Facebook15Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Homes First! Homes First! today announced that WSECU will match up to $2,500 in contributions to the nonprofit as part of #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in support of providing affordable housing in Thurston County. #GivingTuesday inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better, and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that the world truly gives as good as it gets.“We’re so excited and grateful!” says Homes First! Executive Director, Trudy Soucoup. “WSECU will help our supporters double their dollars and their impact this giving season and show that the holidays can be about not just giving but also giving back.”Giving Tuesday celebrates how the Thurston County community can do more with their wallets than just shop – and that we can give as good as we get. You can give more, give better, give smarter when you join WSECU and show your support of Homes First!The Homes First! partnership is being led by WSECU’s West Olympia Branch. It’s the result of an internal credit union competition for community engagement projects, led by staff. West Olympia branch employees selected Homes First! and presented their idea to the entire company. Their proposal to participate in #GivingTuesday was selected as a finalist.“We’re excited to leverage our $2,500 and turn it into $5,000 for a great organization with the community’s support,” said Ann Flannigan, WSECU’s Vice President of Public Relations. “We are going to help donors double their dollars on December 3 with our match. It’s the perfect antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.”Those who are interested in joining WSECU’s #GivingTuesday initiative for Homes First! can visit the HomesFirst! webpage. Contributions can be provided directly to the organization or be made at any local WSECU branch.Learn more about the #GivingTuesday movement here.Since 1990, Homes First! has provided affordable rental-housing in Thurston County. Homes First! Is proud to say that since that time, they have provided safe and decent rental housing for over 3,000 community members by creating and maintaining homes, supporting tenants, and developing a safer community.WSECU is a member-owned credit union serving the people of Washington State. By banking with WSECU members create shared prosperity for themselves and their communities. For more than 50 years, WSECU has served public employees and their family members. Today, WSECU is open anyone in Washington who embraces the values of giving, sharing and supporting our communities. At WSECU, we’re all in. Learn more at wsecu.org.
Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeKirk Jones’ “Grey Cherry Tree”Galerie Fotoland is pleased to present Kirk Jones’ The Urban Farm–an ongoing effort to document many of the Portland metro area’s urban farms and farmers.Jones’ passion is examining the environments that we surround ourselves in—“the structure of our housing, and how we co exist… some of the most interesting people and lives can be right next to you and the most exotic places just over the hill somewhere close.” Jones’ observation of beauty and nature in unexpected places comes through in The Urban Farm, where Jones says what interests him most is the variety of farm settings. “Some farms are only side yards hidden within inner Portland neighborhoods – just beyond a normal looking fence there could be 2 acres of working farmland.” Jones goes on to explain that the images of the farms and landscapes double as portraits of the farmers themselves.For the past five years, Evergreen alumnus Jones has been making photographs with the Gigapan System, creating high-resolutionNorthwest Organic Field by Kirk Jonespanoramic images that can be printed in very large format and provide exceptional detail. He prefers a slower work pace, which allows for more an engaging and deliberate process. He likens this high tech approach to photographers of the past, working with large, heavy and unwieldy equipment.Jones has shown extensively around Portland and the Northwest. He recently received two commissions by Portland’s landmark Pittock Mansion and the Lan Su Chinese Garden. This January, his series on Northwest logging will be included in The Meaning of Wood at The Seattle Convention Center. He has been published CNN.com, BonAppetit.com and NYTimes.com. He is a 2014 recipient of the Bronze Award in the Epson International Pano Competition.For more information on this series or to see more of Jones’ work please visit his website.Galerie Fotoland is an exhibition space supported by Evergreen’s Photoland.The gallery is open during normal school hours most days of the week. For more information regarding this show and others at Galerie Fotoland please contact Briana Martini at email@example.com Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Kane! Shelter volunteers call his coat-coloring, “Buckskin” and we think he likes the sound of that. To compliment his nifty coloration, he has a black muzzle and handsome dark markings around his eyes. Kane is 8-years-young, weighs 57 pounds, knows basic commands (including “sit” and “shake”) and enjoys going for leash walks. Kids and people make him happy and he enjoys greeting everyone who comes to visit him at the shelter with an upturned face and happy tail-wag. If you can provide him with a fenced yard, exercise, a grain-free and chicken-free diet, and your time, he would love to apply for the position of your loving and loyal, forever lap-dog.