Beatrice J. “Bea” Gratz, age 83, of Viroqua, WI, and formerly of Readstown, WI, passed away Friday, November 11, 2022. She was born on the home farm between Readstown and Soldiers Grove on September 16, 1939, the daughter of Carlyle and Ella (Ellefson) Hanson. Bea graduated from West Lima High School and went on to marry David Gratz on June 10, 1959. She farmed with her
husband for many years before going to work as a CNA at Sannes Skogdalen Heim Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove. Bea was an avid gardener who especially enjoyed growing flowers on the farm. She also liked spending time with her daughters at the camper and going on road trips along the river road between La Crosse and Prairie du Chien. Bea spent free time at the casino and had a system for knowing exactly which one of the slot machines would be a winner. She also enjoyed relaxing with her neighbors for cards and a good game of euchre. Bea was a nurturing person who took great pleasure in cooking for her family and constantly making sure they were all well fed.
Bea is survived by her children: Doug Gratz, Kevin (Lisa) Gratz, Ellen Anderson, and Victoria (Jay) Ruud; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; and two sisters: Ellanora Jackson and Bernice Johnson.
In addition to her parents, Bea was preceded in death by her husband, David, in 2009; two grandchildren: Jenny Gratz and Ethan Anderson; and three siblings: Lars (Lorraine) Hanson, Alice (Chuck) Anderson, and Hilda Rockwell.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Thorson-Popp Funeral and Cremation Services in Viroqua. Visitation will be on Saturday, November 26, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Thorson-Popp Funeral and Cremation Services in Viroqua is entrusted with her services.
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POLAND – Beatrice “Bea” Loux, 85, died on Nov. 19, 2022, after a short illness. She was born on July 9, 1937, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to George and Esther Boyd.
Bea attended Millersville State Teachers College, and married her college sweetheart, Roy Loux, before graduation. She was the owner and head teacher of Busy Bee Nursery in Auburn, a foster parent, a hospice volunteer, and was a long-term member of the Auburn Methodist Church. She was an avid quilter, sewer, and reader. Bea spent summers at Thompson Lake her whole life, and the family camp there had a special place in her heart. Bea’s main joy in life was spending time at the lake with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Bea was predeceased by her parents, and her beloved husband, Roy Loux. She is survived by a large and loving family, including her brother, George Boyd and wife Dale; and her three daughters and their families, Debbie and Steve Fuller, Barbara Loux and William Heywood, and Cindy and Theron Kropp. Bea is also survived by her eleven grandchildren and their families, Kayla, Dylan, Audrey and Ellie Vatsinaris, Megan, Mark and Tucker Dvilinsky, Suzanne, Kevin, Amelia, and Zoey Wight, Nate, Ariel and Oliver Fuller, Andrew, Sarah and Addie Heywood, Abby Fuller and Colm MacCárthaigh, Eli Kropp, Bekah Kropp, Lizzie Kropp, Kurt Heywood, and Chris Heywood.
The family thanks Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for the loving care that Bea received during her stay. Bea loved reading, and was a lifetime supporter of the public library system.
To express condolences and to participate in Bea’s online tribute, please visit http://www.DolbyBlaisSegee.com.
For those who wish to do so, donations can be made in her name to the Poland or Gardiner Public Libraries.
November 22, 2022 | 9:49am
MANILA, Philippines — Actress Bea Alonzo has no plans of becoming a Spanish citizen – but she is happy that she will soon have such an option.
That is what Bea told reporters at her recent “Start Up PH” press conference in Cebu City.
“Galing ako sa isang mahabang bakasyon - 26 days, almost a month. Kakauwi ko lang this week from Europe. The reason why I went there was because I wanted to get my Golden Visa to Spain, so am now a resident of Spain,” Alonzo declared at the event.
Following her acquisition of a two-bedroom Madrid apartment, Bea is now a legal resident of Spain with a Golden Visa, a "residence visa issued to a non-EU national who intends to make a significant investment in the Spanish economy,” said the Schengen Visa website.
