Emergency Coordinator, Burt Francisco, retiring from Alpena County

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALEPNA, MICH — Alpena County EMS and 911 is looking for a new face to fill an open position with the current director stepping down.Emergency Services Coordinator Burt Francisco is retiring after serving 18 months in the role. After committing nearly two decades to moving for his military job, Francisco says having the opportunity to connect with his community is what drew him to his current position.“The dispatchers are the first contact when someone in Alpena county is having, obviously, one of their worst days. So being involved in working with central dispatch has been rewarding to ensure that the citizens of Alpena county are getting the best dispatching operations that the county can provide. Ensuring that their getting medical, first responders, or law enforcement in their time in need.Francisco says he and his wife are both from Alpena, and are looking forward to finally making up for lost family time.We enjoy the small town here. We are going to continue to reside and stay in Alpena. We’re going to do some traveling. In my nearly 40 years in the military, my family, and my wife in particular has sacrificed a lot of family time. So it’s time for us to recoop that and to go and spend some time together and do a little traveling later on, but mostly just to spend time with her and with my children and all my grandchildren.Francisco says the application for the position will remain active until this Friday, June 14. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 911, Burt Francisco, EMS, Francisco, RetirementContinue ReadingPrevious Students from Ella White Elementary clean up Starlite Beach before the end of the school yearNext Alpena citizens share what they love about their fatherslast_img read more

Kyle Busch triggers expletive-filled outbursts from Bubba Wallace and Chad Knaus

first_imgThis just in, but Kyle Busch isn’t the best at making friends on the race track.After Sunday’s results at Watkins Glen International, William Byron and Bubba Wallace aren’t about to become pals with the No. 18. MORE: Watch NASCAR live & on demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)Busch’s day got off to a poor start on Lap 2, when he dove to the inside of Byron, but ended up spinning out in the process. Busch lost track position but managed to recover in Stage 1, all the way back to having a chance to pass Byron for fourth.When Busch approached the No. 24, he made contact and sent Byron flying through the grass infield. Byron’s crew chief Chad Knaus wasn’t pleased.”If I see the 18 come back here without you knocking the f**k out of him, we’re going to have a problem” – Chad Knaus#NASCAR #GoBowlingAtTheGlen @WGI @WilliamByron radio saying front nose damage— Tom Bowles From Frontstretch.com (@NASCARBowles) August 4, 2019During the final laps of Stage 1, @WilliamByron mowed the lawn through the chicane!#GoBowlingAtTheGlen | @WGI pic.twitter.com/BzqqxNf3wW— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 4, [email protected] ➡️ @KyleBusch pic.twitter.com/GRgmVxRmbM— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 4, 2019When asked for comment about the incident after the race, Busch told the NBC broadcast, “You saw what happened.”Busch’s beef with other drivers continued on Lap 39 when he drew contact with Bubba Wallace, sending Wallace crashing into the wall. “I’m going to get my respect on the track, and I don’t care who it is,” Wallace said. “That’s for when guys fail to think about the young guys, I guess, or with me….I won’t put up with no shit. So I flat out wrecked his ass back.”On Lap 62, Wallace had his revenge, very clearly intentionally spinning out Busch.Bubba vs. Rowdy! 😱@BubbaWallace and @KyleBusch go after it on the frontstretch at @WGI! pic.twitter.com/8djEHlAMlh— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 4, 2019″I guess we’re even,” Wallace said. “We’ll see.“Following the race, Wallace’s team was more than happy despite the damage to the No. 43 as he shared fist bumps with his crew. “That’s what happens when you get run over,” said Wallace. “You just pay him back. So I won’t be like, ‘Oh, it’s Kyle Busch, he didn’t mean to.’“F— him.”Despite Busch’s inability to make friends, his 11th-place finish moved him into first in the Cup Series standings.last_img read more

The Hills are alive with the sound of garlic

first_imgBy Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyYou don’t have to travel 1,900 kilometres and cross the Garlic Wall in eastern Saskatchewan to get your fill of garlic this weekend.In less than 90 minutes of slope-style driving up the Slocan Valley you can be in New Denver, amidst thousands of garlic lovers and admirers, reveling in the heady aroma of the herb at the 18th annual Hills Garlic Festival on Sunday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) in Centennial Park. Although it has grown too large for the tiny community of Hills north of New Denver to host, the festival has stayed true to its roots — and its name — with an array of homemade and homegrown organic products, many made from garlic, from 160 vendors across the West Kootenay and beyond.With organic garlic (of course), garlic wreaths and other garlic snacks, the festival also features fresh organic produce, plants and plant products, local crafts — art, jewelry, wood, flutes, furniture, pottery, textiles, rocks — soaps, lotions, herbal remedies and an assortment of food vendors and live entertainment.Last year over 6,000 people poured into New Denver to pay homage to the herbage at the festival, watching as awards for largest head of garlic (soft-neck and stiff-neck), heaviest clove, best garlic poem and best garlic braid were handed out.Admission is $4 for adults with children under 12 allowed in for free. The event is a fundraiser for the Hills Recreation Society and has helped fund recreational facilities and services such as basketball, tennis courts and cross country ski trails.A reminder to festival goers: there is no cash machine on site and most vendors cannot accept credit [email protected]last_img read more