Former school board chair John Hollar today announced his candidacy for mayor of Montpelier. He made the announcement at Onion River Sports. Hollar, 51, spoke about the positive qualities of Montpelier, including its parks, active citizens, and vibrant downtown. He also referenced two major challenges the city faces: Montpelier’s high tax rate, which he said is among the highest in Vermont, and its declining infrastructure. ‘These two competing demands will present us with some very difficult choices in the months and years ahead,’ he said. ‘But we cannot afford to shy away from them because they are hard.’ Hollar said he chose the sporting goods store as the venue for his announcement because the store epitomizes what is great about Montpelier ‘ its thriving downtown business, great employees and high quality service and merchandise. Hollar also said that he is an avid biker and cross-country skier. Hollar said that he would spend the next eleven weeks of the campaign ‘talking to as many people as I can to determine what our community values, and what our priorities are.’ Hollar has practiced law in Montpelier for 21 years and is a partner with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, where he is co-chair of its Regulated Entities and Government & Public Affairs groups. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA 1982) and Georgetown University (JD 1989). He’s lived in Montpelier since 1990.Hollar is married to Jennifer Prescott Hollar, a 5th generation Montpelier resident, and they have three sons.The City of Montpelier uses a city manager type of government. The mayor is elected by the entire city every two years and sits on the City Council. The other six councilors represent three electoral districts and are also elected every two years. The council is the legislative body and the city manager runs the government.12.20.2011
by: Henry MeierIt’s never good when a blog post puts you to sleep and even worse when it’s one you have written, so as important as NCUA’s proposed MBL changes are, an article in today’s American Banker (subscription required) convinced me to return to that subject tomorrow. The article reports that some of the nation’s biggest regional banks (roughly defined as banks that have grown too large as to be described as “community banks” with a straight face) are moving to enhance their image by producing online video content. According to AB, “Regions Financial hired an Academy Award-winning filmmaker to direct a video series about financial planning, while U.S. Bancorp in Minneapolis is sponsoring a video about affordable housing that’s being produced by a prominent Los Angeles creative firm.”Some in the credit union industry have also embraced this trend. Last year, Coop released a slick documentary style advertisement featuring the millennial singer/songwriter Daria Musk. We need to see more efforts like this. https://newyorksstateofmind.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/the-best-credit-union-ad-everFull disclosure: few things get me as fired up as what I consider the stale, unimaginative way in which the industry has branded itself. In the debate between those who think that credit unions emphasize their credit union roots too much and those who think they advertise them too little, I’m solidly in the too much camp. Your average consumer might be intrigued by the idea of a not-for-profit cooperative, but they are going to join only if it is in their financial interest to do so. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Heavy winds and rain lashed much of the Korean peninsula Thursday after Typhoon Maysak made landfall, even as damage from a previous typhoon last week was still being repaired and a third typhoon gathered strength off the coast.Typhoon Maysak, the ninth of the season and the fourth to hit the peninsula this year, was among the strongest to strike Korea in years, and is expected to affect most of North and South Korea.Some areas on the southern resort island of Jeju reported more than 1,000 millimeters (39 inches) in rainfall since Tuesday, and the typhoon left some 120,000 households without power across the country, according to the weather agency and interior ministry. For a second week in a row, North Korea’s state TV carried overnight reports on Wednesday and Thursday showing storm surge and flooding, including in the coastal town on Wonsan.On Tuesday state news agency KCNA reported that measures were being taken across the country to fix street lights and roofs, inspect infrastructure, monitor water levels, and move ships to safe anchorages.”Officials of the Party and power organs at all levels are conducting intensive information