386 Rio Vista Blvd, Mermaid Waters sold under the hammer for $692,000.MERMAID Waters continues its dominance as a hotspot with a flurry of sales in the past week.During the weekend, a renovator at 386 Rio Vista Blvd sold under the hammer for $692,000. 4 Sequana Ave, Mermaid Waters sold for $1.15 million.He said buyers prepared to spend more than $1 million in the suburb were looking for quality homes and not just waterfront blocks.“We’ve sold three homes on dry blocks in the past two months for more than $1.1 million,” Mr Palmer said.“They’re big prices and we would never have seen those prices two to three years ago.” • MORE NEWS: EPIC RENO TRANSFORMS GOLD COAST HOME • MORE NEWS: TOP FIVE FIREPLACES ON THE GOLD COAST THIS WINTER • MORE NEWS: MEGA MANSION SELLS FOR $11 MILLION 24 Cadence Ave, Mermaid Waters is going to auction in August.He said another perk of Mermaid Waters was its underground power.“Because the suburb was developed that little bit later, all the power runs underground,” he said. “People often don’t realise but it’s more modern because of that.” This Mermaid Waters home at 386 Rio Vista Blvd is ripe for renovation.Mr Palmer said the appeal of the property as in large part to its position as an entry-level home in Mermaid Waters.The house is on a 791sq m corner block with two street frontages — and is ripe for renovation. Another Mermaid Waters property, a modern five-bedroom house at 4 Sequana Ave, was snapped up for $1.15 million days before its scheduled weekend auction. 4 Sequana Ave, Mermaid Waters sold prior to auction.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNo expense was spared in the design and build of the home with a clever combination of wood and stone used throughout.“The buyers were worried about competition on auction day and wanted to secure it beforehand,” Mr Palmer said.“They put in a knockout price prior to auction.” 386 Rio Vista Blvd, Mermaid Waters was snapped up at auction by a family from Pimpama.A crowd of about 60 people including 12 registered bidders attended the auction on Saturday.“Bidding began at $550,000 and quickly got up to $650,000,” said Mitch Palmer, principal and auctioneer of Ray White Mermaid Waters.“Then it came down to three bidders in the end.“A young family from Pimpama ended up securing the home.” Ray White Mermaid Waters principal and auctioneer Mitch Palmer predicts Mermaid Waters’ popularity to remain.Mr Palmer predicted Mermaid Waters, which has a house median value of $867,500, to continue its dominance. “A few months ago I predicted its popularity would continue as its median sale price is much lower than the surrounding suburbs of Broadbeach Waters and Clear Island Waters,” he said.“People look at Broadbeach Waters and realise they could be living the same lifestyle 2km down the road at a cheaper price.“It’s the proximity to amenities, the proximity to cafes and restaurants and proximity to shopping centres. I think we can expect its popularity to remain.”
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoPerhaps the most overlooked aspect of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s success is its renowned coaching staff. The scorers get to rack up the points, the defenders rack up the blocked shots, the goaltenders rack up the saves and wins. And head coach Mark Johnson, on the other hand, gets to provide quotes in addition to many other responsibilities. Johnson is the man who gets to make the final decision, using his experience and instinct to put the best team as possible on the ice while making sure his team is ready to play.As a player for the Badgers, Johnson was the first Badger to win WCHA Rookie of the Year during the 1977 season when Wisconsin won the National Championship. He went on to record 256 points in just three seasons and his 125 goals still stand as a UW record. However, his most memorable accomplishment might be the “Miracle On Ice” during the 1980 Olympics, during which he recorded two goals against the Soviet Union en route to the United States winning the gold medal. Johnson went on to a successful career in the NHL, recording 508 points in 699 games for four different teams.Johnson came back to UW in 1996, when he became an assistant coach for the men’s team. He was named the women’s hockey head coach before the 2002-03 season. Johnson led the team to their first WCHA title and national championship last season, and was rewarded by being named coach of the year.Johnson is responsible for the women’s hockey program becoming one of the elite programs in the nation. Since taking over the women’s hockey team, he has compiled an impressive record of 120 wins, 27 losses and 11 ties, including this season’s 11-0-1 record.”I think the coaching staff is something that goes unnoticed,” senior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “You really can’t say anything bad about [the coaches]; they come every day and put a lot of time in … I can’t really say enough about our coaches.”The most telling statistic about Johnson’s influence is that the Badgers have set a new record for wins every year he has coached. Last year the Badgers recorded 36 wins, which tied the NCAA record for most wins in a season. Perhaps his most challenging task is keeping his team motivated. While the Badgers are currently riding a 24-game unbeaten streak, Johnson has to be sure they’re prepared and ready to play every weekend. “Johnson is a very experienced person,” Slusar said. “The good thing about him is that he brings a good attitude every day. He’s ready to go and he knows when it’s time to do certain things — when we need to work hard and when we don’t need to work so hard. I think he really recognizes our situation, like if we’re tired he knows what we need to be doing.”Despite Johnson’s strong résumé, the influence of the assistant coaches cannot be overlooked. Tracy Cornell has been an assistant coach with the team since 1999 when the women’s hockey program first started, while Dan Koch started coaching at Wisconsin in 2001. Both have been instrumental in mentoring and recruiting players, building the women’s hockey program into the elite program it is today.”I think with a coaching staff like this, any player in the game could do really well,” freshman forward Meaghan Duggan said. “They’re really good with one-on-one stuff; they come right up to you and tell you what you need to work on.””They bring a positive attitude, [and] that goes a long way, because when I come to the rink I want to have fun,” Slusar said. “And every day I have fun and am having a good time, whether it’s practice or a game, whether we’re winning or losing.”
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CLEAR LAKE — Lakes and rivers are often full on Memorial Day, as many people get their boats out for the first time.Iowa DNR boating law administrator Susan Stocker says the desire to get out on the water is probably going to be higher than normal this year. “And I do believe, based on what’s been happening around Iowa stay at home orders, what have you, I think it’s going to be exceptionally busy,” Stocker says.Stocker says you should continue to follow social distancing rules on the water and only allow your immediate family in the boat. “That means the people that you’ve been hanging out with at home,” Stocker says, “and so, that is one of the key things.” She says when you are at a fuel dock or loading and launching your boat, continue to maintain the six feet social distancing.She recommends avoiding some of the traditional things people do, such as landing on a sandbar and gathering — or doing what’s called “rafting.” Stocker says that’s when two or three boats tied up together to form a raft. “That is truly discouraged also — because you are not social distancing, you are not six feet apart and you are not staying away from people that you haven’t been staying at home together in the same household,” Stocker says.Stocker says the standard rules still apply whenever you are boating.“Everybody needs to have a wearable life jacket that fits them in the boat. And we strongly encourage everybody to wear the life jacket,” she says. “Similar to a seat belt when you are riding in a car — you have no idea when you might be involved in an accident — so having your life jacket on is the best practice.”Life jackets are required to be worn by anyone under 12 when the boat is moving. Stocker also reminds everyone that you can be stopped and arrested for drunk boating. “The effects of alcohol are greatly increased because you have the wind out there, you have the sun beating down on you, you have the glare of the sun off the water,” Stocker says. “What’s really, really crazy is that all these individuals are surrounded by water — but yet they are not drinking water — so they are dehydrated also. The effects of alcohol are greatly enhanced.”Stocker’s final piece of advice is to plan ahead. “Because everybody is feeling really, really antsy regarding cabin fever — we need to have some patience at the boat ramp. So, make sure that you have all of your items and gear in your boats and ready before you get to the boat ramp to launch,” Stocker says. She says continue to follow the social distancing requirements at the launch area as you start and end the day.