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first_img‘Home is already holy’ Drawing on faith during the pandemic as Episcopal schools close and families isolate Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events The Rev. Nate Bostian, head chaplain at TMI Episcopal in San Antonio, Texas, greets students. The school extended its spring break by a week to allow staff to prepare for distance learning as the coronavirus spreads throughout the United States. Photo courtesy of TMI Episcopal[Episcopal News Service] When COVID-19 hit Portland, Oregon, things happened “really fast,” said Mo Copeland, head of school at Oregon Episcopal School, a K-12 school of some 890 students. The high school program accounts for 320 students, 60 of whom board at the school. The school’s leaders had already been keeping tabs on school closures in Seattle, Washington, 175 miles to the north. On March 11, when Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, banned assemblies of 250 people or more, “that shut us down immediately,” Copeland said. The school quickly assessed how best to configure online learning, and if boarders should stay on-site (they ultimately left).A little more than a week later, the Oregon school’s story is a familiar one. Episcopal schools have been no exception to this pandemic trend, said Ann Mellow, associate director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. NAES supports and advocates for nearly 1,200 schools and programs nationwide.At this point, “I would say many, many of our schools are closed,” Mellow said. NAES member schools don’t report to the organization, so it’s unclear exactly how many Episcopal schools had closed as of mid-March. Nonetheless, “our schools have been out in front of this,” she said. “Many are already instructing online,” including Oregon Episcopal School.An invitation to familiesAs schools transition to distance learning and more people telecommute, families are living with deep-seated uncertainty and worry as they figure out how to share the same space all day together. The coronavirus pandemic is new, it’s scary, and there’s no great, granular model for how to adapt to such a constricted life.The good news is that parents already have many tools to help them, and their children, stay centered. “Faith practices, routines, [and] rituals that we engage in will provide a sense of assurance and comfort for people, reduce their anxiety,” said the Rev. Jenifer Gamber, co-author of “Common Prayer for Children and Families” and chaplain at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, D.C. Gamber sees this time as “an invitation to draw near” as families.Pictured here are students at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, D.C. The school is closed until April 13 at the earliest, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The school’s remote learning plan has been put into effect. Photo courtesy of Jenifer GamberAs families do so, these 10 ideas and practices will cultivate calm and hope during uncertain times.Have caring conversations and tell storiesGamber suggests creating a family altar at home, where you can light a candle and tell family stories, read the Bible, read picture books, or look at family photos with your children. She also encourages having caring conversations, in which parents ask their kids about their feelings without judgment, and without rushing them to a resolution.“We cannot have hope without also being able to name the pain,” she said. Wendy Claire Barrie, author of “Faith at Home,” frames it this way: “We comfort them, we assure them, we’re with them. We make sure that they know that it’s okay to feel whatever they’re feeling. That goes for us, too,” she said, cautioning parents not to project their own feelings onto their children.Resources:Free online version of “Candlewalk,” a bedtime children’s compline book (available until April 15, 2020)Discounted Godly Play bundle, “Stories of God at Home” and DIY kits of the Good Shepherd and Faces of EasterPrayDuring this time without in-person church, prayer is a simple practice that everyone can try, even those “for whom prayer at home doesn’t come easily,” Barrie said. “It’s also a time to get creative with prayer.” Anything that can be done with intention, such as taking a walk, is an opportunity to pray.Miriam McKenney, development director for Forward Movement and a writer for Grow Christians, suggests that people pray spontaneously if they’re so moved. “If it feels awkward in the beginning, God is fine with that,” she said.For his part, the Rev. Nate Bostian, head chaplain at TMI Episcopal, a day and boarding school in San Antonio, Texas, recommends setting up regular times for prayer alone and as a family. The Book of Common Prayer is available, as is “Common Prayer for Children and Families.”Whatever approach feels right, “our prayer life is only going to get deeper as we continue on,” McKenney said.Resources:Free PDF of the Book of Common PrayerPrayers and Thanksgivings from Forward MovementFaith at Home“Common Prayer for Children and Families” by Jenifer Gamber and Timothy J.S. SeamansCreate written spiritual remindersMcKenney notes the power of writing things down and having them in plain sight. Recently, she wrote Psalm 31 on a 3×5 card, “just to have it on me,” and also wrote it in a note on her computer. The passage “puts me in a spirit to talk to my children more calmly,” she said. McKenney also uses the Way of Love’s seven spiritual practices daily. “It’s