Forrest Kaelin, Dean Of Kentucky Trainers, Dies At 83

first_img‘He was part of the Ellis community for more than 65 years and remains with us as an important and memorable part of our history’Forrest Kaelin, the dean of Kentucky horsemen and a fixture at Ellis Park for almost 70 years as a jockey and a trainer, died Thursday at his Louisville home. He was 83 and had been married to Betty Kaelin for 63 years.Kaelin, a native of Louisville, retired May 31 because failing health. He won 1,600 races out of 12,417 starters that earned $17.7 million in a training career that started in 1963, according to Equibase, the official industry data provider. Kaelin won the 1988 Ellis Park training title with 14 wins.“That was his life,” Betty Kaelin said of her husband’s long-time love affair with the sport. “He had a good life, he really did.”His best horse in recent years was Good Lord, a three-time winner of Ellis Park’s Don Bernhardt Memorial and for whom the track this year renamed that dirt sprint stakes, which was won last Sunday by Majestic Affair. Good Lord won 15 races and earnings of $803,305 while winning nine stakes, including the Don Bernhardt 2012-2014, the 2012 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, Churchill Downs’ 2014 Kelly’s Landing and the Mountaineer Mile twice.Kaelin’s last of four graded-stakes victories came in 1999 with Da Devil, who won Turfway Park’s Grade 2, $500,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at 65-1 odds, paying $132.80. Finishing third in the race was Cat Thief, who in his next start won the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Equineline, whose statistics go back to 1976, show Kaelin as winning 38 stakes races dating to that time.At the time of his retirement, Kaelin had been at Churchill Downs longer than any other active trainer. He won the first two runnings (1982-’83) with 18-time winner Vodka Collins of what now is Churchill Downs’ Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap, the Midwest’s premier summer dirt stakes for older horses. Kaelin won 344 races at Churchill from the 1965 fall meet until his last winner on May 11, Shea’s Cool, ranking 14th all-time at the track. Shea’s Cool was also his last starter, finishing third at Churchill Downs on May 28.Another 62 of his victories as a trainer came at Keeneland, including the 1975 Phoenix Stakes with Delta Oil. Jockey statistics that pre-date Equibase’s data base are harder to come by, but Keeneland records show Kaelin won 10 races at the Lexington track as a jockey from 1953-1962.“He was just a legendary horseman around Kentucky,” said trainer Jimmy Baker, a long-time friend who helped oversee the stable after Kaelin shipped north from Tampa Bay Downs in the spring. “Everybody loved him, liked him and respected him.”Baker added with a laugh, “He was one of the few trainers who didn’t love having veterinarians in his barn. Everything was pretty much old-school and homemade remedies for everything.”In addition to Betty, Kaelin is survived by daughter Terry Hall, granddaughter Brittany Arnold, grandson David Hall II, great-grandchildren Cohl Knoth, Piper Knoth and J.J. Arnold, along with sisters Libby Funk, Margaret Tucker and Pat Bachmann and brother Clyde “Boots” Kaelin. He was preceded in death by granddaughter Ashley King.Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. ET Monday at Pearson Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane in Louisville.“It’s a very sad day in the racing community,” said Ellis Park racing secretary Dan Bork. “Besides being a great horseman and very well-respected, Forrest was also one of the greatest people you could meet. He was part of the Ellis Park community for more than 65 years and remains with us as an important and memorable part of our history.”As a jockey, Kaelin was notable for riding 89 winners in 48 days at West Virginia’s Wheeling Downs at age 18, including six in a row on a single card. He rode for a decade before a serious spill sidelined him for almost a year. Betty ultimately convinced him to retire from the saddle and pursue a training career.Tampa Bay Downs racing secretary Allison De Luca first met Kaelin when she was racing secretary at the old Sportsman’s Park back in the 1980s.“Because he was a rider, I think that made him a better trainer,” De Luca said. “He knew all the riders and how they rode. But he was just a good horseman. The other thing about him is he cared about his horses, really loved them. One time I said, ‘What would you do if you hit the lottery?’ He said, ‘I wouldn’t do anything different. I want to see those heads poking out of those stalls.’ He was just a great guy. People always say that, but I really mean that.”Kaelin was a prodigious story-teller, who didn’t mind telling a story on himself. While he only had one Kentucky Derby starter, finishing 11th in 1997 with four-time stakes-winner Crimson Classic, he had a couple of “what if” brushes with greatness.Kaelin liked to recall how a gentleman from South America asked him to take his Venezuelan-based horse and train him in the United States for the 1971 Kentucky Derby.“Forrest got off the phone and said, ‘Who in the heck ever heard of a horse from wherever he was from coming over here and winning the Kentucky Derby?’” Betty said. “So when we’re sitting there watching Canonero II win the Kentucky Derby, I said, ‘Do you want me to push you or do you want to jump?’”Then in 1975, Kaelin went to buy a horse for a client, identifying two yearlings he liked. Betty says her husband wanted the one horse more than the other, but the owner didn’t have enough money to buy the horse who would sell for $17,500 and become 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.“So Forrest got the other one,” Betty said. Could the other horse run? “Heck no,” she said. “Not like Seattle Slew.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Ocean City Pops Goes ‘All American’ for Concert Tonight

