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    Man, 33, Killed in Crash in Rural Kane County Patch Batavia, IL -- An Aurora man was killed in the crash early Tuesday. Reported by Patch 5 days ago.

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  • 08/23/16--12:04: The Olympics Mirror US!
  • Ruth Nemzoff wrote this article with Helen Berger, both are Resident Scholars at Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center

    The Olympics mirror society. 10 of this year's Olympians are mothers, two of them, Chaunté Lowe and Kerri Walsh Jennings, have three kids each. Not surprising! We see mothers in all kinds of jobs we didn't think possible for women just a few years ago. From electrician and ditch digger to senator and prime minister, mothers are defying expectations.

    Like many working moms, Kerri Walsh Jennings, who has three children, commented, "My children have taught me so much. I want to be better because I'm their mommy," she continued, "I want to be their best role model and I want to represent my country well in Rio. Whatever I'm doing, I want to be great." Similar to many moms, she also felt, she was made to do both. She told NBC: "I feel like I was born to have babies and play volleyball."

    Chaunté Lowe, like thousands of other women, has met the challenge of not only raising three children but also of helping one of her children with special challenges develop and maximize her potential. She explained that, "2015 was one of her most difficult seasons. She relocated her family and moved her training base from Atlanta to Oviedo, Florida, because her 5-year-old daughter, Aurora, was showing signs of autism or Asperger's syndrome and could receive specialized schooling in Florida. (Her daughter actually was moved out of a special-needs program last year and began kindergarten earlier this month.)"

    These 10 mother Olympians are calling into question some of the old ideas about what pregnancy does to our bodies. Pregnant bodies in motion are a common sight now that maternity clothes are designed to show off the baby bump unlike Lucille Ball's historic appearance on TV only sixty years ago in a smock meant to hide her burgeoning belly. We also see pregnant women at the gym, half-marathons and full marathons, and there are even exercise classes for pregnant and postpartum women. Gradually we are learning that the restrictions on women, sometimes with the best of intentions of protecting both the mother and her unborn child, are not necessary to produce healthy babies. While poor women all over the world have always had to work while pregnant, limiting women's activities during gestation has also been used in more affluent countries as a way to limit women's freedom.

    The Olympics, like academia, business, technology, politics and the arts, gives talented women a place to shine and show their talents to the entire world (sometimes while nursing their young offspring). For female Olympians to be able to participate in their sports and not forgo pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood is not only is a tribute to the Olympics, but it is also a mirror of the progress many countries have made in supporting the advancement of 50 percent of their population .

    Age limits, too, are being smashed. Thirty-one-year-old Michael Phelps bested athletes 10 years his junior. Forty-year-old gymnast, Oksana Chusovitina showed you don't need to be a teenybopper to twist and bend. Again, age breakthroughs reflect what we see at local gyms, pools, and road races. Boston's Tufts Health Plan 10k for women has had 80-year-olds, and once a gal in her 90s completing the course. The "elderly" are showing us that they are indeed "over the hill" but getting there by running, jumping, throwing, swimming, writing books, and beginning new careers.

    Changes in the American family too are reflected at the Olympics, smashing the myth that only a two-parent family can raise a successful child. Michael's mom has been single since Michael was twelve. Like so many children in our society, Simone Biles was brought up by her grandfather and his wife. The couple adopted her and her siblings because Simone's drug-addicted mom could not take care of them, demonstrating that with a lot of luck and support coupled with much hard work one can overcome adversity. She was infuriated when a reporter said they were not her "real parents." Maybe this example of success will encourage us to give that support to others in challenging circumstances.

    Katie Ledecky had her whole family behind her, including her parents as well as her single uncle, who has been very much a part of her success. Her religious heritage is both Jewish (grandmother) and Catholic (parents). We saw athletes honoring America cross themselves and bow to Allah. We Americans are, and we have always been, a mixed group.

    Forty-one Olympians are gay or lesbian, a record number of openly LGBT athletes. Kelly Griffin, the rugby star, has two children with her wife Ashley. Together, they destroy the myth that all gay men are effeminate and all gay women are masculine. Most important, they demonstrate that parenthood is for everyone. At this 2016 Olympics we even had a marriage proposal between two woman. Moreover, there was a transgender model in the opening ceremonies. Every American was represented.

    Like it or not, the world is changing and these images of diversity help us all to see that ultimately our talents and our personhood are what matters. So, three cheers for the athletes and for the world as it becomes more accepting of all kinds of diversity. As it turns out, the Olympics is a study in sociological change. And you thought you were just watching for the fun and glory!

