Lifelong Youth Advocate Charles Shelan to Retire After 35 Years as…

first_imgFacebook66Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Community Youth ServicesCharles Shelan, CEO of Community Youth Services, announced his planned retirement. Scott Hanauer will succeed Shelan at the helm of the non-profit organization.Charles Shelan, who grew a fledgling Thurston County nonprofit agency into one of the largest and most comprehensive child welfare organizations between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Portland, is retiring.Today that agency, Community Youth Services, operates over 20 programs for 3,000 youth and young adults in southwest Washington. Shelan has served as CYS CEO since 1979.Long-time CYS clinical director Scott Hanauer will succeed Shelan as CEO following his retirement July 31.“Charles’ dedication to social justice and child welfare is boundless,” said Geoff Crooks, chair of the CYS board of directors. “He embraced the latest innovative program and counseling techniques to make an immeasurable difference in the lives of over 65,000 children, youth and families.”The Community Youth Services staff of 113 provides emergency shelter, foster care, job training, mental health counseling and transitional housing. The agency has an annual budget of $8.3 million.In 2015, CYS will expand into Tacoma, opening a young adult shelter and drop-in center. Shelan will continue to consult with CYS after retirement to support the expansion effort.Hanauer, a respected expert in adolescent behavior, has 40 years of child welfare experience. He lectures widely on adolescent behavior, serves as a trainer for foster parents and is widely known for his commitment to child welfare services. Hanauer joined CYS in 2004 supervising a growing range of services and recently earning licensure for CYS as a mental health agency.As CEO, Hanauer will continue the agency’s focus on behavioral health, expanding services in Thurston and Mason counties for youth and young adults experiencing mental health disorders.“On behalf of the kids and the entire community, we thank Charles for his tireless leadership and service,” Crooks said. “We remain committed to our shared vision that all children regardless of economic, gender, gender identification or ethnic status are able to grow up fulfilling their full potential.”Shelan and Hanauer will work closely together and with the board of directors to ensure a smooth leadership transition.last_img read more

