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Crete

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica. It bounds the southern border of the Aegean sea. Crete lies 160 km south of the Greek mainland, it has a coastline of 1,046 km. Crete and a number of surrounding islands and islets constitute the region of Crete, the southernmost of the 13 top-level administrative units of Greece, its capital and largest city is Heraklion, located on the northern shore of the island. As of 2011, the region had a population of 623,065; the Dodecanese are located to the northeast of Crete, while the Cyclades are situated to the north, separated by the Sea of Crete. The Peloponnese is to the region's northwest. Humans have inhabited the island since at least 130,000 years ago, during the Paleolithic age. Crete was the centre of Europe's first advanced civilization, the Minoans, from 2700 to 1420 BC. Crete fell under Roman rule, afterwards the Byzantine Empire, Andalusian Arabs, the Venetian Republic, the Ottoman Empire successively ruled Crete.

The Cretan people, who maintained a desire to join the Greek state, achieved independence from the Ottomans in 1898 as the Cretan State and became part of Greece in December 1913. The island is mountainous, its character is defined by a high mountain range crossing from west to east. Crete forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece, while retaining its own local cultural traits; the Nikos Kazantzakis at Heraklion and the Daskalogiannis airport at Chania serve international travellers. The palace of Knossos, a Bronze Age settlement and ancient Minoan city, lies in Heraklion in Crete; the island is first referred to as Kaptara in texts from the Syrian city of Mari dating from the 18th century BC, repeated in Neo-Assyrian records and the Bible. It was known in ancient Egyptian as Keftiu suggesting a similar Minoan name for the island; the current name of Crete is thought to be first attested in Mycenaean Greek texts written in Linear B, through the words ke-re-te, ke-re-si-jo, "Cretan".

In Ancient Greek, the name Crete first appears in Homer's Odyssey. Its etymology is unknown. In Latin, it became Creta; the original Arabic name of Crete was Iqrīṭiš, but after the Emirate of Crete's establishment of its new capital at ربض الخندق Rabḍ al-Ḫandaq, both the city and the island became known as Χάνδαξ or Χάνδακας, which gave Latin and Venetian Candia, from which were derived French Candie and English Candy or Candia. Under Ottoman rule, in Ottoman Turkish, Crete was called Girit. Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, it is located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea separating the Aegean from the Libyan Sea. The island has an elongated shape: it spans 260 km from east to west, is 60 km at its widest point, narrows to as little as 12 km. Crete covers an area of 8,336 km2, with a coastline of 1,046 km, it lies 160 km south of the Greek mainland. Crete is mountainous, its character is defined by a high mountain range crossing from west to east, formed by three different groups of mountains: The White Mountains or Lefka Ori 2,454 m The Idi Range (Psiloritis 35.18°N 24.82°E / 35.18.

Mountains in Crete are the object of tremendous fascination both for tourists. The mountains have been seen as a key feature of the island's distinctiveness since the time of Romantic travellers' writing. Contemporary Cretans distinguish between lowlanders. In keeping with the legacy of Romantic authors, the mountains are seen as having determined their residents"resistance' to past invaders which relates to the oft-encountered idea that highlanders are'purer' in terms of less intermarriages with occupiers. For residents of mountainous areas, such as Sfakia in western Crete, the aridness and rockiness of the mountains is emphasised as an element of pride and is compared to the alleged soft-soiled mountains of others parts of Greece or the world; the island has a number of gorges, such as the Samariá Gorge, Imbros Gorge, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Ha Gorge, Platania Gorge, the Gorge of the Dead and Richtis Gorge and waterfall at Exo Mouliana in Sitia. The rivers of Crete include the Ieropotamos River, the Koiliaris, the Anapodiaris, the Almiros, the Giofyros, Megas Potamos.

