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Rita Monson, 75, Wellington: April 19, 1943 – Sept. 23, 2018

first_imgRita MonsonRita A. Monson, of Wellington, died Sunday, September 23, 2018 at her home in Wellington at the age of 75.Rita was born the daughter of Kimber and Eldred (McDonald) Chard on Monday, April 19, 1943 on the family farm near Lucas. She graduated from Stockton High School and later attended the Hays Academy of Hair Design. Rita was a longtime cosmetologist but was also proud of the time she spent working in the oil field industry and as manager of the local Braums Ice Cream & Dairy Store. On January 28, 1999, Rita and Ron Monson were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated over nineteen years of marriage. After retiring, Rita was able to enjoy her grandchildren. The love for her family and grandchildren is what sustained her as she battled through her health problems. Rita and Ron have spent the last few years traveling and camping. She loved camping and found it comforting as she would recover from her treatments. Survivors include her husband, Ron Monson of Wellington; daughter, Lisa Inslee and her husband Scott of Attica; daughter, LeAnna Pounds and her husband Max of Hunter; son, Daniel Monson and his wife Irene of Wellington; daughter, Ronda Monson of Wellington; son, Martin Bell and his wife Amy of Kingman; brother, Vernon Chard and his wife Gloria of Blue Springs, Missouri; sister, Nita Johnston and her husband Merrill of Stockton along with her 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lori Schindler; sister, Joyce Kressly and her brother, Keith Chard. A celebration of Rita’s life will begin at 1:00 p.m., Saturday September 29, 2018 in the chapel of Cornejo|Day Funeral Home, Wellington. Memorial funds have been established in her loving memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Wellington Ministerial Alliance. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Standup paddleboarding picks up steam

first_imgBRECKENRIDGE | Merrill Mann had always been intrigued when she saw people on standup paddleboards tooling around on area lakes, so when she found a coupon for a rental, she decided to give it a try.Now she’s hooked.This March 22, 2011 photo provided by Three Brothers Boards shows Austin Marvin and tour customers passing the Jackie Robinson Memorial Ball Park on the Halifax River, Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Three Brothers Boards, Justin Murray)“I loved it the first time I tried it,” said Mann, who rides on lakes near her home in Avon. “Anything with the outdoors, being on the water, it’s very serene yet you’re getting a workout. You’re exercising and out in the sun.”Standup paddleboarding has exploded in popularity the past few years. A sort of combination between surfing and kayaking, it has become a hit on oceans, lakes and rivers across the United States and beyond.According to a 2013 Outdoor Foundation recreation report, standup paddleboarding was the most popular outdoor activity for first-time participants, garnering 56 percent of the newbies among all outdoor activities last year.The appeal is simple: It’s relatively easy, available to a wide range of ages and can be done just about anywhere there’s a body of water.“I think the reason it’s blowing up so much is there’s no limitations,” said RJ Murray, co-owner of Three Brothers Boards in Daytona Beach, Florida. “As long as you have a body of water, it doesn’t matter where you are. People who lived away from the ocean and wanted to be in that environment never really had that option before paddleboarding.”Standup paddleboarding is not new.The ancient Hawaiians were believed to use it as transportation between islands and for fishing, while fishermen from Asia to South America have used forms of standup paddleboarding while working their catch.The recent rise in popularity started with surfers and carried on with tourists in beach towns who then took the idea back to where they live.Now, standup paddleboarders can be found cruising along the shore on just about every coast, across mountain lakes, racing down rivers and even participating in group yoga classes atop their boards.“When I first heard people wanted to do yoga classes on paddleboards, I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” said Murray, who started Three Brothers with his brother Justin in 2009. (A third brother, Jason, died earlier that year.) “People are getting really creative with it. I can’t imagine where it will be four years from now.”The equipment certainly has changed.Little more than modified surfboards just a few years ago, boards now are specifically designed for standup paddling, averaging 10 to 12 feet in length and contoured for easy balancing. Ocean boards are typically made of the same materials as surfboards, while boards used on lakes and rivers can be made of inflatable material used for river rafts or injected plastic like kayaks.Optimal size for the paddle is 8 to 10 inches longer than the paddler, to give them leverage.“The boards have gotten more complex, the competition stiffer,” Murray said. “In four years, the sport has done a 180.”The changes have added to the popularity.Because the boards have become so sturdy, standup paddleboarding has become a sport nearly anyone can handle, not just surfers or swimmers.Set up with the right size board and calm water conditions, most first-timers only need about 10 minutes to feel comfortable and start paddling away. It gets a bit more difficult when there are waves or a current, but remains accessible to people from 7 to 77, according to Murray.“You pretty much get up at your own pace,” said Mary Hoffius, who lives in Breckenridge and has been standup paddleboarding for three years. “You start off on your knees and you stand up. The boards are really sturdy now. It’s actually hard to fall off on a still body of water. It took me no time.”Like any sport, standup paddleboarders have picked up the pace within the sport, pushing the boundaries to new, adrenaline-fueling levels.Races have cropped up across the country. Paddlers also have joined surfers in hanging 10, using their paddles for added speed while riding the waves into shore.But most riders do it just for the enjoyment of being out on the water and in the sun, enjoying the scenery while getting a decent upper-body and core workout. “It’s not like you’re racing down the side of a mountain on a mountain bike and all the danger that goes along with that, so it’s a more low-key activity,” Mann said.last_img read more

