Blankets to warm the heart

first_imgThis is one of a series of Gazette articles highlighting some of the many initiatives and charities that Harvard affiliates can support through the Harvard Community Gifts campaign. Until Dec. 7, faculty and staff can choose to donate by payroll deduction, or may elect to give by check or credit card through Jan. 15.When Madeline Meehan makes her annual donation to Harvard Community Gifts, she won’t just be providing handmade blankets to sick children, she’ll also be helping her mother’s labor of love.“My mom has always loved knitting, crochet, and children,” Meehan said. “She connected those dots when she created We Care Blankets, a nonprofit charity that provides handmade, colorful blankets to children who are going through chemotherapy.”A few years ago, Meehan, who is the director of events for Campus Services, realized that her annual donation to Harvard Community Gifts could benefit her mother’s nonprofit organization. “I called the human resources office at Harvard to see if I could get my mom’s charity added to the list,” she said. “They were completely accommodating, and so ever since, I’ve been able to make a tax-deductible donation that goes to her nonprofit — and the donation goes straight to shipping blankets to various hospitals all over the Northeast.”In addition, Meehan’s mother, Tamara Baker, said that her daughter’s contribution has allowed her to ship blankets to two Harvard-affiliated medical facilities, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.“Almost all of our funding goes to yarn for our volunteers, who donate their time, love, and art to make all of our blankets,” said Baker, who lives in Long Island, N.Y. “Until Madeline started to contribute, either I or another volunteer would actually drive a car full of blankets up to the Massachusetts area and drop them off in person — we just never had the extra funds to ship them. But when Madeline began to contribute, and with the help of a local shipper, we are now able to send our beautiful blankets to children in Boston.”Baker’s nonprofit is just one of 500 local and national charities that receive donations from Harvard Community Gifts every year, with donations totaling $500,000 last year alone. Through Dec. 7, employees may sign up to make their donation through 2013 payroll deductions, allowing smaller payments spread throughout the coming year, at the Harvard Community Gifts website.“Donations from Harvard Community Gifts enable us to reach out to more children in the Boston area and other parts of the country,” Baker said. “This funding helps us to reach out to more and more children with cancer, and provide love, support, and comfort to them at a very critical time. It is amazing when you see a child who is so sick, and yet manages a smile when they receive one of our blankets. It is such a powerful thing to know that you have brought comfort to a sick child — to know that they feel that they are not alone.”For Meehan, being able to contribute to her mother’s cause is a source of pride and love. “My mom has the biggest heart in the world,” Meehan said. “It’s such a great cause, and it’s so rewarding to be part of what she does. It’s wonderful to be able to contribute to her life’s work and her labor of love through Harvard.”Harvard has established a user-friendly website where individuals can select their charity and donation amount. For more information and to make a donation, visit the Harvard Community Gifts website. You must have a Harvard ID to access the site.last_img read more

Stokes says his success more than just ‘instinct’

