Milestone Auctions to offer unprecedented lineup of fresh-to-market, historically important firearms, Jan. 30

Colt single-action presentation Army Revolver, .45 caliber, one of four guns shipped on April 15, 1887 to Colt distributors Hartley & Graham of New York. Engraved by Cuno Helfricht or his shop to indicate presentation in 1892 to Jefferson D. Kurtz, former

Outstanding Berdan Sharps Model 1859 rifle, bore .52, one of the finest-condition rifles known of the approximately 2,000 shipped to Berdan in 1862. Extraordinary condition, all original in original Civil War-era rifle case, ID’d to James Baker of Ohio, w

Rare center-fire cartridge Le Mat revolver, 13mm/20 gauge, manufactured 1877-1883 in Belgium. Nine-shot fluted cylinder with 20-gauge shotgun in center. Very fine example with crisp action. One of five known examples. Estimate $18,000-$25,000

Huge and gruesome 18th-century hand-forged man trap, 55in wide with 17.5in spread of riveted teeth. Nearly identical to an example in a Lincoln, Illinois museum. Provenance: Phil Majerich collection. Estimate $2,500-$3,500

Rare Vietnam-captured Hungarian 91/30-M52 sniper rifle, 1953, one of the rarest of all Mosin-Nagant variations and one of only a handful known to have originated from the Vietnam War. Provenance: Gary Thomas collection. Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Featured: 1887 Helfricht Colt revolver, Berdan Sharps Model 1859, 1903 Springfield President’s Match Trophy rifle, center-fire LeMat, 1955 boxed Colt Python

Two highly refined collections will be offered in their entirety, the late Gary Thomas’ military gun collection, and the Phil Majerich collection of early explorers’ traps and accoutrements.”

— Chris Sammet, Co-owner of Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions’ Premier Antique & Modern Firearms Auctions traditionally include the cream of the crop from many categories, ranging from provenanced early arms associated with historic battles to high-condition, fresh-to-the-market examples from noted private collections. That’s what bidders can look forward to seeing on January 30 at Milestone’s exceptional 832-lot sale. All forms of remote bidding will be available to those who cannot attend in person, including live online.

Two highly refined collections will be offered in their entirety: the late Gary Thomas’ military gun collection, and the Phil Majerich collection of early explorers’ traps and accoutrements. Both of these long-held collections were amassed primarily through private transactions, therefore 99% of their contents have never before appeared at auction.

Ohioan Gary Thomas, who passed away in September, specified in his will that he wished for his collection to be auctioned by Milestone. “Gary built one of the largest private collections of military weapons with ‘bring-back’ paperwork – documents that proved GIs had the legal right to return home to America with their war trophies,” said Chris Sammet, co-owner of Milestone Auctions. “This sort of paperwork is considered the ultimate in authentication, as it tells us who carried a particular gun, where it was used, and its serial number.” The Thomas collection also includes one of the largest known private collection of documented Vietnam War weapons.

The second highlight collection in the sale is that of Pennsylvanian Phil Majerich. “Phil’s collection focuses on early explorers’ traps and accoutrements, especially hand-forged examples from the golden age of America’s fur trade through the Civil War,” said Sammet. “The traps were not manmade or mass produced. Many were made by the same 19th-century blacksmiths who made Kentucky rifles, hide scrapers, or other metal objects used by settlers. It’s the most extensive known collection of early, hand-signed traps.”

Strong interest has already been expressed in a Berdan Sharps Model 1859 described by Sammet as “one of the finest-condition Sharps ever discovered of the approximately 2,000 that were shipped to Berdan in 1862.” In extraordinary all-original condition, and retaining its original Civil War-era rifle case bearing the owner’s name, the gun is identified to James Baker of Wayne County, Ohio, who enlisted with the legendary Berdan Sharpshooters, 1st Regiment, Company K, at age 20. The consignor’s grandfather acquired the rifle from a neighbor who was a member of James Baker’s family. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000.

A Sharps Model 1878 rifle steeped in American firearms history belonged to Col. George W. Wingate, who served as the NRA’s first secretary and later (in 1886), its president. He is also noted for having fired the first shots at Creedmoor on April 25, 1873. Extensive documentation supports the gun’s ownership, and it comes with an American Legends medal display that features Wingate, plus Remington Library prints, and publications authored by Wingate, including an original 1873 edition of Manual For Rifle Practice. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000

The 1903 US Springfield 30-06 Presidents Match Trophy rifle awarded to USMC Gunnery Sgt. John Thomas is the fourth of only five that were made and one of only three whose whereabouts are known. Sgt. Thomas was the first Marine to win the prestigious shooting award. This superlative presentation rifle is offered together with 16 shooting medals and ribbons, booklets and ephemera. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000

