By John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – The owner of a vineyard, who has been looking to establish a winery and retail operation there, is seeking to win county approval for the enterprise – which has become controversial in the borough – and possibly circumvent local jurisdiction.Seven Bridges Winery, LLC, 640 Seven Bridges Road, has applied to the Monmouth County’s Agriculture Development Board in Freehold seeking its and the state’s approval to be allowed to move forward with plans by way of a county-issued site specific agricultural management practice plan. The submitted plan requests “an exemption of municipal site plan review,” as provided for under state statute, according to the application filed last month.Seven Bridges Winery is owned by Richard DeBlasi, who also resides on the property. In November 2011, DeBlasi and his attorney met informally with the mayor and borough council to offer his proposal and seek a zoning change to make the business a permitted use in the largely residential area.DeBlasi owns 15 acres on Seven Bridges Road, with about 5 of them dedicated to a grape vineyard and approximately 7 acres as protected wetlands. About 12.7 acres on the property is assessed as farmland. DeBlasi has been growing grapes there since April 2003 when he planted his first acre and produced his first harvest in September 2005, yielding about a ton of wine grapes, according to his application.Before April 2003 the farm produced hay for sale, the application noted.Along with running a winery and vineyard, DeBlasi has said previously he hoped to sell his wine on site and possibly operate tours and tastings.That has raised concerns with a considerable number of area residents who have expressed their opposition, fearing increased traffic and activity in the neighborhood.The borough council has not formally acted on DeBlasi’s zoning change request.DeBlasi did not immediately respond to a phone call this week seeking comment.Al Natali, who owns and operates Natali Vineyards in Cape May, said he has been working with DeBlasi on his development.Natali said Seven Bridges Winery is seeking approval through the state statute commonly referred to as the Right to Farm Act.The state Legislature approved the bill in 1983, amending it in 1998.“The act protects responsible commercial farmers from public and private nuisance actions and unduly restrictive municipal regulations,” according to the state Department of Agriculture website.Should DeBlasi eventually win approval from the county board, Natali contended the municipality couldn’t deny the use. Under Right to Farm, “local zoning is pre-empted,” he said.The act is intended to protect farming activity, “but someone who’s farming still must fulfill public safety and health issues,” said Laura Kirkpatrick, a county spokeswoman.Mayor Robert Neff Jr. said he has “heard a fair amount of opposition” to the proposal as it was being debated.Neff said borough officials are “extremely concerned our residents have the ability to comment on the application and that the town retain control over its own zoning and its own destiny.”John Bennett, the borough attorney, is researching the matter, Neff said.The county’s Agricultural Development Board “handles all matters agricultural and horticultural for the county,” Kirkpatrick said. The application is currently under its review and a public hearing will be held in the coming months, maybe as early as May, she said.
PNG will prove another tough challenge for the CQ side that put up a good fight against the Blackhawks last weekend.The Hunters 68-4 win the last time they met in Round 16 at Kokopo last year was PNG’s highest score and biggest win.Capras, on the other hand, has Lance Kuveu on the extended bench, who they recruited from Digicel Cup club Agmark Gurias last year, while young winger Jake Ainsworth is set to make his return from long-term injury.For Hunters, co-captain Noel Zeming will play in his 50th Cup game, becoming the fourth player from the club behind Wartovo Puara Jnr, Adex Wera and Esau Siune.Hunters will be also without halfback Watson Boas, who injured his arm in the Pacific Test against Fiji in the representative round and therefore, Atte Bina will take his place in the starting lineup.The 18-man Hunters starting lineup: 1. Stargroth Amean, 2. Justin Olam, 3. Noel Zeming (co-captain), 4. Thompson Teteh, 5. Adex Wera, 6. Ase Boas, 7. Atte Bina, 8. Henry Wan, 9. Wartovo Puara Jnr, 10. Enock Maki, 11. Timothy Lomai, 12. Adam Korave, 13. Brandy Peter.Interchange: 14. Warren Glare, 15. Ismael Balkawa, 16. Benjamin Hetra, 17. Edward Goma, 18. Butler Morris.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Wednesday said the establishment of an Economics Ministry would create “additional bureaucracy”.Harmon’s comments comes on the heels of calls by political activist, Dr David Hinds and former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran for a Ministry of Economic Planning to be established, giving the current state of Guyana’s economy.In an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Harmon indicated that while the economy did need extra coverage, that fact did not justify the country needing a whole new ministry.Dr David HindsMinister of State, Joseph HarmonAnand GoolsarranHe stated that he was aware that the Finance Ministry would deal with matters relating to the economy.Meanwhile, Dr Hinds stated that while more emphasis should be placed on economic development, he was not of the opinion that the Ministry of Business was the “place for that kind of thing or the Ministry of Finance”.He explained that those Ministries would have their own agendas and given the magnitude of economic development, its own ministry was much needed. “We need a Ministry of Economic Planning and even if not a ministry, there should be a prominent section that deals with economic planning,” Hinds reiterated.Citing Guyana’s relationship to the Caribbean and the rapidly changing world, Hinds stated that the country would constantly need to implement novel economic strategies.Goolsarran also had stated that economic planning was a prerequisite for any country’s development and given Guyana’s economic status, it made sense for the country to have a Ministry of Economics.The Government has been consistently criticised for stating that Guyana’s economy has been growing. Goolsarran rebuked the coalition Government for its denial of the current ailing state of the country’s economy, stating that a three per cent growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) did not mean all was well with the economy.“The Government is in denial that the economy is slowing down, but it is evident,” he stated. Goolsarran indicated that 40 per cent of the youths were unemployed; there was evidence of under-employment; businesses were struggling; and there was also the existence of parallel economies.Hinds had suggested that both the Government and the Opposition sit down and come up with a National Development Plan for Guyana.
