Home Instead Senior Care’s Mission Medicine Will Help Protect Local Seniors…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Home Instead Senior Care’s Mission Medicine Will Help Protect Local Seniors by Disposing of Old MedsThe South Puget Sound office of Home Instead Senior Care has scheduled Mission MedicineSM Saturday, August 6th from 11AM – 2PM to help seniors dispose of expired or no longer used medications. The event, co-sponsored by Providence SoundHomeCare & Hospice, will be held at Kirk’s CHS Home Medical on Martin Way, in Lacey.Seniors or their family members can simply drive up to the location where the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to oversee the drop-off of medications into a locked container. After the event, the medications collected will be properly disposed.“This program is a way to help protect seniors from accidentally using expired medications as well as safeguarding them from the potential for theft of medications from their homes,” said Kelly Cavenah of the Home Instead Senior Care local office. “The project also can help protect the environment including pets and other animals by providing a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs before they are introduced into landfills or the water supply,” said Judy Datsko, Community Liaison Nurse with Providence SoundHomeCare & Hospice.The average senior takes four to six different prescriptions a day and refills their prescriptions 12 to 17 times a year, according to the health-care company Arcadia Healthcare. Furthermore, 28 percent of geriatric hospitalizations are attributed to adverse reactions, the group said.In conjunction with law enforcement agencies, Home Instead Senior Care franchise owners plan to launch Mission Medicine throughout North America.“Considering such a significant impact on seniors and society, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office considers our donation of time for the project an important community service,” said Sergeant Ken Clark. After the medications are collected, they will be weighed by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office before they are destroyed.Home Instead Senior Care’s Mission Medicine is a program of Home Instead Senior Care. For more information about the project, contact Kelly Cavenah at 360.570.0049 To learn more about Home Instead Senior Care, log on to www.homeinstead.com.last_img read more

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National Rebuilding Day 2014 Brings the Community Together, Helping Each Other

