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Featured Jobs & Calls By Pat McCaughanPosted Nov 11, 2013 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Events Comments (1) Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK November 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm How Timely and Appreciated these veteran testimonials on this Veterans Day! Thank you so much to All for sharing these heartrending personal stories and experiences, and how our four-legged friends,i.e. dog companions are/have become so significant to lives, and life itself. Yes, we need to learn and share more and more of the consequences for so many young people fighting the seemingly endless wars, and the terrible impact on their lives and the destruction of lives in these wars! Indeed through learning as in this ENS article we can also take pro-active action on behalf of our citizenry and all humankind to contact our legislators/congressional reps for increased focus on diplomacy and peace in this world. Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Smithfield, NC A couple walks through some of the two thousand and thirteen United States flags, that are part of the Aurora Healing Fields to honor veterans, during Veterans Day weekend in Aurora, Illinois November 10, 2013. Veterans Day is observed on November 11. Photo: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes[Episcopal News Service] Without his service dog Sparta, Allan Engvall says he’d be cowering inside his Antelope, California home with the doors locked, the blinds drawn, the burglar alarm on, afraid to venture outside even in the daytime.“I would never go out in public. With crowds, or sitting in traffic, I’d get the feeling of being trapped, that I’d get ambushed,” said Engvall, 28, who served multiple U.S. Army deployments in Iraq. Discharged in 2007, he returned with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury after encounters with improvised explosive devices (IEDs).“You definitely have a feeling of being outcast, like you don’t belong,” Engvall told ENS about transitioning to civilian life. “You get an empty feeling because the buddies you’ve served beside for the last 18 months are nowhere to be found. There, you do what you have to in order to stay alive, but you come home and your brain doesn’t click, you’re still in fight mode but you don’t have your gun.”Allan Engvall, with his service dog Sparta. Photo courtesy of Terry SandhoffBut two-year-old Sparta, an 80-pound Husky malamute mix “does crowd control” by placing himself between Engvall and others. “He watches my back,” Engvall said.“When I start fidgeting, he’ll put his paw on me and I know my leg’s shaking, my hands are twitching, my anxiety’s getting up, so I can go outside and take a breath before I have a panic attack and make a scene,” he said.Sparta has made it possible for him to drive, to join public gatherings, visit restaurants and attend support groups at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, in Rancho Cordova, California, led by parishioner and dog trainer Terry Sandhoff.A “veteran-friendly” congregation, St. Clement’s support groups are among a growing number of efforts by Episcopal churches to embrace and encourage active military personnel, their families and veterans.Honoring veterans healing; becoming ‘military friendly’Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries Jay Magness said yearly Veterans Day observances – like the Nov. 8 Washington National Cathedral prayer breakfast and a Nov. 10 program at Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C. – help to focus faith communities on veterans issues, but also encourage ongoing efforts.Magness said that more soldiers are surviving battlefield injuries than ever before – but the catastrophic nature of those injuries complicates physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. About 385,000, roughly one-third of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, have been diagnosed with war-related mental disabilities. Estimates of homeless veterans are at about 62,000 nationally.Many veterans also need “moral repair of soul injury,” he said. “When people engage in war and combat, and I say this as a combat veteran myself from Viet Nam, things happen,” said Magness, a U.S. Navy veteran. “Things happen to you that go beyond the physical and emotional self. A young man or woman doesn’t engage in combat activities – the things you see, the things you smell, the things you hear and the things you do – without some potential for moral injury. This is the church’s business,” he said.The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral, agreed. Since the Episcopal Church has always embraced both pacifists and military chaplains, “honoring veterans is something everybody can agree upon,” he said.The Rev. Babs Meairs, a retired U.S. Marine Corps and former Veterans Administration chaplain, said the Diocese of San Diego has created a “tool kit” to assist congregational support of veterans.It includes: becoming “military friendly,” Meairs said, “praying for them and supporting events that honor them, reaching out to their families, being aware of the stresses of military expectations, making informed referrals when appropriate, and listening without