TIPTON, Iowa (June 12) – A Deery Brothers Summer Series-XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheader at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton has been rescheduled, as has the Hawkeye Dirt Tour event at Benton County Speedway in Vinton. Both the Deery Series for IMCA Late Models and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds will be at Tipton on Tuesday, Aug. 19. That pairing was originally postponed because of inclement weather on June 10.A Monday, Aug. 18 Hawkeye Dirt Tour event at Benton County Speedway in Vinton is back on the schedule. Late Models run for $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start at Cedar County. Modified features at Tipton and at Vinton both pay $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start and are now qualifying events for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
Florida is joining 29 other states that are part of an electronic network which is intended to maintain the integrity of voter rolls.According to elections officials, the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) could potentially help local election officials verify existing registration records and detect duplicate registrations to avoid issues at the polls.In making the announcement Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis said that he expects our state to join the program before the 2020 election.He also estimated that between 4 million to 5 million Floridians are not registered to vote. However, DeSantis emphasized that our state would be conducting outreach to register new voters only because it is an ERIC requirement, adding, “People spend big money trying to get voters registered. If it was just as easy to send them a postcard in the mail and fill it out, well, that would make it much easier. And typically you’ve [actually] got to do more outreach than that.”Florida, which currently has more than 13.4 million registered voters, would be the largest member of ERIC.The state’s entry to the program follows the release earlier this year of the Mueller Report, which alleged that Russians hacked electronic voter registration records in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 election.
Facebook78Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Bob Terhune, Capital Lakefair Military LiaisonThe 50-foot-long, 62-year-old, antique wooden boat, OLD MAN IV, which serves as a ceremonial platform for the U. S. Navy, will arrive at the City of Olympia’s Percival Landing on Thursday, July 18 between 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. where it will be greeted by the Capital Lakefair Queen, Princesses and Capital Lakefair members who are known as Capitalarians.The Command Cutter, which is powered by twin diesel engines, will be open for public visitors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 19, 20 and 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A vintage Admiral’s Barge, OLD MAN IV was built in 1957 by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton the same year, 1957, that Capital Lakefair was begun in Olympia. Back then this area was known as the 13th Naval District. Today it is Navy Region Northwest, commanded by Rear Admiral Christopher S. “Scotty” Gray, who took charge on June 20, 2018, just over a year ago. The Boat Crew for this year’s visit consists of: Chief Quartermaster (Surface Warfare) William Kearns, Boat Officer, Boatswain’s Mate First Class (Surface Warfare) Shavar Hillery, Boat Coxswain, and Engineman Second Class (Surface Warfare) Branden Caligiuri, Boat Engineer.During Lakefair week the members of the Navy Boat Crew will represent the Navy and Navy Region Northwest in several Lakefair events, including Thursday evening’s Royalty Program and Saturday’s 5:00 p.m. Capital Lakefair Grand Parade.For more information, visit the Capital Lakefair website.
By Kathy MieleIt was after dinner and my son Alex and I were taking a walk around the neighborhood.We didn’t have to go far before the fragrance of our neighbors’ grill seemed to fill the air. I inhaled deeply. “I have to say I love the smell of a steak cooking on the grill,” I said to Alex as we were busy walking off our dinner of hamburgers that I’d cooked on the stove.“It does smell good,” Alex agreed. We walked a little further when he turned to me and asked, “Why don’t we barbecue anymore?”“That’s a good question.” We’d made it to the end of the block when a new smell overwhelmed us. “Wow, whatever they’re cooking, it sure was marinated with a lot of garlic! It smells great!”As we walked further along I tried to think of when we’d used our grill last. It had been so long ago that I couldn’t even remember if we had any propane left in the tank. We hadn’t grilled this season and I’m pretty sure we didn’t last summer either.“Your dad’s not big on grilling.” I explained.“Why does Dad have to be the one at the grill?” Alex asked. “You could do it.”“Are you kidding? I’m busy getting everything ready in the kitchen!” I argued. “I can’t be walking outside every 5 minutes checking on a piece of meat! It’s easier for me to just cook it inside with everything else!”“O.k.,” Alex sounded wary. “I didn’t mean to get you upset.”“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to snap at you,” I apologized. “I’m just not big on grill cooking.”We walked a few blocks more in silence until we came across a new smell. “Someone’s cooking with charcoal.” I said. “I have to say I love the smell of lighter fluid.”“Isn’t lighter fluid like gasoline?” Alex asked. “It can’t be good for you.”“I’m sure it’s not good for you but nobody really thought about that when I was a kid.” I had to smile when a favorite memory popped into my head. “My dad would use so much lighter fluid you could actually taste it on the burger,” I told Alex.“I think I’d rather skip the charcoal grill and stick with the propane,” Alex said as he kicked a stone down the road.“You know I could teach you how to cook on the grill,” I said.“Why would I want to do that?” Alex asked.“It’s a great skill to learn.”“Let’s see,” Alex said then thought for a moment. “You don’t cook on the grill and neither does Dad but somehow you think I’m going to like doing it?”“I didn’t say you’d like doing it. I really can’t think of anyone who likes standing outside during a heat wave and cooking over an open flame. It’s really all about the flavor you get when you cook on a barbecue.”“You know what I like the flavor of?” Alex said. “The cheeseburger you made tonight. It was perfect!”“I’m getting the feeling that I’m not going to be able to talk you into manning the grill this summer.”“Nope.” We were coming around the corner of our block and our walk was almost over. Alex gave me a quick pat on the back. “But, that was a really great try.”
