Thurston County Solid Waste – Sharing Is Making A Comeback

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County Solid WasteThurston County Solid Waste is encouraging residents to consider sharing items, such as through a tool library.Consumers are using in one year what it takes the Earth 1.5 years to make, according to the Global Footprint Network. The holidays are an especially high-consumption time for many shoppers. But there are new (old) ways to adjust our consumption, conserve resources, strengthen community relations, and prevent waste. In some circles it is called collaborative consumption. Others are calling it “the shared economy.” Whatever you call it, there is rapid growth in this sector and it is becoming more popular than ever. We are already seeing some of it in our part of the world.The whole idea is that people are working together to fill their needs for cars, lodging, tools, books, and more. Think of the library as one end of the model, where items are kept, organized, and shared among members. Another example is the rural farm community model, where neighbors pitch-in together to share a tractor or hay mower among a number of small farms. Some shared resources are offered for free, others for a nominal cost.Have you shared or borrowed anything recently? The answer is likely, “no.” Many people don’t have the trusting relationships that we might have had in the past. It seems households don’t know their neighbors, buy goods they rarely use, and do not trust many others with the care of their goods. A sharing economy is one that works when personal boundaries are expanded as well as our closets and garages. There is a feeling of abundance.  And it relies on good, old fashion trust. Many of the popular models, especially the online ones, allow users to build a reputation based on exchanges. Users can see this information and use it to make decisions. In fact, some are even calling trust the currency of the new economy.One popular idea associated with increased urban gardening is a “tool library.” There are lots of models in different cities, including neighboring Seattle and Portland. Users come together to share certain tools they might need in gardening projects. Some others include Little Free Libraries, which are starting to pop up in neighborhoods around you.Some sharing is happening without a thought for reciprocation. People are already donating items to thrift stores and charities. And now there are places to get free goods like at Freestores like those in Olympia and Portland. Donate what you don’t want and take what you need for free. You can also find free stuff online using sites such as 2Good2Toss.com, Craigslist, or Freecycle. If you are worried about the person on the other end just do what the hobby traders do, meet in a public place during the day, such as a department store parking lot or restaurant.The Tenino Yellow Bike Project shares bikes around town.Community bike shares have come to Thurston County. The Tenino Yellow Bike Project makes sharing easy and free. The project is brought to us by T9O Department of Transportation (not a government agency but a non-profit dedicated to youth and community). The idea is that if you need a ride and see one leaning against a building, you take it. Just stay in town please. There are other community bike programs in the US and aboard. Other bike sharing programs are supported by the government or by a nonprofit and there are usually fees. In Minneapolis, you take a bike from a check-out station and then leave it at another. You are charged based on the time.Other models don’t have a specific location and are online companies, such as ZipCar. Other vehicle sharing companies include car2go in Austin,  IGO in Chicago, AutoShare in Toronto, StattAuto  in Kassel, Germany,  GoGet in Australia, and others.One of the more interesting models connects users from all around the globe and with your city. It is called peer-to-peer sharing. Items are owned by private individuals and the online host provides ways for users to connect. For cars, there is Getaround, Whipcar, RelayRides, Zimride, Compareandshare, and more. How about a crane for your next project in Germany? If you’re looking for lodging; there’s airbnb, Roomarama, couchsurfing,  ShortTermHousing, HouseTrip, and Tripping.Networking is half the battle in offering items to lend or borrowing items you need. Some sites have popped up that are gaining traction by giving you a chance to get to know your neighbors. They include Streetbank,  A Spare to Share, NeighborGoods, ecomodo, Nextdoor, iShareStuff, Hey, Neighbor!. People offer items, services, or just a hand when you need it!The idea is not contained to goods. Individual business people are finding the benefits of working around others even when it means sharing an office space occasionally. They call it coworking or shared offices.  Shared Offices is service to match the needs of providers and seekers. ShareDesk is another site. Here are some cool examples of coworking.Other places to borrow in Thurston County:Books, mixed media, digital downloads, and other—Timberland Regional Library, Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, Yelm, and Tenino.Books, mixed media (environmental education topics)—Thurston County Solid Waste, Olympia.Event recycle and compost collection equipment—various agencies and groups, various locations.Weaving accessories—Olympia Weavers Guild, Olympia.If you find options for sharing, please share them on the Thurston County Solid Waste Facebook page or send a tweet to @SolidWasteThuCo.Solid Waste agencies up and down the west coast are seeing the benefits of focusing on the “reduce, reuse” part of the three R’s. Consumers and governments can save money on disposal and recycling costs through buying less new stuff, sharing, and when you need to purchase something, buying it used. And it is good for the environment too.Disclaimer: the above listed sites and companies are just a sample as an education service by Thurston County to the public and is not an endorsement or guarantee of the quality of the services offered or provided by these sites or companies. Facebook24Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Entrepreneur and Olympia native Brad Furber to address 2017 graduating class…

