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Waterfront Blues Breaks Fundraising Record

Waterfront Blues Breaks Fundraising Record

The festival raised more than $1.3 million for Oregon Food Bank

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As reported by KGW, this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival helped raise more than $1.3 million for the Oregon food Bank over the Forth of July weekend. That breaks its previous record by more than $400,000.

The previous record was set in 2012 when $902,000 was raised. However, this year saw less in actual food donations with only 62,000 pounds.

According to CEO of Oregon Food Bank Susannah Morgan, this year’s festival brought in 62,000 pounds of food.

The festival began in 1987, then known as the Rose City Blues Festival, to help the homeless. When Oregon Food Share, predecessor to Oregon Food Bank, took over as the beneficiary, the focus shifted to work to end hunger in Oregon.

The 2013 festival saw a record number of attendees thanks to headliners such as Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Mavis Staples and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

For more information about the Oregon Food Bank and to learn how you can help fight hunger please visit their website.

Democrats shatter ActBlue’s donation records after Ginsburg’s death.

Democratic donors gave more money online in the 9 p.m. hour Friday after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death was announced — $6.2 million — than in any other single hour since ActBlue, the donation-processing site, was started 16 years ago.

Then donors broke the site’s record again in the 10 p.m. hour when donors gave another $6.3 million — more than $100,000 per minute.

The unprecedented outpouring shows the power of a looming Supreme Court confirmation fight to motivate Democratic donors. The previous biggest hour, on Aug. 20, when Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke on the final night of the Democratic convention, saw $4.3 million in donations processed, according to an ActBlue spokesperson.

Before noon on Saturday, donations to Democratic causes and campaigns on ActBlue since Justice Ginsburg’s passing had topped $45 million.

ActBlue does not show where donations go in real time but much of the grassroots energy appeared focused on the Senate, which would have the power to confirm or block any nominee picked by President Trump.

Hours after Justice Ginsburg’s death, Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, pledged that whomever Mr. Trump picked to replace her would receive a confirmation vote. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” he said in a statement.

Democratic donors flooded into at least one page dedicated to key Senate races, called Get Mitch or Die Trying. The page, created by the progressive group Crooked Media, had raised about $9 million in new donations since Justice Ginsburg’s death was announced, as of noon on Saturday, and will divide the proceeds between 13 different Democrats running for Senate this year.

“The conventional wisdom is that the Supreme Court only motivates Republicans, but these fund-raising totals demonstrate that that has changed,” said Tommy Vietor, a founder of Crooked Media and a veteran of the Obama administration.

Supreme Court confirmation fights have led to big swells of donations before. The Senate hearings and votes on Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in 2018 drove record donations into the campaign coffers of then-Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, a centrist Democrat who raised $12.4 million in the first half of October after she announced she would oppose his nomination. She was defeated in her re-election bid the next month.

Everything You Need To Know About Coastal Design

Fact: You don't have to live by the beach to make this work.

If coastal design to you is synonymous with anchors, blue and white 'errthang, and seashells upon seashells&mdashwe totally get where you're coming from. And you would think, based on the name, that's exactly what it entails, but that's actually more typical of nautical decor. Mind = blown. Coastal is another thing entirely, and while the two have some elements in common, coastal is decidedly less in-your-face and kitschy. So where do you draw the line? Here's exactly what's up.

Let's Set The Record Straight&mdashCoastal Is Not The Same Thing As Nautical.

Nor is it the same thing as Mediterranean, or tropical. In the simplest definition, coastal is beachy. Through use of natural light, soft tones, and a clean aesthetic, it's meant to evoke the breeziness of the beach. Basically, it feels like summer year-round inside your house. "A coastal space takes its cues from the natural environment for everything from color palette through to materials used," says Will Taylor, author of Dream Decor, and the blogger behind Bright Bazaar. "The core features are usually jute textures, earth tones, layered blues, crisp whites, stripes, and loose linen upholstery."

"The key is to stay away from anything too cliched."

Let There Be Tons And Tons Of Light.

If you have one thing inside a coastal home, it needs to be abundant light. Interiors should never feel dim or cramped, but rather, light, open, and airy. You want to feel as though there's no boundary between indoors and outdoors, so large windows, glass doors, and skylights are key. Window treatments are also minimal (so as not to detract from the natural light, obvs).

Coastal Design Keeps It Natural.

In order to create a relaxed, easy vibe, coastal design usually incorporates many natural elements. This comes in through the furniture, often made out of wicker, rattan, or light, weathered woods, and fabrics. Rugs are generally straw, seagrass, or jute, and fabrics are simple and devoid of shine. You won't find many metallics or flashy textures, but rather, natural materials or light, billowy fabrics, like sheer curtain panels. Though wood is common, it will usually be white-washed, or a blond maple or ash.

White Is Key.

While you might be inclined to picture a bold blue and white palette when you think of coastal, a crisp, white interior is actually more accurate. It's almost like minimalist design in the sense that less is more, and it favors neutral. Again, it's all about natural light, so a white room is going to make the space feel even airier.

