Journal – Manteo Book Sellers http://manteobooksellers.com/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:27:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://manteobooksellers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/icon-manteo.png Journal – Manteo Book Sellers http://manteobooksellers.com/ 32 32 Edmonton to host as major Quidditch destination next weekend https://manteobooksellers.com/edmonton-to-host-as-major-quidditch-destination-next-weekend/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:27:13 +0000 https://manteobooksellers.com/edmonton-to-host-as-major-quidditch-destination-next-weekend/ Breadcrumb Links Movies local arts festivals The Summer Solsnitch is Western Canada’s largest fantasy quidditch tournament, taking place June 25 at the Edmonton Rugby Football Club. Edmonton Aurors Jon Golla blocks a shot by Hayle Damborowsky as the Aurors quidditch team practices at McNally High School. Photo by Jason Franson /Postmedia Reviews and recommendations are […]]]>

The Summer Solsnitch is Western Canada’s largest fantasy quidditch tournament, taking place June 25 at the Edmonton Rugby Football Club.

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In quidditch, the snitch is a player who runs across the field with a tennis ball dangling from his belt, a target for both teams to grab. This is important for quidditch; catching the snitch scores 30 points and ends the game.

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It’s no surprise, then, that the Aurors, Edmonton’s quidditch team, are honoring it by naming Western Canada’s greatest quidditch fantasy tournament, the Summer Solsnitch, to be held June 25 at the Edmonton Rugby Football Club. The tournament will attract players from across North America to compete in a sport from the Harry Potter universe books and movies.

“Edmonton really grabbed this one. We’re throwing a great Solsnitch,” says Jasper Whitby, vice-president of the Edmonton Aurors, who uses the pronouns them/they.

Whitby says the tournament is a great place for new players to learn the game and experienced veterans to come together for midsummer camaraderie. Players register individually and are drafted in teams of seven; they hope to attract around 60 people for this year’s Summer Solsnitch, the same number they had before COVID canceled games in 2020 and 2021.

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Quidditch first appeared in the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, released in 1997. Harry and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry compete against each other by flying on magic broomsticks, throwing balls through hoops and chasing a golden bird.

The game was brought to the field in 2005 in New England. It grew slowly through recreational leagues and varsity teams. McGill University in Montreal will host Canada’s first quidditch team, and it will spread across the country from there.

“Quidditch is just fun chaos. It’s this mix of handball, but also dodgeball, flag football, there’s a broom between the legs,” says Whitby.

Whitby joined the Edmonton Aurors Quidditch Club in 2018 and also coaches the club’s recreational team. The club also hosts a competitive team that travels the country and a youth team for players between the ages of eight and 15.

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The draw for Whitby isn’t the mechanics, the strategy or even the athleticism of the sport.

“Inclusiveness is really important to me,” says Whitby. “I do a lot of other sports; football, ultimate frisbee, water polo. But these are all very gender binary sports. Quidditch is quite unique in that it’s not a mixed sport, it’s a mixed sport.

In a team of seven, there are at most four players of the same gender at a time. According to Whitby, this helps create space for trans or gender non-conforming people; the rule applies to their gender identity.

This acceptance can help the sport grow, but quidditch can be difficult for new players to understand. There’s a lot going on on the pitch at once, with up to four balls flying around the pitch.

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“It’s quite chaotic, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. But after a while you start to see the moving parts, how the different positions work together,” says Milan Cuthbert, former Aurors manager and member of the Edmonton club’s recreation team. “Once you understand the sport a bit better, you can see the games as they happen and the different movements of the groups versus the chaos of different types of balls flying everywhere.”

The chasers, three from each team, try to throw the quaffle, usually a volleyball, through one of three hoops on the other side of the court to score points. Two other batsmen run around the pitch throwing bludgers, three foam dodgeballs, to the opposite side to force them to drop what they’re doing and run to their side of the pitch.

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Confused? Well, there’s also a keeper for each team, and each player has to hold a broomstick between their legs for the entire game. The stick does nothing and you are not allowed to remove it from between your legs.

Finally, the snitch is released after 18 minutes, a player dressed in a gold outfit with a tennis ball draped from his belt. If a team’s catcher can catch the dangling tennis ball, they score 30 points for their team and end the game.

While Whitby and Cuthbert cite the acceptance and camaraderie of the sport as a major draw, they both quickly drift away, and the club and the sport as a whole, from the source material and the author who gave it to him. gave life.

