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Rally held for justice in LaDuke case

Published 9:46 am Wednesday 23 November 2022

People from Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati and Atlanta descended on Nicholasville last weekend to join friends and family of Desman LaDuke, the 22-year-old black man who was going through a mental health crisis and was shot by NPD officer Joseph Horton.

The Sunday, Nov. 20 rally marked the second time protesters have met at Clint-Hayden Park in Nicholasville. It started with people hugging and greeting each other to artist HER’s tune “I Can’t Breathe.”

Almost the entire group wore black hoodies with a photo of LaDuke on the front in formal wear, smiling and with the hashtag #Jusice4Desman.

Precious Taylor is a Lexington organizer and activist with Sister Sarah Williams — a primary organizer of this event and the Lexington Black Lives Matter marches in 2020. Taylor said that LaDuke had many tragedies in his life and had to deal with mental illness for a long time Time.

“Think of it as your own child struggling with mental illness. Your wife or mother will call you and ask for help. They asked for help, not help, in throwing another black man into the ground. It’s disgusting. It’s really disgusting.” Taylor said, “Police are people that we should go to for help. There is no help here. So now we want justice. We want answers. And we’ll be here until we get it.”

Before the group left the park to march, a sergeant and lieutenant from the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office pulled up in a black unmarked truck. They offered to escort the protesters through the streets and help block intersections.

Williams turned down the offer.

“And do you realize that if we protest, we’re not going to ask the police for help?” Williams said, “And you know, there are ways you could have reached out to us before you attacked us today. That wasn’t cool. I mean, I’m just saying there’s trauma and PTSD and all sorts of S— involved.”

She suggested officers report before coming to the event. They left the offer shortly after, stating that the offer stood.

But the group had their own vehicles lined up behind the protesters, and a member of Lexington’s NAACP walked a few feet in front of the group to stop oncoming traffic. The cars obeyed, often honking their horns at the demonstrators in what mostly seemed to be an act of solidarity.

Another event organizer and keynote speaker, Jay Calhoun, spoke to the protesters after the officers left.

“Alright, so what we’re not going to do, we’re not going to let that affect our energy. We know what we came for. We know what we’re standing for,” Calhoun said. “And with the combined energy that we will all bring here today, justice will be served. Desman Laduke’s voice will be heard and the family will experience justice, closure and peace.”

Calhoun urged protesters to surround the family before heading to the march, and wrapped the family in a tight circle of bandaged hands and arms.

“Everyone touches someone.” Calhoun said, “Don’t ever let this family be hurt like this ever again,” Calhoun said as he put his hand on the shoulder of LaDuke’s aunt and mother figure, Melissa Marks.

The march began towards LaDuke’s house. Walking through his neighborhood, neighbors stood in the yards and sat on their porches and watched the protesters march past while chanting:

“Say his name!”

“Desman LaDuke!”

“Say his name!”

“Desman LaDuke.”

“This is what democracy looks like!”

The group stopped at LaDuke’s house to put up posters at his house and those who did not kneel. Then everyone stood still for about 10 minutes while soft music blared from a portable speaker.

The final destination was the courthouse, where the music and chants continued as protesters began pasting placards on the courthouse windows and walls, on the statues in the grass and on the streetlights on the sidewalk. After the group walked back, a protester said the placards were already being removed.

LPD Accountability’s Liane and James Woodhead have called for justice for similar situations in the past.

“We want change by hopefully establishing mental health services. Like Lexington, they have New Vista, they have a response team, but [Nicholasville doesn’t] have that and we have seen before that the police are generally not trained to deal with mental health issues. said Liane Woodhead.

She hopes this pressure will push the Nicholasville Police Department to implement services like New Vista, a nonprofit that helps children, families and individuals with mental health issues — through therapy or crisis response.

We have seen progress as we move forward and demand justice and as we can help amplify the voices of families asking for help,” said James Woodhead.

He also mentioned a barricade made of bike racks in front of the police department parking lot.

“I feel like at this point this is literally and metaphorically a barricade to deny transparency, accountability and justice.”

