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Interstate 26

Interstate 26 is a nominally east–west main route of the Interstate Highway System in the Southeastern United States. I-26 runs from the junction of U. S. Route 11W and US 23 in Kingsport, Tennessee southeastward to US 17 in Charleston, South Carolina; the portion from Mars Hill, North Carolina, east to I-240 in Asheville, North Carolina, has signs indicating FUTURE I-26 because the highway does not yet meet all of the Interstate Highway standards. A short realignment as an improvement in the freeway was planned in Asheville, but has been postponed indefinitely due to North Carolina's budget shortfalls. Northwards from Kingsport, US 23 continues north to Portsmouth, Ohio, as the Corridor B of the Appalachian Development Highway System, beyond to Columbus, as the Corridor C. In conjunction with the Columbus–Toledo, corridor formed by I-75, US 23, State Route 15, I-26 forms part of a high-speed four-or-more-lane highway from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast at Charleston, South Carolina. There are no official plans for extensions north of Tennessee.

I-26 is a diagonal Interstate Highway. The extension past Asheville is north–south. Where I-26 crosses the French Broad River in Asheville at the Jeffrey Bowen Bridge, the highway runs in opposite directions from its designations; when the extension was made in 2003, the exit numbers in North Carolina were increased by 31 to reflect the new mileage. The part that it shares with I-240 is signed as both I-240 and I-26 but follows the I-240 exit numbering pattern. I-26 has signs with an extra FUTURE sign above the EAST and WEST signs from Asheville north to Mars Hill, North Carolina, because the older US 23 freeway does not yet meet all of the Interstate Highway standards; the road shoulders remain nonexistent along short sections of the route. A rebuild and relocation is planned in Asheville to avoid some tight interchanges; the exit numbers in Tennessee were numbered backward—increasing from east to west —because this highway was signed north–south as US 23. Although this is consistent with the south-to-north numbering conventions, this exit numbering was changed on all 284 signs along I-26 to be consistent with the rest of the east-to-west-numbered highway in March 2007.

The remaining I-181 signs north of I-81 were replaced with I-26 signs at that time. For its entire length in Tennessee, I-26 shares the route with U. S. Route 23; the route is named the James H. Quillen Parkway, after Jimmy Quillen, a past member of the U. S. House of Representatives for Tennessee. In Tennessee, US 23 runs south from the Virginia state line for 1 mile to Kingsport. I-26 begins at the junction of US 23 with U. S. Route 11W, northwest of the city. After about 1,000 yards, I-26 crosses the South Fork Holston River before swinging around to a south-east path through Sullivan County, it reaches its major interchange with Interstate 81 at southwest of Colonial Heights. Shortly after entering Washington County, it reaches the northwest part of Johnson City, serves as a local transit route as it makes its way around the north and eastern parts of the city, it begins to travel through more mountainous terrain before turning to travel in a south direction. Entering Carter County it passes exit 27 before entering the Cherokee National Forest and Unicoi County.

From this point, it passes through part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, first the Unaka Range and as it passes Erwin, Tennessee between exits 34 and 40, the Bald Mountains. It meets the Nolichucky River just after mile marker 38 and travels along its southeast bank before crossing it before exit 40; the remainder of I-26 in Tennessee passes through a sparsely populated area, at elevations of above 1,800 feet, before reaching the North Carolina state line. About 20 miles beyond Spartanburg one reaches the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. After crossing the border into Polk County, I-26 intersects with U. S. Route 74, a limited-access freeway near Columbus, it heads up a 6% grade for the next three miles through Howard Gap, it passes over the highest bridge in North Carolina, the Peter Guice Memorial Bridge, 225 feet above the Green River between Saluda and Flat Rock in Henderson County, it crosses the Eastern Continental Divide at an elevation of 2,130 feet, having climbed from an elevation of around 1,100 feet at the US 74 interchange.

