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Alexandria Aces

The Alexandria Aces were a baseball team based in Alexandria, Louisiana. The last version of the Aces played in the United League in 2013; the Aces have played their home games at historic Bringhurst Field, built in 1933 for the original Alexandria Aces. That team started in 1934 as a member of the old Evangeline League and ceased operations with the league in 1942 due to World War II; this early era was highlighted by the presence of Hal Newhouser and Virgil Trucks, future Detroit Tigers' stars who headed the pitching staff of the 1939 Aces. The Aces were revived after the war but once again ceased operations in 1957. Baseball returned to Alexandria again from 1972, with the Aces as the San Diego Padres' AA farm club, while it only lasted four years, many major league notables passed through Alexandria – in particular All-Star pitcher Randy Jones and longtime Cleveland Indians first baseman John Grubb. Duke Snider managed the team during this period; the new Aces were a charter member of the independent Texas–Louisiana League in 1994, the Aces won back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998 before the league changed its name to the Central Baseball League.

In the first season of the new United League in 2006, the Aces won the inaugural ULB championship before pulling off another repeat as they would win the title once again in 2007. In 2009 the Aces joined the Continental Baseball League; the Aces are the 2009 CBL Champions, beating the Big Bend Cowboys 2-0. In 2010, the Aces ended their contract with the CBL, citing travel costs among other reasons before joining the college wooden bat league, the Texas Collegiate League. On March 12, 2011 the front office announced that there would be a change to the team's logo for the first time since the team returned in 1994. In 2013, the Aces joined United League Baseball and past the halfway mark of the season, with a 24-20 record and in second place, the United League cancelled the remaining games for the Aces. Four scheduled road games were forfeited, giving the Aces an official record of 24-24. According to league CEO John Bryant, the league could not justify spending at least $100,000 for the remainder of the season because of low attendance, averaging 333 fans a game.

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Zeltingen-Rachtig is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The municipality lies surrounded by vineyards in the great bend in the Moselle between Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach not far from the university town of Trier. Both Ortsteile – Zeltingen and Rachtig – are found on the river's right bank where the valley broadens out into flat country bordering on the Hunsrück. Zeltingen-Rachtig belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Bernkastel-Kues, whose seat is in the like-named town. Neighbouring municipalities are, among others, Ürzig and Graach an der Mosel; the nearest middle centres are Bernkastel-Kues, some 5 km away, Wittlich, some 15 km away. Trier lies some 45 km away. Zeltingen-Rachtig lies in a transitional zone between temperate oceanic climate and continental climate. In nearby Brauneberg on 11 August 1998, a record temperature of 41.2 °C in the shade, the highest air temperature recorded in the Federal Republic, was confirmed.

The barrier formed by the Eifel shields the double municipality from west winds, putting it in a rain shadow and sometimes subjecting it to a föhn effect. At the same time, the warming of the air is favoured by the only slight exchange of air with the surrounding area. Tied in with this is the high humidity due to ongoing evaporation of water from the Moselle, which in summer, makes at times for heavy and muggy weather, which brings many storms along with it. Remnants of human settlements near Bernkastel-Kues date from the time of the Linear Pottery culture, about 3000 BC; as early as 500 BC, the Treveri, a people of mixed Celtic and Germanic stock, from whom the Latin name for the city of Trier, Augusta Treverorum, is derived, settled in the region around Zeltingen-Rachtig. Celtanc and Raptacum are the oldest names for today's Zeltingen-Rachtig; until the 19th century, the double municipality was an enclave of the Archbishopric of Cologne. Cunibert of Cologne, once the Archbishop, was descended from the Moselle-Franconian nobility.

The local lore has it. The council is made up of 16 council members, who were elected by proportional representation at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, the honorary mayor as chairman; the municipal election held on 7 June 2009 yielded the following results: The municipality's arms might be described thus: Per pale gules two keys per saltire, the wards to chief and the one in bend surmounting the other Or, argent a cross sable. The municipality's oldest known seal, from the late 14th century bears these charges, both refer to the former landholder, the Electorate of Cologne, whose arms are seen on the sinister side; the keys on the dexter side refer to Saint Peter, Cologne's patron saint. After having been in use for centuries, the arms were granted in 1936. Zeltingen-Rachtig fosters partnerships with the following places: Saint-Florentin, France since 1966 With 133 ha of vineyards, the double municipality is among the biggest winegrowing centres on the Middle Moselle. One well known vineyard is the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr at the Bernkasteler Ring winemakers’ association's wine auction in September 2006, a 2002 Trockenbeerenauslese from this vineyard fetched a record price for one bottle of €2,100.

