Boston Marathon winner returns his medal to city

first_imgBoston Marathon 2013 men’s winner Lelisa Desisa, left, of Ethiopia, greets Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, top right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)by Tracee HerbaughBOSTON (AP) — The champion of the men’s 2013 Boston Marathon returned his winner’s medal to Mayor Thomas Menino on Sunday to honor the city and those killed and injured in the bombings near the finish line of one of the world’s top running events.“Sport holds the power to unify and connect people all over the world,” Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia told the crowd through a translator. “Sport should never be used as a battleground.”More than 6,400 athletes gathered on Boston Common for the 10K organized by the Boston Athletic Association, the same nonprofit that handles the annual marathon. Spots for Sunday’s race sold out in 13 hours online.“Let me tell you: As mayor of this great city for the last several years, I have never seen Boston come together like it has after the attacks,” Menino told the crowd. “Thank you for making Boston stronger.”A moment of silence paid tribute to the three victims killed in the April 15 bombings and to Sean Collier, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer who was shot and killed April 18 in a search for the suspects.“The feeling here is a little weird,” said Jon Everitt, an MIT student who lives in Cambridge. He said the bombings are “definitely in the back of your head.”Melissa Blasczyk, of Boston, ran the 2013 Boston Marathon and was 1.5 miles from the finish line when spectators began telling runners the race was over.“Today I’m going to finish, run a strong race and take in the scenery,” she said. “Obviously, (the attack) is in the back of your mind, but you just have to live your life.last_img read more

Liriano’s control off, Pirates fall to Reds 5-3

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, right, avoids a collision with left fielder Starling Marte while catching a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds’ Jack Hannahan in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 19, 2013, in Cincinnati. McCutchen threw to first base to double off Devin Mesoraco. Cincinnati won 5-3. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) – Nine days between starts was too much for Francisco Liriano.The left-hander lacked his usual control, resulting in his shortest outing of the season. Brandon Phillips drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double, and the Cincinnati Reds tightened the NL Central race by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Friday night.The third-place Reds moved to within three games of second-place Pittsburgh. The Pirates lead their season series 6-5.The Reds sent nine batters to the plate for four runs in the fifth off Liriano (9-4), who had his shortest outing of the season. Chris Heisey’s infield single drove in the first run, and Phillips’ double off Justin Wilson made it 5-0.“One of those days I didn’t get any rhythm,” Liriano said. “I tried to make good pitches and it didn’t work out. Everything was up. I was rushing a little bit.“I didn’t get anything going. Just one of those days.”Heisey also had a solo homer off Liriano, who is 0-3 in three starts against Mike Leake and the Reds this season. In the last two games, he got little support from his offense. This time, his control deserted him. Liriano needed 98 pitches to go 4 1-3 innings.“Nine days off the mound,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “He was trying to get back into a rhythm. He threw more pitches than he wanted to. We were a pitch or two away from getting out of situations. We’ve gotten out of those situations before. We couldn’t tonight.”Leake (9-4) gave up solo homers to Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin in the sixth inning. Manny Parra fanned Pedro Alvarez with runners on second and third to end the seventh.Aroldis Chapman struck out two in the ninth while getting his 22nd save in 25 chances.Leake has won his last three decisions against Pittsburgh, giving the Pirates a tough time all-around. The three homers represented a breakthrough.“Too bad we weren’t able to jump on him earlier than we did,” McCutchen said.The Ohio River rivals have produced the majors’ most painful pairings this season. Nineteen batters have been hit by pitches – the Reds 10 times, the Pirates nine times – in their 11 games. Nobody was hit on Friday, a rare game that didn’t leave a mark.The Pirates emerged from the All-Star break with their best record in 37 years. Their 56 wins were their most at the break since the World Series champion Pirates of 1971 had 57 wins.Pittsburgh’s overriding question: Can it avoid another second-half meltdown and break a two-decade streak of losing?The Reds are trying to duplicate what they did last season, when they went on a surge after the break and ran away to the NL Central title. First, they need to get healthy. Top starter Johnny Cueto, set-up men Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton, and cleanup hitter Ryan Ludwick are still on the disabled list.Heisey took over in left field when Ludwick got hurt, then pulled his right hamstring and missed nearly two months. His solo shot on Friday gave him three homers since his return.Shin-Soo Choo singled during Cincinnati’s four-run fifth, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, matching his career high.Phillips’ decisive double came a few hours after a magazine released an interview with the All-Star second baseman in which he said he’s still “scarred” by the Reds’ decision to give Joey Votto a 10-year, $225 million extension in 2012 while he was in tough negotiations for an extension of his own. Votto said he understood Phillips’ opinion and appreciated his honesty.NOTES: Pirates 2B Neil Walker started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. He’ll play three games and get evaluated. He’s been on the 15-day DL since June 7 with soreness in his right side. … 1B Garrett Jones’ error ended Pittsburgh streak of 41 innings without one, matching their season high. … The Reds called up INF Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville, filling the spot opened when LH Tony Cingrani was sent down on Wednesday. … Manager Dusty Baker said LH reliever Sean Marshall suffered a “minor setback” in his throwing program. Marshall has been on the DL since April 10 with a sore pitching shoulder.last_img read more

