Vietnam Veteran Surprised, Comforted By Custom Huey Rotor Chain Bracelet

first_imgFacebook134Tweet0Pin7 Submitted by Hartley Jewelers  “This is what my bird looked like the last time I saw it,” shares Millar.  “We were shot down eight days before I was to leave Vietnam.”When Ron Millar’s Bell UH-1 (“Huey”) helicopter ambulance was shot down by enemy fire in Song Vi Valley, Vietnam, on March 11, 1970, he and his crew eventually did what many servicemen in the same situation had done before: they made bracelets from a helicopter rotor chain to wear as a badge of honor.But first they had to survive a horrific few hours that, for Ron, would ultimately lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He spent many years turning his back on his country out of bitterness from the aftermath of the Vietnam War and because of how he and other returning veterans were perceived.Among many other medals received after his service in Vietnam, Ron was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for the heroism he displayed that March day.“I’m still dealing with the whole thing,” Ron says now of the experience that took place more than 40 years ago. “I had more than one traumatic event [while in Vietnam], but that one probably stands out the most because I only had 8 days left in the country.”Ron could have quit flying when he hit the 14-days-left mark, but he chose to continue, to make the remaining time go by faster.“Eight days left, I wind up in a rice paddy with my bird shot through with holes”, he says. “The Medevacs never carried guns; convention says anything with a red cross on it is supposed to be left alone to let us get the injured off the battlefield. But they used the red crosses as targets.”Ron, as crew chief, had three others in his crew that day: an aircraft commander, a pilot, and a medic. They flew in to pick up injured U.S. troops – soldiers were pinned down below a horseshoe-shaped high ground – even though they couldn’t be certain it was a safe time to make the attempt.“You’ve got to imagine what it’s like being onboard a helicopter when you can hear the radio operator on the ground begging you to come in because his friend is critically wounded and they want to get him out of there,” Ron says.Within minutes, the Huey was hit. “They opened up on us in three directions and turned the bird into Swiss cheese,” says Ron. He and his crew were picked up from the rice paddy and returned to an allied base, where another Medevac was preparing to go back in.“They asked us if we’d be willing to go back,” says Ron. “Well, hell yeah, we jumped at the chance.”Ron Millar, Crewchief, 45th DustoffThe text accompanying Ron’s Distinguished Flying Cross medal explains exactly what happened next and why he received the honor:“After the crew secured another helicopter ambulance, they returned to the contact area to again attempt the rescue. Descending amid a hail of enemy fire, Specialist Millar cleared the aircraft down to the landing zone, and as the helicopter hovered approximately three feet from the ground, he stood on the landing skids and pulled the wounded soldiers aboard. After all the casualties were aboard, Specialist Millar advised the pilot to depart the area and guided him safely around the surrounding obstacles. Specialist Five Millar’s outstanding courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”Before returning home from the war just a few days later, Ron and his crew created their bracelets.“If a crew was shot down, the tail rotor chain became an event signifier,” Ron explains. “We found an old tail rotor chain – I’m not saying it’s the one off my old Huey – tore it into four, and made bracelets out of it.”Ron wore his bracelet faithfully for several years, but eventually lost it on a mountain camping trip. Amidst what he calls a very unpatriotic phase in his life, he wasn’t terribly upset by the loss.