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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

READ THIS: Le Marais: A Rare Steakhouse, Well Done by Our Friend Jose Meirelles and Mark Hennessey Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins Le Marais Has Been a Peachy's Pick Since 2012

Make it yours at home too!

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Owner of Le Marais and Author of its namesake cookbook, our friend Jose Meirelles!

It's not who you know, it's WHOM YOU KNOW and we are glad to know Jose!
Le Marais has earned a spot in Peachy's Picks Since 2012.
"Le Marais is about the quality of the steaks and the fries and the high level of consistency we deliver with pride," 
says Jose Meirelles.
Le Marais was opened in 1995 on 46th Street in Times Square
and in 2016:
We continue to be impressed and have also visited this year in 2017; we will be writing on that as well however, we were most excited about this cookbook!
Not everyone we review publishes a cookbook!

This gives our 100,000 plus readers around the world a chance to closely replicate the Le Marais experience, though to really live it, you need to go in person.
The cookbook is the next best thing.  Great cuisine has no religion; Peachy and this team happen to be Catholic but all are dedicated carnivores.  If steak eating were a religion we'd go to that church/temple/place of worship.

For the record, there is no other Kosher restaurant that has been featured as many times as Le Marais and you absolutely should visit if this is your religion and diet and even if it is not, you should know this is one of the most competitive steakhouses in all of Manhattan right down to the bearnaise sauce (page 11!  11 is also our favorite number).  This cookbook kicks off with the sauces, which are superlative at Le Marais.

If you actually read all of it, you will see that former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd  (Up with East Haddam!) was impressed here at Le Marais.  Peachy was once an intern on Capital Hill as a resident of Connecticut, she got her picture with him at the time and also Senator Joe Lieberman who wrote the foreword with his wife (if you're reading us you know by now that Connecticut has great taste).  We agree with Chris; this is a phenomenal restaurant right down to the wine list.  Chris is now a movie critic also-we wonder how he liked Dunkirk.

 This book is well-written, well-organized and has fantastic pictures.  The instructions are clear whether you're a novice in the kitchen or a professional; if you can read, you can cook via this tool!  Be certain to buy some of the ingredients before you start reading it or you will find reading the recipes torture without eating the great ideas straightaway!

Just so you don't ask where's the beef, the beef section starts at 105 and for us, that is the highlight.
Bravo Jose and Mark we look forward to seeing you again soon.

“Where else would a non-Jewish Portuguese immigrant open a French bistro, hire an Irish-Italian Catholic as its executive chef, and create one of the finest and most successful kosher restaurants in the United States?” 

As Hadassah and Joe Lieberman put it in their foreword to the Le Marais cookbook, this is “a classic New York story.”

Get to know the personalities behind the Le Marais experience while learning how to create its incredible delicacies at home. In sections covering sauces; soups; salads; bread, pasta, and risotto; beef; classics; lamb; veal; poultry; fish; sides; and desserts, this beautifully illustrated cookbook gives you the techniques and recipes you’ll need to bring French gourmet into the kosher kitchen (or any kitchen).

Hip and irreverent, the Le Marais cookbook is your entrée to the world of French cuisine that just happens to be fully kosher. Braised duck legs with white pearl onions and petite pois, anyone?


On Love, by Pooh

Piglet: “How do you spell love?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”


I.L.M Summer Styles 2017 Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner

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The Industry meets in Offenbach

Full house“ is programed in Offenbach when the I.L.M doors open at the beginning of September. More than 25 countries will be represented by 300 exhibitors at the I.L.M Summer Styles 2017 taking place September 2 to 4 and being the forum for the collections Spring/Summer 2018. The exhibits show the new creations of the segments leather goods, travel- and school articles, umbrellas as well as fashion accessories. Arnd Hinrich Kappe, Managing Director of the Messe Offenbach, expresses his delight about the ongoing positive interest in the fair and comments: „ In many years our house is again fully booked for the coming event.“ He is convinced that „the particular emphasis on a balanced mix of renowned brands and fascinating newcomers is a perfect match to freshen the product lines of the retail trade by individual products.“

Work Fair with a special Touch

The I.L.M Offenbach has become the number one of the International Leather Goodsand Travel Luggage Fairs. Offenbach is ‚the place to be’. Special agents from all over the world are specifically coming to Offenbach. They appreciate the I.L.M as solid and reliable work fair and as an indispensable meeting point for the industry. Again, more than 6,000 trade visitors from over 50 countries are expected at the I.L.M. Beyond the leather goods specialized trade the fair has developed to be an important event for textile- and footwear dealers who complete their product line by strong-selling articles like bags and accessories.