“The developers plan to create a place for locals, workers and community members to enjoy,” said Sarah Giberson, FMERA senior marketing development officer. “We’re looking to attract a new wave of tech innovators, creative thinkers and engaged citizens to Fort Monmouth. Access to culture, specialty food and drink and quality outdoor space are all a part of the equation.” In Other FMERA News At the March 20 monthly meeting of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), voting members approved a plan amendment that will allow The Loft Brewery, still under renovation, to add 5,900 additional square feet, increasing its capital investment in the redevelopment project from $1.5 million to $4.6 million. “It’s going to be pretty nice,” Robert Lucky, FMERA chairman told the board, adding he had seen an “impressive” video that should be released to the public soon. “Anyone looking to have a party, wedding, bar mitzvah or business meeting in a rustic industrial space would have to travel to the Foundry in Brooklyn or the Cork Factory in (Lancaster) Pennsylvania, a two hour ride,” he said. “Now they will have a space in Monmouth County. We believe if we build it they will come!” Purchase of the 16,420-square-foot building on 4.2 acres by Regional Development Group, LLC (RDG) began in 2016 and closed in April 2018. RDG paid $120,000 “as is” for the 1940s-era Dance Hall, heavily damaged in Super Storm Sandy. Following approvals by FMERA and Oceanport officials, work got underway to save much of the historic structure’s ambiance while modernizing it into a microbrewery, restaurant and entertainment complex. The interior features an open floor plan with an exposed wood truss ceiling. OCEANPORT – The new multi-use microbrewery coming to Fort Monmouth’s former Dance Hall has cleared the first hurdle to expanding its original size and space plan. Management is required to create 48 permanent, full-time jobs within 18 months of occupancy or pay a penalty. Brooks said bookings for events during 2020 will commence soon. • Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry, the county’s FMERA representative, has been nominated by FMERA members to receive the national 2019 John Lynch Base Redevelopment award. The award, bestowed by the Association of Defense Communities, recognizes individuals, “who have been essential in ensuring that a community or local redevelopment authority has helped address specific economic needs following base realignment or closure.” • A Request for Offers to Purchase has been reissued for the fort’s Expo Theater, an 18,833-square-foot entertainment facility on 7 acres with a 995-seat auditorium built in 1968 along the Avenue of Memories (Route 537). Originally intended primarily for theater use, the new purchase parameters now “provide greater flexibility in the property’s redevelopment.” Retail, restaurant and/or office uses would now be permitted in addition to entertainment. The initial RFOTP drew two responses. One was noncompliant and the other was withdrawn. • Following the recent FMERA-sponsored fort bus tour for Oceanport residents, officials said additional tours will be announced soon for residents of Eatontown and Tinton Falls. A new LLC, The Loft Partnership, was created by RDG specifically for this project. Brooks said increasing the size and scope of the project addresses an area need. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski Last year, Fuller “Trip” Brooks, co-founder of RDG,told The Two River Times,“Most of the roof disappearedand needs to be rebuilt.” The expanded plan includes a new front entrance and lobby and larger kitchen and offices. An additional courtyard will be added, along with all-season outdoor space. Approval of the changes by Oceanport officials is the next step. While a microbrewery was not originally envisioned in redevelopment plans for the parcel, officials now point to it as an example of their willingness to consider viable, alternative, “outside-the-box” proposals. • Forty-four pages of public commentsregarding KKF University EnterprisesLLC’s Phase One plans to redevelopSquier Hall into a location of New JerseyCity University (NJCU) are under reviewby FMERA staff. Officials said they willrespond to all comments and address thematter at their next meeting April 17. A design concept shows the mezzanine overlooking the dining area.Courtesy Regional Development Group • Burry is credited with securing several fort parcels for county use, including a recreation complex, new satellite Veteran’s Services Office, and the former Motor Pool, now a second strategic location for Monmouth County Public Works and its emergency equipment. She has also been involved in historic and open space preservation at the fort. Award recipients will be announced before the official June ceremony in Washington, DC.
