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Wellton, Arizona

Wellton is a town in Yuma County, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 2,882, it is part of the Yuma Metropolitan Statistical Area. Wellton is located at 32°40′17″N 114°8′27″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 square miles, all of it land. It is located along Interstate 8 and the former route of U. S. Route 80, it is a junction on the Union Pacific Railroad, where the lines to Maricopa diverge. Amtrak's Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle pass through the town without stopping; the town was named after the wells providing water for the railroad. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,829 people, 700 households, 552 families residing in the town; the population density was 727.3 people per square mile. There were 1,144 housing units at an average density of 454.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 68.2% White, 2.0% Black or African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 25.4% from other races, 2.5% from two or more races.

40.7 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 700 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 21.1% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.95. In the town, the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 17.4% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, 28.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males. The median income for a household in the town was $27,045, the median income for a family was $30,071. Males had a median income of $27,292 versus $21,250 for females; the per capita income for the town was $13,644. About 16.1% of families and 21.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.9% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

During the winter season, the population doubles with snowbirds from the western US as well as the western provinces of Canada filling up the many RV parks. Wellton is becoming a popular retirement destination; the town operates two 18-hole golf courses that are a magnet for winter visitors. Much development is happening centered on the newer golf course and in more rural areas as well. Five Rivers Cattle Feeding operates a feedlot outside Wellton. US Border Patrol has a station outside outside of Wellton. Yuma County Area Transit Interstate 8 Town website

Ballinalacken Castle

Ballinalacken Castle is a two-stage tower house located in Killilagh parish of County Clare, Ireland. It is of uncertain date but most was built in the 15th or early 16th century; the name derives from Baile na leachan or Beal Áth na Leacha. It is located in the region known as the Burren on a limestone outcrop overlooking the roads from Lisdoonvarna to Fanore and Doolin. Below the castle lies the intersection of R479 roads. Given the prominent position, it is that the location was used for previous fortifications, but no traces of such are visible today. In the late 14th century, Lochlan MacCon O'Connor built a fortress at the site; the current tower house resembles Leamaneh Castle in that it was constructed over a prolonged period. The oldest part is the tall eastern tower built in the 15th century. In 1564 the O'Connors lost their territory and in 1584/5 the castle was formally ceded to Sir Turlough O'Brien. Following the 1641 rebellion and subsequent Cromwellian reorganization, Turlough's son Daniel petitioned the English Commission in 1654 to save the house from demolition.

Either he or his son, Teigue built the expansion at Ballinalacken. Teigue's son in turn, styled himself "of Ballyneleackan"; the house remained in the possession of the Ennistymon O'Briens until the middle of the 18th century, when it passed to a different branch of the family. The Ballinalacken O'Briens trace their descent from Turlough Don who died in 1528, from the Ennistymon branch of the O'Briens, founded by Sir Donald O'Brien of Dough Castle who died in 1579. In 1641-2 it was held by Daniel O'Brien of Dough and in 1654 a Cromwellian officer ordered the castles of Dough and Ballinalacken to be preserved from the dismantling of fortifications. In the 1667 Act of Settlement a Captain Hamilton became owner; the O'Briens were one of the most powerful families in Ireland at the time and built several castles - of which Ballinalacken is one. In 1837 its owner was planning to repair it; the bow fronted bungalow-type Ballinalacken Castle Hotel was built in the 1840s as the home of Lord O'Brien. It was built by John O'Brien MP, eldest son of James and Margaret O'Brien.

Being widowed in 1806, Margaret married Cornelius O'Brien. John was the father of Peter O'Brien; the house features a marble fireplace carved from a circular, centre-roof window. There are some original stained-glass windows and an O'Brien stone crest; the residence became a guest house in 1938. The castle is surrounded by a bawn, entered through a machicolated gate; the tower house itself seems to have been constructed in two sections connected. The narrower and one storey taller eastern wing has the doorway with a top machicolation. A porter's lodge faces the circular stairs from which three floors of bedrooms are accessed, lit by small windows; the top floor gives access to a wall walk. The main wing features a finely-carved Tudor chimney. Machicolations in this wing contain several musket holes. Castle hotel website

Golden Beggar

The Golden Beggar is the first and the oldest international festival of local TV broadcasters, which takes place every year in June in Košice, Slovakia. The festival was established in 1995 to celebrate and support European local TV broadcasters production; the Golden Beggar is a huge database of local programmes and a place of high quality workshops, presentations, round tables and discussion forums. It is a market place for programmes and a place for co-production opportunities; the official language of the festival is English. Simultaneous interpretation with translation from and into Slovak, German and Russian is available; the festival jury is headed by journalist Ed J. Baumeister; the patron of the festival is Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration. 1995 - Crime that Changed Serbia 1996 - Daniel 1997 - Mountain Boy 1998 - Gone with the Wind 1999 - Attack 2000 - Helmut Bistika 2001 - Possibly You 2002 - The Rules of the Game 2003 - The 21st Century 2004 - The White Village 2005 - Muharem Music-The Eyes Of Life 2006 - Doctor Schileru 2007 - Mothers from the Kingdom of Shadows 2008 - The Humoresque - An unusual portrait of a 94-year-old woman who has adhered to moral principles all her life, but she runs into a blind alley… 2009 - Peking 2008 - A film by Dagmara Drzazga is the record of a year-long observation of the people living in Polish “Peking” – the story of their joys and daily problems… 2009 - Resonances - A film by Alina Cyranek, Marc Recchia.

The film is about a young woman, full of internal contradictions, a maverick. Until her seventeenth birthday she always wanted to become a nun but things turned out differently... 2010 - Kill the Day - An ordinary village in Belarusian Palessje. An old pair and her husband Viktar, sit knee by knee in their small village hut, decorated with home-made cloths… 2011 - I was just a Child - A film by Branko Lazić is about a man who has rescued 30 children from certain death in the concentration camp Gornja Rijeka during World War II, risking his own life… 2012 - Bell Ringer - a film by Kate Makhova, Belarus. Official website of the Golden Beggar festival