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09/17/2020 - Coffee Talk: Complete Count Census 2020, Why it matters!

Join us for Coffee Talk...
 Complete Count Census 2020: Why it matters!

Guest Speaker: Geoff Urda, Planner, City of Watertown

The United States Census is more than just big data.  The Census determines apportionment for representation in Congress, and informs formulas that allocate federal funding, making it crucial for the North Country to ensure a complete count.  Please join us for Coffee Talk as we learn more from Geoffry Urda, planner for the City of Watertown, about the Census and what it means for the North Country. Bring your coffee and a notepad in case you have questions to ask our guest!

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. Each session invites guest speakers to present information to our business community and provides opportunities to ask questions about relevant topics we are facing.

 

09/17/2020 - Coffee Talk: Complete Count Census 2020, Why it matters!

Join us for Coffee Talk...
 Complete Count Census 2020: Why it matters!

Guest Speaker: Geoff Urda, Planner, City of Watertown

The United States Census is more than just big data.  The Census determines apportionment for representation in Congress, and informs formulas that allocate federal funding, making it crucial for the North Country to ensure a complete count.  Please join us for Coffee Talk as we learn more from Geoffry Urda, planner for the City of Watertown, about the Census and what it means for the North Country. Bring your coffee and a notepad in case you have questions to ask our guest!

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. Each session invites guest speakers to present information to our business community and provides opportunities to ask questions about relevant topics we are facing.

 

09/15/2020 - Coffee Talk: Complete Count Census 2020, Why it matters!

Coffee Talk with The Center for Businesses in Transition

Dani Delaini, Business Transition Program Coordinator at Adirondack North Country Association

If you are a business owner looking to retire or transfer ownership and need assistance navigating available resources, finding a suitable successor or accessing capital OR if you are an aspiring entrepreneur looking to  purchase an existing business, start on a new career path leading to business ownership or would like to find out more about employee ownership models and opportunities, please join us to learn about the Center for Businesses in Transition and how we can assist in planning for your future!

The Adirondack North Country Center for Businesses in Transition addresses the loss of area businesses by providing matchmaking services with potential buyers, access to planning tools and connection with existing services.

The Center is a dynamic partnership between regional organizations and individuals invested in the retention of local businesses and the future of our communities. The goal is to help owners sell their businesses on the open market, complete intergenerational family transitions or convert to an employee-owned or cooperative model.

The Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce is a proud Community Liaison of the Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) program.

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. Each session invites guest speakers to present information to our business community and provides opportunities to ask questions about relevant topics we are facing.

 

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Three dozen backcountry huts pause reservations for this winter while navigating COVID-19 concerns

Big changes are coming to reservation procedures for three dozen Colorado backcountry huts this winter because of COVID-19 concerns.

The process for new reservations has been frozen while previously confirmed reservations are being adjusted in order to ensure that only single parties use the huts this winter. As a result, some who had reservations are forfeiting them.

“We are happy and delighted to report that the huts are going to be open this winter,” said Ben Dodge, executive director of the 10th Mountain Division Huts Association. “We had to make a few changes to address COVID-19. The (reservations) closure we currently have in place is very temporary. The only reason we are not accepting new reservations is because we are currently reconfiguring all of the reservations that have already been made for winter, many of which are multiple parties booking into one hut.”

10th Mountain, a non-profit organization named in honor of the 10th Mountain Division World War II “ski troops” who trained for mountain and winter warfare in the high country between Aspen and Vail, was formed nearly 40 years ago. It was inspired by hut networks in the Alps, including the famous Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. 10th Mountain currently owns a dozen huts and manages reservations for two dozen more that are owned by other entities, including five in Summit County.

In normal years, users could reserve one spot or the entire hut. For many, part of the fun was sharing the hut with newly met like-minded strangers, often with meals turning into smorgasbords of shared dishes.

That won’t happen this winter, though, because of the pandemic.

“Which is unfortunate, in my viewpoint, because that is one of the joys of going to the hut — meeting new people whom we share a lot with,” Dodge said. ”The concerns with COVID were such that even people with similar interests and like minds may have dramatically different viewpoints on COVID-19 and what it takes to be comfortable with it at the hut. We wanted to make sure there was less chance of controversy, discord, user conflicts at the hut that might have been caused by different viewpoints with multiple parties.”

