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Lions team facing three must-win games this week

first_imgWith just three games remaining, the Middletown North senior American Legion team needs to win them all to qualify for the state playoffs. Coach Ken Rotolo’s team is currently 7-5 thanks to some solid defense and a lineup that features six players batting .300 or above. “Our guys have developed a good attitude and they work well together and play as a team,” Rotolo said. Speedy center fielder Chris Sadecki leads the offense with a .631 average and 10 RBIs. Sadecki, who opened the campaign with 13 straight hits, is equally proficient with the glove. First baseman Chris Rotolo is batting .486 with nine RBIs and second baseman Mike Collison is hitting .438 with five RBIs. Shortstop Kevin Mager is at .371 and has driven home eight runs, and designated hitter Ryan Koegel and catcher/outfielder Jim Trancucci are both batting .300. Mike Condon tops the pitching staff with three wins, while Matt Devenny has a pair of victories to his credit. Ryan Dougherty has posted a win and three saves in relief. Other members of the squad include catcher Ryan O’Mara, infielders Kevin Engelbrecht and Jason Morris, and outfielders Sean Byrnes and Chris Saginor. Engelbrecht and Morris have also seen some time on the mound. “Most of our players will be the core for Middletown North High School next spring so this is a good opportunity for them to play together and work on some things,” the senior Rotolo said. Frank Mager and Dean Sadecki are the assistant coaches.last_img read more

Cruelty to animals in Region 6

first_imgDear Editor,As a resident of the Central Corentyne, East Berbice area, it is appalling to watch the inhuman treatment meted out to animals, especially cow, dogs, horses, donkeys, etc. This happens on a daily basis in front of Policemen and other Guyanese, and no one reacts to this crime against the animals.Cruelty to animals is no big thing here in these parts of Region Six. A few days ago, a man beat his dog to death because the dog played with the tablecloth and destroyed it. This happened in front of family members and neighbours, and everyone just stood there, watched and stayed quiet.Also, this week, I discovered the street dogs are being poisoned as a way of cleansing the housing settlement. This is not the first mass killing of dogs.Guyana has so much land space, why can’t the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) or the Ministry of Agriculture provide shelters that can accommodate these animals until they can be resettled in new homes?Another point is that GSPCA should have locations in all the regions across Guyana, not only in Georgetown, to help prevent cruelty being meted out to these animals, and to enforce laws that protect animals in this regard.Regards,Concerned Citizenlast_img read more

Nearly US$59B in World Bank support to C’bean in 2017

first_imgThe World Bank says its commitments to help developing countries, including those in the Caribbean, take on poverty and boost opportunity reached nearly US billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees in fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017).“With aspirations of the poor on the rise, and overlapping crises, such as forced displacement, famine and climate change adding urgency to our mission, our staff this year worked to provide marked increases in financing from IDA, IFC, and MIGA,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on Tuesday.IDA is the abbreviation for International Development Association, IFC for International Finance Corporation and MIGA for Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.“While this year we have had to actively manage IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) lending, the Board and management are discussing approaches to ensure adequate capacity across the World Bank Group to best help countries achieve their development goals,” Kim said.“As always, we are committed to working with our member countries and other partners to crowd in private investment and maximise resources for the poor,” he added. The World Bank said commitments from IBRD, which provides development knowledge to countries, combined with financing and risk management products, amounted to US$22.6 billion in FY17.“This reflects the Bank’s careful attention to ensuring continued strong capital adequacy ratios and prudent financial management into the future, while responding to client countries’ most pressing development challenges,” the World Bank said.It said commitments from the IDA, which provides zero or low-interest loans and grants to the world’s 77 poorest countries, hit US$19.5 billion in FY17.“IDA’s increased commitments reflect strong demand for financing, as well as IDA’s efforts to better leverage resources and expand financing options for borrowing countries,” the World Bank said. “FY17 continued to reflect very high demand for IDA financing from clients, fully committing the three-year resource envelope of IDA17.”The Bank said these efforts include an additional US$3.9 billion allocated for non-concessional lending to finance transformational projects in qualified IDA countries.Increased financing has also allowed IDA to respond rapidly to global crises.The World Bank said the IFC, the largest global development institution, focused exclusively on the Private Sector, leveraged its capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities wherever they were needed most.Preliminary and unaudited data as of June 30 indicated that IFC’s long-term investments totalled about US$18.7 billion, including funds mobilised from other investors. (Jamaica Observer)last_img read more

