Progressive Direct Makes It Easy For Fairgoers to Fill Up On More than Corn DogsChamplain Valley Fair’s Presenting Sponsor to Give Away $20,000 in Free Gas Cards to Help Vermonters Counter High Gas PricesESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (July 14, 2006) – The Progressive Direct Group of Insurance Companies makes it easier to endure the pain at the pump and enjoy the Champlain Valley Fair this summer. Vermont’s largest auto insurance group and title sponsor of the fair is giving away $20,000 in free gas cards, helping hundreds of fair goers fill up on more than just corn dogs at this year’s end-of-summer event.Visitors to the Champlain Valley Fair, Aug. 26- Sept. 4, will have plenty of chances to win. On opening day, Saturday, Aug. 26, more than 20,000 Spin-to-Win contest cards will be handed out to visitors over the age of 16. Each card will feature an eight-digit alpha-numeric code; participants will then log on to www.progressive.com/fair(link is external), enter the code and see if they’re an instant winner.Progressive Direct will award 700 instant-win gas card prizes worth $20 each. All participants who log on and enter the code will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two grand prize $500 gas cards.Gas cards valued at $20 each will be awarded prior to the start of the fair via radio promotions with the Hall Communications stations which include 98.9 WOKO-FM; KOOL-105; 99.9 The Buzz; WJOY-AM 1230; and 106.7 WIZN-FM. The promotion will be with area car dealers and will run from July 15 through Aug. 15, 2006. Gas cards also will be handed out on-site during the 10-day run of fair.”We’ve conducted surveys in the past that have shown that drivers change their driving habits as a result of high gas prices, such as taking short day trips instead of driving to a destination farther away,” said Cathy Wilton-Bransch, product manager, Progressive Direct. “Just like we make it easy to shop for, buy and own a car insurance policy we want to ease the burden high gas prices have on local drivers and give people another reason to visit this year’s Champlain Valley Fair.””We think this is the biggest gas giveaway in Vermont this summer and probably one of the biggest promotions nationally in the fair industry,” said George Rousseau, Director of Marketing and Sales at Champlain Valley Exposition. “We were first in the nation with a presenting sponsor for the fair and it has allowed us to improve and upgrade many of our services during the Fair. Progressive really has made it easier to enjoy the Fair and all the fun it offers families.””With the average price for a gallon of gas near $3, we felt this was a great way to give something back to the fairgoers that would make a difference in their lives,” Rousseau said. In addition to the $20,000 in free gas cards, Progressive Direct is also hosting two online contests giving people the chance to win free VIP parking passes, general admission tickets and premium seats to the Fair’s Budweiser True Music Grandstand Concerts and Motor sports events. Some of the Fair’s featured events including the Grand National Truck and Tractor Pull, Championship Figure 8 Racing and Demolition Derby as well as concerts by country superstars Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, and Blue Collar Tour’s funny man Larry the Cable Guy. These online contests will run through Aug. 20, 2006; log on to www.progressive.com/fair.com(link is external) for more details or visit www.cvfair.com(link is external).The 2006 Champlain Valley Fair, presented by Progressive Direct, is Vermont’s largest agricultural and entertainment event with nearly 300,000 attending in 2005. It features the Budweiser True Music Concert Series in the Coca-Cola Grandstand, motor sports shows, horse shows, oxen pulls, traditional trades, agricultural, crafts and food competitions, food and Reithoffer Show’s Midway. It is open 10 a.m. to midnight daily from Aug. 26 to Sept. 4. Adult admission at the gate is $10, children 5-12 are $5, and children age 4 and under are free. Adult admission is $6 after 6 p.m. daily. For an updated schedule, visit www.cvfair.com(link is external).