campaign among people to let them deep understand the importance of work for preventing typhoon damage and methods of coping with its crisis,” KCNA said.North Korea’s agriculture sector is particularly vulnerable to severe weather, and this summer’s storms and floods have raised concern’s over the country’s already tenuous food situation.Typhoon Haishen, meanwhile, is forecast to make its way toward South Korea by early next week. Topics : Hundreds of flights were cancelled and delayed, and the southern city of Busan in South Korea saw heavy winds as the storm’s track placed it squarely in its path.Typhoon and heavy rain warnings were issued for much of the rest of South Korea, which earlier this year saw the longest stretch of rainy weather on record, leading to deadly floods and landslides.The Japanese coastguard was searching for a cargo ship carrying thousands of head of livestock and dozens of crew members that went missing after issuing a distress signal due to Typhoon Maysak.North Korea took the brunt of last week’s Typhoon Bavi, and on Thursday, state media reported that the country’s premier, Kim Tok Hun, had toured flood-hit areas and discussed ways to limit damage from Typhoon Maysak.
Week 16 starts on Saturday with three games: Buccaneers vs. Texans, Patriots vs. Bills and 49ers vs. Rams. Much like Thanksgiving, that provides the possibility of playing three, single-game NFL DFS contests throughout the day. We’re here with DraftKings Showdown advice and picks to help you get the weekend off to a good start, especially if you’ve missed out on the fantasy football playoffs.All three lineups go a bit off the top option at captain, but that allows us to jam in most of each game’s studs into the main portion of our lineups. Our two big fades are Breshad Perriman and Julian Edelman, but we go into why a bit more below. WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerDraftKings Showdown NFL DFS Picks: Buccaneers vs. TexansCaptain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): WR Justin Watson, Buccaneers ($9,600)The big risk we’re taking in this lineup is fading Breshad Perriman, but we wanted to get both passing games in here as much as we could, so our captain is Watson. The assumption that Chris Godwin and Mike Evans would both be out with hamstring injuries is now official, and so Watson is the No. 2 WR in a pass-happy offense that should see plenty of targets.FLEX: QB Deshaun Watson, Texans ($12,400)One of the best quarterbacks in football going up against one of the league’s worst secondaries? Yes please.FLEX: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans ($12,200)No one on the Buccaneers will come close to covering Hopkins, and he and Watson are a chalky but much-needed stack here as they light up Tampa Bay.WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPFLEX: QB Jameis Winston, Buccaneers ($11,600)He’ll throw a few interceptions, and it won’t shock anyone. But it will be the consistent deep-ball throwing that will pay off big time — and if many others have played Perriman, we’ll get a piece of it through Jameis.FLEX: WR Ishmael Hyman, Buccaneers ($3,000)With Evans, Godwin and Scotty Miller out, Hyman should be the Bucs’ No. 3 WR, which means he’ll see more than half the snaps and probably six or more targets. In an offense built on downfield passing and in a game that should feature lots of points, there are a ton of routes to value for Hyman.FLEX: RB Dare Ogunbowale, Buccaneers ($1,000)If we’re believing in Tampa Bay’s passing game playing such a huge role Saturday, we’ll use our final dollars on the Bucs’ passing-down back, in hopes that he gets solid playing time on a day no one will be running at all.SATURDAY DFS: DraftKings main slate lineup | Showdown lineupsDraftKings Saturday Showdown Advice: Patriots vs. BillsCaptain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): WR Cole Beasley, Bills ($12,000)Beasley has a couple things going for him in this game. The first is DK’s PPR scoring. The second is that Pats’ stud corner Stephon Gilmore should take John Brown out of the game on the outside. And the third is that New England should blitz Josh Allen a lot, which means quick passes to Beasley should be the order of the day.FLEX: QB Josh Allen, Bills ($10,400)Allen has too many ways of putting together a solid fantasy day to fade him in a game where we’re already fading Julian Edelman. Even in a sort of bland game against Pittsburgh, he ran for a touchdown and threw another.FLEX: QB Tom Brady, Patriots ($10,200)Brady hasn’t been good this year, but it doesn’t make sense to fade a QB from the team we’ll have two WRs from. We never really know what New England will do with their