The land flattens after entering the French Broad River drainage basin from Flat Rock to Hendersonville and Arden. I-26 has a major interchange with Interstate 40 in Asheville. After 3 miles, U. S. Route 23 follows it into Tennessee; the two interstates cross the French Broad River having shared the highway for 4.5 miles part company. As I-240 continues to swing round to the north and east of Asheville, I-26 turns north towards Weaverville and Mars Hill, it enters first the Blue Ridge and the Walnut Mountains and Bald Mountains of the Appalachian range, passing through the Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests as it does so. As I-26 crosses the Bald Mountains near the North Carolina/Tennessee state line, it travels through a high-elevation rural area. At Buckner Gap, I-26 reaches 3,370 feet. In elevation, it reaches its highest elevation

Mount Hugh Neave

Mount Hugh Neave is a mountain in east-central British Columbia, located between Hobson Lake to the west and Goat Creek to the south. Situated in the Cariboo Mountains of the Columbia Mountains, it is the seventh highest mountain in Wells Gray Provincial Park with an elevation of 2,829 m. Mount Hugh Neave is named for Hugh Neave, a mountaineer, rock climber and backcountry explorer of Wells Gray Park from 1966 to 1987, he was a latecomer among the explorers of Wells Gray Park, but he was drawn by the scenery and the challenge of mountaineering, rather than by the wealth of mining, trapping or guiding. In 1966, he made his first expedition to the Huntley-Buchanan Ridge north of Azure Lake and was a regular visitor to those peaks for the next 20 years. In 1972, Neave and Peter Cowan of New Zealand attempted to climb Mount Hugh Neave via the Hobson Glacier east of the peak, they reached an elevation of 2,400 m on its south side, but ran short of time for an Azure Lake boat rendezvous and had to retreat through the Goat Creek valley.

In those years, the boat did not pass several times a day as it does now, so missing an arranged meeting could have meant a long wait for the next boat arrival. Neave organized three expeditions to Garnet Peak, Wells Gray Park's third highest mountain, which were all turned back by severe weather, he improved it with each trip. Today, it is maintained by its users. In 1974 at the age of 65, Neave launched his fourth expedition with Barb Hargreaves and Tor Schmid, they achieved the first ascent of Garnet Peak. Neave named the mountain for the small garnets. Neave travelled around the world seeking mountaineering adventures. In 1978 he led a month-long expedition to the Andes of Peru, in 1986 he canoed the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, his last major expedition was a 1987 trek in the Himalayas at age 78. Neave died in 1988 and Mount Hugh Neave was named the following year in recognition of his climbs in northern Wells Gray Park. In 1988, members of the Kamloops Mountaineering Club carried his ashes to the top of Garnet Peak.

The Kamloops Mountaineering Club organized two expeditions during the 1990s with the goal of reaching the summit of Mount Hugh Neave. Both started the climb from the sandspit about halfway up the lake, they reached the alpine meadows both times after a rigorous bushwhack, but were turned back by severe weather conditions. It is possible. One of the major challenges is the climb through dense undergrowth from Hobson Lake. Helicopters and float planes require a permit from B. C. Parks to land at Hobson Lake and no other landing sites closer to the mountain are allowed. On topographical maps, a route up Goat Creek to the base of Mount Hugh Neave appears feasible; the Neave/Cowan expedition of 1972 proved the opposite during their forced retreat to Azure Lake. Neave described Goat Creek in his diary, "It is a matter of fighting a recurrent medley of slide alder, devil’s club, scrub growth and a vast jumble of rotting deadfall, eked out by beaver swamps along the valley bottom." His advice to future climbers: "Remember the going will always be tough, daily mileages will be much less than expected, a nose for route finding in poor visibility is essential, a search and rescue operation will have a minimal chance of success."After a 20-year hiatus, the fourth expedition to Mount Hugh Neave was launched in July 2015.