The backpack fire pumps—with an 18-liter water capacity—are easy to use, reload, and store. They were assigned to the Emergency Assistance Sections (SAE, per its Spanish acronym) of the Uruguayan Army’s Basic Units, which collaborate with the National Office of Firefighters to fight fires. The country has 30 emergency sections throughout its territory. “The portable fire extinguishing equipment the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay gave to SINAE on September 26th will be used in the next fire season, which begins in December 2017,” Col. Cobas said. The equipment is located in the Storage Warehouse of the National Emergency Office installed in February 2013 with the support of SOUTHCOM. SINAE develops cooperation processes for risk management with different countries (Costa Rica, the United States, Spain, Japan, Mexico, and Switzerland), with different United Nations agencies, and with various regional or global bodies, through the Uruguayan Agency for International Cooperation. “We value traditional, south-south, and triangular cooperation,” Traversa said. Fewer disasters “We highlight our cooperation in defense, both during the annual technical exchange with the Connecticut National Guard and the outstanding support of SOUTHCOM, which has cooperated with necessary equipment to install the Emergency Department Coordination Centers,” Fernando Traversa, national director of SINAE, told Diálogo. “We also [obtained] various smaller donations that are very valuable for SINAE.” To improve the preparation and response capacities for possible forest fires, personnel from the SAE teams were trained to use their new backpack fire pumps November 14th–16th, 2017, at the Army Park Service in Santa Teresa, department of Rocha. “The Emergency Assistance Sections meet the country’s needs during large-scale disasters,” Col. Cobas said. “Uruguay understands cooperation as an opportunity to receive support, but also to share knowledge and bring solidarity in the form of assistance to neighboring countries when they are faced with emergency situations,” Traversa concluded. “Uruguay is learning to not only be a receiver of cooperation, but also a giver.” “This support complements existing tools to better fulfill our missions,” Uruguayan Army Colonel Roberto J. Cobas, deputy director of operations for SINAE, told Diálogo. “Having more modern and lighter equipment facilitates the soldiers’ difficult and stressful job .” Problem solving bond SINAE’s relationship with the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation in Uruguay dates to 2009. “The relationship with U.S. Southern Command allows us to see their work in terms of disaster prevention and mitigation,” Col. Cobas said. “Their vast experience with these issues and their continuous adjustment to change serve as a reference for us when time comes to plan [our] operations.” In recent years, Uruguay reduced the number of forest fires and other wildfires by 75 percent. According to a SINAE press release, there were 5,010 interventions in the summer of 2011—the number decreased to 1,222 in 2016. The emergency system attributes the decline to prevention, mitigation, and response measures from multiple public and private organizations, as well as the public’s commitment to responsible behaviors. By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 07, 2017 Through its Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) donated 58 portable equipment to Uruguay’s National Emergency System (SINAE, per its Spanish acronym) to extinguish forest fires. With a $15,000 value, the donation will help strengthen the Uruguayan Army’s response capacities during natural disasters. “When time comes to extinguish fires, the results are very positive. Receiving more equipment makes us more effective in fighting fires,” Col. Cobas said. On its website, SINAE indicates that negligence and bad practices cause forest fires and wildfires to destroy thousands of hectares every summer—a situation exacerbated by frequent droughts resulting in severe ecological, economic, and social deterioration that usually persists for years.
Clackamas CU is hosting virtual workshops—upcoming topics include Adulting 101, Mortgages 101 and Mortgage Myth Busters. Atlantic Financial held a virtual town hall to share COVID-19 relief options and resources available to members. Peninsula Credit Union has been sending out video messages from its CEO on an ongoing basis, with topics ranging from fraud to re-entry plans to thanking “financial first responders.” Summit Credit Union held a virtual homebuyers’ event that had 200 sign-ups and 125 attendees and has future virtual events on its calendar. One last thought: Follow the Platinum RuleWhile the Golden Rule suggests we treat others the way we’d like to be treated, the Platinum Rule requires us to treat others the way THEY would like to be treated. Not every member needs or wants to engage with a person when they conduct a transaction. A recent blog post by our friends at Filene Research Institute stresses the importance of using remote channels in a way that lets members choose how much—or little—personal interaction they prefer. It all comes back to empathy — a credit union superpower that not only helps differentiate credit unions from the competition but that is even more critical during these times of growing uncertainty and inequality. A chatbot might be able to help a member find