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Willard F. Bourquein

first_imgWillard Franklin Bourquein, formerly of Harrison, OH and Apache Junction, AZ passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at his summer home in Batesville, IN at 83 years of age.He was born January 15, 1933 to Clarence A. and Mabel D. (White) Bourquein at their home in Harrison.  Willard spent his early years learning to hunt, fish and grow vegetables with his Dad and cousins.Graduating in 1950 from Harrison High School he earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Louisville. From the age of 14 on he played baseball for many different men’s leagues. The catcher was recruited by the Columbia, South Carolina Reds in 1952 to attend their training camp.  He was drafted into the US Army in 1953 until 1955 during the Korean War.   He had the opportunity to spend a lot of his time playing ball with the drafted major league players.  After the military, he started working in sales.  Willard discovered he enjoyed meeting new people and selling.  While delivering milk for Coors Dairy he started his own sales business, Bourquein Water Conditioning in 1962.  Looking for a new office in 1971, he purchased the The State Theatre building in Harrison and reopened it for a few years as well.  The always working entrepreneur, then started 74 Self Storage, Inc. in 1976 and in 1983 he purchased Mill End Estates Mobile Home Community in West Harrison, IN.Willard was an active member of the community helping to form the Harrison Jaycees in the 1960s and later sitting on the Harrison Chamber of Commerce Board.  He was member of the Harrison American Legion Post 199 and the Harrison Gun & Conservation Club.  In the 1950’s Willard learned to fly and joined the Harrison Social Flights.  He was a member of the Queen City Anglers Guild for many years.  The avid fisherman earned his Charter Captains License taking many fellow fishermen and family on trips to the Great Lakes and Canada in his dual engine Aquasport the ‘Lake Invader’.Eventually Willard decided to semi-retire to Arizona during the winter months and started enjoying his other hobbies of dancing, card playing and hunting.  He became a life member of the AZ Predator Callers learning to hunt coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions as well as train others to call.  He was a proud NRA member and promoted firearm safety.  He felt strongly that a vote for the Democrats and Hillary meant an end to freedoms that he enjoyed during his lifetime. Willard wanted to ‘Make America Great Again!’When he wasn’t working you could usually find Willard in a duck blind, out fishing or playing euchre.  He was a patient teacher to his children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and their friends; always taking the time to teach them how to hunt, fish, shoot, water-ski or ride dirt bikes.  He even passed on the secrets to mole hunting & coyote calling to a fortunate few.He will be dearly missed by his daughter, Taaron (Rodger) Meyers of Batesville, IN and son Tay (Cathleen Quigley) Bourquein of Whitestown, IN; grandchildren Grant & Kent Meyers and Mallory Bourquein; his special friend, Betty Graack of Waunakee, WI; along with his brother-in-law John Betscher of Greenville, IL; aunt Ruth Darling of Bright, IN; mother of his children, Marilyn Bourquein of Harrison, OH; plus many nieces, nephews and cousins.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Wauneta Betscher.Visitation will be Friday from 5-8pm with funeral services on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:00am all at Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home, 215 Broadway Ave, Harrison, OH 45030.  Rev. Joshua Long officiating.  Burial to follow in the Glen Haven Cemetery, Harrison, OH with military funeral honors by the Harrison Funeral Detail.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

Why are Michael Bennett’s shoulder pads so small? Cowboys DE’s explanations vary`

