Satsop Business Park Offering Walking Tours

first_imgSubmitted by The Port Of Grays Harbor – Satsop Business ParkWant to get an up-close and personal look at the unique business assets Satsop Business Park has to offer?  Here is your chance.    The Satsop Business Park is pleased to announce it will be hosting walking tours this August.The on-foot tours will lead participants in and around facilities such as the cooling towers, the new tunnel training facility and various buildings and warehouses.  “We are excited to show the public all the Park has to offer, and what better way than a walking tour in our nicest summer month,” announced Alissa Thurman, Manager of Business Development at Satsop Business Park.The tours will be offered on Wednesday, August 21st at 3:00pm and again on Wednesday, August 28th at 6:00pm.  Reservations are required, and comfortable, close-toed shoes are highly recommended.   To reserve your spot, or for more information, call 360-482-1600, or toll free 866-572-8767.Satsop Business Park, a facility of the Port of Grays Harbor, is less than 2 hours southwest of Seattle and 2 hours north of Portland.  Located in scenic Grays Harbor County in Elma, Washington the 1,800 acre mixed-use business and industrial park is approximately 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 Corridor. A part of the Grays Harbor Innovation Partnership Zone, it is home to more than 30 businesses, offers 600 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure, surrounded by 1,200 acres of sustainable managed forestland. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Commissioners Celebrate Earth Day, Thank Volunteers

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County CommissionersTo celebrate Earth Day , Thurston County Commissioners presented their annual Earth Day proclamation at their regular weekly meeting. But with all the fanfare, flowers, costumes, dancing and dozens of special guests, today’s festivities will be remembered as something far beyond simple regular meeting proceedings.The proclamation declaring Tuesday, April 22 Earth Day in Thurston County was welcomed with daffodils presented by students from McLane Elementary School, and a rousing song and dance from Samba Olywa that has become a delightful annual tradition at the county commissioners’ Earth Day presentation event. Commissioners also congratulated Eli Sterling and all of the volunteers that contribute to the Procession of the Species parade as they celebrate the 20th procession this Saturday.“This special day gives us a chance to highlight the work and dedication of our local environmental heroes,” said Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela. “These volunteers are the heart and soul of this community. Thurston County is a greener and healthier place to live because of your hard work and commitment to the environment. Thank you all for everything you do for Thurston County.”“I look forward to our Earth Day celebration each year,” said Commission Vice Chair Sandra Romero. “It’s a fun and festive way to acknowledge the serious business of protecting our environment. Protecting our clean water, our fertile agricultural lands, our forests, our prairies, our wildlife, and Puget Sound protects our own quality of life and our own health here in Thurston County. Our children are counting on us to do the right thing and leave them a healthy community and a healthy planet.”“We truly could not accomplish all of the things these fabulous volunteers and environmental stewards do without the gifts of their time and tireless efforts. Thurston County as a government body could not afford all of the programs and projects that our volunteers donate to this community. What they do benefits us all, and for that we are all in their debt. They have given us all the gift of a healthier environment,” said Commissioner Cathy Wolfe. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Vacancy for Lacey City Council Advisory Boards and Commissions

first_imgSubmitted by The City of LaceyLacey City Council Member, Cynthia Pratt, enters the current Lacey Museum.The Lacey City Council is currently recruiting for vacancies on the Historical Commission and Parks Board.The Lacey Historical Commission provides leadership in historic preservation and developing information concerning the historical significance of the local Lacey area. The Historical Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Historical Commission members serve three-year terms with a two-term limit. The vacancy must be filled by a professional who has experience in evaluating historic resources. A person with a background as an architect, historian, or planner would qualify for the position. Applicants for this vacancy can be either a resident of the City of Lacey or reside within Lacey’s Urban Growth Area.The Parks Board plans for the future development of parks and playground systems in the City. Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in Lacey City Hall. Parks Board members serve three-year terms with a two-term limit. Applicants for this vacancy can be either a resident of the City of Lacey or reside within Lacey’s Urban Growth Area.If you are interested in serving on the Lacey Historical Commission or Parks Board, and would like to receive an application, please contact Jenny Bauersfeld at (360) 413-4387, or by email jbauersf@ci.lacey.wa.us. You may also download an application from the City’s website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us. Please submit a letter of interest and resume along with your application. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