gameplan, so maybe it will decide to work the passing game early and often anyway.FLEX: RB Sony Michel, Patriots ($7,200)Michel followed up a nine-snap Week 14 with a 19-carry Week 15, so we could be looking at any number of outcomes here. He’s just a bit too cheap for a back who could end up with 19 carries again.FLEX: WR N’Keal Harry, Patriots ($5,200)We’re fading Edelman because if he plays, he’ll definitely be hindered by injury, and if he doesn’t, it sets everyone below him up for success. I’d actually make the case that Harry’s pricing should be flipped with Mohamed Sanu’s, but both can come at values (and one could return extreme value) with Edelman hurting.FLEX: WR Mohamed Sanu, Patriots ($4,400)Sanu led New England wide receivers in snaps and was targeted eight times a week ago. The fact that he caught only two is slightly concerning, but we’ll bet on the workload leading to more production this time around.WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endDraftKings Showdown NFL DFS Lineup: 49ers vs. RamsCaptain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): RB Raheem Mostert, 49ers ($12,900)As long as Kyle Shanahan doesn’t do anything crazy, Mostert will continue leading this backfield and provide a good mixture of touch floor and big-play ceiling out of our captain spot in a game the Niners should be seeking to bounceback.FLEX: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers ($9,400)We’re going to try and lock down as much San Francisco scoring as we can here by getting involved in the running and passing game. Garoppolo doesn’t throw a ton, but when he does, he’s effective.FLEX: TE George Kittle, 49ers ($9,200)Kittle is the focal point of the San Francisco offense, and he’s worth every bit of this price. Even his floor game is a decent outcome.FLEX: RB Todd Gurley, Rams ($8,800)San Francisco’s defense doesn’t necessarily have a weakness, although it’s a bit dinged up and might give some room for the L.A. offense to work. Gurley makes the most sense as our highest-priced Ram thanks to the built-in workload floor of a starting RB.FLEX: WR Brandin Cooks, Rams ($5,000) Cooks had a bit better game in Week 15 than he’d been having, and we all know what he used to be capable of. We’ll hope on a strong finish to the season for Cooks. At the beginning of the year, you’d never expect to be able to get him at this price.FLEX: K Robbie Gould, 49ers ($4,000)If all our San Franciso offensive players can’t finish the job, Gould will with a leg that’s been locked in the past few weeks. You could also use Greg Zuerlein here, but he’s hurting at the moment.
Oscar White offers the young chicken some grass and leaves as a snack. — Kyra Steck Camp Kindness instructors lead campers in an outdoor yoga activity. — Kyra Steck From left, 6-year-old Oscar White, Elin Angelina, 9, and Dylan White, 8, at the FARM Institute. — Kyra Steck We’ve all followed arrows through the aisles of Stop & Shop, or fiddled with the mask that just won’t sit comfortably on our nose. These precautions are slowly becoming second nature to us, but for Island summer camps, COVID-19 practices and guidelines are new territory.This is what I learned from the YMCA’s summer camp and afterschool director, Tara Dinke,l and Kelly Neadow, senior program director of youth and staff development. This year’s camp is unlike any that came before it — so much so that’s taken on a new name.“Usually our camp is called Camp Terra Mare, but we changed it to Camp Kindness this year, because more than anything we need kindness right now,” Dinkel said. Neadow explained that Camp Kindness staff try to keep camper masks on, and give outdoor “mask breaks” if a camper becomes uncomfortable. “We explain social distancing and masks the best that we can, and we strongly encourage children to participate in that. We don’t discipline here at all, but for lack of a better term, we’d never be upset with a child for not wanting to wear one,” Neadow said.Campers check in each morning with the same counselor. They report to their family’s designated outdoor area, where they leave their belongings in individual baskets that are cleaned nightly. “All the Y staff have come together to build what we have here. Our housekeeping department is obviously a huge player,” Neadow said. “They’re here as many hours as our camp staff is here, because they’re right behind everyone, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.”As the camp days unfold, each family participates in a separate activity. Many are outdoor, but while inside the YMCA building, each family uses their own classroom space. While one group has arts and crafts time (using only their individual materials), another enjoys an outdoor fitness class with YMCA health and wellness director Asil Cash. