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Governor Wolf Acts on House Bill 1071

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed House Bill 1071 and said the following in a veto message to the House of Representatives:“Pursuant to Article IV, Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, I am returning herewith, without my approval, House Bill 1071, Printer’s Number 1270.“This legislation does considerably more than forbid political subdivisions from imposing a ban, fee, surcharge, or tax on recyclable plastic bags provided to consumers. It potentially thwarts local governments from complying with their trustee obligations under Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, to protect and preserve the environmental resources in their communities. The prohibition under this bill, therefore, is not consistent with the rights vested by the Environmental Rights Amendment of the Pennsylvania Constitution, and the duties upon all governmental actors, including municipalities.  The constitutional obligation under the amendment binds not only state but also local government. As such, the bill cannot remove a political subdivision’s separate authority to implement its independent constitutional duties. In practical terms, this means government, at all levels, is required to prevent the unreasonable degradation, diminution, or depletion of our water, air, and land. This prohibition hinders the performance of this important requirement.“This bill also contains a significant preemption issue as it relates to the rights of political subdivisions. In my view, the Commonwealth should only on rare occasions preempt the rights of local governments to implement laws and policies that it believes are in its best interest.  Here, the Commonwealth is impeding the freedom of local governments to regulate recyclable plastic bags.  This policy supporting this preemption is misguided and should not become the law of this Commonwealth.“For the reasons set forth above, I must withhold my signature from House Bill 1071, Printer’s Number 1270.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Acts on House Bill 1071center_img June 30, 2017last_img read more

Seniors urged to cash in on sellers market

first_imgPeter Lavelle with his dog Hilda May“I had a good idea of what I wanted in a house, and a yard, but needed to find what suited me,” he said. “I wanted no more than 2 bedrooms and a small yard for my little dog and somewhere I could grow herbs and vegetables.“My advice … think of yourself and what is good for you.“I’m going travelling again and my neighbour is going to water my garden when I go. We look after each other. That’s what community living is all about.” Ingenia Lifestyle BethaniaAsset-rich but cash-poor seniors are being urged to consider downsizing in order to free up funds for their retirement.Brisbane property agent Tim Heffernan said median house prices were continuing to rise and seniors could downsize their large homes, boost their cash reserve and improve their lifestyle.“With the current property market showing strong signs in favour of sellers, there is a lot more potential to sell your home for what you want, or more, and it’s a good idea to capitalise on that with such a busy real estate market,” Mr Heffernan said.“There is a big influx of buyers and stock is low, so anyone who is curious about downsizing should investigate their options.“Seniors looking to downsize can also gain a lot more interest in their listed properties with a wave of Sydneysiders and Melbourne-based residents choosing to migrate north into Queensland as they seek new job opportunities and a new lifestyle.”The UDIA Regional Radar November 2017 report shows the median house sale price rose 0.4 per cent to $665,500 in Brisbane and $450,000 in Moreton Bay in the last quarter.The price jump was even higher on the Gold Coast and in Logan, with 1.1 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively.The median house price in Logan is currently $410,000 – a 13.9 per cent increase in five years, according to recent data from CoreLogic. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoBy comparison, both Aveo (Springfield) and Ingenia Lifestyle (Bethania) are spruiking apartments within their Logan over 50s developments from $299,000. Opal by Living Gems has homes from $360,000 at Logan Village.Mr Heffernan, who has spoken about downsizing at various retirement seminars, said it was a sellers market, and retirees could unlock a substantial financial resource. Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania resident Peter Lavelle sold his Brisbane apartment to make the move to the over 50s resort.last_img read more