PacMtn Awards the High Impact Community Grant in Thurston County

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn)PacMtn enables Jobs for Washington Graduates and Thurston Conservation District in developing youth and young adult workforce initiatives.  The organizations receive High Impact Community Grants on Feb. 27, 2018 at the Thurston County Commissioner’s Office.  High Impact Community Grants are in sum of up to $5,000 each to develop pathways and opportunities to benefit youth and young adult careers, called career connected learning initiatives.Career connected learning is a statewide program backed by Gov. Jay Inslee to ensure Washington’s young people take active roles in the local economy and to embrace 21st century challenges and innovation.  The High Impact Community Grant provides resources to fund project and activities supporting career connected learning experiences.PacMtn is thrilled to announce this initiative for young people in Thurston County, and looks forward to the programs that Jobs for Washington Graduates and Thurston Conservation District develop.About Pacific Mountain Workforce Development CouncilThe Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn) and its Board of Directors are responsible for workforce development in the five county area of: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, Thurston and Mason Counties.  Pacific Mountain has created a pipeline of skilled and talented worked that are prepared to meet the needs of local employers.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Tiger Lily

first_imgFacebook56Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Tiger Lily! She is a 5- year-old, 54-pound PitBull/Boxer mix who is wondering why her forever people haven’t found her yet. Shelter volunteers say that her orange-brindle coat is stunning and that she has some of the loveliest subtle eyeliner and proportions a dog could have. Beauty is great and all that, but she also happens to be a sweet girl. She loves the water, basic commands for “sit” and “down,” does well on a leash, enjoys car rides, and playing fetch. Children in the home should be 13-years-old or older, kind, and dog-savvy. She has a couple of nice dog friends at the kennels, and is open to meeting new dogs with proper introduction and supervision. However she does not do well with some smaller dogs.If you are looking for a sweetheart like Tiger Lily, please schedule an appointment to meet and have fun. She will need a home where her people can be with her most of the time as she has separation anxiety. Check out her video on AAP Petfinder Page, and you will see why shelter volunteers love her so much.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Tiger Lily in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

Watch: Ryan Giggs explains how Manchester United set up to get the best out…

first_imgImage Courtesy: The Coaches’ Voice/GettyAdvertisement 6afziNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsua2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E04e( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7izliWould you ever consider trying this?😱6sctCan your students do this? 🌚btrRoller skating! Powered by Firework Today is the day when Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal for Manchester United in 2003. Under the guidance of Sir Alex, the FC Porto youngster’s journey at Old Trafford created one of the best players the game has ever saw, and on the same date, Club legend Ryan Giggs has come up with a clip explaining how the Red Devils operated to get the ball to Ronaldo.Advertisement Image Courtesy: The Coaches’ Voice/GettyThe current Welsh national team gaffer’s documented video, uploaded on Twitter by The Coaches’ Voice is part of their ‘Masterclass’ series of tactics explanation clips. Check it out below-Advertisement In the clip, the Devils veteran explains how under his captaincy, the team, when in possession would always aim to get the ball to Ronaldo, who was developing as a winger back in the day. With his blistering pace and agility, the young Portuguese sensation became an ordeal for opposition defenders.“I always knew that that ball over the left center half’s head was on for Cristiano”The 45 year old congregated his time with the team and how every outfield players aimed the ball towards the young Portuguese.“I would get the ball to Rooney, he would turn out and get it to Cristiano.”“get the ball to Michael, open up, get it to Cristiano.”Ronaldo, currently at Juventus, arrived at the Theater of Dreams in 2003 from Porto, and after six years under Fergie, flew over to the Spanish Capital to join Los Blancos, before joining the Old Lady in 2018. Advertisementlast_img read more

