Author recalls Rockne’s legacy

first_imgOn Friday afternoon, award-winning author and sports historian Jim Lefebvre gave a lecture and held a book-signing for the launch of his new book, “Coach for a Nation: The Life and Times of Knute Rockne.” Lefebvre’s talk, titled, “Rockne Remembered: A Retrospective on a Life Well-Lived” was held in the Carey Auditorium of the Library prior to the book-signing. During the lecture, Lefebvre introduced several family members of Rockne players who came for the book launch and two of Rockne’s nieces who were in attendance. Relatives of Notre Dame greats, such as Elmer Layden, Don Miller, Charlie Bachman, Norman Barry, Noble Kizer, John Law and Fred Miller all attended the event. Lefebvre focused on the five timeless themes he saw in Rockne’s life, including fearlessness, being a man on the move, connection, education and having a life well lived. Lefebvre said fearlessness was the foundation of Rockne’s life and career in football. “The fearlessness just plays out throughout his life. He accepted challenges and he went after it,” he said. “I attribute some of it to his ancestry ⎯ to the Viking explorer. There was something about him that said, ‘keep going.’” The second timeless theme of Rockne’s life, being a man on the move, defined Rockne both as a person and as a football coach who revolutionized the game, Lefebvre said. “In a sense, this is a story of transportation,” Lefebvre said. “There are just so many elements of it from [immigrating to America] to riding the street cars in Chicago. “This man on the move also speaks to a larger sense of looking for … something better. He was always looking for ways to improve the game of football to make it more entertaining for fans, and he was largely responsible for a wide-open game that replaced the mass grouping of bodies that had been the sport before that.” Lefebvre said Rockne’s ability to connect to people was perhaps his most defining characteristic. “He had a special gift for connecting to people, seeing the best in people and what we would call today empowering the people around him,” Lefebvre said. “Today we talk about ‘social media,’ but that’s usually looking at a device. He looked people in the face and he made a connection.” The fourth theme Lefebvre attributed to Rockne was his dedication to education and Rockne’s role as a teacher both on and off the football field. “[Rockne was] always a teacher and always looking to build on what was possible with athletics,” Lefebvre said. “I think the stories of these former players and what they went on to do is testament to the kind of job he did with that.”    Lefebvre summarized these themes with Rockne’s fifth and final defining characteristic: a life well-lived. was always corresponding, he was always dreaming up ways of playing the game differently, promoting the game differently,” Lefebvre said. Lefebvre said there is no figure today who compares to Rockne and his legacy. “There is nobody in our society that is looked to in the same way that Rockne was. That’s how big his sphere of influence was,” Lefebvre said. “And so when he wrote something in one of his columns or one of his books, it was gospel and it was followed.” Lefebvre said he wrote a biography of Knute Rockne because he wanted to preserve the memory of a legendary man and football coach. “It’s important to tell his story to newer generations who may only know of him through the speech in ‘Rudy.’ There is so much more to his life and his story,” Lefebvre said. “Coach for a Nation: The Life and Times of Knute Rockne” is available at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and online at coachforanation.com Contact Jack Rooney at [email protected]last_img read more

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SMC hosts Unity Garden Prayer Service