– 4 homeless Ranks of the Guyana Fire Service came in for high commendation after containing a blaze that gutted a Princes Street, Wortmanville Georgetown house mid-afternoon on Sunday, leaving its four occupants homeless.The fire started just after 14:30h in the upper flat of the wooden and concrete house located at Lot 1515 Princes Street. Guyana Times understands that the blaze started in the back of the house, where the kitchen is located, and quickly spread through the house, destroying everything in the upstairs.The destroyed upper flat of the Princes Street houseA distraught Onika Christine, one of the now homeless four occupantsThe house was occupied by sisters Onika Christine and Sandra, along with the latter’s two children, aged six and 13. They operated a hair salon in the bottom flat of the house, which belonged to their overseas-based aunt.At the time when the fire broke out, no one was in the upper flat and Sandra was in the salon with some customers. Speaking with reporters, the traumatised woman recalled that she was chatting with some customers in the salon after doing their hair, when she heard the neighbours calling for her and shouting fire.“I run upstairs and that’s when I see the fire… it went till in the back by the kitchen,” she related. The woman said at the time there was nothing on the stove nor did they hear any explosions that could have sparked the inferno. The only electrical appliance in the kitchen was a microwave, which was unplugged.With the help of neighbours and public-spirited citizens, a few of their belongings in the salon downstairs were saved, while they were unable to salvage anything from the upper flat.Meanwhile, her younger sister Onika Christine, who had left home shortly before, was distraught when she returned and saw nothing left of their living quarters. The sisters grew up in the house.After the firemen were able to put out the blaze, Divisional Officer of the Fire Service, Compton Sparman, told reporters at the scene that after receiving a call about the fire, two fire tenders were dispatched – one from the Central Station and the other from the West Ruimveldt Station.“When we got here, the entire top floor of the building was engulfed in flames. Immediately, we got into fire-fighting mode using water from our tank supply and subsequently, we used water from the canal which was very filled. And we successfully confined the fire to the top floor,” he reported.Sparman added that because of the close proximity of the neighbouring buildings, the firemen had to adopt the defence mode of fire-fighting, to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings.The Divisional Fire Officer pointed out that despite the two neighbouring buildings being wooden as well, they were only scorched by the flames. Nevertheless, Sparman noted that the Fire Service would continue investigations to determine the cause of the fire.A next-door neighbour, who gave her name as Fay, indicated to reporters that her microwave, which she was using at the time, had sparked and the lights had dimmed a little shortly before they heard persons shouting fire.The woman said that she and her husband, who, along with their daughter, occupy the lower flat of the eastern neighbouring house, were inside and after hearing the shouts, they rushed out and saw heavy smoke emanating from the upper flat of the building.Her husband rushed back into the house and summoned the Fire Service, which arrived a few minutes later.However, in the meantime, persons had begun soaking the two neighbouring homes to prevent the fire from spreading. The western building is a wooden apartment complex and luckily, there was no major damage to the building. In this regard, the neighbours commended the firemen for a job well done, noting that they only suffered water damage.
