AS NEW: The Oxley property presents beautifully, inside and out.The family moved from China more than a decade ago and built this four-bedroom, two-storey home in 2015.Unfortunately Mr Huang’s (who works as a tiler) commute between Brisbane and the Gold Coast has become too much and the couple plan to move closer to the M1.Their son, Jorge, said his family loved everything about this home.“The house is fully rendered, and we really like the colours,” he said.“There are two balconies, front and back.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago GROWING FAMILY: One of two bathrooms, there is ample room for everyone.“Both of our neighbours on either side are really nice to talk to and have children themselves.”The property offers a low-maintenance block, with more than 275sq m of covered and versatile floorplan. HOME HUB: The kitchen has set the scene for many family gatherings.Jorge said the kitchen was the hub of the home, designed to cater for his mother’s love of cooking traditional Chinese cuisine. Friends and family have loved gathering here over the past three years.One of the most impressive features was the fixed window behind the stove. Installed instead of a splashback, the window allows an abundance of natural light to come inside.Jorge said the property would most likely suit a growing family. STREET APPEAL: 91 Finnegan Cct, Oxley offers room for a growing family.YOU would be forgiven for thinking this beautiful home was new and never lived in.It was the dream home of owners Mr and Mrs Huang, who are moving closer to Mr Huang’s employment. SNEEK PEEK: Look inside 91 Finnegan Cct, Oxley.The main living zones are on the ground floor, incorporating a beautifully appointed kitchen in an open-plan design with the dining and living zone, which opens on to a marble-tiled entertaining terrace.Upstairs you will find a master bedroom, with walk-in wardrobe and a luxuriously large ensuite and its own private deck.The home at 91 Finnegan Cct, Oxley is listed with Harcourts Marketplace.
September 17, 2020
Marcellus, unable to keep up with the Warriors, still had Bronte Stahl finish with six kills and six digs, while Jenna Mattison produced 10 assists. Elaine Grattan had eight digs and Evelyn Webster contributed seven digs.A day later, Westhill routed Institute of Technology Central 25-9, 25-6, 25-5, serving up 30 aces, six each by Schwartz and Jill Wicks. Galante and Schmitz each got four aces as Heinrich earned nine kills and Tori Militi earned 11 assists.Skaneateles got challenged a bit last Tuesday by Syracuse Academy of Science, who rallied to win the second set 25-22 after the Lakers beat them 25-10 in the opener. Regrouping, Skaneateles claimed the next two sets by 25-17 and 25-18 margins to take the match as Lily Delasin did it all, earning 23 assists, nine aces, seven kills and six digs. Maeve Canty got 13 kills and eight digs, with Emma Miller adding four kills. Emma Keady and Georgia Congel got three kills apiece.Against Bishop Grimes Thursday night, the Lakers were steady and solid in a 25-14, 25-18, 25-18 sweep. Delasin had 17 assists, six kills, two kills and three blocks, while Canty got 14 kills and 12 digs. Keady served up five aces to go with five assists.Meanwhile, Marcellus beat Phoenix 25-10, 25-21, 25-21, with Stahl earning six kills and nine digs as Mattison picked up 12 assists.Solvay got into a long battle with Mexico last Tuesday, splitting the first two sets, each by 25-21 margins, and then losing the third set 25-23 before claiming the fourth set 25-22. The final set was close, too, but the Tigers edged the Bearcats 25-21.Still, Sophia Guadagnolo ahd a triple-double of 31 assists, 15 blocks and 10 digs as Myah Platler got 13 kills, nine aces and 21 digs.Jordan Bamba earned 17 digs as Ryleigh Bidwell, Anastasia LaFlair and Genea Kadlubowski had six kills apiece. Two nights later, Solvay lost, 25-13, 25-23, 21-25, 25-12 to Homer.Jordan-Elbridge hosted Mexico last Monday night and the Eagles proved quite steady in a 25-18, 25-18, 25-17 victory over the Tigers.Ashlee Eaton produced seven kills, with Ranait McGuire adding six kills and three blocks. Sarah Lane fed both of them with 16 assists as Paige Lane set a winning tone wither six aces.In Thursday’s 25-13, 25-8, 21-25, 25-23 defeat to LaFayette, the Eagles nearly erased a 2-0 deficit, but saw that comeback thwarted as Lane had 12 assists, Eaton earning five kills and McGuire adding four kills. Liz Bartoszewski produced seven digs.West Genesee went up