GeoWoodstock IX 2011 – A Lackey Report from Pennsylvania

first_imgYou can also find a Lackey at one of these upcoming Mega-Events:HQ in Washington State, USA – Groundspeak Block PartyNordrhein-Westfalen, Germany – Geocoinfest EuropaCatalunya, Spain – Mega Event CatalunyaSouth Carolina, USA – GeocoinfestShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeoWoodstock X – A Lackey’s JournalJune 1, 2012In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Mailer – February 24, 2011February 24, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geowoodstock XII Mega-Event: The Quest for Lewis and ClarkJune 10, 2014In “Community” Editor’s note: Groundspeak Lackeys are traveling thousands of miles from H.Q. this year to share smiles, shake hands and make geocaching memories at more than a dozen Mega-Events worldwide. Dani Isbell, a.k.a. Dani, attended the Mega-Event GeoWoodstock IX in Warren, Pennsylvania, USA. Dani has been a Lackey since 2009. This is her account of GeoWoodstock IX.Dani aboard the Oil Creek and Titusville RailroadBy Dani I had the privilege of attending GeoWoodstock IX with MissJenn in Warren, Pennsylvania.This was my second Geowoodstock in as many years and I am so happy that I got to be in attendance again!Our adventure started with a four hour delay in Chicago due to inclement weather. MissJenn and I finally arrived at our hotel in Warren, Pennsylvania around two in the morning.  Then it was up at ‘em and by 8AM to get to our first event, the “Geowoodstock Express.” This pre-Geowoodstock event had more than 500 geocachers in attendance to mingle and ride the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad through the Oil Creek Valley.MissJenn (far left) and Dani (far right)MissJenn and I, never ones to shy away from the dramatic, make our grand entrance by running for the train as it is about to take off.  We had gotten a bit turned around by the area, the road construction and misleading train tracks.  We finally found our way and climbed aboard to much laughter at the Lackeys who were unable to navigate. We laughed at ourselves as well and were welcomed with open arms. The train took off from Titusville at Perry Street Station and ended at Petroleum Centre Station in Oil Creek State Park. When we arrived at Petroleum Centre Station, we were greeted with a great buffet spread, warm smiles and helpful park staff who loved having so many geocachers in town!Nearly 2000 geocachers logged “attended” for GeoWoodstock IXThe train ride back was full of chatter as we made new friends and reconnected with old ones. People were also busy sending postcards from the train back to family and friends. That’s right… FROM the train!  The Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad operates the only working Railway Post Office in the United States. I could not think of a better way to get to know the history and neighborhood we were visiting.After the train ride event, I received a message from Jessie. a.k.a. Foxfire, from Groundspeak HQ in Seattle. The message I received was that gooseygal, a lovely cacher I had met hours earlier, was in a pickle! Her car had broken down on the way back to her campsite from the event. If that wasn’t bad enough, her poor dog was stuck in her camper! She was worried that her dog would overheat and not be able to go outside for another several hours. Uncomfortable at best and at worse, well, I’d call every number I had too! She made a call to a number she knew, in Seattle, hoping the message would reach me in Pennsylvania. More than two thousand miles and back, the message was received!Grandstand at GeoWoodstock IXI was with the infamous Keystone at the time who bolted back to the campsite to check on gooseygal’s dog. Luckily, gooseygal and her friend were not far behind Keystone, but the help was much appreciated. This is just one example of thousands of how the geocaching community is truly amazing!The main event, Geowoodstock IX, followed the next day. After catching up on some sleep, MissJenn and I arrived at the main event bright and early. We were immediately greeted by old and new friends. It was wonderful meeting so many people the day before. It made all of the new friends met at Geowoodstock a little less overwhelming.There were so many things to see and do!The “Meet the Reviewer” panel was a great opportunity for many players to put a face to the name that is always next to their “Published by” logs on their caches as well as to ask some of those burning questions they’ve wanted to ask. On-going activities such as GPS accuracy tests, Trackable logging and trading, merchandise purchasing and the Geo-Bingo Icebreaker game kept all busy throughout the day. If that wasn’t enough, live music, various classes, kids’ activities and a Geo-Poker tournament ensured that there was a little something for everyone.Signing the log at GeoWoodstock IXIt’s always a bit surreal to attend a Mega even as a Lackey. There’s this recognition and appreciation from geocachers who are just so happy to meet you. Perhaps the surreal part on their end is how equally happy I am to meet them! I love meeting the community that makes geocaching their life and passion. It’s not about the finds. It’s truly about the people you meet.Happy caching!last_img read more

