Facebook182Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Center For The Performing ArtsThe Stunt Dog Experience is coming to Olympia’s Washington Center on January 19 for two shows – 2pm and 7pm.Chris Perondi is the Stunt Dog Guy and his famous stunt dogs are out of this world! Director Chris Perondi has been entertaining audiences of all sizes since 1999. He has produced over 3,500 shows in his career. Over 2,000 have been stage shows for major theme parks such as Dollywood, Stone Mountain, Worlds of Fun, Valleyfair,Long Island Wildlife Park, and the Discovery Science Center in Southern California.The Stunt Dog Guy has a cast of performers and dogs will delight audiences of all ages. He guarantees high energy excitement from beginning to end. During this “Stunt Dog Experience” you will witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs. The experience has amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats, and is the most entertaining show of its kind.You will meet a cast of professional performers along with over a dozen talented pound pups. The show is one-of‐a‐kind and brings forth pet adoption awareness. All the dogs have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country. The mission is to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, encourage spay & neutering, and encourage people to spend more time with their pets.Don’t forget Diggy the human sized canine mascot! Diggy is always trying to be a part of the show in some silly way. He starts off trying to convince you that he is the real star of the show. You’ll laugh as he tries his paws at jumping rope like the real dogs and then begs to do the famous Evel Knievel stunt. With a little motivation Diggy finally realizes he needs to be a team player and becomes the best helper ever.Every show includes interactive crowd participation. It’s not just a show, it’s an experience! Audience members will chant “Dog gone fun!” and be involved in the excitement of the production. The show will include showdowns that will be judged and won by audience applause. Don’t forget the athletic feats! From world class Frisbee catching dogs, the Extreme Canines triathlon, weave pole challenges, to the famous high jumping phenomenon. You will witness the most athletic and talented dogs in the world.These stars have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Tonight Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Animal Planet’s Pet Stars, Fox Sports “You Gotta See This!”, the CBS Early Show, and much more. They have also starred in commercials and have been featured on the news and in magazines all across the country.
Facebook185Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by Greene Realty GroupThe Greene Realty Group welcomes Laren Maguire to their Olympia based team.Lauren Maguire was born in Jacksonville, Florida but raised in Olympia, Washington. After Graduating from Olympia High School she went right into running a small business. With her 10 plus years of client services she decided to pursue her dream in real estate.Lauren comes from a family of well known, and local construction companies, Maguire Construction and Seibold Construction. She loves the town and people of Olympia and all of its outdoor activities that is has to offer. She looks forward to meeting her future clients and help them, or their families dreams come true.Specialties: New Construction, Relocation, Residential
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Prime Locations, Inc. Prime Locations, Inc., one of Thurston County’s largest commercial real estate brokerages, has launched its Prime Unique Properties Division and has named Troy Dana as division vice president. Prime Unique Properties Division has also retained Doug Mah & Associates, LLC to provide management and public affairs services for targeted properties and projects. Troy DanaThe new division will focus on timber and forest lands, high amenity properties, historic and culturally significant locations, industrial and redevelopment opportunities, and mitigation and conservation areas and easements. It significantly expands Prime Locations’ property management and investment capabilities beyond the office, retail, industrial and multi-family commercial properties it has traditionally served since 1988. “Our new capabilities will allow us to represent properties that are unique and exclusive due to a mix of regulatory and land use constrains, high community interest, or complex multi-party exchanges,” says Zach Kosturos, President of Prime Locations. “We believe that there is a need for the specialized skills and experience the division will provide clients across the region.” Troy Dana is currently the owner of Dana Commercial Real Estate. Dana has more than 25 years in timberland, highest and best use (HBU), large unimproved parcel, recreational and conservation real estate sales, consulting, and management experience. He is the former CEO of Hodges, Gilliam and Dana Real Estate, an Olympia-based firm that grew to an annual sales volume of $120 million before it was sold in 2007. An expert in conservation and the value of trees and forests to the eco-system of the Northwest, Dana is the author of the white paper “Carbon Sequestration in Working Forests.” Doug MahDoug Mah is owner and principal consultant with Doug Mah & Associates, LLC. Mah brings 23 years of public administration experience combined with 10 years of unique elected office insights to the division. He served for 10 years on the Olympia City Council and as the City’s Mayor from 2007 to 2011 during a heightened period of public investment. Mah also enjoyed a 23-year career with the State of Washington where he held key state government positions involving research, policy analysis and strategic planning that began at the state’s Office of Financial Management and concluded at the state Office of the Chief Information Officer. “Adding Troy Dana’s vast experience to Prime Locations’ use of the newest technology and innovative tools brings unlimited possibilities for our clients,” says Kosturos, “Retaining Doug Mah’s high level consulting work for the Prime Unique Properties Division, we are positioned to bring a whole new and different level of service and management for unique properties to the region.”
Facebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of Olympia2016 marked the seventh year projects in Thurston County’s small, incorporated cities received a boost from the Port of Olympia. In April of 2016, the Commission approved funding matches for economic development projects in Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino and Yelm, at $10,000 each.The intent of the Port’s Small Cities Program is to assist with projects that will contribute to local economic development. The program requires an equal cash match from the city. The Port awards the funds after the city has completed the project and submitted the required information.Among the projects that will receive a boost fromthe Port is Tenino’s new park entrance which is now under construction. Photo courtesy: Port of OlympiaSmall cities are defined as incorporated cities within Thurston County with a population of 10,000 or less.The Board of Directors of the Port Economic Development Corporation reviewed Finance Director Jeff Smith’s analysis of the cities’ applications, qualified the eligibility of the projects, and recommended that the Commission approve the funding awards.Here is how the cities used their 2016 Small Cities Program funds:Bucoda continued the renovation of the historic Oddfellows Building into a community center that serves both residents and visitors. Included will be the purchase and installation of acoustical sound suppressing panels.Rainier continued to install wider sidewalks, bulb-outs and landscaping along Binghampton Street (State Route 507) to build downtown character and enhance the setting for local and visiting shoppers.Tenino highlighted the entrance to the City park (photo above) from the Tenino Downtown Historic Business District and conversely highlight the entrance to the Business District to park visitors and County trail users.Yelm conducted pavement rating and conditions of its streets, neighborhood collectors and arterials.The 2017 Small Cities application deadline is April 1.
Facebook388Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Kathy Jacobson for the Chehalis Basin Lead EntityChanele Holbrook is a longtime advocate and crusader working to protect the rural character, and the forest and prairies lands of Scatter Creek headwaters –and beyond.Chenele Holbrook is a Tenino watershed hero. Photo credit:In 1992, Chanele discovered Tenino and just knew she was “home”, it’s been her inner passion to protect it ever since. “I was lucky enough to grow up in the military and moved all over. I’ve lived all over the east and west coasts, Hawaii and even in Korea. After two years of college, I joined the Air Force as a military police officer. When stationed in Spokane, I would travel over the mountains to visit family on the coast. I fell in love the huge trees and landscape. After my tour ended, I found my “special valley” in Tenino, I never left.”Chanele continued her formal education, and in 1999, graduated from Evergreen State College with a BS degree, with an emphasis in Ethnobotany and Watershed Ecology. The magical landscape that Chanele had fallen in love with, she learned was primarily owned by big timber companies, and that it would soon be logged. Chanele wanted to help protect the sensitive old growth forest habitat for salmon and wildlife, and with her new degree she could do just that!“I was fortunate enough to be hired by local landowners who wanted to protect in perpetuity and restore 600 acres of their forested uplands and lower valley wetlands. Together, they created a non-profit conservation land trust, the Heernett Environmental Foundation – named for its founders Gabriele Heertje and Manfred Nettek, and later renamed Creekside Conservancy. For more than 20 years, I was the Director of Environmental Operations for the foundation. The position was challenging, as I was the only employee, but it was also super gratifying, because I had the ability to design, manage, and implement a large variety of very successful “never been done before” projects, and spearheaded new pilot programs. We tackled some pretty great projects! Over my many years of work, I was able to highlight the importance of the Scatter Creek watershed for the health of the Chehalis River basin and our local native salmon. Scatter Creek consistently delivers vital cold clear water into the Chehalis River, creating a “gaining reach” and important refugia for salmon throughout the year. It’s a huge benefit for the Chehalis River and is one of the reasons that it is last Basin in Washington without listed salmon.” As Chanele reflected on her environmental accomplishments, her deep love and knowledge of the rural landscape of the Scatter Creek area, Tenino, and the entire Chehalis basin was evident.Chanele Holbrook giving a speech at the Scatter Creek Farm ground breaking. Photo courtesy: Chanele HolbrookDuring Chanele’s tenure with Creekside Conservancy, lands protected and enhanced include: the Sampson’s property, a key property in Cozy Valley which helped protect Scatter Creek headwaters and upland forests; the Mills Parker Place property, which protected over ½ mile of Scatter Creek mainstem and has mature endangered White Oak riparian areas and wetlands, and providing unique salmon spawning habitat for steelhead, coho, and chum salmon, as well as, cutthroat trout. Two fish blocking culverts were removed, and a bridge installed to better support Coho salmon and rainbow trout. Working with local school and citizen groups, Chanele has planted more than 1200 trees on foundation lands including on Cozy Valley lands. Chanele also created an outdoor classroom on the property for local students to experience and study their watershedWhen asked about her favorite project, Chanele had a ready answer. “The Scatter Creek Farm Conservancy project. This project was great – a fantastic way to bring sustainable agriculture and wildlife conservation together. In