first_imgLearn about the Ohio’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.Boonshoft Museum of Discovery2600 DeWeese ParkwayDayton, OH 45414 937-275-7431www.boonshoftmuseum.orgThe Boonshoft Museum of Discovery grew out of a collection gathered by prominent Dayton citizens on their trips around the world that were contributed to the Dayton Library and Museum. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a children’s museum, a science and technology center and an accredited zoo. It also houses a planetarium and an observatory.Carillon Historical Park1000 Carillon Blvd.Dayton, OH 45409 937-293-2841www.daytonhistory.orgThis 65-acre park and museum complex in Dayton features numerous historical buildings, including its Wright Brothers Aviation Center, the 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon and the Kettering Family Education Center, which anchors the park and features changing exhibits in the National City Exhibit Gallery. Special events include carillon concerts, living history days, classic car shows, festive holiday celebrations and more. After stepping back in time on a learning adventure, you can sit down and relax with a bite or pint at the park’s cafe or brewery. Visit the website for hours, admission and more information about the various museums, grounds and gift shop at the park.Dayton Art Institute456 Belmonte Park N.Dayton, OH 45405 937-223-4278www.daytonartinstitute.orgOver the past several years, Dayton Art Institute’s collection has grown significantly through generous gifts of artwork by local donors, including important Oceanic art, Asian art, and American fine and decorative art collections. The collection spans 5,000 years of art history.Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House85 S. Greenmont Ave.Springfield, OH 45505 937-327-9291www.westcotthouse.orgThe Westcott House, the product of arguably the most important architect of the modern era, was designed in 1906 and built in 1908. The Westcott House not only embodies Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative Prairie School architectural design but also extended Wright’s concept of relating the building to its site by means of a terrace, a lily pond, gardens and other landscape elements. Hours vary by season; visit the website for more information.Miami Valley Military History Museum120 Ohio Ave., Bldg. 120Dayton, OH 45428 937-267-7629www.mvmhm.comThe Miami Valley Military History Museum preserves the memory of the veterans of our armed forces — past, present and future. The exhibits begin with the Revolutionary War and continue through to more recent conflicts in Iraq and elsewhere. Hours are contingent on volunteer availability; check the museum’s website for more information.National Museum of the U.S. Air Force1100 Spaatz St.Wright-Patterson AFB, OH National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. The museum collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force’s history, heritage and traditions in air, space and cyberspace to a global audience through exhibits, educational outreach, special programs and the stewardship of the national historic collection.Springfield Museum of Art107 Cliff Park RoadSpringfield, OH 45504 937-325-4673www.springfieldart.netThe Springfield Museum of Art was accepted into the Smithsonian Affiliates program in 2012, currently the only art museum in Ohio with that distinction. The museum has a rotating list of exhibits and collections. Visit the website for information on current and upcoming exhibitions.Wright “B” Flyer Inc.10550 Springboro PikeMiamisburg, OH 45342 937-885-2327www.wright-b-flyer.orgWright “B” Flyer Inc. is an all-volunteer, membership-based corporation on the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport near Dayton. The corporation flies one Model B look-alike during the summer months, and the hangar doubles as a museum.last_img read more

Cerro Grande Fire Of 2000 And COVID-19 Pandemic In 2020 … Commonalities And Differences In Disaster

