Final day for Empty Stocking

first_img Pinterest Twitter TAGS  Facebook Facebook It’s the final day of the 26th year of the Empty Stocking Fund our goal of $100,000 won’t be met without your help. Funds stay in Ector County to help needy families during the annual fundraising effort by the Odessa American and The Salvation Army. Funds go for a good holiday meal and small gifts under the tree. Donations to the Empty Stocking Fund can help families get small gifts for children and a food basket. The gifts were handed out on Thursday and we are down to the wire. Donations may be mailed or delivered to the Salvation Army Community Center, 810 E. 11th St., or the Odessa American, 700 N. Grant, Suite 800. ZIP codes for both are 79761. Call the Salvation Army at 332-0738. The Empty Stocking Fund was created by the Odessa American in 1995 and has raised more than $2 million. Donate online at ON THE Final day for Empty Stocking WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Countdown continues to transformative vet school debutTHE POINT: The school will bring additional prestige to a community with a long and proud educational history.Next articleROMANO: Facebook bans boost to Trump Christmas Card! Humbug! Digital AIM Web Support Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – December 18, 2020 Pinterest WhatsApp Local Newslast_img read more

Bakers hit by spelt flour shortages

first_imgStocks of spelt flour are in such short supply that bakers are being forced to stop making spelt bread altogether.The shortage has been caused by a surge in global demand for the grain combined with two years of poor harvests, which have pushed prices from around £800 for a tonne of organic spelt grain to around £2,000 in the past year, while conventional spelt has risen from £500 to £1,600 a tonne.Shipton Mill wrote to customers last month explaining that the situation was so severe that it would be limiting bakers to around half their normal order and putting up prices. The company said it would not be taking on any more new customers for spelt flour until after this year’s spelt harvest in August.East Bristol Bakery and Baltic Bakehouse in Liverpool have both been forced to stop making spelt products because of the shortages. Igor Occhiali at Ruben’s Bakehouse in Twickenham, which is supplied by Shipton, told British Baker that he was baking spelt loaves to order to reserve his flour supplies.“There is no spelt out there. I’ve tried to buy more flour from other millers and can’t get any. It’s quite incredible,” he said.last_img read more

Enang Pours Encomium on Gov Emmanuel over Support for Akwa Utd

first_imgOkon Bassey in UyoAkwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has been lauded for taking the unity of the state to national limelight through sports development.Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, who gave kudos to the governor specifically noted the efforts of the state government to drive its darling team, Akwa United to national fame.Enang who made the remark in a letter sent to the club’s Chairman, Paul Bassey, said with the team’s 3-2 victory over Niger Tornadoes at the finals of the 2017 Aiteo Cup competition in Lagos shows the important the governor attaches to sports in the state. According to Enang, the team succeeded as a result of Emmanuel’s enhanced welfare package and support to the team.“For the second time, Governor Udom has done it on the football front. He deserves commendation,” the Senator declared.He stressed that the victory in the nation’s oldest and biggest football championship has catapulted the name of the state to the top of football playing states in the land.Enang’s words: “The victory has further reaffirmed the resilient spirit of Akwa Ibom people in rising up and facing a daunting task and making a success out of it.“To have won the tournament for the second time in three years, clinching all the individual awards on offer on the final day clearly stands Akwa United FC as the best football club out of the more than 72 teams that took part in the competition.“I am thrilled to note that with the victory in the Aiteo Cup, the state-owned football club has secured automatic qualification to represent the country in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup competition,” Enang declared.The Presidential aide urged the players not to allow the joy of winning the championship to affect future completions harping on the need for team to begin early preparations in order to take the continent of Africa by storm in their continental outing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Baby on board? Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic are reportedly expecting their first child.

