Bible Reading Marathon begins Sunday

first_img Bible Reading Marathon begins Sunday Each reader is asked to read for 15 minutes but readers may reserve more reading time.Groups often reserve large blocks of time. Some people like to read at several different times and on different days or nights, Adams said. Readers are especially needed during the late-night and early morning hours.Those who would like to read but have not signed up may call the Salem-Troy Baptist Association at 566-1538 today or 344 1050 beginning Sunday afternoon or email [email protected] Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Adams said the opportunity to read God’s word aloud and publically is a blessing that is denied to many around the world.“We, as Americans, are blessed to be able to share the Bible in a public setting,” she said. “The response to the Bible Reading Marathon continues to be strong. People of all ages and from all walks of life come to read the Bible and hear God’s word.”Readers include churches, clubs, organizations, school groups, individuals and families.“It’s so encouraging that families are coming together to read,” Adams said. “Some of the younger children don’t read for an entire 15-minute interval but they read. Every reader is a blessing and it’s very special to hear God’s word through the voices of children.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Linda Adams, Salem-Troy Baptist Association administrator, said the Bible Reading Marathon is a non-denominational event and all believers are invited to come and read and/or hear God’s word read aloud and publically.The Bible Reading Marathon will begin Sunday with the reading of the words: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”Adams said God’s word will continue to be read until the noon hour on Thursday. Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Measles making a comeback in the Southeast In the wake of reports of cases of measles around the country, the concern is moving closer to home. Reports… read more By The Penny Hoarder Print Articlecenter_img Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The 2019 Bible Reading Marathon will begin 7 p.m. Sunday at the Gazebo on the Square in downtown Troy.St. John Baptist Church will lead the singing of old-time hymns beginning at 6 p.m. and there will be a time of prayer before the reading of God’s word.This will be the 13th year for the Bible Reading Marathon that is sponsored annually by the International Bible Reading Association and hosted locally by the Salem-Troy Baptist Association. Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 3:00 am Monday, April 29, 2019 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Floyd Mayweather steps out of retirement, sets fight for Dec. 31

first_imgNovember 5, 2018 /Sports News – National Floyd Mayweather steps out of retirement, sets fight for Dec. 31 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKohjiro Kinno / ESPN Images(TOKYO) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. is stepping out of retirement again to ring in the New Year in the ring.At a news conference in Tokyo Monday, the fight pitting Mayweather, 41, against 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa was announced. The match will be held on Dec. 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.Further details about the fight, like the rules, weight limit and number of rounds, were not disclosed.

”As far as the weight class and the rules, we’ll talk about that,” Mayweather said at the press conference. “We’ll get that situated within the next couple of weeks. ““This particular bout is a special bout as far as we’re giving the people something they’ve never seen before,” he added. “The world has never seen Mayweather compete live in Tokyo.”

”It’s all about me going out there and displaying my skills against another skillful fighter. So we both want to go out there and display our skills and give people excitement. I just want to entertain,” Mayweather said. “I will speak with my team and I will let my team get with Rizin and I’m pretty sure they’ll come up with a great idea, but it’s all about entertainment and that’s what we want to do for the people,” he continued.Mayweather stepped out of a two-year retirement last August to face the UFC’s Conor McGregor, who he knocked out in the 10th round of the boxing match.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Vice President for Student Services

first_imgThe incumbent in this job is expected to assist the College in achieving its vision and mission. Customer focus, college service, and a willingness to assist as needed are expectations for all employees.The Vice President for Student Services (VPSS) provides dynamic and effective leadership to a comprehensive student services division. In collaboration with other units at the college, the VPSS works to enhance student learning and success in accordance with the college’s strategic plan. The VPSS promotes consistency of service delivery by ensuring college policies and procedures are fairly administered using a customer friendly approach. Additionally, the VPSS ensures compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations. Lastly, the VPSS ensures continuous assessment and improvement of division-wide efforts to create and sustain a diverse and inclusive community of learners. Areas reporting to the Vice President include Athletics, Registrar, Financial Aid, Admissions & Recruitment, Student Conduct, Academic Advising, Student Success & Retention, Counseling, Disability Access Services, Assessment Center, Student Life, International Student Support, Career Services, and Early Middle College / Career & College Promise.Education Required: Master’s degree in higher education administration or related degree from an accredited institutionEducation Preferred: Doctorate in higher education administration or related degree from an accredited institutionExperience Required: – Five years of progressively responsible experience, leading student services or similar operations in a large organization. – Experience in the successful supervision of a large staff to achieve organizational and unit goals. – Comprehensive skills in supervising and building a highly effective work team. – Experience in developing and managing budgets. – Experience with contemporary customer/student services and/or enrollment management operations and/or strategies.Experience Preferred: – Greater than five years of progressively responsible experience leading student services operations at the post-secondary level. – Greater than three years of experience within one of the operational units in student services. – Experience at a multi-campus community college.http://gtcc.peopleadmin.com/postings/3481last_img read more

