<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Mon, 25 May 2015 11:38:20 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[National Park Service surveying Reconstruction sites]]> By BRUCE SMITH http://gazette.com/national-park-service-surveying-reconstruction-sites/article/feed/236951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-park-service-surveying-reconstruction-sites/article/feed/236951?custom_click=rss

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Now that its observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is over, the National Park Service is turning its attention to the Reconstruction era after the war.

The agency is embarking on a yearlong study to inventory sites throughout the South and beyond that are important to telling the story of Reconstruction.

During that time, 4 million former slaves were beginning new lives as free people, and there was some backlash from white southerners dealing with the defeat of the Confederacy.

Chief historian Robert Sutton of the National Park Service says the agency will identify sites that are nationally important to the Reconstruction story and some will be nominated for designation as natio

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]]> CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Now that its observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is over, the National Park Service is turning its attention to the Reconstruction era after the war.

The agency is embarking on a yearlong study to inventory sites throughout the South and beyond that are important to telling the story of Reconstruction.

During that time, 4 million former slaves were beginning new lives as free people, and there was some backlash from white southerners dealing with the defeat of the Confederacy.

Chief historian Robert Sutton of the National Park Service says the agency will identify sites that are nationally important to the Reconstruction story and some will be nominated for designation as natio]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 11:30:47 -0600 <![CDATA[21 New Hampshire museums free for military families]]> http://gazette.com/21-new-hampshire-museums-free-for-military-families/article/feed/236947?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/21-new-hampshire-museums-free-for-military-families/article/feed/236947?custom_click=rss CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There are 21 museums in New Hampshire offering free admission to military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day under the Blue Star Museums program.

The New Hampshire museums are among 2,000 nationwide taking part in the program.

The museums range from the Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center in Berlin to the Wright Museum of World War II and New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro.

The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America.

The complete listing for New Hampshire and other states can be seen online at http://arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums .

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]]> CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There are 21 museums in New Hampshire offering free admission to military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day under the Blue Star Museums program.

The New Hampshire museums are among 2,000 nationwide taking part in the program.

The museums range from the Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center in Berlin to the Wright Museum of World War II and New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro.

The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America.

The complete listing for New Hampshire and other states can be seen online at http://arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums .]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 11:15:57 -0600 <![CDATA[The Country Life: Treating horses and cows and emus, oh my!]]> http://gazette.com/the-country-life-treating-horses-and-cows-and-emus-oh-my/article/1552487?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-treating-horses-and-cows-and-emus-oh-my/article/1552487?custom_click=rss

Variety is the name of the game at Airway Veterinary Hospital on the east side of Colorado Springs.

There are vets who treat cats and dogs, along with other smaller pets. There are vets whose practices center on cattle, horses and other livestock. And there are vets who focus on horses.

Dr. Gary McEntyre at Airway has taken care of cows, horses, alpacas, goats - even a lion with a broken leg from a traveling circus.

"It's been that way since I came and I think even before that," said McEntyre, who took over the practice in 1974; by then Airway had been around for nearly 20 years. "Back in those days, we had more of a rural area out east, farmers and so forth.



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Variety is the name of the game at Airway Veterinary Hospital on the east side of Colorado Springs.

There are vets who treat cats and dogs, along with other smaller pets. There are vets whose practices center on cattle, horses and other livestock. And there are vets who focus on horses.

Dr. Gary McEntyre at Airway has taken care of cows, horses, alpacas, goats - even a lion with a broken leg from a traveling circus.

"It's been that way since I came and I think even before that," said McEntyre, who took over the practice in 1974; by then Airway had been around for nearly 20 years. "Back in those days, we had more of a rural area out east, farmers and so forth.

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Mon, 25 May 2015 07:54:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs children's author returns home, with new book]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-childrens-author-returns-home-with-new-book/article/1552489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-childrens-author-returns-home-with-new-book/article/1552489?custom_click=rss

Best-selling children's author Dian Curtis Regan grew up in Colorado Springs, attended District 11 schools and was working downtown when she met her husband, a New York boy lured west by the mountains.

"We got married and his job took us all over, to different states and even to South America," said Regan, who eventually settled with her husband in Kansas, close enough to the mountains that John didn't have to travel too far to indulge his favorite sport. John, an expert climber, died in a fall on Longs Peak in 2010.

"That was a real shock. We'd been married 31 years," Regan said. "I kind of immediately knew I wanted to come home to Colorado. It was always in my heart and felt like home.



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Best-selling children's author Dian Curtis Regan grew up in Colorado Springs, attended District 11 schools and was working downtown when she met her husband, a New York boy lured west by the mountains.

"We got married and his job took us all over, to different states and even to South America," said Regan, who eventually settled with her husband in Kansas, close enough to the mountains that John didn't have to travel too far to indulge his favorite sport. John, an expert climber, died in a fall on Longs Peak in 2010.

