After graduation, reflection

first_img— Corydon Ireland and Colleen Walsh Harvard’s 361st Commencement continued well into the later afternoon, with graduates, alums, family, friends, and faculty joining in the festivities.Radcliffe grad, Class of 1944The oldest Radcliffe class represented at Commencement was 1944 — 15 years more recent than the Class of 1929, represented by 103-year-old George Barner of Kennebunk, Maine.In the shade of a tent behind Hollis Hall at lunchtime, Frances Downing Vaughan ’44 was aware of the disparity. “I’m only 90,” she said.Vaughan lives in Cambridge, within walking distance of her alma mater. “I can’t think of a greater place to grow old in,” she said.Vaughan remembers a wartime college era when Harvard boys were scarce and you met them at social gatherings called “jolly-ups.” At Radcliffe, she remembers the 10 p.m. curfews and the standard fashion of “socks and shoes, sweaters and pearls.”A longtime poet — “I was a writer by age 7” — Vaughan is at work on her first book, “90 at 90.”George Barner ’29 belongs to the oldest class year but is younger than Donald Brown ’30 by 24 days. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerOverwhelmed by ceremonyChen Zhang was still trying to process the sweep of his Harvard experience on Thursday afternoon as he made his way to the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) campus from Tercentenary Theatre.His undergraduate commencement at Stanford University, which was held in the school’s football stadium, had a more informal, West Coast vibe, he said. That ceremony included a healthy amount of “wacky dancing,” and an appearance by the school’s mascot, the Stanford Tree. In contrast, Zhang was overwhelmed by Harvard’s elaborate ceremony, and by its pomp and circumstance. “I really, really liked this, maybe more so than my own.”His experience at HDS, and its environment of inclusion also overwhelmed Zhang. While some students will go on to the ministry, academia, education, or, like himself, to a joint law and social work degree program with the aim of a career in public service, everyone at HDS, he said, was encouraged “to pursue their diverse interests within a common set of curricula.”“HDS is really a unique community; I don’t know of any other place that caters to both the secular and the religious worlds so effectively.”In the world of work, amid changeAs she waited in a long line to enter the tent behind Longfellow Hall for her official diploma ceremony, Justina Wang reflected on her time at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the importance of her degree. Since mid-May, Wang has been putting her master’s in education from the Education Policy and Management program to good with the Chicago Public Schools system as a positive behavioral support specialist. She headed to the job as soon as she was done with her finals, and made a quick return trip to Harvard for Commencement.“All of these things we have been talking about [at HGSE] have been playing out in the real world,” said Wang, who only regretted one thing about her time at Harvard. “I wish,” she said, “it could have been longer.”To kick off the diploma ceremony, HGSE Dean Kathleen McCartney took the podium, encouraging students to cheer for the faculty and staff at HGSE, and their families and friends, which they did with verve. She then offered some parting thoughts.“You are now a member of a community like no other I know. You will take sustenance from this place, for it will serve as your intellectual home now and always,” said McCartney, Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development. Recalling the words of a departing student, she told the new graduates that they “have to hit the ground listening,” in order to be ready to answer important calls to action, like the fight against bullying.“Our job as educators and parents is to support our children and their efforts to create community standards where they work and play,” she said. That work will require modeling the way forward by building open and inclusive environments where different opinions and constructive dialogue are welcome, and where “we forgive and ask for forgiveness.”“And then,” she continued, “we need to talk honestly about these efforts with the children in our lives.”‘Inspired by the Harvard experience’Jesus Manuel Alvarado Rivera emerged from under the tent where he had just received his Harvard Law School (HLS) degree with a megawatt smile and a death grip on his new L.L.M. diploma.“It’s done. It feels real now,” said the beaming graduate, who pointed to the document and praised the HLS faculty as both amazing teachers and educators and great human beings. “It’s a great place to be,” said Rivera, who will head back to his native Puerto Rico to work for a law firm for several years, and then hopefully for Puerto Rico’s executive branch, developing policy. “I definitely have been inspired by the Harvard experience.”Voices of experienceThe oldest Harvard College graduate to attend Commencement this year was 103-year-old retired archaeologist Donald F. Brown ’30 of Stowe, Mass. (He turns 104 on Nov. 26.) For the occasion he wore a baseball cap with the legend, “My life is in ruins.” Just 24 days younger: George Barner ’29, a retired lawyer living in Kennebunk, Maine, will turn 104 on Dec. 20. “I just go along with the change of time,” said Barner, who waited in the shade of Harvard Yard for the Alumni Procession to begin. He attributes his good health to never smoking and to a lifetime of playing tennis. Barner’s family had a regulation court in his hometown of Webster City, Iowa. He gave the sport up in his 90s, “when I had trouble moving backwards without falling.” But so far, in life, he is still moving forward. Said Barner in parting, “I will see you next year.”Table talkTwo luncheon tents behind Hollis and Stoughton halls were reserved for “Division I” classes — those from 1921 to 1956. General Curtis R. LeMay’s banker was there, along with a graduate in his 90s who still runs a sawmill, a former Jesuit (Class of 1951) who was keeping a conversation on Blaise Pascal alive, and graduate of that era whose Philippines boyhood was darkened by the Japanese occupation. At one table sat Donald F. Brown ’30, age 103, the oldest man at Commencement 2012. Just past noon you could hear the Harvard University Band approaching for its traditional serenade of the oldest classes. Brown sat up straight in his wheelchair and waved his arms like a maestro. “That’s his medicine for the soul – his music,” said Brown’s daughter, Alyson Toole. A chair away was her brother, Christopher Brown, marveling that his father could be at a graduation exercise 82 years after his own graduation. How is he doing so well?  “I think it was that comet,” said the younger Brown, referring to the 1908 airburst of a comet fragment over Siberia the year his father was born. “Cosmic dust must have landed on my dad.”last_img read more

