Any Given Moment

first_imgMy favorite part about riding bikes in Asheville is how it can be fun on any given moment – or maybe for me it’s just the soul-nurturing activity of pedaling through coolness.Although bombing down a tight, twisting rock garden in a tunnel of rhododendron can be quite blissful, there’s so much more to biking around Asheville. Some of my favorite rides have been climbing over Beaucatcher Mountain. When I first moved here I couldn’t believe how steep that hill was and chased some friends over it at the beginning of a pub crawl. All I could think about was that sweat-producing huff also being the last thing I would do that night on my way home. It’s probably what led me to drinking that high gravity beer.Then there was the cool spring morning with a thin fog hovering between the fifth floors of downtown, pinnacles poking through into sunlight. I coasted into town with a heavy bag of massage sheets strapped to my shoulder and maneuvered the empty streets to my favorite coffee bistro to get a bagel with smoked trout before starting my day of appointments in the Miles Building. The ride home was always the best, working the kinks out of my back and wrists.The Pumpkin Pedaler provides a great excuse for wearing a wig or costume while riding your bike around town in a stream of bicycles so long that cars pull over to watch. We weave through all of the new bicycle lanes and into the Montford Cemetery and back again to go down the last hill to The Wedge in the River Arts District. Climbing back out after a few beers and a short snooze can be a poor evening choice. At this point the evening will be enhanced by calling a friend with a pickup truck to come join you to ensure a ride home.Pulling my children in the trailer over Patton Mountain has put them to sleep amidst the bumpy gravel, providing me many hours of well-deserved, hard-earned peace. My second child slept so little that I was willing to drag 75 pounds of equipment around town and up and down mountains just to avoid pacing and bouncing the baby back and forth for a 20-minute nap or playing another game of hide-and-seek followed by tired fit-throwing. Cruising the Grove Park neighborhood is quiet and shady, opening up onto Patton Mountain where you pass by bed and breakfasts and catch glimpses of a phenomenal mountain range. Descending Town Mountain on the way home is a great way of teaching the children how to enjoy the thrill of speed. Plus, you can’t really hear them screaming when the wind blows at their faces.Teaching my kids how to ride a bike has been so easy at Carrier Park where they have wide, rolling paths surrounded by flat grass. I remember learning how to ride on the sidewalks of Chicago, but crashing into trees and park benches.Once the boys got used to pedaling, they were so excited to ride around the mellowdrome, pretending to race. I cried while laughing and chasing them across that park as they pedaled for the first time.There is always a group of people riding, commuting, or parading through this town via bicycle. It looks fun, but it looks even better when viewing it from the saddle.last_img