perpetuity, 100 acres of prime farm land are now protected, with water rights (70-acre feet of groundwater placed in a water bank), is dedicated to sustainable food production, with an additional 48 acres of critical wildlife habitat bordering on the Chehalis River. Plus, the property has amazing artesian springs, and two side channels for salmon spawning and rearing. A big part of my passion for this project is that it is now –and will be in the future, –a regional educational tool. Working with future landowners and farmers, supporting an agricultural incubator, regional student tours and “agropreneur” workshops to teach new methods of successful farming in small productive niche markets. A “never been done before” kind of project and an enormous win-win for agriculture and wildlife. It’s my gem.” As a founding member of the Chehalis Basin Partnership, (1998 to 2015), Chanele has been a strong voice and advocate for the environment. In her role, Chanele was active with the steering technical committee, water quality, water quantity, habitat, and citizen advisory committees.Chanele said, “I’m passionate about environmental protection and insuring we leave a legacy for our grandchildren. We’ve lost too much forested and prairie lands—these areas play a significant role in the protection of water quality. These lands are some of the best for cold, clear, and clean water, to recharge our local aquifers and are important sources for instream flows. Once it’s gone or covered in asphalt, we can’t get it back.”To protect critical areas and significant forest lands, Chanele developed strong partnerships with regional nonprofit, local, state and federal agencies. Some of Chanele’s early work in south county included working with the nonprofit, Wolf Haven, collaborating on regional projects. This led to the eventual acquisition of additional prairie lands. Today local second graders learn about prairies and pollinators on these prairie lands.Another local treasure in the Tenino area, is the stone quarry public swimming pool. Legend has it, that quarrymen in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s struck a natural spring that quickly filled the pit with water. As the water flooded the area, workers had to abandon the site, along with their tools. Once filled with spring water, a perfect deep, natural reservoir was created —perfect for swimming. The site was converted to a public pool in the mid-40’s and is in Tenino City Park, –and has been enjoyed by thousands of children, adults and families since.Chanele Holbrook with a group of fifth grade students at the Black River WG. Photo courtesy: Chanele HolbrookHowever, in 2010, Chanele learned that the 60-acre hillside property adjacent to the foundation, (above the park and surrounding the quarry pool) was not owned by the City of Tenino, was going to be logged.Chanele said, “I knew that I could not let that happen. If it was clear cut as planned, the surface water runoff would impact the park and completely devastate the town’s only community park. The clarity of the quarry pool would be lost, as logging would have caused major sedimentation and erosion of hillside soils right into the quarry pool.” Chanele quickly got to work and led a team of other concerned Tenino citizens. Together matching funds were raised, grants were written, and through a partnership with the Weyerhaeuser Company, the 12 acres directly above the park and quarry pool were acquired and protected in perpetuity.“In this narrow 12-acre strip of land, the understory of native plants, and the roots of coniferous and deciduous trees collect water, keeping the soil in place, and help to prevent erosion from the logged hillside behind them. The long-term plan is for these 12 acres to connect to an established walking trail that is on the adjacent 250 acres of Creekside Conservancy’s land – and then wrap back down to the Chehalis Western Trail. Locals know this special piece of foundation land as the Backdrop of Tenino.”With the acquisition of this small forest, the Tenino Park and quarry pool is now protected for the enjoyment of current and future swimmers and park visitors.In 2018, a swimmer noted on the Quarry Pool Facebook page, “Awesome experience that everyone should do at least once in their lifetime…”Mayor Wayne Fournier, called the quarry “A priceless piece of local history.”Another local swimmer noted, “It’s cool that we have this in our small town. Where else can you swim in an old quarry?”Through all the years, with Chanele at the helm, the foundation worked to strategically acquire additional critical habitat. In addition to the original 600 acres, another 600 acres of important and sensitive land has been acquired, expanding the Creekside Conservancy’s foundation to projects throughout the Scatter Creek sub basin – and beyond.Chanele’s love for the region shined as she worked closely with the county for years participating on the citizen advisory committee that developed the Agricultural Overlay District in south Thurston County and the vibrant agricultural “Bountiful Byway” – promoting sustainable agriculture and Agri-tourism.For two decades, Chanele has been an active voice in the community. She has been able to inform and educate the city of Tenino and its citizens, on a variety of issues –local economic vitality, urban sprawl, groundwater recharge, salmon refugia’s, –and the importance of the education of our youth on local watershed issues.“I’m excited to be able to reenergize a past program that I loved so much. It will involve local elementary and middle school students in watershed ecology and different types of local environmental action projects in the near future.”Today, Chanele is as enthusiastic and dedicated as ever, and continues her work as a volunteer to protect key habitats in the Chehalis basin, while working full time as an outreach staff member at a local state agency on water quality resource issues.