first_imgPope Francis recently announced that beginning this year, the Catholic Church will observe Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. On Tuesday, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry held an ecumenical prayer service blessing the Unity Garden on the south side of Havican Hall in observance of this event.Megan Zwart, assistant professor of philosophy and co-leader of the Saint Mary’s Unity Garden, said there are dozens of Unity Gardens throughout the area where anyone can come and pick food for free.“Unity Gardens is a non-profit organization in the area that educates and empowers the community to grow their own healthy food,” Zwart said. “The goal is to promote physical, social and economic health through promoting healthy eating, sustainable local food systems and opportunities for those who are disadvantaged.”Jessica Mannen Kimmet, a campus minister at the College, described the prayer service as wonderful opportunity for the Saint Mary’s community to pray together. “[The prayer service] included a reading from scripture, a responsorial psalm, intercessions, a prayer of blessing and some hymns,” she said. “Although it comes from a Catholic resource, this rite is strongly based on scripture.” Kimmet said the Unity Garden was blessed on this day because it is a reminder that all creation is a gift and we have a responsibility to care for it. “In gardening, we partner with the earth in a way that resonates with the call of the creation stories in Genesis,” Kimmet said. “Gardening can be a source of wonder: Even though we put a lot of work into it, the fact that these plants produce food is something utterly beyond our control. … All of creation is an absolute gift from God and never something that we fully own or control.” Zwart said there are many opportunities for Saint Mary’s students to utilize the Unity Garden on campus. “Students are most welcome to pick and eat whatever they would like; they are also welcome to participate in planting in spring and putting the garden ‘to bed’ for the winter once the weather cools,” she said. “In the summer, students can pursue internships with Unity Gardens, which would include work on our garden.” Kimmet said she hopes the prayer service will draw more attention to the Unity Garden and concern for all of creation. “Sometimes events like these can feel superficial; it’s just one moment of attention in the midst of our unfailingly hectic lives,” Kimmet said. “If it’s true attention, though — if we really give our hearts over to this moment of prayer — it has the chance to be transformative.“Small moments of attention help to form us and perhaps this day can, in small ways, inspire us to act out of a greater love towards the gift of creation.” Tags: unity gardenlast_img read more

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See A Bronx Tale’s Cast Perform ‘Belmont Avenue’

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 5, 2018 A Bronx Tale The cast of ‘A Bronx Tale’center_img Good luck not tapping your toes to this tune. Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose and the cast of Broadway’s A Bronx Tale visited The Today Show on January 17 and performed the ultra-catchy opening number “Belmont Avenue.” In addition, the creative dream team, including scribe Chazz Palminteri, directors Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks and lead producer Tommy Mottola, discussed A Bronx Tale’s history from stage to screen to loud and proud musical. Take a look at the performance and interview below! Related Showslast_img

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Blood Lily

first_imgThe first time I saw the African blood lily was at a flower show in Atlanta. I was stunned at its size and beauty, and I put it on my ever-growing bucket list of must-have flowers. Now, thanks to my innovative Horticulture Coordinator Jamie Burghardt, I, along with the throngs of visitors to the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia, get to relish in their beauty every year.The African blood lily is known botanically as Scadoxus multiflorus, a change from the Haemanthus multiflorus seen that day at the Atlanta flower show. It is in the Amaryllis family and is indeed native to South Africa. A lot of literature suggests it is perennial only for zones 9 to 11, but it is not hard to find long-term trials where it survives in zone 7b with great winter drainage.This is particularly true for the subspecies katherinae. Sometimes this is referred to as “Katherine’s torch lily.” Most think the common name “blood lily” somehow references the vibrant color of the blooms. It is actually a reference to the bulbs, which look as though blood has been dripped on their sides. In addition to blood lily, other common names are fireball lily, powderpuff lily and football lily.Our expanding patch or clump at the UGA garden is now three years old. It has been surprising to see the dramatic increase in size and the number of flower stalks in such a short amount of time, especially given reports that they like to be root-bound to bloom. Ours are growing on a lakeside shoreline in our Shade Garden. They get morning sun and afternoon shade, and, while the soil is not luxuriant in fertility, it does have superb drainage.The flowers are comprised of large, 6-inch umbels, or softball-sized globes, borne on stalks about 12 to 18 inches tall. Each sphere has dozens of red florets with yellow stamens. This creates one of the showiest floral displays in the plant world.The African blood lily bulb should be planted deep enough so that the top of the neck is above the soil surface. If you are like us and buy container-grown plants, place the plant in a well-prepared bed with the top of the root ball even with the soil surface. This is one flower that deserves to be clustered in a group of five to seven, spaced 10 to 12 inches apart to create a dazzling, traffic-stopping show.Your landscape partners are only limited by your imagination. Know that the cluster of fiery red globes stand out against a backdrop of green foliage. Within proximity of our cluster, we have large farfugium, or giant leopard plants, as well as fatsia. The foliage of the African blood lily, although much smaller, has a texture similar to bananas and even some gingers, so a tropical-style garden of coarse foliage would partner to perfection. Clusters of blood lilies, however blooming, with the deep blue spikes of ‘Mystic Spires Blue’ salvia and ‘Goldsturm’ rudbeckia would create a cottage garden long remembered. Don’t forget that, at best, we are talking about a zone 7b plant with the subspecies katherinae, so you may elect to grow them in containers. An image search on the internet will show you scores of dazzling photos proving the concept. If you are in a colder zone, whether they’re in containers or in the landscape, reducing water and moving them to a warm winter location will be mandatory. The bulbs can be easily dug and stored in dry peat for the winter rest.The African blood lily doesn’t have to just be a plant you dream about growing or even that you have to wait to grow until you move California or the Deep South. Follow me on Twitter at @CGBGgardenguru. For more information about the UGA Coastal Botanical Garden, go to coastalgeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

