Quick Hits: April 2019 Outdoor News

first_imgA new study has found that rock climbers are a major economic force for the New River Gorge, a renowned rock climbing destination in West Virginia. The study found that climbers contributed $12.1 million in tourism dollars annually across a three-county region in West Virginia. Climber spending also directly supports 168 jobs in the region and contributes $6.3 million in wages. 4. Establishing a new national monument in Mississippi to honor civil rights leader Medgar Evers, who worked to end segregation and championed voting rights; When Wardian returned home, he ran three more marathons on consecutive days on a USATF-certified course, and in doing so, set a pending record for the fastest completion of 10 marathons in 10 straight days with a cumulative time of 29 hours, 12 minutes, and 46 seconds. Surprisingly, Wardian posted his fastest time in the tenth marathon, completing the run in 2:44:33.  Former pro cyclist Floyd Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. This spring, Landis will open a joint bike shop and café that focuses on CBD-based products in Lancaster, Pa. Floyd’s of Lancaster Café will feature products from Landis’s Colorado-based company Floyd’s of Leadville, which sells a range of supplements containing CBD—the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis that is becoming a popular option to aid in recovery and pain relief among endurance athletes. In announcing the new business, Landis, who’s originally from Farmersville, Pa., stated that he plans to make “significant purchases” from hemp farmers in Pennsylvania, attempting to boost and promote agribusiness in his old home state. Big Win for Public Lands Amount spent on outdoor recreation in 2017 in the United States—more than coal, oil, and gas combined. The outdoor economy is also growing by 3.8 percent, faster than the overall economy. Walls are meant for climbing Conservation groups and concerned residents have filed suit over a proposed spaceport in south Georgia, charging that the county government is unlawfully withholding documents concerning public safety and environmental impacts.  The world’s largest permanent free-soloing wall is at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, and on April 26-27, top climbers—and a few wild cards— will compete for a $15,000 cash purse at the Tuck Fest Deep Water Solo comp. Seeding rounds will take place on Friday followed by finals on Saturday. The top 16 male and female climbers will move on to the finals, where climbers will compete head-to-head in a single elimination, tournament-style bracket. The fastest climber to the top of the wall will advance until a champion is crowned. Emily Harrington, Carlo Traversi, Paige Claasen, and Emma Hunt are among the climbers competing at Tuck Fest this year. Floyd Landis to Open Bike Shop and Hemp-Focused Café in Pennsylvania 5. Creating an ecological buffer around Yellowstone National Park, preventing areas adjacent to the park from being mined.   Southern Environmental Law Center filed suit after Camden County refused to release several public health and safety documents related to the proposed spaceport, including debris field maps and an analysis estimating the number of human deaths that could occur if a rocket explodes on the launch pad or in the air. The proposed spaceport would launch rockets directly over neighborhoods and hikers and campers on Cumberland Island National Seashore. Number of bikes gifted by Wheels to Africa since the nonprofit formed 14 years ago. The Virginia-based organization collects unwanted bikes around metro Washington, D.C., and ships them to countries around the world in an effort to assist those with transportation needs. The organization was started by Winston Duncan (with help from his mother) when he was only 10 years old, back in 2005. Although most of the bikes have gone to residents in different African countries, this year Duncan and his mom, Dixie, took 400 bikes to Puerto Rico and gave them to residents still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.  Photo by: Daniel Gajda In the Dark about Spaceport Risks 1. Permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses fees from offshore drilling to pay for conservation programs in all 50 states; Michael Wardian is at it again. The 44-year-old, Arlington-based ultrarunner, well known in the running world for setting a range of long-distance records that are both amazing and a little strange, won the World Marathon Challenge for the second time in February. Runners in the World Marathon Challenge complete seven full marathons on seven continents in seven days. The multi-race event starts in Antarctica and finishes in Miami. Wardian averaged a time of 2:58:30 on the seven marathon courses.center_img $887 billion  3. Preserving over 700,000 acres of land in southern Utah, an area that environmentalists have been trying to protect for decades; Courtney Pernell decided to put her own creative twist on trail magic. The artist, based in Raleigh, N.C., placed 100 ceramic stars along the 62-mile Falls Lake section of the Mountains to Sea Trail as a pottery treasure hunt for hikers. With help and promotion from the nonprofit Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, she also put three crafted hearts on the trail, which could be redeemed for prizes from the organization.  In late February, the House of Representatives passed the Natural Resources Management Act, which protects more than three million acres of land, creates at least five national park units, bars mining on lands near two national parks, and classifies hundreds of miles of U.S. rivers as wild and scenic. The bill previously passed the Senate and now awaits the President’s signature as of press date. Some highlights of the bill include: Climbers flex economic muscle in New River Gorge North Carolina Artist Offers Creative Hiking Incentive Virginia Runner Sets Record with 10 Marathons in 10 Days 8,000 The bill designates 1.3 million acres as wilderness and funds protection for some 380 bird species under the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. Must-See: Deep Water Solo Comp at Tuck Fest 2. Extending the popular “Every Kid Outdoors” program for another seven years, which grants the nation’s fourth graders and their families a free national parks pass; “While we have long been concerned that this project poses serious threats to public health and the local economy of Camden County, the lack of transparency about the real risks of Spaceport Camden only deepens those concerns,” said Megan Desrosiers, Executive Director of the nonprofit One Hundred Miles. “The notion that coastal communities can and should accept that rockets will be launched over one of the most economically and ecologically important areas for the state of Georgia without knowing exactly what those risks look like is absurd.” In addition to winning national races like the U.S. 50K and 50-mile Championships, some of the records Wardian has set in the past include the world’s fastest 50K on a treadmill, fastest marathon while pushing a stroller, and fastest marathon dressed as Elvis Presley. The North Face is building a public climbing wall in Atlanta. Through a partnership with the Trust for Public Land, The North Face is establishing public climbing boulders across the country. Atlanta’s public climbing wall will resemble the local rock in Horse Pens, a legendary climbing area in Alabama, and will also display the initials of the kid designers. The new climbing area, part of Rodney Cook Sr. Park, aspires to attract a diverse population of climbers, both experienced and beginners. Martin Luther King Jr.’s adult home is one block from the park.last_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events December 15–21

