Observers across Odessa area honor heroes on Memorial Day

first_imgEarlier Monday morning, with the sun still low, the flag was raised at VFW Post 4372 on Andrews Highway during a ceremony and breakfast to start the day.A few hours later and a few miles east, hundreds of engines revved at the 19th Ride to Remember, as motorcyclists gathered to pay tribute in their own way at the Permian Basin Veteran Memorial.And after they rumbled off, families started trickling into the Midland Army Air Field Museum just down the block.All for good reason, McAlpine could see, there at the cemetery early Monday afternoon.He stood over his brother, James McAlpine, who Bob said earned a Purple Heart from World War II after he was shot by a sniper in the Black Forest in Germany. Bob, 85, said James carried that bullet in him until he died in Odessa in 2015.It was in the honor of veterans who passed, like James, that observers across Odessa took time to reflect on Monday, including several visitors there at Sunset — and the ROTC groups at Permian and Odessa High, who Sunset general manager Bill Vallie said spent the morning posting miniature flags at every headstone denoting military service.There was a countless amount of them, ranging in the thousands. Vallie said there are more than 25,000 graves at Sunset, and, easily, a third of them could be marked to honor veterans.Monday, a flag waved over each one of those, to match the 26 permanent flag fixtures that fly over the 26 buried at Sunset who died in combat.It was a beautiful sight, Bob McAlpine agreed.“I think it’s a real nice tribute that they do that,” he said. Pinterest Twitter By admin – May 28, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Home Local News Observers across Odessa area honor heroes on Memorial Day ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ OC employee of the year always learning WhatsApp Previous articleRIDING HOME: Odessa couple plays growing part in veterans’ healing on coast-to-coast rideNext articleGOOD NEWS: Sul Ross Kappa Delta Pi Chapter initiates 14 new members admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Motorcyclist head to Andrews on Monday morning during the Memorial Day Ride to Remember on FM 1788. 1 of 3 Bob McAlpine leaned over, spun the flag stick deeper into the ground, and took a step back to look over his brother’s grave.He saw that flag ripple as the wind pushed through, whipping it out and about, and as he raised his eyes, he saw it was waving in a sea of thousands of others all around at Sunset Memorial Gardens — one at every headstone marked with military service.“We just thought we’d come out and pay our respects today,” he said. “I’m glad we did.”The sun rose over Memorial Day in Odessa on Monday, and with it rose the American flag, during celebrations and memorial services across the city. Facebook Twitter Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Bob McAlpine places an American flag at his brother’s grave Monday afternoon at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. Bob’s brother, James McAlpine, received the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart after being shot by a sniper in Germany during World War II. James McAlpine carried the bullet inside him until his death in 2015.  Pinterest Motorcyclist head to Andrews on Monday morning during the Memorial Day Ride to Remember on FM 1788. Local News Observers across Odessa area honor heroes on Memorial Day Vietnam Veteran Mike Tarpley plays a bugle next to the statue in honor of fallen soldiers for Memorial Day at Permian Basin’s Vietnam Memorial Monday in Midland.last_img read more

Dunkirk Man Charged In Federal Drug Case

first_imgStock Image.DUNKIRK — A joint investigation between Federal and local law enforcement resulted in the arrest of a Dunkirk man at his 109 S. Beaver St. residence, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say the U.S. Postal Service alerted the DEA, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Dunkirk Police that Hector D. Santos-Morales, 30, was allegedly preparing to receive a package containing over two pounds of cocaine via mail.A search warrant was executed at Santos-Morales’ house on Monday. Santos-Morales was arrested without incident on a federal charge of attempt to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine.After his arraignment he was released under the supervision of Federal probation. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Make a luxury sea change to Brisbane’s bayside

first_imgOne of a kind: 168 Main Road, Wellington PointApproach 168 Main Road, Wellington Point, from the street and you would assume it was a modest, single-level house.Switch your viewing vantage point to the water, however, and you suddenly realise how wrong that assumption would be. The spacious wraparound pool.Rising up three storeys and with every amenity you can imagine, this property is nothing short of a mini-resort and like nothing else built in the suburb.Spread across 1,246 sq m in the Waterloo Bay area, it is everything homeowners Brian and Adele Maloney envisaged when they began building their dream home.“I was running a company that was very high pressure. So we wanted somewhere we could A perfect spot for breakfast.come and relax and, essentially, close the door on all those pressures,” Mr Maloney said.“One thing that we specified in the design is that every room had to have a view, because we do have the most beautiful views.”The other non-negotiables for the Maloneys were peace and privacy. “I needed to make sure that sound wasn’t an issue,” Mr Maloney said, “so there are concrete floors on every level. Curl up in front of the fire and watch the sun set.“And while most of the houses on Main Road will get some traffic noise, we don’t hear a thing. We can’t even hear our neighbours when we’re in the house. That was the level of serenity we were looking for, so that when we arrived home we could basically check-out from the world and just enjoy our resort.” There are wide sea views from almost every room in the house.The property sits on what was originally part of a 5,000 to 6,0000 sq m parcel of land that had been owned by one local family for almost 80 years. When it went on the market, the land was sub-divided into six lots and 168 Main Road became one of them.“We were very lucky to have got it,” Mr Maloney said. “My wife and I used to walk our dogs along there for years and when we saw the land come up for sale, we had to have it,” he said. You couldn’t guess at what lies behind the modest street-level entrance.The Maloneys flattened two old houses on the site to build their family home, the size of which has earned them a level of quiet notoriety among local residents.“I went to the pool shop in the village one day and the guy asked me how many litres of water the pool held. When I said 165,000, he just looked and me and said, “You’re him aren’t you? The guy with that big house”, Mr Maloney laughed. Settle in at the bar for a long evening.The original floor plan was meant to be about 600 sq m, but under the architect’s guidance blew out to more than 900 sq m. “Yet when we looked at it we couldn’t see anything we wanted to trim.”As you enter the house you are met with a terrazzo-tiled foyer from which you can reach the master bedroom and ensuite, gym, study and formal living and dining area. Descend to the second storey and you will find two bedrooms, the home theatre room, laundry, kitchen, and grand dining and living areas which extend out to a rear deck. Wake up to this every morning.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoOn the lower level is the remaining bedroom, a media room, wine cellar and games room which leads out to covered entertaining space with cooking facilities.Wrapped around the property is a pool, big enough for someone to do laps down one side while everyone else frolics about at another end. It is heated for the winter and also has a spa. The doors to the cellar were brought up from the Gold Coast.It’s difficult to take in the sheer size of this property, and almost impossible to imagine the views that it takes in from almost every room. “We can see the city, Mt-Cootha, and the airport from here,” Mr Maloney said. “You just feel the stress drain out of you when you walk and that’s when you go, “yes, this is worth it”. There’s plenty of space for a large family.While there are many places in which to unwind, Mr Maloney said his favourite was the balcony overlooking the water on which the couple eat breakfast most mornings. “I’m going to miss that terribly,” he said.While the property has been a true home to the Maloney family, the couple have two sons now aged 26 and 28, a health issue has made them reconsider their position. The house is private and quiet.“We don’t have the capability to maintain a house of this size anymore and so we decided it might be time for someone else to enjoy our home,” Mr Maloney said.The couple intend to downsize to a small property with one of their sons, who has Asperger’s syndrome, in Wellington Point.“We dearly love Wellington Point. It’s a lovely community and we’re not moving out of it.”The house is on the market and open to best offers before July 4 through Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba.last_img read more