Swanker’s legacy extended to state
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In the early ‘80s, Esther was the driving force in the creation of an Employee Assistance Program in DOT, which was a first in state service. Working with the employee unions, the program trained employee volunteers to provide confidential referrals to fellow employees seeking assistance with family problems, drug-and-alcohol issues or other personal matters. Esther’s biggest challenge was to convince management that this program not only benefited the employees directly, but it paid off for the department with employees who could function more productively. This wasn’t a popular way of thinking at that point in time, but her determination and persistence got it done and many DOT employees across the state were helped.Around this same time, Esther was also instrumental in the creation of the Campus Day Care Center — another first. Esther was a driving force in the creation of the day care facility in Building 4 at the Harriman Campus, where employees could leave their children and be assured of quality day care close to their work locations. It was a very popular option for working parents from several agencies.Esther made many wonderful contributions to the Schenectady community. She also was an innovative leader during her tenure with the state and left lasting legacies there as well.Bonny CawleyRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists I read with sorrow of the passing of Esther Swanker with whom I worked at the Department of Transportation (DOT) in the 1980s. The Jan. 8 tribute article you published on all her many contributions to several civic organizations in Schenectady was well deserved for sure. But, I also wanted to note a couple of ground-breaking efforts of hers while she worked for the state.
Tourists planning to visit Boracay advised to bring extra cash
The Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan is known for its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Tourists planning to spend time in the resort island which is now open have been urged to bring extra cash as hotel and other fees here might increase. SCOOP.IT According to her, there will also be QR code scanners for the health declaration forms for contactless transactions. “The provincial government is also planning to put up a molecular testing facility. It might also be used for tourists coming to Boracay. To ensure Boracay remains free from COVID-19, tourists may be required to undergo testing before (they are) allowed to go to (the resort island),” he said. “Among the health protocols to be implemented are limiting crowds in each hotel due to physical distancing measures, placing of footbaths and purchasing of scanners. These add up to the expenses of hotels, and these could be charged to tourists wanting to enjoy Boracay,” said Cuachon. “Very impressed ako sa ginagawa ng Boracay ngayon kasi talagang ‘yung pinakita nila, contactless, walang hinahawakan,” Puyat said. Those above 60 years old and below 21, however, are still not allowed to visit Boracay Island.Provincial Health Office head Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr. said that the National Inter-Agency Task Force and the Department of Tourism DOT has mandated hotels in Boracay to strictly implement health protocols to tourists as preventive measures against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). BORACAY – Western Visayas tourists planning to spend time here are advised to bring extra cash as hotel and other miscellaneous expenses may increase in preparation for the “new normal.”The Department of Tourism (DOT) has earlier announced that the world-famous island is open again starting today. The hotels and establishments that will operate were already inspected and accredited by the DOT, she added.(With a report from GMA/PN) Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, for her part, assured tourists that hotels and other establishments in the well-famed island will strictly follow health protocols as operations resume.She said during a Dobol B sa News TV interview yesterday that local authorities will ensure that employees and tourists will strictly wear face masks and face shields and observe physical distancing. There will also be frequent temperature checks and sanitation.Arriving tourists will have to sign health declaration forms, Puyat added.
Lady Bulldogs Spikers Fall To Lady Trojans
East Central completes trifecta on home court.From Freshman Coach Erin Trenkamp: The freshman lady bulldogs traveled to EC and lost in two games. Defensively we fell short but worked hard and had some great moments. Bailey Lare played great she had 13 digs and 3 kills. Shalee Harrington also had a good game with 15 hits and 3 kills and set the ball pretty well. Game one: 22-25 game 2: 15-25.From JV Coach Shelly Prickel: The Batesville JV volleyball battled East Central to the end, but fell just short with scores 21-25, 25-19, 14-15. If it was a basketball game we would have been on the smiling side of the scoreboard. It was a back and forth match most of the way with the Lady Dogs getting out to a 6-2 lead in the third set. A couple of untimely missed serves killed momentum as the Trojans mounted a comeback. Despite this, the team regrouped and was serving for the win. A well placed attack by EC finished the match. Lily Abplanalp led the team in service points (8) and serve reception (10) from her libero position. Tori Kurtz was the top performer at the net with 8 kills and 2 stuff blocks. Margaret Weisbrod was also strong in the front line with 5 kills in 13 attempts. Caitlyn Broering had timely hits to earn 4 kills, while Kelsey Shupe’s aggressive swings netted her 4 kills in the front row. The team is now 12-2.In a short night, suffering our only 3 set loss of the season, the bulldogs fell to EC in quick sets. They out played us tonight. We were not sharp on serve receive and resulted in the equivalent of a football team keeping its defense on the field too long. When our offense got on the field we were taking some nice swings off their block, causing their defense to mis-read, but to few and far between. Defensively we still averaged over 20 digs per set, and are in the top 20 teams in the state across all classes, according to MaxPreps. We will spend time on our reception game in hopes to spark an offensive match to our top 20 Defense!The varsity team will travel to Ben Davis on Saturday to play the likes of Scecina, Jennings County and Ben Davis in the Ben Davis Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.