hard,” she said. “The point is, we keep trying.” She suggests writing one practice on your home whiteboard each day, such as “turn” or “bless,” to keep the ideas alive.Resource:The Way of LoveConnect with your teensRight now, “the hardest thing for teenagers is that they’re not allowed to be together,” notes Barrie, whose son is 17. Understanding where older kids find God and allowing them to explore those interests will provide comfort and foster connection. For Barrie, that means having her son, who finds God in music, create a playlist of songs. “And it’s not necessarily the music that I’d choose,” she said, adding that watching movies and TV shows together can bring up theological and existential questions in a more approachable way.Drawing on her work as a youth ministries coordinator as well as a parent, McKenney notes the importance of humor and a light-hearted approach when dealing with adolescents.“I just find when they feel they have permission to be themselves, they are more open to the spirit,” she said.Resource:“Faithful parenting in a pandemic” post from Wendy Claire Barrie’s “Faith at Home” blogGet outsideIf you can get outside during this time of isolation and anxiety, that’s critical. “It’s really good for our spirits to be in touch with nature,” Barrie said. Get outside at least once a day if you can, Gamber said, marvel at nature, and let your younger kids play.Limit exposure to news mediaAs much as possible, shield your children from the constant drumbeat of news via radio, television, online news sources and phone updates.Be clear about your theologyChoose stories that convey the theological messages you want your children to absorb. Listening to kids is important, “but we’re also clear about where we’re coming from theologically; that God does not cause people to get sick,” Barrie said. “That God does not pick and choose who lives and dies. That God is with us in all times, and especially in our fear and in our anxiety, God is there too.” Parents, she emphasized, are their kids’ first, and most influential, religious teachers.Resources:“Faith at Home,” book by Wendy Claire BarrieRows of Sharon, blog by Sharon Ely PearsonGrow Christians’ parenting blogStay connected to your wider communityEven schools that aren’t yet online may be in the weeks ahead. Chaplains are figuring out how best to re-create that experience virtually. Churches are streaming services, and youth groups are meeting via Zoom. Use those resources, and allow your kids to do the same. It’s important for kids to remember that they’re part of a larger community of care, Gamber said. At the same time, think about how to help people who don’t live with you. When families have victories with spiritual practices, McKenney encourages them to share those on social media.Resources:Connected in Common, home-based worship and community from the Episcopal Church of ColoradoTucked In: Bedtime Stories and Prayers with Episcopalians and Others, Facebook pageEstablish a routine and pay attentionThe rhythm of prayer and other spiritual practices can provide a foundation for a new routine. Bostian also encourages “a structure for the new normalcy,” with expected times for sleep, school and exercise. In addition to checking in emotionally, he suggests staying alert to nonverbal signs that your child or partner might be struggling, such as changes in hygiene or sleep.Remember: It won’t be perfectWhether it’s trying to pray at home, to withhold judgment, to get outside, or to create a sustaining routine, cut yourself, and those you live with, a break.“I think we are all given a lot of grace by God right now to try and to make mistakes, and to know that we can turn again and try it again. As long as we are on this path together, following Jesus, it’s hard to mess this up as far as God sees it,” said McKenney. “We can see it as a mess-up, but God doesn’t see it that way.”Barrie underscores this point, cautioning against perfectionism. She reminds parents that for children, “home is already holy.”– Heather Beasley Doyle is a freelance journalist, writer and editor based in Massachusetts. She has previously written about education and racial reconciliation for Episcopal News Service. 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first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Clippers finished with a 42-40 record, their fewest wins in a full 82-game season since going 32-50 in 2010-11, the season before Chris Paul landed in their laps instead of the Lakers’ because of “basketball reasons,” in the immortal words of then-commissioner David Stern.The Clippers’ streak of consecutive playoff appearances ended at six.Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 23 points. DeAndre Jordan scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds in what could be his final game with the only team for which he has played during his 10-season career. He can opt out of his contract, although there’s been no indication he will.“Whenever that time comes, we’ll address it, and figure out what’s the best option for me and my family and my career,” Jordan said of possibly opting out and signing elsewhere. “I want to be where I’m wanted and I want to continue my career where I have a chance to contend and win again.