Explore the Outdoors at Virginia State Parks

first_imgDid you know that there are 37 state parks across Virginia, one within an hour drive from anywhere in the state? Whether you’re a big family or a family of one, there’s something for everyone.EXPLOREGet L.O.S.T. geocaching! Listen. Observe. Sense. Try., that is. When you visit a park, make sure to participate in the Geocaching Adventure. Using a GPS unit, you’ll search for the parks’ cache, or a hidden collection of items, which includes a card that describes an activity for you to do that involves textures, colors, senses and imagination. You can also win prizes if you do more than five geocache adventures.BE ENTERTAINEDMany of the parks host family friendly events and festivals – music, historic, cultural – you name it. From the Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park and Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival at Chippokes Plantation State Park, to the Star Parties at Staunton River State Park, and Music at the Marina at Leesylvania State Park, spring and summer is the perfect time to attend an event that suits your fancy. While there, stay for a while – camp, stay in a cabin or lodge, or try out a yurt, the perfect balance of camping meets cabin.DISCOVERMaybe a smaller event is your style – one that gets you up close with nature and in the elements. Or one that educates you on flora and fauna or wildlife found in parks. Selfguided or ranger-led programs are available at each park. Visit the Visitor Center to see what you can do on your own or check the schedule to see what’s happening while you’re there. A popular program is the ranger-led night hike where the moonlight is your guide and you learn about the critters that come out at night. Don’t miss out on that one. You may spot an owl if you’re lucky.THINK OUTSIDEHave you ever tried standup paddle boarding? Or kayaking on the James River? Or a hike that leads you to a breathtaking overlook? You haven’t lived until you have. Get the family out on a trail where you can take a leisure walk, a hike, bike, or a horseback ride. For the best view, see the park from the water. Most of the parks are on a lake, a river, or the beach – or just relax on the shore or by the pool. Head west to discover the mountains and panoramic views that you’ll have to snap a picture of andshare. Rent a kayak, canoe, or john boat, or pull your boat up to the boat dock and fish or go crabbin’.PETS ARE FAMILY TOOPets are family too so bring Butch along. All cabins are pet friendly (except False Cape State Park), including nearly all overnight accommodations, as long you keep your fury friend on a leash. They’ll appreciate you for getting them outside for a run or a walk under the sun. Or even better, a splash in the water.last_img read more

Chemung County man charged with 3 felonies, including rape

first_imgAdditionally, he was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. (WBNG) — Authorities have announced the arrest of a Chemung County man on sex-related charges Wednesday. Campbell was remanded to the Chemung County Jail with bail set to $500,000 or $1 million property. The sheriff’s office says Campbell was arrested in November 2019 for sex offenses following a “lengthy” investigation. Authorities say a new victim came to the sheriff’s office with more information on Campbell sexually abusing them over 11 years when they were a child. The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office says 47-year-old Lawrence L. Campbell Jr. of Breesport, N.Y. was charged with predatory sexual assualt, course of sexual conduct with a child and rape, all felonies.last_img read more

