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By Santa Trever
Elections Chairman Bob Partlow chaired the election of candidates to serve as members of the NORPAC Executive Board for the next two years. The slate included:
Vice Chair-Gene Sanders
Past Chair-Dennis Simpson
At Large-Ron Kearns
At Large-Jerry Galland
At Large-Randy Cook
Mark DeMonbrun moved that the slate be approved as presented (several 2nded). The voice vote was unanimous. Per NORPAC bylaws, the next election of board members will be two years from now (February, 2020).
Note; Ron Kearns has since resigned
By Michael Rielly
Found: A 700-Year-Old Ring Adorned With St. Nicholas
by Vittoria Traverso
February 26, 2018
The ancient Egyptians, the classical Greeks, the people of Middle Earth—they all saw rings as powerful symbols for human institutions such as marriage, religion, and political power. During the Middle Ages, it was not uncommon for wearers to don multiple rings, each signaling a different aspect of identity, from social class to political affiliation.
Last week, Dekel Ben-Shitrit, a 26-year-old gardener who was minding a private lot near HaZore’a kibbutz in northern Israel, found a 700-year-old bronze ring bearing an engraved image of St. Nicholas, the saint believed to be the inspiration for Santa Claus.
“I rubbed it slightly and I saw it was carved with a human image inside a frame,” Ben-Shitrit told CBN News.
Shortly after the discovery, Ben-Shitrit, who happens to have been born on Christmas Day, shared a photo of the ring on social media, where it was noticed by heritage authorities. According to Yana Tchekhanovets, a expert on the Byzantine period at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the artifact dates to a period between the 12th and 15th centuries.
As explained in a video produced by the IAA, during the medieval period, travelers carried icons to protect them while on the road, and St. Nicholas is the patron saint of travelers (along with pawnbrokers, children, thieves, and more). As the ring was found in Lower Galilee, near ancient Roman roads that brought people from around Europe to the Holy Land, Tchekhanovets believes that it was probably lost by pilgrim passing through.
By Carlo Klemm
Olympic ice dancer Madison Hubbell's other talent is making Christmas stockings with her mom
February 19, 2018
by Maggie Hendriks - USA Today
Excerpt - Along with her partner Zach Donohue, U.S. ice dancer Madison Hubbell is in third place heading into the free dance. It’s been a breakout year for the pair, as they won their first national championship and medaled at two grand prix events.
But ice dancing is not her only skill, as Hubbell and her mother run an Etsy shop selling gorgeous Christmas stockings.
(Etsy shop picture)
Hubbell had a great tutor for learning how to sew. Her mother designs and sews the intricate costumes she wears on the ice, including the hand-beaded dress she will wear for the free dance.