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Wofford gives talk on Hesburgh and human rights

first_imgHarris Wofford delivered the final installment in the Hesburgh Libraries Lecture Series on Friday with a presentation titled “Fr. Hesburgh and Human Rights: His Legacy and Our Bridge to the Future.” Wofford discussed University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s commitment to service, higher education and human rights.Wofford has served as a senator of Pennsylvania, associate professor at the Notre Dame Law School and legal counsel to Hesburgh on the first United States Commission on Civil Rights.“[Fr. Hesburgh] is Notre Dame’s,” Woffard said. “[One] cannot go around the globe without knowing that Notre Dame is on the map as one of the great universities, and that’s part of Fr. Ted Hesburgh’s legacy.“If you would look at his schedule, or see him in South Bend or have dinner with him at the Morris Inn, you will see how often he is called on as teacher, as friend, as priest, for advice and help.”Hesburgh was selected to be on the United States Commission on Civil Rights in 1957. Wofford said he met Hesburgh when the University President Emeritus read a memorandum written by Wofford on the Civil Rights Commission.Hesburgh contacted Wofford to ask if they could discuss his memorandum and, following that discussion, Hesburgh asked Wofford to serve as counsel to him on the Civil Rights Commission, according to Wofford. The Civil Rights Commission went on to write the Civil Rights Act of 1965.“Those two years [working] with him were two of the greatest years of my life, and he is an extraordinary leader,” Wofford said. “He could not have been achieving everything he was achieving at Notre Dame and everything he was doing outside of Notre Dame without being a very effective man,” Wofford.Hesburgh was also very crucial to the creation of the Peace Corps, Wofford said.“The great carriers of the Peace Corps were the institutions of higher education, colleges and universities with experience overseas, administering projects and be involved directly. Hesburgh worked to frame a program for Notre Dame to run the Peace Corps in Chile … Hesburgh began the Peace Corps Program in Chile,” Wofford said.Hesburgh’s accomplishments are due to his leadership skills and explosive personality, Wofford said.“Fr. Hesburgh is one of all the people I’ve worked with that is the most fun, most respected, most generating energy and ideas,” Wofford said.Hesburgh’s contributions stretch around the world and continue to inspire younger generations, Wofford said.Wofford closed his presentation by quoting Hesburgh himself.“Having travelled across the face of our beautiful planet and traversed all its oceans and continents, having shared deep human hopes with brothers and sisters of every nationality, religion, color and race, having broken bread and found loving friendship and brotherhood everywhere on Earth, I am prepared this day to declare myself a citizen of the world and to invite everyone everywhere to embrace the vision of a common humanity, our noblest hopes and a common quest for peace on Earth, now and in the next millennium,” Hesbugh said in 1974, according to Wofford. Tags: Hesburghlast_img read more