“It wasn’t that big a deal for me at the time,” he admits. “I’d already chucked my medals; I didn’t want any remembrances of that war that was so unpopular with everyone here.”But after 9/11, Ron felt a deep change. His patriotism returned – and with it, a desire to confront his PTSD. He began to get involved with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to show his full support to fellow veterans and current soldiers.He also began to yearn for a replacement for that missing bracelet.Ron posted his wish for a tail rotor chain on the Facebook page for The Liberty War Bird Association, whose mission is to “provide Vietnam veterans with a link to their past” by getting them back into the Huey helicopters that defined the war in Vietnam.The bracelet, made by Hartley Jewelers from an authentic Huey helicopter rotor chain, gifted to Vietnam veteran, Ron Millar.President of NW Helicopters, Brian Reynolds, saw the message and forwarded it to Travis Lind Thornton of Hartley Jewelers, who had helped Brian with a bracelet of his own.Travis contacted Liberty Warbird Association’s President, Jim Haga, to discuss making a bracelet for Ron. Jim quickly agreed to help make it happen. “To us pilots, those guys in the back were heroes and absolutely essential to the success of our missions,” says Jim.Together, Hartley Jewelers and Liberty Warbird Association partnered up to surprise Ron by donating materials, time and money to custom-make a bracelet from an authentic Huey tail rotor chain used in Vietnam.Travis also included the following message for Ron to read when he received the custom-made piece:“Ron, your bracelet is unique in many ways. We are very sensitive to its meaning, as it represents the struggle of life and death itself. It underscores the mystery of survival and the gamble of circumstance. We know the links in this bracelet are links to comrades lost in days past; whose voices still echo in your memories. We dedicate this bracelet to your service, your life, then and now. We thank you for all you have done, and continue to do. We have never met. But, we are honored to have crossed your path.”For several months, Ron’s friends Chris and Donna Eddy worked to arrange a full military ceremony at Hill Air Force Base where Ron could be awarded the bracelet. But Ron’s father was ill, keeping him out of the state for quite some time, and plans never came together.Chris finally surprised Ron with the bracelet at what Ron thought was just a run-of-the-mill lunch date.“He pulled that out and my heart did flips,” Ron says, remembering the surprise. “I was so happy.”Ron wrote to thank Travis and Jim shortly after receiving the extraordinary bracelet he feared he’d never replace:“You guys will never know what you have done for my life,” he wrote. “It means so much to have it back on my wrist. It feels like I have a part of my life back that I never thought I would have.”Ron would like to honor the memory of Gregory L. White: “One of the one’s that made good on his promise to the U.S.A. with his life. Miss you to this day, bro.”The bracelet has become a big part of Ron’s healing process.“People see it and want to know what it is, then they want to know the story,” he says. “Talking about it helps keep things real – and with that comes a letting go of a little of the guilt I feel for things done in war that can’t ever be undone.”Ron is very open about his ongoing struggles with PTSD. “About ten years ago I snapped, I thought I was doing okay, but I was repressing everything from Vietnam.”Ron says he’d been looking for the 19-year-old kid who went to war, but by sorting through his emotions around his experiences in Vietnam, he realized that young man was dead. Now Ron concentrates on the man who came home.It’s important to Ron to let veterans know that there is life after war and they can survive in a world that just doesn’t understand what they went through.“And every time I start slipping into a dark place I can look at my tail rotor chain and it helps remind me I made it home. There is life with PTSD. I’m the living proof.”last_img read more

