Mountain Mama Mountain Bikes DuPont

first_img“We sat down with a blank piece of paper and drew out our ideal life,” Eva Surls says as she turns her Sprinter van loaded with our mountain bikes into Dupont State Forest.I like her already. That combination of dreamer and take charge attitude in order to create a life conjured from one’s imagination is exactly the type of person I strive to be, it’s a characteristic I admire most in friends.The sun warms my elbow sticking out of the passenger seat window and the first blue sky in a week makes even a non-singer like me want to belt out a few Jack Johnson lyrics.I’ve just met Eva and don’t want to scare her off so instead I ask her more about how the Bike Farm, the base camp she owns with her husband, Cashion Smith, that caters to bikers wanting to explore the area.“We knew we wanted a piece of property big enough for friends and family to stay, and the concept evolved from there.”Eva parks at the trailhead for – and checks my fit on the bike. Before we start riding, she quizzes me on the front and rear brake and demonstrates the ready stance.We coast down a gravel road and she looks over her shoulder, her long braid off to one side, and says, “Elbows pointed out and heels down.”Eva stops before in front of the trail and talks a little about how to find the right gear for climbing and explains about shifting from the front to back of my seat depending on the steepness of the terrain.I follow her over some roots and then we turn back around and try it again to find a different line.After our second climb she reminds me to look ahead where I want to go instead of fixating on my front tire.Midway up she says, “Remember to look ahead at where you want to go.”I pick up my glance, which has been fixated on my front tire for the past few minutes, amazed at her to know where I’m looking given that she’s riding in front.We happily chat about trail running, dogs (her), and kids (me), as we ride by the river flowing below.Eva lets me know that the trail becomes more technical ahead. We climb over some more roots and negotiate some turns before the trail dips and we ride over the biggest root yet.Scared, I put my foot down right on top of the gigantic root, seemingly guarding the top of the hill.Eva stops her bike and says, “Good job getting this far. This root is bigger than the rest. Given what I’ve seen you ride so far, I know you can do it. Let’s session it for a bit.”I watch her ride it a few times and studying the way she stops pedaling a few feet in front of it, how she eases her grip from the handlebars as she approaches the root and how she presses her peddle a slight turn forward to keep her momentum once she’s crested it.Then it’s my turn. Eva is smaller in stature than me and she makes it look effortless so I figure I’ll be able to do it too.My first go I hit the root square on, my pelvis throbbing from the impact.The second time I stand there, hesitant with the realization that indecision could lead to physical pain. Eva tells me to take a minute to collect myself and take a deep breath.I think of my four-year-old son.Right now he would say, “Mama, be brave at this root.”He has this thing of misusing prepositions in a way I find adorable so I don’t correct it. Besides, it lends a certain insight that I often miss. He realizes that we don’t have to be brave globally, in all situations, that it’s enough to pick one very specific thing and direct all the courage we can muster toward that.I tell myself I will be brave at the root as I ride and shift my weight in time so that my front wheel climbs over the wheel but then hit my pedal on the side of the root. The same thing happens the next dozen tries.I keep focusing on my line, on where I’m looking, on where my feet are, and my body weight.On my last go it all comes together. I approach the root at the right angle and unweight my front tire, while still keeping my gaze ahead. Once I’m over it, I pedal forward.“I did it!” I say at the same time that Eva shouts, “you did it!”I can tell from her tone that she’s as proud as I am. We high five and ride the rest of the trail.Eva echoes my son’s wisdom. “Every ride, pick one thing to work on and session it. Spend ten or fifteen minutes trying the same move.”The rest of the week I try rolling over things on my bike. It’s such a small thing, getting my tires across a rock or a root. Even so, I swell with pride ever time.As the week goes on I notice that I’m feeling more focused as I tackle a negotiation or difficult discussion in my business life, too. By keeping focused and asking myself to meet a discrete task with a courageous attitude, I’m becoming brave at life.last_img read more

Freeport Home Invasion Shooting Suspect Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspect wanted for shooting and wounding a 21-year-old woman in a Freeport home invasion last year has turned himself in, Nassau County police said.Abram Owen was charged Monday with burglary, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, violation of probation and driving without a license.Police said the 32-year-old Hempstead man and another suspect who had yet to be apprehended forced their way into a house on Rutland Road in Freeport, where Owens allegedly pistol whipped the victim at 11:29 a.m. April 10, 2013. The gun went off and shot the victim in the leg, police said.“You’re not supposed to shoot her,” Owens’ alleged accomplice told the suspect before the duo robbed the victim and her friend and fled the scene, according to investigators.The victim was treated for her injuries at a local hospital.Owens’ friend told him about a Crime Stoppers flyer regarding the investigation, which prompted Owens to surrender himself to First Squad detectives this week, police said.He will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Cash crop

