Chevler ups capacityBaking case and tulip muffin wrap manufacturer Chevler, has announced it is now capable of producing over 100 million tulip muffin wraps a year following the doubling of capacity at its production site in South Wales. The firm has invested heavily in new bespoke machinery over the past 18 months, in order to cope with increasing demand from food manufacturers and commercial cake-makers in the UK and Europe.Fosters’ MP visitShadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills John Denham MP visited Fosters Bakery last week with Dan Jarvis, Labour candidate for Barnsley Central, to meet the bakery’s employees and apprentices, including recent winner of Fosters’ ’Great Apprenticeship Bake Off’, Nicola Smithson.Brace’s moves inBrace’s Bakery has begun its move into Warburtons’ Newport site in Rogerstone, following the announcement, in December, that it was to take over the site. The factory will be Brace’s third; it also operates plants in Pen-y-Fan and Croespenmaen in Crumlin.Hospital donationBakery suppliers Kluman & Balter recently donated £15,000 to the Special Care Baby Unit at Watford General Hospital. The firm gives annual charity donations, and this particular care unit was personally known to chair Geoff Kluman and his wife Ana, whose child spent the first few weeks of her life there.Coffee speakersRecently announced speakers at The UK Coffee Leader Summit 2011, from 30-31 March, include Costa Coffee marketing director Jim Slater and Starbucks MD Darcy Willson-Rymer.
Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Spring fever was very real in Hancock County over the weekend — but only for some.Prior to Monday’s snow dumping, Mainers were treated over the weekend to some of the nicest weather 2020 has had to offer thus far. With temperatures topping 50 degrees in some places it was a great opportunity for hiking, fishing, jogging and other activities that don’t violate social distancing guidelines while providing a breath of fresh air.For those participating in spring sports, though, the end of March should have meant something more: the start of a new season. Instead, it has brought about frustration and disappointment after the spread of the novel coronavirus has forced Hancock County’s high school athletes to wait another month to begin practices.“It kind of hurts to look out at the fields right now,” said Sara Shea, a junior softball player at Ellsworth High School. “You see all the nice weather and think to yourself, ‘Oh, it’s close,’ but it’s not.”Ellsworth’s Paige Sawyer competes in the hurdles during a 2019 high school track meet in Ellsworth. The Eagles, who were originally scheduled to begin the season April 16 at Hampden Academy, still have home meets scheduled for May 1 and May 22. FILE PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe season’s delay comes after the Maine Principals’ Association elected March 13 to postpone preseason practices until April 27. Pitchers and catchers were originally eligible to begin conditioning workouts March 23, and practices for all other athletes had been slated to begin Monday.The MPA’s delay affects students wishing to participate in baseball, softball, outdoor track, tennis or lacrosse, though the latter is not offered at any Hancock County schools. It has left players, coaches and administrators in an unfamiliar situation ahead of a season that usually coincides with the end of a long school year.“It’s super weird and a little boring,” said George Stevens Academy baseball’s Caden Mattson. “You try to still work out and stay active, but it’s hard when you’re quarantined and not at school or with your teammates.”Even as they’ve had to adhere to social distancing and isolation, local players have managed to stay active. Shea and Mattson have been doing workouts in their basements, and Shea even has a net set up so she can sharpen her hitting skills indoors with Ellsworth’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium unavailable.One of Shea’s teammates, Trinity Montigny, has stayed active outdoors by adding daily runs to her routine and indoors by working out at a friend’s private gym when not in use. As a senior, the spring sports season would be the last opportunity for Montigny to play in an Ellsworth uniform.“For us seniors, it’s hard because this is it for us,” Montigny said. “We really want to get out there and go play, and if we can’t, it’s just over.”Coaches were not allowed to speak with players during a two-week “hands-off” period prior to the practice period slated to begin Monday. The MPA originally planned to extend the hands-off period all the way until the new April 27 start date but reversed that decision Friday.Mount Desert Island track coach Aaron Long reached out to his athletes Monday with a plan to keep their bodies active and their track and field skills sharp. The “virtual meet series,” as Long described it, urges athletes to compete in one of eight events (100-meter run, 400-meter run, 100-meter hurdles, 1-mile run, long jump, shot put, discus throw and heptathlon) on their own and send in the results.Deer Isle-Stonington softball’s Brienna Limeburner swings at a pitch during a 2019 playoff game against Jonesport-Beals in Deer Isle. Athletes participating in spring sports were scheduled to begin their seasons March 30. FILE PHOTOOf course, many athletes don’t have access to hurdles, discuses or shot put spheres, and runners participating will have to find their own spaces to do so with the MDI campus closed. Yet Long has urged his athletes to get creative to simulate the experience of the outdoor track season during a month in which they can’t participate in live meets.“I’m a person who is always on the go, so this sudden halt has been a bit jarring,” Long said. “Because the ‘competition’ periods are over the weekends, my hope is that it provides incentive and motivation for kids and adults to stay active and improve their fitness or techniques during the week.”There is also, of course, an important part of our social fabric that will be missed with sports on hold. People often turn to sports for a reprieve during difficult times, but with social distancing needed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, those games, meets and competitions aren’t there when people need them the most.“You look forward to things like sporting events because they help you heal a little bit,” MDI head baseball coach Andy Pooler said. “It’s hard because we don’t have them in a time where we need them to bring people together.”It is still a strong possibility that social distancing recommendations are extended beyond the month of April. That would make the cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season a strong possibility, something all three athletes who spoke to The Ellsworth American for this story acknowledged.“It’s so draining, but that’s the way it is for everyone,” Shea said. “It’s important to stay positive and do what you can.” Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020