Harvard organist’s new set of keys will be in Washington

first_imgSunday services at the Memorial Church conclude with final prayers and the benediction, but as some congregants make their way toward the exits, many stay seated each week listening to Thomas Sheehan fill the sanctuary with eloquent music from the church’s pipe organ.Fans of the acclaimed and versatile organist have just a few more opportunities to hear Sheehan perform in the sanctuary of Memorial Church. He is leaving the Church, and Harvard University, at the end of the spring term to become the lead organist at another historic church, the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.After five years of providing the musical accompaniment to the Harvard University Choir, and services in the Memorial Church, the move marks a significant opportunity in the young musician’s life, and an artistic change at the organ keyboards of Harvard’s iconic church.“I feel it’s been a golden period for music here the last five years,” said Edward Elwyn Jones, Gund University Organist and Choirmaster in the Memorial Church. “There is just a lovely spirit in the music department, in the choir, and I think much of that has to do with Tom’s grace as a human.”Sheehan’s final organ recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., May 21 in the church. His final Sunday at the keyboards will be May 26. And Sheehan said the upcoming performance and services give him the opportunity to honor the kind of support exhibited each Sunday when Memorial Church congregants remained in their seats enjoying his music following services.“I’m just so grateful for the support of the Memorial Church community, because without them there is less reason to do what we do,” said Sheehan. “We are a church that has an audience in mind, a university community. And I’m so grateful they choose to consume the music we are creating.”The standard for musical excellence at Memorial Church will, of course, continue. In April, Jones announced the appointment of award-winning organist, David von Behren, as the new assistant organist and choirmaster. Von Behren earned his master of music degree at Yale University’s School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music. He is also a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and music theory.“David is doing really well on the recital scene and also has a lot of experience as a church musician, which is terrific,” said Jones. “He’s a versatile musician and he’s not only a really excellent organist and singer, but he’s a violinist as well, of very high caliber.”Sheehan is also taking on a larger role in his next career step at the Washington National Cathedral, considered the “spiritual home” for the United States.“It’s an exciting part of the job when all of the television cameras are there,” Sheehan said. “But it’s not why I became an organist in the first place. It’s the daily making of the music that really appeals to me. That is why I got into this in the first place.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Audra McDonald & Bradley Cooper Among Time’s 100 Most Influential People

first_imgSix-time Tony winner Audra McDonald and recent The Elephant Man star Bradley Cooper are among Time’s 100 Most Influential People this year. Carrie Underwood, who starred opposite McDonald in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! in 2013, and Tony nominee Oliver Platt, who first met Cooper on the set of Nip/Tuck, shared with the magazine why their peers deserve a place on the list.“I knew from the moment I heard her angelic voice that I was in the presence of greatness,” Underwood recalls of McDonald. “But I feel the greatest legacy she will leave behind lies in the works she does for others.” In addition to her prolific stage and screen career, McDonald is a staunch advocate for marriage equality and recently joined the Covenant House International Board of Directors, which provides programming and shelter for homeless youths. McDonald will return to Broadway next year in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.“These are increasingly brave, eccentric, breathtakingly diverse performances,” Platt said of Cooper’s performances in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and The Elephant Man. “It’s hard to make people, especially your friends, forget who you are onscreen. But Bradley’s that good.” Cooper earned Oscar nominations for three consecutive years since 2013—not to mention a Audience Choice Award for his 2006 Great White Way debut in Three Days of Rain.Additionally, the list includes upcoming Beauty and the Beast star and U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and Oscar-winning Broadway alum Julianne Moore. View Commentslast_img read more

