Weekend Pick: Asheville Hot Chocolate 10K

first_imgThere are very few things that beat warming up with some good hot chocolate on a cold day. Combine that with one of the best 10Ks in the Blue Ridge region? Now that’s a real winner. See for yourself this Saturday at the Asheville Hot Chocolate 10K.The reviews of the Hot Chocolate 10K are simply shining: “The Hot Chocolate 10k in Asheville is a tasty mid-winter treat for runners at a time when good races are few and far between,” says running blogger Richard Hefner. “A great way to start the new year!” another racer claims.Here’s some more good incentive, for those of you who might be a little nervous to take on the 10K challenge: the Hot Chocolate 10K race is widely known as the “flattest 10K” in the Asheville area. No hills, no problem. The course follows a gentle path through the city, perfect for beginner runners or a great chance for more experienced racers to focus on speed and form. The race will begin at 8:55 AM Saturday morning, with a hot chocolate celebration and awards ceremony to follow. In addition to all that delicious cocoa, racers will receive a commemorative long-sleeve shirt at the finish. The race is capped at 750 participants, but there’s still room for more! Online registration has closed, so interested runners should register on-site the morning of the race. Registration costs just $40, and benefits the local Isaac Dickson Elementary School Parent Teacher OrganizationHot Chocolate 10K.Hot chocolate + fun miles + good people = one great event. Get in on the action at the Asheville Hot Chocolate 10K!last_img read more

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The Looney Rule

first_imgMay Day, May Day, red phone ringin’, red phone singin’, head coach going down, no head coach gone down. No, folks this is not one of the scenes from the Black cinema classic, “Pootytang” that I happened to steal from the cutting room floor a few years ago.This is some reality TV type craziness. Pitt hired Mike Haywood, who led Miami (Ohio) to the MAC championship during the 2010 season after Dave Wannestedt resigned as the Panthers head football coach under duress. Now less than a month after he was hired as the first African-American head men’s football coach in the history of the university, Haywood has been unceremoniously dismissed as a result of some serious “felonious” domestic battery charges levied against him.Many Black folks on the streets of the city of Pittsburgh were expressing anger and frustration as a result of the firing of the now former “hire.” You cannot really say that he was Pitt’s coach. Heck the man never coached a game.If Mr. Haywood is guilty of the violations that he is accused of and the “glove” does fit, not only is his firing justified; is it possible that the assistant coaches that followed him to the University and who are now unemployed have the right to file a civil suit(s) against him for punitive damages?Please take a closer look at the lives he has damaged behind his own selfish actions and lack of spiritual, mental, moral and physical discipline.Haywood had the audacity to say this about his dismissal; “It isn’t fair. The truth will eventually come out.”No “mad” Mike; what isn’t fair is the stress thrust upon a group of assistant coaches not realizing that they were being loyal to a master of stupidity. Think about the men who sold houses to buy houses having to probably look for apartments, uprooting their families just because you fooled them into believing in you.Mike Haywood strutted into the Steel City crowing like a cock in a henhouse on Easter but he exited the Fort Pitt tunnels stumbling, fumbling and mumbling without ever coaching one single game. His “future” body of work now lies cold on the pavement of reality without life and the scene of the crime only outlined by the “chalk talk” of his misrepresentations.One former staffer with the university had this to say in the aftermath of Haywood’s dismissal. “I was very disappointed when they hired him. He was from a small school with only two years’ experience and the first was miserable, so he only had one year of being a proven winner as a head coach. He did have a few years as an assistant but he never stayed anywhere very long to prove himself. I feel sorry for him. He needs to try to land a job as an assistant again somewhere; maybe Charlie Weiss will give him something at Florida.”For his stupidity Mike Haywood does not deserve another coaching position, at least not in the near future. How does; “welcome to McDonalds how may I help you, sound to you?” No Mike wait on the next person, I’m still looking.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected]­pittsburgh­courier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

