Chris Kirk edges Jordan Spieth to win Crowne Plaza Invitational At Colonial In Fort Worth

With a closing 4-under 66, Chris Kirk finished one shot ahead of Masters champion Jordan Spieth, playing partner Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn.

Chris Kirk was prepared to need a putt for a playoff at the Crowne Plaza Invitational Colonial.

No extra holes were necessary Sunday for Kirk to get his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Kirk made up for an errant tee shot at No. 18 with a par-saving and winning 7-foot putt after playing partner Brandt Snedeker’s birdie try slid by the hole.

“My first three wins on tour have all been little tap-ins on the last hole,” Kirk said. “So to step up and make a putt that I knew was to win is something I’ll never forget.”

With his closing 4-under 66, Kirk got to 12-under 268, one ahead of Snedeker, local Masters champion Jordan Spieth and Jason Bohn.

Bohn had a 63 that included six consecutive birdies on the front nine. Spieth shot 65, with a near-birdie that became a bogey at the par-3 16th hole.

When Kirk got in trouble at No. 18, Bohn and Spieth went to the nearby No. 1 tee and were hitting balls in preparation for a potential playoff. Spieth was already back near the green when Kirk got ready to putt.

Kirk hooked his tee shot at No. 18 into the left rough, then hit his approach from 155 yards over the green. A nice chip set up the winning putt after Snedeker’s miss from 12 feet after a similar tee shot to finish a 67.

 

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Utica Comets 2 Drop To Grand Rapids Griffins 4; Amm Tied Up 1-1

The Western Conference Finals are now all tied up at one game apiece after the Utica Comets dropped Game 2 to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday night at The Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Brendan Gaunce (1-1-2) (at top) and Sven Baertshci (1-0-1) found the only Comets goals of the night with two assists going to Cal O’Reilly (0-2-2).

Dylan Larkin found his first professional goal in his second professional game after Andreas Anthanasiou popped the puck from behind the net directly into the center slot. Larkin didn’t hesitate as he rocketed the shot past Jacob Markstrom’s glove hand for the 1-0 lead with five minutes left in the first period.

It was all Larkin again just 3:27 later after a defensive mistake allowed him to take a harmless looking shot from just above the left circle. Markstrom made the initial save but as the puck hit his leg pad it popped up and over and crossed the goal line to give the Griffins the 2-0 lead, something the Comets had done just a night earlier.

The Griffins doubled their lead in the second period with two power-play goals from both Teemu Pulkkinen and Tyler Bertuzzi, the Griffins top two goal-scorers this postseason. Their first came at 14:12 following a slashing minor from Comets center Wacey Hamilton. A hiccup in the Comets defensive zone left the puck free in the slot as Pulkkinen picked it up and ripped it short side for the 3-0 lead and his league-leading 14th goal of the postseason.

Sven Baertshci
Sven Baertshci

Their second power-play goal and their fourth overall saw Bertuzzi rip a shot off to the right of the slot and through the legs of Markstrom to make it 4-0 before heading into the third period.

Joacim Eriksson made his first postseason appearance for the Comets as he replaced Jacob Markstrom for the start of the third period. The Swedish goaltender only face two shots from the Griffins the entire third period.

The Griffins made things a little bit easier on the Comets after taking two consecutive delay of game penalties at the end of the third period. With less than six minutes left Bobby Sanguinetti was able to keep the puck inside the blue line followed by a dish back to O’Reilly on the boards. With a wide-open Gaunce in the center slot, O’Reilly fed it across to the middle and Gaunce rocketed it home for the power play goal and his fourth of the postseason to make it a 4-1 game.

Cal O’Reilly
Cal O’Reilly

With only 2:30 left in the game, the Comets found their second power-play goal after a nice set up in the crease from both Gaunce and O’Reilly. Baertschi received the puck to the right of McCollum and popped it past him to make it a final score of 4-2.

Special teams on both sides of the ice did some work on Monday night with a total of four power-play goals.