Recipe for success includes hard work with dash of loyalty

first_imgThe 62-year-old Jewish coffee shop owner and the 18-year-old Mexican busboy formed a close bond working together at Nat’s Early Bite restaurant. Nat Elias liked the kid’s work ethic and appreciated how he never complained when he had to pull an extra shift at the Van Nuys restaurant, sometimes working 10 hours a day, six days a week. But Victor Carlos would have worked 18 hours a day, seven days a week if Nat had asked him to. Why not? Nat treated him like a son, and Victor had no father in this new country after paying $300 to be smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Nat knew Victor was in the country illegally, but he knew something else, too. In the 40 years Nat had been in the restaurant business in Los Angeles, he had hired hundreds of busboys, dishwashers, waiters, and cooks – but this kid worked harder and smarter than any of them. That’s why over the four years in the mid-1980s that Victor worked for Nat, he kept getting promoted – from busboy/dishwasher to waiter to finally head cook. When Nat got ready to take off his apron for good in 1987, Victor was the first person he told aside from his own family. “Nat called me in and said he was going to sell,” Victor said Friday while cooking up an omelet at Nat’s Early Bite. “I said, `Oh, no! Am I still going to have a job?”‘ he recalled with a smile. Nat told Victor that he hoped so, because he wanted to sell the restaurant to him. “I told him, `Nat, I’m making $20,000 a year; I can’t afford to buy your restaurant.”‘ But Nat told the kid not to worry about it, he’d take a note and give Victor all the time he needed to pay off the $150,000 selling price. There was one thing Nat wouldn’t wait for, though. The deal was off if Victor didn’t get his green card and become a U.S. citizen. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Then-President Ronald Reagan had just signed into law an amnesty program granting many individuals unlawfully in the U.S. an opportunity to gain lawful permanent status. Victor took the president up on the offer and got his green card. He became a U.S. citizen in 1993. Heck of an accomplishment for a kid who didn’t make it past second grade in Mexico and taught himself to speak English by listening to customers order food at Nat’s. He made $60,000 that first year taking over Nat’s business, and paid off the note to his old boss in five years. “A lot of people told me I was crazy, a Mexican guy buying a restaurant where most of the customers were Jewish and wouldn’t stay with me,” Victor said Wednesday, taking a break from cooking at Nat’s West in Canoga Park – the second Nat’s restaurant he now owns in the San Fernando Valley. He could have named his new coffee shop Victor’s, or maybe after his wife, Esperanza, or daughter, Heidi, an honor student at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. But he stuck with Nat’s to honor his old boss, who died three years ago at age 79. “My husband always had a special place in his heart for Victor. He always felt he deserved everything he got,” Yvonne Elias said. And Victor said all those people who thought he shouldn’t buy the restaurant have been proved wrong. “Our Jewish customers stayed. Nothing changed,” Victor said. “I’m still in the kitchen making the matzo ball soup.” His other cook is making $1,000 a week, while the busboys and dishwashers are paid well above minimum wage. “I remember what it was like before, working for Nat, when you’re making a couple of hundred dollars a week and can’t afford to get sick,” said Victor, now 47. “Nat didn’t want that for his employees and I don’t want it for mine.” Before Nat died, Victor would talk to him on the phone at least once a month, or visit him up in Ojai where he had retired with Yvonne. “I knew he was proud of me,” Nat Elias’ former busboy, dishwasher, waiter and cook said as he walked back into the kitchen. “Nat would always laugh and tell me he sold too cheap.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com, 818-713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

