‘Snowbirds’ leave home for home

first_img Sponsored Content Published 7:59 pm Friday, March 12, 2010 ‘Snowbirds’ leave home for home Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Dick and Pam Rogers were “blown away” by the people of the South.“We should have been born here,” Pam said, laughing. “It’s a wonderful place with wonderful people. Everywhere we go, people are warm and friendly. It’s like home away from home.”Last week, Herb and Dee Advocaat celebrated their 50th anniversary basking in Southern hospitality and among their Snowbird friends and their church family at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, which has welcomed the Snowbirds into their fellowship and into their hearts.The Snowbird couples come from different denominations however they are now “winter Baptists.” Going home or leaving home?The Snowbirds who have “lighted” in Pike County over the past few months are packed and ready to head back “up north.” But they feel that they are leaving home as well as going home.Twelve Snowbird couples regularly winter at Deer Run RV Park in northern Pike County, and it didn’t take long for them to feel right at home among Southerners. In fact, it was Southern hospitality that kept Basil and Karen O’Dell out of Florida. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author “At Mt. Moriah, there is such a feeling of love and acceptance,” Basil O’Dell said. “People here are so down to earth. That’s the atmosphere of the entire church. Here, we can be ourselves and know that we will be accepted just as we are. That’s the attitude of Southerners. They are different and we appreciate that difference.”The Snowbirds quickly became a part of the Deer Run community and Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. The female “birds” join in when a quilt is on the frame at the church. They don’t shy away from the kitchen and from domestic chores that are required of the membership of small country churches.The male “birds” are involved in the more strenuous tasks at the church and on the grounds. And, they all lend their voices in song. They are supportive of fundraising efforts of the church and generous in their giving.The Rev. Mack Lowery, church pastor, said that the Snowbirds are a blessing to his church.“But the church is a blessing to us,” Karen O’Dell said. “What they do for us is overwhelming. It is just a blessing to be a part of a warm, caring and loving church like this. We didn’t expect anything like this when we came.”The Snowbirds didn’t come to Alabama with any great expectations at all except maybe sunshine and warm breezes.“We didn’t know much about Alabama, except ‘Bear’ Bryant,” Basil O’Dell said. “But now we sell it as one of the greatest places in the country. But, we don’t sell it too hard. We don’t want it to be overrun by … Yankees.”The Snowbirds said they could easily make their homes in Alabama but they have families back home in Michigan, so home calls them back “north.”“Alabama is home, too,” Herb Advocaat said and added laughing. “If I could fix my accent, I could be an honorary ‘Bubba.’”The stereotypical “Bubbas” portrayed on television and in the movies do a great injustice to true Southerners, the Snowbirds said.“The people of Alabama are 100 percent genuine,” said Dee Advocaat. “There’s nothing pretentious about them.”“What you see is what you get,” Pam Rogers said. “Southerners are warm, caring people and, if you don’t feel loved down here, you won’t anywhere.”The Snowbirds will be leaving for home in the next couple of weeks. They’ll be doing the things that need to be done “up home” and enjoying being back with family and friends. But in those quiet moments, they’ll think of “Sweet Home, Alabama” and their “family” at Mt. Moriah.“And count the days until we’re back ‘home’ again,” Dick Rogers said. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories “We stopped at a convenience store in Ozark, and I was about 40 feet from the door and the man who was coming out stopped and held the door for me,” Basil O’Dell said. “That would never have happened in Michigan. I knew then Alabama was where I wanted to be.”That was about five years ago, and the O’Dells have been finding their way back to Alabama each year when Old Man Winter puffs his icy cheeks.“The hospitality of the people of this area is amazing,” O’Dell said. “We love it here and feel like we are part of the South now.” Print Article Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Family shares stories of father, husband Brown after death When Amos Brown’s wife and children talk about him, they can’t help but smile. 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Drive Safely

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Dear Friend,As we enter the highway construction season, it is important to be aware of your surroundings when on the road.This year, there will be more than 300 construction projects underway throughout Indiana. During this time, the Indiana Department of Transportation will be utilizing work zone signage, traffic alerts and social media to inform motorists of upcoming and ongoing projects. An interactive map can be found online to see the projects currently under construction. You can also use INDOT’s TrafficWise map to view current work zones and real-time traffic conditions.On average, crashes in INDOT work zones have killed at least 12 people each year since 2014. In these accidents, about 80 percent of the casualties are motorists or their passengers.To reduce the number of accidents, INDOT encourages you to stay alert, slow down, minimize distractions and plan ahead. Always be on the lookout for reduced speed limits, narrow lanes and workers, and avoid using cellphones.You can learn more about the Indiana Department of Transportation, upcoming projects and travel conditions at www.in.gov/indot.last_img read more