Anyone who purchased real estate in Spain for at least 500,000 Euros (about P30 million) is entitled under the Residency by Investment program to travel visa-free within the Schengen Zone of the European Union. The benefit extends to Bea’s mother, Mary Anne.
“'Yung Spanish government kasi, if you have a certain amount to invest sa real property nila, you will be granted a Golden Visa which means you are automatically a resident,” shared Bea.
As legal citizen, Bea can now work freely in Europe. Although not required to stay in Spain, she is now eligible to apply for citizenship after a couple of years. But the Filipino-British actress was quick to stress that she will not apply for Spanish citizenship.
“After two years, you can apply for citizenship which am not gonna of course, but, at least, there is that option.”
Connecticut’s outdoor recreation economy -- which encompasses activities such as bicycling, boating, gardening and tourism -- contributes $3.9 billion to the state’s GDP and employs more than 44,000 people, according to a new report published by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Overall, the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 1.3% of Connecticut’s current-dollar GDP in 2021, according to the BEA analysis.
Meantime, employment in the state’s outdoor recreation economy grew 13.1% from 2020 to 2021 to 44,065. That produced $2 billion in outdoor recreation compensation.
Nationally, the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 1.9% ($454 billion) of current-dollar GDP in 2021 and employs 4.5 million people.
According to the BEA, outdoor recreation activities fall into three general categories: conventional activities such as bicycling, boating, hiking, and hunting; other activities such as gardening and outdoor concerts; and supporting activities such as construction, travel and tourism, local trips, and government expenditures.
In 2021, conventional outdoor recreation accounted for 35.1% of U.S. outdoor recreation value added, compared with 40.1% in 2020.
Other outdoor recreation accounted for 17.6% of value added in 2021, compared with 17.5% in 2020.
Supporting activities accounted for the remaining 47.3% of value added in 2021, compared with 42.4% in 2020.
Supporting activities, particularly travel and tourism, rebounded in 2021 as COVID–19 restrictions eased and consumers traveled more and increased spending on transportation, hotels and restaurants, BEA said.
AISLING Bea's fans were all saying the same thing after the comedian revealed her glam look to be a guest judge on Drag Race UK.
Aisling Bea showed off the gorgeous matching dress and boots she wore for the special gig.
The 38-year-old revealed her stunning look on Instagram and her followers could not get enough.
The funny woman said: "It’s what’s inside that counts, which is why I ate a load of crisps while I was painted and decorated on the outside.
"I loved the chance to go full razzle dazzle on me lewk, but more than anything I LOVED the chance to work with the five talented people from this episode.
"I will not say who, in case you are behind (or on top, whichever you fancy)."
The Irish actress shared her love for drag and the show.
She wrote: "SO much of Drag Race, and drag as an art form generally, is properly, beautifully crafted comedy and stand up, which is why I was dying to do this part in particular.
"It was a glorious pleasure to (hopefully) help along these five superstars."
She looked absolutely gorgeous in a matching pink and lilac dress and chunky heeled boots with a daisy pattern all over.
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Her makeup looked striking as she had dramatic winged eyeliner and small gems on the outer corners of her eyes.
Aisling revealed that her dress and boots were from Joe and Paul Paris.
Fans were completely obsessed with Aisling's look and took to the comments to share their compliments.
One person wrote: "The dress! The matching boots! The winged liner! Love the whole look!!
Someone else said: "When I thought I couldn’t love Drag Race and Aisling more… turns out I can!"
Another added: "You looked absolutely stunning."
Someone else wrote: "LOVE the eye makeup Aisling!"
Previously, Aisling left her fans in stitches as she attempted to grow her own potatoes.
The Irish comedian shared a hilarious clip on Instagram as she showed off the results of her first attempt.
The This Way Up star decided to take on the challenge of farming her own spuds a few months ago.
However, they didn't turn out exactly as she had imagined.
Aisling said: "A few months ago, I saw a reel on Instagram about growing your own potatoes from old potatoes.