My Donegal… with Donegal Pen founders Ronan and Conor McGarvey

first_imgDonegal Pens was set up in 2010 by Ronan and Conor Mc Garvey, then aged just 13 and 10. Over the years the business has grown and they now have their pens stocked in 50 outlets in Ireland, Germany and the USA. They also have customers in many corners of the world through their online shop.The lads have appeared on ‘Nationwide’, ‘The Morning Show’, and even had great success on RTE’s ‘Junior Dragons’ Den’. Conor, now 16, is still at school and Ronan, 19, works full time in the business. They plan to expand the number of retail outlets stocking the pens and are currently looking at adding some new products to the range.This is their Donegal… (1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Has to be our hometown of Loughanure, great place, great people.(2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The roads, some of them leave a lot to be desired!(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Two people – our parents, they have guided us well and are always been supportive no matter what we do.(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Has to be Daniel, he has brought the world to Ireland and to Donegal through his music.(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?The All Ireland in 2012, we weren’t around for 1992 one!(6) What was Donegal’s saddest moment?The many road tragedies and that awful pier tragedy in Buncrana(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Donegal Pens of course! But also Mc Garvey’s (no relation) Chicken Curry. (8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Again, has to be Daniel O’Donnell, he has promoted Donegal to no end and continues to do so everywhere he goes – he even has a Donegal Pen!A Yew Streamline pen produced by Donegal Pens.(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Can we say ourselves?! We really admire Ramona Nicholas, former Dragon and boss at the Cara Pharmacy chain – a great businesswoman.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?We’re not overly sports people but Michael Murphy would be among our favourites.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Has to be Casadh an tSugain in Loughanure, they deliver a mighty tasty feed! (12) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden Eagles, fine birds!(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?There will be days like this!(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Probably the lack of employment in places.(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?Mc Garvey’s Chicken Curry and our granny’s stuffing.(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Lack of entertainment facilities particularly in the west of the county. We have to travel nearly an hour to the cinema in Letterkenny.(17) Do you have a favourite local band?Nope.(18) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?The roads first of all, not that a million euro would go far, and also ensure young entrepreneurs get the support they deserve at start up, we didn’t but we still kept going.(19) What has been the most rewarding, and the most challenging part of starting your own business at such young ages?Challenging where there was no funding available because we were under 18, most rewarding is that our business has grown to be the success it is today.(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Proud to be a Donegal person and grateful to have a grasp of the Irish language.To keep up to date with the lads you can follow them on Facebook.Currently they produce several types of pens including the Streamline and Sierra ranges in both basic pen and Stylus options and the popular Bolt Action pen. They also produce a set comprising a Pen and Letter Opener, and have just recently added a Wedding Set to the collection comprising two engraved pens in a wooden box.They now accept phone orders on (086) 8673380 or (00353 86 8673380 from outside Ireland)My Donegal… with Donegal Pen founders Ronan and Conor McGarvey was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:DONEGAL PENSEntrepreneursLoughanureMY DONEGALronan and conor mc garveylast_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: January 6, 2017

first_imgThis Friday morning on Sportsday we look ahead to a busy weekend of FA Cup third round action. There are eight commentaries across talkSPORT and talkSPORT2 over the next four days, including West Ham v Manchester City tonight at the London Stadium.We also discuss all the latest transfer news and rumours, including how Antoine Griezmann has been promised the same Galactico contract as Paul Pogba if he joins Manchester United.SunSport understands Old Trafford chiefs discussed personal terms with the Atletico Madrid star’s representatives during talks this week.We also preview all the weekend’s Aviva Premiership action and discuss how the future of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone could be under threat because of the “potentially ruinous risk” of staging the loss-making race.last_img read more