Franklin County 4-H Non-Walking/Building Project Results 2020

first_imgBrookville, IN—4-H Achievement:Grand Champion: Brandon CowenReserve Grand Champion: Jackson GoinsChampions: Eli Amrhein, Ella AmrheinParticipation: Chloe CowenAerospace:Grand Champion: Ben Maze*Reserve Grand Champion: Luke Stenger*Champions: Erik PerssonReserve Champions Tyler Weaver*Blue Awards: Peter SchusterArts & Crafts:Basic Crafts Beading:Champion: Maddison Dehner, Emmy Dehner, Kelly Glardon,Reserve Champion: Clara GlardonBasic Crafts Contemporary Ceramics:Champions: Alyssa Rapp, Allie RouthReserve Champions: Cole RappBlue Awards: Emmy DehnerParticipation: Abigail Warren, Bekah WarrenBasic Crafts Holiday Decorations:Champions: Anna Buesing, Nadine Davis, Clara Glardon,Reserve Champions: Emily Buesing, Julie Jacob, Maggie SizemoreBlue Awards: Noah Davis, Amber Galyen, Kelly Glardon, Isabelle Hornberger, Hailee Grooms, Emery LeMaster, Madison Logan, Allie Routh, Justin Weaver, Gabriel Wesolowski,Participation: Rose SchwabBasic Craft Latch Hook:Reserve Champions: Gabriel WesolowskiBasic Crafts Miscellaneous:Grand Champion: Maggie Sizemore*Reserve Grand Champion: Carson RolesonChampion: Tyler WeaverReserve Champion: Clara Glardon, Kelly GlardonSpecial Merit: Kirstyn Caudill, Sadie Creek, Hailee Grooms, Kalem Grooms, Izzie Riffle, Emily WendelBlue: Ben Banks, Emmy Dehner, Audrey French, Nate Frondorf, Chet Galyen, Nick Harpring, Julie Jacob, Karlee Kerr, Robert Ralph, SophiaBasic Crafts Sewing Craft:Champions: Reagan FlaspohlerReserve Champions: Izzie RiffleSpecial Merit: Ali RudicilParticipation: Amelia Crawford, Jeanna CrawfordBasic Crafts String Art:Champions: Chloe Hoffman, Emery LeMaster, Chloe Meier,Reserve Champion: Jeanna Crawford, Campbell Meier, Saige MergenthalSpecial Merit: Isabelle Hornberger, Paige Oldham, Rachel Ruf,Blue: Abigail Allgeier, Amelia Crawford, Cydney Morehead, Katie Selm,Participation: Abigail WarrenBasketry:Grand Champion: Saige Mergenthal*Reserve Grand Champion: Ben BeckerChampions: Ben Becker, Saige Mergenthal, Lydia TaylorReserve Champions: Hayden Blair, Lillian Blair, Isabella StengerSpecial Merits: Ben Becker, Hayden Blair, Moorea Nobbe, Lydia Taylor, Audrey WeaverBlue Awards: Emma Ludwig, Ava Doerflein, Isabella Stenger, Kelly Layton, Meadow Nobbe, Anne Becker, Samantha Volk, Aiden Blair, Rachel Ruf, Lillian RalphParticipation: Izzie RiffleCake Decorating:Grand Champion: Meadow Nobbe*Reserve Grand Champion: Moorea Nobbe*Champions: Willow Gay*, Moorea Nobbe, Meadow Nobbe,Reserve Champions: Katherine Apsley, Abbigail Baxter, Karlee BernsBlue Awards: Jeanna Crawford, Mackenzie BrzezenskiParticipation: Alexis Schwab, Louisa Sacksteder, Virginia SackstederChild Development:Grand Champion: Brandon Cowen *Participation: Chloe CowenCollectionsGrand Champion: Maggie RiffleReserve Grand Champion: Anna BuesingChampion: Emily Buesing, Evan McMillinReserve Champion: Ben Maze, Luke Stenger, Ben RiffleSpecial Merit: Joe RiffleBlue Awards: Henry Hornberger, Aaron Parker, Rose Schwab ,Chase TolhurstParticipation: Kalem GroomsComputersGrand Champion: Joseph Riffle*Consumer ClothingGrand Champion: Rachel Ruf*Reserve Grand Champion: Samantha VolkChampion: Brianna Bentley*, Presley Kolter*Reserve Champion: Willow Gay, Samantha VolkParticipation: Addison ParkerCornGrand Champion: Nate FrondorfReserve Grand Champion: Madisyn KerrChampion: Laura SchwegmanReserve Champion: Lawrence SchwegmanBlue Awards: Audrey Herrmann, Ashley Herrmann, Dakota Schwab,Participation: Andrew Parker, Pete PoeCreative WritingGrand Champion: Stephanie WagnerReserve Grand Champion: Audrey WeaverParticipation: Crystal Welsh, Dorothy WendelDog PostersGrand Champion: Joey KrollReserve Grand Champion: Elizabeth SchusterChampion: Karlie SelmReserve Champion: Ayla LieneschElectricGrand Champion: Joe Rifflle*Reserve Grand Champion: Peter Schuster*Champions: Emma Ludwig*, Nicholas Schuster*, Jeanna Crawford*Reserve Champion: Reagan Flaspohler, Adam Owens, Daniel Owens, Tyler WeaverBlue Awards: Levi Doerflein, Boaz LeMaster, Andrew Ruf, Kalem GroomsRed Awards: Lawrence Schwegman, Amelia Crawford, Landon OldhamEntomologyGrand Champion: Benjamin Maze*Reserve Grand Champion: Olivia Rosemeyer*Champion: Luke Stenger*Fashion RevueSewing ConstructionGrand Champion Junior: Izzie RiffleGrand Champion Senior: Josie SelmReserve Grand Champion Junior: Emma TolhurstChampions: Katie SelmConsumer ClothingGrand Champion Junior: Rachel RufGrand Champion Senior: Brianna BentleyChampions: Willow GayReserve Champions: Presley KolterReserve Grand Champion Junior: Samantha VolkFine Arts:Grand Champion: Jayna Pennington* Reserve Grand Champion: Devyn Kerr*Fine Arts Miscellaneous:Champions: Susan Glasshagel, Maria LanningReserve Champions: Susan Glasshagel, Felicity Lanning, Madison Logan, Maggie SizemoreBlue Awards: Margaret Glasshagel, Maggie Riffle, Elizabeth Schuster, Katherine SelmFine Arts Oil Painting:Champion: Josephine BurtonFine Arts Pencil Drawing:Champions: Lydia TaylorReserve Champions: Melia BakerBlue Awards: Josephine Burton, read more

