2 PNG journalists qualify for state UIL academic meet

first_imgPORT NECHES — After winning gold medals at the Regional University Interscholastic League Academic Meet, two Port Neches-Groves High School journalists will compete at the State Meet in Austin on May 26.Senior Laurel Brittain and sophomore Madison Hamby advanced to the highest level of state competition after placing first in Feature Writing and News Writing, respectively, at the Regional UIL Meet held at Magnolia High School on April 11.Brittain will be making her second appearance at the state level, while the trip will mark Hamby’s first time to compete at the University of Texas campus. Brittain competed in 2014 in the News Writing contest after placing first in that category at the regional level“I was so surprised when I heard that I won the Feature Writing contest at regional,” Brittain said. “Throughout the duration of the UIL season, I wasn’t on my A-game. Because I hadn’t done that great, I was extremely nervous when the regional competition started. It was a tough story to compose, but I have been practicing since the district meet, so I guess my hard work paid off.”Hamby said that she is very excited about the contest, but admits to being a little nervous.“Being one of the youngest students in the competition has definitely been intimidating,” she said, “but it has helped my confidence in my writing grow a lot.”With the two journalists qualifying, 2015 marks the ninth consecutive year that PN-G will have had a journalism student competing at the state meet.“I couldn’t be more proud of these two,” journalism adviser Janis Ryan said. “They worked very hard throughout the UIL competitive season, placing at every invitational meet and winning at district. We tied with the Nederland team for the district title this year, and were the second place team at the regional level.”The UIL News Writing Contest requires that students write a complete news story from a “prompt,” which provides a situation, quotes from people involved, and necessary additional information needed in order to complete the story. Students have 45 minutes to write their stories, which are then evaluated by a team of judges.Hamby said that she likes the challenge.“The News Writing contest takes a lot of critical thinking,” she said. “I am excited to see the topic for state because I have a feeling that it will be difficult. I try to go into every competition having fun and doing the best that I can.”In the Feature Writing competition, the contest resembles News Writing, in that students are given a prompt from which to write a story. But, that all changes at the state level. A guest speaker is brought in and students are given a fact/bio sheet on the individual. Students must ask questions in a press conference and procure their own quotes needed for the story. They then have one hour to write.Ryan said she believes that both Brittain and Hamby are up for the challenge.“There’s a lot more pressure at state for Laurel because you really have to be on your toes and get your own quotes from the press conference,” Ryan said. “My students write self-generated feature stories all the time, so it’s not that different for them. Both Laurel and Madison are great writers and I know that they will do well. They do their best work when under pressure.”Brittain said she is ready for her return trip to Austin.“This time I’m taking the competition seriously,” Brittain said. “Last year, I wasn’t as prepared as I needed to be and I wasn’t completely focused on winning. But this year, my second round, I’m giving it my all.”last_img read more


