FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail New Name – Same Commitment And Care For You And Your Loved OnesSince 2012, St. Mary’s Health and St. Vincent have operated as one statewide, integrated healthcare ministry. Together, we have worked to share our knowledge and best practices to enhance our delivery of healthcare across all of Indiana. And, together, we continue to improve access to the services that you and your loved ones tell us you need.Following five years of work to provide greater healthcare to the communities we serve, on April 20, 2017, St. Mary’s will take on new names that better reflect the unity of our health system as: St. Vincent Evansville and St. Vincent Warrick.This naming transition follows the work we have passionately pursued at both a state and national level to align our ministries, both clinically and operationally, to make it easier for our patients to access the care you need and navigate our healthcare system.St. Mary’s and St. Vincent share a rich history rooted in our shared Mission of service dating back to our founders, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, and the formation of the Daughters of Charity in 1633. I want to assure each of you – our loyal friends, donors and advocates – that our local quality, commitment and care of our Evansville and Tri-State communities will continue. Our local commitment to you and your loved ones will remain strong, as we move forward as St. Vincent – one of Indiana’s largest, integrated health systems.While our facility names will change, our commitment to our shared Mission, Vision and Values remain the same. Just as we have for more than 100 years, our team of dedicated associates, physicians and volunteers will work together to bring health and healing to our community and all those we serve. This change is not about restructuring. No positions will be lost as part of this transition.The St. Mary’s Chapel will keep its same, proud name and will remain a symbol of St. Mary’s history and heritage. The statue of Mary will remain at our main entrances. The St. Mary’s School of Nursing will continue to don its name and logo. And your generous gifts will continue to impact children and families we are entrusted to serve right here in Evansville.We will continue to honor St. Mary’s legacy and build upon those who have come before us. We recognize that the history of our ministry is lived and remembered within our trusted partners, associates, physicians and volunteers. Our history will be remembered and will live on through you.Your gifts will continue to have the same transformational impact on children and families in our community. Together, we will continue to Make a Difference.Thank you very much for Supporting our Healing Ministry and for remaining loyal to our Mission! Blessings,Rick PeltierDirector, St. Mary’s Health Foundation(812) 485-4412 | [email protected]
Standards Offer Savings For U.S. consumers; Outomakers Can Comply At Lower Than Expected CostsWASHINGTON — Today, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy finalized her decision to maintain the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks. The final determination finds that a wide variety of effective technologies are available to reduce GHG emissions from cars and light trucks, and that automakers are well positioned to meet the standards through model year 2025 at lower costs than predicted.“My decision today rests on the technical record created by over eight years of research, hundreds of published reports including an independent review by the National Academy of Sciences, hundreds of stakeholder meetings, and multiple opportunities for the public and the industry to provide input,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “At every step in the process the analysis has shown that the greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks remain affordable and effective through 2025, and will save American drivers billions of dollars at the pump while protecting our health and the environment.”The standards are projected to result in average fleet-wide consumer fuel economy sticker values of 36 miles per gallon (mpg) by model year 2025, 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average. Since the first year of the GHG standards, manufacturers have been developing and adopting fuel economy technologies at unprecedented rates. At the same time, the American car industry has been thriving. Since 2010, the industry has had seven consecutive years of sales growth, with 2016 setting a record high for vehicle sales. The Administrator is retaining the current standards to provide regulatory certainty for the auto industry despite a technical record that suggests the standards could be made more stringent.Retaining the current standards preserves the significant cuts in harmful carbon pollution expected from the original standards, and provides regulatory certainty for this global industry that must meet similar standards in other markets including Canada and Europe.The Midterm Evaluation process was established as a part of the 2012 final greenhouse gas emissions standards for model years 2017-2025. This decision follows the Proposed Determination issued by the EPA Administrator in November 2016, and the Draft Technical Assessment Report, issued jointly by the EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in July 2016. The Administrator considered the extensive public input on both these documents in reaching her final determination.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Evansville Municipal Code Dealing with FireworksAs the Fourth of July approaches and many prepare to celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States the Evansville Police Department asks that those who use fireworks be careful and also be respectful of their neighbors and others by following the Evansville Municipal Code relating to the usage of fireworks. Attached below is the Municipal Code.9.10.020 Fireworks – Evansville Municipal Code(A) Consumer fireworks may be used within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville only under the provisions of this section.