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Ross Powers

Ross Powers is an American world champion halfpipe snowboarder from South Londonderry, director of the snowboarding program at the Stratton Mountain School in Stratton, Vermont and a philanthropist. Though he rode at Stratton Mountain, his home mountain is now Okemo, Vermont. Ross helps with the design of the Superpipe and helped design the RossCross Family Terrain Park. Ross runs a snowboard camp through Okemo, he led the U. S. sweep in the 2002 Winter Olympics men's halfpipe competition, one day after his 23rd birthday. This is the first time the Americans have swept a Winter Olympic event since the men's figure skaters in 1956. Powers, with a score of 46.1, dominated the competition. During his final run, Powers dropped in and aired out with an 18-foot method grab, followed up with two McTwists, a cab 720 indy grab, a frontside 720 indy grab and a switch frontside air, he competes in such events as the US and European Opens of Snowboarding, the Vans Triple Crown, the X-Games. During the 2004/2005 season, Ross won the Mt. Bachelor Grand Prix event and went on to be the overall champion for the series.

In 2007 Powers returned to racing in snowboard cross. He had his first world cup podium in that discipline in February 2009 at Sunday River and again in December 2009 at Telluride, Colorado. In 2010 Powers narrowly missed earning a spot on the US Olympic Team for snowboard cross, he finished the season with his SBX World Cup rank at 11th. In April 2010 Powers was named director of the snowboarding program at The Stratton Mountain School, in Vermont. Powers is a 1997 graduate of SMS, his current snowboard sponsor is RAMP Sports. Powers resides in Stratton, with his wife Marisa and daughters and Meredith. Powers is a playable character in the video game Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder. and the video game Cool Boarders 4. In 2001 Powers founded the non-profit Ross Powers Foundation, a philanthropic organization, dedicated to providing financial aide to promising athletes from all economic backgrounds. In 2010, the Foundation provided assistance to a number of up-and-coming snowboarders. In 2010 The Ross Powers Foundation teamed up with Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and formed the Level Field Fund, a non-profit organization with the mission statement: "The Level Field Fund strives to bridge gaps in funding for uniquely talented athletes, following the belief that opportunities to pursue excellence in sport should not be limited by an athlete's financial situation."

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Bowmont Water

Bowmont Water is a stream in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland, England. It rises in the Cheviot Hills and flows by Mowhaugh, Town Yetholm, Kirk Yetholm, it crosses the Anglo-Scottish border and continues past Mindrum Mill, Mindrum Station, to Lanton Mill where it joins College Burn to form the River Glen. Scottish Border poet and Australian bush balladeer Will H. Ogilvie in his first anthology Fair girls and gray horses fondly reflected on the land of his heritage while in Australia, penning a five stanza of the same name. We have wandered down the valley In the days of buried time, Seen the foxgloves dip and dally, Heard the fairy blue-bells chime. List of rivers of Scotland List of rivers of England Mercer and Tipping, R and R,'Bowmont Valley, Roxburghshire', Univ Edinburgh Dept Archaeol Annu Rep, vol.34 Page 23, No.9.7 Historic Environment Scotland. "Bowmont Valley, Bowmont Water". Canmore. Historic Environment Scotland. "Bowmont Water and Furrow". Canmore. Scottish Borders Council: Local Cycling Trails - Kelso Geograph image: Bowmont Water and Westnewton Burn Geograph image: Bowmont Water near Pawston

Joseph Nāwahī

Joseph Kahoʻoluhi Nāwahī known by his full Hawaiian name Iosepa Kahoʻoluhi Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, was a Native Hawaiian nationalist leader, lawyer, newspaper publisher, painter. Through his long political service during the monarchy and the important roles he played in the resistance and opposition to its overthrow, Nāwahī is regarded as an influential Hawaiian patriot. Born on the island of Hawaii, Nāwahī received his formal education in the Protestant missionary schools of the islands, he began his career as a teacher at the Hilo Boarding School and became a self-taught lawyer. He was an accomplished artist, was one of the few indigenous Hawaiian painters to work in Western styles during the 19th century. Entering the realm of politics in 1872 as a member of the House of Representatives, he represented his home districts of Puna and Hilo in the Legislature of the Kingdom of Hawaii for two decades. Serving in the final legislative assembly 1892–1893, he became a political leader for the Liberal faction in the government.