The series now shifts to Grand Rapids, Michigan as the two teams will play Games 3, 4, and 5 at the Van Andel Arena starting on Thursday night.

Utica Comets 2 vs; Grand Rapids Griffins 1; Utica Leads Series 1-0

The Utica Comets held the high-powered Grand Rapids Griffins offense to just one goal, just the second time that feat has been accomplished this postseason, and claimed a 2-1 Game 1 victory at The Utica Memorial Auditorium Sunday night.

Nicklas Jensen (1-0-1) ‘picture above)and Brandon DeFazio (1-0-1) both tallied their second goals of the postseason as they pushed the Comets over the Griffins to take the 1-0 series lead.

Brandon Defazio
Brandon Defazio

They say that Game 1 of a series usually sets the tone and the Comets attempted to set it pretty quickly as Nicklas Jensen found the top corner of the mesh just 35 seconds into the opening period. After obtaining the puck from Peter Andersson, Jensen lifted the puck at an angle that was just awkward enough to whiz past Tom McCollum’s shoulder to give the Comets the 1-0 lead. Cal O’Reilly tallied the secondary assist for his tenth of the postseason.

The Comets put another goal up on the board a little over 10 minutes later after Brandon DeFazio popped an innocent looking shot on net that just trickled past McCollum’s leg and over the goal line to make it a 2-0 game. Both Wacey Hamilton and Adam Clendening received assists on the play.

A well planned faceoff and a Comets penalty is all it took for the Griffins to find their first of the night with a little less than four minutes left in the first period. Teemu Pulkkinen set up the play with a pass to Nathan Paetsch at the blue line. Paetsch then shot it to the left of the net and the puck met Mark Zengerle’s stick prior to popping into the net for the power-play goal.

The Comets learned from their lesson and stayed out of the penalty box the rest of the way as they held the Griffins off through the two remaining periods. En route to their 2-1 victory the Comets took control of shots on goal with a total of 31 compared to the Griffins 26 on Jacob Markstrom, their second-lowest total of shots on net in the postseason. (24 shots on May 13th vs Rockford)

Jacob Markstrom
Jacob Markstrom

The third round series continues Monday night at The AUD as the Comets and Griffins will partake in Game 2 before shifting the series to Grand Rapids, Michigan for Games 3, 4 and 5 (if required)

How transit agencies are trying to attract millennial riders

Millennials — defined as people between the ages of 18 and 34 — are members of the largest and most diverse generation in American history. Their adroitness at using technology and their predisposition for living in urban neighborhoods and taking a train or bus to get around is already influencing trends in the transportation field. That’s what the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) concluded in its 2014 report, “Millennials & Mobility: Understanding the Millennial Mindset.” The study examined what is driving the millennial generation’s transportation choices, what will drive those choices in the future, and the opportunities for the transit industry to capitalize on those choices.

The reasons behind millennials’ transportation decisions are pragmatic: They ride trains and buses primarily for convenience and to save money. At the same time, they have high expectations for the transit services they use: 61 percent want to see more reliable systems; 55 percent expect real-time updates and wireless Internet service wherever they go; and 44 percent want a more user-friendly travel experience over the next decade.

Other studies have reached similar conclusions. In October 2014, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) Education Fund concluded in its “Millennials in Motion” report that millennials’ shift away from driving cars over the past 10 years is likely to continue. Census data indicate that the share of 16- to 24-year-olds who drive to work declined by 1.5 percentage points between 2006 and 2013, while the percentage of young people getting to work by public transportation, foot or bicycle increased.

A love affair with cars? Not so much

Also last year, Transportation for America — a division of the nonprofit Smart Growth America coalition — and The Rockefeller Foundation sponsored a survey that found a majority of millennials want access to public transportation options so they don’t have to rely so much on owning and driving a car. More than half — 54 percent — of those surveyed said they would consider moving to another city if it offered better options for transit; 66 percent said having access to high-quality transportation is one of their top three criteria when deciding where to live.