first_imgGerman midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and retired tennis player Ana Ivanovic are reportedly expecting their first child. The couple got married in July 2016 after almost two years together. Ivanovic caused a wide spread of rumours that she was pregnant after a picture surfaced of her visiting the gynecologist few months ago. The former tennis World Number One announced her retirement from the sport in December 2016, stating that she was no longer able to play to her high standards and win big tournaments, meaning it was time to move on from professional tennis and start a new chapter in her life. She was also plagued with reoccurring injuries during her 14-year career.Schweinsteiger who is the fourth most-capped German player of all time retired from international football after the UEFA Euro 2016 in France. The former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder currently plays for Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.According to reports, a close family member disclosed that Ivanovic is already four months into her pregnancy.  Schweinsteiger and Ivanovic are yet to confirm the reports, but congratulatory messages to the couple have flooded social media.RelatedNew Addition! Schweinsteiger And Wife Expecting Their First ChildNovember 23, 2017In “Europe”Schweinsteiger Welcomes First Baby With Wife Ana Ivanovic (Photo)March 19, 2018In “Lifestyle”Islam SlimaniJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Lukaku double fires Man United to winning start

first_imgFormer Manchester City stalwart Zabaleta’s foul on Rashford gave United a free-kick on the left and from Mkhitaryan’s cross, Lukaku stole between Winston Reid and Arthur Masuaku to plant a header past Hart.Arnautovic served a reminder of West Ham’s threat with a header that De Gea was obliged to tip over, but it seemed only to redouble the home side’s determination to stretch their lead.After Rashford had left the right-hand upright shuddering with a curler from the left-hand apex of the area, Mkhitaryan released Martial to coolly tuck away United’s third before Pogba swept in the fourth from 20 yards.Collated English Premier League results on Sunday, the opening weekend of the 2017-18 season:Manchester United 4 (Lukaku 33, 53, Martial 87, Pogba 90) West Ham 0Newcastle 0 Tottenham 2 (Alli 61, Davies 70)Played SaturdayBrighton 0 Manchester City 2 (Aguero 70, Dunk 75-og)Chelsea 2 (Morata 69, Luiz 88) Burnley 3 (Vokes 24, 43, Ward 39)Crystal Palace 0 Huddersfield 3 (Ward 24-og, Mounie 26, 78)Everton 1 (Rooney 45+1) Stoke 0Southampton 0 Swansea 0Watford 3 (Okaka 8, Doucoure 32, Britos 90+3) Liverpool 3 (Mane 29, Firmino 55-pen, Salah 57)West Brom 1 (Hegazi 31) Bournemouth 0Played FridayArsenal 4 (Lacazette 2, Welbeck 45+2, Ramsey 83, Giroud 85) Leicester 3 (Okazaki 5, Vardy 29, 56) Share on: WhatsApp He might have been able to celebrate his first league goal even sooner.Mkhitaryan’s pass freed Juan Mata and when the Spaniard’s shot was blocked by West Ham goalkeeper Hart, he squared the ball to Lukaku, but the 24-year-old could not get a shot away.– Rashford hits post –Mata’s darting runs into the box were bringing United joy and he almost broke the deadlock when he raced onto Pogba’s clever dinked pass and slipped a shot past Hart, only for Angelo Ogbonna to hack clear.United’s pressure told in the 33rd minute thanks to a move started and finished by home debutants.Matic had already seduced the home fans with his awareness and coolness on the ball and he sprang a United counter-attack by racing out to block an attempted pass by Pedro Obiang.Picking up the loose ball, Rashford tore into the West Ham half and slid a pass into the box for Lukaku, whose first-time shot clanged off the left-hand post and nestled in the side-netting on the other side of the goal.While United old boy Hernandez endured a thankless first half on his return to Old Trafford, Andre Ayew threatened an equaliser in stoppage time with a rasping drive that David de Gea had to parry.Lukaku picked up where he had left off in the second half, first releasing Rashford to run through and shoot wide and then doubling his tally in the 52nd minute.center_img Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Romelu Lukaku introduced himself to Old Trafford in triumphant fashion with two goals as Manchester United crushed West Ham United 4-0 in an impressive Premier League opener on Sunday.The Belgium striker, a £75 million ($97.6 million, 82.5 million euros) signing from Everton, struck either side of half-time to take his tally of goals against West Ham to 11 in his last 11 appearances.Substitute Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba added late goals that gave a true reflection of United’s dominance and sent Jose Mourinho’s side to the top of the early-season standings on goal difference.United join Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on maximum points and while West Ham offered scant resistance, the early signs suggest Mourinho’s men will not end the season 24 points off the pace again.While Lukaku took the headlines, Nemanja Matic also enjoyed an assured home debut following his £40 million switch from Chelsea and there were strong showings from Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford as well.West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, who gave league debuts to Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, will hope for better when his side visit Southampton next weekend.Having opened his account in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup loss to Real Madrid in Macedonia, Lukaku now has three goals in two United games.last_img read more