Mayor Mulls Resident’s Plan to Calm Traffic, Create Parking

first_imgThis plan now, “probably would be beneficial for the town,” Rast said. But he continues to support the idea of constructing a garage with a commercial component, built by a private developer, which he had proposed nearly two decades ago, while on the borough council and before his term as mayor. The mayor and council at the time didn’t move for ward with the idea.This article was first published in the May 25-June 1, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. Businesses, she said, haven’t expressed their preference for this idea so far, but “it could help,” she suspected.“It’s good parking’s a problem,” observed Frederick Rast. “It means we’re getting busier.”Rast is the immediate past mayor and a commercial property owner, with holdings on First Avenue. He recalled previous discussions over the years about making First Avenue one-way, which the business community opposed at the time; the concern was it would reduce business visibility by motorists, Rast remembered. Rast also remembered decades ago when there was angled parking on a two-way First Avenue “and we had a lot of accidents.” Hennessey, which currently allows parking on only one side of the street, would have angled parking on one side for that stretch of roadway, according to Fisher’s proposal, Le Grice said.Fisher was not immediately available to discuss his plan this week, but Le Grice said reconfiguring the roadways and angling parking would result in an additional 88 spaces.Fisher would also like to see calming speed humps across First Avenue, for greater control over speeding motorists in the commercial area, Le Grice said.Le Grice said Fisher is not a traffic engineer and conducted this study out of civic responsibility. The mayor explained Fisher has been concerned about the parking over flow creeping into residential neighborhoods adjacent to the commercial district. Commuters shut out of Seastreak’s available parking and patrons of the local restaurants, theaters and other businesses have taken to using on-street spaces in front of people’s homes, according to the mayor. However, “This would alleviate some of the congestion,” and while not completely eliminating the parking shortfall, “It would go a long way,” to addressing it, Le Grice maintained.Parking is increasingly becoming a commodity in the community as new businesses and other development projects – such as two new mixed-use residential and commercial projects currently under way – are attracted to the community, she noted. At this point “It was just a discussion and presentation,” Le Grice stressed, without any formal study or analysis. Given First Avenue is a county road, she also noted, it would require approval from the county engineer and possibly Planning Board before the borough could undertake any change.center_img Residents who live in the commercial district, within a short walking distance from the municipal parking area on Railroad Avenue, can purchase annual overnight parking permits for that lot for $35. But Le Grice said with the new developments going up that will soon strain the lot’s capacity.For the long term, officials would be advised to think about a multilevel parking garage on the municipal-owned Railroad Avenue property, Le Grice said. Atlantic Highlands officials are considering reconfiguring the traffic flow on First Avenue in the commercial district, to relieve traffic congestion and add parking spaces.By John Burton |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – A plan to reconfigure traffic on a portion of the borough’s main thoroughfare in the commercial district to offer some relief from the increased traffic and the ever-worsening parking shortfall, has the mayor giving it some real thought.At the May 10 Borough Council workshop meeting, local officials heard from Third Avenue resident Mark Fisher, who detailed a plan in a PowerPoint presentation to change a portion of First Avenue into a one-way street.Complementing that proposal is another one, in which Fisher recommends that stretch of roadway, with the extra room allotted by one-way traffic, have 60-degree, angled-in parking.“It’s an easy solution in my eyes,” Mayor Rhonda “Randi” Le Grice said last week, for a long-simmering problem that only appears to be getting worse. “It’s just a matter of changing the signs and stripes and measuring it out. That’s pretty simple.”The proposal would have traffic travel in sort of a loop; on First Avenue one-way for the two-block distance from Mount Avenue to Bay Avenue, with traffic limited to moving east toward the borough municipal harbor, which is in proximity of the 2 Simon Lake Drive launching area for Seastreak commuter ferry service.Cross streets would remain two-way; on Hennessy Boulevard, which is immediately north of First Avenue and runs parallel to First, traffic would be one-way traveling west, from Bay Avenue to Highland Avenue. “It needs to be looked at, it really does,” she said.But it wouldn’t be cheap if the borough considers this future alternative, with Le Grice estimating a garage would average about $15,000 per space to construct.Le Grice is seeking input from the community, residents and businesses, as the borough council considers Fisher’s ideas.Cindy Fligor is president of the borough’s Chamber of Commerce and owns and operates Salon at 68, a First Avenue hair salon, as well as being married to Borough Councilman Louis Fligor.last_img read more

Ken Stephen Medal: Konrad Hurrell

first_imgPhoto Gold Coast Titans. Caption: Konrad Hurrell with Candice Green, a participant of the Touch Football Specialised program. In his short-time at the Titans, Konrad has already made a big impression. The hulking centre, who resurrected his career on the Gold Coast, has clocked-up more than 120 hours of community work over the past twelve months.It’s not just Konrad’s trademark energy and emotion that makes him one of the NRL’s most popular players but it is also his genuine care for those in the community.The Tongan international is always last to leave the pitch on game day – ensuring that fans with disabilities are assisted to and from the stadium – and, this year, has volunteered at match day engagements with White Ribbon, Ronald McDonald House, Starlight Foundation to name a few.But, it is in his work with the Touch Football Specialised program that the cult-hero’s kind-hearted nature and leadership skills shine through. The TFS program was developed to provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in a modified version of Touch Football.Konrad referees and plays in the TFS All Abilities Competition every Wednesday night and ensures teammates from both the NRL and NYC join him. He has made a huge impact on the program, organising the TFS’s Christmas Party, helping secure a sponsor for the day, and ensuring all participants received a prize. Konrad is an inspiration to young Rugby League fans and the outcomes of his involvement can be life-changing.last_img read more

