Ponies and Thru-Hikers: The Wildlife of Grayson Highlands

first_imgIt’s Tuesday morning and I can hear a slow drizzle dripping off of my gutter outside. Soon I’ll get up to go to my job that I love but that operates mostly at a desk. Out there, in Grayson Highlands, the thru-hikers are packing up in the rain for another trek.In one day they’ll most likely cover more mileage than we did in double that. My hiking companions this past weekend, Corndog and Cruise, are thru-hikers themselves, completing the trail in 2013. When they hiked over the rolling balds of Grayson Highlands they were chased by constant storms probably not unlike what the hikers we met are trudging through now. They invited me to accompany them back to this magical stretch of the AT because I have my own dreams of thru-hiking, and because they wanted to replace the mucky memory they had of what the guidebooks call one of the most beautiful and iconic stretches of the whole trail.I thought surely that the ponies would be the highlight. I imagined them sensing they could trust me, cautiously approaching and coming just close enough to touch. In my mind I was the pony whisperer in a field of shy and wild creatures.Grayson Highlands is known for its wild ponies. Introduced in the mid-seventies, the ponies eat the vegetation that would grow up and reforest the windswept balds that give the area its distinctive moor-like look. Feeding and harassing the ponies in any way is prohibited and warned against in signs along the trail. Visitors are also advised that ponies do kick and bite and are not to be approached.I had not yet read the signs.Instead, when we spied a pony approaching our lunch rock by the shelter below Mt. Rogers, I threw down my tortilla, hands sticky with hot sauce, and barreled through the woods towards it with my waist strap unbuckled and my giant pack flopping side to side. Corndog hadn’t yet given me some tips to reposition the awkward weight distribution of my load and I probably looked and sounded like a top-heavy yeti. I tumbled towards the pony with such determination that I missed it altogether. Skirting through the woods away from me, the wild beast approached the shelter where my friends and another thru-hiker, ‘Lone Hiker’ were finishing up their lunches. Sure, I was disappointed, but before I could even turn back another pony came charging around the corner.This one was brawny tan with a glamorous Fabio style mane. It barely gave me a second look as it hoofed past just a few feet from where I stood. Why these ponies could not feel our connection was beyond me, but by now Cruise had rounded the bend and Corndog was close behind her. I just hadn’t found the right pony, I thought, as Cruise told me that the two I’d seen had come right up to them. Together we hiked around another curve of trees and there he was, a little appaloosa with creamy white fur splotched by big dark brown patches and a chocolate vanilla swirled mane.I froze. Here was my pony. This time I cautiously approached him. I stopped, edged forward, trying to stay cool. I tip-toed closer and then, looking at the pony instead of the ground, fell down and was nearly crushed by my excessively full pack. I struggled to my feet and stopped, holding out my hand. He looked up from underneath his shaggy pony bangs and clip-clopped closer, smelling the salt from my sweat and the remnants of lunch. His soft nose pressed into my knuckles and I ruffled his mane and scratched his neck before he, doing a little turn for all of us, gracefully wandered into the brush to nibble on soft mountaintop grass.We thought our pony sightings were over after we distanced ourselves from the first small herd, but throughout the miles that day and the next we looked out over vista after vista only to see it made even more magnificent by a dotting of rugged creatures. The seventeen miles we covered were craggy, sending us through ‘Fat Man’s Squeeze— a boulder tunnel that reinforced my need to trim down my gear. We climbed up and over other outcrops where the white blaze was spray painted onto rock instead of tree. We walked through a campsite blanketed with such soft green grass that I wanted to lay down and press my cheek to it.Other packs of ponies were clustered closer to the two parking areas we passed through. Showing their less-wild nature they paused for photo opportunities with families, toddlers and young children in tow, who were as delighted as I was by the thought of a tiny horse living high in the mountains. We distanced ourselves from these cars and dirt roads quickly, but not as fast as the thru-hikers that blazed up behind us on the trail. But Corndog had brought a cache of snicker’s bars in his pack, ‘trail magic,’ and could make anyone of them freeze in their stride and backtrack.These tough and determined souls trekking from Georgia to Maine were truly the wildest creatures out there. No offense to the ponies, but talking to the thru-hikers and being near their frank joy for the trail was the highlight for me. At the AT shelter near where we set up camp, we spoke with a young woman named Brightside who was hiking with her husband. She asked us if we were aspiring thru-hikers and Corndog jokingly scoffed, “Why would anyone want to do something as crazy as that!” She said, “Because it’s amazing!” She went on to tell us about the views, the wonder of eating lunch in a different place everyday, and about her restored belief in the goodness of humanity. “In your normal life,” she said, “people rush along and don’t think about each other, but out here everybody is so nice – so willing to help you out.” I felt this too as we passed a lively kitchen camp set up by a man everybody kept calling ‘Fresh Grounds’ who was famous for whipping up hot meals of french toast,fresh fruit, and other delicacies for hikers on the trail.Corndog and Cruise gave me some tips about the best water filtration system they’d found and ways to pack smart. They also shared their memories and some of what the trail had meant for them. The 17 miles up and over Grayson Highlands gave me a taste of the AT, one that has already gotten me hungry for the next trip. I will, on this rainy day in my house, think of Brightside, Chicago, and the others we met who are putting one foot in front of the other on the way to satisfying their hearts’ desires.last_img read more