“That’s really what I’m looking at.” – PreviousLos Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, talks with Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton after an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 dunks the ball as Clippers Sindarius Thornwell #0 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Tobias Harris #34 grabs a rebound away from the Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Clippers Tobias Harris #34 reacts after being called for a fouls as teammates Tyrone Wallace #13 and Sam Dekker #7 stand nearby during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakersu2019 Tyler Ennis #31 and Thomas Bryant #31 collied while going after a loose ball during their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Sam Dekker #7 lays the ball up during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Montrezl Harrell #5 shoots the ball during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Ivica Zubac #40 grabs a rebound away from the Clippers Sam Dekker #7 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Tyrone Wallace #12 dunks the ball as the Lakersu2019 Ivica Zubac #40 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Julius Randle #30 shoots as the Clippers Tobias Harris #34 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell #0 goes to the hoop as the Lakersu2019 Brook Lopez #11 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers DeAndre Jordan #6 is fouled by the Lakersu2019 Josh Hart #5 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers DeAndre Jordan #6 grabs a pass as the Lakersu0092 Brook Lopez #11 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant blocks a shot by the Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell (0) during Wednesday’s ragged season finale at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and guard Austin Rivers defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Gary Payton II defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Clippers DeAndre Jordan and Lakers coach Luke Walton end their seasons with a handshake after their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Sam Dekker #7 and the Lakersu2019 Gary Payton II #23 battle for a rebound during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Gary Payton II #23 shoots as the Clippers Boban Marjanovic #51 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Alex Caruso #4 lays the ball up during their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Sam Dekker #7 drives to the basket during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu0092 Tyler Ennis #10 passes the ball as the Clippers Sam Dekker #7, Boban Marjanovic #51 and Tyrone Wallace #12 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Gary Payton II #23 shoots as the Clippers Boban Marjanovic #51 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Tyler Ennis #10 passes the ball as the Clippers Tyrone Wallace #12 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers C.J. Williams #9 passes the ball in-between the Lakersu2019 Tyler Ennis #10 and Travis Wear #21 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Gary Payton II vie for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward C.J. Williams, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Travis Wear defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, talks with Los Angeles Clippers forward C.J. Williams after an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, left, of Croatia, grabs a rebound away from Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, of Serbia, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Gary Payton II, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, of Serbia, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers sit on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, talks with Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton after an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 dunks the ball as Clippers Sindarius Thornwell #0 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 37The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 dunks the ball as Clippers Sindarius Thornwell #0 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Lakers and Clippers had one final run before hanging the “Gone Fishing” sign on Staples Center. Meaningless games are now the norm for the Lakers, who missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, but something new for the Clippers.Neither team looked as it was intended, with the Lakers playing without injured regulars Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Isaiah Thomas and the Clippers going without Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley, Jawun Evans, Danilo Gallinari, Milos Teodosic and Lou Williams.The game barely resembled NBA basketball, a ragged 48-minute finale.By night’s end, the injury-depleted Lakers defeated the injury-depleted Clippers 115-100. The Lakers ended their season with a 35-47 record, the most victories they’ve had since they won 45 in 2012-13, which also was the last time they advanced to the playoffs. The Lakers and Clippers hardly resembled the teams that began 2017-18, when Ball got a rude welcome to the NBA from Beverley and the Lakers were no match for their hallway rivals in a season-opening 108-92 beatdown back on Oct. 19. Ball had only three points on 1-for-6 shooting.Ball was unavailable to play Wednesday because of a sore left knee.Beverley has been sidelined since undergoing right knee surgery Nov. 22.Andre Ingram, the Lakers’ feel-good story, kept the crowd enthralled with his every dribble, pass and shot. He scored five points one night after making his NBA debut and scoring 19 points after spending 10 seasons in the G-League, including this one.Lou Williams, the Clippers’ feel-good story, couldn’t play because of a sprained right ankle that sidelined him for the final two games. Williams led the Clippers with averages of 22.6 points and 5.3 assists and is a heavy favorite to be named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.