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first_imgMy father grew up in Latrobe, which is about 30 minutes outside of Pittsburgh and he earned his degree from Duquesne University in Da Burgh.Growing up, I had no choice but to root for the Pittsburgh Steelers. And it wasn’t hard. In the 70’s, they were dominant. They won 4 Super Bowls. They were “the” team.My father had a collection of beer steins that commemorated each championship.  I used to look at those steins as a kid – they had all the scores of each game during the season. In my mind, I’d play the season, going game by game.But one thing always confused me.The 1979 mug. Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl that year, but one score seemed off from the back of the mug.My Dad no longer has this mug. But I found another one via my Google Machine.San Diego 35, Pittsburgh 7.How could the greatest team ever, lose a game like that? If San Diego was so good, why didn’t they win the Super Bowl?This really got under my skin. Seriously, I’m 45, and I’m still thinking about it. But it gets worse. The box score from that game shows that the Steelers were crushed.Bradshaw threw 5 picks! Franco Harris was stopped, cold. The Super Steelers were slaughtered.But fast forward to the end of the season, and they were champions.Here are a few thoughts…Even in the best of times, we’ll hit rough patches. Some really rough ones. I think the good organizations get up off the ground, dust themselves off, and start grinding again.There is no such thing as perfection. The Steelers were champs. But they lost 4 times that year. Mistakes will happen. Learn from them, move on, and start the grind again.It is best not to judge someone week by week. It is better to just long-term. There will be ups, and downs. But take a step back and see how you are progressing. That can humble you when things seem to be perfect, and gets you to keep your chin up when times are down. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Detailslast_img read more

Apple Picking on Long Island 2016: Where To Pick Your Apples

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Michael BakshandehAs summer leads to autumn and leaves change color, the orchards of Long Island welcome the return of apple-picking season because their sweet, delicious bounty has ripened to fruity perfection. In celebration of the harvest, 10DC local growers that open their farms to the eager pick-your-own-apples crowd also host activities ranging from corn mazes to wagon rides that make for lifelong family friendly memories. And what’s not to love about delectable apple cider, savory caramel apples or good old-fashioned apple pie?What follows is our annual list of must-see apple picking orchards to visit this fall. Apple picking on Long Island couldn’t look better this year, but remember always to call ahead and make sure these popular orchards haven’t already been picked clean! You want to go out on a limb for something, not nothing.Davis Peach FarmHulse Landing Rd., Wading River. 631-929-1115. Call for times.This orchard doesn’t just have peaches, they also open their farm to annual apple picking, not to mention all the other fruits and vegetables available at their farm stand. They expect to open for apple picking season on Saturday, Sept. 3, but anticipate being picked clean by the end of the month, so act fast!Fort Salonga Farm30 Meadow Glen Rd., Northport. 631-269-9666. fortsalongafarm.com $20 per bushel. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Sunday.These growers are well-known not only for their apple varieties, but also for their delicious raspberries. This farm has “dwarfed” apple trees in which apples sit only 18 inches from the ground, the ideal size for the little ones to join in on the fun. Fort Salonga is a small orchard, and as a result, will sometimes close temporarily when there is no ripe fruit, so call in advance. This orchard has Paula Red and Akane available as of Aug. 26, and Fuji apples ready to pick in October.Harbes Family Farm and Orchard5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-369-1111. harbesfamilyfarm.com $8. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every weekend in September and October.This 15-acre orchard’s apples are low enough for even the littlest pickers to reach. They open to apple pickers on Saturday, Sept. 3. The farm also has a handy apple-ripening schedule detailing when their two dozen varieties are available here. While you’re at their farm stand, don’t forget to try their wines, apple turnovers and homemade apple-cider donuts!Lewin Farms812 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631 929-4327. lewinfarm.com 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesday.These farmers expect their apples to be available to pick from late August through October, but they encourage pickers to call or visit their website first. The farm is also open to self-picking a large selection of other crops, including raspberries, peaches, peppers, eggplants and pumpkins. Their magnificent 5-acre corn maze is redesigned every year to challenge even their repeat customers.MORE: Long Island Farmers’ Markets 2016Milk-Pail Farm and Orchard1346 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. milk-pail.com $47 per 20-lb. bag. 9:30 a.m. -5: 30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday. 10 a.m.-5: 30 p.m. Sunday.This orchard kicks off their apple-picking season on Saturday, Sept. 3. The farm’s variety of “dwarf” apple trees allows kids of all ages to pick apples without difficulty. The Milk-Pail Farm also offers pick-your-own pumpkins with gourds ranging in size. Don’t forget to check out their fresh market, where they serve their famous apple cider!Seven Ponds Orchard65 Seven Ponds Rd., Watermill. 631 726-8015 facebook.com/Seven-Ponds-Orchard 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Thanksgiving.Besides apples, Seven Pounds Orchard is an entirely you-pick farm with berries and vegetables. Ginger Gold and Red Free apples opened for picking Aug. 21, and Red Delicious, Macintosh and Honey Crisp are expected in September, plus Granny Smith in November. The kids will be entertained for hours with a hayride, corn maze and toy land!The Apple Orchard at Hank’s Pumpkintown240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. 631-726-4667. hankspumpkintown.com $23 per 10-lb. bag. 9:30-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day.Hank’s Pumpkintown has it all. Here, visitors can pick pumpkins, berries and 14 varieties of apples available from early September through late October. In addition, visitors can also get lost in a corn maze, ride a corn train, milk a cow, watch a duck race, and enjoy much more. Plus, their farm stand sells fresh-baked pies, cookies, cup cakes, candy apples, apple cider donuts and lots more! See their apple ripeness schedule here.Wickham’s Fruit Farm28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-6441. wickhamsfruitfarm.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.Wickham’s fruit is grown on some of the oldest cultivated land in the country, dating back to 1661. Besides apples, their you-pick farm lets families harvest strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches and pumpkins. Wickham’s also has Long Island’s oldest cider press, delicious baked goods—including apple cider donuts—specialty cheeses as well as homemade pies and jams. The apples are available in September and October.MORE: 43 Fun Things To Do With Your Kids On Long IslandWindy Acres Farm3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton. 631-727-4554. facebook.com/Windy-Acres-Farm 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday.This family farm boasts a fantastic apple selection as well as other fruits and vegetables. Known to be a great place to get all your local produce needs, Windy Acres also has fresh baked pies and hot apple cider donuts. They also have a playground and a tractor ride for the kids.Woodside OrchardsAquebogue: Route 25; Jamesport: Manor Lane. 631-722-5770. woodsideorchards.com $15 per peck, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at Aquebogue location; same time on Saturday and Sunday at Jamesport location.Woodside Orchards has nearly 30 varieties of apples, including some that even regular apple aficionados may not have heard of. The orchard’s dwarf trees allow apple pickers of all sizes to avoid struggling for those annoyingly hard-to-reach apples. Besides the apples, they also offer delicious local honey, baked goods and the only full-time hard cidery on Long Island. Both locations are open for you-pick apples from Sept. 17 through October while supplies last.last_img read more

