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Des Moines recreation manager named Omaha’s new parks director | Local News



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People eat lunch under a tree bearing bright autumn leaves at Miller Park in North Omaha on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.




Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has hired the city’s next director of parks, recreation and public property.

Matthew Kalcevich, recreation manager for the City of Des Moines, will begin Dec. 14. Kalcevich has more than 10 years of experience managing recreation centers, public pools, golf courses and other facilities, according to a press release from the Mayor’s Office.

He replaces longtime director Brook Bench, who left the job over the summer.

“Matt brings enthusiasm and experience to manage our park system and the wide range of recreation, leisure and athletic facilities we operate,” Stothert said in the release. “He shares our commitment to great public spaces, which contribute to Omaha’s quality of life for families and neighborhoods.”

Kalcevich will make $162,318 in the role.

Last summer, the city hired Searchwide Global, a recruitment firm, to find its next parks director. The city agreed to pay the firm 30% of the hire’s annual salary — nearly $49,000, based on Kalcevich’s pay.

He will be responsible for overseeing more than 250 city parks, eight golf courses, 18 swimming pools, 11 splash pads, four dog parks, two tennis complexes, 13 community centers, a trap and skeet center, a nature center and the city’s ice arena.



Miller Park has a whole new shine in Omaha

“I am incredibly excited to lead this amazing department and expand the wonderful facilities and programs already serving the community,” Kalcevich said in the release. “My family and I are thrilled to make Omaha our new home.”

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Named after the hotel where he was born, Remo Minato lived a long life until he contracted COVID-19

Remo Minato came into the world in a way that would suit a character in a novel, his parents naming him after the hotel where he was born more than 90 years ago.

The couple lived in Chiloquin, a town incorporated on a Native American reservation in southern Oregon. Anselmo Minato had come to Oregon from Italy in 1914, joining other Italians who’d settled in Chiloquin, many moving north from California. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, fought in France during World War I and for that earned his American citizenship. He returned to Italy, fell in love with a woman and started a family.

In the late 1920s, he left Italy and returned to Chiloquin, later sending for his wife, Maria, and their three children. They traveled from Italy to New York by boat and then by train to Oregon, finally arriving in Chiloquin. Eventually, all of them became U.S. citizens.

When they learned they were going to have another child, Anselmo and Maria Minato, old-school Italians, were adamant that only an Italian midwife should deliver their first child to be born in America. They found such a woman in San Francisco, traveled there by train and checked into the San Remo Hotel.

The baby was born on Feb. 12, 1930, in room No. 1.

The man he grew up to be died of COVID-19 on Oct. 30, 2020, in a Southeast Portland nursing home, room No. 109.

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Remo Minato at work

Remo Minato was a road inspector with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Klamath Falls.

The family lived with other Italian residents in a section of Chiloquin called El Campo. Residents brought the old country with them. They bought pigs to make sausage and sent for California grapes to make their own wine.

“My father’s childhood wasn’t easy,” said Remo Minato’s daughter, Teresa Minato. “They were very poor. He only learned to speak English when he started going to school. He had humble roots with a blend of Italian and Native American cultures.”

After graduating from Chiloquin High School, Remo Minato joined the U.S Navy, served 18 months and then enrolled in what was at the time called Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls, about 25 miles from Chiloquin. He married Joanne Weddle, a former high school classmate.

“My mother wasn’t Italian,” said Dena Minato. “But she learned to cook my father’s favorite dish, his mother’s chicken and polenta.”

Her father, who studied surveying for two years in college, never earned a degree, but had enough skills to be hired as a road inspector with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Klamath Falls. When the office closed in 1960, Minato was transferred to Portland. The family, with six children — three girls and three boys — lived in the Rockwood area. Minato’s job took him across much of the Western United States. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed meeting people.

But as the years passed, he longed to discover his Italian roots.

“My mother was a fifth-generation Oregonian,” said Dena

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Phillips named head of McGill’s Athletics and Recreation

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Geoffrey Phillips, a resident of Vaudreuil-Dorion, has been appointed senior director of Athletics and Recreation at McGill University.

He replaces Philip Quintal, who has been serving as interim senior director following the retirement of Marc Gélinas in 2019.

Phillips, a fluently bilingual native of Gaspé, Que., most recently served as McGill’s director of Sport Programs for Athletics and Recreation.

He also played varsity hockey for McGill during his undergraduate studies, and served as head coach of the women’s hockey program between 1990 and 1994. He was named the Quebec conference coach of the year in 1992.
“I have had the good fortune to work with some of the top talents in varsity sport and recreation over my 30 years at McGill,” said Phillips, who assumes his new position Dec. 14.