first_imgSubmitted by Rebuilding Together Thurston CountySee all those people?  They are your neighbors!  They are just some of the folks who spent a recent Saturday working on the maintenance needs of some very special homeowners in Thurston County.  As part of Rebuilding Day 2014 there were over 150 volunteers who worked on the homes of nine individuals and families – all of whom were incredibly grateful.  It was a fabulous day and the rain held off just long enough to complete all the necessary repairs – whew!With morning pastries provided by Momma Bear’s Bakery in Yelm, and a welcome from each of the House Captains, the six different work groups set about getting their chores checked off the proverbial list:  power wash driveways, decks and patios; pull weeds, cut back overgrown bushes and rambling ivy, plant new flowers, spread mulch, and water; replace windows that let in lots of cold air and water; clean out and repair gutters; install grab bars; repair drippy faucets; install new doors; paint; and lots more.Eight of the projects were located in Lacey (including a mobile home park where four homeowners received services), so we were delighted to have a visit from Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt from the Lacey City Council.Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet and a homeowner on National Rebuildling Day.She toured several of the projects, met with the homeowners and came away impressed with the work of so many volunteers and donors.  Mayor Pete Kmet of Tumwater rolled up his sleeves to work with the volunteers at Cheryl’s home.  Though she has an Olympia address, her home is closer to services in Tumwater, so it was particularly noteworthy that he was so generous with his time with RTTC that day.  Thanks to Ms. Pratt and Mr. Kmet, both of whom are clearly interested in the efforts of their citizenry to make their towns and homes healthier and safer.Olympia Federal Savings (and their significant financial support), United Roofing (and their 12 roofers!), the very capable services of Hometown Property Management, and Lacey Gateway Rotary members (and their strong backs) were the movers and shakers behind the biggest project this year: Shirley’s home.  After her husband died three years ago, this 76 year old lady lost interest in most everything and didn’t have the ability to take care of much of it in any event.With the assistance of about 45 volunteers, her home was transformed and in the end was a stunning example of how much good can be done in a day!  With a completely new roof, numerous smaller projects completed around the home and extensive landscape maintenance, her home is in a truly beautiful setting; and most importantly she feels like it’s something that she can maintain now that it is all under control.Special thanks go to Western Cedar Supply/PABCO for the roof supplies, to Ken Kirkland for his House Captain leadership, and to Dirty Dave’s for a terrific lunch. Susan, a 70 year old woman now living alone, received services from the Lacey Presbyterian Church (a team of about 32 men and women who have been with us on Rebuilding Day for several years now; thank you, volunteers, and to the Church for their continued financial support of RTTC!).  Big thanks also go to Rob Hodgeman, the House Captain, and to Subway for the donated box lunches that kept the volunteers going through the afternoon.Cathy Johnson, owner of Dandelion Gardens, sprucing up old planters on National Rebuilding Day.The project at Crestwood Park in Lacey had an energetic crew from the YouthBuild Construction Trades program (New Market Skills Center in Tumwater) who teamed with an equally hard working larger group from KAYO/KGY Radio.  This was definitely a case of age and experience, mixed with eagerness and wonder – surely the best of all combinations!  All three homeowners (Curt, Vietnam vet; Drema, a 71 year old lady living alone; and Ivan, who is disabled) were all absolutely thrilled with the work done on their homes and the differences were significant!  The team of volunteers also replaced the security bollards at the entrance of the park that were taken out in a car accident earlier this year.  Coordinating all these efforts was the Sater family (Lane, Tonya and all five of their children, each of whom contributed to the successes of the day).  In addition, T & S Cleaning (Ted and Shirley were both there); Chris from Gillaspie’s Tree Service; and Casa Mia and their pizzas all contributed to a job well done.  And since then, we’ve received calls from others in the park who would like assistance.Failing windows can cause lots of angst for any homeowner, but imagine if you did not have the funds to do anything about it.  That was the position 67 year old Cheryl was in, so with the enthusiasm of HomeStreet Bank employee Chris Hutchison and the major financial backing of the same institution, along with the construction skills of Nick Bevans (Bevans Construction) and John Hays (Puget Construction), she was the very happy recipient of five (yep, 5!) new windows!  In addition, Mayor Kmet was a member of this crew and Pizza Hut donated lunch for everyone.And finally there were the Robyn and Cameo projects.  Both are relatively young women (Robyn with certain disabilities and Cameo a single mom with three kids) with leaking, safety, and security repairs – important to address to keep the homes in good and safe condition as both intend to live in their homes for years to come.  Lowe’s on Martin Way in Olympia was not only instrumental in providing work crews for both projects but also provided the expertise of James Powers (Assistant Manager of Lowe’s on Martin Way) as the House Captain for both projects.  Subway and Jimmy John’s provided lunches for participants.In addition to all these outstanding companies and volunteers, there were several more who absolutely need recognition for their contributions, which were connected to more than one project:  Cathy Johnson of Dandelion Gardens worked on two projects and was instrumental in the coordination and design of both projects;  Mary Carskadon and Jackie Ashley enhanced everyone’s lunches by providing cookies and chips to each site; Cutter’s Point Coffee provided warming coffee for several of the sites; and Rob’s Excavation and NW Cascade provided port-a-potties for each work site.And where would we be without Lowe’s on Martin Way in Olympia? Not in the position we’re in, that’s for sure.  They’ve been working with us for months to make sure that all materials we needed were pulled and delivered at exactly the right time; that all their employees were trained in how to deal with us and the coordination of materials; and their financial support has been huge.Here’s a huge THANK YOU to our Executive Director, Raechel Kilcup, for all of her hard work and dedication to coordinating all of these projects as well as to all volunteers and participants who made Rebuilding Day 2014 the success that it was!Altogether, we served 32 homes in our county during the month of April, utilized over 400 volunteers, and for every $1 donated we were able to turn it into $13 of service to these homeowners. Typically, $1 is turned into $4.  We are extremely proud of the work done and thankful for the support of our community. Facebook98Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Greener Wins Gold a Para Pan Ams

