What might surprise rugby fans as well is the fact that the likes of Injera and Kayange share a lot of history with our very own Alex Mubiru and Mathias Ochwo – who have opted to sit out this tie for reasons we do not wish to give readers heartache over, for now.When the Rugby Cranes were crowned Africa champions in 2007 in Madagascar, the Injeras of today were in the Kenyan team then and looked on in disbelief as the Cranes were crowned champions! Yes, you read right. That is how far back we have sunk – but that is a story for another time!This time though the Kenya 15s will give our boys quite a game. For those who have not heard – it’s a test match that Kenya, who are gunning for Rio 2016, will not take lightly. They have assembled their top flight team after learning hard lessons from last year with their Kenya A side; Rugby Cranes are the defending champions of the Elgon Cup.The intensity of this fixture is such that Kenya will be heading on to Brazil for another test match thereafter. They will board a KQ flight to Nairobi, pick some other players and head out. You cannot miss this game for anything! East Africa’s most successful rugger Collins Injera will be here to cheer on his 15s colleagues in the Elgon Cup. Photo credit: @cinjeraThis weekend’s Elgon Cup in Kampala will be like no other! Do not hold your breath for they will not be on the pitch!The formidable Kenya 7s team that won the HSBC World Rugby 7s series in Singapore last month will be in Kampala to cheer on their 15s colleagues.In the stands will be East Africa’s most successful rugby player, and the world’s top 7s try scorer (231) Collins Injera, among others like Humphrey Kayange, Oscar Ayodi, cheering on their boys who seek to emulate their success.Massive congratulations to @cinjera for becoming the top try scorer in the @WorldRugby7s series. #ProudlyKenyan pic.twitter.com/RvIOdsIUgj Share on: WhatsApp
Public schools in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties announced that they will be holding virtual graduations, while Martin County public schools announced they will postpone their traditional high school graduation ceremonies until late July.Superintendent Laurie Gaylord made the announcement on Thursday via a YouTube video.Gaylord said “The Martin County School District is committed to doing everything possible to celebrate the most significant senior milestone, graduation, in a way that honors your individual and collective accomplishments,”…”We are committed to providing you with the traditional ceremonies you have overwhelmingly asked for, earned, and deserve,”School district officials will seek input from public health experts about how to safely hold the ceremonies.
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryIn the fall 2014 edition of Wine Press Northwest Westport Winery is featured in the Match Makers recipe and wine pairing column. The winery’s Farm to Fork Restaurant is known for fresh, homemade meals at lunch and dinner. Two of their guests’ favorite menu selections are the Bubba Burger with Bacon Jam and their Dungeness crab cakes made with locally caught crab. Both of these recipes are highlighted in the story about this unique destination winery and paired with two of their 38 wines.The Bubba Burger is matched with the winery’s highly-rated Swimmer Petite Sirah. Of this 91-point wine, the tasting notes say it is, “A tattooed biker wine, muscular and dangerous.” This label features a young Dana Roberts, the family winemaker, after a swim competition on Maui where he was born. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center.The Dungeness crab cakes are matched with the winery’s double gold medal winning Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris, described as “A vision of jasmine, melon and white tigers.” A portion of the proceeds from this wine–featuring an iris watercolor by Darryl Easter–is donated to Hoquiam’s 7th Street Theatre.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea Gardens with the unique outdoor sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.
By Bernadette Hogan |Libraries are invested in the world of service and pleasing the public. But when it comes to allocating state resources, they often get the short end of the stick, says a Monmouth County library advocate.“Money has been eroding, and when it comes to state resources, we are often the last ones to reap benefits of taxes and bonds,” said Renee Swartz of Rumson, chairperson of the Monmouth County Library Commission, advisors for the Monmouth County Library System (MCLS). “We don’t have large sums of money to spend on lobbying for what we need.”But after many years of strategic advocacy propelled by the New Jersey Library Association and personalized appeals from advocates like Swartz, library leaders are hopeful an upcoming public vote will support their vision for enhancement of services.On November 7, when voters go to the polls, New Jersey residents will be asked whether or not to authorize the state to issue $125 million in bonds to provide grants to public libraries. The New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act would build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and better serve the public. Grants would cover 50 percent of the cost of projects. The other 50 percent would be provided by a library’s local government. Private donors would be allowed to contribute toward the 50 percent provided by a local governmentJudith Tolchin, director of the Monmouth County Library System, said funds would facilitate programs already in place, not only at Library Headquarters in Manalapan, but throughout the 40 municipalities the MCLS serves.Renovations in Manalapan would transform the space into a modern, attractive, active, and fully accessible building with a functional design, Tolchin said. She envisions upgrading meeting rooms with smart chairs, equipped with individual charging stations for electronic devices.The money would also mean the libraries could offer more attractive and diverse programs.“A library is one of the only places truly committed to lifelong learning,” said Tolchin. “They go far beyond the scope of a K-12 education because it’s a place where intrinsic benefits far outweigh the costs.”The state contributes $70,000 to the MCLS operating budget. Nearly $15 million comes from taxes, with additional funding coming from other sources. While $15 million may seem like a large sum, Tolchin says it leaves minimal wiggle room – and every dollar counts.“The money goes towards maintaining staff, a few buildings, providing materials and programming funds,” said Tolchin.The organization oversees 14 branch libraries and 13 member libraries within Monmouth County. While branch libraries are owned, operated and staffed by the MCLS, member libraries, like in Fair Haven or Sea Bright, are maintained by their local municipal government. Member libraries utilize MCLS services, and receive access to the county catalog, a technology and book budget, and representatives to run children’s programs.The MCLS is motivated to expand digital offerings beyond shelved books because it costs less and frees up physical space for community activity that enhances quality of life, such as lectures, children’s programs, career development seminars, music concerts, movies and tutoring services.Recently, the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury handed out free solar eclipse glasses and ran a program on scientific literacy during the Aug. 21 eclipse. Between three and four hundred people came to the event.“By being eclectic, we are using all our abilities and attracting more and more people,” said Swartz. “There’s nothing in it for the libraries, except they open you up to avenues you never even dreamed of. It’s an intangible thought about advancing mobility and advancing the democratic spirit.”However, not all local libraries in Monmouth will be eligible for a grant application. The Oceanic Free Library, for example, operates under a private system established by the Meeker family in 1920. They started the library as a memorial to their son, William, who died in World War I before seeing combat.Board president Carolyn Miller explains that while funding from the state would be greatly appreciated, money for the Ocean Free Library comes from the borough of Rumson, individual donations and fundraisers, and an annual appeal.“It’s very difficult to get funding because people donate to so many community fundraisers already, like school events or programs. It’s a lot of work,” said Miller. “We would love to purchase awnings to cut back on air conditioning in the summer. We would love for someone to sponsor or underwrite our fish tank expenses. Everyone loves the fish tank but it costs money to maintain,” said Miller.The library just installed a new kitchen. A granite countertop was donated and Home Depot offered a new refrigerator. Last year’s improvements included a new roof, provided by a fundraiser at the Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club.The MCLS does provide services to Rumson’s library, as they have member status. The system supports the Oceanic Library through books and technology, and a weekly representative runs the children’s program.“Our library director Nanette Reis does a great job,” Miller said. “Between new families, after school tutoring services, and community events, we are very busy.When asked which sites were a top priority in the event that referendum passes, Tolchin said there will be a formal process to choose projects. “The Library Commission will assess and prioritize the needs of branch facilities, and decide on the best course of action to enhance services for the entire county library system.”This article was first published in the Sept. 7-14, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.