first_imgFacebook27Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityOlympia-native entrepreneur, lawyer and angel investor Brad Furber will deliver the 2017 Commencement address at Saint Martin’s University on Saturday, May 20, at Marcus Pavilion, located on the Lacey campus, 5300 Pacific S.E.Brad Furber. Photo courtesy: Saint Martin’s University“We are excited for Brad Furber to address the class of 2017 and speak about the growing need for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation, and the importance of lifelong learning,” says Saint Martin’s President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. “At Saint Martin’s, we strive to empower students to pursue a lifetime of learning and learn to make a positive difference in their lives and in the lives of others.”Furber is originally from Olympia, Washington and lived and worked in Seattle for two decades before embarking on an overseas path, first to Copenhagen, Denmark and later Sydney, Australia. The University of New South Wales in Australia, one of Australia’s leading research intensive universities, hired Furber in 2014 as its founding business leader to take what was then a greenfield concept, and lead a collaborative design process to develop, launch, operate and expand the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC). Since opening its doors in August 2015, the MCIC has generated more than 30,000 meaningful engagements, across a diverse spectrum of events, programs and challenges, and the MCIC network is growing exponentially.A former Chair of the Business Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, and Founder Editor of Preferred Returns, the newsletter of the ABA Section of Business Law Committee on Venture Capital and Private Equity, Furber is a frequent speaker and moderator on a range of topics, including innovation, entrepreneurship, public policy and law. He is the creator of Term Sheet Battle™, a program designed to demystify the negotiation of venture capital financings that has been produced in the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and the UK. He is also a co-inventor of a patent that facilitates confidential and anonymous negotiation of financial transactions over public networks.In addition to Juris Doctor from Duke Law School, Furber holds a Master of Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington.The Saint Martin’s University 2017 Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Marcus Pavilion on the University’s Lacey campus, 5300 Pacific Ave SE. Tickets are required for attendance; doors will open at 9 a.m. For more information on 2017 Commencement, please go to the Saint Martin’s University website.last_img read more

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Living Well Thurston Workshop Series

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Health and Public ServicesIf you live with a chronic health condition like arthritis, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, heart disease, cancer or MS, then the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, Living Well Thurston workshop series is for you!Living Well Thurston is a series of community workshops, sometimes referred to as a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, developed by Stanford University. Workshops are two-and-a-half-hour sessions held once a week for six weeks. This program helps you take control of your health! Workshop sessions are facilitated by two trained leaders with at least one having personal experience with a chronic health condition. This program can increase your ability to manage your chronic condition and live a more active and fulfilling life. Some topics included in the workshops are: action planning, problem solving, pain/fatigue management, how to plan for your future, healthy eating, medication management, making informed decisions, physical activity, how to work with your healthcare provider and system, and many more.The workshops are free to participants and includes a Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions book. Our next workshop series is every Thursday, October 10 – November 14, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.For more information, or to register, contact Lesley Price at 360-867-2515, or send an email to pricel@co.thurston.wa.usLearn more here.Registration deadline: September 30, 2019last_img read more

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April 30 soft date for Premier League return to be postponed further

first_imgAdvertisement 1k6NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsfoeWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ed6ceb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1x5Would you ever consider trying this?😱7lCan your students do this? 🌚t6bqRoller skating! Powered by Firework The English football season won’t return until May, with a new date expected to be announced next week, confirmed the Football Association (FA) – following a meeting with Premier League and the EFL clubs on Thursday. The 2019/20 English football season was initially suspended until April 3rd, but with growing number of new Covid-19 cases in the British Isles, the initial return date of April 30 is to be put back. Advertisement Under the current rules, the English football season has to be completed by the first week of June, however, in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been confirmed that this regulation has been waived indefinitely due to serious health concerns.Advertisement A statement released made by all three parties (FA, Premier League and EFL), earlier this week reads:“The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.Advertisement “We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.“We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.“The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.“However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football.“Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.”But on Thursday, several British media outlets reported that following a meeting between the FA and the Premier League and EFL clubs, it has been decided that the continuing coronavirus outbreak has made any chances of the 2019/20 football season resuming by April 30 impossible and a new date is expected to be announced next week.Earlier in March, the FA had suspended all footballing activities until at least April 3rd, but with growing number of coronavirus cases in the country and the continent, the officials declared that the current season could be ‘extended indefinitely’ – elongating the suspension till the last week of April. You may also like:Massive update on Euro 2020 in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemicIndian footballing icon PK Banerjee breathes his last Advertisementlast_img read more