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival has provided some of their resources, allowing campers to watch movies or participate in film-based activities. Campers even have scheduled blocks of ice-skating time at the M.V. Ice Arena, and swimming at the YMCA pool.Only a handful of events take place at the same time for all campers, including lunchtime and “Camper Connection,” which acts as a check-in for campers. Even these events take place within the individual families, rather than as a group.“For a lot of us, the camp magic comes from those big gatherings, but that’s not for everybody. For some of these kids, this could work out better than a typical camp model,” Neadow said.Dinkel noted optimistically that having fewer campers has allowed for a more personal experience. “We’re able to engage with them. We actually get to sit down and have conversations with them,” Dinkel said. “We know all 50 kids by heart.”As parents themselves, Dinkel and Neadow have been thrilled to receive a great deal of support from both campers and their guardians. “We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback,” Neadow said, recalling one young camper’s mother claiming her son’s first day at Camp Kindness was “the best day of his life.”“This is the first time the kids have been out of quarantine, so they’re just loving being around other kids and not being stuck at home,” Dinkel said.According to Dinkel and Neadow, setting up a YMCA camp for this summer proved challenging at first. “Early June, you know, everything was still a little scary when we had to be making these decisions,” Neadow said. “The biggest question was, ‘Can we do it and keep our staff safe?’ We knew kids would need it and families would need it, and little by little it grew until we could say yes.”“Now it’s turned into this beautiful thing,” Dinkel said.Neadow agreed. “It wouldn’t feel right if we weren’t doing this. We’re just really happy it all worked out the way it did,” Neadow said. Brandon Barua and Finley Slavine make containers to drop from the upper level of the barn with an egg inside, with hopes their egg doesn’t crack. — Kyra Steck Each camper at Camp Kindness gets their own camper supplies box. — Kyra Steck YMCA Camp Kindness is following all social distancing and health guidelines to make sure campers can have a fun and safe summer. — Kyra Steck Camp drop-off was just finishing up when I arrived at the YMCA Monday morning. A single car rolled up along the building’s right side, and a young, masked camper clambered out. Two staff members greeted him from beneath a tent, sheltering themselves from the 10 am sun. The duo wore matching tie-dyed tank tops, and in front of them, a foldable table displayed items of importance: a basket of surgical and fabric masks, a squirt bottle of hand sanitizer, and a sign that read, “Welcome to Camp Kindness Week Three.” Camp Kindness started its third week of programming August 3, with a pirate theme and a bounty of pandemic protocols. Only 50 campers are permitted at this year’s camp, as opposed to the usual 100-plus. For YMCA members, a week at Camp Kindness costs $270, with a $15 registration fee. The weekly price rises to $325 for nonmembers. Across the board, additional siblings can tag along for $15 each.Each camper is screened upon arrival with a series of questions, including whether they’ve experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or spent time with someone who has tested positive. Before starting the day, campers wash or sanitize their hands at one of the many sinks or hand-sanitizing stations. Campers are only permitted to interact with their group, or “family,” at this year’s camp. These are five families total, grouped based on camper age.As we spoke under the check-in tent, Camp Kindness’ eldest family of campers walked through the YMCA campus. Most campers wore masks, though two or three had pulled them down around their neck or chin. Some campers walked side by side, while others stayed at a distance. Campers from a previous week built a wooden structure for the goats to play on. — Kyra Steck Tara Dinkel with arts and crafts supplies and some of the work done by campers. — Kyra Steck Campers finishing up after an outdoor fitness activity. — Kyra Steck Finley Slavine and Brandon Barua give some pats and scratches to their respective goat pals. — Kyra Steck New way of FARM lifeThe FARM Institute in Katama is another Island camp up and running this year. If you’ve ever been, you know this local spot is characterized by wide-open spaces and fresh air. This makes the farm a somewhat unique camp location, and