He established himself as a leader in the opposition to the unpopular Bayonet Constitution of 1887 and as a defender of the idea of Hawaiian nationhood and self-rule. Alongside William Pūnohu White, he was a principal author of the proposed 1893 Constitution with Queen Liliʻuokalani, they were decorated Knight Commanders of the Royal Order of Kalākaua for their service and contribution to the monarchy. Three days after an attempted promulgation of the constitution, the queen was deposed in a coup during the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii on January 17, 1893. During the Provisional Government of Hawaii and the Republic of Hawaii that followed it, he remained loyal to the fallen monarchy, he was elected as president of the Hui Aloha ʻĀina, a patriotic organization established after the overthrow to oppose annexation. He and his wife Emma Nāwahī established the anti-annexation newspaper Ke Aloha Aina. In December 1894, Nāwahī was imprisoned by the Republic on charges of treason, he was acquitted and released, but died, on September 14, 1896, from tuberculosis contracted during his imprisonment.

His funeral services in Honolulu and Hilo were attended by friends. Joseph Kahoʻoluhi Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu was born January 13, 1842, at the village of Kaimū, known as the "land of the patterned sand" in the Puna district, located in the southeastern corner of the island of Hawaii, his parents were Keaweolalo. Born into a family of the kaukau aliʻi class of chiefs, subordinate to the high chiefs or aliʻi nui, Nawahi's chiefly descent was emphasized in his lifetime, his father was descended from the chiefly retainers of the 18th century King Kalaniʻōpuʻu, who the British explorer Captain James Cook attempted to kidnap at Kealakekua Bay in 1779, before his demise at the hand of the Hawaiians. Shortly after his birth, he was adopted in the Hawaiian tradition of hānai by his paternal uncle Joseph Paʻakaula, an elementary schoolteacher who became the first educator of his hānai son at the ʻAiakalā School. In 1853, at the age of eleven, Nāwahī was enrolled in the Hilo Boarding School, a Protestant mission vocational school, under the care and instruction of American missionary Reverend David Belden Lyman.

The school had been established in 1835 by Lyman and his wife to teach Native Hawaiian boys the trades needed to adapt to a modernizing Hawaii entering the industrial age. Students were taught the ideals of American Protestant work ethics, were required to perform manual labor to pay for their board, it became a model for the schools of the rest of the islands and influenced missionary descendant Samuel C. Armstrong, who founded Hampton University to educate emancipated slaves after the American Civil War. In 1857, Nāwahī attended the Lāhaināluna School on Maui, where he was educated by J. F. Pokue and L. ʻAnalū. Upon graduating from Lahainaluna in 1861, he decided to continue his education at the Chief's School at Kahehuna for several years under the tutelage of Reverend Edward G. Beckwith. After finishing his formal education, Nāwahī returned to the island of Hawaii and worked as a teacher, establishing his own boarding school at Piʻihonua in 1863. Principal Lyman hired him to become assistant principal at his alma mater, Hilo Boarding School.

Although educated and influenced by the American missionaries, Nāwahī remained loyal to his Hawaiian roots, as evidenced by his political opposition to the descendants of the missionaries. According to historian Jon Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio, "he was the living promise of the Calvinist mission and an exemplar of that mission's contradictions, he was a Christian Native, a firm and lifelong opponent of annexation." Historian Noenoe K. Silva noted that "Nawahi retained his Kanaka identity while assimilating Christianity into his life and philosophy."Continuing his intellectual pursuits, Nāwahī became a self-taught lawyer and surveyor, gaining the skills of these professions without formal instruction. By the time he was thirty years old, he had earned the license to practice law in the courts of the kingdom, it was his legal career. Nāwahī married twice. On January 17, 1862, he married a Hawaiian woman named Meleana Keakahiwa, who died shortly after their marriage, his obituary in the Hawaiian language newspaper Ka Makaainana claimed this first marriage ended in divorce and his first wife survived him.

