The Carriage HSE Thu, 11 Aug 2022 19:07:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Carriage HSE 32 32 Eric Thibault is in line to take over as Mystics head coach Thu, 11 Aug 2022 17:47:32 +0000
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A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Eric Thibault is 33 years old. He is 34 years old. The article has been corrected.

Mike Thibault wanted his son, Eric, to become a writer. The winningest coach in WNBA history read Eric’s thesis, got about 30 pages, and truly believed his little boy had a future with the written word.

“I go why the hell does he want to coach? He’s such a good writer,” Mike said. “Then I had about 60 pages in it, and he had written it so well about basketball that I said, no, I understand why he wants to be a coach. His writing was good enough to convince me, just by reading it, that he loved the game.

“So I stopped trying to talk him out of it.”

Trying to dissuade his children from coaching may well be the biggest failure of Thibault’s life. Eric is an associate head coach on the staff of Mike’s Washington Mystics and his daughter, Carly Thibault-DuDonis, is the head coach of the Fairfield University women’s basketball team. The kids never really had a chance.

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Eric, 34, is on his way to being the head coach when Mike finally decides to step down. The plan is for Mike to continue as general manager while Eric slides into the first chair. Mike reevaluates his situation after each season and doesn’t seem to be in a rush to leave, but Eric has passed up other opportunities in anticipation of taking over one day.

The job isn’t guaranteed to belong to Eric, but ownership has always trusted Mike’s decision making.

“What’s most interesting is players telling you when a coach is doing a good job or not doing a good job,” owner Ted Leonsis said. “We believe in Mike so much that he will have a big voice and have a say in what we do. Mike wouldn’t put the wrong person.

“We have to approve as the owner. But Mike looks after the team and is involved in every part of what we do. Eric plays an increasingly important role, obviously. But we really trust and believe in Mike, and he will let us know when the time is right, who should be up and why. And then we would stress test that. But it’s not the royal family.

Mike and Nanci Thibault met through basketball when he was a coach before he graduated from St. Martin’s University. The rest of their lives revolved around the game as Mike won two NBA championships as an assistant with the Lakers, was the Bulls’ assistant in the early Michael Jordan years, had stints in the WBL and the CBA before returning to the NBA with the Bucks. . His WNBA career began in 2003 with the Connecticut Sun. Eric arrived in 1987 and was born a basketball addict.

Both parents used flashlights so Eric could script and mimic the Bulls’ intros, going through each player with high-fives and all. He drew plays as a child, each ending with a Jordan dunk. In high school, Nanci would bribe Eric into getting out of bed with the promise of being able to watch “SportsCenter” over breakfast.

“It was the best idea I’ve ever had as a mother, I felt,” Nanci said.

The game was completely intertwined with their lives to the point where Eric once took ESPN analyst and former NBA player Tim Legler to elementary school and was paid by former Bucks center Ervin Johnson to run errands. . Nanci laughed and said young Eric thought Legler was his best friend and came home specifically to see him. While many college students spend their summers going wild, Eric rushed to Connecticut to work with the Sun – and ultimately wrote this article about his 2009 season.

“I was just trying to avoid doing a research thesis,” laughed Eric.

Mike had a tough decision to make when he took over the Mystics. The newly hired coach and general manager was building his staff and wanted to bring his 23-year-old son with him. But would players older than Eric respect him as a coach or believe nepotism was at stake?

Thibault turned to a few former players from Connecticut, where Eric would help while in college, for their input.

“I’m like, why wouldn’t he?” said Asjha Jones, double star and Olympic gold medalist. “He would be in the drills. He was there all the time. So we kind of saw how we worked. And you trusted him.

“He was there every day, so you knew he knew what he was talking about. And he dedicated his life to the sport. So he already knew things that it takes people years to deepen and develop.

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It’s the same line of thinking of Mystics players. Eric, who was named associate head coach four years ago, leads practices as much as Mike, if not more, and is particularly active – participating in drills, performing five-on-five all over the court and doing individual development. with each player. He takes part in three-point shooting contests and spends the pregame with a laptop on the sidelines filming with the players. Twice this season, Eric had to coach regular season games with Mike unavailable.

Elena Delle Donne raves about Eric’s knowledge of the Xs and O’s. Myisha Hines-Allen highlights his passion, leadership and intelligence. Las Vegas Aces forward Theresa Plaisance, herself the daughter of a coach, noted the sophisticated way he views the game and said Eric sees things two or three steps ahead of the players. .

“I think he is doing a really good job of establishing himself as Eric and not as the son of coach Thibault,” said Plaisance, a Mystic in 2021.

It is a period of transformation in the life of the Thibaults. Carly is about to start her first season as head coach. Mike and Eric are trying to maximize a championship window, as the playoffs begin next week, which began with a trip to the Finals in 2018 and a title in 2019. Mike, however, doesn’t want to leave the closet bare when he go. Eric recently found out that he will be a first-time father in January.

There’s a balance between being present and preparing for a future that’s getting closer every day, but there’s no rush for Eric.

“The last thing the world needs is for Mike Thibault to think he’s gone too soon,” Eric joked, then said seriously, “It would be selfish of me to say, ‘Oh yeah, I think about that all the time. But everyone stays in your role, do your role. First and foremost I have to play my role for this team.

“I had a lot of support and indications that I hope I can be here for a while. And we are treated very well. So that’s it. It’s quite simple for me. I love my life in DC”

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The years went as smoothly as one would have expected, as Mike was able to tutor Eric along the way. They were able to share the 2019 championship together after Eric was offered another WNBA job beforehand. The couple don’t hesitate to challenge each other, and there are days when Eric may decline a dinner invitation from Nanci after spending the whole day with dad.

But basketball is a family affair for the Thibaults, and it has been going well for four decades.

“When they decided to start working together, it was really a family decision,” Nanci said. “And mine was, if it starts to drain our family life, it’s not going to happen. Because that’s what’s important. And they did surprisingly well.