Watch Spafford Infuse A 20-Minute “Walls” Jam With The Jazz Standard “Made For Wesley” [Pro-Shot]

first_imgAs Spafford stormed through the Midwest this past fall, fans were treated to high energy performances filled with exciting improvisational excursions. The band was firing on all cylinders as they made their heavily anticipated first stop in Milwaukee, WI at The Mirarmar Theatre.  Fans were treated to a performance packed with jams, some very well placed covers, and a particularly unique setlist.Fortunately, the band has delivered a pro-shot video of one of the major highlights. The band took one of their powerhouse jam vehicles, “Walls”, and paired it with a classic jazz standard “Made For Wesley” to form a beautiful jam sandwich in the first set.Enjoy the 20 plus minute throwdown in the form of “Walls > Made for Wesley > Walls” below!Up next for the band is two big nights in New York, NY, playing on December 30th and 31st at American Beauty alongside The Magic Beans for some Phish after parties. They’ll then hit the road alongside Umphrey’s McGee, with headlining dates of their own as well. The full tour schedule can be seen below, and tickets and more information can be found on the band’s website.Spafford Upcoming Tour DatesDecember 30-31: American Beauty – New York, NY w/ The Magic BeansJanuary 20-21: The National – Richmond, VA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 24: Milkboy Philly – Philadelphia, PAJanuary 25: The Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJJanuary 26: College St. Music Hall – New Haven, CT w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 27: State Theatre – Portland, ME w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 28: Palace Theatre – Albany, NY w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 29: Anthology – Rochester, NY w/ Umphrey’s McGeeFebruary 1: Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NYFebruary 2: 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Umphrey’s McGeeFebruary 3-4: The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 10: Montbleu Theater – Stateline, NV w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 11: Fox Theater – Oakland, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 16: Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 17: Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 18: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 19: The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJune 22-25: Electric Forest Weekend One – Rothbury, MIJune 29-July 2: Electric Forest Weekend Two – Rothbury, MIlast_img read more

Vulfpeck Releases “It Gets Funkier IV” Featuring KNOWER’s Louis Cole [Video]

first_imgLast month, Vulfpeck announced their eighth studio release, Hill Climber, the follow-up to 2017’s Mr. Finish Line, due out December 7, 2018 (pre-order digital download here). Vulfpeck has consistently released a collection of studio recordings every year since their official inception in 2011. Along with the album’s announcement, Vulfpect released a pair of singles, “Lost My Treble Long Ago” and “Soft Parade”. Today, the band has released their fourth version of “It Gets Funkier”. Featuring KNOWER’s Louis Cole on drums, “It Gets Funkier IV” brings the composition to a new level of musicianship. Check out the video below:Vulfpeck feat. Louis Cole – “It Gets Funkier IV”[Video: Vulf]The band offered a pre-order of a limited-edition white vinyl pressing of Hill Climber for 20 pounds (U.K.) each here, although the pressing is now sold out. On the project’s website, the tracklisting is laid out with ten total tracks, featuring special guest collaborations with vocalists Monica Martin and Mike Viola as well as featured vocals from Theo Katzman and Antwaun Stanley.See below for a full tracklisting for Vulfpeck’s upcoming album, Hill Climber.Vulfpeck – Hill Climber TracklistingA SIDEHalf of the Way (feat. Theo Katzman)Darwin Derby (feat. Theo Katzman & Antwaun Stanley)Lonely Town (feat. Theo Katzman)Love is a Beautiful Thing (feat. Theo Katzman & Monica Martin)For Survival (feat. Mike Viola)B SIDESoft ParadeLost My Treble Long AgoDisco Ulysses (Instrumental)The Cup StackerIt Gets Funkier IV (feat. Louis Cole)View ‘Hill Climber’ Tracklistinglast_img read more