condemning.”Churches support active military, help veterans begin againFrom New York to California, Florida to Illinois, Episcopal churches are sending “care” packages, adopting military units, and offering safe places and spaces to heal, to live and to pray – for active military and their families as well as for returning veterans.In Avon, New York, Corrie Krzemien said members of Zion Episcopal Church helped love her into healing while Zion House, the converted church rectory next door, put a roof over her head.Zion House is one of the nation’s first transitional residences for homeless female veterans, said the Rev. Kelly Ayer, a U.S. Army veteran, and the church rector and director of the residential program. Since 2010, Zion House has served 35 women, most of whom suffer from PTSD, military sexual trauma and other deployment-related injuries.“My life fell apart,” said Krzemien, 53, who served on active U.S. Army duty from 1982-1985, and is still unable to talk about her military experiences. A year ago, she moved to Zion House and has become a sales representative for Boadicea, its soaps, lotions and spa product line, made of goat’s milk, which helps to support residents.“It gives me an opportunity to be able to work again, even though I’m highly disabled mentally, and physically at times, but I keep it moving,” she said. “Mother Kelly and the people in the congregation, they just want to love on you, and that’s cool.”Sending ‘care packages’ and careSending regular “care packages” has created lots of love between active military and faith communities like St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church in New Smyrna, Florida, and Trinity Church in Tariffville, Connecticut.Jackie Sturgeon, 76, said St. Peter’s efforts began with sending off batches of homemade cookies to family and friends of church members but grew into more personal items, candies, toiletries, books, and CDs as well as food “to everyone. They don’t have to be Episcopalian, they just have to be serving the country.”She keeps a notebook filled with messages from appreciative servicemen and women stationed throughout the world, including one from her granddaughter, Missy Lund, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school in 2002 at 17 years of age.The St. Pete’s packages “were awesome. They just always seemed to come at the time you most needed them,” said Lund, in a recent telephone interview with ENS. She was stationed in Italy, Africa, Florida and Washington State before she left the military in 2009.“When I was deployed, I didn’t call home that much. But always included in the packages were words of wisdom that I needed to hear,” recalled Lund, now 29 and in Florida, awaiting transfer to Virginia with her husband Nick, who just returned from Afghanistan. The packages made homecomings all the more meaningful, she said, “because I’d come back to visit the church and meet all these people who knew me and who prayed for me, but who I didn’t know.”For John Bald, 75, a “pre-Viet Nam veteran” supporting the troops was a labor of love and a matter of faith, especially after he heard that veteran suicide rates are approaching nearly 22 per day in the United States. He formed a committee at his church, Trinity in Tariffville, and began sending care packages and connecting with local veterans groups.“Less than one percent of our population is fighting these wars and many of them have been back four and five times,” he said during a recent telephone interview with ENS. “When I found out what a tough time they were having when they got home, suffering from PTSD, which is a very normal reaction to the terrible stress and things they’ve seen and some of the things they’ve had to do, I said that, as a Christian I cannot and will not let this happen,” he said.The church has since “adopted” the 344th MP Company in Afghanistan. “Half are members from Connecticut and half from Massachusetts,” he said. “We send them items. We pray for them and their families, and that’s the next step, to get involved with their families and help them.”Special liturgies, special weekends, faithful witnessThe Rev. Marian Phipps of St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church in Elgin, Illinois, said she was moved to create twice-monthly special worship services for military families in 2010 after talking to a military mom, whose three sons deployed at the same time.“She said that every time her dog barked, her heart sank,” Phipps recalled. “She was afraid to look up to see who was coming up her driveway, because she was always expecting a uniformed person, coming to tell her something had happened to one of them.