Charles ‘Mike’ Booth, Sr., 64, Wellington: Aug. 18, 1952 – May 7, 2017

first_imgCharles ‘Mike’ BoothCharles “Mike” Booth, Sr., of Wellington, died Sunday, May 7, 2017 at his home at the age of 64.Mike was born the son of Ivan and Doris Mae (Patton) Booth on Monday, August 18, 1952 in Wellington.He was a master plumber that worked for many years in the family business, Booth Plumbing and later in life operated his own business, Mike’s Handyman Services. Mike also was proud of the 17 years of service he gave to the Sumner County Sheriffs Reserve. Survivors include his son, Bryan Booth and his wife Lisa of Olathe and their daughters: Aryana, Isabella and Ivana; son, Chris Booth of Wichita and his daughter, Alexandria Booth; son, Charles Booth, Jr. and his wife Amber and his children: Shawn, Tayla, Shauntaye, Mataya, Evin and Angel; other grandchildren include Larissa Booth, Lynna Herring and Leanna Herring; a great-grandson that is on the way, Ivan Booth. He is also survivied by his brothers: Robert “Bob” Booth and his wife Joanna of Coffeyville and David Booth and his wife Susan of Colbert, Oklahoma.He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lisa Booth Herring and grandson, Damion Booth.Memorial services for Mike will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 13, 2017 in the chapel of Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington. A private interment will take place at a later date.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Rick Weiss, 65, former USD 353 Wellington Superintendent: Sept. 14, 1953 – Dec. 2, 2018

first_imgRick WeissRick Weiss, age 65, of Argonia, formerly of Chase County, died Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Hospital District #6 in Harper. The son of Robert Emery and Barbara Jean (Brandon) Weiss, Rick was born September 14, 1953 in Parsons. He graduated from Oswego High School in 1971 and went to Labette Community College in Parsons, KS on a baseball scholarship. He earned his B.S. degree in Education from Emporia State University and his Master’s Degree in Education-Specialist in Education from Wichita State University. He and Robin Ann Murphy were married August 2, 1980 in Conway Springs.Rick began his teaching career in Conway Springs as a Secondary Social Studies teacher in 1976.  In 1984, he served as the Athletic Director/Administrative Assistant for one year. In 1985, he became the Elementary Principal of Kyle Trublood Elementary School in Conway Springs until 1989 when he became the Superintendent of Schools and Elementary Principal in South Haven. Rick accepted the Superintendent of Schools position at USD 284 in Chase County on July 1, 1991 and proudly served there until June 20, 2007. On July 1, 2007 Rick became the Superintendent of Schools at USD 353 in Wellington, where he worked until his retirement on July 1, 2016.Rick loved to hunt birds: geese, ducks, pheasants, and quail. He LOVED baseball. He coached his entire teaching career at Conway Springs. He loved to play baseball eventually co-ed softball and fast pitch softball. He especially loved coaching his girls and eventually Alex. He was instrumental in the softball program at Chase County and introduced travel ball to his girls and the county.He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish at Danville Catholic Church.Rick is survived by his wife, Robin, of the home; a son, Alex Weiss of El Dorado; four daughters: Amber (David) Griffin of Burns, Ashley (Ryan) Anderson of Maryville, MO, Angela (Zack) Sigler of Augusta, and Andrea Weiss of El Dorado; his mother, Barbara Weiss of Oswego; a brother, Michael Weiss of California; and 11 grandchildren: Brock, Wyatt, and Hannah Griffin, Shae, Stella, and Parker Sigler, Owen, Eli, Adyn, an Ally Anderson, and Jaxen Milton. He was preceded in death by his father.There will be a visitation Friday, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Hall in Strong City, KS. A celebration of life memorial service will be held Saturday, December 15 at 1 p.m. in the Chase County Jr/Sr High School gymnasium in Cottonwood Falls. Inurnment at Homestead Cemetery in Homestead Community will be held at a later date.Memorial contributions to the Chase County Rec Commission Softball/Baseball Project or Harper Area Health Foundation Rick Weiss Memorial may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home on Facebook.last_img read more

Lettie Robson, 62, Wellington: January 16, 1958 – May 1, 2020

first_imgLettie RobsonIt is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our daughter and sister Lettie L. Robson on May 1, 2020. She was 62.Lettie lived for a time in Denver, Colo. and later moved to Phoenix, AZ where she had a growing business in interior design and faux finishing until injuries from an accident forced her to close her company. It was then that she became a guidance counselor and teacher. Due to her declining health and wanting to support her mother, Lettie moved back to Wellington.Though her health continued to decline, she pursued her work as a teacher, counselor, and mentor. As her physical strength declined, her mental and spiritual growth continued. She took delight in her hobbies, painting, crafting, gardening, and decorating to celebrate the holidays. For all her physical frailty, she was our rock as well as a daughter, a sister, and a friend.  She will be sorely missed.Lettie is preceded in death by her father Vossi L. Brown. She is survived by her mother, LaDeana E. Wempen of Wellington, KS; her brother, Melvin D. Brown of Anthony, KS and her sister, Christina K. Dohr of Colorado Springs, CO.At her request there will be no funeral. To leave an online condolence please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.last_img read more