first_imgManchester , United Kingdom (AFP) — Ben Stokes said he was now more than just a purely instinctive cricketer after the all-rounder’s latest superb century left England strongly-placed in the second Test against the West Indies.Stokes top-scored with 176 in England’s first innings 469-9 declared, before the West Indies reached 32-1 at the close of yesterday’s second day at Old Trafford.This was the second-highest of Stokes’s 10 Test hundreds, behind his blistering 258 against South Africa at Cape Town in 2016.But, more significantly, it was also his fourth Test century since the start of 2019, during which time the left-hander has averaged over 52 — the sign of a world-class batsman.As was the case with his stunning 135 not out during a remarkable one-wicket win in the third Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley last year, Stokes had the discipline to play himself in against accurate bowling before picking the right moment to up the tempo.He found a fine ally yesterday in Dom Sibley, the opener’s 120 his first Test century in England.But with Sibley batting sedately — his hundred took the best part of eight hours — there was a danger of England getting bogged down in a match they need to win to level the three-Test series at 1-1.Stokes, however, ensured that did not happen.Having gone to a hundred in, by his standards, a restrained 255 balls, Stokes needed a mere 46 more for the third fifty of his innings as he punished a new ball being deployed by a tiring West Indies pace attack.It was a sublime mixture of both skill and match awareness, the latest Stokes has displayed since being acquitted of an affray charge in 2018 after an incident outside a nightclub that saw him miss an Ashes tour and threatened to end his England career completely.Stokes, who last week deputised as captain for Joe Root after England’s regular skipper missed a four-wicket loss to the West Indies following the birth of his second child, was once more proving himself to be a leader even if he was now back among the ranks.Understand my game“Numbers, figures…I don’t really care,” said Stokes, who shared a fourth-wicket stand of 260 with Sibley that rescued England from a top-order collapse.“The main number for me is how many wins,” he said.“I was more buzzing that I faced 300 balls than I was when I got to my hundred, that’s something I never thought I’d be capable of doing.”The 29-year-old Stokes, now in his 65th Test, added: “Being an instinctive player is great but there’s time in the past where I’ve let how I’m playing at the time affect me, thinking I can play some big shots and I’d be alright.“I feel at an age and an experience level where I really understand my game pretty much all the time and I try not to get carried away.”Meanwhile Stokes also demonstrated a degree of empathy for the plight of Jofra Archer.The England fast bowler was dramatically ruled out of this match after it emerged he had broken the biosecure regulations governing this behind closed doors series by making an unauthorised trip home to Brighton following the end of the first Test.England had wanted to play the express quick in Manchester and his lapse left many within the hosts’ camp feeling frustrated.Archer is currently self-isolating in his hotel room at Old Trafford but Stokes said: “We really need to be there to support Jofra right now.“The worst thing we could do right now as a team is just leave him and see him in five or six days time.”He added: “It’s all good being there for people when things are going well and smoothly but what really comes through is how you operate with someone when they need you the most.”last_img read more

FA Cup replay action

first_imgCambridge United travel to Old Trafford to take-on Manchester United after holding the Premier League giants to a goalless draw in their first meeting.Meanwhile, Fulham will host Sunderland at Craven Cottage and Sheffield United will take-on Preston.Those three matches will all kick-off at 19:45.last_img

Lowell Dierking, Caldwell: December 5, 1936 – April 13, 2013 (full obit)

first_imgLowell DierkingLowell Dierking, 76, of Caldwell, Kansas died April 13, 2013 at his home after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.  Lowell was born December 5, 1936 in Caldwell, the son of Clarence H. and Lucille (Schiftlett) Dierking.Lowell was raised in Caldwell and graduated with the class of 1954 from Caldwell High School.  After high school Lowell attended Arkansas City Community College and then received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Southwestern College in Winfield.  In 1961, Lowell graduated from the Kansas University School of Law with a juris doctorate. After working one year for the Kansas Supreme Court as a research attorney he returned home to Sumner County where he joined the firm of Schwinn and Schwinn in Wellington.  On February 14, 1963 Lowell opened Dierking Law Offices in his hometown of Caldwell where he would practice law for the next 50 years until his death.  In 1993, he was joined by his cousin Troy Dierking whom continues to practice law in Caldwell.Lowell was a member of the Sumner County Bar Association and a life member of the Kansas Bar Association and the Wichita Bar Association.  His passions in life included hunting, fishing, boats and old cars.  Visitors to Dierking Law Offices for years were often greeted by his bird dog “Brownie” whom would frequently accompany him to the office.  Lowell was very active his whole life and celebrated his 60th birthday by water skiing on Blackwell Lake.Lowell is survived by cousins Gary Dierking, Karla Effland, Troy Dierking, Dorothy Varnum, Dr. Bob Varnum, Joyce Green and numerous friends.He was preceded in death by his parents.Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Caldwell, Kansas.  Interment will be in the Caldwell City Cemetery.In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to local Caldwell organizations, namely the Caldwell Sportsmen Club or the Border Queen Cruisers Car Club in care of the Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main St. Caldwell, Kansas 67022.last_img read more