close against reigning Class AA power Baldwinsville last Monday and took a 25-13, 25-12, 25-5 defeat to the Bees.Anna Snyder finished with seven assists, while Mackenzie Winn and Riley Abdou each got four digs. Brooke Zajac, Mia Lamanna and Izzy Allen had three kills apiece. B’ville’s Kyrah Wilbur and Brooke Clute each had nine kills as Jenna Garvey got 18 assists.Then WG lost to Fayetteville-Manlius on Wednesday night 25-22, 25-10, 25-20. Snyder finished with 16 assists, Zajac getting seven kills and Quirk adding five kills.Bishop Ludden won a long battle with Hamilton last Tuesday, the Gaelic Knights dropping the first set 25-18 but then claiming the next two sets 25-11 and 25-22.The Emerald Knights won the fourth set 25-19, but Ludden claimed the final set 25-18 as Kate Ruddy dished out 32 assists, with Megan Virkler earning 10 kills and Jasmine Cuffee and Jayden Burney each getting nine kills. AllyRoyal had 15 assists.In another five-set match on Thursday, Ludden nearly upended Cazenovia, taking the first two sets 27-25 and 25-22, only to have the Lakers rallyand win the next three sets 25-20, 25-13 and 25-18.Through it all, Ruddy picked up 34 assists, while Virkler gained 14 kills. Royal had 24 digs and Cuffee got 17 digs to go with her six kills. Alexis Pietrowski finished with 12 killsShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Even with serious challengers rising around them, the path to glory in area high school girls volleyball still runs through Westhill.Completing an early clean sweep of all of its neighbors, the Warriors met up with Marcellus last Tuesday night, and a dominant 25-10 first set the tone, Westhill going on to win the next two sets over the Mustangs 25-19 and 25-21.Sara Galante put away 20 kills and got eight digs as teammate Kate Heinrich added seven kills. Sara Schwartz finished with 27 assists and three aces as Gianna Militi amassed 22 digs and four aces. Hannah Schmitz had six digs. Tags: Bishop Luddengirls volleyballJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesSolvayWest GeneseeWesthill
September 16, 2020
A 1-0 loss at the hands of the Minnesota-Crookston Eagles effectively ended the hockey playing careers of three Northland College skaters on February 13, 2005.Two of those players were seniors, and the third, a sophomore.Nate LaPoint had played in 49 of a possible 53 games in his two seasons with the Lumberjacks, but after the loss to Minnesota-Crookston, LaPoint decided it was time to move onto other endeavors.“It always comes a time in someone’s career when they don’t want to play hockey anymore,” LaPoint said of his decision to transfer. “It was just that time for me where I still wanted to be a part of it, but I didn’t want to have to play competitively.”Now, 10 years later, although he’s no longer on the ice, LaPoint is very much a part of the game of hockey, as the Wisconsin men’s hockey team’s equipment manager.It started at the University of North Dakota, where he consulted men’s hockey assistant coach Brad Berry, who set LaPoint up with a job in the team’s equipment room helping out equipment manager Pat Swanson.LaPoint began his duties as a way to stay involved with the game, even though he had never so much as watched someone sharpen a pair of skates. He began to learn the tricks of the trade from Swanson, including sharpening blades, repairing equipment and even sewing, among other duties.By his second year, LaPoint learned that his newfound passion could be more than just a hobby.“I didn’t know I could do it as a job at first,” LaPoint said. “It was something I thought was kind of fun to do on the side while I was getting my school work done.”While he finished his school work, LaPoint worked as an assistant equipment manager under Swanson for all four years for the UND men’s program and continued to do more and more as his time progressed, including learning the business aspects of the job and traveling with the team on road trips.When his time at UND was up, instead of getting a career in his field of study, he pursued a job as an equipment manager and moved from one WCHA powerhouse in Grand Forks, N.D. to another in Madison.“I wanted to be a meteorologist. That’s what I was going to school for,” LaPoint said. “I ended up falling in love with what I do here on the equipment side of things.”Now in his fifth season with Wisconsin, LaPoint tends to the everyday equipment needs of the Badgers players, but his duties go beyond the title of equipment manager, assistant coach Gary Shuchuk said.