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Stuart Broad becomes latest bowler to eclipse 500 Test wickets, Yuvraj Singh flexes on…

first_imgAdvertisement s7sNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2qcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5i44d( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6nxypvWould you ever consider trying this?😱Can your students do this? 🌚vt7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Stuart Broad joined an elusive list by only becoming the fourth bowler to scalp 500 wickets in test match cricket. While congratulations poured from all corners, Broad’s former nightmare Yuvraj Singh chipped in with a tweet as well to commend the pacer’s journey to the landmark figure. Advertisement The pacer from Nottinghamshire reached the 500 wicket mark during the third test against West Indies at Old Trafford. After being dropped for the first test, Broad made a statement by claiming the man of the series award along with a ten-wicket haul in the deciding fixture.Advertisement Despite shattering record books and reaching the pinnacle, several people still associate Stuart Broad to his performance against India in the 2007 T20 World Cup, where he was hit for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh. While the all-rounder has retired from the game, he still shares his thoughts and opinions when it comes to modern-day cricket.In a heart-warming gesture, Yuvraj sent in a tweet congratulating Stuart Broad for his achievement. Also, at the same time requested fans to not relate him with the 12-year-old incident and instead appreciate the hard work, dedication & determination shown by the bowler over the course of his career.Advertisement Apart from Yuvraj, Broad was met with congratulatory messages all over social media from cricketing legends including Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin wrote:Congratulations to England on their emphatic series win. And like I said earlier, @StuartBroad8 had a spring in his step and was out there on a mission. Congratulations also to him on picking his 500th Test wicket. Terrific achievement! #ENGvWI”.Yuvraj’s sends love instead of sending the ball over the ropes“I’m sure every time I write something about @StuartBroad8, people relate to him getting hit for 6 sixes! Today I request all my fans to applaud what he has achieved! 500 test wickets is no joke – it takes hard work, dedication & determination. Broady, you’re a legend! Hats off,”The duo shares a special camaraderie off the field with Stuart Broad having wished Yuvraj a happy retirement when the all-rounder decided to bid adieu to the sport. Broad had posted a photo of them together along with the caption “Enjoy retirement Legend @yuvisofficial.” Ever since that fateful night in Durban, Broad’s trajectory has only been upwards with the bowler representing England in 140 Tests, 121 ODIs, and 56 T20Is and has bagged over 700 International wickets to his name.Broad’s pairing with Anderson in red-ball cricket has been the formula for England to win test matches, especially at home.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso, Read Kapil Dev claims Sachin Tendulkar never became a ruthless batsman Advertisementlast_img read more

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Galante Earns 2012 Educator Award from Yale

first_imgLITTLE SILVER – Teacher Mandy Galante of Red Bank Regional High School’s Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) was recently honored by Yale University with its 2012 Yale Educator Award.Mandy Galante, a teacher at Red Bank Regional High School’s Academy of Information Technology (AOIT), at the school. She was recently awarded a 2012 Yale Educator Award after being nominated by a former student.Galante, a Little Silver resident, was nominated for the honor by her former student, Jared Katzman, now a freshman at Yale.Katzman was a very successful student at RBR and won several national team competitions under Galante’s tutelage in the Cyber Security and information technology areas.Galante is one of 90 teachers and counselors from 22 states and 12 countries who received the award.According to a press release from the Yale Office of Graduate Admissions, “The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like these who shape the students long before they attend Yale, and like to thank these and all educators for their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students.”Galante was also named RBR’s and Monmouth County’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, as well as NJ’s Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association. The latter sponsors the National CyberPatriot Competition which Galante’s students, including Jared Katzman, took the national championship.“It is Mrs. Galante’s teaching style and attitude that has rightfully been the root of merits received,” Katzman said of his former teacher and mentor. “She has created a unique and intensive program that brought national attention to a small public school … One thing is for sure, I would not be where I am without Mrs. Galante and she deserves every honor in the world.”last_img read more