The name “Cuno Helfricht” is synonymous with the ultimate in gun engraving, and Milestone’s January 30 auction includes a superb example of Helfricht artistry in the form of a Colt .45-caliber single-action presentation Army Revolver. It is one of four guns that were shipped on April 15, 1887 to Colt distributors Hartley & Graham, New York, and engraved by Helfricht or his shop. The custom engraving documents the gun’s presentation in 1892 to Jefferson Davis Kurtz, a former Confederate soldier and future sheriff of Volusia County, Florida, who was killed in line of duty in 1895. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000

Old West history comes to life in the form of two auction lots in particular. A Colt .36-caliber Model 1851 Navy revolver is attributed to the ferocious Old West outlaw Dave Rudabaugh, who consorted with Billy the Kid, Billy Wilson’s gang and other ruthless criminals, and feuded with the Earp brothers. Condemned to the hangman’s noose, Rudabaugh escaped jail but later ended up in gunfights and met a grisly end, as described in the auction catalog. His Colt is accompanied by letters and an original book about his life of crime. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000

Representing the other side of the law from that period, Milestone offers an 1860 Colt conversion .44 [Colt] caliber/.44 CF gun owned by and engraved with the name of Sheriff James Glispin. “He was the leader of the posse that killed Charlie Pitts and captured the Younger gang after their 1876 attempted bank robbery known as the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid,” Sammet explained. “It really should be displayed in the Gene Autry museum, with the likes of John Wesley Hardin’s gun.” Accompanied by a 1951 letter written by Glispin’s granddaughter, it comes to auction with a $15,000-$25,000 estimate.

A stellar firearm from the Gary Thomas collection, a rare Vietnam-captured Hungarian 91/30-M52 sniper rifle was made in 1953 and is one of the rarest of all Mosin-Nagant variations. It is one of only a handful of surviving guns of its type known to have originated from the Vietnam War. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Also from the Thomas collection, a 1959 East German Karabiner-S SKS rifle, one of approximately 35 known in the United States, could reach $6,000-$10,000.

In a league of its own, a Colt 1911 US Army .45ACP pistol, made in 1913, was the personal property of Maj. Gen. Julian Sommerville Hatcher, a noted firearms expert, author and technical editor of NRA’s American Rifleman magazine. General Hatcher used the weapon in both World War I and World War II. Its pre-sale estimate is $7,500-$10,000.

Last but not least, there’s the pistol so many contemporary firearms collectors are after: an extremely desirable first-year (1955) Colt Python .357 Magnum. With its original shipping box and factory letter confirming both the serial number 559 and its original recipient, Charlottesville (Va.) Hardware Co., it has an auction target of $20,000-$30,000.

Milestone’s Saturday Jan. 30, 2021 gallery auction will be held at 38198 Willoughby Parkway, Willoughby (suburban Cleveland), OH 44094. Start time: 10 a.m. ET. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Milestone Auctions’ bidding platform or LiveAuctioneers. For additional information, call 440-527-8060 or email Online: View the catalog online:

Miles King
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Are the Grapes Leaving Grapevine?

Delaney Vineyards

Delaney Vineyards

14,000sf at Delaney Vineyards

14,000sf at Delaney Vineyards

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Delaney Vineyards is being Sold at Multi-Par Auction!

GRAPEVINE, TX, USA, January 25, 2021 / — The Only Vineyard in Grapevine may be Gone Forever!!

The 14.7+/- acres known as Delaney Vineyards is going to Multi-Par Online Auction. The Delaneys are not closing or retiring. This property is simply in excess of their needs. The premier vineyard, that you've seen in many advertisements, fronts Hwy 121 and welcomes all oenophiles to the namesake "Grapevine". The absolutely fantastic 14,000+/- sf building that fronts Merlot Avenue is sure to grab your attention. Visit for all the details on how you can be the next owner of this stunning piece of Grapevine culture! Auction ends February 17th.

2000 Champagne Blvd. Grapevine TX 76051
The property is offered in parcels or in total
Auction ends February 17th
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Delaney Vineyards at Auction!

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The Villas Luxury Senior Apartment-Community in Manalapan, N.J., Spotlights 10 Things You Should Know About Eggs

Providing for independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care on specialized floors, the Villas eliminates the need to relocate elsewhere due to health issues, allowing couples to remain together in a comforting, well-managed, posh en

The Villas, a luxurious senior apartment community reflecting the ambiance and accommodations of a world-class resort, places a high priority on the proper nutrition of residents throughout the property.

The luxurious Villas, which offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care on specialized floors, sees proper nutrition as vital.