But that doesn't mean you can't accent with color. Though you'll still want to keep it soft (remember, there is nothing bold about this design), accent colors typically include neutrals, such as a warmer beige or khaki, light blues, greys, and greens. The palette "can be adjusted according to taste: true blues and crisp whites for a Med-like vibe warm whites and pale blue-green shades for a country coastal mix bright coral paired with sky blue for an exotic coastal style," Taylor says.

Go Slip-Covered, Or Go Home.

Coastal furniture is meant to feel casual, comfortable, and easy. Natural furniture made from rattan and wicker are common, but too much of a good thing can feel very matchy-matchy, and sometimes a little too busy. To add dimension and keep with the open and airy feel, slip-covered furniture (in light cottons and linen) is a go-to.

Coastal Design Encourages Open Space.

It's no surprise that a design aesthetic that prioritizes light would favor an open floor plan. You don't want to clutter anything with furniture or decor, but rather, create the feeling that everything just flows. If you aren't able to open up your floor plan, you can still create as much open space as possible by paring down and opting for a more minimalist vibe.

Yes, You Can Add In Your Shells&mdashBut With Restraint.

If you're decorating for the coast, it's not like you're about to decorate with antlers or modern, geometric accents, so it's totally OK to add in a few seaside touches, like shells, glass bottles, or woven baskets, but the key is not to go overboard. You want it to feel easy and natural, not kitschy and overdone, and clutter is a serious no-no. Keep it simple and you can't go wrong. "The key is to stay away from anything too cliched," Taylor says. "Avoid anchor prints, &ldquobeach this way&rdquo signs, etc. Instead, take your lead from the elements of the coast: a collection of blue glass vases and bottles upon a fireplace hearth, or a classic blue and white stripe wallpaper to add striking visual interest to a stairway or hallway."

East Coast Storm Breaks Rainfall Records

A rare spring northeaster masquerading as a classic winter storm roared up the coast and across the New York region and the Northeast yesterday with bullying winds and torrential rains that flooded shorelines and rivers, disrupted travel, brought down power lines and washed out Sunday plans for millions of people.

The storm — a globular nebula 800 miles across that reached from the Carolinas to New England — inundated many low-lying roads, set rainfall records, canceled flights, closed businesses and ballparks and prompted evacuations, National Guard patrols and warnings to ships at sea. By midnight, 7.46 inches had fallen in Central Park, making yesterday the second wettest day there since recordkeeping began in 1869.

Invading the New York area before dawn with pounding wind and rain, the storm sent tides surging against coastal beaches and riverfront communities, forced the cancellation of more than 500 flights at the three major airports, closed 20 roads in New Jersey and others in New York, cut off power to 18,500 customers in three states and tore off a roof at an apartment complex on Long Island.

By late afternoon, rainfall records were toppling all over the region. The Central Park total was second only to the 8.28 inches that fell there on Sept. 23, 1882. The previous record for the date — 1.82 inches — was erased early in the day. At La Guardia Airport, 6.5 inches fell, surpassing the 1.64 inches of 1990, and at Kennedy International Airport, 2.2 inches was recorded, topping the previous record of 1.84.

Other records that fell by 5 p.m. were in Philadelphia, with 3.36 inches (1 inch in 1906) Trenton, with 3.08 (1.3 in 1906) and Reagan National Airport in Washington, with 2.53 (1.94 in 1983).

Wind gusts of up to 48 miles an hour were clocked at Kennedy. The highest wind hit 71 miles an hour at Charleston, S.C., the National Weather Service said. Before tapering off today, the storm was expected to have dropped more than 4 inches of rain across the region, as well as a foot or more of snow in parts of upstate New York and northern New England.

Coming on a weekend, the storm had a relatively light impact on most residents. Many shops and restaurants that normally would have been open yesterday were shuttered, but without jobs or schools to attend, many people spent the day indoors with the Sunday papers, relaxing with music to go with the silken lash of rain hissing at the windows, dripping on a lazy afternoon.

The day was, in a way, like great theater: the drama of the approaching storm, the searching wind at the panes and rain dancing on the pavement, the smudged sky, the iron-gray day like a movie in black and white. The overcast was solid, great plates of corrugated iron fused from horizon to horizon, and the streets glistened in the rain: a metallic futureworld.

Today was expected to be normal for most commuters, though the Long Island Rail Road said last night that it was expecting some delays and diversions. Forecasters said showers would linger, but the storm’s worst had gone and temperatures were expected to hover in the 40s. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg urged commuters to take mass transit today. It was a different story yesterday. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported flight delays of up to seven hours at Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark Liberty International Airports, and said that airlines had canceled more than 500 flights, including some scheduled for today. Railroads ran with delays but, aside from a brief shutdown on two Metro-North lines, no major disruptions. But many roads and streets ran like millraces.

In Westchester County, flooding forced the closing of sections of the Cross County, Saw Mill River, Bronx River, Taconic and Hutchinson River Parkways, and officials in Mamaroneck ordered 20 families to evacuate two gated waterfront communities on Long Island Sound. Other families in the Washingtonville neighborhood were voluntarily evacuated to a shelter in a high school.