“It made me aware of the realities military families live with, while the rest of us go about our days and kind of forget we were in a war,” Phipps said. “But, they can’t. God moved my heart.”The bi-monthly services are held second Tuesdays and fourth Wednesdays and although “there hasn’t been a huge turnout, I got a note once from a mom of a marine who said she was glad to know we’re praying, and keeping a faithful witness,” Phipps said.Offering faithful witness is huge and “such a simple thing to do,” she added. “It doesn’t matter about the politics of war. People are in harm’s way and we can pray for peace and for people to be protected, and we do. My vision would be, any given night, if there was a distraught military family person who wanted to pray, there’d be a church in a town where they could pray.”Similarly, awareness of veterans’ challenges moved David Rosenberg to create Soldier Care,” R&R getaway weekends for disabled veterans through St. Michael’s Church in Studio City in the Diocese of Los Angeles.About nine years ago, Rosenberg’s encounter with a disabled veteran raised his awareness of their challenges. The television writer appealed to friends and strangers alike, local entertainment venues, hotel and restaurant owners, to arrange for donations of studio tours, Dodger baseball games, and other amenities on a shoestring budget.Through local military hospital referrals he arranges for veterans to “come for the weekend and we build up trust.”But it doesn’t end there. “We learn who needs what, and how we can walk the path with them from that point forward,” said Rosenberg, 57. “It’s a safe environment for them to let their hair down, just a people-to-people ministry reaching out, one on one.”Welcoming returning soldiers, “saying thank you for your service requires an action,” he added. “Anybody can do it. I just entered it on a personal level and folks showed up to help make it happen. These guys need it. They’ve been deployed two and three times, so they’ve seen three times the amount of death and loss of friends. There’s a lot they don’t talk about and people are struggling.”Parishioner and dog trainer Terry Sandhoff of St. Clement’s, Rancho Cordova, has witnessed many of those struggles. But she’s also witnessed “more miracles in a month than most people see in a lifetime.”Through her work as a dog trainer at the Gabby Jack Ranch and her facilitation of the church’s veterans support groups she has seen first-time visitors “with that thousand yard stare and pretty much checked out” who arrive feeling isolated and alone but gradually connect, first with the dogs, then with other dog owners and make friends.“They go on field trips together, it builds a support system for them,” she said.The other challenge is to educate congregations and the wider community about how to help, say both Sandhoff, and the Rev. Christine Leigh-Taylor, St. Clement’s rector. Becoming a designated “military friendly” congregation through Care for the Troops meant, among other things, rearranging the church’s movable chairs along a back wall, so “veterans, especially those with PTSD, could sit within sight of an exit,” she said.Jerry Padgett with his service dog Bayley. Photo courtesy of Terry SandhoffFor Jerry Padgett, 38, attending St. Clement’s worship and support groups along with Bayley, his black and white “Jersey-cow colored” Labradoodle, has helped to save his life in more ways than one, he said.“They forced me, in a good way, to get up, to talk about my injuries, even though I didn’t want to,” said Padgett, of Rancho Cordova. He sustained multiple injuries when a booby-trapped two-story building collapsed on him during a U.S. Navy rescue mission in Iraq. He suffers from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, neural neuropathy, seizure disorder, neck, leg, back and other injuries. On good days, he can get by with the assistance of a cane; other days, he uses a walker.But Bayley and the support groups give him hope, he said. “Taking her for a walk turned into two walks a day and, from two walks to three.“It is something so small, but so giant for a veteran who wants to find every reason to alienate ourselves. Having Bayley has given me freedom, a more compassionate heart,” he said. “I’m going to try to do a marathon, with my walker. Because of it, I am counting on less pain episodes, and fits of rage or fits of crying.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. 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Sport Relief Web site jumps to top of Hitwise Community rankings Tagged with: Digital Individual giving Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Web site for Sport Relief made a huge leap up the rankings of community-related Web sites at the beginning of this month, becoming the 594th most visited site in the UK, according to Hitwise UK.According to Hitwise UK, Sport Relief’s relaunched Web site at sportrelief.com jumped 19,647 positions within a week. It moved from 20,241st of all UK sites ranked by Hitwise on 1 May to 594th on 5 May. It was 4th in the community-related section of sites by 6 May 2004. This is an outstanding leap in online popularity.The site also currently tops the Community – Humanitarian subcategory, ahead of fellow charitable organisations do-it (www.do-it.org.uk) and Cancer Research UK (www.cancerresearchuk.org) with an impressive 12.9% of market share. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 22 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Hitwise clickstream data confirms the usefulness of having the BBC’s support both online and offline to Sport Relief, and presumably sister telethon Comic Relief. The data shows that the site is receiving most of its visits from the BBC Sport web site (news.bbc.co.uk/sport) which features a prominent link to Sport Relief 2004 on its homepage. BBC Sport is providing more than 25% of traffic to Sport Relief. Howard Lake | 23 May 2004 | News
