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Wildlife attacks are rare, but dangerous encounters do occur, especially when humans are unaware of — or unaware of — wildlife viewing rules and etiquette. Over Memorial Day weekend, a bison in Yellowstone gored an Ohio woman who had stood within 10 feet of the animal, well within the park’s guideline of staying at least 25 meters (or 75 feet). The burly beast threw the visitor 10 feet into the air and inflicted a puncture wound, among other injuries.

“Pets account for most animal attacks in the United States, but if we’re just talking about wildlife, snakes and rodents (rats, squirrels, etc.) make up the vast majority,” Mark Hofberg said. , Head of Campaigns for the International Fund for Development. Animal Welfare, a DC-based nonprofit, wrote in an email. “The high-profile attacks by bears, cougars and other large mammals that you hear on the news are much rarer but more likely to be dangerous, so it’s best to be prepared.”

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With the summer outdoor season approaching, we will no doubt come across animals in their natural habitats, a prospect that delights one group more than the other. “Wild animals want to be left on their own,” said Cameron Harsh, director of programs in the US office of World Animal Protection, an international nonprofit group. “They don’t want to interact with humanity.”

To ensure a peaceful kingdom, we’ve asked wildlife experts from government agencies and non-profit organizations for advice on how to keep all creatures – two-legged, four-legged and legless, with or without tail, most with teeth – safe in nature. Here are their guidelines:

Familiarize yourself with the wildlife of the park or area you plan to visit. “The rule of thumb whether you go to Shenandoah, Yellowstone or Denali [national parks], is knowing what wildlife calls home,” said Bart Melton, director of the wildlife program at the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), a DC-based nonprofit. Learn to identify local residents (grizzly bears have pronounced bumps on their shoulders, unlike black bears) and note their schedules. For example, ungulates, such as bison, and coyotes are generally crepuscular, or more active at dusk and dawn, while alligators are diurnal and nocturnal. (They basically keep the same hours as a 24-hour restaurant.)

You can find this information on park websites (for national parks, search under ‘Nature’ or ‘Safety’) and at visitor centers and tourist offices. Trailheads typically feature signage that highlights wildlife and shares hiking best practices. State wildlife management agencies are also valuable resources. For example, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website has a page called “Living with Wildlife and Preventing Wildlife Conflicts” which includes tips on food safety and links to short biographies of nearly 400 species, including black bear, bull shark and cottonmouth/water moccasin. The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s “Living with Wildlife” section offers an introduction to the state’s 13 species of rattlesnakes, as well as tips on how to handle a collision with a cougar, bobcat, a bear or a javelina, among other creatures.

Be extra vigilant during major annual events. During calving and mating seasons, for example, animals may behave more aggressively. In the spring, the bears go in search of food after a long winter fast. Around the same time, cubs will venture out of their dens for the first time, with their protective mothers nearby. “Make sure if you see cubs that you are aware of the mother bear’s location,” Melton said. “It is extremely important to avoid getting between a bear and her cubs.” Elk, bison, and moose also calve during this time, so avoid parents and their offspring. In the fall, bears overeat before hibernation, a period called binge eating, and elk, caribou, moose and other hoofed animals compete for mates during the week-long rut. “Bull elk are pretty feisty,” Melton said. For this reason, never come between swaggering males and their objects of affection.

Give the animals plenty of space. Although there is no official distance figure, experts, including those at many national parks, recommend staying at least 75 feet from non-predatory creatures and 300 feet from predators. David Lamfrom, vice president of regional programs at the NPCA, recommends a buffer zone of 50 feet around elephant seals and sea lions, whose males are territorial, and at least six feet between you and a poisonous snake. . “If you’re close enough to take a selfie,” said Sarah Gaines Barmeyer, senior executive director of NPCA conservation programs, “you’re too close.” Speaking of photography: Invest in a telephoto lens.

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Always respect designated trails and viewing platforms. Avoid startling wildlife. “Be predictable,” Lamfrom said, adding that animals such as bears and moose are generally well-behaved on heavily populated roads. At Shark Valley in Florida’s Everglades National Park, home to more than 200,000 alligators, visitors can view the large reptiles from a tram or along a boardwalk. “They’re not going to climb up and grab you,” Barmeyer said. However, Meredith Budd, director of regional policy for the Florida Wildlife Federation, cautions against lingering at the water’s edge, especially in retention ponds and especially if you have a small dog in tow. “If there’s a body of water in Florida,” she said, “there’s probably an alligator in it.”

Alligators take center stage in Florida’s Everglades National Park

Leave no traces of food behind. Clean up all your trash and sweep up the crumbs. If you’re camping, seal your food in a bear-proof container. “In most cases wildlife wants to avoid you, but if you left the foil with the burger drips from your barbecue last night, you make it hard for them to ignore you,” Hofberg said. Never leave a backpack with food lying around, even long enough to take a picture of a view or tie up your shoes. Watch out for smells that might sound like a medicine cabinet to you, but a Las Vegas buffet to a wild animal. For example, Melton recommends that campers don’t bring toothpaste inside their tent or put on deodorant before lights out. Also, don’t sleep in your hiking gear, especially if you’re grilling burgers there.