LONG BRANCHThe city’s Columbus Day Parade is being held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.In addition, the Columbus Day Harvest Festival will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Morris Avenue at Westwood Avenue. The festival will include an appearance by the band, The Nerds, and will also include rides, food vendors, a petting zoo, hayrides and many other activities for the entire family.The Columbus Day Parade has a long history in the City of Long Branch, dating back to 1946, and is the perfect setting for the parade because of the diverse nationalities that reside in this city.For the past eight years, Joseph Mercadante has been the parade’s chairman and for the last five years has sponsored the parade with the help of the City of Long Branch. This year the event will honor Monmouth University’s President, Paul G. Gaffney, who will serve as the grand marshal. Gaffney is a retired Navy vice admiral and was president of the National Defense University from 2000 to 2003.The parade will consist of Monmouth University’s Pep Band along with several local high school bands from Long Branch, Shore Regional, Monmouth Regional, as well as other bands. There will also be motorcycles, antique cars, floats from area businesses, Boy/Girl Scout Troops, and state and county officials. HOLMDELBayshore Community Hospital will bring back the tradition of its annual Community Day and 5K Run/Walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the hospital, 727 North Beers St.The day kicks off with a timed 5K Run/Walk starting at Bayshore. This is the third and final race in the Meridian Heart and Sole Cup with $3,000 in prize money awarded to the top three overall male and female finishers, as well as the top three male and female finishers by age group.Registration and check-in for the 5K Run/Walk begin at 8:30 a.m. at the hospital’s main entrance. Registration is $20 and can be accessed at www.BayshoreHospital.org/5krace.There will be free kids’ races for children between the ages of 3 and 12 starting at 11a.m. Registration can be obtained on the day of the event or online, and all participants will receive medals.Following the races, Bayshore for Community Day will feature festivities for families and community members of all ages. Enjoy an afternoon of autumnal activities including: pony rides, a petting zoo, jumpie castles, music, pumpkin painting, refreshments, and more. Health information and free screenings will be available including blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, stroke, and bone density.For more information on the 5K race or community day visit www.BayshoreHospital.org/5krace. MONMOUTH BEACHThe Art Society of Monmouth County will feature a demonstration by sculptor David Colletti at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, 128 Ocean Ave.Colletti’s demonstration will show how he sculptures both in facial and body figures in wax..Colletti has worked in Hollywood and is known for his expertise in sculpting for Hollywood artisans and movie productions and reproducing figures used in the industry.The event is open to the public. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. * * * * *Read to a Dog is a great program to help improve the literacy skills of children. It encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener in our furry friends. Independent readers in K-5 grade will read to a certified therapy dog for 10 minutes.Read to a Dog will take place 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Middletown Township Public Library’s Children’s Quiet Reading Area. The library is located at 55 New Monmouth Road.Preregistration is required and may be made at www.mtpl.org.Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc. FAIR HAVENMaria Grace, education and outreach manager for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, will present at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, a talk, called the Peregrine Falcons in New Jersey, at the Monmouth County Audubon Society.The meeting will be held at the Church of the Nativity on Ridge Road. The public is welcome; admission is free.Peregrine falcons are doing remarkably well in New Jersey, with more than 20 pairs calling the Garden State home. But this was not always the case – at one time there were no falcons nesting east of the Mississippi. Attendees can learn about the return of the Peregrine falcon to the state and its many “firsts” that led to the successful reintroduction of this hunter of the sky.Grace is the education and outreach manager for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Since 2004, she has been teaching adults and children about New Jersey’s rare and endangered wildlife. Since 2000, she has been connecting people to the natural world through hands on field based programs, interactive classrooms programs, and informative professional development workshops in subjects ranging from water and stream ecology, volunteer monitoring, and New Jersey’s incredible biodiversity. MIDDLETOWNThe Middletown Township Police Department is holding a prescription drug collection day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at police headquarters, located at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway.The collection is part of the National Take Back Initiative. Organizers will accept medication but no needles.Additional information about the township event is available by calling 732-615-2039. LINCROFTBrookdale Community College will host a veterans’ workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Lincroft main campus, 765 Newman Springs Road.The event will be held in the ATEC building, rooms 223 and 224. Parking is closest in lots 4 and 6.Organizing the event is Jerry Russell, a Brookdale