Pasadena Reserve Police Officer Rides Horse Across U.S. to Bring Attention to Agent Orange

first_imgFeatured News Pasadena Reserve Police Officer Rides Horse Across U.S. to Bring Attention to Agent Orange From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 7:23 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe More Cool Stuff HerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Make a comment 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Rose Bowl Riders horseman Doug Larner (left) accompanies Colt Romberger as they trot along West Colorado Boulevard on Thursday, May 4, 2017, accompanied by a police motorcade.Colt Romberger, a 33-year-old Iraq war veteran who now serves as a reserve police officer with the Pasadena Police Department, this week started a 183-day, 3,000-mile horse ride that will take him across the U.S. in a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of Vietnam War veterans suffering from the effects of exposure to Agent Orange.The Police Department, said Chief of Police Phillip Sanchez, “couldn’t be more proud of him.”Romberger travelled through Pasadena Thursday morning as he started the fourth day of the journey that will take him and his horse, Gus, all the way to Washington, D.C.“What we’re trying to do is raise awareness for Vietnam veterans who are suffering from the effects of Agent Orange,” Romberger said. “There are thousands and thousands of veterans that are sick right now that served in Vietnam. A lot of them are dying in their 60s, and people just don’t know about it.”During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military used Agent Orange as a herbicide to kill foliage making it easier for American troops to see through the dense jungle canopy.Romberger’s father Clifford, also a lifelong horseman, died in September, 2015 from a brain disease caused by that Agent Orange. Clifford, an Elizabethville, Pennsylvania native, served in the U.S. Air Force in Danang for one year ending November, 1971.Colt says his father was exposed to Agent Orange during missions in the jungles of Vietnam’s Quang Tri Province.Clifford started experiencing the effects of Agent Orange later in life and suffered a major episode in 2012 when he lost his ability to walk. It was during his father’s sickness that Colt started thinking about riding a horse across America, something which his dad readily approved.“I asked him if he wanted me to do this ride. I thought of it two years ago,” Clifford recalls. “He gave me a big thumbs up – he couldn’t speak anymore – and it’s been my mission ever since. We kicked it off May 1st and there’s been nothing but support.”The Passadena Police Department’s motorcade was manned by Officer Meeks, Officer Schepman and Sgt. Gutierrez.With lots of encouragement from other veterans’ organizations, Colt decided to proceed with the cross-country trip which he now calls Expedition Orange, training at least two other horses aside from Gus, and tapping an old friend of his dad’s, Kenny Reichel, to serve as the road foreman for the project. Reichel drives the truck where the team keeps supplies within reach.Romberger has also set up a website to keep people informed of the team’s progress and guide them how they can help with donations for the benefit of veterans in need. He says donations will be used in three phases of the project.“The first phase is for us to actually complete the ride – food, fuel… we have a truck that’s going to be pulling our supplies along the way,” Romberger says. “In the second phase, we’re trying to document the ride so it can be an educational tool not just for the American people but for the Vietnam veterans. And then the third phase, our surplus when this thing’s over is going to go all to the Vietnam veterans who are suffering. We want to be able to help them on a personal level.”Colt Romberger entered active duty with the U.S. Air Force in 2007 and volunteered for deployment to Iraq in 2009. He was deployed to Forward Operating Base Loyalty in Baghdad which was clearly in the combat zone.When he left active duty and returned to Glendale, he entered the Air Force reserve and joined the Pasadena Police Department as a reserve police officer.With his Expedition Orange project, Romberger hopes to be able to honor the memory of his father and other Vietnam veterans who died without seeing proper care, and to help those who are still suffering.“When they came back from Vietnam 40 plus years ago, they weren’t helped,” Romberger says of the veterans of the war. “They were spit on, they were called all kinds of names and they didn’t have the support of their country. We want to make sure they know today that the country loves them.”To see Expedition Orange in progress, visit read more