Rescheduled Tokyo Olympics need sacrifices from all stakeholders: Bach

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Wednesday that the postponed Tokyo Games would require “sacrifices and compromises” from all sides to make them work. IOC chief Thomas Bach announcing unprecedented decision to postpone Tokyo Games on Tuesday “These postponed Olympic Games will need sacrifices, will need compromises by all of the stakeholders,” Bach told reporters in a conference call the day after the IOC decided to delay the 2020 Games because of the coronavirus pandemic. The IOC’s role, Bach said, was “to make the Olympic dreams of athletes come true”. He admitted that cancelling the Tokyo Games was “discussed and considered”, but said: “It was very clear from the beginning that cancellation was not something the IOC would in any way favour.” It is the first Olympic Games in peacetime to be postponed. Bach said the rescheduling of the Games in 2021 remained a “very challenging question”. A taskforce, named ‘Here We Go’, had been created to examine the issue, Bach added, saying the first port of call would be with the 33 international federations, likely starting with a conference call on Thursday. “The first step, we have to see with them, to see what the options are. We also have to take into account the sports calendar around the Olympic Games,” the German said. The rescheduling, he added, “is not restricted just to the summer months. All the options are on the table, before and including the summer of 2021”. Both World Athletics and the International Swimming Federation say they are prepared to move their 2021 world championships to accommodate the rescheduled Games. The Athletics world championships are due to be held in Eugene, Oregon on August 6-15 next year, with the swimming worlds at Fukuoka in Japan between July 16 and August 1. – Beating heart of Athletes’ Village – One of the many logistical headaches caused by the historic postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has been the uncertainty around the Athletes’ Village overlooking Tokyo Bay. Touted by developers as a “flagship neighbourhood for urban lifestyles”, the buildings housing the 11,000 competitors were to be hastily repurposed into more than 4,000 condos with stunning city views, some carrying a price tag of 170 million yen ($1.5 million). When asked about how a postponement might affect the Village and its conversion, Bach said: “I cannot tell you what the situation is. “It’s one of the many thousand of questions the taskforce has to address. “It’s the Olympic Village (where) the heart of the Games is usually beating.” Bach, who was part of West Germany’s gold medal-winning foil fencing team at the 1976 Olympics, added: “Of course, I’d be very, very delighted if we could have the Olympic Village in the traditional form. “Everybody who has once lived in an Olympic Village knows that this is the real Olympic experience, that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Read Also: Federer donates $1m to vulnerable Swiss in virus crisis “Living under one roof with the whole world, sharing your meals together, celebrating together, discussing together, and forming this unique Olympic unity.” Bach concluded by saying: “We are at an unprecedented situation and have an unprecedented challenge. “We have to find the best possible situation under the circumstances that we are living in.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value8 Facts About Sasha Obama10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universecenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Wellington City Council to hold special meeting at 12 p.m. Wednesday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council will hold a Special City Council meeting at 12:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, in the City Council Chambers, 317 South Washington, Wellington, Kansas.  The purpose of the SPECIAL MEETING is to consider allowing the City Manager to enter into agreements with raw water users, in accordance with KDHE directives.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — NYS U17 Selects

first_imgIn the end, there was no doubt who the bronze medal winner would be in the U17 Girls Division at the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup in Chilliwack.The Nelson Youth Soccer Selects rode the hat-trick performance of Naomi Perkins, along with solid play from the entire squad, to a 6-1 thumping of the Chilliwack Attack to capture the Bronze Medal at the provincial tournament. Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the Selects with Team of the Week accolades.The U17 Selects include co-coach Mike Gerun, Hanna Enns, Hailey Gerun, Abbie Willans, Naomi Perkins, Kyra Burkhart, Mya Provençal, Shannon Oostysen,Camille Gebhart, Emma Gregorich Paige Le Franc, Maddie Sternloff, Aroha Taiatini-Senrchal, Justin Willans Jena Wheeldon, Alex Dehnel, Bronwyn Sutherland,  Merissa Dawson and Allie Zondervan.last_img read more