first_img In the fall of 2013, James Collins heard gunshots while relaxing at his home in Central Washington. It turns out a neighbor had an illegal marijuana grow operation, attracting three armed men who showed up at his house.“They weren’t after his crop; they were after his cash,” recalls Collins, president/CEO at $301 million asset O Bee Credit Union in Tumwater, Wash.The experience underscores the public safety hazards created with the presence of cash businesses—particularly high-volume cannabis dispensaries.Serving these types of businesses remains a murky prospect from a legal standpoint, at least on the federal level. Recreational marijuana is now legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia, while medical marijuana is legal in more than 30 states, according to Business Insider. continue reading » Maps Credit Union in Salem, Ore., has helped remove millions of dollars in cash from the streets by providing basic banking services for cannabis-based businesses, says Rachel Pross, chief risk officer.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Pelicans ‘monitoring’ potential deal for Wizards star Bradley Beal

first_imgBeal, 25, averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 82 games for the Wizards last season. He shot 47.5% from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range.The two-time All-Star, who has spent his entire career in Washington, has two seasons remaining on the five-year, $128 million extension he signed in July 2016.“I hate change. If I can retire in this jersey, I will. I’m all about loyalty,” Beal said in February, via NBC Sports Washington. “Granted, it goes both ways. They can say they won’t trade you and (then they do). It’s a business at the end of the day. But believe me… my parents (raised) me on loyalty and just constantly even keel no matter what. Tough time last not always, but tough people do.” Why the Pelicans just became one of the most exciting NBA teams The Pelicans reportedly agreed to one of the biggest trades in NBA history last weekend when they sent star Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 selection in 2019.New Orleans could look to flip that pick in a move for Beal, or another player, The Athletic’s report says. The Wizards, however, are not expected to consider trading Beal “unless offers are overwhelming,” according to a report from the Ringer. Related News Lakers free agency rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘wants to play with’ Anthony Davis The Pelicans may not be done adjusting their roster.New Orleans is “monitoring” a potential deal for Wizards star Bradley Beal, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Anthony Davis trade makes Lakers new 2020 NBA title favorites The Pelicans also hold the top pick in Thursday’s draft and are widely expected to take former Duke star Zion Williamson.New Orleans finished 2018-19 with a 33-49 record and missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.last_img read more