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/79/4a/bennett-2019-112419-gettyjpg_1w4ftw3xng6a51pfilz113x6fu.jpg?t=-1631820346&w=500&quality=80 Yes, Michael Bennett’s odd-looking shoulder pads are abnormally small for a reason. The defensive end who now plays for the Cowboys after being traded by the Patriots earlier this season has explained on multiple occasions why he wears shoulder pads that appear designed for a player roughly 100 pounds lighter.Bennett is 6-4, 275 pounds. Yet he wears custom-made shoulder pads that resemble equipment a kicker would wear. The reasons, the 34-year-old has said, vary from range of motion to weight to speed. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ee/c1/michael-bennett-2011-112419-gettyjpg_1wgbbg4n0ipyu1rwycu9gneitd.jpg?t=-1631757394&w=500&quality=80 2013-17 (Seahawks) MORE: If Cowboys fire Jason Garrett, could he land with Giants?Bennett has been wearing kicker-like shoulder pads since his days with the Seahawks. Now in his 11th NFL season, the tiny pads have followed the three-time Pro Bowler through his time in Philadelphia last year and New England earlier this year. On Sunday, Bennett and his small shoulder pads will face the team from which he asked to be traded in October.Bennett at this point in his career is a rotational defensive lineman for the Cowboys, but he remains an effective player, as his three sacks through three games in Dallas prove. He might argue that has something to do with his unique equipment.Why are Michael Bennett’s shoulder pads so small?Bennett on multiple occasions has explained why he wears custom, kicker-like shoulder pads as a defensive end. His answers to questions about his pads, though, have varied.Below are some of the most recent examples.Speaking with Patriots media earlier this year, via NESN: “They’re like kicker shoulder pads. They’re like D-line/kicker with the way how small they are. But I’ve been using them for a while. I like them because they’re lighter. You can move your shoulder faster. It’s harder for a lineman to grab you. People hate that because when they try to grab that extra pad right there when you turn your shoulder, they just miss. It’s just skin as you’re going past them. That’s why I like wearing them. They always complain about it. They hate it.”I actually copied Osi (Umenyiora) and John Abraham. Those are my two favorite players, defensive linemen. Osi and John Abraham. I used to love the way John Abraham rushed and then how Osi used to use his hands. … I copied Justin Smith a little bit too. So, I copied what he did with his (pads) and tried to make mine like his. So, it was Justin, John and Osi. Those are the three guys I liked. I just liked the way they used their pads, so I tried to make mine something close to theirs.”Added Bennett on loosening his jersey sleeves: “I hate that it has you restricted. I don’t like anything that makes you feel restricted. Sometimes when your jersey is so tight you can’t raise your arm. I like that my jersey’s down here, and I can raise my arm and feel free.”Speaking with The New York Times in 2018: “Small pads make me a better pass rusher. I’ve got complete range of motion and I use my hands more instead of just throwing my shoulder into someone. I engage with an offensive lineman the right way — with outstretched arms.”Speaking with SB Nation in 2017: “I just like the smaller ones because it makes sure I use my hands and makes it so I can stretch my arms out all of the way. It helps pass rushers, but I don’t think it really matters too much because I know how to use my hands. It makes me make sure I use my hands and not throw my shoulder in there.”Michael Bennett shoulder pads through the years2009-12 (Buccaneers) 2019 (Patriots and Cowboys) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b8/93/michael-bennett-2014-112419-gettyjpg_sqk8kbw4dfrj1oqsk0pjc3qfc.jpg?t=-1631718794&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fb/bd/michael-bennett-2018-112419-gettyjpg_1fr8f1q5n2er115yjajccttyim.jpg?t=-1631653778&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3f/f7/michael-bennett-2016-112419-gettyjpg_1ovxmm65c2d2j1cqo7tt9y8li3.jpg?t=-1631688410&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cf/2d/michael-bennett-2019-112419-gettyjpg_707evjzs39ns110hkbbck27j0.jpg?t=-1631796474&w=500&quality=80 2018 (Eagles)last_img read more

Over Rs 250 cr spent on training of babus abroad: Govt

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 10 (PTI) Over Rs 250 crore has been spent on training of bureaucrats in foreign universities during the last ten years, the government said today.Rs 254.55 crore was spent by the government during 2005-15 on training of a total of 2,525 officials abroad, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. As part of its mandate for capacity building of civil servants, the Department of Personnel and Training implements a scheme of domestic funding for nominated civil servants for training in universities or institutions abroad in thematic areas of public policy, public administration, finance and budget, urban development, health, education, environment policy, etc, he said. During 2014-15, 334 bureaucrats had gone abroad for training and about Rs 50.20 crore was spent by the government. A total of Rs 220.44 crore has been earmarked for training of officers abroad and within the country during the financial year 2016-17. PTI AKV RCJ SK RCJlast_img read more