Medicine Creek Winery Wins Gold and Silver Medal At Finger Lakes…

first_imgFacebook65Tweet0Pin0Medicine Creek Winery was just awarded a Gold Medal for the 2006 Merlot and a Silver Medal for the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignan at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in New York.The event raises money for children with cancer to help the children and families.  It is a wonderful cause.  3198  wines entered from all of the world.last_img

Internationally Known Pianist, Stephan Moore, Ph. D. to Conduct Music Workshop…

first_imgSubmitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityThe Saint Martin’s University Music Program will be hosting internationally recognized pianist Stephen Moore, Ph. D., as he conducts a workshop on the Dalcroze approach to music education on Saturday, April 12, on the Lacey campus in Kreilsheimer Hall. Moore will also be a guest at the University’s final installment of the Music @ 11 series on Tuesday, April 15.The “Putting It All Together” workshop will focus on beginner and intermediate levels of activities for teachers, students and  performers in movement, singing and improvisation.Developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze in the early 1900s, the Dalcroze approach teaches an understanding of music through techniques that incorporate rhythmic movement, aural training and physical, vocal and instrumental improvisation.The influence of Dalcroze has been felt worldwide within the field of music, as well as in dance, therapy, theatre and education. The comprehensive Dalcroze approach consists of three components: Eurhythmics, which teaches concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression through movement; Solfège, which develops an understanding of pitch, scale, and tonality through activities emphasizing aural comprehension and vocal improvisation; and Improvisation, which develops an understanding of form and meaning through spontaneous musical creation using movement, voice and instruments. It was Dalcroze’s intent that the three subjects be intertwined so the development of the inner ear, an inner muscular sense, and creative expression can work together to form the core of basic musicianship.Registration for the workshop begins at 12:30 p.m., with the workshop to follow at 1 p.m. and concluding at 4 p.m. Pre-registration and ticket information is also available for the workshop, which is free for students at Saint Martin’s.For the Music @ 11 event, Moore will perform a piano recital, “Carnival in Venice,” as well as conduct a master class on the Dalcroze approach with a focus on Eurhythmics. This event will be held in Kreilsheimer Hall at 11 a.m. and it is free and open to the public.Moore is a piano performance specialist and associate professor of music at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a former tenured associate professor of the Oberlin Conservatory. He has performed nationally and internationally in Tokyo, Taipei, Hsinchu, Graz and Salzburg. Moore is co-author with Julia Schnebly Black of two books published by Alfred Inc.: “The Rhythm Inside: Connecting Body, Mind and Spirit” and “Rhythm One-on-One.” He holds a Ph.D. in music theory from Indiana University. His latest CD, “The French Connection” (2012), is a collection of French solo piano music. Moore holds the Dalcroze Certificate from the Manhattan Dalcroze Institute and the License from Columbia University, Teacher’s College. Since 1997, he has taught at the Marta Sanchez Summer Training Center (Carnegie Mellon University) and at the Northwest Dalcroze Summer Training Center since 1993. Moore also offers a three-week, intensive summer course in Dalcroze Eurhythmics at California State University, Dominguez Hills, for public school teachers.University Associate Professor of Music Darrell Born, chair of the University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the Music Program director, created the “Music @ 11” recital series, now in its ninth year, to raise awareness of the musical arts and provide opportunities for students and the community to experience various kinds of music in a recital setting. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Finalists Named for President Position at The Evergreen State College

