Facebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by ComcastJenniver Wolever at the Comcast Everett XOCComcast has 1.1 million customers in Western Washington and Spokane County, so this could be relevant to some of the people who monitor you. We wanted to answer two questions before the Super Bowl.1. Is there still time to get video at home before the game?2. What’s Comcast doing special to ensure the network stays robust so everyone can watch the game?First, Is there still time to watch the game at home if I don’t have TV service now?Yes, there is still time to get what you need to watch the game at home. Our Xfinity service centers have extra equipment on hand. With a self-installation kit, you’ll be set to go. You can find the hours of the closest center here.Second, what’s Comcast doing to make extra sure the game is available to everyone?1. We’ve stopped doing any updates or maintenance that could affect service. Until the game is safely over, the only time Comcast will be touching a line is if it got damaged or cut.2. Our XOC in Everett will have extra staff on hand using cutting edge diagnostic tools, as well as a plethora of screens, to monitor the strength of the network and signals throughout Washington. The staff also expect to be cheering throughout the game as the Seahawks win.3. Starting noon Sunday, we’ll open a “bridge” phone call so anyone in the company can speak instantly to the entire Super Bowl monitoring team. So, for example, anyone in our call centers can report any high call volumes and any technicians can report any damage or issues. (high call volumes being a sign of an issue, of course.)4. Staff will monitor weather reports so if any weather hits an area particularly hard, we’ll be able to get crews there asap. It’s worth nothing that we can only perform fixes in an area after electrical crews have safely completed their repairs.5. We’ll be at @ComcastWA on Twitter with any updates, though hopefully all we’ll be doing is sharing any photos that vacationing employees will be sending us from the game.
Facebook96Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeOn March 22, 400 student delegates from schools around the South Puget Sound and Nisqually Watersheds will gather at The Evergreen State College for the 26th Annual Student GREEN Congress. This year’s Congress theme focuses on the Orcas of Puget Sound, featuring a welcome from State Representative Beth Doglio (LD-22) and keynote presentation Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales, a program where students can experience the world as the animals around them do. With the Southern Resident Killer Whale population at critical levels, this year is a special opportunity to connect students’ work studying local stream habitats to broad issues of environmental stewardship at every level of their communities.The Nisqually River Education Project and South Sound Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) host Student GREEN Congress each year as the culmination of water quality monitoring programs in classes around local watersheds. Student delegates ranging from 4th grade through high school will participate in a “State of the Rivers” session, sharing water quality data and developing action plans to improve their local streams and rivers.Students will also learn from experts dealing with today’s environmental issues and take part in hands-on, science-based educational workshops, including salmon carcass dissections, making bird boxes, getting up close with stream bugs, shellfish tasting, live raptors, tree planting, and much more.Since Student GREEN Congress began in 1992, thousands of students and hundreds of teachers have used hands-on learning to make a meaningful difference in their own backyards. The event is supported by a robust group of community partners who make this educational experience possible. In addition to support from Thurston Conservation District, Nisqually River Foundation, and The Evergreen State College, this year’s GREEN Congress partners include Mount Rainier National Park, Thurston County Environmental Health, the Nisqually and Capital Land Trusts, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Nisqually Reach Nature Center, Tacoma Power, Taylor Shellfish Farm, Wolf Haven International, Northwest Trek, the Pacific Shellfish Institute, Trout Unlimited, Northwoods Limited, Strawless Olympia, Eco Woodworks, Native Plant Salvage Foundation, City of Olympia, Tumwater Stream Team, and the Mountaineers, along with local artists, scientists, and educators committed to environmental stewardship.South Sound GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) is a watershed education program in Thurston County that educates, empowers and connects about 50 classrooms and 1200 students in watershed studies annually. Through South Sound GREEN, participants engage in science and engineering practices related to water quality in South Sound. For more information, visit the Thurston Conservation District website. The Nisqually River Education Project is housed within the Nisqually River Foundation. Our mission is to connect students in the Nisqually watershed with the environment around them. We work to teach students how they impact the river, the environment, and their community. For more information, visit the Nisqually River Education Project website.
