Nature Golf.

first_imgLocal legend has it that a Choctaw maiden named Cateechee warnedsettlers of an impending Cherokee invasion. The Cherokees thenchased the young woman, papoose in tow, into hiding on a ledgeunderneath a waterfall, where she later escaped.Many golfers can now find refuge from everyday hassles at thenew golf course that bears the maiden’s name.Cateechee is no ordinary golf course.The public course just outside Hartwell, Ga., is only the 14thgolf course in the world to earn the Audubon Cooperative SanctuaryProgram’s “Signature Status” stamp of environmentalapproval.”Wewant to reach people where they live, work and play,” saidRonald G. Dodson, president and chairman of the board of AudubonInternational, Audubon Society of New York State, Inc., at thededication ceremony June 28.”Some people wonder why the Audubon Society is involvedin golf,” he said, “because they see golf as a creatorof environmental problems. We created this signature program towork on making golf courses with sustainability and environmentalcompatibility. And, we don’t give it out like candy. You haveto work for it.”An existing golf course can’t be retrofitted to the profileof the Audubon Signature Program. It has to be part of the planfrom the beginning.Cateechee found a partner in planning at the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”They called us looking for a water-monitoring program,”said Bill Segars, the UGA water quality coordinator. “Inour research, we came across the Audubon Signature Program. Weliked their guidelines and decided to go with that program.”The program is designed to encourage landowners to assess anddevelop strategies for a variety of natural resources issues duringplanning and construction.It focuses on six environmental areas:* Wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement.* Water conservation.* Water quality management and monitoring.* Integrated pest management.* Energy efficiency.* Waste reduction and management.Part of the monitoring plan UGA helped develop for Cateecheewill also save the City of Hartwell big bucks.”They will be using wastewater from the city,” Segarssaid. “The city’s facilities have reached their capacity,and city officials were facing having to build a new wastewatertreatment plant or find a way to go to land application. Thisis their answer.”About 15 other Georgia golf courses use wastewater for irrigation.Once construction on an Audubon Signature course is completed,the landowner must follow a natural resource management plan.Annual reports are required, and biennial audits are conducted.If the plan is not strictly followed, the golf course risks losingits designation. Several have.Cateechee is the first golf club in Georgia to earn the designation.There are only four others in the Southeast.Dodson said the Audubon program believes golf courses are adoptingmany of these principles because they make good economic sense.”You don’t want to buy and use more products than youhave to,” he said. “Our program simply gives recognitionto those who have chosen to do it right.””Our participation in the Audubon Program is based onthe premises that our golf course is an asset to the communityand that golf courses make good wildlife sanctuaries,” saidBuck Workman, Cateechee’s superintendent. “We did as littleplanting as we could for the greens and fairways and just leftthe rest for nature to do its thing.”Segars said the university plans to take what they have learnedfrom this project and help Georgia’s golf courses become moreenvironmentally friendly.last_img read more

Middle Island Group Home Resident Dies in Struggle With Police

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 29-year-old man died after fighting with Suffolk County police officers who tried to subdue him with a Taser and pepper spray at a Middle Island group home Wednesday night, authorities said.Officers responded to Maryhaven Center of Hope on Currans Road after three employees reported that a resident “became uncontrollable and violent” at 8:18 p.m., police said in a news release.“He’s acting out, banging himself into walls, running around the house,” said Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of the Homicide Squad. “When the staff tries to stop him for his own protection, he then begins to physically attack them.”Workers at the home asked that Dainell Simmons, who had been a resident of the home for its entire six-year existence, be taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for a psychiatric emergency, police said.“He seems to be somewhat calmed down until they tell him that he’s going to have to leave,” Fitzpatrick said.Simmons then allegedly tried to kick and bite the first three officers on the scene as the altercation spread across several rooms in the house before they used a Taser “at least twice” and pepper spray on him, Fitzpatrick said.After he was under control, Simmons went unconscious as an ambulance arrived. Officers and EMTs began CPR before he was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, where he died.His body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the man’s cause of death.Several officers were treated and released from local hospitals for injuries they suffered during the struggle, police added.A woman who answered the phone at the group home declined to comment.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.Fitzpatrick noted that the officers involved will not be back at work until they heal and will then likely be on modified duty pending an evaluation.last_img read more

Cricket News KXIP donate Rs 25 lakh to families of five CRPF soldiers killed in Pulwama attack

first_imgChandigarh: The Kings XI Punjab donated Rs five lakh each to families of five CRPF soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack in February.The cheques were given to kin of five CRPF jawans hailing from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, who lost their lives in the deadly terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama, J&K last month, which left 40 personnel from the force dead.Cheques were distributed among family members of Jaimal Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Maninder Singh, Kulwinder Singh and Tilak Raj.Also read | IPL 2019: Complete schedule of league stage matches released, check hereKings XI captain Ravichandran Ashwin, DIG CRPF V K Kaundal were present at the event. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more