Dear Mountain Mama,What do I buy the outdoorsy people on my Christmas list? My brother-in-law has six boats, five bikes, four pairs of skis, three backpacks, two tents, and one oar raft. I don’t want to show up empty handed, but the guy has everything.Thanks,Santa’s Elf———————————————————–Dear Santa’s Elf,This holiday season, consider the gift of giving and making a donation toward a worthy cause on behalf of that special outdoorsy person in your life. The options of worthy non-profits are endless, but here four worthy causes that work to preserve our natural playgrounds.1. American Whitewater advocates for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the U.S. To donate, go to https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Membership/donate/.2. Appalachian Trail Conservancy maintains the iconic U.S. trail for generations to come and the accept donations on their website at http://www.appalachiantrail.org/.3. Chesapeake Bay Foundation works to save the bay through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration programs. The CBF website accepts donation; http://www.cbf.org/.4. Appalachian Voices promotes work to protect the land, air, and water of central and southern Appalachia. Appalachian Voices also accepts donations at their website http://appvoices.org/.The Christmas spirit goes deeper than hot toddies and brightly wrapped packages. Instead of buying into all the commercial hype, celebrate your ability to make the world a better place.Cheers!Mountain Mama
December 16, 2020
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager whose remains were discovered Monday is the sixth person believed to be killed by gang violence found dead in Brentwood in the past five weeks, Suffolk County police said.The body of 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez, an alleged MS-13 gang member from Brentwood who was reported missing on June 13, was found in a wooded area at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center on Crooked Hill Road, police announced Thursday. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine his cause of death.“We believe that there is gang involvement,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said. He added that after the victim was reported missing, “almost immediately my detectives recognized that there was foul play involved.”The commissioner said that over the past month since police began cracking down on gangs in the community, police arrested 30 gang members—five of whom are facing federal charges, with the rest being prosecuted in county court. He declined to name the suspects.The latest discovery comes a month after police found Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, fatally beaten. Days after those findings, police uncovered the skeletal remains of 19-year-old Oscar Acosta, who was reported missing under suspicious circumstances in May, and Miguel Moran, 15.Police have said Mickens’ and Cuevas’ deaths are believed to be gang-related. Sources have said that gang is MS-13, a notoriously violent street gang that has been linked to a string of murders in the community, but Sini would only confirm Thursday that the three boys are suspected MS-13 victims. All four teenagers were Brentwood High School students.Last week, police said Dewann A.S. Stacks, 34, of Brentwood, was found beaten to death on American Boulevard in a case that investigators also suspect has gang involvement.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into these cases and ask anyone with information is asked to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
October 19, 2020
He went on to say that medical workers were still investigating the cause of death. “We don’t know yet what has caused the death. The husband reported that his wife had no history of illness,” said Hari.Kompas TV reported on Sunday that the family had barely eaten for more than a day. Yuli, her husband Kholid and their four children only drank water and ate unripe cassava from their garden.“We can do nothing but feel sad,” the late Yuli said in the news footage. .Both Yuli and Kholid were wage workers. Yuli was an outsourced employee who was currently placed on unpaid leave, while Kholid, whose work is collecting plastic waste, has lost his income as many waste buyers are closed for business during the outbreak.Hari claimed that the family had been recorded as one of the beneficiaries of aid in the COVID-19 response but said the administration had limited capacity.Meanwhile in Medan, North Sumatra, a man identified as Atek reportedly stole rice from a stall because he was starving and had nothing to consume but water.The 40-year-old living in Medan Polonia district said he had lost his job as a turner after the business owner closed the business amid the COVID-19 situation.“I stole the rice because I can’t stand the hunger. I’ve received 5 kilograms of rice [in food aid] from the government, but I have sent that to my wife and our three children, who live at my parents’ house since I lost my job,” Atek said on Sunday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.Residents beat Atek up after reportedly catching him red-handed.Medan Baru Police chief Comr. Martuasah Tobing said the police had visited Atek’s house upon hearing his confession.“The house is a semi-permanent building with a perforated roof. It’s true that the man had not eaten for days,” the police’s community development (Binmas) unit head First Insp. Hirla Rudi Suprianto said.The Medan Baru Police later mediated between Atek and the stall owner and gave Atek 5 kilograms of rice, eggs and money to survive.Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were about 24 million poor people in the country, or 9.22 percent of the 270 million population, according to Statistics Indonesia. The government has projected that millions of people will fall into poverty and unemployment due to the pandemic.Topics : As the COVID-19 pandemic strikes the Indonesian economy, with almost 3 million people having lost their jobs and 70 million at risk of losing income because of physical distancing, many people, especially among the poor and informal workers, are worried about escaping not only from the disease but also from starvation.Yuli Nur Amelia, a 43-year old woman in the city of Serang in Banten, reportedly died of psychological pressure and hunger on Monday after reportedly not eating for two days because of the economic hardship her family is suffering.Serang Communication Agency head Hari Pamungkas confirmed the death. “Our deepest condolences to the family. The woman died on her way to a community health center,” he said on Tuesday, as reported by kompas.com.
