First Veterans Remembrance Race draws 197 Runners and Walkers

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first_img Bio Latest Posts Click here for more photos.ELLSWORTH — Nearly 200 runners and walkers, 32 of them military veterans, turned out Sunday for the first-ever Veterans Remembrance four-miler.“It was a great day and an awesome event,” said Peter Farragher, executive director of the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA, which provided support services.The race was organized by Robin Clarke, fitness instructor at the YMCA, as a way to celebrate Veterans Day and honor local veterans.The Maine-based banking chain The First N.A. sponsored the event, and part of the proceeds were earmarked for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that offers programs and services for veterans injured in military action.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textClarke said she couldn’t be happier with the response on Saturday.“It was overwhelming to me,” she said. “There were more numbers than I expected. And I was more emotional than I thought I’d be. It really got to me just listening to the national anthem and having the veterans give out the medals.“And we’ll have a nice check at the end of the week to send to Wounded Warriors,” she added. “That’s very important to us.”Two of the participating veterans — David Slagger, 52, of Kenduskeag and Christa Brey, 42, of Lamoine — carried an American flag and another emblematic of the Wounded Warrior Project from start to finish.The flags accompanied marathon runner Gary Allen of Cranberry Isles during his 10-day run from Cadillac Mountain to the Super Bowl in New Jersey to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.“It’s a real honor to carry this today,” said Slagger after the race.“I’m a service-connected disabled veteran, and I know what it’s like to struggle and come back and run.“I feel blessed and honored that I’m able to run because there was a time when I couldn’t.”The two ran together, both of them finishing among the top 30 runners.“I couldn’t have picked better people to carry the flag,” said Clarke. “They kept each other going and Christa set a personal best record.”The four-mile race, a longer distance than the usual five-kilometer events that have become increasingly popular around Maine, drew a field of 130 runners.Perry LeBreton, 40, ofBangor was first across the finish line with a time of 23 minutes and 55 seconds.Finishing as runner-up to LeBreton was Tim Tunney, 39, of Ellsworth in 24:49.The top female finisher was Laureen Libby, 37, of Frankfort, who was 17th overall in 29:23.Clarke was the women’s runner-up, finishing just behind Libby in 29:34.The first veteran runners to finish were Jeffery Coffin, 43, placing 14th overall in 29:03, and Brey, who placed 29th overall in 32:17.Others placing among the top 10 were Jeremy Lisee, 44 of Milbridge, third in 25:37; Stuart Siddons, 29, of Trenton, fourth in 25:43; Chris Holt, 52, of Ellsworth, fifth in 25:55; James Perry Jr., 25, of Eastbrook, sixth in 26:40; Joe Roberts, 47, of Brewer, seventh in 27:11; Robert Lisee, 16, of Milbridge, eighth in 27:26; Ron Korstanje, 43, of Bar Harbor, ninth in 28:08; and David Farrar, 58, of Bangor, 10th in 28:09.Male and female age group winners were:10 and under – Joris Korstanje, 10, in 41:02 and Caroline Mazgaj, 9, in 41:31.11-19 – Robert Lisee and Abigail Mazgaz, 11, in 41:30.20-29 – Siddons and Veronica Chumbe, 24, in 32:58.30-39 – Chris Wentworth, 36, in 29:03 and Heather Haskell, 37, in 32:29.40-49 – Jeremy Lisee and Brey.50-59 – Holt and Lisa Tweedie, 51, in 33:44.60-69 – Thomas Murphy, 62, in 32:20 and Debra Shissler, 60, in 33:51.70 and over – Lloyd Harmon, 74, in 34:30 and Mary Alice Bruce, 76, in 51:30. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)center_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

Tipp Intermediates out of Munster championsip

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first_imgPat Ryan got Tipp’s goal and also registered two points.Aidan McCormack also contributed handsomely to the losing side’s tally with 0-5.Limerick will play Clare in the Munster final on July 6th. Limerick beat the Premier County 2-11 to 0-15 in the provincial semi-final at Semple Stadium.Although William Maher’s side were always within touching distance of their opponents they never managed to edge in front.Their chances of victory were hit by goals in either half by the Treaty County’s David Dempsey and Pa Ryan.last_img read more