Taylor Swift fans’ complaints about Ticketmaster’s website are prompting an investigation https://whistlestopdepot.com/taylor-swift-fans-complaints-about-ticketmasters-website-are-prompting-an-investigation/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 19:04:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/taylor-swift-fans-complaints-about-ticketmasters-website-are-prompting-an-investigation/

So great was the desire of Taylor Swift fans to see the singer live in concert next year that ticketing site Ticketmaster crashed during a pre-sale period.

Millions of “Swifties,” as the pop artist’s fans are known, flocked to the site to purchase tickets to see Swift on her upcoming “Eras” tour, causing the site to freeze or crash on Tuesday, angered fans and prompted Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan to open an investigation into how Ticketmaster handled the event.

“Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti is concerned about consumer complaints related to @Ticketmaster‘s presale of @taylorswift13 concert tickets. He and his consumer protection team will use all available means to ensure no consumer protection laws have been violated,” the AG’s office said in a tweet.

The investigation will also look at what some fans call subpar customer support during the snafu.

“There has been historically unprecedented demand with millions of visitors looking to purchase tickets for the TaylorSwiftTix presale,” Ticketmaster said in a statement Tuesday after legions of tickets failed to secure tickets.

Hundreds of thousands of fans have successfully purchased tickets, Ticketmaster added. Also, the presale window for Capital One ticket holders has been moved to Wednesday at 2 p.m

Tickets are publicly available from Friday, November 18th.

Aspiring concert-goers who were unable to secure tickets this week took to Twitter to vent their frustration, urging Ticketmaster to waive the fees associated with their purchases to compensate customers for the inconvenience at a later date having to return the site.

“At this point you’re seriously withdrawing the fees, you’ve let everyone down and wasted people’s days. People skipped work and school for it and you knew what kind of traffic to expect and once again you all failed,” one person tweeted.

“I have work at 3:30 today. I’ve already rescheduled my shift so I can do the presale and now I won’t be able to get tickets. I’m so incredibly angry right now that I can. I can’t even begin to explain it,” wrote Twitter user @lenoraajoy.

Others who secured tickets complained that they had to spend significantly more money to buy them from resellers like StubHub.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Ticketmaster of monopolizing ticket sales and called for the company to be dissolved.

In 2010, Ticketmaster merged with live event promoter Live Nation.

“Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly, its merger with LiveNation should never have been approved and they need to be governed [sic] in. Break ’em up,” the New York Democrat tweeted.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D.-Minnneosta, also accused Ticketmaster of hurting consumers through excessive dominance.

“What is happening with Ticketmaster is an example of why we need strong antitrust enforcement! Monopolies wreak havoc on consumers and our economy. When there is no competition to stimulate better service and fair prices, we all suffer the consequences,” she tweeted.

The Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour organizers have signed a four-year deal with the Welsh Government https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-tour-of-britain-and-womens-tour-organizers-have-signed-a-four-year-deal-with-the-welsh-government/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 14:37:30 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-tour-of-britain-and-womens-tour-organizers-have-signed-a-four-year-deal-with-the-welsh-government/ From Paris-Roubaix and Unbound Gravel to the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España and everything in between, don’t miss a moment when you >”,”name”:”in-content-cta”,” ” type”:”link”}}”>join outside+. The Welsh Government have partnered with the Tour of Great Britain and women’s tour Organizer, …]]>

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The Welsh Government have partnered with the Tour of Great Britain and women’s tour Organizer, SweetSpot, host of the main stages of the two races.

Both races have been regular visitors to Wales since their inception in 2004 and 2014 respectively. The new deal is for four years and will see the 2023 Tour of Britain finish in the country, while the 2025 race will be staged from Wales for the first time in seven years.

Meanwhile, the 2024 Women’s Tour will start from Wales for the first time in the history of the race. The deal will close in 2026 when the Women’s Tour ends in the Celtic nation.

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This year, the six-stage race spent two days in Wales and featured the event’s toughest finish yet at Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons, with Elisa Longo Borghini taking the win. The 2021 Tour of Britain visited Wales and featured a dramatic battle between Wout van Aert and Julian Alaphilippe on the Great Orme in Llandudno.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with the Welsh Government and bring the final stage of the 2023 Tour of Britain to Wales,” said Race Director Mick Bennett.