Wisroc benefits from road improvements

first_imgResidents of Wisroc Phase Two in Wismar, Linden, Region Ten (Upper Demerara–Berbice) are now breathing a sigh of relief after the main access road to their community, which was virtually destroyed by erosion, has been repaired.Residents had been complaining about the state of the road for several months. According to the Regional Democratic Council of Region 10, the repair project commenced some time ago, and was completed in a short amount of time.Residents of the area have expressed their appreciation for repairs done to the road, as their daily livelihoods were affected by the deplorable condition of this roadway.It was related that the erosion had started during the dry season in April 2019, when there reportedly was a high percentage of bush fires. One of those fires had been a threat to buildings in the area, and residents had been forced to open a main pipeline in the now eroded area to put out the inferno.The gushing water from the pipeline had been responsible for the initial erosion in the area, and the situation worsened when onset of the May/June rainy season.Region 10 Executive Officer Orrin Gordon declared he is grateful that the road has been repaired because the residents were suffering tremendously. He is also pleased with the engineering solution that was used to ensure that water-flow into the gully will be significantly decreased and the sediments would be trapped.The project was spearheaded by engineers who used concrete to rebuild the entire section of the road that was eroded. They reinstated the road-base and sub-base, and then constructed a concrete roadside drain and soak-away outlet system to drain the storm water down into the gully.They also installed a series of culvert tubes to channel the water into the gully. Concrete boxes were also constructed as sedimentation chambers to allow the sediments to be trapped as the water flows down. These are expected to be cleaned intermittently.last_img read more

Warri Wolves confirm West Ham bid for Nigeria star

first_img Nigeria international Azubuike Egwuekwe Warri Wolves have confirmed that West Ham have made a bid to sign Nigeria international Azubuike Egwuekwe.Sam Allardyce is looking to strengthen his backline as uncertainty continues to surround the future of Winston Reid who has yet to agree a new contract with the east London club.The West Ham manager has already signed Canada international Doneil Henry and could be set to sign another defender before the end of January.Egwuekwe, 25, is rated one of the best defenders in Africa and would relish the chance to showcase his talents in the Premier League.Warri Wolves CEO Davidson Owumi, speaking on Nigerian website, said: ”We don’t like revealing contractual information until we have concluded negotiations.“It may affect the player’s career. Warri Wolves are a professional club.”West Ham are interested and there was a bid from them. When talks are concluded, we will inform the public.”There is division of labour at Warri Wolves. People are handling the matter and when they are through, they will bring the file to my table to approve. The Board will be informed of the transfer, the transaction is ongoing.” 1last_img read more

