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Hotel grants couple 18 years of free stays on Valentine’s Day for making a baby

Let’s travel back in time to February 14 — Valentine’s Day.



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A hip little hotel in British Columbia offered couples the chance to win 18 years of free accommodations if, roughly nine months following their Hotel Zed stay, they had a baby.

Nicole and Alexander Beshinsky and their three-and-half-year-old son are getting ready to welcome a new member to the family.

The Kelowna-based couple took advantage of Hotel Zed’s “Nooner” special this past February 14. Although Hotel Zed, which also has locations in Victoria and Tofino, has offered the four-hour “Nooner” special for the past five years, 2020 was the first year of this particular promotion.



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The deal, which encouraged couples to check in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for some nookie, followed some post-coital ping-pong in the lounge or perhaps a sexy soak in the outdoor hot tub, was a first for the Beshinskys.

It was also their first time staying at Hotel Zed.

The couple say they don’t even always get a chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day, owing to work conflicts and other challenges. Nicole calls the Nooner package “a great Valentine’s idea for parents because it makes childcare a little easier.”

Indeed, Hotel Zed CEO Mandy Farmer came up with the original Nooner idea when her kids were little, and she was struggling to find quality, child-free time with her husband. The prospect of a romantic tryst on February 14 was more appealing to her than a bouquet of carnations or a box of chocolates, so she took the idea to the board and they ran with it.

As to 2020’s baby-making incentive? Well, it seemed like a fun twist — the holiday is notoriously known for engagements, so why not conceptions?

“I don’t think we’re going to convince someone who’s not thinking about having a baby to have a baby. But if you’re serious about expanding your family, why wouldn’t you try?” Farmer asks. “If you succeed, you’ll win a way to celebrate your baby’s conception for the next 18 years.”

In addition to the 18 years of free stays, the Beshinsky family also lucked out with a free photo shoot so excited about their campaign’s results was the hotel.

Via email, Nicole said: “We had been trying to get pregnant for almost two years, so we thought we would raise stakes with the contest. Apparently all we needed was a little competition!”

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Healthy Venues Grants available for WA sport and recreation centres

  • Healthway’s $100,000 in new Healthy Venues Grants now available 
  • Local sport and recreation centres can apply for up to $5,000 to create healthier food and drink outlets
  • City of Swan first local government to be awarded 
  • Applications for Healthway’s Healthy Venues Grants are now open to local government and State-owned sport and recreation centres across Western Australia.

    Eligible venues can apply for funding of up to $5,000 to implement a range of promotional, educational and environmental strategies to increase healthy food and drink choices.

    The City of Swan is the first local government to be awarded funding under the new grants scheme and will implement healthy food and drink strategies at Swan Active Beechboro, Swan Active Midland and Swan Active Ballajura.

    The Swan Active sites will develop a Healthy Food and Drink Policy to support catering and food rewards, adopt healthier food preparation practices, and offer education activities and events to promote healthy eating in the community.

    The project will be co-ordinated with support from Healthway, local health service providers, venue operators, and the WA School Canteen Association.

    The Healthy Venues project aims to create healthier food environments at sport and recreation venues throughout WA.

    To apply for funding, visit the Healthway website at https://www.healthway.wa.gov.au/apply-for-a-healthy-venues-grant

    As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:

    “Children and families that attend Swan Active venues will soon be able to enjoy a range of healthier food and drinks while participating in sport and recreation activities.

    “This is a great healthy eating initiative that local governments are well placed to champion.

    “Creating healthier food and drink choices is vital for reducing the high rates of overweight and obesity among the WA community.”

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    Michigan DNR awards nearly $2M in recreation grants to 18 communities

    LANSING, Mich. – Nearly $2 million in recreation grants will go to local park and trail improvements and developments.

    Eighteen communities will the funding, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

    Projects include trailhead development in Marquette County, recreation center renovation in Oakland County and park improvements in Crawford County.

    The department received 59 grant applications that sought $6.5 million for local funding.

    The DNR’s recreation passport program has awarded about $12.7 million in grants since being introduced in 2010. The program is tied to license plate registration renewals and more than a third of Michigan registered vehicles now have the recreation passport on their license plate tabs.

    Ten percent of every recreation passport sale goes to the grant program.

    A recreation passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan’s 103 state parks, 140 state forest campgrounds, hundreds of miles of state trails, historic sites, hundreds of boating access sites and other outdoor spaces.

    “We’ve seen an upswing in the number of visitors coming out to use Michigan state parks, trails and other outdoor opportunities, as people look for COVID-safe ways to relax and get exercise,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “Those visitors represent a direct investment in state parks and local parks, because about $1 from every Recreation Passport purchased funds those local park and recreation grants.”

