Maine Exercises Children with a Local Pig Scramble

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(Photo by: Jillian Knight)

Kids gathered at the Windsor Fair this past Wednesday for one of Maine children’s favorite forms of exercise; the pig scramble . Wednesday night’s gathering of 9-year olds in Windsor, Maine marked the second pig scramble of the 2016 season.

Parents dropped their child’s name into a box, as long as they were nine years of age, before the start of the event. Wednesday night was only for 9-year old children. The evening before was for 8-yr old kids, and Thursday, September 1st, was for 10-yr olds.

Out of all the names entered, only 12 contestants were chosen. The 12 piglet chasers were competing against each other to capture only 10 pigs. The two who did not capture a pig were given t-shirts for their participation. If a winner did not want to keep the piglet they captured, they could sell it back to the fair and receive $35.00.

The 2nd pig scramble of the Windsor Fair 2016 season
The children, whose names were called, stood in line listening to instructions on how to catch a pig for the pig scramble from the announcer this past Wednesday, at the Windsor Fair in Windsor, ME. (Photo by: Jillian Knight)
10 piglets are up for grabs in the Pig Scramble at the Windsor Fair in Windsor, ME on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
The 10 piglets huddled together on the field before the start of second pig scramble of the season at the Windsor Fair on Wednesday, the 31st of September. (Photo by: Jillian Knight)
12 kids chased 10 pigs to take home or sell back at the Windsor Fair in Windsor, ME.
The twelve children chosen at the second pig scramble of the season didn’t catch a pig without difficulty. Twelve children were chosen to catch ten pigs on Wednesday evening’s pig scramble for 9-year olds in Windsor, ME. (Photo by: Jillian Knight)
A 9-yr old has difficulty at the Windsor Fair's pig scramble.
A 9-yr old contestant is seen trying to get her pig in her sack after she has captured her pig by the leg. Once the sack is tied, she is able to stand off to the side until the rest of the Windsor Fair pig scramble is over. (Photo by: Jillian Knight)
A child captured a pig and can either take it home or sell it back at the Windsor Fair in Windsor, ME.
A winner stands off to the the side with his captured pig. This 9-yr old was one of the 12 participants in this year’s 2016 pig scramble at the Windsor Fair for 9-yr olds. (Photo by: Jillian Knight)

The event took place near the farm animal exhibit, where you could pet or view animals, like alpacas.

The event ended in just ten minutes, but by the end, all of the pigs were caught and the children were dirty and exhausted.

There are three pig scrambles per season. For more information on events visit their website at http://www.windsorfair.com.

Maine Honors the State’s 95 Fallen Service Members Since 9/11 in Brunswick

The foundation, Maine Fallen Heroes, held its inaugural memorial run in Brunswick, Maine this past weekend at the Brunswick Recreation Center. An untimed 5K run/walk and a timed 10K were the main events honoring the fallen and their families.

The Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation took over the mission from Run for the Fallen, which was started nine years ago. The mission continues to help the families of the fallen with financial and emotional support. The MFHF’s website offers ways to contact people for support.

“Run for the Fallen went into retirement,” says Dean Barron, the President and Founder of the Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation, “and I decided to carry on the torch so to speak. The MFHF was formed in late 2015.”

Pictured: A Maine Veteran’s Biker Club volunteered to hold flags during the opening ceremony. Picture taken by Jillian Knight

Dean has a personal connection to the foundation that he took over. His son, CPL Joshua Barron, is his fallen hero.

Joshua and 94 other heroes had their pictures lining the 3.1-mile course on Saturday for people to see as they ran past. If the families of the fallen were present, then they had the choice to stand next to their hero if they didn’t want to participate in the race. Many people showed their appreciation by stopping and shaking hands with the family members who were present and giving their thanks for the fallen heroes’ service.

The event started at 9:00 a.m. with an opening ceremony and words from Adria Horn, Director of Maine’s Bureau of Veterans’ Services. “We are here because a very select few people donated their family to us, and those people became members of an exclusive club, a club that they didn’t want to join, a club that they joined without their permission, and often times without their knowledge.”

“These races are a great opportunity to bring the community together,” says Aviation Ordnanceman First Class Petty Officer Stephen Sterling of the United States Navy, “and honor the men and women who have served in the military and given their all.”

“It’s also a great way to promote physical fitness,” says the 12-year enlisted service member currently deployed on the USS Wasp.

The activities scheduled for the day included the 10K race that started at 10 a.m. and the 5K race that started at 10:15 a.m.  After those events, there was a lunch put on by the volunteers of the MFHF and activities for children, including a 70’ inflatable obstacle course.

“It’s a special day for many of us,” said Dean, “who have lost a son or a daughter, a father or a mother, aunt, uncle, what have you.”