Ireland held in Poland

first_img One of them, McGeady, picked up where he had left off, running at the Polish defence in the early stages to pin the home side back. The Spartak Moscow winger forced Piotr Celeban into an eighth-minute block which left the defender winded, and as front two Shane Long and Stokes made their presence felt, Ireland had marginally the better of the early stages. They might have gone ahead with 21 minutes gone when, not for the first time, a set-piece almost paid dividends. Walters, wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of the rested Robbie Keane, flicked on McGeady’s corner and found Kelly unmarked in front of goal. However, the full-back was unable to react quickly enough and although he managed to head the ball down, it reared up off the turf and looped over keeper Wojciech Szczesny’s crossbar. Poland had caused few problems for the visitors up to that point, but they stepped up a gear as the half progresses with star men Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski starting to make an impact. Keeper David Forde needed two attempts to claim Blaszczykowski’s 25th-minute shot as it skidded across the uneven surface, and defender Adam Marciniak lifted a header harmlessly over 11 minutes later. However, Ireland largely managed to contain the tricky Lewandowski, although substitute John O’Shea – he had replaced the injured Sean St Ledger after just 31 minutes – was booked for deliberate handball after being caught out by the striker. Blaszczykowski very nearly got the second half off to the perfect start for the Poles when he carved his way between Kelly and midfielder James McCarthy and into the penalty area, and he might have gone all the way had O’Shea not intervened at the decisive moment. An off-balance Long skied a 51st-minute left-foot effort high over at the other end and Walters saw an ambitious attempt blocked by Marciniak two minutes later as Ireland responded. Szczesny had to make a smart save on the hour to keep out Stokes’ well-struck effort after he had been picked out by McGeady, who departed soon afterwards along with McCarthy as defender Alex Pearce and James McClean joined the fray. The Wigan winger needed just six minutes to make an impression with a teasing cross to which neither Long nor Stokes could get a touch in front of goal. But fellow substitute Teodorczyk whistled a speculative effort over Forde’s bar seconds later with the game starting to open up. Poland piled on the pressure as time ran down, but Forde had few saves of note to make with the men in front of him battling admirably to secure a shut-out. A much-changed Ireland side gave as good as it got at the INEA Stadium, the site of Euro 2012 finals defeats by Croatia and Italy, in a hard-fought game which ended 0-0 despite the best efforts of both teams. Defender Stephen Kelly went closest to winning it for the visitors with a first-half header, while Poland substitute Lukasz Teodorczyk blasted just over from distance in a rousing second half. But ultimately, the spoils had to be shared, and that would no doubt have pleased O’Neill more than opposite number Adam Nawalka, whose side lost 2-0 to Slovakia in his first game at the helm on Friday evening. By contrast, O’Neill opened his account at the earliest possible opportunity with a 3-0 friendly victory over Latvia, and the stalemate in Poznan simply maintained the positivity within the camp. Where Ireland played with a freedom and genuine purpose against the Latvians, they had to be a little more circumspect against stronger opponents. However, winger Aiden McGeady, who starred in Dublin on Friday, proved similarly influential during his 62 minutes on the pitch, and there were flashes too from Celtic striker Anthony Stokes as he attempts belatedly to make his mark at international level. But perhaps just as pleasing for O’Neill, the defensive solidity which characterised the early years of Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign was in evidence once again despite changes at the back. Indeed dangerman Robert Lewandowski was largely well contained throughout as Ireland recorded a second successive clean sheet. The frustration now for O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane is they will not see their players again until March, when Ireland are scheduled to meet Serbia in a friendly. O’Neill revealed after Friday evening’s game that he would use the trip to Poland to assess the depth of his squad, and he was as good as his word as he retained only four of the men who started at the Aviva Stadium. Martin O’Neill’s first away fixture as Republic of Ireland manager ended in satisfactory fashion as his new charges claimed a friendly draw in Poland. Press Associationlast_img read more