Doing business and placing orders are the topics at the I.L.M. Inspiration and valuable support is again guaranteed by the Fashion Shows split up in themes of ‚Bags’ and ‚Travel’ together with the exclusively issued trend lecture for the I.L.M. Even now the industry is excitedly expecting a special event.

To be earmarked:

Opening hours: September 2 to 4, 2017, 9a.m. to 6p.m. daily (exclusivity for trade visitors)

Highlights: Chill Out Party on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, 6p.m. Fashion Forecast Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, 5p.m. Daily: Fashion Shows and Trend Lecture

General Information Tickets are available on site or through our online-ticket-shop after previous registration.


Cruising Peachy Meets Peachy and the City: How About This Model for the New Taxi, NYC Taxi & Limo Commission?



Anne Frasier, author of The Body Reader, Wins Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original Novel

Anne Frasier's thriller, The Body Reader, was named the winner of the International Thriller Writers' 2017 Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original Novel. Anne Frasier's The Body Reader was published last summer by Thomas & Mercer, the mystery, thriller and true crime imprint of Amazon Publishing.

The Thriller Awards honor the best in thriller fiction in six categories. Anne Frasier, a Daphne du Maurier Award and RITA Award winner, is a first-time nominee for the award.

"I want to thank Amazon Publishing and the entire Thomas and Mercer team. Anyone who has worked with them knows how wonderful they are," said Frasier. "I also want to thank my editor, Jessica Tribble, and author relations manager, Sarah Shaw. And a big thank you to International Thriller Writers."

In The Body Reader, no one knows madmen like Detective Jude Fontaine. Held in an underground cell for three years, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive. After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice--and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead.

"From our first reading of The Body Reader, we knew it was something special," said Mikyla Bruder, Publisher of Amazon Publishing. "We're thrilled to see Anne recognized with this richly deserved honor." Frasier is edited by Thomas & Mercer Editor Jessica Tribble.

2017 Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original Novel nominees include Robert Dugoni for In the Clearing; Paul Kemprecos for The Minoan; Jonathan Maberry for Kill Switch; and Stephen Maher for Salvage.

Book two, Body Count, in Frasier's June Fontaine Series will publish in June 2018, and will be available on and in bookstores. Thomas & Mercer also publishes Frasier's Elise Sandburg Series. Book four in the series, Truly Dead, published in May 2017.

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Catering Peachy: #wtce2017 WTCE proves it is the top destination for onboard travel operators in 2017 Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

Fresh Origins is America’s leading producer of Microgreens and Edible Flowers. Combining the benefits of an ideal climate with a deep passion for quality and innovation, Fresh Origins products are sought after by the finest restaurants and top chefs. The farm is located in the picturesque rolling hills of San Diego County, where the near perfect weather allows for production and harvest all year. Fresh Origins produces almost 400 Microgreens, Petitegreens, Edible Flowers, Shoots, Tiny Veggies™ and related items. Many are not available anywhere else, with new introductions nearly every month. Fresh Origins products are on top of the finest cuisine in the world! Fresh Origins supplies distributors of specialty produce who serve fine dining restaurants and resorts nationwide. There are also a few online sources of their products available to private chefs and home cooks. Read our first Culinary Queen interview with Kelly Sasuga: 

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Air and rail operators find inspiration, innovative products and unique educational value at the industry’s leading event for travel catering, onboard retail and passenger comfort.

The World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE®) proved why it is the number one exhibition in its field when it took place in Hamburg from 4-6 April this year. The show, which was part of Passenger Experience Week 2017, comprised three leading events that covered the full spectrum of the industry – WTCE, Aircraft Interiors Expo and the Passenger Experience Conference. They welcomed hundreds of senior air and rail operators who were looking to source the latest onboard products and services, network with likeminded travel professionals and update their industry knowledge.