Former Middletown girl has Olympic aspirations

first_imgThe eyes of Middletown will be focused on the U.S Gymnastics Olympic Trials next month as former Middletown High School South star Alyssa Beckerman is likely to bid for a spot on the team. Beckerman finished fifth overall at last weekend’s U.S. Gymnastics Championship in St. Louis, ahead of established former Olympians such as Amy Chow, Dominique Moceanu and Dominique Dawes. By placing fifth, Beckerman all but locked up a spot at next month’s trials. Beckerman finished just 1.675 points behind the winner of last weekend’s championship, Elise Ray. The top 12 finishers at the nationals advance to the trials, where gymnastics guru Bela Karolyi will head a committee that will choose the six-member Olympic team. Although performances at nationals and the trials will be considered when ranking the gymnasts, they will not be binding. Although Beckerman was expected to be one of the gymnasts to advance to the trials, it’s anybody’s guess as to how far she can take her Olympic aspirations. A large component in the hunt for one of the six available spots on the Olympic team is the opinion of Karolyi, who was lured out of retirement to assemble another dream team. In order to get him to agree to come back, the four-person selection committee was established because he argued that the new process would result in the best team. As a result, Karolyi has said that he can take someone who is dominant in one particular event rather than selecting six gymnasts who have high overall scores. However, some critics of the move argue that the new process opens the door for Karolyi to select the returning gymnasts from the 1996 Olympic gold-medal winning team over more-deserving candidates. Five of the seven gymnasts from that team are competing for spots on the Sydney squad. However, Beckerman said she knows that all she can do is give her best effort on the floor, and let the selection process play itself out. If she is selected to participate in the Olympic Games, it will mark the culmination of a lengthy training process, which led to Beckerman and her family moving to Cincinnati at the beginning of her senior year in high school so that she could train at one of the nation’s best gymnastic academies. That proved to be a good move when Beckerman finished eighth in the all-around at the U.S. Championships in 1988. Recently, she warmed up for last weekend’s championship by competing in the Spieth-Sogipa Cup in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where she took first.last_img read more