Peanut Farm Show

first_imgPlanting season is still three to four months away, but this year’s peanut crop is already on the minds of Georgia farmers. There are many questions left to answer.Peanut farmers shared concerns about acreage planted, industry impact of the expected increased acreage and the effect on crop rotation during the Georgia Peanut Farm Show, held Jan. 15 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. “We need to make sure we try to help them save what little money they can,” said Scott Monfort, UGA Extension peanut agronomist. “The main point here at the farm show is to share information that will maximize productivity while minimizing inputs as much as possible.”Monfort and fellow UGA peanut team members addressed concerns and supplied answers during UGA’s production seminar, an important element of the farm show. Monfort discussed the key factors farmers should consider in preparing for the 2015 growing season. Part of that planning includes farmers readying themselves for a drastic increase in state acreage. “In most years, the information that’s coming out of research and Extension is important. However, with a year like this year, when we know we’re going to increase acres again, and we know it’s going to put a pinch on crop rotations to some degree, and we know prices are going to be somewhat suppressed for all commodities, it’s even more important that we try to share as much information as possible and get that in front of the growers,” he said.Monfort estimates 650,000 to 700,000 planted acres of peanuts next year, up from the 590,000 acres planted last year and 430,000 acres the year before. More acreage could result in an increased strain on peanuts’ market price, which currently sits in the $400 to $425 per ton range. Other major questions Georgia peanut growers have to answer are where to put excess peanuts if there’s another big crop and peanuts continue to be grown at these prices, he said. Like all farmers, peanut growers are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Farmers in Georgia can grow peanuts with irrigation or when enough rain falls. “But if we have another year like we did last year on the non-irrigated fields, it makes it difficult to make a profit year in, year out,” Monfort said.Half of Georgia’s crop is produced as dryland peanuts, or peanuts grown in fields without irrigation. Many of Georgia’s dryland fields failed to produce last year because of extreme dry conditions from June to August.Thursday marked the third year UGA has hosted the farm show on its Tifton Campus. Along with information and insight offered by UGA peanut scientists, farm show attendees saw up close the latest technological developments in the peanut industry. “I think it’s been a good move for the farm show to be held at UGA Tifton. Our facility seems to fit their needs as far as space for the vendors and others. We’re right here at UGA Tifton, and a lot of our scientists are involved with peanut research,” said Joe West, assistant dean on the UGA Tifton Campus.last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: National Park sign vandalized, Assassin bug, Fat Bears, and more