The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Previous: First American Title Appoints VP of IT Strategy Next: Quicken Loans Reaches Agreement With U.S. Government Related Articles Detroit Foreclosure Reverse Mortgage 2019-06-14 Seth Welborn Tagged with: Detroit Foreclosure Reverse Mortgage Detroit is one of the leading cities in the nation in reverse mortgage foreclosures, according to reporting from Detroit Free Press. USA Today analysis estimates there has been around 1,884 reverse mortgage foreclosures in Detroit between 2013 and 2017, the highest number in the country.Looking at data from the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, the Free Press found that urban, African American neighborhoods, such as those in Detroit, were hit particularly hard by reverse mortgage foreclosures. “Many were targeted by reverse mortgage brokers after the recession when money was tight in neighborhoods where credit was traditionally less accessible.”Reverse mortgage foreclosures are not the only foreclosure issues hitting Detroit, but measures are being taken to prevent these foreclosures. According to a recent study from Quicken Loans, property tax foreclosures in Detroit are at a 14-year low. In 2018, 2,920 properties faced property tax foreclosure auction, down from 6,052 in 2017, and far below the peak of 15,000 in 2015.According to the Quicken Loans, the efforts of the Quicken Loans Community Fund and its Neighbor to Neighbor partners led to 4,136 occupied homes being pulled from the Wayne County tax foreclosure auction.“Tens of thousands of Detroit residents have been displaced by property tax foreclosure, and on top of the human impact, many of these homes fall into disrepair and become blighted, perpetuating a harmful cycle that destroys vibrant communities,” said Laura Grannemann, VP of Strategic Investments for the Quicken Loans Community Fund. “By working with community partners, we are stabilizing housing in Detroit, preventing future blight and helping homeowners and occupants find sustainable, long-term solutions for their property tax burdens.”Although outreach programs have helped improve Detroit’s tax foreclosure issues, the city still faces other foreclosure-related challenges. According to GOBankingRates and data from Zillow, 34.4% of homes are currently underwater, and the median home value at the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro-area level is $161,300, far below the national median of $226,300. GOBankingRates puts Detroit second on its list of U.S. cities most likely to enter a housing crisis. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago June 14, 2019 3,079 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Motor City’s Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Problem Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Motor City’s Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Problem Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe
USO/iStock(ENNIS, Mont.) — A teenager who encountered a bear in Montana on Sunday was pinned to the ground by the animal but managed to escape using bear spray, authorities said.The 17-year-old boy told wildlife officials that he was walking down a hill in a remote area some 30 miles south of Ennis on Sunday afternoon when he heard a noise behind him. The teen said he turned around to find a bear charging at him, according to a statement from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.The boy was carrying bear repellent in his backpack, but the animal pushed him up against a tree before he was able to react, he told wildlife officials.The teen said the bear held him up against the tree momentarily before letting go. The boy fell over and tried to crawl between two trees for protection, he told wildlife officials, but the bear “pinned him face-down on the ground.”He managed to reach over his shoulder and grab the bear repellent from his backpack. He sprayed the bear, which then backed away and left the area.The boy made radio contact with his family, who were staying at a cabin in the area. He was taken to Madison Valley Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released.Wildlife officials will continue to monitor the area, which is well within occupied bear habitat, but no further management action is being taken at this time, according to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.“Based on the teen’s description of the bear’s behavior, the bear was mostly likely a grizzly bear,” the department said in the statement Monday. “The bear’s behavior in this incident appears to be typical of surprise close encounters.”The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks recommended the following tips for avoiding negative encounters with bears:Be prepared and aware of your surroundings.Carry and know how to use bear spray.Travel in groups whenever possible.Stay away from animal carcasses.Follow U.S. Forest Service food storage regulations.If you encounter a bear, never approach it. Back away slowly and leave the area. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The Public Education Foundation is pleased to announce the following 2016 high school graduates as recipients of scholarships administered by the Foundation:Bosse High School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship ($1,000): Kayla WarnerCentral High School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship ($1,000): Chas BueningCentral/Stringtown Four Year Renewable Scholarship ($20,000): Abbey RagsdaleCentral/Stringtown Four Year Renewable Scholarship ($20,000): Tara MillsCedar Hall (Pearl the Pig) Scholarship ($1,000) Mariyah BakerGuthrie & Alice May Vocational Education Scholarship ($500) Nicholas AmickHarrison High School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship ($1,000): Ta Sharra HardinRobin Thompson Memorial Scholarship ($500): Shelby SebreeNorth High School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship/Kenan &Debbie Schultheis Family Scholarship ($1,000): Kaylen MeeksNorth High School Endowed Scholarship ($5,000) Savannah FarneyTom Egan Memorial Golf Scholarship ($500) Emma KieferReitz High School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship ($1,000): Kennedie RobinsonKay Herron Jaggers Memorial Scholarship ($4,000): Patrick KercherMindly L. Meisler National Forensics Scholarship ($2,000): Zoe MeuthGary West Memorial Scholarship ($2,000): Aaron EulerDavid W. Horton Family Scholarship ($1,000): Karli LewisDierlam Family/Bell Martin Scholarship ($1,000): Jeremy BelliChris Singleton Lineman Scholarship ($1,000): Logan BoehmReitz Class of 1970 Memorial Scholarship ($1,000): Chloe WytovakRay Clark Aeronautical Studies Scholarship ($500):Lauren (Becca) LaxRobin Thompson Memorial Scholarship ($500): Breanna WadeSignature School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship ($1,000):Vamish SatoorTOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED: $ 66,500.00About PEFThe Public Education Foundation is an independent not-for-profit agency that provides direct funding to local public schools and teachers for innovative, student-centered programs. For more than 30 years, the PEF Board has provided thousands of students with professional-level, hands-on experience via direct support for its signature projects such as the House Building Project, Summer Musical, Missoula Children’s Theatre and academic team competitions. Annually, PEF provides over $325,000 in program support, teacher grants and student scholarships.The mission of the Public Education of Evansville, Inc. (PEF) is to inspire and reward student-centered innovation in public education. PEF board, supporters and staff believe that high quality public education is fundamental to the economic, cultural and civic health of our society; and that all students deserve the best possible public education in order to realize their full potential.Follow PEF on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Public-Education-Foundation-of-Evansville-Inc/), Twitter (PEFEVV), and at www.pefevansville.orgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
71, of Bayonne, passed away at his residence on May 7 2018. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Robert was a local Teamster and was the father to Paige Navaretta and her husband Brandon Gomez and grandfather to Charlize & Lola Gomez. Surviving Robert are his mother Josephine Frizziola, brother Vincent Frizziola and sister Donna Navaretta Grubbs, as well as a host of other family members and friends. In lieu of any flowers the family requests donations be made in his memory to The American Lung Association with envelopes provided at the funeral home or with a link on Robert’s obituary page at www.MigliaccioFuneralHome.com. Funeral arrangements by MIGLIACCIO Funeral Home, 851 Kennedy Blvd.
By TIM KELLYIt’s Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in Ocean City, but it could pretty much be any day. The sun is out, the birds are out and so are the pickleballers.The pickleball courts behind the Ocean City Intermediate School at 1901 Bay Avenue are abuzz with post-pandemic social distancing measures in place, with the emphasis on social.The pop-pop-pop staccato of wooden paddles smacking the yellow perforated pickleballs fills the air — as does laughter, game-related chatter, and some occasional trash talk.It will continue on like this all morning and into the afternoon, with a slight drop-off around the dinner hour, but not much.“Some of us can’t get out here until after work,” says pickleball aficionado Don King, of Ocean City, who has been playing the game for more than a decade. “There are usually people playing here until it gets so dark it’s hard to see.”That’s how loyal Ocean City’s pickleball community is to the game, invented in Washington State in the 1960s as a parent’s backyard diversion to entertain some bored kids. Though it’s been around for some time, the sport’s popularity has exploded in Ocean City and other South Jersey beach resort towns since the mid-90s.Ocean City’s pickleball courts are a cacophony of the sounds of the game and the players.Ricci Muzslay, 77, said she loves pickleball because “it makes me feel like a kid again.”She’s been playing for more than 12 years and remembers when the players would use tape on tennis courts to mark off a pickleball court.“That got old fast,” Muzslay said. “It took a few years (of gathering community support) but we have our own place now.”In 2016, the city converted the old tennis courts behind the school into a state-of-the-art pickleball complex. Eleven courts comprise the area, most of them in continuous use, said Larry Heller of the Ocean City Recreation Department.