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Ed Shamy buys The County Courier in Enosburg Falls

first_imgEd Shamy buys The County Courier in Enosburg FallsNorthern Vermont Lending Partners (NVLP), a revolving micro-loan program of the Economic Development Council of Northern Vermont, designed to assist small businesses, provided a loan to Ed Shamy and his wife, Kimberly Asch to help them purchase The County Courier in Enosburg Falls.The news hit uncomfortably close to home for veteran journalist Ed Shamy when he was laid off from his job at Vermont’s largest daily newspaper in August. Shamy and his family were eager to stay in Vermont, where they have made their home for 10 years, but the job outlook was weakening quickly.When a weekly newspaper in Franklin County came up for sale, Shamy jumped at the opportunity but soon ran into another financial reality: the credit pipelines were in a deep freeze and a commercial bank turned down his request for a loan to buy the 130-year-old newspaper.He turned to the Economic Development Council of Northern Vermont and their micro-loan programs, Northern Vermont Lending Partners. This Program provides short-term, fixed rate loans of $35,000 or less to start-up, newly established, or growing small businesses requiring financing for working capitol, inventory, machinery and equipment. To ensure success of each new loan, technical assistance is provided at no charge to the borrower throughout the term of the loan. EDCNV operates another micro-loan program, MicroBusiness Loan Program and a larger revolving loan fund, The Fund, which participates in conjunction with other lenders to provide loan requests of $100,000 or less.The EDCNV loaned Shamy the money he needed to buy the County Courier. He is now the publisher and the editor of the venerable weekly newspaper, and he’s still in Vermont!To learn more about EDCNV’s loan programs or to hear more of Ed Shamy’s story, contact Donna Reed at the EDCNV at 802-524-4546.last_img read more

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BRO Athletes: Using Injury to Your Advantage

