Love’s Travel Plaza may be open by Spring | News, Sports, Jobs



RIPLEY — A new travel plaza in the western part of Chautauqua County is continuing to progress.

A Love’s Travel Plaza is being constructed on Shortman Road in the town of Ripley, just off Interstate 90. Mark Geise, county Industrial Development Agency chief executive officer noted that the outside is mostly complete. He said the company will be doing some landscaping in the spring.

“They’re working on the interior. They expect to be completed by late January,” he said during a recent county IDA meeting.

If all works out, Geise said the company plans to open in the spring of 2022.

The new facility is a 22,000-square-foot travel center that sits on a 16-acre parcel located at 6201 and 6151 Shortman Road, where the former Colonial Restaurant and Hotel buildings were located. The travel center will include a convenience store, fueling islands, restaurant, repair center and related services.

Ripley Town Supervisor Doug Bowen said the town has a “host community agreement” for taxes, so that the development will help cover much of the costs of the water and sewer. That will not only benefit the plaza, it will also help other homeowners in the district and also could spur further development.

There is a Payment In Lieu of Taxes Agreement with the county as well. County IDA officials said previously the $12 million investment for the project is anticipated to net over $30 million in combined regional and New York State economic benefits over the life of the PILOT.

Bowen said he has not talked to company officials recently, but has a pretty good idea of what to expect. “It’s going to look like a typical Love’s Store in other areas,” he said during a phone interview.

Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has more than 550 locations in 41 states, providing professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, Compressed Natural Gas, travel items, electronics, snacks, restaurant offerings, and more. Love’s Truck Care offers heavy-duty tire care, including TirePass, light mechanical services and roadside assistance. Love’s Hospitality provides a growing network of hotels and storage rental locations, and Love’s Financial offers freight bill factoring and back-office support to professional drivers.

In New York, Love’s has travel plazas in Bath, Binghamton, and Canaan, near Albany.



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Lions travel for final weekend of 2021, face Lake Forest | News, Sports, Jobs



CHICAGO — After a tough 2-0 loss to the Hamline Pipers last Tuesday, the Finlandia Lions men’s hockey team took a little time off. The four-day break was just what the doctor ordered, according to head coach Joe Burcar.

Players took advantage of the chance to get away from the rink. Some joined teammates who live locally for a Thanksgiving day feast. Others flew home to friends and family.

Timing was everything.

“The timing of that couldn’t have been better,” he said. “We did see some guys over the break that were staying here who worked out or skated, but there were guys that just literally got away, kept their gear here. I think it was the best thing that could happen right now.”

A couple of days back from break, Burcar feels that the locker room was a cheery place for a team that sits 1-9 on the season to this point.

“I mean, the spirits were high on Monday for practice. Tuesday, they were high again,” he said. ” I just think it came at just a timely, timely point for us in the season. Yeah, we haven’t had the success, but there was frustration last week too. We just know, deep down, we’re better than what we’ve proven so far. That break just immensely, just mentally, physically, we needed it.”

The Lions lost sophomore winger Cameron Conover to injury against the Pipers. Multiple others are battling injuries of some kind, but still, having a chance to breathe before hitting the road for the last time in 2021 was what the team needed.

“The frustration was there, but you can’t live on that every day,” said Burcar. “We move forward. Practice has been great this week. Sometimes you get down the road and just keep your team focused and corraled together makes a difference. I think it was the best thing that we could have had right now.”

Burcar, who along with his staff meet with the team captains every day and various numbers of players throughout the week, feels that the players know they have more to give, but also that they feel good about the progress they are making on the ice, despite the lack of results to this point. He describes the meetings as upbeat.

Facing the Foresters

The Lions hit the road this weekend to face the Lake Forest Foresters.

The Lions and the Foresters are set to have their opening faceoff at 5 p.m. Friday at the Lake Forest College Ice Arena in Lake Forest, Illinois. Puck drop for the series finale is 2 p.m. Saturday.

A traditionally strong program in the NCHA, the Foresters are off to an uncharacteristically slow start this season. After sweeping Saint Mary’s to open the season, the Foresters have gone 1-5-1 since with losses to Aurora three times and Manhattanville twice.