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Saving Face Skin Spa Asks: “Are You Seeing Spots After Breakouts…

first_imgFacebook41Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saving Face Skin Spa Many times clients come in to Saving Face Skin Spa and they only have a few true breakouts but they tell me that they want me to fix their “acne“.  What I see is “PIH” or Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. This condition is simply the dark spot or trauma mark left from where a previous breakout occurred. It can take many months for PIH. to go away on it’s own. Sometimes as long as six to nine months. The more inflammation you have within your skin (meaning, the more severe acne problem you have) the longer this will take to go away. Skin tone also plays a factor as well in how long it takes for these spots to go away. When I analyze the skin, I determine how much is PIH and how much is actually current breakout. Many times, the PIH is higher than the actual breakout count. While there are still breakouts occurring, causing these trauma marks, it feels like a cycle with no end. Clients living within this cycle feel overwhelmed, that they have tried everything to fix their acne and nothing works. The fact is, it’s not acne causing their skin problems.  It is discoloration left over from acne. And, it needs to be treated differently than acne.Wendy Christman works together with clients to help correct skin imbalances and create healthy faces.In the meantime, it appears as if you have many more breakouts that what you really have, which could actually lead to someone self treating the wrong product, in turn leading to more breakouts. It is a vicious cycle. Saving Face Skin Spa can help break that cycle.PIH can be lightened by a trained acne specialist using the correct ingredients for the client’s skin type and acne type. This can be done simultaneously with correcting the current acne issue. So, while we are addressing the current breakouts, we can lighten the dark spots at the same time… it’s a win-win.Clients are amazed at how fast it all happens. The quick result is due to utilizing the right products for your skin type and acne type. Plus when clients have their Acne Consultation/Education visit, we review your specific lifestyle and remove triggers contributing to your acne. This takes the client’s dedication and real success is a collaboration of us working together. But, yes it can happen quickly.If you have battled acne or discoloration from acne and are interested in what options are available to you, please visit http://savingfaceskinspa.com/acne-treatments/ or feel free to contact Wendy Christman directly at 360-943-1700.To learn more about Saving Face Skin Spa, owner Wendy Christman and our story, read a this ThurstonTalk article.last_img read more

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Thurston County COVID-19 Update: Dr. Yu Letter to Community

first_imgFacebook1.1kTweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyLetter to the Community: June 16, 2020Many of you have asked the question about Thurston County moving to phase 3, and I want to let you all know I will be recommending that our county applies to move to phase 3. I made this decision because so many of us are impacted by the three months of staying home, staying healthy. COVID-19 is here to stay and we need to be able to function as safely as possible, knowing exposure to the disease is a possibility. As a public health practitioner, my job is to prevent disease transmission. If an exposure occurs, I need to respond, identify early, and contain the spread of the disease to avoid complications or deaths. I cannot do this alone. Everyone who is able to, should wear a face covering when out in public and stay at least 6 feet away from others.Our public health workforce is very good, but we cannot do the prevention for you. We can respond to reports of cases and outbreaks and help to contain the spread. The case numbers have risen lately because we had an outbreak in a long-term care facility and another cluster of cases among a group of friends/co-workers. Hospitals have the capacity to take care of sicker patients. We have testing available in our community. For the most part, people who are sick are staying home and limiting contacts. If only they kept their 6 feet of distance and wore face coverings before they got sick, we would not have exposure and more cases!Preventing disease is always better. It is something you can do. I am concerned because people continue to ignore wearing face coverings when they are in public. People are gathering in groups and not keeping their physical distance. I know you are eager to get back to seeing your friends and enjoying your activities but please keep that 6 feet of distance and use a face cover if you are within 6 feet of others. The three months of imposed restrictions is not a strategy I want to repeat but I will not hesitate to recommend that we return to a previous phase if the prevention steps are not being taken. We do not have the resources to enforce the face covering directive, but that does not mean you should ignore it. You need to be responsible and protect your family and friends. Highly vulnerable folks are better off continuing to limit their outings and social contacts. As we saw with the long-term care facility outbreak, we have an increase in hospitalizations and deaths when the elderly and high risk become infected. Our ability to contain this disease relies heavily on every citizen doing their part. We need to continue to prevent the spread of this disease.Seven ways YOU can prevent the spread of COVID-19: I need all 290,000+ Thurston County residents and the thousands who visit us to follow this advice!Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 6 feet away from other people.Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when you are in public. Cover your cough and then wash your hands.Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth without cleaning your hands first.Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.Avoid crowds.Thank you for your diligence and staying healthy!Diana T. Yu, MD, MSPH, Acting Health Officer, Thurston Countylast_img read more

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