Take preventive measures. On hiking trails in bear country, announce your presence vocally. “Let the bears know you’re there,” Melton said. “Continuous renditions of great songs to sing or take turns every two minutes with a ‘Hey, Bear!’ yelling loudly is a good approach If you spot a carcass, don’t headline it: get past it as quickly as possible In tall marsh grass or wet areas, wear knee-high boots to protect your legs from the snakes. Before stepping over a log, check on the other side for any snakes waiting for unsuspecting prey. In stingray territory, such as the Gulf Coast of Florida, shuffle your feet in the sand as a warning signal. In waters populated by sharks or barracudas, ditch the shiny clothes and glittery, dangling accessories for the disco. “Don’t look like a fish,” Barmeyer advised. want to swim in a school of fish, which is essentially a must for aquatic predators.

In a dangerously close encounter, follow the appropriate course of action. This may vary by species. For example, with black bears, directly confront the threatening animal and retaliate if the situation becomes serious. With grizzlies, avoid eye contact and play dead if attacked. However, some prevailing rules apply. “Generally, for animals that are predators, you don’t want to act like prey,” Hofberg said. “So don’t turn your back and run away. Make yourself big, and if you’re with others, get together. In its “Stay Safe Around Bears” section, the National Park Service suggests speaking to the bear calmly, as if trying to comfort a child, and slowly waving your arms. Pack bear spray, but only use it in an emergency. The Be Bear Aware campaign offers free deterrence handling instructions. Melton reminds hikers that bear spray isn’t just a stronger version of mosquito repellent: “Don’t spray it on your tent.” To defend yourself against a moose, bison or elk, try inserting an object, such as a tree or rock, between you and the animal. For a comprehensive guide to de-escalating wildlife conflicts, see outdoor retailer REI’s “Wildlife Safety Tips.”

Show respect. It goes without saying: never feed, taunt or harass animals.

Prospective travelers should consider local and national public health guidelines regarding the pandemic before planning any travel. Information on travel health advisories can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interactive map showing travel recommendations by destination and on the CDC’s travel health advisories webpage.

]]> Royal Ascot RECAP results and photos today as Naval Crown win Platinum Jubilee Sat, 18 Jun 2022 17:24:00 +0000

Ryan Moore on his Friday runners

Ryan Moore’s only win so far on Friday was over Broome in the Hardwicke Stakes (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Moore appears to have finished the race for first jockey and with three runners left today he spoke to Betfair about his chances for the rest of the day’s race.

17:00 – Rohan

I’ve won over him several times and he comes here with a high mark if he gets back to his best. He ran under par at York on his return, but it was a strange race to run, and I would be inclined to ignore it. He’s 3 pounds lighter than when he won this race last season and he handles fast ground, so there’s a lot to like about his luck.

17:35 – Sun King

We thought he would run a little better last time, but at least he lost 3 pounds for it, and I think he’s handicapped to be okay if he gets back to his first form. The first time language link is also enabled.

18:10 – Motsworth

If the rain comes and Trueshan runs here, then we’re all in trouble I guess, but Wordsworth still has a lot going for him. He finished second in the Queen’s Vase here last season, is versatile on the ground and comes here after running very well on shorter runs. I think the increased endurance test will improve it too.

In the midst of the war in Ukraine, a farmer comforts herself in her snails Fri, 17 Jun 2022 06:34:08 +0000

VERESNYA – The Ukrainian farmer lived a quiet life with the quietest of creatures: snails that she raises for export. Then, the sky on the horizon turned fiery red. Russia had launched its invasion and nearby towns were burning.

Olena Avramenko’s village, Veresnya, northwest of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, was quickly occupied by Russian forces. But his snails were too valuable to leave.

So she stayed, sheltering in her basement and cooking snail meals – snail ravioli, fried snails, snails in garlic butter – for herself and the eight other people she has. welcomed.

The war’s disruption of exports of grain and other Ukrainian crops that feed the world has captured global attention and is driving up bread prices around the world. But the production of other more niche foodstuffs has also been impacted.

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Before the war plunged Ukrainian life and its economy into a tailspin, the country’s farmers and craftsmen successfully dabbled not only in snails, but also in oysters, edible frogs, vegetable milks, craft beers, cheeses and other products for Europe. markets.

Avramenko and her son, Anton, turned to snail farming five years ago. He sold everything to invest in the business, which at the time was considered a risky and exotic venture in Ukraine. For them it was an adventure, something new to learn. They exported the snails to restaurants in Spain and Avramenko realized that she had found her calling.