In Nassau County, the Wantagh and Ocean Parkways were partly closed yesterday as a result of flooding, along with secondary roads in Glenhead and Syosset. Jim Callahan, the county commissioner of emergency management, voiced concern about high tides in Freeport, Long Beach, Bayville Centre Island and Glen Cove. Bayville had asked residents to evacuate voluntarily, but few people showed up at a shelter.

In Patchogue, in Suffolk County, high winds ripped the roof off a building in the Fairfield Apartments, and eight families were moved to another building in the complex, said Joe Williams, commissioner of the county’s office of emergency management.

On Fire Island, where winds up to 50 miles an hour howled in from the ocean, more than 1,000 people voluntarily evacuated Saturday night and yesterday morning, about 50 taking the last ferry to Bay Shore at 9:20 a.m. before the ferry was shut down for the day. The Islip town supervisor, Phil Nolan, toured the island in the morning and said that fewer than 200 residents had chosen to remain.

In the Rockaways, traffic lights and lamp stanchions swung wildly along Shore Front Parkway, and an occasional garbage can rolled along the Boardwalk, which was deserted except for a flock of ducks that sipped from puddles in a playground. Street signs trembled and waves lapped at the top of a retaining wall separating Beach Channel Drive from Jamaica Bay.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer put 3,200 National Guard members on alert for deployment into areas of New York that were affected by the storm. State crews west of Albany were getting snowplows out of storage.

In New Jersey, Richard J. Codey, the acting governor, urged residents to stay indoors, and at a late afternoon news conference said major highways had been partly or fully closed. Col. Joseph R. Fuentes, the state police commander, said, “Every major river in the state is going to achieve flood stage or just over.”

Hundreds of car accidents were reported across the region. The rain by late yesterday had created a pond several feet deep on a service road along Route 495 East, the New Jersey approach to the Lincoln Tunnel. A red Subaru was half-submerged, a woman still at the wheel. Nearby, two men talked after their cars collided one took a picture of the other’s license plate.

It might have been worse, one meteorologist noted. “Thankfully, it’s not in the winter,” said Jim DeCarufel, a National Weather Service spokesman in Sterling, Va., who said more than 3 inches of rain fell in the Baltimore area between midnight and 1 p.m. “If this was snow, we’d be in trouble. It would be a blizzard.”

All along the East Coast, boats were secured against pounding tidal surges, and the Coast Guard warned mariners at sea to head for port because wind-driven waves were soaring to 18 to 26 feet — as tall as a two-story house. New York Harbor was a vast field of whitecaps, and on the coasts of New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut, the waves thundered on the beaches.

In Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., Marie Doherty, who has lived on the beach since 1977, said she was not worried about the storm. Her home, separated from the ocean by a big dune, had been flooded only once, in 1992. Storms make things exciting, she said. “It’s really the fun of living here,” she said, standing on her porch as she watched two giant black waves crash on the beach. “I would hate to be cooped up in an apartment in the city.”

The storm rained out Major League Baseball in the Northeast on a day when teams were to mark the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking the color line.

In Massachusetts, where the storm was expected to diminish today, Boston and Lexington canceled events including re-enactments of Paul Revere’s ride and parades to mark today’s Patriot’s Day holiday, which commemorates the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord. But there were no plans to cancel the 111th Boston Marathon.

Power failures affected 3,400 Con Edison customers in Westchester County and New York City, 4,500 Long Island Power Authority customers, 4,000 Public Service Electric and Gas customers in New Jersey and 6,600 customers of the Connecticut Light and Power Company, the utilities reported.

At least two people were killed in car accidents attributed to the weather in Connecticut and northern New York.

Elsewhere, one person was reported killed in South Carolina yesterday as dozens of mobile homes were hit by high winds, and two people were missing in flash floods in West Virginia. Earlier, the storm had been blamed for five deaths in Kansas and Texas, and had spawned tornadoes in Florida and Alabama.

Tracked by forecasters who compared it to a 1992 storm that killed six people in the New York region and gouged beaches, damaged homes and disrupted life for days, yesterday’s blow was a genuine northeaster, churning counterclockwise up the coast, gathering strength from the Atlantic and hurling it at the land. But experts said it was the kind of storm more typical of winter.

“This storm has the traditional path and makeup of a winter northeaster,” said Jeff Warner, a meteorologist with Pennsylvania State University. “But it doesn’t have the cold air traditional with a winter storm. This is going to be a rainstorm, although there will be some snow inland and some pretty good snow in the Adirondacks and other places in upstate New York.”

Northern Michigan Realtors Talk Changing Tides in Waterfront Property

Photo(s) by Taylor Brown Ludington

There is no constant but change … the adage even applies to waterfront property as boomers and millennials think city more than solitude.

This story is featured in the April 2018 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. Get your copy!

They call Minnesota the land of 10,000 lakes, but for those of you counting at home, the mitten state has far more than that. Michigan boasts some 11,000 inland lakes of five acres or more, as well as countless ponds, streams and rivers. Most sources say the state’s name itself is derived from a Native American word that means “large water” or “large lake.”