“The people here are great,” Heller said of the players. “Before the pandemic, we’d have 44 players and as many as 30 waiting to play most of the time. The only difference is now we have 44 players and only 15 waiting,” because of social distancing practices, he explained.Players place their rackets on a rack, in a queue. There is a two-game limit per doubles team. Those who want to keep playing must then place their paddles back in the line. Because of all the interest and demand for court time, singles matches mostly occur during non-peak hours.“To get out here and run around, get some strong physical activity and to laugh with your friends, is the best way to start off the day,” said Muzslay.The action is fast and furious at the Ocean City pickleball courts behind the Intermediate School.The 20-by-44 foot court resembles a badminton layout and the game is an athletic brew combining elements of tennis, racketball, volleyball and ping-pong. The small court is one of the more popular aspects with the more mature set.“There’s not so much court to cover, so not as much running,” said King. “You can be older and still compete. You can have bumps and bruises and aches and pains and still compete. You’re not running as far but it’s still an intense cardio workout.”Heller says the game attracts former racket sports enthusiasts, endurance athletes, surfers and others who sought out something different, but also to hang out with their friends.“It’s a great way to meet people, have fun and get or stay in shape,” King said.On the morning we visited the courts, the genders seemed evenly divided. While the crowd demographic skewed older, there was a decent minority of younger folks as well, with plenty of interaction across the generations. Everything moved along with a kind of laid-back precision.As with most other activities these days, social media plays a big role in organizing and getting the word out about the sport.Several local Facebook pages document the local scene, including local pages for Ocean City, Ventnor, and other towns with pickleball communities.Nick Puschak’s Facebook page has a broad focus, providing information, news, and event schedules on a more regional basis.Puschak calls his page “Pickleball is Life.”“That’s because pickleball IS life,” he said with a grin.Nick Puschak’s shirt advertises his Facebook page, “Pickleball is Life.” Rose Marie Quirk and Steve Sands enjoy each other’s company from a social distance awaiting a pickleball game.
Load remaining images Photo: Daniel Ojeda The first annual Big Weekend event wrapped up last night in Chicago. The idea behind the event’s inception was to bring a festival-like atmosphere to the city, while spreading bands out across various venues. With Umphrey’s McGee not playing their hometown of Chicago nearly as much as fans would like, last night’s Umphrey’s show at the Aragon Ballroom was certainly one of the most anticipated shows of the Big Weekend.Perhaps in a nod to their favorite city, they opened up with a tongue in cheek rendition of “Dump City.” Following “Maybe Someday”, “Spires” was up next and stretched out slightly, which Umphrey’s fans will always welcome considering most versions barely exceed the four-minute mark. “Syncopated Strangers,” a song that almost always contains some sort of unique bridge, opted for an easy “Bright Lights Big City” jam in place of any cohesive improvisation. All in all, the first set was a solid 70 minutes of UM, with the band evidently feeling at home.The second set opened up with an unusually placed “Forks,” but from there, Umphrey’s McGee upped the ante and took the jamming to the next level. Fan favorite (and quintessential UM Chicago song) “In the Kitchen” had some very danceable jamming that went deep, as the band extended the jam, eventually ending up in “Half Delayed.” Despite what the band had planned on the stage setlist, they never returned to the ending of “In the Kitchen.” Sing-along “Women Wine & Song” graced the middle of the set, and the straightforward song had a tasty jam that segued into “Rocker 2.” A frenetic and high-energy “August” closed out the second set.For the third time of the band’s three-night weekend run, they encored with a cover, this time with Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die.” A raucous applause erupted from the crowd as the band thanked the audience for their continued support. As people began to exit the venue, with many heading towards the Spafford late night show to finish the Big Weekend, the gratitude for the hometown Chicago show was palpable among the UMphreaks.You can check out a gallery of photos from Umphrey’s McGee’s show last night at Chicago, IL’s Aragon Ballroom below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 10/6/2018Set One: Dump City, Maybe Someday, Spires > Partyin’ Peeps, Seasons, Slacker, Syncopated StrangersSet Two: Forks, In the Kitchen > Half Delayed, Roctopus, Women, Wine & Song > Rocker 2, AugustEncore: Live and Let Die w/BLBC jam dedicated to South BendUmphrey’s McGee | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 10/6/2018 | Photo: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojeda