MMH makes request for face masks

first_imgBatesville, IN—With the daily increased need for personal protective equipment in the health care system during the pandemic, like face masks, Margaret Mary Health is seeking out anyone with a sewing machine and the ability to sew to help make cloth face masks for its patients and their families. If you’re able to help, start by watching a brief instructional video by clicking here or view printable instructions by clicking here.  In Batesville, completed masks can be dropped off at Miss Shannon’s Music Studio between noon to 5 PM. In Versailles, donations can be dropped off at The Quilter’s Nook, 82 Hill Street. Due to the Governor’s ordinance, the shop will be closed but masks can be placed in a dropbox. Masks can also be dropped off at one of three MMH locations accepting donations at MMH Main Campus, Health Center of Brookville and Health Center of Osgood. MMH asks that you please place the masks in the appropriately-marked bin.For volunteers who have already made face masks that don’t follow the specifications outlined in the instructions, donations are still appreciated.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Mary Dickey at [email protected]last_img read more

UW keeps 1-0 mentality

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoOne of the more difficult jobs of any head coach is to help the team put the previous game’s result behind them and prepare for the next opponent, especially after a loss. Bret Bielema has now experienced his first loss as UW’s head football coach and must decide what steps to take to pick his team up after the defeat. “The biggest thing that you have to do as a head coach is understand exactly where you’re at and where you think you can be at the end of the week and give [the team] that plan,” Bielema said at his press conference Monday. “I took our nine team goals that [the team] voted on before the season and did a quick review of where we’re at and what’s left in front of us.”The top goal on the list was keeping the 1-0 mentality, the idea of focusing on one game at a time instead of the season-long picture. “[Next Saturday], they have an opportunity to go 1-0 again,” he said. “I don’t see our guys getting off that track at all.”Offensive Struggles: The Badgers were beaten on both sides of the ball against Michigan, as well as on special teams. Perhaps most glaring were offensive struggles as the Badgers punted on eight straight possessions beginning late in the second quarter, including six straight three-and-outs. The most productive drive that the Badgers could manage in the third quarter was a three-play, 2:49 drive which gained a mere four yards. Many of these possessions to start the second half began with little or no gain on first down, leading to second-and-long situations. “We have to put ourselves in a position to have success,” Bielema said. “As we develop as a team, you have to understand what players you are going to be able to rely on to give you that first-down play. It’s been seen that P.J. (Hill) can run the ball on first down, but on the same account he hasn’t been 100 percent on his reads. If you throw on first down, you’ve got to have pretty good confidence, if you’re going to call something that’s going to be there, that you want that ball to be caught as well.”The lack of production by Badger wide receivers is also notable. Of the 22 receptions against Michigan, only eight were completed to wide receivers, while running back P.J. Hill and tight end Travis Beckum recorded five each. While some may see this as a cause for concern, Bielema is encouraged by the stats. “Some things got spread around, and I’m excited,” he said. “It was a growing experience for our guys to get to where they are right now. Even in [Sunday] night’s practice, I noticed just a little bit more increase of an intensity to get the timing of everything down between the quarterbacks and receivers.”Hoeppner returns to sidelines:Next Saturday, Wisconsin travels to Indiana and Hoosiers head coach Terry Hoeppner is expected to be on the sidelines for the first time since his surgery to remove a brain tumor Sept. 13. While Indiana’s Memorial Stadium won’t be as hostile as the atmosphere at Michigan’s “Big House,” both Hoosier fans and players will have a little extra incentive as they welcome Hoeppner back, and Bielema expects Indiana to come out with more emotion than normal. “I learned very early on in my career that it’s not guaranteed that [the players] respect you just because the word ‘Coach’ is printed on your shirt or your coat; it’s how you handle them and how you react to things that go well, as well as things they don’t do well,” Bielema said. “My guess is they’re going to be able to put a four-quarter game in because of the respect they have for Coach Hoeppner.”last_img read more