“I stayed to protect our farm and our home,” she said. “If I hadn’t done it, there would be nothing left.”

In France, where snails are eaten piping hot with oozing garlic butter or mixed into pâtés, importers have noticed Ukrainian snails entering the market. Exports to the European Union of raw Ukrainian snails more than doubled between 2017 and 2021, from 347 tons to 844 tons.

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“But that number might be underestimated,” said Pierre Commere of French agribusiness group Adepale. “For several years, the snail sector has been in crisis for a long time. It has become more and more difficult to find snails and the prices are increasing”.

During the Russian occupation of his village, Avramenko found another vocation: to take his mind off the war by imagining new snail recipes once peace returned.

His son, fortunately, was not in Veresnya when the Russian invasion began on February 24, and he could not return immediately. But the Russian soldiers didn’t seem interested in their snails. They came for fuel, smashing a window and asking Avramenko for his keys.

She kindly reprimanded them for breaking and entering. One of them asked him to forgive him.

Russian forces withdrew from Veresnya at the end of March, as part of a general withdrawal from north and around Kyiv, to embark on a massive Russian offensive on eastern and southern Ukraine, where the fighting are still raging. Many villages in the Kyiv region were littered with bodies and international experts are working there to document alleged war crimes.

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His son called the day after the Russian withdrawal and said they would get back to work immediately. He said that because the war has delayed the start of the snail farming season, their business will only break even this year at best. But he didn’t want their seasonal workers to have no income. And a return to the slow pace of snail farming, he felt, will do everyone good.

“I was somewhere between fear and collapse when he said that,” Avramenko said. “But it was the right thing to do. You have to do something to overcome the shock. Otherwise, you can easily lose your mind.”


AP journalist John Leicester in Kyiv, Ukraine, and Jade Le Deley in Paris contributed.


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Clark/Worcester Art Museum exhibition inspires revelations about identity – Clark Now Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:15:07 +0000
David Fithian and university leaders visit the Us Them We exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum.

There are only a few days left for the public to see the “Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity” at the Worcester Art Museum, Toby Sisson feels he has achieved a personal goal. Professor Clark, director of the studio art program and co-curator of the exhibition wanted to show students that they can find a universal message in art despite differences in race, gender or nationality.

“I had always hoped that students would see works of art created by a diverse number of artists who did not necessarily share their lived experience or racial or ethnic identity and would be able to identify with the ideas contained in these works. “, she says. “It was a great opportunity for the students to explore their own identity and how it related to the ideas expressed by people they thought were different from them, to discover how much they had in common.”

“Us Them We” is a tiered exhibition that explores how contemporary artists since the mid-1970s have used devices such as text, juxtaposition, motif and seriality to explore sociopolitical concepts in their work. . Sisson and Nancy Burns, Stoddard Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum, co-curated the exhibition and collaborated on Sisson’s Spring 2021 course on Contemporary Directions.

The exhibit opened in February and Sisson encourages the community to visit before it closes on June 16 this Sunday. It features photographs, prints, paintings and sculptures by dozens of artists as well as a tandem exhibition featuring the works of 11 students from the Contemporary Directions course.

As the students explored their concept of identity, Sisson had an epiphany.

Toby Sisson, art teacher at Clark, works with students
Professor Toby Sisson

“It is assumed that the way we solve problems, arrive at our ideas or draw conclusions is probably similar for many people. But one of my revelations was that my students were forming their sense of self and identity in a somewhat different way than mine,” she says. “I learned to think more deeply about how people develop their identity formation and how that can change and evolve over time.”

Sisson led tours of the exhibit, brought friends and colleagues to see the show, and hosted online events. On June 16, she gives a presentation on the exhibition at the Clark University Black Alumni Association. The virtual event celebrating Juneteenth is free.

Viewers of the exhibit told Sisson they felt inspired to reflect on the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, language, religion, and political perspectives.

“It gave the audience the opportunity to reflect on different sides of themselves in an illuminating and enriching way,” Sisson said.

The pieces in the exhibit are made up of items ranging from salvaged tools and synthetic hair to more common art materials like oils and photographs.

“The beauty of the exhibit itself was really important,” Sisson says. “I often tell my students that part of the goal of creating artwork is to transform your materials. You want to create ideas that feel like they’re greater than the sum of their parts. »

Anyone visiting the exhibit through Sunday can pick up a booklet containing a Q&A with Sisson and Burns, images of student work and an essay by Kimberly Juanita Brown, a professor at Dartmouth College who studies the links between African American and African Diaspora Literature and Visual Culture Studies. She gave a science talk at the museum earlier this spring.

Sisson says the experience of “Us Them We” is something she will reflect on in future classes.

“I’m always interested in this intersection between my own creative research practice, public and community service, and teaching,” she says. “Anytime you can pull it all together, that’s a win.”

