_img read more

Delight as Muff-Buncrana bus service is secured

first_imgFunding has been secured to run a public bus service from Muff to Buncrana on two days a week.Inishowen Sinn Féin Councillor Jack Murray has welcomed confirmation of the new route from Local Link, who will run the service on Tuesdays and Fridays.The matter was progressed in recent months after Cllr Murray hosted a public meeting in the village with Local Link. Commenting on the news, Cllr Murray said; “I am delighted that Local Link has secured funding for a much needed public bus service from Muff to Buncrana.“The service will run three times a day on Tuesdays and Fridays and will run at times which are convenient for those who need to have their bloods done in Buncrana, go shopping in the town and for school kids to come home after extra-curricular activities.“Local Link deserve a huge amount of credit for coming to our public meeting, listening to the views of our community and then acting decisively to have our concerns addressed.“It’s expected that the bus service will commence in June and I would encourage as many people as possible to avail of the service.” Cllr Murray’s party colleague and local election candidate, Terry Crossan, also welcomed the news saying;“I want to commend Cllr Murray for calling the public meeting on this issue and all those people from Muff who attended and put forward a case for this bus service.“This is an issue which I have worked closely with Jack on, and one which I hope will be of huge benefit to our community.“I understand that the service can be further expanded to run more often should there prove to be a demand so I would encourage everyone to use it as much as possible.“I’ve no doubt that this service will be welcomed by the wider community but particular by older people, those who frequent the doctors in Buncrana and secondary school students who stay back after school for sports and extra studies.” Delight as Muff-Buncrana bus service is secured was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buncrana muff bus servicelast_img read more

VVS, Zaheer on career-best rankings after Durban win

first_imgThe match-winning 96-run knock in the Durban Test on Thursday catapulted VVS Laxman to a career-best ninth in the batting chart while paceman Zaheer Khan’s good show also helped him touch his career-best mark of number four in the bowling list of latest ICC rankings.Laxman’s effort in the second innings played a pivotal role in India’s 87-run win, which helped India level the three-match series 1-1, and also pushed him six places up.It is for the first time that Laxman has entered into the top-10 zone.The wristy Hyderabadi is now the third Indian batsman inside the top-10 with Sachin Tendulkar sitting in the second position and Virender Sehwag occupying the fourth spot.Zaheer Khan recorded figures of 3-36 and 3-57 in India’s win at Durban and has been rewarded with a jump of three places which puts him along side James Anderson of England.Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has also improved his ranking by two places and is now in eighth position after match figures of 6-80.Paceman S Sreesanth jumped lifted six places to 27th position after match figures of 4-86. In contrast, South Africa’s top four batsmen failed to retain their places.Jacques Kallis slipped to fifth (down by two places), AB de Villiers to sixth (down by one place), Hashim Amla to 12th (down by three places) and Graeme Smith to 14th (down by three places).For South Africa, the only consolation is that Dale Steyn has strengthened his number-one ranking by opening up 83 points advantage over his closest rival, Graeme Swann of England.advertisementSteyn is now just three ratings points away from reaching the 900-point mark. Steyn took 6-50 and 2-60, for which he earned 21 ratings points giving him a career-best rating of 897.If Steyn manages to earn three more ratings points in Cape Town, he will become only the second South Africa bowler after Shaun Pollock (November 1999) and 20th overall to reach the 900-point mark which, in rankings terms, is the benchmark for top bowlers.Meanwhile England’s Jonathan Trott, whose undefeated 168 helped England to take a 415-run first innings lead which eventually resulted in an innings and 157 runs victory over Australia, has climbed seven places to claim third position.Trott is now just nine ratings points behind Tendulkar.The two can swap places depending on how they perform in the final Tests of the series which start in Sydney and Cape Town, respectively next week.The other England batsmen moving in the right direction are Alastair Cook in 13th position (up by one place) and Kevin Pietersen in 21st spot (up by four places).The news is not very good for Australia whose top-order batsmen have taken a dive in the rankings.Mike Hussey has dropped four places to share 10th position with Sri Lanka’s Thilan Samaraweera, Shane Watson has fallen two places to 15th spot. Michael Clarke has slipped three places to 24th position and Ricky Ponting has dropped to 29th place, one behind England captain Andrew Strauss.last_img read more