(1) For the purposes of this section, the term “consumer fireworks” means a small firework that is designed primarily to produce visible effects by combustion, and that is required to comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations promulgated by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission under 16 CFR 1507. The term also includes some small devices designed to produce an audible effect, such as whistling devices, ground devices containing 50 milligrams or less of explosive composition, and aerial devices containing 130 milligrams or less of explosive composition. Propelling or expelling charges consisting of a mixture of charcoal, sulfur, and potassium nitrate are not considered as designed to produce an audible effect. Consumer fireworks:(a) Include:(i) Aerial devices, which include sky rockets, missile-type rockets, helicopter or aerial spinners, roman candles, mines, and shells;(ii) Ground audible devices, which include firecrackers, salutes, and chasers; and(iii) Firework devices containing combinations of the effects described in subsections (A)(1)(a)(i) and (ii) of this section; and(b) Do not include the following items:(i) Dipped sticks or wire sparklers. However, total pyrotechnic composition may not exceed 100 grams per item. Devices containing chlorate or perchlorate salts may not exceed five grams in total composition per item.(ii) Cylindrical fountains.(iii) Cone fountains.(iv) Illuminating torches(v) Wheels.(vi) Ground spinners.(vii) Flitter sparklers.(viii) Snakes or glow worms.(ix) Trick noisemakers, which include:A. Party poppers.B. Booby traps.C. Snappers.D. Trick matches.(x) Cigarette loads.(xi) Auto burglar alarms.(2) No person shall use, ignite or discharge consumer fireworks within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville except during the following times:(a) Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and two hours after sunset not to exceed 10:30 p.m. on June 29th, June 30th, July 1st, July 2nd, July 3rd, July 5th, July 6th, July 7th, July 8th, and July 9th; and(b) Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on July 4th; and(c) Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. on December 31st and 1:00 a.m. on January 1st; and(d) Repealed by Ord. G-2015-28.(e) Repealed by Ord. G-2015-28.(f) If in any calendar year the City bans fireworks for the periods described in subsections (A)(2)(a) and (b) of this section (June 29th through July 9th), then in that calendar year only citizens may discharge consumer fireworks on additional dates as determined by the City Administration between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and two hours after sunset not to exceed 10:30 p.m.(3) No person may use, ignite, or discharge consumer fireworks on any public street or in any public park or public area within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville at any time.(4) No person may use, ignite, or discharge consumer fireworks in a manner which causes them to land upon property owned or occupied by another person.(5) Any person who sells or offers to sell consumer fireworks within the City shall post a clear and conspicuous notice of the restrictions in this section, specifically the dates and times set forth in subsections (A)(2) and (3) of this section at or near each entrance to their business.(6) This section shall not apply to supervised public fireworks displays which are in compliance with IC 22-11-4-1 et seq. and have been properly permitted and approved.(B) No person shall conduct a fireworks display unless that person has obtained a permit from the State Fire Marshal pursuant to IC 22-11-14-2. Before applying to the State Fire Marshal for a permit, the applicant must show proof of insurance in the amount of not less than $100,000 for damages caused to a person or persons, and not less than $100,000 for damage to property. The applicant must also obtain a license for the display from the Chief of the Fire Department. The Chief of the Fire Department may issue a license for a fireworks display only upon finding that the applicant is qualified to conduct the display; and the display will not be hazardous to persons or property. [Ord. G-2015-28, passed 9-28-15; Ord. G-2012-14 § 1, passed 8-15-2012; Ord. G-2010-24 § 1, passed 11-10-10; Ord. G-2010-18 § 1, passed 7-2-10; Ord. G-2007-9, passed 8-28-07. 1962 Code, Art. 2, Ch. 6, § 2; 1982 Code § 131.02; 1983 Code § 13.131.02.]FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
In the video, Chief Weaver thanked the public for their recent donations of food and emergency equipment. He recognized the great roles being played by medical doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers, EMTs, and police officers during the current crisis. He offered his condolences to the families of those who have passed away as a result of the Coronavirus.Chief Weaver said that the Fire Department has taken a series of steps to mitigate the impact of the virus. Those steps include a thorough cleaning program for Fire Department equipment. As a result of all of the measures that people have taken against the Coronavirus, Chief Weaver believes that there is “light at the end of the tunnel,” although we are not there yet.Reflecting on the history of the Bayonne Fire Department, Chief Weaver recalled the major events that the department has endured – World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Great Recession, Hurricane Sandy, and the current Coronavirus pandemic. Although the names and faces have changed over the years, Chief Weaver cited the pride that the Bayonne Fire Department continues to take in its accomplishments. In the interests of safety, he urged all residents to make sure that they have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. He also suggested that everyone in each household know two routes to take out of the building in the event of fire.I would like to thank Chief Weaver for his participation in our video series. I would also like to thank the Fire Department for its outstanding work. × In the recent series of videos that I have been hosting online, Fire Chief Keith Weaver discussed the role of the Bayonne Fire Department. During the Coronavirus crisis, he said that the Fire Department has been assisting McCabe Ambulance in responding to calls for emergency medical services. In addition to dealing with the pandemic, the Fire Department has continued to respond to structure fires, complaints of gas odors, and other calls for service.As Chief Weaver explained, the Bayonne Fire Department faces the “unique challenges” that come from serving a city that combines residential, commercial, and industrial buildings in close proximity to each other. The Fire Department also must be prepared to respond to emergencies on Light Rail, freight rail lines, the Bayonne Bridge, the Turnpike’s Newark Bay Extension Bridge, and at Bayonne Medical Center and at the RWJ Barnabas Medical Center.