in the age of COVID-19, perhaps an ideal one.The FARM Institute has been holding two new programs this season in place of their summer camp. “Mornings on the Farm at TFI” is a COVID-compliant alternative to the traditional camp experience, running Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon. Additionally, “Farmer for a Day” allows families to visit the institute and enjoy the farm experience, Monday through Friday, 1 pm to 3 pm.I arrived at The FARM Institute on a foggy Tuesday morning, and was struck by how empty the farm seemed. The main building was posted with signs, some reading, “Sorry, we’re closed,” and others displaying cartoon pigs in masks. On the porch, a staff member accompanied a group of three children as they pulled what one called, “very cold pizza” from their lunchboxes.The FARM Institute education manager, Lily Robbins, gave me a tour of the farm, explaining that the small number of people at TFI is simply part of new protocol. “All the kids are only part of their own pod, or their own quarantine group,” Robbins said. “We figured that’s the safest way to have kids here with our staff. We don’t have to worry about them interacting with each other if they’re going home and eating dinner together,” Robbins said.Each pod is made up of at least two participants, ages 6 and up. Pods sign up together, meaning participants come from the same household or shared space. When on the farm, they interact only with staff, and the other members of their pod.For FARM Institute members, the base price for two participants is $600, plus $300 for each additional child. For nonmembers, these prices increase to a base of $800 for two participants, and an additional $400 for each child after that.Robbins was quick to acknowledge that not every family may be able to easily pay these prices, and that the Institute tries to increase accessibility whenever possible. Their Island discount offers a 20 percent price drop to any Island family or child who attends an Island school. A scholarship program is also offered to anyone who wishes to apply. “They don’t have to prove taxes, they don’t have to turn any paperwork in, we just ask for a statement of need, and we will work with them,” Robbins said.Like the YMCA’s Camp Kindness, each participant is screened with a series of symptom-related questions. “Even before they sign up, the parents have to fill out a pretty rigorous online form with all their child’s medical information. We also have them do a 14-day prescreening form,” Robbins said.Mornings on the Farm participants get to experience a variety of creative, educational, and farm-centric activities. Each one is responsible for a daily morning chore; Robbins gave examples such as collecting eggs, feeding the chickens, or pulling weeds.Throughout the day, participants move throughout the FARM Institute space. While the main building remains closed, the barn is open on both ends, creating a spacious and well-ventilated indoor area. Each pod occupies its own room in the barn, where they can carry out activities and lessons in each other’s company. On this particular day, a pod of two siblings crafted cases for an egg drop. Between the pair’s concoctions of cardboard, construction paper, and tape, I’ll bet the egg stayed safe on its way down.Mornings on the Farm participants are permitted to interact with the farm animals, an opportunity that general public visitors do not have at this time. These animals are often incorporated into program activities. Robbins motioned to a boxlike wooden structure within the goat pen, built by a pod from the previous week. “They put all the pallets together, they learned how to use tools, they worked together and designed the whole thing,” Robbins said. With one open side, the goats can use the structure to avoid rain, find shade, or simply jump and play on.The FARM Institute enforces a rigid protocol for interacting with the farm animals. The goat pen is roped off and enclosed by a gate, which only staff are permitted to touch. If a pod wishes to enter the pen, each participant must sanitize their hands, then put on disposable gloves. Upon exiting the pen, participants must immediately remove their gloves and drop them into a trash bag beside the gate, then sanitize again. Participants must repeat this process if they are interacting with the goats for more than 15 minutes at a time.According to Robbins, the programs from previous years have been largely based around education. “We’ve called our counselors ‘educators,’ because they really are doing lessons with the kids,” Robbins said. While education remains an integral part of this year’s program, Mornings on the Farm brings an enhanced focus to each participant’s general well-being.