the answer to a question, but a chatbot can’t be empathetic. That’s something to keep in mind as your credit union works to strike the right balance between high-tech and high-touch. Turn your member calls into member video chatsEven if you had already discovered the power of video chat pre-pandemic, it’s safe to guess that you’ve done quite a bit more Zooming and FaceTiming this year than any other.Video chats can be a great way for members to get help with virtually any financial issue without having to leave the security of their home. Plus, video chats can help reduce member frustration — Hubspot Research found 33% of customers are most frustrated by having to repeat themselves to multiple support reps over the phone, a problem that video chat can minimize. Video chat is especially valuable for members needing personal contact and reassurance dealing with a more complex need like a mortgage or wealth management. Some of our PixelSpoke clients have already incorporated video chat into their suite of digital tools, including SouthPoint Financial Credit Union, which uses VideoConnect to deliver personal connections six days a week, and Educators Credit Union, which brings expert staff to members through their Video Banking tool. We are also developing a custom virtual teller tool to better utilize branch staff in lobbies with low foot traffic.Add a personal touch to live chatNot ready to go the full-video route? Live chat can be a good alternative. It gives members who are already on your website a way to get their questions answered without switching to another channel (i.e., phone or email).Just as incorporating headshots into appointment scheduling tools is an easy way to build a sense of human connection, a simple photo of the person the member is chatting with can help make a digital experience seem more personal.You can also consider making your live chat proactive. If you think of your website as your digital branch, reactive chat makes staff available, but the member has to choose to engage. Proactive live chat is the digital equivalent of a greeter actively approaching a member as s/he enters the branch. If executed in a user-friendly (i.e. not annoying) way, proactive chat can better engage members and meet their needs. Use an app to connect members to a personal bankerUmpqua, an Oregon-based community bank, was ahead of the curve when it launched a hybrid digital-human platform, Go-To Banking, back in 2018. Umpqua says the app “puts a personal banker in everyone’s pocket” and the tool is available to all customers, regardless of their net worth. The app provides a list of personal bankers for the customer to choose from; each listing includes a photo and often-amusing self-description. Users connect with their banker of choice by pressing a button on the app, and most communication is via text. According to this recent article, Umpqua describes the app as a valuable way to deliver “people plus technology” and reports they saw a 30% increase in enrollment and a 20% jump in customer use in March 2020. It could be a good add for tech- and text-savvy members.Take events virtualNothing beats the power of face-to-face annual meetings, educational seminars and more. But those meetings aren’t possible in the short term and credit unions that have made the switch to virtual options report positive results. COVID-19 has brought undeniable clarity to the importance of good digital tools. What would we have done without them over the past months?As members navigated the realities of closed branch lobbies and crowded drive-thrus, online and mobile banking saw big jumps. A post-pandemic survey conducted by Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) revealed over 45% of banked respondents, across all ages, had moved to new channels such as online and mobile to handle their finances. And FIS reported a 200% surge in mobile banking registrations in early April and an 85% increase in mobile banking traffic.It seems safe to assume that digital will continue to be the channel of choice for many going forward. Some of the lobbies that reopened in the early months of summer were forced to close once again in response to high COVID levels. And evidence suggests consumers aren’t in a hurry to return to branch lobbies, even when they can—which is likely a result of healthcare concerns, appointment-scheduling capabilities, and a newfound appreciation for the ease and convenience of digital tools.An increased sense of urgency around prioritizing the digital experience may be a good thing for credit unions. But it’s not without its challenges. Personal service has always been a credit union hallmark and a differentiator that could be compromised by reducing opportunities for human interaction. While digital can allow for a highly personalized, data-driven experience, there’s still something to be said for keeping the actual person in the picture—sometimes literally!Members want digital but continue to value the personal touch. Here are five ways to deliver both:Include photos with your online appointment scheduling toolOnline appointment scheduling saves time for your employees and members—no more phone calls or back and forth emails—and puts your members in charge of the process. And with many lobbies open by appointment only, effective online scheduling has become even more important.The simple addition of a headshot makes the experience so much friendlier and lays the groundwork for a personal connection.Compare the two screenshots below—one from a digitally savvy healthcare provider called Zoomcare (left) and one from a bank using a popular branch appointment scheduling tool—which one does a better job saying “personalized, friendly service” to you? 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cameron Madill Cameron Madill is the CEO of PixelSpoke, a B Corp, worker-owned marketing agency that builds websites for credit unions and other impact-focused cooperatives. He is also the host of The … Details