Renewed calls for legislation to protect emergency workers

first_imgTwitter Previous articleLife lessons learned on Limerick playing fieldsNext articleLimerick cyclists will get their spoke into city plan Staff Reporter NewsRenewed calls for legislation to protect emergency workersBy Staff Reporter – November 5, 2015 662 Advertisement Email WhatsAppcenter_img Print Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A CALL for emergency responders to be protected by law has been made after members of the Limerick City Fire and Rescue service were attacked over the Halloween weekend.Rocks were thrown at a fire engine at the junction of Hyde Road and Childers Road last Saturday night. No injuries were reported but damage to the vehicle included a large dent to the panel above the driver’s door window.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins, who is the party’s spokesman on Justice, called on the Government to protect emergency workers with specific legislation making it an offence to attack emergency personnel on duty.He said it is very disturbing to hear stories of ambulance and fire personnel coming under attack over the Halloween weekend.“It has been clear to me for quite some time that we do not have strong enough legislation in place to protect Gardaí, fire officers, paramedics and other emergency personnel.“There have been many serious and unacceptable incidents in recent years where emergency workers have come under attack while on duty. I believe this is such a serious offence it should be stipulated in law and carry a severe penalty.Deputy Collins said his party had proposed a minimum five year jail term for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of a Garda, nurse, ambulance worker or fire officer while on duty.“I don’t share the Government’s view that emergency personnel don’t need or deserve special recognition. Such is the importance of their work and the risks they take on a daily to protect us I believe we should match their commitment with our protection and respect in law.“It should be made clear that it is not okay to attack an ambulance, or paramedics on duty”, he said.The Assault on Emergency Workers Bill was produced three years ago and Deputy Collins says “there is no sensible reason why this has been allowed to languish on the Dáil Order Paper”. Condemnation for the attacks flowed on social media on Saturday night when news of the incident broke. Most commented that the behaviour of those responsible was disgusting, while others echoed the views calling for arrests and prosecutions. Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher receives almost €54,000 in MEP pension

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleNational Heritage Week gets underway in DonegalNext articlePublic Services Card found to have breached data protection laws News Highland Facebook Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher receives almost €54,000 in MEP pension Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Google+center_img Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – August 17, 2019 WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Former Irish MEPs have been paid nearly 1.8 million euro in pension payments since the beginning of 2017.They include former Irish presidential candidates Mary Banotti, Dana Rosemary Scallon and Gay Mitchell.Donegal Deputy and Leas-Cheann Comhairle, Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher, is also on the list.According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, 33 former Irish MEPs or their spouses have been paid a total nearly 1.8 million euro in pension payments since the beginning of 2017.Mary Banotti, who was a Fine Gael MEP for the Dublin constituency for 20 years, has received more than 130,000 euro.Her party colleague Gay Mitchell, who was in Brussels for 10 years, has been paid 30,200 euro during the same timeframe.Another former Irish presidential candidate, Dana Rosemary Scallon, who was an MEP for five years, has received nearly 32,400 euro.Leitrim’s Joe McCartin was an MEP for 25 years – he has pocketed 144,000 euro in pension payments since 2017.Leas-cheann comhairle Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher is the only current TD on the list – since 2017, he has received nearly 54,000 euro in pension payments for his three terms as an MEP. Twitterlast_img read more

Bristol-based Pinkmans Bakery and 19 jobs saved in pre-pack deal

first_imgPinkmans Bakery in Bristol has been rescued out of administration in a pre-pack deal.The business, which scratch-bakes products including sourdough loaves and pizza, opened its doors on the city’s Park Street around two years ago.Administrators Begbies Traynor, who were appointed last week, said “significant amounts” of share capital had gone into the business as a start-up, but added it continued to be under-funded.“The business faced a number of difficulties, as is not untypical for a company of this sort,” said joint administrator Simon Haskew, adding Pinkmans had not been generating the revenue needed to cover costs.The business has been sold to Natural Baking Ltd, which is owned and controlled by a minority shareholder of Pinkmans Bakery Limited.“We were quickly able to advise that administration and a subsequent sale was the best course of action, and we are very pleased to have been able to secure the jobs of the employees,” said Haskew.“We’ve been able to get the business to a point where it can face the future with a much greater degree of confidence.”Pinkmans was co-founded in 2015 by Steven Whibley, who previously ran Le Pain Quotidien in London.Speaking to British Baker at the time, Whibley said: “We decided to open on Park Street because, although Bristol has a number of great bakeries, there was nobody baking on what we see as Bristol’s most iconic street.”last_img read more

After Midnight Celebrates the Unveiling of Duke Ellington Way

first_img Related Shows The hit Broadway jazz revue After Midnight is packed with toe-tapping Duke Ellington songs—so it seems apropos that West 47th Street, where the Tony-nominated musical plays, should be renamed Duke Ellington Way! This is exactly what happened on June 4, and in honor of the unveiling of the new street sign, Ellington’s granddaughter Mercedes and the company invited the whole audience outside for an impromptu parade. Check out these snapshots of the stars celebrating, then see After Midnight on Duke Ellington Way! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments After Midnightlast_img