Jim James has been in the spotlight of late, recently wrapping up some major shows with My Morning Jacket at Lockn’, Hulaween, and Bridge School Benefit with Roger Waters. James is now set to support his recently-released LP Eternally Even, a protest album that decries the hate and violence so rampant in our society. With a major solo tour launching next week, James was the focus of a major interview that just came out in Rolling Stone.Though the majority of the interview focuses on Eternally Even, the conversation does naturally return back to My Morning Jacket. When asked about a new album that had been previously mentioned, James goes into detail about the band’s future studio plans.I’m on kind of a completely different path now for the next Jacket record. I pretty much have it written, but we just need to record it, which we’re gonna do in the spring. A lot of the stuff we did at the same time as The Waterfall – there’s still stuff I want to work on, but for some reason, my mind has shifted. After all the terrible shootings and stuff that happened, I wrote this song called “Magic Bullet,” which was something we did during The Waterfall that we released a few months back as this kind of violence-awareness, “stop the violence” song. There’s a song called “The First Time” that we recorded – I ended up working with that for the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s show Roadies. A couple of those things have seen the light of day. There’s so much music these days, and it’s easy for things to fall through the cracks. For the next album, we just have to get down to actually doing it, which we’ll do in March or April. I think we’ll probably do it in L.A., but I’m trying to figure all those things out.If the new release is as power-packed as The Waterfall, then we can’t wait to hear it!
The Southeast is whitewater country. Here are the best rapids for every level of whitewater, from easy class I floats to class V hairboating adventures.Class IThe James River, Va. Eagle Rock to Horseshoe BendFor 343 miles, the James River sweeps across the state of Virginia, connecting the Allegheny Mountains with the Chesapeake Bay. It is a massive watershed, a vital source of drinking water, a habitat for key aquatic species, and an important source of recreation. The most well-known section of the James may be the park and play whitewater paradise through downtown Richmond, but in the mountains of Western Virginia, near the headwaters, the James is a remote, pristine paddling experience highlighted by unrivaled scenery and calm class I waters.The run starts at Eagle Rock, just south of where the Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers converge to form the James, and extends for 13.5 miles through undeveloped farmland and private forested slopes. The mountains of George Washington National Forest are a constant backdrop and occasionally, sheer rock cliffs and steep mountain slopes rise directly from the river’s edges. It is the most remote section of the James, with no road access and very little signs of development along its entire length, and it’s the only section of the James to be classified as a “Virginia Scenic River.” A swift current and 25 class I rapids move you through water so clear you can see freshwater clams and crawfish on the rocky bottom.“After you launch, you won’t see any signs of civilization for miles,” says Dan Mays, owner of Twin River Outfitters. “You probably won’t see any other boaters. It’s such a remote section of the river, most people choose to paddle further downstream.”The topography is so dramatic and the paddling so unique, that the county of Botetourt is in the final stages of developing the run into the Upper James Blue Way. Also, keep an eye out for stone locks at the put in at Eagle Rock, which are remnants of dams built before the Civil War. The dams were going to serve George Washington’s massive canal system, but the railroad was developed making the canals obsolete.Major Rapids: None. Other than a couple gentle class II’s, the only rapids you’ll encounter are the class I ripples that define this section of river.Beware: You’re floating through private land the entire length of the trip, so there’s no camping. You’ll have to paddle the full 13 miles in a single day. Plan for about six hours.The Guide: Twin River Outfitters in Buchannan will guide you on day trips or rent you a boat and let you loose on your own. canoevirginia.com.More Classic Class I Rivers…South Fork of the Shenandoah, Va.The wide, calm South Fork carves sinuous “S” turns through the farmland of the Shenandoah Valley. In the distance, Shenandoah National Park stands to the east and the George Washington National Forest rises to the west. Numerous public access points and private campgrounds allow you to paddle for as long as you like.South Fork of the New River, N.C.America’s oldest river is a bit schizophrenic. In West Virginia, it’s a ribbon of class IV whitewater through a rocky gorge. But in North Carolina, it’s a wide, shallow, and placid river winding through undeveloped farmland, granite bluffs, and rolling mountains. A 26.5-mile section of the New is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River, and a state park has been established along its length. The state park offers canoe access and primitive camping facilities, making it an ideal two-day stretch.Etowah River, Ga.A pristine nine-mile stretch of the Etowah flows through the primitive Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area, offering canoeists a short trip through a series of easy class I channels, drops, and shoals. Start at the new canoe launch at Etowah River Park off Highway 9 and paddle to Kelly Bridge Takeout ($3 takeout fee) for a superb introduction to whitewater.Class IINantahala River, N.C.Think of the Nantahala River in Western North Carolina as the “gateway” river. Thanks to the mild but thrilling rapids and variety of guide companies servicing the river, this class II run through the narrow Nantahala Gorge is often the first taste of whitewater for budding paddlers. It’s a perennial favorite for families looking for some adventure as well as new kayakers looking to hone their skills.