“The long-term support of the Welsh Government is invaluable as we plan for future stages of the races in Wales. Together we are working to reach as many parts of Wales as possible with both races over the next few years to give as many fans as possible the chance to see the Tour of Britain and the Women’s Tour.”

The Tour of Britain men’s race is a 2nd Pro event and is the highest ranking men’s race in Britain. It was canceled this season after police officers working at the event were reassigned following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Women’s Tour is one of two Women’s WorldTour events including the Ride London Classique. The Women’s Tour was broadcast live on television for the first time this year.

75 times people didn’t have to go shopping and make their own awesome things as shared in this online sewing community (new pics) https://whistlestopdepot.com/75-times-people-didnt-have-to-go-shopping-and-make-their-own-awesome-things-as-shared-in-this-online-sewing-community-new-pics/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 04:39:13 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/75-times-people-didnt-have-to-go-shopping-and-make-their-own-awesome-things-as-shared-in-this-online-sewing-community-new-pics/

He noted that he had not forged the armor himself as it would be extremely difficult. For one, you would need to invest in some very specific tools. “The armor is real iron and weighs around 30 kilograms in total (including the helmet, which is not pictured). [66 pounds]. That’s next to the fabric. It’s around 35 kilograms in total [77 pounds] or more.”

Johan added that walking around in armor isn’t as hard as you might think. “The right weight distribution makes all the difference. Ideally, the legs are the only part of the body that takes more of a load, as they will definitely have to carry the extra weight. The only downside is that your sprint speed is limited, but aside from this you still retain your full mobility. However, you will get tired after a few hours. But good practice!”

Johan from Denmark shared how he got into live action roleplaying in the first place. He said he was first introduced to LARP at an event hosted by his local community. Then he brought some of his friends who were already doing LARP and they all did a campaign, a monthly event. “Then I never stopped,” he told Bored Panda. “I have attended so many LARPs and I have no intention of stopping.”

“My passion lies in the creative side of LARPing, not just making cool outfits,” Johan explained that expressing yourself through the characters you play is at the heart of his hobby. The only limit is your imagination.

“I can be a noble knight who will do anything to stop the evil in the world. Or I can be a bard who only cares about wine and women. Or I can be a pirate, seeking my own fortune no matter what it costs others. Sure it started as an escape from reality, but now it’s a way to express and explore the different sides of me and test my limits as an actor and warrior! In addition, the community is strong and loving. I have never seen such inclusive people making everyone feel welcome. Regardless of gender, religion or skin color. That motivates me.”

Don’t let the funk fade, Winterblast is worth saving https://whistlestopdepot.com/dont-let-the-funk-fade-winterblast-is-worth-saving/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 22:42:13 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/dont-let-the-funk-fade-winterblast-is-worth-saving/

When a loose balloon hit a power line at last year’s Winterblast street festival in Santa Rosa’s South of A Street Arts District, there was a brief lull in the celebration.

There was a boom. sparks flew. And the power went out.

People looked at each other quizzically for half a second, and then, as if the brief fireworks display were part of the celebration, the revelry began again.

And that’s probably because Winterblast, with its odd sofa parade (South of A – SoFA, got it?) and funky marching bands, offers more than enough luminosity and lightness to light up the streets even after a blown transformer knocks out the streetlights.

But the lights on this amazing night of local art, craziness, rolling sofas, stilt walkers, circus performers, live music and funky marching bands could go out this year if the community doesn’t take action.

For the first time in its nearly two decades, the organizers are asking for a little help from the rest of us to ensure Winterblast ’22, scheduled for December 10th, goes ahead.

“We’re really hurt,” said Spring Maxfield of the nonprofit group Urban Partnership Santa Rosa. “This event has always been community driven and produced and always free to the community.”

Maxfield, whose group stepped in to help create this year’s event, knows what she’s talking about.

She co-founded the wildly crazy, wildly successful Great draisine regatta at Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, which ran for years.

Maxfield jumped into the fray with this year’s Winter Blast to leverage some of those production and get-it-done skills.

Because Winterblast has always been a different kind of animal.

It is created and operated entirely voluntarily. And that can get tough year after year, especially as costs and bureaucracy mount.

It features not one, but two sofa parades, live music, food, and open houses at the area’s many art studios.

