Lee Commissioners accept grant for homeless prevention & rehousing

first_imgBalloons from your outdoor celebration could be dangerous to wildlife June 16, 2021 FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted to accept a $2.67 million federal grant for homeless prevention programs, including some foreclosure and eviction prevention programs, during the COVID-19 pandemic.The grant is funded by the CARES Act and will increase the capacity of existing homeless prevention programs administered through Lee County Human & Veteran Services, according to the county.The grant that was voted on on Tuesday is in addition to the $134.4 million in federal money allocated to Lee County from the CARES Act.For more information, click here. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Lee County officials to accept millions for homelessness relief June 13, 2021 AdvertisementTags: cares actHomelessLee County Lee County Commission could allocate over $3 million to fight homelessness June 16, 2021 Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS All-electronic tolls to stay on certain Lee County bridges June 17, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Wan-tastic’ Stradbally claim second league win against the champions

first_img Previous articleWins for Ballyroan-Abbey, Killeen and Kilcruise in 1B while Courtwood and Barrowhouse win in Division 2Next articlePortlaoise at their ease in 19-point win over Portarlington Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook TAGSACFL Division 1AO’Dempsey’s v Stradbally Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Rugby WhatsApp Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad WhatsApp Community Twitter Home Sport GAA ‘Wan-tastic’ Stradbally claim second league win against the champions SportGAAGaelic Football By Alan Hartnett – 21st April 2018 In what was a high scoring affair, O’Dempsey’s began it through Matthew Finlay. Stradbally replied via Colm Begley and the sides continued to trade points until the tenth minute.Barry Kelly and Eoin Finlay scored for O’Dempsey’s with Tom Shiel replying each time before the home team reeled off two in a row via Matthew Finlay and the aforementioned Kelly.Stradbally were level by the midpoint of the half thanks to Tom Shiel and Conor Delaney before the latter gave the visitors the lead for the first time when he pounced on a defensive mix up to score the game’s first goal.O’Dempsey’s responded well though. Eoin Finlay raised a white flag before Dan McCormack and Matthew Finlay combined to create a chance which Eoin smashed to the back of the net before Conor Meredith levelled things up.And it looked like we would head for half time this way but Stradbally had other ideas. Tom Shiel’s pass was met first time on the half volley by Conor Delaney and it arrowed into the corner of the net to leave it 2-7 to 1-7 at the break.Matthew Finaly and Rory Bracken reduced the arrears to one on the resumption of play but Colm Kelly’s first free of the evening helped Stradbally keep a two point cushion.Conor Meredith and Tom Shiel exchanged points before Comerford made the first of his saves when he raced off his line to thwart Mark Barry.O’Dempsey’s were on top now and went ahead with three minutes of normal time to play thanks to substitute Stephen O’Leary and Rory Bracken.They could have put the game to bed in that period by Comerford was unbeatable. He denied Barry, Matthew Finlay and Dan McCormack all from point blank range in separate attacks to keep Stradbally in the game.And they took full advantage. Fitzpatrick snatched the crucial goal with Shiel and Kelly kicking a free each to move Stradbally four points ahead.Five minutes of injury time were played and the best O’Dempsey’s could muster was a Matthew Finlay point as Comerford kept them out and Stradbally held on for their second win of the season.SCORERS – Stradbally: Conor Delaney 2-1, Tom Shiel 0-5 (four frees), Colm Kelly 0-3 (all frees), Podge Fitzpatrick 1-0, Colm Begley and Damien Murphy 0-1 each O’Dempsey’s: Matthew Finlay 0-5 (two frees), Eoin Finlay 1-2, Barry Kelly, Rory Bracken and Conor Meredith 0-2 each, Stephen O’Leary 0-1 (free)O’DEMPSEY’S: Podge Bannon; Cormac O’Hora, Peter O’Leary, Shane Nerney; Robbie Kehoe, Tommy Kehoe, Tom Kelly; Rory Bracken, Barry Kelly; Micheal Finlay, Conor Meredith, Matthew Finlay; Mark Barry, Dan McCormack, Eoin Finlay. Subs: Stephen O’Leary for O’Hora (41mins, black card)STRADBALLY: Wayne Comerford; Colin Beale, Liam Knowles, Jamie Kavanagh; Jack Langton, Eoin Buggie, Charlie O’Brien; Darren Maher, Colm Begley; Conor Delaney, Tom Shiel, Podge Fitzpatrick; Colm Kelly, Jody Dillon, Damien Murphy. Subs: Eamon Conlon for Beale (17mins, inj), Jamie Devoy for Knowles (58mins, inj)Referee: Darren Bracken (Portarlington)SEE ALSO – Rugby, soccer and GAA – all of this weekend’s local sports fixtures Pinterest Council Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘Wan-tastic’ Stradbally claim second league win against the champions Facebook Twitter O’Dempsey’s 1-14 Stradbally 3-11Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1AStradbally inflicted a first league defeat of the season over reigning Division 1A champions O’Dempsey’s thanks in no small part to a simply stunning display by their goalkeeper. Wayne Comerford, older brother of Waterford FC player Garry, pulled off no fewer than five incredible saves in the second half of the game as Stradbally won by three points in the end.It looked like we were heading for a draw with two minutes to play but when Colm Kelly’s shot came back off the upright, Podge Fitzpatrick reacted first for Stradbally and scored what proved the winning goal. Pinterestlast_img read more

