Thousands expected in Donegal for rally weekend

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Donegal International Rally gets underway this morning, with thousands of visitors in the county for what is one of the biggest events of the year.Gardai are promising a significant presence on the roads over the next three days, and are urging people to obey marshalls at all times.There will be road closures in place at various locations over the weekend, with the Lough Swilly Ferry saying it will be dedicated to foot passengers while town stages are being held in Buncrana.Inspector Michael Harrison had this advice for anybody attending the rally .[podcast][/podcast] By News Highland – June 18, 2010 Twitter NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleNew legislation considered for jet skisNext articleCarndonagh principal fears rally noise has distracted exam students News Highland Google+center_img Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today News WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Thousands expected in Donegal for rally weekend Pinterestlast_img read more

Life Saving Station Museum Adds Old Surfboat to Collection

first_imgBY TIM KELLY When John Loeper talks about the latest display piece acquired for U.S. Life Saving Station No. 30, he uses tones some men would reserve for a Carson Wentz touchdown pass — or a particularly tasty slice of Boardwalk pizza.“I had no idea what to expect” said Loeper of his trip to rural Northwest New Jersey to pick up his prize, a meticulously maintained example of a small surfboat used in ocean rescues since the 1850s.“Many times, when you look at a boat this old it’s ready for the boneyard or a fireplace,” Loeper said. “I certainly wasn’t expecting anything as pristine as this.”The pristine object of Loeper’s affection is a 65-year-old Seabright skiff, commonly known as a surfboat, the smaller 17-foot variety, but of the same design dating back to the 1850s.The Life Saving Station, at 801 East Fourth Street (the corner of Fourth and Atlantic Avenue), is Ocean City’s newest public museum.It commemorates a time when ship traffic passed Ocean City was constant and wrecks were a regular occurrence.However, its doors have been closed to the general public since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown began in March.The silver lining to the temporary closing?“We have been using this time to research some things and to make the museum even better,” said Loeper, an Ocean City historian and foremost expert on the station.One such moment occurred when the family of a deceased man was searching for a place to display the historic craft. The family connected with Loeper, who was happy to see what they had to offer.Loeper and colleague Jack Brooks, a retired lifeguard and Ocean City resident, made the two-hour drive with low expectations.The U.S. Life Saving Station was used to rescue passengers and crew members from Ocean City shipwrecks.“It’s almost flawless,” Loeper said of the craft. “It has been beautifully cared for and we’re not going to do too much (additional work) on it. It’s almost ready to have a display built around it and to have visitors enjoy seeing it.”Unlike traditional museums, the formal displays at Life Saving Station No. 30 are few.Instead, the building has been fitted with the equipment and furnishings one might expect to see during its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.The U.S. Life Saving Service was an ancestor of today’s Coast Guard.Hundreds of the Life Saving Station buildings lined the East Coast at the turn of the 19th century, and precious few remain now.At first manned by volunteers and eventually paid “surfmen,” the station was the home base for rescues at sea during a time that cargo traffic on the Atlantic was the main way to import and move goods around the country.“The ocean was the superhighway of its day for moving freight,” Loeper said. “Shipwrecks were common, and the surfmen saved numerous lives.”In many cases their rescue vehicles were larger surfboats than the new addition Loeper and Brooks picked up earlier this week.But it is the same basic design that endures to this day in the lifeguard boats around South Jersey and elsewhere.“A smaller boat like this one might be used for fishing or on certain rescues.”In the days before the telephone, the people rescued from shipwrecks stayed at the station until their relatives could be tracked down.“Everyone had to eat — the surfmen and the shipwreck victims they saved,” Loeper explained. “A boat like this one would be used for fishing, crabbing, clamming and a host of other purposes.”Retired lifeguard and fellow historian Fred Miller said a skiff like the one acquired by the museum “was used when the Ocean City Beach Patrol won a national lifeguard competition in the 1920s.”Loeper said the only modification expected to be made to the craft will be a coat of gray paint on the bottom of the boat’s interior, more historically accurate than the current orange color.In addition to displaying the boat, Life Saving Station museum personnel will be taking it out in the water from time to time.“It’s in such great shape and it is a relic,” Loeper said. “Taking this boat out will be kind of like driving a Model T automobile.”“This boat is a great treasure,” he added. “It’s going to be quite an addition to the station.”For more information and updates about Ocean City’s U.S. Life Saving Station No. 30, visit the website, Another view of the surfboat. (Photo credit: Fred Miller) A look at the 17-foot surf boat acquired by the Life Saving Station museum. (Photo credit: Fred Miller)last_img read more

What’s your influence style?

first_imgPower can be positional or personal, Beta Mannix told attendees of CEO Institute II at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in August.When it’s positional, it is based on things like your rank in the organization, your network or alliances, or your visibility to your members, explained Mannix, associate dean for executive MBA programs, Ann Whitney Olin professor of management and professor of management and organizations. When it’s personal, it might have to do with your track record, your hard work or your expertise. Whatever your style, power can be leveraged to influence others.At the institute, attendees discussed some common styles of influence:Common vision. Demonstrating how ideas support broader goals can be a way to remind people of what the organization is working toward and that day-to-day decision-making should be tied to it.Bargaining. Negotiating a mutually satisfying outcome might be a good strategy when someone is making a concession to help your cause or when you have to choose one staff member’s proposal over another and you want to sweeten the situation for the person whose proposal isn’t chosen. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more