And with the live music, random dancing and people cruising around on stilts, there’s always a sense of joyful spontaneity.

Bob Stender, a photographer and neighborhood resident, was an original organizer when the event began as a vague idea for open art studios, a street festival, and a sofa parade.

people in the quarter wanted an event that was firstly fun, but secondly hyper-local.

Artists and small businesses could open their doors, display their wares, and hopefully give people a glimpse of all that was happening in the neighborhood, which was loosely bounded by Highway 12 to the west, Santa Rosa Avenue to the east, and Sonoma Avenue to the north and Sebastopol Avenue to the south.

And why not make sofas – a twist on the bohemian nickname – the event’s mascot?

“For me, that was just fun and funny,” Stender said of the pairing of a marching band and a series of random couches (many intricately decorated) being pushed, pulled, or otherwise pulled through the streets.

And the Hubbub Club Brass band that marked this event year after year? When has this started?

“In my eyes, they just showed up. It was awesome,” Stender said. “They are wonderful. Someone must have invited them and they must have figured out that they need us or that we need them.”

To see the event grow from a wild idea to a night that draws thousands, in (almost) dead winter, rain or shine, proves it fills a deep need.

“It shows how hungry people are for some fun,” Stender said. “If you don’t have to do anything and this thing creates itself? We created an environment for them and they come and fill the space.”

And although the neighborhood is teeming with artists, most of the sofa creations year after year are made by families living in the area, said event organizer Sacha Aponte – De Roeck.

Last year, volunteers tried to host a sofa-making workshop, she said.

Nobody came.

Apparently, an independent stripe runs through this group.

“People were like, ‘No thanks, we’ll just do it,'” she said.

She said if the event doesn’t go ahead next month it would be a disservice to the community.

“I love Winterblast so much,” she said.

The only year the lights dimmed on Winterblast was 2020 because of the pandemic.

“I love that it’s become such an iconic event for the neighborhood and the city,” Stender said. “So I think we should keep it alive.”

This is an organic event, but make no mistake, it requires planning.

And year after year, a dedicated group of volunteers make sure the rest of us can just show up and have a great time.

This dedicated group of volunteers is now asking for our help.

Since its inception, participation in this event has been free.

It’s not free to wear.

The costs are increasing. Permits — for everything from food and drink vendors to amplified music to road closures and motorized traffic — cost money.

More money than ever.

Local businesses, donors and art lovers have always stepped up with sponsorship and funding.

But organizers say they’re falling short amid rising fees.

“As a community-led event, we would really appreciate it if the community supported this event,” said Maxfield.

So they created one GoFundMe Account.

Think of it as a way to pay for admission before you come to a free event.

The organizers, that warm-hearted group of volunteers who meet regularly to find ways to boost funding, say they need to call if this year’s event will go ahead by November 21.

They have to be able to retain artists and vendors, they have to hire those traffic officers that the city now needs to man barricades.

There is much to do. And they do it all for us.

The least we can do is intervene a little to keep the lights on at this most magical event.

You can reach Staff Columnist Kerry Benefield at 707-526-8671 or kerry.benefield@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @benefield.

Cathedral City installs “Fields of Valor” in honor of veterans in Patriot Park https://whistlestopdepot.com/cathedral-city-installs-fields-of-valor-in-honor-of-veterans-in-patriot-park/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 22:35:46 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/cathedral-city-installs-fields-of-valor-in-honor-of-veterans-in-patriot-park/

Cathedral City volunteers and members of the Rotary Club hosted the opening ceremony in Patriot Park for the week-long installation Fields of Valor.

Jo Anne Kennon, event organizer and Fields of Valor co-chair, says Patriot Park has honored veterans for over a decade.

“We hope to bring awareness to the veterans who survived the war and the veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to protect our freedom,” says Kennon.

Volunteers of all ages help set up flags on the “Heilfeld”.

An American flag will be placed on each pole by the end of the week.

Rita Lamb, Mayor Pro Tem of Cathedral City, says: “Individuals who are in the community can participate by bringing a flag and laying down the flag. And so throughout the week this whole field will be filled with flags to commemorate those who have gone before us.”

This year’s event aims to honor all veterans, regardless of when or where they served.

