Tropical Storm Watch Issued For Palm Beach County

first_imgA tropical storm watch has been issued from Jupiter Inlet south to Ocean Reef near Key Largo after tropical depression 19 formed at 5 PM on Friday.Tropical Depression 19 currently has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is moving WNW at 8 mph.The system is expected to bring occasional heavy rainfall and possible tornado activity to our area over the weekend as the system moves in from the Bahamas over the next 6-12 hours.The storm is forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday where further strengthening is expected.September is considered the peak of hurricane season and there are currently 6 active systems in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico including Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene.Stay with 850 WFTL for the latest.last_img

2017 Heritage Games open in Georgetown

first_imgTHE annual multi-sport Heritage Games commenced yesterday with preliminary action in the cricket and football competitions, at the Everest Cricket Club and Ministry of Education grounds on Carifesta Avenue.The day started with a vibrant opening ceremony, which was graced by the presence of the Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs Sydney Allicock, and Junior Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe. The teams from the varying regions took part in the march past, before the games began.In the male cricket matches, easy wins for Laluni, Campbelltown, and St Cuthbert’s Mission meant they joined Mahdia who secured a walkover in the semifinals.Laluni took the first win of the day, after a half-century from David Francis (88) led them to 131-7 in their ten overs, before they restricted the Matacai team to 76-8 in their ten overs.Campbelltown had a 39-run win over the Moraikobai men, after making it to 97-5, led by a 43 from Ravi Persaud.Persaud returned with the ball (3-14) as Moraikobai replied with 58-8.In the final men’s match of the day Santa Aratak made 78-9 (10 overs), while St Cuthbert replied with 80-3 in 7.1 overs.On the female side, Kartabo, Moraikobai, Santa Mission and Capoey teams moved into the semi-finals.Only two wickets fell for Kartabo as they chased 125 runs, against Siparuta that ended 96 runs behind before all batters had fallen. For Kartabo, Toshona Tyrell ended just short of a half-century, 46 runs not out.Moraikobai had a 40-run victory over Moruca and Santa Mission won by nine wickets against the Laluni females. In the final match of the day, Capoey won by six wickets against Swan.The Heritage Games will continue today with swimming at the National Aquatic Centre, the football and cricket, while the archery competition gets started at 13:00hrs at Everest.last_img read more