Pictured: Staff Sgt Jessica M. Wing of Littleton, Maine. Jessica served 23 years in the Army and National Guard. Jessica is one of the 95 biographies along the 5K course. Picture taken by Jillian Knight.
Pictured: Staff Sgt Jessica M. Wing of Littleton, Maine. Jessica served 23 years in the Army and National Guard. Jessica is one of the 95 biographies along the 5K course. Picture taken by Jillian Knight

Hundreds of people showed up to run, support the families, and pay their respects to the fallen. Dozens of active duty service members were present, including the National Guard, who volunteered to help with parking, directions, and inflating the 70’ obstacle course.

The new Maine Fallen Heroes’ non-profit foundation is working hard to push forward with events for 2016. Dean Barron says that this event was the first of many to come, and will be an annual race event.

As far as the proceeds, Barron says, “all funds raised go directly to helping the families of our fallen. We also hand out (3) $1000 scholarships to the families of our fallen for college.”

 

For more information or to donate, please visit www.mainefallenheroes.org.

No Changes Being Made to Obesity in America

With the start of the 31st Olympics , many people become motivated to start doing some intense exercising. No one, by any means, should immediately take up canoe slalom, archery, or taekwondo without the proper training. But, easing into an exercise routine of running or biking could be good for some viewers of the Games.

The rates of obesity increasing in the United States are not slowing down. It is continuing to be a prominent threat to the health of citizens of all ages. From studies of half of women being overweight before getting pregnant, to research indicating the lack of effect vaccinations can have on the obese, the evidence suggests that obesity is not being controlled.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that obesity is the leading cause of death in the U.S and worldwide, and that there are numerous reasons why obesity has become such an issue.

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“Data collected from Infogr.am and PubMed.gov. Infographic created by Jillian Knight using easel.ly”

A big contribution is lack of exercise. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends 60 minutes of exercise every day for children and adolescents, and 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week for adults.

A report by the CDC says that 80 percent of American adults do not get the recommended amount of exercise. So, why has it become so difficult to achieve the minimum amount of exercise suggested by the government? The reason people are not getting enough exercise is attributed to a number of factors. American jobs do not require as much physical activity as they did 50 years ago, people prefer to drive than to walk, food portions are larger, and of course, people are very stressed.

There are a few ways you can start getting yourself in gear, besides with a bike. The CDC says to start a food diary, or an exercise diary. Evidence shows that when people write things down, it makes it more real to them, and therefore more likely to be achieved. Start working your way towards daily exercise. Go for a walk, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Find friends to start an exercise group. Running is one of the cheapest ways to get exercise, so try not to let cost stand in your way of a healthy lifestyle.

The important thing is to work on decreasing the alarming statistics of what the obesity rates are projected to be in 2030. The image above illustrates the increase we will see in the next twenty years.

The Hive and Lows of Beekeeping

Scientists would call them Apiarists, but Kristine Smith says they just call themselves beekeepers, or the shortened version, beeks.

Kristine is one of the hundreds of members of the Tidewater Beekeepers Association in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Franklin, Virginia. This is her first year in the beekeeping profession, but was previously a biologist for 16 years.

“I bought a small farm down here, beekeeping seemed like an obvious choice” she said when I asked what got her into the profession after so many years.

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Tidewater Beekeepers Association banner proudly displayed behind Kristine’s booth.

The TBA is the largest local beekeepers’ organization in Virginia. They work to bring awareness and knowledge to the public. One place being the Farmer’s Market in Virginia Beach, where I had the pleasure of conversing with Kristine about her work.

Even though it is her first year as a beek, Kristine is very knowledgeable about the world of bees and the important role they play in our lives. An associate of Kristine’s says that this was a bad Spring for bees. It rained a great amount, and when it rains, the bees don’t come out. When this occurs, Kristine says that she has to feed the bees sugar syrup. Bees need to produce 45-80 pounds of honey per hive to survive the Winter, and each pound requires pollen from 2,000,000 flowers. So, when it rains, it halts production.

When asked about the most difficult step in beekeeping, Kristine, who is also the Event Coordinator for the TBA, said “extracting honey can be daunting if you have a manual extractor”.

She said you have to place a frame, which is a wood structure used to hold the honey comb, into the extractor and spin it so that it uses centrifugal force to remove the honey from the frame.

It was an interesting time to sit down with Kristine and learn that only 4-5% of the people who think they’re allergic to bees are in fact allergic. People often confuse an allergy for a histamine. A histamine reaction is where you become itchy. An allergy would cause anaphylaxis.

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Kristine brought a hive to show how the bees work

Kristine has been busy in her first year as a beekeeper. Besides honey, she makes candles, soaps, salves, balms, and chap sticks.

Support people like Kristine and the Tidewater Beekeeper’s Association by purchasing local products. Consuming local honey helps to fight common pollen allergies. You can find people like Kristine, and other beekeepers by visiting their website or by visiting your local farmer’s markets.