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Drowning PoolThis Texan heavy metal band constructs hell raising anthems, with their goal being to fire up crowds in impassioned sing alongs and use monstrous vocals and riffs to create a powerful sound. Incorporating classic rock anthems with brutal grooves, the band has produced hits like “Push,” “We Are the Devil,” “Tear Away” and “Bodies.” Warming up the crowd are Gemini Syndrome, 9Electric, Red Tide Rising, Despyre and In Dead Silence. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15.Lee DeWyzeTouring to promote his sixth album, Oil & Wate, released in February and a new single “Weight,” this indie singer/songwriter is thriving. Winner of the 9th season of American Idol, his hits include renditions of “Treat Her Like a Lady,” “Fireflies,” “Beautiful Day,” “Everybody Hurts” and “Hallelujah.” Opening the show are The Como Brothers Band and Matt Weiss. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Bwy., Amityville. $15-$50. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15.Ballyhoo!Catchy tunes from this up-and-coming Maryland-based pop rock/reggae/ska quartet will bring some good vibes, including their latest hit, “Fast Times.” Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $15, $17 DOS. 8 p.m. Dec. 15.Blood Sweat & TearsWith a unique horn-drenched rock sound, Blood Sweat & Tears formed in New York City in 1967 and continue their decades of successful mergings of rock, pop, R&B and jazz. With multiple Grammy wins, the group has produced hits like “Roller Coaster,” “Save Our Ship,” “So Long Dixie” and “Nuclear Blues.” Their second self-titled album even beat out the Beatles’ Abbey Road for Grammy album of the year. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $65-$79. 8 p.m. Dec. 15.Sal “The Voice” ValentinettiLong Island’s own Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti embodies the classy, consummate, old school entertainer with a heart of gold image into American pop. Upon discovering his hidden vocal talent in his teens, Sal tried out for American Idol season 14 and eventually he wowed judges on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent, where he won Heidi Klum’s golden buzzer, ultimately placing fifth in the September finale. The 21-year-old crooner will be singing classic tunes by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Rat Pack. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$54.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 16.Holiday Spectacular on IceSet to beloved classic and contemporary holiday songs, and starring your favorite figure skaters, singers and dancers, this family-friendly musical celebration is literally the coolest show for all ages this season. Featuring stunning costumes, astonishing performance artistry, and dazzling production numbers, this heartfelt musical experience is the perfect gift and is sure to put you in the season’s spirit. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $29.50-$89. Times vary, Dec. 15-Jan. 1.AcceptanceThese Seattle-based alt-rockers use catchy melodies and big choruses with an edge reminiscent of Jimmy Eat World and Anberlin. After a breakup, the band reunited last year to release, “Take You Away,” their first single in a decade and will be releasing their second studio album, Colliding By Design, in February. Expect to hear “Diagram of a Simple Man,” a track from their forthcoming album, and their prior hits, such as “So Contagious,” “In Too Far” and “Glory/Us.” Supporting acts include Shorebreak and Table Talk. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $25, $28 DOS. 7 p.m. Dec. 16.KTFO & ACC Presents: Worlds CollideThe two best MMA promotions in the New York area, KTFO Fights (KTFO) and Aggressive Combat Championships (ACC), have joined forces to bring you Worlds Collide 1.  An absolutely stacked card of the best MMA talent, from the tri-state area, is slated for the night including multiple title fights. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $50-$90. 8 p.m. Dec. 16.Masters of Telecaster Featuring: Jim Weider, GE Smith & Jon HeringtonIt’s going to be guitar heaven in Bay Shore with a trio of famed guitarists lighting up the stage. The evening will be highlighted by the powerful rock exploits of Jim Weider, Jon Herington and GE Smith. Expect titles from Roy Buchanan, Little Richard, Steely Dan, Lee Dorsey, Bo Diddley, and Sam Cooke. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 16.Colin KaneThis comic lives by the philosophy that “you can have a messed up sense of humor but still be a nice person.” Known for his in your face insult comedy and crowd work, Kane “acknowledges the line and leaps over it,” an approach that has gained him sold out shows and a dedicated fan base. Recently making his film debut opposite Kevin Hart in the comedy The Wedding Ringer, Kane is a born and bred New Yorker who is unafraid to address sex, relationships, race and anyone who is brave enough to sit in the front rows of his show. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $28. 