STATEN ISLAND, NY, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — The Villas luxurious healthy-living community for seniors recognizes eggs as a superfood, meaning eggs are packed with a nutritional punch.

The wellness-and-prevention-focused Villas in Manalapan, N.J., a pleasant drive from Staten Island, N.Y., wants you to know that eggs are loaded with nutrients, some of which are hard to get from other sources.

The Villas – which offers a range of amenities and services sensitive to the lifestyle, health and daily needs of its community members – places a high priority on the proper nutrition of residents throughout the property.

Human studies have confirmed the numerous health benefits of eggs. With people of all ages in mind, the Villas is sharing the following 10 facts about eggs:

Eggs contain a little bit of almost every nutrient you need. They are rich in vitamin A, folate, the B vitamins, phosphorus, selenium, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin D, calcium, and zinc just to name a few. One egg has about 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats.

Yes, eggs are high in cholesterol; however, dietary cholesterol doesn’t necessarily raise cholesterol in the blood. In the majority of people, eggs don’t raise cholesterol at all; and in a small percent of people, eggs may raise it mildly. People with genetic disorders like familial hypercholesterolemia may want to monitor their egg intake.

Eggs contain a unique nutrient called choline, which is hard to find from other sources; most people don’t get enough. It is technically grouped with the B vitamins and is found in the yolk. Choline is essential for building cell membranes and signaling in the brain. Choline is an important nutrient for a baby’s growing brain in utero.

The protein in eggs is complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids in the right ratios. Protein is used to make tissue and serve structural and functional purposes within the body. A single large egg contains about six grams of protein – three grams in the white and three grams in the yolk.

Eggs contain antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which accumulate in the retina of the eye and benefit eye health. Consuming adequate amounts of these antioxidants can significantly reduce the risk of two common eye disorders: Cataracts and macular degeneration.

Eggs raise good cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL). People with higher HDL levels usually have lower risk of heart disease and some other health problems.

The nutrient composition of eggs varies, depending on how the hens were fed and raised. There can be up to a 100-fold increase in the micronutrient value of certain antioxidants in yolks from pasture-raised hens.

Hens free to forage outdoors in the sunshine will produce healthier eggs. In fact, vitamin K2- an essential nutrient that is hard for us to get from food, can be found in highest amounts in the yolks of grass-fed hens. Eggs from hens raised on pasture also tend to be much higher in omega 3 fatty acids.

The label “cage free” does not imply pasture raised, but rather that hens are required to have a minimum of 120 square inches per hen, which is not even double the area of conventional cages, and they live indoors with no requirement on outdoor access. The label “free range” is a step above “cage free” but still misleading. They have the option to go outside, but many hens do not actually wander out, as the doors are small, and the area may not accommodate the entire flock.

Young hens lay eggs with harder shells and older hens lay eggs with thinner shells. Eggs from chickens who have a more nutritious diet have richer-colored yolks. Conventional, grain-fed chickens will produce lighter-yellow yolks. Place a raw egg in a cup of water- if it floats the egg is old (don’t eat it!) and if it sinks the egg is generally fresh and safe to eat. A white egg comes from a white-feathered chicken with white earlobes, and a brown egg comes from red-feathered chickens with red ear lobes.

The Villas suggests you consider the many different ways eggs may be prepared, You might, for example, enjoy eggs – not just at breakfast time, but for other meals in a variety of ways, such as: Omelets for dinner; a hard-boiled egg for a quick snack; a scrambled egg and avocado wrap for lunch; sunny-side-up eggs in some sweet potato hash for lunch or dinner, or an adventurous entrée like Shashuka, a one-skillet dish of gently poached eggs in a simmering mixture of tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic, warm spices and fresh herbs.

About the Villas

Situated on seven wooded acres in Manalapan, N.J., a short distance from Staten Island, N.Y., the Villas is a luxurious senior apartment community reflecting the ambiance and accommodations of a world-class resort. Offering a range of amenities and services sensitive to the lifestyle, health and daily needs of its residents, the complex – orchestrated by Hackensack Meridian Health – is uniquely focused on wellness and prevention, and ideal for singles and couples alike. The upscale 100,000-square-foot community offers a unique arrangement of supervision and increased healthcare with onsite physician services. Providing for independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care on specialized floors, the Villas eliminates the need to relocate elsewhere due to health issues, allowing couples to remain together in a comforting, well-managed, posh environment. The Villas is located at 289 Gordons Corner Road, Manalapan, NJ 07726. For information, the Villas may be reached at 732-847-3920, contacted via, and visited online at

Barton Horowitz
Relevant Public Relations, LLC

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Radio and Podcast Media Monitoring — Every Station Every State Every Podcast

Coast to Coast Radio Media Monitoring Every Station Every State

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — National Aircheck, a Chicago-based media monitoring service specializing in radio, launched an enhanced content tracking system today capable of cost-effectively searching tens of thousands radio stations and also podcasts. The proprietary system helps PR professionals capture mentions at a scale never available before.