Inspiration for the year ahead came in the form of an expanded education programme, complete with a new Airline Forum and extended Passenger Experience Conference, which took place the day before the show opened. The leading one-day conference focused on ‘defining the future of the passenger experience industry’ and provided insights into the latest trends making waves onboard. On the show floor at WTCE 2017, exciting live demonstrations from well-known chefs, TV personalities and experts in the Taste of Travel Theatre attracted the attention of attendees. Meanwhile, thousands of innovative products and services, all competing for a place onboard, were on display throughout the event. With more attendees and content than ever before, the exhibition reaffirmed why it is the top destination for air and rail professionals in the industry.

Teresa Smith, Supply Chain, British Airways, said: “WTCE was excellent. I attended the exhibition to find new products, talk to current suppliers and generally assess the latest in the market. I found many of the products I was looking for, as well as several that were new to me. The event offers fantastic networking opportunities with others from the industry under one roof, meaning I met lots of relevant people and went home with plenty of useful contact numbers.”

Attendees from the industry’s top air and rail companies including American Airlines, KLM, Delta and Airbus from countries across the globe descended on the Hamburg Messe to see hundreds of suppliers showcasing their products spanning sectors including food, beverages, uniforms, hygiene/personal care, travel retail and onboard retail, food service equipment, toys & games. With over 130 new exhibitors appearing at the show for the first time, the New Exhibitor Village proved to be a particularly popular addition to the show highlighting a selection of new exhibitors and attracting visitors in search of unique products that can help shape the passenger experience and deliver that all-important point of difference to their business. With passengers now more demanding than ever before, operators are looking beyond the tried and trusted mechanisms to enhance their offering, as Robert Rona, Director of New Products and Services at NutriPot Nutrition Limited explains:

“We’re a first-time exhibitor and our products offer complete nutrition in one product – perfect for onboard consumption. Consumers want healthier meal alternatives and are willing to pay more for premium products with added benefits. The NutriPot range has been developed to deliver great taste, health and convenience and provides the travel industry with a lucrative opportunity to provide a solution that their customers are willing to pay for. We’ve been able to meet the right people at WTCE and have had some high-quality visitors stop by our stand interested in our product.”

Other new products showcased at the show include the first ever PET sparkling wine bottle from exhibitor Ratcliffe & Brown and Oryx Desert Salt – a natural, crystal-white salt sourced from a pristine, remote, unpolluted salt pan in the vast Kalahari Desert of South Africa.

Improving the travel retail offering is one way that air and rail companies are looking to increase revenue while providing an improved experience for customers. The Focus on World Travel Retail feature was introduced for the first time at this year’s event to enable visitors to browse new and relevant product displays from companies specialising in this sector. A host of companies including Bottega S.p.a, Fartan Group, gategroup and The Belgian Chocolate Group & Starbrook Airlines recognised the importance of this sector for the onboard industry and showcased their products in the area this year.

Another popular feature within the Focus on World Travel Retail was the Gebr. Heinemann Networking Bar. Attendees and exhibitors came together to network and discuss the latest industry trends at a range of happy hours from brands such as Campari, Jägermeister and Lanson.

Helping visitors to pinpoint the exhibitors that they most wanted to see, two useful trails were set up around the WTCE halls. The Buy Onboard Trail highlighted more than 80 exhibitors that supply products for Buy Onboard menus while the Rail Trail featured more than 180 companies – marking the biggest rail presence to date – offered solutions to improve passenger comfort onboard trains. Both designated trails won favour with visitors who were able to plan their time at the show and efficiently visit those exhibitors of most interest.

Reinforcing the importance of innovation in this industry, the What’s New Onboard feature was invaluable to visitors by highlighting new products to market. As a result, the display attracted air and rail operators keen to diversify their product offering.

This year’s Passenger Experience Week also offered the most extensive educational programme ever seen, with speakers and experts from all corners of the industry sharing their experiences and advice with air and rail delegates. The event kicked off with the new and exclusive Airline Forum, featuring a keynote presentation from Jeff James, Vice President and General Manager of the Disney Institute, inspiring airlines to expand their customer service horizons. He offered advice to delegates to focus on their employees so that they could concentrate on passengers. He also shared insights into the areas key to improving the passenger experience from leadership, quality service and customer engagement. This was followed by the one-day Passenger Experience Conference which focused on ‘Defining the Future of the Passenger Experience Industry’, and featured over 20 sessions spanning Revenue Generation, Comfort and Wellbeing and The Connected Journey.

