Limerick libraries are now back open

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Education concept. Student studying and brainstorming campus concept. Close up of students discussing their subject on books or textbooks. Selective focus.LIMERICK City and County Library service is delighted to welcome back members of the public to a number of libraries from today [Tuesday 30 June 2020] as part of Phase 3 of the Government’s Roadmap.Library members will be allowed to access the following library branches for limited times.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The five branches are:DooradoyleWatch House CrossKilmallockNewcastle WestAdareThis will allow members to browse library collections, select stock and check stock items out on self-service machines. Borrowed items can also be returned during the visit.The libraries listed above will operate from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4 pm, Tuesday to Friday.Library staff will manage the numbers of people entering the branch at any one time.Members are requested toPlace any items for return into the sealed box at the library doorSanitise hands at the pump stationLimit their visit to 15 minutes – to allow for the maximum number of members to access the libraryUse self-service machines to check out items. Instructions are listed clearly on each machine.Follow directional signage in the library and practice social distancing.Presently there will be no public access to study facilities, internet, Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines, community rooms, exhibition spaces and public toilets during this phased re-opening.Further branch libraries will re-open at a later stage.The hugely popular and successful online services providing free access to eBooks, newspapers, magazines, local history, language learning, courses and online story time will continue to be provided. Advertisement Print Previous articleShane Dowling’s best ever Limerick performancesNext articleExhibition of Iconic Film Costumes Stays in Limerick Meghann Scully RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twittercenter_img Email WhatsApp TAGSbooksKeeping Limerick PostedlibrarylimerickLimerick Post Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook LifestyleLimerickNewsLimerick libraries are now back openBy Meghann Scully – July 5, 2020 345 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Veteran Georgia police officer shot in the face, but manages to fire back at suspect: Officials

first_imgWSB(HENRY COUNTY, Ga.) — A veteran Georgia police officer was shot in face Thursday morning and has been hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.The suspect shot at the police officer at a dentist’s office, Henry County Police Department Capt. Joey Smith said, and possibly shot the officer with his own gun.The injured officer managed to fired back, shooting the suspect, the preliminary investigation indicates, according to Smith.The suspect was shot at least once and has died, Smith said.The officer, who was not named, has been on the force for about 10 years, Smith said.The injured cop was undergoing surgery, Smith said.Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials said that the agency is responding.Additional details were not immediately available.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,WSB(HENRY COUNTY, Ga.) — A veteran Georgia police officer was shot in face Thursday morning and has been hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.The suspect shot at the police officer at a dentist’s office, Henry County Police Department Capt. Joey Smith said, and possibly shot the officer with his own gun.The injured officer managed to fired back, shooting the suspect, the preliminary investigation indicates, according to Smith.The suspect was shot at least once and has died, Smith said.The officer, who was not named, has been on the force for about 10 years, Smith said.The injured cop was undergoing surgery, Smith said.Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials said that the agency is responding.Additional details were not immediately available.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article GuruOn 30 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Thisweek’s guruMaternityrules apply in House, but not at homeTheGovernment is making strenuous efforts to get new mothers to retain links withtheir employers and return to work after maternity leave. It’s an issue whichhas been very close to home.Healthminister Yvette Cooper was the first to go on maternity leave earlier thisyear. GordonBrown’s encouragement of this practice will probably be a bit muted over thecoming months.SarahBrown, the Chancellor’s wife, who is expecting a baby in February, is toabandon her high-flying PR career to raise their child.Shebecomes one of the official figures that suggests that despite improvements inmaternity leave and pay, the number of working-age women opting for economicinactivity is increasing. Babytalk can’t win the caseGuru has been inundated with examples of outrageous tribunal applicationssince he called on disciples to tell him their worst experiences.Thefavourite so far is from a female HR manager whose educational organisationunfortunately had to make an employee redundant. Theyfollowed all the correct procedures, but were notified three months later thatthe former member of staff had lodged a tribunal application for unfairdismissal on the grounds of sexual discrimination.Theemployer was baffled until the applicant explained that her last day of servicewas the first day of a new pregnancy – strangely, the application didn’tprogress.Hownot to get ahead in HRDiscipleshave also been helping Guru to while away the hours