GOP candidates seek support from Michigan activists

first_imgA day earlier, Rudy Giuliani made his own standard pitch as the four top Republican presidential hopefuls and a few underdogs descended on a picturesque island in Lake Huron to cozy up to 1,500 activists from this Midwestern state. It just became an early player in the nomination race by leapfrogging other states to move its primaries to Jan. 15. The race in Michigan is wide open, a microcosm of the national picture of the Republican nomination race four months before voting begins. There is no clear front-runner. Giuliani has an edge in national popularity polls. Thompson, in the race just two weeks, is giving chase. McCain is looking for momentum. Romney ranks behind them in national surveys, but leads in Iowa and New Hampshire, among the first states to vote. Trying to stand out from the crowded field, Romney is bluntly confronting problems plaguing the GOP in his new stump speech, fresh television ads and an open letter to party leaders. He is seeking to tap into anger among Republicans about the country’s direction even as one of their own, President George W. Bush, sits in the White House. In a blistering critique of Republicans, Romney argued that Republicans share the blame with Democrats for the nation’s woes. He bemoaned excessive spending, insecure borders and ethical lapses. “When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses,” he said. Even as he sought to distance himself from Bush, Romney gave him limited credit for keeping the United States safe and “restoring personal integrity and dignity to the White House.” But otherwise Romney rattled off a slew of problems with the government, saying, for example, that the post-Hurricane Katrina cleanup “didn’t look like Republicans were in charge.” Unlike Giuliani’s rambunctious reception the night before, Romney got only scattered and infrequent applause from an intently listening audience as he gave his stark assessment about the GOP’s woes. Only when he returned to his usual right-flank pitch – restoring family values, shrinking government and the like – did the audience come alive. Still, Romney’s views did resonate with at least some Republicans. “Things that Republicans normally stand for have been pushed to the side, and I think Mitt wants to get us back on track,” said Jim Gerchow, 61, a small-business owner from Sturgis, Mich., who so far isn’t backing a candidate. McCain made a similar argument for change last November as he began his campaign and just after Republicans sustained electoral losses up and down the ballot. Since then, and for a host of reasons, he watched his campaign falter and has shifted his focus. In his remarks Saturday, McCain sought to underscore the security threats the United States faces and likened himself – and these times – to a conservative behemoth and world dangers in the 1980s. “Today, the challenges are at least as severe as they were when Ronald Reagan stood tall,” he said. “And, today, the differences between Republicans and Democrats on national security are every bit as they were 30 years ago.” He assailed the national security positions of leading Democratic presidential candidates. He also renewed his call for resolve in Iraq and drew heavy applause throughout – and a standing ovation – from the friendly crowd. “To concede defeat – as many leading Democrats now advocate – would strengthen al-Qaida, empower Iran and other hostile powers in the Middle East, unleash a full-scale civil war in Iraq that could quite possibly provoke genocide there, and destabilize the entire region,” McCain said. Thompson, for his part, talked heavily about his biography, emphasized his commitment to federalism and renewed his call for a return to so-called first principles of fiscal restraint, free markets, personal liberties, and smaller government.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Courting party faithful Saturday, Republican Mitt Romney promised to return a wayward GOP to its core principles while rival John McCain portrayed himself as the most qualified to take charge of the country amid dangerous times ahead. “Change must begin with us,” Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, told activists as he challenged a GOP reeling from excessive spending and embarrassing scandals to “put our own house in order.” Taking a broader view, McCain, the Arizona senator, lamented “a perilous time for our party but, far more important, a perilous time for our country” as he gave a sobering assessment of worldwide threats. Fred Thompson, the actor-politician, gave his usual low-key stump speech filled with general conservative themes. last_img read more


first_imgGlenties Comprehensive complete the Double Double! It’s been a record breaking year for the young basketball players of Glenties Comprehensive School. Last week their 2ndyear boys and girls teams completed a double in the FolensCounty Schools League when the travelled to PCC Falcarragh and won both Finals against strong PCC opposition. The girlsfinal in particular was a memorable affair with both teams pushed to their limit for the duration, Glenties winning the day by a single point margin.This week it was the turn of their 1st Year boys and girls teams who had also both qualified for their respective finals in theFolens League, this time against Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny. Again Glenties emerged victorious but this time the boys final was a real cliffhanger with Glenties once again just about holding on for a one point victory. Folens Cup.1st year BoysGlenties Comp 12Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny. 11 This was a low scoring, brutally defensive encounter with the smaller Glenties lads put to the pin of their collar with the well organised Letterkenny lads. It was 6 points each at half time with the lion hearted Jonathon Mc Hugh scoring 2 of the Glenties baskets and Brian Mc Laughlin replying with 2 forColaiste Ailigh.The second half was equally close with neither defence giving an inch. Danny Gallagher was the man for Glenties with 3 great scores while Sean Brown, Sean O Rian and McLaughlin again scored for the Letterkenny side. In the end it was a free throw expertly converted by Peter Bennet that was the deciding score and gave Glenties a County title by the narrowest of margins.For Glenties captain Calum Malley was a star performer while big Brian McLaughlin was always a huge threat for ColaisteAiligh./Glenties CS. Ryan Coyle, Zack Gallagher, Nathan Wright,Oisin Mc Kelvey, Jake Ward, Jonathon McHugh (4pts), Mark O Donnell, Joe O Donnell, Peter Bennett (3pts), CalumMalley (2pts), Danny Gallagher (6pts), Shaun Coughlan, Emmett Byrne, Owen kitterick, Ciaran Gavigan.Folens Cup. 1st year GirlsGlenties Comprehensive. 23 ptsColaiste Ailigh. 8 ptsThe Glenties girls led 7 points to 2 after the 1st quarter but whatever coach Siobhan Lynagh said to her charges at the interval had the desired effect and Colaiste Ailigh came out to play their strongest period and this was enough to lead at half time by 1 point 8 to 7. Aoife ni Chiarain scored two great baskets during this phase. Glenties starting 5 came back on in the third quarter and proceeded to dominate affairs with the silky skilled Danielle McDevitt to the fore. Colaiste Ailigh had no answer and a great defensive display in the last quartersaw Glenties deservedly take the title. For Glenties, Sarah Harkin, Shauna Quinn, Danielle mcDevitt, Leah McInnes and Orla McGuinnness stood out while Grace Ni Earcain, Niamh Ni Annagain and Aoife Ni Chiarain were impressive for Colaiste Ailigh. GLENTIES COMPREHENSIVE COMPLETE BASKETBALL ‘DOUBLE DOUBLE’ was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgERRIGAL COLLEGE, LETTERKENNY PRESENTATION CEREMONY – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: May 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:errigal collegeletterkennylast_img read more