Facebook216Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyAccording to Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS), there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 originating in Thurston County. Thurston County is working closely with the state Department of Health (DOH) and other local partners to provide up-to-date, reliable, accurate information to the public and other partners regarding the rapidly evolving situation around the COVID-19 outbreak.PHSS is monitoring and responding to the situation day and night and working to provide support to the public and our community partners. The county will keep the media and public updated through news releases, social media posts, and website updates as the situation changes.People who are at increased risk of illness include:Healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patientsPeople who have had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patientsTravelers returning from travel in countries with community spreadOlder people with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, people who have weakened immune systems, and people who are pregnant“Due to the nature of how viruses are transmitted, we expect that we will see COVID-19 cases in our community. The vast majority of people who contract this virus will experience mild or moderate symptoms and fully recover,” said Schelli Slaughter, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Director. “In order to slow the spread of the virus and protect those who are at higher risk of complication, we are encouraging people to cover their coughs, stay home if they are sick, and wash hands often and thoroughly.” Testing for COVID-19There is criteria that must be met for someone to be tested. PHSS recommends persons experiencing symptoms of an illness and are concerned about fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call their healthcare provider to seek medical advice and direction.What about school or event closures?At this time, Thurston County PHSS officials are not recommending school or event closures. If that changes, the county will notify the public and the media through news releases, social media posts, and website updates.What can you do right now? There are many specific actions you can take now to help keep your family safe:Wash your hands often! Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice).If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.Avoid touching your face. Your eyes, nose, and mouth are open doors for germs, especially when you touch them with unwashed hands.Avoid people who are sick. Steer clear of illnesses, if possible.Cover your coughs and sneezes. Hold a tissue over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Then throw that tissue away and, again, WASH YOUR HANDS!Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces often, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.Stay home if you’re sick.Call first. If you or a family member are sick and plan to seek care, call first. Healthcare partners need to prepare for people who are showing symptoms—or direct you to the appropriate resource.Stay informed. Follow and share trusted sources of accurate public health information.Make sure your family emergency plan is in place, should you need it.For more information on how you can prepare your family or business, read here. More information on COVID-19 is available at:Washington State Department of HealthThurston County Public Health and Social ServicesCenters for Disease Control and PreventionWashington State Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline at 1-800-525-0127Follow Thurston County on social media for the most updated information:Facebook – Thurston County WashingtonTwitter – @ThurstonCountyFor questions about the potential isolation and quarantine site at Maple Lane in South Thurston County, please contact Lisa Stromme, Washington State Department of Health, at 360-628-7883 or email@example.com.
Image Courtesy: Getty/TwitterAdvertisement 75ep9oNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsmpea4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7fp78( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) nclWould you ever consider trying this?😱5t5Can your students do this? 🌚dmmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Bernardo Silva, the Manchester City midfielder, has just became a controversy icon, as an ‘allegedly racist’ tweet has surfaced which targets his club teammate Benjamin Mendy, and the English football scene is fuming.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/TwitterSilva recently posted on Twitter a childhood photo of the Citizen left back, comparing him with the mascot of ‘Conguitos’- a Spanish chocolate brand, along with the caption “Guess who?”Although the French international has showed no signs of offense, and replying with “1-0 for you will see” and emoticons, the larger portion of social media believes there is a hidden racist abuse implied, even if Silva did it unintentionally.Advertisement The Portuguese attacking midfielder was prompt to delete the tweet, but it has resurfaced via @JacobSteinberg, a Football reporter for The Guardian. Check it out below-The Football Association is currently scrutinizing the 25 year old’s post, who has faced huge slack from the fans around the globe, and tweeted a reply: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You guys…”If the FA doesn’t intend Silva’s tweet to be taken as a ‘joke’, the Portuguese international may face a ban extending up to six games.Last Saturday, Silva secured a hat trick as Pep’s side went on a humiliation spree against Wolves at the Etihad Stadium, netting in a total of 8 goals with a clean sheet. Advertisement