He married secondly Emma ʻAʻima Aʻii in Hilo on Februa

The Orme School

The Orme School is a private boarding and day college preparatory school for grades 8 through 12 in Mayer, United States. It is surrounded by public land and an operating cattle ranch, its symbol is the "Quarter Circle V Bar", a name once used for the school and cattle ranch. In 1929, Charles H. Orme, Sr. and Minna Vrang Orme left their dairy farm in Phoenix and bought a ranch in the high grassland of central Arizona. Both graduates of Stanford University, the Ormes believed in the necessity of a good education. To educate their three children and those of the ranch employees, they opened a one-room school in an old ranch house that year; that same ranch house, called "Old Adobe", continues to stand on the school grounds and is still in use as an English classroom. The school expanded and facilities were added and improved. Charles H. Orme, Jr. became the school's first headmaster in 1945. In 1962, the school was incorporated as a not-for-profit institution governed by a board of trustees. Mr. Bruce A. Sanborn is now the school's 10th headmaster.

The school's symbol is the historic brand of the Orme Ranch, which surrounds the school on three sides. Called the "Quarter Circle V Bar", it has been the brand of the ranch and the symbol of the school since their founding, it is a registered brand with the State of Arizona's Department of Agriculture. The students and staff of the school participated in two annual roundups of the cattle on the 40,000 acres of the greater ranch property, wherein students would assist the ranch hands with the normal business of cattle management, including branding; the roundups would be followed by a fall and spring rodeo wherein the students would compete in calf roping, barrel racing, other rodeo events staged for parents and guests of the school. All students were required to learn horsemanship and participate in the two yearly roundups; these programs and the strong connection between the ranch and the school has ended by the 1980s. In 1969, the school began The Orme Fine Arts Festival under the direction of teacher Dorothy Swain Lewis who had arrived at the school in 1952, a program, a part of the Orme curriculum to the present day, has brought many nationally recognized artists and musicians to the school program for over 50 years.

The 50th anniversary of the festival was celebrated in 2018 and continues to be an important part of the school calendar. In 1987, the school experienced an on-campus shooting incident. After being caught drinking and facing suspension, a student went on a shooting spree, wounding several teachers with a shotgun and another teacher with a pistol, owned by the school; the student was confronted by police officers while still on campus. After dropping the shotgun, he drew his sidearm and pointed it at police, at which point the officers fired, killing the student, it enrolls 100 students from 12 US states and 11 countries. International students comprise 33% of the school's enrollment; the Orme School campus, amidst the ranch, is set on 0.5 square miles. The campus consists of the Phillips Library, the Willits Gymnasium, Student Commons, Founders' Dining Hall, the Old Main Administration Building, Welcome Center, Buck Hart Horsecollar Theater, Morton Vrang Orme Memorial Chapel, Lecture Hall, Burns Health Center, Mosher Math and Science Center, seventeen residence halls.

Classrooms include a planetarium, smart classroom, four science labs, a greenhouse, a photography darkroom, a computer center, four art studios, a music room. There are 130 students enrolled for the 2017–2018 school year. Athletic facilities include the Willits Gymnasium, a lighted football field, baseball and soccer fields, five tennis courts, paintball arena, fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool; the school's extensive equestrian facilities include a lighted rodeo arena with stock chutes, an English equestrian arena, 15 fenced grazing pastures, 25 private stalls in the "Mare Motel", 2 round pens, a modern tack room, 26,000 acres of wilderness riding trails. Orme School team sports include football, cross country, softball, baseball and track and field; the school's athletic programs have been within the Arizona Independent Athletic Association of independent and private schools and in the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The boys' football team won the CAA State Championship in the fall of 2013.

The boys' basketball team went undefeated and won the AIA 1A state title in 2011, with a starting lineup composed of all international players. The use of international players at Orme and at Westwind Preparatory Academy, another basketball school that won a state title in 2011, resulted in the AIA deciding to change its rules about those students. In response, Orme left the AIA and joined the Canyon Athletic Association

Evangelical Synod of North America

The Evangelical Synod of North America, before 1927 German Evangelical Synod of North America, in German Evangelische Synode von Nord-Amerika, was a Protestant Christian denomination in the United States existing from the mid-19th century until its 1934 merger with the Reformed Church in the United States to form the Evangelical and Reformed Church. This church merged with the Congregational Christian Churches denomination in 1957 to create the United Church of Christ. Centered in the Midwest, the denomination was made of German Protestant congregations of mixed Lutheran and Reformed heritage, reflecting the 1817 union of those traditions in Prussia; this union, both in Germany and in the United States, was influenced by pietism. The denomination accepted the Heidelberg Catechism of the Reformed and Luther's Small Catechism and Augsburg Confession of the Lutherans as its confessional documents; the church developed its own Evangelical Catechism, reflecting its "united" faith. In keeping with core Protestant convictions, the Bible was considered the ultimate standard of its faith.