City League Preview: Allderdice’s experience will carry them to the top

first_imgGAME CHANGER—Junior Jay Barlow (8), Allderdice’s two-way star who is being looked at by several Division 1 programs, gets double teamed by Brashear blockers Nov. 11, 2010. (Courier Photo/William McBride/File) They’ll also feature a new quarterback and receiver tandem with Braden and Brendan Hoffer, identical twins that transferred from Hempfield.“Braden came in and recognized what we want to do on offense,” Haslett said. “I think he and his brother, Brendan will come in and make things happen for us to help make us effective on offense.”A new era will begin this year when the new USO (U. Prep, Sci. Tech & Obama) team takes the field at Cupples Stadium in week two of the City League season on September 8th.Their athletic director, Andre McGee, is confident they will be up for the challenge when that happens.Obama Academy head coach Lewis Berry and his wife spearhead the USATF’s Future Track Stars athletic program, a non-profit organization that enables youth from all over the region to participate and compete in track and field, potentially, on a national level.“Coach (Lewis) Berry might be the perfect person to be able to bring the kids together so that the football team can be competitive this year,” he said. “I think his knowledge of the area through his experience with the Future Stars track program will help him bridge the gap between kids of different neighborhoods in the city.”After Perry’s championship run last season, the hot topic for their squad was the large number of kids that they would lose to graduation.The biggest question is who will replace Greg McGhee at quarterback, who was recently named the starting quarterback at Howard University. It has been determined that Darelle Carson, who studied and played behind McGhee for the past two seasons, will take over as the team’s starting quarterback this year.“(Darelle) has a very strong arm and great feet,” Perry Coach Bill Gallagher said. “He’s deceptively quick and very tough. He has to lead the team this year and he understands that. We’re excited about having him back there. He also plays basketball and baseball, which proves him to be a great athlete. He really reminds me of Greg, but just doesn’t have his size.”His favorite target, according to Gallagher, should be Layton Hawkins, who at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds doesn’t have the length of Eric Frye— one of McGhee’s favorite targets last year.But his coach says he is “strong as an ox and benches 315 pounds.” He should be a factor to be one of the city’s biggest threats across the middle.Gallagher also noted that three more of his seniors: Deacon Blackwell (ILB/H-back), Jordan Clayton (TE), and Nick Garrett (OL) will also be key contributors for Perry.Brashear, who will look to avenge their defeat in the league title game last season, will return each member of their starting backfield: quarterback Adam Lynch and tailbacks Tre Gaines and Joelle Nesbitt. The two backs will double as linebackers on defense.They’ll also return four receivers from last year, led by Manny Reed, Jamil Smith, and Ricky Gay. Jawanza Bryant, will return to the secondary as a corner.Smith and Reed will each play on both sides of the ball as defensive backs.“It’s a good thing to have 90 percent of players at skill positions returning to your team,” Brashear coach Rick Murphy said. “We expect to be competitive this year and get in the hunt to be a championship caliber team this year.”They will be the first city opponent for the new USO on Sept. 8, a Thursday game that will kick off at 6 p.m.(Follow our continuing coverage of City League athletics and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com.) (Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])Pre-season rankings: 1. Allderdice (semi-finalist in 2010)2. Brashear (City runner-up in 2010)3. Perry (City Champion in 2010)4. USO (Schenley was a semifinalist and Peabody finished 7th in 2010)5. Oliver (finished 5th in 2010)6. Carrick (finished 8th in 2010)7. Westinghouse (finished last in 2010)8. Langley (finished 6th in 2010)Week one schedule:1. Seton LaSalle vs. Carrick • Friday 7 p.m. Sept. 22. Allderdice at Central Valley • Friday 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Brashear at Knoch • Friday 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Langley at Carlynton • Friday 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Oliver at Shadyside Academy • Friday 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26.Perry at North Hills • Friday 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Westinghouse at Bentworth • Friday 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28. USO at Summit Academy • Saturday 12:30 p.m. Sept. 3. by Malik VincentWith a total of four, 3-year starters and close to 20 seniors, Allderdice is the team with the most experience in City League football this season.Coach Jerry Haslett is confident in their chances to be the team to beat this year.center_img “We’re strong up front,” he said. “We have the front-four that will be able to change games for us. It will be them that will make or break how well we do this season.”Two of the members of that front four, senior Tyrique Jarrett and junior Jay Barlow are both being looked at by Division-I programs.Their big running back, junior Patrick Ferguson, has been battling an aggravated hip but his coach is optimistic that he’ll suit up for the Dragons in their week one, nonconference matchup at Central Valley Sept. 2.last_img read more


