The column that asks why did they stop making Mercurys and especially Mountaineers, and go with Lincolns, because all we see on the road are Mountaineers that they stopped making after 2009?
Read 1,ooo books to your child before they reach 4 years of age.
It can be the same book.
It can be anytime night or day.
The cute music playing above the crib is nice, but it does not replace the reading.
“Reading a book to your newborn is a one-on-one activity that you can really turn into a special time with your baby,” says Mary Ann Abrams, MD, Reach Out and Read’s Medical Director (reachoutandread.org).
“It exposes the baby to the sound of your voice, which is soothing for him.
“In fact, a recent study in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics found that reading to babies in the NICU can help parents develop the same feelings of intimacy that parents of healthy newborns cultivate in the days and weeks after a baby’s birth.”
Pumpkin Festival at the Amish Market, 2 Cassidy Court, in Hopewell Township on Saturday, Oct. 22.
The same day will be an antique tractor pull and wheat threshing.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you can attempt to find your way through the corn maze, passing people coming and going around in circles.
“It’s karaoke night at the New Mauros On the Ave, in Vineland.
“Come out for a great time and amazing drink specials all night long.”
— Zack Reed
Once known as the Zack Attack
“For those yard sale lovers, the Bridgeton Breakfast Rotary Club is having their annual yard sale this Saturday, Oct. 15, at Al Scarani’s Service Station at the corner of Broad and Atlantic streets in Bridgeton, across from Hankins Lumber.
“Come out and see what you need!”
— Bob Spence
There’s a man spending his retirement here.
“Family/friends, Mikiah will be fighting in the main event on Oct. 22 at the Flare Center.
“Fights start at 2 o’clock. 307 LEROY AVENUE, BUFFALO, NEW YORK!
“This is going to be a great fight against two amazing fighters. Hope to see you all there.”
— Deborah Fields
That’s Mikiah Kreps, the boxer who came to Bridgeton to fight Basimah “Boom Boom” Baker.
It was the biggest boxing night we ever saw, not counting Richie Kates’ career.
A little history.
May 19, 2013
It turned out be hometown favorite Basimah “Boom Boom’’ Baker.
After years of searching for fights around the country and being disappointed, the 16-year-old found a willing opponent in Mikiah Kreps, who traveled eight hours to do battle.
Kreps kept pressure on Baker, forcing a mandatory 8-count in both the first and third rounds of the bout the large crowd came to see.
The local boxer, dressed in all pink, seemed to run out of gas as each three-minute round progressed.
But Kreps, who hit like a sledgehammer, didn’t see it that way.
“Of all the 15 fights I’ve had,’ she hit the hardest of anybody I’ve fought,’’ said stressed after falling to her knees and covering her face with her hands when the decision was announced.
“I went to my knees because it was so emotional,’’ she said. “I’ve never fought in a situation like this.’’
Kreps, trained by her mother and accompanied by her brother and cousin for the trip, knew she had to go after Baker to avoid a hometown decision.
“She’s definitely the toughest fighter I’ve ever fought,’’ said the blonde bombshell who is now 13-3 for her career.
If it wasn’t Kreps’ biggest audience, it was her loudest.
By the third round, the throng of over 250 in the Fairfield School gym that included several local dignataries from freeholders to the county surrogate was imploring “Boom Boom’’ to come back while standing and crowding one side of the ring to take photos.
“Boom Boom’’ made no excuses.
“No, I don’t think I ran out of gas,’’ she said. “I don’t know what happened in there. I’m the toughest she’s fought? Well, she’s the toughest I’ve fought.’’
A rematch is only natural, since both fighters have had such tough luck finding opponents.
“I’d love to give her a rematch,’’ said Kreps.
Her mother, Deborah, agreed it can be arranged in Buffalo.
“I’ll talk to Terry (Gould, Baker’s trainer),’ she said. “I know I can also line up some bouts for some of his guys.’’
Before the fight, Deborah talked of having help training her daughter.
“You get to the point where you need help and you need to bring in somebody who knows more than you,’’ said the woman who started her own boxing career at age 30 “to get into shape. And that’s what I’ve done. Has it helped? We’ll see tonight.’’
Mikiah, who has been a gym rat since the age of 5, said sparring against boys made her tougher in getting ready for “Boom Boom’’
Kreps won the first round, but “Boom Boom’’ came out like a rocket in the second.
“She had said earlier, “I’ll go for a knockout in the second round.’’
She used that early flurry to win the round.
But Kreps survived another early onslaught by Baker in the third round and unleashed combinations of her own to subdue her opponent.
It was clear to the crowd at the end that the Niagara Falls invader had won.
“I’ve just got to train harder,’’ said a sullen Baker after the fight. “I definitely want to fight her again.’’
Gould, her trainer and Tri City Boxing president, said a trip to Buffalo, where a show is already planned in late June, is a must.
“We’ll definitely go,’’ he said.
Before the fight, Kreps said, “Out of the ring, ‘Boom Boom’ and I are friends.’’
They need each other if the 2016 Olympics are to become a reality for each other.
Right now, they’re the only two horses in the stable of 15- and 16-year-olds.
“Up to this fight,’’ said Kreps, “I’ve had 15 fights against four girls. Just four. That’s how hard it is to find opponents my age.
“I’m willing to fight women. Thirty years old, I don’t care.’’
“But she can’t do that,’’ said her mother. “Not until she’s 18. All she can do right now is fight 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds.’’
“Boom Boom’’ knows it only too well.
Kreps last fought in February.
It was “Boom Boom’s’’ first fight in ages.
Tri City HOPE President Jerry Young, happy with the turnout, looks to the future.
“Yes ‘Boom Boom, lost tonight,’’ he said “Neither she nor Tri City Boxing makes excuses.
“She feels as if she let Cumberland County down. Well, she is still our own Ringside world champ.
“Hopefully, we will be able to send her to Buffalo for a rematch with Mikiah Kreps.
“After that comes the Ringside world championships in Missouri.’’
And Mikiah Kreps will be there, too.