“The whitewater isn’t very difficult, but it has a lot of variety,” says Andrew Holcombe, a professional kayaker who grew up on the Nantahala. “You can learn the basic roll in a lake, then move to the Nantahala to start developing all the other skills you need to kayak. It’s ideal.”The consistency of the whitewater also makes the Nantahala ideal for beginners. Almost every day of the year, thousands of gallons of water are released from Nantahala Lake, turning an 8.5-mile stretch of the Nantahala into an almost continuous class II whitewater run. The river is flanked by steep mountains stretching toward the sky as it winds through a narrow gorge inside the Nantahala National Forest. Easy access has turned the Nanty into a popular park and play river, so watch for experienced kayakers surfing the many wave trains and running laps on some of the more aggressive rapids that punctuate the run. The Nantahala’s accessibility, consistent river releases, and dependable but challenging whitewater has also turned it into a training ground for Olympic whitewater boaters. It’s the home river for the Nantahala Racing Club, arguably the premiere whitewater team in the country, and the site of nationally recognized competitions like the Glacier Breaker and the Bank of America Whitewater U.S. Open.Major Rapids: The barrage of class II water is bookended by two class III’s. Patton’s Run is a ledge leading into a series of waves that gives new rafters trouble just after the put in, and Nantahala Falls caps the run. The falls is a technical rapid that demands an “S” move as you navigate through fast wave trains and a decent drop through a narrow channel sandwiched by two massive boulders. Dozens of onlookers often loiter near the rapid hoping to see carnage.Beware: The Nantahala is one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the country, so expect crowds on summer weekends.The Guide: The Nantahala Outdoor Center has been guiding the Nantahala for 30 years. They’re also one of the premiere paddling schools in the country, taking newbie kayakers through the progression of flatwater to mastering Nantahala Falls. noc.com.More Classic Class II Rivers…Abrams Creek, Tenn.The nine-mile stretch known as lower Abrams Creek is packed with 20 class II rapids including some long wave trains and surprisingly sprite play spots. The river sits on the northwestern corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so it’s as remote of a run as you’ll find in these parts. Combine it with the 10-mile upper Abrams, which has more class II-III water (portage around class V Abrams Falls) and you’ve got a two-day paddle with an overnight at Abrams Creek Campground.Lower Green, N.C.The Green may be known for its class V creeking (see Steep Creeks) but after the infamous Narrows, the Green mellows into a picturesque class II river. The six-mile stretch between Fishtop and Big Rock access areas is jam-packed with straightforward rapids, most of which are followed by slow pools–the ideal paddle and rest scenario for beginners.Middle Cartecay, Ga.This short but sweet 2.1 mile whitewater river used to be in the middle of nowhere. Today, it carves through prime vacation home real estate. Regardless, the Cartecay progresses naturally from flat water to consistent class II rapids, and ends with Blackberry Falls, a fun II+ slide that looks ferocious, but is fairly tame.Class IIIOcoee River, Tenn. See all those paddlers in funny looking boats doing flips and 360s in standing waves? They have the Ocoee to thank for their favorite pastime. Widely recognized as the birthplace of freestyle kayaking, the Ocoee River’s surfable waves spawned an entire niche of kayaking, characterized by high flying acrobatics and silky smooth moves on the water’s surface. For decades, playboaters have flocked to Ocoee’s playspots–rapids like Hell Hole and Flipper–during which time the river has hosted countless world class freestyle competitions.“Lots of small drops and ledges create hundreds of hydraulics, or holes, ideal for playboats,” says Joe Jacobi, the whitewater slalom Olympic gold medalist who teaches kayaking on the Ocoee. Not that the Ocoee is all hucks and cartwheels. River runners and raft rats love the Ocoee for its continuous class III whitewater, particularly the Middle Ocoee, which drops 260 feet in five miles and features 20 named rapids.