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Saturday, April 11, 2015

After Telling Teens to Quiet Down During Movie, She’s Cornered by Their Friends Outside: ‘When One Swings, We All Swing’

Cindy Santamaria-Williams and her sister-in-law were watching “Furious 7″ at a movie theater in a northeastern Pennsylvania mall Easter Sunday when she had enough of the three teenagers seated behind her.

“They were very loud, rowdy,” she told WNEP-TV. “They were cursing a lot.”

So Santamaria-Williams said she swiveled around and gave ‘em a good ol’ shush.

But the teens continued their behavior, even harassing her and her sister-in-law in the theater despite complaints to management.


Veterans Still Waiting

Judge tosses politician’s lawsuit over drunken-driving stop

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey politician whose 2012 drunken-driving traffic stop led to a law requiring police to mount video cameras in their cars has had his lawsuit tossed out.

A federal judge in Camden dismissed the lawsuit by Democratic Assemblyman Paul Moriarty against the Washington Township police department.

Moriarty had said the police department failed to adequately train and supervise its employees. He contested the drunken-driving charge and said he was the victim of a rogue police officer.


Civilians Can Record Police Encounters, But When Is It Interference?

The arrest of South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, who shot and killed Walter Scott in North Charleston this week, came shortly after the release of a cell phone video recorded by an eyewitness.

The filming of police by civilians has also sparked controversy, and often causes confusion about what is legal.

For eyewitnesses of police activity, the law is crystal clear, according to Mark Graber, who teaches constitutional law at the University of Maryland: "You can film police on duty as long — as you're not interfering with their activities."

"Interfering" is the key word word when discussing the legality of recording encounters with the police.

"Precisely what constitutes 'interfering with police duties' is not entirely clear," Graber says. "This strikes me as an issue that within five years is likely to be a Supreme Court decision."

In the meantime, he says, the gray area includes determining how far away eyewitnesses should stand with their cameras so as to not get in the way of police.

"It gets murky when, in fact, people recording are so close to the police officer that they're distracting the police officer, or the police officer can't tell is that a camera or a weapon," says Graber. "Those are where things matter."


SPD Calls For Service 4-9-15

Police Looking For Thief Who Drove Indy 500 Pace Car Through Dealership’s Window

Police are looking for someone felt the need to destroy a perfectly good replica Indy 500 pace car by driving it through a car dealership window last night. Apparently “replica” doesn’t mean the there’s no engine.

Authorities in Indianapolis are looking for a man suspected of breaking into the dealership, stealing the keys to the white Chevrolet Camara convertible — with the top down and security alarms going off all round — and driving it right through a two-story glass showroom window, reports

The car, bearing its Indianapolis 500 logo, then drove over a three-foot staircase and landed on the ground before the driver raced off. Police later found the $50,000 car totaled, but are still looking for the man.

The window could cost as much as $75,000 to replace.


WCSO Calls For Service 4-9-15

A Full Guide to Apple's New Emojis: Black Santa, Gay Families, and More

Gay, Lesbian Couples and Families 

Previously, only two emojis were widely interpreted in the U.S. as gay or lesbian — one that depicted two men holding hands and one that depicted two women holding hands.

Now, Apple has released emojis that show the faces of two men and the faces of two women making kissing gestures with a heart in between them.


Seacrets’ bill for distilleries in county now with Hogan

While numerous steps remain between the plan and the reality, the way has been paved for Seacrets to open a distillery on its 49th Street property.

The nightclub/restaurant complex had been distilling its own line of spirits in Delaware, but will bring operations home once it becomes legal to do so.

If signed by Gov. Larry Hogan, the legislation will take effect July 1, allowing Seacrets to apply to Worcester County for a limited distillery license as a holder of a class D beer, wine and liquor license. As there was no opposition to the house or senate versions of the bill, the governor is expected to sign it.


Politico: Bill Clinton Offended by NYT's 'Frail, Old' Comment

Former President Bill Clinton has taken offense to claims he is too old and will not play a big role in his wife's upcoming presidential campaign.