The results spoke to the incentive for cities to invest in transit networks as a way to attract and retain a younger workforce, says David Goldberg, communications director for Transportation for America and vice president of strategy for Smart Growth America.

Employers are starting to act on millennials’ preferences, Goldberg says, noting recent announcements by major corporations such as Marriott International and State Farm Insurance that are moving major operations to vibrant urban locations that offer easy access to transit systems.

“Employers are looking to set up in places where the talented millennials want to be,” he says. “The millennials are a great target market for transit agencies. They actually see transit as part of a bundle of services that are tied up with hip, urban living.”

Given the under-35 generation’s tendency to feel positive about using transit, it might be natural for some urban planners to presume that if you build a light-rail or bus line, the millennial riders will come. However, transit agency executives shouldn’t take those attitudes for granted, says Goldberg.

“Transit agencies right now have a really good opportunity that I’m not sure they’re capitalizing on to the degree that they could,” he says. “To attract and keep these riders, it’s really about patron services. It’s thinking in a more agile way about the change that’s underfoot and the incredible energy that could support the growth for transit.” Agencies need to be nimble at adapting to new technology. They should structure their systems to take full advantage of smartphone technology that provides real-time information and other data about what’s going on with their system, Goldberg says. They also should employ technology that helps riders connect with last-mile services such as bike share, Uber or Zipcar, he believes.

Marketing to a younger audience

Transit-industry executives whose agencies are aiming to attract millennial-age riders observe that the generation presents different challenges than previous generations when it comes to marketing and communications.

“They’re the most tech-savvy generation, and they’re the most cynical when it comes to traditional advertising versus word of mouth, recommendations from friends and social networks,” says Nevin Grinnell, chief marketing officer and vice president of marketing communications for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).

Moreover, millennials grew up in tough economic times and are getting their driver’s license later in life. Those two things bode well for public transportation, Grinnell says. Consequently, DART is using technology in new ways to reach millennial-age customers. One example is the “GoPass,” which DART launched in September 2013. The mobile ticketing application allows purchasers to use smartphones to buy a regional pass that’s good for rides on DART light-rail trains and buses, as well as at neighboring transit agencies in Fort Worth and Denton County, Texas.

“So far the response has been phenomenal,” Grinnell says. “We have over 350,000 downloads to date, and we’ve solicited over a million transactions.”

Social media helps raise awareness

In addition to buying a ticket to ride, the app features tools that enable users to plan their trips around North Texas. The idea is to give public transit riders all the information they need in the palm of their hand.

DART created a Facebook page specifically to encourage DART riders to use the GoPass app.

“With the Facebook page, we found that people started asking questions about how to use the app, and instead of DART getting involved to answer the questions, we saw a lot of our potential riders and tech-savvy people in the community answering their questions,” says Grinnell. “That told us that we can put the app out there and drive the awareness, but we need to make sure we are encouraging the community to get involved and drive that information.”

DART has relied on other social media tools such as Twitter to drive information about the agency.

“We want to be the first source of what’s happening on DART,” explains Grinnell.

As part of that goal, the agency hired a digital media specialist formerly with The Dallas Morning News to write DART Daily, a blog about behind-the-scenes news and trends associated with the public transit system. One recent DART Daily blog post, for example, informed readers about student artwork — created for a DART contest — on display at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Operations communications staff in the agency’s train control center monitor customer comments on DART’s social media networks to respond to concerns or questions, says Morgan Lyons, DART’s assistant vice president of communications and community engagement.

“What social media allows us to do is maintain an ongoing communication with our customer or prospective customer,” says Lyons. “It allows us to put a more human face on the system.”

At Sound Transit in the Puget Sound area of Washington state, millennials make up the heart of the agency’s ridership: 29 percent are in the 25- to 34-year-old age group, and another 17 percent are between 18 and 24 years old, according to Craig Davison, executive director of communications and external affairs. That means the agency has to be at the top of its game when it comes to marketing its services to the millennial generation.

