Ocean City’s Kat Soanes dashes to second place in lifeguard races Thursday. By LESLEY GRAHAMThe women of the Ocean City Beach Patrol rowed, swam, paddled and ran their way to a second place finish at the 2019 Ocean City Women’s Invitational Thursday night. Harvey Cedars took the team title and Cape May rounded out the top three. There was one point differential between each of the top three places.The races, held at 34th street in Ocean City, included female competitors from 16 South Jersey beach patrols — Harvey Cedars to the north through Cape May in the south.There were four total events on the evening, each one with a unique twist to the traditional row, swim and paddle that most events are comprised of.Ocean City’s Invitational has a row swim, paddle pick up, American taplin and surf dash relay.Erin Murphy and Sam Brady coming in 2nd Place in the Paddleboard Pickup race. (Photo courtesy Dale Braun)First up on the evening was the row swim event. Teams of two rowed to their respective lane flag, where the stern rower would jump out and swim into shore, running up the beach to the finish line. The duo of Stephanie Hauck and Samantha Brady of Ocean City took first place, giving Ocean City an early lead.Stephanie Hauck, a 27-year-old veteran guard, competed in three out of the four events on the evening.Hauck credits her cross training to being able to be out there and compete at a high level.“I’ve been training so hard and I feel like I am in some of the best shape I’ve been in. The swimming, paddling and rowing has opened up so many opportunities for me to compete,” Hauck said. “It also directly correlates to my lifeguarding skills, helping me be on the top of my game every day I sit the stand.”Swimmers enter the water for the start of the American Taplin Relay.The next event, the paddle pickup, started with a swim to the flag, where the paddler then picked up the swimmer and they both paddled back into shore, and ran the board across the finish line.Brady paired up with Erin Murphy this time around to help Ocean City to a second place finish in the paddle pick up.The third event of the evening was the American taplin race. This event, worth more points than the others, combined all disciplines on the evening. It started with a box swim, followed by a short sprint run, an in-and-out paddle course, a second short sprint, finishing with a doubles row box course.The crew from Cape May crossed the finish line in first place, followed by Harvey Cedars and Atlantic City. Ocean City’s team for the American Taplin included Andrea Teofanova swimming, Kat Soanes running, Erin Murphy paddling, and Stephanie Hauck and Jackalyn Pauling rowing doubles. Ocean City did not score points in the event.Sam Brady and Stephanie Hauck row in unison for a first place finish in the Row Swim.The four woman surf dash really was the final event, finishing off the competition with the most traditional race.Ocean City’s Erin Murphy, Jackalyn Pauling, Stephanie Hauck and Kat Soanes raced their way to a second place finish, which secured the overall team’s second place finish.Soanes, a third year guard, raced in the American taplin relay and anchored the surf dash as well. Soanes, who will attend Stockton University in the fall and play soccer, has been enjoying the opportunity to compete for the beach patrol these past few summers.“Entering my leg on the surf dash, we were in sixth and I just wanted to run through it as fast as I could,” she said.“As a little girl, I looked up to these competitors on the patrol and now it’s my turn to get out there and race. I take a lot of pride in my small part of it all to make the city proud,” Soanes added.2019 OCBP Team – 2nd Place Overall. (Photo courtesy Dale Braun)Race Results:Row/Swim:1st – Ocean City (Steph Hauck and Sam Brady)2nd – Avalon3rd – MargatePaddleboard Pickup:1st – Diamond Beach2nd – Ocean City (Erin Murphy and Sam Brady)3rd – Harvey CedarsAmerican Taplin:1st – Cape May2nd – Harvey Cedars3rd – Atlantic CitySurf Dash:1st – Longport2nd – Ocean City (Steph Hauck, Jacklyn Pauling, Kat Soanes and Erin Murphy)3rd – Harvey CedarsOverall:1st – Harvey Cedars 14 points2nd – Ocean City 13 points
Like many kids growing up in the 1930s, George Abrams ’54, LL.B. ’57, made marbles and baseball cards his earliest beloved collections. Fast-forward 80 years and Abrams is one of the world’s most celebrated collectors of drawings from the Dutch Golden Age, eager to ensure his cherished art is cherished by others for decades to come.Last week, Abrams announced a gift of 330 16th- to 18th-century Dutch, Flemish, and Netherlandish drawings from the Maida and George Abrams collection to the Harvard Art Museums. The trove includes four works by Rembrandt and a number of drawings by the artist’s pupils, and adds to more than 140 previous gifts to the Harvard Art Museums by Abrams and his wife, who died in 2002. The couple gave 110 drawings in 1999 and bequeathed more works in subsequent years. With the combined gifts, Harvard now has the most comprehensive holding of 17th-century Dutch drawings outside of Europe.The new collection, said Martha Tedeschi, the museums’ Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director, “gives us incredible depth and breadth.”