“We’re having difficulty getting that together this year, so if there’s an entertainer out there that would love to help out the SPCA – we can’t unfortunately pay you because it is a fundraiser – but if you love animals and love the cause – and you’d like to come out, we’d love to have some entertainers come forward for us,” says Buchamer.The local SPCA also needs volunteers to sort through bottle caps and bring them to the bottle depo to collect its $5,000 refund.There’s one more trick up Buchamer’s sleeve – a May fundraiser that has yet to be done in Fort St. John.“One day per week, we go to three different restaurants in-town and a certain item on their menu – maybe it’ll be 10 per cent of the proceeds go to us or something like that.”Anyone who is interested in volunteering and/or participating in one of the North Peace SPCA’s many fundraisers during the month of May is encouraged to contact Buchamer. You can message the SPCA on its official Facebook page or call the branch directly at 250 785 7722.Advertisement The overall goal is to raise a total of $35,000.“This money here that we raise in May tends to usually be about a fifth of the money we need for our operating budget,” says North Peace SPCA branch manager Candace Buchamer. “…We usually end up with more than the $35,000, but it is a big, big thing for us because it’s so important to have these funds that aren’t allocated to anything specific – so we can use them on absolutely anything that needs to be done.”Part of the community challenge is a friendly competition with the South Peace SPCA, and Buchamer says she’d like to see that aspect grow even further this year.- Advertisement -“What we would like to see a little more of this year that hasn’t happened in the past is all people, or companies – anybody donating, actually putting a challenge out to somebody in Dawson,” Buchamer goes on to explain. “So if there’s maybe a vet clinic here in Fort St. John that wants to help us out and participate in one of our events, we’d like them to phone up Dr. Ross down in Dawson and say, ‘look I’m doing this, I challenge you to support your SPCA and do something as well.’”The first fundraising event – the 2nd annual Rescue Me – is just around the corner on May 9, 2015, which is coinciding with an Open House on the same day – running 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.“The idea is that they come down, they get locked up in either a dog kennel or one of our cat habitats, and they have to stay in there until they reach their $200 minimum – if they raise more than that, well that’s fantastic – but we’re looking for at least $200 before we let them loose.”Advertisement Nominations are being accepted until May 5, 2015More volunteers needed for this year’s May Community ChallengeBuchamer says the SPCA is running into a few difficulties as it try to organize this multifaceted fundraising month, and is welcoming any help it can get.She says the annual Woofstock is presenting its own challenges.Advertisement
Bingo continues in the hall at 8.30pm. The Lotto results for 19/02/13 KK,WD,WH,CN 1 MATCHED 3 Eileen Harkin Convoy. Next week’s jackpot is €2850.Anyone wishing to buy or sell lotto’s contact any committee member.Registration is now due and must be paid by the 26thMarch by 6 pm to be in with a chance to get tickets for Donegal v Tyrone Game Adults €30 and Minors €3 Contact Julia Blake on 0862611290 Sam Will be at the St Mary’s Clubhouse on March 7th for anyone looking photographs come along from 6.30pm.Training for Senior Ladies Wed at 7 Fri from 7.30 and Sun 12.30 New Players are always welcome as we are hoping to have Senior and Junior teams if numbers allow.Gaelic for Mothers and Others takes place on Wed at 8.15 new players always welcome.Training for Underage continues on Fri evening from 6-7 new Players welcome U14 Girls Training Sat Morning at 10am.U14 & u16 boys training on Mon evening 6 to 7.15 Bring €3 if you have yet to register and reminder all underage players must wear a mouthguard at training .Sympathy is extended to the Family and Friends of the Late Aodh Gallagher Convoy former player and Chairman with the Club may he Rest in Peace.GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S CLUB NOTES, CONVOY was last modified: February 24th, 2013 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:CLUB NOTESconvoySt Marys