Europa League draw

first_imgItalian club Napoli will face German high-flyers RB Leipzig in the pick of the Europa League last-32 ties following the draw on Monday.Both sides are second in their domestic championships having dropped into the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League groups.The other sides entering the Europa League at the first knockout stage after failing to make the last 16 of the Champions League are Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Spartak Moscow, Celtic, CSKA Moscow and Sporting Lisbon.In another Italian-German tie Atalanta will face Dortmund.Atletico, twice Champions league runners-up, will take on FC Copenhagen who crept into the knockout stage.Red Star Belgrade’s first post-Christmas European action in 26 years earned then a tie against CSKA Moscow.Scottish champions Celtic will have their work cut out against Roberto Mancini’s Zenit St Petersburg.Former European champion Steaua Bucharest face Lazio and Olympique Lyonnais play Villarreal.Arsenal, who missed out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, continue their Thursday night adventures against Sweden’s Ostersunds.Borussia Dortmund v AtalantaNice v Lokomotiv MoscowFC Copenhagen v Atletico MadridSpartak Moscow v Athletic BilbaoAEK Athens v Dynamo KievCeltic v Zenit St PetersburgNapoli v RB LeipzigCrvena Zvezda v CSKA MoscowLyon v VillarrealReal Sociedad v FC SalzburgPartizan Belgrade v Viktoria PlzenSteaua Bucharest v LazioLudogorets v AC MilanAstana v Sporting LisbonOstersunds v ArsenalMarseille v Bragalast_img read more

Police Harvest 75-Acre Rice Project

first_imgThe Liberia National Police says it has harvested a 75-acre rice-farming project in Foya, Lofa County. According to Director C. Clarence Massaquoi, the LNP has for a couple of years now been engaged in running the rice farm project, located in Kpang Banin Town in Foya District, Lofa County.“When you took office you instructed us (Liberians) to go back to the soil. So in adherence to your instruction we decided to engage in this project,” Director Massaquoi said.He said the project is intended to ensure institutional self-sufficiency in terms of food security.Director Massaquoi said produce from the farm will feed police recruits at the National Police Training Academy, the police elite forces – the Emergency Response Unit (ERU)\ and the Police Support Unit (PSU), among others. Receiving five bags of the rice harvested from the LNP farm, delivered last Friday by Police Director Chris Massaquoi and his principal deputies, as her gift for the New Year, President Sirleaf praised the LNP for its venture into agricultural activities while ensuring law and order in the country.“Let me commend you all. I think it is a great response to a national need,” the President said as she underscored the importance of agriculture to Liberia’s development process. “You are doing well in keeping with the new policy, which is the agenda and strategy of government, so we want to applaud you.”President Sirleaf said in realization of this fact, she has urged citizens to go back to the soil, and that government is also shifting more attention to agriculture production.She also praised the LNP for its strides in maintaining law and order across the country. The harvest, According to Sam Collins, public affairs officer for the LNP, amounts to 400 bags of rice. This planting season, the LNP aims to expand the rice to 150 acres – twice the size of the existing farm – with land given by the locals in the area.When asked about the plight of other farmers in Lofa, whose plentiful rice harvests remain stranded on their farms due to lack of a way to move them to market, Collins said, “Absolutely, we are willing to help. The same way we bring our harvest to town, we could help other farmers there as well.”For his part Vice President Joseph Boakai lauded the LNP for its involvement in food production, stressing that it will go a long way in helping the police to feed officers in training and other staffers in the employ of the police. He said food production was one of the best ways out of poverty and to jumpstart the Liberian economy.VP Boakai said he was happy to see the police getting involved in extra activities apart from its statutory responsibility, and called on other institutions in and out of government to see food production as a priority in moving the country from dependency on imported food.“I’m gratified for what the police have done in Lofa County by producing rice, and hope this would continue to make the country self-sufficient in food production,” VP Boakai said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Frank Girardot: The unlikelihood of death penalty