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet me in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-432-3091.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Hands On Children’s MuseumThe Hands On Children’s Museum, Washington’s award-winning youth museum, will launch Summer Splash! its third annual summer-long festival of fun this Saturday, June 23. Each month the Festival includes headline events, fire and water adventures, live performers, unique activities and special guests—all designed to keep children engaged and learning throughout the summer when learning loss is at its peak.To kick-off the festival, Hands On will close the street adjacent to the Museum for the Fire Rescue Spectacular, a one-day special event in partnership with the Olympia Fire Department.Young visitors can meet local firefighters and climb aboard giant fire engines, see a fireboat in action, tour the Spray Gallery and participate in the Junior Firefighter challenge that includes a bucket brigade, the chance to spray a real fire hose, and a hose rolling relay. Kids can also enjoy free mini ice cream cones and meet Sparky the costumed fire dog.“Creating quality, interactive learning experiences is at the heart of everything we do,” says Patty Belmonte, the Museum’s Executive Director. “This summer we are thrilled to give children the chance to experience a rich array of art and science guests and activities–so that they can learn something new each time they visit.”A highlight of the summer-long festival is the Riveropolis traveling exhibit featured for the first time in the Northwest July 19-August 17. The 35-foot moving river inspires endless investigation and experimentation. At nearby tinkering stations, children can build bridges and boats and use natural materials to explore how water works.The Museum of Glass Hot Shop, a mobile glassblowing studio, will be featured at Hands On August 9-11. Visitors can watch live glassmaking demonstrations by master glass artists and learn how molten glass can be shaped. Children can create their own glass inspired Shrinky Dink sculptures at a nearby activity station.Other event highlights include the Cork Boat Regatta July 19-22 and Aug.15-17, a live Canoe Carving Demonstration July 20 with Taylor Krise from the Squaxin Island Tribe, and exciting Stilts and Fire Spinning performances July 28 & August 18. The Rock Wall climb will be on site Aug. 1-4. Kids can Meet a Mermaid Aug. 11, make and cook in a solar oven during Solar Days Aug. 18 & 19, and explore a T-28 vintage airplane on loan from the Olympic Museum of Flight Aug. 22 & 23. The Giant Sand Castle will be featured all summer for painting daily, and Mud Pie Mondays will be offered every week. For a full schedule of Festival events and activities, visit www.hocm.org/summersplashfestival.Summer Splash! activities are free to the public with Museum admission or membership. EBT cardholders get free and reduced admission daily. The Museum also offers free admission to all from 5 to 9 p.m. on the First Fridays of each month.
Image Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@royalnavghan)Advertisement w9spNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7ha56Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elfy( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) h6Would you ever consider trying this?😱iyr5Can your students do this? 🌚ag0Roller skating! Powered by Firework Ravindra Jadeja is famous for his swordplay celebration with his bat whenever he achieves a half century on the pitch. His incredible celebration has gathered so much attention that even Aussie cricketer David Warner mimicked the celebration in one of his videos on Instagram. However, now without a bat to hold, Jadeja gets to the real deal, picks up an actual sword and swings it around! Fans rush to see the Team India icon’s sword skills on his recent Instagram clip, but there is Michael Vaughan in the comments pulling off a hilarious joke!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@royalnavghan)The superstar all rounder, currently in self isolation amidst the nationwide lock down due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, has teamed up with his fellow sportspersons of the country to entertain the fans through social media, and for Jadeja, it was his swordplay video that he posted yesterday on his official Instagram, along with the caption: “A “SWORD” MAY LOOSE IT’S SHINE,BUT WOULD NEVER DISOBEY IT’S MASTER. #rajputboy” Check out the video here-While the netizens were crazy excited to see the Men in Blue stalwart showcase his finesse with the sword, it was the former English cricketer Michael Vaughan who came up with a witty comment, making a reference to the growing grasses in Jadeja’s lawn. “Your grass needs a mow Rockstar !!! 