Memorial Day – Memorial Memories http://memorial-memories.com/ Wed, 05 Oct 2022 18:30:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://memorial-memories.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3.png Memorial Day – Memorial Memories http://memorial-memories.com/ 32 32 Sandy Dunes Adventure Golf under new owners in 2022 • Thumbwind https://memorial-memories.com/sandy-dunes-adventure-golf-under-new-owners-in-2022-thumbwind/ Wed, 05 Oct 2022 18:30:41 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/sandy-dunes-adventure-golf-under-new-owners-in-2022-thumbwind/

Jim and Beth Selke of Clarkston, Michigan mentored and guided their 25-year-old son Justin Selke on his first business venture. If season one is any indication, this storied business has been placed in good hands. The Selke family is proud to have taken over the reins Sand Dune Adventure Golfa famous local miniature golf and dairy bar near Port Austin, Michigan.

Hospitality experience

Sand Dune Adventure Golf

Selke family businesses include bowling centers, a niche e-commerce pond supply company and a specialty insurance agency. Sandy Dunes operator Justin Selke cut his teeth at the family bowling shops, starting in the kitchen as a teenager.

The appeal of Sandy Dunes to the family was that it is a family-oriented entertainment company, which through years of operating bowling centers they have come to understand fundamentally. Therefore, the comfort of the Selke family was high when entering the mini golf and its ice cream business, plus it was run exclusively by the founder for almost 30 years. The family was looking for a well-run, healthy, iconic business that would be popular in their community.

Park-like setting of Sandy Dunes Adventure Golf

Evening at Sandy Dunes Adventure Golf in Port Austin
Evening at Sandy Dunes Adventure Golf in Port Austin

When Justin and his parents first saw the property, it was obvious that it was more than well-maintained — a rich, beautiful landscape and topography (Jim described it as an arboretum) that shines in a scenic tourist area. It’s a little known fact that Sandy Dunes Adventure Golf is home to the tallest and only waterfall in the Upper Thumb!

The Selke’s appreciate the effort it takes to build and maintain a successful business. This opportunity ticked all the boxes for her and Justin was ready to start his business career.

Family has gathered around Justin as he nears the end of his first season. He brings energy and customer centric service to the company, much like his founder.

Owners offer new perspectives for visitors

Sand Dunes Adventure Golf Waterfall
Sand Dunes Adventure Golf Waterfall

He’s been working diligently since April, mostly 12-14 hour days, and has demonstrated his intentions and determination by tending the stunning landscape and grounds, offering world-class ice cream treats, and building relationships with locals and staff alike.

Justin has brought back a small arcade area this season, and future plans include adding family attractions, improvements to the sound and lighting system, and some renovations to make it more comfortable for guests in the summer heat.

End of season offers a sweet offer

Sand Dune Adventure Golf

Sandy Dunes will end the 2022 season with a sweet deal. The facility is open on weekends from 11am until mid-October. Pay for a round of mini golf and get a free scoop of premium ice cream.

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Democrats fear polls showing them as Senate favorites are wrong https://memorial-memories.com/democrats-fear-polls-showing-them-as-senate-favorites-are-wrong/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/democrats-fear-polls-showing-them-as-senate-favorites-are-wrong/

Political handicappers are naming Senate Democrats as favorites to retain their majority, but Democratic senators themselves fear the polls could be flawed in their favor, as they were in 2016 and 2020.

Lawmakers recognize that the political environment for their chances looks much better than it did on Memorial Day before the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade and put down abortion rights.

While President Biden’s approval rating is still in the low 40s and a president’s party typically loses seats in midterm elections, many Democrats feel confident about their chances of winning the Senate — if those pesky polls are right.

“When have the polls been in our favor historically?” asked Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) when asked about a projection from political modeling site FiveThirtyEight.com that gave Democrats a nearly 7 to 10 to retain the Senate majority.

Murphy said he has “very little” confidence in polls after former President Trump and other GOP candidates topped the polls on Election Day in 2016 and 2020.

The biggest polling blunder in recent years came in the 2016 presidential election, when pundits failed to gauge the intensity of Trump’s support in battleground states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he stunned even other Republicans by beating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

But there were also major voting errors in the recent high-profile Senate election.

In 2020, Democratic nominee Sara Gideon led Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a top Democrat target, in several pre-Election Day polls but ended up losing nearly 10 percentage points.

In 2018, just before Election Day, polls showed that then-Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) was leading Republican nominee Josh Hawley in the Missouri Senate race. FiveThirtyEight.com gave McCaskill a 57 percent chance of winning the race. Haley won.