operations administer and a U.S. Army retiree. “A variety of services will be shared,” he said.The Monmouth County Veterans Service Team and Brookdale Community College Health Center are coordinating to offer information on New Jersey veterans benefits, Veterans Administration benefits eligibility, resume review, education benefits, VOW and VRAP programs.The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be on hand to perform blood pressure screenings, offer flu shots and light medical screenings and register veterans for VA medical benefits.For additional information, contact Jerry Russell at 732-224-2068 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.Information is also available from the Brookdale Community College Student Health Center nurse, Gwendolyn Evens, at 732-224-2395 or email to email@example.com.A registration form is available from Victor Alvarado at732-775-1566 or, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. * * * * *The Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought will sponsor its 13th annual Shanti (Peace) Lecture from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 1475 W. Front St.The Rev. Eric Cherry, director of the International Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association, will present “21st Century Inter-Religious Engagement: New Strategies.”“There are significant moments that serve as markers in our interfaith efforts. The 1893 Parliament of World Religions in Chicago set the stage for a variety of interfaith initiatives during the 20th century, many of which were profoundly important and successful,” Cherry said. “But, in the 21st century, there are new challenges and opportunities which require different strategies and initiatives. This talk will explore 21st century paradigms and examples of interfaith engagement that build peace, understanding, and hope for our world in its current context.”Cherry manages the UUA’s relationships with interfaith partners around the world, supervises the staff of the UU Holdeen India Program and the UU United Nations Office.This event is free and is open to all. A light meal will be served after the formal program at which time you will have the opportunity to continue the dialogue.For more information contact MCWRET Board Member Stevi Lischin at email@example.com or 732 241-7392. MONMOUTH COUNTYThose wanting to learn about Boy Scouting programs in that area may do so Saturday, Sept. 29, during the first countywide Join Scouting Information Day at the Library, sponsored by Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America.Representatives from local Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troops will have information tables at libraries including Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury, Red Bank, Tinton Falls and West Long Branch.Cub Scouts is open to boys in grades 1-5, Boy Scouts is for Boys ages 11 to 18 while Venturing is for co-ed youth ages 14-21.Additional information about joining the Boy Scouts is available at www.BeAScout.org. By entering a zip code on the site, visitors will find a Scouting unit near them.
By Denise DiStephan |It’s deer hunting season in New Jersey and that means there will be some hopeful hunters staking out spots in certain wooded Monmouth County parks in Holmdel, Middletown and Colts Neck during permitted hours.Since Oct. 1, bowhunters have been permitted to hunt in Tatum Park in Middletown and Holmdel Park’s Ramanessin section.Starting in November, bowhunting is allowed at Holmdel Park’s North section on six scheduled mornings, while the park is closed to the public.Beginning Dec. 15, bowhunters will be looking for opportunities at Dorbrook Recreation Area in Colts Neck. On a handful of scheduled December dates, designated areas of Hartshorne Woods Park and Thompson Park, both in Middletown, will close until noon for shotgun, muzzleloader and/or bowhunting, as permitted by New Jersey Fish and Wildlife.Hunting is prohibited in all county parks on Sundays, even during designated seasons, and all hunting must be done from pre-approved and inspected tree stands, according to Karen Livingstone, public information officer for county parks.The county has been allowing hunting in its parks since 2004 and has had no incidents of any harm to people, Livingstone said.“Our staff goes through a lot of training and planning for the hunt and are patrolling and monitoring daily,” Livingstone said, adding that the hunt has helped preserve plants and brush on “the floor of the parks,” which had been greatly reduced by deer.“The hunt is helping us to keep the deer population status quo,” she said.The purpose of the program is to reduce the population of whitetail deer in order to improve forest health and wildlife diversity, according to the county’s latest annual report on hunting in the parks.The report states that last season 21 park areas were hunted and 604 deer were harvested.Hunters have to report to the parks’ offices whether or not they harvested any deer and must remove carcasses, Livingstone said. “Most of the deer hunters do consume what they harvest,” she added, based on her interactions with many of the hunters.For those who want to mount what they bag, they can visit one of the area’s taxidermists. That’s the work Richard G. Santomauro has been doing for 48 years and, for the last 20, from his Wildlife Taxidermy business at 1732 Route 71, Wall Township, near Belmar.When asked if a lot of his customers hunt in the county parks, he said, “It’s only a small percentage because most people don’t know there’s a hunt in the parks.”Santomauro, who was busy Monday renting “a lot of animals,” meaning the stuffed kind, to the new television show “FBI,” said there’s been a decrease in hunting during the past 20 years, especially in recent years.