Popular sessions saw speakers including John Baumgartner, Sales Director, Inflight & Catering, Gebr. Heinemann, Nigel Duncan, Chief Executive Officer, STG Aerospace and Jan Blanchard, Head of Sales, Travel, Aviation and Payment Technology, Retail in Motion offer advice on how travel retail and buy onboard trends could be used to boost revenues. John Baumgartner advised delegates that it was important to motivate crew to sell onboard – but they would need the time, space and tools to improve sales successfully. He cited examples such as Finnair and Lufthansa, both of which were moving to pre-order services to ensure retail goods could be picked up on arrival, on a passenger’s return or delivered to a nominated address.

Another popular session included Dr. G Clotire Rapaille’s keynote address on why the ‘reptilian brain always wins’. The session received a great reaction from the audience and provided delegates with insights on the unconscious triggers experienced by passengers and how airlines can tap into these to improve the travel experience.

Conference delegate, Kara Nishida, Customer Experience Manager for Delta Airlines, said, “I really enjoyed the session on the reptilian brain and will be looking to share the insights gained with my team. I also attended the Hawaiian Airlines session – it was really interesting to hear new content and the change of thinking when it comes to premium leisure. It’s great to have everyone in one place, sharing new ideas – it’s been really valuable.”

As ever, the Taste of Travel Theatre proved to be one of the most popular features at the exhibition. Routinely overflowing with visitors, the sessions were led by some of the best-known faces in the industry. Among those drawing the crowds were Jamaican reggae musician and celebrity chef Levi Roots, who took to the stage to discuss how spicy flavours can work in the air. The session, entitled “Put some music in your food!” showcased new products for onboard consumption. Also appealing to air and rail operators was development chef consultant and TV presenter James Strawbridge, who examined the impact and value of serving high quality meals and products onboard.

A new workshop added to the Taste of Travel Theatre programme this year proved a hit with attendees. Getting a Product Onboard, run by Lance Hayward of The Hayward Partnership, featured a panel of air and rail suppliers discussing why they want to get their product onboard and the barriers to entry. The debate was subsequently opened up to the audience, with delegates providing useful insights around the importance of brand, communication, procurement and innovation.

Kate Edwards of Franklin & Sons attended several of the Taste of Travel sessions. She commented: “The sessions were really useful – especially Lance Hayward’s advice on getting onboard listings for products. There was also some helpful advice around relationship-building with buyers. I’d definitely go back next year.”

Continuing to prove popular with exhibitors and visitors alike were the wealth of networking opportunities available at the show, enabling attendees to meet new contacts and strengthen existing relationships. The Industry Networking Party, held after the Passenger Experience Conference saw the who’s who of the industry come together to enjoy live entertainment and Bavarian cuisine. Exhibitors and visitors also gathered at the WTCE Welcome Drinks Reception following the first day of the show.

Archana Sharma, Exhibition Director, commented: “WTCE was a huge success and the level of innovation displayed by our exhibitors was second to none, enabling visitors to leave with plenty of ideas and inspiration. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, which is brilliant to hear following the addition of new concepts this year and a first-class speaker line up. It was another fantastic event in Hamburg that saw the travel industry come together, build new contacts and secure mutually beneficial business deals.”

As part of Passenger Experience Week 2018, WTCE will again be co-located with Aircraft Interiors Expo and will take place on 10-12 April 2018 at the Hamburg Messe, Germany. The Passenger Experience Conference will return to the Hamburg Messe, taking place on 9 April 2018.

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Secretary Zinke and Colorado Senator Gardner Announce more than $50 Million for National Parks Infrastructure NPS Centennial Challenge Program is Matching $20 Million in Congressional Funding with $33 Million from Partner Organizations to Support Maintenance Projects at National Parks

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced on Saturday, July 22 that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states. Congress provided $20 million for the projects as part of the Centennial Challenge program which will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks.

Secretary Zinke and Senator Gardner made the announcement while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, which will receive $200,000 in federal funds matched by $200,000 from the Rocky Mountain Conservancy to reduce deferred maintenance on the Alluvial Fan Trail.

“Our national parks span twelve time zones and attract more than 330 million visitors every year. Some locations, like Rocky Mountain National Park, attract millions of visitors alone. This puts an incredible stress on the aging infrastructure at our parks and thanks to Centennial Grants and the generosity of public-private partners, we are able to distribute funds to rebuild our parks,” said Secretary Zinke. “Using public-private partnerships to help address the deferred maintenance backlog remains a priority for the Department and the Trump Administration. Park infrastructure includes trails, signage, restrooms, lodges, roads, bridges and waterlines. These funds will help us continue to provide a world-class experience to visitors and ensure that these amazing places are around for future generations.”