The Nelson Leafs are currently the best team in the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.The Green and White boast a league-best 32-11-2-1 record heading into the final three weeks of the season.However, the season could fall like a house of cards should the Leafs falter in the final six games, beginning Friday in Fruitvale against the defending KIJHL champs.“I believe so,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida when asked about the February games.“We’ve got a big weekend coming up against BV and (at the end of the season against Castlegar) these are the top three teams in the league I think those games will go a long way to deciding who wins the Murdoch.”Nelson hosts the Hawks in a return engagement Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Leafs then travel to meet Revelstoke and Sicamous on the road next weekend before concluding the season with a home-and-home series against the rival Rebels from Castlegar.Nelson missed out on a great opportunity to make the final six-game ride a little easier when the club lost 4-0 at home to Revelstoke Grizzlies.Once again the Leafs outshot the Grizzlies but could score when it counted.“We’re focusing not just on the offence but also playing a full game in all facets of the game,” Maida, trying to sugarcoat the fact the Leafs have difficulty scoring of late, including Sunday’s shutout loss. “We just want to play our game and everything will take care of itself.”It’s now or never for the Leafs.First up is the Hawks, a team Nelson holds a 4-2 season series against and has outscored 41-26.Beaver Valley is a much different team than the one Nelson smoked 12-0 earlier this season.The Hawks, trailing Nelson by five points, now have one of the most potent offences in the league thanks to the addition of Ryan Edwards (18 points in six games) and high-scoring Dallas Calvin (second in league scoring with 70 points).Nelson may get some much-needed infusion into the lineup with the return of center Matthew Naka.The Vanderhoof star has been sorely missed since breaking an ankle in a freak accident before Christmas.“We’ve got guys coming back off injury and everyone is skating so hopefully we’ll have a full lineup for Friday,” Maida explained.ICE CHIPS: Expect to see a lot of Marcus Beesley down the stretch in goal. The 20-year-old Prince George native was traded for to backstop the Leafs in the playoffs. . . . Castlegar travels to the East Kootenay to face the Columbia Valley Rockies Friday and Golden Rockets Saturday. . . . One player the Leafs must get going is captain and leading scorer Colton Schell. The veteran winger has nine points and two goals since Christmas.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2017)–In his first dance on grass, trainer Mark Glatt’s Law Abidin Citizen relaxed well and responded with a game head victory over favored Rockin Rudy in Friday’s $56,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Ridden by Jamie Theriot, Law Abidin Citizen negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:12.72.Breaking from post position three in a field of six 3-year-olds, Law Abidin Citizen, who came off a second place finish in the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes here on Feb. 12, sat a close third behind dueling leaders Rockin Rudy and Elwood J down the hill, swung three-wide at the dirt crossing turning for home and out-gamed the favorite while hand ridden to the wire.“I thought he’d take to the grass,” said Theriot, who has ridden the Twirling Candy gelding in his last three starts. “The idea today was to keep him relaxed early and keep him within striking distance. He’s the type of horse that when he makes the lead, he’ll shut it down a little, so I kept him engaged. He’s a nice horse.”Overlayed at 5-2, Law Abidin Citizen paid $7.00, $2.80 and $2.40. Owned by Dan Agnew, Gerry Schneider and John Xitco, he improved his overall record to 7-2-2-2. With the winner’s check of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $134,200.When asked if Law Abidin Citizen would remain on turf for the time being, Glatt responded, “Probably so. We’ll probably try to stretch him out now. It seemed like he was pretty relaxed. He got floated out pretty wide, but he finished up good.”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Rockin Rudy, who was hammered down to even money off a 2-1 morning line, finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Elwood J and paid $2.40 and $2.10.California-bred Elwood J, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, finished 4 ¾ lengths in front of Interrogator and paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.78, 43.89 and 1:06.66.