Day: October 31, 2020

Fort Riley earns highest parks and recreation honor



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FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) – Fort Riley has earned the highest parks and recreation honor.

Fort Riley says the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, along with the National Recreation and Park Asociation, announced it as the recipient of the 2020 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Award, Armed Force Division, for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

Fort Riley said the announcement was made during a virtual ceremony on Oct. 27.

“This is a huge accomplishment,” said Tod Scalf, Director of Fort Riley Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “It is due to the amazing teamwork of the MWR staff and our partners on and off the installation.”

According to the military base the Gold Medal Awards program has recognized municipal parks and recreation organizations since 1965 but has only had the Armed Forces category since 2012. It said before 2020, Fort Knox, Ky., was the only Arm installation to win the award in 2013. It said Fort Riley was previously a Gold Medal Finalist in 2016.

Fort Riley said entrants are required to demonstrate why their Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs are considered outstanding and how they make a positive impact on their installation. It said they must also show efforts toward social equity, health and wellness and conservation. It aid judging is based on long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and community engagement.

Fort Riley said its Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Community Recreation Division is one of only four Army recreation divisions to get a national accreditation, serving as tiebreaking criteria for the Gold Medal award.

Col. Will McKannay, Fort Riley Garrison Commander, added, “This week, Cmd. Sgt. Major Tim Speichert and I had the honor of joining our MWR Team at a Virtual Watch Party and Ceremony as they were announced winner of the National Recreation and Park Association 2020 Gold Medal for excellence in Parks and Recreation Management. This is just another, on a long list of reasons, why Fort Riley is the best place to live, train, deploy from, come home to and retire.”

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Mountain Recreation wins $325,000 grant to focus on inclusivity

Mountain Recreation, the special district that operates the Gypsum Recreation Center, the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink and the Edwards Field House as well as dozens of youth and adult programs, has netted a $325,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation.
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Mountain Recreation’s operations will be even more inclusive, thanks to a $325,000 grant awarded by the Colorado Health Foundation.

Over the course of three years, Mountain Recreation will use the money to focus on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across the district.

“Mountain Rec is thrilled to begin and recognizes the significant impact this work will have for full and part-time staff as well as the community,” said Eddie Campos, Mountain Recreations’s marketing and communications manager. “True to the district’s mission that everyone deserves to be healthy and happy, Mountain Rec aims to ensure each facility, program, and staff member is welcoming to everyone, regardless of their race, gender, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, economic background, age, country of origin, culture, family configuration, personal ability and much more.”

Mountain Rec was awarded the grant to focus on three areas: training, language, and financial support. Mountain Rec full and part-time staff will undergo progressive training that will build on itself over the next three years to address the unique issues Eagle County faces.

Campos noted that Eagle County, with a population that is 29.8% Hispanic and 66.8% white, has seen a remarkable increase in awareness of the racial injustices seen across the nation and the globe.

“Mountain Rec hopes to join the conversation in an effort to better serve our entire community,” he said.

Additionally, staff will participate in Spanish language classes on site and in English as Second Language classes for Spanish speaking staff and their families. As the last area of focus, Mountain Rec has now established a new scholarship fund for all those in our community who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19 and will expand its RecRX program.

Lizzy Owens, Mountain Recreation’s community engagement manager, who steered the grant application, said, “I’m thrilled to be a part of this. DEI work is incredibly eye opening and game changing. When we better understand each other, when we try to walk in each other’s shoes, we’re able to come together and be a more unified community.”

“Although we recognize the great work the district has accomplished, we will always strive for excellence. Mountain Recreation is excited and grateful to the Colorado Health Foundation for this award and the opportunity to build more equitable spaces for everyone,” said Mountain Recreation Executive Director Janet Bartnik.

For a deeper dive into this work please visit MountainRec.org/DEI and to apply for scholarship funds please click HERE.

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Why air ambulance was called to village playing field twice in a week

An air ambulance was called twice to the same recreation ground in a Nottinghamshire village in less than a week.

Two separate medical emergencies required the air ambulance in Keyworth over the course of just five days.

The first incident occurred in the village square on Saturday, October 24.

A 65-year-old man became ill and required medical attention after suffering a suspected heart attack.

The air ambulance was dispatched, and landed on the nearby recreation field off Nottingham Road, while members of the public administered CPR – “undoubtedly” saving his life.

A spokesperson for Rushcliffe Police said: “Swift action by several members of the public, calling the emergency services and administering CPR undoubtedly saved this gentleman’s life.