“I mean, it’s a hard thing to do. I never had to say, okay, you can’t do this anymore. Not once. … It didn’t go without his fireworks, but it went well.

]]> Pamplin Media Group – Oregon City Santa Gets Married at Molalla Christmas Tree Farm Thu, 11 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000

Newly baptized Mrs. Claus, who also works as a nurse, celebrates with the Oak Grove reception.

The wedding of Oregon City Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus showed how well Santa Claus, also known as Keith McDonley, has bounced back from a bout of COVID that included 62 days in the hospital.

Oregon City’s Santa and Mrs. Claus were married at a Christmas tree farm in Molalla, and their Christmas-themed dinner reception was held at Gray Gables Estate in Oak Grove on Aug. 8.PHOTO COURTESY: OC SANTA - Keith McDonley, Oregon City's Santa Claus, offers free photos and gifts to children in the community. Their event served as a celebration of the anniversary of “McDonley’s Christmas miracle last August”, when he woke from a coma.

McDonley, known as Milwaukie Santa for 11 years, became Oregon City’s Santa starting last December. The couple had purchased their home in Oregon City just days before he was hospitalized. PHOTO COURTESY: OC SANTA - Keith McDonley and Hayley Cogburn rented a horse-drawn carriage for their August 8 wedding at a Christmas tree farm in Molalla.

From his driveway for a few hours every night in the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, McDonley poses for free photos with families, collects gifts and donates them to families in need.

“Last August I was just coming out of my coma, I had to try to relearn how to sit and walk,” he said.COURTESY PHOTO: OC SANTA - One of many cards Keith McDonley received from people across the country, while battling COVID-19 in the intensive care unit, reads: 'Sleigh Covid'.

Last August, McDonley walked down the aisle with his wife, Hayley Cogburn, an Oregon-born and raised registered nurse. McDonley calls him “my superhero”.

“Without Hayley’s love and support over the past year, I wouldn’t be here today,” he said.

Cogburn, now known as Oregon City Mrs Claus, regularly joins Oregon City Santa (and Milwaukie Santa before that) on his nights off, usually helping McDonley take pictures during his nightly duties as Santa. Christmas during the holiday season.

Cogburn said holding a bedside vigil at McDonley’s hospital and not being able to do anything to help her was one of the hardest things she’s ever had to do.

“I knew I wanted to marry my best friend when he was in a coma, and when Keith woke up from the coma, I even considered asking Keith to marry me in the hospital, but I knew that he would heal and we would have our Christmas wedding,” she said.PMG 2013 FILE PHOTO: ELLEN SPITALERI - Keith McDonley, in Milwaukie Santa costume, was a familiar sight to motorists passing by his home on Southeast Clackamas Road.

For the wedding, the couple hired a horse and carriage, carolers, another Santa, Kona Ice and country music artist Buddy Jewell. The wedding had snow, Christmas lights and all the magical possibilities McDonley has learned in a decade of portraying Santa Claus. All their guests received Christmas presents from Santa Claus himself.PHOTO COURTESY: OC SANTA - Hayley Cogburn's first photo with Santa Claus was taken about five years ago with her then-new boyfriend, Keith McDonley.

The McDonleys met on the “OK Cupid” dating app about six years ago. Last year, they experienced more together than most married couples ever have to endure together.

While McDonley was hospitalized, Cogburn worked her 12-hour shifts at the hospital and still came to her boyfriend’s bedside every day for 14 hours a day.

“Hayley is an extremely strong, big-hearted woman who loves caring for others,” McDonley said.

Cogburn credits McDonley’s current health to his will to live, the undying love of God, the prayer he received and the couple’s love for each other. Cogburn has enlisted people from around the world, including as far away as Kenya, to pray for her recovery from COVID.

“Most people who go through everything Keith has been through don’t survive, but Keith did, and for that I thank God every day,” she said.

McDonley said he had “always been gross” of medical stuff.

“So being engaged to a nurse is the complete opposite of me, but what they say is true, opposites attract,” he said.

McDonley’s involvement with a nurse “really saved my life,” he said, as her knowledge of the medical field provided him with much-needed comfort during his recovery process.

“I knew if Hayley wasn’t worried, I shouldn’t be either,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t know how Hayley coped with it all in the last year, while working and packing to move into the new house.”

Cogburn felt what she called “an unnatural sense of peace knowing that Keith would be fine” even in the most difficult times.

“Most people don’t have such a sense of peace when their loved one is in such dire condition, but for some reason I do,” she said. “Keith is also a tough-headed, strong-willed fighter, and I knew Keith wouldn’t go down without a fight.”PHOTO COURTESY: OC SANTA - Keith McDonley is now Oregon City's Santa Claus and sits in a chair that had been in Santaland at Meier & Frank in Portland.

McDonley said he always knew Cogburn loved him, but last year she showed it more than he could have ever imagined. When they took their vows, they had already been tested on the “by sickness and health” part.

As he lay in his hospital bed days before being intubated, McDonley called Cogburn’s father asking for permission to marry his daughter.

“I remember telling Hayley’s dad, David, that I didn’t want to go another day without being married to her,” McDonley said.

As their wedding officiant, they chose the husband of one of the nurses at McDonley’s Hospital, bringing the whole experience of the past year on a roll. Their wedding date, 8/8, was chosen because McDonley spent a total of eight weeks in the hospital, where he received eight scars and stayed in eight different hospital rooms.

“We both love that the number eight on the side is the symbol for infinity,” he said. “Also, the number eight represents new beginnings.”

Cogburn said their marriage was more magical than they could have ever imagined. Even in the heat of August, the magic of Christmas woke up more than once for the couple and the wedding guests.

“Everyone had a great time,” she said.

Several guests told the McDonleys that their wedding was more Christmas than others they had attended in December. Their flower girl’s grandfather was not a fan of weddings, but wanted to see his granddaughter. Leaving the reception, Grandpa said it was the “best wedding ever” and he had so much fun.