Other vineyards are Zeltinger Schloßberg and Zeltinger Deutschherrenberg. Several wineries, which grow Riesling, still exist today. Furthermore, there is a cultural path in the form of the Mosel. Erlebnis. Route, which stretches on for 7 km and gives information about the municipality's history and culture, it leads through several vineyards. Inge Schwaab, the 1963/1964 German Wine Queen, comes from Zeltingen-Rachtig. Volunteer fire brigades, parish communities and several clubs characterize village cultural life in Zeltingen-Rachtig. In the Zeltingen Rowing Association, which counts two world champions in lightweight fours without coxswain and an Olympian among its members, there is a successful and active rowing club. Local history and wine festivals are held. Highlights are the Street Wine Festival and the Wine Fair in Rachtig, as well as the Days of the Open Wine Cellars, the Wine and Street Festival and the Wine Fair, each held in Zeltingen. Further concerts, practice of customs, dancing evenings and other public festivals are staged.

The operetta Zeltinger Himmelreich is produced every other year by more than 100 amateur performers on Zeltingen's old marketplace. In nearby Bernkastel-Kues, the Großes Weinfest der Mittelmosel is held each year in late summer, the Zeltingen-Rachtig winemakers have their own booth there. In Wittlich, there is the Säubrennerkirmes. Both events are among the Trier

Jesu, meine Freude

"Jesu, meine Freude" is a hymn in German, written by Johann Franck in 1650, with a melody by Johann Crüger. The song first appeared in Crüger's hymnal Praxis pietatis melica in 1653; the text addresses Jesus as joy and support, versus the vanity of existence. The poetry is bar form, with irregular lines from 5 to 8 syllables; the melody repeats the first line in the last. There have been choral and organ settings of the hymn by many composers, most notably by Johann Sebastian Bach in his funeral motet, BWV 227, for unaccompanied chorus and in his chorale prelude, BWV 610, for organ. In the current German Protestant hymnal, Evangelisches Gesangbuch, it is No. 396. Several English translations have been made of the hymn, including Catherine Winkworth's "Jesu, priceless treasure" of 1869, it has appeared in around 40 hymnals; the text is presented in six stanzas of nine lines each. It is in bar form, three lines form the Stollen, three the Abgesang, with the meter The last line of the last stanza repeats the first line of the first stanza.

The song is written in the first person. Jesu, meine Freude Unter deinem Schirmen Trotz dem alten Drachen Weg mit allen Schätzen Gute Nacht, o Wesen Weicht, ihr Trauergeister The first stanza sets the theme of love to Jesus and the desire to be united with him, named Lamb, as in Revelation 5:6, Bridegroom, based on Revelation 22:17, it is a parody of the love song "Flora, meine Freude", published in 1645 by Heinrich Albert, organist at the Königsberg Cathedral. The second stanza describes the protection of Jesus against threats by Satan, thunder and sin, all pictured in drastic images; the third stanza repeats three times Trotz, facing the enemies "old dragon", fear. The believer, feeling safe in adverse conditions as expressed in Psalms 23:4, stands singing; the fourth stanza turns away from worldly treasures and honours, which should not separate the believer from Jesus. The fifth stanza repeats four times "Good night", to existence in the world, to sins, to pride and pomp, to a vice life; the last stanza imagines the entry of Jesus as the "Freudenmeister", as a comforter in every misery.

It alludes to Jesus entering after the resurrection. The theme of turning away from the world to Jesus made the hymn suitable for funerals, seen as the ultimate turning away from the world; the hymn tune in E minor follows the structure of the bar form. It repeats line 1 in line 9, framing the stanza. One of the earliest choral settings is the cantata BuxWV 60 of Dieterich Buxtehude composed in the 1680s. Bach set the hymn for organ in BWV one of the chorale preludes in his Orgelbüchlein. Other Baroque composers who have composed chorale preludes on the hymn tune include Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, Johann Gottfried Walther and George Frederic Handel. David Pohle set it for three instruments and continuo; the hymn is best known as the basis for Bach's funeral motet of the same name, BWV 227. Scored for five vocal parts—two sopranos, alto and bass —Bach alternates the stanzas of the chorale and text from Paul's epistle to the Romans. Within an overall symmetrical structure, he varies his treatment of the verses of the hymn: stanzas 1 and 6 are the same simple four part setting.