If you’re thinking about building, now is the time

first_imgCM Master Builders MBA genericWITH land values low and tradesmen desperate for work, there has never been a better time to built, according to Acting Regional Director, HIA North Queensland Robert Harding.“It is clear that the North Queensland building industry is undergoing a tough time following the decline in the mining industry with approvals year on year for the December quarter down 21 per cent in Townsville, 31 per cent in Mackay, 21 per cent in Cairns and 20 per cent in Rockhampton,” he said.“While policy makers have made positive announcements to address the economic malice that has plagued the region in recent times, the underperformance of the residential building sector in 2016 indicates the urgent need for those policy decisions to be implemented without further delay.“In light of the fact that other regions on the east coast have seen record or near record levels of new home building in 2016 the question needs to be asked of the policy makers as to why North Queensland has failed to share in that housing cycle upswing.“It is clear that where that upswing has occurred residential building has generated a huge amount of economic activity and consequent employment.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe Converted: Boot Factory03:05 Related videos 03:05The Converted: Boot Factory00:43Best converted homes 201704:02The Converted: Butter Factory02:35Dream Home: Hawthorn00:39Average house? Wait till you see the extension!01:33Looks can be deceivingMr Harding said the upside the decline in approval figures was that for those intending to build or to enter the property market, there has never been a better time.“Trades are in ready supply and build times are short meaning mortgage payments during the build period are reduced,” he said.“Prices are competitive and this coupled with the stabilising of land prices as evidenced by this weeks Valuer Generals report mean there has never been a better time to build in North Queensland.“There is better news for builders engaged in the renovation market with activity in Queensland increasing by 11 per cent in 2017-2018 financial year and is forecast to continue in the subsequent year at a still healthy 7 per cent.”last_img read more

Mike Leach calls Washington State players ‘fat, dumb, happy and entitled’ after ugly loss

first_img Three takeaways from No. 10 Notre Dame’s win over No. 18 Virginia Washington State coach Mike Leach, known to be outspoken, wasn’t holding back in assessing his players’ overall performance after the Cougars faced a 38-13 loss against Utah on Saturday. Leach called his players “fat, dumb, happy and entitled” following their second loss of the season. Mississippi State’s mascot Bully narrowly avoids disaster vs. Auburn Three takeaways from No. 17 Washington’s win over No. 21 USC Mike Leach post Utah https://t.co/xO5MAImtT5— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 29, 2019Washington State gave up 526 yards as the defense struggled to stop Utah. The Cougars’ offense wasn’t nearly as sharp, either, as they had only 313 total yards. Quarterback Anthony Gordon threw for 252 yards, completing 30 of 49 passes with two interceptions and one touchdown. While the Cougars won against Northern Colorado and Houston to start the season, they gave up a 32-point lead in the third quarter last Saturday while playing UCLA that resulted in a 67-63 loss.  “We’re a very soft team,” Leach told reporters (via ESPN). “We get a lot of good press. We like to read it a lot. We like to pat ourselves on the back, and if we get any resistance, we fold.”Leach continued: “I think we’ve got a bunch of free agents running around there that think they’re pretty special, and then as soon as something doesn’t go their way, they want to pout.” Related News “Last year’s team was a tough team for us. We got nearly the same guys. Then all of the sudden they’re not tough. They’re fat, dumb, unhappy and entitled,” Leach said.Washington State dropped to 0-2 in the Pac-12 and 3-2 overall with Saturday’s loss. The Cougars have a week off before facing Arizona State on Oct. 12.last_img read more