first_imgIsaac Newton’s first law of physics is that an object at rest will tend to stay at rest and that an object in motion will tend to stay in motion unless acted upon. I’m no scientist but the very definition of a scientific law dictates that under the same conditions the same result will occur 100% of the time. So objects in motion WILL stay in motion unless something stops their motion and resting objects will live out their couch potato days until they discover a dollar in between the cushions. With this in mind, autumn and winter are incredible seasons for motion. And in Virginia we have had an amazing “Indian Summer” where the climate has been unbelievably conducive to getting outside and indulging our wildest fall fantasies. Additionally some of the coolest festivals and some of the most amazing events, all take place in the fall. We recently had the Roanoke GoFest in my town. Over 200 free outdoor-themed events took place that weekend and come Monday morning more than many felt like they had thoroughly “fested themselves”, exhausted and yet still buzzing with the feeling or camaraderie and adventure that time outside brings. I certainly remained in motion that weekend! Monday brought profound fatigue, aching feet, and maybe a bit of a hangover.Weather is cooling, leaves are falling, and many of us carry killer fitness from an incredible summer of activity. We carry forward planning and doing. We put high powered lights on our mountain bikes to continue riding into the night. We plan indoor gym time, or spin classes, or “dawn patrol” rides and runs. We generally continue running ourselves ragged until winter and cold temps literally force us to quit, for our own safety and relative comfort. And even then there are ski trips that have to happen. To many of us, myself included, the pace of activity is cathartic. I personally work from home and so my outside time is eagerly anticipated. My personal outside pursuits often represent escape from both work and life stresses and duties.What I have found this fall is that the momentum I have built throughout years of activity has created an endless chain of activity that while invigorating has been hard to break. I say hard to break because this fall, for the first time in years, I’ve made an effort NOT to keep going. To stop. To rest. To try to be at ease more often than not. My wife and I have been travelers throughout the Southeast for a few years and while its been an amazing journey and adventure its also built some prolonged fatigue. A couple of injuries this season caused me for the first time in years to pause and acknowledge the importance of recovery. Both physical as well as emotional and mental. Those injuries were the catalyst to stop my motion. My force of movement and activity had been met by an equally powerful force—in my case the far side of a gap jump and Georgia gravel at 30 mph. Both did their job in stopping my motion rather effectively and caused me to reset with periods of inaction. Following a local wheel through local trail is usually the best way to experience a new trail. In one particular case the swell trail got less swell when that wheel failed to call out a well obscured jump over a drainage ditch. I scrubbed just enough speed to sail clean into the far side. It knocked me cold, broke a bike frame, taco’d a wheel and made for one very casual ride to the emergency room. I learned first hand that a concussed brain is no joke and that helmets are our friends.face-firstThe finale of the National Ultra Endurance series at the Fools Gold 100 in Dahlonega, GA is a fan favorite and a race I know and love. I had even taken the time to recon the course this summer because it can often be the pivotal race in a long season of racing. Unfortunately my race ended shortly after the first climb when something halted the bike and forced the back wheel to jump 90 degrees perpendicular to me, tossing me far and fast as I descended chunky gravel. A string of expletives, and a friend bunny hopping my rolling form all made for great spectating, I’m told. I went down knee first and rolled hard on the rocks and Georgia clay. Less than an ideal race start and one of the only DNF’s I’ve ever had. I just couldn’t continue and fortunately didn’t need to, having already locked up the series. Both injuries were “merely flesh wounds”, but they kept me off the bike and out of action for longer than I would ever self-impose. This time was so good for me personally. It reminded me of how good it felt to NOT go. How great it was to connect with my family and friends outside the context of riding and racing mountain bikes. I wouldn’t trade our lifestyle for the world, but sometimes a long walk in the woods with our trail dog is the best medicine and all the of activity the body needs. I spoke to a friend recently who confessed that it was really hard to turn it off after his first season of endurance mountain bike racing. And it absolutely is. Like tweaking drug addicts, endorphin junkies keep seeking the high that only the outdoors, that epic undertaking, and amazing experiences can provide. We jump right off of one mountain top down to the topo map to find the next! Surfing the wave of adventure wherever it goes, and in whatever form we can get it. This is not an indictment of outdoor pursuit. Quite the opposite! It’s just a personal account of the fatigue which can result from years of those amazing experiences. When I had some mandatory couch time this summer a lot of things came into perspective. Looking at a fall in a more permanent residence for the first time in a few years, I’m realizing and remembering how amazing it is to be still. The quiet moments are amazingly refreshing. Sometimes it serves us well to take our time. To relax. To bring family with you on a shorter version of the epic hike you were planning. The quiet is alarming when you just sit and be. Prolonged recovery is the recipe I’ve followed much of this fall and already I can vouch for the intensity the recovery has brought. Old activities, tired routes, and experiences dulled by over-use have been brought back to life. Fatigue has been met with rest and invigoration. Once my body had physically recovered from the wreck at Fools Gold, my recipe for recovery was lots of time catching up on projects. Plentiful naps. Ample hiking and trail running with no goals in mind; one epic day of 7 peaks without pace in mind. A dash of bike racing with little expectation and less stress on performance and nutrition. I felt like every time I touched the pedals, laced shoes, and packed the car, it was for the simple quiet and pure joy of the activity and almost never for any direct performance gain or benefit. No focus in a place where I usually bring tremendous focus.I set into this fall in preparation for my biggest and most exciting season of racing and travel ever. I start it off in early February by racing The Pioneer 7 day stage race in New Zealand then bumping right off to the Epic Rides 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. The time I took off this fall and winter is already proving a good investment. My body is ready and my mind is right. I’m having better workouts and more vibrant experiences on the bike and off. For me the body needed to rest.last_img read more