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Hyatt Regency and Hyatt House London Stratford complete • Hotel Designs Wed, 10 Aug 2022 07:54:08 +0000

Set in a single existing building on the outskirts of Westfield Stratford City, the new 225-room Hyatt Regency offers a stylish destination for business and leisure, while the 125-room Hyatt House offers a new ‘home from home’ for people on extended stays. stays. Scott Brownrigg’s interior design reflects Stratford’s connectivity, with subtle nods to the Victorian golden age of rail travel. Archways, typical of London’s railway, form the entrances to common areas and inspire bespoke details throughout. A rich palette of brass fixtures, marble fixtures and luxurious velvet furnishings along with jewel colors offer a contemporary take on 1920s glamor and travel.

Image credit: Hyatt Hotels / Scott Brownrigg

“We have worked closely with M&L Hospitality and the extended design team to create a new destination in Stratford,” said David Mason, Director, Scott Brownrigg. “With a nod to the glamor and elegance of travel, we wanted to connect people and design fabulous spaces to work, rest and play.”

Designed to allow for a seamless transition from work to play, a spacious third-floor lobby offers an array of seating ideal for socializing or for focused work or meetings during the day, and intimate dining and cocktails in the evening. The bar and dining cabins, with stationary seating and contemporary fluted detailing, are an understated nod to a Victorian railway carriage and provide an elegant feature along the perimeter of each space. Guests also get access to meeting space, a gym, and an open-air terrace.

“The addition of these two hotels will be an exciting next step in growing the Hyatt brand presence in the UK and building a network of hotels in the country’s key business and leisure markets,” said Felicity Black Roberts, Vice President of Development Europe. , Hyatt.

Hyatt Stratford apartment in shades of gray with curved edges thanks to design by Scott Brownrigg

Image credit: Hyatt Hotels / Scott Brownrigg

Both Hyatt hotels provide a peaceful sanctuary for guests away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Rooms at the Hyatt Regency feature fresh interiors, with bold pops of color and high-quality brass fittings, including custom-designed ‘pill’ lamps and mini-bar detailing. Rooms at Hyatt House offer modern apartment-style suites with fully equipped kitchens and flexible workspaces. Where possible, existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing services were retained and refurbished. Dimly lit hallways and different room lighting options contribute to the peaceful atmosphere.

The renovation follows a new management agreement between a Hyatt subsidiary and Stratford City Hotels Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of M&L Hospitality, identifying Hyatt Regency and Hyatt House as the right brands for the location.

Main image credit: Hyatt Hotels / Scott Brownrigg

Garrett Scott Reminisces: Chess Coach, Normal Town Council Member and Educator Tue, 09 Aug 2022 22:05:00 +0000

A longtime member of the normal town council, speech therapist and chess educator who helped thousands of school children learn and play chess has died aged 78.

Garrett Scott served on the board for over two decades. He was a long-time state delegate to the United States Chess Federation and a tournament director who interacted with grandmasters and beginners. Scott has served on the federation’s boards of directors and executives and has hosted national championship tournaments in Bloomington-Normal. And perhaps most importantly, he built a thriving school chess and adult tournament scene in central Illinois that lasted for decades.

Scott grew up and spent most of his life in central Illinois, with the exception of two elementary school years in 1950s Alabama, where he first became aware of racism. time. The landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, had just happened. Scott told the Chess Underground podcast in 2020 that he was appalled to hear classmates and adults say they would bring chains and other weapons to school to prevent integration.

“I went back at the end of my eighth year to Illinois and I felt like, you know, our country isn’t as good as I thought it was,” Scott said.

He said it influenced his decision as a freshman at Illinois State Normal University to take a spring break trip down south.

“It was 1963. So going to Savannah, Ga, we were going to go down and help a black organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SCLC. We were going to help the local do the voter registration work,” Scott said.

Martin Luther King Jr. led the SCLC, and Scott said the minister who coordinated the voter registration trip stood with King when the civil rights leader was assassinated five years later.

Scott said he learned years later that this trip to Savannah was proof of concept for a larger voter registration drive that became a well-known part of the civil rights movement. Later that year, he was part of another church trip to the March on Washington where he heard King deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

“It was just an experience that said there was hope. We’re going to get there. It’s not coming. It may take (a) few years. I was so optimistic about this whole post- noon after his speech,” Scott said.

Normal service of the town hall

Late the same day, Scott’s optimism crumbled when the group was refused service at a restaurant in Maryland because some of them were black. Scott told the podcast that those experiences prompted him to join the effort to pass a human rights ordinance in the city of Normal to protect parts of the LGBTQ community from discrimination. He trailed 5-2 on the first attempt, but Scott said getting the vote was important to show his commitment to the fans. A few elections later, the result changed.

Scott City Council service has touched many areas. Former City Manager Mark Peterson said Scott’s approach to governance was very much like him – affable, low-key and collaborative.

“Garrett was a rock-solid chosen one. He was there for the right reasons. He was not mainstream. He had no personal motive. He loved the community. And I think he saw service on the board as a way to give back,” Peterson said.

Former Mayor Paul Harmon said Scott’s style of operation was thoughtful and focused on what would help the community as a whole. Harmon said he appointed Scott to co-chair the committee to create the Constitution Trail linear hiking and biking park that now extends widely into the community.

“I knew he had a way of working with people who could carry it out. And he did it,” Harmon said, adding that it was not an easy lift and that Scott deserved to be called one of the fathers of the track.

“It’s such a popular feature today that people don’t remember it being controversial back then, you know, ‘We don’t want that in our backyards.’ “We’re going to have a felony. He had to work with that. And I believe it was approved in Normal because of Garrett’s patience and effort to convince people that these bad things probably won’t happen,” said Harmon.

Today, thousands of people use the trail, and access to the trail increases the selling price of a home.

Every politician has a pet peeve or two. Peterson said Scott was a visual clutter of the streetscape.