first_imgIf convicted, it’s pretty unlikely Man-ling Williams will die by lethal injection. Williams, 27, stands accused of stabbing her husband, Neal, 27, to death with a sword and smothering her two small children with a pillow in their Rowland Heights apartment Aug. 7. The former Marie Callender’s waitress is charged with the murders and the special circumstances of lying in wait before killing her sons, Devon, 7, and Ian, 3. She has appeared in court twice since her arrest and has yet to enter a plea. A defense attorney and homicide detective both said she confessed to the crimes. Even with the special circumstances allegation, statistics seem to indicate there’s little chance a death sentence in the case would ever be handed down by a judge, much less considered by a jury. In Los Angeles County this year the District Attorney’s Office has filed capital murder charges against 85 defendants – seven of them (including Williams) women, according to spokeswoman Jane Robison. What happens when these cases get before a jury is a completely different matter. As of Jan. 1, of the 3,350 inmates on Death Rows in the U.S., just 59 were women. Fifteen of those were from California, according to statistics compiled annually by the criminal justice project of the NAACP. The disparity comes down to differences between the sexes, said Stefanie Faucher, program director of the San Francisco- based Death Penalty Focus, an anti-capital-punishment organization headed by actor Mike Farrell. “Women tend to commit different crimes than men,” she said. “They aren’t serial killers. They aren’t typically killing people they don’t know. “A large number of women who end up committing horrible crimes are usually committing crimes involving family members; husbands, acquaintances,” Faucher said. “Frequently these are crimes of passion,” she said. “Maybe there was abuse involved. There’s frequently a lot of drugs and alcohol. And women in these situations usually aren’t acting alone.” No matter the circumstances, handing down the death penalty is a tough deal. In 1995, a jury found three Pasadena men guilty of killing three children on Halloween night 1993. But it hung in the death penalty phase of the trial. That, despite the fact that the killers sat through court laughing at the prosecutors and threatening witnesses. It was only after a retrial of the penalty phase that a second jury opted to recommend death for Herbert McClain, Lorenzo Newborn and Karl Holmes. In what some would call poetic justice, the verdict came back on Halloween day 1996. In a solemn proceeding nearly three months later, Superior Court Judge J.D. Smith sentenced the three men to die for killing Edgar Evans, 13, and Stephen Coats Jr. and Reggie Crawford Jr., both 14. Epithets and mocking laughter were shouted by the snarling defendants, who were manacled and wearing shock belts and surrounded by armed deputies in the downtown courtroom. What a contrast that image is to the sight of Man-ling Williams in court Friday. Big, tough, muscular, predatory gangbangers. Little, sniffling, soft-voiced mom. Both cases have one thing in common: three innocent victims. frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gas prices rise 15 cents across nation

first_img Among stations surveyed, the lowest average price in the country for regular unleaded was in Salt Lake City, at $2.25 a gallon. The most costly was in Honolulu, where drivers paid $2.80 a gallon. Among California cities surveyed, Sacramento had the best price for regular at $2.52. The most expensive was $2.70 a gallon in San Diego. CAMARILLO – Retail gas prices across the country climbed an average of nearly 15 cents in the past two weeks, according to a survey released Sunday. The weighted average price for all three grades increased to $2.52 a gallon by Friday, according to Trilby Lundberg, who publishes the semimonthly Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations in the country. Gas prices are 40 cents higher than they were a year ago. Self-serve regular averaged $2.49 a gallon nationwide in the latest survey. Midgrade cost $2.59 a gallon while the price for premium was $2.69. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cable shifts to Time Warner