“Before we had great examples of some of the major hands of the period,” she said. “But now, when you can see multiple works by multiple artists or works that represent a whole career or pockets of material where you have a whole school, you can see the way that artists were speaking to each other and looking at each other’s work. You can use the collection in a very different way and teach from it in a very different way.”The opportunity to help educate future generations of curators was key to Abrams’ decision to give the works to the museums. No less so was Harvard’s longtime commitment to drawings.“Harvard was the center of the interest in drawings for the 20th century, and Paul Sachs trained many of the drawing scholars and curators and collectors,” said Abrams of the former director of the Fogg Museum, who was so devoted to the study of drawings that he donated his own collection to the University.George Abrams ’54, LL.B. ’57, at the Harvard Art Museums art study center with works from his collection of Dutch art. On Friday Abrams promised a gift of 330 drawings from the Dutch Golden Age to Harvard.Abrams became a savvy student of Dutch art, learning from a number of Harvard-trained experts, including Seymour Slive, Agnes Mongan, and William W. Robinson, the former Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings. As his collection grew, he also took on the role of teacher, hosting Harvard students at his home for seminars and to study his work, and frequently meeting with curators-in-training to share his knowledge of the field.Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings Edouard Kopp called Abrams’ approach to collecting a “combination of passion, of skill, of clarity of vision, of remarkable persistence.” The end result, said Kopp, “is this very cohesive and remarkable ensemble.”The Harvard Art Museums deepened its support of research, scholarship, and hands-on learning with its multiyear renovation completed in the fall of 2014, which included the expansion of the Art Study Center, a vast space on the fourth floor devoted to each of the three museums (the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum).There on a recent afternoon Abrams sat surrounded by several drawings that are part of the museums’ current exhibit “The Art of Drawing in the Dutch Golden Age, 1590-1630: Selected Works from the Abrams Collection.” The Harvard alumnus spoke to the importance of preserving the art he has carefully collected and curated, for future generations. “Drawings have existed for hundreds of years and we want them to continue to exist,” said Abrams. “The best way to ensure that is to have really good examples available for young people to look at, and understand, and work on.”Art has been a lifelong passion for Abrams, an attorney whose first exposure to the Dutch masters came during a summer job in the Netherlands while he was a student at Harvard Law School. Later he and his wife became a collecting team. While visiting various galleries and dealers on a trip to Europe in 1961 they gravitated to the Dutch drawings, partly because of the subject matter.“They were about everyday things and about things that we could relate to very easily,” Abrams said, noting that price also came into play: “The Dutch were considered a little plebian and didn’t have quite the cachet of the French or the Italian intellectual power.”Through the years the couple’s tastes complemented each other. George kept a close eye on the provenance and his wife looked out for when a work had “too much history and not enough art.”“Maida would sometimes make me rethink what I was doing,” said Abrams. “I once found a drawing, a portrait of a rather unattractive man by kind of a rare artist. I said, ‘Rare artist, isn’t that something of interest?’ and she said, ‘It’s the ugliest drawing I’ve ever seen.’ So we didn’t get it.”Much of what they did get has made its way to Harvard, to the benefit of scholars and students.Tedeschi said the latest gift will “find a new life” in the study centers and in the “context of the teaching that we do.”She added: “There’s still a lot to be uncovered in this collection and it will be wonderful for more advanced students, graduate students to have this incredibly rich cache of drawings to think about mining for dissertation topics or their own original research.”The Abrams gift follows a major donation of Dutch works to the Museum of Fine Arts and the announcement of the Center for Netherlandish Art at the Boston museum. Tedeschi called the timing of the Abrams gift “exciting” and said she anticipates future collaborations with the MFA around the two collections.“It makes absolute sense to look at how the two sets of collections speak to each other. We are looking forward to collaborating. I can imagine all kinds of seminars and scholars’ days and workshops on both sides of the river.”