first_imgFacebook27Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Evergreen State College As part of a national presidential search that generated nearly a hundred applicants, the Board of Trustees of The Evergreen State College announced this week that it has selected four finalists for on-campus interviews in January and February. They include:George Bridges, PhD, is president of Whitman College and previously served as dean and vice provost of undergraduate education at the University of Washington.  He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (PhD, Sociology, and MA, Criminology) and from the University of Washington (BA, Sociology).Rhona Free, PhD, is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University where she previously served as director of the Center for Educational Excellence and as a professor in the Department of Economics.  She holds degrees from University of Notre Dame (PhD and MA, Economics) and Sarah Lawrence College (BA).Margaret Madden, PhD, is provost and vice president for academic affairs at State University of New York at Potsdam, where she is also a tenured professor of psychology.  She holds degrees from University of Massachusetts, Amherst (PhD, Psychology, and MS, Psychology) and University of Wisconsin, Madison (BA, Psychology).Luis Pedraja, PhD, is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Antioch University Los Angeles.  His previous professional appointments include vice president of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  He holds degrees from University of Virginia (PhD, Philosophical Theology and Religious Studies), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div, Theology), and Stetson University (BA, Religion).According to board chair Keith Kessler, the trustees hope to make a selection and a job offer in March.“This is an exciting time at Evergreen,” said Kessler, one of eight trustees appointed by the governor to oversee the state’s nationally acclaimed public liberal arts college.  “We’ve been inspired by the number of exceptional candidates interested in this position,” he noted. “Evergreen’s distinctive educational approach—including interdisciplinary teaching and learning, an extraordinary focus on student responsibility for educational choices, and an emphasis on putting theory into practice—calls for a leader who can think beyond the limits of traditional higher education to help students succeed in a changing world. It has been 15 years since we last hired a president and given the qualifications of our finalists, I think the college and the wider community will see why we’re excited about the possibilities these candidates represent.”Since opening its doors in 1971, Evergreen has become nationally recognized for its innovative academic programs that combine subjects that are traditionally taught separately. America’s top college guides regularly rank Evergreen as one of the nation’s best institutions for its strong academics, nurturing community and reasonable cost. Sierra magazine and the Princeton Review have repeatedly named Evergreen as one of the top “green” colleges in the nation for its commitment to sustainability and achievements in sustainable practices, operations, academic programming and community outreach.Dr. Thomas L. “Les” Purce announced in May that he would retire in summer 2015.  He has served as Evergreen’s president since July of 2000.Prior to accepting the presidency at The Evergreen State College, Dr. Purce served as vice-president of extended university affairs and dean of extended academic programs at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Between 1989 and 1995, Dr. Purce served in several roles at Evergreen, including vice president for college advancement, interim president and executive vice president.  His career also included roles at Idaho State University—as special assistant to the president and director of the Research Park and economic development—as well as service in local and state government and in the private sector.last_img read more

Regional Providence Geriatric Center of Excellence Fall Prevention Program Launched