8 p.m. Dec. 16; 7:30, 10 p.m. Dec. 17.TraptThis California-based alt-rock quartet best known for their ’02 hit single “Headstrong” is touring in support of their seventh studio album, DNA, which dropped in August. Opening the show are Dead Superstar, Jesse Blaze Snider and Share The Burden.  Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17.Paul AnkaSinger/songwriter Paul Anka has mixed with the greats in the music industry from Frank Sinatra to Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, writing songs, singing, and collaborating on covers. Rising to fame in the late 1950s, some of Anka’s hits include “Lonely Boy,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “My Way,” and “This It.” Seventy-five and going strong, Anka has released an autobiography chronicling his encounters and collaborations with stars from Elizabeth Taylor to Dolly Parton, and has reworked such classics as “It’s My Life,” “Smells Like Team Spirit” and “Wonderwall.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com  $69.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 17.The WeightThe quintet is a compilation of artists from three former rock groups: The Band, Levon Helm Band & Rick Danko Group. Jim Weider, formerly lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for The Band, will lead this talented bunch onto the stage. He’ll be joined by Randy Ciarlante, Brian Mitchell, Marty Grebband, and Albert Rogers. Opening the show is The King Harvest Horns performing The Rock of Ages Show. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 17.One Tree HolidayFans of CW’s former hit show, One Tree Hill, will have much to appreciate this holiday season amid the nostalgia spawned by the series’ nine-season run. The evening will include love songs mixed with fan favorites from the show’s popular soundtrack. And of course, there will be holiday music. Kate Voegele & Tyler Hilton. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. Dec. 17.AceLead by the smooth baritone voice of The Platters alumnus Everette Hairston, Ace brings together all the elements of soul, Motown, funk, reggae and blues into a brilliant ensemble that has got something for everyone. Whether listening to one of Everett’s stories from the road, Craig’s mind blowing harmonica solos or Mark’s table side serenade, Ace brings an energy to the room that’s unmatched. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 17.Fabolous and JadakissBrooklyn-based hip hop artist Fabolous will get the party started with his hits, including “Breathe,” “Make Me Better,” “Baby Don’t Go,” “Throw It in the Bag” and “You Be Killin’ Em.” As for Jadakiss, he’s sure to deliver old favorites such as “Knock Yourself Out” and “We Gonna Make It.” Backing the rappers will be Funk Flex. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $40, $50 DOS. 10 p.m. Dec. 17.A Charlie Brown ChristmasGather up the family and make some lasting holiday memories with the Peanuts gang and their tiny Christmas tree. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $20-$25. 3 p.m. Dec. 18.PalisadesElectronicore band Palisades combine hip-hop, EDM and rock with the goal to make each show a high energy party not to be missed. With hits like “Outcasts,” “Mind Games,” “No Chaser” and “High and Low,” they’re touring to promote their self-titled album slated to drop Jan. 20. Warming up the crowd are Sylar, Blindwish, Artwork, Trace Your Steps [CD Release], Basilisk and In Loving Memory. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Bwy., Amityville. $15. 5 p.m. Dec. 18.Holiday CabaretCatch performances by some of Long Island’s theater staples. Free admission is awarded to anyone who brings a new and unwrapped toy for donation to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Those without a toy for donation can purchase a ticket for $15 online or at the door, with 50-percent off ticket and concession. Half of proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Cultural Arts Playhouse, 170 Michael Dr., Syosset. $15. 7 p.m. Dec. 18.Kings of ChaosThe line up at this crazy show includes Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Billy Duffy of The Cult, Steve Stevens of Billy Idol, Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses with special guest Franky Perez. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $44.50- $124.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 18.Leonard Cohen 1934–2016: Celebrating a Folksinger’s LifeWith the passing of folk hero Leonard Cohen on Nov. 10, the public mourned the loss of a great singer and poet. This tribute comprises rare concert performances by the musical genius who touched hearts and minds alike. Bill Shelley will lead a discussion about the legendary singer, songwriter, poet, and writer known for songs “Bird on a Wire,” “The Stranger,” “Hallelujah” and “Suzanne.” Reception included in ticket price. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20.Celebrate the Holidays with David Glukh EnterprisesDavid Glukh Enterprises presents an afternoon of Klezmer, Jazz and Holiday Classics performed on his signature piccolo trumpet accompanied by piano. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. www.landmarkonmainstreet.org Free. 2 p.m. Dec. 21.-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