Sound Transit still relies on traditional television advertising to get its message out to the general population, especially as the agency continues to build rail extensions and open new stations.

“Television is still the most effective way to reach the broadest audience,” says Davison, who joined Sound Transit a year ago after a 12-year stint at Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox. One of the agency’s TV ads features two millennial-age women in a car stuck in traffic. The passenger encourages the driver to “unwind” and use Sound Transit services to avoid the stress and wasted time spent behind the wheel. The spot, which could speak to any adult rider, wraps up with the message: “Ride the Wave of the future” on Sound Transit.

But to reach millennials specifically, Sound Transit also has ramped up activity on social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Twitter has been an especially powerful tool for the agency to respond directly to riders’ questions about service issues, Davison says. And, the agency is advancing a plan to create cellular access for mobile phone use in tunnels.

Whether it’s for a TV or social media campaign, Sound Transit creates brand elements — such as humor — that research has shown to play well with the millennial crowd, Davison says. The agency is now preparing a TV campaign that will feature millennial-age comedians as a way to engage riders and potential riders.

Humor also is a central theme for the Regional Transportation Authority‘s (RTA) “Ride On” campaign, a two-year, $5 million effort to raise awareness of public transportation in Chicago. The promotions highlight the convenience of riding Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Metra trains or the Pace bus system to avoid driving in and around a major urban area that’s notorious for its traffic congestion.

Although the campaign is aimed at attracting riders of all ages, millennials are a key demographic being targeted, says Mark Minor, who serves on RTA’s marketing and planning team and is shepherding the campaign. About 79 percent of millennials surveyed by RTA in 2012 said they use transit systems five or more times a week, compared with 70 percent of the rest of surveyed transit riders, he says.

Slated to run through summer 2017, the campaign features television and online advertisements, and the use of digital billboards throughout the Chicago area. Some of the ads intentionally feature millennial-age people riding CTA or Metra trains. The ads focus on transit’s benefits: convenience, increased productivity (you can read on the train) and cost savings.

“We hit on those major points and do so in a humorous way, which is attractive to millennials,” says Minor.

Although millennials compared with other demographic groups are more inclined to use public transportation systems, ongoing brand awareness is critically important in a large market like Chicago, where the stream of millennials moving into or visiting the city is constant, Minor says.

Ride Metra to Lollapalooza

Although Metra doesn’t offer promotions specifically for millennials, some of what the commuter railroad does offer no doubt reaches the under 35 crowd more so than other age groups, says Metra spokesman Michael Gillis.

“Those would include promoting off-peak travel, especially on weekends, where we hope to convince young adults to use our trains to reach downtown activities,” Gillis said in an email.

Examples include an $8 weekend pass for unlimited rides on Saturdays and Sundays. Last summer, Metra also offered a special $10 pass for rail travel to the three-day Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park in Chicago, an event that’s popular with millennials. Metra plans to repeat the Lollapalooza promotion during this summer’s festival, Gillis said.

“Our use of more digital marketing, such as on Pandora, likely also appeals more heavily to the millennial demographic,” he says. “We also have car-sharing partnerships at some stations and we promote bike-sharing, two things that would appeal to young adults without cars.”

And this spring, Metra — along with CTA and Pace — plans to roll out a new mobile ticketing app that will allow riders to buy and display tickets on their smartphones.

In Atlanta, the Metropolitan Area Rapid Transit Authority’s “MARTA On the Go” app provides scheduling and real-time information and service alerts for trains and buses. The transit agency plans to launch a new version of the app that will feature mobile payment ability as well as a tool that will help riders plan seamless station-to-destination trips via Uber, says MARTA spokeswoman Saba Long.

MARTA also is stepping up its use of social media to communicate with riders, and has a plan in place to equip trains and buses with wireless Internet access.

And, aware that employers increasingly seek to locate near transit stations, the agency is analyzing ways to better integrate transit service with riders’ lifestyles. That way, riding a MARTA train not only would be convenient, but interesting and relevant to their daily lives. MARTA Chief Executive Officer Keith Parker’s initiative known by the acronym SEAT — for service, economic, arts and technology — features strategies that aim to do that in ways that will appeal to the under 35 set, says Long.

