By John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – The seven clubs that span the oceanfront along the borough’s Ocean Avenue are all in the process of working on plans for the coming summer season.“From what I hear, all of them are going to be open in some form this summer, said Mayor Dina Long, “though they’ll be at different stages of operation.”The clubs sustained varying degrees of damage as Super Storm Sandy swept through the area on Oct. 29 and are requiring varying degrees of repairs – and borough approvals – to move forward with rebuilding.As James LoBiondo III, who owns and operates the Surfrider club and is a borough councilman, said “50 percent is the magic number.” That means that those sustaining less than 50 percent damage only need to obtain administrative approval, such as construction permits; those sustaining more than 50 percent will need to go before either the borough’s planning board or zoning board of adjustment to get approval before proceeding.“They’re already drilling pilings at Chapel, as we speak,” LoBiondo said. Work is progressing.As of late February, two clubs – Edgewater and Chapel beach clubs – have appeared before boards and received the green light to do the necessary work, according to Colleen McGurk, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employee who is working as the temporary planning board secretary.“Both of these were barely damaged in the storm,” Long said. The damage was enough that the owners had to apply for a board approval.“They’re already drilling pilings at Chapel, as we speak,” LoBiondo said. Work is progressing.Edgewater received approval in January to reconstruct 41 cabanas with support pilings, plus its bulkhead, parking lot, site lighting, fencing and concrete and wood decking. In addition, the club owners plan to build an additional 34 cabanas, using the space that was used by a restaurant/banquet facility before the storm, according to McGurk.The Sands plans on “doing exactly what was there,” before storm damage, McGurk said.Waiting for a date to appear before the busy boards, are the Sands and Ship Ahoy clubs, McGurk said.To help expedite the process, the borough council revised a planning ordinance, now specifically defining a cabana, as opposed to having it labeled as a building, thus making it less onerous to win board approval, Long saidShip Ahoy will be fully operational by Memorial Day, LoBiondo said, thanks to the design changes incorporated following the 1992 storm and the luck of not getting hit as hard by the tidal surge.Ship Ahoy and Sands, located in the northern end of the borough, were two that experienced the most extensive damage, LoBiondo said. “They were destroyed.”But even with that amount of work pending “they’re telling me they’ll have something operational. They just don’t know yet how far,” the councilman said.LoBiondo said that in his discussions with other owners, the worst-case scenario is that they will have “parking lots and access to the beach,” without other amenities for the 2013 summer season.According to blueprints, Ship Ahoy is looking to reconstruct its buildings, cabanas, lockers, decking, ramps and swimming pool in the existing property footprint. It will remove piles of sand now in the parking area and repair and restripe the parking lots; and whatever else is deemed necessary to get it to where it was previously.Michael Stavola, who owns and operates the Driftwood Cabana Club on the borough’s southern end, said his facility wasn’t as heavily damaged as some of the others. “We’ll be 100 percent open for our summer season,” he said. Work has been ongoing.His grandfather built the beach club in 1957. “When the place was originally built, we anticipated the ocean might get angry one day,” Stavola said.There are floodgates and other safeguards in place and, “generally speaking, it did work,” he said.Which is not to say Sandy didn’t take its toll. Stavola said about 40 percent of the club’s cabanas were damaged or destroyed and the kitchen area’s refrigerators damaged, while the main building weathered the storm fairly well.The rebuilding will cost him “in the millions,” he said. “For us that was substantial and a huge undertaking.”LoBiondo, too, will be fully operational by Memorial Day, he said, thanks to the design changes incorporated following the 1992 storm and the luck of not getting hit as hard by the tidal surge.“My place is coming along pretty nicely,” he said. “So we’re excited for the new season.”Long said, “The beach clubs are very important to Sea Bright’s economy because all of those guests at the beach clubs patronize our business district.”“It really is the lifeblood of Sea Bright,” LoBiondo added.The benefits of the beach clubs are many, Stavola noted.“It provides a local place for the neighboring communities to enjoy the summer and the beaches and to have security for the kids,” as well as offering “a pretty neat social environment for the kids,” he said.But there is the economic factor, too, Stavola said, such as what the officials noted. Along with that, “We provide jobs for the local economy,” he said, as Driftwood hires about 100 people for the season.“I think the town has prospered over the years mainly because of the beach clubs,” with other businesses, especially restaurants, offering another draw to the town, Stavola said.“The good news for Sea Bright is that the beaches are still here,” and will be welcoming the club members, as well as its day-trippers coming for the public beaches, Long said.All of the borough’s businesses are working hard to get back up on their feet, as they rebound from the October storm, she said.