first_imgClosing day for the Winter/Spring Meet is June 12. The jackpot – which has grown steadily over 33 consecutive race days – is paid only when there is one ticket with all six winners. There were two winning tickets on Sunday, April 24, which returned $53,276.78. A total of $199,449 in new money was bet into the pool. There is also a Super High 5 carryover of $3,696.95 going into Friday’s card. Golden Gate Fields will not conduct live racing on Wednesday or Thursday but will be open for simulcasting. Golden Gate Fields will finish its inaugural Turf Festival with a flourish as it will conduct the Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile on Saturday, April 30 and the $100,000 Silky Sullivan and $100,000 Campanile on Sunday, May 1. ALBANY, CALIF. – The jackpot on the Golden Pick 6 will begin at $453,398.07 when racing resumes Friday, April 29 at Golden Gate Fields. Friday’s Golden Pick 6 will begin with race 3. The average field size in the sequence is 7.83 horses before scratches.last_img read more

All aboard for Mother’s Day

first_img“I couldn’t sleep last night,” said Brown, who became guardian of two of his sisters, Brianna Petteway, 15, and Destiny Petteway, 12, after their mother was incarcerated for a second time. His other two sisters, China Petteway, 13, and Johnnycia Petteway, 16, live with other relatives. “This is my first time to see my mom in two years. She will be proud of me.” About 650 California kids hopped aboard similar buses Friday to visit five women’s prisons and celebrate Mother’s Day through an annual program created through the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Many have fathers in prison or who long ago abandoned them. Those living with remaining family members or in foster care typically lack reliable transportation to see their mothers in prison, especially because those prisons are usually in remote areas of the state. Once chance a year Shuffled among foster care facilities nearly all his life, Derric Brown recalls a brief time when he lived with his mom and life felt normal. He was in ninth grade and needed a note for school. Mom wrote it. It was the first time his mother had signed anything for school, a job usually relegated to guardians or his grandmother while his mom was in prison for selling drugs. Still grinning with pride about the memory of that day, Brown, now 22, wants his four younger sisters to have more traditional family experiences like that one – holiday gatherings, homemade Sunday dinners and movie nights. And on Friday, the five from Palmdale boarded a chartered bus with about 20 other children from the San Fernando and Antelope valleys on a 250-mile journey to Central California Women’s Facility and Valley State Prison in Chowchilla to celebrate what millions of others in the United States recognize today – Mother’s Day. In California, there are about 11,846 female inmates and 160,000 male inmates, Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Sessa said. For nearly all those on the buses, Friday was the one chance of the year to see Mom. Most are children of addicts who have seen their family lives derailed because of drugs. It was 5 a.m. when Brown’s bus pulled out of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Encino and 11-year-old Isaiah Anderson rolled up and down the aisles in his heelies, trendy gym shoes with wheels in them. This was the second year on the bus for the sixth-grader and his 6-year-old sister, Lacresha Collins, to visit their mom, Janet Collins, who is incarcerated for drugs at Valley State Prison. The children live with their aunt, 42-year-old Brenda Collins, in Van Nuys, but Isaiah had concerns about