But as it turns out, the new Sid Cutter Pilots Pavilion is also serving as a new year-round destination. Less than a year after the groundbreaking, the 12,000 square foot Sid Cutter Pilots Pavilion sits near the field at Balloon Fiesta Park. This is a much nicer facility than putting them out in a tent, said Susan Rice with Parks and Recreation for the City of Albuquerque. This was the first year balloon pilots used the facility built specifically for them. Its dedicated to the Balloon Fiesta legend, Sid Cutter. A sculpture out front honors Cutter, who founded the event in 1972. It really became kind of a destination point throughout the week, said Paul Petrehn, Balloon Fiesta Event Director. He said pilots responded very well to the new facility this year. But there are also plans for the rest of the year. We knew that if we built a quality facility that was attractive and that was reasonably priced for the community, it would be used, but this is so far beyond our expectations and thats good news, said City of Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. Just this month, the City of Albuquerque has received calls from people wanting to book the pavilion for everything from weddings and memorials, to conventions and parties. Were going to have an international Caribbean event here one year from now in November, said Rice. Rice said the pavilion is already booked for 41 events. Some events are even planned for 2017. Daily rentals range from $500 to $1,000. It has projectors, a sound system and the room divides to accommodate simultaneous events. It was awesome, said BMX Track Director, Liz Fernandez. This is our first year doing that there. Fernandez was at the Duke City BMX banquet over the weekend. She said more than 200 people celebrated at the pavilion. Every time we rent it, its a return on investment for the tax payers, said Mayor J. Berry. To learn more about hosting an event at the pavilion, click HERE or call 505.768.6062.
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Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle CHEYENNE – For many couples, a first wedding anniversary can be a big deal. But for Stacey and Tina Maloney-Johnson, their one-year anniversary almost went by unnoticed. After all, the two women had been a couple for 14 years before they gained the legal right to marry in Wyoming exactly one year ago Wednesday. And in all that time without legal recognition, they had to work out their own form of relationship timekeeping. “It wasn’t till (Tuesday) night we sat down and said, ‘Hey, we’ve been married for a year already!'” Tina said. “We normally celebrate our anniversary in March because that’s our big milestone; that’s when we got together,” Stacey added. But while their official wedding anniversary may have passed with little fanfare, the Maloney-Johnsons are still nonetheless grateful for the many legal privileges marriage has allowed them to enjoy. “I’ve gone through some medical issues this year, so we’ve had to go to the doctor’s office, and now I can say, ‘This is my wife. If anything happens to me, she can handle the medical decisions,'” Stacey said. “Before, it’d been hard saying ‘my partner’ or anything to that effect. Now that we have the same last name, I don’t have that problem; they don’t question who I am.” The Wyoming Department of Health’s office of Vital Statistics Services estimates that 201 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples in Wyoming in the year since county clerks first began issuing them. That’s about 5 percent of the 3,850 total licenses issued from Oct. 21, 2014, to Oct. 20, 2015. But while the number of same-sex marriage licenses may be small, their significance is incalculable to the couples who received them. “To have a legal, full-blown marriage, people ask us does it feel different, and I always say, it absolutely does,” said Jeran Artery, the director of the LGBT advocacy group Wyoming Equality. “It feels official, it feels solid, and it feels very real. Now we’re able to protect our families, our property, and we have all the other rights that married families have.” Along with his own marriage to longtime partner Mike Bleakley, Artery said he has attended more than a dozen same-sex nuptials around the state during the past year. At each one, he said, all he has been able to see is the joy and excitement that comes when two people mutually express their love for one another. At the same time, he added, society doesn’t appear to have collapsed. In fact, if anything, Artery said Wyoming’s governmental institutions have done a good job of incorporating same-sex marriage into their legal framework. “The state hasn’t crumbled apart as some had predicted,” Artery said. “The state was right on top of it as far as adding your spouse to your benefit packages, for example. There were gray areas before, but now it’s crystal clear.” That sentiment is shared by A.J.