😜 😜” Vaughan commented.Jadeja agreed to it, coming back with an equally hilarious reply to the former England skipper, saying that the job of mowing grass was unknown to him: “🤪 🤪 yes but I don’t know how to cut it 😤 😤 #coronaeffect”Image Courtesy: Instagram(@royalnavghan)Like Jadeja or Vaughan, many current and former cricketers are now in their homes, as all cricket fixtures have been either cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.The 2020 season of the Indian Premier League had already met with a postponement from its earlier inaugural date of 29th March to 15th April, as the lock down was supposed to be in effect until 14th April.However, the central and state governments of the country are all seeking an extension of the lock down, as the number of victims rises day by day. This will see a further postponement of IPL this year, or even a possibility of hosting the cash rich cricket league in winter.Also read-Bored? Watch Roger Federer and co. pull off blistering shots in this 2010s ATP compilation!Virender Sehwag reveals which mythological Ramayana character inspired his batting! Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Getty/APAdvertisement mwiNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsgtWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4wji( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tq25Would you ever consider trying this?😱forwsCan your students do this? 🌚gkx2Roller skating! Powered by Firework While the novel Coronavirus pandemic has brought world sports to a complete halt, and it has led to the upcoming and struggling sportspersons taking a toll. In tennis, its the low ranking players that are suffering the most. While the ‘Big Three’ of tennis- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic decided to join hands together for aiding the struggling players, Dominic Thiem is skeptical about the endeavour.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/APLast week, Djokovic announced that he would team up with Federer and Nadal with an aim of raising between $3 million to $4.5 milion for the lower ranked tennis players.The fundraiser, with the help of the season-ending World Tour Finals prize money and the bonus pools for the high ranking stars, is planned to aid players ranked between 200-250, and 700-1000, as they don’t have sponsorship support and are now dragging themselves in the COVID-19 crisis.Advertisement However, Thiem believes none of the low-ranking players will actually go without food or struggle for their lives in the lock down.“Quite honestly I have to say that no tennis player will be fighting to survive, even those who are much lower-ranked. None of them are going to starve,” Austrian said in a recent interview.Advertisement The world no. 3 also stated his lack of willingness to donate to players that he has seen who “don’t put the sport above everything else and don’t live in a professional manner.”He continued: “I wouldn’t really see why I should give such players money. I would rather give money to people or organisations that really need it.”The 16 times singles champion reached three Grand Slam finals, with his most recent loss being against Djokovic in the final of the 2020 Australian Open.Reaching his career-highest rank back in March, Thiem is also the second highest ranked player from Australia, and stated that his struggle to success was without any assistance.“None of us top players got anything handed to us, we all had to fight our way up,” the the 26 year old added.Tennis Sportwalk made a post on Instagram regarding Thiem’s comments, which generated a reaction from Aussie tennis ace Nick Kyrgios.“He still doesn’t understand the point. We at the top get paid far too much and there is not enough to go around, it’s about helping where we can, professional or unprofessional, put yourself in their shoes,” Kyrgios commented on the post.Image Courtesy: InstagramMore than 3,000,000 people all over the world have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, and 218,013 people have died.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-India lose rights for World Boxing Championships 2021 after non-payment of hosting fees Advertisement
Liam Bentinck, Fair Haven, enjoys a “baby” cupcake treat at Gourmet Picnic in Fair Haven. Photo by Art Petrosemolo. ***BBPiece O Cake***ENDB, Broad Street, Shrewsbury – Joely and Anthony Carasia have been at the same site for 18 and their special order business includes all types of cakes and cupcakes. “You need to be lucky to come into the shop and buy cupcakes,” Joely smiles, “as that would happen only if we had extras from an order.” So for cupcake treats from Piece O Cake, call and order and the sky is the limit in terms of cake flavors, filling and icing. “We work within the customers budget,” Joely says, “but many people think just because we are in Monmouth County, we can do what the Cake Boss does on TV for half the cost.”