MEN’S BASKETBALL: Bearkats mark start of Cards’ homestand

first_img The Bearkats (11-8, 5-1 SLC) are officially in a three-way tie for second, just a half game back of Nicholls State for the overall lead. SHSU is currently two games up on Big Red in the league chase.Since dropping their Southland opener at Abilene Christian on Dec. 30, the Bearkats have rattled off five-straight wins. Sam Houston is coming off an impressive victory over Northwestern State on Wednesday in Huntsville, but road games have been a different story for the Bearkats this season.While the Bearkats have posted a near perfect record at home 2017-18, they have struggled away from Huntsville. The Bearkats enter the weekend matchup with a 2-5 (.286) road record. The Cardinals have been very strong at the Montagne Center, but have lost their past two contests and are 6-3 (.667) on the season.The Cardinals trail the all-time series to SHSU, 30-34 (.469), and have struggled in the series lately. The Cardinals have dropped nine of the past 10 meetings but are coming off a four-point overtime victory over SHSU last season in Beaumont. The Cardinals are 20-13 (.606) all-time in games played in Beaumont. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Lamar will have another opportunity to climb a rung of Southland Conference ladder Saturday when it faces Sam Houston State.After putting an end to a three-game skid – which saw the Cardinals (11-8, 3-3 Southland) fall from the top of the league standings to the outside looking in (in terms of the SLC postseason tournament) – the Cardinals will look to take another step forward on Saturday.Big Red moved into a tie for eighth place in the league standings with its road victory at Incarnate Word on Wednesday. The victory not only put an end to a three-game slide, but was the team’s first over UIW in San Antonio in school history. Not the Cardinals turn their focus to a Sam Houston squad that is one of four teams tied atop the Southland standings with only one league loss. The Cardinals are averaging nearly 77 points per game from an offense that is led by three players in double figures, and four players averaging 9.7 points or better. Senior Colton Weisbrod ranks among the league leaders in scoring and rebounds for a second consecutive season and is coming off a 26-point, nine-rebound effort at UIW on Wednesday. As a team the Cards rank among the league leaders in scoring defense (68.26 ppg).SHSU is averaging 70.4 points per game led by Chris Galbreath’s 14.7 points per game. The Bearkats hang their hat on defense and lead the Southland surrendering less than 66 points per game to their opponents.Saturday’s contest will tip off at 4:30 p.m. from the Montagne Center. It can be heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI and seen live on ESPN3.last_img read more


Grace Elliott

first_imgGrace Elliott, 84, of Smithville passed away January 9, 2021.Born February 4, 1936 in Dubach, Louisiana to John and Edith McElduff, she lived in Port Arthur for many years.She was a longtime member of the Central Baptist Church and served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. Funeral service will be held Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 2 pm at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Woodville.Visitation will be held Sunday from 12 noon until the time of the service at the funeral home. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew and loved her.Grace was preceded in death by her parents, John and Edith McElduff and a son, Michael Elliott.She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Kenneth Elliott; daughters, Cheryl McCann and husband Michael of Hockley, PatriciaDaigle and husband, Dave Long of Salado, and Cindy Speedy and husband, Sam of LaGrange; brother, Gene McElduff of Port Arthur; grandchildren, Brian McMillan of Hondo, Kristin Thomas of Villa Rica, GA, Cole Thomas of Atlanta, GA, Kaylee Willams and Krayton Williams both of Lagrange, TX; great grandchildren, Cameron Thomas of Villa Rica, GA and Brianna McMillan of Hondo, Tx; and numerous other family members and friends.center_img Serving as pallbearers will be Ricky McElduff, Dave Long, Michael McCann, Sam Speedy, John-Patrick Speedy, George Rienstra and ColeThomas.Services are held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home in Woodville, TX.last_img read more


Will Kristin Chenoweth’s Dream of Headlining Hello, Dolly! on Broadway Come True?

first_img A number of talented divas, including Patti LuPone, Bette Midler and Queen Latifah, have been rumored to play the title role in the forthcoming production. The revival would mark the first mounting of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway since 1995, which was headlined by original star Carol Channing. A 1969 film adaptation starred Barbra Streisand in the titular role. Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker and her attempts to marry “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Chenoweth won a Tony Award for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and received an additional nomination for Wicked. Her other Broadway credits include Promises, Promises, The Apple Tree, Epic Proportions and Steel Pier. Her many TV credits include Glee, The West Wing, GCB and an Emmy-winning turn in Pushing Daisies. Chenoweth will appear on the season premiere of TV’s Say Yes to the Dress on August 16. View Comments Star Filescenter_img Kristin Chenoweth Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth has been vocal about her future Broadway dream roles, and last year, she revealed on Twitter that she’d love to play the title role in Hello, Dolly! “in about 10 years.” But she may be taking the stage as the meddling matchmaker much sooner than that, according to The New York Post. Chenoweth is reportedly in talks to play Dolly Levi in a new Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, within the next two years. No additional casting, dates or theater have been announced.last_img read more