The Vermont Guardian, which earlier this year became the state’s only exclusively online newspaper, will cease publication this month.The move comes three months after the Guardian dropped its print format as a way to cut costs and better reach its growing readership on the Internet. That move drew significantly more readers topping more than 8,000 readers per day (with more than 20,000 page views) and 150,000 readers per month.”The reason we are closing our doors is simple,” said Shay Totten, the paper’s co-founder, editor, and publisher.”While the move to online helped us bring our costs in line with our revenues, and to be more fleet-footed in how we respond to breaking news and analysis, I have been offered an opportunity that, for the benefit of my family, I cannot turn down and it means that the paper must cease publication at this time due to the enormous amount of time that I put into this publication every day.”This week’s issue will be the paper’s last, and will largely be comprised of a “best of” retrospective of some of the most important stories the paper published in its two-and-a-half year run, Totten said. The Guardian’s first weekly print edition hit the streets in September 2004, and its circulation topped 10,000 readers statewide.”We have rightly earned many accolades from readers, pundits, and our colleagues over the years, and everyone who worked with us as a staffer, a freelancer, intern, or volunteer should know they were part of something important and that has had an impact on events and issues that will far outlast its short life,” said Totten. “We were the first newspaper to put breaking news on its website, to offer online subscriptions to readers, and to take our entire news operation online. These are all great accomplishments, and I look forward to seeing what folks come up with next.”Totten will be the new editorial director of Chelsea Green Publishing in White River Junction. The job title encompasses the existing editor-in-chief role, and has been expanded to include the oversight and development of multimedia tools and online content.In the coming months, Chelsea Green plans to launch a new website, which will host much of the new content, and begin thinking of new ways for each authors book project to be more than simply a book, making each a way to help organize action around the core idea and purpose of the title.Founded in 1984, Chelsea Green Publishing Company is dedicated to the politics and practice of sustainability. During the past twenty-three years, Chelsea Green has published a wide range of titles from the political New York Times best seller, Don’t Think of an Elephant, to ecological classics like The Man Who Planted Trees. Its authors are on the cutting edge of politics, energy, agriculture, green building, economics, food politics, gardening, and religion.”It was a very difficult decision, but more than three years of long hours and low pay was, in the end, simply too much to bear for me and my family any more,” said Totten. “Still, I made this decision after a long discussion with my family who has supported me and the paper to the bitter end and with close friends, allies, and our investors. All agreed that the Guardian has much to be proud of, and it is time for me to move on.”The Guardian’s website will remain active indefinitely for subscribers to continue accessing the paper’s rich archives, and more news stories will be posted throughout this week and next to ensure the paper meets its obligations to its many subscribers and advertisers.”I hold out some hope that we can find someone to manage and run the website as a news organization,” said Totten.The paper’s other co-founder, Greg Guma, left the Guardian in early 2006 to take over as executive director of the Pacifica Foundation, which operates the Pacifica Radio Network.