“Overall, I think it was a successful season,” Williams said. “I would say that based on what we had. I think a lot of teams would have folded a long time ago. A lot of team that would have been put in the position we were in, it probably would have been over a month or so ago.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years “It was a full team effort tonight, which I thought was fitting for our season that we’ve had and what we’ve tried to emphasize as far as the type of culture we want,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “And I thought it was nice that everyone kind of got a chance to kind of do their thing and different guys contributed throughout the game.”The Lakers are ascending because of Ball, Ingram, Kuzma and other young players.The Clippers are rebuilding without falling to pieces after trading Paul and Blake Griffin.What happens next is anyone’s guess.The NBA draft lottery is May 15. The draft is June 21. Free agency begins July 1.It’s highly likely each team will look far different when 2018-19 training camps being next fall.Related Articlescenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Josh Hart scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Lakers, who led almost from start to finish. Hart made 9 of 15 shots, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range. The Lakers, who were 17 of 39 from beyond the arc, led almost from start to finish, including by as many as 22 points in the third quarter. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

first_imgFacebook221Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Meconi’s Italian SubsMeconi’s subs are a staple lunch or dinner choice around Thurston County, but starting June 13, Meconi’s will have three brand new items on their menu to tempt diners throughout the heat of summer. “We are launching three new salads just before summer, as we know our customers especially enjoy a cold salad on a hot day,” says Operations Manager Robin Vaughn. “We have a LOT of sub choices, but our salad menu has only included a Chef Salad, a Chopped Salad and a Grilled Steak or Chicken Salad.  We wanted to offer a bigger variety of salads to our customers.”The crafty cooks at Meconi’s have tested and tasted many recipes and come up with their three favorites that are now available for everyone. The new salads are:Southwest Tortilla Salad Photo courtesy: Meconi’s Italian SubsAsian Sesame Salad – Chopped romaine, crunchy won ton strips, sliced almonds, mandarin oranges, house made Asian Sesame dressing.Southwestern Tortilla Salad – Chopped romaine, black beans, corn, tomato, olives, shredded cheddar cheese, crunchy tortilla strips, house made Southwestern Dressing.Caesar Salad – Chopped romaine, shaved parmesan cheese, croutons, caesar dressing.All three of the new salads can be prepared as a vegetarian salad or can have chicken added to them.Classic Ceasar Salad Photo courtesy: Meconi’s Italian SubsIt’s not just salads that are new on the menu, either.  Meconi’s, in response to many requests from their customers, have added a dedicated vegan sub to the regular menu. The sub starts with Meconi’s signature homemade roll and is stuffed with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, cucumber, onion and oregano.  Customers can then customize their sub by adding any extra condiments to their sandwich (at a nominal charge).  Olives, pickles, pepperoncinis and jalapeños are a few of the vegetable add-ons available.Stop into one of Meconi’s four Thurston County locations – Hawks Prairie, Lacey, Downtown Olympia, or Tumwater – and try one of their new salads. With high quality, fresh ingredients and homemade dressings, these salads are sure to please.last_img read more

first_imgResearchers are looking to match DNA from a Donegal family with a mystery Australian soldier killed in action during the First World War.The graveyard at Fromelles in Australia where Joseph Curran from Crossroads is believed to rest.Researchers for the Fromelles Project are looking to match up the remains of Australian soldiers found at a mass grave in 2008.So far 144 of the 250 soldiers found in the grave have now been found and named on a grave stone in the new Fromelles cemetery. The remainder say ‘Australian soldier known unto God.’The researchers need to find a living relative so they can match their DNA to the soldier so as to properly identify him.The soldier which the project is trying to match with his Donegal relatives is believed to be Joseph Curran who was born in 1885 and killed in action on July 19th, 1916.There are several young men of Irish background who died at Fromelles. Joseph’s grandparents migrated to New South Wales in 1868 from Crossroads in Donegal.Their names were Michael Curran and Ann Duggan or Dugan and both were born around 1837 in Crossroads.Michael and Ann arrived in NSW with small children Margaret, Sheely, Bridget and John and then had three more children in NSW, Michael, Catherine and Mary. Ann died after giving birth to Mary in 1871.Catherine is the mother of the soldier researchers are trying to find a branch of the family tree with the female DNA that runs down through the Duggan family.Unfortunately none of the Curran girls in Australia had any female descendants. “So we are now looking in Donegal, trying to track any Duggan or Dugan families from Crossroads, or anyone who has any knowledge of the family,” researcher Margaret O’Leary told Donegal Daily.She can be contacted at the email address [email protected] or PO Box number 46 Salamander Bay 2317 NSW AUSTRALIA.SEARCH LAUNCHED FOR FAMILY OF DONEGAL SOLDIER FOUND IN AUSTRALIA was last modified: February 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AusrataliaFromellesJoseph CurranWorld War 1last_img read more