“He’s more than that,” Shuchuk said. “He works his ass off.”But LaPoint doesn’t take care of the team as a whole as much as he caters to the 26 different players and each one of their individual personalities and needs, whether it’s how they like their skates sharpened or how they want their pads to fit.“This generation of hockey players is pretty needy, and they need certain things in certain ways,” Shuchuk said. “He never bitches about anything.”Erik Brown/The Badger HeraldWhile LaPoint’s job includes a lot of equipment maintenance, like the sharpening of skates, altering of pads and stitching up socks and uniforms, it also includes some more complex aspects, like the purchasing of equipment from goaltender pads to new sticks and maintaining relationships with the equipment suppliers, Reebok and CCM.There are also the less glamorous parts.“Laundry is a constant of my life. I fold a lot of towels,” LaPoint said with a laugh.However, his less than favorite part of the job doesn’t diminish the hard work and long hours of work LaPoint puts in on the job. On road trips, he’ll typically pack all the equipment Wednesday after practice for a series that starts Friday, arriving earlier than the team so it’s ready when the players arrive.Between the equipment duties, laundry and maintaining a clean locker room with a group of college-aged guys, LaPoint spends a lot more time at the rink than just 40 hours per week.“It would drive me nuts if I had to deal with that all the time; he does it,” Shuchuk said. “He gives the guys a hard time ribbing-wise, but he’s a true professional. We’re lucky to have a guy like that. He cares about the program. He cares about the kids.”Erik Brown/The Badger HeraldDuring games, LaPoint occupies the bench and takes care of any equipment issues that may arise, including a few weekends ago when he had to re-stitch a uniform by hand between the second and third periods after it got sliced up the back with a pair of skates waiting to be sharpened. But unless he’s scampering to the locker room to fix a problem during a stoppage in play in the middle of a period, he’s someone who won’t draw much attention to himself. But even though eyes might not be watching him readily, there’s a group of about 30 guys who rely on LaPoint to come through for them day-in and day-out and game-in and game-out.“I always tell people they’re probably the most important guy you want to be with,” Shuchuk said. “They’re the guy that holds the key to the stick room, the tape, the stuff that you need. You got to treat those guys with respect.”LaPoint might not be back on the ice playing anytime soon, but you’ll probably be able to find him somewhere nearby.Erik Brown/The Badger Herald“You never really end playing hockey,” LaPoint said. “It’s always in your life somehow, especially with what I’m doing now.”And although he might have left hockey to pursue school, he won’t be leaving hockey or his post anytime soon.“Not right now,” LaPoint said. “This is pretty good.”
August 11, 2019
Go back to the enewsletterA new range of short-duration “action-packed” voyages has been unveiled by Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic targeting time-poor travellers.The “Wild Escapes” adventures are mostly seven days or less, and offer Lindblad the opportunity to target a new audience of expedition travellers, including families that find journeys of 10 days or more difficult to experience.Wild Escapes will be offered in 2020 in Costa Rica, California, Baja, Alaska, Galapagos, Iceland and Belize.“The demand was evident when we introduced the shorter voyage concept in Galapagos and Alaska, with most departures selling out. In 2020 we will have over 100 Wild Escapes departures and have expanded the concept into regions where we have been operating for decades,” said Phil Auerbach, Lindblad’s Chief Commercial Officer.National Geographic Islander, GalapagosOptions include:Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacaste’s Dry Tropical ForestWild California Escape: San Francisco to Monterey BayWild Baja Escape: Serenity & Sea Life in the Sea of CortezWild Alaska Escape: Sitka to KetchikanWild Alaska Escape: Sitka to JuneauWild Galapagos EscapeWild Galapagos & Peru EscapeWild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena BayWild California Escape: Channel Islands National ParkWild Iceland EscapeWild Belize Escape: Wildlife, Reefs & RiversFor more information, contact Adventure World Travel.Go back to the enewsletter