“These kids have been going through so much. We just want them to be out in nature, interacting with people other than their parents, and feeling somewhat normal — being able to get their minds off of things,” Robbins said. Another camp, similar taleThere’s a similar story to be shared at the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club. Their summer program, Camp MV, opened to Island youth on July 6. Since then, the camp has been operating carefully, and with the kids in mind.This year’s program is limited to only 66 campers, compared to their usual group of 120 to 130. Drop-off is staggered, starting around 7:45 am. Campers are separated into “pods” of eight, with two additional group leaders. Everyone, campers and staff alike, stays only with their pod throughout the day.Jessie Damroth, chief executive officer of the M.V. Boys & Girls Club, outlined Camp MV’s extensive sanitization schedule. Separate cleaning crews come in every 90 minutes to sanitize surfaces, and at the end of the day, the Boys & Girls Club building is deep-cleaned through electrostatic fogging. Thirteen new hand-sanitizing stations are spaced throughout the building, as well as an additional six outdoors.According to Damroth, Camp MV spends as much time in the outdoors as possible. “We obviously will have days where the heat or humidity are too high, and on those selected days we do fire up the HVAC system,” Damroth said. On these occasions, the Boys & Girls Club building is ventilated by fans and open windows.Masks are a requirement at Camp MV. According to Damroth, there has been little issue with enforcing this rule during camp hours. “They wear them inside and outside. We wanted the kids to get used to it, but also the staff. In this environment, it’s just a safer practice,” Damroth said.Mask breaks are permitted for campers, as long as they follow a set of guidelines. “Every pod has a different entrance and exit door in our facility, so there’s an area they can step out into and still be monitored if they need to take a break,” Damroth said.During outdoor activities, campers can remove their masks only after stepping six feet away from their group. Damroth explained that teaching campers to visualize six feet of distance has been key. “If we have a 12-year-old, we might say, ‘This is your favorite basketball player, this is how tall they are.’ Putting it into relatable terms has made all the difference in the world,” Damroth said.Due to these extensive protocols, Camp MV is unable to take the field trips that the Boys & Girls Club is known to take. In their place, the Camp MV team has found new ways to provide their campers with an Island experience. Educational components from the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, The Trustees of Reservations, and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival have all been incorporated into the Camp MV curriculum.Damroth admits that holding Camp MV has taken great effort. “COVID regulations are challenging, more than ever before. They’re exhausting,” Damroth said. Regardless, the Boys & Girls Club team knew from the start that Camp MV would be a necessity this year.“If you don’t have safe childcare, especially ‘COVID-safe,’ then you’re going to have issues with unsafe childcare. That’s why we knew we needed to move forward,” Damroth said. Kelly Neadow and Tara Dinkel finish up camper drop-off for the day. — Kyra Steck 1 of 11
Caddies from six countries put down their bags and picked up clubs to compete for a set of golf equipment and a trip to Vietnam at the Singha Amazing International Caddy Championship 2014 held at Siam Country Club. Organized by Singha Cooperation Co., the second-annual tournament attracted 29 caddies from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and China on Monday, Oct. 6. Prizes included airline tickets and accommodations in Da Nang, Vietnam and seven sets of golf clubs.Female golfers line up at the Singha Amazing International Caddy Championship 2014 held at Siam Country Club in Pattaya on Oct. 6.Caddies competed in four categories: International Caddy Championship, Singha Amazing Thailand Caddy Championship, Flight B (HC.15-24) and, finally, Gross Score, the winner of which won the trip to Da Nang. In the International Caddy Championship, first prize went to Ranko Tanaka from Japan with a score of 78. Natasuki Mizukoshi from Japan shot 80 to place second and Ja Yeon Sejong from South Korea took third with an 83.Winners of the Gross Score prizes, (front row) Phanida Tocheun from Suanson Pradipat Golf Course, Saithong Wongwian from Laem Chabang, Boobpaporn Leebo from Thai Country Club, and Siripen