“I remember he was very opposed to panel pollution, and therefore in favor of panel control,” Peterson said.

Peterson said other municipalities later used part of the sign code adopted at Scott’s insistence. Scott served 23 years on the council, before losing his seat in the 2003 election.

Along with Garrett’s wife, Sandy, a McLean County official, the Scotts were a 1980s power couple, Peterson said.

In his professional life, Scott was a speech-language pathologist at District 87 Schools. Harmon said Scott was also very sharp.

“What I always found fascinating was that he could place someone who grew up in Illinois within 25 miles of where they were raised, listening to his voice,” said Harmon said.

Shaping the local chess community

Scott’s influence on the community and the nation is most evident in chess.

“I can’t think of anyone who has had a greater impact on the lives of chess players in Bloomington-Normal than Garrett Scott,” said Pete Karagianis, assistant director of events for the US Chess Federation.

Scott has coached at multiple high schools and elementary schools for four decades. He created school clubs. He ran tournaments that drew over 200 kids every Saturday. And he would do more.

“He gave of himself, very generous with his time and knowledge with all he really had, opening his home to students and friends. I remember a few times when he had an open house and anybody wanted to come and stop by to talk about chess and play chess,” Karagianis said.

Karagianis said Scott believed in the importance of education and the value of chess as an educational tool, and dedicated his life to following this belief.

Chess preparation today often involves computers, brute force memorization, and exhaustive preparation that takes a player from the opening to the middle of the game before he has to stop and think. That was not Scott’s approach. He said he encouraged children to rate the board themselves.

“I didn’t do a lot of opening. I taught some opening principles, but also pins, skewers, forks, how to promote a pawn. If you have them in your bag, you’ll be fine. And so it was just exciting to teach school players,” Scott said in 2020.

Scott founded and ran a Martin Luther King Day chess tournament for 33 years, which he also used to teach children about the importance of the holiday.

“At the tournament almost every year, I talked a bit about my experience and how no one should ever look down on another human being,” Scott said.

Karagianis first knew Scott when Karagianis was a school-aged player at one of those King Day tournaments. Then he brought his own children to them. Scott was affable, sometimes ironic, most often with a touch of humor about the weaknesses of human beings.

“He was one of the nicest people I know. And I think he had a desire to see that kind of generosity and kindness in everyone. He had a way of finding it in people and to bring it out,” Karagianis said.

Scott’s coaching was also very successful, with players becoming state champions at multiple levels of school chess. In a memorable multi-year streak, the college high school team he coached in Normal won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the state tournament. Scott said that was good. He was proud of it. It was a very difficult thing to do. But that’s not why he coached.

“I had a very good life. And chess played a big part in it. And I enjoyed it. And watching young people develop,” Scott said.

Fall getaway? Loretta Lynn’s ranch, perhaps? Tue, 09 Aug 2022 19:48:38 +0000

I’ve been to 45 states, but it seems like I’m constantly telling you there’s THIS thing I didn’t do or THAT thing I didn’t do. There is so much to do.

That includes cool places to visit here in my home state of Kentucky. For example, although members of my family have visited Loretta Lynn’s childhood home, I have never been there and would like to go.


You know what, though? I could save gas and money and drive just over HALF that distance and visit the country music icon’s CURRENT home.

Hurricane Mills is just over 160 miles from my front door. No I do not know her. It’s not like I’m going to come up and knock on his door and we’re going to have lunch. Although, by all accounts, she is one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet and that might not bother her.

But since I don’t want any clashes with Hurricane Mills security, I’ll just follow the leads of everyone else and maybe enjoy a fall getaway. First, let’s take a virtual tour of Loretta Lynn’s ranch.


While his childhood home in Van Lear, Kentucky is absolutely worth a visit, it’s his ranch and estate in Tennessee where the buildings were used in the making of the Oscar-winning film. coal miner’s daughter were set up for tourist purposes – with a replica of this Butcher Holler house.



And if you think its 3,000-acre expanse would be perfect for horseback riding, you’re right. Each fall, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch hosts the Trail ride– with cart rides, the extreme hiking competition, treasure hunts, shows and much more. It lasts five days. You will need to bring your own horse.


Now, if you prefer four WHEELS to four LEGS, the Yamaha XT-Reme Terrain Challenge is on the program for the fall, but a date has not yet been set. But you can check out the 2019 event.


Now, as far as I’m concerned, THIS is the pinnacle of fall fun at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. These are the annual fall cart races from October 24-30. Seriously, doesn’t that look like a BLAST?

I love Tennessee. And I love the history that Loretta Lynn gave to country music.

There’s so much to soak up at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, and it looks like the perfect fall destination.

Could this $50 million estate in Nashville be the most expensive home in Tennessee history?

Owned by Tennessee’s richest person, Tom Frist Jr, this Belle Meade estate in Nashville is on the market for $50 million. Richie Rich would be jealous… AND would need a golf cart just to go to the bathroom, of which there are TEN, all chargeable, of different sizes. This magnificent expanse also includes five bedrooms. (Also…I’m getting some serious “Hint” vibes from this place.)

PHOTOS: Take a look inside Miranda Lambert’s rural Tennessee estate

Miranda Lambert paid $3.4 million in 2016 for her rural estate an hour south of Nashville, which includes 400 acres of lush farmland. The property includes rolling hills, rustic living areas and an enormous stable, as well as three residences, a lake with a boathouse and a six-bay garage. There are 75 acres of fenced pasture, as well as lighted walking paths that wind through the woods leading to a clubhouse that seats 60 for private concerts.

These Tennessee stop signs are epic

If you ever find yourself in the Buchanan, Tennessee area, be on the lookout for these stop signs. Who knows, there might be even more out there that we haven’t seen.

