Monthly Archives: August 2020

Westport Winery Selects Jen Bauer as Head Winemaker

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryJennifer Bauer joins Westport Winery as the new head winemaker.After an extensive search Washington’s Westport Winery selected Jen Bauer as their head winemaker. The Roberts family received applicants from around the world for this position. Bauer was their top choice.Winery co-owner Kim Roberts said, “Jennifer had significant awards in her resume for grape wines. She also had a depth of experience making fruit wine that we wanted on our team. When we spoke on the phone I had an immediate connection with her.”With offers from a variety of wineries, Bauer said she chose Westport because, “I hope to make wines almost as great as the Roberts family; smart, elegant, great structure, and fun with lots of attitude.” They agree that Jen’s irreverent sense of humor is a good fit with the family’s unconventional approach to the business of making fine wine.Blain Roberts said, “Jennifer is a remarkable young winemaker. But beyond that we needed to find someone who would fit in our family. Jen has a great sense of humor and loyalty that we all appreciate.” Kim Roberts added, “It is our responsibility and privilege as a family and winery to honor the grape growers with whom we partner. We believe Jen will help us on that quest.”Prior to joining the Westport Winery team Bauer was the assistant winemaker at Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City, South Dakota. Before that she worked in California at EOS Winery in Paso Robles, O’Neill Vintners & Distillers in Parlier, Wild Horse in Templeton, and Pyramid Brewing in Berkley.Jennifer has a degree in Ecology in Systematic Biology with concentration in Water Chemistry and Microbial Ecology from Cal Poly.Westport’s Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts will collaborate with Jennifer as he takes the role of Chief Operating Officer for his family’s winery. His sister Carrie is the Chief Financial Officer.When you visit Westport Winery Garden Resort be sure to explore the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why four times this has been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination.These award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.For more information contact Westport Winery Garden Resort at 360-648-2224 or visit the website read more

Lacey City Council Seeks Youth to Serve on Newly Formed Lacey…

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe Lacey City Council seeks youth representatives (16-18 years old) to serve on the newly formed Lacey Youth Council. The seven-member youth council provides area students the opportunity to participate in the governmental process and receive mentorship from city leadership, while also serving their community.The City Council’s vision for the Lacey Youth Council is to empower Lacey’s youth to become future leaders by engaging them in community activities and providing leadership opportunities.Eligible candidates must be:16-18 years of age (must be 16 by September 1, 2019).Enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior in North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS); or enrolled in a private school or home school in Lacey or Lacey’s Urban Growth Area.A resident of Lacey or Lacey’s Urban Growth Area.Willing to attend one evening meeting a month, including preparation time.All Youth Council appointments will be confirmed by the Lacey City Council to serve a ten-month term beginning September 2019.Interested students can get a Lacey Youth Council application at the main office of any NTPS high school, Lacey City Hall, or at For more information, contact Jacob Ewing at (360) 486-8711 or read more

Watch: Tongue-in-cheek Tim Paine says Australia would like to play India in a pink…

first_imgAdvertisement 9r7NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsnrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) y4Would you ever consider trying this?😱7db1Can your students do this? 🌚ae6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Australian Test skipper Tim Paine took a dig at his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli saying that his team would love to play at the Gabba against India and are only waiting for Kohli’s “permission”. The Aussie wicketkeeper was at his witty best at the press conference following an innings and five runs victory over Pakistan in the first Test at Brisbane.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesThe Woolloongabba Stadium or better known as the Gabba in Brisbane has been the venue for the first match of the Australian summer since a long period, but last year the series against India kicked-off at Adelaide and the Gabba did not feature at all in the entire series.“We’ll certainly try and we’ll have to run that by Virat,” Paine joked.“That’s (Gabba) where we like to start our summer and it has been for a long, long time except for last summer. As I said, we’ll ask Virat and see if we can get his permission to play here and maybe even get a pink-ball Test if he’s in a good mood,” he added.Prior to their historic day-night Test against Bangladesh, Virat Kohli claimed that he was open to playing a pink-ball Test in Australia as long as the team could get a day-night practice match at the venue.Read Also:Shane Warne bats for D/N Adelaide test when India tour Australia in 2020Virat Kohli ready to play pink ball cricket in Australia – provided there is a practice match beforehand!  Advertisementlast_img read more

See how angry fans reacted to Indian team’s ‘travel diaries’ after heavy NZ defeat