first_imgThe Ocean City Pops goes “All American” for a concert 8 p.m. Wednesday (July 2) at the Ocean City Music Pier.Julliard pianist Joseph Mohan will entertain with a nostalgic Gershwin medley and his sensational American tribute.Baritone Neil Nelson will sing Gershwin favorites and the Pops will play Sousa and other patriotic songs.Tickets are $15 and $10 and available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or by calling (609) 525-9248._____The British Invasion Tribute at 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 3) at the Music Pier will be a benefit for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post of Ocean City.The program will include the music of the Beatles and much more. There will be classic songs by British groups such as the Moody Blues, Dave Clark Five and Herman’s Hermits. An American response follows with memorable hits by the Monkees, the Turtles, The Mamas and the Papas, Tommy James and more. Tickets are $20 at Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/BoxOffice.last_img read more

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Ocean City Board Vote Delayed for Soleil Condo-Hotel

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiOpponents sparred with the developer of a proposed condo-hotel during an Ocean City Planning Board hearing Wednesday night that ended with no vote on the project.Instead, the board decided to continue the hearing for the six-story Soleil Resort until its April 6 meeting. It marked the second time in two months that the board delayed voting.Despite the lack of a vote, some fireworks were exchanged between the attorney representing the developer, Select Properties Inc., and the lawyer for the project’s chief opponent, the Flanders Hotel.The 111-unit Soleil Resort is proposed on vacant land that now serves as a parking lot next to the Flanders at the corner of Ocean Avenue and 11th Street. Soleil potentially represents a formidable competitor for the historic Flanders, one of the city’s iconic businesses.Flanders attorney Christopher Baylinson accused Select Properties of playing “a trick” by revising its plans to try to quell public criticism.“That’s not how this game is played,” Baylinson said.“It’s not a game,” shot back Nicholas Talvacchia, Select’s attorney. “We have a right to hear your objections.”Select is expected to submit revised plans to the board next week. John Heckler, a principal with Select, said the changes will address concerns raised by the public about Soleil’s parking, traffic flow, signage and hotel operations.During last month’s planning board hearing, more than 20 members of the public, many of them condo owners at the Flanders, spoke against the Soleil. They claimed the project would cause parking and traffic disruptions in the heart of town.In an interview after Wednesday’s hearing, Heckler stressed that he is “definitely” committed to building the project despite the opposition from the Flanders.The proposed site for the Soleil is within a redevelopment zone that envisions a “first-class resort hotel.” Critics allege that Select has no serious plans to build a hotel and simply wants to develop a condo project.An architect’s drawing shows how the proposed Soleil condominium-hotel complex might look at 11th Street and Ocean Avenue in Ocean City, NJ.Heckler and Joe Ernst, another principal in the development group, strongly denied those allegations.“It’s going to operate as a hotel,” Heckler said.“This property will operate with more hotel amenities than any other hotel on the island,” Ernst added.Features of the project include hotel-style maid service, valet parking and professional management. Select has pledged that Soleil would operate as a hotel at all times.However, a professional planner representing the Flanders scoffed at those claims. He said the Soleil is really a condo project in disguise and would lack the amenities to truly function as a hotel.“This looks like a residential project to me, not a hotel,” said planner Vincent Orlando of Engineering Design Associates in Upper Township.Orlando also criticized the Soleil’s proposed traffic flow, parking arrangements and signage. He said the project would not conform to the city’s redevelopment plan for a resort hotel at the site.According to Orlando, Select has engaged in a “classic bait and switch” by revising the project after a proposed hotel was approved by the planning board for the same site in 2007.Talvacchia, though, said it was another development group that wanted to develop the 2007 project. When that project failed to secure financing, the Pennsylvania-based Select Properties stepped in to take control of the development site.Soleil’s proposed hybrid condo-hotel ownership structure is crucial for securing financing for the project. Soleil’s condo owners would make their units available to overnight guests to satisfy the city’s requirement for the property to operate as a hotel at “all times.”Condo owners would not be allowed to stay in their units for more than 120 days per year, freeing up the rooms for hotel guests most of the time, Select has said.last_img read more