first_imghe staff of the Providence Clinic at Panorama: Rita Miller, Supervisor, Jennifer Hooper, LPN, Tessa Collins CMA, Dr. Kimberly Elliott, Dr. Ana Mihalcea, Dr. Gordon Rennie, Alison Meyer, ARNP, Amber Hughes CMA, Laura Collier, RN, Crystal Campbell, LPN. Missing: Desi Whalen LPN, Christine Hanson CMA, Scott Archer, ARNPA recent Providence St. Peter Foundation grant of $40,000 awarded to the Geriatric Center of Excellence at Providence Clinic at Panorama is resulting in a collaborate effort between the Providence Medical Group, Providence St. Peter Hospital Rehab Services, the Department of Health and community organizations to help reduce falls in senior citizens.In Thurston County, 41 percent of older adults have fallen at least once in 2012 per WA DOH statistics. Nationally, 1 in 3 older adults fall once a year. Falls cause injuries, fractures, hospitalizations and loss of independence.The grant is to fund training, education, marketing, and administration of the Falls Prevention Program across a continuum of care. Providers, Rehabilitation staff and community fitness instructors work together to create a safer geriatric community together and reduce the risk of falls.The Integrative Geriatric Center for Excellence (GCOE) Fall Prevention program, under Leadership of Medical Director Ana Mihalcea, M.D., has been implemented by the Panorama Clinic provider team – Dr. Rennie, Dr. Elliott and Alison Meyer ARNP. Providers are using the CDC’s STEADI guidelines and offer multifactorial fall risk factor modification visits. The program will be expanded to Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency in the near future.The Providence St. Peter Rehabilitation Services Department, under leadership of Director Columbus Candies and PT Jill Smith, work to facilitate therapy services for patients referred to the therapist for skilled therapy as well as the development of community Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® classes.“Studies have shown that Tai Ji Quan Movement for Better Balance classes reduce fall rates for seniors by 55 percent,” said Candies.Jan Voit, PT teaches a group of community fitness instructors in Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance®.The program includes training for fitness instructors who recently came to St. Peter Hospital and were trained in Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance. Classes have already begun at the Lacey Sr. Center, Panorama City Retirement community. Further classes will be hosted at the Olympia Sr. Center and other venues. The Foundation grant is also covering the cost of the class for eligible seniors for up to six months.Community outreach and education events were attended by Smith and other therapists, such as Lakefair Senior Day on July 17. Dr. Mihalcea will be presenting with therapists at the Panorama City Fall Prevention event Sept. 23.For more information on the program, contact the Geriatric Center of Excellence at Providence Clinic at Panorama at 491-4460 or Physical Therapy, Columbus Candies at ext. 37644. Facebook100Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Providence Health & Services, Southwest Washingtonlast_img read more

Transit Service Operates Sunday-Level Service on July 4

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit’s local fixed-route, Express, and Dial-A-Lift bus service will operate reduced service levels (Sunday schedules) on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4. Intercity Transit Customer Service will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the holiday.South Sound travelers connecting with other regional transit systems should check holiday service information prior to traveling, as most have modified schedules.In addition to the services listed above, Intercity Transit operates several specialized van transportation programs affected by the holiday. Village Vans service will not operate on Tuesday, July 4. The Community Van program will operate by advance reservation onlyFor route and schedule information, visit, call Customer Service at 360-786-1881, or pick up Intercity Transit’s Transit Guide, available at the Olympia Transit Center, area Safeway stores, and Timberland Libraries.last_img read more

Ten Future CNAs to Earn Fully Funded Scholarship and Direct Pathway…

first_imgFacebook124Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has partnered with Providence Health & Services to offer a fully funded one-month direct pathway to work for ten future nursing assistants.Providence Mother Joseph Care Center will select ten aspiring Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) to receive a scholarship that will fully fund their education, supplies, and certification costs.  Successful students will have the opportunity to be hired by the care center upon graduation and certification.Each spot in the new CNA training and education program is worth over $1,100 in tuition, fees, books, supplies, and certification costs.  The funding is provided by the Providence St. Peter Foundation and classes and labs will run through SPSCC.To learn more about the scholarship and program, interested students should attend an open house information session on July 26, 2017.  The session will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in building 34, room 209, at SPSCC’s Olympia Campus.  Advance registration is suggested.last_img read more