Jannin from Suanson Pradipat Golf Course pose with tournament officials and sponsors.In the Singha Thai bracket, first place went to Phanida Tocheun from Suanson Pradipat Golf Course with a score of 84. Second place was Juthamas Kawsa-ard from Krisda City Golf Hills, scoring 85 off HC 13, and third went to Somkuan Kunlapa from Laem Chabang Golf Course with an 88 score.In the Flight B (HC.15-24) bracket, Sukanya Buapralard from Plutaluang Navy Golf Course took first with a gross 85 and 34 Stableford points. In second place was Piangrutai Jangin from The Emerald, scoring a gross 88 off HC 17 and 33 points, while in third was Duanpen Kabram from the Royal Navy Golf Course after shooting an 87 off HC 15 for 32 points.Caddy girls pose for a photo at the Singha Amazing Thailand Caddy Championship 2014.The four caddies to win the Vietnam trip in the Gross Score contest were Phanida Tocheun from Suanson Pradipat Golf Course (84), Saithong Wongwian from Laem Chabang Golf Course (90), Boobpaporn Leebo from Thai Country Club (91), and Siripen Jannin from Suanson Pradipat Golf Course (91).Winners of the Singha golf bag in the nearest the pin contest were Natasuki Mizukoshi from Japan, (66 centimeters from hole) Duanpen Kabram, (1.24 meters), Kanyarat Jankong (1.4 meters) and Chawinee Ongsakun (1.45 meters).A caddy prepares to tee-off at Siam Country Club in Pattaya.
Facebook96Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Mayday FoundationWhen a family’s life is turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis, there are many pieces to pick up. In Thurston and Grays Harbor Counties, families are able to turn to The Mayday Foundation for immediate, practical financial support. Now, this assistance extends beyond getting help with paying household expenses and into the emotional side of being a parent while coping with cancer.“My time with The Mayday Foundation families is an important way to be a part of our community response to caring for those affected by cancer,” said Emily McMason. Photo courtesy: The Mayday Foundation“Along with financial assistance, The Mayday Foundation now includes a complimentary session with parenting coach, Emily McMason,” explained founder and executive director, Amy Rowley. “We are able to expand our support of the family past paying rent and mortgages and delivering gas and grocery cards and allow each family to access Emily’s vast knowledge of parenting techniques. Parenting advice and coaching is critical since most families have not coped with a health care crisis of this magnitude.”Emily McMason, who holds a masters degree in education from Harvard University, is also a mother of two children being raised in Olympia. “A healthy community is one in which we reach out and care for one another. It matters to me to give back to the community in which I live, work and raise my children. My time with The Mayday Foundation families is an important way to be a part of our community response to caring for those affected by cancer,” said McMason. “My passion for parents and children makes working with The Mayday Foundation a natural connection.”“Emily’s generous donation of time means local families can gain the emotional support they need to cope with cancer and still be the parent they want to be to their children,” added Rowley. “The first concern, when a parent is diagnosed with cancer, is ‘will my kids be ok, will they be able to recover from this upheaval?’ Providing access to a trained, professional parenting coach rounds out The Mayday Foundation’s support.”For example, parents may choose to talk with Emily about processing the news, adjusting to new normals, redefining family balance and boundaries, help with understanding the reactions of those you love or imagining the family with a post-cancer perspective.“A cancer diagnosis isn’t simply about our health—it is about our whole life,” added McMason in summary. “Our parenting role doesn’t stop when cancer becomes a part of a family’s life—instead it gets more complex. Spending time with families as they navigate these new spaces is an incredibly meaningful way for me to give back to my community. It’s an honor to work with The Mayday Foundation families and provide emotional support as well as practical tools for parenting as they cope with cancer.”To connect with Emily McMason, visit the Evolving Parents website or call 360-951-0563. Coaching is available to individuals, couples or whole families.To keep up with how The Mayday Foundation is making an impact in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties, visit www.maydayfoundation.org or follow the non-profit organization on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.