Attached is the link to an extremely well written letter from Carpenters Local 224 in support of Teamsters Local 215.￼￼Carpenters Local 224Please take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read. New addition to the CCO is the Cause of Death reports generated by the Vanderburgh County Health Department.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
OCNJDaily’s Mike DeVlieger (right) interviews Scott Patterson prior to Patterson’s concert with his band, Gordon, at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, set for August 13, It’s been “a while” since Scott Patterson’s last trip to Ocean City, “and that’s too bad,” the “Gilmore Girls” actor said on Thursday. “I feel bad about that,” he said.But Patterson, who will do a benefit concert with his band, Gordon, August 13, 7 p.m. at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Art Center at Ocean City High School, is making up for lost time.“We’re headed to the beach, if there’s any sunlight left,” Patterson said during a break in a rehearsal.Patterson has been coming to Ocean City and other South Jersey shore resorts since he was a small child, he said. “Sea Isle City is another place where I spent a lot of time,” he said. “My parents would rent a place down here every summer and I just loved it,” he said.His passion for the Shore was so intense, he and his friends would pedal their bikes all the way from his boyhood home of Haddonfield, Patterson said.“That’s not going to happen anymore… maybe on a motorcycle,” he laughed.Patterson’s band was in rare form during the Thursday rehearsal. Gordon plays all original material Scott wrote himself. It is loud, hard-driving rock with a heavy blues influence.Tickets for the show are priced $20 each and are available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. A portion of the show proceeds will benefit OCNJ CARE. Separate tickets for a pre-concert intimate VIP acoustic session at 6 p.m. at the High School Community Room are $50, and a post-concert VIP meet-and-greet that includes a selfie and autograph with Patterson are $50 each.In the meantime, readers might just bump into Scott around town. Patterson said he was a surfer and might take advantage if there are waves, and also inquired about renting a jet ski and cruising around the bay. Then he took it one step further.“I’m looking into purchasing a home here. I looked around and the prices are, like, ‘hello…’ but maybe we can work something out. I would love to own a house here.”
The stock market’s run of four straight “up” months ended last week as the trade battle that has dominated headlines expanded to another country. The S&P 500 dropped 6.4% in May (total return), making the index’s +10.7% YTD performance less than satisfying. The latest threatened tariffs – directed at Mexico – are to be implemented in just one week (5% on June 10) and could increase fivefold to 25% in four months on October 1. American corporations that have shifted manufacturing plants to Mexico are at the greatest risk. These companies make their products in Mexico – benefiting from lower labor costs – and then import the goods into the U.S. for sale to American consumers, a transaction that would be subject to the new 5% tariff (source: BTN Research).When stock owners become stock sellers, many of those investors become bond buyers. The surge of money coming to Treasury notes (10-year paper) and bonds (30-year paper) last month drove sovereign debt prices up and yields down. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note dropped from 2.50% to 2.13%, resulting in a +3.1% price increase and the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond dropped from 2.93% to 2.57%, resulting in a +7.2% price increase (source: Treasury Department).The price of oil fell more than $10 a barrel in May – from $63.91 to $53.50 – as oil traders evaluate the possible impact of proposed tariffs on the global economy. Slowing economies could mean a reduced demand for crude oil. Ironically, U.S. oil producers reported last week production of 12.3 million barrels a day of crude – the largest weekly total in U.S. history (source: Department of Energy).Notable Numbers for the Week:DECLINING RATE – Of individual tax returns filed in calendar year 2010, 1.11% were audited or 1 out of every 91 returns. Since then, the audit rate has fallen for 7 consecutive years to 0.59% for individual tax returns filed in calendar year 2017, equal to 1 out of every 169 returns (source: IRS Data Book).THIS IS THE MONTH – The month of June has had the greatest number of existing homes sold during each of the last 5 calendar years (2014-2018). 570,000 existing homes were sold in June 2018, an average of 19,000 a day nationwide (source: National Association of Realtors).IT’S A JOB – An estimated 40% of this year’s college graduates will be “underemployed” with their first job, i.e., they will take a job for which they are academically overqualified (source: Strada Institute).POTUS – The 2020 presidential election takes place on 11/03/20 or 17 months from today. 23 Democrats have announced their run for the White House, including 6 women and 17 men (source: New York Times).© 2019 Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111-0001. All rights reserved. www.massmutual.com.This material does not constitute a recommendation to engage in or refrain from a particular course of action. The information within has not been tailored for any individual. The opinions expressed herein are those of Michael A. Higley as of the date of writing and are subject to change. MML Investors Services, LLC (MMLIS) provides this article for informational purposes, and does not make any representations as to the accuracy or effectiveness of its content or recommendations. Mr. Higley is not an employee of MMLIS and any comments, opinions or facts listed are those of Mr. Higley.This commentary is brought to you courtesy of MML Investors Services, LLC (Member FINRA, Member SIPC). Past performance isn’t indicative of future performance. An index is unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index. Material discussed is meant for informational purposes only and it is not to be construed as specific tax, legal, or investment advice. Although the information has been gathered from sources believed to be reliable, it is not guaranteed. Please note that individual situations can vary, therefore, the information should be relied upon when coordinated with individual professional advice. Clients must rely upon his or her own professional advisor before making decisions with respect to these matters.
