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first_imgHike, bike, paddle or stroll and have the time of your life on more than 10 scenic trails in Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills. Home to Chimney Rock State Park and 27 miles of shoreline around Lake Lure, bring your gear and spend the day, weekend or season sampling a variety of trails designed for beginners, extreme outdoor enthusiasts, kids and even dogs. Learn more about these trails and other adventures at www.VisitBlueRidgeNC.com. A Hiker’s ParadiseClimb Mother Nature’s “Ultimate Stair Master” by taking the 499 steps to the top of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park where a rewarding 75-mile panoramic view awaits you. Dogs are welcome, and the Park even has a Great Woodlands Adventure trail custom designed for kids. Across town, hike through Donald Ross Nature Trail Park offering three miles of looped natural surface trails of varying difficulty over rolling terrain. In Rutherfordton, try the Purple Martin Greenway and explore wildlife and waterways, or take the kids on the Main Street Safari featuring games, tree climbing, gold hunting and a search that goes through a Civil War cemetery.Mountain BikingKnown as one of the best biking trails in western N.C., Buffalo Creek Park has the only mountain bike trail system within a 20-mile radius of Lake Lure. With 4.5 miles custom engineered for this sport, bring your own bike or rent one locally. In Rutherfordton and Spindale, try the Thermal Belt Rail Trail. This 7.8-mile biking trail was originally the railroad line that moved textiles in and out of the county. Both trails are also great for hiking/walking, running and dogs.1002-Buffalo Creek Park_Frantz2Paddle or TubeThe Broad River Paddle Trail is 42 miles of class I/II paddling and tubing adventures. With three access points, the river is broken into three sections allowing you to choose your endurance level or tackle the full stretch. Hire a professional kayak guide, rent tubes or bring your own gear.Take a StrollIf a leisurely stroll is more your speed, visit the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. This iconic landmark is only the second of its kind in the country boasting more than 700 species of plants and flowers. Hop over to Rutherfordton to follow the Historic Downtown Walking Tour that takes you back in time while passing antebellum homes, shops and restaurants. Also part of the Historic Downtown Walking Tour is the Gold Mile, a one-mile loop that follows commemorative sidewalk coins in honor of Christopher Bechtler who minted America’s first one-dollar gold coin in Rutherfordton. For the DogsGive your dog the ultimate outdoor adventure experience – book a stay with Four Paws Kingdom Campground. With campsites, RV spots and cabins, Four Paws Kingdom was the first dog-dedicated campground in the U.S. Treat man’s best friend to doggie hikes, play parks, pond, bathhouse, grooming station, agility courses and more.last_img read more


