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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Erin Popovich passed away Wednesday from a long-term illness. Gregg and Erin were married four decades and have two children and two grandchildren.“You know how important Pop is, not only for us players, but the whole organization and the whole NBA,” Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said after practice Saturday. “We probably are in a better situation emotionally and hopefully it fuels us. But it’s hard to tell how a team is going to react.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGolden State won 110-97 on Thursday night for a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.center_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches in the second half of an NBA basketball against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. The NBA is paying tribute to the wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Erin Popovich died Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 67, the team said. Her death came after a long illness, the San Antonio Express-News reported. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)SAN ANTONIO — Gregg Popovich won’t coach the San Antonio Spurs in their possible series finale against the Golden State Warriors as he grieves the death of his wife.Spurs assistant Ettore Messina coached San Antonio in Game 3 and will again Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal wants extra practice after reaching Monte Carlo final Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe post Ebola epoch presents an challenge for the three most affected countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to refocus their diplomacy and put their diplomats to work, as these countries especially Liberia seeks international partners as the country emerges from an idle and desperate economic situation which has been paralyzed due to the scourge. Liberia would not have received the worldwide benevolence it got if not for apt diplomatic initiatives and had serious negotiations not taken place sometimes long hours into the night, as perceptively as possible with grinding efforts, employing the tools of diplomacy for national advancement.That is why those tasked with economic and political activities at embassies must be sharp, cognizant of global prevailing dynamics and the dealings meant to shape policy and bring about the desired results; keep check of the financial and political movers and shakers, be well-schooled and knowledgeable of the subtleties of economic and commercial diplomacy which encourages greater cooperation and relations that protects investment and bilateral ties between two states or among multinational conglomerates.A diplomat, according to customary norms, should be acknowledgeable of other states, regions, and of the mechanisms and procedures of international intercourses which involves knowledge of the world network of diplomatic missions and consular posts, their functions, their practices and structures. As an added advantage, a diplomat should be verse in crisis management and damage control and, as far as possible as well must be rounded in his duties.The former Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dr. Henry Kissinger, have written in detailed, that in the formulation of foreign policy, it is obvious that the economic and trade diplomacy are inseparable elements of conventional diplomacy, particularly in its professional management. Dr. Kissinger’s experiences and works are certainly recommended readings for foreign policy students.The Liberian experience cannot be discounted in these narratives. Astute diplomacy for example was needed and still continues to in the post Ebola and war Western African country. In relations to what has already been said; that after the Liberian civil war, as warlord turned president, Charles Taylor had balkanized and ran the country into the ground, and more so diplomatically, given his mischievous political and military adventurism especially in the sub region. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and her foreign relations team acted quickly and were able to, since 2005, use the international order to rebrand Liberia’s image, both economically and tactfully to garner foreign and international goodwill and investments, hence pivoting the country on the international stage as Liberia transitioned from war to peace. In a true sagacity, President Sirleaf and her youthful Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, and his team should be lauded. Undoubtedly, economic, trade and commercial diplomacy should be paramount to Liberia’s project and that requires a strong background of diplomacy from a multidisciplinary perspective. Professional diplomacy is an appropriate instrument to perform this synthesis, to the extent that it can use its persuasive techniques in favor of businesses and investments and, simultaneously, prove to be politically and economically profitable to the state.However, it is clear that economic and commercial interests, particularly those related to investment, exports, protection and assistance could be essential aspects of the diplomatic activities of a considerable number of countries especially Liberia. Actually, economic and trade diplomacy involves joint and just efforts through cooperation between governments and the private and public business sectors with respect to external actions to achieving economic goals linked to the national interests.Another fascinated field of diplomacy especially for underdeveloped countries such as Liberia is economic, trade and commercial diplomacy. In contemporary diplomacy, the issues of economic interests, trade, protection of nationals, and security have all become much