National Night Out In Dunkirk Postponed

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.DUNKIRK — The National Night Out event that was planned for September 1 in Dunkirk has been postponed.The decision to postpone the event came after a discussion with the Night Out Committee.It follows a recent cluster of cases found to be associated with the Fieldbrook Foods facility.“This has been a very unique year for all of us with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dunkirk Police leaders said. There’s no new date scheduled yet, but police say the National Night Out will be rescheduled “once the situation settles down.”last_img

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County Woman Leader Roundtable Set For Monday Night

first_imgGREENSBURG – Women leaders in Decatur County are invited to a roundtable meeting hosted by the Indiana Farm Bureau Monday.The purpose of the meeting is to prompt discussion among women that are leaders in the county.Some were notified by mail and others received updates in the monthly county woman leader newsletter.The roundtable will be held at the Decatur County Farm Bureau Office on Washington Street in Greensburg at 9 a.m.last_img

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Positive vibe (finally) surrounds Ellsworth/Sumner football team

first_img Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. ELLSWORTH — Andrew Brown remembers when an injury wasn’t such a bad option.It was September 2014, and Brown was a freshman on the Ellsworth/Sumner football team. The team, which had ended 56 seasons without a football program just two years earlier, was 0-3 and en route to its third winless season in a row.As the team concluded a practice session, Brown and then-teammate Devin Wright were joking with one another as the two walked off the field — “horsing around” as Brown called it. Then, Brown slipped on a muddy patch of grass and broke his ankle.Ellsworth/Sumner football coach Duane Crawford looks on during his team’s evening practice Aug. 17 in Ellsworth.PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLIn another situation, the injury, which ended Brown’s season, would have been devastating. In this instance, that wasn’t necessarily the case.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Part of me was kind of thankful I broke it,” said Brown, who’s now a junior playing wingback and safety for the Eagles. “[That season] was so frustrating, and it was just hard to keep confidence on that team.”Fast forward three years, and the difference in the Ellsworth/Sumner football team’s attitude couldn’t be more apparent. The Eagles are coming off a 5-3 season and are looking to make another statement in their final season without playoff eligibility before the makes the move from Class D to Class C in 2017.This year, when Brown and his teammates are sweating through two-a-day practices on muggy August days, there’s a sense of capability and attainment. The players direct each other with confidence, and practices move smoothly and efficiently in the buildup to the first game of the season against Mattanawcook Academy on Sept. 2.“I remember when I used to come out and watch the team play in eighth grade, and it’s just so much better [now],” sophomore safety and wide receiver Javon Williams said. “We’re going through the plays like it’s nothing, and that used to take forever. We’ve also picked up the intensity on defense.”In past years, Ellsworth/Sumner would begin each season without a sense of progress. Going three full years without a win left the Eagles with a constant empty feeling, and the improvements coaches and players sought weren’t made very often.Once the team finally got over that hump last year by beating Washington Academy 22-8 in its second game, though, the victories kept coming and the confidence kept building. Now that the Eagles know they can win, their losing past has gradually been forgotten.“For the first time, we aren’t really talking about the years before where we weren’t very good,” Brown said. “We want to think of ourselves as a competitive team in this conference, and that mindset wasn’t really there before.”In the brief few years since the football program’s revival, it’s been hard to paint the team as an opportunity for success. The athletics scene at Ellsworth High School has revolved more around the school’s more successful boys’ soccer and basketball programs, both of which have played in state championship games in recent years.More success on the football field could soon change that. Players on the team noticed more spectators sitting on the hill next to the football stadium last season than in previous ones, and they’ve also earned the respect of the school’s more traditionally successful programs.Ellsworth/Sumner running back Jacob Shorey spins past teammate Keith Jordan during evening practice Aug. 18 in Ellsworth.PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“It used to be that the soccer players would get all the attention, and we were reminded of that all the time,” senior lineman Keith Jordan said. “Now that we’ve started winning, we’re putting ourselves in that conversation.”Other schools are taking notice, too. In addition to Washington Academy, Ellsworth/Sumner’s other wins in 2015 came against Stearns, Camden Hills, Houlton and Dexter, although the victory after Camden Hills was the result of a forfeit. The Eagles didn’t play Camden Hills or Houlton in 2014, but the other three beat them by a combined 62 points.“Whenever I went to camps, I’d hear kids from the other schools we played say, ‘Hey, you guys did really well last year,’” Williams said. “In past years, we were just a mop-up game. They would throw in whoever they wanted and beat us.”What changed? One positive development was that Wright, whom coach Duane Crawford said was the conference’s top running back, broke through. After a less-than-stellar 2014 season, Wright rushed for over 1,500 yards, including 398 against Houlton. Elsewhere, the Eagles were much improved on the offensive and defensive lines.Yet even though Ellsworth/Sumner will play nine games instead of eight this year, repeating last season’s five-win campaign will be challenging. The Eagles will have to find a replacement for Wright, who graduated in June and will play football at Husson University in Bangor. The team could also face some issues with its roster size if it has to deal with numerous defections and injuries, both of which can become common over the course of a season.“We’re definitely ahead of where we were last year with everything, but we’re thin at all the positions,” coach Duane Crawford said. “We’ve got 28 on the team right now. I was expecting to have in the mid-30s.”Replacing Wright and dealing with depth concerns could determine how successful Ellsworth/Sumner is this year, but the Eagles have endured worse.At the very least, there almost certainly won’t be anyone wishing for a premature end to the season this time around.“I think this is the most confident we’ve been since I’ve been here,” Brown said. “We might not be going to the playoffs, but we’re ready to win, and we’ve proven to ourselves and to everybody that we can.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

