Author: julianewman

Local Sea Scout group learns seafaring, other skills by restoring historic Navy boat in Marina del Rey boatyard

Correspondent On Tuesday nights this summer at the Boat Yard in Marina del Rey, a group of adults has volunteered its time to help prepare local Boy Scouts for skillful jobs by restoring a piece of history. The Sea Scouts, a vocational branch of the Boy Scouts, is an organization that works to help youths aged 14 to 21 develop skills in the fields of engineering, seafaring, and mechanics by fixing up old boats. The youngsters then have the chance to sail the restored vessel and even compete against other groups. The local Sea Scout group, also known as the Islanders, started in 1930 and is currently working out of the Boat Yard in Marina del Rey on Fiji Way. Its 14 active members, who are boys from all over the Los Angeles area and of varying ages, have been working on the Manta since May 24. The ship itself has a significant history as a World War II-era U.S. Navy air rescue boat. This entirely wooden boat, which is even equipped with an infirmary, was purchased by the Sea Scouts from the Navy Surplus in 1946. For 30 years the Manta was used to transport supplies to the Boy Scout camp on Catalina Island. Today the Islanders work on everything from fixing up the boat to steering and navigating. While the Manta still transports items over to Catalina,...

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LMU graduate and friend plan world-wide trek for fibromyalgia

Correspondent Matt Majcher, a recent Loyola Marymount University (LMU) graduate, and his friend, Chris Henry, are about to set off on a 230-day journey across the world to raise awareness and funds for fibromyalgia research and to prove that the disease does not have to limit a person. The journey and the organization Trek230, are headed by Majcher and Henry, who has had a long struggle with fibromyalgia, a disease that has widespread effects. The disease mainly affects the joints, but can cause pain throughout the body and has been known to cause fatigue and depression. Henry, 22, has been suffering from the disease for about 10 years, but it was only diagnosed four years ago. He describes his symptoms as, “irritable bowels, tight muscles, vision problems, severe allergies, anxiety, sleep problems, and back problems.” Henry says he has found some relief in Western medicine, yoga and acupuncture. The trip is scheduled to begin in the fall in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. From there, the trek will cover six different countries in South America, then 10 countries in Africa, three countries in the Middle East, 13 countries in Europe, and then finally seven countries in Asia. The two high school friends recalled how they came up with the idea for Trek230. Majcher, 22, was about to graduate from LMU and Henry from Johnson and Wales University, when the two discussed...

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