Likewise then-Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) led Republican challenger Mike Braun in 8 of 10 Indiana public polls leading up to the 2018 halftime, earning a 72 percent chance of winning.

Like McCaskill, Donnelly lost almost 6 percentage points.

In 2016, a Democratic nominee, Katie McGinty, appeared to have a solid lead over Republican Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who entered the election, leading him in 10 out of 10 public polls in the last two weeks of the race were carried out. She had a 61 percent chance of winning, but instead lost by a point and a half.

“We have a lot of historical headwinds coming our way, but also some really good news that we have to talk about and sell,” Murphy said, referring to the passage of last year’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the package of corporate tax reform and climate spending and prescription drug reform that happened last month.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said she had a “good” feeling about the Democrats’ chances, but also acknowledged that polling in the weeks leading up to Election Day cannot be relied on.

“You never know,” she replied when asked how much faith she had in the polls, noting that polls are “everywhere” in Michigan’s gubernatorial campaign.

“If the elections were held today, I think we would win seats,” she said, but cautioned that spending by conservative groups outside of the final weeks of the campaign could change the picture.

Democrats are rocked by news of electronics maker Barre Seid’s $1.6 billion donation to a conservative group controlled by Leonard Leo, the strategist who led efforts to push the federal judiciary further to the right.

“What’s going to happen, they’re dumping disclosed and secret money [for] Attack indicators and it will definitely make a difference. They are attacking our people from the right and left,” said Stabenow.

OpenSecrets.org, a nonpartisan website that tracks political spending, estimates total spending for the midterm election at over $9.3 billion. More than half of the $4.8 billion already spent comes from Republican candidates and allied groups, according to the website.

Democratic candidates and party committees have raised more money than their Republican counterparts, but Democratic senators expect a wave of dark-money-funded ads to help GOP candidates close the gap in October and the first week of November.

“That’s definitely a huge factor,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said of the huge cash flows coming from Republican-aligned dark money groups and super PACs. “Republican candidates don’t really feel like they have to fundraise anymore. If you see our candidates are outperforming them but they don’t care because they have the dark money and it’s so massive.”

Chris Hartline, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the Senate Republican campaign arm has spent heavily since May promoting GOP candidates and defining Democrats.

“With the addition of increased spending from our campaigns and the addition of spending from outside groups beginning in early September, the result is a unified Republican effort that we are very confident will result in a Republican Senate majority,” he said.

Recent polls showed Democratic Senate incumbents leading their Republican challengers in several battleground states.

In Georgia, polls conducted in September by Beacon Research and Shaw & Company Research and Marist College showed Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) leading Republican Herschel Walker by 5 points. A Quinnipiac poll found Warnock up 6 points.

In Nevada, polls show Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D) and former Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt essentially the same, with a poll by the Republican-leaning Trafalgar Group in late September showing Laxalt by 4 points and a poll by Suffolk University in mid-August showing Cortez Masto along 6 points ahead.

“Confident wouldn’t be a word, optimistic is the word,” said Kaine, who predicted Senate control in a handful of races would be decided by just a few points. “I think it’s going to be late election night.”

“What polls don’t necessarily tell you is who says, ‘By God, I’m going to vote,'” he said, explaining why polls aren’t always reliable.

But Kaine, like many Democrats, is hoping that the Supreme Court’s repeal of abortion rights will give Democratic voters a stronger-than-usual boost in midterm elections, when turnout is much lower than in presidential years.

David Bergstein, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial campaign, said Republicans “are firmly on the defense across the Senate map.”

He said the Democratic “incumbents remain well positioned in their races and we have several pickup opportunities that remain strong in the game,” alluding to Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida.

But he conceded the races are likely to get closer.

“We have prepared throughout the cycle for our racing to be extremely competitive on the battlefield and over the past month we will continue to take nothing for granted,” he said.

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Big football wins for Savannah Country Day and Savannah Christian https://memorial-memories.com/big-football-wins-for-savannah-country-day-and-savannah-christian/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 09:16:53 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/big-football-wins-for-savannah-country-day-and-savannah-christian/

Savannah Country Day has played football since 1955 and Beach High since 1950. The schools are only 7 miles apart but only met twice on the gridiron before SCD hosted the Bulldogs on Wednesday night.

It was a night of firsts at Bill Saunders Field as the Hornets defeated Beach for the first time, earning a 35-21 win in a GHSA Region 3-3A match. The game was one of many postponed from this Friday due to the impact of Hurricane Ian.

