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Reed packs emotion, Strahan laughs at Hall of Fame

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgHall of Fame inductee Michael Strahan kisses his bust during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Andre Reed delivered the emotion and managed to hook up for one more catch from Jim Kelly on the Pro Football Hall of Fame stage.And leave it to Michael Strahan and his familiar gap-toothed grin to bring the laughs in closing the ceremony honoring the seven inductees Saturday night.The defensive end cracked he was still a little scared of former New York Giants teammate Lawrence Taylor. Strahan singled out former Philadelphia tackle Jon Runyan in the crowd and referred to him as his toughest opponent and “350 pounds of twisted steel and non-sex appeal.”And Strahan even had a kiss blown to him on stage from Kelly Ripa, his morning TV show co-host.“Thank you, baby,” he said.Strahan, one of the game’s most dominant pass-rushers, closed the ceremony that ended just before midnight — nearly two hours later than scheduled.The ceremony went so late that Strahan noted that it was past his bedtime and joked that if the event lasted any longer he and his fellow inductees would be considered the 2015 class.Hall of Fame Inductees Aeneas Williams, left to right, Derrick Brooks, Claude Humphrey, Michael Strahan, Walter Jones, Ray Guy, Andre Reed pose with their bustsduring the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Scott Heckel)Also inducted were offensive tackle Walter Jones, linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive back Aeneas Williams, defensive end Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy, who became the first full-time punter to be selected.It was Reed, the former Buffalo Bills receiver, who stole the spotlight by closing his induction speech with a poignant surprise.Turning his back to the crowd, Reed caught a pass from Kelly before sharing a lengthy hug with his former teammate and now fellow Hall of Famer.It was a fitting finish for a tandem that set a then-NFL record by hooking up 663 times in Buffalo. And it was a moment that paid homage to the quarterback, who has spent the past 14 months battling cancer.“You taught us not to quit,” Reed said about Kelly. “You have endured a lot in your life. The loss of your son, and most recently your battle with cancer. You’re an inspiration to all you touch.”Kelly was near tears, and the thousands of Bills fans in the crowd cheered.Even louder cheers went up when Reed delivered a message to any Bills prospective ownership group having an intention of buying and relocating the franchise.“Oh yeah, and the Bills will stay in Buffalo, too,” Reed said.The Bills are on the block after founder and Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.The ceremony began with Brooks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star, who was selected for induction in his first year of eligibility, and followed by the 70-year-old Humphrey, who retired after the 1981 season.“Now they tell me I only had 10 minutes up here, but let me start off by telling you that I’ve waited 30 years to get to this podium, so don’t rush me guys,” said Humphrey, a six-time Pro Bowl selection who split 13 NFL seasons between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.Guy’s wait was nearly as long. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection spent his 14-year career with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. At 64, he was selected for induction in his 23rd year of eligibility.“It’s been long, long overdue, but now the Hall of Fame has a complete team,” said Guy, who had as many as 20 former punters in the crowd to help him celebrate. “To know my legacy will be forever part of pro football history and that my bust will be alongside the greatest athletes of all time, it leaves this old punter speechless.”Williams livened up the mood late in his speech during which he had one side of Fawcett Stadium chanting: “Begin with the end in mind,” to remind people how important it is to set goals.And he had the other side chanting: “Die empty,” to remind people to give their all.It was a fitting message from an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. He was an accounting major at Southern University, who walked on to the football team a week before the start of his junior season.Selected in the third round of the 1991 draft, he proceeded to split 14 seasons between the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. Williams retired after the 2004 season and was selected for induction in his fifth year of eligibility.“If you would have told me, ‘Aeneas, you have to the potential to be one of the best cornerbacks,’ I would have thought you were crazy and hit you with my right hand,” Williams said. “I’ll just take a moment to soak this all in.”Brooks, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, paid tribute to family members, teammates and coaches, from his Pee-Wee playing days to his 14 NFL seasons in Tampa Bay.He thanked his late mother Geraldine Brooks-Mitchell for instilling humility in him. He referred to former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy as his mentor. And Brooks thanked Dungy’s successor, Jon Gruden, for helping the Buccaneers believe they could be champions.It was under Gruden when the Bucs blossomed into Super Bowl winners during the 2002 season in which Brooks earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.“There is no higher place to go in this game, and I thank you guys,” Brooks said.Jones, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection who spent his 12-year career in Seattle, thanked Seahawks fans for their overwhelming support.And he was honored to be only the third player who spent their entire careers in Seattle, joining receiver Steve Largent and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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LIMEberry Self Serve Frozen Yogurt : Giving Back