"That was a real shock. We'd been married 31 years," Regan said. "I kind of immediately knew I wanted to come home to Colorado. It was always in my heart and felt like home.

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Mon, 25 May 2015 07:51:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Potholed? Channel it into verse for The Gazette's poetry contest]]> http://gazette.com/potholed-channel-it-into-verse-for-the-gazettes-poetry-contest/article/1552491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/potholed-channel-it-into-verse-for-the-gazettes-poetry-contest/article/1552491?custom_click=rss

Traditionally, the language that potholes inspire us to produce isn't suitable for print.

And who can blame us for being a little testy? Relentless rain has riddled the roads and turned commutes into gut-jarring, coffee-spilling, alignment-wrecking obstacle courses.

Sounds like a job for ... poetry!

The Gazette wants to help readers channel some of their pothole angst in a fun and healthy direction, a la Sylvia Plath ... or Robert Frost ("Whose potholes these are, I think I know...") or Shakespeare or Mother Goose. Whatever gets your verse on.

Send your best pothole poem - or limerick, haiku, ditty, rap; heck, we'll even take interpretive dance - to stephanie.earls@gazette.com by May 31. Maybe it will have stopped



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Traditionally, the language that potholes inspire us to produce isn't suitable for print.

And who can blame us for being a little testy? Relentless rain has riddled the roads and turned commutes into gut-jarring, coffee-spilling, alignment-wrecking obstacle courses.

Sounds like a job for ... poetry!

The Gazette wants to help readers channel some of their pothole angst in a fun and healthy direction, a la Sylvia Plath ... or Robert Frost ("Whose potholes these are, I think I know...") or Shakespeare or Mother Goose. Whatever gets your verse on.

Send your best pothole poem - or limerick, haiku, ditty, rap; heck, we'll even take interpretive dance - to stephanie.earls@gazette.com by May 31. Maybe it will have stopped

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Mon, 25 May 2015 07:47:37 -0600
<![CDATA[9 to be inducted into Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame]]> http://gazette.com/9-to-be-inducted-into-ohio-senior-citizens-hall-of-fame/article/feed/236877?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/9-to-be-inducted-into-ohio-senior-citizens-hall-of-fame/article/feed/236877?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nine Ohioans will be inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Columbus.

The ceremony will be held at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday. This year's honorees will join more than 400 individuals inducted since 1978.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Aging say the 2015 honorees include 87-year-old John Hughes, of Springdale. He has logged 38,000 miles as a cyclist promoting health and fitness and raising funds for various causes.

The hall honors individuals age 60 and older who are native-born Ohioans or who have been Ohio residents for at least 10 years.

Nominations are evaluated on the impact of current contributions or a continuation of work and accomplishments

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The ceremony will be held at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday. This year's honorees will join more than 400 individuals inducted since 1978.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Aging say the 2015 honorees include 87-year-old John Hughes, of Springdale. He has logged 38,000 miles as a cyclist promoting health and fitness and raising funds for various causes.

The hall honors individuals age 60 and older who are native-born Ohioans or who have been Ohio residents for at least 10 years.

Nominations are evaluated on the impact of current contributions or a continuation of work and accomplishments]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 05:00:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Panhandle welcomes thousands of LGBT holiday tourists]]> http://gazette.com/panhandle-welcomes-thousands-of-lgbt-holiday-tourists/article/feed/236878?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/panhandle-welcomes-thousands-of-lgbt-holiday-tourists/article/feed/236878?custom_click=rss PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of LGBT tourists are spending their Memorial Day weekend on Florida Panhandle beaches.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have vacationed in Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach every Memorial Day for decades. The gatherings have grown throughout the years and are an important part of the region's busy summer tourism season.

Pensacola Beach bars, restaurants, shops and hotels are catering to the LGBT crowd by hosting special events and offering deals.

Parties, special performances and other activities were planned throughout the holiday weekend.

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]]> PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of LGBT tourists are spending their Memorial Day weekend on Florida Panhandle beaches.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have vacationed in Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach every Memorial Day for decades. The gatherings have grown throughout the years and are an important part of the region's busy summer tourism season.

Pensacola Beach bars, restaurants, shops and hotels are catering to the LGBT crowd by hosting special events and offering deals.

Parties, special performances and other activities were planned throughout the holiday weekend.]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 05:00:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Theme parks turning aging coasters into new thrill rides]]> http://gazette.com/theme-parks-turning-aging-coasters-into-new-thrill-rides/article/1552495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/theme-parks-turning-aging-coasters-into-new-thrill-rides/article/1552495?custom_click=rss Bigger, faster and more extreme are what count when it comes to roller coasters.