Love & Marriage; ACC players balance football, married life

first_imgIf anything, those few hours after home games might be only time all week during the fall Briggs and wife Loren have a chance to decompress together without school, work or football getting in the way. So while many of the Panthers go out and do what college kids do on the weekend, Briggs typically heads home to the small one-bedroom off-campus apartment he and his wife share and exhales.“I’m living my dream,” Briggs said.One that the NCAA played a small role in. The organization’s decision in 2015 to allow schools to provide “cost of attendance” payouts to players gave Briggs and Syracuse offensive tackle Koda Martin — who is married to Orange head coach Dino Babers’ daughter Jazzmin — peace of mind before popping the question.“My wife graduated before me and was getting a job as a teacher, but I didn’t want her to be dealing with the pressure of pulling the weight for me and her,” said Martin, who transferred to Syracuse after graduating from Texas A&M, where he met Jazzmin, a volleyball player. “Thankfully, with my scholarship check and the cost of attendance check that had been added around the time we got married, it was a big difference-maker. It definitely comforted me and made me feel like I was really going to be financially stable and that it was feasible to be able to get married and have the stability that we needed, not have to stress too much about money.”The ties that bind Martin and the Orange are complex.The 23-year-old’s father Kirk — a longtime high school coach in Texas — is now the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse. Oh, and then there’s the whole “father-in-law” as head coach thing. It can be a tricky line to walk at times.“He holds me to a high standard definitely,” Martin said of Babers. “There’s no favoritism. If anything, I’ve got a little extra coaching and a little extra accountability at home, stuff like that.”Babers insisted there was no nepotism involved when he announced Martin — who married Jazzmin in the summer of 2017 and currently lives in the basement of Babers’ house — as a starter. Martin’s play has backed it up for the surprising Orange (5-2), winning over the respect of his new teammates in the process.“I’m not even close to thinking about marriage, but I hope he feels like he’s comfortable with playing under his father-in-law,” Orange defensive end Kendall Coleman said. “Coming into a team that he really didn’t know too much about, to come in here and immediately be an impact player for us is impressive.”The opportunity to be part of the renaissance Babers is trying to orchestrate at Syracuse is one of the reasons Martin wanted to join the Orange. Yet being married has helped provided him with perspective. The game can be all-consuming at times. Going home to his wife — even with his head coach living upstairs — gives him a reality check of sorts.“I love football,” Martin said. “It’s a huge part of my life. I was raised in it. It’s kind of hard to imagine my life without football, but at the same time it’s not the end-all, be-all. My priorities are family, education and football. My faith gives me a lot of peace and comfort when things aren’t going my way.”Briggs can relate.For a young couple on a budget, the “game checks” as the 22-year-old Briggs calls them, can go a long way.“I wanted to know I could put food on the table and pay for some insurance for a vehicle that I’d saved up to pay for,” said Briggs, who is pursing a master’s degree in finance while Loren works at a church and takes online classes toward a college degree of her own. “I had all the basic necessities for living.”A life that’s pretty hectic at the moment. Briggs is juggling 15 credit hours, a starting job in the Pitt secondary and married life. Yet it hardly appears to be overwhelming. If anything, Briggs is thriving. He’s currently fifth on the team with 29 tackles for the Panthers (3-4) while providing a steadying presence in the secondary.“He’s playing at a high level right now, I think,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “Better than he ever has.”Briggs isn’t sure if there’s a correlation between his rise and being married, though he believes tying the knot “made me a better leader.” It’s one of the reasons his teammates voted him a defensive captain over the summer after he admittedly struggled on the field in 2017.Even if the lifestyle Martin, Briggs, Stone and other married players lead is different than the rest of the guys in the locker room.“It can be a little isolating at times if you’re the only married couple on the team because some events are players only,” Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. ”(When I coached at) Brigham Young, there were so many (couples) that there were couples only events. Well, when you’re Lindell Stone and his wife and if you’re one of the only married couples, then yeah, it can be a little bit of an identity crisis as to where they fit, but if they fit together, it all works well.”There are no such issues for Stone, who Mendenhall called “an unselfish and team-oriented player who kind of goes above and beyond to make sure” he fits in.For Martin and Jazzmin, there are plenty of quiet nights at home but every once in a while they head out into the western New York night with the rest of the Orange. While Martin allows “it’s a different dynamic,” Jazzmin provides a secret weapon of sorts. Call it the byproduct of being the daughter of a coach and the wife of a player.“She’ll cook Oreo balls, cookies, things like that,” Martin said. “And the guys are fired-up.”What the NCAA helped bring together — in a small way — let no man put asunder.___AP Sports Writers John Kekis in Albany, New York and Hank Kurz in Charlottesville, Virginia contributed to this report.___More AP college football: and It’s not that Briggs doesn’t enjoy hanging out. He does. It’s just that time is precious for players like Briggs, who is among a small fraternity in the Atlantic Coast Conference attempting to navigate the push-pull of academics, big-time college football and wedded bliss. PITTSBURGH (AP) — The question arises regularly, usually after a Pittsburgh home game. And even though Dennis Briggs’ teammates know the answer that’s coming from the senior defensive back they jokingly and reverentially call “old man,” they ask anyway because respect must be paid.So when Briggs turns down their invitation to go out and either celebrate or commiserate, they don’t complain.“I have responsibilities,” Briggs said. “They understand that. They don’t give me a hard time about it.”center_img In this April 14, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh safety Dennis Briggs (20) gets the team fired up before their annual spring NCAA college football game in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)last_img read more

“One-of-a-Kind’ Mansion is Transformed for Designer Show House

first_imgIF 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: 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.”last_img read more