LD to manage new DKK80bn fund under holiday law plan

first_imgThe actual amount of funds transferred to LD from companies could amount to DKK25bn, the committee estimated. This alone would increase the assets currently managed by LD by more than 50%.LD – which manages a non-contributory scheme based on cost-of-living allowances that were granted to Danish employees decades ago – had total assets under management of DKK42.8bn at the end of 2016.The frozen holiday fund money is set to be paid out by Danish employers as a result of a proposed change in the law.After an EU Commission decision that Danish rules on delayed holiday rights were against EU law, the Danish government commission was established in 2015 to come up with a new law taking this into account.Under EU law, all employees must have the right to four weeks’ paid holiday a year. Under Denmark’s current system, however, employees start accruing their right to paid holiday as much as 16 months before they can actually take any of it.When the new proposed law comes into force in 2020, staff will be able to take some holiday from their first month of employment.This means people already in the system could have up to an extra 12 months’ worth of holiday entitlement when the change takes place.Because the committee considered it not economically viable for all workers to take extra holiday in that year, their proposal involved freezing this allowance and putting it into an invested fund until retirement. This would ensure the resources keep pace with inflation and generate extra returns.The committee proposed allowing employers to owe the new fund these outstanding holiday entitlements until the fund was ready to make payouts to employees, in order to ease companies’ liquidity situation.Many employers were likely to take advantage of the opportunity to ‘borrow’ money in the holiday fund for a number of years, according to LD. Employers would also be able to deposit the entire amount into the new fund at any time to rid themselves of the debt item.The pension fund said the committee’s estimate that about DKK25bn will be transferred to LD’s investment – with the rest remaining at employers for a shorter or longer period – was very uncertain.“The capital management of the holiday fund will take place in the same set-up as the management of the LD funds,” LD said.“However, the fund management of the holiday fund will consist of two parts – partly loans from employers and partly frozen holiday funds which will be transferred to the LD assets.”The fund added that its investment management structure was flexible and the new assets would fit easily into its existing investment funds structure.“Joint investment with the LD scheme ensures low costs and access to qualified investment advisers from day one in all key areas,” it said. Denmark’s Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond (LD) is to manage a new DKK80bn (€10.7bn) fund to hold a year’s worth of frozen holiday entitlements on behalf of all Danish employees, according to a proposal from a government committee.Under the proposal from the Holiday Law Committee (Ferielovsudvalget) published yesterday, LD would manage the entitlements in the form of loans to employers, as well as funds transferred from employers, until the resources are given back to employees on retirement.The panel also proposed that ATP, Denmark’s largest pension fund – which also carries out many benefits-related administrative tasks on behalf of the government – should provide technical assistance to LD on the administration of the frozen holiday entitlements.LD said total assets in the new fund would be between DKK80bn and DKK85bn. Should this materialise, LD will become one of the top 10 biggest pension funds in Denmark and one of the top 100 in Europe, according to IPE data collected for the forthcoming Top 1000 Pension Funds report to be published in September.last_img read more

