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Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Saturday, May 17, 2014
|Bob Crowley sits outside of one of the two yurts at Maine Forest Yurts.|
So, before we get too deep into this profile, let us discuss
what a yurt is. Now you may have heard of a yurt in the past but perhaps you’re
still not entirely sure if it is something you eat or if you need to ward it
off with bug repellent? Let us ease your
inquisitive mind. Yurts are Mongolian designed huts used now and during the
reign of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan as mobile living quarters that have met the demanding lifestyle of the Asian nomads. “It’s a cross between a teepee and a child’s
playpen,” Mr. Crowley explained. “It has circular lattice work on the inside
and a teepee stuck on top of it. They are very well suited for winter’s high
winds and low temperatures.”
We unloaded our gear into his 24-foot diameter yurt that sleeps six people comfortably. The structure was larger than we had envisioned and came furnished with two bunk beds in addition to a sofa bed, wood stove, oven, dining room table, and an environment-friendly outhouse. We were drawn to the rustic décor of the yurt’s interior and how Mr. Crowley had creatively made use of the natural resources found on his land. We were particularly fond of the unique rope system in which Mr. Crowley designed to raise and lower the few battery operated lanterns in the circular retreat. His handiwork had been seen by the world before when he gave fellow survivors a taste of his craftsmanship by creating, not one, but two, fake immunity idols which helped secure his spot in the reality show’s finale in 2008.
It is refreshing to meet a person, who has dedicated so much of his time and effort on educating our youth, continuing to give back. Often when people become celebrities they lose their way. But if you ask those who know Mr. Crowley, they will say he is still the same person he has always been. Despite winning more than $1 million dollars he has stayed his course and enjoys living a simple life.
His humbleness, wit and ability to tell an endless amount of entertaining stories, paired with his hard work ethic is only a small handful of reasons why Mr. Crowley won a game that forces people to outwit, outlast and outplay your competitors. We thank “Bowtie Bob” and his family for their unique campground and ongoing humanitarian efforts.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
We invite you to snuggle up in your comfy clothes and learn a little more about the independent book industry and of our dear friend Josh Christie who helps provide readers with a place to mingle and escape the busy world around us. Scroll down to read our Q&A session.
I started as a bookseller simply because I needed a summer job, and it seemed like a good fit. Over the years, it turned from a summer job into a career, both a vocation and an avocation. I’ve been lucky to work for Sherman’s (Books and Stationery), where the owner, general manager, and buyers have taught me about every aspect of the bookselling world. I do believe in the importance and viability of independent bookstores (I’m currently serving my third term on the board of directors of the New England Independent Booksellers Association), and it’s a job where I get to interact with books, authors, and readers every day."
DNA Photography: How many books would you say you read yearly?
The idea of opening a Portland store started with Tori Curtis, the daughter of Sherman’s owner and CEO Jeff Curtis. Tori had worked in Boston in marketing after college, but caught her father’s entrepreneurial bug and started thinking of opening a store. When Tori looked at a location in Portland, Jeff thought it really had potential as a Sherman’s location."
Sherman's has a 'Frequent Buyer' customer loyalty program, and orders books five days a week - which means that if a book is in print we can often get it to customers faster than Amazon. We also host author and authorless events."
We’re also planning multiple bookstore-based clubs, including a book club that meets at local breweries, and a “correspondence club” focused on letter-writing and stationery. We’ll be announcing more about these and other upcoming projects on our expanding social media presence on Facebook (facebook.com/shermansbooks), Twitter (twitter.com/shermansbooks), and Instagram (Instagram.com/shermansbooks) – those accounts are all largely run from the Portland store."
DNA NOTE: When Mr. Christie's book comes out we will be sure to post a link to it here. We always encourage people to visit their local independent bookstore. There is so much to be gained from just a short visit.
Monday, April 28, 2014
I met Mrs. White while she was walking on the Auburn street she resides on. She had a few garbage bags filled with loose trash flung over her nearly 60-year-old shoulders. When I approached her to ask what she was doing she paused only for a moment and said "It's Earth Day" in a chipper response before continuing on with her task.
It was brisk on that Earth Day morning which explains why her cheeks are rosy in the photo. She moved swiftly along the side of the street. On some occasions even venturing deep on to people's properties to retrieve bottles and fast food bags that were most likely discarded from vehicles that had driven by.