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For 24 hours friends and classmates can make a difference and inspire the D&Ecommunity to give. Updated: Thursday, October 15 2015 6:01 PM EDT2015-10-15 22:01:33 GMT Davis Medical Center on Thursday hosted a lunch and learn where businesses could learn to be productive, and making sure they’re lunch time eating regime is on the right track. Davis Medical Center on Thursday hosted a lunch and learn where businesses could learn to be productive, and making sure they’re lunch time eating regime is on the right track. Updated: Thursday, October 15 2015 5:58 PM EDT2015-10-15 21:58:16 GMT FirstEnergy is now in the final stages of building a large transmission substation that will improve electric service for about 14,000 Mon Power customers in Harrison, Lewis and Gilmer counties. FirstEnergy is now in the final stages of building a large transmission substation that will improve electric service for about 14,000 Mon Power customers in Harrison, Lewis and Gilmer counties. Updated: Thursday, October 15 2015 5:55 PM EDT2015-10-15 21:55:34 GMT The $29millionfacility will operate next to the primary care facility that opened there in May. The $29millionfacility will operate next to the primary care facility that opened there in May. Updated: Thursday, October 15 2015 5:52 PM EDT2015-10-15 21:52:48 GMT A Clay-Battelle middle schooler is trying to make a difference one small step at a time.What began as a lunchroom conversation for Daphne Tennant, soon turned into an inspiration that she hopes can change the world.”All the kids were complaining about the food,” said Tennant. “They were like, ”This is disgusting. I can’t believe they expect us to eat this.’ You know, normally little kid stuff. I said, ‘You know, you should feel lucky you even have this.'”After that… A Clay-Battelle middle schooler is trying to make a difference one small step at a time.What began as a lunchroom conversation for Daphne Tennant, soon turned into an inspiration that she hopes can change the world.”All the kids were complaining about the food,” said Tennant. “They were like, ”This is disgusting. I can’t believe they expect us to eat this.’ You know, normally little kid stuff. I said, ‘You know, you should feel lucky you even have this.'”After that… Traffic patterns will be altered for the Morgantown High School Homecoming Parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on High Street and disperse at Foundry Street, according to the Morgantown Police Department. From the Morgantown Police Department: Parking will be restricted on High Street and Prospect Street starting at 5:30 p.m and traffic will be detoured from Willey Street onto Prospect Street back to University Avenue during the parade. Willey Street will closed at University Avenue. Traffic patterns will returnto normal when the parade is over. There will be an MHS Homecoming Street Fair on Edgewood Street, and part of Edgewood Street will be closed. Home
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With their last names, they decided to embrace the Burger King jokes.Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images Millennials may be waiting longer to get married but some are spending more than ever on their weddings. Some figures put the average wedding cost as high as $25,000 the cost of a nice car or the down payment on a house. To discuss the trends in wedding budgets, MPR News’ Kerri Miller was joined by Jennae Saltzman, the owner of Blush & Whim , a Twin Cities wedding planning firm, and Meg Keene, the editor-in-chief for A Practical Wedding . In her experience, Keene says the average wedding today probably costs closer to $10,000 or $15,000, once you factor out the high-rollers dropping $250,000 or more on their special day. One of the things Keene sees that drives up the wedding cost? The baby boomer mom. While some millennials come in looking for a thrifty event, there are “baby boomer moms not wanting to go along with this smaller wedding plan,” Keene said. Saltzman, on the other hand, has seen the opposite. “A lot of our mothers of the brides are coming in and can’t believe the price ticket, because when they got married, they did it in church with cake and punch in the basement. They can’t imagine the prices now,” Saltzman said. What does Saltzman think is driving up the costs? Social