“Professional medical assistance arrived and took over his treatment and he was able to sit up and talk as he was taken to hospital in the ambulance.

“We are unable to give any further update upon this gentleman’s condition, but would like to thank everyone involved.”

Then, on Thursday, October 29, residents spotted the air ambulance overheard once again as it was called to another medical emergency.

A spokesperson for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 2.36pm yesterday, Thursday 29 October to Keyworth, Nottingham to assist with a medical emergency.

“We sent two paramedics in two ambulance cars, a crewed ambulance and the air ambulance was also in attendance.”

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Perry Area Joint Recreation District finances report expected soon | News

A committee that formed to take an in-depth look at the financial condition of the Perry Area Joint Recreation District is making good progress.

That update was provided by Recreation District Board Chairman Rick Amos during the Oct. 27 meeting of the Perry Township trustees.

“They’ve done a lot of work putting together some numbers and what they see (the rec district’s) needs are going to be,” Amos said.

The committee, which is composed of recreation board members, began meeting in late September. Along with conducting a comprehensive financial review, the group also is considering the topic of annual subsidies that Perry and North Perry villages and Perry Township pay to the district.

In a previous News-Herald story, Amos said the panel intended to study the district’s projected finances for the next five years or so, and determine if funding will be able to keep community recreation sustainable in Perry.

At the Oct. 27 trustees’ meeting, Amos also talked about how the group’s findings will be shared.

“As soon as (the committee) is done, I think that they’re going to kind of give a CliffsNotes version of (the district’s) needs, and our plan is to send it to (Perry Township trustees), to all council people and to all mayors so everybody has it in their hands, so they can get a better idea,” Amos said. “I think that if we write this down, it will answer a lot of questions for everybody.”

Amos anticipates that leaders in all three communities will receive the special financial report on the rec district “way before the end of the year.”

Traditionally, the township, and Perry and North Perry villages all have provided the recreation district with annual subsidies to help the district pay for items such as insurance, employee wages and salaries, and overhead. Each year, the rec district sends out letters in January to the communities’ government leaders, reminding them about the subsidies.

Operating costs for the rec district, on the other hand, are covered through fees paid by participants in sports and other activities.

Perry Area Joint Recreation District, which offers programs for children and senior citizens, serves the three Perry communities and Perry Schools.

Although Perry Schools used to pay annual subsidies to the rec district, it hasn’t done so in recent years, However, Amos said that the school district does provide in-kind contributions by allowing its athletic fields and buildings to be used for rec district activities.

The next gathering of the committee spearheading the study of rec district finances is slated to take place at 4 p.m., Nov. 9, at the township Administration Building. That session will be followed by a meeting of the full recreational board at 5 p.m. 

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Greenwood deputies looking for inmate who climbed a recreation yard fence and escaped from detention center’s roof | News

GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) is looking for an inmate escaped from the Greenwood County Detention Center on Friday.

According to the sheriff’s office, at approximately 8:10 p.m. Dwight Dawayne Smith climbed a chain-link fence inside a fully enclosed recreation yard, made it onto the roof, and then scaled down an exterior wall escaping from the detention center. Smith was believed to haven been able to obtain a ride out of the area.

Deputies said staff at the detention center discovered the escape during the nightly formal head count at approximately 9:50 p.m. 

GSCO said they were joined by South Carolina Highway Patrol to search for Smith. During the search, bloodhounds were able to locate half of the inmate’s orange inmate uniform at the corner of Park Avenue and Owens Street. The other half was initially found on the roof along with Smith’s blood.

Deputies described Smith as 5’9″, 180 pounds, and possibly wearing a white t-shirt, white long sleeve thermal undershirt, white thermal underpants, and white socks. It is believed that Smith sustained cuts to his legs from the razor wire.

GSCO said Smith’s last known address was Taggart Street in Greenwood.

The sheriff’s office said smith was incarcerated on May 21 for three counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, one count of Burglary 2nd Degree, four counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Petit Larceny, one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property and a Probation Violation. Smith was bond was denied for the said crimes.

If you have any information please contact the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office at 864-942-8600, by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC, or by sending tips to the GCSO Facebook page. 

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LEADING THE WAY: Miller aims to teach kids life lessons as coach, recreation coordinator | Local

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

A Columbus native, Miller grew up having a good childhood living with his parents, two older brothers, Rob and Craig, and younger sister, Tiffany. From an early age, sports were part of the equation.

“I mainly started out watching my oldest brother playing soccer and I became fascinated with the game,” Miller recalled. “I played a lot of sports and I watched my siblings play.”