The Foresters went through a coaching change in the offseason. Head coach Sean O’Malley served as an assistant coach with Lake Forest for seven years before taking the reigns prior to this season.

“The biggest thing with them is they had a coaching change,” Burcar said. “The coaching change was just an assistant stepping up, so he was in the program for a few years. But, anytime you change the head coaching position, there’s going to be some culture, there’s going to be some change. I think they came out the gates okay, but again, they’ve only played nine games.”

Senior Josh Giacomin has team-highs in assists (6) and points (8) and game-tying goals (1). Sophomore Ben Perkins is also off to a good start with three goals, which ties him for the team lead, and five points.

“I think for us it’s a good opponent. I think we match up well,” said Burcar. “We’ve done the film over and over, and I like the fact that we’re going there. I really like the matchup right now with them.”



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OLEAN — Darien Swanson poured in 31 points and Westfield’s defense buckled down in the second half en route to a 66-57 victory over Hornell in the Olean Tip-Off Tournament at Olean High School on Friday night.

The Wolverines found themselves trailing 34-32 at halftime as Hornell connected on seven 3-pointers, but the Red Raiders were limited to just one trey after the break.

“It’s a team that can shoot it,” said first-year varsity coach Nolan Swanson. “We just covered the perimeter a little better.”

Cole Holland added 15 points and five steals, Carson Swanson chipped in 13 points, Darien Swanson collected six assists and five rebounds and Josh Barresi grabbed six boards.

Gennaro Picco led Hornell with 22 points and Hakim Tigner had 11.

Westfield will square off against Olean at 12:45 p.m. today.

WESTFIELD (66)

Weingart 1 0 2, Barresi 1 1 3, Holland 7 0 15, DSwanson 10 8 31, CSwanson 4 1 13, Schuster 1 0 2, Rotunda 0 0 0, Totals 24 10 66.

HORNELL (57)

Babcock 0 0 0, Rose 0 0 0, Picco 8 3 22, Hoyt 3 0 9, Tigner 5 1 11, Baker 0 1 1, Kraatz 2 0 6, Harwood 2 4 8, Totals 20 9 57.

3-point goals–Holland, DSwanson 3, CSwanson 4, Picco 3, Hoyt 3, Kraatz 2.

Westfield 13 19 14 20 — 66

Hornell 13 21 8 15 — 57

CORTEZ SHINES

FOR SILVER CREEK

SILVER CREEK — Ray Cortez is only a sophomore.

He sure didn’t play like one last night, pouring in 28 points to go along with 14 rebounds and five steals to lead Silver Creek to a 67-54 nonleague victory over Eden.

Cortez scored 10 points in the first quarter, helping the Black Knights to a 15-12 lead. In front 31-28 at intermission, the hosts outscored the Raiders 36-26 the rest of the way to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Junior Matt Woleben chipped in16 points, nine steals, six rebounds and three assists for the winners.

Brian LoTempio led Eden (0-1) with 14 points, Quinn Harrington had 13 and Taesyn Slating added 10.

The Black Knights travel to Falconer on Monday.

EDEN (54)

Lotempio 5 3 14, Healy 1 0 2, Harrington 5 3 13, Teoro 4 0 8, CSlating 3 2 7, TSlating 3 4 10, Totals 20 12 54.

SILVER CREEK (67)

Woleben 6 3 16, White 2 2 6, Jamieson 3 0 8, Millar 4 1 9, Cortez 11 6 28, Feagle 0 0 0, Kelly 0 0 0, Farley 0 0 0, Quiter 0 0 0, Steinwachs 0 0 0, Parcell 0 0 0, Totals 26 12 67.

3-point goals–Lotempio, CSlating, Woleben, Jamieson 2.

Eden 12 16 13 13 — 65

Silver Creek 15 16 18 18 — 67

Jayvees: Eden won.

MARAUDERS TOP PANTHERS

GOWANDA — Dunkirk won its first game under new head coach Sixto Rosario, defeating Gowanda 84-49.

The Marauders (1-0) led the entirety of the game, 21-10 after the first, then 47-23 at half, 63-35 after the third then finally winning 84-49.

Gowanda’s John Ondus scored 26 points including six shots from 3-point range, Tyler Smith added eight points with one bucket from beyond the arc.