“I am excited and humbled at the opportunity to now lead this group and expand on the university’s rich history of providing quality programming for students, staff and the McGill community at large.”

Phillips, a former longtime resident of Dorval, earned both a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in sports psychology at McGill.

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Hotel worker Charles Cernobori named as victim

The victim of a fatal shark attack at Western Australia’s iconic Cable Beach has been identified as a local hotel worker.

Charles Cernobori was attacked on Sunday morning when he was bodyboarding about 30m from the shore of the beach at Broome

The 59-year-old local worked at the Mangrove Hotel in the area.

Emergency crews were called to the beach around 8.45am and CPR was carried out, but Mr Cernobori died at the scene.

A couple who saw “thrashing” in the water went to help Mr Cernobori, with a man pulling him out of the water while his wife called an ambulance, WA Police Inspector Gene Pears said after the attack.

“I commend them for their actions. Obviously, that would have been pretty horrific for those people,” Inspector Pears said.

“It was very brave to enter the water and do what they did.”

Police legally shot at the animal, which remained in the area after the horror attack for up to 30 minutes, but it is believed the shark was unharmed.

Fisheries officers resumed patrols from 5am on Monday in a bid to find the deadly shark, the department confirmed.

Beaches from Dampier Creek to Coconut Wells, including Cable Beach, remain closed.

The type of shark is not known but is believed to be a tiger shark.

Broome is not believed to have had a fatal shark attack since 1993 when a pearl diver was killed at Roebuck Bay.

Cable Beach, which stretches 22km and is 2000km north of Perth, is one of Western Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.

The attack happened during the “off-season”, and surf lifesavers finished their patrols at the beach last week.

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Heroic hotel clerk named Newsmaker of the Year

Satchel Smith, a young hotel worker who was hailed as a hero after working 32 hours straight at Homewood Suites in Beaumont during Tropical Storm Imelda, was named the Newsmaker of the Year for 2019 by the Press Club of Southeast Texas.

Smith was revealed as the winner at the Press Club’s virtual awards banquet on Saturday night, held because the coronavirus pandemic canceled the club’s traditional banquet and awards ceremony in June. Despite that setback, the Press Club was still able to raise $10,000 from virtual sponsors for its scholarship fund at Lamar University.

Smith was chose by a vote of the members of the Press Club, who selected him over four other finalists. They were:

 Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, nominated for his leadership following Tropical Depression Imelda and the TPC plant explosion in Port Neches.

 Belinda George, principal of Homer Drive Elementary School in Beaumont, who received national attention for her program of reading bedtime stories to her students via iPhone video.

 State Rep. Dade Phelan, for his active role in the 2019 legislative session, growing statewide reputation and his leadership on many other local issues.

 Geary Senigaur, organizer of Dads on Deck, a group of volunteers who patrolled the exterior of Parkdale Mall to promote safety and reach out to wayward youths.

Smith gained national media attention for his unplanned marathon stint, when rain and floodwaters from Imelda quickly made the hotel something of an island along Interstate 10.

Smith’s relief clerk never arrived because of the flooding, and Smith couldn’t bear to leave his stranded hotel guests. So he stayed up and manned the front desk alone, serving meals when he could with the help of other guests and handling other duties throughout the hotel.

Smith even remained calm while the weather interfered with the hotel’s computer systems, setting off fire alarms in the building several times. He also invited guests from nearby hotels to eat there because they had no meals. During the height of the storm, he and some guests lined up to bring water to truckers stranded along I-10.

A Facebook post about Smith’s heroics was shared over 12,000 times within a few days, and other national media outlets picked up the story from there.

“He has manned the phones, answered each of our questions, ensured that we have had a hot cup of coffee or tea, and helped serve us a hot breakfast,” said Facebook poster Angela Chandler, a guest at the hotel. “He has handled this situation with grace, kindness and a beautiful smile on his face.”

The Newsmaker of the Year award has been given every year since 1991. Press Club members have also twice chosen a Newsmaker of the Decade — former Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles for the years 1991 to 1999 and former Lamar University President James Simmons for the years 2000 to 2009. The Press Club is made up of journalists, academics and public relations professionals from throughout the region.

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The Manor House at Fancourt named South Africa’s Leading Country House Hotel

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The Manor House at Fancourt was named as South Africa’s Leading Country House Hotel at this year’s World Travel Awards.

The 5-star-hotel in George dates back to the 1850s and once home to Henry Fancourt White.

The 18-suite boutique hotel on South Africa’s Garden Route not only delivers on luxury, and sophistication, “it also exclusive country retreat – with warm and generous hospitality,” said Peter Dros, Sales and Marketing Director at Fancourt.