Mrs. White has done this for the last few Earth Days and she often grabs a few loose pieces of trash during her regular walks with her mother. She said doing this simple task makes her feel good and she enjoys seeing the improved aesthetics of the neighborhood. On Earth Day she typically cleans for two-hour durations and when needed, recruits her husband to help with more challenging trash removals.
Born and raised in Maine, Mrs. White has become a wife, mother and grandmother. She has always enjoyed outdoor activities including horseback riding, skiing and bicycling.
White's passion for bicycling allows her the chance to give back to the community in another way as well. She is an active participant in the Dempsey Challenge. "My involvement in the Dempsey Challenge is one that is dear to my heart," she said. "Both my husband and one of my daughters are cancer survivors." She bikes for her family and for the many loved ones she has lost due to cancer.
"I have done the 25 mile bike (challenge) three times and volunteered in 2012," she said. "Last year I was unable to participate due to a back ailment and family responsibilities."
White is a retired nurse. She served our community for 40 years.
DNA NOTES - We just want to reiterate our opening. People like Mrs. White are exactly the reason we started this project in the first place. Along our project's journey we have encountered a few amazing celebrities and public figures that give back to the community - and our state is stronger for it. However, what really motivated us to launch this project was to find people who do amazing and sometimes even simple acts of service that really makes our world and environment a more livable place. We currently live in a land of convenience - an era of instant gratifications. Yet we sometimes forget that we have an obligation that can at times be bigger than our selves and our families. Imagine what our community would be like if we all lived by a stronger code of self value and appreciation. If we lived not just for right now but for the future as well. We want to thank all the unsung heroes out there that do our community a service and do it without recognition.
It is sad to think we live in a world where people easily litter and dispose of their unwanted items without care or consideration of the environmental consequence. On the flipside we also live in an amazing world where people like Mrs. White care enough to pick up the slack of others!
Monday, April 14, 2014
Now some 25 years later I'm still chasing down ice cream. I have tried Beal's, the Dairy Joys, Gifford's and even that famous Vermont ice cream that helped me get through those long night of college cramming. But nowadays its a little place in Auburn called Sundae's Ice Cream Shoppe that I find myself returning to weekly for my ice cream fix. When you walk into Sundae's on Center Street you are putting yourself in the near presence of some of the best ice cream in the state. But what it offers that is even richer than the ice cream, is the unmatchable service the crew there delivers time and time again. Always with a smile, always with a glowing hello. At the helm of this establishment is Alison Bennett. The more we learn about her...the more amazing she becomes. Bellow is our interview.
Mrs. Bennett: "Stan and I had talked for a long time about opening an ice cream business. He grew up on Round Top ice cream and knew that he would want to sell it. Our idea started as a
small walk-up shop and quickly morphed into the shop it is today!"
DNA: Do you and your family do this full time?
Mrs. Bennett: "I work at the shop full time but we both also have jobs outside of the ice cream shop. Stan is the Assistant General Manager and Broadcast Manager for the State of Maine
for Binnie Media. He can be heard on the air in the mornings on 107.5 Frank FM. I work
overnights as a surgical technician at Central Maine Medical Center."
DNA: How do you find the time to juggle both/all of your employment?
Mrs. Bennett: "It can be quite tricky at times to balance the demands of our family along with owning a business and work. We have an awesome staff that we couldn’t do this without and our
family helps us with our younger boys when we are in a bind."
DNA: What do you enjoy most about owning your own ice cream shop?
Mrs. Bennett: "I love our customers! They make all this worth doing. I love to see the kids come in and their faces light up when they see all the different ice cream flavors and they love to
get samples on our little sample spoons!
I love that we are teaching our kids the value
of hard work and that if you set your mind on something you can achieve it. Getting to
taste test all the ice cream flavors doesn’t hurt either!"
DNA: What challenges do you face owning your own shop?
Mrs. Bennett: "I think the biggest challenge to owning your own business is the time you need to put into it. It isn’t a 9-5 job for sure. People think that being an entrepreneur means that
you get rich quick when exactly the opposite is true; it takes years for a business to get
off the ground, to get your name out there and build a customer base."
DNA: How many flavors do you have? What is your personal favorite?
Mrs. Bennett: "Between the soft serve and hard serve we have over 50 flavors at any given time!