IMCA Modified features at Flatlander stay green for Heim, Hansen
GOODLAND, Kan. (Sept. 25-26) – Chris Heim led every lap on opening night while John Hansen had to race his way back to the lead on night two at Sherman County Speedway’s Flatlander special.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified wins by both over the weekend at Goodland put the pair on the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Both main events ran caution-free.Heim drew the pole for the Friday feature and ran in front all 30 times around the track. He was slowed by lapped traffic in the late going, which allowed Jeff Hunter and Jeremy Zorn to make up ground before settling for second and third place, respectively.“I’d drawn the pole after starting sixth and winning my heat race,” noted Heim. “It definitely wasn’t easy trying to qualify from the heat.”Hansen had the inside row one start Saturday but found himself chasing outside front row starter Jeremy Frenier most of the first half of the race.He was also slowed by lapped traffic as the 30-lapper wound down and Frenier and Ursetta secured top three finishes.Nick Tubbs and Justin Bussell were IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winners during the 26th annual Flatlander.Bussell and B.J. Wagoner chased Tubbs across the stripe on Friday. The Saturday top three were Bussell, Wagoner and Tubbs.Ryan Stevenson topped the opening night Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main ahead of Dustin Daniels and Trevor Geist.Daniels took his turn in victory lane on Saturday. Monty Nordyke was second and Morris ran third.Colton Pfeifer swept Flatlander features for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, with Colin Heim second and Austin Davis third both nights.Hansen and Eddie Belec split the bonus for top Modified points for the two days. Bussell pocketed the Stock Car bonus, Daniels the SportMod bonus and Pfeifer the extra Hobby Stock loot.Sept. 25 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Chris Heim; 2. Jeff Hunter; 3. Jeremy Zorn; 4. Eddie Belec; 5. Brady Coen; 6. Adam Morris; 7. John Hansen; 8. Don Geist; 9. Ronnie Hill; 10. Garrett Sporhase; 11. Cody Gearhart; 12. Jeremy Frenier; 13. Darren Deloach; 14. Clinton Hockersmith; 15. Jacob Adler; 16. Jesse Taylor; 17. Nate Moore; 18. Matt Morris; 19. Jeff Meeker; 20. Dominic Ursetta.Stock Cars – 1. Nick Tubbs; 2. Justin Bussell; 3. B.J. Wagoner; 4. Casey Woken; 5. Jason Davis; 6. Tyler Tipton; 7. Mike Kennedy; 8. Lloyd Meeske; 9. Kevin Wagoner; 10. Bruce Plumisto; 11. Ondre Rexford; 12. Jason McIntyre; 13. Austin Janousek; 14. Justin Lewis; 15. Jeff Tubbs; 16. Gregory Gutt; 17. John Luck.Northern SportMods – 1. Ryan Stevenson; 2. Dustin Daniels; 3. Trevor Geist; 4. Monty Nordyke; 5. Dan Lauer; 6. Brian Morris; 7. Jacob Fehler; 8. Becky Dechant; 9. Matt Firme; 10. C.J. Pfannenstiel; 11. Eric Munoz; 12. Darren Crouch; 13. Austin Walker; 14. Martin Farr; 15. Ryan Wark; 16. Bryan Harkness; 17. Gage Coen; 18. Cody Pancake; 19. Jeff Callen.Hobby Stocks – 1. Colton Pfeifer; 2. Colin Heim; 3. Austin Davis; 4. David Plumisto; 5. Raymond Dechant; 6. Irvin Earl; 