December 30

Bike park in Buncombe County, NC to close due to landfill expansion

first_imgThe Alexander Mountain Bike Park in Alexander, NC will permanently close to the public on Friday, Jan. 31 and will be developed as an expansion of dirt borrow space for the Buncombe County Landfill. The park’s multi-user trail system has been around for 20 years and was managed by Recreation Services, but the land has always been located on Buncombe County Landfill property. Due to expansion plans, the park can no longer remain open due to “safety and risk concerns.”  The Mountain Bike Park closure does not affect Alexander River Park, one of seven river parks in Buncombe County offering access to the French Broad River.  “Buncombe County Solid Waste has been proud to support the Alexander Mountain Bike Park through the years,” said Solid Waste Director Dane Pedersen. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for all the users of the park; however, it is no longer safe nor feasible to keep the park open with future expansion plans.”  Alexander Mountain Park contained 7 miles of challenging single-track trail and was open to hikers, bikers and equestrians.  center_img “Any time we lose public open spaces it’s unfortunate, but the County’s growth necessitates the landfill’s expansion to protect the health and safety of all citizens,” said Buncombe Recreation Services Director Josh O’Conner. “Alexander Mountain Bike Park has been a much-loved fixture in our community, and we are grateful to all of the community organizations who have helped to maintain the park through that time.” See the press release here: read more

December 17

Are you a mentor?

first_imgAt every workshop I do with experienced credit union leaders I ask for a show of hands, “Are you currently mentoring someone?”The results are surprising––and somewhat disheartening! In a room with 50 participants, the average response is about 2 to 3 hands. I also ask aspiring CU leaders if they have a mentor; the response is about the same. Year after year, workshop after workshop the results are woefully consistent.I usually ask the question after showing a slide citing a Stanford University Study. This study revealed the most pressing professional development needs identified by leaders today. Here’s what’s on the slide:
“Another critical area of development for CEOs was mentoring skills––developing internal talent.”ANOTHER critical area? I lose my mind every time I show this slide…Another?What is more important than developing the people you serve, particularly in the area of leadership? Put another way––how much can you accomplish by yourself?No leader operates as a lone wolf. In fact, the very definition of “leadership” rests on your ability to coordinate, inspire and provide guidance to other people. Your effectiveness as a leader depends entirely on your capacity to cultivate the talents and abilities of the people you serve and your ability to inspire their best efforts.Your power as a leader, that is your ability to get things done grows in direct proportion to how much you empower others. And there is no method more powerful in developing new talent than mentoring.In my “8 STRATEGIES for EFFECTIVE LEADERS,” number 7 is: “Be a dedicated teacher, coach, and mentor.” That’s what the idea of THE SENSEI LEADER is all about. The word “Sensei” is used in the martial arts world to designate a teacher. The most effective leaders are those who understand that leadership is sharing. Vision: To promote … Web: Details 100SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                    center_img You share leadership by teaching––helping others develop. The most direct way to help an aspiring leader develop is by serving as a mentor.One argument I hear is that no individual leader, especially the CEO, can possibly commit the time required for effective mentoring to everyone in the organization.First of all, please note that I do not ask how many people you’re mentoring––I simply ask if you’re mentoring anyone! I fully acknowledge that mentoring is an intimate process. I cannot imagine anyone capable of mentoring more than one or two people effectively at any one time––unless mentoring is your full-time job.Mentoring is a very personal relationship. You should choose someone who you feel would benefit from your interest and wisdom, and someone who will be responsive to your personal and professional style.For most leaders, the most important person you should be mentoring is your potential successor!Now believe me, when we discuss this in workshops there are any number of reasons someone might be hesitant to groom a replacement. These reasons are understandable, but they are shortsighted. I’d go one step further to say that unless you’re grooming your replacement, you’re simply not doing your job.In a good culture, the type of culture I find in most CUs, there should be no worries. Training your replacement should not constitute a threat to your position. If you’re an effective leader in a strong organization, they’re not going to move you out––they’re going to move you up!Training the next leader assures that you can explore new opportunities knowing you’re leaving your organization, your department or your team in good hands.So how to find someone you can mentor…It’s not complicated.First of all, someone may be looking for YOU!Who is asking the most questions?Who seems most engaged and most interested in what you’re doing?Who has expressed the most interest in advancement?Who is acting before they’re asked? Demonstrating positive autonomy?Who is taking the most advantage of training opportunities?Who most embodies your vision and sense of purpose?Who shows the most character, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skill?Of course, you must still weigh professional competency. Knowledge in one’s domain is crucial for leadership, however, bear in mind that it is far easier to bring someone up to speed in technical areas than in character development or soft skills.Finally, be sure this is someone you trust. You will be sharing your knowledge, wisdom, and experience on a deep level. You certainly do not want to enter a mentoring relationship with someone who will abuse your trust and confidence.Once you identify someone you truly feel you can help, then simply ask. You don’t need to be intrusive or patronizing, just express your recognition of their potential and offer to share what you can to help them reach their goals.Tom Peters wrote:“Leaders don’t create followers. They create more leaders.”That’s what it’s all about. Mr. Peters most definitely understands the meaning of “Sensei!”last_img read more