Ins and outs of the business: operator Blues Alley buys the Blues Alley building Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:00:22 +0000

Operator Blues Alley buys Blues Alley building

Looks like the famous Blues Alley concert hall will remain in Georgetown. Blues Alley operator Harry Schnipper has purchased the Blues Alley building from Snyder Properties, CEO Karen Snyder confirmed to The Georgetowner today.

Georgetown commercial real estate legends Johnny Snyder and Sam Levy purchased the Wisconsin Avenue property that included the alley structures in 1960. Schnipper will be the third owner of the alley building. Blues Alley opened in 1965.

Known as “the house that Dizzy built”, Blues Alley has hosted the biggest names in jazz history including Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Mingus, Tony Bennett, Stan Getz, Eva Cassidy and Chick Corea. A major DC tourist destination, the club — housed in a turn-of-the-century brick coachhouse tucked down the alley at 1073 Wisconsin Ave., NW — is also renowned for its speakeasy vibe, comfortable 125-seat capacity, and candlelit intimacy. .

In: Mahal BBQ at Sandlot Georgetown

Mahal BBQ opened at Sandlot Georgetown – 2715 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Chef Jerome Grant brings his new concept of American-Filipino fusion to town. Main courses come in platters or sandwiches and include BBQ sausage, smoked beef cheek, smoked half chicken and oyster mushrooms, served with your choice of banana ketchup or white BBQ sauce, beer mustard or chili-vinegar sauce, we are told. Mahal BBQ will be at the shipping container outdoor bar every weekend until mid-October.

In: Chi’s gallery

Formerly a clothing store — as well as the offices of the Georgetowner newspaper 22 years ago — the building at 1408-1410 Wisconsin Ave. NW was purchased by Trans Empires from Snyder Properties and will now house Chi’s Gallery.

Reduced in-person hours: Little Sister

Pastry chef Ashleigh Pearson’s elegant boutique on Wisconsin Avenue, Little Sister, opened in October, enticing passers-by with its displays of handcrafted chocolates. Pearson honed her chocolate-making techniques at Thomas Keller’s famed Per Se in New York City, where she crafted a full chocolate course of eight to 12 different bites each day. Her pastry skills reflect her training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and her work at DC’s Marcel’s. Intricately painted candies in flavors like hazelnut, passion fruit, caramel, and a clever play on s’mores, plus classic French butter cookies called sables, fudge, caramels, and chocolate bars ( some are ornate) are beautifully arranged in the display case.

But, for now, customers who expect the bon bon boutique at 1332 Wisconsin Ave. NW is open will have to wait. It seems Little Sister can’t handle all the demand for her sweets.

Ashleigh Pearson posted on social media: “The last two months have been a whirlwind! Thanks to @petitesoeurdc I have had the opportunity to meet and serve amazing people and organizations. We are growing much faster than planned and commissions and the corporate gifts arm of our business needs a lot of attention This has prevented us from meeting all of our retail hours as sometimes we need everyone on deck to these very large orders. Until we can form a new wave of team members, we will have to adjust our hours of presence to accommodate our online and custom orders. I see them as growing pains positive and we ask that you continue to support us as we grow so we can meet the incredible demand for the candies and shortbread cookies you love!!!”

“You can still order online for in-store pickup and shipping. We will continue to service and take new corporate orders and custom commissioned work. Our modified hours will be posted on Monday.

In Other Bon Bon News…. Coming: Arcay Chocolates on O

With a retail presence in Union Market, Rockville-based Arcay Chocolates plans to expand into Georgetown at 3211 O St. NW, the former site of the cafe cate, Crumbs & Whiskers. Offering truffles, specialty bars, shots, peels, pretzels and fruit, Arcay Chocolates says it is “the product of Anabella Arcay, a Venezuelan master chocolatier. Extensive experience with chocolate and cocoa has positioned Arcay Chocolates as one of the premier candy and truffle collections in the world. Arcay Chocolates is an internationally renowned chocolatier with 42 international awards, offering a colorful combination of flavors and artistry that creates an atmosphere of exquisite sensations, offering a variety of superb and mouth-watering chocolates and desserts. Years in the business have helped Anabella Arcay develop a unique business that literally caters to every customer, taste or need for an unforgettable fusion of art and chocolate.

Exit: Dispensary

Now, this closure has certainly upset some neighbors. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli had teamed up with Via Umbria owners Bill and Suzy Menard to open the Officina popup in the Via Umbria space at 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. It resembled Officina’s flagship location at the wharf and included Stefanelli’s distinct shopping and dining experience with fine wines, artisan pastas, specialty snacks and preserves. An update on the condition of the property is forthcoming.

Out: Taim Mediterranean Cuisine

Founded in New York 14 years ago by Einat Admony and Stefan Nafziger, Taïm opened its first location outside of the Big Apple in Washington, DC – specifically at 1065 Wisconsin Ave. NW – August 31, 2019. Georgetown location closed in May. Meaning “tasty” in Hebrew, Taim — with its falafels, pitas, bowls, salads, mezzo — continues at its Dupont Circle location, 1514 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Output: Fat Munchiez

“These are the candies, snacks and sweet cereals you love, only in bigger boxes and awesome flavors, plus candies from Japan and other East Asian countries,” we wrote in November about the brands of the unusual boutique at 1432 Wisconsin Ave. NW, now closed. .

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The remote and lost villages of Europe – BBC Travel Sun, 07 Aug 2022 22:08:25 +0000

One of the most interesting of these craftsmen is Marinel Györfi, who revived the traditional Saschiz blue pottery in the Saxon village of the same name, 20 km north of Viscri. In a studio in his Atelier de Ceramică Saschiz, at the end of a narrow lane opposite the imposing fortified village church, I watched him skillfully hammer and turn clay into pots and plates which were then glazed in a rich cobalt blue. He etched the designs into the glaze, rather than painting them, a sgraffito technique that Saschiz’s previous potter used before him in the late 18th century. What Marinel does depends on the weight of the clay and his state of mind that day. “Making a pot is about the journey, rather than the destination,” he told me. “It all depends on the emotions you feel along the way.”