My personal favorite changes almost daily! Round Top makes such rich creamy ice
cream that it’s easy to love them all! I am on a Butter Pecan kick right now and I drizzle
caramel over the top and add extra pecans. So decadent! Sometimes it’s Mint Chocolate
Chip with chocolate jimmies or Almond Joy."
DNA: Where do you get your ice cream from?
Mrs. Bennett: "We get our hard serve ice cream from Round Top Dairy in Damariscotta, ME. They make it all homemade right in their ice cream shop. Round Top has been in the ice cream
business since 1924 and they certainly do it right!"
DNA: How many of your children are involved with the family business?
Mrs. Bennett: "Stan and I have 4 boys; Zach is 23 and is currently serving our country in the Navy. He is looking forward to helping run the business when he is discharged. Dustin is 19 and is in
college for Early Childhood Education at EMCC in Bangor. He worked at the shop when
he was in high school and helps out now whenever he can. Drew is 11 and Jake is 8 and
they both enjoy being “taste testers” for all the flavors. We told Drew that he can work
at the shop as soon as he is tall enough to reach all the ice cream!"
DNA: You have been diagnosed with Lupus. Tell us about it, the challenges you face with it and how are you dealing with it.
Mrs. Bennette: "I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2006 through a series of blood tests, it started with joint pain in my hands and has spread from there. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which
means that my immune system attacks healthy tissue causing painful swollen joints,
skin rashes, fatigue and hair loss. It causes different problems for different people,
I’ve had heart surgery, blood clots, pancreatitis, vasculitis and I am currently battling
hearing loss. I take a bunch of different medications daily and I am starting back on oral
chemotherapy this week to try and get it under control.
There is no known cause and no known cure and I am the only one in my family with it. I was never one to sit still and I find that if I sit and wallow in self-pity it only makes it worse plus no one wants to be around someone who complains that they don’t feel good all the time. I stay active and
follow my doctor’s orders and that’s the best I can do."
DNA: Does having two jobs help you with Lupus?
Mrs. Bennett: "Well, not really! But it does keep me busy and keep my mind off it."
DNA: What words of wisdom can you share with the public about Lupus?
Mrs. Bennett: "I would say that it is different for each individual that’s been diagnosed. I have found through personal experience that it’s even different for me on any given day. Anyone
wanting more info about it should visit Lupus.org."
DNA:What is the next big thing in store for the shop?
Mrs. Bennett: "We would really like our ice cream cakes to become more well-known. We just created our own website just to order ice cream cakes; www.sundaescakes.com. We are also
working hard to promote our birthday parties.
The kids have a ball making their own sundaes and picking their flavors and it’s fun to have all the families in here seeing what we have to offer, everyone loves ice cream so it’s fun for everyone! For more info on parties check out our website at www.sundaesauburn.com!"
DNA: Where do people find out more about Sundae’s?
Mrs. Bennett: "We have an online menu on our website sundaesauburn.com along with a link to
request info on birthday parties and to order ice cream cakes. We are also on Facebook
as Sundae’s Ice Cream Shoppe, find us and like us! We do contests and prizes!"
DNA: What does Sundae’s offer to the public that other ice cream shops do not?
Mrs. Bennette: "We offer a large indoor dining room with 36 seats. Rain or shine it’s always 70 degrees at Sundae’s! We also have a large chalkboard that the kids (and adults) love to draw on.
It keeps them busy so the grownups can enjoy their ice cream!"
DNA: Do you eat a lot of ice cream? What is your most popular flavor?
Mrs, Bennett: "As a family we eat a ton of ice cream! It’s quality control ;-) Our biggest seller is the Eagle Tracks, Vanilla ice cream loaded with Oreo Cookies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It is also used in our Peanut Butter Sundae, topped with warm peanut butter and hot fudge! It’s our most popular sundae! The Caramel Macchiato is quickly rising to most popular flavor level as well; it’s a cross between our salted caramel ice cream and our coffee ice cream with swirls of caramel running
DNA: You currently own a second ice cream shop. Where is it and why did you decide on a second shop?
Mrs. Bennett: "We do own a second shop located in the Lower Village of Kennebunk, ME. It’s called Kennebunk Ice Cream Company. We also sell Round Top Ice Cream there. It’s a very
small shop, no inside seating and we only have the hard serve ice cream.