first_imgA Donegal Guide Leader who attended an international leadership seminar in France has returned home all set to make a positive impact on her local community.Eimear McElchar, a Leader with Convoy Guides, was one of 11 Irish Girl Guides (IGG) members to participate in the Juliette Low Seminar, which took place simultaneously in 18 countries around the world.The Guide Leaders jetted off to hubs across the globe, including to Poland, Switzerland, Oman, Madagascar, Mexico and New York while three stayed in Ireland to participate in the Irish hub, which took place in Gormanston Park, Co Meath. The young women were among 500+ young Guide Leaders from around the world to take part in the international seminar, which is organised by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) every three years.It was the first time for it to take place in different locations at the same time and IGG was honoured to be selected as one of the host nations.The 500+ participants all followed the same Lead Out Loud programme to help them develop their leadership skills. Each of them has pledged to share these skills with girls and young women in their own communities.Assuming each participant reaches 200 girls over the next two years, a total of 100,000 girls and young women will be empowered to also lead and bring about positive change in their communities. Eimear said taking part in the French hub, which took place at Noisy le Grand, just outside Paris, had been “an amazing experience”.She added “Getting the opportunity to go and learn all these new amazing skills and focus on becoming a better leader myself so that I can inspire other girls through my project was a fantastic experience,” she said.“Meeting other women from all over the world and hearing their stories and what they are planning on doing for their 100 Girls Project was truly inspiring,” she continued. “The week was intense, but interesting and full of laughs. I am so grateful to Irish Girl Guides for giving me this opportunity.”Irish Girl Guides welcomes new youth members from age 5-30. Ladybirds are 5-7 years old, Brownies 7-10, Guides 10-14 and Senior Branch members aged 14-30. Volunteer Leaders from age 18+ are also welcome (no previous Guiding experience is necessary as training will be provided). See www.irishgirlguides.ie or 01 6683898 to find out more.Convoy Guide Leader Eimear has “amazing experience” at leadership seminar was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Convoy GuidesdonegalEimear McElcharlast_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s showdown against the Sixers.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session. DeMarcus Cousins preps for first home game. In 13 career games at Oracle Arena, DeMarcus Cousins always has been a visitor. That will change Thursday when the Warriors face the Philadelphia 76ers in Oakland, Cousins has played five games for the Warriors since returning from his 11-month injury rehab, but all of them have …last_img read more

first_imgClaire Monge broke the game open with a 2RBI double in the third inning and for the first time since 2012 the No. 6 seeded Arcata High softball team won a playoff game, knocking off No. 11 Berean Christian (3-17) 9-4 in the opening round of the NCS D-IV tournament, Friday evening at Arcata High.Monge’s hit put Arcata ahead 6-3, a lead which would only grow until the final pitch was thrown.Fifteen minutes into Friday’s game, however, and things didn’t look so well for the Tigers.Berean …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announced the final rule implementing its National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard on Dec. 20.The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, passed by Congress in July of 2016, directed USDA to establish this national mandatory standard for disclosing foods that are or may be bioengineered. The Standard requires food manufacturers, importers and certain retailers to ensure bioengineered foods are appropriately disclosed.“The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard increases the transparency of our nation’s food system, establishing guidelines for regulated entities on when and how to disclose bioengineered ingredients. This ensures clear information and labeling consistency for consumers about the ingredients in their food,” said Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “The Standard also avoids a patchwork state-by-state system that could be confusing to consumers.”The Standard defines bioengineered foods as those that contain detectable genetic material that has been modified through lab techniques and cannot be created through conventional breeding or found in nature. The implementation date of the Standard is Jan. 1, 2020, except for small food manufacturers, whose implementation date is Jan. 1, 2021. The mandatory compliance date is Jan. 1, 2022. Regulated entities may voluntarily comply with the Standard until Dec. 31, 2021.Agricultural groups, including the National Milk Producers Federation, were pleased with the standard.