with their top five ways tofail in HR. Hethinks the following list is sure to have you working as a freelance interim inweeks.1Launch a compulsory, team-building programme based on theatre skills2Constantly criticise a member of the HR team to the point where they breakdown, resign, claim constructive dismissal on discriminatory grounds and win asix-figure compensation payout3Attend all available HR conferences, especially those held abroad or on ships,to the extent that even the MD realises you’re never in4Set up a working group to specify, select and implement a new HRIS.5Commission a professionally designed logo for the HR team, incorporating thewords “best asset management”.Ofcourse, none of Guru’s readers would fall into these traps. Got any more toavoid?Aircrew ready for bake-offFlightcrew working for Kendell Airlines in Australia are making their owncontribution towards maintaining the quality of service to passengers after thecompany’s catering budget was slashed in the wake of 11 September.Pilotsand flight attendants have responded by making their own home-made in-flightrefreshments.Blueberry,chocolate, banana and apple cinnamon muffins are being baked and served oninternal flights between Albury-Wodonga and Sydney.Allsix flight captains, four first officers and five flight attendants havecontributed in some way.Guruis impressed with their loyalty and dedication to service, but hopes that thepilots restrict their baking to times when they are not sidetracked bydistractions such as take-offs and landings. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Marathon magic

first_imgThe Negotiator’s Grant Leonard ran the London Marathon on 26 April, in aid of Crisis, the charity which aims to end homelessness. He was part of a team of over 30 runners who between them raised £80,000, smashing their target for donations for Crisis.Grant’s fund has topped £3,000, but is still open for donations you would like to contribute, we’ll give you a namecheck and thank you in the next issue of The Negotiator. Grant’s effort was supported by many in the agency industry, such as Countrywide Residential Lettings, CPBigwood, Thomas Property Group, Ravensworth Print, Let Alliance, Pensord Press, Glide, The Inhouse Way, Homeflow and LWPR, Intermedia Brand Marketing, OnBoard Pro – as well as his family and friends, of course.It was Grant’s first attempt at a marathon and he finished in 3hr 49m, which was 10,638th out of 37,540 finishers! “A massive ‘thank you’ to those in the property industry who supported me in this – and of course, my friends and family,” said Grant. “It’s a crazy thing to put yourself through, and it was one of the most rewarding, exciting – and physically difficult days of my life. And for me, that’s it – a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience… maybe!”London Marathon 2015 Grant Leonard charity run Crisis May 1, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marathon magic previous nextMarathon magicIt’s all over bar the stiff legs and blisters. A big thanks to those who supported The Negotiator’s London Marathon effort – over £3,000 raised for the charity Crisis.PROPERTYdrum1st May 20150564 Viewslast_img read more

‘Jungle’ plant

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of Georgia”Come in here and look at my room,” my oldest daughter yelleddown the hallway.I wasn’t really sure what I was going to see when I got toLindsay’s room. It already looked like the night sky with all theglow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling.Had my 18-year-old put up more stars? Or had she just put morestars on the ceiling fan? Were the crickets she feeds her pettarantula loose and jumping all around her room?Thank goodness. The crickets and tarantula were where they weresupposed to be.Hey, wow!I was pleasantly surprised to see she had organized her room. Andnot only that, but she had tossed out a lot of junk she hadcollected over the years. It really looked good.That’s when I noticed the foliage plant in a tiny pot sitting onthe night stand by her bed. I hadn’t seen it before. “Are youwatering this?” I asked.”No, I haven’t yet,” Lindsay answered.”Well, do you see these dried out and brown tips on theseleaves?” I asked her. “That’s telling you there’s something wrongwith the plant. Now the trick is finding out what the problem is.”What is it?Brown and dried-out leaf tips can be caused by several things:humidity too low, temperatures too high, not enough water. Any ofthose three can make the leaves give off too much water, causingthe leaf tips to dry out and become brown and crinkly.And it could be a combination of all three.The plant in Lindsay’s room is a Dracaena. This plant can developbrown leaf tips rather easily if it’s not given proper care.Lindsay said she hasn’t watered the plant, and that might be allthat’s wrong with it.But Lindsay’s bad about turning up the temperature in the house,too. I keep turning it back down — I’m considering putting alocking box on the thermostat control.I just don’t think temperature is the problem with the plant.A possibilityNow, low humidity could be a possible problem. Plants require ahumidity of 50 percent to 60 percent. In most centrally heatedand cooled homes the humidity runs about 10 percent to 30percent. So increasing the humidity around the plant wouldcertainly help.How can she do that?There are several ways. But the easiest might be just to put theplant in the terrarium with the tarantula. She has to make surethe spider has water and has to mist water inside the terrarium.That should make the humidity in the terrarium higher, whichwould be great for the plant.Let’s see — she’s got a tarantula, crickets, a little pool ofwater, a plant and stars overhead. Man, it’s like a jungle in herroom.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Gold medal plants

