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first_imgMore than 78 miles of the C & O Canal’s 184.5 miles are located in Washington County, Maryland. Though the National Park Service (NPS) site has a historical designation and a rich history rooted in transportation and commerce, it’s no secret that people flock to the Canal year-round to recreate outdoors.Whether you’re going for a stroll, hiking, biking, fishing, birdwatching, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or enjoying boating or paddle sports, there are diverse landscapes and scenic views. United States Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas once described the Canal as “a refuge, a place of retreat, a long stretch of quiet and peace,” and many people find it to be just that.The best place to start your journey on the Canal is at an NPS visitor center. Three of the seven visitor centers along the Canal, as well as the park headquarters, are located in Washington County: Ferry Hill Plantation, the Williamsport Visitor Center and the Hancock Visitor Center. At each, you can learn about the history of the Canal and pick up a park brochure with a trail map. Visitor center hours vary, but they are typically open spring through fall. You can also download the C&O Canal’s mobile app for 99 cents on your phone’s app store.There are numerous access points for the Canal, ranging from drop-off only points to small pull-off areas and large established parking lots. Parking areas with large lots are located at the Railroad Bridge/Shepherdstown (mile 72.4), Big Slackwater (mile 85.4), Williamsport Visitor Center (mile 99.8), Four Locks (mile 108.8) and the Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) at Pearre (mile 135.9).If you’re planning an extended through-hike/bike on the Canal, you’ll find several camping areas along the towpath in Washington County. Most are free, located every six to eight miles. Two in Washington County are drive-in/walk-in campgrounds: Antietam Creek Campground and McCoy’s Ferry Campground. Another unique option is Lockhouse 49, located at Four Locks. The restored lockhouse has been converted to lodging as part of the Canal Quarters program through the C&O Canal Trust. It sleeps eight, and is fairly primitive, with electric baseboard heat, a stove, and a portable toilet. There are B&B’s, too, and they can pick you and your bike up along the towpath and return you there in the morning. More info can be found here: B&B’s Near the C&O Canal.Several watershed sections of the Canal and the towpath run alongside the Potomac River, making it a great place for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and boating. Boat launches are located at Dargan Bend, Snyder’s Landing, Taylor’s Landing, Big Slackwater, Four Locks, McCoy’s Ferry and Little Tonoloway.And speaking of boating, you can step back in history by taking a Canal boat ride at Williamsport, offered during specific times of the year. 2109 will see the completion of the waterway restoration at the Cushwa Basin, In Williamsport.For a complete listing of recreational activities on the Canal, click here for a copy of the Recreation Guide by Milepost: https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/upload/Park_Planner_FY_2017_Recent-titled-2018.pdflast_img read more