***BCups & Cakes**ENDB, East River Road, Rumson – Denise Kelleher and Elizabeth Shiftan run a cozy little spot in a building they share with a florist. It’s the kind of place you stop for coffee and a special muffin on your way to work or on the way home after picking up your kids at school.Kelleher, downsized from her New York job, was interested in staying closer to home and starting a business. She was introduced to Shiftan, a classically trained baker, who was baking for friends from home. The collaboration resulted in Cups & Cakes (the name comes from the Spinal Tap movie) which does both walk-in retail and catering.“We opened as a traditional bakery with cakes, pies, muffins, scones, and the like, Kelleher says, “it was our customers that got us into cupcakes as they started to ask for them.” Cups & Cakes prides itself on only high quality ingredients in its baked goods described by Shiftan as “pure with nothing artificial.”Cups & Cakes offers a variety of traditional and specialty cupcakes and many have special theme decorations for parties. They also have been asked to make special, cupcake wedding cakes . “We have seen our cupcake business grow especially over the past five months,” Kelleher explains. “If customers want them, we’ll make them and they are now a part of our regular offerings.”Cupcakes at Cups & Cakes range from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on size, what’s on them or in them. Packaging is exquisite and take out cupcake looked like a present tied with a blue ribbon.***BGourmet Picnic***ENDB, East River Road, Fair Haven – Suzette Overien, an experienced baker, has run Gourmet Picnic for eight years. The bright corner location with outdoor tables is a great spot for eat-it there coffee and pastry or pick it up and take it home.“Cupcakes always have been a big part of our business,” Overien says, “and especially what we call ‘baby cakes’ – small, one bite cupcake treats in lots of flavors and toppings.Tiny cupcakes are guilt free and affordable and “everyone, regardless of if they are working or not, can treat themselves to one,” she says. “I think Crumbs Bake Shop, a high end bakery that has multiple locations on the East Coast has done a lot to help market high end cupcakes,” Overien continues, “and some of that cupcake awareness has filtered down and translates into business for local bakeries like Gourmet Picnic.”Overine does large special orders of cupcakes and, like her competitors, has done cupcake wedding cakes with a variety of flavors and toppings.Gourmet Picnic’s cupcakes start at $1.25 for minis and go to $2.50 for stuffed.Cupcake Magician, Monmouth Street, Red Bank – It’s only five months old but according to the Cupcake Magician John Nardini, business is booming. “We have a great location,” Nardini says, “and our business has increased every month.”Cupcake Magician has free parking behind the shop and John says he’ll even deliver cupcakes to Monmouth Street and your car door if you ask when you order by phone.A former union painter, Nardini said “I got tired of part-time work and decided to go into business for myself. I had always cooked and baked and the popularity of cupcakes was the push that got me started.”Dee DeBari, whose family has owned a bakery in Hoboken for years, is John’s fulltime decorator and he keeps her busy icing or stuffing more than 500 cupcakes every weekdays and more than 1000 on weekends. Cupcake Magician currently has 37 different flavored cupcakes (cake and icing) with new, seasonal, and non-traditional offerings added each week like French Toast or Pancakes and Bacon.***BCupcake Magician**ENDB caters along with its retail operation and has provided upwards of 600 cupcakes for a school outing. Nardini allows customers to order on-line through his website for pick-up and advertises specials to his more than 650 friends and followers on Facebook.The Devil Dog cupcake is CM’s best seller but he has had busts too….just ask him about the “malted milk ball” cupcake, which, he says “just didn’t cut it and was soon off the menu.” Nardini makes pricing easy at Cupcake Magician with regular cupcakes at $2 and mini’s at $1.***BSugarush**ENDB, East Front Street, Red Bank – Partners Chris Paseka and Jesse Bello opened less than a year ago right around the corner from Riverview Hospital and they wanted to be unique. “We wanted out cupcakes to be different,” Paseka says, “and you can’t be much different if you have a case full of what everyone else has.”So, the partners decided on what they describe as a cupcake bar. “We have five basic cupcake flavors and then you pick the icing or icing and stuffing as well as the toppings. Yes, it takes a little longer,” they say, “but what you get is a truly unique cupcake.”Both Paseka and Bello always had a love of baking and cakes for parties and special events for friends and family. “We just decided to make it fulltime,” Paseka says, “ and we quit our New York jobs and began looking for the right location.” Bello grew up in Middletown and the partners liked the idea of a small, walk-around community site. The Red Bank location fit the bill.Like the other bake shops, Sugarush does a lot more than cupcake