first_imgEach year, five plants that grow well in Georgia have the chance to win gold. And during this first year of the new decade, the winners are spectacular.This year’s Georgia Gold Medal winners have all proven their worth and are ready to add beauty to landscapes across the state.The 2010 winners, by category, are: summer annual – Diamond Frost Euphorbia; herbaceous perennial – Butterfly Weed; evergreen groundcover – Angelina Stonecrop; evergreen shrub – Limelight hydrangea; and deciduous tree – Ogon Dawn Redwood.Selection processEach year an elite group of green industry and academic professionals from across Georgia select outstanding ornamental plants in five categories, said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist Gary Wade. But only one plant in each category can earn the plant selection committee’s coveted gold medal.The committee is made up of nurserymen, flower growers, botanists, landscape designers, garden center managers, Master Gardeners and University of Georgia horticulturists. First presented in 1993, the awards promote the production, sale and use of superior landscape plants.“The nominees are judged on a strict list of criteria including pest tolerance, ease of maintenance, survivability, seasonal interest and availability,” Wade said. “The list of nominees is long and the selection process is tedious, but in the end, all on the committee agree that the plants chosen are deserving of their gold medal designation.” 2010 winnersThe 2010 Gold Medal plants are all worthy of their distinguished titles. Diamond Frost Euphorbia is an easy-to-grow annual that blooms non-stop from spring until fall frost.Butterfly Weed is a native herbaceous perennial that attracts butterflies like magnets with its florescent orange blooms.Angelina Stonecrop sedum is a tough-as-nails groundcover with golden yellow foliage and bright orange summer flowers.Limelight hydrangea, the shrub winner, will light up a neighborhood with its large chartreuse panicles on strong upright stems.Last but not least, Ogon Dawn Redwood, the 2010 tree selection, has unique golden foliage that glows in the summer sun and is the perfect choice for pond edges, parks and large public spaces.To learn more about the Georgia Gold Medal program, visit read more

Hidden Treasures in our National Parks

first_img“Did you get my email about bringing water shoes?”That’s the first thing Jerry Span says to me when I meet him at the Fontana Marina in the far western corner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I did not get his email. He seems disappointed. “We’ve got river crossings,” he says. “A lot of them.”Span is taking me on a backpacking trip through what is arguably the most remote region of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The word “remote” isn’t usually used to describe any portion of the Great Smokies, which sits within a three-hour drive of some of the biggest cities in the South. The park is sandwiched by bustling “gateway” towns, hosts one of the busiest sections of the A.T., and is surrounded by major interstates and highways. After all is said and done, the Smokies see nine million visitors a year, making it the most visited national park in the entire country. During peak tourist season, visitors stand in line at popular overlooks, waiting to take the exact same picture as the guy in front of them.But we’re headed to a section of the Smokies that rarely attracts visitors at all. We’re exploring a 44,000-acre section of the park called Hazel Creek that was separated from the rest of the world when the Tennessee Valley Authority flooded the Little Tennessee River to create Lake Fontana. At one point, Hazel Creek was a bustling timber town, complete with a softball field, school, even a movie house. Before that, copper mines dotted the landscape. But when the national park acquired the land, all remaining residents were relocated. After the waters of the Little Tennessee rose, all roads into the area were flooded.Today, Hazel Creek is flanked by miles of roadless park land on one side and the 12,000-acre Fontana Lake on the other, leaving only two ways to get to Hazel Creek: by boat or by foot. Few people have access to a boat and even fewer are willing to hike the ten miles of lakeshore trail it takes just to reach the Hazel Creek trailhead. To really explore the area, you have to hoof it for several more miles inland. It is an area filled with historical ruins, trout streams, rugged trails, and expansive views, and it is left relatively untouched by the nine million visitors that converge on the Smokies.“Occasionally, you’ll see a fishermen back here, but that’s it,” Span says as we cross over Hazel Creek, a wide, powerful stream that cuts through the valley floor before joining Fontana Lake. As the outdoor recreation manager for nearby Fontana Village, Span has spent the last two years exploring the Hazel Creek watershed. He’s a young, skinny man with a bushy Civil-War-esque beard, whose exploration is fueled by an intense passion for Appalachian history. Span collects stories about the families and companies who once occupied the area, then bushwhacks through the thick forest looking for any remaining artifacts.We take a pontoon boat deep into one of the fingers of Fontana Lake, tying up at the mouth of Hazel Creek. The boat shuttle cuts off ten miles of hiking. The fact that you have to take a boat into the area is a controversy that has raged among locals for decades. In 1943, when the park acquired the land that was once the Hazel Creek community, the National Park Service promised Swain County residents a road would be built so