Triple Golds in Denver for Westport Winery

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport Winery Garden ResortWestport Winery earned three gold medals in the 12th Annual Denver International Wine Competition. This is the largest double blind, professionally judged wine competition in the Rocky Mountain region. Only the gold medal winning wines will be served on Thursday November 3, 2016 at the Denver International Wine Festival.Photo courtesy: Westport Winery.Shorebird Chardonnay made with grapes from Conner-Lee Vineyard near Othello in the Columbia Valley AVA earned one of these medals. The tasting notes describe this wine as “Sophisticated, starbursts, clean and crisp.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this wine benefits the Grays Harbor Audubon Society. A sculpture by Aberdeen artist Mike Peterson, commemorating this wine is on display on the winery’s patio. The label was painted by watercolorist Darrel Easter, a long-time friend and surf partner of winery co-founder, Blain Roberts.Smoky Nor’wester, the winery’s newest red blend, also earned a gold medal with 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 8% Syrah. It is said to have “Maserati intensity, like a good spanking.” The tasting notes suggest you enjoy it with a ’Shroom Steak while listening to Life’s Been Good To Me So Far by Joe Walsh. This wine benefits the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips and is commemorated in a carving by Westport artist Nicole Demmert. The image for this label was taken from the archives of the Museum. Photo courtesy: Westport WineryShiver Me Timbers, the winery’s unique passionfruit, orange, guava (POG) Riesling also brought home the gold with its “waves of tropical bliss.” A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Grays Harbor Habitat For Humanity. Its sculpture was also created by Mike Peterson. They suggest this wine be paired with their Benedictine Quiche during the weekly Sunday brunch at the winery’s restaurant. The Technicolor image of Lahaina Harbor used on this label was created by Lahaina photographer and Roberts family friend Randy Miller. All of these wines are available for tasting at Westport Winery Garden Resort located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, nursery and gardens) is open daily, offering lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The wines are also available at their second location, Westport Winery TASTING @ Cannon Beach, at 255 N. Hemlock. This tasting room and gift shop is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Westport Winery was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine for six of the past eight years. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine.last_img read more

Wildcats go wild in Penticton, edge Vernon to capture tournament title

first_imgMount Sentinel advanced to the final with a thrilling three-set win over Kelowna Secondary School Owls.The third-ranked 4A team should have swept the floor with the Cats, but Sentinel had other plans winning 25-18, 22-25, 15-12. “I suspect that this match is to date one of highlights of our season,” Moreira explained.”The match was well played and it was clear that we weren’t interested in “just avoiding embarrassment” . . . we were playing to win.”Mount Sentinel opened the day with a 25-18, 25-17 win over West Van in quarterfinal playoff action.The Cats finished the round robin Friday with a 2-1 record after scoring wins over Rutland and Similkameen Sparks of Keremeos.The lone setback came in a 2-1 loss to a highly talented Pen Hi squad.Mount Sentinel travels to Kimberley this weekend to play in the Selkirk Storm Invitational tourney.The squad is off the following weekend before hosting the Kootenay Finals November 16-17 at Castlegar’s Selkirk College Gymnasium.At the end of the month, the same Selkirk location, along with the gym at L.V. Rogers in Nelson, will be part of the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships.Sixteen teams from throughout the province will be vying for the B.C. Single A title from November 28 to December 1. The Mount Sentinel Wildcats appear to be ready to make a run at the playoffs after capturing the top prize at the Pen-Hi Lakers High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in the South Okanagan City.The Single-A power kicked butt against higher calibre teams throughout the tourney, finishing the day off by edging Vernon Panthers 29-27, 25-22 in the championship final.The Panthers are ranked third at the Triple-A girls division.”We were very consistent throughout the weekend,” said Sentinel coach Joe Moreira.”I think the mark of a Grade 12 team. Clearly with only a few events before provincials this type of play is very encouraging.”Moreira said the scores were not indicative of how much the Cats dominated Vernon in the final.The only drama in the match was the poor start the Cats got out to, down 8-1 and not looking very much like a championship side.Once the Wildcats got back into the match, the Kootenay squad took over.last_img read more

Junior Market Rabbit Show results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion Market Rabbits: Kelsey Vollrath, Clark Co.The pen of three rabbits sold for a record-breaking price of $6,200 to Rousenberg Family Farms and Denny Miller with Direct Feeds.Reserve Champion Market Rabbits: Jenna Wehrle, Warren Co.The pen of three rabbits sold for a record-breaking price of $4,100 to Oxygen and Bunny Vac. 3. Gage Modra, Monroe Co.4. Kole Vollrath, Clark Co.5. Brayden Yeager, Highland Co.6. Brittany Modra, Monroe Co.7. Addie Young, Morgan Co.8. Aubrey Schwartz, Miami Co.9. Kole Vollrath, Clark Co.10. Addie Young, Morgan Co.last_img read more