August 12

Newborn Found Dead Inside TX Restaurant Bathroom

first_imgDallas Police are searching for a mother who they believe gave birth in a restaurant bathroom, and then left her newborn in a trash can.Officers responded to an Applebee’s on Friday afternoon around 5 p.m.Restaurant employees had discovered the body while cleaning the bathroom, about 30 minutes after the mother left.Police have not said whether or not the baby might have been stillborn, pending autopsy results.last_img

August 12

Steelers hear ‘the voice’

first_imgby Barry WilnerAP Pro Football Writer LATROBE, Pa. (AP)—Jerricho Cotchery hears “the voice.” Troy Polamalu senses the “phantom leadership.”It’s all part of the Steelers Way.Few organizations boast the stability and winning tradition of the Steelers. Try just three coaches in 43 years. Try the same family in charge—the Rooneys. It’s gone from the Chief, Art Rooney, to his son Dan, to his grandson, Art II, the current team president.In the Super Bowl era, they have gone home with the Lombardi Trophy a record six times in eight appearances. If you want consistency on and off the field in the NFL, look at Pittsburgh.Yet, there is a sense of transition in the Steel City this year. Gone are some key leaders, particularly all-time leading receiver Hines Ward, now retired, and stalwart linebacker James Farrior. The powerful running game that for years— decades—was emblematic of the Steelers’ offense could be in disarray.There also seems to be transition within the AFC North that Pittsburgh has owned pretty much since the NFL went to its current format in 2002. Baltimore edged the Steelers for the division title last year and is considered the favorite to repeat. Cincinnati is regarded as a team on the rise. And there are many questions surrounding these Steelers.Not to worry, star safety Polamalu says.“You could say there is a transition after every season because the team won’t be exactly the same from year to year,” says the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. “But I would answer the same way as I did the last nine years: The new challenge is exciting. I think it will be an exciting season. It’s going to be exciting to see how the players fit in, especially in the secondary, and how healthy we are.“You either survive and you push on, or you adjust the best you can.”The Steelers (No. 7 in the AP Pro32) have an edge in making the adjustments, too.“What’s also unique is what I would call the ‘phantom leadership’ that is in the tradition of the Steelers,” he adds with a smile. “It’s the way we do things around here and the way they have always done things, a certain way that works. It dates back to Joe Greene and those days. It’s something that is real.“So there’s that tradition that we have that sort of ‘phantom leadership’ out of the past.“We don’t need the rah-rah guy or the guy who is the ‘face of the franchise.’ We’re not pushing people to be out front. Be yourself, lead in your own way.”Leadership rarely has been an issue in the Steel City. And it might not be now with Polamalu, James Harrison, Ike Taylor, Ryan Clark, Ben Roethlisberger and Heath Miller still around. Just the fact it is being mentioned, though, is different.Although Pittsburgh went 12-4 last season, when neither Ward, Farrior nor now-retired defensive end Aaron Smith made much impact, it was not an impressive 12-4, if you can imagine that. The Steelers looked old, slow and not especially resourceful in their wild-card loss to Denver in the playoffs.Seven months later, Roethlisberger—as much a key to these Steelers as Terry Bradshaw was in the latter years of the Steel Curtain dynasty of the 1970s—is banged up (left ankle, rotator cuff). They are searching for a running game with starting tailback Rashard Mendenhall healing from a severe knee injury, and need to discover some continuity on the offensive line.And with deep threat Mike Wallace holding out, the receiving corps is missing an important element, although it remains a strength with Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Miller and Cotchery.Plus, the defense probably will have seven starters over 30: Polamalu, Taylor, Clark, Harrison, Brett Keisel, Larry Foote and Casey Hampton.Despite all those questions, the one topic that doesn’t seem to concern anyone is a loss of leadership.“We’ve been through this before,” 10th-year cornerback Taylor says. “When Joey Porter left, James Farrior stepped in. Our team never is without leaders.”Or voices in the locker room.“What I learned from the older guys when I got here was you have got to pass it on,” Foote adds. “Leadership is something I’’ve learned from being in the league for 11 years, and that there are all kinds of (leaders). There were a lot of personalities on this team, guys who have been here the last decade, and now they are gone. So others step up. It’s a changing of the guard.”Change can be good in pro football, even for a franchise so steeped in tradition; some might say so set in its ways. Rarely have the Steelers been potentially so dynamic in the passing game, and certainly not since Bradshaw, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth left.They tend to excel at developing their draft choices, with Roethlisberger, Polamalu, Miller and Hampton prime examples. Brown and young center Maurkice Pouncey are following that trend.Several important pieces are in their prime, including linebacker LaMarr Woodley, possibly their most dynamic defender, and Roethlisberger.Cotchery, an outsider who joined the Steelers last year as a free agent, was drawn to Pittsburgh not only by what he saw on the roster, but by something a bit more nebulous.The voice.“This organization is unique,” says Cotchery, who was with the Jets before heading to Pittsburgh. “It has a certain way of doing things over a long period that works, and they stick to it. And the result: six Super Bowls. And working on more.“I appreciate the tradition and the history of this organization and the way they have carried themselves. That drew me to the organization; they are loyal to their guys.“To me, the voice is kept here. No one else comes in with a different voice and no one talks over this voice. It’s the Steelers voice.”last_img read more