Jessie Mueller Will Star as Carole King in the New Musical Beautiful; Broadway Dates Announced

first_img Mueller received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. She went on to star in Broadway’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood ( Audience Choice Award nomination) and then replaced Kelli O’Hara in the Tony-nominated musical Nice Work If You Can Get It. Her additional credits include Lincoln Center’s Carousel, the Public Theater’s Into the Woods and Chicago productions of Meet Me in St. Louis, Baby and She Loves Me. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Click below to get to know Jessie Mueller better in a recent episode of Show People with Paul Wontorek. Related Shows View Comments Beautiful: The Carole King Musicalcenter_img Star Files Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. The production will feature choreography by Josh Prince. Additionally casting and creative team members will be announced shortly. Jessie Mueller will feel like a natural woman on Broadway this fall! The Tony nominee is set to headline Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, the new bio show about the early life and career of the famous singer/songwriter. The musical will receive its world premiere at San Francisco’s SHN Curran Theatre September 24 through October 20 before transferring to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where it will begin previews on November 21. Beautiful officially opens on Broadway on January 12, 2014, directed by Mark Bruni. Jessie Muellerlast_img read more


Wish Granted! Get a Magical Video Sneak Peek at the Broadway-Bound Musical Aladdin, Starring Adam Jacobs

first_imgA wish-granting Genie! Magic carpet rides! A wicked and powerful Sultan! It’s about to be a whole new world when the Broadway-bound musical Aladdin flies into the Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre on November 1. “It’s about combining the things that kids love with the stuff that adults love,” said director Casey Nicholaw at a presentation of material from the show. A top-notch team of storytellers—including Nicholaw, writer Chad Beguelin, composer Alan Menken, Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar—have come together for this larger-than-life musical adaptation of the classic Disney film. The fantastical tuner about the charming street urchin doesn’t fly into Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre until February 2014, but you can take a peek at Aladdin’s dance numbers, elaborate costumes and more in the video below! Related Shows Star Files from $57.50 View Comments Aladdin Adam Jacobslast_img read more


Watch the Skivvies Pay a Special (Naked) Holiday Visit to Nick Adams in Festive New Music Video

first_img Nick Adams View Comments The Skivvies are spreading some serious holiday cheer around New York City—they’re even making house calls! Nearly nude pals Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, and drummer Shannon Ford stopped by their good friend, Broadway vet Nick Adams’ apartment for some traditional underwear caroling. Directed by Mitchell Jarvis, this silly “Christmas with the Skivvies” music video features classic holiday tunes including “The Little Drummer Boy” and uh, “We’ve Got the Beat” by the Go-Go’s. How does Adams respond to his scantily-clad houseguests? Click below to find out!center_img Star Fileslast_img read more


Area Events

first_imgJoin thousands of people in downtown Albany the first Saturday in March at the Snickers Marathon and Half Marathon, and the Mardi Gras festival. The Snickers Marathon and Half Marathon starts and ends on the Flint River in downtown as it meanders through beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods. It is a flat course and is a Boston Marathon qualifier.The second Saturday of September brings the “Nut Roll” to Albany. The bicycling event, sponsored by the Pecan City Pedalers, brings hundreds of cyclists to Chehaw where the event starts and ends. This fully supported, fun-filled day of riding Southwest Georgia’s back roads features great food and fun.The first Saturday night of December features the region’s largest parade to usher in the holiday season. The parade draws in tens of thousands of people beginning on Pine Avenue. The downtown will be packed full of people, street vendors, bands, floats and, of course, Christmas lights. It doesn’t feel like Christmas until the parade participants stroll through the streets of Albany and Santa arrives at the finale of the parade.last_img read more


