One of my readers, Terry Giesting, suggested a topic for Coaches’ Corner. It dealt with family histories in the Batesville High School basketball program. We will be doing that program for Coaches’ Corner with the Bob Walsman family right before the basketball season.This blog will give you an idea on some of the families that have 3 generations of basketball players who played for some of our local schools. The Bob Walsman family includes Bob, Sr.; Bob, Jr. (better known as Snork); and Nathan, the grandson of Bob Sr. and son of Snork.Another family that comes to mind is the Louie Dickman family. Louie played for Batesville. His daughter, Melissa, played for JCD, and Melissa’s son, Nick, completed the trilogy with Batesville Bulldogs.I hope this will jog some of your memories. Contact me if you know of other families who have this kind of history with local basketball programs.
On my first visit to Fuel, I met my friend Adrienne, who recommended this neighborhood favorite. The chalkboard outside said they serve the best sandwiches in town. Best sandwiches in town? It was hard for me to get excited about a sandwich, but I decided to try the ham and swiss sandwich with a bowl of the tomato basil soup. The sandwich was extraordinary — fresh sliced ham covered in melted swiss cheese between two thick slices of wheat bread. The soup had the summery taste of a ripe heirloom tomato bursting with herby fresh basil. I eyed the made-to-order double chocolate cookie baked in an iron skillet and topped with vanilla bean ice cream. But that would have to wait.I also had the fresh-squeezed lemonade with peach tea. The lemonade (like all lemonade at Fuel) is hand-squeezed using an old-fashioned lemon squeezer. In the summer, Fuel adds fresh local berries to its lemonade. On Sundays, oranges are hand-squeezed for all-day mimosas served with breakfast sandwiches made on crusty baguettes.On my next visit, I had the Tillamook grilled cheese — Fuel style with slices of thick-cut bacon and fig jam — that had me reconsidering my lukewarm position on sandwiches. The melted Tillamook cheddar and provolone blended nicely with the salty bacon and sweet, fruity fig jam.OK, I had to concede, sandwiches can sometimes be astonishing.Despite the care they take in making their sandwiches, the team at Fuel didn’t expect lunch to be so popular. At its heart, Fuel is a wine bar. Megan Sanchagrin, the general manager, spent the last six months revamping Fuel’s wine list.“I just edited the wine list and I added 40 wines to the list,” she said. “The reason for that is because of diversity. We wanted to teach people about it and to expand what they’re able to get here. Everything is handpicked. I tried it myself. I didn’t want to just put a cab on the menu. It had to be the best cab. I would say 95 to 100 percent of the wines you find here, you aren’t going to find anywhere else. A lot of times we get our hands on a small production of wine and I will buy it all. I don’t want to see it anywhere else. If I see it at Costco, if I see it at Safeway, we don’t have it anymore. Our wines are small production, local, very unique. I am looking for wines that are mind-blowingly delicious.” Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats.
Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji has appointed Ms Shashita Nand as Director of Sales and Marketing.As DOSM, Ms Nand will take immediate responsibility for all aspects of the luxury all-villa boutique resort’s sales and marketing activity on an international basis.Ms Nand will also work closely with US-based Auberge Resorts Collection which took over management of the resort last year and Australian-based sales representative World Resorts of Distinction.A Fijian national, Ms Nand’s credentials include senior sales and marketing roles with several international hotel chains and resorts in Australia, Fiji and Thailand.These include Avista Hotels and Resorts (Thailand), Marriott International, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger on The Lagoon – Fiji, Vomo Island Resort (Fiji), Treasure Island Resort (Fiji) and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts.Ms Nand’s appointment further bolsters the resort’s overall management team which in recent months has been strengthened with new Front Office Manager, Charlotte Steele and Director of Operations, Joakim Zetterberg.The hotel’s General Manager is Karen Taylor.