Laois has second highest increase in .ie domain registrations in the country

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Laois has second highest increase in .ie domain registrations in the country Home News Community Laois has second highest increase in .ie domain registrations in the country NewsCommunity Facebook Leinster registered 16,513 new .ie domains since January. Laois tops the midlands, with Westmeath registering 361 new .ie domains, while Offaly came in with 196.The most visited sites in Ireland were also published. These include Google, Daft and Donedeal.ie.SEE ALSO – BREAKING: A sushi restaurant is coming to Laois GAA WhatsApp Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp GAA Twittercenter_img Previous articleAll of this week’s Laois GAA FixturesNext articleRemember the Game: Camross withstand late Mountrath rally in 2009 Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Pinterest GAA Laois just comes behind Dublin in the highest number of dot .ie registered increases in domain names for the first half of the year.A total of 365 new .ie sites were registered in Laois in the first six months of 2019 – a 30 percent increase from this time last year.This is according to new figures from IE Domain Registry. Twitter By Siun Lennon – 20th August 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TAGSdomain names 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

World Must Push for Daughter Reunion

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion By Cho Jong Ik – 2012.05.09 2:03pm Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Facebook Twitter World Must Push for Daughter Reunion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? center_img SHARE Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Late last month, the North Korean authorities issued a written response to a UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention request for information on the whereabouts of ‘Daughter of Tongyeong’ Shin Suk Ja, saying that she died of hepatitis and adding that both daughters Hye Won and Kyu Won do not wish to meet their father. This was the first official response from North Korea to such inquiries, in contrast with a 2010 petition by the Family Members of the 1969 KAL Kidnapping Victims, which has received no response. It is likely that North Korea sent the official response primarily to calm negative international opinion, which was actively working to save Shin and her daughters. North Korea knows that the international community cannot verify either the cause of Shin’s death or the direct stance of her daughters regarding reunion with their father. In particular, the North will probably now decline all additional attempts to verify the response by Shin’s family and NGO groups, citing the ‘fulfillment of international obligations’ as a member of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.However, there remains a great deal of doubt as to the truthfulness of the North Korean response, particularly regarding the attitude of Shin’s daughters. Much of this skepticism is based on past examples of North Korean duplicity in such matters.During the 1969 hijacking of the Korean Air YS-11 by a North Korean spy, for example, Pyongyang promised to return all passengers, but in the end retained 7 and a further 4 crew members. North Korea claims that the remaining 11 voluntarily stayed in North Korea thanks to the superiority of its society; however, the 39 who were able to return subsequently testified that they were kept against their will.Elsewhere, in the late 1970s a high school student, Kim Yong Nam, was kidnapped by North Korea. During July, 2006 separated family reunions he said that he had not been kidnapped and went to the North by choice. However, a confirmed North Korean spy, Kim Kwang Hyun, has testified that this was another state-sponsored kidnapping. Worse still, in 2004 the ‘remains’ of a Japanese kidnapping victim, Yokota Megumi, were returned to the Japanese authorities, but DNA testing revealed that they were not her remains at all.Choi Hong Jae, who headed last year’s ‘Daughter of Tongyeong’ campaign to save Shin said, “Given that North Korea has given false answers in the past about kidnapping victims, it is likely that it is a lie this time as well. It seems that Hye Won and Kyu Won’s rejection of meeting their father Mr. Oh Gil Nam is also due to pressure from North Korea.”However, Yoon Yeo Sang, who heads the North Korean Human Rights Record Depository, pointed out, “North Korea’s response implies that they are to some degree accommodating the human rights problems raised by the UN. Because the exact date of Shin Suk Ja’s actual death was not released, it is a opportunity for us to aggressively demand more information.”“It is important to verify the stance of the two daughters, so it is necessary to keep asking North Korea for a reunion in a third country,” he asserted. “There have been precedents in the past and since it is a humanitarian concern, if strongly demanded it may be possible.” AvatarCho Jong Ik Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