Notre Dame Folk Choir creates music and encourages faith-filled dialogue

first_imgSenior Loyal Murphy has spent nearly four years in Notre Dame’s Folk Choir, and now serves as the choir’s president despite having unintentionally joined the group at the beginning of his freshman year. He wasn’t looking to join Folk Choir at all, and in fact meant to audition for Liturgical Choir, but accidentally attended Folk Choir auditions instead. Now, Murphy says he has no regrets.“It’s probably one of the best mistakes that’s ever happened to me,” he said. Courtesy of Brendan Copp The Notre Dame Folk Choir, a liturgical choir with 60 members from within the community, gathers behind the Basilica, where they perform every Sunday at 11:45 Mass.Murphy is one of 60 members of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, a liturgical choir that performs in the Basilica during 11:45 Mass every Sunday. The choir’s distinct combination of instruments and vocalists, Murphy said, creates a modern sound that resonates with its church audiences.“I think a lot of times people are turned off by the music at Masses, and just church services in general, because they can’t relate to it, or there’s nothing that really draws them to participate in the music,” Murphy said. “What Folk Choir tries to do is bring in music that’s got a more vibrant energy — a sound that more people can relate to.”Sophomore Uyen Le still remembers the first time she heard Notre Dame’s Folk Choir. It was the summer before her freshman year of college, and the choir performed at her local parish as part of its Texas tour. Folk Choir’s energy and sounds drew her in, and she decided to audition when she arrived on campus as a first-year student.“I really liked that they performed a lot of songs that I had already heard of [after] going to Mass all my life,” Le said. “They were well-known songs, but they added a different take. It made me feel so good inside. And I wanted to make that music with them.”Beyond its distinct sound, Murphy said the choir’s traditions and strong community set it apart from other choirs. Members eat brunch together most Sundays before Mass. Every Halloween, the different grades have a dress-up competition, with themes ranging from “Toy Story” to “Stranger Things.”“The reason why I love Folk Choir so much is how dedicated we are to community,” Le said. “It sounds strange that I could be so close with these people, but I honestly feel like I could come to any of them for anything.”Folk Choir director J.J. Wright said the choir’s tight-knit community is also strengthened by its routine dialogue and reflection. Every week, the members of Folk Choir take turns reflecting on the Gospel for that week’s Sunday Mass. In that setting, Wright maintained, students are speaking to each other in their own language and understanding the Gospel through their personal experiences.“Very often the concerns are deeply rooted in student life,” Wright said. “It’s like, ‘Midterms are coming up this week, what does the Gospel have to do with that?’ Or we just had a student who passed away in the choir, and that’s been heavy on everyone’s hearts, so that’s been very much a part of our shared life of prayer.”The choir’s reflective dialogue, he noted, extends beyond its discussion of the Gospel. Last year, as the choir prepared for its summer tour of east Africa, Wright said members were also grappling with issues of race, joining the University’s larger dialogue about diversity and inclusion. Le said those conversations deepened her appreciation of the trip’s cross-cultural exchange.“We undertook this whole process of figuring out what it means to sing African American sacred music at Notre Dame with a choir that doesn’t have any African American students and very few students of color,” Wright said. “I think those are the types of conversations that we need to be having as a community because it really does put the impetus on us to take responsibility for how we create an environment that is actually diverse and inclusive.”Murphy, who is a Methodist, said he’s learned a great deal from his experiences and conversations with fellow Folk Choir members. Attending weekly Mass and making music with other students of faith has created opportunities for personal and spiritual growth, he said. “There’s something about making music with a group of people who all believe in the power that music can hold that makes it so special,” Murphy said. “Certainly, I think my faith is strengthened throughout my four years with Folk Choir, simply because we’ve had that ability to make music together.”Tags: Annrose Jerry, Folk Choir, Mass, Musiclast_img read more