2015 Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey

first_imgBy Christina Herron, MSThe Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey, which has been conducted annually since 2009, gathers information about the mental health of military families. A previous blog, Resource Discovery: Enhancements to the Family Lifestyle Survey, featured the new additions made to the 2015 Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey. These additions included:  New survey questions about mental health including: depression, substance abuse and stressAdditional questions regarding veterans’ transition, education, and use of resourcesBlue Star Families recently released the results of the 2015 Military Family Lifestyle Survey. Below is a highlighted infographic from the survey results.The complete survey results come in the form of the 2015 Executive Summary, 2015 Comprehensive Report, and the 2015 Comprehensive Report Infographic.Blue Star Families. 2015 Military Lifestyle Survey. Retrieved from https://www.bluestarfam.org/resources/military-family-lifestyle-surveyThis post was written by Christina Herron, MS, a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Civil engineer from Kerala claims his formula is superior to Duckworth and Lewis method

first_imgFixing ODIs: V. Jayadevan’s formula awaits ICC clearanceComputing the revised target score in interrupted limited-overs cricket matches is a complex activity. Now, a civil engineer from Kerala might have a big say in it.Since 1998, a method formulated by the statistician-mathematician duo of Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis has been in,Fixing ODIs: V. Jayadevan’s formula awaits ICC clearanceComputing the revised target score in interrupted limited-overs cricket matches is a complex activity. Now, a civil engineer from Kerala might have a big say in it.Since 1998, a method formulated by the statistician-mathematician duo of Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis has been in use, but the D/L has run into controversies as it often arrives at illogical numbers.V. Jayadevan, 38, an assistant director at the Kerala Engineering Research Institute, Thrissur, claims his formula is superior to the D/L method.Many seem to agree, Sunil Gavaskar for one. He invited Jayadevan to present it before the BCCI, which forwarded it to the International Cricket Council. The ICC is expected to take it up for discussion after the 2003 World Cup.Wisden (Asia) magazine published details of Jayadevan’s computation and felt it was better than the D/L method. The journal Current Science also featured Jayadevan’s method in a recent issue.Is he overawed by the fact that his work could be accepted by the ICC? “Slightly. But the Boer method which preceded D/L was developed by a South African schoolboy,” he says easily.last_img read more

Ban on Oxy without detox will trigger another crisis NAN

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe organization representing thousands of northern Ontario band members says a serious crisis is looming.The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says a ban on OxyContin will lead to a new set of problems.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Calgarys first cat cafe marks adoption milestone

first_imgIt’s been a busy year for the Regal Cat Cafe which recently marked its 100th adoption since opening six months ago.Owner Tia Wheeler said everyone has been so welcoming. “It’s absolutely amazing, I can’t believe the response,” Wheeler said. “I can’t believe everyone is falling in love with these kitties. It’s just so fantastic to be able to help and support the MEOW foundation.”Wheeler adds the longest resident they’ve had inside the ‘kitty kingdom’ has been a month.She credits the big appeal to a love for cats and the fun space they’ve provided for people to relax.last_img read more

Thomson Reuters reports Q1 loss on onetime charge on financial and risk

first_imgTORONTO – Thomson Reuters Corp. reported a loss in its first quarter as it took a one-time charge related to the sale of its financial and risk business announced earlier this year.The news and information company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said the loss attributable to shareholders amounted to US$339 million or 48 cents per share compared with a profit attributable to shareholders of $297 million or 41 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in the quarter totalled $1.38 billion, up from $1.33 billion.The loss in the most recent quarter reflected an $844-million deferred tax charge associated with the proposed sale of a 55 per cent interest in the company’s financial and risk business to a consortium led by U.S.-based private equity firm Blackstone.On an adjusted basis, Thomson Reuters says it earned 28 cents per share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of 25 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 27 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRI)last_img read more

Minister says 409 injured in gas tax protests around France

first_imgPARIS — Grassroots protests over hikes in taxes on diesel fuel and gasoline have continued in France, though on a far smaller scale than the ones that paralyzed traffic around the country.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Sunday increased the number of people reported injured during Saturday’s protests to 409. He said 14 of them had serious injuries. Castaner told RTL radio 28 firefighters and member of police forces also were injured.A protester struck and killed by a car that accelerated in a panic at a roadblock in the Savoie region was the only death. French media reported on Sunday that the driver of the vehicle was handed preliminary manslaughter charges.Castaner said 157 people were detained for questioning — up from 73 reported Saturday night.Protests continued at 150 sites.The Associated Presslast_img read more