For the past three years, Rowling has made transphobic comments, comments which she has doubled down on and maintained despite the backlash.

“JK Rowling’s transphobia is detrimental to the quidditch community,” says Cuthbert. “The sport’s association with Harry Potter has also affected the sport’s ability to develop.”

But politics will be put aside for a long summer day at this year’s Summer Solsnitch where a chance to reconnect with old friends is more important than the score on the board. Except when your team grabs the snitch; it’s a big problem.

For more information on the Edmonton Aurors Quidditch Club and Summer Solsnitch, visit edmontonquidditch.com.

yegarts@postmedia.com

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How to Afford Summer Road Trips amid High Gas Prices https://manteobooksellers.com/how-to-afford-summer-road-trips-amid-high-gas-prices/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 18:07:28 +0000 https://manteobooksellers.com/how-to-afford-summer-road-trips-amid-high-gas-prices/ A summer road trip used to be a cheap and easy getaway. This year, soaring gas prices and expensive rental cars might make you think twice before hitting the road. According to the American Automobile Association, a federation of auto clubs across North America, the average gas price was $4.60 a gallon nationwide before Memorial […]]]>

A summer road trip used to be a cheap and easy getaway. This year, soaring gas prices and expensive rental cars might make you think twice before hitting the road.

According to the American Automobile Association, a federation of auto clubs across North America, the average gas price was $4.60 a gallon nationwide before Memorial Day weekend. Some experts think the national average could even top $5 later this summer.

Additionally, rental car prices hit record highs during the pandemic, up 38.6% in February from February 2020, according to a NerdWallet analysis of home price index inflation data. consumption in the United States.


But these roadblocks don’t necessarily mean you have to put the brakes on travel altogether. You may just need to change your travel plans. Here’s how.

If you’re open-minded about your vacation destination, consider driving in an area where gas prices are lower than average. On June 1, 10 states had average gasoline prices below $4.30 a gallon for regular gasoline, according to AAA data.

These states, ranked from cheapest to most expensive, were:

  • Georgia
  • Arkansas
  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Missouri
  • Louisiana
  • Nebraska
  • Caroline from the south
  • Texas

Given how many of these states border each other, it would be fairly easy to plan a road trip through the South or the Midwest. You can start in St. Louis and drive around four hours on Interstate 70 across the state to Kansas City, Missouri. Take the time to make a stop in Columbia, which is a college town par excellence with the University of Missouri. Boonville is another interesting stop, where you can visit the Warm Springs Ranch, home of the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales. (Walking tours start at $15.) From Kansas City, it takes about three hours to drive to Omaha, Nebraska, where you can try the so-called original Reuben sandwich.

If you’re renting a car, be aware that rental car prices can vary greatly depending on the rental company, whether you’re renting at the airport or downtown, and how far in advance you book.

Speaking of car rental, this could be the year you rent an electric vehicle. The EV may have a higher rental price, but it could be cheaper than renting a gasoline car and filling it up. AAA has a useful gas calculator tool that takes into account the type of car and where you drive to help you see the trade-offs.

Hotel and vacation rental companies are also making it easier to find accommodations that offer electric vehicle charging. More and more hotels are promoting electric vehicle charging as a hotel perk alongside traditional amenities like swimming pools and breakfast buffets. Many hotels even allow you to charge your car free of charge.

If rental car prices are brutally high, consider booking with other car rental companies like Turo or Getaround, which may be cheaper than a major car rental company. Many of these companies are relatively new and allow you to book cars directly from owners, operating like an “Airbnb for cars”.

For example, the cost of a one-week car rental at San Francisco International Airport during the first week of July for a standard gas-powered car like a Volkswagen Jetta would average around $640. Head to peer-to-peer car-sharing site Turo, and there are more than a dozen Teslas available to book in San Francisco on the same dates for less than $800.

If you double-filled the Jetta’s roughly 13-gallon gas tank at $6 a gallon (not uncommon in some states like California), you’d be paying over $150 for gas. That cost plus the rental would make you pay roughly the same amount as reserving the Tesla.

With so many variables, it pays to shop around before making reservations.

If driving a gas-powered car is non-negotiable, master the art of saving money on gas. Download apps like GasBuddy, which track local gas prices and can guide you to the cheapest gas station near you. It also helps to drive more efficiently. Adjusting how you accelerate, brake or use cruise control can impact your gas mileage.

And if all else fails and you’re stuck with a gargantuan gas bill, at least earn rewards for your spending with a rewards credit card. The best gas credit cards can typically earn at least 3% in rewards for your gas station spending.