Image courtesy of WisonWison Offshore & Marine has begun work on Novatek Arctic LNG 2 project at the Zhoushan yard in China.Wison Offshore & Marine said on Wednesday that the fabrication of Arctic LNG 2 project began on November 29, 2019.According to the company, the module fabrication contract was awarded by Technip France S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of TechnipFMC. The French company was awarded an EPC consolidated contract valued at $7.6 billion by Novatek in late July.Novatek, the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia, is the operator of the Arctic LNG 2 project.As for the project, the Arctic LNG 2 project comprises three LNG trains at 6.6 million tons per annum each. Wison’s work scope is engineering, procurement, fabrication, and commissioning of modules in train one with a total weight of 48,000 mt.The project participants include Novatek (60 percent), Total (10 percent), CNPC (10 percent), CNOOC Limited (10 percent) and the Japan Arctic LNG, consortium of Mitsui & Co and JOGMEC (10 percent).It is worth noting that with the continuous support of Novatek, TechnipFMC, Wison achieved first steel cutting ahead of schedule, which might save time and decrease costs during project execution.An Wenxin, COO of Wison Offshore & Marine, said: “Wison Offshore & Marine is committed to delivering innovative monetization solutions across LNG value chain and high-quality onshore and offshore module construction services for the global energy industry, and providing customers with integrated EPCIC and operation services that meet the highest international quality and safety standards.“As a participant in the Arctic LNG 2 project, Wison relies on its module fabrication experience and 1.5 million square meter yard resources, is capable to provide cost-effective solutions for mega-module projects.“
Comments When Syracuse’s season came to an end in double-overtime against Princeton in the NCAA tournament last year, starting goalkeeper Asa Goldstock was on the bench. She’d been pulled from the goal midway through the first half by SU head coach Gary Gait after stopping just four of the Tigers’ 11 shots.For the first time in her career, Goldstock became skeptical about her play. Previously the top-ranked goalie at Niskayuna (new york) high school’s class of 2016, Goldstock didn’t know how else to react, other than cheer for Hannah Van Middelem, who replaced her in net.“I’d never experienced that prior to coming to Syracuse,” Goldstock said. “I think I wish I did, so I’d have the better ability to deal with those emotions.”The junior started every game for the Orange last season but faced the pressure of knowing Gait had little patience for her letting up goals — she allowed 10 or more goals 11 times in 2018. Her ability to regroup and refocus wasn’t where it needed to be, and that affected her play. Since Syracuse’s loss to Princeton, Goldstock’s worked on her mental toughness through meditation, visualization and positivity. In practice, she worked with the attack, improved her agility and often met with defenders to improve SU’s defensive chemistry. Now, after a season in which she doubted herself for the first time, Goldstock is back in net as No. 11 Syracuse’s (2-0) starting goalie.“She’s playing outstanding right now,” Gait said. “She’s a very talented goalie and if she gets it all together mentally and physically she’ll be outstanding.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorGoldstock was benched in favor of then-freshman Van Middelem three weeks before watching SU’s season end from the sidelines. In the Orange’s 21-12 ACC tournament loss to North Carolina, Goldstock lasted just six minutes before Van Middelem took her spot.Goldstock cheered for her team when Van Middelem was inserted into the game, but the positivity lacked in terms of her thoughts about her own play. She’d immediately run to a coach or a fellow goalie and ask them what she specifically did wrong to earn a benching. Goldstock’s roommate, Julie Cross, gave the goalie reassurance in her game that Goldstock didn’t have in herself.“There was never any doubt in her game for me personally,” Cross said. “I think having that confidence and telling her how I feel about her playing and I think that definitely helps her boost her confidence on the field for the next game.”While some of her results during games didn’t match her expectations, Goldstock saw her failures as chances to improve. In practice during the season, she’d pull players aside to practice by letting them shoot on her.That continued into the summer, when Goldstock ran more to improve her short distance speed. Although she said she’s “not a big runner,” the additional training made her faster and allowed her to move with the ball quicker. Then, during fall ball, Goldstock “grinded” to leave no doubt in Gait’s mind that she should start in goal during SU’s first game against Connecticut.