ISP promote safe driving tips for inclement weather

first_imgStatewide—According to the Indiana State Police Dispatch Center in Indianapolis, statewide troopers investigated 336 property damage crashes, 79 personal injury crashes and 213 Assist Motorists (slide-offs) during the same time period.  With more substantial snowfall coming this afternoon and overnight, the Indiana State Police would like to offer some safe driving tips.The most common cause of crashes during snow or icy weather is speed too fast for the existing road conditions. Remember, slick roads don’t cause crashes-it’s your driving behavior on those roads that causes the crash. Plan your trip according to weather and traffic conditions.The Indiana State Police offers the following safe driving tips for inclement weather.•Allow extra time to get to your destination.•Clear all windows of ice and snow and remove snow from hood, roof and headlights and tail lights.•Beware of bridges, overpasses, and intersections where ice tends to form first.•Don’t use cruise control on slick roads.•Avoid abrupt stops and starts, slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid losing traction.•Use headlights even during daylight hours.•INCREASE the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.•DECREASE YOUR SPEED according to the road conditions.•Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained.•DON’T BE DISTRACTED-Pull over and stop to use electronic devices.•MOVE OVER and SLOW DOWN for emergency vehicles, snowplows and highway service vehicles.It’s going to snow, and roadways will be slick, so leave early and give yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you don’t have to go out, then don’t go. Give highway crews time to work and get the roads cleared. Slow down and increase your following distance, as it’s better to reach your destination late than to not reach your destination at all.last_img read more

Ellsworth native Alexander set to build on racing career after winning Valvoline grand prize

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Ever since he’s been old enough to walk, it’s been next to impossible to keep Wyatt Alexander away from the race track.Over the course of his racing career, Alexander, who graduated from Ellsworth High School in 2017, has gone from racing go-karts to legends cars to super late models. After winning a recent nationwide contest, Alexander will have even more resources at his disposal as he makes his way to tracks across America.Alexander was named winner of the Valvoline Fast Track to Fame Contest on July 17. He beat out over 800 other finalists nationally to win a prize of $10,000 cash and $40,000 worth of supplies courtesy of Valvoline.“It’s really special to get such a great gift from Valvoline to help my family race team like this,” Alexander said. “I got a lot of support from so many people, and we’ll be able to do some really great things.”A younger Wyatt Alexander poses for a photo with a legends car. Alexander began racing go-karts at age 4 before moving up to race legends cars and super late models. Now a mechanical engineering major at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, he keeps two current cars, both Chevrolet super late models, in his father’s garage at K and B Automotive in Ellsworth.WYATT ALEXANDER PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlexander was made aware of the contest a few months into his freshman year at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He then began compiling an entry with his racing background and pictures of him racing on local speedways in Hermon, Wiscasset and Scarborough and dozens of others throughout New England and the United States over the course of his young life.“They posted the contest requirements online back in the late fall, and my dad emailed me and called me about it and told me I should think about entering it,” Alexander said. “A few weeks later, I checked out the process and knew I wanted to get involved in it.”Alexander was required to submit a bio of 300-500 words explaining his affinity for the sport and why he would be a worthy prize winner. In his essay, he wrote about his family race team, Wyatt Alexander Racing, and how love for the sport took him from racing go-karts at the age of 4 to studying mechanical engineering in North Carolina, a state where passion for racing runs deep.Earlier this summer, voters got the chance to vote for each of the 800 racers who applied for the $50,000 prize. The top 10 vote-getters were then narrowed down to four finalists based on whom the contest judges deemed most worthy, and Alexander made both cuts.“I had everybody back home in Maine and my new friends at college here in North Carolina voting for my every day,” Alexander said. “It felt even better to advance to that last four because it showed that I had awesome support from my friends and family and that the judges really liked my story.”The final round of voting pitted Alexander against Morgan Ward of Watertown, S.D., Jonathan McKennedy of Chelmsford, Mass., and John Baker of French Lick, Ind. Voters were allowed to vote for each finalist once per day on the Valvoline website between mid-May and early July.Valvoline officials didn’t give Alexander the exact vote total but did inform him he had narrowly edged out Ward to win the contest. He would have received a prize of some sort of no matter what as a finalist, but winning provided him with a much more valuable package than the $7,000 one he would have received for coming in second.“I was hoping I could pull it out, but I knew it wouldn’t be easy because you had all four contestants having their family members and friends vote like crazy,” Alexander said. “It was an awesome feeling when they told me I won.”2018 marked the first year of the Fast Track to Fame contest, which Valvoline tailored to racers who from “asphalt, dirt, motorcycle, snow and variety of other classifications.” In the company’s eyes, Alexander, who had received the required 50 votes from 50 unique voters in the first round and impressed the final judging panel with his entry, was a worthy winner.“This program was an opportunity to show our continued support for motorsports and those who live the ‘Never Idle’ mantra that Valvoline is rooted in,” Valvoline Sports Marketing and Entertainment Executive Travis Montgomery said. “We were looking for someone with grit, passion and drive, and there is no doubt we found those qualities and more in Wyatt.”Although Alexander had yet to receive the prize as of this past weekend, he still made the trip from Charlotte to Ellsworth to work on his two Chevrolet super late models. When he does receive his prize, he’ll put it to good use with his fellow race team members: his father, Brett, and his grandfather, Bob.“I have a couple things in mind, but it’s probably going to take me a little time before I really make my mind up,” Alexander said. “There’s a lot of opportunities with the money and supplies they gave me, and my family and friends made it possible. I can’t thank everybody enough.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Blake Griffin season-high 32 leads Clippers on Knicks fight night