By on August 6, 2020

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0If you haven’t heard about LIMEberry Self Serve Frozen Yogurt yet, you probably will! It’s a local frozen yogurt shop, located in Tumwater across from Costco. They have ten different flavors of yogurt and over 45 different toppings. The yogurt is delicious, the staff is friendly, and the place is family oriented. However, the best thing about LIMEberry is not their yogurt, which is delicious but their desire to make our community a better place by giving back. Almost weekly you can walk into their business and be supporting some sort of local or global cause. They regularly have fundraising events in which they give 20% of their proceeds for that evening to a local charity or need. LIMEberry has already helped to raise money for breast cancer, children with leukemia, various local high schools, 4-H, Clean water in Africa, and Boy Scouts.  Stacy Crain the manager says, “Relationships are important to us, and this is our way to develop meaningful and supportive relationships in our community. We take pride in not only trying to be a successful business but in making others successful as well.”  LIMEberry has a facebook page that is updated regularly. You can find all of their information about upcoming fundraisers there. If you are interested in a fundraiser to raise money for a specific need, contact LIMEberry because they will be eager to help!last_img read more

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Thurston County REALTORS® Association Supports Charities

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first_imgFacebook51Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County REALTORS® Association Charities in Thurston County received a boost in funds this month through two major charity fundraising efforts by the Thurston County REALTORS® Association.Early in December over 200 real estate brokers from eleven brokerages were bell ringing for the Salvation Army.  The results throughout the county for their one day effort netted over $10,200 for the Salvation Army.  Abbey Realty was the winner of the competition between the brokerages with over $2,700.  Greg Moe has organized this event for the last four years and he noted that this was the most raised during this annual event and the most participants.The REALTORS® also raised over $5,000 during their annual charity wreath auction.  Almost fifty wreaths that were handcrafted by various REALTORS® were auctioned during the annual installation luncheon.  The winning bidders were able to select the charity that their contribution would support.  Funds were provided to fourteen local area charities.“Volunteering and supporting these REALTOR® fundraising efforts is exciting and rewarding…and my real estate career gives me that opportunity!”  Rae Anne Toth of Keller Williams Realty echoed the sentiments of many REALTORS® when it comes to giving back to the community.  REALTORS® help people find the homes of their dreams but beyond that, many have made giving back and improving the community in which they live, work, and play an integral part of their life.The Thurston County REALTORS® Association of nearly 600 REALTOR® members provides professional real estate services to buyers and sellers primarily in the Thurston County area and are always working to protect property rights and our quality of life locally and in Washington State.last_img read more

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Spinal Surgeries Now Available at Mason General Hospital & Family of…