Toot! Toot! New riverboat to ride Mississippi in New Orleans

first_img This Nov. 29, 2018, photo shows stairs that lead to the second deck on the “City of New Orleans” riverboat, as it is being restored, in New Orleans. A century ago, countless paddlewheel riverboats plied the Mississippi and its tributaries. Today, New Orleans has two: the Natchez and the Creole Queen, which is operated by New Orleans Paddlewheels. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) This Nov. 29, 2018, photo shows a railing with a pineapple finial, which they say is considered to be a symbol of hospitality, inside the “City of New Orleans” riverboat, as it is being restored in New Orleans. For years the City of New Orleans operated as a casino boat in Rock Island, Ill., until the mid-1990s. But after that state legalized onshore casinos, the boat became obsolete, said Matthew Dow, project manager heading the vessel’s renovation. The then-named “Casino Rock Island” sat unused for years until it was purchased by the New Orleans Steamboat Company in 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) In this Nov. 29, 2018, photo, workers install a ceiling during the restoration of the “City of New Orleans” riverboat in New Orleans. For years the City of New Orleans operated as a casino boat in Rock Island, Ill., until the mid-1990s. But after that state legalized onshore casinos, the boat became obsolete, said Matthew Dow, project manager heading the vessel’s renovation. The then-named “Casino Rock Island” sat unused for years until it was purchased by the New Orleans Steamboat Company in 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) In this Nov. 29, 2018, photo, employees work next to the paddlewheel during the restoration of the “City of New Orleans” riverboat in New Orleans. For years the City of New Orleans operated as a casino boat in Rock Island, Ill., until the mid-1990s. But after that state legalized onshore casinos, the boat became obsolete, said Matthew Dow, project manager heading the vessel’s renovation. The then-named “Casino Rock Island” sat unused for years until it was purchased by the New Orleans Steamboat Company in 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) In this Nov. 29, 2018, photo, Matt Dow, project manager for the restoration of the “City of New Orleans” riverboat, plays the calliope on the vessel in New Orleans. The new paddlewheel riverboat is ready to ride the Mississippi, set to begin taking tourists on excursions around New Orleans starting in late January. The City of New Orleans will be the third paddlewheeler to call this Southern city of Mardi Gras fame its home. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) This Nov. 29, 2018, photo shows a chandelier inside the “City of New Orleans” riverboat, as it is being restored in New Orleans. For years the City of New Orleans operated as a casino boat in Rock Island, Ill., until the mid-1990s. But after that state legalized onshore casinos, the boat became obsolete, said Matthew Dow, project manager heading the vessel’s renovation. The then-named “Casino Rock Island” sat unused for years until it was purchased by the New Orleans Steamboat Company in 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) In this Nov. 29, 2018, photo, Matt Dow, project manager for the restoration of the “City of New Orleans” riverboat, walks on the vessel in New Orleans. The new paddlewheel riverboat is ready to ride the Mississippi, set to begin taking tourists on excursions around New Orleans starting in late January. The City of New Orleans will be the third paddlewheeler to call this Southern city of Mardi Gras fame its home. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) NEW ORLEANS | Few experiences capture old New Orleans and the Mississippi River quite like a paddlewheel riverboat coming round the muddy bend with its tooting whistle horn, towering smoke stacks and water-churning propeller.This month the first new riverboat in more than a decade is set to launch in this Louisiana port city. A plunge in tourism after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 forced the New Orleans Steamboat Company to sell off one of its two boats, but the arrival of the City of New Orleans is a sign of the steadily rising tide of tourists each year to this Southern city of Mardi Gras fame.“People come from all over the world. It is astonishing. They really want to see the river,” said Adrienne Thomas, marketing director for the company, which also owns another riverboat, the Natchez.A century ago, countless paddlewheel riverboats plied the Mississippi and its tributaries. Today, New Orleans has two: the Natchez and the Creole Queen, which is operated by New Orleans Paddlewheels.Now the City of New Orleans is coming full circle, back to the state where it was built in 1991. For years it operated as a casino boat in Rock Island, Illinois, until the mid-1990s. But after that state legalized onshore casinos, the boat became obsolete, said Matthew Dow, project manager heading the vessel’s renovation. The then-named “Casino Rock Island” sat unused for years until it was purchased by the New Orleans Steamboat Company in 2016.“We instantly fell in love with the boat,” Dow said. “We saw the potential in her and knew that we could do her justice and bring her back not only to her former glory but well beyond that.”Dow said the vessel already looked the part of a New Orleans riverboat, with its curved decks, plentiful windows, decorative fleurs de lis and giant paddlewheel.Initially it was brought to a dry dock for hull repairs, then towed to New Orleans for a makeover.“We had to rip all of the walls out, all the ceilings, a lot of the insulation,” Dow said. “Basically, we had to strip this boat down to the superstructure, to bare bones, and everything had to go back new.”There were additions, too. A dumb waiter was added to connect the galley to all three decks for food transport, along with passenger elevators and handicapped-accessible restrooms. The Associated Press was given the first look at the new riverboat recently.Dow says the company is aiming to have the boat ready for tours by Jan. 21, when the Natchez goes into its annual service and maintenance layup. After that, both boats will operate simultaneously.The two riverboats look similar, both painted red and white with giant red paddlewheels and exterior deck space for close-up views by passengers of the giant propeller. But the new boat has more indoor space.The Natchez was built in the 1970s for sightseeing with a lot of open deck space, and its main deck is occupied mostly by the boat’s vintage 1925 steam engines, an attraction for passengers. The Natchez is one of only six commercially-operated steamboats left in the U.S.The new boat is run with a modern diesel-electric system. It takes up less room, allowing for more indoor space for dinner seating, jazz brunches and special events.“Even though we don’t have the steam engines, we do have the working paddlewheel, and we want to show that off,” Dow said.As with the Natchez, cruises on the City of New Orleans will include narration about the city and shoreline sights such as the port, historic Jackson Square and the Chalmette battlefield, a significant Civil War landmark downriver. And there will be plenty of live band music as the boat plies the Mississippi.Cyndi Gruenberg of Houston, Texas, rode the Natchez with her husband and two daughters recently and said they learned much about the city.“It was a great trip, a little bit of history along the river and just a fun ride,” said Gruenberg. “It’s pretty cool. It brings nostalgia back.”Tourism officials say they don’t expect a shortage of passengers, as the number of visitors to New Orleans has surpassed pre-Katrina levels in recent years.Stephen Perry, head of New Orleans & Co., which promotes tourism, says the city is “back in every way” with increased hotel and restaurant bookings. Riding a paddlewheel is part of the New Orleans experience, he noted.“This is one of the most eclectic, authentic places left in America,” Perry said. “People don’t come here only for food and music. What they like is other experiences.“A paddlewheeler is just one of the great added attractions of imagining yourself in a time gone by.” 1 of 7last_img read more