So what's an amusement park to do with aging coasters when those record-breaking crowd pleasers from years ago are being overshadowed by today's scream machines?

A coaster makeover, of course.

A handful of roller coasters are reopening this year after undergoing extensive rehabs that follow innovations in the design of coaster tracks and trains.

The coasters should begin to attract more riders and cost less to maintain. Plus, it's cheaper than building a coaster from the ground up.

Until the last few years, there weren't a lot of options for overhauling outdated roller coasters, especially those with wood tracks that had become

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]]> Bigger, faster and more extreme are what count when it comes to roller coasters.

So what's an amusement park to do with aging coasters when those record-breaking crowd pleasers from years ago are being overshadowed by today's scream machines?

A coaster makeover, of course.

A handful of roller coasters are reopening this year after undergoing extensive rehabs that follow innovations in the design of coaster tracks and trains.

The coasters should begin to attract more riders and cost less to maintain. Plus, it's cheaper than building a coaster from the ground up.

Until the last few years, there weren't a lot of options for overhauling outdated roller coasters, especially those with wood tracks that had become]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 04:10:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs church rises from fire with packed house]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-church-rises-from-fire-with-packed-house/article/1552484?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-church-rises-from-fire-with-packed-house/article/1552484?custom_click=rss

The Rev. Cleveland A. Thompson on Sunday gave a powerful sermon about "crossing over" to "new territory" despite challenges as he rededicated the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church three years after a fire destroyed the old building.

"If you're going to get to new territory you've got to get through the storm," Thompson told a congregation that filled the building just west of downtown Colorado Springs. "You can be on the right track, but you can run upon a storm."

That is the lesson in Mark 4:35, Thompson said, where Jesus leads his disciples across the lake, and a storm tests their faith.

Thompson said after the inaugural service at the new church that his congregation weathered the pitfalls of construction and

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]]> The Rev. Cleveland A. Thompson on Sunday gave a powerful sermon about "crossing over" to "new territory" despite challenges as he rededicated the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church three years after a fire destroyed the old building.

"If you're going to get to new territory you've got to get through the storm," Thompson told a congregation that filled the building just west of downtown Colorado Springs. "You can be on the right track, but you can run upon a storm."

That is the lesson in Mark 4:35, Thompson said, where Jesus leads his disciples across the lake, and a storm tests their faith.

Thompson said after the inaugural service at the new church that his congregation weathered the pitfalls of construction and]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 04:05:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Summer fun: coasters, pop culture rides and Orlando Eye]]> http://gazette.com/summer-fun-coasters-pop-culture-rides-and-orlando-eye/article/1552488?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/summer-fun-coasters-pop-culture-rides-and-orlando-eye/article/1552488?custom_click=rss

A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer's must-do list for theme park and amusement fans.

For those who want more extreme summer adventures, a hybrid wood-steel coaster in Massachusetts and a spinning wing coaster based on Batman in Texas are also new for 2015.

"Pop culture really stands out this summer," said Colleen Mangone, spokeswoman for the Virginia-based International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. "It's allowing fans to experience pop culture in a whole new way."

"Star Wars," Justice League, "Fast and Furious" - all are represented in different ways and in different parks this summer.

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]]> A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer's must-do list for theme park and amusement fans.

For those who want more extreme summer adventures, a hybrid wood-steel coaster in Massachusetts and a spinning wing coaster based on Batman in Texas are also new for 2015.

"Pop culture really stands out this summer," said Colleen Mangone, spokeswoman for the Virginia-based International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. "It's allowing fans to experience pop culture in a whole new way."

"Star Wars," Justice League, "Fast and Furious" - all are represented in different ways and in different parks this summer.]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 04:05:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area events for seniors starting May 25, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-for-seniors-starting-may-25-2015/article/1552486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-for-seniors-starting-may-25-2015/article/1552486?custom_click=rss SENIOR CALENDAR

Unless noted, events take place at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. and registration is required: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. If cost not listed, call Senior Center for information.

TUESDAY

Internet Safety - 9-11 a.m., $10

Celebrating State Flowers - 1-2 p.m., $5

WEDNESDAY

Aneurysms - 10-11 a.m., $1

Crisis Caused by Social Security - 10-11 a.m., $5

THURSDAY

Let's Get Physical - The Importance of Exercise as We Age - 10-11:30 a.m., $1

Black Rose Acoustic Society Radio Oldies Jam - 7-9 p.m.

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Unless noted, events take place at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. and registration is required: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. If cost not listed, call Senior Center for information.