It’s currently for sale so we may not own it anymore at the time of this article. We put it up for sale
because I just couldn’t keep up with both shops and working at the hospital."
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Skilling said she had tried several times to lose and found that nothing was really working for her. "I joined a gym and hated every minute of it," she said. "We even have a treadmill and elliptical in the basement" but that too just wasn't enough to get her going. Unable to find the power within herself she found the strength in a higher power.
"My pasture gave a sermon on why resolutions fail. He said 'its easy to make a promise to yourself and let yourself down. Instead, why not make a promise to God. It's much harder to let him down.
Doing it for a cause bigger than her self provided her with the drive to get back to the gym. This time she thought it was going to be different. Sadly a few months later her visits to the gym decreased. "I was losing interest because I wasn't seeing results as fast as I wanted."
Then everything changed when a friend had invited her to attend a Zumba® class. She attended her first class on April 25, 2011. She remembers at first struggling physically and mentally. "At 330-plus pounds just standing for an hour was hard, never mind dancing," she said
Despite the difficulty, she continued to return to class. Fast forward three years and Skilling is not only still doing Zumba® but has been a certified instructor for over two years.
April marks the anniversary of her journey with Zumba® and she is constantly reminded of how far she has come with an annual photo. However, this also reminds her of the psychological struggle put herself through. "When you are over weight it takes courage to go to a gym or go to a class. I already felt self conscious about my body and now others were going to be looking at me, making judgments," she remembered. I had to get passed the that and be proud of the fact that I was taking the steps to becoming a healthier and happier person."
Having lost so much weight has changed her life and now allows her to do things she has always wanted and dreamed of doing. In the last year alone she has completed two 5K runs and plans on running another one this fall. But more importantly, she is now able to do some of the simpler things that we sometimes take for granted like just sitting on the floor - something that she truly has grown to love doing with her students in her classroom.
Flying in planes is now easier and more comfortable without the need of an extension pieces for her seat belts. Skilling's life changing experience has also lead her to an active life of exciting activities which have included zip lining and skiing for the first time ever.
For her the door has been opened. Less of saying no to things that she would like to try and a lot more of saying yes. "I would love to get down to 165lbs," she said. That is what she weighed in sixth grade.
So what advice does she have for others trying to regain control of their body weight? "Don't look at the big goal - you will only get discouraged," she urges people. "Set small goals." Every time she hit one of her benchmarks she would take a photo and place it in her scrapbook.
Another piece of advice she wants people to walk away from her story is to find a family - a group that makes you feel good and gets you motivated to keep coming back for more. "Going to class gave me friends - something I lacked, and these friends kept me coming back.," she said. "It provided socialness. We would laugh and have fun. The working out part - well that was just a bonus."
Skilling has been so successful in her weight loss endeavors that she had lost 40% of her original body weight faster than her skin could recover. Which translates to loose skin hanging off her body that was once filled with fat. After a long internal debate she finally decided to get surgery done to remove the loose skin which was causing pain and discomfort when she worked out. "I wanted to fix it on my own," she said but then remembered that she was never really on her own. "I had my family, friends and God all backing me up."
Throughout the course of the last three years she has learned that there is really no right way or one way to lose weight. She also has come to understand that there are ups and downs along the way and that "you will slip up - you will get that flat tire."
The challenge is to all yourself the forgiveness of your slip up and continue on to your destination. Skilling remembers when her doctor used to inform her yearly that her tests came back fine but his only concern was her weight. An issue that he said would only change once she was ready to make a change - once she really wanted it. "And three years ago, I decided that I wanted it, she said.
Nowadays one could say Skilling has caught the workout bug. In addition to Zumba® she now does a variety of workout routines that include Bokwa®, P90X, Butts and Guts, and even running.
Want to know more about Skilling's workout check out her instructor page - http://meganskilling.zumba.com/.
Monday, March 24, 2014
This is why when we found a young woman from New Glouctier who is on the National Skeleton Development Program...we jumped at the chance to profile her. We traveled down to Sherri Emery's neck of the woods and had an amazing time trying out her sled and really getting to know this incredible woman who sports not only an ear to ear smile...but also a first-class attitude.
Here is our interview with Miss Emery:
DNA: Where are you from what are you currently doing with your life?
Miss Emery: "I am from New Gloucester, Maine and I am a skeleton athlete, coach, trainer, and student."