"I thought to myself, ' That's a bit of me. I'm Irish, I love potatoes. I'm into sustainability and also winter is coming. Cost of living crisis'.
"So, I gave it a go! And I'm here to tell you that after months of growing my potatoes, I am delighted to show you my first harvest."
Showing off her favourite potato of them all, Aisling held up a tiny potato, no bigger than the size of a blueberry.
She added: "That is three months of farming in my garden".
Aisling captioned the video: "Manifest your own dreams guys."
When her contract with GMA 7 ended sometime last year, Bea Binene had to work freelance for a while. There was a feeling of uncertainty. But thankfully, she said, she eventually found a new home in Viva Entertainment.
“I’m very grateful because they were there for me… During the time Viva was working on my contract, I went freelance because I didn’t have one anymore with GMA. Luckily, work opportunities were still there,” she told the Inquirer at a recent story conference for the upcoming 10-part series adaptation of author Gwy Saludes’ popular Wattpad novel “The Rain in España.”
“There’s nothing certain about the future,” added Bea, who was formally welcomed by Viva Artists Agency (VAA) to its roster last September. “But I feel very blessed. I didn’t have to worry because VAA made sure to welcome me with open arms. And just a couple of weeks after I signed with them… game na agad. There’s a new project for me already. Good things are happening. I’m ready to work.”
With no exclusivity with any network, the 25-year-old actress—who was last seen in the primetime series “Beautiful Justice”—hopes to do projects with companies or celebrities she has yet to work with. “Wherever there’s work or a good offer, of course, I will be thankful. Because I’m an independent company, I think there will be a wider [range of] opportunities,” she said.
In her previous meetings with her new bosses, Bea talked about the kind of direction she plans to take in her show biz career. “I told them about the projects I prefer doing. They discussed roles that we think will suit me. I told them about my limitations. I love how they value what you want to do, as well as your boundaries. They’re very open with that,” she said.
While acting is her main priority, Bea hopes to do more hosting jobs.
“It’s one of the things I love to do,” said Bea, who used to cohost the weekly news magazine show “Good News Kasama si Vicky Morales.” “I have been doing public affairs-related programs for a while now. I would love to have my own travel show… This is something I’m passionate about because the training and knowledge you get… are valuable.”
During the lockdown, Bea busied herself taking online classes and certificate programs. “In the beginning, I spent my free time catching up on Korean dramas. But later on I realized that I had to do something productive. So I took three executive courses: one from Harvard Business School Online, one from the Kellogg School of Management and another from London Business School,” she related. She also took up language lessons in Korean and Mandarin. “No joke! I really wanted to keep myself busy. And it was the right time to do all those things because I had the time. I believe these lessons will be helpful in the long run,” she said.
Directed by Theodore Boborol, “Rain in España” follows the romance between Kalix (Marco Gallo), a young man from a family of doctors who decides to carve a different career path. He takes up legal management at University of Santo Tomas, where he meets the architecture student Luna (Heaven Peralejo). Bea plays one of Luna’s friends, Via.
“This project is an ensemble piece, so we really have to help and lift each other up to make the show good. As someone who has done youth-oriented shows in the past (‘Tween Hearts’), I have learned that you have to make the audience feel your bond and closeness with your coactors,” she said.
While she’s one of the more experienced actors in the cast, Bea knows that she can’t be complacent.