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Reported by Huffington Post 5 days ago.

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    Woman Taken to Hospital After Aurora House Fire Patch Montgomery, IL -- She was treated for smoke inhalation. Reported by Patch 5 days ago.

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    A Colorado Springs company and four of its principals have agreed to repay $125,000 to foreclosed homeowners -- one of them an Aurora theater shooting survivor. Reported by Denver Post 5 days ago.

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    Meyer Wealth Advisors, an Aurora-based financial consulting firm, celebrated its 40th anniversary in grand summer style by inviting clients and friends to America’s favorite pastime - a baseball game at the Kane County Cougars ballpark.

    Aurora, Illinois (PRWEB) August 24, 2016

    Meyer Wealth Advisors, an Aurora-based financial consulting firm, celebrated its 40th anniversary in grand summer style by inviting clients and friends to America’s favorite pastime- a baseball game at the Kane County Cougars ballpark in nearby Geneva.The event served to reconnect with clients and celebrate the firm’s 40 years in the Aurora community.

    Meyer Wealth has been serving their clients as trusted CFO’s by providing education, resources and careful financial planning. “We are proud to provide our expertise and services to clients who are proactive in taking charge of their financial futures,” said Craig Anderson, co-owner and wealth consultant of Meyer Wealth Advisors. “We act as trusted advisors and problem solvers for our clients. We listen to our clients and guide them to making sound decisions.”

    Founded in 1976, the firm has been serving clients with wealth management, retirement planning, social security analysis and life insurance audits. “Looking back at the past 40 years brings me joy,” said Jack Meyer, co-owner and wealth consultant of Meyer Wealth Advisors. “We have been fortunate to serve many different clients and watching them prosper is what keeps me coming back for more.” The firm’s consultants have a combined 65 years of experience offering a wide array of non-proprietary investment and insurance products, giving personalized advice and creating individualized plans for long-term financial security.

    For more information, visit

    About Meyer Wealth Advisors:

    Meyer Wealth Advisors has been serving their clients for 40 years as a trusted CFO by providing education, resources and careful planning and implementation of programs and products that are long-term, logical and efficient. The knowledgeable wealth consultants help meet the needs of their clients by helping to reach strategic financial goals. Meyer Wealth Advisors is located at 2000 W. Galena Blvd., Suite 305 in Aurora. For more information, call 630-896-7770 or visit Reported by PRWeb 5 days ago.

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    Lazydays Service, Parts and Retail Accessories departments showing increases in efficiency and sales performance by utilizing Sys2K technology.

    Altamonte Springs, FL (PRWEB) August 24, 2016

    Sys2K announced that Lazydays has seen incredible success implementing Sys2K’s Infinity dealer management software in their Service, Parts and Retail Accessories departments. With over 130 RV Technicians and 315 service bays, Lazydays required a software system that provided full visibility of all aspects of the operations from instant notifications of sold units, mechanic parts requests and special order parts receipts. Premier level training and support ensured that Lazydays' was able to implement Infinity with no down time which is essential for facilities of this size.

    Per Traeanne Reynolds, Sys2K International Director of Sales, Marketing and Implementation, “With the Infinity software Lazydays is able to process and close repair orders much faster than before. Their open repair order list is the lowest it has ever been in the history of the company due to the increase in efficiency.”

    In their retail stores, Lazydays has seen increased visibility to sales performance and increases in sales by associates across all locations. This increase in performance is correlated to the more detailed inventory cost analysis, retail price flexibility, elimination of manual commission complications, and overall enhancements of inventory details. The responsiveness and intuitive functionality of the mobile system has increased productivity and even their 'old school employees' have found it easy to use.

    "At Lazydays, we are committed to providing our customers courteous service with rapid response time," said Lazydays President and CEO, Tim Sheehan. “The interface capabilities of the Sys2K Infinity software have provided our staff a more efficient process for assisting our customers; and a key technology solution to help us grow. We have found the Sys2K team to be great partners, providing high quality service while being responsive to our needs."

    About Lazydays:
    Lazydays®, founded in 1976, is the world’s largest RV dealership. Based on 126 acres outside Tampa, FL since 1996, Lazydays also has dealerships located in Tucson, AZ as well as three dealerships located in Loveland, Aurora and Longmont, CO. Lazydays has the largest selection of RV brands in the nation featuring more than 2,500 new and pre-owned RVs, over 300 service bays and two on-site campgrounds with over 700 RV campsites. Lazydays RV Accessories & More offers more than 40,000 accessories online for your shopping convenience. Shop us online or visit one of our store locations in Florida, Arizona and Colorado.