7. Tobby Schield; 8. Michael Brunswick; 9. Joey Snethen; 10. Jake Eicher; 11. Brandon Hoffman; 12. Zach Olmstead; 13. Braxton Berry; 14. Eric Ross; 15. Cody Williams; 16. Michael Johnson; 17. Justin Rainwater; 18. Jeromy Wagner; 19. Curt Kennedy.Sept. 26 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Hansen; 2. Frenier; 3. Ursetta; 4. Belec; 5. Sporhase; 6. Gearhart; 7. Coen; 8. Adam Morris; 9. Matt Morris; 10. Zorn; 11. Hunter; 12. Adler; 13. Hill; 14. Taylor; 15. Moore; 16. Hockersmith; 17. Zach Hilzer; 18. Bubba Alvarado; 19. Heim; 20. Jeff Meeker; 21. David Solberg; 22. Jason Haug; 23. Dusty Springer; 24. Deloach.Stock Cars – 1. Bussell; 2. B.J. Wagoner; 3. Nick Tubbs; 4. Davis; 5. Jeff Tubbs; 6. Kennedy; 7. Tipton; 8. Luck; 9. Woken; 10. Kelly Yutterman; 11. Meeske; 12. Kevin Wagoner; 13. Rexford; 14. McIntyre; 15. Lewis; 16. Janousek; 17. Plumisto.Northern SportMods – 1. Daniels; 2. Nordyke; 3. Morris; 4. Stevenson; 5. Geist; 6. Callen; 7. Pfannenstiel; 8. Lauer; 9. Dechant; 10. Ryan Meisman; 11. Pancake; 12. Fehler; 13. Gary Meisman; 14. Eric Ross; 15. Brett Berry; 16. Cody DeWester; 17. Ethan Zweygardt.Hobby Stocks – 1. Pfeifer; 2. Heim; 3. Davis; 4. Schield; 5. Cody Williams; 6. Plumisto; 7. Quinton Yutterman; 8. Snethen; 9. Earl; 10. Berry; 11. Brendyn Nordyke; 12. Johnson; 13. Tyrel Smith; 14. Eicher; 15. Dechant; 16. Olmstead; 17. Wagner; 18. Hoffman; 19. Kennedy; 20. Ross.
Hall of Famer Frank Gifford’s legacy is cemented in history
The USC Trojan Family lost one of its all-time greats earlier this summer.Former USC All-American running back and football legend Frank Gifford passed away of natural causes Aug. 9 at the age of 84.Gifford lined up primarily in the Trojan backfield from 1949 to 1951, earning All-American and All-Conference honors in his final season, before being selected in the first round of the 1952 NFL draft by the New York Giants. Gifford led the team in scoring, rushing and total offense in his last year with the Trojans.“He was the ultimate three-way player,” Sarkisian said. “We lost a great Trojan.”Current USC quarterback Cody Kessler is connected to Gifford. Both came to USC from the town of of Bakersfield, and Kessler roomed with Gifford’s son, Cody, a former USC walk-on receiver, during his freshman year.“RIP to Trojan great and Bakersfield football legend, Frank Gifford. You have always been an inspiration to me in my football career,” Kessler tweeted.In 12 years with the Giants, Gifford garnered eight Pro Bowl selections, one NFL championship ring and one NFL MVP award.The Santa Monica native later transitioned into the broadcast booth and became a marquee voice of football, serving as a commentator on “Monday Night Football” for over 25 years.Gifford’s legacy in football is cemented at every level. Gifford made his way into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. The former Trojan was chosen for the first USC Athletics Hall of Fame class in 1994, and had his jersey retired by the New York Giants in 2000.Gifford is survived by his wife Kathie Lee; his five children, Cassidy, Cody, Jeff, Kyle and Victoria; and his five grandchildren.