Prisoners spat on Fire Chief – CoI hears

first_imgUpon arrival at the scene of the fatal Camp Street Prison fire, which left 17 inmates dead, Chief Fire OfficerChief Fire Officer Marlon GentleMarlon Gentle revealed that he was verbally abused and spat on by prisoners.In his testimony at the afternoon session of Wednesday’s Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into events surrounding the deadly prison fire, Gentle explained that the situation was very tense, noting that there was potential for “anything to happen”.Due to the nature of the prison environment, he opined that inmates could have attempted a jail break. Attorney representing the Prison Service and Guyana Police Force, Eusi Anderson asked Gentle to detail the abuses which were hurled at him.In his testimony, the Chief Fire Officer remembered vividly prisoners saying “Why the f**king Fire Chief coming now” and “we want to f**k up the prisons”.“I was spit on by the same people [prisoners]; persons were rocking the fence,” Gentle further explained.The Chief Fire Officer was questioned as to why he arrived at 11:59h after the Fire Service received the report at 11:18h. Gentle explained that he ensured that ambulances gathered as his deputy Compton Sparman related to him to expect casualties. He noted that when he arrived, he along with Police Commander Clifton Hicken and Deputy Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels tried to diffuse the situation.Proceed with cautionThe Commission was told that subordinate firemen were told to proceed with caution.“The cautionary words were basically to alert them that this was not a normal situation, it was a riotous situation and they must be cognisant of their own safety,” Gentle recounted. In his explanation over what he heard over his radio set, the Chief Fire Officer explained that Fire Officer in Charge of Operations Compton Sparman was shouting “Enter with caution! Proceed with caution!” several times.In trying to ascertain the available resources to the fire service, the Commission was told that there are 191 ranks in Georgetown (A Division) and that there is a more than 95 per cent compliment of ranks in the overall service. Gentle however admitted that the fire service does not have all that it currently needs. He revealed that the fire service is undertaking measures with stakeholders to fix many of the broken fire hydrants in the city.Sophia Boucher, leading firewoman in the control room, was also called to testify as she was the officer on duty receiving reports at Central Fire Station, Stabroek between 11:00h and 14:00h. Upon inspection, Attorney associated with the Bar Association Glen Hanoman raised concerns that the logbook started on March 2, 2016, and as such, could not establish a flow of entries, thereby hindering its credibility. He then petitioned Commission Chairman James Patterson that its predecessor be tendered as evidence.Her evidence corroborated the time when the report was received, when Marlon Gentle arrived, the time when the fire tenders were dispatched as well as the time when the ambulances were deployed.Fake logbook?In cross-examination, Attorney Hanoman postulated that Boucher assisted in “drafting up the logbook” for the purpose of bringing it to the Commission and that another logbook exists for March 2 and March 3.“I am suggesting to you that you assisted in preparing a brand new logbook,” Hanoman said but the leading firewoman simply replied: “No, Sir.”Eariler, another Fire Officer, Garfield Benjamin told Commissioners that the scene in the prison was “gruesome” and noted that he had never seen such scenes in his experience as a fire fighter. He stated that some of the bodies were packed on top each other – 12 were at the doorway and three were near the toilet area.The witness related that he did not see any canister of tear gas at the scene on March 3.In this morning’s session, Marlon Gentle will resume his testimony.last_img read more

“Many Liberians Suffering From Hypertension”

first_imgJowo Samah Weston, U.S. based Liberian medical practitioner, in an interview with the Daily Observer after the testing exercise. Warns Jowo Samah Weston  A United States (U.S.) based medical practitioner, Jowo Samah Weston, has observed that high blood pressure (Hypertension) is common among many Liberians.Weston is a Liberian who works in the U.S. as a registered nurse.High blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood the patient’s heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in the victim’s arteries.Weston made the observation over the weekend when several patients at the R. H. Ferguson Clinic in Chicken Soup Factory were tested and diagnosed with the health condition through the quantum magnetic resonance body analyzer (QMRA).The QMRA is a 21st century health instrument that determines and analyzes health conditions through the signal of electromagnetic waves emitted from cells in the patient’s body.A laptop displaying the scanning process of the quantum magnetic resonance body analyzer (Photo Credit: Daily Observer)“I noticed that a majority of those we tested had hypertension, which they didn’t know about, and we recommended several treatments and lifestyle changes,” Weston said.According to her, poor diet and the lack of regular exercise are factors leading to the rise in cases of high blood pressure in Liberia.Weston is the daughter of Montserrado District #12 Representative, Dr. George Beyan Samah.She said that additional work still needs to be done in the rebuilding process of the country’s health sector, as basic hygiene practices are still lacking.“Basic standard precaution in things that we do are lacking. There is no running water, which is important for washing hands,” she observed.Prior to her return to the U.S. after the launch of the ‘free medical testing’ over the weekend, she disclosed that she was working on several medical-related proposals aimed at improving the country’s health sector, especially in Montserrado County District #12.One of the patients being scannedAt the climax of day-one of the ‘free medical testing service,’ the officer-in-charge at the R. H. Ferguson Clinic, Felecia Tulay, thanked Weston and Rep. Samah for the equipment, and pleaded with them to extend the testing service to other parts of the country.“This machine has helped our people a lot, because we don’t do some of these tests here and have to refer them to bigger health centers in the country,” she said.Several of the patients who benefited from the free medical tests thanked the district’s lawmaker and his family for providing them the service in the district.Over 100 persons from various communities across the district and its immediate environs assembled at the clinic to determine their health status.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more