more difficult, with major challenges affecting the practices of diplomacy being influenced by major actors and powerful states, and sometimes at the continued loss of global, continental and regional groupings. Other factors such as bad political decisions in domestic politics, economic growth, and technological development, corruption among others have greatly affected African diplomacy in time past, even so now today!Vividly, I can remember the famous words of my professor during my studies in Paris, France when he stressed that diplomats should be fully aware of the new insightful changes in international relations and be able to partner major institutions and influential businesses [companies] in the host countries to enhance economic growth, trade and investment back home. A diplomat should also possess specialist qualities such as: political awareness, economic and trade knowledge, personal acceptability, education, intellectual curiosity and flexibility, and not just sit and wait to be tele-guided. A diplomat should level up fully to the new trends of diplomatic behaviors and challenges, taking into consideration the contemporary complexities of the international system, in which multiplicity of major actors operate, which stresses new approaches and solutions for a new demanding world order.In order for a Foreign Service officer including ambassadors to gain respect on the global stage also, there must be a taste and desire to seek new knowledge by reading and conducting research about the host country to which he is assigned; he must also be aware that contemporary diplomacy goes beyond mere curtails and red wine. Hence, diplomacy must not be seen as money making venture to enrich oneself and family against the greater good of society.Diplomacy has brought development to other nations for example as already enumerated and economic and trade values as seen in varied negotiations with bilateral and multilateral bodies, as the Liberian case illustrates, as well as increased economic and commercial activity. As part of the State’s foreign policy, economic diplomacy and trade are now being given greater priority; these areas are now key factors in the development of contemporary international politics.It is also essential to ensure greater consistency in the identification of sustained national economic interests abroad and, through careful analysis, developed a model that can effectively ensure a safety pin to guide economic diplomacy in carrying out external economic relations by appointing people who are intellectually efficient and knowledgeable in the field of their calling, hence, diplomats should be appointed to assignments or missions where they can be operatively successful, as they serve the interest efficiently of their respective countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgOne person was serious injured and the windshield of a vehicle was badly damaged last Friday during the execution of court order.One of the parties had gone to take possession of a building situated on Ashmun Street in Monrovia due to a court order.The structure is believed to be a portion of the Intestate Estate of the Late John W. Taylor that is being managed by one William A. Cisco, who is serving as its administrator.Magistrate Nelson Chineh, then Stipendiary Magistrate of the Monrovia City Court in 2009, heard the matter of the fake administrator title between William Cisco and one Koko Mayors, known as “Koko Cisco,’ where the magistrate established that the original administrator was William Cisco.His decision came after Koko was arrested and charged with theft of property and forgery by the Liberia National Police (LNP) in February 2010.It was however based on the 2009 decision of the court that the Cisco family last Friday decided to take possession of the building on Ashmun Street when the scuffle broke out.Speaking to the Daily Observer yesterday, Charles Cassell, one of the children, alleged that before he was attacked, he took two carpenters to the area to take off the roof of the building based on the court’s 2009 decision.According to Cassell, when they got to the location of the building, he met a group of men believed to have been hired by Koko Mayors, who reportedly prevented them from entering the compound.When he would not comply, Cassell said the other men allegedly jumped on him, started to beat him and broke the windshield of his father’s vehicle. Thereafter, he ran to safety at the Slipway Police Station.He further alleged that Koko’s men ran behind him until they all entered the station.“What shocked me was that the police detained me after Koko went to the station, ignoring my earlier complaint. I don’t know what is happening that if a man takes his complaint to police and without any investigation, the police detained him,” he said.He said it was based on his father’s lawyer’s intervention that he was released from detention.“We are afraid and we don’t know where to go for help, so we are calling on the government to intervene to allow us to get our legitimate properties,” he appealed. Prior to the incident, the Magistrate’s decision for Cassell to reclaim the property was made after the court withdrew the ‘power of attorney’ from Koko Cisco and he was charged by the LNP for theft of property and forgery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Board Chairman of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Ian Yhap, has disclosed that the turbine at Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant, which has the capacity of 22 megawatts, will finally come on line on Thursday, December 15.Announcing the development yesterday at the Information Ministry’s regular Thursday press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Yhap said testing of the first