TUESDAY

Internet Safety - 9-11 a.m., $10

Celebrating State Flowers - 1-2 p.m., $5

WEDNESDAY

Aneurysms - 10-11 a.m., $1

Crisis Caused by Social Security - 10-11 a.m., $5

THURSDAY

Let's Get Physical - The Importance of Exercise as We Age - 10-11:30 a.m., $1

Black Rose Acoustic Society Radio Oldies Jam - 7-9 p.m.]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 04:05:07 -0600 <![CDATA[6 rescued from roller coaster after outage left them stuck]]> http://gazette.com/6-rescued-from-roller-coaster-after-outage-left-them-stuck/article/feed/236844?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/6-rescued-from-roller-coaster-after-outage-left-them-stuck/article/feed/236844?custom_click=rss ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — Six people, including three children, had to be rescued from a roller coaster in Ohio after a power outage left them stuck.

The riders were on the Pepsi Python coaster at in Anderson Township's Coney Island Amusement Park on Sunday when the power went out around 6:30 p.m.

Emily Adkins, the mother of one of the children, tells WXIX-TV (http://bit.ly/1IYn890 ) that they were stuck on the roller coaster for over 20 minutes.

Firefighters used ladders to rescue the riders, and the amusement park closed early due to the outage.

Cincinnati.com (http://cin.ci/1BkPHqK ) reports two of the youngest riders were the last to be taken down.

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]]> ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — Six people, including three children, had to be rescued from a roller coaster in Ohio after a power outage left them stuck.

The riders were on the Pepsi Python coaster at in Anderson Township's Coney Island Amusement Park on Sunday when the power went out around 6:30 p.m.

Emily Adkins, the mother of one of the children, tells WXIX-TV (http://bit.ly/1IYn890 ) that they were stuck on the roller coaster for over 20 minutes.

Firefighters used ladders to rescue the riders, and the amusement park closed early due to the outage.

Cincinnati.com (http://cin.ci/1BkPHqK ) reports two of the youngest riders were the last to be taken down.]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 22:46:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Ailing boy gets wish come true at Colorado ranch]]> http://gazette.com/ailing-boy-gets-wish-come-true-at-colorado-ranch/article/1552481?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ailing-boy-gets-wish-come-true-at-colorado-ranch/article/1552481?custom_click=rss PARACHUTE — Beaming with a nervous and wide grin — the sort of uncontrollable grin that accompanies living one's dream — Bradley Skinner mounted his horse, Kansas, for the first time earlier this month. Grasping the reins as tightly as his hardened hands would allow, the two traveled alongside renowned horse trainer John Lyons at his sprawling facility in Parachute. It was a moment he will never forget.

"I haven't been disappointed," Bradley, an energetic 16-year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas, said shortly after dismounting Kansas for the first time. "It's great seeing the way Kansas has changed and become a more enjoyable horse to be around. It's wonderful.



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PARACHUTE — Beaming with a nervous and wide grin — the sort of uncontrollable grin that accompanies living one's dream — Bradley Skinner mounted his horse, Kansas, for the first time earlier this month. Grasping the reins as tightly as his hardened hands would allow, the two traveled alongside renowned horse trainer John Lyons at his sprawling facility in Parachute. It was a moment he will never forget.

"I haven't been disappointed," Bradley, an energetic 16-year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas, said shortly after dismounting Kansas for the first time. "It's great seeing the way Kansas has changed and become a more enjoyable horse to be around. It's wonderful.

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<![CDATA[List: Top 10 attractions for visitors to see around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/list-top-10-attractions-for-visitors-to-see-around-colorado-springs/article/1551823?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-top-10-attractions-for-visitors-to-see-around-colorado-springs/article/1551823?custom_click=rss

You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. To assist out out-of-town visitors in deciding what to visit while here, here's a list of favorites:



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You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. To assist out out-of-town visitors in deciding what to visit while here, here's a list of favorites:

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Sun, 24 May 2015 18:47:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Music museum to offer free admission to military personnel]]> http://gazette.com/music-museum-to-offer-free-admission-to-military-personnel/article/feed/236743?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/music-museum-to-offer-free-admission-to-military-personnel/article/feed/236743?custom_click=rss VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — The National Music Museum in Vermillion is offering free admission this summer to active duty military personnel and their families.

The Blue Star Museum program is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Nationwide, more than 2,000 museums are participating in the program sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.

The National Music Museum's summer 2015 exhibition might be of particular interest to military families. The exhibit "Banding Together — The American Soldier's Music Arsenal" will showcase rare historic instruments issued to or used by U.S. soldiers throughout American military history.

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]]> VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — The National Music Museum in Vermillion is offering free admission this summer to active duty military personnel and their families.

The Blue Star Museum program is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Nationwide, more than 2,000 museums are participating in the program sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.