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Financial app for citizens of the world

first_imgA Toronto credit union is a leading partner in a new banking app that allows users to hold up to five currencies in a single account and transfer money internationally through a convenient and safe channel.DUCA Financial Services Credit Union has partnered with Zenbanx as the Canadian gateway for the app that aims “to make your money as mobile as you are.” Canada is the first country in which Zenbanx, the brainchild of ING Direct founder Arkadi Kuhlmann, has launched its service; as of this fall, the company’s website promised a U.S. portal soon.The app provides accountholders with a seamless solution for converting their funds to Canadian, U.S., Australian, Singapore, and Hong Kong dollars; euros; British pounds; Japanese yen; and rupees, the currency of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other Asian nations. Users can also transmit money to people in other countries via a secure channel with social messaging capabilities that is cheaper and easier to use than standard wire transfer methods, says DUCA President/CEO Richard Senechal, a CUES member.Running the app is a complex system that calculates currency exchange rates in real time, pays interest on accounts in the currencies of customers’ choice, and navigates global banking networks to facilitate money transfers securely and in compliance with various nationalities’ regulations designed to outlaw money laundering and funding of terrorism, Senechal says. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Makarska Riviera, Imotski and Vrgorac are working together to promote cycling tourism

first_imgThe race “CRO Race” was previously organized under the name “Tour of Croatia” and also passed through the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje, and footage of the race was shown in 190 countries, which contributed globally to the promotion of this part of Split-Dalmatia counties. This is the result of cooperation between the Tourist Board of Makarska and the company Spot, which through its brand “Trail – Full Cycling Experience” is developing a cycling tourist destination of the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje. Namely, it is a race organized by the company Top Sport Events, which started all this and proved itself through the successful organization of all editions of the tour in the past four years. This year’s race will include six stages, which will cover more than a thousand kilometers throughout Croatia. The footage of Croatia through which the race passes will be broadcast on six continents of the world. Makarska Riviera, Imotski and Vrgorac, which includes Biokovo, are actively working together to promote cycling tourism in the county. One of the projects that will promote this outdoor segment of tourism is the cycling race “CRO Race”, which starts on October 1 from Osijek, and ends on the third day in Biokovo and Makarska, reports Lokalni.hr. “Makarska Riviera, Imotski and Vrgorac are a unique area along Biokovo, ideal for the development of cycling tourism, so we signed a contract with Spot, which records the situation, after which they will propose measures to take to raise the offer to a higher level, complementing all that modern the cyclist is looking for, promoted. The development of cycling tourism is one of the strategic in the development plans of our destinations for the purpose of post-season and pre-season development”, Said Hloverka Novak Srzić, director of the Makarska Tourist Board. The development of the cycling tourist destination was entrusted to the company Spot. “We are currently checking the condition of existing trails and tracing new ones. Once we determine the complexity of the route, we go to different stakeholders. Of course, the method of route preparation, its equipment, services and other services are defined. We also have education of businessmen who we introduce to the specifics of guests, as well as local governments that we educate on how to maintain the route.”, Explains Karlo Kučan, director of the company. But he adds that he will be cycling in different stages this year. “We will cover all places on the Makarska Riviera, and cyclists will pass through all their centers. It will be spectacular! Thanks to the fantastic television footage from earlier races that toured the world, a group of journalists from the UK came, driving across Biokovo along a fascinating road leading to the very top. They were thrilled! They wrote a great report, published on 7-8 pages, a subtle, honest, own experience. We who live in that destination only when others open our eyes realize that we actually underestimate it. Cycling can bring only good to this destination, discover it in a new way, with a different view”, He explains and points out that it is necessary to develop an infrastructure that includes bike paths, but also other services that cyclists need. Miholjević notes that he participated in the meeting of the tourist board and hoteliers and is satisfied that the potential has been recognized and that there is a will for its development. Stage of the CRO Race race that passes through the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje “After that, there is a promotional part in which we include hotels, we prepare photo, video and printed materials, and during 2020 and 2021 we will present the Makarska Riviera at four tourist fairs. The destination cannot be branded overnight”, Emphasizes Kučan, and adds that”on Biokovo we can’t do adrenaline parks because of the karst that doesn’t allow it, but we have an excellent opportunity to develop mountain bikes. Fire paths are great for the family variant. In the coastal part, we are a bit limited by the traffic on the highway, but that is why the hinterland of Biokovo is an uncut diamond for cycling tourism.”. “Beautiful nature, spectacular view, with quality roads, accommodation facilities, gastronomic offer makes Makarska Riviera and Biokovo ideal for cycling. This is a very large potential that can be greatly developed with a serious approach and program”, Announced the race organizer Vladimir Miholjevic. Source / photo: Lokalni.hr; CRO Race; Facebook: Trail – Full Cycling Experiencelast_img read more

