At the young age of 3, William Van Gilder donned his first pair of skis and hit the slopes at Camelback Ski Area. By the age of 16, he dropped the skis completely, developed a passion for snowboarding and soon after began participating competitively in snowboard events. Thirty-four years later, Bill, as his friends call him, became an Olympic official working as a member of the Independent Olympic Committee during the most recent Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Bill at his family’s restaurant, Van Gilder’s Jubilee, located in Pocono Pines along Route 940, to discuss how he climbed through the industry ranks to officiate during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games Snowboarding and Ski events, not to mention participate in all the excitement that took place.
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After a disappointing 2013 campaign left the New York Yankees short of competing in the postseason, they were forced to witness their division rivals, the Boston Red Sox, win the World Series. The organization and General Manager Brian Cashman are focused on not allowing history to repeat itself during the 2014 season. Let’s take a look at some of the player acquisitions the organization made during this off-season to correct their flaws and get them back to their winning ways.
Earlier this year on January 18 at approximately 2:30 a.m., a 40-year-old South Abington Township, PA woman was abducted during what she thought was a routine traffic stop. An unmarked red Kia sedan, rapidly flashing its headlights, approached the woman on the 200 block of Northern Boulevard in Clarks Summit, PA. She then proceeded to pull over in the Fine Wine & Good Spirits parking lot located nearby. The male driving the Kia quickly approached the door of the woman’s car and informed her that she was under arrest. He then ripped her from her vehicle and tossed her into the back seat of the Kia (later discovered to have been stolen from the Dunmore area earlier that evening). As the woman was driven north on Northern Boulevard, she came to the awful realization that her abductor was indeed not a police officer.
With the departure of Bill O’Brien to the NFL, Penn State University hired former Vanderbilt University Head Football Coach James Franklin as its new head coach and leader of the football program. Franklin, a Langhorne, Pennsylvania, native, was quoted during his introductory press conference as saying he is a “Pennsylvania boy, with a Pennsylvania heart.”
The “Super Bowl” matches up the American Football Conference champion against the National Football Conference champion each year. As we approach Super Bowl XLVIII, let’s take a look at some of the previous top matchups that have taken place among these storied contests.
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- February 12, 2015 on We, the People: Independent Citizen Review Board forming to investigate the courts
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