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Seraphs Lift Mater Dei Prep

first_imgThe Save the Seraphs campaign announced Thursday it has exceeded its $1 million fundraising milestone, three weeks before schedule, which will be used to keep the doors open at Mater Dei Prep in Middletown. The followings story was published before the announcement. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Mater Dei Prep is expected to make their financial goal of raising a million dollars this week, hoping to keep the doors open at the Roman Catholic School.Thanks to multiple efforts by Save The Seraphs, a strong mix of supporters who care about Mater Dei Prep High School, the committee can now approach the Diocese of Trenton to find what are the next steps for the school will be. That fate is still unclear but the fundraising began on Feb. 12 and may meet goal before the April 15 deadline.It was more like an all-class alumni reunion at the Shore Casino Saturday night as more than 450 turned out to raise $95,000 at an event that drew both the famous and the hardworking, alumni, parents, and friends to save Mater Dei Prep from closing in June. The evening was made more spectacular when NBC newsman Brian Williams, a member of the Class of ‘77, chose to make this fundraiser for his former high school his first public appearance since being suspended from NBC News six weeks ago.“This is a celebration of the last 50 years, and a kickoff for the next 50,” a jubilant Jim Shaw said. Shaw heads up The Seraph’s Fund and has been tireless in raising the $1 million within two months with the team of volunteers and students who have staged numerous events to meet their goal. Shaw also announced last week’s confirmation of the approval of the 501(c)(3) status required by the Diocese of Trenton before final consideration of continuing the school as a private Catholic school in the future. Ever working towards his goal, he took the opportunity to point out “if everyone in this room tonight reached out to three people for donations, we could reach $2.4 million just tonight.”Joseph Buzzanco, Class of ‘78, whose wife Maria is the Fund’s fundraising committee chair and chairperson of the gala, was among the hundreds overwhelmed by the guests at the gala as well as the amount of funds raised.Both Buzzanco daughters are Seraphs, he said, one now a sophomore at St. Michael’s in Vermont, the other a junior at Mater Dei. “I just wanted my girls to experience what I did,” he said about his days at Mater Dei. “I’ve been successful enough that I could have sent them to private academies or prep schools anyplace in the country,” he continued, “and I thought Mater Dei was best.” Proudly, he added, “I still do, and they agree with me as well.”Maria Buzzanco thought the event was “a fantastic success. We were overwhelmed by the support from the entire Mater Dei Prep community. So many alumni returned to show their support for Mater Dei Prep, including one of our most famous graduates, Brian Williams, Class of ‘77. The atmosphere of the evening was like a giant reunion; the event rekindled the Seraph spirit and made it obvious how special and important Mater Dei Prep is to its alumni and the Bayshore area.” She said the current $992,000 consists of more than $350,000 in donations and another $610,000 in binding pledges. This week the fund will be contacting those who have made pledges to turn their monetary guarantees into donations.Ticket sales, an online auction and gift raffle raised $95,000 for the Save the Seraphs Fund at the event. That amount exceeded the $70,000 to $80,000 the sponsors and volunteers were hoping to raise to keep the school open.The event was sponsored by Ed “Skip” McLauglin, Joe Rapolla, the Mater Dei Alumni Association, the Mater Dei Prep PTA and the Harper Family, seven of whom attended Mater Dei, and long time friends of the Roman Catholic high school.Music throughout the evening was provided by Rapolla, Class of ‘79, Chairman of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, and his band Joe Rapolla and the Perfect Square.The Rev. Jeff Kegley was also in awe at the crowd, and said he was overwhelmed at “this wonderful show of support; I’m speechless. I know the diocese Office of Education is aware of everything that is going on here. The office knows that Mater Dei has always been very special to the people here.”Shore Casino owners Bernie Sweeney, who with his wife Kathleen, both long time supporters of the Catholic high school, declined to discuss anything about the financial arrangements for the full course dinner and open bar. Nor would Fund volunteers release any figures, other than to say “Mr. Sweeney has always been a friend of Mater Dei; we have always had very successful events here, whether they were proms or parties or fund raisers. I am sure the Sweeneys are pleased with our success here this evening.”The next fundraising event for the Save the Seraphs campaign is a benefit concert at Count Basie Theater on Thursday, April 30, featuring “Brian Kirk & the Jirks” with special guests “The Magic Taxis.” Tickets go on sale Friday, at noon through the Count Basie Theatre box office. A limited number of VIP seats with a pre-show cocktail party sponsored by Buona Sera are available.Mater Dei Prep hopes to open in September as a private, Catholic institution, financially and operationally separate from St. Mary’s parish. The Seraph’s Fund will operate as an endowment fund for the school with a separate Board of Trustees overseeing budgeting and development. Board members and volunteers are currently completing the steps necessary to realize this new business model for approval from the Bishop.For more information about The Seraph’s Fund and upcoming fundraising events or to make a donation to the Save the Seraphs campaign, visit www.seraphfund.org.— By Muriel J. Smithlast_img read more