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The beauty of bird’s nests, which bird has the best? https://manteobooksellers.com/the-beauty-of-birds-nests-which-bird-has-the-best/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 09:09:24 +0000 https://manteobooksellers.com/the-beauty-of-birds-nests-which-bird-has-the-best/ Ornithologists have speculated that birds started building nests when they were unable to locate natural cavities. Of the 470 perching birds (passerines) in North America, about 25% use holes or build domed structures, while the rest have open nests built from scratch. These open nests vary greatly in adaptation to the immediate environment as well […]]]>

Ornithologists have speculated that birds started building nests when they were unable to locate natural cavities. Of the 470 perching birds (passerines) in North America, about 25% use holes or build domed structures, while the rest have open nests built from scratch. These open nests vary greatly in adaptation to the immediate environment as well as the needs of individual species.

An illustrated book such as Hal H. Harrison’s “A Field Guide to Bird’s Nests” (1975) will help you identify many nests that you can locate on or near your property.

Do not disturb nesting birds. Observe them from a distance using binoculars or a telescope.

Birds:Go with a birding group to learn species and vocalizations

If you spot a nest in a shrub or tree fork or on a horizontal branch lined with mud, chances are it was built by a female robin. She shaped the mud to fit her body while still wet. During the nest building phase, a female robin often builds several nests side by side, although she normally lays eggs in only one of them.

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Sir Paul McCartney celebrates his 80th birthday after a brilliant career https://manteobooksellers.com/sir-paul-mccartney-celebrates-his-80th-birthday-after-a-brilliant-career/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 01:47:05 +0000 https://manteobooksellers.com/sir-paul-mccartney-celebrates-his-80th-birthday-after-a-brilliant-career/ Sir Paul McCartney turns 80 on Saturday and will take to the stage next week as Glastonbury’s longest-serving solo headliner. The Beatles singer, songwriter and legend had a career spanning over 60 years as one of the most famous stars in the British music industry. His accomplishments include being part of the most influential pop […]]]>

Sir Paul McCartney turns 80 on Saturday and will take to the stage next week as Glastonbury’s longest-serving solo headliner.

The Beatles singer, songwriter and legend had a career spanning over 60 years as one of the most famous stars in the British music industry.

His accomplishments include being part of the most influential pop group of all time, writing one of the most covered songs, Yesterday, which has been redone by over 2,000 artists, and winning a trophy cabinet full of awards.

The Beatles in 1963, with Sir Paul at left (PA)

Born in Liverpool in 1942, Sir Paul met George Harrison at school and, aged 15, met John Lennon and his skiffle band The Quarrymen at a church party and was invited to to join.

Sir Paul and Lennon then parted ways, Harrison joining them with Stuart Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums.

The group was called The Beatles – the name intended as a tribute to Buddy Holly’s backing band The Crickets – and when Sutcliffe left the group in 1961, Sir Paul took over on bass.

In 1962, Sir Ringo Starr replaced Best on drums.

Brian Epstein signed the Beatles in 1962 and they had their first hit with Love Me Do later that year.

Over the next seven years, the Beatles enjoyed hits with songs such as Hey Jude, She Loves You, Twist And Shout and All You Need Is Love until their split in 1970.

Sir Paul then formed a new band, Wings, with his wife Linda as one of the members.

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The cover of Wings’ acclaimed 1973 album Band On The Run (Clive Arrowsmith/PA)

Wings continued to have hits with songs such as Live And Let Die and Mull Of Kintyre before breaking up in 1981.

The singer’s solo career has included high-profile collaborations including Ebony And Ivory with Stevie Wonder, The Girl Is Mine with Michael Jackson and, most recently, 2015’s FourFive Seconds with Kanye West and Rihanna.

In 2018, Sir Paul earned his first number one album in the US on the Billboard chart for 36 years, with his 18th solo studio album Egypt Station powering former rapper Eminem’s Kamikaze.

And in the UK, 2020’s McCartney III gave it its first UK number since 1989’s Flowers in the Dirt.

He also found success as an author.

In 2018 he wrote the children’s book Hey Grandude! with illustrator Kathryn Durst, about a grandfather and his three grandchildren with a magic compass on an adventure.

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Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell after being made a Companion of Honor (Steve Parsons/PA)

His two-volume anthology, The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present, was named Waterstones Book of the Year in 2021.