Beach had won the two previous encounters against SCD in 1984 and 1985, but the Hornets took control early and broke a three-game losing streak with a solid performance on both sides of the ball.

It was the first meeting between SCD head coaches John Mohring and Beach’s Michael Thompson, who have been good friends since college when they were defensive teammates at Georgia Southern.

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Highly touted SCD freshman Josh Washington, who accepted an offer from Georgia Southern before playing any high school football, had his best game with seven receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

SCD has fewer than 30 players on its roster, and Mohring said there are several underclassmen who are major influences on the Hornets — including freshmen Anders Elizalde, Boone Wiesner and Najee Young, along with second quarterback Barton Mixon and his classmate Brooks Kleinpeter at the tight end.

“We have a lot of young people who are making big contributions, and Josh (Washington) is one of them — he’s a talented athlete,” Mohring said. “I thought we played fast and aggressive tonight; we just have to iron out some of those mistakes and penalties.”

Mixon played well as quarterback as the sophomore completed 12 of 20 passes for 237 and two touchdowns while rushing for 46 yards on eight carries.

Senior running back Michael Grandy rushed for 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries, and KJ James added 31 yards and a score on 11 carries, with three catches for 76 yards.

The player of the match for SCD was junior lineman Rooster Bing, who had three sacks, multiple pass deflections and double-digit tackles while also serving as a game-changing offensive lineman.

“We came out tonight with a different mindset after losing three straight games,” Washington said. “We played our game and stopped worrying about the other team. We love Rooster (Bing). Whenever we need a game, whether it’s in defense or attack, we know he’ll pull it off.”

Beach newcomer Demetrius Holloway showed glimpses of his potential as he completed 11 of 26 passes for 180 yards with touchdown passes for Ryan Lovett and Desmond Burchett.

“I thought Demetrius played well tonight,” Thompson said. “He took a lot of shots but he kept delivering the ball. I have to give credit to Savannah Country Day. They played well and deservedly won tonight because of their physicality.”

Savannah Christian 55, Long County 20

Sophomore Zo Smalls set the tone by leading the opening kickoff back for a touchdown as Savannah Christian improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Region 3-3A with an impressive win over visiting Long County in the Pooler Stadium.

Smalls added a quick touchdown for the Raiders. Classmate Kenry Wall had another big play with a rushing touchdown and a 35-yard scoring reception from Paulus Zittrauer.

Senior Jayden Hester added a couple of quick touchdowns for the Raiders, who will play Johnson away on Oct. 7.

St Andrew’s 28, Robert Toombs Academy 21

The Lions won their third straight win with an away win over Robert Toombs.

It was the Edwards brothers who once again did most of the damage offensively for St Andrew’s (3-3).

Senior Zyere Edwards had two short touchdown runs and cleared the way for a 65-yard rushing score for the Lions, while his younger brother, sophomore quarterback Zayden Edwards, also had a rushing touchdown.

The Lions defense came out big as junior Rakari Harrison recorded a pair of sacks and Andrew Bacon showed up with a huge sack to end the game. Kicker Gordon Standing tied all four of his extra points for the Lions, who host Trinity Christian on October 7.

Other scores

31 Effingham County, 14 Glynn Academy

Bryan County 28, Montgomery County 7

Liberty County 34, Groves 0

Southeast Bulloch 34, Islands 7

Tattnall County 35, Windsor Forest 0

Edmund Burke 53, Memorial Day 0

Dennis Knight covers sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at Dknight@savannahnow.com. Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN

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Azerbaijan Embassy Celebrates Remembrance Day in Honor of War Martyrs – Pakistan https://memorial-memories.com/azerbaijan-embassy-celebrates-remembrance-day-in-honor-of-war-martyrs-pakistan/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:22:24 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/azerbaijan-embassy-celebrates-remembrance-day-in-honor-of-war-martyrs-pakistan/



Pakistan


Embassy of Azerbaijan celebrates Memorial Day in honor of war martyrs





ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – The Embassy of Azerbaijan observed “Remembrance Day” here Tuesday to honor the martyrs of the Patriotic War who sacrificed their lives for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in 2020.

At the memorial day ceremony, Ambassador of Azerbaijan Khazar Farhadov said that this “memorial day” is a sign of deep respect for Azerbaijani soldiers and officers, all martyrs who fought heroically in the Patriotic War waved the Azerbaijani flag liberated countries and sacrificed their lives for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

He said Armenia illegally occupied Azerbaijan’s lands for almost 30 years. During these years, Armenia has repeatedly committed provocations against Azerbaijan.