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Gemma’s flying visit wins English match play title

first_img2 Jul 2016 Gemma’s flying visit wins English match play title A flying visit from Scotland paid off for Gemma Batty when she won the English women’s open match play championship at Holme Hall in Lincolnshire. She signed off with a birdie as she beat Kent’s Cloe Frankish 4/3 in the final and said: “I am really, really pleased. I have always wanted to win a national title and to do it like this, without a practice round and not seeing the course as much as I’d like, is very special. “I knew my game was good but I needed to prove it to myself and I’ve done that this week.” Batty, 22, is a student at Stirling University and couldn’t get to Holme Hall in time for a practice round after playing in the World University Games. But, once through the stroke play stage of the championship, there was no stopping her. “I’ve played really well, very solid,” said Batty, who was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and learned her golf at Pike Hills, but is now based in Scotland where she’s a member at Moffat. Today, she made her way past Sophie Madden 2/1 in the semi-finals, to meet English U16 girls’ champion Cloe Frankish in the final. Frankish, 17, (Chart Hills) had a marathon battle to reach the final, eventually defeating Georgina Blackman (Chelmsford) with a birdie on the 21st. It was the second time she had to dig deep to win in extra time during the championship. When the final got underway Batty hit the birdie trail, notching up four by the time the match was over. She quickly got ahead, helped by a chip-in on the fourth, and was two up through five. She lost the eighth but pushed ahead on the back nine – despite a heavy downpour – winning the 11th, 12th and 14th before the 15th was halved in birdie. “I am very happy,” said Batty (Image © Leaderboard Photography), who also defeated Georgina Coughlin (St Annes Old Links) and Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe) in earlier rounds. Now she’s off to France for a university match against injured Servicemen in the Battleback Trophy and then to Croatia for the European University Games. Batty has also been a member at Trentham in Staffordshire and at St Annes Old Links in Lancashire before moving to Scotland. For Frankish there was great disappointment but now her attention turns to the prospect of competing in qualifying for the Women’s British Open and in the English women’s amateur championship at West Lancashire. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

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City of Olympia Reports Structure Fire on Fones Road

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaAt 12:35 this morning, the Olympia Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire in a large apartment complex at 1400 Fones Rd SE. 911 Dispatch received multiple calls reporting a fire from one side of a 10 unit building in the complex. Olympia Firefighters arrived 4 minutes later and found fire in the back of the building, extending up the outside wall to the attic spaces and roof. All the residents of the building had evacuated.Initial arriving crews reported heavy fire and smoke from the interior of 2 apartments, the back wall of the structure, the attic and the roof. Firefighters attacked the fire from both sides of the building while ladder companies work on the roof above the fire.  A second alarm was called for additional resources.  Fire spread throughout the attic.  The center 4 apartments of the 10 unit building received significant structural damage from the fire.  The remainder of the apartments received smoke or water damage at a minimum.  The building had fire alarms but not fire sprinklers.  Neighboring buildings in the complex, although close to the fire, were not damaged.This fire response included four Olympia Engine Companies, one Ladder Company, two Medic Units, and a Command Unit.  Lacey Fire District 3 sent one engine and a ladder truck on the initial assignment.  The second alarm brought additional units from Lacey, units from Tumwater and Fire District 6.  There were no injuries to firefighters.  One resident was treated for minor smoke inhalation and transported to the hospital.  Residents were able to evacuate multiple cats, one cat has found by firefighters and reunited with its owner, 2 other cats died in the blaze.Units remain on scene to complete overhaul and begin the fire investigation to determine the cause of the fire. Property and contents loss is estimated at over $1,000,000.  Management at the complex and the American Red Cross were working to care for the displaced residents.  The owners will work with the City of Olympia to rebuild the approximately 20 year old building.  New construction will require fire alarms and fire sprinklers.  Fire sprinklers could have significantly reduced the amount of fire damage in this event.For further information contact Olympia Fire Department 360-753-8348.last_img read more

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