first_imgby: Chuck FaganI have an amazing network in my CEO Institute classmates. Since I announced my plan to leave CUES and become CEO at PSCU, I’ve been getting emails and texts from them—even the one from Brazil—asking, “Will you be at Darden the first week of May? We want to finish out the institute with you!”I am very sorry to tell them I won’t be there in May—this spring’s CEO Institute III will be held just days after I take the helm at PSCU. But I also tell them I plan to attend the institute in the future because it will perfectly round out what we’ve already learned from the program.CEO Institute I focused on the big picture that is strategic planning. CEO Institute II narrowed our focus to organizational-level development. And CEO Institute III will look at personal leadership style and ways to become more effective.Even with the upcoming shift in my job, I’m planning to participate in CUES’ Strategic Innovation Institute II at Stanford University in August. Last year’s inaugural Strategic Innovation Institute I class at MIT was a wonderful mix of credit union executives and leaders of industry support organizations. So, as the new CEO of a long-time industry CUSO, I’ll still fit right in.And I can count on the Strategic Innovation Institute content being highly useful. The jobs of CEOs and management teams at credit unions and industry organizations alike are getting harder and harder. A willingness to try ideation and new concepts—and not being afraid to fail—will help us all stay on top. I learned a lot of innovation concepts last year that I’ve been able to apply over and over in my work. Strategic Innovation Institute II is designed to be even more hands on.Someone recently asked me what I want the legacy from my years at CUES to be. And I said “innovation.” In addition to helping to launch the Strategic Innovation Institute to bring innovation theory and application to the CU industry, I’ve also helped to launch an organizational culture that fosters innovation at CUES. Down the road, I’d like to be able to say I helped CUES move along the path of trying new things to provide ever-better service and professional development opportunities to its members.When I took the helm at CUES, I meant it to be career, not a stepping stone. But life takes interesting twists and turns, doesn’t it? I’m excited that my next adventure will still be within the CU movement, where world-class learning, great leadership and leaving worthwhile legacies are so highly valued. See you all soon.Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III, is president/CEO of the Credit Union Executives Society, an individual membership association based in Madison, Wis., until April 10. He will become CEO of CUES Supplier member PSCU, St. Petersburg, Fla., on April 27. CUES’ SVP/Chief Sales & Member Relations Officer Dawn Poker, CUDE, has been named acting CEO of CUES. Before joining CUES in January 2013, Fagan served as executive vice president of PSCU’s national sales and client relationship teams and helped pioneer the company’s role in bringing emerging payments technologies to its member-owner credit unions. 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charles Fagan Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III is President and CEO of PSCU, a credit union service organization that leverages the cooperative model to better serve credit unions and their members through … Web: www.pscu.com Detailslast_img read more


first_img MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: WOULD YOU LIKE FRESH FRUIT WITH THAT? NEW JAMES BOND-INSPIRED PAD FOR SALE “Likewise, Carlene has become a well-known face around Everleigh, fresh off styling one of our homes with a ‘luxe for less’ look, she’ll be sharing tips on how to create an interior design to complement a new home, with Michael on hand for a chat.”The Everleigh Block Party will run from 11am to 4pm Saturday at Everleigh on Kessels Boulevard, Greenbank. For more information visit everleigh.mirvac.com Shaynna Blaze will be at the Everleigh display village.Mirvac general manager, residential development Queensland, Warwick Bible, said the public was invited to explore the display village, which featured homes by Porter Davis, Bold Living, Clarendon, Coral, Plantation, GJ Gardner, DBC, Brighton, Metricon and Neptune.“We’ll be throwing open the doors to all the display homes, which cover a variety of styles and budgets, meaning there is a design to suit a diverse mix of new homebuyers – and a price to match,” he said. “There are workshops in each of the homes, which span from a barbecue demonstration to a bath bomb workshop, to a chocolate fondue station and Lego-making,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“We want visitors to get a glimpse of what life in Everleigh is like – with our vision to create the type of community where neighbours meet and mingle in the street and form lifelong friendships.”Mr Bible said the design workshops would be a highlight of the day. “Shaynna is involved in some of Australia’s favourite real estate television programs, from The Block to Selling Houses Australia and Buying Blind, so it is a coup to have her here at Everleigh and sharing her knowledge with locals,” he said. TOP 10 SUBURBS EXPECTED TO BOOM Former The Block contestants Michael and Carlene Duffy will headline the opening of the Everleigh display village.A community street party headlined by Australian design royalty will mark the opening of a builder display village at Greenbank on Saturday.The Everleigh Block Party will celebrate the official opening of 16 display homes by 10 builders with interior design queen Shaynna Blaze and former The Block contestants Carlene and Michael Duffy attending. The event, which will be held at Mirvac’s Everleigh development, will feature family entertainment, including styling workshops by Shaynna and Carlene, treasure hunts, Lego building, mini train rides and slime making. last_img read more