While skiing a couple of days ago, I ran into our ski school director and skied a few runs with her. Wendy is one of those graceful women skiers, deceptively fast and smooth. She’s great to ski with. The day started with 18cm of power and by the afternoon the conditions were ‘variable’ to say the least.On the chair rides we talked a bit about ski school, the great group of returning instructors this year. We talked about her new boots and how they moved her a little more forward in her stance than her last pair. And the incremental issues of moving from one comfortable piece of gear to the next and being forced to accommodate the subtle changes. We talked about how skiing erect leaves you loose and able to handle different terrain. Her concern with the new boots was not remaining as erect as in the old boots.Wendy powers down everything in even round carvy turns. Smooth, balanced and consistent in her speed. On the last ride up we talked about the training at Lake Louise she’d attended for most of the previous week. One of the people she skied with was the former director of Western Region Programs for the Canadian Ski Instructors Association (CSIA).He ripped.Wendy asked what he was working on in his skiing these days.“Nothing. I just try to stay over my feet.”She laughed as she said this.In thinking about his answer, the core truth is deceptively simple while complex at the same time. Of course you want to stay over your feet. If you don’t stay over your feet, you are going down.When we walk, we stay over our feet. When we run we stay over our feet. In both cases, we don’t even think about it.Or do we?Think about walking. You are essentially directly over your feet. Think about running. Your actual stance is slightly forward of your feet as they propel you down the road. Your feet push you like a hand on your back. Now, think about trail running and how you constantly move side to side and yet still stay ahead of your feet as you run down the trail. So how do you stay over your feet skiing? Use the same feeling and reflexes.Start on a gentle slope. Stay in a wedge and make slow round turns. Like walking, you are very centered, standing directly over your foot in each turn. The non-turning foot is used for balance at the slow speed, an outrigger. Similar to training wheels on a bicycle.Now speed up. To maintain balance, you must project yourself forward as when you are running. In effect, your skis are pushing you down the hill in the same way you push yourself running, but you are not pumping your feet. You are standing still—right on your feet.Now think about trail running and how you anticipate and project forward as you are going down through the changing terrain. You are always a little ahead of your feet, letting your feet almost catch up and then pushing down the hill ahead of them. Going back and forth across the trail letting your feet push you along.The same for skiing. The exact same feeling.You let your feet push you down the hill. You stay on top of your feet by staying in front of your feet.When you run downhill on a trail and your feet get out in front of you, what happens?They pop out and you fall on your butt.And what happens skiing when you let your feet get in front of you? Same.As you speed up, think about the feeling of running and project ahead of your feet. Let your feet propel you down the hill and just stand on them as they push.Simple.Right?So simple, it’s complex.Don’t think, Simply do.Keith Liggett is a Fernie-based writer.
Jono Ceci led the Clan with a pair of goals.Jason Garrett and Darnel Dyck replied for the Saints.Jamies Priglone made 20 saves to take the loss in the nets for Selkirk.Friday in Kamloops, a goal by Tyler Jackson with two minutes remaining in the second proved to be the winner as the WolfPack made up for two losses the previous week in Castlegar.Selkirk had outscored TRU 13-3 in during a two-game series in the Sunflower City.After falling behind 2-0 in the first, Logan Proulx and Colin Minardi tied the game for the Saints.However, the defending BCIHL champs had no answer for the WolfPack after Jackson regained the lead for the homeside.Jackson Garrett score the final goal for Selkirk.Chris Hurry was in goal to take the loss for the Saints, out shot 42-30 by TRU.The Saints return to action Saturday at home against Trinity Western.SAINTS NOTES: Selkirk captain Logan Proulx extended his point streak to six games over the weekend, picking up a goal on Friday in Kamloops and a pair of assists on Saturday in Burnaby. Proulx is the only Saints player to have picked up points in all six games so far this season. . . .Winger Jackson Garrett missed Friday’s game after breaking a skate blade in warm-up. Dubois described Garrett’s absence as a big loss: “Jackson has been one of our most hard-working, competitive guys so far this season and we really missed his presence. He’s developed into an emotional leader for us.” . . . Former Ontario Hockey League defenceman David Mead is close to returning from a knee injury suffered in the team’s exhibition opener against the Trail Smoke Eaters on August 27th. Mead is likely to return to the line-up in one of the team’s three upcoming games against Trinity Western. The Selkirk College Saints found out what life was like on the road in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League.And it wasn’t the greatest feeling.The Saints dropped two straight games 5-2 to Thompson Rivers and 5-3 to Simon Fraser University to fall into a three-way tie for top spot in the BCIHL standings.Selkirk is tied in points with 4-0 SFU and 4-1 Trinity Western.”The effort on Friday night in Kamloops was the poorest I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois in a team media release.”The complacency and lack of focus were glaring, and to their credit TRU took full advantage of the chances they created.”But for our part, it was an unacceptable performance in every aspect, which was surprising because we’ve done a good job avoiding these types of efforts in the past.” On Saturday, the Saints rebounded with a solid effort but nevertheless dropped the decision to Simon Fraser University in their first meeting since Selkirk captured the 2013 BCIHL Championship in March. Connor McLaughlin opened the scoring midway through the first period but left the game soon after when an SFU player’s skate cut him on the neck following a collision along the board. McLaughlin was taken to hospital for treatment but was able to rejoin the team for the trip home to Castlegar. “Connor’s injury was a scary moment,” Dubois confessed. “He was able to make it off the ice, but once we saw the cut on the bench it was obvious that he was very lucky for it not to have been more serious.”The Clan scored three times in the opening seven minutes of the game en route to a win Saturday in Burnaby.