Paul Newman Rolex sells for more than US$17 million

first_img See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada From the decades that Newman wore the watch, the Daytona has since become known as the “Paul Newman” Rolex. But this particular one is set apart by an inscription on the back from Woodward: DRIVE CAREFULLY ME”, in reference to Newman’s then burgeoning hobby of car racing – of which Woodward wasn’t a big fan. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. When Joanne Woodward bought her husband a watch in the late 1960s, she couldn’t possibly have foreseen how it could become the most expensive watch sold at auction almost fifty years later. But then again, her husband was no ordinary man. That husband was the actor, race car driver and race team owner Paul Newman, who passed away in 2008. And that watch was the Rolex Daytona, which adorned Newman’s wrist for decades before he gave it to a then-boyfriend of his daughter. The watch recently went to a Phillips auction in New York, where it was expected to garner a little over US$1 million; instead, a 12-minute bidding war saw it finally go to a secret buyer for a whopping US$17,752,500. A portion of the proceeds went to the Nell Newman Foundation, a charity set up by Newman’s daughter Nell. Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca center_img ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSNewsand MediaArtsCars and Car DesignCelebrity NewsClassic and Antique CarsClothing AccessoriesClothing and AccessoriesCulture and LifestyleEntertainmentFashion and StyleMontres Rolex SAMovie StarsMoviesNew YorkPaul NewmanUnited StatesWatches COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 This handout photo obtained October 27, 2017 courtesy of Phillips Auction shows actor Paul Newmans legendary Rolex Paul Newman Daytona. A constant beloved companion of Paul Newman for years, the late Hollywood star’s Rolex has sold for $17.8 million, setting a world auction record for a wristwatch, Phillips said on October 27, 2017. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisementlast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, May 19