first_imgCerro Grande Fire taken in the morning of May 10, 2000. All of Los Alamos was evacuated the afternoon of May 10, 2000. Photo by Gary Warren/ Cerro Grande Fire viewed from Los Alamos County Golf Course May 7, 2000. Photo by Gary Warren/ Craig Martin this year standing near one of the tree seedlings planted in 2000. Courtesy/Craig Martin  Topper Senior Katie Herrmann with her puppy Simon, 1, in front of their home on Kristi Lane with her Class of 2020 yard sign, given to every senior at Los Alamos High School as part of a month long schedule of activities to honor them. The governor ordered all the schools in New Mexico closed for the remainder of the academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic so LAPS and the community are finding ways to honor the graduates. Courtesy photo Children plant a tree seedling 20 years ago following the Cerro Grande Fire. Courtesy/Craig Martin. All wearing masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nurse Kim Temple welcomes New Beginnings Fellowship members Lanessa Auburgey and Moises Pinto as they deliver a meal recently to Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic staff. Courtesy/LAMCC Today we are in the midst of a pandemic of a novel corona virus (COVID-19: CO for corona Vi is for virus, D is for disease, 19 for the year it was discovered). This is a new infectious disease causing an acute respiratory syndrome for which there is no vaccine or immunity. Federal, state, and local responses have included cancellation and prohibitions of large-scale gatherings, closures of schools, and other educational institutions, and social distancing by staying home or working from home. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. People have lost jobs and the stock market has fallen faster than ever before in history. Each day the number of infected people increases.The Cerro Grande Fire and COVID 19 were and are calamitous events that disrupted the functioning of our community and society. They caused human, material, economic or environmental losses that exceed our community’s or society’s ability to cope. Regardless of whether the disaster is local or worldwide there are similarities and differences. The Cerro Grande Fire was a local event. The new event, COVID-19 is a worldwide problem-a pandemic. Unlike the Cerro Grande Fire there was no evacuation, but there is sudden life disruption! Life as we knew it came to a screeching halt and everything changed. Again, we must learn to adapt and become resilient in the face of adversity.There is no “them-and-us” in the COVID-19 event. There is no opening of homes as a way of reaching out. We are confined to our homes. We are all dealing with all the same fear and anxiety as people hundreds and thousands of miles from us. I am struck by the saying “We are in this together”. No one who lives on planet earth is immune to this event. We ARE all one humanity. One of the major lessons expressed over and over at the time of the Cerro Grande Fire disaster and now the COVID-19 event is the value of family and friends. Over and over in the Cerro Grande fire interviews, people expressed this lesson. Tasks and times were less important than family and friends. The five P’s were most important in evacuation: people, pets, papers, photos, prescriptions. In the COVID-19 event we are reminded over and over of the value of the lives of those close to us, family, friends, teachers, colleagues, and acquaintances.  After the Cerro Grande Fire many people expressed gratitude to the firefighters and first responders. Today the power of gratitude is apparent in the ways we thank firefighters, EMTs, doctors, nurses, and the life of every loved one. We are grateful for all those we sometimes forget about: truck drivers, grocery store clerks, those who shelve food and items, and so many more. Disaster makes us aware of all we have and often forget to thank in our busyness.Thankfulness for the landscape that surrounds us, and its resilience is important. In nature we find beauty and hopefulness in times of despair. Taking walks, gardening, hiking, and bird watching all uplift weary spirits in a time of social distancing and being shut inside our homes. Sunshine helps the shattered spirit and enhances the immune system.Every day we must make a choice to stay home to stop the spread or gather for fun and companionship. We choose resilience and hope by rejecting that instinct to be with others. I am amazed at the creative ways we have found to connect with one another. At the time of the Cerro Grande Fire cell phones were the exception. But with cell phones and computers, connecting has become easier. At the time of the Cerro Grande, everyone scattered. My response was, “Will I ever see them again?” Today I can call or connect by computer and know that my friends and family are safe.A friend, Rosella Jardine, found one similarity between the event of the fire and COVID-19 was isolation. When we evacuated, we did not know where our friends and family went or if we would ever see them again. Now we have all sorts of ways to communicate, but we are still isolated in our homes. It is a twist! Either way we were and are isolated from each other. Interestingly, we often crave solitude and quiet, but once isolated we crave togetherness.After the Cerro Grande fire, FEMA experiences were sometimes lengthy and painful. With the pandemic, comes a stimulus package to help the unemployed, essential personnel, and others. There is already an indication that this too will be a painful process.At the time of the Cerro Grande fire, we saw Northern New Mexico and our community coming together. The Volunteer Task Force mobilized the community to help in restoration. Others helped people through the FEMA process or providing shelter for the displaced. People helped people and the environment. In our resilience, we are reaching out today in unique and different ways, using ingenuity in the COVID-19 crisis. Examples include a less vulnerable person asking a neighbor if they can go to the store for them or calling someone to find out how they are doing. Organizations where congregating is the norm are finding new ways of communicating and entertaining through computer programs such as Zoom, Facetime, Skype, and YouTubeAt the time of the Cerro Grande Fire there was great need. Scouts, churches, restaurants, and many others fed first responders. Homes were opened. People made quilts to give people comfort. Currently, I believe anyone who sews is probably making masks for family, friends, medical personnel, and neighbors. Making a mask seems insignificant but it may save someone’s life. Donations are given to those who are hungry and jobless. Today, though we may feel knocked down, hurting, and struggling, people are lifting each other up in their own way.Like the Cerro Grande Fire, we were not prepared for this pandemic. It took us by surprise. We are in the midst of this event and we do not know how it will end. The experience of the Cerro Grande Fire reminds us that out of the ashes of that fire we became more resilient and renewed. Out of the COVID-19 event, we will find resilience and be renewed in our relationships to one another. There is hope.This is part of the Afterword in the book Resilience and Renewal, Stories of the Cerro Grande Fire Twenty Years After. Also look for the new exhibit at the History Museum called Resilience and Recovery which is currently online ( and will be available in person when the museum is open again. See the Los Alamos Historical Society website for more information about the Cerro Grande Fire and the availability of the book. Cerro Grande Fire viewed from downtown Los Alamos Sunday, May 7, 2000. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comBy TERALENE FOXXLos AlamosThe week of May 4th is an anniversary week. Twenty years ago, the Cerro Grande Fire changed the physical and emotional landscape of the community. I had just breathed a sigh of relief that the interviews and writing of a book about the resilience after the Cerro Grande Fire was completed when a new event occurred. I had previously written stories about the Cerro Grande Fire in 2000 and 2010. My first thought was, “Not Again!” That is my usual response to a new event that has the shadows of an old event.last_img read more