Hundreds of new fossil tracks found near Tumbler Ridge

first_imgThe museum says staff began excavating the slabs and began creating moulds of the slab on May 11. They recovered the moulds earlier this month on June 4, and the replicas will be used in the creation of an exhibit in the museums Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, according to the museum.The fossils were found in the Gates Foundation, known for its coal, which is about 100 million years old, the museum says. The rock slabs with the fossils are estimated around 5,000 kilograms each, and mine staff are planning to move them to the museum as well, the museum stated in a release.“We are happy to have facilitated the identification and study of this significant find, which will help shed light on another chapter in our planet’s history,” said Ray Proulx, senior co-ordinator of community and aboriginal affairs with Teck Resources.The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark will hold its inauguration on June 29 at the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, where a replica of the fossil tracks will be on display.Advertisement Another significant fossil find has been announced today by the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation.The foundation is dubbing the discovery, made by a Teck Resources employee near the company’s Quintette mine project, one of “the finest examples of crocodilian tracks in the world.”More than 100 tracks were found, according to Richard McCrea, curator of palaeontology at the Peace Region Palaeontology Centre.- Advertisement -“Most of the tracks are associated with claw impressions, which are very long and represent the activities of bottom-walking and swimming crocodiles,” McCrea said in a release.“The traces are striking in appearance and are among the best preserved crocodilian tracks ever found.”Geologist Kevin Sharman discovered the series of fossils in a rock slab in the mine April 27, which was promptly reported to scientists at the centre.Advertisementlast_img