first_imgHome Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, May 19Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, May 19By Editor – May 19, 2015 42 0 Linkedin Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Share Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement TAGSArizonaCaliforniaCanadaChinaDon Sebastiani & SonsEl NinoFrancis Ford Coppola WineryFranciscan Estate WineryMichiganNew MexicoSchramsberg VineyardsSouth AfricaSouth AmericaSupreme CourtTimothy PerssonUS CongressWilliam Cole VineyardsWindsor Oaks Winery Email Twittercenter_img Trending Story:Congress Moves to Protect U.S. Wines from Canadian TariffsRep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for certain cuts of meat to avoid retaliatory tariffs on a variety of U.S. exports to Canada and Mexico…Today’s News:Arizona, New Mexico in El Niño’s wet path this year?Don’t get out the umbrellas just yet. University of Arizona agricultural meteorologist Paul Brown is suspicious of wet weather forecasts as are many of you…Farm-labor case appears headed to Supreme CourtA sweeping state appellate court decision, ruling part of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act unconstitutional, sets the stage for an eventual state Supreme Court decision on the act’s mandatory mediation and conciliation provisions…2014 California Wine Sales Grow 4.4% by Volume and 6.7% by Value in the U.S.California wine shipments in the U.S. were 225 million cases in 2014, up 4.4% from the previous year, with an estimated retail value of $24.6 billion, up 6.7%. California wine sales to all markets, both domestic and international, increased 3.7% by volume to 269 million cases in 2014…The Next Generation in Wine smooths business transitionLimited hail damage reported in California grapesTrade fight could raise tariffs on California wineWine lovers enjoy North Coast Wine Challenge winners$10 Million Available For California Water Conservation ProgramBenchmark program takes aim at Michigan wineries2015 Vintage Report: South Africa2015 Vintage Report: South AmericaTrade needs to tap into wine’s romantic sideChina Wine Targets Middle ClassWine Lists of the FutureWIN Jobs:Lab ManagerFranciscan Estate Winery (St Helena, CA, United States)Busines Development ManagerRecruiting Associates Network (Based in Napa, Ca and Travel Internationally )2015 Harvest Internships!Windsor Oaks Winery (Windsor, CA, United States)More wine industry jobs…People:Schramsberg Vineyards Strenghtens Winemaking TeamQ&A Hess Family Wine Estates Managing Director Timothy PerssonWilliam Cole Vineyards Appoints Doug Berlogar Director of SalesGuerrilla winemakersAnne-Claude Leflaive nephew to run family domaineGlaetzer Versus GlaetzerNew head winemaker at LansonWine law authority will speak at Mondavi InstituteNapa’s Innovative New Guard WinemakersSanta Ema Harvest Report, Q&A with Andres Sanhueza, Chief WinemakerQ&A The Prince of Haut-BrionUnorthodox winemaker: Mark KirkbyVintner Tony Cartlidge’s second actDon Sebastiani & Sons Chooses Emerging Star to Run MarketingMust Reads: All things Coppola in Wine Spectator Advertisement Previous articleSanta Ema Harvest Report, Q&A with Andres Sanhueza, Chief WinemakerNext articleSonoma State University Announces French Language Certificate for Wine Business – 1st in the US Editor ReddIt Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Davis speaks up about her supporters

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilDavis speaks up about her supporters Oct. 27, 2016 at 1:00 amCity CouncilDavis speaks up about her supportersGuest Author5 years agocity councilcollege boarddaily presselectiongleam davisincumbentsNov. 8rentrent controlSanta MonicaSanta Monica candidatesSanta Monica City Councilsanta monica daily presssanta monica electionsanta monica housingsmc Meet the Candidates of this years ElectionEveryday this week from Oct. 24 –Oct. 28 the Santa Monica Daily Press will post a video of candidates that came forward to express their ideas regarding Santa Monica. Every candidate has a different question. The video will range from 2-4 minutes. Meet the candidates of this year’s election. Don’t forget voting is Nov.8.Tags :city councilcollege boarddaily presselectiongleam davisincumbentsNov. 8rentrent controlSanta MonicaSanta Monica candidatesSanta Monica City Councilsanta monica daily presssanta monica electionsanta monica housingsmcshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSion Roy talks previous college work historyTorosis explains why voters should choose herYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsCity opens application process to fill McKeown’s vacant council seatClara Harter6 days agoFeaturedNewsDraft Housing Element released to publicBrennon Dixson2 weeks agoFeaturedNewsCommissioners talk diversity, or a lack thereofBrennon Dixson3 weeks agoFeaturedNewsSMMUSD breaks down budget revisionsBrennon Dixson3 weeks agoFeaturedNewsRent Board announces general adjustment effective SeptemberBrennon Dixson3 weeks agoFeaturedNewsCity and Coalition settle legal battleBrennon Dixson3 weeks agolast_img read more

Intelligence Brief: What might EU AI regulations look like?