October 6, 2020
The private pool at 1601/122 Walker St Townsville.Ms Gallagher said both properties were in amazing locations with high-end features that appealed to the luxury market.“With the apartment, it doesn’t get much better than that because you’re in the city and you have magnificent views,” she said.“I have a number of other big sales on the go and there is a bit happening in the property market.“North Ward and Castle Hill are going really well because they are close to The Strand and good schools.”Earlier this month, Smith and Elliott agents Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow sold 3 Riversleigh Terrace in Idalia for $1,020,000. The home was meant to go to auction on September 16 but a successful offer was put in by a motivated buyer prior to auction. 18 Alexandra Street in North Ward.The two-storey home has both ocean views and views of Castle Hill and is one of Townsville’s most sought after streets where several of the city’s top medical professionals live.Ms Mahoney said interest was increasing in high-end homes and she was noticing more buyers coming from other cities. She said she was expecting a busy spring selling season.“Some of these buyers have been in the market for 18 months but then with this house it was only the third house these buyers had looked at,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I’m starting to see a few Sydney buyers and there has been a couple of buyers who have come through my open home that are waiting on relocation of jobs.”Janice Gallagher from Janice Gallagher Real Estate sold a two-storey penthouse at 122 Walker St in the CBD on September 18 for $1.2 million while she also has 10 Queens St in North Ward under contract for more than $1 million. 3 Riversleigh Terrace in Idalia.Ms Stack said there was starting to be an increase in movement in the top end of the property market. “I think there is more interest in that end of the market,” she said.“There is more positivity in the market and buyers are feeling more confident to make offers. “They (buyers) seem keener to act than they have been but there are other constraints on buyers now. For example, finance is taking longer.” Harcourts Kingsberry agent Julie Mahoney recently sold 18 Alexandra Street for over $1 million. Picture: Shae Beplate.TOWNSVILLE’S spring selling season has started strongly with several properties being sold for more than $1 million.At least three properties have sold for seven-figure sums since September 1 with agents reporting that high-end buyers are starting to return to the market. CLICK HERE for all the latest Townsville real estate news Previously there had been a limited pool of buyers looking for properties in the $1 million-plus price bracket with agents struggling to move some of Townsville’s most beautiful homes.Harcourts Kingsberry selling agent Julie Mahoney has just sold 18 Alexandra St in North Ward at auction for just over $1 million.