Payne hits another jackpot with fourth IMCA Duel In the Desert victory

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 9) – On a record-setting weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Jeremy Payne extended his own Duel In The Desert record to four. Payne won the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified special at the LVMS half-mile Dirt Track for the fourth time Saturday night in a 40-lapper that ran green to checkered. The $7,777 victory put the Missouri hotshoe on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Terry Phillips, Jeff Taylor, Aaron Turnbull and Dominic Ursetta completed the Modified top five. Justin O’Brien started 15th and finished sixth. Dean Abbey was the $777 IMCA SportMod winner, ahead of Tyler Frye, Chad Dolan, Robert Elliott and Ben Kates. Total car count for the 16th annual Duel was a record 320. That total includes a best-ever 74 SportMod entries. Phillips, a two-time Duel winner, started the main event from the pole, flanked by Dominic Ursetta. Phillips jumped out to an early lead as Payne moved past Ursetta for second place. Payne caught Phillips on lap seven and the battle for the lead commenced as the pair pulled away from the pack. At halfway, Phillips continued to lead with Payne staying within striking distance.With 10 laps remaining, the leader encountered heavy lapped traffic, allowing Payne to close the gap. Payne made his move in turn two and grabbed the lead. Phillips refused to give up the fight and remained glued to Payne’s rear bumper as third running Jeff Taylor was catching up.Taylor and Phillips both ran out of time, however, as Payne collected the checkered flag.“That car was awesome. It’s an awesome night,” said Payne, also winner of the 2005, 2006 and 2012 Duels. “You always want to be pretty close to the leader when he gets into lapped traffic. I could get some runs on him early, then he’d get away. I settled down and found a groove and it was awesome.”Justen Yeager was the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Shootout winner. Travis Hagen topped the Young Guns feature for drivers 18 and under; Steve Simpson Jr. was first in the Legends feature for competitors 55 and over. Abbey drew the pole for the 25-lap SportMod feature, with Dolan to the outside. He checked out on the field and left a four-car battle for second place in his wake. A caution flag on lap eight bunched up the field but Abbey pulled away again. His romp was thwarted once again by a four-car accident on the back straightaway and resulting red flag on lap nine.Once back to green, Abbey motored away in the low groove, leaving Frye to try the high groove in second place. With a handful of laps remaining, Frye used the high groove to catch up with Abbey but jumped the cushion in the second turn with two laps left.The miscue was costly as Abbey got the breathing room he needed. “This feels great,” said Abbey. “We came out here last year with a new car and finished fourth. It feels good to come back out here and win a race. “I figured he (Frye) was back there and I knew my motor was laying down,” Abbey continued. “I was just gonna do the best I could and hold onto it and see what happened.”Jake Krone was disqualified from third in post-race tech.Phillips and Turnbull won Thursday qualifying features for the Modifieds while Payne and Ursetta paced Friday qualifiers. Frye was the SportMod winner on Friday.Twenty-one states and three provinces were represented in the Modified entries. SportMods were on hand from 16 states and two provinces. Darin Wendt, Hagen and Bob Moore won $500, $300 and $200, respectively, in the XSAN Best Appearing Car presented by Wells Design contest for the Modifieds. Modified feature results – 1. Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.; 2. Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 3. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 4. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; 6. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 7. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 8. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 9. Dustin Boney, Gower, Mo.; 10. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 11. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 12. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo.; 13. Kyle Rohleder, WaKeeney, Kan.; 14. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 15. Cody Gearhart, Turpin, Okla.; 16. Jesse Stovall, Galena, Mo.; 17. Jared Hoefelman, Columbus, Neb.; 18. Jay Marks, Bakersfield, Calif.; 19. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 20. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 21. Will Brack, Mead, Colo.; 22. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Iowa; 23. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 24. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 25. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 26. Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; 27. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas; 28. Travis Sherfick, WaKeeney, Kan.SportMod feature results – 1. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas; 2. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; 3. Chad Dolan, Gibbon, Neb.; 4. Robert Elliott, Clinton, Okla.; 5. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 6. Chuck Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 7. John Piker, Bakersfield, Calif.; 8. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 9. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 10. Kruz Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 12. Trenton Kleweno, Hays, Kan.; 13. Ryan Henley, Aztec, N.M.; 14. John Reid, Loving, N.M.; 15. Danny Roe, Turlock, Calif.; 16. Tony Rost, Utica, Neb.; 17. Matt Mueller, Stamford, Texas; 18. Chad Reichenbach, Bakersfield, Calif.; 19. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 20. Jake Krone, Beloit, Kan.Wild West Tour Shootout – 1. Justen Yeager; 2. Zane DeVilbiss; 3. Wade Taylor, Spring Creek; 4. Bryan Wordelman, Salt Lake City; 5. Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; 6. Shawn Reed, Casper, Wyo.; 7. Richard Anderson, Shelley, Idaho; 8. Bert Beech, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 9. Jake Donnelly, Rigby, Idaho; 10. Casey Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.Young Guns feature – 1. Travis Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 2. Mason Daughters, Polo, Mo.; 3. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; 4. Wyatt Howard, Price, Utah; 5. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 6. Eric Hamilton, Hanford, Calif.; 7. Riley Emmel, Estevan, Sask.; 8. Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.; 9. Justin Dyke, Jamul, Calif.; 10. Cole Dick, Ramona, Calif.Legends feature – 1. Steve Simpson Jr., Kingman, Ariz.; 2. Steve Streeter, Madera, Calif.; 3. Kevin Lisafeld, Lampman, Sask.; 4. Bill Brack, Mead, Colo.; 5. Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 6. Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb.; 7. Richard Mueller, Jackson, Wyo.; 8. Terry DeCarlo, Martinez, Calif.; 9. Raymond Keldsen Sr., Aromas, Calif.; 10. Lawrence O’Connor, Port Hardy, B.C.; 11. John Pierce, San Jose, Calif.last_img read more

Greensburg area tornado sirens now operational

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Officials from the Decatur County Emergency Management Agency say the tornado sirens are now back in operation. The sirens were first reported out on February 22.last_img