first_imgFacebook59Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Karen Urman for Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Racing TeamDanzig “Ziggy” Norberg, 23, a junior at The Evergreen State College, won a gold medal in the VL2 men’s 200 meter final at the 2017 Para Pan American Sprint Championships in Ibarra, Ecuador on October 15. The Pan Am Championships drew over 200 athletes from 13 countries. Norberg, who trains with the Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Racing Team, achieved a time of one minute and two seconds, beating out Brazilian paddler, Alex Pessoa, by one second. Canadian, Trinity Tratch, took third.Ziggy Norberg with his gold medal from the Para Pan Ams. Photo courtesy: Ziggy NorbergNorberg, who was born with Spina Bifida and uses a wheelchair, was one of only a few U.S. Canoe Sprint athletes, disabled or able-bodied, to reach the podium in international competition this year. “It is an honor to represent my country,” said Norberg, a four-time member of Team USA, after winning his first medal at an international race. “And I’m absolutely thrilled to bring home a gold!”Norberg placed seventh at the 2017 Paracanoe World Championships held in August in the Czech Republic. He has competed in the kayak but concentrates on the other style of boat used in Paracanoe, the va’a, a rudderless outrigger canoe. While Canoe Sprint has been an Olympic sport since 1936, Paracanoe has only recently been included in the Paralympics. The kayak debuted in Rio in 2016, and after the announcement in September that the va’a will be included in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, competition is heating up. Norberg’s goal is to represent the U.S. in 2020. “I’ve dedicated the last six years to this sport and to my dream of competing in the Paralympics,” Norberg said. “After countless hours on the water and in the gym, winning in Ecuador really affirms that I’m doing something right!”Norberg is studying pre-law with an emphasis on sports and disability. Although he looks forward to a long career as an elite athlete, he aspires to work with an international organization advocating for disabled athletes and inclusiveness. Norberg works at Evergreen in Access Services and in the Game Management Department at the CRC. To support Norberg and keep up with his progress, got to gofundme.com/ziggys-going-to-worlds.To read more about Ziggy, go here.last_img read more

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The Night Watchman: Shane Warne’s adventure with his lady friends wakes up the neighbours

first_imgImage Courtesy: CatchnewsAdvertisement 84NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3miWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eqhmuk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2fxdWould you ever consider trying this?😱6qaCan your students do this? 🌚6wg7sRoller skating! Powered by Firework The former Australian leg-spinner spun his way into controversy yet again after his little afternoon adventure with his lover and two of her friends created quite the ruckus. The neighbours had a hard time with the bowler opting to keep his windows open.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CatchnewsShane Warne’s lover had brought two escorts into his plush London mansion. What resulted was quite intense as Warne proceeded to wince the following morning making his way to the car.One of the onlookers described the situation to the Sun by stating:Advertisement  “He was having quite a party in there and didn’t seem to give a damn who heard what was going on. He left the windows wide open and you could clearly hear all the noises.”“Shane has some very posh neighbours, including families, and it’s hard to imagine they’re not aware of what’s going on.”Advertisement Warne, who is known for his exploits with the opposite sex has a wide array of controversies surrounding the same.Read Also:Hanuma Vihari dedicates maiden test century to late father, praises Ishant for composureWI vs Ind 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Bumrah’s hat-trick paves way for imminent dominance Advertisementlast_img read more

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Monmouth Park Continues To Bet On Gambling