“Fun surf waves and holes with large eddies make the river attractive for playboaters, but for paddlers in search of an interesting downriver run, there are literally scores of different lines and moves you can take through any given rapid,” Jacobi says.The Upper Ocoee is famous in its own right for hosting the whitewater slalom competitions during the ’96 Summer Olympics. The whitewater inside the Upper section is more tame than the Middle, but combining the two makes for a seamless full day river adventure. And you’ll be able to tell your friends you ran the Olympic whitewater course.The warm-water Ocoee runs through a rocky gorge inside the Cherokee National Forest. Steep, green mountain slopes rise from either side of the river, and a road follows the run, offering easy access for play boaters.Major Rapids: On the Middle Ocoee, Grumpy hits boaters just after they put in below the dam. It’s a long class IV with pushy waves, the occasionally eddy, a rock famous for pinning rafts, and a killer drop. Hell Hole is probably the most famous rapid on the river. Home to a number of freestyle competitions, including the World Rodeo Championships, Hell Hole is a massive wave that playboaters wait in line to surf. On the Upper Ocoee, Humungous is the largest rapid. It’s a long, massive wave train that was the highlight of the ’96 Olympic course.Beware: Watch out for “the doldrums,” a pocket of slow flatwater sandwiched between the Middle Ocoee’s otherwise constant whitewater.The Guide: A variety of guide services run the Upper and Middle Ocoee. Check out the Ocoee Adventure Center (ocoeeadventurecenter.com) or the Nantahala Outdoor Center (noc.com)More Classic Class III Rivers… Nolichucky River, Tenn.The eight-mile stretch of the Nolichucky leading into Erwin, Tenn. is rife with sporty class III playspots and the occasional III+-IV challenge (warning: Quartermile is a series of long drops that add up to a beastly class IV). Spend an hour surfing the wave at Jaws and boogie your way downriver through a deep, scenic gorge in Eastern Tennessee.Davidson River, N.C.The run actually starts with a class IV drop, but the rest of this 1.25-mile stretch of the Davidson is packed with class II and III goodies. There’s also a trail running alongside the river for easy bike or hike shuttles. The fun rapids and easy access make it an ideal “run and repeat” scenario.Big Pigeon, N.C.This 4.5-mile run has about a dozen class II-III+ drops, and it runs through a scenic gorge bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee National Forest. The Big Pigeon is revered by intermediate playboaters and river runners alike for its scenery and fun but challenging rapids like Powerhouse and Lost Guide. Class IVCheoah River, N.C. Drive by the Cheoah on a day when there are no dam releases and the riverbed is dry, and you might not even notice that it’s there. But happen by this Western North Carolina gem when the water is turned on and rafters and kayakers are in the midst of their white knuckle descents, and you can’t help but stop and take notice. Compare all the rivers that cascade through the South, and the Cheoah stands out in a category all its own.“I rounded up the best raft guides to run the first test run,” says Bob Hathcock, a raft guide and kayak instructor who is largely responsible for turning the water back on in the Cheoah. “Guys that lead trips down rivers in Costa Rica, Europe, Africa, Nepal. After one run, they all had the same response: ‘holy s#!%.’”For the better part of the last 50 years, the Cheoah between Santeetlah Dam and Calderwood Lake has been left dry, but thanks to an unprecedented effort between commercial interests and private boaters, a number of annual recreational releases were secured in 2005, putting 1000 cubic feet per second of water back into this forgotten river. For 15 days out of the year, the Cheoah becomes a “western style” river with almost continuous class IV whitewater.“In the Southeast, you have drop and pool rivers–a big rapid followed by a calm pool allowing you to rest,” Hathcock says. “But on the Cheoah, everything moves forward. You’ve got big splashy waves coming over the raft, drops sandwiched together back to back, and at one point, a mile of class IV rapids one right after the other. This is a big water river. There’s no place to stop, and there’s nothing else like that around here.”Major Rapids: The nine-mile section between the dam and Calderwood Lake has dozens of rapids, and the water is so fast, commercial guide companies usually run this stretch in about 2.5 hours. Wilma’s Ledge (IV) is a river-wide drop that plunges six feet, offering a variety of fun lines. The Land of Holes (IV) is a mile of continuous whitewater with almost no eddies. And the Falls (IV+) is another river-wide drop, but this measures 12 feet and features a fun slide on the river right side, or a vertical drop on river left.Beware: There really are very few places to rest on the Cheoah. Eddies are scarce, so you better know what you’re doing before you put in.The Guide: Not only does the NOC run trips on the Cheoah, its guides (Bob Hathcock included) were pivotal in securing the dam releases that boaters enjoy today. noc.com.More Classic Class IV…Cheat River, W.Va.This 9.5 miles through the Cheat Canyon is completely inaccessible, so bring your A-game. The Cheat used to be the quintessential whitewater rafting run. The New and Gauley have stolen some of the Cheat’s thunder, but the technical rapids inside the canyon are just as much fun as they were 30 years ago. Big waves, sticky holes, massive boulders, drops. Watch out for the formidable Coliseum, a class IV+ series of drops that seem to change shape with every heavy rain.Watauga River, N.C.A classic North Carolina creek that at one time was the benchmark run for boaters, the Watauga is a complex, technical river that winds through a steep