Meet The Clerk of Scales, Steve Sousonis

first_imgAt time former Monmouth Park jockey Steve Sousonis feels like a hotel concierge or club manager, at others a fitness trainer and advisor/mentor and even, occasionally, like the fix-it guy.After a 14-year riding career, Sousonis moved to the Jockeys’ Room he knew well and worked as the assistant clerk of scales for 11 seasons. In 2013, Sousonis took over the head job and, despite the occasional frat house humor and ribbing he takes from riders and valets, he keeps everyone on their toes and ready to answer the call for the next race.The jockeys’ room is the home of Monmouth Park’s thoroughbred riders on race days and during the week when they train. It is a club with locker room, fitness equipment, a sleep room, pool and ping-pong tables, as well as a lounge with large screen TVs and a small restaurant that serves salads and other jockey-friendly meals.For many years, Monmouth Park was one of the few tracks that had a swimming pool for riders hidden behind privacy bushes next to the jockeys’ room. The pool was filled and the land used for tents as part of entertainment space needed during the 2007 Breeders’ Cup event at the track. “I cried when I saw the bulldozer filling the pool in with dirt,” Sousonis says. “It was something special and we all miss it.”Although Sousonis’ key job is confirming riders’ weights, he also gets the call when the AC doesn’t work, a toilet is clogged or there is a problem in the kitchen. He rolls his eyes when he says, “It’s just all part of the job.”But the tool for his real job sits front and center in the jockey’s room. It is a large Toledo scale calibrated often to read weights correctly. The scale will record weights in excess of what is needed because for riders, if the needle passes 114, they, and Sousonis, aren’t happy.As Clerk of Scales, Sousonis must verify riders’ weights to conform with what is allowed in a particular race and listed in the entries. Jockeys are weighed before they mount a horse in the paddock and as they leave the track after the race. “The weight a horse will carry as listed in the program,” Sousonis says, “is the combined weight of the rider, his silks and boots, saddle and cloth.”Weights vary by type of race but usually are between 117-122 pounds so it isn’t unusual on any given morning to see one or more jockeys in the steam room (called the box,) sweating off 
an extra pound, two or even three. “I know what they go through,” Sousonis says,” as I did it too. It isn’t easy. The scale doesn’t lie.”If a jockey is over weight on race day, Sousonis calls the trainer who has to OK the horse carrying the extra weight. And then the track announcer is called and he will relay the over weight or equipment changes to fans before each race.Sousonis tries to be proactive with all riders and looks at the entries two days before each racing day to see if there might be an issue. He knows every jockey’s weight – it’s written down as well as tattooed in his brain, he smiles. “I can see,” he says, “if the allowed weight for a particular race will be tough for a rider to make and I’ll make a point to say to him, ‘Are you going to be all right?’ If he says OK,” Sousonis stresses, “it’s his responsibility to meet that weight when he gets on the scale on race day.”Jockeys can be fined if they don’t meet their posted weights and if they are more than 5 pounds over the limit, pulled off their horse. That is an embarrassment for the rider and a hassle for trainers and agents who need to find a last-minute replacement, Sousonis explains. “Nobody wants that to happen but, unfortunately, at times, it does.”Many times a rider will not even face the scale but hop on and wait for an OK from Sousonis that he’s fine.The jockeys’ locker room at Monmouth Park. Photo: Art PetrosemoloOn race days as the time for the first race approaches, it gets very serious and busy in the jockeys’ room. Jockeys, valets and staff are moving from scales to bathrooms to lockers in a controlled rush. Louie Perricelli, the room’s color man, has already pulled the owners colored silks for all the horses racing that day and has given them to the jockeys’ valets. Valets many former jockeys – keep jockeys on schedule and in the right colors for each race. At times, riders will have mounts in seven, eight, nine races or more in one day.Jockeys have what is called “room time,” Sousonis explains, meaning they have to check in with the Clerk of Scales or his assistant Marland Suckie two hours before their scheduled race. “I need to know they are onsite,” he says, “but that’s not to say, I don’t get calls from riders on their way from out-of-state who get caught in beach traffic on Route 36 and are struggling to get here.”With only 20 minutes give or take between races, the pace can be hectic to say the least. The side door to the jockeys’ room opens onto the saddling area of the paddock when jockeys meet trainers and talk about strategy as they move to the walking ring a few yards away. There, jockeys get a leg up as they mount their ride and exit out the tunnel to the main track.Colorful silks are worn by jockeys to identify a thoroughbred’sowner. Photo: Art PetrosemoloBy the end of race day, there are piles of towels and laundry that need washing, silks to be re-hung, shoulder ID number re-hung and everything put back in place for another day. It’s what you’d expect in any pro sports locker room.“I really enjoy coming to work,” Sousonis says, “it keeps me close to the sport I love now that my riding days are over. I wouldn’t trade it for a job on Wall Street.”WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN JOCKEYS?Since Kathy Kusner received her jockey’s license in 1968 in Maryland, there have been a growing number of successful female riders on the thoroughbred circuit including Julie Krone (the first woman to win a Triple Crown race) who raced frequently at Monmouth Park. Recently Rosie Napranvik has been the face of women riders as she is the ladies leader in wins and earnings.At Monmouth, at the end of the paddock saddling area is a small room with a bath and a shower that was built exclusively for Krone when she raced at Monmouth and needed a place to dress.Thoroughbred tracks have had to adjust to accommodate the influx of female jockeys. At Monmouth Park, there is a separate dressing room for female riders equipped with lockers, showers, and a steam room. The women exit the facility through the door in the jockeys lounge and are weighed by Sousonis on a scale in Julie Krone’s former dressing room which now serves as the office for the Paddock Judge Cookie Jones.last_img read more