The National Music Museum's summer 2015 exhibition might be of particular interest to military families. The exhibit "Banding Together — The American Soldier's Music Arsenal" will showcase rare historic instruments issued to or used by U.S. soldiers throughout American military history.]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 13:02:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Railroad museum looking to pass on Hermiston's legacy]]> JADE McDOWELL http://gazette.com/railroad-museum-looking-to-pass-on-hermistons-legacy/article/feed/236771?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/railroad-museum-looking-to-pass-on-hermistons-legacy/article/feed/236771?custom_click=rss PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading "West Maxwell" can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston.

The sign is one of the last reminders of a time long past, when the railroad attracted human inhabitants to the stretch of high desert that would someday become the largest city in Eastern Oregon.

The plan was to name that settlement Maxwell, after the Maxwell railroad siding along the line between Hinkle and Umatilla, but instead Hermiston was born.

"It turned out there was already a Maxwell, Oregon," explained John Spinden.

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The sign is one of the last reminders of a time long past, when the railroad attracted human inhabitants to the stretch of high desert that would someday become the largest city in Eastern Oregon.

The plan was to name that settlement Maxwell, after the Maxwell railroad siding along the line between Hinkle and Umatilla, but instead Hermiston was born.

"It turned out there was already a Maxwell, Oregon," explained John Spinden.]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 13:01:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Carowinds to close wooden Thunder Road roller coaster]]> http://gazette.com/carowinds-to-close-wooden-thunder-road-roller-coaster/article/feed/236738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/carowinds-to-close-wooden-thunder-road-roller-coaster/article/feed/236738?custom_click=rss CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carowinds says it will close the Thunder Road wooden roller coaster on July 26.

The amusement park near Charlotte says it will tear down the ride as part of a $50 million renovation plan.

The roller coaster goes through both North Carolina and South Carolina and lasts more than two minutes, reaching speeds of 45 mph. It was built in 1976, three summers after the amusement park opened.

Carowinds says it will hold several events celebrating Thunder Road over the next two months.

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The amusement park near Charlotte says it will tear down the ride as part of a $50 million renovation plan.

The roller coaster goes through both North Carolina and South Carolina and lasts more than two minutes, reaching speeds of 45 mph. It was built in 1976, three summers after the amusement park opened.

Carowinds says it will hold several events celebrating Thunder Road over the next two months.]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 10:15:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Bible organization got its start with Gospel of John in wilds of India]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-bible-organization-got-its-start-with-gospel-of-john-in-wilds-of-india/article/1552370?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-bible-organization-got-its-start-with-gospel-of-john-in-wilds-of-india/article/1552370?custom_click=rss

More than a century ago in the wilds of northeast India, a single copy of the New Testament Gospel of John arrived by mail runner in a village of the Hmar, a warlike tribe of the "worst headhunters" ever encountered by British colonists. By the time the Welsh missionary who'd sent the package arrived in person, the Scripture, written in a neighboring region's dialect, already had drawn potential converts.

Among the first to embrace Christianity was a tribesman named Chawnga, who came to believe his young son was chosen by God to translate scripture, for the first time, into his people's native language.

Rochunga Pudaite was only 10 years old in 1937 when he set out on foot for the Mission School in Churachandpur, almost 100



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More than a century ago in the wilds of northeast India, a single copy of the New Testament Gospel of John arrived by mail runner in a village of the Hmar, a warlike tribe of the "worst headhunters" ever encountered by British colonists. By the time the Welsh missionary who'd sent the package arrived in person, the Scripture, written in a neighboring region's dialect, already had drawn potential converts.

Among the first to embrace Christianity was a tribesman named Chawnga, who came to believe his young son was chosen by God to translate scripture, for the first time, into his people's native language.

Rochunga Pudaite was only 10 years old in 1937 when he set out on foot for the Mission School in Churachandpur, almost 100

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Sun, 24 May 2015 09:13:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Side Streets: Cragmor neighbors declare Chicago developers' plan 'monstrous' and vow to 'chase them out']]> http://gazette.com/side-streets-cragmor-neighbors-declare-chicago-developers-plan-monstrous-and-vow-to-chase-them-out/article/1552452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/side-streets-cragmor-neighbors-declare-chicago-developers-plan-monstrous-and-vow-to-chase-them-out/article/1552452?custom_click=rss

Cragmor residents are vowing to stop a proposed housing complex they say would be akin to a fortress towering over the working-class neighborhood of 3,500 modest, 1950s homes just south of Austin Bluffs Parkway across from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Some are upset they may not get to voice their objections to the Colorado Springs Planning Commission because city planners may use their administrative powers to simply approve it. The neighbors say many public policy issues are at stake that deserve to be considered by the commission.

First is the scale of the project.



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Cragmor residents are vowing to stop a proposed housing complex they say would be akin to a fortress towering over the working-class neighborhood of 3,500 modest, 1950s homes just south of Austin Bluffs Parkway across from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Some are upset they may not get to voice their objections to the Colorado Springs Planning Commission because city planners may use their administrative powers to simply approve it. The neighbors say many public policy issues are at stake that deserve to be considered by the commission.