What Comey’s testimony means

first_imgFormer FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday that he believed President Trump was telling him he should drop the FBI’s criminal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn during several private conversations between the two men. Comey testified that the president said he “hoped” Comey would “let this go,” asked him for his personal “loyalty,” and urged him to clear Trump’s name publicly from a broader probe into Russian election hacking.Comey, who was fired by Trump last month, also stated that he documented the private conversations in contemporaneous, detailed memos — notes of which he said he shared with a Columbia University law professor and friend in an effort to trigger appointment of a special counsel in the Russia case — because Comey was worried the president might “lie” about what the pair had discussed.In response to Comey’s testimony, Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s personal attorney, denied that Trump had asked for Comey’s loyalty and said the president “never sought to impede” the FBI’s work or directed or suggested that Comey stop investigating “anyone.” Kasowitz accused Comey of being a “government leaker.”Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge in Massachusetts who is now a senior lecturer at Harvard Law School, spoke with the Gazette about the legal issues swirling around the matter.GAZETTE: Does the totality of Comey’s contacts with the president meet the legal standard for obstruction-of-justice or abuse-of-power charges?GERTNER: If what Comey said is believed, it could justify a further investigation into obstruction of justice on the part of the president. The matter certainly warrants an investigation. The elements of obstruction of justice include an act whose natural and probable consequences are to interfere with the administration of justice in some way.In the case of the president, the “act” can be “go easy on Flynn” or “lay off the Flynn investigation.” That clearly is an act that qualifies for obstruction of justice. And in addition, Comey said “I took it as an indication that he wanted me to lay off the investigation.” Here’s a sophisticated player, a former U.S. Attorney, FBI head, who said, “I understood what he was saying, and that’s what he was saying.” So concerned was he about it, in fact, that he did not share it with underlings for fear it would dampen the investigation. It does meet the legal standard for obstruction. The problem is that it’s Comey’s word against the president’s. So it’s not the kind of case that a prosecutor would go forward on without additional information. But in terms of an act that generically fits the standard? Yes, this is an act that fits the standard.The question is, what was the president’s intent? Was it an aside as they were walking into a meeting? Well no, it wasn’t. The president had talked to Comey about loyalty. It was at a meeting in which he asked everyone else to leave, which is an enormously suspicious thing. That was then followed by a number of conversations about the Russian investigation in general — and remember, Flynn is part of the Russian investigation — and then it ends with Comey being fired and the president says that it’s because of the Russian investigation. At first glance, it does look like there was the intent of shutting down the matter. So when I say these acts and the evidence fit into the category of obstruction of justice, would a prosecutor go forward with Comey v. Trump under these circumstances? No. You’d want to find out: Was this said to others? Hence, today’s testimony. You’d want to find out what else was going on. You’d want to find out what other calls the president made, those kinds of things. But generically, if believed, it certainly qualifies for concern over obstruction of justice.The difference between this and President Nixon in Watergate is that in Watergate there was a tape. Comey’s contemporaneous notes are very interesting. The FBI’s contemporaneous notes in criminal cases from one end of the country to the other qualify as good evidence of what the FBI agent said or heard. They’re technically hearsay, but they could be memory-recorded. In other words, if you do it the right away, they can come in as an exception to the hearsay rule. In addition, Comey said he spoke to senior leadership at the FBI, so those are people who likely would corroborate that “he said this to me hours after this meeting.” It would be his testimony, his notes, and what he said to others. In any other criminal case, that’s really good evidence. Is it enough when you go up against the most powerful person in the world? Maybe not yet; that’s why it requires further investigation. One other thing that was interesting: Comey said that the president was not then under investigation. But there’s no question that he is now. He is plainly under investigation for obstruction of justice.GAZETTE: What was your impression of what Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee?GERTNER: Comey is an amazing witness, in several respects. He’s a careful lawyer, so he knows what to say. But he’s also an incredible storyteller, an impassioned and clear one. So his account is not told in dry, legal language. He said over and over again that the Russian interference in our election is “a big deal.” That suggests that when Trump hopes to shut down the Flynn