Baku and Bern discuss expanding business between chambers of commerce [PHOTO] Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:55:00 +0000

By Ayya Lmahamad

Baku and Bern discussed expanding the activities of the Swiss-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, reports Azernews.

The discussion took place during a meeting between Chairman of the Board of the Azerbaijan Agency for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises Orkhan Mammadov and Chairman of the Swiss-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and Industry , Claude Hague, held online.

The sides exchanged views on attracting companies from both countries to the chamber and organizing joint events with entrepreneurs.

The Azerbaijan Small and Medium Business Development Agency continues to organize meetings with local and foreign entrepreneurs to expand relations and implement new business initiatives.

Azerbaijan and Switzerland cooperate in various economic fields. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on January 21, 1992.

There is mutually beneficial cooperation between Baku and Bern in the non-oil sector. In addition, Baku will host a meeting of the Commission for Trade and Economic Relations between Switzerland and Azerbaijan in 2022.

Trade turnover between the two countries stood at $457.2 million in 2021, with exports accounting for $272.5 million and imports accounting for $184.7 million.

Ayya ​​Lmahamad is the journalist of AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad

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London photographer’s exhibition highlights where newcomers feel most at home Sat, 11 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Home isn’t just a place, it’s a feeling, according to photographer Bruno Belli of London, Ontario. And that’s the message he wants to show in his photography exhibition at London’s Multicultural Festival on Sunday.

In his project titled HouseBelli captured six families from London who had recently immigrated to Canada by asking them which public spaces in the city they felt most comfortable in and allowing them to write a quote of their choice in their native language.

“It’s basically a survey of feelings of belonging and ownership of public spaces by newcomers,” Belli said.

As a former newcomer to London from his home country of Brazil five years ago, Belli always wondered what made other newcomers feel welcome and comfortable, did he declare.

“It’s about how photography can be used as a tool to negotiate this new identity and your new space in a society you’ve recently arrived in, and how it can assert its presence and negotiate feelings of belonging to both to this new culture and to your home culture as well,” he added.

Belli said this project allowed him to reflect on his own experiences while exploring those of others, and he is happy to give voice to those navigating a new environment.

Public spaces, a unique experience

This is Sara Ali, who was photographed by Belli. Her prime location was the Stoney-Creek YMCA where she and her family spent most of their time during the COVID shutdowns. (Isha Bhargava/CBC)

Sara Ali was one of Belli’s participants. She chose the Stoney-Creek YMCA because it was a place she frequented frequently during lockdowns, where her young daughter learned to walk.

“This place has seen us grow as a family. We’ve been through everything here, the good, the bad and the in-between,” she wrote on the photo in her native language, Urdu.

Originally from Pakistan, Ali moved to London in February 2020. As part of this project, she realized how much she had internalized the trauma of the attack on the Afzaal family last June, in which four of its members were killed in what police describe as hatred. – motivated because of their Muslim faith.

“I felt like a responsibility to participate in order to represent people like me, a visible Muslim,” she said. “I’m proud of my identity, but in this society I’m often made to feel that makes people uncomfortable.”

She hopes it can show people that newcomers are just as Canadian as everyone else and shouldn’t have to live in fear of being targeted.

London photographer captures the newcomer experience

London photographer Bruno Belli wanted to explore the places in the city where newcomers feel most at home. Here he describes one of the families he captured.

Belli found that each individual’s experience in public spaces is unique to who they are, what their beliefs are, and what memories these spaces evoke for them.

“Some have felt at home in a swimming pool because it reminds them of the river water in the city where they grew up; others have felt at home in certain public parks because that is where they could make friends and be social,” he said. .

He says the place that symbolizes his home is his neighborhood park, where he takes his five-year-old son Vicente to near Jack Chambers Public School. This is where Belli was able to meet other parents and make friends.

Belli hopes viewers can really see the people in the photographs and find common ground with some of their stories. He hopes the people in the photos can feel seen and understood.

“I want them [audiences] thinking about those stories and how they might interact with people in public spaces, and how that really influences our idea of ​​a multicultural Canada,” he said.

Belli’s exhibit will be shown at Sunday’s festival, after which it will move to Toronto and where it will be part of a larger project called Under the tent at the Aga Khan Museum.

New age-appropriate photo released as advice continues to sink 12 years after Oregon sophomore goes missing Tue, 07 Jun 2022 23:30:00 +0000

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Twelve years after Kyron Hormon disappeared from a Portland elementary school, the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children has released a new age-appropriate photo showing what the 7-year-old might look like today.

A photo on the center’s website and a video posted on its social media show a young man in his 19 or 20s with light brown hair and blue eyes covered in rectangular glasses.

“Police are hoping this brand new image can finally help bring him home,” the caption reads.

The disappearance without a trace of the boy from Skyline Elementary School on June 4, 2010 spurred the largest search effort in Oregon history and captured national attention as the investigation shone a spotlight on her stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman. She was never charged with the disappearance.