He said that on September 27, 2020, two years ago, a counter-offensive was launched in response to Armenia’s another large-scale military attack on Azerbaijani army positions and civilian settlements. The counter-offensive later became known as Operation Iron Fist and led to the Patriotic War.

At the end of the 44-day Patriotic War, Khazar, led by the Commander-in-Chief of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, President Ilham Aliyev, said, “Our army liberated the territories of Azerbaijan from the Armenian occupation, and Armenia was forced to sign an instrument of surrender, thereby marking the historic victory of Azerbaijan recognize.”

The Ambassador said: “I must mention that since the first day of the former Karabakh conflict, as well as morally and politically supported Azerbaijan’s just position during the patriotic war in 2020, fraternal Pakistan and the government and the Azerbaijani people have greatly appreciated it. “

Explaining the details of the war, he said the Patriotic War put an end to Armenia’s nearly 30-year policy of aggression. Azerbaijan secured its territorial integrity and the basic rights of almost a million displaced Azerbaijanis were restored. Azerbaijan alone ensured the implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions of 1993.

Immediately after the liberation, Azerbaijan started massive reconstruction and restoration works in the liberated areas. In 2021 and 2022, the Azerbaijani government allocated nearly US$3 billion for the large-scale reconstruction and restoration activities in the liberated countries.

“I would like to inform you that Fuzuli International Airport, which was built in just 8 months, is now operational. Two other international airports, namely Zangilan and Lachin, are under construction and will also be operational very soon,” he added.

In addition, the first Azerbaijani IDPs have already returned to the rebuilt “smart village” village of Aghali in the liberated region of Zangilan.

Shusha, the cultural capital of Azerbaijan, has already become a venue for international events. The group “Pakistan Colors” performed the “Bhangra” dance at the 5th International Folklore Festival “Kharibulbul” held in Shusha in May 2022.

The ambassador stated that Azerbaijan offered peace to Armenia immediately after the war. However, Armenia was not interested in peace. The Azerbaijani side proposes demarcation and demarcation, but Armenia delays it. “We have proposed five principles for signing a peace treaty with Armenia. In words, they accepted them, but we don’t see it in practice. All this shows once again that Armenia is not interested in peace,” he added.

In addition, Armenia has repeatedly committed military provocations against Azerbaijan in recent months. More than 1,400 new land mines were laid in Lachin District alone, and these mines were laid after the war in 2021. This is a flagrant act of terrorism against Azerbaijan. Since the end of the war, more than 240 Azerbaijani citizens have been killed or seriously injured by landmine explosions.

On September 13, Armenian forces again carried out large-scale provocations in the direction of Dashkasan, Kalbayar and Lachin on the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border. The sabotage groups of the Armenian Armed Forces used the mountainous terrain of the region and the existing ravines to mine the areas and supply roads between the positions of the Azerbaijani army units in different directions. But of course the glorious Azerbaijani army reacted and put the enemy back in position, the ambassador concluded.

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The Ministry of Culture organizes a number of events on the day of remembrance https://memorial-memories.com/the-ministry-of-culture-organizes-a-number-of-events-on-the-day-of-remembrance/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 09:27:00 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/the-ministry-of-culture-organizes-a-number-of-events-on-the-day-of-remembrance/

By Laman Ismayilova

The culture ministry is planning to hold a series of commemorative events, Azernews reports.

On 23-24-25 On September 1st, the State Academic National Theater on State Order presents a play “The Road to Victory”. The State Academic Music Theater is performing a play “Bir Nafas Gadar” on September 27th.

On the same day, the State Museum of Musical Culture of Azerbaijan holds the event “Martyrs will not die, the Motherland will not be divided”.

The patriotic event “44 Days of Patriotic War” and a virtual exhibition dedicated to Azerbaijani heroes are planned in the Samad Vurgun House-Museum. At the same time, the Abdulla Shaig House Museum will host the “Road to the Victory” event on Remembrance Day.

Memorial Day in Azerbaijan is a public holiday honoring and mourning military personnel who died defending occupied Azerbaijani territories during the 2020 Karabakh War.

Established by decree of President Ilham Aliyev, Remembrance Day is observed in Azerbaijan on September 27, the day war with Armenia broke out. The day honors the memory of martyrs, soldiers and officers who fought heroically and liberated areas from Armenian occupation in the Second Karabakh War.

Clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan resumed after Armenia launched large-scale attacks on Azerbaijani forces and civilian targets on September 27.

Over 90 Azerbaijani civilians were killed in indiscriminate attacks by Armenia on Azerbaijani civilian targets. Azerbaijan launched counter-offensives that ended on November 8 with the liberation of over 300 settlements and villages, five city centers and the historic city of Shusha.

The 44-day war ended with the Russian-brokered peace deal signed on November 10 by Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders. As part of the peace agreement, the Azerbaijani districts of Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin were vacated by December 1, 2020.

The deal also provided for the return of Azerbaijani IDPs in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven adjacent districts under the control of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The peace deal ended the 30-year-old conflict between Baku and Yerevan over the Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which along with the seven bordering districts fell under the occupation of Armenian forces in the early 1990s war.

For about three decades, Armenia failed to implement UN Security Council resolutions calling for the withdrawal of Armenian troops, which was the main obstacle to resolving the conflict.

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Visit the Zane Gray Museum and Grave in Lackawaxen, PA https://memorial-memories.com/visit-the-zane-gray-museum-and-grave-in-lackawaxen-pa/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 22:05:49 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/visit-the-zane-gray-museum-and-grave-in-lackawaxen-pa/

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There are few better known and more influential early 20th century authors than Zane Grey. And while his stories have focused primarily on establishing the Old West myth we imagine today, Gray spent some of his most productive years on the Delaware River in the Poconos.

Today his home (like his grave) in Lackwaxen, Pennsylvania, at the confluence of the Delaware and Lackwaxen rivers, is listed by the National Park Service as the Zane Gray Museum.

Author Zane Gray
Author Zane Gray (Public Domain)

Gray, who was a minor league baseball player and dentist before becoming a full-time writer, grew up in Ohio and was educated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. While working as a dentist in New York City, he often traveled to Pike County, PA, where he met his wife, Dolly.

After their marriage, Gray built a home in the area and pursued his writing career full-time from home. It was here that he developed his voice and became one of the country’s most popular authors. During his 12 years with this house as his primary residence, he wrote his most famous work, Riders of the Purple Sage, in his office on the first floor of the house.

Exhibits at the Zane Gray Museum in Lackawaxen PA
Some of the exhibitions in the museum.

And though he left that area for California in 1918, such was his fondness for it that when he died in 1939, he was buried within sight of the house.

Visitors interested in learning more about the life and career of Zane Gray can visit this site from Memorial Day weekend through the end of September each year. When the house is not open, you can still visit the exterior and its nearby tomb. An AM radio station offers some narration about the house and Grey’s life.

Like the rest of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Zane Gray Museum is free to visit. The first floor of the home is open to self-guided tours of four rooms of the space, and a parking attendant is on-site to answer any questions you may have.

Exhibit about Zane Gray's early life at his home in the Poconos
There are four exhibition rooms in the house that tell the story of Zane Grey.

The museum consists of four rooms. Three of these feature displays on the walls highlighting various aspects of Grey’s life, from his minor league baseball days to his career, his impact on Hollywood and his love of the outdoors.

The displays here are very nicely done and have a good mix of signage and items from Grey’s life. There are also a few videos, although the small screen size and mix of narration and audio descriptions make them a bit difficult to follow at times for the visually impaired.

Bookshelf with Native American objects on display above at the Zane Gray Museum in the Poconos
Beautiful Western motifs are painted on the walls throughout the room.

On the walls of the room are western-themed paintings that Gray commissioned while living in the house. They are still in fairly good condition and really add a lot of character to the space.

The most interesting room, however, is Grey’s office. This room is set up as it would have looked when Zane Gray sat in this room writing Riders of the Purpose Sage and many of his other classic stories. The items in this room are the ones that Gray owned, which really makes it a special place.

A view of Zane Gray's office at his home and museum in Pike County, PA
Zane Gray’s office has been beautifully restored.

As well as visiting his home, be sure to visit Zane Grey’s grave, which is just a few hundred yards from the house. He is buried next to his wife Dolly.

His grave is in Union Cemetery next to St Mark’s Lutheran Church, just south of the house. If you are coming from Scenic Drive, you will find Gray’s grave near the back right side of the cemetery at approximately these coordinates: 41.483965, -74.987788.

Grave of Zane Gray in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania
Grey’s grave is only a few hundred yards from the house.

