Demolition Goes To Extreme

July 31, 2010


Matt Roth | Web Producer
Posted: 12:27 pm EDT July 30, 2010

Melissa Fullerton, 69 News

TILDEN TWP., Pa. — In just a matter of minutes, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crews and local demolition crews tore down a house that stood for nearly 300 years.

The home in Tilden Township, Berks County, near Hamburg, belongs to Trisha Urban, a widowed mother of an 18-month-old girl who was chosen by Extreme Makeover for a new home.

Her husband, Andy, who was born with a congenital heart defect, died of a massive heart attack on February 4, 2009, less than nine hours before the birth of their daughter, Cora.

Trisha told 69 News it was the couple’s dream to renovate the home and make it safe for the family to continue living in, but that never happened.

The crumbling home, which dates back to the early 18th century, had mold growing in the basement and electrical outlets hanging out of the walls.

Crews managed to salvage the main beam of the old house. They’re also working to preserve other pieces and use them in the new home.

“There are strictly some things we’re going to save from this 300-year-old home that we’re going to try to reincorporate into the new house,” said Paul DiMeo, a member of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team and a native of Media, Delaware County. “I’m going to be doing that, making sure we get some of those beams out there and then finding a place to use them in the new house. There’s some stone work around the other side of the house that we want to keep and maybe use the fireplace. So, we want to kind of take some of the old and use in the new.”

Uncut Interview: Designer Paul DiMeo About Project

Trisha and her daughter are now enjoying a week’s vacation at Walt Disney World in Florida while hundreds of local volunteers work around the clock to build her a new home.

Uncut Interview: Trisha Urban Before Sendoff

Allison Baver, a 2010 Olympic bronze medalist in short-track speed skating and a native of Berks County, is among those on hand to help.

The foundation of the new home has already been poured less than 50 feet away from where the old house stood.

Once it is done drying tomorrow, volunteers will begin framing the new home and installing windows.

Plumbing, electric, heating, and air conditioning are scheduled to be installed on Sunday.

That will be followed by exterior work on the house being done by masons on Monday.

The family will be brought back on Thursday for the big reveal, tentatively scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Go here to see the following slideshows, more links, and to read more about it:
Slideshow: Extreme Makeover: Day 2 – Demolition
Slideshow: Extreme Makeover: Day 1 – Surprise & Sendoff

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On a personal note, as one who works in the industry, I’m one of those who really respects and appreciates vintage architecture. I’m always saddened when one more ‘This Old House’ falls to the wrecking ball. Far too often, there is just no other choice. Black mold, crumbling foundations and ‘bad bones’ leaves one with few other viable and/or cost effective options.

I was happy to read though that the powers that be at Extreme Makeover chose to salvage parts of the house that they thought were redeemable for reuse.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, baby!

I once read a quote “only truly wealthy nations can afford to be wasteful”. Well, we ain’t so wealthy anymore. Not only can we not afford to be wasteful, some things really are worth saving and preserving. I’m glad designer Paul DiMeo respects that. Kudos to you, sir.

And Kudos to Allison for participating. I have the impression from her posts that she has a great love of her native Pennsylvania and I can think of few better ways of showing it. You Go Girl!

A preview of Saturday’s Seafair Torchlight Parade

July 31, 2010

If you’re in the Seattle area, you might want to join in on this

Posted on July 30, 2010 at 7:15 AM
Updated today at 7:23 AM

It’s that time again! Join the Seafair clowns, commodores, pirates, and parade marshals as the 2010 Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade takes to the streets to “Celebrate Summer” on Saturday, July 31.

This year’s Seafair Grand Marshal is Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated United States Winter Olympic athlete and Northwest native.

Kicking off the Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade is the 2010 Miss Seafair Coronation from 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Westlake TV Zone.

The best options for beating traffic will be traveling by bus or light rail. Log on to for more information on road closures, bus schedules and getting downtown by light rail.

The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. and reserved seating is available through Ticket Master.

BMW, USOC make 6-year sponsorship deal official

July 27, 2010

By RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer
Monday, July 26, 2010
(07-26) 12:01 PDT NEW YORK, (AP) —

A German automaker sponsoring American athletes? BMW and U.S. Olympic Committee officials see nothing contradictory about that in this global economy.

The two organizations made their six-year deal official Monday at a news conference at a BMW dealership in Manhattan. A person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press in May that it’s worth about $24 million.

BMW will be the first foreign carmaker to sponsor the USOC and will fill a void left when General Motors decided not to renew its deal following the 2008 Olympics.

“All of our research shows that our fans really respect Olympic sponsors, because they know that’s the way we bring the team to the games,” USOC chief marketing officer Lisa Baird said.

BMW will also work with the American governing bodies for four sports: track and field, swimming, speedskating, and bobsled and skeleton. Speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno, who noted he’s a BMW owner, was on hand for the announcement.

“Part of our company’s ethos is to really become part of the culture” of countries where it sells cars, said Jack Pitney, vice president of marketing for BMW of North America.

BMW plans to use its engineers to help the USOC improve technology for its athletes, such as designing helmets that are more aerodynamic. It will also aid the USOC with fundraising.

BMW will be the USOC’s “official mobility partner,” a purposely broad term that ensures the company will be the sole sponsor for multiple forms of transportation, including those that haven’t even been invented yet.

The German automaker has supported American athletes before as a sponsor of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The new deal will run through the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.


AP National Writer Eddie Pells contributed to this report

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JR Celski Golden Scarf Recipient at Sounders Game!

July 27, 2010

Reposted from:
Posted by: Tony Ventrella
07/18/2010 1:01 PM

Fil/Am Olympic Bronze Medalist JR Celski receives honorary Golden Scarf at the July 18th Sounders Game!


Golden Scarf: J.R. Celski
Majority Owner Joe Roth presenting Olympic Speed Skater J.R. Celski with the Golden Scarf prior to the Sounders match against Celtic FC.

Click the link: ‘Golden Scarf:J.R. Celski’ below to view the video interview:

Golden Scarf: J.R. Celski from Seattle Sounders FC on Vimeo.


J.R. also represents the AIM products. Read about it here:

Apolo on the TODAY show

July 27, 2010

BMW, the Olympics and US Speedskating
(8zone, motivational speaking and his upcoming book)

Go to the following link to see the video on

Also, read about BMW’s commitment to a 6 year support program for several Olympic sports, including US Speedskating. (Now this is the kind of sponsorship news I like to hear!)
Lori already posted this on the BB forum, so just scroll down to reply #18 to read all about it.

July 22, 2010

From Peter Doucet’s Speedskate World. Go here for the link to the rest of the article. Scroll down to July 18 News and Misc.
Lots of inline info, but also plenty of Short Track info too.

Olympic gold medalist Olivier Jean is the spokesperson for the seventh edition of the 24hr Inline Montreal, that will be held on Saturday August 7th at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in Montreal. It will be the third time that Jean skates in the event, after he won the race with his team in 2004, and again in 2007.

Stride & Glide with Alyson Dudek

July 22, 2010

August 14, 2010
Participants of all ages are invited to run a fun 5k course with an Olympian. Following the run, runners can trade their running shoes for a pair of skates to participate in a learn-to speed skate clinic taught by US Speedskating Olympians and National Team members on the “Fastest Ice on Earth” at the Oval, site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

For more info, go to US Speedskating’s site:

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Short Track News by TRF


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