Chris Ormrod, managing director of Taunton-based Ministry of Cake, has been announced as winner of the CEO of the Year award for the south west in the Management Team Awards 2016, organised by the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA).Regional winners are announced throughout the year and presented at the BVCA National Dinners, held across the country. However, the overall national winners will be revealed at a gala dinner held at the Hilton Park Lane in London on 8 December, where Ormrod will face competition from other regional CEO winners from around the country.The awards are given to directors, who demonstrate good growth in their chosen categories, and have a clear and focused strategy for future growth. They also reflect businesses that have strong relationships with staff – and, often, a good, local corporate profile.Ormrod has managed Ministry of Cake for almost 12 years and previously worked for Richard Branson, helping to set up the soft drinks company Virgin Cola.The nomination follows a string of successes for the company, which was also named as the winner of PwC’s West of England Business of the Year.Speaking exclusively to British Baker, Ormrod said: “I was really pleased to be nominated for this one – and to win the BVCA CEO of the Year for the South West. Maybe one day I’ll set up a Ministry of Cake Airline in homage.”Over the last five years the company has changed markedly, with turnover increasing by 30%, two new manufacturing sites, an increase in export sales and a change of ownership.Ministry of Cake is a privately owned manufacturer of frozen desserts for the UK and export foodservice market.In May, Ministry of Cake subsidiary Ministry of Pudding produced its 10 millionth pudding at its new factory in Torquay.
Harvard University’s newest residential building at 10 Akron St. in Cambridge has won the Harleston Parker Medal for 2011 as “the single most beautiful building or other structure” recently built in metropolitan Boston.The annual honor, bestowed on notable buildings built in the past decade, is co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects and the city of Boston. The Harvard building was selected from nearly 100 projects and cited by jurors for its contextual, compelling design, its unexpected public spaces, and its strong sense of balance. According to the jurors, “The building continues to surprise and delight even after repeated viewing.”“We partnered with architect Kyu Sung Woo to create a simple but elegant building suited to its prominent location along the Charles River,” said Lisa Hogarty, vice president of Harvard Campus Services. “Contemporary and highly sustainable, this building also respects the architectural traditions of Harvard and the neighborhood surrounding it. We are honored by this award and delighted to count 10 Akron St. among the most beautiful buildings in Boston.”This is the 14th time that a Harvard building has been awarded the medal.Situated along the Charles River at the corner of Memorial Drive, 10 Akron is a LEED Gold-certified property that contains 151 apartments for Harvard graduate students, faculty, and staff, along with common areas to support the Graduate Commons Program, which fosters intellectual collaboration and social interaction among students from various academic disciplines.From the riverside, the six-story brick block building with glassy bay windows is scaled to Memorial Drive and the waterfront. Along Banks Street, the siding on the low-rise, wood-clad building refers to adjacent three-story, wood-frame houses and complements nearby Peabody Terrace, which was designed by Josep Lluís Sert. The composition of 10 Akron’s two-building elements forms a courtyard that opens toward a new three-quarter-acre public space along the river. The city of Cambridge built the public open space on land that Harvard granted to the city through an easement. Together, the courtyard gesture and the public space establish a contemporary and welcoming gateway. The housing and open space configuration was the result of a comprehensive public process that included many Cambridge officials and neighbors.The Harvard project was designed by Kyu Sung Woo Architects, built by BOND, and project-managed by Jones Lang LaSalle. The project also included the construction of 39 affordable housing units (33 for home ownership and six for rental) for Cambridge residents, as well as underground parking. The project completed a multiyear effort by the University to provide housing for half of its graduate student population and had the ancillary benefit of reducing pressure on the local housing market.Radcliffe’s Alice Longfellow Hall was the first Harvard building to receive the Harleston Parker Medal, in 1934. Other recipients include the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard, the Cambridge Public Library, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and the John Hancock Tower.