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VFW Fall Golf Event Wednesday Sept 26 at Greate Bay Country Club

first_imgOcean City VFW Post 6650’s Fall Golf Event is at Greate Bay Country Club on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.Come and enjoy a day of golf that includes lunch and a fabulous dinner with awards ceremony, silent auction, raffle and 50/50. Prizes will be awarded for tournament winner, runner-up, closest to the pin, hole-in-one, putting challenge, and longest drive for man & woman.If you are not a golfer no need to worry… join us for dinner! Tickets are available for dinner only.Download (PDF, 1.57MB)For more information call Mandy Wolfe: 609-602-3328last_img read more

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DayMark

first_imgDayMark provides a total package of food rotational labelling that fits with any bakery operation, says UK distributor Dovemart (Winsford, Cheshire).Bespoke labels, materials and adhesives can be developed. From basic ’Day Labels’ to detailed labels, the company says it can support the baker in meeting all the needs of modern food labelling legislation.A 100% biodegradable label range is now offered. Kits start from around £15 plus VAT.last_img

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Moving forward

first_imgWill Lautzenheiser wiggled his left forearm ever so slightly on Tuesday, demonstrating the movement for a roomful of people.“This is it so far, but I had nothing. I can move my elbow. It’s astonishing.”It was astonishing because two months ago, Lautzenheiser didn’t have a left elbow, and his right arm stopped a few inches below the elbow.Both of Lautzenheiser’s arms had been amputated in 2011 — along with both legs — in a frantic attempt to save his life after a rampaging bacterial infection shut down his organs and killed the tissue in his limbs.Last month, a team of 35 people — including 13 surgeons — worked for nine hours to transplant donor arms to Lautzenheiser, repairing some of the damage done three years ago. The procedure was the seventh restorative surgery at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital since it started in the field in 2009 with the country’s second partial face transplant. It was the hospital’s third bilateral arm transplant. Lessons from the others helped this procedure go extremely well, the surgeons said.“As far as these surgeries go, this was as smooth as it gets,” said Simon Talbot, director of the Brigham’s Upper Extremity Transplant Program and an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.Lautzenheiser and leaders from the Brigham’s transplant program appeared at a news conference at the hospital on Tuesday to thank the anonymous donor family, and to discuss the procedure.Will Lautzenheiser hand transplant A former Boston University film professor, Lautzenheiser fell ill shortly after he moved to Montana to take a new job. Doctors there found that a streptococcus infection had morphed into potentially lethal necrotizing fasciitis. Lautzenheiser was flown to Salt Lake City, where the extreme measures to save his life left him a quadruple amputee, dependent on others for nearly all his basic needs.In June, when the Brigham and Lautzenheiser announced that he was a candidate for the transplant, Lautzenheiser cited his loss of independence as a major reason for agreeing to the risky procedure.The recovery from such a surgery is not like flipping a switch, his doctors stressed, but feeling and function should slowly increase.Already Lautzenheiser has some sensation in his new right arm near the transplant site, but it could take a year and a half for nerves to grow and for him to fully gain sensation in his limbs, said Assistant Professor of Surgery Matthew Carty, head of the Brigham’s Lower Extremity Transplant Program.Video footage of the surgery is played during the press conference. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerMovement will return over a period of years, Carty said. Physical therapy will remain a major part of Lautzenheiser’s life. Currently he spends four hours a day at the hospital, augmenting those sessions with a home regimen aided by caregivers.“If I don’t exercise the hands, I will lose function in them,” said Lautzenheiser, who is looking forward to returning to the classroom and to his work in film.Lautzenheiser also faces a future of taking anti-rejection drugs to keep his immune system from attacking the transplanted limbs as foreign tissue. Associate Professor of Surgery Bohdan Pomahac, principal investigator of the Brigham’s restorative surgery program, said there is ongoing research into ways to minimize the need for anti-rejection drugs, which can open patients to other infections and may increase cancer risk over the long term.The new arms were secured through the New England Organ Bank, whose president, Richard Luskin, also spoke at the news conference. The donor’s family sent a brief message to Lautzenheiser:“Our son gave the best hugs. We pray that you make a full recovery and that your loved ones will be able to enjoy your warm embrace.”As for Lautzenheiser’s transplant future, neither he nor his surgeons ruled out the possibility of a leg transplant — though definitely not in the near term. Leg transplantation requires a lot of arm strength during rehabilitation, Carty said. And besides, Lautzenheiser said, for now he is plenty busy with the rehab required for his transplanted arms.“This has completely transformed my life.”last_img read more

