The 29th annual Decatur Day in the Park celebration will be held Saturday, July 14. Numerous events are planned on Saturday, including a parade, games for kids and much more. Parade registration and lineup will begin 10 a.m. and will end 10:45 a.m. at the Decatur Community Center, located on state Route 125.
Judges’ choice trophies will be awarded for best tractor, car, horse, float, and a best of show trophy for a child entry. Trophies will also be awarded to fire trucks participating in the parade. Judging will begin 10:30 a.m., and the parade will begin 11 a.m.
Free doughnuts and refreshments will be served to parade participants compliments of the Day in the Park Committee. Food booths will open following the parade.
Two time world champion arm wrestler Sam Cooper and his wife, Betty Cooper, will serve as the grand marshals of the 29th annual Decatur Day in the Park Parade. The Coopers have been active members of Byrd Township for many years, donating their time and support to community efforts and organizations.
Sam Cooper grew up in and around Decatur. His parents, Zenora and Dale Cooper, owned and operated Cooper General Store in Decatur for 16 years. Sam Cooper graduated Eastern High School in 1971. His wife, Betty Strode Cooper, is originally of Maysville, Ky. They have two children, Brett and Allison, and two grandchildren.
Sam and Betty Cooper own and operate Cooper Excavating, a licensed deer and hunting preserve and multiple farm acres. Sam Cooper also serves on the Adams County Rural Water Board. For approximately 36 years, the Coopers have hosted stand up arm wrestling competitions. Sam Cooper won two world championships, and in 2004 was inducted into the World Arm Wrestling Hall of Fame. They reside in Byrd Township.
Most sponsors have a tendency of putting sports administrators and their athletes in suspense after conclusion of tournaments but tobacco leaf buyer and processor Limbe Leaf Malawi have chosen to be different by announcing straight away that the stakes for the country’s oldest sports competition - Limbe Leaf Trophies – have been raised from K3 million to K5 million beginning next season.
Limbe Leaf’s Corporate Services Manager Willie Zingani made the announcement Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Nankhaka ground in Area 30, where the tobacco firm splashed out cash prizes and trophies to winners of this year’s competition after the final games.
“This year we have sponsored the competition to the tune of K3 million but from next year, we are raising the stakes to K5 million. Our aim, as Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company is to assist the government in its youth development programs,” said Zingani.
Zingani said Limbe Leaf was proud to be associated with the success achieved by the country’s national football and netball teams and would continue providing a nursery for the national teams.
He said it is now over 32 years since they started sponsoring the tournament.
Zingani said in that period, the competition has produced such great stars as Young Chimodzi, Gilbert Chirwa, John Maduka and Joseph Kamwendo.
Grand-Am Road Racing unveiled images on Friday of the trophies for the inaugural North American Endurance Championship presented by Visitflorida.com.
The unique awards will be presented to the respective team champions in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series’ DP and GT classes following the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27—the finale of the three-race competition.
Action Express Racing took the DP lead with a victory this past Sunday at Watkins Glen International. The team has 28 points, followed by Starworks Motorsport, 26; Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, 25; and Rolex 24 at Daytona winners Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian, 24.
Watkins Glen winner Stevenson Motorsport leads in the production-based GT class with 29 points, followed by 24 Hours of Daytona winner Magnus Racing, 24; and Brumos Racing, 23.
The trophies were created by Inspired Bronze Inc. of DeLand, Fla., designers and manufacturers of custom bronze awards, trophies and fine sculptural art, in collaboration with Humphreys & Son Jewelers of Daytona Beach, Fla.
Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has explained turning down Sampdoria.
Benitez’s camp met with Samp last week.
“Sampdoria was very serious, very professional and they have a project,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports News. My idea is to find a club that can match my desire, my expectations to challenge for trophies. This time Sampdoria was really good, I was really pleased as they were thinking of me but I am waiting for maybe another option.”
“The priority is England but I have to be ready for any other challenge. I try to find someone that will be at the top and take on the challenge for trophies, the Premier League, Champions League, and Europa League so something that you can win.”
OTTLIV, the technology transfer arm of one of Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), has announced the results of the first “Innovation Trophies” for the hospitals’ researchers.
Designed to mark outstanding promise resulting from research within AP-HP, the Trophies will be awarded annually to one patent holder and one start-up. The first awards were made during the ninth APinnov, the technology transfer conference.
The “Promising Patent” award went to Antoine Carpentier, Hopital Avicenne, for his research on cerebral tumors. The “Promising Start-up” Trophy was awarded to his brother, Alexandre Carpentier, from the Hopital Salpetriere, founder of Carthera, a developer of therapeutic ultrasound devices and intra-articular ultrasound implants.