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits and Pieces

first_imgRapha Cycle Club San Francisco is now open through July 31, and they’re hosting live screenings of the final days of the 2011 giro d’Italia this weekend starting at 6:30am Saturday. They’ve also got some great Gentleman’s and Ladies’ rides starting this weekend.Found: Google Books scans of Mountain Bike magazine from 2008 and earlier, and they’re searchable. Click here to see what was cool three or four years ago.London school children got to name four sections of the Olympic mountain bike course in Essex following a schools competition. The features on the three mile (5km) course in Hadleigh will be known as Rabbit Hole, Leap of Faith, Deanes Drop and The Breathtaker. Article here.Richard Schwin is lined up to present “Schwinn Paramount – Handmade Legend” at the Heartland Velo Show in Madison, WI, this August 27-28. Framebuilding teacher Doug Fattic will host a live brazing demonstration, too, showing dreamers and newbies alike how to build a bicycle.Think you’re a pro behind the lens? The Pinkbike Deep Summer Wildcard Search is giving you the chance to compete against five professional action sports photographers at this year’s Kokanee Crankworx in Whistler, BC. Based on a submission of three photos, one photographer will be chosen to compete.  Submit your photo entries here by midnight, June 3, 2011.Help a kid in need and add to your valuable BMX collection with the Mike Buff I Ride For Tyler Blick eBay Benefit Auctions. Tyler is the son of Steve Blick of Oakley, who is 5 years old and has been diagnosed withLeukemia. Old school BMXer Mike Buff is putting on the auctions starting today and all proceeds will go to help Tyler. Almost all the items are cool old BMX memorabilia that has been signed by guys like Mike Buff, Stu Thomson, Bob Osborn, Bob Haro, Jeff Kosmala, etc.The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is inviting sports and cycling fans to create the national and host city commemorative posters for the inaugural international cycling competition August 22-28.  Entrants can submit their artwork through the event’s Facebook page now until June 19, 2011.  The winners will be announced on July 19, 2011. Click on the Facebook page link for more information and contest rules.The second lucky pair of cyclists to be chosen for the Just Be. In Holland. 10-City Bike Tour are well underway on their 10-city tour of Holland. Follow their daily postings on the Holland and KLM FB pages to win daily prizes and a possible grand prize of tickets for 2 to Amsterdam and 3 nights at a hotel. We could all use a free vacation, right!?last_img read more


Stage Race’s Ltd Edition CX 401 shoe giveaway: We have a WINNER!

first_imgThe people have spoken!  In six short words (or four words and two characters), we have a winner to our Stage Race Distribution limited edition Lake CX 401 giveaway!  Congratulations to…Benn Stover with 72 votes!Because: Black = Batman = WinningCongratulations also to Konne Simon with 42 votes:Attacking without even being noticed by opponents?  Better choose the stealth black 🙂And in third?  Michael Cedeno with 36 votes:The black versions look like my grandpa’s shoes, the white version on the other hand…Benn will be rolling in Bat Style in his very own pair of limited edition Lake CX 401 shoes from Stage Race Distribution.  Sharing the same heat moldable carbon fiber soles, kangaroo leather uppers, and BOA closure with the standard CX 401, these handsome shoes are available now to US and Canadian consumers.Of course, if you don’t win, the 49 remaining limited edition CX 401s (sizes 42-47) are available from Stage Race at [email protected] for $525–only $26 more than the standard edition–and ship free to the US via FedEx.  Want to see the entire Lake line or fondle the Limited Edition CX 401s yourself?  Swing on by booth 4091 during Interbike this week.Thanks to everyone who entered and especially to Stage Race Distribution for the kicks!  Stay tuned for more gear news, reviews, and contests here at!www.stage-race.comwww.lakecycling.comlast_img read more


