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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The standing-room-only crowd that packs into Salem Football Stadium captivates the community every year. For Carey Harveycutter, the feeling was ‘electrifying’ when the Stagg Bowl was shown on primetime television for the entire country to watch.Back in 2001, Bridgewater College — the hometown favorite located just two hours from Salem, Va. — fell to perennial powerhouse Mount Union 30-27 in the Stagg Bowl, better known as the Division-III national championship game.Ten years later, Harveycutter, who is the director of civic facilities for the city of Salem and the Stagg Bowl game manager, is optimistic the electrifying feeling will be back with the recent announcement that the game is returning to primetime.Officials announced on Sept. 20 that Stagg Bowl XXXIX would be broadcast live on ESPNU on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. It’s the first time since the Bridgewater-Mount Union matchup that the game will be shown on television.‘I think it’s outstanding,’ Harveycutter said. ‘It’s a great way to highlight Division-III athletics and the community of Salem.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSalem has hosted the bowl game for 18 years, ever since it moved to Virginia from Bradenton, Fla., in 1993. For the past six years, the game has featured the same two dominant teams — University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mount Union — but excitement in Salem has never waned.The players become a part of the community, said J.J. Nekoloff, assistant commissioner of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference — the organization which hosts the game. Each team is assigned a host family in Salem, who acts as a ‘liaison’ to the area.The host families help find places for the team to eat, direct the team to laundromats to wash practice cloths and sit with the players at team banquets. The host families do it all.Nekoloff calls them the ‘adopted family’ for each school, and by now they are a familiar face for Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mount Union.‘It’s the same host family, it’s a face they recognize,’ Nekoloff said. ‘They tell jokes about it, say that they’re here so much, maybe they should buy some summer property. It feels like home to them. It’s what Southern hospitality is, and we want it to feel like home and feel special, and want people to look forward to coming back.’Thus, the game isn’t just for the fans. The city of Salem embraces inviting the teams in for the Stagg Bowl each year. It turns into a community function with extensive tailgates and social events leading up to the game.The players from both teams do community service during the week, visiting elementary schools and veterans’ hospitals in the area. This creates a connection for those who live in Salem year-round.‘Those elementary kids become fans,’ Nekoloff said. ‘They go to games, and they like to cheer for No. 80, who read a book with them that week.’And when it comes to Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mount Union, locals have begun to choose sides — since they’ve become so accustomed to seeing the two teams there.Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mount Union are again ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the country, respectively, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll make it to Virginia, Harveycutter said. With four weeks of playoffs leading up to the game, any team could fight its way in.That makes the switch to primetime even more exciting for the community and the teams, as Division-III games aren’t typically aired on any type of national television platform. With the news of the switch that moved the game under the lights on a Friday night, Harveycutter and his committee members are planning a more elaborate tailgate and series of banquets to celebrate the teams.In addition, they will be handing out the Gagliardi Trophy during the week, which Nekoloff likens to the Heisman Trophy of the Division-III level.Harveycutter loves the planning and preparation for the Stagg Bowl because he thinks the athletes deserve it the most. They might not be as fast on the field as their Division-I counterparts, but they play with ‘the same heart and enthusiasm,’ he said.Organizers like to think of making the week of events as memorable as possible. The experience in that type of environment is what players dream about, Nekoloff said.‘For the student-athletes, it will be outstanding for the exposure,’ Nekoloff said. ‘But also to get that experience on that type of stage, in that type of game … it’s what you dream about — outside of playing Sundays in the NFL.‘We treat it like a national championship. The premiere event they’ll play in their life.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Published on September 26, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more


first_img XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 Submit Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Share XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share XLMedia has continued to pursue its expansion into ‘high-potential markets’ by instructing Akur Capital to commence its sales process for the majority of its Finnish-facing casino assets and publishing sites.The acquisition will allow XLMedia to ‘deliver more sustainable and predictable growth’ across regulated markets.It supports XLMedia’s three-pronged transformation strategy, which includes further investment into regulated markets, consolidation of publishing assets and investment into US sports and personal finance.Stuart Simms, Chief Executive Officer of XLMedia, commented: “XLMedia has set out a clear transformation strategy to deliver the next phase of growth. We have already made significant progress with reshaping the organisation, reducing our cost base, strengthening the leadership team and building our core people skills and technological expertise.The sale of our Finnish-facing casino assets will reduce the reliance on unregulated markets and accelerate the delivery of our strategy, providing additional capital for the acquisition of attractive assets in regulated and high growth markets, such as the burgeoning US sports market.“I look forward to updating our key stakeholders over the coming months.”Under its transformation strategy, XLMedia will focus its resources on a ‘core set of premium sites’, seeking to establish stronger relationships with consumers. This rebalancing of the portfolio will be supported by organic investments, disposals and acquisitions.Expansion into the US has also been highlighted as a key priority for the affiliate group, with plans to establish a foothold in the personal finance sector.Meanwhile XLMedia also plans to generate an increasing proportion of its revenue from more stable, regulated markets, both within current serviced verticals, such as gambling and personal finance and, over time, within additional target segments, where its core skills and scale can provide competitive advantage.last_img read more