GIRLS

COUGARS GRAB FIRST WIN

SINCLAIRVILLE — Cassadaga Valley earned its first win of the season, defeating Salamanca 48-40 in a nonleague girls basketball game at Cassadaga Valley Central School.

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Emily Anderson led the Cougars for the third stright game, scoring 20 points and hitting four 3-pointers. Andrea Johnson added 14 points with three 3-pointers, Leah Hopkins had eight rebounds and Maddie Hattaway grabbed six boards.

The Cougars led 22-17 at the break and held on for the win to raise their record to 1-2.

The Warriors (0-1, 0-1) were paced by Jillian Rea with 8 points and five rebounds; Lesley McComber with 7 points, nine rebounds and six steals, and Bella Wolfe with 6 points and 12 boards.

SALAMANCA (40)

Crouse 2 1 5, Wolfe 2 2 6, Oakes 1 1 3, McComber 2 3 7, Rea 2 3 8, Hogan 1 0 2, M Crouse 1 2 4, Dowdy 2 1 5, Totals 13 13 40.

CASSADAGA VALLEY (48)

McCheseney 2 1 5, Hattaway 0 1 1, A Johnson 4 3 14, E Anderson 6 4 20, Hopkins 1 4 6, Horton 1 0 2, Totals 14 13 48.

3-point goals–Anderson 4, Johnson 3, Rea.

Cassadaga Valley 9 13 12 14 — 48

Salamanca 6 11 15 8 — 40

GOWANDA WINS

SOUTH DAYTON — Gowanda knocked off Pine Valley 39-31 in a nonleague game.

Gowanda was led to victory by Crissa Scanlan with 16 points.

Gowanda (1-0) was up at halftime 16-11 and didn’t look back from there, managing to stay in front of Pine Valley (1-1) by outscoring them 23-20 in the second half.

Pine Valley’s leading scorer was Danielle West with 13 points and Mattison Cadle added eight rebounds and five steals.

GOWANDA (39)

Scanlan 7 2 16, L Stevens 2 0 5, Rivera 0 2 2, Pupo 0 0 0, Nephew 0 0 0, A Stevens 4 0 8, Lingren 4 0 8. Totals 17 4 39.

PINE VALLEY (31)

Farnham 2 1 5, R Tunstall 0 0 0, Cadle 0 1 1, Hardy 2 0 5, West 5 0 13, Vincent 1 0 2, Ellis 0 0 0, Hayes 1 0 2, Campbell 0 0 0, A Tunstall 0 0 0, Dahl 0 1 1. Totals 12 3 31.

3-point goals — West 3, Hardy 1, L Stevens 1.

Gowanda 7 9 14 9 — 39

Pine Valley 6 5 14 6 — 31



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Eagles’ campaigns tip off with match-ups against Comets | Sports News


Franklin County’s boys and girls varsity basketball teams open their 2021-2022 seasons Wednesday with non-district match-ups against former Piedmont District rival Halifax County.

The boys varsity squad, led by head coach Tom Hering, faces the Comets at 7 p.m. at  Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium, while the girls varsity team, steered by head coach LeBryan Patterson, travels to South Boston for its opener at 7.

Junior varsity games open each doubleheader at 5:30 p.m.

Also, FCHS’s boys team faces Hidden Valley (twice), Bassett (twice), Magna Vista (twice) Patrick Henry (twice), Cosby and Thomas Dale in non-district play this season.

Cosby and Thomas Dale are Class 6 Region A rivals of the Eagles.

Blue Ridge District play begins on Dec. 17 for the Eagles when Staunton River visits Hawkins Gym for the first of two match-ups. Home and away league games against William Fleming, William Byrd, Northside and Lord Botetourt are scheduled.

FCHS’s roster is comprised of two seniors (Jamerise Holland and Jonas Stockton); seven juniors (Eli Foutz, Jordan Hering, Nasir Holland, Jahylen Lee, Ryland McGhee, Nyzaih McHeimer and Ke’Shaun Wright) and three sophomores (Tucker Harvey, David Kasey and Haven Mullins).

FCHS girls are matched against Hidden Valley (twice), Patrick Henry (twice), Magna Vista (twice), Brookville (twice) and play three games in an invitational tournament hosted by Thomas Dale (Dec. 17, 18 and 20).