Segregation in Red Bank Schools: How It Happened and What Can…

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Public school segregation. It conjures up stark images of a defiant George Wallace in the early 1960s; frightened young students of color with books under their arms flanked by armed National Guardsmen as they enter uninviting school buildings in the 1950s and ‘60s; and of angry white families shouting as school buses bringing young African American students to schools in white enclaves in 1970s Boston.But school segregation isn’t some relic of the pre-Civil Rights era and the Jim Crow South. And the discussions of the Red Bank Charter School’s expansion proposal have elicited accusations that Red Bank is one of the most segregated public school districts in New Jersey – a state even in the “post-racial” era has a terrible record on this issue.“Here we are in 2016, dealing with the same issues that were dealt with in Brown versus Board of Education,” observed Gilda Rogers, a community activist, educator, writer and borough resident, referencing the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down racially separated schools. “It’s sad; it’s ridiculous.”The Current BattlePublic school officials have continued to argue that the plan to increase the charter school’s enrollment to 400 students – doubling its current size – over a three-year period will exacerbate an already segregated school system and negatively impact the public schools efforts to provide much needed programs. Charter school officials have been stressing, given the school’s standing waiting list, the availability of additional facility space and some state changes for a weighted lottery to improve diversity, make this a good time to expand and address a need.But many have been raising the troubling specter of segregation in the schools and the numbers only reinforce those concerns. The current numbers – which are fluid, but don’t change that substantially – show public primary and middle schools, with a combined enrollment of approximately 1,425 students, made up of 7 percent white, 79 percent Hispanic, with a 44 percent limited English-proficient population and 9 percent African American. Eighty-eight percent of the overall school qualify for free or reduced cost lunch, most qualifying for free lunch; qualification for that program is a traditional measurement of socio-economic standing.By contrast the charter school has a 52 percent white population, 34 percent Hispanic, 12 percent African-American, and an economically disadvantaged population estimated at 40 percent among its current 200-student enrollment.Public school proponents and those voicing opposition to the proposed expansion have been arguing that the charter school plan would exacerbate the existing disparity in school populations, as well as other issues related to the public school budget and its programs and staffing.Kevin King, a charter school parent who was serving as a volunteer spokesman for the school, said last month that the charter school accurately represents the overall community, as required under the state statute signed into law by then Gov. Christie Whitman in 1995.Charter School Principal Meredith Pennotti said recently, “Our school represents the rich place that Red Bank is.”Charter School officials also continue to stress that a recent state change will allow for improving the school’s student diversity. Charter schools can now use what’s called a weighted lottery in student selection. Families that can show they’re lower income, rely on public assistance for housing and food, are given additional weight in the school’s annual random lottery to select students.As for the school’s and community’s makeup, the charter school does relatively closely represent the overall community, according to information available from Rutgers University’s Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Newark (though the school has a somewhat higher white population than the overall community).Current Observations and BackgroundBut that disparity is of concern to many.The Greater Red Bank branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has come out in opposition to the charter school proposal. On top of that, the West Side Ministerial Alliance, a coalition of African-American clergy, joined the NAACP in opposing the proposal.“It’s a troubling issue any way you look at it, not just in the school system but in the community itself,” said the Rev. Zaniel Young, pastor of the Shrewsbury Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church, and chairs the ministerial.While he is more than willing to celebrate the achievements of both the charter school and public schools, “What I cannot celebrate is hearing that Red Bank is the most segregated school system in New Jersey,” Young said.That charge has been regularly leveled during this debate. But is it true?Paul Tractenberg is a professor emeritus at Rutgers Law School and has been looking at this issue in New Jersey for more than 40 years.New Jersey, his work has indicated, has done a terrible job and has a record that ranks as one of the worst for school integration.As to whether Red Bank can lay dubious claim to being the “most” segregated in the state, “I don’t know what that means,” Tractenberg said, believing “There’s a lot of competition for that title.”Tractenberg had worked with those at U.C.L.A. on a comprehensive study on the issue titled “New Jersey’s Apartheid and Intensely Segregated Urban Schools,” published in October 2013. Based upon the authors’ analysis, Red Bank public schools would qualify “as intensely segregated,” Tractenberg pointed out. According to co-author Gary Orfield, public school districts with less than 5 percent white population amount to literally “apartheid.”This issue dates back for many years in this state, with the “white flight” of families, their large exodus, with any families with the means moving from urban to suburban and exurban areas. At that point many of the state’s city public schools became almost or exclusively minority, as seen in Newark.