“I think sometimes a lot of players get complacent and I think that’s where it really hurts us,” Cross said. “(But) she would pick up her energy in practice and I think that led to the great games that she would have.”Her mental improvement was furthered when SU worked with a sports psychologist that focused on meditation. He showed them the proper way to meditate, which included visualizing positive events.Like most athletes, Goldstock always envisioned herself having success on the field. But last season, her positive attitude prior to games didn’t carry into games. After each goal that she allowed, the positivity would wear away.“I do a lot of visualizing before games,” Goldstock said. “It’s more just about being positive and staying positive when we’re going into a game, and in a game, if I get scored on.”On Friday during Syracuse’s season-opener, Goldstock listened to the final buzzer from the same place she ended last season: the sideline. But this time, it was because the junior gave up just four goals in over 48 minutes in a Syracuse blow out win.When she was replaced, instead of going off the field with her head down, Goldstock’s jog was full of energy. The first person she high-fived once she got back to the bench was Cross, who greeted Goldstock’s smile with one of her own.“I realized I only have two more seasons left, and I’m not gonna get these years back,” Goldstock said. “So there’s no point in dwelling on anything. I’m just excited to be positive out there…and positivity will hopefully lead to success.” Published on February 13, 2019 at 11:21 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+
Lawrence D. Haggard, 92, died peacefully from this earth on Monday, October 7th at Sumner Regional Medical Center.Â He was born at Howard, Kans. on July 10, 1921. His family moved to Wellington when Larry was 9 years old; Larry has resided in Wellington his entire life.Â He graduated from Wellington High School in 1939.Larry served in WW II in the Air Corp stationed state side.Â Larry was awarded an Honorable Discharge as a Corporal in 1946.Â Larry has been a proud member of Tom Schwinn American Legion Post #90 for 69 years where he served in various leadership roles.On April 7, 1945, he married the love of his life Virginia Leigh Dennis. Together, they had one son, Dennis W. Haggard.Â In addition to their one child, Larry and Virginia impacted a great many children in their lifetime; generations of children summered on the Haggard farm where they developed excellent work ethics and many happy memories under the guidance of Grandma and Grandpa Haggard.Larry believed in hard work – he was in feed sales at Pay Way Feed, he was a farmer where he raised pigs and wheat, he worked on B-52s while employed at Boeing and he worked as a custodian at Lincoln Elementary and Roosevelt Schools for USD #353. He had a dry sense of humor and a quip for every story.He is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, and his father and mother, William Henry Haggard and Norma (Bell) Haggard along with his siblings, Iris Gilbert, Rex E. Haggard, Vera Hall, John A. Haggard and Billy Jr. Haggard.Larryâ€™s survivors include his son, Dennis and Donna Haggard of Stoddard, WI, his grandchildren, Heather Haggard, Travis and Sue Haggard, Teneille Haggard and James Thoms and two great grandchildren, Riley Haggard and James Teneille Thoms.Â Larry also leaves behind a number of friends that will miss his anecdotes and humor.Â A very special thank you is extended to the staff of Sumner Regional Medical Center 2nd Floor Nursing Staff — you have made the last five years of his lifeâ€¦.in Larryâ€™s words â€œdownright enjoyableâ€.Per Larryâ€™s request, there will be no services.Â Donations can be made to Larryâ€™s memorial for the Avenue of Flags.Â Donations can be left at or mailed to Frank Funeral Home, 417 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net
Liverpool fought back from 3-0 down to win their fifth European Cup (AFP Photo/MUSTAFA OZER)Paris, France | AFP | Steven Gerrard said Liverpool did not “believe in miracles” and Jamie Carragher thought his “dreams had turned to dust”, but 15 years ago Rafael Benitez’s side pulled off one of football’s greatest heists to beat AC Milan in the Champions League final.The English side were underdogs before kick-off in Istanbul despite edging out Chelsea in the semi-finals and a strong Juventus outfit in the last eight, but were completely written off when 3-0 down at half-time in their bid for a fifth European Cup.But, roared on by 40,000 travelling supporters in the club’s first final in the competition since the Heysel disaster of 1985, Liverpool fought back in a crazy six-minute spell before eventually triumphing on penalties.The much-fancied Milan, who had won the title in 2003 at Old Trafford, took the lead inside 50 seconds through captain Paolo Maldini’s volley — the first time Liverpool had conceded first in a Champions League game since their famous group-stage win over Olympiakos.It was to get worse for Liverpool as, with defensive midfielder Dietmar Hamann sitting on the bench despite a brilliant performance against Chelsea, winger Harry Kewell hobbled off injured midway through the first half.“The 2007 (Milan) team was technically inferior to the 2005 team, who remain the best team with the best performance in a final,” then-Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti later said when asked about the teams he took to three Champions League finals, winning the other two, including against Liverpool in 2007.