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A fast loan when members need money now

first_img continue reading » Sometimes, best-laid plans go awry and a member needs emergency funds now. Not tomorrow. Not when business hours resume. Now.When that’s the case, the appeal of payday lenders — which tout convenience and immediate cash availability — can outstrip inflated interest rates and debt cycle dangers.It is part of the credit union mission to provide low-cost credit to borrowers of modest means, which makes financial cooperatives natural fits to serve current and prospective members who might otherwise turn to payday lenders. However, credit unions must compete on convenience as well as rate if they are to come out ahead in a borrower’s decision-making process.Digital Federal Credit Union($8.9B, Marlborough, MA) is one credit union that is making it easy to tap into extra cash. In June 2018, the credit union introduced its Quick Loan, a pre-approved short-term personal loan members apply for solely through online or mobile banking. The credit union automatically approves the loan — up to $1,000 — in minutes without a credit check. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

first_imgBy Julia Angwin, ProPublicaWhen Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.”And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts.But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from Gmail and other tools.The change is enabled by default for new Google accounts. Existing users were prompted to opt-in to the change this summer.The practical result of the change is that the DoubleClick ads that follow people around on the web may now be customized to them based on the keywords they used in their Gmail. It also means that Google could now, if it wished to, build a complete portrait of a user by name, based on everything they write in email, every website they visit and the searches they conduct.The move is a sea change for Google and a further blow to the online ad industry’s longstanding contention that web tracking is mostly anonymous. In recent years, Facebook, offline data brokers and others have increasingly sought to combine their troves of web tracking data with people’s real names. But until this summer, Google held the line.“The fact that DoubleClick data wasn’t being regularly connected to personally identifiable information was a really significant last stand,” said Paul Ohm, faculty director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law.“It was a border wall between being watched everywhere and maintaining a tiny semblance of privacy,” he said. “That wall has just fallen.”Google spokeswoman Andrea Faville emailed a statement describing Google’s change in privacy policy as an update to adjust to the “smartphone revolution”“We updated our ads system, and the associated user controls, to match the way people use Google today: across many different devices,” Faville wrote. She added that the change “is 100% optional–if users do not opt-in to these changes, their Google experience will remain unchanged.” (Read Google’s entire statement.)Existing Google users were prompted to opt-into the new tracking this summer through a request with titles such as “Some new features for your Google account.”The “new features” received little scrutiny at the time. Wired wrote that it “gives you more granular control over how ads work across devices.” In a personal tech column, the New York Times also described the change as “new controls for the types of advertisements you see around the web.”Connecting web browsing habits to personally identifiable information has long been controversial.Privacy advocates raised a ruckus in 1999 when DoubleClick purchased a data broker that assembled people’s names, addresses and offline interests. The merger could have allowed DoubleClick to combine its web browsing information with people’s names. After an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, DoubleClick sold the broker at a loss.In response to the controversy, the nascent online advertising industry formed the Network Advertising Initiative in 2000 to establish ethical codes. The industry promised to provide consumers with notice when their data was being collected, and options to opt out.Most online ad tracking remained essentially anonymous for some time after that. When Google bought DoubleClick in 2007, for instance, the company’s privacy policy stated: “DoubleClick’s ad-serving technology will be targeted based only on the non-personally-identifiable information.”In 2012, Google changed its privacy policy to allow it to share data about users between different Google services – such as Gmail and search. But it kept data from DoubleClick – whose tracking technology is enabled on half of the top 1 million websites – separate.But the era of social networking has ushered in a new wave of identifiable tracking, in which services such as Facebook and Twitter have been able to track logged-in users when they shared an item from another website.Two years ago, Facebook announced that it would track its users by name across the Internet when they visit websites containing Facebook buttons such as “Share” and “Like” – even when users don’t click on the button. (Here’s how you can opt out of the targeted ads generated by that tracking).Offline data brokers also started to merge their mailing lists with online shoppers. “The marriage of online and offline is the ad targeting of the last 10 years on steroids,” said Scott Howe, chief executive of broker firm Acxiom.To opt-out of Google’s identified tracking, visit the Activity controls on Google’s My Account page, and uncheck the box next to “Include Chrome browsing history and activity from websites and apps that use Google services.” You can also delete past activity from your account.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