“There are nearly 1,300 Veterans Flags representing lives lost in California including Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. They’re all local veterans because we wanted to bring that closer to home,” says Kennon.

Marine Lt. Col. Jim Irwin attended the ceremony Saturday in support of his mother, Cpl. Dorthee Irwin, who first joined the Marines in 1943.

In addition to attending the ceremony, Irwin and his family took some time to help set up the flags commemorating those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It’s amazing to see how many are here. This is a healing field. I did it out of respect for them. And there’s no other way to put it. Deep respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” says Lt. Colonel Irwin.

A special ceremony will be held on November 11th on Veterans Day at 4 p.m. in Patriot Park

You can also visit the Fields of Valor until November 12th when they have a closing ceremony at 12pm.

]]> The proposed air show will require some schooling, the county official says https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-proposed-air-show-will-require-some-schooling-the-county-official-says/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-proposed-air-show-will-require-some-schooling-the-county-official-says/

To clarify that he has no intention of going to Las Vegas for a fun three-day fling, County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens asked for the Ways & Means Committee’s blessing to attend an airshow conference in December.

A trip to Nevada would include the cost of district staff time for the three-day event and a $508 registration fee. Hens said he will take care of travel and accommodation expenses, and he believes the investment will be worthwhile during the preliminary planning stages of an air show at Genesee County Airport.

“We do not sponsor the Air Show. We’re not the ones running the air show, but our airport is running an air show, and I think it’s important from an operational perspective, as well as safety for the visitors — the people who will be coming to the air show — that the county a showing a professional face and making sure we have a safe show and limiting county liability as much as possible,” Hens told the committee on Wednesday. “The two things that interest me most about the conference are their Airshow 101 and Airshow 102 certifications, which are classes they host.”

These two certification classes are more about aircraft movement and airport operational requirements than things like concessions and gate entry fees.

“It’s more about hosting the air show than running an air show,” Hens said.

The schedule also includes an orientation for first-time visitors, crisis communication, the human side of an air show and accidents: anticipating the unimaginable, and a few other topics.

That International Council of Air Shows is scheduled for December 12-15 in Las Vegas, and it’s a combination of a convention setting for flying acts to promote air shows across the country and a series of training sessions for air show operators and airport staff to learn how hosting This type of event is “safe and proper,” he said.

MP Shelley Stein noted the mention of a military jet team and asked what types of aircraft would land at the county airport. Hens said that one of the things the committee has discussed so far is a Cold War-era jet that doesn’t require as much runway and ground support as a modern F 22 or 23 fighter jet of the Blue Angels, they won’t be on the show next year, he said.

It’s possible to borrow planes from Cleveland and Toronto and share them with other air shows on the same weekend.

“So you could have an F-35 or F-20 fly by and do a short demonstration over the field, but they wouldn’t land at our airport,” he said. “And they would not need support from ground activities once they were in the field. It would just be a flyover from Toronto, do a 15 minute deal and fly to Cleveland and do a 15 minute deal. And that way, three air shows could share military assets.”

Those planning details will happen at the conference, he said, and it’s not something the county needs to be involved with. He agreed with Rep. Marianne Clattenburg, who summed up the goal of his trip as doing what she could to protect an airport county asset.

“Exactly. We invested a lot of money there. And so this has to happen without damage or liabilities,” he said.

Legislator Gary Maha emphasized the county’s need not to financially support the air show, and others concurred. Hens mentioned the logistics and awareness of providing accessible parking for wheelchair users or people with walking difficulties.

“Things we need to think about from a facility standpoint and protect ourselves from activities like trips and falls. So all these things are talked about in the sessions,” he said. “In the travel applications that I submitted, they only asked about the registration fee. For my part, I’m ready to get myself out of there. I have a place to stay out there; that’s already paid for. And airline miles, so not really out of pocket, just being away from the office and the conference registration fee.”

Clattenburg wanted to confirm that Hens – as he would be on the watch out west – would be available for Zoom meetings or any other needs, particularly “regarding our water issues.” Yes, he would, said Hens.

County manager Matt Landers believes it’s a worthwhile trip, he said.

“I think it’s important for him to have that knowledge when we have a large-scale air show like this in our community,” Landers said. “I agree with the legislature. I don’t think Tim with that background is showing that we’re sponsoring anything, but that we want to be prepared.”