New Voice, Same Talent for Holmdel Theatre Company

first_imgBy Mary Ann Bourbeau |HOLMDEL – Kathy Connolly wants to take the Holmdel Theatre Company to the next level. And two months into her new position as artistic director, she is well on her way.“I want to build it up to a professional level and I think in the long term, it’s totally doable,” she said.Since she took over for former artistic director Laurie Devino, Connolly has already increased the number of shows to four this season, kicking off with “You Can’t Take It With You,” which runs from Oct. 26 to Nov. 11. It’s the story of a woman from a good-natured but eccentric family who becomes engaged to a man whose relatives are decidedly stuffy. Comedy ensues when the two families meet for the first time. The show, written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, has a cast of 15 and will be directed by Connolly’s husband, Jake Oliver.“I wanted to do a classic play, something funny, with a big cast and a big set to start off the season,” Connolly said. “Jake is a great director and he’s good with comedy.”The season continues with the play “Art” from Dec. 7 to 16; “Life is a Dream” from March 29 to April 14; and the musical “Next to Normal” from July 19 to Aug. 4.“I’m so excited to do a musical and especially this musical,” she said. “I performed several musicals in barns when I did summer stock as an actor. I love barn theaters.”The theater hosted a 30th Season Cabaret Gala Oct. 1, featuring Broadway’s Jenn Gambatese (“School of Rock,” “Tarzan”), Gaelen Gilliland (“SpongeBob Squarepants,” “Kinky Boots”) and Rema Webb (“Escape to Margaritaville,” “Violet”). The inaugural event was a fundraiser for the theater.“These Broadway singers all thought the acoustics were perfect,” Connolly said.Holmdel Theatre Company presents its shows at the Duncan Smith Theater, at 36 Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel.Plans for Holmdel Theatre include more interaction with students from the middle and high school, including a youth theater that will kick off with a staged reading in the spring.“It’s important for professionals to work with students, both on stage and backstage,” she said. “That’s been part of our mission statement since the theater was founded.”“I was fortunate enough to work with professionals on stage and as a student, and it’s very important to me to carry on this tradition at Holmdel Theatre Company,” she said.Originally from Pittsburgh, Connolly began performing theater at age 9. She attended Point Park University, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and New York University, where she studied in the Stella Adler and CAP21 conservatories.After college, Connolly worked as an actor and director in both regional and national tours. After moving to Middletown, she began directing musicals and teaching acting at area schools and the Middletown Arts Center. She also works as a teaching artist at the Two River Theater in Red Bank.After serving five years as artistic director, Devino felt the theater needed someone who could devote more time to it.“I work full time and Holmdel Theatre deserves more attention than I could give with my schedule,” she said. “Kathy is a perfect fit. She will definitely bring much needed new life to the theater.”Devino will still be involved; in fact, she has a lead role in “You Can’t Take It With You.”“It’s nice to be able to act again,” she said. “I didn’t have time with all my other activities. This is a fun ensemble piece that really holds up. It’s a happy little escape.”Connolly is looking forward to seeing what the future holds at Holmdel Theatre Company.“The first time I walked into the theater, I automatically fell in love with it,” she said. “It’s such a special place with a special history and I feel very lucky to be given this opportunity. It feels like home already.”Tickets for “You Can’t Take It With You” are $15 to $25. For more information, visit and entertainment writer Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at [email protected] article was first published in the Oct. 11-18, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Nelson Leafs play host to 12-team Peewee House Tournament

first_imgThe Leafs begin the tourney Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Arena against the Castlegar Giants.Nelson plays two games Saturday — 9:45 a.m. in the Civic against Tri Cities Thunder and 4:45 p.m. against the Kelowna Chiefs.Sunday teams play in the playoff round with the semi final starting at 8 a.m.The final goes at 1:15 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. Nelson Minor Hockey is hosting a Peewee House tournament beginning Friday at the NDCC and Civic Arenas.Nelson Leafs is the host club in the 12 team tournament that has teams competing from Grand Forks, Kaslo, Creston, Kelowna and Tri Cities.last_img read more