    About Sys2K:
    Sys2K™ is a premier provider of Powersports, Bus, Marine, Automotive, Class 8/Heavy Duty, and RV dealership software. Sys2K’s Infinity software is a fully integrated, Windows®-based DMS that features modules including CRM, F&I, Parts and Service, Payroll, Accounting, Rental, Advanced Reporting, as well as offering Premium Websites, Cloud Hosting, and Mobile Apps. Founded in 1984, Sys2K prides itself in developing the highest-quality software solutions for the dealership environment. For more information, visit Reported by PRWeb 5 days ago.

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    The RV Authority and world’s largest RV dealership has added Tony Bruce to its Sales Management team to help lead the 100+ strong sales team in Tampa

    TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) August 24, 2016

    Lazydays, The RV Authority and world’s largest RV dealership, is pleased to announce that Tony Bruce has joined its expanding Sales Management team, working alongside eight other managers to lead the 100+ person sales team at the Tampa dealership.

    Prior to joining Lazydays, Bruce built a very successful career at La Mesa RV, holding positions of Sales Consultant, Sales Manager, and most recently General Sales Manager. “Tony joins Lazydays with a very successful track record in the RV industry,” said Ron Fleming, Lazydays Vice President and General Manager. “We fully expect Tony will strengthen our sales management team as we grow and look for new opportunities.”

    Bruce comes to Lazydays as the company experiences broad sales growth as a result of recent RV dealership acquisitions; the addition of new product segments to include Featherlite, the leader in towable trailers for both the auto and equestrian markets; and several partnerships to host RV tailgating lots with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos and University of Florida Gators.

    “Joining Lazydays is a wonderful opportunity,” Bruce said. “No one in the RV industry can offer what Lazydays can, and I look forward to working with the team and welcoming customers into this one-of-a-kind facility.”

    About Lazydays
    Lazydays®, founded in 1976, is the world’s largest RV dealership. Based on 126 acres outside Tampa, FL since 1996, Lazydays also has dealerships located in Tucson, AZ as well as three dealerships located in Loveland, Aurora and Longmont, CO.

    Lazydays has the largest selection of RV brands in the nation featuring more than 2,500 new and pre-owned RVs, over 300 service bays and two on-site campgrounds with over 700 RV campsites. Lazydays RV Accessories & More offers more than 40,000 accessories online for your shopping convenience. Shop us online or visit one of our store locations in Florida, Arizona and Colorado.

    Lazydays has built its reputation on providing an outstanding customer experience with exceptional service and product expertise, and as a place to rest and recharge with other RVers. More than half a million RVers visit Lazydays every year, making it their “home away from home.” Lazydays has been recognized as a “Top 50 RV Dealer” by RV Business and as one of Tampa Bay’s “Top Work Places.” The Lazydays Employee Foundation, supported by payroll contributions from more than 65% of Lazydays’ employees, has contributed more than $1.5 million dollars to make many historic changes for at-risk children in the Tampa Bay and Tucson communities.

    For most people, Lazydays isn't just the beginning of their journey; it's very much a part of their ride. To learn more, visit

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    DON'T BUY: 14 US housing markets where it makes economic sense to rent While building up equity in a home can be a great long-term investment, in some neighborhoods it makes more economical sense to rent.

    Realtytrac, a real estate information company, compiled data on 285 counties nationwide and analyzed the economics of renting instead of buying a home. They found the average cost to rent or own a 3-bedroom house and determined the percentage an average worker would have to spend from their weekly income.

    In 66% of the counties Realtytrac found it was more cost effective to buy. But the potential savings in counties where renting was more cost-effective were higher. Most of the counties are in the red-hot California housing market.

    We screened for the counties that had populations of more than 500,000 people and where a renter would save at least 10% more than homebuyers.

    Check them out below in order from least to most savings.

    -Bristol County, MA-

    Metro Area: *Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA*

    Population: *837,442*

    Median Weekly Income: *$962*

    Average Monthly Rent: *$1,142*

    Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: *$1,620*

    Difference in median income needed to rent than buy: *10.43%*

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    *Source: RealtyTrac*-Ventura County, CA-

    Metro Area: *Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA*

    Population: *839,620*

    Median Weekly Income: *$1,025*

    Average Monthly Rent: *$2,308*

    Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: *$2,957*

    Difference in median income needed to rent than buy: *10.58%*

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    *Source: RealtyTrac*-Denver County, CO-

    Metro Area: *Denver-Aurora, CO*

    Population: *649,495*

    Median Weekly Income: *$1,247*

    Average Monthly Rent: *$1,696*

    Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: *$2,190*

    Difference in median income needed to rent than buy: *11.45%*

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    *Source: RealtyTrac*
    See the rest of the story at Business Insider Reported by Business Insider 5 days ago.