Classic season: When Rangers made Celtic work for those medals

first_img 4 This feature first appeared on retrofootballblog.comMore: It has been 40 years since ‘the King of White Hart Lane’ stunned Glasgow and made Tottenham fans cry. Under David White, the 34-year-old new boss, and with the likes of John Greig and Willie Johnston among their ranks, they were looking good. Rangers were holding off their rivals and were two points ahead of them when they arrived at Celtic Park on 2 January.A 2-2 draw in front of 75,000 people furthered their claim to the crown given that this was the last Old Firm league meeting of the season. Would Rangers really lose to anyone else? Celtic probably were the better team in this game, but still couldn’t win, so it appeared doubtful.But following that draw, Celtic began putting together a series of wins and March saw them score 32 goals in seven games. It was all they could do and then hope for a Rangers slip up, which they got at the start of April in a draw with Dundee United.Now a point separated the Glasgow clubs and before the month was out, Rangers dropped another when they drew with Morton. There were two games left to play, but Celtic were now top on goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded).Then, in the penultimate game of the season, a moment of confusion and miscommunication had Rangers fans on cloud nine. They had beaten Kilmarnock and supporters were ecstatic because of a rumour about the result over in Parkhead. Had Celtic really drawn with Morton?“The news spread like wildfire. There was pandemonium. Party songs were sung,” Taylor wrote. “The fans danced with each other. Banners and flags were waved jubilantly.” It looked like the team now held a one point lead with just one game remaining.Except there were still seconds remaining and that was long enough for goal machine Bobby Lennox to pounce and make it 2-1 to those boys in green. Celtic were still top ahead of the final match.“No one knew it yet, but Celtic would now win the league without kicking another ball,” Hoops historian David Potter wrote in Classic Season: Maintaining Excellence.So after Rangers’ loss to Aberdeen where they had twice taken the lead, fans could only hope that Scottish Cup winners Dunfermline beat Celtic by a considerable amount three days later. Spirits had been broken and this really was wishful thinking. Celtic won 2-1 victory and sealed a third successive title. They had been behind their city rivals for much of the season, but still crossed the finish line in first place.Taylor ended with this: “So it was a triumph again for that great manager, Jock Stein, and his brilliant team – but again it was a tragedy for Rangers, who to be fair, had performed so well for so long, but who were still under the shadow of their bitter rivals, Celtic.” Celtic and Rangers were involved in a very thrilling fight for the title 4 4 There was a time when Celtic were made to work for those title medals and history is littered with close calls (the 1985/86 and 2004/05 campaigns spring to mind). Here, Retro Football Blog looks at ?the thrilling 1967/68 Division One season when things were decided on the final day.Celtic weren’t even playing, but Jock Stein couldn’t hide his delight at Hampden Park where Dunfermline had just won the 1968 Scottish Cup at the expense of Hearts.It wasn’t anything to do with events on the pitch, though. No, across Glasgow, inside Rangers’ Ibrox home, Aberdeen had come from behind to score a last-minute goal to all but hand Celtic the First Division title on the final day of the 1967/68 season.“That’s the best result I’ve heard at Hampden,” Stein joked, as journalist Hugh Taylor noted in The Scottish Football Book no.14.Celtic were not playing – they were due to play Dunfermline a few days later – so Stein ran off to find his players who were watching the Cup final and tell them the good news.It was just another twist in what was, according to Taylor, “one of the most exciting, dramatic two-horse races in the history of Scottish soccer.”The title had been Rangers’ to lose and that’s exactly what they did because not only was the Aberdeen match their last of the season, it was also their FIRST defeat.Rangers fans were angry and booed officials and players at full-time. Hopes for the season had been high and focus was firmly fixed on wiping those huge smiles off of Celtic faces.Stein’s men had completely dominated the previous year when they hoovered everything up, including the European Cup and another year like it couldn’t be allowed to happen.As a result of that clean sweep, it is often forgotten that Rangers ran their bitter rivals close; finishing three points behind in the league and reached the Cup Winners Cup final.Things were actually looking rosy as early as the second game of the new campaign when they beat Celtic, but then the bizarre decision was made to get rid of manager Scot Symon in November despite Rangers being top of the league.Even a man who had guided them to six titles, five Scottish Cups and four League Cups across 13 years wasn’t safe in the club’s desperation to match their Glasgow rivals at home and abroad.And to top it off Symon was informed his services were no longer required by the club accountant.During this time Celtic’s fixture list became congested. They had a League Cup final to focus on and then travelled to South America for the World Club Championship. They lost that, but did manage to retain the Cup.Rangers made sure they took advantage and opened up a lead at the top, putting pressure on their neighbours. 4last_img read more