September 28, 2020
Just a stroll across the road to Tallebudgera Creek and within walking distance of Burleigh beach, Burleigh Heads National Park, cafes and Burleigh’s bustling James St, the property was in a highly sought-after area, Mr Fitzgerald said.“There’s only been one sale in six years on the front there,’’ he said.“Properties are hard to come by and opportunities on that waterfront are hard to find. “Most are held in the same family and just passed on through the generations.”Property records show the brick block is owned by Denise Kuhne and last sold in December 1991 for $360,000.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt has two two-bedroom units on the ground floor and another three-bedroom unit upstairs, with two covered carparking spaces and a communal laundry between them.“The owners were originally from Melbourne and they used it as a holiday house,” Mr Fitzgerald said. MORE NEWS: Sale marks milestone for Coast street The property at 7 Awoonga Ave, Burleigh Heads has been owned by the same family for almost 30 years.A WATERFRONT apartment block in one of Burleigh Heads’ most tightly held streets is up for grabs for the first time in almost 30 years.The 7 Awoonga Ave property in popular Koala Park, which sits alongside Tallebudgera Creek, will go under the hammer on Saturday.Ray White Broadbeach agents Troy Fitzgerald and Jared Malan are expecting a big crowd based on the number of house hunters who have shown interest in the block of three units.“It’s the position, it’s so unique in Koala Park, and it’s very tightly held there,” Mr Fitzgerald said. The property includes three apartments with a covered double carport. MORE NEWS: Inside luxury floodproof floating homes Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Tallebudgera Creek sets the perfect backdrop. The property will go under the hammer on April 27 at 10am.He and Mr Malan had been inundated with inquiries from a “mixed bag” of interested buyers during the month the block had been on the market.“We’ve had tonnes — there have been 76 inspections,” Mr Fitzgerald said.“Investors are looking to land-bank it, most of them with a long-term goal of knocking it down and building on it later on.”The house at No. 33 was the last to sell on the street, fetching $1.196 million in 2016.Mr Fitzgerald also sold a property in Elanora St, which joins Awoonga Ave, in 2017. More than 400 people attended that auction, which included more than 50 registered bidders, and the property sold for $2.55 million.He was not sure whether the unit block would attract as big a crowd because the market had changed “quite a bit’’ in the past 18 months, but he believed competition would be fierce.“I’d say it would be another few years until another opportunity comes up,” he said.The property goes to auction at 10am Saturday.
September 25, 2020
NEW YORK – New transcripts of witness testimony and news reports revealing key details on the Ukraine scandal timeline show in vivid detail the way United States President Donald Trump and top officials maneuvered behind the scenes to block aid to Ukraine as the President sought an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden. The developments on Tuesday illuminatedthe fact that there’s still much to learn about the President’s actionsregarding Ukraine as the House races toward a potential vote on impeachment byChristmas. (CNN) The new revelations, coming at a time when half of Americans support impeaching and removing the President even though impeachment proceedings have not moved the needle of public opinion, underscored the problem for Trump and his supporters in Congress: Public hearings in the impeachment inquiry may be in the rearview mirror, but new details about his pressure campaign on Ukraine continue to trickle out. United States President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, USA on Nov. 26, 2019. AP
September 24, 2020
The Batesville Boy’s Cross Country team traveled to South Dearborn Saturday for their yearly invite. The boys ran hard to tied with South Dearborn for second, but in a tie breaker South came away with second and Batesville was third out of 8 teams. Winning the meet was Ryle.The top 5 runners for Batesville were Caleb Moster with a time of 17:24 followed by Cole Nurhing with a time of 17:30. Third and fourth for Batesville were Conner Bell with a time of 17:37 and Chris Riffle with a time of 18:36. Both of those times were personal bests. Rounding out the scoring for Batesville was Calvin Lehman with a time of 18:37, which is also his personal best. Other runners achieving a new personal best were Clay Yeaton with a time of 19:01 and Elliot Main with a time of 19:22.The boys will run again on Tuesday in Connersville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.
September 23, 2020
June (Schoonover) Allen, 79 of Milan IN, passed away on January 3, 2019 at the Waters of Batesville. The daughter of James and Avanell (nee: Heart) Schoonover was born on June 10, 1939 in Mt. Carmel, IN.She was married to the late Samuel Allen.She is survived by her children, Marion “Mario” (Teresa) Allen of Batesville and Merlin Allen of Batesville; Grandchildren, Kirstie Allen and Jennifer Suter; Great Grandchildren, Kayla, Alex, Veronica, and Brennan; Sister, Mildred Meshew of Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her sisters Mary Bischoff and Esther Taylor and her brothers, James F. Schoonover, James A. Schoonover, Paul Schoonover, Albert Schoonover and Louis Schoonover.A visitation will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m. with a short service at 7 p.m. all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.