Noel ‘books’ in amazing €12,000 for homeless charities

first_imgNoel Sweeney has donated € 12,000 to charities supporting the homeless, as the first instalment from the proceeds from the sale of his Memoirs “Don’t say you weren’ t taul.’Noel launched his book in early December 2018 in the Silver Tassie Hotel.The book proved to be a very popular Christmas stocking filler and held the Number 1 in Eason’s Letterkenny Best Seller charts in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Noel was thrilled to be able to make the first donations so soon after the launch.He said ‘I’m extremely proud to be able to make these donations to what is a very worthily cause. Like everyone out there, I’m hearing news on an almost weekly basis about the horrific situations that homeless people are finding themselves in today in Ireland. Any small bit that we can do to help I’m thrilled to do’.After presenting Collette Ferguson of the North West Simon Community with a donation of € 10,000, Noel travelled to Dublin to donate a further €2,000 to the Peter McVerry Trust.These donations follow the €20,000 raised for the North West Simon Community in 2017 through the sale of his CD ‘Two pay cheques away’ Collette Ferguson, North West Simon Community said they are so grateful to Noel for the work that he has done for the cause over the past number of years and were just blown away by his most recent initiative and donation.She said “This money will be used to help continue to support the work and services provided to families and individuals experiencing homelessness across the region.”Noel is encouraging anyone who has not purchased a copy of his book to do so while stocks last.In the book, Noel recalls his early days growing up on a small farm in Ballymaleel outside Letterkenny, his successful career in the wedding band Barney and the Circle as well as his many trials and tribulations in building his well-known driving school business Swilly Drive.Noel reminisces about the auld days; of being brought up in the 1950s and 1960s, dancing in the Fiesta Ballroom in the mid-1960s and playing music around Donegal in the 1970s and 1980s. He also talks openly about the challenges he faced in life and the many twists and turns in his varied and interesting life.The book is still available in Eason’s book shops in Letterkenny as well as online at http://www.noelsweeney.ie.All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to charities supporting homeless.Noel ‘books’ in amazing €12,000 for homeless charities was last modified: May 9th, 2019 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:bookcharitydonationNoel SweeneyNorth West Simon CommunityPeter McVerrylast_img read more

Listen: Retiring Frank McGlynn on his momentous Donegal career

first_imgFrank McGlynn opted to retire from the inter-county scene with Donegal following an All-Ireland title win and five Ulster championships.The Glenfin native made his first appearance in 2006 and has been a mainstay for Donegal since. At the Donegal GAA annual banquet on Saturday night, McGlynn was thanked for his service to Donegal.He spoke to Alan Foley afterwards … Listen: Retiring Frank McGlynn on his momentous Donegal career was last modified: November 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Rains Force Corps Response

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Heavy rains over the past two weeks in the upper Plains are prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to first reduce water releases into the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota, then increase the volume of water flowing out of the dam.The Corps of Engineers indicated concern that floodwaters could again overwhelm lowland areas in Iowa west of Interstate 29. The Corps cited that rainfall over the past two weeks has been 200% to 600% of normal throughout the entire Missouri River Basin.Over the past two weeks, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota have recorded heavy rainfall totals. In just the past few days, several cities in South Dakota were hit with rain totals of more than 7 inches, causing widespread flooding across the southeastern corner of the state, Associated Press reported. Some tributaries to the Missouri River again approached or topped record flood stages.In response, the Corps stated it will reduce releases from Gavins Point Dam, which have been at 70,000 cubic feet per second or higher since spring. The Corps stated it will reduce releases by 5,000 cfs on Saturday, Sept. 14, and reduce releases another 5,000 cfs on Sunday as well. The main reason for lowering flows is to reduce the risk of floodwater reaching Interstate 29 north of Omaha, said John Remus, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.The Corps stated that releases will drop 60,000 cfs from Gavins Point for no longer than three days. Then, the Corps will incrementally increase the flows 5,000 cfs per day until the flows reach 80,000 cfs by Sept 21. That will translate to just about 600,000 gallons of water flow per second.The increased releases will keep the series of Upper Missouri River dams holding at 16.3 million acre feet of flood storage that will be available for the 2020 runoff season, the Corps stated.“We have already seen four times the normal precipitation for September over the entire Upper Missouri River Basin,” Remus said.The Missouri River has been above flood stage since March 13. As of Sept. 13, runoff from the Upper Missouri River north of Sioux City, Iowa, has reached 49.9 million acre feet, topping runoff from 1997. As of now, 2019 runoff is the second highest in 121 years of records, behind only 2011, when 61 MAF was recorded.As of now, the Corps estimates total runoff from the Missouri River will be 58.8 MAF. But in just the last two weeks, the Corps has had to raise its estimates by about 4.2 MAF.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