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Ambassadors discuss US-China relations

first_imgChinese ambassadors discussed the current state of foreign policy and China’s relationship with other parts of the world on Wednesday at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.Close ties · Former Chinese Ambassador to Canada and Turkey Mei Ping describes the evolving relationship between China and the U.S. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe USC U.S.-China Institute hosted three prominent diplomats from China: former ambassador to Nigeria and Sweden Lu Fengding, former ambassador to Turkey and Canada Mei Ping and Zhou Gang, who served as the ambassador to Malaysia, Pakistan, Indonesia and India.The ambassadors discussed the betterment of the major bilateral relationship between the United States and China.The connection is particularly monetary in terms of scale: together, both the United States and China occupy one-third of the world’s economy and one-fifth of the world’s international trade.“There is a need to explore ways that yield a new type of a major power relationship with the United States,” Mei said. “The old relationship was full of rivalry, which has led to world wars and one cold war. China wants to break this old type of relationship in order to construct a new relationship featured by mutual cooperation.”The primary goal of the three former Chinese ambassadors’ trip was to continue China’s public diplomacy. The ambassadors said they wanted to strengthen mutual understanding between Americans and Chinese.The ambassadors said they wanted to improve relations between the two countries by focusing on economic, environmental and political issues because the world is a more interdependent place.“We are here to exchange ideas and questions, especially the question about the means and ways to further improve our relationship,” Lu said. “The two sides are very interested in trying to look at what kind of relationship we should manage, and how to further proceed it in a better, open-minded and objective way.”Students who attended the discussion were interested in hearing about environmental , economical and political  issues from the ambassadors’ perspectives.“All of these are very familiar issues, and it was interesting to see it from the Chinese perspective,” said Anja Kong, a freshman majoring in international relations (global business).Charlene Tran, a sophomore majoring in business administration and international relations (global business) found the discussion to be a learning experience.“Hearing from [the ambassadors] has actually opened my ears as to how I should look at issues differently,” Tran said. “It’s quite interesting to see and understand the Chinese perspective about their relationship with us.”The ambassadors placed an especially strong emphasis on the importance of exchange students, especially between the United States and China.USC enrolls more international students than any university in the country, and the ambassadors believe the growing number of USC students from China only enhances the learning environment.“We think the exchange of students is very important for the future of our students,” Lu said. “Our future relations have a very good foundation to live from.”The bonds developed among students from all parts of the world will have an impact that lasts past college, Zhou said.“We hope this kind of dialogue of public diplomacy will help strengthen mutual respect and understanding among Chinese and American people, especially under the younger generation,” Zhou said.last_img read more

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NBA Draft 2019 winners & losers: Pelicans, Grizzlies build bright futures; Suns, Wizards reach