retail. Catering is a big part of the business with dozens of weekend parties requiring cakes and cupcakes. They have done as many as 800 cupcakes for a special event. “Our business is growing with some basic, local advertising and word of mouth,” Paseka says. Pricing at Sugarush varies depending on stuffing and toppings but, like the other bakeries, is in the $2 – $3 range for full size cupcakes.Sugarush has made philanthropy a part of its business plan since day one and each week has a charity cupcake special where a portion of the proceeds from each sale is donated to a local or national charity. IF YOU HAVEN’T nibbled on a cupcake recently, you must have spent the last few years at the North Pole. From birthday parties to lunch boxes with weddings in-between, the sweet treat has become the trendy indulgence for just about everyone.Joely and Anthony Carasia (Piece O Cake, Shrewsbury) have been in business on Broad Street for 18 years and their award winning wedding and party cakes are area favorites. “We’ve made cupcakes from the start,” Joely, a French Culinary Institute graduate, says, “but in recent years, they have become more of a trend and we see moms using them for parties and brides requesting them for wedding cakes.”Although a dozen cupcake may be smaller than a full size cake, Joely explains, it takes more work. “Cupcakes are very labor intensive as they all have to be decorated separately; it’s time consuming.” Joely has seen customers go over the top on cupcakes with elaborate decorations that puts the per cupcake price above $5.The cupcake trend started, according to an article in the ***ITALSWall Street Journal**ENDTALS, as a way to treat your sweet tooth without spending a lot of cash during the recession. More recently, cupcakes have taken on a life of their own fueled by television shows like DC Cupcake, programs on the food networks, magazine, newspaper and on-line articles. “But Joely says, “they are a trend and people hosting parties or weddings always are looking for something new. They won’t go away entirely but something else will take their place that’s for sure.”Even if that’s the case, for now, cupcakes are hot and here in the two rivers communities, new cupcake bakeries have sprung up and traditional bakeries have added cupcakes to their offerings so you can fill that childhood craving for something small and sweet. And with so much emphasis today on portion size and calorie counts, cupcakes seem to have found their niche.Cupcakes have been around for more than a century and may trace their name to the measure (a cup) of each ingredient used in the mix or possibly the fact that they were first baked in small teacups. In the 1950s homemaking era, cupcakes became extremely popular with moms who baked for and with their children. Hostess (brand) Cupcakes were first sold in 1952 and are still popular today.A decade ago, the TV show **ITALSSex In the City**ENDTALS gave cupcakes a monster push when the cast visited Magnolia Bakery (which still thrives in New York City on Bleeker Street) for cupcake treats. Small mom and pop shops blossomed in cities around the country and bakeries added fancy cupcakes to their offerings as everyone seemed to rediscover these treats.Monmouth County is no exception with small, successful specialty bakeries selling the sweet treats. A few of the areas most popular spots to indulge in cupcakes are: Piece O Cake in Shrewsbury, Gourmet Picnic in Fair Haven, Cupcake Magician and Sugarush in Red Bank, and Cups and Cakes in Rumson.The keys to good cupcakes are ingredients, flavors and stuffing, decorations and presentation and each of the bakers interviewed echoed these sentiments. So if what you need for a pick-me-up is something sweet, here are five spots to satisfy your craving.
FAIR HAVEN – Margaret Spicer is a toy story owner who obviously knows the importance of toys for children, especially during the holiday season.Because of that, Spicer is putting together a toy drive to benefit children who have been impacted by Super Storm Sandy.The owner of Distinctive Toys at 595 River Road is looking for donations of toys and money to purchase toys so that children can have a happy Hanukkah or a merry Christmas. She has teamed up with the Knights of Columbus Council 3187, which is located at 200 Fair Haven Road, and the nonprofit Fair Haven organization Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation for this effort.While she has sought donations of toys from the companies she deals with, Spicer stressed that those donating are not being asked to purchase toys from her store.She is hoping to have the toys set up at the Knights of Columbus in time for at least half of the Hanukkah season and for Christmas. Those needing toys for their children will be able to “shop” there.A lifelong resident, Spicer decided to put this effort together on Monday, Nov. 12, after finally seeing the devastation of the area on videos when her husband’s office got its power back.Those who want to make a monetary or toy donation may drop it off at her store or call her at 732-747-8080 for additional information.