PEPSEC Launches Secured Airport Shuttle, Hotel Reservation Service

first_imgPreferred Security and Policy Analysis Company (PEPSEC), a 100 percent Liberian-owned company, has launched a secured airport shuttle service aimed at reducing the inconveniences for people traveling in and out of the country through the Roberts International Airport (RIA).The shuttle service, which runs daily between Monrovia and RIA, is timed to depart from various points around Monrovia and Paynesville, bound for RIA. On the return leg, travelers visiting Liberia will be able to book a hotel through PEPSEC and be dropped off there. According to PEPSEC, the shuttle vehicles are fully air-conditioned, WiFi-equipped and secure and its passengers are insured.The launch of the service was held on Monday, April 21, 2019, at the WINGS Restaurant in the RIA compound, Harbel, Margibi County.PEPSEC Executive chairman, Charles A. Minor, said the launch was to invoke the presence of God for His blessings upon the business and open the service to the wider market of RIA passengers.“Our service will have some particularly innovative dimensions. In addition to working with the Airport itself, we will have a number of partner hotels. Our promoters and sales agents will meet and greet incoming passengers and guests in the airport terminal, book them hotel accommodation, if needed and sell them seats on our luxury passengers vans that will take them safely to their chosen hotels,” he said.Minor, who is Liberia’s former Ambassador to the United States of America (USA), said the hotels will support “our efforts as we support theirs and together, we will drive forward safe and reliable accommodation and transportation between airport and hotels in the greater Monrovia.” He believes that the initiative is small but an important step on the road to promoting tourism in Liberia.Amb. Charles A. Minor, Chairman, PEPSEC“We believe that, although some donors and foreign investors are reported to be losing appetite to invest in Liberia, we Liberians are starving for ingredients to reverse the economic decline. One certain possibility is the tourism industry,” he said in a statement.“Tourists can be encouraged to come here. We have some of the basic infrastructure and there are few private Liberians doing what they can with small efforts to attract tourists, especially during the dry season,” he said.According to Amb. Minor, many hotels in the country have only 30 to 40 percent occupancy; with more tourists, especially from Europe and Asia, hotel occupancy rate can be pushed up easily to 70 or 80 percent and enhance income and generation of tourist dollars.PEPSEC executive chairman said, “our restaurants are not being patronized; some have even closed; local transport caters only to locals who can hardly afford to pay remunerative rates so vehicles can hardly afford regular maintenance; service providers such as waiters and others in the industry are not receiving the pay incentives because the businesses in the industry have low turnovers a can-not afford betters terms and condition of employment.“If the Gambia, with much less to see than Liberia, can survive on tourism, Liberia, still with a lot of pristine beaches, lakes, forest reserves and friendly people, can improve its tourist attraction,” he added.Ambassador Minor continued: “We need must quickly mention, however, we do need to build the capacity among those who are in the tourist industry, from the waiters in restaurants, to the taxi drivers on the streets, to the customs and immigration officers at the ports of entry.