Fall-Winter Essential review: Capo’s Roubaix knee warmers

first_imgSixty degrees? Cover your knees.Sure, it rhymes, but there’s a lot to that old saw.  Knees are among the hardest working of cyclists’ joints- and the most often troubled.  Being kind to your knees by keeping them warm and protected on chilly days pays off in reduced stiffness, soreness, and injury.But all of us have suffered from knee warmers that, to put it simply, suck.  As simple as a pair of footless socks should be, there’s little as irritating as poorly-placed seams, bunchiness behind the knees, or bulky grippers that pull shorts down while rubbing uncomfortably on the saddle.  All reasons why is why the Roubaix model from Italianate clothiers Capo are standouts.Pre-formed from several pieces of hollow-core Roubaix fabric into a knee-like bend, Capo have nailed the warmers’ fit.  Despite the numerous seams, none cross the knee or make themselves known while pedaling.  Sewn-in reflective tabs at the calf add a measure of security at dawn and dusk.  Black, red, and white versions are available in two sizes (S/M and L/XL) and stitched together right here in the USA.Ultimately, it’s the extremely thin thigh gripper’s that make the Roubaixes work so well.  With tacky silicone on both the inside and outside, they hold fast to both leg and shorts, remaining comfortable for several hours on road and off.  No pulling, no bunching, and no unnecessary bulk. Until it’s time to pull them off, they’re easy to forget the Capos altogether.Given the overly simple construction, far-Eastern manufacture, and annoying slippage to which $30+ knee warmers are prone, the Capos easily justify the jump to $50.  If they hold up even half as long as others we’ve tried, they’re well worth the asking price.marcwww.capocycling.comlast_img read more


Interbike 2008 – Kona Pics – Part 2

first_imgKona had a wide variety of bikes inside the show, from road to urban to commuter to full on nasty downhill bikes.  Shown above is the 2009 Kona Haole, their Italian steel road bike built with Dedaccia Zero Replica shaped steel tubing.  It sports a Dedaccia Black Fin carbon fork and a Shimano Ultegra/105 blended drivetrain with FSA compact cranks and BB.We’ve got HD video from inside their booth on this post, and more pics of their urban bmx bike, Stinky downhill bikes and a range of XC, trail, singlespeed and 29er bikes when you read “more“…The Stinky line has four models but are largely unchanged for 2009.  They’re built for extreme terrain…which means riding over, off of or into just about anything you’ll find off the pavement.Click on any of these pics to enlarge them.The Hei Hei Supreme (top) and One20 Supreme are Kona’s more performance oriented full suspension bikes.  The Hei Hei has 80mm travel fork with 2.5″ rear wheel travel packed onto a Scandium-framed race bike, and the Supreme version is decked out in pretty much full XTR with Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels and Race Face Next Carbon components.  Race ready.The One20 is the more trail oriented version with, as the name implies, 120mm of travel.  This bike is covered in more detail in the previous post.The Hei Hei 29er (top) also uses a Scandium frame with Magnesium rocker arm, still at 80mm travel in the front, but the rear jumps up to 3.5″ of travel. MSRP is $3,599 (base model is $2,599)The base Hei Hei (26″) model on the bottom is no slouch…it’s got a mostly XT/SLX mix, Fox fork and shock and Scandium frame for $3,399.The Shonky is Kona’s slopestyle and dirt jump bike, but it looks like it would be equally at home terrorizing strip mall parking lots and library staircases.  The wheels look small in this pic, but they’re 26″…spec’d with Maxxis 26×2.2 Holy Rollers.  Chromoly frame with a dirt-jump specific fork.  MSRP $899.Last up is the 2009 Kona Big Unit.  It’s a new 29er single-speed hardtail.  The Scandium frame has sliding adjustable rear dropouts.  Quick, light and simple…with giant wheels.ÂÂlast_img read more