“The things the millennials are asking for involve better customer service and being more responsive to the needs of the customer,” she says. “And if something is beneficial to millennials, it will be beneficial to the overall riding population.”

Keeping millennials’ interests, lifestyles and needs in mind will be important for transit agency executives to successfully plan for the future, says Transportation for America’s Goldberg. It will mean thinking about transit holistically, as a part of an environment where people want to live, work and play, he says.

DART’s Grinnell says his agency is already on that track. Next month, DART will launch a brand “repositioning” that will convey the idea that DART is a rider’s ticket to exciting places in and around Dallas.

“People aren’t riding DART just to ride, they’re riding DART to get to places. So, we want to incorporate a lot of those places and really enhance that sense of discovery,” Grinnell says. “Going forward, we’re looking at establishing a campaign that highlights places that maybe people didn’t think of or know about before. We’re calling them ‘DART-able gems,’ or places you can access via DART.”

DART officials have been consumer-testing the new concept, which they see as a potential benefit for the city of Dallas as well as the agency.

Says Grinnell: “We received a lot of positive feedback about it — not just from millennials, but from a broad sample of customers who said this is something that’s part of our city and makes us look cool and hip.”

Email questions or comments to julie.sneider@tradepress.com

Penney Vanderbilt’s New WebSite. Great WebSite from World’s Greatest Blogger!

Well readers, I just finished my newly renovated WebSite: WWW.OMINOUSWEATHER.COM/Penney.html

The first feature we like is Penney”s Best Blogs. The ranking of these sites is from YOU, not me. We start out with the Troy Union Railroad.

It does not exist anymore so maybe it is a “folk lore” attraction? There are several other railroad blogs on the most popular list.

“Folk lore” is very popular. Check out “

The Tobin Packing Company of Albany (Makers of First Prize Hot Dogs)

Don’t forget that in addition to my very popular blog, that we have three other popular blogs. I am the “big mama” of the group and decide what I want to publish. KC Jones picks up some of the blogs I can’t get to. The Ancien Hippie marches to his own drummer. Being the oldest and wisest in the group. Yes he can be opinionated, but he is loveable. Our young Crazy Pasta Child looks for new and different topics.

There are over 400 Web Pages you can reach from my WebSite!!!!!

Some have been blogged, some not.

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Saratoga and North Creek, which operates passenger trains between Saratoga Springs and North Creek, and freight trains between Saratoga Springs and Tahawus, also runs snow trains in the winter months and the Polar Express during the Christmas holiday period. The railroad is looking at expanding service to the Albany-Rensselaer train station. While it connects with Amtrak’s Adirondack services at Saratoga, the Rensselaer station has far more Amtrak service. Saratoga & North Creek Railway is looking into the feasibility of extending passenger train service to Rensselaer to better serve passengers aiming to head north.

When and When Not To Deviate From Standards

What do we mean by “deviating from EDI Standards”? Experience has shown that in-place EDI Standards, coupled with adequate “Trading Partner Conventions” are a very strong and robust set of tools. The Standards are “bigger than a bread box” and hold the possibility of solving any trading partner issues that arise.
I first searched online for any instances of “deviating from EDI Standards”. Not finding anything of value to report, I searched numerous EDI vendors for their stance on the subject. The first one I ran into stated that there will always be deviations from EDI Standards: Over the years, they have seen almost every EDI standards varied. As dedicated professionals, they simply meet the needs of their user, at no additional cost or fuss.

The next vendor stated that EDI Standards are the broad set of rules from which no EDI partner can deviate. Like a sporting event, the standards committee sets the rules of play so that every party can freely participate. It’s the individual ground rules of the EDI partners that vary from EDI partnership to EDI partnership.