locals could visit their ancestors still buried in small cemeteries deep inside the park boundaries. This is the famed North Shore Road, which was never built because of the devastating environmental impacts the construction would have caused. Without the road, locals visit their ancestors by boat and jeep shuttle.Screen shot 2015-06-18 at 10.51.59 AMThis is why the 5.5-mile Hazel Creek Trail that Span and I are hiking isn’t really a trail. It’s a well-maintained road-bed covered with crushed gravel that serves as the main thoroughfare into the cemeteries. It’s a bit disappointing to take a boat shuttle into a narrow cove, cross a rushing river to get to one of the most remote trailheads in the entire national park, and then spend the afternoon hiking crushed gravel. We even pass two jeeps that the park service uses to transport relatives to the cemeteries. Half a dozen times a year, local families will stage elaborate ceremonies at their family cemeteries, called “Decorations.” They bring in large spreads of food scattered over portable picnic tables. They tell stories, play bluegrass music. Imagine an Irish wake 100 years after the honoree’s death. Other than the occasional fly fisherman, the Decorations are the most traffic Hazel Creek ever sees.Along the river bank, we hike past old schools that are now stands of hardwoods. Softball fields that were turned into campsites. Boardwalks that are now trails. The Ritter Lumber Company (one of the many companies to occupy Hazel Creek) would scour the country looking for suitable timber, establishing portable villages when they found an ideal location. After the timber was used up, Ritter would deconstruct the town and move on to the next locale. When Ritter Lumber Company abandoned the Hazel Creek area, the leftover scraps of the town were burned by the park service. Only a few brick fireplaces, foundations, and the occasional cabin remain today. If it weren’t for the obvious road grade we’re hiking, we would never know there used to be a thriving community that once called these valleys and ridges home.“I love seeing things like that,” Span says, pointing out a tree that’s growing through the heart of an old, rusted bucket.“This town was created to destroy the forest, and now the forest is taking over.”From the Hazel Creek Trail, we bushwhack to a few of the old copper mines that used to occupy the area. It’s been estimated that there is 19 million dollars worth of copper still in these mountains. Some of the shafts inside the mountains are as big as football fields. Most of the mines that sit close to marked trails are gated off, but if you’re willing to slip off trail into the rhododendron thickets and thorns, you could easily find yourself at the mouth of a mine that carves deep into the belly of one of these Great Smoky Mountains.After 45 minutes of bushwhacking, we scramble up a scree-laden pitch that’s so steep, we have to crawl on our hands and knees to reach the top. At the crest of the hill is a pickup-truck size hole cut out of rust-colored rock. The bottom of the mine is filled with water and after a few yards, the shaft takes a sharp left turn and disappears into utter darkness. We’re separated from the main trail by two miles of thick Southeastern underbrush and rhododendron, standing inside the mouth of a mine that leads to the center of a mountain. The mine “breathes” cold air and true darkness is just a few steps away. This is not your typical national park experience.The copper mine we’re standing in is what’s left of the Adams-Westfield mining company. It was the center of a 26-year lawsuit over ownership rights, the longest court case in American history. When the suit was finally settled, the original plaintiffs were long dead. The lawsuit typifies Hazel Creek, which has a history of hard-fought disputes. Timber companies and mining companies fought over the right to plunder its resources. When the national park was created, farmers fought for the right to stay in the area. Before that, the Cherokee fought for their right to inhabit the region, just as the original Native American tribes fought for their land rights against the Cherokee. When Fontana Lake was created, there were more court cases, more legal battles, more landowner displacement. For hundreds of years, people have been fighting over Hazel Creek. The irony? After the establishment of the national park and the lake, almost nobody sets foot in the area anymore.We set up camp in a flat site sandwiched between Hazel Creek and one of the old family cemeteries still occupying the area. The graves are mounded with red dirt and spaced only a few feet apart from each other. About half of the graves are occupied with infants. You can’t see the cemetery from our campsite, but you know it’s there, which makes Span’s insistence on going on a night-hike all the more creepy. Add to that the fact that Span wants to hike to an abandoned cabin in the middle of a region known as Bone Valley, and you’ve got a “Blair Witch” situation on your hands.Years ago, before this was a national park, a cattle herder drove his herd into the valley to graze. A blistering winter storm set in. The herder was able to get out, but he had to leave his cattle. When the rancher came back in spring, all the cattle were dead, nothing left of them but their bones. That’s how Bone Valley got its name.Span tells the story as we hike from the camp into the valley. It’s a short, flat walk along the Bone Valley Trail, but we have to cross a fast-paced stream ten times. This is why Span wanted me to bring water shoes. Without them, I move slowly through the stream, my shoes held high above my head, my pants rolled up to my thighs as the cold water reaches my kneecaps. The