DNA: What made you get into skeleton and do you normally look for thrill-seeking activities?
Miss Emery: "I was introduced to skeleton in Lake Placid, NY. In 2006, I watched the Torino Olympics and decided that was what I wanted to do. It wasn’t till 2008 that I became interested in skeleton. I would say that I like some thrill-seeking activities and some activities that are pretty calm. I really enjoy activities like reading, tennis, and golf. I also jump at the opportunity to go exploring new places and try new things. I would like to become a pilot and a business owner."
DNA: What drew you to this sport the most?
Miss Emery: "What drew me to the sport was the ice. I’ve always loved the Winter Olympics more than the summer Olympics... maybe its because I grew up in Maine. I have always admired bobsled too. When I went to Lake Placid in 2008, it was to take a bobsled ride. I saw skeleton and wanted to be in an individual sport, so I tried it and like it.
DNA: How long have you been into the sport and how long have you bee associated with the National team?
Miss Emery: "I’ve been involved in the sport for 5 years but have only been competitive for two seasons. I am not on the national team, I am part of the development program. The top six athletes ranked in US Team Trials are named to the National Team."
DNA: How does one get on to such a team?
Miss Emery: "In order to be on the National Team I have to place within the top six athletes at US Team Trials in October."
DNA: Does this sport allow for you to travel a lot and how often do you get to travel for it? In addition to that what country has been your favorite so far?
Miss Emery: "The sport is all travel. There are only two places in the USA where I can train on a track. Lake Placid, NY and Park City, UT. So I can’t even train at home in Maine. All the other tracks are in Canada and Europe. So in order to get better, I have to travel to all of the 14 tracks. I’ve been to Lake PLacid, Park City, Calgary, Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Ireland all because of my sports travel. I just happened to stop in Ireland on the way home from one of my races.
Out of all those countries I would say Austria has been my favorite with Germany a close second. I am learning German and find their culture to be particularly interesting."
DNA: Where do you train for the sport and explain the facility for us?
Miss Emery: "I spend most of my training in Lake Placid, New York mainly because it is closest to home. Luckily in Lake Placid there is an Olympic Training Center where I stay. They have a gymnasium, cafeteria, housing, sports medicine, weight room, and lounges. It is perfect for an athlete to get stronger. The bobsled track in Lake Placid is a long tube of ice and concrete that twists and turns. I ride down it on my sled."
DNA: Have you ever competed nationally and how have you finished?
Miss Emery: "I have competed in national competitions and international competitions. I have recently claimed a bronze medal in US Championships and my best international placements was 6th in Lake Placid North American Cup Race."
DNA: How much control do you really have over the sled?
Miss Emery: "The control over my sled varies. It is made to bend around turns- so I press my shoulders or knees into it to steer it. I can change multiple variables to give me more grip on the ice by adjusting my runners (steel tubes that touch the ice) and the amount of arch in them."
DNA: Have you ever thought about the bobsled or the luge?
Miss Emery: "I thought about bobsled but wanted to be in an individual sport instead of a team sport. Luge was not an option to me, I really had no interest in it. I like the luge, but I do not want to be a luge athlete."
DNA: Where from here do you hope to go - what are your skeleton goals...and how close are you from reaching some of them?
Miss Emery: "My ultimate goal in skeleton is to make it to the highest level, which is the Olympics. But it is also much more than that. I want to get to that level because I’ve mastered the skills to be there. So in order to make it, I have to determine what my strengths and weaknesses are. Then I must develop my weaknesses, keep my strengths strong, and work some more on my weaknesses. This requires me to constantly question my thinking patterns, abilities, and goals to make them as efficient as possible. Right now I feel like I am in the middle. I am past just learning the basics but have not yet developed the advanced skills needed to consistently be on top. This is why training is so important."
DNA: When did you first fall in love with the sport and what did your family first think? 14 What has the sport brought to your life?
Miss Emery: "I first fell in love with the sport, probably this year. I think before this year I was involved just to go to the Olympics. Now I have a whole different relationship with the sport. I have more respect for skeleton and the challenges it shows. In order to be the best, I’ve realized (through many mistakes mentally, physically, and emotionally) that I can’t hide or ignore my weaknesses. Somehow they will show up and it will hurt my performance if I do nothing about it. That’s why I really love the sport, because it forces me to develop myself even if I don’t really want to see things for what they really are. It’s a great wake-up call."