Bach used the tune as a cantus firmus, played by a trumpet, in an aria of his cantata Weinen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12. He closed his 1723 Christmas cantata Sehet, welch eine Liebe hat uns der Vater erzeiget, BWV 64, with the fifth stanza, his 1724 cantata Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? BWV 81, with the second stanza; the closing chorale of cantata Bisher habt ihr nichts gebeten in meinem Namen, BWV 87, is a stanza from a hymn by Heinrich Müller on the same tune. Chorale preludes were composed by Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg and Johann Gottfried Müthel. Max Reger composed a prelude as No. 21 of his 52 Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 in 1902. Preludes were written by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling, Karl Höller, Joseph Ahrens and Max Drischner. Günther Marks composed in 1970 a partita for organ on the tune. Gerhard Präsent arranged in 2005 Bach's chorale prelude for string quartet, in Three Choral Preludes and Aria by Johann Sebastian Bach and arranged for string quartet in a version for string trio.

Steven Sametz composed in 2009 a Fantasia on "Jesu, meine Freude" for SATB choir and digitally delayed treble instrument. Jesu, meine freude 2006 Predigt im Festgottesdienst Pfingstsonntag über die Dritte Festmusik: "An den Wind" von Hans Werner Henze Thomaskirche Leipzig 2012 Jesu, meine Freude: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project

Andrew Sudduth

Andrew Hancock Sudduth was one of the best United States rowers of his generation. He was a fixture on the United States national team throughout the 1980s. In 1981, Sudduth first represented the United States at the Under 23 World Championships in the men's eight which finished second; that year, he again represented the United States in the World Rowing Championships, where his four-man boat finished second. Sudduth would go on to represent the United States in the four at the 1982 and 1983 World Championships, where his boat finished third and seventh, respectively. After high school, Sudduth had enrolled at Harvard. However, Sudduth was a prankster and ran into disciplinary problems resulting in his suspension from school. Although quite upset at the time, Sudduth acknowledged that this incident helped him gain focus on both his academic and athletic life. Following his initial World Championship medal in 1981, Sudduth returned to Harvard to row and study. Sudduth's 1983 Harvard boat, coached by Harry Parker, won the National Collegiate Rowing Championship coming from a boat length down in the last 500 meters of the race to nip the University of Washington at the finish line.

Sudduth took a year off from school to train for the Olympics. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, Sudduth was part of the United States men's eight which finished second to Canada. In 1985, Sudduth returned to Harvard, where he led his crew to another National Championship, to the Henley Royal Regatta, where they won the Grand Challenge Cup, the regatta's international elite race for eights; this is the last time. That summer, Sudduth would represent the United States in the single scull at the 1985 World Championships. Sudduth led the race by half a length over the three-time Olympic champion Pertti Karppinen with 200 meters to go. Just Sudduth's oar was knocked out of his hand by a small wave and in one stroke, he lost his advantage over Karppinen. Karppinen, famous for his finishing sprint, pushed through for a one length victory over Sudduth. Trailing well back in third place was the five-time world champion and three-time Olympic Silver medalist Peter-Michael Kolbe. Sudduth led the United States to a bronze medal at the 1986 World Championships in the men's eight and a gold medal at the 1986 Goodwill Games.

In 1987, he returned to the single scull. And in 1988, Sudduth finished sixth at the Seoul Olympics. Sudduth was an electrical engineer and in 1988, he was the first to notify the world of the release of the Morris worm, he died from pancreatic cancer. USRowing posthumously bestowed the Jack Kelly Award on Sudduth, given to outstanding rowers who represent the ideals that Jack Kelly exemplified including superior achievement in rowing, service to amateur athletics and success in their chose profession. United States National Collegiate Rowing Championship, First Place, 1983, 1985 1985, CRASH-B Sprints World Champion 1987, CRASH-B Sprints World Champion 1988, CRASH-B Sprints World Champion 1986, First Place, Men's Eight 1990, Fourth Place, Men's Quadrupule Scull 1990, Eighth Place, Men's Double Scull 1981, Second Place, Men's Eight 1981, Second Place, Men's Four with Coxswain 1982, Third Place, Men's Four with Coxswain 1983, Seventh Place, Men's Four with Coxswain 1985, Second Place, Men's Single Scull 1986, Third Place, Men's Eight 1987, Seventh Place, Men's Single Scull 1984 Summer Olympics, Men's Eight 1988 Summer Olympics, Sixth Place, Men's Single Scull Sudduth's official site Video of 1985 World Championship, Single Scull on YouTube

Shelton, Washington

Shelton is the county seat of Mason County, United States. Shelton is the westernmost city on Puget Sound; the population was 9,834 at the 2010 census. In terms of population, the city is ranked 161 out of 500 municipalities in Washington. Shelton has council-manager form of government. Shelton was incorporated in 1890; the city was named after a delegate to the territorial legislature. Shelton was once served by a small fleet of steamboats, part of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet; these boats included the Old Settler, Willie, City of Shelton, Clara Brown, S. G. Simpson; the economy was built around logging, farming and ranching as well as oyster cultivation. The Simpson Timber Company mill on Puget Sound's Oakland Bay dominated the landscape of the downtown area. Shelton identifies itself as the "Christmas Tree Capital". Shelton was incorporated in the 1890s, it was the last city in Washington to use a mayor/commission form of government. In November 2017, the voters of Shelton adopted a manager/council form of municipal governance.