By on August 5, 2020

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mason General Hospital & Family of ClinicsMason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is pleased to welcome Neurosurgeon Ryan Halpin, M.D., to its surgery department, offering minimally invasive spinal surgery locally!Dr. Ryan Halpin has joined Mason General Hospital & Family Clinics. Photo courtesy: Mason General Hospital & Family ClinicisHalpin obtained his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago IL in 2004, and completed his internship and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2011, where he received the Susan Perlman award for academic excellence, special leadership skills and compassion for patients.Halpin is board certified in Neurological Surgery and has advanced training in complex spinal deformity and minimally invasive spine surgery.  With experience in treating spinal deformity and brain tumors, his specialties include gamma knife radiosurgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery, revision spinal surgery, and general neurosurgery.Halpin has an office at Olympic Orthopedic Associates in Olympia, and can be reached to schedule a consultation at (360) 709-6230.MGH&FC is approved by the Joint Commission and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation.  MGH&FC now offers Virtual Care ‒ 24/7.  For more information on Virtual Care or to find a health care provider, go to www.MasonGeneral.com.last_img read more

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India vs West Indies: India lead the ICC World Test Championship table after massive…

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first_imgAdvertisement icbrNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscngWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4bf0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 25w1Would you ever consider trying this?😱odpCan your students do this? 🌚vhsRoller skating! Powered by Firework India are the current table-toppers of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship after their emphatic victory over West Indies in the first Test. Virat Kohli and his boys secured a huge 318-run victory at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday. West Indies were given a target of 419 runs on Day four, but their batsmen failed to find an answer for Jasprit Bumrah’s fiery spell. India wrapped up the hosts’ innings for just 100 runs in 27 overs.Advertisement The first edition of the World Test Championship which will be played over the course of two years, was inaugurated on July 29 with the Sri Lanka-New Zealand series. The top nine Test teams will compete across 27 series that includes 71 Test matches. The final will be played in June 2021 in the United Kingdom among the top two teams of the table. Each team will play three home and three away series while each series counts for 120 points. A, two-match series will provide 60 points for each Test while a three-match series will give 40 points to each match. A tie will be 50% of the points available, and a draw will mean a 3:1 points ratio.Advertisement After just one match India leads the World Test Championship standings with a total of 60 points. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka also stand on 60 points but are behind India in terms of the ratio of runs scored per wicket. Australia and England, who are fighting for the Ashes urn, are placed at the third and fourth position respectively. While on the other hand, New Zealand are fifth on the table after their innings and 65-run win over Sri Lanka in the second Test match at P Sara Oval in Colombo on Sunday.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Bruh moment of 23rd November 2019: Performance on the field? Or on the bed?…

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first_imgImage Courtesy: EPAAdvertisement sg5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8wkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5xrr0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 98ysWould you ever consider trying this?😱2qzCan your students do this? 🌚34ctqRoller skating! Powered by Firework When you look at the roles a manager has to perform at his club, the list is lengthy. Team management, opposition analysis, transfer market- the gaffer is always working his brain for the best of his team and players. Well, Inter Milan’s Antonio Conte is a step further in the process, he advises his players how to make sex!Advertisement Image Courtesy: EPAThere have been several instances where the players have not been on peak physical agility during a game because they were busy copulating just a day before. A very strict Pep Guardiola once imposed a no sex ban on the whole manchester City team, as club superstar Samir Nasri once reported.Although Conte is not on that level of strictness, he instructs the Nerazzuri squad members to restrain from too much activity on bed, and insists to let their ladies take the lead.Advertisement Speaking to French daily L’Équipe, the 50 year old Italian said:“During the season, I advise my players to have sex for short periods and with the minimum of effort, and better use positions where they are under their partners.”Advertisement “And preferably, with their wives, because if with others, well, that needs extra action.” he added.After a year gap since leaving Stamford Bridge, Conte joined Inter on 31st May. Advertisementlast_img read more

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2019/20 BDFA Super Division: South United held to 1-1 stalemate against Bangalore United