DNA: What do you enjoy most of the sport and is there a skeleton community?
Miss Emery: "The skeleton community is very different from most communities because we are all competing for ourselves and our team. Sounds counterintuitive? Well it seems like it sometimes. I’ve come across people who try to intimidate me to see how it affects me. I don’t really think that’s good sportsmanship but some people may not see it that way. Also it’s hard to help your competitors, but it needs to be done. I believe in karma and if the person beating me needs help with something and I am the only one that can help them, so be it I will help, may the better athlete win. Withholding helps me only, but when I need the help-will they help me? I just hope other athletes have the same view, and I have been fortunate enough to find some. I would say the best part about the sport is finding out all the little things about me that I can improve. I am sort of a reserved person most of the time and like to find ways to make things better including myself."
***To find out more about Sherri or follow her adventures visit www.sherriemery.com.***
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Waking up to a fresh mound of virgin snow is a dream come true for many young Mainers. Grabbing a thin plastic sled and heading to the largest hill in the area becomes a priority. A strenuous trek through knee-high snow to the crest of the hill is the price that must be paid for an exhilarating journey down the slope. And after the adrenaline rush is over, it’s back up the hill again. Most of those who enjoy careening down hills on sleds are young, but not all. Timothy Flick, 48 (now 49), of Turner is one who refuses to let his inner child die and not only does he continue to slide down icy slopes, he is one of four teammates who have held the title of national toboggan champion.
Every February Camden’s Snow Bowl on Ragged Mountain is transformed into a national competition that draws in thousands of spectators and competitors. “This year marks its 23rd year,” Flick said. “I’ve been competing since 1993 and will keep competing until my body stops me from doing it.”
This national competition is rare and according to organizers it may be the only wooden toboggan race of its kind in the world. “There are teams that come from all over, some from Canada and one from as far down as Virginia,” Flick said. He started competing back when he lived in New York. His brother-in-law, Doug Pope of Warren, asked him if he would like to race in a toboggan competition that Pope’s employer, Bohndell Sails (owned by Bob and Susan Chase of Camden), was sponsoring at the time.
“I was familiar with Maine because my mother was from Farmington and we spent most of our summers here,” he said. “I figured tobogganing was something fun and different to try.” Flick helped Pope form teams and together they crafted their own toboggans to race.
The competition plays out as a fun-filled weekend for the whole family and comes complete with vendors, costume and food contests and a flurry of possible awards ranging from fastest kid’s run to the oldest team.
The original chute was built back in 1936 and then rebuilt again in 1954 by the local Coast Guardsmen. Rot forced the shutdown of the chute in 1964 and it was not resurrected until 1990. “It’s 400 feet long and empties onto a frozen Hosmer Pond,” he said. “You get going pretty fast and before you know it, you’re at the bottom quickly looking to make your way back up for another run.” Every team gets two runs in each contest they enter. “You want to try and get your first run in as early as possible before it warms up,” he said. “The colder it is the better your run will be.”
Records indicate that toboggans have reached speeds up to 40 mph on the chute. According to Flick several variables help or hurt the speed of a sled. “It has to be made of the right material,” he said, revealing that his team’s wood choice is ash. “It also helps to get as aerodynamic as possible; this means you need to be comfortable getting quite friendly with your teammates,” he said, elaborating on his team’s centipede-like formation they use in order to get all of the riders on their sleds. Sleds are inspected for length and weight amongst other strict requirements.
So what does it take to be a national toboggan champion? “Good craftsmanship, an understanding of the elements and the chute, and of course luck,” he said. Flick believes he has had his share of that seeing as last year was the first time he worked primarily alone on crafting one of his team’s sleds and it happened to be the one that his team used to secure and win their first four-person victory.
In 2013 Flick and company did what he believe to be the first true sweep by winning the 4-person-, three-person- and two person events.
So what draws this born-and-raised upstate New Yorker with a bachelor’s in biology to such a unique sport? “It has to be the overall fun of the event and the unique characters you get to meet that really makes the event enjoyable,” he said. “That and it is something different for people to experience and is a sure cure for cabin fever.”
(To read the complete unabridged story visit http://www.la-mag.com/dashing-through-the-snow-toboggan-style/)