Nancy Wallinger on Why London’s The Play That Goes Wrong Keeps Her Sane

first_imgThe Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre contains lots of men behaving badly—or, at least clumsily—but the Olivier-nominated hit comedy owes much of its success to the two women in its cast, starting with Nancy Wallinger as Annie Twilloil, the stage manager who is attempting to keep calm even as everything is quite literally collapsing around her. Broadway.com caught up with the delightful star in the run-up to Sunday’s Olivier ceremony, about which this awards season neophyte was quite rightly very excited.What is it like to be one of two women in a company with so many men?It does seem like we are kind of bloke-heavy, but that’s not an intentional choice. It’s more that the silly slapstick thing was just probably more suited to a lot of guys we know. The two women’s parts are so strong that it never feels like there’s a lack of male characters within the show as we’re performing it; we never feel secondary.You’re one of the few in the play-within-the-play who isn’t playing an actor.That’s right. Annie [Twilloil, her character] isn’t an actress and has never wanted to be an actress. She doesn’t wish to be onstage; she wants to be behind the scenes, which is why she’s chosen to be a stage manager. But what happens, of course, is that she ends up totally in the limelight and then realizes that she absolutely wants to be there and when that gets threatened, she completely flips out. It’s a massive journey to act, which is just so much fun.What is it like getting to interact with the audience before each performance?I have half an hour before anything starts where I get to know the audience as they trickle into the theater, and what’s been interesting. Sometimes you think you know the audience is going to be a certain way and they are or they’re not. It’s taught me that you’re never going to know how a certain group of people are going to react.You’ve done the show more than 600 times—how do you keep up your energy?I think I’m actually one of the people in the cast who gets bored of it the least. It’s such a fantastic show to react with the audience and because we’re a group of improvisers who started off in that world, we’re always looking to play with things that happen in the moment. If someone has a particularly funny laugh, for instance, that will be picked up on, and because it’s a different set of people seeing the show every night, that in itself keeps it fresh.You’re playing a stage manager—were you ever one yourself?Not at all. I did a brief stint producing music videos and was a make-up artist for a while so I’ve been in the crew section of productions but I have never stage managed. But I have heard from a couple of people that they have recognized the character I play so I don’t think she’s too heightened or too drastic; it’s just that she’s completely useless—but very charming hopefully [laughs].What’s especially great about your production is that all the cast seem so genuinely fond of the people they’re playing.I think you have to be if you’re going to play something that much. And when the boys [Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis, and Henry Shields] were writing the show, all of the parts were written for the people playing them, so if I wasn’t fond of the part these guys had written for me and that I had developed, I would be a complete idiot.What is it that you most love about Annie?That she’s so naïve at the start and then I love her rage and the fact that I get to smash things up every night. This journey I get to go keeps me very sane—no need for therapy here [laughs]!How do you keep a piece called The Play That Goes Wrong from actually going wrong, given the potential for physical mishaps?We rehearse each scene thoroughly so that if anything hurts even once, you change the choreography; everything is incredibly safe. I did miss the first three months of the tour because I broke my foot doing some off-balance dancing, so when we do get hurt it is dangerous. But mostly, it’s just a lot of bruises, really. You’ve got to be pretty tough to do a show like this because we really do throw our bodies around, the idea being that if it looks safe, then the audience won’t buy it; they won’t laugh.And now you guys are up for an Olivier for Best Comedy: how does that feel?We’d heard a lot of talk about it but nobody expected to get the nomination—it’s absolutely insane, I didn’t believe it at all. I remember us joking about going to the Oliviers but we were really joking and when we found out we had actually been nominated, I cried pretty much for a day and then got completely drunk and cried some more.The nomination is another notch up the ladder for this little show that could!I know, right? We started in a 60-seat pub theater and then the 100-seat Trafalgar Studios and then Edinburgh and then the tour. It just gives you a real faith in theater at the moment and a lot of the people we’ve spoken to graduating from drama school can now see that it is possible to bring a small show to a big place and that if you dream big it will happen, with a lot of luck and the right people.Is the cast busily sorting out their outfits for the big night?We’re not at all flashy people so we don’t know about that kind of world and for all of us to be at an awards ceremony at all is kind of hilarious. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the boys all dolled up and the girls in dresses.The cast is going to start changing later this year. What are your plans?This is our baby and we’ve worked so hard to get here, and we’re shocked by the fact that we are here every day, so I for one don’t intend to leave anytime soon. At the same time, I’m 26 now and you don’t want to be 35 and find that you’re still playing the stage manager you started doing when you were 24. So we’ll see [laughs]. View Commentslast_img read more