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“If you want to have cable TV, you still have a choice,” Zine said. “I see this as a positive, especially for folks in my district.” Former Adelphia customers will be able to keep their service plans for the time being, he said. “The rates will not be affected by this transaction,” Leavenworth said. However, eventually “everything will be consistent.” In the fall, former Adelphia and Comcast customers will be able to sign up for Time Warner services such as digital phone service, digital cabl, and Road Runner high speed Internet connection, priced at $44.95 each, Leavenworth said. Discounts are available for those who sign up for multiple services. Some changes to channel lineups are coming down the pike. Analog channels won’t budge, but digital channel lineups will be grouped by content, creating clusters of children’s shows or cooking programs, Leavenworth said. Time Warner assumed control of Adelphia and Comcast in the San Fernando Valley this week, but changes to service packages, channel lineup and bills will be rolled out over the next few months. “First we want to get everything integrated. Then we’ll start offering changes,” Time Warner spokesman Deane Leavenworth said. “But we don’t want to offer changes off the bat. We want to offer stability.” The deal gave Time Warner some 4.8 million Adelphia and Comcast customers nationwide, including 350,000 in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Time Warner and Comcast purchased Adelphia jointly for $12.5 billion plus a 16 percent stake in Time Warner. Then they swapped systems in some markets to create “better clustered systems,” Leavenworth said. Angelenos will get much better service with Time Warner and will still have a choice between DirecTV and Satellite TV, according to District 3 Councilman Dennis Zine. Monthly bills will eventually say Time Warner instead of Adelphia or Comcast, but the format will be “comparable,” Leavenworth said. Bills will still list any extra charges for pay-per view shows or movies, taxes and fees. For those who pay their bills through an online service, Time Warner will take care of all the details, Leavenworth said. Time Warner is adding new channels, including SiTV, an English-language channel geared toward Latinos. Time Warner is also expected to reinstate the NFL Network on former Adelphia systems after the FCC said it was cut off without the required 30-day notice. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3736160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Abduction case of mistaken identity

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Police in eastern Ventura County have warned recently of reports from children who said they were approached by strangers at their schools or near home – but in one instance, it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. The Simi Valley Police Department issued a composite drawing of a purported suspect who approached a 10-year-old girl, but it turned out the man was not attempting to abduct her after all. Still, officials said that with the school year starting, children must be aware of strangers who approach them at school or home. In Thousand Oaks, deputies said they have had several calls recently regarding children who were approached by a “suspicious subject” at elementary and middle schools and at an apartment complex, where a strange man asked a little girl to help him. Detective David Del Marto praised the girl for refusing to go with the man and reporting the incident to authorities. Even though it turned out to be a mistake, “the possibility is always there,” Del Marto said. Detectives tracked down the man in the drawing, who came back to the school Thursday to pick up another girl, and learned that the girl’s mother actually had sent the suspect to the school. The two girls had similar names, police said in a statement released Friday. They said it was not an abduction attempt after all, but “a miscommunication between school staff and the male suspect.” Del Marto said police must take such reports seriously because of the potential danger. Sgt. Stephanie Shannon of the Simi Valley Police Department said it is not a good idea for parents to have stickers on their cars with their children’s names because a predator could use the information against the child. “We encourage parents to communicate with their kids about stranger danger,” she said. “They should help their kids learn how to be very careful about their surroundings.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillipscenter_img “We’re actively investigating this, and I would hope that children and their parents continue to be aware of their surroundings,” said Sgt. Barbara Payton of the Thousand Oaks Police Department. Payton said children who were approached by strangers in Thousand Oaks gave varying descriptions of the men. She said with children starting back to school it is critical that they stay away from strangers who confront them and go immediately to a safe location. On Wednesday, Simi Valley police released a composite drawing of a man who approached a 10-year-old girl at Berylwood Elementary School on Aug.31. The man called her by her first and last name and said her mother told him to pick her up in his car. last_img read more

Oyston family ordered to buy out Blackpool shareholder for more than £31million

first_img Owen Oyston has been removed from the League One club’s board of directors by a Court Receiver 1 Millionaire businessman Valeri Belokon has won a bitter High Court battle with the Oyston family over the running of Blackpool.His company, VB Football Assets, a minor shareholder in Blackpool, brought an action against the Oystons and their companies alleging they had shown unfair prejudice against shareholders.Lawyers for VB Football complained that both Mr Belokon and his nominated directors were excluded from key decisions, information and share of profits.Owen Oyston, Blackpool’s majority shareholder, and his son Karl, the club’s chairman, denied the accusations during a lengthy civil trial in London earlier this year before Mr Justice Marcus Smith.They gave evidence that all financial transactions were conducted in an open and transparent manner.The judge announced his decision on the dispute on Monday, ruling that there had been unfair prejudice. After further discussion in court the judge ruled that a “financial buy-out” was the appropriate course following his findings.It is understood that Blackpool will now have to purchase the interests of VB Football Assets for £31.27 million.last_img read more