Kyron’s mother, Desiree Young, said the journey from southern Oregon to Portland was never easier as she worked to keep the disappearance in the public eye.

“To travel for 12 years and stop at school and knowing that was the last place Kyron was, I can’t even explain the anguish and grief,” Young said on Saturday. a press conference with the Portland television networks.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office collected reference photos to produce the new image estimating what Horman might look like more than a decade later. Photos of the second-grader’s age were posted every few years: first at 10 or 11, then at 14 or 15 and later.

The boy’s mother-in-law took the last known photo of Kyron the morning of his disappearance as he posed in front of his Red-Eyed Tree Frog science fair project. He wore a black T-shirt with “CSI” in green letters and a hand-printed graphic. Police said he was also wearing black cargo pants, white socks and black Skechers sneakers with orange trim. He had a distinct V-shaped strawberry birthmark on his forehead.

The criminal investigation remains “open and active,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Spokesman Chris Liedle said the sheriff’s office receives anywhere from one to 20 leads a month, depending on how much publicity the case receives. Two detectives and an FBI agent remain assigned to the case and follow up on tips, he said.

Liedle released a few more details. The sheriff’s office has repeatedly refused to release records, including 911 calls, citing the open investigation.

Ongoing efforts include matching DNA from Kyron’s toothbrush and other family members with the National DNA Database, the sheriff’s office statement said. Kyron’s dental characteristics and x-rays were also uploaded to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System for comparison to unidentified remains across the United States.

A $50,000 reward is available for information leading to the resolution of the case. Report tips to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office hotline at 503-988-0560 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST.

“The possibility that Kyron is still alive is not zero, and our greatest hope has always been that he is returned to his parents safe and sound,” Liedle said.

On the way to graduation | News, Sports, Jobs Mon, 06 Jun 2022 04:09:14 +0000 From left, Saranac Lake High School Principal Josh Dann and Sydney Dann, a senior and Josh’s daughter, walk through the halls of Petrova Elementary School during the SLCSD Seniors Walk Friday as Quinlin Dann, right, distributes roses to the elderly. (Business Photo – Aaron Cerbone)

LAKE SARANAC – The footsteps of 79 elderly people thundered down the stairwells of Petrova Elementary School as they prepared to burst through a veil of streamers, down a hallway where elementary students waited with roses, cheers and giant prints of the heads of the elderly.

The energy was palpable as seniors filed through the room, their graduation cap tassels bouncing as they clapped the hands of younger students. They had just arrived from Bloomingdale’s Elementary School, where they received a similar welcome.

Elementary and middle school students had been waiting for this all day, making posters and preparing to shout. The seniors had been waiting for this all year, studying and working hard to make it through. Teachers and school staff had been waiting for this for years, watching the senior class grow and be ready for the world.

Dean of Petrova students, Katie Laba, said she had some of the seniors when they were in kindergarten. Teachers and staff created cards for the elderly, and in some of the cards she contributed to, she included letters they had written to her at the time.

“It’s good for all children to know the end goal, that their hard work now pays off”, Laba said. “And that we still have a connection with the children even when they leave our building.”

Saranac Lake High School Mia Sanford hugs her cousin Suzanne Nicholas, Petrova Elementary School administrator, after the Saranac Lake Seniors Walk on Friday. (Business Photo – Aaron Cerbone)

Katie Gaylord, a councilor who helped organize the seniors’ march, said the event was about celebrating all the little moments that turned into big moments in the beginning.

“It’s really monumental” said Gaylord. “It’s our ‘why’ – why we do what we do for children.”

For Gaylord, the day was “bittersweet”. This graduation will be her last in Saranac Lake before she returns to her first home in Virginia. She said a part of her heart will remain in Saranac Lake.

The Saranac Lake Seniors Walk began about five years ago after school staff saw the idea on the Internet. It was the first time in two years that seniors could take the walk, after two years of the coronavirus pandemic.

After the parade, in the middle school gymnasium, the seniors took a group photo with the graduating students of grades 5 and 8.

Mayah Land, left, and Raymond Santiago led the way for seniors from Saranac Lake High School to Bloomingdale’s Elementary School for a walk for seniors on Friday. (Photo provided – Tara Cassidy)

As they walked down the halls of their old school, the elders got lost and had to turn around to find a stairwell. It might have been a while since the seniors had walked down these halls, but they still remembered their teachers. After the parade, they clamored to meet the teachers who had laid their educational foundations so they could pay their respects, catch up, and celebrate their impending graduation.

The senior class of 82 students from Saranac Lake Central School District will graduate on June 24.