Custom Station Groups Based on Format, Network, or Geography

In contrast to monitoring services that limit coverage to top stations in larger markets, National Aircheck’s new system can monitor virtually any radio station or groups of radio stations in North America along with thousands of podcasts, either on a one-off project basis or as an ongoing service. “Radio has always been an underserviced area of media monitoring,” said Robb Wexler, CEO at National Aircheck, “and since it’s our specialty, we wanted to improve the service options for different types of needs. Doing the exact same thing with podcasts is just a logical extension of our unique capabilities."
Each client can have their own custom list of monitored stations based on any criteria, such as format, affiliation, or geography. This allows users to supplement subscriptions to other platforms, or to access radio monitoring services on an occasional, as-needed basis.

Farm Stations Example

Recently, an agriculture brand wanting to verify coverage had National Aircheck put together a custom group of 70 farm stations across the Midwest and Central states. National Aircheck’s data allowed the agency to know in near real time if their products were mentioned. During a companion radio media tour it also allowed them to know which interviews did not air. As the agency noted, “even though stations were telling me all my interviews had aired, really only half had aired.”

The radio media tour tracking service, branded as RMTracker™, is an all-inclusive, flat-rate service.

New Branding

Along with launching the new system, National Aircheck has overhauled its branding and redesigned their website. The site showcases National Aircheck’s unique services, personality and gives visitors a way to book a 10-minute virtual presentation accompanied by free snacks. They take their snacks seriously.

Company Background

National Aircheck has been in business since 1988, specializing in radio but also offering TV monitoring services. CEO Wexler says the company is proud to say they are not a do-It-yourself service. “There is no platform to access or learn, teach and reteach. We do all the work.”

For more information: Tena Hermance, 248-320-5475

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reSAWN TIMBER co.’s Abodo® Vulcan Cladding Compliant for Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Zones

reSAWN TIMBER co.'s Abodo Vulcan Exterior Cladding

reSAWN TIMBER co.’s Abodo Vulcan Exterior Cladding

reSAWN TIMBER co.’s Abodo Vulcan cladding passed the test for upcoming inclusion in the WUI Products Listing.

TELFORD, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — As more and more people live in and around forests, grasslands, shrub lands, and other natural areas—places referred to as wildland-urban interface, or WUI zones—problems related to wildfires are exacerbated.

For building products to be used in the (WUI) or State Responsibility Area (SRA), regulations require that building products comply with specific directives. In terms of fire resistance and ignition resistance the primary goal of the WUI code is to hold construction practices to higher standards in the built environment. When a home or structure is designed and built with attention to detail and careful consideration of complaint building materials, it increases the chances of a structure’s survival in a wildfire.

reSAWN TIMBER co.’s Abodo® Vulcan Cladding was recently tested on an exterior wall assembly in accordance with the California Standards Code, Chapter 12-7A, SFM 12-7A-1 (Siding Materials for Exterior Wall Siding and Sheathing). The test simulated wildfire conditions using full size 4′ x 8′ panels that were exposed to a flame of 150 Kw for ten minutes. After, the panels were then observed for 60 minutes to check for further flaming. In order to gather accurate results, the process was repeated three times.

Wall System: Exterior Wall Assembly
Combustible Components: 5/8 in. thick FlamePro Plywood sheathing, Wrapshield RS™ Rainscreen 3 mm, Tongue & Groove Abodo Vulcan Exterior Wood Cladding by reSAWN TIMBER co.

A SFM Standard 12-7A-1 pass is achieved if:
There is an absence of flame penetration through the wall assembly.
There is an absence of glowing combustion on the interior of the assembly after 70 minutes.
A test for siding in both a horizontal and vertical orientation is required to be sure of performance.

reSAWN TIMBER co.’s Abodo Vulcan cladding passed the test for both horizontal and vertical orientations for upcoming inclusion in the WUI Products Listing. The result? Abodo Vulcan cladding is now a compliant wildland urban interface building material.

The benefits of using real wood cladding with wall assemblies that meet the performance criteria set forth in SFM Standard 12-7A-1 are tremendous:

When compared to noncombustible building materials such as steel and masonry, using WUI compliant exterior wood cladding and wall assemblies offer a sustainable, environmentally friendly, carbon neutral solution.

Ignition resistant fire-retardant-treated wood is impregnated with chemicals, so the use of paints, coating, stains or other visually pleasing surface treatments are not an option.