Others feel there are ways around data issues. “There is freedom all around us in EDI.  The trick is to find it and take it.“ If, for example, that MSG segment (and ANSI 864) wasn’t allowed in EDI – and if it was confining and restrictive – we wouldn’t be able to send some of the information to our trading partners that ARE important. Well, it is allowed and the Standards have many other ways to help. Count the number of times the word “OTHER” occurs in the documentation. Segments, Elements, and Qualifiers are all designed to keep us from having to deviate from standards.

But am I the only one screaming from the sidelines that “Trading Partner Conventions” are a vital part of any EDI Relationship?

Utica Comets 1 vs Ohlahoma City Barons 0: On To Western Conference Finals!

One goal was all the Utica Comets needed Wednesday night as they secured a spot in the Calder Cup’s Western Conference Final after eliminating the Oklahoma City Barons 1-0 in Game 7 at The Utica Memorial Auditorium.

After losing Game 6, Jacob Markstrom had another bounceback performance as he shutout the Barons and stopped all 35 of the shots the Barons unloaded on him. Alexandre Grenier (1-0-1) was the offensive hero for the Comets as he netted his second game-winning goal of the series.

Alexandre Grenier
Alexandre Grenier

Since 1992, teams that have scored first in the Game 7’s have gone 47-13. With that statistic in the back of their minds, the Comets kept it a 0-0 game until the 7:11 mark in the third and final period.

“You want to get the first goal in a game seven. There was a lot of emphasis on that,” said Head Coach Travis Green.

It only took three consecutive shots but Grenier was able to find the rebound just inside the blue paint as he knocked the puck past the Barons netminder, Richard Bachman that gave the Comets all that they needed to walk away with the win. Both Travis Ehrhardt and Alex Biega were credited with the assists.

With the shutout, Jacob Markstrom became the second goalie in American Hockey League history with a 1-0 Game 7 shutout, joining Cleveland’s Johnny Bower who achieved the same feat in the 1953 Finals.

After bringing both of their first two rounds to the brink, the Comets have played a total of 12 games with nine of them being one-goal games. In those nine games the Comets have gone 5-4 this postseason.

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals begins this Sunday at The Utica Memorial Auditorium, as the Comets will host the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 p.m.

Dying and Don’t Care

This very excellent article was written by Skip Stein and published on LinkedIn

For the past six years, since my prostate cancer diagnosis and death sentence, I’ve been practicing a successful (one might say Very Successful) Plant-Based Lifestyle. According to all the ‘experts’, even with ‘treatment’ I’m supposed to be dead now. Go figure! (see http://prostatecancerfight.org/)

Not only am I still Alive, I’m kickin but and taking names and am more active than when I was 40 (that was 29 years ago!). I’ve started several new lines of business to promote and encourage others to at least consider a Plant-Based Whole Food Lifestyle.

I’ve been evangelizing to anyone who will listen how I manage to still be, not only Alive, but healthier NOW than ever before. My blood work amazes our family doctor and he just shakes his head and mutters about “and he has cancer”; sort of under his breath.

There was no magic pill. No magic elixir or special anything. I simply and immediately changed my Lifestyle to focus on Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition. Yes I did some yoga and intense juicing for the first year to ‘cleanse’ my system and rebuild my failed immune system, but now I just eat plants; no meat, fish, dairy or eggs or any derivatives.

Yep, just four little items removed from my table and dietary intake; that and alcohol which I gave up over 20 years ago when my first grand-baby was born! I tell people how AMAZING I and my lovely wife Nancy feel. We are so active we can seldom sit for long and undertake both business and personal adventures all across this wonderful Country of Ours with our Plant-Based Road Trip business.

I am more mentally acute and my thought processes are, sometimes, overactive with ideas and concepts I never before envisioned. Heck, I never used to try to write stuff like this before; now I can’t seem to stop.

When you survive a death sentence from experts (yea, a lot more than one said I’d be dead!) and found such a simple, easy and inexpensive solution, how can you Not tell your family, friends and, well, anyone who will listen!