The awards were organized jointly between AP-HP, CDC Entreprises, an arm of the French government’s Caisse des Depots, investing in more than 3,000 small and medium companies in France, and INPI, France’s intellectual property and patent office.
AP-HP brings together 37 Paris hospitals, including university and teaching establishments, and enjoys close associations with world-famous bodies such as Inserm, the CNRS, the Institut Curie, the Institut Gustav Roussy, the Institut Pasteur, and France’s nuclear energy agency (CEA).
Jenson Button’s pain showed on his face as he talked about his biggest hurt and the last great quest of his soaring career – to win the British Grand Prix.
For the 32-year-old it is not simply a desire. It has become a crusade.
In 12 years of trying, across 56,214 kilometers of racing, 216 Grands Prix, 13 wins and one glorious world title, he has not led a single lap of his favorite race in Northamptonshire.
In fact fate has been far crueller still. On a fast, flowing circuit that is the perfect stage for his silky skills Button, as he is so keenly aware, has never even made it to the podium to stand tall in front of his own fans.
“It’s definitely the biggest trophy missing from my collection,” admitted Button.
“It does hurt that I’ve not been on the podium at Silverstone. I haven’t got many of my trophies at home in Monaco, they are all in storage. It might look a bit wrong if all my walls were covered with trophies. My missus might be a bit annoyed with that. But I have special places for the ones that really mean a lot to me and the British Grand Prix trophy would definitely be there with Monaco and my world championship trophy.”
“I seem to have had a jinx for the past four races, so I’m hoping now the British Grand Prix is coming up it will turn around and be the opposite for me. I wouldn’t say it’s a jinx at Silverstone. We’ve just been unlucky at times and not had the car at others. It’s been a bit up and down this year but Silverstone is our best opportunity to challenge for a victory.”
And he hopes, kickstart a revival that could spur him on to the title.
The trophy case in the home of Warren and Stacy Fulgenzi was full of tennis trophies, but it still felt empty since a couple of names were missing — those of Stacy and Brandelyn Fulgenzi.
Last week, mother and daughter took care of that trophies deficit. They returned from Vancouver, Wash., with some hardware after winning the United States Tennis Association Mother/Daughter Indoor Championships at Club Green Meadows. The Fulgenzis, who were seeded No. 1, beat Vancouver’s Lynne Annett and Jennifer Bard for the championship 7-5, 6-3.
And the “Gold Ball” that Stacy and Brandelyn received for their efforts sits proudly on the dresser in Mom and Dad’s bedroom. “It’s going to stay right there so I can enjoy it,” Stacy said.
It was well earned. The doubles team didn’t come together until last year and they won their first tournament in Austin, Texas, although it was only a Level Two tournament. By comparison, the Mother/Daughter Indoor Championships was the highest on the USTA ratings system — one.
They had played in a few local tournaments and Stacy and Brandelyn have also played with Warren and Warren Jr. in mother/son or father/daughter tournaments. Yet, this one meant more because of the level of competition.
In beating Annett/Bard, the Fulgenzis beat the Club Green Meadows pro in Bard. Brandelyn, who is 12, admitted feeling nervous playing against daughters who were older than her.
“I was kind of scared, but once I started playing I saw I could do this,” Brendalyn said.
But it wasn’t an easy path. In the quarterfinals, Stacy and Brendalyn were down 4-1 in the third set to Kathleen and Sophia Preston before rallying for a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win. Despite the close call, the Fulgenzis counted their 6-0, 6-3 semifinal win over Kathleen and Kelsey Kinnard as their most challenging.
“Every game went to deuce four or five times, if not more,” Stacy said. “Somehow we were able to put together the points to win each game. Physically and mentally, that was the toughest match we had.”
While the finals were a bit easier, Stacy and Brandelyn held a 5-0 lead in the second set before Annett/Bard won the next three games. The last thing the Fulgenzis wanted to see was a third set.
“That would have been challenging if we had let that [lead] slip,” Stacy said. “But we managed to hold on.” Brendalyn said they have found a way to mesh. “We have very good communication,” Brendalyn said. “She does well in returning and that helps me cut the middle ball off and win the point.”
No single boat ‘wins’ the Newport Bermuda Race. This classic ocean race has 5 divisions and 16 classes. The 166 boats entered in 2012 raced for over 100 trophies including 5 major division trophies under the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) system, and a one major prize for IRC that combines most boats in the St. David’s and Gibbs Hill Divisions that choose to be dual scored. There was also one prize for the Spirit of Tradition Division. Winners in the 17 classes won perpetual trophies and up to 4-deep keepers based on the number of boats in the class.
The St. David’s Lighthouse is often regarded as the main trophy because that division is the largest with 93 boats, and because it carries on the founder’s aim to get amateurs sailing offshore in cruising-racing boats. Winning any division is worth bragging rights.