Free camp for military kids

first_imgGeorgia 4-H is offering a free summer camp to children who have a parent serving in the military. Operation Purple Camp is designed to help students deal with the stresses involved with having a parent deployed overseas.“Each morning, thousands of children across Georgia have a parent missing from the breakfast table,” said Amanda Parnell, coordinator of the camp. “While one parent is serving breakfast at home, the other is serving in the military across the world.”Helping children deal with stressOperation Purple Camp was developed by the National Military Family Association to help support America’s military children, especially those with a parent who is, will or has been deployed, she said.“Georgia military kids who attend the summer camp will learn skills to cope with the stress of deployment,” she said. “They will also be spending time making friends with other military kids who are also missing their mom or dad.”Two sessions, two locationsGeorgia 4-H will offer two sessions of Operation Purple Camp this summer. The first session will be held at Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton, Ga., on May 30 through June 3 for youth ages 10 through 12. Campers will participate in a service project and visit Stone Mountain and the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Like traditional 4-H’ers, the campers will also do camp activities like archery, swimming, hiking and zooming down a zip line. The second camp week will be held at Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island, Ga., on July 11 through 15 for youth ages 10 through 12. Tybee Island campers will also participate in a service-related project. And, they will explore local marshes and discover marine life with other Georgia military kids.Both weeks of camp will feature special military displays and visits from military personnel who will discuss deployment with the campers. “Georgia 4-H has a strong partnership with Georgia’s military population including each of the state’s installations as well as the National Guard and Reserves,” said Georgia State 4-H Acting Leader Arch Smith. “Our military camps are a way we can provide a positive youth development experience for youth that serve our nation, too.” Last year, some 700 military families and youth participated in a Georgia 4-Hcamping program specifically designed for military families. Register onlineRegistration for Operation Purple Camp opens March 15 at www.operationpurple.org. Each camp session is open to children of service members of any branch of U.S. military, active duty National Guard or Reserve, as well as children of members of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Georgia 4-H is able to offer the camps free of charge to all eligible children thanks to a partnership with the Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation.To learn more about Georgia 4-H’s military programs, visit www.georgia4h.org/omk. For information on the national program, visit www.MilitaryFamily.org.last_img read more