West Ham’s late rally fails to save them from defeat by Newcastle United

first_img“When I look back on it, it could and should have been four or five‚” said Steve Bruce of his Newcastle team’s first-half performance. “In the end you think: Is it going to bite you? We tried hard to let them bite us in the last 10 minutes, but that would have been unjust. All day today the front three were excellent in their work. It’s what we’ve been after.” Goal attempts 9 Joelinton 17 Krafth 10 Lanzini Substitutes 31 69 Share on WhatsApp 22 Yedlin (s 89′) 3 Dummett Corners Read more 10 West Ham Off target 3 Newcastle 6 West Ham On target 9 Newcastle Share on LinkedIn 8 Shelvey Fouls 10 7 Topics (s 77′) The rest of the first half was pure anarchy as West Ham pushed higher to try and force a response and Newcastle simply lofted the ball over them whenever they could.Twice Saint-Maximin had the run of the entire West Ham half only to fail to score his first goal in Newcastle colours. The second move was particularly crazy: Roberto parried Saint-Maximin’s shot, who then worked the ball to Almirón just six yards out.He was unable to get his first goal either, however, as his shot was blocked. To cap it off, the ball came out a third time to Shelvey, who hit a curling effort against the crossbar from 25 yards. Shelvey duly got on the scoresheet at the start of the second half, a not entirely overwhelmed Bruce observing Shelvey might have played up because he is a West Ham fan.At three down West Ham woke up, just a little bit. Fabián Balbuena bundled the ball over the line from a corner. With seconds remaining of the 90, Robert Snodgrass scored the best goal of the game, on the volley from the edge of the box. For the five minutes of added time West Ham ran like the clappers. Too late. Share on Messenger 7 Carroll Share on Twitter NEW WHU Share on Pinterest 26 Darlow Lineups Arsenal drop points again after Raúl Jiménez header earns Wolves draw Premier League Joelinton, Miguel Almirón and Allan Saint-Maximin still have only a goal between them, but they put a lackadaisical West Ham to the sword at the London Stadium. The half-time lead stood at two, with headers from the defenders Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernández, before a free-kick from Jonjo Shelvey after the break ended the contest.West Ham’s two late goals never looked like more than consolations and it is five matches without a win for the hosts. Newcastle, now four points clear of the drop zone, stand just one point behind them.Manuel Pellegrini has enough experience of looking unflustered in defeat and he calmly observed he would have to “reflect then decide” on his response to this one. The West Ham manager will get that time, but Pellegrini is under pressure, and not just for the run of form. His team came out in front of their own fans and played at the tempo of a training match. They were booed off at half-time and deserved it.The Newcastle strategy was simple: let West Ham advance to the edge of the attacking third, slow it down, rob the ball, hit it into the space behind and let chaos reign. The pace of the three amigos caused West Ham conniptions and it was the direct running of the Paraguayan Almirón that set up the first two goals.When Almirón was hauled down by Issa Diop 20 yards out in the 16th minute, a recalled Shelvey stepped up. His free-kick went to the back post and was met by Joelinton, who nodded it back for Clark to bury it past Roberto.It was well-drilled but caught West Ham by surprise and soon they were undone again by similar means. Almirón’s cross was blocked for a corner. Shelvey took it short this time and the ball went to Jetro Willems. With West Ham’s defence having wasted no time in pushing out, there was lots of space for Willems’s deep cross to hit. Fernández it was who connected at the back post. 11 Snodgrass 27 Ajeti 24 Fredericks (s 72′) 22 Haller Newcastle 10 Saint-Maximin 16 Noble 23 Diop West Ham (s 46′) 13 Roberto 15 Willems match reports 18 Fernandez 24 Almiron 12 Gayle 4 Balbuena 7 3 Match stats 6 Lascelles 14 Hayden Possession 21 Ogbonna 15 Sanchez Read more Share on Facebook Share via Email 8 Felipe Anderson (s 87′) 43 Longstaff Sadio Mané’s last-gasp heroics seal Liverpool’s dramatic win at Aston Villa 30 Atsu NEW31WHU69% (s 46′) 1 Dubravka The Observer West Ham United 25 Martin Substitutes 2 Clark Newcastle United 7 Yarmolenko 3 Cresswell 41 Rice 18 Fornals 5 Zabaleta Reuse this contentlast_img read more