investigation, he’s wanting to shut down an important piece of an important investigation. Comey suggests that’s what he’s really saying. This is a major investigation, and Flynn is obviously an important player. And Comey suggests the president is communicating “shut it down.” I was on NPR just now with a Republican operative who kept on saying, “None of this will matter if we pass good legislation.” You have to pause about that. The integrity of the election was undermined? There’s no good legislation that can justify that. There’s no end/means analysis. That’s what Comey kept coming back to: This goes to the integrity of the democracy.GAZETTE: Did Comey break the law by giving notes of his memos to a friend in order to get them out to the public, as Trump’s attorney Kasowitz seemed to suggest?GERTNER: I don’t know exactly. They were not classified; he was a private citizen at that point. I don’t think he can be prosecuted for anything. The question of whether that is obstruction of justice is a question of context. The action of releasing this information was incredibly self-protective. I don’t think there is anything illegal. GAZETTE: Impeachment is, of course, a political procedure, not a legal one. Is there a legal remedy available if a sitting president is accused of a federal crime allegedly committed while in office?GERTNER: No is the answer. There are some scholars who might disagree, but the overwhelming position of scholars who study American constitutional law say that the only way of addressing presidential misconduct is through impeachment. That’s a structural reason, because if the district attorney of Brooklyn indicted the president — first of all, the district attorney of Brooklyn is a part of the executive branch, is part of the president’s tutelage — how disruptive could that be to the national order if individual district attorneys in different parts of the country could suddenly go after him? So, no, the best answer is the only mechanism is impeachment. Now, that doesn’t mean that the president couldn’t be doing things for which, after he left office and the statute of limitations was met, he could be prosecuted. But right now, the only remedy is impeachment. The only remedy for the obstruction of justice part is impeachment. There also are a whole lot of concerns about Trump’s business dealings and the dealings of his family. It’s entirely possible we’ll see cases against family members. There’s no bar under these circumstances.GAZETTE: Could the president intervene?GERTNER: This would be a constitutional crisis. The president could actually intervene and pardon his family members and pardon himself. But he couldn’t pardon himself for impeachment. He couldn’t stop an impeachment proceeding by pardoning himself. There are two political problems here. One is the House taking action on impeachment. By the way, as to the June 7 testimony, it’s also the case that the witnesses could arguably be in contempt of Congress. The witnesses had no basis to not answer questions. But contempt of Congress likewise takes a majority vote to charge them with it. So the political process here is a whole separate question.GAZETTE: If the special counsel finds that crimes were committed by the president himself, but Congress chooses not to take any action, is that the end of the matter?GERTNER: Yes, that is the end of the matter. There’s no mechanism to charge a sitting president, on the state or federal level. Former President Bill Clinton wound up with a civil case against him, which could continue. So the emoluments challenge is a civil case. Civil cases can proceed. But the president really is immune from prosecution except through the impeachment process, federal or state.GAZETTE: What role, if any, does the Supreme Court play if a president is found to have violated his constitutional oath of office or if, as the National Security Agency report published by The Intercept this week suggests, the special counsel finds that part of the 2016 election voting tally may have been tampered with by Russia? Does the Constitution address this at all?GERTNER: The Constitution doesn’t address that. That’s what Bush v. Gore was about. There are two things. In that situation, the Supreme Court would be obliged to look at the bona fides of the election. And that’s a very extreme step. There’d have to be a smoking gun of major proportions, which there doesn’t seem to be. But the Supreme Court has no role with respect to the president except, as with Nixon, they can deal with issues of disclosure of various kinds — should the president turn over this, should the president turn over that — those kinds of issues.But to challenge the election, there would have to be a smoking gun, like tampering in the voting machines in Wisconsin or Pennsylvania. That’s the level it would have to be, and there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of that. If the integrity of the election is undermined because of fake news, there’s nothing we can do about that except to investigate how and why, and see if federal crimes were involved. If the vote was affected in a meaningful way, that would be different. But there’s no reason to believe that, not from what we know now. It would be an incredible deal to set aside the election. It’s very, very remote.This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 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4-H Winners