first_imgFirst person to climb Mount Everest 10 times has died Officials at Great Smoky Mountain National Park are asking the public for help identifying the person responsible for vandalizing the Foothills Parkway West Entrance sign to the park, near the highway intersection in Walland, Tenn.  “We are excited to include Fall Creek Falls State Natural Area in the Network,” Dr. Sarah Horsley with the Old-Growth Forest Network said. “We depend on local, county-level volunteers to help us identify the candidate forests they want to see recognized and work with forest and park managers to make sure these forests will remain protected.”  Falls Creek Falls inducted into Old Growth Forest Network The tournament is single elimination, so for each set of bears you’ll vote for the one you think is the fattest. The bear with the most votes advances and one will be crowned champion of Fat Bear Week. “He was a climbing star and his death is a major loss for the country and for the climbing fraternity,” Ang Tshering Sherpa, a former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told CNN. His body will be placed at a holy site in Kathmandu and cremated on Wednesday according to sherpa tradition. That evening, Wurman launched a drone to capture the true impact of campers atop Max Patch. The release of the video has drawn attention from the public and the National Forest Service, who says that while camping atop Max Patch is not advisable, it’s not illegal, either. The survival of the bears in Katmai National Park depend on their ability to accumulate ample fat reserves. During winter hibernation the bears lose one-third of their body weight. Katmai’s bears are fattest in the late summer and early fall after they’ve spent the summer feasting on salmon. Len Pardue, past president of the Blue Ridge Audubon Society, passed away on Oct. 1. A retired newspaper reporter, Pardue was known as an excellent birder and exceptional gardener. Pardue moved to Asheville, NC in 1997 and became “deeply engrossed in bird-watching and pursued that avocation in much of North America and in six Latin American countries,” his obituary said.  Former president of Blue Ridge Audubon dies Great Smoky Mountain National Park sign vandalized with racist message, real bear skin “People are ready to safely be outside. A bike ride along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a stroll through Falls Park and outdoor dining along Main Street are just what the doctor ordered,” Green Mayor Knox White said. “Greenville is ready to welcome new and repeat visitors. Our place on this prestigious list will hasten our economic recovery.”  Missing woman is found, then lost again, in Outer Banks woods Falls Creek Falls State Natural Area in Tennessee has been inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network, a national network designed to protect native and publicly accessible mature forests, News Channel 9 reports. The mission of the network is to connect people with nature by creating a national network of forests protected from logging.  “To me he was the epitome of a gentleman,” Tom Tribble, a longtime friend and birding buddy of Pardue, told the Citizen Times. “He was such a good friend and a good man.”  Residents call for responsible management of Max Patch amidst flood of campers, trash The mountain bald known as Max Patch in Pisgah National Forest is one of the most iconic stops along the Appalachian Trail. Offering 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, Max Patch is beloved by AT thru-hikers and day hikers alike. But activists say the mountaintop faces destruction by overuse—trashed by those who come to camp and hike in the area.  Rangers performed CPR on Brown until emergency responders arrived. He was transported to Blount Memorial Hospital where he later died. Recently, Sarah Jones Decker, who lives near Max Patch and once thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, set out to climb to the top of Max Patch with her friend, Mike Wurman. After encountering a mile-long line of cars leading up to the trailhead, they summited Max Patch only to find dozens of tents, piles of trash and toilet paper and visitors disregarding fences put in place to keep people from trampling the fragile plants growing atop the bald.  