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Sickles to Open Second Location in Red Bank

first_imgBy Judy O’Gorman AlvarezRED BANK – Sickles Market, the 100-plus year old farm market will open a second location on the West side of Red Bank in late 2017.The 8,000-square-foot planned building will be on the site of the former Anderson Moving and Storage building on Bridge Avenue that has been empty for decades.The new market will be an important part of the gentrification of Red Bank’s West side.Sickles is leasing the location from Metrovation and working with the architecture firm Richardson Smith Architects.“We feel we have a strong brand in the area,” said Bob Sickles, owner of Sickles Market, which started more than 100 years ago.The new Sickles Market will have similar inventory in both stores. A new addition to the fare – in both Red Bank and Little Silver locations – will be seafood.“It will all be devoted to food,” says Sickles. With little room for the gift and garden centers now found at the Little Silver market, aThe Sickles family once operated a grocery, wine, and liquor store in Red Bank around the 1960s-70s, said Bob Sickle. Photo courtesy Sickles Familypossible pop-up garden center may be added.The sprawling ground floor will house produce, bakery, seafood and specialty foods and limited seating, while upstairs floor will have office space. An important element will be 155 parking spaces. “Parking is key in Red Bank,” Sickles said.“The future for us is focused on perishables in the food area,” he said. “Cheese in particular is our strong suit; charcuterie is something we’re going to take even further” in the Red Bank location.What this will mean for Red Bank is a continued gentrification of Red Bank and the Westside in particular. “And I imagine at least 40 or 50 jobs will be added” he said.Sickles thinks a market like this will allow shoppers a convenient place for produce, gourmet foods and now seafood, with access to the bridges leading to Middletown and River Plaza, in addition to the Red Bank train station.Sickles said the move to the Red Bank location is almost fitting as his grandfather once had a store in Red Bank for a time in the early 1900s. Also, Sickles said, he knew the Anderson children while growing up.“We realize we’re in the midst of suburbia,” and Red Bank is a semi-urban area. “We’re going to need nice urban places for people to live and save green space area.”last_img read more

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Annual Shrewsbury 5K Benefits Local Education

first_imgPhotos by Patrick Olivero |SHREWSBURY – Sunday, Oct. 21 marked the 24th annual Shrewsbury 5K Classic, an event which featured a 1-mile Shrewsbury Community Run/Walk and a 5K race on a USATF-certified course. Organized by the Foundation for Shrewsbury Education, the event for all ages is a popular fundraiser that supports the students and teachers of the Shrewsbury Borough School. Many racers took advantage of the precursor 1-miler to warm themselves up before the main event, fighting off cool and windy fall morning weather. More than 200 people participated in the race, including may borough residents. Two Shrewsbury residents took first and second place overall in the 5K, with Christian Manning, 23, crossing the finish line first with a time of 18:44.9 and Joseph Koetzner, 13, second at 19:08.1.This article was first published in the Nov. 1-7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Brewers waltz past Dam Inn Mates

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorThe West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League got off to a slow start Sunday at the Mount Sentinel field in South Slocan.Game one of the two-game set was cancelled as defending champion Castlegar Vikings failed to field a team.In the second game of the day, Hume Brewers appeared to be in mid-season form, pounding Dam Inn Mates 21-1.Hume pivot Steven Doyle picked apart for three touchdowns en route to the lopsided victory. The victory avenged a loss by the Brewers to Dam Inn in the 2009 playoffs.The Mates, last year’s finalists against the Vikings, used a couple of different quarterbacks in an attempt to ignite the offence. However, the Mates could not penetrate the Hume defence.The WKMFFL is a five-team league — Castlegar Vikings, Hume Brewers, Dam Inn Mates, Nelson Impact and Our Glass — playing Sunday’s the Mount Sentinel field.Games time are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.Each team plays six games with the league ending in October.The playoffs follow with the top place team facing the fourth best in one semi final and the second and third-place teams meeting in the other contest.All games are played at Mount Sentinel Field.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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