From an architectural and design perspective, WUI compliant exterior wood cladding has many aesthetically pleasing options to suite any project, with a bevy of species and finish options to choose from.

Exterior timber cladding is a versatile, timeless building material that works well in traditional or contemporary architecture.

Not only is real wood recyclable and biodegradable, but it also has strength, toughness, and durability that rivals many other exterior facade options on the market today.

Abodo Vulcan thermally modified wood cladding is created from New Zealand plantation timber and engineered with a patented vertical grain orientation for superior weathering characteristics. A fine-sawn face provides beautiful grain depth and optimal coating performance.

Builders can rest-assured when choosing a wall assembly that combines reSAWN TIMBER co.’s Vulcan Cladding with fire-rated sheathing or gypsum board, the result is durable, CAL FIRE WUI compliant exterior siding that is impervious to hazardous weather conditions.

Since reSAWN’s Abodo Vulcan Cladding is pre-finished in modern, beautiful tones, architects and designers can confidently specify carbon negative, high performance, visually pleasing Vulcan exterior siding in wildland-urban interface zones. Clients are left with a stunning, natural, one-of-a-kind facade that can be easily maintained throughout the product lifecycle.

If you’d like to learn more about specifying reSAWN’s CalFire compliant Abodo Vulcan Cladding in Wildland Urban Interface zones, get in touch with reSAWN TIMBER co.

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Tech for Good Awards: Nominations open to recognise innovation that drives positive social or environmental change

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 25, 2021 / — A new awards programme launched today will recognise and champion the organisations and individuals harnessing technology to achieve social, environmental, humanitarian and other positive contributions to public and planetary good.

The Stack’s inaugural Tech for Good awards, sponsored by enterprise open source software company Red Hat and consultancy Rainmaker Solutions, are open to any business or individual: the only qualification for entry is that the nominated project must have used technology to deliver a tangible good. (Working with partners on award-worthy projects in Columbia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, China? We welcome and can support applications in any language).

Recognition will be awarded across three categories — startups, medium-sized businesses and large / multinational enterprises — after judging by an experienced, independent panel, including Charlie Paton, CEO of multiple award-winning sustainability business Seawater Greenhouse; Pamela Chase Dyson, CIO of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Christina Hammond-Aziz, MD of Rainmaker Solutions; Dr Louise Beaumont, investor and working group chairman, techUK.

Whether it’s a business using geospatial data to fight deforestation, or a laboratory pioneering the use of machine learning to reduce drug development times, The Stack’s team wants to hear about it.

In keeping with the awards’ theme, 25% of all application fees will be donated to the Earth Innovation Institute, a non-profit organisation that works to advance climate-friendly rural development around the world.

“When people talk about technology changing the world, they usually mean delivering improvements to the way we do business,” said Ed Targett, co-founder of The Stack.
“But if 2020 taught us anything, it’s that humanity can achieve remarkable things when we come together to solve challenges that affect us all. That’s why we want to champion the people and organisations who are helping to make the world a better place through technology.

“From climate change to human rights, pollution to education, we want to hear from those who are making a real difference where it’s needed most; whether you are an NGO, entrepreneur, developer, or working on a project led by a technology multinational.”

Earth Innovation Institute chairman Daniel Nepstad added: “We are thrilled to have the support of The Stack’s Tech for Good Awards, which will spotlight groundbreaking projects that leverage technology to solve the single most important challenge confronting our planet.

“As an organization that works directly with communities, governments, and the private sector to build the kind of partnerships needed to protect the world’s tropical forests and stabilize the climate, we know the critical role that technology can play in achieving this goal. We’re excited to see the many innovative ideas we expect to come forward and are grateful to be a part of this campaign.”

The closing deadline for applications is April 30, 2021.

To apply, or nominate a partner, visit

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To arrange a briefing with The Stack’s #techforgood organisers, please contact ed[at]thestack[dot]technology.


The Stack is a new business technology publication that launched in late 2020. Its focus is on digital transformation across industry verticals and it regularly features interviews with leading C-suite figures who are using technology to disrupt business-as-usual. Co-founder Ed Targett has a long-standing interest in environmental issues, ESG innovation, and protecting biodiversity.


The Earth Innovation Institute works to advance climate-friendly rural development through innovative approaches to sustainable farming, forestry and fisheries in tropical regions around the world. Indigenous peoples and traditional communities are on the frontlines of forest conservation and climate change mitigation. Earth Innovation Institute seeks to better integrate them into climate change mitigation strategies, bringing more benefits to these communities and facilitating greater control over those benefits to meet their needs and aspirations, by promoting partnerships between Indigenous peoples and traditional communities and local governments in tropical forest regions.