first_imgIt’s two rounds of picks. This timeline is insane.First pick: 7:40 p.m. ET30th pick: 10:57 p.m. ETLast pick: 12:38 a.m. ET— Adi Joseph (@AdiJoseph) June 21, 2019Marvin BagleyMy man started one of the most random beefs in rap history with Damian Lillard and got roasted on draft night.Tough break. Going to need a response track in the next 24-48 hours.https://t.co/ZPv9kvIGSZ pic.twitter.com/SmWjwWKTsZ— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 21, 2019 NBA DRAFT 2019:Grades, analysis for first-round picks | Trade rumor roundupNow that we know the final results of the 2019 NBA Draft, it’s time to declare a few early winners and losers. (Apologies in advance to all those poor Suns fans out there.)NBA Draft 2019 winnersNew Orleans PelicansExecutive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is on a hot streak.Losing Anthony Davis was always going to be painful, but Griffin has managed to acquire perhaps the greatest return package in any superstar trade in NBA history. He added to his haul by flipping the No. 4 pick the Pelicans received from the Lakers into even more assets from the Hawks.Anthony Davis has turned into:- Lonzo Ball- Brandon Ingram- Josh Hart- No. 8 pick in 19- No. 17 pick in 19- No. 35 pick in 19- L.A.’ 21 pick if top 8- L.A.’ 22 pick if not- L.A. swap in 23- L.A.’ 1st in either 24 or 25And got rid of Solomon Hill’s contract.— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) June 20, 2019The main prize of the Pels’ draft was obviously Williamson, but the Pelicans also snagged big man Jaxson Hayes at No. 8, forming one of the most athletic frontcourts in the league. Nickeil Alexander-Walker was a nice value pick at No. 17, the type of combo guard who could slide into the lineup with either Lonzo Ball or Jrue Holiday.Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, New Orleans cleared a good portion of cap space after sending Solomon Hill’s contract to Atlanta. With plenty of flexibility and Zion as the cornerstone, the Pelicans could be something special in the near future.Memphis Grizzlies”Grit’N’Grind” will always be remembered fondly in Memphis, but that era is over. It’s time for the Grizz to embrace a youth movement.It all starts with Ja Morant, who owns the best court vision and passing ability in this draft class. He will face the daunting task of replacing franchise icon Mike Conley, but the talent is there.Morant will have some help from Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke, who was selected with the No. 21 pick, an absolute steal for Memphis. Clarke could have easily been off the board well before the 20s. A few teams might regret not betting on his considerable upside.The last two seasons have been rough for the Grizzlies (55-109 overall record). They won’t suddenly be a playoff team, but there is plenty of reason for hope with this group.“I’m just excited.”No. 2 pick Ja Morant (@igotgame_12) walks through his emotions with @JaredSGreenberg after being drafted by the @memgrizz. pic.twitter.com/I97Atgz45A— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 21, 2019Atlanta HawksGeneral manager Travis Schlenk isn’t shy about targeting the prospects he likes. He did it with Trae Young in 2018 and again with Hunter and Cam Reddish in this year’s draft.Consider the young core here: Young, Hunter, Reddish, John Collins and Kevin Huerter. Young, Collins and Huerter have already displayed their on-court chemistry. Hunter could be a superb “3-and-D” guy on this team, and it’s possible Atlanta unlocks Reddish’s considerable potential without the pressure of playing next to Williamson and Barrett hanging over him.The blueprint is working so far for Schlenk.Trades: TRADES, TRADES, TRADES, TRADES, TRADES, TRADES… EVERYBODY!NBA Draft 2019 losersPhoenix SunsPhoenix surprisingly salary-dumped TJ Warren before the draft, then pulled off the real stunner when it picked North Carolina’s Cameron Johnson at No. 11 following a trade with the Timberwolves.Johnson, one of the best pure shooters in this class, was projected as a late first-rounder in plenty of mock drafts. He is a solid player, but this felt like a massive reach by the Suns, especially considering Johnson (23) is older than Devin Booker (22). Phoenix would have been better off simply staying at No. 6 and choosing Jarrett Culver rather than sliding down a few picks and taking Dario Saric as part of the deal.But hey, at least we got this… “I’m getting chills.” @CobyWhite couldn’t contain his excitement when he heard his @UNC_Basketball teammate Cam Johnson was drafted No. 11! 🙌#NBADraft pic.twitter.com/oZq580yxKq— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 21, 2019Washington WizardsAnother reach in the lottery. Washington went with Rui Hachimura at No. 9, and the Gonzaga forward will have to answer a few questions in order to shake off any skepticism about this pick. Can he become a better passer? Is he capable of ironing out his jump shot? How limited will he be defensively?The bigger problem: The Wizards didn’t have a general manager for the draft, and free agency is fast approaching. This lack of communication is, uh, not great? Rui Hachimura told me that he didn’t meet with the Wizards before he was selected ninth. He didn’t speak to anyone from the team, either. This was just as surprising to him as anyone else.— Ben Mehic (@BenMehicNBA) June 21, 2019Bol BolOne of the more polarizing prospects in this class, Bol tumbled down the board to No. 44 because of concerns about his health, ability to be physical with such a slender frame (measured at 7-2, 208 pounds at the NBA Draft Combine) and overall passion for the game. His offensive skill and upside didn’t outweigh those concerns in the eyes of general managers.During his interview with ESPN’s Maria Taylor, Bol said he wants to “prove everybody wrong.” He’ll have his chance to silence any critics as a member of the Nuggets.Bol Bol “I want to prove everybody wrong” pic.twitter.com/OrGBTVK6Tx— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 21, 2019Fans of quick draftsIf you cracked open a Tolstoy novel right before the draft began, chances are you reached the last page before NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum announced pick No. 60. The 2019 NBA Draft had all the elements of a great TV drama: compelling characters, sudden twists and the feeling that it had dragged on just a little bit too long.Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett landed at the top of the NBA Draft board as expected, but the Hawks jumped up the order to select De’Andre Hunter at No. 4. That first domino kicked off a chain of trades and forced draft watchers to play close attention to which team was actually choosing the next player.last_img read more

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