first_imgDeAndre Jordan had 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to end a three-game losing streak.Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and Kristaps Porzingis 27 on a night there was plenty of fight from the Knicks. Anthony played well the day after Phil Jackson took another dig at him on Twitter by referencing an article that was critical of the forward. Coach Jeff Hornacek acknowledged it may have been a distraction, but one he expected the Knicks to play through, and they had a chance to tie before Anthony missed a 3-pointer down 118-115.Griffin then put it away with a free throw with 5.9 seconds left.“They kept their composure. They played well, they executed and we just couldn’t score,” Porzingis said. “That’s how it goes sometimes.” NEW YORK >> The Clippers saw plenty of fight at Madison Square Garden — especially from a former Knick.Blake Griffin scored a season-high 32 points and the Clippers beat New York 119-115 on Wednesday night after ex-Knick Charles Oakley was ejected and arrested in the first quarter.Griffin was one of the players close to Oakley when he shouted at MSG chairman James Dolan and shoved away security guards before he was forcefully removed by arena security.“I stopped and then there was an inbounds play on the side,” Griffin said. “I turned around just in time as he was handing it to him and then there was a foul. I walked back to catch the third, fourth and fifth rounds. It was crazy, man.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Knicks lost their third in a row on a bizarre day even for one of the NBA’s most dysfunctional franchises.“At the end of the day, regardless of what’s being said, what’s going on, you still got to come in here and play basketball,” Anthony said. “And I think that’s the most important part, the most important thing that we should be focusing on.” The Jackson-Anthony feud dominated the pregame talk but quickly took a back seat to the main event between Oakley and Dolan. Oakley was a popular Knick during the 1990s but has fallen out of favor with the franchise because of his criticisms of Dolan.He shouted at Dolan from a seat a couple of rows behind until security came. Oakley shoved a couple of them before he was removed while players on both teams watched as Porzingis was preparing to shoot free throws. Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” as he was led to the tunnel, handcuffed and eventually taken by the New York Police Department.“It kind of happened fast. It was a crazy little situation,” Jordan said. “But then they kind of took my boy out of there. It was kind of crazy.”It was the Clippers’ ninth consecutive victory against the Knicks, their longest winning streak against an opponent. It was coach Doc Rivers’ 785th win, passing Gene Shue for 15th place on the NBA career coaching list. Rivers and assistant Mike Woodson both played for the Knicks. Woodson coached New york to playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013.The Clippers will play at Charlotte on Saturday to end the eastern portion of their five-game trip.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY U14s FACE LETTERKENNY GAELS IN FIRST LEAGUE GAME

first_imgGLENSWILLY NOTESU14 Boys play Letterkenny GaelsThe U14 boys play their first game of the season this Friday night away to Letterkenny Gaels. Players are asked to be at the gaels pitch at 5pm. Thank you. U12 girls trainingU-12 girls training will start on Wednesday 6th April from 6.30-7.30 on the main pitch. All girls to bring their gum shields and €1. A short meeting for parents will take place before hand, to gather parents contact information for the year.Minor boys have hard-fought winThe boy’s Minor Team had a hard fought win against Letterkenny Gaels in the league. Despite missing a number of key players, the lads managed to get the points.Best of luck The best of luck to Neil and Michael who line out against Dublin in the league this weekend.LottoThe winner of last week’s lotto was Anne M Beirne from Admiral Park in Stranorlar who matched three numbers.Easter cardsAll managers are asked to have their player’s Easter cards in by Saturday next when the draw takes place. All cards collected must be passed on to Bryan Faul. BusesAnyone organising a bus must inform Bryan Faul 0867887774 for either friendly matches, league or championship matches.BingoThe bingo continues each and every Wednesday in the clubhouse starting at 9pm. LottoThe winner of last week’s lotto was Donal Kelly of Killymasney who matched three numbers. The numbers were 2,8,14,19. The lottos are available in most local shops and other outlets. If you’re not in, you can’t win.Keep fit and couch to 5KA number of keep fit classes (for men and women!) are now operating in the clubhouse throughout the week. The adult keep-fit class takes place on Monday nights at 7pm. The juvenile (aged 7 and over) takes place each Tuesday night from 7pm and the Couch to 5K takes place on Wednesday nights, also from 7pm. All classes are taken under the watchful eyes of Martin O’Donnell and Jimmy Carolyn.NotesCan anyone who wants anything included in the clubs notes please email them to stephenwmaguire@gmail.com before Monday evening. Thank you.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY U14s FACE LETTERKENNY GAELS IN FIRST LEAGUE GAME was last modified: March 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more