During his career, Sir Paul’s accolades have included 18 competitive Grammys, an OBE and two inductions into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

In 2017 he was made a member of the Order of Companions of Honor – a special award given to those who have made a major contribution to the arts, sciences, medicine or government.

Sir Paul will headline Glastonbury next Saturday night.

His first wife Linda died in 1998 and he married Heather Mills in 2002. They separated in 2006 and divorced in 2008.

He has been married to Nancy Shevell since 2011. He is the father of five children.

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Be A Blessing: Local Children Benefit From Non-Profit Book Giveaway Event | Journal-news https://manteobooksellers.com/be-a-blessing-local-children-benefit-from-non-profit-book-giveaway-event-journal-news/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://manteobooksellers.com/be-a-blessing-local-children-benefit-from-non-profit-book-giveaway-event-journal-news/ SHEPHERDSTOWN — Rhonda Gales started The Blessings Closet as a way to honor her mom and dad and their efforts to share a holiday meal. Over the years since its inception, the nonprofit has grown to provide so much more than a meal to so many people. Young people in the community were the recipients […]]]>

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Rhonda Gales started The Blessings Closet as a way to honor her mom and dad and their efforts to share a holiday meal.

Over the years since its inception, the nonprofit has grown to provide so much more than a meal to so many people.

Young people in the community were the recipients of Gales’ passion project on Sunday afternoon, as they arrived at Morgan’s Grove Park to select books to take home.

“I am a proponent of reading. It’s something I’ve done since childhood,” Gales said.

She shared that her focus for the book distribution event aligned with the focus on education, as part of the premise behind The Blessings Closet.

“Clothing, food and education are the focus,” Gales said. “It’s about encouraging the enjoyment of reading and giving kids enough time away from electronics to read a good book.”

Gales said she simply put out a solicitation that she needed children’s books, and the response was overwhelming. The books available at Sunday’s event were donated, not only by individuals and families, but also by Shepherdstown Library and Williamsport High School.

“My friend, Cherri Branson, from Silver Spring, Maryland, donated workbooks for grades 1-6,” Gales added, mentioning that Branson is originally from Shepherdstown and is still involved in the region, while she holds a seat on the board of directors. directors for The Blessings Closet.

The children, along with their parents, were able to select books that interested them, as well as enjoy hot dogs on the grill, listen to music provided by Braeden Lee, Gales’ cousin, and have their face painted by CiCi Holmes, Gales’ niece visiting from Florida.

Since its inception, The Blessings Closet has been a family affair, and Gales’ family has stepped up to help in whatever areas they find a need.

“All the charity has been a blessing. The people who step in when I want to do something and the support from the community is wonderful. We teach the lesson of service to others,” Gales pointed out, adding that she always needs volunteers for various projects.

Visit www.theblessingscloset.com to contact Gales and find out more about the organization and all it does for the local community.

Currently, there is no fixed location for The Blessings Closet. Gales partners with the Shepherdstown Fire Department and some local churches to hold events. She is looking for a space that would allow The Blessings Closet to better serve people in need.

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Lillian (Lil) Marie Van Straten (Juntunen) | News, Sports, Jobs https://manteobooksellers.com/lillian-lil-marie-van-straten-juntunen-news-sports-jobs/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 07:05:04 +0000 https://manteobooksellers.com/lillian-lil-marie-van-straten-juntunen-news-sports-jobs/ BARAGA, MI – 94 year old Lillian (Lil) Marie Van Straten (Juntunen) of Baraga, MI died Monday, June 6, 2022 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. Lil was born on December 27, 1927 in Nisula, MI, the daughter of Arthur and Armita (Lepisto) Juntunen. Lil graduated from Baraga High School in 1946. She married her high […]]]>

BARAGA, MI – 94 year old Lillian (Lil) Marie Van Straten (Juntunen) of Baraga, MI died Monday, June 6, 2022 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.

Lil was born on December 27, 1927 in Nisula, MI, the daughter of Arthur and Armita (Lepisto) Juntunen. Lil graduated from Baraga High School in 1946. She married her high school sweetheart, George Peter Van Straten, on February 26, 1949, in Baraga.

In addition to starting a family together, they founded Van Straten Manufacturing, which is now owned by the 3rd generation.

In 1980, Lil and Pete purchased the historic mill and deep water harbor previously owned by the Ford Motor Company in Pequaming, MI. With their ambitious vision and determination, they restored the property and built a marina that they owned, operated and shared with boaters. and tourists over the past 41 years.

Lil made the world a better place with his huge heart, generosity and love for all.