Saschiz, like Viscri and all the other villages of Târnava Mare, has remained relatively unchanged since the Saxons settled here: it consists of two parallel rows of pastel-hued houses, built in a line on either side of a stream. Villages were originally organized into different neighborhoods, or Nachbarschaften; supportive communities that worked together to perform common tasks, a practice that continues today. Livestock owners, for example, still have to spend some time (depending on the number of cattle or sheep they own) clearing pastures and meadows of brush.

It was a creaking horse and cart ride to the cleared pastures between Viscri and Criț. Liviu Damian, the man chosen to tend the village flock this season, spent the whole summer at the sheepfold here, his only company a few local shepherds and the fierce sheepdogs who (mostly) herd wolves and bears of the remote region. His temporary home was a bare-floor shack, where he cooks, eats, sleeps and – in the next room – makes cheese using an assortment of wooden troughs and trays. There were about 180 sheep in his care, which his shepherds milked by hand each evening; most households have between 10 and 20 sheep, and they all receive a few kilos of cheese from Damian each week.

Rock Hall, Maryland | Chesapeake Bay Magazine Sat, 06 Aug 2022 18:08:02 +0000



  • Located 10 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at the entrance to the Chester River
  • Founded in 1707 as Rock Hall Cross Roads, a key tourist/trade route connecting Philadelphia to Annapolis
  • Venue for the lively Pirates & Wenches weekend, which takes place every August


This small town of less than 1,500 people has an influence far beyond its size. For the land-dweller, Rock Hall is undeniably out of the way, tucked away at the end of rural MD-20, 13 miles southeast of Chestertown. And that’s exactly what makes it such a great boating destination. Rock Hall offers visitors some of the best waters for sailing, cruising, paddling and trailering. In keeping with this, the city has some of the most sophisticated marinas in the Chesapeake, many of which also offer charming shore accommodations. And for boaters, it’s not at the end of the road at all but right in the center of things, an easy trip across the bay.


There are too many beautiful marinas in Rock Hall to list. At Rock Hall Harbor, we like North Point because it’s friendly, convenient, near the Harbor Shack, and has fuel; Rock Hall Landing because its 75 deep-water floating slides are convenient to Waterman’s Crab House and downtown shopping; and Haven Harbor South, which has seen many upgrades since it was purchased by Haven Harbour, including a sandy beach with real palm trees.

On Swan Creek, we recommend Gratitude for its service and facilities as well as its “end of the road” location, as they put it; Swan Creek Marina especially for its family approach and economical mooring balls; Osprey Inn & Marina because of its pretty floating docks, gracious gardens, and well-appointed inn and restaurant; and Haven Harbour, for the professionalism of its staff, its well-stocked on-board store and its popular construction site.

Ferry Park has picnic tables, grills and a swimmable beach.

Getting There


The town is divided into two distinct sections: Rock Hall Harbor and Swan Creek. Both have good marinas, good places to eat and good accommodations. If you’re on a boat in choppy weather, Swan Creek offers more protection. If you want to be within walking distance of Waterman’s Crab House or any festival, Rock Hall Harbor is your choice. Whatever you do, the other is easily accessible by tram, which usually runs on weekends during boating season.

Whether you’re heading to Rock Hall Harbor or Swan Creek, find green 1 north of Love Point. This will take you to the harbor or to Swan Creek beyond. Enter the harbor breakwater, then follow the marked channel to reach the marinas that line the shore. Whichever direction you take, just be sure to stay in the channel to avoid the large shoal to the west of the breakwater. If you follow the harbor counter-clockwise you will find North Point Marina, Harbor Shack Restaurant, Bayside Landing Park and Rock Hall Landing Marina. Next is the Sharp Street boat launch, Waterman’s Crab House, Black Duck Inn, and finally Haven Harbor South.

Blue Crab Charters offers day cruises, sunset cruises and private charters, departing from scenic Swan Creek.

The entrance to Swan Creek is just north of the harbor. Once inside, carefully follow the markers until you reach the marina of your choice, located in this order: Gratitude Marina, then around the tip of Deep Landing, Swan Creek Marina. Beyond is The Haven, home to Osprey Inn & Marina, Haven Harbor Marina and Spring Cove Marina.


If you cross the bay, be sure to avoid the Swan Creek Bar, going all the way south to “1” if you have a deep draft vessel. —Captain Jody Argo Schroath


Driving the route is easy; it just takes a little longer. After crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on US 50, just follow the signs to Chestertown, then head east on MD-20 to Rock Hall. The same is true if you are coming from points north like Wilmington, Del. via US 301.

Cheerful, nautical-themed rooms await you at the Inn at Haven Harbour.
The restaurant at Osprey Point is a must for romantic dinners, with free mooring for diners.


If you are towing your boat, you have several options for launching it near Rock Hall, including Sharp Street Public Landing and Bayside Landing

Park Boat Ramp, both at Rock Hall Harbor. You will first need to collect a county license sticker. Boating supplies can be found in marina stores as well as at West Marine and the Rock Hall Marine Railway, established in 1928.

If you prefer paddling or sailing, Chester River Kayaks is a good place to start. We suggest making the short trip to the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, 10 miles south, where you can launch your own or rent a kayak to explore this extraordinary 2,285-acre island landscape. Do you want to rent a sailboat? Set sail on a 43ft sloop with Shardana Sailing Charters or join Blue Crab Charters (2022 winner of CBM’s Best of the Bay) for five daily sails from Sharp Street.

This mural in Java Rock says a lot about life on the east coast.


Rock Hall is a waterman town through and through, retaining that look and feel. Start with the colorful cottages known as Rock Hall Village and the small shopping district of Main Street. Visit The Hickory Stick for cute accessories and gifts, The Bay Escape for housewares and nautical decor, and Grammy’s Goodies for hot mini donuts.