O’Driscoll desperate to maintain fitness

first_img O’Driscoll opened the RBS 6 Nations with a man-of-the-match performance headlined by the genius that created the opening try for Simon Zebo, but also notable for his own touch down and a frenzied shift in defence. “The big thing is trying to be fit and getting as close to 100% fit as you possibly can when you take to the pitch,” said O’Driscoll. “I felt good against Wales, my ankles both felt good, as did all the other bumps and bruises. If you can start games that way you have every chance of putting in a half decent performance.” Brian O’Driscoll hopes his battered body does not betray him as he embarks on a potentially career-defining six months that began in virtuoso fashion with Ireland’s 30-22 victory over Wales. He added: “Who doesn’t like man of the match? They are few and far between these days, but when they’re there you enjoy them.” Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards described O’Driscoll as “the difference between the two teams” while Ireland coach Declan Kidney declared “the bottom line is you would love to have the guy around forever”. But having witnessed a pulsating championship opener in Cardiff that consisted of an almost-uninterrupted second half of defensive bravery from the Irish, Kidney sounded a note of caution over the inevitable physical toll. “If you look at the performance he put in, that’s not easy on the body,” Kidney said. “Huge credit to him, given the amount of game time he has had, to come out and give such an international-class performance like he did.” Kidney’s decision to relieve O’Driscoll of the Ireland captaincy – a post he has held with distinction since 2004 – and award it to Jamie Heaslip was widely debated before the Six Nations. It could yet prove a masterstroke, inspiring a reaction from a player able to concentrate on his own game, even if the Leinster centre insists his role remains the same. “The captaincy doesn’t make any difference, I still see myself as a leader in the team and helping Jamie out where I can,” he said. “You don’t play any differently if you’re captain, you always try to lead by the way you play.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Right move by Davis

first_imgI cannot applaud the actions of the New York Knicks’ Antonio Davis any more than this: I’m writing my first regular column on an athlete from the Big Apple (yech!). I am a Miami guy, which is to say I am about as anti-New York as they come.Jets, Giants, Knicks, Mets, I despise them all. And unless you are talking about the fine side dish at Mickie’s Dairy Bar, the Yanks are a bunch of bums too.But the actions of Davis are so exemplary that they overshadow all my distaste for the city that never sleeps.Last Wednesday night, the Knickerbockers were in Chicago playing the Bulls in what was to be just another boring mid-week NBA contest between two teams going nowhere. In all reality, even the fact that the game went down to the final shot in overtime probably wouldn’t have made it part of the first 20 minutes of SportsCenter.But with just over a minute remaining in overtime, Davis went into the stands to protect his wife, whom he thought was being threatened by a fan during a New York full timeout.Television cameras showed Davis look up into the stands and then briskly make his way to the scorer’s table, which he calmly jumped over as gracefully as a horse in an equestrian competition, and made his way over to his wife, Kendra.That was it. No more. Kendra Davis looked like she told her husband to return to the floor and once security arrived, he did. End of story.Now, the gravity of a player leaving the field (or in this case, court) of play is not lost on me at all. The Indiana-Detroit chaos set off by Ron Artest last year is the darkest moment in the history of the NBA.And if you take into account all the catastrophic events that could’ve occurred once Davis was among the ticket-holders, such as the fan punching him, or some guy tossing a beer at him, then it is easy to say that Davis’s decision was reckless and stupid.However, the most important fact is that Davis wasn’t going after a fan; he was going after his wife, who he perceived was being threatened. A man has to protect his family, period, case closed, end of story. What real man wouldn’t do anything it took to protect his kin?Take Arnold Schwarzenegger. In what movie involving the Governator’s family being taken hostage (which is most of them) does the big guy not risk it all? Sure, he blows up millions of dollars in property and probably causes a few deaths here and there, but in the end he always protects his loved ones. That is why he is a movie hero.In fact, if Davis should be criticized, it should be for not letting loose a haymaker first and asking questions later, which is more then I can say I would’ve done (had it been me, you would’ve seen a lot more Jackie Chan and a lot less Jesse Jackson in my actions).Davis made the right move in running into the stands to protect his family, on multiple levels.First off, Davis is the Knicks’ unquestioned leader in the locker room. Actually, as the president of the NBA players’ association, Davis is the unquestioned leader of every player in the league. What kind of message would it have sent if Davis had not intervened? He acted as a leader should, and led by example.Family is the first priority.Some say it was poor leadership by Davis to go into the stands because it cost New York Davis’ services for five games. That is flat out … Just for the sake of argument, let’s pretend the Knicks lose all five games Davis misses, and that if he had played they would’ve won all five. The Knicks would still be far under .500 and at best scrounging for one of the last two playoff berths, for which Detroit or Miami would reward them with a first-round trouncing.Even Spike Lee (who is usually as overstated about the Knicks’ chances as Wilt Chamberlain was about how many women he slept with) knows the team is going nowhere this year, so Davis isn’t hurting his team at all.Lastly, what about the reward Davis is set to receive? All guys know that women want a man in shining armor (and women, if you think this is stereotypical, then stop going to see movies like “Kate and Leopold,” and “Ten Things I Hate About You”) and Davis was the knight that evening. He risked life and limb to protect his fair maiden and will now be “rewarded” with an 11-day vacation where he will surely find himself being thanked many times, by said maiden. Many times.Damn that Antonio Davis and his luck. Just one more reason to hate New York.last_img read more