The committee voted to approve the motion and send it to the entire legislature for a vote.

Hens said he will discuss the show with committee members later Wednesday.


Dennis Dunbar, director of air show operations for EAA AirVenture, president of Dunbar Airshows and organizer of the ICAS Safety and Operations Subcommittee, has been appointed committee chair for this local event, Hens said.

Top photo from Hens’ online media account; above, photo by Dennis Dunbar from Air Show Magazine.

Alpine wren wins New Zealand’s Bird of the Year 2022-Xinhua https://whistlestopdepot.com/alpine-wren-wins-new-zealands-bird-of-the-year-2022-xinhua/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 10:55:43 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/alpine-wren-wins-new-zealands-bird-of-the-year-2022-xinhua/

This undated file photo shows a small alpine wren in New Zealand. The critically endangered little alpine wren has won New Zealand’s Bird of the Year 2022, the organizer announced on Monday.

The Bird of the Year competition is an annual competition run by New Zealand’s independent conservation organization Forest and Bird to raise people’s awareness of New Zealand’s natural birds. (Photo by Matt Winter/Xinhua)

This undated file photo shows a small alpine wren in New Zealand. The critically endangered little alpine wren has won New Zealand’s Bird of the Year 2022, the organizer announced on Monday.

The Bird of the Year competition is an annual competition run by New Zealand’s independent conservation organization Forest and Bird to raise people’s awareness of New Zealand’s natural birds. (Photo by Michael Ashbee/Xinhua)

This undated file photo shows a small alpine wren in New Zealand. The critically endangered little alpine wren has won New Zealand’s Bird of the Year 2022, the organizer announced on Monday.

The Bird of the Year competition is an annual competition run by New Zealand’s independent conservation organization Forest and Bird to raise people’s awareness of New Zealand’s natural birds. (Photo by Craig McKenzie/Xinhua)

This undated file photo shows a small alpine wren in New Zealand. The critically endangered little alpine wren has won New Zealand’s Bird of the Year 2022, the organizer announced on Monday.

The Bird of the Year competition is an annual competition run by New Zealand’s independent conservation organization Forest and Bird to raise people’s awareness of New Zealand’s natural birds. (Photo by Craig McKenzie/Xinhua)

This undated file photo shows a small alpine wren in New Zealand. The critically endangered little alpine wren has won New Zealand’s Bird of the Year 2022, the organizer announced on Monday.

The Bird of the Year competition is an annual competition run by New Zealand’s independent conservation organization Forest and Bird to raise people’s awareness of New Zealand’s natural birds. (Photo by David Hallett/Xinhua)

Weeklong celebration at Oak Point Park in Plano honoring veterans and first responders https://whistlestopdepot.com/weeklong-celebration-at-oak-point-park-in-plano-honoring-veterans-and-first-responders/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 11:10:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/weeklong-celebration-at-oak-point-park-in-plano-honoring-veterans-and-first-responders/

Numerous activities are planned as part of a week-long celebration from November 5-12 honoring military veterans and first responders.

The sixth annual Plano Flags of Honor is hosted by the Plano East Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Plano.

One of the highlights of the event is a field of 1,111 full-size American flags on display at Oak Point Park in Plano. The number of flags pays homage to the armistice treaty that signaled the end of World War I, which according to a press release was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

“The Plano Flags of Honor are manifested as something we can see and touch as we remember those who have served our nation and communities,” said Marine Corps Capt. and Rotarian Ean Sullivan in the press release.

Flags will be installed on November 4th and will remain on display until November 12th.

“The Plano Flags of Honor unite the fellowship with those who serve and devote themselves to others,” event organizer Lisa Bloomer said in the press release. “It gives us a ‘time out’ to take a break from our busy lives and reflect on our past and present heroes who protect us and strengthen our country’s ideals.”

A number of other events will be held at the Red Tail Pavilion at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule includes hot air balloon rides on November 4th and 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Student art will be on display from 10am to 7pm on November 5th, 6th and 7th. During this time, a station will also be set up where people can leave a message for a hero.

Most of the events take place on November 5th.