Quinlin Dann, right, presents a rose to her father, Saranac Lake High School principal Josh Dann, as Saranac Lake seniors, left to right, Ruby Smith, Bailey Bartholomew and Lizzie Owens look on . (Business Photo – Aaron Cerbone)

Katie Gaylord smiles and applauds seniors from Saranac Lake High School as they march through the halls of Petrova Elementary School on Friday for a march for seniors that Gaylord helped organize. (Business Photo – Aaron Cerbone)

Julianna DeChavez, left, and Nate McCarthy celebrate the upcoming end of their high school years with classmates as they parade through the halls of Petrova Elementary School on Friday (Business Photo – Aaron Cerbone)

Seniors from Saranac Lake High School, back row, posed for a photo with graduating grade 8 and 5 students during the seniors walk on Friday. (Business Photo – Aaron Cerbone)

Seniors from Saranac Lake High School, rear, posed for a photo with pupils from Bloomingdale’s Elementary School during the seniors’ walk on Friday. (Photo provided – Tara Cassidy)

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Cubs’ Marcus Stroman makes SHUGO more than a shoe brand Sat, 04 Jun 2022 13:05:00 +0000

When Marcus Stroman takes the mound for the Cubs, notice his varied deliveries to disrupt batting timing and the energy he exudes as he constantly moves.

Then look at his cleats and examine them a little closer. They could be a range of colors – white, grey, tan, teal, royal – but notice the logo on the tongue of the shoe, a circle with a horizontal line down the center.

Soon it won’t just be about Stroman’s cleats and gear.

“I really want to make this the next luxury brand for athletes on and off the court,” Stroman said of SHUGO, which started out as its own brand of cleats. “So on the court you get luxury leather, luxury materials on your cleats, on your sneakers. And then off the court you also get high-end streetwear, high-end apparel, pieces cut to sew, garments that will rival any high end brand.

He’s Stroman, a man with big ideas on and off the pitch. But he also showed a knack for turning vision into reality.

SHUGO was originally a cleat designed and worn only by Stroman. But this year, SHUGO is set for its first public release. Although the exact date has yet to be determined, it will likely be this fall.

Athletes partner with established brands to create their own designer shoes all the time, but building a shoe and business from scratch is much rarer. Big Baller Brand is the most notable recent example, and its tumultuous history sadly includes NBA guards Lonzo and LaMelo Ball leaving the family business.

Baseball doesn’t have the same hold on the shoe industry as basketball. Active MLB players with signature shoes include Mike Trout (Nike), Bryce Harper (Under Armour), and Francisco Lindor (New Balance).

“There aren’t many other shoes that are iconic to baseball,” said Erik Hernandez, designer at Studio Noyes, who works with SHUGO as well as more established brands. “So for Marcus to do his own, let alone provide the opportunity for other players at his same level to be part of SHUGO in the future, is a major thing to disrupt what’s happening with the three key players typical of Nike, Adidas and Under Armour.

If there was one athlete built to make that kind of splash, it was Stroman, a pitcher who is often said to have been underestimated throughout his baseball career because of his size.

“Anything I do off the pitch is usually something I do with passion,” Stroman said. “It’s not like I’m trying to make it a global company. I just want to get the word out and pursue a passion that I love, whether it’s clothes, whether it’s getting the message out about being undersized, breaking down barriers. I just try to incorporate everything that built me ​​as a person.

Stroman once built a clothing business from scratch.

HDMH was born out of a saying – height does not measure heart – that 6-7 Stroman used in college.

Then, ten years ago, Stroman wanted to trademark the phrase. He set up a website.

“It was a type of deal where he and his buddies walked into a T-shirt printing shop and were like, ‘Hey, man, here’s my catchphrase. I need a logo. Let’s print T-shirts,” said HDMH COO Adam Abdat, who is also Stroman’s brother-in-law. “And literally his logo was just an HDMH. [block] text with a measuring tape in the shape of a heart around the HDMH.

Marcus Stroman balances pitching for the Cubs with being a fashion entrepreneur.

A few years later, Stroman asked his mother and sister to help him grow the business, and Abdat joined them.

“We were all involved in label printing, box packing, all that stuff – running to the post office,” Abdat said. “It was really everyone on deck at the start.”

For Abdat, it’s crazy to look back on this period. They have employees for all that now. But the business remained family-owned, which Stroman speaks with pride.

The brand now works with the Stroman Foundation of the same name. And they’re branching out into new spaces, including uniforms for teams ranging from the Cape Cod League to the Little League.

“It’s nice to be in a company that has someone at the top who never stops wanting to break down barriers, without limits,” Abdat said. “If it makes sense, then let’s do it. If I have unique ideas, let’s try, see how it works, take samples, test.

This is how their uniform adventure began. Abdat pitched the idea, and now he estimates they’ve worked with over 60 teams.

The brand, however, clearly means more to its most loyal fans than just clothing.

A teammate of Stroman, rookie reliever Ethan Roberts, has had the HDMH logo tattooed on his arm since 2018, years before they met in spring training this year.

“I’ve been following it forever,” Roberts said this spring. “He gives me advice, tips and tricks and this and that. We talk almost every day. I mean, heck, he gave me cleats. Like, how cool is that?