Members were Hugh Neave's grandson, Fred Erler and Ken Kram. They reached an altitude of 2,444 m on the southwest ridge and were turned back by a deep impassable cleft. Since the northwest ridge has technical challenges and the eastern approach is impracticable due to the helicopter ban, there are no plans for another expedition. On August 27 2019, the summit was reached by Jean-Francois Labranche; the party paddled Clearwater lake hiked the hobson lake wilderness trail. The ascent route started 6km up Hobson Lake on the west ridge attempted. "Mount Hugh Neave". BC Geographical Names. Wells Gray Provincial Park official government website

Paul Field (bobsledder)

Paul Field is an English bobsledder who competed in the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics. In 1992 he came seventh in the Men's Four along with teammates Mark Tout, George Farrell and Lenox Paul. In 1994 he came joint tenth, he is well known as the 1994 UK Gladiators men's champion, as well as the runner-up in the first International Gladiators competition behind America's Wesley Two Scoops Berry, albeit in controversial circumstances following a severe albeit unintentional tackle by American gladiator Hawk, during the Powerball event in the Grand Final. Because of his successful achievements and all-round good sportsmanship, he is still regarded amongst fans of the series, is known as one of the greatest contenders in the history of Gladiators as a global franchise during its mid'90s heyday. Paul Field grew up in Hemel Hempstead. In the 1980s he was the third ranked British decathlete behind Daley Thompson. Paul still lives in Hemel Hempstead with 3 children. 1992 bobsleigh four-man results 1994 bobsleigh two-man results 1994 bobsleigh four-man results British Olympic Association profile

Slate industry

The slate industry is the industry related to the extraction and processing of slate. Slate is either reached by tunneling in a slate mine. Common uses for slate include as a roofing material, a flooring material and memorial tablets, for electrical insulation. Slate mines are found around the world and the major slate mining region in the United Kingdom is Wales: in Cornwall there are a number of slate quarries and in the Lake District there are numerous slate mines and quarries. 90% of Europe's natural slate used for roofing originates from the Slate Industry in Spain. In the remainder of Continental Europe and the Americas, Italy, Brazil, the east coast of Newfoundland, the Slate Valley of Vermont and New York, Virginia are important producing regions; the Slate Valley area, centering on a town called Granville in the state of New York is one of the places in the world where colored slate is obtained. 90% of Europe's natural slate used for roofing originates from the slate industry in Spain, with the region of Galicia being the primary source of production.

In Galicia, the larger slate production companies are concentrated in Valdeorras in Ourense, with other important sites being situated in Quiroga and Mondoñedo. The slate deposits in this region of northern Spain are over 500 million years old, having formed during the Palaeozoic period; the colour and texture of the slate produced is dependent upon the tectonic environment, the source of the sedimentary material from which the slate is comprised, the chemical and physical conditions prevalent during the sedimentation process. The region has been subjected to periods of volcanism and magmatic activity, leading to a unique geological development in the region. An important use of Spanish slate is as a roofing material, it is suitable for this purpose as it has a low water absorption index of less than 0.4%, making it resistant to frost damage and breakage due to freezing. Tiles produced from Spanish slate are hung using a unique hook fixing method, which reduces the appearance of weak points on the tile since no holes are drilled, allows narrower tiles to be used to create roofing features such as valleys and domes.

Hook fixing is prevalent in areas subject to severe climatic conditions, since there is a greater resistance to wind uplift as the lower edge of the slate is secured. Slate has been mined in north Wales for several centuries — this was confirmed by the discovery in the Menai Strait of the wreck of a 16th-century wooden ship carrying finished slates. Large-scale commercial slate mining in North Wales began with the opening of the Cae Braich y Cafn quarry to become the Penrhyn Quarry near Bethesda in the Ogwen Valley in 1782. Welsh output was far ahead of other areas and by 1882, 92% of Britain's production was from Wales: the quarries at Penrhyn and Dinorwic produced half of this between them; the men worked the slate in partnerships of four, six or eight and these were known as "Bargain Gangs". "Bargains" were let by the "Bargain Letter". Adjustments were made according to the proportion of "bad" rock; the first Monday of every month was "Bargain Letting Day" when these agreements were made between men and management.

