Library’s Outdoor Reading Program Takes Off

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEOcean City Free Public Library (OCFPL) staff members searched for ways to entertain, educate and enlighten their patrons, despite having to limit hours and cancel all in-house programs due to the pandemic.When they chose a program for families to enjoy outside, keeping reading at the forefront, called StoryWalk, they hoped, but weren’t certain, it would be a success, explained OCFPL Director Karen Mahar.Fast forward a few months and StoryWalk, which began in October, is hugely popular among children and adults. The reading program, held on various days and times each month, allows for social distancing and brings patrons together, safely outside at Lake Memorial Park, 407 Wesley Ave.“It’s a great way to keep people active and outside during these COVID times, while books are at the forefront,” Mahar noted in an interview Wednesday. “We have gotten such great feedback from families. Now, they really want to know when the next program is.”To date, more than 300 families have attended the program since it began in the fall. In addition to reading a book while strolling in the park, children enjoy scavenger hunts and prizes.Library employees await families for StoryWalk in December. (Photo courtesy of OCFPL)The program has been so well-received by the community that Mahar recently asked the city to allow the library to put up permanent structures that could handle inclement weather better than the temporary holders they have for the books now.“Since it is in a city park, we have to put in an application for permanent structures,” Mahar explained.She said city officials, including Daniel Kelcher, who is the director of the Community Services Department, are supportive of the idea.“Dan said he loves the idea. It still has to go through all of the channels,” Mahar said about getting official approval to be able to install permanent structures.Currently, the library is using wooden posts with laminated pages of the books selected for each StoryWalk.“We are seeing the water is starting to get in between the pages,” Mahar noted. “You could see the wear and tear already. A permanent structure could be a frame made of some material that doesn’t rust.”Mahar said the library staff discussed ideas where the book could be enclosed in glass and read more easily because it would be positioned on an angle, rather than upright. It would be low enough for kids to read easily and handicap-accessible.The stories engage children while allowing for social distancing.OCFPL Children’s Librarian Taimi Kelley enjoys the program as much as the children she helps to entertain and educate with the walks.The proof that the program is successful is based on “all of the positive feedback we have received from the community,” Kelley said.“StoryWalk has provided families with an opportunity to enjoy the reading experience in a fun and unique way during this time of social distancing,” she noted. “I’m looking forward to sharing more books through our StoryWalk, even when life returns to normal.”StoryWalk continues through this month. The next one is scheduled for noon this Thursday.There will be a month off in February.Mahar said she hopes new structures could be installed in the park before the program starts back up again in March.The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson in Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.StoryWalk is the latest activity offered by the library to engage children.Here are some recent comments sent to the library from families who participated in StoryWalk since it began in Ocean City.“Thank you so very much! This was awesome! We loved the story and it was a great activity during COVID! Thank you for the fun and family adventure! Signed, The Richter family, Jodi, Dan, Max and Violet.”Another family wrote, “You’re the best! We loved this and would love to do more at this park and other locations around the island!! Thank you! So much fun!! Kids loved looking for the characters!”For more information, visit the Ocean City Free Public Library at www.oceancitylibrary.org. StoryWalk allows families to read a book together page by page as they stroll in Lake Memorial Park in Ocean City. last_img read more


4 Peaks Music Festival Announces Initial 2018 Lineup

first_img4 Peaks Music Festival will feature performances by Greensky Bluegrass Nahko & Medicine for the People, North Mississippi Allstars, and The New Mastersounds when the homegrown fest returns to Bend, OR from June 21st to June 24th.Poor Man’s Whiskey, Particle, Brothers Comatose, The Mother Hips, Molly Tuttle, Scott Pemberton and more are also set to appear at the festival, which will take place at the Stevenson Ranch.Now in its 11th year, 4 Peaks Music Festival was originally launched as a backyard gathering for Central Oregon residents. Last year‘s 10th anniversary celebration featured sets from moe., Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.Tickets for the 2018 edition of 4 Peaks Music Festival are now on sale. [Photo: Greg Homolka]last_img