Letterkenny Golf News: A hearty congratulations and heartfelt commiserations to all those hardy golfers who ventured out to play in last week’s inclement weather! From Monday 27th, the weather was abysmal but the hardy lads of Cat 4 at Barnhill showed their resilience in playing their weekly eleven holes and topping the scoreboard for the first time was second year beginner Aiden O’Neill with 19pts. A prodigy of Cat 4 convenor Gerry O’, Aiden said that his “carpet” putting practice saved the day.Wednesday 29th Open was won by a competition regular, Bobby Mullally  who, despite a “blank” at 7th, played excellent handicap golf to record a winning score of 36pts while on Friday 1st May, it was the irrepressible Kevin Rafferty  who once again led the field with an impressive 40pts. With birdies recorded at 5th and 7th, interrupted by an ugly double bogey at 6th, Kevin’s front nine of 21pts came from a one over par 37 shots gross. Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd Opens, again played in torrential rain and galeforce winds, were won respectively by visitor Ian Black  with an undeterring 32pts while Ulster Cup team stalwart Hugh Gallagher  came to the fore on Sunday with a modest 37pts. Taking the honour by virtue of B.O.T. from Michael Mc Daid , Hugh’s “blank” at first hole was eradicated by birdies at 2nd and 18th, whilst Michael’s birdie at 8th was unfortunately not enough following his “blank” at par three 16th.Golfing weather was almost upon us again come Bank Holiday Monday and with almost one hundred competitors converging on Lough Swilly’s only parkland course, it was cat 4 member and “leaderboard”regular Garvan Mc Gahey  entering the winners’ enclosure with a two point winning margin of 40pts. Despite “blanks” at 7th and 11th, Garvan managed the course well enough to record 20pts on each nine and outpoint runner-up Charlie Coughlan  on 38pts. Finding a bit of form of late, Ulster Cup captain Charlie, despite “nr’s” at 2nd and 8th, could hail his birdie at 7th and 21pts on inward nine for his countback win over juvenile Sam Hegarty  who, having recorded a fantastic birdie at 15th, had a mind-blowing treble bogey at par three 16th to lose out on that 5-way B.O.T. for second. Gross on the day was won by club captain Gerard Duffy with 31 gross points, his score consisting of birdies at 6th, 11th and 16th giving him a one over gross 37shots [20pts] on back nine.Members are reminded that those who have not yet paid subs or agreed DD or have spoken to subs convenor Dermot Condon, will forfeit any winning prizes.Best of luck to the Seamus Patton led Fred Daly team playing their first competitive match on Sunday away to Rathmore GC, [famous for producing Graham Mc Dowell] and commiserations to John Doran and the Jimmy Bruen team in not qualifying to this year’s competition.The Letterkenny Golf Club Classic, sponsored by Brown’s on the Green, will take place on Saturday 16th May. With time-sheet filling up already, it would be advisable for teams to get their name in asap.HAVE YOU SIGNED UP?Letterkenny Golf Club’s ONLINE LOTTO draw took place on Wednesday 29th April and, although there was no JACKPOT winner of €2,250, two lotto members who smiled happily were Garret Condon and John Buchanan, winners of the “lucky dip” prizes of €50 each. Congratulations to you both! Numbers drawn were 3; 6; 7; 16; The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday evening, closing time for entries is 6pm Wednesday, and entry page can be found on club website, www.letterkennygolfclub.com and follow the prompts. Join from as little as €20! [€2 per week]Thank you for playing and please continue to encourage your fellow members, friends & family to play our Club Lotto. GOLF NEWS: AIDAN O’NEILL GETS HIS MAIDEN WIN AT BARNHILL was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfletterkennyNoticesSport
REVEALED Weekly Wage: £500,000-a-week, Transfer Fee: £30M Weekly wage: £350,000-a-week, Transfer Fee: £42.5M silverware Most Read in Football 10 scrap After being brought in by former Toffees boss Sam Allardyce in January, Marco Silva seemed to through his support behind the Turkey international by not buying a new striker. However, just five goals in the league suggest Farhad Moshiri will have to open his chequebook in the New Year.Tosun was culpable of missing several gilt-edged chances against West Ham United at crucial points of the game. With a defence as frail as the Toffees’, missing key chances could prove fatal come the end of the season.Manolo Gabbiadini – Southampton Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Premier League News Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 10 10 gameday cracker 10 no dice Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Alexis Sanchez – Manchester United revealed 10 Anthony Martial – Manchester United Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Weekly wage: £115,000-a-week, Transfer Fee: £58M When Morata joined form Real Madrid last summer, Blues fans must have thought they would forget Diego Costa and his thuggish ways pretty quickly. But as it turns out, Chelsea fans must be praying in vain that the Brazilian-born striker makes a U-turn from Atletico Madrid and day now.After a great start, the Spaniard has slipped woefully off the pace and seems more concerned with causing arguments on the pitch than scoring goals.Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace 10 Weekly Wage: £100,000-a-week, Transfer Fee: Free Jose Mourinho must have thought he pulled off one of the best January transfer window deals of all time when he snapped up the Chilean from under rivals City’s noses. However, the 29-year-old looks completely lost at Old Trafford and there seems no sign of his torrid time coming to an end.Having not scored a Premier League goal since the end of March,questions will be asked by Red Devils fans as to how long it is before the former Barcelona man is shown the Old Trafford exit door.Alvaro Morata – Chelsea Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Once seen as the successor to Paul Gascoigne as the creative hub in England’s midfield, Wilshere’s career has stagnated somewhat. His latest injury setback is unfortunate but, as Arsenal fans will tell you, not unexpected.Looking two or three yards off the pace and getting bullied by opposition midfielders represents a drastic turn in fortunes for the England international. It speaks volumes that West Ham fans would be outraged if Manuel Pellegrini dropped Declan Rice (a 19-year-old centre-back) to accommodate the boyhood Hammers fan.Cenk Tosun – Everton England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED 10 When the Italian international arrived at St Mary’s he could not stop scoring. As if for fun, the former Napoli man would pop up in the box at will to score for the Saints.But since the start of last season, goals have been few and far between and, although he scored the goal against Swansea City which effectively kept them up, Saints fans will be wanting more. Danny Ings and Charlie Austin cannot be relied upon for the entire season so Mark Hughes will need his main man to turn up soon. Arriving with a big price tag or with rumours of an astronomical weekly wage can lead to fans expectations reaching unrealistic levelsBefore you know it, your new striker who was supposed to take your side to the next level is rotting on the bench and itching for a lucrative escape route to China.Right now there are several players in the English top-flight who are perhaps nervously hovering over their agent’s number with the January transfer window hurtling towards us.Right now, these are (in this writer’s humble opinion) the most out-of-form and overpaid in the Premier League. Weekly Wage: £120,000-a-week, Transfer Fee: £32M Weekly Wage: £145,000-a-week, Transfer Fee: £27M 10 latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won shining Weekly Wage: £75,000-a-week, Transfer Fee: £58M BEST OF Weekly Wage: £85,000-a-week, Transfer Fee: £17M Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Cenk Tosun must be feeling the heat after a poor run of games SORRY As mentioned above, the Premier League is perhaps the most unforgiving in the world. Martial fans will argue the winger i not given enough time to impress so is forced to try too hard when he is given a chance. But the stats don’t lie.Against Derby County on Tuesday the forward showed glimpses of his best but his rampant first season at Old Trafford feels like an awfully long time ago. If he wants to claim a place for good, the France international will have to show a thoughtless streak to oust equally mis-firing teammate Alexis Sanchez.Mesut Ozil – Arsenal 10 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 When Palace chief Steve Parish admitted the Belgium striker’s lofty fee was ‘madness’, alarm bells in south London should have been ringing. The powerful striker was unplayable on his day at Aston Villa. Strong, quick and with fabulous technique, he ruined defences for fun.Two goals from open play in his last 35 games suggest his lack of goals since singing from Liverpool is not so much a blip as a permanent drop in quality.Jack Wilshere – West Ham United Weekly Wage: £80,000-a-week, Transfer Fee: £15M Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury tense huge blow gameday cracker When Ozil is in form, he is a joy to watch and rightfully earns praise from pundits across the across the country. But when he is not it is a completely different story.Unlike Sanchez, the World Cup winner resisted the urge to seek pastures new and signed a new, lucrative deal with the Gunners. Since then the pressure has been turned up and the shirt number is different, but it is still the same inconsistent player who trudges mournfully across the Emirates turf.Harry Maguire – Leicester City The Premier League can be an extremely unforgiving environment for a footballer.With the money and pressure that is thrust unto new signings nowadays there is very little room for error. 10 Perhaps he has had his head turned since rejecting Manchester United in the summer, but ‘Slabhead’ looks a completley different prospect to the player who lit up the World Cup for England.Against Bournemouth he struggled with the pace and pressing of Callum Wilson, Joshua King and Ryan Fraser and was lucky not to be sent off. Needs to get back to his marauding best for the Foxes ASAP.