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    You know about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. You probably even know about Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. But what about Jaylem Durousseau, the 18-year-old from Aurora or Emperor Palpatine or the other 1,994 or so people running for president this year? Reported by Denver Post 5 days ago.

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    Flexible packaging supplier teams with German-based blending and packing firm to meet growing customer demand

    CLEVELAND, OH (PRWEB) August 25, 2016, a leader in supplying lightweight, flexible retail packaging to major CPG brands, today announced a new strategic partnership with full-service contract manufacturers SternMaid America.

    This alliance allows both organizations to jointly offer complete solutions for mid-market companies, including but not limited to blending, compounding, formulation, development, bulk packaging, logistics and warehousing.

    For nearly a decade, has grown from helping small businesses and mom-and-pop shops package their products in innovative, scientifically developed flexible retail packaging to supplying global corporations with custom printed pouches and barrier bags for a vast range of products.

    Partnering with SternMaid America allows the packaging supplier to meet customer demand and expand its portfolio of services for companies large and small. This move also assists SternMaid in building and extending its presence in the United States. The contract manufacturer recently opened its first production plant near Chicago, which specializes in comprehensive manufacturing services for compounding powdered substances., based in Cleveland, is recognized for its commitment to establishing longstanding partnerships with clients and working to accomplish packaging projects that are fresh and inventive. The supplier’s reputation for successfully creating highly functional, protective packaging for CPG products aligns well with SternMaid America, a leader in utilizing the most advanced resources in its facilities to deliver individualized manufacturing solutions.

    “What is really exciting is SternMaid is part of a very large German outfit not afraid to take risks, buy equipment and try new things,” says David Marinac, President and CEO of and SternMaid America will publicly debut their partnership and meet with clients in person at the Food Evolution Summit, taking place Sept. 13 and 14 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif.

    About is a leading online supplier of flexible retail packaging solutions for many of the world's largest brands. By partnering with small and mid-market businesses, the company has helped its customers build their brands and successfully market their products using the finest printed pouches in the industry.

    About SternMaid America:
    SternMaid America with its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois and SternMaid in Germany are members of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, one of the world’s most successful companies in the field of food and feed ingredients. With its US location the group is continuing the success story of SternMaid. Since its establishment in 1996, SternMaid Germany has taken its place among Europe’s leading contract manufacturers. The Aurora plant is one of the most modern of its kind and offers comprehensive, customized contract manufacturing services in the compounding of powdered substances. A semi-automated blending and industrial packaging line and a small-unit packaging line are available for innovative solutions. The 30,000 sq ft facility has a blending capacity of about 4,000 tons annually. Reported by PRWeb 4 days ago.

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    Vatican City, Aug 25, 2016 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday Pope Francis appointed Mexico native Fr. Jorge Rodriguez, former professor and Vice-Rector of St. John Vianney seminary, as a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Denver.

    “Father Rodriguez is a passionate pastor and teacher of the faith, and he will serve this archdiocese well in the role of auxiliary bishop,” Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila said in an Aug. 25 press release announcing the priest’s appointment.

    Fr. Rodriguez, 61, has been pastor at Holy Cross Parish in Thornton, Colo. since 2014, as well as an adjunct professor at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. The announcement of his appointment as auxiliary bishop came in an Aug. 25 communique from the Vatican.

    Asked about his first-hand experience with the growing Hispanic Catholic community in Denver, Fr. Rodriguez told “Denver Catholic,” the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver, that it is not about numbers so much as it is about their “vitality and live expressions of their Catholic faith.”

    The challenge, Fr. Rodriguez said, is in helping the Hispanic community integrate into the U.S. Church without losing the values of their cultural and Catholic religious identity.

    “My experience with this community is that the faithful have a great love for the Eucharist; a tender devotion to the Mother of our Lord, Our Lady of Guadalupe; show sincere support for the Holy Father and the priests; they are very generous in whatever the church needs, and their faith is sincere and uncomplicated,” he said.

    The bishop-elect was born March 22, 1955, in Mérida, Mexico, in the state of Yucatán, where his family still resides. He joined the Legionaries of Christ after high school and was ordained a priest Dec. 24, 1987.