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first_imgAdvertisement avuhNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5pWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea8ay( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2eca0iWould you ever consider trying this?😱1e8hCan your students do this? 🌚r9Roller skating! Powered by Firework An own goal in added time cost Bangalore United the win against South UnitedAdvertisement South United FC played Football Club Bangalore United in their final game of the season at Bengaluru Football Stadium. Both teams hoped to end their season on a winning note, it wasn’t the case as the game ended whole square at 1-1.Advertisement  The battle in midfield was close with both the teams intercepting crucial passes to prevent the other from progressing the play. While Ajay led much of the attacking play for South United and they probably had the best chance of the first half, neither side could gain the advantage in the first 45 minutes.Advertisement Both the teams came into the second half with better all-round play. They started to make inroads into the opposition box. South United FC got the first breakthrough when Hardik Bhat put the ball in his own net from Vikram’s cross at the end of a lovely forward run.FCBU continued to attack even after the goal was conceded and got their reward for it. A long ball was headed past a charging keeper by Amey Bhatkal. Their equaliser came in the 59th minute, less than 10 minutes after South United had gained the lead.SUFC brought on Aaron later in the game hoping to find 3 points for the team, but the forward couldn’t make a dent in the scoreline. Again, Vikram had a good chance as he volleyed a shot towards goal but the FCBU goalkeeper was alert to the threat and parried in time to keep the score level.South United FC’s good run towards the end of the season had a tame ending as they finished it with a 1-1 draw. Nonetheless, they will take positives from the game as they start to prepare for next season.South United FC 1-1 FC Bangalore United (Hardik Bhat [OG] 51’, Amey Bhatkal 59’) Advertisementlast_img read more

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Future Uncertain For Concrete Pavilion

By on August 4, 2020

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaHIGHLANDS – What will happen to the controversial Super Storm Sandy memorial sitting on borough property between Sandy Hook Bay and the Robert D. Wilson Memorial Community Center?The 1,104-square-foot gazebo’s basic history: It was constructed by the Tilt-Up Concrete Association, a trade group, with borough permission in the fall; became controversial because of its, well, concrete-y look – and dubbed “Shorehenge” by some, because it kind of appears as a modern-day Stonehenge; and, in December, the state Department of Environmental Protection informed the town the project needed an OK, which it never got, through the state Coastal Area Facilities Review Act.Based on much discussion at the Jan. 20 Borough Council meeting, no one seems to be blaming the Iowa-based Tilt-Up for putting up the monument – constructed with donated goods and equipment valued at $250,000, along with donated labor.Perhaps there will be answers to its future sooner than later.At the Jan. 20 meeting, Council President Carolyn Broullon concluded the borough, as the monument’s responsible party, will look into the cost to keep the monument in place – $3,000 for a CAFRA permit for starters – and the cost to take it down – $15,000 to $25,000 for starters, said Councilman Doug Card.“Both things will be researched,” Broullon said.Some of this information may be ready for the next council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3. But Borough Attorney Bruce Padulla said the matter could wind up in litigation.As for residents, some are for the concrete pavilion, some are against it.“I think it’s ugly,” said Colleen Kriessler, 50. “It doesn’t belong there, it takes away from the appeal of the beach, I guess.”Wallace Hartsgrove, 72, and Kerry Gowan, 53, thought the value of the structure could have been better applied into helping the borough as it continues to rebuild from the devastation of the October 2012 Sandy.Hartsgrove, whose house was destroyed, said the money should have been used to help people in town, especially those whose houses had been affected by Super Storm Sandy. “There’s a lot of stuff they could do in this town,” he said.Gowan’s house also was damaged. She said she was thankful for the thought behind the gift of the monument, but, “I just think that money could have been used somewhere else, helping the town.”In a written statement, Diane Kropfl and her husband, Bill Sabanski, said, “It is now the responsibility of the borough to fulfill the obligation on its part in consideration of the generous donation provided to our community, to ensure the continued existence of this structure.”The couple is “willing to make a donation to a public fund to offset costs to the borough for the permits required to keep this monument in its current form and location.”“I think it would be imprudent to remove it,” said Carol Bucco. “They (Tilt-Up) thought they did the right thing. These guys are innocent.”Arnie Fuog, 60, said “I don’t mind the monument,” but he did not like the “undercover” route he believes it took.In January 2015, the Borough Council voted 4 to 0 on a resolution approving a Tilt-Up proposal to build a Sandy memorial “at no cost to the borough.” The resolution called for plans to be submitted to the borough for review.While all of this seems to have happened properly, at least some seem to have been under the impression nothing had been formalized to go ahead with the monument.The idea for the concrete Super Standy monument goes back to about November 2014, said Borough Administrator Tim Hill. Tilt-Up was looking to do a community project in anticipation of its annual meeting, scheduled for the fall of 2015 in New Brunswick.Hill said three sites were under consideration: Veterans Memorial Park, Huddy Park, or behind the Community Center. “There were council members” aware of the project and selected location, Hill said.“The monument was solely built to honor the people that lived through Sandy,” said Fred Anton, who grew up in neighboring Atlantic Highlands, is in the construction supply business, and was a liaison between Tilt-Up and Highlands.The borough said a CAFRA permit was not needed, because the monument would replace an A-frame gazebo, although not in the exact footprint, Anton said.“All this was approved from the town,” said Bob Murray, who lives in Somerset County and was the project manager. “This is a case of buyer’s remorse. We got a green light to do this.”Once the warm season comes, Tilt-Up was to finish the project by painting it with a white protective paint, Murray said. Also, Tilt-Up was thinking of having a “grand opening,” a community celebration of the monument, Murray said.Now, the monument’s future is unclear.Mitch Bloomquist, Tit-Up’s executive director, said the approximately 400-member association would be “interested if they (Highlands officials) want to go for that (CAFRA) permit.”“We’d be happy to coordinate a donation for that,” Bloomquist said.But Bloomquist told the Council that Tilt-Up would not pay for the monument’s removal.“Whether it should be removed should be up to the community,” Card said. “I don’t think we should apply for a (CAFRA) permit at this time. I can’t have open dialogue without complete information.”Councilwoman Claudette D’Arrigo said she was concerned with environmental issues regarding the placement of the monument on the beach. Now, the Borough Council has to look at the issue as a community, Broullon said.“We’re not going to take action without adequate feedback,” Broullon said.“I understand people don’t like it,” Murray said. “(But) I’ve gotten a few emails from people who do like it.”last_img read more