Uganda come top, bounce back to cricket division 3

first_imgTeamPlayedWonLostPointsNNR Bermuda5142-1.065 Ugandan captain receives the trophy. PHOTO ICC MEDIA Player of the TournamentBen Stevens – Jersey****Source: ICC cricket comShare on: WhatsApp Uganda 90 all out, 37 overs (Charles Waiswa 34, Riazat Ali Shah 22; Ben Stevens 4/22)Jersey 83 all out, 35 overs (Anthony Hawkins-Kay 24, Harrison Carlyon 22 not out; Frank Nsubuga 4/20)Malaysia beat Bermuda by 89 runs at Kinrara Cricket OvalMalaysia 257-8, 50 overs (Anwar Arudin 60, Syed Aziz 52; Janerio Tucker 3/34)Bermuda 168-9, 50 overs (Kamua Leverock 61, Janerio Tucker 55; Muhammad Wafiq 3/35)ICC World Cricket League Division 4 final standings  Malaysia and Jersey remain in ICC World Cricket League Division 4, Vanuatu and Bermuda are relegated to Division 5 Denmark53260.349center_img Kuala, Lumpar, | THE INDEPENDENT  | On another exciting final day’s play at an ICC World Cricket League tournament, this time Division 4 in Malaysia, both Uganda and Denmark secured qualification to Division 3.With Saturday’s matches being replayed Sunday, all positions were up for grabs. At UKM Cricket Oval Uganda beat Jersey by seven runs to win Division 4 and secure a Division 3 spot. Whilst Denmark who weren’t playing, could only watch on, as they narrowly secured the second position by net-run-rate from Malaysia in third position who now remain in Division 4, alongside Jersey.Vanuatu and Bermuda are both relegated to Division 5, after finishing in fifth and sixth place respectively.Uganda bounces back to Division 3 from which they were relegated last year, in the tournament held in Kampala. As recently as 2015, Uganda was a regular in Division 2, having reached a high by playing World Cup qualifiers in 2009. A poor tournament run from 2015 so them relegated to Division 3 then Division 4.Uganda v JerseyThere was a low scoring match at the UKM Cricket Oval between Uganda and Jersey, where a number of different permutations meant either teams, or Malaysia or Denmark could still qualify for Division 3 at the start of the day’s play. Jersey’s Ben Stevens would have felt he had to put his team in with an excellent chance after taking four wickets for 22 runs, but Uganda had other ideas.Uganda’s Charles Waiswa (34), Riazat Ali Shah (22) and Frank Nsubuga (13) were the only ones to get into double figures for the Ugandan batting line up, as they totaled 90 runs after being bowled out in 37 overs. Elliot Miles (2/9), Harrison Carlyon (2/18) and Charles Perchard (2/12) all took two wickets apiece.In reply, Jersey lost early wickets as Uganda put the pressure on the European team, with Player of the Tournament Ben Stevens bowled out by Frank Nsubuga (3/7) for 12 runs. With 11 runs needed for victory, Jersey were 80/6, but three wickets for Roger Mukasa swung victory to the African team. Anthony Hawkins – Kay who top scored with 24 runs was bowled by Mukasa, and the last three wickets fell for three runs as Cornelis Bodenstein (0), Charles Perchard (0) and Elliot Miles (0) all failed to score. Winning by seven runs, Uganda celebrated promotion to Division 3.Malaysia v BermudaMalaysia who were also still in with a chance of qualification to Division 3, batting first did their chances no harm by scoring 257 runs for eight in their 50 overs. Anwar Arudin put in another captain’s innings in this tournament scoring 60 runs from 49 balls including three fours and four sixes. Syed Aziz (52) and Ahmed Faiz (50) also scored half-centuries for the hosts. Bermuda’s Chare Smith (3/42) and Janerio Tucker (3/34) took three wickets apiece.Malaysia knew they had to improve their net-run-rate to be in with a chance of taking one of the top two spots, and started off in the best possible way, taking early wickets as Bermuda were on 37 runs for six wickets after 15.4 overs. Muhammad Wafiq’s figures of three for 35, supported by Pavandeep Singh (2/17) and Muhamad Syahadat (2/41) put the Asian team in a great position. However, a partnership between Kamau Leverock (61, 111b, 2×4, 5×6) and Janerio Tucker (55, 81b, 3×4, 3×6), allowed Bermuda to reach a total of 168 runs for nine wickets in 50 overs, therefore sending Denmark to ICC World Cricket League Division 3 on net-run-rate.Uganda beat Jersey by 7 runs at UKM Cricket Oval Jersey52340.044 Uganda54181.175 Vanuatu5234-0.677 Malaysia53260.322last_img read more

Allan Saint-Maximin has the perfect words to describe he is a team player

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/BBCAdvertisement wu60vNBA Finals | Brooklyn VskbiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8c5w62( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ukd7gWould you ever consider trying this?😱kexrpCan your students do this? 🌚3ec6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Although individual efforts are highly appreciated, at the end of the day, football is a team game, and the side that has the best understanding among the players takes the trophy. Allan Saint-Maximin, the Newcastle United winger proudly announces himself to be one for the team. But getting his name up on the scoreboard? No f***s given.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/BBCAppearing on BBC Radio yesterday, the 22 year old had the perfect clearances as to why he hasn’t found the back of the net since his arrival at St James’ Park last August.“I don’t care. I care if I don’t score and we lose. It’s different. If the team wins and I don’t score, I’m happy because the most important thing is to win” the French international said.Advertisement “I don’t give a f*** after the game if we win and I don’t score. I don’t play for myself, if I don’t score and the team wins I’m happy” the usage of a cuss world on live radio shook the DJ.Check the conversation out in the clip below, uploaded on Twitter by 360Sources.Advertisement Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin went live on BBC Radio and said “I don’t give a f**k if I don’t score, as long as the team wins!”Look at the reaction of the host 🤣— 360Sources (@360Sources) November 21, 2019The Frenchman, who is a Saint Étienne youth product, joined the Magpies from Ligue 1 side OGC Nice on a six year contract. He has made 8 appearances for the club, but still no goals, however, justifying his claim. Advertisementlast_img read more