To that end, 10th Mountain is working with existing reservation-holders to convert multi-party reservations to single parties. Those with reservations are being contacted in order of when their reservations were made, “using first in time, first in right,” as Dodge put it. They are given the opportunity to keep the reservation, but they must meet a minimum number of spots which will vary depending on the hut and which organization manages it.

“An example would be, if you and I booked a hut as a party of two, and we were the first ones to book, we would have right of first refusal,” Dodge said. “We would be contacted by 10th Mountain, and we would have the opportunity to maintain that reservation, but we would have to meet the minimum. At the huts we own and operate, that is 12 people. If we really don’t want to pay for 12 people, we would decline. We would get 100% credit for our reservation. Then 10th Mountain would go to second-in-time and allow them to do it, so on and so forth.”

Dodge said the decision on minimums was not intended to maximize revenue, but to make sure hut occupancy was maximized within the parameters of COVID-19 concerns and the need for single-party use.

“It was made to further our mission, provide a backcountry hut experience, and to allow as many people as possible to have that experience.” Dodge said. “We felt if we allowed a group of two or three that was first in time (making the initial reservations), if they had the ability to get the whole hut and just for that two or three or four, we were removing up to eight or nine spots available to the public.”

Dodge said the re-booking process has been going on for several weeks and it may take a couple more. At that time, it will we resume taking new reservations.

In most huts, users bring sleeping bags, which they place on fixed wooden cots, dormitory style. Hut users have always been responsible for cleaning huts and sweeping floors before leaving, but they will be asked to do more this winter. 10th Mountain will provide disinfectants.

“We expect them to clean and disinfect the hut as they arrive, and to clean and disinfect the hut when they leave,” Dodge said. “We did away with pillows, we did away with flannel sheets on the mattresses. We went with polyurethane mattress covers, which we had fabricated by a gal in Leadville, a seamstress. They can be cleaned in place with the disinfectants and cleaners that we provide.”

Dodge knows many backcountry enthusiasts will be disappointed if the change in procedures due to COVID means they will miss out on a hut trip this winter.

“We understand that there are winners and losers in this,” Dodge said. “The losers really are the ones who like to book smaller parties. A lot of those folks aren’t going to want to pay for 12 spots and only bring seven or eight people. I don’t judge the success of what we do by the numbers and how much money we make. I can only judge it by how good is that hut experience. We’ve decided, given COVID, it’s a better experience with single-party groups.”

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Saskatchewan-based father-daughter duo share love for stock car racing

Father-daughter duo share the same love for racing.


Another comeback win for Serena Williams at the US Open

(CNN) — Serena Williams pulled off another comeback win at the US Open on Monday, ensuring the weakened Grand Slam event didn’t lose a legendary player for a second consecutive day.

Williams trailed familiar foe Maria Sakkari by a break early in the third set before turning the tables for a 6-3 6-7 (6) 6-3 victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for a 53rd time, tying Martina Navratilova for second on the all-time women’s list.

One of the most dramatic moments in Grand Slam history unfolded on the same court a day earlier as men’s world No. 1 and 17-time major winner Novak Djokovic was defaulted when he hit a ball that struck a line judge.

The hard-court major in New York was already missing Djokovic’s two main rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who stayed away for different reasons. Federer is recovering from knee surgery while Nadal cited coronavirus concerns and is preparing for the French Open.

In the women’s draw, the two highest ranked players, Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, skipped New York due to coronavirus concerns.

But in Williams, the US Open arguably has the biggest star of them all and the 38-year-old remains in contention to collect a record tying 24th Grand Slam title.

Sakkari had defeated Williams at the warmup Western & Southern Open in three sets. In that one, too, she won a second-set tiebreak.

Sakkari took lead in third

And when Greece’s top-ranked female player led 2-0 in the decider, it appeared as if the 15th seed was on course to become the first player since Justine Henin in 2007 to get the better of Williams — excluding a retirement — in back-to-back tournaments.

Williams, though, has won 23 majors for a reason.