“Kids are on their computers and cellphones” rather than hunting, he said.But his business is still brisk, constantly stoked by customers all over the world, including numerous television and movie studios in different parts of the U.S. who rent a wide variety of “animals” to use in filming.In the county, designated hunting grounds include safety zones, keeping them at least 450 feet from schools and playgrounds, Livingstone said. The county mails postcards to those who live 200 feet or less from county park boundaries where hunting will take place, she said.Hunters must complete a hunting safety course and obtain a state license before they can obtain a permit to hunt in county parks, she said.The deer hunting season ends Feb. 16 at bowhunting sites such as Dorbrook Recreation Area, Holmdel Park Ramanessin section and Tatum Park.The designated dates for deer hunting at Hartshorne Woods Park are Dec. 4, 6, 12 and 14, and Jan. 8 until 11 a.m.At Holmdel Park’s North Section, they are Nov. 14, 16, 20 and 27 and Dec. 11 and 17 until 11 a.m.At Thompson Park, they are Dec. 3, 5, 7 and 13 and Jan. 10 until 11 a.m.This article was first published in the Nov. 1-7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By The Nelson Daily SportsPlaying away from home was not kind to the Kootenay Wildcats.Kootenay managed only a single point during a three-game Female Midget AAA League tournament at this past weekend at Pitt Meadows.After falling to Prince George Cougars 6-3 and Fraser Valley Phantom 5-2 the Wildcats managed to secure the points by playing to a 2-2 tie against Vancouver Fusion.Goals by Kiana Strand of Invermere and Shannon Hall of Midway powered the Cats to the draw. Kootenay led 1-0 after one period before the Fusion struck for two second-period markers.The Wildcats opened All Star Tournament weekend by dropping a 5-2 decision to the Phantom.Kootenay stayed with the Phantom through 40 minutes before the home side pulled away with a pair of third-period goals. Aimee DiBella of Nelson and Holly Nikirk of Invermere each scored for Kootenay.Kootenay then lost 6-3 to Prince George as the Northern squad struck for three second-period goals. Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy, Strand and Nikirk each scored for Kootenay, which trailed 1-0 after one period and 4-2 after 40 minutes.The winless weekend drops Kootenay into fourth spot in the five-team lead with a 5-9-1 record.Thompson/Okanagan Rockets lead the league with a 13-1-1 record.Next action for Kootenay is December 17 when the team plays a tournament weekend in Kelowna.All Star Weekend Friday at the Coquitlam Sports Arena Team Blue and Team White played to a 4-4 tie in the second annual Female Midget AAA All Star Game. Shea Weighill of Nakusp won the breakaway challenge during the second period skills firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Gallagher1340031%31%$112,120 STELLAR WIND WORKS FOR MEETING WITH ‘THE QUEEN’Anticipation is gaining momentum hour by hour for Santa Anita’s Spring Meet showdown between champions Beholder and Stellar Wind in next Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Vanity Mile for fillies and mares, three and up.Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, winner of 12 of 13 races at Santa Anita and 16 of 21 overall, eyes her eighth straight victory for Richard Mandella, who trains the six-year-old mare for owner B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm.“She’s doing great, couldn’t be better,” Mandella said of Beholder Saturday morning in the company of Hughes, who will be on hand for the Vanity. Asked tongue-in-cheek if he would take a walkover in the race, Mandella quipped, “That’s one race I could be confident about.”Stellar Wind, three-year-old filly champion of 2015, makes her first start since finishing second by a neck in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland last Oct. 30. The four-year-old daughter of Curlin worked five furlongs in company Saturday morning under regular rider Victor Espinoza in 59.60. Stablemate Too Fast to Pass was timed in 59.80.“She went good,” said Espinoza of Stellar Wind, whom he has ridden six straight times, all stakes, three of them Grade I’s, since owners Kosta and Peter Hronis purchased the chestnut filly for John Sadler to train over a year ago.“She worked in company and I let her stretch her legs down the lane. It’s been a while since she raced, but she’s ready.“Now she has to against The Queen (Beholder). It should be fun.”Added clocker Toby Turrell of The Yellow Sheet on Stellar Wind: “She’s right on point. She hasn’t missed a beat. Her works have been long, fast and she’s finishing good.”Stellar Wind has never lost at Santa Anita, winning all three of her starts including the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks last April 4.The Vanity is expected to draw a short field headed by the Big Two. Other entrants could include Divina Comedia, Lost Bus, Moyo Honey and Taris. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joseph Talamo5110111020%61%$521,603 (Current Through Friday, May 27) TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won KENT DESORMEAUX TO WORK EXAGGERATOR AT BELMONT Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator will have his regular rider, Kent Desormeaux, aboard in his major drill next week at Belmont Park for the final jewel in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 11.“Kent will work him,” said Keith, trainer and part owner of Exaggerator, Saturday morning at Santa Anita. “I just haven’t figured out which day I’m going to breeze him yet (either next Saturday, June 4, or Tuesday, June 7).” Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, meanwhile, remains on the road to recovery from a fever that will prevent him from running in the Belmont Stakes.