In fact, wherever you are here in the water wonderland, you are never more than six miles from a lake. It’s clear the Great Lakes State truly is the state of great lakes.

For many people, the closer to the water, the better. There’s nothing like walking out the door and strolling down to the lake. Whether people prefer a morning swim, an afternoon on the boat or an evening riverfront bonfire, waterfront property has historically been among the most desirable places for a home or cottage. That has always been one of the draws to Northwestern Lower Michigan.

As summer vacationers and retirees began flocking to the region in the 1970s and ’80s, waterfront property values began to escalate. That continued through the ’90s and into the new millennium, but the ever-rising prices were brought to a screeching halt by the Great Recession. It devastated the housing and construction industries, as well as the auto industry, which, of course, drives much of the state’s income. That economic storm caused home values—even waterfront home values—to plummet, and sales in the region dropped like a rock. But economic recovery over the past eight years has propelled home prices to match and occasionally surpass their historic highs.

So are there homes available on the water? Always. Are they affordable? That depends. The recession saw home prices tumble, and no segment was hit harder than waterfront. But that was then—2007 to 2010, to be exact—and this is now. Waterfront values are on the rise again, and in some markets, waterfront homes in cities and towns are especially in demand.

Consider two properties in Leelanau County sold by Perry Pentiuk of Venture Properties. “I sold one on the river in Leland for $1.7 million. It had 100 feet of frontage and 80 feet of depth. This was in town—they wanted to walk to the Bluebird,” he says.

On the other hand, he pointed to a waterfront property at nearby Gill’s Pier. “It’s a lovely home with 230 feet of sandy beach. In Leland, you look at the Standard station. This one has a view of Fox and Manitou Islands,” he says. Its asking price? Also $1.7 million.

“Eighteen years ago a house on Cathead Bay with 300 feet of property and sunset views of South Fox and the Manitous was $1.2 million. Now it’s on the market for $1.3 million,” Pentiuk says. That demonstrates that for all the ups and downs of the real estate market, some waterfront properties—even in gorgeous and remote areas—haven’t appreciated nearly as much as you might have suspected over the years.

From Manistee to Harbor Springs, waterfront homes where residents can walk to shops, churches and restaurants are among the most prized properties. “There’s a lot of downtown enthusiasm,” one Realtor said. Whether that downtown is Leland or Manistee, Traverse City or Harbor Springs doesn’t seem to matter.

Rural Properties Available

In other areas, however, waterfront properties haven’t made that much of a recovery from the recession. Chad Brown, the owner of Homewaters Recreational Real Estate, says waterfront properties in Northeastern Lower Michigan, such as those around Gaylord and Grayling, represent great value for buyers. One reason is that much of the waterfront property there is rural, on a river rather than a lake, or both. “You can find two, five, even 10 acres (on a river) for less than a 100-foot lakefront lot in some areas,” Brown says. “There were 27 active properties for sale in January on the Au Sable River.”

Brown and his company represent properties all across the region. As the company name indicates, the firm concentrates on waterfront properties—68 percent of sales are waterfront, a much higher figure than that of most companies.

Like Pentiuk, Brown also sees a growing preference for downtown living and believes part of the trend away from remote waterfront properties has to do with the graying of the Baby Boomers. For many of those people, owning a cottage Up North was a chance to leave their worries behind. A decade ago, they were buying cottages for occasional visits, but now they look to live here for extended periods and want the amenities of a town nearby. “A ton are selling cottages in rural areas to move to Traverse City,” Brown says.

Compared to their parents, the Boomers’ children (the Millennials) are spending their money differently in the early parts of adulthood. Their lifestyle is less about getting away from it all and more about having nearby access to it all—starting out in the urban areas where their parents are ending up. “The next generation of buyers lives a different life,” Brown says. Among the differences: They put more into their primary homes and often drive newer cars, plus their kids are often into sports or activities that demand more time. And even if Millennials want to get away from it all, they do it differently. Their dreams have changed—they’d rather go on an exotic vacation than visit a rural cottage, Brown says.

Differences in the Region

Northwest Michigan’s waterfront story, however, changes based on where you happen to be. Suzanne Riley of Century 21 Boardwalk in Manistee believes all of Manistee County is on the verge of a really good year for waterfront sales. “I think 2018 will be a good time to buy,” Riley says.

“It’s the opposite of the stock market. You want to buy high and sell low,” she says. She’s referring not to prices, but water levels. When water levels are high—as they are now—is when the prices are lowest. Selling when the waters recede enables buyers to see more beachfront, and thus properties command a higher price.

She sees the entire Manistee County area as being in what she calls “a weird vortex,” from a geographic perspective. Buyers from Chicago to Kalamazoo go as far north as Ludington, while those from the Detroit area and the east side of the state in general will head north to M-115 and go west, ending up on the Lake Michigan coast at Frankfort or points north from there. That leaves waterfront communities like Arcadia, Onekama, Bear Lake and Manistee with notably less visibility. That’s despite the fact Manistee proper boasts amenities including an airport, a hospital, beaches, restaurants, and even a casino, and nearby you can find inland lakes and rivers, plus skiing and golfing at places like Crystal Mountain and Caberfae.