Miller played baseball, football and soccer, but it was his father, Galen, who inspired him to want to work with youth as he got older.

“Growing up, he volunteer-coached all of us all of the time,” he said. “He did a lot of other stuff behind the scenes, so I would say he had a big influence on me.”

Miller graduated from Columbus High School in 2005 and spent a few years at Central Community College-Columbus; however, he decided to leave because he knew he desired to share his love for sports and physical activity with the younger generation like his father did. He already had gotten a taste of it, having helped coach his cousin’s sixth-grade basketball team with his dad and a local football team. He wanted to pursue that interest further.

FINDING HIS CALLING

Miller’s sister helped him land the opportunity with CASP, a role he has been in for 13 years. Each weekday, he travels to one of Columbus Public’s five elementary schools, where he works with up to 15 kids that range from kindergarten to fourth grade at one time. They’ll play sports and games, but he’ll also help out during homework time.

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Aparshakti Khurana recreation of Andaz Apna Apna in Punjabi with creator Vishnu Kaushal leaves everyone in splits : Bollywood News

It has been more than 25 years but Andaz Apna Apna has not lost any of its madcap charms. The movie remains an iconic one with various scenes and dialogues from the same still being recreated. Recently, Aparshakti Khurana along with Vishnu Kaushal, who is a popular content creator, recreated one of the scenes from the film in Punjabi.

Aparshakti Khurana recreation of Andaz Apna Apna in Punjabi with creator Vishnu Kaushal leaves everyone in splits

In the hilarious scene, Aparshakti’s character (played by Aamir Khan) tries to get into a friendly banter with Vishnu’s character (essayed by Salman Khan) where they ask each other about where they bought their respective jacket and cap from. However, as soon as the scene plays out, we see the two of them squabbling about how they are lying to each other.

Taking to Instagram, the actor has urged the platform to verify Vishnu’s account. Sharing the video, Aparshakti captioned it, “Had gales of laughter with the superbly talented and funny @thevishnukaushal and as you can tell, assi bade hi brand-conscious haan!!!! @Instagram isi baat pe, ek blue tick ho jae for the person who always manages to tick(le) our funny bones?!!!”

Talking about recreating the popular scene which has left the social media in splits, Aparshakti says, “Andaz Apna Apna has been one of my favourite films. It is one of the films which have always inspired me when it comes to comedy. I am in awe of Amar and Prem’s bromance. I have always liked Vishnu’s brand of comedy and he is talented at his job. We just randomly decided to recreate this scene. Although it is Punjabi, we are happy that people are liking it.”

On the work front, the actor recently completed shooting for Helmet.

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Hardline Trump adviser Stephen Miller sees an even tougher travel ban in a possible second term

Stephen Miller, the hardline conservative close to Donald Trump, says the White House is preparing to double down on its immigration policies if the president wins a second term – including an even more restrictive travel ban.



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The White House spent much of its first term installing an aggressive policy that places strict limits on who can enter the United States, and was roundly criticised by Democrats, other countries’ governments, and pro-immigration advocates. After court fights, it put in place a travel ban that slapped restrictions on anyone trying to enter the country from several Muslim-majority countries.

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On a 5-4 vote that broke along ideological lines, the US Supreme Court in 2018 upheld a several-times revised version of the controversial executive order. Now, with Mr Trump locked in a close re-election fight with former Vice President joe Biden, Mr Miller is sending a clear message: A vote for a second term is a vote for a tougher travel ban.

Now armed with Justice Amy Coney Barrett shifting the high court further to the right with a 6-3 conservative bend, Mr Miller says White House officials are looking at “building on and expanding the framework that we’ve created with the travel ban, in terms of raising the standard for screening and vetting for admission to the United States.”

In what would be another major shift in the country’s legal immigration system, Mr Miller described an envisioned process that scrutinizes the “ideological sympathies or leanings” of all visa applicants.

The goal?

To determine which people might be ripe for recruitment of extremist groups.

What’s more, during a possible second term, Trump administration officials envision “really cracking down aggressively on sanctuary cities.”

Mr Trump has returned to mentioning tougher immigration policies during his rallies as he campigns in battleground state after battleground state.

“A vote for me is a vote for massive, middle-class tax cuts, regulation cuts, fair trade, strong borders, and American energy independence,” he said this week in Bullhead City, Arizona. “A vote for ‘Sleepy’ Joe Biden is a vote for open borders, offshoring jobs, shredding your second amendment, which is totally under siege by the way.”

“You’re so lucky,” he told his loyalists as they cheered, “I’m your president.”

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