During the Dell EMC Global Partner Summit (GPS) general session, Joyce Mullen shared that our Partners did some truly amazing things in 2017. In fact, she called the year a ROARing success! And, with “the force and speed of a stampede,” our partner community continues to strengthen.Many partners have worked to grow their businesses within the Dell EMC Partner Program, and have seized the opportunities to deliver transformational solutions—Digital, Workforce, Security, IT—that enable their customers to compete today and into tomorrow.Together, Dell EMC and our Partners are unstoppable … The celebration of success kicked off during the GPS general session—with recognition of our President’s Circle winners, each of whom will send one lucky executive to Scotland!Throughout the last two days, Joyce Mullen, Jay Snyder and Bryan Jones have recognized some of those Partners who continue to grow with Dell EMC—as well as across Dell Technologies. Those Partners come from organizations across our Dell EMC Partner ecosystem—including from across several important categories, including growth in various lines of business.Congratulations to each of our Dell EMC Partners of the Year: WorldwideGlobal Alliances Growth Partner of the Year – UnisysGlobal Alliances Technical Excellence Partner of the Year – FNTSGlobal Alliances Marketing Partner of the Year – UnisysGlobal Alliances Solution Center Partner of the Year – EYGlobal Alliances Rising Star – D4T4Extraordinary Federal Partner of the Year – Sterling Computers CorporationFederal Data Center Partner of the Year – Iron Bow TechnologiesOEM Channel Partner of the Year – CCIntegrationDell EMC Distributor of the Year – Ingram MicroNorth AmericaEXTRAORDINARY Partner of the Year – AHEADRegional Distributor of the Year – Ingram MicroGo Big-Win Big New Business – CDWGo Big-Win Big Services – World Wide Technology, Inc.Go Big-Win Big Growth – Arlington Computer ProductsServices Delivery Partner of the Year – AdvizeXStorage Partner of the Year – RTP TechnologyServer Partner of the Year – InsightClient Solutions Partner of the Year – CDW & CDW CanadaDell Technologies Partner of the Year – Data BlueShining Star – Northern Micro, a Converge CompanyMarketing Excellence – RoundTower TechnologiesLATAMEXTRAORDINARY Partner of the Year – UNITECHRegional Distributor of the Year – Ingram Micro Latin AmericaGo Big-Win Big New Business – HARDLINK INFORMATICA E SISTEMAS LTDAGo Big-Win Big Services – SYSTECH SISTEMAS E TECNOLOGIA EM INFORMATICA LTDAGo Big-Win Big Growth – LTA RH INFORMÁTICAServices Delivery Partner of the Year – UNITECHStorage Partner of the Year – UNITECHServer Partner of the Year – LTA RH INFORMÁTICAClient Solutions Partner of the Year – SYSTECH SISTEMAS E TECNOLOGIA EM INFORMATICA LTDADell Technologies Partner of the Year – GREEN SERVICES AND SOLUTIONSShining Star – JAR ELECTRÓNICA APLICADAMarketing Excellence – BUSINESS CONEXION MÉXICO, S.A. DE C.V.APJEXTRAORDINARY Partner of the Year – NCS Pte LtdRegional Distributor of the Year – Redington IndiaGo Big-Win Big New Business – Fuji XeroxGo Big-Win Big Services – Data SolutionGo Big-Win Big Growth – UNIADEXServices Delivery Partner of the Year – Dimension Data AustraliaStorage Partner of the Year – NCS Pte LtdServer Partner of the Year – Itochu Techno-Solutions CorporationClient Solutions Partner of the Year – Integrated Computer Systems, Inc.Dell Technologies Partner of the Year – Ascentech K.K.Shining Star – PT. Smartindo Integrasi SystemMarketing Excellence – Ingram Micro AustraliaEMEAEXTRAORDINARY Partner of the Year – ComputacenterRegional Distributor of the Year – MerlionGo Big-Win Big New Business – Areus Zrt.Go Big-Win Big Services – MDSGo Big-Win Big Growth – SwisscomServices Delivery Partner of the Year – DiyarStorage Partner of the Year – WWTServer Partner of the Year – OasisClient Solutions Partner of the Year – Bechtle AGDell Technologies Partner of the Year – SCC FranceShining Star – TechDataMarketing Excellence – AteaGreater ChinaExtraordinary Partner of the Year – Beijing UCBJ Technology Co., Ltd.Extraordinary Partner of the Year – Ecdata Information Technology Co., LtdRegional Distributor of the Year – Beijing Founder Century Information System Co., Ltd.Regional Distributor of the Year – Nanjing BeiZhuo Network System Engineering Co., Ltd.Regional Distributor of the Year – Digital China Group Co., Ltd.Go Big-Win Big New Business – Beijing Bright Prospect Science & Technology Co., Ltd.Go Big-Win Big New Business – United Electronics Co., Ltd.Go Big-Win Big Services – Shanghai Zhongjun Electronic Technology Development Co., Ltd.Go Big-Win Big Services – Nikoyo (HK) LimitedGo Big-Win Big Growth – Beijing Uniwise Technology Co., Ltd.Go Big-Win Big Growth – Digital China Advanced Systems LimitedServices Delivery Partner of the Year – Beyondwinet CorporationStorage Partner of the Year – Xiamen Bianyuan Information Technology Co., Ltd.Storage Partner of the Year – Shandong Sente Information Technology Co., LtdServer Partner of the Year – Jinan Ruichen Zhongke Technology Co., Ltd.Client Solutions Partner of the Year – Shenzhen Genius Technology Co., Ltd.Dell Technologies Partner of the Year – Shanghai Trenging Information Technology Co., LtdDell Technologies Partner of the Year – Shanghai Yuzhou Information Technology Co., Ltd.Shining Star – Beijing Benefits Thai Electronics Group Co., LtdShining Star – Chengdu Sobey Digital Technology Co., Ltd.Marketing Excellence – Shanghai KAIYUE Supply chain Management Co., LtdMarketing Excellence – Changhong IT Information Products CO., LtdPartner Services Quality Awards The Partner Services Quality Award recognizes partners for their outstanding delivery performance based on feedback provided by our many valued customers, demonstrating their focus on customer success.LATAM Diseño (Mexico)North America Sirius Computer SolutionsAdvizeX TechnologiesFocus Technology SolutionsPresidioAlexander Open Systems North AmericaUDI (Unique Digital Inc) North AmericaEMEA Areus Infocommunication (Hungary)Ngn Bilgi Ve Iletisim Hizmetleri (Turkey)Brinova-Systemhaus (Germany)Anadat Consulting (Spain)MTI GermanyMTI FranceAPJIQ3 (AustraliaJoyou Data (China)Zungwon (Korea)Itochu Techno Solutions (Japan)Data#3 (Australia)Broadband Tower (Japan)Congratulations to each of the Dell EMC Partner of the Year award winners! Thank you for your extraordinary efforts and deep commitment to the Dell EMC Partner Program. As an organization, we look forward to what this next year will bring.Together, we are loud. Proud. Fierce. And strong!