It’s also worth checking out the Zane Gray Boat Launch, which is directly across from his home. Even if you don’t have a watercraft, this is still a beautiful spot on the Delaware River and it’s easy to picture Gray sitting out here fishing.

Just downstream, note the historic aqueduct that once carried canal boats across the Delaware River, which is an interesting site to check out.

Delaware River at the Zane Gray public boat launch in the Poconos
The Delaware River near Gray’s house.

Overall I found the Zane Gray Museum to be an interesting place. However, given the limited opening hours and relatively remote location from other locations in the area, it’s worth bothering just to see if you’re a fan of his work.

And if so, you’re sure to find this place incredibly fascinating.

Are you looking for other excursion destinations nearby? Check out Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours, the best waterfalls in the Poconos, and Minisink Battleground Park in New York.

[Click here for information on how to use the coordinates in this article to find your destination.]


Zane Gray Museum

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 10am-4pm
Open Memorial Day weekend – September

Costs: Free

Website: NPS.gov

Address: 135 Scenic Dr
Lackawaxen, PA 18435

See map below for other area attractions.


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Joe Drummond | Obituary | McAlester News Capital https://memorial-memories.com/joe-drummond-obituary-mcalester-news-capital/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 14:20:03 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/joe-drummond-obituary-mcalester-news-capital/

Joe Douglas Drummond and Priscilla Louise, his lovely wife of 49, were unexpectedly taken from this life after a car accident on Highway 20 in Osage County, just outside Hominy OK; on the morning of September 1, 2022. Joe died that morning and Priscilla the next evening, September 2, 2022 at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, OK.
Joe was born on November 24, 1948 in Hominy Oklahoma to Jack and Georgia Jean (Ferguson) Drummond Cox. He graduated from Hominy High School in 1967. Joe played French horn in high school. In the 1970s, Joe ran a ranch with his brother and father. In 1978 he graduated from OSU with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating, he worked as a sales engineer for Dowell Schlumberger. This position took the family to Midland, Texas, Farmington, New Mexico, Casper, Wyoming and Mustang, OK. In 1989 he accepted a position with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board in McAlester. They remained in McAlester until their children were grown. They moved back to the Hominy ranch in 2000, and he later retired from the state in October 2018.
He enjoyed farming with his son on the same land he worked with his father and brother. He always had to be in the middle of the work Matt was doing on the ranch.
He loved being an ESA husband where he volunteered alongside Priscilla. He was Man of the Year for a couple of years. Joe founded W/S Environmental with his late friend Kent Wilkins
Priscilla Louise Dailey Drummond was born on September 10, 1954 in Ponca City, Oklahoma to Harry Vernon and Dorthy Mae (Evans) Dailey. She graduated from Ponca City High School in 1972, where she played flute in the marching band and twirled the baton. She then attended Northern Oklahoma State College, where she received her Associates of Science degree in nursing in 1974. She later received her BSN health management degree from Oklahoma City University in 1994. She graduated with her MHA from NSU.
She was a clerk at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary for 10 years. She has spent the last 20 years as a Health Care Supervisor at various manufacturing companies such as Ford Glass, Kimberly Clark, Spirit AeroSystems and Buswerk.
She was a member of ESA – Epsilon Kappa – Hominy for 50 years, where she held numerous management positions, including President from 1994 to 1995.
One of her passions was farm pond fishing on the ranch. She was always competing for the biggest fish with everyone, especially her daughter Melody.
Joe and Priscilla met in Hominy in March 1973 and married on May 19, 1973 in Hominy. When they were young they loved to dance. She could be seen dancing in Osage County almost every weekend. They also taught Country Line Dance, 2 Step, Cotton Eye Joe and Waltz. Joe also played bass guitar in various bands over the years. Joe and Priscilla had three children who were the joys of their lives – Melody, Jill and Matt.
They were avid sports fans. From the beginning of their marriage, they watched sports on television and also traveled to numerous sporting events around the country. They loved OSU football, where they were season ticket holders for years. They took their grandchildren with them whenever they could. When her grandchildren started playing ball, their focus shifted to her. They rarely missed a game. As the girls started hitting home runs, Joe began giving them $100 bills for each home run. As soon as the game was over, Joe had the $100 ready with a big smile on his face. Chance loved going to the games where he would ride Nana around on her scooter. Hope was about to nap with Pop-Pop and send him on his many trips to the snack stand.
They loved to travel. They’ve been on too many cruises to count. Her daughter Jill and her family were her favorite cruise partners. Their favorite trip was a family trip to Hawaii with their children and grandchildren in 2013. They also loved Disney, where they celebrated numerous celebrations including their 30th wedding anniversary. They started attending the National Finals Rodeo when it was held in Oklahoma City. This tradition continued when it was moved to Las Vegas. They had season passes and went every year for the past 30+ years.
When their children were born, they began the tradition of camping at the ranch on Memorial Day weekend. Her family and friends came out to camp, fish, hunt, and ride quad bikes on the ranch. It was one of her favorite weekends of the year. They loved sharing their love of nature with their family and friends. They also loved the animals around their place. They often sat and watched the wildlife from their porch.
Joe and Priscilla were survived by their three children: Melody White (Joel), Ft Collins, CO, Jill Drummond (Dr Robb Brinkley) Tulsa, OK, and Matt Drummond (Heather) Owasso, OK. Priscilla’s sister and brother; Felicia Rowe, Claremore, OK and Randy Dailey (Vicki) Ponca City; Joe’s sisters, Judy Ellis (Charles) Bixby, OK, Georgianna Hendrickson (Tom) Dunwoody, Georgia, and a sister-in-law Pat Drummond, Hominy, OK. Her grandchildren – Madi Drummond, Addison Drummond, Katie Drummond, Chance Brinkley, Hope Brinkley, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding the death were Joe’s father and mother, Jack Drummond and Jean Drummond Cox, brother John Roy Drummond. Priscilla’s father and mother, Harry and Dorthy Dailey; a brother-in-law to Ralph Rowe
The memorial service for Joe and Priscilla Drummond will be held at 2:00 p.m. on September 24, 2022 at First Baptist Church, Skiatook, Rogers Campus. Arrangements and services have been entrusted to Powell Funeral Service, Hominy, OK
The family has asked these charities for donations:
https://www.skiatookpawsandclaws.com – Skiatook Paws and Claws Animal Rescue
http://osb.k12.ok.us – Oklahoma School for the Blind
http://www.osd.k12.ok.us – Oklahoma School of the Deaf