Shelton is located at 47°12′49″N 123°6′22″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.09 square miles, of which 5.76 square miles is land and 0.33 square miles is water. With precipitous rainfall in winter and dry summer of less than 33 mm in the driest month, Shelton has a warm summer Mediterranean climate, definited with warm to hot summer and cold winters, similar to the larger cities of the Pacific Northwest; as of the census of 2010, there were 9,834 people, 3,574 households, 2,166 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,707.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 3,847 housing units at an average density of 667.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 78.9% White, 0.8% African American, 3.7% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.8% Pacific Islander, 9.9% from other races, 4.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.2% of the population. There were 3,574 households of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, 39.4% were non-families.

31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.23. The median age in the city was 33.1 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 50.9 % female. As of the 2000 census, there were 8,442 people, 3,191 households, 2,035 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,519.4 people per square mile. There were 3,403 housing units at an average density of 612.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 85.83% White, 0.36% African American, 2.72% Native American, 1.17% Asian, 0.73% Pacific Islander, 5.77% from other races, 3.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.87% of the population. There were 3,191 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.2% were non-families.

29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.08. In the city, the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males. The median income for a household in the city was $32,500, the median income for a family was $40,392. Males had a median income of $33,867 versus $23,617 for females; the per capita income for the city was $16,303. About 15.3% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.1% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over. Desmond "Des" Dalworth Koch – 1956 Olympic bronze medalist, discus Jerry Lambert – film and television actor, best known for his work on the ABC sitcom and Daughters, as well landmark commercials for companies including GEICO, Holiday Inn, playing a fictional Sony Executive named Kevin Butler Justin Ena – former NFL linebacker Lawson H. M. Sanderson - Marine Corps aviation pioneer with the rank of Major General Karol Kennedy – 5-time national champion and 1952 Winter Olympics silver medalist who competed in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics in pairs figure skating Caleb Schlauderaff - NFL offensive lineman Paul Stamets - Mushroom enthusiast The Shelton School District is composed of seven schools: Evergreen, Mountain View, Bordeaux Elementary Schools teach kindergarten through fourth grade Olympic Middle School teaches fifth and sixth grades Oakland Bay Junior High teaches seventh and eights grades Shelton High School covers nineth, tenth and twelfth grades CHOICE Alternative School teaches seventh through twelfth grade City website Mason County tourism web site Local newspaper Local radio station City of Shelton circa 1925 Washington Corrections Center

Samshvilde Sioni church

Samshvilde Sioni church is a ruined medieval Christian cathedral and one of the main architectural features of the historic site of Samshvilde in Georgia's southern region of Kvemo Kartli. A centralized domed building with apsed sanctuary and pastophoria, the church was built between 759 and 777, it is now in ruins and only fragments of the eastern wall remain standing. The church is inscribed on the list of the Immovable Cultural Monuments of National Significance of Georgia; the Sioni church is part of the Samshvilde historic site, centered in a fortified location, a rocky terrain at the confluence of the Khrami and Chivchavi rivers, 4 km south of the town of Tetritsqaro. Following a medieval Georgian tradition of naming churches after particular places in the Holy Land, the cathedral bears the name of Mount Zion at Jerusalem; the early medieval Georgian Chronicles credit the 5th-century Queen Sagdukht of Kartli—the Iberia of the Classical sources—with founding the church of Sioni at Samshvilde.

The extant fragments of the Sioni church date to the period of 759–777 as suggested by a foundational inscription, in the medieval Georgian asomtavruli script, from the better-preserved eastern façade, containing references to the contemporary Byzantine emperors Constantine V and Leo IV the Khazar. The Sioni church is built of neatly hewn yellow sandstone blocks and externally measures 24 × 24 metres, it is a three-nave building with a centrally located dome, with an oblong rectangular ground plan. The Samshvilde church bears marked similarities to the church of Tsromi in Shida Kartli in its plan and conception, but here, unlike Tsromi, two long ambulatory galleries ran on the south and north, ending in separate chapels on the east; the dome rested on the crossing of longitudinal and transverse axes and was supported by four free-standing pillars. The transition from the square bay to the circle of the dome was effected through squinches; the side apses communicated with the sanctuary and the central bay rather than forming individual chambers.

Apart from the 8th-century Georgian foundation inscription, there is another damaged illegible Georgian inscription in the southern façade and, next to it, a fragment in Armenian identifying the Armenian catholicos Gevorg III Loretsi