“NMPF is pleased with the bioengineered food disclosure rule’s re-assertion that milk from animals that consume bioengineered feed shouldn’t be subject to mandatory GMO labeling. NMPF told Congress that any regulation requiring the labeling of bioengineered products must be science-based and acknowledge that feeding farm animals grains developed through biotechnology has no effect on the animals or products derived from them. This rule codifies our position,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of National Milk Producers Federation. “It’s important to remember that bioengineered food disclosure rules should be founded in science, and are a measure to regulate food marketing, not food safety. Also, the rule doesn’t fix every problem regarding the labeling of bioengineered products in the marketplace. Misleading absence claims may persist even under this rule, and we urge USDA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to focus their energy on examining voluntary disclosures and their potential to be false and misleading.”USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) developed the List of Bioengineered Foods to identify the crops or foods that are available in a bioengineered form throughout the world and for which regulated entities must maintain records. The records will inform regulated entities on whether the food must have a bioengineered disclosure to be communicated to consumers. Regulated entities have several disclosure options: text, symbol, electronic or digital link, and/or text message. Additional options such as a phone number or web address are available to small food manufacturers or for small and very small packages.The implementation of the Standard concludes a rulemaking process begun in July 2016. AMS gathered information needed to develop the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard and program, in part, through a public comment period. More than 14,000 comments were received and taken into consideration during the rulemaking process. Prior to this, AMS received over 112,000 comments in response to 30 questions provided on the AMS website regarding establishment of the Standard.The final rule is in the Federal Register on Dec. 21, 2018. USDA will provide outreach and education to inform regulated entities and the public about the new disclosure terms. The entire record of the rulemaking is available at www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/12/21/2018-27283/national-bioengineered-food-disclosure-standard.last_img read more

Bolt is not ready for the highest level

first_imgUsain Bolt was a part of the Borussia Dortmund squad in the last training session and he seems to be serious about becoming a professional footballer as the next step of his life.The Borussia Dortmund head coach, Peter Stoger, seems to have a different opinion as he believes that Bolt is not good enough to play at the top level – he claimed that the former sprinter is talented but simply has to be better.The former Köln coach spoke about Bolt’s trials as he said, according to Give Me Sport:“It’s all about procedure and movement, but the most important thing is that he had fun.”borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“I think he is talented, but when he wants to play at a higher level, he clearly has a lot of work to do.”“The physique he needs for his other sport is completely different from what he needs for football, but it was really fun for us.”“It was a pleasure for us to meet a guy like him and to work with him.”last_img read more

Unai Emery happy with Arsenal squad

first_imgUnai Emery’s Arsenal debut may have got off to a bad start by losing 2-0 to Manchester City, but he insists that he is “happy” with his side’s performanceThe Spaniard’s first competitive game in charge of the Gunners came in a 2-0 home defeat to defending Premier League champions City on Sunday afternoon with goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.And over the course of the 90 minutes, Arsenal were largely second-best compared to Pep Guardiola’s mighty City squad.But Emery pointed out that his counterpart is in his third year at City and that it will take time to properly build a team that can be considered serious title challengers.Although, he was content with what he saw from his players on Sunday.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I am happy with the players because they ran and they fought. We need to continue working tactically and defensively, and doing more to shorten the differences today between Manchester City and us,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“We’re starting and we need also to do one process one way. Today is the first step. Manchester City are working in their third year with Guardiola and they have built a team with security, good players and a great stability of playing like they want. We are only starting out now.”The 46-year-old’s next chance at securing his first competitive win for Arsenal will come next weekend in a London derby against Chelsea.“Each match is different. We want to prepare for each match with the difficulty and demands of the opposition,” said Emery.“In the next week we are continuing this work and against Chelsea we are going to analyse the opposition. We are going there to win, with this intention against Chelsea.”last_img read more