“Because – not all – white people didn’t want their children to go to school with black kids,” believes Rogers. “It’s still the same.”This situation has been perpetuated by a de facto unofficial policy for many of the most exclusive residential enclaves, with local zoning in these communities ensuring exclusiveness by requiring large lots for single-family homes. The idea behind that, Tractenberg had heard some former state elected officials say, was to make the locations attractive to captains of industry, who would have company offices and facilities located in the areas, attracting jobs and other affluent residents – winding up with mostly, if not exclusively, white school in those communities.The lack of affordable housing in much of the state is one of the root causes, said Adrienne Sanders, first vice president of the NAACP New Jersey State Conference and president of the Asbury Park/Neptune branch of the civil rights organization. “If we’re not going to desegregate neighborhoods in terms of affordable housing,” Sanders maintained, “we’re going to continue to see these results.”Sanders said about half of African-American students attend segregated public schools and roughly 38-40 percent of Hispanic students.The state Department of Education doesn’t compile information directly on this or issue reports directly looking at segregation in the state or comparing the state to others, said department spokesman David Saenz Jr. But Saenz said, “The NJDOE is dedicated to ensuring and delivering a full and effective education to all New Jersey students without regard to race, color or national origin.”“The state is not adequately addressing this problem,” Sanders said.Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna moved to Red Bank from his native Italy when he was just a young child, not speaking a word of English, and went through the borough public school system. Growing up, Menna recalled the school population was made up of about 40 percent Caucasian and 40 percent African-American, with the other 20 percent made up of students from other groups. At that time the schools were largely working class and “We had no problem with each other,” Menna recalled.But in more recent years, with the rise of property values, multigenerational African-American families began selling homes and leaving the community. That saw a rise in absentee landlords who began renting to the large influx of Hispanics who relocated.At about that time, the public schools had taken on a persistent reputation as a failing district, scaring off white families who had the ability to relocate or send their children to private schools, Menna said. That reputation is “being driven by old wives’ tales,” the mayor stressed, believing the current schools are as good as many of the others in the area.The issue for Red Bank segregation had come up before, when the Board of Education raised these arguments believing the charter school’s plan to include additional grade levels and increase its enrollment for all grades would compound the situation. The commissioner of education at that time approved the expansion and when the board of education took the issue to court, a state Superior Court of Appeals dismissed the board of education’s argument, upholding the state’s charter renewal and expansion approval.“That’s the final word on it,” for this issue, responded Roger Foss, vice president of the charter school board of trustees.Red Bank Superintendent of Schools Jared Rumage, who’s been with the district for approximately 18 months said he doesn’t have the expertise to discuss the issue with any authority.Separate but not equalThe problem with having this divide is that the education is separate but certainly not equal in different communities in the eyes of many.“It is the pedagogical piece,” observed Julia Sass Rubin, an associate professor at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, who has been studying the state’s school funding formula, especially as it relates to charter schools.With this divide comes a socio-economic component, which can translate into higher numbers of special needs students, who require more services – services that cost more money, money these districts don’t have and wind up underserving their populations, Rubin noted.“Our kids continue to struggle,” in these environments, NAACP’s Sanders said.On another level, “In an ideal world we’re preparing students to function effectively in an even more diverse world,” Tractenberg said. But if students don’t have the experience of coming into contact with people who don’t look like them, “I’m not sure they can come to terms with the steep learning curve that comes with confronting diversity in higher education or in the workplace,” he added.“If you don’t attend school with other people who make up the world,” Rogers offered, “that’s a terrible disservice. That’s the danger.”Tractenberg believes a remedy could be the creation of countywide public school districts with students attending schools out of their immediate community, what was called busing about 40 years ago.Solutions“Education needs to be revolutionized,” and not just in New Jersey, Rogers said, needing a complete restructuring to level the playing field for all. However, Roger conceded, that’s not likely to happen immediately, leaving kids currently in the classrooms disadvantaged. “It’s discouraging,” she said.The Rev. Terrence K. Porter, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church, Shrewsbury Avenue, said he was calling on educators and elected officials to convene to address the situation that goes beyond the schools. “The thing we need to do as community leaders, I believe whole-heartedly, we need to have a conversation about race with the two groups so there can be a resolution of mutual respect,” he said, referring to both charter and public school officials.Porter is a member of the West Side Ministerial, but remained neutral in the ministerial’s decision to oppose the charter school plans.“That conversation has to start at the top,” the Young said, agreeing with Porter, and holding all parties accountable for addressing the situation.“It’s starts with being honest,” Rogers said, acknowledging that honesty isn’t always easy–or pretty.last_img read more