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    Michigan DNR approves nearly $2 million in recreation grants | Sports

    A program that started 10 years ago with the goal of boosting visitation and funding for Michigan state parks also has created another important benefit: more funding for local, community parks and trails enhancement throughout the state. Today the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 18 communities will share $1,926,000 for projects including trailhead development in Marquette County, recreation center renovation in Oakland County and park improvements in Crawford County.

    The DNR introduced the Recreation Passport in 2010, replacing the traditional window sticker system for state park access with a purchase program tied to the renewal of license plate registrations. Support for the Recreation Passport has steadily grown since the program’s start – more than a third of Michigan registered vehicles now have the Recreation Passport on their license plate tabs – and that means more available funding for grants. With the announcement of this year’s recipients, the Recreation Passport grant program (established by Public Act 35 of 2010) has awarded just over $12.7 million statewide.

    View a full list and descriptions of this year’s Recreation Passport grant awards. Counties where funded grant projects have been approved include Alcona, Alpena, Barry, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Genesee, Isabella, Lapeer, Manistee, Marquette, Monroe, Montmorency, Oakland, Ogemaw, Osceola and Shiawassee.

    Selected projects were scored and selected from a field of 59 grant applications seeking $6.5 million in local funding. Successful applicants clearly demonstrated projects designed to broaden public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities.

    “Recreation Passport grants help communities of all sizes bring more and better recreation opportunities to residents of all abilities, and those types of amenities make communities stronger,” said Christie Bayus, Recreation Passport grant program manager. “During this time, having a fun, safe place to enjoy the outdoors is more important than ever, and these grants make projects to achieve that possible.”

    Funding for this program is derived from sales of Michigan’s Recreation Passport, required for vehicle entry into Michigan’s 103 state parks, 140 state forest campgrounds, hundreds of miles of state trails, historic sites, hundreds of boating access sites and other outdoor spaces. With every sale of a Recreation Passport, 10% goes directly to the grant program.

    “We’ve seen an upswing in the number of visitors coming out to use Michigan state parks, trails and other outdoor opportunities, as people look for COVID-safe ways to relax and get exercise,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “Those visitors represent a direct investment in state parks and local parks, because about $1 from every Recreation Passport purchased funds those local park and recreation grants.”

    The application period for the next round of Recreation Passport grant funding opens in January, with applications due April 1. Learn more about the program and application materials at Michigan.gov/DNRGrants.

    Questions? Call DNR the Grants Management Section at 517-284-7268 or email [email protected]

    Source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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    DNR awards nearly $2M in recreation grants to 18 communities

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly $2 million in recreation grants will go to local park and trail improvements and developments.

    Eighteen communities will the funding, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

    Projects include trailhead development in Marquette County, recreation center renovation in Oakland County and park improvements in Crawford County.

    The department received 59 grant applications that sought $6.5 million for local funding.

    The DNR’s recreation passport program has awarded about $12.7 million in grants since being introduced in 2010. The program is tied to license plate registration renewals and more than a third of Michigan registered vehicles now have the recreation passport on their license plate tabs.


    Ten percent of every recreation passport sale goes to the grant program.

    A recreation passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan’s 103 state parks, 140 state forest campgrounds, hundreds of miles of state trails, historic sites, hundreds of boating access sites and other outdoor spaces.

    “We’ve seen an upswing in the number of visitors coming out to use Michigan state parks, trails and other outdoor opportunities, as people look for COVID-safe ways to relax and get exercise,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “Those visitors represent a direct investment in state parks and local parks, because about $1 from every Recreation Passport purchased funds those local park and recreation grants.”

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    DNR approves nearly $2M in recreation grants for local park and trail improvement, development

    LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – A program that started 10 years ago with the goal of boosting visitation and funding for Michigan state parks also has created another important benefit: more funding for local, community parks and trails enhancement throughout the state. Today the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 18 communities will share $1,926,000 for projects including trailhead development in Marquette County, recreation center renovation in Oakland County and park improvements in Crawford County.



    a tree in a forest: Michigan Recreation Passport logo on an image of Little Presque Isle Park in Marquette County.


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    Michigan Recreation Passport logo on an image of Little Presque Isle Park in Marquette County.

    The DNR introduced the Recreation Passport in 2010, replacing the traditional window sticker system for state park access with a purchase program tied to the renewal of license plate registrations. Support for the Recreation Passport has steadily grown since the program’s start – more than a third of Michigan registered vehicles now have the Recreation Passport on their license plate tabs – and that means more available funding for grants. With the announcement of this year’s recipients, the Recreation Passport grant program (established by Public Act 35 of 2010) has awarded just over $12.7 million statewide.