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3 possible landing spots for Jimmie Johnson in 2023 https://memorial-memories.com/3-possible-landing-spots-for-jimmie-johnson-in-2023/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/3-possible-landing-spots-for-jimmie-johnson-in-2023/

Jimmie Johnson recently said his main sponsor, Carvana, will support “whichever way” for him in 2023. Where will he land?

After completing his second year with IndyCar, Jimmie Johnson remains uncontracted to compete in 2023. The 47-year-old recently told Associated Press reporter Jenna Fryer that he has continued financial support from sponsor Carvana for the next year, adding that she will have his back no matter what he does.

In addition to IndyCar, Johnson has competed in IMSA part-time this year and has even expressed his desire to return to NASCAR next season, specifically in the Coca-Cola 600 as part of a Memorial Day double try at the Indy 500. Needless to say, that the seven-time Cup Series champion has options.

With multiple avenues and financial backing to make them happen, here are three potential landing spots for Johnson in 2023.

Jimmie Johnson Landing Spots: #1 – IndyCar

Perhaps the most obvious choice for Johnson is to take part in the series he has been in for the past two years and improve on his first full-time season this year. During his first full-time season in the open-wheel series, he saw his best results coming on the courses he once resisted: ovals.

His best finishes were at Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway, where he finished sixth and fifth, respectively. But his progress on road and road courses from 2021 may not have been to his liking as he actually finished worse at some races in 2022.

Chip Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi may be hesitant to re-sign Johnson, who just ended his two-year contract, given the struggles he’s had. But with Carvana’s sponsorship, it can be difficult to evade this opportunity. In fact, prior to the unfolding of the Alex Palou drama, Ganassi had said that he plans to keep his team on the “status quo” for the next year.

It would make sense for Ganassi to re-sign Johnson if he brings sponsorship from Carvana, and for the El Cajon native, Californian, it would allow him to continue competing in the series he’s dreamed of since childhood.

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Sneaker News Release Updates September 10, 2022 https://memorial-memories.com/sneaker-news-release-updates-september-10-2022/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 22:04:47 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/sneaker-news-release-updates-september-10-2022/

Although Air Jordan, New Balance and Under Armor have made headlines over the past seven days, sneaker talk has largely been dominated by the future of adidas Yeezy.