Politico reports Clinton, who was in office from 1993-2001, is taking on The New York Times over a story it ran two weeks ago. That story characterized Clinton as "frail," saying, "he looks older than his 68 years."

The Times story also said aides will have to keep a close eye on him during Hillary Clinton's expected presidential campaign, because if he says one wrong thing her 2016 train could derail.


Walter Scott family 'bar Rev Al Sharpton from the funeral to avoid over-the-top attention'

Walter Scott's family have asked Al Sharpton not to attend the funeral, it is claimed.

The New York-based Reverend became a prominent voice in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson last August.

But as the nation's attention turns to South Carolina and footage showing Officer Michael Slager shooting dead father-of-four Walter Scott, his parents and brothers have made plain that they do not want the same treatment.

According to the New York Daily News, the family told Rev Sharpton to 'keep away' from the relatives-only memorial service.

A source close to the Scotts told the paper: 'We don’t want another Ferguson type of circus here.'


Ex-Boston Police Commissioner: Put Tsarnaev to Death

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be given the death penalty, says Ed Davis, who was Boston's police commissioner during the April 15, 2013, bombing that killed three people.

Though Massachusetts is a liberal state where most oppose the death penalty, Davis said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto" that Tsarnaev's terrorist actions are comparable to the Oklahoma City bombing that resulted in a death sentence for bomber Timothy McVeigh.


Cat image sparks social media buzz: Is it walking up or down the stairs?

Hot on the heels of the “dressgate” social media storm another intriguing image is generating massive Internet buzz.

The image of a cat, which is either walking up or down a set of stairs (depending on how you look at it) appeared anonymously on the Imgur website 6 days ago, where it has already racked up more than 41,000 views.

Commenters on the website are divided about the image, which has sparked debate ranging from the physiology of cats to the architecture of the stairs in the image.


Delaware: Body of Bridge Jumper Located

Middletown-The Delaware State Police are investigating an incident where an unidentified subject jumped from the northbound lane of the Roth Bridge, this afternoon.

The incident occurred today, April 11, 2015, at approximately 2:33 p.m., when Troopers received calls from passing motorists of a subject on the Roth Bridge. Moments later an unknown subject jumped off the side of the bridge.

A rescue operation was launched with numerous agencies to include the Delaware State Police Aviation Helicopter Trooper 4, Delaware State Police, rescue boats from Volunteer Fire Companies, New Castle County Police Department and DNREC.

Troopers responded to the bridge and located the victim near the rocks on the south side of the canal west of the Saint Georges Bridge.

After the incident, lanes of Route 1 were closed for approximately two hours as police continued the investigation.

The investigation into this case is continuing, however, foul play is not suspected.

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NY Daily News: Hillary Presidential Announcement Likely Sunday

Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her White House run on Sunday, the New York Daily News reported. The former secretary of state, U.S. senator, and first lady of the United States is expected to make her candidacy official on social media and by video.... 

Baltimore's Delinquent Water Bills Tap a Wellspring of Concern

Maryland law states that a child that is “neglected” may be taken out of his or her home and put into foster care. One characteristic of “neglect” as defined by the Maryland Department of Human Resources is a child with “consistently poor hygiene” that is “un-bathed, [having] unwashed or matted hair, noticeable body odor.”

“I love my kids, and I’d do anything for them,” Rita told ThinkProgress. “But if I turn on the shower or the sink and there’s no water, how can I give them a bath?”

Food and Water Watch researcher Mary Grant explained that making water unavailable to residents is a major health risk, and that if Baltimore were to deprive 25,000 households of water, diseases would have a high chance of propagating throughout densely-populated neighborhoods.

“There is direct risk associated with lack of access to water,” Grant told ThinkProgress. “When you lose your water service, you lose water to wash your hands to flush the toilet, there is risk of disease spreading.”


Salisbury City Council Agenda For 4-13-15

Wisconsin man accused of trying to join Islamic State group

A Wisconsin sex offender traveled to the Middle East to try and join ISIS, but came back after he failed to cross the Turkey-Syria border, authorities have claimed.