Women to host weekend series
The Trojans will compete at Galen Center this weekend, facing the Buffaloes 7 p.m. Friday before taking on the Utes at noon Sunday. “We’re over moral victories at this point,” senior guard Aliyah Mazyck said following the Trojans’ loss to Oregon Sunday. “These [conference games] are games that we need to win, so the fact that we aren’t winning them is tough. But we’re thankful for the experience and the exposure, and we just need to keep growing and make sure we capitalize on these next two games.” This weekend marks the last regular season competition for the Trojans’ seniors, including Mazyck, who has established herself as both a scorer and team leader this season. The Women of Troy faced Colorado and Utah on the road in early February and narrowly defeated Utah 84-80. This victory against the Utes, who were ranked No. 19 at the time, showed the Trojans’ ability to compete at a high level despite a lackluster conference record. But following the win over Utah, USC came up short against Colorado, whose victory against the Trojans marked their first conference win. However, Utah’s offensive firepower is not limited to Huff. The Trojan defense should also focus on stopping freshman wing Dre’Una Edwards, who is shooting 54 percent from the field this season. The Trojans cannot afford a repeat of their poor defensive performance on Sunday, in which they gave up 96 points to Oregon. The Trojans’ record has also taken a dip recently following a three-game losing streak against Pac-12 opponents. This does not bode well for their Pac-12 tournament campaign, as they would hold the ninth seed out of 12 if the tournament were to start today. In their last meeting with the Buffs, the Trojans struggled with consistency. While they shot above 60 percent from the field in both the first and third quarters, the team averaged just 29.4 percent and 23.5 percent in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. Utah fell to UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State following its loss to USC, although it bounced back with commanding victories against Washington and Washington State. Colorado maintains a poor conference record of 2-14, despite picking up a conference win against Washington State. After losing to No. 6 Oregon and No. 9 Oregon State last weekend, the women’s basketball team looks to close out its regular season with a pair of wins when it hosts Colorado and Utah this weekend. As they face the Utes, the Trojans must keep an eye on senior forward Megan Huff, who poses a threat on both sides of the ball. Huff leads her team with 19.6 points per game this season and averages 6.9 defensive rebounds per outing. As her final season comes to a close, Mazyck intends to leave everything on the court and to encourage her teammates to do the same. “As a senior on this team, I have to provide leadership,” Mazyck said. “I just try to provide it through example [by] being consistent, playing intense, playing both sides of the ball, defense and offense.” “I definitely want to go out with a bang,” Mazyck said. “I hope we can all go out on the right foot and win these games and keep that same intensity going into the Pac-12 tournament.” Senior guard Aliyah Mazyck shoots a layup against Stanford Jan. 4 at Galen Center. (Feitong Du/Daily Trojan)
(UPDATED) France Rules the World Again
The clash was an entertaining final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in what was a fitting end to an outstanding tournament in Russia.Franceâ€™s first goal came from Antoine Griezmann’s free kick from the right flank and was nodded into Croatia net for an own goal by Mario Mandzukic.Â After the interval, France increased their lead through Paul Pogba, whose performances in the tournament deserved a goal in its final.Â Quickfire strikes by Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe midway through the second half put France on course for the title but Mandzukic was gifted a goal by French keeper Hugo Lloris to set up a nervous last 20 minutes.France, however, withstood a spirited Croatia assault to lift the trophy for the second time, following their success on home soil 20 years ago, and ensure there was no repeat of two years ago when they were beaten in the European Championship final by Portugal in Paris.The victory means that Didier Deschamps, captain of the 1998 side, becomes the third man to win the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.It was the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 60 years ago. The landmarks came thick and fast in the first half too.Croatia had started full of energy but fell behind when Mandzukic, who scored the extra-time winner against England in the semifinal, became the first man to score an own goal in a World Cup final when a Griezmann free kick skidded in off his head in the 18th minute. It was the 12th own goal of the tournament.That meant it was the fourth successive knockout game that Croatia had conceded first but Perisic, who got the equaliser against England, was on hand again to level the scores 10 minutes later, smashing in a low shot after Sime Vrsaljko had headed Luka Modric’s free kick across the box.But it was then Perisic’s turn to go from hero to villain when he flapped an arm at a corner and, after a VAR review, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana awarded the 28th penalty of the tournament, another record, which Griezmann stroked home in the 38th minute for his fourth goal of Russia 2018.That made it the highest-scoring first half since 1974, when West Germany led the Netherlands 2-1 – also the final score then.It was harsh on Croatia, who had made most of the running, and they were on top again after the break, continually winning their one-on-one duels in the air and in every tackle and forging forward in the French box with plenty of variety.Expectedly,Â GriezmannÂ was votedÂ Budweiser Man of the MatchÂ .Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Beats Croatia 4-2 to win second world cup titleDuro IkhazuagbeÂ in MoscowFrance defeated Croatia 4-2 Saturday to lift the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. It wasÂ Les BleusÂ second title after winning the first as host in 1998.Â