Advertisement 4zvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0w0nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2sev( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1qoWould you ever consider trying this?😱25tfxCan your students do this? 🌚h9Roller skating! Powered by Firework The issue between Nikhat Zareen and Mary Kom is getting complicated day by day. Nikhat Zareen openly wrote a letter to the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Kiren Rijju few days back. The Boxing Federation of India has decided to send Mary Kom in the Olympics qualifiers in Tokyo 2020.Advertisement The young boxer Nikhat Zareen wished to have a trial bout between her and Mary Kom in the 51 Kg category of Boxing. However, the Boxing Federation of India decided not to have a trial at this moment. Mary Kom won the Bronze medal in the Women World Boxing Championship in 51 Kg category few days ago. According to the Federation, she is the ideal woman to go to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.Advertisement The minister of Sports of Youth Development, Kiren Rijju also replied to the letter of Nikhat Zareen. According to him, it is the decision of Boxing Federation of India and the ministry should not be involved in it. Mary Kom also told the same and she asked the gold medalist shooter Abhinav Bindra to stay out of this matter. According to her, Abhinav Bindra might not know about the rules of Boxing and he would not also like to have trials before every tournament.India might send team to Pakistan for Davis Cup,will begin visa process soonAdvertisement Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement qo4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsf592sWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E178gc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) f9jzWould you ever consider trying this?😱ce7Can your students do this? 🌚jom5pRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ah, the good ol’ Manchester United. The once undisputed kings of European football, now struggling to keep u with mid table teams. Five managers in six years, picking up promising youths, but still no major silverware since Sir Alex’s departure in 2013. What could be the reason behind the Red Devil’s lackluster performance? What can bring the their long prowess back? Scott McTominay!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesYes, Scott McTominay. As in a report submitted by freelance football analyst Statman Dave, the Scottish international midfielder’s much needed presence on field is the key behind United’s success. Why, you ask?According to Dave’s calculations, Solskjær’s side have conceded an average of 2.3 goals per game of the current season when McTominay was benched. However, the average drops to a substantial 0.8 in the matches he was present.Advertisement Check out Dave’s post on Instagram:Does this mean McTominay is the answer Ole seeks? The 22 year old mas made 12 appearances in the 2019-20 season yet, and this may just be the path for him to be a regular starter for the Devils.A youth academy product, Scott McTominay joined the senior team in 2017, and has made 43 appearances for the club. In addition to Dave’s stats, the Scotsman is behind 1/5th of all of United’s goals this season, according to Transfermarkt data. Advertisement
The Monmouth County Audubon Society has announced it will sponsor up to $3,000 in scholarships for the fall 2013 semester.“Thanks to the generosity of one former member, our organization will be sponsoring this annual scholarship for the foreseeable future. We are very excited to be able to subsidize the education of future naturalists or conservationists,” said Harden Fowler, the organization’s conservation chairman and the creator of the program.The Ted Engberg Memorial Scholarship will be offered to Monmouth County high school spring graduates who will be continuing their education this fall in a field related to conservation. Criteria require that applicants be Monmouth County residents.Full information on the scholarships and applications will be available on the organization’s website at www. monmouthaudubon.org or by writing to MCAS, P.O. Box 542, Red Bank, NJ 07701.Students can also get an application through their high school’s guidance office.The deadline for submitting applications is May 1. The MCAS Scholarship Committee will review the applications, make their decisions and award the scholarships in June.
IF YOU GO: The Fourth Edition of Stately Homes-By-The-Sea Designer Show HouseApril 30-June 910 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through SundaysThe Hartshorne Mansion, 80 Oakes Road, Little SilverTickets: $30 before April 30, $35 after April 30, $25 for seniors or groups of 15 or moreOffsite parking with free shuttleAdditional information: StatelyHomesByTheSea.com By Patti MartinFor Greg Strand, growing up on the grounds of the historic Hartshorne Mansion was a young boy’s dream come true.The Hartshorne Mansion at 80 Oakes Road, Little Silver, will be the setting from April 30 through June 9 for the fourth edition of Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House, a Visiting Nurse Association Health Group fundraiser.Perched on the banks of the Shrewsbury River in Little Silver, the then 28-acre property had it all: a pond, riverfront access, and acres and acres of lush grounds. “It was like a great big park,” Strand recalled. “It was the most beautiful place … you couldn’t ask for a better place to grow up.”Strand’s parents, John and Theodora, worked for Harold Hartshorne from the time his mansion was built in 1929 until he sold the property in 1957. For a number of years, the Strand family lived in the carriage house of the property, and it was there that Strand spent the carefree days of his youth, running and playing, skating and sailing. What Strand didn’t realize at the time was that he had access to a piece of history, a place that few people ever had the chance to see.But that’s all about to change.Built in 1929 by world champion figure skater Harold Hartshorne, the 11,000-square-foot Tudor was designed by noted architect Roger Harrington Bullard. Now as the setting for the fourth edition of Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House, the mansion’s doors will open to the public for the first time.Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the home’s magnificent historical elements enhanced by many of the area’s leading designers while supporting the vital mission of Visiting Nurse Association Health Group during the event, which runs April 30 through June 9.Born in 1891, Harold Hartshorne was a graduate of Princeton University and a veteran of World War I, serving as a second lieutenant in the Department of Criminal Investigation. Like his father and grandfather, Hartshorne was a stockbroker and a member of the New York Stock Exchange.Hartshorne, though, is probably best known as a pioneer in the history of U.S. ice dancing. The primary force in instituting a national dance title in 1936, Hartshorne went on to become – along with different partners – the five-time U.S. dance champion. Competing well into his 50s in the veterans dance section that he helped to institute as well as in other various exhibitions, Hartshorne also became a revered national and international judge and mentor to numerous U.S. skaters.While traveling to serve as a judge in the 1961 World Championships