and rocky gorge. The run is characterized by its boulder gardens and ledge drops, all of which require top notch boating skills. Keep an eye out for Hydro, a class V series of ledges that demand perfect lines, and Watauga Falls, a narrow 16-foot drop sandwiched between massive boulders.New River, W.Va. A prime 6.5-mile section of the New running through the heart of the gorge contains a high concentration of class III-IV rapids. Rafters love the “big water” character of the river; kayakers love the endless play opportunities presented by consistent, massive waves and holes.Class VGauley River, W.Va. What sets the Gauley River apart from other class V rivers? Volume, pure and simple. During the fall release season, one million gallons of water are released from Summersville Dam, turning 26 miles of the Gauley River into the epicenter of big water paddling on the East Coast. The Gauley drops 650 feet over the three stretches of river known as the Upper, Middle, and Lower. During that span there are 100 named rapids, 56 of them are class III or above. Paddle the world-renowned Upper Gauley, and you’ll run 10 miles of almost constant class IV-V whitewater through a remote canyon.“It’s impossible to be bored running the Upper,” says Brian Jennings, a pro kayaker with Riot Kayaks who grew up paddling the Gauley. “The downriver freestyle is phenomenal. Some rivers have good park and play waves, but the Gauley is constant freestyle potential. There’s always something to keep you entertained.”The quality, quantity, and variety of whitewater on the Upper Gauley makes it the premiere class V run in the Southeast. The river can be run year-round—at lower levels during the summer, it’s more of a class III-IV creeking experience—but boaters anticipate the fall releases, known as Gauley Season, months in advance.For the wildest ride, paddle the 10-mile Upper section. For a milder, class IV version of the river, head to the 11-mile Lower Gauley. For two days of whitewater bliss, paddle all 26 miles of the Gauley, stopping to camp along the river at night.Major Rapids: The Upper Gauley has the most dramatic rapids on the river, known as “The Big Five.” Insignificant (V) is a long series of ledges, large waves, and sticky holes. At Pillow Rock (IV+), the entire river gets pushed into a massive boulder, creating a huge pillow that acts like a siren to boaters. Lost Paddle (V) is a ridiculously long series of drops–the longest rapid on the Upper. Iron Ring (IV+) is a double drop where the river narrows to half its size. And Sweet’s Falls (IV), the last and easiest of the Big Five, is a wave train leading into a fun drop.Beware: The Gauley demands paddlers be on their game. You’re in a remote canyon with limited access, running both technical and big water rapids.The Guide: The Gauley helps support an entire raft guide industry in West Virginia. Check out the North American River Runners for guided trips and kayak lessons from pros. narr.com.More Classic Class V…Green River Narrows, N.C. Arguably the most famous creek run in the country, the Green River drops suddenly and drastically as it passes through a skinny, rocky canyon inside the Green River Gamelands. The Green is one of the few class V rivers with creek-boating characteristics that benefits from regular dam releases. As a result, this remote run has become a training ground for some of the best boaters in the country. Within the three-mile Narrows section, the Green is packed with almost continuous class IV-V+ boulder gardens, ledges, and drops.Tallulah River, Ga. Boaters worked for years to secure recreational releases from the Tallulah Falls Dam, which pumps water into the short, but sweet stretch of the Tallulah that runs through Tallulah Gorge State Park. The gorge run is 2.5 miles with seven class IV+ to V+ rapids as well as a host of water in the class IV range. Access is difficult because of the steep stone gorge walls, and there’s a lake paddle at the end of the run, but behemoth rapids like Oceana and Bridal Veil are worth the effort.Upper Youghiogheny, Md. For about ten miles, the Yough drops roughly 115 feet per mile, creating 20 major rapids (14 class IV, 6 class V) in a series of nonstop boulder drops, slides, rock gardens, and vertical falls. As a bonus, the run is designated Wild and Scenic by the state of Maryland, meaning you won’t see a house or power line along the entire stretch of the river. •Classic CreeksRussell Fork, Va.: This sub-four-mile run is on every creek-boater’s to-do list. The pool and drop creek runs through a 1,600 foot tall gorge and is known for its pushy, technical rapids that leave no room for error. Boaters converge on the river every year for the Lord of the Fork Challenge, one of the preeminent creek boating races in the country.Wilson Creek, N.C.: The Wilson Creek Gorge is a scenic two-mile creek run packed with class III-IV+ water. The High Country creek is a staple for Southern boaters progressing through the stages of steep creeking. They love the gorge for its scenic beauty as well as its challenging character, which is defined by rapids like Ten Foot Falls and Triple Drop.Tellico Creek, Tenn: The Upper Tellico is often a boater’s first true creeking experience. It’s a short, gorgeous run full of class III-IV ledges that can be easily shuttled and is often run numerous times in one day. The two-mile section is highlighted by 15-foot Baby Falls.Classic Urban WhitewaterJames River, Richmond: Arguably the best natural