media. Namely, Pinterest. A woman browses PinterestKaren Bleier | AFP/Getty Images 2012 “Everything is so saturated with celebrity weddings the most expensive weddings in the world,” Saltzman said. “When couples are looking online for their dream wedding, they’re not looking at average weddings, they’re looking at extravagant events.” Keene calls this “expectation inflation.” The expectations of a wedding have jumped from a simple reception to full sit-down meals. Decades ago, “only the truly wealthy had sit-down meals for weddings because it costs a ton of money.” With family and friends living farther away than ever, meals have become a necessity. “As people are more and more spread out, weddings are being leaned on to be a family reunion as well,” Keene said. “As people fly in from all over the country, it’s harder to tell them, ‘Well, I got you some punch and cake.’ You have to feed these people.” For all the worrying about costs and budgets, Keene said it’s important to remember how the wedding will feel not look. “As my husband pointed out to me a week before our wedding, ‘pretty’ is not an emotion.” The outdoor wedding of McKenzie Westmore and Patrick Tatopoulos featured elaborate table arrangements at a winery in Malibu, Calif.Frazer Harrison | Getty Images Listeners called in with their wedding stories about how they did or did not keep costs low. Laurel spent $25,000 last year, which was a combination of parents’ contributions and the couple saving. Who pays for the wedding, Keene and Saltzman agreed, is directly tied to how expensive it is. As millennials marry later in life, they may be more financially stable and can contribute to the cost they’re also more likely to be economical when they’re footing the bill themselves.
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At the downtown Courtyard’s Minneapolis Bistro , Executive Chef Ross Reed is doing just that. For Chef Reed, sustainability isn’t just a fad. A native of Wyoming, Ross is a 4th generation beekeeper — his family’s hives dating back to 1918. Growing up in Wyoming instilled in Chef Reed a connection with nature, and beekeeping was an access point into a sustainable ecosystem. With the dwindling bee population always a concern for Ross, he’s taken action. Under Chef Reed’s guidance, the Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown is operating two healthy bee colonies on its second floor rooftop. Driven by passion and creativity, his ideas for two rooftop beehives is the start of a sustainable farm-to-table ethic that Chef Reed hopes to ingratiate with the culture of his cafe in Minneapolis. Next year, Chef is planning to double the number of hives, install a small herb garden, and include tomatoes and peppers. As these gardens grow, bee pollination will play a major role in their development — and so a beautiful cycle begins. This year, guests will come to the downtown Courtyard to enjoy some of the most inviting and comfortable hotel rooms and suites in Minneapolis . They’ll be staying for the decadent, Grade-A honey harvested from the hotel’s rooftop. The year’s first harvest yielded 73 pounds of top-shelf honey and Chef Ross Reed will be putting it to well-planned use. With plans to incorporate honey throughout his menu, Chef Reed will be using his all-natural honey in homemade ice creams, salad dressings, and cocktails. A special thanks is owed to the Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown’s Director of Food and Beverage, John Paul Albanese. As a leader who consistently strives to bring out the best in his team, John Paul, along with the ownership, shared Chef Reed’s vision for what a rooftop bee colony can mean for their hotel and its greater environmental role. It is the sincere hope of JP and the Courtyard that the success of their rooftop beehives will inspire others across the industry to find innovative ways to positively impact the environment. About Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown The Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown offers travelers inviting, freshly appointed accommodations. Easily accessible, the hotel is conveniently located just off of major area highways and just a short 12-miles from MSP International Airport. Local attractions abound, as the hotel is just a short walk from downtown must-sees like Guthrie Theatre and Mill City Museum.