August 12

Steelers at early crossroads as Bears visit

first_imgIn this Dec. 9, 2013, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller runs after catching a pass as San Diego Chargers defensive back Shareece Wright (29) pursues during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – The meeting was intimate and brief. Following his team’s first 0-2 start in more than a decade, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and safety Ryan Clark huddled with remaining players from the club’s last Super Bowl title in 2009 and tried to plot a course forward.While a pep talk certainly doesn’t hurt, it can’t score a touchdown or force a turnover.“It’s not like it’s a magic solution,” Roethlisberger said.Perhaps because there isn’t one.The Steelers enter Sunday night’s game against the unbeaten – if not exactly unbeatable – Chicago Bears (2-0) ranked near the bottom of the league in every major offensive category. Pittsburgh can’t run it, can’t throw it deep and can’t seem to find its way to the end zone with any regularity.“It’s as frustrating as it gets right now,” running back Isaac Redman said. “I don’t think anybody expected this.”And it’s only going to get worse if the Steelers can’t find a way to keep up with the resilient Bears. Chicago’s perfect start is the byproduct of a pair of fourth-quarter rallies, the latest a 10-play, 66-yard drive in the final minutes against Minnesota last Sunday. It ended with a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jay Cutler to tight end Martellus Bennett that lifted the Bears to a 31-30 victory.“We’ve had a few things go our way, a few fourth-quarter plays went our way,” Cutler said. “We’re obviously happy to be 2-0 but we realize there is a lot of work ahead of us.”Here are five things to look for as Pittsburgh tries to win a game and Chicago tries to establish itself as a threat in the NFC under first-year coach Marc Trestman.CONTENDERS?: The Steelers’ list of problems is about as long as their roster. A 3-0 start would boost the argument that the Bears are for real, at least in the NFC North. A loss, on the other hand, would raise all sorts of questions. After all, they had to rally to beat Minnesota in the closing seconds, and that came on the heels of a season-opening win over Cincinnati when they trailed by 11 in the third quarter.YOUR TURN FELIX: The Philadelphia Eagles considered running back Felix Jones so expendable they traded him to Pittsburgh last month for linebacker Adrian Robinson, who didn’t even make the team. Jones impressed Steelers coach Mike Tomlin enough during last week’s loss to Cincinnati to get another turn at the wheel against the Bears. Jones still has the burst that made him a first-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys back in 2008. He’ll need it to find holes behind an offensive line that isn’t exactly dominating at the line of scrimmage. Pittsburgh’s 75 yards rushing this season is less than 34 individual players, including four quarterbacks.HESTER’S HAVOC: The most encouraging sign for the Bears last week likely was Devin Hester’s performance.He returned five kickoffs for a club-record 249 yards against the Vikings and reminded everyone else that he still can be a game-changer. That was one of the big questions coming into this season after he was ineffective a year ago. His longest kickoff return in 2012 was for 40 yards. He exceeded that three times last week, including a 76-yarder after right after Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opener 105 yards and an 80-yarder in the second quarter.CREATING CHAOS: Pittsburgh’s defense remains one of the league’s best, but the Steelers are no longer making the kind of splash plays necessary to flip the field. Pittsburgh is one of two teams (Oakland is the other) that has yet to create turnovers and it has just one sack through two games. An interception here or a fumble recovery there could go a long way to help boost the offense’s confidence: “We need to put people in bad situations behind the sticks,” Clark said. “(That) allows us to do what we do best, which is rush the quarterback, create pressure, sack-fumbles and cause bad throws.”PANIC TIME: The Steelers dropped their first two games in 2003 before catching fire under journeyman quarterback Tommy Maddox and earning a wild-card berth. They’ve never made it to the postseason starting 0-3. While Roethlisberger and coach Mike Tomlin believe mid-September is hardly the time to panic – and in the, so far, anemic AFC North, they might be right – Pittsburgh can’t afford to lose any more ground. “A win would solve or help heal some wounds that we have right now, but for us it’s still early in the season,” Roethlisberger said. “And it’s a home game, so we think all those are must wins.”___AP Sports Writer Andrew Seligman in Chicago contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