May Tug of the Month: 2 new Mini Tugs Jane B…

first_imgFacebook78Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Les Eldridge for Olympia Harbor DaysThe energy and determination of Dr. Robert Peck know no bounds. When we left his story in Volume I of “Tugs at the Capital City” (2018), he had just completed work on his third mini or scale tug, the JANE B.  Here is her story, and that of his fourth mini tug effort, now a-building, the CHAUNY C.Jane B bow shot. Olympia Harbor Days Photo Collection. Photo credit: Shanna Paxton PhotographyJANE B is named for Bob Peck’s daughter-in-law.  She is designed along the lines of an early 1900s Great Lakes harbor tug.  This replica is twelve feet long, with a beam of five feet, six inches, and draws eighteen inches.  She is powered by a twelve horsepower Volvo engine.Most of the harbors of the Great Lakes are located at the mouths of rivers.  As a result, a distinguishing feature of the Great Lakes tugs is their low pilot house, so they can go under low bridges.  The earliest ones were steam-powered, with a tall smoke stack for “draft.”  The many bridges made a hinged smoke stack necessary so it could be lowered.  These tugs pulled only, and did not push, consequently, they have no fenders on the bow for pushing. They were used in Great Lakes harbors, and up the canals and rivers that flowed into the lakes.Great Lakes tugs were broad of beam, and their tow bitts were cleats on each side of the pilot house, to reduce the lift of their sterns by their tow ropes when they towed the high-prowed lakes vessels.  They needed to be highly maneuverable, and so steered with a short tiller bar inside the wheel house, rather than a wheel.  Each had a pronounced sheer, that graceful rising curve of the bulwark from aft to forward, and they had very high prows.Jane B with Builder Bob Peck and Olympia Harbor Days Attendee. Photo credit: Karla FowlerDr. Peck notes that “they could pull anything that floated, and go anywhere required. This marriage of the beautiful with the utilitarian is seldom better done than with the Great Lakes harbor tugs.”JANE B made her inaugural Olympia Harbor Days appearance in 2018.CHAUNY CThis vessel, now under construction, is named for Bob’s wife, whose given name is “Charlene,” and whose nickname is “Chauny.”  This mini tug is a scale replica of a Danube River towboat.  These craft can be seen all along the Danube, from the headwaters to the Black Sea.  Bob mentions that a distinguishing feature of these “sassy” ships is that they include family living quarters.  They are individually owned and operated and provide the home for the owner’s family.  An intriguing characteristic is children’s toys and family gear piled on the after deck, including bicycles.  Hand railings along the sides support canvas covers to keep small children from falling overboard.Mini Tug Chauny C under construction. Photo courtesy: Bob PeckThese work boats range from 40 to 75 feet in length and are very broad of beam.  The after deck is small, as is the working foredeck.   They carry a few fenders along the sides, but none on the prow.  Bob’s scale replica is twelve feet in length, with a five foot, eight inch beam, and draws 20 inches.  CHAUNY will be powered by a three-cycle, 27 horsepower Universal Diesel engine.Without a doubt, Bob’s fascination with boats and boatbuilding far exceeds the label of “hobby.”  It is beyond a craft, it is a calling.Sources:  Tugboats and the Sea by Robert Peck, 2017.  Interview with Bob Peck, 2018. Tugs at the Capital City by Les Eldridge, 2018.About Les Eldridge:  Les is president of the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association and author of a number of maritime histories, a series of novels on the American Civil War at sea, and a book of humorous verse. The Tugs at the Capital City, Volume 1, a collection of Tug of the Month stories was published in 2018, with Volume 2 expected to be published this year.  Eldridge lectures frequently ashore and afloat, and narrates the OHD races most years.  In 1989, as a Washington State Centennial Commissioner, he chaired the Commission’s Maritime Committee.  For more, see of the Month is sponsored by Olympia Harbor Days Tug Boat Races and Festival, an Olympia Kiwanis Club event free to the community.  It takes place every Labor Day weekend on the Olympia waterfront since 1974.  All Tug of the Month stories can be found at   For festival information, see, or on Facebook@OlympiaHarborDays.  Questions to Executive Director Carol Riley at read more

Iconic Feroz Shah Kotla to be renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium

first_imgAdvertisement 4jbaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1n6nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Es3hi6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ict1Would you ever consider trying this?😱4rfCan your students do this? 🌚3flRoller skating! Powered by Firework On Tuesday, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) announced that the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium will be renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium in memory of its former president who passed away on Saturday. The rechristening programme will be held on September 12 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. Jaitley, is credited for renovating the stadium into a modern facility, while also increasing its capacity to accommodate more fans besides constructing world class dressing rooms.Advertisement The current DDCA president Rajat Sharma, confirmed the news via twitter: ” In a fitting tribute to its former President Arun Jaitley, Delhi and District Cricket Association has decided to name Feroz Shah Kotla stadium as Arun Jaitley Stadium. It was Arun Jaitley’s support and encouragement that players like Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra, Rishabh Pant and many others could make India proud.”Advertisement Former India and Delhi cricketer Gautam Gambhir also reacted to this development, saying, “It’s a good thing that the stadium is being named after Arun Jaitley, because he was instrumental in giving Delhites a modern cricket stadium. However, I would’ve been much happier if this was done when he was still alive so that he could have seen it himself. That would have been the most fitting tribute.”The Kotla Stadium was established in 1883 and is the second-oldest cricket stadium in India after Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. Its current capacity is at over 40,000 and has hosted to 34 Test matches, 25 ODIs and 5 T20Is. The stadium also hosts matches for the Delhi cricket team as well as the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more