Strong Q1 opening sees Gambling.com push US agenda

first_imgShare Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Industry affiliate marketing publisher Gambling.com Group Plc has detailed a strong start to 2019 trading, as the firm moves to accelerate its US market agenda.Publishing its Q1 2019 trading update (period ending 31 March), Gambling.com details growth across all core business metrics, as revenues total €5.2 million (Q1 2018: €3.4m).Detailing strong ‘organic growth’, Gambling.com reports a period increase in new-depositing-customers (NDC) to 26,500 (Q1 2018: 16,000), as the affiliate publisher posts a 76% increase in group EBITDA to €1.75 million (Q1 2018: €900,000).Gambling.com maintains growth, despite undertaking adjustments within Sweden, where the publisher details that it has seen its ‘Swedish assets perform well in terms of NDC production but with a commensurate decrease in player value’.“The Group delivered yet another record quarter. Revenue grew 52% to EUR 5.24 million compared to Q1 2018. Virtually all of the growth was organic. Q1 EBITDA was also a record at EUR 1.75 million.” – details Charles Gillespie, Chief Executive of Gambling.com.Gambling.com leadership closes a quarter, in which the company details significant progress on its US market profile.During the period, Gambling.com was approved expanded rights to service further marketing provisions ‘include revenue sharing components’ to New Jersey gambling incumbents, by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement.Further highlights, see Gambling.com secure two major US accreditations, with the company becoming the first ‘betting publisher’ to be accepted into the ‘Associated Press Sports Editors – APSE’.In addition, Gambling.com has become a member of the ‘Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association (“FSGA”) Board of Directors, represented by Group Director of Business Development Gavin Walters. Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin ties Bobby Hull on all-time postseason goals list

first_imgIs it any surprise that the NHL’s 2018-19 regular-season goals leader has already scored his first postseason marker?After 51 goals, Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin netted Washington’s third and final goal of the first period Thursday, staking the defending Stanley Cup champions to a comfortable early lead. The power-play goal came as Ovechkin corraled a loose puck, evaded his own teammate Tom Wilson and went five-hole on Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek.  Alex Ovechkin Power Play Playoff Goal. God that feels good to say. #ALLCAPS #CapsCanes pic.twitter.com/l8b1G1VsXV— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 12, 2019The goal was Ovechkin’s 62nd career playoff score, tying him for 27th all-time with Hall of Famer Bobby Hull, per NHL Public Relations. His next goal will tie him with the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin, as long as he does not score in Pittsburgh’s game on Friday.In 24 postseason contests last season, Ovechkin led all players with 15 goals, passing John Druce for the most playoff goals in a season single in Capitals history. Washington held on for a 4-2 win over the Canes and will go for a 2-0 series lead when the series resumes Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