generating unit of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant in Harrisburg is ongoing in Caldwell to ensure that the inauguration of the 22-megawatt turbine on December 15 is successful. According to him, engineers from Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant and LEC are working now to have electricity on Bushrod Island from the hydro.When distribution on Bushrod Island is completed, he said, “We will now start to distribute power to other parts of Monrovia. As we speak today, serious work is ongoing and things remain in control.” Chairman Yhap said the second turbine, also with a capacity of 22 megawatts, will come on by February 15, 2017, with the remaining two turbines coming on after four months. “We want to thank the government and partners for the support. We want to also thank all the engineers for working tirelessly to ensure that we have power as scheduled,” Chairman Yhap said.Meanwhile, he said the board of LEC has appointed a new management team that is energetic, hardworking and motivated to steer the affairs of the corporation from January 2017.“We need to develop the capacity, because Liberians have not been managing such a system for many years. We have also called on our international partners to help in building our capacity. We have some new things now in LEC and everyone is going through the learning process,” he said. The first phase of the reservoir impoundment (filling the reservoir with water) of the Dam Project was successfully completed on October 19 this year. On October 15, the spillway gates were gradually closed in order to increase the water level in the reservoir, he said.Currently, the water level has increased to 28.5 meters above sea level, which is just 0.5 meters below the maximum operating level. During the testing exercise, he said customers may experience brief and periodic interruptions in power supply. The testing will continue up to December 15, when the first operations of the hydropower plant are officially inaugurated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Meanwhile, the LEC management has issued an apology for any inconvenience as a result of this exercise and has asked for the support of the Liberian people leading up to this very important milestone for the nation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgParticipants at the just ended national stakeholders dialogue Widespread substance abuse in the country has claimed citizens’ attention and, they want government to put an immediate end to it by prosecuting those importing the narcotic substances.The citizens are not alone in their fight to curb drug abuse. Grand Bassa County District #5 Representative Thomas Goshua has also called on citizens, including rural dwellers, particularly those in concession areas, to stop the use of illegal substances, something he observed is now on the increase.“As a government, we need to put stop to this issue, because it is damaging the future of our young generation,” Goshua said.He made the remarks on Thursday, May 24, at a one-day high level national dialogue with stakeholders on progress made so far and the challenges faced by people living in rural areas.The dialogue was held among five counties, including Sinoe, Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh, Grand Bassa and Bomi/Cape Mount, under the theme, “Strengthening Women’s Right and Participation in Peace-building.”The event was organized by EDUCARE, a local non-governmental organization, to highlight the social effect on those using illegal substances.During the discussions participants expressed concern that if the government does not contain this in the coming years, more people will be like those who are currently in the streets (crazy people) as a result of drug addiction.All of the counties that participated in the training flagged a number of problems, including drug addiction, especially among  youths.In Gbarpolu and Sinoe counties, according to the women representatives at the dialogue, there is a shortage of resourceful men as most of the men in those areas have turned into drug users. The women said most of the men consume narcotic drugs.They accused state security personnel assigned in these counties of aiding drug traffickers because of the kickbacks they receive. “Women are fighting over men because the bulk of the handsome young men in the county are taking drugs; this is serious and needs government intervention.”About the projectEDUCARE is strengthening women rights and participation in peace-building and is working with 1,150 rural women at the grass-root level from across 23 key concession communities in five counties.Under the project, women in the targeted concession areas will be able to engage and meaningfully participate in the management of the natural resources within their communities and place demand for their rights from stakeholders, including demands for the implementation of agreed corporate social responsibility arrangements.Under the project,  23 concession communities women’s development structures have received capacity building assistance, to enable the attainment of mutual benefits through playing the role of mediation, helping to negotiate disagreements and conflicts between the companies and community members.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe spotty nature of recent shower activity this summer in the Peace Region has resulted in a wide variety of both forage and grain crop conditions.While last week’s B.C. Day rain storms left some Environment Canada weather stations with August 3rd records, the official total of 25 millimetres at the local airport station was well off the 1976 record of 37.3, and other areas got much less than that.Crops on the Alberta side of the border in the Grande Prairie area have been described by a Northern Lights County councillor as, “A disaster, very stressed, non-existent.”