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Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 4, 2012

first_imgBeing a better hider begins long before a lucky adventurer claims a FTF (First to Find) on your brand new geocache. It even begins before you submit your freshly hidden geocache for review. Some geocachers are already experts at hiding great caches. For the rest of us, here are four quick pointers to be a better hider.1 — Land Owner or Manager PermissionMake sure to get permission from the land owner or manager before placing a geocache – even many public locations require permission. This step will help to offer a great experience to geocachers without them being concerned about seeking the cache at that location, and means you won’t need to worry about cache removal.2 — LocationGeocaching guides treasure-seekers to a precise set of coordinates. The adventure begins there. Make sure that “there” is the right “there.” You should double (even triple) check your coordinates using a dedicated GPS receiver. Avoid using smartphones to establish coordinates for new geocaches.3 — Weather ProofingDo your best to ensure the cache and the log sheet are weather proof. A soggy log sheet can dampen the joy of geocaching. See examples of great geocache containers that help keep the log and contents of the cache dry.4 — Creative CachingPlace the geocache in a location you would like people to visit. Ask yourself, “Would I show my favorite person in the world this geocache?” Is the geocache placed in a scenic overlook? Does it reveal a hidden history or is the geocache experience creative? If you answered at least one “yes,” you’re on the right rack to placing a great cache. Check out some creative cache ideas here.You can learn even more. Get to know the geocaching guidelines. Your geocache needs to meet all the guidelines before it is published. This Week…Be a Better Hider Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedBe a better hiderAugust 21, 2018In “News”How to hide a geocacheSeptember 3, 2019In “News”The 4 Most Common Geocache Hiding MistakesMay 6, 2014In “Maker Madness”last_img read more

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Haryana Roadways buses are back on the road

first_imgThe public transport system in Haryana returned to normal on Saturday as the protesting Roadways employees called off their 17-day strike and buses started plying across the state from 10 a.m. “We have started running the Haryana roadways buses across the state from 10 a.m.,” Haryana Roadways employees’ coordination committee member Balwan Singh said. Despite the Essential Services Maintenance Act being in force, the Roadways employees had been on strike since October 16 against the government’s move to induct 700 private buses, which they alleged was a move towards privatisation of the department to benefit a few chosen ones. Even as the government held unsuccessful parleys with the striking employees twice, they have been invited for a fresh round of talks on November 12, Mr. Singh said. The strike cost the State a loss of about ₹40 crore, officials said. Meanwhile, the State government has revoked the suspension and termination of around 300 employees of the department, they said. However, those employed by the State government through it’s policy of outsourcing have been shown the door, they added.last_img read more

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Bucks hope firing Kidd sparks club with expectations rising

first_imgConsider Kidd’s dismissal a wake-up call for a team that had been a feel-good story in the NBA over the last couple years.“A general manager in the NHL had a statement once: ‘If something is inevitable, why wait?’” Horst said at a news conference before the game.Horst added that the decision was made “relatively quickly” and was not in the works through the season. Co-owner Wes Edens said Horst had the ownership group’s support.“We just felt that we got to a point in the season where this team could do more and could perform at a different level in a different way and (we are) looking for a fresh approach and different voice in leadership for the team,” Horst said.Kidd was one of the NBA’s most dynamic guards during his playing career and a triple-double threat in his heyday. He made the unusual jump right into coaching the year after his playing career ended, guiding the Nets to a 44-win season and a trip to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in his one and only season in Brooklyn in 2013-14.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Without Neymar, Messi and Suarez keep Barcelona thriving NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers He was hired by Milwaukee a few months after a group led by co-owners Edens and Mark Lasry bought the team in April 2014. The Bucks traded two future second-round draft picks to the Nets as compensation.In Milwaukee, Kidd inherited a team that won 15 games in 2013-14. He was part of a fresh start for an organization that had been mired in mediocrity for years.Other than a 33-win season in 2015-16, the youthful Bucks hovered around .500 under Kidd while Antetokounmpo and Middleton developed. Malcolm Brogdon won the NBA rookie of the year award last season, and Jabari Parker has the potential to be an explosive scorer when healthy.Despite all that, Milwaukee has largely treaded water in the wide-open East, even after adding talented guard Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Suns in November. The Bucks are 8-12 since going a season-high five games over .500 on Dec. 9.Under Kidd, Milwaukee a regular-season record of 139-152.“We didn’t lose any talent. We still have all of our guys on the floor. We still have to make the playoffs our goal,” Brogdon said.The Bucks plan to conduct a coaching search after the season. It will be an important hire for a franchise celebrating its 50th anniversary and getting ready for the opening of a new downtown arena next season.“I think Jason’s done obviously a tremendous amount for the organization. He’s a good friend, he’s a soon-to-be Hall of Fame basketball player,” Edens said in an interview before the game.“But we think this team can be the best team in the East and we want to give ourselves every chance we can to do that.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Still, if and when Milwaukee does compete for NBA titles, Kidd’s influence will be clear. He led Antetokounmpo and company to two playoff appearances in three seasons — not bad for a team that won 15 games four seasons ago. Antetokounmpo has become a star, and Khris Middleton has also become a standout player.Yet the Bucks are hovering around .500 and stuck in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The perimeter defense hasn’t ever really improved, and turnovers have become a debilitating issue of late.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor Horst, there wasn’t enough progress for Kidd to keep his job. The surprise firing, hours before the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 109-105, sent a message to players about mounting expectations as the talented kids become veterans.“It’s not all on one person. The players have some type of responsibility,” Middleton said after scoring 35 points in the victory. “He’s the first one to go, but it could be one of us next. We have to do our job night in and night out.” Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Jason Kidd helped make the Bucks relevant again. Someone else will have to help them become champions.Despite mentoring a young, athletic core led by All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kidd was fired by Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst on Monday. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will lead the team for the rest of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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