    Fr. Rodriguez was awarded a doctorate in Sacred Theology by the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1994. He also received a licentiate in philosophy from the same university and a diploma in Mariology from the Marianum in Rome.

    From 1994-1997, he was dean of the Theology Department of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome and taught theology at several different pontifical universities and institutes in the city.

    The priest first came to Denver in 1999 at the invitation of Archbishop Charles Chaput to teach at the new St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, and to serve as associate pastor of St. Therese Parish in Aurora.

    He returned to Rome from 2002-2006 to serve as an associate pastor of the Roman parish Stella Maris. Fr. Rodriguez then returned to Denver again to teach at St. John Vianney and from 2007-2014 served as Vice-Rector of the seminary. He was officially placed as a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver in 2008.

    Fr. Rodriguez will be ordained a bishop Nov. 4, likely in Denver’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

    “I would like the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Denver to know that my only wish is to serve the cause of Our Lord Jesus Christ and to serve them according to this new mission and grace I am about to receive, Fr. Rodriguez said in his interview with Denver Catholic.

    “It is the Lord’s work and not ours, even less mine. So the best support – and this is what I beg from them – is to keep me in their prayers.” Reported by CNA 4 days ago.

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    DCT Industrial Trust, a Denver-based real estate company, will in the first quarter of 2017 break ground on a 168,000-square-foot industrial building in Aurora. DCT (NYSE: DCT) last week closed on the purchase of four acres of land at 40th Avenue and Salida Street for the project, which could be leased to one tenant or divided for two different users, said Mark Bowen, senior vice president of DCT. Once the project breaks ground, Bowen expects that the build-out will take six to seven months. The… Reported by bizjournals 3 days ago.

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    Aurora police have released an image created based on the DNA of a killer who slaughtered an Aurora family and murdered a Lakewood woman in hopes that it will help them solve the 1984 murders. Reported by Denver Post 3 days ago.

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    This month, the Aurora Public School Board of Education voted to place a $300 million bond question on the November ballot that would help fund a new Mrachek Middle School that could open in fall 2018. Reported by Denver Post 3 days ago.

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    A Buckley Air Force base Airman First Class, a member of the base's security force, is charged with fatally shooting his wife in their Aurora apartment. Reported by Denver Post 2 days ago.

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    NEWTOWN, Conn. — The Bataclan in Paris. The Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, Colo. The Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. The campus of Garissa University College in eastern Kenya. A summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utoya.

    And maybe most harrowing of all, given the ages of the victims,... Reported by L.A. Times 2 days ago.

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    A man impersonating a police officer in Aurora who followed a female driver and attempted to pull her over has been sentenced to jail. Reported by Denver Post 2 days ago.

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    Live Football: West Aurora vs. Yorkville HS Patch Yorkville, IL -- The game begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 27. Reported by Patch 1 day ago.

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    Traffic was being delayed around the intersection of Havana Street and East Alameda Avenue after an accident involving an Aurora Fire Department vehicle, according to the Aurora police. Reported by Denver Post 6 hours ago.

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    Top 10 Subdivisions in Aurora, IL - August 2016 Patch Naperville, IL -- Top 10 Subdivisions in Aurora, IL - August 2016 Reported by Patch 7 hours ago.

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    Water Ski sensations Brenda Nichols Baldwin and Rachel George Normand will be enshrined into the Water Ski Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017, it was announced today by the USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

    Polk City, Florida (PRWEB) August 29, 2016

    Water Ski sensations Brenda Nichols Baldwin and Rachel George Normand will be enshrined into the Water Ski Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017, it was announced today by the USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

    “This is a truly magnificent class,” said USA Water Ski Foundation Executive Director Tracy Mattes. “These women have had an extraordinary impact on our sport and we are proud to recognize them with the highest honor the sport bestows – enshrinement into the Water Ski Hall of Fame.”

    “I am beyond excited and honored,” said Baldwin. “While all my involvement in the sport is because I love the sport and people, it is very special to be recognized at the highest level possible.”

    Normand shared similar sentiments. “When I received the call from Tracy saying I would be inducted into the Water Ski Hall of Fame I was overcome with a wave of emotions. This amazing honor is a culmination of my love, dreams, and goals for the sport of barefoot water skiing.”

    Baldwin and Normand will take their rightful place among the water ski immortals at the 35th annual induction ceremony on April 29, 2017 at Walt Disney’s Showplace Pavilion at Epcot Theme Park.