Yesterday, Dell Technologies SVP of Corporate Real Estate and Global Facilities, Mark Pringle, was invited to testify before the United States Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works to discuss flexible workspace strategies and the ways the federal government might integrate these strategies. Joining him in testimony were Kate Lister, President, Global Workplace Analytics, and Dr. Michael Benjamin, Chief of Air Quality Planning and Science division of the California Air Resources Board.Chairman John Barrasso and Ranking Member Thomas Carper were present in the Senate hearing room, along with Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa. Other members joined the meeting from their respective offices via teleconference, as well as everyone invited to testify. In many ways, it was a perfect example of how meetings and collaborative conversations can – and do – happen over the internet every day, even more so now that we are responding to the pandemic by allowing for more remote work solutions in both the private and the public sectors.Read more on the hearing below, and see an update at the end of this blog on Dell Technologies’ expanded Connected Workplace 2.0.How Private Sector Learnings Can Inform the Public Sector’s Future Chairman Barrasso opened the hearing by noting that the pandemic has upended Americans’ way of life, including how they work. He stated that small and large businesses have faced devastating hits and are looking to reduce expenses. He shared that one in five CFOs plan to keep at least 20% of their workforce working remotely after the pandemic ends, in order to reduce costs, and suggested that the government should follow the private sector’s lead in trying to cut costs.Ranking Member Carper noted that millions of Americans have shifted to telework, which has given the federal government an opportunity to examine the effectiveness of remote working. He expressed interest in the use of private space, such as people’s homes. He said that the federal government uses more than 350,000 buildings, and expressed interest in how building space can be used more efficiently and how the federal government’s carbon footprint can be reduced.During his testimony, Mark focused on the implications a flexible workplace approach might have on the need for physical office spaces and how Dell has approached these strategies. The hearing overall provided real insight into how organizations and government agencies are adjusting to COVID-19, especially in terms of supporting a connected workforce, and how we can look beyond the short term as we shift to a more flexible, connected environment.Empowering a Connected WorkplaceBeginning in 2009, Dell Technologies established our Connected Workplace program as a strategic component of our company’s culture and operations. In his testimony Mark stated, “Connected Workplace allows our employees to choose the work style that best fulfills their needs on the job and in life in a highly mobile, collaborative, and flexible work setting. The program has positively impacted our business, our approach to talent acquisition and our environmental footprint. But more than just a policy, this program is about a change in how we think about work – where work is not anchored to one place and time and instead is focused on outcomes. Earlier this year, before the onset of COVID-19, we had approximately 65% of Dell Technologies team members leveraging work flexibility in their jobs (meaning in the office just a couple of days a week) and 30% of our team members working remotely on any given day.”Ms. Lister remarked on the rapid adoption that we have seen over the past few months, noting that “the pandemic didn’t start the telework trend, but it is going to accelerate it.” She went on to comment that “we need to break loose of the 20th Century framework that keeps us tethered to the concept of work as place, rather than what we do. Employees are already mobile…and we need to support a 21st Century workforce.” She indicated that leaders who have been intentional about it have already transformed the workplaces into more flexible spaces that support a mobile, hybrid, collaborative workplace.Mark shared that Dell Technologies Connected Workplace “has been encouraging team members to design their ideal working arrangements, including remote work, flexible hours and job sharing. It also involves supporting flex workers’ needs through enhanced technology infrastructure, training opportunities and an employee resource group.”Near Overnight Scaling for COVID-19 Mark pointed out that while Dell Technologies has had 65% of our team members working flexibly, the onset of COVID-19 required that we convert, nearly overnight, 90% of our employees to “work from home” status. Our first priority, he stated, “was to assure the health and well-being of our teams, partners, and the customers that we serve. Our second step was to bring a task force together to help us quickly enable our large, globally diverse workforce to effectively work remotely while scaling our infrastructure to help ensure business continuity and availability. At the same time, we continue to help our customers through their digital implementation to enable our customers’ employees to be an effective remote workforce.”Future StrategyMark concluded, “At Dell Technologies, our hope is to be a leader in workplace flexibility with more team members in flexible work arrangements or working from home long term. What we have learned is proximity to a specific location will not be a priority post-COVID-19. We are taking a team member-centric approach informed by data to how we bring select team members back to site. In addition to our multiple sites here in the United States, Dell Technologies also operates in multiple locations across the globe. “As a company, we are actively exploring how to not only increase our total work force