Race : Division-III Cal Lutheran debuts new stadium with art gallery

first_imgA new stadium makes recruiting easier for any football program. But at Cal Lutheran University, head coach Ben McEnroe has a few extra selling points when he tells prospective athletes about the new William Rolland Stadium.He had a hand in planning, so he can explain that the Division-III Cal Lutheran football team has FieldTurf — a change from the old stadium’s natural grass and the same surface the Super Bowl is played on.He can tell them all about the environment — the new stadium took ideas from the old Clef Stadium, keeping the players and fans as close as possible to the field for a more intimate experience.Or he can point out what is perhaps the most unique feature of any football stadium — an art gallery on the premises that, when it opens Oct. 29, will feature an extensive collection of bronze statues, oil paintings, watercolors and various memorabilia donated by the stadium’s namesake and primary donator, Bill Rolland.‘The administration was delighted to get the football stadium of their dreams,’ stadium project manager Valerie Crooks said. ‘We get to have games and practices at night — something we wanted for years. It’s the complete package.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe William Rolland Stadium and Gallery of Fine Art featured its first sporting event Oct. 1, when the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen took on their rival, the Redlands Bulldogs, in the first night game in school history.It was a game that Los Angeles Times columnist Chris Erskine called one of the top five comebacks he’d ever seen. Down 24-0 at halftime, Cal Lutheran dropped the new stadium nerves and came back with 28 unanswered points — including a last-second touchdown — to seal the first victory at William Rolland.The Cal Lutheran-Redlands rivalry has developed throughout the years because one of the two teams usually ends up as conference champion, said Mike Maynard, Redlands head coach. And with more than 3,000 people in attendance, it had a rivalry-game environment that Maynard’s team enjoyed.‘It was an environment we don’t often get,’ Maynard said. ‘We don’t often see really loud, exciting atmospheres. This game had a lot of sound, a lot of atmosphere. It was a great experience, except for that last play.’And for McEnroe, it’s a victory that he hopes will set the standard for the stadium’s future.The stadium-art gallery hybrid was born from the request of Rolland, the stadium donor and a longtime southern California resident. Rolland wanted to give his $5 million to a structure that he could watch grow and develop on campus, not a project that took years to execute. That meant the timetable would be tight.Plus, he wanted a place to display his art collection. The idea of an art gallery in the stadium was unique; it wasn’t frowned upon at all by administrators. The prospect of the art gallery being included was met with support across the board, said Crooks.So, with a deadline of the start of the fall 2011 season, contractors set out to construct the stadium and gallery. The stadium would have been open for the first home game of the season, but rain delays halted construction progress during the summer, Crooks said.The first home game, played at a local community college, was a bit of a ‘roller coaster’ for the team’s seniors, McEnroe said. The team was concerned there wouldn’t be a home field for their final season.But the city of Thousand Oaks, Calif., approved a temporary occupancy order for the facility, and the Kingsmen were able to take the field for the first time against Redlands.McEnroe wishes he could deny the excitement of the new stadium led to the Kingsmen’s poor first-half play against Redlands, but he admits the team was ‘caught up in the moment.’‘It was important from an institutional standpoint and from a historical standpoint,’ he said. ‘Fortunately, we were able to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in school history. I would be lying if I said we were able to solely focus on the game at hand. We came out awestruck, but it worked in our favor.’The stadium’s opening ceremony will take place during Cal Lutheran’s homecoming weekend Oct. 29. And although the move to the new stadium is bittersweet for those who loved Clef Stadium, McEnroe has already seen the benefits.The Kingsmen won the last football game in Clef Stadium at the end of last year, playing in front of hundreds of football alumni back in town to say goodbye to the facility. McEnroe said they ‘couldn’t write a better script’ about the end of the season.Then, the Kingsmen received the NCAA tournament seedings. They earned the No. 4 seed in the region, which meant they had home-field advantage. But they couldn’t even play in front of a home crowd at Clef because it wasn’t up to NCAA standards. It was then, he said, that McEnroe knew he and the program were ready for Rolland Stadium.‘When I saw those rankings and we couldn’t host it, I was ready for the new stadium,’ he said. ‘We’re a good team at home, and now we have an opportunity to play at home. We’re very excited about it.’[email protected] Published on October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Oti Akenten denies negotiating bonuses for Black Queens

first_imgGhana FA Technical Director Francis Oti Akenten has been drawn into the growing debate involving payments of bonuses for the victorious Black Queens after they won gold at the All Africa Games. With the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Queens management committee not agreeing on how much should be paid the team, the GFA Technical Director has been forced to speak.Key among the discussions have been claims that it was he who negotiated the bonuses of the Black Queens. But in an interview on Asempa FM’s Sports Night on Thursday, Oti Akenten clarified his role.”I was only a messenger who conveyed information from the ministry to the FA. l attended the meetings but I never knew how much was to be paid.””It was information [I passed on and] not negotiations. l can’t negotiate for bonuses. l don’t have the mandate to negotiate,” he addedSTORY OF UNFULFILLED PAYMENTS According to the Black Queens Management Committee, the players and officials are EACH due a total of $23,000, with the following breakdown.In May, long before the All Africa Games football tournament started this, the Queens had beaten Egypt home (3-0) and drew away (1-1) in a Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier. The $6,000 qualification reward for that was never paid for.Then came a home-and-away victory over Zimbabwe in an All Africa Games qualifer. That $6,000 qualification reward was also never paid for.During the All Africa Games proper, the bonuses owed them from the group stage to the final – which they won – add up to $11,000.All this is known by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, who had approved this arrangement months ago, according to reports. –More on this storyDetails of $23K gov’t owes Black Queens; team threaten demo Why is Mahama’s govt degrading the Queens’ AAG gold medal this way?– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more