urban whitewater in the country, the Lower James offers 2.5 miles of class II-IV whitewater literally in downtown Richmond. The skyline serves as the backdrop as local boaters enjoy “happy hour” paddling sessions on the massive wave that defines Hollywood and the five-foot drop known as Lulu.Chattahoochee, Atlanta: The Chattahoochee skirts the edge of downtown Atlanta, giving Metro residents a bit of green space in the midst of the suburbs. The ‘Hooch also provides beginner boaters with some consistent class II ledges ideal for sharpening their surfing skills. More advanced boaters use the flat water and slalom gaits in the metro stretch of the ‘Hooch for attainment workouts.Potomac River, Md.: The Great Falls section of the Potomac drops 50 feet in just one-tenth of a mile, creating an almost schizophrenic stretch of class V+ vertical waterfalls just a few miles outside of downtown D.C. The Great Falls can only be run by the most able boaters in the region, but the section of the Potomac just below the Falls offers manageable class IV water through the scenic and stony Mather Gorge.Remote Wilderness RiversChattooga River, Ga.: The Chattooga divides Georgia and South Carolina, the Sumter National Forest on paddler’s left, the Chattahoochee National Forest on paddler’s right. In between lies a free-flowing, federally designated Wild and Scenic river with a plethora of class IV-V drop and pool whitewater. It’s one of the few rivers with such high-grade wilderness quality that you can raft with a commercial guide, but don’t expect crowds and bumper boats. Paddle times are staggered so you won’t see any other raft group the entire length of your trip.Linville River, N.C.: There’s remote, and then there’s the 17-mile stretch of the Linville River that passes through a 1,000-foot deep gorge tucked inside the Linville Wilderness Area. Canyon walls rise from the river’s banks, boulders choke the water, and if you want to cut your trip short, you’ve got a 1,000-vertical-foot hike in front of you. Tons of class V creeking sits between Linville Falls and Lake James, including several miles of non-stop whitewater.Toccoa River, Tenn.: Before the Ocoee River gets trapped by a series of dams in Tennesee, it runs wild in the mountains of North Georgia. There, it’s known as the Toccoa, a pristine, shallow creek that runs alternately through the Chattahoochee National Forest and scenic farmland. The Toccoa River Canoe Trail encompasses 14 miles of the river which features mellow class II rapids, including a remote five-mile stretch through the Cohutta Wilderness.
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Phil HaighMonday 11 Nov 2019 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Riyad Mahrez came close to joining Arsenal three years ago (Picture: Getty Images)Riyad Mahrez believes Leicester City cost him ‘two years at the highest level’ as he was blocked from joining Arsenal in 2016.The Algerian was one of the stars of the Leicester side that caused a monumental shock to win the Premier League title in 2016.However, he was keen to leave the Foxes after lifting the trophy, and says he was extremely close to making the switch to the Gunners in the weeks after the remarkable success.His former employers stopped him making the move to north London and Mahrez is still bitter about having to wait until 2018 to join Manchester City and reach the ‘highest level.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘After the title, if I’d left for a top team, it wouldn’t have been the same story,’ Mahrez told France Football. ‘For me, it’s clear that I lost two years at the highest level. I lost two years! Because instead of arriving at City at 27, I could have been there at 24, 25.‘Leicester blocked me. They told me: “You’re not leaving, you’re not leaving”. Advertisement Riyad Mahrez came very close to joining Arsenal in 2016 and bemoans ‘losing two years at the highest level’ Comment Advertisement Mahrez lifted the Premier League title with Leicester City in 2016 (Picture: Getty Images)‘My agent had spoken to [Arsene] Wenger who really wanted me. It was nearly all done with Arsenal in 2016.‘I was really frustrated. It wasn’t easy to go from being the best player in the Premier League to being a part of a team fighting against relegation. It’s not the same job. Everyone is waiting for you around the corner.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe 28-year-old won the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup with City in his first season at the club last campaign after making a £60m move from Leicester.He has played regularly so far this season, making 14 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals in the process after netting 12 times last season.MORE: Arsenal should bring back Arsene Wenger to help out Unai Emery, says Charlie NicholasMORE: Mikel Arteta would be free to leave Man City if Arsenal want him to replace Unai Emery