first_img 120SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jayni Sech Jayni founded Marketing Solutions Unlimited, a credit union marketing company, in 2001 to offer creative solutions to marketing challenges in the credit union industry. Her vision was to build a … Web: www.marketingsolutionsunltd.com Details The only constant in life is change.We’ve all heard that. We all know it. That statement has never been truer than today.In these uncertain times, everyone is inundated with articles, podcasts, videos, and tips about how to be a strong leader in a time of crisis. There’s great information out there, but one of the most important lessons to remember is to follow the yellow brick road. It will provide countless reminders as we move forward to discover our new normal.As leaders, we’ve all spent the past month trying to find our way to the Emerald City and talk to the mighty Oz. Since this twister called Coronavirus has landed in our path, everyone is looking for answers while we’re navigating through the lions and tigers and bears. Whether you’re the essential workers that are still in your work routine (thank you!), albeit a little more cautiously, or whether you’re the worker that has transformed some part of your home into your office, there are very few businesses on the planet or few families across the globe that haven’t had their world turned upside down in the last 45 days.As much as the world is in turmoil, it’s important to maintain clarity. We are in unchartered territory right now, and we don’t have Glinda the Good Witch to show us the way. If and when we finally find the man behind the curtain with all the answers, we may realize the lessons and reminders to help us cope were right in front of us all along.Remember Your Brain.By now, I’m fairly confident that every credit union employee has exhausted their brain. Credit unions have been challenged to operate in a manner that was inconceivable just 30 days ago. Everyone is trying to figure out how to pivot. And serve the members. And remain compliant. But guess what? They’re doing it. And doing it well. The collaboration and innovation that credit unions have shown has been phenomenal. Problem-solving, troubleshooting and figuring out the workarounds have become everyday tasks. Everyone’s brain power is in full force, and the results are evident. So, when the challenges pop up, remember your brain.Remember Your Heart.These times have many of us reflecting on those we love and treasure. Don’t get caught up in the negative of our current situation. We have been given a spotlight to shine on what’s important in our lives. And maybe what’s not. And what’s missing. And what we want. Some have used this time to reflect on family, relationships, and the important people in our lives. True loves. Lost friends. Relationships that need mended. We’ve learned to appreciate and cherish our co-workers even more. Many have helped their neighbors. We’ve realized the importance of the grocery store employees, the postal carriers, and the first responders. Doctors and nurses have had an unprecedented outpouring of love like never before. On those darkest of days, when things seem so grim, remember your heart.Remember Your Courage.We’re all doing our best to make it through the day. Seasoned credit union CEOs, who have their jobs down to a methodical science, have found the courage to journey into the unknown. Maybe they didn’t want to, but they have. They’re trying new things. Developing new ways to do business. Carrying the burden of continuing to provide service to their members. Quickly. Taking risks. All while maintaining a sense of calm for their staff and their members. Guess what? They’re doing it. It might not be perfect, but they’re doing it. Every day brings new obstacles. Those obstacles might not be flying monkeys, but the staff is faced with problems today that weren’t problems yesterday. And every day, the credit union CEO and the employees gather their courage and march forward into more of the unknown. All while doing it in an environment that could potentially be a risk to their health. Yet they tackle each and every day after putting on their badge of courage.We don’t really know when this will end. All we know is that every day is a new learning experience. We’re all working together to navigate to the next day. This is our chance to rise up and be better. And we have each other. As we are reminded of the lessons from the yellow brick road, we can probably admit that there is one other constant in life that many of us may have overlooked or simply taken for granted until recently.There’s no place like home.last_img read more

first_img“We are not focusing on any particular game; we are getting ready to face all the teams that we have to play before the World Cup. It is the right mentality to approach the games.“I have been asked several questions about the match against England, but I tell people that the England match is very important, just like the other matches that we have to play.“What is key for us is to get into the right psychological state to confront every opposition that lie ahead, including those that will be waiting at the FIFA World Cup,” Onazi told NFF website on phone from his base in Turkey yesterday.Former FIFA U17 World Cup silver-winning midfielder Onazi, who played for Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, dismissed feelings that the team would be over-confident going into the FIFA World Cup following victories in friendlies against Argentina and Poland.“There is nothing like over-confidence. What I can say is that we are a very ambitious team and we will always be ready to play any team. Yes, we defeated Argentina and Poland, but that has not in any way generated feelings of over-confidence in the camp. We are focused and have our heads on our shoulders.“For us, humility and hard work will be the winning words going ahead. Our preparation is going on well and we are happy with that. At the World Cup, we will come up against different teams with different styles and approaches of play. It is important that we are adequately prepared and we appreciate the games that the NFF has lined up for us,” said the Trabzonspor of Turkey ace.The Eagles clash with the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, before flying to London for the match against England at Wembley.Four days later, they will trade tackles with the Czech Republic at the Rudolf Tonn Stadium, just outside Vienna.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram PRE-WORLD CUP FRIENDLIESMidfielder Ogenyi Onazi has assured Nigerian football fans that the Super Eagles will be ready for action ahead of pre-World Cup friendly matches against the Democratic Republic of Congo, England and the Czech Republic.Nigeria hosts the Leopards of the DR Congo in Port Harcourt on May 28, before a prestige clash with England’s Three Lions at Wembley Stadium in London on June 2 and an encounter with the Czech Republic in Vienna on June 6.last_img read more

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