“Your dedication should be there. There’s always room for improvement,” said the actress, who admitted that her new work environment is something she will have to adjust to. “Back in GMA, I knew everyone, even the camera men. Now, I’m working with a new production staff, new actors. But the things I learned at GMA I will continue to apply here.” INQ
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Beatrice “Bea” Ward Banks, age 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 14th, 2022. She was a mother, grandmother and life-long resident of Madison County, NC. Bea was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 50 years William Arthur Banks. Bea is survived by her daughter, Theresa Banks; her granddaughter, Alexandria “Allie” Leake; her sister, Doris Cooper; her brother, Yates Ward, and her aunt, Mary Ann Henderson, of Greenville, TN. Bea was born to the late John Fuller Ward and Ruby Smith Ward on January 15th, 1938, in Marshall, North Carolina. She was a 1956 graduate of Marshall High School where she participated in basketball and cheerleading. Bea always wore a smile and saw the good in life. She loved her community, and gave countless hours of her time to helping those in need. She loved meeting and helping people at the Madison County Library, and later as the director of the Marshall Housing Authority. Above all, Bea was a dedicated family member, always putting the wants and needs of her family members above her own. She especially loved her daughter and granddaughter, who she considered the “lights of her life.” She was a Charter Member of the Marshall American Legion Auxillery, holding different officer positions at various times, including President. Visitation will be held at Madison Funeral Home on Sunday, November 20 beginning at 1:30 pm, followed by services at 3:00 pm with Reverend Tommy Justus and Larry Leake officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Marshall Ladies Auxiliary, Davis-Sexton Unit 317 ALA, 15 Cardinal Lane Candler, NC 28715.
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November 25, 2022 | 10:20am
MANILA, Philippines — It is officially the holiday season! Giving gifts and exchanging cards will certainly be more joyful as face-to-face reunions and celebrations are back in full force. So get ready because OPPO is bringing the holiday cheer with bags full of exciting news, gifts and more!
OPPO is welcoming the holiday season with the big announcement of superstar performer Bea Alonzo as the latest member of the OPPO family. One of the most sought-after and beloved actresses of her generation, Bea debuts this partnership by starring in her first TV commercial for the brand featuring the A-Series.
The fun and upbeat film is dedicated to performers from all walks of life because there is no greater power than a performance that speaks for itself, brought by a smartphone that is made to perform.
With this grand news, Bea shared, “I’m very happy to be joining my new OPPO family and just in time for Christmas, the season for joy and giving! I felt the warm welcome from OPPO from the beginning. It’s a brand that I truly believe in because it champions both function and style which, as a performer, is a must.”
Watch the latest OPPO TVC with Bea Alonzo here.
The A-Series is led by its latest smartphone addition, the #AbsolutelyStylishandPowerful OPPO A77s, which Bea shows off in the brand’s new TV commercial.
Embellished with a luxurious and timeless Fiberglass-Leather design in Sunset Orange and OPPO’s signature Glow design in Starry Black, the A77s truly packs a powerful punch.
Boasting an 8GB + upgraded 8GB extended RAM after software updates for worry-free storage space, 50MP AI Dual Camera with Bokeh Depth Camera for high-definition photos and videos and 33W SUPERVOOC to support quick charging capabilities.
If you are a hustler who is looking for a phone that will help you perform better at school, at work or in your craft, the A77s is a top choice.
“It truly is a season for joy and it’s an honor to be able to welcome Bea Alonzo to the OPPO family,” Joanarc Sales, OPPO Philippines’ Public Relations and CRM head, said.
“Through Bea and our A-Series line, we want to empower and inspire today’s hustlers to bring life to their dreams with a smartphone that offers performance and style without breaking the bank. With this, it’s our time to deliver back to our customers by helping them to choose joy this season by choosing OPPO with a big year-end promo,” she added.
OPPO, along with Bea Alonzo, also invites Filipinos to choose joy during the most festive celebration of the year! Whether it’s rewarding yourself or gifting your loved ones with something special, double the joy with the Choose OPPO, Choose Joy promo.
Ongoing until Jan. 5, 2023, OPPO is offering gifts and special deals in-store and online for all customers.
Shoppers who purchase any OPPO smartphone or tablet will be entitled to one free spin on OPPO’s roulette. Get the chance to win special prizes like 32GB memory cards, P1,000 vouchers for Enco Buds2, P700 vouchers for other IoT devices (Enco Buds2 not included) and more.
A total of P100 million worth of gifts will be given away to select buyers, giving them more reasons to be jolly this Christmas.
Along with this, users can double the joy by going online, registering on the My OPPO App and joining the daily raffle activities for a chance to win exclusive gifts.
