Latest Posts Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) ELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA has partnered with The Summit Project for its second annual Veterans Remembrance 4-miler.The event — slated for Sunday, Nov. 8 — will feature 10 stones representing fallen service members from Maine — a state with one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the nation. Ten local runners will carry each stone the extent of the course.YMCA fitness instructor Robin Clarke organized the first Veterans Day-themed race last November after competing in last year’s “Run for the Fallen” in Brunswick.“The Run for the Fallen really touched me,” Clarke said. “I couldn’t believe we didn’t have something like that in this area.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThis year, Ellsworth resident Joelle Ingalls presented Clarke with a new idea for the race.“I just saw this tiny little project and it just blossomed,” Ingalls said, referring to The Summit Project. “It’s a living memorial to Maine soldiers who have fallen.”The Summit Project — founded by a Maine veteran, Maj. David J. Cote — honors fallen service members from Maine by engraving their initials on tribute stones, which volunteers carry on treks throughout Maine and elsewhere.“You carry the stone, feel the weight and figure out over those miles how the weight you’re carrying has affected their loved ones,” Ingalls said.Ingalls said stones have been taken on journeys as far away as Mount Everest.Cote offered to lend Ingalls 10 of the project’s least-carried stones to honor them in this weekend’s race.“Supposedly, they’re the ones that haven’t gotten as much time in the limelight,” Ingalls said. “We don’t want their service to go forgotten.”Ingalls did her research and thoughtfully assigned each runner a veteran with whom she saw a connection.For example, she assigned Clarke, an avid runner, to Army Capt. Christopher S. Cash — also a runner who now has an annual 5K named in his honor called “Run for Cash” in Old Orchard Beach.“I just knew it would be the perfect matchup,” Ingalls said. “I get lost on the project’s website. I’ve read most of the profiles of these people.”One factor Ingalls was unable to account for in her assignments was the size of the rocks — which are hand-selected by the soldiers’ families and come in all different shapes, sizes and textures.“I have no idea what the stones will look like,” Ingalls said. “That makes it kind of fun.”Clarke said regardless of the stones’ sizes, runners are expected to carry them the entire four miles.“It might take some longer to finish because they have this behemoth stone, but we can’t quit,” Clarke said. “We can walk, crawl, drag… Whatever it takes.”Locals who will be carrying a stone are Ingalls, Clarke, Tony McKim, Jessica Casey, Patrick Kimmel, Heidi Garrison, Josh Steward, Jason Garrison, Steve Sullivan and Dotty Small.These volunteers are required to learn about their soldier and compose a post-event reflection letter addressed to the service member’s family.The rest of the race is open to the public and will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the YMCA. Registration opens at 8. The cost per entry is $15.Proceeds from the event — sponsored by The First — will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and The Summit Project.“We take care of our own,” Ingalls said. “This is a way for people to give back.”Find more information at defymca.org or thesummitproject.org. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Bio Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016
“Absolutely I would,” support @Kaepernick7 getting a 2nd shot in the @NFL — @POTUS in my interview today on racism, policing, statues & yes–sports. #ColinKaepernick pic.twitter.com/0B83cNbesW— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) June 17, 2020″He started off great and then he didn’t end up very great in terms of as a player,” the president said of Kaepernick’s career.Kaepernick was the 49ers’ starter from the middle of the 2012 season, when he quarterbacked the team to Super Bowl 47, to the middle of the 2015 season, when he underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. He also had knee and thumb surgeries in January 2016.He lost the starting job to his replacement, Blaine Gabbert, in the 2016 preseason but got it back in Week 6 that year after San Francisco began the regular season 1-4. He finished the year with a 90.7 passer rating and 16:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 12 games. The 49ers were 1-10 in his 11 starts.MORE: Six best fits for Kaepernick | Kneeling timelineDuring that 2016 preseason, Kaepernick began protesting police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S. by sitting, and then kneeling, during the national anthem. He continued to kneel throughout the regular season. He has been out of the league since opting out of his contract in March 2017. Kaepernick later filed a collusion grievance against the NFL that was settled in 2019.Trump has regularly criticized Kaepernick and other NFL players for taking a knee; he said in 2017 that he would like to see teams “fire” such players. The president tweeted Saturday that he would bocyott watching the NFL if players are allowed to kneel. He told Thuman he was “very disappointed” in the NFL and U.S. Soccer recently loosening restrictions on players taking a knee as protests against the same things Kaepernick protested have grown.”We have to show respect for our flag and for our national anthem,” he said.”I was very disappointed in the @NFL” and “I was very disappointed in @ussoccer” -President Trump tells me on the issue of kneeling & race relations. #NFL @USWNT #soccer pic.twitter.com/0vaVdEU3LY— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) June 17, 2020Trump took a similar, but more forceful, stance Wednesday night in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.”When the national anthem plays and our flag, the great American flag, is raised, you should not be kneeling.” Trump said (per Pro Football Talk). “You should be standing, ideally with your hand on your heart or saluting. But they should not be kneeling. They can protest enough, and I saw the NFL get very weak.”He also said he was “surprised” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a statement in which he admitted the league was wrong “for not listening to NFL players earlier” and encouraged “all to speak out and peacefully protest.””Nobody was even asking for it,” Trump said.Goodell was responding to a video posted the previous day by more than a dozen of the NFL’s top players, including Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, asking the league to “condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people.”Earlier Wednesday, in his interview with Thuman, Trump kept his answer about Kaepernick to his playing ability.”As far as kneeling, I would love to see him get another shot, but obviously he has to be able to play well. If he can’t play well, [then] I think it would be very unfair,” he said.Trump reentered the kneeling discussion in recent weeks after Saints quarterback Drew Brees, facing sharp criticism from teammates, backtracked from saying in an interview with Yahoo Finance that he could “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country” by kneeling. Brees spoke with Yahoo as people were protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the knee of a police officer.Trump believed Brees should not have “taken back” his original statement. Brees responded on Instagram that he realized, after speaking with teammates, that kneeling has never been about the flag. “We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial & prison reform,” Brees wrote. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Colin Kaepernick should be given an opportunity to return to the NFL, if he shows he can play at that level. “If he deserves it, he should, if he has the playing ability,” Trump said in response to a question by Sinclair/Full Measure reporter Scott Thuman at the White House. “I just don’t get” why Brees “retracted” his “beautiful” initial statement, Trump told Hannity.Trump made his remarks to Thuman the same day Chargers coach Anthony Lynn told reporters that “it would be crazy” not to have Kaepernick on the team’s list of players to work out if it were to need a quarterback. Lynn added that Kaepernick “fits our style” of offense. LA’s top two quarterbacks are veteran Tyrod Taylor and first-round draft pick Justin Herbert.Lynn’s comments came two days after Goodell told ESPN he would “encourage” a team to sign Kaepernick.