first_imgMonmouth County would have received something, with an agreed upon, but legislatively unapproved, enabling bill that would have given the park a percentage of revenue and provided some financial support for the county horse breeding and equine industry.“Only in New Jersey would you have a constitutional amendment with a side deal attached to it,” Coffey observed.“It wasn’t the right bill,” Drazin said, acknowledging it became apparent given the polling and the public relations efforts of some groups that it wouldn’t pass. But track operators did eventually support the ballot initiative as they entered into a last minute deal with the prospective Meadowlands casino developer to ensure a specific amount for Monmouth Park.The issue at hand is that Monmouth Park is challenged by surrounding states allowing casino-style gaming at racetracks. That draws the crowds and brings in money which allows those tracks to offer larger purses than Monmouth. And that attracts the higher profile horses and trainers, which in turn attracts a larger number of horseracing enthusiasts.Darby Development has expressed an interest in building other attractions on the track grounds, like an amphitheater for concerts, and a boardwalk area. The track this summer just opened a high-end restaurant, the Blu Grotto, as another attraction. However, the operators stress they would need the gambling revenue to support those new projects. Locally, officials said Monmouth Park could be easily adapted to allowing a casino environment, has beautiful grounds as an added attraction, has its own NJ Transit site and plenty of on-site parking. The referendum didn’t specifically say where the casinos would go if voters approved it, but the likeliest locations would have been at the Meadowlands and Jersey City. There have been discussions with legislators about different bills that would allow different types of gaming at the park, Drazin said. Drazin, however, declined to name those lawmakers at this point, simply saying the bills do seem to have some “bipartisan support.”On another front, New Jersey has been waging a legal battle in federal court, looking to let New Jersey allow sports gambling. That proposal has been successfully blocked in court so far by the efforts of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL) and others. Drazin has filed a petition seeking to have the U.S. Supreme Court take up the matter.The nation’s highest court is expected to decide whether to hear it early next year, according to Drazin.Revenue for the 2016 summer racing season was “down,” Drazin acknowledged.“They’re going to go through another season of tightening their belts,” Coffey believed, “in order to provide the best racing programs they can with the limited resources they have.”While it may be lean times for the immediate future, Drazin said he is convinced that “within three to five years” there will be sports betting at the park. And there is no chance that Monmouth Park won’t continue as a premier racetrack. “Not on my watch,” Drazin said.Monmouth Park remains Oceanport’s largest taxpayer and employer. A longer term strategy could be looking to have another ballot referendum, that, instead of allowing for additional casinos, would permit slot machines, something the track operators would support.On Election Day voters decided to fold ‘em and walk away from the table for a state constitutional amendment that would have allowed for two new casinos outside of Atlantic City. Coffey and the Oceanport Borough Council along with some elected officials in Monmouth County voiced opposition to the referendum. Their gripe with it was it was drafted purposely to exclude the county and its racetracks, requiring new casinos to be at least 72 miles away from Atlantic City, in hopes of protecting that struggling city and its gaming industry. Gaming estimates show about 28 percent of Atlantic City casino revenue comes from Monmouth and Ocean counties. By John BurtonOCEANPORT – rejection of last month’s gambling ballot referendum has Monmouth Park supporters continuing to look for ways to maintain the racetrack’s viability.And that viability continues to be seeking alternative gambling options for the track.“Now there’s a chance for a restart,” said Oceanport Mayor John “Jay” Coffey, given the referendum’s Nov. 8 defeat.“Basically, everything that’s out there that would be a revenue builder or alternative gaming is on the table,” said Dennis Drazin, a Red Bank lawyer and advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Darby Development, LLC, the operators of Monmouth Park thoroughbred horseracing track.Coffey said this week he’s had “countless conversations with Mr. Drazin regarding the opportunity that can be afforded to Monmouth Park,” looking for alternative means to bolster income for the struggling track.“There are a myriad of possibilities,” Coffey said. Possible gaming opportunities include discussions of being able to install video lottery terminals on the racetrack grounds.That step, both Coffey and Drazin explained, wouldn’t technically require a constitutional amendment or state legislative action. The reason, Coffey noted, is that while the terminals would be in Oceanport, the actual gambling is done in Atlantic City, where gambling is permitted – much like gambling from one’s home computer, wherever home is.“Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some challenges,” from special interests looking to block that move, Drazin said.Also under discussion is to establish internet cafes at the track to allow other forms of gaming, such as instant racing video terminals, which offer gamblers a random selection of races. But that would require action on the part of the state Legislature, Drazin said.last_img read more