Red Hat and the Red Hat logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries.

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Florida State Parks Foundation and Bass Pro Shops Participate in Tree Planting at Gold Head Branch State Park

Don Philpott, FSPF President-Elect, planting a longleaf pine seedling

Don Philpott, FSPF President-Elect, planting a longleaf pine seedling

FSPF, Bass Pro and Florida State Park staff at tree planting

FSPF, Bass Pro and Florida State Park staff at tree planting

The goal to plant 100,000 pine seedlings in the first year will be exceeded

Our Plant a Pine initiative has really resonated with the public. People can dedicate a tree to a loved one. It is a gift that will continue to grow and flourish for many years to come.”

— Don Philpott

TALLAHASSEE, FL, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — Representatives of Bass Pro Shops and the Florida State Parks Foundation participated in a tree planting event at Gold Head Branch State Park on Thursday as part of their statewide Plant a Pine project.

The Foundation announced on Earth Day in April 2020, a goal of planting 100,000 longleaf pine trees by Earth Day 2021 (April 22). In October, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund’s generously contributed $50,000 to the project, enabling the planting of over 50,000 seedlings across ten different State Parks, said Foundation President-Elect Don Philpott.

“We are delighted that Gold Head Branch State Park is one of the first to benefit from this project,” he said.

Gold Head Branch State Park, in Keystone Heights, is one of Florida's oldest state parks, developed in the 1930s. It now covers 2,000 acres of rolling sandhills on the North Central Ridge of Florida with one of the few remaining examples of an old growth stand of longleaf pines. A steep head ravine with seepage springs forms Gold Head Branch and bisects the park while marshes, lakes, and scrub provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

The pine seedlings are being planted in coordination with the Florida Park Service in park areas identified for restoration efforts. The longleaf pine is native to the Southeast and once flourished over a range of 90 million acres. Sadly, it is now endangered, covering less than 3 percent of its original range. It has long been prized for commercial use in building houses, ships, and railroads, and its resin used for making turpentine.

Mature longleaf ecosystems support more than 30 endangered and threatened species, including red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, and indigo snakes. Regular burning to restore natural rhythms enables longleaf pine to become rich, stable ecosystems. Longleaf pines are fire-adapted and dependent on burning, which stabilizes and enriches the soil.

“Our Plant a Pine initiative has really resonated with the public,” said Philpott. “People can even dedicate a tree to a loved one. It is a gift that will continue to grow and flourish for many years to come,” he said.

“The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund is proud to partner with the Florida State Parks Foundation in restoring the endangered longleaf pine across our beautiful state. We all have a role to play in conserving Florida’s treasured natural resources and, by working together, look forward to seeing these pines grow and enrich our state parks. We send a special thanks to our customers who, by rounding up purchases in our stores, enabled the Outdoor Fund grant to support this project”, said Bass Pro’s Steve Washburn.

Groups interested in supporting hands-on tree planting projects can contact the Foundation through its website

The Foundation, founded in 1993 as Friends of Florida State Parks and renamed in 2018, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to support and help sustain the Florida Park Service, its 175 award-winning parks and trails, local Friends groups and more than 20,000 park volunteers.

It does this through programs that preserve and protect state parks, educate visitors about the value of state parks, encourage community engagement and active use of state parks, and advocacy.

The volunteer Board of Directors represents private and public sectors as well as local and statewide interests.

Julia Gill Woodward
Florida State Parks Foundation
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David A. Cruz, 20-year executive with British gunmaker Holland & Holland, joins Morphy Auctions as firearms specialist

Morphy Auctions’ newly appointed sporting firearms specialist David Cruz, a 20-year veteran of Holland & Holland, gunmakers to royalty and heads of state. Image provided by David Cruz

In his new role, Cruz will focus primarily on high-end and historically important sporting firearms

I place a high value on building relationships and making sure everyone involved in a transaction is happy.”

— David A. Cruz, Firearms Specialist, Morphy Auctions

DENVER, PA., UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, has announced the appointment of David A. Cruz to the full-time position of firearms specialist. A 20-year executive with the US branch of Holland & Holland, Britain’s premier manufacturer of handmade sporting rifles and shotguns, Cruz brings a formidable knowledge of European guns and high level of client-service experience to Morphy’s firearms team.

“As he developed his hands-on expertise of custom-made sporting firearms at Holland & Holland, Dave also applied the people skills he had learned in the upscale retail clothing business. He knew the value of building relationships based on trust. His business style and attention to detail worked well with Holland & Holland’s clientele, and they’re going to work extremely well at Morphy’s,” Dan Morphy said.