Rubberhead, Dreadhead return!

first_imgThe Rossland Rubberhead Bike Festival is back Oct. 9, 2011, with new venues, exciting racing and high-flying slope-style action!This year, the Dreadhead Super-D has been moved to a new location on the super flowy (and slightly technical) Larch Ridge and Metacola (MC) trails in the Neptune Forestry road area just outside of Rossland, BC, on Highway 3B.These trails, buffed lovingly by the Kootenay Columbia Trail Society, offer a combined 4.5 kilometres of single track and involve 120 metres of climbing and 335 metres of descent. This makes for a race with some pedaling to favour the physically fit but enough downhill to require technical skill, speed and a good dose of “give’r.” “This year’s Dreadhead venue is excellent for intermediate to advanced riders looking to test their fitness and technical riding ability,” says race director Ryan Kuhn. “I think everyone will be finishing the course with a big smile on their faces.”  Categories for the Dreadhead include men and women in age groupings of 15-18 Juniors, 19-39 Seniors and 40+ Masters. As for training, the trails can be ridden anytime but, being the Thanksgiving long weekend, racers will also have all day Saturday to pre-run the course.  The Huck-en Berry bike jam returns at the recently revamped Centennial dirt jumps. The Huck-en Berry is a mountain bike slope styles event for all ages. Made to challenge avid mountain bikers to create aerial style, finesse, creativity and best of all, fun. Riders will make there way down a course filled will intermediate and advanced features (jumps,and  bridges,) to be crowned King or Queen Berry Hucker. The format will be jam style with riders judging each other’s runs. Participants will get at the most four runs depending on time. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in all categories. Sweet tunes is will be pumping getting riders and spectators pumped for fun!  Awards for both events will be presented at the conclusion of the Huck-en Berries event and savory food, refreshments and music will fuel the after party. The Dreadhead Super-D will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude approximately 1 p.m. A mandatory riders meeting will be held at 8:15 a.m. at the Biathlon parking lot on highway 3B near the race start. Registration is at Revolution Cycles and Service in downtown Rossland (ph. 250.362-5688). Also, a registration table will be set up outside Revolution on the Saturday before to pick up race packages from noon to 5 p.m., and last minute registration will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Blackjack Biathlon parking lot.Slope-style registration will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Centennial Dirt Jumps. Slope-style Training will be available from: 12 a.m. to 4p.m., with the Jam running from4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with awards to follow. For more detail, check out the Rubberhead website. Check out some great photos here.last_img read more

Saints move up the BCIHL charts after pulling off weekend sweep of Eastern Washington Eagles

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints experienced its best weekend in school history as the Castlegar-based club swept a two-game weekend series against the Eastern Washington Eagles — and B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League rookie-of-the-month, Jordan Wood was right in the middle of the scoring.Wood had three points during the weekend to lead the Saints to a pair of identical 4-1 victories, Friday at the Castlegar Recreation Centre and Saturday at Eastern Washington.“It was a great weekend (for us),”  Selkirk Athletic Director Kim Verigin told The Nelson Daily.Scott Traverse, Castlegar’s Scott Jago and Sandro Moser, the latter two coming on the power play, scored in the second period to power the Saints to the win Friday.Eastern’s Bret Kellogg cut the margin to 3-1 after 40 minutes.But Garrett Kucher padded the Selkirk lead in third Spencer Wong shutout the Eagles the rest of the way to bring home the two points.Selkirk out shot Eastern 46-37 as former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League standout for the Spokane Braves, Jason Greenwell was busy in goal.Saturday, Wood, named the game’s first star, scored a power play goal in the first period to get Selkirk out of the gates on a positive note.The score remained the same until the third when the Saints exploded for three goals in a span of six minutes late in the frame to put the game away.Adam Makaroff, Kucher and Nithen Dhallwal scored for the visitors.AJ Saunders spoiled the shutout bid by Wong in the third, scoring at 19:01 of the final frame.The weekend sweep moves Selkirk, 3-5, into a three-way tie for third in BCIHL standings with Kelowna’s Okanagan College and Thompson Rivers University of Kamloops.Simon Fraser leads the league with a 6-0-1 record. Eastern Washington is second two points ahead of Selkirk.Selkirk is back on the ice this weekend when the club hosts Trinity Western University of Langley.Game times are 7:30pm Sat and 1:30pm Sunday at Castlegar Rec Centre.MARCHING NEWS: Jordan Wood quickly emerged as the Saints’ go-to offensive option during a first month in the BCIHL that was highlighted by a hat trick in a 4-2 home ice win over the University of Victoria. The former Kelowna Chief and Westside Warrior then added another eight points over his next four games, including three assists in a narrow loss to Okanagan College and a pair of goals on the road against SFU. Wood closed out the month tied for second in BCIHL scoring.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more