Herb Godfrey knows this Christmas will be a little bit different. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.“I will wake up alone on Christmas, but it’s OK,” the lifetime Ocean City resident said. “I know my boys will be doing something a lot more important than running down the steps looking for presents…even though they have outgrown that stage anyway. They will be serving our country. Its part of them growing up and part of them becoming men. I couldn’t be prouder.”Godfrey’s youngest son, Townsend “Townie” Godfrey, 18, is stationed on the US Coast Guard Cutter Campbell as a “non rate” recruit and set to ship out for three months from its home port at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery Maine. Herbert, “Herbie” Godfrey, Petty Officer, is stationed at Woods Hole Small Boat Station in Cape Cod, Mass.The young men are continuing a Godfrey family tradition of Coast Guard service that predates the formation of the modern-day service to its roots in Ocean City with what was then known as the United States Life Saving Service.Godfrey’s late father, Herb, was a World War II Coast Guard veteran, Herb said, and at least two previous generations of the family also served, including a previous Townsend Godfrey, Herb Godfrey Sr.’s grandfather, who was a member of the Life Saving Service.At their grandfather’s grave site on graduation day, Herbie on the left and Townie on the right.Herbie serves as a machinery technician, Herb said, known as the “MK’s,” Herb said. Townie’s assignment still has not been decided, he said, but the proud Dad feels his younger son is leaning in the direction of doing the same job as his older brother.Herb misses his boys, but Townie was able to visit home last weekend, and Herbie will be in town for a visit on Jan 28th. Both young men ship out on Jan. 3.Herb said his own Dad’s experiences in the Coast Guard inspired his sons to join. And what would the elder Godfrey, who passed away in 1998 think?Townie receiving his certificate and first salute from Herbie.“I doubt he would have the words to express the pride he would have felt,” Herb said. “He would have been overwhelmed that both of his grandsons had followed his footsteps in the Coast Guard.”At Thanksgiving, both young men reunited with Herb and their Mom, Val, at Kittery. Herb said his mom Teresa, sisters Sue and Sallie and family friends George and Theresa Loder, all of Ocean City, have been outstanding supporters along the way.But as the new year dawns, the family feeling will give way to separate paths as the young men pursue their service.“I am just proud and happy of the direction both of the boys have taken,” Herb said. Herb Godfrey is flanked by his sons, Herbie and Townie, earlier this year at Townie’s graduation.
EDF, Masdar secure financing to build Saudi Arabia’s first wind farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is poised to start generating wind power within three years as part of an effort to harness renewable energy to cut local demand for fossil fuels.The renewable energy units of Electricite de France SA and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Co. completed arrangements with Saudi and international banks to finance the project, according to a statement from Masdar, as the Abu Dhabi business is known. Masdar didn’t identify the lenders.EDF Renewables and Masdar won a contract in January to build the 400-megawatt Dumat Al Jandal facility, which is to begin producing electricity in the first quarter of 2022. The project will be the biggest wind-power plant in the Middle East when it begins producing, Masdar said.Saudi Arabia is seeking to develop new industries to wean its economy off oil. Its sovereign wealth fund plans to invest in renewable energy facilities and factories to make components for solar and wind farms. The country wants to use more natural gas and renewable energy to free up roughly 600,000 barrels of crude that it currently burns each day to generate power.The wind plant is to be built at Dumat Al Jandal city in northwestern Saudi Arabia, a region where state-owned Saudi Aramco installed a single wind turbine in January 2017.The energy ministry has pre-qualified 60 companies to bid for 12 renewables projects it plans to tender this year, starting this month, with a goal of adding 3,000 megawatts of capacity.More: Oil giant Saudi Arabia set to build first wind-power plant