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The World Health Organization was urging nations not to impose travel bans on south African nations after the outbreak of a new COVID variant, the omicron variant. Other countries, including the U.S., have banned travelers from that area, which WHO claims is not a science-based reaction. In the case of COVID, who cares what WHO wants?

Keeping people traveling from an infected area out of the country is a pretty good way to prevent or at least slow the spread.

Unfortunately, it may be too late to contain the spread. New cases are popping up in other parts of the world, including a couple of cases in Canada, traced to people who recently traveled to Nigeria. Other cases have been found in Britain, Hong Kong and Australia.

Scientists are still trying to study the new variant to determine how easily it spreads and how virulent it is. It could be no more serious than the delta variant, but until we know more about it, caution is certainly the keyword.

Yes, travel bans may inhibit the economy of the infected region in Africa, but slowing the spread of this latest variant trumps those concerns.



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Knights come alive in 2nd half, down Warriors | News, Sports, Jobs



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Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s forward Liz Schwint (54) looks for an open teammate while guarded by BOLD’s Abigail Meyers (25) on Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s High School.

SLEEPY EYE — After cruising past Cleveland with an 89-33 win on Day 1 of the Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Tip-Off Invite Friday, St. Mary’s had a tougher challenge Saturday afternoon against BOLD.

Despite struggling to gets shots to fall in the first half on Saturday, the Knights were a different team in the second half and wrapped up their final Tip-Off game with a 67-44 win over the Warriors in nonconference girls’ basketball action.

The Knights were led by Madison Mathiowetz, who finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Mathiowetz passed 1,000 career rebounds a day earlier against Cleveland.

Reagan Severson also had a big game for the Knights with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals, while eighth-grader Natalie Fischer added 10 points.

Knights head coach Bruce Woitas said that his squad was rushing shots in the first half but moved the ball better and found cleaner looks in the second half.

“In the first half, I think we were kind of rushing our shots a little bit too much,” Woitas said. “Obviously we were missing them, a little bit short, we might have been a little fatigued from the night before. But I thought in the second half we just started moving the ball better offensively and just created better looks and we were able to finish more shots in that second half.

“But overall, real pleased with our defensive effort on both days [of the Tip-Off] and then somewhat the rebounding today, too. We got some big key rebounds when we needed them.”

In that first half, the Knights held an early 11-4 lead after a jumper by Mathiowetz before Mari Ryberg hit a 3 to bring BOLD within 4. Ryberg led BOLD on the day with 22 points.

The Knights grew their lead to 7 again moments later on a 3 by Fischer before BOLD got back-to-back buckets to trail 19-17 and force a St. Mary’s timeout.

Liz Schwint converted an and-one out of the timeout for the Knights, and Severson pushed the Knights’ lead to 29-19 with less than three minutes left in the half after back-to-back buckets. Lainey Braulick hit a 3 for the Warriors to bring their deficit to single digits again before Mathiowetz added two free throws late for a 31-22 Knights lead at halftime.

The Warriors scored first in the second half after a pair of free throws by Ryberg, but the Knights got a putback bucket by Schwint and a basket in the paint by Mathiowetz to lead 35-24 and force a BOLD timeout.

Mathiowetz got a bucket inside and a steal for a layup out of that timeout to give St. Mary’s a 39-24 lead before BOLD ended the run with two more Ryberg free throws. The Knights continued to create turnovers and knock down shots from there out, taking their largest lead of the day, 63-37, on an inside basket from Mathiowetz.

Woitas said that he was pleased with the overall team effort he got during the Tip-Off.

“Madison is going to be our leader, but I thought Reagan played really well [Saturday] — where she struggled a little bit offensively [Friday],” Woitas said. “But Natalie Fischer stepped up and hit some shots for us, Addie Hoffmann did a nice job both nights. Jenica Schroepfer — she didn’t score I don’t think [Saturday] but had a nice game the first night out. So just seeing that — and then Allie Labat is capable of scoring for us, too. So I think we have weapons, we have people that can score, I think we have that inside-outside presence as well. If these kids continue to grow, game to game, by the end of the year I think we can be very, very competitive.”

Schwint also had a solid showing for the Knights on Saturday, finishing with 7 points, seven boards and three assists. She also held her own defensively while matching up against a fellow 6-footer in Abigail Meyers.