Ronaldo to Blanc: “I’d love to work with you”

first_img 06/11/2015 According to Le Parisien, French daily newspaper, Cristiano Ronaldo told Laurent Blanc that he wants to join PSG at the end of Real Madrid’s clash with them on Tuesday night. Upd. at 13:34 CET Ronaldo has been considering leaving Madrid at the end of the season and the Paris club would love to buy him.  Jordi Carné “I would love to work with you,” he whispered into Blanc’s ear at the end of the game, with the photo of the conversation causing a lot of speculation.  They have enough money to pay his enormous salary and it would allow him to continue to compete at the top level in the Champions League, while still being able to rack up high numbers of goals domestically. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in the last year of his contract and they want to replace him with a top star. However, a deal will not be easy. PSG will have to stump up the cash for a player that Madrid spent €90million on.last_img read more

Bogut scores NBA ring from the bench … and rightly so

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT ENDEAVOUR Hills has an NBA champion. Andrew Bogut didn’t play a minute in the decisive Games 5…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Unhappy Bayern slams media coverage

first_imgMUNICH (AP):Leading figures at German champions Bayern Munich hit out angrily against the media for its reporting of the club’s recent loss of form, even threatening to take legal action if necessary.Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president Uli Hoeness and sport director Hasan Salihamidzic appeared together yesterday to speak out against what they consider unfavourable media coverage.Rummenigge labelled some of the criticism aimed at Bayern “derogatory, slanderous reporting” as he addressed a packed news conference.After winning the past six titles, the 28-time German champions are sixth in the Bundesliga and have not won their past four matches overall.”Today is an important day for Bayern Munich because we are telling you we will not put up with it anymore,” Rummenigge said.”Polemic seems to know no boundaries anymore … This applies to the media, it applies also to experts, and it applies above all to experts who once played football for this club.”Rummenigge even cited Article 1 of Germany’s basic law: “The dignity of man is sacrosanct.”The Bayern officials complained against ‘outrageous’ criticism of club stalwarts Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels following Germany’s 3-0 loss to the Netherlands last week.Former Bayern player Olaf Thon, now a TV pundit, said Boateng and Hummels were playing “old-man football” in the side’s central defence. Thon, a skillful midfielder who played for Bayern from 1988-94 stood by his criticism.Bayern who started the season well under new coach Niko Kovac, with seven straight wins in all competitions, have been the subject of critical coverage for its lacklustre play in recent games. Kovac’s side has appeared flat and laboured and were humiliated 3-0 at home by Borussia Moenchengladbach before the international break.last_img read more