first_imgCTV News 15 March 2018Family First Comment: Another example – this time from Canada – of why ‘safeguards’ are an illusion. “A landmark lawsuit has been filed by an Ontario man suffering from an incurable neurological disease. He alleges that health officials will not provide him with an assisted home care team of his choosing, instead offering, among other things, medically assisted death. “My condition is grievous and irremediable,” 42-year-old Roger Foley said from his bed. “But the solution is assisted life with self-directed funding.”www.protect.org.nzA landmark lawsuit has been filed by an Ontario man suffering from an incurable neurological disease. He alleges that health officials will not provide him with an assisted home care team of his choosing, instead offering, among other things, medically assisted death.“My condition is grievous and irremediable,” 42-year-old Roger Foley said from his bed at the London Health Science Centre’s Victoria Hospital in a video that was recently posted online. “But the solution is assisted life with self-directed funding.”According to Foley, a government-selected home care provider had previously left him in ill health with injuries and food poisoning. Unwilling to continue living at home with the help of that home care provider, and eager to leave the London hospital where he’s been cloistered for two years, Foley is suing the hospital, several health agencies and the attorneys general of Ontario and Canada in the hopes of being given the opportunity to set up a health care team to help him live at home again — a request he claims he has previously been denied. “I have no desire to take up a valuable hospital bed,” Foley explained. “But at this point, it’s my only option.”Foley suffers from cerebellar ataxia, a brain disorder that limits his ability to move his arms and legs. The condition leaves him unable to perform mundane tasks on his own, like feeding himself. He also has trouble holding himself upright. Because of the condition, he even has difficulty speaking.“Unfortunately, my life story is narrated through the horrible prism of a progressive neurodegenerative disease,” Foley said with an audible tremor in his voice. “I have gone from being an active person to, on some days, not even being able to get out of bed.”Because Foley suffers from a terminal and incurable disorder, he qualifies for medically assisted death. But Foley does not want to die — he simply wants to live at home.READ MORE & VIEW VIDEO: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/the-solution-is-assisted-life-offered-death-terminally-ill-ont-man-files-lawsuit-1.3845190last_img read more


first_imgBaltimore fire fighters and paramedics are responding to a major explosion that destroyed at least four homes trapping multiple victims.Police say the scanner alerted them to a “mass casualty” event.The Baltimore firefighters union on Monday reported several houses were damaged by an explosion that has left “at least five people, some children” trapped. https://t.co/FdzK1k9rL0— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) August 10, 2020 Local media are reporting several people, including children are trapped in the rubble and paramedics are communicating with at least one victim under the debris.There is a report of at least one death, but the total number of casualties has not been confirmed.The cause of the explosion is under investigation.Officials from Baltimore Gas and Electric and the Baltimore office of emergency management are on scene.last_img read more


first_imgNinja’s return to streaming had many fans excited, as it brought in plenty of viewers.In Ninja’s last week on Mixer he averaged 2-3k viewersThere are already 16k people in his Youtube live waiting room and he’s not going live for another 20 minutes.Should be interesting https://t.co/jIWDtmP2q9— Harris Heller (@HarrisHeller) July 8, 2020At the start of Ninja’s stream, he had more than 130,000 viewers on YouTube.Ninja did not address his return to gaming at the start of the stream. He simply started playing “Fortnite” with TimTheTatman, Dr Lupo and CourageJD. The popular streamer, real name Tyler Blevins, became a free agent after Microsoft shut down Mixer. He was offered a deal to sign with Facebook Gaming, which merged with Mixer, but accepted a buyout instead. Many expected him to return to Twitch, where he still has 14.8 million followers, and that still may be on the table.Esports reporter Rod Breslau says Ninja is still in talks with streaming platforms.sources: Ninja is currently in negotiations with streaming platforms and no exclusive deal has yet been signed, including YouTube. today’s YouTube live stream from Ninja is all on his own. maybe he’ll stream on Twitch too.— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) July 8, 2020Aside from Twitch, YouTube is the only other obvious streaming platform that makes sense for Ninja. He already has a strong base on YouTube with 23.8 million subscribers. But a return to Twitch makes sense, as it’s the most recognizable streaming platform, and its subscriber base is an additional way to make money. With YouTube, Ninja can only rely on donations. Ninja is back to gaming with a live YouTube stream on Wednesday.last_img read more