- Advertisement -He estimates hay yields are one quarter to one half of normal, and says with grain crops not faring much better consideration is being given to declaring the county an agricultural disaster area.That would make it the fourth county north and west of Edmonton to do so, but the President of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association says it is not uniformly dry across the region.The livestock producer victims this year could be forced into unwanted herd reductions, because unlike in previous dry years, there’s little emergency feed to be had across the border.Advertisement Some ranchers there are fighting a two front war, one against the drought conditions, and the other against grasshoppers.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino is confident despite Tottenham’s lack of transfer action © AFP / Ian KINGTONNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – Mauricio Pochettino insists he is not unhappy at Tottenham’s inaction during the transfer window, but the true test of his club’s decision not to make a single signing will come as the new Premier League season unfolds.The north London club have often done things differently when it comes to buying and selling players, with chairman Daniel Levy earning a reputation as a hard negotiator who is unafraid to leave things until late in the day. This time, however, Thursday’s transfer deadline passed without any additions being made by Tottenham — the first time a Premier League club has failed to sign at least one new player during the summer window.Now Tottenham boss Pochettino will be expected to build on last season’s performances with the same group of players that took the club to a third placed finish.Saturday’s visit to Newcastle for their opening game will therefore offer few surprises, although Pochettino must decide which of the nine players who appeared in the World Cup semi-finals are ready to return to action.But anything less than a convincing victory will stir debate about Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s failure to deliver new players for his manager at the start of a campaign that will see the club move into the rebuilt White Hart Lane stadium after a year at Wembley.Speaking ahead of the trip to St James’ Park, Pochettino maintained he was not overly concerned at the inaction.“Of course, it’s difficult to understand for people that Tottenham didn’t sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently,” he said.“If we are happy with our squad and cannot improve our squad, sometimes it’s better to keep our squad together.“We believe a lot in our players and why not repeat a similar season like last year or the season before, and with more experience? We are going to be better – no doubt about that.”– Fallen short –Pochettino’s belief is strengthened by Tottenham’s success in persuading a number of key players, including England striker Harry Kane — the World Cup golden boot winner — to sign new contracts.But Spurs have fallen short in the Premier League title race in each of the last two seasons, building a belief among fans that the squad need more depth if they are to win major silverware.And the failure to conclude a deal for Jack Grealish after a series of offers for the Aston Villa midfielder were rejected by the Championship club did little to win over supporters concerned at the lack of signings.Certainly, Spurs cannot afford a repeat of the sluggish start that marred the opening weeks of last season if they are to challenge champions Manchester City and a Liverpool side that, by stark contrast, will feature £160 million of new signings this term.Twelve months ago the fixture list also delivered an opening day trip to Newcastle that was negotiated successfully thanks to goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies.But a return of just two points from their opening three home games meant Tottenham were playing catch-up virtually from the off.A similar result at Newcastle will provide the perfect response to the questions raised in recent days, yet whatever the outcome, Tottenham’s approach to the recent transfer window will continue to be placed under close scrutiny.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgHull City manager Steve Bruce was left to bemoan Tom Huddlestone’s red card and blames players’ “nonsense” behaviour for ruining the physicality of the Premier League.In a goalless draw away at Leicester City, Bruce saw his side down to ten men after midfielder Huddlestone received his marching orders for two bookable offences.But Bruce blamed Leicester players for their part in the dismissal, claiming that the decision was influenced by the swarm of Foxes stars who surrounded the referee following Huddlestone’s challenge.Chelsea also faced criticism following similar antics during their Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, and Bruce revealed he is keen to see the back of such behaviour.“I’ve got no problem with Tom Huddlestone’s [sending off],” the Tigers boss said.“I can understand that, but the two challenges our two centre halves made were fantastic challenges and we have all the Leicester players surrounding the referee. Alex [Bruce] has challenged and there are ten of them around him wanting a red card when it’s a perfect and fantastic challenge.“If your two centre halves can’t make a tackle like that, then we may as well all pack up.“There’s huge debate with what happened with Chelsea in mid-week, and if the Premier League is going to turn into every other league around Europe then it’s not going to be a spectacle that beams it around the world, because people enjoy the physicality and the honesty and the supporters in this country demand that.“If Alex and [Micheal] Dawson pull out of a challenge like that today, my fans will be ringing up the radio show saying they’re not committed, they’re not doing this and not doing that.“So, we have to really stop this nonsense because every time there’s a challenge now people are demanding yellow cards.“It’s a game for men and in the Premier League in particular, people enjoy the physicality all around the world people enjoy the physicality so let’s keep it that way and stop this nonsense.”last_img read more