It’s never Too Late

first_imgGetting into an adventure sport can be intimidating, especially as an adult, but these four later-in-lifers didn’t let that stop them from pursuing new horizons.It’s the final weekend of the 11th annual Michaux Mountain Bike School in south-central Pennsylvania. The parking lot at Camp Thompson is packed with trucks and vans and small RVs, racked up, stickered up, beat up. The hum of a coasting freehub weaves through the cars past a grid of one-room cabins.I unload my bike and follow the sound to a modest dining hall where a crowd of cyclists is already gathered. I find Gail Robillard among the brightly kitted posse. She’s straddling a red-orange 2014 Salsa El Mariachi, a look of concentration creasing the brow beneath her white bandana. When I introduce myself, she dramatically kneels over her handlebars.“I thought someone writing about adventuring later in life would be, you know, a little later in life!” she says. “You’re so young!”Full disclosure: I’m 27 years old. Gail, on the other hand, is 65. She has a point. I’m probably the least capable person when it comes to writing about the realities of learning an adventure sport later in life. I make some awkward quip about how the young would do well to learn from the wise and she gives me an eye roll before Zach Adams, the school director, launches into his pre-camp spiel.There are two camps running simultaneously this weekend: a one-day Fundamental Skills Camp and a three-day Advanced Maneuver Camp. Gail and I are signed up for the former. This will be Gail’s second year at Michaux, though she had to leave early last year after crashing and bruising her ribs.An accounting manager from Wilmington, Delaware, Gail has been a road cyclist for the past 14 years. Two years ago, at the behest of her local cycling club, she tried mountain biking and felt a thrill she hadn’t experienced since she rode horses back in her 20s.“Life is an adventure, and if I don’t take it, I’m gonna miss it,” she told me over the phone before Michaux. “Being 65 wakes you up to the fact that you don’t have all that much time to continue this adventure. The older I get, the crazier I may get, sure, but if I don’t use it, I’m going to lose it, so I better keep at it.”Whatever she may think about my age, Gail is in good company here at Michaux. As I look around at the camp attendees, cyclists my age—that is under 30—are in the minority. Most are middle aged or older men ranging the entire gamut of experience from beginner to shredder. Were it not for a 10-year-old boy, I would have been the youngest participant in my breakout group by a decade.The small turnout of twentysomethings is surprising, but not altogether unexpected. A 2011 study in Transportation Research found that over the past 20 years, nearly all of the cycling industry’s growth in the States has been among men ages 25-64. Mountain biking especially requires an equipment intensive investment up front, one that easily racks up to be a grand or more. Cyclists in their early 20s barely have the money to maintain their bikes, let alone drop a few hundred bucks on a multiday skills clinic.When it comes to spending power, Gen Xers and early Baby Boomers have the upper hand, yet the outdoor industry continues to exclude these age groups from its marketing. Though an increasing number of brands like Giant and The North Face are launching campaigns to address the gender gap, millennial remains the buzzword. Think about the latest advertisement you’ve seen for an outdoor brand. More likely than not, the featured faces are strong, beautiful, and above all, young.It’s no wonder, then, that adults, especially newcomers to a sport, feel a little ostracized from the industry. Where is there room for middle-aged beginner kayakers and retiree mountain bikers when our newsfeeds show the young and restless going bigger and being bolder? If you only associate rock climbing with Alex Honnold, the age-old adage, “I’m too old for that,” feels like a fair conclusion.Should you need confirmation, there is entirely too much research to back up that train of thought. Dozens of studies have proved that things like muscle mass and bone density decrease as you age, recovery time increases, and that learning in general is just “harder” once you’re an adult.MICHAUX MTB SCHOOLI’m going to eschew any sense of PC here and say, bullshit.That’s not to say the science isn’t sound, or that adults don’t have more obstacles when it comes to learning an adventure sport. Work, family, illness, tragedy. Life throws unexpected curveballs sometimes, and it can get more complicated the older we get, but that doesn’t mean age is what’s holding us back from learning a new adventure sport.In fact, recent research shows that older athletes, by necessity, train more efficiently and can outperform their younger counterparts specifically in endurance style sports. A study published in 2014 by PLOS ONE analyzed 1,212 ultrarunners and found that younger athletes had higher injury rates.The injuries were typically the result of overtraining and inexperience and sometimes led to those athletes giving up running later in life. That might explain why, in a study conducted a year earlier by the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the average age of ultrarunners was 43. Of those 1,345 runners studied, the average age for running an ultra for the first time was 36, with ages 40 and 50+ following close behind.In the larger world of sports, professional