    For more than two decades, Brenda Baldwin’s achievements have included being a world renowned water skier, coach, and judge. As an elite skier, Baldwin was the 1995 World Jump Champion and held the World Jump Record from 1997-2000. In 1997 she swept titles in both 1997 US Masters and Moomba Masters in the jump event. Baldwin, a three time US National Champion in the open women’s jump event, has represented the United States as a member of four World Teams and two Pan American Teams. She was Pan Am Slalom and Jump champion in 1994 and successfully defended her jump title in 1996. Baldwin continued her success in the over 35 division winning the World Slalom and Jump events in 2008; the trick and jump events in 2012 and won the silver medal in slalom, jump, and overall in 2014. Baldwin was a member of winning US 35+ World Championship and Pan Am Teams in 2008, 2012, and 2014. She also went on to win 18 US National Championship titles from 2007 to 2013, including a clean sweep in 2012.

    Baldwin made a big impact on the sport off the water as well as a dedicated volunteer and coach. From 1995-2004 she was a member of the USA Water Ski and AWSA Board of Directors and served on multiple committees. Since 2004, she has served as Honorary Director and a member of their International Activities Committee. Brenda was a founding member of the Athlete Advisory Council of the IWWF and has served on the United States Olympic Committee’s Board of Directors and Sport Science & Technology Committee. A Pan Am Level 3 coach, Brenda has coached US Junior World Championship teams, Under 21 World Championship teams, and helped direct both National Junior Development and Southern Region Junior Development clinics. Brenda is also a, judge, scorer, and trained driver. Throughout her prominent water skiing career, Brenda has received several significant water skiing awards that include the 1996 USA Water Ski Female of the Year and the 2012 USA Water Ski Award of Merit.

    Five-time world individual barefoot champion and four-time world team barefoot champion, Rachel George Normand is one the most decorated U.S. Women’s barefoot water ski athletes of all time. Growing up in Canton, Ohio, Normand began barefooting and water skiing in competitions in 1990 at age ten and joined the Sea World Water Ski Team in Aurora, OH in 1997. She went on to win numerous national and international honors throughout her illustrious career. Normand won eight National Barefoot Water Ski titles. Winning her first US title in 1999 her success and dominance on the water culminated over the next seven years as she went on to be undefeated from 2001-2007. She shares the honor of winning seven consecutive US titles with Hall of Fame Inductees Jennifer Calleri and Lori Powell-Drell. At the 2004 World Barefoot Championships she won gold in slalom, tricks and jump. In 2006 she won the overall world title and the successfully defended her world jump title. In 2004, Normand won the prestigious IWSF Barefoot Skier of the Year award and the Banana George Blair Barefooter of the Year Award. That same year she became the only female barefoot athlete to win the USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year award. In 2001, Normand was the World Games Silver Medalist in Slalom, Tricks, Jump, and Overall. She has been the ABC Female Athlete of the Year three times, and was an Olympic Training Center participant for barefoot waterskiing in 1996.

    Normand became a certified barefoot instructor in 2006 and remains a member of the World Barefoot Instructors Association. In 2005, she was the Coach/Manager of the silver medal winning Junior World Barefoot Water Ski Team. Normand continues to barefoot at her current home in South Carolina and is working to support the U.S. Barefoot Alumni Association and their mission of continuing to nurture and grow the sport of barefoot waterskiing throughout the nation.

    About the Water Ski Hall of Fame:

    The purpose of the Water Ski Hall of Fame is to honor and perpetuate the names and accomplishments of skiers, pioneers and officials whose dedication and competitive achievements at national and international levels have brought lasting fame to the sport of water skiing. Four categories of membership have been approved by the USA Water Ski Foundation board of trustees: competitive water skiers, including participants in traditional water skiing, barefoot skiing, ski racing and any other nationally competitive individual discipline recognized by USA Water Ski and approved by the USA Water Ski Foundation board of trustees; water skiing pioneers; water skiing officials; and show skiing. For eligibility requirements and more information, visit the official website of the USA Water Ski Foundation: Reported by PRWeb 7 hours ago.

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    Business: Kona Ice of South Aurora Address: Serving Aurora, Parker and parts of Centennial Hours: 6 a.m.-11 p.m. by appointment Founded: 2016 Contact: 303-585-1222 Employees: 3 Interview with David Schow, owner  Q: How did you get involved in this business? A: I was impacted by layoff last September in a field that I was in for 19 […] Reported by Denver Post 7 hours ago.