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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Musings: Fall adult volleyball champion crowned

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  • Congratulations go out to the Drillers (Wendy Sachen) as they finished 9-1 in the 2013 Fall Adult Women's Volleyball league.
    They regained their spot by dethroning the 2013 winter champions Boom (Sherri Schwinn), who finished 6-4.
    Six Pack (Kim Todd Rhoades) finished in third place for the third consecutive season. Congratulations to all of the teams and we look forward to seeing all of you again in the winter, 2014 season!
    Big announcement! Beginning Monday, we will be hosting an “Open Volleyball” program through December 30.
    The gym will be available to those wanting to play volleyball in a get-together type of setting.
    Everyone will need to enter through the main entrance of the Riverfront Community Center. The fee is $2 (resident) or $2.50 (non-resident).
    A person may purchase a 20-punch pass for $35 (resident) or $45 (non-resident).
    The punch cards may be shared amongst individuals. The gym doors may not be used as an entrance or exit. Volleyballs may be checked out at the main desk.
    Today's deadline: Please remember that today is the deadline for Bitty Basketball, Youth Basketball and Adult Men's Basketball!
    What an awesome night! Huge kudos to Nancy Baker, Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Aquatics and Special Events Supervisor, for a fantastic Haunted Havens event!
    We had the most trunk or treaters, games and scenes on the haunted hayride ever!
    A great deal of planning and coordination went into the event and the evening showed the incredible results of these efforts! Congratulations and thanks Nancy!
    To all of those who volunteered and made donations of products in the numerous areas: Thank you for making this an awesome event for the community! We had individuals from as far away as Effingham and Abilene -- yes!
    The most awesome part of the night at Haunted Havens was watching the efforts of the Elite Special Forces Parking Team!
    I want to send out my biggest thanks ever to Joe Allison, William Cook, Antonio Edwards (Peter Rottentail), George and Rosalind Gatling, Marquis Holmes, Charlie Jordan, Curtis Marks, Kelsey and Mike Stewart, and Steve Zamora.
    This group got the traffic safely in and out of the parking lot the entire evening. The flow of cars was steady and constant for three hours and these folks were awesome all night!
    The quote of the night came from Joe Allison. When I thanked him, his response was, “If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.”
    This was the mantra of every member of the Elite Special Forces Parking Team the entire evening! Thanks one more time to each and every one of you!
    Time is drawing near! High Noon Saloon's Rudolph Red-Nose Run is getting closer every day! It is on Dec. 7.
    Page 2 of 3 - This was our biggest run of 2012. We look to have an even bigger event this time around.
    William Cook has a special surprise for all of the runners at the fork of the race on the beautiful V.A. campus. Everyone is going to love it!
    This run is a tough 7.2 miles through historic Leavenworth and onto the gorgeous Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center campus. The race starts and ends at the High Noon Saloon.
    At the conclusion of the race, High Noon Saloon throws a pasta buffet that is out of this world for all of the participants!
    Rumor also has it that R.D. Johnson may have a specially brewed beer for the race as well!
    One more month and Ave Ruiz returns from his deployment to harass me over softball rules -- can't wait!
    Health tip of the week -- brought to you by St. Luke's Cushing Hospital
    The best diet tip I know is this: If it tastes good and you like it -- it has to be bad for your health!
    Here are five safe eating tips
    1. Know the right temp: Keep your refrigerator at 40 degrees or below. Bacteria are more likely to grow between 40 and 140 degrees, according to the National Institutes of Health.
    2. Shop locally: "There's less of a chance for contamination when your food doesn't have to travel far," says Marion Nestle, PhD, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University. "Some grocery-store produce can spend weeks in transit."
    3. Sign up for the store card: Buying at food clubs with a membership card can mean more than just scoring great deals.
    In the event of a recall, your purchase will be tracked and you'll be notified directly to throw away any food that's potentially been contaminated.
    4. Wash produce: Give an extra rinse to leafy greens, sprouts, potatoes, tomatoes and berries.
    They're among the top 10 contamination-prone foods linked to nearly 40 percent of all U.S. food borne outbreaks between 1990 and 2006.
    5. But not meat, poultry or seafood: You're more likely to spread bacteria as water splashes from the sink to the counter than you are to get rid of it. The best approach: Cook food on high heat to kill any pathogens.
    Philosophical note
    The level of integrity of that program and/or organization measures the success of a program and/or organization.
    Remember: The goal for all of our programs is that the program policies and procedures are fair for the masses, fun for all and safe for everyone!
    Keep musing along and enjoy your week!
    Page 3 of 3 - -Tabor Medill is the recreation supervisor for the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.
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