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Doubletree Burlington launches new incentive program for meeting planners

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – October 24, 2008 Doubletree Burlington Vermont today announced the launch of its Meetings by Doubletree package, along with more than 190 participating hotels throughout North America. Customers who book a block of more than 25 guestrooms on their peak event night will receive an all-inclusive package of meeting incentives and premiums designed to simplify and make meetings and events easy.Ideal for either business or social functions, the Meetings by Doubletree package at the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont includes the following:~ Complimentary meeting room with minimum 26-room block on peak nights~ Complimentary high-speed Internet connection in designated meeting room with minimum 26-room block~ A dedicated Event Services Manager at each hotel~ Flexible food and beverage options~ Access to exclusive online event planning tools such as Guest List Manager and Personalized Group Web Pages “Even with the challenges of today’s business climate, organizations and groups are looking for clever, efficient ways to conduct those important executive meetings, conferences and training sessions. The need to meet, plan and train face-to-face is still just as important as ever. The new Meetings by Doubletree program simply offers our customers added incentive to check into our brand’s three million square feet of superior event and meeting space and fine accommodations in some of the most sought-after business and leisure destinations around the world,” said Merrilee Phelps Director of sales for the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont.Online Event Tools Put Planners In The Power SeatAs a part of the Hilton Family of Hotels, the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont offers a suite of online tools that puts control at a meeting planners fingertips 24/7. Through a unique suite of online tools available through the Meetings by Doubletree package, event leads can manage their attendees’ reservations and room block through a Guest List Manager and even communicate event-specific information and agendas to their respective group through a Personalized Group Web Page. These online features provide the necessary communications utilities for a meeting thats well-run, productive and a great reflection on the event planner.A Wide Selection of Food and Beverage and Audio-Visual Options Are AvailableJust as important, the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont offers a wide range of food and beverage options for half-day, full-day and evening receptions and banquets. The Event Services Manager at the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont is there to guide customers every step of the way through a comprehensive menu of healthy, as well as indulgent culinary choices to make the most of their meeting experience. Event Services Managers can also help event planners choose from the latest in audio-visual and lighting equipment and décor options to create anything from the most simple and classic to the most dramatic and elegant occasions.Double Hilton HHonors Event Planner Bonus Points PromotionMeeting planners who are members of the Hilton HHonors Guest Loyalty Program have even more incentive to take advantage of the new Meetings by Doubletree package. For every meeting booked and held between now and December 31, 2008 at the Doubletree Hotel Burlington Vermont, HHonors members who book a Meetings by Doubletree package may qualify to earn Double Hilton HHonors Event Planner Bonus Points.Customers who book a minimum room block of twenty-six rooms on peak nights receive complimentary meeting-room rental. Size of complimentary meeting room relative to the total room block and determined by the hotel. This offer is available only at participating hotels. Hilton HHonors Event Planner bonus is valid for new event bookings only and is awarded at the discretion of the hotel and may not be awarded on all group business events. For complete Event Planner Terms and Conditions, visit HiltonHHonors.com. Other restrictions may apply.For more information on Meetings by Doubletree, including a list of participating hotels and their incredible array of meeting facilities, packages and options, please visit our Groups and Meetings website at www.doubletree.com/doubletreemeetings(link is external).For more information on the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont please visit our website at www.burlington.doubletree.com(link is external) or contact our hotel sales team directly at 802-660-7552.###last_img read more