Morgan Scriber, Darren Medeiros and Tayden Woods scored three unanswred goals to give host Castlegar a 3-1 win over Fernie at the Castlegar Complex.Justin Peers scored late in the third period on the power play for the only goal for Fernie.Joseph McLeod registered the win in goal for Castlegar while Jeff Orser took the loss for Fernie.Castlegar hosts Kelowna Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.Hawks outlast Braves in Lilac CityJake Yuris snapped a 3-3 tie with a goal late in the game to lift Beaver Valley to a 5-3 win over Spokane Friday in the Washington State City.Spokane took a 1-0 first period lead on a goal by Kurtis Redding, his first of two on the night.Beaver Valley outscored the Braves 2-1 in the second to pull the teams even after 40 minutes.Devin Nemes for the Hawks and Mason Jones for the Braves scored in the third before Yuris snapped home the winner.Ryan Terpsma, Jace Weegar and Braden Fuller also scored for the Hawks.The story originated at The Nelson Daily http://thenelsondaily.com/news/chiefs-spoil-opening-night-nelson-leafs-39161#.VfOuOc7QoUU Wow, nobody saw that one coming.Brady Lenardon stopped all 22 shots to power the Kelowna Chiefs to a 3-0 shutout of the Nelson Leafs on opening night of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Friday night in the Heritage City.Josh Kobelka, Jeffery Schiegel and Jaden McNulty, into an empty net, scored for the visitors from the Okanagan/Shuswap Division.Kelowna led 1-0 after 40 minutes as the hometown Leafs struggled to generate any offence.Everett Yasinski took the loss in goal for Nelson.Kelowna finished third overall last season in the Okanagan Division with a record of 23-24-2-1-2 mark. The Chiefs were ousted in the first round of the playoffs in seven games.The Leafs look to bounce right back Saturday when Nelson hosts Fernie Ghostriders at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Rebels shock Ghostriders
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Board of Trustees has named Adam Sharp the organization’s new executive vice president.Sharp succeeds Jack Fisher, who has served as executive vice president since 1996. Last October, Fisher made public his intention to retire from the organization.The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Sharp shortly after the announcement on Tuesday.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Green says Hudson-Odoi can match Hazard Chelsea successby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRob Green says Callum Hudson-Odoi can match Eden Hazard’s success at Chelsea.Green played alongside the 18-year-old at Chelsea last season, and saw the youngster left out on a regular basis by Maurizio Sarri.Green told BBC Sport when asked if Hudson-Odoi can match Hazard’s legacy at Chelsea: “He’s got the potential, he’s got to work on his power, once he’s got the ball he needs to stay on the ball, just the strength around his pace.“I think when he grows up and matures, that’s when you’ll see it.“He’s got such a long time in the game now, he’s not the same player as Eden Hazard, but there’s no reason when he cannot do what Hazard did at Chelsea in the last seven or eight years.”