Harlequin Productions Taking Applications for Non-Profit Community Partners

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin ProductionsHarlequin Productions is taking applications now through October 31, 2014 for their Community Partnership Program 2015. Non-profit partners receive 150 tickets to Harlequin Productions’ final dress rehearsals, which they may sell as a fundraiser or give as thank you gifts to donors or volunteers. The intention is to provide a win-win for our non-profit partner and Harlequin Productions.Our non-profit partner gets an opportunity to raise money or to thank their generous donors or dedicated volunteers. In return, Harlequin’s cast and crew will benefit greatly by having a full audience for its final dress rehearsal.The non-profit pays a minimal fee in the amount of $200 and commits to filling their allotted seats. Five final dress slots are available in our 2015 season, commencing with The 39 Steps which opens January 22, 2015.For more information or to sign up, visit www.harlequinproductions.org/outreach.last_img read more

Mark Your Calendar for Oly Third Thursday, March 21, 2019

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Downtown AllianceDowntown Olympia’s Third Thursdays are a community celebration of local culture, art, food, music and unique shopping experiences.Participating businesses give special Third Thursday discounts, extend happy hours and hold artist receptions. The streets are all set to live music from buskers and the mood is vibrant. Whether you make it a date night, a fun outing with friends or a family adventure, there is so much to discover downtown.A fun element of each Third Thursday is the Challenge Game! Stop by our info the corner of 4th & Washington and pick up a Challenge Game or pick up the Challenge Game at a Third Thursday business. Participants can visit each business to get another letter to solve the phrase of the month. Complete the phrase first and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Three Magnets Brewing! We love to see so many groups of friends and families return month after month to participate in the Challenge Game.The businesses that are participating this month includeArchibald SistersBatdorf & BronsonBelleza RopaBittersweet ChocolatesCaptain Little Toy StoreCompass RoseDillinger’s Cocktails & KitchenGallery BoomHawley’s Gelato & CoffeeHoly Lamb OrganicsHot ToddyLe Voyeur Café & LoungeRadiance Herbs & MassageState of the Arts GalleryThree Magnets BrewingWell 80 BrewingDreesEncore Chocolates & TeasDowntown Performers will include the Men’s Quartet and Lux Gaxiola.WHAT: Olympia’s Third ThursdayWHEN: Thursday, March 21, 2019. The Olympia Downtown Alliance will host an info booth, located in the US Bank parking lot from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.WHERE: Olympia’s Downtown.WHO: Presented by Providence Health Services and brought to the community by the Olympia Downtown Alliance and Mixx96FM. For more information about Third Thursday events, contact Brit Kramer, (360) 481-5010 or britk@redbarncommunications.com. For more information about Olympia Downtown Alliance, contact Todd Cutts, (360) 357-8948 or tcutts@downtownolympia.orgThank you to our Challenge Game sponsor, HomeStreet Bank!Thank you to our Third Thursday presenting sponsor, Providence!Thank you to our Media sponsor, Mixx96 FM.About the Olympia Downtown AllianceThe Olympia Downtown Alliance does not discriminate in employment or the delivery of services and resources on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or national origin, or the presence of any physical, mental or sensory disability.last_img read more

The Thurston Chamber is Helping Businesses Plan a Safe Reopening

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County ChamberOn May 1, Governor Jay Inslee shared a four-phase plan to gradually reopen Washington State’s businesses.A successful transition back to work and reopening our businesses is pivotal in the health and safety of our employees and customers as well as the restart of the economy and the Thurston Chamber remains committed to advocating for businesses and sharing resources.To assist businesses in re-opening, the Chamber has developed a Smart Restart Toolkit to help organizations develop a reopen plan that breaks down the information into manageable action plans and checklists.Teams will need to adjust to new cleaning and disinfecting protocols to protect employees and customers from the spread of the virus while remaining profitable as well as implementing physical distancing procedures and possibly other industry-specific measures.Within this toolkit, there are resources for preparing businesses, office spaces, and employees following recommended COVID protocols. It includes information from Washington State on specific requirements for reopening as well as resources for developing safe business practices and educating employees.The Chamber has published additional resources online at the Thurston Chamber Resources page, including guidelines from L&I, OSHA, the CDC, and state and local governments. They’ve also posted industry-specific resources, updated regularly as they are released so that your business can stay up-to-date on fluid policy changes and additions.The Smart Restart toolkit is now available as a free downloadable PDF at ThurstonChamber.com. The Thurston Chamber has also developed an interactive Smart Restart web page that contains links to sector-specific information that is fluid in nature as well as links to the most up-to-date safety guidelines published by public health agencies. Businesses and community members can find additional COVID-19 resources at ThurstonStrong.org.For more information about the Smart Restart Toolkit, please contact Emily Sixta at info@thurstonchamber.com or 360-357-3362.last_img read more