Colombian Military Personnel to Compete in International Sitting Volleyball Tournament

first_imgBy Dialogo February 29, 2012 Obtaining the only available slot for the 2016 London Paralympics is the objective of the 12 disabled National Army officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted personnel who make up the Colombian sitting volleyball team. Staff Sergeant Edgar Fernando Sandoval, who was wounded by an anti-personnel mine in La Macarena, Meta, in November 2010, leads the group of athletes who traveled to Egypt on February 27, to compete against the world’s 15 best teams in an intercontinental sitting volleyball tournament. “Thank you to the service, because it’s given us the opportunity to be able to show another side of our lives and represent the country through sports, as we were doing in uniform on the battlefield, and now in an athletic contest,” said Staff Sgt. Sandoval, captain of the national team. For her part, Deputy Minister for the Defense and Welfare Social and Business Group Yaneth Giha, who arranged for the resources needed to send the Colombian representatives to the international competition, highlighted the effort and dedication of these national heroes, wounded in combat. “This is part of their process of recovery and moving forward, proving themselves that they have the courage to continue and be an example for all their comrades who are in rehabilitation, and that this is one way to do it,” Giha stated. The deputy minister, accompanied by the defense minister’s wife, María del Pilar Lozano, and the director of the Military Logistics Agency, the official sponsor, bid farewell to the team, which has been training for this intercontinental tournament for two years, in the Health Battalion.last_img read more


Woods’ status uncertain for Oregon game

first_imgInjuries have taken their toll on USC this season, but the Trojans have been able to play well despite the circumstances.Question mark · Sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods could miss Saturday’s contest at Oregon with shoulder and ankle injuries. Woods leads the Trojans and ranks in the top 10 nationally with 92 receptions, 1,126 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. – Kevin Nguyen | Daily TrojanSaturday at Oregon, USC could be without key starter sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods because of nagging shoulder and ankle injuries. Woods did not participate in Wednesday’s practice, and for some time now, according to the coaching staff, his injuries have affected his performance, and his health isn’t getting any better.“If you just look at the last two games and if you look yesterday at practice, he’s going the wrong direction,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “Even though we limited his practice, he’s not getting better. So hopefully this will help. If he can’t go this week, at least the time off and the weekend off hopefully he’ll be back close to full speed for UCLA.”Kiffin said there is a real possibility of Woods sitting out against the Ducks. Replacing him, however, won’t be easy. Woods has recorded 92 receptions for 1,126 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, but against Washington, he was held to a career-low two receptions and five yards. Though Woods plays a significant role in the Trojans’ offense, the coaching staff believes other players will be able to step up in his absence.“There’s no secret that affects us,” Kiffin said. “A guy that’s caught over 90 balls and you’re losing him — but we need guys to step up. That’s why these guys practice hard all year long and they’ll get their chance. Last week Brice Butler made a big play for us early and the other guys need to step up.”Woods wasn’t the only player sitting out or limited in practice on Wednesday. Senior defensive tackle DaJohn Harris did not practice, while fellow senior defensive tackle Christian Tupou was very limited. Other notable absences were sophomore safety Demetrius Wright, redshirt junior offensive tackle Matt Kalil and freshman offensive tackle Aundrey Walker.“George [Uko] played really well last week in his first start as a freshman. And so did J.R. [Tavai] as a true freshman,” Kiffin said. “But obviously we’d like to have DaJohn back because of the rotation especially because obviously we want to get a bunch of guys in there and rotate them through. Hopefully he’ll be back and be able to play some for us.”—The setup looks a little familiar.USC takes on one of the nation’s top teams from the Pac-12 North division that has national championship aspirations and a Heisman Trophy candidate on national television.Three weeks ago against Stanford, USC went wire-to-wire with the Cardinal before falling short in triple overtime.Fast-forward to the present, and USC finds itself in a similar predicament. This time, it will face Oregon at Autzen Stadium, a daunting task for anybody, given the fact that the Ducks have not lost a conference home game since Dec. 1, 2007.Kiffin, however, insists his young squad is ready.“We’re a lot more [prepared],” Kiffin said. “Going through Arizona State and Notre Dame has really helped them. I think that they’re a lot more comfortable.”last_img read more