“He’s back eating, his fever is down, and tentatively he’s scheduled to come back (to Santa Anita) a week from Sunday (June 5), but he’s doing really, really good,” said Dennis O’Neill, brother of Doug O’Neill, who trains the son of Uncle Mo for Paul and Zillah Reddam.QUICK CASABLANCA ON OUTSIDE LOOKING INQuick Casablanca drew the extreme outside post position for Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf, but Ron McAnally says it will make no nevermind for the eight-year-old Chilean-bred horse, who captured the Grade III San Juan Capistrano at about 1 ¾ miles on a yielding course April 10.“The horse drops back and makes one run,” said Hall of Fame trainer McAnally, 83, and a contemporary of the legendary Whittingham who died at 89 in April 1999.“That’s his style and we don’t want to change it now.”The field for the Whittingham, race eight of nine: Blingo, Alex Solis, 8-1; Patentar, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1; A Red Tie Day, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Montego Bay, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Royal Albert Hall, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Si Sage, Mike Smith, 15-1; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; and Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 4-1. Hector O. Palma833038%75%$59,490 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer3763816%46%$499,280 Santiago Gonzalez64912814%45%$459,365 Richard Mandella1733318%53%$198,415 SONGBIRD TO WORK FIVE FURLONGS EARLY SUNDAY MORNINGUndefeated and untested champion Songbird is scheduled to work at 6:30 a.m. Sunday for a possible return to the races in the Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on June 18.“She’s going to go five-eighths,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm. Rafael Bejarano6814111021%51%$709,645 FINISH LINES: Racing rarity: Jerry Hollendorfer, The Man of a Thousand Horses and winner of more than 7,000 races in his Hall of Fame career, does not have one horse entered on today’s Gold Rush Day card exclusively for California-bred or sired horses at Santa Anita. He does have four entered at a track where he made his bones, Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area. “I’ll have to try and buy some more Cal-breds,” Hollendorfer said . . . Through 14 racing days, there is a three-way tie in the race for leading jockey between Tyler Baze, Edwin Maldonado and Rafael Bejarano. Each has 14 victories, with Flavien Prat in hot pursuit , one behind at 13 . . . Bob Baffert was pleased with Friday’s four furlong breeze in 47.60 by San Felipe Stakes winner Danzing Candy. It was the son of Twirling Candy‘s first work for Baffert since being transferred to him from trainer Cliff Sise Jr. “It was an easy half,” Baffert said. “I’m just trying to figure him out. I have no plans yet (for a race), but he’s a beautiful horse.” . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Kobe’s Back, prepping for the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on June 25, worked four furlongs Saturday for Peter Eurton in 47.60 . . . Former jockey Corey Black has taken the book of Jaime Theriot . . . Santa Anita races through this Monday, Memorial Day, which also is Dollar Day. Fans can enjoy draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time Memorial Day is 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. Santa Anita presents a festive Carnival today through Monday from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. The entire family can share Carnival rides, games and prizes in additional to exciting Thoroughbred racing . . . Early Pick 3 no secret: Friday’s first three winners were Secret House ($12), Secret Room ($4.20) and Secreto Primero (it means first secret, $11.40), producing a Pick 3 worth $79.40. The “Secret” daily double paid $26.20. Richard Baltas2536312%48%$164,243 Brayan Pena3133710%42%$81,385 Chad Lindsay2241118%27%$76,230 Martin Garcia4164615%39%$377,440 Flavien Prat47137528%53%$517,010 Peter Eurton1650131%38%$197,025 Tiago Pereira4948108%45%$186,648 Edwin Maldonado651412922%54%$501,021 Fernando Perez3032310%27%$139,250 Philip D’Amato391110428%64%$578,715 Mario Gutierrez1835017%44%$251,460 Mike Puype2963221%38%$212,685 John Sadler3162319%35%$378,705 Drayden Van Dyke2933310%31%$160,205 Simon Callaghan1231125%42%$142,830 Martin Pedroza3663517%39%$199,390 Tyler Baze7114141420%59%$612,255 Ignacio Puglisi1331223%46%$79,918 CHAMPS BEHOLDER, STELLAR WIND SET FOR VANITYEXAGGERATOR TO BREEZE AT BELMONT NEXT WEEKSONGBIRD DUE TO WORK AT SANTA ANITA TOMORROWOUTSIDE POST NO DETERENT FOR QUICK CASABLANCA Steven Miyadi1033030%60%$86,155 Edward Freeman931233%67%$95,585 Mark Glatt2544416%48%$144,246
FRISCO, Texas – While their home arenas are nearly 700 miles apart, Abilene Christian men’s basketball coach Joe Golding and New Orleans’ lead man Mark Slessinger were just an hour away from each other when the two clinched the 100th win of their respective tenures.“It was really humbling,” Slessinger said. “My radio guy came and told me, and it caught me off guard. It’s been amazing to see all the hard work that went in to get to this point.”On Jan. 9, the Wildcats traveled to Lake Charles, La., to face McNeese while the Privateers went the opposite direction across the Sabine River to take on Lamar. Both teams came away with a crucial road win to improve to 2-1 in league play.“Honestly, I didn’t even know it was my 100th win until I was walking to the bus and [Voice of the Wildcats] Grant Boone found me and told me,” Golding said. “I was excited about it, but I was more excited to beat McNeese.”Although they were not the first coaches to reach 100 wins at a Southland Conference institution – actually the 12th and the 13th – it marked the first time that two coaches reached the milestone on the same day, much less in the same season.