What I have found truly Amazing is how many people, many with severe illnesses (cancer, heart disease, diabetes 2 and others) won’t even consider a change in Lifestyle approach. Others, who remain healthy (they believe), often run when they see me coming. “Oh boy, there comes that plant guy again!”.

At one Health Fair we attended with information, I had one guy come up and ask a couple of questions. He had had a quad-bypass a few years previously and was scheduled for another in a few months. He was overweight and had difficulty walking but at least he asked some questions. When I said that considering a Plant-Based Lifestyle might help him with his current treatment and possibly reverse some of his heart disease he was interested. Then I told him about eliminating the meat from his diet and he looked at me, right in the eye, and said “I’d rather be dead than give up my steak!” and doddered away. Again, go figure!

Americans are dying and contracting horrendous, debilitating diseases that not only impact them but their family and friends! They refuse to even consider a change that could prevent them from having to take or removing the need for most/all prescription drugs and much traditional medical care/treatment.

There are thousands and more people the Planet over that have successfully reversed a variety of diseases, eliminated prescription drugs and are living longer healthier lives by just changing their Lifestyle to a Plant-Based Whole Foods approach. The evidence is overwhelming and is gaining some traction but very, very slowly.

It is almost as if people don’t value LIFE any longer. Why don’t they care about living and seem to gravitating to dying. I truly cannot understand. Maybe being given a death sentence and overcoming it has inspired me? I certainly did Not know what I know now; way back then. Wish I had! If I had known, I might never have been diagnoses with prostate cancer in the first place.

Now, all I can do it try to inform, communicate and encourage anyone who will listen (or read) to at least consider a Whole Foods Plant Based Lifestyle. It could save Your life or the life of a loved one! Don’t wait to get sick! Don’t wait to be told you are dying. There is a whole Planet full of alternative treatments and approaches to almost every disease.

Joel Fuhrman, in a recent video, said that changing to a Plant-Based Lifestyle could eliminate 70% of the healthcare costs currently incurred in the USA. SEVENTY PERCENT. That is Billion$ of dollars of your personal and tax dollars.

Don’t wait to be told you are dying! At least listen, learn and consider migrating towards a more Plant Based Diet for you and your family. It WILL make you feel better and, just maybe, save your life!

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Skip Stein is a Consultant and Lifestyle Counselor/Coach with Orlando based Whole Foods 4 Healthy Living.

Skip has a lot in common with our own fellow blogger, the Ancien Hippie

Our Hippie used to work with the same EDI stuff that Skip did. They are both opinionated senior citizens whose vocabularies do not include the word “retire”

Both dealt with the prostrate cancer thing. Hippie “chemically-poisoned” by “Agent Orange“. Won’t go near the “Weed B Gon”  or “Roundup” section in a garden store. Gets “woozy”.

Both are “food nuts”. The Hippie bakes his own “One Special Bread“. It is based on USDA ideas, but he now includes quinoa so I don’t know if it is a 12-grain or a 13-grain bread.  Don’t think he ever tried very hard to sell it. Instead wraps small loaves in foil and gives to friends, associates and complete strangers.

 

 

Utica Comets 1 vs. Oklahoma City Barons 2 (All Tied Up 3-3)

The Western Conference semifinals will come down to a winner-take-all Game 7 after the Utica Comets fell 2-1 to the Oklahoma City Barons on Monday night at The Utica Memorial Auditorium. The Barons have now forced a Game 7 after tying up the best-of-seven series at three games apiece.

Sven Baertschi (1-0-1) was the only Comet to score in the contest. Richard Bachman once again proved his worth in the crease by stopping 33 of the 34 shots the Comets barraged him with.

With elimination lingering in the back of their minds, the Barons scored the first goal of the game just 5:23 into the opening period. Brad Hunt made a one-goal lead a reality after singlehandedly barging in towards the left of Jacob Markstrom and flipped a shot that snuck through Markstrom’s legs and trickled past the goal line.