Reports: Lakers start making offers for Anthony Davis to cool reception from Pelicans

first_imgThere’s been intrigue between the Lakers and Davis for several months, which picked up dramatically after James said in December that it would be “amazing” to play with Davis. The two players also share an agent, Klutch Sports power broker Rich Paul.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The Lakers appear to be willing to risk it all for a shot at Anthony Davis.A number of media reports have fleshed out the structure of negotiations between the Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans as the clock ticks down toward the Feb. 7 trade deadline.A report from the L.A. Times indicates the Lakers’ front office is prepared to trade their young core, either in select pieces or as a whole: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac plus a combination of draft picks. According to the report, team president Magic Johnson laid out several options for potential trades to the Pelicans, who learned Monday that Davis wished to be dealt.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.And yet indications are the discussions have so far been relatively one-sided. ESPN reported Thursday that New Orleans general manager Dell Demps has been in phone contact with the Lakers, but that no substantive talks had taken place. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s a critical time for the Lakers, who might have their best shot at pairing the five-time All-Star with LeBron James before the trade deadline passes. There’s plenty of motivation for them to hammer out a deal, with multiple teams expected to bid on the 6-foot-10 big man this summer.Davis is one of the best two-way players in the NBA: He’s averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assist and 2.6 blocked shots per game, which no other NBA player has done over a full season other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Like Abdul-Jabbar, Davis is the rare star early in his prime who has come available via trade, and the Lakers are determined to repeat history.And yet time is on the Pelicans’ side. While Davis is sitting out with a finger injury, he indicated to New Orleans, the only pro team he’s ever played for, that he expects to play out the rest of the season. A wrinkle in the Collective Bargaining Agreement has so far prevented the Boston Celtics, seen as the other major suitor for Davis, from making a competitive bid: The Celtics cannot trade for Davis while Kyrie Irving is still on his Designated Rookie Extension, which runs through this summer.RELATED: See the Anthony Davis trade FAQThe Celtics, who are similarly loaded with young talented players, as well as a bevy of draft picks, hope to pair Davis with Irving to solidify a championship-contending core of their own. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


Singh Brar comes out on top in marathon playoff at Berkhamsted

first_img England boy international Jack Singh Brar laid down a marker for the season by winning the annual Berkhamsted Trophy after a marathon three-way playoff at the challenging Hertfordshire venue. For the second successive year, extra time was needed after Singh Brar (image © Tom Ward Photography)  finished the 36 holes on 140, two under par, tied with Norfolk’s Luke Johnson and Gary Oliver from Essex. All three had par fours at the opening two playoff holes, the first and 18th, but when they returned to the first Johnson’s three putts meant goodbye. Back to the 18th, both Singh Brar and Oliver hit the green in regulation but after Oliver secured another par, Singh Brar rolled in his 11-foot birdie putt for victory. At 16 years and almost five months, the Hampshire lad is believed to be the youngest ever winner of the trophy, which bears the names of such former winners as Sandy Lyle, Luke Donald and Gary Wolstenholme. But he wasn’t overawed by his success. “It’s a good start to the season for me and will give me more confidence for my next event,” he said. “I didn’t do anything special today, just played good golf but there is still room for improvement.” With the players enjoying the sun on their backs at last but still with a chilly wind, Singh Brar shared the lead at lunch with Josh Loughrey and Sam Robertshawe after a four-birdie 69 but had to settle for a level-par 71 in the afternoon. And that included a 25-footer at the last to make the playoff. Johnson did the same in a second round 69 but 36-year-old Oliver, a reinstated professional and Essex county player, was perhaps the surprise packet. But he deserved to make the playoff after returning a best-of-the-day 68, matched by Woburn’s John Kemp. Northumberland’s Alex Dixon might also have made the playoff but his birdie putt on the last green finished alongside the cup for a 70 and 141. The afternoon was also marked by a hole-in-one from Sam Whitaker of Blankney Golf Club in Lincolnshire who sank his four-iron tee shot at the 184-yard fifth hole. It was the second ‘ace’ of his career but his first in competition. But the day belonged to Singh Brar, an under 16 cap for England before stepping up to boys level in last year’s Boys Home Internationals in Ireland. He has also made his mark this year in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, finished runner-up in the Faldo Asian Grand Final in China and qualified for the match play in the recent French International Boys Championship. Not only that, it was his first visit to Berkhamsted. Leading final scores: 140 J Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor 69 71, L Johnson (King’s Lynn) 71 69, G Oliver (Hainault Forest) 72 68 (Singh Brar won playoff at fourth extra hole) 141 A Dixon (City of Newcastle) 71 70, J Loughrey (Wrag Barn) 69 72 142 S Dodds (Coventry) 72 70, A Chesters (Hawkstone Park) 70 72; 143 C Shinkwin (Moor Park) 73 70 8 Apr 2013 Singh Brar comes out on top in marathon playoff at Berkhamsted last_img read more