Holland & Holland is a highly regarded gun manufacturer and clothing retailer that was founded in London 1835. They hold two prestigious Royal Warrants – one by appointment to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and the other by appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales. “It speaks volumes that Holland & Holland hired Dave as operations manager and that he thrived there for twenty years,” Morphy said.

A New York City native whose love of the outdoors began when he was just a boy, Cruz learned to fire a .22-caliber rifle while earning badges as a Cub and Boy Scout, and during camping trips with family and friends. “Those were some of my best boyhood memories, and it’s how I developed confidence with firearms. I wanted to be an outdoorsman and hunter. As I got older, my fascination for outdoor life only increased. I loved going fishing with my friends in Roscoe, New York, which is known as Trout Town USA.”

In his twenties, Cruz went to work in retail fashion representing premier designers that included Prada, Hilfiger, Armani, Zegna, and the company whose goods struck a special chord with him: Ralph Lauren. “I loved working there because, like their sportswear lines, the atmosphere there gave me a feeling of country life,” Cruz said. “I worked with the creative teams that produced the window displays and showrooms for the press. Some replicated Old West saloons or Western settings, which fit in with Ralph Lauren’s country lines. Many of Ralph Lauren’s clothing patterns were inspired by British gun firms that specialized in hunting and shooting, including Holland & Holland.”

That connection was what led to Cruz’s many visits to Holland & Holland’s famous Manhattan gun room, which was near Ralph Lauren’s headquarters. “I’d study the guns and how they operated. At the same time, I got to know many of the executives there and became friendly with them.”

Following his employment with Ralph Lauren, Cruz went to work for Holland & Holland and remained there until an economic downturn led to company-wide layoffs. He then accepted a position with the Swiss luxury goods company Bally, however that didn’t last for long. “One day I went up to Holland & Holland’s gunroom on my lunch break. The gunroom manager was still working there and took me into the boardroom, where five executives were meeting. He said, ‘Remember Dave? He’s our new US operations manager.’ That’s how quickly it happened, and that’s how a 20-year career with Holland & Holland started,” Cruz said.

Working for Holland & Holland was “the best training ground imaginable, not just for learning about Holland and Holland guns, but other British and European makes as well,” Cruz said. “If a customer came in and wanted to trade up to a Holland, they might bring in a Purdey or other brand. Together with their on-premises gunsmith, I was able to examine lots of different types of guns. To me, the best part of it all was being able to interact with people.”

When Holland & Holland relocated its US operations to Texas in 2017, Cruz was offered the opportunity to move with them. Reluctantly, Cruz declined because of family obligations. Instead, he and a colleague, Robert Pearson, accepted their severance and opened a retail gun shop in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Two years ago, Cruz met Dan Morphy at a convention in Dallas and was invited to do some freelance gun-cataloging work for Morphy Auctions. The association worked out very well, and in 2020 conversations ensued about the possibility of Cruz’s joining the Morphy organization full-time. It finally came to fruition on January 5.

As part of Morphy’s firearms team, Dave Cruz will represent the company at firearms shows, liaise with potential consignors, and create catalog descriptions for high-end sporting firearms.

“I’m happy and excited for the future, both for Morphy’s and myself. I think I can be an asset when it comes to evaluating sporting guns and helping out with clients. My past experience was geared toward the consumer, both on the selling or buying end. I like paying attention to customers’ needs and place a high value on building relationships and making sure everyone involved in a transaction is happy.”

To contact David Cruz about consigning to a future Morphy auction, call 877-968-8880 or email Visit Morphy’s online at

Sarah Stoltzfus
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AV-Comparatives releases Summary Report of 2020 Consumer Main-Test Series

AV-Comparatives awards Kaspersky with Product of the Year Award, the Outstanding Award goes to ESET and Bitdefender, Top Rated Avast and AVG

AV-Comparatives awards Kaspersky with Product of the Year Award, the Outstanding Award goes to ESET and Bitdefender, Top Rated Avast and AVG

AV-Comparatives tested 17 Internet Security Products for Consumer

AV-Comparatives tested 17 Internet Security Products for Consumer

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17 consumer security programs tested for protection and speed impact in the long term

IT security is not only important for enterprises. Consumers also need to be protected against cyber crime. Wedding photos are as important to them as budget numbers are to businesses.”

— Peter Stelzhammer, co-founder, AV-Comparatives

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA, ÖSTERREICH, January 24, 2021 / — Austrian antivirus testing lab AV-Comparatives has released its annual Summary Report for consumer security products. This includes results of all the individual tests carried out during 2020, a user-interface review for all 17 tested products, and awards given to individual programs in various categories.