Park visitors reported seeing a real black bear skin hanging from the sign Saturday morning along with a  piece of cardboard scrawled with the words “from here to the lake black lives don’t matter.” Officials say the incident occurred sometime between September 18 and 19. They are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible.center_img Greenville, SC named one of the best small cities by Conde Nast Traveler  It might be the greenspace, the city’s walkability or the natural beauty of the area– whatever the reason, Conde Nast Traveler readers have voted Greenville, NC as the No. 6 Best Small City in the United States. Charleston, SC, the only other South Carolina city on the list, stole the show at No. 1. Fat Bear Week is back and it’s just what the world needs right now On Saturday morning the woman was spotted in the woods by a park ranger. There was no word on her condition. “The Seashore appreciates being part of such a dedicated team of county, state, federal, and volunteer organizations that help to protect public safety,” David Hallac, superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, said in a statement. “I thank all of the emergency services personnel that spent the night searching through thick woods and in the air.”  “As I was rifling through bags of… samples, two vials, each containing a single slender-bodied insect with extra-long legs, caught my attention,” Will Kuhn, an entomologist, said of the discovery. “After a little digging, I tentatively identified them as two different thread-legged bugs not previously known to exist in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”  A 26-year-old hiker died in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday despite attempts by park rangers to save him, park officials said. Rangers responded to a report of a man in cardiac distress beside Laurel Creek Road near Crib Gap. A park news release said Zach Brown of Portland, Tenn. was standing beside the road with his family when he experienced a “cardiac event.” A 31-year-old woman became lost on Friday during a nighttime walk in thick woods at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Charlotte Observer reports. Her disappearance launched a nighttime search-and-rescue operation. A Coast Guard helicopter initially located the woman, but she became lost again before rescue personnel could reach her. The search was then suspended until the next morning. People that live along Max Patch road have joined the chorus of voices saying it’s time to address the overuse of Max Patch. James Sutton Jr., whose family owns a house on Max Patch Road, told the Citizen Times that hikers headed to Max Patch “don’t even slow down when they see us and the kids [in the yard]. They’re doing 35 mph. They beat up the road so bad. It’s miserable on the locals.”  Researchers at work inventorying insects and other creepy crawlies living in Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s beech tree canopy made a surprising discovery recently when one of them came upon  specimens of two different thread-legged assassin bug species (Barce fraternal and Empicoris sp.), never before known to exist in the park. Thread-legged bugs are predators of other insects and arthropods, the Citizen Times reports.  “By no means do I think the outdoors should be closed to anyone,” Jones Decker told the Citizen Times. “But there’s no bathrooms up there, and hundreds of tents are up there. It looks like fun, but where are these people using the bathroom?” While there are no easy answers, many agree that action needs to be taken to lessen the human impact on Max Patch. “We don’t want these places closed forever,” said Jones Decker, “and we don’t want to lose our access, so this is the conversation that needs to be out there.”  Man dies of cardiac arrest in Smokies despite rangers’ attempts to save him Nepalese mountaineer Ang Rita Sherpa, the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times, died on Monday, CNN reports. All of Ang Rita’s ascents of the mountain were made without oxygen between 1983-1996. The 72-year-old suffered brain and liver ailments and died at his home in Kathmandu, his family said. Covid-19 cancelled March Madness and just about everything else, but it can’t cancel Fat Bear Week, an annual tournament celebrating the fat, healthy bears that snack on salmon at the Brooks River in Katmai National Park. During Fat Bear Week, Katmai’s bears go head-to-head in a single elimination tournament. Each day your votes will decide which of the hefty bears will advance in the tournament and which will be eliminated. Assassin bug discovered in Great Smoky Mountain National Park This year, the National Park Service has moved voting from their Facebook page to it’s own website: Matchups begin today and voting will be open from noon- 10 p.m. Eastern time. Get a sneak peek at the bears by watching the bear cam. Get into the spirit of Fat Bear Week by filling out your Fat Bear bracket and encourage your friends to do the same. Will you pick the fattest bear of the year? Only time will tell! Photo courtesy of Getty Images by RobChristiaanslast_img read more