September 21, 2020
Hull’s owners remain committed to changing the name of the club to Hull Tigers despite stiff opposition from fans’ groups, and have reiterated their threat to walk away from the club if their plans are blocked. In an open letter published in the Hull Daily Mail, vice-president Ehab Allam said the Barclays Premier League outfit needed to become financially self-sustainable as his family had “nothing left to give” in terms of future financial investment. Hull’s owners, headed by chairman Assem Allam, have ploughed £74million into the club since 2010 – an investment that almost certainly warded off a Portsmouth-style meltdown following their relegation from the Premier League in that same year. The Allams have already changed the company name to Hull City Tigers but they need the permission of the FA Council to change the club’s playing name. A formal application was submitted to the FA in December but the high-profile ‘City Till We Die’ supporters’ group is vehemently opposing the plans, and it is far from certain the governing body will sign off on the proposal. Ehab Allam’s open letter strikes a far more conciliatory tone than some of the past pronouncement of his father – who famously said the City Till We Die members could “die as soon as they want” – but nevertheless underlines the continuing determination of the family. “We feel that now is the right time to reassure our fans of the reason for the application,” the letter read. “With our family having lived in the area for 40 years, we decided to invest £24million of our own money to save the club from liquidation, and probable extinction, in 2010. Since this point we have invested a further £50m to get the club into the Premier League. “We have nothing left to give, and this is the reason why the club has to become financially self-sustainable. “For the club to become sustainable we need further investment in the form of increased sponsorships and partnerships, and by utilising the global pull of the Premier League this is possible.” Assem Allam previously said he considers a Tigers brand to be more marketable, and the word ”City” to be ”lousy” and ”common”. Press Association The letter continued: “Currently there are six teams in the Premier League with ‘City’ in their name, and, with the exception of Manchester City, all of those clubs are in a similar league position to us, and playing to similar-sized crowds. “We need something that makes us stand out from the pool of teams we find ourselves in when it comes to attracting potential international sponsors, who are simply hoping to use the Premier League, and its global audience, to advertise. “We feel the Hull Tigers brand would give us an edge in any negotiations.” And the letter signed off with another warning that the Allam family is prepared to walk away should the name change be blocked. “We hope the fans understand that we cannot own or run a club where we cannot make the right decisions,” it read. “If we were denied the chance to operate the business in the way we feel fit, and that we firmly believe is in the long-term interests of the club and the fans, then we would have no alternative but to offer the club for sale.”
September 20, 2020
Background checks could soon be required for delivery employees across our state, following the murder last summer of a 75-year-old Boca Raton woman.Republican State Representative Mike Caruso, of Delray Beach, filed a proposal (HB 1129) this week that would make it mandatory for all home delivery workers to undergo background checks including a search of a multi-state criminal database, as well as and a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, which is maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice.The checks would be required “regardless of whether such person, employee, or agent intends to enter a consumer’s home.”Caruso’s proposal would still allow deliveries to be made before background screening is completed, although delivery workers in those cases would have to be supervised while they are with customers. They would also not be allowed to enter homes.The proposal is named after Boca Raton resident Evelyn Udell, who died last August, one day after she was beaten with a mallet, doused in a chemical, and then set on fire.The suspect, 21-year-old Jorge Dupre Lachazo, was at the victim’s house to deliver and install a new washer and dryer. He is facing charges of first-degree murder with a weapon, in addition to burglary, robbery, and first-degree arson.Udell’s family has filed a lawsuit against retailer Best Buy, J.B. Hunt Transport and XM Delivery, a Hialeah company that subcontracted the delivery job.The bill will be considered during the legislative session that begins on January 14.