Lil was immensely proud of her family. Her grandchildren cherish their memories of all their good times with “Nana”. Whether it’s playing the piano, cooking, picking berries, their frequent sleepovers and of course shopping. She was admired for her exquisite sense of style.

Lil was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in L’Anse, the Red Hats Society and the Aura Hospital Auxiliary. She has been a generous donor to various organizations. Her family is very comforted to know that they are with our Lord.

Lil is pursued in death by her parents, her brothers, James, Norman, Arnold and Raymond Juntunen; sisters, Mae Loman and Jean Clisch; sons, Baby George and Michael Van Straten.

She is survived by her husband, Pete Van Straten of Baraga, a loving husband of 73 years; brother, Harold Juntunen of Livonia, MI; daughters, Mary (Bill) Mowry of Lake Forest, IL, Sue Van Straten of Chicago, IL; sons, Peter (Diane) Van Straten of Baraga, George (Jill) Van Straten of Chassell; daughter-in-law, Donna Van Straten of Negaunee; grandchildren, Peter (Susanah) Landry, Darragh (Arthur) Blachno, Rachel (Colin) Schiewe, Hannah Mowry, Chris (Amber) Van Straten, Carmen (Tyler) Larson, Jenna Van Straten, Eric (Autumn) Van Straten, Josh (Caitlin) Van Straten, Taylor Swanson, Catherine Van Straten, Matt (Emily) Carstens, Laura Carstens, Ashley (Luke) Cody; great-grandchildren, Christian, Colton, Jaycee, Georgia, Tessa, Rylan, Rosalie, Tanner, Breigh, Nari, Daewon, Charlotte, Phoebe, Auggie, Sam, Scarlet, Michael and Melanie; sisters-in-law, Jen Juntunen of Farmington Hills, MI and Jane Juntunen of Greenland, MI.

Visitations will be held at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in L’Anse on Tuesday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. His funeral will take place at 1 p.m. with Fr. Referee Corey Litzner. Lunch will follow in the parish hall. Burial will take place in the Baraga Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sacred Heart School in L’Anse. Jacobson Funeral Home is helping the family.

Friends can sign Lillian’s guestbook or send their condolences to www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

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Roncalli’s softball ends perfect season with state title https://manteobooksellers.com/roncallis-softball-ends-perfect-season-with-state-title/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 18:57:00 +0000 https://manteobooksellers.com/roncallis-softball-ends-perfect-season-with-state-title/ Roncalli celebrates a second straight Class 4A state championship after defeating West Lafayette Harrison at Purdue University’s Bittinger Stadium. chris williams | For the daily newspaper WEST LAFAYETTE The stadium hosting all four games of the State Softball Championship is just under six miles south of Harrison High School. If there’s one team equipped to […]]]>

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The stadium hosting all four games of the State Softball Championship is just under six miles south of Harrison High School.

If there’s one team equipped to convincingly eliminate any home country advantage, it’s Roncalli.

The Royals, the definition of dominating all season, weren’t about to veer off course on Saturday night. They beat the hometown Raiders in record fashion, 16-0, in the Class 4A title game at Purdue’s Bittinger Stadium.

The victory caps a flawless 33-0 season for Roncalli, making him the first undefeated 4A champion since Hamilton Southeastern in 2007. Prior to Saturday, the last undefeated all-class champion was South Putnam, who had gone 31-0 in 2012.

Ranked atop the 4A poll since the first pitch of the season in early April, the Royals took the best shot from every opponent and came through unscathed – and rarely challenged – as they ran their winning streak to 46 games. since the 2021 season.

“We’ve had one goal on our backs all year,” said Roncalli coach David Lauck, who in 14 seasons has led the program to three 4A crowns, including the last two. “We had the opportunity to practice this week. We participated in four training sessions in a row, and that is very rare.

“(The players) have been locked up all week. They’re a very experienced team, a very veteran team, and they came out tonight and got them under control.

Not right away, however.

The game was delayed 2 hours and 3 minutes due to lightning in the area shortly after the end of the 2A State Championship contest between Eastside and North Posey.

Once the action finally began at 9:03 p.m., the Royals were eager to demonstrate why they are ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps and No. 2 by USA Today.

Junior leadoff hitter Lyla Blackwell hit the first of three singles in the top of the first inning. She stole second base, moved to third base on a fielder’s pick and, just like that, it was 1-0 after junior right fielder Abbey Hofmann hit her home .