It wasn’t until the third period, but Oklahoma did it again at 8:26 on what the Comets misinterpreted as a potential icing call. With defense on the lax, Ryan Hamilton quickly popped the puck over Markstrom’s glove hand. The puck darted over Markstrom’s glove for the two-goal lead and his fifth of the playoffs.

It was a little delayed but the Comets finally answered back with less than six minutes left in the game. Alex Friesen gave his team some hope after releasing a shot from the upper slot that initially looked as if Bachman swallowed it up. With Baertschi closing in on the blue paint, the puck re-appeared and the left-winger got a piece of it just before it trickled past the left post to make it a 2-1 game.

Even after chopping their deficit in half, the Comets couldn’t find another one and ended the game with their eighth one-goal game of the playoffs.

The series will finally be decided this Wednesday night at The AUD with the puck slated for 7 p.m.

Rory McIlroy Conquers Quail Hollow, Wins Wells-Fargo Golf

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy was more methodical than electrifying Sunday.

It was still effective.

Always in control, the top-ranked McIlroy became the first two-time winner in the Wells Fargo Championship with a seven-shot victory over Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers.

McIlory closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 21-under 267, shattering the tournament record by five strokes. He entered the day with a four-stroke lead over Simpson after a course-record 61 on Saturday.

“Everything is firing on all cylinders for me,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy also won the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play this month in San Francisco two weeks ago. Today’s win marks his 11th PGA TOUR title. He has six top-10 finishes in his last eight PGA TOUR starts.

McIlroy also won at Quail Hollow in 2010 for his first PGA TOUR title, shooting 15 under. Anthony Kim set the previous tournament record of 16 under in 2008.

“The golf course just sets up really well for me,” McIlroy said.

Phil Mickelson called McIlroy’s performance this week “impressive.”

Rodgers, playing on a sponsor exemption, was the only player to mount a serious challenge, getting within three shots after a birdie at No. 15. He played the final two holes in 3-over and finished with a 68. Simpson shot a 72.

McIlroy got off to a shaky start with a three-putt bogey on No. 2 — his first in 167 holes — but quickly pulled it together. He didn’t have another bogey until the 17th hole, when he had built a seven-stroke lead and outcome was already decided.

Simpson failed to capitalize on McIlroy’s early mistake, shooting 37 on the front nine that included a double bogey on the par-3 sixth when he three-putted from 8 feet. That dropped the Charlotte resident six shots back and he was never in contention again.

“He’s our best player right now and I wish more than anything I could have shot a couple under on the front to make it more exciting,” Simpson said. “Just didn’t have it today.”

McIlroy reached 20 under on No. 12 when he knocked his approach shot from 132 yards to 2 feet of the cup for a tap-in birdie and it looked as if he might coast the rest of the way.

But Rodgers, who earned his first top-25 finish on the PGA TOUR, made it interesting when he played a seven-hole stretch in 6-under par, sparked by an eagle on the par-5 10th hole. But McIlroy didn’t flinch when Rodgers drained a 15-foot putt on No. 15 to pull within three shots of the lead.

Instead, McIlroy countered by rolling in a birdie putt on his own on No. 14, moving to 21 under and regaining a four-shot cushion.

McIlroy then put an exclamation point on the win by drilling his approach shot from 145 yards to 3 feet on No. 16 for his tournament-record 27th birdie.

“I had a goal to go out there and birdie the par 5s and the two drivable par 4s and I knew if I made six birdies there was pretty much no chance that anybody could catch me,” McIlroy said. “With my length and the way I’m driving it, it’s a big advantage around here and it showed this week.”

Rodgers ran out of gas when he dunked his tee shot in the water on the pesky par-3 17th and took a double bogey to fall seven shots back. Still, it was a solid finish for Rodgers, who earned an automatic berth in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial next week by virtue of his top-10 finish.

“It has given me a lot of confidence moving forward,” Rodgers said.

Mickelson finished in a three-way tie for fourth place at 12 under with Gary Woodland and Robert Streb.

 

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