2010 Time Road Bikes and Frames

first_img2010 Time NXR Instinct in White with SRAM Red component group and S60 deep rimmed carbon wheels.2010 Time NXR Instinct in white with Campagnolo Super Record rear derailleur, cassette and shifter, Chrous front derailleur, FSA cranks and Time Equal wheels.2010 Time NXR Instinct in black with Dura-Ace and FSA components, and Time Equal wheels2010 Time  RX Instinct with Shimano Dura-Ace and FSA components, and Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels.  Time will have a second color for this frame available, but it’s not announced yet.2010 Time  NXR Instinct framesets in White (above) and Black (below). Time has released photos of their 2010 Instinct and Ulteam road bikes and frames.  In terms of heirarchy, the VXRS Ulteam Worldstar (not shown) leads the pack, followed by the RXR Ulteam (shown above in white with Campy Super Record and Bora Ultra wheels), then NXR Instinct and RX Instinct.The frames use Time’s RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) manufacturing process. Instead of flat sheets of pre-preg carbon that are wrapped around a bladder, they weave their own tubular braid of carbon in-house then layer them on wax skeleton that’s put in mold and injected with epoxy. Once it’s cured, they melt down the wax, leaving the finished frame.  Time’s rep said “RTM Integral is…using the RTM concept to make a monobloc front triangle; the chainstays and wishbone are tubes that can be easily replace if damaged.”The 2010 NXR Instinct and RX Instinct will both use BB30 bottom brackets only, while the RXR Ulteam will get BB30 in the Spring.  The primary difference between the NXR and RX is the integrated seatmast on the NXR versus the standard seat post on the RX.Hit ‘more’ to see the full range and specs… 2010 Time RX Instinct frameset in White.last_img read more


Shimano Files Patent for Hydraulic Road Bike Brake Levers…Again

first_imgWith the image flying around the Internet of a possible prototype Shimano hydraulic brake system for road bikes, the timing on their patent filing couldn’t have been better for feeding the rumor mill.The photo above is just one of many included in a February 7th US Patent Application describing a “bicycle component control device (that) includes a bracket, a hydraulic brake unit and either a mechanical or electronic shifting unit.” The rest of the initial description reads:“The bracket has a gripping portion. The hydraulic brake unit is operatively mounted on the bracket and configured to operate a hydraulic brake device. The mechanical shifting unit or electric control unit is operatively mounted on the bracket and configured to control a bicycle device.”It’s worth mentioning that all major companies patent all sorts of things that never come to fruition, but what’s really interesting is this isn’t Shimano’s first hydraulic brake patent filing…Back in July 2007, Shimano filed a patent application for a “Multi Position Brake Lever System With a Converter That Converts aCable Actuator to a Hydraulic Actuator”, shown above. It’s described as “a hydraulic assembly for a hydraulic disc brake system that includes a housing defining a cylinder, a piston received in and moveable within the cylinder, a first lever operatively associated with one of the piston or the cylinder, and a second lever operatively associated with the other of the piston or the cylinder.”Here’s a view of the hose and cable entry/exits on the side of the converter. This application was published in January 2009 and would have preceded TRP’s Parabox and the others by a good bit.Shimano also filed a patent application in August 2009 for a “Hydraulic Brake Control Unit” that, to us, looks an awful lot like a TT brake lever. Here’s the internals:Sure beats the Magura RT6TT to the punch, no?And then there’s this hydraulic rim brake design patent filing for a “Hydraulic Connector Arrangement”. At first, I thought this was pre-STI based on the design of the brake lever and the hose exit port, but no: This was filed in December 2009 and published in June 2011! Could this mean a hydraulic rim brake is coming, too?BACK TO THE FUTUREAt the top of this post are the drawings for the Mechanical shifters with integrated hydraulic master cylinder. Above is presumably the Di2 version as the diagram essentially matches the layout and size of the small electronic shifting controls.One interesting bit to point out is the higher position of the brake lever pivot. On the standard (mechanical brake) STI levers, the brake lever’s pivot is about where the piston enters the hood. The lever feel could be quite different as a result, but with all the attention Shimano paid to the current 9000 group’s brakes, our bet is it’ll perform quite well.Where some of the older patents use pretty descriptive names, this one’s simply called “Bicycle Component Control Device”.How does this compare to SRAM’s upcoming hydraulic road brakes? Without that product being officially launched, no one has hard details, but images suggest some or all of the master cylinder may be placed inside the forward knob given it’s pronounced growth over its mechanical counterpart. If that’s the case, it’s likely because SRAM’s shifting mechanics are larger than Shimano’s, which might have forced the design. Or, they could have been avoiding conflict with Shimano, who’s patent describes the master cylinder as “located rearward of the pivot axis of the operating member.” While SRAM announced their hydro units first, Shimano’s patent is a divisional application of an original patent filing from 2011 that may have spelled out some iteration of this prior to SRAM’s designs.Subtle but important details that we look hope to confirmed in the real world soon!JUST FOR FUNShimano Di2 powered dropper post anyone? Thanks to one of our readers (What up, Varaxis!), we got these images of another of Shimano’s patent applications: The “Motorized Bicycle Seatpost Assembly.”The diagrams show the computer control unit under the saddle (26) and the battery inside the top of the post (68) driving a motor attached to a screw-type set of gears to raise or lower the seat via a switch on the handlebars.  This one was filed in August 2009!last_img read more