He spoke about the accolade: “This is wonderful news. We’re still smiling. It is a real reflection of the Manor House’s commitment to outstanding service.

“A visit to The Manor House is an experience, and this award means a lot to the team who pride themselves on creating the perfect stay.”

Picture: The Manor House at Fancourt website.

Dros said The Manor House reopened at the end of September.

“The team has loved welcoming guests back to the hotel, Monty Bar, the private library and swimming pool.

“We can’t wait to surprise guests over the summer with our new offerings, including al fresco dinners on a private deck under the stars,” said Dros.

Picture: Supplied.

Graham Cooke, Founder World Travel Awards, said despite the challenges faced by the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in 2020, this year’s World Travel Awards nomination programme reported record visitor traffic and engagement from the public.

“The appetite for tourism has never been as keen and this offers hope and much-needed encouragement to us all,” said Cooke.

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Local sections of Palmetto Trail named as National Recreation Trail (copy) | News

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The Swamp Fox and Awendaw passages of the Palmetto Trail have been recognized as the newest additions to the National Recreation Trail Program. The two passages combined will now be known as The Palmetto National Recreation Trail.

A National Recreation Trail is a designated part of America’s National Trails System. Each NRT must demonstrate that it represents its region, supports a diverse community, and is among Americas best trails. This portion of South Carolina’s state-wide Palmetto Trail spans 58.05 miles and is primarily located within the Francis Marion National Forest.

“We are excited to have received the National Recreation Trail designation for the Swamp Fox and Awendaw Trail passages,” said Mary Roe, Executive Director of the Palmetto Trail. “The 58.05 miles of trail has been used by thousands of hikers and mountain bikers enjoying nature walks, bird watching, cross country runs and camping trips. This is a wonderful example of our successful partnership with the Forest Service.”

The USDA Forest Service – Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests’ Supervisor Rick Lint expressed his appreciation of the Palmetto Conservation Foundations’ work and efforts.

“Our affiliation with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation has been nothing but positive, and we are delighted to hear about this historic national designation of these two popular trails, that will undoubtedly better inform those in nearby communities of unrealized recreational opportunities,” Lint said. “It is our goal to encourage everyone to seek the benefits the outdoors can provide them for better health and well-being, in addition to being good stewards of their public lands.”

American Trails provides a searchable database and map of NRTs and NWTs online. Visitors can access information about a particular NRT, search for different trail activities, or get a list of all the NRTs in any state. Go online to learn more .

About The National Recreation Trails Program

The National Trails System Act of 1968 (Public Law 90-543) authorized creation of a national system of trails comprised of National Recreation Trails, National Scenic Trails, and National Historic Trails.

While National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails may only be designated by an act of Congress, National Recreation Trails may be designated by the Secretary of Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture to recognize exemplary trails of local and regional significance in response to an application from the trail’s managing agency or organization. Through designation, these trails are recognized as part of America’s national system of trails.

The National Recreation Trails Program supports designated NRT’s with an array of benefits, including promotion, technical assistance, and networking. Its goal is to promote the use and care of existing trails and stimulate the development of new trails to create a national network of trails and realize the vision of “Trails for All Americans.”

About The Palmetto Trail

Our Mission at the Palmetto Trail is to foster an appreciation for South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources, providing opportunities for active recreation on the Palmetto Trail and other trail systems that can be enjoyed by all

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Local sections of Palmetto Trail named as National Recreation Trail | News

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The Swamp Fox and Awendaw passages of the Palmetto Trail have been recognized as the newest additions to the National Recreation Trail Program. The two passages combined will now be known as The Palmetto National Recreation Trail.

A National Recreation Trail is a designated part of America’s National Trails System. Each NRT must demonstrate that it represents its region, supports a diverse community, and is among Americas best trails. This portion of South Carolina’s state-wide Palmetto Trail spans 58.05 miles and is primarily located within the Francis Marion National Forest.

“We are excited to have received the National Recreation Trail designation for the Swamp Fox and Awendaw Trail passages,” said Mary Roe, Executive Director of the Palmetto Trail. “The 58.05 miles of trail has been used by thousands of hikers and mountain bikers enjoying nature walks, bird watching, cross country runs and camping trips. This is a wonderful example of our successful partnership with the Forest Service.”

The USDA Forest Service – Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests’ Supervisor Rick Lint expressed his appreciation of the Palmetto Conservation Foundations’ work and efforts.

“Our affiliation with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation has been nothing but positive, and we are delighted to hear about this historic national designation of these two popular trails, that will undoubtedly better inform those in nearby communities of unrealized recreational opportunities,” Lint said. “It is our goal to encourage everyone to seek the benefits the outdoors can provide them for better health and well-being, in addition to being good stewards of their public lands.”