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first_imgDONEGAL may be feeling the horror of the recession but one community is reaping the benefits – of a horror movie!The Inishowen Peninsula has been given a welcome boost after the arrival of cast and crew to film the comedy horror Grabbers.Dozens of crew arrived across Inishowen a couple of weeks ago and many hotels and coffee shops are feeling the spin-off. A number of businesses including the Carlton Redcastle Hotel say that many of their rooms are block-booked at a normally quiet time of the year.The film stars Richard Coyle ( Coupling ), Ruth Bradley ( The Clinic) , Russell Tovey ( Being Human ) and Bronagh Gallagher ( The Commitments ).It’s a comedy horror about a bunch of squid-like creatures who take over a small town.The only way people can escape them is to get drunk, which they all end up doing. Of course that would be absolutely nothing to do with the fact that many bars across Inishowen are also reporting an upturn in trade since the arrival of cast and crew for the film.Another local business success story to benefit from the arrival of the film-makers is Caffe Banba which is owned by Malin Head man Dominic McDermott whose mobile coffee shop has been working around the clock.EndsHORROR AS INISHOWEN FIGHTS OFF RECESSION WITH A MOVIE! was last modified: January 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgWhile Lake Arrowhead has no official “town center,” its Village serves as the main shopping district, with 50 factory outlets, boutiques, restaurants and a supermarket. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger chose Lake Arrowhead Village as the backdrop for a news conference last fall, when he urged tourists to return to the fire-blackened communities. “Our business is doing well here. We’ve come back after the fires and just had a real surge of shoppers,” said Linda Griffith, spokeswoman for Lake Arrowhead Village. “The shopping experience here is nice because most of the business owners are local residents, and it’s a friendly environment.” The communities also have holiday events planned for December, including weekend visits with Santa and performances by the Dickens Carolers from Rim of the World High School. Ten minutes to the west of Lake Arrowhead lies Blue Jay Village, home to Betty’s General Store, the historic Royal Oak Restaurant and County Furniture, which specializes in mountain-theme furnishings. It’s also the location of Jensen’s Finest Foods, the oldest grocery store on the mountain with renowned baked goods including breads, tortillas, chips and pastries. “They have busloads of people come in for their baked goods,” Griffith said. “They have a Bavarian chocolate brownie that I love.” Holidays and especially chocolate are a big draw in the mountains. Big Bear Valley celebrates the delectable treat in a unique fashion that also showcases its bed and breakfasts. The Holiday Bed and Breakfast Chocolate Tour, held this year the first weekend in December, invites visitors to admire the beautifully decorated lodgings while sampling chocolate. In some places, visitors were encouraged to taste it, in others to make it and at one stop, the delicacy was served up as a decadent facial treatment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nestled among the snow-capped peaks and tall pine forests, the quaint hamlets and resort towns that dot the San Bernardino Mountains draw visitors yearning for slices of a simpler life. A stroll through Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear or Blue Jay Village can be like a trip back in time – back to the days of general stores and family cafes. “People come into our store to just get away from a busy life and to walk around and enjoy the environment,” said Jay Tait, owner of the 28-year-old Bear Mountain Trading Company in Big Bear Lake. “There’s a lot of nostalgia in the store.” Wander upstairs in Tait’s place and find a room stocked year-round with Christmas ornaments and decorations. An old-fashioned candy counter sells jawbreakers, licorice and assorted “penny” treats. The store also sells its own brand of jams, jellies and sauces, along with an array of wildlife d cor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIn neighboring Lake Arrowhead, Sondra’s/Tattle Tails is among the most popular stops for shoppers in search of women’s and children’s clothing. “If you buy an outfit there, you won’t find another person in another one of those outfits anywhere else,” said Leslie McLellan, director of marketing and tourism for the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce. “It’s the quintessential women’s clothing store.” The same hospitable vibe can be felt at Woody’s Boathouse, a family-owned steak and seafood restaurant that has operated on the peninsula of Lake Arrowhead for 16 years. The walls are lined with dozens of vintage photographs of movie stars and of the early days of the village. The booths are crafted from the old wooden Chris Craft boats that used to travel the lake in bygone days. “Every seat has a great lake view,” said general manager Dee Dee Romack, whose father, Randy, owns the restaurant. last_img read more

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