first_imgMASON CITY — Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is this week and seven Iowa offices of LifeServe Blood Center, including the Mason City office, will be taking blood donations from supporters of the men and women in blue.Shay Willis, spokeswoman for LifeServe, says the Blue Blood Drive is Wednesday and it’ll feature some great swag and appropriate after-donation treats. “We have a super-cool t-shirt that all of our donors will receive,” Willis says, “and we will be giving away donuts in our canteen as part of our refreshments that day, thanks to some generous donors.”The event is being co-sponsored by Iowa COPS, Concerns of Police Survivors, which assists surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Donors with all blood types are welcome as blood demands change from day to day. “If you go to LifeServeBloodCenter.org, we update that every single day and we tell visitors how many days worth of a blood supply we have,” Willis says. “We also tell visitors to that website what types of blood we need.”.Donating one pint of blood may help to save as many as three lives. Willis says it usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour to give blood. “If you’ve never donated blood, the actual donation process should take just a few minutes,” Willis says. “What some people don’t always understand is that you have to answer some questions. We have to make sure it’s safe for you to give but that it’s also for us to make sure what you give is safe to provide to a patient in need.”The Mason City blood drive event will take place Wednesday at their center located at 4700 4th Southwest from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. LifeServe is the sole provider of blood to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.To schedule an appointment, call 800-287-4903 or you can click here to registerlast_img read more


first_imgOur Roving Reporter, Sanitation and Fisheries Correspondent Edwin Fayia has been writing a series of reports on Liberia’s southeastern region, some good news and some bad.  The good news is that that region is Ebola-free, for now. The bad news is that the southeast is plagued not only with very bad roads, but more seriously, with atrocious (appalling, awful) sanitation, especially in Harper, capital of Maryland County.We think it is a great blessing that Ebola has not yet touched that sub-region, and  we pray that it remain that way.  But we there is a lot we can do to ensure that it remain free from the virus: we need to help Maryland, especiallyHarper, clean up the sanitation mess there, especially along the city’s beaches.  According to Correspondent Fayia, these beaches, which are supposed to be attracting throngs of tourists for enjoyment, are the scenes of something totally different, defecation.  It is sadly  to the beaches that people go to ease themselves.If, therefore, we want the southeast to remain Ebola-free, then the government, the county and city administrations and all the people should, as a matter of urgency, seriously attack the sanitation menace in the southeast, especially Harper, Cape Palmas, and make the whole clean.  The people should start using their beaches for recreation and enjoyment, not as toilets.The same was true a year or two ago before Maritime Commissioner Binya Kesselly organized several crews of sanitation workers, at Maritime’s expense, to clean up Monrovia’s beaches, from South Beach to West Point, to Claratown, to Logan Town, to New Kru Town.  This has brought great relief to the people in these communities.But what is the link between poor sanitation and Ebola?  The Chief Medical Officer of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Dr. Billy Johnson, told the Daily Observer on Sunday that poor sanitation causes the Ebola virus to spread faster. “That,” he said, “is why we find the virus spreading so much faster in poor socioeconomic communities that anywhere else.”Dr. Johnson recalled that when Ebola first attacked Zaire (Congo) few years ago, one town of 400,000 people with no running water, no electricity and very poor sanitation was devastated by the virus, leading to so many deaths.  That brought worldwide attention to the Ebola virus.  Dr. Johnson appealed to city managements throughout the country and the government as a whole to give priority attention to good sanitation, because it is in poor sanitary environments that the Ebola virus thrives, and spreads quickly.  It is conveyed through sweat and other body fluids, urine and feces.  So when we have people urinating and defecating all over the place, we are then asking for more Ebola trouble, not less.The JFK Chief Medical Officer spoke of a documentary currently being shown on ELBC Television called NOVA EBOLA, which tells the story of the poor village in Zaire that was consumed by   Ebola.  He advised that the station replay the video many times and share it with other television stations because it will help people understand the relationship between Ebola and poor sanitation.The point we are trying to stress in this editorial is that all of us should get involved in maintaining proper sanitation in all our neighborhoods.  Those who live in neighborhoods where garbage is indiscriminately thrown about should become good and caring neighbors and put a stop to it.  We should alert the appropriate authorities and ensure that they DO something to improve the situation.  Today, no one in any neighborhood should sit supinely and permit people to throw garbage indiscriminately about.Besides, we appeal to all city governments and to the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare and Public Works to join in the fight for proper sanitation throughout all capital and other cities and all communities around the country.  This is definitely one of the essential ways to fight Ebola.Dr. Johnson reminds us that the Ebola virus is “very fragile.”  It fears heat, cleanliness, good and proper sanitation.  The Virus cannot thrive in decent, clean and safe environments.  Cleanliness is key to prevention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more