December 19

Who Wins and Loses in the Darwin Wars?

first_img(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Sandra Lilley, writing in MSNBC News, pictures sad-faced students, whose scientific inquisitiveness has been stifled by the controversy over evolution.  The article starts with a touching photo of a young girl, a look of wonder in her eyes, examining a toy human skeleton.  “Science is becoming a political ‘hot potato’ for some students,” she describes, “transforming what should be a dynamic, fascinating topic into a total turn-off” (emphasis added in all quotes).  “And some students are choosing silence over losing a prom date.”    Lilley quotes only pro-evolution spokespersons (some nominal Christians) who express the opinion that the next generation of scientists is being threatened by creationists and politicians raising a ruckus over evolution, leaving students bewildered over a conflict they don’t understand, preferring to avoid the subject as a result.    The only evidence offered for evolution in the article is from Ken Miller: “If a child becomes a pharmacist and someone develops a resistance to a drug, that is evolution,” he said.  Miller argues that society will be at a disadvantage if we don’t teach evolution, which he equates with basic science.    A different point of view was offered by high school science teacher Doug Cowan (Port Orchard, Washington), writing for the Christian Science Monitor.  In his experience, he claims, students become stimulated over his non-sectarian “teach the controversy” approach. I am a public high school biology teacher, and I do an unusual thing.  I teach my students more than they have to know about evolution.  I push them to behave like competent jurors – not just to swallow what some authority figure tells them to believe – not even me – but rather to critically analyze, with an open mind, the evidence set before them….Teenagers, not surprisingly, find this approach exhilarating. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He finds that the students “perk up” when he points out that “contrary to their large and monolithic biology textbook, some highly credentialed scientists insist that there are limitations to Darwin’s theory.”  When he displays some of the alleged evidences for evolution that have been found fraudulent (Piltdown Man, Haeckel’s embryos), “the sleepy looks in the classroom usually vanish.”    Cowan, however, is not on an anti-evolution crusade.  He also lays out all the “reputable evidence for evolution,” the “pillars of evolutionary theory” such as bacterial resistance, finch beaks and genetically altered fruit flies, then challenges the class to reason whether these observed microevolutionary changes can be extrapolated into macroevolution.    By maintaining a neutral stance, letting them examine all the evidence and make up their own minds, Cowan says his approach is on firm legal footing.  Students and parents alike seem to appreciate his method.  Students feel liberated to weigh the evidence for themselves.  “The job of the scientist, I explain, is to find the best explanation to a problem, not just to defend his or her own position at all costs.”  For support, he quotes Charles Darwin: “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”Evolution can be taught skillfully and poorly.  Anti-evolution can be taught skillfully and poorly.  Reporting on either can be done skillfully or poorly.  Here are two examples for you to evaluate.    No reputable anti-evolutionist wants students to become afraid of the controversy over evolution and become tempted to shut up.  No reputable pro-evolution teacher should want the class to be indoctrinated, nor have a student feel browbeaten for having honest questions about evolution.  Cowan seems to have hit the sweet spot.  Can anyone really doubt that learning to think critically is going to help the next generation of scientists?    The only losers in the Darwin Wars, when fought fairly, are the indoctrinators who don’t want the students to know about Haeckel and Piltdown and the other dirty laundry in the textbook.  Watch the film Icons of Evolution, including the Q&A in the bonus features, for a fuller defense of the “teach the controversy” approach.  And teachers: feel free to use our eight-part, non-religious curriculum (see 02/11/2005 commentary) for supplementary material the textbook left out.  Watch those young eyes perk up….last_img read more