U.S. commander cites surge in violence against Iraqi civilians

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Up to 80 percent of the attacks in one of Iraq’s most troubled provinces are against civilians rather than the U.S. military, a deliberate shift in tactics over the past eight months, a U.S. commander said Friday. The description of kidnappings, assassinations and other attacks in Diyala province followed testimony Thursday by two U.S. generals to Congress that an upsurge in violence in Iraq could drive the country into civil war. “Initially we were the target of just about 60 percent of the attacks,” Col. Brian Jones, commander of the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, said Friday. Now, he said, “we are seeing anywhere from 20 to 25 percent of the attacks, and a majority of the attacks are now amongst the civilian population.” The attacks in Diyala, north of Baghdad, often are assassinations or kidnappings for extortion, Jones told Pentagon reporters in a briefing from Iraq. The Bush administration and military leaders have been reluctant to characterize the sectarian violence as a civil war. But on Thursday, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, told a Senate committee that it could lead that that. Jones said the kidnappings provide money for insurgent operations, but it is not clear whether the abductions are orchestrated by local militia groups or foreign fighters. “It’s very difficult to classify what’s being conducted by insurgents as opposed to what’s sectarian because there are so many interests that collide here in Diyala,” Jones said. He noted that while Sunnis accounts for a majority of the population, the provincial government is run more by Shiites and Kurds. Jones offered an optimistic assessment of the Iraqi Army units in his region, saying he believes they will be ready to operate on their own by the end of this year or the middle of next year. He said the units are not independent yet because they lack military intelligence capabilities and logistical support, such as the ability to get enough gas to run their trucks. When asked why the Iraqi Army’s progress has not stemmed the violence, he said the situation would be much worse without them. “I can’t imagine what the violence would be like if the (Iraqi) army wasn’t working,” he said. “I think what you’ll see is a peak in the violence, and I think it’ll start to drop off.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD Motoring: Fond family memories shared of Catherine Gregory, who worked for Mark Twain