hike ends at a two-story cabin sitting alone in a small field. There’s a decent-sized porch attached to the front of the cabin, but the interior is about 500 square feet altogether. There’s a sparse sleeping loft upstairs, and the downstairs is divided by a stairwell. I try to imagine where the kitchen and the living space would have been, but it’s difficult. The cabin was built to house a family of 13. I couldn’t even fit my couch in the biggest room.We shut off our headlamps and hold our breath. If I’m ever going to see a ghost in my life, it’s inside an abandoned cabin nestled in a place called Bone Valley near ancient cemeteries. Nothing happens.On the second day, we trade the gravel road for a path that’s so steep, so rocky, so difficult to navigate, I hesitate to call it a trail. This is Cold Spring Gap Trail, a 3.5-mile route that weaves from the valley floor to High Rocks, a remote rock outcropping sitting on the peak of a 5,200-foot mountain. Look at Cold Spring Gap Trail on the map and you’d think it follows a skinny branch of water that feeds into Hazel Creek. You’d be wrong. The truth is, the creek is Cold Spring Gap Trail. After several stream crossings, the trail is simply absorbed by the ankle-deep creek, leaving you with two options: turn back, or hike the creek. There are no trail signs, no blazes—the trail just disappears.“I like having to take my time and figure out the trail,” Span says as we move slowly up the creek towards High Rocks. “The A.T. is so well-worn and over-blazed, it takes some of the fun out of hiking.”No one would ever call Cold Spring Gap Trail a “well-worn” path. Span climbed to High Rocks last summer and said the spur trail to the summit was so overgrown, he didn’t think anyone had been there in a few years. I can believe it. If the countless creek crossings and steep grades don’t keep people off this trail, the fact that the trail turns into a creek will. Even though we’re on an official national park trail, I get the sensation that we’re bushwhacking our way up a mountain, the first people to ever forge this particular path.The higher we climb, the steeper the pitch gets. From the valley to High Rocks, Cold Springs Gap climbs 3,000 feet, most of the elevation coming in the last two miles, making our steps slow and deliberate.The concrete foundation of an old fire tower still stands on top of High Rocks, along with a crumbling old cabin. We make it to the summit and stand on a slab of granite that juts out from the mountain peak. All of Fontana Lake lies before us, as well as the entire Tuskegee Valley. From 5,200 feet up, the lake looks skinny and long, its fingers ducking into the green ridges of the surrounding mountains. This is the ultimate reward for our hard work. The boat shuttle, the road hike, the bushwhacking, the steeps, the creek tromping—it’s all led to this view. At one time, a man lived in the dilapidated cabin and stood watch over everything below him. That was his job. Today, few people are lucky enough to take in this scenery.I snap a picture and wonder how many other people have captured this same image. Probably not many. The nearest overlook is miles away.A Brief History of the SmokiesThe nomadic Paleo Indians were the first to roam the Smokies. They followed game trails to hunt deer, elk, and bison. When the Cherokees arrived, they followed these same trails to create more permanent settlements. By 1830, the first white settler, Moses Proctor, made his way with family from Cades Cove using one of the Cherokee footpaths. The Proctors and other early families are preserved in the nomenclature scattered about the branches, streams, and ridges in the park today. The early settlers turned Indian paths into sled roads.In the 1890s, life in the Smokies changed drastically with the discovery of a copper vein near Sugar Fork Creek, a tributary of Hazel Creek. The mine soon closed over a land ownership dispute which took 26 years to resolve—the longest court case in U.S. history. Following the copper era, timber companies descended upon the Smokies—at that point the largest virgin forest remaining in the East. Much of the ancient forest was logged. Native trout and otter disappeared from the waterways. Indian trails became roads, and then railways. The Southern Railway made its way to the mouth of Hazel Creek, and a large lumber company followed. The Ritter Lumber Co. was in the area from 1903 to 1928. It developed a company town of about 1000 people, cut 200 million board of feet, and then left.Industry returned to the Smokies by way of Fontana Dam. Once the dam was built, the National Park Service required residents to move from the area to establish the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Most left and sold their land to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), who then transferred it over to the park. However, some refused to sell, losing their land and gaining no monetary value. TVA burned most of what was left by Ritter Lumber Company and other landowners.On June 15, 1934, Great Smoky Mountains National Park was officially established. Once in the park’s possession, the Civilian Conservation Corps planted trees and tried to restore the ecological health of the Smokies. The park reintroduced otters and trout, along with other species of native fauna and flora. Visitors hiking the Smokies today can see and feel the reminders of this now protected national park in the buildings, cemeteries, place names, and scattered artifacts that still remain.