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has issues to contend with in central midfield ahead of a difficult trip to Tottenham this weekend. Press Association However, the 23-year-old is expected to be ready for the game at White Hart Lane which is also likely to see Lucas Leiva recalled in place of Gerrard having been dropped to the bench last weekend. With Henderson, Joe Allen and Lucas all expected to start against Tottenham that leaves little in the way of back up. Summer signing Luis Alberto, who has made only seven substitute appearances in the Premier League totalling 113 minutes, is the only other player who could possibly do a job in the centre but he is more comfortable in an attacking role. Central midfield, particularly in terms of defensive capabilities, is an area Rodgers has needed to strengthen and he may have to look at addressing that when the January transfer window opens. Allen has now started back-to-back league matches for the first time since December 15 last year and is beginning to start showing a return to the sort of form which persuaded Rodgers to bring him with him from Swansea in the summer of 2012 at a cost of £15million. “I’ve struggled with different injury problems but you’d hope that they’re behind me now and I can focus on getting out there and playing more and more,” Allen told liverpoolfc.com. “The manager has just told me to be ready for when my opportunity comes and to get back to my best. That will come with game time. Nothing has changed really. “But everything comes together with playing time, so I’m looking to getting a string of games and showing what I can do.” Captain Steven Gerrard’s hamstring injury, sustained in Saturday’s 4-1 win over West Ham, could sideline him for up to six weeks. Fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson has bruising on his right ankle from the tackle by Kevin Nolan which resulted in the Hammers skipper being sent off and has been wearing a protective boot to ease the pressure on the joint.
“I feel very honoured,” Monk told reporters on Friday. “It is something I have always dreamed about doing. I didn’t expect it to come this soon, and it is an opportunity I intend to take. “I’ve lived in this city for 10 years. I have always tried my hardest for the club, so it never felt like a trial. “You are there to be judged. I expect that. It doesn’t faze me at all. I have a plan in my own head of what I want to do and how to go about it. “I want to take the club forward. I have been part of the 10-year journey with this club, and now it is about improving on that, which is what I will be looking to do.” Monk’s first task – after Sunday’s Barclays Premier League finale at Sunderland – will be to keep working on the squad he would like in place for next term. “Players will go and players will come. I think players understand that, and clubs understand that,” he added. “You will be constantly linked with players when you are in the Premier League. I think it’s just a case of us working closely together and making sure we get the targets we want to get. “As a club, you have to be looking at all sorts of players, and that is what we have been doing. In the coming weeks, I guess we will narrow it down.” Monk constantly straight-batted questions about his future in recent weeks, and he admitted that it was not until after top-flight safety was secured did he even contemplate focusing on himself. “It is not about me, it was about the situation that we were in, me coming in and making sure that the team got across the line,” he said. “I think it has only been since the Aston Villa game (last month) that I have turned my thoughts to myself. “We really want to finish off with a positive result for our fans and ourselves on Sunday. “We were disappointed last week (against Southampton). We deserved at least a point, and to come away with nothing was hard to take. We need a reaction.” Swansea’s chairman Huw Jenkins said Monk’s longevity with the club had been a key factor behind his appointment. “Garry’s experience of working with us as a football club is vital,” he said. “We feel one of the most important ingredients of appointing any manager is making sure you have got people with you that can work together and for the football club. They are the qualities he has. “There is always that difficulty of somebody coming in during the season. Now that we have got this set in motion for next season, he has got all pre-season to work with the players and that is a massive thing going forward. “We fought a battle for 10 years against all the odds to achieve what we achieved, and we have got to make sure that we collectively have got that belief going forward that we can defy the odds. “I think Garry is accustomed to that – I think that will be embedded in our players going forward. “We have all been doing this long enough to realise that staying in the Premier League is number one. Some of our fans might think that is defeatist, but I think it is just realism of the level we are playing at. “The challenge exists to stay in the Premier League and secondly we have always got an inner belief that every game we play we can go out and win, and we will see where that takes us. “The reason we have been successful is that we have always been fighting against the odds since we got promoted to the Premier League. “The moment we get complacent, we will go backwards. Every year has got to be a challenge and a fight – we know that. The more we challenge and fight, the higher we will finish up the league.” Former Swans captain Monk’s three-year deal sees him succeed revered bosses like Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup at the Liberty Stadium. He was named in temporary charge after Laudrup departed the club earlier this season before Swansea decided he was the man to take them forward on a long-term basis. Press Association Garry Monk will take charge of Swansea for the first time this weekend as their new permanent manager, claiming: “It doesn’t faze me at all.”