 

For more information on the Tidewater Beekeepers Association, visit their website at http://www.tidewaterbeekeepers.net

A Day for Happy Runners, 5K at Mt. Trashmore Pulls in Hundreds of Participants

A Day for Happy Runners, 5K at Mt. Trashmore Pulls in Hundreds of Participants

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Photo by MotionOne Studios (http://www.motionone.net)

 335 runners and walkers showed up to Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach this Saturday for Road Rage Events 3rd Annual Summer Slam 5K run/walk. The event was to benefit Team Hope, a National Parkinson Foundation. The event was the first of the summer for Road Rage Events. The organization conducts 11 events per year, 6 of them at Mt. Trashmore.

Steve Street, a participant in the 30-39 Male category, was running as a representative for Operation Enduring Warrior, a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization that he says “empowers, honors, and motivates” veterans and shows them that “their injury doesn’t slow them down”. Steve ran the race carrying an American flag on a pole over his shoulder, and still came in 57th out of 335 5K runners.

The event is divided by age groups, typically spanning a decade in each group, and then broken up into both sexes. The fastest time was completed in 17:55, and the slowest in 1:13:35. So the events that Road Rage conducts is for every level of athleticism and participation. Some participants push themselves to beat their previous time, and some come out just to show their support and go for a leisurely walk to start their Saturday. There are no expectations, just the hope that everyone enjoys themselves.

Karen Anderson, the Marketing Coordinator for Road Rage Events has been with the organization for a year and a half and says “I love to volunteer, it’s very rewarding to work with an organization like this” when asked why she enjoys the organization. Karen helps to spread awareness of the events by visiting gyms, vitamin stores, and through community outreach efforts.

In case you thought Road Rage only catered to adults, the event started with a kids’ 1 miler that drew in dozens of participants. It was a great opportunity for parents to show their kids the joy of participation, volunteering, or donating.

Photo by MotionOne Studios (http://www.motionone.net)
Photo by MotionOne Studios (http://www.motionone.net)

The next event will be their 3rd Annual Road Rage XC 5K & 8K Cross Country Challenge on July 9th, 2016. For more information visit their website at www.roadrageevents.com.

 

For more information about Operation Enduring Warrior, visit their website at www.enduringwarrior.org

Summer Slam 5K at Mt. Trashmore, Saturday June 18th, to Benefit Team Hope

                      

                              

 

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The t-shirt for the 2016 Summer Slam 5K

           

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, June 12, 2016 – Road Rage Events is putting on their 3rd Annual Summer Slam 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1 Miler next Saturday, June 18th, at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach. The race is to benefit the National Parkinson Foundation; Team Hope.

 

The Summer Slam run/walk will be the first event of the 2016 summer for the Road Rage team, so come out and support a great cause and enjoy yourself. This will be the fourth race I have participated in with Road Rage and it’s always an impressive turnout. From jump houses for kids, to food trucks, and apparel venders, there is something to do for everyone. Especially in the summer, it is a great chance to get out early in the morning and get in some exercise before the sun gets too high.

 

The motto at Road Rage is ‘It’s all about happy runners & walkers’. The race directors at Road Rage Events are determined to have as many people happy and involved as possible in the events. Russ Turner, the founder, and one of the three race directors at Road Rage, says, “we also have runners that participate through our virtual package program anywhere in the U.S. This allows runners & walkers to join an actual event from far away.” They also allow participants to switch to the virtual option, so that they don’t miss out on the race, or receiving their shirt or medal, if they are unable to make the race.

 

For those that would like to participate, you can sign up on the registration page of the Road Rage Events website at http://www.roadrageevents.com/summer-slam.html. The Kids 1 Miler begins at 8am, and the 5K begins at 9am. Awards are to follow the 5K race. If you are going to sign up at the event, you should show up before hand.

 

About Road Rage Events:

 

Over the course of the year, there is typically one race a month. 6 events are held at Mt. Trashmore, 3 events are held at the Oceanfront Board Walk, 1 at Virginia Wesleyan College, and 1 in downtown Portsmouth. Each event has a different charity to benefit.

 

For more information about Road Rage Events, visit their website at www.roadrageevents.com

 

For more information and  directions to Mt. Trashmore, visit the Virginia Beach website at www.vbgov.com

 

For more information on Team Hope, visit their website at http://www.parkinson.org/get-involved/team-hope-for-parkinsons

 

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How to Survive Teaching English as a Second Language to Brutally Honest South Korean Kindergartners

As a former Instructor of English in South Korea for four years, it was a culture shock to hear how brutally honest and providentially, absolutely adorable honesty can sound coming out a child’s mouth. Hoping the vicious honesty would stop at first or second grade, it took some adjusting to get used to the fact that it was every age, and every grade.