American Trails provides a searchable database and map of NRTs and NWTs online. Visitors can access information about a particular NRT, search for different trail activities, or get a list of all the NRTs in any state. Go online to learn more.

About The National Recreation Trails Program

The National Trails System Act of 1968 (Public Law 90-543) authorized creation of a national system of trails comprised of National Recreation Trails, National Scenic Trails, and National Historic Trails.

While National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails may only be designated by an act of Congress, National Recreation Trails may be designated by the Secretary of Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture to recognize exemplary trails of local and regional significance in response to an application from the trail’s managing agency or organization. Through designation, these trails are recognized as part of America’s national system of trails.

The National Recreation Trails Program supports designated NRT’s with an array of benefits, including promotion, technical assistance, and networking. Its goal is to promote the use and care of existing trails and stimulate the development of new trails to create a national network of trails and realize the vision of “Trails for All Americans.”

About The Palmetto Trail

Our Mission at the Palmetto Trail is to foster an appreciation for South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources, providing opportunities for active recreation on the Palmetto Trail and other trail systems that can be enjoyed by all in

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Cosumnes Community Services District: Phillip Lewis Named Parks And Recreation Administrator

October 22, 2020

Cosumnes Community Services District has selected Phillip Lewis as its next Parks and Recreation Administrator. Lewis brings over 25 years of experience in the field of parks and recreation to the district.

Lewis most recently served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Rocklin, where he was responsible for both recreation and park operations functions of the department. In Rocklin, Lewis worked on the development of a Community Facilities District funding initiative and introduced multiple diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

Lewis previously served as Community Services Director with the City of Oregon City where he was responsible for parks, recreation, museums and cemeteries, and as Executive Director for the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District where he successfully constructed a bond-funded aquatic facility and new administrative offices. Lewis also previously worked at the City of Portland’s Parks Bureau where he held multiple positions with increasing responsibility, providing him a broad understanding of parks and recreation services.

Lewis holds a master’s degree for Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from North Carolina State University and holds certification as a Parks and Recreation Professional from the National Recreation and Parks Association. He has volunteered in leadership roles in state parks agencies as well as non-profit organizations centered around conservation.

“Mr. Lewis understands the importance of building partnerships and sustainable service delivery models to maximize resources and meet residents’ expectations,” said the district’s General Manager Joshua Green. “I believe Mr. Lewis will thrive in this dynamic position where he can develop substantial and purposeful opportunities that will provide exceptional community benefit for years to come.”

Lewis will take up his new post as Parks and Recreation Administrator on Nov. 18 and will oversee operations of 98 parks, recreation programs such as aquatics, sports and the Emerald Lakes Golf Course, and community services such as leisure activities, youth and teen programs.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to help advance exceptional parks and recreation services to Elk Grove’s diverse and growing community,” Lewis said. “I’m looking forward to working closely with the community, staff and board of directors to continue providing the high-quality facilities and recreational opportunities residents have come to expect from the Cosumnes CSD.”

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A Boston hotel’s spa was just named the best in North America

Those seeking pampering services in Boston can now book a massage at the best hotel spa in North America.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston won Best Hotel Spa in North America and Best Hotel Spa in Massachusetts in the sixth annual World Spa Awards, released last week. The spa is located inside Mandarin Oriental, Boston, a five-star luxury hotel in Back Bay.

“Our winners represent the very best of the best in the global spa and wellness sector and my congratulations to each of them,” said Rebecca Cohen, managing director of the World Spa Awards, in a statement. “They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”

“As the only Forbes Five-star awarded spa in Massachusetts, we offer the most exclusive pampering experience you can imagine,” according to the spa’s website.

The 16,000 square-foot spa includes 11 treatment rooms, including two couples’ suites, a spa boutique, and state-of-the-art fitness center. Massage treatments include hot stone, Himalayan salt stone, therapeutic, and aromatherapy, and specialties include a combination of foot reflexology and polarity therapy as well as Himalayan singing bowls placed on and around the body to “restore balance.”

Spa officials posted news of the awards on the hotel’s Facebook page, writing that they are “pleased” with the honor.

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The Mandarin Oriental, Boston reopened in September after temporarily closing due to COVID-19. The spa is currently open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations can be made online, and guests must follow COVID-19 arrival guidelines including face coverings and temperature screenings.

Canyon Ranch Lenox was also named Best Wellness Retreat in Massachusetts.

“It’s an encouraging testament to our staff, thought leaders, and all of the carefully curated programmatic offerings and services that change the way and WHY you travel,” Canyon Ranch officials wrote in a Facebook post. “True health is wealth.”

View all of the 2020 World Spa Awards winners.

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