productivity, but also enhancing the team member work experience that gives them options to adapt their work in ways that reflect their circumstances, but also keeps them engaged and connected to the company. We don’t have all the answers yet, but we find ourselves open to concepts that we just would not have seen a feasible at the beginning of this year. COVID-19 has exacted a devastating public health and economic toll on our country. One of the best ways to recover from both catastrophes is to reimagine work in ways that genuinely improve the quality of life for our nation’s work force. We look forward to that journey.”The witnesses were asked about the fiscal benefits of reducing office space, and what productivity tradeoffs, if any, might result. Mark pointed out that at Dell Technologies we have experienced higher employee satisfaction as a result of our Connected Workplace initiative, without any loss of productivity. He agreed, however, that there is a need to bridge the digital divide. He said there are questions about how bandwidth can be shared in a secure way, as well as tackling prioritization of bandwidth in a home environment where there are competing demands for work, school, streaming media, and so forth. He said 5G will allow for fixed wireless access points, and stressed the need for government investment in 5G and WiFi 6E.You can watch a replay of the full hearing here.Introducing Connected Workplace 2.0Beginning today, we expanded our Connected Workplace to all countries where we have team members and are empowering them with the ability to choose the work style that best fits them. Any team member who can be successful working in their role remotely can choose to enroll in the program and, upon manager approval, can work in a flexible capacity indefinitely. Once our sites reopen, team members working flexibly can still come into the office for face-to-face meetings and to collaborate with their teams in person. This is not a departure from the way we’ve been working over the past decade. It’s simply an expansion to allow more team members to work in the way that they feel best fits their needs and lifestyle.We trust our team members and we want them to feel empowered. We know they’ll continue to innovate and collaborate just as they always have. But we do know there are still issues we have to address. For example, preventing burnout in a world where timeframe boundaries are blurred and where working parents are also home schooling, and prioritizing mental health as people deal with stress and anxiety. And there are some issues that need to be addressed more broadly when deploying a remote workforce. While we don’t have all the answers today, we know that we have a strong foundation to build on.As a company that has built flexibility into our culture for the last decade, we continue to see flexible culture combined with the right technology infrastructure unleash innovation, life/work balance for our people, our future talent and shrink our environmental footprint. There is no going back. Today it’s really about life/work balance, and we’re excited to continue empowering our employees with the choice and flexibility they need to succeed in both life and work.
Over 900 runners, including students, faculty and staff and residents of the South Bend area, covered a 13.1-mile course around campus Sunday morning for the sixth annual Holy Half Marathon. The course, which began on South Quad in front of South Dining Hall, included two laps of a 6.5-mile route that weaved around campus and around St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s lakes.Race organizers said they were pleased with the amount of runners who participated.“We had 305 people alone register the morning of the race, which was such a great surprise,” junior and race co-director Gabby Tate said. “We completely ran out of everything, but people just wanted to run, which was wonderful.”Tate, along with junior Sean Kickham, was responsible for ensuring the course was ready and adequately equipped with water stations, flags and volunteers.“We’re there to oversee registration, direct the volunteers and answer any questions that the runners might have,” she said. “It’s definitely a fun and crazy variety of things that we have to do.” The event kicked off Saturday evening with Mass in the Dillon Hall chapel and a pasta dinner in the Coleman-Morse Lounge. Senior Cynthia Curley was recognized as the first female to complete the race at 1:27:00 and was followed by freshman Alison Podlaski, who finished in 1:29:00. Nick Bouwman, a student at nearby Goshen College, was the first male to cross the finish line, with a time of 1:15:21. Freshman Ian Montijo finished a close second at 1:16:41. According to Tate, 815 of the 935 registered runners, including an area third grader, finished the race.Freshmen Annie Wehry and Aoibheann Thinnes said they felt a sense of accomplishment as they crossed the finish line with a time of 1:56:03.“We finished in under two hours, which was our ultimate goal,” Wehry said. “We’re both really happy with how we did.” A team of seniors Sierra Smith, Matt Panhans, Meghan Shaughnessy, Aaron Pierre and graduate student Stephanie Nienaber ran the entire 13.1-mile race dressed as Waldo, the famous character from the children’s book series “Where’s Waldo?”“It was a perfect day for running,” Smith said. “Doing the half marathon with the rest of the Waldo gang made it even better.” The five friends agreed they appreciated the enthusiastic crowds of supports during the race.Tate and Kickham both said they were grateful for “an amazing crew of volunteers” that assisted them with the production of the race.Hosted by the Class of 2011, this year’s Holy Half raised $20,000 for The Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) that works to rebuild New Orleans and provide relief to area victims of hurricanes Katrina and Gustav.