From Wellington to Washington: it was a Crusaders in the Capital kind of weekend

first_imgGroup visiting World War II Memorial. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It started with a conversation during parent-teacher’s conference. Parent Tracy Goodrum and Wellington High School history instructor Mike Wilmoth was discussing his trips to Washington D.C.Goodrum said she thought it would be cool if a group of high school students could go on a four or five day trip to the national capital as part of a learning experience.And so began one of the biggest adventures ever taken by a Wellington High School student group.Trip Coordinator Mike Wilmoth with student McKenna Oathout.This past weekend, 25 Wellington High School students, four sponsors, and Mr. Wilmoth boarded a plane and flew to Washington D.C. on Saturday morning, before returning on Tuesday afternoon. Those who made the four-day trip included:Students:SENIORSAllison McCueAbby GoodrumMckenna OathoutMadison AdamsJared ShieldsSkylar Struble Remington GilkeyJulian CornejoTatum HaskinsNoelle WrightJaylynn LunaPeyton WithamMorgan LylesDylan JonesKyle NicholsElla Parallon Jake WaltonDietra SoberSara AntoineJUNIORSErin GoodrumBrecken LawrenceJaycee SchettlerKelsie HaydonLucas SoriaLeann NealSPONSORSMike Wilmoth – HS sponsor and organizer of trip.Parent SponsorsTracy Goodrum Nick Struble Jeremy JonesAnd citizen sponsorRoger Stallbaumer.It was cold and snowy, but the Crusaders of the Capital didn’t seem to mind.“It went better than expected,” Wilmoth said. “You never know when dealing with 16 to 18-year-olds and the weather and the usual issues with travel.”The trip had a few alternative storylines. First there was the leaving on Wellington High School Homecoming weekend that required the moving of the trip from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning – no easy task with a group this size.Then there was the weather. Washington D.C. had a cold front go through that included extremely low temperatures on Saturday and a snowstorm on Monday. A tour inside the capital was canceled due to the weather.Still, the group got to see the major attractions of Washington D.C. Arlington Cemetery, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Holocaust Museum, and other adventures.Madi Adams holds the Washington Monument in her hands.Wilmoth said he had been to Washington D.C. more than he can count – maybe in the 20s. He said somebody asked him one time if he was going to give others the experience he had.“I think the neat thing about this trip, is I got to see Washington D.C. through them,” Wilmoth said. “They were seeing things for the first time.”Wilmoth said he has taken tours with a group of history instructors – all cynical about history.“I once told the tour guide thanks after showing these cynical history teachers around and he told me that’s the first time anyone teaching history gave him any thanks,” Wilmoth said. “The kids are a lot more fun to be around.”The fundraising for the trip throughout the school year. The group had a pallet painting sale over the summer, and a Neives, Pizza Hut and Fabiola fundraisers in the fall.Last summer, students painted pallets as a fundraiser for the trip.On the first day of touring, the group walked eight miles, and it was more of the same on Sunday and Monday.“I’m tired,” Wilmoth said over the phone Wednesday. “But I’m ready to do this again.”Wilmoth said he is planning to do this trip every two years now. He opens to do his next trip in 2018 to start the spring break holidays. He would have liked to have the trip this year on spring break but they started planning too late. Many of the churches had already had Spring Break plans.Mike Wilmoth said with 25 students and four sponsors it was a busy four days. The following are more pictures by various people as seen on Facebook.Washington D.C. made people dance.Lincoln overlooks the Crusader group, keeping them in line.And everyone returns home Tuesday safe and sound and sleepy…Follow us on Twitter. 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Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down Tracy Goodrum · 234 weeks ago It was a great trip, with some awesome students!! I encourage our Freshman and Sophomore students and parents to truly consider making the trip in 2018. There will be plenty of opportunities to fundraise for your trip. A big THANK YOU to Mike Wilmoth for taking on an adventure of this magnitude; and allowing me to be a part of it. USD353 is fortunate to have him as one of our Educators! Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 234 weeks ago A similar-sized group of Wellington 9th-11th graders made a 4-or-5-day trip to Washington D.C. back in the mid-90s. We saw the monuments, memorials, museums, Capital, and even had a representative get us in for a tour of the White House. It was an AMAZING trip, so I’m very glad to see more youth getting to have that experience. Thanks to all who made this possible for the kids and good luck in getting a regular trip scheduled! Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Kip Etter · 233 weeks ago This is awesome! A big THANK YOU to Mike Wilmot & all of his adult sponsors for taking time out of their busy schedules to help make this happen. Also thanks to the Wellington community for purchasing the pallets & making donations; also The Wellington School Administrators for their support. This is a great experience for these young Americans! Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan · 233 weeks ago ” The group had a pallet painting sale over the summer, and a Neives, Pizza Hut and Fabiola fundraisers in the fall.” *checks last names of participants* Not to mention a fair amount of disposable income. These poor sheltered students probably have never been outside Kansas. It’s great they get to take this, perhaps, once-in-a-lifetime vacation. What a great experience for these young Americans! Report Reply 1 reply · active 233 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Veronica Luna · 233 weeks ago “these poor sheltered students” and “fair amount of disposable income” You are sadly misinformed, dear sir! My daughter worked her butt off to pay for this trip! She participated in enough fundraising that she didn’t have to pay anything out of her own pocket, with the exception of food… and that was provided by the TWO jobs outside of school that she works, in addition to being in the running for one of the valedictorians of her class. Please don’t make a presumption about my hardworking daughter or anyone of the other hardworking students that went on this trip! Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more