“The 2005 team were better than the one in 2003.”That class shone in a blistering first-half display by the Italian giants, as Hernan Crespo tapped in after a rapid 39th-minute counter-attack which started with Liverpool appealing for a penalty after an apparent handball by Maldini.“The quality of (Andrea) Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf and Kaka cut us to shreds,” Gerrard later wrote in his autobiography.– Gattuso ‘thought it was all over’ –Just when it looked like Liverpool might limp into half-time only two goals behind, Milan delivered what appeared to be the killer blow as Kaka’s defence-splitting pass released Crespo to chip a sumptuous finish over the advancing Jerzy Dudek.“You could just tell by Gennaro Gattuso’s demeanour that he thought it was over,” said Gerrard. “All I was thinking of then was, ‘How do we get a bit of pride and respect back?’”Carragher wrote in his autobiography: “My dreams had turned to dust.“I wasn’t thinking about the game any more. My thoughts were with my family and friends. I was so sorry.”Liverpool’s supporters at the Ataturk Stadium tried to lift the team with an almost mournful half-time rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. “It lifted us, but it would be wrong to say that it made us believe in miracles,” said Gerrard.Benitez rang the changes, bringing on Hamann for injured full-back Steve Finnan at half-time and switching to a 3-5-2 formation.Carragher said that Liverpool were thinking that if they scored one goal, “pride might be restored”, and captain Gerrard twisted his neck to head John Arne Riise’s cross into the top corner nine minutes after the restart.What happened next was remarkable. Vladimir Smicer, on for Kewell and playing his last game for Liverpool, collected the ball 25 yards from goal and blasted a low shot past Milan goalkeeper Dida just two minutes later.In the 59th minute, Gerrard was fouled by Gattuso and Xabi Alonso completed one of football’s greatest comebacks, scoring on the rebound after Dida had saved his initial penalty.– ‘Let’s just get to extra time’ –Liverpool’s momentum was shortlived, though, and it was a long road before they eventually reached penalties.“After that goal I thought, ‘Let’s just get this to extra time and penalties’,” admitted Gerrard.Djimi Traore’s goalline block to deny Andriy Shevchenko helped the Reds reach extra time, where they needed an incredible double save from Dudek to keep out Shevchenko and two last-ditch challenges by Carragher on the Ukrainian to take the final to spot-kicks.“We also played very well in extra time,” said Ancelotti. “Carragher told me they couldn’t take it anymore and they wanted to go to penalties.”Unlike two years before, when Shevchenko scored the winning spot-kick against Juventus, it was not to be Milan’s night on penalties.Serginho blazed wildly over and Pirlo’s effort was saved by the dancing, advancing Dudek, and although Dida kept out Riise, Dudek palmed away Shevchenko’s tame shot to finish off a memorable final which will forever be remembered as the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’.“Correct me if I’m wrong, but have you ever seen a better Champions League final?,” asks Gerrard. “They were a better team than us but we beat them.”Share on: WhatsApp
1 Aug 2019 English Girls’ Open Championship – Daily Highlights Tags: Charlotte Heath, English Girls Championship, Gog Magog Day three round-up:Germany’s Marie Bechtold (pictured above) followed in the footsteps of compatriot Celina Sattelkau when she won the English Girls’ Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at The Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge.Sattelkau became the first overseas winner of the championship 12 months ago at East Devon and now Bechtold has repeated that feat but only after withstanding a late charge from English International Caitlin Whitehead.Bechtold was seven shots clear of Whitehead after opening rounds of 71, 71 and 68 but in the end needed a birdie on the penultimate hole to regain the lead before going on to par the last to card a 73 and finish one shot ahead of her English rival on five-under par 283.Whitehead, from Carus Green in Cumbria, had looked out of contention heading into the final 18 holes on one under par but three successive birdies from the 11th followed by a further birdie on the final hole gave her a 67 and brought her to the brink of battling her way into an unlikely play-off.It was also a superb last day for Whitehead’s international colleague Jessica Baker, from Gosforth Park Ladies, who opened with rounds of 81 and 72 to squeeze through the cut by two shots but then fired two successive six-under par 66s to storm up into a share of third place with Germany’s Chiara Horder and France’s Pyrene Delample on three-under par 285.Further down the leaderboard, English first round leader Charlotte Heath closed with a one-under par 71 to finish sixth on one-over par 289 while a 71 from last year’s runner-up, Kirsten Rudgeley from Australia, saw her claim a share of seventh place with Ffion Tynan from Wales two shots further back.Day two round-up:France’s Pyrene Delample and Germany’s Marie Bechtold hold a slender one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship at The Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge.Both girls carded second round scores of 71 to be tied on two-under par 142 one shot ahead of Carys Worby from Wales and English first round leader Charlotte Heath. Worby added a 72 to her opening 71 but Heath dropped a couple of places after posting a 75.There is a distinctly foreign hue to the leaderboard heading into the final two rounds to be played tomorrow. Austria’s Anna Neumayer shot a second successive 72 to share fifth place with Germany’s Maya Obermueller on level-par 144 while Australia’s Trinity Francis returned a 70 to move into a tie for seventh place alongside compatriot Kirsten Rudgeley, England’s Jessica Adams and Germany’s Chiara Horder on 145.Two other Germans are also well-placed to emulate their compatriot Celina Sattelkau, who won the championship last year at East Devon, because after two rounds Julia Ley and Charlotte Back are sharing 11th place with England’s Caitlin Whitehead on 146.Day one round-up:English international Charlotte Heath holds a two-shot lead after the first round of the English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship at The Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge.Heath, from Huddersfield Golf Club, who represented her country at the recent European Girls’ Team Championship, raced to the turn in four-under par 32 and then came home in level par 36 to post a 68.Her nearest challengers are German duo Maya Obermueller and Chiara Horder, who share second place on 70. There are both attempting to emulate their compatriot, Celina Sattelkau, who became the first overseas winner of this championship 12 months ago at East Devon Golf Club.It proved to be a good day for the large German contingent because Marie Bechtold goes into the second round in a share of fourth place alongside English international Caitlin Whitehead, France’s Pyrene Delample, Australia’s Kirsten Rudgeley and Carys Worby from Wales on one-under par 71.The full field plays the second round before the leading 40 competitors, and those tied for 40th place, play a further 36 holes on Thursday. Photo credit Leaderboard Photography
It’s summer. It’s a time of celebration – backyard BBQs, community events, family reunions, vacations. And it’s a time for having fun with family and friends. But what do you do when you are mourning the loss of someone you loved? Do you participate in the events, but stay in the corner? Do you decline invitations, thinking no one really wants to see you, fumbling for what to say to you, asking if you are ok? Do you attend, yet question every moment of laughter or smile you have as a betrayal of the person who isn’t there?Joan Hitchens of Navigating Grief understands the awkwardness of rejoining social events after a loss. She has been there, having to re-engage in a life involving “fun” after the death of her husband. “Most of us feel better when the sun starts coming out, days are longer, friends are doing things outdoors again. But when you are grieving, you may not feel sunny on the inside,” describes Hitchens.Hitchens continues to explain that people may still be feeling a deep sorrow from their loss and that they are not supposed to be having fun – that it’s a betrayal to the person who is gone. “Living a good life is not a betrayal,” she says. “One of the ways to give yourself permission to have fun is by honoring the person you lost by doing fun things they would have enjoyed – that you would have done together.”She suggests reframing the activity by asking yourself, “Would my loved one want to deny me this? What would they want for me?” Chances are they would want you to smile, to laugh, to live life fully.But what about gatherings with family and friends? Inevitably there will be questions or awkward silences from those who don’t know what to say. Hitchens suggests allowing storytelling to be part of your memories and part of the fun. This assimilates the person you have lost into the gathering, instead of forgetting them.Above all, identify for yourself what you are ready to do. If you truly aren’t ready to be out with others, don’t go. But don’t deny yourself some fun due to fear. Live a life the person you lost would be proud of.To learn more about Joan Hitchens, click here. Facebook18Tweet0Pin0
1 of 4 A wide variety of art is created by the Zeutenhorst family. Phil Zeutenhorst’s wooden bowls and platters displayed at Gallery Boom. Facebook59Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Lacey Glass, Inc. Lacey Glass, Inc. loves being involved in the community and just started a new adventure. In their free time, many of our employees are local artists and crafters. The Zeutenhorst family behind Lacey Glass at Home also sells handmade goods at Gallery Boom in downtown Olympia. Tina sells handmade frames and photography. Phil makes hand turned wood bowls and platters. Morgan creates jewelry and wool crafts and is the face of Poppy la Fae. Jessica sells beaded bracelets that benefit Special Olympics. We are very much a town and a family of arts. Come check out the Zeutenhorsts’ area just the left of the registers for a last minute gift with some local roots.Gallery Boom is located at 520 Adams Street and is open 7 days a week until Christmas. Jewelry pieces are just one of the gift options offered from the Zeutenhorst family from Lacey Glass at downtown’s Gallery Boom. The Zeutenhorst family members all have something on display at Gallery Boom.