Lesotho’s prime minister concedes election defeat: government statement

first_imgLesotho’s prime minister concedes election defeatLesotho’s prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili has conceded defeat in a parliamentary election to his opponent Thomas Thabane, the government said, easing concerns of political instability in the mountain kingdom.“His Majesty King Letsie III has accepted the resignation of The Right Honourable the Prime Minister, Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili,” a government statement received on Friday said.Mosisili will remain in his position until Thabane is sworn in, the statement said.Thabane’s All Basotho Convention won 48 parliamentary seats, compared with 30 won by Mosisili’s Democratic Congress, results released on Tuesday showed.last_img

District competition will be fierce with newly released UIL Alignment

first_img7CC West OsoHome  Rio Sports Live, which streamed the event, did interviews with head coaches from Port Isabel and Rio Hondo. Regarding his thoughts on the district, Strunk said, “It’s good. Two scrimmages and three non-district games, that’s five weeks where you really get to figure out what your team is about and where you are.” Thoughts of the new district, Rio Hondo Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Rocky James said, “Having eight teams is very exciting. This will be the toughest district we’ve had by far.” 5SintonAway RelatedPort Isabel Tops Lady Kats, 40-35By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons basketball squad turned it on in the fourth quarter and held off Raymondville, 40-35, in a key District 32-4A match Tuesday night, January 28, at Tarpon Gym.   It was a rather low-scoring game for the first three quarters…January 30, 2020In “News”Lady Tarpons Win Two StraightBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons volleyball team has won its last two matches against district foes Rio Hondo and Raymondville.  Last Saturday in Tarpon Gym they handled Rio Hondo three sets to one by the scores of 25-17, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20.  On…October 16, 2015In “News”Lady Tarpons Outscore Grulla, 60-32By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS January 8, 2015 The Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons basketball squad went on the road to Rio Grande City Tuesday night and made the trip a profitable one with a 60-32 win over the Lady Gators of Grulla. The Lady Tarpons never trailed…January 9, 2015In “Sports” 11Rockport-FultonHome 2Valley ViewAway 3Bro. St. Joseph(TBD) 9InglesideHome WeekOPPONENTLocation Graphic by Constancio Martinez, Jr.center_img 4BYE– 8RaymondvilleAway 10Rio HondoAway 1Brownsville Lopez(TBD) 6RobstownHome Prior to the unveiling, Port Isabel Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jason Strunk said he already had tentative schedules pending on how many teams will end up in the district, with his thoughts of a 5-team or 8-team district. For the past two years, Port Isabel has only had a 9-game regular season, featuring two bye weeks due to previous agreements, but Strunk said he wanted a full 10-game schedule for the regular season. On Monday, February 3, Strunk released the tentative schedule. Share By Constancio Martinez, Jr.Special to the PRESSRio Grande Valley coaches met this Monday, February 3, at the Harlingen Aquatic Center for the unveiling of the new UIL 2020-21 and 2021-22 Realignment for Football, Volleyball, and Basketball. The District Assignments and Reclassification involving Port Isabel are as follows.For football, in the 16-4A Division 2 district, are Port Isabel; Rio Hondo; Raymondville; Sinton; Rockport-Fulton; Ingleside; CC West Oso; and Robstown. For basketball, in 32-4A district, are Port ISabel; Rio Hondo; Raymondville; Hidalgo; La Feria; and RGC La Grulla. For volleyball, in the 32-4A district, are Port Isabel; Rio Hondo; Raymondville; Hidalgo; La Feria; RGC La Grulla.Basketball and Volleyball districts go from an 8-team district down to a 6-team district as Progreso dropped down to the 3A classification and Zapata was moved to District 31-4A. In football, District 16-4AD2 doubled in size as it will go from a 4-team district to an 8-team district. All the teams from district 15-4AD2 were moved to 16-4AD2 minus Orange Grove who dropped down to the 3A ranks like Progreso. With the current changes, there will be a lot more travel and playoff spots will be much tougher to earn. Also, typical 1st round playoff opponents will now be composed of San Antonio area teams. The drastic changes came about due to eight new teams joining Region 4 districts 13 & 14 either by moving down from 4A Division 1 or moving up from the lower classifications. last_img read more