“Today, I stood alongside Secretary Zinke as he announced critical funding grants for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park,” said Senator Cory Gardner. “We must continue to be good stewards of our National Parks and protect these treasures for future generations. I want to thank Secretary Zinke for highlighting a crown jewel of Colorado’s public lands, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the dedicated Park employees that care for this land every day.”

“Many of the national parks that Americans treasure today would simply not exist without the strong partnerships and philanthropy that have benefited the national park idea for over a century,” said Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds. “The Centennial Challenge program continues that proud tradition by matching dollars from Congress with generous donations from dedicated partners to make high-impact improvements in parks.”

Examples of the more than 50 projects the Centennial Challenge program will fund this year using partner donations and federal matching funds include:
Centennial Challenge funds will complement a donation announced last year from philanthropist David M. Rubenstein to the National Park Foundation that will repair and restore the Lincoln Memorial in addition to expanding educational resources and public access.
Funding from Yellowstone Forever will improve overlooks along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park will restore heavily used frontcountry trails in the park.
The Gettysburg Foundation will help create a multi-use trail at Gettysburg National Military Park that will connect the visitor center to a historic farm that was used as a field hospital during the battle.
Friends of Saguaro National Park, the Western National Park Association, and G. Arthur Jansson are teaming up to create an accessible outdoor classroom space at Saguaro National Park.

Since 2015 the National Park Service has leveraged over $45 million in funding from congress through the Centennial Challenge program to attract more than $77 million from partner organizations to support over hundreds of projects across the country that have improved visitor services and strengthened partnerships to reinvigorate national parks.