Her game picked up and the desire, as ever, was there.

She broke for 2-2 and then again for 5-3. After forcing Sakkari into an error on match point, Williams let out a loud roar, which resonated even more since there are no fans at this year’s tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Williams wasn’t as close to exiting in the previous round but trailed 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens by a set.

Williams will face fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova in the last eight. Williams owns a 4-0 record against the Bulgarian, who is contesting her first tournament in three years.

Pironkova also lost a second-set tiebreak, against France’s Alize Cornet, before progressing 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-3


Toronto Raptors even up series against Boston Celtics with 100-93 win

The series is now a best-of three heading into Monday's Game 5.


Rocky Mountain National Park expands rutting season closures as people keep approaching frisky elk

With elk rutting season approaching, Rocky Mountain National Park will implement overnight closures in select areas of the park beginning Tuesday.

Rangers have expanded the hours of closures this year because there have been increasing incidents of visitors approaching elk over the past two years, according to a park news release.

From 5 p.m. until 10 a.m., travel off of established roadways and designated trails on foot or horseback will be prohibited in Horseshoe Park, Upper Beaver Meadows, Moraine Park, Harbison Meadow and Holzwarth Meadow, the release said. In previous years, those closures were lifted at 7 a.m. but have been extended to 10 a.m. this year. Closures will remain in effect through Oct. 31.

In addition, fishing in designated areas of Fall River, Thompson River or the Colorado River will be closed from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., as in previous years.

Elk rutting season normally peaks from mid-September through mid-October. According to the news release, the purpose of the closures is to “prevent disturbance and harassment of elk during their fall mating period and to enhance visitor elk viewing opportunities.”

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My New Dream Girl

Well it has been a while since I posted. I guess after finding out my dream girl was having a baby by another guy I just wasn’t in the mood to post. But I’m back folks! So I have a new dream girl. It is a bit of a long story so sit back,pour a cup of coffee and relax. So I have been stalking the Facebook page of the bar I use to work at-ya know how a single guys does when he has no life. I saw some pictures of a beautiful girl that bartends there. Blond hair,beautiful smile…just perfect. Of course I figured I would never have a chance with her-specially since she is about 20 years younger. But a guy can dream right? So a couple days ago I was looking around seekingarrangements to see if anyone new had signed up and who do I see? Yep that girl! We will call her…Tanya…So I figured hey send her a message who knows what might happen. She sent me a message back and we sent a few more messages back and forth. I gave her my number and SURPRISE she sends me a text! So we have been talking for a couple days now. She even says she likes older guys and not the young military guys that come into the bar where she works. We are planning on meeting this week. So we will see what happens…I have my fingers crossed and won’t be surprised if she disappears before we actually meet….but I might just actually have found my future wife-or she may just “ghost” on me like so many flakey girls do. Stay tuned..maybe the Single Guy won’t be single much longer!


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Burlington man hit by race car at Cayuga, Ont. racetrack

OPP say the man was on the racetrack when he was hit.


Stable And Farm Blog

Oldenburg medal winners set price peaks in Vechta

Oldenburg friends from all over the world secured their future stars in the 19th Elite Foal Auction with first-class pedigrees. In the dressage foal collection, the legendary Donnerhall line impressed with a strong moving Damon Hill son...


A tribute to legendary stallion: Donnerhall

The great stallion was born in 1981 and died in 2006, but not before he established a dynasty that continues to dominate international dressage. Donnerhall was the founding stallion at one of the first truly glamorous private studs – Grönwohldhof...


BWP foal championship 2020

Schwarzgold, Fürst Jazz, Echo van't Spieveld, Kasanova de la Pomme, Charisto vd Heffinck, and Comme d'Api vd Hacienda Z – are the sires of the BWP national foal champions for 2020...


Gal and Werth, new Dutch and German 2020 dressage champions

Stallions reigned in the Netherlands, while mares came out on top in Germany at the respective national dressage championships in Ermelo and Balve, respectively.... 


What do you know about Brazilian Sport Horse breeding?

A special project created by the ABCCH aims to identify and disseminate the quality of broodmares, in order to evaluate their products and provide greater awareness in the global marketplace....