Riley points to properties on Bear Lake and Portage Lake as desirable and affordable. “I’ve got a condo on Portage Lake for $198,500. I can’t believe it’s still here,” she says.

Riley remains bullish on Manistee. Parties from downstate are investing in properties and proposing developments, seeing a chance to get in on the ground floor as property values are slightly lower than neighboring lakeshore communities. That translates to a similar optimism on waterfront properties nearby. “I expect 2018 to be a great time to invest on Lake Michigan,” Riley says.

Farther north, in Petoskey, one top-selling Realtor, Wally Kidd, thinks the strength of economic indicators will continue to give people the confidence they need to make lakefront purchases. “Our challenge this year is inventory,” Kidd says. “There’s been a slight reduction in number of homes available.” Kidd also sees a palpable buyer preference for properties that are in move-in condition—everything updated and in great condition. “If people have to do a lot of renovation, they’ll choose to build from scratch.”

As for in-town versus out-of-town waterfront, among his customers, he still sees a preference for having your own place on the water, away from town. But he concedes that choice depends on age somewhat, with elder customers often opting for the walkable lifestyle that in-town properties offer. Little surprise Kidd remains bullish on Northern Michigan waterfront: “In Michigan, the Lord’s done all the heavy work. Waterfront is beautiful and they’re not making any more of it.”

Longtime Realtor Joe Blachy of Coldwell Banker Schmidt says here you’ll find a market where waterfront properties are highly valued. “All my listings sold on Burt Lake and Mullet Lake. The biggest problem is getting listings,” he says. Casting farther afield, he says places to build a home are few and far between. “Crooked Lake, Pickerel Lake—there are very few building sites available.”

So, yes, lakefront properties are selling well, and numbers that Blachy supplied support the anecdotal report within the Emmet Association of Realtors. Last year’s waterfront sales totaled $240,000,000, a jump of 43 percent from 2016. Yet, sales increased by only 20 percent, from 293 to 313. That means the average price increased dramatically—from $574,000 to $774,000. That includes sales on inland lakes and on Lake Michigan. [For the record, Blachy tends to favor inland lakes. “On the big lake you can’t keep your boat out. On an inland lake you can tie up where you live, and you can do all the watersports,” he says.]

The Best Water Commands a Steep Price

For those looking to purchase waterfront property, the quality of the water is of paramount importance. Deep Caribbean blues start in Lake Michigan around Ludington and continue north past Manistee, Empire and Leland, all the way to Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs, before meeting up with Lake Huron at Mackinaw City.

The quality of inland lakes varies more widely. And that’s true not only of the water, but also of the lake bottom and beach. “Torch Lake, Elk Lake, Glen Lake are super sand. Spider Lake and Forest Lake are silt. People want sandy frontage, not silt or rocks,” Brown says.

To Brown’s list of most desirable lakes, Pentiuk would add Crystal Lake and North Lake Leelanau. He sees Little Glen Lake and South Lake Leelanau as a step below, and Lime, Little Traverse and Silver Lakes as examples of a third tier.

Buyers also want to be able to easily get to the water. “There’s 100 percent difference in value between a bluff vs. a walkout,” Brown says. “A bluff is half the value of an easy slope.”

A lake’s cachet is naturally reflected in the price of its homes. Torch Lake has long been coveted by buyers. Walloon Lake is similarly pricey. Blachy considers Walloon to be the best in the state, though sometimes the homes can be priced right out of the market. He sold a lot on Walloon for a million dollars. The buyer built a home with 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. “That’s too big” to easily sell, much less to get their money back, Blachy says.


Pentiuk works mostly with properties in and around Traverse City and Leelanau County. He says that where properties are for sale there will be plenty of activity. He suspects this will be another good year for waterfront property sales, though he hesitated to say whether it would favor buyers or sellers.

“I thought we were at the end of the cycle last year, and I doubled my sales (from 2016 to 2017),” Pentiuk says. “I think 2018 will be a good year. The stock market is good, there’s been a huge run-up, and there’s money available. If there’s inventory I think it will sell.”

Will we see another downturn like a decade ago, when many properties—especially higher-priced ones—lost half their value? Pentiuk isn’t sounding alarm bells, though he says the good times can’t last forever. “I think there will be a correction, but when? It’s like southern California—it’s in the eighth year of a good run.”

Rheaume Breaks the Ice : Hockey: Female goaltender appears in minor league game, giving up one goal.

Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in a regular-season professional hockey game when she appeared in the minor league Atlanta Knights’ contest against Salt Lake City on Sunday night.

Rheaume played the first 5:49 of the second period, stopping three shots, giving up one goal and having a second nullified by an interference penalty in Salt Lake City’s 4-1 International Hockey League victory over the Knights.

“I was a little bit nervous,” Rheaume said. “You learn by your mistakes. I’ll learn what to do.”