Ring Around the Moons

first_img51; Saturn is known for its rings, and some small moons have been found inside its rings.  But wouldn’t it be strange if some of its moons had rings of their own?  Such a thing had not been widely considered before 2007, when there was a tentative detection of a ring around Rhea (see 03/10/2008).  That ring has not been confirmed by subsequent observations.  The thinking now, however, is that it used to be there – and not only there, but there might have been one around Iapetus, too.Rhea ring tones:  Paul Schenk, planetologist at Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston and stereo animation wizard, was glad to be able to share his secrets at his blog 3D House of Satellites now that his paper in Icarus was published.1  The paper concerned color patterns on Saturn’s inner moons Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, and Rhea.  All of them show evidence of plasma stains and electron discolorations from the magnetosphere and E-ring, some on the leading hemispheres and some on the trailing hemispheres, or both.  The last section of the paper is the intriguing one: “A ring at Rhea?”  The authors acknowledged that the cameras couldn’t see a ring the plasma and magnetospheric instruments thought they had detected earlier, but Schenk noticed a chain of blue splotches along the equator, only 20 km wide, going almost all the way around the moon.  Could these be the smoking gun of a ring that was there but partly collapsed onto the surface?  “Well,” he said on his blog, “we don’t need the ring to be present today to explain the ultraviolet splotches on the surface.  They could have formed a few thousand or million years ago and still exist on the surface today.  Probably not much longer than that but that’s [sic] very young for the Solar System.”    To see these blue features that might mark impact points of ring boulders driven into the surface, look at the JPL news feature or fly over them on Schenk’s YouTube page.  Schenk’s StereoMoons blog entry from 02/25/2010 has the best close-up photos of the blue streaks.  Strangely, the orientation of the features suggest that the ring rotated in the wrong direction – retrograde to the orbit of the moon and Saturn.  Where did the particles come from?  The authors doubted that it could have been debris from one of Rhea’s largest and youngest impact craters.  Whatever the impactors were, “the strong bluish color indicates that formation occurred recently and these may be among the most recently formed features on the surface,” the paper said.  “On the other hand, the surface features we observe might date from an earlier time, as no bright rays have been observed in association with the equatorial deposits.  This would imply that sufficient time has lapsed for ray erasure to have occurred but not sufficient time to erase the blue crater rims associated with relatively young impact craters elsewhere on Rhea.”  In short, this means they don’t know.  The latter suggestion (of old age) sounds ad hoc; Schenk’s true feelings are probably reflected by his blog statement that they are “very young for the Solar System.”  Interesting how he can thrown “thousand or million” years around without blinking an eye.Iapetus ring bumps:  The detection of possible ring impact debris on one moon opened up a search for others.  (On Saturn, of course, ring debris that falls into the planet disappears into the fluid clouds).  None of the other major moons have an equatorial signature like Rhea’s, but Iapetus, that walnut mimic way out in the suburbs (picture), has its mysterious equatorial mountain range (see 01/07/2005, 09/13/2007).  Schenk thinks that the evidence at Rhea supports the theory that the mountain range is debris from a collapsed ring (see Geophysical Research Letters paper by W.-H Ip).  The idea gains a little support from a couple of small moons, Atlas and Pan, that have a pronounced saucer shape that might indicate deposition of ring material during their histories (see Cassini image).  The alternative, the spin-up theory (see 03/01/2006, bullet 2), got more press from National Geographic this week.  Both the exogenic and endogenic theories require highly special conditions (e.g., 07/18/2007) that are running rings around planetary scientists.Speaking of moons, Cassini was a “weekend warrior” on a major moon hunt last week.  It observed nine moons in just 62 hours.  A few of the early unprocessed images were posted by the Cassini Imaging Team.  The new images of Dione revealed a major area that is remarkably smooth and devoid of large craters.  “The smooth plains must have been resurfaced at some point in Dione’s past,” the caption said.  Whatever caused that must remain a story to tell.1.  Schenk, Hamilton, Johnson, McKinnon, Paranicas, Schmidt and Showalter, “Plasma, plumes and rings: Saturn system dynamics as recorded in global color patterns on its midsize icy satellites,” Icarus, read more

Folding Glass for Passivhaus Projects

first_imgNanaWall Systems is a veteran in the folding-glass-wall business. Launched in 1986, the company significantly expanded its lineup after 1996, when it forged a partnership with Solarlux Technologies, based in Bissendorf, Germany.NanaWall’s articulated-window systems have found their way into plenty of commercial and residential buildings, and even a few Solar Decathlon homes, including those built by Cornell University, Iowa State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Team Alberta.A large opening sealed shutThis week, NanaWall took a step deeper into the deep-energy realm with the announcement that its WA67 product – an aluminum-clad, wood-framed folding system – is now available in a triple-glazed version with foam insulation that will work in buildings designed to meet the Passivhaus standard.NanaWall says the Passivhaus-ready version of WA67 has a U-factor of 0.17, a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.26, high water resistance (no leakage at 12 pounds per sq. ft.), and air infiltration “well below the allowable limit” for a building constructed to meet the Passivhaus standard.NanaWall’s WA67 can be built for openings from 3 ft. to 39 ft. wide, with any of more than 50 stacking options. Other NanaWall systems, including one called the SL70, are available with triple glazing, although the SL70’s U-factor is higher (0.29) – in other words, worse – than that for the WA67. The price for this system of course varies according to the dimensions of the opening and the materials requested, but for an opening 7-ft. 10-in. high, the cost would come to roughly $1,000 per linear foot, a company spokesman told GBA.last_img