Job not done yet, warns England’s Super Maro

first_img0Shares0000Maro Itoje (R) led a superb defensive effort for England © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUYokohama, Japan, Oct 26 – Towering lock Maro Itoje warned England the job wasn’t done yet after he inspired a stunning Rugby World Cup semi-final victory over New Zealand with a man-of-the-match performance on Saturday.Itoje, who hounded the All Blacks at the breakdown and led the lineout figures with seven throws won, said England were building “week by week” as they seek their second world title in Yokohama next Saturday. England will play either Wales or South Africa, who face off on Sunday, in Yokohama next week after their ruthless 19-7 victory over New Zealand, the two-time defending champions.“It’s not really sinking in at the moment but we’re desperately excited, we’re really honoured to be here but the job isn’t quite done yet,” Itoje said, when asked about the final.“We still have one more week of hard work and hopefully a big game next week as well.”Manu Tuilagi’s try put England ahead inside two minutes and New Zealand never recovered, as Itoje and Courtney Lawes led a superb defensive effort to hand the All Blacks their first World Cup defeat in 12 years.England started slowly in the World Cup with an unflashy pool win over Tonga, but they have steadily improved and handed Australia their heaviest defeat in the competition, 40-16, in last week’s quarter-finals.“I think we’re just building,” Itoje said. “Game by game, week by week we’re building. We’re pushing in the right direction. “We haven’t done the job yet but we’re one step closer.”– ‘PhD in lineouts’ –Itoje admitted he was living the dream, having taken up rugby in 2006 and been “captivated” by the World Cup in France in 2007.“These are the moments you play rugby for, the games that you want to be involved in,” said the lock. “You dream of being involved in weeks like this.”Itoje was quick to praise his props and flankers for lineout help and the background work by assistant coach Steve Borthwick, who was also one of Jones’ right-hand men with Japan at the last World Cup.“He’s made a career out of lineouts. He a professor in it,” the 24-year-old Itoje, himself a politics graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, said of Borthwick.“If there was a PhD in lineouts he’d be a double PhD.”New Zealand’s sole try of a riveting encounter came from an overthrow by hooker Jamie George to Itoje, something the lock said you could expect from the All Blacks. “You don’t win two World Cups for no reason,” Itoje said. “They’re a top team, they’ve set the standard for the last 10 years in world rugby and we had to be at our absolute best to try to challenge them.“The moment you slip off that they come back and that lineout shows that. It shows you how important the little moments are in matches like this.”Itoje also praised defence coach John Mitchell, the former New Zealand coach who has lent the England team a steely edge.“He’s done a great job. He’s very popular among the players. He encourages Owen and Courtney to lead and both those guys set the tone for us defensively,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Alberta premier threatens to broaden pipeline dispute with B.C.

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to expand a fight with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline by reducing the amount of oil her province ships.Notley won’t say if she would cut off B.C. or the rest of Canada or both.She says it’s time to focus the country’s attention on lost jobs and reduced revenue due to a pipeline bottleneck.- Advertisement -Notley says if she sees more moves to delay construction, her government will pass legislation to give her the power to reduce the flow of oil and natural gas.In 1980, former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed cut oil exports in his fight with Ottawa over price controls and revenue sharing under the national energy program.The pipeline dispute began earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased oil shipments until it could do more research on spill response.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘When that time comes, I’d think about it!’ – Wayne Rooney would consider MLS move once Manchester United career is over

first_img1 Wayne Rooney England captain Wayne Rooney says he will consider a move to Major League Soccer once his Manchester United career is over.Midfielders Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard became the latest Englishmen to move to the United States this summer when they joined New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy, respectively.Rooney, 29, has four years left on his contract at Old Trafford but said when his United career comes to an end, a move across the Atlantic will be considered.“I’m obviously concentrating on Manchester United,” said the United captain in an interview with the Seattle Times during United’s tour of the States.“When that time comes, that’ll be something I’d think about. (I’ll) sit down with my wife and children and decide if it would be right for me.”United play the first of four tour matches against Club America in Seattle and then travel to San Jose, where they face San Jose Earthquakes and Barcelona before tackling Paris St Germain in Chicago.And Rooney admits he has been taken aback by the popularity of the club in the country.“When you’re first getting into the first team, it’s not something you think about,” he added.“You’re just trying to break into the team.“The older you get, the more you start to think about it, and realize how big football is. Coming to these tours, you get to see it first hand and realize the passion and how much football can bring people together.”last_img read more