Joshua Van Haften, 34, of Madison, was arrested Wednesday night at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago after returning on a flight from Turkey.

He has now been charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.


After 6 Boys Baby #7 Gender Revealed

Barack Obama visits Jamaica's Bob Marley museum

President Barack Obama made an unscheduled stop to the Bob Marley museum in Jamaica last night while on a visit to the country for a meeting with Caribbean leaders.

The first president to visit Jamaica in three decades, Obama arrived in Kingston yesterday evening and was met by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno and a dozen other dignitaries.

Obama promptly embraced the local color by making an unscheduled late night visit to the museum dedicated to the island's most famous son.


More Inlet Dredging Called Critical By County, Fishermen

BERLIN – In 2011, Joe Letts managed a fleet of five commercial clam boats in Ocean City. He had 42 employees. It took 2.7 million gallons of locally purchased fuel to run his boats. Groceries alone cost him $60,000 that year.

Today, all that money is being spent in New Jersey. The ever-decreasing depth of the Ocean City Inlet made it harder and harder for him to get his 100-foot boats in without damage. The Ocean City native, whose father and grandfather fished here, was forced to move north.

“We pulled our multi-million dollar operation out of Ocean City and now I’m stuck in this [expletive deleted]-hole called New Jersey,” he said.

Three years after the move, Letts is still bitter. On trips home he has noticed the number of boats in the harbor continue to dwindle.


Drillers discover 100billion barrels of oil near Gatwick

Trillions of pounds worth of oil – as much as the entire North Sea fields – lies beneath an area of England dubbed ‘Britain’s Dallas’, it was claimed yesterday.

Analysis suggests there is up to 100billion barrels of the fossil fuel under the Home Counties.

The potential goldmine in the Weald Basin, across Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Kent, could meet up to a third of Britain’s oil demand within 15 years, according to the consortium exploring the area.



Few stand up to question authority


Media attacks Paul out of fear

Prospective voters mostly want to know 2016 candidates heights & ages

A review of Google search data for the month of March reveals that prospective voters mostly want to know the heights and ages of probable presidential candidates - and citizenship status in the case of Canadian-born Ted Cruz.

The top question pertaining to both Jeb Bush - 6'3" - and Rand Paul - 5'8" - was about height, according to CNN.

Americans were also curious about Scott Walker's and Hillary Clinton's ages - he's 47 and she's 20 years his senior - and how much weight New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has lost - 85 pounds as of last fall.

Not surprisingly, people were very interested last month in learning more about Clinton and Bush's emails, as the two politicians took hits in the press for using private accounts while holding high-level government positions.



War on cash continues

A New $200 Million Supercomputer Is Coming

A new supercomputer is coming to Argonne National Laboratory. The Energy Department awarded $200 million for the next-generation computer, which will be commissioned in 2018. The award is the third and final supercomputer investment under the CORAL initiative. The project supports future supercomputers that are five to seven times more powerful that current ones. The other two awards went to Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore laboratories. Argonne's supercomputer, known as Aurora, will work on material to create durable batteries and solar panels. It will also look at organisms to make disease control more effective. And it will create transportation systems with engines that are quieter and more efficient.

Visit New York City with Worcester County Motorcoach Trip

Worcester County Recreation & Parks (WCRP) is excited to offer a day trip to New York City this spring. 

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, spend the day in New York City. This On Your Own trip is your day to play in the Big Apple and check out the sights. Visit the Statue of Liberty, climb the Empire State Building, or go see the Rockettes Spring Spectacular show. Tour the Museum of Modern Art Exhibit or the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History. Take a walk through Central Park Zoo or visit the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. Shop-till-you-drop at Macy's, Saks, Lord & Taylor, and FAO Schwarz. 

The cost for roundtrip transportation is only $60 per person. We hope that you will come on out and join us for this fun-filled, family-friendly day trip. 

For more information or to register for this Motorcoach Tour trip, contact Lea Cataggio at 410-632-2144 x109 Find us on the web at for a complete list of all our programs or to sign up to receive email announcements.