Dear Mountain Mama, I don’t have time to work out. I’m in my early twenties and work full time. After work, there are bills to pay, friends to see, and dinner to prepare. I know you’re a single mom. How do you find the time to work out?Yours,Busy Bee————————————————————-Dear Busy Bee,Between attending to all the to-do’s on our lists, inevitably something goes undone. Let it be no secret that the last thing on a to-do list never gets crossed out. If you want to work out, put it right up there on top after brushing your teeth.My own realty is that sometimes I arrive at the put-in with a messy car, with diapers and baby toys strewn all over the seats. Sometimes I leave for a run sans socks, because I had exactly 35 minutes to squeeze in a run and I couldn’t locate a pair without wasting too many valuable minutes.Last week I went for a 38-mile ride on my road bike. One of the other members of the blonde brigade asked, “What are you, a freakin’ camel? What’s the deal with only one water bottle?”“That’s all I could find,” I said, “I had 10 minutes before getting home from work and meeting you. I’m a wreck most of the time, no bike jersey, no snacks, no extra water. But I promise that I’ll never complain about it.”Forget about perfect. Nobody cares if you hair isn’t brushed. If you forget a snack or sunscreen, somebody is bound to share. Just remember to put good karma out there, and when you do remember, bring extra and give freely. Own your forgetfulness and your stress. When we allow ourselves to be real, those around us in turn feel comfortable being themselves.Practice reaching and letting go in equal measure. Every day, try to fit a work out into some corner of your day. On the days where you can spend a whole day paddling or hiking or riding, fantastic! But the days when you run for 20 minutes or squeeze in a yoga routine on the mat in your living room are equally important to staying fit. And when you find that you just can’t manage to exercise at all, let go of the guilt, let go of the expectation.Sweet Busy Bee, nobody should expect you to perfect, least of all you. Get out there and sweat!Best,Mountain Mama
The panelists emphasized that the sports industry brings in 300 billion euros, or 2% of GDP in the European Union, while according to estimates in Croatia it participates with 1,4%. It was concluded that sports tourism can provide more income and extend the season, but a prerequisite is to attract investment in sports infrastructure. A significant increase in investment in the offer, and quality sports infrastructure, are a prerequisite for the development of sports tourism in Croatia. This could be heard from the participants of the 15th Debate on Tourism on the topic “Sports tourism in Croatia – can we do more and how?”. They participated in it Tonči Glavina, State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Zlatko Mateša, President of the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC), Goran Sprem from Uniline, Tomislav Popović, President of the Management Board of Maistra, i Sanda Čorak, research associate at the Institute of Tourism. In this context, the participants pointed out Istria as one of the positive examples of a region in which the existing infrastructure enables and supports the development of this specific form of tourism. The four key areas where progress can be made, it could be heard, are: recreation, preparation of athletes and various camps, organization of major sporting events, as well as promotion that includes our successful athletes. As a concrete project for the development of sports tourism in Croatia, Sprem pointed out the project “Croatian country of sports”, which aims to attract athletes from around the world to prepare for Croatia and a better position of Croatia on the map of sports destinations. It was also heard at the discussion that great potential lies in the use of European funds for the construction of sports infrastructure that Croatia has not yet begun to use, and the example of neighboring Slovenia, which has so far withdrawn 100 million euros from the funds for the development of this segment.
The 19th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors will be slightly different than past years. The annual event that raises funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families, which normally has participants riding over 1000 miles over a 13 day period will have a one-day public ride on September 5 at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield starting at 8:30a. The general public is invited throughout the day and is open to riders of all abilities. This year’s ride will honor Chief David Hewitt, of the Rising Su Police Department and Trooper Peter Bo Stephan, of the Indiana State Police who both gave the ultimate sacrifice in 2019.A stationary Ride for Chief Hewitt will take place on September 14 at the Rising Sun Police Department and on September 18 at the Indiana State Police Lafayette Post. For more information, click here.