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 7gNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsvlniWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Es1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) mWould you ever consider trying this?😱8qqb6Can your students do this? 🌚7i6Roller skating! Powered by Firework The tour of New Zealand went from sweet to sour for the Indian cricket team. From a 5-0 whitewash in the T20 series, Virat Kohli and the squad lost the ODI 3-0 to the hosts, and now a poor performance in the first Test has them trailing behind 1-0. In the meantime, Indian opening batsman Mayank Agarwal took it to Twitter to show some good times he was having with his teammates. In front of a disappointed and agitated fan base, the photo wasn’t received well.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPThe squad was scheduled to leave Wellington in the wake of the first Test, to fly to Christchurch to face the Kiwis in the final match of the series at Hagley Oval. Today earny morning, Mayank Agarwal tweeted a group photo of himself with Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant and the skipper Virat Kohli, walking on the jet bridge. The picture was captioned with: “Straight outta Wellington🤘🤘 #traveldiaries #TeamIndia #onthego #entourage”Advertisement Ishant Sharma also tweeted the same photo later.However, the fans were not happy to see the Men in Blue superstars in a touring mood, and were all over the two cricketers’ Twitter handles with their vexed reactions. While a few received the picture with nice reactions, the better half of the two players’ followers poured their frustrations over in the replies.Despite the overall poor performance, it was only Agarwal and Sharma who shined above the rest. The opener scored a total of 75 runs across both innings, along with putting up a sweet half century in the second innings.On the other hand, Sharma has made a stunning comeback to the pitch. The veteran picked up five Kiwi batsmen in both innings, and secured his 11th five wicket haul of the red ball format.With just one match remaining to conclude the New Zealand tour, Team India will make an effort to end the final Test match with a victory, as they take on the Black Caps this Saturday.Also read-See why Glenn McGrath just batted for the Indian bowling attack Advertisementlast_img read more

20th Sheehan Classic in Red Bank to be Held June 15

first_imgRED BANK – The 20th anniversary 2013 George Sheehan Classic with its popular 5K (3.1 mile) distance as its main event, is set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15.More than 2,500 runners are expected to participate in what is known as one of the Jersey Shore’s most renowned road races. Preregistration is still available, and the 5K is filling up quickly. The race is limited to 3,000 entrants.The race committee has had a great deal of community feedback over the years that running 5 miles was just a little too long for the everyday runner, and that sometimes the heat in June can be a factor. In response, it was decided last year that the 5K distance is the right match for the entire family to participate, either by racing or walking the scenic course.This year will be the 20th running of the event in Red Bank. The George Sheehan Classic began in 1981 as the Asbury Park 10K Classic and quickly became one of the major road running events on the national calendar. The race moved to Red Bank in 1994 and was renamed to honor the memory of Dr. George Sheehan, the prominent author, philosopher and area physician. “The Doc” has been called the “father of the running boom” in the United States.The Sheehan family is planning a release of a new book of his life’s work next year to commemorate the 20th year of his passing.As part of the Sheehan Classic, the Friday evening Kids’ Classic will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 14. It’s a series of children’s races of various distances – from toddler to age 13. Kids will be treated to face painting, characters and treats from area establishments like Smoothie King and Sugarush. Free entertainment will accompany the kids’ races at the Runner’s Expo Village, on the banks of the Navesink. The expo is open from 2 to 8:30 p.m.The main race will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15. Event finishers enjoy a picnic breakfast in the park, followed by a popular post-race block party at 10:30 with music and an awards ceremony.More than $2,500 in prize money will be distributed in the 5- kilometer run to top five overall finishers, top New Jersey finishers and age-category winners.The race is part of the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix, sponsored by McLoone’s. It’s a series of races that offers prize money to overall and age category winners. The five events are: Spring Lake 5, George Sheehan Classic, Belmar 5, Asbury Park 5K and Pier House 5K.For Sheehan Classic information and registration, call the event hotline 732-571-2162 or check the website at read more