in Prague, Hartshorne and his wife Louisa died in a plane crash that also claimed the lives of the entire U.S. Figure Skating Team. He was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1981.The Hartshorne Mansion as it appears in a vintage photo.Hartshorne’s ties to the area can be traced to the 1920s, when he acquired the land by an inlet in Little Silver, once known as Halcyon Bight. A Victorian home, which had belonged to a sea captain, existed on the site. Hartshorne had the home moved to another area of the property (where it still stands today) to make room for the mansion he planned to build.Renowned architect Roger Harrington Bullard was hired to design the new home. It wasn’t surprising that Hartshorne enlisted the services of Bullard, who had designed estates for a number of prominent families of the time, including J.P. Morgan. Although impressive in scale, the homes retained an airof rural domesticity. Among Bullard’s designs still standing are Rynwood in Old Brookville, N.Y., now the home of Banfi Vintners, and the Maidstone Country Club in East Hampton, N.Y.In 1933, Bullard won a Gold Medal in the Better Homes in America competition for his design “America’s Little House.” The modest-size colonial, built at 39th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan, reflected the changing needs in housing and became something of a phenomenon. Then-Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia broke the ground, and Eleanor Roosevelt laid the hearthstone. CBS Radio broadcast live from there several times a week and over 150,000 people toured the home until its eventual demolition about two years later.Many elements of Bullard’s signature style have been preserved in the Hartshorne Mansion. Bullard imported bricks from England for the Tudor-style façade accented by a pitched slate roof and tall chimneys – design elements that became his trademark. The mansion features 217 leaded-glass windows, also imported from Britain, many inset with stained-glass images depicting Swiss Canton coats of arms and historical or literary images. Sweeping views of the river can be seen from nearly every window.The formal living room boasts a cathedral ceiling with wood beams from Germany’s Black Forest and oversize fireplace, one of 10 fireplaces throughout the house. A sculpted plaster ceiling is found in the banquet-style dining room. Knobs that once controlled a hot and cold water system that would cool the slate roof in the summer and melt the ice in the winter can still be seen throughout the house.Not surprisingly, Hartshorne added his own unique features to the mansion, echoing his world travels and stylish entertaining during the Prohibition Era. European hand-carved panels acquired during his voyages abroad decorate the vintage phone booth off of the baronial entry hall. Across from the phone booth, a concealed panel releases the entry to a hidden wine cellar. “Secret” passages that run underneath the length of the house can be entered from doorways incorporated into the living room’s paneling. Music could be heard throughout the home from the organ room whose ornate grill still graces a living room wall. A small window in the master bedroom looks out over the living room and mischievous younger guests were known to use that vantage point to fly paper airplanes down on the adults’ parties. The initials HH can still be seen on the drainpipes and the original bell used to call family members in for meals still hangs in the cupola on the roof.The McCarthy Family in front of The Hartshorne Mansionin 1959.Although Hartshorne could occasionally be seen skating on the river, he added a pond to the property to supply smooth ice for his practice and that of his guests, including figure skater and film star Sonja Henie, as well as the many young skaters he took under his wing over the years. Winters also would find members of the family ice boating on the Shrewsbury River. During the warmer months, the Little Silver fire department would make sure the pond was sufficiently filled to allow for rowing in a molded mahogany boat.“I really have Mr. Hartshorne to thank for my love of boating,” said Strand, a lifelong resident of Little Silver who went on to become borough police chief, retiring in 1997. “If it wasn’t for his pond, access to the Shrewsbury River and his boats, I would not have gone on to racing power boats or ice boats. There’s a direct correlation between growing up at the Hartshorne Mansion property and my love of boating.”While Hartshorne spent most of his time in New York, Strand recalled Hartshorne spending many weekends at his Little Silver home – especially in the winter months. “There was no question that the pond was the center attraction (outside),” Strand recalled. “The Shrewsbury didn’t always freeze, so Mr. Hartshorne needed a place to skate – the pond was the perfect choice.”While Strand ice-skated, it was boating that drew more of the young boy’s attention. “He had boats on the property, and he was very generous in allowing our family to use them.”Hartshorne’s generosity also extended to the community, especially the borough fire department. “The fire department would come and fill the pond when the water dried up,” Strand said. “And Mr. Hartshorne always made a donation to show his appreciation.”For a young boy, the property with its woods, rolling lawns, horses, goats and rabbits was a dream come true. “You were never bored, and there was always something to do,” Strand said. When he was a preteen, Strand’s father allowed his son to accompany him to work on occasion. “It was so pretty, so different … it was a little bit of heaven.”The Hartshorne Mansion features 217 leaded-glass windows, many inset with stained-glass images depicting Swiss Canton coats of arms and historical or literary images.While Strand doesn’t really remember the guests dressed in white that would enjoy a leisurely summer afternoon in the shade of the gingko trees, he does remember the Hartshorne mansion. “When I put an addition on my own home, I used long wood beams on the ceiling and put in a fireplace – just like Mr. Hartshorne,” Strand said. “My house is nowhere the size of Mr. Hartshorne’s, but when I walk in the room, I always think of him fondly.”Over the years the surroundings have changed, and new families have come to live within the walls of the Hartshorne Mansion. For Strand, though, the memories live on. “And it’s really nice that the Hartshorne Mansion will be open for the show house,” he said. “It’s really a one-of-a-kind place that I was lucky to call home for a little while.”