St. Bernard’s nearing Little 4 title after split with South Fork

first_imgEureka >> Though it’s still April, Saturday’s Little 4 doubleheader between the visiting South Fork Cubs and St. Bernard’s Crusaders had the atmosphere of a late-May playoff game, and for good reason.Defending Humboldt-Del Norte League Little 4 champion South Fork entered the contest desperately needing a sweep if they hoped to repeat as league champs after St. Bernard’s took two from the Cubs back on March 29.The Crusaders, off to a 6-0 start in the Little 4, needed one win to take the …last_img read more

Irish peat firm enters SA market

first_img13 February 2008Cape Town-based Echo Horticulture has acquired sole rights to distribute Harte Peat mushroom casing soil from Ireland in the sub-Saharan African region, with the company also hoping to supply a third of South Africa’s mushroom market.According to, the deal was concluded during an Irish trade mission to South Africa in January that was headed by the Irish prime minister. Harte Peat founder and MD Thomas O’Harte was among 50 Irish business leaders who also made the trip.Echo Horticulture was created by the Earthwize Environmental Group to supply South African horticulturalists and the local mushroom industry with raw sphagnum peat – the partially decomposed residue of sphagnum moss species found in bogs – which Earthwize initially used for pollution control purposes.Earthwize director Dave Marock told SAinfo this week that his company initially imported sphagnum peat that it then dried under a patented process that prevents the cell structure from being damaged, enabling the peat to repel water and absorb hydrocarbon pollutants instead.“Horticulture clients became aware that we had raw sphagnum peat, which prior to processing absorbs water and is good for horticulture,” he said. “This then led to a new division being formed, called Echo Horticulture.”According to Echo Horticulture’s website, peat moss plays an important role in all aspects of horticulture, including plant propagation, floriculture, vegetable and nursery stock production, and home gardening.Marock said that buyer interest in the peat led the company to look for suppliers of wet dug black peat, of which there are only three suppliers worldwide – Harte Peat being one of them.“The local bogs also closed down and the mushroom industry switched to imported casing, of which we became a supplier with the Harte Peat range,” Marock said.According to Monaghan, Ireland based Harte Peat, its casing soil is a blend of types of peat and limestone flour or spent sugar beet lime, depending on the type of growing system used. Wet dug black peat, which is being imported for use by the local industry, consists of well-decomposed sphagnum moss matter from the bottom of the bog, has a moisture content of 90% and tends to be sticky in nature.Depending on the type of casing soil used, mushrooms can then be grown in bags, trays, blocks or shelves.“We initially targeted 20% to 25% of the market,” Marock said. “However the quality is so good that we have adjusted our sights and believe that we can achieve at least 35% of the SA market and maybe more.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more