First is the scale of the project.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 08:29:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Gazette travel: Washington D.C. an ideal place to take teens during summer]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-travel-washington-d.c.-an-ideal-place-to-take-teens-during-summer/article/1552368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-travel-washington-d.c.-an-ideal-place-to-take-teens-during-summer/article/1552368?custom_click=rss

he nation's capital is overrun with strollers in summer. Families with young children navigate the Metro platforms, wind their way through Smithsonian museums and, laden with drinks and snacks, work their way along the National Mall.

But Washington, D.C., is arguably a better destination for those with teens, not toddlers.

Fresh off U.S. history classes in school, teens take in the sights and culture of D.C. in a way that young children can't. They have the stamina required to cram as many museums and cultural sites as possible into one day. And, let's be honest: it's a lot easier to descend the impossibly long escalators into a Metro station with teens than it is with youngsters in tow.

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he nation's capital is overrun with strollers in summer. Families with young children navigate the Metro platforms, wind their way through Smithsonian museums and, laden with drinks and snacks, work their way along the National Mall.

But Washington, D.C., is arguably a better destination for those with teens, not toddlers.

Fresh off U.S. history classes in school, teens take in the sights and culture of D.C. in a way that young children can't. They have the stamina required to cram as many museums and cultural sites as possible into one day. And, let's be honest: it's a lot easier to descend the impossibly long escalators into a Metro station with teens than it is with youngsters in tow.

For the ultimate summer trip,

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Sun, 24 May 2015 08:23:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area nonprofit community events starting May 24, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-nonprofit-community-events-starting-may-24-2015/article/1552449?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-nonprofit-community-events-starting-may-24-2015/article/1552449?custom_click=rss NONPROFIT COMMUNITY EVENTS

May

Memorial Weekend Plant Sale - 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, to benefit the zoo's Horticulture Department, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road; cmzoo.org.

Executive International Womens Golf Tournament - 8 a.m. Friday, to benefit scholarships to help local women reach academic and professional goals, Kissing Camels Golf Course, 4500 Kissing Camels Drive. Registration: springsewi.com.

Cafe Velo Gran Fondo - May 31, to benefit the Club Café Velo Youth Cycling and Triathlon Fund, Pikes Peak Brewing Co., 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive; tinyurl.com/nlxwnfs.

June

Screening of "100: Head/Heart/Feet" - 7 p.m. June 3, to benefit Incline Friends, Stargazers

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May

Memorial Weekend Plant Sale - 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, to benefit the zoo's Horticulture Department, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road; cmzoo.org.

Executive International Womens Golf Tournament - 8 a.m. Friday, to benefit scholarships to help local women reach academic and professional goals, Kissing Camels Golf Course, 4500 Kissing Camels Drive. Registration: springsewi.com.

Cafe Velo Gran Fondo - May 31, to benefit the Club Café Velo Youth Cycling and Triathlon Fund, Pikes Peak Brewing Co., 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive; tinyurl.com/nlxwnfs.

June

Screening of "100: Head/Heart/Feet" - 7 p.m. June 3, to benefit Incline Friends, Stargazers]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 04:15:44 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Grassroots NAMI helps the community recognize mental illness]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-grassroots-nami-helps-the-community-recognize-mental-illness/article/1552259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-grassroots-nami-helps-the-community-recognize-mental-illness/article/1552259?custom_click=rss

Two stylish, polished and accomplished women took the stage May 6 in front of 510 breakfast guests. Any other day, they could have been convention speakers, sharing secrets of business success. But that morning, Camille Bzdek Blakely and her daughter, Patrice Winsor, stunned attendees, opening their personal lives with "Creativity, Finesse and Love: How to Manage Mental Illness as a Team."

At the "Embracing the Light" community breakfast, a fundraiser for National Alliance on Mental Illness, executive director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert said, "We underestimate how many people have a personal experience with mental illness in their lives, either their own mental health challenges or those of a loved one."

For Camille and Patrice,

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]]> Two stylish, polished and accomplished women took the stage May 6 in front of 510 breakfast guests. Any other day, they could have been convention speakers, sharing secrets of business success. But that morning, Camille Bzdek Blakely and her daughter, Patrice Winsor, stunned attendees, opening their personal lives with "Creativity, Finesse and Love: How to Manage Mental Illness as a Team."

At the "Embracing the Light" community breakfast, a fundraiser for National Alliance on Mental Illness, executive director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert said, "We underestimate how many people have a personal experience with mental illness in their lives, either their own mental health challenges or those of a loved one."