—Jerry SpanDO IT YOURSELFArrange for a shuttle across Fontana Lake through Fontana Village (, $50 round trip). Have them drop you off at campsite 86, where Hazel Creek meets the lake, then hike Hazel Creek Trail into campsite 83. Hike the Bone Valley Trail at night for a spooky sidetrip. Give yourself plenty of time to summit High Rocks via the Cold Spring Gap Trail (4.5 miles) on day two. Eat lunch overlooking Fontana Lake, then head down the Bear Creek Trail (3 miles) to campsite 75 for the second night. On your third day, take your time exploring the remainder of Bear Creek as it makes its way into Lake Fontana. Have the boat pick you up at campsite 74 where the Bear Creek Trail meets the Lakeshore Trail.SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARKShenandoah National Park sits only 75 miles from D.C. and is even closer to Charlottesville and Harrisonburg. As a result, two million people converge on the park every year. Shenandoah is bisected by Skyline Drive, a federal highway with 75 different overlooks. The A.T. parallels the drive, serving as a foot-traffic highway during the warmer months. As a result, Shenandoah receives a lot of car and day hike traffic. Families cruise Skyline Drive, pick an overlook, and descend in throngs on short loop hikes and easy out and backs. Skyline Drive’s overlooks may sound off-putting, but they act as magnets to the majority of the Shenandoah’s visitors, leaving the rest of the park almost untouched. There’s 80,000 acres of federally designated Wilderness sitting inside the park’s borders, boasting 175 miles of tranquil footpaths that escape the casual park visitor’s attention.Shenandoah is split into three districts, Northern, Central, and Southern, the last of which is dominated by Wilderness and is largely overlooked by the typical park visitor.“The Central District attracts a lot of day hikers and cars,” says Wilson Riley of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. “The Southern District is pretty much left alone, particularly on the western side of the ridge where there’s quite a bit of Wilderness that doesn’t have the amenities day-hikers and scenic drivers like.”We’ve designed a three-day loop traversing the Big Run portion of the Southern District that starts and finishes at milepost 81. This hike will take you through a diverse range of terrain while delivering the solitude you desperately crave. The Big Run area of the Shenandoah is pristine and rugged. Expect trails that are rocky and often overgrown, forcing you to scramble through rock outcroppings, bushwhack to summits, and dance across pregnant streams.Screen shot 2015-06-18 at 11.13.53 AMDay OneFrom the overlook parking area at milepost 81, descend on Big Run Loop Trail from the ridgeline to Big Run Portal Trail. Big Run, a stream that blooms with rainfall and spring runoff, parallels the trail for several miles, offering several swimming holes and mandatory river crossings. Choice campsites along the banks of the stream are plentiful. Pick a site you like and bed down early or spend the rest of the day exploring the corners of Big Run.Day TwoIn the morning, finish hiking Big Run Portal north to Rocky Top Trail, which will take you back south toward your ultimate destination of Lewis Peak. Navigate large swaths of talus rock on Rocky Top while enjoying consistent views of peaks dotting the sky to the west. After 3.5 miles, take Lewis Peak Trail and look for a good campsite. Lewis Peak is a dead-end route that cuts deep into the Wilderness, offering some of the most remote camping in the entire national park. Set up camp and take the trail to its terminus where you can catch a spur that will get you close to Lewis Peak’s summit. From there, it’s an easy bushwhack and rock scramble to the top of the mountain, which is punctuated by rock outcroppings and 360-degree views. You can find slightly better views in the park, but you’d have to share them with other people.Day ThreeBacktrack down Lewis Peak Trail and hang a right on Rocky Top Trail. In just over two miles, you’ll hit the Big Run Loop trail junction. Hang a left and spend the rest of your day exploring the swimming holes of Big Run before heading back to your car. Another option is to stay straight on Big Run Loop and cross Skyline Drive to Doyle’s River Trail, which leads to the impressive Doyle’s River Falls. It’s a popular day-hiking destination, but the tiered waterfall punching through a small rock canyon is a great way to end your trip, particularly after a heavy rain when the water is rushing.CONGAREE NATIONAL PARKThere’s a good chance you’ve never even heard of the Congaree National Park. Established in 2003, the Congaree is the newest member of the park system in the East, a fact that leads many to overlook the South Carolina gem when picking a backcountry destination.The 22,000-acre swampy park consists of the largest old-growth floodplain forest left in North America, and is often referred to as a vegetative museum. The average tree canopy height within the Congaree is 100 feet, with several loblolly pines and bald cypresses reaching state and national champion sizes. The biggest tree in the park stretches 167 feet toward the sky and 15 feet in circumference. One hundred and seventy species of birds call the Congaree home, as do 49 species of fish, 53 species of reptile, feral hogs, white-tailed deer, owls, pterodactyls—okay, there are no dinosaurs inside the park, but the ecosystem certainly feels prehistoric. Scientists are even looking for the famed ivory billed woodpecker inside the Congaree’s borders.Screen shot 2015-06-18 at 11.16.06 AM“Even if you just stand still on the boardwalk trail right next to the visitor center, you’ll begin to see animals moving in the woods,” says Sandy Rankin, owner of Adventure Carolinas, an outfitter that runs trips into the Congaree.Of the 22,000 acres that make up the Congaree, 17,000 of them are designated as Wilderness. The park is lucky