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Serious Fun at the Comic Book Show

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first_imgMIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Arts Center held its Comic Book Show Sunday, March 17. With more than 50 vendors and artists present, attendees of all ages were able to search from dollar comics all the way up to rare investment comics. Many visitors simply came to share their passion for comic books and find new thrilling adventures to take home and read. Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img

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Cats Blog — North Shore ends Wildcats run at a provincial title

By on August 3, 2020

first_imgHowever, the Cats couldn’t keep the drive going losing in the semi final round Tuesday to North Shore 3-0. West Kootenay concludes the tournament Wednesday against the loser of Prince George and Richmond.Here’s the account of Tuesday’s action, along with lead up games Monday, through the eyes of Jesse Cooper.We played Richmond on March 21 and lost 8-2. They were a tough team but the team we didn’t play up to to our usual (standard).Today (Tuesday) we played Terrace, and won 4-0, so we got to move on to the semi finals against North Shore. We ended up losing 3-0. We played one of our best games but we just couldn’t score. There were many players in tears in the dressing room because we don’t want the season to end. We had a cake to celebrate the end of the season made by one of the grandpa’s on our team. We play tomorrow for third and fourth. We havent found out who were playing yet. The West Kootenay Wildcats, based in Castlegar, are currently in Kelowna playing at the B.C. Hockey Female Bantam provincials.Nelson Minor Hockey product Jesse Cooper, joined by two other Heritage City players — Emma Hare and Jena Wheeldon — has agreed to blog the happenings of the Cats for The Nelson Daily.The Wildcats scored a 2-0 win over Kamloops Sunday to open the eight-team tournament.  last_img read more

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