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Stratton Corporation and Winhall-Stratton Fire District to pay $80,000 for environmental violations

first_imgStratton Mountain Resort,The Stratton Corporation (Stratton) and the Winhall-Stratton Fire District (District) will pay $55,000 in civil penalties and $25,000 to fund a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) under a Consent Order agreed to with the State of Vermont to settle claims that they violated their environmental permits in 2004 and 2008.Those who receive environmental permits must comply with the terms of those permits,’ said Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell. ‘Ski resorts hold a special place in Vermont’s culture and should be especially aware of the need to protect the Vermont environment that is so critical to their businesses,’ Attorney General Sorrell added.In the Consent Order entered by the Vermont Superior Court, Civil Division, Windham Unit, Stratton and the District admitted to two separate discharge incidents that violated the conditions of their Indirect Discharge Permits issued to them by the State:In December of 2004, a discharge associated with 821,000 gallons of secondarily treated effluent was released through an open valve at a wastewater treatment facility owned by the District and operated by Stratton. Some of the effluent overflowed from a holding tank and eventually was discharged into a tributary of the Winhall River.On January 7, 2008, a sewer manhole overflowed at the Stratton Mountain Resort, causing the release of raw sewage into an unnamed tributary which eventually flows into Stratton Lake.The violations resulted from inspections by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR). Since the incidents, Stratton and the District have taken corrective measures at their facilities to address the violations.The SEP payments, subject to final approval by ANR, will be for the purpose of undertaking trail work to mitigate and prevent erosion into the watershed of Middle Brook in the Towns of Winhall and Stratton.  Source: Vermont January 5, 2010last_img read more

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Alex Jones on Piers Morgan [Video]: ‘1776 Will Commence Again’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Alex Jones with Piers Morgan on CNN.Apparently Piers Morgan believes he convinced some Americans to join his side of the aisle when it comes to the gun control debate all because of a radio host who lost his cool (we’re being nice) and predicted another revolution if guns are taken away from law-abiding Americans.“I can’t think of a better advertisement for gun control than Alex Jones’ interview [Monday] night,” Morgan told CNN one day after the explosive interview.“It was startling,” he continued, “it was terrifying in parts, it was completely deluded. It was based on a premise of making Americans so fearful that they all rush out to buy even more guns.”Jones, the man pushing a petition to deport the British CNN host, became a social media sensation following the interview. As of Wednesday morning, Piers Morgan was still trending on Twitter.In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, Morgan has been lobbying for stricter gun control laws and has had several testy exchanges with gun advocates on his show.But nothing compares to this little dandy of a rant Monday night:“1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!” Jones blasted. “It doesn’t matter how many lemmings you get out on the street begging for them to have their guns taken! We will not relinquish them! Do you understand?”last_img read more

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East Norwich Woman, 82, Fatally Struck by Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 82-year-old woman was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing a road in her hometown of East Norwich on Tuesday afternoon.Nassau County police said Margaret Bolanos was crossing Pine Hollow Road near the corner Pine Hill Terrace when she was hit by a northbound Toyota shortly before 2 p.m.The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.The 29-year-old old man driving the vehicle was not charged after Second Squad detectives found no criminality involved in the accident.last_img read more

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