Putting Their Neighborhood On The Map

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Motorists traveling on Route 35 were recently surprised to see a new sign pop up at Cresent Parkway, in the River Plaza section. It reads “Welcome to Minnisink.”Minnisink is a reference to the Algonquin-speaking Native American tribe that once lived in this area. The sign was designed, erected and paid for by homeowners who live in a deep neighborhood off Crescent Parkway, on streets called Iroquois Avenue, Delaware Avenue, Mohawk Avenue and Minnisink Boulevard.The sign, which received the blessing of the township’s governing body, is part of the first phase of a homegrown plan by citizens to spruce up a forlorn entrance to their own residential neighborhood.“Sometimes it just takes one person to step forward, and when you do, other people will follow,” said resident Al Mollo, who is credited with starting the grassroots campaign. The community effort included a neighborhood-wide vote, a volunteer day and a fundraising drive.“The response was great; we have really good neighbors and literally everyone chipped in,” said Molo.Cleaning up the entrance of Crescent Parkway has been a continuous discussion in the neighborhood for some time.Mollo got the ball rolling last spring with an appeal to neighbors. “I just sat down at my computer one day for two hours and typed up a letter. We printed them out and then my two kids walked around the neighborhood with the other neighbor’s kid, and they handed out 100 flyers.”On the flyers was information about how neighbors could donate $10, along with their time and effort, to help clean up the median island that separates both sides of Crescent Parkway, where the sign is located.In May, some of the neighbors spent a Sunday afternoon working together on the clean-up. Some discussed how nice it would be to have something to identify their neighborhood. During the clean-up, the residents noticed the sign in front of a former spa, which had been shuttered since a fire in 2013, was no longer being used. The owner of the spa – who also lives down the block – willingly offered it up.Tricia Simon, a local artist who also lives a few streets over, volunteered to refurbish it.“I like to reuse and recycle, and I figured if we can repurpose it, why throw it out?” Simon said. “We could save a lot of money being that it was just people donating funds.”Simon, the go-to artist on the block, had painted murals inside River Plaza School three years ago, and runs a side business where she creates signs for clients.After taking the sign back to her house and spending a few days working on it, she showed the final product to fellow residents. It reemerged with the new name and a fresh coat of paint, giving the sign the look of distressed wood.Help from other residents came in the form of hard labor. Billy and April O’Brien, who live on Woodside Drive, provided that extra bit of assistance.“My husband, he’s an excavator for a living, so this comes naturally to him,” April O’Brien said. “He’s a hard worker and he loves helping out, and it was a great team effort from everybody in the neighborhood in one place.”The O’Briens, originally from Brooklyn, have been Middletown residents for the past dozen years. One of the reasons they made the move down to the Jersey Shore was because of the history in the area.In the vote for naming the community – which had other options such as Crescent Pointe, Crescent Fields and Minnisink Meadows – April said her family voted for naming the block Minnisink.“I love that they chose the historic name, as someone from New York, I know there’s too many people from New York here,” she said. “For the Middletown people, it’s upsetting at times, but it’s nice to keep the historical name and not change anything because that’s what it should be.”Through every stage of the neighborhood facelift, a larger sense of community appreciation emerged.Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore, who was Mollo’s main government contact throughout this endeavor, helped move the project along.Fiore arranged to have Department of Public Works pick up brush cleared by residents from the traffic island, and had them deliver two truckloads of mulch to spread after the cleanup.“I was so happy to help them out, help them get through some of the process,” Fiore said by phone. “It just speaks volumes to that neighborhood, and I’m so appreciative that that community put themselves through that process.”Despite the hard work, Mollo says community members are going out of their way to keep the space clean. Neighbors have also taken the initiative to decorate the sign for the seasons. As Thanksgiving is right around the corner, the always-traditional bale of hay and corn stalks give the newfound space a seasonal feel.Simon, the local artist, believes anything to keep the sign and its surrounding area seasonal is well worth it.“It’s really nice to see that too, because it does just bring everybody together for something positive,” she said. “It feel’s good to drive down and see that.” By Jay Cooklast_img read more

Mount Sentinel Wildcat grab silver at Vernon tourney

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats climbed into the top-10 rankings of BC High School A Boy’s Volleyball after finishing second at the Vernon Christian Invitational Tournament this past weekend in the Central Okanagan City. Mount Sentinel lost out in the final to Cedars Christian from Prince George.The Cats were led by allstars Thomas Verigin and Johnny Johnson.Mount Sentinel finished first in round-robin play on Friday before ousting Kelowna Christian in the semi-final to advance to the championship contest.last_img

Buchy rink sweeps past McKenzie at Kootenay Mixed Playdowns

first_imgTom Buchy of Kimberley is off to represent the Kootenay Zone at the BC Mixed Curling Championships after sweeping past the James McKenzie rink of Castlegar 2-0 in the Mixed Finals Saturday at the Nelson Curling Club.Buchy, third Lori Buchy, second Dave Toffolo and lead Robyn Toffolo, defeated McKenzie by scores of 8-2 and 7-1.Buchy now advances to the BC Mixed Championships March 2-5 in Parksville.last_img

Granite Pointe opens driving range; course ready for play Wednesday

first_imgGranite Pointe General Manager Dave Belling said the driving range and pro shop will open Saturday for players to get a head start on the season.Belling, said the 18-hole 6,209 yard, par 72 track will be open for play Wednesday as well as the rest of facilities at the Rosemont based track.The season is already lining up to be a great one at Granite Pointe.Some of the highlight tournaments include the Save-on-Foods Children’s Hospital event, Nelson Rotary Cup and Granite Pointe Corporate Cup.This season Granite Pointe, already blessed with a vibrant Junior program, is hosting more than 140 elite golfers under the age of 16 years at the BC Amateur Golf 2017 BC Juvenile Championships August 15-18. It’s time for golfer to dust of the clubs as Granite Pointe at Nelson is getting ready to open for the 2017 season.last_img read more


first_imgTRIPLE CROWN CHAMP AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS, TWO-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMPION MARE BEHOLDER GALLOPS THIS MORNING AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2015)–Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah and multiple Eclipse Champion Beholder each went through their morning paces this morning at Santa Anita Park.With trainer Bob Baffert at the annual Keeneland Sales, “Pharoah” came on the main track at 8:20 a.m. and backtracked one mile before heading back to Baffert’s Barn 5.American Pharoah Link:, out before sunrise at 6:30 a.m., came on the track in the quarter mile chute, jogged straight off and galloped a crisp seven furlongs, according to Xpressbet’s Millie Ball.  The 5-year-old Henny Hughes mare, fresh off a smashing win versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, is being pointed by trainer Richard Mandella to the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 26.Owned by Spendthrift Farm, Beholder exited the main track via the Grandstand tunnel adjacent to the finish line and walked through Santa Anita’s paddock area en route to Mandella’s Barn 4.Beholder Link: read more