Premier League leaders Leicester leave it late, Chelsea win at Southampton
Leonardo Ulloa scored late for Premier League leaders Leicester City to clinch a dramatic 1-0 win over Norwich City at the King Power Stadium.Leicester went into the game looking to recover from their late loss at Arsenal, and it looked like they would have to settle for a point against struggling Norwich.But in the 89th minute Marc Albrighton drilled in a cross which Ulloa met to secure a huge victory for Claudio Ranieri’s men.The result sees Leicester five points clear of Tottenham and Arsenal, who play on Sunday against Swansea and Manchester United respectively.Chelsea fought back for a victory against in-form Southampton as Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster was finally beaten in a 2-1 win for the Blues at St Mary’s The first half saw Forster set a new top-flight record for Southampton, with the shot-stopper surpassing 667 minutes without conceding a goal.The home team went in front when Shane Long capitalised on a poor header from Baba Rahman before dinking the ball over goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Chelsea hit back with 15 minutes left on the clock when Cesc Fabregas’ cross evaded everyone and nestled in the back of the net.The comeback was complete when Willian sent in a corner and Branislav Ivanovic powerfully headed home. West Ham United defeated former manager Sam Allardyce and his Sunderland side 1-0 at Upton Park in the day’s lunchtime kickoff.Michail Antonio scored the only goal of the game, curling home on 30 minutes with a fine left-footed finish.Sunderland were unable to find a response as the Hammers held on to climb to fifth in the table.Stoke City piled more misery on bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa as they triumphed 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke took the lead on 51 minutes when Marko Arnautovic kept his cool from the penalty spot after Phil Bardsley was brought down in the box by Ashley Westwood.Arnautovic doubled his side’s advantage just four minutes later, meeting Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross at the back post to convert past goalkeeper Mark Bunn.Villa scored a late consolation when Leandro Bacuna thundered into the corner for Remi Garde’s side.Elsewhere, Bournemouth avoided a third straight league loss as they ground out a 0-0 draw at Watford.The result sees Bournemouth five points above the relegation zone while Watford are 10th in the standings. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Former WHS student has now qualified for Pittsburgh Pirates training and competition event
Baxter DeforeBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Former Wellington High School student Baxter Defore has recently been selected by Baseball Factory to attend the Under Armour Pirate City Select Training and Competition event held at the Pittsburgh Pirates new spring training complex in Bradenton, Fla. this November.Defore, the son of John and Aimee Defore, will â€œtrain like a professional playerâ€ with Baseball Factoryâ€™s pro scouts, players and college coaches. Each day will be just like a professional training and game schedule, consisting of three meals a day, housing, and eight hours each day of accelerated baseball instruction.“Baseball is a big part of my life and I love it as you know,” Defore said. “Attending the Pirate City Training Program will be great for me because it will help me grow as a player and person. The event will also prepare me for college baseball one day, which is a big future goal of mine. A lot of good players will be there and I can train with them in order to elevate my game to a higher level. This will give me invaluable experience.”The former Wellington High School student is currently enrolled at Hiawatha High School and is a senior. He is currently the co-captain of the Hiawatha cross country team. He also played basketball and ran track. This summer he is a member of the Hiawatha Legion Post 66 team. Hiawatha does not have a high school baseball team.Defore is seeking sponsorship support to succeed with this opportunity. He needs to raise $2,500 to cover expenses such as airfare, hotel, food, training, coaching, Under Armour uniform, registration, insurance, personal instruction and miscellaneous cost. You can help Defore by logging onto http://www.gofundme.com/46y49s and circling one of the donations available. Any support you can give to me would be greatly appreciated. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, July 21, 2015:â€¢7:25 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary of currency in the 200 block W. Lincoln, Wellington.â€¢3:57 p.m. Jeremy M. Hutton, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in 40 mph zone.â€¢8:20 p.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the area of 26 Crestway, Wellington.â€¢8:50 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic family dispute in the 600 block N. C, Wellington.â€¢10:05 p.m. Officers took a report of lost identification in the 200 block N. Washington, Wellington.