The German Evangelical Church Society of the West was founded on October 15, 1840, at Deutsche Evangelische St. Johannes Gemeinde Zu Gravois Settlement Missouri. St. Johns Evangelical United Church of Christ had been founded in 1838 by newly arrived German immigrants, they were living in a wilderness farming community a day's journey south of St. Louis; the small congregation built a church out of logs by hand on this hill. A memorial was erected in 1925 commemorating the founding of the Evangelical Synod of North America and still stands today in front of the church. At the 1866 General Convention in Indianapolis, the name Evangelical Synod of the West was adopted. In 1868, the governance was changed to one in which delegates to the convention were elected by district; the full membership attended each convention. In 1872, the synod merged with the Synod of the East and the Synod of the Northwest, becoming the German Evangelical Synod of North America. By 1877 the synod had 324 pastors; the denomination established Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, for the training of its clergy.

In the early 20th century, the Evangelical Synod became active in the ecumenical movement, joining the Federal Council of Churches and pursuing church union. In 1934, it had 1,227 pastors. At that time it joined with another denomination of German background, the Reformed Church in the United States, forming the Evangelical and Reformed Church; this church united, in turn, in 1957, with the General Council of Congregational Christian Churches to form the United Church of Christ. The oldest Evangelical Synod congregations are believed to be Femme Osage United Church of Christ near Augusta, Missouri. C. each of which were founded in 1833. The oldest Lutheran church in Chicago, was an Evangelical Synod congregation; the Deutsche Evangelische Lutherische Sankt Paulus Gemeinde was founded in 1843 and is now known as St. Pauls United Church of Christ. Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church, St. Joseph, was founded 1858 by Rev. Heckmann to serve the families who had come from various parts of Germany who were part Lutheran, part United and part Reformed.

The new congregation was named The United Evangelical Protestant Congregation of St. Joseph, Missouri; the Zion Evangelical Church in Cleveland, was founded in 1867. The merger of the Evangelical Synod and the Reformed Church in the United States took place in this building on June 26–27, 1934. Reinhold Niebuhr and H. Richard Niebuhr, two siblings who developed strong reputations during the mid-20th century for their theological acumen, were both members of the Evangelical Synod and its successors. Builders of Our Foundations - A History of the First Evangelical Church of the Synod, Henry Bode, D. D..

Kings City

Kings City was a biblical theme park in Eilat, inaugurated in June 2005. It required an investment of about USD 40 million, it is owned by "Africa Israel", "Elran d.d. Real Estate ltd" and a Swiss investor; the park could handle 4500 visitors per day. It closed in June 2015. Built over a 40,000 square feet area on three levels, the park resembles a king's palace; the palace has five sections: Journey To The PastA journey back to the era of the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt via a four-dimensional display composed of huge panoramic screens that create the impression of floating above Pharaoh' palaces and temples. Cave Of Illusions And WisdomThis cave was constructed to celebrate and honor the wisdom of King Solomon, includes over 70 displays of optical illusions, self tests and other interactive challenges. Bible CaveA journey deep into the ground and through King Solomon's mines, with famous Bible scenes displayed in niches carved into the walls. King Solomon's WaterfallsA boat ride. Visitors sail through seven caves, each marking a chapter in the life of King Solomon, complete the experience by gliding down the falls to the King Solomon lake next to his castle.

Spiral of David SlidesTwo Dry slides that start from over 66 feet. The sliding speed is up to 31 mph, the slides end on the Cave Of Illusions And Wisdom; the Kings City biblical theme park opens in Eilat Information from Africa Israel Kings City home page Kings City under construction Photo gallery, August 2005