athletes are staying in the game longer, too. Olympic swimmer Dara Torres took home three silver medals at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She was 41 at the time. Olympic cyclist Kristin Armstrong brought home gold at the 2016 Games in Rio on the eve of her 43rd birthday. That same year, ultrarunner Karl Meltzer set the record for the fastest supported attempt of the Appalachian Trail when he was 48 years young.And, if you need a non-professional for further proof, last year 82-year-old Dale Sanders became the oldest person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, proving that anyone, regardless of age or experience, can accomplish whatever they put their minds to.So if we have the role models, the stable bank accounts, the life experience to draw upon in challenging times, shouldn’t it stand to reason that the older we get, the more inclined we are to try new things, take risks, explore, dream, discover? Well, if you’re afraid of falling on your face, maybe not.STEVE AUGUSTINEThe Beginner’s MindSteve Augustine of Bryson City, N.C., had been a whitewater kayaker and instructor for nearly 20 years when he decided to pick up downhill skiing at the age of 35. Most of his kayaking buddies were already skiers, and pretty rippin’ ones at that, but as a native of Florida who then relocated to the Southeast, it was rain, not snow, that Augustine was more accustomed to.On a trip to Lake Tahoe one Thanksgiving, Augustine decided it was high time he hit the slopes. He spent most of the first day on the bunny runs with his ever-patient girlfriend at the time (and now wife) Laura Farrell, who is one of those multisport shredders.He took a few falls, mastered the pizza wedge, and at day’s end, he was starting to feel like the green runs were cake. The next time he went out, Augustine went for the blue, only to bail midway down the mountain and posthole his way back to the lodge.“The time it takes to learn sports like this is intensive,” he says. “You’re going to fail 15 more times before you get to that success. It’s tough to not just be really good at something when you are already good at one thing. As we get older, we get set in our ways and we forget the student mind, the beginner mind. It’s harder and harder to step outside of the comfort zone because you’ve done such a good job cultivating it. You have to trust the process and embrace the ebb and flow of learning.”To be clear, Steve’s story does not end with him sending double black diamonds, walking away with a World Cup title, and becoming skiing’s most celebrated underdog of all time (though if this is what you want, buddy, then DO IT TO IT). His story doesn’t end, period, because next winter, he’ll be right back out on the slopes, gaper gap and all, continuing to improve with every face-plant and clean run alike.His commitment to “the beginner’s mind” is the key ingredient to learning a sport later in life. There will undoubtedly be frustrating moments, and in those dark and dreary depths of newb despair, it’s easy to write off the necessity of continued effort when your friends look so casual carving lines or clearing gaps. But natural talent alone never got anyone anywhere without being in lockstep with ol’ fashioned hard work.Fox Mountain Guides co-owner Cristin Knowlton will be the first to tell you that in the way of natural climbing talent, the universe gave her zilch.“I was not athletic at all,” she says of her former life as a part-time legal consultant living in Florida. “I didn’t run, I didn’t play sports growing up, I have no coordination, I have bad balance, like, everything was working against me. I had no inclination to start climbing.”When her son expressed an interest in joining a local climbing gym, Knowlton and her husband decided maybe they should give it a go, too. That summer they hired a guide with Fox Mountain Guides (FMG) and once a year for many years, they made the pilgrimage to climb real rock in North Carolina.That was 10 years ago, when Knowlton was 36. In the past decade, she’s climbed all over the world, from Chamonix to Joshua Tree, both on her own and as a client of FMG. About five years ago she received her single pitch instructor certification and went in with lead FMG guide Karsten Delap to purchase the guiding company that had so drastically changed her life.She says the fundamental lesson for her was to be okay with taking her climbing one step at a time. Too often her friends and even clients envision the most extreme version of climbing when they’re first starting out, and that can contribute a lot of anxiety and misguided apprehensions about the sport. In reality, any adventure sport can be beginner friendly, whether that’s paddling class I and II whitewater or sticking to the green trails at the bike park. It’s all a matter of challenge by choice.“There is this perception that [climbing] is some dangerous crazy sport but if I can do it, anyone can do it,” she says. “I never had this ultimate goal where I was like, ‘I want to climb the Matterhorn.’ It just evolved, in a check-the-box kinda way, and then I eventually did climb the Matterhorn. I would have never expected my middle-aged self to be fitter than I was when I was 22.”HUNTER BANKS FLY FISHINGLearning to FallLike Knowlton, Margarita Martinez was probably the last person anyone expected (herself included) to become a climber, namely because she had a debilitating fear of heights. Nothing a little friendly peer pressure can’t fix.At the encouragement of her friends, Martinez, then 34 years old, tried climbing indoors at a gym in Oxford, Ohio. She didn’t get much further than 12 feet off the ground, but as a former dancer, Martinez appreciated the intricacies of balance and concentration that climbing demanded. She was hooked.She was also extremely humbled, especially after her first outdoor climbing trip six weeks later, when she could only dream of getting as far as 12 feet off the ground. She started going to the gym to focus on strength training and dedicated a lot of her climbing gym time to improving footwork. Still, progress was painfully slow.“I couldn’t even do a single pull up when I started climbing,” says Martinez. “After three months of trying negatives, I still could not do one. I was in tears. I thought this is just not going to happen. But you just have to tell yourself it will happen. Your body is a machine. It will do whatever it needs to do with the appropriate amount of work. It’s a matter of whether you’re going to put in the work or give up and I wasn’t going to give up.”Five months after her first time in the climbing gym, Martinez finally got that pull-up. A little over a year after that, she led her first 5.12a. Martinez now lives in the Red River Gorge full-time, and at age 60, she’s showing no signs of slowing down, even with erosive arthritis in both of her hands.For Martinez, climbing is quite simply fun. She’s not in it to be the best, though much like Cristin Knowlton, she’s intrigued with how far she can take her climbing. This summer, she plans to project a 5.14a in Utah’s Maple Canyon.More than anything, climbing has provided a playing field for Martinez to conquer her fear of heights head on. She never rushed her progression and listened to her body. For most of that first year of climbing, she thought she would be a top rope climber forever. As backwards as it sounds, it took Martinez learning how to fall to make her want to lead.“There are a lot more try hard days then send days in climbing, but that limited success is so great because you work so hard. I did not want to die thinking that I was always afraid of heights. I wanted to live, to be able to get through the fear, whether I climbed or not didn’t even matter.”After eight hours of skills progression and sessioning, the one-day Fundamental Skills Camp at Michaux is coming to a close. Gail is gathered under a pavilion with her breakout group, munching on watermelon in the late afternoon shade.She tells me she walked some of the trail sections and that dismounting the bike mid-climb still made her uneasy, but all in all, she feels confident that her handling skills are improving.“I don’t think at this point in time with my mountain biking that I’ve put enough time into it to say this sport is not for me, so I get up, I dust myself off, and I start over again, and that’s okay.”As I load up my bike, I catch snippets of a conversation between two of the Fundamental Skills riders who are also packing up a few cars down. They’re talking about a local kid in Pennsylvania who sends the pro line on a bike park jump like he was born huckin’ gaps.“I get so annoyed with these guys who look at him and go, ‘It must be nice to be so naturally talented,’” says the oldest of the two. “I know that that kid has a season pass to the bike park and he’s there every week practicing that line over and over. He’s wrecked on that jump hundreds of times, but they don’t see that.”Gail is gone by the time I make my way back to the pavilion—it’s a good three-hour drive back to her home in Delaware—but a few days later, I get an email from her: “Sorry I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. I hope your weekend felt as accomplished as mine did. I will definitely (God willing) go back to Michaux next year. Til then, ride on. Gail.”OUTDOORS 101Whether you prefer one-on-one instruction or the support of a group setting, here are 10 of our favorite beginner adventure crash courses for adults!Cove Creek Canyon CanyoneeringPura Vida Adventurespvadventures.comCourse length: 3-5 hoursLocation: Cove Creek Canyon, North CarolinaIntro to Outdoor Rock ClimbingFox Mountain Guidesfoxmountainguides.comCourse length: 2 DaysLocation: North CarolinaGym to CragSeneca Rocks Climbing Schoolclimbseneca.comCourse length: 2-3 daysLocation: Seneca Rocks, West VirginiaFly Fishing SchoolHunter Banks Fly Fishinghunterbanks.comCourse length: half-day and full-day optionsLocation: Asheville, North CarolinaIntroduction to Whitewater KayakingNantahala Outdoor Centernoc.comCourse length: full-day to five-day optionsLocation: Bryson City, North Carolina; Atlanta, GeorgiaFundamentals for River RunnersH2O Dreamsh2odreams.comCourse length: 1 dayLocation: Saluda, North CarolinaMountains to Sea: A SUP Adventure for WomenMind Body Paddlemindbodypaddle.comCourse length: TBDLocation: Asheville, North Carolina; Charleston, South CarolinaSkill Builder CampMichaux MTB Schoolmichauxmtbschool.comCourse length: 3 daysLocation: Gardners, PennsylvaniaFundamental Mountain Bike Skills – Women’s OnlyNinja Mountain Bike Performancesandiegomountainbikeskills.comCourse length: 1 dayLocation: Roanoke, Virginia; Stokesville, Virginia; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Brevard, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, GeorgiaWomen’s Backpacking Trip on the Appalachian TrailBlue Ridge Hiking Companyblueridgehikingco.comCourse length: 3 daysLocation: Hot Springs, North Carolinalast_img read more