Kings’ Randolph arrested on pot charge at LA housing project

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Officers also arrested Stanley Walton, 43, on suspicion of carrying a gun as an ex-convict, Preciado said. She didn’t know if Walton has an attorney.Police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics, Preciado said.Randolph, a 16-year league veteran, spent eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before signing with the Sacramento Kings in July. The Kings issued a statement Thursday saying the team was aware of the situation and would have no further comment at this time.The two-time NBA All-Star played for Michigan State University before being drafted in 2001 by the Portland Trail Blazers. Randolph also played for the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments “The charges are false and misleading,” Randolph’s agent and attorney Raymond Brothers told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We’re looking at all options to resolve this matter.”Police on patrol observed a crowd drinking, smoking pot, blasting music and blocking streets at the Nickerson Gardens project in Watts, Preciado said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOfficers called for backup when the crowd grew and people began throwing bottles and rocks.Five police cars and one sheriff’s vehicle ended up with smashed windows and slashed tires. No officers were hurt. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Calisaan tows San Sebastian to rout of St. Benilde Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses FILE – In this April 27, 2017, file photo Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph warms up before an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis, Tenn. Police say Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Randolph was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill,File)Veteran NBA forward Zach Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, authorities said Thursday.Randolph, 36, was taken into custody late Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

Mick Cronin May Have Hit On Ashley Judd On Twitter

first_imgMick Cronin with his mouth wide open while wearing a red tie.HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Mick Cronin of the Cincinnati Bearcats reacts against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at BB&T Arena on February 25, 2018 in Highland Heights, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Yesterday, actress and Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd took to Facebook to apologize to Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis on behalf of her fellow Wildcat fans for the offensive and racist remarks sent to him following the teams’ Round of 32 game. Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin was quick to accept Judd’s apology via Twitter, but he also added an interesting little note at the end of his second tweet.Thank U to @ashleyjudd for her kind words for Octavious. Te’ is a “Great”young man to those of us that actually know him.— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015My advice to Ms Judd..Ignore ignorance…And I’m divorced as well (just sayin)— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015Was Cronin trying to relate to Judd, or was the Bearcats’ coach hitting on her? We can’t be totally sure, but Cincinnati and Lexington are only about 83 miles apart…last_img

Amazon maintains top brand reputation Apple and Google reps dip

Explore further Amazon remains the company with the best reputation, but several other tech brands including Apple and Google saw their reputations drop in the annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient poll, out Tuesday. Citation: Amazon maintains top brand reputation, Apple and Google reps dip (2018, March 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Google tops Harris corporate reputation poll It’s just the latest evidence of a burgeoning backlash against some of the technology giants that impact consumers’ lives daily. Among the factors, which have spawned the hashtag #Techlash: Apple’s recent Batterygate crisis, which found many iPhone users with slowed devices, and concerns about how Google-owned YouTube and Facebook were manipulated by Russian operatives in the 2016 presidential race.As recently as 2016, Apple and Google were No. 2 and No. 3 behind Amazon in the poll. And the two tech companies were in the top ten list year, Apple was No. 5 and Google was No. 8. Facebook falls much lower on the list at No. 51, but is up from No. 66 last year.Even though some consumers have growing concerns that big tech companies have control of too much personal information, Amazon maintains an “excellent reputation,” the Harris report says.It is the third consecutive year, and the fourth out of the last five, that the Seattle-headquartered online retailer has held the top spot in the annual poll of the 100 most visible companies, out Tuesday. In 2015, Wegmans edged out Amazon for the top spot, pushing the retailing powerhouse to No. 2.This comes as Amazon mixes business expansion—more homes are welcoming its Echo speakers powered by digital voice assistant Alexa and it’s acquiring Whole Foods for $13.7 billion—with so-called moonshot projects such its initiative with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to improve lower health care costs.Also gaining in reputation: Tesla Motors, which moved up to No. 3 from No. 9 last year. Company founder and CEO Elon Musk is the current master of moonshot projects with plans to send people to Mars—with rockets built by his other company SpaceX—and build high-speed transportation tunnels in high-traffic metro areas.The Top 10 1. Amazon 2. Wegmans 3. Tesla Motors 4. Chick-fil-A 5. The Walt Disney Co. 6. HEB Grocery 7. UPS 8. Publix Supermarkets 9. Patagonia 10. AldiFor the 19th annual poll, 25,880 people were interviewed between Dec. 11, 2017 and Jan. 12, 2018.