Susie Young, 73

first_imgSusie Young, 73, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.  Born, May 25, 1946 in Indianapolis, Indiana, she was the daughter of George Allen and Edna P. (Combs) Raines.   Susie graduated from University High School in 1964. She was a housewife and also worked in the cafeteria at Rosenmund Elementary School in Greensburg. Susie was very involved and active in the Cancer Support Group at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. She was married to Stephen Young on January 28, 1966 in Bloomington and he preceded her in death on August 2, 2008.  Susie is survived by one son; Jeff (Dana) Young, Greensburg, two daughters; Michelle (Jim) Ferguson, Indianapolis, Paula (Eric) Blodgett, Greensburg, one brother; James Allen (Kay) Raines, Bloomington, six grandchildren; Paige Moody, Logan Moody, Halle Ferguson, Grace Young, Zack Blodgett, Ethan Blodgett, and two great grandsons; Landon Westhafer and Lincoln Westhafer. Susie was preceded in death by her parents, and husband; Stephen Young.  Visitation will be at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 4-7:30 pm.  In lieu of flowers, Susie requested memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warrior Project, American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or Our Hospice.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Martinez enjoys victory over Villa

first_img The Toffees struggled in the first half at Goodison Park after Aiden McGeady hit a post and trailed to Leandro Bacuna’s 34th-minute opener. But Everton were a different prospect after the break and pulled level through substitute Steven Naismith 16 minutes from time before Kevin Mirallas earned a 2-1 win with a spectacular free-kick. Roberto Martinez described Everton’s victory over Aston Villa as the most satisfactory three-point haul of the season. “And we are a team that when we enjoy ourselves we are quite difficult to play against. I think that’s what we proved in the second half.” In the absence of Romelu Lukaku and new signing Lacina Traore, Mirallas took over striking duties, and it was generally not a happy experience for the Belgian. But he had the last word, picking himself up after being fouled by Ciaran Clark five minutes from time and placing the ball beyond the reach of Brad Guzan from 30 yards. Leighton Baines has made such strikes his speciality but the England man had a watching brief this time. Martinez said: “Kevin found it very frustrating, as you would expect. He was surrounded by Aston Villa players and we couldn’t get into the final third. “They were trying to stop us really high up the pitch. Kevin was working extremely hard without getting any sort of joy. “I think Kevin Mirallas’ quality is as good as Leighton Baines, obviously with different feet. It would be difficult to separate them. “What I like about the two players, more than the technical aspect, it’s the meaning of scoring a goal to get three points. They’ve both got that mentality of controlling the moment and that’s something you need to be born with.” Villa went into the match on the back of a very different derby experience after beating West Brom 4-3 on Wednesday, and manager Paul Lambert felt they deserved something at Goodison. He said: “The first goal was really poor from our point of view. I think the second goal you hold your hands up and say it’s a world-class free-kick, and you can’t do anything about that. “I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. We took the sting out of the crowd and frustrated Everton, who are a good side. “In the first half, other than Aiden’s shot against the post, there’s not a save that Guzan’s had to make, and we scored a really good goal.” The victory, coupled with dropped points for Tottenham and Manchester United, repaired some of the damage from Tuesday’s Merseryside derby hammering by Liverpool. Everton climbed back to fifth place and to within a point of Liverpool, albeit having played a game more. Manager Martinez said: “From our point of view it’s the most satisfactory victory of the season. “You could see in the first half we were very cagey and wary and that stopped us getting on the ball and having the fluency that we normally have. “When you hit the post and then you concede a goal, it becomes a real test of character, and I thought the way we reacted in the second half was one of the most pleasing aspects that you can have as a manager. “With the character and the talent and the desire in that dressing room, I couldn’t be prouder. It’s a moment to get really excited about the end of the season after that sort of performance.” Martinez denied their first-half display was a hangover from the 4-0 defeat at Anfield, blaming tactical changes he tried to implement. The Spaniard said: “It was my fault more than anything. In the first half we were too responsible. There were too many players who wanted to do the right things without enjoying themselves. Press Associationlast_img read more

Chris Angell Summer Classic supports mental health

first_img Latest posts by (see all) Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Adrian van Dereb of Brooksville defeated Julia Rumney of Venice, Fla., 6-4, 6-4 in a tight match for the girls’ age 18 and under Chris Angell Summer Classic championship on June 27 at the Ellsworth Tennis Center.For the boys’ age 18 and under championship, which was held on June 28, Nathaniel Boechat of Brooklin defeated Frankie Hay of Scotland 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.The tournament is an annual fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine — the state’s largest grassroots support, education and advocacy organization committed to the issue of mental illness.Sophia Gabrion, director of public education at NAMI Maine, spoke at a dinner for the players Saturday night about mental illness. NAMI Maine is the recipient of a large federal grant aimed at preventing teenage suicide through education and support.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn a tightly contested mixed doubles division, Nathaniel Boechat and Lindsey Nevin of Brooklin beat Aden Byrne of Brooksville and Adrian van Dereb.Sean Flynn of Hancock was the age 14 and under Round Robin division’s high scorer with 24 game wins compared to Brooklin’s Lindsey Nevin’s 16 wins.Principal sponsors of the tournament include Machias Savings Bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, John Edwards Market, Acadia Group Realty, Mortons Moo Ice Cream, Ellsworth Uveitis and Retina Care, Bellview Associates, The Brooklin Inn, Ellsworth Tennis Center and Maine Tennis Foundation.This United States Tennis Association-sanctioned tournament will be held next year on the weekend of June 21.Age 18 and under singles winner Nathaniel Boechat (right) and runner-up Frankie Hays pose together with their awards after the Chris Angell Summer Classic, which was held June 27-28 at the Ellsworth Tennis Center. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHIP ANGELL Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Bio Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020last_img read more