Half the partners worked the quarry face and the others were in the dressing sheds producing the finished slates. In the Glyndyfrdwy mines at Moel Fferna each bargain worked a horizontal stretch of 10 by 15 yards. Duchesses, Countesses, Ladies, Small Ladies and Randoms were all sizes of slates produced. Rubblers helped to keep the chambers free from waste: one ton of saleable slate could produce up to 30 tons of waste, it is the mountainous heaps of this same waste, the first thing to strike someone visiting the old regions nowadays. The men had to pay for their ropes and chains, for tools and for services such as sharpening and repairing. Subs were paid every week, everything being settled up on the "Day of the Big Pay". If conditions had not been good, the men could end up owing the management money. At Moel Fferna a team could produce up to 35 tons of finished slate a week. In 1877 they received about 7 shillings a ton for this. After paying wages for the manager, clerks and'trammers' the company could make a clear profit of twice this amount.

This system was not abolished until after the Second World War. Early workings tended to be in surface pits, but as the work progressed downwards, it became necessary to work underground; this was accompanied by the driving of one or more adits to gain direct access to a Level. In some rare instances, such as Moel Fferna, there is no trace of surface workings and the workings were underground. Chambers were driven from the bottom, by means of a "roofing shaft", continued across the width of the chamber: the chamber would be worked downwards. Slate was freed from the rockface by blasting in shot holes hammered into the rock. Slate would be recovered from the chamber in the form of a large slab, which would be taken by truck to the mill where it would be split and cut into standard-sized roofing slates. Slate mines were worked in chambers which followed the slate vein, connected via a series of horizontal "Floors"; the chambers varied in size between mines and were divided by "pillars" or walls which supported the roof.

The floors were connected by underground "Inclines" which used wedge-shaped trolleys to move trucks b

Slender Means Society

Slender Means Society is an independent record label founded in 2004 by Zac Pennington, vocalist for the band Parenthetical Girls. The label's premier release was Parenthetical Girls' debut, "", in 2004; the label has since released records by the likes of The Blow, Final Fantasy, Lucky Dragons, Love Letter Band, The Dead Science, Xiu Xiu, PWRFL POWER, Idol Fodder, Grouper. SMS000 Parenthetical Girls – SMS001 The Blow – Poor Aim: Love Songs SMS002 Thanksgiving – The Ghost & The Eyes w/ Trees in the Ground, Outside the Window SMS003 Lucky Dragons – Nortenas SMS004 Love Letter Band – This World Be My Church SMS005 Parenthetical Girls – Safe as Houses SMS006 The Dead Science – Crepuscule with the Dead Science SMS007 Xiu Xiu vs. Grouper – Creepshow SMS008 Idol Fodder – Bäbytalk SMS009 PWRFL POWER – PWRFL POWER SMS010 Parenthetical Girls – Entanglements SMS011 Final Fantasy – Plays To Please SMS012a Parenthetical Girls – Privilege, pt. I: On Death & Endearments SMS012b Parenthetical Girls – Privilege, pt. II: The Past, Imperfect Official site

James Samuel Thomas

James Samuel Thomas was an American bishop in The Methodist Church. When elected in 1964, he was one of the youngest Methodist bishops. Gerald Kennedy was age 40, his first appointment as Bishop was in Iowa, where he served from 1964 to 1976, becoming the first black bishop of the North Central Jurisdiction of The Methodist Church. He last served as the Resident Bishop of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church from 1976 until 1988, retiring in 1988. In 2002, the Iowa Senate passed a resolution honoring Bishop Thomas. In its citation, the Senate extended "its thanks and congratulations to Bishop James S. Thomas and his family for their service to The United Methodist Church and to the State of Iowa, acknowledges the work of Bishop James S. Thomas for the advancement of civil rights in Iowa and in the nation."The resolution was presented to Bishop Thomas on his birthday in the same year. List of Bishops of the United Methodist Church Photo of Bishop Thomas