For Camille and Patrice,]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 04:15:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area volunteer opportunities starting May 24, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-volunteer-opportunities-starting-may-24-2015/article/1552448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-volunteer-opportunities-starting-may-24-2015/article/1552448?custom_click=rss HELPING HANDS

These agencies need volunteer help. Call about specific opportunities and time commitment.

- Courtside Ministries - Volunteers need to pray for people outside the front of the courthouse; 473-8603, ministrybythecourts@gmail.com.

- First Visitor - Provides home visits to families with newborns; English and Spanish speaking volunteers needed; 344-6639, peakvista.org.

- Manna Ministries Food Pantry - Pam, 635-1057.

- Need Project Inc. - Helping parents of children with special needs with resources and support; 1-866-611-7141, needproject.org.

- Open Bible Medical Clinic - Serving adults who are uninsured, low-income with medical care; Pam, 475-0972.

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These agencies need volunteer help. Call about specific opportunities and time commitment.

- Courtside Ministries - Volunteers need to pray for people outside the front of the courthouse; 473-8603, ministrybythecourts@gmail.com.

- First Visitor - Provides home visits to families with newborns; English and Spanish speaking volunteers needed; 344-6639, peakvista.org.

- Manna Ministries Food Pantry - Pam, 635-1057.

- Need Project Inc. - Helping parents of children with special needs with resources and support; 1-866-611-7141, needproject.org.

- Open Bible Medical Clinic - Serving adults who are uninsured, low-income with medical care; Pam, 475-0972.]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 04:15:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum]]> By ALBERT AJI and SARAH EL DEEB http://gazette.com/syrian-official-islamic-state-militants-in-palmyras-museum/article/feed/236510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/syrian-official-islamic-state-militants-in-palmyras-museum/article/feed/236510?custom_click=rss

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of Palmyra, though a Syrian official said its artifacts have been removed and are safe while the U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes on the group's installations near the captured ancient town — the first such reported attack in the central province of Homs.

The Department of Defense said in a statement that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had attacked an IS position near Palmyra, which goes by the modern name Tadmur, destroying six anti-aircraft artillery systems and an artillery piece.

The Islamic State group captured Palmyra on Wednesday, raising concerns around the world they would destroy priceless, 2,000-year-old temples, tombs and colonnades locate

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The Department of Defense said in a statement that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had attacked an IS position near Palmyra, which goes by the modern name Tadmur, destroying six anti-aircraft artillery systems and an artillery piece.

The Islamic State group captured Palmyra on Wednesday, raising concerns around the world they would destroy priceless, 2,000-year-old temples, tombs and colonnades locate]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 16:02:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Hotel tax hike sought for sports complex near Cedar Point]]> http://gazette.com/hotel-tax-hike-sought-for-sports-complex-near-cedar-point/article/feed/236523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hotel-tax-hike-sought-for-sports-complex-near-cedar-point/article/feed/236523?custom_click=rss SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Backers who want to build a youth sports complex near Cedar Point amusement park are asking Ohio lawmakers to let them increase a countywide hotel tax

Erie County leaders say increasing the hotel tax by 1 percent would raise $17 million and pay for much of the youth sports complex.

Supporters say construction could start this fall on the complex that would include 10 athletic fields for traveling youth sports teams.

The Sandusky Register (http://bit.ly/1FsO7qA ) reports that the center would be built on a former airfield site along Lake Erie in Sandusky.

The owners of Cedar Point amusement park are contributing $3.5 million to buy the airport site and for the project.

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Erie County leaders say increasing the hotel tax by 1 percent would raise $17 million and pay for much of the youth sports complex.

Supporters say construction could start this fall on the complex that would include 10 athletic fields for traveling youth sports teams.

The Sandusky Register (http://bit.ly/1FsO7qA ) reports that the center would be built on a former airfield site along Lake Erie in Sandusky.

The owners of Cedar Point amusement park are contributing $3.5 million to buy the airport site and for the project.]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 10:30:40 -0600 <![CDATA[West Virginia museums to let military members in for free]]> http://gazette.com/west-virginia-museums-to-let-military-members-in-for-free/article/feed/236533?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/west-virginia-museums-to-let-military-members-in-for-free/article/feed/236533?custom_click=rss CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several West Virginia attractions are participating in the National Endowment for the Arts initiative to offer free admission to active-duty military members and their families.

The Blue Star Museums program includes more than 2,000 museums across the country offering the deal starting next week through Labor Day.

Participating state attractions are the Huntington Museum of Art, the Children's Discovery Museum in Morgantown, the Morgantown History Museum, the Watts Museum at West Virginia University, the Marion County Historical Society Museum in Fairmont, the Museums of Oglebay Institute in Wheeling, the Arthurdale Heritage museum, and the Mountaineer Military Museum in Weston.