So, in case it may be too much to handle, here are a few things you can do to abate the depression.

Step 1: Try to pin point your flaws on your own. At a certain age, we should all be aware of our short-comings, but if in fact you need help, there are a few things you can do. Hand out questionnaires to your friends, or look at yourself in the mirror for a few minutes every day. In the end however, be comfortable with who you are and understand that these are all just superficial blemishes that make everyone unique, so the best thing to do is embrace them. If you happen to have trouble accepting such individuality, you could also try……

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You can’t get angry at those who are so innocent. They have no idea what they’re giving. For the record, there is also a ‘pink’ day as well, they are both for Valentine’s day, one day is for the boys to give presents to the girls (white day, I believe), and the other day is for the girls to give presents to the boys.

Step 2: Come up with clever comebacks for when such honesty is presented to you. If you happen to be a few pounds overweight, it will definitely be brought to your attention on a daily, if not class to class basis, in case you hadn’t already known. So, to keep yourself calm and collected, you may want to form quips to reply to such remarks, such as “I ate the last class who didn’t finish their homework”, or “feeding me chocolate is the only way you’ll pass the class”. I personally struggled with adult acne while I was there. A lot of it had to do with the change in diet, the water, and of course the pollution blowing in from the rest of Asia, but telling that to a seven year old student doesn’t get you far. So, when they would put their finger on my face to touch a giant pimple and say “ewwwww, that one is big”, I simply responded with “thank you, his name is Herbert”.

Step 3: Write down all honesty, so that you have a list of what to self-reflect on over the weekend. Not really, but it gets a good laugh on a Friday night when a bunch of teachers get together to discuss what they were told about themselves that week.

Step 4: Have patience. Believe it or not, being told your exterior flaws by adorable children could prove beneficial as a way to embrace and deal with them. It didn’t matter how much make up I wore, the kids would still say something about my blemishes, so I eventually just stopped wearing make up. I went natural, and believe it or not, it helped. If this rationality doesn’t make much sense to you, you can also refer to wikiHow’s “How to embrace your flaws”, for extra pointers.

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If honest children are not the culture shock, maybe this will do the trick………
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or this…..

It is at first a culture shock to be told such honesty throughout the day, but at the end of the day it is fully appreciated. It makes you happy to see that the characteristics we all possess as children don’t fade with age in some cultures.

A yoga instructor for you, A yoga instructor for me

Yoga has made quite the introduction into the modern world hasn’t it? But, what are you actually doing that the yoga instructor asks you to do?

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See, I’m really qualified to be a Yoga instructor!

I, like many people, signed up for yoga courses because it was the thing to do. A stretch here, a headstand there; it was a great time. When I went to South Korea for the…second time, yes the second time, I decided to sign up to become a certified yoga instructor! I didn’t have anything else to do on Saturdays, so why not. I signed up to take the Raja Yoga Teachers Course from the Magic Pond Yoga School in Seoul. It was a very enlightening course. For instance, the word yoga actually means to stand still! Can you believe that? There is an exercise in this world that literally means to stand in the same pose. So where did this continuous motion of yoga or hot yoga come from?

I’m not here to tell you to go get certified and become awesome  like me, I’m saying hey, here’s the difference and why not follow me and what I like to do and give it a try yourself.

I am a firm believer that yoga cures simple and extensive ailments depending on your level of meditation incorporated with your poses.   I have to admit that I have been out of the game for a little while since I have joined the military. But, I’m working my way back up, so I think this will be a perfect example of how powerful yoga really is. The military took a toll on my physical form, so now it is time to fix it. I have a horrible rash on my stomach induced by stress, I have non stop back aches, and my knees feel like they will buckle at any moment. So, let’s see how doing some yoga poses will help rid me of these ailments. Stay tuned.

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I couldn’t draw his feet together, so remember arms to the side, back erect and feet together!

The pose of the week is the basic standing pose. Believe it or not, just standing can be a yoga pose. Be conscious of what you’re doing of course. Have your back straight, control your breathing, feet together, and be erect as possible. Refer to my stick figure drawing for guidance.

Introduction to Jillianism; Who is Jillian?

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The founding member of Jillianism

Hello, Hello. This is me, Ms. Jillian Knight, only member of Jillianism. I am an active person. I like to run, hike, swim, gallop and play, but I am not at all the typical active person. I smoke when I’m stressed, I get hot-headed, at times I’m very selfish, and I believe that an entire bottle of wine should be consumed once it’s opened as to not spoil…….but, my point is I’m out there. There are only a few things in life that you can control. Some of those controls are your health and seeing as much beauty in the world as possible. So, the point of me being here, talking to you, is to provide you with ways to be active, amusement as you follow me through my active journey, and providing pictures of what I see as absolute beauty in this world.

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Sunrise in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Like this. This is a photo I took of the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor, Maine.

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