The Waterman’s Museum is a charming small town museum. Check out their retro fishing shack known as the “ark”. These small floating cabins were used by boatmen when they needed to spend the night in an area far from their home. they towed the ark behind their workboat and parked it in a convenient cove. To visit, head to the shop at Haven Harbor Marina to sign the museum keys and return them when you’re done.

Cool off at Bayside Landing Park’s public pool, open seasonally on weekends, or hit the beach at Ferry Park, which also has two gazebos, a community grill, and outdoor showers.

North Point Marina is nestled just inside Rock Hall Harbor where it meets the Chesapeake Bay.
Rock Hall’s two water towers are each adorned with a mural of a giant rockfish, a tribute to the rich heritage of the city’s bay.

BAR Crawling

Think of Harbor Shack as Rock Hall’s version of Cheers, only with fresh seafood and cold beer served indoors and on the outdoor tiki deck. Haven Harbor Marina’s Passages Bar & Grill and HH South’s Admirals Club Beachside Bar have both recently been refreshed and serve frozen crushes and cocktails with a view.

Relax at the Harbor Shack tiki bar.
Enjoy cocktails and palm trees at Admirals Club Beachside Bar in Haven Harbor South.


Seafood joints

The no-frills Ford’s Seafood take-out restaurant/market opens daily at 7 a.m. for breakfast, then continues through lunch and an early dinner. Enjoy steamed crabs, seafood baskets and plated dinners on site, or bring the seafood and sides back to the boat. Waterman’s Crab House has been a family classic for over 40 years, with freshly caught seafood (don’t miss the signature stuffed rockfish), seasonal crab feasts and plenty of mooring space. On weekends, top regional bands come to their waterside terrace, the largest in Kent County. The Wheelhouse, a longtime staple, has a new owner and a new name: The Blue Heron Oyster House. Come for the raw bar and shave ice, stay for a drink at the outdoor tiki bar, and look forward to the hostel rooms, which will be added in Phase 2 of the beloved property’s new life.

Other dishes

Start your day off right at Muskrat Alley Café, with hearty breakfasts like bacon-stuffed Belgian waffles. It’s at the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast but open to outside guests on weekends. Java Rock is a fabulous cafe that also offers tasty salads, wraps and quesadillas. Bay Wolf is an old-school staple, serving seafood but also schnitzels and bratwurst. Osprey Point Restaurant is perfect for a special occasion, even if special just means putting on long pants or a skirt. Slip reservations required for free dock and dinner.

]]> Michigan high school coaching legend Smokey Boyd dies Sat, 06 Aug 2022 10:03:00 +0000

For Michigan’s high school basketball and football community, Leo “Smokey” Boyd is a legend.

For his players, he was only a “coach”.

“It’s funny, but even now I don’t call him Smokey or anything,” Saginaw Nouvel assistant football coach Greg Meter said. “He was always just a coach for me and his players.”

Boyd died Thursday, nine days after the death of his wife of 71 years, Betty Boyd. They were 91 years old.

“Betty was something special,” Meter said. “Being married at 71 is something special. Other than my dad, Coach was the greatest man I’ve ever known. And Betty was there with him the whole ride. And it wasn’t just around from the football field. Sometimes we would go to his house when they lived in the bay (Saginaw) and we would just chew the grease, we would have fun.

“He was just a great, great man and a great, great coach.”

Retired coach Leo ‘Smokey’ Boyd, 78, of Kawkawlin, sits in the stands with his wife, Betty, waiting for the New Catholic Central High School varsity volleyball team to play in a game playoff at Montrose High School on Tuesday night. (Chris Fryer | file)

Boyd has reached the 300 win mark in men’s basketball and soccer. He was the first high school football coach in the state to win 300 games, reaching the milestone in 1997. He finished with a football record of 308-111-4 in Standish-Sterling, SS. Peter and Paul, with a men’s basketball record of 384-226 at St. Pete’s and Bay City Central.

Boyd graduated from SS. Peter and Paul in 1949, where he played basketball and football. He played halfback and linebacker on the 1952 Michigan State National Championship football team under Biggie Munn. After coaching a year of football at Standish-Sterling, Boyd served in the army from 1954 to 1956.

Back in Saginaw, he took over the SS. Peter and Paul’s football program, adding men’s basketball and track to his coaching resume. His 308 football wins are the most in Saginaw County history.

He coached the St. Pete’s boys’ basketball team which reached the state finals in 1977 and 1978. After St. Pete’s, St. Stephen’s and St. Mary’s merged to form Nouvel, Boyd led the football team to the state finals in 1987. Boyd also coached the track at Nouvel, leading the team to the Class C state title in 1989.

“I was (Boyd’s grandson) Trent Boyd’s best friend growing up, so I met Smokey when I was in kindergarten…we used to go to their house every Sunday,” the coach said. New Drew Weigl football. “I wasn’t very afraid of him like the others because he was more of a grandfather figure to me. I’ve heard all the stories though.

Meter heard them and lived them.

“He had this rough, gruff exterior, and that’s what people saw,” Meter said. “But he loved those kids, and they loved him. He would do anything for them, and they would do anything for him. When you get that chemistry between a player and a coach, great things can happen. .

“He was tough. He challenged the children. That’s what the kids wanted back then, and deep down I still believe they want it now. They want challenge. They want structure. They want discipline. They want to learn leadership. This all happened with Coach. He was attached to his children. They understood it and they committed themselves to it.


Nouvel coach Smokey Boyd cheers on his side, including number 61 Zach Graham, after a Nouvel Catholic Central score. (Steve Jessmore | file)SAGINAW NEWS

After the 1999 season, Boyd retired, leaving the head coaching reins to his son, Mike Boyd.

“Smokey Boyd is a mainstay in the Nouvel community,” Weigl said. “He built the Nouvel program. He made culture what it is today. Once retired, he was not involved in coaching. I think he knew he had to give Mike space to be his own coach. But he parked in the parking lot near the softball field and watched games when Mike practiced. He even watched a few games from there when I was a coach.