Can anyone overthrow the king of war?

first_imgIf you want a “War” at 174, Saunders will give it to you. Pittsburgh light heavyweight Rayco “War” Saunders and Rayco WAR Promotions put on a boxing card Nov. 14 at the Club Sport and Health in Monroeville billed as “War in the South III.” There is not a single fighter out there who brings to the table the passion, the excitement, the ferocity, the tremendous courage and professionalism Saunders exhibits in the ring. Saunders, the World Boxing Foundation All Americas Light Heavyweight Champion, let his hair grow long and put on a Samson type performance against outclassed opponent Dumont Welliver in a non-title bout. Welliver landed a few good punches in round one, but Saunders, who fights like Marvin Hagler, stepped on the gas in rounds two and three and rocked Welliver repeatedly.In round four, Saunders continued to pound Welliver, swiveling his head with a mean overhand right that put him down on the canvas. Saunders’ fight plan of kill or be killed didn’t waver, as his three-punch combination sent Welliver’s head ricocheting from side to side and referee Ernie Sharif leaped in to stop the fight.Saunders treats boxing more like a religion than a sport. He studies fights and fighters. It is this kind of dedication and passion that has gotten him this far.“I’m a student of the game. I try to watch every boxing match that comes on TV,” said Saunders. “My favorite fighter is Marvin Hagler. I watched Marvin a million times and I pattern myself after him.”In other matches, junior welterweight “Lightning” Rod Salka (14-1) from Bunola, Pa., one of pro boxing’s fastest rising stars, earned a 6-round decision over Fernando Rodriguez.Rodriguez is a big puncher but Salka was able to avoid most of his telegraphed bombs.As the fight progressed, Rodriguez’ confidence grew. By the fourth round he was taunting Salka, putting his gloves to the side and smiling. Salka landed three clean shots to his jaw, but Rodriguez just stood there and took them.The sixth and final round saw the two boxers throwing a flurry of punches at one another in an attempt not to leave the decision with the judges and the noise reached levels that this building was not designed to hold. The “Hispanic causing panic” fought hard, but it was Salka’s unconventional style, speed and stamina that made the difference in the end.Salka uses bits and pieces of different boxer’s styles. Kind of what Bruce Lee did when he took things from many other martial arts and made up his own style called Jeet Kune Do.“I don’t pattern myself after any one fighter,” said Salka. “Some of my style I get from my good friend Paul Spadafora, and I used to spar a lot with Monty Meza-Clay and Verquan Kimbrough and I picked up pieces from their style.”For many fighters out there it is more sizzle than steak, more flash than cash, more bark than bite. Well, Pittsburgh native Gino “Mr-Inkredible” McClellan (6-0) is a major coming attraction. McClellan has a certain charisma and is one of the most exciting up-and-coming fighters in the world today.McClellan proved that junior middleweight Cliff McPherson was no match for his skill and experience. Not only did he win the fight, he stuck it to McPherson round after round and finally McPherson’s corner threw in the towel and “Mr-Inkredible” was awarded a 3rd round TKO.“I moved to Tampa, Florida when I was 14-years old,” said McClellan. “My goal was always to live in Florida, but fight in Pittsburgh where my family and friends can see me.”Up and coming light heavyweight Jaque Lutz (3-0) beat the brakes off of John Terry to win a lopsided 4-round unanimous decision. Lutz, who grew up on the tough streets of Natrona Heights, had a great amateur career. In 2007 he won the Ring Side World Tournament Championship. In 2008 & 2009 he was the Pennsylvania State Golden Glove Champion.He walks to the beat of a different drummer, looking more like a model than a fighter. His hobbies and interests are opposite of most competitive athletes. Lutz’s enjoys arcade dancing, rave and industrial, snowboarding and creative fashion.“From start to finish the energy was palatable. Our hometown heroes Rayco Saunders, Jaque Lutz, Rod Salka and Gino McClelland brought the HEAT with all heart, all guts and all glory,” said Chiyna Rok, CEO Interactive Media. “The crowd was engaged, the fighters were focused and the trainers were intense.”Saunders, Lutz and McClellan looked so good that many fans thought it was Black Friday.The old adage when it comes to competitive athletics is, “What have you done for me lately?”From where I was sitting, Rayco looked to be the best he has ever been as a professional. He looked mature, composed and prepared.I read the book Shambhala—The Sacred Path of the Warrior. It is a great book about never giving up on yourself, life, society or the world.The author could have renamed the book, “The Rayco “War” Saunders story. Rayco has effectively served notice that he is now one of the top dogs in the light heavyweight division and he is capable of beating anybody.If he gets a mega fight in Pittsburgh all I can say is “Nobody beats Rayco at home!” MAIN EVENT— Rayco “War” Saunders mixes it up with Dumont “Dewey” Welliver of Spokane, Washington. (Courier Photos/Erin Perry) last_img read more