first_img GSMA Intelligence AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 FEB 2020 Intelligence Brief: Does intent matter in network automation? Blog Read more Related Previous ArticleMTN turns to CEM to deliver best-in-class experienceNext ArticleHuawei steps up Verizon patent campaign From Brussels and Davos, the CEOs of Google and Microsoft respectively, recently voiced support for regulating AI. Over the last months, we have seen acceleration of ΑΙ regulation efforts coming out of the European Union (EU) with the European Commission (EC) vowing to deliver a legislative framework for AI within its five-year term to 2024.Details about whether this will represent tweaks of existing frameworks, principally GDPR, the EU data regulation which set the standard for data privacy globally, or a more comprehensive set of additional measures, remain unknown. However, leaked documents provide indications about where the EC is heading with AI regulation, highlighting three trends and associated implications.AI applications versus risk levelsA would-be AI regulatory framework might require companies to self-assess the potential risk attributable to their own AI-based services. Such a categorisation would exist along a continuum based on the sector and the application. For example, healthcare will be a high-risk sector when combined with AI, while autonomous cars will be a high-risk application because if AI fails, it could cause fatalities.In this scenario, companies would have to put new procedures in place to understand and justify the levels of risk their AI-based services involve. Assessments would likely include the potential impact on consumers and seek to quantify the risk from algorithmic bias and data sourcing by third-party developers which contribute to a given company’s services. Regulators would have to carefully craft legislation that does not unduly put extra operational burden or re-engineering costs, particularly when GDPR is already in force. Against this backdrop, and given AI is a fast-moving field, it may be more feasible and instructive to adopt a phased approach prioritising high risk areas in the first tranche. Tech innovations, privacy risks and empowering individualsAnother option the Commission is reportedly mulling involves giving people an enhanced personal data portability right. In the recent Consumer Insights GSMA Intelligence survey, we discovered a relatively large proportion of respondents (22 per cent, second in order of preference among tech companies, operators, regulators and state authorities) believed they themselves should be responsible for their own data safety. In this spirit, regulation should encourage AI services vendors to create tools which help users manage their privacy risks. This could include some or all of: AIGSMA IntelligenceGSMAiregulation Intelligence Brief: Assessing latest developments in 6G and healthcare HomeBlog Intelligence Brief: What might EU AI regulations look like? Tags Intelligence Brief: Assessing recent spectrum developments Data and data hubs – the role of public sector and industrial dataThe EU announced it will spend €1 billion on creating “common European data spaces”, expanding its existing public sector data hub to also include industrial data sets. The EC’s strategy is to help European companies capitalise on the data they generate and eventually catch up in the AI race against the US and China. These can be a prime instrument for innovation, benefiting smaller companies and individuals with regards to more open, cheaper, better quality and more diverse data access. All of this is particularly relevant for accelerating AI innovation. However, interoperability across existing data hubs is far from a done deal. Scaling these at an EU-wide level would also raise intense debate about their governance.To sum up, a mix of light and smart regulation won’t be an easy task as it would have to balance out a number of trade-offs like stricter rules versus space for companies to innovate. Emphasis on technologies which empower individuals and companies to manage AI-related risks is probably the most prudent thing to do for policy makers and regulators, but it’s also up to the tech companies to deliver through tech tools. Finally, without a doubt, the EU perceives AI as a core element of its Digital sovereignty strategy. However, the EC’s intentions towards common European data spaces remains unclear for now, risking delays to progress. What exactly does ‘European’ data mean and how is it possible that only European companies could be profiting from these, a point Politico reported Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton raised at a tech conference in December 2019 when he outlined a goal for European companies to have access to domestic data to “create value” in the bloc.What difference would that make to current requirements for data centres to reside in the countries they operate in? And, how is that conducive to AI innovation?The EU is setting the bar very high. It needs to give fast and bold answers before criticism starts to gather.– Christina Patsioura – senior analyst, Emerging Technologies, GSMA IntelligenceThe editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Explainable AI, an emerging branch of AI systems aiming to explain and reason every decision made in a manner easily understandable by humans affected by or related to it.Digital sovereign identity, based on Blockchain, and enabling individual users to fully own and control their digital history, along with any data they shared.Zero knowledge proofs, cryptographic methods by which a user can prove to another user, say an AI service vendor, that they know something to be true without conveying any additional information. Authorlast_img read more