The 135-pound goalie drew a standing ovation from the crowd of 9,027 when she headed for the net to start the second period.

“It’s fun to know you’re not alone when the people are behind you,” she said. “But I didn’t have time to think about it.”

Rheaume, 20, had played the second period of an NHL exhibition game in September for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Knights’ parent club, against the St. Louis Blues. She gave up two goals.

“This was different than the other game,” said Rheaume, who signed a three-year pro contract with the Knights. “The other game was an exhibition. It’s not the same. Gene told me before the game that I would play five minutes at the start of the second period.”

“It was just a chance for her to see the traffic and all that,” Knight Coach Gene Ubriaco said. “It’s not fair to judge her goals-against average. I think we’re looking at a three-year deal and I’m going to try not to take any shortcuts.”

Ubriaco said he told her and starting goalie David Littman of the plan before the game, but didn’t tell the rest of the team until after the scoreless first period.

When Littman gave up the third goal of the game, a fan stood and shouted, “Put the girl back in.”


Name origin Edit

Toad the Wet Sprocket takes its name from a Monty Python comedy sketch called "Rock Notes", [2] [3] in which a journalist delivers a nonsensical music news report:

Rex Stardust, lead electric triangle with Toad the Wet Sprocket, has had to have an elbow removed following their recent successful worldwide tour of Finland. Flamboyant ambidextrous Rex apparently fell off the back of a motorcycle. "Fell off the back of a motorcyclist, most likely," quipped ace drummer Jumbo McClooney upon hearing of the accident. Plans are now afoot for a major tour of Iceland. [4]

As their first gig approached, the band still had not chosen a name. The members facetiously adopted "Toad the Wet Sprocket" because they thought it would be "hilarious." Vocalist Glen Phillips later called it "a joke that went on too long" and, according to their website, "it was probably meant to be temporary at the time." [2] [5] The name had been used once before, by a short-lived British blues band of the late 1970s that had appeared on the 1980 Metal for Muthas compilation, although the earlier band had long since split up when Philips and company formed their band.

Eric Idle, the sketch's original performer, reflected on the band's name in a 1999 performance:

I once wrote a sketch about rock musicians, and I was trying to think of a name that would be so silly nobody would ever use it, or dream it could ever be used. So I wrote the words "Toad the Wet Sprocket." And a few years later, I was driving along the freeway in LA, and a song came on the radio, and the DJ said, "that was by Toad the Wet Sprocket," and I nearly drove off the freeway. [6]

There was also an extended skit about the fictional Toad the Wet Sprocket on one of Idle's later shows, Rutland Weekend Television (Season 1, Episode 4, "Rutland Weekend Whistle Test"). RWT musician and regular cast member Neil Innes, ex-Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and "The Seventh Python," played keyboards with the somnolent band. [7]

Early career (1986–1990) Edit

Toad the Wet Sprocket was formed in 1986, with the members having known one another from San Marcos High School just outside Santa Barbara, California. [8] Singer/songwriter and guitarist Glen Phillips was only 15, [9] guitarist Todd Nichols and drummer Randy Guss were 19, and bassist Dean Dinning was 20. The band's first public appearance was at an open-mic talent contest in September 1986. The band did not win.

Toad the Wet Sprocket's first album was released in 1989. Bread & Circus was self-financed through their label, Abe's Records. The album spawned the singles "Way Away" and "One Little Girl," which made the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart but received little attention.

The follow-up to Bread & Circus, Pale, was released in 1990, and saw Toad the Wet Sprocket's sound mature. During the recording of the album, the band signed to Columbia Records while declining the opportunity to re-record Pale but negotiating to have Columbia Records reissue Bread & Circus. [10] Featuring the singles "Jam" and the modern-rock chart hit "Come Back Down," the album was still not a success, but the singles received heavy airplay on college radio stations. The band's first music video (for "One Little Girl") was directed by Mark Miremont and aired on MTV's 120 Minutes.

Commercial breakthrough (1991–1998) Edit

Toad the Wet Sprocket finally achieved fame with their third album, 1991's fear. The album's singles "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean" reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album became the band's first RIAA-certified platinum album.

In 1993, the Mike Myers feature film So I Married an Axe Murderer included the song "Brother" on its soundtrack. "Brother" later appeared on the In Light Syrup compilation album, as well as on the 2004 release of the live album Welcome Home: Live at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara 1992.

In 1994, after years of heavy touring, Toad the Wet Sprocket released Dulcinea, their follow-up to fear. This album spawned the hit singles "Fall Down," which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Modern Rock charts, as well as No. 5 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and "Something's Always Wrong," which also charted. Like fear, this album was certified platinum by the RIAA.

A 1995 compilation album of b-sides and rarities, In Light Syrup, included the singles "Good Intentions," which was featured on the soundtrack for the television show Friends, as well as the aforementioned "Brother." The compilation was certified as a gold album in 2001.