“Liz, even going back to last year, she did a great job defending the bigger girl that she has to go up against,” Woitas said. “And I think you’re going to see more offense come out of her this year as well, too. She’s very capable of that, we were seeing that both [days]. I thought she’s grown a lot, too, but we need her to have those types of nights consistently for us to be successful.”

The Knights (2-0) travel to take on Wabasso on Tuesday night in Tomahawk Conference action.



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Staff photo by Travis Rosenau
Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s forward Liz Schwint (54) looks for an open teammate while guarded by BOLD’s Abigail Meyers (25) on Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s High School.

SLEEPY EYE — After cruising past Cleveland with an 89-33 win on Day 1 of the Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Tip-Off Invite Friday, St. Mary’s had a tougher challenge Saturday afternoon against BOLD.

Despite struggling to gets shots to fall in the first half on Saturday, the Knights were a different team in the second half and wrapped up their final Tip-Off game with a 67-44 win over the Warriors in nonconference girls’ basketball action.

The Knights were led by Madison Mathiowetz, who finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Mathiowetz passed 1,000 career rebounds a day earlier against Cleveland.

Reagan Severson also had a big game for the Knights with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals, while eighth-grader Natalie Fischer added 10 points.

Knights head coach Bruce Woitas said that his squad was rushing shots in the first half but moved the ball better and found cleaner looks in the second half.

“In the first half, I think we were kind of rushing our shots a little bit too much,” Woitas said. “Obviously we were missing them, a little bit short, we might have been a little fatigued from the night before. But I thought in the second half we just started moving the ball better offensively and just created better looks and we were able to finish more shots in that second half.

“But overall, real pleased with our defensive effort on both days [of the Tip-Off] and then somewhat the rebounding today, too. We got some big key rebounds when we needed them.”

In that first half, the Knights held an early 11-4 lead after a jumper by Mathiowetz before Mari Ryberg hit a 3 to bring BOLD within 4. Ryberg led BOLD on the day with 22 points.

The Knights grew their lead to 7 again moments later on a 3 by Fischer before BOLD got back-to-back buckets to trail 19-17 and force a St. Mary’s timeout.

Liz Schwint converted an and-one out of the timeout for the Knights, and Severson pushed the Knights’ lead to 29-19 with less than three minutes left in the half after back-to-back buckets. Lainey Braulick hit a 3 for the Warriors to bring their deficit to single digits again before Mathiowetz added two free throws late for a 31-22 Knights lead at halftime.

The Warriors scored first in the second half after a pair of free throws by Ryberg, but the Knights got a putback bucket by Schwint and a basket in the paint by Mathiowetz to lead 35-24 and force a BOLD timeout.

Mathiowetz got a bucket inside and a steal for a layup out of that timeout to give St. Mary’s a 39-24 lead before BOLD ended the run with two more Ryberg free throws. The Knights continued to create turnovers and knock down shots from there out, taking their largest lead of the day, 63-37, on an inside basket from Mathiowetz.

Woitas said that he was pleased with the overall team effort he got during the Tip-Off.

“Madison is going to be our leader, but I thought Reagan played really well [Saturday] — where she struggled a little bit offensively [Friday],” Woitas said. “But Natalie Fischer stepped up and hit some shots for us, Addie Hoffmann did a nice job both nights. Jenica Schroepfer — she didn’t score I don’t think [Saturday] but had a nice game the first night out. So just seeing that — and then Allie Labat is capable of scoring for us, too. So I think we have weapons, we have people that can score, I think we have that inside-outside presence as well. If these kids continue to grow, game to game, by the end of the year I think we can be very, very competitive.”

Schwint also had a solid showing for the Knights on Saturday, finishing with 7 points, seven boards and three assists. She also held her own defensively while matching up against a fellow 6-footer in Abigail Meyers.

“Liz, even going back to last year, she did a great job defending the bigger girl that she has to go up against,” Woitas said. “And I think you’re going to see more offense come out of her this year as well, too. She’s very capable of that, we were seeing that both [days]. I thought she’s grown a lot, too, but we need her to have those types of nights consistently for us to be successful.”

The Knights (2-0) travel to take on Wabasso on Tuesday night in Tomahawk Conference action.