“And that is doable. For PEPSEC, let me commit that we shall do our utmost to transport as many airline passengers to and from RIA as long as it is economically viable.”He further told the gathering that the airport shuttle will pick up passengers from the Embassy Suites Hotel, located at the heart of the Diplomatic District at Mamba Point; the Corina Hotel on Tubman Boulevard in Sinkor; the À la Lagune Hotel on the Congo Town Back Road; and RLJ Hotel and Resort at Kendeja.He said the airport shuttle will drop passengers off at those same locations in the reverse order from the RIA. “Our vehicles are all ensured, our operators are very experienced and trained and retrained. They have also been given security and safety training.”Ambassador Minor said PEPSEC has about 170 staffs employed and contracted to provide security for businesses and private homes and “we are grateful to our many clients, especially NASSCORP, LBDI, Afriland Bank, insurance companies and many private individuals who have allowed us to provide them services over the years.“We are also grateful to British Airways that have rated us one of the best providers of transport for their airline crew and they have recommended our services to several other European airlines who anticipated coming to Liberia.”PEPSEC was also privileged to provide transportation to the KLM crew during the entire period the Dutch airline serviced Liberia.“With the experience PEPSEC has gained servicing airline crew, we are now launching this Airport Shuttle Service to target the wider Roberts International Airport (RIA) passengers market.”Ambassador Minor said in addition to the fully air-conditioned, the vehicles are equipped with fire extinguishers, First Aid kits and wifi, for the convenience of passengers.George Daweh Yuoh, RIA’s Chief Finance Officer, commended PEPSEC for the service and promised the airport’s cooperation in moving forward Liberia’s tourism sector.Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Liberia’s Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and TourismFor his part, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Eugene Nagbe, welcomed the investment and pledged the Ministry’s commitment to support and cooperate with PEPSEC in whatever way possible.Minister Nagbe said tourism is a private sector driven area. “Without the private sector there can never be no tourism,” he said. “We are the policy arm of government, we have to work, encourage and grant incentive to the private sector for tourism itself to put out. What is happening here today is one of the key components of the sector, moving tourists around in convenient and effective ways,” he said.Also speaking, PEPSEC Vice Chairman, Cllr. Henry Reed-Cooper, who gave the vote of thanks, described Ambassador Minor as someone who is always willing to work with people.  He said Ambassador Minor, who he has known since he (Cooper) was younger than 21 years of age, “is somebody who knows how to organize, who knows how to work hard and who does not steal.Meanwhile, the launch was attended by authorities of the RIA, PEPSEC staffs, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe and a host of other business associates, relatives, friends.PEPSEC also has a branded kiosk in the arrival terminal, where airline passengers can book their seats on the shuttle and also book accommodation using one of PEPSEC’s partner hotels. By the end of the program, the PEPSEC shuttle service had already secured its first two passengers who arrived into Liberia on ASKY Airline.PEPSEC has been in operation for over five years in Liberia. Among other services, the company offers security risk assessment, security management, security guard services, escort services, “vault on wheels”, electric fencing, intruder alarm and CCTV systems.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City of Fort St John releases construction values for April 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has released the construction value of building permits issued for April 2019.For April, the value of construction was $2,478,810.00 with seven permits issued.The largest project on the list is for a Single Family Dwelling with a construction value of $712,780.00.- Advertisement -In comparison to 2018, the overall construction value of the projects is up from $4,273,300.00 to $16,190,310.00.Despite the construction value being up, the number of permits issued so far in 2019 is at 24, compared to 30 a year ago.You can view the full April 2019 building permit report on the City’s website.Advertisementlast_img