Tags: J-EskaneatelesSolvaytrack and fieldWest GeneseeWesthill On a single Wednesday afternoon, track and field teams from Skaneateles and Jordan-Elbridge met face-to-face, while Marcellus hada a meet against Solvay.Skaneateles and J-E spilt, with the girls Lakers prevailing 94-47, but the boys Eagles finishing in front 73-64.Emme Conan led the Skaneateles girls, claiming the 100-meter dash in 13.5 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 28.4 seconds as she also helped the Lakers take the 4×100 relay in 53.8 seconds. Georgia McSwain was first in the 3,000-meter run in 12:41.4. Kevin Huss cleared 9’6” in the pole vault as Gabe Hoag had a top triple jump of 34’9”. Kyle Brown threw the shot put 39’8” and Dan Balman had a first-place discus toss of 97’8”.On the track, the Mustangs featured Nick Roseboom taking the 3,200-meter run in 11:08 flat as Carl Santiarello went 5:38.4 in the mile. Mason Grieb added a victory in the 400 hurdles in 1:07.3 and Jonah Kwasnowski ran the 110 hurdles in 18.10 seconds.Marcellus also won 82-59 over Solvay in the girls meet, with the Mustangs’ Delaney Manahan sweeping the 100 (13.1 seconds), 200 (27.3 seconds) and 400 (1:03.0) sprints, with Brielle McShane winning the 800 and 1,500.Elsewhere for the Mustangs, Macie Szalach cleared 9 feet in the pole vault, with Sophia Shaw (triple jump) and Meaghan Strempel (3,000) also victorious. Solvay had Kyra Crossett clear 4’10” in the high jump and take the 100 hurdles in 18.4 seconds, with Sabrina Garnett winning the discus with 84’3” and Rhiannon Ackerman going 15’1” in the long jump.West Genesee found itself battling both Fayetteville-Manlius and Baldwinsville in a three-team meet on the Hornets’ home track, and the boys Wildcats nearly gained a split, but lost 67-63 to the Hornets to go with a 96-54 defeat to the Bees.Still, WG swept the sprints, Esisas Brumfield going 11.6 seconds in the 100 and 26.8 seconds in the 200 while pairing with Dan Gill, Patrick Perris and Hopetan Wellington to win the 4×100 in 44.76 seconds.Wellington got a victory of his own in the high jump, the only competitor to clear 5’10”, while Kyle Collins was first in the 110 hurdles, posting 16.11 seconds.The girls Wildcats had Abby Kuppinger beat the field in the 400 sprint in 1:02.68, with Olivia Becker victorious in the 100 hurdles in 17.87 seconds. Caitlin Mills, Sandy Gardino, Natalie Kelling and Phoebe Anderson were first in the 4×100 relay in 52.26 seconds.A day earlier, Westhill swept Mexico, topping the Tigers 83-36 on the boys side and 77-39 on the girls side as both sets of Warriors stayed undefeated.The Westhill girls had Katherine Evans prevail in the 400 sprint (1:07 flat) and 400 hurdles (1:19.3), Evans also helping Ashley Heffernan, Angie Mesa and Erica Gangemi take the 4×100 relay in 53.5 seconds.Heffernan was first in the 100 hurdles (16.1 seconds), with Mesa taking the 200 in 27.5 seconds and Gangemi edging Lauren Bendall, 14.0 seconds to 14.1, in the 100 sprint.Bendall did win the 800, with Liz Kessler victorious in the 1,500. Madison Scheirer cleared 4’8” in the high jump as Lennah Abraham threw the discus 98’7” and Lauren Marshall won the triple jump with 30’4”. Brooke Zollo finished first in the long jump.The boys meet included Tom Howard’s sweep of the 100 (11.7 seconds) and 200 (24.1 seconds) sprints, with Will Thornton claiming the 800 in 2:15.1 and the mile in 4:59.4 over Jacob Roberts (5:01.9).Elsewhere, Elliot Rouse cleared 5’4” in the high jump and tied Mexico’s John Sciarabba with a long jump of 18’5”. Luke Kelly went 18.2 seconds in the 110 hurdles as Will Remillard won the 400 hurdles in 1:05 flat.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Graeson Landsberg , who won the 400 hurdles in 1:13.4, had a top triple jump of 30 feet 11 ½ inches, with Sophia Casler going 14’5 ½” in the long jump as Sharia Dart (shot put, 28’7 ½”) and Reagan Evans (discus, 69’8”) swept the throwing events.On J-E’s side, Coral Uhle won the 800-meter run in 2:38 flat, with Vassianna Klock going 5:19.2 to take the 1,500-meter run as they both ran legs for the Eagles in the 4×400 (4:33.0). Mia DeLap won the 100 hurdles as Kyra White cleared 8 feet to win the pole vault.When Marcellus took on Solvay, the boys meet proved a close one, but the Mustangs held off the Bearcats 73-68, helped by finishing first in four of six field events.