Jason Black has reassured his family he is okay.Adventurer Jason Black has reassured his family that he is okay after being caught in a serious storm on his latest mountaineering expedition.The Letterkenny businessman is currently tackling Mt McKinley in Alaska.However yesterday Black was snowed in at 8,986ft in freezing conditions. He revealed “Didn’t move up last night – bad weather. Must wait for clear window. Very cold temperature & snow. Feeling strong & health good. May be here for few days.”Everest conqueror Black reveaed how he had to dig in his tent in and make iceblock walls for protection against storm.He also revealed “Eating powder food & melting snow ice for water . Sitting in middle of Death Valley the next camp is ‘Base of Chicken Couleur’ to get on to West Rib. Difficult to route as first to ascent this year. Bye for now”. ADVENTURER BLACK TELLS FAMILY HE IS SAFE AFTER BEING CAUGHT IN SNOW-STORM was last modified: May 25th, 2014 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:DONEGAL MT EVERESTJason BlackMt McKinley
“Blake and I have become pretty good friends over the last five years and have talked extensively about this position. What Blake has done at Beyond Monumental with the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is unprecedented. He has great marketing skills, is very personable and is an Iowan with a passion for the Relays. He is one of four Iowans to ever run a sub 4-minute mile, he’s run professionally and has contacts all over the world. I don’t think Sandy and the committee could have made a better hire in selecting someone with such passion and energy for the Drake Relays who is anxious to get track and field in front of people.”Mike Jay, Drake Relays Public Address Announcer “As the presenting sponsor of the Drake Relays, we look forward to working with Blake and growing the rich tradition of this event for the university and track and field community. We’re hopeful that Blake’s past experience will help him continue the trajectory of the Relays and expand its visibility and reach not only within the Des Moines community, but also nationally and globally.”Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee Chairman, CEO “As the director of the Penn Relays, I want to welcome Blake to the fold of meet directors. I got to know Blake when he was at Penn and I’m confident he will do a terrific job at Drake with the Drake Relays. For almost a century, the Penn Relays and Drake Relays have shared the same day. Because of that, a lot people assume we’re rivals, but that’s not really true. I’ve had great relationships [with] Drake Relays directors from Bob Ehrhart to Mark Kostek to Brian Brown, and I’m sure I will have the same type of great professional relationship with Blake.”Dave Johnson, Director of the Penn Relays “Blake has always put his heart and soul into everything he does. That being said, two of the things that Blake is extremely passionate about is the sport of track and field and being a proud Iowan. This is probably a match made in heaven for both Drake and Blake. The Drake Relays are going to be in a great hands and there will be no one that will work harder to continue and even grow the great tradition that is the Drake Relays.”Houston Franks, Head Cross Country/Asst. Track and Field Coach at Mississippi State University “Blake Boldon is the perfect choice to be the next Director of the Drake Relays. It is awesome that they were able to attract a person of Blake’s caliber, who not only has the necessary professional experience, but it also a native Iowan. The fact that Blake ran in the Relays as a high schooler, collegian and as a professional makes his hiring even more special. I could not be more excited for the future of the Relays.”Jamie Pollard, Iowa State Athletic Director “Blake has contributed immeasurably to Beyond Monumental and to the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon over his short four-year tenure. We are very sad to see him leave, but we are thankful for his passion, vision and the way he has helped grow Beyond Monumental into a premier national event and the best marathon in the state of Indiana.”Katherine Coble, President of the Beyond Monumental Board of Directors “During his time at Penn, Blake was quick to impress. His coaching acumen, ability to relationship build with student-athletes and his relentless effort on the recruiting trail made an immediate positive impact on the success of our programs. He took his unparalleled work ethic, passion and authenticity to the IMM and I had the privilege of watching him grow professionally from a distance. Having served as the Executive Director of the Penn Relays for several years and appreciating the skill set needed to be successful, I have every confidence Blake will continue the great tradition at Drake and take the event to even greater heights.”Alanna Shanahan, Johns Hopkins University Athletic Director, former Deputy Director of Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania “I’ve been fortunate to know every Drake Relays director since Bob Karnes. The credentials that Blake brings to the job are those needed for the Relays of the 21st century – business acumen, a competitive and coaching background and ability to further develop corporate relationships. I have no doubt he will build on what Brian Brown did and further cement the Relays’ reputation as ‘America’s Athletic Classic.’ My congratulations to Blake and to Drake on a smart hire.”Don Kopriva, Track & Field Journalist that has covered 49 Drake RelaysPrint Friendly Version “I couldn’t think of a better person to help lead the Drake Relays into a new era. I know how important the Drake Relays are to Blake and the impact it had on him growing up in Iowa. From his high school and college running days to his collegiate coaching, Blake has experienced the Relays on many levels. I couldn’t be happier for Blake and look forward to watching his leadership continue to grow and expand the Relays in years to come.”Corey Ihmels, Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach at Boise State “With passionate leadership, Blake greatly expanded the mission of the organization by working closely with the Board of Directors and the Indianapolis community, including public schools, civic leaders and businesses. His creative vision, his capability to motivate outstanding team members and work closely with the Board of Directors makes Blake Boldon truly the best of the best.” Carlton Ray, founder of the Monumental Marathon