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Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization offering support and educational fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer is excited to partner with fishing outfitter and rod manufacturer Tycoon Tackle, Inc. in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tycoon Tackle has committed to building an unlimited quantity of custom co-branded rods named “The Martha Ann” in honor of Tycoon Tackle president Tim O’Brien’s mother, Martha Ann O’Brien, who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2007. $100 of every sale of “The Martha Ann” rods directly support Casting for Recovery’s renowned programs for women with breast cancer.
Martha Ann O’Brien spent more than 30 years of her life in and around Tycoon Tackle, as an employee and wife to the company’s founder. Although Martha Ann was not an avid angler, she was known to “mix it up” with the fish from time to time. Her spirit and wit would bring the most intense angler to laughter. One time after landing a 56-pound Amberjack on a light-spinning rod she quipped, “Is that all there is to that?”
“My mother waged a gallant battle with breast cancer, one that she ultimately lost, but not without a fight with vigor, humor, and gusto,” says Tim O’Brien, president of Tycoon Tackle. “Through the custom fishing rod named after her, her spirit will live on in the streams, rivers, lakes, and flats of the world. We believe in Casting for Recovery’s mission of providing life-changing programs that combine the therapeutic sport of fly fishing with counseling and medical education for women in any stage of breast cancer treatment and recovery.”
“We are excited to partner with one of the longest-standing custom rod makers in the industry,” says CfR executive director, Whitney Milhoan. “We are honored to be the recipient of proceeds of “The Martha Ann” rod since it’s so close to the hearts of the family at Tycoon Tackle. Nearly everyone has been touched by breast cancer, and it’s inspiring to see Tycoon Tackle’s passion to support other women who have been affected by this devastating disease.”
The Martha Ann rod will be available for order in mid May at www.tycoonoutfitters.com. It will be a custom, built-to-order, co-branded rod in weights from three to five. Each rod will be shipped in a custom rod sock and co-branded aluminum rod tube for $499.95 plus shipping and handling. $100 of every sale goes to Casting for Recovery. More details will be forthcoming.
To learn more about Casting for Recovery, or how to help, please visit http://castingforrecovery.org or contact Holly Calloway at Holly.Calloway@castingforrecovery.org.
Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1996 by two women — a breast reconstructive surgeon and a professional fly fisher. CfR’s unique program combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.
On March 22nd, a massive landslide buried a town in the state of Washington. It is the most deadly landslide within the United States in a decade, and we knew it could happen. Living in the path of impending catastrophe is a choice we all make daily, but that doesn’t make it easy.
The Steelhead Landslide
The Steelhead Landslide (also called the Hazel Landslide or the Oso Mudslide) is located about 90 km northeast of Seattle, in the community of Oso, Washington.
The landslide is composed of glacial sediments, a mix of sands, silts, and rocks that turned into mud in the recent heavy rains. The landslide ripped up trees, entrained saturated soils and potentially even mixed river water into its mass, increasing volume and mobility as it ran downhill.
By looking at satellite imagery, the failure area is roughly 450 meters wide and up to 500 m long. Judging from where the river cut through the debris, the landslide might be 10 m thick. As a very rough estimate, that puts the volume of this landslide at 2 million cubic meters, into the territory of a catastrophically large landslide.
From the head scarp of the failure area to the distant toe of the deposit, the runout distance is somewhere over 1.7 km long. The landslide split at the river, spreading to around 1.3 km wide. The landslide briefly dammed the North Fork Stillaguamish River. A USGS stream gague about 20 km downstream measures the river level in near-realtime. The landslide occurred around 11 am on Saturday; the gage reported an abruptly drop in water level at 1:30 pm. The discharge decreased by about 34 cubic meters per second, with all that water building up behind the dam.
The dam held for about 30 hours before the stream eroded a new path through the deposit. At its peak, the drop in discharge suggests the dam was holding back over 3 million cubic meters of water; the USGS described the upstream pond as up to 10 meters deep. Fortunately, it looks like the dam is releasing the trapped water slowly, carrying debris and sediment downstream but not failing catastrophically with an outburst flood. A flash flood warning will remain in effect for downstream communities until the barrier lake finishes draining.