The release of 1997's Coil acted as the proper follow-up to 1994's Dulcinea. Featuring a more electric, rock sound, it featured the modern-rock and mainstream rock hit "Come Down," as well as the singles "Crazy Life" (a previous recording of the song was featured on the soundtrack for the film Empire Records) and "Whatever I Fear," which did not chart. The album, despite the success of "Come Down" as a single, failed to reach any sales benchmarks. This failure is often attributed to the label doing a poor job of promoting the album. [ citation needed ]

Toad the Wet Sprocket formally broke up in July 1998, citing creative differences. [11]

Post-breakup and reunions (1998–2008) Edit

Toad the Wet Sprocket, though officially broken up since 1998, worked together off and on over the years. They performed on several occasions in 1999, although only short sets. Also in 1999, Phillips, Dinning, and Guss recorded two studio tracks for a compilation release, P.S. A Toad Retrospective, including one of the first songs the band wrote together, "P.S." Nichols declined to participate in these sessions and was replaced by Lapdog guitarist Rob Taylor.

Toad the Wet Sprocket temporarily reunited in late 2002, playing a benefit for the Rape Crisis Center in Santa Barbara and opening a few shows for Counting Crows. The group then played a few months of full-length shows in early 2003. Although these gigs were seemingly successful, [ citation needed ] at the end of the tour, the band decided to continue on their separate paths and careers. In 2004, the band released an album of a live show that was put to tape in 1992. This album, Welcome Home: Live at The Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara 1992, showcased the height of their popularity during the tour for fear.

Between 2004 and 2010, Toad the Wet Sprocket performed several short sets together. In the summer of 2006, the band reunited for a 34-date nationwide tour of the United States. During the summer of 2007, they played several shows with lead singer Glen Phillips serving as their opening act. On January 16, 2008, the band reunited once again to play two shows – one in St. Petersburg, Florida, then the next night at the House of Blues Orlando, prior to joining The Rock Boat VIII. On January 25, 2008, the band played a set at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan. On June 11-12, 2008, they played in Philadelphia and New Jersey at the Trocadero Theatre and Starland Ballroom, respectively. On June 14, 2008, they played at the 27th annual Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival. [12] On June 15, 2008, the band performed at The Norva in Norfolk, Virginia. One of the show's highlights was the band performing Glen Phillip's solo hit "Everything But You."

On December 19, 2008, Toad the Wet Sprocket performed on The Adam Carolla Show at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California. In May 2009, they played a four show mini-tour, including two nights at the intimate 400 seat venue The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and also in an outdoor venue at Neptunes Park in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Continuing throughout the 2009 summer, the group played a second 12-stop mini tour, which started with a show at the House of Blues in Houston. During the show, the band noted that it had been some time since they had played a venue in Texas. However, noting the positive crowd response and energetic atmosphere, Philips stated that the group "would try to make it an annual stop" in the future. [13]

Full-time reunion, return to recording, and New Constellation (2009–present) Edit

In 2009, bassist Dean Dinning said Toad the Wet Sprocket was now something each member considered an active project, and though they had not released a new studio album since 1997 and only did small summer tours, they no longer considered themselves "broken up". In May 2010, the band gathered at a California studio to begin re-recording some of their older hits for licensing reasons. Columbia Records owns the masters to the band's albums. Therefore, the band makes little money from them, so to be able to make a living off their own talent again, they made these re-recordings with the goal of having them used in film and TV.

On December 7, 2010, Toad the Wet Sprocket released their first new studio track in 11 years. The holiday track "It Doesn't Feel Like Christmas", a cover of a Sam Phillips original, was posted on their official site, available via Bandcamp, for free download just in time for the holidays, along with a new message on their site: "We're that band that did 'Walk on the Ocean', 'All I Want', 'Something's Always Wrong', and "Fall Down'. The one with the weird name. We're back from a long slumber and look forward to saying hello some time. Keep in touch…" The band had recently signed a deal with Primary Wave to handle their back catalog and any future releases, and on December 11, 2010, the band mentioned, both on stage and in an offstage YouTube interview, that they are currently writing songs for their first new studio album since 1997's Coil. In addition, they began playing two new songs, "Friendly Fire" and "The Moment", which were being worked on for the new album.

On April 12, 2011, Toad the Wet Sprocket released a new greatest hits album titled All You Want in digital and disc form via their official website. The 11-track CD includes brand new studio versions of their hits. The band does not have access to some of the versions they did for Columbia Records in the '90s. However, they did regain full control of the songs from their first two albums, and they planned to re-release them in remastered form on their own label, Abe's Records, following the release of their upcoming studio album.