For a complete list of centennial challenge projects and partners please visit
Park Name State Project Title Federal $ Partner $ Partner
Acadia NP ME Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Multiple Park Trails 192,286 259,112 Friends of Acadia
Andersonville NHS GA Reduce Deferred Maintenance by Replacing Park Signage 73,071 73,071 Friends of Andersonville
Antietam NB MD Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Historic Piper Farm 6,000 6,490 Save Historic Antietam Foundation
Apostle Islands NL WI Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Raspberry Light Station 3,657 3,657 Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Badlands NP SD Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Bison Fence 475,000 475,000 National Park Foundation, World Wildlife Fund
Biscayne NP FL Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Elliott Key Visitor Center and Replace Park Signage 166,475 170,790 Florida National Parks Association
Blue Ridge Parkway NC, VA Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Humpback Rocks Farm, Sharp Top Shelter, and Moses Cone Estate 303,149 308,880 Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
Blue Ridge Parkway NC, VA Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Historic Mabry Mill and Groundhog Mountain Structures 62,863 76,791 National Park Foundation, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP MD Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Swain's Lockhouse 100,000 108,160 C&O Canal Trust, Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern, C&O Canal Association
Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP GA, TN Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Moccasin Bend Orientation Plaza and Park Trails 143,773 287,546 Friends of Moccasin Bend
Cuyahoga Valley NP OH Provide Orientation and Interpretation at Visitor Contact Station 1,492,333 1,492,333 Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Delaware Water Gap NRA NJ, PA Reduce Deferred Maintenance through Replacment of Deteriorating Non-Code Compliant Cabins 1,429,066 1,429,066 Pocono Environmental Education Center
Denali NP & Pres AK Support Research for Three Long-Distance Migration Birds, the Gray-cheeked Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, and Hermit Thrush 23,800 23,800 Alaska Geographic, Denali Education Center
Dry Tortugas NP FL Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Traverse Magazines at Fort Jefferson 237,637 548,316 HTR Foundation through South Florida NP Trust
Everglades NP FL Reduce Deferred Maintenance by Repurposing Deteriorating Facility into Visitor Center - Planning and Design 720,000 800,000 South Florida National Park Trust, Everglades Association
Federal Hall NMem NY Restore and Illuminate the Wall Street Facade at Federal Hall 189,280 300,000 National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy
Gettysburg NMP PA Install a Multi-Use Trail to Connect the George Spangler Farm with the Museum and Visitor Center 394,271 459,837 Gettysburg Foundation
Glacier NP MT Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species Infestations through Inspections 60,000 60,000 Glacier National Park Conservancy
Golden Gate NRA CA Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Fort Cronkhite 628,912 644,635 NatureBridge
Grand Teton NP WY Reduce Deferred Maintenance in South Jenny Lake Visitor Use Area 757,356 1,267,202 Grand Teton National Park Foundation
Great Smoky Mountains NP NC, TN Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Rainbow Falls Trails and Historic Structures 124,945 312,711 Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains NP NC, TN Conduct Natural Resource Projects including Native Species Re-introductions and Forest Pest Control 72,000 169,182 Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains Association
Great Smoky Mountains NP NC, TN Reduce Deferred Maintenance on the Palmer House Museum and Replace Exhibits 38,470 38,470 Great Smoky Mountains Association
Great Smoky Mountains NP NC, TN Conduct Research and Natural Resource Projects on Wildlife Such as Elk, Black Bears, and Exotic Wild Hogs 18,600 55,744 Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Hawaii Volcanoes NP HI Reduce Deferred Maintenance on and Kilauea Hale 15,600 15,600 Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Kalaupapa NHP HI Reduce Deferred Maintenance at the Bayview Complex and Pali Trail Overlook 52,173 52,425 Pacific Historic Parks
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP VT Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Park Trails and Replace Park Signage 45,448 53,617 Woodstock Foundation
Mount Rainier NP WA Reduce Deferred Maintenance on multiple park trails 24,878 24,878 Washington's National Park Fund
Mount Rainier NP WA Reduce Deferred Maintenance on the Wonderland Trail 89,427 89,427 National Park Foundation
Multiple Multiple Complete Deferred Maintenance Projects at Multiple Parks 850,000 850,000 National Park Foundation
National Capital Parks-East DC Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Carter G Woodson Home National Historic Site - Planning and Design 425,000 425,000 National Park Foundation and other donors
National Mall & Memorial Parks DC Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Lincoln Memorial and Redesign the Unused Spaces Beneath the Memorial into a Multi-Use Service Area 4,840,000 16,000,000 National Park Foundation
National Mall & Memorial Parks DC Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument 650,000 650,000 National Park Foundation
National Mall & Memorial Parks DC Reduce Deferred Maintenance at West Potomac Park 15,000 16,224 Trust for the National Mall
National Mall & Memorial Parks DC Reduce Deferred Maintenance Near Mt. Vernon Triangle 10,000 10,816 Downtown Business Improvement District
Ocmulgee NM SC Reduce Deferred Maintenance on the River Trail and Improve Accessibility 75,000 75,000 NewTown Macon, Georgia Department of Transportation
Padre Island NS TX Protect Sea Turtle Population through Beach Patrols and Nest Recovery 30,000 30,000 Multiple Donors
Pullman NM IL Document and Archive Oral History Recordings 3,750 3,750 National Park Foundation
Pullman NM IL Develop Junior Ranger Program 15,850 15,850 National Park Foundation
Rock Creek Park DC Construct Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance 320,000 320,000 Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy
Rock Creek Park DC Restore Woodland Area along Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway 17,846 71,240 Rock Creek Conservancy
Rock Creek Park DC Reduce Deferred Maintenance in Chevy Chase Circle 16,368 17,705 Friends of Chevy Chase Circle
Rocky Mountain NP CO Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Alluvial Fan Trail 200,000 200,000 Rocky Mountain Conservancy
Saguaro NP AZ Create Accessible Outdoor Classroom Space 107,323 108,300 Friends of Saguaro National Park, Western National Park Association, G. Arthur Jansson
Sleeping Bear Dunes NL MI Construct Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail 561,000 561,000 Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc. and Michigan Department of Transportation
Tallgrass Prairie NPres KS Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Multiple Park Trails 121,935 135,223 National Park Foundation
Thomas Edison NHP NJ Repair Historic Line Shafts in the Heavy Machine Shop 9,999 9,999 Friends of Thomas Edison NHP
Thomas Edison NHP NJ Improve Accessibility, Preservation and Educational Use of Edison Archives 1926-1931 49,999 56,746 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Tule Lake Unit CA Support Programming for Students to Participate in the Tule Lake Pilgrimage 62,556 130,000 Tule Lake Committee
War in the Pacific NHP GU Implement Reef Ranger Summer Camp 7,500 7,500 Pacific Historic Parks
Whiskeytown NRA CA Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Multiple Park Trails 15,260 15,260 Friends of Whiskeytown
Yellowstone NP ID, MT, WY Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Trails, Retaining Walls, and Overlooks 2,416,320 2,416,300 Yellowstone Forever
Yellowstone NP ID, MT, WY Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Stephens Creek Bison Facility 150,342 154,669 Yellowstone Forever
Yosemite NP CA Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Lower and Multiple Backcountry Trails 264,002 294,065 Yosemite Conservancy, California Conservation Corp
Zion NP UT Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Lower and Middle Emerald Pools Trails 346,337 348,240 National Park Foundation, Zion National Park Foundation