to attract 150,000 visitors a year. Compare that to the millions that flock to our other parks, and you have the makings of a remote three-day backpack unlike any other. The itinerary we’ve put together maximizes the park’s canoe trails while allowing you to stretch your legs in some of the more remote corners of the swamp.Day OneThe park has 20 miles of hiking trails, but most backpackers looking for an adventure choose to explore the ecosystem by canoe or kayak. The Congaree floods ten times a year, turning low-lying channels that spread from the main tributaries into water trails begging for exploration. Arrange for a boat and shuttle through Adventure Carolinas ( and start paddling the Cedar Creek Canoe Trail from Bannister Bridge. It’s a six-mile paddle from Bannister Bridge to the Cedar Creek Canoe Access take-out. Many Cedar Creek tributaries venture deep into the belly of the park, passing by giant loblollies and the “great knees” of the bald cypress trees—extensive root systems that rise above the water’s surface. Cedar Creek and its tributaries offer primo backcountry camping opportunities, (permits are free in the Congaree).Day TwoAt the canoe access takeout, pick up the King Snake Trail on the southern bank of the river and head deep into the forest. (Arrange a canoe pick up with Adventure Carolinas). Most land-locked hikers stick to the boardwalk trail next to the visitor’s center, leaving remote trails like the King Snake utterly desolate.Hike eight to nine miles, connecting the King Snake Trail with the Oakridge Trail and River Trail in order to reach the best campsite in the park—a flat, picturesque plot along the River Trail that sits on the bank of the slow, wide Congaree River. Set up camp and try to take a dip in the Congaree before the sun sets.Day ThreeWake early and finish hiking the River Trail loop which will eventually bring you back to the Oakridge Trail. Connect the Oakridge with the Weston Lake Loop to check out Wise Lake and Weston Lake, two large pools of flood water that attract wildlife of all sorts at various times of the day. From Weston Lake, take the Sims Trail back to the visitor’s center.last_img read more

COVE Board of Directors Grows

first_imgThe Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) has recently welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors.The new board members include Mark Jollymore, President of Innovasea Systems Inc., Melanie Nadeau, Director, Strategic Initiatives of Emera, Aubrey Palmeter, President & CEO of East Point Engineering, Denise Pothier, Vice President of Practice Services and Vice President of Indigenous Relations of Stantec, and Ken Walker, President of PGS Consulting.Finishing their term on the board are Janet MacMillan, Senior Counsel at NATIONAL Public Relations, and Mike Roberts, Chief Human Resources Officer of Emera, Inc.The expertise of the new members ranges from the energy sector, analytics, to defence and sustainability. The new board members bring with them a depth of knowledge and wealth of industry experience to further the collaboration and innovation happening at COVE.“We are pleased to welcome Mark, Melanie, Denise, Ken and Aubrey to the COVE Board. The new board members represent a significant step in broadening COVE’s commitment to propelling the ocean economy in Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Jim King, Chair of the Board. “COVE will benefit greatly from their perspective and expertise. We thank Janet and Mike for their support and significant guidance in shaping COVE as a world-recognized hub for ocean technology.”Completing the COVE Board of Directors are:Alice Aiken, Vice-President Research and Innovation at Dalhousie UniversityDon Bureaux, President of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)Tony Chedrawy, President and CEO of MetOcean TelemetricsSandra Greer, NS Power Board Member and former CEO of VemcoJim Hanlon, CEO of COVEJim King, Vice Admiral (Ret’d), President CFN Consultants (Atlantic) Inc.Lucia MacIsaac, President and CEO of LearnCorp InternationalJohn Newton, Managing Director of Fleetway Inc.Anthony Patterson, President and CEO of Virtual Marine TechnologySarah Simpson, Manager, Value Proposition and Communications at Irving Shipbuilding Inc.Ian Thompson, Executive in Residence at Cox & PalmerWendy Watson-Wright, CEO of Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)Paul Yeatman, President of GeoSpectrum Technologies, President of OTCNSlast_img read more

USC to award six honorary degrees at commencement ceremony

first_imgUSC will grant six honorary degrees at the 2017 commencement ceremony on May 12 for civic, academic, scientific and artistic contributions, according to USC News.The recipients are actor and comedian Will Ferrell, social work leader Suzanne Dworak-Peck, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center founding director David Ho, biomedical innovator Gary Michelson, actress Helen Mirren and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas. Ferrell will also be the commencement ceremony speaker.Along with the honorary degrees, approximately 15,000 degrees will be commended this year, including 1,500 doctorate degrees.Ferrell will be honored for his philanthropic contributions to campus initiatives such as USC’s annual Swim With Mike fundraiser, which supports athletes with physical disabilities, and Cancer for College, which confers college scholarships to cancer survivors.Dworak-Peck was named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers. After conferring $60 million to name and endowing the USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, she has since served as the chair of the School of Social Work’s Board of Councilors.Ho has received