By Chris Rotolo |Democrats won a prized U.S. Senate seat, maintained command of the 6th Congressional District and took full control of the governing body in Red Bank, but had little else to celebrate in the Two River area.Despite victories by Sen. Bob Menendez, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. and the Red Bank’s Democratic ticket of Mayor Pasquale Menna, Kate Triggiano and Hazim Yassin, it was the Republicans who ruled the day in Monmouth County and the greater Two River Area, a victory heralded by county GOP chairman Shaun Golden.Just before midnight at a podium inside the American Hotel of Freehold where Republicans had gathered to celebrate, Golden was joined by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, who had successfully defended his 4th Congressional District seat against Democrat Josh Welle. According to unofficial tallies posted by the county clerk, Smith received 53 percent of the 171,100 votes cast, and Welle received 46 percent.Also at Golden’s side were Republicans Gerard Scharfenberger and Sue Kiley, both of whom won election to the county Board of Chosen Freeholders.Scharfenberger, who was appointed to the freeholder board in January to fill a seat vacated by Serena DiMaso, received 125,055 votes to hold off Democrat Larry Luttrell, who collected 115,365 votes in the race for a one-year unexpired term.Kiley earned 122,165 votes to Democrat Amber Gesslein’s 108,946 votes to secure a full-term on the board. Independent candidate John P. Curley, a current freeholder seeking re-election, logged 10,943 votes.Golden not only cited record voter turnout for the success of the freeholder candidates, but their collective efforts to inspire voters to trek to their polling stations in the face of inclement weather.According to Golden, Scharfenberger and Kiley visited approximately 40,000 county households and made 127,000 phone calls to county residents in the past year.“They didn’t stop walking all year, from the St. Patrick’s Day parade in March through Election Day, and because of those outreach efforts, they touched a lot of people,” said Golden in an election night interview with The Two River Times.Scharfenberger is a Middletown resident who served as the township’s mayor six times during his service on the governing body between 2007 and 2017. Kiley is the sitting deputy mayor in Hazlet Township, where she shouldered the mayoral role in 2017.Golden said their experience allowed the candidates to stand apart from the rest.“We had two incredibly hardworking candidates with not only significant political experience, but significant life experience,” Golden added. “Gerry’s done a really nice job so far on the freeholder board and Sue will be a great addition, too.”Kiley cited a return of dignity to the open seat she won as an aspect of her campaign that resonated with voters, referencing the troubles that befell the former Republican freeholder Curley, and the sexual harassment investigation that prompted the board to censure him in December.“The fact that we can restore dignity to the seat I won tonight, and the fact that Gerry and I already work so well together, not to mention the track records that we bring with us, I think all of this added up in the eyes of the voters and helped us win the day,” Kiley said in a post-election interview with The Two River Times.This article was first published in the Nov. 8-14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsRallying from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series is quite an accomplishment for any team.But winning all three of those games in overtime — four if you count an extra time victory in game two — definitely increases the ticks on the pacemaker.That’s just what happened to the Binghamton Senators as the Ottawa farm team ran the table — in overtime — to defeat the Manchester Monarchs 4-3 in the best-of-seven AHL Calder Cup series.Ryan Potulny’s overtime winner in Game 7 gave the Sens a 6-5 victory Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.“It was the most emotionally and physically taxing hockey I’ve ever experienced,” Nelson Minor Hockey grad and second-year Binghamton defenceman, Geoff Kinrade told The Nelson Daily.“I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad we’re done with them.”Kinrade, 25, was thrust into bigger minutes than what was originally expected after injuries to Baby Sens blueline forced head coach Kurt Kleinendorst to go with four defencemen — Kinrade, Craig Schira, veteran Andre Benoit and rookie Patrick Wiercioch.The increased time on the ice proved to be a blessing in disguise as Kinrade scored the OT winner — his first playoff goal of his professional career — during Friday’s game six in Manchester.“I thought (game six) was going to last forever,” said Kinrade, inking a free-agent contract with Binghamton after four great years at Michigan Tech. “It showed no sign of ending. I was really surprised it ended when it did.”Trailing 1-0 after 40 minutes, Bobby Butler pulled Binghamton even with his third goal of the playoffs midway through the third period.The score stayed the same until Kinrade, grabbing the puck behind the net, surprised Martin Jones in the Monarch net.“(The goal) was off a rush coming down the left side,” explained Kinrade, earning the game’s first star for his heroics. “My initial shot was intended for a rebound for (Erik) Condra, which he shot wide.“I kept my momentum and collected the puck from behind the net and wrapped it around far side (beating Jones).”The comeback matches the Sens against Eastern Conference regular season champion, Portland Pirates.The series starts Wednesday in Portland. The format is two, three games in Binghamton, and the final two back in Portland.“We’ll do fine,” the confident speaking Kinrade said. “We have enough confidence to play well. The drama from the last series shouldn’t carry over negatively at all.” Portland and Binghamton split the regular season series with each team winning on the road.Kinrade, in his first professional hockey post-season, has four points in the email@example.com