All tested products received the test lab’s Approved Security Product Award. This is given to all products that demonstrated they can provide competent protection against a wide variety of threats, without unduly affecting the computer’s performance.
he award is a certification of an effective and reliable product.

Tested products were: Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ESET, F-Secure, G Data, K7, Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Norton LifeLock, Panda, Total AV, Total Defense, Trend Micro, and Vipre.

Product of the Year
AV-Comparatives’ prestigious award goes to the program with the highest scores across all the test types. It is a demonstration of top quality in all categories.
The 2020 Product of the Year Award goes to

Outstanding Security Product
The Outstanding Product Award goes to two vendors whose products also reached the highest award level (Advanced+) in every single test in the Main Test Series. This is proof of excellence across the board.

Top-Rated Product
Products that achieve high scores across all the test types are rewarded with Top-Rated Product Awards. These demonstrate that a program has achieved a high standard across all the test types.

Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for Categories
For each individual test type, Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards go to the products that achieved the highest scores. The test types are:
Real-World Protection Test – this checks protection against Internet-borne threats
Gold: Kaspersky
Silver: Avast and AVG
Bronze: Microsoft

Malware Protection Test – this verifies a program’s ability to detect malicious files
Gold: G Data
Silver: Bitdefender, ESET
Bronze: Kaspersky

Performance Test – a check on how much a security product slows down the PC
Gold: ESET
Silver: Kaspersky
Bronze: Bitdefender

False-Positives Test – this assesses whether each program is prone to false alarms
Gold: K7
Silver: McAfee
Bronze: Kaspersky

Advanced Threat Protection Test – this optional test looks at protection against targeted attacks
Gold: Kaspersky
Silver: Bitdefender, ESET
Bronze: Avast, AVG

As usual, the Summary Report includes a user-interface review of all the tested products. This provides a description of what each program is like to use in everyday scenarios. Topics covered include installation, security alerts, scan options, quarantine, logs, access control, and (where applicable) firewall.

“We congratulate all participants, who have consistently shown very good results throughout the year!“, says Andreas Clementi, co-founder of AV-Comparatives. “Each test shows the strength of the various products in that category. To be at the top overall, a product must be top-ranked in most categories. We are happy that all participants protected and performed very well.”

Peter Stelzhammer, also a co-founder of AV-Comparatives, added “IT security is not only important for enterprises. Consumers also need to be protected against cyber crime. Wedding photos are as important to them as budget numbers are to businesses. Our report gives an overview of the ‘crème de la crème’ of anti-virus software.”
AV-Comparatives is based in Innsbruck, Austria, and has been performing rigorous independent tests of security software since 2004. These systematic tests help antivirus vendors to find any weaknesses in their programs, and so improve their protection and performance.

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Hadad: A reintroduction program to return falcons to their original habitats

RIYADH, RIYADH, المملكة العربية السعودية, January 24, 2021 / — Hadad: A reintroduction program to return falcons to their original habitats

Falconry is a cultural legacy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudis have always held falconry dear to their hearts. For them, it is more than a legacy; rather, it is a deep-rooted cultural heritage that is passed down from generation to generation, dating back to nearly nine thousand years. It is widely practiced across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by falconers who follow a strict code of rules that are the essence to the practice of falconry.

To highlight the importance of this crucial part of Saudi cultural heritage the Saudi Falcons Club (SFC) was founded in 2017 with His Highness, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman being the General Supervisor and His Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Saudi Leadership has also exerted great efforts to conserve and nurture this legacy and ensure its sustainability as a hobby and also protect the different species of falcons.

The SFC aims at preserving the rich heritage and traditions associated with falconry and promote awareness programs to conserve and protect falcons and ensure that falconry remains a living and flourishing hobby that is practiced by following generations.

In November 2020, the SFC launched the first phase of its program ‘Hadad’, which aims to reintroduce falcons to their original habitats, preserve falcon species and populations and also enhance the Kingdom’s leading role in achieving environmental sustainability and protecting the wildlife, as part of the Saudi vision 2030.

Being supported by His Highness, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman himself, the program encourages owners of falcons to collaborate with SFC so that these falcons can be released back to their wild habitats in hopes of restoration to their populations. Before releasing the falcons to their natural habitats, the SFC runs a medical examination and a physical rehabilitation designed to assess the fitness of the falcons prior to release. The program also monitors their movements, survival and behaviors post-releasing to inform future reintroduction plans.

The program focuses on returning falcons to their natural habitats inside Saudi Arabia such as the Barbary Falcon and Lanner Falcon. In addition, migratory falcons that are in Saudi Arabia including the Saker Falcon and the Peregrine Falcon will be rehabilitated and released in Central Asia in coordination with international falcon associations.

abdulrahman alabsi

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