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Ball Road-Little Salt Creek Bridge

The Ball Road-Little Salt Creek Bridge known as the Ball Road Bridge, was a bridge carrying Ball Road over Little Salt Creek in Jasper Township, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999; the bridge was demolished. This bridge was constructed in 1901. By the 1990s it was closed to traffic; the Midland County Drain Commission demolished the bridge some time after 2006. No replacement span was constructed. At the time of demolition, it was the only surviving bedstead truss type of bridge in Michigan, a design, used in the late 1800s. The'Ball Road-Little Salt Creek Bridge was a single-span steel pin-connected, Pratt bedstead truss bridge; the bridge was 13 feet wide. The upper chord members were constructed from two channels with cover and batten plates, the upright end posts were constructed from two channels with lacing, the lower chord members were constructed from two angles with batten plates. Verticals were constructed from four angles with double lacing and the diagonals were constructed from two punched rectangular eyebars.

The floor was supported with I-beams hung from the lower chord pins by U-bolts. Steel stringers atop the I-beams supported a timber deck; the truss was supported at each corners with steel truss legs sitting on concrete back and wingwalls

Twist of Fate (TV series)

Twist of Fate is an American documentary television series that airs on The Weather Channel. It premiered on June 1, 2011; the series follows survivors of natural disasters. In each episode, it details the split-second choices and twists of fate that got them to and out of those situations; the series was put together using interviews with the survivors intermingled with actor portrayals of what happened. An exception to this rule was an episode in season 2 which included footage from one of the survivors' helmet camera; the New York Daily News's David Hinkley gave Twist of Fate a positive review, stating that the series had "drama that feels so tense you'd think it was scripted". However, he didn't like that "the narration in "Twist of Fate" is turned up to full volume all the time", because "the stories don't need that kind of rhetoric to be compelling." Official website Twist of Fate on IMDb

FOP Friends

FOP Friends Friends of Oliver, is a registered charity in the United Kingdom established on 1 March 2012. It aims to raise funds that are needed to find effective treatments for the rare genetic condition Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva; the charity works to raise awareness and understanding of FOP amongst medical communities and the general public. Friends of Oliver was founded when Chris and Helen Bedford-Gay received the diagnosis that their son Oliver had the rare genetic condition fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive, or FOP. With FOP being such a rare disease, there was no UK charity dedicated to raising funds for research into effective treatments/a cure for the condition. Chris, along with his sisters-in-law Alison and Rachel, were the founding trustees of the charity; the original intention of Friends of Oliver was to keep family and friends updated with breakthrough news, to thank them for their continued support, to celebrate Oliver’s milestones. However, the charity grew and an increased number of families affected by FOP began getting in touch.

Friends of Oliver evolved into FOP Friends. This brought together the whole UK FOP community with the same goal: a cure for FOP. In May 2014, FOP Friends held Family Gathering. An event like this had not taken place since 2000; the event gathered together families, from all over the UK, that were living with FOP. Presentations were given by doctors and researchers from the University of Oxford and University of Pennsylvania, USA, as well as IFOPA and Clementia Pharmaceuticals. Frederick Kaplan, Robert Pignolo, Eileen Shore from the University of Pennsylvania ran clinical appointments for patients suffering from FOP. In May 2016, FOP Friends held Family Gathering; this was funded by a successful grant from the Big Lottery Fund. Families and clinicians came together with over one hundred delegates present on the day. Presentations were given on the most recent research updates and Q&A workshops took place in the afternoon. In 2017, FOP Friends partnered with Genetic Disorders UK. Genetic Disorders UK is a small registered charity that aims to support and improve the lives of individuals who live with a rare genetic disorderIn March 2018, FOP Friends were awarded a grant, for the third Biennial UK FOP Conference & Family Gathering, from Big Lottery Fund.

FOP Friends received a Genetics Disorders UK Jeans for Genes Day grant, to provide a residential weekend at Centre Parcs for 13 families in 2019. All the money raised by FOP Friends goes directly to supporting the research into finding a treatment and a cure for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva. Researchers at the University of Oxford were instrumental in the discovery of the gene responsible for FOP in 2006. Professor Matthew Brown, a geneticist at Oxford, collaborated with Professor Jim Triffit, a member of the FOP team, to investigate the genetic linkage between families with inherited cases of FOP; this allowed the Oxford team to map the precise location of the FOP gene on the human chromosomes. The gene, a BMP receptor termed ACVR1, was mapped to chromosome 2 and more to a small region between bands 23-24; the current University of Oxford FOP Research Team, established in 2009, is led by Professor Jim Triffit and Alex Bullock. The research team at Oxford University is funded with money raised from patients and friends.

The team needs £120,000 per annum to fund the work of two post-doctoral scientists. Donations from FOP Friends accounts for around 70% of the total needed; the FOP Friends charity has raised over £135,000 to support FOP research in the UK. In 2017, IFOPA and FOP Friends funded new research at the University of Oxford. A research grant of $26,400 was pledged. In May 2019, Helen Bedford-Gay published the book,'Supporting a child with FOP: a Practical guide to their learning journey'; the guide informs educators and families about how to adapt school life for a child with FOP. The book demonstrates how to make sure a child with FOP has an engaging school life and how to ensure the child is included through out their school career; the publication stresses the importance of social interaction for a child with FOP. The book covers advocating for medical considerations, family support and practical tips; the text aims to provide information and encouragement for children and practitioners alike to enable them to achieve their potential.