Anandan Gunasekaran and Shivpal Singh strike gold in World Military Games 2019

first_imgAdvertisement zd3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs54w2qfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewrq4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) a3mWould you ever consider trying this?😱folCan your students do this? 🌚um9uRoller skating! Powered by Firework India bagged two more gold medals in the ongoing 7th CISM World Military Games in China. On Thursday, para-athlete Anandan Gunasekaran and javelin thrower Shivpal Singh were on the podium as Aneesh Kumar Surendran Pillai and Virender, all excelled and brought home gold in their respective categories earlier. India are in a respectable position winning six gold and a bronze medal.Advertisement Gunasekaran topped the men’s 100m and 400m IT1 events earlier this week and participated in the men’s disabled 200m IT1 event on Thursday with loads of confidence. He finally finished with a timing of 24.31 seconds with Colombia’s Fajardo Pardo Teodicelo (26.11s) came second and Casa Jose (27.33s) from Peru received the bronze.Advertisement Shivpal Singh, the 24-year-old javelin thrower, added another gold in India’s medal tally with a sublime effort of 83.33m. Poland’s Krukowski Marcin who managed a distance of 78.17m finished with the silver medal, while Sri Lanka’s Ranasinghe Mudiyaneselage Sumedha Jagath won the bronze (75.35m).Shivpal had a fantastic year, clinching a silver at the Asian Championships in Doha back in April, where he delivered his best with a throw of 86.23m.Advertisement The World Military Games are being held for the first time ever in China with over 10,000 athletes from 140 nations are participating across 27 categories.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Steve Bucknor admits to giving Sachin out wrongly – on two occasions!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sky Sports/AsianetAdvertisement 4lcNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9h58Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elpzsq1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8j2nWould you ever consider trying this?😱6eqCan your students do this? 🌚k6juRoller skating! Powered by Firework A wrong out decision from the umpire can change the fate of a cricket match completely, in addition to knocking down an amazing batting spree. Even the icons of the game, such as Sachin Tendulkar, have been victims of bad umpiring, not once but in two occassions, and the errors were made by the former Jamaican umpire Steve Bucknor.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/AsianetBucknor, one of the most revered ICC umpires of all time, oversaw a record 128 Tests and 181 ODIs between 1989 and 2009, which also includes five Cricket World Cup finals. Unfortunately, multiple mistakes on his judgement on the 22 yards had lessened his reputation in those couple of decades, and Sachin had been the victim of a wrong decision twice.Recalling his days of umpiring at the Barbados radio show ‘Mason and Guests’ a couple of days ago, Bucknor mentioned that he gave out to the Little Master incorrectly twice, which made him a abhorrent figure among the Men in Blue fan base of that time.Advertisement “Tendulkar was given out on two different occasions when those were mistakes,” Bucknor said in the radio programme, “I do not think any umpire would want to do a wrong thing. It lives with him and his future could be jeopardised.”The first instance dates back to the First Test match between India and Australia at the Gabba in December 2003. Facing the superfast Aussie Jason Gillespie, Sachin’s leg was in contact with the ball in the 23rd over, but the ball was shown going over the stumps. Unfortunately, the Jamaican’s verdict was an lbw, as the Master Baster marched back to the pavilion with a duck.Advertisement “To err is human. Once in Australia, I gave him out leg before wicket and the ball was going over the top,” Bucknor described the incident at Brisbane.“Another time, in India it was caught behind,” the 74 year old remembered the 2nd Test of  Pakistan tour of India in Kolkata, when Sachin was dismissed despite his bat not making contact against Abdul Razzaq’s delivery in the 32nd over.Bucknor continued, “The ball deviated after passing the bat but there was no touch. But the match was at Eden Gardens and when you are at the Eden and India is batting, you hear nothing. Because 100,000 spectators are making noise,” Tendulkar’s innings had come to an end on 52 runs.“Those were the mistakes and I was unhappy. I am saying a human is going to make mistakes and accepting mistakes are part of life,” he concluded.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Mashrafe Mortaza among 3 Bangladeshi players to test COVID-19 positiveKerala cricketer Sachin Baby : Sreesanth is still unplayable! Advertisementlast_img read more

Sept. 11 Services Slated

first_imgIn Middletown, a tribute to those township residents who perished that day, has been scheduled for 8:46 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the township’s World Trade Center Memorial Gardens, 36 Church St.The service is expected to include a wreath laying in honor of those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks.Middletown, the county’s largest municipality, saw 37 community members lose their lives that day. The township erected the gardens in honor of these residents. The location features a canopy of trees and a landscaped path with benches and personalized memorials to each of the victims.The garden was constructed largely through donations and opened to the public on Sept. 11, 2003. In Fair Haven, while the borough is not having a formal memorial service, Mayor Donald Burden and borough council members will place a floral arrangement at the 9/11 memorial in Memorial Park, River Road, across from borough hall.Organizations are welcome to place similar tokens of remembrance. Borough officials request it be done prior to 8:45 a.m. Sept. 11.The park’s flag will be lowered at that time, in recognition of the time the World Trade Center’s North Tower was struck. Commun­ity members are encouraged to take a moment of quiet reflection that day. In Highlands, the borough has scheduled a memorial ceremony to begin at 6 p.m. at the borough’s Victory Park, Bay Avenue. Victory Park is the permanent home of the Memorial Project and its accompanying marble sculptures done by artist Stephen Shaheen, designed as a lasting tribute to the victims. By John BurtonMementos left at the Monmouth County 9/11 Memorial last year.Area towns and organ­iza­tions have scheduled observances of Sept. 11. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa.Among ceremonies and remembrances scheduled in the area are: In Shrewsbury, the borough’s volunteer fire company will hold a memorial service at 7 p.m. at the gazebo memorial, located on the grounds of the borough’s municipal complex, 419 Sycamore Ave. Borough officials and emergency first responders will be on hand and the event is open to the public. In Red Bank, the Red Bank Elks Lodge 233, 40 West Front St., is holding its traditional memorial service at the borough’s Riverside Gardens Park, next door to the lodge, starting at 6 p.m. The park is home to the borough’s monument and garden area, established to honor the borough residents who died on Sept. 11, 2001. The Elks, as they have done in the past, will host a light repast/reception following the service, at their lodge. In Holmdel, the memorial ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the township’s memorial for the victims located in front of the municipal complex, 4 Craw­fords Corner Road. Mayor Patrick Impreveduto will preside over the ceremony, which is scheduled to feature an innovation from a local clergy member. As has been the Holmdel tradition, family members of the township’s 10 residents, who were killed on 9/11, will be asked to place roses at the memorial.last_img read more