Bruh moment of 5th November 2019: Even a Dolphin knows which club is at…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/Twitter(@borussia_en)Advertisement umNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsvxp5b6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E76( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 12zoWould you ever consider trying this?😱6tn4vCan your students do this? 🌚10pRoller skating! Powered by Firework The usage of animals to predict results in sports has been a long running trend, From using ‘Paul the Octopus’, ‘Shaheen the Camel’, ‘Achilles the Cat’ to predict fixture results in FIFA World Cups, to the several animal predictors present in Super Bowl games. Cut back to Germany, where the Bundesliga is stocking up in pecularity, the table toppers Borussia Mönchengladbach have their own prognosticator seen in a video- a Dolphin!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/Twitter(@borussia_en)Well, its just an edited video. Gladbach has been very upfront on publicizing their position in the German top flight, and their social media team has also been working. They have released a video yesterday with the caption “It doesn’t take the world’s smartest animal to tell you who’s top of the Bundesliga” with a Dolphin nodding to the club’s crest, while denying the other Bundesliga elites. Creative work. Check it out on the club’s official Twitter-Advertisement The original video was of a dolphin choosing its food. After rejecting some junk foods, it agrees to seeing a fish. The editors put the club’s crest on the fish, while putting the crests of Bayern, RB Leipzig and Dortmund on the fast foods.However, Die Fohlen have all the rights to celebrate. After failing to secure a Champions League finish for three consecutive years, Marco Rose and his boys are right on top of the table this season, with 22 points from 10 matches, 3 points ahead of Dortmund. A spot that would have been secured by the usual leaders Bayern, who are now down struggling in fourth, Mönchengladbach are rightfully expecting the trophy since their last one back in 1977. Advertisementlast_img read more