Bar establishes charitable trust

first_img Bar establishes charitable trust Bar establishes charitable trust January 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img As Joseph A. Mendola, general counsel for Nikko Securities Co. International, which had its offices in the World Trade Center, put it:“What we went through. . . was horrific. The sights and sounds will never leave me. I just wanted to thank you and all my Florida Bar colleagues for their prayers and good wishes. Our hearts may be broken but our spirit remains strong.”It’s that sentiment that the Bar is seeking to enhance with the Florida Attorneys Charitable Trust, Inc. (ACT), which has finished its organizing phase as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit concern and is now accepting contributions.Bar President Terry Russell told the Board of Governors recently he hopes to raise $1 million, which will be used to help attorneys, their families, and others in the wake of the September 11 attacks, and any future such incidents. It will also ensure that rights and access to the legal system are not impacted by such events. The Bar is experienced with such an endeavor, he said, because of its efforts after Hurricane Andrew 10 years ago and the ValueJet crash in the Everglades.In a letter to Bar members seeking contributions, Russell said, “ACT has been formed as a disaster relief fund offering Florida attorneys an avenue for donations for aid and assistance following disasters which cause the disruption of legal processes and court systems or which result in reduced citizen access to the legal system and the pursuit of justice. ACT will help fellow attorneys as well as victims and their families in the aftermath of a disaster.”Russell also announced that he was appointing President-elect Tod Aronovitz to the ACT Board of Directors. Other members will include the Young Lawyers Division president and president-elect, the president and president-elect of The Florida Bar Foundation, and the chair of the Bar’s Council of Sections, he said.Contributions, made payable to the Florida Attorneys Charitable Trust, Inc., may be sent to Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahasee 32399-2300.last_img read more

New BSA rule published: No big deal or pain in the neck?

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The long awaited “Beneficial Owner” BSA final rule is hot off the presses. But, before a panic attack starts to set in and your blood pressure starts to rise, relax. Compliance with the rule isn’t required until 5/11/18. You know, the same year that the new HMDA rule takes effect. (Better get those vacation plans scheduled in 2017. Nobody gets time off in 2018.)So, what’s new with this rule? First, there is a certification form that must be completed for any new account opened on behalf of a legal entity, which is everything but a sole proprietor, unincorporated association or natural person opening an account on their own behalf. Another required form at account opening. Yay.The form requires the name, address, date of birth and Social Security number (or passport, etc.) for:Each individual who directly or indirectly owns 25% or more of the legal entity (up to 5 may be named) AND continue reading »last_img read more

Holtsville Taxi Crash Kills Passenger

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A taxi passenger was killed when the cab he was riding in was involved in a collision with a truck in Holtsville on Sunday morning.Suffolk County police said a Ford taxicab and a Jeep were traveling southbound on Nicolls Road when both vehicles collided near the corner of Express Drive South shortly before noon.Both vehicles drove off the road and into the center median, where the taxicab overturned and the passenger was ejected, police said.  The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he died of his injuries. He was identified as John Cowans Jr., 55, of Huntington Station.The taxi driver was taken to the same hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Jeep was not injured.Sixth Squad detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone that may have witnessed this crash to call them at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Center Moriches Man Charged With Fatal Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Center Moriches man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shooting a 47-year-old man to death over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.David Lemp was charged with first-degree manslaughter.Homicide Squad detectives alleged the 38-year-old suspect shot Nathanial Lathan at Lemp’s Bowditch Lane home early Sunday morning.Detectives had responded to a 911 call reporting a man with a gunshot wound to his leg in the parking lot of 7-Eleven on Main Street at 2:40 a.m.The victim, who drove his vehicle to the convenience store, was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries.Lemp will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img

Chase real estate guru quits in strategy ruckus

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