Republicans Sweep County Freeholder, Sheriff and Surrogate Positions

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaThe Monmouth County Republicans were victorious in all the countywide races, easily retaining the sheriff, surrogate, and two Board of Freeholders seats on Tuesday’s General Election ballot.In the sheriff’s race, incumbent Shaun Golden beat Democrat Jeff Cantor, 159,310 to 125,078.In the surrogate’s race, incumbent Rosemarie Peters beat Democrat Vincent Solomeno III, 161,102 to 117,850.For two available Freeholders seats, incumbents Thomas “Tom” Arnone and Serena DiMaso won with 154,933 and 149,251 votes, respectively. They defeated Democrats Matthew Doherty and Sue Fulton, who received 127,195 and 126,270 votes, respectively.The votes do not include those from two voting districts, one in Freehold Township and another in Spring Lake Heights – where there was a problem at the polls and two machines had yet to be counted by press time Wednesday, the day after the election.Also, the totals do not include approximately 4,300 provisional, or paper, ballots that were not expected to be counted until the following week, according to the county election offices.The final tallies are not expected to affect the outcome of the races. Vote totals are unofficial until certified by the state, normally later this month.Golden, who also is the county GOP chair, attributed his party’s success to having quality candidates and the effort put into the campaign.“It was hard work, we’ve been running this campaign since January,” Golden said. “A lot of contacts (with voters).”Arnone echoed that.“A ton of hard work, a committed team that worked together,” Arnone said.“We did it the hard way,” Peters said. “We knocked on doors.”Peters, a veteran of six campaigns for Middletown Township Committee and in her third race for surrogate, said, “This was the hardest-working team I’ve ever run with.”“I think people in Monmouth County realized our message was a truthful one and Republicans built a beautiful county to live in,” DiMaso said.“We have so much to be proud of in Monmouth County,” Golden said. “From the parks to schools to public safety.”This means Republicans continue to hold all countywide seats:  sheriff, surrogate, clerk, and five freeholders.The race focused on spending, with the Republicans pointing to how they have kept taxes generally stable for years and the Democrats questioning how money was applied to the budget to stabilize taxes.Some controversy arose when the Democrats noted DiMaso had received health benefits through the county despite the freeholders having agreed not to take health benefits. However, DiMaso has fully reimbursed the county for her coverage.“I’m disappointed in the results,” said Doherty, who is Belmar’s mayor. “We thought we were in a good direction.”But Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “steamrolled” in the county, meaning the Democrats were unable to ride the coattails of their candidate, Hillary Clinton.“I think we did have a great team,” Doherty said. “Sometimes, the best team doesn’t win.”“There’s got to be a winner, there’s got to be a loser,” said Cantor, who wished Golden well.Fulton complimented her opponents for “triumphing,” saying it was “a hard-fought campaign.”Solomeno could not be reached for comment.Cantor, Doherty and Fulton were undecided about future regional runs for office.“It’s too soon to say,” Fulton said.Cantor said he was focusing on his service as a member of the Marlboro Township Council. He said he did not know if he would run again for election beyond his township council seat. “This election took a lot out of me,” Cantor said.The Republicans, celebrating on election night at the American Hotel in Freehold, declared victory at about 9:50 p.m. when they came out of the “war room,” where insiders watched the vote tallies, and entered the main ballroom. Even before victory was declared, the atmosphere at the hotel was jubilant among the few hundred Republican revelers.Among those celebrating the countywide victories were Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Monmouth Beach resident who preceded Golden as sheriff, and Congressman Chris Smith, who was re-elected himself.“I’m thrilled the voters recognized I worked real hard during my 10 years as surrogate,” Peters said. “It feels good to have your effort realized.”“Honestly, I could not have won tonight without each and every one of you in this room,” DiMaso said. “You are the reason I stand here victorious.”last_img read more