TFACT Super League Finals wrap-up

first_imgFirst published on Touch Football ACT.The 2018 Super League Finals series was held at Greenway Oval for the first time in the competition’s history. The venue had an NTL-like atmosphere with the grandstand watching over field 1. With rain pouring days earlier, the playing surface was in perfect condition as Canberra’s elite went head-to-head for the title.Women’sThe first games of the day were the Women’s Semi Finals, which saw Tuggeranong Vikings defeat Gungahlin Cats (12-4) and underdogs Woden Eagles defeating Canberra City Bears (7-3) to progress into the 2018 Women’s Super League Grand Final.Tuggeranong Vikings were 2017 Champions, and were hungry to go back-to-back in 2018, however the Vikings team were without Australian Youth representative, Elise Wilson, due to injury. With Wilson out, the Vikings were happy to welcome back Kimberly Grant after having her second child. The first half was the best 20 minutes of touch the Woden Women have produced all season. Eagles #13, Eilish Winbank, scored a double in the first half with a long-range touchdown winning the footrace, with Vikings hot on her heels. The Vikings Women’s led at half-time 5-4, and coach Chris Tarlinton was pleased with their efforts, yet pushed the girls for a bigger second half against Eagles. Tyra Peterson and Ngawai Eyles kept their try-scoring momentum going in the second half, with a double each. Towards the end the Woden Eagles were outnumbered due to several players missing, and injured and Vikings took advantage of their 14 players and substituted strongly to finish the game 11-4.Referees of the Final: Jack Van Lohuizen, Michael Halling & Sarah RichardsScore: Tuggeranong Vikings (11) defeated Woden Eagles (4).Player of the Final: Kasey Dragisic (Tuggeranong Vikings)Men’sThe 2018 Men’s Super League Grand Final was a 2017 repeat after Tuggeranong Vikings defeated Woden Eagles (7-3), and Northern Phoenix defeated Gungahlin Cats (12-7).Both Vikings and Phoenix finished on 24 points on the ladder and nothing could separate them leading in the final. Everyone was in the grandstand ready to watch the grudge match and 2017 Men’s Final repeat. From the first tap, Phoenix were on fire. The Phoenix’s more experienced players, Ben Hughes and Cam Stanley, led from the front, with the youth players following. Fan-favourite Ben Wylie was outstanding for the Vikings and was the X-factor for the Red V. Half-time could not have come quickly enough for the Vikings. Their coach, Doug Witt, was telling his team to go back and execute what they had trained for all season. The Phoenix coach, Steve Hughes, was pleased with his team’s performance at half-time as they led 6-1.The Vikings came back in the second half, with individual brilliance by Eddie Jones and Wyle. Phoenix #30 Ben Hughes was having a field day, scoring 3 touchdowns and #4 James Hawke scoring a double. Once the siren went off, the Phoenix team celebrated after regaining the trophy and beating their rivals in a spectacular Grand Final performance.Referees of the Final: James Steinberg, Mitch Kennedy, Josh Thomas-SchumacherScore: Northern Phoenix (9) defeated Tuggeranong Vikings (5).Player of the Final: James Hawke (Northern Phoenix)2018 Super League Club Champions: Tuggeranong VikingsA massive thank you and congratulations must go to all 2018 Super League players, coaches, referees on a great season.last_img read more