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Wow, we would have even more features if the whole world listened to Melissa.

The Melissa Francis hit parade continues on Whom You Know-she continues to inspire the world with her new book...and for someone we don't know and have never met, she certainly has impressed us from afar.  Though also well done, we feel Lessons from the Prairie was a bit on the typical sophomore side for a second book, but maybe that is also because we have never seen Little House on the Prairie.  We were not allowed to stay up that late when it aired- the part when we were alive!  

Melissa's persistence, belief that the good guys do win in the end, faith in miracles and passion without fear spell success in the evolution of her latest and greatest effort with a pen.  Or perhaps, a keyboard.  We like what she says about faith, and we like what she says about confronting problems.  Both her sense of humor and honestly are highly laudable and she's someone that is hugely relatable.  Her words on being let go/fired/use your preferred term on page 49 are wise and fantastic.  And, it is nice to know that Melissa is human despite the Ivy-ness; for everyone that reads us and eats, she suggests forks for chocolate chip ice cream.  We believe she would enjoy the stressed mommy wine we reviewed so she can further take a load off.

We love how she's a team player via Michael Landon's Christmas efforts.  We love her definition of rich on page 129.  We love her secret of economy of effort and her summarization of healthcare on page 167.  Note not all reviews contain the phrase "we love" - and it is rare to see it multiple times as well.   And, we agree: do not send emails at 2am.  But it IS OK to tweet then.

We quite concur: she is like filet mignon with the Harvard degree, but we still prefer Boston College.

Bravo Melissa!  You are so good, we can't ignore you.
We look forward to your third book.  We will review it.

Lessons from the Prairie

The Surprising Secrets to Happiness, Success and (Sometimes Just) Survival 

I Learned on America’s Favorite Show

Melissa Francis was eight years old when she won the role of a lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls on the world’s most famous prime-time soap opera, Little House on the Prairie. 

Now, in Lessons from the Prairie: The Surprising Secrets to Happiness, Success and (Sometimes Just) Survival I Learned on America’s Favorite Show, Melissa shares behind-the-scenes stories from the set, along with inspirational and practical life lessons learned from Prairie’s dynamic creator, Michael Landon, that have echoed throughout Melissa’s adult life. Lessons from the Prairie will be available at booksellers on April 25, 2017.

A hilariously candid and brilliantly effective self-help book, Melissa shares her five-step recipe for turning disaster into golden opportunity, the critical upside of staying positive (nice guys/gals finish first!), how she wrangles the demands of motherhood with a full-time career (figure out what you really want), the role of faith (miracles do happen!), and how she’s learned not to care what anyone else thinks (show them your cellulite!) — all while peeling back the curtains on the legendary Little House series.

Broadcast journalist Melissa Francis is also the author of the acclaimed memoir, Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter. She is an anchor on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and a regular contributor on financial, economic, and political issues on shows such as The Five, Outnumbered, Happening Now, The O’Reilly Factor and America’s Newsroom, among others. As an actress, she appeared in numerous motion pictures, television series, and more than a hundred television commercials, and is best known for her role as Michael Landon’s daughter, Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, on Little House on the Prairie. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics degree from Harvard University and lives in Manhattan with her husband and their three children.


Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Australian Aboriginal Artists Goes on View at The Met August 11

Exhibition Dates: August 11, 2017–December 17, 2017 
Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Modern & Contemporary, Gallery 918

An exhibition featuring six spectacular works of contemporary art by leading Australian Aboriginal artists will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning August 11. Monumental in both scale and ambition, the paintings are part of a 2016 gift that introduces an electrifying new dimension into The Met's representation of global contemporary art. On Country: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan-Levi Gift explores aspects of nature and the elements—the flow of water, the shine or shimmer of rain or lightning—and its relationship to time and the ancestral landscape. Mastering dynamic resonance, or shimmer, and finding ways to capture it on canvas is a highly valued visual effect in Australian Aboriginal art, and one on which these Aboriginal artists have built international reputations.