WASHINGTON – An agency ethics official at the Environmental Protection Agency says Administrator Scott Pruitt’s lease of a Capitol Hill condo tied to a prominent fossil-fuels lobbyist didn’t violate federal ethics rules.A memo signed by Kevin Minoli contends that Pruitt’s $50-a-night rental payments constitute a fair market rate. The memo was dated March 30, the day after ABC News first reported Pruitt lived last year in condo co-owned by the wife of Steven Hart, a registered lobbyist whose firm pushed EPA to relax pollution regulations. Pruitt’s college-aged daughter stayed in the second bedroom while interning at the White House last summer.Minoli’s memo says the $50-a-night rate would total $1,500 for 30 nights a month, which he deemed to be a fair price.Pruitt’s lease, however, required him to pay just for nights he occupied in the unit. Pruitt actually paid a total of $6,100 over the six month period he leased the property, an average of about $1,000 a month.But current rental listings for two-bedroom apartments in the neighbourhood show they typically go for far more than what Pruitt paid. A two bedroom townhome on the same block as the one leased by Pruitt was advertised for rent on Monday at $3,750 a month. Another two-bedroom unit on the next block was advertised as available for $4,740 a month.“The lease authorized use by the administrator and his immediate family, specifically including his spouse and children, and consistent with that provision of the lease his immediate family did stay there when they were in Washington, D.C.,” Minoli wrote. “The lease did not require payment when the property was not utilized. Neither of these two provisions render the rental cost under the lease as something other than market value.”EPA did not provide a copy of Pruitt’s lease and did not respond to questions about how Minoli determined what he considered to be the fair-market rate for the neighbourhood. Also left unanswered was how Pruitt came to rent a property tied to a lobbyist with business interests involving his agency.The unusual arrangement has attracted attention in Washington, where Pruitt has been under increasing scrutiny for this frequent taxpayer-funded travel, which has included first-class airline tickets. Though federal regulations typically require federal officials to fly in coach, the EPA chief has said he needed to sit in premium seats due to security concerns.Jennifer Kaplan, a spokeswoman for EPA’s Inspector General, said Monday the office is evaluating a request to investigate the circumstances surrounding the administrator’s condo lease. The EPA watchdog is already probing Pruitt’s 2017 travel spending.Walter Shaub, who ran the U.S. Office of Government Ethics until last year, rated EPA’s legal justification of Pruitt’s living arrangements as “Total Baloney.” He jokingly tweeted on Friday that he would like to rent the Harts prime location condo for $50-a-night.“I’ll only pay for nights I use it but need it held vacant all other nights,” wrote Shaub, who has become a frequent critic of what he sees as ethical lapses in the Trump administration. “@EPA has certified that these are standard terms at market rate, so it shouldn’t matter to you that I don’t run EPA.”A Republican who previously served as the state attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt has long been a champion of the oil and gas industry. In the year he has served as the Trump administration’s top environmental official, Pruitt has moved to scrap, gut or replace numerous environmental regulations opposed by the industry while boosting the continued burning of fossil fuels, which is the primary cause of climate change.In a statement to The Associated Press last week, Steven Hart described Pruitt is a “casual friend” from Oklahoma with whom he had only occasional contact.Records show the powerhouse lobbying firm where Hart serves as chairman and CEO, Williams and Jensen PLLC, represents companies that include Exxon Mobil and Cheniere Energy Inc.In December, Pruitt and members of his staff spent about $40,000 in taxpayer funds to fly to Morocco to help encourage the North African kingdom to import liquefied natural gas from the United States. Cheniere is currently the only exporter of liquefied natural gas from the continental United States.The firm also represents OGE Energy Corp., an electricity company serving Oklahoma and Arkansas.Copies of Pruitt’s daily calendar obtained by the AP through a public records request show that Pruitt meet in his EPA office with two top OGE executives and a registered lobbyist from Hart’s firm in March 2017, when he was living at the condo.In October, EPA announced it would rewrite the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era regulation that sought to limit planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants like those operated by OGE, which paid Hart’s firm $400,000 in lobbying fees in 2017.___Follow Associated Press environmental reporter Michael Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbieseck
Forecasters say that a broad trough will spread showers to the BC Peace region this afternoon. Thunderstorms will also be possible as instability increases ahead of an approaching upper low.According to meteorologists, there is a 60 percent chance of severe thunderstorms that could cause rainfall rates of up to 25 mm per hour, hail of up to 20 mm in diameter, and wind gusts of up to 80 km/h.The forecast is calling for the upper-level low to move from Northern B.C. down towards Prince George by Friday. The north will undergo cooling on Wednesday and rebound to near normal after Thursday.The full weather statement from Environment Canada can be read below:Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)Current details:Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson regions today.Environment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may be capable of producing heavy rain.A map of the thunderstorm risk in B.C. today. Photo by Avalanche Canada. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.