Suffolk Cops Pull 3 Men Out of Great South Bay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Marine Bureau officers pulled three men out of the Great South Bay Friday night after their 17-foot boat ran out of fuel, police said. Two officers aboard the Marine Juliet patrol vessel responded after receiving a distress call at 6:48 p.m. from a passerby who reported people in the water. When the officers arrived, they found the 18-year-old owner of the boat and two other men attempting to pull the boat to shore with a rope. The boat was approximately a half-mile south of Hecksher State Park at the time, police said. The men, who had been in the water for 45 minutes, were wearing flotation devices, police said. The trio was pulled out of the water and their boat towed to the Hecksher State Park boat ramp, police said. The officers cited the boat’s owner for failing to carry visual distress signals and for a discharged fire extinguisher, police said. They also issued warnings for missing safety equipment, police said. Following the rescue, Suffolk police offered the following tips to boaters: Check all required safety equipment is on board and operable.Leave a float plan with someone on shore with your destination and expected time of return.Carry a cell phone or Marine VHF Radio in case you need emergency assistance.last_img read more

Bank of Japan expands stimulus again as pandemic pain deepens

first_imgThe Bank of Japan expanded monetary stimulus on Monday and pledged to buy unlimited amount of bonds to keep borrowing costs low as the government tries to spend its way out of the deepening economic pain from the coronavirus pandemic.The move puts the BOJ in line with other major central banks that have unleashed unprecedented amounts of monetary support as the health crisis stokes fears of a deep global recession.The central bank also sharply cut its economic forecast and projected inflation would fall well short of its 2% target for three more years, suggesting its near-term focus will be to battle the crisis. The central bank said it would buy government bonds and short-term securities “actively” for the time being to keep markets stable as the government issues more bonds to pay for its huge stimulus package.”For the BOJ, the removal of the bond-buying target is like killing two birds with one stone,” as it can ramp up bond buying now and whittle it down later if it wants to end ultra-loose policy, said Toru Suehiro, senior market economist at Mizuho Securities.”With today’s move, the BOJ can stand pat on monetary policy for the time being void of a disruptive market move,” he said.At the meeting on Monday, cut short by a day as a precaution against the spread of the pandemic, the BOJ kept its interest rate targets unchanged, as had been widely expected.The central bank, however, offered to pay a 0.1% interest to financial institutions that tap its new loan program to combat the pandemic – a move aimed at encouraging commercial banks to boost lending to cash-strapped firms.BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will hold a news conference to explain the policy decision at 3:30 p.m. (0630 GMT).Under a policy dubbed yield curve control, the BOJ targets short-term interest rates at -0.1% and 10-year bond yields around 0%. It also buys government bonds and risky assets to pump money aggressively into the economy.Policy mix welcomed The BOJ’s rate review precedes those this week by the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, which have sailed into uncharted territories to keep their economies afloat.Corporate funding costs have crept up in Japan despite the BOJ’s decision last month to boost buying of risky assets, including corporate bonds and commercial debt, and create a loan program to assist funding of firms hit by the pandemic.Removing the guidance on its bond buying is largely a symbolic move. The BOJ has only purchased less than 20 trillion yen per year, as the bank’s huge presence in the market allows it to control yields with fewer purchases.Still, the government welcome the move as a sign the central bank would help keep borrowing costs low to pay for the huge cost of battling the pandemic. “Today’s decision would enhance the effect of a policy mix,” between the government and the central bank, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters after attending the BOJ’s meeting.Japan expanded a state of emergency this month that asks citizens to stay home and businesses to close, adding to woes for an economy already on the cusp of recession.To ease the pain on the economy, the government boosted its spending package last week to a record $1.1 trillion yen, which will be paid for partly by issuing more bonds – straining Japan’s already tattered finances. Topics :center_img “Japan’s economy is likely to remain in a severe situation for the time being due to the impact from the spread of COVID-19 at home and abroad,” the central bank said in a statement.To ease corporate funding strains, the BOJ said, it will boost by three-fold the maximum amount of corporate bonds and commercial debt it buys to 20 trillion yen ($186 billion).The central bank also clarified its commitment to buy unlimited amounts of government bonds by scrapping loose guidance to buy them at an annual pace of 80 trillion yen.”The BOJ will purchase necessary amounts of government bonds without setting an upper limit” to keep long-term interest rates around its 0% target, the statement said.last_img read more

Mary Louise Craig

first_imgMary Louise Craig, age 89 of Osgood, Indiana passed away Friday afternoon, April 7, 2017 at Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana. She was born September 22, 1927 in San Bernardino, California to the late James Herbert and Mary Maybel Nunn Birdell. Mary moved to the Osgood area around 1989 to be near her daughter, Robin L. Reeves, where she remained living the rest of her life. You may have seen her on the streets of Osgood proudly driving her golf cart. She always had a smile on her face and loved saying hello to everyone! She was known for her style in dressing that was strikingly unconventional and was sometimes far-fetched in appearance! She had attended the Osgood Christian Church and the Senior Citizen Center where she enjoyed playing bingo. Survivors include her daughters, Robin L. (Tim) Reeves of Osgood, Mary Lea Bekkers of Leesburg, Florida and Joanna Padilla of Mesa, Arizona. Six grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her daughter Barbara Smith and two sisters Lois Heizer and Rosanna Hester.A short memorial service will be held next Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 12:15 p.m. at the Osgood Christian Church immediately following the regular church service.last_img read more