Roncalli put the game aside in the third inning, tacking on eight more runs – a scoring outing again thrown by, surprise, Blackwell picking and stealing second base. What followed was a single from Carley Keller, a double to deep center field through Hofmann, a triple from junior pitcher Keagan Rothrock and a single from Kylie Freije.

Senior Tori Candler capped the scoring, her two-run homer off Harrison starter Sydney Miller slashing from the top of the fence to right-center.

“In fact, before the game, Kylie (Freije) said to me, ‘Hey, in this game, you’re going to hit 225 (feet) from dead spot,'” Candler said. “I said, well, that’s easier said than done, but I’ll do my best. I just saw this pitch, and I said, this one’s gone.

With no 10-run rule in place for state championship games, all seven innings were played, which only provided the Royals with further opportunities to continue rewriting the Finals record books. .

In all, Roncalli places his name next to eight standards. Rothrock, meanwhile, did what Rothrock does, going the distance in the circle, allowing two Raider hits, walking a batter and striking out 15.

She finished the season with a 28–0 record and 381 strikeouts against 18 walks in 170 1/3 innings of work.

Teams that have so many expectations are sometimes known to fold at some point. According to Candler, the Royals have never been tempted to look over their collective shoulder.

“We tried not to worry about that stuff because we work really well together and we all get along really well. We always try to have as much fun as possible in the shelter,” Candler said. “The possibility of losing will always be there. No one will always be perfect.”

“But we always try to keep a positive mindset and think we’re going to win.”

Lauck understands that it’s inevitable that newer Roncalli ball clubs will be compared, as many of the players involved in hoisting the school’s latest additions to the trophy are the same.

However, there are differences. The 2021 team was the school’s first state softball finalist since Roncalli won the Class 3A title a decade earlier.

“Last year’s team didn’t go through the state championship stage, so that was all new for us. And so we were sort of surviving, surviving, surviving,” Lauck said. “While this year’s team with veteran experience and leadership, they’ve been there, done it.

“They knew how to prepare and they knew what to expect.”

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A young author releases a new children’s book and plans a local signing https://manteobooksellers.com/a-young-author-releases-a-new-childrens-book-and-plans-a-local-signing/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 03:59:24 +0000 https://manteobooksellers.com/a-young-author-releases-a-new-childrens-book-and-plans-a-local-signing/ Breanna Mendoza’s story of overcoming adversity has been well documented. In 2015, she was forced out of college after being bullied for her facial deformities due to Goldenhar Syndrome. Since then, Mendoza has attended the Huntington Learning Center and graduated from Turlock Christian High School and used her education to become a published author. Just […]]]>

Breanna Mendoza’s story of overcoming adversity has been well documented. In 2015, she was forced out of college after being bullied for her facial deformities due to Goldenhar Syndrome. Since then, Mendoza has attended the Huntington Learning Center and graduated from Turlock Christian High School and used her education to become a published author.

Just over a month ago, Mendoza released Amber’s Adventures with Goldenhar, a children’s book that reflects some of her real-life experiences while living with the rare syndrome.

“The book is about my life with Goldenhar Syndrome and an adventure of going to the hospital and having surgery,” she said.

Mendoza explained that his inspiration for writing a book was to show that whatever things some people may have to face in life, they can break through and use those obstacles to spread positivity to others. This is also the reasoning behind his “Be a Light” movement.

“The main goal was to start the ‘Be a Light’ movement,” she said. “I know for me, one thing that I thought about after being bullied was how could i show people how to be treated the way i want to be treated i came up with the idea for Be a Light because being a light in a dark world is important… after all that has happened in my life , I want to show people that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Her father, Miguel, is her manager and has spoken about the importance of letting Breanna tell her story.

“She was always a bit of a writer. For her to take her life and put it in a book is awesome,” he said. “Not only do we want to spread the message of being a light, but we also want to raise awareness that not everyone is the same. People are different, but you are beautiful, you are gorgeous and no matter what ‘one says… We may be different but we are all the same.

Breanna explained that as a lover of books and reading, writing one of her own was something she had wanted to do for a while. She explained that writing Amber’s Adventures with Goldenhar took a few months, but the illustration and publishing process took nearly a year. She worked alongside artist Tracy Miel Rodriguez, whom she discovered by noticing the artwork in her orthodontist’s office. They eventually got in touch and the rest was history.

“Miel just said whatever I wanted, she would make it happen,” Breanna said. “She gave me several options, we talked about different things, different colors and we ended up doing it all.”

