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Smith’s Labor Day sale a hurricane benefit

Smith’s Gardentown will offer folks a chance to help out victims of Hurricane Harvey during Labor Day weekend sales.

“We had already planned a big sidewalk sale for the weekend,” said Katherine Smith. “Now we are going to make it even better by pledging a portion of all our sales this weekend to the Salvation Army for Hurricane relief.”

End-of-season bargains on trees, shrubs, bedding plants and garden accessories will now be parlayed into a benefit for hurricane relief, and Smith has a personal connection to the rescue efforts.

“Two of my sons have been in Houston and Beaumont area all week with our flat-bottom boat helping people reach safety. They have seen first-hand how many people are affected and how difficult the recovery will be,” Smith said.

Most of the merchandise on the sale area will be at least 50 percent off regular price, with some items reduced even more. 

Smith has been anxiously following her sons’ efforts as they maneuver through the flooded areas.

“We’re proud of our (son) Michael Fiore, who took the Smith’s Gardentown fleet (consisting of one jon boat) to help evacuate folks from Houston neighborhoods,” Smith posted on Facebook. “This little, flat-bottom boat was able to go places the big boats could not. Because they were in shallow water, Michael and his friend from College Station waded and pushed so that more folks could fit in the boat.”

Hours for the sale are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; Noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Labor Day.

 


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IOC warns 2018 Olympic organizers of white elephant venues

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The International Olympic Committee warned organizers in Pyeongchang on Thursday that they risk creating white elephants from 2018 Winter Games venues.

Completing a final full inspection visit before the Feb. 9 opening ceremony, an IOC panel predicted a successful Olympics but said “definitive legacy use for several venues is still outstanding.”

“The IOC has once again requested that final plans be presented as a priority,” the Olympic body said in a statement.

Olympic venues that lie underused after the Games is a longstanding problem, and lately hurt the reputation of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The IOC voiced its concern in South Korea “despite legacies being identified in the bid and different options being presented over the past seven years.”

The statement after a three-day visit by the IOC’s coordination panel did not mention political tensions fueled by North Korea’s missile testing program. Olympic events will take place less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the demilitarized zone between the Korean neighbors.

On a weekend visit to China, North Korea’s closest ally, IOC President Thomas Bach played down fears of disruption.

“We are watching the situation, but I think there is no reason for any immediate concern because the fact that the Games are taking place there is appreciated by all the national Olympic committees and by the governments,” Bach said in Beijing.

Organizers in Pyeongchang remain upbeat that the two-week Winter Games will promote South Korea, which has also been distracted by a political corruption scandal and presidential impeachment.

“We want to make these the best Winter Games ever and showcase Korea to the world as a global leader in sports and as the new hub for winter sports in Asia,” said Lee Hee-beom, president of the organizing committee.

Slow ticket sales, at home and abroad, plus low-key promotion in South Korea have also been identified as priorities to work on. A new phase of ticket sales starts next week.

“While details must continue to be refined in the coming months, it was evident that the organizing committee is well on its way to delivering successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” said Gunilla Lindberg, who chairs the IOC inspection panel.

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Frisco Bay Marina’s paddle sport rental fleet for sale | SummitDaily …

Starting on Friday, Sept. 1, at 8 a.m., the Frisco Bay Marina will be selling off its rental fleet of kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. Prices will range from $150-$1,100. The marina is also offering previously loved personal flotation devises and paddles for sale.

Boats will go on sale Sept. 1 at 8 a.m. on a first come, first served basis in the Frisco Bay Marina office, and phone call purchases will be available after the marina has attended to customers who have come to the purchase boats in person. Purchased boats may be picked up after Monday, Sept. 11.

“This is a really wallet-friendly way to get a previously loved water craft, and you’ll still have time to take it out on the water this season,” stated Jenn Shimp, marina guest services manager.

The Frisco Bay Marina will be open through mid-October for boat rentals and for rental boat and equipment sales. Information regarding rentals and sales, including a price list, is available in person at the Frisco Bay Marina Office or by calling 970-668-4334.


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Frisco Bay Marina’s paddle sport rental fleet for sale

Starting on Friday, Sept. 1, at 8 a.m., the Frisco Bay Marina will be selling off its rental fleet of kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. Prices will range from $150-$1,100. The marina is also offering previously loved personal flotation devises and paddles for sale.

Boats will go on sale Sept. 1 at 8 a.m. on a first come, first served basis in the Frisco Bay Marina office, and phone call purchases will be available after the marina has attended to customers who have come to the purchase boats in person. Purchased boats may be picked up after Monday, Sept. 11.

“This is a really wallet-friendly way to get a previously loved water craft, and you’ll still have time to take it out on the water this season,” stated Jenn Shimp, marina guest services manager.

The Frisco Bay Marina will be open through mid-October for boat rentals and for rental boat and equipment sales. Information regarding rentals and sales, including a price list, is available in person at the Frisco Bay Marina Office or by calling 970-668-4334.


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