Guss dominates Deery feature at Marshalltown

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 7) – It’s been a few years since the last time he won an IMCA Late Model series race there, but Ray Guss Jr. put on a Deery Brothers Summer Series clinic Tuesday night at Marshalltown Speedway.Guss started outside Joel Callahan on the front row, took the lead on the second circuit and ran the rest of the 50-lapper without serious challenge.The $2,000 victory was the series career 31st for Guss, also the Deery winner at Marshalltown in 1989 and 2009. His latest checkers came ahead of Tyler Droste, Ryan Dolan, Callahan and Cayden Carter.“We were pretty decent in the heat race. We only made a few adjustments to make the car turn better,” said Guss. “Once we did that, it worked. We hit on something and hopefully it works that way again the next time.”Guss had already checked out when back-to-back yellows flew on lap 19 and he was quick to pull away from the pack when the race returned to green. Four lapped cars were running between Guss and Droste at the finish.“Droste and these other young bucks are hard to beat. I ran second to Tyler in the Tri-State Challenge at Dubuque (on May 29) and the car was close then,” Guss said. “Last Friday we tried some things at Davenport and went from ninth starting to a solid third in 25 laps that went non-stop. We were definitely on a rail tonight.”Guss piloted the Larry Eckrich and Precision Performance Flying 50 to the checkers in his first-ever visit to Marshalltown in 1989, while the 2009 win came during his first season driving for Hershel and Kenny Roberts.Greg Kastli won the Malvern Bank Non-Qualifier Dash for Cash and $300. Winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing was John Emerson.With five different winners in as many events, the 30th annual Deery Series is next at West Liberty Raceway for another $2,000 to win show on Tuesday, June 14.Joel Rust was the winner of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at Marshalltown. Damon Murty won the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Feature results – 1. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill.; 2. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 4. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 5. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 6. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 7. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 8. John Emerson, Waterloo; 9. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 10. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 11. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 12. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 13. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 14. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 15. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 16. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 17. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 18. Rob Toland, Davenport; 19. Eric Pollard, Peosta; 20. Gary Webb, Blue Grass; 21. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland; 22. Jason Rauen, Farley; 23. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 24. Curt Martin, Independence.1st heat (top three) – 1. Guss; 2. Holladay; 3. Droste; 4. DeFrance; 5. Gustin; 6. Bruening; 7. Todd Cooney, Des Moines; 8. Andy Eckrich; 9. Hinrichs.2nd heat – 1. Callahan; 2. Zrostlik; 3. Nezworski; 4. Fitzpatrick; 5. Emerson; 6. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 7. Ryan; 8. Mark Hurst, Denver.3rd heat – 1. Webb; 2. Denny Eckrich; 3. Dolan; 4. Toland; 5. Ben Seemann, Waterloo; 6. Kip Siems, Cedar Falls; 7. Havlik; 8. Gabe Umbarger, Garner.4th heat – 1. Aikey; 2. Carter; 3. Martin; 4. Rauen; 5. Pollard; 6. Jason Hahne, Webster City; 7. Schroeder; 8. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake.1st “B” feature (top four) – 1. Gustin; 2. Bruening; 3. DeFrance; 4. Andy Eckrich; 5. Seemann; 6. Siems; 7. Hinrichs; 8. Toland; 9. Cooney; 10. Umbarger.2nd “B” feature – 1. Fitzpatrick; 2. Emerson; 3. Ryan; 4. Rauen; 5. Kastli; 6. Emerson; 7. Hurst; 8. Hahne; 9. Schroeder; 10. McKenna.Dash for Cash – 1. Kastli; 2. Seemann; 3. Siems; 4. Hurst; 5. Havlik.last_img read more

Over 100 flock to Bucksport to run Bucksport Bay Festival 5K

first_imgBUCKSPORT — A total of 137 runners flocked to Bucksport on Saturday for this year’s running of the Bucksport Bay Festival 5K at the town’s municipal swimming pool.The race was part of Bucksport’s second day of celebrations for the town’s 225th anniversary. Most of the competitors came from Bucksport, Orland and surrounding areas in Hancock County, but others came from as far away as Florida and Virginia.Jacob Volz of Orono won the race with a time of 17 minutes, 51 seconds. Below is a list of the race’s top-50 finishers.Jacob Volz, 17 minutes, 51 secondsJonathan Goupee, 18:14Erik Knickerbocker, 18:23Phil LeBreton, 18:31Matt Shea, 19:10Rob Shea, 19:14Hunter Umphrey, 19:32Bob Ciano, 19:45Karl Volz, 19:48Jim Hunt, 20:23John Mills, 20:28Unidentified runner, 20:32Greg Dean, 20:33Ben Sprague, 20:33Connor Archer, 20:37Aaron Hoovler, 20:57Joe Roberts, 21:02Ryan Mills, 21:08Jason Geroux, 21:13Ed Hughes, 21:33Willie Leach, 22:25Shane Martin, 22:26Tom Dowling, 22:35Clayton Doolan, 23:05Rob Loeffler, 23:08Deedra Dapice, 23:11Bret Hanson, 23:20Scott Heidemann, 23:24Heather Perkins, 23:28Bryce Carter, 23:30Richard Vorwerk, 23:40Sam Boyd, 23:57Ava Dowling, 24:01Sara Shea, 24:35Geoffrey Dapice, 24:45Adam Bohlen, 24:51Corey Carter, 25:08Hannah Rice, 25:37Meaghan Geroux, 25:38Tim Griffin, 25:43Ian Panuncialman, 26:00Sarah Robinson, 26:03Jen Freilino, 26:06Craig Boyd, 26:10Peter Knowles, 26:20Allie Cerkovitz, 26:25Grace Smith, 26:34Annette Hatch-Clein, 26:40Mike Ferree, 26:46Kathleen Garner, 26:47This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more