Colts Neck Introduces New Mayor, J.P. Bartolomeo

first_imgBy John Sorce |COLTS NECK – A standing-room crowd of about 200 friends, family and community members packed the Colts Neck Court House as the township’s governing body held its 2018 reorganization meeting on Saturday afternoon.Five new members were sworn into office, including J.P. Bartolomeo, who was introduced as the town’s new mayor.Bartolomeo will also be joined by Deputy Mayor Thomas Orgo, who was also re-elected as a committeeman. Also sworn in as committeemen on Jan. 6 were Frank Rizzuto and Michael Viola.“Ever since I moved my family to Colts Neck in 2008, I truly fell in love with the town,” Bartolomeo said. “It’s beautiful, it’s green, it’s open, it’s not overpopulated and honestly, it’s the true American dream.”Formerly of Bayonne, Bartolomeo said he wants to see Colts Neck residents getting to know each other better.“In Bayonne, when you sneeze, the person next door says God bless you,” Bartolomeo said as the crowd chuckled.He stated that while Colts Neck does not have a town center, the court house, which residents have dubbed “the core site,” was recently given a facelift and looks great. As a result, more people in the community are spending time outdoors at the town hall.They have installed a walking path thanks to an open space grant from the county freeholders. Last year, Mayor Russell Macnow made progress on road improvement projects and, with the help of generous donors, embarked on a multipurpose field project.This year, Bartolomeo mentioned he would like to direct tax dollars towards the Department of Public Works, referencing the department is in need of help and will work with fellow committeemen to spend tax dollars there.Another project Bartolomeo said he hopes to start as mayor is the Colts Neck Cohesion Initiative. “This goes back to the way I felt when I first got here,” Bartolomeo said. “I just didn’t know a lot of people. And unless you are involved with sports that your children play, it is difficult in town to meet someone because a lot of times, you just don’t know who your neighbors are next to you.”Bartolomeo also went on record in saying that at least one of the following events will happen in Colts Neck this year: Music in the Park on a Friday evening, in which residents are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and blanket, their family, bicycles, and pets; Movie in the Park, which would be similar to Music in the Park; and an inaugural 5K called “The Barthouse 5K,” which will not be for fundraising, but rather a Colts Neck sponsored event for the people of Colts Neck.One more initiative Bartolomeo discussed was the Colts Neck Country Weekend, which he described as “Frosty’s Country Christmas at Montrose School.“I would like to have all the windows painted before this happens so we can award our window painter at the tree lighting with Santa Claus, and we’re going to get him here in a different mode of transportation.“These are just some of the initiatives that I want to deploy,” Bartolomeo continued. “I’m always open to suggestions. I believe this is a phenomenal town that does not need to change. It does need to evolve, and that’s why we’re doing these DPW projects. However, instead of walking past someone and putting your head down, I’d rather you walk passed someone and say hello.”This article was first published in the Jan. 11-18, 2018 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

KIJHL kicks off 2011012 season September 16th, Leafs travel to Castlegar to meet Rebels while Hawks are in Grand Forks

first_imgThe Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, releasing its schedule Thursday, opens the 2011-12 regular season schedule on September 16th with a 10-game slate.Opening night includes all four West Kootenay/Boundary teams as Murdock Division Nelson Leafs visit KIJHL finalist Castlegar Rebels while Beaver Valley Nitehawks travel to Grand Forks to meet the Bruins.The teams play a 52-game schedule, up from 50 the year before.Murdoch teams face each other eight times.For the Leafs, Friday is the best night to see the Green and White in action as the Heritage City franchise has 11 games on the final work day of the week.Saturday has nine home dates with Sunday having four afternoon tilts.The final two days on this 26-game home schedule is on a Wednesday and Monday.December 31, the Spokane Braves visit the NDCC for the traditional New Year’s Eve contest.First home date for Nelson is Saturday, September 17 when the Murdoch Division champion Castlegar Rebels visit the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley Nitehawks also open the home season the same date as Grand Forks Border Bruins pay a return visit in the home-and-home series.The KIJHL expanded to 20-teams as Summerland Steam and Chase Heat return to the league after a brief hiatus.KIJHL training camps open near the end of August.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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