first_img“I compromised with this man at the end of an intolerable hour. I bought two double-barreled echoes in good condition, and he threw in another, which he said was not salable because it only spoke German,” he said. “She was a perfect polyglot once, but somehow her palate got down.”That is the finishing line on one of Mark Twain’s short stories. Just one of the memories shared this week following our piece on Catherine Gregory who worked for the famous writer Mark Twain in America. Advertisement The World famous author Mark Twain who employed Donegal’s Catherine Gregory to work with him as as he personal secretary.It was a man from South Africa who made contact with us following the piece in last week’s Donegal Daily about the famous writer as he recalled this short story which he read as a child growing up years ago in Cape town.The short story was entitled “The Canvasser” which is very funny but it has a great message within it’s words.In the story, a salesman was making a pitch to sell echoes that were unable to bounce off anything anymore. It is very similar to what happened our piece on Catherine Gregory last week.Catherine Gregory born in Ballybofey who went to America in 1901 to work for the famous author Mark TwainWhen Ronnie Reilly, Catherine Gregory’s grandson recalled the story to us, a story his family have known all their lives. Then when we ran the story at the weekend all these amazing echoes returned. Like the short story the echo would only work when it was bouncing off something or some one. Advertisement Life long fans of Mark Twain that never knew they were living beside a personal friend and employee of the great writer.People like the fashion designer Edel MacBride celebrated the news of this story on social media over the weekend and in return she promoted the love she had for the writings of Mark Twain even recalled memories of as herself listening, as a young student to reading extracts for ‘Huckleberry Finn’ at St. Columba’s College, and was carried away in the words of the book. In recalling those great memories she received a great response back from fellow fans and even family members of Catherine Gregory.Together they have pieced real life details on the wonderful life of Catherine Gregory and Mark Twain.As we speak, Edel and her friends are planning to create a project to study the life of Catherine Gregory as they celebrate her journey and other great Donegal people.I wonder what Catherine would have thought of the technology today for communication when so many memories could be shared and replied to instantly.Back in her day of communicating through pen and ink it would take at least 3 months for her to get a reply for a letter that she would write and send home to Donegal from America, so in away she might have to write with the mind that it would be 6 weeks before her letter would arrive at a destination and also that her reply would be six weeks old when she received it. This week we have included some of the many memories with Catherine’s extended family, from writing on her own book from 99 years ago in 1908 in New York to some of the family photos and memories of their great granny at her home in Carrickshandrum, Killygordan.The Love of LucozadeAmong the great memories that family members recalled this week was Catherine (who was affectionally known as Cassie in Ireland and possibly Katie in America) and her great love for Lucozade, an energy drink created by Thomas Beecham, from Newcastle.He made it out of glucose syrup to provide a source of energy to people who were ill. Lucozade’s original name was Glucozade until they removed the first letter from Glucozade.Georgie Reilly, Catherine’s granddaughter, her great granddaughter Tracy Alexander and her Great Grandson Dean Gillespie all have great memories of Catherine Gregory with a big bottle of Lucozade complete with its glossy orange plastic wrapping beside her at her chair up in the corner of the kitchen beside the range. Tracey Alexander a 4th generation descendant of Catherine Gregory, just one of the family members that helped with our story the week, along with Ronnie and Georgie Reilly and Dean Gillespie. Photo Brian McDaidAs children they all looked forward to the offer of a wee drink which she would pour them from her bottle. Even in her 90s Catherine had her daily drink of Lucozade even though her doctors were telling her it wasn’t that good for her tummy.She really enjoyed music and was continually humming a tune as she when about her days’ work, one of her favourite programme on TV was “The Good Old Days” and she really enjoyed all the big words that the presenter, Leonard Sachs would introduce the acts by and she could join in on many of the monologues.“The the Good Old Days”Tracey Alexander also can remember a lovely black shirt that she wore with pink flowers, and a magic small black handbag which they would be sent for which Catherine would give her great grand children money from.Catherine always was remembered by her family with her hair back in a bun. And her granddaughter Georgie can recall her great ability to wash dishes with her hands washing away submerged completely in boiling water!Back in 1975 Catherine celebrated her 90th birthday on the 3rd of September in Kee’s Hotel Stranorlar. Her husband Bob had died in 1951, 24 years prior.Catherine celebrated her big day with family including her son George’s daughters, Eileen Reilly and Kathleen Kee, both living in Cappry Ballybofey. Also there that day was her brother William Gregory from Donegal Street, Ballybofey and other members of her extended family.Dean Gillespie provided us with a fine picture of Catherine sitting in her front garden at her home at Carrickshandrum, Crossroads. She is pictured on the edge of a beautiful flowerbed made from a tyre painted white.Dean Gillespie provided us with a fine picture of Catherine sitting in her front garden at her home at Carrickshandrum, Crossroads She is pictured on the edge of a beautiful flowerbed made from a tyre painted white.This is an account that her great grandson Dean Gillespie posted up this week about the great granny he thought so much about.