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Pellegrini unmoved by Aguero rumour

first_img Aguero, who has been in outstanding form this season, has reportedly been made Real Madrid’s top target for next summer. It is not the first time the 25-year-old has been linked with the Bernabeu, nor the first time this season there have been stories suggesting he might leave. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is unmoved by fresh reports linking star striker Sergio Aguero with a move away from the Etihad Stadium. Press Associationcenter_img But the Argentina international, who has scored 15 goals in his last 13 appearances, has previously insisted he is happy in Manchester and Pellegrini is not worried about the rumours. Aguero, who moved from Atletico Madrid for £38million in 2011, is contracted to City until summer 2017. Pellegrini, speaking after City’s 3-0 Barclays Premier League win over Swansea, said: “I don’t know anything about that. I don’t think Sergio wants to leave. That is not a problem for us. I don’t believe in that.” It is little more than a week since Pellegrini was last asked to comment on the matter, after both Aguero and team-mate Yaya Toure – another key player linked with a move – had spoken of their commitment to City. He said then: “Both of them are very happy here and they will stay with us.” City are back in Premier League action as they travel to West Brom in midweek. Pellegrini is hopeful captain Vincent Kompany will be fit to return after two months out with a thigh injury. He said: “We will see but I hope that he will come.” last_img read more

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Rare, Stinky Corpse Flower Blooms in Loxahatchee

first_imgA globally rare event is happening At the Tropical Bamboo Nursery in Loxahatchee.The corpse flower or Amorphophallus titanum bloomed last night and made quite a stink.It apparently smells like a decomposing elephant. The bloom lasts only a few hours then eventually in a few days the bloom collapses.The bloom is one of about five happening around the world outside of the plant’s native country in Indonesia.At the Tropical Bamboo Nursery, the last time a corpse flower bloomed was in 2014.The one blooming today was planted in 2006.last_img

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Cricket News This batsman hits record 25-ball hundred in Twenty20, team goes past 300

first_img New Delhi: The Twenty20 format has resulted in batsmen and batting playing aggressively, innovatively and ensuring bowlers get demoralised. The advent of Twenty20 has seen bats getting bigger, edges thicker and boundaries shorter. In the modern era, the fastest century in ODIs has fallen twice, with AB de Villiers of South Africa holding the current record of the fastest century in 31 balls. In Twenty20s, the fastest is 30 balls by Chris Gayle against Sahara Pune Warriors in IPL 2013. However, during an unofficial Twenty20 game in England, a batsman broke Gayle’s record to record a 25-ball century.George Munsey, who plays for Scotland in international cricket and plays for Gloucestershire’s second XI, played in a Twenty20 game against Bath Cricket Club’s first XI and created history. The left-hander smashed a fifty off 17 balls but he got to his next fifty in just eight balls. In the process, he reached a century off just 25 balls, five balls quicker than Gayle’s effort. Munsey blasted 147 off 39 balls and he was well assisted by GP Willows, who blasted a century off 53 balls. The efforts by Munsey and Willows allowed Gloucestershire 2nd XI to reach 326/3 in 20 overs.Munsey’s knock included five fours and 20 sixes. The tally of sixes is also the highest, beating the mark of Gayle where he blasted 17 sixes in his knock of 175. Gloucestershire won by 112 runs as Bath CC XI managed to score 214 in their 20 overs. Chris Gayle blasted a century off just 30 balls.Chris Gayle’s 175 is the highest individual in Twenty20 cricket.Goerge Munsey scored 50 in 17 balls and then reached his century in the next eight balls. highlights Although Munsey’s record will not be counted, it is still a staggering achievement. He also hit six consecutive sixes and ensured there was thorough entertainment. In 26 Twenty20 Internationals for Scotland, Munsey has a strike-rate of 150 and his highest is 71. In ODIs, he has an average of under 30 in 16 games and in four First Class games, he averages 56 with just one century and one fifty.Gayle blasted 175 off 66 balls during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s game against Sahara Pune Warriors in the IPL 2013 encounter at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. His tally included 13 fours and 17 sixes and he notched up his century off 30 balls, all of which are records which have not been broken in this format. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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FL woman captures raw chicken come back to life, jump off table

first_imgOnly in Florida!A video is going viral showing a piece of raw chicken starting to twitch before flinging itself off a plate and onto the floor.The video, taken by a woman in Florida, shows the bizarre scene unfolding in a restaurant as an onlooker screams.It was posted online about two weeks ago and has already been viewed millions of times.One explanation for the disturbing scene is that the chicken was just killed and the nerve endings were still firing.last_img