the visit. “My mom is going to give me a talk,” he said. “I got in trouble at school, and she sent me a letter saying she wants to have a talk with me today.” For these moms, the connections with their kids serve as life preservers in their gritty prison lives, said Lupe Rios, prison family services coordinator. “You have to shut out what’s happening to survive here,” Rios said. “Contact with the outside world reminds them that there’s more to life.” Rios said the more contact the women have with their children, the less chance they’ll return to prison. Program buses kids But unlike visiting days each week at men’s prisons, there’s usually never a line of loved ones. Typically the men in their lives desert the women after they go to prison, said Sister Suzanne Jabro, who works for the nonprofit Women and Criminal Justice. In fact, men’s prisons have so many visits by moms, girlfriends and wives that a third visitors’ day was recently added. For women’s prisons, the state is using the $625,000 it would cost to staff a third visiting day to instead run an 18-month program to bus children four times a year to visit their mothers in Chowchilla prisons. Called Chowchilla Family Express, the bus made its first trip to the prisons March25. Jabro said the additional visits create much-needed connections for the children. “These kids are in pain,” Jabro said. “We have to do something about this. This is damaging people who are victims to all of this, and they are the children.” That means more trips for 16-year-old Kristian Daniels of Lancaster and her mother, Cora Murry, 43, who crammed a year’s worth of conversations about boys, school pressure and college plans into the four-hour visit Friday. Throughout the year, they stay in touch through letters but do not talk on the phone because calls from California state prisons cost about $1 a minute. The two struggled to say goodbye when their visit ended. “She’s growing up on me,” said Murry, who has about 10 more years left on her sentence. “When I left, she was my little girl.” As the Petteway girls caught a glimpse of their mother, Sharon McMillian, coming through the locked prison gates, the stony faces of Johnnycia and Brianna softened, and the two sisters cried. The family spent the afternoon deep in conversation. When it was time to leave, McMillian quickly hugged her kids and briskly walked away. “I don’t like goodbyes,” she said to them. “So I’ll see you all later.” [email protected] (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Missed the goals from the Europa League final? Watch them all here!

first_img1 Sevilla beat Liverpool 3-1 to win the Europa League Jurgen Klopp failed to lead Liverpool to a ninth European trophy on Wednesday evening, losing 3-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League final.The La Liga side claimed their third successive trophy in the competition, continuing Unai Emery’s excellent work with the club.The Reds appeared to be in the driving seat, controlling the first half with ease, and taking the lead.Daniel Sturridge bagged the opening goal, shooting with the outside of his left foot and seeing the ball nestle in the far corner of the net, after flying past the outstretched hand of goalkeeper David Soria.Kevin Gameiro grabbed the equaliser just 17 seconds into the second half, with the Reds cut open as they failed to deal with the incisiveness of Sevilla’s attack.Liverpool were much poorer in the second period, and Coke added a second with a perfect first-time curling finish. The midfielder extended the lead after 70 minutes, capitalising on some shocking defending from Klopp’s menYou can watch all the goals below…last_img read more