There are only two freshwater lakes in Crete: Lake Kournas and Lake Agia, w

Lenny Wolpe

Lenny Wolpe is an American musical theatre actor who has appeared in Broadway musicals including Wicked and The Drowsy Chaperone. Wolpe was born in New York. Wolpe majored in American history at George Washington University and was active in the university's theater department. Upon graduation, Wolpe attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota to teach theater. Wolpe made his Broadway debut in Onward Victoria. Other Broadway appearances include Copperfield, Into the Light, The Sound of Music. While in a national tour of Little Shop of Horrors, Wolpe was asked to audition for The Drowsy Chaperone by producer Roy Miller, with whom he had worked at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. Wolpe was cast as a producer. Wolpe created the role of the Wizard in Wicked's original workshops in Los Angeles. Beginning July 10, 2007, he played the Wizard on Broadway. Wolpe played his final performance as the Wizard in the Broadway company on July 27, 2008 and was replaced by P. J. Benjamin. Wolpe reprised the role as The Wizard in the first US National Tour of Wicked, where he replaced Lee Wilkof.

His run started on September 6, 2008 and ended a year later. Wolpe was succeeded by Richard Kline. In addition to Little Shop, Wolpe has appeared in National tours of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and South Pacific. Off-Broadway, Wolpe has appeared in Mayor, Brownstone and The Wonder Years, his regional theatre credits include The Baker's Wife, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, A Class Act, Radio Gals, Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello!, She Loves Me. On television, he was a series regular on Baby Talk and You're the One. Wolpe has guest starred on more than 80 television programs including L. A. Law, ER, Six Feet Under, The Golden Girls, The King of Queens, Ally McBeal, Chappelle's Show. In May 2012, Wolpe premiered in the role of Morty in a new off-Broadway show based on the eponymous Old Jews Telling Jokes podcast. Lenny Wolpe on IMDb Lenny Wolpe at the Internet Broadway Database Lenny Wolpe at the Internet Off-Broadway Database

Loon Lake (Lillooet Land District, British Columbia)

Loon Lake is a 6.936 km2 lake north of Cache Creek in British Columbia, Canada. In July 2017 some of the resort areas were damaged by wildfires. Loon Lake in the Bonaparte Plateau is located in a steep valley between Bonaparte Plateau to the north and west and the Arrowstone hills to the south and east on the larger Thompson Plateau; the north side consists of Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine mixed with lesser amounts of poplar and common mountain juniper. The south side of Loon lake is composed of Engelmann spruce and Douglas fir; the entire length of the west shore has been developed with resorts, permanent homes and summer residences. There are 50 cabins as well on the east shore accessible only by water, with no power or phone connections; some of the cabins were damaged or destroyed by a forest fire in July 2017. There is a ranch on a First Nations reserve to the southwest. There are 200 permanent residents year round with the population swelling to over 1000 in peak holiday periods. Many families have owned summer homes on Loon Lake for four generations.

Local government is provided by the Thompson Nicola Regional District, local policing is from Clinton and the closest hospital is at Ashcroft. Travelers can reach Loon Lake off of Highway 97 about 20 km north of Cache Creek and travelling through the Bonaparte valley and Loon Creek valley to arrive at Loon Lake 18 km in from Highway turnoff. Loon Lake is a long, narrow and clear lake; the shoal area extends out into the lake for about 5 meters and drops off quickly. The shoal area contains bulrushes. Dense stands of coniferous forest mixed with small stands of deciduous growth with some rock outcroppings comprise the immediate shoreline surrounding the south shore of the lake; the services at the lake include eight resorts with stores, boat rentals and propane, RV parking and camping. A few resorts offer wireless internet connection. There is a public boat launch at the east end of the lake; the oldest still operating resort is the Evergreen Resort at the west end of the lake established in the mid 1930s, followed soon after in 1938 by the establishment of Loon Lake Resort by Ed and Pearl Dougherty and the White Moose by N. Fowler.

Several resorts established in the early years are no longer in business. Loon Lake is the base location for trips up into Hihium Lake. Loon Lake supports rainbow trout fishery up to 1.5 kg. Lots of freshwater shrimp, dragon fly, nymphs and may flies make this a good fly fishing lake, trolling with flatfish and spinning lures are the most popular methods used on the lake. BCAdventure.com, Loon Lake Information Marigold Fishing Resort Evergreen Fishing Resort White Moose Resort