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The Blue Star Museums program includes more than 2,000 museums across the country offering the deal starting next week through Labor Day.

Participating state attractions are the Huntington Museum of Art, the Children's Discovery Museum in Morgantown, the Morgantown History Museum, the Watts Museum at West Virginia University, the Marion County Historical Society Museum in Fairmont, the Museums of Oglebay Institute in Wheeling, the Arthurdale Heritage museum, and the Mountaineer Military Museum in Weston.]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 09:15:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Cuomo: NY police to crack down on impaired driving]]> http://gazette.com/cuomo-ny-police-to-crack-down-on-impaired-driving/article/feed/236529?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cuomo-ny-police-to-crack-down-on-impaired-driving/article/feed/236529?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police across New York state will be stepping up their enforcement over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that State Police and local authorities will increase patrols to crack down on impaired and distracted drivers.

The campaign will also involve sobriety checkpoints.

The state has also suspended most highway and bridge work for the weekend to prevent traffic congestion during one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.

Last year police arrested more than 235 people for driving while intoxicated and issued more than 12,000 tickets during Memorial Day weekend.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that State Police and local authorities will increase patrols to crack down on impaired and distracted drivers.

The campaign will also involve sobriety checkpoints.

The state has also suspended most highway and bridge work for the weekend to prevent traffic congestion during one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.

Last year police arrested more than 235 people for driving while intoxicated and issued more than 12,000 tickets during Memorial Day weekend.]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 07:45:28 -0600 <![CDATA[2 Lincoln museums to offer free admission to service members]]> http://gazette.com/2-lincoln-museums-to-offer-free-admission-to-service-members/article/feed/236511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-lincoln-museums-to-offer-free-admission-to-service-members/article/feed/236511?custom_click=rss LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum are two of more than 2,000 museums across the nation that will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

The free admittance for the military will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of the Blue Star Museum program. The complete list of participating museums is available at http://1.usa.gov/1gPy0eb .

Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in the program.

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]]> LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum are two of more than 2,000 museums across the nation that will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

The free admittance for the military will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of the Blue Star Museum program. The complete list of participating museums is available at http://1.usa.gov/1gPy0eb .

Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in the program.]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 05:01:13 -0600 <![CDATA[811,000 travelers to pass through LAX during holiday weekend]]> http://gazette.com/811000-travelers-to-pass-through-lax-during-holiday-weekend/article/feed/236451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/811000-travelers-to-pass-through-lax-during-holiday-weekend/article/feed/236451?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — An estimated 811,000 air travelers are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport during the Memorial Day weekend.

Airport officials say it's an increase of 6.7 percent over the same holiday period last year.

The increase is due to new international destinations and more flights on existing routes.

During the summer travel season beginning Friday through Labor Day, airport officials estimate nearly 25 million passengers will pass through LAX, an increase of 6.7 percent over last year.

LAX is the second busiest airport in the United States and fifth busiest in the world. Last year, an estimated 71 million passengers passed through the airport.

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — An estimated 811,000 air travelers are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport during the Memorial Day weekend.

Airport officials say it's an increase of 6.7 percent over the same holiday period last year.

The increase is due to new international destinations and more flights on existing routes.

During the summer travel season beginning Friday through Labor Day, airport officials estimate nearly 25 million passengers will pass through LAX, an increase of 6.7 percent over last year.

LAX is the second busiest airport in the United States and fifth busiest in the world. Last year, an estimated 71 million passengers passed through the airport.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 20:46:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Photo compilation marks milestone for Pure Michigan campaign]]> http://gazette.com/photo-compilation-marks-milestone-for-pure-michigan-campaign/article/feed/236444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photo-compilation-marks-milestone-for-pure-michigan-campaign/article/feed/236444?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — More than 1,000 photos are displayed along the Detroit riverfront as part of the state's Pure Michigan tourism campaign.

An event was held Friday to unveil the "Pure Michigan PhotoWalk" at Rivard Plaza along the Detroit River. It was done to celebrate Pure Michigan getting a million fans on Facebook.

The photos are pictures of places from all over the state.

Memorial Day weekend typically is the start of the summer travel season. Pure Michigan estimates that visitors spent more than $6 billion at state businesses in 2014.

Sarah Nicholls, assistant professor of tourism at Michigan State University, predicts the number of visitors will grow this year.

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An event was held Friday to unveil the "Pure Michigan PhotoWalk" at Rivard Plaza along the Detroit River. It was done to celebrate Pure Michigan getting a million fans on Facebook.

The photos are pictures of places from all over the state.

Memorial Day weekend typically is the start of the summer travel season. Pure Michigan estimates that visitors spent more than $6 billion at state businesses in 2014.

Sarah Nicholls, assistant professor of tourism at Michigan State University, predicts the number of visitors will grow this year.

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