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Promoting Love for the River By Inviting the Public to Set…

first_imgNMHA member Gayle Horvath, who is skipper of the Sea Scouts, a coed seafaring branch of the Boy Scouts of America, took on the task of checking people in and taking care of details with the help of her Scouts. Monmouth Boat Club, which began as a rowing club in 1879, provides sailing lessons, social events and other boating activities throughout the summer. The Clearwater group has offered weekly environmental sails to the public from the Oyster Point Marina for many years, said Michael Humphreys, secretary and trustee of NMHA. This year, the two organizations, which have several members in common, sought to make the Navesink more accessible and appeal to a wider audience by hosting three summer sails in Marine Park. NJFC and NMHA reached out to Charlie Hoffman, Red Bank Parks and Recreation director, a few months ago to propose sailing the garvey from Marine Park. Hoffman responded enthusiastically, noting that the borough has long been interested in finding ways for more residents to enjoy the river. Plans quickly fell into place and the borough graciously provided the needed slip for Pete’s Banjo to occupy in Marine Park. NMHA promotes knowledge and appreciation for maritime history on the Navesink and offers educational opportunities for children and adults who want to learn about, enjoy and protect the river. Despite all those efforts, however, Mother Nature had other plans and the sail set for Aug. 14 had to be canceled due to an iffy weather forecast. Sail organizers are hoping to bring more sailing opportunities to the public next year. “The question is, ‘Did lots of people sign up because it was a free ride, or is there a pent-up desire to get onto the water in boats?’ ” said Humphreys. NJFC is an environmental advocacy organization founded in Monmouth County by musician and environmentalist Bob Killian in 1974. It was inspired by the efforts of legendary folksinger Pete Seeger who launched an initiative to clean up the Hudson River in 1966 by building and sailing the replica Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to ports along the Hudson, inspiring environmental action. “It just kind of synced up,” Hoffman said. “We want to get more folks out on the river.” While some people are particularly interested in sailing on the garvey, others simply want to enjoy being out on the water, Hoffman said. “People who have done it have enjoyed it.” Members of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association (NMHA), the New Jersey Friends of Clearwater (NJFC) and Monmouth Boat Club are joining together to present this Saturday sail from 10 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14. The sail will depart from the small marina at Marine Park in Red Bank. All three organizations have a long history of encouraging appreciation and concern for local waterways. NJFC took up that cause for local waters, holding an annual music and environmental festival and hosting sails on its own historic replica, the garvey Adam Hyler, for many years. Two River residents will soon have another chance to take a free ride on the Navesink aboard the wooden sailing garvey Pete’s Banjo. Fortunately, NJFC, NMHA and the Monmouth Boat Club will try again Sept. 14, and they hope to take as many people as possible out for a late summer ride on the river. The new vessel, Pete’s Banjo, set sail on the Navesink in 2015. The flagship vessel of NJFC’s environmental sailing program, the garvey can comfortably hold eight or nine people. By Eileen Moon But so many people signed up for the sails from Marine Park that Humphreys reached out to the commodore of the Monmouth Boat Club, Bob Markoff, to ask if they could help. “He was eager to join the party with their pontoon boat and several skippers/owners of sail boats,” Humphreys said. After the Hyler’s retirement to the Tuckerton Seaport Museum several years ago, members of NJFC and NMHA decided to contribute their boat-building skills to construct a new garvey. The 26-foot flat-bottomed boat is a replica of the Tuckerton Sailing garveys that once traveled the state’s rivers and bays, harvesting clams and oysters, carrying produce and other cargo when the river was the road that linked communities near and far. For information on the Sept. 14 sail, visit navesinkmaritime.org or contact Red Bank Parks and Recreation at redbanknj.org.last_img read more

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The Nelson Daily Team of the Week: The Kootenay Senior Bowlers

first_imgThis team gets together every week at the Nelson Bowling Alley . . . and every year at the B.C. Senior’s Games. The Nelson Daily salutes the 2010 B.C. Senior’s Games gold, silver and bronze medal winners from the bowling alley with Team of the Week honors. The group was in Campbell River in September to compete in the annual games. The team includes, back row, L-R, Lorna Hamilton, Effie Rains and Blaine Rains. Front, Linc Vital, Rene Forest, Rusty Denny, Lola Swetlikoe, Lee McNeil, Dawn Williams and Audry Kempin.last_img read more