The NPFL All-Stars Trip to Spain and Knowing Where your Bread…

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first_imgIn August when a select side of the Nigerian Professional Football League heads to Spain for a playing tour, we would witness one of the rewards of the recently-signed partnership between the leadership of the NPFL and the Spanish La Liga. The team would play friendly games with top-flight sides Valencia and Malaga and our players would basically be on the shop window of one of the best leagues in the world. Who knows, one or two might get some life-changing offers, while more clubs in Spain may want to partner clubs from a country that has gifted the world talents like Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo, Mikel Obi, Finidi George, Emmanuel Amuneke, Sunday Oliseh, Kelechi Iheanacho etc. This could see much-needed foreign direct investments in Nigeria at this time. For the businessman in Nigeria who owns a club or an academy or the banks or other businesses that would benefit when football creates jobs, now is the time when they must look at the Spanish League and think “how do we profit from this?” My guess, though, is that we would stay committed to a league from which we get nothing in return. For the people who work hard for their money and those who want to see this country flex its considerable muscle in African football, the first step is to understand where our bread is buttered. The time has come not just to celebrate the potential of the partnership with the Spaniards, but to ask that – for all our support of other leagues, what, in naira and kobo terms, have we received in return? The time has come for us to push for quid pro quo relationships with the foreign clubs that Nigerians, from the ordinary to the well-heeled, passionately support. From the start of the new European season next month, the English Premier League is going to be awash with cash from TV rights. Even in dirt poor Africa these guys make money from us. In Nigeria we pay obscene amounts in TV subscriptions and football tourism to feast on the EPL, yet it is curious that we are doing so without any care about whether we are getting a penny from the financial windfall other than salaries to Nigerian players in England. This week I read about Everton FC going to invest in Kenya to look for the next Victor Wanyama and I scratched my head. If Everton can go to Kenya that has produced only Wanyama and his brother MacDonald Mariga, then surely half the teams in the EPL should be in Nigeria scouring for the next Kanu, the next Jay Jay, the next Mikel, the next Yak, the next Iheanacho. Let us at least benefit in some way to justify the considerable investment of our time, emotions and financial resources in that league. I walked into an eatery on Wednesday in Ikeja GRA where European football is staple TV entertainment for guests and was sad to see how empty it was. Sad, but not shocked, because that has been the way of things in our country for some time now. Nigerians are not spending much anymore. At one of the recreational clubs where I spend some time, and where our one-sided investment especially in the English game is huge, the atmosphere is the same. Where I once complained about our seeming insatiable desire for parties, I now wonder where the party promoters have gone. Fact is, poverty is rife in Nigeria today and government is not to blame for everything. Disposable income has simply crashed and everyone is minding their every naira. With the oil sales bleak and the Niger Delta Avengers cutting their nose to spite their face, our lack of innovation as well as poor support for local industry has left us poorer. Yet, you feel lessons have not been truly learned. Still we hunger for foreign football at the expense of the local game, continuing to drain our thinning pockets because we do not yet see how our individual actions are hurting us all. Sponsors whose businesses need success in local industry to survive and thrive will continue to bring European football to our homes without balancing the picture by supporting the NPFL. The jobs our leagues would have created if successful would continue to be created overseas instead. Sadly we blame all our woes on government.Many times when you talk to elite Nigerians about supporting the local game, they dismiss you and say stuff like “I cannot support poor quality because of patriotic reasons, let the NPFL clubs and players follow the standards in Europe and we will support them”. We talk this way because we are largely individualistic people who most times cannot figure out that we live in an ecosystem and as such making Nigeria the country of our dreams would only happen through our individual contributions. The argument I used to have in the days when it was reported that Africa’s richest man Alhaji Aliko Dangote wanted to buy Arsenal FC, was that the wealth of our very rich is made in this country. The vagaries of the Nigerian economy, and not the UK economy, determine the valuation of their wealth. In recent times we have seen billions shaved off our rich – not because of problems in the UK economy, but because of the abject state of the Nigerian economy. I have no doubt the valuations would rise again when there is news to cheer in the Nigerian economy. Bottomline, it is simple logic to see that if we don’t build together, we will fail together.  We all must know where our bread is buttered.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more