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If you’re hitting the road or the airport this Thanksgiving weekend, you won’t be alone. AAA predicts 53.4 million people — 2.2 million of those Ohioans — will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13 percent from last year.

While still not hitting 2019 levels, the increase is the highest in one year since 2005, AAA stated.

The travel forecast for the AAA East North Central Region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, shows an expected 7.9 million people will travel by automobile, 781,000 by air, and 171,000 by other means — meaning some 8.85 million people in the region will be traveling through Sunday.

While air travel is up some 80 percent from last year, a majority of travelers still prefer cars as their mode of travel, AAA reports — and the organization expects to rescue 400,000 Americans at the roadside this Thanksgiving weekend.

AAA recommends that motorists be patient, be early and be proactive: Arrive at least two hours ahead of departure times for domestic flights, book car rentals and car accommodations as early as possible, and follow health requirements and recommendations.

On its holiday travel page, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends delaying travel until fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, is required to wear a mask on public transportation, according to the CDC.

SAFETY FIRST

With winter fast approaching, the Ohio Turnpike recommends travelers keep masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes in their vehicles as well as items traditionally kept for cold-weather safety, including jumper cables, blankets, tow rope, sand or cat litter, water and snacks, flares, first aid kit, shovel, flashlight, ice scraper and cellphone charger.

Rest stops along the turnpike remain open with food available, but wait times may be longer than usual due to the national worker shortage, according to turnpike officials.

Traffic authorities also are reminding everyone to buckle up.

During Thanksgiving weekend in 2019, 279 passenger-vehicle occupants were killed in crashes across the nation. Around 54 percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt, according to information provided by the Ohio Turnpike.

“It’s hard to believe in today’s society with what we know about fatal crashes that people don’t buckle up every time they’re in the car,” Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe said during a recent news conference when the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported 24 fatal accidents causing 26 fatalities so far in 2021 — the most in Trumbull County in almost a decade. An additional 939 crashes in the county this year resulted in injuries.

The last time the county saw a similar number of fatal crashes was in 2012, when there were 25. There were 19 fatal crashes in the county in all of 2020 and 18 fatal crashes in 2019, according to data from OSHP.

In response to the high number of fatal and serious-injury crashes, OSHP, Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, Bazetta and Howland police departments and Trumbull County Safe Communities have partnered to raise awareness and promote safe driving this holiday season.

In Mahoning County this year has already seen its share of deadly crashes. Since Jan. 1, Mahoning has had 20 fatal accidents, according to state patrol records. Eight of those crashes were related to operating a vehicle under the influence and four involved motorcycles.

There were 18 fatal crashes in Mahoning County in 2020 and 22 in 2019, patrol records show.

OH DEER!

November is also a peak time for deer-related crashes. Since 2016, Ohio has had more than 100,670 deer-related crashes, according to the patrol’s data.

While 95 percent of deer-related crashes resulted only in property damage, 27 crashes resulted in 28 fatalities.

In a statement, Gov. Mike DeWine encouraged motorists to use extra caution and slow down.

“A crash with a deer can be just as destructive as a crash with another vehicle, so it’s important that drivers remember to stay alert and watch out for animals crossing the road,” DeWine said.



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Purdue beats Villanova 80-74 to win Tip-Off tournament ( | Sports


UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Purdue’s biggest men came up large in a huge early season game.

Zach Edey scored 21 points and No. 6 Purdue overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat No. 5 Villanova 80-74 on Sunday and win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

The 7-foot-4 center hit nine of his 12 shots from the floor and grabbed six rebounds. The team’s other post, 6-10 Trevion Williams, added nine points and four boards for the Boilermakers (5-0), who dominated underneath, outscoring the Wildcats 38-18 in the paint and outrebounding them 38-26.

“Trevion and Zach is a really good 1-2 punch and I thought offensively they had an above average game,” coach Matt Painter said. “Between them they had 30 and 10, and I thought Trevion’s defense when we switched five ways he got down in a stance and was the difference. It doesn’t show up in this box score, but it shows up with our staff.”

Caleb Furst and Isaiah Thompson each had 12 points for Purdue.

Justin Moore had 19 points, Caleb Daniels added 17 and Collin Gillespie had 14 for Villanova (3-2), which launched 34 attempts from behind the arc, making 13 of them.