Living historians and reenactors, dressed in historical clothing with military equipment, will tell their stories from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m

A Plano Safety Fair and Touch-A-Truck will be held from 11am to 4pm. Vehicles include fire engines, ambulances, careflite and bulldozers. At Fire Truck Pulloza at noon, teams of 12 compete to pull a fire truck.

Patriot Paws will be on site with some of their dogs in training from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The nonprofit organization trains and provides service dogs for veterans with disabilities.

The Ladies Liberty Show Troupe will be performing from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. At 6:15 p.m., the police will give a gun salute, taps will be played and colors will be withdrawn.

Patriot Paws and his dogs in training will also be at the park on November 6th from 1pm to 5pm.

For more information visit https://planoflagsofhonor.com.

At the Picatinny competition, children build catapults to hurl pumpkins into the lake https://whistlestopdepot.com/at-the-picatinny-competition-children-build-catapults-to-hurl-pumpkins-into-the-lake/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 02:47:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/at-the-picatinny-competition-children-build-catapults-to-hurl-pumpkins-into-the-lake/

About 50 students from five schools in northern New Jersey measured their engineering skills in a competition on Friday, October 21 to see who designed the catapult capable of launching pumpkins the farthest into Lake Picatinny.

Students and their teachers representing Dover Middle School, New Providence High School, Madison High School, Sussex County Technical School and West Orange High School attended the event at the Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton. The teams met at a parking lot in front of the lake, where they set up various catapult, trebuchet, and launcher creations.

Students at Sussex County Technical School launched a pumpkin 160 yards in their first attempt to win the grand prize in an inter-school battle.

Samantha Masih, a senior and member of the Sussex County School engineering team, said the design for her team’s trebuchet was based on a model used here by a previous team, but with a few adjustments.

“Last time we took second place,” said Masih. “We wanted to see if we could make the sling longer, the radius bigger, if it would launch longer.” To accommodate the longer sling, the team built their device taller and changed the dimensions of the arm.

The Sussex team had tested a carbon fiber arm, but it broke during testing. They brought additional metal arms and swivel bars to the competition. “We know we’re gaining about 800 pounds in weight, so they end up flexing,” Masih said.

The amount of energy required to throw pumpkins into the lake was evident from the bent metal and broken components on display during the event. The Sussex team lost a trebuchet arm to bending, a sling broke on the second throw – resulting in a generally vertical pumpkin launch – and a pumpkin burst into pieces on the third launch.

The New Providence team got their best start and a third place finish in the 63 meters, despite the gym-type bar bending into a U-shape when the trebuchet launched the pumpkin.

“These students embarked on a STEM journey, using physics, engineering, carpentry skills and sheer ingenuity to build the gourd nooses you see before you,” said Lt. Col. Kevin P. Shilley, Assistant Military Commander for U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development and Picatinny Arsenal.

“The most exciting part of engineering is seeing what happens when those ideas and efforts meet reality,” said Shilley. “Learn from it what is working as you expected and what is not. They call this experience or wisdom.”

The three-man middle school team from Dover launched their pumpkin 16.8 metres. “Dover was the only middle school to take part and they took part in all five events,” said Giulia Grotenhuis, organizer of the event. “One of my greatest joys is to see Dover Middle School take to the water.”

West Orange High School’s best start was 23 yards. Madison High School’s 91-yard start earned second place.

Freshman, New Providence High School, won the safety award for how one of their members formulated their procedural checklist as the team went through preparations for launch.

The pumpkin slingshot competition was designed to allow contestants to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in “fun and competitive ways”. In building catapults to sling pumpkins, participants used physical and mathematical skills such as linear kinematics, projectile motion, trigonometry, and engineering physics.

Student designers of advanced gourd-firing trebuchets had an opportunity to interact with the Picatinny scientists and engineers who developed guns used by the US Armed Forces, who were on display.

The pumpkin slingshot competition, now in its fifth year, is part of Picatinny’s STEM Educational Outreach Program. Nearly 200 Picatinny scientists and engineers have volunteered to support STEM training. This support includes more than 1,000 classroom visits, providing staff for over 100 educational field trips to Picatinny Arsenal’s work labs, supporting nearly 800 teachers, and inspiring 50,000 students in over 400 schools.