By John Burton |N.W.S. EARLE — It may be a little early for handing out cigars, but the New York/New Jersey Baykeeper is happy that oysters appear to have taken to the Raritan Bay.Scientists working with the environmental organization’s oyster restoration program last week discovered the natural growth of baby oysters on the group’s manmade reefs in the local waterways, Baykeeper announced.“It’s really exciting. We should be celebrating,” said Meredith Comi, restoration program director for Baykeeper.Biologically known as spat, the baby oysters were found for the first time at the manmade oyster restoration reef the organization established at the shipping pier at Naval Weapons Station Earle’s Leonardo location, an approximately 2.9-mile-long structure jutting into the Raritan Bay.This discovery indicates “that the adult oysters on the reef are spawning and the larvae is settling back on the reef,” the organization announced in a press release.“This is the first step in a self-sustaining reef,” which is the goal of the project, the statement said.The discovery is very significant,” Comi said, “because it means that we do have the adults in there and they’re healthy enough to actually reproduce.”In 2011 the U.S. Navy allowed Baykeeper to establish a manmade oyster reef, constructed from concrete blocks at the Earle pier in an attempt to reintroduce oysters to the Raritan Bay. According to scientists and environmentalists, oysters had long been an important component of the Two River ecosystem. Oysters, experts in the field say, serve as a natural water filtration system and the reefs can function in the same way as jetties, offering some shoreline protection for tidal surges like those that devastated the coast during Super Storm Sandy.“By working in partnership with community non-governmental organizations like the NY/NJ Baykeeper, Naval Weapons Station Earle is working to protect the Navy’s critical infrastructure, as well as our surrounding communities, against future storm surges,” said Eric Helms, Earle’s environmental director.In 2010, the state Department of Environmental Protection ordered Baykeeper to destroy the oysters and dismantle the reefs the group established off the Keyport Harbor, in the Raritan Bay, and in the Navesink River, off of Red Bank. The DEP’s order stemmed from those waterways not meeting federal clean water standards. State officials feared the oyster beds would be vulnerable to illegal harvesting and the oysters might be contaminated and could be consumed by the unsuspecting public. But Baykeeper was able to reach an agreement with Earle for the oyster beds for research purposes, given the naval installation is highly patrolled and protected.The state Legislature about two years ago approved a bill that would allow organizations like Baykeeper to establish similar beds for educational and research purposes, as long as safety guidelines can be put in place that meet the DEP standards.Since then, “We’ve been having some very good, open conversations on how to move forward,” Comi said, noting the DEP awarded Baykeeper a $150,000 grant to study a sustainable shoreline for the Earle property.So far, though, oysters haven’t taken in other areas, like the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers, despite Baykeeper and other environmental groups’ efforts. But Comi said she remains optimistic. “I know there has to be more out there,” she said last week.Oysters traditionally spawn twice a year, usually in June and in August, according to Comi.This article was first published in the Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.
The Kootenay Wildcats slipped a little in the B.C. Female Midget Hockey League after dropping a pair of games to league leading Fraser Valley Phantom during the weekend at the Pitt Meadows Arena.The Cats lost 2-0 Saturday before falling 5-1 Sunday in the Fraser Valley.Madison Sands and Brianna Keats scored all the goals Alexandra Frisk would need as Fraser Valley skated to the shutout win.Sunday, Fraser Valley exploded for four third-period goals, snapping a 1-1 tie en route to the four-goal victory.Five different players scored for the Phantom.Kathryn Haegedorn scored the lone goal for the Wildcats in the second frame.Kootenay, falling to 2-8 on the season, sit fourth in the five-team league.Fraser Valley leads the league with a 7-0 record.The Cats have a few weeks to hit the practice rink before playing host to Phantoms Dec. 3-4 in Nelson.firstname.lastname@example.org