Throughout the promo period, lucky winners will be able to take home brand new OPPO smartphones like Reno8 5G, A96, A77s and A17, discount vouchers for Reno6 5G Series worth up to P1,000, and other gadgets and appliances.
Additionally, Home Credit users can enjoy lighter spending, as OPPO is also offering up to 18-month installment at 0% interest for every purchase during the holiday season.
Stuff the stockings for you and your loved ones when you choose OPPO, choose joy this Christmas!
To know more about the Choose OPPO, Choose Joy holiday promo, visit OPPO Philippines’ official website at https://www.oppo.com/ph/. You can also check OPPO Philippines’ official social media pages on Facebook, YouTube and TikTok.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ iconic love team is back! Actress Bea Alonzo and actor John Lloyd Cruz are confirmed to work together once again for an upcoming Star Cinema movie.
According to a report by ABS-CBN, Alonzo shared in a recent media conference that the new film will be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, the director of the pair’s most popular films 2007’s One More Chance and 2010’s Miss You Like Crazy. Molina also directed Hello, Love, Goodbye; The How’s of Us; A Very Special Love; and You Changed My Life.
The upcoming film will also be handled by the same team that produced One More Chance. The 35-year-old actress also mentioned that the film will be written by Carmi Raymundo and is based on a concept by Enrico Santos.
In a recent interview with GMA’s 24 Oras, Cruz expressed his desire to work with Alonzo once more. “Ang tagal niya na nga eh. Ang tagal na po akong naka-standby Miss Bea…Waiting lang po, any time po on your cue,” Lloyd said while smiling. (It’s been so long already. I’ve been on standby for Miss Bea for so long. I’m just waiting at any time, on your cue.)
Their upcoming film will be made under Star Cinema, the film company of their former home network, ABS-CBN.
John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo’s on-screen chemistry has spawned countless movie classics such as Close to You and The Mistress. Both Alonzo and Cruz moved to GMA in 2021, and last starred together in the Jollibee short film, One True Pair, of the same year. Their last full-length film together was A Second Chance in 2015, which served as a sequel to the 2007 classic One More Chance. – with reports from Manolo Soliven/Rappler.com
Manolo Soliven is a Rappler intern.
- Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz are all set to do a reunion movie together
- It will be under Star Cinema, and will be directed by award-winning director Cathy Garcia-Molina
- The team that handled her movie with John Lloyd in 2007, "One More Chance," will be the same team that will handle the upcoming movie of Bea and Lloydie
- As per Bea, the writer will be Carmi Raymundo and the concept will be by Enrico Santos
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Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz, one of the most successful loveteams in Philippine showbiz, are set to do a reunion project together.
According to Bea, in ABS-CBN's report, Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina will be the one who will direct their reunion movie.
"It will be written by Carmi Raymundo and concept by Enrico Santos. So it's going to be exciting," the actress said in a media conference where she shared projects that she will be doing in the future.
John Lloyd and Bea have done truly successful movies togteher. Their last movie was "A Second Chance," a sequel to their 2007 movie "One More Chance."
Other hit movies of Bea and Lloydie were "The Mistress," "Now That I Have You," "Close To You," and "Miss You Like Crazy."
Bea Alonzo is a Pinay actress, model and former singer. She was born on October 17, 1987, in the Philippines to a British father and a Filipina mother. She shot to superstardom due to her movies with John Lloyd Cruz. She is currently in a romantic relationship with Dominic Roque.
Bea took to IG and shared a video clip, which showcased her lovely Christmas tree. It was a huge tree, embellished with lovely Christmas ornaments. The tree was very beautiful since it is covered with absolutely gorgeous ornaments. One can see that Bea allocated a special place in her house for the tree, as well as other Christmas decors that make such a nook radiate the Christmas spirit.
She has also successfully pranked her mother, Mary Anne Ranollo. In her vlog post entitled, 'Exploring France!' on YouTube, Bea did the fake receipt prank on her mom. After purchasing a wine, Bea showed her mom the fake receipt which prompted the latter to curse. Netizens could not help but laugh hard after seeing Bea's mom panic over the P120k price tag.
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