Miguel explained that although this book only covers Breanna’s adventures regarding surgery, she plans to turn the book into a series to cover her experiences with the more than 20 other surgeries she has had to undergo in her life. .

“She’s had over 20 surgeries and is going to cover different things from that time as well as growing up with her two brothers and her parents, me and her mom,” Miguel explained. “I don’t know what she’s going to include in future books, but the word adventure is there for a reason. Life is an adventure.”

Breanna will have another adventure when she hosts a book signing at Lightly Used Books in Turlock on June 25th. She explained that she had formed a solid relationship with owner Jenni Brannon, who offered to have a signing session in the shop.

“Me and my dad were thinking and we just decided, ‘Hey, why don’t we try a book signing?’ We ended up talking to Jenni and she offered to have a pop-up,” Breanna explained.

The book signing will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will also give customers the option to purchase the book in person.

For those unable to attend the book signing, they can purchase a copy by going to Breanna’s new website, wwwBreannaMendoza.com, and clicking on the “Buy Now” tab to be directed to the listing. books on Amazon.

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Former comrade of Nelson Mandela for the Derry event https://manteobooksellers.com/former-comrade-of-nelson-mandela-for-the-derry-event/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 10:11:45 +0000 https://manteobooksellers.com/former-comrade-of-nelson-mandela-for-the-derry-event/ Ronnie Kasrils will be in town for the local launch of “International Brigade Against Apartheid: Secrets of the People’s War that Liberated South Africa”. The book, which Mr Kasrils edited, features testimonies of people from other countries who helped the ANC’s military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), to overthrow the apartheid regime in South Africa. […]]]>

Ronnie Kasrils will be in town for the local launch of “International Brigade Against Apartheid: Secrets of the People’s War that Liberated South Africa”.

The book, which Mr Kasrils edited, features testimonies of people from other countries who helped the ANC’s military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), to overthrow the apartheid regime in South Africa.

These partisans often worked in secret, acting as couriers, providing safe havens and smuggling weapons and fighters across the border.

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Ronnie Kasrils with the late Martin McGuinness while visiting Ireland a few years ago.

As a young man, Mr. Kasrils was radicalized by the Sharpeville massacre (1960) in which police shot nearly 70 unarmed protesters and injured nearly 200 others during a peaceful protest against the infamous famous South African pass laws.

A Marxist revolutionary, Kasrils was one of the co-founders of Umkhonto we Sizwe with Nelson Mandela. The press dubbed Kasrils ‘The Red Pimpernel’ for his ability to travel in and out of South Africa on clandestine missions. He served on the ANC’s National Executive Committee for 20 years and, after the end of apartheid, served as South Africa’s intelligence minister from 2004 to 2008.

The local launch of ‘The International Brigade Against Apartheid: Secrets of the People’s War that Liberated South Africa’ will take place at the Free Derry Museum on Tuesday 14 June at 8pm. The book launch will be followed by a Q&A event with Mr Kasrils, chaired by former Stormont Assembly Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin. Mr McLaughlin is a former Sinn Féin General Secretary and MPP.

The size of the venue means that only a small number of tickets are available for this event. People are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are free and can be reserved using this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bloody-sunday-50-book-launch-international-brigade-against-apartheid-tickets-361092927667

Tuesday’s book launch and Q&A is part of “BloodySunday50”, a year-long program of events organized by the Bloody Sunday Trust to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. The Trust chose “One World, One Struggle” as the theme for the series.

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Resumption of the trial of suspects in the murder of a Dutch reporter – The Journal https://manteobooksellers.com/resumption-of-the-trial-of-suspects-in-the-murder-of-a-dutch-reporter-the-journal/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 08:49:00 +0000 https://manteobooksellers.com/resumption-of-the-trial-of-suspects-in-the-murder-of-a-dutch-reporter-the-journal/ A court is reviewing evidence and prosecutors are expected to make conviction requests in the trial of two suspects in the shooting death of Dutch journalist Peter R AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch court is reviewing evidence on Tuesday and prosecutors are expected to impose sentences in the trial of two suspects in the fatal […]]]>

A court is reviewing evidence and prosecutors are expected to make conviction requests in the trial of two suspects in the shooting death of Dutch journalist Peter R

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch court is reviewing evidence on Tuesday and prosecutors are expected to impose sentences in the trial of two suspects in the fatal shooting of police journalist Peter R. de Vries, who was brazenly shot nearly a year ago. year, setting off a national outpouring of grief and the government vowing to crack down on Amsterdam’s increasingly violent drug underworld.