Perfect! Wind and cold to give way to sizzling sunshine for Easter weekend

first_imgIt promises to be four seasons in one week across Donegal in the coming days with wind and rain giving way to lots of sunshine.A status yellow wind warning is in place for Donegal today up until 7pm this evening with plenty of rain to follow.However, Met Eireann has said that the forecast for Good Friday and into the weekend means that temperatures could reach double figures in many places and possibly up to 23 degrees. Met Eireann has warned that gusts of up to 110kmh could hit Donegal and surrounding counties today.A spokesperson warned people of falling branches as well as heavy rainfall.However, the weather will see a major turnaround as the week progresses towards the weekend.Forecaster Liz Walsh told “As we progress into the week, it’s going to start getting warmer. By Easter weekend, we could see temperatures of up to 23C – a much better outlook for the holiday weekend. “So we just have to get through this period and the weather should be warm and settled.”Perfect! Wind and cold to give way to sizzling sunshine for Easter weekend was last modified: April 16th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalforecastMet Eireannsunlast_img read more

Ohio FFA members well represented at National Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As usual, Ohio FFA will be well represented at the 2017 National FFA Convention. Here is a list of Ohio participants to watch for this week in Indianapolis.American FFA Degrees – 397                                                         American Star in Agribusiness Finalist – Shaun Wenrick, Anna American Star in Agriscience Finalist – Chrysta Beck, Pettisville National Officer Candidate – Mary Buehler, Anna Honorary American DegreesLeah Amstutz, ColumbusKaren Cooley, WilliamsfieldAndrew Muntz, Columbus National Proficiency Award FinalistsAgricultural Communications – Kolt Buchenroth, Kenton-OHPAgricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Maci Krites, Miami East-MVCTCAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Aaron Hendrich, Eaton-MVCTCAgricultural Sales-Entrepreneurship – Katie Bendickson, Miami East-MVCTCAgricultural Sales-Placement – Sierra Drewes, New BremenAgriscience Research Plant – Jacob Dennis, PettisvilleBeef Production-Placement – Clinton Liming, Felicity-FranklinDairy Production-Placement – Clair Schmitmeyer, VersaillesDiversified Agricultural Production – Nole Gerfen, Ridgemont Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Michael Klein, West HolmesDiversified Horticulture – Nathan Stacklin, RidgemontDiversified Livestock – Adam Blumenschein, FairbanksEnvironmental Science and Natural Resources Management – Collin Brinkman, FayettevilleEquine Science-Placement – Juanita Miller, West HolmesFiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Reed Aller, St. MarysFood Science and Technology – Ann Marie Shelby, Zane TraceForage Production – Keaton Fout, RidgemontForest Management and Products – Isaac Stephenson, Houston-UVCCGrain Production-Entrepreneurship – Todd Peterson, Miami TraceHome and/or Community Development – Alex Baird, Felicity-FranklinSpecialty Crop Production – Alyssa Westgerdes, Miami East-MVCTCSwine Production-Entrepreneurship – Collin Dunaway, Felicity-FranklinTurf Grass Management – Jason Jenkins, West HolmesVegetable Production – Andrew Harshbarger, VersaillesVeterinary Science – Kayla Bruns, Versailles National Chapter Award-Models of Excellence FinalistsOtsegoNational Chapter Award-Premier Chapter FinalistsGrowing Leaders –Ridgemont Building Communities – Ridgemont Two-Star Chapters – Amanda-Clearcreek, Anna, Black River, Cardington, Cedarville-GCCC, Clear Fork, Covington-UVCC, Crestview, Eaton-MVCTC, Elgin, Kenton-OHP, Mowrystown, National Trail-MVCTC, North Union, Peebles, Talawanda-Butler Tech, Upper Sandusky, Wauseon, Zane Trace  Three-Star Chapters – Bowling Green, Felicity-Franklin, Firelands, Houston-UVCC, London, Lynchburg-Clay, Miami East-MVCTC, Miami Trace, New Bremen, Otsego, Ridgemont, South Central, VersaillesNational Agriscience Fair FinalistsAnimal Systems Division 3 – Allison Sanders, Global ImpactAnimal Systems Division 4 – Genevieve Tautkus and Malia Jones, JohnstownAnimal Systems Division 5 – Gretchen Lee, PettisvilleAnimal Systems Division 6 – Piper Lewis and Mackenzie Lowery, WestfallEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 1 – Matthew Pack, LoudonvilleEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 2 – Macyn Hall and Madalyn Woodall, Felicity-FranklinEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 4 – Kylie Blair and Jessica Gillum, Miami East-MVCTCEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 5 – Jordan Skates, PettisvilleEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 6 – Allison Rapp and Sarah Harner, Xenia-GCCCFood Products and Processing Systems Division 1 – Macey Donovan, Felicity-FranklinFood Products and Processing Systems Division 2 – Kiersten Chandler and Sara Doane, Felicity-FranklinFood Products and Processing Systems Division 4 – Katie Shelby and Gabby Wycinski, Zane TraceFood Products and Processing Systems Division 5 – Erin Jennings, Felicity-FranklinFood Products and Processing Systems Division 6 – Grant Lach and Grace Lach, Bloom CarrollPlant Systems Division 2 – Landen Tull and Madison Jenkins, Felicity-FranklinPlant Systems Division 3 – Kayla Wyse, PettisvillePlant Systems Division 6 – Tayler Gage and Diamon Carder, Edgewood-Butler TechPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 1 – Grant Portz, LoudonvillePower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 2 – Ellie Sharp and Natalie Brueggemann, Felicity-FranklinPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 3 – Trina Orr, UticaPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 4 – Jared Hamilton and Joseph Glassmeyer, Felicity-FranklinPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 6 – Brenden Bayes and Jared Minor, WestfallSocial Science Division 3 – Loryn Wright, AyersvilleSocial Science Division 4 – Paige Miller and Kennedy Shartzer, Anthony WayneSocial Science Division 6 – Olivia Pflaumer and Julie Everidge, Zane Trace Career Development EventsTBD after convention National Band ParticipantsSeth Taylor-Clyde, Katherine Tilford-Talawanda Butler Tech, Jamie Walter-Liberty Union National Chorus ParticipantsShay Bolton-Parkway, Katelyne Crouch-Pymatuning Valley, Seth Feikert-Triway, Cheyenne Gillett-National Trail MVCTC National Talent ParticipantsGarrett Allen-Ohio Valley, Chase Cummings-Waynesfield Goshenlast_img read more