EB18: Shiny (and colorful) new 12-speed chains from KMC, Connex & Taya

first_imgThe12-speed versions bring all of the hollow pin, four-corner ramped shaping and other features as their 11s chains. This Ti-Black Gold uses a highly corrosion resistant coating that they’ve proven in industrial settings, but it’s environmentally friendly to produce! Check them out at We originally mistakenly listed the above products as Connex, but they are from Taya and available now)Connex goes greenThe new CKS chain lube if biodegradable and comes with a thin dropper to make application easy and avoid overuse. When it comes time to wash it off, the formula won’t pollute the water supply, either. Now you just have to find an equally clean degreaser…Check them out at KMC 12-speed & eBike chainsKMC has also moved to a 12-speed design, which also gets their top-level “X” plate shaping for crisp, quiet shifts.It’ll come in the gold version shown up top and with DLC-coated inner links and pins in your choice of blue, red, green or yellow. Outer links remain black to keep the color hit subdued, but visible.We’re seeing more and more e-bike specific drivetrain products now that the market is becoming so big and brands are seeing the downsides of using people-powered parts for bikes with motor assistance. KMC is solving the problem by making their first sprockets, available for front and rear, along with a chain specifically for them.What’s unique about them is the width…they use a wider tooth profile and chain, along with much larger diameter pins and rollers, to handle the increased torque. Check them out at Taya was showing off colorful new coatings for their 11-speed chains, which adds a bit of variety to the nickel-coated outer links, leaving the stainless steel inner links to contrast the color. Shown above and directly below, the blue Galaxy finish is the top level of their DHT (Diamond Hard Tech) chains that promise extended durability and quiet performance. And, now, 12-speed SRAM Eagle compatibility!last_img read more


Desi Oakley, Bryan Fenkart & More Will Star in the Waitress Tour

first_imgDesi Oakley & Bryan Fenkart Desi Oakley View Comments She’ll be pouring you a cup and saying, “Hello, how ya been?” Desi Oakley (Les Misérables, Evita) will star as Jenna in the national tour of Waitress. The touring production of the hit Broadway musical will launch at the Connor Palace—Playhouse Square in Cleveland on October 17, before making stops—and serving up pies—in cities all across the country.In addition to Oakley, the cast of the Waitress tour will feature Bryan Fenkart as Dr. Pomatter, Lenne Klingaman as Dawn, Nick Bailey as Earl and Ryan G. Dunkin as Cal. They’ll be joined by current Broadway cast members Charity Angél Dawson as Becky, Larry Marshall as Old Joe and Jeremy Morse as Ogie.The ensemble includes Skyler Adams, Law Terrell Dunford, Patrick Dunn, Jim Hogan, David Hughey, Arica Jackson, Kyra Kennedy, Emily Koch, Maiesha McQueen, Gerianne Perez and Grace Stockdale.Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus and featuring a score by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, the musical is based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly, and follows Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. The musical’s score includes such popular songs as “Opening Up,” “What Baking Can Do,” “You Matter to Me” and “She Used to Be Mine.”Waitress made history as the first Broadway musical to feature an all-female creative team; in addition to Bareilles and Paulus, on board are book writer Jessie Nelson and choreographer Lorin Latarro. The Broadway production was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.To find out when Waitress is headed to your city, click here. Star Fileslast_img read more