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A Q & A with Blue Ridge Adventure Vehicles Founder Thomas Coffee

first_imgBlue Ridge Adventure Vehicles builds custom adventure vehicles to designed to enhance the outdoor lifestyle. The BRAV team is led by Thomas Coffee. An avid outdoor adventurist, Thomas has lived most of his life in Asheville where he enjoys mountain biking, camping, paddle boarding and snowboarding. We recently caught up with Thomas to learn more about his mission with Blue Ridge Adventure Vehicles.BRO: Tell us a little bit about your company.BRAV: We customize vehicles for adventurous people enabling them to take their gear with them and having the comforts of home.dsc_0103BRO: Where are you located?BRAV: We are based in Asheville North Carolina, a giant outdoor mecca.BRO: How do you like being based there? BRAV: We like being surrounded by an outdoor community, also having an airport close by helps because a lot of our customers are out of state. We try to buy most of  products from local businesses.dsc_0166BRO: How did it get started? BRAV: From a very young age I loved being adventurous and outdoorsy.  Campers have always intrigued me, so we brought the two together. We got started making a personal camper. People on the road really liked our craftsmanship  and design, so they wanted to know how they could get one. The first one sold, then we built another, sold it and, so on.image4BRO: Tell us about your design process. BRAV: Our design process starts with helping the customer find the right vehicle, so size, make, model, and cost are important. We like to know what options customers are most interested in, and what recreational  gear they plan on hauling. From there the interior and exterior designs are formed based on specifications from the appliances, options, and sports equipment.BRO: What sort of outdoor activities do your customers love?BRAV: Most of our customers are greatly influenced by the outdoors. They range from hikers, cyclists, boaters, surfers motorcyclists, and people who just want to  hit the road.dsc_0097BRO: What advice would you give someone who looking to outfit an adventure vehicle for the road? BRAV: Here is some advice for someone looking  to outfit an adventure vehicle.Try to figure out what options you would like and the ones you need like A/C, water, and a fridge ect. Once you have an idea, now it’s important to find a vehicle that is sized accordingly. A lot of car manufactures make models in different heights, lengths, and options for making a camper conversion easier. Remember bolt on items are always easy to add after a conversion is complete. The important things to do first are insulating, options that are mounted to or require cutting the body of the vehicle, electrical, plumbing, and then interior finishes.image6BRO: How can people get in touch with you?  BRAV: You can give us a call or we can be reached by email. (828) 338-9405blueridgeadventurevehicles.comRelated:last_img read more

Dearborn County Recycling Center Special March Saturday Hours

first_imgAurora, IN—The Dearborn County Recycling Center Drive-Thru will be open on Saturdays during the month of March from 9 am-3 pm. The Drive-Thru is exclusively for Dearborn County residents and businesses. Fees are accepted in cash or check. Additional fees apply for businesses and are detailed online.Dearborn County residents are encouraged to bring items such as electronics, non-alkaline batteries, mercury products, appliances, automotive chemicals, garden and workshop chemicals, and household chemicals. Some items, such as televisions, freon appliances, and tires are accepted with payment of a fee.General recyclables including office paper, magazines, newspaper, cardboard, aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, plastics bottles and jugs, cartons, metal cans, and empty aerosols are also accepted in the Drive-Thru.A Document Shredding service is offered for confidential documents such as tax forms, medical records, and financial statements. It is not intended for items such as magazines or junk mail. Shredding is free for county residents. Fees apply for business customers.The Drive-Thru is located at the Dearborn County Recycling Center at 10700 Prospect Ln, Aurora, IN 47001. Normal operating hours are Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm and Wednesdays from 9 am-6 pm. The special Saturday hours are only during the month of March. For a comprehensive list of accepted items, residents are encouraged to visit our website by clicking here.last_img read more

Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds is an overlooked rookie standout — and that’s probably not changing