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaThe cream of Georgia’s 4-H crop met to celebrate and champion their program during the 61st annual State 4-H Congress in Atlanta July 22-24. But 48 individuals emerged as state project competition winners.”Many think 4-H is a program of the past,” said Roger C. “Bo” Ryles, state 4-H program leader. “The young people here show that it is, indeed, a program for the present and the future.”A banquet July 24 honored state winners. At the banquet, the Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents recognized Rep. Richard Royal (D-Camilla) with the 2003 Friend of 4-H award for his long-standing commitment and contribution to the Georgia 4-H program.Georgia 4-H is the youth education component of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. State congress is the culmination of a year’s work in a 4-H project. 4-H’ers prepare portfolios of their project work, participate in interviews about their portfolios and give oral presentations for this statewide competition.Here are this year’s state winners, projects and project donors, listed by their home counties. BANKS: Mandy Slaton, environmental science, AGL Resources, Inc.BARTOW: Emily Lloyd, performing arts-vocal, Six Flags Over Georgia.BLECKLEY: Christa DeMasie, bread, Georgia 4-H Foundation.BRYAN: Hannah McCoy, communications, the Georgia 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association.BURKE: Morgan Franks, dairy and milk science, Angela Broder Nemeth and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.CHARLTON: Berrie Allen, pork production, the Georgia Pork Producers Association.COLUMBIA: Eryc Riddle, power and energy, Chevron.COWETA: Laura Massengill, companion animal science, Bill and Edna Sell, in memory of Scott Sell, Monroe Veterinary Clinic, Inc. and the Georgia 4-H Foundation; Rebecca Miiolen, horse, the Georgia Horse Council.CRAWFORD: Ashley Justice, festive foods for health, Publix Super Markets Charities.CRISP: Zack McKinney, computers, Georgia Power Company.EARLY: Natalie Smith, human development, the Georgia Association Extension 4-H Agents.EFFINGHAM: John Callaway, photography, Georgia Magazine.EMANUEL: Kimberly Page, resource management, Georgia Cooperative Council, Inc.EVANS: Morgan Casteen, housing and environment, the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association.FLOYD: Cherilyn Humphrey, dairy foods, the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk.GORDON: Chaz Mexick, workforce preparation and career development, Randstad North American.GREENE: Reshumda Hull, food fare, the Georgia Development Authority.GWINNETT: Kim Larson, flowers, shrubs and lawns, the Georgia Development Authority.HART: Amber Oglesby, sports, White Water.HEARD: Chris Nowicki, international project, Equifax, Inc.; Scottie Rowell, performing arts – general, Six Flags Over Georgia.IRWIN: Carie Young, fruits, nuts and vegetables, the Georgia 4-H Foundation.JACKSON: Mack Prater, food safety and preservation, Bucky Cook.JONES: Alexandria Chambers, health, the Georgia 4-H Foundation.LANIER: Bryce Tolle, entomology, the Georgia Pest Control Association and the University of Georgia Extension Entomology Department.MADISON: Amy Piche, veterinary science, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary.OCONEE: Stanton Porter, outdoor recreation, White Water; Cole Ryles, performing arts other instrumental, Six Flags Over Georgia; Nathan Eason, physical, biological and earth sciences, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation.PEACH: Nekeisha Randall, public speaking, the Georgia Farm Credit Association.PICKENS: Cameron Buchanan, fashion revue, the Georgia Master 4-H Club; Kayla Dobbs, forestry and wood science, International Paper Company; Katy Morgan, poultry and egg science, the Georgia poultry Federation.POLK: Andrea Tolbert, food fast and healthy, the Georgia 4-H Foundation.PULASKI: Daniel Willcox, wildlife and marine science, Georgia Power.STEPHENS: Dorothy White, conservation of natural resources, Georgia Water Wise Council.TIFT: Melissa Lee, arts and crafts, Marian S. Fisher and Brandie Rucks Park in honor of Jason and Hope Parris; Daniel Tankersley, beef, Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association; Kelly Ann Frizzell, consumer education, Dr. Anupam Goel; Jillian Dunn, dog care and training, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary; Bethany Gates, general recreation, the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association, Inc.; Susan Guo, performing arts – piano, Six Flags Over Georgia; Patrick Cannon, target sports, the Callaway Foundation and the family of Col. James Boddie.WALTON: Anna Hull, safety, AGL Resources, Inc.Amanda McCarthy, textile merchandising and interiors, the Georgia 4-H Foundation.WHITFIELD: Shari Taylor, sheep and meat goats, Dr. James and Renee Williamson and the Georgia 4-H Foundation.last_img read more