The exhibition is made possible by The Modern Circle.

The artists featured in the exhibition are Doreen Reid Nakamarra (b. Warburton, ca. 1955–2009), Dorothy Napangardi (b. Yuendumu, ca. 1950–2013), Kathleen Petyarre (b. Utopia, ca. 1940), Abie Loy Kemarre (b. Utopia, ca. 1972), and Gunybi Ganambarr (b. Yirrkala, 1973). Highlights of the works on view include Napangardi's dynamic Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa (2002), which features a delicate grid of intersecting lines whose lively proliferation evokes spiritual depth and vitality; and Kathleen Petyarre's Sandhills in Atnangkere Country (1999) and Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming-Sandhill Country (after Hailstorm) (2000), which showcase the artist's highly distinctive layering technique, in which multiple fields of intricate dots work as visual metaphors to actively invoke and stimulate epic dreaming narratives. 

On Country: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan-Levi Gift is organized by Dr. Maia Nuku, Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The exhibition will be featured on the Museum's website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Image: Gunybi Ganambarr (Australian, born Yirrkala, 1973). Buyku (detail), 2011. Ocher on incised laminate board, 35 7/8 x 71 1/4 in. (91 x 181 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi, 2016


On Focus and Excellence, by Melissa Francis

"Just focus on you and being the absolute best at what you're doing."
-Melissa Francis


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For the tenth time in the last twelve years, readers of the leading on-line tennis travel website,, has named Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the No. 1 tennis resort in the world. Below are the’s top-10 tennis resorts for 2017:

1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
2. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, California
3. Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Nevis, West Indies
4. Wild Dunes Resort, South Carolina
5. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, California
6. The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
7. Mauna kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii
8. Boca Raton Resort & Club, Florida
9. Kapalua Resort, Hawaii
10. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida

The rankings come out each May listing the top 75 tennis resorts in the world and are based on the overall tennis program including instruction, teaching staff, and facilities, as well as other resort facilities such as lodging, cuisine, service and value. During the 2016/2017 ranking period, the tennis program at Kiawah Island Golf Resort ranked high in virtually all categories:

#1 Best Tennis Instruction and Programming
#1 Best Resort Junior Tennis Programs
#1 Best Overall Children’s Programs
#1 Best Spa
#2 Best Staff
#3 Best Pro Shop rated Kiawah as the No. 1 resort in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, it dropped to No. 3 before returning to the top spot in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Kiawah dropped to No. 2 before returning to the top spot in the last three years. This year’s poll was released on May 2.

Under the direction of Roy Barth since 1976, the tennis program at Kiawah Island has become one of the finest tennis programs in the country. The combination of Barth’s teaching experience and professional background has made him an integral part of Kiawah’s tennis programs. Barth played professionally for seven years during which time he was ranked in the top 50 in the world and competed against such tennis greats like Borg and Connors. In 1990 he was awarded the PTR Pro of the Year, in 1997 Barth was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, in 1999 he was inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, and in 2013 he was inducted into the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame. He is currently the president of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).

Guests of Kiawah Island Golf Resort can enjoy two separate tennis facilities: West Beach Tennis Center and the Roy Barth Tennis Center near the resort’s oceanfront hotel and spa, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. West Beach features 10 Har-Tru clay courts, two lighted hard courts and a backboard. Guests at The Sanctuary are steps away from the East Beach tennis facility that has nine Har-Tru clay courts (one lighted) and three hard courts (one lighted), as well as a zoned practice court with a ball machine and automatic retrieval system. Both clubs offer fully staffed pro shops, complete instructional facilities, and are beautifully landscaped with lush shrubbery separating the courts for privacy.

Named by the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine as the No. 1 island in North America and the No. 2 island in the world in 2014, Kiawah Island is located just 21 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. Kiawah Island Golf Resort sits along 10 miles of pristine beach and is known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S. In addition to Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, the resort manages close to 500 private villas and luxury homes, 12 restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has five championship golf courses, including the world-famous Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 PGA Championship. The Ocean Course was recently named the site of the 2021 PGA Championship. For more information, visit www.kiawahresort.comor call 800-654-2924.


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