Before Meter coached Boyd, he competed against him. Meter played basketball and football for St. Stephen’s when Boyd coached at St. Pete’s.

“After I graduated and started playing football in Dayton, I came back to Saginaw and a bunch of us were going to St. Pete’s and playing basketball,” Meter said. “The coach would be there. He took me aside and really encouraged me about Dayton. It meant a lot to me. He loved kids, and it showed when you were with him.

Meter was an assistant coach at St. Stephen’s in 1982 and 1983 before the schools merged in 1984 to form Nouvel. In 1987, Boyd asked Meter to join Nouvel’s coaching staff.

“My first year with him, I was young and full of energy,” Meter said. “I was a bouncy ball. We were in pads and we were practicing, and I’m standing next to Coach. There was this undersized kid who came in and really hit somebody, just a tackle from nice form. I’m off like a wild animal, howling at the kid. ‘Great tackle. Great tackle.

“The coach comes up to me and says, ‘Calm down. It’s okay.’ Can you believe it? Smokey Boyd tells me to calm down.

Undersized players, however, have become a staple of the Nouvel program.

“He really believed it wasn’t the size of the dog in the fight, it was the size of the fight in the dog,” Meter said. “He instilled that. We had this group chaos approach. That’s why it was so fun to play for him.

“He was the first football coach in the state to reach 300 wins. His record speaks for itself. It has to be because Coach would turn away anyone congratulating him. He was one of the most humble guys you can meet. He wasn’t looking for recognition. It was almost uncomfortable when he got it. His philosophy was simple. “I do what I think I should and can do.” That was the end, whether people like it or not.

Boyd has been inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Michigan Football Coaches Hall of Fame, Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, Saginaw Catholic Hall of Fame, and Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame.

“There was never a hidden agenda,” Meter said. “Everything was right in front of you with him. He never tried to be anything other than himself.

Leo and Betty Boyd

Leo “Smokey” Boyd and his wife, Betty, spend a quiet evening at home in 1975. ( file)SAGINAW NEWS

A celebration of life for Smokey and Betty Boyd will be scheduled for a later date. Those wishing to express sympathy may consider memorials to the Boyd Scholarship Fund of the St. Gerard Society (

“He had this big, big faith,” Meter said. “Both had this incredible faith, and it showed. It always stood out for him and Betty.

Smokey and Betty Boyd leave behind two sons, Chris and Mike Boyd, and five grandchildren – Travis Boyd, Trisha Daniels, Trent Boyd, Alexandria Tew and Taylor Peace – with eight great-grandchildren.


The Boyd family “honored and honoured” by the Saginaw Nouvel scholarship

Smokey Boyd enjoys a family reunion at the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Saginaw Nouvel’s Mike Boyd joins his father in the Michigan Football Coaches Hall of Fame

Gen Z needs help telling fact from fiction Sat, 06 Aug 2022 01:34:23 +0000 On TikTok, you’re likely to find restaurant recommendations, lip-syncing snippets, and false claims that COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal tissue and that crisis actors faked the school shooting. Uvalde. TikTok, along with Instagram, is where Gen Z looks for information and entertainment. They often offer a blurry mix between reality and fiction.

The internet is how Gen Z becomes informed – and too often misinformed – about the world. Nearly 40% of this generation, young people born between the late 1990s and early 2000s, prefer to use TikTok and Instagram as search engines, according to internal data recently released by Google.

These platforms feature short videos, which is great for a new dance move or a fun meme. But they can be just as effective at spreading videos conveying misinformation and conspiracy theories. Just because Gen Z grew up with social media doesn’t mean they know how to evaluate the information they find there.

Our education system has been slow to respond, often providing students with outdated strategies for determining credibility online, such as lingering on a website’s “About” page or checking when information was published or displayed. . Analog strategies like these are the equivalent of teaching 16-year-olds to drive a Tesla by handing them a manual for a horse-drawn carriage. Education must meet students where they are. Like it or not, this address is now on social networks.

We can’t rely on social media platforms to solve the misinformation problem – they can’t even be trusted to monitor themselves.

An analysis by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue found that 58% of TikTok videos relating to COVID-19 vaccines lacked warning banners, despite the company’s commitment to flagging vaccine-related content. Bad information always seems to find a way to sneak through the platform’s protections.

Media literacy that will empower younger generations must be more than an appendage to today’s school curricula. Teaching students to distinguish reliable information from inaccuracies or outright lies is too important to be left to individual discretion. In the information age, digital literacy should be the foundation of virtually everything schools teach.

We can’t stop Gen Z from relying on social media for information. Nor can we kid ourselves that a presentation by a teacher or the school librarian matches the scale of the misinformation challenge. If we want to reach young people today, we need to use the tools they can relate to – including TikTok videos – to teach the content we think is important. By doing so, we can hone students’ ability to identify misinformation.

Math lessons, for example, could be revamped to help students understand how algorithms organize the content they see on social media platforms. Teachers can clearly explain how the algorithms of TikTok and Instagram sacrifice credibility in order to keep users’ eyeballs glued to the screen.

Economics courses can help students understand the business models of platforms in our “attention economy” and how profit motives align with the promotion of viral misinformation.

English lessons could illustrate how small variations in search terms generate different results. Search “vaccines” on TikTok and you’ll be taken to information from the World Health Organization. Try “heavy metal vaccines” and you’ll find a slew of videos spouting false claims.

Curriculum transformation must include all areas of study. This is already happening in Illinois, where some innovative teachers are integrating digital literacy into core school subjects.

Young people today spend seven to eight hours a day online, or about 3,000 hours a year. The challenge of identifying misinformation online will not be solved with just one strategy. It will take a program overhaul to really help Gen Z tell fact from fiction on the platforms where they spend their time.

Sam Wineburg is a professor of education at Stanford University and founder of the Stanford History Education Group, where Nadav Ziv is a research associate.