“We’ve known each other for years and both have amazing stories,” Slessinger said. “We’ve gone on a little different paths, but we have a good friendship and so much respect for each other. We talked on the phone and texted after on the bus, giving each other a hard time.”The duo, who both served as assistant coaches in the Southland before their head coaching days, were hired within three weeks of each other in the summer of 2011. Golding, a point guard for ACU from 1994-98, returned to his alma mater in 2005 and spent three seasons as the top assistant to Jason Copeland.“Not many people get to go back to the university they played for and get a chance to coach,” Golding said. “I’m very fortunate and lucky for that. The university and the town of Abilene really raised me. It’s a special place to me. I take a lot of pride in trying to turn this program around.”Prior to taking the job at New Orleans, Slessinger spent 11 years as an assistant coach under legendary coach Mike McConathy, who boasts the second-most wins by a Southland Conference coach (291).Congrats to @CoachSless on becoming the third in program history to reach ?? wins #504OurCity pic.twitter.com/fKH6W0hKQ5— Privateers Men’s ?? (@PrivateersMBB) January 10, 2019 Amongst the Wildcats’ nine upperclassmen are guards Jaylen Franklin and Payten Ricks, who through four Southland Conference games, rank third in the Southland Conference in points (80) and assists per game (5.0), respectively. While Golding claims he wasn’t allowed to shoot, he averaged a team-best 4.2 assists per game over his career and takes a lot of pride in coaching the position today.“I played guard here and I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys,” Golding said. “I’m probably harder on them than the bigs. The biggest key for us has been how unselfish they’ve been. We made a switch in our offense over the past few years and those guys have embraced it and bought in.”Golding and Co. wrap up the third week of conference play when they host Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Saturday, while Slessinger and his Privateers hit the road for a 5 p.m. contest against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which can be seen on ESPN3. “I learned more than I have time to talk about,” Slessinger said. “How to run a program and keep things in perspective. How to make a program sustainable. A lot of people can have a flash in the pan, but the goal is to sustain it for years. I got an incredible blueprint from him.”Following each of their first years on the job, both schools accepted bids to join the Southland for the 2013-14 season. “Mark’s been a great friend of mine through this,” Golding said. “He got his program going quicker than us. When he made the NCAA tournament, that gave our staff hope that we could do it here. I’ve got the utmost respect for Mark.”For the Wildcats, it closed the book on a 40-year residence in the Lone Star Conference and marked a reunion with the league it helped found in 1963.“Going through that transition was the hardest thing a bunch of us had ever done in our lives,” Golding said. “When I got here, all I wanted to do was win games like any young coach, but I figured out quick that it was going to be a long road. It’s been challenging but very rewarding.”For the Privateers, it was a turning point as the athletic department contemplated dropping from Division I to Division III as the school dealt with declining enrollment, budget cuts and insufficient fundraising after Hurricane Katrina.“We had to be relentlessly positive,” Slessinger said. “It wasn’t a job for someone that wasn’t tough minded. I’ve seen a lot of hard work coming to fruition. It all goes back to that mindset of being relentlessly positive.” It was not an ideal situation for Slessinger to inherit as the department’s struggles left him with three players and one assistant. Negative press sprouting from NCAA sanctions further scared off potential recruits and assistants.Fast forward five seasons to 2016-17, when he guided New Orleans to its first 20-win season and first conference tournament title in 20 years, when now-Lamar head coach Tic Price was at the helm of the Privateers.“It was wonderful,” Slessinger said. “It was a great culmination of a lot of hard work and sacrifice by the student-athletes and staff. It was really rewarding to get that once-in-a-lifetime experience and bring joy and pride back to the city.”While Slessinger is no stranger to the conference tournament with four trips over the last four seasons, Abilene Christian is off to a good start in pursuit of a coveted trip to Katy after just missing out on a tiebreaker last season, their first year of postseason eligibility.“We don’t even know what door to go through to get in to the Merrell Center,” Golding joked. “We’re just trying to live day-by-day, trust the process, get better each day and see where it heads. We thought we were in a pretty good position last year, but we lost some tough games down the stretch.”Both coaches are now in their eighth seasons and seeing the payoff of their models of consistency as Abilene Christian and New Orleans are 4-1 through the first two weeks of league action.“We haven’t lost a player in three years,” Golding said. “We’ve done it all with high school guys and tried to develop them both as basketball players and as men. There’s some coaching involved with it, but it’s really about the players.”ACU beat McNeese 73-72 Wednesday night, giving head coach @CoachGoldingACU his 100th career victory. Congrats, Coach! #GoWildcats pic.twitter.com/qeBL2PcgHD— ACU Mens Basketball (@ACU_MBB) January 10, 2019