Ye – formerly known as “Kanye West” – has taken to social media in recent months to vent his grievances with the 3 Stripes, which he alleges breached their contract and deliberately sabotaged his brand. The 45-year-old was at his most boisterous on Memorial Day weekend, but he’s upped his Instagram and Twitter antics by giving interviews to both Bloomgberg and CNBC in recent days, something he hasn’t done much of since his underperforming presidential campaign in 2020. Ye doubled down on his dissatisfaction with adidas and Gap on both platforms, announcing he was terminating his deal with the latter just days after comparing both brands to his “new baby mamas”. The Chicago native has never been shy about speaking his mind, but his recent public outcry has been in a league of his own, mostly because the Yeezy brand’s future is up in the air. Although the former “Mr. West” has the cultural clout to make his label independent, he currently doesn’t have the infrastructure or team to ensure Yeezys are produced at a level that brands like adidas enable. Only time will tell what becomes of the industry-changing partnership, but we bet Ye will stay with the German sportswear giant until at least 2026.

To see all that and more, check out our top headlines from September 10-16.

Kanye West criticizes adidas on CNBC
Claims the 3 Stripes “deliberately” ruined one of his designs.
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Aimé Leon Dore unveils New Balance 550 collaborations for fall
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Official images of the Nike LeBron 20
exhilarated.
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UNDEFEATED recalls 2005 Dunk Collaboration for Air Force 1 Low “multi-patent”.
Multicoloured.
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Steph Curry signs lifetime deal with UA worth up to $1 billion
Well deserved.
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Supreme introduces the Air Max TL 99
Didn’t see that coming.
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First look at the Air Foamposite One “Dream A World”
Rounded off by a quote from Seneca.
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Drake offers new teasers of the upcoming NOCTA Nike boot
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This week in Nike Dunks
Dominated by the low.
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Pultney, Union Townships paving project bids open | News, Sports, Jobs https://memorial-memories.com/pultney-union-townships-paving-project-bids-open-news-sports-jobs/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 06:43:31 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/pultney-union-townships-paving-project-bids-open-news-sports-jobs/

ST. CLAIRSVILLE-A “long awaited” Paving project in Pultney and Union townships moving forward after receiving a number of bids from contractors for the project.

The bids were opened during Wednesday’s Belmont County Board of Commissioners meeting. Commissioner Josh Meyer opened the three bids, including $173,078.50 from Shelly and Sands of St. Clairsville; $156,773.10 from Cast and Baker Corp. from Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania; and $185,440 from NLS Asphalt and Paving of St. Clairsville.

After the bids were opened, Meyer filed a motion to submit all bids to the Belomar Regional Council for consideration. Commissioners JP Dutton and Jerry Echemann agreed. A recommendation will most likely be made at next week’s Commissioners’ meeting.

The project is funded by a $159,145 Community Development Block grant that the county received last year. The CDBG program helps fund low- to middle-income community improvement projects. This project involves paving approximately one mile of roadway in each community – Toad Hollow Road in Pultney Township and Jordan/Church Hill Road and Irwin Street in Union Township.

After the meeting, Frank Schaffer, president of the Belmont County Trustees Association and trustee of Pultney Township, said that was the case “concerned” waiting for the offer to open.

“Funds are finally being released at this point. It was a long-awaited year, actually it’s been a little longer since I started working on the scholarships. I know we have a lot of patient people out there waiting for these roads to be paved, but it will finally bear fruit.” he said.

Schaffer, who led the project, said that when he became president of the association, he began looking at township roads that needed improvement.

“I knew there was a need for band-aids out there and I saw sections and I tried to look for grants that would help those people.” he said, adding that the CDBG funding opportunity is an important resource for the county’s communities.

“This will bring paved roads to people who would most likely never get a chance to get a paved road in the future unless you had the money or the upfront payment to do so.” he said.

Schaffer said he hopes to continue applying for the scholarship; however, he said townships are no longer eligible for CDBG funds.

“I think this is a great loss for the communities. … There are only two grants townships can get for road paving — Community Development Block Grant, which are no longer funded; and there’s Ohio Public Works (Commission), which is very competitive and really stretches township budgets. You need at least 26% match to start the competition.” he said.

On other matters, John Waugh, a member of the Belmont American Legion Post 312, announced that the Legion will be hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Belmont Gym. The money raised at the dinner will be used to fund various projects in the community.

Waugh said Legion members place flags on veterans’ graves in five cemeteries on Veterans Day, host the Belmont Village Memorial Day ceremony, dispose of flags each year on Flag Day, and award scholarships to three Union Local High School students every year.

Waugh invited the commissioners to attend the event and thanked them for their work in the county.



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