The Wildcats led 33-31 at halftime, scored the first five points in the second half and were up 57-46 after a 3-pointer by Daniels.

But Purdue outscored the Wildcats 34-17 over the last nine minutes.

“This season obviously we’ve never been down before, it was something different,” Thompson said. “I think we were resilient in the second half. I think we got off to a good start and just maintained our focus. Just go on a run, keep getting aggressive and keep fighting. I think we did that late in the game and it led us to a win.”

A dunk by Edey after an apparent missed travel call on Sasha Stefanovic tied the score at 62, and a fast-break layup from Furst gave the Boilermakers the lead at 64-62 with four minutes left, their first time ahead in the second half.

A slam and free throw by Edey with just under a minute to play extended the lead to 75-65, and the Boilermakers held on.

At one point the Boilermakers made 11 straight shots.

“They just played a really intelligent game for 40 minutes,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “They made less mistakes and executed what they do more consistently for 40 minutes. That’s why they are a really good team.”

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers shot 52.7% after putting up a season-best 55.7% in the first round of the tournament against North Carolina. Purdue has shot at least 50% in every game this season. … This was the first time this season Purdue has failed to reach 90 points.

Villanova: This was the third time in five games the Wildcats have played a Top 25 team. “I hope it helps us in our league play when we get there,” Wright said. “Number one, our league is really good. Number two, a lot of times we start conference play and we’re not really sure what we are yet. We have an idea, I think this year, playing these teams, these coaches.”

ROTATION

Purdue played 10 men, each of them getting at least eight minutes. Wright, who had six players go at least 20 minutes, conceded that fatigue down the stretch might have been a factor in the loss.

GILLIS BACK

The game marked the return of Purdue sophomore Mason Gillis, who was suspended for the first four games because of a drunken driving arrest, for which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year of probation. He did not score and had one rebound in 10 minutes.

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The Boilermakers head home to host Omaha on Friday.



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With the holiday season upon us, many families will be traveling to spend time with loved ones far away. These journeys, while enjoyable, can be stressful and exhausting, and they can be especially difficult for older family members. Seniors who have grown accustomed to the comfort and routines of their own home may find busy roads, crowded airports or unexpected changes in plan overwhelming.

This sense of anxiety can often be most troubling for older adults living with memory problems or conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, who can become frustrated and frightened when faced with changes in their regular routines. Travelers should make the comfort and care of their older companions a top priority as they venture out for the holidays.

Travelers should have a plan in place before leaving home, in order to minimize the stress on older companions. Creating a written schedule is a good idea. Including those older companions in the creation of that schedule helps them to feel like they are a part of the planning process and lets them know what to expect. This helps to reduce travel anxiety.

It’s also a good idea to have all necessary medications organized and kept in a place where they are easy to access when needed. Copies of medical records, prescription doses and schedules, and other important documents should be made and packed in a safe place. That way they can be available easily if they are needed in an emergency while traveling.

Many companies are willing to make special accommodations for families traveling with older adults. Many airlines reserve special seating for passengers with disabilities, which makes it easier for loved ones who rely on walkers, wheelchairs or other mobility devices. If hotel reservations have been made, travelers will want to speak to management about accommodations for guests with mobility issues, as well as any dietary restrictions, if they plan to use room service or dine at the hotel restaurant.

The threat of COVID-19 should also be taken into consideration when traveling with elderly loved ones. Many parts of the country are still dealing with high rates of the disease, and travelers should be aware of the risks and if their travel plans include high-risk areas for COVID. Precautions against the virus should be taken, such as wearing masks, social distancing when possible, proper hand washing, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.

People planning to travel with older adults should ask themselves if their older companions are well enough to fight through COVID-19 if they are exposed.

Another way to reduce the effects of stress and exhaustion on elderly travelers is to let them take their time. Rushing around in airports or racing to make dinner reservations can lead to increased anxiety and frustration in seniors, especially those who may not understand why they are in such a hurry or may be unable to move quickly. This can make the trip miserable for everyone. Those traveling with seniors should allow extra time for unexpected delays.

Information provided by Visiting Angels, America’s choice in homecare. Visiting Angels non-medical homecare services allow people to continue enjoying the independence of their daily routines in familiar surroundings.




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