A New Adventure Begins in Bigfork

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Renny is also a professionally certified bike mechanic and Sarah is a trained ski mechanic, allowing the Johnsons to provide tune-up services.“I was surprised that there really was not a retail outfitter in this town,” Renny said. “For all the people that come to town or need clothes or services, there was just nothing like this available.”The couple seized on that opportunity. Their vision from the beginning was to establish a unique, high-quality source for the abundant population of outdoor adventurers who have plenty of year-round activities to choose from in Northwest Montana.“It’s an absolute outdoor mecca here through all the seasons,” Renny said. “It’s hard to live in this area and not take advantage of it. There are so many outdoor enthusiasts here.”The Johnsons surveyed other outdoor retailers and began a door-to-door campaign through Bigfork, talking with neighbors and tapping into the communal culture.“You have to be nimble. I’m always adjusting. We’re just trying to fit the needs of our clientele,” Renny said. “What do they really want? And how can we best meet their needs?”Other aspects fell into place, too. Like the location. A former business emptied out of the Electric Avenue site, leaving vacant “an excellent location” for Montana Adventure Sports, Renny said.The store’s friendly atmosphere fits the vibe that the Johnsons intended. One way of accomplishing that is thanks to the full-service espresso bar inside. Renny has experience as a barista in California and purposely incorporated a coffeehouse feel into the store. A year ago Renny and Sarah Johnson were relaxing in Lakeside when they began sketching ideas on a napkin. Over the last 20 years the Flathead Valley had been home to some of their fondest memories and favorite adventures, including getting married at Renny’s parents’ house outside Bigfork, where they met. When they returned to visit family on vacation last Christmas, Renny and Sarah came to the agreement that they didn’t want to leave. So they grabbed a napkin at the Tamarack Brewing Company and began writing down their strategy for staying.Today that marked-up napkin has burgeoned into a fully stocked outdoor retail store and service shop in downtown Bigfork. The Johnsons opened Montana Adventure Sports at 439 Electric Avenue in June, the culmination of a passion for being outdoors and a dream of opening a small business in a beloved place.“This has been something that has been mulling around in the back of my head for a long time,” Renny said recently.“We’ve always loved it up here. It’s always felt like home to us.”The Johnsons’ business appears to have been welcomed with open arms, too. Thanks to strong local support in the business community and an eager clientele, Montana Adventure Sports hit the ground running with a strong summer, and winter continues at a healthy clip, according to Renny.“We had a wonderful start,” he said. “I believe we made a good first impression.”There’s a noticeable attention to detail at Montana Adventures Sports, from the logo, which originated on that keepsake napkin, to the product lineup, which features well-respected brands.The store has generated excitement with a unique selection of gear and apparel that includes Helly Hansen products, Boga stand-up paddle boards, Arbor snowboards and Lole active wear. There’s also a selection of mountain and road bicycles by Felt, Volagi and Parlee Cycles. Assorted bicycles hang on the wall of Montana Adventure Sports in Bigfork. – Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon Montana Adventure Sports on Electric Avenue in Bigfork. – Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon “That’s a way to build the community,” he said. “We want people to feel comfortable to come in and just hang and have a coffee.”Looking back on the last year, remembering how it all started with a napkin scrawled with ideas, Renny expresses astonishment at how much has occurred and how things have changed. The Johnsons have not only settled into a new business but they’ve settled into a new community with three young kids.The streak of fond memories and exciting adventures in the Flathead continues.“What I’ve loved about being here is how open the community has been and how helpful everyone has been,” Renny said. “I would also say that about my clients; everyone has just been wonderful and I’ve had amazing interactions. This has turned out better than expected.” Emaillast_img read more

Routes in west Donegal go untreated as lorry breaks down

first_img Twitter Routes in west Donegal go untreated as lorry breaks down By News Highland – February 27, 2020 WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleConcern over how Thorndale trees will hold up in stormsNext articleTeresa McDaid getting ready for Tokyo 2020 News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+center_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Homepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest Donegal County Council has stated that all major routes have been gritted from 5am this morning however one of their lorries has broken down resulting in roads around Dungloe, Burtonport and Loughanure going untreated.They are advising that these routes will be slippy and for motorists to take extra care.Donegal gritting route index as follows:06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa – **potentially untreated**12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana TownLT: Letterkenny Town Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more