Stroman envisions HDMH and SHUGO coexisting, filling different niches.

“The identity of them is very, very different,” Stroman said.

HDMH is a motivational brand. SHUGO resides in the sphere of luxury.

“I’m still working on that,” Stroman said, “whether it’s the next wave of clothes we’re dropping, the designs, what kind of colorways we’re trying to launch for fall. I’m very in tune with that. , and I love it. I’m creative at heart.

When Studio Noyes first met Stroman, Hernandez was struck by Stroman’s ambitious vision.

“It was really interesting to hear Marcus talk about it, because it wasn’t just, ‘I want my own shoe.’ He wanted everything for him,” Hernandez said. “At the end of the day, he wanted to do something better that worked well for him.”

SHUGO’s story begins with Stroman’s split from Jordan Brand, a subsidiary of Nike. According to Stroman, Jordan told him he couldn’t maintain their partnership and have his own clothing business.

“So I left them heartless,” Stroman said, “and that day I started working on SHUGO and HDMH fully.”

The SHUGO 1 design will be available to the public this fall.

The SHUGO 1 design will be available to the public this fall.

Courtesy of Studio Noyes.

Nike did not respond to multiple requests for comment. But in January 2018, shortly after Stroman announced the end of his partnership with Jordan on Twitter, a Jordan spokesperson told the Toronto Star, “While Marcus was a member of the Jordan Brand family, he never was not under contract. Beyond that, we do not disclose the specific terms of agreements with Jordan Brand athletes.

In developing his own cleats, Stroman leaned heavily on advice he heard from doctors and trainers he worked with while rehabilitating following surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament in 2015. (Still balancing several efforts, Stroman returned to Duke during his rehabilitation to complete his degree.)

“I designed it technically for my ACL,” Stroman said. “So the cleats are great. They are designed first and foremost for your body. And then it’s aesthetic after that.

Stroman took a SHUGO cleat and bent it in the middle to show off its flexibility, more like a running shoe than a typical cleat. Developing the shoe for an individual first gave Stroman and Studio Noyes the freedom to break the mould.

After a hands-on testing process, the cleats were ready to debut a few years after that first meeting in late 2018, a timeline affected by the pandemic.

“I knew it was going to work,” Stroman said. “But definitely a bit annoying to wear your own model of cleats for the first time.”

Now SHUGO is expected to be on a third model by 2023.

“I’m excited where this went,” Stroman said. “Because it’s all my ideas kind of thrown into it. I invested all my time and money in it. I haven’t taken any investors or anything yet. So I’m excited where he grew up.

The SHUGO name draws from a range of inspirations, fitting the brand of an athlete with so many disparate projects and interests – fashion, wine, podcasting, writing a children’s book.

SHUGO is a play on words for sauce in Italian and protector/guardian in Japanese. It is also the name of Stroman’s dog.

“It’s just a word that I liked,” he said, “how it sounded, how it flowed, how it sounded. And I just had a mark when I fell in love with the word.

SHUGO’s initial launch this year will begin with limited editions of the cleat model Stroman wore last year in three colorways.

“It’s going to be a high-end model,” said Samantha Noyes, owner of Studio Noyes, “a bit more exclusive just to kick things off.”

At the same time, they plan to release a lifestyle trainer with similar color stories and a clothing line. In the spring, SHUGO plans to offer a consumer version of the wedges.

By next year, Stroman hopes to bring five to seven baseball players, spanning the major and minor leagues, into the fold, making them SHUGO athletes.

After that, who says? When Stroman says he’s constantly working on SHUGO, he’s not exaggerating. At any time, the Studio Noyes band chat can light up with an inspirational photo of Stroman.

As Abdat said, Stroman is not one to set boundaries.

“I’ve always been someone who tries to maximize it in life,” Stroman said. “I just want to do everything while I’m here. I don’t take any day for granted. And I really want to fully pursue all my passions and interests. And I feel like I have the energy to do it all.

Next time Stroman takes the mound, take a look at his cleats. Because they’re not just a fashion statement or a tool of the trade. They are part of a larger vision.

“I really feel like I can creatively build a lot of things,” Stroman said, “that can take off in this world.”

National Gallery’s first General Idea retrospective ‘historic and long-awaited’ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 19:08:35 +0000

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AA Bronson, the sole surviving member of General Idea, recalls his surprise when the National Gallery of Canada first purchased a work created by the subversive art collective he helped found amid from the 60s.

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Titled Evidence of Body Binding, the piece consists of a series of black and white photographs of bound body parts transformed into 15 fluorescent light boxes and placed on the floor in a sculptural installation. Bronson hadn’t laid eyes on this striking arrangement in decades, but it’s now part of an ambitious new retrospective of General Idea’s work, an exhibition he helped put together. He was also present for the media preview this week.