December 17

Zoho’s New Plugin Turns Microsoft Access Databases into Web Apps

first_imgTo everyone wishing they could use their Microsoft Office Access database to build a Web app, your savior has arrived. Zoho has introduced a plugin to migrate Access databases on to their platform. Once migrated, they can be used to build database applications through the Zoho Creator interface. The new plugin is just one part of a larger strategy by Zoho to integrate with Microsoft, in the hopes that they can encourage converts to their SaaS products. The boon for those who use Access databases is that they can now easily translate their data tables into applications, which can be served through Zoho at little or no cost. Zoho is one of the leading providers of SaaS collaborative tools for the enterprise and consumers alike. Since their advent in 2005, they’ve created some of the most useful productivity apps available online, and their platform as a whole shows promise. But to compete further with Microsoft, they’ve recently taken to integrating with their competitor. Late last month, they even added support for SharePoint, despite a staunch belief in the superiority of SaaS. From Desktop Database to Web AppMicrosoft Access is a simple, WYSIWYG interface for creating a database. While technically you can make Access data public through SharePoint Services, actually building a working application on the Web is basically impossible out of the box. The best options for moving your Access database onto the Web have long been either MySQL or PostgreSQL, which are frankly beyond the capabilities of many people who find Microsoft Access an attractive tool. Enter Zoho’s migration plugin. In a process that takes relatively little time, Zoho will take your database and place it within the grasp of your Zoho Creator account. Once it’s been migrated to their servers, you can collaborate on the data tables with your colleagues and easily build applications for your business. Controls for how much of the database you share are reasonably fine grained, with three levels of access. If you’re not developing an app solely for within a company, you can additionally publish your work through the Zoho Marketplace or run it on the Google App Engine.Microsoft Access is a fairly painless way for enterprise users, many of whom are still tied to Microsoft by IT and management, to build simple databases. But there’s never been a particularly easy method for sharing those databases and doing something really useful with them. While it might also be attractive to developers aiming at the consumer Web, Zoho’s plugin will best aid businesses with databases that have had nowhere to move forward. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise steven wallingcenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

December 12

Create a ‘True Detectives’ Style Title Sequence in After Effects

first_imgCreating a True Detectives title effect is easier than it looks in this After Effects tutorial.You may recognize Mikey Borup as a regular tutorial creator here on Premiumbeat, as well as the moderator of the After Effects User community on Google+. Using his expert knowledge of AE he regularly shares free tutorials for motion graphic designers and aspiring VFX artists.In his latest tutorial from his YouTube channel, After Effects Tutorials w/ Mikey, Mikey explains how to create a double exposure effect very similar to the HBO series True Detectives. The tutorial covers:How to create a parallax effectKeying using a screen matteUsing a displacement mapLocking effects across multiple compositionsUsing Mikey’s vignette preset (Found Here)Creating an edge blurThe project files can be downloaded here. Best viewed full screen:The actual titles were created by Antibody, a production house based out of L.A. The titles tried to convey the idea that the characters identities were inseparable from their environment. Many programs including After Effects were used to create the double exposure effect.It is especially interesting to know that most of the revealed video in the titles was created using 3D modeling. There is a full interview with the creative director of the project at Art of the Title’s website.Here is the actual title sequence for True Detectives:On a side note, we’re digging True Detectives – we totally think it lives up to the hype! Share your thoughts or questions about this After Effects tutorial in the comments below.last_img read more

December 12

Learn to Not Crash Your New Drone: The DJI Flight Simulator

first_imgFlying a drone for the first time and terrified of crashing it immediately? Now you can hone your skills before takeoff by using the DJI Flight Simulator.Drones are expensive. They’re also extremely easy to destroy with one wrong movement of the joystick. That combo can cause incredible anxiety, which can make your hands shake, which can make you hit the wrong button, and—OH MY GOD MY DRONE IS IN THE LAKE. Does this come from personal experience? I won’t say. But yes.Your ability to pilot a drone used to come from just logging as many flight hours as possible, which required going out to a field with your drone and testing your limits. Even then, you were limited to your drone’s battery life and the conditions around you. Now, you no longer have that problem. DJI has released a brand new flight engine called “DJI Flight Simulator,” which allows you to connect a DJI-compatible remote to your computer and safely test your skills in the safety of your own home or office. Fly Your Drone at HomeJust like a pilot gets his training hours in a plane simulator, you can get your hours in at your own computer. This software comes with training programs that teach you the basics of drone flight through simple tracking challenges, all the way up to complicated maneuvers that you might run across in actual flight. The software comes with the ability to use any type of DJI drone in their lineup, which has the exact flight specifications of the corresponding model. With each model, you are able to change the flight mode to Position mode, Sport mode, and their new high speed “Attitude” mode. You can also change the weather, time of day, and even wind speeds to test out your skills in the conditions you might be flying in with your physical drone.Practice Makes Perfect“Free Flight Mode” in the DJI Simulator.To be honest, I wish this software came out sooner. When I first got my drone, flying it for the first few times was extremely nerve-racking. I had to get the feel for controls I had never used before, all with the risk of having an expensive aircraft floating 15 feet off the ground. I played it safe every time out of complete fear of ruining or losing my drone. If I’d had this software before I got my drone, I think I’d be a lot more comfortable flying the drone in real life.“Skills Training Mode” within the simulator. Having the ability to experiment and become comfortable with difficult tasks and runs without having to put your drone at risk is an amazing benefit of this software. I highly recommend it to any novice pilot trying to gain their bearings, or even a pro who wants to put their skills to the test without the fear of failure.You can find the download for this software at DJI’s website here.Top image via Golubovy. All other photos via DJI.Want to learn more about filmmaking? Check out these articles:191 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Effects, Action Elements, and More5 Reasons Why You Should Shoot Your Own Digital Web SeriesDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit PageVideo Tutorial: Introducing Premiere’s New Lumetri CurvesStop Telling People to Shoot Their Films on an iPhonelast_img read more

October 13

Northern Lights Festival

first_imgSix teams of internationally acclaimed Ice Carvers will be entering their sculptures, into this competition. A secondary ice carving event, with smaller entries, consisting of 12 competitors over the 1-day event.The World’s Largest SnowmanThe Guinness Book of World Records will be in attendance of the world’s largest snowman, estimated 130 ft tall, 45 ft wide at the base, complete with a scarf that’s over 100ft long!The Fort Nelson Trappers Rendezvous FORT NELSON, B.C. – Is hosting the Northern Lights Festival March 9th – 23rd, 2019, encouraging visitors to celebrate and experience the area with music to events that showcase the beauty and nature of Fort Nelson.The Festival brings the entire community together and will offer a variety of experiences to share the beauty of the north such as snowmobiling, building snowmen and a visit to Liard Hot Springs.The headliners for the festival are; The annual event, in collaboration with the Northern Lights Festival, promises to be like no other ever seen in the small northern community. The community event started in 1961 by the Lions Club.Northern Lights Canadian Open Sled Dog ChampionshipDowntown Fort Nelson, the race will take place on 50th Street, starting at the east end of town, racing along the road, out onto the Alaska Hwy, and back again.First Nations Handgames TournamentHandgames, a traditional Dene game of sport and skill, provides an opportunity for men and boys to practice and sharpen their abilities of detection, focus, and intuition, which benefits their traditional responsibilities to provide and protect.For more information on the Northern Lights Festival; CLICK HEREcenter_img Bringing Canada’s Best Artists under the Northern LightsThe diverse selection of Canadian musical talent that will be featured at different venues around town will be a highlight of this event.For a list of attending artists; CLICK HERESeed to Seal Harvest ExperienceThis Seed to Seal harvest experience is something that people come from all over the world to see. In the past, it has only been open to 16 people a week, for 6 weeks out of the year. This is a hands-on emersion into the making of Essential Oils, see how we use every part of the plant to create the only Northern Lights Oil on the planet.Ice Sculptinglast_img read more