St. David’s Lighthouse Division for the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy
Carina, the McCurdy & Rhodes 48, sailed by Rives Potts (Westbrook CT), finished at 18:16:59 Monday. Her corrected time was 45:08:16. This division is for mostly amateur crews.
Baddley Green FC and Six Town’s United picked up the lion’s share of prizes when the Potteries and District Sunday League handed out its awards.
Baddeley Green claimed the Premier Division title and League Cup trophies at the Quality Hotel in Hanley, while Theo Stair was named leading top flight scorer with 21 goals.
Six Towns, meanwhile, picked up the Sentinel Sunday Cup, TB Williamson Trophy and Division One Cup.
Other Trophies and Awards went to:
Division One: Porthill Park; Division Two: Grange Park Rangers; Veterans’ League: Shamblers; Premier Cup: Shamblers; Division One Cup: Six Towns Utd; Division Two Cup: Shamblers Res; Veterans’ Cup: Shamblers; Subsidiary Cup: The Grapes, Newchapel; Peter Bott Memorial Cup: Knutton Matthey; TB Williamson Trophy: Six Towns Utd; Staffs FA Sunday Trophy: Shamblers Res; Sentinel Sunday Cup: Six Towns Utd; Referee of the Year: Tony Green; Club assistant referee: The Clough; Assistant referee of the year: Josh Green, Ashley Parry; Coral Lyttleton Memorial Shield young ref of the year: Jonathan Maskery; Jack Hilditch Memorial (most improved official): Billy Anderson; Paul Murray Awards (player of the year): Premier Division: Daniel Jones (Loggerheads); Division One: Sam Morton (Cheadle United Reserves); Division Two: Jake Stribling (AFC Thistleberry), Daniel McDonald (Chesterton YC); Veterans: Stephen Jones (Shamblers); Leading scorers: Division One: Chris Dempsey (Social Services, 16); Division Two: Greg Woodcock (Queens Head, 27); Veterans: Marc Nolan (NSSC, 18); Secretary of the year: Tom Lees (Eaton Park); Sportsman of the year: Tony Webster (Cheadle Utd); Chairman’s award: Gary Gratton (Trentham Romans), Ross Crawford (referee); John Lewis Fair Play award: The Clough.
After the dissolution of Steuben Glass Works, which created the Riesbeck Cup for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Watkins Glen International, track officials turned to the Corning Museum of Glass for a new trophy. Eric Meek stepped in and provided one of the most unique and elegant awards in NASCAR.
Representatives from WGI and CMoG unveiled Meek’s creation in the museum’s auditorium Thursday, wowing the most cynical crowd one could round up – the press. Track president Michael Printup wanted to present a one-of-a-kind statement, and unlike anything else on the NASCAR circuit – which has become awash in gaudy, over-the-top trophies plastered with sponsor logos.
“When I see Formula One podiums and the way they proudly hold those trophies – no disrespect to our past champions who won the Riesbeck Cup – when you can have this kind of stature in a trophy, it’s just raising the bar for everybody else,” said track president Michael Printup. “There’s nobody doing this, there’s nobody doing anything even close to this.”
So far, Meek is the only one.
A glass artist at CMoG, Meek spent nearly six months working on a design that blended the elements of the track and the region into a solid structure. Through trial and error, he was able to take the outline of the 2.45-mile short course, in the familiar powder-blue color scheme, stretch it the length of the trophy and encase it in crystal clear glass.
“The really unique thing about this trophy is that we got the profile of the track inside. That was the challenge with this trophy,” Meek said. “If it hadn’t been for that, we could’ve knocked this out in a couple weeks of work. Getting that track the right shape is a challenge, it’s something I’ve never done before and I’ve never seen done before.
“It’s an irregular shape, a shape that glass doesn’t like to be in and then we had to stretch it and change it.”
The new trophy does not, however, bear Jim Riesbeck’s name. Riesbeck was a Corning executive who convinced Corning Enterprises to purchase the bankrupt road course outside of Watkins Glen for the purpose of bringing NASCAR’s top touring series back to the Finger Lakes. In 1986, Riesbeck’s vision reached its fruition and every year since has become a staple of August locally.
In the minds of many, Riesbeck sits at the right hand of Cameron Argetsinger, who fathered auto races in Watkins Glen and helped bring Formula One to Schuyler County. Every year, the Sprint Cup Series winner would hoist the Riesbeck Cup – an inscribed Steuben Glass bowl – in victory lane.
“In no way did we ever want to forget that. We put the memorial for Jim Riesbeck outside the media center, with the plaque up front,” Printup said. “We want to keep celebrating what Mr. Riesbeck did for The Glen, because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be standing here today. This was the next step in the evolution (of the track).”