the Presidential Citizens Medal and 13 honorary doctorates, and in 1996 was recognized as TIME magazine’s “Man of the Year” for pioneering AIDS research.Michelson is known for spinal surgery techniques improving the safety, effectiveness and expense of traditional spinal surgery approaches. Michelson and his wife, Alya, have teamed with USC to start the Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, which aims to conduct research accelerating the development of scientific and medical innovation.Mirren is the only actress to have ever played both Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II on camera and has received numerous Emmy Awards, BAFTA Awards and Golden Globes for her portrayal of dramatic, multidimensional characters.Ridley-Thomas earned his Ph.D. from USC in 1989, and has since worked to better civic engagement in local communities, improve access to high-quality health care and provide critical services to the homeless. Ridley-Thomas currently serves as chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and is on the board of L.A. Care and is on the board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.last_img read more

Georgia Allen’s goals lie abroad, but a piece of her remains home

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Sept. 6, 2017 at 5:27 p.m.Georgia Allen stood in the middle of the field and waved. She watched as her parents got into their car and circled the Arsenal Training Centre toward the exit. It finally hit her.“Wow, I’m really doing this,” she thought.At the age of 13, Allen was already living one of her earliest childhood dreams. Little did she know, as her parents drove away in their Volkswagen Golf or Navarra Truck each passing day, that her dreams would take her much further than these 70 miles from her childhood home.Allen, a new arrival at Syracuse (4-1-1) as a transfer from East Tennessee State, looks to find her home at SU after years of searching for the best place to help her achieve her goals.  Her journey has brought her to multiple countries across Europe, two schools in two different states in the United States and many separate practice facilities. But back home, where she returns every few weeks to train with the English national team, things remain steady.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve lived in England my entire life,” Allen said. “But I’m always looking for my next challenge.”Allen envisioned this soccer future long ago. At the age of 3, she kicked her first soccer ball. Her family remembered that, seemingly every morning after, she would wake up and immediately dress up in full soccer gear. Liz Wesley, her mother, said a ball was always being kicked around the house or in their large garden overlooked by a conservatory. The more her parents watched from above the garden, the more soccer seemed less a passion and more an obsession.When she was 5 years old, Allen wrote that she wanted to play for the Arsenal Women Football Club and represent her country in international play. She often wrote entries in her diary, but playing for Arsenal was one of the biggest dreams Allen put to paper. Her father had grown up a fan.Eight years later, the club was holding tryouts in London, about 70 miles from her house, so Wesley drove Allen to the practice facility. Allen thought her chances of making the team weren’t good.But the next day, she got a call back to try out again. Then again and again. The miles racked up on her parent’s car, until one day, she got the call for good.“Completely worth it,” Allen said. “I couldn’t wait to get started, it was pretty amazing.”How hard her daughter works, Wesley said, sometimes makes things tough for her. The game is everything to Allen, almost “painfully everything,” and she said life might be “simpler” if it wasn’t so.“(Wherever) she’s played over the past few years,” Wesley said, “it’s meant something. You got to do well. The pressure’s on. It’s been a very long time since she’s played for fun.”When Allen left home at 18 for ETSU, her parents stayed up into dawn, watching live stats of her games in bed. The postgame WhatsApp phone conversations had them up until after 3 a.m. on the latest nights.Leaving ETSU, Wesley said, was a career move. She had her eyes on the Atlantic Coast Conference for the opportunity to play at the highest level of collegiate soccer. Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was impressed with what he saw when his USA team played Allen’s England team.“I knew that she could play here,” Wheddon said. “When she became available, it was a no-brainer.”After Allen requested a release from ETSU, Wheddon started making calls. Allen said that she did get “a few” offers, but as soon as Syracuse got in touch she knew it was the place she wanted to be. She’s always been adventurous, like jumping out of an airplane or doing charity work in Kenya.“I have this thing about me, not wanting to stand still, always keep moving,” Allen said, laughing. “(It’s) about getting out of my comfort zone.”Allen still keeps what she calls a “review book” with her at all times. In it, she takes notes on opponents, constructively criticizes herself and notes future goals.Her parents remember the diary she kept when she was young. To this day, she still writes things down. 3500 miles from the redbrick house with a large garden, she still carries that piece of childhood with her.“It’s a gentle reminder each day,” she said.CLARIFICATION: In a previous version of this post, Liz Wesley’s comments about Georgia Allen’s work ethic lacked proper context. Wesley said the hard work Allen puts in sometimes makes things tough for her.  Comments Published on September 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more