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    View a full list and descriptions of this year’s Recreation Passport grant awards. Counties where funded grant projects have been approved include Alcona, Alpena, Barry, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Genesee, Isabella, Lapeer, Manistee, Marquette, Monroe, Montmorency, Oakland, Ogemaw, Osceola and Shiawassee.

    In Upper Michigan, two projects will receive grants. In Chippewa County, the Village of DeTour was awarded $150,000 for DeTour Village Veterans Park improvements. In Marquette County, the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority was awarded $73,300 for work at the Iron Ore Heritage Trail trailhead in Negaunee Township.

    Selected projects were scored and selected from a field of 59 grant applications seeking $6.5 million in local funding. Successful applicants clearly demonstrated projects designed to broaden public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities.

    “Recreation Passport grants help communities of all sizes bring more and better recreation opportunities to residents of all abilities, and those types of amenities make communities stronger,” said Christie Bayus, Recreation Passport grant program manager. “During this time, having a fun, safe place to enjoy the outdoors is more important than ever, and these grants make projects to achieve that possible.”

    Funding for this program is derived from sales of Michigan’s Recreation Passport, required for vehicle entry into Michigan’s 103 state parks, 140 state forest campgrounds, hundreds of miles of state trails, historic sites, hundreds of boating access sites and other outdoor spaces. With every sale of a Recreation Passport, 10% goes directly to the grant program.

    “We’ve seen an upswing in the number of visitors coming out to use Michigan state parks, trails and other outdoor opportunities, as people look for COVID-safe ways to relax and get exercise,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “Those visitors represent a direct investment in state parks and local parks, because about $1 from every Recreation Passport purchased funds those local park and recreation grants.”

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    Minnesota grants $4 million to proposed Jacob Wetterling Recreation Center

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    $4 million in aid goes to Wetterling Center

    The state of Minnesota has made a $4 million grant to the city of St. Joseph toward the design and construction of a community center to be known as the Jacob Wetterling Recreation Center.

    The money, contained in the $1.9 billion bonding bill passed last month by the Legislature, would cover about one-fourth of the project’s estimated $16 million cost. City officials have been working on the project for years.

    Jacob Wetterling was 11 when he was abducted near his Stearns County home in 1989. In 2016, Danny Heinrich confessed to kidnapping and killing Jacob. In a plea agreement, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison on child pornography charges but was not charged in Jacob’s abduction and death.

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    Ely

    New mayor-elect turns down the job

    Eric Urbas, who won Ely’s mayoral election after dropping out of the race, told city officials Wednesday that he would not accept the position.

    The 32-year-old defeated three-term incumbent Mayor Chuck Novak by 125 votes. Urbas halted his campaign in August, citing health problems, but his name remained on the November ballot.

    Ely will hold a special mayoral election, the timing of which will be discussed at the City Council’s Dec. 1 meeting.

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    NEW ULM

    County hires 2 nurses for COVID-19 cases

    Brown County is set to hire two nurses to deal with COVID-19 cases. At its meeting this week, the County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the hiring of the nurses to handle COVID-19 case investigations and contact tracing. One nurse will fill a permanent position while the other is slated to work through February.

    As with many Minnesota counties, Brown County has seen a rapid increase in positive tests for the illness caused by the coronavirus. The county’s most recent rate of positive test results was 5.2%, below the statewide average of 7%, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

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    East Grand Forks

    Board nixes COVID stimulus requests

    The Economic Development Authority rejected two businesses’ requests for reimbursement under COVID-19 stimulus programs. Anytime Fitness sought $1,100 for a pressure toilet and the CherryBerry yogurt bar sought $5,600 for a safe.

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    D.C. To Provide $100M In Grants To Hotel, Retail Businesses

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    Mayor Muriel Bowser speaking at the New Year New Housing event Jan. 17.

    The D.C. government is stepping in to help struggling hotel and retail businesses as the spike in coronavirus cases further damages their revenues. 

    Mayor Muriel Bowser Wednesday announced the launch of the $100M Bridge Fund, which will provide grants to an estimated 1,800 businesses in the District. 

    The grants will be split among four categories: $35M to restaurants, $30M to hotels, $20M to entertainment and $15M to retail. 

    The restaurant grants will range from $10K to $50K and could reach up to 700 businesses. The hotel grants will range from $10,830 to $270,750 for up to 140 hotels. The entertainment grants will be between $4K and $100K and reach up to 400 venues. The retail grants will reach up to 575 businesses with awards ranging from $5K to $25K. 