The book was supported by a grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. On 23 December 2014, CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton appeared on Celebrity Mastermind and picked FOP Friends as her chosen charity. BBC's Casualty consulted with FOP Friends on an episode with a FOP storyline that aired on 17 October 2015. FOP Friends' chairman, Chris Bedford-Gay is one of the co-authors of the medical article The Natural History of Flare-Ups in Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: A Comprehensive Global Assessment. In January 2017, Chris Bedford-Gay and FOP Friends received a special acknowledgement in Fiona Cummins' debut novel'Rattle'. Bedford-Gay consulted on the book as one of the main characters suffered from FOP #FunFeet4FOP is a social media campaign founded by FOP Friends that aims to raise awareness for FOP on International FOP Awareness Day; this day takes place on the 23 April every year and coincides with the discovery of ACVR1 gene that causes FOP. The aim of #FunFeet4FOP is to inform people that an important early indication of FOP is malformed big toes at birth.

People around the world on the 23 April post photos of their feet to show their support and raise awareness of FOP. International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Association

Pequannock Township, New Jersey

Pequannock Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 15,420, reflecting an increase of 1,652 from the 13,888 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,044 from the 12,844 counted in the 1990 Census; the name "Pequannock", as used in the name of the Township and of the Pequannock River, is thought to have been derived from the Lenni Lenape Native American word "Paquettahhnuake", meaning "cleared land ready or being readied for cultivation". Pompton has been cited by some sources to mean "a place where they catch soft fish". New Jersey Monthly ranked Pequannock Township as the "Best Bang for the Buck" in New Jersey and 9th overall in its 2011 edition of "Best Places to Live" in New Jersey, it was ranked 14th overall in the 2013 edition of "Best Places to Live". In the 2015 edition of "Best Places to Live" in New Jersey, Pequannock ranked 4th overall; the name for the area goes back at least as far as March 1, 1720, when it was referred to as "Poquanick", a precinct in Hunterdon County.

Formed as "Poquanock Township" on March 25, 1740, as the county's largest township, what is now a 7.1-square-mile bedroom community composed of Pompton Plains in its northern portion and old Pequannock in its southern was once a vast 176-square-mile region of rural farmland settled by the Dutch after its purchase by Arent Schuyler and associates in 1695 and 1696. The township was incorporated by the New Jersey Legislature's Township Act of 1798 as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships on February 21, 1798. Over time, several municipalities were split off from the township: Jefferson Township on February 11, 1804. During the American Revolutionary War, both Comte de Rochambeau and George Washington's troops camped on what is now the site of the Pequannock Valley Middle School. While Washington stayed at the Schuyler-Colfax House in nearby Pompton, unproven oral history states that he attended church services in the First Reformed Church located in Pompton Plains known as the Pompton Meeting House, constructed in 1771.

The Mandeville Inn, located on the site of where the soldiers had camped during the war, was built in 1788 and was once owned by Garret Hobart Vice President of the United States. The stone with the engraved date is now located inside the Pequannock Valley Middle School when the Inn was demolished and replaced with the school in 1950. During the Civil War, Pequannock was a stop on the Underground Railroad; the Giles Mandeville House, a field and quarry-stone structure located at 515 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, believed to have served as a waypoint for many runaway slaves, still stands today, has been in use as the Manse of the adjacent First Reformed Church since 1953. Historic sites located in Pequannock Township include: Ackerson Mead Clark House, a Greek revival mansion constructed in the 1870s. Bank Barn Giles Mandeville House Mandeville Inn Martin Berry House, a Dutch home constructed in 1720, making it Pequannock's second-oldest. Paul DeBow House Paul Barney DeBow House Pequannoc Spillway Pompton dam, constructed in 1837 to provide water for the Morris Canal.

Pompton Plains Railroad Station was built in 1872 and offered regular passenger train service until 1966. Added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 5, 2008, the station serves as the Pequannock Township Museum. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 7.171 square miles, including 6.748 square miles of land and 0.423 square miles of water. The Township of Pequannock is located in eastern Morris County, along Route 23 5 miles north of the interchange of Route 23 with Interstate 80 and U. S. Route 46. Interstate 287 crosses the northwest corner of the township, with a full interchange just north of the township in the borough of Riverdale. Pequannock Township is located 20 miles west of New York City. Unincorporated communities and place names located or within the township include Pequannock and Pompton Plains, each of, served by a separate post office of the United States Postal Service. Pequannock Township borders the municipalities of Kinnelon, Lincoln Park and Riverdale in Morris County.

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 15,540 people, 6,471 households, 3,986.136 families living in the township. The population density was 2,302.7 per square mile. There were 6,794 housing units at an average density of 1,006.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the township was 95.76% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.94% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.89% from other races, 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.52% of the population. There were 6,471 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.4% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals, 25.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.18. In the township, the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 19.4% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, 24.9% who were 6


Nepomuk is a town in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. It is known as the birthplace of Saint John of Nepomuk, born here in around 1340 and whose statue can be seen on the town square. Nepomuk lies on the Mihovka River, some 30 km to the south-southwest of the regional capital of Pilsen; the village of Pomuk was mentioned for the first time in 1144 when a new Cistercian monastery was built nearby. The monastery was destroyed by Hussite army in 1420 and now there is the village Klášter. In 1384 Pomuk was merged with neighbouring Přesanice and renamed as Nepomuk, granted a town status in 1413; the Zelená Hora Castle lies to the north of the town. Nepomuk is the seat of the Municipality with Extended Competence and Municipality with Commissioned Local Authority within the same borders. Nepomuk is twinned with