And how it's enforced


Apparently, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie is a little precious affirmative-action snowflake who can’t handle being challenged by a man.

That’s not my opinion, but that appears to be the opinion of some in the mainstream media currently warning Republican Senator Rand Paul to take it easy on the ladies.

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza is practically on a white horse over Mean Paul interrupting and challenging damsel-in-distress Guthrie. Cillizza is also in a huff over Paul getting tough with another Female Faberge Egg: CNBC’s Kelly Evans.

What’s most shocking is that Cillizza admits he’s singling out the ladies. “I’ve not watched every somewhat-contentious Rand Paul interview this year to see whether female reporters are involved more often than men,” Cillizza writes. “But that the two high-profile incidents this year have happened with women does not help Paul.”

That last line is hilarious. The only reason Paul’s interviews with the ladies became “high-profile” is because the Chris Cillizzas of the mainstream media singled out the Paul interviews with the ladies.


Doctors Say Tick Borne ‘Powassan Virus’ Is Worse Than Lyme

(CBSNewYork) — It’s even worse than Lyme disease. Ticks in our area have been found to carry a rare, potentially life-threatening, virus.

As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, doctors have warned that the Powassan virus, a rare, tick borne illness could be serious. It doesn’t have a treatment or a cure.

“The doctor just has to support you during the acute illness and hope that you survive,” Dr. Daniel Cameron explained.

Dr. Cameron is the President of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He said that if bitten by an infected tick you can get the virus within a matter of minutes, and while the symptoms are similar to Lyme disease, they are more severe.

“You can get seizures, high fevers, stiff neck. It comes on so suddenly that it’s the kind of thing people go to the emergency room for,” he explained.

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Man convicted of two counts of wire fraud, two counts of making false testimony under oath in a bankruptcy proceeding and one count of making a false statement in a bankruptcy case

A federal jury Wednesday convicted a Texas man of bilking investors of $3.7 million in a wind farm scam, and spending the money on a pricey suburban home and extravagant foreign trips.

David Lyman Spalding, 62, of Colleyville, was convicted of two counts of wire fraud, two counts of making false testimony under oath in a bankruptcy proceeding and one count of making a false statement in a bankruptcy case.

He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines on each of the fraud counts and up to five years and $250,000 in fines on each of the other counts.

During the seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, prosecutors said Spalding raised the money from 97 investors in 11 states.

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Alternative Medicine Gains Huge Following

What will the neighbors say? Probably nothing if the subject being discussed is health supplements and whether alternative or complementary medicine works.

“Far more people than you’d think put their faith in out-of-the-mainstream therapies,” says Jon Adams, who heads the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Sydney’s University of Technology, where he’s a professor of public health.

“But doing so is often hidden, even with treatments used successfully for many centuries,” Adams told Newsmax Health. “People fear others will ridicule them. They’re embarrassed.

“Why? Well, this area is highly under-researched. Additional studies must be done. We need more evidence because evidence is king these days, affecting people’s choices.”

One peer-reviewed study — among many co-authored by Adams — confirmed almost half (49.4 percent) of women consulted alternative-therapy practitioners at the same time as maternity-care providers for pregnancy-related conditions.

Another study, again co-authored by Adams, found that 40 percent of women with back pain consulted complementary therapy practitioners as well as their regular healthcare providers.

Adams also found rural women more likely to use alternative medicine than those in cities. In addition, the more educated a woman, the more likely she is to use alternative medicine.

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Illegals More Likely to Hold Jobs Than Citizens

One of Pew Research Center’s latest reports reveals males who are in the country illegally are more likely to have jobs than males who are U.S. citizens or in the nation legally.

Pew senior demographer Jeffrey Passel presented the finding to Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee members, the Federation for American Immigration Reform reported. And according to the data, there were 8.1 million illegal aliens working in the country unlawfully in 2012, the latest year the figures were available.

Males age 16 or older are “considerably more likely to be in the workforce than U.S.-born men,” FAIR reported.

