Lighting Of Our National Christmas Tree – Past and Present

The National Christmas Tree is usually lite on 4 December and this year was no exception as President Obama joined hundreds of people for the annual lighting ceremony. Prior to lighting the tree, our President said the national tree is a “symbol of hope and holiday spirit.” He also urged Americans to remember members of the US military serving overseas, as well as their families. Every President since Franklin D. Roosevelt has made formal remarks during the lighting ceremony.William A. Kennedy

This year’s ceremony marked the 92nd annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The National Park Service says the tradition was started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. Our National Christmas Tree over the years has been both a cut tree and live trees. Since 1973 a living tree has been used but has been replaced several times since then for a variety of reasons. For example, the National Christmas Tree’s trunk snapped in a windstorm, which contained gusts of up to 50 mph, in February 2011. The current tree was planted in October 2012 and is a Colorado Blue Spruce from Virginia.

Since 1954, the event has marked the start of month-long festivities known as the “Pageant of Peace”. Smaller decorated trees representing the US states, territories and the District of Columbia surround the National Christmas Tree; this is known as the “Pathway to Peace”. Santa’s Workshop, the National Menorah, and nightly entertainment are also part of the experience of seeing the National Christmas Tree.

General Electric has lite the National Christmas Tree since 1962. This year’s tree design features a very traditional red, green and white color scheme and uses the latest LED holiday lighting products. The addition of sparkle red mesh garland enhances the nighttime and daytime appearance. This is the 6th consecutive year that LED lights have been used to light the National Christmas Tree.

Bill Kennedy is a freelance writer and an experienced business development consultant.  When he isn’t dabbling in writing, William A. Kennedy is the President and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA.  William Kennedy is also an aspiring endurance athlete and avid world traveler.

The photo is courtesy of the http://thenationaltree.org website.

“The Bronze” Debuts at Sundance Film Festival

On January 22, 2015, “The Bronze” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival’s opening night. The film festival is one of the largest events of its kind in America and draws over 50,000 movie enthusiasts to Utah each year. So if the word hasn’t gotten out about how great Amherst, Ohio is as a filming location or as just a great place to live, it soon will be at the festival and later in 2015 thru an anticipated worldwide release of this film. Rumor has it that the movie may also be shown at the Amherst Cinema as part of the film’s release.

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Recently, a film crew was spotted outside of the Captain’s Club grabbing a few evening shots for the film. Along with the Captain’s Club, Cedar Pub and Ziggy’s Pub (Picture courtesy of sidewalkschalk.com), pictured to the left, were involved in the filming too. Other filming locations in and around Amherst included Hastee Tastee, Marion L. Steele High School, and a home on Brandt Avenue as well as the Pikewood Manor in Elyria and some gymnastics scenes shot at the Sokol Ceska Sin in Cleveland.

The movie is about a former gymnastics’ hero, who won an Olympic bronze medal and now finds herself living in her small hometown, washed-up and bitter. She is forced to reevaluate her life when a promising young gymnast threatens her local celebrity status.

“The Bronze” is directed by Bryan Buckley and written by Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch. Along with Melissa Rauch, the movie stars Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong, and Haley Lu Richardson. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the rights for this movie in July 2014.

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Bill Kennedy is a freelance writer and an experienced business development consultant.  When he isn’t dabbling in writing, William A. Kennedy is the President and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA.  William Allen Kennedy is also an aspiring endurance athlete and avid world traveler.

An up and coming film location – Amherst, Ohio By: Bill Kennedy

When you think of film locations for movies, you may think of exotic places such as Vancouver, Fiji or the deserts of the Sahara but not Amherst, Ohio. Well, you may be surprised to know that Amherst has been the filming location for three movies.

The latest movie to be filmed in and around Amherst is “The Bronze”, a comedy film directed by Bryan Buckley and written by Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch. The plot is about a former gymnastics bronze medalist, Hope Annabelle Greggory (Melissa Rauch), who must fight for her local celebrity status when a young athlete’s star rises in town. Along with Melissa Rauch, the movie stars Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong, and Haley Lu Richardson. Stephanie Langhoff is the producer for Duplass Brothers Productions. Filming ended in late July and the movie is now in production. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the rights for this movie in July and it will be released in 2015.