A small farm with a big purpose

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetFrom the road, it looks like many farms in Clark County that you might pass by and get a quick glimpse of, with 24 acres or rolling hills, woodland areas, gardens, greenhouses, livestock pens and red barns. But once you step onto The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm you begin to realize that there is more to this farm that what you see as you drive by.The farm got its start after two school teachers who decided to leave their well-established careers, along with the benefits that came along with them, to open a working farm that would become a day program for adults with disabilities, including those suffering from autism spectrum disorder and dementia. The farm’s mission is to provide those adults the dignity to enjoy meaningful work, life and social relationships in a safe agricultural community, to participate as good stewards of God’s bounty.“One of the motivations to do this for me, personally, is that my son is one of our farmers involved in the program and I wanted a different kind of programming for him than anything I had found available,” said Beth Snyder, one of the owners and founders of The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm, which stands for Honor And Respect Daily. “I wanted him to be able to experience the joys of working with living things and being outside and being active.”The farmers at H.A.R.D. Acre are involved in different activities every day. At some point in the day, they will get to take care of the animals, which include a cow, some sheep, goats, miniature donkeys, and an alpaca. Gardening will also be a part of the farmers’ daily routine, starting with seed pods in February and ending with harvest as late as November. Items grown and crafts made on the farm are available all year long at the farm’s retail shop.“I think there is a real satisfaction that the work you are doing has meaning and you feel a responsibility to come back the next day to continue the job, whether it be to water, to weed, to pick or to make sure the animals are okay,” Snyder said. “That sense of belonging that you get on a farm is important to anyone and I think we are finding out that it is really meaningful to this population.”Being a working farm, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate with the tasks that may need to be done on certain days, so the day doesn’t always go according to plan. But, like any working farm, there is always something to do.“Once the chores are done, we might end out painting outside and them hold on to those projects and finish them inside the barn on a rainy day,” said Jennifer Hardacre, who also owns and founded The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm. “Daily programs are also based on the ability of our farmers. For instance, gardening for someone that has full range of mobility might include weeding the garden at the ground level, where someone who may not be able to bend over would be weeding at one of our raised beds or planting seeds at a high table top. We can plan a program for anybody and make it a meaningful day on the farm.”Leaving careers in teaching to start a program like this was certainly a leap of faith, but Snyder and Hardacre have been very thankful for the support of the community and the early success of The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm.“It has been more successful then Beth and I could have envisioned,” Hardacre said. “There is an army of people that support us. They donate. They volunteer. Our farmers and their families and the local agricultural community and so many people are backing this effort because it is such a needed program.“It was very scary to step out from a solid teaching career, but seeing the progress of the program and the individuals taking part in it has been very rewarding.”The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm is hosting their 3rd Annual Fall Festival that features hay rides, kids games, food trucks, direct sales vendors, a petting zoo, crafts/fall decor, a love offering bake sale, pumpkin painting, fall family photos, live entertainment, raffle baskets, a 50/50 drawing and more on September 15th starting at 11am. For more information, follow The Hard Acre Farm on Facebook or visit read more