Prosecutors suspect a 21-year-old Dutchman identified only as Delano G. of shooting De Vries at point-blank range in a downtown Amsterdam street on July 6 last year. The campaign journalist and television personality died nine days later from his injuries. If convicted, the suspect faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Prosecutors say the two suspects were arrested less than an hour after the shootout in a getaway car on a highway near The Hague with the gun used to shoot De Vries in the car.

G. declined to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the shooting. The suspected driver of the leak, a Pole, Kamil E., on Tuesday denied any involvement in the shooting.

Prosecutors have not publicly identified a suspect they say gave the order to kill De Vries, who was 64 when he was killed.

De Vries’ son and daughter are expected to make victim impact statements at Amsterdam District Court later on Tuesday. Lawyers for the suspects are due to speak at a separate hearing next week, with judges due to deliver their verdict on July 14.

De Vries made a name for himself as a crime reporter who reported on and wrote a bestselling book about the 1983 kidnapping of beer magnate Freddy Heineken. Later in his career, he campaigned tirelessly to solve cold cases. Prior to his shooting, De Vries had served as an adviser and confidant to a witness in the trial of the alleged leader and other members of a criminal gang that police described as an “oiled-up killing machine”.

The suspected gang leader, Ridouan Taghi, was extradited to the Netherlands from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2019 and is currently on trial.

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Associated Press writer Mike Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, contributed.

FILE – Dutch journalist Peter R. de Vries arrives for a live television broadcast in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Thursday, January 31, 2008. The trial of suspects accused of killing Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries was due to start in Amsterdam , Netherlands, Thursday January 31, 2008. De Vries, a famous Dutch reporter was shot dead in a brazen attack in Amsterdam and died Thursday July 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File )

FILE – Dutch journalist Peter R. de Vries arrives for a live television broadcast in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Thursday, January 31, 2008. The trial of suspects accused of killing Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries was due to start in Amsterdam , Netherlands, Thursday January 31, 2008. De Vries, a famous Dutch reporter was shot dead in a brazen attack in Amsterdam and died Thursday July 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File )

FILE – A photo and floral tributes mark the spot where journalist Peter R. de Vries was shot dead in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, July 8, 2021. The trial with the suspects accused of killing the journalist from Dutch investigation Peter R. de Vries resumed in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, June 7, 2022. De Vries, a famous Dutch reporter was shot dead in a brazen attack in Amsterdam and died Thursday, July 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Film crews wait outside the court where the trial of suspects charged with the murder of Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries began in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Tuesday, June 7, 2022. On the evening of July 6, 2021 , de Vries was shot in the head after leaving the RTL Boulevard television studio in the capital where he appeared as a guest. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Lawyers for alleged gunman Delano G. Ronald van der Horst, left, in Anique Slijters, arrive at court where the trial with the suspects accused of killing Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries has resumed in Amsterdam , the Netherlands, Tuesday June 7, 2022. On the evening of July 6, 2021, de Vries was shot in the head after leaving the RTL Boulevard television studio in the capital where he had appeared as a ‘guest. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

An undercover police vehicle arrives at the court where the trial with the suspects charged with the murder of Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries has resumed in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Tuesday, June 7, 2022. On the evening of June 6 July 2021, de Vries was shot in the head after leaving the RTL Boulevard television studio in the capital where he appeared as a guest. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Film crews wait outside the court where the trial with the suspects accused of killing Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries resumed in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Tuesday, June 7, 2022. On the evening of the July 6, 2021, de Vries was shot in the head after leaving the RTL Boulevard television studio in the capital where he appeared as a guest. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

An undercover police vehicle arrives at the court where the trial with the suspects charged with the murder of Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries has resumed in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Tuesday, June 7, 2022. On the evening of June 6 July 2021, de Vries was shot in the head after leaving the RTL Boulevard television studio in the capital where he appeared as a guest. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Ayse Cimen, lawyer for alleged getaway car driver Kamil E., arrives at court where the trial with the suspects charged with the murder of Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries resumed in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Tuesday 7th June 2022. On the evening of 6th July 2021 de Vries was shot in the head after leaving the RTL Boulevard television studio in the capital where he had appeared as a guest. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

An undercover police vehicle arrives at the court where the trial with the suspects charged with the murder of Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries has resumed in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Tuesday, June 7, 2022. On the evening of June 6 July 2021, de Vries was shot in the head after leaving the RTL Boulevard television studio in the capital where he appeared as a guest. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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