“This is a picture of great gran in her later years at the back of the house at Carrickshandrum – I have it in my office in the hope that some day some inspiration will rub off from it onto my work…“I remember her well, she would be sitting in the corner of the living room near the range and always had a big bottle of Lucozade, she would give me a sip and always gave me money, it was a coin but I don’t remember how much it was.“As far as I know she was his personal maid not secretary, I remember my granny used to always tell me about how Mark Twain would get her to massage warm olive oil into his hair.“When she went on the boat to America she brought scone bread with her wrapped up in damp flower bags to keep it from going off. By the time she got there she would have to tear off the moldy edges to get at an edible piece. There were rats on the boat and a lot of people would get sick and die on the journey.“I always remember her as being very stern, when she spoke she commanded everyone’s attention, if she was speaking then you were listening, I think she was well respected, then again she had tales from far away lands that few at those times could only dream about.“My granny had a picture of his house like a postcard, Mark Twain had signed it, and some books – she would take them out of a press in the corner an odd time and show them to me, telling me what she knew about him.One of Mark Twain’s most famous books ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ which was signed and presented to his employee Catherine Gregory who was originally from Ballybofey but went to America to work for the famous author. Photo Brian McDaid“She said that Mark Twain was very fond of her.“It used to be great watching ‘Huckleberry Finn’ when I was young knowing that there was a connection in it.“I remember the day she passed away, we were down in our neighbour’s yard, the late Crawford Taylor, getting Barley rolled for feeding the cattle, when we came back up someone met us at the road and told us ‘great gran is after dying’.“I remember them moving furniture around in the room but nothing else about it, I was only 5 or 6 so it was most likely my first encounter as a child with death.Its great to see her memory kept alive after all these years!Dean has the original chest that Catherine travelled to America with. It may now be completely empty, but like the echoes in Twain’s short stories it’s full of beautiful memories just waiting to be bounced off someone.On a final note Catherine Gregory was a great servant and friend to Mark Twain and his family and she did have a great life experience in America. She also was there when Mark Twain went through some of his lowest times in his life.Mark Twain’s daughter Jean Clemens suffered from epilepsy all her life and in turn it was that condition that is believed to have taken her life while having a bath. Catherine Gregory talked of this with wild sadness over her life back home in Ireland.Catherine was there the morning Jean died.An extract for the New York Times on the 25th of December 1909 reports:“Miss Clemens and her father were up late last night discussing plans for Christmas Day and talking of the future. This morning about 6:30 o’clock, Katie, one of the maids at Stormfield, who usually accompanied Miss Clemens wherever she went, rapped on her door and asked if she were ready to dress.“No, Katie, you can wait an hour, for I am going to lie in bed and read,” said Miss Clemens through the door. She often did this in the morning before arising, so the maid went away. An hour later she returned to the bedroom, which is on the second floor of Stormfield. Miss Clemens was not there. Her father hears the news.“Katie went at once to the bathroom. One glance inside and the maid screamed in terror. She ran to the door of Mr. Clemens’s room, who was still in bed, and told him that he had better come at once.Finally I would just like to thank the two generations of Catherine Gregory’s family, Georgie Reilly the driver of the bus that put us on this great journey in the first place, his sister Georgie Reilly who was so helpful in giving us additional information. Dean Gillespie (Great Grandson) who wrote a brilliant piece on his own experience of knowing her also Tracy Alexander, a great grand daughter who helped us so much this week to put our final piece on Catherine Gregory together.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Fond family memories shared of Catherine Gregory, who worked for Mark Twain was last modified: March 1st, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brian mc daidcatherine gregorydd motoringmark twainlast_img read more

Columbia officials testify in favor of city, school bus deal

first_img(Missourinet) Some Missouri cities have buses with plenty of open seats. Some school districts need a cheap way to get older students to class.State Rep. Chuck Basye is pushing a bill allowing school districts to contract with cities to transport high schoolers. The Columbia City Council and Columbia Public Schools Board of Education have endorsed the idea.“For students who don’t have cars to be able to access those services, this is going to be a really good benefit to them,” Councilman Michael Trapp said while testifying at the Capitol in Jefferson City on Tuesday.“We already can share funds, but for some reason we can’t share funds when it comes to busing,” CPS board member Jonathan Sessions said during his testimony.Opponents say they worry city buses don’t have the same safety measures as school buses.last_img read more