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PREMIUMCourt orders govt to disclose data on Papua land ownership

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Linkedin Forgot Password ? Topics : Google Log in with your social account Environmental groups have urged the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry to disclose data on landholding in Papua and West Papua following a court ruling that the data be treated as public information.The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN Jakarta) ruled on Feb. 19 in favor of Greenpeace Indonesia in a dispute case against the Public Information Commission (KIP) and the ministry involving the disclosure of right to cultivate (HGU) land permits in the country’s easternmost provinces.In October, the KIP had rejected a request by the environmental group for data on land permits in the provinces, arguing that the data was not public information. Greenpeace then brought the case to the PTUN Jakarta.   The court ruling is in line with a 2017 Supreme Court ruling that mandates disclosure of HGU land permit data on oil palm plantations in the country.Green… PTUN plantations law land mapping-data Papua West-Papua palm-oil oil-palm-plantationslast_img read more

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Spaces suited to extended family

first_img8 Rupertswood Drive, Alice River.Harcourts Kingsberry selling agent Malcolm Thomson said Alice River had remained popular among buyers.“If you look at the area, values have held reasonably well out there where other places in Townsville have dropped as much as 25 per cent,” he said.“In Alice River, you have a newer section and an older section so you have a really wide range in term of the quality of properties.“Alice River was originally set up as an acreage so people could have horses there.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“In the newer area, you have more 1-acre blocks but in the older areas the properties are larger.”The home also has a separate unit which would make the perfect base for elderly parents, extended family or adult children still living at home.The kitchen has been renovated and features plenty of bench space as well as a large, five-door pantry. 8 Rupertswood Drive, Alice River.WITH six bedrooms and 4744sq m of land, this Alice River property would make the perfect home for a family in search of plenty of space and tranquillity.The property on 8 Rupertswood Drive will go to auction on October 3.The rural paradise was originally constructed by a builder for his own family.An array of sheds on the property can accommodate everything from boats, mobiles homes, cars and tractors. 8 Rupertswood Drive, Alice River.The home will be open for inspection today from 1.30pm to 2.30pm before going to auction at the Harcourts Charters Towers Rd office on October 3 at 6pm.For information, call Malcolm Thomson on 0400 545 664.center_img 8 Rupertswood Drive, Alice River.The main bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe while the three queen-size bedrooms have built in wardrobes.The large resort-style pool also has a spa, waterfall and pagoda.Mr Thomson said the property would appeal to buyers in search of a tranquil, semirural lifestyle close to amenities with Willows Shopping Centre only a 10-minute drive away.“You have a fair mixture of people out there from professionals to people who have businesses that they run from home,” he said.“It’s very much a family orientated area and it’s also a great community out there with lots of people knowing each other.”last_img read more

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