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Ruddington Grange is England’s 700th GolfMark club

first_img Ruddington Grange Golf Club in Nottinghamshire has just become the 700th club to achieve GolfMark, the England Golf award for junior and beginner-friendly facilities. The GolfMark scheme, which incorporates Sport England’s ClubMark award, was launched in 2006. Ian Gelsthorpe, the club’s head PGA professional who led the push to GolfMark, remarked: “Ruddington Grange is very proud to be the 700th club to achieve GolfMark. “It is a fantastic scheme and hopefully it will help us to get even more awareness and recognition in the local community of what we have to offer. “We want to show people that there aren’t the boundaries there used to be to come into a golf club. We’re a welcoming club which looks after and encourages new golfers and new members.” Ruddington Grange is a Get into golf centre for the Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership and offers low-cost, structured coaching for beginners. Their own ‘Get into the Swing’ initiative promotes successful, free taster sessions for women, families and children. For example, a ladies-only series early this year encouraged 12 women to take up trial membership. New members’ nine-hole competitions are organised to help people make golfing friends and to integrate into the club. Free coaching sessions for children will begin in January and Ian has also linked with six schools in the area to encourage youngsters to try golf and take up the sport. “Having GolfMark tells parents that we have the correct practices in place and gives them the confidence to leave their children in an organised environment,” he said.   Meanwhile, the club has forged links with Nottingham Trent University and recently welcomed over 30 new student members. Ruddington Grange has also just partnered a local gym to reach more potential players. Richard Flint, England Golf’s Club Services and Development Director, congratulated Ruddington Grange and said: “This is a key milestone for GolfMark which underlines the importance clubs place on working with us to support junior and beginner golf. The close relationship between GolfMark clubs and their local County Golf Partnership is helping to grow the game at grass roots by offering more people more opportunities to play golf.” Matt Bloor, the Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership’s County Development Officer, added: “Congratulations to Ruddington Grange. They are one of our flagship golf clubs and we welcome their proactive approach to getting new people into the game.” The GolfMark (incorporating Clubmark) scheme will be re-launched in 2014, following an extensive consultation period with key stakeholders. This will ensure the award meets golf club requirements in the changing golfing landscape, with an increased focus on development and business support, including club operations and marketing.   GolfMark timeline: June 2008: Birchwood Golf Club, Warrington, is 100th GolfMark club. June 2009: Shrewsbury Golf Club is 200th GolfMark club. April 2010: Stonebridge Golf Club, near Solihull, is 300th GolfMark club. December 2010: Sandburn Hall Golf Club, near York, is 400th GolfMark club. August 2011: East Herts Golf Club is 500th GolfMark club November 2012: Filey Golf Club is 600th GolfMark club December 2013: Ruddington Grange Golf Club is 700th GolfMark club Caption: Nottinghamshire County Development Officer Matt Bloor (left) presents Ian Gelsthorpe of Ruddington Grange with the GolfMark award. 11 Dec 2013 Ruddington Grange is England’s 700th GolfMark club last_img read more

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County Surrogate Opens Fourth Satellite Location

first_imgNEPTUNE – Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters will be setting up a fourth satellite office location to better serve residents in the coastal area of the county.The new office will be located in the County Connection Office at 3544 State Highway 66.“The Surrogate’s office will have a probate clerk available at the County Connection on the first Monday of each month,” Peters said. “At this location, residents will be able to apply to probate a will or administer an estate if there is no will, get affidavits of surviving spouse or next of kin, or apply for a guardianship of a minor.”The first day was Monday, March 4. Appointments are available by calling 732-431-7330, ext. 7335.The County Connection is already a satellite office of the Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French that offers many residents a more convenient location to access many county services.“Although we have two locations fairly close by in Ocean Township and in Wall, this is the only location that will be open after 4:30 p.m.” Peters said. “The late afternoon hours make it attractive for people who have to take time off from work to get to any of our other locations.”“This is another step forward in government service,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “By having extended hours and joining with the County Connection, thousands of residents who require services from the Monmouth County Surrogate’s Office will be able to do so closer to home.”Peters said that the new location is being provided at no additional cost to taxpayers. The County Connection location will require no added personnel since a member of the probate staff will be assigned to work at the new location for the day.Other satellite offices of the Surrogate’s Office are located at the Middletown Township Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, on Tuesdays; Wall Township Library, Allaire and Bailey’s Corner roads, on Wednesdays; and at the Ocean Township Library, 701 Deal Road, on Thursdays. All three of these offices are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The main office of the Monmouth County Surrogate is located in the Hall of Records, l Main St., Freehold. That office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

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