On March 22, 2013, it was announced via Toad the Wet Sprocket's Facebook page that recording of the new album had been completed. The album was produced and mixed by Mikal Blue at Revolver Studios in Thousand Oaks, California. On June 5, 2013, the band announced the first new single in 16 years on Rolling Stone's website titled "New Constellation". An album of the same name was released on the band's own Abe's Records on October 15, 2013. [14] The band marketed the new album via the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter. [15] The band initially set a fundraising goal of $50,000, expecting it to take about two months to raise that amount. Instead, fans contributed more than $50,000 in less than 20 hours. [15] When the Kickstarter campaign finally came to a close, they had raised a total of $264,762. [16] The band kicked off their new album with a release party for Kickstarter supporters at The Palm restaurant in Los Angeles, California, on August 23, 2013, followed immediately by a live performance at the nearby Troubadour music venue. [17]

In 2014, Toad the Wet Sprocket resumed touring and opened a number of shows for Counting Crows. They showcased some of the new material from New Constellation, the Kickstarter-funded album, including "California Wasted" and the album's title track while playing a number of their earlier hits. During summer 2015, the band went on tour with fellow '90s acts Smash Mouth and Tonic. [18] The band released an EP called Architect of the Ruin on June 16, 2015

In 2018, Toad the Wet Sprocket announced that they had reissued their albums fear and Dulcinea on a deluxe remastered vinyl LP available through their online store. [19] The same year, they also released a limited deluxe 5-LP box set of coloured vinyl for their albums fear, Dulcinea and Acoustic Dance Party. [20]

In a January 2020 interview with ChicagoNow, Glen Phillips stated that "Toad has started recording again." In addition, he confirmed the band's first official lineup change, and that drummer Guss had left the band on good terms. Previous occasional touring member Josh Daubin replaced Guss. [21]

On September 25, 2020, they released a new song entitled “Starting Now”, followed by another new song "Old Habits Die Hard" on October 23rd, from their upcoming album, set to be released in 2021.

Glen Phillips' solo career Edit

Immediately after the July breakup in 1998, Glen Phillips began his own solo career. He has toured almost constantly up to the present time, usually just him and his guitar, but often with regular guest musicians. He has a close friendship with the members of Nickel Creek, and they often perform together they recorded a studio album called Mutual Admiration Society in 2000, released in 2004. In addition to that collaboration, Phillips has released five solo studio albums: Abulum (2000), Winter Pays For Summer (2005), and Mr. Lemons (2006), Coyote Sessions (2012), and Swallowed by the New (2016), along with two live albums, Live At Largo (2003), and Live at the Belly Up (2016).

Also, in spring 2006, Phillips released a studio EP titled Unlucky 7, featuring outtakes from his "Winter Pays For Summer" studio sessions (and one track, "The Innocent", from his scrapped 2002 "Tornillo" album). In February 2008, he released another EP entitled Secrets of the New Explorers, consisting of six songs inspired by private space travel. In March 2008, Phillips and Works Progress Administration, which includes Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, finished mixing their WPA album, which was released on August 28, 2009.

Phillips also released a self-titled EP with his side project Plover, which features Nielson Hubbard and Garrison Starr, and a full-length album for his project Remote Tree Children titled Veteran Of The Loudness Wars. In December 2010, as a bit of a Christmas gift to his fans, Phillips finally made his unreleased 2002 album Tornillo available via his Bandcamp page. On November 7, 2014 Glen released Options – B-sides & Demos album for fans to hear rarities.

Lapdog Edit

In the late 1990s, Nichols and Dinning formed a new band called Lapdog. They recorded and released the studio album Near Tonight (2001), and toured minimally. After this, Dinning quit the band to split his time between recording and producing local music and pursuing his acting career. Guss joined Lapdog as their drummer. Again, Lapdog recorded and released an album, called Mayfly (2002). Nichols has since ended Lapdog and is focusing on writing songs along with Dinning in Nashville for country acts, and producing bands at his studio, Abe's, in Los Angeles. A Lapdog song, "See You Again", appears in revamped/revised form on Toad the Wet Sprocket's New Constellation album under the title "I'll Bet On You".

85-year-old Ed Whitlock breaks 4 hours in the marathon

Wearing 15-year-old running shoes, Ed Whitlock raced through wind and rain on Sunday at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon to break the men&rsquos 85&ndash89 age group world record by more than 30 minutes. His 3:56:33 shattered the previous mark of 4:34:55, set in 2004.

After crossing the finish line, Whitlock, 85, of Milton, Ontario, told Canadian Running he thought he went out too fast in the opening miles and went through a bad patch at 25K, but he forged on with heavy legs to break the four-hour barrier.

&ldquoI was thinking that this was going to be an absolute disaster,&rdquo he said. &ldquoI was well under four-hour pace at that point.

Whitlock has been defying the aging athlete odds for decades. At 73, he ran 2:54 in the marathon - a time that runners half that age would consider a major achievement. He owns masters age group world records on the track and roads from distances of 1500 metres to the marathon.

Whitlock prefers to run around a cemetery near his home, where he keeps his training relatively slow. He raced in his younger days, but stopped in his 20s. He then began again in his 40s.

&ldquoI don&rsquot follow what typical coaches say about serious runners. No physios, ice baths, massages, tempo runs, heart rate montors,&rdquo he told Runner&rsquos World in 2010. &ldquoI have not strong objections to any of that, but I&rsquom not sufficiently organised or ambitious to do all the things you&rsquore supposed to do if you&rsquore serious. The more time you spend fiddle-diddling with this and that, the less time there is to run or waste time in other ways.&rdquo

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