Acquired by the gallery in 1973, the purchase initially sparked a few scratches for the trio of queer artists that made up General Idea. Bronson and his late partners, Jorge Zontal and Felix Partz, wondered why on earth the National Gallery would be interested in their work.

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“The National Gallery is awfully mainstream,” Bronson recalled. “Maybe we were doing something wrong.”

At the same time, they were thrilled, not only because it’s the most important public gallery in the country, but also because it was about struggling artists who wanted to pay their rent and eat. “We were very pleased, slightly mystified and really surprised,” said Bronson, who is now 76 and lives in Berlin. “But we really needed the money, so we were delighted.”

Dr. Adam Welch, Curator of the General Idea Retrospective Exhibition and Associate Curator of Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, speaks to the media at the gallery on June 1, 2022.
Dr. Adam Welch, Curator of the General Idea Retrospective Exhibition and Associate Curator of Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, speaks to the media at the gallery on June 1, 2022. Photo by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia

For the gallery, the body linking piece was the start of a General Idea collection that has grown to include nearly 200 works. With elements on loan from other collections, the new exhibition is the most comprehensive retrospective ever on the trio. Almost 50 years after this initial acquisition, this is also the first General Idea retrospective mounted by the NGC.

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“This is historic and feels long overdue,” observed the show’s curator, Adam Welch, offering a theory as to why it took so long.

“Homophobia, plain and simple,” he said. “There are queer sexualities and non-normative sexualities in the work, even if it is always in this very poetic register. It’s quite oblique at times but nevertheless you see (references) to the kama sutra with poodles, or glass butt plugs, or this idea of ​​a threesome. Everyone thought the artists were in some kind of group, which they weren’t, but they played with that idea and used it to their advantage.

“So I think homophobia and structural oppression played into why they weren’t given the opportunity to exhibit in certain places.”

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General Idea was a revelation to Welch when he discovered their work as a gay teenager growing up in Toronto in the 90s. “I thought it was amazing that this group of queer artists came from Toronto,” said said the 38-year-old NGC Associate Curator of Canadian Art. “I admired them. I was coming out at the time and they were absolute role models for me in the way they lived and worked. It has always been a big dream for me to make this show.

New exhibition titled General Idea, being held at the National Gallery of Canada.
New exhibition titled General Idea, being held at the National Gallery of Canada. Photo by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia

Although it had been proposed in the past, the exhibition did not get the green light until Sasha Suda, the gallery’s youngest director in more than a century, took over as director of the institution.

“It fits with Sasha coming in and new thinking and openness to diverse voices, thinking about black, indigenous and queer voices, and all the different perspectives that 10 or 20 years ago didn’t might not have taken place in national institutions,” Welch said.

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Undoubtedly, the work is bold, eye-catching, provocative and powerful, ranging from large installations such as Fin de siècle, a white polystyrene “ice cream” stage with a trio of faux fur baby seals, which fill an entire room, to small cards and photographs, including Portrait of General Idea, which depicts the three artists in a beefcake-style pose wearing tight bathing suits.

Arranged chronologically, the work takes viewers on an artistic journey, with exhibits dedicated to the 1971 Miss General Idea beauty pageant, a 1980s ode to consumerism and a life-size depiction of AIDS drugs, for n to name a few. It also includes publications, videos, drawings, paintings, sculptures and archival documents.

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Evidence of Body Binding was the first work by General Idea acquired by the National Gallery of Canada in 1973. It is now part of a major retrospective of the work of the influential Canadian trio, presented at the gallery until to November 20.
Evidence of Body Binding was the first work by General Idea acquired by the National Gallery of Canada in 1973. It is now part of a major retrospective of the work of the influential Canadian trio, presented at the gallery until to November 20. Photo by Lynn Saxberg /Postmedia

The specter of AIDS, the disease that took the lives of gastrointestinal partners Zontal and Partz in 1994, looms large, with several acres of walls devoted to the blue, red and green painting of the AIDS logo that has become part of pop culture, turned into posters and wallpaper.

Bronson, a perfectionist who says he “hates to let other people make decisions”, was intimately involved in the development of the show. His favorite part is the coin flow. “It’s the order of the pieces that I like the most,” said the Vancouver-born artist. “It plays out in different ways and you get the feelings of different decades as you go through the spaces.”

While General Idea has had dozens of solo shows in galleries and museums around the world, Bronson said it was a pleasure to see so much work together in an exhibition of this magnitude. He just wishes more people could see him.

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“I wish Canada’s capital was a bigger city,” he sighs, “and I wish there were direct flights here from New York. But I’m very happy with the exhibition and the catalog too.

The massive catalog includes over 500 illustrations and texts by a range of scholars. At the same time, a symposium of experts will discuss the career of General Idea from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. The event will also be streamed online. For more details, visit

General idea
When: Until November 20
Where: National Gallery of Canada
Tickets: For timed admission tickets, visit

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