Specifically, Pew found 91 percent of illegal males age 16 year or higher were working, versus 79 percent of U.S. citizen males in that same age bracket, and 84 percent of male legal immigrants.


County hears ideas on Riddle Farm EDU issue

If there is one place in Worcester County business leaders and elected officials want to see growth, it’s at Riddle Farm along the Route 50 corridor at the Berlin WalMart.

If there’s one reason that growth has been seen nearly everywhere but Riddle Farm, county officials are pointing at high equivalent dwelling unit costs.

EDUs are a measure of wastewater treatment plant processing capacity. Riddle Farm has its own treatment facility, packed with 267 EDUs, according to the county, that are more or less just sitting there.

In order to avoid charging taxpayers for the infrastructure costs, the county opted to enter into a public/private partnership where a private company would collect the fees associated with providing the services and the county would receive a portion of the proceeds.


GoFundMe shuts down fundraising page for killer cop Michael Slager

A financial fund for killer cop Michael Slager was shut down by crowd-funding website, GoFundMe, on Wednesday.

The site told Daily Mail Online that 'after review by our team, the campaign set up for Officer Slager was removed due to a violation of GoFundMe's terms & conditions' but refused to elaborate due to privacy concerns.

Slager has been charged with the murder of unarmed black father Walter Scott, 50, who was fatally shot five times in the back in North Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday. Slager, 33, was terminated from the police force on Wednesday.

A separate fundraising campaign was started on site, Indiegogo, titled the 'Michael T. Slager Support Fund' and featured a picture of Slager in his police uniform.

As of Thursday at 11am, it had raised $393 of a $5,000 goal on donations from 20 people after being set up on Wednesday. Two hours later, that total had jumped to $541.


FOP, Ocean City Make Collective Bargaining Accord Official

OCEAN CITY – On Monday evening, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 10 (FOP) and the Town of Ocean City signed off on a resolution ratifying a collective bargaining agreement for the next three years.

The details of the formal document were released this week. The three-year contract addresses economic and non-economic elements, including wages, clothing and equipment, health insurance and workers’ compensation benefits.

According to the agreement, the pay schedule effective July 1, 2015 for all employees is starting Jan. 1, 2016 the town will pay employees a 2-percent cost of living increase, followed by a 2-percent cost of living increase on Jan. 1, 2017, and another 2-percent cost of living increase on Jan. 1, 2018.

Iran: New Nuke Deal Is ‘Not Acceptable’

Framework collapses days after 'historic announcement'

Iran has described an agreement to curb its nuclear program as “not acceptable” days after the United States hailed the new framework deal.

Following the announcement of a framework accord that the United States described as a major step in rolling back Iran’s nuclear work, leaders in Tehran began to accuse the Obama administration of lying about the deal’s parameters.

The disagreement revolves around a White House fact sheet that outlined concessions Tehran agreed to after negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, last week.

On Wednesday, Iran rejected most of the concessions it reportedly agreed to undertake.

Top Iranian leaders are describing the framework as a “lie” and announced that international nuclear inspectors will not be permitted to enter any of its contested military sites.

Iran also maintains that all of the Islamic Republic’s controversial nuclear work will continue under any deal—a claim that runs counter to White House claims.

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Iran Is Methodical and Rational

At the heart of the concerns surrounding the deal with Iran is a simple question: Is Iran rational? The answer for many critics of the deal is self-evident.

The Iranians are "apocalyptic," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often said, warning that you can't "bet on their rationality." Sen. Lindsey Graham says "I think they're crazy." The Iranian government, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon reaffirmed recently, is a "messianic and apocalyptic regime."

And yet, these same critics' preferred policy is one that relies on Iran's rationality. The alternative to the deal forged by Iran and the six great powers is not war, they insist, but rather to ratchet up the pressure and demand more concessions from Tehran.

So, this crazy, apocalyptic band of mullahs will, when faced with a few more sanctions, calmly calculate the costs and benefits and yield in a predictable way to more pressure.