Love on the Rocks

first_imgI have an addiction that runs deep. It has taken over other parts of my life and made relationships virtually impossible. It’s not gambling or drinking or drugs.It’s the outdoors.Specifically, it’s hiking, backpacking, bicycling, bicycle camping, canoeing, canoe camping, sea kayaking, sea kayak camping, fishing, and rafting.You can see I have a problem.Even worse, my particular outdoor passions often require me to be gone for days, as opposed to, say, a tennis passion, where one leaves home, hits a little yellow ball around, and returns home later the same day.These outdoor obsessions can get in the way of a love story.I should know, being a man who has camped out over 3,000 nights since the mid-1980s. Guess what: I’m still not married.I graduated from college and became a backpacking bum, camping during the week and bartending on the weekends. It was great for maximizing my number of nights beneath the stars but terrible for my love life.Then there were the big trips. Yep, heading out for three weeks to Yellowstone is adventurous, but there’s a price to be paid. A buddy of mine’s wife, upon hearing he was taking off for Canada’s North woods, replied, “Well, I’m going shopping in Atlanta for a week,” depleting both my friend’s bank account and goodwill stockpile.Being gone during important events has other costs, too. Missing your girlfriend’s best friend’s wedding in order to catch the northern lights may seem logical to you and your outdoor buddies. But you weren’t there when it mattered. And being in absentia during untimely deaths and subsequent funerals leaves you simply a cad.It’s often my girlfriend’s friends that plant the first seeds of doubt. “Oh, is Johnny gone again? Johnny isn’t here for Valentine’s Day? Wasn’t he also gone during your parent’s anniversary party?”Soon, she stops defending my outdoor lifestyle and starts asking the tough questions. “Why aren’t you here when I need you most?” That’s a complicated question, especially when my response is, “The water on the Watauga was just right.”Then she’ll ask me to prove my love by curtailing or discontinuing my outdoor adventures. This setup is intended to make me choose between what I love and who I love. 1 2last_img read more

Seabees Complete Peruvian School Renovation

first_imgBy Dialogo May 17, 2011 I think its good that the mobile naval battalion began a project with the goal of creating a good school. If the world were all one battalion we could do many things that are needed around the world. What we should do is follow their example and indoctrinate our sons and daughters to make the world better. There is a saying: “Better schools equal a better education which therefore means better opportunities”. Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28 (NMCB 28) and Marines from 8th Engineer Support Battalion held a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 8, to mark the end of a nine-day renovation project at Cruz Maria Miñan Quezada School in La Huaca, Peru. The 13-member team, embarked aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), contributed more than 860 man-hours to the renovation project, which was conducted as part of Continuing Promise 2011 (CP ’11). In addition to many other tasks, the team reconstructed an existing classroom, added new light fixtures and ceiling fans to all the classrooms, and returned running water to restrooms via plumbing repairs. “We are very pleased that the kids are going to be able to study in better conditions with an improved environment,” said school administrator Teddy Guzmán. The ceremony gave CP ’11 leaders and school officials an opportunity to address the crowd of mothers and children who will benefit from the renovations. “This deployment for us is one of humanitarian assistance, but one of the big things we do is build relationships,” said Commodore Brian Nickerson, CP ’11 mission commander. “It’s the relationships that we build on a personal level that are truly important. There has been a great relationship between our two countries over the years and I look to the boys and girls here to continue that relationship.” Nickerson said that the time spent playing soccer, answering questions, laughing and taking pictures with the children of La Huaca are memories that everyone involved will always cherish. “We get just as much out of these projects as the kids do,” said NMCB 28 Officer-In-Charge Ensign Tres Moreno of the time he and his team spent with the children at the school. Moreno said he feels that the work they did at Cruz Maria Miñan Quezada will positively impact the education of the children of La Huaca, as well as the relationship between the United States and Peru. “Better schools equal better education, which equals better opportunities,” said Moreno. “We hope that the improvements to their school give them a chance to make a difference in the world and also plants a positive image of Americans with the people of Peru.”last_img read more