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Grab a jersey or donate — Doctor’s orders

first_imgDonors can either register for the MS Bike tour or ride the challenge, a two-day, 222-kilometer event around Kootenay Glacier, or they can simply sponsor his ride. This year’s West Kootenay Glacier Challenge happens August 17 through 18th. The last day to register, is August 12.To register, go to www.msbiketours.ca, click on “Find A Location And Register” and select “West Kootenay Glacier Challenge”.The West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is a pledge based fundraising event, hosted by the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society. Dr. Noiles encourages other participants “to ask everybody; to not be afraid to ask family, friends, colleagues.”As he says, it is an easy cause for him to fundraise for, since he has had patients who live with MS. So when Dr. Jim Noiles asks people to participate in the ride, he sincerely wants more people out there riding. Last year, the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge had 59 participants.This year registration has already topped the 80 participant mark. The MS Society of Canada receives less than three percent of its revenue from the government, and relies on volunteers and private donors for the rest of its funding. Donors can pledge atwww.msbiketours.ca . Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world, according to an international survey. (CBC News, April 12, 2010) Many participants have someone close to them who live with MS and rely on the services provided by the West Kootenay Chapter. This area has a higher than average rate of people living with MS. But when they aren’t able to ride, helping out one of the riders works well. Each participant needs to raise a minimum of $325 to ride in the challenge. Last year’s tour raised over $70,000 to fund innovative programs and services and support research dedicated to finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. For more information about the tour, contact leona.dimock@mssociety.ca. As the top fundraiser for two years in a row, Dr. Noiles knows about raising money for the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society. He is close to passing the $10,000 mark, and was presented with the custom jersey and shorts top donors receive as a thank-you from the MS Society. Dr. Jim Noiles has seen a lot of patients in his time as a physician.However, this may be his simplest diagnosis as he helps in the fight to find a cure for MS (Multiple sclerosis).The local doctor Jim Noiles has a unique fundraising strategy for this weekend’s West Kootenay Glacier MS Challenge.last_img read more

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GOLDEN GATE FIELDS TO PRESENT INAUGURAL TURF FESTIVAL APRIL 14- MAY 1TURF FESTIVAL TO FEATURE INCREASED PURSES, FREE SHIPPING AND GUARANTEED LATE PICK 4 POOLS

first_imgALBANY, CALIF. – Golden Gate Fields will offer increased purses, free shipping to and from Santa Anita and guaranteed Late Pick 4 pools during its inaugural three-week Turf Festival.Golden Gate Fields will be the only track in California with turf racing from April 14 through May 1. During that time an extra $125,000 will allocated to turf races.Free shipping from Santa Anita to Golden Gate Fields will be provided during the Turf Festival. Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, Inc. will have two vans going north and two vans going south every week during the event.“The Golden Gate Fields Turf Festival will benefit horsemen throughout California by bolstering purses in the North and giving Southern California horsemen a place to run their grass horses,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “It’s our goal to offer competitive turf racing with big fields, which should be attractive to horseplayers. We hope to generate a strong response from Northern California and Southern California horsemen throughout the Turf Festival.”There will be three grass stakes during the Turf Festival. The Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile for 3-year-olds and up will be conducted Saturday, April 30. The final day of the Turf Festival will feature a pair of one-mile stakes for 3-year-old California-breds nominated to the Golden State Series: the $100,000 Campanile for fillies and the $100,000 Silky Sullivan.In addition, Golden Gate Fields will offer two maiden special weights and two allowance races for California-breds on the final weekend of the turf festival. The maiden special weights will be worth $35,000 and will be conducted April 30. The allowances will be worth $41,000 and will be held May 1. The owners of the maiden special weight winners will receive a $10,000 bonus.Golden Gate Fields on weekends will guarantee the Late Pick 4 pool at $75,000 during the Turf Festival. The guarantee will be increased to $100,000 on San Francisco Mile Day.Jon ForbesPublicity Manager, Golden Gate FieldsE-mail: jon.forbes@goldengatefields.comOffice: (510) 559-7411Cell: (669) 244-1985last_img read more

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