“The John Penton Story” is a full length documentary narrated by Grammy Winner Lyle Lovett. John Penton is a motorcycle pioneer whose life led to a long list of motorcycling accomplishments, international notoriety, and changed the motorcycling world forever. You can read more about John Penton and his accomplishments in the book entitled, “John Penton and The Off Road Motorcycle Revolution” written by Ed Youngblood.

In 2013, the “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” starring Johnny Knoxville did some guerilla filming at an Amherst School during a bingo night. This hidden camera film is the fourth in the Jackass film series.

Amherst, OH is known as the Sandstone Center of the World.  The former Town Hall is one of the landmarks in town.

Amherst, OH is known as the Sandstone Center of the World. The former Town Hall is one of the landmarks in town.

Although it wasn’t filmed in Amherst, “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle” references Hot Dog Heaven as Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) go through a series of misadventures to find a White Castle restaurant. A stop at Hot Dog Heaven is a must when visiting Amherst. This movie was released in 2004 and is the first in a series of movies featuring Harold and Kumar.
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Bill Kennedy is a freelance writer and an experienced business development consultant. When he isn’t dabbling in writing, William A. Kennedy is the President and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA. William Allen Kennedy is also an aspiring endurance athlete and avid world traveler.

Why Companies Should Use a Business Development Consultant

A certified member of Project Management Institute, Arlington, Virginia, resident Bill Kennedy specializes in business development consulting. Through his Arlington-based business, Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, Bill Kennedy provides business development leadership and guidance in areas such as strategic planning, marketing, opportunity capture and qualification, and proposal management.

A business development consultant assists companies, small and large, with identifying, qualifying, and bidding on US Federal Government contracts. A successful consultant is an expert in positioning their clients to win new business or successfully re-compete an existing contract.

A good consultant also plays an integral role in working with his clients to develop or improve marketing, capture and proposal processes. He or she will also facilitate introductions with their industry connections and / or assist his or her clients with making new connections.

Tips for Finding a Good Fit When Cycling in a Triathlon

Over the course of his career, Bill Kennedy has built a reputation for successful business development in Arlington, Virginia, most recently with his new company, Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC. Outside of the office, Bill Kennedy is an accomplished triathlete in the Arlington area.

There are several ways to get the most out of your cycling experience. Even though bicycles are now adjustable in almost every way, you should not over-emphasize comfort. Bear in mind that no matter how you try to feel good on your machine, you will feel some pain from sore muscles.

This also applies to saddles. The perfect fit does not exist. Find one that feels good most of the time. This may mean finding a hard saddle that fits well, rather than a softer one that may prove to be uncomfortable over time.

Be careful with your positioning. Placing yourself lower than the handlebars may improve your aerodynamics, but don’t go so low that you can’t stay in that position and then run your best afterward.

The History of the Modern Triathlon

Bill Kennedy leads Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, as the president and chief executive officer of the Arlington, Virginia-based firm. Outside of his professional pursuits, Bill Kennedy regularly participates in triathlons and open water swim competitions in Arlington and other cities.

Even though it is an extremely popular sport today, the triathlon is a relatively new athletic event. The roots of the sport can be traced back to 1920s France, but it took another five decades before the triathlon really began to grow in popularity.

In September 1974, the first triathlon was held in the United States in the Mission Bay area of San Diego. The event, which was organized by Jack Johnstone and Don Shanahan, was held on a Wednesday evening and consisted of a 5-mile bike ride, a 500-yard swim, and a 6-mile run. Only 46 people competed in the first Mission Bay Triathlon, but it helped lay the foundation for future events.

Two of the competitors who participated in the original Mission Bay Triathlon, John and Joan Collins, went on to found the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon in 1978. The Hawaii Ironman brought international attention to the sport, and soon triathlons were being held in countries around the globe.

The Commonalities of System Development Life Cycles

Bill Kennedy, based out of Arlington, Virginia, offers clients considerable experience in business development and project management. In addition to the strategic guidance he provides his company, Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, Bill Kennedy has years of experience with various applications of system development life cycles (SDLC). Several versions of SDLC exist, but they have a few things in common. From a proposal to a completed project those commonalities include: – Assessment of the existing system – Users and consultants identify the system’s shortcomings. This helps define the outlines of the new system. – New system design – Developers take into account issues of security, operating systems, and physical requirements. – Development – After installation of new programming, users try out the new software and hardware, noting where changes are necessary. – Going operational – This can take place by phasing in the new system. Alternatively, it is sometimes less costly to activate the new system all at once. – Thorough evaluation – Full and complete maintenance is crucial. Users should remain current on the latest changes.