Confed Cup facts and figures

first_imgThe closing ceremony of the 2009 FifaConfederations Cup at Ellis Park Stadiumin Johannesburg on 28 June 2009.(Image: GCIS)Attended by well over half a million football fans, a total of 44 goals scored, the most goals scored by a team 14 – by tournament winners Brazil, of course – and the youngest goal scorer only 19 years old … These are Fifa’s final facts and figures for the 2009 Confederations Cup.Total attendance: 584 894Average attendance: 36 556Matches played: 16Number of goals: 44Goal average: 2.75Most goals scored: 14 BrazilFewest goals scored:• 0 Iraq• 0 New ZealandMost goals conceded: 9 USFewest goals conceded: 1 IraqNumber of penalties: 3 (2 converted, 1 missed)Number of own goals: 1 Andrea Dossena (Italy), 21 June 2009 (Brazil – Italy)Goals scored by substitutes: 8 (out of 44, 18.18%)Goals first half vs second half: 20 : 24• goals in additional time second half: 0• goals in additional time second half: 2Goals in first 10 minutes: 5 (11.36%)Goals in last 10 minutes: 8 (18.18%)Top goal scorer: 5 Luis Fabiano (Brazil)Youngest goal scorer: 19 years 7 months Jozy Altidore (US), 24 June 2009 (Spain – US)Fastest goal: 5 seconds Kaka (Brazil), 15 June 2009 (Brazil – Egypt)Highest number of assists:• 3 Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt)• 3 Joan Capdevila (Spain)• 3 Elano (Brazil)• 3 Maicon (Brazil)Highest wins: 0 – 5, 14 June 2009 (New Zealand – Spain)Highest-scoring matches: 4 – 3, 15 June 2009 (Brazil – Egypt)Highest number of wins: 5 BrazilHighest number of defeats:• 3 South Africa• 3 USNumber of yellow cards: 50 (average per game 3.13)Number of red cards: 4 (average per game 0.25)Most yellow cards:• 10 South Africa• 10 SpainLeast yellow cards: 2 IraqDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] linksFifaSouth Africa 2010last_img read more

Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for Israel

first_imgDarren Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for their winner takes all clash against Israel.The Scottish national team host Israel at Hampden Park on Tuesday in their final group game of the UEFA Nations League knowing a victory could help secure a playoff place for Euro 2020.Alex McLeish’s side lost the reverse fixture 2-1 in Israel last month but Fletcher thinks the Scots will be ready to deliver a more confident performance after a comfortable 4-0 against Albania on Saturday.Speaking to Sky Sports about the Israel game, the former Scotland international:“It’s going to be difficult but I think the biggest thing is they’ve saved a lot of legs and conserved a lot of energy.”edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“I don’t think it was a difficult game for Scotland physically so there’ll have lots of energy about them come Tuesday.”“The turnaround will be quite short but they’ll be ready for it.”“It’s a must win game and it gives a great chance to qualify. We knew the performance level in Israel wasn’t good enough.”“We allowed them too much possession and we allowed them to control the game. We weren’t aggressive enough but I think that was partly down to the formation.“This time it will be 4-3-3, it will be pace, it will be aggressive, there will be pressing and it will be up and at them. I think you’ll see a totally different Scotland performance.”last_img read more

San Diego Air Space Museum 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony

