Christmas Walk returns to Bethalto Dec. 11

For many Decembers, people have strolled the old downtown streets of Bethalto during the Bethalto Spirit Victorian Christmas Walk next Sunday. But this year, they’ll be on the sidewalk as village leaders decided against blocking streets in the area. Bethalto Spirit member Kathy Wilson heads the committee that has...
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Toys for Kids shares list of ‘special request’ items

Brown County Toys for Kids posted the following list of special request items on its Facebook page:. And we have a family with 3 kids (ages 3, 3, and 5 – all boys) that asked for a swing set. As of Dec. 1 more than 750 kids in 300...
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Budweiser Clydesdales clip clop into ICON Park on Sunday visit

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – ICON Park on Sunday will welcome in a hitch of heralded horses known worldwide as the Budweiser Clydesdales to visit and take regal holiday pictures with guests. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a troupe of four to six Clydesdales will pose in their holiday...
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Swimmers complete 365 dips in a year to raise cancer awareness

A group of swimmers has completed 365 cold-water dips in a year in memory of a father who died of a rare form of brain cancer.The Dunmurry Dippers swim every day at the Colin River in Dunmurry, and over the past year their exploits have attracted a growing following on social media.Margaret Gilgunn travelled to the river from her home in Downpatrick on Saturday to see her son Peter and his friends dive into the icy waters in tribute to her husband Tom, who died of glioblastoma in May.She said: “It is a superb achievement. I am sad but still...

Meet the Sidelines Hot Horsemen of 2022

Jack LaTorre may have gotten what some would consider a “late” start to his riding career, but now 21, Jack has a head start on life with his own business as well as wisdom and meaning far beyond his years. He first mounted up in his home state of Texas at 10 years old when his mother began taking lessons at 43. “My mom and I started learning together, and it’s something we’ve been able to share over the last 11 years,” Jack said.

Finger Joint Boxes

JavaScript is disabled. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Table saw, jointer, planer, router table, drum sander. This project was requested by a family member that seen a sample box I had in my shop during a visit. The request was made for Christmas gifts and I could not say no. I used mahogany, zebra wood and purple heart splines. I used brass rod to pinned the sides and used Brusso brass hinges. Finished in satan General Finish. The design credit goes to Eric (thanks for another assist my friend)!

Wakanaka will be scratched from Matriarch after virus positive

Wakanaka will be scratched from Sunday's Grade 1 Matriarch at Del Mar after testing positive for equine herpesvirus. According to a statement Saturday from Dr. Jeff Blea, equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board, Wakanaka was one of three horses to arrived Del Mar on Tuesday from Churchill Downs, where there was an outbreak of the virus last week.

Hoof Beats: About that bucket list

If you’re a country music fan, you probably know the Tim McGraw song “Live Like You Were Dying.” The chorus goes like this: “I went skydiving/ I went Rocky Mountain climbing/ I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu ...” If you’re a woman facing a similar future, your wish list probably doesn’t include bull riding. Or skydiving. And if you’re a smart woman, your first move will be to go on a long, luxurious, relaxing cruise, the perfect time to figure out what else is on your bucket list. The term comes from the 2007 film of the same name, and is a riff on the expression “kick the bucket,” which describes somebody who is no longer among the living.

Slow Horses Season 2 Review

Director: James Hawes, Jeremy Lovering, Saul Metzstein. Starring: Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden, Kristin Scott Thomas. I recently opined that Apple TV’s Mythic Quest was the best comedy on television right now and to follow that up, I’ll suggest that their Slow Horses is one of the best dramas. For a streaming service that has very few shows, Apple seems to buy into the idea of quality over quantity and with only six to eight episodes a season, Slow Horses is a good example of that. Thankfully, the second season of Slow Horses is just as great as the first and Apple deserves a big “thank you” for not making fans wait long for the second season.

Turned Christmas Trees

JavaScript is disabled. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Following another of Glenn Teagle's YouTube videos, I made some Christmas trees from an odd piece of mahogany that had been part of an office desk. Glenn was demonstrating that these could be made with carbide tools despite another expert having stated that they could not. In his video, Glenn made two trees from the same piece of beech, one with a skew chisel and the other with a square ended carbide tool, and there was really very little difference between them.

Chris O'Donovan rides three winners at Ballindenisk Point-to-Point

THE annual autumn Ballindenisk point-to-point fixture, stages under the auspices of the United Hunt Club, took place and Shanballymore-based rider Chris O’Donovan had an afternoon to savour. He partnered a three-timer with the opening leg of his hat-trick coming aboard his father John O’Donovan’s newcomer Shanagh Bob in the...

Zipse: A tale of 2 editions of the Cigar Mile 10 years apart

Some race results sting. I’m not talking about the sadness of a horse being tragically injured, but rather the disappointment of seeing a horse you love go down to defeat in heartbreaking fashion. Ten years removed from such a loss for me, I’ve come full circle with a thrilling win by Mind Control in the Cigar Mile (G1).

CDI to Offer Horse Racing to DraftKings

Major race track and gaming business operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has announced that it has entered into a coveted multi-year agreement with DraftKings. The deal will involve CDI developing DK Horse for the sports betting giant – an exclusive parimutuel wagering horse racing product. CDI’s B2B horse racing subsidiary TwinSpires will build the platform for DraftKings.