Pollard Equities exercises options in NYX as Scientific Games undertakes shareholding takeover

first_img Submit Share Issuing a market update, Canadian gambling investment firm Pollard Equities has moved to increase its stake in Toronto TSX-listed gaming/betting technology firm NYX Gaming Group.Pollard Equities the majority owner of lottery tickets supplier Pollard Banknote has executed the right to purchase 4 million fixed priced warrants/options of NYX Gaming’s ordinary shares.Detailing the transaction, Pollard will pay a fixed price CDN $0.03 per warrant, completing a total purchase price of CDN $120,000.At present, Pollard Equities owns 8,621,300 of ordinary shares in NYX Gaming, approximately 8% of the company’s shareholding. Should Pollard Equities convert its agreed warrant transaction the company would own 11.2% of outstanding NYX shares.NYX Gaming is a current takeover target of Nasdaq-listed gambling technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC). Last week, SGC governance executed an 11.6 million (10.6%) NYX share purchase at a target price of CAD$2.22-2.35 per share, representing a purchase price of circa CAD $27 million (£18 million).Seeking to unblock the agreed takeover NYX, negotiating governances have amended takeover proposals.Moving forward NYX governance has dropped deal provisions set on 20 September, requiring SGC to acquire ‘at least 75% of shares’ in the company to complete its acquisition.Under a new arrangement, SGC and NYX governances have “agreed that should the acquisition of NYX by Scientific Games not be approved by shareholders at pending vote in December or not move forward for other specified reasons, Scientific Games will commence a contractual takeover offer to NYX shareholders.” mkodo agrees £7.8m sale to Pollard Banknote Canada December 3, 2019 Related Articles StumbleUpon Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Scientific Games pursues further $1 billion debt note March 6, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Christmas Tree Recycling for Thurston County Residents

first_imgFacebook90Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public WorksWhen the holidays wind down and the decorations get packed away, it’s time to figure out what to do with the Christmas tree. This season, free tree collection and drop-off opportunities are available county-wide. To prepare your tree for recycling, please remove all ornaments, lights, stands, nails, and tinsel prior to drop-off. Flocked trees are accepted.Drop-off Locations All Thurston County residents: Trees are accepted at the Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) located at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey from Thursday, December 26, to Sunday, January 12. The WARC is open Monday–Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The WARC will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, for the New Year’s holiday.Rainier residents: Take trees to the Rainier Drop Box Facility at 13010 Rainier Acres Road from Friday, December 27, to Sunday, January 12. The Rainier Drop Box Facility is open Friday–Sunday only, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Rochester residents: Take trees to the Rochester Drop Box Facility at 16500 Sargent Road from Saturday, December 28, to Sunday, January 12. The Rochester Drop Box Facility is open Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday only, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).Tenino residents: Residents can take trees to 418 S. Wichman Street from Friday, December 27, to Saturday, January 18.Yelm residents: Residents can place trees in a designated dumpster at Yelm City Park anytime from Thursday, December 26 to Friday, January 10, or until the dumpster is full.Pick Up InformationLeMay yard/food waste customers: Place your tree in or near your yard/food waste cart (in sections 3 feet or less). Extra fee(s) apply for customers not signed up for yard/food waste collection. Call LeMay at (360) 923-0111 for more information.City of Lacey residents: Local Boy Scouts will provide curbside pick-up of holiday trees on Saturday, January 4, for residents within Lacey city limits. Trees must have all decorations removed and be placed curbside in front of homes by 8:00 a.m. The Boy Scouts accept donations for this community service, which can be made online at, or BSA Troop 222, PO Box 5379, Lacey, WA 98509. For more information, contact Lacey Public Affairs at (360) 491-3214 or [email protected] of Olympia garbage customers: For customers with Tuesday/Wednesday service, tree pickup will be on Saturday, January 4. For Thursday/Friday service, pickup will be on Saturday, January 11. Place tree in regular pickup spot by 6:00 a.m. Trees over 6 feet must be cut in half. Call City of Olympia at (360) 753-8340 for more information.City of Tumwater residents: Residents may place undecorated trees behind the curb near their closest main intersection beginning Monday, January 13. Please be sure to keep sidewalks, bike lanes, and roadways clear when dropping off trees. It may take several days for crews to pick up all trees. For more information, please contact Tumwater Public Works at (360) 754-4150.Multi-family complex residents: Check with your property manager for tree placement locations.Featured photo courtesy: Boy Scouts Troop 222last_img read more