Your daily outdoor news bulletin for July 10, the day the Scopes “Monkey Trail” began in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925, because people used to still think they are too good to have evolved from apes:Invasion of the LionfishNorth Carolina has a problem. No, North Carolina has a BIG problem, and so does the rest of the East Coast of the United States. That problem comes in the form of a fairly beautiful fish, which is also part of said problem. The lionfish is an invasive species native to the tropic waters of the Indo-Pacific, but took hold off the North Carolina coast around 2000. They have no natural predators, reproduce like aquatic rabbits on Viagra, and crush the competition, reducing native fish populations by as much as 70 percent. And, now, according to a piece on Slate.com, they are becoming obese, meaning they are eating beyond when they are full – which is a characteristic not usually found in the animal kingdom, only in the human kingdom. This is very bad news. The article focuses on the eating habits of the lionfish, but the science and data behind the invasion are stunning to say the least.Tennessee Wild Receives Patagonia GrantClothing manufacturer and philanthropic entity Patagonia recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Wild South and the Tennessee Wild Campaign to “protect headwaters, recreation, beauty, and intrinsic values of wild places in the Cherokee National Forest” of Tennessee. The grant will go toward lobbying to pass the Tennessee Wilderness Act that would expand protection for nearly 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest, giving that acreage the more robust security of a Wilderness designation as oppose to National Forest.Read more on the Wild South website.Chesapeake Bay Foundation Doing WorkIn a mash-up of the the Dirt’s first two stories is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) doing the work that will preserve our waters for the foreseeable future. First comes a post from Orvis.com that toots its own horn (which is fine with us when spreading the conservation gospel, and Orvis does a lot of this so kudos to them) about a grant it gave the CBF to work with agricultural landowners in the Chesapeake Bay watershed (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania) to plant streamside forests and increase the riparian borders on their working farms. These programs will decrease the amount of agricultural runoff – which is the largest source of pollution to the bay – seeping into the streams and running into the bay. Not only will this help the Chesapeake, it will also help any fish that could have been effected along the way.Second comes in a column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch by CBF Executive Director Ann Jennings and Virginia Conservation Network policy manager Jacob Powell that grades the state of Virginia on how they are progressing with promises made in 2010 to clean up the watershed dubbed the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. The plan includes the programs listed above. Is the state flunking? No. Is the state acing? No, again. Jennings and Powell say Virginia is making progress, but still has a ways to go.
This Saturday, get both your brain and your body moving at the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. This unconventionally scenic race brings a new twist to your workout by adding a history lesson to this top physical challenge as the course winds through the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park stands in honor of the Civil War battles fought in the name of Chattanooga, “the Gateway to the Deep South”. These battles served as a major turning point for the Union army, opening the door to the heart of the Confederacy, and mark some of the deadliest conflicts of the Civil War. Maybe you’ll even meet some ghosts along your way…But besides being a little spooky, the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon offers a beautiful and insightful look at this important piece of history. The course includes two loops of the park, beginning and finishing at the 6th Cavalry Museum, and takes place on a paved road through the battlefield.The event will also feature a Half-Marathon, 5K and Kids Junior Marathon. The Half-Marathon will occupy one loop of the full Marathon course, while the 5K moves North of both races. The Junior Marathon, a long-term project in which participants log 25.2 miles over the course of several months up until the race, will run through the last mile of the full course and represent the culmination of this more accessible take on the marathon challenge.Registration for the half and full Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon has closed, but there are still limited spots open for the 5K race! Interested runners may register on-site for the 5K, depending on availability. The race also welcomes spectators and supporters, so come cheer on your friends and family while you enjoy the sights from the sidelines. Join the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon fun for a new take on American history!