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Are weddings difficult enough just having to corral all the humans involved? A friend who was married the year before gave them a list of venues and they soon fell in love with the pastoral setting of WoodsEdge alpaca and llama farm. Surrounded by trees, the giant barn behind the pasture offered indoor space for both the reception and ceremony which was needed due to rain. The alpacas were an added bonus, Colosi said, and the couple arrived early to do a first look outside where he gave his bride a rare Salvador Dali illustration book of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” followed by pictures of the bridal party with the animals which were the finishing touches of their own fairytale romance. How they met Online dating isn’t always easy, especially when your computer crashes. Mulhall and Colosi were chatting for a few weeks on OK Cupid in 2013 before Colosi suddenly stopped responding. “He disappeared,” Mulhall said. “I thought maybe he met someone else, but he could have just told me that.” What she didn’t know was that Colosi had lost the conversations and couldn’t remember her user name. Three months went by and the pair lost touch, but around the holidays,Mulhall decided to reach out again. “It was like ‘well, you never know what someone is going through or why they stopped responding.’ Maybe he felt like too much time had passed,” she said. So she took a chance. Mulhall, 38, is a young adult fiction writer who works at the Arcof Monmouth and Colosi, also 38, owns his own business selling movie and TV collectibles. Even after a noisy first date at Surf Taco and a bad movie on the second, Mulhall and Colosi knew they clicked. RELATED: Thursday weddings? More couples saying ‘I do’ at off-peak times How they made their wedding special With card catalog seating assignments, antique book and teacup center pieces, a floral bouquet handmade by the bride out of book pages and a book stack wedding cake, the literary and vintage theme fitscouple’s quirky and nerdy-chic style. While Colosi wore a gray tux, his cufflinks were silver Storm Troopers and Mulhall’s 50s inspired lace dress was paired with a fascinator and bright red shoes. One other novel aspect was thealtar which consisted of two book shelves crafted and distressed by the bride. On each shelf were keepsakes from their relationship including a stuffed hedgehog from FAO Schwarz and notes from when they were dating. What they splurged on With a frugal budget, Colosi said their only true splurge was the venue.WoodsEdge Farm, which houses llamas, alpacas and yaks, began hosting events in 2014, and has grown in popularity with 10 weddings this year, and a fully booked fall 2016 season. And although Mulhall’s aunt and uncle hand crafter her ring, Colosi’s was a small extravagance as its made out of dinosaur bone and meteorite. “I really wanted to get him something he would wear and cherish,” she said. Where they saved In addition to crafting her own decorations and centerpieces, Mulhall opted for a one-stop-shop event planner when it came to catering and seating.
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I only have good ones. Following the deaths of DIganzio in 2008 and his wife, Libby, this year, their four children have decided to sell the famous Veterans Square restaurant to Media Reality Partners, a firm consisting of Eli Kahn, Adam Loew, Matt Adams and Rich Miller. Kahn declined to say how much they paid for the property. With many trying to get their last meal at the restaurant, patrons have until the end of October to do so. Banquets, weddings and events will cease at the Towne House by the end of December. We dont know yet, Kahn said last week. Were getting our arms around everything there. He explained that the firm had not started the development process with borough officials and that they plan to evaluate a variety of options, including renovation and construction. Kahn said the firm will evaluate where theres a need and a void in the market, be it retail or restaurants or residential or apartments, and try the best it can to match that with what the communitys interests are. The Downingtown-based developer said his preference is to invest in walkable communities. We focus a lot of our development in the boroughs and towns of southeastern Pennsylvania, Kahn said. E. Kahn Development Corp. is behind such projects as The Apartments at Chestnut Square, 220 E. Chestnut St., in West Chester, and Great Valley Commons, a 100-acre office/flex development on General Warren Road in Malvern. Since 1994, the firm has worked throughout southeastern Pennsylvania transforming commercial, industrial and multi-family properties into vibrant centers. It has more than 600,000 square feet of mixed-use projects either planned or under construction. Media is a town we have been looking into for a while, Kahn said. Ive been a huge fan of Media for a long time. Its a really great community. Medias such a great town. It has such great diversity of restaurants and homes. Were just excited to be a part of it. The first time Kahn visited Delaware Countys seat was about 25 years ago, but he and his wife began to frequent it more often after his daughter participated in a camp at Media Theatre years ago.
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