first_img Updated: 3:52 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Wednesday evening, the International Air & Space Hall of Fame will induct its Class of 2018.Two of the inductees, Astronauts Ellen Ochoa and Peggy Whitson told us what the induction means to them on Good Morning San Diego.Furthermore, KUSI’s Dave Scott spoke with Ellen and Peggy just before the induction ceremony began.Dr. Ochoa, a graduate of San Diego State University and Grossmont High School, was most notably known for being the first Hispanic woman in Space. She joined NASA in 1988 as a research engineer and was selected as an astronaut in 1990. She has flown to space four times, racking up almost 1,000 hours in orbit.Dr. Whitson, an Iowa native, is known for holding the United States record for all-time space endurance, with 665 days in space. She completed two six-month tours aboard the International Space Station and did 10 spacewalks. Lauren Phinney, Dave Scott, Posted: October 3, 2018 Lauren Phinney, Dave Scott Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 3, 2018 San Diego Air & Space Museum 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsWorld’s Most Prestigious Air & Space Hall of Fame to Enshrine Distinguished Class of 2018 – Via Sandiegoairandspace.orgPeggy Whitson, Ellen Ochoa, Brad Tilden, Bruce Whitman, Lloyd “Fig” Newton, Richard I. Bong. Corporate Angel Network / Air Charity Network and other aviation and space legends to be honored at San Diego Air & Space Museum’s annual star-studded celebration.San Diego, CA – Oct. 1, 2018 – Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station (ISS) and holder of the record for most days in space by a NASA astronaut; Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in the world to go into space; Brad Tilden, Chairman/CEO of Alaska Air Group, parent company of Alaska Airlines; Bruce Whitman, Chairman, President and CEO of FlightSafety International; Lloyd “Fig” Newton, the first African American pilot in the United States Air Force Thunderbirds; Richard I. Bong, America’s Ace of Aces and recipient of the Medal of Honor, America’s highest military award; and the Corporate Angel Network / Air Charity Network, national charitable organizations whose missions are to transport those in serious need; to be enshrined at this year’s International Air & Space Hall of Fame Celebration.Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum in celebrating the honorees on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, in the Edwin D. McKellar Pavilion of Flight. Guests from around the world are assembling for a spectacular evening of fun and extraordinary recognition, as each guest is treated to an experiential peek into the lives of these air and space legends. Since 1963, the International Air & Space Hall of Fame has honored more than 200 of the world’s most significant pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, business leaders, preservationists, designers and space explorers.“We’re especially pleased to honor this exemplary Class of 2018 because these men and women are amongst the most talented figures in air and space history,” said Jim Kidrick, President & CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “Aviation and space exploration, as embodied by the honorees in the International Air & Space Hall of Fame, directly represents the human pioneering and exploring spirit. October 3 is THE day of the year every guest will remember for the rest of their lives. Guests come from all over the globe just to be in the room with our Honorees and join in this celebration.”The International Air & Space Hall of Fame is the most prestigious induction of its kind in the world and is composed of hundreds of air and space pioneers, engineers, inventors and innovators, along with adventurers, scientists and industry leaders. NASA Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts and Russian cosmonauts are honored in the Hall, as well as famous legends such as the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart. Notable inductees include Buzz Aldrin, Chuck Yeager, Igor Sikorsky, Wernher von Braun, Jack Northrop, Jackie Cochran, William Boeing, Sr., Reuben H. Fleet, Glenn Curtiss, Walter Zable Sr., Fran Bera, Wally Schirra, Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, T. Claude Ryan, Jimmy Doolittle, Bob Hoover, Linden Blue, Patty Wagstaff, and many more. See the following link: http://sandiegoairandspace.org/exhibits/online-exhibit-page/international-air-space-hall-of-fame.Proceeds from the International Air & Space Hall of Fame celebration benefit the Museum’s youth education programs.“Inspiring kids to undertake tough science and engineering challenges is a critical first step for our future,” Kidrick said. “We must also give them the resources and impetus they need to pursue science education degrees.”last_img read more

Lendlease Closes on Final Phase of Army Lodging Privatization Program

first_imgLendlease Corp. closed on the final phase of the Army’s Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program, securing $250 million in additional project debt, the international property and infrastructure group said Thursday.The transaction brings the company’s total senior debt financing for the initiative to $715 million and allows it to add 2,058 hotel rooms located on Fort Lee, Va., and Fort Benning, Ga. Lendlease’s privatized hotel portfolio now stands at 12,492 hotel rooms on 41 military installations.The $1 billion PAL program began in 2009, with Lendlease assuming ownership of hotel facilities on 10 Army posts. In 2010, the company was asked to implement the second phase of the program at an additional 11 posts. Lendlease was offered the third phase in October 2011. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s largest hotel groups, is the PAL hotel operator.“Lendlease is honored to lead the Department of Defense’s only lodging privatization program,” Claire Johnston, managing director for communities, said in a press release. “Leveraging the government’s assets and raising private funds has resulted in exceptional lodging facilities that exceed the needs of today’s military and government traveler and which deliver on Lendlease’s commitment to sustainability and innovation,” Johnston said.By the end of the calendar year, Lendlease plans to deliver the nation’s first all-cross laminated timber hotel at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. The 58,850-square foot, four-story hotel will have 92 guestrooms; it will be operated under IHG’s Candlewood Suites brand.To date, 14 Holiday Inn Express hotels have been delivered through the PAL program with another five currently under renovation. Lendlease also has delivered five new Candlewood Suites hotels with three under construction. One Staybridge Suites is under construction at Fort Belvoir, Va.A list of IHG Army Hotels locations can be found on the project website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more