Or as J.J. Goldberg writes in the Forward, "Apparently they're irrational enough to welcome nuclear Armageddon, but rational enough to yield to economic punishment." (This point is also well made by's Max Fisher.)

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Revolt! Voters Torpedo 'Gay' Special Treatment

Only days after Indiana rushed through a change in its state law amid a backlash led by homosexual-rights groups and Arkansas reacted by modifying a similar law before it was adopted, voters in Springfield, Missouri, have moved the opposite direction.

The city repealed an “anti-discrimination” law adopted only months ago.

In the election this week, 51.4 percent of voters decided to reject the law, which had been adopted by the Springfield City Council in October.

Opponents had quickly organized a successful petition drive to force the public vote.

“The churches were startled and alarmed and began to get involved (in the ordinance repeal),” Calvin Morrow, who was part of a Christian group advocating for repeal, told Associated Press. “They were the target.”

He questioned whether there was “discrimination” against homosexuals in Springfield and told AP the dispute divided the city.

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A lesson about Iran from North Korea

In 2014, the U.S. State Department Arms Control Compliance Report stated: “Iran currently is in violation of obligations under [the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty], its [United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency] Safeguards Agreement, and relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions .”

Question: Why are we negotiating for a new agreement, when existing Iranian Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) violations persist unresolved, suggesting that Iran is busily producing nuclear weapons and is unlikely to comply with any new agreement? Historically, such negotiation is unprecedented.

Alarmingly, Iran is within three months of having nuclear warheads, according to the negotiators, and is therefore about to become another nuclear-armed North Korea. North Korea also cheated on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and developed its own nukes and ballistic missiles. In fact, there is an alliance — Iran co-finances North Korea’s nuclear tests, North Korea has already staged nuclear tests for Iran, and Iranian missile telemetry is derived from North Korean telemetry. So Iran has long been collaborating with a notorious rogue and cheater.

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Lines stretch long as Orioles' new security system goes into effect

"Keys, cameras, cellphones out of your pockets."

The cries of Orioles attendants rang out over blaring beats near Camden Yards' Eutaw Street gate in the hours leading up to the team's first home game of 2015. And baseball fans were listening.

The Orioles implemented a new security system for their 2015 season in line with new MLB rules. Fans must pass through metal detectors or be scanned with a handheld wand prior to entering Camden Yards, and bags larger than 16-by-16-by-8 inches are not permitted in the stadium.

Just after the first pitch was thrown, lines stretched long in front of the gates and attendees said wait times felt longer than in previous years.


Ocean to Bay Bike Tour

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour

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Name: Ocean to Bay Bike Tour
Date: April 18, 2015
Time: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Event Description:

Ride the Beaches, Bay & Beyond
Saturday, April 18th, 7:30am - 4pm

2015 PRINTABLE WAIVER  please write legibly and and use black or blue ink.
Registration for the 26th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour is opened. 
Join more than two thousand cyclists, of all ages and skill levels at this award-winning event! Do not delay; get the best price with early registration. 
*Pricing discounts applied at the end of the purchase. 
Individual Registrations- 30, 50, & Metric Century
$45 if received by Dec. 31
$50 if received by Feb. 28
$55 if received by Mar. 31
$60 if received before the close of online registration April 15th
$65 onsite registration
Team Registrations (6 or more cyclists) - 30, 50 & Metric Century
$40 per cyclist if received by Dec. 31
$45 per cyclist if received before the close of online registration April 15th
Five Mile Family Fun Ride
$25 Individual or First Registration
Team Registration - $15 per cyclist after first registration. 
*Children 5 & under ride for FREE, bag and shirt not included. 
*Please indicate age for discount
*Teams of 6 or more registered cyclists are eligible for a discounted rate
To qualify:
    Indicate Team Name during registration process.
    Select "Team Registration" 
    Registration must include six completed registrations by April 15th.        
*WAIVER form with their signature. 
*Team members will not be able to pick up packets for those without a signed  waiver
Team Check-In! Team captains will be allowed to check-in all team members. All waivers must be complete. Please consult your captain on your team's check-in procedure.