    “Since the beginning of the pandemic, D.C. businesses in the hospitality, entertainment, and retail sectors have made tremendous sacrifices to help us protect residents by combating and containing this virus,” Bowser said in a release. “We remain committed to providing the support and resources that will help them get through these challenging times and eventually cross the bridge to normalcy.”  

    The launch comes after the D.C. Council passed a bill in July, introduced by Council Member Kenyan McDuffie, to use CARES Act funds to provide $100M in COVID-19 relief. 

    The program modified McDuffie’s proposal and will pull roughly $20M from the CARES Act funds and $80M from local reserves, Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio told the Washington Business Journal. 

    Applications for the hotel grants will open Monday, followed by the restaurant, retail and entertainment grants in December. The hotel grants are available to hotels with at least 10 rooms, including those that have been temporarily closed. 

    Donohoe Hospitality President Thomas Penny, whose firm owns at least five hotels in the District, told Bisnow he plans to apply for the grants immediately.

    “It’s going to allow for us to keep our employees working through the holidays,” Penny said. “It’s a big deal to us because people represent the heartbeat of our business, and we want to see them through this, and this is going to help us do that for more people than we would otherwise.”

    Penny said the grants come at a much-needed time, as hotel demand has dropped precipitously in recent weeks. He said hotel occupancies have fallen by at least 33% from October to November, and in some hotels occupancy rates are below 10%.

    He attributed the drop to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the country leading people to stop traveling. New daily U.S. cases have risen by more than 20% over the last week, with more than 160,000 new cases reported Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. 

    This spike in cases has further depressed hotel revenues, Penny said, and he hopes a vaccine can lead to a significant increase in demand by Q2 or Q3. He said the grants will help more

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    Kaleigh Wilday Fund supports youth, recreation, Ellicottville with 2020 grants | News

    OLEAN — Ellicottville is a place beloved by the Wilday family.

    It is also a place that was important to young Kaleigh Wilday during her life.

    The Wildays are avid skiers and outdoor adventurers and spend much of their time during the winter months in Ellicottville, and according to Skip Wilday and Greta Wilday, that time spent in Ellicottville has led to deep relationships that have lasted over the years.

    When Kaleigh Wilday tragically passed away in 2002, support for the fund that Skip and Greta established to honor the legacy of their daughter, the Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, came from long and far, but a significant part of that support, then and now, came from Ellicottville, said Skip Wilday.

    In honor of that early and lasting support of the Ellicottville community, this year’s grant distributions from the Kaleigh Wilday Fund, made every year around Kaleigh’s birthday, Nov. 10, will provide support to community organizations that support recreation and youth, this year with an added focus on organizations in the Ellicottville community.

    This year’s grants include: $1,000 for the Cuba-Rushford PTA, $1,000 for the Cuba-Rushford Central School Alaska Trip Fund (CRCS Outdoors), $1,000 for the youth programs at the Cuba Circulating Library, $2,000 for the Kaleigh Wilday Every Kid Deserves a Y Fund at the YMCA of the Twin Tiers and $500 to sponsor a Cattaraugus Gives prize for an organization that serves youth.

    Additionally, the fund will make possible three new grants for organizations in Ellicottville: $1,000 for the Ellicottville Skate Park Fund, $1,000 for the Ellicottville/Great Valley Recreational Trail Fund and $200 to the Nannen Arboretum Society.

    This year’s grants total $7,700.

    The fund also supports two annual scholarships: the Kaleigh Wilday Scholar Athlete Award for a Cuba-Rushford Central School graduating senior who has played on a scholar-athlete team and an annual $1,000 scholarship for a Cuba-Rushford graduate attending Jamestown Community College.

    For Skip and Greta Wilday, who recommend each year’s grant recipients, this year’s grants represent a very special tribute to the Ellicottville community.



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    “This felt like an important thing to do this year,” said Skip Wilday. “Ellicottville is an important place for us, of course, and it was a place where Kaleigh spent a lot of time.

    “From the very first days of the fund, so much support came from Ellicottville that it feels only right to give back to causes that we know Kaleigh would have loved,” he added.

    The Ellicottville/Great Valley Recreational Trail Fund at CRCF supports the efforts to build a recreational trail that will connect locations in Ellicottville and Great Valley. The first section of the trail was cleared in 2019.

    The Ellicottville Skate Park Fund, also managed by CRCF, supports fundraising efforts to build and maintain a large, concrete skate park in Ellicottville. With the support of the Tony Hawk Foundation and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, SK8EVL is now entering the final stages of their fundraising efforts.

    Thanks to a

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