first_imgIn 2014, Jacob deGrom won the NL award with a 2.69 ERA in 22 starts, and the hitters who finished second and third — Billy Hamilton and Kolten Wong — both posted identical .292 on-base percentages. Reynolds, with his .335 average and .410 on-base percentage, would have easily finished at least above those two hitters. In 2009, Chris Coghlan won the NL award with a .321 average, .390 on-base percentage, nine home runs and a 1.1 bWAR (though WAR numbers weren’t a thing then). Reynolds’ numbers are superior pretty much across the board.Problem is, Reynolds is playing in a bad year to collect rookie hardware. Or, y’know, to collect casual mentions among a handful of the outstanding rookies we’re watching in 2019. Not much has gone right for the Pirates or their fans since the All-Star break.The club is just 6-25 since the second half started — easily the worst record in the bigs in that stretch — and the only trade deadline of the season passed without any significant deals bringing back reinforcements to help future seasons. So it’s understandable that Pirates fans online are feeling a bit slighted right now, by their own front office, by fans of other teams and even by writers who hold no ill will toward the franchise.  Hi!Merely mentioning the plethora of outstanding rookie hitters throughout MLB this season — in a poll or in an intro to a separate column — but not specifically singling out Bryan Reynolds, Pittsburgh’s shining rookie, it seems, was seen as a slight of epic proportions and confirmation of a vast anti-Pittsburgh media conspiracy. MORE: Five MLB stars closing in on significant milestonesIt was neither of those things, of course. In both cases, I was only mentioning a handful of exciting rookies, not claiming they were the only excellent rookies of 2019. Reynolds, the former second-round pick by the Giants who was the key piece to the trade that sent franchise icon Andrew McCutchen from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, has been outstanding this year. Reynolds is compiling a truly amazing rookie campaign, but Pirates fans should begin steeling themselves for an unpleasant reality when the awards are announced in November. And we’ll get to that in a moment.First, a bit about Reynolds’ season, and then a little historical perspective. Reynolds enters play Friday leading the National League with a .335 batting average, which is just three points behind MLB leader D.J. LeMahieu. Reynolds’ journey to the majors was relatively short, which shouldn’t be surprising for a hitting star at college baseball powerhouse Vanderbilt. Reynolds hit .313 in his first year as a pro, in 2016, then .312 at High-A in 2017 and .302 in Double-A last year after he was traded from the Giants to the Pirates. He started the 2019 season in Triple-A, but was called up after batting .367 with five homers in 13 games. Reynolds opened his big league career with an 11-game hitting streak and never really slowed down. He hit .322 with a .918 OPS in May and .369 with a .961 OPS in June. After a so-so July (.256/.752), Reynolds has hit .404 with a 1.236 OPS in a dozen August contests. It’s not that Reynolds is a one-trick, singles-only pony, either. He leads the Pirates with a 3.6 bWAR and on-base percentage (.410), is tied for first in OPS+ (146), second in OPS (.947), is tied for second in doubles (25), third in homers (13) and total bases (181), and fourth in RBIs (49). But let’s take a bigger picture look: How does a .335 average for a rookie rank, historically? Let’s start here: No rookie has ever led the NL in batting average for a season. So, yeah. That would be quite the feather in Reynolds’ cap. Tony Oliva and Ichiro Suzuki are the only rookies to ever lead the AL in batting average, but Ichiro was already an accomplished professional hitter by the time he jumped from Japan to Seattle for the 2001 season. Shoeless Joe Jackson holds the record for the highest batting average by a rookie — .408 in 1911 — but he didn’t even win the batting title that year, because Ty Cobb hit .419. That, of course, was a different era. So let’s just look at a more modern era, arbitrarily using the introduction of the Rookie of the Year award in 1947 — Jackie Robinson was the first winner, remember? — as the line. Since 1947, only two rookies with at least 400 plate appearances have had a better batting average than Reynolds’ current .335 — Ichiro (.350) in 2001 and Ralph Garr (.343) in 1971. MORE: Astros’ Aaron Sanchez has time to find grooveNow let’s look at how rookies with high averages have fared in Rookie of the Year voting. Since 1947, 22 rookies with at least 400 PAs have batted at least .320 for a season; 10 won their league’s RoY award, five finished second, two finished third and two finished fourth. Only three failed to receive any votes — Garr in 1971, Dusty Baker (.321) in 1972 and Homer Bush (.320) in 1999. And this is where we run into the Pirates-fans-are-gonna-be-upset part. Even though he’s had a great season, Reynolds almost certainly isn’t going to win the NL Rookie of the Year award and he’s probably not going to finish second, either. He’s not even likely to finish third. The problem is, the NL is stacked with rookies having great seasons. Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. leads all MLB rookie hitters with his 4.2 bWAR — he spent a couple of weeks on the IL, but he’s batting .317 with a .969 OPS, 21 homers, 16 stolen bases and 53 RBIs. Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has a 3.9 bWAR to go with 39 home runs, 91 RBIs and a .965 OPS. Braves right-hander Mike Soroka has a 4.5 bWAR, with a 2.32 ERA and 198 ERA+ in 21 starts.And here’s the thing: The Rookie of the Year ballots only have three spots, fewer than the Cy Young ballots (five spots) or the MVP ballots (10 spots). The award is voted on by the BBWAA, and the size of the ballot is set by the BBWAA, not MLB. There have been discussions in the past about increasing the size, but that hasn’t happened.And because the ballot only has three spots and because Tatis, Alonso and Soroka are having incredible seasons, it’s entirely possible that not only will Reynolds not finish first, second or third, but it’s possible he won’t get more than a handful of votes at all, if any. And it’s not just Reynolds, of course. Other NL rookies having outstanding seasons will be left empty-handed, including Alex Verdugo (3.2 bWAR), Victor Robles (2.6 bWAR), Kevin Newman (.304 average), Christian Walker (21 homers), Keston Hiura (.962 OPS in 57 games), Mike Yastrzemski (13 homers, .831 OPS in 69 games) and other short-time/big-impact guys like Will Smith (nine homers, 1.208 OPS in 24 games) and Aristides Aquino (nine homers, 1.369 OPS in 14 games). But we’re focused on Reynolds here, and, well, this timing sucks for Reynolds and for Pirates fans. There have been years when Reynolds, with his numbers, would have been an easy choice for first or second place. last_img read more

Velibor Đurić is the new player of FC Zrinjski

first_imgVelibor Đurić visited Mostar where he talked with the Board of FC Zrinjski concerning his transfer from FC Olimpic to FC Zrinjski from Mostar.Those talks are finished at the satisfaction of both sides, and Đurić is the capital reinforcement of FC Zrinjski and he will play for Zrinski for two and a half year.Đurić was born in Vlasenica in 1982 and since then he played for FC ”Slavija”, FC ”Proleter Zrenjanin”, Polish FC ”Widzew Łódź”.last_img