Colts Neck Family Reheats ‘The Crockpot Cook-off’

first_imgWithout missing a beat, Ryan said, “I want to have the Harvest Party.” So Dowd dragged out her giant tub of outlet extenders and boosters and started planning. Over the years she’s blown so many fuses she’s lost count. This year’s party almost didn’t happen thanks to a faulty GFI on the back patio where she sets up all the tables and less than stellar weather. “Every year I set up tents,” said Dowd, “and every year the weather was beautiful. This year I didn’t bother and it was threatening rain all day.”But that certainly didn’t dampen the fun. Guests came from as far south as Florida and North Carolina and from as far north as Canada. A fall tableau with mums, a scarecrow and a chalkboard sign invited guests to “strike a pose.” Once pictures were taken they could be posted to Snapchat with a special Harvest Party 2018 filter designed specifically for the party. Printed cups touted “Happy fall, y’all” and “Patti and Ryan’s Harvest Party.”But the food is definitely the star. “It’s really the best buffet ever,” said Dowd. Over the years there have been some great dishes and some not so great ones.A chocolate cake Dowd compared to a “chocolate slug” lives in infamy. A vegan tofu miso soup Dowd hated got the judges’ vote one year. Rice balls caused some controversy as they weren’t actually cooked in the slow cooker, just placed in there for serving. And cosmos in a crockpot were so strong one year everyone got a little drunk. By Elizabeth Wulfhorst |COLTS NECK – Gathering friends and family together for a party is nothing new. Asking everyone to bring a dish isn’t a novel concept either – potluck, anyone? But hosting 125 people lugging 35 slow cookers in your backyard requires some serious planning, a feat township resident Patti Dowd has accomplished nine times, most recently last month in her backyard.Dowd’s son Ryan was just 3 years old when their annual Harvest Party was born. What began as a small fall party for family and a few friends – a precursor to Halloween, really – quickly grew.“It got bigger exponentially,” Dowd said.“The first year we had four crockpots, then 10, then 20. Eventually I said, ‘Let’s just go for it.’ ” Going for it meant erecting tents, hiring a service to do set up and clean up, ordering lots of desserts and planning games for the kids. And turning the party into a competition.Dowd said by the second year, everyone was bragging about their dish, saying it was the best. So she suggested a contest and her guests rose to the challenge. They eventually introduced independent judges because people were stuffing the ballot box and cheating. One year Dowd’s sister-in-law made Irish stew. She dressed the kids at the party in kilts, hired a bagpiper and had them march around just to try and influence the vote.Each year someone is crowned the grand champion by the judges. That person takes home a trophy, called The Patti Crocker, consisting of a Barbie doll dressed in a bandana, surrounded by pumpkins and leaves. Initially the trophy was passed from winner to winner each year, like the Stanley Cup, but the original one ended up in Wisconsin so this year’s trophy was new. There are also prizes for the most popular dish, voted by all the guests in attendance, and a winner chosen by kid judges.Patti Dowd, right, and the author, the winner of the 2018 Harvest Party grand champion prize The Patti Crocker, posed for photos after the judges’ decision was announced.About seven years ago the party got so big – at one point reaching 200 guests and 47 slow cookers – Dowd decided to call it quits. Ryan was almost a teenager and life was just getting in the way. Then, at the end of this summer, Dowd asked her son what he wanted for his 18th birthday and high school graduation. They hadn’t had the chance to celebrate either thanks to Dowd’s treatment at the time for cancer.center_img e winning entry in the 2018 Harvest Party competition got a new name thanks to a clever helper. The dip was one of 35 dishes vying for three prizes.This year’s dishes ranged from a venison chili to a cheesy beer dip to apple cider sangria and a peanut butter chocolate cake. A creative family member was assigned to give the dishes clever names as they arrived: The dip became “In Queso You Need a Beer” and the venison chili was designated “Chili con Bambi.”Dowd even hired an ice cream truck this year to dispense treats after the judging was over and all the slow cookers were packed away.And was Ryan happy with his choice of birthday/graduation celebration? “He had the best time,” said Dowd.Full disclosure: The author was the winner of the 2018 Harvest Party grand champion prize. Her triumphant dish was the cheesy beer dip, accompanied by homemade soft pretzel bites.This article was first published in the Nov. 8-14, 2018 Colts Neck section of the print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

RCMP search for two suspects in house fire

first_img– Advertisement -The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for two suspects following a fire Friday night.At around 10pm, July 9, 2010, the Fort St. John Fire Department and the RCMP were called to a fire on 82nd street near 86th avenue. The fire started in the house that was under construction at the time and one adjacent house was also totally destroyed.The RCMP have confirmed to, that witnesses spotted two suspects fleeing from the scene and the RCMP need you help to find those suspects. If you have any information about the fire, please call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140 or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at Chief Fred Burrows speaking about the incident:[asset|aid=3010|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20100709T2331.mp3]Advertisement Photo:  Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire on 82 street – Adam Reaburn/ Following the fire, RCMP Members were seen searching the area and taking photographs of bystanders.  The RCMP are treating the fire as arson.  Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire. For more photos and video of the fire, click here.  If you have any photos or video you’d like to share, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img read more